Chapter 1630: A Bold Attempt
"We've finally achieved victory. I never thought that the crisis of the world would be so terrifying, making us sacrifice so many experts to destroy it. It even included a few Origin realm experts."
Many people among the experts murmured gently. Many more people appeared dazed. Everything that had happened earlier felt like a dream. They had lived for thousands of years or even tens of thousands of years. Many of them had even learnt about matters from millions of years ago from old records. Basically, most of them knew about everything that had happened within the past million years. However, no matter how knowledgeable they were, everything that had happened today had completely overwhelmed their knowledge.
A single crisis of the world had caused such great damage to the World of Forsaken Saints and the Tian Yuan Continent's world, almost even ending the two worlds altogether. Everyone felt shocked by this. Even though they had successfully survived, every single one of them understood extremely well just how narrow their survival was this time.
This battle was destined to be passed down through the ages, written down in the records of various organisations to be remembered for all of eternity.
The World of Forsaken Saints' contribution to the battle against the evil spirit had completely surpassed the Tian Yuan Continent's. Tens of thousands of fighters from that world had died, all of them offering up their lives by burning their vital energies to force out all the power of their bloodline to support the Primordial Godsilk. They were even reduced to ashes, including the protectors and elders from the Sacred Spirit Hall. As for those who survived, they were all pale-faced and haggard due to the excessive blood loss. Many had collapsed on the ground.
It was the same with the Spiritking. He was even weaker than the fighters from his world. Not only was he the one who lost the most essence blood, but he still suffered from the intense backlash of forcefully using the second move of A Will that Splits the Heavens in the battle against the evil spirit. In the end, not only did his vitality weaken, but he even sustained heavy wounds. His injuries were more severe than anyone else on the battlefield.
Jian Chen also suffered very heavy injuries and was sometimes even more injured than the Spiritking. However, he possessed the Chaotic Body. Coupled with the origin energy of Radiant Saint Force, he was basically healing at all times, so his wounds never took a turn for the worse. Instead, he had mostly recovered already.
"Now that the crisis of the world has been averted, but the evil power caused by the crisis has not completely dispersed. How should we deal with this power? If we leave the power in the sky, it'll make people uneasy," the Spiritking said with a deep voice as he stared at the sky. However, he could not hide his current frailty.
Jian Chen looked over as the Spiritking spoke. The blood-red clouds in the sky remained thick like a huge red carpet that blanketed the entire world. It dyed the entire world blood-red, and even the scorching sunlight could not penetrate its shroud.
Jian Chen frowned at the sight of this. Even though the Primordial Godsilk had dispersed a third of the evil spirit's power, whatever remained was still extremely tremendous to Jian Chen and the Spiritking. It completely exceeded their own strength. However, as the evil power was unable to be controlled, the tremendous power posed minimal risk or even no risk at all. However, completely destroying the remaining evil power would not be an easy feat for Jian Chen and the Spiritking.
"Senior Audriana, can you assist us in completely destroying this evil power left behind by the crisis of the world?" Jian Chen sent a request for assistance towards the territory of the elves on the Wasteland Continent. The power of his Primordial Godsilk had basically run out, so it would not be realistic for him to try to use the Primordial Godsilk to purify the evil power.
At the same time, many of the fighters from the World of Forsaken Saints would suffer from extremely severe aftereffects from bloodletting so much and replenishing it time and time again. Obviously, he could not use the same method as before. After all, the evil spirit was destroyed now. The remaining evil power did not pose a great threat at all.
"I can only offer up thirty percent of my life force to assist you. Right now, only half of that thirty percent remains, which is not enough to destroy this power. However, I can use that life force to push the evil power into outer space, but I'll need your cooperation to do that," Audriana's voice rang out in Jian Chen's head. Her voice also possessed a certain sense of weakness. Clearly, losing thirty percent of her life force was a huge loss to her as well.
"Then I'll be troubling senior," Jian Chen thanked gratefully. As long as the evil power was pushed into outer space, he would have time to slowly deal with it.
