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Chapter 0858 – Collapse
Ning Cheng then looked at the seven-page book in his hand and felt truly impressed. He never thought that the Seven Bridges Realm Book would turn out to be such a heaven-defying treasure. Ning Cheng initially felt confident in his cultivation. But facing the First Bridge of Coping, no, rather just a tiny fraction of the real First Bridge of Coping Spirit Technique, he couldn’t even last a moment. Once he comprehended the First Bridge of Coping fully, just how much power would this spirit technique unleash?
Moreover, if he managed to unleash the full Seven Bridges Spirit Technique, even Dao Perfection experts, the pinnacle of Dao Confirming Second Step, might not survive in front of him.
Ning Cheng then thought back to what Ling Zhi said. From its looks, Seven Bridges Holy Emperor must have started cultivating the Seven Bridges Spirit Technique because of the Seven Bridges Realm. Yet, even this person could only cultivate up to the fifth bridge, which showed how difficult it was to cultivate it.
Ning Cheng took out a jade box and put away the Seven Bridges Realm Book. It would take him some significant time to comprehend the Seven Bridges Spirit Technique’s first bridge fully. As such, he had to find the time for secluded cultivation and slowly start understanding it. Ning Cheng naturally couldn’t sit down and study it in this place.
Moreover, the first bridge in the Seven Bridges Realm hadn’t formed fully yet. Therefore, even if he controlled the First Bridge of Coping’s spirit technique, he couldn’t fully display the first bridge’s power. Plus, based on his current understanding of the Seven Bridges Realm Book, only after fully comprehending the First Bridge of Coping would the bridge’s faint shadow solidify inside it.
After the First Bridge of Coping, the road was no longer grey-black gravel. Rather, it changed to a khaki-yellow road, which looked like a dirt road in a rural village, surrounded by chirping birds. Ning Cheng’s spiritual consciousness swept out, but couldn’t see even a shadow of a bird anywhere around him. Moreover, the surroundings still looked a bit blurry.
After walking for dozens of miles, another bridge appeared in front of Ning Cheng. This bridge was a little different from the First Bridge of Coping. The earthly yellow bridge’s body looked the same colour as the dirt road extending to the bridgehead. If one didn’t look carefully, one couldn’t even tell whether it was a bridge or an extension of the road in front of you.
Ning Cheng stopped at the head of the khaki-coloured bridge. He saw another five characters with a powerful dao charm circulating at the bridge’s head, ‘Second Bridge of Looking Homewards’.
With the previous experience on the Bridge of Coping, Ning Cheng took out the Seven Bridges Realm Book, grabbed it in his hand and stepped on to the Bridge of Looking Homewards.
As soon as Ning Cheng stepped onto the Bridge of Looking Homewards, the seemingly endless aura of dao charm poured in, and the landscape around him changed in an instant.
He now stood barefoot on the fields of Donghe Village. At this moment, he seemed to have forgotten everything about himself and had returned to the time when he was once a worry-free boy.
But just when he wanted to run across the field, he grew up instantly. He embarked on the road to leave his hometown, reaching an earth-yellow bridge that separated his hometown from the outside world.
Ning Cheng wanted to look back but felt hampered by a sense of desperation. He wanted to pursue something more significant in life. Therefore, in desperation, he stepped onto the yellow bridge without hesitation.
“Step on the bridge, don’t look back, you’ll find no one looking homewards.”
“Don’t look, don’t hesitate, as stepping on this bridge will break your heart….”
A sense of sadness and depression started to well up in his heart, and Ning Cheng felt as if he couldn’t go on by himself. He had a vague feeling that he would lose all interest in life as long as he stepped off this khaki bridge. He wanted to turn his head to look back, but a compelling aura suppressed that thought, preventing him from turning his head. This kind of sadness made him want to take the second step immediately. Since he would eventually lose his heart, he no longer wished to wander and wanted to put an end to it.
But when Ning Cheng was about to take the next step, the Seven Bridges Realm Book once again rushed out of Ning Cheng’s palm and hovered over the yellow bridge.
The Seven Bridges Realm once again sucked away the endless dao charm aura and all the surrounding scenery. In just a few moments, the view around Ning Cheng disappeared entirely.
Ning Cheng looked down at his raised foot and immediately started sweating. This Second Bridge of Looking Homewards was just a spirit technique’s projection. Yet, it had almost caused his mind to drown in overwhelming emotions. Rather, if not for the Seven Bridges Realm Book, he would have already lost his mind. No wonder so many people perished in the Grand Essence Seven Bridges. If he didn’t obtain the Seven Bridges Realm Book, he would have also died here. From the looks of it, those cultivators who could escape from Grand Essence Seven Bridges all had top-grade escape talismans or an unyielding grasp on their mind.
By the time Ning Cheng flew to the opposite side of the Bridge of Looking Homewards, the Seven Bridges Realm Book had already sucked away the Bridge of Looking Homewards. But this time, the Seven Bridges Realm Book didn’t escape but voluntarily fell into Ning Cheng’s hand. Ning Cheng still hadn’t gained full control of the Seven Bridges Realm inside it, but he had at least branded his spirit sense into the Seven Bridges Realm. Therefore, as long as no one tried to rob it from him, it was only natural for the Seven Bridges Realm to return to Ning Cheng.
Turning over the Seven Bridges Realm Book, Ning Cheng noticed that the second page, that initially had nothing, now had a faint outline of a bridge.
He had obtained two of the Seven Bridges Spirit Technique. Although Ning Cheng couldn’t cultivate these two spirit techniques right now, as long as he collected these spirit techniques, he would eventually cultivate them in the future.
