Chapter 71: The Ceiling of the Heavens and the Bottom of River Styx
Translator: Sparrow_ Editor: Sparrow_
Sikong Nan waved his hands. The surging River Styx Primordial Water instantly roared towards Lin Feng, turning into a tidal wave and crashing down upon Lin Feng.
Right now Lin Feng had reached a critical moment in studying the River Styx Nirvana Mantra. Sikong Nan suddenly coming to interrupt made Lin Feng very irritated in his heart.
The 24 Śarīras floated above Lin Feng’s head. The rolling Buddhist light turned into a golden prosperous cloud, holding back the River Styx Primordial Water that fell from the sky.
The mana cultivated by Buddhist Tao techniques was the heaviest and most dense. Even the River Styx Primordial Water could not get rid of it right away.
But the golden prosperous cloud was still rapidly eroding at a visible rate and would not last for much longer.
Sikong Nan laughed coldly while staring at Lin Feng: “Let me see how long you can last.” While speaking, he constantly urged the River Styx Primordial Water to attack Lin Feng.
Lin Feng wrinkled his forehead and his mind communicated with the Taotie cub in the ring, Tun Tun.
“I don’t want to!”
Tun Tun shrieked, her little head shaking like a rattle-drum. She shouted in exasperation: “You’re such a bad person. You actually want me to drink River Styx Primordial Water?”
Lin Feng laughed saying: “It’s okay if you refuse, but I need to make it clear to you first that besides this thing, there isn’t anything else for you to eat for some time. If you don’t want to then just go starve.”
Tun Tun was a bit hesitant. Seeing her expression, a thought appeared in Lin Feng’s heart: “You’ve drank the River Styx Primordial Water before?”
“Yeah, the taste is so good.” Tun Tun hesitated for a moment and still said: “But after drinking it my head was all dizzy and I can’t remember a lot of things from the past.”
Lin Feng’s jaw dropped. The Taotie was truly one of the four great ancient savage beasts, swallowing the heavens and devouring the earth. It wasn’t even afraid of the domineering River Styx Primordial Water and just loses some memories. Its mana wasn’t actually purified at all.
“What’s there to be afraid of. If it tastes good then everything’s okay, deliciousness is the most important thing.” Lin Feng tempted her incessantly.
The expression on Tun Tun’s face became more and more similar to one that one would give in pain. She knew that Lin Feng does not have good intentions, but she cannot restrain her gluttonous nature. For a Taotie, eating was a natural instinct on the same level as survival.
“Screw it, eat first think later. This past half a year was about to starve me to death!” Finally, the little loli yelled out in frustration. In her yelling, her body reverted back to her original Taotie form.
Lin Feng tossed up the ring and removed the Heavenly Cage Mantra within. A massive suction force instantly came from the ring, swallowing the River Styx Primordial Water like a black hole.
Taking advantage of the Buddhist light and the ring blocking the river water, Lin Feng started to seize the time to study the River Styx Nirvana Mantra. While he was studying the Tao technique, his mind was also attempting to communicate with the River Styx Primordial Water.
The same as the Art of Acalanātha cultivating Acalanātha Inferno, the ability cultivated by the River Styx Nirvana Mantra was the communication of the River Styx Primordial Water.
Comparing the two and combining theory with practice, the many problems in Lin Feng’s heart before all suddenly became clear.
In his mind, there seemed to be a river rushing by. The river water flowed unceasingly, like time, eternal and unstopping.
Lin Feng silently stared at his own reflection in the river. The reflection was not his fixed appearance and is instead constantly changing into a myriad of appearances.
A charming newly-wed girl, an old and dying elder, a meditating monk chanting scriptures, a dangerous bandit killing, and robbing, a suave young man… One after another broken fragment, thousands of lives of reincarnation.
A light of understanding surfaced in Lin Feng’s heart: “This is my last life, my last life, my past lives of countless reincarnations…”
“Reincarnation through the River Styx, death and rebirth. All life moves towards decay and oblivion here, and then new life!”
Days of life, death, reincarnation, and nirvana resounded in Lin Feng’s mind. In the end, they blended together as one and even connected together as a line with the mana in his body, like an Unholy Blood River, quietly flowing in the River Styx.
Lin Feng opened his eyes. Looking at the surging River Styx Primordial Water before him he smiled faintly.
