Chapter 1349: Sword-forging (Four)
Kong Tian became stunned by Jian Chen's questions. He wondered to himself if the Saint Emperor had really just come to his Kong family to ask such a question.
Despite his intense curiosity, Kong Tian dared not to behave rashly before a Saint Emperor. He thought about the question seriously before replying with clasped hands, "Senior, from what I can recall, the hottest place on the Tian Yuan Continent would be the far western side of the continent. There is a large expanse of volcanoes near the west sea, filling a circle with a radius of two hundred thousand kilometers. It's unendurably hot there, and there are eruptions all year round. Ordinary people are unable to approach the region at all."
"The west," Jian Chen mumbled and took note of the region. Afterward, he asked some more questions, "Kong Tian, this emperor has been in secluded cultivation for many years and has only recently emerged. I want to know if there has been any major things that have occurred on the continent."
"Senior, there has indeed been a lot of shocking matters that have recently occurred. First, the former sect master of the Bloodsword sect, Houston, became a Saint Emperor, and then the great elder of Mercenary City, Tian Jian, became one as well. However, these two matters were nothing compared to another matter. In the depths of Mercenary City…" Kong Tian informed Jian Chen of everything he knew. He told him about everything that had happened without bending any truths or hiding any details. He placed particular focus on the seal beneath Mercenary City when he explained everything.
Jian Chen became stern. He had spent most of his time in the sea realm recently, so he had no idea what had happened on the Tian Yuan Continent. He had never thought that the seal of the World of Forsaken Saints would have broken so soon and that they had already sent scouts to the Tian Yuan Continent.
"The World of Forsaken Saints is extremely powerful. According to what I learned in Mercenary City, they have even more Saint Emperors than the Saint Kings of the Tian Yuan Continent," Kong Tian heavily added. His complexion was horrible. The World of Forsaken Saints possessed a terrifying amount of power. Many Saint Kings even thought they were seeing the premonition of an apocalypse.
"Since all the Saint Kings of the Tian Yuan Continent have gathered in Mercenary City, why are you still hiding here?" Jian Chen asked nonchalantly.
Kong Tian's face changed. He was afraid of being punished by the 'Saint Emperor' because of this. After all, he was not the opponent of a Saint Emperor, so he hurriedly explained in fear, "Senior, it's not that I'm unwilling to use everything I have to protect the Tian Yuan Continent at Mercenary City, but I've already reached the peak of the Eighth Heavenly Layer. As a result, I wanted to use this period of time to go into seclusion and reach the Ninth Heavenly Layer before the World of Forsaken Saints invades. That way, I'll be of even more use during battle."
Jian Chen nodded slightly. With a wave of his hand, he tossed a Class 8 Xuanhuang beast energy crystal at Kong Tian and said, "That's the monster core of a foreign beast. Use it to cultivate. I hope you can reach the Ninth Heavenly Layer soon and protect the Tian Yuan Continent."
"I thank senior for senior's gift," Kong Tian caught the energy crystal and responded emotionally. Even though he was a Saint King, Class 8 Monster Cores were extremely important to him. After all, Class 7 Monster Cores were items that could only be encountered by chance. Class 8 Monster Cores were even more valuable, and even Saint Kings would struggle to obtain them.
With a single movement, Jian Chen instantly disappeared, leaving behind an afterimage. He was lightning-fast, and he looked like he had just teleported away.
Jian Chen hurried off with the Illusory Flash. He moved faster and faster before he turned into a faint afterimage in the end. He hurried to the west to an area described by Kong Tian.
He did not use a Space Gate, but since his understanding of the Illusory Flash had rapidly increased, he could move even faster than Saint Emperors.
A day later, Jian Chen appeared several million kilometers away. During his journey, he had passed by Mercenary City. He had used his soul to sweep through the entire area from a hundred thousand kilometers away to check on its situation. However, he did not stop while continuing south.
This was because he knew that he would not be able to provide much support before he had forged the Azulet swords even though his strength was on par with Saint Emperors now. He would only be an extremely ordinary Saint Emperor when the army of Saint Emperors from the World of Forsaken Saints attacked.
"I need to resurrect the sea goddess as soon as possible. Even if the Saint Emperors on the Tian Yuan Continent increase by tenfold, we still won't be the World of Forsaken Saints' opponent. Only Origin realm experts can change the situation," Jian Chen thought.
The west possessed the largest volcanic ranges on the Tian Yuan Continent. They filled a radius of two hundred thousand kilometers and were close to the west sea. It was unendurably hot all year round, and rarely did anyone set foot there because several hundred volcanoes would erupt everyday. Even Heaven Saint Masters were unlikely to make it out alive if they entered this region.
There was no land in the region either. The surface was an endless expanse of lava with violent storms occurring from time to time, flinging lava into the air. The lava in the air would turn the entire sky red and was even more violent than the storms at sea.
This region of volcanoes was a forbidden zone on the Tian Yuan Continent, except it was not as renowned at the Death Nest since even Saint Kings and Saint Emperors had fallen in the Death Nest before. Only Heaven Saint Masters were threatened in this volcano region while those who had reached Saint Ruler would be able to protect themselves.
At the same time, this was heaven for those who practiced fire-attributed Saint Force. However, the strength required to cultivate in this region was extremely great, not something that any ordinary person possessed.
Jian Chen approached the region with lightning-like speed. As soon as he arrived, he was hit by a wave of heat. He immediately felt like he had plunged into a sea of fire. His clothes caught on fire and were reduced to ashes in the blink of an eye.
Jian Chen used Chaotic Force to protect himself while he pulled out a new set of clothes from his Space Ring. He then flew to the depths of the region. There were even larger volcanoes and even hotter magma in the depths, which would be helpful for forging his swords.
Jian Chen discovered around a dozen Saint Rulers in individual caves along the way. The strongest out of all of them was a Ninth Heavenly Layer Saint Ruler. There was not a single Saint King to be seen.
Jian Chen arrived in the center of the volcanic region very quickly. An extremely large volcano stood before him, and its crater was over a thousand meters wide. The magma inside surged, producing huge waves from time to time. The fire-attributed energy there was extremely unstable.
Jian Chen could tell with a single glance that the volcano was about to erupt. While still in the air, he pondered whether to use it or not for a while. He then plunged into the magma like a loose arrow.
The magma was terrifyingly hot. Without any doubt, Jian Chen believed that even steel that been refined hundreds of times would be reduced to a puddle of liquid in the shortest amount of time possible in there. Jian Chen used his Chaotic Force to protect himself and pushed away all the magma around him so that it could not make any contact with him at all. He immediately headed for the depths.
Jian Chen sank for several thousand meters before finally hitting solid ground. The surface was soft like soil, but it was several times hotter than the magma itself.
Jian Chen sat down and focused his attention. He began to practice the secret technique he had learned from the sword spirits, attempting to make his Chaotic Force burn to produce Chaotic Flames.
The secret technique was not profound. In the Immortals' World where the sword spirits came from, everyone knew it. In just three days, Jian Chen had gained a basic grasp over it. A gray flame happily flickered in his palm like a spirit.
The flame seemed gray on the surface, but with a closer inspection, it seemed to possess all the colors in the world. It was extremely odd.
As soon as the Chaotic Flames appeared, the surrounding temperature skyrocketed. The scarlet magma rapidly became a white color.
Suddenly, the magma began to churn. The appearance of the Chaotic Flames had caused the volcano to erupt prematurely. A pillar of flames shot into the sky from the crater, but the eruption this time was different. The flames it erupted with were not scarlet but reddish-white.