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Speaking of 'sources of energy'... isn't this very treasure house filled with spirit stones for the most part? Song Shuhang had a very bad premonition.
The nucleus inside his body wasn't going to absorb all these spirit stones and use them as a source of energy to create its small world, right...?
But if the golden lotus was really planning to do so, how many spirit stones would it need to absorb?
Damn, that would really bring him to his demise!
One had to remember that the scholarly faction had to feed that golden lotus for thousands of years. They were forced to hunt and kill countless demons of the Netherworld to fill the 'unholy pond' with the necessary quantity of energy. Only after that did the golden lotus finally mature and blossom, creating their small world.
If the energy accumulated inside the 'unholy pond' through all those thousands of years was converted into spirit stones, it would reach an astronomical figure for sure!
If the nucleus in his Heart Aperture really started to absorb these spirit stones, just how many of them would it need to mature? It was very likely that not even all the spirit stones inside this treasure house of Senior White's property would be enough...
Additionally, if the golden lotus really absorbed all the spirit stones inside Venerable White's treasure house, Song Shuhang wouldn't be able to repay this debt even if he were to sell himself into servitude a million times!
Thereupon, he anxiously shouted, "Senior White, let's quickly leave this treasure house!"
They had to leave now that the nucleus inside his Heart Aperture had yet to start absorbing the spirit stones inside Senior White's treasure house.
Song Shuhang refused to believe that the nucleus in his Heart Aperture could keep absorbing these spirit stones even after they had left Venerable White's treasure house.
However... it was too late.
Song Shuhang's voice had hardly faded that the roots of the projection of the golden lotus suddenly extended, taking root in a pile of spirit stones present in Venerable White's treasure house.
The projection of the golden lotus that had come out of his chest looked the same as a real and solid object. After taking root in that pile of spirit stones, it started to crazily gobble up the spiritual energy inside. In addition, the speed at which it was gobbling up spirit stones was incredibly fast. In the blink of an eye, all the spirit stones it had taken root into were sucked dry and turned into powder.
Next to 600 spirit stones of the Fifth Stage rank were reduced to ashes in mere instants.
Song Shuhang's face immediately whitened. It meant that he had instantaneously gained a new debt of 600 spirit stones of the Fifth Stage!
Dammit! Why are the roots of this golden lotus that popped out of my chest this scary? They feel the same as a bunch of crazy tentacles! Couldn't they be the same as the roots of a normal lotus flower?!
Wait, this isn't the key point!
"Senior White, quickly bring me out of this place!" Song Shuhang shouted again, looking very anxious.
Venerable White tilted his head and asked in puzzlement, "Eh? Don't you want to keep absorbing the spirit stones here? I'm very curious to know how many spirit stones the nucleus in your chest can absorb. In addition, I'm very interested in this matter related to the creation of a small world as well."
"No, I don't want to continue absorbing spirit stones! I don't want to absorb any more spirit stones!" Song Shuhang said anxiously.
While they were speaking, this illusory golden lotus that had popped out of his chest had already extended its crazy and evil roots to another pile of spirit stones. In the time it took him to say those two sentences, other 1200 spirit stones had been reduced to ashes. The debt had already increased and reached 1800 spirit stones. As if that wasn't enough, this number was continuously increasing.
"Don't worry, I won't apply any interest rate. As such, you can slowly return the spirit stones you've absorbed," Venerable White comforted him.
Senior White didn't lack spirit stones, and even if Song Shuhang absorbed all the spirit stones in this treasure house, he still had a lot of other treasure houses with a large number of spirit stones inside.
Therefore, no matter what happened, he wouldn't be short of spirit stones.
"Senior White, this thing can't be allowed to absorb any more spirit stones! If the nucleus manages to absorb enough spirit stones, it will create a small world, and my body would burst open during the process," Song Shuhang quickly explained.
He didn't want to end up like the Virtuous Golden Lotus of the scholarly faction... which burst open after the nucleus inside it had matured, with its whole body transforming into the nutrients of the newly created small world!
"Is that so~" After hearing this much, Venerable White sighed, and a disappointed expression appeared on his face. "And here I thought I would be able to see the scene where a small world was being created. Unfortunately, I missed the creation of the 'world of the golden lotus' of the scholarly faction back then, and I was thinking of seeing this scene now thanks to you."
"..." Song Shuhang.
"Alright, let's leave then." Venerable White took out Meteor Sword and placed it horizontally midair. In the next moment, a layer of light appeared above the sword.
Venerable White gently stepped on the sword light. Afterward, Su Clan's Sixteen laughed and pulled Song Shuhang onto the sword light.
"Let's go!" Venerable White made a hand seal, and Meteor Sword whizzed toward the exit of the treasure house.
As the trio moved further and further away, the projection of the golden lotus that had come out of Song Shuhang's chest also moved alongside them, following Song Shuhang to the entrance of the treasure house!
Song Shuhang could finally heave a sigh of relief. At the same time, he made a few calculations. Before leaving Venerable White's treasure house, the projection of the golden lotus had absorbed a total of 6000 spirit stones of the Fifth Stage.
It was an incredibly large amount of spiritual energy... and all this spiritual energy had been absorbed inside the 'nucleus' located in Song Shuhang's Heart Aperture. But even after absorbing all this spiritual energy, the nucleus basically didn't undergo any change.
It looked as if it had a bottomless appetite, and it was unknown how many spirit stones it would need to absorb to satisfy its hunger.
Luckily, I managed to leave Senior White's treasure house in time. Otherwise, given the speed at which the golden lotus was absorbing the spirit stones, and how great its appetite is, the nucleus would have undoubtedly absorbed all the spirit stones there, Song Shuhang thought to himself and rejoiced.
