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Chapter 0433: Unable To Get Out Of Trouble
Ning Cheng’s complexion was ashen, while he felt frail and disoriented. If not for his attainments in Array Formation advancing to the Tier 8 level, these rattan vines would have surrounded and sucked him dry of his Essence Blood.
Even if that was the case, it was proving incomparably tricky for him to continue maintaining it. During these 20 years, he had almost used up all the materials on him for creating the necessary Cloth Array Flags. He was not sure as to how long would he be able to persist.
Twenty years ago, he possessed the cultivation of 4th Level of Sea Opening Realm. Twenty years later, he still was at the 4th Level of Sea Opening Realm. However, trapped in this place, it also allowed him to unceasingly quench his Spiritual Consciousness, allowing it to improve to an entirely new level; however, his cultivation never progressed at all.
He also tried the Maximal Flame Spiritual Technique; unfortunately, despite the Maximal Flame Spiritual Technique being exceptionally powerful, he couldn’t effectively use it to any effect over the Underworld Crow Ghost Rattan with its false Spacial Collapse. Although the Maximal Flame Spiritual Technique was able to burn away the Rattan Vines surrounding him in an instant; however, before he could even reach the entrance, those vines caught up to him forcing him to continually be on the defence.
Fortunately, his 36 Cosmic True Devil Axes combined with his Array Formation Methods, allowed him to persist until today.
If not for his true cultivation, how many 20-year life periods would he have in his life? If not for being a cultivator, he would have never survived for 20 long years, while suffering relentless attacks from these Rattan Vines every single day. Even an average person, locked in a simple place for 20 years, would most likely go insane.
Although Ning Cheng was in a difficult situation, when compared to Xiao Bisheng, Mu Ziming and Jia Shisan, his condition was countless times much better.
The rattan vines had already covered up Xiao Bisheng and Mu Ziming and that other one more than a decade ago. Although their cultivations were above Crucible Transformation Realm, their situation was not as good as Ning Cheng’s was. At the same time, if not for their powerful cultivations, the Underworld Crow Ghost Rattans would have long since sucked the three of dry.
Even if that was the case, at this moment, the three of them were currently no different from a desiccated bag of bones.
“Jia Shisan, one or all of us definitely will end up dying in any case. Why don’t you give the method to confuse the Underworld Crow Ghost Rattan King using the 9-Colored Mirage Tree to Ning Cheng, perhaps Ning Cheng might be able to save us.” The almost-bones Xiao Bisheng couldn’t help it anymore. He knew that he would not be able to last for another 20 years in this condition.
Jia Shisan’s appearance was also similar to bones covered by a layer of skin, yet he still gave a cold humph and managed to speak up, “You said it yourself that one of us is already a dead person, why should I let this deceitful thing control my life and death?”
Ning Cheng had the 9-Coloured Mirage Tree. Once Ning Cheng successfully confused the Underworld Crow Ghost Rattan King with the 9-Colored Mirage Tree, his life and death would indeed end up in Ning Cheng’s hands.
He resented Ning Cheng to the bone. In fact, even Xiao Bisheng and Mu Ziming were also the two most hated people in his heart.
If not for these two fellows, it would have been unnecessary for him to enter this place and just stay at the entrance to make use of Ning Cheng. He most definitely could restrain Ning Cheng, bringing him to this place as a form of sacrifice for this vine. Because of these two nosy fellows, he had no other choice but to force the Xiao Bisheng duo into the blue hole.
Initially, he wanted to grab Ning Cheng when Ning Cheng was on the verge of falling into the blue hole. However, he did not expect Ning Cheng to have such terrifying Spear Intent along with possessing the Twin Wings of the Heavenly Clouds. This caused all his scheming to end up in vain. Not only was he not able to obtain the Underworld Crow Ghost Rattan King, he even ended up turning into fertiliser for the Underworld Crow Ghost Rattan.
In fact, it went without saying for Jia Shisan, that Ning Cheng definitely would try everything in his means to try and capture the Underworld Crow Ghost Rattan King in this place with the 9-Colored Mirage Tree, if he had the chance.
Unfortunately, he must first block the rattan vines by refining Array Flags to use for his Cloth Array Methods. Unexpectedly, it ended up helping in improving his attainments in Array Formations. If it weren’t for his heaven-defying Mysterious Yellow Formless Cultivation Method, he absolutely would not have the free time to ponder over the matter of using the 9-Colored Mirage Tree to capture the Underworld Crow Ghost Rattan King. Using the 9-Colored Mirage Tree to capture the Underworld Crow Ghost Rattan King, if it could be so readily inferred, then out of the four people here, Jia Shisan wouldn’t be the only person to know about it.
