Jun Hongye and the Li Family Patriarch had left. Powerful warriors of the Central Imperial Universe now shifted their target to the Zen Mountain. Of course, they had not yet the courage to move in closer. They just kept monitoring the situation and not even the scouts were going near the mountain.
Central Imperial Universe didn’t want to take back the City of Chaos just yet. Once the warriors of the Mage Imperial Universe misread that as retaliation from the Central Imperial Universe, then everything could spin out of control. The Central Imperial Universe was not equipped with the ability to fend off the Mage Imperial Universe yet.
Mage Imperial Universe’s lunatics had decided to be here for three years. Once they had made up their mind, they would go through with the efforts regardless of the outcome. They were not called lunatics for no reason.
The Central Imperial Universe watched in safety while others fight. They were disappointed that—the Crippled Zen Master didn’t make another move. He just let the Mage Imperial Universe’s warriors blast the formation. If it had been a different case, the Central Imperial Universe would reap the advantage whichever side won.
Someone was even wondering if the Crippled Zen Master was not confident that he could deal with twenty-something Semi-God Realm warriors. Some thought that he was really on the verge of dying and losing his abilities.
In the Zen Valley, the Crippled Zen Master remained in the status of a statue. One could not tell if he was contemplating about the chess move or cultivating.
Yin Qingsi stopped cultivation several times. But every time, she only rested for a day or two before she resumed since Lu Li had been cultivating all this time.
Two months passed in peace. Lu Li finally stopped cultivation because the first layer of seal in the Wicked Bead was dissolved completely.
It had happened just now. The first layer of seal kept glistening as it melted gradually. Lu Li could feel the presence of a new layer of seal in the bead.
He felt delighted. He checked the bead carefully for any possible changes to see if some new functions had emerged.
But he was let down. No new information was passed on to him from the bead. He explored carefully. To his dismay, he realized that the bead could only travel faster but no other function was revealed.
Since he was in the Zen Valley, Lu Li didn’t want to act ostentatiously so he could not test how fast the Wicked Bead could go at the moment. By judging by his previous experience, he believed that the bead’s speed should at least be at the initial stage of the Semi-God Realm.
Lu Li was not willing to accept the fact. He kept on checking the bead, looking for something more. After half a day, he finally got what he was searching for. But, it was an unworthy function…
The bead could grow!
It could be as big as a mountain, or like a meter stone with a radius of more than 1000 feet.
Even though the exterior had changed, the small hall’s size remained the same. Given that many Holy Grade weapons and Quasi Relics could enlarge, the fact that the Wicked Bead could grow bigger wasn’t particularly special.
Lu Li was wishing that the Wicked Bead could present new and strong skills, which could empower him. Naturally, he was disappointed in his finding.
That being said…
Lu Li gave it a second thought. The Wicked Bead was incredibly strong in defense, and it could be as fast as Semi-God Realm warriors. Those in and of themselves were amazing already. Now, Lu Li had only dissolved the first layer of seal. More functions would emerge as he dissolved more seals.
Lu Li went back to his room and tried to work on the second layer of seal. Soon, he realized that at his current realm, it seemed impossible for him to dissolve the second layer of seal.
He could feel the presence of the second layer of seal, however, when he poured Xuan Energy in, the seal showed no sign of fluctuation. He made several attempts only to be stunned.
Could it be that only by reaching the Human Sovereign Realm warriors could he dissolve the second layer of seal? It was because he was at the Noble Lord Realm that he could not make any progress. By that calculation, did he need to reach the Earth Immortal Realm to dissolve the third layer? And then for the fourth layer, he had to be at the Semi-God Realm? How about the fifth layer? He had to be a real immortal? What about the sixth layer?
Lu Li felt the challenge. He worked on it for an entire day and was sure that he could not dissolve the second layer. He had to give up.
He sensed that in the Wicked Bead, Leng Wuxin had stopped making the antidote. He dashed into the small hall. Leng Wuxin handed him a brown pellet and said, “The antidote is ready. Take it and you will be relieved of the Walking Dead Venom immediately.”
Given that Leng Wuxin was Lu Li’s soul slave, she would not hurt him. He took out the pellet and consumed it at once. A moment later, he felt something. He was having a stomachache.
