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The Stellar Energy in Wang Chong’s body was actually starting to be drawn away by some invisible energy.
The Great Yinyang Heaven Creation Art was the world’s number one evil art. It absorbed the arts of others, but never had someone else been able to absorb its energy.
Wang Chong was truly shocked this time.
“Be careful! This is the energy of the formation! It uses the power of the world! It’s probably not just us who are feeling this pull!”
The Demonic Emperor Old Man’s voice came from beside him. The Demonic Emperor Old Man was also suffering from the pull, master and disciple seemingly standing in front of a giant maw that constantly absorbed their Stellar Energy.
At the level to which Wang Chong and the Demonic Emperor Old Man had cultivated, one’s Stellar Energy was as tough and dense as steel. If even experts like them were affected, one could easily imagine what state the others were in.
This was enough to make anyone frightened.
“I can’t move! What’s going on?! How could this be!?”
“Save me! Save me! I don’t want to die! I don’t want to die!”
As Wang Chong and the Demonic Emperor Old Man were doing all they could to resist the power of the formation, they could hear screams coming from adjacent areas.
A few moments later, these miserable screams came to a sudden halt. But the cold in one’s heart left by the screams of the dying remained.
Rumble! Before the first wave had even settled down, another wave arrived.
As Wang Chong and the others were still trying to get their bearings, their surroundings shook. At the same time, the Formation Elder urgently called out.
“Not good! The formation here has been thrown into disarray! We’ve been pushed from the Rest Gate to the Alarm Gate!”
Even the tone of the Formation Elder’s voice had changed. The Rest Gate was one of the safer of the eight gates, a place where one could stand firm. The dangers they faced there were much less than the ones that the people elsewhere had to face.
But just a moment ago, the formation’s energy had pushed them from the Rest Gate and into the extremely dangerous Alarm Gate.
The eight gates of the formation were intricately connected. If one could not enter the Life Gate or the Rest Gate, one would be pushed along through the less dangerous gates to the more dangerous gates, until one was finally pushed into the Death Gate, where one would be pummeled by the formation’s power until death.
As the Formation Elder’s voice was still echoing in his ears, Wang Chong felt the pull from the formation multiply in strength.
His Stellar Energy began to flow away at an even faster rate.
At almost the same moment, a howl came from overhead.
The Formation Elder glanced up and grimaced. In the sky, massive stone pillars that would need the armspan of two people to enclose were plummeting with astonishing speed.
Each stone pillar was seven to eight thousand jin, and more importantly, these stone pillars radiated powerful ripples of Origin Energy.
The formation had poured the vast energy of the world into the stone pillars, making each of them equivalent to the full-power attack of a Saint Martial expert.
Such an attack was threatening even to experts on the level of Wang Chong and the Demonic Emperor Old Man.
Everyone instantly paled.
The Alarm Gate!
This was one of the more dangerous formation gates of this formation. If the attacks were already this powerful here, they could easily imagine how dangerous the Pain and Death Gates were.
At almost the same moment, vast Stellar Energy soared into the skies, striking those stone pillars. With a thunderous boom, all the stone pillars were obliterated.
“Time is short. I’ll deal with the stone pillars while you think of a way out!” the Demonic Emperor Old Man loudly shouted. He had been the one who had shattered the stone pillars, but the danger followed them like their shadows, and this was only the beginning.
Ripples appeared in the sky as invisible energy poured into the space. Stone slabs began to congregate, and in the blink of an eye, a massive stone pillar had taken form, with a second and third well on their way to completion.
This kind of stone pillar would not just vanish because they were attacked. As long as one remained in the Alarm Gate, these stone pillars would emerge in an endless stream to rain down attacks.
The situation was dire. Their energy was constantly being drained while giant rocks were falling from the sky.
The Formation Elder lowered his head and began to think frantically as cold beads of sweat rolled off his forehead. In just a few moments, the Formation Elder’s face was completely red and his body was soaked.
The Formation Elder had never been an expert martial artist, and there was a big gap between him and Wang Chong. Nor was he that sort of character who could remain unperturbed even as a mountain collapsed.
