Exclamations were echoing on the sword test field on the Bronze Censer Peak.
Many elders and leaders in the Nascent Soul Stage had guessed that Li Yao was probably also in the Nascent Soul Stage.
But they never dreamt that Li Yao would trigger such dominating auras when he had seemed quite plain before!
His spiritual waves alone suggested that he could not be in the beginning level of the Nascent Soul Stage. He was even better than the rarely-seen middle level of the Nascent Soul Stage and on par with the supreme experts such as the Three Saints and Four Rapscallions!
It was a tough man who could make it to the ‘top ten experts in the world’ list!
He might even really be qualified to be compared to experts such as Qi Zhongdao and Yan Liren!
His chitchat with Yan Liren just now was perhaps… perhaps not a bluff.
The green spiritual waves that Li Yao triggered snatched at Bu Tiantong brutally like a bizarre bird flapping its wings!
Bu Tiantong was the one under the most pressure after his sudden outbreak.
The toughest person of the Gold Armor Clan felt that he was indeed being swooped upon by an eagle that could stir up the clouds in the heaven!
Bu Tiantong had never thought that his opponent would be so strong!
However, the expert in the middle level of the Nascent Soul Stage was not a fish on a chopping block.
With the marvelous weapon ‘Gold Crow Devil Sweeping Sword’ in hand, Bu Tiantong’s comprehensive combat ability was perhaps even higher than Han Yuantai’s when he had no time to retrieve his magical equipment in the Southland of Sorcerers.
Golden brilliance was flourishing on his armor and expanding into a giant golden ball more than three meters in diameter. The brilliance was so intense that it looked like a tank of molten steel that could melt anything!
The Gold Armor Clan was best known for their defenses in the first place. The extraordinary mystic rays released from the armor could not only disrupt the enemy’s vision and telepathic thoughts but also cover the operations of the user. It was definitely some of the best magical equipment!
Zi! Zi! Zi! Zi!
The green flames of spiritual energy around Li Yao changed from a giant eagle into almost ten tentacles and spread out. Like an enormous ghost hand, they clenched the golden ball released by Bu Tiantong’s armor!
One green and the other gold, the two flames in different colors crashed, rubbed, and consumed each other and had chemical reactions like two incompatible liquids. Not only were ear-splitting shrieks echoing, colorful smoke was also dashing up into the sky!
This was purely a war of attribution. It was the immensity of their spiritual energy that was being tested.
At first glance, they seemed to be in stalemate.
However, Li Yao’s ghost claw was infiltrating the golden ball, and he seemed to have everything under control.
As it turned out, a moment later, a roar echoed inside the golden, shining ball. The ‘Gold Crow Devil Sweeping Sword’ turned into a raging gold dragon that broke out the shell and stabbed toward Li Yao’s face!
Bu Tiantong could not sustain it any longer and changed his move!
The auras of the sword were neither straight lines nor arcs. Instead, they shot out in the shape of a sector like the dazzling brilliance of the sun, covering dozens of square meters around Li Yao!
Locked onto by the auras of the sword, one would feel like one was standing in the middle of a desert with a scorching sun overhead. There was nowhere to run!
Li Yao did not bother to blink. He rolled his fingers and threw out the needles that had once horrified Han Yuantai in the Southland of Sorcerers. The needles darted toward the sun like a hazy drizzle.
Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding!
Every needle hit one of the auras of the sword precisely. The auras withered like balloons that had been stabbed. They perished into nothingness, leaving lingering echoes behind them.
When the hundreds of crisp sounds overlapped, it sounded like a piece of weird music!
Half narrowing his eyes, Li Yao appreciated the melody of fire and war to his heart’s content. As if he had drunk delicious wine, his face became flushed, and he seemed to be intoxicated when he observed, “Nice sword!
“The auras of the sword gave a feeling of emptiness and boundlessness when they were tapped, which is not something that ordinary metals can offer. They can only be found in the sea of stars above the firmament from the real ‘star metals’!”
Li Yao had noticed something weird after he landed on the Ancient Sages Sector.
Infinite stars could also be seen at night in the Ancient Sages Sector. They were even more brilliant than the stars seen in the outside worlds. Quite a few colorful galaxies were flowing in the sky!
It was quite illogical.
Because the Ancient Sages Sector was at the center of a dark nebula, it should be difficult for the brightness of other stars to penetrate. Even if some of the stars were visible, their number should be few.
However, after pondering for a long time, Li Yao finally realized that the ‘stars’ in the sky were not real stars in the universe but the battlefield debris around the Ancient Sages Sector left in the primeval war!
The debris was Heavenly Materials and Earthly Treasures that boasted many special characteristics. It also had such intense radiation that it had not dissipated after hundreds of thousands of years and was still releasing all kinds of waves nonstop.
When the ancient Cultivators of this Sector raised their heads to look at the sky at night, that was what the ‘stars’ they saw were.
