Chapter 1344: Forbidden Ground
“Can we eat the fruits?” Qin Wentian laughed.
“Naturally, we can. Especially for experts who are proficient in those certain type of law energies, if they consumed the corresponding fruits, it would actually help their comprehensions.” Li Yufeng spoke.
Qin Wentian’s silhouette flashed as he moved towards the fruit tree. He directly stretched his hand out and grabbed towards a fruit of law but at this very moment, a fearsome fire law energy gushed out, wanting to burn his fingers. Qin Wentian’s reactions were as fast as lightning as he instantly retreated. However, his clothes were still burned and a powerful fiery streak of destructive fire law energy gushed into his body.
“Eh, I’ve not finished. I wanted to add ‘if you can eat it’…” Li Yufeng mumbled behind him as a smile appeared on his face. Qin Wentian speechlessly nodded, “I got set up by you. However, I should have expected that since there are fruits of law, the tree must have absorbed plenty of spiritual qi and gained a hint of sentience. It isn’t going to be so easy if one wants to eat it.”
“Yup, in any case if one takes the risk and swallows it down, if they lose control of the law energy, they might even lose their lives.” Li Yufeng spoke.
“Mhm.” Qin Wentian nodded. He then walked past the fruit tree and continued climbing the mountain.
“You are okay to miss out on this opportunity?” Li Yufeng had a puzzled look on his face.
“Although these fruits are valuable, they are useless to me. Hence, why is there a need for me to waste my time on them? It’s better to leave them for others.” Qin Wentian calmly spoke. Li Yufeng couldn’t help but laugh, what a truly interesting fellow. Before the fruit tree of law, there would naturally be many who would do all they can to grab the law fruits. However, Qin Wentian was still very calm.
It wasn’t that Qin Wentian had no desire for treasures. It’s just that they just started climbing the mountain. This place was so mysterious and boundlessly vast. Also, this was just the external boundary of the true Darknorth Immortal Mountain. In that case, there definitely would be more fascinating things as they proceeded deeper in. Since that was the case, why must he limit his own perspective?
As they ascended step by step, the law energy could be felt everywhere. Qin Wentian quietly sensed the energy, attempting to comprehend the formless laws. From him, law energy would radiate forth as well, as though wanting to meld as one with the law energy present in the atmosphere.
For experts at the immortal-foundation realm, they are already able to come in contact with law energy. However, although they could radiate law energy, the intrinsic difference between them and immortal kings are simply still too far apart. The control of law energy for immortal kings isn’t a simple emanation of law energy from their immortal-foundation. Their bodies are bodies of law and in an instant they could manifest their law domains. That was a qualitative evolution.
It’s easy for a quantitative evolution to happen, but not for a qualitative one. Hence, it was unknown how many geniuses couldn’t step past the final gap and break through to the immortal king realm. Right now, Qin Wentian was considered to have one foot into the immortal king realm but if he wanted to completely stepped over to it, the difficulty was still immense.
Immortal-foundation realm is from the inside to the outside, unleashing their law energy from within their immortal-foundation.
Immortal kings are the fusion between inside and outside. They can formed their law domains with ease.
“If I can do the same as the Darknorth Mountain, radiating boundless law energy unceasingly, permeating the atmosphere, I would have succeeded.” Qin Wentian mumbled. However, he wasn’t able to find that spark of necessary insight.
Finally, Qin Wentian stood at the peak of this mountain. He turned his gaze towards the mountains in the surroundings. This place was extremely vast and many experts have arrived. Some of them directly sat down to cultivate, some proceeded forward, while some found rare treasures like the tree of law.
“Li Yufeng, Zhiyin. We came to the Darknorth Immortal Mountain to search for an opportunity to break through. There’s no need for us to travel together.” Qin Wentian spoke to them.
“Mhm, I think so too. Everyone’s opportunity would be different. As for me, my cultivation base still lacks a little before I reached that point. I should find a cave and cultivate first.” Li Yufeng carefreely spoke.
“You go on ahead, I will look around.” Zhiyin smiled to Qin Wentian.
“If there’s trouble, let me know immediately.” Qin Wentian spoke.
“Okay.” Zhiyin smiled. Qin Wentian nodded to the two of them before he stepped out and went to seek his own path.
The path of cultivation ultimately still depended on oneself. This is especially so when one encountered a bottleneck. Nobody else could help you. No matter which major power you belonged to, they would at most provide heavenly materials for you to better comprehend the insight but the one taking that final step to break through would still be dependant on oneself.
Li Yufeng nodded to Zhiyin. He then left in a graceful manner, seeking out a cave to cultivate.
Zhiyin stared at the back of Qin Wentian as a smile appeared on her face. She found a place and sat down. With a wave of her hand, an ancient zither appeared as she actually played a music piece right here and now. The enjoyable music spread out towards the desolate mountain range, as she became one with it.
This melody seemed to be sending Qin Wentian off. Qin Wentian didn’t turn back, he continued forward step by step, with no purpose in mind. Right now, he was quietly feeling the law energy.
He was different from Li Yufeng. His cultivation base had already reached the maximum limit of immortal-foundation. Right now, as long as he could gain a park of insight, he would be able to complete the step, directly ascending to the king realm.
