Chapter 1148: The Death of Qutaybah (VI)
Translated by: Hypersheep325
Edited by: Michyrr
The Demonic Emperor Old Man had been the hegemon of a generation, the supreme expert of the martial arts world, so even though his dantian had been shattered, making it impossible for him to cultivate the Great Yinyang Heaven Creation Art, he knew all the traits and moves of this technique like the back of his hand. The Stellar Energy Wang Chong transferred to him immediately allowed him to suppress his injuries and refill the many pore dantians around his body. In a flash, a ruddy tone was restored to the Demonic Emperor Old Man's face. Although it was far more complicated to completely heal his wounds, he at least had the ability to fight another battle.
"Chong-er, the situation is bad! Qutaybah is recovering much faster than we expected. If this continues, it will only be a little while until we lose all ability to oppose him."
The Demonic Emperor Old Man's robes flapped in the wind as he stared in deep concern at Qutaybah. Qutaybah was also in poor condition, trickles of blood leaking out from his blood-stained golden armor. But his aura was still stable and growing stronger. Wang Chong and the Demonic Emperor Old Man's attacks had weakened his ability to absorb the Subtle energy from that higher dimension, but they could not completely cut it off.
And even more unfortunately, while the pair could stop Qutaybah from absorbing that energy, they could not stop him from comprehending it. As time went on, Qutaybah had managed to quickly grasp the energy of the Subtle realm and even comprehend a few new moves.
This was what truly worried the Demonic Emperor Old Man.
"Abu Muslim, Ziyad, Huoshu Huicang—all of you come here!"
In the air, Qutaybah stared at the Demonic Emperor Old Man and his growing power, a hint of apprehension in his eyes. A greatly weakened Demonic Emperor Old Man was nothing to Qutaybah, but now that the Demonic Emperor Old Man was recovering his strength, Qutaybah felt once more like there was a dagger at his back.
This time, Qutaybah had surprisingly chosen not to attack.
"Qutaybah, what do you need us to do?"
Several figures of vigorous aura appeared behind Qutaybah. Abu Muslim, Ziyad, and Huoshu Huicang had all arrived.
Qutaybah's face was cold and hard, and he continued to stare forward as he ordered, "Give all your energy to me!"
The three of them were all stunned by Qutaybah's request. On this fierce battlefield, the Tang could attack at any moment. If their strength dropped too much, they might not even have the power to protect themselves.
"There's no time! These Tang have found a way to disrupt my ability to absorb that energy. If this continues, I will find it very difficult to grasp that new type of energy. Give your energy to me, and I will kill them all!"
Killing intent erupted from Qutaybah's eyes.
He was already sick of this game of cat and mouse. He would kill that young Tang commander and the mysterious eastern elder in a single strike.
Abu Muslim said nothing, but countless thoughts were flitting through his eyes. He quickly made his decision.
"I understand! Ziyad, let us give our energy to him!" Abu Muslim sternly ordered.
This was the only choice available in the current situation. The Great Tang's use of the Myriad Rakshasa Earthen Stronghold Formation against them had completely broken the balance. Abu Muslim, Ziyad, and Huoshu Huicang had lost the ability to threaten the Great Tang.
The only person capable of intimidating the Tang was Qutaybah. If not for him standing at the forefront and warding off the Great Tang's edge, Arabia and Ü-Tsang would have been defeated long ago. Passing their energy to him was the only thing they could do at this time.
Abu Muslim clapped his hand onto Qutaybah's shoulder, and a surge of black energy began to rush into Qutaybah. At almost the same time, another arm extended forward and also pressed onto Qutaybah. Ziyad had made the same choice, sending his energy without hesitation.
Huoshu Huicang, standing a little farther back, didn't understand Arabic, but he could see what was going on from the actions of the other two. Thump! Huoshu Huicang stepped forward and extended his own arm. The three Great Generals had all made the choice to transfer their energy to Qutaybah. Through this method, the three of them had placed all their hopes for defeating the Great Tang onto Qutaybah.
If not even Qutaybah could defeat the Great Tang, the three of them truly couldn't think of anybody else that could!
As the three of them transferred their energy, Qutaybah's hair began to float in the air, and his waning aura began to rise with astonishing speed.
Wang Chong, the black-armored guard, and Gao Xianzhi all grimaced at this scene. This move from Qutaybah was completely unexpected. If he were allowed to absorb the energy of the three, the Great Tang would be at a great disadvantage.
