Chapter 367 – Short Exchange
Boundless Spiritual Energy swept out as three figures appeared on top of the mountain peak. As the astonishing Spiritual Energy fluctuations rippled out, they converged to form enormous waves of pressure. Akin to black clouds looming over in the sky, they pressed down on Mu Gui and and his group in the distance.
"That's Mu Chen! Shen Cangsheng and Li Xuantong too!"
Surprise and elation instantly erupted on the faces of Su Xuan and the rest as they noticed the three figures that appeared. Originally, they had assumed that Mu Chen would appear by himself. However, they never imagined that he had actually found Shen Cangsheng and Li Xuantong.
"Shen Cangsheng? Li Xuantong? They've recovered their strength?!"
On the other side, upon noticing Shen Cangsheng and Li Xuantong, who were erupting within astonishingly imposing auras, while appearing even stronger than before, the faces of Mu Gui, Gui Xiong and the rest could not help changing.
Weren't those two fellows poisoned by the Demonic Dragon Poison? How could they have recovered their strength? That poison required a Sovereign Stage expert to dispel it! Could it be that they had a Sovereign Stage expert to secretly helping them?
As their emotions fluctuated, all of them became vigilant and on guard. If the Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy truly sent a Sovereign Stage expert, they were simply unable to even run away.
"Although the Demonic Dragon Poison requires a Sovereign Stage expert to dispel it. If one has some special methods, one could similarly dispel that poison. If the Sovereign Stage experts of the Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy dared to take action, the Sovereigns of our Demonic Dragon Palace would have naturally noticed it." Mo Longzi spoke out in an indifferent tone, causing the shock within the hearts of their group to stabilize and calm down.
His apathetic eyes turned towards Shen Cangsheng, Li Xuantong and Mu Chen. Filled with a sinister shadow, he spoke towards them, "However, you guys being able to dispel the Demonic Dragon Poison truly exceeded my expectations."
Sending a similarly sinister gaze that locked onto Mo Longzi, Shen Cangsheng replied with a sneer, "I'm afraid that there're a lot things that exceeds your expectations."
As a chilling intent erupted from his eyes, Shen Cangsheng took a step forward, causing the Spiritual Energy erupting from him to drastically rise. The degree of Spiritual Energy was much more tyrannical than a normal Heavenly Completion Stage Middle Phase, it had already come endlessly close to a Heavenly Completion Stage Late Phase.
He was about to make a breakthrough!
Feeling the Spiritual Energy fluctuations radiating out of him, the faces of Mu Gui and their group slightly changed. Truly worthy of being Shen Cangsheng. After suffering such a huge blow, not only did he not feel depressed, he was even able to improve his strength. If they were to allow him to rush back from here, he might truly be able to make a breakthrough to Heavenly Completion Stage Late Phase.
Staring at Shen Cangsheng, Mo Longzi's eyes had also narrowed. This Shen Cangsheng truly was very formidable. Him being able to promote to Heavenly Completion Stage Late Phase was completely due to the cultivation method of their Demonic Dragon Palace, coupled with him obtaining a vast amount of resources. However, this was considered a kind of overdraft, as cultivating like that had lead to a drop in his life span. Therefore, he could be considered to have paid an extremely great price. However, before his eyes, time after time, this Shen Cangsheng was still able to catch up to him, leading to some frustration and fury to rise within his heart.
"Although you're about to break through, you've still not reached Heavenly Completion Stage Late Phase. Just like that, you still dare to fight with me?!" roared Mo Longzi in a dark voice.
"Whether or not I'll win will be known when we fight!"
Shen Cangsheng replied in a joyful manner, no fear present in his voice, and disdain showing in his eyes. He was the Overlord of the Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy's Heavenly Rankings, and represented the prestige of the Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy! Therefore, regardless of the opponent he was faced against, he would absolutely not cower or retreat!
He knew that the Mo Longzi before him was a formidable foe. However, that was not a reason for him to feel fear and dread.
