Chapter 829 – Emperor Intent Starting to Awaken
“Unfortunately, we came a bit too late….”
Zhao Feng sat in the crater with slight regret. The wisps of the remaining dragon fire were quickly fading away, but they still helped Zhao Feng’s Sacred Lightning Body. If this effect was several times stronger and could last a day or two longer, it might be able to let Zhao Feng’s Golden Kun Sacred Lightning Body break through to the 5th level.
However, such things could not be asked for. The Black Destruction Serpent Dragon had only used dragon breath to kill the Wolf Emperor.
This was the first time Zhao Feng had seen this aura of dragon fire. Zhao Feng and Nan Gongsheng stayed in the crater for a couple days, and Nan Gongsheng realized that the aura of dragon fire could cleanse the wicked power of the Evil God Crystal to a certain degree.
Zhao Feng multi-tasked during these two days and headed in three directions.
The first was to continue absorbing the energy from the plant part of the Sky Water Crystal Lotus in conjunction with the Wind Lightning Crystal Core in order to steadily increase his cultivation. The quality of his True Yuan was starting to approach the level of a King. Once the quality of his True Yuan was at that level, most of his other aspects such as soul-strength would surpass normal Kings.
The second direction was to use the aura of the dragon fire and the Spiritual Fruit from the Ancient Dream Realm to consolidate his Sacred Lightning Body.
The third direction was to refine, purify, and absorb the wicked power from the Soul Suppressing Stone.
The first two weren’t very hard. The third wasn’t very hard either, but it was very time-consuming. Luckily, Zhao Feng’s mastery of the Ten Thousand Divine Thoughts Technique was still there, and it even made minor improvements after taking over another body.
The aura of dragon fire from the crater was extremely faint by the third day.
Zhao Feng confirmed that his Golden Kun Sacred Lightning Body had reached a limit. He would need a powerful stimulus to break through. He instinctively felt that the Black Destruction Serpent Dragon might be the critical point for his Sacred Lightning Body’s breakthrough.
Of course, if he wanted to use the Black Destruction Serpent Dragon’s dragon breath to refine his body, that was the same as courting death. Even at the peak of his previous life, he didn’t have to ability to block such powerful dragon fire head-on.
Zhao Feng and Nan Gongsheng sat on the old flaming chariot and continued to follow the Black Serpent Dragon. In order to utilize the flaming chariot’s fastest speed, Zhao Feng put a substandard God Crystal into it. The flaming chariot’s speed instantly reached its peak, which was comparable to Peak-tier Kings.
A day later, a big hole appeared in the fields ahead.
“The aura of Destruction is becoming stronger. The Black Serpent Dragon seems to have arrived at its destination….” Zhao Feng murmured.
In reality, countless powerful beasts would have appeared on the path they took, and it was supposed to be full of danger, but the Black Serpent Dragon had opened the way for them and killed whatever stood in the way. The destructive dragon breath aura made all beings scatter. Thus, it was a lot easier for the pursuers to follow its aura.
“Zhao Feng, there seems to be many forces heading toward that direction.”
Nan Gongsheng felt that something was wrong. As they approached their destination, the chances of meeting other experts and groups became higher.
“Ancient God’s Mysterious Palace?” Zhao Feng used a Soul Dao secret technique to get this information from a lone half-step King.
“Ancient God’s Mysterious Palace… Ancient God!?” Nan Gongsheng’s heart shook.
They were both somewhat cut off from the outside world, so they only learned this information right now. If it wasn’t for Zhao Feng’s sharp instinct to follow the Black Serpent Dragon, they would have missed this big fortune. When the duo wasn’t plundering, they were in seclusion, so their news wasn’t very good, unlike all the other forces that interacted with each other.
There were also some other elites with the same thoughts as Zhao Feng. They tried to follow the Black Serpent Dragon to take a little advantage or dig out some secrets of the Divine Illusion Dimension.
Zhao Feng and Nan Gongsheng realized that they might be a bit behind on the Ancient God’s Mysterious Palace.
The flaming chariot released a brilliant glow of green flames, and its speed now surpassed normal Peak-tier Kings.
The two soon reached an open land. Gazing down from above, the center of the land extended downward into the depths, as if it was going to devour the world.
On the other side of the crater:
“The aura of Destruction is becoming stronger and stronger. It makes my heart tremble….”
“Senior Martial Brother Jiu, should we continue?”
The group from the Nine Darkness Palace, led by Jiu Wuji and some other upper echelons, gazed down at the depths of the crater. The Nine Darkness Palace was one of the top three three-star forces of the Great Gan Lord Dynasty.
“We can only send in some elites that are willing to go in.” Jiu Wuji’s tone was deep.
It was easy to imagine that the search underground would be full of danger. Those not strong enough would only be going to their deaths. If any group met the Black Destruction Serpent Dragon, they would all die for sure.
Voices sounded from various people. Jiu Wuji soon chose ten elites, half of which were half-step Kings.
This group was made up of younger elites and older elites, and the weakest had the power of a half-step King.
In this period of time, some of the other forces around the crater used similar methods. In front of a hill was the force from the Duanmu Family, which was led by Zhao Yufei and the elder in green robes.
“The Ancient God’s Mysterious Palace ahead is extremely dangerous, and there’s also the threat of the Black Destruction Serpent Dragon. The Duanmu Family will only choose about ten elites,” the elder in green robes said.
