As for whether or not there would be an ambush at the entrance, this issue couldn’t be helped, you could only rely on yourself. Jade slips were also unable to transmit information. However, if there were many disciples from the same sect entering, generally, there wouldn’t be any big incidences unless it was an extremely deadly ambush.
After four disciples entered the crevice, Hou Yunfei also chose to step through. However, the moment before he entered, he spoke to Bai Xiaochun, hoping he would take care of his junior brother Hou Yunqing if he experienced any unexpected accidents. Hou Yunqing, besides Hou Yunfei, was the most valued child of the Hou family. He hadn’t entered Spirit Creek Sect yet and was instead cultivating within the clan.
Bai Xiaochun immediately consoled him, causing Hou Yunfei to become less pessimistic. He covertly gave Hou Yunfei a handful of paper talismans, which caused caused him to be startled by the handful of paper talismans. Gazing at the amount of paper talismans, Hou Yunfei sucked in a deep breath, seemingly moved. He nodded towards Bai Xiaochun before gravely stepping nside.
Following Hou Yunfei’s fading figure, the crevice slowly dimmed closed. Only after this did the crowd speed along downwards. Although Bai Xiaochun was worried about Hou Yunfei, after some thought, he believed the possibility of encountering any problems would be low as there were five people. Thus, he lead the crowd and continued moving forward.
After an incense stick’s worth of time, the group started to chat. They brought up events that happened when Bai Xiaochun resided within the South Bank and conversed about their future plans and dreams. The moment Bai Xiaochun smacked his chest and proudly announced that his dream was to become an immortal, it provoked the laughter of the large crowd of disciples; Zhou Youdao even loudly announced that his dream was to become the patriarch of the Spirit Creek Sect.
On the seemingly cruel road to Foundation Establishment, in this moment, the participants seemed to be relaxed. Under Bai Xiaochun’s lead, the crowd of disciples steamrolled their way through. The instant they caught a glimps of a crevice, they would instantly fight for it, while Bai Xiaochun’s voice would incessantly echo out in this abyss.
“Beat him up!”
“This is ours now!”
“Get out of here! This place is ours!”
“Hey! You actually dare to glare at me, beat him up!”
Along this boisterous journey, the crowd of Spirit Creek Sect disciples who fought alongside Bai Xiaochun gradually decreased. The moment before every disciple stepped into a crevice, they would express their gratitude to Bai Xiaochun.The feeling that with a single wave of his hand, he would receive a hundred responses and each of these surrounding disciples would move, also left Bai Xiaochun feeling incredibly excited.
“This is the feeling of being a Heaven’s Chosen, it’s no wonder that so many people wish to strive to become a Heaven’s Chosen.” Bai Xiaochun breathed a regretful sigh, until a battle with unexpectly more than ten people suddenly came into his line of vision. They fought ahead in the area surrounding the Sword’s Body, and impressively, there were three crevices there. However, two disciples from Blood Creek Sect occupied the area around each of the crevices, totalling up to six disciples altogether. The six disciples were quite powerful, and they unexpectedly blocked the intrusion attempts of the surrounding eight or nine people.
Seeing that the battle was currently in a deadlock, Bai Xiaochun’s eyes brightened. The remaining disciples of the Spirit Creek Sect also became excited. Following Bai Xiaochun’s ear-piercing roar, the crowd of Spirit Creek Sect disciples rapidly charged over.
“This is ours now!”
The six disciples from the Blood Creek Sect were carrying out a mission from the sect and had been holding their ground here for a long time. However, at this moment, they were somewhat exhausted. The moment the crowd of disciples from Spirit Creek Sect arrived, the expressions of the six changed. Without hesitation, the Blood Creek Sect disciples unexpectedly entered the crevice in the instant that Bai Xiaochun and the others arrived, disappearing upon their appearance.
The surrounding eight or nine disciples from the Pill Creek Sect and the Mysterious Creek Sect were about to charge in, but they were immediately blown away by bursts of magical techniques. When they looked over again, the three crevices had already been directly occupied by Bai Xiaochun and the others.
“Humph! Obediently step aside! Today, your Grandpa Bai is in a good mood and won’t bother you.” Bai Xiaochun relied on the fact that he had a great number of disciples following him as he proudly commanded. The expressions of the surrounding eight to nine people gradually changed one by one.
“It’s him again!!”
“This person is called Bai Xiaochun, he’s too despicable! During this journey, he and his crowd have robbed me three times!”
“Damn it! He has also robbed me twice! If he hadn’t come, I would’ve already entered the world within the sword!”