As dark glint flashed within Mo Longzi's eyes, he gave a wave of his sleeve. In the next instant, Lin Zheng and the other two, who had fainted due to their serious injuries, started to float up from the mountain peak into the air.
Seeing this happen, the faces of Mu Chen, Shen Cangsheng and Li Xuantong all sunk. Lin Zheng and the other two had already landed in the hands of their enemies?
"Haha. Although the two of you were rescued, they have landed in my hands," said Mo Longzi with a ruminating smile. "Do you think this exchange is worth it?"
"I also have two of your people in my hands." replied Mu Chen with a sneer. With a bend of his palm, a suction force erupted out before two figures came shooting over from a place not far away. Those two figures were Chi Yu and Mao Jiang.
Shooting an indifferent glare at the two, Mo Longzi gave a faint smile and said, "They're just wastes, nothing of any importance. Do whatever you want with them."
His words and tone appeared exceedingly emotionless, not showing the slightest bit of care towards his previous companions. Perhaps, he didn't treat Chi Yu and Mao Jiang as his companions in the first place.
"Haha. Worthy of Mo Longzi. Looks like they were just tools being used by you, just like those people behind you, right?" replied Mu Chen with a faint smile.
Instantly, Mu Gui, Gui Xiong and the rest started to slightly wrinkle their foreheads. They had also discovered the provocation within Mu Chen's words. However, it was hard to avoid feeling a little uncomfortable within their hearts.
"You sharp-tongued brat!"
Mo Longzi looked with a slightly chilling glare towards Mu Chen, before replying with dark voice, "You're that fellow that had killed Bai Xuan and was almost killed by me? Never though that you're actually able to reach such a stage in less than a year. If I'd known earlier, I would have killed you then and there."
He had already guessed that the Demonic Dragon Poison within Shen Cangsheng and Li Xuantong had more or less been dealt with by Mu Chen. If not, Shen Cangsheng and Li Xuantong wouldn't have taken that long if they were to had any ways to deal with the poison.
"It's a pity that you won't get a second chance," replied Mu Chen with a smile.
"As if a Heavenly Transformation Stage Late Phase has the qualifications to say such stuff in front of me. Why do I need something like a chance? With your strength, I can kill all I want!" A sinister shadow flashed within Mo Longzi's eyes as he took a step forward. In an instant, only a remnant shadow remained at his original position as he appeared right behind Mu Chen. Sending a palm patting forward, greyish-black Spiritual Energy swept out, transforming into a roaring demonic dragon as it rumbled towards Mu Chen.
However, just as that roaring demonic dragon rumbled out, a long spear sparkling with golden light created a golden streak of light as it swept out. Shattering the air apart, it pierced right towards that demonic dragon.
"I really want to see how you plan to kill other people in front of me!" Spiritual Energy erupted out from Shen Cangsheng's body without the slightest bit of restraint, while a chilling intent gushed out from his eyes. With a shudder of his golden long spear, spear shadows that blotted the sky, hiding the skies and covered the earth as they enveloped Mo Longzi's body, aiming towards his vitals.
Ding! Ding! Ding!
Flicking his ten fingers, greyish-black streaks of light explosively shot out from Mo Longzi, shattering all of the spear shadows that had come over to engulf him, while his body fluttered and retreated.
"Mo Longzi, do you dare to fight a duel with me?!"
Fighting intent erupted from Shen Cangsheng's eyes as his figure explosively rushed forward. During this period of time, he had pursued Mo Longzi in an attempt to kill him. However, the latter had kept on avoiding and running away since the beginning, causing his guard to gradually slip away. At the end, the latter had used the means of an encirclement to cause injury to him and Li Xuantong. Between the two of them, they never had a true duel from the beginning till now. This was something that Shen Cangsheng was extremely unresigned about; he thirsted for a true fight with the latter.
In an extremely fast speed, he chased after to Mo Longzi in a flash. Golden light erupted from his eyes as he hoisted his golden spear up, while bright and resplendent rays of brilliance, akin to that of gold, shot out from the body of his spear.
