1553 Raging Demonic Flames
All the Sinkhole warriors present were alarmed at the sight of this scene. Just a mere command made the demonic servants sacrifice themselves without even a blink of an eye. It was completely impossible to make human warriors do so.
In comparison, the lowly demonic servants were like mindless ants, and such unquestionably loyal enemies were even more terrifying.
“Could the Divine Master he mentioned be that god from ancient times?”
Eclipse Arhat’s voice even began to tremble as he said this.
“Master Eclipse, what are you talking about?” Bluefeather Divine Lord was still unaware of what was happening.
“My Mahayana Monastery has records of an ancient god who devoured the Heavenly Dao. Back then, the Divine Lords of the Sinkhole martial world were like soldiers while Godly Monarchs were like generals. They gave their all in order to win that apocalyptic battle. I never expected that the demonic servants would make another uprising, and here of all places. As for us…”
Eclipse Arhat did not finish his sentence, but Bluefeather Divine Lord could guess what he was about to say.
If Divine Lords were soldiers while Godly Monarchs were generals, it meant that all of them would only be mere foot soldiers in that massive battle in ancient times?
Bluefeather Divine Lord felt stifled. How could they put up a fight?
“You do know some history. That’s right. Hundreds of millions of years ago, those mortals had indeed fought Divine Master. But how can mortals kill a god? Divine Master was only recuperating back then. To Him, all of you are just mere ants. You can be destroyed easily. Resistance would only be met by death.”
“And perhaps, all of you are unaware that the Sinkhole universe’s Heavenly Dao is flawed. In this universe, it’s impossible for you to become a Godly Monarch. Even if you manage to barely make breakthroughs, you would face the limitations of the Heavenly Dao. You would not be able to freely use your energy and would instead end up consuming your lifespan. Only Bai Yueyin, who broke through before the Heavenly Dao was chipped away, does not suffer this limitation. But now, she has also been killed by Divine Master.”
All the warriors present were alarmed when they heard Perfected Hou’s words. Bai Yueyin had been killed by the Divine Master!?
Also, the Sinkhole’s Heavenly Dao was flawed, meaning people were destined to fail to break through to the Godly Monarch realm? Even if one went to great lengths and finally became a one-in-a-trillion Godly Monarch, they would not even be able to freely use their strength. Then, what was the point of being a Godly Monarch? Apart from having a long lifespan, there was no other benefit!
Many people found it unacceptable, but when they realized that Eclipse Arhat did not retort the claim, and how all the other Godly Monarchs except Bai Yueyin had reclused themselves, they had no choice but to believe.
From the looks of it, what Perfected Hou said was true…
Instantly, many people seemed to lose hope. Not only were they infinitely far from the realm of Godly Monarch, they realized how meaningless it was even if they made the breakthrough.
“It’s no wonder becoming a Godly Monarch is so hard in the present Sinkhole.”
Fairy Yourou gritted her teeth. She too had wishes to become a Godly Monarch. Although it was very difficult, she refused to give up that desire. But now, she had learned that the path to becoming a god had been completely barricaded away.
“However! All of you are very lucky!” Perfected Hou suddenly changed his tune. “Now that the Divine Master is descending upon this world, all of you will have the chance to break through to the Godly Monarch realm. As long as you submit yourself to Divine Master, He will bestow you with the chipped Heavenly Dao, allowing your strength to be greatly enhanced! Heavenly Cosmic Divine Lord is an excellent example!”
“A fine bird selects its tree. Everyone present is an elite of the Sinkhole. You are the only ones who barely qualify to be subordinates of Divine Master. The rest of the trash do not even qualify!”
“Do you not cultivate your entire lives to travel the universe proudly and escape Samsara, so as to reign supreme over a dominion? Now, that chance is placed before you. The Sinkhole is already destined to fall. Do you want to be meaninglessly crushed like an egg struck on a rock, or do you want to submit to the superior being and gain a great enhancement in strength, allowing you a meteoric rise? It’s your choice.”
Perfected Hou was using his most enticing voice. Some of the warriors present instantly wavered.
They realized that Heavenly Cosmic Divine Lord had submitted himself to the Divine Master. His strength had indeed increased tremendously, allowing him to severely injure Sacred Horizon Divine Lord with a single strike. If they submitted to the Divine Master, they could at the very least…
“Vile Spawn, you shut up!”
At that moment, Eclipse Arhat roared. It shook many people to the core, turning them bedazzled as they nearly fell to the ground.
Only then did they jolt out of their reverie as they gasped for air.
Perfected Hou had injected his psyche powers into his voice. They had nearly fallen for his enticement without realizing it.
“If you were really to sell your souls to the demonic god, all of the Heavenly Dao will be devoured when the demonic god gains possession of the Sinkhole. You will not end up any better. Perhaps you would be killed, at best left to your own devices! Now, we should unite and face this common enemy together so as to destroy them!”
