What's going on? Song Shuhang was dumbfounded.
He had just finished eating the fifth spirit beast crystals, the cat-type one, and was currently concentrated on his practice. At this time, the projection of the tenth beast, a cat, had materialized next to the embryonic form of the innate true qi inside his body.
Immediately after, he controlled the spiritual energy inside the cat-type spirit beast crystal and filled his fourth dantian with it.
But right at this time, a huge amount of energy appeared out of nowhere and flooded his body. That energy was extremely pure and way superior to true qi in quality.
F*ck, did the 'Frenzied Strength Imparter' Daoist Priest Horizon decide to sneak attack me and forcibly impart me his strength?
This was the first thought that flashed through Song Shuhang's mind.
After all, Daoist Priest Horizon was known as the 'Frenzied Strength Imparter' and had a rather scary reputation. In the eyes of others, it seemed as though Daoist Priest Horizon wouldn't give up on his target until he had reached his objective.
However, Song Shuhang quickly denied this possibility, because the energy that poured into his body was purer and superior in quality compared to the 'spiritual energy' of a Fifth Stage Spiritual Emperor.
Although he was just a small cultivator of the Second Stage, Song Shuhang had come in contact with the spiritual energy of several seniors of the Fifth Stage Golden Core Realm due to him being a member of the Nine Provinces Number One Group.
Therefore, this 'strength imparting' wasn't Daoist Priest Horizon's doing.
Such being the case, who had secretly passed strength on to him this time?
Song Shuhang took a deep breath and tried to calm down.
He first integrated the spiritual energy within the spirit beast crystal into his fourth dantian, thoroughly refining it once. Then, he transformed the spiritual energy inside the spirit beast crystal into origin true qi that so as to prevent any hidden danger from staying behind!
Soon after, he sat crossed-legged, continuously operating the ❮Thirty-Three Divine Beasts' Technique❯.
The energy that had poured inside his body was harmless, and there wasn't any ill intention behind it. Therefore, Song Shuhang was able to quickly guess where it had come from... the source of this energy was the ghost spirit!
What happened to the ghost spirit?
As soon as Song Shuhang thought about this matter, a certain thought was transmitted over from the ghost spirit's side. The reason for this was the connection between him and the ghost spirit.
From the looks of it, that powerful expert that had forcibly taken control of his ghost spirit was no longer able to completely block the connection between Song Shuhang and his ghost spirit.
When that thought flashed through his mind, the ghost spirit transmitted over pieces and bits of information.
Through this thought, Song Shuhang was able to get a gist of what was happening on the other side. That powerful expert that had forcibly taken control of his ghost spirit had released all his power and was currently preparing for a great battle.
Then, just as that powerful expert released his all his strength, a tiny fraction of that energy was transmitted over through the link between Song Shuhang and the ghost spirit.
For that powerful expert, that amount of power was indeed tiny and insignificant, nothing but a drop in the bucket. Well, a drop in the ocean was perhaps more fitting in this case.
But for Song Shuhang... such an amount of power extremely scary!
Scary enough to make his whole body explode.
"This is already the second time," Song Shuhang muttered to himself.
The last time, when the rank of the ghost spirit increased, Song Shuhang directly advanced of a small realm, breaking through from the third dantian, the Dragon Claw Dantian, to the fourth dantian, the Dragon Body Dantian.
Afterward, Song Shuhang basically didn't accumulate any more true qi inside his body. For the past few days, he had mostly practiced in order to increase the strength of his constitution. Only after strengthening his constitution for good did he start to eat spirit beast crystals to enhance the true qi in his dantian.
At this time, the terrifying energy that was transmitted over from the ghost spirit's side had started to fill Song Shuhang's dantian.
That amount of energy was truly fearsome.
When this 'tiny' fraction of energy entered Song Shuhang's body, it completely filled his fourth dantian, to the point of nearly squeezing out all the energy of the spirit beast crystal he had transformed into true qi earlier.
Song Shuhang's Dragon Body Dantian had a large capacity, but it was still completely filled when that small stream of energy entered his body, making it impossible to accommodate any more energy in there!
The situation could be described as a small grain of sand falling into a water jar with some water inside. After entering the jar, the small grain of sand filled the water jar to the brim, not allowing anything else to get inside. It was so tightly packed in there that even the 'water' originally present was squeezed out and started overflowing.
Song Shuhang's current situation was the same.
Since the true qi that was squeezed out had nowhere to go, it started to impact the checkpoint of the fifth dantian, the Dragon Palm Dantian.
However, how could he impact the checkpoint of the dantian with such a small amount of true qi?
The small amount of true qi that clashed against the checkpoint of the fifth dantian was quickly consumed, unable to shake the checkpoint in the slightest.
But right at this time, another small grain of sand was transmitted over through the connection between Song Shuhang and the ghost spirit, ready to forcefully push its way inside the already full 'water jar'.
One breath later... that fearsome energy was continually transmitted over from the ghost spirit's side, and the duty to impact the checkpoint now fell on the shoulders of this ultra high-quality energy.
