Chapter 232 – The Old Man in the Poisonous Miasma s.p.a.ce
“Natural defense mechanism?”
Jiang Chen’s eyes lit up, as if he had just seen a light carrying hope. There were many invisible natural defense mechanisms and formations existing within the depths of Inferno h.e.l.l, and they came to this devil cave because of a natural formation. If they could find another natural formation, they would have a chance at escaping the Combat Soul Evil Devil.
Jiang Chen didn’t dare show any neglect. The gigantic creature chasing them was extremely brutal, and it would be devastating if it caught up.
Both Jiang Chen and Big Yellow immediately increased their speed to their maximum, running crazily toward the valley. Big Yellow’s wings of light made him incredibly fast, and Jiang Chen had a pair of wings inherited from the Blood Winged Hawk. That combined with the Dimensional s.h.i.+ft and Nine Phantom Wolves, he was too good at escaping.
Behind them, the Combat Soul Evil Devil kept unleas.h.i.+ng attacks, almost hitting and wounding Jiang Chen a few times. The ma.s.sive energy ripples had shaken his qi and blood, causing him to feel really uncomfortable. If they still maintained the same speed, sooner or later, the Combat Soul Evil Devil would catch up.
But luckily, the valley wasn’t far away from them. Soon, it appeared in both Jiang Chen and Big Yellow’s eyes.
The aura of the natural defense mechanism in this valley was pretty obvious, even Jiang Chen could sense it as they approached. Its aura was much clearer compared to the invisible formation located between the two big trees.
Without hesitation, Jiang Chen and Big Yellow hastily sprinted into the valley, following the aura of the natural defense mechanism. Then, they came to a worn-out cave.
“The defense mechanism is at the entrance of the cave.”
Big Yellow said.
Behind them, the Combat Soul Evil Devil kept chasing crazily while unleas.h.i.+ng ma.s.sive amounts of devilish energies along its way, causing whirlwinds that threw dust and stone in all directions to appear.
Jiang Chen gritted his teeth. There was no time for them to evaluate and speculate about what exists behind the defense mechanism in this cave. If they entered it, they would have a chance to survive, and if they didn’t, they would certainly be killed by the Combat Soul Evil Devil.
Jiang Chen and Big Yellow dashed into the cave, causing ripple to appear in the air. In an instant, the duo had disappeared.
Seeing this, the Combat Soul Evil Devil behind them immediately stopped its gigantic body. It circled around the entrance of the cave twice, then it showed a smile of pride on its face before turning around and leaving. It wasn’t reckless, so it didn’t chase after them.
When Jiang Chen and Big Yellow went past the defense mechanism, the scene in front of them changed dramatically once again. It was a plain gray world in front of them. The eerie and chilly energies within were so much stronger compared to the outside.
A stinking smell filled up the air within the place, extremely unpleasant and pungent. Besides this, black whirlwinds appeared all over the place, and the air blowing across the place was cutting them to the marrow. It also carried a strong corrosive characteristic.
“d.a.m.n it! What a disgusting environment!”
Big Yellow couldn’t help but curse.
“Be careful, there is poisonous miasma all over the place. The stinking poisonous gas merged with the freezing miasma, causing this poisonous miasma to be formed. It’s a deadly thing that can kill any cultivator.”
Jiang Chen reminded.
“These poisonous miasmas can’t do anything to me.”
Big Yellow was walking in a poisonous miasma, and nothing really happened to him. Watching this, Jiang Chen immediately gave him a thumbs up. He recalled the scene where he first met Big Yellow, he had used the Green h.e.l.lish Python’s deadly poison on Big Yellow, but no harm was done at all. This proved that Big Yellow could resist most poison. As for the poisonous miasma here, Big Yellow had the unique bloodline of the Divine Beast, Dragon Horse. He was actually the natural enemy of all poisons, this was one of his unique advantages.
As for Jiang Chen, he also had a high resistance towards poison. Besides that, Jiang Chen also unleashed a red barrier of flame, covering his body. It was a barrier formed by True Dragon Flame; the purest yang flame, which also repelled all poison.
Jiang Chen and Big Yellow kept throwing examining looks around. What they found was a place covered with gray fog and nothing else. There were no mountains, no plants, and no trees.
“Look, the defense mechanism is still here.”
Big Yellow turned around and found out the defense mechanism was still behind them, it hadn’t disappeared like the natural formation they had found earlier. It was just that they couldn’t look through it and see what was outside.
“Since the defense mechanism is still here, the devil cave must still be on the other side. Let’s move forward and find a new way out.”
Jiang Chen said.
“Why didn’t that Combat Soul Evil Devil chase after us?”
Big Yellow was puzzled.
“I think that Evil Devil knows something about this place, it might think that we will certainly be killed in this place. Thus, it didn’t chase us in here.”
Jiang Chen said. The environment here was really bad, and it would be certain death if any ordinary man was here.
“This place should be an isolated s.p.a.ce, and it doesn’t look big. We just need to find another exit, then we’ll be able to leave this place.”
Jiang Chen said. He had already found out that this place was actually a natural unique s.p.a.ce, fully filled with poisonous miasma, and could be considered a natural land of death. It would be really bad luck if anyone ordinary accidentally came to this s.p.a.ce.
