Chapter 818: The Mantis Catches the Cicada, But the Sparrow is Behind
Translator: Sparrow Translations Editor: Sparrow Translations
With regards to Sikong You’s words, Wang Lin was unbothered. He placed his entire attention on the battle, as he was wary of any petty tricks.
As most ghostly cultivators fought, more than half of their strength came from the spiritual ghosts that they cultivated. For most of them, the powers of their spiritual ghosts were even greater than their own.
Generally speaking, the levels of the spiritual ghosts were similar to their owners. Some of the spiritual ghosts were even of a higher level than their owners. Under the effect of secret manuals, as long as the difference between the spiritual ghosts and their owner was not that huge, the owner would not be afraid that the spiritual ghosts would be out of their control.
This was the same for Sikong You. He was in the Immortal Soul Second Level, but the strongest two spiritual ghosts under him were only in the Immortal Soul First Level. Although they were not weak, they were still inferior as compared to Sikong You.
After Wang Lin observed for some time, he could confirm that Sikong You had cultivated the ghostly arts as his foundation. He did not cultivate any other type of mantras before changing to the ghostly arts.
Under such a situation, it was quite abnormal for the level of the spiritual ghosts to be lower than that of the owner.
This abnormal situation aroused the attention of Wang Lin. As he was thinking, a blurry ghostly figure came towards him.
Wang Lin creased his brows and the River Styx Primordial Water converted into the River of Forgetfulness. As the River of Forgetfulness came before him, the ghostly figure that was stained by the river was not cleansed. It jerked a little before finding its way to Wang Lin, as it sensed Wang Lin’s powers and supernatural awareness.
This ghostly figure did not possess any offensive power, and did not cause any harm to Wang Lin too.
But an image appeared in front of Wang Lin suddenly. The image flashed quickly before stopping at a particular scene.
This image did not exist in Wang Lin’s memories, but after he saw it, he was shocked.
The background of the image was very familiar to Wang Lin. Although it was a long time, he could tell that it was the small village that he once lived in when he was very young.
And at this point, inside this village, corpses were plentiful. Blood flowed like river and the relatives and clan members that he was once close to were all corpses now. Even Wang Lin’s parents were drenched in blood, as they lost their body temperatures.
Wang Lin snorted and calmed his nerves. He heard Sikong You’s voice in void space, “So this is your deepest fear?”
“Hehe, you have fetched your entire family to Mount Yujing. This is unlikely to happen. But Mount Yujing is not entirely void of disasters. You must be careful. When you return home someday, you may see something like this.”
Wang Lin stared at dark void space, “So it’s like that. Zhang Lie’s state of mind collapsed and his mentality changed because you played a part in it?”
Sikong You was silent for a moment before he sighed, “I heard that you are a cold and merciless person. You are also a man of few words. But I did not think that you have such quick thinking.”
“That’s right. When I met him before, he was only in the Aurous Core Stage. I planted a ghostly curse in him. But I never expected him to achieve everything that he has today.”
The ghostly curse was the ghostly figure that Sikong You released earlier. It was a spell that he created. It was miraculous and unpredictable, but does not have any offensive strength. Besides this, people were usually unable to prevent the curse from entering their bodies. For cultivators who were weaker, they might not even notice.
The curse was buried deep in the soul of a person, unearthing the deepest fear of the person. After that, the fear of the person would be maximized.
In this process, the curse would become stronger as the fear of the person grew. This continued until Sikong You was satisfied. Sikong You could summon the curse back with his mind.
Only cultivators who cultivated the way of the Heavens and Earth possessed fears that could allow the curse to become stronger.
After the curse grew stronger, it would return to Sikong You for him to consolidate. After that, Sikong You would tap on the curse to cultivate his own mantras, causing his own cultivation to increase. He used countless curses in the past to complete his own set of mantras, allowing him to form the virtual entity eventually and reach the Immortal Soul Second Level.
Generally speaking, after the ghostly curse became stronger, it would combine with the soul of the cultivator. Once Sikong You summoned the curse away, the soul of the cultivator would collapse.
Over these years, Sikong You rarely made a mistake as he implanted this ghostly curse. The only miscalculation that he made was Zhang Lie.
The ghostly curse in Zhang Lie’s soul grew tremendously and caught Sikong You’s attention. After Zhang Lie massacred the cultivators from the Liefeng Covenant, he was taken away by Sikong You. He sank deeper into his fear and Sikong You attempted to make the ghostly curse even stronger, to a stage never seen before.
During that period of time, Zhang Lie had become half of Sikong You’s disciple. Many of the powers that Zhang Lie possessed were inherited from Sikong You.
Who knew that Zhang Lie met with a miracle in the Void Battleground. The place that he was in was cut off from the outside world. Sikong You’s connection with his ghostly curse was cut off and Zhang Lie discovered the secret of his soul.
Over there, Zhang Lie cultivated tirelessly and finally removed the fear from his heart. He also disabled the ghostly curse and formed the Immortal Soul.
After Zhang Lie returned from the Void Battleground, he quickly rose up the ranks in the Hall of the Dead. At that point in time, Sikong You was busy. When he returned and wanted to resolve the problem, Zhang Lie had already become one of the Ten Kings of Hell, and the new King Qinguang.
“Fear is the most powerful strength in the world. No one can avoid it.” Sikong You kept summoning the attacks of the ghosts. As he unleashed his spells on Wang Lin, he was further exacerbating the fear in Wang Lin’s heart.
