Chapter 423: Fighting to Obtain the Treasures
Translator: Sparrow Translations Editor: Sparrow Translations
As they saw the cave opening, the eyes of the bunch of them turned red and all of them wanted to be the first to enter.
Shi Tianhao and the rest were naturally the first to reach and they were about to enter.
But before they even entered, they felt a streak of ferocity attacking from the side. Shi Tianhao turned his head around and saw a light radiance approaching with great speed. As he looked at it more closely, it was the low profile, Great Zhou Empire Crown Prince Liang Yuan.
This avatar of Liang Yuan was obviously in the Beginner Stage of the Nascent Soul Stage. On average, the avatar was always weaker than the actual body. But judging from this, Liang Yuan’s avatar seemed to be comparable to his actual body.
Furthermore, this avatar possessed a ferocious vibration of mana. Just the speed of the light radiance was far better than most of the Nascent Soul Stage cultivators in the Beginner Stage.
The materials that he used to cultivate this avatar and the mantras that he cultivated seemed very special.
They reacted to the attack, but the avatar was almost passing them.
Following behind the avatar were the rest of the Nascent Soul Stage Elders, as they rushed in fiercely. One of the Nascent Soul Stage Elders used his hands to conjure a spell and the surrounding black sea water froze suddenly into a cage-like object that threatened to trap Shi Tianhao and the rest.
He did not plan to harm anyone, but needed to block the Celestial Sect of Wonders’ disciples so that Liang Yuan could enter the cave first
Shi Tianhao saw this scene but did not panic. On the other hand, he was elated, “You came knocking on the door first.”
He did not stand on ceremony and drew out his Green Bronze Ding of Emptiness. After that he, he lifted the Hammer of the Yellow Heaven Bell and knocked on the Green Bronze Ding of Emptiness. Streaks and streaks of golden shockwaves started to spread and caused the black sea water to vibrate, destroying the opponent’s mantra.
The golden shockwaves spread out continuously and hit Liang Yuan. Liang Yuan did not bother and continued to dash forward. Just that there was a figure flashing above him that recited Buddhist chants. An ancient and golden Buddha can be seen from the light figure.
The Buddha sat on his knees and clasped his hands. It looked very peaceful, without happiness or anger, without sorrow or excitement.
He sat down without doing anything, but brought about a sense of control that restricted movement in space, exhibiting a strong power concept.
The golden Buddha protected Liang Yuan’s body. Shi Tianhao knocked the hammer on the Green Bronze Ding, but the shockwaves could not affect Liang Yuan. He continued to rush towards the center of the spiritual formation.
As Shi Tianhao saw this, not only was he not disappointed, his eyes even brightened, “What luck I have!”
His luck was too good. The Great Zhou Empire received a huge collection of Buddhist mantras. Besides the Acalanatha Tathagata Mantra, it was a mystery. Furthermore, it was also unclear which mantras Liang Yuan would cultivate.
Now that he saw that Liang Yuan’s avatar had cultivated the Acalanatha Tathagata Mantra that he desired the most, how could Shi Tianhao not be happy?
Even if the Acalanatha Tathagata Mantra that he could knock out of Liang Yuan’s hands were tattered and torn, he had no need to worry. The first level of the Pavilion of Books had a special function of repairing such things.
However, it did not mean that getting the Acalanatha Tathagata Mantra meant that one could cultivate it immediately. The Tathagata Dharmas of the Compass were all the elite Buddhist dharmas that were not easy to cultivate.
But the Acalanatha Tathagata Mantra along with the Upanishads would allow one to comprehend the Buddhist essence of the sarira more easily and quickly understand the beauty behind the Acalanatha Tathagata Mantra.
Shi Tianhao laughed as Zhu Yi, Kang Nanhua and the rest held the fort. His entire body started to shake with wind and thunder, causing the deep sea to vibrate in all directions. He rushed towards Liang Yuan at a faster speed than his avatar.
“Oh?” Liang Yuan looked at Shi Tianhao and his brows were raised. A ball of Purple Clouds surged on his brows and a streak of his royal stature started to form. He looked at Shi Tianhao as if he was looking at a subject who had just committed treason.
As compared to the more brutal Shi Chongyun, Liang Yuan appeared more imposing. The look that he gave would have made a normal person fearful and beg on his knees. Even a Nascent Soul Stage Grandmaster would be afraid.
But Shi Tianhao did not even care. He gritted his teeth and laughed. The Green Bronze Ding of Emptiness was further supplemented by the spatial mystery. He flashed through space and landed in front of Liang Yuan.
Liang Yuan said quietly, “If you sped up towards the cave opening, I can forgive you. But you have blocked me and revealed a killing intent, thus I cannot forgive you.”
As he said, Liang Yuan lifted his hand and clenched his fist, hitting it hard on Shi Tianhao.
Acalanatha Mount Meru Zen Fist!
If it was stationary, everything was fine. But when it moved, it created a tremendous power that resembled the collapse of Mount Meru!
His fist broke through space and caused the surrounding black sea water to retreat. An immense explosion was directed towards Shi Tianhao.
“Beginner Stage of the Nascent Soul Stage, but the power of the fist is not lousier than one in the Intermediate Stage of the Nascent Soul Stage. Based on abhijna, it was even stronger and does not even require the Cosmic Form to reach the standard of the Intermediate Stage of the Nascent Soul Stage.” Shi Tianhao nodded his head and pasted the golden silk piece on his body. His entire body changed!
He was immediately more ferocious, as if an Immemorial Beast had just descended. Even the surrounding black sea water reacted by resonating loud roars of beasts.
