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The three swirls were floating above Shi Yan’s head like giant clouds.
Sparks flew inside the swirls and wisps of cold Yin Qi were repeatedly refined in the swirls, forming strange grey light spots.
The air above the Yin Field was filled with natural Yin Qi and had remained as such for a long time. But the huge attraction from the three swirls was showing a pattern of rapid consumption, swallowing it to the last.
Shi Yan’s expression was serious, as if he had entered some enigmatic realm.
The swirls above his head suddenly emitted some grey light spots, all of which entered Shi Yan’s body.
Because of that, Shi Yan’s body started forming a vacuum which was felt by everyone present!
His body was now like a black hole, sucking in all the grey light spots that came down from above!
The grey light spots flickered and jumped and entered into Shi Yan’s body.
Shi Yan was now covered in a grey glow and a chilling atmosphere spread out from him in all directions.
Whoever got near Shi Yan couldn’t help but feel stiff. The circulation of their Profound Qi would slow down and they would have to use their Qi for defense or else they would be affected by the dense Yin Qi.
It was like Shi Yan had transformed into a giant Yin Qi-swallowing monster!
Shi Yan was sitting as still as a stone while the three swirls floating above his head were wildly swallowing and transforming the Yin Qi in the Yin Valley. He was continuously refining the Yin Qi, transforming it into purest form of Yin energy, which was in turn nurturing his cultivation.
In Shi Yan’s chest, the three meridians of Tian Que, Shen Que, and Yin Du started rapidly gathering the grey light spots that had rushed into his body.
These grey light spots all represented the purest form of Profound Yin Qi. Huge amounts of light spots all entered the Yin Swirls and were refined to the purest degree. This refined energy then started gathering at the center of the Yin Swirls.
Unknowingly, in the center of the three Yin Swirls, there were three rice grain sized pearls slowly starting to form.
Once he detected the formation of the Yin Pearls, Shi Yan’s expression shook.
He discreetly started to detect his surroundings. When he realized there was nothing abnormal, he went back and continued circulating the Yin Swirls, ready to keep absorbing more of the natural Yin Qi.
“You don’t need to stop.” Xia Xin Yan stood by Shi Yan’s side, her beautiful eyes glinted, “I know what you’re doing, and I know you can hear me too. The Nine-headed Sky Snake will get here really soon, but we’ll take care of that. You can keep swallowing the natural Yin Qi here.”
Indeed Shi Yan could hear Xia Xin Yan’s voice, but he couldn’t reply to her.
“Miss Xia, if Shi Yan doesn’t stop here, the Nine-headed Sky Snake will attack him first.” Ku Long said hurriedly.
Zhua Qi and Chi Xiao also looked at Xia Xin Yan with a bit of surprise, not knowing what she meant by her proposal.
“The Nine-headed Sky Snake has nine heads, three of which can breathe fire, three can spit poison, and the remaining three can control the Yin Qi in the Yin Field to attack differently.”
Xia Xin Yan’s pretty eyes glinted, and she explained in seriousness, “The three heads that can control the natural Yin Qi are very troublesome and they will be hard for us to take care of. But now we have an advantage. If Shi Yan keeps sucking in the natural Yin Qi like this, that means once the Nine-headed Sky Snake gets here, the Yin Qi attack will be swallowed by the swirls above Shi Yan’s head! This way, three of the nine heads will be greatly weakened!”
Upon hearing that, Zhua Qi and Chi Xiao’s eyes both glinted. Together they nodded and approved, “Not bad!”
“Once those three heads become powerless, the Nine-headed Sky Snake will be a lot easier to deal with. Zhua Qi is not scared of the venom, and you also brought the Silver Curtain. So now we only need to put our efforts into the three fire-breathing heads. Because of Shi Yan, this fight is going to be a lot easier for us.” Xia Xin Yan said calmly.
Zhua Qi and Chi Xiao nodded quietly, they both agreed upon Xia Xin Yan’s suggestion.
“Would my young master be okay?” Han Feng suddenly opened his eyes and coldly stared at Xia Xin Yan, “Although we are very interested in the Gate of Heaven, the young master’s life is more important!”
“He’s only bait, he can just keep up what he’s doing now.” Xia Xin Yan frowned and continued, “If he wants to wake up he could do so anytime. But he will need a whole lot more time to try to gather the Yin Qi like this another time.”
“Boom boom boom!”
The thundering roar was getting closer.
The earth was shaking and in the distance, a faint but frightening figure slowly started to appear.
“Get ready to fight!” Chi Xiao shouted.
At another entrance of the Yin Field.
Beiming Shang’s expression shook slightly. He looked far away into the distance at the smoke-like swirls that rose into the air. His cold eyes flashed with a trace of confusion.
“Grandpa, have they started fighting?” Beiming Ce asked.
Shaking his head, Beiming Shang said, “No, it’s just that the natural Yin Qi has become abnormal. It is are all gathering towards where Chi Xiao and his group are at. The Nine-headed Sky Snake is out of the Yin Valley and is rushing towards them. I wonder what is going on over there.”
“When should we get there?”
“Let’s wait! Wait until the fighting is almost over.”
