Chapter 0158: The Grave Which Was Split Open
With Jing Xiu sticking close to Ning Cheng, the two of them picked up their speed. However, this mountain path seemed to go on endlessly, moreover they had been walking for almost a full day, and the sky was already getting dark gradually, but they still had not gotten off this mountain path.
¡°Senior Apprentice Brother Xiao Cheng¡¡¡± Meng Jing Xiu felt that something was not right, as she subconsciously called out. Even if she had to face death, she was not afraid, but this strangeness made her feel really uncomfortable to the point that she could not adapt to it.
Ning Cheng stopped, as he looked at the surrounding around him and suddenly said, ¡°Junior Apprentice Sister Jing Xiu, I think that we do not need to go up. It¡¯s not that this mountain path is very long, it¡¯s that both of us have entered an Illusion Array.¡±
¡°Illusion Array?¡± Meng Jing Xiu subconsciously repeated the words, she did not understand Array Formations, and as such did not know the fearful nature of an Array Formation. Once people who understood that they have entered an Illusion Array, then even if they wanted to come out, it would be extremely difficult. Even if it was not controlled manually, for a person to enter an Illusion Array, it was still quite possible that they may end up dying.
Ning Cheng hinted Meng Jing Xiu to not be anxious, ¡°Junior Apprentice Sister Jing Xiu, we have not necessarily entered the Illusion Array, perhaps this path really is very long. I also know a thing or two about Array Formations, if it really was an Illusion Array, then I should have already perceived it. Since I have not perceived it, then it indicates that it is not necessarily an Illusion Array.¡±
¡°What do we do then?¡± It was not until this point Meng Jing Xiu realised how difficult was it for a person in the Jia Continent to travel to the Yi Xing Ocean. If it was only her, then she really would not have known what to do.
¡°You don¡¯t need to worry, the sky is already dark, for the moment we will spend the night here tonight, tomorrow we will continue again. The Spiritual Qi in this place is thin, so properly speaking there won¡¯t be any cultivators with good abilities that would come in this direction. Only ordinary cultivators would most probably tread this path, as long as our opponent is not of the Profound Congealing Realm. They it would not be worth to be so cautious about.¡± Ning Cheng spoke in an extremely stable manner.
This time Meng Jing Xiu was not assertive. It was, of course, mainly because of the things that Ning Cheng said. While partly because she simply did not know what to do.
Half an hour later, they left the winding mountain path, but on the contrary, entered into the depths of the mountain range.
¡°Senior Apprentice Brother Xiao Cheng, this place is so strange, why do we have to come this deep to dig out an Immortal Cave?¡± Meng Jing Xiu knew that Ning Cheng wanted to dig an Immortal Cave deep in the mountains, and asked in a somewhat puzzled manner.
Ning Cheng laughed and spoke, ¡°My hometown has a few words, the more dangerous the place the safer it is. It should also apply here, but I on the contrary feel that staying overnight on the side of the road is kind of inappropriate.¡±
At this time, a burst of clip clop like sounds were transmitted, Meng Jing Xiu¡¯s heart immediately became tight, as this was the first sound that she had heard after she entered this barren piece of hill. Unconsciously she came closer to Ning Cheng, as she thought since when did this place have footsteps? If it was a cultivator, then they would definitely not walk here in the middle of the night.
Ning Cheng patted Meng Jing Xiu and spoke, ¡°I taught you the Concealment Method, use it to conceal your body¡¯s aura. There were two different sounds of footsteps transmitted a moment ago, and at least one of the footsteps did not have a source of vitality in them. If it is not a zombie, then it should be a puppet. I have never seen a zombie, so I guess that it is a puppet made by a nefarious cultivator. We may not be able to take care of it right away. Let¡¯s wait for this puppet to walk away.¡±
Meng Jing Xiu gave an ¡®En¡¯ sound, as she immediately activated the concealment technique to conceal her body¡¯s aura.
After the two concealed their Qi¡¯s and aura¡¯s, not much time had passed, when in the miserable looking white moonlight, the shadows of two people appeared, these two people were also carrying a wooden box between them. The complexions of the two people under the pale moonlight looked incomparably pale.
¡°They are dead¡¡¡± Meng Jing Xiu spoke in a trembling low voice, although these dead corpses were still carrying something between them, obviously they were no different from zombies.
