Lin Feng’s sword diffused a dark and deadly Qi. It was the same Qi as that of the deadly black lotus.
Even though the crowd was a distance from the fighting stage, they could still feel the deadly Qi released by the two fighters. Their bodies felt fear but the expression in the crowd’s eyes revealed excitement.
“I hope you don’t disappoint me and at least put up a fight until you die. Otherwise, this battle would be uninteresting.” Said Hei Mo arrogantly.
“Don’t you think that you talk too much crap?” said Lin Feng coldly.
Hei Mo kept calling in question Lin Feng’s qualifications to fight against him which gave the impression that he was monstrously strong. However Lin Feng was actually forcing Hei Mo to become serious, even though he said otherwise.
“Since you can’t wait to die, I will help you achieve your aim.” said Hei Mo coldly. He then shouted: “Black flames, lotus transformation.”
When Hei Mo finished speaking, each of his flames transformed into a lotus flower which rushed Lin Feng at full speed. The deadly Qi from the black flames had filled the entire atmosphere, surrounding Lin Feng’s entire body. The entire atmosphere started to turn black.
“How scary.” thought the people watching when they saw the deadly lotus flowers. These lotus flowers looked like they had come straight from hell.
Lin Feng was still calmly holding his sword in the same position. The dark Qi within his sword was getting more and more intense. At the moment when the lotus flames arrived in front of him, Lin Feng finally released his sword strike.
When Lin Feng attacked, the atmosphere filled with the Qi of his lonely sword. The black lotus flames collided with Lin Feng’s sword and upon impact they vanished. However, Lin Feng’s sword continued to move towards Hei Mo.
Hei Mo looked stupefied. Behind his body, an insanely violent black fire appeared. At the same time, an infinity of black lotus flames started orbiting around his body. His body was surrounded by black fire.
The entire atmosphere was being burned by the fire.
When Lin Feng’s lonely sword was about to reach him, the multitude of black lotus flames turned into a gigantic lotus flower which rushed towards Lin Feng’s sword and blocked his attack.
“My lotus flower is not only an offensive attack, it can also be used for protection. It is impossible for you to break through It.” said Hei Mo arrogantly while looking at Lin Feng and then added: “I said it already. Today will be the day that you die.” Five days without any news and Jiang Yun Long sent people out to bring back the team leader Meng Yi Liang. But sending human spirits out to search for him, Jiang Yun Long suddenly came to discover that Meng Yi Liang had disappeared!
To put it more accurately, besides the human spirits stationed just outside the perimeter of the Tranquil Dreams Forest in watch, all the spirits that had been sent inside the Tranquil Dreams Forest did not have a single one return. That situation immediately threw Jiang Yun Long into shock.
The death of a spirit body would not leave a single trace and close to a hundred human spirits had gone missing, where it could almost be certain that they had already died.
What made it more terrifying was that within the Tranquil Dream Forest, there were no signs of any other spirits, and all the human spirits guarding the outside of the Tranquil Dreams Forest had not seen Jun Wu Xie and her companions come out.
Jiang Yun Long was no idiot. If Jun Wu Xie was really not in the Tranquil Dream Forest, Meng Yi Liang and the others would at most come back empty handed, and would definitely not disappear altogether just like that. It was impossible for such a strange phenomenon to occur as how could close to a hundred human spirits vanish into thin air?
The only conclusion could only mean that they were all dead!
With the thought that Meng Yi Liang and the other men could have been killed by Jun Wu Xie, Jiang Yun Long could not help but feel a chill run through him. Meng Yi Liang had mentioned more than once that the first time he had seen Jun Wu Xie, Jun Wu Xie was just a new spirit soul. How could she possibly come to possess sufficient power to destroy close to a hundred human spirits within one short month?
But the facts were laid there right before his eyes. Meng Yi Liang and the others have indeed been killed.
And all the other spirits guarding the outside perimeter of the Tranquil Dreams Forest had completely not seen even the shadow of Jun Wu Xie.
Towards that, Jiang Yun Long was furious as he summoned the leader in charge of those standing guard outside, to ask him carefully about the situation at the outside perimeter of the Tranquil Dreams Forest over the past few days.
“We were all following Eldest Senior’s orders to stand guard outside the Tranquil Dreams Forest. We had not seen any spirit enter nor exit, and had not seen that Jun Wu Xie.” The leader reported with his brow bathed in cold sweat. If news of this incident spreads, they would all be deeply embarrassed. With so many of them stationed outside the perimeter of the Tranquil Dreams Forest, they had still allowed Jun Wu Xie to escape unnoticed after she killed their people. If Wu Jiu was to hear about it, they would all be finished!
