th. Why was Wei Wuyin back? To challenge? Her heart raced with trepidation.
Unlike Tang Xingyun, Bai Yuxi dismissed this possibility instantly. Wei Wuyin could challenge anyone from anywhere. Why would he arrive personally? But even if he challenged anywhere, the challenge would still have three hours of time to prepare or regulate their cultivation base to its peak state, so there was no issue with this.
Before that time limit was reached, they would have succeeded and this trial would conclude. She frowningly asked, ”Why is he here? ”
Grand Priest Zi Gu nodded, closing his eyes as he sent transmissions out for further information. After a few seconds, his eyes opened and he had an oddly strange light within them. Witnessing this reaction, Bai Yuxi and Tang Xingyun were anxious.
At this moment, Venerable Spiritwalker was fully focused on this task. There would be no chance to halt it. Wei Wuyin should be the only eligible Chosen Candidate, still in full control of his various powers. If he launched an attack, they would definitely be unable to stop him.
Of course, if Wei Wuyin did interrupt them, they might suffer, but perhaps Venerable Spiritwalker ’s rage would erupt, eliminating Wei Wuyin on impulse. This would solve their issue. In fact, Bai Yuxi hoped for it. The pain of soul extraction, no matter how slow or little, was utterly horrifying to experience, and even she didn ’t have full confidence in its recovery. While she was fairly confident, she wasn ’t completely.
But Grand Priest Zi Gu ’s words shook from out of their thoughts, sending them into a disarray of thoughts and surprise!
”He ’s come to talk to the for-, I mean, Holy Son; from what was mentioned from those observing him, he ’s suffering horribly from a backlash. His body, mind, and cultivation has severely weakened… ”
”Backlash! ” Tang Xingyun thought and Bai Yuxi shouted out loud. They were all under this assumption that Wei Wuyin had used a self-damaging method, increasing his Astral Cores ’ size and Spiritual Strength. Still, they weren ’t fully committed to the idea. While they spouted it out recklessly, they still held the faintest possibility in their hearts and minds that Wei Wuyin was just a terrifyingly heaven-defying existence!
But alas, he was not!
Bai Yuxi ’s eyes brightened. He felt a desire to cancel the spell formation, moving to have Lin Ming challenge Wei Wuyin, claiming victory. Just as her words were about to escape her lips, Tang Xingyun grunted out a sound and shook her head viciously. She was currently unable to speak or move, but her actions caused Bai Yuxi to think.
”What if he ’s faking it? ” Bai Yuxi questioningly said, realizing the issue. It led Tang Xingyun to grunt with an approving sound. If Wei Wuyin was faking, they sent a challenge out, then they ’d fall directly into his trap! What if his cultivation base was still intact?! If the self-harming method was still active?!
Unable to determine this, Bai Yuxi went silent. It was best for Lin Ming to obtain the Chosen Candidate ’s Automatic Victory Condition. With a soft exhale, she ignored this.
But a voice spoke from the surroundings, ”I just inspected him. His cultivation foundation has fractured, his meridians are damaged nearly beyond repair, and his Sea of Consciousness is heavily shaken. ” A quick sweep of her sensory prowess, and Venerable Spiritwalker was capable of seeing the result. It was also a result of his own strength, so it was consistent with a backlash.
It was a little fortunate for Wei Wuyin that her focus was thoroughly attached to the spell formation, not sparing a single thought outside of it. It was only because of her curiosity that she swept her senses outward, verifying his condition.
”…! ” Bai Yuxi ’s eyes lit up with an unprecedented brightness. It was so bright, so radiant, that it seemed to eclipse the shine of lunar satellites. This alongside her natural beauty highlighted an irresistible charm to the opposite and same sex.
”We can ’t stop the formation once it begins, however. If we do, Lin Ming will suffer a backlash so horrible that his cultivation might as well be completely abolished, along with every morsel of his bodily and comprehensive talent. ” Venerable Spiritwalker ’s voice resounded once more, explaining the situation. This was the consequences of an Evil Method; there was no retreat when started.
”… ” Bai Yuxi and Tang Xingyun ’s eyes dulled simultaneously. This was their decision, and it was one they couldn ’t retreat from.
Venerable Spiritwalker carelessly added, ”This procedure also isn ’t a 100% success rate. At most, it ’s roughly 30%. That ’s with me helping. ” Within her voice was a little begrudging tone, suffusing a hint of anger. This Evil Method might be fantastical, but the issue was these women, not her.
Specifically, it was the newly ascended Gravity Emission Phase attendant. Her cultivation base was terribly unstable, as if she had rushed her breakthrough and fractured her foundation alongside it. If she was stable, the chances would exceed 70% with her at the helm. If these girls ’ entire souls and forces could be wildly extracted for Lin Ming ’s usage, it would be 100%.
After all, it was an Evil Method, not a method designed for joint effort. It was designed to plunder everything!
”It ’s not certain? ” Bai Yuxi ’s heart quaked.
With a faint sigh, Venerable Spiritwalker said: ”Bring him in. See why he ’s here. You can decide then. ” With Wei Wuyin ’s current state, he wasn ’t much of a threat nor could he disrupt such an exquisite formation that she controlled.
Bai Yuxi realized what Venerable Spiritwalker meant, so she nodded. ”Bring him in, ” the voice of Venerable Spiritwalker wasn ’t heard by anyone but Tang Xingyun and Bai Yuxi, the only two that knew of her existence. Even Lin Ming was unaware of her presence.
Grand Priest Zi Gu was shocked for a moment. What could the Divine Envoy be thinking? What if Wei Wuyin decided to shatter the formation or was faking his injuries? But despite his doubts, he unhesitatingly sent the order.
After a few minutes, two figures arrived at the entrance to the Main Hall. Wei Wuyin walked in, fresh grey blood leaking from his mouth from time to time, being wiped off by his thoroughly stained right hand. His normally silver eyes were dull grey, and his skin was dry and cracking. The damage was extensive.
Bai Yuxi and Tang Xingyun both released an exclamation of surprise. Their thoughts were unified: Such a terrifying backlash! If they knew this would happen, this entire procedure would be useless.
Wei Wuyin ’s eyes glanced at the spell formation and Lin Ming, who had his eyes closed, was absorbing the Primary Light energies expelled from Tang Xingyun. He seemed like a gluttonous child, devouring quietly yet endlessly. While his Celestial Eyes were weakened, he could see the traces of soul energy flowing as well. This energy was invisible on most spectrums of sensory perception, to the point that other Astral Core Realm cultivators still couldn ’t sense their souls outside of that first time they formed their Spirit of Cultivation.
As he swept his gaze, he recognized two girls. The first was the Holy Daughter and the next was the mysterious woman he had pretended to be the Holy Daughter in the illusion that caused Lin Ming to surrender.
’Why is it that it ’s always women that benefit male Blessed in expressions of Karmic Luck? Is it a gender thing? Is it the exact opposite for female Blessed? ’ His thoughts wandered for a moment, before he was shaken by a cold voice.
”What do you want? ” Bai Yuxi ’s voice sounded out, truly the example of coldness.
Wei Wuyin turned to her, then looked at Lin Ming: ”Lin Ming, I ’ve come to bargain. ”
Just as those words were spoken out, Wei Wuyin coughed out a bucket of blood, his legs trembled as his body bent slightly. He hacked out more grey blood from his throat, splashing the floor, and his dull grey eyes became even duller.
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