Ning Cheng also spoke in a highly restrained manner, that was 20 times lower than her, ¡°They should be normal dead people, it seems that a cultivator had refined these ordinary people to create a corpse puppet. This cultivator is quite evil and cruel, to abruptly refine a living person into this kind of a walking corpse.¡±
Since he had studied Array Formation, so he had also studied some simple Body Puppet Techniques, so he was aware that to refine a live person into a walking corpse was a kind of Puppet Magic Art. But these magic arts were quite cruel and evil in nature, as such Ning Cheng did not have any interest in continuing to study them.
At this time Ning Cheng¡¯s Spiritual Consciousness fell at the wooden box that was being lifted in the middle of the two walking corpses. Seeing the person inside the box, he immediately yelled out in surprise.
¡°What is it? Senior Apprentice Brother Xiao Cheng?¡± Meng Jing Xiu quickly asked.
¡°I know that person inside the wooden box, but how could she be in this place? This woman had gone with Yue Ying and the others, so how could she come here?¡± Ning Cheng replied to Meng Jing Xiu¡¯s words, but it was more like he was talking to himself.
¡°Who is it?¡± Meng Jing Xiu quickly asked.
¡°That woman is the woman from the Wu Nian Academy who had a veil on her face, who had taken Yue Ying, Junior Apprentice Sister Danqin and Cang Shuo, to join the Wu Nian Academy. She had the cultivation of True Condensation 9th Level, moreover she had a Late Stage Essence Building Cultivator at her side, who was extremely powerful, so how could she be captured in such a remote place, moreover it seems that her cultivation is also sealed up?¡± Ning Cheng replied in a confused manner.
Meng Jing Xiu also froze for a moment, and then immediately spoke out, ¡°Isn¡¯t Wu Nian Academy in the Le Continent? Properly speaking, if she was transmitted out, then she should have transmitted to the Le Continent, so how could she be in the Hua Continent?¡±
After saying this, Meng Jing Xiu knew that she was focussing on the wrong things, the main point was that she was the core disciple of the Wu Nian Academy, if she was here then where did Junior Apprentice Sister Danqin and the others go to?
¡°Then what do we do?¡± Just as Meng Jing Xiu asked those words, Ning Cheng suddenly covered her mouth, while simultaneously completely restraining the aura in his body.
Meng Jing Xiu was already incomparably more intelligent than others, moreover she also had a quite an astonishing comprehension ability. As such Ning Cheng did not have to remind her again, she knew what she had to do, as she immediately also completely restrained the aura in her entire body, gradually she and Ning Cheng integrated into the surroundings, as if they had melted into the grass patches around them.
Just as they completely restrained their auras, a tyrannical Spiritual Consciousness swept towards them. But this Spiritual Consciousness did not stop, but rather quickly swept past them, before disappearing completely in a short while.
Meng Jing Xiu¡¯s forehead immediately broke out in cold sweat, she knew that once they were caught by this Spiritual Consciousness, she and Ning Cheng were finished.
Ning Cheng had still not released Meng Jing Xiu, as he spoke in a whispering voice, ¡°This person definitely has the cultivation of the Profound Congealing Realm, however I should be able to deal with him, as at least my Spiritual Consciousness is a lot stronger than his.¡±
After being silent for a moment, Ning Cheng once again spoke, ¡°The difference between Profound Congealing Realm and Essence Building Realm is not only the True Essence that is more formidable, but also the formation of an embryonic form of the Core Lake, if that is only it then it is nothing much at all, but in the unexpected case of him/her cultivating even a bit of a superior intent, then we would not even have a slight chance of winning.¡±
¡°Senior Apprentice Brother Xiao Cheng, do you want to save her?¡± Meng Jing Xiu asked in a quivering voice, it was not that she did not want to save the woman with the veil, but Ning Cheng would have to deal with a cultivator of the Profound Congealing Realm to save her life, it was simply an egg being thrown at a rock.
Ning Cheng once again spoke in a whisper, ¡°I must save her, Yue Ying, Danqin and Cang Shuo were together with this person, but now she is captured like this, then what happened to Yue Ying and the others? I had hoped for the God Wind Academy to protect Luo Fei, but now that the disciples of the God Wind Academy are possibly involved in some accident, how can I keep myself out of it? Besides, when I saw her, moreover once again, it can be considered as to be at least acquainted with this person, as such if I saw her in danger and did not at least do something to save her, then it would really be something not decent.
