Level 8 black magic—the Torch Dragon's Offspring!
This was a monster that had been summoned from another world, a descendent of the Torch Dragon. It was a gigantic black snake that was able to encompass the massif with a power vital energy and blood that was like a tsunami. It had been the partner of the World Annihilation Heavenly Lord for many years.
After many years of nurturing and training, the World Annihilation Heavenly Lord had raised this huge beast, named Abysm, to become extremely powerful. Although it was only at level 8, this gigantic snake was almost comparable to a huge beast summoned by level 12 black magic.
"What kind of monster is this?!"
Looking at the gigantic snake that could cover up the entire sky and was extremely powerful, seemingly able to easily destroy mountains and tear apart the world with each and every move... Everyone on the massif was in shock.
Fang Xingjian frowned coldly. Although the gigantic snake's physical attributes were not comparable to his, it was enough to fight against him as it was of such a great size.
After all, this was unlike the case of the Ghost King. The Ghost King had too many rocks on his body, and he would need to utilize more strength to move each and every piece of rock. The Ghost King relied on a battle of strength and weight.
On the other hand, each part of the gigantic snake's body consisted of flesh and tendons. Each additional part of its body would give it more strength, thus the greater its mass, the more powerful it was.
At the next moment, the giant snake abruptly opened its countless eyes, each of them looking like pitch-black pearls. If an ordinary person were to take one look at them, the person would enter an eternal dreamland.
A thick black aura was spreading out, while a series of high speed incantations were resounding from void space. The incantations caused the black aura to become increasingly thick and dangerous.
It was obvious that this giant snake and the World Annihilation Heavenly Lord were jointly performing some kind of astonishing black magic.
The Heaven's Volition Sword Intent on Fang Xingjian's body also started to condense together, and the fifth of the God-Slaying Swords was about to be unleashed. Fang Xingjian was not planning on waiting for the other party to slowly unleash his black magic.
'It's a pity that the Terra Ingurgitation has already been used on the Ghost King. There are only less than ten seconds of the Heaven's Volition Sword Intent for me to use, and it might be a tough fight to take on both this giant snake and the World Annihilation Heavenly Lord together... Should I leave?'
Fang Xingjian had not expected that the World Annihilation Heavenly Lord would be even more terrifying and powerful than what Tyrant had described.
Simultaneously, the light pillars of the ten greater Elders lit up once again. They clearly wanted to help the World Annihilation Heavenly Lord eradicate Fang Xingjian completely at one go.
The moment the World Annihilation Heavenly Lord made his move, he immediately got the upper hand and suppressed Fang Xingjian's oppressiveness completely.
Just as this world-shaking battle was about to explode at any moment, a white light soared from the south, quickly taking over a large area of the sky. It even dissipated the black auras coming from the giant snake.
A path of light, that was extremely long and several kilometers wide, came from the south, reaching the sky all the way above where the giant snake was. Two figures, one young and one old, walked over and immediately arrived at the scene.
When that elderly man with white hair and beard saw the giant snake, he laughed out loud, releasing endless white light from all over his body. The giant snake seemed as if it had been splashed with acid and bellowed furiously, sending black auras soaring into the air from all over its body. The black auras clashed with the white light, causing countless explosions to splatter and cover the entire sky.
A little bit of the black aura landed on the ground and vaporized a large area of it.
The white-haired old man's martial will swept out toward Fang Xingjian and the giant snake, with his smiling voice ringing out from it. "Old Gray Demon, let's just let this battle slide. The world is in a strange situation now. The First Prince is carrying out with his plans and is probably going to master the Hell's Map to an unprecedented level very soon. He's planning to takeover all of the factions in the world, and your Terrene Shrine will be one of the first few he will deal with. You wouldn't want to be fighting against us now and lose your power for nothing, right?"
After a moment of silence, a voice, that sounded extremely vicious and dangerous like fingernails scratching against a blackboard, appeared in the exchange of wills. "Philip, you want to help Fang Xingjian?"
It turned out that this old man with white hair and beard was the person who had been guarding the northern borders for many years. He was the current King's uncle and one of the Empire's ten Divine level experts—Prince Philip.