The golden long spear shook, seemingly erupting with astonishing humming noises. Fighting intent erupted from it as boundless Spiritual Energy transformed into a golden lotus at the front of the golden long spear. On the surface of the golden lotus, extremely swift and fierce spear shadows swept from it.
"War God's Golden Lotus!"
As fighting intent erupted from Shen Cangsheng's eyes, his spear pierced straight out. In the next instant, the golden lotus at the tip of his spear crazily revolved. Like a golden scorching sun, it caused golden light to illuminate everywhere, piercing through the dense spiritual mist in the surroundings.
That spear from Shen Cangsheng was akin to the horns hanging from a deer, akin to being made by the heavens. The formidable might of it caused even space to start distorting, showing its extreme power.
Upon seeing this spectacle, the faces of Mu Gui and his group in the distance slightly changed. If it was one of them, they might simply not be able to receive such a spear. This Shen Cangsheng was truly worthy of of being the most outstanding Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy student within his batch.
Looking at the golden light that had erupted out, a chilling glint surfaced within Mo Longzi's eyes. With a cold snort, he clasped his palms together, before abruptly separating them. At this instant, a black dragon mark seemed to have surfaced within one of his palms.
"Demonic Dragon Heaven Shattering Palm!"
He sent his palm patting out, causing churning Spiritual Energy to gush out. In the next instant, a gigantic demonic dragon a hundred feet long roared as it exited. Carrying along dragon roars that shook the sky, it brought along astonishing might as it smashed head-on against the golden lotus.
As the two powerful attacks collided, everyone heard an enormous sound ring out. Boundless rays of brilliance swept out, with the golden and black light filling their halves in the horizon.
Devastating Spiritual Energy storms swept out, forcing the two figures in the sky to retreat upon making contact, shooting back from where they started.
Heavily hammering his golden spear down, Shen Cangsheng forcefully stabilised himself, before looking gravely at the distance. The one present there was Mo Longzi, whom had fluttered and landed, his hands behind his back as he stood upright.
Such a tyrannical spear from him was still unable to deal with Mo Longzi. The latter's strength at the Heavenly Completion Stage Late Phase truly was very strong.
"Prepare to move."
Shen Cangsheng spoke out in a deep voice. As of now, although they had lost Lin Zheng and the other two Great Generals, their lineup wasn't considered weaker than their opponents. As long as they could entangle Mo Longzi, with Mu Chen's, Li Xuantong's and Luo Li's strength, they were capable of defeating their enemies.
However, just as they were prepared to revolve their Spiritual Energy and take action, Mo Longzi gave a soft laugh. With a wave of his sleeve, Lin Zheng and the other two landed in front of Mu Gui and his group, before being grabbed by them.
"Shen Cangsheng, since you want to truly fight with me that much, I'll give you a chance. However…"
Mo Longzi's tone changed, before continuing with a smile. "It'll not be in this place. I'll wait for you all at the Western Desolated City outside of the Western Desolated Territory. If you want to save them, come to the Western Desolated City!"
"Haha, I want to kill all the so-called prideful sons of the Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy in front of the countless people present there! At that time, the name of me, Mo Longzi, will resound across the Northern Heavens Continent!"
"I'll let everyone know that the students taught by your Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy will always be inferior to our Demonic Dragon Palace!"
With a hearty chuckle, Mo Longzi fluttered as he retreated, with his group of vicious people rapidly following suit.
"If you want to save these three people, I'll wait for you at the Western Desolated City. Noon, Tomorrow!"
"Where do you think you're going?!"
Shen Cangsheng gave a cold roar. With a move of his body, he explosively rushed forward to give pursuit.
Upon seeing this, the person at the rear, Wu Jia gave a faint smile. Clapping his hands together, spiritual mist instantly swept forth from the surrounding area, completely covering the basin up. As this happened, their figures rapidly disappeared within the spiritual mist.
As their figures disappeared, the only thing remaining of them was Mo Longzi's sinister laughter, resounding back at Shen Cangsheng and the group.
