Translator: GodBrandy Editor: Kurisu
When Song Shuhang stared at him, Dugu Bai was scared.
“The cultivation technique you practice is the ❮Thirty-Three Divine Beasts’ Technique❯, right?” Song Shuhang asked.
He was getting a familiar feeling from the body of this monster fox. In addition, after he got closer to him, that huge whale in his Sea of Qi Dantian born from the fusion of his ‘innate true qi’ and the ‘projections of the 33 beasts’ was stimulated and issued a cry.
Song Shuhang got the feeling that this monster fox likewise practiced the ❮Thirty-Three Divine Beasts’ Technique❯. In addition, it wasn’t an incomplete version like that of those assassins he had met some time ago. It was the complete version of the ❮Thirty-Three Divine Beasts’ Technique❯.
“Are you talking about the cultivation technique I practice?” Dugu Bai shook his head, and said, “I also have no idea what cultivation technique I’m practicing. Whenever I ask my teacher about this cultivation technique I practice, teacher evades the question. In addition, it’s my first time hearing the name ❮Thirty-Three Divine Beasts’ Technique❯.”
The teacher of this monster fox evaded all the questions related to the cultivation technique?
Song Shuhang pondered for a moment, and understood the reason.
The ❮Thirty-Three Divine Beasts’ Technique❯ was the cultivation technique passed down in the Divine Beast Department of the ancient Heavenly City. After the destruction of the Heavenly City, the surviving members of the Divine Beast Department created the ‘Thirty-Three Divine Beasts’ Sect’.
Afterward, the Thirty-Three Divine Beasts’ Sect was destroyed as well. If the teacher of this monster fox was a survivor of the Thirty-Three Divine Beasts’ Sect, it was understandable why they wouldn’t tell the name of the cultivation technique to their disciple… it was to prevent the disciple from bringing a disaster upon them.
However, Song Shuhang also noticed that the monster fox didn’t feel anything even though the two of them were this close, and neither did his aura change.
Is it because Senior White improved the ❮Thirty-Three Divine Beasts’ Technique❯ I practice? Is this the reason I can sense that the opposite party is practicing the ❮Thirty-Three Divine Beasts’ Technique❯, but they can’t? Or perhaps the ❮Thirty-Three Divine Beasts’ Technique❯ of each branch was different?
After pondering for a moment, Song Shuhang took out a golden chain from his magical bracelet. “In that case… have you ever seen your teacher carry something similar?”
This monster fox could already assume human form, and was thus a monster of the Fifth Stage. In other words, the cultivation technique he practiced was complete, very different from the members of that organization of assassins.
Such being the case, the status of his teacher in the ‘Thirty-Three Divine Beasts’ Sect’ shouldn’t have been low. Perhaps they also possessed a golden chain similar to the one Song Shuhang had.
After seeing the golden chain, the pupils of the monster fox shrunk faintly. He had indeed seen a similar chain… The chain seemed to have been forged from a big chunk of gold, and it gave off the aura of a nouveau riche. It was completely incompatible with his teacher’s aloof style. However, his teacher treated the chain as a precious treasure…
“It seems you have seen this chain before,” Song Shuhang said. As expected, the teacher of this monster fox was related to the Thirty-Three Divine Beasts’ Sect.
After saying this much, Song Shuhang put the golden chain away. At the same time, he sent his consciousness to the space within the chain, gazing at a handwritten thread-bound book—the ❮Encyclopedia of Animal Taming❯.
Right before the destruction of the Thirty-Three Divine Beasts’ Sect, the owner of the golden chain in Song Shuhang’s hand—a certain Elder Bamboo Pipe—had entrusted the ‘author’ of this book to buy a few gifts for his beloved disciple. After that, the author of the book would have sent the gifts to Elder Bamboo Pipe alongside the book itself.
After obtaining the ❮Encyclopedia of Animal Taming❯, Song Shuhang had tried it out on those two ‘seahorses’ spirit beasts he had at home, the ones that the stallion spirit had sent over as compensation, to see the effects.
However, further developing the ❮Encyclopedia of Animal Taming❯ and making it reach new heights was going to be hopeless at this pace.
In the past, Song Shuhang had once considered looking for a disciple in order to pass them this ❮Encyclopedia of Animal Taming❯. After all, he couldn’t let the legacy belonging to Elder Bamboo Pipe and the author of this book go to waste…
The monster fox before his eyes was very likely someone that had inherited the legacy of the real Thirty-Three Divine Beasts’ Sect, and from what he had told them, he seemed very interested in taming animals. If his moral character wasn’t bad, he could perhaps leave the ❮Encyclopedia of Animal Taming❯ to him…
Hmm… but before giving him the ❮Encyclopedia of Animal Taming❯, Song Shuhang wanted to look for an opportunity to meet his teacher.
