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The Mysterious Ground
Seeing Su Yun walking over, Li Guang’s expression was somewhat annoyed.
He rushed to the instructor: “Instructor, the Secret Palace is our Evil Sword Sect’s secret place, you are really agreeing to let an outsider join in?”
“If it was a normal person, of course we would not allow it. But Su Yun’s goal is to retrieve the Sovereign King Sword to repair the void exit, and in the end, it is also helping our Evil Sword Sect. Clan Elder and I know about it, and the Clan Elder also agreed to it. There isn’t any secret in the Secret Palace either, so why hide it? He can go too, it wouldn’t influence you all.”
The instructor called Wang Zhi Bao said emotionlessly.
Li Guang wanted to refute further, but he was pulled by Li Xin at his sleeves. Li Guang turned to look, and seeing Li Xin’s eyes, he decided to let it go.
Seeing that no one else was making sounds anymore, he then continued to speak.
“The Secret Palace was constructed and designed by the ancestors of our Evil Sword Sect. The goal was to test our disciples on their mastery of the Evil Sword Technique. Inside, it is constructed so that there are a large quantity of special Evil Souls, and only the Evil Sword Technique can harm them. Upon entering, you will need to find for me the ‘Moxa Dragon grass’ and ‘Evil Qi stones’. With these two treasures in hand, that means that you have passed the test this time, and will be promoted to senior disciples!”
“Only with that?” Li Guang exposed a self confident laughed, and cupped his fist: “That is too simple, Master Instructors, you all just wait here for me.”
“Do not be too arrogant.” Instructor Wang snorted: “There are many dangers in the Secret Palace. None of the Evil Souls recognize people, and if encountered, all of you must definitely use all your power and defeat them at all costs, because since the opening of the Secret Palace, there are countless people who have died inside! Even two elders had died inside!”
Everyone was stunned.
“How is that possible? For an elder to die in the secret palace?” Li Guang’s face turned white, he did not believe it.
“That is an absolute truth. It wasn’t a long time ago, only around 50 years ago. At that time, the Sect Master was severely injured, and needed special medical attention. In the records, we found out that there was an earth shocking medicine kept in the Secret Palace by our ancestors, called ‘Brilliant Rebirth Flower’, where after consuming it, it can rid one of all injuries and highly toxic poison, allowing the person to be ‘reborn’, just that the ‘Brilliant Rebirth Flower’ was located deep inside the Secret Palace, and to retrieve the medicine for our Sect Master, two elders went in, but they did not return after that. So the Sect Master personally brought people in to find them, but did not receive any messages back, so being helpless, the Sect Master set an order, the prohibition of entering deeper than 50 Li inside the Secret Palace, and added a series of other prohibitions after that.”
“So that’s how the Secret Palace’s rules came about.” Everyone were enlightened.
“Do not treat it lightly, because you can lose your life anytime. Alright, hurry, go and retrieve the items, we will be waiting here for you, those who do not have any life saving treasures, take care of yourselves.”
With that, Instructor Wang looked at Instructor Fu, who nodded his head, turned and walked towards the caved in mountain wall.
Instructor Fu took out a human chest bone, then placed it on the wall. He then chanted something, and the chest bone shot out a large amount of purple light, quickly forming an array formation on the door. The array formation light submerged into the wall, causing the mountain wall to immediately release a rumbling sound, forming a 2m wide crack.
It was the Secret Palace’s entrance.
“The Secret Palace is huge, to obtain the two items, trace the Qi!”
Instructor Wang said then turned his body, indicating for everyone to go in.
At this time, Li Guang had lost his self confidence from before, and what replaced it was solemness and a serious expression.
The group of people starting entering the crack, all them dragging their feet.
“Su Yun, go on, I hope you can bring back some good news!” Hun San patted Su Yun’s shoulder, his pitch black face covered with sincerity.
“Yes.” Su Yun nodded his head, the haze cloaked filled with Evil Qi wrapping around his face looked serious, and he walked in.
Upon entering the crack, a long path went further in.
It was extremely dark inside, as though no light could enter. But in the darkness, the Evil Realm people’s vision were not affected at all, and Su Yun had the Heavenly Scale Divine Eye, so the dark didn’t bother him.
Everyone took out their weapons and advanced carefully. In the front, leading the group were Li Guang and Li Xin, the two of them had the highest individual strength within the junior disciples, and their Evil Sword Technique was also the strongest. Their might far above the rest who were following.
“Everyone be careful, do not drop your guard!”
Li Xin shouted.
“Yes, senior sister.”
Everyone continued to advance.
After walking for close to half an hour, the road continued to turn a few times, but there were no signs of any Evil Soul, and they were starting to relax their guard, becoming less cautious.
“Senior brother, why does this feel weird? Didn’t they say that the Secret Palace was filled with Evil Souls? How come we haven’t met with any?”
“Did we stray off to a wrong path?”
A few of the evil people started to question.
“There is only this road, how can we still be wrong?”
Li Guang replied.
The people behind all looked at each other, not saying a word.
“Senior brother, Senior sister, watch out in the front!” Just then, someone shouted.
Looking ahead, there were a few Evil Souls floating around.
Seeing that, Li Guang’s face turned serious, his entire body exploded out with a large amount of Evil Qi, he became smoke and rushed forward.
The smoke approached the Evil Souls, and immediately released layers after layers of waves of sword images, fiercely cutting the Evil Souls that were wailing nonstop.
Li Xin and the rest, upon witnessing the scene immediately went to help.
After a few moves, the few Evil Souls were cut down by the 20 plus Evil Realm people.
