Chapter 421 – Commotion
Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy
A stretch of silence filled the entire academy. Not only the students, but even some of the higher-ups in the academy had their mouths agape, while having a dumbfounded expression on their faces.
Their eyes had all clearly rested on the gigantic glowing Spiritual Energy screen. When it displayed Mu Chen smashing Mo Xingtian's Divine Soul with a palm…
The slender, half-naked youth standing tall in the sky. That handsome face appeared abnormally cold, akin to the edge of a knife. Within his palm was the shattered Divine Soul, which had turned into glowing dots that blotted the skies. Appearing pretty and beautiful, it gave people a chilling feeling up their spines.
Mu Chen had actually killed Mo Xingtian!
Shooting a look at each other, Shen Cangsheng and Li Xuantong could see the shock and astonishment present in each other's eyes. That's Mo Xingtian! The man that's listed at the top of their Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy's bounty list! The strongest fellow in the younger generation of the Northern Heavens Continent…for this fellow, it was unknown how many experts the Punishment Hall sent out, but were unable to capture or kill at the very end.
However, at this moment, the super vicious character that had caused a headache to many of the higher-ups in the Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy had actually met his complete demise in the hands of Mu Chen…
"That fellow's…too ferocious."
Finally, unable to hold it in, Shen Cangshen spoke out with a bitter smile. Although emotions of joy and elation were present in his eyes. For the Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy, Mo Xingtian was simply like a poisonous lesion, and was someone that couldn't be removed by any Elder. It was a considerably difficult task for the academy to capture him. However, from the looks of it, he had met his end in Mu Chen's hands, which had removed a big trouble for their academy.
Beside him, Li Xuantong gently nodded as he muttered, "That brat. He's really getting stronger and stronger every time he makes his move. From the looks of it, after this matter, we definitely need to enter the 'Gate of the Northern Heavens'. If not, I don't know which corner we'll be thrown at during the Great Spiritual Academy Competition half a year from now."
Shen Cangsheng heavily nodded his head. He truly didn't want to get beaten down like that.
As the two continued their chat, the peace within the Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy was finally broken with furious, earth-shattering cries and cheering. Ringing out across the whole area akin to thunder, they shook the entire academy up.
All of the students had faces full of emotion, especially those old veterans that were able to enter the Northern Heavens Continent to train and temper themselves, with each one of them breathing out a heavy sigh of relief. In the past, when they were undergoing their real world training, they always had the fear and worry about meeting the two vicious people, Mo Xingtian and Mo Longzi. That's because, once that happened, they might not be able to flee, even if they wanted to.
Now, the first one, Mo Longzi, had been heavily injured by Mu Chen, while the second, Mo Xingtian, had been killed by him. Their greatest troubles had been completely wiped out. When they head outside for real world training in the future, they would not be trembling in fear.
"All hail Brother Mu!"
A few members of the Luo Goddess Association cheered out while their faces were brimming with pride. All of them were considered as Freshmen. However, today, Mu Chen had allowed all of the members from the Luo Goddess Association to raise their heads up high in the Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy. Now, even some of the older students didn't dare to recklessly put up airs in front of them. All of this was due to the awe and prestige that Mu Chen had piled up by winning hard fights, one after another!
Su Ling'er's beautiful eyes sparkled as she focused her gaze towards the figure within the glowing Spiritual Energy screen. The half-naked youth with killing intent condensed within his eyes. This coldness, which was compared to his gentleness, made him appear as if he was two entirely different people. However, this complete contrast in attitude and mannerisms presented an extremely strong stimulation to her. Thinking about that, one couldn't count how many adorable lasses and young girls had their lovable faces flushed as they secretly sized up the youth in the display.
"You've ignited your crush, little lass. Look at you, you're almost going dumb." Seeing the eyes of her younger sister, Su Xuan could not help teasing her while extending her jade-like hand to pinch the lovable face of the adorable lass.
Su Ling'er's lovable face turned red, before she said ,"He'll be alright, right, Elder Sister?"