"Shen Cangsheng, if you don't want to see the bodies of those three being hung on the Western Desolated City, be prepared to keep our appointment!"
Chapter 368 – Western Desolated City
Western Desolated City, the biggest city within the entire Western Desolated Territory. Countless experts from various places that come to the depths of the Western Desolated Territory to cultivate would stop and rest at this place, as well as to prepare various cultivation-related items. Therefore, the vitality and liveliness was the greatest within the entire Western Desolated Territory.
This city was under the jurisdiction of the West Pole Hall. This Western Pole was a peak level influence within the Northern Heavens Continent, and was extremely powerful. Speaking about it, it could be considered an Overlord of a region within the Northern Heavens Continent.
Therefore, although there were crouching tigers and hidden dragons mixed within the Western Desolated City, cases of people causing trouble over here were extremely rare. After all, with such an enormously powerful influence like the West Pole Hall sitting there, it wasn't an existence that was good to provoke.
However, today, the Western Desolated City had become somewhat more lively due to some external influences, with some perceptive people being able to sense the surge and roars within the darkness.
The origin of all of these was due to Mo Longzi and his group of people.
After arriving at the Western Desolated City, they immediately occupied the most eye-catching location within the city, the Western Desolated Terrace.
The Western Desolated Terrace sat at the highest point within the Western Desolated Territory. Standing tall within the city like a mountain, it overlooked the entire city. In most cases, only when major events happened within the Western Desolated City would the Western Desolate Terrace be opened. However, this time, Mo Longzi and his group of people had directly occupied it.
This group of uninvited guests had undeniably roused the attention of countless people within the entire city.
This was especially true after seeing three gigantic metal cages being hoisted up in the Western Desolated Terrace, which even caused doubt and bewilderment. However, their doubts were quickly erased, before shock and astonishment swept through the entire Western Desolated City.
That's because the three people locked within those metal cages were, unexpectedly, the three Great Generals of the Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy!
With Mo Longzi's ties with the Demonic Dragon Palace also being exposed, countless people felt shock erupt within their hearts. This was a gigantic influence that had almost become the Overlord of the Northern Heavens Continent in the past. Even after suffering a decrease in fame and reputation after the astonishing war with the Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy that year and hiding away for all these years, people knew that this previous Overlord still possessed frightening power that would make people quake in fear.
Facing a previous Overlord like the Demonic Dragon Palace, even those peak influences within the Northern Heavens Continent, like the West Pole Hall, would still have much dread and fear within them, and would not dare to provoke it too much.
From the looks of it, Mo Longzi had actually captured the three Great Generals of the Punishment Hall; moreover, he had used such a method to hang them within the Western Desolated Terrace. Was this a demonstration of might towards the Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy?
Those were the two greatest influences within the Northern Heavens Continent. Were they planning to launch a war again?
This might become a big matter that would rock and shake the entire Northern Heavens Continent.
As the entire Western Desolated City was still reeling in shock, Mo Longzi didn't show any other signs of movement. He continued sitting within the Western Desolated Terrace, with an indifferent expression within his eyes, as if he was waiting for something.
At his back, Mu Gu, Gui Xiong, Wu Jia and the rest were standing while facing the wind. Baleful auras radiated from them, pervading the air and letting everyone know their viciousness and strength.
Their entire group of seven people all possessed strength at the realm of Heavenly Completion Stage. Placed within any influences, they would be classified as elites. Although there were numerous experts within the Western Desolated Territory, the amount of people whose strengths were able to exceed that of Mo Longzi and his group of people were rather small.
"Worthy of being the genius that came from the Demonic Dragon Palace. Being able to reach Heavenly Completion Stage Late Phase at such an age…that's truly frightening." After sensing the astonishing fluctuations radiating from Mo Longzi, some people within the city couldn't help sighing in admiration.
"Exactly. Furthermore, it's said that this Mo Longzi's not considered the peak within the younger generation in the Demonic Dragon Palace. That Mo Xingtian's the truly terrifying one. However, that person rarely takes action. Previously, the younger generation of the Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy was completely suppressed by the fame and reputation of Mo Xingtian."
