- Book 11 Pierce through the Sky – Chapter 50 A Glimpse
A soft breeze blows past his face; uplifting air lightly caresses his hair, his eyes misty with emotion. Qin Yu has only got himself now.
He knows, the final treasure left by Uncle Lan has to be at the end of Ni Yang’s Realm. He must persevere through all the obstacles. And soon after leaving Ni Yang’s Realm, Qin Yu must complete his Stellar Transformation Technique Set so he could also ascend to the upper realms.
Qin Yu reaffirms himself and says, “My Royal Father, Eldest Brother and 2nd brother, all have their families and relatives. With this I am assured. But I am not alone; I have Li’er and my two other brothers, waiting for me!”
Qin Yu’s heart is not in Ni Yang’s Realm with his body, but rather elsewhere with his closest companions.
Man Gan walks over to Qin Yu’s side to comfort him: “Brother Qin Yu, please don’t feel to heart-broken. Even god could not over turn the heaven’s laws of ascending your two brothers. Alas, you have also reach Dacheng Stage, soon you will also ascend as well.”
With his face slight contort; feeling desolate, Qin Yu, with effort squeezes out a smile at Man Gan’s words of comfort: “That’s right, soon I will also ascend to the upper realms.”
In reality, these words are for himself as well as to reply to Man Gan’s words.
If……….he is unable to create the next step of his Battle Technique, then how can he ascend to the upper realms?
He’s hands clench into fist.
Seeing Qin Yu’s helpless expression, Man Gan chooses to step aside and allow Qin Yu to regain his cool down.
There were nine people left within White Jade Plaza: Hua Yan, Xue Yu Yang, Du Zhong Jun, Ao Feng, Fang Tian, Ao Xu, Zong Jue, Man Gan and lastly Qin Yu. Other than Qin Yu, everybody else waits for Yu Liang’s results – will he pass the Blue Cloud Road or won’t he?
Death? Or Life?
No one could perceive the results.
“Brother Du Zhong, Yu Liang is the most powerful out all of his predecessors, how long do you think he will survive? Do you think he will last as long as the Dragon Clan Elder Yan Shan?” Hua Yan smirks, his intention was clearly to taunt Man Gan.
Du Zhong Jun considers this for a moment and replies: “He should be able to survive as long as the Dragon Elder Yan Shan, if not longer, but most likely over 4 hours.
Yu Liang has only been in there for half an hour and far from the 4 hour record.” Man Gan smilingly says, then frowns at this, “Heh?”
Man Gan’s splits into a wide toothy grin, then sends a Holy Sense Communication broadcast: “Success!” with a boastful laugh, “Hahaha, Yu Liang, he succeed in reaching the end of the Blue Cloud Road; he succeeded!”
Hua Yan, Xue Yu Yang, Du Zhong Jun, Ao Feng, Fang Tian, Ao Xu, Zong Jue and other experts all cried out with shock and astonishment. Even Qin Yu, who was at the far end of the Plaza, was surprised by the development.
Man Gan proudly announces with a broad grin, “Listen well, Yu Liang has succeeded in traversing across the Blue Cloud Road, and reached the destination – Nine Heavens.”
“Impossible! It has only being a half hour, how can he be that fast?” Hua Yan quickly refutes.
“Just a moment ago, the Dragon Elder Yan Shan and your own subordinate Kong Cao both survived for over 3 hours, however they both failed.”
“Brother Hua Yan, you not very impartial at all.” Zong Jue interrupts.
With everyone looking towards Zong Jue, he enquires, “I must ask of you all; did you forget the poise and reaction of Yu Liang when he first stepped onto the Blue Cloud Road?”
At this everyone starts to reminiscent that previous scene.
The moment Yu Liang stepped onto the Blue Cloud Road, his entire being immediately vanishes from sight. Obviously he wishes to rush to the other end at his fastest speed. Even though there are a number of obstacles on the way, but Yu Liang still managed to reach the end in less than half an hour. “Speed.” Zong Jue nods, “Whereas other entrants entered the Road cautiously and slowly. He used his superior speed to reach the end, and so half an hour is not surprising at all.”
Of the two pathfinders, one survived ––––––––– Xue Yu Yang and Dragon Clan’s Elder eyes flickered with understanding. Labelling these two as pathfinders was not wrong at all, they were sacrificial lambs to test the ‘waters’ of this Blue Cloud Road.
From Man Gan’s perspective the only ones, with the abilities to compete for the treasure, are: Yua Han, Fang Tian, Zong Jue and himself. All others are labelled as cannon fodder, sacrificial pathfinders or individuals with equal or less skills.
Man Gan turns to the Dragon Clan’s Elder to say: “Brother, my subordinate has already passed this obstacle. It should be your Dragon Clan’s turn now.”
