Chapter 906: Advancing Again
Time quietly rolled by like the sand between one's fingers in this deadly quiet, ancient magma world. A short amount of time was unable to cause the endless magma to show even the slightest bit of activity. Time had become inconsequential in this place…
A month passed by in the blink of an eye.
Due to those so-called 'fire beads,' Xiao Yan's progress during this one month was extremely quick. After swallowing and refining around fifty plus of them, he could clearly sense that the Dou Qi vessel within his body, that had expanded during the last advancement, was once again transmitting a swelling feeling. This situation told Xiao Yan that his current self was already at the peak of a five star Dou Huang. As long as he had an opportunity, he would be able to easily advance and breakthrough to become a six star Dou Huang!
Upon reaching this stage, Xiao Yan also knew that continuing to focus and train was no longer the most optimum path. Although one cannot slack off during one's training, one should also know that one would not be able to make it by being too anxious. Simply put, stubbornly training would cause one to go downhill. Hence, Xiao Yan ceased his consistent day and night training after he realizing that he had reached the peak of the five star Dou Huang class. Instead, he started to train the 'Six Joint Body Flowing Ruler' he had just achieved initial mastery in.
Time slowly passed by while Xiao Yan was practicing the ruler technique. During the period that followed, Xiao Yan had placed the matter of training his Dou Qi aside. Most of his attention was placed on practicing this Dou Technique, causing him to become increasingly familiar with the 'Six Joint Body Flowing Ruler.' The first skill of the ruler technique 'Splitting Flame' was starting to displayed by him with greater smoothness and strength…
The effect of focusing on a certain thing was indeed far greater than splitting one's attention. After his great effort in training during this period of time, Xiao Yan's understanding of the 'Six Joint Body Flowing Ruler' became increasingly deeper. Each time he used it, he would form a dense ruler web that even wind could not penetrate. He was already able to enter and leave the magma as he wished without even a drop of liquid magma touching him. This kind of metal container like defense was reminiscent of the spiritual imprint within the scroll.
During the occasional period where Xiao Yan was free when practicing the 'Six Joint Body Flowing Ruler,' Xiao Yan would study a little of the so-called 'Five Ring Flame Expelling Technique.' This practice was an incredible eye-opener for Xiao Yan.
A fire controlling technique was self explanatory. It was a method that was used to control a flame. Such a skill was something that Xiao Yan had never practiced. His usual control of the flame while attacking was on a superficial level. That controlling method was far from the sophistication of the 'Five Ring Flame Expelling Technique.' At the very least, just the flame controlling method alone was something that even Han Feng could not match from a certain point of view. The reason Xiao Yan had not been at a disadvantage when fighting with Han Feng using the 'Heavenly Flames' was mostly because of the former's powerful Spiritual Strength that far exceeded an ordinary alchemist…
Therefore, the current Xiao Yan had undoubtedly felt something like budging into a completely new territory when he came into contact with the 'Five Ring Flame Expelling Technique.' The various flame controlling methods that were recorded in the technique were not only beautiful but also only exhausted the smallest amount of Spiritual Strength to control the flame in the most exquisite manner. Moreover, it was able to unleash an extremely great force.
Tian Huo zun-zhe did not reveal himself while Xiao Yan was practicing the 'Five Ring Flame Expelling Technique.' It seemed that using the spatial strength when he was in the magma had exhausted him too greatly. Hence, he seldomly revealed himself. However, Xiao Yan was unconcerned about this. Although he had made contact with such a fire controlling skill for the first time, he was at the very least a tier 6 alchemist who had relied on himself to create the overwhelmingly frightening 'Angry Buddha Lotus Flame.' Many flame controlling techniques were basically things that he understood upon reading. Xiao Yan's powerful Spiritual Strength had caused him to possess a talent that an ordinary person had difficulty matching in terms of medicinal refinement and flame control.
