Battle Through the Heavens - chapter-384
As one glanced over the endless plain as far as the eye could see, there
was only a monotonous black color. Against the background of the somewhat
dark sky, a depressive atmosphere that caused one to feel fretful
shrouded the plain. In this somewhat strange place, it was little wonder
why those chaotic rules were born.
A black shadow suddenly shot out from the distance on this quiet plain.
The speed of the black shadow was extremely quick. As it flashed, it
appeared to be teleporting. However, each time a foot landed on the
ground, it would bring about a muffled thunder explosion. The explosive
sound formed a ripple shape that spread on the plain, and gradually
While the human figure ran at his maximum speed, he suddenly lifted his
head slightly and revealed a delicate and handsome young face. He was
Xiao Yan who had shuttled from thousands of kilometers away. The current
him was frowning as he watched the vast plain. He softly muttered,
“This damn place really causes people to feel constrained, but why is
it that I have yet to see anyone after having entered into this plain for
such a long time?”
“Continue heading forward. I think that it is likely that Hai Bodong
has never come here before. Therefore, the map which he gave you does not
have the exact route on the Great Plain of the Black Region. Now, we can
only enter some small town on the plain and then purchase a map of this
place.” Yao Lao said somewhat uncertainly. He was similarly unfamiliar
with this place, having only heard some information about it.
“Yes.” Xiao Yan helplessly nodded and could only continue burying his
head and hurrying along bitterly.
“That’s right, little fellow. I will remind you once again. In this
‘Black-Corner Region’, don’t have too much compassion. In here,
that thing is something which is thrown into the smelly gutters. If you
have it, there won’t be even the slightest bit of benefit for you.
Instead, it will drag you into a quagmire.” Yao Lao suddenly reminded
him once again.
“Killing a chicken to warn the monkeys is the best tactic here.”
TL: Killing a chicken to warn the monkeys – Hurting someone to set the
example so that others are warned.
Xiao Yan smiled faintly and said, “I am not some excessively good
person, neither am I a saint who is full of compassion. It is not my turn
to perform those great things like rescuing the suffering of the world. I
am only thinking of letting myself become stronger and then go and
protect the people whom I should protect. I am in no mood nor am I
qualified to bother about others.”
“That is the best attitude to survive within the ‘Black-Corner
Region.” Yao Lao smiled upon hearing this as he sighed in relief. He
similarly did not hope that his student was that kind of soft hearted
saint. This was because he knew that these kinds of people were those
that would most likely not live for long.
Instead of becoming a saint with a short life, he would rather Xiao Yan
be an evil person who would choose to use vicious, and all sorts of
underhanded means in order to protect the people whom he should protect.
Xiao Yan sighed. He continued to lower his head and charge forward. After
continuing to run for nearly half an hour, a small black dot faintly
appeared within his sight. As he moved closer, this black dot also
gradually expanded. Bits and pieces of white colored tents appeared
within Xiao Yan’s sight. The place was actually a small sized tribal
As he heard those sound of people faintly being transmitted from the
tents, Xiao Yan sighed in relief within his heart. His feet pressed
gently on the ground and his body was like a black shadow which ran over
toward that small tribal camp.
After running for nearly two to three minutes, the tribal camp finally
completely appeared in Xiao Yan’s eyes. He gradually slowed his body
down and slowly walked toward the outside of the main entrance of the
Xiao Yan’s gaze swept all around him when he came into such close
contact. He realized that this tribal camp was actually not very small.
There were nearly one hundred large and small tents placed one after
another. Hearing the noise that repeatedly sounded from within it, the
human traffic here appears quite good.
Xiao Yan walked closer to the main entrance of the tribal camp when his
expression suddenly changed. His feet abruptly took one step back as a
long arrow abruptly broke through the air and shot over. It was violently
inserted into the grass in front of him. From the tail of the arrow which
was swaying repeatedly, one could see that the person who released the
arrow definitely did not have any intention of leaving anyone alive.
After Xiao Yan dodged the long arrow, a soft surprised ‘hey’ sounded
from the fences of the tribal camp not far away.
“I am only passing through here and planning only to restock my supply.
What do you mean by this?” Xiao Yan coldly glanced at a certain spot at
the fences and coldly cried out.
“Chi, don’t tell me you are a novice who has just entered the
‘Black-Corner Region’? You actually don’t even know the rule that
you must hand over the road fees one hundred meters away before you enter
the tribal camp?” A human figure leaped onto the top of the fences.
