Chapter 583: The Strongest Face-Off
Translator: Sparrow Translations Editor: Sparrow Translations
The bird had a huge body and the feathers on its chest were light gold. The feathers on its head and tail were emerald green and it was crowned by a ring of purplish-blue feathers.
Its appearance resembled a phoenix but there were differences. For one, it appeared much more evil and fierce. Its three-colored feathers shone under the occasional lightning from the thunderstorm and glowed brightly.
The Blue Pavilion Holy Man watching the fight was uneasy as he looked at the skull, “Thunder Beast Angmao? Could.. could that be that bones of the Angmao?”
Those with more knowledge about this too recognized the origins of Shi Tianyi’s Magic Treasure Embryo. it was made from the bones of an Angmao who had formed the Undying Demon Soul.
The Thunder Beast Angmao was similar to the Dark Beast Mingdu. Both of them were powerful demons of the Primordial Age and both resembled birds. They had three-colored feathers and they exerted power over lightning and thunder. Legend has it that the Thunder Beast Angmao was formed during Creation and in the Primordial Age, it was known as the emperor of all thunder type demons.
Today, the Angmao had more or less disappeared from the Grand Celestial World. It could have gone extinct but no one could confirm that fact. For a long time, no one had seen a living Angmao.
Lin Feng, seated in the east, looked at the skull and felt a wave of interest, “Oh, that’s interesting. Even though it’s only a skull, it had been processed for almost ten thousand years. While its true spirit had yet to disappear, it lost all of its bloodthirstiness and could be used to form a magic treasure. It’s unlike the Mingdu bones I possess which upon cultivation will revive it.”
Shi Tianyi greatly treasured the skull of Angmao after obtaining it. He planned on using it to forge his natal magic treasure after he reached the Immortal Soul stage.
Normally, he allowed it to be cultivated secretly in the Great Void Sect. It could also be used as a magic treasure against his enemy without diminishing its potential.
This was the first time he sent the skull of Angmao into Shi Tianhao’s Tao Tie Great Chao Furnace. The power spiritual energy pushed the Tao Tie’s devour ability to its limit.
Lightning sizzled and crackled furiously. Shi Tianhao’s Tao Tie Great Chao Furnace appeared to be on the verge of imploding!
“It’s not enough to fight using spells, so we shall fight with our treasures instead,” Shi Tianhao flipped his palm and the Green Bronze Crucible of Emptiness appeared and flew into the Tao Tie Great Chaos Furnace. Instantly, it enveloped the skull of Angmao.
The space within the crucible brimmed with power. Layers after layers of space stacked on top of each other and instantly sealed the frenzied lightning.
The skull of Angmao turned into a ball of purple light and instantly broke through the many layers of space. It sought to escape from the Green Bronze Crucible of Emptiness but suddenly, a pure-white and ancient looking mirror appeared on the top of the Green Bronze Crucible of Emptiness.
That was Shi Tianhao’s other Nascent Soul stage magic item, the ”
Aurora Polar Mirror.
As a ray of white light shone from the mirror, it immediately covered the skull of Angmao and its extreme-freeze power activated. Together with the Green Bronze Crucible of Emptiness, it suppressed the skull of Angmao.
The skull of Angmao appeared to become a bit more aware now. Its eye sockets shined non-stop as it sought to fly once again. The frenzied lightning’s power increased exponentially once again.
The Green Bronze Crucible of Emptiness vibrated non-stop. The Aurora Polar Mirror too was shaking like mad.
The combined powers of the Green Bronze Crucible of Emptiness and the Aurora Polar Mirror could not suppress this Magic Treasure Embryo. While it could not compare to an actual magic treasure, it was powerful in its own right after many years of cultivation and safe-keeping under the Great Void Sect.
Shi Tianhao raised his Hammer of the Yellow Heaven Bell and smashed on the Green Bronze Crucible of Emptiness. This time, the ripples in space did not spread outwards but instead, inwards.
