Chapter 331 – Martial Palace’s Warriors
After Jiang Chen found the broken part of the Heavenly Sword Sect, the world of glaciers was no longer of any interest to him. Soon after, he brought the Ice Demon King and started flying in the direction that led to the outside world. With the Black Ice Talisman in hand, he could easily sense where the world’s exit was.
According to Jiang Chen’s request, the Ice Demon King had to ide in a storage ring. Jiang Chen had a lot of storage rings, mainly because he had robbed so many people before. The storage rings he had obtained from the Combat Soul warriors contained a much greater space than the ordinary storage rings he had. Even the gigantic Ice Demon King would have no problems hiding within one of them.
Soon after, Jiang Chen left the world of glaciers. He thought he would arrive at the deepest part of the Island of Ice, but too bad, when Jiang Chen came out, he was greeted with another desolate environment.
“Looks like I haven’t reached the end within the Gate of Void. Let’s just keep going.”
Jiang Chen had no choice but to keep flying. He believed that regardless of which gate he chose to pass through, all of them would eventually lead to the same place, the deepest part of the Island of Ice.
Jiang Chen also finally understood why he was the only person who could see the Gate of Void, it was because of the calling force coming from the area behind the Gate of Void, the Heavenly Saint Sword calling for him.
Jiang Chen’s harvest had been incredibly huge after entering the Gate of Void. Black Ice Talisman, another bronze plate, a broken part of the Heavenly Saint Sword, and he had also found a great help for his future journey; the Ice Demon King. Jiang Chen was extremely happy with all these amazing gains.
Within this desolate world, frightening roars sounded out from everywhere. Jiang Chen shook his head. There were simply too many different worlds and creatures within the Island of Ice. It looked like a difficult battle was soon coming up.
“It’s better this way. I hope I can meet some real demon beasts this time. The medicinal strength in my body is starting to take effect, strengthening my foundation. What I can do now is kill all these demon beasts and absorb their Demon Souls, forming new Dragon Marks along the way. I hope I can reach the Late Divine Core realm by the time I reach the center of this Island of Ice.”
Jiang Chen was in high spirits, and no signs of fear could be found on his face. With just him alone, he once again engaged in a difficult battle within the desolate world.
At the same time, within the Gates of Life and Death, all the warriors were facing similar situations. Each and every one of them encountered all kinds of strange worlds, and all sorts of weird creatures. Of course, there were some who were lucky enough to find some precious treasures.
Those who entered the Gate of Life were regretting not picking the Gate of Death, they felt like they had been cheated; the Gate of Life was only a bait, while the Gate of Death was the real path which would lead them to a new, better life. But, those warriors who entered the Gate of Death were regretting not picking the Gate of Life. They knew the Gate of Death was dangerous before they entered, so they only thought it served them right when encountering so many deadly risks.
In fact, no matter which gate they entered, be it the Gate of Life or the Gate of Death, they all faced the same situations, and none were luckier than the other. If they really wanted to get treasures, they would have to go through all the tests.
Within the Gate of Death!
Ling Du who entered together with Shangguan Yilong had split up with them. All the men from the Shangguan Clan had entered a grayish space, and there was nothing within this space. Not even a creature could be found! It was purely quiet, yet extremely eerie and gloomy.
“Brother Yilong, this shitty place is really nasty, we can’t even find a strand of hair in this place! After spending so much time walking around, we still can’t find the exit… Perhaps there is none?”
A young man from the Shangguan Clan said. From his words, one could easily tell how frustrated he was.
“Precisely! What kind of ghostly place is this? We passed through the Gate of Death in order to kill those three bastards, but now, we can’t even find them, and we’re trapped in this weird place! When can we leave?!”
Another person complained.
“Stop complaining, keep searching for the exit, we have to find a way out.”
Shangguan Yilong furrowed his brows as he spoke.
The group continued flying forwards. After flying another few hundreds of kilometers, there were still no signs of an exit, they were still surrounded by the same grayish environment.
“Brother Yilong, look, we’ve bumped into that stone tablet again!”
A young disciple pointed his finger at a stone tablet not far away from them. The stone tablet was about 3 meters tall, and it was also gray, similar to the environment here.
“Fuck, we bumped into the same stone tablet so many times! I think we’ve just been walking in circles this whole time, and this stone tablet is actually just the landmark here.”
Another said in a depressed tone.
“This damn stone tablet! Just looking at it makes me furious! Break it!”
Shangguan Yilong was really angry as well. Being trapped in a dull environment like this, no matter how patient a person was, he would eventually become frustrated as well. Shangguan Yilong transformed into a trail of light and appeared in front of the stone tablet. His palm was glowing in a golden light, and unleashed the Earth Shattering Palm, which hit the stone tablet with a loud bang.
The stone tablet shattered into many pieces after the loud bang.
Following a dinging sound, a heavy object fell onto the ground. All the men from the Shangguan Clan immediately threw their glance at the object at the same time.
