Book 1: Chapter 41: Cloud Beast Battle
Gao Xianzhi and Chen Tianshan went out of the cave to investigate whether the fragrance had any impact. Suddenly, they saw a five-colored rainbow soaring up and crashing into a large cloud.
When the white cloud scattered, rain fell.
However, the two focused on the thirty-meter-tall peach tree hovering in the air.
“The Century Lifespan Immortality Peach Tree?” Chen Tianshan said with wide eyes.
“The Century Lifespan Immortality Peach Tree is hidden in the clouds? The five-colored rainbow earlier was intentional?” Gao Xianzhi’s expression changed.
“No, I have to try and snatch one. Even if I obtain only one, I will benefit greatly. Oh, right. I have a golden Go stone and can materialize a cloud beast to go up there!” Chen Tianshan’s eyes turned bloodshot.
As Chen Tianshan spoke, he took out his golden Go stone, wanting to use it.
“Wait! Wait!” Gao Xianzhi hastily stopped Chen Tianshan.
“Gao Xianzhi, what are you doing?” Chen Tianshan shouted angrily.
“Senior Chen. Wait for a while! Just wait for a while more!” Gao Xianzhi shook his head.
“Wait? Do you know what that is? It is the Century Lifespan Immortality Peach Tree, one of the most valuable treasures in the world. With just one immortality peach, you can increase your lifespan by one century. Do you understand that? Do you?!” Chen Tianshan shouted.
“Calm down! Senior Chen, calm down! The Century Lifespan Immortality Peach Tree will not be given to you for nothing. How capable are you? Can you fight off all the outsiders? Can you defeat all the Heavenly Go Pavilion disciples? Both of us know that the Century Lifespan Immortality Peach Tree is precious. Are the others stupid? Would they not know of its preciousness?” Gao Xianzhi shouted back.
“Huh?” Chen Tianshan suddenly calmed down significantly after Gao Xianzhi shouted at him.
Indeed, a white cloud flew towards the Century Lifespan Immortality Peach Tree from a distance at this moment. A one-kilometer-tall, ferocious nine-headed snake reared up from the top of the white cloud.
“Roar!” The nine-headed snake roared, arriving at the Century Lifespan Immortality Peach Tree in the blink of an eye.
Three other white clouds also charged over from three different directions. Clearly, others had obtained golden Go stones as well.
Chen Tianshan’s eyelids twitched as he clenched his fist. Then, he smiled bitterly as he looked at Gao Xianzhi, who had advised him to stop. “Gao Xianzhi, many thanks for your reminder!”
“It is what I should do. Right now, we are in the same boat. We should support each other!” Gao Xianzhi replied, releasing his bated breath.
Chen Tianshan bitterly smiled. “You don’t understand. You don’t understand how precious it is. If you knew, you might not be this calm.”
“Oh? Senior Chen, if it is not too troublesome, can you tell me about it?” Gao Xianzhi asked, feeling confused.
Chen Tianshan looked at the distant peach tree and nodded. “In this world, everyone has a limited lifespan. Those with high cultivations can live longer. Even so, they will still die of old age eventually. For the sake of living longer, people cultivate endlessly, cultivating in all sorts of ways. What for? It is for longevity.
“Spirit herbs can grow as plants of all sorts of attributes. They can be used to concoct pills and medicine. They can be used to increase one’s cultivation and treat injuries, but they cannot increase lifespan.
“Spirit herbs are already significantly more valuable than ordinary plants. However, there is something even more valuable—lifespan plants.
“It might not contain a lot of energy, increase one’s cultivation, or even aid one in cultivating. However, its effect of increasing lifespan is already sufficient.
“Everyone cultivates with the ultimate goal of living longer. A lifespan plant lets one achieve that.
“With just one immortality peach, one can live longer. Hence, anyone would go crazy upon seeing a lifespan plant.
“Its value is immeasurable. Do you know that? If you have just one of the golden immortality peaches up there, others will not hesitate to slaughter ten of my Clear River Sect for it. Do you know that?
“Furthermore, that is just considering one immortality peach. However, there is an entire tree there. The Century Lifespan Immortality Peach Tree would bear fruit every century. Do you understand its value?
“There absolutely would not be more than ten of such precious lifespan plants in the entire world.
“The entire world! Do you get that?”
Gao Xianzhi frowned slightly and said, “Given what you said, all the more we cannot go over for now.”
“Why?” Chen Tianshan glared.
“You saw it yourself earlier. Someone intentionally exposed the Century Lifespan Immortality Peach Tree’s location. That Ninth Young Master is from the Heavenly Go Pavilion. Since he ran over to protect the Century Lifespan Immortality Peach Tree, the person who exposed the location was not from the Heavenly Go Pavilion. Someone from an outside faction must have done it. Despite being of an outside faction, he did not go and snatch it for himself. Why?” Gao Xianzhi asked seriously.
“Huh?” Chen Tianshan felt slightly stunned.
“I sense something dangerous. If you charge up now, you would only be cannon fodder. The Heavenly Go Pavilion and that unknown faction have not made a move. What do you think awaits you if you charge to the very front?” Gao Xianzhi asked.
“Ah?” Chen Tianshan’s expression changed.
“The treasure is valuable. However, you need to be alive to snatch it, right?” Gao Xianzhi looked at Chen Tianshan.
Chen Tianshan remained silent for a while before nodding. “What do you think we should do?”
“Always plan before taking action. Furthermore, the division master has not come out of closed-door cultivation yet. Let’s wait first and observe the situation,” Gao Xianzhi said seriously.
“Alright!” Chen Tianshan suppressed the desire in his heart as he nodded again.
At the same time, high in the sky:
Nine Young Master’s nine-headed snake arrived by the Century Lifespan Immortality Peach Tree and covered the surroundings in clouds. The nine-headed snake opened its jaws and roared at the three large cloud beasts charging over.
