Chapter 1255: Birthday
Gu Qing Shan had just been pulled back into his room, sitting on his bed.
He stared at the War God UI, then used [War God Skills] to activate the Samsara Mystery fist technique: Ethereal.
But he didn’t expect the follow-up notification:
[You’ve fully comprehended his Mystery fist technique]
[Please choose the Deific Authority you wish to use]
Gu Qing Shan skimmed over it, then realized.
The War God UI had said that this Mystery-grade fist technique needed to be performed by a Samsara Deity.
A different Deific Authority will result in a different fist technique.
It was quite miraculous!
Gu Qing Shan hesitated for a moment and decided against using his Huang Quan Devil King identity.
——-the fact that he was the Huang Quan Devil King was known to quite a few people.
If the manifested fist technique corresponded to that Deific Authority, somebody might be able to recognize him through it in the future.
It was a tiny chance, but he needed to take it into consideration.
Gu Qing Shan’s thoughts turned to his other Deific Authority.
The wielder of a Huang Quan Divine Weapon is a Deity of Huang Quan, so aside from the Huang Quan Devil King identity, I have another Deific Authority:
Samsara Mountain God.
This was a secret.
Other than the people closest to me, no one knows Shannu’s background.
In other words…
“I choose Samsara Mountain God” Gu Qing Shan silently stated in his mind.
Suddenly, the entire world moved away from him.
He found himself in a place without any people.
There wasn’t anything around him, only a vast expanse of ground in every direction.
Gu Qing Shan stood still.
The Six Paths Great Mountain sword appeared and flew into his hand, which he tightly grasped.
Countless words and whispers seem to be resounding by his ears, softly explaining something to him.
Gu Qing Shan understood what was happening.
Other entities had once made their way here in the past.
This space was the place for all Samsara Deities to awaken their Mystery techniques.
But then, where is this place?
Gu Qing Shan remained motionless.
He could sense that he was understanding something.
But whenever he tried to think about it, he found that he couldn’t remember at all.
What exactly is it?
Gu Qing Shan felt this sensation to be extremely uncomfortable.
At the very next instant.
He abruptly left this world.
He had returned, still sitting blankly on the side of his bed, listening to Li Qiu Yu and Zhao Qiong’s persuasion.
Apparently, only the blink of an eye had gone by.
All of a sudden, knowledge and understandings of the Mystery exploded in his mind, forming a full set of fist techniques one by one that felt almost like innate power that he had grasped since birth.
Lines of glowing text appeared on the War God UI:
[You’ve grasped the Mystery fist technique: Ethereal – Mountain fist]
[This Mystery fist technique is divided into four strikes, which are respectively: Grand Mountain, No Pardon, Myriad Shadows, and Null Tribulation]
Since the two women were still with him, he didn’t have time to read their descriptions fully and only skim through.
How interestingly, these four strikes seemed to correspond to the four Thaumaturgies of the Six Paths Great Mountain sword: [Protector], [Law Breaker], [Living’s Wisdom], and [Invincible].
When he read up to that point, more lines of glowing text appeared on the War God UI:
[You’ve fully grasped the Samsara Mystery fist technique: Ethereal]
[At this point, you’ve killed the Samsara Chief War Shaman and fully comprehend its inheritance]
[You are now one of the Samsara Lords of War, qualified to participate in the new age’s Samsara Clash For Supremacy]
[Your inherited fist technique is the identification of your status within the war]
Gu Qing Shan was a bit stunned.
I’m the new Shaman?
Then, I’ve completely replaced that human-headed snake entity and obtained its identity?
That Chief War Shaman originally wanted to take over a new body, using that to escape the Apocalypses within the great tomb.
——most likely, such a thing had never failed ever before.
After all, to the entities within the tomb, the humans of the Tomb of Myriad Beasts are nothing but insects.
Who would’ve thought it would be killed by the original owner of the body it attempted to take over and was replaced by them instead?
Gu Qing Shan’s mind tossed and turned, pondering over numerous measures.
At this point, Li Qiu Yu stroked his head and consoled: “Don’t be scared, perhaps the Dean and the others will return soon”
Zhao Qiong also said gently: “San Lang, you should go back to rest, with me and your sister here, nothing will happen”
Gu Qing Shan heard them.
He stayed silent for a few moments, then suddenly smiled.
“Senior Zhao, I was reading the piece of bone you gave me earlier. Whenever someone reaches the Divine Reflection stage of spirit linking, some sort of sign would appear, is that right?”
As he asked Zhao Qiong, he also lightly clenched his fist.
A faint yellow aura radiated from the young man’s body, illuminating the entire room.
Zhao Qiong and Li Qiu Yu were both stunned.
Zhao Qiong blankly muttered: “No… that’s impossible, your spirit linking progress was so fast, almost like…”
She didn’t finish her words, as if afraid that this was nothing but a dream.
“Like a once-in-a-life-time powerhouse”
Li Qiu Yu finished her words.
Her gaze was clear as water, observing Gu Qing Shan: “This is Samsara Derivative power, I can clearly sense it”
Zhao Qiong then said: “But I’ve heard that once someone reaches the Divine Reflection stage, they would suddenly become vivified, recalling matters of their past lives and awaken certain wisdoms, Li San Lang, you—–”
This time, it was Gu Qing Shan’s turn to be stunned.
What a bald-faced lie.
This explanation perfectly explains the changes in the replaced people’s personality and actions.
No wonder no one had ever suspected this even after so many years.
Suddenly, the entire city began to tremble.
A violent howl of anger resounded from far within the world.
“Oh no, that Apocalypse is about to activate!” Zhao Qiong said.
Li Qiu Yu was worried about her brother, so she hurriedly tried to go out and said: “San Lang, you should stay here and hide for now. I’ll go take a quick look before returning to protect you”
She was held back.