"Splash~" The sound of the sword getting out of the water of the lake echoed. Venerable White had brought Song Shuhang and Su Clan's Sixteen out of his treasure house, and they were now hovering above the surface of the lake.
"We are out. Shuhang, did your golden lotus disappear?" Venerable White said. In the meantime, he turned his head around, looking at Song Shuhang's chest.
In the next moment, he'd discovered that the projection of the golden lotus was still there.
However, more importantly... the roots of the golden lotus didn't come back with them.
Even if the body of the golden lotus had followed Song Shuhang when Venerable White dragged him out of his treasure house, the roots of the lotus flower didn't come back with them, but stretched infinitely. The trio could see that the other end of the roots of the golden lotus was still piercing the surface of the lake... it seemingly was still inside that special dimension where Venerable White's treasure house was located.
"It's not absorbing spirit stones even at this moment, right?" Song Shuhang asked.
"Hmm, actually, it's still absorbing spirit stones. I can see through the magical technique used to monitor the treasure house that the roots of the golden lotus are still absorbing the spirit stones inside. Up until now, they have already absorbed 12,000 spirit stones of the Fifth Stage rank," Venerable White replied.
"..." Song Shuhang.
Su Clan's Sixteen suggested, "In that case, how about we fly to a more distant place?"
"Good." Venerable White made a hand seal, and Meteor Sword soared into the sky with the three people. A few breaths later, the trio had reached the clouds already.
Venerable White turned his head around, and said, "How is it? Did the roots of the golden lotus finally come back?"
Song Shuhang furrowed his brows and stared at the golden lotus in front of his chest area. Just like before, the golden hadn't disappeared, and its root could seemingly stretch infinitely. No matter how far Venerable White flew, the roots just kept stretching!
"As expected, this thing has some skills. After all, it's a treasure that has the ability to create a small world. From the looks of it, its roots can stretch infinitely... but I think that it might just be the power of space at work here. This should be a space-bending ability. No matter how far we get, the roots of the golden lotus just have to bend space," Venerable White guessed.
After saying this much, he reminded Song Shuhang, "At this time, it has already swallowed up 36,000 spirit stones of the Fifth Stage. Such being the case... should we just let your golden lotus happily absorb those spirit stones?"
36,000 spirit stones of the Fifth Stage? The speed at which the nucleus was absorbing spirit stones had increased!
Song Shuhang clenched his teeth, and said, "No, we can't allow it to absorb any more spirit stones!"
Then, it looked at the golden lotus and tried to give it an order. "Come back, stop absorbing those spirit stones!"
However, the projection of the golden lotus didn't react to Song Shuhang's order at all. Perhaps it didn't even understand Song Shuhang's order.
Song Shuhang furrowed his brows and stretched out his hand, placing it above the location of his Heart Aperture. He didn't really like the feeling of having this thing growing inside his Heart Aperture that wasn't under his control.
He couldn't control it, and it wasn't bringing him any advantage. Then, if it was going to absorb his nutrients too... what was the difference between this thing and a parasite?
"Senior White." Song Shuhang turned his head around and said, "Is there any way to get this nucleus out of my Heart Aperture?"
Venerable White shook his head. "I can't even tell what kind of appearance this 'nucleus' of yours has. I can see the projection of this golden lotus coming out of your Heart Aperture... but I can't sense the nucleus. Therefore, it's impossible for me to get it out of your Heart Aperture. Perhaps you can ask Fellow Daoist Medicine Master about this matter. He's specialized in this area."
Song Shuhang clenched his teeth, and said, "In that case, I'll go look for Senior Medicine Master later and have this thing taken out. This nucleus is living in my Heart Aperture like a parasite, and it's not even under my control. It will be a constant source of worry until its extracted out."
After saying this much, Song Shuhang asked again, "Senior White, in that case, can you destroy the projection of this golden lotus in order to stop it from absorbing any more spirit stones?"
"Sure, I can give it a try." Venerable White stretched out his hand and engraved a very simple formation in the air. "Using sealing techniques is the best way to deal with objects that are both illusory and real. Then, I'll thoroughly research it after I'm done sealing it. Perhaps I can infer from it the principle behind the nucleus in your Heart Aperture."
"Good idea." Song Shuhang approved.
Venerable White's voice had hardly faded that the golden flower in the air suddenly froze.
Afterward, its countless roots quickly retracted and returned back inside the body of the golden lotus.
Then, the golden lotus started spinning, seemingly intent on drilling into Song Shuhang's Heart Aperture again!
This guy was actually afraid?!
Was it able to understand the conversation between Song Shuhang and Venerable White? Or did Venerable White's sealing magical technique make it instinctively feel fear?
"Senior White, it wants to run away. You have to stop it from seizing this opportunity to escape!" Song Shuhang said with a smile. At the same time, he operated the ❮Thirty-Three Divine Beasts' Technique❯ and made his true qi revolve around his Heart Aperture, preventing the golden lotus from returning in there.
"Don't worry, I won't let it escape. Seal!" Venerable White lightly shouted.
In the next moment, the sealing formation covered the golden lotus and sealed it up.
The golden lotus bumped into Venerable White's sealing formation, but was unable to break through it.
"Ah~" Song Shuhang heaved a sigh of relief.
Since it was possible to seal the golden lotus, there was definitely going to be a way to take care of that nucleus inside his Heart Aperture as well. Song Shuhang stretched out his hand and placed it on his chest.
He didn't want to keep this parasitic nucleus. He would keep it only if he could control it and make it his own!