"Chong-er, listen!!" The Demonic Emperor Old Man's voice resounded in Wang Chong's mind. "Don't worry about Qutaybah. As long as it's not the energy of the Subtle realm, no matter how much he absorbs, it will be like drinking poison in the hopes of quenching one's thirst. Listen carefully to what I'm about to tell you. This is extremely important. Other than the Great Yinyang Heaven Creation Art's Great Destruction Art, there is another move that is even more powerful, called 'Heaven Earth Annihilation'. I was only able to develop this technique after spending more than half my life researching the Great Yinyang Heaven Creation Art.
"Back then, I was constantly attempting to push the Great Yinyang Heaven Creation Art to an even higher level, above what the creator of the art had achieved. After more than half a lifetime of research, I truly did manage to find an even higher level, but it cannot be used by one person. It requires two users of the Great Yinyang Heaven Creation Art who have reached an extremely high level to use the move at the same time. It can draw on the origin of all things in the world to annihilate all, which is why it is called 'Heaven Earth Annihilation'. This is the highest level of the Great Yinyang Heaven Creation Art. Even an expert of the Subtle realm can be annihilated. But all the disciples your master took in were traitorous scoundrels, so your master never had an opportunity to use the Heaven Earth Annihilation, to show its power to the world!
"You have already cultivated to the peak of the Great Yinyang Heaven Creation Art. You can use the Great Destruction Art, meaning that you have the foundation to use the Heaven Earth Annihilation. Soon, your master will use the Stellar Energy you sent me and the Myriad Spirit Sea Art to imitate the Great Yinyang Heaven Creation Art, working together with you to unleash the Heaven Earth Annihilation.
"This supreme move is extremely powerful, but as your master has never used it before, not even your master can predict what sort of risks there might be in using it. But we don't have any other choice. If we wait until he completely comprehends the energy of the Subtle realm, even your mental attacks won't be any use against him. We will have one chance. The Heaven Earth Annihilation is our last opportunity."
The Demonic Emperor Old Man's clothes and hair were blown here and there by the fierce winds.
But Wang Chong was even more agitated than the Demonic Emperor Old Man at this moment. The words 'Heaven Earth Annihilation' had set off great waves in his mind. Wang Chong had always believed that the Great Destruction Art was the limit of the Great Yinyang Heaven Creation Art. He had never known or even imagined that there would be a 'Heaven Earth Annihilation' above the Great Destruction Art, and it was a supreme move that required two experts of the Great Yinyang Heaven Creation Art.
The Demonic Emperor Old Man had never mentioned anything about this to him before.
Countless thoughts were flying through Wang Chong's mind, but a moment later, he glanced at the dazzling golden War God in the distance, his strength rapidly recovering. All his thoughts vanished, and his eyes became sharp and determined.
"Master, I understand. It doesn't matter what the risks are. I will do everything in my power to help Master use the Heaven Earth Annihilation."
The Demonic Emperor Old Man nodded, his eyes blazing bright.
"Chong-er, listen well. Yin and Yang share the same principle, Heaven and Earth have the same duties, embracing the Yin and carrying the Yang, all things are restored and birthed…"
The Demonic Emperor Old Man's mellow voice began to recite the mantra to the Heaven Earth Annihilation in Wang Chong's mind.
This mantra was more profound and abstruse than any other technique Wang Chong had ever cultivated, and normally, cultivating it would take an extremely long time. But both Wang Chong and the Demonic Emperor Old Man had completely comprehended the Great Yinyang Heaven Creation Art, understanding every one of its secrets. Since they had already reached the peak, they did not need much time or energy to comprehend this technique.
"Chong-er, I will now explain to you the key points and essence of the Heaven Earth Annihilation. Listen carefully. I will only explain this once. Once Qutaybah has finished absorbing energy, then no matter how ready you are, we must use the move. Otherwise, we are all doomed!"
The Demonic Emperor Old Man began to explain the principles and method to using the Heaven Earth Annihilation, branding them in Wang Chong's mind. In addition, he carefully explained all its most crucial points.
The Demonic Emperor Old Man had barely finished speaking when an enormous boom came from the distance. Qutaybah's entire body trembled as mighty streams of Stellar Energy howled out of his body.
"All of you withdraw!"
Qutaybah's expression was aloof, his eyes cold.
Abu Muslim, Ziyad, and Huoshu Huicang almost simultaneously drew back their hands, dropped back to the ground, mounted their horses, and rode back to the rear. The three of them had almost completely drained themselves of energy in assisting Qutaybah. Their faces were all ghastly pale, and even mounting their horses took some strength.
"We've done all we can. We can only depend on Qutaybah now. Everyone, keep back to avoid getting caught in the crossfire!" Abu Muslim said. His body leaned forward on his horse, but his head was still looking back at Qutaybah.