The Ancient God’s Mysterious Palace was attractive, and many people were willing to take the risk. The ten spots were soon confirmed.
“Yufei, you have the Spiritual Race bloodline. Even without the fortune in the Ancient God’s Mysterious Palace, your future is destined to fly up into the Nine Heavens….” The green-robed elder tried to stop her.
From his perspective, the Spiritual Race bloodline was favored by Heaven and Earth and was extremely compatible with Heaven Earth Yuan Qi. She didn’t need to take such a huge risk. On the other hand, other geniuses wouldn’t have any hope of breaking through to higher realms if they didn’t fight for it. Some wouldn’t even be able to become Kings.
“I also need to fight for the fortune in the Ancient God’s Mysterious Palace. If I don’t even have that amount of courage, how will I revive the Duanmu Family and catch up to his footsteps?” Zhao Yufei’s eyes twinkled with decisiveness.
“His?” The elder in green robes had nothing to say back to her. This was the will of an expert. The reason an expert could be called an expert was not just because they were strong, it was also because they had a strong heart.
In addition, a strong heart could nurture one’s mind.
The green-robed elder was interested in this “him” that Zhao Yufei wanted to catch up to.
In the depths of a scorched, dragon-shaped crater, many small groups gathered. They were all elites.
“This should be the entrance to the Ancient God’s Mysterious Palace. The Black Serpent Dragon should have entered from here,” the Eighth Prince said.
“So, the Ancient God’s Mysterious Palace is underground in the depths of the crater….” The purple-and-gold-robed Thirteenth Prince gave a light laugh.
This group belonged to the Great Gan Imperials. The Eighth Prince, the Ninth Prince, the Thirteenth Prince, Luo Zun, the wrinkled elder… they were all elite Kings and half-step Kings. The imperial group had more than twenty people, and the weakest of them was at the half-step King level.
“Opposite us is the force from the Sky Suspension Palace. Don’t get cocky,” the Ninth Prince said in a solemn tone.
Amongst them, the Ninth Prince was the strongest and most talented, and he had recovered from his injuries from the Blue Serpent King’s pursuit.
“Sky Suspension Palace!”
The imperial elites’ expressions changed slightly as they glanced toward another group.
On the opposite side of the dragon-shaped hole was another group. They had more than twenty people, and the person with the lowest cultivation was at the half-step King level as well.
They had three Void God Realm Kings. One was a handsome and elegant youth who had reached the Peak-tier King level. Next to him were a male and female who were both Domain-level Kings.
“The Sky Suspension Palace indeed sent out Xuanyuan Wen, ranked 7th on the Imperial Genius rankings.”
“He’s only twenty-something years old and has already reached the Peak-tier King level. Such talent is unparalleled.”
Members of the imperial group couldn’t help but sigh as their gazes landed on the elegant youth from the Sky Suspension Palace. The Sky Suspension Palace was a four-star power and had a long history. The amount of four-star powers could be counted with one hand.
“Xuanyuan Wen is ranked 7th in the Imperial Genius rankings, and he should be the strongest genius that entered the Divine Illusion Dimension….” The Ninth Prince’s eyes glittered as battle-intent shot out of them.
At this moment in time, the two forces of the Sky Suspension Palace and the imperials were next to the dragon-shaped entrance, and they had sent in some people with unique abilities inside to scout it out.
“I heard that the 9th-ranked Blue Serpent King appeared around here, but no one has found him since.” The youth in white silk behind Xuanyuan Wen had a thoughtful expression.
Wei Jing came from the four-star Dark Capital Cult of the Dark Moon Lord Dynasty, and he was a powerful foe of Xuanyuan Wen. Although Wei Jing was ranked 9th compared to Xuanyuan Wen’s 7, no one knew who would win or lose in a fight to the death since their ranks were determined by the Great Gan Lord Dynasty.
“I think Senior Martial Brother Zhuge’s worry is a bit too much. Because of where the Divine Illusion Dimension connected, only a small number of King geniuses from the Dark Moon Lord Dynasty managed to enter. Although Wei Jing is strong, he won’t dare to fight against this many of us.” A female in apricot robes smiled, and everyone from the Sky Suspension Palace agreed with her.
The place where the Divine Illusion Dimension connected determined who could enter and where they ended up. If one inspected closely, they would realize that the forces that were around this area were mainly from the center region of the Great Gan Lord Dynasty, such as the imperials and the Eight Big Families. As for Void God Realms, if they used a secret method to enter, they would end up in a random area, but it wouldn’t be too far away.
Around the crater, the elites of some forces were slowly moving forward. After the Black Destruction Serpent Dragon had entered, there was no more movement from it.
In a hidden cave at the edges of the crater, Zhao Feng and Nan Gongsheng sat down, and their auras were starting to rise.
“I’m just a little bit away from breaking through to the late stages of the Void God Realm….” The purple-and-blood-colored crescent moon on Nan Gongsheng’s forehead blinked wickedly.
Right at this moment:
A strong surge of Intent that could shake Heaven and Earth suddenly seemed to break through a barrier and thunder down like lightning. It had an aura of immortality, and it seemed like it could counter anything in the world.
Nan Gongsheng’s soul shook and trembled. His blood started to boil, and he almost spat out a mouthful of blood.
This aura came from right next to him.