Qin Lie’s Dark Soul Beast avatar descended at a strange land called the Nine Soul Hell.
The Nine Soul Hell and the Profound Yin Nether Sea were the strangest and most eerie places in the entire Nether Realm. It was rumored that they were closely tied to Nether Realm’s growth and prosperity.
Qin Lie already knew that the Profound Yin Nether Sea was part of the Nether River of the Eight Purgatories.
But he was completely unfamiliar with the Nine Soul Hell.
All he knew was that Ling Yushi’s bloodline ability was tied to the Nine Soul Hell in a special way. He also knew that she had the ability to employ the Nine Soul Hell.
“Nine Soul Hell…”
When Qin Lie’s Dark Soul Beast avatar stared at the giant whirlpool and magnetic field that was the Nine Soul Hell, he noticed that he was actually losing control of his soul bit by bit.
His rank ten Soul Tree flew out of the Dark Soul Beast and tried to submerge into Nine Soul Hell.
Unlike the Profound Yin Nether Sea, the Nine Soul Hell looked like a bizarre whirlpool.
The thin abyss demonic energy of the Nether Realm cycled along the whirlpool again and again while releasing a chilly aura.
Every time he tried to probe the Nine Soul Hell, the Nine Soul Hell would attract his Soul Tree and try to absorb it unto itself.
His normally acute senses would go haywire, and he would fail to pick up anything unusual from the Nine Soul Hell.
“It probably has something to do with the Nine Soul Hell itself.”
The Soul Tree continued to float around and attempt many different Soul Race secret arts.
Unfortunately, none of them were useful to his attempts to perceive the Nine Soul Hell.
“How do I travel to Nine Hells Purgatory from Nine Soul Hell?”
A long, long time later, Qin Lie discovered that he was at his wit’s end. He just couldn’t find a way to enter Nine Hells Purgatory with his Dark Soul Beast subsoul.
Suddenly, he detected a terrifying flesh and blood aura from the distance.
He abruptly looked at the distant gray sky.
A purple black light cut across the air before showing itself slowly.
“Ming Xiao…” Qin Lie was surprised to see him.
“I heard that you were here, so I came over.” Ming Xiao took on the form of a human, instead of his Abyss Devil body. His deep purple pupils slowly changed to normal.
“Why are you here?” Qin Lie asked in astonishment. “Weren’t you fighting in the Extreme Flame Abyss?”
His true self had sent Ming Xiao and the four Beast Kings to the Extreme Flame Abyss after deciding to head over to the God Realm. They were still fighting the Abyss Devils at the Extreme Flame Abyss until recently.
The Extreme Flame Abyss was a territory Ming Xiao had wished to conquer.
“The situation at the Extreme Flame Abyss had stabilized.”
Ming Xiao grinned coolly and confidently. “Since the Blaze Family had just attacked the Extreme Flame Abyss not long ago, they were not at their peak strength. With my strength and the aid of the four Beast Kings of the Ancient Beast Race, there was nothing the Great Lords of the Extreme Flame Abyss could do to me. If I wanted to, I could easily be acknowledged as a Great Lord of that Abyss level and enjoy equal status with the natives, but that isn’t my goal…”
Qin Lie had to hide his surprise.
Not much time had passed since Ming Xiao and the four Beast Kings had gone to the Extreme Flame Abyss, but they had already forced the local Great Lords to acknowledge Ming Xiao’s power.
This meant that Ming Xiao and the four Beast Kings were a thorn the Abyss Devils of the Extreme Flame Abyss couldn’t remove since the beginning. They wouldn’t have submitted this easily otherwise.
To Qin Lie’s knowledge, an Abyss Devil would rather fight to the death than submit unless they were completely powerless.
