Chapter 324 – Endless Glacier
More and more people started arriving. The gates of life and death caused everyone to furrow their brows. Everyone could clearly see behind what laid behind the Gate of Life, it was full of vitality. Green hills and clear waters were everywhere, and bright light shone in all directions. The atmosphere seemed peaceful and calm.
As for the Gate of Death, dead spirits and ghosts wandered about. The eerie aura leaking out from the Gate of Death was enough to frighten everyone. Just looking at it made most feel as if they were having a nightmare.
In order to proceed further, they had to pass through either the Gate of Life or the Gate of Death, it resembled the nine paths before this.
The nine paths had stopped all warriors under 30, who would this Gate of Life or Death stop? Or, were there any dangers behind each gate? No one knew.
“The atmosphere behind the Gate of Death is austerely eerie, it’s really frightening. In such a situation, the Gate of Life is the obvious choice. My guess is, there will be some surprise treasures behind the Gate of Life. As for the Gate of Death, it will definitely lead us to an extremely dangerous situation. I’ll choose the Gate of Life!”
Some warrior said. After that, he started sprinting towards the Gate of Life. He passed through the gate in the blink of an eye, and disappeared from everyone’s eyes.
“I choose the Gate of Life as well. The Gate of Death looks incredibly terrifying, I can even feel my soul trembling when looking at it. If I pass through that gate, those dead spirits will most likely tear me apart.”
“Precisely, it must be the Gate of Life! With such a vibrant energy, I’m sure there are some treasures lying around.”
Many peoples started walking toward the Gate of Life.
“I’m sure it isn’t as simply as what we see. Sometime, life means death and death means life. It’s just a difference in thought, perhaps the more dangerous path is the Gate of Life. I’ll choose the Gate of Death.”
A daring man passed through the Gate of Death, and he too disappeared from the eyes of everyone present after passing through the gate. Looking at it from the outside, the eerie atmosphere was extremely power, and dead spirits were still lingering around. The man, however, was nowhere to be seen.
Many people had already made their choice. Most of them picked the Gate of Life, and only a handful of daring warriors passed through the Gate of Death.
“Little Chen, which gate are we choosing?”
Han Yan looked at Jiang Chen.
“These gates aren’t as simple as they look. Honestly, this Island of Ice is a training ground for warriors of the younger generation. Therefore, both gates are sure to have a certain degree of risk and opportunity. A Buddhist once said, ‘place someone on a field of death and he will fight for his life; to experience a true transformation, one mustn’t be afraid of the slightest thing; he has to experience life and death.’ If my guess is correct, this is the true meaning behind the gates of life and death. Therefore, I think we should choose the Gate of Death.
Jiang Chen said.
“Precisely! If a warrior has no fear of death, there is nothing else he would have to fear in this world; this is a profound mentality. I agree with what Little Chen said; place someone on a field of death and he will fight for his life, this is the true meaning of the gates. Furthermore, I don’t think the Gate of Death will lead us to death, and I don’t think the Gate of Life will lead us to a good life.”
Nangong Wentian nodded his head. He sincerely agreed with Jiang Chen’s opinion.
“Let’s choose the Gate of Death then.”
Big Yellow said, tail wagging. He was someone who feared absolutely nothing, so he was not scared of the Gate of Death.
Right before the group were about to step into the Gate of Death, Jiang Chen threw his glance next to the Gate of Death. To his surprise, he found that another illusionary gate had suddenly appeared. The gate hovered in the air, and was barely visible. Above it was a huge illusionary character, 【虚 - Void】.
“Gate of Void, there is another gate here.”
Jiang Chen said in a surprised tone.
Nangong Wentian and Han Yan looked in the direction Jiang Chen was looking, but, they saw nothing. Not even a strand of hair could be seen, let alone another gate. Big Yellow too couldn’t find anything; it was just an empty space. There were only two gates in front of them, not three.
“Little Chen, is something wrong with your eyes? Where is the third gate?”
Han Yan said in a sarcastic manner.
“You guys can’t see it?”
Jiang Chen stared blankly at the, he was seriously shocked. He could clearly see the Gate of Void in front of him, but Han Yan and Nangong Wentian couldn’t see it. Even Big Yellow couldn’t see it, why was that?
“Little Chen, did you really see another gate?”
Nangong Wentian was surprised.
Jiang Chen nodded his head in a serious manner.
“Why can only you see it, but not us?”
Big Yellow was puzzled as well.
When Jiang Chen looked at the Gate of Void, he could clearly hear a buzzing sound coming from it. An ice-cold aura was being emitted from beyond this gate, which caused him to tremble. But at the same time, Jiang Chen sensed the ice-cold aura calling for him.
“I’ve sensed this calling even before I came to this Island of Ice… what exactly is calling for me?”
Jiang Chen was really surprised. He made up his mind, he wanted to enter this Gate of Void. He was the only person who could see this gate, that’s why he had to enter it and find out exactly what had been calling for him all this time
Nangong Wentian, Big Yellow, and Han Yan were still trying hard to find the gate. But, none of them could find anything. In the end, they concluded that if Jiang Chen was the only person who could see this gate, then it must be because there was a problem with his eyes.