"I wonder if my Chaotic Body can absorb this evil power. If I can, this tremendously terrifying power will make my Chaotic Body…" Jian Chen's eyes shone and he immediately became rather interested.
Soon afterwards, Jian Chen and the Spiritking worked with Audriana to seal up the evil power with their absolute strength and slowly push it into outer space. By then, only around a tenth of the life force that Audriana had offered up remained.
"Your injuries are heavy. If you don't deal with them properly, you'll suffer permanent aftereffects in the future. It'll affect your future cultivation. I'll gift my remaining life force to you, so you can heal. Just treat it as an act of kindness from me. However, I'm helpless towards the injuries of your soul," Audriana's voice rang out in the Spiritking's head. Shortly afterwards, her remaining life force turned into a tremendous energy that poured into the Spiritking's body.
At that moment, the Spiritking became enveloped in green light. He healed at an unbelievable rate under the green light, and even the weakness in his expression rapidly vanished.
In just a few seconds, the Spiritking returned to his state prior to his severe injuries. He healed so quickly that it had completely surpassed Jian Chen's combination of Chaotic Body and Radiant Saint Force origin energy.
After all, this was the life force of a Godking. Even though it was not a lot, it was extremely terrifying. It could not be compared with Class 9 Radiant Saint Force origin energy.
"Thank you, senior. I, Shen Jian, will never forget your kindness. If I get the chance in the future, I will definitely repay this kindness," the Spiritking clasped his hands in Audriana's direction. Not only had Audriana's gift of life force made him recover from his wounds, but the remaining part had fused with his cultivation, becoming his own power. As a result, his strength advanced by quite a lot once more. If it were not for the limited laws of this world, he could step into Godhood at any time.
Now that the blood-red cloud that loomed over the world was gone, the radiant sun illuminated the ground once more. Jian Chen entered the cloud of evil power all by himself and attempted to absorb the power to see if he could do so or not. He wanted to refine the evil spirit's power into his own Chaotic Force.
He did not take part in dealing with the aftermath on the Tian Yuan Continent. There was no need for him to worry about this either. The four races all had their leaders, and even the humans had Yang Lie, Guihai Yidao, Feng Xiaotian, Houston, and so on.
Chapter 1631: Refining the Cloud
As soon as Jian Chen entered the blood-red cloud, he felt a tremendous pressure crush in from all directions as if mountains were pressed up against him. His body suddenly sank, and his movement speed became greatly affected. At the same time, a presence filled with evilness entered Jian Chen's head, affecting it soul. He felt like he had begun to hallucinate.
Jian Chen's eyes narrowed, and the light in his eyes flickered. He concentrated and suppressed the hallucinations that the evil power triggered. Then the twin swords hovered above him and shone with azure and violet light, forming a screen around him. Chaotic Force filled every inch of his body at that moment as well, working with the twin swords to keep out the pressure from the cloud.
After all, the blood-red cloud had power equivalent to the evil spirit at its peak condition. Even though the powers of the Primordial Godsilk had purified a third of it, the remaining portion was still far greater than Jian Chen. If the consciousness of the evil spirit were still present, Jian Chen and the Spiritking would not be his opponent even if he could only control the remaining two-thirds of the power. Even though the evil spirit had been destroyed now, the blood-red cloud still pressured Jian Chen to a certain degree.
Jian Chen did not approach the center of the cloud. Instead, he stopped in the outskirts after travelling a hundred meters in. He sat down there sternly.
Even though he knew the evil spirit had been destroyed, Jian Chen still did not dare to be careless in the blood-red cloud because the cloud's power was just too great. It had surpassed Deity. He even wondered if Gods could control powers as great as the cloud.
Jian Chen sat in the blood-red cloud. He sucked in a deep breath and slowly closed his eyes. He began to absorb the power in the cloud carefully. Jian Chen was uncertain whether his Chaotic Body could absorb this power as it was just too tremendous and possessed an extremely evil presence. He was even less certain whether the power would be detrimental or beneficial to him, so he did not act recklessly at all with the attempt this time. He only absorbed a tiny sliver of the power that was about the size of a needle.