When he heard these words of Xiao Yan, he was initially startled before
he immediately appeared to have understood something. He raised his
eyebrows and a strange expression swiftly flashed across his eyes.
Xiao Yan frowned, road fees?
“Five hundred gold coins. Hurry up. Don’t act so slowly and waste my
time. Don’t tell me that you cannot even afford to pay for the road
fees?” Seeing Xiao Yan’s hesitating manner, the strange expression in
that man’s eyes grew even more magnificent. His voice was instead a
little slower as he urged.
“What a strange rule.” Xiao Yan sighed in his heart. He flicked his
hand and a bag of gold coins appeared in his hand. After which, he threw
it over to the man. The latter hurriedly received it. He carefully
counted once before waving his hand and cried out in a dry voice, “Open
Upon hearing this voice, the broken wooden door of the tribal camp
immediately began creaking as it was opened. It revealed the road within
it and the human flow coming and going.
“Come in, novice fellow.” That skinny man parted his mouth and
laughed as he spoke with a smile.
Xiao Yan frowned slightly. It was really as Yao Lao had said. This
‘Black-Corner Region’ did not have many ordinary people. His hand
held the hilt of the ruler on his shoulders and he raised the caution in
his heart as he slowly walked toward the main entrance and before
Once he entered the tribal camp, the roads which were formed by the tents
appeared in his eyes. There were various different kinds of booths that
were displayed outside of the tents with many strange and unique items
placed on them. At this moment, there were also quite a number of people
carrying weapons in their hands as they walked around the place.
“I should first go and find if there are any maps being sold.” Xiao
Yan repeated in his heart. He had just entered the street when a human
figure flashed in front of him. Immediately, three men carrying shining
knives in their hands blocked him while wearing a thick dark smile on
“Hei, I will tell you, novice who has just arrived at the
‘Black-Corner Region’. Today, let me teach you the first rule within
the ‘Black-Corner Region’. That is don’t let others easily see that
you are a novice who has just arrived.” An awful trumpet like laughter
sounded from behind him. Xiao Yan turned around to take a look. The
skinny man who had shot the arrow from earlier was holding a bow and
arrow in his hand. The sharp arrow on the bow was aimed at Xiao Yan from
“Hand over all the things on you. Your money, weapons or any other
things. Hand over everything you have. If my mood is good, I may only
keep one arm of yours as a price for you making a mistake.” The skinny
man parted his mouth and laughed.
“It is indeed worthy of being the ‘Black-Corner Region’. It is just
unfortunate that no matter how a group of grasshopper jumped, they are at
the end of the day still grasshoppers.” Xiao Yan’s gaze swept over
the street in front of him and spoke. At the moment, the group of people
on the street has also discovered the situation here. However, there was
not a single person who stepped forward to help Xiao Yan ease out of the
situation. Instead, each and everyone hugged their arms. Their faces were
mocking as though they were watching a performance.
“Little fellow, you have finally understood after experiencing it
personally, right? What that fellow said is correct. Don’t let anyone
see your background or bottomline within the ‘Black-Corner Region’.
In this place there are no so called good people so don’t hope that
those in the audience would step forward to help. It is already very
unexpected that they didn’t add insult to injury by coming over and
hacking at you a couple of times.” Yao Lao’s voice sounded in Xiao
Xiao Yan nodded slightly. His hand slowly gripped the hilt of the Heavy
When they saw Xiao Yan’s action, the faces of the three people blocking
in front of Xiao Yan immediately turned cold. They did not say any
unnecessary words. The knives in their hands directly hacked ferociously
toward Xiao Yan’s neck in front of them. Their attacks were extremely
“Bang, bang, bang.”
The sharp blades had yet to reach their targets when a black shadow
suddenly flashed passed. The dark and cold expressions of the three
people instantly became pale. Their bodies appeared to have been smashed
by a huge hammer as they were suddenly smashed into a tent behind them.
Fresh blood dyed the white-colored tent until it was extremely
In a split second, three of his companions were struck heavily. An
appalled and ruthless feeling flashed across the eyes of that skinny man.
The bow in his hand was about to move when a black shadow suddenly
appeared behind him. A thick low voice softly sounded, “In the future,
before you strike, you better clearly distinguish the gap between both
parties. However, I think that you may not have a next time.”
