Chapter 689: Black Gourd
The Ancient Shrine was simple. Even its construct came from ordinary rocks.
Nevertheless, after stepping through the doors of the shrine, the pressure he felt reached an entirely new level. Xue Ying swept his gaze across. The hall in front of him was approximately a few kilometers wide. There was also a green rock passage that led all the way to the end of this hall. Situated there was a stone door.
‘In the legend of this world, the Ancient Shrine has appeared in the earliest period across many epochs. After reaching here, it seems that the pressure pressing down on me is so terrifying. Given how mystical it is, it is indeed a shrine that could survive the Great Cosmos Apocalypse.’ Xue Ying thought. It was comparable to the Six Heavenly Wheel, Lake Heart Island historical remain and Starting Ground–they were all able to withstand the force from the Great Cosmos Apocalypse. The ‘Three Chieftains Sacred Mountain’ which was an Ancient Demon corpse, could also withstand against it–one could see how strong its corpse was.
Xue Ying walked in step by step.
As the pressure starting from the doorstep could force those at the level of ‘Chong-Shi Forefather’ to kneel, no guards were needed; the arrays at the outer perimeter were enough to protect it. Paragon Emperor Xu was confident–he believed that other than ‘Spectre Prefecture Master’, there were no other Paragons who could enter stealthily without alerting the arrays.
But now, it seemed that Xue Ying could do so as well.
The green rock passage was just a few kilometers long. Xue Ying moved slightly slower–taking a few breaths of time to reach the end,
‘The pressure here will likely force ordinary Paragons to kneel.’ Xue Ying estimated with the pressure he was feeling on his body, ‘If I did not cultivate the Myriad Devil True Body, it would be taxing for me even to stand straight. Nonetheless, I could do so easily now.’
‘This stone door…’
Xue Ying looked at the stone door in front of him.
The stone door was one entity in the form of a ‘sluice gate’. Only by lifting it up could he enter.
“Mn?” Despite concluding how he should open this door, Xue Ying still released his spirit to investigate any unusual points of this stone door, ‘It is indeed a sluice gate, and also the most common machinery mechanism. As long as I lift it up, I can enter.’
‘And it seems this is the only way?’ Xue Ying extended his hand to the gap by the boundary of the stone door. He wanted to turn into mist to bypass it. But at that moment when he turned into mist, he felt an unseen obstructive force.
The mist condensed back into Xue Ying.
‘It seems I can’t be lazy about this.’ Xue Ying felt helpless. He could only extend his hands and prop by the lowest gap of this stone door before exerting his strength! The stone door lightly trembled.
Xue Ying felt shocked. Ever since he cultivated the initial scroll of the Myriad Devil True Body, he thought that his strength was overwhelmingly strong; only those who came from another cosmos, the Ancestor Mother Religion’s protector, could have a body slightly stronger than his–and it was just the apex protectors! In the Cultivator Cosmos, his strength felt so exaggerated, and only ‘Bitter Cultivator’ and others who cultivated the Myriad Devil True Body could compete with him in strength.
At this moment, he released 50% of his full force yet he could not lift the door up.
‘70%’! Xue Ying’s strength was rising.
Xue Ying’s arms had vaguely turned thick. The stone door was finally moving up slowly. A terrifying aura coming from Xue Ying’s body spread out in all directions, blasting at the distant hall walls and causing even the walls to boom. Even though the shockwave created by his aura was powerful, it did not damage the Ancient Shrine at all. Still, because this place was suppressed–even his Mirage World–the disturbance created by his frightening aura on the walls could not be hidden.
‘It seems I’ll be exposed.’ Xue Ying frowned, though he couldn’t care less. He continued using all his strength to lift the door.
When the stone door was slowly being raised, an unseen spatial ripple appeared beneath.
Xue Ying knew that it was this spatial ripple that obstructed him from tunneling through previously when he tried turning into mist. Even though this spatial ripple seemed ordinary, he could not penetrate even with his full strength.
