Chapter 1957: The True Secret
A gleam of light flashed through Jian Chen, Shen Jian, and Sacredfeather's eyes. The sudden movement from the Empyrean Demon Cult had filled them with cautiousness.
Even a sliver of surprise had appeared on Houston's face because he was not responsible for this. Instead, it was the Empyrean Demon Orb's own response.
This was somewhat beyond Houston's control.
Only fairy Hao Yue remained composed, where her face did not change at all. This was the confidence that came from her great strength.
However, in the next moment, all their eyes narrowed, including even fairy Hao Yue's. They all stared ahead in surprise.
Under the red light from the Empyrean Demon Orb, the scene before them changed. The stone wall that originally stood before them had actually vanished, turning into long, narrow, and winding passage. It was dark red in there, and it gave off a gloomy presence.
"What a great formation. I actually completely failed to sense it," fairy Hao Yue frowned. She stared at the winding passageway and murmured.
The light in her eyes flickered. She looked at the Empyrean Demon Orb in thought and doubt.
"This should be the correct path," Houston stared ahead. After studying it for a while, he called everyone. They advanced under the red glow of the Empyrean Demon Orb.
Along the way, all of them remained within the Empyrean Demon Orb's range. They discovered that they could only pass through the illusionary formation that even fairy Hao Yue had failed to sense if they remained in there.
Once they left its range, a dead-end would appear once again. The stone wall that blocked their path seemed completely real, where it felt stiff and heavy if touched.
When they passed through the illusionary formation with the Empyrean Demon Orb, it was like they were leaving their original world and traversing to a completely different place.
However, at this moment, the Empyrean Demon Orb began to tremble heavily. Its red light began to flicker as well.
Suddenly, the Empyrean Demon Orb turned into a red streak of light, completely breaking free from Houston's control. It shot off into the distance all by itself.
"Oh no, I can't control the Empyrean Demon Orb!" Houston's face changed. They were in the headquarters of the Empyrean Demon Cult, so danger lurked around every corner. If they created too great of a disturbance, they would be exposed.
"Chase it!" Jian Chen called out, and they immediately pursued the Empyrean Demon Orb.
After all, the Empyrean Demon Orb was a god artifact and one with an artifact spirit. It was impossible for Jian Chen and the other Overgods to chase up to it with its speed. In just a short while, they grew further and further away from the orb.
If it were not for the vague connection between Houston and the Empyrean Demon Orb, they probably would have lost track of it completely.
"Don't resist, I'll take you with me!" At this moment, fairy Hao Yue's voice rang out. With that, gentle Moonlight Force revolved around the four of them. After that, their speed suddenly exploded, and they pursued the Empyrean Demon Orb at an extremely terrifying pace.
They moved so quickly that Jian Chen and the others were not even able to see their surroundings properly.
As a streak of red light, the Empyrean Demon Orb quickly flew through the headquarters of the Empyrean Demon Cult. However, as it was a god artifact, it was unable to move around the headquarters as silently as fairy Hao Yue.
As a result, it gave off pulses of energy and the presence of a god artifact as it flew. Naturally, many people discovered it.
"Who is it?"
Quite a few shouts rang out in different places within the headquarters. At the same time, powerful senses of the soul swept out from all directions, directly locking onto the flying Empyrean Demon Orb.
"It's a god artifact!"
"Whose god artifact is it? Why have I never seen it before?"
"It doesn't belong to our Empyrean Demon Cult. Oh no, someone has infiltrated the headquarters!"
Immediately, people flickered in the surroundings. Godkings either emerged from secret rooms or space covered by formations. They hurried over from all directions as they pursued the Empyrean Demon Orb.
"The headquarters have been infiltrated. Quick, contact the vice-leaders," an elder Godking hovered in the air. His eyes shone brightly. He locked onto the Empyrean Demon Orb with the senses of his soul as his voice rang through the entire space.
However, the castle was covered in formations inside and there were several spaces. The region where Jian Chen and the others had entered with the help of the Empyrean Demon Orb clearly belonged to another space within the castle. As a result, the elderly Godking's voice only rang through there and not the entire castle.
However, even with that being the case, the elderly Godking managed to alert all the Godkings around.
But at this moment, the white-clothed fairy Hao Yue appeared silently behind the elderly Godking. She placed her slender, white hand onto the Godking's head and pressed down gently.
With a bang, the Godking's head exploded loudly. His soul was directly wiped out.
He was a mighty Godking, yet he had just died like this. He could not put up any resistance at all. He did not even know who has killed him before he died.