Hearing that, Philip said, "Fang Xingjian is one of our Empire's Conferred Knights, so I naturally need to help him. Another reason is that the world will be going through huge changes soon, and the power from each and every individual is extremely precious.
"Moreover, George (the First Prince) is gaining more power. He might have already attained a breakthrough to the second tier of the Divine level and may currently be striving toward attaining the third tier.
"He and Fang Xingjian are sworn enemies. Considering how George has snatched away countless resources and people from your Terrene Shrine, he's your sworn enemy too, right?
"If the two of you continue to fight between yourselves, both of you will probably end up being suppressed by the First Prince in the future. You'll be put through great agony and will never be able to see light again."
After saying this, Philip smiled and presented a piece of world-shaking news, "Additionally, I've received news that the current leader of the Ancient Path of Hell—the Abyss Lord—has already contacted the Mage Association.
"It won't be long before the royal family joins forces with the association to summon a clone of an evil god, kill it, and snatch away its power.
"If they are allowed to succeed, the land of the entire Empire will truly be in the control by the royal family, and there'll no longer be a safe place for us."
Although Philip was a Prince, as one who guarded the borders and held control over a region, he would naturally garner the suspicions and vigilance of the King. So, Philip was not considered to have lived a good life either.
Upon hearing what Philip said, both Fang Xingjian and the World Annihilation Heavenly Lord were in great shock. To summon the clone of an evil god and then kill it to snatch away its power? What kind of domineering and astonishing means was that?
This great venture would only be possible if the Empire's royal family and the Mage Association were to join forces.
With a cold snort, the World Annihilation Heavenly Lord's voice rang out, "I have heard of this as well, but I didn't expect it to be true. Since that's the case, Fang Xingjian, I shall let you off today."
The giant snake, Abysm, retreated slowly. Simultaneously, the Third Prince who was heavily injured, had already disappeared without any notice. Meanwhile, the shattered rock body of the Ghost King seemed to have really turned into rocks, no longer having any life in them.
Prince Philip laughed and said, "Xingjian, I'll bring these people with me. You can put that massif down." With that, one of his long sleeves curled up, and a stream of white light turned into many huge hands, carrying away all the people amongst the slave-capturing team.
Fang Xingjian pushed out casually, throwing the massif that was raised above his head onto the ground, causing another earthquake and sending up smoke and dust.
Rainbow Arrow Allen was the first to appear before Prince Philip. He knelt down and said shamefully, "Your subject has failed in his mission and has not managed to protect the Young Miss."
Sally and the two young men with her also walked over with their heads lowered, seeming as if they did not dare to meet Philip's gaze.
Philip said coldly, "I'll teach you guys a lesson when we get back."
Sally turned out to be Philip's granddaughter. It was no wonder that she was so strong and was even able to become an arbitrator despite being of such a young age. Fang Xingjian had initially thought that she had been pushed out to become cannon fodder, but looking at the situation now, was it something which Sally herself had wanted to do because of Prince Philip's status? Or was it because someone had incited or encouraged her to do it? However, Fang Xingjian could not be bothered with all the hidden truths. Instead, he looked straight at Prince Philip.
Philip also looked at Fang Xingjian and said, "Brother Xingjian, do you have the time to come over and have a talk?"
The young man next to Prince Philip, who had been encompassed in a layer of white light, revealed his face and said, "Xingjian, it's really true that knowing someone by their reputation can't be compared to meeting in person. I'm really envious that Second Brother has an expert like yourself under him. Since it's rare that we get to meet, let's have a good talk."
"Fourth Prince!" Sally, who was standing at the side, covered her mouth and gasped when she saw the Fourth Prince's true appearance.
Fang Xingjian raised his brows. So this was the Fourth Prince who was said to have joined the Church of Universal Truth... Thinking back about it, even Prince Philip's actions gave off the same feeling as those from the Church of Universal Truth. It was no wonder that the two of them were so close.A giant red solar dragon and god in Chinese mythology. It supposedly has a human's face and snake's body. It creates day and night by opening and closing its eyes, and creates seasonal winds by breathing. Another name it is known by, which is also a the literal translation, is Candle Dragon. But since Torch Dragon sounded better, and it was also what Wikipedia has it listed as, I decided to go with Torch instead.