The one who did so was Li San Lang.
“What’s the matter?” Li Qiu Yu asked.
“Right now, I think the person at the highest spirit linked stage should be me” Gu Qing Shan stated.
He walked past Li Qiu Yu, his body leapt up and vanished.
The city wall.
On the city wall, Thousand Saints Blade Venerate – Li Chun Dao and Banishing Sword Saint – Wang Shun both stood motionlessly, staring intently at the horizon.
Each of them were surrounded by 7-8 Bone Masters, each using their bones to heal their bones.
Gu Qing Shan’s sword strike was perfectly done so that they were wounded just enough, forced to recuperate for a while before regaining their strength.
These temporary remedies wouldn’t be able to instantly heal them.
Naturally, if Shan Hai Qi Xia and other Combatants of her level were to act, they might be able to heal them very quickly.
But they weren’t here.
Another deafening howl resounded from the far horizon.
As time passed, an enormous figure appeared in their visions.
Its body was so large that it could almost shoulder the sky itself, every step it took, it traversed through countless rivers and mountains, visibly approaching the School of Shan Hai at an incredible pace.
Closer and closer.
If one took a close look, they’d find that this was a humanoid monster clad in tattered armor, dragging chains and shackles behind its back.
Its armor as well as the chains and shackles were created from the souls of living beings.
The souls were closely bound by some sort of unknown magic to form the shape of each piece of armor, all of which were howling in extreme pain and suffering.
When it first appeared, this monster was invisible and incorporeal.
The souls of living beings killed by it would not experience release, they would instead be turned into its weapon and armor, helping it become increasingly stronger, eventually reaching a point where it would destroy the entire world.
“Regretfully, unless one can deal damage over a certain degree, they wouldn’t be able to harm it; only you and I would be able to affect it at all, the others are helpless” Li Chun Dao sighed.
Wang Shun nodded without replying.
Li Chun Dao glanced at him.
Only to see Wang Shun was still trembling, barely retaining his balance thanks to his sword.
“Oi, can you actually attack?” Li Chun Dao doubtfully asked.
Wang Shun propped himself up with his sword and replied with a calm expression: “Don’t be ridiculous, in my current state, the fact that I can stand here stably at all is already impressive. What about you?”
Li Chun Dao replied: “Me huh? In the end, I’m still a bit stronger than you, so I’m not only able to stand stably, I can also walk a few steps by myself”
After a bit of silence, Wang Shun praised: “You’re a few years older than I am, that sure made quite the difference”
The ground continued to tremble.
The monster was approaching closer and closer.
Its howling had become extremely clear.
——–the sound of howling actually came from the countless souls all around its body.
Wang Shun took a deep breath, then put one foot a bit further from his other foot to stabilize his body.
He struggled a bit to raise his sword, then said in a heavy tone: “Chun Dao, you’re up first”
Ten Blades appeared around Li Chun Dao.
Li Chun Dao randomly grabbed one of them, then asked; “What about you?”
“I’m going to accumulate strength, if things go south, I’ll risk my life and unleash a single strike” Wang Shun replied.
Li Chun Dao frowned, clenched his Blade tightly and suddenly laughed: “What a joke, this great one is still here, you’re not getting a chance——-”
The two of them froze.
They exchanged shocked glances.
The surrounding Bone Masters turned around with them to look at the sky behind them.
A faint yellow glowing light was hovering, slowly flying towards them.
Behind that glow was Li Qiu Yu, Zhao Qiong, as well as countless soldiers.
“I think my eyes are playing tricks on me” Wang Shun said, full of doubt.
“No, you’re still fine, I think I’m just dreaming” Li Chun Dao uttered blankly.
The yellow glow slowly descended from the sky, standing in front of them.
“Li San Lang, what are you…”
Wang Shun heard himself speaking.
But he couldn’t ask any further.
Samsara derivative power had clearly manifested into a yellow glow that drifted around Li San Lang’s thin body.
“Big brother Wang, you still owe me a pair of gauntlets” Li San Lang smiled.
Wang Shun said nothing else, flipped his hand to take out a pair of bright red beast hide gloves, and gave them to the young man in front of him.
“Flame gauntlets, top-of-the-line, I originally wanted to give them to you on your birthday” Wang Shun said.
Li San Lang caught the pair of gloves, started putting them on while asking: “You know my birthday?”
…what a strange feeling.
Someone actually thought about celebrating my birthday?
This is only a fake birthday, but why did someone think about celebrating my birthday?
Li San Lang silently put the gloves on tightly, after which it started glowing with Elemental Fire.
“Li Qiu Yu found out, then told us” Wang Shun replied honestly.
Li San Lang turned around to look at Li Qiu Yu.
She was full of worry.
Gu Qing Shan then realized.
——-simply having reached the Divine Reflection stage doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll be able to deal with the current Apocalypse.
Divine Reflection stage only means that my spirit linking has finished, as for the strength, that’s still to be confirmed.
Li San Lang is only a 13-year-old child, if he truly can’t manage it, who is going to rescue him?
Gu Qing Shan understood Li Qiu Yu’s thoughts.
He then smiled at Li Qiu Yu, then waved his hand at Zhao Qiong and said: “Senior Zhao, I didn’t gain any wisdom at all, I just need this”
He raised his fist.
A cluster of flame erupted from the gloves, illuminating his immature facial features.
Li San Lang leapt upwards and flew out from the city wall with the drowning shout of everyone.
A lone faint yellow glow flew across the sky like a firefly in the middle of the night.
The faint yellow glow flew straight towards the mountainous enormous apocalyptic monster.
Suddenly, it vanished.
Li San Lang’s resounding battle cry echoed among heaven and earth.