Yang Qi had never heard of this Secret-Ensconcing All-World Anything-Everything Fundamental-Law Magic. But according to Battle Resister, it came from the fabled buddhist schools and was on par with the Strength of the Hell-Crushing Godmammoth. In other words, it was something that ordinary humans couldn’t truly cultivate.
Yang Qi was a Fateless One, which made him innately talented in many regards. However, without the God Legion Seal, he could never have successfully cultivated the Strength of the Hell-Crushing Godmammoth. The Secret-Ensconcing All-World Anything-Everything Fundamental-Law Magic was likely similar, which meant that even if Leaf Dao-Denier had acquired scattered bits of it, he should still have had a very difficult time cultivating it.
Furthermore, there was no way that the technique was as simple as Leaf Dao-Denier described, and did nothing more than increase one’s power capacity. There were definitely other benefits it would give.
Of course, it would be foolish for Leaf Dao-Denier not to try taking advantage of this opportunity to get stronger. And Yang Qi had no desire to see him succeed in that. Unfortunately, Leaf Dao-Denier had seemingly created the perfect scenario, although it remained to be seen how the sect leaders would react. Obviously, they were no fools.
Cipher Ever-Heaven chuckled darkly and said, “In other words, Leaf Dao-Denier, you want us to waste our own energy to help you get stronger? And how would that benefit us? Perhaps if you explain the Secret-Ensconcing All-World Anything-Everything Fundamental-Law Magic to us, it might be worth it. What do you say?”
“That’s not going to happen,” Leaf Dao-Denier replied with a cold smile. “If even a few words from this technique leaked to the public, it would cause corpses to pile up and oceans of blood to flow. Even the legion of gods would fight for it, so there’s no way you’re going to get it just by asking. Come on, if I asked you to offer your sect’s Cipher-Devil Chronicles as a reward, would you agree?”
“If you give me your technique, then of course I’ll hand over all of my sect’s energy arts to you. It's not as if the Cipher-Devil Chronicles are some sort of incredible energy art.” Cipher Ever-Heaven was virtually licking his lips with desire. After all, he cultivated a boundless dao of wretch-devils, and had extremely profound wretch energy and will. But according to the stories, the Secret-Ensconcing All-World Anything-Everything Fundamental-Law Magic could extrude the wretched and wicked, converting it into something righteous. In other words, it could lead to that which was deathless.
“That’s enough, Cipher Ever-Heaven,” said Battle Resister. “Do you really think Leaf Dao-Denier is just going to hand over a technique like that? Cut the crap, otherwise it's going to negatively affect our alliance.”
Cipher Ever-Heaven didn’t say anything further, but from the look in his eye, he clearly hadn’t given up on his ambitions. Yang Qi noticed this, and decided to consider using him against Leaf Dao-Denier later. Besides, he was also interested to see what a boundless secret magic from a buddhist school was like. Leaf Dao-Denier was keeping many secrets, and there was obviously much more to him than met the eye. He had clearly benefited greatly during his short time in the Great Necropolis.
“Well said, Houselord Battle Resister,” Leaf Dao-Denier said with a smile. Looking around, he continued, “Help me cultivate this ability, and of course I’ll compensate you. Empress Joyflower has bestowed plenty of gifts on me, and I'd be happy to pass some of them on to you.”
“In other words, you’re getting something for nothing,” Hundred-Battles Blade said.
“Look, who cares about some random technique,” Battle Resister said. “I can seek enlightenment from the dao of heaven and create my own divine abilities. That is the true dao to pursue. However, I have one more question, Leaf Dao-Denier. There’s no doubt that Empress Joyflower placed warding spells on you to ensure that, if you rebel against her, you’ll die. So even if we help you cultivate this technique of yours, and you succeed, you’ll still be unable to fight her. And doesn’t that mean you’ll eventually turn on us? What then?”
He had just asked the most relevant question of all.
From what Yang Qi could tell, this Battle Resister was very perceptive, and was not the type to let anything slip through the cracks. Furthermore, he didn’t seem greedy, and preferred to rely on his own skills and abilities. How had he gotten so strong in that way?
What kind of a sect was the Profound House of Battle Energy? It was definitely first-rate, on a similar level to the Joyflower Palace.
“Houselord Battle Resister is right,” said one of the other sect leaders. “Those warding spells are the most salient issue here. If you can free yourself from them, we have a hope of success. But if you can't, there’s no way we can trust you.”
“I currently have no power over the warding spells,” Leaf Dao-Denier said coolly. “But I'm confident that I will, once I succeed in this session of cultivation. Besides, even if I can't, I know someone else who can.”
“What? Who can negate the warding spells of Empress Joyflower?”