As Eclipse Arhat spoke, he suddenly brandished the staff in his hand. It expanded when it met the wind. It formed a gigantic Buddha in mid-air as it came smashing down at Perfected Hou.
And at that moment, Eclipse Arhat took a step forward. He struck out with his palm across the void!
“Mahayana Wisdom Palm!”
Eclipse Arhat’s strike transformed into a huge golden hand as he attacked Perfected Hou in unison with the Buddha in the sky.
“Hmph! You overestimate yourself! Since you have a death wish, I’ll grant it to you!”
Perfected Hou took a deep breath as his body swelled up like a balloon. His muscles and skin were unimaginably tensile. It looked like he would explode from his deep breath.
When his body swelled to a size ten times bigger than its usual, Perfected Hou suddenly opened his mouth and roared. His swollen body contracted abruptly. All his energy was converted into sound waves that surged out vehemently.
Instantly, the world seemed to crumble as it was rent asunder!
Wherever the sound blast passed, space itself shattered into fragments!
Heavenly Demon Perfected Roar!
With his maniacal roar, Perfected Hou released his lifeblood powers and churning demonic aura. This indomitable power contained a purely lethal force.
The Buddha in the sky shattered directly. Even Eclipse Arhat’s Mahayana Wisdom Palm staggered as it came to a sudden halt.
Perfected Hou took a step forward as a bronze giant phantom appeared behind him. The giant’s hands clenched into fists as they were thrown out like dual dragons surging out from the sea.
The golden palm released by Eclipse Arhat was immediately torn through by the bronze giant. Yet, the punches did not lose momentum as they reared down at Eclipse Arhat!
He protected his body with Golden Bell!
Eclipse Arhat pressed down with his fists as he used the golden protective barrier to forcefully withstand the two punches.
Eclipse Arhat retreated eight steps back as his lifeblood surged chaotically and his face turned pale.
He steeled himself so as not to collapse, but keen people could tell that Eclipse Arhat had suffered tremendously from the clash!
“That phantom is!?”
Eclipse Arhat’s gaze turned heavy. He could tell that it was not the Demonic General’s own strength. It was power bestowed on him by the ancient god!
The Demonic General’s strength might not have been that powerful. He might have even been inferior to Heavenly Cosmic Divine Lord.
However, when matched with the bronze giant phantom behind him, his strength far exceeded Eclipse Arhat’s!
Furthermore, he was still commanding the tens of thousands of demonic servants.
“West River, Bluefeather, we should cooperate!”
“Alright!” Bluefeather Divine Lord’s beautiful eyes flashed a resolved look. It was possible that this was the battle she would end up perishing in!
However, West River Divine Lord did not respond. He still wore a look of hesitation.
Eclipse Arhat frowned. West River had no intention to offer his help from the beginning. This sank his heart for he knew that a calamity was on their hands. As the enemy was too powerful, the Sinkhole warriors might not want to flagrantly throw themselves to their deaths. People like West River and Heavenly Cosmic would first consider their own interests. They were probably not in the minority!
“Master Eclipse. The White Jade Phoenix Palace has been infiltrated by the demonic aura,” said Bluefeather suddenly.
A total of 54,000 demonic servants had burned their essence energies and transformed into a raging demonic inferno. The White Jade Phoenix Palace was enveloped in the demonic flames. The originally crystalline palace facade was already tainted by wisps of black gases.
If this continued, it would not take long for Perfected Hou to forcibly gain full control over the White Jade Phoenix Palace!
They were no match for the demons to begin with. If the White Jade Phoenix Palace was snatched away, releasing tens of thousands of demonic servants, it would no longer be a matter of them being able to stop Perfected Hou. Instead, it would be a question if they would be wiped out all at once.
“Eclipse, do not send yourself to your death so blindly. These demonic beings are no longer something Divine Lords can fend off. Let’s take the opportunity to escape. There’s still time. If we delay any further, we will not be able to leave! The best action at this moment in time is to retreat and inform the reclusive Godly Monarchs. Let them take action. Perhaps, it might shock the demons into submission.”
West River Divine Lord had his own ploys. Regardless of the Sinkhole’s fate, his survival was of utmost importance. In fact, he wished to understand what made Heavenly Cosmic Divine Lord submit to the devils. He wanted to balance the pros and cons so he could make an informed decision.
“West River, you are betraying the Sinkhole!” Eclipse Arhat roared angrily. At that moment, a black flame surged out of the White Jade Phoenix Palace. Out of the 54,000 demonic servants, a third of them had consumed themselves in flames. At that instant, their mind, spirit, and body had transformed into a raging inferno. The White Jade Phoenix Palace seemed close to melting in the demonic flames.
