Translator: Nyoi-Bo Studio Editor: Nyoi-Bo Studio
The spiritual array engulfed the large, rundown, ancient hall. As the violent spiritual energy raged out like a windstorm, nine huge dragons appeared in the space and lingered around it, exuding a horrifying fluctuation. The space did not seem able to withstand their power and started to quake continuously.
Su Qingyin’s whole body trembled as the nine huge dragons looked at her with intensity. She lifted up her head to look at Mu Chen, who was standing outside the spiritual array with his hands behind his back. He had a smile on his face, but Su Qingyin felt that his smile was cold.
“I never thought… that you would be able to bring it up to this level!” Su Qingyin said, as she bit her lips in disbelief.
She was utterly shocked by Mu Chen. She had been wary of him from the beginning, but she had never expected him to possess such a powerful trump card. The spiritual array was too horrifying.
Even now, she still found it hard to believe that Mu Chen was able to control the Nine Dragon Devouring Fairy Array. After all, this was an Ancestral Master’s Spiritual Array that even an Upper Earthly Sovereign could not contend with. However, with Mu Chen’s attainment in the spiritual array, he was able to control it. Could he be a Spiritual Array Ancestral Master?
Mu Chen could see that Su Qingyin was in a flustered state, but he could not be bothered with it. He simply looked at her and asked again with a smile, “Miss Su, can you help me put together the Spirit-Slaughtering Troop now?”
Su Qingyin looked deeply into Mu Chen’s eyes and smiled. She nodded and said, “Of course I will, Brother Mu. I will not go back on my word. I will carry out what I promised you earlier.”
Upon hearing it, Mu Chen did not say a word but extended his hand as a gesture to invite her to proceed.
Su Qingyin turned around and stretched out her hand. The Phoenix Bug was in a deep sleep as it appeared again at the center of her palm. As she looked at the pretty Phoenix Bug, she felt sorry for it. The energy could have been used to help it evolve and grow, but since the energy would be forced out, it was apparent that the Phoenix Bug would have to suffer. However, in the face of such a horrifying spiritual array, she had no choice but to acquiesce to Mu Chen’s request.
Mu Chen is too cunning. Su Qingyin sighed within herself and without hesitating any further, she changed the seals with her hands. The tip of her finger broke open, and a stream of blood shot out toward the Phoenix Bug. It landed on the Phoenix Bug’s body and entered it. As the stream of blood entered the bug, it indistinctly started to form runes.
The Phoenix Bug suddenly cried out loudly. It seemed to be in great pain. It shivered as blood rays spurted out of its body and covered the area. The blood rays swirled around the large hall and moved straight toward the Spirit-Slaughtering Troop which was at the back of the main hall.
As the blood rays entered the bodies of the Spirit-Slaughtering troop, Mu Chen sensed that the bodies started to possess some strength.
Su Qingyin heaved a sigh of relief and wiped away the sweat from her forehead. She turned to look at Mu Chen and said with a smile, “Brother Mu, as I have promised.”
However, Mu Chen looked at her smiling face and remained expressionless. He continued to stare at her.
When Su Qingyin saw it, she stopped smiling.
“Miss Su, out of the 5,000 Spirit-Slaughtering Troops, you have only helped me recover 200 of them. Although I have lost some of them due to many other reasons, don’t you think that the loss is too great?” Mu Chen asked flatly.
When Mu Chen sensed the troop earlier, he managed to sense that only 200 Spirit-Slaughtering Troops had regained their strength. As the quantity was too small, they would not be of much use to Mu Chen, even if he was able to control them.
Su Qingyin turned pale. She had indeed preserved too much energy. After all, the energy was precious to the Phoenix Bug. After she stepped into the Earthly Sovereign-level, she could refine it. It would then be of a great help to her in perfecting her strength.
Mu Chen stared at Su Qingyin. He stretched out two fingers and said, “Miss Su, my limit is 2,000 Spirit-Slaughtering Troops. As long as you can help me recover this number, I will let you go.”
“You are crazy!” The expression on Su Qingyin’s face changed, and she shouted angrily, “You are still not capable of controlling 2,000 Spirit-Slaughtering Troops. You are not able to stomach it!”
If she had used the power to help Mu Chen recover 2,000 Spirit-Slaughtering Troops, the energy in the Phoenix Bug would have been almost used up. This was too much for Su Qingyin to accept.
“Whether I can stomach it is my problem,” Mu Chen said calmly. He then stared at Su Qingyin and said, “Miss Su, I believe you know jolly well how valuable this Phoenix Bug is since you have come to the Ancient Celestial Palace because of it. However, the power in the Phoenix Bug does not belong to it. Why are you so greedy? Two thousand is what I can accept. I will not change my mind.”
