Chapter 358: Decision
The formation in front of the stone chamber was initially complex and obscure. However, after all these years, it was now on the verge of collapsing.
Su Zimo observed it for a moment and started to dispel the formation.
By dawn, the ancient formation was finally dispelled as everyone cheered and followed Su Zimo inside.
This stone chamber was much more spacious than the previous ones.
Inside was a stone bed with a dried corpse sitting on it. The moment everyone entered the chamber, the movement of the air currents caused the corpse to turn into ash and scatter.
Even Golden Cores could not withstand the corrosion of time and there were no traces left.
The stone chamber did not resemble a formation chamber, but the cultivation chamber of the Golden Core instead. There were a few racks on both sides of the stone bed with many ancient manuals, jade and secret scrolls as well as jade bottles with elixirs in them.
Su Zimo casually went forward and flipped through them. There were all sorts of items in the chamber, including talisman and elixir recipes as well as secret formation manuals.
“Meridian Unlocking Elixir!”
Suddenly, Su Xiaoning’s voice sounded with delight and excitement.
Everyone turned over and saw her clutching a jade bottle tightly, her voice somewhat emotional. “There’s more Meridian Unlocking Elixirs inside!”
“Ah! How many are there?”
Little fatty and the rest asked hurriedly.
Pausing for a moment, Su Xiaoning said slowly, “13!”
“Haha! That’s great!”
Si Yutang could not help but burst into laughter.
If there were only three Meridian Unlocking Elixirs, he would not have been in line for one of them. Now that there were 13, he would get one no matter what.
Jun Hao remained calm and lowered his head slightly with a cold glint in his eyes.
Su Xiaoning continued, “Furthermore, the Meridian Unlocking Elixirs in this jade bottle are of higher grades. Five of them are superior-grade and the rest are all middle-grade.”
The other cultivators exchanged glances and smiled.
This was a pleasant surprise.
Including the three Meridian Unlocking Elixirs previously, they had a total of 16 and would have excess even after distributing to everyone.
This meant that everyone could choose to cultivate in seclusion without taking the risk to look for treasures outside and just wait to return to the Great Zhou Dynasty a year later.
In the ancient battlefield, the longer one spent outside, the easier it would be for them to meet with danger.
They did not merely have to defend against the threat of birds, beasts and ancient living beings, but also other sects and factions.
Yet, all of those were gone for them right now.
Su Zimo smiled faintly, seemingly distracted.
Ji Yaoxue frowned slightly in deep thought when she saw Su Zimo’s smile.
The timing for one to consume a Meridian Unlocking Elixir was rather particular.
Typically, most cultivators would make use of the rich spirit qi of the ancient battlefield to cultivate and only consume the Meridian Unlocking Elixir after they unlocked their sixth spirit meridian so as to attempt for the seventh.
In their group, Ji Chengtian was the only six meridian Foundation Establishment Cultivator right now.
However, Ji Chengtian held onto the Meridian Unlocking Elixir in his hands and contemplated for a long time. Instead of using it, he put it away.
Su Zimo nodded in silent agreement when he saw that.
It was clear that Ji Chengtian wanted to attempt to unlock the seventh spirit meridian with his own strength and leave the Meridian Unlocking Elixir to try and attempt for the eighth meridian!
Naturally, there was no way Su Zimo was going to consume it as well.
In part, it was because his cultivation realm was too low; it would be a waste of such a treasure if he were to consume it at four meridian Foundation Establishment.
At the same time, it was because the grade of the Meridian Unlocking Elixir was too low.
Ever since he started cultivating, Su Zimo had rarely consumed elixirs and they were all at perfect-grade.
Before entering the ancient battlefield, Su Zimo had already made up his mind that not only would he have to look for a Meridian Unlocking Elixir, he had to look for one at perfect-grade!
The reason why Foundation Establishment had its name was because it was the process of stabilizing the root of one’s cultivation path.
The finer the Foundation Establishment, the slimmer the chances of one encountering issues in the future of their cultivation.
Su Zimo was an immortality and demonic cultivator to begin with and his path was fraught with difficulties – he was not going to allow any blemishes to appear on it!
The group had not slept for an entire day. Coupled with the fact that they had just experienced another intense battle, they were finally feeling the fatigue now that things had calmed down.
Without a word, little fatty looked for a corner to sleep.
Shi Jian scratched his head and looked for a corner to rest as well.
“Take a rest first if you’re tired.”
Su Zimo nodded and turned to leave.
Looking at Su Zimo’s back view, Ji Yaoxue pondered for a moment before following along.
He left the cave abode and surveyed his surroundings before soaring into the air, only returning after circling the surroundings.
Ji Yaoxue stood by the entrance of the cave abode and looked at Su Zimo who had just returned.
“What are you doing, Zimo?” Ji Yaoxue asked.
Su Zimo smiled. “I took a look around and saw that this cave abode is located halfway up the mountain and the slope is rather steep. As such, it’s easy to defend and hard for anyone to attack us. There’s even scars of formation patterns left behind which I can repair. This is an excellent place for cultivation in seclusion and you guys can stay here in peace.”
Suddenly, Ji Yaoxue asked, “Zimo, where are you going?”
Su Zimo froze for a moment.
He had not expected Ji Yaoxue to notice something amiss with his casual remark.
She did not say anything, merely looking at Su Zimo silently with a slightly lowered head.
After pondering for a moment, Su Zimo gave a bitter smile. “I want to check out the depths of the ancient battlefield.”
“We’ve got sufficient Meridian Unlocking Elixirs and can stay here to cultivate before returning to Great Zhou a year later. It’s too dangerous to head into the depths of the ancient battlefield!” Ji Yaoxue frowned.
“Zimo, birds and beasts are not the only ferocious things in the depths of the ancient battlefield. The cultivators there are extremely strong and they can kill people beyond their cultivation realms. Furthermore, there are many top factions and successors of super sects. If you’re alone…”
Although Ji Yaoxue did not continue, deep worry could be seen from her eyes.
Su Zimo faked a relaxed smile. “It’s fine. If I can’t defeat them, I’ll be able to escape given my strength.”
The matter about the Meridian Unlocking Elixirs was not something he could explain simply.
Moreover, Su Zimo could vaguely sense that he would still head into the depths of the ancient battlefield even without the allure of the Meridian Unlocking Elixirs.
His nature was not that of a scholar and his bloodline was filled with restlessness, a fearless bravado to continue moving forward!
He wanted to check out how the so-called successors and legacy disciples of immortal, Buddhist and top faction sects were like!
Rather, Su Zimo wanted to have a good fight with those people!
“I’ll accompany you then!”
Ji Yaoxue said, “I’ll be able to provide you with some help no matter what.”
Decisively, Su Zimo shook his head and rejected her. “Yaoxue, there’s no need for you to take the risk and head into the depths of the ancient battlefield with me. Cultivate here and I’ll return a year later.”
“Really?” Ji Yaoxue pouted slightly in disbelief.
Su Zimo smiled.
“When are you leaving?”
“A few days later, after I repair the ancient formations surrounding this cave abode.”
Pausing for a moment, Su Zimo retracted his smile and turned around with a stern expression. “There’s one more thing I have to remind you. There’s a spy remaining among us!”
Ji Yaoxue’s expression changed slightly. “Who?”
“It might be Jun Hao.”
No matter what, Jun Hao had not done anything bad right from the start and Su Zimo could not kill him out of mere suspicion.
Furthermore, Jun Hao had a special identity – he was Ji Yaoxue and Xiaoning’s senior brother of the same sect.
He just had to inform Ji Yaoxue about this so that she could watch out for him.