With experiencing the First Bridge of Coping and the Second Bridge of Looking Homewards’ spirit techniques, Ning Cheng reached the Third Bridge of Forgetting River’s bridgehead. But instead of stepping on it, he first threw out the Seven Bridges Realm Book.
The Bridge of Forgetting River looked like a foggy bridge. Except for the faint outline in the middle, it only had fog surrounding it.
Ning Cheng quickly crossed the Bridge of Forgetting River when the Seven Bridges Realm Book began to absorb all the scenery and the body of the Bridge of Forgetting River. This time, he didn’t experience any effects and quickly reached the opposite bank of the Bridge of Forgetting River.
As the Third Bridge of Forgetting River disappeared, a bridge shadow appeared on the third page of Ning Cheng’s Seven Bridges Realm Book. With that, Ning Cheng then moved on to the bridgehead of the fourth bridge.
The Fourth Bridge of Yellow Springs had a tumbling yellow river below it. However, it had a body wholly made out of blue-coloured stones and looked like it had a majestic, imposing aura. Ning Cheng had just reached the bridgehead when the dao charm leaking from the bridge almost completely suppressed Ning Cheng, to the point that he couldn’t even stand.
Ning Cheng, fortunately, did the same thing he did before and threw out the Seven Bridges Realm Book.
The Bridge of Yellow Springs had incredible momentum. But under the Seven Bridges Realm Book, the dao charm aura that had formed this path got sucked into the Seven Bridges Realm Book.
By the time Ning Cheng reached the opposite bank of the Bridge of Yellow Springs and grabbed the Seven Bridges Realm Book, the fourth page of the Seven Bridges Realm Book had already formed an outline of the Fourth Bridge of Yellow Springs.
The Fifth Bridge of Afterlife looked even more blurred than the Third Bridge of Forgetting River. At least one could still physically see the Bridge of Forgetting River. But standing in front of the Bridge of Afterlife, Ning Cheng couldn’t see anything except the words Fifth Bridge of Afterlife.
But Ning Cheng didn’t care about this. He couldn’t even touch the First Coping Bridge’s spirit technique, let alone the one in the Bridge of Afterlife. All he could do was throw the Seven Bridges Realm Book and let the Seven Bridges Realm Book take away all these spirit techniques. Ning Cheng could slowly comprehend and then create any of these bridges with a wave of his hand in the future.
No matter the power within the Bridge of Afterlife, under the Seven Bridges Realm Book, it didn’t mean anything. In just half an incense stick’s worth of time, the Seven Bridges Realm Book once again fell into Ning Cheng’s hand. Moreover, the outline of the Fifth Bridge of Afterlife also appeared on its fifth page.
After Ning Cheng’s Seven Bridges Realm Book sucked in the fifth bridge’s spirit technique, his surroundings immediately turned chaotic, and even gave out a dull roar.
Within just a few moments, everything within the range of Ning Cheng’s spiritual consciousness turned clear. Even the aura that suppressed Ning Cheng’s spiritual consciousness disappeared abruptly. Within the scope of Ning Cheng’s spiritual consciousness, besides the turbulent space, where was the Sixth Bridge of Other Shore?
As the roars became louder and louder, the space around Ning Cheng also started shaking, becoming extremely unstable.
No, it was a prelude to a spacial collapse. Ning Cheng quickly understood and stimulated the Twin Wings of the Heavenly Clouds and rushed out. In just a moment, an earth-shattering rumbling sound came from somewhere behind him. Dust spilt into the sky, and the toxic white mist in this area also started to fall apart. In just a few more moments, the white fog disappeared entirely.
Ning Cheng stood in the void and watched the disappearing Grand Essence Seven Bridges with shock.
The Grand Essence Seven Bridges collapsed when he took the five spirit techniques, and he didn’t see any signs of the sixth bridge. From the looks of it, Ling Zhi had spoken the truth. The Seven Bridges Hole Emperor truly hadn’t comprehended the spirit techniques linked to the sixth and the seventh bridge. It also meant that his title as Seven Bridges Holy Emperor was nothing more than bragging.
Ning Cheng even started to suspect that the Seven Bridges Spirit Technique wasn’t something created by the Seven Bridges Holy Emperor. Rather, this Seven Bridges Spirit Technique existed long before him. Most likely, Seven Bridges Holy Emperor obtained the Seven Bridges Realm Book and the Seven Bridges Spirit Technique and then named himself as Seven Bridges. But in reality, he could only comprehend up to five bridges.
With the Grand Essence Seven Bridges collapsing, Ning Cheng understood that news of it would quickly spread out. Therefore, he pushed the Twin Wings of the Heavenly Clouds to the limits and promptly left the area.
As for exchanging the Seven Bridges Spirit Technique for points, Ning Cheng never even thought of it. Since he got the Seven Bridges Spirit Technique, why would he take it out for others? Even if he knew that others couldn’t learn it, he would never take it out.
After Ning Cheng left, the sudden collapse of the Grand Essence Ruins’ Grand Essence Seven Bridges quickly spread out. Grand Essence Seven Bridges was one of the most famous places in the Grand Essence Ruins. Therefore, learning that this place collapsed, countless cultivators started to rush towards it. It meant that the collapsed Grand Essence Seven Bridges no longer held any danger, at least it would now be less dangerous compared to the past. Simultaneously, the news also forced many influential people to make the trip to Grand Essence Seven Bridges. They all wanted to find out what caused the Grand Essence Seven Bridges to collapse suddenly.
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