Chapter 1220: Meeting Up
Qin Lie exhausted much of his bloodline power because he had used ignition to execute Seven Ring Rotation earlier.
That was why he didn't tango with the six Spirit Race clansmen any further after he escaped from their encirclement.
The Spirit Race bloodline's strange, unpredictable ability had left a deep impression on him. He thought of fighting back using the Spirits of Void and Chaos, but he had no idea if those Spirit Race clansmen had a way to counter them. He wouldn't make the mistake of underestimating them a second time.
"The Spirit Race is good in using their demon pets in battle. Their bloodline is also profoundly strange…"
After leaving the six Spirit Race group, he began contacting his Soul Beast avatar in search for any memories regarding the Spirit Race.
Although he couldn't open a star door with his bloodline power, he could still communicate with his Soul Beast avatar anytime he wanted to.
Strange waves exploded in his mind as scattered memories flowed into his mind.
He digested them bit by bit.
"The Spirit Race's bloodline is intricately and profoundly tied to space, life, time, fate, and other profound laws of the world!"
Shock appeared on his face as he trembled after deciphering the memories. He suddenly felt like he understood the Spirit Race more.
"Void Wall, Life Lock, Life Scan, Life Extraction Art…"
It was true that the bloodline abilities and secret arts executed by the six Spirit Race clansmen were related to the secrets of life and space itself. Had he not have his spirit energy to aid in the time of crisis, he would've been hard-pressed to escape their clutches.
Space, time, life, and fate. These four strange systems made up the backbone of the Spirit Race's bloodline power. A member of the Spirit Race would be able to manifest these powers from their bloodline.
His eyes flashed as he recalled the Eight-eyed Demon Spirit and its bloodline ability "Star Door".
The ability had awakened after he drank the Eight-eyed Demon Spirit's blood and fused with it completely. He knew better than anyone the intricacies of Star Door, and he was highly reliant on it due to its sheer convenience.
The Spirit Race's bloodline contained the four most profound secrets of the world: space, time, life and fate. It was no wonder that this race came to be known as one of the four transcendent bloodline races just like the God Race, Soul Race and Abyss Devil Race.
After thinking for a moment he realized that the six Spirit Race clansmen were probably not the cream of the crop.
It was likely that the "Young Mistress" they spoke of was their true leader. They were probably a genius just like Hao Jie and Cang Ye.
"The Spirit Race truly deserves their title as a transcendent bloodline race. Their four bloodline systems are in no way inferior to the five familial bloodline powers of the God Race."
Suddenly, he grew new expectations towards his Eight-eyed Demon Spirit bloodline.
After the fight, he didn't try to seek out that six Spirit Race clansmen alone. Instead, he kept searching for more Bone Race and Winged Race clansmen using the Spirits of Void and Chaos.
When the high rank Abyss Devils discovered that most of the escapees had moved away from the Origin Sea, they stopped chasing after them.
The surviving Bone Race and Winged Race clansmen started moving towards Xuan Luo's location under his persuasions.
Finally, he went back to Gan Xing and the others under the thunder spirit's guidance.
Two Darklight Stones floated in the air like oil lamps.
Gan Xing, Nan Qi, and everyone else were sitting quietly. Their faces were dark and solemn.
They had moved far, far away from the Origin Sea, and it had been a while since they encountered any hunters. For now, they were safe.
Unfortunately, they had also lost their ability to perceive their surroundings after Qin Lie had gone away.
It was a huge blow to their team to say the least.
"It sure sounded nice when he said he'll come back to us, but he's done nothing to prove his words so far." A chilly looking Levy suddenly broke the silence. "Mixed-bloods can't be trusted after all!"
"Maybe we're just a bunch of useless burdens to him," said another martial practitioner under Nan Qi.
"He can sense any life signs nearby, and that is an incredible ability in this place. We wouldn't have lost so many people if he was in our team." Hong Kai of the Profound Ice Family sighed.
Gan Xing, Wu Sha, Liu Yang, and the others kept quiet despite their accusations.
They were not in a position to offer a retort.
After all… it had been far, far too long since Qin Lie left them. He should've returned a long time ago if he really intended to come back.
Forget Nan Qi and his people, even Gan Xing was slowly starting to lose his confidence.
Now that he had learned of Ling Yushi and her people, he had no choice but to suspect that Qin Lie had ditched them for his fiance.
After all, Qin Lie could escape any powerful team with the Spirits of Void and Chaos easily now that he was alone. If he was careful, there was almost no way he would come under threat in the Origin World.
That was why even he thought that Qin Lie wasn't coming back.
"He's not like this. He said he'll come back to us, and he definitely will." Liu Yang suddenly spoke up.
"He should've returned if he really wanted to. It has been too long," Yan Feng said indifferently.
"Maybe… maybe he was delayed by something?" Liu Yang said uncertainly.
Yan Feng snorted and shook his head.
He didn't say anything, but the deep disappointment on his face was evident enough.
"Let's go. Qin Lie… let's assume that he's dead already." Nan Qi stood up.
Levy and the others immediately stood up with dark looks.
Gan Xing shook his head while smiling bitterly. He too got up to his feet.