"Relax. With the Dean there, there'll be nothing that can happen to him," replied Su Xuan with a faint smile.
Only after hearing that did Su Ling'er relax, before sneaking another peek at the youth within the glowing screen. After that, appearing to have thought about something, her little red lips started to pucker up, before her emotions started to sink down. With such an outstanding Luo Li by his side, how would she stand any chance…
A stretch of jubilation filled the Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy, while murderous auras filled the Divine Spiritual Mountain.
At the instant when Mo Xingtian was killed by Mu Chen, the atmosphere outside of the Divine Spiritual Mountain had similarly froze up. The faces of the Elders from the various places slightly changed, feeling shocked in their hearts, due to the decisiveness and viciousness of Mu Chen's action.
"You little bastard! You actually dare to kill the people of my Demonic Dragon Palace! I'll definitely rip you to shreds!"
That frozen atmosphere didn't last long, before a roar filled with rage and anger was heard. In the next instant, thick, liquid-like killing intent shot through to the heavens, blotting the skies. At this moment, the entire world turned dim as rising gales and scudding clouds filled the skies.
The hearts of the Elders from various places skipped a beat as they turned their gazes over, only to see the ashen-green expression on Black Dragon Sovereign, killing intent rippling and surging out from him, akin to a demon god.
"Are you saying that the number of students from our Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy killed in the hands of your Demonic Dragon Palace's too little? If you dare touch Mu Chen, Black Dragon, our Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy will dare to wage war with your Demonic Dragon Palace once again!" Just as the Black Dragon Sovereign's roar rang out, a low and deep voice sounded out, with unconcealable, thick killing intent, as well as fury brimming within his voice.
The eyelids of the Elders from various places twitched before turning their heads around, only to see Dean Tai Cang, with a dark expression on his face. At this moment, the Spiritual Energy of the world had turned rampant in accompaniment with his emotional fluctuations.
"Haha! Tai Cang! You truly are arrogant. That year, if not for the White Dragon Sovereign rebelling and running away, and stealing the treasure of our palace and preventing us from completing our summoning ritual. Does your Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy wish to defeat our Demonic Dragon Palace?" replied the Black Dragon Sovereign with a furious laugh.
"If you don't accept it, our Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy will accompany you once again!"
Dean Tai Cang's thunderous voice exploded to the point of causing the faces of countless people to contort. The two topmost influences in the Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy were finally going to duke it out again?
This caused the entire Northern Heavens Continent to feel shocked by this revelation.
The golden rain drops covered the earth and hid the skies as they fell from the gigantic clump of light floating high up in the sky. Due to the rain, the entire area became clear and refreshing, with the tense atmosphere from the previous large battles having completely calmed down. Indescribably carefree and relaxed feelings rose and surged within the minds and hearts of everyone present.
At this moment, regardless of the Nine Heavenly Steps or the countless other experts present in the vast land below, everyone rapidly took a seat. Although they weren't able to enjoy the Strength of Baptism as perfect as Mu Chen, they were still able to enjoy some it that leaked out. If they were able to absorb that, it would have an extremely huge benefit to their cultivations.
Sitting at the highest point of the Nine Heavenly Steps, Mu Chen raised his head to look at the golden rain descending from the skies. With a thought, a powerful suction force erupted from his body, instantly absorbing a large stretch of the golden rain.
As the golden raindrops came into contact with Mu Chen, it quietly seeped into his body. At that instant, a furious shiver seemed to shake through his body, while abnormally clear and refreshing fluctuations rippled and propagated out. Those fluctuations were exceedingly mysterious, appearing akin to the influx of holy water. Unexpectedly, the wounds that were caused from the great fight with Mo Xingtian started to heal at an astonishing rate.
His dried-up Spiritual Energy started to surge and replenish itself at a rapid pace.
"Such a strange energy."
Mu Chen sighed in admiration. As the golden drops entered his body, he was able to feel that his blood, flesh and bones had turned into hungry ghosts, crazily devouring the golden raindrops. This wasn't something voluntarily done by him, but a result of his innate body function. That's because he was able to feel that the mysterious golden rain was having an extremely good benefit to him.
