Chapter 44 - Burning the Sea of Ants
"En?" Gu Hai's real body suddenly opened its eyes.
Suddenly, Gu Hai's body was let loose as he felt like he was falling into a sandpit; next to him, Little Rou finally could not hold on and fainted.
An overwhelming army of ants, like a sea, greeted his eyes everywhere.
Gu Hai's countenance worsened. He happened to saw the final liberating expression on Little Rou's face.
Little Rou could also no longer hold on after having seen Gu Hai wake up, her face was lined with tears, but at the end, her lips pursed as a smile appeared on them.
"Little Rou!" shouted Gu Hai immediately.
With one arm, Gu Hai embraced Little Rou.
Immediately after, True Qi appeared as a gale, and blew away the ants all around him in the blink of an eye.
Little Rou's tail was covered in bloody wounds with ants stuck inside, sucking the blood greedily.
"Evil creatures!" Gu Hai glared in anger.
Supporting Little Rou with one hand, Gu Hai immediately released True Qi forward with his other hand. However, his True Qi at this moment wasn't coherent, but rather had branched into countless True Qi specks, like a weiqi arrangement of True Qi groups.
This arrangement of True Qi specks was extremely exquisite as a group of qi blades emerged from them immediately thereafter.
If one looked carefully, they would certainly notice that these True Qi specks had been arranged in the form of a weiqi game, just like the Sky Saber Life and Death Game from not too long ago. It was just that Gu Hai's True Qi was a lot weaker.
Even if Gu Hai's True Qi was far weaker, the blooming qi sabers were still exceptionally fierce.
The qi sabers pressed forward, throwing the countless ants into the air wherever they went.
Immediately after, Gu Hai stepped forward, treading the qi saber and jumping into the distance.
Jumping quickly, Gu Hai swiftly escaped with the unconscious Little Rou.
Little Rou wasn't able to defend against the seas of ants, as she was extremely weak; in contrast, Gu Hai was at the peak of third level Xiantian Stage. In just a few jumps, he quickly arrived at the summit of a hill.
Lowering his head, Gu Hai looked at the overwhelming numbers of ants gathered in the mountain valley.
Gu Hai swiftly helped Little Rou in cleaning the remainder of ants stuck in her bloody tail wounds before he took out a healing salve from the token’s hidden space and gently applied it on Little Rou's wounds.
"En!" grimaced the barely conscious Little Rou in pain.
Looking at Little Rou's tearful face, Gu Hai's eyes flickered with sadness, "You should not have tried to be brave if you could not save me!"
Gu Hai gently applied the medicine on Little Rou. He could easily guess what had happened and why there were so many ants present, from the scene before him.
Perhaps, the subtle energy released during the constant progress of the game from the white crystal was the culprit.
Having helped Little Rou, Gu Hai touched her face as he turned his head and looked at the churning sea of ants below; his eyes flickered coldly.
Stretching his hand, Gu Hai took out a spirit stone.
The spirit stone in Gu Hai's hand broke into pieces, breaking into countless small fragments.
"Vile creatures, although you don't have wisdom, I am not happy!" stated Gu Hai coldly.
Removing some of the fragments and wrapping them in True Qi, Gu Hai arranged them in the form of a weiqi game.
The small fragments that had been wrapped in True Qi immediately started burning.
Gu Hai threw a fireball just like a flame bomb.
CHI CHI CHI CHI CHI!
Immediately, a large number of ants were burned away. and furthermore, the fire was still burning.
With multitudes of fragments, constantly arranging them in a weiqi array, and linking them with True Qi, fireballs came into existence one after another. One by one, fireballs fell from the sky, just like a meteor shower, burning away the churning sea of ants under Gu Hai's throws.
BOOM BOOM BOOM!...
A large fire broke out, crashing into the ground. Under the weiqi array layout, the fire grew fiercer and fiercer. As long as the spirit stone fragments hadn't been exhausted, an inexhaustible fire would be produced.
The corpses of ants were also burned. The endless sea of ants wanted to escape, but they were too slow. Billowing flames soared into the sky as they covered everything. The Carefree Valley turned into a furnace in the wink of an eye, while the sky tinted with red.
Crack Crack Crack!...
A vast sea of flames covered the mountain valley.
Perhaps due to the medicine easing her wounds, Little Rou woke up drowsily.
The moment she was awake, she happened to saw Gu Hai releasing the fire, burning the vast sea of ants.
Although it wasn't worthwhile, Gu Hai still did it.
Little Rou looked at Gu Hai drowsily. Having seen that Gu Hai was safe, a smile appeared on Little Rou's face. Watching Gu Hai venting his anger on her behalf, avenging her, releasing fireballs to incinerate the billowing sea of ants, Little Rou smiled in even more happiness.
"Benefactor, thank you!" cried Little Rou weakly.
"Little Rou, you woke up! Great, use this spirit stone!" Gu Hai immediately took out another spirit stone and gave to Little Rou.
"No, Benefactor, Little Rou's humble life don't need this spirit stone, I would also not use it. As long as Benefactor is safe, it's all good!" Little Rou replied in a feeble voice.
"I am here now, I will not let anything harm you!" Gu Hai comforted her, holding Little Rou.
Lying in Gu Hai's embrace, watching the fire ravage the ants before her, Little Rou's eyes were bedazzled.
