Chapter 548: Eyes! Eyes!
Translator: Sparrow Translations Editor: Sparrow Translations
The power of Shi Tianyi’s Polycoria in his right eye was incredibly strange and unpredictable which made everyone shiver in fear. But what was even more astonishing was how Wang Lin’s broken and splattered right arm could revert to its original condition so effortlessly.
It was his actual physical body, not a virtual projection of himself formed using his mana. For it to recover so quickly was truly confounding. Except for Martial Arts cultivators who have merged their Immortal Soul Avatars with their physical body, most Immortal Soul cultivators can heal their bodily wounds with ease no matter how grievous their injuries are. However, Wang Lin was only in the Advanced Aurous Core Stage and yet he could still perform such a miraculous recovery, a truly bewildering spectacle.
“Hold on, that’s the Avīci Undying Body that was recorded in the Ancient Satanic Avīci Scripture!” A knowledgeable cultivator suddenly shrieked, “Wang Lin mastered the Avīci Undying Body and can now manipulate his blood and flesh at his own will without fear for any injury. It’s like having countless lives for his invincible body.”
The virtual world constructed from the Polycoria in Shi Tianyi’s right eye did not affect Lin Feng who concealed himself in the virtual space, but he did not remind Wang Lin of his presence. Battles like these are the best way to sharpen one’s skills, so Lin Feng was more than happy to have his disciple take on such challenges without assistance as long as Wang Lin was not in imminent danger of dying. He firmly believed that Wang Lin would not be killed so easily by Shi Tianyi.
Upon seeing Wang Lin heal his broken arm so effortlessly, Lin Feng smiled gently. “Since Wang Lin has successfully mastered the Avīci Undying Body, his lower physical strength would no longer be one of his faltering weaknesses from here on out.”
And once he achieves the Immortal Soul Stage and forms his Immortal Soul Avatar, such a worry would not even exist.
Lin Feng looked at Wang Lin quietly and thought, “Wang Lin has endured a great amount of hardship all this while. When I first saw his ravaged and grotesque state, I was afraid that his physical body was already destroyed beyond repair. If not for the Avīci Undying Body spell remoulding his flesh, it would have been truly disastrous. A son of the Heaven’s Destiny Sect does indeed have good fortune.”
Wang Lin rotated his right wrist, his expression as calm as ever.
Shi Tianyi eyed Wang Lin quietly as he slowly shut his right eye and opened his left eye, unleashing his Polycoria powers which flashed with countless rays arranged in cryptic yet divine patterns, about to penetrate the truth behind Wang Lin’s formidable spell.
“You’ve been exposed to the River Styx Primordial Water for a long period of time, from which you’ve honed your powers of destruction, hence dealing considerable harm to your own physical body. But now that you’ve mastered the Avīci Undying Body, you’ve managed to remedy your previous shortcomings.” Shi Tianyi explained collectedly, “But all you did was to restore your body to its original condition without strengthening it in any way. Hence, close combat remains your weakness.”
With that, Shi Tianyi’s figure glowed abruptly as the physical energy levels within his body skyrocketed. He charged forward rapidly, shattering all the space before him until he reached Wang Lin. After summoning the Unmovable Nagaraja Buddha, he delivered a ferocious blow down upon Wang Lin’s skull with his Acalanatha Mount Meru Zen Fist, seemingly to ridicule Wang Lin’s lack of expertise in martial arts.
Even though Wang Lin possessed the healing properties of the Avīci Undying Body, he was still not Shi Tianyi’s match in terms of physical offensive and defensive strength. When Shi Tianyi battled the Marquis of Jinghuan, the area of physical martial arts became Shi Tianyi’s stumbling block. But now, as the tides changed with the ever-spinning wheel of fortune, physical strength was now Shi Tianyi’s greatest advantage against Wang Lin.
Upon noticing Shi Tianyi’s incoming attack, Wang Lin remained calm and countered with all his might, not uttering a single word. Unfortunately, his physical strength was no match for his opponent.
After hammering down his Acalanatha Mount Meru Zen Fist, Shi Tianyi immediately followed it with his Thunder Dragon Claw. He spread his five fingers out like the talons of an Immemorial Celestial Dragon and brutally slashed at Wang Lin’s arm!
In that instant, blood and flesh splattered everywhere. Wang Lin’s arm had been snapped off by Shi Tianyi again.
Wang Lin seemed unfazed by this as his eyes flickered with a frigid glow. His ravaged arm, which was crushed into a disgusting mess of minced flesh and blood in Shi Tianyi’s palm, suddenly exploded. This explosion did not reassemble Wang Lin’s broken arm, instead transforming into a whirlpool of pale yellow water!
