Chapter 566: Chi Qiu Bai
Translator: Radiant Editor: Radiant
In a dark palace hall, the Howling Devil Cult Leader was sitting atop a skeleton throne with a content expression. His throne was made up of countless palm-sized humans and animal bones, all of them emitting light.
The man simply sat there, his tender white fingers lightly drumming one of the throne’s handle pieces, sending out continuous ‘dong dong dong’ sounds which reverberated throughout the deathly silent hall.
“Again.” The Howling Devil Cult Leader finally settled his state of mind. He seated himself properly on the skeleton throne then begun to display his secret technique.
His face, which was covered in fine scales, displayed a look of pain, and his expression turned ugly to behold. In the meanwhile, a large number of illusions had begun leaving his body, some of them male, some female, some demons, and some beasts. Regardless of race and gender, all of these illusions let out soundless screams which created shockwaves reverberating all throughout the palace hall and causing even space to distort.
The man’s black robe protruded slightly upwards as it revolved unceasingly. The vague shape of a head appeared on it.
“Ahhhhh.” The Howling Devil Cult Leader roared loudly. Painful… cultivating this secret technique was truly painful!
“You wish to refine us?”
“We won’t let you!”
“I’ll use even my life to curse you. Just die.”
Nine illusions formed around the Howling Devil Cult Leader’s body, every last one howling with savagery. One of these figures belonged to a white-haired man—it was Chi Qiu Bai. He had been able to maintain his consciousness up to this very moment, yet his heart was already filled with nothing but fury and killing intent. In this contest between billions of souls, in this battle of wills, he continued fighting and surviving until he proved himself to be one of the nine people with the strongest will.
“Hehehe, you wish to kill me?” the Howling Devil Cult Leader said in a piercing shriek. “You weaklings think you can threaten this cult leader? Hahaha! It won’t be long until you will all be refined and become part of my body. By then, my blood demonic body will be complete. At that point… ahhhh!”
The Howling Devil Cult Leader could not stop himself from letting out a pained scream.
‘The “Blood Demon Scripture” deserves to be one of the legendary absolute arts. Cultivating it is truly painful…’ The Howling Devil Cult Leader’s eyes were filled with madness. But was there any stage four World Deity in the Dark Abyss who could walk this far without being a madman? They were all required to have extraordinary willpower.
“You will die.”
“You will definitely die.”
Chi Qiu Bai and the other eight were brimming with hatred towards the Howling Devil Cult Leader. All the torture and pain they experienced over thirty thousand years left them unable to even recall their pasts.
“Hehehe…” Despite the extreme pain he was feeling, the Howling Devil Cult Leader was incomparably excited inwardly.
After all, he was actually cultivating the “Blood Demon Scripture”!
Though he only managed to get his hands on the first half of it.
The second half of the “Blood Demon Scripture” had once made its appearance in the Dark Abyss, only to eventually be obtained by the Heavenly Emperor of Great Destruction. It was precisely because he owned the second part but not the first that he was unable to actually cultivate it. Even then, the Heavenly Emperor of Great Destruction still succeeded in gaining incredible status, for he had managed to create a new absolute art from the second half of the “Blood Demon Scripture”. This brought him the Paragon realm and landed him a fierce reputation in the entire Dark Abyss. Also, having created an absolute art, the Heavenly Emperor of Great Destruction was known as the expert closest to becoming a Ruler in the entire Dark Abyss.
The second half alone enabled the Heavenly Emperor of Great Destruction to create his own absolute art and achieve such outstanding results. While this could only happen because of the great innate talent he had, the “Blood Demon Scripture” also became very famous in the process.
‘For the sake of finding even the smallest chance at transcending, I went adventuring on dangerous sites, but not for one second did I consider that I might stumble upon the legendary first half of the”Blood Demon Scripture”! It might just be the first half, but it’s enough for anyone below the true god realm to cultivate.’ The Howling Devil Cult Leader was very happy. ‘More importantly, this first half could lead me to success in my cultivation, since my case is different from that of the Heavenly Emperor of Great Destruction. Once I succeed, I’ll be able to form an actual blood demon body!’