Seeing his smile, Sikong Nan’s heart trembled for no reason, as if he was about to be struck by disaster.
Lin Feng who was sitting down cross-legged suddenly stood up. He took back the ring Tun Tun was inhabiting in and the golden Buddhist light above his head also rose up into the air. No longer blocking the River Styx Primordial Water and allowing the endless river water to fall on his body.
Sikong Nan’s eyes popped. He discovered in shock that the River Styx Primordial Water poured straight on Lin Feng’s body, but Lin Feng was completely unharmed. There wasn’t even a single drop of that River Styx Primordial Water that touched his body, instead, it landed meekly under Lin Feng’s feet and supported him up.
The River Styx Primordial Water that purifies and wipes out everything in the world was right now just like a docile servant. Obediently bowing down under Lin Feng’s feet and holding up Lin Feng like protecting a king.
Head supporting the heavens, feet trampling the River Styx!
Sikong Nan stared blankly at this scene: “How can this be?”
Lin Feng laughed: “Why not?” He glanced at Sikong Nan and smiled saying: “Get down.”
With his command, the River Styx Primordial Water holding up Sikong Nan’s body suddenly dropped. Caught off guard, Sikong Nan’s body that was hanging in the air directly fell into the surging River Styx River.
Sikong Nan was alarmed. Sikong Nan who has already been completely refined by the Pearl of Styx, all of his mana has merged with the River Styx Primordial Water. He can no longer use any of the Tao techniques and skills that he knew before. If he was unable to control the River Styx Primordial Water, he’ll essentially become a sheep at the mercy of the shepherd.
Unfortunately, right now no matter how he ordered it, the River Styx Primordial Water did not have any reaction.
Lin Feng was also not in a rush to attack. He only stared at Sikong Nan with a faint smile on his face. Right now Sikong Nan was as if he had a bucket of cold water dumped on him. He felt shivers from the top of his head to the soles of his feet, a deep despair surfaced in his heart.
He roared as if a trapped beast: “Even like so, you can’t do anything about me either. I have already become one with the Pearl of Styx. Unless you destroy the Pearl of Styx, you can’t kill me.”
“With your cultivation level, you simply cannot destroy the Pearl of Styx.”
“Who said I want to destroy the Pearl of Styx? Rashly destroying such a treasure, isn’t that a crime against nature?” Lin Feng chuckled and shook his head saying: “Not to mention, who told you that I can only kill you by destroying the Pearl of Styx?”
Sikong Nan blanked, an ominous feeling surfaced in his heart. The next instant, he suddenly felt that the River Styx Primordial Water around his body became increasingly heavier, crushing the breath out of him. Right now, the originally pale yellow river water actually gradually turned black.
The black River Styx Primordial Water constantly penetrated Sikong Nan’s soul. Sikong Nan felt a feeling of suffocation like he was drowning.
Lin Feng said slowly: “I bet you don’t know, there is a spell derived from the River Styx Nirvana Mantra called Unholy Marionette. It can use River Styx Primordial Water to turn people into puppets.”
“This puppet is different from your Hundred Wraiths Nightwalking Technique. You turn people into wraiths and they only keep their mana and cultivation level before death. But their memories and intelligence are all erased, all that’s left is resentment and murderous intent. But it is ultimately an inferior result.”
Lin Feng laughed softly and said: “This Unholy Marionette spell of mine turns people into puppets, but not only can they retain their memories before death, they will even still retain their own consciousness.”
Retaining its memories in life means that the puppet not only possesses its mana and cultivation level before death, even its abilities and spells will also be retained. Moreover, it will possess the cultivator’s rich combat experience during its life.
Retaining its consciousness means that it possesses intelligence. It can think and can react flexibly.
Sikong Nan’s heart became colder and colder. Lin Feng looked at him and smiled saying: “Simply speaking, you’ll be the same as before you were turned into a puppet, besides one thing.”
“That is, you will unconditionally obey my every command.”
Sikong Nan roared in despair. His originally pale yellow, nearly transparent soul had already been completely dyed black by the River Styx Primordial Water. Afterwards, he was swallowed by the surging river water and sealed at the bottom of the river.
Only after repressing Sikong Nan did Lin Feng’s mind relax. He slightly sensed something and he lowered his head looking at the light sphere beneath his feet.
Wang Lin’s soul in the light sphere moved and he finally woke up. He opened his eyes with a dazed expression.