"Looks like the ability of the Demonic Dragon Palace to nurture people isn't weaker than the Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy."
"You can't say words like that. The Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy is, after all, an academy, and doesn't have the cruelty imbued in it like the Demonic Dragon Palace. Furthermore, students have a limited amount of time to cultivate within an academy. Compared to the Demonic Dragon Palace, which has unlimited amounts of resources under its belt, and had geniuses nurtured painstakingly from birth, there will always be a slight disparity. Therefore, if you look from afar, the Demonic Dragon Palace isn't comparable to the Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy. After all, after so many years, there are quite a few graduates from the Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy that had already stepped into the Sovereign Stage, and had spread their great names within the Great Thousand World."
"That's true. Every peak influence would concentrate and pool their resources together, thus allowing for outstanding people to continuously appear. Not only Mo Xingtian from the Demonic Dragon Palace, Xi Qinghai from the West Pole Hall, Xia Yingran from the Nine Summers Merchant Group, Su Buxiu from the Heavenly Furnace Saint Sect. These people are the truly outstanding ones within the younger generation in the Northern Heavens Continent."
The entire city was rifled with whispers of discussion, causing an extreme surge of liveliness within the city. Furthermore, everyone also felt curious towards Mo Longzi's appearance, which clearly portrayed him waiting for something…
Although they were not too clear of the exact situation, those perceptive ones were faintly able to discern the feeling of the calm before a storm. A storm was about to brew within this Western Desolated City.
Uproars and some unrest were felt due to the actions of Mo Longzi and his group. Within a large hall in the centre of the Western Desolated City, a male in green robes stood with his hands behind his back. Raising his head, he looked towards the scene present within the Western Desolated Terrance as a faint smile surfaced on his face.
"Ah, Mo Longzi… you've actually come to the place of our West Pole Hall to raise a storm."
A figure respectfully spoke out behind the male in green robes, " Young Hallmaster, do we have to do anything? I've already investigated that the three people Mo Longzi had caught were the three Great Generals of the Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy's Punishment Hall. Furthermore, Mo Longzi should be planning to wait for the reinforcements coming from the Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy, before completely killing all of them. In that way, his reputation and prestige within the Demonic Dragon Palace would greatly increase, with the possibly of even getting rewards for his actions."
"This Mo Longzi looks like he has already promoted into Heavenly Completion Stage Late Phase. If not, he wouldn't be able to deal with the three Great Generals of the Punishment Hall."
The male in green robes gave a faint smile, before gesturing with his hand and saying, "The matter between the Demonic Dragon Palace and the Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy doesn't concern nor involve us. Just treat it as if we can't see it. If they want to fight it out, let them be."
The gaze of the green-robed male condensed on the figure within the Western Desolated Terrace that was radiating a baleful aura. This Mo Longzi truly was formidable. However, compared to Mo Xingtian, he was still weaker by a sliver.
Thinking about that person, the eyes of the green-robed male couldn't help faintly narrowing as he started to count the dates. Isn't the "Holy Spiritual Mountain" that will cause extreme waves of shock to propagate throughout the Northern Heavens Continent about to open? This time, that Mo Xingtian might become one of my enemies.
The atmosphere within the Western Desolated City had grown increasingly scorching hot as time went by. As news of this matter continued to spread out, anyone that had heard of it had all rushed over the Western Desolated City.
The Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy and the Demonic Dragon Palace were, after all, too famous within the Northern Heavens Continent. Any small matter involving them would be able to shake the entire continent.
Sitting within the Western Desolated Terrace, Mo Longzi looked at the gigantic city flourishing with vitality below him, while an apathetic smile surfaced on his face. If he defeated all of the elite students from the Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy under the attention of this many people, wouldn't the face of the Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy be completely squashed to the ground?
At that time, his status within the Demonic Dragon Palace would greatly rise as a result, with the possibility of even threatening that Mo Xingtian. At that time, the regards he would get wouldn't be weaker than that of the latter.