The River Styx Primordial Water!
The crowd finally comprehended what Wang Lin was doing, as if they had just awoken from a dream. Although Wang Lin used the Avīci Undying Body spell to mould his flesh, he did not rely on the Avīci Satanic Aura to accomplish this, instead condensing the River Styx Primordial Water into living flesh!
This was Wang Lin’s unique variation of the Avīci Undying Body – the River Styx Undying Body!
Under Wang Lin’s manipulation, the River Styx Primordial Water swirled backwards and encircled Shi Tianyi’s body, rapidly purifying and eroding his mana, body, and soul. All tangible and intangible forms of Shi Tianyi’s existence were simultaneously dissolving in the vortex of doom.
“Hm?” Wang Lin’s eyes gleamed, flashing like two icy rays of light.
Without any foreboding or receiving any attack, Wang Lin’s entire body burst in bits, melting into the River Styx Primordial Water and flooding the space.
The crowd was taken completely by surprise, perplexed at why Wang Lin would suddenly choose to dispose of his physical body when he was standing at an advantage over his opponent. A few Advanced Nascent Soul Grandmasters observed Wang Lin closely as their souls wavered slightly, and watched the scene evolve before their eyes.
“Again?” A few of them became flustered and enraged. Shi Tianyi activated the Polycoria powers in his right eye again, creating another artificial virtual world with his Supernatural Awareness, blinding the souls of everyone in the vicinity.
He had not been stained by Wang Lin’s River Styx Primordial Water yet and proceeded to shut his left eye and open his right eye, with the mystifying Hundun aura in his pupils flickering incessantly, exuding the powers of deception.
Shi Tianyi approached Wang Lin from behind once more, preparing to launch a proper attack, but Wang Lin was more vigilant this time round. He pre-emptively noticed something amiss and divided his physical body up without hesitation, which morphed into the raging River Styx Primordial Water, rendering Shi Tianyi incapable of delivering a single blow.
The strength of Wang Lin’s soul was in no way inferior to Shi Tianyi’s, and he only fell into Shi Tianyi’s trap previously because he was unaware of the mysterious capabilities of the Polycoria in his opponent’s right eye. He was caught off guard and could not conjure the River Styx Primordial Water in time. But now, he was on full alert. While Shi Tianyi’s right eye could still overwhelm normal opponents easily, it was now useless against Wang Lin.
“My left eye has already seen through the inconsistencies in your Avīci Undying Body. How can I possibly be tricked by you again?” Shi Tianyi did not panic despite being noticed by Wang Lin, “You can’t simply use the River Styx Primordial Water alone to heal your entire physical body, or else your soul and Aurous Core wouldn’t be able to handle such immense pressure.”
The Polycoria in each of his eyes have their respective mysterious effects which can be used simultaneously, but this compromises the extent of their strength, reducing it to a moderate level to balance both sides. Only by opening a single eye enables its power to be activated to the extreme.
He then switched his eyes again, shutting his right eye and opening his left one. He unleashed the power of his left Polycoria to its maximum potential, penetrating all forms of deception and disguise, reducing everything to its original, real state. The piercing gaze of Shi Tianyi’s left eye seemingly materialized into a golden pillar of light which permeated through the River Styx Primordial Water unaffected. The ray of light scanned its surroundings before it finally halted its advance.
Over there, a purple Aurous Core glowing from the blending of black clouds and white light poppled about in the River Styx Primordial Water, banded by a peripheral ring of dark-green water. It was Wang Lin’s Aurous Core while the ring of green water was the Grand Moon Primordial Water, one of the Six Great Primordial Waters. The large amounts of purple spiritual energy mingling with the water were the Heaven-Revolving Purple Clouds that Wang Lin collected off Lin Feng’s Mount Yujing.
Just as Shi Tianyi had explained, whenever Wang Lin re-sculpts his physical body, he forms the external portions with the River Styx Primordial Water and moulds the internal regions with a mixture of the Grand Moon Primordial Water and the Heaven-Revolving Purple Clouds.
“I’ve got you this time!” The golden pillar of light fired from the Polycoria in Shi Tianyi’s left eye locked onto Wang Lin’s Aurous Core. He then flipped out a porcelain vial and opened it, and from it flowed a stream of pristine, clear water that forced the River Styx Primordial Water to retreat backwards!
It was one of the Six Great Primordial Waters, hailed as the source of everything under the heavens – the One Heavenly Primordial Water of the Great Void Sect!
