“Ahhh!!!” Gold Punishment Lord Xing Yuan suddenly raised his head and roared frantically. His entire body started to burst forth an astonishing golden radiance. The golden light shot through the gray mist. Like a wave, the surging Gold Force shot out and swept through all the gray mist and gray lightning in the surroundings.
The enormous red vortex started to slowly dissipate. The rolling black clouds also faded away. The sky had once again turned bright. Light breeze had also started to blow again.
The space surrounding the Gold Punishment Lord Xing Yuan had turned normal again.
As the wind blew at Qin Yu’s long hair, it caused the hair to drift to Qin Yu’s face. Qin Yu had a smile on his face. “He succeeded.”
“Congratulations Brother Xing Yuan.” The Black Punishment Lord Wu Shan was the first to speak.
“Brother Xing Yuan, congratulations on successfully passing the Divine Tribulation.” White Profound Lord Ju Mi also spoke.
Qin Yu, Wen Feng, Bao Yu, Liu Lan… and all the other numerous experts surrounding the Gold Punishment Lord, started to give their congratulations. Although Xing Yuan’s success in passing through the Divine Tribulation was expected, it was still quite an achievement, since he would now ascend to the Divine Realm.
After passing the Divine Tribulation, one would usually ascend to the Divine Realm within a year’s time.
“Haha, I was in a somewhat sorry state.” Xing Yuan still had bright and clear sweat on his forehead. “This Third Great Heavenly Tribulation, the Mixture Tribulation, is truly difficult to deal with. However, I still managed to block it in the end.”
The Black Flame Lord Wu Shan laughed loudly and said. “Oh Xing Yuan, you’re pretty good already. You were able to block the invasion of the Heart’s Devil with merely your willpower. I reckon I would become berserk for a moment and vent my angers before I would be able to stop the Heart’s Devil.”
“Heart’s Devil? Didn’t the Divine Tribulation have all kinds of illusions and affect one’s state of mind from the beginning?” Qin Yu said, confused.
According to what Qin Yu knew.
In the entire Divine Tribulation, from the beginning to the end, there were always illusions affecting the person undergoing the tribulation. So why would the Black Flame Lord mention the invasion of the Heart’s Devil?
“Liu Xing, you don’t even know about this?” Xing Yuan started laughing loudly. The Black Flame Lord, the White Profound Lord, Wen Feng and many others also started laughing. Their laughter caused Qin Yu to feel a bit embarrassed.
The Black Flame Lord Wu Shan laughed and said. “Liu Xing, this Third Great Divine Tribulation is a Mixed Tribulation. It contains within it the Divine Lightning as well as Heart’s Devil Mist.
“Heart’s Devil Mist?” Qin Yu remembered the gray colored mist.
The White Profound Lord Ju Mi nodded and said. “Liu Xing, what you said earlier is also correct. Right from the beginning, the Divine Tribulation has illusions to affect the person undergoing the tribulation. However, those are merely illusions that affect your state of mind. As for the ‘Heart’s Devil Mist’ of the Third Great Divine Tribulation, it is different. That gray colored mist appears to have no attack power but once it surrounds you, it starts to attack you with an unending amount of different Heart’s Devils.
“Once the Heart’s Devil enters into your body, the situation becomes very troublesome.” Xing Yuan sighed and said. “That Divine Lightning was unable to harm me in the slightest. However, that Heart’s Devil is able to ignore my defense and only attack my soul! This Heart’s Devil is something that can only be defended and attacked by one’s soul’s power. However, in the process of defending or attacking it, it is also possible for you to be affected by the Heart’s Devil.”
Xing Yuan laughed and said. “Thus, the higher level one’s soul is, the easier it is to resist this sort of Heart’s Devil.”
Wen Feng also said. “His Majesty the Gold Punishment Lord was still fortunate and possessed the Inherited Treasure. The Divine Lightning was unable to harm him in the slightest so he was able to wholeheartedly annihilate and resist the Heart’s Devil. However, for other ordinary people, they would require to defend against the Heart’s Devil while defending against the Divine Lightning. This is the great power of the Third Great Heavenly Tribulation.”
Only then did Qin Yu understood everything.
“No wonder the Cyan Emperor managed to pass it to easily.” Thought Qin Yu in his heart. The Cyan Emperor’s soul had already been condensed to a Golden Soul Pellet a long time ago. His soul’s level was extremely high. For him, warding off the Heart’s Devil was extremely easy.