During the remaining time, Xiao Yan had, without any accident, submerged himself into the mysterious world of flame controlling with the 'Five Ring Flame Expelling Technique.' Within less than ten days, Xiao Yan's ability to control flames was basically multiplying…
Within this heart-shattering flame control world, Xiao Yan's opportunity to advance had unknowingly and quietly arrived…
When the feeling of being about to breakthrough appeared, Xiao Yan was practicing the first wolf-shaped fire spirit of the 'Five Ring Flame Expelling Technique.' After sensing the strange feeling that spread out from deep within his soul, Xiao Yan immediately scattered the hand seal and used his fastest speed to return to the cave.
Xiao Yan sat cross-legged in the clean and empty cave. He forcefully endured the waves of unusual ripples that were being transmitted from his body. With a flick of his finger, over ten red-colored 'fire beads' appeared in front of him. After which, Xiao Yan swiftly shut his eyes and formed a training seal with his hands.
The seal had just been formed when the surrounding space began to fluctuate. Waves of red-hot energy surged around Xiao Yan's body. After which, the energy appeared like many bright-red, long snakes, lingering over the surface of his body. Finally, they followed his breathing and entered his body.
This magma world was filled with an extremely powerful fire affinity energy. This would undoubtedly cause Xiao Yan's advancement to be much easier. He did not need to worry about the energy being exhausted or causing some unexpected change during his advancement. Moreover, his Storage Ring still contained quite a few 'fire beads. Even if an accident were to occur, the powerful energy contained in these 'fire beads' would ensure the successful completion of his advancement…
An increasing amount of fire affinity energy entered Xiao Yan's body. So much had entered that his skin had gradually turned bright-red. Threads of white fog rose from his head and numerous veins began to wiggle like earthworms on his skin, appearing quite terrifying.
Under the unceasing energy of the outside world, Xiao Yan's body was swiftly being transformed. Each time he advanced, the interior of his body would undergo a small transformation. This kind of transformation was just like an expansion, transforming a small pond into a small lake. The Dou Qi that his body could accommodate would also increase a couple of times. At the same time, the many veins, bones, muscles, etc. within his body would display a varying degree of strengthening, causing the power within one's body to grow…
As Xiao Yan's advancement gradually entered a white hot stage, the ripples within the cave became even more intense. In the end, the entire cave was covered by a red fire affinity energy. Xiao Yan's figure was just like a black hole sitting in the middle of the energy, greedily swallowing all the energy that surged toward his body…
This unending swallowing continued for nearly two days. Only then did the dense red fire energy gradually pale. A young man with a naked upper body began to be revealed.
Xiao Yan's advancement continued for around three days. Only then did it slowly come to an end…
When the final string fire affinity energy entere Xiao Yan's body, the mountain cave descended into silence. The powerful aura that spread out of Xiao Yan's body was completely withdrawn into at this moment. Not even a little of it leaked…
The young man's upper body was naked as he sat on the ground. His eyes were tightly shut, and he appeared like a meditating monk. He did not even move a little. If one could not still sense his vague aura, it was likely that one would really think that an accident had occurred during the advancement, resulting in a deviation of training from the correct path.
The quiet atmosphere within the cave continued for around half an hour or so when a soft breathe finally broke the silence.
Calm breathing entered and left Xiao Yan's nose in a cycle. His eyes slowly opened, but did not seem to reflect any changes besides being a little brighter. However, if someone familiar with Xiao Yan was present, that person would discover that Xiao Yan aura seemed to have become much hotter and more drawn out compared to before.
Xiao Yan waved his hand as he opened his eyes, storing the 'fire beads' in front of him, that he had prepared but had not ended up using, into his Storage Ring. After which, he sensed the powerful aura that had soared a couple of times within his body. A satisfied smile was lifted on the corner of his mouth.
The advancement this time around had not only allowed Xiao Yan to completely stabilize at the six star Dou Huang leve, but had also caused the Dou Qi within his body to become a little hotter. Xiao Yan understood that this should be due to the energy of this place. However, it was fortunate that he had the protection of the 'Heavenly Flames.' Thus, the wild violence did not affect Xiao Yan.