He sent himself out and went to the restroom immediately to relieve himself. When he was done, he checked his bone marrow again. He confirmed that the venom was gone. The Walking Dead Venom was gone.
Yin Qingsi opened her room. She walked out and said with a smile, “Lu Li, it has been more than half a year. This is your first time to stop cultivation. How do you feel? Have you achieved anything?”
Lu Li glanced at Yin Qingsi and noticed that her energy seemed to be more imposing. He sensed more carefully. Then, he cupped his fists and said, “Congratulations, Young Lady Yin, on reaching the middle stage of the Human Sovereign Realm.”
Yin Qingsi smiled sweetly. She nodded and said, “I have just reached the stage. Lu Li, call me Qingsi. Calling me Young Lady Yin is too polite. You have not answered my question yet.”
Lu Li forced a smile as he replied, “Not much progress. I have practically wasted six months. How is it out there?”
Yin Qingsi raised her head to the haze above them and said, “Those insane people from the Mage Imperial Universe have not given up yet. They are still attacking with all their efforts.”
Lu Li frowned. He looked up, feeling lost. Would he be stuck here for an entire life if those people stayed and never returned to the Mage Imperial Universe? What about the Heaven Reverse Universe?
What was more…
The Mage Imperial Universe warriors might leave someday, but then the City of Chaos would be seized by Feng Family and Qi Family immediately. In that case, it would still be impossible for Lu Li to teleport to the Purgatory of Primordial Chaos from the City of Chaos.
Yin Qingsi noticed Lu Li’s low spirit. She tried to ask, “Lu Li, are you not happy living here?”
Lu Li put on a bitter smile and replied, “I am happy, but I have some urgent matters I need to attend to in the Purgatory of Primordial Chaos. I cannot go there if they do not leave. Alas… maybe they will, but the Feng Family and Qi Family will not let me into the Purgatory of Primordial Chaos easily, either.”
Yin Qingsi thought about it and said, “Forefather does not go outside the Zen Valley. So, for now, you will have to wait for the Mage Imperial Universe’s people to leave. Then, I will see if I can discuss with the Qi Family and the Feng Family, and ask them to let you into the Purgatory of Primordial Chaos.”
Lu Li was already deeply grateful that the Crippled Zen Master took him into the Zen Valley and never sought after his Wicked Bead. He could not ask for more.
Wait till the Mage Imperial Universe warriors withdrew?
Who could say for sure when that would happen? What if they stayed for 10 years?
Lu Li was disturbed. He wrecked his brain to find a way and decided that he must reach the Human Sovereign Realm as soon as possible and then dissolve the second layer of seal.
Since Lu Li rarely stopped cultivation, Yin Qingsi told maids to prepare wine and food. She and Lu Li went to the pavilion and painted the town red. He got drunk for he was overwhelmed. Afterward, he staggered back and slept to his heart’s content.
When he woke up, he went into the Wicked Bead and focused on achieving breakthroughs in his realm. Since he didn’t need to dissolve the seal now, he was making faster progress in realm cultivation. He planned to reach the later stage of the Noble Lord Realm in three months. By then, after a period of accumulation, he could be ready to reach the Human Sovereign Realm.
It had been over two years since he left the Heaven Reverse Universe. In less than six years, the four forces would invade the Northern Desert. If he could not find a way to enter the Purgatory of Primordial Chaos in six years, then Lu Ling and all the other’s lives would be at risk.
Lu Ling was great at devising strategies. However, the four families had such talents as well. Lu Suan, if not others, had impressive abilities in plotting and planning.
The four families had a long time to prepare, and they knew the existence of the Deserted World. Naturally, they would make arrangements and develop plans.
The number of people with unusual and unique skills in the four families was beyond count. If the four families secretly sent someone to the Deserted World to coordinate with the four families when they invaded, they could conquer the entrance to the Deserted World. In that case, Lu Ling and all the others would be doomed eternally.
The mind picture of Northern Desert, Clouds Plains, Serenity Plains, and the Deserted World crowding with corpses made Lu Li burn with anxiety. He expelled those thoughts from his mind and forced himself to calm down to cultivate.