At nightfall, red clouds filled the sky, and the earth was tinted red by the light of dusk.
The ground was devastated. Bottomless ditches were spread everywhere, like sword wounds on one’s body. Under the sun’s fading light, the ground looked like it was covered with a layer of blood, which looked a little creepy.
In the ditches, there were roots of many plants with the corpses of many demon beasts and humans. A light rotting odor was spreading from inside the ditches, giving off a nauseating smell.
A carriage slowly stopped at a far end of this piece of land.
“We’re here.” The coachman turned back and looked into the carriage. He hesitated for a moment, and then said, “I’ll wait for you in this area. You should come back as soon as possible. I will not wait for long.”
The carriage door opened and Shi Yan poked his head out. He threw a little bag to the coachman, and smiled. “Wait for three days. If we are not back in three days then you can go back by yourself. Don’t worry, I will pay you more when we return. I wouldn’t make you wait for nothing.”
The coachman didn’t answer immediately. He opened the little bag and carefully counted the crystal coins inside. Then he finally smiled and said, “Alright, I will wait for three days. If you don’t come back after three days, I will leave by myself.”
Shi Yan and the veiled Xia Xinyan slowly walked out of the carriage. They didn’t bother with the coachman and walked straight towards that area with all the bloody crevices.
The land in that area was filled with bottomless ditches. The carriages wouldn’t be able to go through.
In the ditches, the corpses of demon beasts and humans were giving a strong odor, which was not something any ordinary person could handle. It was reasonable that the coachman didn’t want to come.
Shi Yan carefully walked forward. On the way, they encountered many warriors of different ranks. They were also traveling on foot.
This place was originally a small town, but, due to the earthquake, all the houses collapsed and many people were buried alive. Some low level demon beasts from the nearby mountains were also struck by the disaster, and became corpses in the ditches.
Along the way, Shi Yan was quite indifferent, but Xia Xinyan was frowning the whole way. She covered her nose with her delicate hands. Clearly, she didn’t like the smell here.
There were ditches everywhere, so the two had to be careful while walking. They moved through the higher points, around the long deep ditches.
Around them, three groups of warriors were also covering their noses and frowning. They observed their surroundings and carefully moved forward at the same time.
The three groups of warriors had a few dozen people. Most were at the Human and Nascent realms, with a few being Disaster realm warriors, but they were all of very old. Some were even white-haired.
These people should be either Menluo Island warriors, or from some insignificant forces from the neighboring islands. They were not exceptional people.
Within them, a few male warriors were lustfully glancing at Xia Xinyan while walking. There were also some that purposely dropped behind so they could stare at Xia Xinyan’s alluring waist and butt, drooling all the while.
In the beginning, Shi Yan didn’t care much, but when he realized that many male warriors, who were originally in front of them, now were slowly dragging behind, he finally noticed this strange situation.
Shi Yan’s expression darkened. He quietly used his Profound Qi and Yin Qi to make a Gravitational Field, and released it upon them.
A fifty year-old man, whose eyes were the most perverted, suddenly stumbled and dropped straight down into a ditch, making direct contact with the rotting corpses in the bottom.
More warriors with impure thoughts in their eyes fell into the ditches, one after the other, making close contact with the demon beast corpses and the human corpses. Their bodies were covered with rotting odors.
Soon, warriors from the surrounding groups all realized this strange phenomenon.
Among those people, there were some skilled cultivators, but not even they could figure out what was going on.
Thus, when they looked at Shi Yan and Xia Xinyan again, their eyes were filled with more fear and respect. Those male warriors all stopped the lustful looks on their faces, and put on serious faces. They no longer dared to stare at Xia Xinyan.
“Oh you.” Xia Xinyan lightly shook her head, she said in frustration, “I’m already used to these looks. If I was like you and attacked everyone that kept looking at me, wouldn’t I die from exhaustion?”
“How dare they look at my girl!” Shi Yan scowled. He turned around and threw a vicious glare at those people, then he snorted coldly, “I am being merciful by not taking their lives.”
“Who’s your girl?” this gave Xia Xinyan a real headache. She rolled her eyes.
Shi Yan grinned and didn’t answer.
Xia Xinyan was frustrated, but she could do nothing about Shi Yan’s rascally nature, so she started to ignore him and continued walking forward.
After two hours.
The two arrived at a crowded, noisy place. Here the ditches were so deep, it was as if they were bottomless, each being like a giant pit. They were dark and deep, and filled with countless corpses.
A prism-shaped iceberg poked out of one of the deep ditches, like a sharp sword. It was two thousand feet tall, and pointed straight up into the sky.
A chilling icy energy was spreading out from that iceberg. The closer you came to it, the cooler it felt.
Some lower ranked warriors could only watch from afar, as they couldn’t dare to get too close to the iceberg.
The dozens of well-dressed warriors from the Magical Wonderland, the Dongfang family, and the Heaven Lake Divine Land were gathering around a thousand meters away from the iceberg. Their expressions were confused, and they were whispering to each other, as if quietly discussing something.
Xia Xinyan suddenly stopped.
Shi yan also stopped after her. At fifteen hundred meters from the iceberg, they gazed up to the sky above.
The iceberg was wreathed with a light cold fog. Under the setting sun’s light, it gave off a bloody, red light. Inside the glistening iceberg, there were many strange signs hovering . Those signs seemed to come from some secret spells, and they were swirling with bright colors and lights, and giving faint energy fluctuations.
