Chapter 692 - Leaving the Secret Realm
Shi Hao remained vigilant. Even though he was curious, he couldn't let down his guard. After all, there had been conflict between both sides before.
The old tree was now entirely charred black and withered up, having an aged aura. It was unknown just how many years it had lived. It truly bore no hostility and was discussing with Shi Hao.
"Done talking yet?" On the side, the Jade Flood Dragon sneered. He gave this direction a look and continuously stared at Shi Hao.
"When adults talk, children like you should stay off to the side," The Devil Blood Ghost Tree said with a heavy voice.
"You are talking to me?" The Jade Flood Dragon's entire body was sparkling. His scales looked like they were cast from metal, shiny and ice-cold. Its eyes were widened, and killing intent surged.
It had enough confidence, because it exceeded the Divine Flame Realm. It was one of the most powerful deities in the secret realm!
The Devil Blood Ghost Tree's aura erupted. It wasn't some kind individual. The reason it wasn't that well known was because it had always been sealed within that enormous formation and hadn't gotten involved in the rest of the outside world.
A black branch rushed out, and like a divine whip, it thrashed over. Dark light flourished, moreover accompanied by lightning. Deafening thunder resounded through the air.
The Jade Flood Dragon's expression changed. It had never seen this tree before. After all, it was already one of the most powerful creatures here, and if outsiders came in this secret realm, their cultivation levels wouldn't exceed that of the Divine Flame Realm.
"Roar…" It roared and frantically took action. Dark green symbols erupted. The flood dragon tore apart the skies as it engaged that branch.
Following a light sound, that sharp flood dragon claw was immediately blasted until it was badly mangled, and then it continuously fell. Blood flowed outwards.
The Devil Blood Ghost Tree just casually attacked, yet this was already enough to remove one of its flood dragon arms, leaving the Jade Flood Dragon shocked. Then, it felt great fear. Where did this deity come from? How did it get in and exceed the permitted limit of cultivation realm?!
The Golden Toad on the side was also horrified. This ancient tree was too formidable, injuring the Jade Flood Dragon so easily. What level of cultivation realm was this?
The Jade Flood Dragon and Golden Toad both flew backwards, unwilling to stay near this place.
Shi Hao was also inwardly shaken. This old tree was so powerful! If not for the fact that it had suffered from curse power before and had just revived, it could easily eliminate him.
"Don't be nervous. I do not carry any ill will. The two of us can properly discuss things." The Devil Blood Ghost Tree said.
Within the gate of light, there were exceptional talents who saw this scene after chasing out. All of them were shocked without exception and backed off. There were still a few people who didn't understand the situation who rushed forward to take action.
In the end, with two pu pu sounds, a purple Heavenly Scorpion's divine flame was wiped out and beaten into a mess, and another exceptional talent that cried out loudly, turning into a rain of light and flying towards the entrance of the secret realm.
"Due to being sealed for so long, my power has only started to recover, so I am unable to control my strength. I did not mean to take their lives." The Devil Blood Ghost Tree explained.
These people were all speechless. Those attacks were clearly murderous and decisive, how could they have contained any mercy?"
"I believe you." Shi Hao nodded, not undermining its words.
Legends had it that this type of tree contained demonic blood, so it could turn into a tree, but could also turn into a human form ghost. They were the most terrifying creatures and few in number. They only existed within the depths of the uninhabited region.
"Where were we?" The ghost tree asked.
"You were talking about the two of us being brought together by fate, and this armor…" Shi Hao reminded.
"Back then, I was only a seed, one that landed in the cracks of that armor upon birth. Unfortunately, my consciousness was extremely limited then," said the Devil Blood Ghost Tree.
These words left Shi Hao feeling stupefied. How many tens of thousands of year had this old tree been alive for? It was just too ancient!
One has to understand that this armor was an artifact from the archaic era, one that was brought out from the uninhabited region by Origin Sky Supreme Being. Just how many years had passed since then?
"Our Blood Devil Ghost Tree seeds' growth process is extremely slow. Only after a long time had passed in the secret realm did I manage to produce buds." The old tree explained. Back then, it had some consciousness, knowing that it was brought out from the forbidden region, but there were many things it didn't know about either.
It only had its race's innate divine ability passed down onto it. However, its knowledge of the forbidden realm's circumstances was really too lacking.
Back then, it merely casually floated about, landing as a seed into the cracks of the armor. Origin Sky Supreme Being recognized its rarity and brought it back.
"So there was something like this too…" Shi Hao didn't know what was proper to say.
