The important matter at hand is to search for an Ancient Dao Engraved Cauldron while converging with Gu Yan and the others. Chen Xi flew swiftly while he quickly deduced in his mind.
There were only 25 Ancient Dao Engraved Cauldrons in the first round of the Dao Discussion, and this meant that only 25 people would be able to enter the second round in the end.
So, it was obvious how horrifyingly intense the competition between them would be.
According to Chen Xi’s opinion, it was naturally better the more Ancient Dao Engraved Cauldrons the members of Oracle Mountain could obtain, but he was also clearly aware that it was unavoidable for disciples of Oracle Mountain to be eliminated by the end of the first round.
After all, there were too many experts participating in the Dao Discussion, and there wasn’t a single ordinary figure. Coupled with the fact that the Dao Cauldron World was extremely vast, they would probably be unable to lend a hand in time when other disciples encountered a mishap.
As the one and only ‘Martial Ancestral Uncle’ level senior from Oracle Mountain that was participating, Chen Xi could only do his best to help the disciples of Oracle Mountain obtain even more Ancient Dao Engraved Cauldrons.
According to the rules of this Dao Discussion, it clearly wouldn’t allow us to join forces with ease. On the other hand, even if I don’t kill others to seize the Ancient Dao Engraved Cauldron, but others will definitely try to kill me. Under such circumstances, it seems like… the only path I can choose is the path of constant battle. Chen Xi immediately stopped thinking about it once he’d made his decision.
After the time for an incense stick to burn.
Chen Xi’s heart shook
At practically the exact same time, a strand of obscure fluctuation arose from afar.
A wisp of strange light suddenly arose in Chen Xi’s eyes, and his gaze locked onto a mountain in the distance.
The divine mountain was shaped like a vast and powerful ox, and that strand of obscure fluctuation was coming from the depths of that mountain.
If Chen Xi hadn’t utilized the Daoseal Mark, he would have almost missed it.
Could that be….
Chen Xi didn’t hesitate to flash over.
After a short moment, Chen Xi appeared before a gorge that was filled with gullies. Surprisingly, there was an expanse of brilliant glow of the Dao seething on the rocky ground of the gorge, and this glow was pure like glass in color and emanated an ancient and divine aura.
When he looked carefully, Chen Xi noticed to his surprise that a fist sized, completely smooth and bright bronze cauldron with three legs and two handles surprisingly resided there!
Chen Xi couldn’t help but feel slightly surprised when he saw this. Isn’t my luck a little too good?
If he wasn’t wrong, then this small and exquisite bronze cauldron was definitely one of the 25 Ancient Dao Engraved Cauldrons!
This was truly like hitting the jackpot. He’d merely arrived at the Dao Cauldron World for a little over the time for an incense stick to burn, yet he’d unexpectedly found an Ancient Dao Engraved Cauldron. This caused Chen Xi to be unable to help but feel slightly pleasantly surprised.
Chen Xi didn’t dare hesitate. He flicked his sleeve to lift up the glow of the Dao that enshrouded the cauldron, and then he took the cauldron.
When he held it in his hand, Chen Xi noticed that while this cauldron seemed to only be fist sized, it was actually extraordinarily heavey. At the very least, it was 50,000kg in weight and was compared to the weight of a mountain.
This cauldron was branded with all sorts of ancient markings like that of flowers, birds, insects, fish, mountains, lakes, rivers, ancient sacrificial offerings to the gods, totems, and so on and so forth. Moreover, it was branded with the aura of time.
It seemed to be like a divine artifact, but after Chen Xi scanned it carefully, he noticed that besides containing numerous strands of mysterious auras of the Dao, the cauldron actually didn’t have any other uses.
Of course, perhaps there was some sort of secret within it, and Chen Xi just wasn’t aware of it.
But no matter what, Chen Xi was still extremely delighted from being able to obtain this cauldron so quickly.
However, when he intended to put this treasure away and hide it, he noticed to his astonishment that this treasure couldn’t be placed within a storage treasure at all, and it was even to the extent that the universe within his body was unable to carry it!
It seemed like a strand of invisible force had sealed the surroundings of this cauldron, causing it to be utterly impossible for the cauldron to be put away.
This caused Chen Xi’s heart to jerk, and he realized that the situation wasn’t good.
Sure enough, when he wanted to conceal the aura of the Dao that the cauldron emanated, he similarly noticed that he was unable to accomplish it!
What did this mean?
It meant that so long as he brought this cauldron with him, it would definitely emanate that unique aura that belonged to it. This was simply no different to studding a brilliant luminous pearl on himself, and he was as conspicuous as ever!
He didn’t have to imagine to realize that once this occurred, then he would definitely be noticed by his opponents at the first possible moment!
It was even to the extent that even if he wanted to hide, it would be useless unless his opponents were unable to find him. But that was utterly impossible.
The reason was similarly simple. The aura of the cauldron was impossible to conceal, and it was equivalent to ceaselessly sensing out a signal at all times. So, it was impossible for him to not be noticed by others!
At this moment, the happiness Chen Xi felt was instantly reduced by more than half, and he frowned without end. He finally understood why Huai Kong’zi had said that even if one had the fortune to obtain an Ancient Dao Engraved Cauldron, it didn’t mean that one had won in this Dao Discussion. Because there was danger of having the cauldron seized at all times!
This thing is really like a hot potato. If I take it along with me, then wouldn’t it mean that I have to persist for three months until the first round of the Dao Discussion comes to an end? Chen Xi sighed in his heart. He was very clearly aware that if he did this, then he would simply be like a lighthouse all along the way, and he would draw the attention of countless opponents.
As expected, I knew it wouldn’t be so simple. Chen Xi laughed bitterly.
