- Book 11 Pierce through the Sky – Chapter 52 The Gatekeeper
“Blue Cloud Road? Not in a hurry.”
Qin Yu is not at all hurried to enter the Blue Cloud Road, after all Ni Yang’s Realm was full of dangers and to avoid disaster, it would be vital to ascertain all the capabilities of one’s equipment. Of course, the Blazing Ice Ring was included as well.
“I should see what effects the Mystic Arts – Heavenly Fire, Green Jade Mist and Double Gravitational Field, has.
Without hesitation, Qin Yu starts by applying the skill ‘Heavenly Fire’. Upon activation, flames erupt around Qin Yu, whilst the range of the flames was considerable large. With Qin Yu has the epicentre, a circular field within 50 meters radius had completely ignited, resulting in the field being bathed in a sea of Heavenly Fire.
“Its strength was not much different from the ability contained within the original Lord of Black Flame’s Ring.” Qin Yu makes a mental note, and immediate withdraws the Heavenly Fire then activates the ‘Green Jade Mist Art’.
The Level of Fire and Vapour is categorized by three stages. For fire, there is: Fire, Heavenly Fire, Blue-Drip Heavenly Fire. For Vapour, there is: Vapour, Green Jade Vapour, Dazzling Gold Vapour.
In terms of power, Green Jade Vapour and Heavenly Fire is similar, with the exception being that the former is attributed with extreme chill and the latter is attributed with extreme heat.
All you can see is Qin Yu being surround by an immensely large and thick field of bluish-green mist. It can be noted that this field range is significantly larger than the Heavenly Fire field.
“I remember that Immortal Emperor Ni Yang said that when both fields are used in conjunction, their combined power will be truly amazing.” He thought about it for a moment. Within his ocean of consciousness in his mind, he quickly comes to understand the principles behind Emperor Ni Yang’s words.
One is of extreme heat, the other is of extreme chill, and when the two extremities intertwine and change in nature, even Low Grade Immortal Class Swords would break under their assault. Naturally, when the two combine, its attack power will be much greater than when the techniques are used separately.
With his eyes closed and his mind focused.
In the expansive ocean of his mind, multiple applications and uses of Heavenly Fire and Green Jade Mist, spring up left and right.
An instant later, the surrounding region around him is once again bathe in endless flames, but then vanished as quickly as it appear. Heavy mists of Green Jade chilling vapour soon covered the original region, the sudden contrast between the extremities of heat and chill has made the air around it very turbulent.
Cascading chilling vapour hanging above and endless purple Heavenly Fire appear below. These contrasting elements start to, simultaneously, intertwine with each other. But, at close examination, you find that each environmental hazard is actually separate by miniscule gaps.
For two contrasting element; it is impossible for them to fully combine, as they cancel out one another and becomes wasted energy.
“Hmm, my control over these two abilities is still no enough, since the fire and vapour has already touched each other multiple times.” From this Qin Yu comes to realise, that his control still needs work, but concerning the attack method adopted by both field is satisfactory.
“Well, I’m now quite familiar to the applications of both Heavenly Fire Art and Green Jade Mist Art. I presume the two activated fields should be double that power of one, right?” Using mental control, he suddenly activates a Double Gravitational Field, but as the wielder of the field, he cannot test how much more gravitational pull there is.
Having felt the strange energies gathered in the Double Gravitational Field, he can confirm that the current energies is much stronger than before.
“I can understand how the Heavenly Fire and Green Jade Mist is produced, but I cannot grasp how this Double Gravitational Field is produced. All it can be said, is that the latter is a technique in Hidden Arts’ Level.” As the controller of the field, he can just barely sense the strength contained in the energies within the gravity field.
This energy is far too mysterious, hah.
Control gravity? Must be very special, indeed.
“Hu…Everything is prepped, time to try out this Blue Cloud Road. I want to see what extraordinary encounters in this road.” Taking a deep breath, Qin Yu starts towards to road with a smile lighting up his features.
A straight path to the Nine Heavens. The blue clouds form long serpentine-like trails, completely obscuring all vision on the road. Under all the shadow of these imaginary serpents, Qin Yu’s body continues to fade quickly from view.
