Chapter 96 – Demonic Spirit
Translator: Mr Voltaire
After searching through the ruins, Xiao Yun did not find any more magic treasures. After all, most things here had either been destroyed or decayed to an unusable state.
“Looks like there’s nothing of value here.” After looking around, Xiao Yun could not detect any more treasures within the ruins. Even though he felt a bit disappointed, he couldn’t help but smile when he looked at the fiery halberd in his hands. At the very least, he had obtained a spiritual armament.
“I wonder how this spiritual armament is used?” Xiao Yun muttered.
“Normally, you’ll be able to establish a link between a spiritual armament and yourself by adding in a drop of your blood when refining it,” the Heaven-Devouring Sparrow said. “This spiritual armament of yours is quite extraordinary, and was most likely created by refining a spiritual beast’s bones. It has the aura of a spiritual beast’s bloodline on it, and if you rashly try to fuse your blood with it, you might suffer backlash.”
“What should I do then?” Xiao Yun asked. After all, he didn’t know much about spiritual armaments.
“Try sending your spirit energy into it and see if there’s a remnant spirit of the spiritual beast within it. If there is, you’ll need to subdue this remnant spirit, then leave a mark using your spirit energy. If you’re able to do all that, you’ll be able to use this spiritual armament as you wish,” the Heaven-Devouring Sparrow said.
“Send my spirit energy into it? That’s no problem,” Xiao Yun said.
“You need to be careful though – if the remnant spirit is powerful, it might be able to devour your spirit energy,” the Heaven-Devouring Sparrow reminded him.
“Mm.” Xiao Yun nodded, and sent his spirit energy into the spiritual armament.
As his spirit energy entered it, one of the runes on the halberd shone with light, as if it had been activated by something. Following this, Xiao Yun’s mind seemed to enter a vast world, and he saw a scarlet-red haze in front of him.
“Where is this?” Xiao Yun wondered. He immediately felt an incredibly powerful aura.
Xiao Yun felt quite surprised. “What a powerful aura! Is this the remnant spirit?”
He felt that the aura and that scarlet-red haze was most likely the halberd’s remnant spirit. This remnant spirit’s aura was no weaker than that of an Essence Core realm cultivator’s.
Just as Xiao Yun was feeling surprised at the remnant spirit’s aura, the scarlet-red haze suddenly tossed and turned, as if it was awaking, and a shocking wave of bloodlust rushed towards him.
“So powerful.” Xiao Yun frowned, feeling a deep sense of fear. That aura was far stronger than his spirit energy.
With a slight thought, his spirit energy retreated from within the halberd.
When it saw the serious look on Xiao Yun’s face, the Heaven-Devouring Sparrow hurriedly asked, “What happened?”
“The remnant spirit within it is too strong, and my spirit energy is far from enough to be able to suppress it,” Xiao Yun said as he shook his head.
The Heaven-Devouring Sparrow muttered, “It’s that powerful? Looks like this spiritual armament is quite powerful.”
“I’ll have to wait until my spirit energy breaks through again,” Xiao Yun said as he sighed.
If he could step into the Second Layer of the Spirit-Destroying Divine Art, he might be able to control this spiritual armament.
“I wonder what other secrets are hidden here?” Xiao Yun shook his head as he looked around and sent his senses out.
“There are powerful shockwaves coming from over there,” Xiao Yun said suddenly as his eyes glinted.
“Someone’s fighting.” The Heaven-Devouring Sparrow also noticed those shockwaves.
The snow-white little beast also yelled out, as if it was saying that it knew where the battle was taking place.
“Should we have a look?” Xiao Yun asked the Heaven-Devouring Sparrow.
“Sure,” The Heaven-Devouring Sparrow replied in a serious tone. Xiao Yun followed the shockwaves, and soon, he was stunned by the scene in front of him.
There were gorges and Fire Veins everywhere, as if they had come to a place where the Fire Veins all gathered.
