“In the center of the desert, there is a ruin. It was a palace from many years ago. There are many broken puppets in the palace. This bronze giant puppet is one of the most powerful. There should be some similar puppets left. Brother Liu only needs to find another puppet with a complete core. As for the way to leave the desert, please forgive me for not telling you now. I can only tell you when you get the core back.” The fat old man said frankly.
After Liu Ming listened, he laughed.
The fat old man looked as usual as if waiting for Liu Ming to speak.
“Senior must be joking. If you don’t tell me about the way to leave, I will never go to the ruins to find the puppet core. In case, I brought back the core and great elder ask me to do another matter without telling me the way to leave this place. What’s more, the ruins must be a dangerous place, otherwise you would have sent someone into the ruin. Why would the help of an outsider? In short, your words can’t convince me. Before I get the information about the way to leave, I’m afraid I can’t agree with this.” Liu Ming said lightly.
“Well, with Brother Liu’s performance today, I can no longer treat you as an outsider, so let me tell you a bit more.” The fat old man thought about it for a while, then he said with a smile.
Liu Ming naturally expressed his willingness to listen.
“This place is called the Odd Desert to the outside world, but in the eyes of us Sand Clan people, it is a holy land. It is actually the treasure of the mighty cultivator thousands of years ago. Before the mighty cultivator died, he moved this treasure into the space fissure. Every ten years, this treasure will break through the space fissure and appear somewhere in the southern wilderness. At this time, the sand storm at the fissure will be greatly reduced, and outsider may come in. That is also a good opportunity to leave, but it must be in a specific location.”
“We, Sand Clan, are actually the descendants of the mighty cultivator. The sand beasts that Brother Liu saw before are the bloodline of the spiritual beast that the mighty cultivator raised. I just said that the ruins were where this mighty cultivator lived during his lifetime. Although this mighty man had been dead for tens of thousands of years, how could he leave the ruins unguarded? So there are still many traps in the ruins today, and there were puppets roaming in and out of the ruins. Anyone who approaches the ruins will be attacked.”
“Earlier, our ancestors of Sand Clan still had some ways to control some wandering puppets and even give orders to the sand beasts. But thousands of years have passed. The method of controlling the puppet has long been lost, and the sand beasts are no longer under our control as their bloodlines keep changing. They have become a serious hazard to us Sand Clan people.”
“But more importantly, our ancestors of the Sand Clan people once made a blood oath that future generations must not step into the depths of the ruins, otherwise we will be backlashed by the oath; our entire clan will be extinct. Now, the puppet parts that can be found outside the ruins are long gone. If we want to get more, we can only search in the depths of the ruins or even the palace. This is also the reason why I ask for your help. As long as Brother Liu can find the core, I can use our clan’s treasure at the cost of my vitality to send you away safely in the next 10 years.”
The fat old man said everything clearly to Liu Ming; he appeared very sincere.
After Liu Ming heard this, although he did not fully believe the other party’s words, he also understood it.
According to the Sand Clan elder, when I entered the Odd Desert, it was the time when the treasure broke through the space fissure and appeared in the southern wilderness. If that’s the case, wouldn’t I need to stay in this space for 10 years?
Fortunately, I still have some elixirs with me, so it’s not that I can’t wait for these 10 years.
“In this case, I can agree on it, but great elder must make a blood oath to ensure that you will help me to leave this place after the matter is done.” Liu Ming thought for a while and said again.
“Of course. I’m willing to swear by the life of our entire clan that after the matter is done, I will do my best to help Brother Liu leave here, otherwise our entire clan will extinct.” The fat old man said with joy and promised him.
After that, he bit his finger and forced out a few drops of blood essence; he really made a blood oath in front of Liu Ming.
Seeing this, Liu Ming nodded slightly, agreeing to it.
“In this case, Brother Liu should go back to rest earlier. Tomorrow I will ask Chuer to take you to the ruins in the center of the desert. The girl is also quite clear about the specific situation there. She will definitely be able to help you.” He said with a delightful smile.
“Then I’ll leave first.”
Liu Ming got up and cupped his fist at the great elder, then he turned and left.
As soon as he returned to his residence, he fell asleep right away.
Today’s battle consumed a lot of his spiritual power and mental power. Tomorrow’s trip might be even more dangerous. He must quickly restore to his best condition.
The next day, Liu Ming woke up until near noon.
When he opened the curtain of the tent with sleepy eyes, he found that Sha Chuer had been waiting outside for a long time.
