In his consciousness, the black-haired Essence Spirit sat on the Creation Lotus Platform.
With its lifeforce regained, the lotus platform spewed green beams of light and nourished the Essence Spirit constantly.
Su Zimo’s heart stirred.
He suddenly realized that his Essence Spirit had already cultivated to the late-stage Void Reversion realm within a month!
Previously, his attention was focused on the Creation Lotus Platform and Green Lotus True Body and he did not pay attention to his cultivation.
It was only now that he realized that he had unknowingly broken through a realm!
Of course, this was something that happened naturally.
When he left Dragon Burial Valley, his cultivation realm was already at the peak of the Void Reversion realm.
He was only missing an opportunity to break through to the next realm.
This divine spring was the opportunity!
At the late-stage Void Reversion realm, the power of his Essence Spirit increased exponentially.
The Dharmic powers that he could mobilize increased as well.
Coupled with the rebirth of the Creation Lotus Platform and the strengthening of the Green Lotus True Body, Su Zimo’s combat strength increased exponentially – this trip to Gu Sect was a blessing in disguise.
In reality, if not for the fact that the divine spring was hidden underground and shrouded by the miasma above, it would have been discovered long ago and he would not have had a chance.
Just as Su Zimo was about to leave, his heart skipped a beat.
There still seems to be some life beneath the ground?
After his cultivation breakthrough, Su Zimo was much more sensitive to his surroundings.
The underground passage extended in all directions and he could vaguely sense some lifeforce coming from the depths of the passageways.
The two of them exchanged glances and followed the aura into the depths of the passageways.
After walking for a while, they arrived at the end of a passageway and a huge cave appeared before them.
There were more than 10,000 cocoon-shaped cages in the cave!
Among them, most of the cages only had skeletons left.
In some of the cages, there were remains of rotting flesh.
There were only dozens of cages with figures within.
Although those cultivators were still alive, their auras were weak and their faces were yellow.
Su Zimo furrowed his brows slightly.
He could sense that the cultivation of those cultivators were not low – they were all at the Dharma Characteristic realm!
Although those Dharma Characteristic Dao Lords were weak, they did not seem to be controlled by Gu worms.
Those Dharma Characteristic Dao Lords had numb expressions and dull gazes. When they saw Su Zimo and Night Spirit enter, their eyes did not waver.
After a long time, one of the Dharma Characteristic Dao Lords opened his mouth slightly and struggled to stand up.
“W-Who are you guys?”
The Dharma Characteristic Dao Lord’s voice was hoarse and trembled slightly.
“Who are you?”
Actually, Su Zimo already had a vague guess.
However, he still asked.
“I’m a Great Gu Master of Gu Sect, Dao Lord Heavenly Silkworm!”
Although the Dharma Characteristic Dao Lord looked skinny and unkempt, he still sounded prideful when he said the word ‘Gu Master’.
Xiaoning had once told Su Zimo that in the ancient era, Gu techniques were a cultivation technique and were not evil.
The initial creation of the Gu technique was to save people!
“If you guys aren’t from Gu Sect, why are you here?”
Dao Lord Heavenly Silkworm asked again.
Su Zimo still did not reply and asked instead, “Do you know about the Metal Devouring Gu outside?”
At the mention of the Metal Devouring Gu, Dao Lord Heavenly Silkworm’s expression suddenly turned conflicted.
A hint of anger, killing intent, hatred, helplessness and many other emotions flashed through his eyes.
The other cultivators who were still alive moved their stiff bodies and looked over instinctively.
“He was originally the Sect Master of Gu Sect,”
Dao Lord Heavenly Silkworm’s voice was deep as he recounted everything that happened in Gu Sect.
The origin of this change in Gu Sect came from the sect master!
Although the Sect Master of Gu Sect was a Conjoint Body Mighty Figure, he had been stuck at the Conjoint Body realm for more than 10,000 years without any breakthroughs.
