Chapter 911: The True Grand Sage’s Battle for the Heavens (Part 1)
Translator: Sparrow Translations Editor: Sparrow Translations
Lin Feng and the Crimson Gorilla Grand Sage’s superior eyesight could naturally discern that the Monkey did not employ an illusion spell when he transformed into a White Jade Dragon just now – he actually became a living, breathing White Jade Dragon in that instant, a White Jade Dragon whose strength level has reached the Vipralopa Stage.
After dragons complete the Cardinal Tribulations and ascend to the Vipralopa Stage, they undergo drastically different transformations from other demon tribes. Regardless whether they are Azure Dragons, Yellow Dragons, Flame Dragons or White Jade Dragons, their blood turn pure and they morph into the most primal yet most powerful Immemorial Celestial Dragons.
In some sense, only dragons that achieve this level are considered true dragons, true pure-blood Immemorial Celestial Dragons, and can be also be called Immemorial Great Dragons. In other words, White Jade Dragons at the Vipralopa Stage technically do not exist. Hence, only this Monkey who trained himself to the Vipralopa Stage can become a White Jade Dragon at the Vipralopa Stage.
That is because this Monkey is the one and only Ten Thousand Mantra Ape in the world. His origins are an enigma, seemingly bred and nurtured from the heavens. One of his innate Abhijina is the ability to transform into any demon species with the same mastery level, and perfectly yield the natural Abhijina and spells innate to that demon tribe. Although he can transform into any demon species, this ability does not come without certain restrictions, but its mystifying qualities are nonetheless spellbinding.
The Ten Thousand Mantra Ape once rampaged through the Barren Expanses during the Middle Ages, establishing a notorious reputation for himself that even shocked the Divine Lands. But he disappeared afterwards, with nobody knowing his whereabouts. This Monkey possesses formidable Abhijina that once terrorized the lands, troubling every demon in the Barren Expanses.
The Lu Yuan Grand Sage of the current Ten Demonic Saints is the Monkey’s loyal fan, following in his idol’s footsteps in hopes of having the privilege to meet this Monkey again. However, the ruckus he caused was nothing compared to what the Monkey accomplished years ago.
The Ten Thousand Mantra Ape also led a solitary life back then. Even other Immemorial Ape Demons were helpless against him.
The Crimson Gorilla Grand Sage found himself lost for words when he finally met the Ten Thousand Mantra Ape. He felt even worse than the time the Golden Cicada Master summoned the Nine Netherworld Ten-sided Dual Garbhadhātu.
He was certainly not rejoicing that another formidable warrior has emerged from the Ape Tribes. During the Middle Ages, even the Emperor of Extremity, Shen Yuan, could only use his physical strength to suppress the Monkey and still could not force the Monkey into obedience. Because of that, the Monkey rampaged through Mount Lingyuan just like how he did in the Barren Expanses without any reservations.
Lin Feng stared at the Monkey and grew interested after identifying his cultivation foundations. “How intriguing.”
He was no longer anxious and did not use another ordinary spell. With a light tap of his finger, he activated the Dual Dimension Vacuum Charm. The Monkey instantly felt as if his body was being torn apart, where the surrounding space was using his body as a middle axis to split into two dimensions.
Lin Feng has very seldomly used the Dual Dimension Vacuum Charm in recent times, but that does not mean that this spell was no longer usable. It merely implies that the spell’s ability to unleash its maximum potential would be restricted by surrounding conditions.
While both human cultivators and demon tribes begin to dabble into the mysteries of space after they form their Nascent Soul and Demon Soul respectively, their understanding of the principles of nature becomes more penetrative as their mastery levels gradually increase.
On the other hand, Lin Feng’s command of space-shifting spells are of the highest competency across the whole of the Grand Celestial World. The Dual Dimension Vacuum Charm he just demonstrated was naturally different from what he conjured during his Foundational Establishment and Aurous Core Stages. The number of humans and demons capable of avoiding his Dual Dimension Vacuum Charm is miniscule.
When the Monkey saw it, he cracked a wide grin. “Alright, Leader of the Celestial Sect. You want to test me? I’m afraid you don’t have what it takes to do that!”
