Chapter 573: Escape Plan
Translator: Radiant Editor: Radiant
Relying on his superior power to control the Starfield Flying Ship, Xue Ying soon arrived at the 40th layer world of the Dark Abyss.
Xue Ying felt like a giant bear being hunted by the five Abyss Sovereigns. Fortunately, these hunters could do no more than slow him down slightly.
“Dong Bo Xue Ying!”
“Dong Bo Xue Ying, do you dare go even deeper into the Dark Abyss?”
Some shadows began charging towards him.
Xue Ying felt it—there were more than eleven Abyss Sovereigns in the 40th layer world of the Dark Abyss! Some of them had pursued him from the previous levels, while others had arrived to intercept him from the levels below.
‘As time drags on, even more of them will show up. My defensive ability is decent thanks to the Extreme Annihilation Mysterious Body, but that’s only when it comes to ordinary powerful existences. Any stronger opponent, especially if the difference in strength is too pronounced, I would have no confidence in facing with this armor alone,’ Xue Ying pondered. He was, after all, just a stage three World Deity. Indeed, he was also a member of the Destruction Legion, but he was by far the weakest one. Any other soldier could overpower him without breaking a sweat.
‘That place is my only chance at survival.’
Xue Ying used all of his power to face off against the Sovereigns who were besieging him. Even though his hands were full with suppressing his opponents, his sight was already set on a majestic location in the distance.
It was a rather odd-looking mountain range. It had three entrance spread apart in different positions around the mountains, each of them taking on the appearance of a huge demonic head. These heads seemed like they reached up to the ceiling of this layer world, in spite of its height of multiple trillions of kilometers. With each head in its own location, their mouths, nostrils, eyes, and ears served as entryways into the mountain range.
This was the location of some ancient ruins that resisted the destruction of the cosmos—the Three Chieftains Sacred Mountain!
‘The Three Chieftains Sacred Mountain… whether I survive or not will only be decided in the final battle.’ A glimmer of expectation appeared in Xue Ying’s eyes.
Why did he not flee towards the outer layers of the Dark Abyss, and instead decided to proceed even deeper?
It was all because of this Three Chieftains Sacred Mountain!
Xue Ying was well aware that, as soon as the Will of the Abyss rejected him, a significant amount of powerful Abyss natives would be attracted to come and try to kill him. Even if they were not determined enough to take his life, he was still very deep into the Dark Abyss—at the 37th layer—which would make it very difficult for him to flee all the way out. Perhaps he could escape the 37th layer, but what about the next one, or the one after? Forget the other Abyss natives, the White Sovereign alone could kill Xue Ying with a flip of his hand.
And the White Sovereign was not the only threatening figure. The Patrol Devil Lord would also be impossible to deal with. Although he wasn’t a Paragon, he could still defend himself from a Paragon’s attacks and even kill people on a higher level than him. His strength was roughly comparable or even greater than Nine Yang Palace Head’s or that of the Purple-Gowned Hex Emperor.
Any one of these existences could easily handle him.
Without even minding other dangers, these two existences alone made it impossible for Xue Ying to cross the thirty-something layers of the Dark Abyss.
Xue Ying was well-aware that entering the Three Chieftains Sacred Mountain was his only way out, be it with or without the first half of the Blood Demon Scripture.
First of all, the Three Chieftains Sacred Mountain was located in the 40th layer of the Dark Abyss, which was relatively close to his previous location in the 37th.
Secondly, the Three Chieftains Sacred Mountain was an ancient ruin. Unlike the other areas in the Abyss where anyone could do as they wished, even powerful existences wouldn’t dare be so reckless here. Even if they did chase him inside, these powerful existences would have to be on guard against the dangers of the Three Chieftains Sacred Mountain itself.
Taking his excellent survivability into account, Xue Ying believed he could leave the Three Chieftains Sacred Mountain with his life.
‘If it weren’t for these Blood Demon Scripture, things would not be so hectic. Perhaps I could have fled and entered the Three Chieftains Sacred Mountain easily, without all these pursuers.’ Xue Ying began to feel somewhat helpless. The Blood Demon Scripture truly attracted too much attention. He had traversed no more than three layers, from the 37th to the 40th, yet so many powerful existences had already come out to chase and surround him.
Using his Starfield Flying Ship, Xue Ying quickly approached the Three Chieftains Sacred Mountain.
This place was truly gigantic! The area occupied by the three heads was over a trillion kilometers in size. In fact, the Sacred Mountain alone occupied half of the entire area of this particular layer of the Dark Abyss. Xue Ying continued to fly towards the mountain range, trying his hardest to reach the closest entrance as soon as possible; the Three Chieftains Sacred Mountain had no openings other than the three demon heads.
“Don’t let him enter!”
The demons who were still trillions of kilometers behind Xue Ying were agitatedly sending messages to the Abyss Sovereigns of this layer.
At this stage, a single moment could make a world of difference.
