Translator: GodBrandy Editor: Kurisu
Venerable Spirit Butterfly and Venerable Seventh Cultivator of True Virtue both took action at the same time. They protected their vital points, and then went on to experience the explosion of the guided missile, analyzing its power and the danger it posed as best as they could. This experience would be very helpful while transcending the heavenly tribulation of the Eighth Stage.
The two Venerables were like a reef in a turbulent sea as they stood right at the center of the explosion. At the same time, they also kept an eye on the fellow daoists behind them.
In the case that their fellow daoists were in danger, they would be able to make a move to help them, protecting them from the power of the explosion.
The power of the guided missile instantly went through the two Venerables and reached the daoists of the Nine Provinces Number One Group.
Facing the power of the explosion, all of them subconsciously activated their own defensive techniques. For cultivators, it was pretty much an instinctual reaction in such situations. It was the same as when ordinary people would close their eyes when they saw something flying towards their faces.
However, when they tried activating their defenses, they found themselves unable to do so.
Everyone’s face quickly changed as the explosion of the guided missile engulfed them.
“Aaaaah~” the members of the Nine Provinces Number One Group all shouted together.
Venerable Spirit Butterfly and Venerable Seventh Cultivator of True Virtue looked towards their fellow daoists in confusion.
From their point of view, they could see that when the power of the explosion reached their fellow daoists, the eight trigram formation emitted a layer of light to protect all of them. The power of the explosion didn’t even hurt a single hair on their heads.
But from the screams of the fellow daoists, it sounded like they were truly suffering from the explosion?
The two Venerables were right.
The ‘Simplified Fixed Health Undying State’ did indeed protect the fellow daoists from any actual damage that the explosion might cause, but they still experienced part of the power the explosion brought with it.
…Everyone was here to experience the power of the guided missile, and if the defense was too strong, wouldn’t they pretty much just be ‘watching’ the scene instead of experiencing it?
This was all part of Senior White Two’s considerate plan.
At last, the power of the explosion of the guided missile dissipated.
Venerable Spirit Butterfly and Venerable Seventh Cultivator of True Virtue put away their defenses. Aside from their unkempt robes, the two Venerables didn’t receive any actual damage.
But behind them, some of the weaker ones of the Nine Provinces Number One Group, as well as Little Cai and Shi, sat shivering on the ground. Among them, Shi, who was the weakest, had fainted with her head tilted.
Lady Onion, who was still in Song Shuhang’s size-reducing purse, had fainted again… She recalled the terrifying events that had taken place in the Heavenly Tribulation Realm not too long ago.
She wanted to call out to Song Shuhang and tell him to transfer her into his Inner World as she didn’t want to face the guided missiles again. But when she saw Shi and Little Cai daring to face the guided missile, she felt that if she escaped, she would be looked down upon. And so, she gritted her teeth and didn’t make a sound. But now, she regretted it.
“Ouch, that stings.” Song Shuhang rubbed his face. He felt that the pain they experienced just now was even more painful than when he’d been bombarded by the guided missiles in the Heavenly Tribulation Realm.
At that time, he had the virtuous lamia and the high-quality puppet to protect him. So, on the whole, the damage Song Shuhang had suffered back then was mostly from the aftershocks of the tribulation lightning.
This time, he experienced the pain of being blown up by the guided missile of the Seventh Stage directly with his body, which was still at the Fourth Stage. It simply felt like his body was being torn and his bones crushed.
But the pain was the worst for True Monarch Yellow Mountain and the other Sixth Stage Realm cultivators. The pain they experienced with their body was as if they were being fried alive. It was similar to ‘wanting to die, but being unable to do so’.
True Monarch Yellow Mountain’s face was pale.
Fairy Lychee checked her body. “For a moment there, I thought I was going to die.”
“What a profound experience,” Northern River’s Loose cultivator said with a wry smile.
“This is the power of the guided missile at the beginning of the heavenly tribulation of the Eighth Stage… With my strength, I’m afraid I would only be able to take on three of them,” True Monarch Yellow Mountain said.
When transcending the heavenly tribulation of the Seventh Stage, it was likely that the last attack would have a level of power similar to the guided missile.
“Luckily, I didn’t have to face such a terrifying modern heavenly tribulation when I transcended my tribulation.” Soft Feather patted her chest.
She could be said to be one of the luckiest members of the Nine Provinces Number One Group, or even the luckiest of the cultivators who were at the peak of their respective realms in the whole universe. After all, the heavenly tribulation had become modernized right after her tribulation.
Soft Feather’s luck had always been good, but also quite strange. Whether it was good luck or bad luck, hers was always decent. At the beginning of the ‘hand-guided tractor competition’, nobody else stepped on the ‘speed boost’ and the ‘back to the starting point trap’, causing her to go back and forth several times alone.
True Monarch Fallout said, “In the heavenly tribulation of the Eighth Stage, guided missiles, tanks, and even nuclear bombs will appear… but what about the heavenly tribulation of the Seventh Stage?”
