Chapter 539: The Stronger You Are, The Better It Feels to Smash You
Translator: Sparrow Translations Editor: Sparrow Translations
The Man Of Polycoria, Shi Tianyi, had been in everyone’s radar ever since he was born. The boy destined for greatness, touted as the number one prodigy in the younger generation, a god amongst men.
Since the rise of the Celestial Sect of Wonders, after Shi Tianhao, Xiao Yan and the others rose to fame, while people of the world of cultivation acknowledged their extraordinary abilities and talents, the normative perception was that Shi Tianyi was still slightly superior.
This was the reputation that Shi Tianyi enjoyed since he was a little more than ten years old – an extremely rare phenomenon for cultivators of the younger generation.
Following the announcement of his arranged battle with Shi Tianhao, he became the talking point of the Divine Lands.
He was in the nascent soul stage even though he was but seventeen years old. To everybody’s knowledge, he was the youngest cultivator to reach the nascent soul stage in the history of the entire Divine Lands.
This fact was juxtaposed with the fact that he possessed polycoria, and formed the aurous core as well as the nascent soul with the Natural Supreme Tao Foundation. Furthermore, he was now part of the number one holy ground – the Great Void Sect – to hone his craft.
Nobody knew how powerful he was at this moment.
The golden roc’s heart trembled a little when he saw Shi Tianyi. Still, he was confident that his demonic powers and abhijnas were extremely formidable as well. Coupled with the fact that he was in the demonic lord advanced stage, even if Shi Tianyi had already reached the nascent soul stage, the Man of Polycoria could not possibly match his own abilities.
“A dead prodigy is nothing at all. It was the Great Void Sect’s mistake in letting you come here!” The golden roc began to talk with a cold voice.
Shi Tianyi’s eyes were still closed as he replied plainly, “Something that I want is over there. Don’t try to rob me – if you try, you’ll die.”
The golden roc chuckled in amusement. “Consuming your soul, eyes and physical body will be incredibly nourishing for me!”
Shi Tianyi said no more. He stepped out into the void, one step at a time. It seemed slow and drawn out, but he appeared in front of the golden roc in an instant.
He pushed out his palm and light began to flicker on his palm. It felt like there were nine holes inside the sphere of light, and bright songs could be heard from within the holes. Powerful forces exploded outwards, much like the awakening of a divine being.
Every hole seemed to be inhabited by a god. Nine holes – nine gods were awakened, and the phenomenon shook the earth.
“The Supreme Nine-Holes Mantra of the True Gods!” The golden roc’s face changed a little. He could see that a mystical rune was starting to form inside one of the holes. The rune floated up into midair and transformed into a vast ray of flowing light and crashed down towards the golden roc.
The power of this spell from the Great Void Sect was extremely powerful. After the first rune rose into the air, it was followed by runes from the second hole, then the third, so on and so forth.
Intense ripples of power became stronger and stronger. In the end, it was like an unstoppable river of light that resembled the Nine Heavens’ divine punishment for the sins of the world.
The golden roc howled in the face of the relentless assault. Thousands of rays of golden light pelted down like hail to combat Shi Tianyi’s Supreme Nine-Holes Mantra of the True Gods.
One of them had a higher level of mastery, and the other possessed unique and mystical mantras. They were intertwined in close battle in an instant.
Everybody in the audience was stunned. “A nascent soul beginner stage cultivator versus a demonic lord advanced stage demon – and it’s still an equal fight! The Man of Polycoria is indeed extraordinary.”
At this point, Shi Tianyi’s eyes began to open. It resembled the clearing of the clouds in the sky and the reappearance of the Sun and the Moon!
Shi Tianyi’s eyes were like the rotations of the Sun and the Moon, as if they encompassed the entire world. Uncountable rays of spectacular radiance shot out from his eyes.
Shi Tianyi turned to glance at the golden roc – just once, and the power of the Supreme Nine-Holes Mantra of the True Gods increased explosively. The duel with the golden roc gradually turned in his favor, and towards the end, the golden roc’s abhijna was completely broken.