Two breaths later, the checkpoint between the fourth and fifth dantian was broken through!
Song Shuhang's body slightly trembled. At this time, he was a cultivator of the Second Stage Fifth Dantian, Dragon Palm Dantian, Realm.
All of this had happened in the time it takes to breathe five times.
Yes, all the things that were happening were super exaggerated!
But it wasn't over yet!
Even after breaking through the Dragon Palm Dantian, that high-quality energy kept pouring into his body.
Just like before, a slightly larger amount of high-quality true qi filled to the brim Song Shuhang's fifth dantian. Afterward, the high-quality energy kept pouring in and started to impact the sixth dantian, the Dragon Neck Dantian.
Six breaths later, the checkpoint between the fifth and sixth dantian was broken through!
Song Shuhang's body slightly trembled once more. At this time, he was a cultivator of the Second Stage Sixth Dantian, Dragon Neck Dantian, Realm. He was already one small realm higher than Miss Chu Chu!
Miss Chu Chu was surely going to cry herself to sleep if she discovered this matter.
Song Shuhang thought that it was over since he had broken through two small realms...
But he quickly discovered how wrong he was.
As before, another small grain of high-quality true qi filled to the brim his sixth dantian and gave birth to another breaking through-process.
In the Second Stage, there was a checkpoint, or bottleneck, between each small realm.
If one wanted to make an analogy, the checkpoint was like rammed earth and Song Shuhang's true qi like a wooden stick.
If one wanted to break through a small realm, they had to puncture through the rammed earth with their wooden stick. It was a slow and difficult process!
But now, that wooden stick had been suddenly replaced by a treasured blade that could cut through iron as though it was butter. A single slash was capable of cutting through the rammed earth. Therefore, one only needed a few slashed to completely destroy the obstacle blocking their way.
As such, those checkpoints that had caused several cultivators of the Second Stage to go through countless hardships were nothing but plasterboard walls in front of Song Shuhang.
It took the seventh dantian, the Dragon Head Dantian, eight breaths before falling to the enemy and getting breached!
Song Shuhang's body slightly trembled. At this time, he was a cultivator of the Second Stage Seventh Dantian, Dragon Head Dantian, Realm.
Now, the seven 'dantians' alongside his spine, the Sea of Qi, Dragon Tail, Dragon Claw, Dragon Body, Dragon Palm, Dragon Neck, and Dragon Head Dantians had linked up and formed the embryonic picture of a dragon.
Only the Dragon Horn Dantian was left to complete the picture of the dragon!
If the eighth dantian, the Dragon Horn Dantian, were to open, all the true qi inside Song Shuhang's body—starting from the first dantian—would pour into the eighth dantian. In the next moment, the true qi that was continuously pouring into the eighth dantian would gush out and cause a change in the world, attracting the lightning of tribulation.
It was the precisely the lightning of tribulation of the Second Stage!
As long as the cultivator could transcend the tribulation, their body would get greatly strengthened. In addition, the true qi inside their body would stop leaking out of the eighth dantian and return to the original dantian through the various 'dragon of dantians'. At that time, the true qi would form a great cycle, changing into a great river.
After that, the true qi would undergo a qualitative thanks to the 'great river' and transform into its second form, 'true liquid'.
Whenever that happened, the cultivator would reach the Third Stage Battle King Realm. In other words, Soft Feather's current realm!
After reaching the Third Stage Battle King Realm, not only would one's true qi become liquid, but their mental energy would also undergo a change, with its color turning bronze.
At the same time, the physical body of a Third Stage Battle King would become extremely powerful. The 'Body of the Battle King' was a distinctive characteristic of cultivators of the Third Stage. It was their path to cultivation.
The 'Body of the Battle King' was a reference to the four mysterious meridians that spread all over the body of a cultivator. The first meridian, Dazzling Star; the second meridian, Overcast Moon; the third meridian, Blazing Sun; the fourth meridian, Immaterial King. In other words, these four meridians were the full form and manifestation of the Body of the Battle King.
After slowly opening these four mysterious meridians, cultivators of the Third Stage could activate them during their battles to instantaneously receive a big boost in strength. With each meridian opened, the boost in strength would also increase.
After opening all the four meridians, cultivators of the Third Stage could display the full strength the Body of the Battle King, attracting the heavenly tribulation and impacting the bottleneck of the Fourth Stage Innate Realm.
Afterward was the Fourth Stage Realm, where one was finally considered independent and autonomous. In ancient times, sects and schools allowed their disciples to leave in order to train and gain experience only after they had reached this realm. After reaching this realm, cultivators could ride flying swords, flying sabers, and whatnot, and were capable of taking the enemy's head from a thousand miles away!
However, one didn't really need to worry if they were to fail to transcend the tribulation. After all, both their body and soul would be destroyed in most cases, and the probability of staying alive was nil.
But even if they were to survive, they would end up like the sect master of the Moon Saber Sect, Ba Qianjun, who suffered day and night due to flames of tribulation and was better off dead than alive.
