Battle Through the Heavens - chapter-372
Following the flow of time, night slowly faded away. When the first
morning sunlight from the distant sky poured over the land, signs of life
once again burst forth in the Magical Beast Mountain Range, which had
been quiet for the entire night. A countless number of huge birds were
singing in unison, their song remained in the forest and did not fade
away for a long time.
A huge rock suddenly rolled aside and fell by the precipitous ravine. The
loud sound that it emitted as it fell frightened the bird beasts
lingering nearby until they hurriedly spread their wings and fled.
After the mountain rock fell, a dark, black cave entrance was revealed. A
black-robed figure immediately walked out. He narrowed his slanted eyes
as he swept them across the partially concealed blue sky, hidden behind
the thick mist. He gently exhaled and said softly, “Teacher, are there
any traces of the Misty Cloud Sect disciples nearby?”
A voice was swiftly emitted from within Xiao Yan’s heart, “A few
hundred meters on the other side of this ravine, there are quite a number
of Qis of varying strength. There are also some scattered ones in other
directions. Yun Shan has left an energy trace within your body. Although
this trace is being suppressed by me, they are still able to vaguely
sense a little of it. Therefore, they can use this to vaguely guess your
position. However, it is quite fortunate that the region they can narrow
their search to is still very large. They need to search cautiously in
order to be certain. Otherwise, they would have found this location last
“Hei, they really are persistent. Looks like the Misty Cloud Sect is
really keen on killing me.” Xiao Yan coldly laughed.
“Now, you cannot be held back by them. Otherwise, if the Elders of the
Misty Cloud Sect were to hurry over, you would be in trouble. Moreover, I
need at least half a month before my Spiritual Strength is fully
recovered. Therefore, you have to rely on yourself if you want to escape
from the Misty Cloud Sect’s blockade that surrounds this area during
this half a month period of time.” Yao Lao reminded seriously.
Xiao Yan quietly nodded. The last time Yao Lao had fallen into a slumber
had caused him to understand what it meant to rely entirely on himself.
Although Yao Lao was currently unable to take direct action to help him,
the vast experience which he had accumulated over the years was still
able to provide Xiao Yan a vast amount of help. Therefore, Xiao Yan was
not the slightest bit worried despite the situation being quite dangerous.
“Since I am currently surrounded in three directions, I can only
continue to move deeper into the Magical Beast Mountain Range and find an
opportunity to make a detour. As long as I can throw off the people who
are chasing me and hide my identity, I think that it will not be
difficult to leave the Jia Ma Empire.” Xiao Yan said softly.
“Yes, everything is up to you. I will help by keeping track to the
people chasing you.” Yao Lao’s voice slowly became softer before
Xiao Yan nodded slightly. His shoulders trembled slightly and the huge
Purple Cloud Wings unfurled from his back. He flapped the wings and his
body was like a large bird as he shot directly toward the clouds.
When his body was slightly above the top of the ravine, Xiao Yan turned
his body. He immediately landed steadily on the opposite side of the
ravine. He slowly returned the Purple Cloud Wings to tattoos and turned
around to look at the dense forest which began to rustle with faint
disturbances after sensing the movement. He laughed coldly as his body
turned into a black line which charged directly into the dense forest. In
the blink of an eye, he disappeared under the cover of the heavy tree
Not long after Xiao Yan disappeared, the branches of the trees on the
opposite side of the ravine suddenly swayed a little. A group of human
figures released a ‘swash’ sound as they flashed and appeared. They
held shining longswords in their hands that reflected a thick cold glow
under the sunlight.
“No one? A moment ago, second senior brother sensed some movement in
the air around here?”
“Perhaps it was created by some Magical Beast. However, the ravine here
as a little too wide. Looks like only those brothers in the sect who are
well versed in wind affinity Qi Techniques can go over first.”
“Remember the Elders’ order. Do not fight head on with Xiao Yan
should you meet him. All we need to do is to use all our effort to try
and stall for time!”
The orderly response sounded by the edge of the ravine. A few shadows
suddenly shot out, using a gentle wind to allow their bodies to drift in
midair. They were like catkin floating in the wind, gently falling toward
the other side of the ravine. The few people exchanged glances when they
landed before standing up and rushing into the dense woods with great
In the dense mountain forest, a human figure was swiftly flashing across
tree branches. Each time his toes gently pressed against a branch, his
body would use that force to abruptly shoot a great distance away.
Although there were some Magical Beasts, who carried ferocious auras,
that appeared along the path where the human figure flashed past, these
Magical Beasts did not seem to have the slightest intention of stopping
him. Instead, they would lie low on the ground just before the human
figure arrived. Their bodies would tremble as they hid their Qis. That
manner was as though they had met something terrifying .