“Have all of you really surrounded the Tranquil Dreams Forest fully? Without anyone of you gone missing?” Jiang Yun Long’s brows were tightly knitted together. Things had gone beyond his expectations. He had thought that he would be able to capture Jun Wu Xie easily, and had never once thought that he would not only lose so many men, but they had not even found the shadow of Jun Wu Xie.
“I have already taken stock of the spirits standing guard outside the Tranquil Dreams Forest and there had not been any losses. But while standing guard at the perimeter, some of them told me that they encountered Poison Ivy. Poison Ivy had said that they were all disturbing his rest and he chased them away.” The human spirit then paused a moment, before he said trepidly: “Poison Ivy holds extremely great power, and has an eccentric temperament. So those people did not dare to remain there for long before they quickly dispersed away a little.”
“Poison Ivy?” Jiang Yun Long’s eyes narrowed slightly. “When did that happen?”
“Five days ago.”
“What a bunch of morons! I had clearly told all of you that not an inch is to be missed. With just a few words from Poison Ivy and all of you had my orders go in one ear and come out of the other! ?” Jiang Yun Long drew in a deep breath. Based on the current situation, there was a high possibility that Jun Wu Xie’s escape had something to do with Poison Ivy. He just did not believe that Jun Wu Xie would have such exceptional ability to be able to escape under the eyes of so many human spirits who surrounded the entire place, unless someone secretly lent her a hand!
The man was highly taken aback as he then said carefully: “They did not think so much into it as afterall….. It is widely known that Poison Ivy does not like to have any dealings with human spirits.” Poison Ivy’s eccentric temperament was well known throughout the Spirit World, and it was not known why he loathed human spirits, where he never liked to have any kind of contact with human spirits. Hence, those few human spirits standing guards had not thought too much about it.
Jiang Yun Long was silent, not speaking a single word, the shade on his face extremely ugly.
He knew more or less a little of Poison Ivy’s temperament. Logically, things were as what this man was saying to him, that Poison Ivy deeply abhorred coming into contact with any human spirit. And based on what Meng Yi Liang had said before, Jun Wu Xie did not seem to know the Spirit World well, where it could be ascertained that she had not been in the Spirit World for long. Then it would also be reasonable to deduce that Poison Ivy would not know her as well….
Jiang Yun Long thought left and right about it when suddenly, the scene where Nalan Shan was rescued suddenly appeared in his mind.
Nalan Shan had only been able to escape on that day because of the strange vines that had suddenly appeared. And who in the Spirit World did not know that Poison Ivy’s original form was a vine!
Could it be that Poison Ivy was involved in all of this?
“Go send men to go into the forest where new spirit souls stay and see if you can find any sign of Jun Wu Xie. Since she is already aware that we are seeking to capture her, she would definitely be prepared. If any of you discover her, don’t be too anxious to act but just tail her secretly and send someone to come inform me about it. I’ll then go deal with the matter myself.” Jiang Yun Long said as he discovered in surprise that Poison Ivy might be involved in this matter. If that turned out to be true, then the matter would no longer be something that he would be able to deal with himself.
The man acknowledged his orders and retreated. Jiang Yun Long then immediately stood up and left as well.
Inside a elegant little courtyard, Jiang Yun Long strode with long strides towards its study.
The door into the study was tightly shut, and Jiang Yun Long walked up to the door. He composed himself before he raised a hand up and knocked upon the door.
“Who is it?” A soft and effeminate voice sounded from inside the room.
“Master, It’s me. Jiang Yun Long.”
“Come on in.”
Jiang Yun Long pushed the door opened. In the study, a handsome man dressed in white clothes was seated behind the desk. The man did not look to be old, about twenty five or six at the very most, his features exquisite with a pair of long and narrow almond shaped eyes that were highly alluring. But his good looks were slightly effeminate, with a lack of a certain manliness that a man usually possessed.
“Yun Long? Why have you come to seek me today?” The effeminate man seated behind the desk asked with his brows slightly raised. He was the Spirit Master, Wu Jiu, that was currently most trusted by the Spirit Lord!
For anyone who had not seen Wu Jiu himself in person, it was feared that they would find it very hard to link this effeminate man together with the powerful, swift and decisive Wu Jiu.
