TN: Warning, depictions of gore and/or death coming up in the next 10 or so chapters. Honestly I feel like the gore isn’t that strong, but just in case.
A transparent black cloud that covered the entire world.
Drops of fire were raining down from the sky.
As space itself ripped opened, Gu Qing Shan who was covered in a ball of light appeared hovering.
Under the dark sky, the sound of fighting drew Gu Qing Shan’s attention.
On a mild hill a few meters above ground, a horde of black demons was rushing, pushing their way up.
A few cultivators had their backs to each other, trying their best to fend off the demons.
A few moments later, one of the cultivators suddenly got pulled out and surrounded by the demons, screaming as he was eaten alive.
“No! Lil’ bro!”
Within the cultivators, one of them screamed sorrowfully, ran out of formation and went on a demon killing frenzy.
But that accomplished nothing, as the smell of blood only made the demons also went into a frenzy, swarming them even quicker.
In only a few breaths, the cultivator who got mad was already killed and eaten, bone and all.
There were only 6-7 cultivators left, surrounded, like candles in the wind that could be blown out at any time.
Gu Qing Shan looked at the bunch of them and mumbled: “Seems like these are the men that General Sun Zhi left behind, since they haven’t all died, seems like they do have some skills to them after all”
Not wanting to watch anymore, Gu Qing Shan’s spirit energy moved, breaking open the light sphere and dropped down on a nearby hill.
He specifically chose this place, as it wasn’t far from where the cultivators are, plus they cultivators on the hill were already attracting the attention of the demons, so he was relatively safe.
As he felt the ground under his feet, Gu Qing Shan retracted all the spirit energy around his body and held his breath.
———demons can feel both spirit energy waves and breathing, so he has to be careful.
Suddenly a foul stench shot straight at Gu Qing Shan, as he dodged forwards a few feet…
That sound was heard behind him.
The large jaw missed, reluctantly retracted its head.
As Gu Qing Shan looked back, his heart sank a bit.
A Rotting Eater Demon was crawling forward; its whole body was like a hill of rotting meat that could move.
The indescribable stench was once again felt as the adrenaline rush died down.
This demon is known to eat anything, but it’s favorite food are rotting corpses, as it gradually ate more and more, the smell has already seeped into every piece of flesh on its body.
Normally, even the other demons will stay away from this one, simply because the smell is too foul.
After the Rotting Eater Demon fails to eat its prey the first time, it shifted its neck, spitting out a viscous fluid, wanting to trap the prey in place.
Not only is this fluid hard to dodge, it could also eat through flesh, if you don’t prepare yourself and gets spit on, it could possibly dissolve your whole body in one go.
This Rotting Eater Demon was emitting a strong aura, much stronger than a normal one, possibly already reached Foundation Establishment realm.
Its fluid is so potent it might be able to eat through the bones as well.
Gu Qing Shan already knew of their characteristics, so he quickly evaded, but still almost didn’t make it out of the spit zone.
The few cultivators on the hill were surprised.
In fact, when Gu Qing Shan had just appeared in this space, they already immediately noticed.
But when they saw that he was just a qi training realm cultivator, the hope that just appeared immediately got shattered again.
The cultivators were in despair so thought that he couldn’t survive for more than a few seconds, but they saw the unexpected.
Gu Qing Shan was only a qi training realm, a whole realm lower than the Rotting Eater Demon, yet he could evade the surprise attack like that, you could say his performance is more than stellar.
Seeing its prey once again evaded, the Rotting Eater Demon angrily wanted to roar.
Once it draws attention here, it’ll also bring more demons.
When that happens, with Gu Qing Shan’s strength, being surrounded by demons can only mean death.
Right at that dire second, the Rotting Eater Demon suddenly felt something was placed in its mouth.
It was confused.
With its intellect, it couldn’t tell what it was, no matter how much it thought.
By instinct, it closed it mouth and tried to chew the thing inside.
———what a strange feeling.
Not what it usually likes to eat, but seems like it can be eaten.
Hm, the more it eats the more delicious it seems, almost like it’s good for it.
The food made the Rotting Eater Demon calmed down.
But what exactly is this?
Rotting Eater Demon slowly stuck its claws inside its mouth, wanting to know what it just ate.
It wants to remember this thing, to include in its list of menu.
As Gu Qing Shan saw that, he silently crouched down, slowly backed away from the Rotting Eater Demon’s sight.
Just then he threw a stack of demon snake skin and bones from afar straight into the big mouth.
This monster called Rotting Eater Demon, when it’s hungry enough it could even eat rocks as food, let alone a rare monster like the demon snake, whose skin contains a lot of energy and definitely taste better than rocks and rotten corpses.
While the Rotting Eater Demon was distracted by food, Gu Qing Shan had already silently snuck away.
Hiding behind a large pile of rocks, he checked around.
There weren’t that many demons around this area, as most of them were scurrying up the other hill.
On the other hill, the fight was getting more and more intense.
The 6-7 cultivators were completely surrounded by the endless sea of demon, unable to retreat or advance at all.
In a desperate fight for their lives, the cultivators couldn’t help but use their spirit energy, fighting at full strength, so even here where he is he could feel their energy.
Looking for just a few seconds, Gu Qing Shan’s face became much more serious.
“All of them are Foundation Establishment realm, there’s possibly also a Golden Core realm”
Both the cultivators and the demons that fill this place was very much out of his league.
