Just as Chen Yiming and the mountain of flesh were facing each other, the human martial arts experts also sensed that something was amiss.
In the middle of the gloomy and gray trial grounds, a mountain of flesh suddenly stood up. Its huge body could no longer be hidden, and waves of a bloody, evil, and terrifying aura spread out.
The fusion between the deformed monsters was not perfect. Parts of their bodies, such as their eyes, heads, limbs, and so on, were exposed to the surface.
The large number of eyes on its body made countless people’s scalps tingle.
“Oh my god! What kind of monster is this!” someone screamed in surprise. As he turned his head, he also tried to move away as quickly as possible.
“F*ck! There’s a big boss hiding in the trial grounds.”
Some people were glad that the mountain of flesh was not targeting them.
However, even so, they did not dare to stay nearby and ran as fast as they could.
The human adventurers’ speed was very fast. Before the battle even started, they had already retreated far away like a tide, leaving the entire trial grounds empty.
Facing Chen Yiming, who had stopped in his tracks, two huge legs quickly grew out from the bottom of the mountain of flesh, and it took a step forward.
A shock wave spread out, accompanied by a loud bang, causing the entire trial grounds to shake, as if an earthquake had occurred.
Then, it took a second step.
The huge foot that descended from the sky seemed to want to crush Chen Yiming.
With a low growl, the blood essence soared into the sky, completely dissipating the sinister aura of the trial grounds.
A huge fist collided with a huge foot.
The humans outside the trial grounds stood on high ground and saw that in the next moment, the mountain of flesh had been turned on its back by the giant.
“Is he really human?”
Although the center of the battlefield was filled with smoke and dust and they did not have a clear view, they could vaguely make out a huge humanoid creature.
The power of corruption spreading out from the mountain of flesh not only corroded the battlefield, but also almost dyed the sky green.
However, the giant did not dodge at all, allowing itself to be enveloped by the power of corruption.
After that, something even more shocking happened.
“Boom! Boom! Boom!”
The giant used both his fists and feet. Every time he attacked, an invisible force seemed to descend from the sky. The mountain of flesh was pressed to the ground and beaten up violently. It tried countless times to get up, but it could not do so at all.
This was not a battle where they were evenly matched, but one side was completely overpowering the other.
Just like that, after being beaten up for more than 10 minutes, the mountain of flesh finally could not withstand it anymore and exploded. Its disgusting flesh and blood flew everywhere.
In reality, what others could not see was that not only did the mountain of flesh use the power of corruption to try to infect the giant, but it also used all kinds of strange methods.
However, it all was useless. It was clearly being beaten up.
“Swordsmanship talent requirement reduced by 3,000 Skill Points.”
Chen Yiming returned to his human form and looked at the number on the talent panel.
After killing all the ghosts in the mysterious underground space, the requirement had been reduced by 10,000 Skill Points. Now, it was reduced by another 3,000 Skill Points. He had reduced the requirement by a total of 13,000 Skill Points altogether.
Coupled with the spiritual energy accumulated in the mysterious underground space, from which he had gained 17,000 Skill Points, he could already increase his swordsmanship talent from Level 4 to Level 5.
There was no need to hesitate and feel conflicted about the two options he had thought about previously
A higher level talent represented a stronger combat strength.
He thought to himself, “I’ll upgrade the swordsmanship talent.”
In the next moment, the talent panel emitted a golden light, blurring all the words and numbers on it.
The golden light flashed across the panel from left to right.
Talent: Undying Body — Level 2, Giant — Level 1
Level: Master Realm
Physique: Basic Undying Giant Body
Talent: Swordsmanship — Level 5
Level: Inscription Realm
Physique: Intermediate Sword Body
Skill points: 1034
“Is the mysterious symbol a manifestation of the inscription realm?” Chen Yiming asked softly.
From the name of the realm, he instantly thought of the mysterious symbols that had appeared on the treants and the 10,000-meter-long corpse.
He could not understand the mysterious symbols back then, and he still could not understand them now.
Chen Yiming comforted himself. “This can’t be helped. My swordsmanship talent has been stripped away and become part of the spiritual figure.”
It was precisely because of this that the spiritual figure might be able to understand it, even if it cultivated a different type of power.
At this thought, Chen Yiming thought to himself, “I shouldn’t have brought Chen Yingying along.”
What he was considering was that if something happened when he tested things out on the 10,000-meter-long corpse, he was not confident that he could protect his weak sister.
Half an hour later, Chen Yiming escorted Chen Yingying back to East Lake City and returned to the corpse.
