Chapter 457: Moving Alone
Translator: Radiant Editor: Radiant
The Bloodshed God Palace Battle was finally underway.
A group of six Deity experts was currently assaulting a black venomous bug. Particles were forming in the surrounding space which would crumble ever so often at times; other times, it was cut… The six experts were putting all their power and techniques on display, leading the black venomous bug to howl and struggle. Its injuries were getting more serious by the second before a thin sword finally pierced its body, out of which fresh blood spurted out. At that point, the venomous bug finally stopped struggling, though the other five experts quickly followed with a few more strikes.
The six experts then looked up at the enormous blood-colored list which now contained a total of 191 names, with new names appearing ever so often.
“Haha, fellow gentlemen, my luck was good enough to net me the last hit on that venomous bug.” A rangy man holding onto two swords laughed. “It’s only by teaming together that we’ll have any hope to net a place in the top hundred. If each of us were to move alone, we’d all likely take spots lower even than the 500th! Instead, you can all see that Brother Ni is ranked 15th, while I am already in the top 200.”
“Alright, alright. It’s too early to celebrate; we four have yet to enter the list.”
One’s rank was determined by how many fatal blows they landed on venomous bug!
“Let’s keep going. I don’t think our luck can be this poor.”
The six went on to seek more venomous bugs to kill.
In the air some three mountains away, Xue Ying was also looking for venomous bugs. He glanced over to the side, where he saw those six Deity experts killing a bug together. Are they some of those Deities with weaker combat power? They’re likely aware that it would be impossible for them to get spots in the top hundred if they were to move alone, so they chose to act together.
I should avoid them. Xue Ying was on full alert. With so many Deity experts acting all around, he had to be incredibly wary of any who might have grasped grade one Deity Hearts! If he wasn’t careful, he’d be killed and sent back immediately.
The records marked at least one instance of an expert with huge combat power being killed prematurely by a group of Deities during every single Myriad Flower Feast.
However, even if he carefully avoided them, how fast would a group of Deities rushing over to him be?
Hong hong hong~
Just as the three bodies of Xue Ying were attacking a venomous bug together, space suddenly distorted, and a group of figures flashed twice before appearing at the mountain where Xue Ying was.
This group of Deity experts had a total of eight members!
“He is Calm Sea Prefecture’s Dong Bo! Kill him!”
The eight Deities sent out attacks without a trace of hesitation.
One of them, a gray-robed man, extended both his hands, which caused the surrounding space to as if turning into an endless quagmire. Invisible waves enveloped their surrounding, making it hard to see. This force permeated the Mirage, the Shadow Space, and the real world; nothing could resist it. It even affected Xue Ying’s true body which was hiding in the Mirage, which served to greatly shock him.
“I’ve found his true body.” Of this group of experts, only the gray-robed man was able to discover Xue Ying’s true body. He had just easily dealt with his concealment.
“Kill.” A thunder blade moved through the sky along an arc, pierced the void, and finally reached Xue Ying.
“Go.” Countless densely interwoven strands of white web were also sent over to envelop Xue Ying’s position.
“Extinguish.” A dazzling light condensed and converged on Xue Ying’s position from every direction.
All those Deity experts were simultaneously displaying their offensive skills.
Xue Ying was so frightened that, without a second thought, he immediately switched positions with one of his mirage bodies.
Sou sou sou…
With the help of his mirage bodies, Xue Ying rapidly shifted his position all around as he fled with great speed! It was very difficult to predict where his true body was at any moment, since his mirage bodies could appear at any spot with a single thought from his part.
“There, there, here.” The gray-robed man was able to sense every switch of Xue Ying’s true body with his mirage bodies, but the offensive techniques of the others could not so easily follow his instructions. In the end, they could only watch Xue Ying escape with their eyes wide.
“That Dong Bo’s Mirage secret skill makes him truly formidable. It’s not such an easy thing to kill him.”
“Whatever, let’s just hurry up and eliminate this venomous bug first.”
