Chapter 642 - False Alarm
Shi Hao's figure vanished, moving like a powerful wind. With the demonfall pestle in hand, he attacked outwards.
Lightning radiance extended outwards, landing on the old woman's body and hacking at the remaining half of her body, blasting it until it was scorched black and bones that were spotlessly white but cracked were revealed.
Her eyes were gloomy and cold. She berated loudly while stirring up her divine flame to retaliate.
"I have a few questions to ask." Shi Hao said calmly. He held the precious pestle in hand while looking down on her.
"Little bastard… keep dreaming!" The old woman didn't comply and replied viciously.
"Is that so? Then you can just go on your way." Shi Hao was quite direct, not speaking too much. The sparkling white bone material demonfall pestle flew out, and then with a hong sound, it smashed downwards.
The old woman released an angry roar, and all of her hair stood on end, but she couldn't change anything. Her body was blasted apart by the true deity magical artifact, and her divine flame was extinguished.
Meanwhile, Shi Hao turned around, and then like a ghost, he rushed towards the six supreme experts. His palm was like a blade as it sliced towards them.
"Stop! I'll talk!"
"We are from the Qin Clan, the ones that operate in the darkness. We deal with a few tricky and complicated problems that cannot be brought to light."
"We protect and obey Qin Kunlun's commands, we were assigned to kill your grandfather and avoid him from meeting Qin Hao, preventing him from affecting his use of the two supreme being bones."
Before Shi Hao even asked them anything more, these people began to fight over each other to speak up. It was because Shi Hao was too decisive, immediately killing the divine level old woman, leaving them terrified.
Shi Hao shook his head. This information was useless. He could have guessed these things even if they didn't say it. He immediately released killing intent, making these supreme experts tremble in fear. They hurriedly added information.
"Apart from us, there is another group that is searching for your grandfather. They are lead by an angel of light."
Shi Hao was a bit confused. What was an angel of light? He had never heard of this term before.
"They came from Heavenly Country…" A supreme expert explained from the side.
Heavenly Country's disciples moved in the darkness, acting under orders to assassinate their targets. Meanwhile, because assassin who had ignited their divine flames had light shining brightly around their bodies, they were called angels of light.
When Shi Hao heard this, his eyes burned furiously. The Qin Clan truly did know how to scheme against others. For the sake of killing his grandfather, they even released Heavenly Country's assassins.
He did not forget about Heavenly Country's blood sacrifice in the lower realm. He loathed and despised this inheritance greatly. Meanwhile, in the ancient era, Ghost Grandpa also died because of a goddess from this sect.
"Revealing secrets like this, it is equal to all of you betraying the Qin Clan. The power of the heavenly sovereign is endless, and it will inevitably kill all of you!"
"You all don't have any bit of integrity, revealing the clan's secrets like this. None of you will be able to continue living. All of you will be dealt with by the clan's laws!"
Not everyone yielded. Two individuals berated outwards with red eyes, threatening and warning those other individuals. Their voices were extremely strict.
Shi Hao waved his hand. A streak of blade energy hacked across, and two heads dyed in blood flew off. The headless corpses fell onto the ground. He did not feel any mercy towards enemies.
The remaining people were horrified. They all kept quiet out of fear.
Shi Hao continued to interrogate them. Apart from this, he wanted to find out more about A'man, as well as his parents' current whereabouts.
Unfortunately, these people didn't know that much, because they were only Immortal Mountain's hidden force. They didn't cultivate in Qin Clan's holy land and were instead situated in another secret place.
"Do you have anything you want to say to me?" Shi Hao asked the purple-robed elder. Right now, there was only a head remaining, but he still wasn't dead.
"The loser is always the one that is wrong. This time, I have fallen, but you should forget about finding out secrets from my body. That is just wishful thinking." he was quite unyielding as well, not compromising at all.
A weng sounded. Suddenly, this elder's head erupted with light, producing endless symbols. It was as if a heavenly flame was blazing.
