Chapter 67 – Escaping to the den
Translated by: Pumpkin
Edited by: Fumma, Earl
When running for one’s life, one would naturally be running faster than usual.
In accordance with the path that he had taken to come, Wei Suo ran as if his life depended on it. After a short moment, he arrived at the the stone arch bridge that connected the two great regions, Qian and Kun, of the underground tomb.
“Careful, that Elder Mind Devouring Bug is right above the edge of the bridge!”
Wei Suo had originally planned to run past the bridge and then explode it to bits afterwards. Like that, the Elder Mind Devouring Bug would likely be unable to catch up to him for the time being. However, hearing what the green gowned old man suddenly said, Wei Suo’s expression immediately became one filled with fear. He immediately grabbed Nangong Yuqing and Liu Wu.
“Old Man, are you playing a joke on me? If you’re capable of discovering this Mind Devouring Bug” now, then why didn’t you say a thing when that many Mind Devouring Bugs had come to mount a sneak attack on us earlier?”
That was what Wei Suo wanted to say. However, as if he already knew what Wei Suo was thinking, the green gowned old man said coldly, “Look carefully. Look at the location where it was wounded by your Dark Demon Blade. If you were to carefully look at it, you should be able to see it. However, it’s better for you to immediately use the White Phosphorous Beast’s bone powder. I cannot guarantee you that there would not be any other Mind Devouring Bugs here.”
Wei Suo carefully looked over. Sure enough, right to the side of the bridgehead was a trace of faintly discernable yellow line. It appeared as if someone had drawn a stroke with a yellow water color brush. If one does not carefully look at it, one would truly not be able to discover it.
“What’s wrong?” Neither Nangong Yuqing nor Liu Wu knew why Wei Suo suddenly stopped. As for Wei Suo, he was already extremely scared after hearing the green gowned old man saying that he does not know if there were any other Mind Devouring Bugs in the vicinity. “Woosh.” The White Phosphorous Beast’s bone powder that he obtained from the horse-faced cultivator’s belonging was sprinkled outward.
“Elder Mind Devouring Bug!”
Nangong Yuqing and Liu Wu’s complexion also instantly turned pale. After a flickering blue light appeared, the outline of that Mind Devouring Beast that was covered with wrinkles appeared at the left of the bridgehead less than two hundred feet before them.
It was as if this Elder Mind Devouring Bug had determined that they would try to escape from here, it had gone through an unknown shortcut and arrived to guard this bridgehead. Seeing that it was standing there motionlessly, an insidious aura assaulted Wei Suo and them.
Wei Suo, however, heaved a breath of relief. That was because there was no trace of the other three Mind Devouring Bugs in the surrounding. Only the Elder Mind Devouring Bug was hiding there insidiously. After shouting, Wei Suo lead the path and rushed forward. At the same time, he directly activated the Burning Sun Treasured Talisman that could be used a couple more times.
“Zii!” The Elder Mind Devouring Bug rolled into a ball in pain. Streams of black smoke once again appeared on its astonishingly powerful defensive skin. “Holy fuck! This is doomed!” Originally, Wei Suo had planned to do the same thing as before and hit the Elder Mind Devouring Bug with his Dark Demon Blade at the moment he rushed forward. Even if he couldn’t kill it, he would, at the very least, be able to cut another wound on it. At that time, if this Elder Mind Devouring Bug was to overtake them again, they would be able to see it more clearly. However, to his extreme surprise, right at the moment when he was planning to shoot out the Dark Demon Blade, a transparent ripple was suddenly shot out from the Elder Mind Devouring Bug’s mouth. It instantly smashed onto his body. Wei Suo instantly felt that his mind had turned blank. It was as if his entire thought process had been frozen. The True Elemental Energy within his body, his fingers and even his eyelids, they had all become unable to move. This sort of feeling was extremely hard to describe. It was like knowing one had turned into a piece of rock but being unable to do anything about it.