With that, he altered his form again, this time still maintaining the general look of an ape but with a white head, red feet, and crimson eyes that flicker with a green glow. His four fiery-red limbs support him off the ground like raging flames.
It was the form of a Crimson Gorilla Ape Demon!
Wang Lin, Shi Tianhao and everyone else all turned their attention towards the Crimson Gorilla Grand Sage, and saw his face writhing in agony.
After transforming into a Crimson Gorilla, the Monkey let out a wild roar as his four limbs trampled on the void and in an instant, he had already broken free from Lin Feng’s Dual Dimension Vacuum Charm. The Monkey’s savage disposition terrified the Crimson Gorilla Grand Sage. After all, the Monkey had just transformed into a Crimson Gorilla much stronger than him and worse still, at the Vipralopa Stage.
Lin Feng smiled and gently clasped his palms together. Everything between him and the Monkey shattered to grains, morphing into a torrential rage of earth, water, fire, and wind, as if heralding an era of chaos.
The earth, water, fire, and wind quickly settled and became still, condensing into a giant ethereal bubble. As it popped, it released two streams of air currents, one turbid and one clear. One lifted to the skies while the other descended to the ground, as if re-enacting the transformative powers that created the world.
Against such immense energy, the Monkey exclaimed jubilantly, “Great!”
Amidst his joyful cheers, his form changed again. His body radiated with a faint golden shimmer like a metallic gloss, yet also resembling the stars in the sky. He was completely white as snow with the character ‘Wang’ (King) carved on his forehead. He had turned into a pure-blood White Tiger!
The White Tiger, the main crusader that disdains everything and slaughters all life!
Just its savagely cold, merciless and emotionless bloodlust alone could almost suffocate its opponents.
Besides the Celestial Sect, the person currently with the strongest bloodlust in the Divine Lands is the incumbent Sect Master of the Samsara Sect and the Leader of the Path of Asura, Mo Xiuluo. The magic treasure boasting the highest killing rate is consequently the Asura War-Blade that attacked Mount Yujing and was seized by Lin Feng. However, Mo Xiuluo was like an immature adolescent brat compared to the White Tiger that the Monkey just turned into, while the Asura War-Blade was nothing more than a toy.
Lin Feng looked at the White Tiger and faintly sensed an aura similar to his own Heaven-Destroying Sword. It was a brutal power that could massacre everything, not only capable of obliterating life but also decimating the heavens. It seemed to view the world as a living entity that had to be destroyed.
Since a White Tiger in the Cardinal Tribulations Beginning Stage just left, Lin Feng never imagined that he would meet a stronger one so soon, one that already achieved the Vipralopa Stage.
The White Tiger transformed from the Monkey belted a thunderous roar and the heavens above him split open, revealing countless sparkling stars. In the next moment, the stars abruptly morphed into meteorites and crashed down straight towards Lin Feng!
This was the innate Abhijina of the pure-blood White Tigers – the Comet of the White Tiger!
This spell can also be conjured by mixed-blood White Tigers, but the resultant power pales in comparison to the raw strength summoned by their pure-blood counterparts. The meteor heading straight for Lin Feng was not a blast of starlight nor a manifestation of mana – it was an actual star dropping down from the galaxy!
The mighty roar of a White Tiger in the Vipralopa Stage sent an actual star down!
Even so, the Monkey was not finished. While his White Tiger summoned the Comet of the White Tiger, he activated another natural ability of their kind – the Destruction Death Star!
The glow around the meteors cascading towards Lin Feng quickly faded as all their energy concentrated towards their nuclei, transforming the meteors into black balls akin to a violent downpour.
This actualization of the thirst for bloodshed and destruction could seemingly exterminate the world and pulverise everything created by Lin Feng’s Original Heaven and Earth Splitting Mantra.
The Original Heaven and Earth Splitting Mantra contained boundless possibilities for the creation of life, but after being barraged by this meteor shower of death, it was unable to continue creating life, as if the heart of a living being had been pierced by ten thousand arrows.