Jian Chen's body began to quiver violently when he absorbed the tiny sliver before he could even get to refining it. As soon as the power entered his body, it erupted with an extremely great might like gunpowder. The terrifying shockwaves almost severed all of Jian Chen's meridians.
The sliver of power was just too great, to the point where Jian Chen almost failed to endure it with his eighth layer Chaotic Body. Not to mention that he had only absorbed a needle size amount of that power. If he had absorbed more than that in one go, he would become severely injured to the extreme.
Jian Chen gritted his teeth and endured the excruciating pain silently. Every time his Chaotic Body progressed to a new layer, he would have to undergo the pain of refining his body. It would be torturous every time, so the pain from this tiny sliver of power could not be compared to it. It was nothing for Jian Chen to endure such pain.
Chaotic Force surged within Jian Chen's chaotic neidan. It produced strands of Chaotic Force as Jian Chen practised his cultivation method, devoting himself to refining the sliver of power.
Even though the power from the cloud was powerful, he was only refining a tiny sliver of it. Jian Chen refined it in just a short while.
Jian Chen did not beam in joy at all after refining the sliver of power. Instead, he frowned. He opened his eyes slowly and murmured, "This sliver of energy has actually been refined to nothingness. It has brought me no benefits. Is it impossible to refine the power within the cloud?"
"That's impossible. Chaotic Force is a power of the highest level in the entire universe. Aside from Xuanhuang Qi, there is no power that can rival Chaotic Force. Even Yin Qi and Yang Qi originate from Chaotic Force. Although my Chaotic Force is nowhere near true Chaotic Force, it should still exhibit some of the characteristics of true Chaotic Force. Although the power of the cloud is greater than the eighth layer Chaotic Force I possess right now, it's still a power without an owner. Logically speaking, there should be quite a high chance of me successfully absorbing and refining this power," Jian Chen quickly overthrew the thought that the Chaotic Body was unable to refine the power of the cloud. According to his understanding of Chaotic Force, it could absorb all energies and powers in the world. It was not classified amongst the five elements in the world. Of course, that was given that the power was within the range that his Chaotic Body could withstand.
Jian Chen did not give up and continued to absorb and refine the power of the cloud. He became even more confident that his Chaotic Body could absorb the power of the cloud after his thoughts earlier. He would never consider such action if the power of the cloud was still under the evil spirit's control, but the power had now become dead, unable to put up any resistance at all. That was enough for the possibility of refining the power for himself.
With the progression of every layer, the energy required by the Chaotic Body would increase by several folds, making it an extremely power-hungry cultivation method. He had reached the eighth layer now, so the number of resources Jian Chen required to reach the ninth layer was simply unimaginable. The Tian Yuan Continent would never possess enough of what he needed. If the power left behind by the evil spirit could help his Chaotic Body progress, it would be Jian Chen's fortune, even if it was not enough for him to reach the ninth layer. He could never pass by this opportunity.
Jian Chen also failed with his second attempt. The sliver of power he had absorbed was forcefully refined into nothingness within him, leaving nothing behind at all. His Chaotic Body did not grow either.
Jian Chen did not become discouraged and continued. However, his third attempt resulted in failure as well.
He failed the fourth time.
He failed the fifth time.
Finally, after five attempts, Jian Chen succeeded. The needle of power he had absorbed had finally been refined into a strand of Chaotic Force, becoming his own power.
"I understand now. It's impossible for every strand of the cloud's power to be refined into Chaotic Force due to its special characteristics. I need to collect the essence, but the difficult part is that the essence can't be found so easily." Jian Chen's eyes shone. As long as he could refine the cloud's power into Chaotic Force, it was something worth celebrating over, even if it would take a long time.
Even though he would fail many times during the refinement of the cloud's power, as long as he could refine a single strand of it, his Chaotic Force would grow slightly. The increase would not be drastic, but it would be equivalent to years or even decades of absorbing the energy of the world.