Chapter 1005 The Immortal Gate Was Once Opened
“I’m going with you.” Ding Hao was a little worried about Xie Jieyu’s safety. The Immortal Phoenix Palace was not a weak power in the Northern Region. In recent years, its power had soared to such a level that it could even contend with the Demon God Palace–the former top power of the Demon Clan in the Northern Region. However, it had just sent out an alert message. Obvious, the enemy that it was facing was considerably powerful.
“It doesn’t matter,” Xie Jieyu said with a smile on her face. “It’s just a level-1 alarm. The members of the Immortal Phoenix Palace who went out may be in danger. That should be the case. I can solve the problem on my own. Brother Hao, you should stay here to make some proper arrangements.”
With that, the female Martial Demigod soared into the sky like a stream of light and disappeared into the distant horizon.
Ding Hao could only stay here for the moment.
“Xie Jieyu’s power has soared rapidly after her trip to the Land of Divine Grace. She is powerful enough to fight masters in the God Realm, so she won’t be in any danger. My help will just distract her.”
In addition to several thousand carefully selected elites of the Swordsmanship-seeking Sect, the people who came back this time also included one thousand physical cultivators of the Vast Ocean, who were all masters from the Celestial Master’s guard camp, as well as Fang Tianyi, Zhang Fan, Ding Hao, and other high-level masters. They formed a very powerful force that was comparable to many old sects in the Northern Region. Ding Hao was confident that they could eliminate all the evil forces in the Snow Province within three days and then proceed to the Northern Region.
Arrangements were made and implemented in an orderly manner.
The seniors of the sect such as Wang Juefeng, the cynical man, were in charge of specific affairs. Ding Hao, Fang Tianyi, Li Yiruo, and Zhang Fan headed for the garbage cliff area behind the Swordsmanship-seeking Mountain. Ding Hao wanted to see if there was any change in the Six Immortal Gates hidden in the depths of the Great Abyss.
In the blink of an eye, they arrived at the cliff behind the mountain.
The cliff used to be very steep. Now, the rock had been dug out, creating a huge pit that looked like a giant basin. Along the cliff, there were rough stone steps leading to the bottom of the pit. The rocks were light purple in color. Obviously, they were dyed by the purple Dragon Qi. However, due to the short time of contact, they hadn’t turned into mysterious purple crystals yet.
“The purple Dragon Qi has vanished.” Ding Hao looked down standing on the edge of the cliff.
The purple Dragon Qi that used to be surging and bursting had become very faint, drifting in the air like wisps of smoke under the setting sun. The previously abundant ores of mysterious purple crystals had been excessively mined. There were not many left. The rocks below were broken, and not a blade of grass grew there. It was like a land of death.
“The ores must have been mined by the River Palace. Humph! I’m going to make them spit out what they’ve eaten,” Fang Tianyi said in a tough manner. He had long planned to collect some interest from the River Palace, but he didn’t take action due to the chaos. Now that Ding Hao and others had come back, he decided not to let the sworn enemy off the hook this time.
Zhong Dajun chuckled and said, “You’re still so quick-tempered. You’d better stop thinking about things like killing and taking revenge and spend more time with Junior Sister Tianyin. She’s such a stunner, and she’s been waiting for you all these years. You should make it up to her.”
Fang Tianyi glared at Zhong Dajun, but there was nothing he could do about it.
“Let’s get down there to have a look,” Ding Hao said. Like a bolt of lightning, he plunged into the pit, followed by the others.
Real masters acted boldly. They were falling vest fast towards the bottom.
In the twinkling of an eye, they had fallen nearly ten thousand meters.
The rocks in the pit wall around them were becoming purpler and purpler towards the bottom. These rocks contained plenty of Spiritual Qi. There were still some purple crystal ores on the wall. As they fell further down, the resistive force of the purple Dragon Qi became stronger. Perhaps the major sects were unable to carry out large-scale mining at large depths. That was why there were still some mysterious purple crystals left.
“If we go further down, we’ll reach the bottom.”
Ding Hao produced a strong force to offset the resistive force of the purple Dragon Qi. Finally, they landed on the bottom of the pit. The purple dragon Qi was very abundant there, and even the air was like purple mist. The ground was as smooth as a mirror. Six old stone gates stood in the middle of the space, and dense wisps of purple Dragon Qi swirled and wafted through the gaps between the gates.
“This is the place from which I got to the Land of Divine Grace. When I was mining at a large depth, I fell down here unknowingly. At that time, the purple Dragon Qi didn’t stop me from falling and lift me up. That’s very strange...” Fang Tianyi said loudly after he thought of something.
On that day, he was forced by the people of the Heaven-Splitting Swordsmanship Sect to mine in this pit. He lost his footing and fell all the way to the bottom of the pit. Fortunately, he didn’t die because he fell into a pile of garbage accumulated over thousands of years, but he was seriously injured. While he was almost unconscious, he saw one of the Six Immortal Gates.
“At that time, I saw a beam of purple light bursting out of one of the Six Immortal Gates. Then, the Immortal Gate opened, producing an incredible suction force that drew away all the garbage that had been piled up here for countless years, and me...” Fang Tianyi still felt a little scared when he thought about that. He said, “When I woke up, I found I was already in that dangerous place on the Land of Divine Grace!”
Ding Hao and the others were greatly shocked when they heard that.
“One of the Six Immortal Gates was once opened!
“Fang Tianyi was transmitted to the Land of Divine Grace in the end. Could it be that the Six Immortal Gates are actually the transmission gates leading to the Land of Divine Grace?”
Ding Hao shook his head.
He believed that things were not that simple.