After destroying Lin Feng’s Original Heaven and Earth Splitting Mantra, the Monkey arrived before Lin Feng and reverted to his original form. He reached out his primate paws and grabbed at Lin Feng, snickering, “Let me see that sword of yours …”
Without completing his sentence, the Monkey suddenly felt a shivering thrill run through his heart. All the fur on his body sprung up, seemingly sensing that great danger was about to befall him.
“What you’ve displayed thus far is still not enough for me to use my sword.” Lin Feng chuckled and sharpened his right middle and index fingers into swords. The blurry yet brilliant glow of the sword at his fingertips was the Heaven-Destroying Sword Qi. Its ferocity and craving for slaughter far surpassed that of the White Tiger’s Abhijina summoned by the Monkey.
After aiming it at the Monkey in close range, Lin Feng drove his sword straight for his opponent.
The Monkey snarled and changed his form again, this time transforming into a massive Green Roc. He spread his wings, blocking out the skies, and with a flap of his great wings, he released an explosive amount of energy and dodged Lin Feng’s Heaven-Destroying Sword Qi. He actually adopted the form of a Kun Peng.
After riding on the energy eruption of the Kun Peng to avoid the first blade, the Green Roc had already turned into a Golden Roc in the time he took to beat his wings. Its icy glare flickered with a golden glow as its body dissolved into a ray of golden light, instantly teleporting far away with its extreme speed, making it completely out of range for Lin Feng’s Heaven-Destroying Sword Qi.
There was no time lag whatsoever between each of the Monkey’s transformations. The power of the Kun Peng and the speed of the Golden-Feathered Great Roc was used so masterfully.
Upon witnessing this, Lin Feng nodded in approval. “Not bad. Very well.” When Lin Feng uses his Heaven-Destroying Sword Qi to lock down a target, it is insurmountably difficult for the foe to escape. But while most opponents can only try to withstand the attack or counterattack, the Monkey was the first one to avoid it completely.
If the Monkey only transformed into a Kun Peng, he would not be able to escape from the subsequent pursuit after the initial blast. And if the Monkey only transformed into a Golden-Feathered Great Roc, he would not be able to lose the deadly aim of the Heaven-Destroying Sword Qi.
Among the countless mantras in the world, there would always be those that can oppose others. Under normal circumstances, a mantra can usually be countered by other types of mantras.
However, not only is this Monkey well-versed in the Abhijina of numerous demonic tribes, he can adapt to his surroundings to pinpoint the most suitable mantra for the situation. Hence, he can defeat almost any foe while few can match him.
He boasts ten thousand mantras in a single entity, exhausting every spell under the heavens with unpredictable transformations, and is hence called the Ten Thousand Mantra Ape.
The rapid golden ray of light was nearly unnoticeable, flying off to the distant horizon before making a U-turn back to Lin Feng, where the Monkey reverted back to his original form. His eyes has been glowing with an unprecedented luster ever since he met Lin Feng, conveying an exhilaration that cannot be described in words.
He scratched his head and sneered, “That was fun, but why didn’t you use those magic treasures from the Celestial Mountain? Could it be that I’m not exposing my true form?”
With that comment, the spectating audience finally realized that since the start of their confrontation, Lin Feng was only relying on his own Abhijina while the Monkey had never battled in his true form.
The Monkey gazed at Lin Feng and tilted his head abruptly to one side. A little cudgel poured out from his ear.
Lin Feng was lost for words again as he observed this. The Monkey then grabbed the cudgel in his hand and with a light swing, the cudgel transformed into a thick metal bar that exuded an overbearingly dark aura.
“Since ancient times, I’m afraid I’m the only demon that uses a weapon.” The Monkey threw his metal bar on the ground and it instantly enlarged into a pillar erected seemingly to hold up the heavens.
He smiled at Lin Feng and said, “Good. If that’s the case, I’ll have a showdown with you. Let’s see if you use your magic treasures first or if I use my true form and this holy metal bar first.”
With that, the Monkey charged towards Lin Feng again.
Lin Feng looked at the Monkey and chuckled as he shook his head. “Interesting, I haven’t felt so excited in a long while.”