Chapter 913: The Grandmaster Subdues The Ten Thousand Mantra Ape (Part 1)
Translator: Sparrow Translations Editor: Sparrow Translations
Lin Feng lit up as he looked at the Extreme Spiritual Divine Monkey in front of him. “Hm, seems like today’s match was not for nothing after all.”
The Monkey chuckled and with another violent jolt of his body, he pounced in front of Lin Feng and spread his enormous hands, grabbing towards Lin Feng’s head. As he stretched out his claws, the snow-white hairs on his paws immediately stood up like strands of thick, coarse rope. With tens of meters of monkey fur all erect as once, they became as sturdy as the Pristine Golden Holy Metal.
His palms spat out massive volumes of demonic energy, as black as ink, which blended into a blurry grey mess when it stained the Monkey’s snow-white fur. With this action, the Monkey’s paws grew gigantic at an alarming rate to the extent where he could clasp the sun and moon between his fingers, controlling the heavens and lands.
As the Monkey’s paw plunged down straight for Lin Feng without even exerting a tight grip, everything around Lin Feng shattered, decimated purely by the movement itself.
Upon witnessing this, Lin Feng’s expression wavered. “This is the Great Spiritual King Hand of the Emperor of Extremity, Shenyuan, isn’t it?”
There are numerous tribes in the Demon World, each with their respective specialized skills. Each of their Abhijina and mantras possess unique qualities that differ from others. However, if comparing pure physical strength alone, then the following four tribes come out on top: the Immemorial Celestial Dragons, the pure-blood Xuanwu, and the already extinct Immemorial Divine Elephants and the Heaven-Carrying Ants. Aside from these four, the Kun Peng and the Heavenly Demon Apes of the Immemorial Ape Demon Tribe also boast immense physical strength. Great demons at the Vipralopa Stage that hail from these two tribes can split the heavens with a single hand using their physical prowess alone, capable of rivalling the Dragons, Elephants, Xuanwu, and Ants.
Within the Immemorial Ape Demon Tribe, the Extreme Spiritual Divine Monkeys were not known for their physical strength. But after the birth of the Emperor of Extremity, he crafted an acquired Abhijina specially for his tribe after intense research and refinement. He named it the Great Spiritual King Hand, which converts demonic energy into physical strength, allowing the user to acquire immense bodily powers within a short amount of time.
With this Abhijina, the Extreme Spiritual Divine Monkeys could rival the physical strength of the Immemorial Celestial Dragon’s antlers at the same mastery level.
As the Emperor of Extremity and his Extreme Spiritual Divine Monkey Tribe continued delving deeper into the mantra, they altered the tribe’s bloodline and this Abhijina evolved from an acquired mantra to an innate one. This Abhijina became the Extreme Spiritual Divine Monkeys’ newest inbred talent, penetrating deep into the blood and genes of the tribe, allowing it to be passed down generation after generation. Most of the Divine Monkeys from subsequent generations of the tribe are able to grasp this Abhijina once their mastery reaches a certain level.
And now, this great Abhijina was being displayed by the Extreme Spiritual Divine Monkey transformed from the Monkey. He was in fact unable to unleash this Abhijina to its highest potential without revealing his true form, but despite that, his Abhijina still exuded an imposing aura that could seize the heavens.
In response to this, Lin Feng stretched his left hand out and spread his fingers wide to grab the Monkey’s huge paws.
An enormous hand appeared from thin air, flickering with a brilliant glow. Endless lines of talisman patterns on its palm merged and morphed into multiple spell formations. As they rose up and joined together, they eventually formed a giant spell formation carved onto the enormous hand.
Life and Death, Illusions and Reality, Heaven and Earth, Eternity and an Instant, Yin and Yang, Light and Darkness – these six changes projected out in unison, conjuring the Six Forms of Creation which seemingly constructed an entirely new world.
“Six Changes of the Three Spells, Endless Extremes, Edict!” Lin Feng chanted calmly. Boundless amounts of power exploded outwards and collided with the Monkey’s Great Spiritual King Hand amidst the void. In that moment, it felt as if two worlds clashed together, distorting the void into a warped, inconceivable mess.
