Chapter 1240: Blood-refining Formation
The Death Nest was filled with yin Qi and churned with black mist. Vicious, terrifying faces of ghosts would be conjured from time to time and would roar at the outside world. They wanted to charge out of the Death Nest, but they were trapped inside by the huge barrier that surrounds the nest. No matter how powerful or terrifying the yin Qi of the Death Nest was, none of it could leak outside.
Houston had completely erased his presence as a Saint Emperor. He stood outside the Death Nest at ease with his hemp clothing and stared into the depths with a flickering light in his eyes. Some confusion and curiosity appeared in his eyes. In his head, the Empyrean Demon Orb’s cries became more and more powerful, hurriedly urging Houston into the Death Nest, as if there was something that deeply attracted it inside.
Houston was unaffected by the Empyrean Demon Orb. He could suppress the callings, but he did not do that. He knew that the Empyrean Demon Orb orb was extraordinary and the reason why he could become a Saint Emperor.
Houston stood outside in thought for a while before taking a step into the Death Nest. He was now a Saint Emperor, and great confidence came along with his great strength. He believed that even if there was something truly dangerous in the Death Nest, he could still retreat safely.
The Death Nest was the same as before. It was teeming with vile energies while the black mist churned constantly. The slightly-spongy ground was scarlet red, as if it had been doused by blood. The scattered trees and vegetation swayed in the wind. They seemed like ghosts brandishing their teeth and claws, which made them seem sinister and terrifying.
Houston remained the same as before as he calmly walked through the Death Nest. He maintained a straight path throughout, following the cries of the Empyrean Demon Orb as he headed straight for the depths.
At this moment, a icy presence churned out of the mist, silently entering Houston’s head.
Although Houston had sensed it, he did not resist. He allowed the iciness to worm its way into his soul. He wanted to test the power of the icy presence.
However, Houston came to a halt the next moment. A sliver of surprise appeared on his face as he said, “This strand of iciness can actually be devoured by the Soul-devouring Force. It can assist the cultivation of Soul-devouring Force.” Soul-devouring Force was also known as Baleful Yin Force. This was something he had learned from the Empyrean Demon Orb.
Before, Houston’s cultivation method was a modified version of the Empyrean Demon Arts that came from the Empyrean Demon Orb. It had been modified by the Blood Demon Emperor and was an incomplete method, which was why Soul-devouring Force needed to be refined through slaughter and, thus, explained why it was a consumable. Now that Houston had obtained the complete cultivation method, all the energy within him had been transformed into Soul-devouring Force. Not only was it much more powerful than the Baleful Yin Force he had controlled before, he could create it without slaughter. All he needed to do was absorb the energy of the world and convert it through the Empyrean Demon Arts.
“No wonder the Empyrean Demon Orb wants me to come here. So the Death Nest is like a blessed land to those who practice the Empyrean Demon Arts.” Houston understood the situation very quickly and immediately began to move faster and faster.
For both the Tian Yuan Continent and the Beast God Continent, it was extremely difficult to increase a person’s strength once they reached Saint Emperor. Not only was this because of the absence of origin energy, but even the energy of the world was nowhere near as abundant as before. Very few people could reach the peak of Saint Emperor. Houston could already imagine that his strength would skyrocket in the future in a blessed place like the Death Nest.
Houston moved faster and faster. Although he seemed like he was taking a casual stroll, he would travel several kilometers with every step. Since he moved very quickly, he did not come across a single Saint Ruler vengeful spirit in the first zone, so he quickly arrived in the second zone.
In the second zone, the weakest vengeful spirits were Saint Kings. Before Houston could travel very far, he came across a Saint King vengeful spirit that attacked him from behind as silent as a shadow.
Houston did not slow down at all. With a flick of his finger, a red spark shot out and accurately landed on the vengeful spirit. This was Soul-devouring Force.
If it was before, Houston would have never used Soul-devouring Force so easily because it had been consumable and, hence, was extremely difficult to replenish. But after reaching Saint Emperor with the Empyrean Demon Arts, all the energy within him had been converted to Soul-devouring Force. To him, it was only an ordinary energy now and was extremely easily replenished, so he obviously did not mind using it.
The vengeful spirit was dissipated by the strand of Soul-devouring Force. It turned into a dark mist and was no longer able to reform.