“Haha, these Evil Souls are not really strong, and can help increase our cultivation as well!” An Evil Realm person laughed happily.
“I think that the instructor’s story was completely frightening words! He purposely wanted to scare us!”
“Yea I think so too!”
The group of Evil Realm people started to go crazy with happiness.
Su Yun who was behind did not say a word, he stood by the side and not making a move. He did not absorb the Evil Souls as well, like an outsider, just that, the group of Evil Realm people truly treated him like an outsider.
After clearing the Evil Souls, they continued going further.
Across the road, they met over 10 wandering Evil Souls, but without any exception, they were all killed by Li Guang, Li Xin and the other people, and they did not even use much strength.
Li Guang and Li Xin were initially very cautious, but at the moment, they were already tasting the victory and after defeating many of the weak Evil Souls, they were increasing their pace and going further ahead.
The Evil Souls might be scary, but do not forget, they are all Evil Realm people, and they could absorb the Evil Souls to increase their own cultivation.
Bringing the small group ahead, they soon met a fork in the road.
Everyone looked at Li Xin and Li Guang. Li Xin suddenly opened her mouth and spat a black bead. She pinched the black bead into fine dust, then sprinkled it into the air.
LIttle dots of green light auras appeared among the fine dust.
“This side has the Qi of the ‘Moxa Dragon grass’.” Li Xin pointed to the left side where the green light was flowing.
“Then what about the ‘Evil Qi Stone’?” Li Guang asked.
“I can only detect the Qi of the ‘Moxa Dragon Grass’ for now.”
“That’s not the way to go.” Li Guang acted as though he was considering, then said: “Why not this way, Li Xin, you bring a group of people to take the right side, and I will bring a group to take the left. We will act simultaneously, I will look for the ‘Moxa Dragon Grass’ and you look for the ‘Evil Qi Stone’, how about that?”
When he said that, everyone knew what Li Guang meant.
Finding the ‘Moxa Dragon Grass’ and ‘Evil Qi Stone was not important anymore. To them, finding the two objects were just a side task, they were seeking the taste of more Evil Souls.
The more of them were together, the lesser they could eat, so why not split up?
Li Xin and the rest also felt that it was much more appropriate, since the Evil Soul could give them plenty of benefits.
After a short discussion, the 20 people were split into 2, one with Li Guang as the leader, the other with Li Xin as the leader.
“Su Yun.” Li Guang shouted to the person carrying two swords.
Su Yun raised his head and looked at him.
“Follow Li Xin, and go find the Sovereign King Sword.” Li Guang said.
The group of Evil Realm people heartlessly laughed out loud. To them, the Sovereign King Sword was an imaginary item, how could he look for it?
Su Yun did not say a word.
Li Xin did not talk much, and brought her group to the right path, and Su Yun followed along.
Li Guang watched them leave, then brought his men and took the left path.
After walking the right path for a while, they found a large number of Evil Souls. That made Li XIn and the other Evil Realm people extremely happy. After competing who should go up first, they all rushed up, using their Evil Sword Technique to fight. Although the number of Evil Souls far outnumbered them, still, they could not stop the group of treacherous Evil Realm people, and were all killed after a while.
Su Yun stood by the side to watch, observing all the mysterious Evil Soul absorbing the damage of the Evil Sword Techniques.
On the side note, who was the Evil Sword Sect’s Ancestor, why would he create such special Evil Souls? And these Evil Souls seemed to be specially made for the Evil Sword Sect’s disciples, or maybe the Evil Souls were the rewards for winning.
Following Li Xin leading her group deeper in, the number and strength of the Evil Souls grew more and more.
Although the Evil Realm people might absorb till they were full, but everyone knew, they were Evil Realm beings, not human beings, and since they were Evil, how could they be satisfied?
They continued to eat and kill, continued to fight, but no one actually thought of finding the objects for the test.
Su Yun watched them again and again without choice, but he was lazy to bother, following them, he carefully watched for any clues regarding the location of the Sovereign King Sword.
Just then, a light sound came out.
Everyone’s gaze turned towards the sound, only to see a broken down stone door at the end of the path, with a little bit of grey light leaking out of the stone door.
Li Xin immediately got everyone to stop.
“Everyone, be careful.”
“Don’t be afraid, maybe there are more Evil Souls, hahaha I want to eat more, then I can breakthrough to the next realm!”
All of the Evil Realm people were excited, and started to chatter and laugh.
Li Xin who was always careful, was currently not cautious. Seeing everyone so high spirited, she could not hold back her suspicions, taking her slanted evil sword, she walked towards the dilapidated stone door.
Dong dong dong dong
The low tone sound continued to sound out from behind the stone door. Li Xin used a lot of force to push it open, releasing a large amount of grey light to leak out, followed by a rotten smell that permeated out.
Everyone anxiously lifted up their weapons, and looked towards the stone door.
Inside the stone door was a huge palace like area, it was spacious and filled with many obelisks. All of the obelisks were covered in veined lines, a long path heading towards the end of the vast hall, many sculptures that stood on both sides of the pathway. At the end of the pathway, was a coffin piled up of black stones.
“What is this place?”
Everyone was startled.
Su Yun’s breath tightened, his eyes immediately sweeping the place, as though he was looking for something.
Just at this time, an excited voice sounded out.
Everyone looked over, only to see an Evil Realm person excitedly pointing to something lying straight on the black coffin.
It was a black stone sword.
“Is that the Sovereign King Sword?” Li Xin was extremely excited.
“How come we found it so easily?”
Su Yun was greatly surprised.