“Hm?” The Monkey’s eyes lit up as he took in this spectacle. He exerted even more pressure on his palm, with the violent outburst of power about to decimate the heavens and earth. Lin Feng maintained his composure and stance, and cloaked the enormous hand formed from the Two Elements of Creation Formation with dual black and white-colored holy light. He did not give in, and withstood the Monkey’s Great Spiritual King Hand.
At the same time, Lin Feng’s right hand summoned the Heaven-Destroying Sword Qi and charged straight for his foe.
The Monkey bore his fangs and laughed. In that moment, his body bounced back and forth between the forms of a True Hou and a Extreme Spiritual Divine Monkey, summoning the God-Sealing Illusory Flames to condense the chaotic void and wear down Lin Feng’s Heaven-Destroying Sword Qi while keeping up the pressure of his Great Spiritual King Hand with no intentions of backing down, taking Lin Feng’s attack head-on.
His clash against Lin Feng has forced him to unleash the full extent of his strength in his current form.
Everyone onsite was astonished by the scene unfolding before them. “I presumed that he could only alternate between different demon forms, albieit with complete ease, but seeing how rapid his transformations are, he could seemingly summon the Abhijina from different tribes at the same time. He truly embodies the name of possessing ten thousand mantras.”
However, regardless of how swift and fluid the Monkey’s transformations were, the alternating forms between the True Hou and the Extreme Spiritual Divine Monkey were nonetheless at a disadvantage against Lin Feng’s single yet unrelenting source of pressure.
One or two attempts may be fine, but if this trick is used a tad too many times, Lin Feng’s Two Elements of Creation Formation, which was originally at a slight disadvantage due to Lin Feng being distracted by the Heaven-Destroying Sword Qi, might gradually twist that disadvantage back to level ground and even hone it as an advantage.
Upon seeing this, the Monkey no longer wanted to press on against Lin Feng. He morphed into an Extreme Spiritual Divine Monkey and escaped Lin Feng’s attacking range with his Extreme Spiritual Celestial Blessing. He reorganized himself and pounced back for another attack.
Both sides unleashed their respective Abhijina and clashed in a dazzling and utterly destructive showdown, battling from the Barren Expanses through the boundless void then back to the Barren Expanses again, flying to and fro countless times.
One attacks while the other defends, one advances while the other retreats. As varied and gaudy as the exchange was, only cultivators at their mastery level could tell that if either side makes the slighest mistake in his counterattack, they would suffer grave ramifications.
Both searched tirelessly for their opponent’s weaknesses and openings. Once they seize one, they have the chance to settle the match in one blow.
The Crimson Gorilla Grand Sage could barely watch a battle of this caliber. Observing this match was extremely straining even for Wang Lin and Shi Tianhao, with numerous intricate transformations and pre-emptive calculations on both sides that required intense concentration and examination before one could comprehend them.
Despite that, no one dared to peel their eyes of this match, else they would miss out crucial developments of this rapidly evolving battle. All they could do was to pay close attention first, painfully memorize everything they observed, and digest the details slowly afterwards.
The Fengxi Grand Sage looked at the heated clash between the two sides in midair warily and groaned anxiously, “Brother Monkey, Brother Monkey, why are you still continuing your little contest with him? Quickly reveal your true form and kill him with one swift blow from your metal bar! Even if you don’t use your true form or your holy metal, you can still conjure your various split avatars. Split avatars are still produced from your own mana and are nonetheless considered Abhijina transformations.”
Shi Tianhao cast him an sideways glance when he heard this. “You say it as if the Monkey is the only one who can summon split avatars.”
The Fengxi Grand Sage snorted, “What do you know, you brat? A single inch of Brother Monkey’s hair can produce thousands of clones and overpower countless formidable cultivators.”
He paused and took a glance at Lin Feng who was in the heat of the battle against the Monkey. He gulped and said, “However, doing so in this match is impossible, as the aftermatch would just be a complete levelling of the battleground. But Brother Monkey can clone two split avatars with the exact same Abhijina as himself using two strands of his hair. Although they cannot produce his true form, they can still master this Abhijina that commands ten thousand transformations! If Brother Monkey does not reveal his true form in this battle but instead summons his two avatars to make a total of three Monkeys, we’ll see how the Leader of the Celestial Sect handles that!”
Luo Qingwu, who was standing behind Shi Tianhao, coughed up a laugh when he heard this. The Fengxi Grand Sage shot a glare in his direction but Luo Qingwu was not intimidated, instead snickering, “You seem to have told us everything about your Brother Monkey’s true strength.”