Entering into a drunk state amidst that wonderful and miraculous feeling, all the pores on Mu Chen's body appeared to have opened wide, making it hard for him to extricate himself from it.
However, still being lucid, Mu Chen continued to circulate his Spiritual Energy, with suction force erupting out from him, continuously sucking in the in the descending golden raindrops. Standing at the topmost position, there was absolutely no one that could compete against him for the Strength of Baptism. However, being so abundant and vigorous at this position, he was unable to covet all of it for himself. Therefore, 70% of the remaining Strength of Baptism continued to flow downwards.
Mu Chen didn't feel any regret towards it. Of all the Strength of Baptism present, he was able to claim 30% of it, with the other experts on the Nine Heavenly Steps being able to claim 30 to 40%. The remaining 20 to 30% was left for the experts present at the bottom to absorb. However, due to the number of people being too high of a number, after the distribution of the Strength of Baptism, each individual present there could only absorb a sliver of it. Therefore, being able to claim 30% of it by himself was more than enough to cause people's eyes to turn red.
As the strength of baptism continued to descend from the sky, a faint golden glow started to appear on the surface of Mu Chen's body. From afar, he appeared to possess a golden body.
Gradually calming himself down, Mu Chen finally sunk his consciousness down to a training state.
Slivers of Strength of Baptism penetrated Mu Chen's blood, flesh, bones and meridians, before finally condensing and dripping into Mu Chen's aurasea.
From there, Mu Chen's Divine Soul quietly sat within. Golden glowing rain drops condensed within the little hands of the Divine Soul. Faintly, a crystal-like structure appeared, looking abnormally mysterious and abstruse.
As Mu Chen sunk his consciousness within the Divine Spiritual Baptism, huge waves blotting the skies started to rise on the outside of the Divine Spiritual Mountain. A war that would shake the Northern Heavens Continent was about to erupt.
Chapter 422 – Shock
Murderous auras gushed out and blotted the skies outside of the Divine Spiritual Mountain, while the hearts and minds of the Elders of various places were filled with shock.
"Haha. Do you really think that our Demonic Dragon Palace's scared of you, Tai Cang?!"
Upon hearing those words from Dean Tai Cang, the Black Dragon Sovereign started to heartily chuckle, while chilling intent surfaced within his eyes. Taking a step forward, he spoke up with a smile. "Do you really think that our Demonic Dragon Palace does not have one single bit guts after all these years? Even if your Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy doesn't have the guts to start a war, our Demonic Dragon Palace will eliminate you!"
The hearts of countless experts were filled with shock. Even the Elders of the various peak influences in the Northern Heavens Continent had their faces slightly change. The Demonic Dragon Palace had always avoided any straight-up confrontation against the Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy. However, why did they suddenly respond in such a forceful manner today? Could it be that they're really planning to wage a war? Once a fight of that level breaks out, there would even be the danger of Sovereigns falling.
Without a doubt, Sovereigns falling would be a life-threatening blow for both sides.
"Can it be that your Demonic Dragon Palace's about to wage a war again? This time, our Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy will make sure to do a clean job." With a frosty expression on his face, Dean Tai Cang matched each hard word with one of his own. The Demonic Dragon Palace and the Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy were sworn enemies to the death. That year, the Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy had knocked the Demonic Dragon Palace from their position as the Overlord of the Northern Heavens Continent, causing the latter's prestige to drop, and never to recover again. Similarly, while in concealment, only god knows how many Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy students were out for real world training and tempering. Therefore, Dean Tai Cang had more than ample killing intent towards the Demonic Dragon Palace. If they were to truly wage a war, he would be more than willing to pay some price to completely wipe the poisonous scum from the face of the Northern Heavens Continent!
The Black Dragon Sovereign chuckled heartily, with his smile appearing somewhat mysterious. With a furious wave of his sleeve ,a fierce voice howled out, reverberating across the heavens.