They were from different sects, and so it was hard for them to join hands. Furthermore, even if they presently joined hands, they still wouldn’t have as many people as Spirit Creek Sect’s. Thus, they helplessly and furiously gazed at the Spirit Creek Sect disciples as they disappear one by one after entering the three crevices.
Bai Xiaochun’s heart was full of satisfaction as he watched the first crevice dim after five people entered, and again watched the second crevice dim after three people entered. He felt that he had done an enormous deed for the sect.
At this moment, he dryly coughed, feeling that he could retire after doing a meritorious deed. Thus, with the remaining five disciples of the Spirit Creek Sect, he approached the third crevice. The surrounding eight or nine people from the Pill Creek Sect and the Mysterious Creek Sect had a light in their eyes, but they knew that they would be too late, even if they made a move to block him now.
Even if the crevice didn’t dim after the Spirit Creek Sect entered and still allowed people to enter, they didn’t dare to enter, worried that there would be an ambush inside.
They were about to disperse and hurry to look for the next crevice. However, right at this moment, the eyes of the present disciples sharpened. Some were even blank for a moment, then a fiendish look appeared in their eyes and they sneered.
In front of their eyes, that third crevice, after the fifth disciple of the Spirit Creek Sect, Zhou Youdao, entered; in the instant that Bai Xiaochun tried to enter, it suddenly...dimmed.
“This can’t be possible!!”
Bai Xiaochun was also stunned. The instant he was forcibly expelled out, he swallowed a mouthful of saliva. Hastily, he turned his head, only to see the eight to nine disciples surrounding him. Each and every one of them had a hostile gaze as they slowly approached him.
Each one of them was at the peak of the tenth layer of Qi Condensation and every single one of them was a Heaven’s Chosen in the current generation of their respective sects. All of them were well known within their sects, and some were even worshipped by their fellow sect disciples. Despite not being equal to those disciples in their respective sects that would make people despair, they were still people with quite the talent.
“Bai Xiaochun, go ahead and enter, quickly go in.”
“Yeah! If you don’t go in, we’ll help you. Maybe if we cut you into pieces, you might be able to enter.”
“Haha! This is retribution. Previously, you brought people to rob me three times. This time, what are you going to do?” The crowd sneered as their cruel aura filled the air. The Bai Xiaochun at this moment had already become their common enemy.
Bai Xiaochun took a deep breath. The moment the eight odd people made a move, his right hand immediately reached for his storage pouch, and immediately took out a big handful of paper talismans. Then he ruthlessly slapped them on his chest in an instant. A brilliant light shined in an instant and in a couple seconds it even became glaring to the eyes. In the circle twenty zhang surrounding Bai Xiaochun, everything impressively turned into a world of light!
There was even a slamming sound that continuously echoed out. This sound gradually became even more and more concentrated until it almost became ear-splitting.
The eight odd disciples widened their eyes, their minds buzzed, incapable of believing the Bai Xiaochun in front of their eyes. Looking at the brilliant colours within the twenty zhang surrounding him, there were over a hundred layers of protective light screens surrounding him. This made every single person feel their scalp numb. They had never seen a scene like this in their entire lives.
“This… How many paper talismans are there?”
“Heavens! How rich is this guy?! Damn it! This protective screen…Even if the number of disciples here were several times more, they wouldn’t be able to blow this apart within a short period of time, not to mention us!” The minds of the eight odd disciples were shaken, they were thoroughly shocked by Bai Xiaochun. A shocked expression appeared in their eyes as they gazed at Bai Xiaochun.
Bai Xiaochun stood straight with his head high and chest out as he clasped his hands and raised his chin. His face had some melancholy, as if he had the loneliness of an expert…
“You guys are such bullies! Come! Your Grandpa Bai will fight with you!” Bai Xiaochun loudly roared, seemingly wanting to fight.
Following Bai Xiaochun’s roar, the Magnetic Yuan Wings in the big black pot on his back suddenly swept out. His body abruptly sped up and had already appeared infront of a disciple. Directly colliding with the body of a long faced youth from the Mysterious Creek Sect.
To be accurate, he did not directly collide with the youth. The long faced youth from the Mysterious Creek Sect was the one who collided with Bai Xiaochun’s protective light screen, letting out a miserable shriek that could be heard even after he was sent flying twenty zhang away. Although he managed to stop some distance away with some difficulty, he was driven mad as he wiped away his fresh blood. Gazing at the thick protective light screen on Bai Xiaochun’s body, his expression turned complicated. He let out a mournful sigh as he turned around, soaring into the distance.
