Edited by: VindiFan#1
After breakfast, Gu Qing Shan and Leng Tian Xing split from the group at Yao Guang sect and left the camp.
They were moving very quickly, flying on their way.
“Han Yu Pass, I remembered it only fell about 2 days ago” Leng Tian Xing recalled.
“Hm, there’s probably a lot of demons rampaging in there right now” Gu Qing Shan replied.
“Now, can you tell me what we’re really going to do?” Leng Tian Xing said.
“Can’t fool you” Gu Qing Shan smiled and said, “we’ll be taking a look at a few destroyed camps, then finally go to Han Yu Pass”
“The destroyed camps?”
Leng Tian Xing opened his mouth, about to say there’s nothing there to look at, but held himself back.
“That’s right, we’ll go there a bit to try and find some clues” Gu Qing Shan answered.
“Most of it are broken walls, even the corpses have all been eaten by the demons already” Leng Tian Xing said.
“We’ll still need to take a look” Gu Qing Shan smiled as he said.
As they flew, they crossed over mountains, hills, forest and finally slowed down at a lake area.
“Water Valley Camp? This was your original mission objective right?” asked Leng Tian Xing as he looked at Gu Qing Shan.
“That’s right, so we’ll have to be a bit careful and slowly move closer” Gu Qing Shan replied.
They both took out their weapons, Gu Qing Shan was holding the Earth sword, while Leng Tian Xing held a jade fan and silently sneaked closer and closer to the Water Valley Camp.
The inside of the camp was a mess, asides from blood there was also a muddy smell mixed with the foul stench of demons.
After the demons finished with this place, they had already left for the next area.
Unless high-ranking demons specifically order so, demons as a whole don’t know the meaning of “protecting an area”, they only know how to kill and eat humans. Because of that, wherever there are humans, they will always attack with such strength and vigor.
Under normal circumstances, the high-ranking demons’ main job is to herd them to where there are human camps to attack.
They very carefully entered the camp.
Leng Tian Xing pinched his nose and frowned, saying: “If it weren’t for you, I wouldn’t have even come close to this place”
Gu Qing Shan suddenly recalled how he was at Shen Wu world. Leng Tian Xing would rather die in battle than to smear himself with the Rotting Eater Demon’s eye flesh, and was noticed.
This guy has a really severe case of germaphobia.
He apologized: “I’ll be finished here very quickly; you only need to stand guard”
Hearing that he only needed to stand guard, Leng Tian Xing silently breathed out in relief.
But Gu Qing Shan didn’t at all mind the piles of rotten corpses, broken bones and bloodied clothing on the ground, he dived down close to the ground looking for something with reckless abandon.
Leng Tian Xing silently admired his attitude, because he himself wouldn’t even spare a second to do that.
After half an hour, Gu Qing Shan finally returned to where Leng Tian Xing is.
“Wash this for me”
Leng Tian Xing frowned a bit, but waved his jade fan to create a big bubble of water in the air.
After washing his hands, Gu Qing Shan also used the water to wash his armor.
He was holding a few broken formation plates like they were treasures of some sort.
“Formation plates? Did you look around to find all the malfunctioned formation plates?” Leng Tian Xing asked.
“That’s right, I was thinking there might be some clues on them” Gu Qing Shan answered.
“Before, when the first few camps fell, a few Generals and skilled formation users have already checked them, but still didn’t find who did it” Leng Tian Xing said.
Gu Qing Shan answered: “I still want to try”
“Fine then, I hope you can really find something, at that time, I’ll also get to share a bit of your Military Merit” Leng Tian Xing commented.
This was encouragement.
If it was anyone else, they’d definitely say that a Xiao Qi wishing to find something that even the Generals couldn’t would not only be overconfident, but also hubris.
Leng Tian Xing didn’t say anything about him thinking too highly of himself, and even encouraged him, at least showing that he considers Gu Qing Shan a real friend.
Gu Qing Shan smiled and replied: “No worries, if I really do get some Military Merit from this, I won’t forget your help”
After washing and cleaning the plates carefully, he stowed them away.
“Let’s go to the next camp”
They both left quickly.
Rushing on the way, they reached their next destination a long while after.
And then again and again, they spent the entire night travelling from camp to camp and collected many broken formation plates.
After a whole night of not sparing any stamina or spirit energy moving on the way, they were both quite tired already.
They looked for a place to hide, ate their rations and concealed their presence.
Gu Qing Shan took out all the broken formation plates, dumping them on the ground before him.
Then started to examine one very carefully.
Leng Tian Xing finally couldn’t take it anymore and said: “All these formation plates have already been checked, even the formation users couldn’t find anything”
“What they see and what I see are different” Gu Qing Shan replied as he checked them one after the other.
“Ah? How is it different?” Leng Tian Xing asked full of interest.
“They were looking at the formation plates, while I’m not” Gu Qing Shan replied.
He took a broken formation plate, looked at it, then shook his head and put it back down.
For a while, that’s all he did, pick one up, looked at it, then put it down.
“Fine” Leng Tian Xing sighed, “I just hope you really get something out of this”
His tone went slightly up, Gu Qing Shan held one of the plates very carefully, not putting it down.
He was handling it so carefully like it was some sort of rare treasure.
“What is it?” Leng Tian Xing asked.
“Nothing” Gu Qing Shan replied.
He was staring at the War God UI.
On it, [War God Skills] was flashing a line of text.
[Hard Spike Wind Claws, not a human Skill, unable to learn]
He stared at those words for a long time but said nothing.
A bit later, they started to move again.
“Now we’ll use spirit beasts to move instead of going on foot” Gu Qing Shan said.
“Hm?” Leng Tian Xing was a bit surprised, “but spirit beasts can’t fly too high”
“Then we only need to fly a bit lower, right now we’re a bit exhausted so we need to save a bit of stamina, if a fight breaks out then we’ll have the strength to deal with it” Gu Qing Shan said without changing his expression.
Leng Tian Xing didn’t notice Gu Qing Shan’s expression. He only thought what he said makes sense so he agreed.
They tapped their spirit beast bags and let out their respective spirit beast.
Gu Qing Shan’s was the same Flame-cloud Chasing Sky Crane, while Leng Tian Xing’s was a giant moth beast.
Looking at the moth’s ice blue color, he instantly recognized it as a spirit beast that awakened a Water element root, after being tamed by humanity, it became a fighter-type mount.
“A spirit beast at Foundation Establishment last stage?” Gu Qing Shan smiled and asked.
“That’s right, just look at you, still at Foundation Establishment early stage, you aren’t even a match for my spirit beast yet, so try and cultivate more” Leng Tian Xing teased him.
They both got on their spirit beast and flew towards the next camp.
A while later.
Chao Shan Camp.
Gu Qing Shan stood at the top of the mountain and had their spirit beast go back to their bags.
They looked down.
“Seems like there’s someone inside” Gu Qing Shan squints his eyes.
“There’s someone? Impossible” Leng Tian Xing also looked out at Chao Shan Camp.
It was a bit too far away for his sight to see properly.
“I can also let out an investigation-type spirit beast” Leng Tian Xing said as he was about to tap another spirit beast bag.
But Gu Qing Shan caught his hand.
“No, the situation seems to be quite dangerous right now, let’s not use spirit beast and go in by ourselves” Gu Qing Shan said.
They slowly stepped towards the camp.
And then, they both stopped at the same time.