Chapter 1969 – The Land of Catastrophe

The reflection of the hunched and aged figure that was enveloped by a black robe appeared on the water in the pool, and half a thin and blurry face appeared there.

He supported himself on a pitch black wooden stick and emanated a mysterious aura as his gaze that was dark and cold like lightning stared at Chen Xi for a long time before he suddenly raised his right hand.

His hand was emaciated and long, with fingers that were like bamboos, and the nerves on the back of his palm seemed to coil about like worms. It seemed extremely old.

On the other hand, there was a mysterious tattoo on his palm.

The tattoo was like a character written with dense strokes, and it was unlike any type of writing in the world. It was extremely mysterious, and it was suffused with a horrifying glow.

Om!

A strand of divine light shot out from the tattoo on his palm. It was like a blade as it slashed through space and slashed apart the muddy water in the pool as it descended forcefully towards Chen Xi’s body.

This attack wasn’t terrifying, but it revealed a terrifying aura of absolute power. It seemed like Chen Xi’s body would be merciless split into two in the next moment.

However, a strange scene appeared. As soon as that divine light approached Chen Xi’s body, it seemed like a clay ox that had fallen into an ocean. Not only was it unable to harm Chen Xi, it was swallowed by his body and vanished soundlessly!

“As expected….” The black robed man muttered with a voice that carried boundless age and experience.

Bang!

He seemed to refuse to give up, and then a strand of terrifying and monstrous aura seethed from his entire body before he made a grabbing motion towards Chen Xi with his slender and emaciated palm.

It was like a large net that intended to grab all the fist within the pool.

Bang!

Water sprayed as his hand forcefully grabbed ahold of Chen Xi’s neck, and then he suddenly raised his hand with the intention of dragging Chen Xi out of the water.

However, right at this instant, a strand of powerful and mysterious energy erupted from within Chen Xi’s motionless body.

Bang!

The black robed man felt a wave of sharp pain sweep through his right arm while an extremely terrifying force invaded his body. It was like a wild beast had bitten him, and he wasn’t able to struggle free of the wild beast. It was even to the extent that he couldn’t even resist it!

The mysterious energy was too terrifying. No matter how black robed man struggled, he was actually unable to escape it while it ceaselessly invaded his body instead.

“No!!! How could this be possible? We’re all Saviors, but why was he able to bring the River Diagram into the Door of the Last Days!?” The black robed man howled with extreme shock and rage, and he seemed as if he’d encountered something that was extremely terrifying.

His voice surged through the surroundings, and it caused one’s heart to palpitate in fear.

It was clearly visible that while the black robed man’s right hand was still holding Chen Xi’s neck, his body was trembling violently and uncontrollably as if he was enduring extreme pain.

“Dammit! How many years has it been? Could it be that I’m going to be destroyed at the hands of someone who came after me?” The black robed man howled incessantly. Even the black robe that enveloped his entire body had ripped apart to reveal an extremely thin figure.

His long hair was white and hung loosely on his shoulders, his face was aged and covered densely in wrinkles, and only his eyes were bright like the sun and flowed with strands of the aura of experience and age.

His imposing aura was extremely outstanding. It carried an extraordinary, ancient, and primitive aura. His entire body emanated an indescribably supreme aura.

However, at this moment, he’d revealed a shocking and furious expression. Even his eyes were filled with astonishment while his entire body trembled. It was like he was shackled and unable to struggle free.

Om!

The mysterious energy was still spreading incessantly and charged into the old man’s body with ease before it continued spreading and was on the verge of covering his entire body.

“This…. This…. This isn’t the energy of the River Diagram!” Suddenly, the old man seemed to have noticed something, and he howled furiously in a hysterical voice. He seemed as if he’d encountered the most terrifying thing in the world.

The heavens and the earth shook while the grey and hazy sky was suffused with a terrifying and suffocating aura.

At the side of the muddy pool, the old man’s figure was trembling as his furious howls shook the sky. However, Chen Xi seemed as if he hadn’t noticed at all and seemed like a dead person that had vitality in his body.

These scenes seemed so horrifying, and they carried a strange aura.

Bang!

In the end, the old man somehow mustered up the strength to suddenly wave the black stick in his left hand and struck it forcefully against his right arm.

Crack!

His right arm exploded into pieces and transformed into powder, whereas, he seemed like a kite that had escaped the restraints of its string and crashed to the ground behind him.

Pu!

He coughed up a large mouthful of blood, and his body twitched as he lay on the ground. Moreover, a wisp of horror from escaping death still hung on his face. He seemed to be in an extremely sorry state.

At this moment, he was simply like an old man that only had a short time left to live, and he wasn’t imposing anymore at all.

“Dammit! I never expected that a freak who’s so difficult to deal with would actually appear during this era…. What exactly was that energy? Why was it able to suppress all my ability?” The old man lied on the ground while he gasped for breath, and his expression changed indeterminately. Moreover, a wisp of surprise and bewilderment that couldn’t be eliminated resided in the space between his brows.

In the end, he struggled to stand up, and then he laughed sorrowfully because he’d noticed that more than half of his strength had actually been obliterated. He was already heavily injured and on the verge of death.

It was obvious how severe the consequences would be if he didn’t recuperate as soon as possible.

“That damnable freak!” The old man glanced at Chen Xi who was still floating in the pool, and he seemed to be extremely disgruntled and unwilling. However, he still gritted his teeth and staggered off in the end.