Along the way, after communicating with the spiritual figure, he already understood what was going on.
The mysterious symbols were a manifestation of part of the power of nature.
If he wanted to break through to the inscription realm, he no longer just needed to use his spiritual power to mobilize the power of nature. Instead, he needed to understand the true meaning of the power of nature to a deeper level and engrave it on his body in the form of mysterious symbols.
After truly breaking through to the inscription realm, one’s body would undergo a tremendous change after the mysterious symbols fused together.
Every cell seemed to be resonating with the mysterious symbols in real time, and their connection with the power of nature became even stronger, more lively, and recovered faster…
In essence, those in the inscription realm could get closer to the power of nature by inscribing mysterious symbols on their bodies. The amount of natural power they could mobilize at once would increase by several times to more than 10 times.
“Last time, just the recoil caused one of my feet to disappear. I have to be careful,”
Chen Yiming muttered as he looked at the 10,000-meter-long corpse.
In order to prevent himself from being hit by a spontaneous counterattack, he retreated dozens of meters.
The spiritual figure turned into a sword and flew over. Chen Yiming held it in his hand and admired it again.
Mysterious symbols that he could not understand were engraved all over the sword. At the same time, an invisible force resonated with it.
The sword was like a celestial object created by man, and its appearance was that of a most harmonious and perfect piece of art.
After admiring it for a while, Chen Yiming thought of something.
Immediately, the sword lengthened until it reached the 10,000-meter-long corpse.
The 10,000-meter-long corpse had four thick limbs and was shaped like a chimpanzee.
Chen Yiming gestured from dozens of meters away. In the end, he decided to test the waters first and attack one of the fingers.
Although he called it a finger, it was a really huge finger. It was dozens of meters thick and hundreds of meters long. It was even larger than Chen Yiming’s 100-meter-tall giant form.
When he placed the sword on one of the corpse’s huge fingers, the spiritual figure exerted its strength, and the mysterious symbols on the surface of the sword seemed to come alive.
Chen Yiming stared at it, his eyes stinging with tears.
He had personally experienced the difference between him and the inscription realm. If he got the spiritual figure to transform into a sword and slash at him, he would definitely not be able to withstand it even if he transformed into a giant.
At this moment, the sword hit the huge finger, and the mysterious symbols on it automatically activated.
Chen Yiming continued to endure the pain in his eyes. He wanted to see clearly why the treants could not do anything to him even though they were also enhanced by the mysterious symbols, but the 10,000-meter-long corpse could instantly make one of his feet disappear.
The sword successfully cut through the skin of the huge finger, but the situation immediately fell into a stalemate.
From its finger to its arm, countless mysterious symbols lit up.
Immediately after, he saw a scene flash across the cut flesh.
A pattern formed by the mysterious symbols that was far more complicated than what the figure in his mind had mastered created one formation after another.
“F*ck!” Chen Yiming exclaimed.
An incomprehensible power instantly erupted from the wound on the huge finger. The mysterious symbols on the surface of the sword dimmed before it was sent flying into the distant sky.
At the same time, a stream of black blood shot into the sky.
While Chen Yiming smelled the dense spiritual energy, he also sensed the evil aura emitted by the black blood. He could almost be sure that it was the source of the ghosts.
He cursed under his breath and quickly chased after it to resolve the mess he had caused.
Three days later, Chen Yiming returned home.
As soon as he entered, he saw the inquisitive gazes of Father Chen, Mother Chen, and Chen Yingying.
In the past three days, the television news had been filled with reports of the battle between the deformed monsters and human martial arts experts.
Even Father Chen and Mother Chen, who were still ordinary people, knew the seriousness of the matter.
After a month, there were only a few people who had mastered the crystal meditation technique. Most of them did not dare to be affected by the power of corruption.
This way, they would naturally be restrained when fighting the deformed monsters. When they encountered a situation where the strength of both sides was similar, almost all the time, the humans would be on the defensive.
In addition, in many cases, they could not be compared to the teams of adventurers in the trial grounds who had worked together many times. Often, seven or eight human warriors of the same level would not be able to do anything to one single deformed monster.
Chen Yiming explained simply, “There was a problem in the trial grounds and it took some time to resolve. It’s fine now.”
Father Chen and Mother Chen nodded. Looking at their tired son, they did not ask further.
Chen Yingying asked curiously, “Brother, that day, you suddenly chased me back to East Lake City. Was there something wrong with that huge corpse?”
