It was a five-month long seclusion, five months inside the paG.o.da was only five days outside, however. This was the greatness of the temporal rule of the thirty-third level. It was indeed a treasured place for cultivation.
Jiang Chen’s cultivation had improved by leaps and bounds during this period of time. In the past five months, apart from studying the Great Void Technique intensively, he also spent a great deal of effort to stabilize his cultivation base. Big Yellow had advanced to late Immortal Emperor long ago, and had been waiting in the paG.o.da idly. A day before, he left the paG.o.da.
Today, Jiang Chen slowly opened his eyes which emitted two rays of void light. If one looked closely, one could see a flickering void chart in each of his eyes. Those were illusions but seemed so real.
After a while, an extremely ancient spatial force rushed out of Jiang Chen’s body. For an instant, the entire spatial zone of the thirty-third level had become a true void, an illusory world, but Jiang Chen knew that it was just an illusion.
With Jiang Chen’s will, the illusory world vanished into his body like a tide. The spatial zone of the thirty-third level returned to its original look. The corners of Jiang Chen’s mouth revealed a trace of a smile.
The Great Void Technique is surely profound and unpredictable. I have only reached the early stage even with five months of cultivation. If this technique is cultivated to perfection, it’s unimaginable how immense the illusion will be. I’m afraid even a Great Sovereign will be lost in it.
Jiang Chen muttered to himself. Despite his pride, he couldn’t stop himself from praising the Great Void Technique. He had to admit that the Void Sovereign was indeed a rare genius in ancient times. This explained why the Void Sovereign was on par with existence such as Immortal Execution King and Zang Xian.
If the Void Sovereign were to hear these words, it was afraid that he would be infuriated. What did he mean by only reaching the early stage with five months of cultivation? It was already heaven-defying enough! What else did he want?!
One should know that this was the Great Void Technique, an ancient secret art of a Great Sovereign. Even rare geniuses such as Zhang Yulang and Xia Xiaotian would need five or six years to master the early stage of the technique. Also, they could only try to cultivate the Great Void Technique after reaching the true Immortal Venerable realm.
Jiang Chen, on the other hand was only a half-step Immortal Emperor. He wasn’t supposed to touch the Great Void Technique yet, but not only had he touched it, he was able to display the power of the technique after five months of cultivation. This wasn’t only heaven-defying, but extremely heaven-defying. He’s not human!
This was something worth to be proud of, but it was rather common to Jiang Chen. After all, he had the dragon transformation skill inside his body, which could help expedite any cultivation method he practices, making it effortless.
In the remaining time, he didn’t continue studying the Great Void Technique as he knew very well that given his current abilities, he already reached his limit. It was virtually impossible for him to fully master the technique within such a short period of time.
Furthermore, he didn’t hope for quick results. He knew that the most important thing in cultivation was taking gradual steps. The power of the Great Void Technique would improve as his cultivation base improved. That was to say, there were some things which he couldn’t force.
However, he wasn’t in a hurry to leave seclusion yet. He had chosen to stay in seclusion. Due to the Fire of Sun, his cultivation base had risen to the peak of the half-step Immortal Emperor realm, leaving him only a step away from the next realm. However, this next step seemed to have become an insurmountable gap. He had tried to break through the realm within the five months, but felt as if his progress had been hindered by some sort of invisible barrier. He felt that his foundation might not be solid enough, so he needed to put more effort into settling himself down, and then break through the barrier.
Another three months pa.s.sed by just like that. Jiang Chen had been in the thirty-third level for eight months. Too many big incidents occurred within this period of time. Various ancient tombs and inheritances appeared successively, driving numerous geniuses crazy.
The Golden Horizon was only opened once every five years, but it had never been this frenzied. Too many immortal vaults had emerged, giving the geniuses a hard time to adapt to it. Especially after the emergence of the inheritance of Empress Xiao Yao, the entire Golden Horizon seemed to be shaken. Various immortal vaults blossomed out later. To put it bluntly, it was the greatest expedition in history, and having the most benefits.