On another side, the people from the Dark World were gazing at the three floating swirls where Shi Yan was. They were also full of surprise, and didn’t know what was going on.
“Master? It’s like… like the natural Yin Qi has changed and is all gathering towards that one spot? Could it be that the Nine-headed Sky Snake has already started to attack?” The demonic young man guessed.
“The Nine-headed Sky Snake is able to use the natural Yin Qi to cultivate, but it shouldn’t be this overbearing. To make all of that natural Yin Qi flow towards one spot I think even the Nine-headed Sky Snake would be unable to make such a grand gesture. Besides, the change is from outside the Yin Valley, it’s obviously done By Chi Xiao’s group.” The Lord of the Dark World said with a deep tone.
“Should we go and see it?”
“No, we will wait for Beiming Shang’s news. If Beiming Shang doesn’t give out the signal, we will stay put for now. Your mistress should already be there, so if the Gate of Heaven really appears, your mistress will send out a signal, we don’t need to be in such a hurry.”
The three Yin Pearls were slowly forming. With more natural Yin Qi flowing in, the three Yin pearls grew brighter and brighter.
The Yin pearls were in the middle of the Yin Swirls outside of Shi Yan’s meridians. They were rolling in the air and whenever a wisp of grey Yin Qi came in, the Yin Pearls would immediately absorb the grey light spots.
Only when the Yin Pearls were truly formed would they finally sink into the three meridians by themselves.
Shi Yan knew this deep in his heart. So when he clearly heard Xia Xin Yan’s words, and knew that Han Feng and Ku Long were very worried about him, he still didn’t stop the movement of the Yin Swirls.
He had a hunch that the Yin Pearls were at their crucial moment, and perhaps they will soon be truly formed successfully and then enter into his meridians.
When the three swirls showed up above his head, he was shocked too.
When the three swirls started insanely swallowing the natural Yin Qi, Shi Yan was finally sure that the [Black Formula] that was only ranked as a Mortal Level Martial Skill, was not something ordinary!
What kind of Mortal Level Martial Skill could cause such a big disturbance?
He really couldn’t think of any.
“Roar! Roar! Roar!”
Terrifying roaring sounds thundered from the distance and filled the whole Yin Field.
The Nine-headed Sky Snake was a demon beast which was at the pinnacle of Level 7. Legend has it that it was an ancient mutant, a hybrid born from a dragon and a python. It has the ability to keep evolving, so when the Nine-headed Sky Snake has swallowed enough Yin Qi, poisonous air, and fire, it could evolve again and become a Level 8 or Level 9 demon beast.
The reason why this Nine-headed Sky Snake decided to take over the Yin Field was because it had seen that this place was rich in Yin Qi, and the outer perimeter of the Dead Swamp was covered by poisonous fog. It wanted to occupy this place so that it could use the poisonous air and the Yin Qi present for cultivation.
Soon a mountain-like figure, the Sky Snake with nine giant heads, finally came out of the Yin Valley.
The Nine-headed Sky Snake had a body like a mountain, covered with silver scales and sharp spines. All nine of its heads were about twenty-something meters long. Each head was like a giant python and had creepy white fangs, each head was breathing out either poisonous fog, Yin Qi, or flames.
Once Zhua Qi saw it, his face hardened and he charged ahead of others.
Earth Dragons abruptly broke out of the ground. Zhua Qi’s body flickered and he possessed one of the Earth Dragon’s bodies.
When Zhua Qi possessed the Earth Dragon, its body covered itself in hard earth armor. The dragon head faintly looked like Zhua Qi’s face and its body grew twice the size.
“Zhua Qi was born from a Level 8 Mud Dragon and a human female warrior. The Mud Dragon was originally the true master of the Dead Swamp and was able to transform into human shape. It was also once the strongest demon beast in this area. Legend has it that back then, the Mud Dragon was the king of the demon beasts here and not a single warrior could offend his prestige! The Mud Dragon was a Level 8 demon beast, comparable to a Spirit Realm warrior. But a thousand years ago it suddenly died in the Dead Swamp, it was a baffling death. Many years after its death, the Nine-headed Snake finally appeared in the Dead Swamp, and drove Zhua Qi to the outer perimeter of the Dead Swamp. It forcibly occupied the Yin Valley to cultivate, which is why Zhua Qi has so much hatred for it.”
When Zhua Qi possessed the Earth Dragon and charged at the Nine-headed Sky Snake, Chi Xiao quietly told about the grudge between Zhua Qi and the Nine-headed Sky Snake.
“Level 8 demon beast!” Xia Xin Yan’s expression also shifted slightly, “No wonder Zhua Qi can control the poisonous mist and also freely travel through the mud. So he’s a hybrid between a Mud Dragon and a human.”
“If he didn’t know how to control the poisonous mist and the mud, he would’ve been killed by the Nine-headed Snake a long time ago. At the outer perimeter of the Dead Swamp, as long as Zhua Qi could hide in the swamps, nobody can do anything to him. That’s the reason why it’s so tough to handle Zhua Qi.”
“You two! Can you start fighting now?!”
On the other side, Zhua Qi was in the form of an Earth Dragon, and he yelled from inside the flames that were breathed out by the Nine-headed Snake, he sounded a little urgent.