But before Wu Jiu, Jiang Yun Long did not dare to show the slightest disrespect. He knelt down respectfully on the floor, and then related the series of events that had unfolded in the Tranquil Dreams Forest to Wu Jiu.
Wu Jiu’s brows creased up slightly, his eyes tinted with malice.
“Master, if Poison Ivy is really involved in this matter, I am afraid that our intention to capture the Spiritual Bear will be known by the Beast Spirits very soon. If the Plant Spirits and the Beast Spirits join forces, it will surely be disadvantageous to us.” Jiang Yun Long said solemnly.
Wu Jiu suddenly laughed out loud, that sounded filled with indescribable ridicule.
“That motley bunch? Even if they joined forces, what kind of tricks can they come up with?”
“With all that they are capable of, they would naturally not be a match for my Master you. But now that the time needed for the construction of the fourth Serene Spirit Tower has been delayed, if we let them kick up another ruckus, it will just make it more difficult for us to capture the Spiritual Bear, which will also prolong the delay in the construction of the fourth Serene Spirit Tower.” Jiang Yun Long reasoned.
Wu Jiu narrowed his eyes, and the icy glint in those eyes sent chills up people’s spines. A couple of miles away, the image of the elder leaving appeared in Ye Chen’s mind; even the slight changes in expression were clear in his eyes.
“The Dragon Blood Plant is a soul plant nourished with the blood of dragons, and is just like the spirit crystal stones, having a great effect on the improvement of spirit bodies. A three thousand years old plant would make up for thirty normal spirit energy crystal stones. Most importantly, the dragon blood contains the dragon power, and even if there is only a tiny bit of it, it would still mean a lot for body cultivation.”
Ye Chen was clear about the value of the Dragon Blood Plant. Using it to replace the crystal stones would be a bit of a waste, since the dragon power from the dragon blood would be the most valuable part. It would not be hard to imagine the pain and regret the elder must have felt when he decided to give it away.
But, that did not matter to Ye Chen, as long as he got his Dragon Blood Plant.
His body flashed once and turned into a beam of light that shot into the distance.
In the next half a day, from each mountain Ye Chen traveled past, he would obtain a couple of valuable plants. Those plants were at least two to three thousand years old, and there were even ten thousand years ones. Of course, spirit plants could no longer continue growing once they reached ten thousand years of age. In fact, some of the plants could not even live longer than hundreds of years. Only the great and powerful ones could grow on, and were able to handle the effects of time.
After dozens of mountains, he arrived at a meadow that was surrounded by mountains. It was very rich with spirit qi, and there was rain dropping from the sky. It was not a normal rain, but spirit rain formed with condensed spirit qi.
Opening his hands and gathering a handful of spirit rain, he could clearly sense the spirit qi being absorbed into his body and turned into pure Zhen yuan eventually.
“Such a horrifying spirit qi! Training here might be faster than training with top rank spirit stones, and staying here for a long period of time would make the physical body even more enriched with spirit qi. Here, I will also be able to reach my spirit body faster.” Ye Chen sighed a little, full of emotions.
The area was huge, as he had flown for at least five miles before reaching the center of the area. Only after arriving in the center had he realized the reason that the spirit qi there could be so rich that it could form into raindrops. It turned out that this area was actually a medicine garden which was an area that had been circled out with railings made with vines. It was built very tall, at least fifty meters in height. Ye Chen thought that he could not fly over it easily due to the restraint. But of course, there would be no need of flying, since there was an entrance that had been lifted up by two huge branches of wood in front of him. Through the entrance, he could already see the colors of different plants and the shining spirit light within.
“So many spirit medicines! This time, we are definitely going to be rich! After we go outside and change them all into top rank spirit stones, we won’t have to worry for the rest of our lives.”
“What’s the point in changing them into top rank spirit stones? The smartest thing would be to exchange them with rank 5 marital institutions for pellets that could increase our cultivation.”
“You are quite right. Let’s do it faster! Otherwise, more and more people will arrive here.”
Ye Chen was not the first to find this place. There were already a lot of people inside the garden. They were happily picking the medicinal plants, looking extra joyful.
“Eh? It is the Star Spirit Fruit and the Cutting Meridian Plant! No one wants these?”