"Today, this Divine Spiritual Mountain will be your graveyard, Tai Cang!"
Just as the Black Dragon Sovereign's roar resounded across the horizon, the space in the surrounding skies started to suddenly warp and distort. Five rays of light rushed towards the sky, encompassing the entire world with their glow. The vastness of the Spiritual Energies present appeared to be so substantial that everyone within a thousand kilometres were able to clearly see and notice it.
The faces of countless experts violently contorted as they turned their gazes towards the cores of the five rays of light. Five figures unexpectedly surfaced from within, with the might of Sovereigns gushing out in torrents.
"That’s the Five Great Sovereigns of the Demonic Dragon Palace!"
Shock filled the hearts of a few of the Elders. Indeed, the Demonic Dragon Palace had come here with preparation. All the Sovereigns of their inner palace had arrived in full force. Did they plan to massacre Dean Tai Cang here?
Countless experts within this area retreated back in haste, deeply afraid of being swept up by the frightening shock waves created by this formation.
It was clear that the sole target of the Demonic Dragon Palace was Dean Tai Cang. Therefore, they simply didn't care about other people retreating back.
Standing behind Dean Tai Cang, the lovable faces of Ling Xi and Luo Li slightly changed. In the next moment, grabbing onto Luo Li's slender wrist, with a move of her lovable figure, Ling Xi retreated back. A conflict between people of that degree would pose extreme danger for Luo Li. Therefore, it’s imperative that she brought Luo Li away from Dean Tai Cang.
Looking at the imposing scene before him, Dean Tai Cang's face sank like the rain. A chilling glint flashed within his eyes as he said, "So, your Demonic Dragon Palace has long prepared for this, huh? However, do you really think that I've descended to such a level?"
"Haha! Let me see you try!"
A shiver shook through the Black Dragon Sovereign's body as rays of light thousands of kilometres long rushed towards the heavens. Vast and boundless Spiritual Energies, stirred the Spiritual Energy present in the heavens as six rays of light thousands of kilometres long appeared to form some kind of formation, surrounding Dean Tai Cang within in. Clearly, the Black Dragon Sovereign had gathered all the strength of the six great sovereigns of the Demonic Dragon Palace for the sake of killing Dean Tai Cang.
A chilling gaze shot out from Dean Tai Cang's eyes. Being a Fifth Grade Sovereign, he was of the same cultivation realm as the Black Dragon Sovereign. As for the other five Sovereigns of the Demonic Dragon Palace, they were all First Grade Sovereigns. Indeed, this formation was extremely life-threatening to Dean Tai Cang. However, isn't the Black Dragon Sovereign somewhat too naive to believe that their Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy would not have any experts present at this place?
Ling Xi brought Luo Li to a safe place in the far distance. Casting her beautiful eyes towards the region where the vast and powerful Spiritual Energy was surging out in torrent, her eyebrows wrinkled up and said, "Luo Li, wait here awhile. I'll go and help Dean Tai Cang."
Although Ling Xi wasn't considered as a subordinate of Dean Tai Cang, holding the title of Elder, she truly did receive care and concern from him for the past few years. Furthermore, the most important point was that she had met Mu Chen here. Therefore, if the latter has any problems, she would definitely not take a back seat and be an observer.
"Okay. Please be careful, Elder Sister Ling Xi." Luo Li nodded her head. Although the scene before her had overwhelmed her with shock, it was something which had happened to some of the Elders of the Northern Heavens Continent. Despite that, there was no presence of nervousness and loss of colour on her face. After all, she was the Princess of the Luo God Clan and their future ruler, which was one of the four great God Clans in the Eastern Heavens World. Such a background exceeded that of the Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy and the Demonic Dragon Palace. Although they had gradually declined over the years, the Sovereign-level experts within her clan had strength that the Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy and the Demonic Dragon Palace absolutely couldn't match.
Seeing Luo Li's response, Ling Xi nodded her head, before shooting back to the region with rampaging Spiritual Energies.
