A martial skill that had been cultivated by a True God realm third Sky Master, even with only basics, it still made Shi Yan ecstatic.
To make Shi Yan obtain the Soul Gathering Pearl, the Ice Cold Flame really went through great pains.
Not only did it clearly explain the origin and use of the Soul Gathering Beast as well as the Soul Gathering Pearl itself, it also gave him a type of martial skill from its memory just to make Shi Yan capable of defending against one soul attack of the Soul Gathering Pearl.
Shi Yan’s face was full of joy as he hid in the dense leaves of the old tree, and sank his mind into the Blood Vein Ring. He carefully listened to the Ice Cold Flame’s introduction.
“During the cultivation route of you human warriors, you will get influenced by thoughts of hate, greed, delusions, obsession, and resentment. These are collectively called as demons of the mind; they can drive you to insanity and destroy all the cultivation in your body. However, there are also strong-powered and strong-minded warriors, who not only don’t fear the demons of the mind, they can put them to some use.”
“Demons of the mind?” Shi Yan was surprised for a moment, “The martial skill you’re about to tell me, is related to the demons of the mind?”
“Exactly! By using your demons of the mind such as hate, greed, delusion, obsession, and resentment, with a special method to gather them into a cluster of demonic feelings and then using your soul to leave an imprint in the demons of the soul, you can temporarily form a demonic soul. The demonic soul can count as a fake soul of yours. When you encounter the soul attack of the pearl, you only need to release the demonic soul. The soul power of the Soul Gathering Pearl will destroy your fake soul, but your real soul will be unharmed.”
“Demonic soul? Only a fake soul?”
“Hmph!” The Ice Cold Flame was a little impatient, “Of course the demonic soul cultivated by that guy was not only this! He could use the demons of the mind to form into a real demonic soul. The real demonic soul, is a second soul that has magical powers, and even has a second Sea of Consciousness. Once he finds the right body, the demonic soul can even form a second him! The demonic soul is made from the demons of the mind; it has the life imprint of the main soul as well as the memories and knowledge of the main soul. As long as the demonic soul is weaker than the main soul, it will be controlled by the main soul. But once the demonic soul becomes stronger than the main soul, it can even control the main soul, turning a God realm master into a bloodthirsty monster!”
“Then according to what you said, having a demonic soul is like having an extra life?”
“Exactly! When the demonic soul is cultivated, at crucial moments, the main soul can sacrifice the demonic soul to escape. As long as you live, you can keep forming more demonic souls; the worth of it is endless. Between the main soul and the demonic soul, as long as one lives, the other one can be reborn. They’re complementary to each other; it’s very amazing.”
“Hehe, the cultivation method of the demonic soul is sure amazing.”
“Hmph! I won’t tell you the method to cultivate the demonic soul. The one I’m teaching you is only to form the fake soul. You can only sacrifice it; it has no other powers. If I let you know the cultivation method of the demonic soul, you would certainly use it to go against me in the future. Don’t even think about it.”
Shi Yan chuckled. He knew that obtaining the cultivation method of the demonic soul from the Ice Cold Flame in a short time was not very realistic. He didn’t insist and continued to communicate: “Then tell me the method for forming the fake soul.”
“It’s like this: you have to gather the thoughts of hate, greed, delusion, obsession, and resentment, plus the different negative emotions in your body to form into a soul cluster in your mind. Once the soul cluster is made, put your soul into the fake soul and quickly leave. Then this way you will be able to leave an imprint of your soul in the fake soul, giving the soul cluster your soul imprint and forming the fake soul.”
“It’s that easy?”
“Of course it’s not just that. Halfway through it I will control a portion of power, to comb through your soul cluster for you. Then you can finally put in your soul. If I don’t help you a little, you will immediately be trapped by the fake soul and the demons of your mind will control your everything. You will become a bloodthirsty monster, with no independent consciousness.”
“You will help me halfway? How do you plan on helping me?” Shi Yan snickered, “Don’t think about getting out of the Blood Vein Ring!”
“This stupid ring keeps constraining me, my soul can’t get out at all, but my consciousness can be revealed a little. Hmph, if my soul could leave this stupid ring, I would’ve left long ago!”
“Alright, then let’s try right now.”
As the owner of the Blood Vein Ring, Shi Yan could control the Blood Vein Ring a little bit.
However, he already made up his mind. No matter what, he will never remove the power in the Blood Vein Ring that was constraining the Ice Cold Flame. This Ice Cold Flame was too evil and strong; it constantly wants to occupy his soul and seize his body.
Compared to the Soul Gathering Pearl, he was more afraid of the Ice Cold Flame!
So from the beginning to the end, he had always been emphasizing that he will not open up the Blood Vein Ring a single bit.
“Stop the nonsense! Let’s start quickly; the Soul Mirror formed by that Soul Gathering Pearl can summon the soul of the demon dweller at any time. Once that demon dweller’s soul comes out, we will have to immediately get to the Soul Gathering Pool. You have to obtain the Soul Gathering Pearl before the demon dweller gets to you; only then can you use the pearl to absorb him. Else, you’ll be at a dead end.”
After the Ice Cold Flame said that, Shi Yan didn’t dare to hesitate. He took in a deep breath and slowly took his consciousness away from the Blood Vein Ring.
Sizing up his surroundings, Shi Yan felt that this place was a little unfitting. This place was at the valley entrance of where the Soul Gathering Pearl was at, and there was a chance of a Gu family member walking around. If a strong warrior of the Gu family were to come and also just happened to release his soul consciousness to search, he might find his tracks.”
