Chapter 2119 (Raw 2224): Returning to Desolate City
The Black and White Eggs kicked up a huge fuss in the lightning sea. However, since they were down there already, there was no point in going back up.
The two combat puppets started searching for Xiao Chen in the lightning sea, together with the Desolate Slave Soul Reaper.
The lightning sea before them was like a true sea, covering the entire secret realm and looking boundless.
Searching for a person there was like searching for a needle in the sea.
[TL Note: Searching for a needle in the sea is the Chinese equivalent of searching for a needle in a haystack.]
Most importantly, this was a sea formed by lightning. Soul Energy could not penetrate it. The viscous seawater gave off sparks and crackled endlessly on contact.
There were deep undercurrents in the sea, and huge waves occasionally billowed.
Sovereign Personages would have to avoid these waves. Otherwise, they would be severely injured or dead. Fortunately, the Black and White Eggs and the Desolate Slave Soul Reaper were not humans, and their bodies were not flesh and blood. Otherwise, they would not last long in the lightning sea.
“What tall waves! The energy in the water is very chaotic; it is challenging to find Egg Egg.”
Black Egg went underwater for a while before it got forced out with a huge splash and crackling electric light.
“Buzz! Buzz! Buzz!”
Sparks flickered endlessly. The Black and White Eggs felt somewhat at a loss; searching was really difficult.
Traveling in this lightning sea was a challenge. There were strong undercurrents in the water, so Xiao Chen’s body would not remain where it initially was.
If the undercurrent caught Xiao Chen and dragged him along with the flow, finding him would be impossible.
Those searching could only wait for the sea to recede before they started searching. However, who knew if they could find Xiao Chen then?
The Desolate Slave Soul Reaper walked on the lightning sea and arrived at the location of Xiao Chen’s tribulation.
Its enormous body crouched in the middle of the sea as it stretched its hands down to fumble around and search. However, it could not find anything.
“Tell me, do you think that the lightning sea blasted Egg Egg into nothing at the last moment?” White Egg asked somewhat worriedly. Right now, they found moving in the water extremely difficult.
It was hard to imagine how Xiao Chen could survive the flash flood before being drowned.
Black Egg looked at the lightning sea and said helplessly, “Stop making blind guesses. He already awakened his acquired Divine Body once. How could his body be so easily destroyed? His physical body is definitely still around. It is just a question of whether he is dead or alive. Poor Egg Egg.”
A huge wave billowed on the sea, reaching three kilometers high. There seemed to be a figure on the crest of the wave.
“It’s Egg Egg!” White Egg exclaimed in pleasant surprise, its eyes lighting up.
“Whoosh! Whoosh! Whoosh!”
Black Egg and White Egg got up at the same time to rush to the surging wave. They had to catch Xiao Chen before he fell.
Otherwise, if Xiao Chen sank to the bottom of the sea, who knew when he would next appear?
However, the wave slowly started to dip when Black Egg and White Egg were still some distance away.
Just as the Black and White Eggs felt somewhat helpless, Xiao Chen’s about-to-sink body suddenly soared up.
The Desolate Slave Soul Reaper sucked Xiao Chen onto its palm. After taking a look, it slowly put Xiao Chen down, handing him over to the Black and White Eggs before leaving on its own.
“He is still breathing!”
“He is not dead. It is as that old dragon said. Xiao Chen managed to comprehend the Thunder Dao Domain at the last moment.”
“Quickly go back up.”
After checking on Xiao Chen’s breathing, the Black and White Eggs felt overjoyed. They turned their heads to look at the Desolate Slave Soul Reaper, but Soul Reaper had already disappeared.
I feel exhausted. My eyelids feel so heavy that I cannot open my eyes.
Xiao Chen’s consciousness was blurry; he did not know what happened. He did his best to open his eyes but could only open them a crack.
Peering through the crack, he seemed to see the Black and White Eggs before passing out.
After Xiao Chen fell into a deep sleep, he only woke up six days later.
When Xiao Chen opened his eyes, he immediately saw the familiar blood moon hanging high in the sky.
A voice rang out by Xiao Chen’s ear. It was White Egg’s voice.
Xiao Chen stood up and stretched his body. He heard his body give off crackling like the sound of frying beans.
After stretching and moving his body, he felt extremely comfortable, which delighted him.
Xiao Chen clenched his fist, and the power contained in his hand gave him a pleasant surprise.
“How long was I asleep?” Xiao Chen asked Black Egg. He recalled that he had managed to comprehend the Thunder Dao Domain at the last moment. However, before he could feel happy about it, a pile of silver light had struck him, and he fainted.