“The people chasing are getting further and further away. They seem to
have also sensed your swift movement. Now, there is a large group of
Misty Cloud Sect disciples hurrying over from all directions. However, it
is fortunate that there are Magical Beasts blocking them along the way.
With their speed of travel, you should be able to completely escape them
by evening.” Yao Lao’s voice suddenly sounded from Xiao Yan’s
heart, who was swiftly moving.
Xiao Yan quietly sighed in relief upon hearing this. He nodded slightly
and lifted his head to stare at the light not far in front of him. His
toes pressed gently once again and his body shot out like an arrow which
had left a bow.
As his body grew increasingly closer to the light at the edge of the
forest, Xiao Yan frowned slightly. An instinctive feeling within him
caused an uneasiness to surface within his heart. However, he could not
find anything regarding the source of this uneasiness. Moreover, Yao Lao
did not come out to speak. Therefore, he simply forcefully suppressed
that uneasy feeling within his heart and stared intently at the bright
exit. He increased the strength of his legs and finally turned into a
black shadow which shot directly out.
“Be careful!” The moment that Xiao Yan’s body charged out of the
forest, Yao Lao’s stern voice suddenly sounded!
The sudden, bright, eye-piercing sunlight caused Xiao Yan to habitually
close his eyes. Closely following Yao Lao’s cry, as well as the tearing
sound that was emitted from the sky, a chill was felt in his heart. By
instinct, Xiao Yan’s body forcefully and strangely twisted in midair
before landing on the ground. His body rolled a couple of times on the
grass, much like a hedgehog rolling down the mountain, before entering a
small bush close to him which was only a few meters wide. He suddenly
lifted his head and studied the blue sky. His eyes shrunk abruptly.
At this moment, there were five enormous eagle type Magical Beasts in the
vast sky, slowly circling above. What caused Xiao Yan’s expression to
change slightly was the few human figures who were on the backs of the
five flying Magical Beast. Although he was a great distance from them,
Xiao Yan could still identify their identities from their robes: the
Misty Cloud Sect!
“Dammit. It is really unexpected that the Misty Cloud Sect actually had
flying beasts at such a large scale!” Xiao Yan clenched his teeth and
softly cursed. If it wasn’t because of the great increase in his
strength which also provided him with a lot more agility, he would really
have received some injuries from the sneak attack earlier.
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“I’m sorry. This exceeded my expectations. Originally, I thought that
only those few Dou Wangs from the Misty Cloud Sect could fly. Therefore,
my attention toward the sky was a little less focused. In the end, I did
not expect that they actually had such a tactic. The strongest Misty
Cloud Sect disciple on those few flying Magical Beast is around that of a
two star Da Dou Shi. This weak aura coupled with their flying height
actually managed to escape my perception. I was careless.” Yao Lao’s
bitter laughter sounded from Xiao Yan’s heart.
“Teacher, you need not blame yourself. I had already expected that my
plan to escape this time would definitely not go smoothly.” Xiao Yan
smiled. He lifted his head and eyed the sky. A thick, darkness flashed
across his face as he said, “However, it is insufficient if they wanted
to stop me with just these few people.”
“Be careful. Try your best not to be held back by them. Otherwise, it
will be very troublesome once their reinforcements arrive.” Yao Lao
once again reminded when he heard the killing intent in Xiao Yan’s
“Yes.” Xiao Yan nodded his head. His hand slowly grasped his sleeves
and a thick cold smile surfaced on his face.
The five flying Magical Beasts in the sky lingered above this area, which
was isolated by the forest. There were two Misty Cloud Sect disciples
standing on the back of each Magical Beast. At this moment, ten pairs of
anxious eyes were directly watching the bushes which Xiao Yan was hiding
“Mo Lei sir, the person below is undoubtedly Xiao Yan. What should we
do now?” A Misty Cloud Sect disciple on the back of a flying Magical
Beast asked a middle-aged, large man respectfully.
“Release the signal flares first.” The middle-aged, large man’s
gaze stared sharply and intently at the small bush as he ordered coldly,
“Before the Elders arrive, we must hinder Xiao Yan no matter what. The
old Sect Leader said that Xiao Yan is severely injured. Even if he can
strain himself and flee, it is likely that his strength would be greatly
decreased. As long as we delay him until the Elders arrive, it will be
difficult for him to escape death!”
“The old Sect Leader has also said that an exception will be made to
promote whoever captures Xiao Yan, whether he is dead or alive, to the
position of a Deacon. Moreover, that person will even be freely allowed
to choose a High Xuan Qi Method and Dou Technique!” When these words of
the middle-aged man left his mouth, the breathing of the other nine
slightly younger Misty Cloud Sect disciples immediately became hurried.