After thinking about it for a moment, as a precaution, Shi Yan jumped down from above and quickly left the valley.
After a few hours, Shi Yan arrived next to a dirt hill. He dug a dirt hole inside the hill and climbed in to form the fake soul.
When his meridians didn’t purify the power yet, the negative emotions that were able to affect his mind seemed to hide itself inside the meridians.
The mind power that Shi Yan let out, purposely gathered a portion of the negative emotions in his meridians, and then slowly moved it into his mind.
The different thoughts of hate, greed, delusion, obsession, and resentment, all repeatedly surfaced in Shi Yan’s mind. Under the detailed explanation of the Ice Cold Flame, once these thoughts surfaced inside his mind, he immediately merged them with the negative emotions, and then slowly gather them inside his mind.
After a very long time, in Shi Yan’s mind, there was an extra grey cyclone. Inside the cyclone, there were many negative emotions and demons of the mind; these emotions formed into an air mass. It kept influencing Shi Yan, making him gnash his teeth as the bloodthirsty murderous thoughts continued appearing in his mind.
This was similar to when Shi Yan’s meridians were purifying those powers, however, it was still weaker. It didn’t actually completely destroyed Shi Yan’s mind, and made him fall into a state when he didn’t even know who he was.
“Alright, I will change it for you a little.” A wisp of the Ice Cold Flame’s consciousness flew out of the Blood Vein Ring and into Shi Yan’s mind.
Shi Yan was on full guard; he wasn’t worried about the cyclone in his mind, but instead, was scared that the Ice Cold Flame would suddenly cause trouble.
He cautiously sensed around. He sensed the strand of consciousness from the Ice Cold Flame but realized that this consciousness wasn’t strong. Inside, there seemed to be no memory or wisdom mixed in it. Like his mind power, this was purely just a flow of mind energy; this mind energy didn’t bring any invasiveness.
Shi Yan didn’t dare to relax, he secretly took precautions. He was ready to immediately defend at any cost, if that mind energy from the Ice Cold Flame were to have any harmful actions to him.
He was worried that the Ice Cold Flame would play some tricks.
Fortunately, this flow of mind energy from the Ice Cold Flame seemed to really have no bad intention. This flow of icy energy all went into the center of that grey air mass.
Once this flow of cold soul energy was put in, the different demons of the mind of that air mass inside Shi Yan’s mind was evenly spread out. Even the negative emotions that he gathered seemed to have became more tame under the Ice Cold Flame’s cold energy.
“Alright, let your soul crawl in, and then immediately get out!” The Ice Cold Flame released the signal.
Without hesitation, Shi Yan concentrated his mind and gathered his consciousness. He slowly gathered his soul presence, and then formed it into a beam of light that fiercely pierced into the Fake Soul.
In a mere second, Shi Yan entered into layers of hallucinations: the early death of his parents, the boring nature of his life, the suffocation at the desperate moment of his adventure, ——all flowed into his mind.
Different green-faced fanged monsters also surfaced in the hallucinations. They all flared their claws and came at him, trying to drag him into the land of the dead…
There were also enchanting peerless beauties; they were dressed in revealing clothes. Their beautiful bodies were shown and they posed in seductive positions…
The different hallucinations all appeared from the fake soul. Shi Yan’s soul light beam, in the mere instant as it went through, actually saw endless evils and temptations.
Finally, the different evils and temptations quickly disappeared. When Shi Yan realized that he went through all those temptations, he was abruptly stunned.
In that fake soul, there were actually many miniature soul shadows of himself that appeared!
Those miniature shadows were in all different hallucinations. Their expressions were ferocious and evil, with the fierce bloodlust that seemed like it could destroy all. None of the miniature soul shadows in the hallucinations were normal!
“Those are the miniature shadows left by your soul imprint. Your soul imprint awakened the fake soul, giving the fake soul a part of your consciousness. Don’t worry, the fake soul has no powers; it can’t influence you. You only need to make the fake soul stand in front of you when touching the Soul Gathering Pearl. Then you will be able to defend against the soul attack of the Soul Gathering Pearl, and then grab the Soul Gathering Pearl.
“Fake Soul…” Shi Yan was stunned, “Why, why do I feel like I’m still in those hallucinations. Why, why do I feel like I didn’t walk out of there at at? The me inside the hallucinations seemed like the real me. What, what is going on?”
“You left a soul imprint in there. Although the fake soul has no powers, but it’s still a miniature shadow of the demons of your mind; it’s interworking with your real soul. It’s normal that you have those feelings. Once you form the real demonic soul, what you will experience would be even more intriguing. But I will never tell you the true method of cultivating the demonic soul!”
Demonic soul! Demonic soul!
Shi Yan retreated his consciousness from the Blood Vein Ring. His eyes suddenly brightened as he murmured under his breath: “Sooner or later I will get it out of you! Hmph!”
When his consciousness left the Blood Vein Ring, the Ice Cold Flame couldn’t hear him talking to himself, but it still kept flashing.
Three days later.
Shi Yan, who had been observing the sky, suddenly noticed there were many black shadows on the sky. Those shadows were lined up as they slowly flew towards the biggest mine of the Gu family.
Shi Yan looked up and immediately recognized that the black shadows were the Cyan Blood Bats that he once rode.
His face changed. Shi Yan judged the situation and realized that from his location to the Gu family’s mine, it would take at least half a day to get there.
However, going to the valley of the Soul Gathering Pearl would only need two hours!
After pondering for a moment, Shi Yan quickly made a decision; he immediately sprinted towards the valley where the Soul Gathering Pearl was at.
He knew that the situation was going to change very soon!