Xue Ying used both arms to lift the stone door up. At the same time, his body became big, allowing him to raise the door higher and higher.
The Xu Empire had two Paragons.
The two had the relationship of a teacher and student. Paragon Emperor Xu’s status was the highest–he was also the first Paragon of this epoch in this vast world! His current combat power was profound and unfathomable, and he understood much more about the ‘Ancient Shrine’ than Chong-Shi Forefather. He was clear that those legends were correct, and he desired to conquer it.
What made Paragon Emperor Xu helpless was that he could not lift that stone door.
‘Entering the Shrine, I have to walk step by step to the stone door and lift it. Only then will I see the steps of the legend… reaching the peak of the step represented the achievement of the ultimate goal–the Black Gourd.’ Emperor Xu stood by a porch within his palace, looking at that Ancient Shrine within the region of his palace. Paragon Emperor Xu’s eyes were filled with desire, ‘As long as I got this Black Gourd, I’ll be able to obtain the ultimate strength and truly leave this world into the more bigger Cosmos.’
Reaching this stage, he was clear that this enormous world was just a small recess in the cosmos.
‘But it seems our epoch is too weak, with none being able to lift that stone door, much less stepping on the stairs.’ Paragon Emperor Xu shook his head inwardly.
“Hong long long~”
A booming sound came transmitting from the distant Ancient Shrine.
Paragon Emperor Xu’s senses were very acute. He discovered beforehand from the waves coming via void, causing his expression to change: ‘What is happening? What happened to the Ancient Shrine?’
He turned into a stream of light, rushing over to the entrance of the Ancient Shrine a few ten thousand kilometers away. After all, he was living close to this location.
“This…” Paragon Emperor Xu was shocked as he watched the scene–a black-robed teenager turned into a giant with a divine sword on his back was currently propping the stone door up. The stone door was moving upwards with booming sounds. That black-robed teenager’s powerful body had emitted an aura causing a shockwave that rushed out towards the entire hall, causing the hall to keep booming.
The eyes of Paragon Emperor Xu dilated. From the aura emitted by the other party’s body, he understood that it was overwhelmingly powerful and immeasurable!
‘He lifted the stone door?’ Paragon Emperor Xu was genuinely alarmed because none was able to do so in this epoch. That stone door was too heavy.
‘He is Guest Elder Flying Snow?’ Paragon Emperor Xu had long gotten the intelligence reports on anything regarding ‘Guest Elder Flying Snow’. He could recognize him immediately.
At that moment when Xue Ying lifted the door open, the stone door had been lifted beyond his head, allowing him to see the scene behind the spatial ripples. Behind the stone door was an even bigger hall. At the center of the hall was a series of stone steps that led directly upwards. At the highest point, there was a Black Gourd.
This Black Gourd was only 0.33 meters high.
The current Black Gourd was vaguely glowing in crimson, releasing a terrifying temperature with it at the core of it. As the heat spread out, it distorted space and formed white fog at further distances. A large section of the entire gray hall was rolling in white fog, with the closer area filled with distorted space.
And now, Xue Ying was not suffering from any obstruction from the spatial ripple, though just watching that Black Gourd made Xue Ying feel fear and alarm in his heart.
This fear and alarm were flourishing without control.
It was an overwhelming gap in levels.
‘What is that plaything?’ Xue Ying felt that this was the most terrifying thing he had ever seen.
Despite seeing that Black Gourd, Xue Ying was maintained alert all the while. When Paragon Emperor Xu came closer to the Ancient Shrine entrance at high speed, Xue Ying naturally felt that undulation, causing him to turn over and have a look. It seemed that a silver-haired old man was standing by the door at the outer perimeter. He had a startled expression.
Xue Ying finally lifted the entire stone door up. Once it reached the highest point, it got stuck.
At the same time, the spatial ripple naturally dispersed away.
At that moment, the white fog from within the large hall came rushing out, slightly staggering Xue Ying. The temperature of the surrounding was rising rapidly, and in a moment, it reached a warmth that could match the surface of the Sun Star.