- Book 11 Pierce Through the Sky – Chapter 53 The Atlas of Ten Thousand Beasts
Some time ago….Ao Feng had fiercely contended with the Blue Cloud Road’s Gatekeeper. Then immediately after, he sent Qin Yu a message and then meets up with the six super powers. After all, they all took an oath to depart when the all six reach the other side. Which mean they would not wait on Qin Yu’s participation.
The members included: the Devil Emperor’s emissary – Du Zhong Jun, Immortal Emperor’s emissary – Hua Yan, the Dragon Emperor’s emissary – Ao Feng, and the Demon Emperor’s emissary Man Gan, as well as Fang Tian, Zong Jue and Yu Liang.
As soon as these seven individuals met, they immediately departed together.
“Nine Heavens. Whoa, it’s so high up.” Yu Liang stared at the magnificent panorama in front of his eyes and with slightly parted lips, gasped at this spectacle.
Nine Heavens. It is in the heart of Ni Yang’s Realm; an elegant palace sits atop multitudes of clouds, this is Nine Heavens Palace. All you can see across the edge of the palace grounds are endless cloud-topia stretching infinitely to the horizon. Yet, within the outer palace gardens: flowing water, riverbed stones, mystic flowers and so much more than the eye can see, existed. It is truly the home of a god, an immortal’s wonderland.
Joining the Blue Cloud is another, which shines with inner golden light like frozen amber.
At each side of the path are breath-taking sceneries, and yet these 7 individuals were too focused to even stop and take a look.
Almost unconsciously, everyone’s pace speeds up, but no one dares to openly leap towards the Nine Heavens Palace, because they are mindful of the others in the group.
“Brother Ao Feng, no need to rush.”
Seeing Ao Feng continuously speed up has caused Man Gan to suggest otherwise. Only when rebuked does Ao Feng decide to show some restrain.
“That’s right, Brother Man Gan, we will all fight for the prize when we all get there.” Ao Feng answers back aloud.
Clearly, both characters hates each other’s guts.
However Hua Yan, Du Zhong Jun and the others are quite elated to see this. Because their internal strife between the two strongest factions – Man Gan’s and Ao Feng’s, will weaken themselves. Whatever disputes between those two will be beneficial to the rest of the group. However, unbeknownst the rest of the group their constant conflict is due to the identity of the treasure.
Only the two leaders had guessed of the existence of the treasure in the Nine Heavens Palace. What caused their competitive spirit to peak is that this item is impossible to obtain unless you are a key figure amongst Devil, Demon or Immortal realms. And even then, for those ‘giants’, this item is difficult to acquire nevertheless.
Eventually the distance, between the Nine Heavens Palace ahead and the group, dwindles to a few hundred metres.
Then, like a flash of lightning.
Man Gan and Ao Feng completely disregards all pleasantries and one slightly ahead of the other, rushes towards the Nine Heavens.
“What are the two of you up to?” the others all exclaimed.
In their opinion, treasures desired by their respective Emperors – Devil, Demon and Immortal, cannot be easily acquired. Since treasure of these rulers most definitely has incredibe obstacles, and yet Man Gan and Ao Feng is so eager to dive into them?
As they watched the two shadows pass towards the arch of the Nine Heavens Palace grounds, suddenly ––––––
“Boom!” A loud ground-shaking shockwave explodes forth.
An invisible barrier that existed under the archway, barely visible, rippled slightly when the Man Gan and Ao Feng crashed into it. The two are repelled wayside of the main path whilst splattering the pavement with fresh blood.
What heavy injuries!
Man Gan and Ao Feng, slowly pulled their aching bodies to their feet with clear discomfort. The pair glare at the archway and into the courtyard of the Nine Heavens’ Palace, their eyes bloodshot like rabid wolves. Through the archway and in the centre raised-pavilion, a golden Scroll resides. It exudes authority and releasing torrents of dominating golden light.
With a sympathetic tone, Hua Yan lightly reprimands, “Brother Man Gan and Brother Ao Feng, why are you two so desperate? Look, both your bodies’ are covered with fresh blood.”
On one side, and in a moment of madness, is Du Zhong Jun, who also tries to push through the invisible barrier under the archway. Nevertheless he fails miserably and is also repelled back whilst expelling blood from his lips and wound all over his body.
