In the stone tower.
Shi Yan’s expression was full of surprise. His mind clicked, and he continued to violently pour all of his Profound Qi into the Blood Vein Ring. However, a short time later he encountered a new barrier in the Ring.
He was out of sorts for a second, and finally came to the conclusion that the Blood Vein Ring was definitely a strange treasure. Inside were layers and layers of barriers, and behind every single barrier was new things to be found.
The first time he pounded at the Blood Vein Ring, he obtained the cultivation method for [Rampage]. This time, he got the [Seal of Life and Death]. The Blood Vein Ring was like a patient mentor, who will set a barrier at every special stage, and you could only peek into its secrets if you can break that barrier.
The complex ancient [Seal of Life and Death] was clearly imprinted deep in his mind. Just like the skill [Rampage], once he focused on the [Seal of Life and Death], the mnemonics would appear in his mind.
Shi Yan couldn’t immediately and completely understand the mnemonics of the [Seal of Life and Death]. But just from a glance, he could understood that the [Seal of Life and Death] was an extraordinary Martial Skill that could utilize his mysterious Martial Spirit!
Using the circulation method of the [Seal of Life and Death], he was able to stir the negative energy in all of his meridians. Those negative energies would flow towards his left arm in a special pattern, forming a [Death Seal] with extremely negative characteristics.
The [Seal of Life and Death] also had secret methods to stir the Profound Qi in the whole body, making it flow into the right arm, and form another extraordinary thing called the [Life Seal].
The left hand is the [Death Seal] and the right hand is the [Life Seal]. When using this skill in battle, the two seals can be merged into one, forming the true [Seal of Life and Death].
The power of the [Seal of Life and Death] depended on the density of the negative energies in the body and the amount of Profound Qi. Its strongest power would be released when forming a total of forty-nine seals.
Seven seals would be marked as the first sky. As the realm and martial skill of a warrior progressed, the number of seals forming would increase when using [Seal of Life and Death].
Every time one broke through to another sky, the number and size of the seals formed would multiply.
According to the mnemonics of the [Seal of Life and Death], once you reaching the seventh sky, forty-nine seals would instantly form and release an earth-crushing power.
And if these forty-nine seals were fused together, it would emit an invincible strength, easily able to crush the highest mountains!
However, the mnemonics on the [Seal of Life and Death] were quite hard to understand, and would take a while to completely digest.
Before he could completely figure out the deep meanings of the ancient texts, Shi Yan didn’t dare to rashly cultivate the [Seal of Life and Death].
He knew from learning [Rampage] that any secret Martial Skills coming from the Blood Vein Ring weren’t to be underestimated.
After thinking for a while, Shi Yan decided to spend his time trying to understand the mnemonics about the Seal.
Shi Yan slowly stood up. He furrowed his brows and moved to the window, gazing across at the Shi family’s artificial lake.
A beautiful figure suddenly appeared into his view.
A strange light flashed in Shi Yan’s eyes. There was a surprise on his face, and he murmured quietly, “Why has she come to the Shi family?”
Far away by the lake, Xia Xin Yan was wearing a veil on her face, looking every bit the peerless beauty. She was being led by Han Feng to the back door of the secret room of the Shi family.
Shi Yan had a strong impression of Xia Xin Yan, the mysterious woman. Just by gazing from far away, he immediately recognized her, and secretly he was surprised.
Lead by Han Feng, Xia Xin Yan quickly went into the garden behind the lake, and disappeared into the secret room.
Soon, Chi Xiao and Zuo Xu also quietly followed, and disappeared through the same door into the Shi family’s secret room.
After a while, Shi Jian finally walked out of the Stone Room. His eyes swept to the Shi Yan’s stone tower, and immediately started walking towards it.
Shi Yan’s mind flicked. He silently closed the windows, and quietly sat down on the third floor of the stone tower, as if he had been deeply immersed in cultivating.
“Kid, what was that just a moment ago?” Shi Jian quickly appeared on the third floor of Shi Yan’s tower. As soon as he came in, he immediately glared at Shi Yan and asked.
“What was what?” Shi Jian opened his eyes, looking confused.
“Half an hour ago, there was a strange fluctuation coming from this place. Did you make that happen? You little brat better explain to me.”
“I don’t know, I was just quietly cultivating. You know, I just reached the Human Realm, and I’m still trying to get familiar with the circulation pattern of the natural energies. Maybe I just accidentally tuned into the natural patterns, and caused a resonance of the natural energies.” Shi Yan smiled, full of bullshit.
Shi Jian furrowed his brows, stared at Shi Yan for a second, then finally sneered, “You little brat, hiding a bunch of secrets huh, hmph. I couldn’t care less! Just don’t act too recklessly and screw yourself over.”
As the head of the family, Shi Jian could immediately see he wasn’t speaking the truth. But Shi Jian didn’t want to intervene on everything. Seeing that Shi Yan was fine, Shi Jian just allowed him to keep bullshitting.