An additional greediness and ferociousness appeared in the eyes, which
they used to stare at the small cluster of bushes.
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An intelligent Misty Cloud Sect disciple swiftly took out a signal flare
from his chest pocket not long after the large man’s words fell. He
then pulled it with a great force. As a clear sound appeared, a huge, fog
longsword with cloud markings slowly formed in the distant sky.
The moment the Misty Cloud Sect disciple released the signal flare, the
gazes of the others in his group continued to stare intently at the small
bushes. The sharp longswords which they held in their hands reflected a
deep glint. The faint Dou Qi shrunk and extended indefinitely on the edge
of the swords.
After the signal flare and the sound gradually disappeared, the area once
again descended into complete silence. There was not the slightest
movement within those small bushes.
The eyes of the middle-aged man stared unblinkingly at the small bushes.
The strange silence of the surroundings caused the cold and stern face of
the middle-aged man to change slightly. A long while later, some cold
sweat involuntarily surfaced on his forehead. Logically speaking, Xiao
Yan should know that the longer time dragged on, the more of a
disadvantage he would be in. But why is it now…
Just as the large middle-aged man was imagining things, a change occurred
within the small bushes below. The leaves suddenly shot out explosively,
permeating the sky. A black shadow also borrowed the cover of the leaves
and burst out.
“Humph. Where can you go?” The moment the bushes moved, the
middle-aged man immediately sensed something. His dark and cold gaze
simply ignored the tree leaves that covered his sight and directly locked
onto that black shadow. The longsword in his hand swung swiftly, even
forming a couple of afterimages in front of him.
As the longsword moved, over ten sharp sword blades were shot out from
the tip of the sword. They were immediately and violently aimed toward
the black shadow.
The points at which the sword blades landed were extremely ingenious.
They coincidentally sealed the path which the black shadow was using to
charge forward. If he were to forcibly charge in, it was likely that he
would be wounded on the spot.
The black shadow was clearly unwilling to be injured because of this.
Therefore, his feet were abruptly inserted into the grass covered ground,
borrowing the elastic force to swiftly pull himself back. He immediately
rolled in the air and was once again forced back into the small bushes.
“Hee hee, this little fellow is indeed quite badly injured.” The
corner of the middle-aged large man involuntarily revealed a gloating
expression. Before his gloating smile was completely revealed, however, a
seven-colored glow flashed from the corner of his mouth, causing his
smile to swiftly stiffen.
“Be careful!” The middle-aged man squat down slightly and roared
“Ah.” His voice had just rang out when a blood-curling scream was
heard. The middle-aged man raised his head and his expression changed
drastically as he realized that a flying Magical Beast not far from him
had been drenched in a seven-colored liquid at this moment. The bodies of
the two people on it’s back had merely blocked it with their Dou Qi for
a short moment before their bodies were corroded by the seven-colored
liquid into two piles of white bones.
The miserable death of their companions caused the faces of the remaining
Misty Cloud Sect disciples around to grow pale. In their panic, they
hurriedly directed their flying Magical Beasts to descend toward the
“Stupid fellows. Don’t go near the ground! Xiao Yan is below!” The
middle-aged man hurriedly cried out furiously when he saw the action of
these Misty Cloud Sect disciples.
“Hee hee, it’s too late.” A thick, dark, cold laugh suddenly
rippled through the air. A human figure shot out abruptly from within the
small bushes. The Purple Cloud Wings on his back flapped, and he
instantly appeared by the side of the three flying Magical Beasts. The
Heavy Xuan Ruler in his hand was as quick as lightning as it cut out
three traces of broken wind. Following three muffled sounds, fresh blood
rained down and permeated the sky. The heads of the three Magical Beasts
fell from the sky.
The flying Magical Beasts were killed on the spot. The six Misty Cloud
Sect disciples on their backs let out terrified screeches as their faces
became pale. Their quick falling speed made the wild wind, blowing past,
to force their screeches back into their throats.
Once he killed the three flying Magical Beasts, Xiao Yan ignored the
falling Misty Cloud Sect disciples. With their mere Dou Shi strengths,
falling from such a height meant certain death!
Xiao Yan’s body was suspended in midair. He glanced at the only flying
Magical Beast in the sky. Without saying any unnecessary words, he
flapped the wings on his back and swiftly pounced over.
“Hurry up and leave!”
The middle-aged man’s face was completely pale as he eyed Xiao Yan who
was shooting over. An eagle-like cry was hurriedly released from the
middle-aged large man’s mouth. Immediately, the remaining flying
Magical Beast swiftly rose into the air, attempting to escape.
