Chapter 756: Entering the Starting Ground Again
Crimson Rock Mountain World, on top of Crimson Dust Island.
The white-robed Xue Ying accompanied his wife and children for a while before entering closed-door cultivation. “Sou sou”, the black-robed Xue Ying and the red-robed Xue Ying–the two avatars–had also landed in the material realm on the Crimson Dust Island to converge on with the true body.
Actually, there were no differences between the true body and avatars. They were all of the same soul and fleshy body. It was only now that they could maintain in the form of avatars… in the future, the true body and avatars had to reunite as one to reform the soul.
The three bodies were facing each other.
The white-robed Xue Ying flipped his hand before passing the Starting Ground talisman to the black-robed Xue Ying.
“Go.” After receiving it, he activated it with a thought.
The energy within the cosmos brought warmth and protected him. In the blink of an eye, the black-robed Xue Ying saw the scene ahead of him changing. He had arrived at the Starting Ground which he once came before.
“The feeling of being mortal.” The black-robed Xue Ying revealed a grin. His vision and hearing ability had holistically decreased–he was just like a mortal.
“My current power could match Rulers, yet under the rules of Starting Ground, I still became a mortal.” Xue Ying was slightly rueful. He understood that Forefather Tian Yu, the one who created Starting Ground, could do this. If Forefather Tian Yu’s true body arrived, he could likely turn Xue Ying into a mortal and take away all the strength he cultivated!
Lake Heart Island Swordmaster had once intruded into this place forcefully. But he wasn’t affected by the suppression of the rules on Starting Ground. That was the gap in power. Xue Ying was apparently too weak and was too far off from Forefather Tian Yu.
According to the words left by his teacher, Voidwalker ‘Gu Qi’, Lake Heart Island Swordmaster was only a step away from Forefather Tian Yu’s level. Currently on the ‘Seven Star Oceanic Sacred World’, Forefather Tian Yu and Lake Heart Island Swordmaster were the two strongest experts protecting the place.
A gentle wind blew.
The grass was soft, and in the distant, there were several flowerbeds. Xue Ying strolled along the place with familiarity.
“Dong Bo Xue Ying, why have you come back so early?” The white-haired old man walked over from a stone house, “Wu? You are currently in the Opening realm. Are you prepared to take the Opening realm’s trial?”
“That’s right.” Xue Ying nodded.
This place was left behind by the creator of the cosmos. It was left behind as ‘present’ to these descendants, but clearly, it wasn’t easy to obtain the gifts by Forefather Tian Yu.
“The previous time you came, you partook the World Deity realm trial and also the lowest leveled trial. One level higher than the World Deity realm is the World realm and subsequently, the Opening realm! The highest is the Ruler realm.” The white-haired old man walked with a chuckle, “The trial you are taking this time is two great realms higher than the previous one, so the difficulty will far transcend the previous time. There has never been anyone who succeeded through the Opening realm in this cosmos epoch. Are you fully prepared?”
“I am.” Xue Ying nodded.
What a joke.
Before the Dream Cultivation, he had the capabilities to become the strongest Paragon in Primogenitor Devil Mountain! Even though he had not immediately cultivated this time after returning–his body remained at the 8th level of Walker’s Hidden Secret, his understanding of the Dao of Slaughter, Dao of Ripple and Dao of Mirage was much more profound than the past, and his combat power was way higher. If he could not pass through the trial, it would be a joke.
The white-haired old man pointed afar.
Xue Ying looked towards the direction he pointed. At the center of this barren land, there were three grass houses.
“Grass houses.” The white-haired old man said, “There are three of them. One is a treasure cove, and the other two are meant for those who passed the Opening realm trial and the Ruler realm trial before they are qualified to enter! I hope that you could enter… Master hopes for all you little brats to eventually enter.”
“Mn.” Xue Ying nodded, “Certainly.”
“Seems like you are fully confident, though I hope that you will not be too careless. “The white-haired old man said before walking ahead, “Follow me.”
Just like the previous time, they walked for half an hour to reach the area 10 kilometers away. There were five gigantic trees. The branch of the trees required several humans pulling one another’s hand before they could fully hug it. The white-haired old man directly walked towards the tree at the center: “Coem in.” His body contacted that tree before disappearing from the vicinity. Xue Ying similarly walked towards and touched that gigantic tree before entering it.
He got through time-space, appearing at a desolate frost land. The entire place was filled with frost.
Xue Ying flew into the sky, observing the area around him. The frost land extended all the way until the end of this spatial dimension. The white-haired old man stood by a side.
“Who is my opponent this time?” Xue Ying was fully confident.
The white-haired old man chuckled. He pointed to around him, “This world is your opponent.”
“This world?” Xue Ying was startled.
“All you have to do is survive in this world.” The white-haired old man said, “It’s either you die and fail, or you survive. Be a little careful. It has begun.”
Xue Ying warily extended his senses across this frost world.
“Hu hu hu~”
The temperature of this frost world began decreasing rapidly. Just the temperature alone sufficed to freeze some of the weaker Paragons to death. As the temperature decreased even further, sparkling and pure ‘ice crystals’ started condensing in midair. Every crystal that condensed was extremely sharp.
“Xiu!” An ice crystal arced through the sky and shot over. It tore through space with a terrifying might.
Xue Ying remained calm as he watched. His right hand casually tapped the void, causing a ripple to form. This ripple fluctuated and easily resonated with the void, causing an area of ripples to appear in the sky. The ripples clashed against the ice crystals, shattering it immediately.
The expression of the white-haired old man brightened as he saw this, “A simple action that produces a great effect. His understanding of the laws and profound mysteries has reached such a formidable stage. He is at least much more formidable than the previous brat who specialized in time-space.”
That time, Temporal Island Lord had come. It’s a pity that he died and failed the Opening realm trial.
“But this is just the beginning.” The white-haired old man muttered, “Don’t blame Master. The cosmos origin source will protect everyone within the cosmos. Your current days are considered relatively safe. Wait until you leave the cosmos… that is when all kinds of danger surface. Without sufficient survival capabilities, it is impossible for you to grow, and you will fall prematurely. Naturally, all experts have to be able to survive.”
As the ice crystal shattered, the temperature continued dropping. One could see more ice crystals condensing rapidly. The moment they finished condensing, they would be shot over to where Xue Ying was. Some of the ice crystals had torn through the body of the ‘white-haired old man’, though it seemed like he was illusory and wasn’t injured at all. Neither would he be a hindrance to the ice crystals.
Xue Ying stood in midair. He casually pointed. It was like plucking the strings of an instrument in the air. This action of his formed many spatial ripples that blasted in all directions. It had even caused the void to vibrate. Those ripples instantaneously appeared in the distant.
Many ripples were shot out in all directions, smashing apart those ice crystals that condensed.
The temperature continued dropping.
Xue Ying frowned slightly. Nonetheless, being a Voidwalker, his body was strong, and he could overlook this coldness. It’s just that the ice crystals would form more rapidly in a significant amount as the temperature dipped further. It was increasing in multiples of ten, and soon, over 10 million and beyond 100 million crystals were forming all over the place…
He casually struck with his finger out, causing the void ripple to spread in all directions. But as large amounts of ice crystals were shot, the void ripples were soon consumed.
“You can’t forcibly withstand this.”
“This trial tests your survival capabilities. This is just the first wave.” The white-haired old man shook his head with a smile as he saw this, “It isn’t easy to withstand this directly.”
Xue Ying no longer hesitated after seeing this, “It is time to rely on my domain.”
With Xue Ying at the center, an overflow of blood wave rolled out in all directions. It was like a vast blood sea that spread and inundated the incoming ice crystals