“Brother Liu, you are awake.” Sha Chuer still had white sand on his face, and when she saw Liu Ming came out, she said with a chuckle.
“Sorry for letting Miss Sha wait. It seems that great elder has already told Miss Chuer. In this case, let’s set off.” Liu Ming said.
“Okay. The ruins center is hundreds of miles away. Brother Liu can’t dig into the sand like our Sand Clan people, so I’m afraid we won’t be there in a while. I will tell you about the specific situation on the way.” Sha Chuer nodded and said.
Next, under the lead of Sha Chuer, Liu Ming left Shaman City straight to the center of the desert.
Along the way, because the 2 had known each other a long time ago and they fought side by side yesterday, they had a very happy conversation.
After the 2 chatted casually for a while, Liu Ming changed the topic abruptly.
“Regarding the mighty cultivator that great elder mentioned, can Miss Sha tell me more about him.”
“That mighty cultivator, that is, the owner of this treasure, is known as the Southern PUppet Emperor in the outside world. I believe Brother Liu must have known about this. It was said that this senior was from 1 of the 4 ancient sects of the Middle Sky Continent, Nature Work Sect. Later, he seemed to have betrayed the Nature Work Sect and became an outcast. However, afterward, he made a lot of progress and created a huge number of puppet legions. Relying on the power of puppets, he once dominated the southern wilderness for a while.” Sha Chuer slowly explained to Liu Ming as he walked.
“It is really that case.” Liu Ming muttered to himself upon hearing this.
“What does Brother Liu mean?” Sha Chuer was somewhat puzzled when she heard the words.
“I know someone from the Nature Work Sect too. He was using a golden bronze puppet which looked similar to the bronze puppet that the great elder controlled. It seems that they are both from the same sect.” Liu Ming has nothing to conceal, so he explained.
“So Brother Liu used to be acquainted with people from the Nature Work Sect. Actually, I’m not a pure-blooded Sand Clan. My father is not from Sand Clan, and like Brother Liu, he was an outsider who entered the Holy Land many years ago. He was originally a disciple of a certain family of the Middle Sky Continent. When he was trapped here, he naturally was very unwilling, but he later met and married my mother. After that, father never had the thought of leaving here again.
However, my father’s cultivation was restricted in this place. After a long time, he completely became a mortal, and it didn’t take long for him to pass away. “Sha Chuer said calmly, but a trace of sadness flashed in her eyes.
Liu Ming was a little surprised, but again when he thought about her asking about the 8 great families frequently, he seemed to understand the reason.
After he consoled the girl with a few sentences, he deliberately changed the subject and asked about the ruins.
Sha Chuer naturally told everything she knew.
The place where the ruins were located was not close to the oasis. The 2 walked all the way. Fortunately, they did not encounter a big sandstorm. They encountered a few sand jackals along the way, but it didn’t delay much time.
After more than a day, the two came to a hill-like sand dune. This place was no longer a desert. All kinds of jagged rocks on the ground were all over the place.
“After passing this dune, we are almost at the location of the ruins.” Sha Chuer exhaled as soon as she saw the dune.
Liu Ming nodded, also showing a dignified look.
At this time, he had discovered that the closer to this so-called ruin, the heavier the suppression of spiritual power by the Odd Desert. In the oasis where Sand Clan lived, he could still maintain the strength of the Condensation Period intermediate stage. After arriving here, he was only at the early stage.
Not only that, his Divine Thought was also suppressed. He could only sense the situation a dozen meters away.
Such a powerful enchantment, this really seems to be the residence of the Southern Puppet Emperor.
“At this point, there will be no more sandstorms and sand beast attacks, but we have to be more careful. There are many puppets wandering around the ruins. They will attack anyone who wants to enter the ruins.” Sha Chuer took the lead to walk toward the sand dune.
After Liu Ming nodded, he followed closely.
With the strength of the 2 of them, it didn’t take long for them to climb over the sand dune. The scene in front of them stunned Liu Ming.
“This is what you call the ruins… It is indeed the place where the Mystic Comprehending State powerhouse lived!”
Appearing in front of him was a large area of huge ruins covering an area of nearly 10,000 acres. Looking around, the ruins were devastated which were unusually eye-catching under the yellow sky.
The mottled ancient city walls were full of the collapsed traces left by the eternal years; glazed broken blue bricks; broken tiles made of purple jade; broken white jade palace pillars; these old things could be seen everywhere.
This shows how magnificent and luxurious these buildings were.
TL: With his cultivation getting lower, can he find the core and retrieve it safely?
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