[TN: Class; we have an imbecile midst us.]
Hua Yan is absolutely dumbstruck at this.
Does Du Zhong Jun not see, just then when Man Gan and Ao Feng tried, yet both suffered huge losses? How can he be so dim-witted?”
“Ao Feng, do you know what the ‘Atlas of Ten Thousand Beasts’ is?” Fang Tian asks Ao Feng.
“Atlas of Ten Thousand Beasts?” Ao Feng freezes and continues, “How do you know about the Atlas?”
Fang Tian, in turn, points towards a wayside obelisk with a row of words sculpted into its surface. Hua Yan also follows his finger’s trajectory towards the obelisk.
––––––“To the victors of the Blue Cloud Road, you can be considered elite figures with strong foundations in your chosen path. For your efforts in surviving the Blue Cloud Road, you should be rewarded. This treasure was something I, Mystic Immortal Emperor Ni Yang scoured the realms – Demon, Devil and Immortal, to acquire –––––– the ‘Atlas of Ten Thousand Beasts’; this is the prize.”
Upon finish reading this explanation, Hua Yan’s throat feels parched, and swallows hard a few times.
At the same moment……
Hua Yan realises that the scroll, residing in the first floor of the Nine Heavens’ palace, is ‘that’ treasure. It continues to release soft golden light causing his heart to tremble.
“It really is the Atlas of Ten Thousand Beasts, it really exists……….Oh my god…” Hua Yan’s entire body resonates with stupor, his mind barely able to comprehend the words coming out of his own mouth. Then Hua Yan instinctively reaches for the sword hilt behind his back.
A deep ‘shiii’ sound is heard.
A Sword thrust!
A stream of golden Sword Energy envelops Hua Yan completely. At this moment Hua Yan resembles a giant golden double-edged sword. While the tip of this gigantic sword is actually the sword tip of the sword Hua Yan is wielding. This heavenly piercing sword points towards the gateway and pierces towards the ‘air’ below the archway of the palace hall.
“Peng!” The golden sword shatters abruptly. While the ‘air’ merely quivers a little then becomes ‘still’.
Hua Yan looked like a man struck by lightning. It casually tossed him back, leaving fresh blood trailing behind him, and lands spread-eagled on the wayside and continues to vomit blood.
Another serious blow!
“Pfttt, did you not see the result from Man Gan and Ao Feng’s attempt?” Zong Jue snickers.
However, Zong Jue is simply too ignorant of the value of the Atlas of Ten Thousand Beasts.
Alas, it is the legendary Atlas of Ten Thousand Beasts, they could not resist testing the ‘waters’ in the archway, even if they suspected traps existed. To obtain the Atlas, all but death is at their disposal. In the face of this prize, even serious injuries are casually laughed at.
At this moment, all four emissaries have heavy injuries.
“Haha…..yours truly, right? Man Gan. Ao Feng.” Hua Yan sneers sarcastically at the two individuals, “You two. You two must have already deduced that the Atlas is here! No wonder, on the way you two acted so suspiciously and even dared to rush ahead to the palace halls.”
In response, Man Gan and Ao Feng utter a faint, dry laugh.
“Don’t push the blame on others, when you don’t have the brain capacity.” Ao Feng replies ironically.
Du Zhong Jun interjects: “Ah, tis’ a pity, indeed a pity, how can this Atlas of Ten Thousand Beasts be so easily obtained because one desires it. I pity our efforts. It is uncertain who will obtain this Atlas.”
All four emissaries have hidden trumps, however……Hua Yan had already used his when challenging the Blue Cloud Road.
Recalling what Immortal Emperor Ni Yang explained when the group first entered the Emperor’s Realm, and also what the Gatekeeper regurgitated. It was that all emissaries from the Immortal Realm will face increased difficulties, and likewise the Gatekeeper’s power also increased. As a result, to secure his own life, Hua Yan was forced to use his hidden trump, but he still has plenty of 100-Scattering Thunder Talismans and equivalent tricks.
“If I could acquire the Atlas of Ten Thousand Beasts then, not only my personal power would increase many times (x10), but that’s not all. My chance of obtaining the final treasure would increase as well.” Hua Yan’s heart warms with anticipation.
Alas, the Atlas of Ten Thousand Beasts!
