Chapter 074 – Energy Cracks
Translated by: Berrrybunz
Edited by: Robin, Leo and De Andre
Jing Hao did not use all his energy to fly. He obviously took care of Tang Tian who had a terrible rank three light body technique. This also gave Tang Tian a chance to clearly look at Jing Hao’s light body technique at a close distance. Jing Hao had a unique feature as he moved forward. He moved in a pencil straight line, as if it was drawn out by a ruler. If he needed to turn, he would turn sharply, then he would go back to advancing in a straight line. If he needed to make a big turn, it felt super weird. Like a mechanical human, he would then ka, ka, ka over.
Jing Hao noticed Tang Tian was observing his light body technique and said: “I’m practising [Ruler Steps] for a light body technique. When I walk, it’ll always be in a straight line.”
“Then what happens when you need to attack?” Tang Tian asked curiously: “The opponent can easily defend against you!”
“That’s right. But the selling point of walking in a straight line is that the distance would be the shortest, and fastest. If you can practise the speed to the highest realm, then you won’t be afraid of the opponent knowing your intentions, as they will not be able to defend against you.” Jing Hao stated casually.
“Then how fast would that be!?” Tang Tian was shocked. It was logical that the straightest route would be the shortest route, but in martial techniques, attacking with straight routes was extremely rare, because it was easily seen through by the enemy. On battlefield, once your intentions were exposed, then it meant you were at disadvantage.
“Fast enough.” Jing Hao peeped at Tang Tian’s light body techniques. He frowned slightly and in his hands were many Spirit General cards: “There’s a few light body technique cards here. Take a look if you like any of them.”
There were four rank four Spirit General Cards, all of them silver grade. [Threading Wind Flowing Light], [Legendary Wings], [Eight Divinatory Steps], [Thousand Squandering Woods].
“[Threading Wind Flowing Light] focuses on speed, it is very suited for long arduous journeys. [Legendary Wings] flies at a pretty high altitude. If you incorporate it with other martial techniques, your strength will increase. [Eight Divinatory Steps] changes is very complex, it talks about changing position quickly, but it is very difficult to master. [Thousand Squandering Wood] is suitable for complex dodging and flying. They each have their own good points.” Jing Hao introduced.
Tang Tian thought and said: “I want [Eight Divinatory Steps].”
For a long journey, he had the Bronze Mechanical Ostrich. The other two light body techniques were not suited for his battle style. Only [Eight Divinatory Steps] was made for him as a Close Quarters Combat Expert.
Jing Hao did not ask further, and passed [Eight Divinatory Steps] to Tang Tian.
As they advanced, Jing Hao’s expression congealed as he took precautions. He held onto the sword around his waist.
All of a sudden, a ray of shadow flashed across in the darkness. Tang Tian’s heart jumped. He only sensed a gush of foul wind right in front of him. It was fast, and it came so quickly that he did not had the time to react.
A slight cold light was suddenly released in front of Tang Tian
A ball of black shadow was torn into two.
Jing Hao’s sword was back in his sheath.
Up till now, Tang Tian’s hair stood all of a sudden. His facial expression took a turn. If it was not for Jing Hao, he would be dead! He looked down at his feet with a lingering fear. The black shadow was torn apart into two and on its body hung two black wings.
“It’s the profound bats.” Jing Hao’s voice rang through Tang Tian’s ears: “Fifth level star spirit beasts are fast. If you look around, there should be a Spirit Nucleus.”
No wonder it was so terrifying. It was a fifth level star spirit beast!
Tang Tian was still slightly pale, but he calmed himself down and very quickly, he found the Spirit Nucleus of the profound bat. It was as big as a yellow bean, and shining black. When Tang Tian handed it over to Jing Hao, he shook his head and said: “For you, I have no use for it.”
Tang Tian heard and, without saying anything, kept it. Right up till now, he then realised how fast Jing Hao’s sword was.
He took in a deep breath, and his body armor appeared, the serene Blue Peacock. It did not emit light in the dark, and he tightened the gloves on his fists.
“Let’s go.” Without further ado, Jing Hao said and continued forward.
Tang Tian followed tightly, occasionally, he would scan the surroundings with precautions. He then lightly asked: “Are there many star spirit beasts?”
“Many.” Jing Hao said: “So from the start, I thought there were treasures here. Then I realised that there are too many star spirit beasts. This place is still fine, they’re basically all the lower levels ones. The deeper you go, the more powerful the star spirit beasts become. Even the masters from the Honourable Martial Group dared not go down. Nobody knows what hides beneath.”
Tang Tian was slightly depressed. He almost got killed by a low level star spirit beast…
He was lucky he had not met any scary things on the way. Suddenly, Tang Tian noted that not far away, there were about thirty oval pits of different sizes. The small ones were not wider than half a metre, while the bigger ones were greater than ten metres in width. Tang Tian could obviously sense the energy from the pits was thicker and denser than other places.
Noticing Tang Tian’s gaze, Jing Hao said: “That’s the energy pool.”
Without any intention of stopping, he continued forward.
