- Book 11 Pierce Through the Sky – Chapter 54 Battle For Atlas
After Qin Yu left the Blue Cloud Road, he decided to look over some of the messages in his transmitter….Having read the few dozen Voice Transfer messages, he could not stop his brows from becoming crunched up.
“Why would Ao Feng, Hua Yan and Du Zhong Jun want me to hurry through Blue Cloud Road? What do they want?” Qin Yu ponders on this problem briefly, “The senders are all part of the group who passed through the Blue Cloud Road. I deduce that they thought my chances of passing the road was not high and yet, they urged me to do so anyway…..did they want me to step into my own death?”
He felt burning anger deep in his heart, “Heh, who the hell do they think they are!? And then there’s this Du Zhong Jun and Hua Yan. Neither has even a shred of friendship with me. These people actually took on a commanding tone instructing me to enter the road. I even thought, in the past, that Ao Feng was a good person, but it looks like it was otherwise.”
Scrolling through the dozens of messages, Qin Yu felt angrier with each message.
These people – Du Zhong Jun, Hua Yan and Ao Feng, have hardly any relationship with him and neither were he their subordinates, and yet they dare use their authority to command him to enter the Blue Cloud Road. Even though the trio have continued to improve their tone with each subsequent message, Qin Yu had already determined that these three are all enemies.
He took two very deep breathes and managed to suppressing his growing fury.
“No that’s not right, why are they so anxious to let me go through the Blue Cloud Road and meet them? There must be for some underlying purpose! Otherwise why would they be so concerned?” Qin Yu thought deeply, then continued onwards onto the golden avenue ahead, “I might not know what the hell you are all scheming, but if you force my hand don’t blame me for being merciless. At that time, I won’t mind letting Lan Feng make an early appearance.”
Due to their condescending tone, their act to force him to enter the Blue Cloud Road, and because their complete disregard for his life, has caused……..Qin Yu to finally blow his top. Seething silently, he continued onwards.
Outside the doorway of the Nine Heavens Palace, two groups await Qin Yu. The first consists of Ao Feng, Hua Yan, Du Zhong Jun and Fang Tian; this group is anxiously waiting for Qin Yu and impatient for him to ‘pass’ through the road. The second group consists of Zong Jue, Man Gan and Yu Liang, who are waiting patiently on the ground in a cross-legged meditative position.
The second group are friends of Qin Yu, so they naturally do not want to push him into a death trap. Whilst Yu Liang also waits patiently because he was Man Gan’s avid follower.
“Does this mean I really need to wait a few decades, hah……I should have killed Qin Yu earlier when I had the chance, and we wouldn’t be in this mess.” The Blood Devil Du Zhong Jun contemplates, his eyes red with bloodthirstiness, because upon entering the heart of Ni Yang’s Realm, they cannot go back anymore.
Once they have passed Blue Cloud Road, they cannot go back the way they came. If they could, Du Zhong Jun and the others of the first group would’ve returned to kill Qin Yu.
Hua Yan looked at the Atlas of Ten Thousand Beasts suspended in the centre of the great hall, and felt like the seconds ticking by become like years passing.
[TN: his perception is described by the idiom: 度日如年 which means a day drags past like a year or time crawls when one is wretched.]
Normally, a few decades or even a few centuries was nothing for them, but with the Atlas right in front of them and out of their reach, made passing a few minutes very painful.
In a cross-legged sitting position, Man Gan slowly opens his eyes to look towards the golden tunnel below.
Man Gan was the strongest of all the experts present, and with his meditative position, he was the first to notice the light footsteps from below. A short moment later, the others also look towards the end of the golden tunnel.
Far in the distance, a black robe wearing youth walked lightly along the golden path towards the palace – the heart of Ni Yang’s Realm. The youth was not hurried nor displayed an air of arrogance, he wore a ghost of a smile.
“Qin Yu is here!”
Ao Feng and the first group took note of Qin Yu’s stature, whose face was slightly frosty, then at the same moment, all the experts turned to face the gate of the palace. According to the message left on the obelisk: when everyone has passed the Blue Cloud Road trial, the barrier would be lifted.
Seven collisions rang forth almost simultaneously. A transparent barrier appears at the outer edge of the palace doorway and rippled a little…….then seven bodies freeze as if struck by lightning and was sent flying backwards, spewing copious amounts of blood onto the front door steps of the palace.
Qin Yu blinks a few times to ascertain what he saw was indeed reality.
“Gentlemen. What……..what are you all doing?” Qin Yu enquires having misgivings about their actions.
“F*ck this! Shouldn’t the ban be automatically lifted when all the challengers have had passed the trial!? Then why the hell is this barrier still here?” Du Zhong Jun spits out furiously. He has already reach the limit of his patience and angrily lashed out.
Hua Yan, Ao Feng, Man Gan, Fang Tian, Zong Jue and Yu Liang, also look towards the Nine Heavens’ Palace doorway, each with distorted expressions of anger and resignation.
In his heart, Qin Yu was full of doubt.
With his eyes, he swept around the vicinity of the doorway, and noticed a few lines of words on an obelisk wayside ––– “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.”