The onlookers were baffled. “What do his polycorian eyes actually do? It seems like they can increase the power of his spells.”
“But it feels like his spells didn’t become stronger, rather it was the golden roc’s abhijna that grew weaker.”
“That’s not right. The golden roc’s abhijna remained the same – but he lost nonetheless!”
People had always been afraid of the unknown and the uncertain. The people watching on were perplexed, and the golden roc felt a chill down his spine. He no longer dared to underestimate his opponent in front of him. “The human race has produced an individual as powerful as him. I need to report back to the golden roc emperor so he can be eliminated as soon as possible. We will not let this boy hinder our progress when he grows up.”
With that, the golden roc hesitated no longer. Between the flashes of light shadows above his head, a golden roc appeared and extended its wings that eclipsed the Sun – it was his cosmic form.
The illuminated golden roc howled as he lunged at Shi Tianyi. Shi Tianyi’s expression was calm and composed as his entire body was suddenly enveloped in golden light.
This was not Shi Tianyi casting another spell. Rather, he was simply unleashing the power of his own physical body and his blood!
The meteoric power of his blood and body were scorching hot and oppressive. The golden roc could already feel his skin crawl, as if he was facing a super-beast like himself.
Shi Tianyi stood upright and made a stance with his fists. Once the stance was established, an unshakeable concept of power that seemed to be able to control the past and the future, inhabit the void for eternity flowed out.
The golden light around his body was buddhist light!
The Unmovable Nagaraja Buddha!
Studying the Acalanatha Tathagata Mantra of the Tathagata Dharmas of the Compass could give the practitioner access to the most powerful protective physical spell called the Unmovable Nagaraja Buddha. It was the exact opposite of the Vairocana Zen Palm Print of the Vairocana Sutra – one was offensive and the other defensive, and they constituted the essence of Buddhist martial arts.
After mastering the Unmovable Nagaraja Buddha body, one could make his or her body impenetrable like that of the Vajra. The power of the physical body became greatly elevated, to the point where it was very nearly the highest level of physical power that a human cultivator could possibly achieve. This was one of the reasons why the Great Thunderclap Temple was the most powerful sect in the Divine Lands in the olden days.
Shi Tianyi unleashed the body of the Unmovable Nagaraja Buddha and made the gesture of one of the Buddha’s hand prints and punched out at the golden roc’s cosmic form.
The Acalanatha Mount Meru Zen Fist! Nothing happened if he did not move, but once he did, the power was like that of the entire Mount Meru crashing down on his opponent!
The golden roc thought to himself, “Even if you’re adept at both the mantras of the Great Void Sect and the Great Thunderclap Temple, the power of my cosmic is still not something that your nascent soul stage powers can match.”
As he was thinking to himself, he suddenly saw a flicker of light in Shi Tianyi’s polycorian eyes, out of the corner of his own two eyes.
The two forces clashed in the next moment. The violent explosion of power shattered the space all around, and even the patch of void near the black stone were beaten into a chaotic state.
The golden roc was speechless. In the clash they just had, it was him who was being beaten back!
He had already flashed his cosmic form, and he was still unable to take down this nascent soul beginner stage human?
The surrounding people were also astounded. “The power of the cosmic form represents the entirety of the giant gap between nascent soul intermediate stage cultivators and nascent soul advanced stage cultivators. There is nothing else to be said of the gap with nascent soul beginner stage cultivators – how could it be that the golden roc has been beaten back?”
“Legend has it that when the soul of the Man of Polycoria shimmered, mystical powers will be unleashed. However, the Man of Polycoria will have a weaker physical body. There’s a saying that God is fair, and everybody cannot be perfect. The Man of Polycoria’s weakness is his physical body, so how can it be that Shi Tianyi’s physical strength is equally powerful?”
“That should be the effect of the Acalanatha Tathagata Mantra. Still, isn’t he a disciple of the Great Void Sect? How is he so adept with Buddhist mantras of the highest level?”
Lin Feng was standing in the void as he watched the group of people surrounding the black stone fighting it out.
His gaze landed upon Shi Tianyi’s body and he smiled to himself. “This little shit is cunning. He is also one that likes to conserve his own power and reserve his trump cards.”