However, just as she took a step forward, her lovable face suddenly turned cold. Chilling intent surfaced within her beautiful eyes as she looked towards the empty space, before speaking out with a frosty voice, "Which scoundrel is it that only knows how to hide his head in the ground?"
As her voice rang out, she extended her slender jade-like hands. Pointing towards the space before her, she gave a furious clench.
Boundless Spiritual Energy shot out, appearing akin to a ray of light, covering the earth and hiding the skies as it gushed out. Transforming into a Spiritual Energy whirlpool a 3000 metres wide, it violently shot towards the empty space in front of her.
"Haha. You really are violent lady." The empty space suddenly turned jet-black as a figure surfaced from within. With a wave of his sleeve, uncountable shadows surfaced behind his body, completely defending himself against the Spiritual Energy rays of light shooting towards him.
That was a black middle-aged male, appearing well-built, a gloomy shadow in his eyes with black hair fluttering in the air. The aura he gave off was extraordinary, which clearly meant that his was no simple person.
"Who are you?" Looking at the middle-aged male, a frown appeared on Ling Xi's face as she spoke out.
"Liu An," replied the middle-aged male with a faint smile.
"The president of the Umbra Chamber of Commerce, Liu An?" Ling Xi's face slightly sunk as she replied "Looks like your Umbra Chamber of Commerce and the Demonic Dragon Palace have hooked up together. Such big guts to actually attack our Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy. Are you not afraid to stir up a huge disaster for yourself?"
"Haha. Such strong words from you, Miss Ling Xi. Our Umbra Chamber of Commerce isn't planning to go against your Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy. It's just that the Demonic Dragon Palace had made an offer that had moved my heart. Therefore, the only thing I need to do is to hold you here, that's all." Liu An replied with a faint smile. "Please know that if you don't make any moves, I'll promise that I'll absolutely not make any move on you, Miss Ling Xi."
"Oh? Are you going to obstruct me?" asked Ling Xi in mocking fashion.
"Haha. I know that Miss Ling Xi is a Spiritual Array Grandmaster. However, please consider that I'm a Third Grade Sovereign. It shouldn't be difficult for me to hold you down, you know?" replied Liu An with a smile.
Hearing that, Ling Xi replied with a sneer, "Are you certain that you haven't smashed your head? If our Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy's Lord Northern Dragon knew about this matter, he'd immediately head down here, you know? Are you certain that you guys won't be scared shitless when he arrives?"
Upon hearing the words 'Lord Northern Dragon', Liu An's pupils clearly contracted. Within the Northern Heavens Continent, the Northern Dragon was known as an invincible existence. Due to this existence sitting within the Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy, there was absolutely no influence or power that could shake their seat in the Northern Heavens Continent.
"Since the Demonic Dragon Palace dares to make a move, they'll naturally have a way to deal with the Northern Dragon…" With a smile on his face, Liu An replied with a soft voice.
Ling Xi's heart slightly shook as she heard those words. The Northern Dragon is a Ninth Grade Sovereign existence, and is invincible in the Northern Heavens Continent. The Demonic Dragon Palace actually has a way to deal with the Northern Dragon? Is it possible? Regardless of this, she didn't sneer towards his last words. The Demonic Dragon Palace weren't a bunch of morons. They clearly understood the gigantic threat the Northern Dragon represented to them. If they truly didn't have a way, they'd absolutely not wage a war against the Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy.
"I really want to see exactly what ability you have that can stop me."
Suppressing the shock within her heart, Ling Xi turned her cold gaze towards Liu An as glowing currents started to circulate around her jade-like fingers.
"Sigh. Then I'll have to offend you, Miss Ling Xi."
As Liu An sighed, countless rays of darkness seemed to extend from his back, corroding the heavens and earth in contact with them.