The White Profound Lord Ju Mi lightly smiled and said. “Actually, passing the Third Great Divine Tribulation is not hard either. You merely need to resist the attack of the Heart’s Devil for a period of time. After the time has expired, the Heart Devil’s Mist will automatically dissipate. As for Brother Xing Yuan, he tried to annihilate the Heart’s Devil in vain. For him to be affected by the Heart’s Devil, he can blame no one but himself.”
“Haha, since my body doesn’t fear the Divine Lightning, I most certainly would have to have a nice fight against this Heart’s Devil. If I were to only defend against it and not attack, wouldn’t that be too boring?” Said Xing Yuan as he laughed.
Only then did Qin Yu realize.
This Xing Yuan, the reason why he was affected by the Heart’s Devil was because he took the initiative to fight it.
“In the future, when Xiao Hei, Fei Fei and I undergo our Divine Tribulation together, I’ll take the initiative to attack and annihilate these Heart’s Devils.” Qin Yu started to think about how to defend against the Divine Tribulation in the future.
For three people to take on the Divine Tribulation together, the might of the Heart’s Devils would not merely be three times that of the original Heart’s Devils. Instead, it would be much greater. It might be eight times or nine times, or even more powerful than that.
As the Divine Tribulation had ended, a large number of people started leaving.
As for the Gold Punishment Lord Xing Yuan, the Black Flame Lord Wu Shan, the White Profound Lord Ju Mi as well as some of the people with position second only to the Three Great Sovereigns, the Vice Sect Masters, the Consecrated, the Great Elders and them, had all left the Hundred Flowers Star together.
This group of highest echelon experts arrived on the Gold Punishment Star together. Simultaneously, they proceed to fly toward the Sacred Mountain’s mountain top.
Over a dozen people were flying and chatting beside each other.
“Oh Liu Xing, my Divine Tribulation has already passed, in a period of time from now, the contest battle for the position of the new Gold Punishment Lord shall be held. You’d best not be careless and lose the seat of the Gold Punishment Lord in the end.” Said Xing Yuan with an open laughter.
Right after Xing Yuan said those words, the expression of Vice Sect Master Liu Lan who was ten meters away from them had immediately turned gloomy.
Qin Yu was about to say something but was suddenly interrupted.
“Oh Xing Yuan, based on what you said, it seems that you’re certain that Liu Xing will be the next Gold Punishment Lord?” Said the Black Flame Lord Wu Shan with a loud laughter and clear voice.
A handsome youngster with long red hair also nodded and said. “Based on what Your Majesty Xing Yuan said, could it be that Consecrated Liu Xing’s strength is even stronger than that of Vice Sect Master Liu Lan?” This red long haired youngster was the Vice Sect Master of the Black Flame Sect. He was a sixteen star Emperor level expert.
Qin Yu had already discovered the sinister gaze that Liu Lan was looking at him with.
“This Xing Yuan, he truly has a huge mouth.” Thought Qin Yu in his heart. However, Qin Yu didn’t care about it. That was because he already had the intention to attain the position of the next Gold Punishment Lord. Thus, it was also natural for him to be a bit more tyrannic now.
Xing Yuan looked to Liu Lan beside him. “Liu Lan, let me warn you. Liu Xing’s strength is not inferior to yours… Haha, I will be ascending to the Divine Realm in five months time. Let’s set the date for the competition for the position of the new Gold Punishment Lord to be three months from now.”
Before Xing Yuan ascends, he was still the Gold Punishment Lord.
Only after Xing Yuan ascends would the new Gold Punishment Lord be able to officially succeed the position of the Gold Punishment Lord.
“Three months. In three months, I will definitely win. The position of the Gold Punishment Lord is definitely mine.” Said Liu Lan coldly. Immediately after that, he turned into a ray of light and flew toward his own residence without regards of any other people present.
“Liu Xing, don’t disappoint me.” Xing Yuan looked to Qin Yu while smiling all over. A flash of cunningness flashed through his squinted eyes.
Qin Yu felt helpless in his heart.
This Xing Yuan who was about to ascend to the Divine Realm had grown so bored that he decided to amuse himself with Qin Yu. He would not even allow Qin Yu to have some days in peace.