“Ning Cheng. The Flame-type Magical Skill that you used appears to have caused the surrounding area to collapse before everything within its range ended up burnt away by the flames. Is that because of a mysterious flame that you possess?” Mu Ziming did not try to persuade Jia Shisan. For people like Jia Shisan, he was a lot clearer about their personalities, unlike Xiao Bisheng. This person was definitely someone utterly ruthless in his ways; although he showed ruthlessness towards others, such people were even more ruthless towards themselves. Letting such a person to willingly hand over the method of capturing the Underworld Crow Ghost Rattan using the 9-Colored Mirage Tree. It was impossible.
Ning Cheng gave a sigh and spoke, “Yes, I do have a flame spark; moreover, this flame spark has only recently germinated, transforming into a pure nascent flame. Unfortunately, it is still in its embryonic form, causing its level to be quite low. Even if I used it in tandem with the Magical Skill that I displayed in the past, it still needs significant support from my True Essence and Spiritual Consciousness. Currently, my True Essence is almost fully used up, so I can’t cast that Magical Skill another time even if I wanted to.”
“I’m not asking you to continue using that Magical Skill; instead, why don’t you burn the Underworld Crow Ghost Rattan directly with your flame? This Ghost Rattan absolutely fears mystical flames. Once you use this flame of yours to burn it, maybe we all might just get the chance to escape from this predicament.” Mu Ziming shivered slightly. He had only made a guess a moment ago. He did not expect that Ning Cheng would indeed possess a mystical flame.
If not for them trapped in this kind of place, he would never ask Ning Cheng anything about the Mystical Flame Spark. Possessing such an object was a cultivator’s biggest secret. It was definitely a taboo to ask about such a matter. However, they all had ended up trapped in such a place. If they could not think about means to escape, the only path for them would be the path of death.
Ning Cheng showed a bitter smile, “Senior Mu, although I do possess a good flame; however, didn’t I say it just now that the grade my flame is too low. There is no way to use it to burn these Ghost Rattans. If I could burn them with it, I would have started a long time ago.”
“What kind of flame do you have?” Mu Ziming did not show much disappointment in his tone. Instead, he felt even more anticipation in his heart. In any case, many rattans had already bound him inside the blue hole, causing him to be under an enormous burden. Therefore, although his voice appeared somewhat strenuous, excitement and anticipation still leaked out through his exhausting words.
“It is called Star River; however, I do not know what kind of flame it is.” Ning Cheng did not choose to hide things and gave an honest answer.
“Star River?” Mu Ziming frowned as he repeated the two words. He had never heard of such a flame. Does it mean that he was still someone unlearned?
Xiao Bisheng suddenly spoke out from the side, “Brother Mu, I heard that you have a Desiccated Purple Flame Heart in your possession. Is that true?”
Mu Ziming also gave out a sigh before speaking, “Yes, I did obtain a Desiccated Purple Flame Heart. In the past, I almost ended up perishing in the Desiccated Flame Realm. However, after going through countless difficulties, my efforts did not go in vain, as I finally obtained this Desiccated Purple Flame Heart. Originally, I wanted to find a good flame in the future, so that I could use this Desiccated Purple Flame Heart. Unfortunately, when it comes to the mystical fires between the heaven and earth, they are a scarce commodity within our Yi Xing Mainland. Such things can only be wished for, rather than be asked for.”
Ning Cheng felt moved in his heart, he did not have much understanding towards the various worldly mystical fires. However, the words ‘Desiccated Purple Flame Heart’ reverberated like thunder within his mind. Among all the different materials that he possessed until now, even if it was the Cosmic True Devil Metal, they were all inferior to this Desiccated Purple Flame Heart. Besides the materials that made up his Nirvana Spear, something that he did not know about, only his Twin Wings of the Heavenly Clouds could compare to the Desiccated Purple Flame Heart, in both worth and value.
The Desiccated Purple Flame Heart was a one-of-a-kind top grade treasure that was helpful in upgrading the quality of any type of flame. Was it possible that Mu Ziming wanted to give him this thing to enhance his Star River?
Sure enough, Ning Cheng had just thought of this, when Mu Ziming spoke up, “Ning Cheng, I have a Desiccated Purple Flame Heart with me, it can be used to upgrade any kind of mystical flame found between the heaven and earth. However, the worse the grade of a flame, the longer would it take for the enhancement. For some of the worse flames, it might even take several hundred years to complete the upgrade.”