"The feeling of advancement is really wonderful…"
Xiao Yan spread his hands as he stood at the entrance of the cave. He laughed softly. At this moment, the veins, muscles, bones, and even his cells within his body all seemed to be in peak condition. As long as his hand moved slightly, the strength that was waiting to erupt within his body would suddenly erupt like a volcano.
Within two short months, Xiao Yan had once again completed a breakthrough. If word of this speed were to spread, it would likely cause quite a number of elite Dou Huangs to die of embarassment. At this level, it was common for an elite Dou Huang to spend a year or even a couple of years in order to raise their strength by one star. Yet, Xiao Yan had completed this within two months. This kind of talent and luck was really stunning.
Xiao Yan randomly clenched his hand as he sensed the fierce force that would erupt at any moment. He used a great force and swung his fist toward the rock wall. The enormous strength penetrated the tough rock as the Dou Qi spat out formed a deep hole that was over ten meters deep. The surrounding wall revealed a slight crack while some rock dust spread. Clearly, Xiao Yan's control over his strength had already improved compared to before. It was gathered on one spot and not spread out, causing his blow to possess even greater strength and speed. Xiao Yan smiled. The corner of his mouth revealed an arc. He was just about to test his strength when his brows suddenly lifted. His eyes glanced to the hole that headed to the Blazing Sky Qi Refining Tower. There seemed to be the sound of rushing wind appearing there.
Under Xiao Yan's focus, the rushing wind sound in the hole came increasingly closer. A moment later, a figure appeared in front of Xiao Yan's eyes.
Chapter 907: Information
Xiao Yan involuntarily smiled when he saw the old figure that had descended from the hole. He spoke with a clear voice, "Why does First Elder have the time to come here today?"
The old figure remained slowly suspended in the when he heard Xiao Yan's voice. He glanced at Xiao Yan who had a naked upper body and snapped, "You have stayed below for such a long time. I thought that you had met with a troublesome matter… Zi Yan and those fellows have repeatedly asked me if they could come down here. How can I agree to their request given the danger of this place? Hence, I can only come down on my own."
Xiao Yan laughed when he heard this. He pulled the snow-white ring that hid Tian Huo zun-zhe up his sleeve without drawing any attention. It was better to keep the matter of Tian Huo zun-zhe a secret. It would be more of a disadvantage than advantage if other people were to know about it. Although Xiao Yan trusted First Elder Su Qian, this was after all something related to an expert who was once an elite Dou Zun. Hence, it was best if fewer people knew about it.
First Elder Su Qian naturally did not notice the little actions of Xiao Yan. His feet stepped on the empty air and paused at the cave. His eyes swept over Xiao Yan and he involuntarily let out an exclamation when he sensed the change in the latter's aura. He asked, "You have broken through?"
Xiao Yan smiled and nodded. He said, "I have coincidentally broken through just before First Elder descended…"
"Tsk tsk, you little fellow… this training speed is really a little too much like a monster. Back then, when I was still at the Dou Haung class, my fastest advancement took me around a year or so… but compared to you, it is really somewhat embarrassing." Su Qian helplessly shook his head. This fellow's training speed was really somewhat of a blow to others.
Xiao Yan rubbed his head and smiled. He did not tell First Elder Su Qian about the fire lizard people under the magma nor about the matter of the flame beads. It was best if no one else enters this place after he left. After all, there was a secret that was kept forever in Xiao Yan's heart at the bottom of the magma. The moment that the secret was revealed, it was likely that the entire Dou Qi continent would tremble because of it…
Something left behind by a Dou Di was enough to cause everyone's eyes to go red with envy and act crazy!
Xiao Yan randomly took a robe and placed it over his body. After which, he flipped his hand and the 'Flame Gathering Pot' appeared in his hand. He smiled secretively to Su Qian and said, "First Elder, take a look and see what this is…"
"Ke ke, why? Have you stored the Heart Flame in it?" Su Qian smiled when he saw this. After which, he received the 'Flame Gathering Pot' and glanced over it. His face instantly stiffened when he sensed the rising Heart Flame in his body a moment later. With his current strength, how could an ordinary Heart Flame maneuver the Heart Flame within his body?