Shi Hao brought his own grandfather away quickly in retreat, departing from this region.
A tremendous sound erupted. That head self-destructed. Rays of light rushed high into the sky, creating a storm of energy, flattening a radius of a thousand zhang. All of the mountain stones were blasted into powder.
As for those supreme experts, they all cried miserably, breaking apart in the raging flames and turning into ashes.
"Grandpa, what is wrong?" Shi Hao carried the old man as they left this place. When he wanted to refine precious medicine for him, he noticed that the old man's vitality was quickly declining, almost unable to hold on anymore.
This was just too sudden. They were still laughing loudly just now, so why did he immediately lose his vitality? This made Shi Hao fearful, his face becoming incomparably pale.
He cried out loudly, "Grandpa, you have to persevere!"
He quickly took out a stalk of holy medicine -- purple redbud moon. It was a foot tall, the entire plant sparkling with purple light. Spiritual mists curled up around it. Every single leaf shone, looking like purple moons.
"Grandpa, I will help you refine it. Don't give up!" Shi Hao was so anxious that tears even flowed out. They had just reunited, so how could this type of tragedy happen now?
The old man's life flame grew weak, and his aura declined. This was clear a sign of a lamp running out of oil, about to leave this world.
This was undoubtedly like a strike of thunder from a clear sky. The thing he wished to do the most after entering the higher realms was to find his grandfather. They had just reunited, both of them full of joy and emotions, but was it all going to end in sorrow?
"Child, don't cry, grandpa is fine." Grandpa Fifteen was extremely weak, and his complexion was a dull gray. He grabbed Shi Hao's hand and tried to reveal a smile, "Who am I? I am the Great Demonic God, so how can I die?"
"Grandpa, nothing can happen to you!" Shi Hao became extremely anxious. He wanted to refine the holy medicine for his grandfather, helping him absorb the medicine's essence.
It was because right now, Grandpa Fifteen became even weaker. That wound on his back split apart, extending from his head all the way down his back. It was incomparably terrifying, and murderous energy was seeping out.
This injury was cut open by a sharp blade. It originated from Heavenly Country's angel of light. Earlier, Grandpa Fifteen had been wounded, but the injury didn't flare up. Now, he couldn't hold on any longer.
"Heavenly Country's assassins are formidable after all. I fear that this body might not be able to hold on…" Grandpa Fifteen sighed and said.
"Grandpa, don't worry, I won't let you die!" Shi Hao's entire body shone. He sat here, surrounding Grandpa Fifteen and the holy medicine in symbols. He was going to transfer the medicinal effects into the elder's body.
Only, he didn't have any confidence, because Grandpa Fifteen had already been hacked through by someone, almost turning into two halves. Right now, his essence energy was already about to burn out.
However, Grandpa Fifteen didn't look like he was about to die at all. As if he was a great demonic god, he laughed loudly and said, "Child, don't be so worried. Listen to me. Grandpa is fine, and at most, another spiritual body will die. Even though it will harm my foundational source, it can still be recovered."
"Ah?" Shi Hao blinked his eyes. He suddenly felt like his grandfather was truly like himself, having a bit of 'savageness', giving him a false alarm.
"Who is grandfather? I am the Great Demonic God! Could it be that I have to wait for my grandson to save me? I already said that those idiots couldn't deal with me." The Great Demonic God laughed loudly.
This was one of Grandpa Fifteen's spiritual bodies and not his real body. Shi Hao suddenly understood. No wonder the Qin Clan's people had also doubted whether this was his true body.
"Heavenly Country's assassins aren't ordinary, their methods strange." This spiritual body of Grandpa Fifteen received a deadly injury from the blood sword of one of Heavenly Country's angels of light.
"Heavenly Country, I will pay them a visit sooner or later." Shi Hao clenched his fist. Then, he revealed a look of worry and said, "Grandpa, where is your true body? Nothing bad happened to it, right?"
