A quarter of an hour later, they finally reached the bottom of the lake.
Then, under the lead of Mo Tian, they came directly to a black stone wall at the bottom of the lake.
This black stone wall was not big, only about 3 meters in size. A strange purple-black tree grew on it.
The trunk of the strange tree was spiral-shaped. There were oval-shaped leaves on the branches that extended outward, emitting a glittering purple light. Against the backdrop of the black lake water, they looked inconspicuous.
At the end of some branches of this tree, more than a dozen egg-sized fruits were produced. The strange fragrance made them feel hearty with just a smell.
“This is the ascension fruit…” Liu Ming murmured while looking at the strange tree and the fruits on it.
“Yes, but only the dark purple fruits are ripe. Don’t touch the unripe ones. They are useless.” Mo Tian said lightly.
The three of them were startled, then they quickly looked at the strange tree and counted the fruits.
Sure enough, although this strange tree bore 12 fruits, there were only 5 ripe fruits that were dark purple. The others were only light purple. Some were even green.
Ouyang Ming’s face brightened. As he was about to pick the fruit, a swift red light blasted toward him from the water below.
Ouyang Ming was caught off guard by the red light and got hit head-on. Fortunately, he was covered by the crystal light of the black shield. The black crystal light trembled by the attack, but it didn’t collapse.
“Back off, I forgot that there will be a guardian beast after the spiritual fruits are bore for a long time. The last time I killed the guardian beast was tens of thousands of years ago, so there should be a new guardian beast.” Mo Tian was stunned. He said so while retreating for 30 meters. The rest also hurriedly retreated.
Ouyang Ming’s face was a little ugly, but right now he couldn’t see what was there. He retreated along with the others.
Liu Ming’s eyes flickered slightly. He appeared beside the others without making any obvious move.
At this moment, a black shadow shot out from the water flow around the purple fruit tree. It stood in front of them while groaning.
At such a close distance, Liu Ming and the others naturally saw the strange beast in the black air clearly.
This beast had an odd body shape. Its body length was only 15 meters and looked almost like an octopus or a squid. It had 8 long soft tentacles, but its body was lumpy and disgusting. Among the tentacles, 2 green eyes looked at Liu Ming and the others vigilantly.
“What kind of monster is this?” Liu Ming raised his eyebrows and asked.
“It looks like a demonic creature from ancient time, Ushiek, but it’s not the same. Maybe some kind of mutation has occurred.” Mo Tian said lightly.
Although this beast didn’t look weak, Liu Ming and the others had an absolute advantage.
Ouyang Ming was ashamed of being assaulted by this black beast. After seeing its appearance clearly, he immediately launched an attack.
He waved one hand, and the black ghost head blade appeared in his hand. In a flash, a 30 meter long black blade light split open the surface of the lake and shot toward the octopus beast.
Zhao Qianying had already shot dozens of purple arrow lights toward the octopus beast with the purple-patterned short bow.
At the same time, a giant golden sword flashed out behind the strange beast and emitted waves of golden sword qi, blocking the beast’s retreat.
The 3 of them had built up a tacit understanding after the adventure in the Demon Abyss. Their attacks were well-coordinated.
However, the octopus beast seemed to be fearless. It let out a strange roar. A large amount of black air gushed out from the bumps on its body, condensing into a black cloud around its surroundings.
Whether it’s Ouyang Ming’s ghost head blade, Zhao Qianying’s purple bow, or Liu Ming’s Void Sword, they were all top magic weapons. The black cloud formed by the octopus was torn apart in an instant.
As their attacks were about to overwhelm the beast, it let out a bull’s roar. A puff of pure white gas suddenly emitted from the bumps all over its body.
The black air and white air quickly intertwined and became extremely tough, unexpectedly blocking the joint attack of them.
However, the strange beast finally looked afraid. It was obvious that it couldn’t resist these people. The 8 tentacles retracted and then flicked. The octopus beast turned into a black shadow, escaped from their encirclement, and fled toward the bottom.
But at this moment, Mo Tian’s half body faded out in front of the beast.
The octopus beast groaned and spurted green liquid toward Mo Tian.
As soon as the liquid left the beast’s mouth, it immediately ignited a green flame. The surrounding lake water did not affect the green flame at all.
The green flame exuded a stench that made one want to vomit. It was obviously highly poisonous.
Mo Tian didn’t even look at the oncoming green flame. He just flicked his finger and launched a black light. It pierced through the octopus beast’s head directly.
The octopus beast screamed in pain, then its body wrapped itself with 8 tentacles and curled into a huge black meat ball.