…In fact, this Blue Cloud Road closely resembles a bluish-green jade bridge. While walking along this bridge, Qin Yu comes to feel an immense pressure applied on his body. It is clear that this pressure partially restricts his movement speed.
The taciturn quickly makes a confirmation, “My current move speed is about half of my original speed.”
His body flies forward elegantly toward the direction of the Nine Heavens.
A deep and rich bass voice rings forth and makes Qin Yu’s entire body involuntarily flinch: “There someone here!?”
A large burly fellow appears in front of Qin Yu, and with disdainful expression. He regards the child in front of him: “Ha, to think that even a lowly Early Level Dacheng Stage boy could also enter Ni Yang’s Realm. Making me fight with a Dacheng, under the restrictive pressure, is a complete let down. Hah…If it wasn’t due the oath I took for Ni Yang, I would even want to lift a finger right now. Hah…why…must…I….to fight against some brat, who isn’t even an ascended immortal, will make me lose a lot of Face if my past brother were to know.”
Qin Yu quickly realises this fellow was blocking his way, he quickly tries to avoid him and continue, but in whichever direction Qin Yu moves, this person continues to block his path.
“Identify yourself. Why are you blocking the path?” Qin Yu enquires.
Whilst questioning this brute and he also closely observes any reactions the fellow may have.
With heavy set brows, piercing eye shining with hidden wisdom, giving the brute a defiant aura. Naturally, the combination disturbs Qin Yu greatly and to an extent, causes his heart to quiver slight: “It’s a guarantee that this brute’s strength exceeds Man Gan’s.”
Qin Yu is surprised that even the brute’s heavy breathes are enough to shake his mind.
Obviously, Qin Yu can tell what the brute’s response to his earlier questions: “You are not worth to know who I am, after all, that is the least of your worries. All you need to know is……if you want to pass through this here, you must defeat me – the Gatekeeper. But of course……..if you manage to escape from my grasp to outside the Blue Cloud Road, then naturally I will stop as well.”
Qin Yu nods and smile faintly: “This Junior understands that if Senior intends to stop me, I will have no hope to pass.”
But, Qin Yu is still reluctant to play his ultimate car – Sword Immortal Puppet, yet.
“Don’t worry kid, my power will be restricted to the Dacheng level as well. Though my power is restricted, you cannot compare with my in terms of my wealth of experience and knowledge of technique arts. You simply cannot imagine the difference between you and I.” The brute confides.
Qin Yu ponders for a moment and enquires: “Then….the previous challengers who passed this road – Blue Cloud Road, and in my opinion, they could not compete with Senior? In especially considering Senior’s superior abilities and vast experience is exponentially higher than them.”
When the brute hears this; his brows resemble deep furrows.
“Ha, the strength of the previous challengers were not too bad, but how could their puny strength compare to mine? Against those people, my power was restricted to a similar level – Level 1 Devil King Equivalent. It’s just that, at that level, to fight against their Top Grade Devil Armour and equivalent, was indeed a bit difficult.” The brute confides helplessly.
Qin Yu understood with clarity.
Du Zhong Jun, Fang Tian and the others, relied on their higher grade immortal equipment (or the equivalent) to overcome the obstacle.
“Those bastards. When they saw me; they openly attacked me verbally, knowing that my power would be suppressed to within their level boundaries. The cowards, one by one, stood at a distance and wielded their superior equipment and speed to escape. All I could do was block their progress, alas I still allowed them to flee.” The brute exclaimed angrily, “If it weren’t for my oath binding my actions, I would have smashed their precious armour with a single fist, else the curs could not afford to be so arrogant!”
On one side, Qin Yu is frozen with astonishment.
To destroy Top Grade Immortal Class armor with a single fist; what kind of situation is that?
[TN: hoho I was so tempted, oh so tempted to say:
’To destroy Top Grade Immortal Class armor with a single FIST OF FURY…..? WHAT IS THIS MADNESS!?
, *cough*…..this dude has godly strength, yup ._.]
