Translator: GodBrandy Editor: Kurisu
After seeing the sea of lighting that the heavenly tribulation had turned into, not only Palace Master Seven Lives Talisman’s but also the other fellow daoists’ faces changed. Daoist Priest Horizon’s face directly turned green.
There were countless guided missiles in the sea of tribulation lightning.
Some of these missiles were by themselves, while some were in groups of three, arranged side by side; there were also groups of four lined up one after another, and still some that were in the formation shaped like the “品” character. There was a great number of missiles, up to a thousand, and that number was continually increasing…
Besides the missiles, there were also countless long and thin barrels. Earlier, when Eternity was courting Immortal Fairy Bie Xue, the heavenly tribulation was giving signs of condensing into long and thin barrels, and now, the barrels had finished forming. However, these weren’t really gun barrels, but tank cannons instead. Only the turrets of the tanks had condensed, and there were nearly 3000 of them.
“The heavenly tribulation really became modern.” Eternity bitterly laughed, and said, “The world is about to change, and the heavenly tribulation likewise changed. Unfortunately, I hadn’t been able to discuss how to deal with this modernized heavenly tribulation with Demon Monarch Nirvana yet.”
“What the heck, why did the heavenly tribulation turn into guided missiles? This is something unheard of. The Eighth Stage Profound Sage tribulation recorded in our sect didn’t have anything like these modern weapons!” Horizon cried out.
“It’s normal that there hasn’t been a modernized heavenly tribulation for Eight Stage Profound Sages as of yet, because the last time an Eighth Stage Profound Sage appeared was thousands of years ago. Back then, these modern weapons didn’t even exist,” Palace Master Seven Lives Talisman said.
“I’m dead, I’m dead, I’m dead,” the old man kept muttering.
Song Shuhang looked at the guided missiles and the tank cannons, sighing deeply. The ‘modernized heavenly tribulation’ from his dream had really appeared.
Furthermore, it was even scarier than what he had dreamt of.
In his dream, the modernized heavenly tribulation had turned into armed forces that shot at him, and the guided missiles were the grand finale of the ‘modernized heavenly tribulation’. At that time, the slow-moving guided missile vehicles were what had jolted Song Shuhang awake from his dream.
But now… the ‘grand finale’ of his dream, the guided missile vehicles, had already appeared in the second wave of this heavenly tribulation. Moreover, their numbers had reached a terrifying 1000, with them still being supported by another 3000 tanks of varying kinds.
Horizon bitterly laughed, and said, “Even if this was real life, such a number of guided missiles and tanks—1000 plus 3000—would be enough to kill us several times over, and now, these missiles and tanks had appeared directly during the heavenly tribulation.”
Facing such a level of power, even a Seventh Stage Venerable could only die.
…In other words, the five people on the scene were unlikely to survive even the second wave of the heavenly tribulation.
Palace Master Seven Lives Talisman said, “Enough chit-chat, let’s just all use everything we’ve got.”
Naturally, Palace Master still had his life-preserving means. He had huge backing, such that even a big sect like the Limitless Demon Sect didn’t dare provoke him. Thereupon, he didn’t lack life-preserving means. However, facing this heavenly tribulation of the Eighth Stage Profound Sage rank in the Heavenly Tribulation Realm, Palace Master Seven Lives Talisman was uncertain if his life-preserving means and his resurrection means would be effective.
While facing such a powerful heavenly tribulation, there was a chance both his body and soul might get destroyed instantly, not giving the resurrection method the time to activate.
Besides the old man, the other four gritted their teeth and pulled themselves together.
If they were going to die, they would go out with a bang.
Song Shuhang pushed to the limit the Saber Intent Armor, ❮Scholarly Indestructible Body of the Buddha❯, ❮Steel Hands Technique❯, and his other techniques. The treasured saber in his hand shook slightly, and his strongest defensive saber, the ❮Inverted Scale Saber Technique❯, was now ready.
Actually, Song Shuhang still had another thought that he hadn’t said out loud––if the second wave of the heavenly tribulation was already the modernized heavenly tribulation, what would the third wave of the heavenly tribulation be?
Could it be an upgraded version of the modernized heavenly tribulation, with things like atomic bombs, hydrogen bombs, and so on? Or… could there be even more terrifying things, such as weapons that used futuristic black technology?
If the third wave of the heavenly tribulation was really a nuclear bomb, then everyone could only type ‘GG’ in all chat.
Even Scholar Xian Gong, who had set up hundreds of layers of defensive formations, was almost killed, and he was already a cultivator of the peak Sixth Stage at that time.
In the sea of tribulation lightning, lightning violently rose, thunderbolts unceasingly surged, thunder kept on rolling, shocking and hurting Song Shuhang’s eardrums. The number of guided missiles and tank cannons in the sea of tribulation lightning continued to rise.
The expression on Palace Master Seven Lives Talisman and the others’ faces became increasingly grave.