"Sigh, we have no idea where to go after we lost him. What should we do if we accidentally run into those Abyss Devils again?" Wu Sha looked very worried.
"Surely we can live without him?" Levy snorted.
Wu Sha's face turned cold. "He might not have left if it wasn't for your terrible habits!"
Just like Liu Yang, she had never been comfortable with their actions.
The only reason they chose to ignore it was for the sake of the team. Now Qin Lie was gone, and she had to listen to Levy's incessant ridicule. It was why she had gotten angry.
"This has always been how we functioned!" Levy grew angry. "You've worked together with us in the past, you knew very well how we operate! But you still sought us out to form a team, haven't you? Also, Yan Feng is just the same as I am! What do you have to say about that?!"
Wu Sha and Liu Yang were immediately silenced.
Yan Feng looked embarrassed as well. He shot Levy a glare, but didn't deny the accusation.
"Alright, alright, if you keep arguing like this I'm pretty sure you guys will go your separate ways very soon," Hong Kai persuaded.
He was a member of the Profound Ice Family, and he only obeyed Xuan Luo in the Origin World. He had no respect for Gan Xing or Nan Qi whatsoever.
He found it very strange that this team would argue so fiercely over a single mixed-blood.
What confounded him even more was that Gan Xing and Nan Qi, the leaders of the group had remained silent while both sides were arguing.
He had no choice but to stand up and mediate things despite being an outsider.
Suddenly, he realized that a rift had appeared within this Blaze Family squad.
Gan Xing and Nan Qi clearly held different opinions regarding Qin Lie.
In Hong Kai's opinion, the Blaze Family was already weaker compared to the other families. If Gan Xing and Nan Qi were to go their separate ways, their combat strength would obviously grow weaker.
The Profound Ice Family had already been destroyed. He didn't wish for the Blaze Family to meet the same ending because of internal conflict.
It was at this moment a blue lightning abruptly struck the center of the group.
When the lightning faded, Qin Lie's figure came into view. He asked in astonishment, "What are you guys arguing about?"
Liu Yang and Wu Sha abruptly screamed in joy when they saw him.
"I told you he'd come back to us!" Liu Yang cried.
Yan Feng looked surprised for a second, but he gave Qin Lie a nod and said indifferently, "Glad you're willing to come back."
Gan Xing smiled slightly as if nothing had ever happened. He asked, "Why were you gone for such a long time? We… thought you left us, you know."
"I ran into a few things." Qin Lie gave him a smile before explaining, "I've found Xuan Luo."
Hong Kai shuddered before asking excitedly, "Is he still alive?"
"Mn, he's doing well." Qin Lie answered.
"Who else? Who else is with him?" Hong Kai looked very happy.
Qin Lie fell silent for a moment before answering, "There is only Xuan Luo."
Hong Kai suddenly looked depressed once more.
"Although Xuan Luo is alone, I did gather a lot of Bone Race and Winged Race clansmen in one place. If we can gather the rest of the families together, we may be strong enough to engage those Abyss Devils in battle," Qin Lie said.
"What? You gathered a bunch of Bone Race and Winged Race clansmen too? They agreed to work together with you?" Gan Xing asked excitedly.
"Those Abyss Devils are holding the Origin Sea and keeping anyone from getting close to it. If we wish to understand the true secrets of the Origin World, we must get close to the Origin Sea. Some of the people among the Bone Race and the Winged Race are aware of this as well." Qin Lie explained. "However, none of us are strong enough to fight those Abyss Devils on our own. So…"
"You're right," Gan Xing said.
When Nan Qi, Levy and the other members of the team saw that Qin Lie had returned, and gathered quite a number of Bone Race and Winged Race experts under his banner, they all fell silent all of a sudden.
Qin Lie had actually heard their prior argument thanks to the thunder spirit. However, he pretended not to notice and said, "Let me bring you to them now."
They all nodded in unison.
And so the group left the place while led by Qin Lie.
"Qin Lie, just now…"
Gan Xing was walking with Qin Lie at the front. He looked a bit embarrassed and regretful. "I must admit that even I was starting to… doubt if you'd return just now."
Qin Lie gave him a smile. "It's natural to doubt."
Gan Xing responded with a chuckle. "Maybe it's because we don't know you well enough yet."
"Oh right, I ran into six Spirit Race clansmen earlier. They were very powerful, and they rejected my offer of alliance because they were struck by Hao Jie earlier, I think. Do you think you can persuade them to join us?" An idea suddenly struck Qin Lie.
"The Spirit Race?" Gan Xing was caught off guard, but he quickly shook his head bitterly, "We do not have good relations with them. It may not be easy to persuade them to join us."
"Not even for a temporary alliance?" Qin Lie looked astonished.
"It'll be difficult…" Gan Xing looked helpless regarding this matter. "Cang Ye, Hao Jie, and Ming Xi had all suffered heavy injuries when they fought against the Spirit Race in the past. Similarly, we've killed or heavily injured many Spirit Race experts in the past too. A cooperation between us is just not likely."
Qin Lie pondered for a moment before answering, "I understand."
He never brought up the Spirit Race again after that.
Not long after, the Blaze Family team met up with Xuan Luo, the Bone Race, and the Winged Race.