Well, the consequences will depend on who was wearing the equipment. If the wearer was Du Zhong Jun, Hua Yan and the others, then the Holy Elemental Force (or the equivalent), would only, in practice, be average. Of course, the result would be much lower than an Immortal Emperor (or the equivalent) wielding the same piece of armor.
“Enough, let’s stop wasting time. Know that I will be restricted to within the level of a Dacheng. But I must tell you…..my defense cannot be weakened since I was born thick-skinned. Too bad…..” The burly guardian could only show a helpless expression.
Qin Yu also could only smile bitterly.
For one to talk about smashing Top Grade Immortal Class armour with a single fist, naturally one’s defence is incredibly high. One could only guess.
Even Qin Yu could estimate the little damage his Level 9 Golden Immortal Sword Puppet would do.
“Have you finished your preparations? I will be starting now.” The brute says with a wide smile, then simply throws a punch at Qin Yu.
This fist naturally follows a linear trajectory. Without knowing why, Qin Yu could feel the entire space surround him have become locked up, making movement very difficult. Even this ‘simple’ punch made it impossible to dodge.
Despite restricted to the Dacheng Stage and with the brute’s vast experience, even heaven can clearly see the difference between the defender and the attacker.
This burly fellow, however, felt pity towards the defendant, because the other is simply too weak.
Suddenly, the brute could feel incredibly strong gravitational field pulling on his entire body. With this sudden change, the earlier spatial lock effect was broken, and using this opportunity, Qin Yu darts to one side to avoid the fist.
“I can see that your techniques are marvellous, but these subtle techniques at this level will not hinder me too much. Even though there is a slight difference between our spiritual power. However, my real combat power is light-years greater than yours. But, under the effect of the gravity field, how could you keep using your techniques effectively?”
[TN: I could only translate the phrase 十万八千里 as light-years greater than, since the phrase is meant to describe an incomparable difference]
At this, Qin Yu relaxes a little.
With something as simple as this ‘Double Gravitational Field’ easily broke the brute’s spatial lock technique.
“Hahaha, for someone like Dacheng Stage practitioner to enter NI Yang’s realm, that someone must have had some secret trump cards, I cannot belittle such a person. Controlling gravity, huh? Boy, you couldn’t have acquired the Blazing Ice Ring, aye?” The brute said then laughs, his face splits apart with a gleefully.
Qin Yu’s body involuntarily starts.
The Blazing Ice Ring?
This brute, he instantly deduced the identity and nature of my secret.
Soon after, Qin Yu feels somewhat relieved, after all, this brute is Ni Yang Realm’s Gatekeeper. He obviously had a close relationship with Immortal Emperor Ni Yang. So for him to know the existence of the Blazing Ice Ring is not a surprise.
“Ha, the Blazing Ice Ring; back then, I want to borrow it from Ni Yang to play with it a bit, but he would not relent. Now he’s dead, and his treasures are so easily given out.” The Brute mutters, “Well let’s continue the fight, as long as you do not exit the Blue Cloud Road, our battle will not end.”
If Qin Yu does not reach the exit, then the battle will not end.
As soon as he hears this, he subsequently accelerates to top speed towards the exit. “Senior, you must remember to restrict your power to the Dacheng Stage!” Qin Yu cries whilst escaping.
The Brute’s face turns ugly, and transforms into a silhouette charging towards the fleeing Qin Yu.
With the Brute original strength, he could catch up to Qin Yu with a simple tap of his foot. However, after being suppressed to the Dacheng Stage, his speed is, naturally, limited as well. Even if the burly Fellow’s Body Manipulation skill is more prominent, he is only barely able to catch up to Qin Yu. But even if he starts to close in on Qin Yu, Qin Yu instantly activates Double Gravitational Field and greatly reduces his speed, then escapes again. As the situation stands now, the Brute could not break free of this losing game of cat and mouse.
“Escaping in such a way is simple enough.” Qin Yu’s heart quivers excitedly, because his Double Gravitation Field Art has already reached staggering heights. Once again, the Brute enters the range of the Technique, it felt for him, as if he is carrying a mountain on his back.
But if the Brute were to unleash his full power, then this additional weight is simply nothing at all. Due to the oath, he is only allowed to use power level that is equivalent to the challenger. When limited to the Dacheng’s power and also under the pressure of such strong gravitational field, and daring to try to catch up to Qin Yu is but a dream.