First, he wanted to make sure that the opposite party was indeed a disciple of the Thirty-Three Divine Beasts’ Sect.
Second, if the opposite party didn’t mind, he wanted to know what had happened to the Thirty-Three Divine Beasts’ Sect in the past. For example, what was the background of the enemies that had attacked the Thirty-Three Divine Beasts’ Sect, and other similar things… After all, he, too, was someone that practiced the ❮Thirty-Three Divine Beasts’ Technique❯.
After thinking up to this point, Song Shuhang asked, “How is your teacher doing? If possible, can you bring me to them?”
The monster fox vigilantly looked at Song Shuhang, and said, “Hehe, you made a big detour, but as expected, your objective was my teacher. Let me tell you something, teacher is mine… and you can forget about meeting her.”
“…” Song Shuhang.
A lot of things could be understood from this sentence alone!
However, the nearby Senior White couldn’t bear it anymore, and said, “Sigh, enough with this nonsense. If you want to talk, do it after we get out of this forbidden area! Leave this monster fox to me for now; you can resume this conversation after we get out of here.”
After saying this much, Senior White stretched out his hand and pressed it on the body of the monster fox. In the next moment, the monster fox disappeared.
“Senior White, where did you teleport him?” Song Shuhang asked.
“To a special secret realm that I use to trap people. Don’t worry, he won’t be able to escape,” Senior White said.
“Oh, are you talking about the Secret Realm of Slowness?” Song Shuhang said with a smile.
“Ahahaha, exactly. The Secret Realm of Slowness,” Senior White said.
Song Shuhang quietly nodded.
Senior White continued expanding the passage with his magical treasure.
All the invisible sword insects they met along the way retreated, putting some distance between them and Senior White. Although Senior White bullied them quite a bit, destroying their home as they were proceeding forward, the sword insects still didn’t dare to attack him.
“We have arrived. This is the place,” Senior White said.
A huge cave had appeared before Song Shuhang’s eyes, full of glittering eggs.
These golden eggs were the eggs of those invisible sword insects. There was more than a thousand golden eggs in this cave.
“There are so many eggs here, and here I thought that there would be only around a hundred at most,” Song Shuhang said.
If there were so many eggs, it wouldn’t be a problem to give some to that monster fox. After all, Song Shuhang had no way of raising all these sword insects by himself.
Senior White said, “Take all the eggs you can take. These sword insects are still in the middle of their breeding season, and even if you take all the eggs, the sword insects will produce more in just a few days, quickly filling the place.”
Since Senior White said he could take all of them, Song Shuhang didn’t stand on ceremony.
If it were someone else, they wouldn’t be able to take away so many eggs even if they possessed a space-type magical treasure. After all, there were living creatures inside the eggs, and it would be impossible to store them in an ordinary space-type magical treasure.
But Song Shuhang had his Inner World, and all the eggs were moved to his Inner World with just a thought.
“Done,” Song Shuhang said, looking very satisfied.
At this time, at the entrance of the forbidden area.
Of the 50+ cultivators that had barged into the forbidden area, only ten or so were left. Those that weren’t lucky or strong enough had already fallen along the way.
However, the expressions of the cultivators that were left behind didn’t look too good, either. The dangers they had met on the periphery of the forbidden area were way more terrifying than what they had initially expected. Although they’d already known about the three types of danger they would meet thanks to the ancestor of the Chu Family, only around ten of them managed to get there.
Luckily, everything had been worth it.
Now, they were standing at the entrance of this treasure house, and as long as they could get inside, they would obtain incredible treasures.
Medicinal pills that could prolong their life, cultivation techniques that could allow them to reach the Seventh Stage or even higher realms, powerful magical treasures, medicinal pills to break through to the next realm, formations to easily transcend the heavenly tribulation…
Sure enough, all these cultivators believed that the entrance to the forbidden area was actually the entrance to a treasure house, and as long as they managed to open the door, they would get all the treasures inside. This was something the cultivator ‘leading’ them had told them.
“What do we have to do in order to open the door of the treasure house?” one of the cultivators said after gazing at the entrance of the treasure house.
A huge golden disc had appeared before their eyes. This disc was as big as a small mountain, and was made of layers upon layers of golden rings. There were almost 10,000 in total. Different numerical symbols, patterns, or letters were engraved on each ring.
Only after those nearly 10,000 rings were put in the correct place could one open the door of the treasure house. If they didn’t have the key to the door and were planning to open it with force, they could simply forget about it.
“The key to this door is concealed in the ‘sword technique’ of the Chu Family.” That cultivator leading the group took out the scroll with the sword technique of the Chu Family.
They had all taken a look at this ‘sword technique’ before barging into the forbidden area.
Some of them comprehended a pretty good sword technique from it, while others obtained nothing.