“That’s impossible. The warding spells of the Joyflower Palace are unique under heaven. Supposedly, the toxins of the Passionless God Flower are impossible to negate, even by gods.”
“That’s why the Joyflower Palace is so powerful, and also why they can keep so many god-general prisoners in check. They simply infect them with the poison of the Passionless God Flower, which can’t be removed except upon death.”
“Who exactly can deal with the Passionless God Flower’s poison? That would be a pure miracle!”
The sect leaders were all visibly shocked. They had cultivation bases that could shake heaven and earth, and could destroy immortal worlds with the snap of a finger. However, not a single one of them could deal with the poison of the Passionless God Flower.
It was at this point that Leaf Dao-Denier pointed at Yang Qi. “Him. He can negate the poison of the Passionless God Flower.”
His words caused a minor uproar, and many of the sect leaders were inclined to grab him and force him to reveal the secret to negating the poison. But then they remembered that he was a power double, so nothing they could do would be a true threat to him. A few of them began formulating plans to force his true self out into the open, but other than that, none of them did anything.
As they stared at Yang Qi and even scanned him with divine will, he chuckled coldly and said, “He's right. I can negate the warding spells and poisons of the Passionless God Flower. All without any harmful side effects.”
“Are you serious?” Cipher Ever-Heaven said. “There have been quite a few of my people captured by the Joyflower Palace, even some of my sons, and thanks to the poison of that flower they have no choice but to accept whatever missions are given them. Sometimes, they even directly oppose us, and we're powerless to do anything about it. But if you can negate the poison... then we could save them!”
“That's exactly right!” the other sect leaders exclaimed.
“You’re right, you could save them,” Yang Qi said coldly. “But not right now. Think about it. Do you really want to beat the grass to startle the snake? The moment Empress Joyflower realized what was going on, our plan would be ruined. In fact, I can’t even negate Leaf Dao-Denier’s warding spells right now.”
“What? Why?” Leaf Dao-Denier blurted. He had been hoping to use the situation to force Yang Qi to do that very thing, only to have Yang Qi refuse up front.
“Because Empress Joyflower is no fool. Do you think she wouldn’t notice the warding spells were gone the next time you practiced dual cultivation? What would you do then? That said, I have an idea. Why not choose the most intense moment of your dual cultivation to undo the warding spells. That would be the perfect opportunity to make a move against her.”
It was a very reasonable suggestion, and no one present could think of any retort to make. Even Leaf Dao-Denier was left completely speechless, although his hatred for Yang Qi mounted.
“That does seem like our best bet,” Battle Resister said with a nod. “Daoist Brother Yang Qi, it really is a surprise that you can negate the warding spells of the Passionless God Flower. This will significantly improve our chances of victory.”
“Unfortunately, negating such warding spells requires a huge amount of effort,” Yang Qi continued, a smile spreading on his face that struck fear into the heart of Leaf Dao-Denier. “If you experts could help my true self to cultivate a certain technique to completion, maybe it would be different. What do you say?”
If Yang Qi could make use of this group to assimilate the godhood he had, it would be a huge help. Perhaps he could even push his power index past the level of one thousand.
‘Someone else is trying to take advantage of us?’ the sect leaders thought, and many an angry expression could be seen on their faces.
“If you help me, you’ll all benefit,” Yang Qi said, fully aware of what they were thinking. Obviously, if he didn’t play his cards right here, the negotiations would completely fall apart.
Turning to Battle Resister, he said, “Houselord Battle Resister, would you mind helping me out for a moment? Please, place your hand on me and send some true energy into me. A lot of true energy.” So far, Battle Resister was the sect leader Yang Qi had the most favorable impression of, as he didn’t seem to be motivated by greed or avarice. He had no wretch energy, nor was he a schemer. He seemed completely focused on the spirit of battle, and as such would be the easiest to deal with.
“Fine. I’m curious to see what other miracles you’re capable of.” Battle Resister didn’t seem to have an ounce of fear in him. Drawing on all of his energy arts, he struck Yang Qi’s chest and sent a vicious stream of true energy into him. The energy coursed through the meridians of his power double body toward his sea of energy, where a vortex appeared that, to Battle Resister’s visible surprise, sucked up all of his energy.
Meanwhile, in the Myriad Worlds Monarch Chart, Yang Qi directed the incoming power to the godhood he was working with, which instantly forced ten liquid drops out of it.
Taking one of the drops, he fused it with Battle Resister’s true energy, then sent it back out to him.
A very strange expression appeared on Battle Resister's face as he accepted the energy. In fact, he staggered back two steps, his hair and clothes wildly whipping about.Previous Chapter Next Chapter