He was depressed; however, he was unable to do anything about it. He didn’t think that he had the ability to shatter Bai Xiaochun’s protective light screen. Rather than wasting his magical power, it would be better to enter the world within the sword earlier.
This scene caused the minds of the surrounding crowd tremble. After realising that they were not be able to do anything to Bai Xiaochun, the group of eight odd disciples felt depressed as they dispersed; they used their full speed to leave.
After all, they still hadn’t entered a crevice and they were not willing to fight with their lives against Bai Xiaochun here.
“Don’t run! Let’s have a decisive battle until dawn!”
“You guys are despicable bullies! Come back right now!” Bai Xiaochun’s voice incessantly echoed out. The group of disciple had a headache from Bai Xiaochun’s voice, causing them to leave at an even quicker speed.
Instantly, the surroundings were emptied. Bai Xiaochun blinked, feeling relaxed from the bottom of his heart. If the eight odd disciples cooperated, even he would have to spend a large amount of time fighting them, however, the Earth Pulse Foundation Establishment was the most important thing at this time.
After keeping the protective tailsmans on his body, only half of each paper talisman were used up, and they could still be re-used.
Bai Xiaochun raised his chin and assumed the image of a lonely expert as he flourished his sleeves.
“I, Bai Xiaochun, am not a pushover!”
His body blurred as he advanced deeper at a high speed. His body constantly made jerking motions as he followed the surrounding rocks which protruded out of the rock walls as well as the cracks. He continuously headed deeper, looking for a crevice within the massive sword.
As for entering the world within the sword with a slower speed, there were also advantages and disadvantages.
If one entered the world within the Sword’s Body earlier, one could slaughter Earth Pulse Evil Beasts in there earlier and obtain the Earth Pulse Qi. But there are also very serious disadvantages. After all, the more one head deeper in the world within the Sword’s Body, the Earth Pulse Qi that has been accumulated by the Earth Pulse Evil Beasts will also increase. If you head deeper and managed to kill an Evil Beast, the amount of Earth Pulse Qi which can be obtained is comparable to over ten Evil Beasts from the surface*.
If one wished to condense the Earth Pulse Qi, the amount of Earth Pulse Qi that is needed would also be enormous.
At the same time, the size of the world within the Sword’s Body was too large, and there were also special evil spirits that existed within it which had to be avoided most of the time. Thus, if one wanted to hurry to the depths of the Sword’s body, it would be faster to move from outside of the sword blade.
Only, the deeper you went outside the Sword’s Body, the stronger the coldness from the abyss will be. And if you reached a certain point, it wouldn’t be an area that Qi Condensation can enter. On the contrary, you would receive the protection of the Sword’s Body in the world within the sword, and so you wouldn’t have such concerns. So, the choice to enter in advance or not depended upon the strength of the individual, and it was hard to decide whether it was good or bad.
Towards the cold air here, Bai Xiaochun had some resistance towards it. Bai Xiaochun pondered for a bit, however, since he couldn’t enter earlier, he decided not to worry, and might as well head to the deepest area that he could go to, and choose a crevice from that place, allowing him to be ahead of many people.
Time passed, Bai Xiaochun’s speed was extremely fast. There seemed to be no one in his surroundings, and unknowingly, he had already surpassed the boundary where a cultivator from Qi Condensation could step into. The surrounding cold air was becoming increasingly strong, till it reached the point where he also felt bodily discomfort. His four limbs were slowly stiffening. If he continued heading down, he would suffer serious injury.
Only then did he take a deep breath, and lowered his head to look downwards. This abyss seemed to have no end, and was pitch-black.
“At most, I can only go down one hundred zhang more…” Bai Xiaochun attempted to use a cold resisting paper talisman, but after he discovered that it had no use, he shook his head, and started to look for crevices in the big sword as he was running out of time. Suddenly, after he descended over thirty zhang, his body suddenly paused. Unexpectedly he faintly saw that there was a figure not too far away from him, beside the big sword.
This person also immediately noticed Bai Xiaochun, and in an instant, when the gazes of the two people were only separated by the cold fog, Bai Xiaochun immediately recognised this person who had a fierce, cold gaze.
“Blood Creek Sect, Song Que!”
“Spirit Creek Sect, Bai Xiaochun!”
Second guaranteed chapter of the week. (17 Owed) We made a mistake in the last chapter, it was meant to be the first guaranteed of the week, and this would be the second guaranteed chapter.
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 Surface here is meant further up in the Sword’s Body, not so much “from the surface”