Ye Chen had noticed some of the spirit plants on the side. There were a lot of different kinds of them here, but only some of them had caught his attention: they were the Star Spirit Fruits that could help peak level Late Clasping Yuan Realm warriors reach the Astral Reaching Realm, and the Cutting Meridian Plant, which could also increase the cultivation for warriors who were below the realm of Sea of Souls.
After some thinking, he realized it was rather reasonable, since people who managed to come in here were all Sea of Souls realm warriors, who would not care for mid rank spirit plants at all, since they were all busy picking top rank ones that were good for themselves.
Ye Chen made a waving gesture. His Zhen yuan loosened the mud and was about to take out some of the mid rank spirit plants through the air. What surprised him was that the mud inside this medicine garden was nourished with spirit qi, which made it extremely tough and almost solid. As the mud was cracking open, the edge of the crack shone with a crystalline light. It made a huge cracking noise while the spirit plants within that he tried to grab were broken in half.
“No wonder these people were picking them one by one. Plucking through the air would cause a huge amount of waste, which would not be good for anyone.”
Ye Chen shook his head and decided to bend down just like the rest of the warriors to pick up the ones he wanted.
“Mid rank Iron String Plant!”
“Mid rank Poison Antidote Plant!”
“Top rank Yuan Forming Fruit!”
“Top rank Purple Heart Wood!”
“Top rank Heaven Fairy Tea!”
There were just too many of them were. Picking one by one, it would take him more than half a month to pick all of them. But, Ye Chen was not in a hurry, since the island would stay there for three months after its first appearance. After three months, it would disappear again. So, he had more than enough time.
It was right then when a vibrating sound was heard from the center of the garden. It sounded like bees, except it was a hundred times louder. There was also vibrating metal sound emerging along with it.
The sounds soon became more frequent and louder; eventually, it was everywhere. Everyone stopped what they were doing and looked up to the source of the sound.
Golden color…It was a bright golden light!
Countless beams of bright golden light shot out toward everyone there, fast like lightning.
The Sea of Souls Realm warriors who were the closest to the sound widened their eyes before being blown down onto the ground. Their bodies were full of bloody holes and wounds. It was easy to see the pinky finger sized golden spikes through some of the wounds, which were indeed what punctured through their protective Zhen yuan and bodies.
“It is the Golden Needle Bee! Run! Now!” Someone yelled while running at an extreme speed. Hearing him, the others suddenly woke up from the shock, feeling the chill rushing down their spines as they hurried to turn and run.
Ye Chen squeezed his eyes; he had seen the so-called Golden Needle Bee beast, which had palm-sized bodies that looked to be made with pure gold. It was their wings that made the vibrating sounds. They flapped their wings at an extremely high frequency, such that he could only barely make it out even with his soul power.
There were a lot of them. Based on a rough estimation, there were at least hundreds of them, forming a wave of golden light that was floating toward him.
There was no other thought in his mind right now. All he could do was to try his best to outrun them. If he were too slow, then he might very likely die in this medicine garden and become a great fertilizer for the spirit plants.
Soon, Ye Chen reached the closest railing and took out his emerald-colored longsword to throw an attack.
The railing was unbelievably strong, as that sword attack of his only broke a couple of arm-thick veins; the edges of the cut were smooth like glasses. Looking at the remaining railing in front of him, he sighed. The ones he managed to cut down were just like a single hair on a human, since there were still plenty more left.
The roaring was getting louder and louder. A lot of them stopped on the way toward him, but then more filled in the gap. There was not a single moment of silence.
The Golden Needle Bee was ten times more infamous than the Blood Dragon Snake from the ancient era. These beasts might not be as powerful as the others individually, but in groups, they would be a nightmare for any opponent. Their tail needles contained an extreme poison, and also contained the effect of breaking through defensive layer easily. Their bodies were strong as metal, to the point were even people who were stronger than them could not cut open their bodies. On the contrary, their continuously flapping wings could gently slice through one’s body, and it would guarantee to be a bone-deep wound.
Ye Chen let go of the idea of trying to break open the vine railing and turned to the entrance, which was a few miles away. Right then, he started to hate the huge space and the enriched spirit qi in this garden, since it could take him a while to get to the entrance, which would be the exit for him now; the rich spirit qi would be his greatest blockage, and it would only become worse and worse as he increased his speed. Right then, it was impossible for him to break through even the speed of sound, which was a normal thing for him to do any other day.
Lin Feng’s sword diffused a dark and deadly Qi. It was the same Qi as that of the deadly black lotus.