Chapter 1201: Obeying the Rules
Things were settling down, but Hao Jie's arrival caused the atmosphere to tense up once more.
Hao Jie had tossed a couple of blood-drenched arms in front of the Darkness Family, Profound Ice Family, and Blaze Family. Ming Xu's group—the group representing the Light Family—was the only one that didn't receive the same treatment.
"I don't like my food raw."
Gan Xing frowned before he made a grabbing motion and caused the broken arms to vanish into his spatial ring.
"But thank you for your kindness anyway. I'll eat them once I grow hungry."
On the other side, Xuan Luo of the Profound Ice Family picked up the arms and roasted them on a burning fire crystal. He said coldly, "I treat my food first before I eat as well."
Cang Ye of the Darkness Family wordlessly put away the arms Hao Jie had tossed at her direction just like Gan Xing.
All three representatives of their groups—Gan Xing, Xuan Luo, and Cang Ye—had demonstrated their stances through their action.
Hao Jie chuckled strangely as he stared at the crowd. "Whatever."
"Make sure to be careful around that guy. Everyone in the Bloodthirst Family is crazy, and that guy especially so…"
Liu Yang was practically whispering right next to Qin Lie's ears. She seemed afraid that Hao Jie would catch wind of her comment.
A fragrant scent that smelled like lilies entered his nose, causing Qin Lie to blank out for a bit.
"Is everyone here?" Cang Ye looked at the crowd.
"My side is ready at least," Ming Xu immediately responded.
Everyone in the Light Family was smiling. On the surface, they looked like the most amiable people out of everyone present.
But for some reason, they were the ones Hao Jie and his group hated the most.
Hao Jie looked eager to start a fight the second he arrived and saw Ming Xu.
—His expression matched Xuan Luo's expression when he saw Cang Ye.
"Sis, those high rank Abyss Devils came from the same entrance we came in, right?" Gan Xing asked suddenly.
Everyone looked at the spot An Yun showed up immediately.
Thick clumps of abyss devil energy was changing rapidly above the pitch black sky.
Sometimes it looked like a violent whirlpool, and sometimes it looked like a vast, floating sea. Sometimes it also looked like a malevolent devil's mouth.
"That's right. Those high rank Abyss Devils from different Abyss levels all enter here through this entrance," Cang Ye said.
"Can't the Darkness Family just lock down that area?" Xuan Luo raised his voice.
Qin Lie was puzzled himself.
According to his knowledge, the rank ten bloodline warriors of the Darkness Family had beaten the Great Lord of the Darkness Abyss.
This meant that the Darkness Family was free to hunt in this Abyss level to their hearts' content.
Logically speaking, this ancient secret realm should've fallen under the Darkness Family's control completely.
So why was there still high rank Abyss Devils from other Abyss levels invading this secret realm?
"Lock down? How?" Cang Ye snorted coldly before answering, "The reason the Great Lord of this Abyss level had leaked the existence of this secret realm was in hopes that the high rank Abyss Devils from other Abyss levels would invade this place en masse and deal massive damage to our people."
"Due to the change in circumstances, the experts of other Abyss levels are now free to send as many descendants into this level as they wish. It won't be viewed as an offense to the rule of the Great Lord of the Abyss."
"After all, the Great Lord of the Darkness Abyss was the one who invited them in the first place."
"There are a hundred and eight levels inside the Abyss. Each level contains several deadly rank ten Great Lord of the Abyss."
"Even the God Race can only engage about seven Abyss levels in combat at the same time."
"Truth be told, the God Race had always obeyed the ancient rules of the Abyss since the beginning of our operations."
"We've never engaged the entire Abyss in an all out war."
"Since this secret realm is located in the Darkness Abyss, and the Great Lord of the Abyss himself had given his permission, there's nothing we can do to stop high rank Abyss Devils from other Abyss levels."
"If we did, we would earn the ire of all Great Lords of the Abyss."
"The God Race doesn't want to declare war against the entire Abyss. In fact, neither the Spirit Race nor the Soul Race have the power to fight the entire Abyss either."
"If we wish to continue operating in the Abyss… then we must obey the rules of this place."
Xuan Luo fell silent after hearing Cang Ye's explanation. Everyone else looked thoughtful as well.
Qin Lie frowned to himself.
"To think that the Abyss is this powerful…"
It was only now he realized just how deep the foundation of the progenitors of Ling Yushi, Gray, Gordon, and Luz's bloodlines truly were.