This was only the tip of the iceberg. A bigger block of ice was hidden more deeply in the ground. It was unknown as to how big it was.
Shi Yan and Xia Xinyan furrowed their brows while looking at the iceberg, then they secretly looked at the three groups of people closest to the iceberg. Their expressions were serious.
“The Sky Realm elder Chen Duo, from the Magical Wonderland, the Saintess Qu Yanqing, from the Heaven Lake Divine Land, and Dongfang He, from the Dongfang family…” Xia Xinyan pointed towards the three groups of people present there, and explained quietly about the backgrounds of those three people.
Following Xia Xinyan’s finger, Shi Yan quietly looked towards the three groups of people.
The Magical Wonderland’s Sky realm elder Chen Duo was a big chubby guy. He had a beaming smile and tiny eyes. His face was full of fat, and the fat on his face shook and quivered as he talked. Beside him, there were twelve Magical Wonderland warriors. Their ranks include those who were at the Nascent to Nirvana realms.
The Saintess from the Heaven Lake Divine Land wore a white palace dress. The hem of the dress was decorated with beautiful triangular jade pieces. Her figure was enchanting and her skin was fair as snow. Although her face looked quite normal, her temperament was deep and profound, making her hard to figure out. Beside her, there were also seven Heaven Lake Divine Land warriors. They were all beautiful women. Five were in the Earth realm and two were in the Nirvana realm.
[Ed:Here’s what her dress look like http://www.dolldivine.com/palace-chinese-drama.php-chinese-drama.ph]
Dongfang He had a green robe on and his expression was cold. He was in the third sky of Nirvana realm, and behind him stood twelve warriors. One of them was an old lady that looked extremely young and lively. There was not a single wrinkle on her skin, and she was actually in the Sky realm.
The Magical Wonderland, the Heaven Lake Divine Land, and the Dongfang family didn’t specifically send people here. They were all active in the nearby seas, and suddenly heard of the strange phenomenon on the island and, thus, they hurried here.
“Saintess? Doesn’t look that great.” After listening to her explanation, Shi Yan’s twitched his lips.
“You bastard.” Xia Xin Yan laughed out loud, “All you do is look at the bodies of women. Between you and the men you pushed into the ditches, there is, essentially, no difference.”
Shi Yan grinned.
“Qu Yanqing is a very famous beauty in the Endless Sea. It’s just that she usually wears a thin mask, and rarely shows her true face. A saintess from the Heaven Lake Divine Land can never fall in love with a man in their lifetime, so the saintesses never show their true faces in front of men. Don’t expect to ever see her true face.” Xia Xinyan quietly spoke.
“Never to fall in love with a man in their lifetime?” Shi Yan shook his head, “Bullshit Divine Land!”
Xia Xinyan rolled her eyes at him and stopped explaining.
“There are so many people.”
Gu Jiange’s gentle voice came from behind.
Soon, Gu Jiange and the four Nirvana realm warriors from the Gu family crossed through the scattered warriors and approach the iceberg. When he arrived at a thousand meters away from the iceberg, along with the Magical Wonderland, the Dongfang family, and the Heaven Lake Divine Land, they separated into four groups, each standing beside the iceberg.
“Jiange, you’re here too?” Dongfang He glanced at him, and forced a smile onto his cold face, “Are there any others?”
“Greetings, uncle He.” Gu Jiange bowed, he smiled, “No, it’s just us. I just happened to be at Gyro Island, and I heard something strange happened here, so I came to see. Uncle He, you were here early, did you discover anything?”
Many surrounding warriors, once they heard Gu Jiange, all focused towards Dongfang He.
“The mysterious signs in the Iceberg flowed with a constraining power. Our three sides already attacked the constraint together many times, but none of us has succeeded.” Dongfang He shook his head, “The constraining power is very unusual. We tried a couple of times and the constraining power finally seems to be loosening. Soon, we will try again. Hehe, you should contribute too.”
“My pleasure.” Gu Jiange smilingly nodded.
Then, Gu Jiange scanned the crowd, and quickly found Xia Xinyan and Shi Yan.
Gu Jiange’s eyes brightened, he smiled and nodded towards Shi Yan and Xia Xinyan, as a greeting.
Shi Yan smiled casually, and nodded back.
Xia Xinyan’s expression was indifferent, as if she didn’t see him. She remained unmoved.
Gu Jiange didn’t seem to mind, and he still kept that warm smile on his face.
“We should keep trying.” Chen Duo suddenly spoke, his chubby face filled with a wry smile, “the sooner we break the secret of the iceberg, the sooner we can report back, or else, if we wait until more forces come, even if we find something in the iceberg, it will become shared by more people. Don’t you all agree?”
Although Chen Duo said it like that, his eyes only looked at Dongfang He, Qu Yanqing, and Gu Jiange. He didn’t look at the warriors scattered a thousand meters away.
In his mind, if there really was a secret in the iceberg, no one else had the right to share it.
“Alright.” Dongfang He nodded. He spoke to the warriors behind him “everyone just has to try their best later.”
Qu Yanqing, Gu Jiange, and all the rest nodded in agreement.
Once Chen Duo saw that these three sides agreed, without even looking at anyone else, a little silver hammer suddenly flew out of his sleeve.
A deep overwhelmingly heavy force came from that little silver hammer. The little silver hammer suddenly grew bigger in mid-air. Like a little silver mountain, it fiercely struck at the revealed tip of the iceberg.