The Fengxi Grand Sage choked and took an inconspicuous glance at the Monkey caught in the heat of ths battle. His neck shrank back as he puffed angrily, firing a scathing remark, “It’s just as Brother Monkey said, capable people will always be capable no matter where they go. So what if you know everything?”
But despite everything he said, the Fengxi Grand Sage still looked slightly guilty.
Amidst the void, Lin Feng’s understanding of the Monkey’s Abhijina was becoming deeper and deeper as he continued testing the Monkey’s combat abilities.
The Monkey’s observation abilities were superb. After transforming into the Extreme Spiritual Divine Monkey and possessing the Heavenly Eyes and Ears of the Extreme Spiritual Divine Monkey Tribe, his eyes could discern Yin from Yang, illusions from reality, and his ears could pick up the varied changes of everything around him. He had the acute ability to monitor any changes in Lin Feng’s Abhijina, searching tirelessly for any weaknesses that he could exploit.
His own transformations centered around the Extreme Spiritual Divine Monkey, the True Hou, the Golden-Feathered Great Roc, the Kun Peng, the White Jade Dragon, the Candle Dragon, and other types of great demons. It was not because he was unable to transform into other demon species, but the combined Abhijina of these few great demons was the most potent against Lin Feng. During his duel, he still borrowed the Abhijina from the Feiyi, Azure Dragons, Yayu, Peacocks, Rotary Turtles, and various other demon tribes, but these were merely employed for a fleeting instant.
The Monkey was battling to his heart’s content, and Lin Feng was just as satisfied and indulged in this match.
Seeing how he could not clinch a victory after so long, the Monkey grew impatient and with a grunt, he reverted back to his original form and pulled two fine strands of hair from the back of his neck. He placed them on his hand and blew them towards Lin Feng. Both strands lengthened in the wind and morphed into two figures that were exactly identical as the Monkey.
Lin Feng let out a long laugh. “Be obedient and keep them back.”
Amidst his laughter, the Taiji pattern on his forehead rotated incessantly. An incredibly peculiar talisman pattern surfaced in the depths of this Taiji pattern where no one else could notice. This pattern looked completely different from any pattern produced by human cultivators.
It was the Divine Original True Spirit Pattern that could only be attained when a demon achieved the Second Level of the Undying Demon Soul!
The moment the Divine Original True Spirit Pattern appeared, it seemed to morph into two opposing extremes along with Lin Feng’s Virtual Entity. The polarizing sides of Yin and Yang intertwined closely into a mystifying resonance yet never fusing entirely, still maintaining their individuality.
Lin Feng thrusted both his palms forward simultaneously and slammed them together, abruptly changing their appearance.
The Monkey froze, overwhelmed by a strange sensation that felt so real yet so absurd at the same time. Based the Monkey’s current mastery level, it was nearly impossible to mess with his thoughts and emotions. Even if he was faced with extreme transformations alternating between illusions and reality, he could still turn into an Oyster or a Nine-tailed Heavenly Fox to discern the truth.
Yet, he could not recognize or comprehend what was going on right now. At this moment, the Monkey’s Supernatural Awareness could sense that the two seperate Greater Worlds of the Barren Expanses and the Divine Lands, split apart since the Primordial Age, have seemingly merged into one entity!
He wanted to transform into an Extreme Spiritual Divine Monkey and escape using the Extreme Spiritual Celestial Blessing, but immediately reverted to his original form after realizing that he had just turned into one.
This power, which seemed even more terrifying than the splitting of the heavens, trapped the Monkey tightly in the middle. His two split avatars were forced back into mere strands of hair by the arcane, overwhelming and formidable power capable of upheaving the universe. His hairs replanted onto his body, being imprisoned along with him in this seemingly real yet ridiculously absurd world.
This was the Two Elements Origins-Returning Mystic World Spell, the all-powerful Abhijina which Lin Feng conceived from the Two Elements Origins-Returning Scripture after he returned to the void!
The Monkey struggled with all his might but could not free himself. Even his multi-transformative abilities have been sealed. He raised his head and noticed Lin Feng joining his palms and grinning at him. “You truly are a worthy opponent. What an eye-opener this had been.”