Chapter 87: Fiery Lady
Translator: Sparrow_ Editor: Sparrow_
Inside the space of the Pearl of Styx, Ma Wu’s soul had already completely become a semi-transparent pale yellow color and was painfully struggling in the surging River Styx Primordial Water.
“My master will not forgive you!” Ma Wu roared with hatred.
Lin Feng chuckled, “I know, that Nascent Soul stage master of yours engraved a charm in your soul. As soon as you died and your soul dissipates, he would immediately know. But I am not killing you right now, I wonder if he can know your current predicament?”.
Ma Wu closed his eyes in despair. He never thought that there ever would be a predicament where he didn’t die but was suffering a thousand times more than death instead.
Lin Feng smiled lightly, “Tell me now, how come you guys instantly turned hostile and attacked the moment my disciple asked you guys for information about galactic sand?”.
Ma Wu swore to all of the gods and buddhas in the heavens that he absolutely would not answer Lin Feng’s question and would rather give an incorrect answer.
But the restraints of the Unholy Marionette spell made him answer every question asked with the truth.
“The Covenant of Liefeng?” Lin Feng was indeed a bit surprised. To think that galactic sand would actually be linked with the Covenant of Liefeng.
The Covenant of Liefeng was an anti-Zhou organization formed by the adherents of the Arctic State who had their country destroyed by the Great Zhou Empire. Amongst the numerous anti-Zhou rule organizations they were considered quite active.
Half a year ago in an attempt to take in Zhu Yi as his disciple, Lin Feng went to the Zhou Empire imperial city, Tianjing. There he once came in contact with the people of the Covenant of Liefeng. At that time to threaten the Marquis of Xuanji, they abducted Zhu Yi who was the bastard of the Marquis of Xuanji.
This time the reason the Great Zhou Empire dispatched their army into the Great Swamp of the Ancient Regions was to pursue a group of Covenant of Liefeng cultivators.
The galactic sand was once discovered on the bodies of cultivators of the Covenant of Liefeng. This was why when Xue Chao and company heard Wang Lin mention galactic sand, they wanted to capture him immediately without any second thought.
Lin Feng secretly frowned, “In the end, I still don’t know the exact location of galactic sand. In the vast marshland, where do you want me to go to find those members of the Covenant of Liefeng.”.
Throwing the Pearl of Styx back to Wang Lin, Lin Feng said casually, “It’s best to have a specific casting target to practice spells. Use this kid to practice the Finger of Styx. But remember, don’t kill him, I still have a use for him.”.
Wang Lin heavily nodded his head while Ma Wu screamed, “I won’t forgive you even if I become a ghost!”.
Lin Feng was too lazy to bother with him. He shook the Black Cloud Flag and left with Wang Lin.
Since they mentioned that the Great Zhou Empire had an army right around here, the battle just now definitely startled them. Lin Feng naturally wasn’t stupid enough to remain on the spot and wait for the army to arrive.
Even if the marsh was covered with miasma, right then Lin Feng was still doing his best to expand his area of perception.
He wanted to find the members of the Covenant of Liefeng. They would not easily reveal their whereabouts. Only when the pursuers of the Zhou Empire caught up with them and a battle actually occur could Lin Feng discover their location from the mana fluctuations that would be traveling over.
Just like this Lin Feng wandered around for nearly half a month’s time. At the same time as looking for the members of the Covenant of Liefeng, Lin Feng himself also did not give up on searching for galactic sand. But he still had no gains.
This day, Lin Feng controlled the Black Cloud Flag flying in the miasma fog. Suddenly he sensed a wave of violent mana fluctuations not far away from him. There was a lot of commotion, clearly, there were people fighting.
Lin Feng hurriedly put away the Black Cloud Flag and landed on the ground. He moved stealthily and drew near.
Getting closer, a light flashed within the fog. A dozen human figures mingled together. As one fell another rose, the battle was in full swing.
Lin Feng used the Shadow Sneak Technique to hide his body and also has the system to hide his mana fluctuations. He quietly approached, the two sides engaged in battle both did not notice that someone had snuck right beside them.
The number of people in the two opposing parties was not even. The side with more people had a whole dozen people surrounding and attacking three enemies.
These dozen people were all wearing shining magic armor. They emitted a faint glow in the fog that completely cut off the miasma. The cultivation level of these people may not be high, but they moved with discipline and had strong teamwork, exerting power that transcended their cultivation level.
They held identical lightning blades in their hands that flashed with lightning and roared with thunder as they were swung, demonstrating remarkable lethality.
The dozen people vaguely formed a formation. They were coordinated with each other and their mana also had a trend of resonating and joining together. Matched with their armor and blades their fighting power was multiplied.
“This is the Great Zhou Empire’s Divine Martial Army?”. Lin Feng looked at these dozen people and his eyes narrowed into slits.
The Divine Martial Army was the Great Zhou Empire’s elite force. Different from regular mundane armies, the Divine Martial Army was supposedly comprised entirely of cultivators. The rebels that they captured were also definitely cultivators.