"I've spoken about all of this to tell you that your armor has previously carried me, so there should still be some fate there. Normal people cannot wear it, but since you can, I won't make things difficult for you and write off our account with a single stroke," said the Devil Blood Ghost Tree.
Shi Hao released a sigh. The other party's cultivation was higher than his, so this situation couldn't be better for him.
"However, since we do have some fate, you should help me out as well. I am quite interested in the immortal dao energy inside the river water of your pill furnace. You have to help me refine a bit and eliminate the curse."
The Great Demonic God's expression immediately changed, because there were other secrets inside the pill furnace. The two golden sheets were also inside.
Shi Hao also found this troublesome. As soon as he began to mutter to himself, the old tree chuckled and said, "Could it be that you obtained the Lightning Emperor's other sheet?"
Shi Hao sighed, feeling like he couldn't escape from this.
"You took one sheet from me, and by letting me see the other sheet, it is also enough to call it even," said the Devil Blood Ghost Tree.
It knew what there was here. Endless years ago, it had entered as well, but its cultivation realm would be restricted, and it couldn't move the praying mat either. Now, its eyes erupted brilliantly.
It could be considered a ghost as well as a tree. That was why an eye could form on its trunk.
"Alright!" After some thought, he agreed. He could only make the Devil Blood Ghost Tree a friend, not an enemy. Otherwise, it would most likely be dangerous.
"I won't take the scriptures without anything in return. When the time comes, I'll gift you some good karma." The old tree said.
"What kind of good karma?" Shi Hao was astonished.
"I'll safely bring you all out from the secret realm." The Devil Blood Ghost Tree laughed and said. It knew that the youth before him had killed quite a few competitors and wanted to leave the secret realm. He would inevitably suffer attacks at the entrance.
"I didn't even plan on leaving…" Shi Hao muttered. He had long discussed things with the Great Demonic God. The secret realm was full of natural resources with precious medicines everywhere. It was a wonderland for cultivation.
If he left, it would be too dangerous. The sect masters at the entrance definitely wouldn't give up on the chance to investigate him. At that time, his true body would definitely be exposed, and it would be hard for him to survive.
"You want to stay here?" The Devil Blood Ghost Tree was shocked.
Shi Hao said, "There are heavenly materials and earthly treasures everywhere here, far greater than the outside world, so why should I leave? If I cultivate in isolation here and leave when my cultivation realm increases, who can make things difficult for me?"
"This place suppresses creatures, making it hard for them to exceed the Divine Flame Realm. In addition, every hundred years, there will be a great calamity that kills any creatures that unexpectedly surpasses the Divine Flame Realm. The natural laws of order are extremely terrifying."
The old trees words immediately made Shi Hao's expression change. For the sake of preserving the state of the secret realm, it had to suppress the cultivation of the creatures here.
"The reason why I am alive is because I was planted by Origin Sky Supreme Being in this secret realm. Moreover, I seized from the heavens, while sealed within the great formation, forming one body with the Lightning Mastiff's remains, allowing me to escape the regulations of this place. Do you all want to be like this as well?"
Grandpa Fifteen and Shi Hao looked at each other. Their moods became grim. Their original plans were likely going to have to be given up on.
"However, with your aptitudes, if you can embrace that Dragon Mastiff, you can also make it through, but it will be an extremely miserable process." The old tree said while laughing.
It had long understood the secret realm after all these years. Compared to the Golden Toad, Jade Flood Dragon and other super experts, it was even more terrifying. It was quite the old freak.
Recently, the Devil Blood Ghost Tree discovered that there was an unstable area in the secret realm that they could leave from, freeing themselves from this entrapment.
For this ancient tree, this place was simply a prison.
"What a pity!" Shi Hao felt incomparably regretful. He really wanted to stay behind. Where would he find another cultivation wonderland like this one?
"Hey, do you think this old one is that easy to provoke?" The Devil Blood Ghost Tree gazed into the distance towards everyone and said, "Being so sneaky and plotting, are you all treating me like thin air?"
A branch rushed out, sweeping over. The Jade Flood Dragon immediately cried out miserably, and another flood dragon arm fell, bringing with it a rain of blood. Apart from this, a bloody hole was opened up in the Golden Toad's stomach. It immediately scared the souls out of everyone. They all disappeared without a trace.
"What fresh and tender flood dragon meat…" Shi Hao jolted his buttocks as he ran over, collecting the two flood dragon arms that were removed.
"There's you guys…" The Devil Blood Ghost Tree looked towards the creatures that chased over from the place of inheritance.