“Atlas of Ten Thousand Beasts?” This same moment, Qin Yu noticed a scroll in the suspended in the centre of the palace great hall. He found this scroll was giving off a soft but radiant golden glow. “This Atlas of Ten Thousand Beasts contain the word ‘Atlas’, which means it should be a scroll with paintings on it.” He continues to look at the scroll in the distance, “Is that scroll really this ‘Atlas of Ten Thousand Beasts’?”
Qin Yu walks to Man Gan’s side and asks: “Brother Man Gan, what is really going on? Is this all for that, Atlas of Ten Thousand Beasts? Then, what is this Atlas of Ten Thousand Beasts?”
Man Gan glances at Qin Yu and signed, “Brother Qin Yu, who would have thought you could pass Blue Cloud Road, but honestly speaking……you were seriously too daring. I want to remind you that in the future – in the upper Immortal Planes (aka Realms), it would be best for you to not be so reckless.” Instead of answering his question, Man Gan wishes to bequeath onto him.
“What do you mean?” Qin Yu replies.
“Blue Cloud Road was a very dangerous place and yet you dared to challenge it. That means you have courage, but also means you are quite reckless.” Man Gan replied solemnly, “The upper planes have countless experts, whether is it a small region or not, the danger you meet will be a trillion times greater than on this planet. There are many things you simply cannot comprehend nor imagine……if you continue to be this reckless or overly bold, you may have survived this time or maybe a second time, but if it was 3 or 4 times, then what? You cannot be so blessed with luck every time, thus as long as you make even one mistake, you might lose your life.”
“So when you go to the Immortal, Devil or Demon Realms, do not be reckless, only do something if you have some handle over the situation before you try, alright?” Man Gan takes it upon himself like a big brother, and beseeched Qin Yu to be more careful.
Qin Yu felt touched by Man Gan’s request.
He realises that in the eyes of Man Gan, he was reckless.
In Man Gan’s opinion; for experts like Reverend Ming Shan, the Elders of the Dragon Clan and the other experts to have died in the Blue Cloud Road trial, Qin Yu was very reckless. He felt that Qin Yu was too overconfident and headstrong, such that he was worried about Qin Yu’s future.
“Big Brother Man Gan, don’t worry, I will not be so reckless in the future.” Qin Yu promised, but he did not reveal that he had the Sword Immortal Puppet to Man Gan.
“That’s right, big brother Man Gan, you haven’t answered my earlier question. Why did you all rush forward without a regard for your lives……” Qin Yu asks, puzzled.
At this, Man Gan finally remembers Qin Yu’s earlier questions, he then smiles bitterly: “If you want to ask why, then I would have to tell you about the ‘Atlas of Ten Thousand Beasts’.”
“That’s just that scroll that’s suspended in the centre of the great hall, right?” Qin Yu guessed.
Man Gan nods: “Yeah that is it. The Atlas was an exceeding well-known Low Grade Divine Class item, which Emperor Ni Yang carried during his time in the upper planes – Immortal, Devil and Demon.”
“Low Grade Divine Class item?” Qin Yu felt stunned.
“Qin Yu, you mustn’t underestimate the Divine class equipment. You may see a lot of Top Grade Immortal equipment here, but that’s because we’re in Emperor Ni Yang’s Lair. If this was the Immortal, Devil and Demon worlds; ordinary golden immortals, Demon Kings, Devil Kings would only have, at best, High Grade Immortal items. For Top Grade Immortal items, they’d at least be powerful Golden Immortals or some Mystic Immortals (or equivalent).”
Everything Man Gan explained, Qin Yu engraves into his mind.
After all, Qin Yu did not know anything about the upper planes. Whatever information he takes from Man Gan’s explanations would be very beneficial, when he ascends later.
“But you must understand that if it was Immortal equipment (Demonic or Devil equipment), at least they can be made by refining the required raw ingredients. However! In all cases, Divine Class items cannot be made. Even if it was Low Grade Divine items, its power far exceeds a Top Grade Immortal Class item. In addition! Divine items, like immortal class or below, are separate into 4 divisions with different value. The lowest is Assault division, then its Defence division, then Storage division and finally at the top is the Special division. The Atlas belongs to the Special division.”
Qin Yu was finally and fully aware how valuable, this Atlas of Ten Thousand Beast was.
“Then what are the powerful abilities of this Atlas?” Qin Yu enquires.
While Qin Yu and Man Gan was conversing.
Du Zhong Jun, Hua Yan, Zong Jue and the others were touching the barrier, gently. This strange barrier was the door that barred entry. They found that the stronger the attacking force, the greater the repulsion. So when they lightly stoked the surface, there were no problems.
They did not stop touching the barrier, eager to check if the barrier disappeared or not.
“Emperor Ni Yang, why do you keep on toying with us?” Du Zhong Jun did not have any more energy to swear at the Emperor anymore. Then with a final clenched fist, he strikes the barrier…….however, instead of hitting a solid wall, his fist passes through, causing his body tumble into foreground just outside the great hall.
Du Zhong Jun was absolutely stunned.
