Chapter 538: Into The Void Battleground!
Translator: Sparrow Translations Editor: Sparrow Translations
Luo Qingwu was kneeling on the ground and nervously awaiting Lin Feng’s final judgment.
Lin Feng watched the little girl in front of him and smiled. He was just about to say something when he felt the consciousness of the Avatar of Ares from inside the Void Battleground.
“Oh, it’s Wang Lin’s mana, even though it’s weak.”
Lin Feng’s brows curled up a little as he glanced at Luo Qingwu and said, “I just said that the path you decide to take in the future is up to you. Don’t make impulsive decisions just like that.”
“Before you make a decision, you need to think carefully about your choice. What is the reason for it? What are the consequences and the ultimate impact?”
Luo Qingwu seemed a little lost as she raised her head. After hesitating momentarily, she said, “Master Lin, I… I don’t really understand…”
Lin Feng flashed a faint smile and replied, “That’s why you need to think it over properly first.”
Luo Qingwu blinked a few times as thoughts and ideas flashed by in her head. She felt like she partially understood Lin Feng’s words, but her thought process was not that clear or complete yet.
“Go back and rest, before anything else.” Lin Feng smiled again, waved his hand and immediately sent Luo Qingwu to the Wasteland Valley to accompany Jun Zining, who had already journeyed there.
After sending way the little girl, Lin Feng immediately called Xiao Yan, Shi Tianhao and Yue Hongyan forward. These three disciples of his were in the aurous core stage. He laughed out loud and said, “Even though it’s still a little too early, I think it’s a good idea for you guys to broaden your horizons and brave the Void Battleground together.”
Lin Feng swept the three of them up as he spoke before pointing his right index finger towards the middle of his brows. Then, he directly swapped his position with the Avatar of Ares over space. This was the mystical power of the Dual Dimensions Vacuum Charm, only accessible to Lin Feng. Even if the Avatar of Ares was in a chaotic place such as the Void Battleground, he could still proceed with the body swap.
The Avatar of Ares returned to Mount Yujing, and Lin Feng teleported to the spot that the Avatar of Ares was previously in – right in the middle of the hurricane-like and chaotic turbulence of the Void Battleground.
Lin Feng protected his disciples and leapt through the hurricane. The spatial turbulence around him may be chaotic, but in reality, it was not as dangerous as it seemed. Lin Feng relaxed his mana a little and released Xiao Yan and company.
There were many dangers inside the Void Battleground. Even with the extraordinary abilities of Xiao Yan and Shi Tianhao, they could find themselves in grave danger, let alone Yue Hongyan.
If Lin Feng let the three of them venture into the Void Battleground by themselves, the consequences would have been highly uncertain. Even if they could survive and protect themselves, they did not have the ability to leave the Void Battleground and return to the Greater World.
Under normal circumstances, only immortal soul stage cultivators could enter and exit the Void Battleground freely. If it were nascent soul stage cultivators, unless they had some special means of completing the task, it was all down to luck.
Before he took in Wang Lin as a disciple, Lin Feng had accidentally opened up a gash in the void that led straight into the Void Battleground. He paused at the border of the Void Battleground for only a short moment, but it was during this moment that he managed to aid Pu Beizi, a nascent soul stage cultivator from the Xuandao Sect, to exit the Void Battleground.
If not for his accidental discovery, Pu Beizi would probably not have been able to return to the Divine Lands so quickly.
As for aurous core stage cultivators, unless they had special magic treasures in possession, they were usually escorted by immortal soul stage individuals to facilitate their entry and exit.
Xiao Yan and company were naturally as safe as they could be under Lin Feng’s protection.
They could feel the complex and disorganized spiritual energy within the turbulence as they peered out into the barren and chaotic world. What awed them even more was their discovery that the volume of spiritual energies in the vicinity was immense.
“I have heard so many stories of the Void Battleground. It feels a lot different from what I imagined, now that I am here myself. It’s a very distinct compared to the Greater World and the Middle Worlds,” Yue Hongyan heaved a sigh before she continued. “In comparison, the space of the Divine Lands was stable like solid earth, whereas this place feels like the open sea.”
