About five months had pa.s.sed since the disciples had entered the secret s.p.a.ce. In about half a month, their time there would end. At present, many of the disciples were doing a last search around the secret s.p.a.ce, hoping to get any gains before leaving.
After all, many of them had benefited from this expedition. Of course, there were some who had failed to obtain anything, and they were extremely indignant. Their only choice was to take from others.
From the initial 401 disciples that had entered, only about half of them were still alive. Half had died, and one could say that the academies had suffered heavy losses. During the final two weeks, everyone was holding back even when fighting each other. None were willing to kill easily.
The disciples of each academy were joining up to avoid being caught alone by the other academies. They were all waiting for the final fight for the rankings after leaving the secret s.p.a.ce.
Of the four academies, the True Martial Academy was still at the top. They had the largest number of survivors, and they had also reaped the most gains in the secret s.p.a.ce. Second to them was the Nine Palace Academy, followed by the Dragon Phoenix Academy and then, lastly, the Sacred Deer Academy.
The Nine Palace Academy and the Dragon Phoenix Academy had performed similarly. The most outstanding disciple of the Nine Palace Academy, Jiu Tian, was an extremely powerful opponent with his ability to manipulate nine swords at the same time. Even Dugu Qiubai, the True Martial Academy’s number one genius, had issued him a challenge. From that, one could see just how extraordinary Jiu Tian was.
Of course, Dugu Qiubai had also challenged Baili Yixiao of the Dragon Phoenix Academy. He hoped to determine who was the strongest among them during the final fight, as though these two were the only disciples worthy of his attention. In fact, he had ignored even Zhan Wushuang’s challenge.
Of the Overlord Legion members partaking in the compet.i.tion, Yuan Xuefen was the only casualty. Xia Liuhui, who had been missing for a long time, had appeared out of nowhere, and his cultivation level had grown by two stages. Although that wasn’t anything special among all these geniuses, considering his age, it was a remarkable performance.
He was about the same age as Xiang Shaoyun, and he wasn’t even 30 years old. Being a seventh-stage Dragon Ascension Realm cultivator at that age, he could also be considered a prodigy.
In fact, Xia Liuhui got so carried away that he started bluffing that he was now unequaled. Unsurprisingly, his big words attracted a Nine Palace Academy disciple who then beat him up badly. Xia Liuhui nearly cried for his parents from the beating, and if it wasn’t for Jiang Qi’s a.s.sistance, he would have even been robbed of all his gains in the secret s.p.a.ce.
“Just you wait, b.a.s.t.a.r.d. During the final fight, my boss will avenge me for this beating,” Xia Liuhui shamelessly threatened while wiping his tears. He then took the chance to snuggle into Jiang Qi’s arms and ended up getting kicked away.
There were supposed to be 10 additional days before the secret s.p.a.ce closed, but a sudden change occurred and forced the disciples to flee the secret s.p.a.ce in fear. It turned out that the two beasts from the lake had left the lake, attacked the disciples, and directly killed more than ten.
Some disciples were able to escape by a fluke, and they spread the news of what had happened. Thus, the disciples no longer dared to stay and decided to leave. In any case, they had already reaped decent gains from the secret s.p.a.ce. As for those who hadn’t reaped anything, there was nothing they could do.
After all the disciples fled, two people arrived at the ma.s.sive palace. One of them was a creepy-looking old man with a hunched back. The other was an ugly middle-aged man. They were an extreme pair, and they were none other than the gold-scaled dragon turtle and goldmark toad that Xiang Shaoyun had encountered at the lake.
“Toad, we cleared the place, but that kid is nowhere to be seen. Did he leave much earlier?” asked the gold-scaled dragon turtle.
The goldmark toad replied, “I don’t think he has left. He might be here.”
“Why are you so sure?”
“Intuition? That’s bulls.h.i.+t!”
“Trust me. That kid is definitely here. You can leave if you want. I am sure he still has some gold lunar liquid. If I find more, I definitely won’t share any with you,” said the goldmark toad.
“Stupid toad, you’re speaking as though I owe you something. Don’t forget that I was the one who had managed to get the liquid previously. If I hadn’t shared half with you out of pity, you would probably be off crying somewhere,” said the gold-scaled dragon turtle.
“I’m not going to waste any time arguing with you. Since the humans messed around in this s.p.a.ce, the entire s.p.a.ce is going to collapse soon. Not only do we need to find that kid as quickly as possible, we also need to leave,” said the goldmark toad.
The pair started searching the ma.s.sive palace.
Meanwhile, Xiang Shaoyun was still within the coffin. He had regained his consciousness, but he was in no rush to leave. Rather, he was busy digesting all that had happened. Everything still felt unreal.
If Xiang Dingtian the Overlord was his previous life, the master of this Celestial King’s Palace was probably him from two or three lives ago. What he couldn’t understand was the fact that the Celestial King seemed to have waited for him here after death, and from the Celestial King’s mouth, there seemed to be an even bigger secret Xiang Shaoyun was unaware of.
Just what kind of secret was this for it to have arrangements persisting over tens of thousands of years? Xiang Shaoyun could sense that an additional lifeline had appeared on his palm, and it looked like an odd, faintly discernible imprint. It seemed to signify something unknown.
“Is the concept of reincarnation real?” Xiang Shaoyun muttered doubtfully. He then looked around to find that there were no longer any origin energies around him. All of them had been absorbed into his astral cosmos sea.
He also found a storage ring in the coffin. The ring probably contained the true legacy of the war G.o.d. Getting this ring signified that he had gotten the belongings of a war G.o.d, or to be precise, the belongings of one of his past lives. He grew excited at the thought.
But when he saw the contents of the ring, his face fell. There wasn’t any treasure in it at all. There were only some crude objects, with a certain slip of paper being the most attractive. He took the paper out and looked at it.
On it, the following words were written:
My reincarnation from the future, do you think that you have obtained all my legacy after obtaining this ring? You must be disappointed after seeing the contents of this ring, right? All my belongings have been shared among my brothers during the final battle to enable them to fight in their best condition.
I never intended to survive the battle, so I did not keep too many of my belongings. Otherwise, they would have fallen into the hands of my enemies in the event that I failed to kill them all. Fortunately, I was able to last until the very end and obtain victory. When you arrive, you can obtain everything I have left behind. For example, this Celestial King’s Palace, the saint soul sapling I had personally planted, and the two little fellows I had buried. Then again, I don’t know if they will be able to survive that long.