“Everything here seems unchanged.” He observed the surroundings carefully and found that the bottom of the Great Abyss was no different than he remembered when he came down here for the first time. When he was about to approach the Six Immortal Gates, he suddenly frowned slightly and sneered. He stretched his index finger out and wrote a big word——”break” in the void.
The light golden word seemed tangible. It shrank in the void and then turned into countless invisible inscription patterns, which spread throughout the Great Abyss. With a loud boom, the inscription patterns that were originally hidden in the void suddenly appeared.
Zhang Fan and the others were shocked.
They didn’t expect that there would be so many tactical formations hidden here. Obviously, the formations were deployed by supreme masters. They didn’t notice these formations that were so well hidden.
Fang Tianyi was astounded when he saw what happened.
At first, he didn’t think there would be a match for him in the Land of Infinity after his adventure to the Land of Divine Grace. After all, he had mastered the “Three Thousand Swords”, and his strength had increased sharply. Unexpectedly, Senior Brother Ding’s progress was no slower than his, and Senior Brother Ding easily broke the formations deployed by some God Realm Masters.
“These should be the formations deployed by the masters of the River Palace.” Ding Hao sensed some aura that was somewhat familiar to him and typical of the River Palace. “It seems that after we left here last time, the River Palace sent some God Realm Masters here to search for something. They should have found the Six Immortal Gates, but unfortunately, they found nothing else. Therefore, they deployed tactical formations to monitor this place so that they would know it as soon as anything strange happened here.
“Besides the inscription formations with the typical aura of the River Palace, there are also tens of other extremely powerful and mysterious formations here. These formations should have been deployed by the God Realm Masters in the Northern Region and even other large regions. Their purpose should be the same as that of the River Palace’s typical formations, which is to monitor this place.
“The Six Immortal Gates are very mysterious and contain secrets that are far beyond ordinary people’s imaginations. They are of great significance for God Realm Masters. Unfortunately, even those God Realm Masters couldn’t see the secrets behind the Immortal Gates or open these gates, so they had no option but to deploy monitoring formations and wait.”
Under the guidance of the Saber Master and the Sword Master, Ding Hao mercilessly destroyed all the formations deployed by those God Realm Masters.
This place belonged to the Swordsmanship-seeking Sect. How could Ding Hao allow others to deploy monitoring formations here?
At present, the Swordsmanship-seeking Sect didn’t fear any opponent.
Ding Hao and the others slowly walked to one of the Six Immortal Gates. It was the first time that people other than Ding Hao and Fang Tianyi came here. They exclaimed in amazement when they saw the ancient stone gates.
They were all quite powerful, so they could tell at a glance that the stone gates were extraordinary.
Ding Hao observed the gates carefully and found that they remained almost the same as they were when he came here last time. Those ancient stone gates were still standing there quietly, and the mottled inscriptions on the gate pillars were as ancient as the rock texture eroded by water. The gates looked as if the torrents of time had been flushing them for thousands of years.
Ding Hao’s heart skipped a beat when his eyes fell on the gaps between the gates.
“The gap is bigger than before...” He was surprised to find that the gap of an Immortal Gate was a few centimeters wider than it was when he came here the last two times. It was only a slight difference, but he could find it at a glance.
“Did it open by itself, or was it opened by someone with magical power?
“What does this change mean?”
Ding Hao was not sure about that.
He tried to release his Divine Senses to survey the stone gate. Now, his Divine Senses were already in the Nebula Realm. He created a One Thought Nebula vortex, and his extremely strong Divine Senses surged through the whole space in an instant.
Soon, he was surprised to find that the stone gate no longer repelled his Divine Senses as it did before. As he exerted a little more strength, his Divine Senses finally covered the entire surface of the stone gate.
However, he was dumbfounded the next moment.
The message sent back by his Divine Senses was that there was nothing in front of him at all. “It’s like an empty space. I can’t feel the existence of the stone gate at all, but I did see it with my own eyes just now.
“This is incredible.
“What a real master feels with his Divine Senses is sometimes more real than what he sees with his eyes. That is to say...
“Could it be that the stone door does not exist in the first place?
“Is what I saw just an illusion?
“But what kind of illusion could fool Fang Tianyi’s eyes and mine?”
Ding Hao felt shocked.
He closed his eyes, stopped looking, and tried to feel with his Divine Senses.
In the end, a look of surprise crept onto his face. This time, he finally confirmed that the Immortal Gate that he once saw was located in a huge “void” with no stone pillar or void barrier at all. It was a real void of nothingness like a strange trap with nothing in it.
When Ding Hao was just about to make a deeper observation with his Divine Senses, a strange force suddenly isolated his Divine Senses and stopped them from advancing further.
He opened his eyes.
He found that the gaps between the Six Immortal Gates became even bigger, but the purple Dragon Qi became thinner. “Is it because all the power inside the gates has been released or some unknown changes have taken place?” Ding Hao had a vague feeling that a passage even more terrifying than the new space gate was opening slowly.
“There is an unimaginable world behind the Six Immortal Gates.”
“I can’t see anything. Let’s get out of here.” Ding Hao deployed his own formation at the bottom of the abyss to monitor everything here and then left with Fang Tianyi and the others.
“What’s that?” Song Guang stared blankly at the Swordsmanship-seeking Mountain in the distance. Rays of light shot out from the Swordsmanship-seeking Sect’s base behind the gate. There seemed to be some change behind that gate, which had remained closed and motionless for more than a month.
The hearts of countless refugees were in their mouths when they thought of the strange scene in the sky that they saw a couple of days ago.
“The gate of the Swordsmanship-seeking Mountain has opened...” Someone who suddenly realized something shouted loudly.