The next cultivation realm after immortal-foundation, was known as the king realm. Immortal kings and immortal emperors all belonged to the same realm.
The cultivation base of a stellar martial cultivator was segregated by the number of their astral souls and the amount of constellations they formed an innate connection with. Both immortal kings and immortal emperors belonged to the same realm. It’s just that people of the immortal realms further split this realm into two. When one’s comprehension deepened, they would break through from kings to emperors, becoming the supreme beings of this king realm.
Everyone in the immortal realms knew of the importance of this level. Qin Wentian naturally understood as well. As long as he broke through, he would become an immortal king, at the same realm as immortal emperors.
As long as they were in the same realm, the distance between them wouldn’t be so unreachably far any longer. He would be able to see them and he would be able to feel their strengths.
Upon crossing the barrier, he could be considered a true expert of the immortal realms, standing at the peak.
Because of the importance of this realm, Qin Wentian was filled with anticipation and hope towards it.
But he understood that right now, he shouldn’t be in such a rush. He had to steady his state of heart and mind and try to contemplate the laws in the atmosphere.
Qin Wentian continued on his way, taking his time to feel the law energy in every place he ventured to, regardless of how intense or weak the law fluctuations were. He ignored all distractions and closed his eyes, using his heart to feel the law energy.
After this mountain, he came across another mountain. On his journey, he encountered another tree of law but the fruits were already taken by someone else. Even so, he still sat below the tree to contemplate the law energy here and it was only after a long time did he stand up and leave.
He passed by a sacred rock. this rock was on the top of a mountain and had the word ‘King’, engraved upon it.
The ancient rune for the word ‘king’ contained boundless law energy, wanting to gush into his body. Qin Wentian sat down before the rock and quietly contemplated, only leaving after several days.
Qin Wentian continued on his way and came across an icy waterfall. The water flowing down from the top of the mountain was actually frozen solid, forming ice pillars around the area, causing the temperature nearby to plummet. When he got closer to it, Qin Wentian felt that he himself was about to be frozen, as the icy energy corroded his inner organs.
However, he still released his own law energy as he drew nearer. Until he reached the point of the limit for his endurance, he finally stopped and stood there to contemplate. Very swiftly, his entire person was covered in frost, becoming an ice statue.
After several days, cracking sounds rang out as Qin Wentian broke out of the ice, leaving here without sparing a backward glance.
Qin Wentian’s speed of advancement was very slow. He attempted to contemplate the law energy of each and every mountain, without avoiding any places, wanting to explore the entire mountain range.
Today, he passed by a mountain radiating gravity. With much difficulty, he lifted his foot and started the ascent. The pressure was overwhelming and every step forward caused his body to almost collapse.
Despite so, he continued to persevere on. His internal organs were all under great pressure that was exceedingly hard to bear.
Only after several months did he finally conquer this law mountain.
This wasn’t the most terrifying thing. There was one day where he encountered a mountain radiating laws of corrosion. That mountain wanted to corrode his entire body and he had no choice but to bear the pain as he proceeded forward step by step, with the law energy destroying his flesh while his innate recovery abilities healed him. He once had the thought to give it up after travelling half the mountain but he ultimately depended on his unbendable will and finally passed it.
Day after day, Qin Wentian suffered much, just like a monk believing that sufferance would lead to deliverance. His long hair fluttered wildly as his robes were all torn and tattered but he didn’t seem to have noticed at all. He just walked and walked until one day, he finally finished conquering each and every mountain here in the outer boundaries of the Darknorth Immortal Mountain Range.
But because he kept walking and kept moving about, not many people paid attention to Qin Wentian’s cultivation method. His companion Zhiyin attracted more attention on the contrary. Because the moment they entered this external boundary, she kept sitting there to play a zither, to draw her art and has never left the area at all. She wanted to draw this entire mountain range in a painting, and give form to the formless law energy fluctuations.
It has already been about a year plus since Qin Wentian entered the Darknorth Immortal Mountain. The deadline for entering was three years. Once the three years were up, everyone who entered had to leave and wait for seven more years to attempt the entry test again.
Naturally, if there’s someone who managed to find good fortune and was in the midst of breaking through to the immortal king realm, the guards of the mountain wouldn’t intentionally chase these people away.
Today, Qin Wentian in tattered robes reached the boundary of the other side of this external region. As to why the boundary existed is because he could feel that if he took another step ahead, there was a formless energy in the atmosphere that seemed incredibly heavy, pressing down on his spirit. That place ahead was the forbidden ground of the Darknorth Immortal Mountain. Once someone entered there, only death would be the result. No one has ever returned alive.
Hence, although right now there were plenty of people beside Qin Wentian, all of them stopped here, not daring to proceed forward.
“Do you all know anything about this forbidden ground?” Qin Wentian asked. Everyone shook their heads, but there was one who glanced over to Qin Wentian and spoke, “Although we don’t know anything, but there’s one thing which is as clear as day. This place is a true forbidden ground. In the past, one person entered but when he returned, only half of his body was left, with a single breath of life in him. An instant later, before he could say anything, a blurred shadow sped over and took him away. Nobody could see clearly what that blurred greyish shadow was.”