If we were in the Upper Realms – Immortal, Demon and Devil, a simple Atlas of Ten Thousand Beasts would lead to a sky shattering war, for the possession of it.
“What kind of treasure is this Atlas of Ten Thousand Beasts?”
The three unharmed individuals: Fang Tian, Zong Jue and Yu Liang, start to doubt their original thoughts of this Atlas, after all, how can an ordinary treasure make the four super experts to lose their sanity so easily.
Fang Tian walks up to Ao Feng’s side and enquires, “Ao Feng, what is this ‘Atlas of Ten Thousand Beasts’ exactly?”
Fang Tian is, after all, a Superior Divine Beast – 5-Clawed Golden Dragon, so Ao Feng dares not to hide the facts. Moreover…….relying solely on his personal power to win over the Atlas from all these experts would be difficult.
“Fang Tian, this Atlas of Ten Thousand Beasts is a Low-Grade Divine Class item!” Ao Feng reply causes Fang Tian’s mouth drop from shock.
[TN: though 神器 translates into ‘artefact’ but I felt that, given the progress of this series and ascending classification of items, it was appropriate to call a 神-class 器 (equipment/item).]
Divine Class item?
Any Low-Grade Divine item is many times more powerful than the best Top-Grade Immortal item.
Almost at the same time, Fang Tian, Zong Jue and Yu Liang, all intake a sharp breathe.
“In all the upper realms, Immortal equipment can be produced, but Divine Class equipment……no one in these realm are able to manufacture them. It’s fact that Divine items number far fewer than people (beasts and devils included). Its rarity is frightening.” Ao Feng continues, “This Atlas of Ten Thousand Beasts is albeit a Low-Grade Divine item, but in general is much more precious than a Mid-Grade Divine item.”
“Divine items and Immortal items are divided into the following categories: Assault division, Defence division, Storage division as well as Special division. The Atlas of Ten Thousand Beasts may be a Low-Grade Divine item, but it belongs to the Special division. So even if it is in all the upper realms, even peak immortal (or equivalent) experts will desire it.” Ao Feng said with absolute certainty.
Fang Tian and the other 2 experts finally understood the value of this treasure.
The Atlas of Ten Thousand Beasts is not a simple Assault division nor a defence division Divine item, but belong to the Special division. It also is extremely difficult to refine from raw materials. Upon successful refinement, its innate powers are truly amazing.
“What does it do?” Fang Tian asks.
Ao Feng laughs at this: “What does it do? Haha…….between you and me, if I obtain the Atlas; even if everyone here joined forces and used their final techniques, they would not even be worthy as my opponent!”
“That Strong!?” Fang Tian is shocked.
“Ha, even if my opponent is a Level 9 Golden Immortal, and as long as I have the Atlas, it would be a one sided battle with the death of the opponent. Well, now do you think it’s powerful or not?” Ao Feng utters a short laugh, “the weaker the user, the greater the benefits you get from the Atlas of Ten Thousand Beasts.”
Fang Tian, Zong Jue and Yu Liang all completely understand now.
But Ao Feng does not mind.
What he explained previously was sure to be known by the other three emissaries, but even if these three knew of the Atlas’ importance, they would not poise any threat.
Although Yu Liang is quite formidable, but facing the emissaries ultimate techniques and large difference in personal power, he does not amount to much.
Man Gan and the other 6 individuals continue to wait in standing ovation, outside the palace gateway. However, over time his brow draw towards each other in frustration.
“What is the matter? We’ve all stood outside this gateway for a considerably long time, and yet the barrier still bars entry…..If we keep on waiting, when will we be allowed to actually enter the Nine Heavens’ Palace?” Du Zhong Jun exclaims anxiously.
The others all express some anxiety as well.
“Why wouldn’t Emperor Ni Yang give us some clues? And now he now force us to stand outside the archway and punish us with the view of the Atlas of Ten Thousand Beasts treasure, yet we cannot obtain it!” Man Gan mutters with frustration.
The invisible barrier continues to bar entry into the Palace, and these seven individuals continue stand outside.
Try break through the outer walls of the palace?
In your dreams. This nine-storied palace is built from extremely rare and hard materials, and that is not the end. This entire palace is refined piece by piece by Emperor Ni Yang. In addition, layers of restrictive spells are placed on it. By attacking it, it is the same as hurting yourself.