The sharp straw was instantly extended out from the Elder Mind Devouring Bug’s mouth. It ferociously penetrated toward Wei Suo.
At the moment when the straw was less than ten feet from Wei Suo’s brain, six golden lights and two black lights simultaneously smashed onto the Elder Mind Devouring Bug’s body, knocking it into the pitch-black abyss below the bridge. “Bub.” A light echo. The sharp straw pierced a location not far from Wei Suo’s forehead, causing the air to emit a slight explosive echo.
The Elder Mind Devouring Bug was knocked into the abyss. However, two of its tentacles suddenly wrapped themselves around a large boulder underneath the bridge. They flung the Elder Mind Devouring Bug upward. It appeared that the Elder Mind Devouring Bug was soon to be flung back up here.
Seeing this sort of situation, how could Nangong Yuqing and Liu Wu dare to stay here any longer? They immediately carried Wei Suo who had become frozen like a block of wood and immediately ran past the bridge.
“What exactly is this thing shot out by that Mind Devouring Bug?”
Being carried by a cold-sweat drenched Liu Wu who was running with his life on the line, Wei Suo’s mind seemed to finally thaw away from the frozen state and managed to shout that. However, his body was still in a frozen state and incapable of moving.
“That is the innate ability of Mind Devouring Bugs, an awareness attack.” The green gowned old man and Nangong Yuqing practically began to explain to Wei Suo at the same time. “The awareness of Mind Devouring Bugs are much stronger than ordinary cultivators. This sort of awareness attack is capable of intercepting our awareness. It is equivalent to having one’s line of thought being severed and body petrified. However, ordinary mature Mind Devouring Bugs are capable of, at the very most, causing our mind to delay for a moment. This Elder Mind Devouring Bug’s awareness attack is truly too frightening. It was actually capable of making you frozen for so long.”
The green gowned old man added. “According to my experience, Elder Mind Devouring Bugs at this level would know one or two extra innate abilities. Currently, this Elder Mind Devouring Bug has not displayed those yet. We do not know what sort of ability his new abilities might be. With my current True Elemental Energy, in time of crisis, I would be able to help you defend against the awareness attack once. However, after I block it for you, I would be forced to enter into the Ghost Raising Jar and recuperate. I would no longer have the ability to help you scout the surroundings anymore.”
“In short, run quickly!”
Wanting to cry but having no tears, Wei Suo shouted loudly. Had he not lent the Firefly Flying Blades and the pair of bird claws-like half Spirit level artifacts to Nangong Yuqing and Liu Wu for the time being, his forehead would’ve already been pierced by the Elder Mind Devouring Bug’s straw. To only be able to block the awareness attack once, on top of that, the Elder Mind Devouring Bug have other abilities. How could Wei Suo possibly dare to fight against it?
Without Wei Suo shouting those words, Nangong Yuqing and Liu Wu were already running faster than they had ever ran.
“Are you kidding?”
At the moment when Wei Suo’s body was finally free from being petrified and able to run by himself, he discovered that earlier when he was carried by a ferociously running Liu Wu, they were not running at the same path that he had used to come there. Instead, they had arrived at a ravine that he had never been to before.
This ravine appeared like it was an underground garden. Many rotten trees remained in this ravine. There were also some dried up ponds, collapsed rock gardens and so on.
Wei Suo took out the map. The three people were covered with cold sweat once again.
This place was written to be the Peaceful Earth Garden on the map. It turned out to be a garden in the underground tomb’s Kun(earth) region that was meant for the imperial concubines that were buried alongside the emperor to go on scenic tours and recite poetries at. The crazy thing was, other than the name of this place, the map listed an add on information: ‘Mind Devouring Bugs!” This place was actually one of the most probable place for the Mind Devouring Bugs to appear at.
“Fuck, we ran for such a long time only to run into their den.”
