"The seventh onslaught?"
Fang Xingjian did not know why but when he heard this, he felt a slight tremor in his mind, and an extremely familiar feeling gushed forward. However, no matter how much thought he put into it, he could not recall what the seventh onslaught was.
Therefore, he continued to ask, "What on earth is the seventh onslaught?"
The small lizard only shook his head pitifully. "Only the upper echelon of the Terrene Shrine would know about these. We are not told of these things."
Hearing that, Fang Xingjian looked at Tyrant, who was in the form of a bangle, and said, "What about you? As one of the top three unrivalled geniuses in the Terrene Shrine, you should know what the seventh onslaught is, right?"
Tyrant remained silent.
Simultaneously, various thoughts continued to run through his mind, 'Fang Xingjian's potential is far too powerful. He will probably reach the Divine level in another two to three years and then affirm his stance amongst the other Divine level experts in seven to eight years.
'However, the most crucial thing is still his immunity toward black magic.
'Such an ability definitely didn't come from nowhere. Is this some sort of sign?'
Seeing that Fang Xingjian was urging him on and then there was that ever increasing killing intent as well... Tyrant let out a sigh and said, "Do you know of the Book of Origin?"
"Book of Origin?" Fang Xingjian asked, "What is that?"
"The Book of Origin is said to be a book which the first generation researchers of black magic discovered. Legend has it that it has the records of all black magic from level 1 to 10." Tyrant gradually started to share the history he knew about. "The period of time in which the Mage Association and the Church of Universal Truth has been in existence for isn't something which the Empire can compare against. Our research into the world's history also far surpasses that of the Empire's.
"And the Book of Origin is one of those being researched. It's because aside from having all the black magic from level 1 to 10 listed, it also documented the 'future'."
"The future?" Fang Xingjian asked, "Is it a prophecy? A prophecy of the future?"
"You can think of it as that." Tyrant said, "Based on the documentation of the Book of Origin, the world that we're in would face a total of 12 onslaughts in total. Each onslaught would be a life and death threat to the living creatures of this world.
"And similar threats have already appeared six times in this world. Many of the ancient ruins you people found are the civilizations which were destroyed in the past few onslaughts.
"Based on the records in the Book of Origin, the seventh time should only start 50 years later..."
The yellow eye on the bangle looked toward the small lizard and continued to ask, "Did they say when the seventh onslaught will start?"
"They did not give any concrete information, but based on the Elders' plan, everything must be completed within three years."
"A three-year plan would mean that the earliest possibility... That means the seventh onslaught may be starting in three years? Why did it suddenly become so early?"
"Three years?" Fang Xingjian was stunned for a moment. According to his calculations, was his lifespan not left with only three years as well? Was there any connection to this?
Tyrant let out a breath. "Is it really three years? Fang Xingjian, you should get some people to investigate and verify if the seventh onslaught will really be coming three years later."
"How can we verify that?" Fang Xingjian asked after hearing that.
"If the seventh onslaught is really going to start three years later, then one thing that's for sure is that with how well-informed the Church of Universal Truth and the Empire's royalties are, they will definitely not be without any reaction. You'll be able to find out if you get someone to check if they have made any changes to their usual arrangements.."
Fang Xingjian did not say a word but quietly got Zhou Xingwen to come over.
In the next few days, Fang Xingjian's sword arts continued to improve at a tremendous rate. He had already learned the over 5,000 of the sword arts manuals from the library and entered an unfathomable state.
His plan was to start merging all the Killing techniques into one technique after picking up all the Killing techniques manuals in the entire library. He was going to completely establish his sword arts foundation, creating just one Killing technique.
Fang Xingjian's sword arts had indeed improved. However, at level 29 and having reached the perfection in his body's toughness, he was still a very long way from reaching the other areas of perfection. These were namely the areas of specialty seeds, physical particles, ether organs, and brain regeneration.
This was especially so when he had chosen the specialty seeds to be the area of focus for his second perfection. This area still required him to work on it for a very long time. It was not something which could not be achieved just based on one's talent alone.
During the next few days after his return, he made the best use of his time to condense specialties while filtering through the methods of condensing the specialty seeds he had obtained from the Horned Frogs Valley.
"Xingjian, we've found out the information that you wanted to know. It really is strange," Zhou Xingwen said. "There seems to be no news of the First Prince at all, and it's being said that many level 29 experts from the eight great regions have mysteriously disappeared. We suspect that they might have all signed the Hell's Map.
"The military has also made emergency mobilizations. Over 10,000 Knights were dispatched to the boundaries, and combat exercises have been brought forward. The armed forces are once again starting to develop Empire's Divine Weapons on a large-scale. Many people are saying that there's going to be a war.
"We aren't able to contact the Second Prince either. We don't know what has happened."
The entire Empire was like what Zhou Xingwen had said. Most people did not know what was happening, but the Knights from the middle management and above all had the feeling that there were turbulent winds blowing. They sensed an impending storm.
Tyrant let out a sigh inwardly. 'Is the seventh onslaught really going to start soon? Why? Why would it suddenly be brought forward so early? Three years is far too short. There's not enough time for us to prepare at all.'
Fang Xingjian did not say comment. He merely looked at Zhou Xingwen and continued asking, "What about the Church?"
"We don't have much people in the north, but many of the missionaries located in the Empire seem to have all headed back to the north. The Martial Techniques Grading Plan seems to have been put to a halt as well. It's as if that they have no plans to continue after doing half of it..." Thinking of this, Zhou Xingwen's countenance suddenly turned grim. He had no idea what was going on at all.
Fang Xingjian shut his eyes and started thinking.
Then he asked Tyrant, "Do you know what the seventh onslaught is going to be like?"
"I don't know. Before the onslaught happens, no one knows what it'll be like. It may be a powerful band of troops from an alternate world, or it may be a natural disaster that destroys everything. There are many other possibilities, but they are all phenomena which we are unable to comprehend, unable to resolve, and unable to study. The only thing we can do is to quietly get used to it..." Tyrant sighed and said, "Each onslaught will destroy majority of the civilizations and even our Mage Association and the Church of Universal Truth will suffer great damages. Therefore, even with the documentations which the Mage Association possess, we'll still be left with just dribs and drabs. It's because the number of people who can survive this is far too few."
Fang Xingjian remained silent. Based on his remaining lifespan, he might not even be alive when the seventh onslaught starts. Therefore, he was not really very concerned about it.
In fact, the reason he had gotten people to checked out the related information was because he felt that the term 'seventh onslaught' sounded very familiar to him.
"As for Hildebrand, we haven't found him, but we have found traces of his subordinate, Peter," Zhou Xingwen said respectfully.
Hearing Zhou Xingwen's words, Fang Xingjian slowly opened his eyes and said, "Peter? That level 25 Conferred Knight?"
"Yes. Someone saw him at the sects’ gathering on Dark Shadow Mountain."