‘Still, cultivating it is proving to be truly difficult,’ the Howling Devil Cult Leader thought.
Successfully cultivating a blood demon body came with harsh requirements. The Howling Devil Cult Leader had already spent thirty thousand years in cultivation before finally reaching the final stage. It took billions of souls going through intense competition, only to leave behind nine souls with the strongest willpower. As long as he reached one final success, his cultivation would be complete.
‘The Heavenly Emperor of Great Destruction created an absolute art for himself, but it contains the tyrannical aspect of the blood demon body, and not the undying aspect,’ the Howling Devil Cult Leader thought. ‘Even though his innate talent is very high, how can an absolute art he created be compared to the ancient “Blood Demon Body” that has been passed down from generation to generation?’
‘If I become a powerful existence, the first half of the”Blood Demon Body” should make me unparalleled in my realm. At that point, I could start just think up ways to get the second half of the inheritance from the Heavenly Emperor of Great Destruction, and fuse it with my half.’ The Howling Devil Cult Leader already started looking forward to that day, yet he did not dare start looking for Heavenly Emperor of Great Destruction at the moment. On top of that, he could only succeed in his cultivation of the blood demon body using only the first half because the second half was meant for the realms higher than true god.
The Howling Devil Cult Leader finally stopped. Chi Qiu Bai and the other eight illusions were rapidly absorbed into his body. An ugly expression appeared on his face as the scales and skin on his hands broke down to the point his bones were visible. Clearly, cultivating this technique involved an extraordinary level of pain.
‘Not too long now… If everything goes according to plan, I should only take me another thirty thousand years to finish,’ the Howling Devil Cult Leader thought. He understood well enough that the final step was also the hardest. According to the records pertaining to the “Blood Demon Scripture”, he had to tread very carefully. If he were to rush things too much, it might lead to his True Deity Heart being swallowed by the nine huge sources of willpower! While this would only lead to his avatar’s death, all the souls and materials he used would also be wasted; he would have to start from scratch. On top of that, it was normally easiest to succeed in the first attempt at cultivation, while the chances of succeeding during a second attempt would be very low. The records of the “Blood Demon Scripture” also mentioned how nobody had ever succeeded in a third attempt.
The black ship continued moving through the Dark Abyss, passing through many levels of the world.
Xue Ying was standing at the head of the deck. He was sending out messages through a ring along the internal communication channels of the Bloodshed Tavern. “I want a record of all the relevant information pertaining to the Howling Devil Cult Leader, especially if it relates to the location of his true body and avatar.”
Without any delay, a huge volume of information was sent directly over to him.
“He is a stage four World Deity, the abyss sovereign of the 37th layer of the Dark Abyss. His current residence is isolated from scouting methods so, for the moment, we are unable to locate his true body and avatar,” the Bloodshed Tavern replied.
“Is it possible to investigate conduct further investigation?” Xue Ying sent back.
The Bloodshed Tavern also dealt in selling intelligence.
“We would have to ask cultivators proficient in the Dao of Karma to make the investigation. The price is either ten million contribution points, or one hundred million Deity crystals worth of treasures,” the Bloodshed Tavern replied.
As a Bloodshed Tavern Master, Xue Ying would receive his pay every hundred million years. Naturally, using his contribution points was the better choice in this situation.
The current situation was similar to when the Nine Yang Palace Head was pursuing Monarch Mo Xue—for the sake of finding the Howling Devil Cult Leader, Xue Ying would have to depend on someone who already knew him and was proficient in the Dao of Karma, who could then trace his location through karma.
Half an hour later, the Bloodshed Tavern replied, “The Howling Devil Cult Leader has two bodies. One is located in his territory, the Skeleton Sea. The other is out adventuring inside one of the three historical ruins of Dark Abyss, in a place called ‘Three Chieftains Sacred Mountain’.”