“Low cultivation limits the amount of things I can do, so there’s only…”
As he was thinking, there was already 3-5 demons who took notice of him.
They immediately rushed here, even used their hulking body to knock way those in their way, not wanting any more competitors for the meal.
Gu Qing Shan simply ignored those Foundation Establishment realm demons, took out the formation plate, one hand holding the plate, the other quickly infusing spirit energy into it.
His hands moved nonstop and shouted: “Come this way!”
On the other side, the cultivators lost another person, his body was eaten up right away, making their situation even more dangerous.
They couldn’t help but turned towards Gu Qing Shan when they heard that, quickly saw the dimly glowing formation plate and rejoiced.
“A formation plate!”
“A formation user! It’s a formation user!”
“That’s great, we’re saved”
Formation users are an extremely rare existence, every single one of them is protected like treasures by their sect, that being the case, how would one of them appear here alone?
But they didn’t have the time to think about that.
Suddenly seeing a chance for survival, their fighting spirit lit up once again and successfully pushed the wave of demons around themselves back a few feet.
Under a cultivator’s instruction, they gradually got closer to Gu Qing Shan.
That cultivator pointed at two people and ordered: “He’s only a qi training realm, your feet are quick, go protect him!”
This formation user could be their only hope to survive.
The leader-like person waved the jade fan in his hand, firing spells one after another.
Each and every demon that got his by his spells were frozen into statues, a few stronger demons that didn’t get frozen was also slowed down greatly.
The Sword cultivator and Blade user dashed forward, killing the demons with a few quick slashes.
Having an area of effect Ice-type spell as cover, both of them were as quick as lightning, immediately got close to Gu Qing Shan and killed all the demons that tried to get close.
Gu Qing Shan glanced at the two of them, his eyes couldn’t move away from the swordsman’s weapon
Looking at the swordsman’s sword, Gu Qing Shan’s fingers couldn’t help but twitch a bit.
Since his return, Gu Qing Shan couldn’t remember even a single Sword Skill, it’s like all the Sword Skills he had learned in the past were completely sealed by the System.
He could hazard a guess, the reason why the System did that was to lower the risk when travelling through Space-time as much as possible, to get away from a few large unnecessary troubles.
Gu Qing Shan could still remember very clearly, after he returned, the System had said “Illegal entry successful”
But now that the return is done, the seal still hasn’t been released.
Something very deep in his instinct is telling him, he needs a sword.
Just like numerous years ago, he needs a sword that can kill!
The peak Foundation Establishment cultivator could feel Gu Qing Shan’s eyes, looked at him in confusion.
No, now’s not the time yet!
Gu Qing Shan held down his excitement, his eyes looked at the leader.
“So he’s an awoken Water-element user, at the second stage of Freezing Mist. If it wasn’t for him, these people would probably have already died”
Gu Qing Shan silently noted, turning to look at the 2 cultivators at the very back.
They guarded on both sides of the leader, using their naked fists and kicks to knock away a large chunk of demons each time.
These are martial cultivators, their blood essence had almost become solid as the power of martial arts flowed around their bodies.
No doubt about it, they’re true Martial Grandmasters, a few steps from advancing to Martial Eminence.
Behind them, a flood of demons came down.
In just a few seconds, all the cultivators had already surrounded Gu Qing Shan to protect him.
The leader cultivator put away his jade fan, quickly asked: “How’s the formation? Do you need our protection?”
Everyone looked at him.
To arrange a formation requires time, if Gu Qing Shan takes too long, when everyone had reached the end of their ropes and he still hasn’t finished setting it up then everything is just a big joke.
As Gu Qing Shan heard that, he shook his head and replied: “It’ll be done right away”
The tapped the formation plate, both hands forming signs.
The formation plate that Gong Sun Zhi gave him had quite a few advanced formations inscribed.
As Gong Sun Zhi had already taught Gu Qing Shan the special hand signs needed to operate the plate, he only needs to infuse spirit energy into the plate and use the correct sign to use the formation he needs.
Even a normal formation user needs hand signs to form and arrange the formation, so if you don’t know anything, you’d really believe Gu Qing Shan to be a real formation user.
Only a truly masterful formation user like Gong Sun Zhi would be able to tell what the signs are for, and understand that he’s a fraud.
The only drawback being, formations on the formation plate all have limited uses, once they’re all used up, the formation plate becomes useless.
The situation right now is very dire, plus all the cultivators around him are strangers, so Gu Qing Shan decided to pretend to be a formation user.
“Water, Wind, Mist, Earth, Green River Sky Hidden Formation!”
As Gu Qing Shan infused his spirit energy, star-shaped seal made of numerous stars appeared from the formation plate, among them were four especially noticeable stars.
The formation is done!
The strongest formation used for hiding on the plate was activated immediately, draining 70% of Gu Qing Shan’s spirit energy.
The light covered both him and the cultivators, in just a flash, they’ve already disappeared from the sea of demons.
Numerous demons couldn’t find their target, still in a frenzy, they clashed and started killing each other.
Only a few of the strongest, biggest demons couldn’t be bothered, just picked up a few smaller demons, ate a mouthful of them then left.
Their actions immediately stopped the other demon’s frenzy.
In just a few moments, half the demons already scattered.
Inside the hidden formation, all the cultivators laid on the ground, breathing heavily.
They’ve all just about reached their limits.