His soulsense wasn't working well enough in this place to be able to tell what was going on, so Bai Yunfei had to rely on his eyesight alone. All he could see were a few bright bursts of elemental energy along with the hazy outlines of several people. He hesitated for a few seconds, but in the end, Bai Yunfei took off towards the area.
Originally, Bai Yunfei hadn't been planning on doing anything about this. But then he realized that with the outburst of elemental energy and their general proximity to the curtains of the barrier, Bai Yunfei didn't want to risk the pocket here collapsing. If that were to happen, it'd spell trouble for them all.
"Ah! Ah! Ah…"
The screams were a constant in Bai Yunfei's sprint towards the source. It would take Bai Yunfei another ten seconds before he'd even reach the place where the fighting was happening. But before he was even within two hundred steps of the place, Bai Yunfei soon came to the realization that…the screams had stopped!
It wasn't just the screams. Even the elemental energy was finally starting to die back down to normal levels!
Confused and shocked, Bai Yunfei sprinted the last hundred meters before he was able to use his soulsense. Reaching out with it, Bai Yunfei quickly came to a startling realization why the screams had stopped!
He couldn't sense a single living being with his soulsense! The elemental energy that had been caused by the fight was starting to die and come back to a lull. It wasn't as though the people had escaped from this place, it was that they had all...died here! They were all corpses here on the hills!
Bai Yunfei leaped down from the boulder he was standing on to the half-ruined slope of the hill. Peering over the edge, he could see many craters and fissures left down on the ground below. In one crater was eight corpses strewn about the area.
Of these eight, Bai Yunfei recognized some of them. Searching a little longer, Bai Yunfei saw another corpse just twenty meters away. This one belonged to the man Bai Yunfei first came across, Zhao Xijun.
"They're all dead?!" Bai Yunfei wondered to himself. He quickly scanned the area around him as if realizing something.
As heavily injured as the nine were, they were still in the end, nine people. It didn't even take Bai Yunfei a minute to get here, and yet they were all dead still!
But most importantly…Bai Yunfei didn't even sense any fluctuations in the air here!
In other words, the killer of these nine had left the place before Bai Yunfei could get here!
Or if not left, they were definitely two hundred meters away from Bai Yunfei's soulsense range!
The Cataclysmic Seal materialized into the air and surrounded Bai Yunfei with a barrier of elemental earth. Bai Yunfei found nothing even after scanning the area twice over. Looking back, Bai Yunfei stared at the corpses down beneath him.
This time, Bai Yunfei was more thorough in his observation. Studying each corpse carefully, Bai Yunfei tried his best to look for a clue of some kind.
"It's him!!" He gasped as soon as he took notice of the new wounds on their bodies.
A slight whistling sound alerted Bai Yunfei to a rapidly incoming presence coming from right behind him. Even when he was in his heightened state of observation, something was flying at extremely fast speeds towards him from behind!
His reaction was half a step faster than average, whirling around, Bai Yunfei reinforced the barrier around him to the most of its abilities.
And right as he turned around, he saw it—a black streak of light!
But that wasn't the only thing! His soulsense had also picked up on something else! There was something he managed to detect when he turned around!
There was a faint blip as the object struck against the barrier. But then rather than the object being deflected by the Cataclysmic Seal—which could stop the attack of even a low-heaven tier soul armament from passing through—the object started to shine brighter with black light before slipping through the barrier! Leaving behind only a small hole, the object needled through it to continue forward!
Bai Yunfei's eyes flew wide open at the sight. He leaned his head backward and brought his right hand forward to protect his forehead!
There was a distinct clanging sound as the black object was stopped by a burst of red light before being deflected away!
At what was possibly the very last opportunity to protect himself, Bai Yunfei had managed to procure the Cataclysmic Seal and put it in front of his head to protect himself!
Now that the black streak of light was flying away from him, Bai Yunfei was able to see what exactly had tried to hit him.
It was a black needle not even as thick or barely as long as a finger!
"Clack clack clack…" Bai Yunfei's feet stepped non-stop across the pebbled ground beneath him to gain at least a hundred meters of distance away from where he used to be. Looking down at the Cataclysmic Seal, a cold shiver traveled down Bai Yunfei's spine…
Right in the middle of the brick was a small dent!
Not willing to even think about the dent for now, Bai Yunfei looked up at the top of another hill. Standing there was a young man in black robes. At some point, this person had appeared there for the black needle to fly back towards.
"It's him! What's he doing here?!"
Bai Yunfei was unnaturally serious now. The Cataclysmic Seal was back in its place floating next to Bai Yunfei's side so he could use the Fire-tipped Spear. Shifting it slightly, he pointed the spear at the enemy to prepare himself to fight.
This person, needless to say, was the one responsible for the deaths of the other nine people and as well as the countless people beforehand. The 'reaper' of the rumors from everyone else in the pocket, and the young man who could kill even Late-stage Soul Exalt with just a flick of the wrist and that black needle!
At that current moment, the black-robed young man was in an equally shocked state as Bai Yunfei. While he had managed to take hold of the black needle, the young man was currently not doing anything else.
"He blocked it?!" Was all he said. He stared down at the black needle in his hand, and then to the Cataclysmic Seal floating next to Bai Yunfei. "A high-heaven tier soul armament?!"
The shock lasted for only a moment before glee started to take over his face. Smiling to himself, he spoke, "How interesting…no wonder you're the strongest student of the Crafting School. It's been a while since we last met, you've grown a lot since then…
"If you're here, you must've felt 'it' as well, then? That wasn't within my expectations…" The young man continued to speak. His words hadn't been loud enough for Bai Yunfei to hear, but his eyes were cold enough to convey his hostility towards Bai Yunfei.
"You came knocking at the gates of hell because of fate. Allow me to personally send you through those gates then!"