The Dragon Clan’s Emissary nods and in accordance to the agreement, the next entrant should be the Dragon Clan’s Elder Ao Xu.
“Halt!” Hua Yan shouts with brows wrinkled with annoyance.
“Do you have a problem, Brother Hua Yan?” Everyone around looks at Hua Yan.
Near the entrance, Qin Yu observes the group of people arguing in the plaza’s square. Instantly, Qin Yu understands that these super experts do not even consider an expert like him, who was at the Dacheng Stage, as a threat. Despite this, Qin Yu was content with this situation, because he would gain the element of surprise when he struck.
Thought Qin Yu did not participate in their conversation, he secretly harboured some thoughts: “Speed, is it really possible to succeed with just speed? From hearing that roar, obviously there are some obstacles. For that Yu Liang to pass through to the end could be only two things, one is speed and the second is superior prowess. If it really is just speed, then how could it take half an hour for a distance of about ten thousand li?”
With this in Mind, Qin knows that Man Gan and the other all understand this as well.
At the very moment, all eyes look towards Hua Yan and questioned why he barred the Dragon Clan, elder’s entry to the Blue Cloud Road.
Hua Yan smiles faintly then speaks, “A moment ago, Brother Man Gan said Yu Liang passed the Blue Cloud Road, but that is only his words, who knows if that is true? If Yu Liang is still on the Blue Cloud Road at this moment, wouldn’t that imply that anyone who enters now will be like walking to his own death?”
Du Zhong Jun and the Dragon Emissary both are surprised at this revelation.
They then recall the rules of this Blue Cloud Road –––––––––– Only one person may enter at any one time; if two enter, they will both suffer death.
“Hmm…..Yu Liang’s Soul Jade slip did not break.” Man Gan walks towards the Blue Cloud Road with a belly full of unexpressed anger. “Brother Man Gan, you do not need to enter.” The Dragon Emissary immediately bars entry for Man Gan, and will not allow entry to him under any circumstances. The Emissary is afraid that the treasured Reel will fall into Man Gan’s hands, if he were to enter now.
Man Gan sneers coldly at the Dragon Clan leader: “Dragon Clan leader, can’t you see that all the other are too scared to enter?”
The Dragon Emissary laughs: “Brother Hua Yan, you have really lost your wits, if Man Gan were to become a saboteur, he would only sabotage our plans. Do you really think he would sacrifice Yu Liang just to take down the Dragon Elder?”
Clearly, the Dragon Clan’s Emissary truly thinks little of the Dragon Elder. Obviously, everyone in the plaza understand this. Despite this, Dragon Elder is an expert who has cultivated for over ten thousand years, and is not a bit slighted by the remark and remained taciturn. The Elder has already deduced that, Yu Liang has indeed succeeded to pass through.
But it seems that speed is still very effective.
With an idea already in the mind, the Dragon Clan’s Emissary is positive on the success of passing through the Blue Cloud Road.
“Respectful Dragon Clan Emissary, this subject will enter now.” Elder humbly replies. Without hesitation, he steps on the Blue Cloud Road, the instant he does, his body also vanishes from sight.
It is understandable…….the Elder also wishes to use his speed to rush to pass through.
If it could be said, who is most focused to hear the sounds from the Elder’s journey within the Blue Cloud Road, is the next person after him – Xue Xu Yang.
[TN: I think I’ll change it back to the original]
A ferocious and maniacal roar is clearly heard throughout the plaza, but it is quickly answered by a dragon’s guttural cry.
The Dragon Clan sent three Elders to Ni Yang’s Realm, but of the three only one is alive, but if he were to die as well, the Dragon Clan would suffer a devastating blow to its top level forces. Meaning that all of its top level practitioners have been cleanly wiped out.
But this blow is not restricted to the Dragon Clan, but it also includes the Xiumoist’s, Xiuxianist’s and the Demonic forces of the Wilderness, all have top level practitioners dead.
It can be said that within one journey to Ni Yang’s Realm has led to the death of more than half of the top experts of the Mortal Plane.
Time slowly trickles by; minute by minute.
Half an hour later……..and soon an hour later. Still there is no response.
Over two hours has passed, but there hasn’t been any news of the Elder’s success, however his Soul Jade slip has not split apart.
In the quiet afterglow of everyone’s expectant expressions…….
“Peng”, quickly a sharp and crisp sound breaks the tense in the air like a crackle from a whip. The Dragon Elder’s Soul Jade slip splits apart.
Fang Tian’s face darkens.
The last Dragon Clan Elder is now dead as well.
Xue Xu Yang’s face also darkens, his mood suddenly drops. Noted that he also wanted to use his speed to rush towards the end of the Blue Cloud Road.
But from the Elder’s results, solely relying on speed is not enough, after all seeing is believing.
“Xue Xu Yang, it’s all up to you now.” Hua Yan announces.