True Monarch Yellow Mountain replied, “At the very least, it’s quite certain that guided missiles will appear in the heavenly tribulation of the Seventh Stage. Besides that, perhaps something like tanks might also appear, or also the ‘Modernized Tribulation Army’ that Sage Monarch Winter Melon talked about in his ‘show of divinity’.”
Riverly Purple Mist asked, “What about the one of the Fourth Stage, or the one of the Fifth Stage?”
She asked this as Medicine Master was ascending to the Fifth Stage soon.
Song Shuhang raised his hand, and replied, “In the heavenly tribulation of the Fourth Stage, there will be primitive people. They wore animal skins and uses primitive weapons enhanced by the heavenly tribulation to attack cultivators. In addition, they become stronger as time passes.”
True Monarch Yellow Mountain asked, “Little friend Shuhang, did you experience them yourself?”
Song Shuhang said, “Yes. Under normal circumstances, what comes out during the heavenly tribulation of the Fourth Stage should be pretty reasonable, but I don’t know about what would come out for the heavenly tribulation of the Fourth Stage.”
“According to my calculations, the heavenly tribulation of the Fifth Stage would have an elite army.” Northern River’s Loose Cultivator held his chin, and said, “They would probably use things like guns, landmines, and RPGs.”
Venerable Spirit Butterfly then said, “After this trip, everyone will have to learn more about the weapons of modern warfare. I’ve decided… when we get back, I’ll send detailed information to the Nine Provinces Number One Group about modern weapons to help everyone understand them for when they transcend their tribulation.”
On the Spirit Butterfly Island, there were all kinds of modern weaponry. Venerable Spirit Butterfly seemed to be a well-known arms dealer in Europe and the US. Therefore, when it came to information on modern weaponry, he should have comprehensive data.
“Thank you, Senior Spirit Butterfly.”
Demon Monarch Nirvana added, “I also have some special data on explosives, all of which I gathered myself. I’ll be transferring this data to little friend Song Shuhang or Fellow Daoist White. I hope that it will be helpful to all the fellow daoists.”
Senior Seventh Cultivator of True Virtue suddenly asked, “By the way, little friend Shuhang, do you have any more powerful weapons on hand besides the guided missiles?”
Naturally, he was asking about the nuclear bombs which appeared in Venerable White’s tribulation.
When he transcended the heavenly tribulation of the Eighth Stage, nuclear bombs would definitely appear. So, just researching the guided missiles couldn’t put him at ease.
If he could research the nuclear bomb, then he would be able to feel more confident in transcending his tribulation.
Hearing this, Song Shuhang nodded, and said, “Yeah.”
Senior White had also given him the method to unseal the nuclear bombs and the hydrogen bombs.
Song Shuhang asked, “Senior Seventh Cultivator of True Virtue, do you want to try them out?”
Venerable Seventh Cultivator of True Virtue said, “Yes, if possible.”
Venerable Spirit Butterfly slightly smiled. “I’ve got the same thoughts as well.”
Song Shuhang said loudly, “However, you’ll be transcending your tribulation soon. If you were to get hurt by the nuclear bombs…”
The power of the nuclear bombs wasn’t something the guided missiles could compare to.
Venerable Seventh Cultivator of True Virtue frowned, thought for a moment, and then asked, “Little friend Shuhang, can you please ask ‘that senior’ to give Fellow Daoist Spirit Butterfly and me that defense state?”
He and Venerable Spirit Butterfly wanted to experience the power of the nuclear bombs, but as Song Shuhang said, they were going to transcend their tribulation soon. If they were injured now, it wouldn’t be good. Therefore, Venerable Seventh Cultivator of True Virtue remembered the small eight trigram formation protecting the other fellow daoists.
[You guys want to try out the power of the nuclear bombs as well?] At this moment, Senior White Two’s voice rang in Song Shuhang’s mind.
[Yes, Senior White,] Song Shuhang replied.
Senior White Two said, [Well, go ahead. I can add everyone to the ‘party’… However, note that the explosion of a nuclear bomb in the Demonic Tribulation Realm will likely attract the attention of the metal ball. After the explosion, it would be best to leave right away.]
Today’s Senior White Two seemed to be especially reasonable!
Song Shuhang said happily, [Thank you, Senior White. When I find anything interesting, I’ll definitely let you be the first one to know about it!]
Senior White Two laughed, and said, [Hahahaha, it’s good that you have this mindset.]
…As of late, he was taking care of Song Shuhang to return him a favor.
After all, the reason he was able to create a clone and hang around in the main world was due to Song Shuhang.
Song Shuhang had his own speculations as well, but neither side said anything about it—Song Shuhang’s Inner World and Senior White two’s world of the black lotus had a tunnel connecting them that would appear randomly.
After finishing his conversation with Senior White Two, Song Shuhang told Venerable Seventh Cultivator of True Virtue and Venerable Spirit Butterfly, “Senior Seventh Cultivator of True Virtue, Senior Spirit Butterfly, you will also have to stay near me. That senior agreed to our request. However, after the explosion, we have to leave right away to avoid any accidents.”