But all of them knew Jiang Chen had an eagle sharp eyesight, therefore, there really was a gate of void here, and Jiang Chen was the only person who could see it.
“Little Chen, don’t tell me you’re going to enter the Gate of Void?”
Han Yan asked.
“Precisely what I’m going to do.”
Jiang Chen replied with a nod.
“I’m sure there are extreme dangers behind this weird gate. None of us can see this gate, so we can’t follow you. If you really decide to pass through this gate, you need to be extra careful.”
Nangong Wentian patted Jiang Chen’s shoulder.
“I can handle it. Let’s split up here, you guys take the Gate of Death. We’ll regroup once we reach the inner area of the Island of Ice.”
After saying that, Jiang Chen immediately stepped into the Gate of Void and disappeared.
“Huh? Why did Jiang Chen disappear? Is there another gate? No, I can’t see anything.”
“That’s weird. Guys, let’s go check it out!”
Many people found the disappearance of Jiang Chen strange. Someone walked up and tried to examine the area, but they too found nothing, and was force to give up in the end.
The trio exchanged a glance, then they passed through the Gate of Death and disappeared.
Not long after Jiang Chen and his group passed through the gates, the men from the Shangguan Clan and Myriad Sword Sect arrived, all of them furious.
“Where is Jiang Chen?!”
Shangguan Yilong shouted out right after he arrived.
“He has passed through the gate.”
Someone answered him.
Shangguan Yilong and Ling Du spent some time examining both gates. Even with their powerful minds, they were stunned by what they saw, and couldn’t make up their minds.
“Which gate did Jiang Chen enter?”
Ling Du asked.
“Jiang Chen didn’t pick either of those gates, he disappeared next to the Gate of Death, really weird!”
Someone pointed next to the Gate of Death, where Jiang Chen had disappeared.
Ling Du furrowed his brows. He and Shangguan Yilong both walked next to the Gate of Death and carefully examined it. They even used their Yuan energy to examine. Of course, they found nothing.
“You dare fool me?!”
Ling Du’s expression became cold, and he threw a sharp glance at the man who talked just now.
The man trembled, and he quickly explained, “No, I wouldn’t dare! Many people saw it, Jiang Chen really disappeared from there in a weird manner! But, that big yellow dog and the others passed through the Gate of Death!”
Shangguan Yilong and Ling Dong exchanged glances, then they turned to the Gate of Death at the same time. For the first time, these two rivals agreed on something.
They believed what the man had told them, mainly because no one dared lie to them. For unknown reasons, Jiang Chen had disappeared, so they couldn’t pursue him for now. However, his friends had entered the Gate of Death.
“Shangguan Yilong, do you have the guts to enter this Gate of Death?”
Ling Du said in an indifferent tone.
“Why not? This Gate of Death doesn’t seem as simply as its appearance. Even if we enter the Gate of Life, our safety won’t be guaranteed. Perhaps the danger in the Gate of Life is even greater than the dangers in the Gate of Death?”
After saying that, Shangguan Yilong turned to the group behind him and said, “You guys can enter the Gate of Life, I’ll enter the Gate of Death and kill that trio!”
“Brother Yilong, we’ll follow you into the Gate of Death! We want to witness you slaughter those three bastards!”
A disciple from the Shangguan Clan said in a vicious tone.
“If that’s the case, I’ll enter the Gate of Death together with all of you. Junior disciple Xu, bring our men and enter the Gate of Life, you might find a good opportunity in there.”
Ling Du told Xu Shuang. None of them were idiots, all of them could clearly feel that the Gate of Death wasn’t as simple as it looked. Of course, they might encounter great dangers beyond this gate, but at the same time, equal opportunity awaited them as well. In order to kill Han Yan and other two, Ling Du decided to enter the gate together with the Shangguan Clan, while he let Xu Shuang bring the others into the Gate of Life.
“Alright. Senior disciple Ling, you better be careful when traveling along with those from the Shangguan Clan.”
Xu Shuang warned. He was always on alert when Shangguan Yilong was nearby.
“Oh right, you better be careful! Ling Du, I think it would be better if you chose the Gate of Life! If not, after I kill those three bastards, I might just kill you.”
Shangguan Yilong replied with a hideous grin.
Ling Du replied in a cold tone. While waving the folding fan in his hand, he became the first one to pass through the Gate of Death and disappear from the eyes of everyone present. All the disciples of the Myriad Sword Sect were using longswords, but this Ling Du was using a folding fan as his weapon. Of course, this didn’t mean he didn’t have a longsword… at least, no one had even seen his sword.
More and more people came from the sky garden, picked a gate, and disappeared.
Gate of Void!
After Jiang Chen passed through the void, he was presented with a world of ice and snow. The world stretched far into the distance, and no end could be seen. The world was one large, white glacier. The atmosphere was filled with freezing cold air. It was so cold that it could even cause a man’s soul to freeze. No ordinary Early Divine Core warriors would be able to withstand the cold for a long period of time, and if any Heavenly Core warriors were here, he would freeze to death within an hour.
Although the cold air here was deadly, but Jiang Chen wasn’t bothered by it at all. By cultivating the Dragon Transformation skill, he was given strong qi and blood. That, together with the True Dragon Flames, no cold air could do him any harm. Just his body alone was able to withstand the freezing temperature.