Right at this moment, a wave of voices suddenly sounded out from afar.
“That obscure fluctuation came from here!”
“Quickly make a move! Perhaps it’s the Ancient Dao Engraved Cauldron.”
“Someone actually got here before us!”
“Everyone, watch out!”
Along with these voices, numerous figures tore through the sky and arrived here. There was a total of five people, three men and two women. The person in the lead was a silver robed man who had a strand of white hair hanging down before his forehead, brows that were dense and angled, and a proud and cold expression.
This man held two silver halberds that were almost 2m long, and every single move he made emanated a formidable, arrogant, and resolute aura.
The Dao Institute? At this moment, Chen Xi didn’t have the time to avoid them. When he raised his eyes to look over, he immediately recognized their origins, and they were Universe Enlightened Ancestral Gods from the Dao Institute.
It was even to the extent that Chen Xi recognized the man in the lead as Feng Wuling, an existence at the perfection-stage of the Universe Enlightened Ancestral God Realm, and he was one of the top peerless figures in the Dao Institute.
According to rumor, he possessed the bloodline inheritance of the ‘Divine Obliteration Wind Clan’, and he was a top-rate figure that was merely inferior to Yea Chen and Yu Jiuhui.
As for the other four people behind Feng Wuling, all of them were extremely rare geniuses as well.
In short, it was just as it was said before. There wasn’t a single ordinary top-rate expert amongst the participants of the Dao Discussion.
“Oracle Mountain’s Chen Xi?” Feng Wuling had similarly recognized Chen Xi at the first possible moment, and he couldn’t help but frown. He seemed to have never expected that he would encounter this fellow that was right under the limelight recently.
In next to no time, Chen Xi lost interest in them, and he turned around with the intention of leaving.
The Dao Institute was a neutral power amongst the five great powers. So, unless he had no other choice, Chen Xi didn’t want to make a move against them. If he’d encountered members of the Sovereign Sect or Divine Institute this time, then he would definitely not speak a single word before making a move to kill his enemies.
“Stop right there!” However, while Chen Xi intended to leave, Feng Wuling and the others wouldn’t allow it. At practically the instant that Chen Xi moved, their figures had suddenly flashed and dispersed to completely seal off Chen Xi’s paths of retreat.
If he fled, Chen Xi felt that they would be utterly unable to stop him. However, he’d never expected that they actually seemed to intend to make a move against him.
This immediately caused him to frown. He glanced at Feng Wuling and the others and said indifferently, “What? You intend to make a move against me?”
A disciple of the Dao Institute erupted with laughter, and he felt that Chen Xi’s words were very childish and laughable.
“Fellow Daoist Chen Xi, you ought to be clearly aware that this is the Dao Discussion, and everyone has come here to seize the Ancient Dao Engraved Cauldrons. Under such circumstances, if you still intend to consider the relationship between out sects, then that mentality is mistaken.” The silver robed man in the lead, Feng Wuling, spoke in a serious manner.
Chen Xi seemed to be lost in thought as he said, “So, in this way, all of you’ve decided to seize the Ancient Dao Engraved Cauldron in my possession?”
“If Fellow Daoist isn’t willing to fight, then you can leave it behind, and we’ll definitely not make things difficult for you.” Feng Wuling spoke indifferently.
“Exactly. Once we entered the Dao Cauldron World, there’s no differentiation between powers. Our Dao Institute isn’t just competing with your Oracle Mountain, even the fellow brothers and sister of our Dao Institute are competing with each other. In the end, it depends on who will be able to defeat the other.”
“Let’s not waste our breath on him, so as to avoid something unexpected from occurring.”
“Fellow Daoist Chen Xi, please make a decision. Otherwise, we’ll be attacking.”
The others spoke successively as if they were certain in their ability to seize the cauldron from Chen Xi.
Chen Xi couldn’t help but sigh with slight emotion because of this. “I admit that my actions from before were slightly childish. But all of you’ve spoken so much yet still haven’t make a move, isn’t that a little….”
When he spoke up to here, a wisp of piercingly cold light suddenly arose in Chen Xi’s eyes. In an instant, his figure flashed like a peerlessly sharp blade that was suddenly unsheathed within the darkness!
A wisp of sword qi flashed like a ray of light, and it tore through the sky in an extremely accurate and fierce manner as it slashed down towards Feng Wuling!
All of this had occurred too quickly and suddenly. Normally, most Universe Enlightened Ancestral God Realm experts would be unable to resist this strike.
However, most Universe Enlightened Ancestral God Realm experts couldn’t be compared to Feng Wuling. He possessed extraordinary combat strength, and he’d entered into a state of battle as soon as he’d decided to seize this cauldron.
So, as soon as Chen Xi’s attacked, even though he was slightly surprised, his actions weren’t slow at all. He instinctively swung the two silver halberds, and they were like two bolts of lightning as they moved to intercept Chen Xi’s attack.
The two halberds were clearly Natural Spirit Treasures that possessed extraordinary might. As soon as they were utilized, silver radiance surged while the rumbling of thunder resounded, and they seemed peerlessly domineering as they crushed the space before Feng Wuling into powder.
However, in the next moment, Feng Wuling’s pupils constricted abruptly.
Because this attack of Chen Xi’s had actually moved abruptly in midair, and it moved at an extremely subtle arc to slash down fiercely towards the side!
Shit! Feng Wuling’s heart jerk, and he intended to lend a hand yet was already too late.
In an instant, the sword light appeared like a flash of light, and it flickered lightly before a deafening sound of collision resounded.
A disciple of the Dao Institute that stood 30m away from Feng Wuling was directly struck by this strike to the point of being forcefully blasted flying like a sack of trash.