Tang Tian felt slightly odd. Were those not energy pools? Tang Tian could see that naturally, these energy pools were no doubt the best place to cultivate True Power. Their thickness of energy was far beyond some of the places outside. If he was outside, and there was such a place, the towering figures would have already snatched it away. Only at such a dangerous and dark place like here, would no one dare to snatch them.
About an hour later, after endless twists and turns, Tang Tian was dizzy.
Suddenly, Jing Hao squeezed into a small crack. The crevice needed one to turn sideway to get in. There were many such cracks on the underground. Tang Tian hurried up.
Through the cracks, Tang Tian was stunned by the view in front of him.
Specks of blue lights started floating from the abyss. There were many of them, as if it were a blue ocean. They continuously gushed out from the abyss, and as they floated into they sky, their colours faded, and their glow died out until they disappeared into thin air.
This rice sized blue lights started producing, glowing, and disappearing.
“These balls of light are energy.” Jing Hao’s tone was slightly excited: “To practise in such a place, your speed will increase greatly. The highlight of this place is the energy pool. The energy concentration here is thick beyond words.”
“How can there be such a mystical place on earth?” Tang Tian stuttered as he asked.
A speck of light floated right in front of him. He reached out to catch the ball of light. The light emitted a slight chillness as it touched his skin. In a split second, the chilliness disappeared and it penetrated into his body. Tang Tian only felt energised.
“I also don’t know.” Jing Hao was seldom infatuated, and very quickly, he regained his usual peacefulness: “I too, found this place by accident. This energy has no elements. Its energy and level are around the fourth level. It is best for your current standard. For me, it has not much help already, but as compared to the ones outside, it is much more effective here. You can start cultivating.”
After that, Jing Hao sat with his knees bent and started cultivating.
Tang Tian observed and sat down too.
He instigated his mental cultivation, and immediately, a few balls of light started to fly towards Tang Tian as if they were being attracted.
Tang Tian was super focused. He could only feel an indescribable comfort while the True Power gushed in continuously and, in the blink of an eye, the fourth tier Dantian pool was almost full. Tang Tian stopped absorbing the balls of energy. He then started instigating the True Power within his body, which started to flow in the meridians.
Tang Tian had only started cultivating the [Four Heavenly Dragons]. His mental cultivation and his meridians were not functioning to their full potential yet. Tang Tian’s True Power was like a drill bit. As it passed through the meridians, it expanded them constantly. This process was long and slow. With a bit of a push, Tang Tian’s True Power was rapidly depleting, and it was almost exhausted.
As per usual, Tang Tian started to use his mental cultivation. This cycle was then repeated again.
Tang Tian finally understood why Jing Hao was so confident that the energy here could help Tang Tian recover his True Power in short period of time.
It was indeed a holy place to cultivate!
Tang Tian very quickly was immersed within cultivation.
On the fifth day.
Jing Hao opened his eyes. He looked at Tang Tian who was seated not so far away. A look of shock flashed through his eyes. For ten continuous days of cultivation, Jing Hao himself could not take it. The duration of cultivation was extremely tough and bitter, and it was easy to fatigue the mind.
So usually, after about five days, Jing Hao would return back to rest. That was his limit.
Not long after, Tang Tian opened his eyes. Jing Hao asked: “I’m going back to the ground to rest. What do you plan to do?”
“I’ll continue cultivating.” Tang Tian was determined: “I’ve brought some dried food.”
Jing Hao did not object and said: “If you’re mentally exhausted, just take a break. It’s not a day or two where you can cultivate everything.”
“Nah, I’m not tired.” Tang Tian was not lying. To him, five days of cultivation back to back was indeed nothing.
Seeing Tang Tian so determined, Jing Hao did not force him: “It’s safe here. Don’t walk out of the cracks.”
“Okay!” Tang Tian replied in all seriousness.
With Jing Hao’s orders, he turned and leave.
Tang Tian stretched his body. His body was slightly numb from sitting for five days straight. He pulled his fist technique for a few times to warm his body up before he entered the Cross Door.
“Uncle Bing, have you seen such a place before?” Tang Tian could not help but ask Bing.
Bing nodded: “Yes, these are called energy cracks. There was one in the army, but it was not this place. I remember, the most useful thing about our energy crack was that we used it to bathe ourselves.”
“Bathe?” Tang Tian was attracted by this word.
“Yes, the human body is very amazing and weird. Some people are not intimate with the natural energy of the world innately, and so they cultivate it, but the speed of cultivation is very slow. Even if they did cultivate True Power, their bodies would automatically reject the True power. In severe cases, some did not even manage to cultivate any martial techniques. However, these people are talented in other aspects.”
“Could it be I’m also that kind?” Tang Tian pointed at his own nose.
“You’re not.” Bing explained: “Your body does not reject True Power. Your talent is bad because you are too proportionate and balanced. In all honesty, I’m very curious about your martial techniques. During our generation, people like you were the best candidates. We thought that if one is well proportioned, they would not be controlled easily.”
“Is that so? I’m actually so powerful!” Tang Tian eyes lit up.
“I have a too limited understanding of the current martial techniques. I can’t explain much to you either.” Bing said honestly: “You don’t need the bathe. Your body is very intimate with the energy.”
Tang Tian was disappointed.
“Oh, I remember. The energy cracks can also train spirits.” Bing remembered all of a sudden.