Blood blossomed. Several creatures in the secret realm were immediately penetrated, and creatures from the outside world were slaughtered. They relied on their life symbols to revive and leave.
In the blink of an eye, this place seemed to be cleared up!
The Lunar Jade Rabbit was so scared it began to jump with pu teng pu teng sounds, crying out with a childish voice, "I'm on his side!"
However, it didn't dare come close. It widened its red crystal like eyes, disappearing like a wisp of smoke. It didn't want to get close to this strange tree. For this little rabbit, it was just too terrifying.
Then, Shi Hao had no choice but to take out the pill furnace. He refined a portion of the heavenly river for the old tree. For those that had profound cultivation levels, the curse power was fatal.
The more powerful one's strength was, the more dangerous this curse power would be. Back then, it was precisely because of this that an old sect master died.
The old tree obtained what it desired, so it was extremely satisfied. It experienced the immortal dao lightning aura, not saying anything for a long time. It then saw the yellow earth in the pill furnace, which immediately left it shocked.
"Turns out it only has a bit of aura from the true yellow earth and isn't that type of thing." It released a breath of air. It was truly shocked just now.
Shi Hao's eyes shone. He hurriedly asked for guidance, asking about what the yellow earth really was. One has to understand that when a higher realm giant entered the depths of the forbidden region, he was immediately refined upon touching the yellow earth, quickly causing him to fall.
"I am not too clear on this either. Rumor has it that it was something left behind by an immortal in the ancient past. It cannot be touched." The old tree said with a grave expression.
Shi Hao was shocked. "What kind of era was that?"
"It was a glorious and undying era." The ghost tree shook its head. It didn't know either, because it was still a seed back then. These were just things Origin Sky Supreme Being told the Dragon Mastiff, and were consequently overheard by it.
"Divine dao, immortal dao…"
Shi Hao said softly. There was some great secret after all. In the present world, only the divine dao was discussed, but when things went to the past, the immortal would always be brought up.
Then, the Devil Blood Ghost Tree, Grandpa Fifteen, and Shi Hao observed the Lightning Emperor's scriptures together. They continuously focused on the golden sheet, silently engraving its contents in their memory.
This was an unmatched secret method. If others saw it, it would immediately provoke a murderous disaster!
It was because no matter what ancient sect it was, their eyes would all become red. They would all feel as if they had to obtain this.
After who knew how much time had passed, the Devil Blood Ghost Tree raised its head. After all of this time passed, it only managed to record these symbols in its memory. There was no way it could comprehend them that quickly.
"Alright, senior, I've done what I've promised," Shi Hao said.
"Then I'll bring you all out." The Devil Blood Ghost Tree nodded.
"Don't be in such a rush. We'll stand guard here and wait for the cyan bone book to be brought out," Shi Hao said while laughing. His thoughts were a bit cold, because he had been surrounded and attacked for a long time. He planned to settle things here.
"No one can bring that bone book out. One can only comprehend it here." The Devil Blood Ghost Tree shook its head.
Shi Hao was shocked. There was something like this too?
"Forget it. We should be content with what we already have. We already obtained the Lightning Emperor's highest secret method and comprehended a few divine abilities of the cyan bone book, so we should leave." Grandpa Fifteen was quite earnest.
The Blood Devil Ghost Tree also nodded. "You all should leave. The opening in space is quite unstable and might disappear at any time, so we should not make any delays."
"I'm letting you all off too easily…" Shi Hao muttered.
They headed east. They discovered that the location of the gap wasn't that far. This gave Shi Hao quite the fright. Would they be discovered then?
"Do not worry. If you leave from this area, you might appear several tens of millions of li from your point of entry, perhaps even crossing several provinces. The passageways in the void are not as simple as you are imagining them to be," said the Devil Blood Ghost Tree.
When they passed the entrance of the secret realm, Shi Hao stopped. He looked over, able to vaguely see the altar, as well as even being able to hear a few voices.
"Heavens, a few more died. The struggle in the place of inheritance has reached a climax."
"That young devil king obtained a golden sheet and already left the ancient palace? This really is a great natural luck! I just don't know how he left the secret realm."
In the outside world, the crowd were all in discussion.
The sect masters' expressions were all calm, all of them silent. However, their eyes all swirled with brilliance. Regardless of who obtained the golden sheet or cyan bone piece, if they wanted to leave the secret realm, they had to first pass through them.
No matter what, they wanted to obtain that inheritance and study it.