Thinking about that person, a dark shadow flashed within Mo Longzi's eyes. He possessed absolutely shocking talent. Originally, he should've been the most outstanding person within the Demonic Dragon Palace. However, who would have thought that Mo Xingtian had firmly sat on top of his head for the last couple of years? Within the Demonic Dragon Palace, anyone who talked about him would place him behind Mo Xingtian. This was, in reality, quite a blow towards Mo Longzi, whose inner arrogance had reached an an incomparable level.
"Hmph! When this matter's over, my reputation will greatly increase. At that time, there will definitely be my quota for the upcoming opening of the 'Holy Spiritual Mountain'. During that time, if I obtained the 'Holy Spiritual Baptism', I'll be able to obtain a good foundation in my path to promoting into Sovereign Stage. Then, Mo Xingtian will be squashed beneath my feet!"
"At that moment, only I, Mo Longzi, will truly become the strongest within the younger generation in the Northern Heavens Continent!"
A sinister expression surfaced on Mo Longzi's face as his ambitiousness erupted within his eyes. Raising his head, he looked towards the far distance out of the Western Desolated City, while a cold smirk rose from the corner of his mouth.
"Shen Cangsheng, you guys must definitely come. If not, all of my plans will be for naught…My reputation still needs you people to become stepping stones for me!"
Time quickly elapsed within the Western Desolated City, whose atmosphere had turned scorching hot. Whooshing sounds continuously resounded outside of the city as people descended within the city, akin to a swarm of locusts.
Countless gazes endlessly swept towards the Western Desolated Terrance, while simultaneously looking out of the city. All of them really wanted to know; facing this solemn waiting by Mo Longzi and his lineup, exactly which of younger generations within the Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy would dare to come here and save their people?
As countless people raised their heads and looked around, the scorching sun across the horizon inched slowly up, before finally reaching its peak in the sky.
At this moment, a faint movement was seen within Mo Longzi's indifferent expression, before slowly raising his head. A sneer surfaced within his eyes as he looked towards to horizon, where hurried whooshing sounds suddenly rang out from there.
Those sounds appeared extremely rapid and furious, causing everyone's gaze to immediately turn their way. As they looked over, ten figures shot over akin to lightning bolts, before transforming into rainbow-like streaks, appearing in the air above the city.
As the glow around them faded, their figures surfaced for everyone to see.
A youth stood stanch and straight at the front-most position of the group. A gold-coloured long spear grasped within his hand, boundless Spiritual Energy radiated out. A disdainful look was present within his eyes, while everyone could sense the exceptionally imposing aura radiating from him.
"That's the First Rank on the Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy's Heavenly Rankings, Shen Cangsheng!"
Similar to Mo Longzi, Shen Cangsheng possessed quite a bit of reputation within the Northern Heavens Continent. Upon his arrival, he was immediately recognised, causing waves of outcry to ring out within the city.
"The person beside him should be the Second Rank on the Heavenly Rankings, Li Xuantong…”
"Tsk. Tsk. He Yao, Su Xuan, Xu Huang…they're all in the top ten ranks within the Heavenly Rankings. Their lineup is quite strong."
"Who are those two people? Why do they look younger than Shen Cangsheng and the rest of their group? Their age, seems to be Freshmen, right? They actually dared to come to this place? Could it be that the Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy doesn't have anymore people that it could be sent here?"
"Oh, a very interesting show is coming. The Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy's Heavenly Rankings against their Bounty Board's Rankings…"
As the group of people in the sky had just revealed themselves, waves of clamoring noises instantly sprung up within the entire city as countless whispers of discussion erupted out.
However, not the slightest bit of care was given by the people in the sky as they cast their sinister gazes towards Mo Longzi and his group of people within the Western Desolated Terrace.
"Haha…you've finally arrived."
Under their sinister gazes, Mo Longzi gave a faint smile. Standing up, he gave an apathetic look towards Shen Cangsheng, Mu Chen and their group.
"Congratulations for being punctual. If you guys want to rescue those three from my hands today, that would have to depend on how much ability you guys exactly have!"