It was true that the Soul Race, Spirit Race, God Race, and other powerful races of the galaxy were using the Abyss as a natural flesh farm.
However, all these invading forces had obeyed the laws of the Abyss strictly.
They were merely attacking a specific number of Abyss levels at a time.
There were one hundred and eight abyss levels in total. Every level was incredibly huge, and every level contained, at minimum, several rank ten Great Lords of the Abyss and dozens of rank nine Lords of the Abyss.
The Blaze Family could only attack the Extreme Flame Abyss. Even now, victory was an uncertainty for them.
The Profound Ice Family, Light Family, Darkness Family, and Bloodthirst Family only attacked a few Abyss levels of their choice as well.
They had always avoided declaring war against the whole Abyss.
No one knew exactly how many rank ten Great Lords of the Abyss were in all one hundred and eight abyss levels, especially considering that these lifeforms easily had several hundred thousand years of lifespan.
If these Abyss Devils were willing to unite as one, if they were willing to fight the invaders together, if they were willing to leave the Abyss and step into the infinite galaxy… it was unlikely that the God Race, Spirit Race and Soul Race could resist them easily even if they were to join hands.
This was without mentioning the secrets hidden inside the bottom eight levels of the Abyss.
They were known as the Abyss Purgatories. The devils existing there were only scarier and more powerful.
"Is everyone here, Cang Ye?"
It was at this moment An Yun's voice rang from inside the shrouded area.
"We're all here."
"Then lead them in."
At Frost Desolation Abyss.
Ling Yushi, whose bloodline was now rank seven was standing cultivating in between a mass of ice pillars.
Nether Realm's Nine Hell Evil Scripture was floating above her head.
Suddenly, Frost Desolation Abyss' rich abyss devil energy started gathering around her from every direction.
They entered the Nine Hell Evil Scripture.
A giant, blurry figure slowly took form inside the Nine Hell Evil Scripture.
Ling Yushi abruptly looked upward.
A terrifying, demonic figure that shrouded even the sky of Frost Desolation Abyss itself was up there. Its mere presence felt like it could destroy the world.
The human race, the Boluo Realm races, the Asura Race, and the Ji Family, and Sky Mender Palace martial practitioners who had just crossed over from Boluo Realm suddenly felt like someone was choking their necks.
Some Fragmentation Realm and Nirvana Realm martial practitioners had to crawl on the ground due to its immense pressure. They couldn't even raise their own heads.
Millions of kilometers away, Lord of the Abyss Barthez suddenly let out an angry roar. However, his voice seemed to be shaking.
At nearly the same time, four powerful souls that made everyone felt like their very bodies were about to explode appeared above Ling Yushi's head.
They were the four Great Lords of Frost Desolation Abyss.
These Great Lords had awakened from their comprehension seclusions instantly after the demonic giant had appeared above Ling Yushi.
That was why they had manifested themselves here using a portion of their soul.
"Lord of the bottom eight Abyss levels, why have you manifested your soul here?"
The Great Lord of the Abyss who once showed himself while Qin Lie and Enos were fighting each other asked using the ancient language of the Abyss.
"Are you trying to start a war between our Abyss levels?" another Great Lord asked loudly.
"War? Do you seriously think that anyone from the upper levels is a match for us?" The terrifying, blurry figure showed no fear despite facing four rank ten Great Lords of the Abyss. He said arrogantly, "The only reason I manifested my soul here is because I sense the presence of a descendant. Since I've not arrived personally in my true body, I haven't broken the ancient rule, the rule that states that no one from the bottom eight Abyss level is allowed to reenter the upper levels."
The four Great Lords of the Frost Desolation Abyss seemed to let out a sigh of relief when they heard this.
They fell silent and waited seriously. They seemed curious to know what was going to happen next.
"The God Race had found a good place in the Darkness Abyss. Since you possess my bloodline, and you're at rank seven right now, this is the perfect opportunity to check if you're worthy of my blood." The terrifying, demonic figure said to Ling Yushi, "If you can awaken an origin ability of my bloodline, I'll officially accept you as my descendant and invite you to the Abyss Purgatory I command. Oh right, you can choose a few people to accompany you as well so that you won't be in too much of a disadvantage."
"You have fifteen minutes."
"Once fifteen minutes is up, I'll send you to that ancient secret realm directly."