“Stop right there!” Suddenly, a cold and indifferent voice resounded from behind the old man, and it caused his figure to stiffen.

After that, he seemed like a ferocious beast that had been provoked. A terrifying aura surged throughout his entire body as he suddenly blasted through space with the intention of flashing towards the distance.

Om!

However, right at the instant that he’d started moving, a hand that was condensed from violet gold divine radiance appeared out of thin air, and then it forcefully grabbed his neck and then dragged him back.

Thump!

The old man was smashed to the ground, causing him to feel dizzy and become covered in dust. He was in an extremely sorry state.

He raised his head with difficulty, and then he saw a tall figure was suddenly standing at the side of the muddy pool.

That freak is awake? The old man muttered in his heart before his gaze moved upward to see the tall figure’s face clearly.

The tall figure had a handsome appearance, dense black hair, deep and indifferent eyes, and his entire body seemed as if it was formed from the Grand Dao. As he stood there casually, he emanated an indescribably imposing aura that seemed immovable.

This is that freak who has been unconscious until now? In an instant, his expression changed once more, and his gaze flickered indeterminately.

“Where is this place?” The tall figure was naturally Chen Xi. His consciousness had awakened when he was held by the throat just now.

“No one knows. But you can call it the Land of Catastrophe.” At this moment, the old man seemed to be extremely calm. He took a deep breath before he crawled up from the ground and sat where he was. After that, he gazed at Chen Xi with a wisp of a complicated expression that was impossible to conceal.

“The Land of Catastrophe…. “Chen Xi muttered. He placed his hands behind his back as he swept the surroundings with his gaze, but he was only able to see a gray and hazy world. It seemed like it was in a chaotic state, and he was unable to discern how large it was.

Chen Xi withdrew his gaze before he gazed at the old man. “Who are you?”

“I’m just like you.” The old man said, “Of course, you can call me Shaman.”

He seemed to be aware that he was unable to do anything to Chen Xi, so he seemed extremely cooperative.

“Shaman?” Chen Xi glanced at him and said, “So, in this way, you’re the Savior from the last era that entered the Door of the Last Days?”

Shaman nodded. “Exactly.”

He seemed to be unsurprised that Chen Xi had instantly guessed that.

On the other hand, Chen Xi’s heart was in slight disorder when he heard Shaman’s answer. After a moment of silence, he said, “Do you know that it was exactly because you opened the Door of the Last Days during the last era that the last era was obliterated?”

Shaman nodded and said casually, “I do. This is a general movement of events in the world, and it can’t be stopped. Even if I didn’t open it, it would be opened by someone else.”

As he spoke, he raised his head to gaze at Chen Xi, and then a wisp of a strange arc arose on the corners of his mouth. “Aren’t you … the same?”

Chen Xi didn’t know why he had such a feeling, but he shook his head in a practically instinctive manner and said, “You’re wrong. I’m not like you. The era I came from will definitely not suffer the Calamity of the Last Days!”

“Oh?” Shaman started laughing, and his laughter carried pity in it. “There’s no need to lie to yourself. Saviors aren’t the cause of an era’s destruction.”

Chen Xi glanced at Shaman yet didn’t argue with him, and then Chen Xi changed the topic. “I heard that besides containing the energy of the Calamity of the Last Days that can obliterate an era, this place also hides the true secrets of the Ultimate Path towards the Dao….”

Before he could finish speaking, Shaman interrupted him and said, “The Ultimate Path towards the Dao? I’ve been searching this place for countless years, yet I’ve come back empty handed until now. In the end, I finally realized that all of that was a lie! The Ultimate Path towards the Dao? It’s sheer fiction! It doesn’t exist in the world at all!”

As he finished speaking, Shaman revealed an agitated expression, and it seemed like the hatred he’d endured for countless years had erupted at this moment.

Chen Xi gazed calmly at Shaman, and he waited until Shaman calmed down before he said, “Then do you know how to leave this place?”

Shaman was stunned, and then he roared with ridiculing laughter and said, “If it was possible to leave, then I would have left this damnable place a long time ago! How could I have stayed here until now?”

Chen Xi fell silent again, and then he suddenly said, “During these years that I was unconscious, it was you who successively attempted to swallow my soul and occupy my body, right?”

Shaman’s entire body stiffened, and then his expression changed indeterminately before he nodded in the end and said, “Yes.”

He was very clearly aware that the current situation didn’t allow him to deny it at all, so it was better to admit it because it might help have a chance at survival.

“Why?” asked Chen Xi. Moreover, he showed no sign of attacking Shaman.

This allowed Shaman to heave a sigh of relief in his heart, and then thought for a moment before he said, “I heard that every single Savior has a unique Era Brand. So long as I’m able to refine and absorb all of them, then I would have a very good chance at obtaining….”

When he spoke up to here, Shaman started hesitating.

“Obtain what?” Chen Xi gazed calmly at Shaman with an indifferent and tranquil expression.

Shaman gritted his teeth before he lightly spat out a few words. “The true secrets of the Ultimate Path towards the Dao!”

A wisp of surprise suffused Chen Xi’s eyes. “Didn’t you say that you didn’t believe the Ultimate Path towards the Dao exists? Or perhaps you were lying just now?”

Shaman shook his head repeatedly and said, “After saying at this damnable place for so long, I had to find hope that would keep me going. Otherwise… I would be too miserable.”

His voice carried a wisp of boundless sorrow.

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