In the void, the dazzling golden glow released a burst of ultimate brilliance for an instant, then gradually began to dim.
Lin Huang could sense that as the golden glow released its burst of light, Virtuoso’s aura was obviously weakening.
Noticing his scrutiny, Virtuoso spoke through voice transmission rather weakly.
“I’m fine—my God’s soul is slightly drained, that’s all. However, I don’t have any strength left to fight for the short term, not after that attack.”
Lin Huang nodded slightly and glanced at Saber9 a short distance away, who was also in the same weakened condition. “Don’t worry; I’ll protect the two of you until you recover your combat strength.”
The moment Lin Huang finished speaking, the three of them almost simultaneously turned their heads to look in the direction where the golden glow had just released its rays.
Saber9’s expression was indescribable.
Meanwhile, Virtuoso spoke to Lin Huang through voice transmission right away, “Run as far as you can! Don’t bother about us!”
However, Lin Huang remained where he was without moving. He squinted slightly, staring at the spot where countless vines now extended out of thin air.
Nine Gloom was still alive!
In reality, the most shocking thing about the whole matter was that the trump card Virtuoso had used just now was a spiritual attack. Furthermore, they had sensed beyond all doubt that Nine Gloom’s God’s soul had been utterly wiped out in the attack.
The death of the spirit was different from the death of the physical body.
Generally speaking, for many powerhouses who were proficient in the art of spirit cultivation, the death of the physical body was a minor matter. As long as their spirits remained intact, there were many ways for them to revive and resurrect themselves.
If a spirit cultivator’s spirit was wiped out, that meant he was truly dead. It was virtually impossible for them to have a method of resurrection.
However, Nine Gloom had managed it. His spirit had been completely eradicated during the attack, but he had resurrected himself. Not only that, he seemed completely unharmed.
Such a technique was simply incredible!
Naturally, Nine Gloom noticed how shocked Lin Huang and the others were. He spoke again, his body as yet not fully consolidated.
“Your trump cards are certainly powerful. However, each of you can only use them once at most. If the three of you each kill me once, you’ll still only be able to kill me three times…” At this point, Nine Gloom was smiling extraordinarily happily as he spoke, “But I have far more than three lives!
“The three of you should just stop your futile struggles; it will all be in vain. What’s the point of it anyway?”
When Saber9 heard that, his expression became truly awful indeed.
Virtuoso shot a glance at Lin Huang. Noticing that Lin Huang had not run away, they were about to speak to him through voice transmission again, asking him to leave. However, they noticed that Lin Huang’s aura was skyrocketing.
Within the mere time it took for a breath, he had elevated from true god-level to heavenly god-level right away.
His aura was over ten times more powerful now.
Nearby, Saber9 noticed Lin Huang’s transformation as well and was rather startled.
He had seen people using specific techniques to elevate their rank, but he had never seen anyone who had elevated an entire level.
After all, there was an immense gap between ninth-rank True God and first-rank Heavenly God.
However, Lin Huang had elevated just like that, as if it were as easy as breathing.
Lin Huang was the only one who knew that he was not using some secret skill to elevate his combat strength. He had merely used a Provisional Combat Strength Upgrade Card.
Once he had crushed the card, elevating his combat strength was a piece of cake. He went straight from ninth-rank true god-level to first-rank heavenly god-level. (This is not a bug. The Provisional Combat Strength Upgrade Card cannot create a tenth-rank true god-level. It can only directly elevate Lin Huang to heavenly god-level based on the normal standards for combat strength.)
Lin Huang could clearly sense how powerful he had become. Each particle in his physical body and soul seemed to have undergone a qualitative transformation.
He merely took a step forward and completely disappeared from Virtuoso and Saber9’s view.
They could no longer perceive Lin Huang’s movements by sight. Even their Divine Telekinesis was unable to track his motion trajectory.
Nine Gloom, whose physical body had only just fully consolidated, was feeling exactly the same as Virtuoso and Saber9.
Under his silver armor, his burning pupils contracted slightly. He forced himself to calm down, laughing maniacally. “I’ve told you, even if you kill me again, it’s futile. I’ll just resurrect once more…”
“In that case, I’d love to see exactly how many times you can resurrect!”
A voice suddenly spoke, and a specter-like figure appeared in front of Nine Gloom.
The next instant, a blood-red arc cut Nine Gloom in half at the waist, killing him.
Lin Huang sheathed his sword back into its scabbard and hovered in midair.
His aura was terrifying and overwhelming; it showed no signs of decreasing either.
He remained on the spot where he had killed Nine Gloom; it did not seem as if he were going to move. Clearly, he was going to guard Nine Gloom’s corpse.
Virtuoso and Saber9 were relieved when they noticed that Lin Huang’s aura remained at heavenly god-level instead of dropping.
However, they were a little curious about exactly how powerful Lin Huang’s earlier attack had been.
This was because he had moved and attacked far too swiftly, so they had not been able to get a clear view.
They merely saw Lin Huang vanish. When he reappeared again, the blood-red arc had already slaughtered Nine Gloom.
The two of them had not even been able to sense the Divine Power wave in the attack, let alone the sequence power contained within it.
In no time at all, Nine Gloom resurrected on the spot once again.
Lin Huang did not make his move immediately. Instead, he waited patiently for the other’s body to fully consolidate.
“That was a sneak attack—how shameless of you!” Nine Gloom spit furiously at Lin Huang as soon as he regained consciousness.
“You were too slow.” Lin Huang gave a mocking laugh.
Despite noticing that Nine Gloom was rapidly mobilizing his vines to form a shield, Lin Huang did nothing to stop him.
He merely stared at Nine Gloom as if he were a complete idiot.
Once Nine Gloom’s figure had fully consolidated, more than a hundred tiers of massive shields had already formed.
“Are you done with all those tiers?” Lin Huang enquired.
Nine Gloom ignored him. Instead, he seized every second to continue forming layer upon layer of shields.
When Lin Huang saw this, he did not bother waiting any longer.
Grasping his sword hilt, he unsheathed the blade in an instant.
This time, the sword gleam shot forward like a bolt of lightning, aiming right at the center of all those massive shield layers.
A second later, all the shield layers shattered into fragments.
It was like a bullet easily traveling through layers of thin glass.
The hundreds of massive shield layers were instantly pierced through without a single trace of difficulty.
The red lightning bolt-like sword hardly slowed down at all after it went through all the massive shields. It pierced straight through Nine Gloom’s body, leaving a hole that was the size of a small bowl.
The instant the hole appeared, Nine Gloom’s body cracked like glass and disintegrated into fragments.
His thriving life force immediately dispelled.
Within the time it took for a mere two to three breaths, Lin Huang had easily killed Nine Gloom twice.
As they watched what was happening, Virtuoso and Saber9 had no idea what to say.
Although they knew Lin Huang was powerful, they had treated Lin Huang as a powerhouse of the same level despite their prodigious backgrounds.
However, at that very moment, both of them finally witnessed Lin Huang’s true trump card.
Although the strength of each of his attacks was not as powerful as that of their trump cards, the frightening thing about Lin Huang’s trump card was that it was not a one-time-only affair.
Once his combat strength had elevated to heavenly god-level, he was able to overwhelm Nine Gloom repeatedly. This sort of lasting endurance was the most terrifying thing about his trump card.