Different from the Great Qin Empire where the four great clans held vast resources and a strong voice, under the combined effort of the Zhou emperor Liang Pan and the Marquis of Xuanji Zhu Hongwu, the Great Zhou Empire’s royal authority was unprecedentedly concentrated. He had a bit of the grandiose of the ancient saint emperors and the majority of cultivators were also collected under the control of the royal authority.
Rumors say the Divine Martial Army was an army that gathered the elite cultivators of all stages within the borders of the Great Zhou Empire.
Being able to militarize cultivators who advocated freedom, on one side it was because the Zhou Emperor and the Marquis of Xuanji had great ability, on the other, it was also because the royal family could provide a lot of cultivation resources to these cultivators. Thus cultivators from the Divine Martial Army were all very powerful and they also advanced their cultivation level very quickly.
These past few years, the item crafting standard of the Great Zhou Empire has had made great progress. Batch after batch of powerful magic items was created and then provided to the cultivators of the Divine Martial Army, arming them to the teeth.
Generally speaking, with a difference of one stage such as a Qi Cultivation stage cultivator facing a Foundation Establishment stage cultivator, unless the Qi Cultivation stage cultivator possessed a powerful magic item or spell holding down the line, it was very difficult to pose a threat to the Foundation Establishment stage cultivator. Not even quantity would be enough to make up for quality.
But the Divine Martial Army’s tacit coordination, strict discipline plus powerful equipment made all of this change.
A solitary Foundation Establishment stage cultivator being surrounded by a troop of Divine Martial soldiers could very likely be killed on the spot.
Lin Feng observed closely, the three people surrounded by this troop of Divine Martial soldiers were currently in a tight position with signs of danger appearing everywhere.
The cultivation levels of the three people were not actually weak. Out of two of them, one was a Qi Disciple level 11 with a flying sword circling in the air, his swordsmanship was quite refined. The other person, in particular, was a cultivator at the great circle of the perfection of the qi disciple stage.
But under the encirclement of a troop of Divine Martial soldiers of which the person with the highest cultivation level is only qi disciple level 10, these two people were retreating one step after another.
If not for the third companion occasionally providing assistance, these two people would have already been killed.
Over half of Lin Feng’s attention was placed on that third person. It’s just that this person had flames rippling all over their body and he can’t see their appearance.
All Lin Feng knew was that the person was a female. A female seemingly surrounded by fire, a female who was like fire herself!
A crimson red tight uniform over her body, red riding boots, red cloak, red hair like a cluster of blazing fire and the fire flickering in her eyes!
“She should only be at the initial level of the Foundation Establishment and just had her aurous sea opened, but her fighting ability was truly powerful.”. Lin Feng evaluated her strength in his heart and discovered this red-clothed female was absolutely not an ordinary person.
Yet, this red-clothed female may be aggressive, but she did not dare to fight with full strength and instead had a worry in her heart.
Because in the outer circle of the battle there still stood a middle-aged man. He wore the Dark Beast Black Light Armour that only field officer ranked officers in the Divine Martial Army could wear. The surface of the armor flickered with a dark glow and the beast head on the chest was grim and ferocious.
This middle-aged officer’s aura was a deep abyss and a lofty peak. His mana was immense and he was clearly a foundation establishment cultivator no less weaker than the red-clothed female.
Seeing her companions frequently fall into danger, the red-clothed female released a cold snort. She shook her arms and held up a pitch-black halberd.
A black light flickered over the halberd, mixing together with the fire around the female’s body and turning into a red and black storm, sweeping out in all directions.
The troop of Divine Martial Army cultivators all had grave expressions. They stood side by side, a dozen blinding-white lightning blades slashing down together. A dozen arcs of rolling lightning connected together as one, in the end turning into an enormous beam of blade aura and colliding with the red and black storm.
The dozen Divine Martial Army cultivators all had pale faces. Even so, their two legs were still firmly nailed to the ground. They were forcibly pushed sliding backwards, leaving dozens of deep tracks in the ground.
The red-clothed female wrinkled her forehead. The opposing side’s commander had yet to make a move, just relying upon a troop of qi disciple stage cultivators working together was enough to take on her attack by brute force. This made her unable to relax at all.
At this moment the middle-aged field officer suddenly opened his mouth, his voice was like rolling thunder, “Yue Hongyan, put down your weapon and surrender. This is your only way out.”
The fire circling around her gradually subsided. Only now did Lin Feng get a clear look of the red-clothed female, Yue Hongyan’s true appearance.
She was unexpectedly young, a mere 15 to 16 years old girl. She did not tie her hair and it blew in the wind like blazing fire.
Her long red eyebrows were like two thin swords. There was no tenderness to be spoken of, instead, they were filled with a heroic spirit like a man and revealed a thick murderous aura.
Her face akin to white jade was flawless. Her nose was far more prominent compared to other females, showing her strong will. But her red lips that originally should have been rosy instead only had a hint of scarlet.
Hearing the middle-aged field officer’s words, Yue Hongyan smiled proudly and softly opened her red lips.