After Mu Chen said it, he shut his eyes. Apparently, he had no intention of bargaining with Su Qingyin. According to his estimation, if he was unable to control this number of Spirit-Slaughtering Troops, he would not be able to bring Mandela’s actual body out from that place.
Su Qingyin gritted her teeth and looked angrily at Mu Chen, who still had his eyes shut. She knew that there was no point arguing with him. She snorted and formed a seal with her hands. Once again, the Phoenix Bug shrieked, and more blood rays shot out from its body.
As the blood rays spurted out, the Phoenix Bug, which had been shining brightly before, suddenly dimmed down at a great speed. When Su Qingyin saw it, her heart broke. The blood rays continued to enter the bodies of the Spirit-Slaughtering Troop, and one body after another slowly regained its light.
“It is enough.” Mu Chen opened his eyes and smiled. He nodded at Su Qingyin and said, “Thank you for your help.”
Su Qingyin immediately stopped the spurting blood rays and put away the Phoenix Bug. She looked coldly at Mu Chen and said mockingly, “Why not let me continue with it? I should be able to help you recover more.”
Mu Chen smiled and said, “If there are more, I will really not be able to stomach it.” Two thousand Spirit-Slaughtering Troops was the maximum number that Mu Chen could deal with.
“You sound as though you are able to stomach it now.” Su Qingyin sneered at Mu Chen. Apparently, she did not think that Mu Chen was able to control 2,000 Spirit-Slaughtering Troops. After all, the troop was trained by the second hall master, and it had probably killed more than ten Earthly Sovereigns back then.
Although the troop had lost its vitality and spiritual intelligence, and the overall combat force had weakened due to the great reduction in numbers, it could still have the ability to contend with a Lower Earthly Sovereign if one was able to control it well.
Mu Chen smiled and ignored her. He waved his sleeve, and there was a fluctuation in the Nine Dragon Devouring Fairy Array. The hole appeared again. When Su Qingyin saw it, she quickly dashed out.
Su Qingyin had felt tense earlier, but she loosened up after she came out of the spiritual array. She then looked at Mu Chen with animosity, unhappy with what had happened. However, when Mu Chen saw her looking fiercely at him, he simply smiled and looked at her without showing any sign of fear.
Horrifying spiritual energy exuded from their bodies as their eyes met. Su Qingyin held the red Phoenix Bug and asked coldly, “Without the spiritual array, how do you intend to fight me?”
Mu Chen smiled and said, “I should be no match for you.” If Su Qingyin used the Phoenix Bug to deal with him, he would probably be at a great disadvantage.
When Su Qingyin heard Mu Chen’s reply, she was taken aback. She then became less harsh, as she did not completely trust what Mu Chen had said. After all, he was too cunning. If she were to take him on, she did not have absolute confidence that she could kill him, even though she had the Phoenix Bug.
For people like Mu Chen, if she was unable to kill him, it would be better not to make him her enemy. If she had him as an enemy, she would not be able to have any peace. After all, Mu Chen had killed Xia Yu without batting an eye. He was so resolute in his fight that even Su Qingyin was taken aback. Her instincts told her that it would be best not to set herself against Mu Chen if she could help it.
After weighing the pros and cons, she came to a decision. “I helped Xia Yu previously because he had given me some benefits. I will take this as a write-off,” Su Qingyin said coldly as her expression changed. She then withdrew her spiritual energy.
“Thank you for your help.” Mu Chen smiled. He did not hold it against Su Qingyin for holding Nine Nether back. After all, if she had joined forces with Xia Yu to take him on, Mu Chen would not have been able to kill Xia Yu. Thus, he would not treat Su Qingyin as an enemy because of her small collaboration with Xia Yu.
When Su Qingyin heard it, she got ready to leave. She looked at the Spirit-Slaughtering Troop and said, “Since we have collaborated before, let me warn you. Do not be too greedy. This Spirit-Slaughtering Troop is not so easy to control.” Having said that, she turned around and dashed out of the large hall. She turned into a stream of light and disappeared into thin air.
Mu Chen looked at Su Qingyin and did not stop her from leaving. After waiting for a while, he turned to look at the Spirit-Slaughtering Troop. Excitement was burning deep within his dark eyes.
If he could control the Spirit-Slaughtering Troop, he would be able to contend with the masters who were at the Earthly Sovereign-level, even if he was not yet at the Earthly Sovereign-level himself. To Mu Chen, it would be a great leap for him. When he could control the Spirit-Slaughtering Troop, he would become one of the masters in Tianluo Continent.
As Mu Chen thought of it, he took a deep breath to calm himself down. He moved forward, stepped into the Nine Dragon Devouring Fairy Array, and made his way toward the Spirit-Slaughtering Troop.
Su Qingyin had left with her treasure. Now, it would be his turn to receive the Spirit-Slaughtering Troop.