In a peaceful environment, he would definitely be able to think of a way, but in this sort of urgent situation where there was so much pressure on him, he could not think as he normally did.
Even though he knew it was a problem, the Formation Elder had never been able to correct it.
A new wave of attacks was about to descend, and the group was about to be pushed further in the direction of the even more dangerous Pain and Death Gates. At this moment, an extremely calm voice rang out.
“Qian Palace, straight north. In one hundred and twelve steps, the View Gate will appear!”
As he spoke, Wang Chong thrust out a palm, sending Stellar Energy flooding into the air to shatter apart the third stone pillar, which had just finished forming, and then shot off in the direction of the Qian Palace.
Everyone else soon understood what was going on, and those unaffiliated martial artists rushed off in the direction Wang Chong had indicated.
“That’s right! It’s the View Gate, the View Gate!”
Wang Chong’s words caused the Formation Elder to quickly calm down, and he soon calculated the View Gate’s position. In the brief time that had passed since they had moved from the Rest Gate to the Alarm Gate, three hundred and twenty-four shifts had already taken place.
Now that the reaction had been set off, returning from the Alarm Gate to the Rest was impossible. Moreover, the three hundred and twenty-four shifts were each pushing them toward the extremely dangerous Death Gate, as would the six hundred and eighty-two further shifts soon to come.
The Qian Palace direction, where the View Gate would briefly appear, presented their only chance. As long as they could get into the View Gate, they could avoid the inevitable death that came with the Death Gate. This was the best choice in their situation.
But this opportunity would only last for a moment. If they did not seize it, they would lose their only chance to escape the current predicament.
If one wanted to find this only chance of survival, one would need to make six to seven hundred calculations in just a few moments. And when it came to calculations, Wang Chong truly possessed astonishing talent.
“Qian Palace, leaning west, sixteen steps. We can get into the View Gate six seconds faster,” the Formation Elder suddenly called out.
Wang Chong quickly responded to the Formation Elder’s words. The older were still the wiser, and though he had managed to find their only chance at survival and even calculate the distance and direction, his calculations had still somewhat differed from reality. The Formation Elder was truly more capable in this aspect.
Wang Chong, the Demonic Emperor Old Man, the Formation Elder, and all the unaffiliated martial artists charged in the direction indicated by the Formation Elder.
Rumble! The entire formation was still shifting around, and the group could be swept up into a more dangerous formation gate at any moment. Bzzz! Suddenly, it seemed like they had crossed into a different world. The massive stone pillars vanished and the massive pull instantly weakened.
The View Gate!
The group immediately knew that they had entered a new formation gate.
Wang Chong sighed in relief, but a moment later, he felt that something was wrong. Everyone who had followed him inside—his master, the Formation Elder, the unaffiliated martial artists—had vanished. Only Wang Chong was left in the formation gate.
Wang Chong had just spoken when, to his astonishment, the gray sky turned orange-red. At the same time, to his left and right, two masters appeared. Stunned, he immediately swallowed back the rest of his word.
As Wang Chong was staring in confusion at the two ‘masters’, the two became four. And in the blink of an eye, there were also eight Formation Elders, all of them looking in shock at him.
“Kid, just which one is you!”
Hearing the Formation Elder’s confused voice, Wang Chong frowned. Just as he was about to speak, his eyes looked ahead, and what he saw instantly rendered him speechless.
In a place between the Formation Elders and the Demonic Emperor Old Men, light rippled, and then a person identical in appearance to himself walked out.
Their eyes met, and they stared.
Fake mountains, trees, bamboo, streams… several other objects began to manifest around him.
Wang Chong could even hear gurgling water. And amidst the streams and gardens, several dozen martial artists appeared, all of them prone on the ground, expressions of shock on their faces.
“Be careful! Everything here is an illusion. Close your eyes and use Psychic Energy to sense!” A voice suddenly resounded in Wang Chong’s mind, the elderly and deep voice of his master.
Wang Chong instantly understood.
The defining trait of the View Gate was illusion, but unlike normal illusions, these illusions were indistinguishable from the real one. Even the sound of flowing water could be replicated. And if one were injured here, it might not end up being a simple illusion.
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