Lin Feng took point and continued forward. Upon hearing Yue Hongyan’s words, he smiled and said, “The Void Battleground did not always exist. When the Primordial Age ended, the Grand Celestial World separated into the Barren Expanses and the Divine Lands. The immense power released from the split created the Void Battleground.”
The spatial turbulence around the Void Battleground was chaotic and disorganized. The borders of the world were obscure and unclear, and the Void Battleground enjoyed an independent existence. The borders of the world were not connected to that of the Barren Expanses or the Divine Lands.
Lin Feng glanced at the chaotic borders of the world before him and said, “There are both dreadful dangers and exotic treasures. From this perspective, one would not be wrong to refer to this region as an open sea.”
Shi Tianhao had been since his entry into the Void Battleground. His eyes were darting around while his lips were tightly sealed together.
This place was intimately connected to the first half of his life. Since Shi Tianhao came into this world, his grandfather risked his life to enter the Void Battleground to search for treasures and resources for his grandchild. He went missing afterwards.
Subsequently, his parents entered the Void Battleground to search for his grandfather. This was the moment that changed his life, when his parents decided to leave him to the Shi Family for caretaking as they ventured into the Void Battleground, which also ultimately led to the chain of tragedies in his life.
There had been no news about his grandfather up till this moment since his entry into the Void Battleground. After their parents endured intense hardships to return to the Divine Lands, they were pursued and besieged right away and had no choice but to return to the Void Battleground to seek shelter.
The information he received a while ago was that his parents had been severely injured and their fates currently unknown.
Xiao Yan and Yue Hongyan glanced sideways at Shi Tianhao and they both heaved a faint sigh. Xiao Yan patted him on the shoulder and said, “Relax, your parents will be fine. They deserve all the good things in the world.”
Shi Tianhao nodded his head and murmured, “I know that. I just want to find my parents. I also want to seek justice for them, as well as for myself. You have already helped me to destroy the Yu Family, and some people in the Shi Family will get what’s coming for them very soon. I will claim my debts just like you did.”
Xiao Yan smiled faintly and turned away towards the vast and endless void with a complicated look in his eyes.
“My little junior is finally able to reunite with his parents. Me… I will never see my parents again…”
His mother’s circumstance a little easier to accept as she passed away from illness. However, his father was heavily injured during a fight and never recovered. What infuriated Xiao Yan was the fact that he had no clue who his target of revenge was.
At least Shi Tianhao knew who he had to seek out for vengeance. All Xiao Yan could do was huff and puff in fury.
Just when he felt the pent-up anger stirring inside him, he was stunned momentarily before he took out a jade talisman. The talisman flickered with a faint golden light.
Lin Feng and the others looked his way as Xiao Yan exclaimed, “Master, Zhener is also inside the Void Battleground!”
This jade talisman was given to him by Xiao Zhener. She had an identical piece, and the two pieces were a pair. The talismans reacted when they were near each other, and even had the function of communicating each other’s positions in space.
The functions were similar to that of the Transparent Telepathic Ring that the Great Void Sect gave to Jieyu and Baiguang.
All this was not because Xiao Zhener had some ulterior motives and neither was it because her family was plotting something. It came from her pure heart for Xiao Yan.
Xiao Yan tried to communicate with Xiao Zhener but was unsuccessful. It was not just the space inside the Void Battleground that was a mess. Even the flowing spiritual energy were in complete chaos.
“We are close to each other. If not, the light would not have been flashing,” Lin Feng said, “Try and triangulate her position.”
Xiao Yan nodded his head and made an attempt at locating her. He suddenly beamed with joy and said, “Even though the signal is weak, I am still able to locate her.”
Lin Feng took the jade talisman from his hands and began to pass his consciousness within. They were indeed able to tell Xiao Zhener’s location, but she seemed like she stopped and was doing something as her position remained unchanged over the entire process.