Jiang Chen was covered by a fire barrier, while Big Yellow just walked next to him like it was nothing. The duo began slowly walking forward. Since the poisonous miasma here was too strong, there were no demons or devils anywhere nearby.
The entire s.p.a.ce was extremely quiet, and nothing could be heard except for the tornadoes’ swis.h.i.+ng sounds. It gave the s.p.a.ce an eerie feeling, as if they had actually come to the real h.e.l.l.
Suddenly, a cracking sound could be heard from underneath Big Yellow’s foot. It sounded really loud when in this quiet environment.
“d.a.m.n it, what was that? This master do was spooked!”
Big Yellow jumped up from where he stood and moved aside. He and Jiang Chen both lowered their heads and looked at the ground. Then, they saw an entire skeleton lying where Big Yellow had just stepped. His foot he caused a hole to appear on the skeleton’s chest.
“This is a skeleton of a Divine Core warrior, he must have been dead for a long time. Look, all the bone has become porous, you’ve shattered it.”
Jiang Chen had eagle eyes. Although the skeleton was badly corroded by the poisonous miasma and had turned completely black, Jiang Chen still knew that this was a Divine Core warrior’s skeleton.
“Even a Divine Core warrior died here. Looks like it’ll be tough to find an exit here.”
Big Yellow said. A Divine Core warrior could still survive for quite some time in this poisonous miasma s.p.a.ce, and the only explanation for his death would be that he depleted all his yuan energy in order to resist the poisonous miasma. He was killed by the poisonous miasma once he couldn’t repel the deadly poison any longer.
“There is an exit to this place, but the terrifying devil cave is on the other side. In order to survive, there is no way he would have just stayed here, waiting for death to arrive. The reason why he died was because he couldn’t open the defense mechanism and leave this place.”
Jiang Chen’s expression suddenly changed badly.
“What you mean is, the defense mechanism only allows us to enter, but not leave this place?”
Big Yellow’s expression became a serious one as well.
“I do hope it isn’t like that, but I can’t really find another reason as to why this Divine Core warrior died in this place.”
Jiang Chen smiled. With a determined look in his eyes, he said, “Let’s go; just keep moving forward.”
The following journey had completely disappointed Jiang Chen and Big Yellow. They kept b.u.mping into new skeleton along their way, and all these skeletons were once Divine Core warriors.
That meant that none of the warriors who accidentally came to this s.p.a.ce had survived, all of them had eventually died. This was a land of death.
“f.u.c.k! A land of death, no wonder that Evil Devil didn’t chase after us! It seems like it really knew about the dangers of this place.”
Big Yellow cursed, “Everyone who came to this place died in the end. Luckily, we’re not afraid of the poisonous miasma here. If not, we’d end up like these people.”
“Still, we have to find a way to leave this place. Being trapped in this place forever is no different than waiting for the inevitable death.”
Jiang Chen furrowed his brows. He kept walking forward with big steps. Now, it was almost certain that there would be any powerful monsters in here. Therefore, they didn’t have to worry about being attacked.
The duo had walked for nearly an hour, and they kept b.u.mping into skeletons. The place seemed really desolate.
“Look, there is light blinking in front!”
Big Yellow suddenly said.
“That’s a defense mechanism, it’s the exit! Let’s go check it out!”
Jiang Chen saw the light as well. Although the rainbow color light seemed faded, it couldn’t escape their eyes. The duo immediately dashed forward, and soon, they arrived at the source of the light.
“There is a man.”
Big Yellow’s eyes lit up. A man with disheveled hair was sitting with both legs crossed, not moving at all, which made him look like a stone statue. But, the weak aura emitting from his body showed that this old man was still alive.
Jiang Chen and Big Yellow slowly approached the old man. As if he had heard something, the old man finally raised his head up, slowly. With cloudy eyes, he looked at Jiang Chen and Big Yellow.
An old man, a really old man who was long past his prime. The robe covering his body was really loose, he had wrinkled skin on his face, and an extremely thing body. He looked just like a skeleton who had nothing but skin. Pretty horrifying.
The old man’s aura was really weak, as if he was going to die at any time. And yet, he was still alive.
“Sigh… someone is here again… someone is going to die soon… sigh.”
The old man let out two sighs. His voice was shrill, making it unpleasant to listen to. It looked like he had gotten used to the deaths happening here.
“A Combat Soul warrior.”
Jiang Chen threw an examining look at the old man. He immediately found out the cultivation level of the old man. But, because the vital signs of the old man were really weak, and there was no yuan energy that could be sensed in his body, as it had been completely depleted, Jiang Chen couldn’t determine which Combat Soul stage this old man was.
But since all Combat Soul warriors had transformed the Divine Core in their bodies into a Combat Soul, Jiang Chen could easily tell that this old man was a Combat Soul warrior.
The old man was surprised. Obviously, he didn’t expect a young man to actually figure out his cultivation with just a single look.
“Not bad, young man. Too bad you’ve come to this land of death.”
The old man let out another sigh, then he turned around and stared at the glowing defense mechanism in front of him, “It’s been ten years, all who have come have left ahead of me. Now, I’m soon going to leave as well. But, having someone to talk with at this point of time, the heavens are treating me better now.”
The old man carried a smile on his face. The despair and anger he had when he first arrived at this place was long gone; he had seen through life and death.