The nine-headed snake was one kilometer long. However, the three cloud beasts that rushed over—a leopard, a tiger, and a wolf—were all only three hundred meters long.
Each of the cloud beasts had a man with half their body sunk into the cloud beasts’ heads and the upper half exposed. All three held a golden Go stone, controlling the large cloud beasts.
These three men stared coldly at Ninth Young Master.
“To think that you managed to find a golden Go stone so quickly.” Ninth Young Master glared back at the three.
“This old man entered this independent world two centuries ago. Naturally, I know about the golden Go stone here. It can allow us to gain greater strength in this place. This old man is not greedy. There are ten golden immortality peaches on this Century Lifespan Immortality Peach Tree. I’ll just take one, and I will immediately leave!” said one of the men gravely.
“Humph! I want three!” another person shouted in a cold voice.
“None of us will benefit if we fight. I want three!” the last person sneered.
Ninth Young Master looked at the three, revealing an angry smile. “You are actually not greedy. You did not think about taking away the entire Century Lifespan Immortality Peach Tree!”
The three controlled their cloud beasts, slowly edging closer to the nine-headed snake.
“However, how can you get a share of what belongs to my Heavenly Go Pavilion? Humph! Today, you will serve as an example to others of what will happen if they target the Century Lifespan Immortality Peach Tree!” Ninth Young Master shouted coldly.
The nine snake heads reared up and roared. Then, the nine-headed snake’s figure flashed.
The nine-headed snake swung its tail at an extreme speed, instantly knocking away the wolf cloud beast and the tiger cloud beast. After all, the nine-headed snake was too huge.
However, the nine-headed snake did not knock the leopard cloud beast away. Instead, it curled its tail around the leopard cloud beast.
“Ah!” the man on the leopard cloud beast cried out in fear.
The nine-headed snake was unusually strong. The leopard cloud beast could not struggle free.
“Roar!” One of the snake heads suddenly reached over to bite.
“You two, quickly, save me!” the man on the leopard cloud beast shouted anxiously.
The other two cloud beasts immediately charged over. Clearly, the three needed to cooperate in fighting the enemy. Otherwise, they would not be able to snatch an immortality peach.
The ferocious cloud beasts swing their claws at the nine-headed snake.
The nine-headed snake flung its tail, releasing the leopard cloud beast. Then, it knocked away the wolf cloud beast and wound its tail around the tiger cloud beast. However, before that happened, one of the snake heads consumed half of the leopard cloud beast’s body.
“Oh no!” the person on the wolf cloud beast yelled angrily before charging over again.
After a while, the three cloud beasts crashed into each other, tumbling over. The sky shook, and surging clouds spread in all directions.
Each of these three cloud beasts was like a three-hundred-meter-tall building. Although the fight appeared simple, it still looked shocking.
Countless cultivators opened their eyes wide below, fear stirring in their hearts. Right now, they were limited to the Innate Realm. Could they fight against this?
A loud sound rang out, and a large portion of the clouds scattered. The leopard cloud beast, the wolf cloud beast, and the tiger cloud beast could no longer move. Rather, they might still be struggling, but they could not struggle free.
The nine-headed snake was too ferocious.
Three of the nine-headed snake’s heads consumed half of each cloud beast.
“Quickly let go of me!”
“Let go of me!”
The three men let out startled cries.
One of the snake heads completely consumed the leopard cloud beast along with the man controlling it.
“No! No!” The expression of the man controlling the tiger cloud beast changed. Then, he promptly abandoned the tiger cloud beast, soaring into the air, even giving up on the golden Go stone.
The man who previously controlled the tiger cloud beast fell from a great height—several kilometers high.
The last person, the one who controlled the wolf cloud beast, quickly withdrew the cloud beast. The wolf cloud beast scattered before that man fell from the sky while clutching his golden Go stone.
A snake head turned around and swallowed the man who controlled the wolf cloud beast along with his golden Go stone.
Only the man who abandoned his golden Go stone escaped, falling into a distant mountain forest. However, no one knew whether he survived.
The wolf cloud beast, the tiger cloud beast, and the leopard cloud beast failed.
“Oh no! That nine-headed snake grew larger!” Chen Tianshan exclaimed with wide eyes.
The one-kilometer-long nine-headed snake instantly digested the cloud beasts it just consumed. Then, it grew larger, reaching one thousand one hundred fifty meters in length.
“The cloud beast can grow stronger by consuming other cloud beasts and golden Go stones?” Gao Xianzhi said with narrowed eyes.
High in the sky:
Ninth Young Master cocked his neck to the side as he said, “Three pieces of trash. To think that you accumulated only so few Go skills within your golden Go stones. Even after my nine-headed snake consumed all the power from your Go skills, it grew so little? Humph!”
Ninth Young Master felt extremely dissatisfied. However, all the watching cultivators felt a chill in their hearts.
The Great Light Sovereign Deity watched quietly from a mountain peak.
“Great Light Sovereign Deity, are there too few cloud beasts as of now?”
“It is not time yet. Soon, there will be countless golden Go stones. At that time, there will be many more cloud beasts generated. Everyone will participate in the fight, making things clear for us!” the Great Light Sovereign Deity said coldly.
After the man who controlled the tiger cloud beast fell, countless cultivators rushed over to where he fell. However, they did not do so to rescue him. Instead, they wanted to investigate how to gain control of a cloud beast.
The nine-headed snake was ferocious. However, it could not dampen the excitement of the various cultivators. That was the Century Lifespan Immortality Peach Tree. If they could obtain just one immortality peach, they could exchange it for a mountain of spirit stones.
All the outsiders in the entire independent world immediately went into a frenzy.