Today, Song Shuhang had directly darted towards the seventh dantian, the Dragon Head Dantian. He was only one step away from the realm where he would have to face the heavenly tribulation!
He was literally one step away... because another small grain of high-quality energy had just filled to the brim his seventh dantian!
If some more high-quality energy was transmitted over, he would start breaking through the checkpoint of the last dantian.
At this time, Song Shuhang wasn't happy. On the other hand, he felt like crying!
Because if he were to break through the eighth dantian, the Dragon Horn Dantian, his true qi would start gushing out and attract the heavenly tribulation. At that time, he would be a dead man!
After the Second Stage, cultivators would face the heavenly tribulation whenever they advanced of a big realm.
The heavenly tribulation was nothing to laugh at. Each time one faced the heavenly tribulation, they had to put their life on the line.
If one tried to break through without the necessary preparations, they were simply looking for death!
At this time, Song Shuhang wasn't prepared in the least.
If he were to face the heavenly tribulation right now, his death rate was going to be more than 98%!
There was that 1% probability of surviving if the high-quality energy could somehow help him transcend the tribulation.
Then, there was another 1% probability of surviving if he had enough face, moral integrity, and luck!
It's enough! Stop already! Song Shuhang roared inwardly.
At least let me prepare a bit! I don't have any magical treasure with me that can help me against the heavenly tribulation right now! My stockpile of medicinal pills is also running low! And more importantly... I haven't finished eating the spirit beast crystals needed for my ❮Thirty-Three Divine Beasts' Technique❯ yet! I just ate ten types of spirit beast crystals up until now, and I want to perfect my innate true qi before advancing to the next realm. If I enter the Third Stage Realm before completing it, all my previous efforts would be wasted!
In addition, I have to wait for Senior White to come out of the ancient ruins, because the ❮Thirty-Three Divine Beasts' Technique❯ isn't complete, either! I still need Senior White to come out of the ruins and obtain the complete set of the technique from that man wearing black clothes!
Therefore... enough with these power-ups! Please, stop!
However, this energy that was continuously transmitting over wasn't under Song Shuhang's control.
Therefore, no matter how much he shouted, it was all useless— Eh? It was actually useful?
As though it had reacted to Song Shuhang's strong rejection, the connection between Song Shuhang and the ghost spirit was broken!
After the link was broken, the transmission of high-quality energy also stopped.
Song Shuhang's realm had halted at the limit of the seventh dantian, the Dragon Head Dantian.
If he received even the tiniest boost, he would start breaking through the eighth dantian!
"Great, great!" At this time, Song Shuhang felt like crying.
Song Shuhang wasn't even done getting all emotional when another stream of high-quality energy appeared out of nowhere and poured into his body. It was the last bit of energy transmitted over before the connection between Song Shuhang and the ghost spirit was broken.
Song Shuhang immediately got anxious. No! If this stream of energy enters my body, I'll start breaking through the eighth dantian!
Perhaps because it reacted to his state of mind, the stream of high-quality energy didn't enter his dantian. Instead, it decided to merge with the place between his eyebrows.
The place between one's eyebrows was where the mental energy was located.
Something that Song Shuhang found very scary happened immediately after. The bronze mental energy between his eyebrows got stronger and stronger until it started giving signs of transforming into silver-colored mental energy!
It signified that his mental energy had increased by another big notch!
Song Shuhang's eyes started to tear up. He had managed to increase the strength of his constitution until the peak of the Second Stage with much difficulty, finally alleviating the pain transmitting from the place between his eyebrows. But now, his mental energy had increased yet again.
He felt as though his head was going to explode. His mental energy was pulsating at intervals of ten or so breaths, making him feel as though someone was pounding his head with a huge hammer.
"Bang, bang, bang~" Since his head was sensitive, it was especially painful. Now then, would his constitution be able to keep up with his mental energy after advancing to the Third Stage Realm?
Anyway, everything was over for now.
Song Shuhang exhaled a mouthful of bad air and stopped practicing.
Now, he had to keep under control his cultivation realm as much as possible.
At the very least, he had to eat all the 33 types of spirit beast crystals before facing the heavenly tribulation in order to perfect the embryonic form of innate true qi inside his body, transforming it into fully developed 'pseudo innate true qi'.
Of course, it was better to wait for Venerable White's return before transcending the tribulation.
Song Shuhang started to contemplate what he was doing to do in the near future.
But right at this time, the door of Song Shuhang's room was pushed open.
Yu Jiaojiao, who still had her mother's appearance, barged into the room.
"Shuhang, I just received a piece of news. Mu Yuren, a small monster in the East China Sea, saw two super terrifying existences standing on the surface of the sea from afar. One was a man dressed up as a scholar, and the other a luminous jellyfish. It's very likely the same expert that forcibly took control of your ghost spirit," Yu Jiaojiao said excitedly.
Then, she suddenly stopped and opened her eyes wide, glaring at Song Shuhang.
After two breaths, she pointed at Song Shuhang and said, "F*ck, what happened to you? Did Daoist Priest Horizon sneak attack you?"
Yu Jiaojiao also thought of this possibility as the first thing.