In an instant, Gu Motian appeared 10 000 miles away. He still had a look of astonishment on his face. Blood flowed from the corners of his mouth. To escape the terrifying heavenly fire, he would rather unleash that self-mutilating forbidden release technique.
The rage inside Gu Motian swelled up. He, Gu Motian, would actually fail so miserably at such an easy task. With the heavenly fire burning, everything would be burnt to ashes. He hoped that the Immemorial Heavenly Serpent’s residue soul and the combination type heaven spiritual treasure could withstand the fire. Otherwise, he would certainly walk away from this encounter empty-handed.
Gu Motian knew that once the heavenly fire burst out beyond control, even a low-rank sacred treasure, let alone a heaven spiritual treasure, would be burnt to ashes. The chances of nothing being left behind were too high. The heavenly fire was also categorized into ranks. If this youth’s heavenly fire was too obscenely powerful, even this area of territorial waters could be evaporated completely, the ocean turning into burnt ground or even possibly a never extinguishing burning mountain.
In the distance, the twisting flames became increasingly turbulent. It seemed to cause the world to also twist and contort. The terrifying aura still did not disappear, instead it was becoming more and more intense. It was definitely not safe within a distance of 10 000 miles. It might not even be safe within 100 000 miles. Gu Motian did not even think, turning to escape immediately. He unleashed his Unlimited Apparition Release to its limits. He hoped to be able to escape this area before the heavenly fire burst out completely.
In the sky, the remaining half of Mo Wen’s figure was still slowly walking forward. Everywhere he passed, everything was turned to ashes. Even in the ocean below, chasms appeared. As long as the area was within the range of the heavenly fire, all the seawater in the area instantly disappeared, causing a huge and bizarre empty hole to appear in the middle of the ocean.
If there were other people here, they would certainly notice that although the heavenly fire on the remaining half of Mo Wen’s figure seemed to be expanding rampantly, it was actually being compressed bit by bit. It was as though a formless hand was holding back the heavenly fire and returning it back into his body bit by bit. In a short while, the heavenly fire on Mo Wen’s body had completely disappeared into his body.
At the same time, beams of miraculous white light emanated from the surface of Mo Wen’s body. The light was rather warm and gentle. It was neither bright nor showy, but it seemed as though it was the center of the world and the root of all things. Although its light was not intense, it could illuminate the entire world, the cosmos, and all things in it.
Heavenly Path Sacred Light!
Bathed in the Heavenly Path Sacred Light, Mo Wen’s figure was rapidly restored at a rate the eyes could follow. In a mere instant, his dilapidated figure was completely restored, as tall and majestic as before.
If it wasn’t for the colorful bloodstains on his body, no one would believe that he was injured.
“That was close!”
Mo Wen heaved a long sigh of relief. He glanced in the direction that Gu Motian had disappeared into with lingering fear and then swiftly escaped in the opposite direction.
Mo Wen had indeed taken a huge risk in order to scare off Gu Motian this time. Of course, he did not want to take Gu Motian down with him for real. He had acted so before this just to scare off Gu Motian. Fortunately, Mo Wen’s current mastery of the heavenly fire was much better. Otherwise, he might not have managed to reign the heavenly fire back in at the end.
Mo Wen’s Celestial Body was a Heavenly Path remarkable power. It was impossible to kill him so easily. Even after Gu Motian destroyed half of Mo Wen’s body, with the foundations of the Heavenly Path that Mo Wen had, he could still recover. Gu Motian could not instantly kill Mo Wen completely; his Celestial Body could be constantly restored. After all, his foundations were of the Heavenly Path, the Heavenly Path that was above all other paths. If one could not influence the law of the Heavenly Path, they could not interfere with the earth-shattering power of the Heavenly Path.
Of course, all things had their limits. If Gu Motian kept destroying his body, after 10 times, 100 times, 1 000 times, the damage would accumulate and Mo Wen would still not be able to withstand it in the end. Moreover, Gu Motian had a power on him that Mo Wen was rather cautious of. Mo Wen was not confident that he would not die if subjected to an attack from that power. Hence, he had pulled off that act in order to escape.
Mo Wen’s speed was astonishing. Once Mo Wen put some distance between them, even if Gu Motian unleashed his forbidden release technique, he would still be unable to catch up with Mo Wen. In the time it took for a few breaths, Mo Wen’s silhouette had disappeared into the horizon.
Hundreds of thousands of miles away, Gu Motian had stopped on a high mountain. He gazed in the direction of the ocean with an incredulous gaze.
That youth did not come chasing after him!
“That can’t be right!”
Gu Motian was secretly suspicious. Could it be that the youth did not want to take him down with him before the youth died? With the youth’s speed, if he gave chase with all his might, Gu Motian could not guarantee that he could escape from the youth unharmed even if he escaped with all his might. He knew that the youth’s normal speed had already far surpassed his own. The chances of the youth catching up to him were very high.
“Could it be that something happened along the way?”
Gu Motian frowned. He had escaped all this way, and the youth seemed to have not chased after him at all. It was also too quiet! Based on the time, the heavenly fire should have completely burst out. However, it was frighteningly calm in the direction of the heavenly fire.
If the heavenly fire burst out, even separated by hundreds of thousands of miles, it was impossible for it to be so calm.
“What is going on?”
Gu Motian stood indecisively on his original spot. Why was it that he felt that something was off?