At this moment, Hua Yan also has little confidence in Xue Xu Yang, even though the latter is quite powerful and also has unique arts. Compared to the Elder – only the strongest of the Dragon Clan can be the elders, there is still a gap between their capabilities.
Elder Yan Shan has died; how can Xue Xu Yang succeed to pass through?
Xue Xu Yang gives his regards to Hua Yan, then steps towards the Blue Cloud Road, but as he is about to step onto the road, he hesitates. How should he proceed? With speed? Or slowly and cautiously?
Hesitantly stepping onto the Blue Cloud Road, Xue Xu Yang transforms into a blurry mist charging towards the other end. He has made his decision ––––––––– to follow in Yu Liang’s footsteps.
Within two hours’ time, the sound of breaking a Soul Jade slip disrupts the silence. Simply with this sound meant that all the, supposedly, cannon fodder have died but excluding Yu Liang. Now it is on to the 6 giants ––––––– Man Gan, Hua Yan, Du Zhong Jun, Zong Jue, Fang Tian, Ao Feng, to journey into the Blue Cloud Road.
It may be true that Qin Yu………..is unmistakeably the weakest, but when Ao Feng and the other all committed to allow Qin Yu to be the last one to set foot on Blue Cloud Road.
“6 Giants; 4 of the upper Immortal Realms, Descended Emissaries of the upper planes are bound to have powerful trump cards, can presumably succeed……but recalling what Immortal Emperor Ni Yang dictated that all upper realm’s immortals will face extreme difficulty. Hua Yan will, most definitely, suffer severe punishments.
Qin Yu suddenly comes to realisation.
According to the original agreement, Sword Immortal Hua Yan is next to step onto the road.
“Hua Yan, if you pass, you must tell us immediately. You aren’t allowed to reach the end without informing us, and let us wait painfully for your news.” Man Gan warns with an edge in his voice.
Hua Yan laughs, “that’s a given, am I some sort of petty person who mind even such trifling matter?”
If we don’t turn a blind eye and he passed, and he did not notify everyone, would that mean everyone would waiting for nothing? He would then take all the treasures and indirectly force Man Gan and the others to walk the fine line between life and death unjustly.
Ao Feng shakes his head: “we find it hard to believe in your words, so before you step onto the road, all six people must swear an oath……In the event one should pass through; those that pass through must wait at the end for the others before continuing onwards. If any of the six should break the oath, they will suffer heavenly judgement and their body and souls would be instantly destroyed.”
“Agreed, all six people must swear it.” Man Gan says.
Zong Jue, Fang Tian and the others all glare at Hua Yan.
Hua Yan becomes taciturn, clearly he has gain an upper hand – a natural advantage, however all five people would also have it as well.
With a camouflaged glee, he smiles faintly: “Of course that’s only natural to be fair.”
All six super experts takes the oath.
From afar, Qin Yu ponders: “An oath between those six people, they did not even mention my participation; have they not even consider me as a fellow competitor?” Qin Yu’s face wears a trace of a smile, and simply look at the six leaders.
As soon as it passed, Hua Yan took the lead to step onto the Blue Cloud Road.
Man Gan laughs: “Anyone from the Xiuxianist’s immortal real should experience over three times higher difficulty when trying to overcome the obstacles on the Blue Cloud Road. I’m curious whether Hua Yan will survive to the end.”
An hour passes.
An explosion resounds like thunder in everyone’s ears, even Qin Yu was taken aback.
A great shockwave expands from the Blue Cloud Road, the wave front scatters the surrounding clouds hanging around the road. But in almost the same moment, these blue clouds quickly gather back near the road.
“What strong explosive power, I fear it could be nearing the strength of a Level 2 Golden Immortal” Man Gan and the other all wear aghast looks.
Hua Yan most definitely used his trump card, but Man Gan and the other would also have used their trump cards.
In just a moment ––––––
“Okay, I have passed through.” Hua Yan sends the news with Voice Transfer, and almost at the same time, Man Gan also nods: “Yu Liang’s confirmation also came, he saw an ashen faced and disgraced Hua Yan arriving at Nine Heavens.”
“Why the depressed look?” Ao Feng snickers, “To use his final trump card, his face color does not look very good.”
At this, the five remain in the plaza openly laughs.
In the corner of the plaza, Qin Yu stands up: “Oh, he succeed, I never thought Hua Yan could avoid disaster……”
Qin Yu’s entire body suddenly pauses, then looking in another direction, various emotions flickers through his eye ––––––– doubt, surprise, disbelief and excitement. But almost at the same moment, Qin Yu resumes his taciturn expression.
Man Gan and others previously did not take notice of Qin Yu afar. Fortunately, they did not notice the sudden changes in Qin Yu’s expression and fleeting looks reflected in his eyes.