“Haha! Wrestling away control of the White Jade Phoenix Palace is going surprisingly smoothly. From the looks of it, Bai Yueyin is already half-dead. The weak soul she has surviving is nothing of concern!” Perfected Hou’s eyes glowed. He imagined the battle would be extremely dangerous since Bai Yueyin’s condition was still an unknown.
Now, it appeared that everything would go much easier than planned.
“Heavenly Cosmic, join hands with me. We shall kill the old Bald Donkey!”
With the White Jade Phoenix Palace at hand, Perfected Hou had no wish to depart. He wished to contribute to his cause.
“This… Our mission was to snatch the White Jade Phoenix Palace. Although we have succeeded, we sacrificed 20,000 demonic servants. It’s best we retreat immediately…”
“Hmph! This old Bald Donkey has been constantly fanning the flames. He will be a stumbling block for our unification of the Sinkhole. Divine Master is currently recuperating. We should take over the Sinkhole before Divine Master’s injuries are healed! If we can kill Sacred Horizon and Eclipse in one fell swoop, we would inflict a major blow on the humans. When that happens, countless warriors will submit to us. The situation would be in place before Divine Master even awakens. He will definitely reward us handsomely! If you lack the guts, you can leave on your own,” said Perfected Hou disdainfully.
Heavenly Cosmic Divine Lord hesitated for a moment before he nodded. His submission to the Ancestor God naturally had to do with attaining the real Godly Monarch realm. He had already given up on the Sinkhole. He had no feelings for it simply because it was a lost cause. He had signed a pact with the Ancestor God. After the Sinkhole’s destruction, he could follow the Ancestor God to other words and continue doing battle.
And now, it was the perfect time to showcase his loyalty.
“Alright! Let’s work together to kill Eclipse and Bluefeather!”
At that instant, Heavenly Cosmic Divine Lord’s killing intent surged! And behind Heavenly Cosmic Divine Lord and Perfected Hou, the demonic servants gathered once again.
They had basically gained control of the White Jade Phoenix Palace, and more than half of them could fight alongside Perfected Hou.
Everyone had a change in expression when they saw the numerous demonic servants gather. Their numbers far exceeded the number of warriors present.
The calamity that they believed would happen in a few years was happening today. They never expected to be on the brink of destruction this very day!
Perfected Hou bellowed as the demonic servants surged at the humans like locusts!
The demonic servants had just refined the White Jade Phoenix Palace, so their staminas were greatly depleted. However, it meant nothing to them. They simply hugged the human warriors and initiated self-destruction!
Human warriors let out tragic cries. They never imagined they would be attacked in this way. The weaker ones were immediately blasted into a mangled mess of blood and flesh!
“Old Bald Donkey, prepare for death!”
Perfected Hou charged at Eclipse Arhat, who had a resolved look on his face. He humbly gave a Buddhist proclamation as though he was bidding farewell to Buddha.
“Vile Spawn, I will accompany you on your trip to hell!”
Eclipse Arhat brandished his staff and began fighting an intense battle with Perfected Hou!
Instantly, Buddhist light shimmered as demonic auras surged into the sky.
As for Bluefeather, she was facing Heavenly Cosmic!
As the present ruler of the Great Cosmic State, Heavenly Cosmic’s strength was already greater than Bluefeather’s. Furthermore, he had been augmented by the Ancestor God’s powers.
Bluefeather was injured almost as soon as they clashed!
The head-on assault caused her slender figure to fly backward as blood trickled down the corner of her lips.
The gap between them was too huge. After all, Heavenly Cosmic was a terrifying opponent who was able to severely injure Sacred Horizon Divine Lord with a single strike!
Fairy Yourou burned with anxiety. But at that moment, she was too occupied to help Bluefeather. More than twenty demonic servants had engaged her.
Although the strongest demonic servants were only at the early-stage Supremacy realm, they had no qualms about producing an internecine outcome with the warriors they faced. Fairy Yourou was forced to repeatedly retreat!
Were just mere demonic servants that powerful?
Fairy Yourou lamented inwardly. The gap in the strength between humans and the Divine Master’s army was like night and day.
She looked over and saw that the White Jade Phoenix Palace was burning amid demonic flames. The jade edifice was about to lose its last bit of luster before it was replaced by darkness. It resembled the present state of the humans—unable to put up any resistance against the repressive demonic horde.
Oh? What’s that?
As she was immersed in the chaotic battle, Fairy Yourou’s heart suddenly jolted. She saw a wisp of green light tear through the dark clouds in the sky. A tender vine drooped down from the dark clouds as it extended towards the White Jade Phoenix Palace. The burning demonic flames failed to stop the vine which remained emerald green.
The nimble leaves met with the howling demonic winds as they gently danced. They were like divine chains of order that linked the Heaven and Earth.
Fairy Yourou was not the only one. Everyone present suddenly held their breaths at the sudden turn of events. The green vine had extended deep into the White Jade Phoenix Palace!