Chapter 868: Peak of the Void Stage
Translator: KurazyTolanzuraytor Editor: JayC
At the same time, an aged figure appeared in the sky.
This was an old man in azure clothes with grey hair and brows, his appearance seemed to look slightly fierce and savage, and he had a tuft of a short goatee on his chin.
Terror that came from the heart suffused the old man’s eyes as looked at the nearby yellow clothed young woman, and at the same time, he couldn’t help but protect the goatee on his chin.
He would forever be unable to forget the scene from a few years ago!
The beard he’d kept for many years was pulled off hair by hair by this young woman before him, and the deep grief from it was a sorrowful moment in his lifetime that was impossible to erase.
“Big dog, you’ve finally come out! I was thinking how could it be such a coincidence that you went on a long journey as soon as I arrived… Looks like I wasn’t wrong, and you were intentionally avoiding me.” Han Xue Nai’s eyes lit up when she saw the azure clothed old man make an appearance, and she seemed as if she’d seen something that was novel and fun.
“Young Miss Xue Nai, you haven’t changed in the slightest after so many years.” The azure clothed old man laughed bitterly, and at the same time, he was shocked by the young woman’s appearance that hadn’t changed in the slightest after experiencing a few years of time.
He still remembered that when he met the young woman for the first time all those years ago, she had the exact same appearance as the appearance she had now, and the young woman actually didn’t grow up after a few years had passed.
But when the young woman’s harmless and pure smile entered into his eyes, it was no different than the smile of a devil.
He knew that this young woman was a little devil, a complete and utter devil!
Her outward appearance was only there to confuse others.
“Big dog, don’t change the topic… Quickly, tell me why you were avoiding me? If you don’t tell me today, then I’ll make these five little dogs transform into shards of ice!” Han Xue Nai glared at the azure clothed old man and spoke.
The azure clothed old man was the elusive Fort Master of the Skywolf Fort, Qing Lang, and he was an existence that had stepped into the peak of the Void Stage.
The Void Stage was divided into the Void Prying, Void Initiation, Void Interpretation, and Void Transformation Stage.
The highest level was the ninth level of the Void Transformation Stage.
However, even amongst martial artists that were similarly at the ninth level of the Void Transformation Stage, there was a difference in strength.
For example, Feng Wei’s master, Luo Fu, who led the five great Vice Fort Masters of the Skywolf Fort had a strength that surpassed the other ninth level Void Transformation Stage Vice Fort Master, Meng Li.
If the two of them were to battle each other, then Luo Fu would be able to defeat Meng Li within 10 moves.
At the bottom of it all, it was because the strongest Concept Meng Li had comprehended was only an eighth level Void Transformation Concept, and his other Concepts were Void Interpretation Concepts at most.
On the other hand, not only had Luo Fu comprehended a ninth level Void Transformation Concept, he’d also comprehended another low level Void Transformation Concept.
When the two were compared, the difference was like a chasm.
However, before the Fort Master of Skywolf Fort, Qing Lang, Luo Fu wouldn’t even be able to receive a single strike.
Because Qing Lang was a ninth level Void Transformation Stage expert that had comprehended two types of ninth level Void Transformation Concepts, and this type of ninth level Void Transformation Stage experts were also said to be at the peak of the Void Stage!
They were only half a step away before being able to step into the Martial Monarch Stage.
It was common knowledge that so long as a martial artist on Cloud Continent stepped into the Void Initiation Stage, they would start comprehending Concept.
Force at the Void Prying Stage, Elementary Concept at the Void Initiation Stage, Intermediate Concept at the Void Interpretation Stage, and Advanced Concept at the Void Transformation Stage.
However, if a ninth level Void Transformation Stage expert wanted to break through to the Martial Monarch Stage, then the expert must comprehend Profundity.
Only a ninth level Void Transformation Stage expert that had comprehended profundity was capable of becoming a Martial Monarch Stage expert!
The precondition to comprehend Profundity was to first comprehend at least two types of ninth level Advanced Concepts.
If one was unable to even achieve this, then it would be impossible to comprehend Profundity.
For example, if a ninth level Void Transformation Stage expert comprehended a ninth level Advanced Fire Concept, then if the expert wanted to comprehend it a step further and comprehend Fire Profundity, then the expert must exert pressure onto his Advanced Fire Concept, whereas only another ninth level Advanced Concept was capable of exerting pressure on a Concept of similar level, and it might not succeed.
It was common knowledge that water countered fire.
If a ninth level Void Transformation Stage expert who comprehended ninth level Advanced Fire Concept was capable of comprehending ninth level Advanced Water Concept, then the expert would most probably be able to smoothly break through to the Martial Monarch Stage.
However, because water countered fire, unless one obtained a fortuitous encounter, otherwise, it would practically be impossible to comprehend these two Concepts to become ninth level Advanced Concepts at the same time.
On the other hand, if a ninth level Void Transformation Stage expert comprehended ninth level Advanced Fire Concept comprehended another type of ninth level Advanced Concept instead of ninth level Advanced Water Concept would find that the effect was reduced greatly.
There were many martial artists on Cloud Continent that had comprehended two types of ninth level Advanced Concepts yet were unable to take the last step to become a Martial Monarch Stage expert in their entire lifetimes!
There was a difference in strength amongst experts at the peak of the Void Stage as well.
There were some experts at the peak of the Void Stage that had comprehended three or more types of ninth level Advanced Concepts on Cloud Continent.