Fairy Hao Yue hovered in the air. Moonlight Force revolved around her. She stared at the surroundings coldly and formed a seal with both hands. A circular palm-sized moon hovered from her hands. The energy it possessed was so terrifying that it was enough to devastate the surroundings. It made Jian Chen and the others pale in shock.
In the next moment, the moon suddenly shattered, turning into several dozen finger-sized strands of Moonlight Force. Like arrows, they shot into the surroundings with frightening might.
Spurt! Spurt! Spurt! Spurt…
In that space, the Moonlight Force struck all the Godkings that had revealed themselves without any exceptions. Before they could even cry out, their souls were shattered and dispersed.
At that moment, the entire space fell quiet.
Jian Chen, Sacredfeather, Houston, and Shen Jian stood behind fairy Hao Yue. After personally witnessing fairy Hao Yue killing so many Godkings with ease, they all felt deeply shocked.
Even though they knew Primordial realm experts were very powerful, they could not help but feel astonished when they personally witnessed the might of one.
These Godkings were not weak. Any single one of them would be far more than what the four of them could handle. They would not even be able to escape.
However, they were so weak before fairy Hao Yue.
Godkings were truly like ants!
"We have already been exposed. The three vice-leaders should return very soon," fairy Hao Yue said gently. Originally, she was confident about infiltrating the headquarters completely silently, without raising any attention.
However, the Empyrean Demon Cult had foiled all of this.
However, fairy Hao Yue did not bicker over the matter. She hurried off with Jian Chen and the others, directly chasing after the Empyrean Demon Orb.
When fairy Hao Yue caught up to the Empyrean Demon Orb, the orb had arrived beside an extremely huge pool of blood.
The pool of blood really was tremendous. It was like an ocean, stretching as far as the eye could see.
Huge waves would churn in the sea of blood, striking the space as waves stretched several hundred meters tall, creating great booms.
Chillings winds blew in the sky above the sea of blood. It formed an extremely great swirl. Vaguely, countless faces seemed to appear and wail out.
This seemed like living hell. It was terrifying and horrifying.
Jian Chen, Shen Jian, Houston, and Sacredfeather stood at the edge of the pool of blood. They gazed at the boundless ocean, and they were all very stern.
"This should be the greatest secret of the Empyrean Demon Cult. They're waging wars to create this," fairy Hao Yue stared at the churning sea of blood. Afterwards, she stared at the whistling winds in the sky, and after a moment of thought, she murmured, "They've created an ocean from blood and condensed nine blood beads through a formation by absorbing the energy essence from the blood. They've also gathered all the energy from the souls of the death, extracting their essence to refine nine soul beads through these formations. What is the Empyrean Demon Cult trying to do?"
"What blood beads and soul beads?" Jian Chen asked. He also studied everything before him, but he found nothing aside from the sea of blood and the chilling winds.
"There are nine blood beads that possess great energy at the depths of the sea of blood while the chilling winds in the air are not actually wind. It's the energy of souls drawn over by formations, and there are also nine soul beads in the energy of souls. You can't see these things yet with your strength," said fairy Hao Yue.
Jian Chen said grimly, "Has the Empyrean Demon Cult been waging wars to collect blood and energy of souls to condense these blood beads and soul beads? Why would they do that?"
Fairy Hao Yue shook her head, "I'm not certain about this. The essence of energy in the blood beads can allow the cultivation of a person to skyrocket, while the energy of souls in the soul beads can power up a person's soul. However, they're all condensed from low level cultivators in the end, so the effects are almost non-existent to high level cultivators. There's no need for the Empyrean Demon Cult to go to such lengths for all of this with their current strength."
Fairy Hao Yue looked at the surroundings of the pool of blood, and she became stern. She said grimly, "Moreover, there's an extremely powerful formation that protects the pool of blood. It's so powerful that it frightens even me. If a person falls into the formation, they're done for even if they're a Chaotic Prime. It looks like this pool of blood is much more important than anything else in the Cloud Plane branch of the Empyrean Demon Cult from how powerful the formation is."
"I really don't think there's anyone else with the ability to cast down such a terrifying killing formation in the Empyrean Demon Cult apart from their legendary great elder."
Jian Chen's face changed slightly when he heard fairy Hao Yue mention the great elder of the Empyrean Demon Cult. He stared at the pool of blood and said grimly, "Did the great elder of the Empyrean Demon Cult personally create this place?"
The great elder of the Empyrean Demon Cult was an existence that even the peak clans of the Cloud Plane feared.
If it were not for his deterrence, it would be impossible for just the three Infinite Prime vice-leaders of the Cloud Plane branch to create such a great disturbance.
As a result, as soon as he heard that the great elder of the Empyrean Demon Cult personally created this place, Jian Chen struggled to keep his composure.