The Magical Beast had just increased its altitude when a seven-colored
light once again surfaced. It was like a sharp arrow that directly shot
through the chest of Misty Cloud Sect disciple beside the large
middle-aged man who was already frightened by the deaths of his
companions until his face was pale.
Hot, fresh blood spilled from behind the large middle-aged man, and
finally splashed onto his neck. The blood was originally warm, yet it
caused the middle-aged large man to feel a chill, and regret swelled
forth from his heart. He regretted being so greedy, and the decision he
made to involve these people so deeply within the chase.
“Since you are here, why do you want to leave?”A black shadow
abruptly rose in the empty space in front of him. Finally, in a demonic
manner, he raised the heavy ruler with his hand and pressed his toes
gently on the head of the Magical Beast. His smiling face was like an
evil demon in the eyes of the large middle-aged man.
“If you want me to die, you can also forget about getting away so
easily!” Having no room to retreat, the large middle-aged man clenched
his teeth ferociously. He tightened his grip on his longsword and let out
a fierce laughter. The Dou Qi on his entire body surged as he shot
explosively toward Xiao Yan while carrying a powerful force.
Xiao Yan watched the large middle-aged man who had charged over with the
intent to kill. He gently lifted the heavy ruler in his hand and stepped
on the head of the Magical Beast with his toes. His body shot forward
like an arrow. As the sound of two swords collided rang out, the two
figures also intertwined and passed one another.
Xiao Yan’s hand held the Heavy Xuan Ruler. He flipped his hand and
inserted it onto his back before whistling with his mouth into the air. A
seven-colored light rushed into his sleeves. He then flapped the pair of
wings on his back, turned his head, and eyed the large number of small
black spots which had suddenly appeared in the distant horizon. A cold
smile appeared on his face as his body swiftly landed on the ground. He
immediately disappeared into the extremely dense forest. From the moment
he stored his ruler until he left, he did not even take a single glance
at the large middle-aged man who was still maintaining his stance of
lifting his sword.
Not long after Xiao Yan had disappeared, the large group of small black
spots coming from the distant horizon, gradually and finally magnified.
They immediately carried a wild wind that spread throughout the sky as
they arrived at the spot which had just undergone a big fight.
The black spots were enlarged and actually consisted of more than thirty
Magical Beasts of similar shape. There were three elders with Dou Qi
wings on their backs at the leading position of the flying unit.
“Mo Lei, where is Xiao Yan? What about the other members of your small
unit?” The three elders were shockingly the three Misty Cloud Elders
who had taken action to stop Hai Bodong when Xiao Yan had first went up
against the Misty Cloud Sect. At this moment, one Elder was eyeing the
large middle-aged man who was standing on the back of a Magical Beast
with his head lowered as he cried out loud.
However, Mo Lei did not have any reaction to his name being called.
“Something is wrong!” As they eyed Mo Lei, who had his head lowered,
the expression of the older man suddenly changed as he cried out softly.
As his cry fell, the body of Mo Lei, who was standing on the back of the
Magical Beast, suddenly trembled. Immediately, his body exploded with a
‘bang’, much like that of a bomb, in front of the shocked gazes of
the nearly one hundred Misty Cloud Sect disciples. The fresh blood which
was spread in all directions immediately poured down from the sky.
“Hiss.” The instant after Mo Lei’s body exploded, the Magical Beast
under his feet suddenly emitted a painful groan. Its body trembled
intensely. A moment later, a ‘bang’ was unleashed and another
Fresh blood accompanied by fragments of meat came pouring down from the
sky, nearly rendering the entire dark, green grassland below into a
As they endured the dreadful event that occurred in front of them, the
nearly one hundred Misty Cloud Sect disciples had pale faces as they
descended into a strange silence. Some of the smarter ones seemed to
realize something from this tragedy.
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This was the revenge that Xiao Yan had given to the Misty Cloud Sect for
continuing to chase after him with the intention to kill!
The revenge of a hungry wolf, which was forced into a desperate
situation, would cause the coldness to diffuse throughout a person’s
The oldest Elder had a green face as he eyed the fresh blood and remnant
bones on the ground. He clenched his fist and abruptly lowered his head
towards the many large mountains as he roared out with great enmity:
“Xiao Yan, even if I have to continue chasing you for thousands of
kilometers, this old man will definitely tear you into tens of thousands
of pieces, pull out your muscles, and break your bones!”
The roar was carried by Dou Qi as it mightily spread throughout the
entire mountain, not disappearing until a long while later.
In the distant dense woods, the swiftly flashing black shadow suddenly
paused. He indifferently glanced at the sky behind him and slowly emitted
a soft, cold laughter. His feet immediately pressed against the tree
branch, and swiftly fled into the dense woods before disappearing.