As a snake demon, Little Rou rather disliked fire. However, at this moment, she was kind of loving this fire instead of hating it. Because her Benefactor had released these flames for her, these were the flames of her revenge. This ravaging sea of fire was more beautiful than any picturesque scenery.
"This fire sea is too beautiful!" praised Little Rou in a weak voice. She was about to fall asleep yet again due to weakness.
Gu Hai's countenance grew distorted, as he knew Little Rou had suffered grievous injuries. She had lost too much blood and could die any moment. Gu Hai eyes went wide in surprise as he turned his head to look at the sky, "Cloud beasts?
“Hundred Years Longevity Peach Tree? Golden Saturn peaches? Perhaps, perhaps if you ate those golden peaches, you would recover for good?"
Gu Hai took out at golden weiqi piece as he stretched his hand out.
In the sky...
The cloud beasts were still engaged in a great battle. However, the cloud beasts at this moment were not just few in number. Astonishingly, the number of cloud beasts in the sky had almost reached a thousand, and furthermore, they were also pretty huge in size.
The hydra was still there, standing and guarding before the Hundred Years Longevity Peach Tree. Its length had astonishingly reached six hundred zhang. Moreover, there were also three hundred allied cloud beasts behind it as well.
The hydra opened its jaws as it let out a stereo bellow. The cloud beasts guarding the Hundred Years Longevity Peach Tree also roared at the top of their lungs, displaying their aggression.
"Humph, you, outsiders, do you think that there is only me alone who can block you? Elders won't take action, but there are still ordinary citizens, they are reserve Weiqi Empyrean Court Disciples, not Weiqi Empyrean Court disciples. They can help me! Humph, come one! Come again!" Ninth Young Master atop the hydra head screamed savagely.
These three hundred cloud beasts were all up to five hundred zhang long. All of them were the most powerful kind cloud beasts. Atop each cloud beast stood a native of this world, glaring in every direction along with Ninth Young Master. Besieging the Hundred Years Longevity Peach Tree were a total of seven hundred cloud beasts, scattered in small groups.
However, these seven hundred cloud beasts were smaller in size. The biggest was a rain dragon, but only five hundred zhang in length. The other cloud beasts were even more pitiful.
Obviously, standing atop the rain dragon was Gao Xianzhi, accompanied by a few dozen cloud beasts who stood behind him; they had all formed a temporary alliance, forming a team of a few dozen people. It was all done in order to attack hydra army, while also guarding against the other people devouring their cloud beasts.
His team's eyes were transfixed on the Hundred Years Longevity Peach Tree at the center of the defenders.
Another big team was the Ascendant Hall Team, lead by Meng Tai! Underneath Meng Tai's feet was a giant dragon that was a bit smaller than the rain dragon of Gao Xianzhi. However, it wasn't that much smaller. More importantly, this team was the biggest one, with a strength of three hundred or so people.
Various other teams were also lead by powerhouses. And at this moment, all of them were staring at the center area with red eyes.
"Ladies and gentlemen!" shouted Meng Tai.
All of them turned their gazes towards Meng Tai.
"If we fight separately, we will be consumed by the hydra army sooner or later. If we spare no effort and launch an attack at the hydra army together, the hydra army will be annihilated for sure. As for distributing the Hundred Years Longevity Peaches, we can discuss it after the battle! What do you all think?" shouted Meng Tai.
A series of shouts reverberated in the sky.
Countless cloud beasts cried out together together, marking the start of a new round of battle.
Numerous cloud beasts charged straight towards the center, storming towards Ninth Young Master.
"Kill!" shouted Ninth Young Master.
The congregation of cloud beasts under Ninth Young Master also roared together.
Ear-deafening explosions reverberated in the sky, echoing in all directions. Almost everyone in this small world gazed up towards this momentous great battle.
On a peak of this small world...
The Great Wisdom King quietly gazed at the battle, wielding the five-colored scepter.
"Great Wisdom King, we still haven't found any signs of Empress Wa!" a black-robed man with a sun pattern on his chest stated, worried now.
"Keep looking, keep an eye out! She will appear!" ordered the Great Wisdom King in a solemn tone. "Is there still no movement from the Weiqi Empyrean Court?" he asked calmly.
"Not yet. After the initial restlessness, the Weiqi Empyrean Court disciples were suppressed by the Great Elder. All the Weiqi Empyrean Court disciples are only watching, they are not allowed to take action!"
Great Wisdom King smiled coldly as he said, "Not allowed to intervene? Might as well... Great Elder, that old man has a great deal of patience!"
In a square inside the Xiantian Endgame World...
Bodhisattva Lian Sheng and the black-robed Great Elder stood in the square quietly, gazing at the battlefield in the sky.
"Hundred Years Longevity Peach Tree! Are you truly not going to intervene? Are you truly willing to let it go?" inquired Bodhisattva Lian Shen with a smile.
After remaining silent for a while, Great Elder replied, "Bodhisattva Lian Sheng, did you come here to watch this mockery of my Weiqi Empyrean Court?"
"I am not that free, it's just that the five-color beam from before should be the Great Wisdom King, right? How did you even provoke him? He should not have come to Xiantian Endgame World..." Bodhisattva Lian Sheng said, frowning.
"Great Wisdom King? All-seeing insight, huh? Surprisingly, the Great Horizon Array could not hide from that insight of his. Humph, how would I know what he wants to do?" the Great Elder replied coldly.
洞世慧眼 - literally meaning the insight/perception that could see through the world. I just modified it a bit.
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