Although eleven Abyss Sovereign had already arrived at this level, only seven of them were close enough to attack Xue Ying. The other four were still quite some distance away. Of the seven who could attack him, only three were powerful existences, and they were all quite ordinary regarding strength. Faced with this level of opposition, Xue Ying was able to make his way towards the Three Chieftains Sacred Mountain.
“Get out of my way!” Only a million kilometers now stood between him and the nearest entrance. Using his Starship Flying Ship, Xue Ying tore through space, rapidly approaching his destination, all while employing his Spearmanship as well as his physical defense to buy more time.
Just like a shadow…
Xue Ying rode his Starfield Flying Ship in through the orifices of one of the three demonic heads with goat-like appearances. The hole he entered through took the shape of a fur-covered ear, and its opening measured hundreds of millions of kilometers. Each strand of fur on this ear looked like a towering tree. Xue Ying instantly flew right through the ear hole.
“Chase after him!” The Abyss Sovereign who had been pursuing him all this time sensed a sort of invisible force press down on them as soon as they entered the ear-shaped hole.
Immediately, they became unable to make use of their domains.
In fact, they were no longer able to employ their world energy, nor could they tear through spacetime!
Every single Abyss Sovereign on Xue Ying’s tail immediately reduced their speed; these great ancient ruins were significantly suppressing them. It was even rumored that in specific locations, the operation of the laws would constantly change in a similar manner to places within the ruins of Lake Heart Island. However, Xue Ying had no precise knowledge relating to this matter since, to date, the Destruction Eden was still the only unique location of Lake Heart Island that he ever visited.
In truth, the Blazing Blood Door was also a special location that he knew of, but he did not dare to actually enter it. His actions back then were spurred only by his need to save his wife, but he was well aware that his current power would give him no more than a slim chance to enter and leave that place safely.
Dressed in his set of silvery-white armor, the White Sovereign had an incomparably handsome appearance. He stepped forward into the void.
He traversed the 35th, 36th, 37th and 38th layers of the Dark Abyss with great haste. Though he was able to move faster than any Starship Flying Ship, he was still forced to pass through the layers one by one.
‘The Dao I’ve opened is mainly meant for fighting. It doesn’t give me much of an edge in traversing space.’ The White Sovereign shook his head. In truth, despite it not being his strongest point, his speed was still much faster than that of any ordinary powerful existence.
“Reporting to White Sovereign: Dong Bo Xue Ying’s defense and power are formidable. We were merely able to slow him down slightly.”
“Reporting to White Sovereign: he has already reached the 40th layer world of the Dark Abyss.”
“Reporting to White Sovereign: Dong Bo Xue Ying has charged straight into the Three Chieftain Sacred Mountain.”
“We’re too late.”
“We couldn’t stop him.”
The three heads served as the only entrances to the Three Chieftains Sacred Mountain, and Xue Ying had chosen the one nearest to him, allowing him to quickly enter it.
As soon as Xue Ying came to the Three Chieftains Sacred Mountain through the ear-shaped hole of the goat-like demon head, the White Sovereign had already traversed the 35th layer of the Abyss.
‘This Dong Bo kid is very conscious of his ability. He’s been flying towards the 40th layer from the very start, knowing that his only chance at survival lies in entering the Three Chieftains Sacred Mountain. Fleeing to any other place in the Abyss would offer him no hope.’ The White Sovereign lightly shook his head. ‘Though, the True Gods in that group really are no more than useless trash. He’s just a grade three World Deity, but they still failed to stop him.’
‘He did save Paragon Huo Cheng…’
‘Is this the true power of the Destruction Legion’s soldiers? He is, after all, just a grade three World Deity,’ the White Sovereign pondered. He too had once entered the Destruction Eden to attempt the tests in hopes of joining the Destruction Legion, but he had unfortunately failed. However, by the time he tried taking the test, he was already a Paragon, and the tests for joining the Destruction Legion were known to increase in difficulty as the examinee’s strength level increased. As a Paragon, the difficulty of his test was much higher than what someone weaker would have to pass.
“Do you really think you’ll survive just because you fled inside of the Three Chieftains Sacred Mountain?” the White Sovereign said, a hint of derision in his tone.
Inside the Three Chieftains Sacred Mountain.
Once Xue Ying passed through the ear-shaped cave, he made sure to carefully watch his back. However, his expression changed without warning as the crimson-edged relic inside his storage ring began to tremble. Xue Ying felt an unseen force of attraction pulling on this item, and he could clearly detect its source.
‘Something is resonating with this remnant piece?’ Xue Ying was startled by this turn of events.
He had obtained this relic some time ago, inside of Lake Heart Island, where it was sitting alongside a frozen corpse. Even the expert who previously owned it could merely deduce its exceptional quality, but not its use.
Xue Ying had also mulled over this relic for a while, yet he had been similarly unable to discover any use for it. As a result, he had merely tossed it into his treasure storage without bothering to care for it again.
But who could have known that the crimson-edged relic would resonate with something inside of the Three Chieftains Sacred Mountain!