“The winner of the competition for the next Gold Punishment Lord in three month’s time will definitely be me. There is no need to doubt this.” Qin Yu smiled and looked to everyone. Although he was smiling, his confidence was clearly felt by everyone present.
“Liu Lan’s strength is very strong. However, it seemed that this Liu Xing’s strength is even stronger. Furthermore, he’s mysterious. The battle for the new Gold Punishment Lord has become interesting.” Said the White Profound Lord Ju Mi with a low voice.
As for one of the three great successor candidates, Wen Feng, he had been completely ignored by everyone.
Wen Feng himself did not have any complaints either. After all, his strength was too inferior.
During the three months time, Qin Yu and Liu Lan were both in their respective residences undergoing seclusion training. From how it appeared to the people outside, the two great competitors for the next Gold Punishment Lord were undergoing their final bitter training.
As for the final successor candidate, Wen Feng, he had announced his renouncement of the right to compete for the position of Gold Punishment Lord. Wen Feng did not wish to be humiliated by Liu Lan when they fight.
Three months later.
A spacious and empty plain several thousand miles to the east of the Gold Punishment Star City had become the location for Qin Yu and Liu Lan’s battle. Before the battle had even begun, a large number of people had already started to gather here.
The Three Great Sovereigns, Xing Yuan, Ju Mi, Wu Shan, were all gathered here. All kinds of Emperor level experts as well as some other experts were also here.
Compared to the Gold Punishment Lord’s Divine Tribulation, a battle for the seat of the Gold Punishment Lord attracted the interest of the people even more. Especially for this battle, the two sides both possessed extremely powerful strength… a battle of this sort was rarely seen in ten thousand years.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve last seen a fight of super experts like this one. Furthermore, this is a fight with their lives depending on it.” Said the Black Flame Lord Wu Shan as he laughed.
Usually, when those qualified to fight for the position of either one of the Three Great Sovereigns fought, they would give it their all. If one did not possess sufficient strength, they would have already conceded voluntarily at an earlier time. For example, Wen Feng!
“In all these years of competition for the positions of the sovereigns, rarely have there ever been two seventeen star Emperor, or higher, level experts fighting over the position.” The White Profound Lord Ju Mi nodded and said. Xing Yuan was beside them. He smiled and said. “In this battle, that Liu Xing will definitely win.”
“There’s truly a great number of people.” Wu Shan looked to the surroundings.
Above the plain, gathered densely packed, was a large number of experts. There were even more people gathered here than compared to the time of the Gold Punishment Lord’s Divine Tribulation. And the people in the frontmost were still the Three Great Sovereigns.
Before the Three Great Sovereigns was the spacious and empty battlefield. At this moment, there was still no one on the battlefield. The two sides in this battle had yet to appear. There was only wind blowing the grass on the ground.
A figure suddenly appeared on the spacious and empty battlefield. It was Qin Yu wearing a gown. Blown by the wind, the gown was raised. Even Qin Yu’s long hair started drifting with the wind. He was standing there with his hands behind his back. It was like he had been standing there the entire time.
Merely, his eyes were closed.
Immediately, the noisy sound of people discussing disappeared. Replaced by an extreme silence. Only the rustling noise from the wind blowing on the grass remained. The rustling noise seemed to be be very loud.
Qin Yu suddenly opened his eyes and slightly raised his head. He looked to the east. A figure was flying over rapidly like an eagle. That pair of cold and indifferent eyes were fixed on Qin Yu. It was Liu Lan!
“Liu Lan has come!”
The Three Great Sovereigns, Wu Shan, Xing Yuan and Ju Mi’s eyes shined at the same time. The densely packed people surrounding and watching all held their breaths.
“Woosh!” In an instant, the proud and aloof Liu Lan stood to the south of Qin Yu. Qin Yu stood on the north side, Liu Lan on the south side, the two of them were looking at each other. The distance between them was about a hundred meters.
“Liu Xing, it is better for you to admit your defeat. Otherwise, I might accidently kill you. That would be very bad.” Said Liu Lan coldly.
“You sure say a lot of bullshit. If you want to fight, then fight. If you’re too much of a coward to fight, then just admit your defeat.” Said Qin Yu indifferently. As he opened and closed his eyes, an extremely sharp and cold radiance burst forth like the lightning bringing about an frightening pressure.
The Three Great Sovereigns, Xing Yuan, Wu Shan and Ju Mi were all shocked.
