Chapter 560: Mythical Copperworm Tree
Several dozen glowing figures sped through the air over the land filled with a primitive aura. They did not take any rest, heading directly towards the southwest direction.
At the front of the group, Zhou Yuan led the pack.
His gaze constantly scanned the surroundings to check that they were on the right path. As they flew, they could also feel several gazes staring at them from hidden places, gazes that were not very friendly at all.
No one knew how many factions had flooded into Mythical Utopia, but it was true that everyone was doing their best to collect the essence of the Mythical Genesis. As such, conflicts were naturally inevitable.
In this place, even the name of the six overlord sects was not going to be enough, and the most useful thing was still the size of the fist. If a Chosen One of the six sects were to somehow separate themselves from the group while not in optimal condition, they would probably draw numerous wolf glares. These wolves would rush in without hesitation to tear apart their prey once any opening or opportunity was found.
Fortunately, everyone had just entered the mythical utopia, and they were still empty-handed. Therefore, although people were spying on Zhou Yuan and this team along the way, no one was foolish or bold enough to come forward and stop them.
After half a day, Zhou Yuan and his team finally approached the flashing three-color dot on the map…
Several dozen figures landed on a huge ancient tree as they looked towards their front, where a mountain had appeared before their eyes. It was not a very majestic or tall mountain, and Zhou Yuan and the rest could make out a faint glowing rune on one of the cliff walls.
The shining rune was the seal of their Cangxuan sect.
"This should be the place." The seal made sure they weren't in the wrong location.
Joy appeared on the faces of the other disciples.
“But it seems to be a little too calm…” Gu Hongyi muttered in a puzzled manner. Along the way, they encountered several Genesis beasts that were native to the mythical utopia. These Genesis beasts were huge, and it didn't seem wise to provoke them. Therefore, the group had avoided any encounter.
However, would a place where the three-colored Mythical Genesis essence was hidden be so quiet?
Zhou Yuan nodded in agreement. “We will divide into groups of ten and explore the area first. “Send the signal if something unexpected happens.”
The disciples who could obtain places to enter the mythical utopia were elites from the Cangxuan sect. Therefore, they quickly began to separate after hearing Zhou Yuan's instructions, before quickly shooting forward and landing on the mountain.
Zhou Yuan said to Gu Hongyi, Zhou Tai, Lu Yan and a few others nearby: "You guys will follow me."
His figure dashed forward, leading the group up the mountain. They passed through the mountainous forests and headed quickly towards the summit.
The entire group maintained their vigilance, Genesis Qi swirling around their bodies, ready to fight at any moment.
However, Zhou Yuan and the rest were quite surprised, because they had encountered zero obstructions to the peak. It seemed like there were no Genesis Beasts on this mountain.
At the top of the mountain, the other teams arrived one after another, shaking their heads to indicate that they had discovered nothing out of the ordinary along the way.
Zhou Yuan frowned slightly. Were there really no Genesis Beasts here?
On the one hand, Zhou Tai hesitated for a moment, before saying, "I don't feel any strange undulations here, and it seems that there is no Mythical Genesis essence."
The other disciples were somewhat disappointed. It seems his luck was not good. Although there was once a tricolor Mythical Genesis essence here, it seemed like none had been born this time.
Zhou Yuan said nothing, and instead raised his head to observe the surrounding mountain peak. Rocks were scattered everywhere, making the place look quite desolate. Only one ancient tree stood amidst the rocks, but it seemed to be in a withered state. Countless branches and leaves lay weakly on the ground, as if they were completely drained of energy.
He couldn't feel any strange ripples, and the place seemed to be covered in a lifeless aura of life.
Zhou Yuan's eyes narrowed slightly as he suddenly began to slowly walk towards the withered tree. With a squeeze of his hand, the Heavenly Yuan Brush appeared and expanded rapidly.
The tip of the brush dragged across the floor, leaving a trail of sparks.
The other disciples were somewhat bewildered by Zhou Yuan's actions, as they looked towards the withered old tree in bewilderment. Was there a problem with this tree?
But no matter how hard they tried, they couldn't feel anything from the withered tree.
Zhou Yuan ignored them and continued to look at the tree as he slowly approached. Genesis Qi rose up around his body, a sign that he intended to truly attack.