The few magic items battled ceaselessly. Shi Tianhao smashed his palms together and the two Great Chaos Furnaces behind him changed direction.
Initially, their opening faced the front. Now, their openings faced each other.
Then, the two Great Chaos Furnace merged together into one entity. They disappeared as if they had never existed in the first place.
Shi Tianyi, however, arched his eyebrows tightly. He discovered suddenly that the skull of Angmao had broken its telepathic link with him.
As the magic treasure fought, Shi Tianhao took that opportunity to fuse his two Great Chaos Furnace together. Coupled with the powers of the Tao Tie and the Hundun, the Magic Treasure Embryo was utterly suppressed!
“You’ve lost,” Shi Tianyi’s eyebrows were no longer furrowed tightly as he said calmly, “How will you fight me now that two of your Nascent Soul stage magic treasure and two powerful moves are all used to suppressed my skull of Angmao?”
“Let’s not talk about anything else, you can’t even compete with me in terms of our understanding of space as I had already formed my nascent soul.”
Shi Tianyi extended his hands before him and the Zhong Heaven Gate suddenly activated and locked down the void. A lot of runes appeared in space and the space where the two combatants stood began to distort as it sought to suppress Shi Tianhao.
Shi Tianhao smiled as a giant sword suddenly appeared in his hand.
While it was a sword, it was made out of stone. Its blade was glossy and it looked like a long strip of rock.
Its tip shone with a cold light that was eye-piercingly bright. It emitted an invincible, all-penetrating feel.
It appeared that every single sharpness of the sword was concentrated on its tip, causing the destructive power of the sword to shoot up exponentially.
Shi Tianhao pointed the sword at the void and immediately, it broke through the restrictions imposed by the Zhong Heaven Gate.
“You have many treasures on you,” said Shi Tianyi as he arched his eyebrows slightly. He knew that Shi Tianhao possessed the Green Bronze Crucible of Emptiness and the Aurora Polar Mirror. He did not care about them. The two of them combined could not beat his skull of Angmao.
However, this stone sword was beyond his expectations. He looked at it carefully and then nodded his head, “It appears to be a damaged magic treasure. Its Original Soul was destroyed but its foundation is still strong. There’s a chance of resurrection.”
Now, it was a highly-prized treasure. It was superior to many Nascent Soul stage magic items and in no way weaker than Shi Tianyi’s skull of Angmao.
Shi Tianhao pointed his sword at Shi Tianyi and said, “Shi Tianyi, come on!”
“Even if you have the sword, you are still not my opponent,” Shi Tianyi’s expression was calm as he continued, “I’m not interested in your other items but I am very interested in your sword.”
“Do you want it?” Shi Tianhao smiled. “That will depend on your ability.”
Shi Tianyi nodded his head and said, “Watch me.” As he said that, he raised his right hand in mid-air as he placed his left index finger on his forehead.
This time, he sought to attack. He could not defeat his opponent based solely on the illusion created by this right eye. If Shi Tianhao did not take the initiative to attack, then he will not be deceived. If the two of them faced each other down, the one at a disadvantage would naturally be Shi Tianyi. His skull of Angmao was still with Shi Tianhao.
This time, every single Immortal Soul stage cultivator’s face turned dark as they watched his attack.
Even the Great Void Sect themselves were surprised. The Elegant Clouds Holy Woman looked stunned as she turned her head to Kuang Heng and asked, “Senior Kuang, he mastered the Thousand Slaughter Technique too?”
Kuang Heng nodded his head and said nothing.
In the Dragon Battle Arena, Shi Tianyi’s left index finger was pointed at the center of his eyebrows and his right arm was straight like a knife. He raised it into the sky and then slowly sliced down in Shi Tianhao’s direction. As his hand came down, a crack opened in the space.
When the crack opened, it shattered the space there instantly, revealing the void. However, the void was no longer black but instead, glowed with eye-dazzling white light.
The white light danced from the tear and enveloped everything around it. The two sides of the split then came squeezing to the center.