“Such a powerful soul power.” Thought the three in their hearts in shock.
“A battle is determined by one’s body’s strength. Your soul is very powerful, but it doesn’t amount to a damn thing!” Sneered Liu Lan. Immediately after, the muscles in his entire body started to bulge. Rays of golden light started to flow through his entire body.
Hearing what Liu Lan said, Qin Yu shook his head in his heart.
He actually said that the soul being powerful was useless? While low level battles were determined by one’s energy and body, once one reaches a higher level of combat, the battles become determined by one’s comprehension of the spatial laws and even one’s comprehension of the temporal laws. And that was determined by one’s soul level.
Liu Lan roared.
“Woosh!” Almost instantly, Liu Lan’s figure arrived before Qin Yu. His sharp claws had instantly arrived at the top of Qin Yu’s head. With Liu Lan’s body that was comparable to a High Quality Divine Artifact, if his claw strike were to land, it’d be extremely frightening.
The Three Great Sovereigns all frowned. Wen Feng, Bao Yu and the others also frowned.
To attack the head right away, it was clear that Liu Lan wanted to kill Qin Yu.
However, in the contests for the position of the Sovereigns, even death was a risk one would have to take. Thus, these people did not say anything about it. Merely, for Liu Lan to start off with this was somewhat unruly.
Liu Lan started to smile. He had managed to grab onto Qin Yu’s head. However, his smile instantly froze. That was because he was unable to sense the slightest amount of resistance. It was as if he had grabbed onto ‘air.’
It’s an afterimage!
“It’s my turn to attack now.” A clear voice sounded through the entire plains. Everyone that stood there watching the fight had heard the voice clearly. Liu Lan turned around with a lightning like speed. He looked to the sky. Qin Yu was currently standing in the sky.
Liu Lan turned into a sharp arrow and shot toward the Qin Yu in the sky.
Contrary to Liu Lan’s action, Qin Yu slowly raised his right fist. He continued to stand there in the air without moving.
“Die!” Liu Lan had already arrived before Qin Yu. His attack came at Qin Yu with the intent to kill. However, at this moment, Qin Yu also threw his fist out. Qin Yu’s fist was not fast. Furthermore, it was only shot toward Liu Lan’s chest.
“Sigh, even at this moment Liu Xing is being compassionate and lenient. He should not attack the chest, he should attack the…” Sighed Xing Yuan in his heart. However, right when he sighed half way, his expression became frozen. Not only him, the Black Flame Lord Wu Shan, the White Profound Lord Ju Mi as well as some of the other super experts’ facial expressions had all frozen.
That was because this group of super experts all clearly saw the scene before them. A scene that they could not believe was happening.
Qin Yu’s fist was originally shot towards Liu Lan’s chest. However, Xing Yuan, Ju Mi and all of them saw that… Liu Lan’s body actually moved downward a small distance for no cause or reason at all.
The first that was originally shot toward the chest had just happened to shoot toward Liu Lan’s head. Liu Lan who was not prepared for it at all only had an expression of being dumbstruck with shock in his eyes.
Qin Yu’s fist, like pulverizing a watermelon, brought about the sound of a skull shattering. Liu Lan’s head was shattered. Liu Lan’s soul had also started to slowly dissipate.
Even before his death, Liu Lan still could not believe what had just happened. “Why did the space press my body downward? What is happening?” Before his soul dissipated, he had also received Qin Yu’s Divine Awareness Voice Transmission.
“Didn’t you said that the soul being powerful was useless? This is a kind of usage one’s soul can have towards the space after it becomes powerful enough.” Said Qin Yu via Divine Awareness Voice Transmission.
Only at this moment did Liu Lan suddenly see through the thick fog and discover the light. And also at this moment, his soul had completely dissipated.
Seeing Liu Lan’s corpse flying downward to the ground.
Qin Yu thought in his heart. “Using the principle behind the Heaven Startling Single Stick Strike on the fist actually gave birth to a pretty strong power.” Qin Yu looked to his right fist that had smashed Liu Lan’s skull with a single fist. A smile appeared on his face.
At this moment, a burst of earth-shattering cheering noise sounded.
Those low level Gold Punishment Sect cultivators did not manage to see clearly that Liu Lan’s body had momentarily been pressed downward. However, all of these people knew that… the new Gold Punishment Lord had been decided. It was Lord Liu Xing!