Numerous geniuses had obtained tremendous benefits. The cultivation base of countless sons of heaven had advanced enormously. It was totally different from the situation when they had just arrived in Golden Horizon. Although there had always been dangers and battles that cost numerous lives, those who had survived had mostly successfully advanced. Now, almost all of the geniuses were Immortal Emperors. You couldn’t even find a single half-step Immortal Emperor here. And for those who had obtained the inheritance of an ancient Immortal Venerable, their cultivation base skyrocketed.
“I heard that Zhang Yulang’s cultivation base has broken through to the half-step Immortal Venerable after obtaining the inheritance of a Demon Venerable. How terrifying!”
“Zhang Yulang’s body contained the bloodline of an ancient living spirit. He has become even more terrifying now. No wonder he’s a figure from Immortal Court.”
“Xia Xiaotian too, has broken through to the half-step Immortal Venerable. In these few days, a few half-step Immortal Venerables are born. They included Ye Qingtian of Ming Luo Immortal Domain and Fengyun Zi of Radiance Immortal Domain. Incredible!”
“These are the geniuses of an era. Too many treasures have appeared this time in Golden Horizon. Innumerable people are going to rise to the top. I heard many people said that the doors of the Golden Clan will be finally opened this time, but I wonder if it’s true.”
“It’s very likely. If the doors are really opened, I wonder if the legendary Gold Feather Fan will appear. If it does, I wonder if there will be a great life-and-death war again. I’m afraid that’ll really happen, the war would certainly be more brutal than the battle for the inheritance of Empress Xiao Yao.”
“We’ll see. We have already obtained plenty of benefits which made our trip not in vain. If the doors of the Golden Clan opens, the benefits we get will depend on our luck. We shouldn’t force it if we can’t get any. Those true treasures will always be sought after by those unparalleled geniuses. We won’t stand a chance against them, unless we don’t want to live.”
The Golden Horizon was getting more and more turbulent, especially at the centre most area. Recently, there had always been some loud noises. Many of them felt that it could be the doors of the Golden Clan opening. It would unravel the biggest secret of the Golden Clan, and the Gold Feather Fan which was even scarier than the Xiao Yao Qin would emerge. No one wasn’t alarmed by it. As such, numerous experts were heading for the source of the noise.
That day when Dragon s.h.i.+san departed, he b.u.mped into a hurricane formation and was trapped in it for seven days until he found the exit on the eighth day, into an ancient land which was filled with vicissitude qi.
Tens of thousands of miles away, the vast surroundings seemed like the ruins after a disaster. Eventually, he found a saint bone at the edge of an ancient grave. Despite it being left there for many years to decay, not a mark was seen on it. It was a bone from an arm. It dazzled with golden light and seemed pretty heavy.
Dragon s.h.i.+san dropped to his keens and kowtow three times in front of the bone arm. His eyes turned dignified as he could sense a familiar scent from it.
“This is the saint bone left by a senior of my Battle Saint Clan. It seems like he was the one who had summoned me here.”
Dragon s.h.i.+san seemed a little emotional. He was born to this world alone. Now that he found a body part from a senior of his kind, he couldn’t help being emotionally affected. In his opinion, whether this bone was left by an Immortal Venerable or a Great Sovereign, it wouldn’t alter the respect in his heart.
Unexpectedly, after the salutation, a deafening voice was heard. A huge green rock suddenly rushed out from the ancient tomb. It was as tall as a man. Like the bone, its surface was free from scratches and marks.
His eyes then fell on the rock; he saw a huge word, ‘Life’ engraved on it.
The word seemed to have some kind of charm as it immediately absorbed the mind of Dragon s.h.i.+san. After a while, lines of profound trails began to surface on the word. Within those profound trails, it contained the Art of Heavenly Dao.
“Life Symbol Art, from the Battle Saint Technique. It was left behind by a senior.”
Dragon s.h.i.+san knew the technique pretty well. He had already mastered the Battling Symbol Art and Exterminating Symbol Art. Both were incredible offensive techniques that had tremendous destructive force, but he knew that the truly formidable art in Battle Saint Technique was the Life Symbol Art.
One technique to decide life and death. There was the memory of Life Symbol Art in his mind, but he didn’t inherit this art completely, so his cultivation of this art was blank. Such an art would surely bring him the greatest benefit. It could allow him to survive even in the plight of death.
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