“Between life and death, there’s a huge fear. Fearing death is the common characteristic of all life. To resist death, we cultivate and fight for our lives.”
“A longevity of a few hundred years is too little. Death is within reach. Thus, we try to form the Aurous Core and reach a thousand years old.”
“A longevity of a thousand years is too little. Time passes in an instant. Thus, we try to overcome the Tribulations of the Yin Wind and Fire, before trying to overcome the Void Lightning Tribulations as we want to form the Nascent Soul. We want to prolong our longevity to 3600 years.”
“A longevity of 3600 years is still too little. Thus, we want to form the Immortal Soul and become immortal.”
“We are afraid of being killed, thus we cultivate attacks and spells, as well as magic items and magic treasures.”
“While we become immortal, the Heavens and Earth can still destruct. Even the Heavens can still die, what about us? Thus, we try to cultivate further and hope to overcome the Three Tribulations of Destiny. We cultivate magic treasures in the destiny realm and overcome all bitterness. Even if the Heavens and Earth destruct, we won’t destruct.”
“Fear is our greatest motivation. It’s the most powerful strength in the world. At the same time, it’s also the greatest source of our worries.” Sikong You’s voice was like the cries of the countless ghosts, “Wang Lin, do you feel the brilliance of fear too?”
Wang Lin was expressionless and he snorted. The Ancient and Modern World above him exhibited its powers. As the door to the world opened, the time in Wang Lin’s body seemed to reverse.
The ghostly figure that was planted in his soul disappeared, as if it never existed.
Sikong You sighed, “Wang Lin, your understanding of the Dao is still very shallow.”
The situation of the ghostly curse in him was special. Rather than his powers, his state of mind was stuck between reality and illusion. Even the River Styx Primordial Water was scammed.
And because the ghostly curse did not contain any powers and met the Ancient and Modern World of Wang Lin, Sikong You could not help the curse to resist the world. He could only watch as the curse was removed.
“I wanted to cultivate you into my ghostly curse envoy. But since it’s this way, I won’t keep you around.”
Sikong You revealed himself in void space. Hi right hand extended in mid-space and a greyish, chaotic, deathly gas appeared. The gas combined with the countless ghostly entities.
As both parties combined, they formed a ball of white whirlpool. As the whirlpool revolved in void space, it converted into a huge door.
It was the Divine Netherworld Door, an attack from the Hall of the Dead.
Following that, countless white arrows shot out from the door, converting into a sea of arrows that flew towards Wang Lin. The entire place was covered by these arrows and void space was even pierced through.
Godly Netherworld Evil Cloudy Arrows!
Million Ghostly Arrows!
Not only was it greater in amount as compared to the Thousand Ghostly Arrows, the power of each arrow was even stronger than before.
As Wang Lin’s gaze flashed, he tapped the Heavenly Gods-Sealing Banner lightly. The ex-King Qinguang and the two Hall of the Dead Envoys stood in front of him. The three of them unleashed a huge amount of chaotic, deathly gas. The grey fog covered them and Wang Lin, protecting them in the center. Following that, it converted into an oval shape embryo.
Protective Boundary of the Netherworld Sea. It was an extremely powerful defensive attack of the Hall of the Dead. The Netherworld Sea of the Grand Celestial Seven Seas did not have a stable boundary passage that linked to the Greater World. Although the barriers appeared cracks occasionally, they were still very firm overall. The countless disasters in the Netherworld Sea never leaked and the Protective Boundary of the Netherworld Sea was inspired by the barriers of the Netherworld Sea. After that, it was created as a defensive spell.
This spell required at least three people to exhibit it. Although it could not be shifted and it took some time to be exhibited, its defensive power was still extremely strong. In the Celestial Wonders World, a few Envoys of the Hall of the Dead and the ex-King Qinguang lost their connection with the outside world. They were also unable to wait for reinforcements. Thus, they wanted to escape the encirclement and were unable to exhibit this abhijna. But now, under Wang Lin’s command, they collaborated to re-create this Protective Boundary of the Netherworld Sea.
The white arrows kept on striking the Protective Boundary of the Netherworld Sea, causing it to shake tremendously.
Countless small pores were formed after the attack, just like a beehive. But the Protective Boundary of the Netherworld Sea was still able to withstand the attacks. It was not pierced through and was not crushed either.
As Sikong You waved his hand, the two Divine Ghosts beside him and the other spiritual ghosts from the Nightly Ghost Grand Formation also attacked. They struck the Protective Boundary of the Netherworld Sea.
In an instant, it was as if a torrential rain was hitting the Protective Boundary of the Netherworld Sea.
At this point, as the Nightly Ghost Grand Formation engulfed the sky, a radiance flashed in the dark sky suddenly.
That was the radiance from the tip of a greenish-black Pole-Ax. This radiance pierced through the darkness and destroyed countless figures of ghosts. Anything blocking it was destroyed and it came in front of Sikong You instantaneously, towards his brows.
At this moment, wherever the Pole-Ax passed, boundless green flames lit up. They caused the formation to shine with a green light.
As if the boundless True Torch of Ksitigarbha Primordial Fire had been gathered on the Pole-Ax, a frightening, destructive power that could crush the Heavens and Earth was formed.
Zhang Lie’s strongest physical martial arts attack, Divine Spear of the Earthly Realms!
The green light shone on Sikong You’s face. This allowed him to see Zhang Lie and the Royal Extermination Pole-Ax clearly, “Elder You, do you feel the brilliance of fear now?”