“Don’t be surprised, I told you it’s because the Blaze Family had dealt them a severe blow, not because we were overwhelming stronger than them.” Ming Xiao explained, “The strongest Abyss Devil in the Extreme Flame Abyss was struck a terrible blow by Lieyan Zhao of the God Race. It was to the point where his heart was covered in cracks, and it would take at least a whole century before he could return to peak strength. Besides that, the rest of the Great Lords of the Extreme Flame Abyss had suffered varying degrees of injuries as well. If they could bring themselves to make a couple concessions to the God Race, then why not us? Especially considering who we are.”
“What do you mean?” asked Qin Lie.
“I mean we’re all technically Abyss Devils,” replied Ming Xiao.
Qin Lie immediately understood what he meant.
Not only did the Abyss Devil blood flow in Ming Xiao’s body, he looked like a pure Abyss Devil after assuming his Demon God form.
The core bloodline systems of the four Beast Kings had originated from the Abyss Devil Race as well.
The rich abyss devil energy of the Extreme Flame Abyss had made their bloodlines slowly manifest their original form.
The Extreme Flame Abyss had suffered massive casualties under the hands of the Blaze Family earlier. They could do nothing but watch the God Race harvest a ton of Abyss Devil flesh and blood.
It was a hard defeat they had no choice but to accept.
Not long after that, Demon God Ming Xiao had shown his face and displayed an incredible amount of strength. Powerless to resist, all the Abyss Devils of the Extreme Flame Abyss were willing to acknowledge Ming Xiao’s identity. In fact, they were willing to give him a piece of their land as proof of their acknowledgment.
It was true that giving up that territory would result in a loss of profit, but Ming Xiao was an Abyss Devil just like them. It was a far easier concession to swallow than the one they had to make with the God Race.
Moreover, Ming Xiao’s addition was a great boost to the strength of the Extreme Flame Abyss. Any race who wished to attack the Extreme Flame Abyss while they were weak would have to go through Ming Xiao as well.
It was the responsibility of every Great Lord of the Abyss to protect their level.
Qin Lie’s Soul Tree went back into the Dark Soul Beast avatar. When he probed Ming Xiao again, he definitely noticed that he was stronger than before.
“The reason I came over is to make arrangements for the low rank clansmen in Nether Realm and send them all to the Extreme Flame Abyss. Also, Qin Shan told me what happened to you, so I knew you would want to travel to that purgatory through Nine Soul Hell,” explained Ming Xiao.
“Can you help me?” Qin Lie’s spirits lifted a little.
Ming Xiao nodded once before staring deeply into Nine Soul Hell. “If I’m willing to give up my body, and if my soul is sufficiently strong, I can cross over to Nine Hells Purgatory through Nine Soul Hell as well.”
He paused for a second before continuing, “But I’m not willing to give up my body.”
“You should be able to enter Nine Soul Hell with my aid as well, if you’re willing to give up your flesh and blood.”
“I’m heading over.”
Ming Xiao stared at him oddly before saying, “It isn’t a good idea to head over right now. I heard from your grandfather that the Spirit Race is invading Nine Hells Purgatory.”
Qin Lie’s expression changed slightly. “My grandpa told you that too?”
He had told Qin Shan and Qin Shan only that the God Race and the Spirit Race were attacking Yellow Springs Purgatory and Nine Hells Purgatory respectively. He didn’t think that his grandpa would trust Ming Xiao this much.
“My friendship with your grandpa is much deeper than you think.” Ming Xiao grinned at him before saying, “There’s something I want you to answer me honestly.”
“What is it?” Qin Lie asked in confusion.
“Why are you in such a hurry to visit Nine Hells Purgatory?” Ming Xiao stared at him closely.
“Because of the Ling Family and my friends—friends from the Nether Realm,” answered Qin Lie.
Ming Xiao sucked in a deep breath as his eyes turned glad. “Not once have the Qin Family disappointed me, not your grandfather, your father or you. Whatever might happen in the future, the devils of Nether Realm will always be friends with the Qin Family!”
It was only then Qin Lie recalled that the Ling Family of the Dark Nether Race were technically the descendants of Ming Xiao.
“I will send you to Nine Hells Purgatory,” Ming Xiao promised solemnly.