The Celestial Tablet above Mo Tian’s head shone with gray light, blocking the green flame.
Immediately, he raised one hand, and the black light in his palm radiated. In a flash, it formed into a long black phantom more than 30 meters long like a black halberd.
Mo Tian waved his arm and slashed on the black meat ball.
The black meat ball was split open from the middle. Endless blood splashed around with its internal organs, which looked extremely disgusting.
Mo Tian grabbed in the air, and a fist-sized black beastkin pellet flew into his hand from the splash of blood.
Black and white lights emerged from the beastkin core, which looked a little strange.
Mo Tian directly swallowed the beastkin core in his hand.
This seemingly complicated fight actually lasted only a few seconds.
Zhao Qianying and Ouyang Ming put away their weapons and looked at each other in blank dismay.
Liu Ming’s eyes flickered slightly, and his expression was a little uncertain.
After Mo Tian devoured the black and white real pellet, a black and white light appeared on his body, but it quickly dissipated. The black aura on his body surface seemed a little more solid.
“Don’t be idle. Quickly pick those few ascension fruits. We will go to the ninth floor immediately.” Mo Tian said to Zhao Qianying and Ouyang Ming indifferently.
Not far from the cliff at the bottom of the lake where the few people were, an altar could be faintly seen. A teleportation portal suspended above the altar, emitting a faint light.
Zhao Qianying and Ouyang Ming were startled. They immediately moved to the purple-black fruit tree and carefully picked the ascension fruit.
“It seems that you, Senior Mo Tian, have recovered most of your magical powers. I’m afraid that you can condense the remaining half of your demon body without my help, right?” Liu Ming said calmly.
“I just consume some demonic cores and real pellet, and you are terrified. Boy Liu, you are more cowardly than I expected.” Mo Tian looked at Liu Ming with a spurious smile.
Liu Ming didn’t get angry because of the sarcasm of Mo Tian’s words, but he showed a thoughtful face.
Mo Tian smiled lightly, ignored Liu Ming, moved to the altar below, and quietly looked at the teleportation portal.
Soon, Zhao Qianying and Ouyang Ming picked 5 ripe ascension fruits.
After discussing the distribution of the fruits, Liu Ming and the other 2 got one each while Mo Tian contributed the most and got 2 ascension fruits.
“Senior, you just said that this fruit can boost cultivation. Can you tell us how to consume it?” Zhao Qianying looked at the ascension fruit in her hand and asked Mo Tian.
“Refining it into pill is of course the best way. This is the refinement formula. Take it as a gift.” Mo Tian put away the 2 ascension fruits and launched 3 jade slips toward them.
The three hurriedly caught it and checked with Divine Thought.
The elixir name of this ascension fruit was the ascension pill. The detailed refinement method and medicinal effect were recorded in it.
They were startled by the descriptions. According to the jade slip, there was a 30% chance that this elixir could help the cultivator to break through the current bottleneck.
“The efficacy of this medicine is only for cultivators below the Mystic Comprehending State. If the Mystic Comprehending State cultivator consumes this elixir, it will have no effect.” Mo Tian’s voice sounded slowly.
Hearing this, Liu Ming and the other 2 nodded and put away the spiritual fruit in their hands.
Speaking of which, apart from the ascension fruit, other auxiliary materials in the jade slip were not difficult to find. As long as they got out of the Demon Abyss land and spent some time collecting them, they could start refining the ascension pill.
Ouyang Ming was at the Celestial State later stage while Liu Ming and Zhao Qianying were at the Celestial State intermediate stage and the early stage respectively. The effect of this elixir for them was self-evident.
“Let’s go to the ninth floor now. But Boy Liu, I won’t be able to show up on the ninth floor later. I will let you handle the situation.” Mo Tian looked at Liu Ming and said lightly.
“Why is that?” Liu Ming was startled and asked.
“I won’t explain this to you for now, but you will know later.” Mo Tian said lightly. Before Liu Ming could speak, he flew into the Celestial Tablet.
Celestial Tablet shone and merged into Liu Ming’s body.
Liu Ming and the other 2 looked at each other speechlessly.
“Senior Mo Tian has always been a little secretive… Forget it, let’s enter the ninth floor first. If there is a situation that we can’t handle, I will force him to come out.” Liu Ming sighed and said.
Seeing this, Ouyang Ming and Zhao Qianying could only nod their heads in agreement. After all, under the current circumstances, they had no choice but to trust Mo Tian.
TL: An acquaintance in the ninth floor maybe?
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