"Probably about to leave this island," Grandpa Fifteen said. He gazed into a direction and lightly said, "I am a bit regretful however. How great would it be if my true body was still here?"
"Grandpa, I will catch up and see it soon." Shi Hao said.
The grandfather and grandson's reunion was one with too much emotions and joy. Tears flew everywhere. The two of them had endless things to talk about. The two of them talked about their experiences over these years, sobbing endlessly through this process.
"Grandpa, did you break through recently? Not even an expert that ignited a divine flame could catch you."
"Qin Clan's people sent me into the ancient mine with the greatest curse power, wishing to tire me to death. Hah, this life of mine really is quite great, digging up a strange crystal."
Grandpa Fifteen dug up a dazzling crystal that shone with scarlet multicolored light from the ancient mine. There was 'forbidden true blood' sealed inside, as well as rich medicinal fragrance. He swallowed it and then erupted with power, allowing him to flee.
"It might be blood left behind by the demonic sovereign. Its medicinal characteristics were too great. I only refined a small portion and already almost couldn't endure it." Grandpa Fifteen sighed in amazement. He also comprehended a type of symbol from inside of it.
Grandpa Fifteen was already close to lighting his divine flame. He was just missing the final step. Only, recently, he had always been chased after, so he didn't have the luxury of comprehending and breaking through.
"Grandpa!" Shi Hao cried out.
Grandpa Fifteen's time was running out. He became increasingly dim, about to break apart. Shi Hao was full of reluctance. Even though he knew that this was only a spiritual body, he still felt extremely sad.
"What a pity, this body can't continue on much longer, or else us grandfather and grandson would be able to continue together…" Grandpa Fifteen was quite regretful as well. He rubbed Shi Hao's head, and then with a peng sound, his body scattered, turning into a beautiful rain of light, thus disappearing.
Shi Hao was disappointed and frustrated. His fists clenched soon after. His grandfather was just up ahead. He had to hurry and catch up.
Great mists sealed the skies within Fiend Island, making it incomparably dusky, and at the same time full of dangers. There were all types of strange creatures and no lack of divine grade beasts.
Shi Hao chased along in the direction Grandpa Fifteen's spiritual body told him. He turned into a streak of lightning and moved quickly. In addition, he asked the Emperor Butterfly to call the various bug races again to help him search.
Two days later, he arrived at the outer region of Fiend Island. He received a piece of information.
There was a bug horde known as Black Crystal Bugs that specially devoured all types of spiritual rocks underneath the ground. Every single one was as long as a chopstick. They were as fast as lightning, moving about like wind.
A few Black Crystal Bugs had met Grandpa Fifteen before. They saw him leave Fiend Island.
"He left…" Shi Hao frowned. His grandfather's original body didn't know that he was behind him. Now that the spiritual body disappeared, there was no way to send the message back.
This was a bit troublesome. Once one left Fiend Island, Shi Hao couldn't recklessly call on the bug hordes, or else it will definitely catch the attention of a few great sects.
If that happened, it would definitely lead to a huge disaster!
This type of ability would make many inheritances feel great restraining fear. This young Emperor Butterfly would immediately be targeted by jealousy.
"Are there any other clues?" Shi Hao wanted to find out a bit more so he could predict his grandfather's destination.
There were so many Black Crystal Bugs, hollowing out an entire enormous mountain. This was their nest. There were several hundred thousand of these bugs.
In addition, there were still quite a few Black Crystal Bugs outside. When all of them returned, a small group of these bugs brought back extremely valuable information. However, the information didn't seem that good.
There was a group of Black Crystal Bugs who heard a few people talking.
"I have to ask you to please explain to me in detail." Shi Hao's expression became serious.
A leader from the Black Crystal Bug race flew over. It was the length of a chopstick and shining with dark light. It looked like it was carved from black jade. Its body was hard, able to easily tear through metal.