Xiao Chen felt like he had slept for a long time. He was worried that he might have missed the second stage of the Heavenly Alliance’s test.
Black Egg came over and answered Xiao Chen, “Six days!”
“This… Since when was there a sea here?!”
Xiao Chen turned his head and was shocked to see an endless sea below the cliff.
“Haha! Look at you, all startled. This nearly drowned the entire secret realm. What do you think it is? It is a lightning sea and all thanks to you. This is your ninth wave of tribulation lightning. At that time, you frightened both of us.”
“That old dragon in the city said it was the lightning sea from some Primal Chaos space. We have no idea how it became your tribulation lightning.”
“Speaking of which, you have to thank the two of us properly.”
“Right, right, right. At that time, this sea swallowed you up, your life status unknown. The two of us went to pull you back up and nearly lost our lives. That is a vast sea, a place that is difficult to move in.”
“Egg Egg, don’t forget how good the two of us have been to you.”
The Black and White Eggs’ chatty nature surfaced once again. Xiao Chen just spoke one sentence, and the two started blurting out a lot of things, not giving him any space to interject.
However, at least he learned what happened. He stood up and looked at the sea below, feeling fearful.
Fortunately, he succeeded in comprehending the Dao Domain, and his Purple Thunder Divine Incantation broke through to the final layer.
In this tribulation, Xiao Chen could be considered to have undergone a nirvanic rebirth, experiencing a metamorphosis.
“That’s right. The two of us already got readjusted to Peak Sovereign Personage. Egg Egg, come, let’s fight.”
“Haha! Faster, faster. Stop delaying.”
The Black and White Eggs badgered Xiao Chen, itching for a fight.
Xiao Chen really wanted to test his current strength against the Peak Sovereign Personage Black and White Eggs, to see what his odds of victory were.
His original plan was to fight the combat puppets to test his strength after successfully breaking through to Great Perfection Sovereign Personage and comprehending the Dao Domain.
However, Xiao Chen’s plan could not keep up with the developments. He had already been here for eight days. After his mysterious disappearance eight days earlier, the Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor was probably waiting for him to send word back.
Xiao Chen needed to hurry back to prevent the Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor from worrying.
“Sorry, next time. Right now, I have something urgent to deal with,” Xiao Chen rejected and prepared to leave.
Just at this moment, a tall figure appeared from the blood moon. This figure had death Qi surrounding it, and it showed no emotions. Under the moonlight, its figure seemed to be lonely and desolate. It was the Desolate Slave Soul Reaper.
The iron hook in Soul Reaper’s hands had the corpses of many Sovereign Emperors skewered on it as it headed for the ancient Azure Dragon city alone.
Soul Reaper seemed to notice Xiao Chen’s gaze. Under the blood moon, it stopped and looked at him.
Xiao Chen’s and Soul Reaper’s gazes met. He saw that its eyes were dull, without light, a muddy gaze brimming with death Qi.
Soul Reaper was a Desolate Slave. However, it was a rather special Desolate Slave; it seemed to have a strand of lingering will.
However, it was a dead person in the end.
The Desolate Slave Soul Reaper turned back and stopped paying attention to Xiao Chen. Then, it slowly flew towards the ancient Azure Dragon City, bathed in faint scarlet moonlight.
For some reason, Xiao Chen strangely felt some sorrow as he looked at the Desolate Slave Soul Reaper.
Many years ago, Soul Reaper was probably a powerful expert of the Azure Dragon Race. It must have been famous while it was alive.
“It should not live like that,” Xiao Chen muttered as he looked at the other party’s figure and was silent for a long time.
After the other party disappeared into the ancient Azure Dragon City, Xiao Chen soared into the air and flew to the blood moon.
When Xiao Chen returned to the residence in Desolate City, he heard the Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor’s voice by his ear before he could catch his breath.
“Quickly, come and see me.”
Xiao Chen had vanished for eight days without a word, so he did not dare to tarry. After calming his emotions, he immediately went to the pavilion he had been to previously.
“Great Perfection Sovereign Personage? To think that you really succeeded. It looks like the resources I lent you did not go to waste.”
The Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor felt startled upon seeing Xiao Chen. Doubt flashed in his eyes. Besides Xiao Chen’s improvement in cultivation, he also discerned that something else had changed.
Xiao Chen noticed the Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor’s doubts. Fortunately, the Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor did not pursue the matter, making him feel a little relieved.
“Lord Shangguan sent the information. The core Doyen who took a fancy to you is the Faux God Suiren Ji, an ambitious person in the Heavenly Alliance.”