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Chapter 1008: Beneath the Abyss
Yi Yun knew that the Azure Wood Manor was an impressive seclusive sect. It was unfathomable at its prime, but even so, it was impossible for it to have many Divine Lords early in its establishment. The entire Ten Thousand Fey Empyrean Heaven only had a few dozen Divine Lords after all.
If a Divine Lord could die, who could bring out items from the Door to the 33 Skies?
Yue Yingsha said, “Back then, there were dozens of people who entered the Door to the 33 Skies. One of them was a Divine Lord. This Divine Lord ancestor died in the Door to the 33 Skies, and only three people managed to come out of the Door to the 33 Skies. They were all below the realm of Supremacies. Furthermore, the person who took out the Red Lotus manual was a Dao Manifestation realm warrior. His cultivation level was only a subrealm higher than me.”
“Dao Manifestation realm?”
Yi Yun was stunned. In an abyss where a Divine Lord had died, it was the Dao Manifestation and Dao Palace realm warriors that had managed to survive it. What could be the reason for that?
Yue Yingsha guessed what was on Yi Yun’s mind. She shook her head and said, “Don’t look at me. I don’t know why either. It has likely to do with how the Door to the 33 Skies is a strange place, to begin with. The level of one’s cultivation level either has no direct correlation with whether one would survive, or there is a very minute relationship. And back then, the sect had probed the Door to the 33 Skies multiple times, with a tiny bit of it affirmed every time. Eventually, the sect only let Dao Manifestation realm warriors enter. Many people died in it, with very few of them managing to come out of it. These probings happened until the Door to the 33 Skies disappeared. During that period, the Azure Wood Manor gained a great deal from it, but over eons, the Door to the 33 Skies had never appeared again…”
When Yue Yingsha said that, she let out a light sigh. As a descendant of the Azure Wood Manor, she knew very well that it had a sanguine history during its nascent development. Many of the disciples that entered the Door to the 33 Skies did not do so voluntarily.
As Yi Yun said that, he slowly approached the abyss’s entrance.
“You are going in?” asked Yue Yingsha.
“Or else?” Yi Yun returned with a question. Since the Door to the 33 Skies was not a land that guaranteed death, Yi Yun had the intention of exploring it. Most critically, the Red Lotus mystic technique had given Yi Yun many mental connections. He had once seen a strange woman that had something to do with such a red lotus.
Under such circumstances, Yi Yun naturally did not want to miss out on an opportunity to probe its secrets.
“Chu He, you stay behind.” Yue Yingsha said to Chu He.
“Sis, you are going in as well?” Chu He guessed Yue Yingsha’s thoughts. The Azure Wood Great World was about to be destroyed. With the Door to the 33 Skies appearing once again, as the successor of the Azure Wood Manor, Yue Yingsha had the intention of making a risky gamble.
“Sis, I do not want to stay outside. It’s not like it’s safe outside either.” Chu He said to Yue Yingsha. The second half of her statement was likely effective as Yue Yingsha hesitated for a moment before nodding.
“You can enter the God Advent Tower.”
Yi Yun released the God Advent Tower and allowed Chu He inside. Following that, he and Yue Yingsha flew straight towards the Door to the 33 Skies.
As they approached it, it was astounding to see the Door to the 33 Skies up close.
The abyss was like a world that had been cleaved off. The face of the abyss looked like the endless cosmos, while the river of darkness in the sky was expansive as it surged into the abyss before vanishing.
As for the countless treasures in the river of darkness, they were only phantoms or illusions. They besotted others, but like castles in the air, they were within sight but beyond reach.
“Why is the abyss named the Door to the 33 Skies?” Yi Yun stood at the entrance to the abyss and looked at the endless darkness. For some baffling reason, all the blood in his body began to surge at an increased speed.
“It’s from the records left behind in canon. The sect only has a few guesses.”
“Let’s go down!”
As Yi Yun spoke, his figure plunged into the abyss.
He and Yue Yingsha quickly descended for an unknown period of time. Being proficient in the laws of time, Yi Yun could sense that time in the abyss flowed at a different rate. It felt like he had entered a brand new world.
The black river flowed with stirring specter energy. Yi Yun did not know how far he had descended when he abruptly felt like he had penetrated a distorted space. Immediately following that, what he saw changed. He realized he had arrived in an underground world.
It was not pitch black like he imagined, but it was an overcast world. The ground was littered with gray rocks and there were black clouds floating in the sky. It was apparently those clouds that they had penetrated previously.
Yi Yun overlooked the world and spread out his perception, but he did not detect You Feihua’s location. It was unknown where he had gone despite entering first. This made Yi Yun secretly turn alerted.
Yi Yun landed on the ground and crushed a rock. A layer of gray powder stirred up.
Only then did Yi Yun realize that the layer of powder was somewhat soft. It was about an inch thick and there was whiteness amid the grayness. Beneath the grayish-white powder was black rock.
Standing on this piece of land, Yi Yun felt a baffling chill. It was as if he had come to a cemetery.
Yi Yun took a few steps forward and heard a light crack as if he had crushed something to bits. He looked down and saw a piece of broken bone. It had been crushed into powder by him and the fragments became part of the grayish-white powder.
Yi Yun immediately understood that the reason why the area was grayish-white was due to the layer of bone dust accumulated over the black rock.
And it was because of that reason did the area appear eerie. It made one’s soul feel like it was entombed in ice.
It was hard to imagine what sort of history this piece of land had in order to accumulate so much bone dust.
“This must be White Bone Ridge. I’ve seen it in the sect’s books. The bone dust is not left behind by members of my Azure Wood Manor. It was already here, to begin with…”
Yue Yingsha said, which made Yi Yun’s mind stir. “Does the Azure Wood Manor have a map to the Door to the 33 Skies?”
Yue Yingsha hesitated for a moment before nodding. She said, “Back when the sect probed the Door to the 33 Skies multiple times, it obtained much valuable information regarding the Door to the 33 Skies at the cost of sacrificing many lives. And all of this information was collated by an Elder who had entered the Door to the 33 Skies several times. He was proficient in Daoist arts. He had drawn a map for the Door to the 33 Skies and using his Daoist arts, he analyzed the danger of every area in the map…”
“That Elder’s cultivation level did not exceed the level of Supremacy eventually. He once said that the Door to the 33 Skies was once another world. It might be that it is an entrance to the Ten Thousand Fey Empyrean Heaven from another completely different world. It just so happened that the entrance opened up in the Azure Wood Great World.”
Yue Yingsha’s words left Yi Yun astonished.
The Door to the 33 Skies was a name recorded in ancient canon. Since it was given the name of a door, it was completely reasonable that it was the entrance to another world.
Upon thinking of this, Yi Yun had a deep sense how tiny he was. The world was majestic and it exceeded his imagination in every way.
“Oh? Someone is coming down!” Yue Yingsha said abruptly. Yi Yun looked up and saw the dark clouds overhead break apart. A bunch of figures flew straight down.
Yi Yun’s eyes turned cold as he clenched his pure Yang broken sword tightly.