At the centre, there was a 300-metre-tall altar there, with iron chains descending from above which connected to all the Fire Veins. Runes flashed on the iron chains, gathering the Essence Qi within those Fire Veins and gathering it at the centre of the altar.
At the centre was a cauldron, which was gathering boundless Fire Essence Qi.
“Is this that ancient sect’s forbidden area?” The Heaven-Devouring Sparrow muttered as it stared ahead.
“What powerful might!” Xiao Yun felt quite shocked. If he could use all of that Fire Essence Qi for himself, the results would be incredible!
It was as expected of an ancient sect.
However, beneath the altar, there were a few people engaged in a massive battle.
“It’s Qiu Xuan Feng.” Xiao Yun’s eyes gleamed when he saw one of the people was Qiu Xuan Feng, who had tried to force him to his death. When he thought about how he had been forced by these people to scout the way for them, Xiao Yun gritted his teeth.
If it wasn’t for Xiao Yun’s powerful spirit energy which allowed him to see those Restrictions on the bridge, he would have already died.
“This fellow’s not weak at all!” The Heaven-Devouring Sparrow muttered.
Xiao Yun slightly sighed as he stood still, not preparing to interfere at all. Essence Core realm cultivators were simply too powerful, and the current him was not able to do anything to them at all. Despite having all sorts of trump cards, he would still be like a chicken waiting to be slaughtered. As such, even if he hated this person, he could only silently endure.
Ahead of them, a powerful shockwave exploded out. Even though Xiao Yun was about 1,000 metres away from the altar, he could feel how monstrous that shockwave was. At a close range, it would be enough to destroy cultivators below the Essence Core realm.
“Eh, what’s that?” Suddenly, Xiao Yun’s eyes focused on concentration as he spoke.
In front of them, Qiu Xuan Feng was fighting with a man whose face was covered with fish scales. The man’s body floated around, as if it was made of fog. However, every time he attacked, he would cause terrifying shockwaves, causing Qiu Xuan Feng to continuously retreat. Not only could he not gain the upper hand, he was forced to take a defensive position.
The Heaven-Devouring Sparrow’s eyes lit up. “That’s a demonic spirit! And that demonic spirit is incredibly powerful!”
Xiao Yun asked in surprise, “Demonic spirit? He’s actually a demonic beast?”
“He’s a demonic beast, but he lost his fleshly body, and became a demonic spirit.” The Heaven-Devouring Sparrow narrowed its eyes, revealing a burning gaze. Xiao Yun had no idea what it was thinking as it stared ahead. However, he was sure that it wasn’t planning anything good.
The demonic spirit was holding a flame-red spear, and it stabbed towards Qiu Xuan Feng.
“Dammit, there’s actually a demonic spirit that’s as powerful as an Essence Soul realm cultivator.” Qiu Xuan Feng deeply frowned. He was holding a longsword which shone with light and gave off mysterious ripples. Evidently, it was a low-grade spiritual armament. However, facing the demonic spirit’s attacks, he was barely able to defend, and even some of the runes on the spiritual armament had been destroyed. If this continued, he would no longer be able to fight!
At the boundary around the altar, there were 2 men from the Qiu family who were on their dying breath.
“Looks like that Qiu Xuan Feng’s in a tight spot.” When he saw that Qiu Xuan Feng was being forced into retreating, Xiao Yun’s eyes narrowed as he smiled. If Qiu Xuan Feng was killed, he would not have to act himself. That way, not only would his hatred be quenched, the Qiu family would take a massive blow.
After losing an Essence Core realm expert, he would not have to worry even if the Qiu family attacked the Xiao family.
The demonic spirit’s arm trembled as his spear spiralled towards Qiu Xuan Feng like a fiery serpent. The powerful shockwaves caused the air to tremble, and the chains descending from the altar rattled and clanged. As an explosion sounded out, the spiritual armament in Qiu Xuan Feng’s hands was destroyed. It turned into a remnant armament and fell to the ground.