This was especially true for that young devil king -- Huang. He was just a loose cultivator without any terrifying great sects behind him. It was just too bad for him; he should forget about leaving with the golden sheet.
"Too unbridled. He joined hands with an old tree and injured a few outstanding talents? I want to see how he leaves! This old one is going to demand an explanation from him!" An old woman who wore golden feathered clothes spoke.
She was a giant from the Golden Luang Race, a being on equal footing with a few old sect masters. The main reason was because its race's exceptional talent, a young Golden Luan had been killed by Shi Hao, leaving her furious.
"Hey, old thing, are you talking about me?" In the secret realm, Shi Hao wore the tattered armor. He waved his hands rather ostentatiously. There was enough distance between them, so he wasn't really worried.
"En?" The old woman's eyes shot out two beams of golden light.
She long sensed that there was someone there, but the secret realm was too strange, suppressing everyone. All divine senses that reached in would be weakened to an infuriating degree.
"It's him, the young devil king Huang!"
"Heavens, it's him! He dares to provoke a sect master like this, what kind of background does that fella have?!"
The outside of the secret realm immediately erupted with commotion. Everyone watched with glaring eyes.
"Youngster, you are too egotistical. Do not forget that you will have to come out in the end." Qin Changsheng said calmly.
The people of Fire Devil Palace were even more infuriated, stomping their feet in anger. This young devil king made them lose too much face. They were incomparably resentful, truly wishing they could immediately rush over and kill him.
Heavenly Country's angel of light hid within the group of people. His eyes flashed with even more radiance. He was considering whether to enter and directly eliminate that youth!
Apart from this, Underworld Earth, Sun God Vine, Black Orchid, True Hou, Holy Feather and other races and old sects' people were fuming with rage. There were too many people with cold eyes. They stared at him, wishing to immediately kill him.
It could be said that by standing here, Shi Hao immediately caused the hatred directed at him to erupt. He drew the attention of a large group of people. They were all fuming with anger.
"I say, everyone, if you look at me like this, I will feel embarrassed. Why do you all have to be like this? Are you welcoming me? You all really are making me the center of the spotlight, the focus of heaven and earth!" Shi Hao spoke narcissistically.
The group of people's faces immediately darkened. There were even some who began to grind their teeth in anger.
"Youngster, you don't know how high the heavens are or how deep the earth is. I want to see just how you will leave!" The Golden Crane Race old woman said coldly.
"Heh!" A few other sect masters coldly snorted.
"Who said I was going to leave? This place is quite good. This great one doesn't want to leave." Shi Hao said pompously. He didn't seem to attach much significance to these sect master level figures at all.
"I am going in to kill him!"
"I'm going too!"
There were immediately people who couldn't hold themselves back anymore. There were people from Fire Devil Palace, Underworld Earth, and Golden Luan race. There were even more from Immortal Mountain. There were just too many people who were related to the victims.
"Who is scared of who? If you have guts, then come! I'll wipe all of you out!" Shi Hao boasted shamelessly.
Finally, powerful creatures couldn't hold themselves back. A few great sects' experts joined hands and entered the secret realm. They were restricted, but they could still display strength up to a certain cultivation realm.
"Wipe them all out!" Shi Hao said.
The Blood Devil Ghost Tree waited until these people closed in, and then it decisively took action! It was the only creature that exceeded the limit of this realm, not being restricted. It could display powerful strength.
Blood erupted. The group of people were swept through, and all of them bled. This shocked everyone in the outside world.
When the sect masters saw this, their minds all jumped. There was actually someone who didn't receive the regulations' restrictions. This creature was definitely related to Origin Sky Supreme Being!
"I say, everyone, are there still others that want to come over? It doesn't matter how many there are, I'll welcome them all!" Shi Hao laughed in an extremely lowly manner.
It was absolutely silent. Many people were shut up.
"Since this is the case, I am going to go and cultivate. Everyone, let's meet again in five thousand years when the secret realm opens again. I will be waiting for you all!" Shi Hao waved his hands and turned around rather confidently and at ease.
"You arrogant piece of shit!"
"Vile creature, I will kill you!"
In the rear, a group of people cursed. They were truly angered badly.
"If you keep crying, I'll go into the depths of the secret realm and kill all of your disciples!" Shi Hao threatened.
The group of people immediately became even more angry.
However, Shi Hao didn't have time to waste. He followed the Blood Devil Ghost Tree. He quickly rushed towards the gap, fearing that he might not make it.
Finally, with a light weng sound, they stepped into that bizarre place and left the secret realm.