The Celestial Sword Elder of the Heavenly Master Sword Sect sighed and said, “That’s the third heaven of the Great Void, the Cong Heaven Thousand Slaughter Technique! I can’t believe he managed to master this too.”
The Sun Radiance Swordmaster exchanged a gaze with the Flying Snow Swordmaster and said, “The Cong Heaven Thousand Slaughter Technique does not simply cut open the void. It evokes the power of a clash of two worlds that is powerful enough to split a Greater World.”
“Victory has been decided. It appears that the senior Shi is more powerful.”
“Correct, while the junior Shi was able to resist against the Xian Heaven Holy Stellar Light, he had expended a great amount of energy. Then, he had to use more than half of his power to suppress the senior Shi’s skull of Angmao. Now, he had to deal with the Cong Heaven Thousand Slaughter Technique. Even with the stone sword, he is at a disadvantage.”
“That may not be the case. Perhaps he has some other method?”
As everyone discussed intensely, Shi Tianhao’s expression was calm. The stone sword in his right hand was still pointed at Shi Tianyi and his left hand was clenched into a fist. He raised it into the sky and said slowly, “Hong (Vast)!”
Immediately, the mana in his body increased exponentially. It felt like a tsunami in a calm sea. It rolled and crashed as it concentrated onto Shi Tianhao.
In the next instant, the spiritual energy died down. However, they did not disappear but instead, it appeared as if they were waiting to explode at any moment. It was like the calm before the storm. The powerful, suppressed aura made everyone on-scene terrified.
Shi Tianyi’s gaze flashed. The white light split almost reached Shi Tianhao.
At the same time, a powerful energy burst forth at the point where Shi Tianhao pointed his sword.
This energy was vigorous like a floodwater. It engulfed the heaven and earth and all creations and an unstoppable burst of power rushed out from it.
Numerous runes floated in the torrent. Then, they congregated together and turned into a flood of golden light. It collided directly with Shi Tianyi’s white light split.
It was the strongest face-off!
This was Shi Tianhao’s third spell in his Xuanhuang Four-Words Mantra, the Vast-Word Mantra. It clashed directly with Shi Tianyi’s Great Void third heaven move, the Cong Heaven Thousand Slaughter Technique!
Immediately, the entire Dragon Battle Arena turned into a sea of light. Half of it was gold while the other half was white. No one was willing to compromise and both sides clashed ceaselessly. In the next instant, they intersected together and battled ceaselessl.y
Finally, the sea of light exploded as a heaven-engulfing light spread in all four directions.
At this point, the two waves of spiritual energy twisted and turned around each other as they rushed into the sky into the white jade gate hidden in the void.
The Dragon Stone Gate began to glow with golden light. Every single dragon engraving on it opened their eyes to reveal terrifying gazes. They began to roar together.
In that roar, the Dragon Stone Gate vibrated furiously. The gates began to open and colorful spewed forth from an unknown world.
The expression on the faces of the Great Qin Empire’s cultivators was all complicated. The Dragon Stone Gate, that remained closed for thousands of years, finally opened because of the battle between the two Shis.
In the Dragon Battle Arena, the light gradually faded and one could see two people facing each other off.
Both Shi Tianhao and Shi Tianyi looked extremely sorry.
A giant wound appeared from Shi Tianhao’s right shoulder to the left side of his navel. Blood and flesh churned in a disgusting mess. Compared to his normally indestructible form, Shi Tianhao looked like a zombie after bearing the brunt of Shi Tianyi’s Cong Heaven Thousand Slaughter Technique. He was almost sliced in half.
Shi Tianyi looked even worse. His body was covered with wounds and his entire right arm and parts of his right shoulder were gone.
For such serious injuries, Shi Tianyi felt nauseous despite his powerful soul. However, his expression did not change. His right eye was still dual-pupilled. Both pupils spun together like the passing of a day. A powerful energy, like one that had never been felt before, came forth.