Seeing that he was already in his later years and had no hope of reaching the Mahayana realm in this lifetime, the Sect Master of Gu Sect was indignant and harbored evil thoughts. He began to use the secret skills of Gu Sect to nurture some ancient extinct Gu worms!
Among them was the Metal Devouring Gu!
As time passed, the Metal Devouring Gu became stronger.
The Sect Master of Gu Sect wanted to refine the Metal Devouring Gu as his Destiny Gu and fuse it into his body to increase his combat strength and lifespan.
However, the Metal Devouring Gu was one of the top ten ancient Gu worms and had already gained sentience – it was not easy to control.
During the refinement process, the Metal Devouring Gu counterattacked!
In the end, the Sect Master of Gu Sect succeeded and indeed refined the Metal Devouring Gu, fusing with it. His combat strength and lifespan increased exponentially.
However, at the same time, the Essence Spirit and consciousness of the Sect Master of Gu Sect fused with the Metal Devouring Gu and his personality changed drastically.
To be precise, the Metal Devouring Gu that died in Night Spirit’s hands was both the Sect Master of Gu Sect and the Metal Devouring Gu.
In the consciousness of the Metal Devouring Gu, it naturally wanted to nurture as many Gu worms as possible.
However, the Sect Master of Gu Sect knew that this matter was extremely dangerous and could bring calamity and chaos to the sect!
The two consciousnesses continued to fight but in the end, the Metal Devouring Gu’s consciousness gained the upper hand.
From then on, Gu Sect changed!
Some Conjoint Body realm Gu Masters who sensed the abnormality of Gu Sect’s sect master were also killed mercilessly.
Most of the Gu Masters in the sect became vessels for nurturing Gu worms.
Perhaps it was because of the Sect Master of Gu Sect’s consciousness, some of the remaining Gu Masters were imprisoned in this cave and were not killed – they were lucky to survive this calamity.
Even so, they lost their freedoms.
Among them, many Gu Masters died after expending their lifespans.
The only things left of them were bones or corpses.
Only Dharma Characteristic Dao Lords with lifespans of 10,000 years could last till now.
When he heard that, Su Zimo felt emotional.
Who would have thought that a single mistake from the Sect Master of Gu Sect would cause this sect that had been passed down for countless years to suffer such a calamity!
One of the five heretical doctrines, Gu Sect, was truly dead.
Su Zimo sighed softly and shot out a few sword qi from his fingertips, shattering the cages and releasing the remaining dozens of Gu Masters.
Although these Gu Masters were Dharma Characteristic Dao Lords, most of them were already in their later years.
Some of them were already at the end of their lifespans and did not have many years left.
These Gu Masters had been imprisoned here for thousands of years. Now that they suddenly regained their freedom, there was no joy – they were stunned and could not recover from the shock.
“That Metal Devouring Gu is dead.”
Su Zimo still said it.
When they heard this news, the Gu Masters’ eyes started to ripple.
Su Zimo took a deep breath of air and recounted the calamity of the Witch Gu in the North Region in a simple manner. “I’ve already burned down the entire Gu Sect. You guys can leave now. Take care from now on.”
With that said, he turned to leave with Night Spirit.
These dozens of Gu Masters were the only ones left in Gu Sect.
The Gu technique itself was not wrong.
These Gu Masters were also innocent.
Su Zimo did not kill them all.
This could be considered as retaining the legacy of Gu techniques.
“Thank you, benefactor!”
Dao Lord Heavenly Silkworm could sense the pity in Su Zimo’s tone. Due to the massive change in Gu Sect coupled with his newfound freedom, in a moment of emotion, he knelt on the ground and cried.
The remaining Gu Masters knelt one after another.
“May I know your Dao title, benefactor?”
Dao Lord Heavenly Silkworm asked hurriedly when he saw that Su Zimo was about to leave.
A long time later, a voice sounded from afar.
When everyone looked up again, Su Zimo and the other person had already disappeared.