At this moment, the virtuous lamia, Fairy @#%×, made her move. Her figure rose above Song Shuhang and the others. Then, she raised the mother cannon of the ‘God Slaying Cannon’, and pointed it at the sea of tribulation lightning.
The God Slaying Cannon fired once again, and red-hot cannon light shot out of it. Then, the virtuous lamia held the gun and turned around. The light of the God Slaying Cannon likewise moved, cutting the sea of tribulation lightning like a huge lightsaber.
“Boom, boom, boom~”
The sound of explosions continued to ring out, and a large number of the guided missiles and tanks in the sea of tribulation lightning exploded. The sea of tribulation lightning continued seething as explosions shook it!
But if compared to the explosions happening right beside them, the shock wave of these explosions was nothing at all.
“We can attack already?” Palace Master Seven Lives Talisman’s eyes lit up––when a cultivator faced their heavenly tribulation, they’d usually wait for the heavenly tribulation to fall a bit, and then they would go all out and destroy the tribulation lightning.
But the virtuous lamia had attacked before the missiles and tanks even fired!
“Hurry, attack quickly!” Daoist Priest Horizon said hurriedly.
Palace Master Seven Lives Talisman, Horizon, and Eternity each launched their own attacks at the sea of tribulation lightning. As Song Shuhang didn’t have any long-range offensive means, he could only slash out with his Flaming Saber Technique a few times.
The old man shivered and shot out dark qi… but his black qi was only able to go a meter away from his body when it was destroyed by the evil-warding power of the heavenly tribulation.
This guy was nothing but comical relief at this point.
“I’m dead, I’m dead,” the old man muttered once again.
After Palace Master Seven Lives Talisman and the others’ attacks, the number of guided missiles and tanks in the sea of tribulation lightning had decreased by a fraction.
However, compared to the huge number at the start and the new ones that were appearing in the sea of tribulation lightning, the decrease in the number of guided missiles and tanks wasn’t much. Finally, the number of heavenly tribulation guided missiles stabilized at around 900, while the number of tanks had instead increased to around 4000.
This was the number that could be estimated at a glance, enough to make one’s leg go soft.
At this point, the second wave of the heavenly tribulation had finally stopped producing new guided missiles.
In the next moment, the 900 heavenly tribulation guided missiles together with the 4000 tanks fired in unison and bombarded Song Shuhang and the others… This was why the heavenly tribulations of the Eight Stage rank and above were transferred into the Heavenly Tribulation Realm. If the power of this heavenly tribulation were to be unleashed in the main world, the region where the heavenly tribulation rained down would become a dead zone.
Thunder resounded, and the wind continued to surge violently. The tribulation lightning was accompanied by the power of the ‘tribulation of the Inner Demon’, stimulating the fear in their hearts and making their flesh creep.
At this time, the fragmented puppet core suddenly flew out into the air.
The core flew higher and higher, away from Song Shuhang and the others. As it flew away, some of the heavenly tribulation guided missiles and tanks changed direction and bombarded it.
The fragmented puppet core was the first to be shot among the ones who had entered the Heavenly Tribulation Realm. It was reduced to nothing amidst the terrifying explosion.
It was seemingly the final struggle of that cultivator of the Profound Wind Valley. Had he done what it could to attract some of the firepower from Song Shuhang and the others?
No one knew what he was really thinking. Perhaps it had already lost control over his actions when his body was puppetized.
In the next instant, ten especially fast guided missiles that were in the front exploded first.
The talisman barrier that Palace Master Seven Lives Talisman had set up seemed to be as fragile as glass as it was broken through.
Afterward, Daoist Priest Horizon’s unfinished tribulation-transcending magical treasure was likewise torn apart by the power of the explosion.
Eternity’s defense stood out the most among the five as it was a sword formation that combined offense and defense into one.
If he’d been facing the heavenly tribulation alone, he would have been able to keep up with the heavenly tribulation for a long time with this sword formation. However, when the ten guided missiles exploded together, the power of the heavenly tribulation and the guided missiles accumulated, and Eternity’s offensive-defensive sword formation instantly collapsed.
Finally, Song Shuhang’s virtuous lamia + saber intent armor.
Song Shuhang’s virtuous lamia expanded and protected all the fellow daoists. The Saber Intent Armor, which was originally attached to Song Shuhang’s body, had been projected onto her body and attached to her as well.
The virtuous lamia put away the God Slaying Mother-Child Cannon, which could only fire at intervals and couldn’t fire continuously. Afterward, she purely used her body to defend.
“Boom, boom, boom~”
As the guided missiles of the heavenly tribulation continued to explode, the virtuous lamia’s body continued to grow smaller and smaller, and the golden light fainter and fainter.
“Aaaah~” The virtuous lamia suddenly let out a loud scream.
The scream was modulated with a clear rhythm. It sounded rather strange, sounding like it was the scream of a man.