“I won’t be able to hold on for much longer; however, I have a piece of Soul Nourishing Wood with me. Therefore, I can choose to abandon my life in advance, before I leave behind a trace of my Life Essence inside the Soul Nourishing Wood. I only have a single request from you Ning Cheng. That is, if you manage to get out of this place, please bring the trace of my Life Essence to my son, Mu Qian.”
Ning Cheng spoke out happily, “Senior, please be assured. My flame is different from ordinary flames. Perhaps it might not need several hundred years to upgrade it. Therefore, senior need not be too anxious about it. Just let me give it a try.”
Ning Cheng felt great confidence in himself because he knew the origin of the flame. He had obtained this flame from that Immortal Mansion, how could it be comparable to ordinary Flame Sparks found in this world?
Mu Ziming gave a reluctant smile, “I’ll only be able to persist from another 10-20 years…..”
Finished saying, Mu Ziming mustered all of his strength to throw out a jade box. He did not speak out another word. For him, persisting through one more day was equivalent to torturing himself for one more day.
Jia Shisan looked at the jade box on the ground, while his skeletal eyes showed a lost look. What made him even more frustrated was that he knew Ning Cheng currently had the capability to pick up the jade box on the ground with his Spiritual Consciousness.
If one asked about the most prosperous faction in the Tian Continent during the recent years, then it undoubtedly would be the Sect Master-less Rainbow Fall Sword Sect.
15 years ago, a Crucible Transformation Cultivator, called Meng Jingxiu, joined the Rainbow Fall Sword Sect. After that, Crucible Transformation Cultivators popped up one after another within the sect, like an endless stream. In particular, during the short 20 years period since Ning Cheng went missing, the Rainbow Fall Sword Sect’s Rainbow Fall Sword Peak produced more than 5 Crucible Transformation Cultivators. Ning Ruolan, Ji Luofei, Taishi Pinghao, Zhang Qian, and Liang Kexin.
Taishu Pinghao was even the youngest Crucible Transformation Cultivator within the Tian Continent.
Even Yan Honghou, with his relatively ordinary qualifications, along with Nan Yuefang, Zhuang Jingyi, and Lian’e, whose talents were slightly worse, was able to rise to the level of Soul Essence Realm.
In contrast, the Rainbow Fall Sword Sect’s Core and True Inheriting Disciples, like Que Hongshui, Luo Ziyan, Xun Hanrui, Hu Hong, Liang Shi, and Xian Caixue, almost all of them advanced significantly to become Crucible Transformation Cultivators.
Even if one was not a cultivator from the Rainbow Fall Sword Sect, they could easily understand the reason behind it. The Rainbow Fall Sword Sect’s Grand Elder Rui Baishan opened the Small Spiritual Domain for all the Soul Essence Cultivators and below. All of the disciples could now enjoy the opportunity to cultivate within the Small Spiritual Domain.
Of course, this was not the main reason; the most important reason was that the Rainbow Fall Sword Peak also had a Perception Pagoda.
It was the Rainbow Fall Sword Sect’s new elder, Meng Jingxiu, who established this Perception Pagoda. As long as the disciples possessed a certain level of qualifications, not only would cultivating in the Perception Pagoda be extremely fast, one would not even feel any kind of bottleneck. All who entered the Perception Pagoda for cultivation said that they all felt a new kind of Spiritual Qi within the Perception Pagoda. This spiritual Qi was several levels higher in quality when compared to Spiritual Qi from Spirit Stones. Cultivating using this Spiritual Qi allowed them to automatically comprehend some of the things that their own masters were not able to teach them.
Currently, people filled the Rainbow Fall Sword Peak’s Meeting Room. Unlike the period from more than ten years ago, half of the current numbers within the room were Crucible Transformation Experts. In addition to the disciples of Rainbow Fall Sword Peak, even Que Hongshui, Luo Ziyan, Xun Hanrui, Hu Hong, Liang Shi, and the others had a seat in this place. The reason being that today’s matter was not something trivial.
For Que Hongshui and the other True Inheriting Disciples to achieve a Crucible Transformation Cultivation within a few decades, it showed that they were utterly inseparable from the Rainbow Fall Sword Peak’s Perception Pagoda. Without this Perception Pagoda, even if given several decades, there would not be these many Crucible Transformation Cultivators among them. Since they all drank water from the same source, so when it came to any problems faced by the Rainbow Fall Sword Peak, they would always be the first to stand up and fight.