“Brother Yilong, look, something fell out from the stone tablet!”
Shangguan Yilong was surprised as well. He held his palm toward the object, then a suction force emerged, pulling the object into his grip. When the object landed in his palm, he immediately felt its massive weight, and his expression changed.
“It’s just a small bronze plate, but it weighs over a thousand Jin! Looks like it’s something unusual.”
Shangguan Yilong was surprised.
“Brother Yilong, this looks like an ordinary broken bronze plate, I don’t think it’s a big deal.”
Someone commented. The broken bronze plate seemed extraordinary, he couldn’t see anything unusual about it.
“Brother Yilong, look, the gray fog is disappearing!”
Someone cried out in alarm. Only now did everyone notice the gray fog disappearing. After the stone tablet was destroyed, the gray fog that was constantly hovering around in this place started disappearing at a rapid pace, and the air had become clearer as well.
“So it’s all because of this stone tablet. We could only leave this place after the stone tablet was broken. Since this bronze plate fell out from the stone tablet, I believe there must be something unusual about it. Let’s keep it for now.”
Shangguan Yilong place the bronze plate into his storage ring. After that, he brought all the men from the Shangguan Clan and continued further. Their next goal was to find Han Yan and the others. However, they understood that unless they were really lucky, it would be incredibly difficult to bump into the trio in this place, let alone kill them.
Two days later, some men with extraordinary cultivations arrived at the end of the road, and were approaching the center of the Island of Ice.
Within the Gate of Void, Jiang Chen had fight constantly without stop for two days, but there wasn’t much for him to get. None of the demon beasts here were strong, none of them were Combat Soul demons, and with Jiang Chen’s cultivation, absorbing Divine Core Demon Souls didn’t help much, which led him to an awful situation. After fighting restlessly for two days and killing countless demon beasts, Jiang Chen had absorbed countless Demon Souls, which only gave him another 40 Dragon Marks. He still needed 60 Dragon Marks in order to break through to the Late Divine Core realm.
“Damn it, the Dragon Transformation skill is such an insane skill, it’s turning me into a bottomless hole! Looks like it will difficult for me to break through to the Late Divine Core realm unless I find a Combat Soul Demon Soul. Never mind, I can feel I’m approaching the end of this road, let’s leave this place first.”
Jiang Chen felt really gloomy right now. His path of cultivation was really difficult, and he started worrying about his future. He was only at the Divine Core realm right now, and it was already so difficult to break through to the next stage.
Right in the center of the Island of Ice, there was a tall and ancient pagoda. This pagoda had seven levels, and numerous mysterious runes were engraved onto its wall. The pagoda surface was rusty, and seemed old. Clearly, it had existed for quite a long period of time.
Right now, about 50 kilometers away from the ancient pagoda, two illusionary gates started swaying. From time to time, some people would come out from these gates. Not long after that, more than a hundred people had come out from both gates, and there were still more people coming.
“Wahaha, daddy has finally come out from that gate! Daddy has finally reached the center of the Island of Ice!”
“Risk and opportunity exists side by side! I almost died in the Gate of Life, but I luckily broke through to the next stage at the final moment, the Late Divine Core realm! Looks like I’m a man with tremendous luck, I’m sure I’ll get some unimaginable benefits in this Island of Ice!”
These two illusionary gates were the exits for the Gates of Life and Death. Those who came out from them had mostly experienced life or death situation. Many of them were injured, and some had obtained great benefits, leading to their cultivations improving significantly. Regardless of which gate, the mentalities of those who had come out had improved significantly. Even without obtaining any treasures, they would be able to become someone great with their own persistence.
“Hmph! I don’t know where those three bastards went. In the end, we still didn’t find them!”
Led by Shangguan Yilong, the men from the Shangguan Clan came out from the Gate of Death. Each of them wore the same gloomy expression.
Ling Du had also come out together with them. His complexion wasn’t good either, he had gone through some bad experiences in the Gate of Death. He had been trapped in some difficult situations, and not only did he not bump into Han Yan and the group, he didn’t find any good treasures either. He had only obtained a broken bronze plate, and he didn’t have any clue what it was for.
Right at this moment, both gates produced some buzzing sounds at the same time. Suddenly, some men with powerful cultivations dashed out from the gates. When these men left the gate, their incredible speed instantly brought a strong wind with them. In the blink of an eye, there were eight men who had come out from the gate. Each of them were a Combat Soul warrior, and the two leading men were even Mid Combat Soul warriors!
The fact was, only those under 30 were allowed to enter this place. Being at the Mid Combat Soul realm at this age, they could only be described as monsters! In the entire Eastern Continent, they could be considered the top geniuses.
Each of these eight warriors wore the same prideful expressions on their faces. It was the pride that came deep down from their bones. Of course, they had the qualifications to be proud, because all of them came from the same place – Martial Palace!