"This… this is…" The stiffness on Su Qian's face continued for a moment. After which, Su Qian appeared to have recalled something and shock filled with disbelief instantly surged into his eyes. He felt dull when he looked at Xiao Yan again. Awhile later, he suddenly frowned and asked in a deep voice, "Have you placed the 'Fallen Heart Flame' into it?"
Xiao Yan smiled and nodded when he heard this. He said, "This is indeed a genuine 'Fallen Heart Flame…'"
"You… ugh, why is it that you don't use your brain? I have already said that the Fallen Heart Flame's absence from the Inner Academy could save us some trouble. Now that you have already subdued it, taking it out again would harm you a ton! You might end up remaining at this level forever. How will you go and battle with the 'Hall of Souls' in this manner?" Su Qian clenched his teeth and spoke with resentment that stemmed from Xiao Yan being unable to meet his expectations.
Xiao Yan was stunned when he saw the First Elder Su Qian's manner. He immediately recovered after coming to a sudden understanding. It seemed that Su Qian had thought that Xiao Yan had taken the Fallen Heart Flame out of his body. Xiao Yan involuntarily laughed. A warmth also appeared in his heart as he did so…
"First Elder, you are mistaken. This is indeed the Fallen Heart Flame. However, it is not the one from the past. Otherwise, how could its might be so weak?" Xiao Yan shook his head and softly laughed.
"It is not the Fallen Heart Flame from the past?" Su Qian was startled when he heard Xiao Yan's words. Only then did he recover. The Fallen Heart Flame in this 'Flame Gathering Pot' seemed to be a little too weak. It was far inferior to the horror of the Fallen Heart Flame in the past…
Su Qian held the Flame Gathering Pot with both hands. He was stunned for a minute before he seemed to have thought of something. A wild joy that was difficult to hid surged into his eyes as he joyfully said, "You mean… you have found another Fallen Heart Flame?"
Xiao Yan smiled and nodded. He said, "This Fallen Heart Flame is also something that was found in the magma world. However, it is currently still in its infant stage. As long as the Elders from the Inner Academy who practice fire affinity Qi Methods pour an unceasing amount of Dou Qi into it, the Heart Flame that it could provide would still enable the Blazing Sky Qi Refining Tower to once again regain its use. After more time passes, this Fallen Heart Flame might also be able to once again evolve and possess its own intelligence. At that time, it would definitely not reject the Inner Academy after the Inner Academy has groomed it for so long. Therefore, the Blazing Sky Qi Refining Tower might be able to remain open forever…"
The joy on Su Qian's face became very dense while listening to Xiao Yan's gentle words. Clearly, he was extremely excited at being able to revive the Blazing Sky Qi Refining Tower once again.
"It is really unexpected that this magma world actually made another Fallen Heart Flame. Even the headmaster back then did not discover it…" Su Qian sighed first before shaking his head. After which, he held the Flame Gathering Pot as though it was a treasure and faced Xiao Yan with a face full of smiles. He said, "It has been tough on you… little fellow. You have taken away a matured 'Heavenly Flame' with a wild character that is difficult to tame, but end up returning to the Inner Academy an obedient infant 'Heavenly Flame.' All of this can be said to cancel each other out. Hence, you need not feel guilty in the future…"
Xiao Yan smiled slightly and nodded. Now, he was truly relieved. He also had quite the feelings for the Inner Academy. The Blazing Sky Qi Refining Tower was extremely important to the Inner Academy. However, it had lost its effect because of him. He was quite happy that he was currently able to make up for it.
"Ugh, with this thing, I will at least be able to account to the headmaster when he asks about it in the future… the Fallen Heart Flame is something that he had spent quite a lot of effort in order to seal. The establishment of the Blazing Sky Qi Refining Tower is also the idea of him. If he were to return and see that this thing had lost its effect, it is likely that I will not be able to avoid being turned into a mess…" Su Qian's hand rubbed the Flame Gathering pot, and he sighed before laughing out loud.