It radiated spiritual fluctuations, communicating through its divine senses, transmitting Shi Hao astonishing scenes one after another as if he was truly there.
There was a middle-aged man who wore gray clothes. He looked ordinary, but when his pupils opened and closed, there would be blazing radiance shining, indicating that he was an expert that ignited his divine flame.
"Angel of light!" Shi Hao was shocked. He immediately deduced that this should be Heavenly Country's 'assassin'.
At his side were two young individuals, one male and one female. They looked to be around twenty or so years old. Their natural talent wasn't ordinary. They were extremely powerful.
The angel of light was currently imparting onto them his assassination experience, explaining various factors, how to pursue others, and pointing towards some traces on the ground. He even included the surrounding terrain and creatures.
"Wu, he left the island. This is good news, but also a bit troublesome. Do you know what the next step in this pursuit should be?" The angel of light asked.
"Based on what we currently know, this person is feeling sorrow. He cares a lot about the dead grandson in the lower realm. If we find some youth, orphans, or other individuals, we can use them to our advantage."
"Since he is sentimental, this will definitely bring some past memories. A few special environments around him would easily expose his real body."
The male and female young geniuses expressed their respective viewpoints. The angel of light looked somewhat satisfied. He then added to their discussion.
"You two associated human attributes with assassination techniques, which isn't bad. However, it is still not enough. This type of assassination is a bit passive. If you could take it a step further and set up a killing trap, then you two would have truly matured," said the angel of light.
Heavenly Country's two geniuses humbly asked for guidance.
"He is not feeling mournful, but instead longs to meet his grandson. We will forge an environment to draw him in, and then have him walk in the trap himself."
Shi Hao saw these scenes through the Black Crystal Bug's memories. He immediately frowned, feeling a wave of worry. However, he didn't say anything and carefully continued observing.
Geniuses contend for supremacy, hundred rivers converge into the sea. A great distinguished meeting was about to start. The genius selection great battle will be like an unstoppable wildfire. The three thousand provinces' young supreme beings will all stand on the stage and carry out an incomparably great showdown.
In Five Elements Province, Immortal Heavenly Deity will be paying close attention to this event, because his clan's Qin Hao has two immortal bones. He wanted Qin Hao to rise up in this three thousand province power struggle and obtain the final great natural opportunity.
That was why Immortal Mountain invited each sect's geniuses to come and learn from each other, using this to sharpen Qin Hao. There were no lack of 'exceptional talents' among them, and this would be a minor showing of this 'ultimate event'.
Doing this was also a type of training and encouragement for Qin Hao. It was to help him understand how extraordinary the higher realms' heavenly geniuses truly were before the major decisive battles.
'Exceptional Talents' usually had undying inheritances behind them. Normally speaking, they wouldn't accept this type of invitation and would be protected by their province's greatest power.
However, the Five Elements Province's secret realm was about to open. Immortal Mountain thus informed the other sect that this most recent minor genius selection great competition will be held in that mysterious realm.
What did this mean? It meant that there was tremendous natural luck!
That secret realm was quite special. Legend had it that an archaic supreme being left behind a thousand small words after his rebirth failed. There were many natural opportunities hidden within, including holy medicines, supreme being precious blood, inheritances, and others.
Only, this secret realm was too unique, only able to open once every thousand years. In addition, time was quite limited as well. It also prevented sect master level figures from exploring inside.
Every time it opened, Five Elements Province's sects would all flock over, sending their disciples to enter. It was because this secret realm belonged to the entire Five Elements Province.
This time, Immortal Mountain paid quite the price, and only then did they convince the other sects of this province to allow a genius selection great battle in this mysterious realm.
That was why at that time, those sects would inevitably gather.
"No matter what, Qin Hao is still his grandson. We can release rumors and boost interest, stating that this is Qin Hao's battle, how his brilliance will rush into the heavens after this battle between other provinces' exceptional talents in the secret realm and rise in one battle. I believe that he will go there."