WIthin the Divine Spiritual City
Punishment Hall hallmaster Mo You, as well as Elder Zhu TIan, didn't head towards the Divine Spiritual Mountain. However, when those few thousand-plus metre long ray of lights rushed towards the sky, the faces of the two playing chess in a pavillion instantly changed. The chess piece Punishment Hall's hallmaster Mo You's hand fell on the chessboard as a shiver shook through his fingers, shattering the jade chessboard into dust.
Shooting a look at each other, both of them could see the shock present in each other's eyes. In the next instant, a furious shiver shook through their bodies, wanting to rush towards the Divine Spiritual Mountain at full speed.
"Haha. Please… the two of you accompany me for a game of chess."
As the two of them rose from their feet, a faint laughing voice rang out within the pavilion. Furiously turning their head around, both of them saw a male dressed in white robes slowly surfacing from within. At this moment, the latter was looking towards them with a faint smile present on his face.
"President of the Heavenly Yuan Chamber of Commerce…Dong Ming."
Upon seeing the man, the faces of Punishment Hall's hallmaster Mo You started to turn dark.
Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy.
Countless students were still focused on the glowing Spiritual Energy screen. While they were still sunken in an emotional state, a glowing blood-red pillar suddenly stopped towards the skies from a large hall within the academy. As it did so, a hasty ring reverberated across the entire region.
The faces of countless students violently contorted as they looked towards the bloody pillar that had rushed towards the skies, hearts and minds overwhelmed with shock. Within the glowing blood-red pillar, a giant blood-red clock started to shake and ring.
"That's the…Blood Soul Bell?!"
Overwhelming feelings of shock were present in the eyes of Shen Cangsheng and the rest. That's the highest alert level of our Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy! For all these years, this was the first time they had seen any activity from the blood red bell.
Chaos and disorder sprung up within the entire Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy as all of the higher-ups rushed over in a hurry, faces overwhelmed with shock as they looked at the scene before them.
The two remaining Heavenly Seated Elders that had remained within the Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy appeared in the sky. Looking gloomily towards the blood red bell, they shot a look towards each other before saying, "Something's happened to the Dean!"
While the entire Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy had sunk in chaos and disorder, the urgent bell ringing suddenly came to a stop. Turning their gazes up, everyone saw a weak and frail looking figure appearing by the side of the giant clock. With a wave of his sleeve, he sent it back into the giant hall.
The weak and frail-looking old man had sloppy robes slapped over his body, while his head appeared bald, not presenting any shred of a figure on the higher echelons. At this moment, a faint frown appeared on his forehead as he looked towards the chaotic Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy, before shouting out, "Shut up!"
His voice sounded extremely old and ancient. However, it came along with an extremely powerful pressure. With a single roar, he had instantly quelled and suppressed all of the chaos and disorder present.
"Lord Northern Dragon!"
Upon spotting the bald-headed old man, the two Heavenly Seated Elders hastily paid their respects.
"Cao Xiu, I want the both of you to immediately activate the Academy's Spiritual Array, before rushing back to the Divine Spiritual Mountains. As for the other higher-ups, defend the Northern Heavens Spiritual Academy. Prevent anyone from entering or leaving!" said the bald old man with an indifferent tone. At this moment, he no longer appeared lazy and carefree, with faint traces of overbearingness appearing from his seeming uncultivated appearance.
Upon hearing him, the two Heavenly Seated elders speedily gave their replies.
Raising his head to look towards the direction of the Divine Spiritual Mountain, the bald old man snorted coldly, "Looks like it’s time to get rid of the Demonic Dragon Palace for good."
As his voice rang out, a shiver shook through his body as he rushed to the skies. Rays of brilliance gushed out while the heavens and earth appeared to turn dark. Raising their heads, all of the students looked in shock as a pair of black-coloured wings hung down from the clouds, extending out across the horizon, expanding over thousands of kilometres.
The giant bird of unending size raised its head and gave a long howl. With a flap of its cloud-sized wings, space shattered apart as its incomparably gigantic figure disappeared into nihility.
Countless students stared dumbfoundedly, with incomparable emotions surging from within their eyes.
"That's Lord Northern Dragon!"