After another 15 minutes, nothing had happened in the ocean in the distance. Gu Motian could no longer sit still. He became a beam of flowing light and flew back to the area where he had previously escaped from.
After 15 minutes, Gu Motian once again appeared in the area of territorial waters. The surroundings were calm and there were no signs of destruction like he had imagined. If it wasn’t for the fact that the heavenly fire’s aura still permeated the air, and that some islands in the surroundings had mysteriously disappeared, he even suspected whether what he had seen prior to this were illusions.
“The might of the heavenly fire bursting out only amounts to this?”
Gu Motian was somewhat in a daze as he looked around him. It was impossible for the might of the heavenly fire to only amount to this. Gu Motian was certain that the flames on the youth’s body were from the heavenly fire. It was impossible for him to have mistaken the flames for anything else.
“Could it be?”
Gu Motian suddenly thought of a possibility. His expression immediately turned ugly. With a wave of his hand, he made a series of mysterious ritualistic gestures. A formless power immediately expanding. In the surrounding space, minuscule free particles kept gathering together. In the end, these free particles gathered to form a drop of blood.
Gu Motian placed his hand over the drop of blood. Mysterious runes flew out from his hand and kept burrowing into the drop of blood. Suddenly, the drop of blood seemed to come alive and kept dancing up and down, struggling fiercely. In the end, with a pop, it disappeared into thin air.
“As expected, he is still alive.”
Gu Motian’s expression was extremely sullen. He had actually fallen for the youth’s scheme.
“Damn it. You actually dare to trick me. The next time I encounter you, I will make sure to make your life a living hell.” Gu Motian clenched his fist tightly. Ever since Gu Motian ventured into the Jianghu, he had never suffered such a loss to a cultivator whose level of cultivation was inferior to that of his own.
Tens of millions of miles away, a beam of blue light entered a dense forest. It then furiously crashed into the ground with a loud rumble.
The surroundings were thrown into a mess. A youth drenched in blood was lying on the ground. He was completely unconscious.
This person was none other than Mo Wen. Although he had managed to escape Gu Motian’s grasp by the skin of his teeth, his injuries were frighteningly severe. The harm was not caused by Gu Motian. The injuries caused by Gu Motian’s external force could be completely restored by the Heavenly Path Sacred Light and would not affect Mo Wen.
Only the heavenly fire could injure Mo Wen to such an extent. Although he had managed to forcefully call back the heavenly fire in order to scare off Gu Motian, the heavenly fire that he had let spread had far exceeded what he was able to control. If it wasn’t for the fact that his control over the heavenly fire was improving, he could be completely burnt to ashes by the heavenly fire if he was even slightly careless.
Even the Heavenly Path Sacred Light could not restore these internal injuries caused by the heavenly fire. After all, his foundations in the Heavenly Path were still shallow and they were not a complete law of the Heavenly Path.
There were savage ancient beasts lying in ambush everywhere in ancient forests such as this one. Fainting in such a place was considered rather dangerous.
Unbeknownst after how long, a hissing sound suddenly appeared in the forest. A huge green snake, dozens of meters long and with a girth of a water bucket, slithered over. Mo Wen’s silhouette lying on the ground was reflected in its cold pupils.
The huge green snake’s mouth was wide open and its black colored forked tongue stuck out, ready to strike. This snake was clearly venomous. Just when the huge green snake was about to swallow Mo Wen whole, a beam of crimson light shot towards it with a swift swoosh, darting accurately on the head of the snake.
The huge green snake let out a shriek and it convulsed vigorously before it fell dead on the ground. There was a dark red arrow darted on the head of the snake. The arrow was made with some unknown materials, giving it a blood-red appearance and causing it to emanate streaks of terrifying heat waves. The surrounding withered tree branches started burning silently after receiving the heat emanated by the arrow.
The head of the huge green snake was roasted until it was charred; even the soul of the snake hidden inside its brain was completely destroyed.
Two figures came flying swiftly from the woods afar. In an instant, they had appeared in front of the corpse of the huge green snake. Both figures were fit, garbed with animal skin, and were each carrying a longbow and a quiver of arrows behind their backs. They had machetes hanging at their waists. Obviously, the huge green snake was killed by them.
“Father, there is a youth here. Was he killed by the snake?”
The person speaking was a woman with a slender figure. She was wearing leopard-patterned animal skin and her well-proportioned body was accentuated through her tight-fitting garment. Her skin was tanned and had a healthy luster. Her face was not particularly beautiful; however, her facial features were rather solid, outlining her wild and sexy nature.
Beside the woman stood a burly, middle-aged man. If the middle-aged man appeared in the main space, he would be classified as a typical muscular guy. He had bronzed skin, thick eyebrows, and big eyes. His gaze was piercing, making him appear to be savage. He had drawn out the machete from its sheath, which was hanging at his waist, as he approached Mo Wen slowly.
The burly man observed the surroundings carefully for quite some time. Only after he had concluded that there was no danger did he squat down to examine the condition of the youth.
“He has long passed out. He wasn’t hurt by the snake,” the burly man said slowly after he had examined the youth.
With a swish, the wild woman pulled out the arrow which was stabbed into the head of the huge green snake. She wiped away the bloodstain and returned the arrow to the quiver.
“He isn’t dead?” Upon hearing this, the woman walked over curiously.