However, at Lin Feng’s current level, there were a great many things that needed just one look for him to be able to tell the truths and backgrounds.
For example, the fact that Shi Tianyi could attain the upper hand against the golden roc was not because the Great Void Sect’s mantras were incredibly strong, and neither was it because of the power of the Great Thunderclap Temple’s Unmovable Nagaraja Buddha.
Still, it was true that this two insanely powerful abhijnas enabled him to challenge the golden roc, who was already in the demonic lord advanced stage.
However, just with these two items, the best he could do was protect himself. After all, the abhijnas and mantras passed down in the golden roc tribe enjoyed respected statues, and their powers were superior to many of the same level of mastery.
The most important reason that Shi Tianyi could obtain the upper hand in the battle against the golden roc was due to his polycorian eyes.
Even though he only flashed the powers of his eyes for a tiny moment, Lin Feng could already tell the unique effects of those special eyes.
Shi Tianyi’s polycorian eyes could see through illusions and detect truth and deception.
His eyes were able to capture the direction and process of his opponents’ mana and spiritual energy, and thus he was able to seek out the weaknesses and loopholes within.
If his opponents’ mantras were not mastered to perfection, there were bound to be many loopholes and cracks in the seams. Even if the mantra was perfectly mastered, the abhijna itself could have some weaknesses and was not truly impeccable.
Only nature’s laws were impeccable.
As long as there were loopholes and cracks in the seams, Shi Tianyi’s polycorian eyes could detect them, and thus he was able to avoid the illusions and go straight for the real things.
Therefore, the situation arose not because his spells increased in power, and neither was it because the powers of the golden roc decreased. It was because he managed to find the weaknesses in the spells of the golden roc. He took the opportunities to crawl through the chinks in the armor and eroded the golden roc’s abhijnas from within.
“Seeing as this little shit likes to reserve his trump cards and hide his true ability, his display should not be everything that he can do. It should only be the tip of the iceberg,” Lin Feng watched the battle from the sidelines and a smile broke out on his face. “Yes, yes, this is good. This is what an arch-nemesis looks like – the more powerful you are, the more Xiao Budian gets when he beats the shit out of you.”
Back in the battle, the golden roc was clueless as to how he ended up disadvantaged and eventually defeated. He became perplexed and doubtful and lost all drive to continue the fight, so he decided to run.
The golden roc possessed one of the fastest movement speeds amongst the various demonic tribes. If he wanted to run, not many people could stop him.
However, Shi Tianyi’s expression remained unchanged as his polycorian eyes once again shot a dead look at the golden roc. Space-time twisted and churned as the golden roc began to realize, to his intense fear, that the speed of his flight was slowing down.
On the other side, Shi Tianyi began to step out into the void again. It felt like he was strolling along a staircase, and with several more steps, he caught up to the golden roc.
The crowd of people just witnessed Shi Tianyi’s ferocity, but were all not willing to leave the black stone behind. Their fiery furies were originally directed at the golden roc, but in an instant, everybody turned their attention towards assaulting Shi Tianyi.
Shi Tianyi’s eyes rolled around in its sockets as he casually waved his hands around. The spell that he was casting was the Shi Family’s Supreme White Dragon Mantra. Sharp golden light flashed all around as the rays slashed the void all around him.
Even though the Supreme White Dragon Mantra was the anchoring treasure of the Shi Family, it was still inferior compared to the two mantras that Shi Tianyi just used.
However, when the mantra was unleased in the hands of Shi Tianyi, it became much more mystical and unusual. The light shadow of a golden dragon was as sharp as ever, and uncountable rays of flowing light flew out to repel every single one of the cultivators besieging him.
Every stroke was right on the most painful and weakest spots of his respective opponents’ bodies and spells. He overcame the entire troupe of cultivators with extreme ease and in a moment’s notice.
In an extraordinarily short period of time, the Man of Polycoria frighteningly defeated the entire crowd of people. Cultivators below the nascent soul advanced stage could not compare to him at all, and even those in the nascent soul advanced stage could not do anything about him.