Xiao Yan felt a little ashamed as he looked at Su Qian who appeared as though he had relieved a big burden. In that past, the First Elder had always said that everything was fine. Yet, his heart had actually been thinking about this matter to such an extent. However, it made sense if one thought about it. The Blazing Sky Qi Refining Tower was so important. If it simply disappeared, even Xiao Yan's heart would unavoidably feel a disappointment.
"Ke ke, let's not talk about this…" Su Qian hurriedly waved his hand after appearing to have seen through Xiao Yan's thoughts. He smiled and said, "One of the reasons that I have entered this place this time round is to see if any accident happened to you. Another reason is to inform you that we have news about Han Feng."
"Han Feng?" Xiao Yan was startled when he heard this. The smile on his face was withdrawn slightly. A coldness also flashed in his eyes. That fellow had taken advantage of the chaos back then to flee. Xiao Yan had been thinking about this matter. After all, this fellow had remained in the 'Hall of Souls' for a period of time. He might be aware of the place where teacher was locked. Moreover, even if Han Feng was unaware of it, Xiao Yan must personally kill this person who had betrayed his teacher. Otherwise, how could he be worthy of Yao Lao, who had placed high hopes on him?
"Ever since that fellow fled back then, he disappeared for a period of time. Originally, we would also have great difficulty finding him. However, a couple of days ago, Xiao Gate suddenly passed information saying that this fellow seems to have appeared at the Demon Flame Valley…" Su Qian slowly spoke.
"Demon Flame Valley?" Xiao Yan's eyes narrowed slightly. He immediately laughed coldly, "Looks like this fellow is planning to take advantage of the death of the Old Ground Demon Ghost to completely take over everything that belonged to him…"
"Aye, Han Feng possesses great ambition. He has encroached deep into the 'Black-Corner Region' and possesses a large network there. If he is given sufficient time, he would definitely become an overlord of the area. It is not difficult for him to achieve this with his status as an alchemist." Su Qian nodded and said.
"This time around, he has secretly took over the Demon Flame Valley and he did it in a quiet manner. If Xiao Gate hadn't been lucky, it is likely that they would have difficulty obtaining this information."
Xiao Yan nodded slightly. The corner of his mouth was lifted to form a cold expression. It was good as long as this fellow did not enter the vast mountain forest. As long as he was in the Black-Corner Region, Xiao Yan would have the confidence to capture this dog that had lost its home!
"What do you plan to do?" Su Qian glanced at Xiao Yan and asked.
"This fellow cannot be let off no matter what. Otherwise, there will be a lot of trouble in the future." Xiao Yan slowly tightened his fist and softly said, "Gather some people. This time around, I will definitely not allow this fellow to flee alive. I need to know some information from his mouth."
Su Qian smiled slightly and nodded. He said, "It seems that it is not impossible to capture him with the strength of our side… when will you act?"
Xiao Yan's hand grabbed toward the back of the cave. A black figure carried a clearly low whistle shot out. Finally, it transformed into a heavy ruler that fell into Xiao Yan's hand. He flipped with his hand and the heavy ruler was inserted behind him. The corner of his mouth was immediately lifted into a cold smile as he said in a dense manner, "Now!"
Xiao Yan's shoulder shook slightly when his words sounded. A pair of beautiful jade-like bone wings slowly extended out. After which, the bone wings were flapped. A faint thunder roar resounded over this quiet magma world as Xiao Yan's figure turned into a blur that shot to the entrance hole!
Su Qian involuntarily fondled his beard as he looked at the back of Xiao Yan which was filled with a killing aura. He muttered, "What a pitiful Han Feng. Originally, he could have been considered a great authority within the 'Black-Corner Region.' In the end, he unluckily met Xiao Yan. It looks like the eyes of Yao zun-zhe have become sharper and sharper…"
Su Qian also smiled gloatingly after saying this. After which, his footsteps stepped on the empty air as his body followed close behind Xiao Yan in a lightning-like manner.
This time around, the fight between these two, who had the same teacher, will likely reach a conclusion!