Chen Yiming snorted. “Have you mastered the transformation of your internal force? I remember someone saying that they improved a lot recently.”
He had broken through another major realm and reached the inscription realm that no human in history had reached.
However, it was a different story for his sister, who was constantly being helped by him.
“Uh… I just…” Chen Yingying wanted to explain herself.
Back then, she had just killed a deformed monster when Chen Yiming appeared and forcefully sent her back to East Lake City.
In other words, her trip to the trial grounds was actually put to an abrupt end.
Chen Yiming gestured with his eyes. “Then what are you waiting for? Hurry up.”
Chen Yingying pouted and nodded in response.
On the second day after Chen Yiming returned, Wang Ronghui had invited him to Jiangnan City to discuss the general policy of Jiangnan province.
The main question was whether to guide the increasing number of warriors in Jiangnan province to the stronghold in the otherworld or to the space-travel passage in the strange mountain village.
No matter which direction he took, he couldn’t avoid Chen Yiming. After all, no one other than him had the ability to guarantee the safety of the people sent to the otherworld.
When Chen Yiming pushed open the door of the meeting room, he saw that everyone was already waiting for him.
Other than the eight subordinates of the two martial masters from the north and south, there was also the new arrival, Feng Wuji.
The Sword Clan had set up their base camp on a huge mountain near the trial grounds.
Three days ago, when Feng Wuji was eliminating the deformed monsters, he had actively cooperated with Chen Yiming and expressed his intention to join him.
Like Ling Zhongyun and Zhu Song, he wanted to cultivate under a martial master.
Almost all the people at the half-step master realm were under the command of the two martial masters from the north and south. It was true that Chen Yiming didn’t have anyone at the half-step master realm under him.
As for Ling Zhongyun and the others, their presence in Jiangnan province represented a friendly signal.
Although he could also order them around at will, in the end, they already belonged to another martial master. Some private matters were not suitable for the other party to know.
Not long after, the data was projected onto the screen by Wang Ronghui.
Chen Yiming glanced at it and thought to himself, “Compared to a year ago, the number of warriors in Jiangnan province has increased by 50 times. This is indeed a problem.”
The reason was that there was a complete imbalance in the strength of humans and mutant beasts in Jiangnan province, causing the wilderness to completely become a hunting ground for humans.
Basically, they had taken back all the territory that had been occupied by mutant beasts.
At the moment, there were no signs of mutant beasts on the roads between the major cities in the province. The few who survived were hiding in the depths of the forest.
Ling Zhongyun, Zhu Song, and the others also felt the seriousness of the situation when they saw the data.
The temptation of the trial grounds was already very great. Now that the crystal meditation technique had been made public for free, Jiangnan province would continue to have a huge increase in the number of warriors in the next half a year to a year.
At that time, the number might be 100 times, 200 times… They did not dare to think about it.
With such a large number of warriors gathered in a province, the martial arts resources would be insufficient for everyone.
It was inevitable that their own people would start fighting among themselves, causing internal strife.
When everyone came back to their senses, Wang Ronghui tapped the pointer, and the projected scene turned into some incomplete murals.
He explained, “This was brought back from an underground cave in the strange mountain village.”
Chen Yiming recalled the information about the underground cave that Wang Ronghui had mentioned previously. It was something that the military investigation team had accidentally found while searching for traces of the treants.
Unexpectedly, they had made a new discovery.
From the content of the murals, they seemed to depict some of the scenery from the otherworld. There were also some mysterious words written on the side.
“These mysterious words have some similarities with the mysterious symbols on the surface of the 10,000-meter-long corpse.”
Chen Yiming made this judgment immediately.
He couldn’t help but suspect, “Could it be that the species that the corpse belonged to used to live in the Gobi Desert? The content of these murals seems to be teaching one how to control those mysterious symbols.”
At this moment, Zhu Song said in a low voice, “It’s actually an incomplete technique from the original master realm.”
Other than Chen Yiming, Wang Ronghui, and Feng Wuji, everyone else was shocked.
A technique at the master realm was, in essence, a way to resonate with the power of nature.
The martial masters in human history had all roamed the otherworld and occasionally obtained items like these murals or inherited such items from their predecessors.
In the end, one had to combine one’s talent and luck to successfully resonate with a certain natural power and break through to the master realm.
It could be said that most people who were half a step away from the master realm had the talent to break through to the master realm.
Instead, they had to find the power of nature that was compatible with them. If they had no corresponding objects like the murals that could give them guidance, what they cultivated would be a technique that was not suitable for them at the master realm.