As soon as Liu Ming’s face changed, his figure flickered. He used Three Shadowy Mirages Technique again, turning into 2 phantasms that blasted backward at the same time.
But the golden figure launched another sword qi with a blur of his arm.
“Poof“, 1 phantasm was eliminated by the golden light, but the other phantasm raised his hand and released a small shield which turned into 10 meters in size. It blocked the sword qi from behind.
However, at this moment, the golden figure suddenly became blurred, splitting into 2, then 2 into 4, then 4 into 8. In a blink of an eye, a dozen identical golden figures appeared in the air. After shaking the swords in their hands, dense golden sword light surged out in a golden river. It swarmed the giant shield and Liu Ming in a flash.
After a buzz in Liu Ming’s ears, he returned to the gray space.
He even lost to Jin Lieyang again after advancing. This was a bit unexpected.
This Jin Lieyang deserved to be the strongest disciple that Taiqing Sect had in thousands of years. His techniques were really brilliant. Since he knew that he had such powerful skill, he would naturally be more careful next time.
In the following days, he continued to enter the illusion and fought fiercely with this Jin Lieyang’s phantasm, and gradually improved his actual combat power.
With the strength of the Crystallization Period, after knowing the opponent’s means, his chance would gradually increase facing Jin Lieyang’s phantasm who was still in the Condensation Period.
On this day, Liu Ming was meditating quietly in a mysterious space. Suddenly, the surrounding space trembled slightly, and the scenery in front of him began to slowly blur.
2 whistling sounds came from both sides!
2 black gas appeared beside Liu Ming; it was Bone Scorpion and Demon Flying Skull.
“It seems that the time has come. Exactly 16 years, the timing is still so accurate.” After Liu Ming muttered to himself, he fainted. Then, he had returned to the secret room in his cave house.
At the same time, he felt a shock in the Spiritual Sea. A stream of pure spiritual power continuously surged out of the mysterious bubbles, and it merged with the 153 crystals. It only stopped after about 15 minutes.
The mysterious bubbles disappeared with a “puff“.
Liu Ming immediately scanned with Divine Thought. He found that although his spiritual power was only half left, his own cultivation had not plummeted. It was still at the early stage of the Crystallization Period.
This was of course because the spiritual power crystals in his body far exceeded the ordinary Crystallization Period cultivators. Even if half of the spiritual power was temporarily missing, it was enough to maintain his current realm.
Bone Scorpion and Demon Flying Skull were quietly lying aside at this moment. They were covered in black gas at this moment. This black gas was pitch black, and it was condensed like mercury. It faintly swirled slowly in a vortex.
Although Liu Ming couldn’t see the situation inside, he communicated through Divine Thought and knew that his 2 spiritual pets also were benefited greatly in the mysterious space.
The doppelganger technique of Demon Flying Skull had greatly improved during the 16 years. Although there were still only 9 clones, the size of each clone was also larger, and the strength had improved a lot.
The attack of Bone Scorpion’s tail hook and the power of the poisonous fog had naturally improved a lot.
He immediately slapped his waist leather bag and kept the 2 spiritual pets in it.
After doing all this, Liu Ming let out a long sigh of relief.
He finally obtained enough true demonic qi in just 4 years to repair the “prison”. He also smoothly advanced to the Crystallization Period and fulfilled the spiritual power needed by the mysterious bubbles. All these processes seemed to happen safely, but in fact, every step was thrilling.
Now that everything seemed to be fine, but he felt a little empty and melancholy in his heart. Even the scene of life in the Savage Ghost Sect in the past flashed in his mind.
The nun surnamed Zhong who took good care of him when he first joined Sect; Qian Ruping when he joined the Tianyue Sect; Zhang Xiuniang who had an affection with him for 9 lives; and the seemingly cold Master’s Junior Ye…
Liu Ming pondered for a long time before shaking his head, leaving these feelings behind him. He began to immerse in his mind again.
A looming small sword phantasm in his Spiritual Sea, the Sumeru Void Sword Embryo.
After the battle between Blood Emperor in the Pegasus Grassland’s ruin, the power of the Sumeru Void Sword Embryo accumulated over the years was exhausted. Although it had been nurtured for several years, its power was still far from previous.
However, after the battle with Blood Emperor, he had a better understanding of the potential damage of the Sumeru Void Sword Embryo. He was looking forward to forge the true spirit flying sword and to practice the more advanced flying sword technique.
He had now advanced to the Crystallization Period, so he finally had time to formally consider forging true spirit flying sword and practicing the more advanced sword mystic arts.
As Liu Ming thought so, he made a gesture. With a flash of silver light in the sea of consciousness, a silvery ancient book appeared. It was the Tai Gang Sword Tactics.
He immediately immersed himself in this sword tactic and began to comprehend carefully.
After a whole day, he retrieved his Divine Thought from the silver ancient book, but a strange expression appeared in his eyes.