The eight figures were standing to the side, watching Xue Ying escape into the distance, before finally killing the venomous bug which Xue Ying had heavily injured.
They had not been fully confident that the sneak attack would work. Successfully killing Xue Ying would have been a matter to celebrate, but even failing to do so and just killing a venomous bug was fine.
Only after fleeing about ten mountains away did Xue Ying finally stop. There, he turned to look around him and helplessly muttered to himself, Normally, there would truly be few people who can discover my true body if it hides in the Mirage. But the people who get to participate in this battle are all quite capable… It’s likely that, in any group of ten, there would be one who’s able to discover my true body.
The Mirage was powerful, but it’s ability wasn’t absolute. The gray-robed man from before, for instance, was employing the Minute Deity Heart trained to an extremely high stage through a domain-related secret skill he created himself! This domain sensory ability was one that broke through the deepest level of fundamental particles, which left Xue Ying unable to escape it even when hiding in the Mirage.
There were other similar skills that could easily break his concealment, such as secret skills with inherent space-related profound mysteries. Xue Ying discovered that there was quite a number of Deities who could easily discover his true body, seeing how the participants in this battle were all experts with high realms. They might not necessarily succeed in defeating him, but they could at least discover the position of his true body.
Alas, the only thing I can do is be a little more careful. It wasn’t long before he discovered another venomous bug starting to form in a distant cave. He immediately went over.
His combat power actually left him in a rather awkward position.
He had no way of fighting the most powerful experts, like those who had grade one Deity Hearts.
But the people with lower combat power were well aware that they had no hope of success in moving alone, so they decided to team up. In some cases, they would even set down oaths to ensure that they would not betray one another.
It was only those with combat power that was closer to the top…that would often refrain from teaming up.
To them, whether they teamed up or not would have no effect on how efficiently they could search for venomous bugs, while problems would often arise in regards to how the prey would be split. Equally? Neither party saw any benefit in that.
“So despicable. They actually dared to team up together and kill our master.”
“Ai, master failed to escape in the end.”
“Quick, run away!”
“That team of Deities actually killed our big brother.”
“I’ve finally escaped! This was so dangerous I nearly died.”
Back in the Bloodshed God Palace, countless spectators were engrossed in watching the illusory scenes of fighting from the enormous mountain range. Following the battles was a very nerve-wracking experience. Most of the participants in the battle were moving in groups, while a select few were confident enough to move alone! Those who killed the venomous bugs alone knew that the credit went to themselves, while those who went around in groups would have points distributed to one of them at time. It only made sense that moving alone was more efficient.
The only problem was that quite a few of these people with great combat power would fall under a group’s joint assault.
“Look at that little brat, he is truly cunning.”
“That tall person with the greataxe came up with a pretty good body-enhancing secret skill.”
The many powerful existences were leisurely watching the battle.
They did not feel any pity for those lone rangers who were killed by a group of people. The way they saw it, everyone was free to make their own decision. If they were that confident in themselves, they should also be willing to admit their own defeat after one of these group attacks.
“Run away, Dong Bo! That situation is too dangerous.”
“What danger are you talking about? With Dong Bo’s combat power, he’s not one of those people others can so easily team up against.” The Xia Clan Deities, including Jing Qiu, were all nervously spectating, their hearts tightening each and every time they saw Xue Ying encounter and be pursued by a group of Deity experts.
Moving alone might have been more dangerous, but every venomous bug he killed went to him alone.
Xue Ying’s kill count was steadily increasing, and his name was rapidly moving up on the list. 52th, 39th, 33rd, 25th, 19th…
Naturally, Xue Ying’s combat power was quite high, with only those who grasped hold of a grade one Deity Heart having any advantage over him. As long as he survived, his ranking would naturally rise as well.
“He’s 15th!” the White Sand City Lord remarked while drinking and enjoying the battle alongside his good friends, such as King Rong Hai.
“Dong Bo might manage to land a spot in the top ten.” The Ink Cloud City Lord laughed to the side.