After pondering for a second, Shi Jian told him about the issue that Xia Xin Yan, Zuo Xu, and Chi Xiao came to talk about. Then he finally said, “This time, I am going to let you, Han Feng, and Ku Long go together. We are only investigating the location of the Gate of Heaven this time, to get to understand the situation. You only need to follow along and get some experience. Remember, don’t act rashly! If anything happens just let Chi Xiao and that Xia girl handle it. These two both have the Sky Realm combat abilities, even if they can’t take on the Nine-headed Sky Snake, they could at least keep you guys safe.”
Shi Yan was surprised. He didn’t expect Xia Xin Yan to be so generous. Not only did she not blame Chi Xiao for the sneak attack, she also stepped on the Mo family in order to divert everyone’s attention. In the end, she forgave what had happened and took the initiative to lend her hand.
This woman was something!
Shi Yan’s eyes glimmered, secretly surprised. He frowned, thought for a moment, and said, “Don’t worry, I also care about my life a lot, I don’t want to lose it. My role is just to fill up a spot in the exploration of Gate of Heaven, I won’t put my life on the line for this.”
Okay, prepare yourself. Tonight at midnight, you, Han Feng, and Ku Long will secretly set off, and meet up with Zuo Shi at the north entrance of Tianyun City. Remember, you have to be careful! The Gate of Heaven is important, but you are more important to the Shi family, you have to come back safely!”
The Beiming family.
Beiming Shang sat at the seventh level of the Ice Pavilion, his body overflowing with freezing energy, there was even a layer of frost covering his body. Just looking at him, Beiming Shang looked like an ice sculpture, appearing very strange.
Beiming Ce, Yin Kui, and Jiu Shan were standing aside, their expressions serious.
Other than them, there was also Beiming Ce’s father, Beiming Qie.
Beiming Qie was at Earth Realm, Third Sky. He always took care of affairs outside of Tianyun City, but after hearing about the chaos happening in Tianyun City, he rushed here from Beiluo City overnight.
After Beiming Shang fought with Xia Xin Yan, he immediately entered the Ice Pavilion, and hadn’t come out since.
The masters in the Beiming family were worried about Beiming Shang. They strictly guarded the Ice Pavilion, and had been on the look-out from day to night, afraid that mishaps might happen in this crucial moment.
After a very long time, the frost on Beiming Shang’s body gradually seeped into his body.
Beiming Qie and Beiming Ce both called out.
Beiming Shang slowly opened his eyes, and breathed out a cloud of white frost. He said, “That girl’s Martial Spirit is strange, she could actually use her power from her last life and instantly step into the Sky Realm. The Endless Sea is truly a holy place for thousands of warriors. And only from that place could such a frightening Martial Spirit exist.”
“Father, are you alright?” Beiming Qie asked worriedly.
Shaking his head, Beiming Shang said, “Did you find that girl?”
“She mysteriously disappeared last night. We searched all night, but couldn’t find any trace of her.”
Beiming Qie was slightly nervous, he hesitated, and then said, “But early this morning, she returned to the Misty Pavilion. Our spies say that she only stayed in the Misty Pavilion for a short moment, then she left alone. We don’t know where she went.”
“Last night her injuries were worse than mine. We couldn’t find her last night, and now we have missed the best chance.” Beiming Shang sighed, then said, “She dared to appear this morning, that means her injuries have almost recovered. We don’t have a chance to take her anymore. Pass on my orders, don’t move on the Misty Pavilion.”
“Understood.” Beiming Qie nodded, but he also felt a little regretful, “Tianyun City is full of our spies, I wonder where the hell she hid last night. If we could’ve found her, then we could’ve killed her.”
“We missed our chance so we can’t do anything about it, not everything’s going to go our way.” Beiming Shang got over the matter, he pondered, and then said, “Keep an eye on all four city gates! Release all the Cloud Eagles in the family, if any major figures of the other four families are getting in or out of the city, inform me immediately!”
“Father, you’re saying?”
“Ding Yan is definitely dead! Someone must have gotten that half of the fragmented map, or else there’s no reason why someone cannot wait to seize that other half of the fragmented map from the Misty Pavilion.”
Beiming Shang sneered, and said, “The Mo family lost miserably this time. If they had a Sky Realm master to back them up, with Mo Tuo’s temperament, he wouldn’t have just let this slide! We only need to wait two days, if the Mo family doesn’t make any major actions in two days, we can eliminate them from the possibilities.”
“Who could it be?”
“Whichever family couldn’t hold it in anymore, and leaves the city first.”
Beiming Shang scowled, and said, “That girl left the Misty Pavilion early in the morning, she definitely must have figured out something. Maybe the two map pieces have already been put together by now. Keep an eye on the Misty Pavilion too, we can ignore the fight between the Mo and Shi families for now. Spread out all our spies, in three days, if any direct descendants of the three families leave the city, I need to receive the news immediately!”