“Glug!” As the words fell, the black ruler heavily smashed into the
back of that man. Immediately, a mouthful of fresh blood mingled with
internal organs which had been shattered by the enormous force was
Xiao Yan’s expression was indifferent as he eyed the person who fell
down softly. He flipped his hand and inserted the Heavy Xuan Ruler onto
his back. After which, he slowly walked on the street. The faces of those
people in the human crowd which were originally filled with ridicule
suddenly became dull for an instant when they saw him enter. They then
hurriedly hid their expressions, and allowed the human figure carrying
some scent of blood to float past in front of them.
Only when Xiao Yan slowly disappeared around the corner of the street did
the crowd here recover the liveliness from before. They smiled as they
eyed the corpses which were plummeted at the main entrance. There was no
pity within their eyes. They simply praised, “Hei, this young man is
really ruthless enough. He acted decisively, and actually did not have
the slightest hesitation when he killed people. He’s man enough. Looks
like he will be able to live quite comfortably within the ‘Black-Corner
At this moment, Xiao Yan naturally did not know that due to his ruthless
means, he had won such high praise. It looks like the flowery words that
Yao Lao had mentioned were indeed true.
After Xiao Yan walked along a few streets which were not considered to be
too long for a couple of times, he was disappointed to realize that this
small tribal camp actually did not have any maps being sold.
Xiao Yan shook his head, feeling depressed. Just as he planned to find
someone to ask for a rough route, a somewhat fat human figure suddenly
appeared in front of him. The man’s face was full of smiles.
“Mister, you are intending to buy maps, right? Earlier, I saw you
inquiring all the way here.” The fatty smiled and spoke in front of
“You have one?” Xiao Yan glanced at this fat stranger and asked
“I am a merchant who walks on this Great Plains of the Black Region.
Naturally, I must carry the most precise map.” The fat man smiled again
as he replied.
“What’s the price?” There was still not the slightest fluctuation
in Xiao Yan’s voice. In this ‘Black-Corner Region’, there was no
“Ke ke, I will tell Mister something honest. In this Great Plains of
the Black Region’, even if you possessed a map, you would also have
difficulty finding your exact destination. This is because there will
occasionally be a Black Storm that covers the sky and blots out the sun
occurring on the plains. During such times, a map is useless. Only those
people who have great experience can successfully walk out of the Black
Storm. However, I think that Mister, being a newcomer, should not have
such experience, right?”
The fatty shook his head and said with another smile, “I shall not beat
around the bush with you. Earlier, at the entrance to the tribal camp, I
notice that your strength is not bad. Therefore, I want to hire you to be
a guard of my mercenary group. If your aim is to pass through this Great
Pains of the Black Region, and enter into the inner ‘Black-Corner
Region’, you can accompany me on the journey. However, as the
compensation for leading you out of the Great Plains, you must help out a
little when my mercenary group meets some trouble. What do you think?”
Xiao Yan knit his eyebrows slightly together when he heard this. In his
heart, he cautiously asked, “Teacher, is it really as he has said?”
“Uh. The Great Plains of the Black Region is indeed known for its Black
Storm. People without great experience will really lose their direction.
It is said that an unlucky fellow back then was hurrying on with his
journey within a Black Storm. In the end, he moved over half a circle
around the Great Plains and ended up dying of fatigue.” Yao Lao
hesitated for a moment before continuing, “If you want to pass through
the Great Plains of the Dark Region, you can really save a lot of trouble
if you travel with an experienced merchant group.”
“Ke ke, the destination of our mercenary company is the ‘Black Mark
City’ within the inner part of the ‘Black-Corner Region’.The annual
Great Auction Fair will be held the day after tomorrow at that place.
Therefore, I need to increase the strength of my defense and seize the
time to hurry over. Otherwise, I will also not find an unfamiliar
person.” The fatty smiled and explained the somewhat presumptuous
action of his.
“Great Auction Fair?” Xiao Yan’s heart moved slightly when he heard
this name. The most attractive thing within the ‘Black-Corner Region’
were those mysterious items that left people speechless. Each time the
auction was held, it would attract a countless number of people to bid
for the items.
Xiao Yan once again mused for a moment in his heart. He then ceased
hesitating and nodded.
“Let’s have a pleasant collaboration. You can call me Duo Ma.” Seeing
that Xiao Yan nodded his head, the fatty immediately sigh in relief. He
smiled extended his hand toward Xiao Yan.
“Yao Yan.” Xiao Yan careless shook the other person’s fat hand as
he said indifferently.