Since he entered the Crystallization Period, he could read a lot more of this Tai Gang Sword Tactics. According to the records, the body and sword fusion, finger sword, etc. currently mastered by him were all basic techniques. If he needed to cultivate more advanced sword techniques, it was best to have a real true spirit flying sword to get twice the result with half the effort.
The Sumeru Void Sword Embryo in his body was now exhausted. It could no longer meet the basic requirements of infusing the true spirit flying sword. He must find a way to replenish it again.
To forge a true spirit flying sword, in addition to the suitable sword embryo spirit, a sword embryo body that was going to be infused was needed too.
He must infuse the sword embryo spirit completely into the sword embryo body, then after a round of sacrificial refine, he could finally complete the true spirit flying sword.
According to the ancient book, once the true spirit flying sword was successfully refined. It should be the magic weapon prototype. In terms of destructive power alone, it was more powerful than the other magic weapon prototype.
However, the only difference from the other magic weapon prototype was that if a sword cultivator intended to forge a true spirit flying sword and expected it to merge with his mind as one, it was better to forge the sword embryo body by himself.
In this way, the sword embryo body produced could be completely satisfactory regardless of its shape and size. When it was infused with sword embryo spirit to became a true spirit flying sword, it could exert 12% more power which was more powerful than those who could barely use the magic weapon prototypes left by the predecessors.
Not long after Liu Ming stepped into Cultivation Realm, he witnessed Ye Tianmei’s extremely powerful sword controlling technique. Coupled with all the subsequent experiences, he decided to forge a true spirit flying sword as his own magic weapon.
Although the Nine Skulls Shield was also the prototype of a magic weapon, and it had decent power, but it was a defensive weapon after all. It was far less powerful than a true spirit flying sword in the true sense.
Only in this way could he continue to practice the various powerful sword controlling techniques recorded in the ancient book.
But in this case, he would face two problems.
One was the restoration of sword embryo spirit power. In addition to continue nurturing it in his body, it was best to replenish the exhausted power with other means.
The other problem was to forge the sword embryo body.
To accomplish both, it was not easy. For the former, needless to say, if there was no recovery method, he would have to waste a lot of time waiting. For the latter, he needed to forging materials and the method to forge the sword embryo body.
Unfortunately, Tai Gang Sword Tactics only recorded the refine method of the Sumeru Void Sword Embryo Spirit, but it didn’t mention the way to forge the sword embryo body.
If Liu Ming wanted to forge this magic sword weapon, he could only find another suitable forging method.
After sitting still thinking for a long time, he made a decision.
Then, Liu Ming suddenly thought of 1 thing again.
He took out a storage talisman and smashed it into pieces.
A dry corpse suddenly appeared on the ground after a light rolled out. It was the corpse of the demon found in the demon clan ruins of the Amano Ancient City.
In the days since he obtained this corpse, he had been preparing for the advancement to the Crystallization Period and entering the mysterious space. He had never had time to study it carefully. Now, he finally had the free time to study it again.
After looking around, he saw that the corpse was more than twice as large as an ordinary person. The dry and hard yellow skin was tightly attached to the skeleton, and the eye sockets were sunken into 2 black holes. The strange thing was that there was still sparse yellow hair remaining on the head.
However, looking closely, he could see that the surface of the shriveled skin was faintly tattooed with faint black demonic patterns and the ears were darker and sharper than ordinary people.
After noticing that, Liu Ming muttered in his mind.
So this is the real demon! But I can’t tell that he was a Celestial State powerhouse before his death!
He thought so. After squinting his eyes, he pointed at the corpse’s forehead and released a trace of Divine Thought, trying to explore inside the dry corpse.
After a while, Liu Ming’s face changed and he couldn’t help but blurt out softly.
The shriveled skin of this corpse had some kind of mystery in it. It completely isolated his Divine Thought which prevented him from exploring the corpse.
But even so, the moment his Divine Thought contacted the skin of the dry corpse, he still vaguely felt terrifying energy contained in the corpse. Even Liu Ming was frightened by its power.
But a hint of joy expressed from Liu Ming’s eyes.
Although he didn’t know the origin of this demonic corpse, this corpse of a Celestial State powerhouse was really not ordinary. Its value was enough to drive countless cultivators who practiced ghost technique or corpse technique crazy.
If he auctioned it in the market, the bid of millions of spirit stones would be common. No one would simply show such a thing to others, let alone auctioning it.
Liu Ming of course didn’t intend to sell it.
However, since his Divine Thought couldn’t explore inside the dry corpse, he wouldn’t just give up on it.
After recovering from the shock, he took out a black jade slip from the Sumeru Snail.
It was the Corpse Refine Tactics given to him by the Savage Ghost Sect’s Master’s Junior Yan. It recorded a lot of mystic arts about refining a corpse.
Hmmm… necromancy? If he could control a Celestial State powerhouse as a puppet, his power would be….
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