With the One Heavenly Primordial Water opening a path for him, Shi Tianyi leapt into the air, shrouded by boundless white clouds. A million rays of golden light radiated through the clouds as he pounced straight for Wang Lin’s Aurous Core like a divine deity descending to the mortal world. But this time, he did not rely on a virtual attack projected from his right eye’s Polycoria. This was an actual, fatal blow!
The white clouds parted as the golden rays of light surged outwards with an endless holy mist wreathing in a swirling vortex. Shi Tianyi joined his index and middle fingers together like a sword and thrusted them towards Wang Lin’s Aurous Core to score a lethal blow.
A ferocious giant white dragon glowing with a brilliant golden sheen bolted and danced in the sky, morphing into a razor-sharp ray of Sword Radiance. The Sword Radiance evolved from being unrefined, to nimble, then to swift and deadly. The process was akin to a dragon lurking in a deep abyss finally soaring into the air, growing into a magnificent flying leviathan that dominated the skies. The Sword Radiance harboured destructive powers that would rival an apocalypse where the heavens come crashing down.
The White Dragon Heaven-Crashing Sword!
Shi Tianyi incorporated everything that he has learnt, and personally derived and crafted such a formidable Abhijina. It was like a celestial dragon with unparalleled power descending upon the world to reign over all the seas. He wanted to crush Wang Lin’s Aurous Core completely and obliterate his soul, slaughtering him right here and now.
Then, the River Styx Primordial Water diffused from Wang Lin’s body evolved abruptly and grew into an entire river. It had become the relentlessly raging River of Forgetfulness. But what was different this time was a dark stone bridge arching sturdily over the violent torrents below.
It looked like any other ordinary stone bridge. It was constructed from darkening limestone and its surface was blotted with dense layers of moss. The bridge straddled over the River of Forgetfulness silently, bearing an ancient, abandoned charm to it, as if it had existed since time immemorial.
The bridge carried gods and deities to the heavens, and ferried spirits to the Netherworld and beyond.
The River of Forgetfulness swelled to its highest tide, heaving up the dark stone bridge which melted into a turbid ray of light, charging straight for Shi Tianyi.
The path that transcends life and death, the bridge that connects Yin and Yang!
The Road to River Styx leads to the River of Forgetfulness, which houses the Bridge over Troubled Waters.
This was Wang Lin’s third spell of the River Styx after the Road to River Styx and the River of Forgetfulness – the Bridge over Troubled Waters!
This enormous bridge seemingly perforated through the past, present, and the future, transcending all space-time. Wang Lin’s physical body rapidly reassembled itself and was already standing on the bridge. His hands were placed behind him, his feet were steadily rooted to the floor, his white hair drifted in the wind, his eyes stared intently at Shi Tianyi with an ice-cold gaze.
The Bridge over Troubled Waters beneath his feet suddenly flung into the sky like a giant metal whip, crashing mercilessly towards Shi Tianyi’s White Dragon Heaven-Ascending Sword Radiance! The lustrous Sword Radiance that resembled an actual dragon was ruthlessly smashed to smithereens!
Wang Lin did not stop attacking, and with a thunderous bellow, he channelled the tumultuous River Styx Primordial Water in the River of Forgetfulness below him upwards, perfusing it over the Bridge over Troubled Waters. With the power of the river permeating into the bridge, the Bridge over Troubled Waters grew even more terrifying. The river water pounded down upon the bridge, producing a deafening life-like roar that was deep, primal, and frightening to the extreme!
The enormous bridge traversed limitless space, turning into a black line which traced the seemingly materialized gaze of Shi Tianyi’s left eye, bulldozing all the way through and flattening all forms of existence impeding its path.
“No!” Shi Tianyi screeched. His desperate yell was like the crack of a thunderbolt which ceased abruptly. All sources of light within the space also vanished into the silent void along with Shi Tianyi’s voice as darkness blanketed the entire space.
In the next instant, an earth-shattering scream spliced through the heavens.
The crowd looked over in bewilderment and saw Shi Tianyi’s eye burst violently into a blinding effulgence, so piercing that no one could stare directly at it. The light it produced felt void of hope, like the final radiance of the setting sun. As the light dissipated, everyone noticed a black line piercing straight into Shi Tianyi’s left eye socket. The awe-inspiring Polycoria that resembled the sun and moon, had been utterly destroyed!
Shi Tianyi’s left eye had been stabbed and blinded by Wang Lin’s Bridge over Troubled Waters!