After the scream, the virtuous lamia suddenly fell to the ground with her head tilted and ‘died’.
Daoist Priest Horizon wiped the blood at the corners of his mouth, and asked, “Dead?”
…Song Shuhang’s virtuous lamia was the last defense of the group of five. They didn’t expect the heavenly tribulation guided missile to actually have such power. Ten of them had already destroyed their defenses! In fact, there wasn’t even a need for ten—around five guided missiles would have had enough power to obliterate all of their defenses.
If it hadn’t been for Song Shuhang’s virtuous lamia suddenly blocking the attack for them, they would have all died from the power of those ten explosions.
Actually, Song Shuhang himself didn’t expect the virtuous lamia to last so long under the attack of the guided missiles of the heavenly tribulation.
The virtuous lamia had a special defense bonus against the heavenly tribulation. The power of virtue was very effective against the heavenly tribulation. If one had condensed some light of virtue, they could use it to counter a lot of the tribulation’s power.
Because of this natural advantage, the virtuous lamia was able to last all the way up to now.
But now, Song Shuhang’s virtuous lamia also ‘died’. The time that the virtuous lamia disappeared would be the time that the five men would be buried beneath the power of the heavenly tribulation.
Daoist Priest Horizon was afraid of death, so he had used his ‘strength imparting’ method to delay his heavenly tribulation of the Sixth Stage for three hundred years. But now that he truly faced ‘death’, he didn’t feel that afraid. He felt that his ‘will’ had become stronger than it ever had been.
Unfortunately, if his ‘will’ had been this strong a few years ago, he would have gone and faced the heavenly tribulation of the Sixth Stage already, and wouldn’t have waited until today.
“…” Song Shuhang.
My dear elder sister. In such a time, you’re still in the mood to play around?
Although the virtuous lamia seemed to have shrunk a lot, truthfully, she was still a long way from true ‘death’.
At this time, the tank shells hit. Different from the missiles’ explosions, their main forte was their penetrative ability.
After getting hit by a few shells, the virtuous lamia struggled to get up, and then she opened her mouth, and screamed, “Aaah~”
The scream was modulated with a clear rhythm.
After screaming, the virtuous lamia once again fell on the ground and ‘died’.
“…” Daoist Priest Horizon.
“…” Palace Master Seven Lives Talisman.
“Is it really dead this time?” Daoist Priest Horizon asked.
Song Shuhang’s mouth twitched, and he said, “Nope.” He didn’t know how to explain this special hobby of the virtuous lamia to his seniors.
“But, the virtuous lamia won’t be able to last long, either.” Song Shuhang sighed, and said, “Her strength is rapidly decreasing, it’s only a matter of time before she disappears. We must find a way to break through these guided missiles.”
While transcending the tribulation, Song Shuhang had been desperately trying to establish a connection with his Inner World, but his Inner World seemed to have been blocked by the ‘Heavenly Tribulation Realm’, and the channeled teleportation was going to take too long.
Palace Master Seven Lives Talisman, Eternity, and Horizon remained silent.
Breaking through the guided missiles of the heavenly tribulation… If they could break through them, they would have already done it.
At this moment, Palace Master Seven Lives Talisman suddenly said, “Little friend Shuhang… If you get out alive, please tell Fellow Daoist Tian Tianwei that I love her. Also Fairy Lychee, please tell her I also had a crush on her. Right, there’s still Fairy Dongfang Six and Fairy Firefly, I’ve always liked them.”
“Ah?” Song Shuhang was stunned.
“You are the one who is most likely to get out of this alive. Ever since you’ve welcomed Venerable White, your luck has been skyrocketing. You’re the only cultivator I met whose luck is comparable to Venerable White. If anyone were to get out of this heavenly tribulation alive, it would be you. If I die, please give this message to the various fairy maidens for me,” Palace Master Seven Lives Talisman said.
…In fact, besides the fairies in the chat group, Palace Master Seven Lives Talisman still had feelings for many other female cultivators, but Song Shuhang didn’t know them, so he didn’t mention them.
“…” Song Shuhang.
Eternity said, “Little friend Shuhang, say these words to Immortal Fairy Bie Xue: I deeply love her, I love her very much.”
“…” Song Shuhang.
Horizon added, “This old man doesn’t like anyone, but I have a treasure house at Mount Jianggui. If you get out of this alive, you can go there and look for it.”
“…” Song Shuhang.
“Boom, boom, boom~”
While they were talking, dozens of guided missiles of the heavenly tribulation exploded, and hundreds of tank shells bombarded the virtuous lamia.
“Aaaaaah~” the virtuous lamia screamed once again. This time she was no longer ‘half-dead’. Her body was really destroyed, so she dissipated.
Just as the virtuous lamia disappeared, Song Shuhang felt pain pricking his eyes, and then golden runes flew out of his eyes and rushed toward a guided missile.
It was the secret appraisal technique—it had been triggered.