Hua Yan, Zong Jue, Ao Feng, Fang Tian and the others all stared at Du Zhong Jun’s sprawled body, in stunned silence and mouths agape. Even the two brothers talking on one side – Qin Yu and Man Gan, who also kept an eye on the barrier, froze –––––
The air vibrated and the ground shook, these seven masters exploded from the ground and rushed into the hall at their fastest speed.
While, Qin Yu stood outside enjoying this spectacular scene.
When these 7 masters launched from the ground, they were so fast that it was difficult to see even their shadows. But as soon as these 7 masters crossed the open front gardens to the boundary of the great hall, they moved exponentially slower as if each had a mountain weighing them down.
Gravitational Field Art isn’t used by many people in all the upper planes, but seems to be a favourite technique of Emperor Ni Yang. This could be related to his two closest friends – the Black Flame Lord and the White Ice Lord.
“Ahhh, so heavy!” Du Zhong Jun cursed and grimaced painfully, but still pushes forward towards the heart of the great hall.
Though the 7 experts were slowed considerably, their original speed was much too fast, so despite restricted they still moved like the wind. The great hall itself was not that big, and in just a few seconds, all 7 experts were near the centre and close to the golden scroll.
Hua Yan growled, and 3 tablets with purple printed words appear in his hand – 100-Paralyzing Thunder talismans.
The next instant, all there was, was 3 purple glows followed by scattering lightning bolts charging towards three people at the front – Zong Jue, Man Gan and Du Zhong Jun. As these bolts near their targets, the 3 people split apart, and these bolts also split and each head towards its target.
Zong Jue’s face darkens with fury, however he would not dare to let this bolt hit his body. The instant it nears, he pulls out a pitch black scimitar. This scimitar is the weapon Uncle Lan bestowed onto Zong Jue, back then.
Powerful streams of Elemental energy are channelled into the scimitar, and with it Zong Jue strikes the incoming bolt.
But, how will Man Gan deal with the 100-Paralyzing Bolt at this same instant?
In a fitful fury, Man Gan dons a full body armour of purple light and with a roar, takes on the bolt. His head began to transform into a huge Minotaur’s head. Set into the huge head was a deep seated pair of purple pupils, aflame with murderous intent, while the rest of his body continued to transform.
“Man Gan is really strong, even taking on the 100-Paralyzing Bolt directly with his body.” Qin Yu praised in his heart.
Man Gan was originally strong, but with his semi-human form, he could just take on the Bolt with his combat armour. And if Man Gan reached out, he would be able to take the Atlas.
“Man Gan, you won’t!”
A cry rang forth, a beam of blood-red light shot towards Man Gan. The same time Du Zhong Jun’s body began to be surrounded by the same blood-red light.
“Blood Drop Fruit?” Man Gan withdrew his outreached arm, and was forced to block the blood-red light first.
The Blood Drop Fruit is a kind of fruit that grows in the Devil Realm in blood soaked lands. It contains a large amount of Blood Devil’s Devil energy. One, it could be used in cultivation training, or two, with special methods it could be detonated as an explosive weapon.
And Du Zhong Jun is currently using it as a weapon.
Qin Yu watches with a dazzled look.
“Just for this Atlas, everyone is going all out. The Emissaries from the upper planes, truly have many aces up their sleeves.”
Qin Yu eye shine with excitement: as each expert fight, they do not allow anyone else to seize the Atlas.
A powerful spiritual aura erupt from Fang Tian body.
Dazzling golden light envelopes Fang Tian’s entire body, and within the time of a breath, his speed increased to a terrifying level. At this moment, Zong Jue, Hua Yan, Man Gan and the others except Ao Feng, stop fighting. Clearly, they will join forces to attack Fang Tian.
“Fang Tian, are you really going to use the treasure – True Dragon’s Spirit, personally bestowed by the Dragon Emperor, in order to acquire the Atlas of Ten Thousand Beasts? Ao Feng exclaim angrily on one side.
This True Dragon’s Spirit was brought by Ao Feng from the Demon Realm. And by the Dragon Emperor’s command, it was given to Fang Tian.
And just then, Fang Tian has used the True Dragon’s Spirit.
“What I do is not up to you, when I ascend to the Demon Realm and join the Dragon Clan, I will personally let the Dragon Emperor know.” Fang Tian’s spiritual energy had reached alarming proportions, then he swept through everyone with a sharp look, “the Atlas of Ten Thousand Beasts is mine. Those who stop me, will die.”
Outside the main hall, Qin Yu eyes lit up: “Whoa, such strong Spiritual power, I estimate that it shouldn’t differ too much to my Level 9 Golden Immortal Sword Puppet.”
“In your dreams, Fang Tian.” Man Gan’s deep bass voice echoes in the hall.
In a moment, the black Machete in Man Gan’s hand was replaced by a……..huge two-handled Blue Wolf Fang Eclipsed Black Warhammer, while at the same time, his Spiritual energy increased rapidly by several folds.
Hua Yan and Du Zhong Jun stared in stunned silence, then said: “Does every one of you not wish to obtain the final treasure anymore? For this Atlas of Ten Thousand Beasts, you all are willing to bet your lives?”