Even though he cultivated the Xuanhuang Four-Word Mantra, Shi Tianhao’s strongest power was his body strength. Previously, he had killed Yu Shiling and suffered grave injuries. But with the Grand Moon Primordial Water, his flesh and soul recuperated and even reached a whole new level.
Now that he was facing Liang Yuan’s Acalanatha Mount Meru Zen Fist, Shi Tianhao was fearless and he lifted the Heavenly Hammer of the Eight Trigrams. He was bent on doing it the hard way.
As they fought, the space between the both of them was destroyed. The black sea water was pushed to one side. As space was destroyed, it was descended into chaos. Although it was repaired by the power of the Secret Manual, the battle caused everyone to be shocked.
The rest who caught up saw this scene and twisted their lips, “These two are too brutal!”
The Polar Sea Holy Man’s followers and the North Polar Sea cultivators were all scared, “Fighting with this bunch of people for the treasures involves a lot of risk.”
Even the Purple Clouds Sect and Heaven Lake Sect were shocked.
As the cultivators of the Royal House of the Northern Tribe witnessed this scene, they were also fearful and their sense of crisis surfaced, “One is in the Beginner Stage of the Nascent Soul Stage while the other is in the Intermediate Stage of the Aurous Core Stage. Their physical martial arts are extremely powerful. It is difficult to find anyone that can match up to them even in the Royal House of the Northern Tribes.”
The Great Zhou Empire and the Celestial Sect of Wonders faced off, but there was a stalemate. Whereas a huge black light dragon detoured from the other side and rushed towards the cave opening at the center of the circular spiritual formation.
This black light dragon swam in the black sea water like a fish in water. It was entirely infused with the black sea, and only revealed a slight figure. It was very comfortable.
Zhu Yi saw this and creased his brows, “Imperial Script of the Black Dragon, Black Sea Light Dragon Mantra?”
As he took a closer look, there was a person on the top of the light dragon. It was Shi Xingyun. Although she was only in the Advanced Stage of the Aurous Core Stage, but as she displayed the Black Sea Light Dragon Mantra in the black sea, she did not experience the pressure brought about by the black sea. She was much more comfortable than some of the Nascent Soul Stage Elders of the great powers.
But the others would not let her have it so easy. At the same time, two streaks of extremely chilly mana came attacking from both sides, freezing the black sea water. As if it was two huge palms, it wanted to capture Shi Xingyun’s black sea light dragon.
Coming from the left side was a Nascent Soul Stage Elder from the Heaven Lake Sect. On the right side was a disciple of the Polar Sea Holy Man. He was also in the Nascent Soul Stage.
At the same time, purple electric light was vibrating but did not spread in the water. It eventually condensed to form a thick beam of electric light. As it flashed, it dashed towards the center of the spiritual formation below.
The cultivators of the Royal House of the Northern Tribes were at the biggest disadvantage. Their movements were rigid, but they had their own method. As one person unleashed a punch forward, another person would kick his leg backwards. As the two forces collided, the latter would be propelled outwards like a grenade.
Everyone who entered the Secret Manual were unwilling to be left behind. They attacked together. At this point, the entire place was flooding with different mantras and abhijnas as everyone rushed towards the cave opening.
The conflicts started with the Nascent Soul Stage cultivators and people like Shi Tianhao and Shi Xingyun who were beyond their own cultivation.
The Nascent Soul Stage Elders in the Advanced Stage did not make a move and only watched as everything unfolded.
At the end, all the firepower was unleashed and the entire place resembled a fighting arena. The enemies kept changing.
At one point, Liang Yuan was battling Shi Tianhao. In the next moment, he was blocking Shi Xingyun’s way. Following that, he was attacked by another Nascent Soul Stage Grandmaster of the Royal House of the Northern Tribes. After this, this Nascent Soul Stage Grandmaster was facing the attack of a Heaven Lake Sect cultivator.
Truth be told, Shi Tianhao was the most ‘loyal’, as he was focused on fighting Liang Yuan. This made Liang Yuan enraged.
Seeing that the Celestial Sect of Wonders did not have any Nascent Soul Stage Elders holding the fort, the Nascent Soul Stage Grandmaster of the Great Zhou Empire could no longer take it. He unleashed the Cosmic Form and became a giant with two heads and four limbs. His brutal mana shook the black sea and forced Shi Tianhao back.
Since he had already unleashed the Cosmic Form, this Nascent Soul Stage Grandmaster put away all his restrictions and waved the four limbs of his Cosmic Form. This caused the water body above the cave opening to be cleared away.
Liang Yuan stared coldly at Shi Tianhao, but without any killing intent. However, it was an unfriendly stare.
The Secret Manual of Kun Peng was still the most important goal. He did not stand on ceremony and dashed towards the cave opening.
The other Nascent Soul Stage Grandmasters of the other great powers made an immediate move. In a split second, almost ten Cosmic Forms were set up, leading to an immense amount of power buildup that locked on all the spiritual energy in the place.
At this point, there was no place for the Aurous Core and Foundation Establishment Stage cultivators to use their powers. Anyone who dared to interfere in the conflict between the Nascent Soul Stage Elders would be eliminated immediately.
Even without attacking them directly, the shockwaves of their battles were enough to drum up fear among the Aurous Core and Foundation Establishment Stage cultivators.
In a split second, the Celestial Sect of Wonders’ disciples were pushed to the edges of the battlefield.
Whereas Liang Yuan was about to reach the center area of the spiritual formation.