The next thing Bai Yunfei attempted to do was use his Tempest Sword, only to find out even flying soul armaments were unable to be used. Aside from his shock, some begrudging respect was to be had as well. With no way to fly through the skies, Bai Yunfei could only try the last remaining option to simply run up towards the mountain.
He could vaguely remember the outline of the landscape where the Extreme King Pills were. With that in mind, he plotted his course and ran accordingly in that direction.
Bai Yunfei took in the sights around him as he ran towards the strange mountain. All sorts of smaller peaks were adorning the place along with trees and grass. There were even a few insects, flies, and small rodents hiding throughout the landscape and near the rivers. In the river, a few fish were swimming lazily through it. If not for the restriction on not being able to fly, this place would've looked just like an ordinary rural countryside place.
Halfway up the mountain, Bai Yunfei was scaling the place like a graceful monkey. Leaping from foothold to foothold, he made it to a small flat area of the mountain before scaling another very tall tree. As soon as he reached the canopus, he stuck his head out to look around.
Aside from the mountains within his line of sight, this height and area should allow Bai Yunfei a great vantage point to take in the sights of everything.
But it was with disappointment that Bai Yunfei looked away. He couldn't see a thing. The mist around the area he was in was blocking almost half his sight, and the other mountains nearby had the same fate to them. He couldn't see anything that might've looked interesting or even anyone. The other mountains were all relatively far away too despite how close they might look, and his soulsense was unable to stretch that far.
But if there was one thing Bai Yunfei could confirm, it was that this pocket was even larger than he imagined, stretching beyond the horizon with its size.
Looking closely in hopes of finding something, Bai Yunfei's eyes perked with light when something did pop up. Hopeful, he leapt off the tree and began to run down towards the right.
He saw several people over there!
They weren't Jing Mingfeng, but it was without a doubt one of the other prodigies that entered the pocket. In situations such like this where there were too many unknowns, it was best to travel with a group of people. It wasn't a half-bad choice to make in this type of competition, since the issue of the Extreme King Pill could be put aside until afterwards.
Even though he did see somewhere there, Bai Yunfei had no desire to want to call out 'hello there' or 'hold up'! He hid his aura instead and made sure to get closer to them without them noticing he was there or calling out to them.
Since he couldn't Skywalk and had to run with relative stealth, it took a while before Bai Yunfei was able to reach the area where he saw the others. They were already gone by then, but Bai Yunfei could see the footprints of their group that seemed to lead to behind another mountain.
As Bai Yunfei was studying the footprints to see where it was going, he heard an explosion just several hundred meters around the mountain.
Bai Yunfei's heart skipped a beat with curiosity and surprise, but he suppressed the desire to send his soulsense out to see what was going on. Instead, he inched forwards slowly without leaking his soulforce.
Bai Yunfei came to a clearing several minutes later with a tuft of grass and trees bordering the right side. Over there, several trees had fallen over and the ground nearby was cratered like cheese. There were even a few burn marks—this was clearly the signs of a battle.
But the most important part was that a person was laying on a part of the scorched earth! Or to be even more specific, the corpse was!
Bai Yunfei's eyes focused in on the corpse. This body was already burnt so heavily that the robes and hair were all burnt away, but it was still identifiable as being a male.
"Someone's already killing the others, how excessive…."
A secondary sweeping of the area revealed that this corpse was missing its space rings, meaning that someone had already taken it. Bai Yunfei sighed, but he understood why.
Everyone that was in this pocket right now were all contenders for the Extreme King Pill. A furnace filled with Extreme King Pills didn't mean everyone here would be able to get one. Many of the factions here probably wouldn't be in the 'sharing' mood either. So the simple solution was to fight. Fight and kill for the prize.
Bai Yunfei could understand that much, and he did anticipate such a thing would happen. He just never thought that it would happen right off the bat.
Needless to say, this person was killed by someone else with great vigor. Then after killing this person, the one responsible ran away.
Or actually….the person was in hiding….
The sound of rapidly displaced air came whistling from behind Bai Yunfei's head. Swinging his right arm nonchalantly, he smacked a relatively long black needle down to the ground with his bracer.
There was a flash of red light as a fiery longsword suddenly flew through the air to pierce Bai Yunfei's forehead!
The 'suddenness' of this person's attack didn't bring any type of panic from Bai Yunfei. Without even resting his arm when he knocked the needle away, Bai Yunfei flexed his five fingers and brought it forward. The tip of the blade struck the palm of his hand, but rather than stab into it, the blade started to bend!
A moment afterwards, a person flew out from behind the trees to stand ten meters away from Bai Yunfei.
Not even bothering to give chase, Bai Yunfei dropped his arm to look at the surprised youth. "Was this person….killed by you?"
At the same time in a forest in another part of the spatial pocket.
"Lin Dongxiao! Don't get too ahead of yourself! Everyone's here for the Extreme King Pills and fighting fair and square, doing this is far too much!"
A young man wearing white robes was sitting on the ground, his right arm clutching at his bleeding left shoulder. In front of him was a giant black bear and a golden horned tiger at his left and right. This speaker was speaking with a quivering voice, and his eyes were filled with dread when he looked at the two soulbeasts in front of him. Still, he managed to find enough anger in him to howl at the figure sitting on top of a tree branch a hundred meters away.
The one sitting there was Lin Dongxiao of the Beast Taming School. Cracking a smile at the predicament of the other person, Lin Dongxiao said, "Haha…but of course. This 'fight' you're talking about, doesn't it mean exactly that? It's going to happen sooner or later, so why not start it now? You're from a two-bit school, coming to an event like this should've told you that you're only heading towards your death…."
"What?!" The young man's face paled even more. "What...what are you going to do?! I admit I'm not stronger than you, and I can't even look for the Extreme King Pills anymore. Don't you da—agh!!"
Before he could even finish speaking, the black bear in front of him struck out with a furious paw onto his body!
He went flying in a spray of blood and gore!
On top of the tree, Lin Dongxiao touched gently at the space ring he was holding. "What a group of idiots. Do they really think this is a 'friendly' competition? In a place where no Soul King can enter, it's a paradise for killing. What naive idiots, it's better that they go visit the underworld sooner rather than later!"
"The strongest ones here are the Peak Late-stage Soul Exalts, and the strongest soulbeasts are only late-stage class six. And I….I have an endless stock of soulbeast puppets…."
An ecstatic light entered Lin Dongxiao's eyes. "Who can possibly be my opponent in here?!
"The Extreme King Pills…..were found by our Beast Taming School, it's only right that belongs to us!
"In here….I am the strongest!!"