“Now, every one of you should take another careful look at these scrolls. As long as you can find the secret concealed within, we will obtain all the things inside the treasure house,” the cultivator ‘guiding’ them said.
“Right, what about that old man from the Chu Family? He must know something about the key to this treasure house, right?” one of the cultivators said.
“Did you forget already? In the third layer, when that talisman transformed into a fist, it severely injured the old man of the Chu Family. At this time, he should still be lying in the third layer. At that time, everyone was in a hurry to get past the obstacle and didn’t go to help him,” another cultivator said.
This time around, the ancestor of the Chu Family was once again KO’d in the third layer of the outer zone of the forbidden area, getting severely injured by the very same talisman.
At this time, the cultivator leading them said, “That old man knew nothing. Along the way, I used a few methods to take a look at his memories, and he didn’t have the key to this secret realm. When he looked at these scrolls in the past, he only comprehended a sword technique. Whether he’s here or not, it makes no difference. In the end, we will have to rely on ourselves.”
After saying this much, that cultivator guiding them also added, “Everybody, don’t get anxious; I have a guess in mind. The sword techniques we comprehended from these scrolls were all different, and some people even comprehended two different sword techniques. Perhaps we will find the method to open this treasure house after combining together all the sword techniques we comprehended from the scrolls. Therefore, let’s take another careful look at them. After that, we can try to put the various sword techniques we have comprehended together and see if it works.”
The various cultivators felt that his words made sense. Therefore, they started to carefully look at the scrolls again.
In the meantime.
Song Shuhang and Senior White got past the area with the invisible sword insects and arrived at the third layer.
“According to the letter of the ancestor of the Chu Family, the dangerous part of the third checkpoint is this talisman that some expert left behind. This talisman can transform into a fist and display a mysterious fist technique. One fist is capable of injuring a cultivator of the Fifth Stage like the ancestor of the Chu Family,” Song Shuhang said.
However, they didn’t get attacked by this talisman after entering the third layer…
Little Cai said, “We didn’t get attacked! Was the talisman damaged?”
“The talisman is right there.” Senior White stretched out his finger and pointed toward a not too distant wall with a huge rune engraved on it.
“Is it possible that this talisman also does not dare to attack Senior White?” Song Shuhang asked.
Those invisible sword insects were living spirit beasts, and it was understandable that they wouldn’t try to attack Senior White due to the difference in strength. But, could a magical rune also feel fear? Had this magical rune also developed some intelligence like the ‘banknote’ they’d met previously?
“No, it just ran out of the spiritual energy it had accumulated. This is why it didn’t attack,” Senior White said.
After saying this much, Senior White stepped in the air and arrived in front of that magical rune, starting to research it.
“Hmm, the structure isn’t half bad, quite interesting. However, the technique isn’t good enough. I will add a few strokes.” After saying this much, Senior White stretched out his finger and started to slash left and right on the wall with the magical rune, slashing 18 times in total.
After he finished, Senior White returned, very satisfied.
“Senior White, what did you do?” Song Shuhang asked.
“I added a few things to that talisman, allowing it to recover energy faster and attack with more strength, hehehe.” Senior White smiled evilly.
Then, he stretched out his hand again, and waved it. Under a pile of rocks in the distance, a severely injured cultivator was grabbed by an invisible hand and brought over.
“Eh? That’s the ancestor of the Chu Family,” Song Shuhang said.
The ancestor of the Chu Family had been KO’d in the third layer of the outer zone of the forbidden area. He got defeated in the same spot two times in a row!
The ancestor of the Chu Family faintly opened his eyes, and looked at Song Shuhang. “Little… friend… Shuhang, you are… finally here…”
“Yes,” Song Shuhang said.
“Is the Chu Family… safe?” the ancestor of the Chu Family said in a shaky voice.
“Yes, they aren’t in trouble anymore. All the disciples were saved, and Senior White took care of the attackers,” Song Shuhang said. All the people that had attacked the Chu Family were defeated in front of Senior White’s big move.
“In that case… I can be… at ease.” After finishing his sentence, the ancestor of the Chu Family tilted his head and fainted.
Although the injury was not fatal, it was still very heavy.
“Senior White, can you treat the injury of the ancestor of the Chu Family?” Song Shuhang asked.
Senior White said, “It’s not really a big deal. Give him a medicinal pill and then use a healing technique to make him recover. Shuhang, you should have some medicinal pills to treat internal injuries with you, right? If you have them, make him eat one.”
“Yes, I have them. I will look for a suitable one,” Song Shuhang said.
Just as Song Shuhang was looking for medicinal pills, Senior White took out several parts of a magical treasure, and started to assemble them.
After all the parts were assembled, they took the shape of a huge cannon.
What was Senior White planning to do…?