As Houston moved, he suffered many attacks from Saint King vengeful spirits, but all of them were dissipated by him with a single strand of Soul-devouring Force without any exception, and they were unable to reform again.
Along the way, quite a lot the icy tendrils tried to attack Houston’s soul, but they were all refined by his Soul-devouring Force and became a part of his energy.
Although the Death Nest was filled with danger, they formed no threat to him. He passed through the second zone very quickly and arrived in the third.
As soon as he stepped into the third zone, an extremely powerful iciness wrapped around Houston from all directions. In the third zone, even Saint Kings at Great Perfection needed to circulate their Saint Force to resist the energies with an energy barrier outside, but Houston did not protect himself in any way, shape, or form. He allowed the iciness to worm its way into his body and soul. There was not the slightest discomfort at all, and instead, he felt extremely comfortable.
This was because all the iciness that entered his body was converted into his own Soul-devouring Force. To Houston, who practiced the Empyrean Demon Arts, not only did the icy presence fail to harm him, it continuously strengthened him instead. It was like a dense energy of the world.
Up ahead, two huge demonic figures slowly appeared in the churning mist, charging toward Houston like shadows.
“Saint Emperor vengeful spirits!” Houston could tell the strength of the two figures with a single glance. They were powerful existences that stood at the same level as him. He immediately became serious, and with a flick of his finger, two powerful strands of Soul-devouring Force shot toward the two figures like swords.
The vengeful spirits did not know how to dodge, so they charged at the Soul-devouring Force. As soon as they came in contact with the energy, they began to tremble violently. Their blurry faces began to distort, indicating pain, and then their bodies quickly faded. In just a few seconds, the two vengeful spirits had disappeared, turning into dull, dark mist that dispersed into the surroundings.
Meanwhile, since Houston’s two strands of Soul-devouring Force were too powerful, they continued into the depths of the Death Nest without weakening at all after dissipating the two demonic figures. The churning black mist dissipated wherever they passed by.
“Can this Soul-devouring Force suppress these vengeful spirits?” Houston was slightly stunned. He was very surprised inside. Before, when he had killed the Saint Kings vengeful spirits, he did not discover this because of how much more powerful he was. Now that he was dealing with Saint Emperor vengeful spirits, the effectiveness of Soul-devouring Force was immediately displayed.
However, what Houston did not know was that the two strands of Soul-devouring Force he had used against the two vengeful spirits were slowly strengthening as they flew. All the black mist they passed by was absorbed by them, constantly strengthening the two strands.
The Soul-devouring Force moved extremely quickly, arriving in the very center of the third zone very soon. Afterward, they dissipated as if they had collided with an invisible wall.
At the same time, the entire place trembled slightly. At that moment, some minute changes seemed to happen to the Death Nest.
Houston could obviously sense the changes as well since the calling of the Empyrean Demon Orb became more and more powerful. This filled him with curiosity as he continued toward the depths.
Along the way, Houston came across Saint Emperor vengeful spirits from time to time, but his Soul-devouring Force was effective against them. No matter how many came, they posed no threat to him.
Without much longer, Houston arrived in the center of the third zone. He did not continue on, and instead, he stood around quietly as he constantly examined his surroundings. His brows slowly furrowed as he murmured, “There’s a formation hidden within the void here. I- it seems to be a formation recorded within the Empyrean Demon Orb, but it’s a little different at the same time.”
Houston sank into his thoughts. A while later, a gleam of light flashed through his eyes as extremely dense Soul-devouring Force began to radiate from him. It turned into a red mist which extended out. Gradually, the formation hidden in the void appeared in front of Houston.
As soon as it had appeared, it sucked away all of Houston’s Soul-devouring Force. The energy seemed to have triggered the formation, and it began to shine with dazzling red light before rotating quickly after absorbing the Soul-devouring Force.
Rumble! At the same time, heavy rumbles constantly rang through the Death Nest. The ground gently trembled as a hidden formation appeared on the ground. It was extremely large and expanded across the entire Death Nest.
“T- this seems to be the Blood-refined Formation recorded in the Empyrean Demon Orb, and it’s complete. How can a complete Blood-refining Formation appear here?” Houston immediately became shocked when he saw the formation appear on the ground.