“Someone’s coming!” At the moment when Wei Suo, Nangong Yuqing and Liu Wu was inspecting which route to take so that they could escape this place the fastest, the green gowned old man’s voice sounded in Wei Suo’s ears.
Truly whatever one feared would arrive. Wei Suo extended his head. He immediately gulped down a mouthful of saliva. A yellow colored silhouette brushed out from a passageway. It coldly looked to him, Nangong Yuqing and Liu Wu.
This cultivator that had appeared was precisely the level two Heavenly Circuit Stage cultivator, Wen Daoge.
At the moment he saw Wei Suo, he coldly smiled and a fiery red colored turtle shell-like shield appeared before him.
“Scarlet Fire Giant Turtle Shield!”
Once he saw the shield that appeared before Wen Daoge, Wei Suo began to gulp down on his saliva with a bitter expression.
Although the appearance of this shield, other than its color, was similar to the Black Turtle Shield that Wei Suo had, this shield was created through the level five demonic beast Scarlet Fire Giant Turtle’s shell. Not only does it possess a defense similar to that of the Black Turtle Shield, the shield was also capable of spraying out blazing flames to burn one’s opponent’s artifact when it gets hit. Like this, when trying to attack this shield, one must not only consider whether one’s artifact would be capable of breaking through its defense, one must also consider whether one’s artifact would be capable of withstanding being burned by blazing flames equivalent to a level one Heavenly Circuit Stage fire attribute skill technique.
At the same time when he activated the Scarlet Fire Giant Turtle Shield, Wen Daoge’s left hand also seemed to move slightly.
At the same moment, the sound of air being sliced apart was heard. The short and stout daoist wearing a black and white colored eight divinatory trigrams daoist robe also swept into this place. He stopped at a location not far from Wen Daoge.
It appeared that in Wen Daoge’s and this short and stout daoist’s hands were artifacts similar to the Transmission Jade Talismans that Wei Suo and Nangong Yuqing had. Merely, they were even a more higher level than the Transmission Jade Talismans as it allowed this short and stout daoist to instantly know where Wen Daoge was at.
Wei Suo looked to the short and stout daoist with his Aura Determining Technique. He immediately became speechless. This short and stout daoist who wore a black and white colored eight divinatory trigrams daoist robe was also a level one Heavenly Circuit Stage cultivator. The light of his six Divine Seas were extremely dazzling.
“Where’s Liu Zhongzhou?” Wen Daoge did not even bother to take into account Wei Suo and them. Without regard for them, he asked the short and stout daoist that had just rushed over.
“That coward had actually ran away by himself.” The short and stout daoist said in a gloomy manner.
“Ran away?” Wei Daoge was startled. It seemed that he did not expect hearing such a thing either. However, immediately after, a cold light shined through his eyes. He sneered. “We shall take care of him when we get out. For now, the two of us is sufficient.”
“Sufficient your ass! Retard!”
Wei Suo did not bother to spout any superfluous word with Wen Daoge. He immediately activated the Burning Sun Treasured Talisman that he held in his hand. “Let’s deal with this guy first!” Seizing the moment when Wen Daoge and the short and stout daoist was blinded, Wei Suo first cast the Five Phrases Brass Ring that had already been cracked by Three Rounds Liu toward Wen Daoge. Without the slightest hesitation, the Dark Demon Blade had been instantly cast from his hand toward Wen Daoge too.
Right after Wei Suo shouted, Nangong Yuqing and Liu Wu also shot out the Firefly Flying Blades and the pair of bird claws-like artifacts toward Wen Daoge.
Wei Suo did not believe that Wei Daoge’s Scarlet Fire Giant Turtle Shield would be able to withstand a Spirit level Magical Treasure Fragment and two half Spirit level artifacts.
As long as they could kill this level two Heavenly Circuit Stage cultivator instantly, they would likely be able to deal with the remaining level one Heavenly Circuit Stage cultivator.
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