The possibility for these experts to break through to the Martial Monarch Stage was much greater than experts that had only comprehended two types of ninth level Advanced Concepts.
All in all, if one wanted to become a Martial Monarch Stage expert, one would at least have to comprehend two types of ninth level Advanced Concepts because that was the lowest threshold.
“Young Miss Xue Nai, I was in closed door cultivation lately, and I told them before going into closed door cultivation that they should say I went on a long journey if someone came looking for me. So I didn’t intentionally avoid Young Miss Xue Nai.” Qing Lang laughed bitterly when faced with Han Xue Nai’s aggressiveness, and he utterly didn’t dare admit that he was intentionally avoiding her.
Han Xue Nai’s expression eased up slightly when she heard Qing Lang.
“Young Miss Xue Nai, since I’ve come out now… I hope you can be magnanimous and spare them.” Qing Lang submitted before Han Xue Nai.
“Hmph!” Han Xue Nai grunted in a low voice, and with a wave of her hand, the shapeless energy that held the five human shaped ice sculptures dispersed.
At the same time, the icy cold energy on the bodies of the five Vice Fort Masters were withdrawn by her, causing the coldness that was both on the surface and within the bodies of the five Vice Fort Master to vanish, and their Origin Energy that was sealed in ice recovered.
After plunging down for a while, the five figures mobilized their Origin Energy to stabilize themselves.
At this moment, the gazes they shot at Han Xue Nai were filled with terror, and it was as if they were looking at a dreadful monster.
This young woman that looked to be only at the age of 15 or 16 had a strength that wasn’t inferior to their Fort Master!
“I truly never imagined that we’ve only not seen each other for a few years, yet not only has Young Miss Xue Nai ninth level Advanced Ice Concept, you’ve even comprehended ninth level Advanced Wind Concept… Moreover, Young Miss Xue Nai is already capable of ingeniously combining these two Concept, so you’re probably extremely close to the Martial Monarch Stage, right?” Qing Lang gasped and couldn’t help but ask.
A few years ago, when he met the young woman for the first time, the young woman’s strength was nothing worth mentioning before him, and he was afraid of the young woman because of the expert by the young woman’s side.
Today, when he met the young woman for the second time, he faintly noticed something.
The young woman’s strength had already surpassed him, and she was even closer to the Martial Monarch Stage than him.
He had a feeling that it would probably not be long before the young woman would smoothly break through to the Martial Monarch Stage!
“Big dog, you have good eyesight… Now that I think of it, I haven’t ridden you for a good few years. The reason I came looking for you this time is mainly because I want to make you my mount for a period of time, and I want you to carry me and Xue Yi around to look for my Big Brother Ling Tian.” Han Xue Nai’s eyes narrowed as she spoke slowly to Qing Lang.
Qing Lang’s face went grim when he heard this.
On the other hand, the other five Vice Fort Masters of Skywolf Fort were dumbstruck as well.
Isn’t this Young Miss’s request going too far?
She’s asking our Fort Master to be her mount?
Their Skywolf Fort’s Master was a formidable Demon, and this was something that they had knowledge of.
But even they had only heard that the Fort Master’s true form was a wolf demon, yet they’d never seen how the Fort Master’s true form looked exactly.
“Young Miss Xue Nai, why don’t I arrange for another Demon to be your mount? How about a ninth level Void Transformation Stage Demon? Its speed won’t be much inferior to me.” Qing Lang laughed bitterly.
“No, I want you! Big dog, you’re becoming more and more disobedient now… Do you want me to call Qing Nu over before you’ll be willing to listen to me?” Han Xue Nai’s brows knit together as she spoke with slight displeasure.
Qing Lang’s face went pale when he heard Han Xue Nai, and he said hurriedly, “Young Miss Xue Nai, you don’t have to trouble Ancestor for this small matter… Since you’ve taken a fancy of Little Qing being your mount, then it’s Little Qing’s honor, it’s Little Qing’s honor!” As he finished speaking, Qing Lang looked at the five dumbstruck Vice Fort Masters, then looked at the group of elders and disciples that were standing in the sky below him, and he had a slightly embarrassed expression.
“Young Miss Xue Nai, you… See, I’m the Fort Master of Skywolf Fort at any rate. How about we go to a different place?” Asking him, the dignified Fort Master of Skywolf Fort, to transform into his true form before so many people and become the mount for two young women was something he really couldn’t do out of embarrassment.
The scene before their eyes caused the five Vice Fort Masters to be petrified completely.
They were able to perceive that their supreme Fort Master had obviously agreed to this Young Miss’s request to temporarily act as her mount.
Most importantly, they discerned a slight inkling from what the Fort Master had said earlier.
“Master, do you know who the Qing Nu this Young Miss spoke of is? Why did the Fort Master address that person as Ancestor?” Feng Wei couldn’t help but ask Luo Fu via voice transmission.
“I remember from few years ago, the expert by this Young Miss’s side that seemed to be an expert at the Martial Monarch Stage or above was called Qing Nu by her.” Luo Fu replied via voice transmission. “But, I never imagined that expert had such a relationship with our Fort Master.”
“Hmph! This Young Miss doesn’t have the time to go somewhere else with you, I impatiently want to go look for my Big Brother Ling Tian… Quickly!” Han Xue Nai grunted and urged.
At this moment, those elders and disciples of Skywolf Fort in the sky below them were quite far away from them and were unable to hear the conversation between Han Xue Nai and their Vice Fort Master, otherwise, their jaws would surely be shocked off.