Chapter 703: The Sacred Spirit’s Protection
The Human race was not the Desolate race after all. By residing in the Divine Wilderness, they could not avoid coming into contact with all sorts of powerful Desolate beasts. The deeper they went into the Divine Wilderness, the more powerful the desolate beasts they encountered were.
Under such circumstances, even if they were not found by the Black-armored Demon God, they would still suffer heavy casualties. Hence, many human factions slowly gathered in the remote mountains, and this place was their final destination.
But now, even this final destination was facing a deadly threat.
They were faced with two choices.
Fight! Or flee!
When these choices were brought up in the hall, the mood turned into a depressing one.
Fighting meant a fight to the death. Many people lacked the courage, especially when there was no hope of victory.
As for fleeing, where else could they go?
They were already in the remote mountains of the Divine Wilderness. Beyond the Desolate race's sphere of influence, the surroundings were filled with primordial desolate beasts. Escaping through it was not easy!
Furthermore, they were still facing the threat of being hunted by the Black-armored Demon God. The Black-armored Demon God seemed to have astral methods. Although he was one person alone, he seemed to be able to appear in any place instantly. It was almost impossible for people, who were hunted by him, to survive.
"Your Highness. Previously in the battle between the Desolate race and the Black-armored Demon God, I was lucky to witness something. I wonder if the your race's gigantic Skyfox, which managed to withstand the Black-armored Demon God's attack using its own power by activating the Desolate race's divine bone altar, is still able to fight?"
When the Black-armored Demon God attacked the Desolate race's headquarters, no one from the entire Desolate race, Lin family, or the handful of experts from other factions in the Tian Yuan world, were any match for the Black-armored Demon God.
Against the Black-armored Demon God, they were not even comparable to eggs striking a rock.
Without a doubt, it would have been a massacre.
Without any morale to fight, they were only thinking of how to escape. And just at the moment many people were in despair, a gigantic Skyfox appeared.
Back then, when the human warriors saw the Skyfox, they were either distraught or alarmed.
The Skyfox had gigantic eyes that looked as clear as a lake, and it had a look of apathy in its eyes.
Its body seemed to cover the Heavens and Earth. It had six tails that resembled six flood dragons, and they were as red as fire. They waved in the sky like shiny divine flames that roared into the sky.
The human warriors had no idea what it was. And when the Desolate race warriors saw the Skyfox, despite the Black-armored Demon God attacking them and with their lives at stake, all of them knelt down, bowing to the Skyfox.
This Skyfox was the Sacred Spirit that protected the Desolate race.
Many years ago, not long after Jiang Xiaorou joined the Desolate race, she had obtained great power and awoken her bloodline, becoming the new Desolate Queen. It was largely attributed to Jiang Xiaorou completing the rites on the divine bone altar, receiving the recognition of the Desolate race Sacred Spirit.
Even the young team of geniuses, who were nurtured by the Desolate race and entered the Soul Tomb to battle Blood Moon, were also known as "Skyfox".
The Skyfox was a symbol and totem of the Desolate race.
However, the Skyfox usually slept in the Divine Wilderness. Ignoring human experts, even many of the former Desolate Queens had never managed to see the Skyfox in person.
For a Desolate Queen to see the Skyfox appear was her luck, or they were like Jiang Xiaorou who had obtained the Skyfox's recognition.
The Human race did not know of the Skyfox's existence. To many of the Desolate race, the Skyfox was nearly a legend.
The Skyfox was mysterious and powerful. Although it protected the Desolate race, it was not subservient to the Desolate race's orders. The Skyfox had never appeared in the multiple battles between the Desolate race and the Human race.
To the Desolate race, the Skyfox was their most primordial God.
But in fact, only the Desolate Queens knew that the Skyfox was a young fox brought to and left behind in the Tian Yuan world by the Azure Yang Lord tens of millions of years ago.
This Skyfox that protected the Desolate race came from a place in the 12 Empyrean Heavens known as Sinkhole. It had been injured in its youth and it was rescued by the Azure Yang Lord.
Later on, it had accompanied the Azure Yang Lord to this world. In the war tens of millions of years ago, the Skyfox was still weak and it did not participate in the battle. Later on, with the Azure Yang Lord leaving, the Skyfox stayed behind in the Divine Wilderness.
Instead of saying it protected the Desolate race, it was actually protecting whatever the Azure Yang Lord left behind.
Over the tens of millions of years, it was loyal only to the Azure Yang Lord. However, the tragic thing about it was that it grew in a lower realm. It could not absorb the worldly essence of the 12 Empyrean Heavens, and it lacked the heritage of the Skyfox race. This meant that it could never reach its life's potential.
It was just like the Nine Neonate born in the lower realm which could not survive the nine Heavenly Tribulations. The Skyfox was facing a similar fate.
Over tens of millions of years, it was already very old.
Its life had been spent in the Divine Wilderness. The vast Divine Wilderness that was beyond a mortal's imagination was like a tiny pond to the Skyfox.
A koi that grew up in a pond would never transform into a divine dragon.
The Skyfox was a God Spirit of all the desolate beasts in the Divine Wilderness. It only silently watched over them. Only when the Black-armored Demon God attacked the Desolate race did it enter the battle.
Even for members of the Desolate race, it was the first time that they witnessed the Skyfox fight.
Its power was shocking. It could use Heaven Earth Yuan Qi, and the moment it battled, it brought about tumultuous changes.
With the Skyfox's strength, not only did the Desolate race send the Black-armored Demon God retreating, they had even injured him!
This was the first time that the Black-armored Demon God was injured after its appearance!
After the Black-armored Demon God retreated, this allowed the Desolate race and the Lin family to be saved. A number of disciples were killed in the Black-armored Demon God's first wave of attack. As for the majority of their elites and experts in their clans, they had sufficient time to retreat to the remote mountains.
The reason they had retreated was because the Skyfox had received injuries...
It was too old.
In the lower realm, its powers and lifespan were restricted. Even in the past million years, it had been sleeping, and its life was slowly coming to an end...
Even if it kept sleeping, it could not survive for long. And this appearance in the battle had greatly expended a lot of its vitality.
The Skyfox now was already extremely weak. And although the Black-armored Demon God had been repelled, the former Desolate Queen's intuition told her that he would slowly recover and return once again in a relatively short period of time.
"The death of my race's Sacred Spirit is approaching, so it probably will not be able to participate in any more battles."
The former Desolate Queen shook her head. Her words also immediately made the hearts of the human warriors, who had pinned their hopes on the Skyfox, sink.
"It can't participate in a battle just because it’s dying? But at this point in time… " A human legendary figure said his sentence midway. He was implying how that with the survival of the Human and Desolate race on the brink of destruction, with numerous people sacrificing their lives in battle, he wished that the Desolate race would also sacrifice something if possible.
Upon hearing this legendary figure's words, the former Desolate Queen frowned slightly.
"My race's guardian Sacred Spirit is not a desolate beast tamed by my race. It is our race's God. In the past tens of millions of years, it has watched over our race, and it has done enough. I have no right to let my race's God to sacrifice itself for my race. There is no need to mention this matter again!"
This legendary figure's words made the former Desolate Queen a little irritated.
Sacrifice was easier said than done. When one had to really sacrifice himself for a noble cause, very few people present could really do it.
"If that is the case, then we can only retreat… " A legendary figure said as he gave a wistful glance at Jiang Xiaorou. During the Black-armored Demon God's attack of the Desolate race's headquarters, a small detail had surprised him greatly that he had secretly kept his mind on.