And Qin Yu’s primary attribute….is his speed!
He also comes to understand a little about the kind of difficulty level of Blue Cloud Road.
Each challenger had to have to face the same opponent – this burly Fellow, and that challenger had to face off with this brute of the same level as the challenger. Then they are to fight. Or they could escape to the exit of Blue Cloud Road, because otherwise the battle would not end.
Even though the challenger and the Gatekeeper’s power levels are similar, their experience differs.
But Reverend Ming Shan, the Elders of the Dragon Clan, Yan Shan and the others all died.
[TN: I think Yan Shan might have been the name of one the 11th Tribulations Loose Divine Beast under Man Gan]
Later when that Yu Liang entered, when transformed into his original form of a Heavenly Mouse, and relying on his speed, could he escape with his life? And as a High Class Divine Beast Heavenly Mouse, his combat prowess is also incredibly high.
As for the later 6 super elites, with their superior Immortal Equipment, passed without much problems.
“If you thought you could pass me so easily, I would be disgraced at myself.” With a ground shaking war cry, the Brute unleashes a fist of blinding light, at close inspection, a golden aura appears around his fist. “Although my strength is restrict to the Dacheng Stage, but my weapons are not limited to that level.”
After this, the burly fellow casually mutters to himself, then releases a total of three punches, slowly.
Though if these Shadow Fists appear to be moving slowly, but in fact surround Qin Yu in a blink of an eye. Even before these golden gloves reach Qin Yu’s body, he could feel the immense pressure exerted by them.
“Why would this Brute try so hard?” Qin Yu’s heart pounds loudly at the imminent danger.
He grounds his molars and desperately pushes himself to the limit, because no matter what he will face forward to reach the end of the road.
“Suicide?” the Brute is slightly surprised.
Clearly, he knows about this technique’s destructive power, and he also knows about the limit of the Dacheng Stage’s powers. To a Dacheng Stage master, the body is still vital, else the body is harmed, and he could only continue practicing as a Loose Immortal.
He watches Qin Yu’s body quivers continuously and the three golden Shadow Fists successively hit Qin Yu’s body.
“What incredibly tough body! How could a Dacheng level expert have such tough physical bodies? Hell, are my eyes fooling me? What kind of miraculous practice technique is this!?” The Gatekeeper can finally see how powerful Qin Yu is. Seeing his three Golden Shadow Fists being shrugged off with some slight damage, he realises what a monster Qin Yu is.
[TN: when the burly dude said practice, he meant ‘a practice pathway’ like the Stellar Transformations or the Devil Path of the Asura. I could have said powerful again where ‘monster’ appeared, but I felt inclined to say monster, because Qin Yu’s abilities are out of the ordinary.]
But that was not the end of his astonishment because the next scene makes his jaw drop.
The wounds on Qin Yu’s body fully recovers in an instant.
“Thank you Senior for being merciful.” Qin Yu voices echoes back towards the Guardian just as he exits Blue Cloud Road in a flash.
His body’s own resilience is astounding, such that it could easily withstand three Golden Shadow Fists. While this skill is very powerful, but with it being limited to Dacheng level attack power, it is still possible for Qin Yu to take it head on.
“Being merciful?” the burly fellow’s face freezes, then he immediate erupts in delirious laughter, “Ha, this kid, to acquire both rings – the Lord of Black Flame’s and the Lord of White Ice’s, his luck is pretty good. Even though Immortal Emperor Ni Yang asked me to be merciful to the wearer of the Blazing Ice Ring, but this time I did not.”
The burly guardian lets out a heavy sign: “En………It looks like there isn’t any more challengers at the entrance of Blue Cloud Road, it seems my task is completed as well! How many years has it been……..my old comrades and brothers should also be liberated.”
The burly guardian’s body momentarily quivers and then it suddenly vanishes into thin air.
Teleportation? Isn’t it impossible to teleport within Ni Yang’s Realm? However, presently there isn’t any witnesses of such an unbelievable event, hence no one would be able to raise any questions.