A moment later, “Hey, take a look here!” the figure – Yu Liang, who was standing nearest to the obelisk pointed toward the rear of the obelisk, “There are words behind this obelisk.”
Standing at the utmost edge of the pathway; Yu Liang can just barely able to see the text behind the obelisk.
At this moment, everyone rushes behind the obelisk.
“If you want to enter the Nine Heavens Palace, the challengers must first pass the Blue Cloud Road’s test. Either the challengers die or exit counts as a pass. The second condition is that all the victors must arrive at the gateway of this palace. Else the barrier will not be terminated!”
After viewing this reminder; everyone finally realise why the barrier is still there.
Everyone must gather here, or else this barrier will not be cancelled.
The reason why the Emperor used this tactic is: one, to allow the challengers to grow accustomed to the environment of the palace grounds, as well as two, force everyone to engage in life and death battles against each other.
“How come Qin Yu does not enter the Blue Cloud Road? Even if he lives or dies. It doesn’t matter if he does not enter the road at all.” Du Zhong Jun exclaims angrily.
Since the barrier has not been cancelled this means that: one, Qin Yu has not died and two, has yet to enter the Blue Cloud Road.
“Not good!” Man Gan’s face pales with realisation.
Everyone turns to look at Man Gan.
Man Gan says in resignation: “Brother Qin Yu and I are more acquainted as friends than colleagues. I knew his personal power is rather weak as he just reached the Dacheng Stage. I was afraid he could not pass Blue Cloud Road, so I……..persuaded him to stay within White Jade Plaza until he could safely ascend to the plane above.”
Everyone blanks out at this remark.
“If Qin Yu really does wait in White Jade Plaza until his ascension, does that mean we all have to wait here until then!?” Du Zhong Jun gasps and sighs, as if he had already resigned to his fate.
“Man Gan, you must immediately notify Qin Yu via Voice Transfer, so that he can quickly step into Blue Cloud Road.” Hua Yan said without shred of dignity or shame, asking Qin Yu to die faster.
“What do you mean, are you asking Qin Yu jump to his death?” Man Gan glares at Hua Yan, “That Guardian of the Road is extremely powerful, and you know that. Unlike us, Qin Yu does not possess Top-Grade equipment nor Yu Liang’s superior speed.”
An very annoyed Hua Yan spits out: “Hah, What do you call that? Ever since Qin Yu saw Yan Shan, Ming Shan and the others die. How could he dare to challenge that Guardian!? He will definitely wait patiently. Which means we will be here waiting outside this gateway and be looking at the Atlas, but unable reach it. Are we going to be suffering here forever!?”
[TN: This is truly what window-shopping must feel like XD buhahahah!]
“Well, no matter what, I not that heartless to ask him to enter the Blue Cloud Road. I would rather wait for a few decades.” Man Gan says and sits down in a cross-legged position.
Ao Feng frowns: “If you don’t want to send him a Voice Transferred message, then I will do it.”
Look but cannot touch; to have this Atlas of Ten Thousand Beasts be dangled in front of us for the next decades, is probably more painful than suffering death. Ao Feng immediately sends Qin Yu a message via Voice Transfer, however……..even after sending three messages in a row, there was still no response.
“What wrong?” Hua Yan, Du Zhong Jun and the others all look at Ao Feng’s rather blank expression.
Ao Feng then shakes his head and said: “I don’t know what is going on, but Qin Yu has not responded.”
“Since the Palace Gate’s barrier has not disappeared, means he certainly is not dead. However, he does not respond to Voice Transfers…….can it be that he has retreated to do Closed-Door Training?” Hua Yan speculates.
At this moment, for the uncaring individuals like Du Zhong Jun and the others, Qin Yu’s death is taken for granted as a matter of course. His death would, in fact, benefit these people.
But they’ve forgotten……suppose they want Qin Yu to ‘pass’ the Blue Cloud Road, would Qin Yu just do as they say?
“Who sent me a Voice Transferred message? Just then I was engaged in combat with that burly Fellow, and to send me Voice Memos only could distract me.” Just at this moment, Qin Yu had exited Blue Cloud Road, and with a flip his hand a Voice Transfer Transmitter appeared in his hand. The transmitter had several scores of message within.
There were messages from Ao Feng, Du Zhong Jun and even from Hua Yan……