“Haha, this old ghost’s death has arrived!” Xiao Yun couldn’t help but laugh. Without a spiritual armament, how would Qiu Xuan Feng continue fighting?
“That old ghost is too weak.” The Heaven-Devouring Sparrow shook its head and sighed, “The cultivators here just aren’t strong enough!”
“What do you mean?” Xiao Yun felt quite confused – wouldn’t it be good if Qiu Xuan Feng was killed?
“It would be best if they could severely injure each other,” the Heaven-Devouring Sparrow said.
“Severely injure each other?” Xiao Yun’s eyes glinted as he suddenly said, “Crap, once Qiu Xuan Feng dies, that demonic spirit will most likely come to deal with me. Let’s go.”
The Heaven-Devouring Sparrow said, “Let’s wait and see for a bit. If that Qiu Xuan Feng can last for a while, we might be able to swoop in and take out both of them.”
Xiao Yun rolled his eyes. “Take out both of them? I think we’ll be the ones to be taken out.”
“Just trust this Lord this once,” the Heaven-Devouring Sparrow replied. At this moment, the situation changed.
After Qiu Xuan Feng was defeated, he hurriedly retreated, and actually tried to escape.
“You want to run? Leave behind your life.” The demonic spirit spoke with a hoarse voice, “Heheh, after waiting for so long, I’ve finally waited to this day. The body of an Essence Core realm cultivator is quite extraordinary; soon, I’ll be able to return to the Essence Soul realm.”
The demonic spirit threw its spear, which turned into a gigantic serpent and swept towards Qiu Xuan Feng. Qiu Xuan Feng hurriedly waved his arms, bringing the 2 True Essence realm cultivators’ bodies into the air. He sent them flying towards the fire serpent.
The True Essence realm cultivators screamed, “No!!”
The fire serpent slammed through the 2 people, causing them to explode. It continued to rush towards Qiu Xuan Feng.
Qiu Xuan Feng continued to hurriedly retreat, wanting to escape, but he was blasted 100 metres away by that attack and heavily injured.
“That useless thing.” In the distance, the Heaven-Devouring Sparrow coldly harrumphed. It had thought that Qiu Xuan Feng would fight to the death, but he had instead tried to escape, giving the demonic spirit an opportunity to attack him.
If he had fought to the death with his Essence Core realm cultivation, he would have been able to severely injure that demonic spirit. The Heaven-Devouring Sparrow knew that even though the demonic spirit looked quite powerful, it was completely spent, and would not last for much longer. If Qiu Xuan Feng persisted for a bit longer, the demonic spirit would definitely become much weaker.
It was a pity that Qiu Xuan Feng was greedy for life and afraid of death. He had tried to escape, and was instead heavily injured. After he was injured, he jumped up and leapt across a Fire Vein.
“Since you’ve come, don’t run.” The demonic spirit laughed as its body blurred and turned into a stream of fire. Looking closely, one would find that this stream of fire was actually a gigantic flame serpent.
“Damnit!” Qiu Xuan Feng frowned as he stepped on the air and continued running.
Who would have thought that the flame serpent would continue to give chase and attack?
Another fiery light burst out, shooting towards Qiu Xuan Feng’s back like a spear.
Qiu Xuan Feng quickly turned and smashed out with his palm, trying to defend. However, he was unable to stop the attack, and a blazing pain spread out across his back as a hole was pierced through it.
As powerful shockwaves emanated out, Xiao Yun frowned, wanting to leave.
“Calm down,” the Heaven-Devouring Sparrow said in a still voice. It opened its mouth and created a vortex, gathering the Fire Essence Qi around them, as if it was preparing to attack. Xiao Yun could only wait worriedly – the demonic spirit’s might was evident, and if he didn’t escape, he would definitely be in danger!