The debris was not absolutely stationary in the universe. Instead, it moved randomly due to the interference of the gravity of the sector’s planets and their satellites. When some of the remnants crashed into each other, or when they were captured by the gravity sphere of the planet, it was possible for them to drop down to the planet.
The debris was made of the super alloys that the Pangu Clan or the Nuwa Clan had crafted with their spectacular technology, which was tens of hundreds of years ahead of the current era. Naturally, they were the best materials for refining.
Because they were the ‘stars’ in the knowledge of the ancient Cultivators of this Sector, such remnants had become known as ‘star metals’.
The high-level Cultivators did not expect that Li Yao could still talk in the middle of the fierce battle. They were even puzzled about his expertise. After looking at each other for a moment, they all fell silent.
Sha! Sha! Sha! Sha! Sha! Sha! Sha!
Manipulating the thin needles, Li Yao bypassed the sword auras and pierced at the real body of the Gold Crow Devil Sweeping Sword at a higher and higher speed with less and less strength. When the needles tapped the body of the sword, it was no longer the ear-splitting sounds but the pleasant, gentle sounds of raindrops falling into grasses!
“Those are some good materials. The craftsmanship is quite remarkable, too!” Li Yao said with both surprise and amazement. “The star metals should’ve been much too hard for you to melt or forge. It was supposed to be just a block of metal and could in no way be forged into a weapon!
“However, the sword forgers of the Gold Armor Clan selected an innovative approach. Instead of heating it with the eccentric fire, they mediated it with more than thirty kinds of liquids that could melt metals. After it was softened, they reinforced it with various materials including the Hundred Dry Vines, the Long Hateful Grasses, the Devil Taming Bones, and the Blood Rain Stones among a few others. As a result, the features of the star metals were changed, and they could be refined into weapons!
“Since the Gold Armor Clan has such extraordinary sword forgers who are not restrained by traditions, no wonder you are confident in competing with the Purple Pole Sword Sect!”
All the Cultivators were dazed by what Li Yao had said.
Was it even possible to deduce the forging procedures of the magical equipment by the sounds of collisions and infer its raw materials?
How unbelievable was that!
Shua! Shua! Shua! Shua!
Everybody looked at the elders and leaders of the Gold Armor Clan.
All of them from the Gold Armor Clan appeared so shocked and devastated that they might have just run into ghosts!
No. Even if ‘Mother White Lotus’ Wan Mingzhu, the mother of all ghosts, showed up in front of them, they would not have been so shocked, unless Wang Mingzhu not only showed up but also offered a strip dance!
Bu Tiantong’s previously shining gold face was pale, and his sword auras were in disarray!
Li Yao roamed among the sword auras that were as scorching as the sun and sighed. “Nice sword. Nice materials. Nice approaches. It’s a pity…”
His countenance suggested that he truly felt regretful. “It’s a pity that, because the Hundred Dry Vines, the Long Hateful Grasses, the Devil Taming Bones, and the other materials are ancillary ingredients for the ease of forgery, they have to be replaced one way or another after the forgery is complete in order to increase the purity of the sword!
“You chose to absorb them with Jade Ocean Sand and then removed Jade Ocean Sand, which had been attached with the useless materials.
“That’s not a bad idea. Every grain of ‘Jade Ocean Sand’ has billions of tiny holes that are invisible to the naked eye. It is the best material for absorption!
“However, at the last moment of refining the ‘star metals’, the temperature of the furnace must be raised to above 3,300 degrees. Yet, you didn’t know that the ‘Jade Ocean Sand’ could possibly be vaporized into smoke when the temperature is between 3,380 degrees and 3,392 degrees!
“Maybe, only one grain of the Jade Ocean Sand was vaporized at that time!
“However, the smoke after it was vaporized, which could’ve been multiple times thinner than a hair, was enough to leave a crack that regular Cultivators cannot perceive at all deep inside this sword!
“Therefore, even if this sword is made of star metals, and you have gone through all the trouble of carving more than five hundred rune arrays at the periphery, turning it into an unstoppable and invincible weapon….
“As long as the tiny gap caused by the Jade Ocean Sand is located…”
Li Yao smiled. His speed suddenly accelerated to a higher level as he marched forward toward Bu Tiantong’s chest against the brilliance of the Gold Crow Devil Sweeping Sword!
“Ah!” Bu Tiantong was both shocked and infuriated. After his roar, the dazzling brilliance on the Gold Crow Devil Sweeping Sword suddenly expanded. It no longer looked like a sword at all but a shining, golden pillar!
Li Yao’s right hand extended into the gold pillar directly against the brilliance!
The sharpest auras of the sword were about to mince his right arm and right shoulder, yet all of them suddenly vanished after a ‘clang’. Half of the tip of the enormous sword flew into the sky and stabbed to the ground after rotating several times in midair, still shivering!
The Gold Crow Devil Sweeping Sword had been broken in half by Li Yao when he flicked it with his thumb and his middle finger!