Lin Feng rushed forward in her direction and unleashed the streams of his consciousness. He could faintly feel the brutality of the Void Lightning Tribulations.
“Could it be that she’s here to experience the Void Lightning Tribulations?” Lin Feng’s raised an eyebrow and started to perceive the void in the direction he was facing. He could feel another source of strength in play, but the spatial turbulence was so chaotic that he could not tell the exact distance of the rippling power.
Lin Feng flashed a smile and turned towards Xiao Yan and the other two. “Tianhao, Hongyan, follow your Big Senior over there to find his little girlfriend. Go try your luck as well – maybe you will have other discoveries.”
“I am going to find Wang Lin. My physical spell body will be following the three of you.”
Xiao Yan and company immediately acknowledged Lin Feng’s instructions and proceeded forward towards the patch that Xiao Zhener was in under the guidance of the talisman.
On the other hand, Lin Feng began to feel the mana aura coming from Wang Lin’s body and rushed in another direction.
There were other cultivators inside the chaotic void besides Lin Feng and his disciples. However, the Void Battleground was a huge place with seemingly endless horizons. No matter how many people were inside, the entire place still felt extremely barren and empty.
Cultivators were only gathered at places where magic treasures were produced or released.
For instance, there was giant black piece of rock in a certain patch of space. It was floating like a small boat inside the void, radiated with magical light and spiritual energy was gushing out all around.
“This feels like a remnant piece of a star. It contains many different kinds of treasures inside, and they are all high-quality materials for the forging of other magic treasures. The only problem is that they are all mixed up together and separating them is a difficult task.”
“What do you know? Have you even seen it? The flashing light of the star remnant is like human breathing. It’s clear that it is nurturing some kind of magic treasure and is just about to ‘give birth’. The people here are all waiting for the maturation of the treasure!”
As words were being exchanged, somebody hollered out all of a sudden. “The flashing is getting stronger and stronger!”
Everybody at the scene held their breaths and the Void Battleground fell into a deathly silence. Everyone was watching the black piece of rock carefully.
The flashing of light coming from the rock became extremely violent, until the flashes connected one after another and the entire rock turned into a sphere of light and lit up the darkness of the void.
Commotions stirred amongst the people. The space all around crackled and exploded as the entire crowd of powerful cultivators surged across the void towards the black stone.
The lowest level cultivator amongst the group of people was the nascent soul beginner stage. All kinds of spells and abhijnas flew all around in the sky.
A ray of golden light zipped across the space above them and through the body of people. The speed was so quick that a great many could not even react – it was a golden roc, who was in the demonic lord advanced stage.
As people began to realize what was happening, they grew furious as they started to assault the golden roc with a myriad of spells and mantras.
The golden roc was completely unafraid. His entire body flickered with golden light, and every golden feather on his body had patterns of a magic formation imprinted upon them. He flapped his wings violently and uncountable rays of golden light flew out and destroyed every incoming attack.
Everybody started drawing cold breaths. Even the nascent soul advanced stage cultivators and the demonic lord advanced stage powerhouses wore serious looks on their faces.
The Golden Roc tribe was one of the most powerful demonic races in the Barren Expanses. The leader of the tribe, the Golden Roc Grand Sage, could be considered to be the third most powerful demon of the Ten Demonic Saints. The Golden Roc Grand Sage himself was fearsome and blindingly fast, and was unmatched by most others of the same level of mastery.
This golden roc was extremely domineering. After repelling the incoming attacks, he was just about land on the black stone.
However, right at this very moment, he suddenly felt a pair of eyes watching him and he felt a chill run down his spine. He turned back for a quick look and saw a tall youth sauntering towards his position. This youth was well-built and handsome and had long black hair that fell to his shoulders.
What was so sinister was the fact that his eyes were completely closed, but the golden roc could distinctly feel a pair of frightening eyes staring right at him.
Somebody from amongst the human crowd recognized the youth and exclaimed in shock, “Is it the Shi Family’s Man of Polycoria?”