¡°Then we shall go together.¡± Meng Jing Xiu saw that Ning Cheng had already decided firmly, she also simultaneously spoke from the side.
Ning Cheng nodded, ¡°You be careful while tightly following behind me, remember, regardless of whatever place, we have to conceal our aura. This fellow has most probably just advanced to the Profound Congealing Realm, as such his cultivation is currently unstable, as a result his Core Lake has yet to fully form. As long as we are not discovered by him before we start, then there are some prospects of us succeeding.¡±
If Meng Jing Xiu stayed here, Ning Cheng would definitely be worried about her. He confirmed that the purple robed wearing woman was being delivered to somewhere inside of the mountain, moreover she would be carried to that place by those corpse puppets, however he also confirmed that these corpse puppets did not seem to have come from the mountain.
¡°Good.¡± Meng Jing Xiu also absolutely did not have any objection. Anyhow she had already decided that regardless of what Ning Cheng decided she would not oppose it.
The two corpse puppets carrying the wooden box entered a more secluded gorge. Ning Cheng and Meng Jing Xiu carefully followed the two corpse puppets, but did not dare to begin yet.
Ning Cheng was clear that he could not use his Spiritual Consciousness to keep a look on the box, as such he had to use all his faculties to keep a close watch on the wooden crate. For him to kill the two corpse puppets was truly simple, but after finishing off the corpse puppets, then wanting to escape from this place would really be difficult. If he wanted to rescue this woman wearing a veil in her face, then he would have to secretly kill that Profound Congealing Realm Cultivator.
He was only an Early Stage Essence Building Realm Cultivator, so for him to kill a Profound Congealing Realm Cultivator, other than him executing a sneak attack, there was no other better way.
The two corpse puppets in front of them turned a corner, Ning Cheng and Meng Jing Xiu also picked up speed, after he neared the two corpse puppets, he suddenly took out the 7 Pleiades Ice Needle. The 7 Pleiades Ice Needle, in just a flash, disappeared in the darkness of the night, although it disappeared right in front of her, Meng Jing Xiu did not perceive Ning Cheng¡¯s actions.
After the time it takes for half an incense stick to burn, the two corpse puppets stopped in front of an overgrown grave. The two corpse puppets put down the wooden box and opened it, letting the purple robed woman to fall to the ground in front of the grave.
After completing these tasks, the two corpse puppets lifted the wooden box, as they turned around and walked once again back onto their original path they had taken, it was as if they did not know what exhaustion meant.
Ning Cheng and Meng Jing Xiu had completely concealed their aura as they hid in a thick patch of grass on the periphery of the grave, while turning completely motionless.
At this time the silence of the mountain valley was suddenly broken by some sounds, this was the sound of rustling of a shrub in the wind, but under the backdrop of the pale moonlight, it appeared even more strange.
After this mountain breeze blew past, the tombstone before the grave suddenly split open, as a gloomy aura seeped out from the inside. Then a woman wearing a green dress suddenly appeared in flash from inside the tomb, as she directly went and picked up the purple robed woman lying in front of the tomb, and then turned around before going into the tomb once again.
The grave that had split open, once again slowly closed up.
Just as Ning Cheng saw the grave starting to shut, he immediately picked up Meng Jing Xiu as he, in just a twinkling of an eye, flashed to the inside. Then they immediately hid in a corner, and once again became completely motionless. He was glad that this time that Profound Congealing Realm Cultivator had not used his Spiritual Consciousness to sweep through this passage, if he had swept through with it at this time, then he would have definitely been found out.
Meng Jing Cheng who was still being held by Ning Cheng, once again spoke in a trembling voice, ¡°Senior Apprentice Brother Xiao Cheng, was that woman from a moment ago also a corpse puppet?¡±
Ning Cheng also quickly replied in a whisper, ¡°No, she was a live person. But her whole body was filled with extremely heavy Yin Energy, I guess that she cultivates some strange Cultivation Method. Junior Apprentice Sister Jing Xiu, from now on, if it is not a particularly urgent matter, it would be better if you did not make any sound.¡±
Meng Jing Xiu also hurriedly nodded, as Ning Cheng once again went into hiding with her in a more secluded corner. It was not until this time, Ning Cheng finally started to carefully observe the situation inside with his Spiritual Consciousness.
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