He got closer with each step, and soon he was within a dozen feet of the old withered tree.
However, just as he was about to take another step, the branches weakly lying on the ground suddenly shot up, shining with a night glow as they tore through the air and brutally thrust towards Zhou Yuan.
Such an attack would truly catch one unprepared.
The surrounding disciples shouted in surprise. To think that there was indeed a problem with the old withered tree.
Metalic sound! Metalic sound!
The snow-white hairs slid forward, colliding with the countless branches like metal hitting metal. Sparks flew in all directions as mad ripples blew up the rocks scattered on the ground.
Zhou Yuan's footsteps paused, wielding the Heavenly Yuan Brush as his hairs spread out to defend against the deadly attack of the numerous branches. He looked at the withered old tree indifferently and said, “You hid very well, but it's a pity that you weren't smart enough. All I did was try to scare you a little, and you've already revealed yourself .”
The withered old tree's concealment skills were top-notch, and even Zhou Yuan had been unable to sense anything. However, this was also the reason why he had begun to suspect that something was wrong.
An ordinary tree would emit very weak traces of Genesis Qi even in a withered state. And yet, this old tree before them did not emit even a hint of Genesis Qi. It would have been surprising instead if there was nothing wrong.
The old tree let out a piercing whistle. The withered look on its branches quickly faded, replaced by a coppery glow that flickered ice in the sunlight.
In the next instant, sharp tree branches filled the sky, like a million swords as they charged towards Zhou Yuan with unmatched ferocity.
"Go, help chief disciple Zhou Yuan!" The other disciples immediately screamed when they saw this, as they unleashed a barrage of power from Genesis Qi attacks that collided with the countless branches.
Ripples of crazy Genesis Qi spread outwards, disintegrating the many rocks scattered on the ground.
With the ferocity of their attacks and their advantage in numbers, it was not surprising that the disciples took the lead and forced the copper branches back. However, the old copper tree clearly possessed extremely unique abilities. The branches that had been destroyed quickly grew back, while Genesis Qi surged out to block the Cangxuan Sect disciples' attacks.
Zhou Yuan watched this scene in amazement. One must know that these disciples were the elites of the Cangxuan Sect, and they were genius individuals even if they were placed elsewhere.
And yet, their combined power didn't seem to be of much use against the old copper tree?
However, he could also see that the old copper tree's regenerative abilities were incredible. He managed to recover quickly no matter how much damage he suffered, while also having an endless supply of Genesis Qi.
Without the other disciples taking some of the pressure off him, Zhou Yuan would probably have been beaten black and blue in a one-on-one fight.
Gu Hongyi suddenly appeared next to Zhou Yuan and said in a low voice, "Zhou Yuan, this is probably a mythical copperworm tree."
"Mythical Copperworm Tree?" Zhou Yuan was surprised.
“It is a very peculiar Genesis beast. The tree on the outside is simply a shell, while its true face is the mythical copper worm hidden inside. If the worm is not killed, the copper tree will be similar to an immortal and can continue fighting indefinitely."
"However, the mythical copper worm is extremely skilled at hiding, and it has basically merged with the tree, making it impossible to find." Concern appeared on Gu Hongyi's pretty face. If they failed to find the mythical copper worm, even a Chosen One would not be able to kill this creature.
Zhou Yuan frowned slightly. He had not expected to encounter such a troublesome opponent in his first battle.
Gu Hongyi hesitated for a moment, before she said. “My advice is to withdraw to avoid unnecessarily depleting our energy here. After all, there are many factions in the area, and if we use up too much energy, others can take advantage of it.”
Zhou Yuan said slowly: "But there is at least an eighty percent chance that there is a tricolor mythical Genesis essence here."
Gu Hongyi gently bit her red lips. The appearance of the Mythical Copperworm Tree was indeed a sign that this was not a common place. Therefore, it was very likely that there was a three-colored Genesis essence here.
“But the Mythical Copperworm Tree is too difficult to handle…” She smiled bitterly.
Zhou Yuan's eyes narrowed slightly, his fingers rhythmically tapping on the Heavenly Yuan Brush as he muttered, "Good at hiding, huh..."
After a dozen breaths, his fingers suddenly stopped as a smile appeared at the corners of his lips.
His eyes closed for a moment, before opening a split second later.
"Holy Deciphering Rune!"
The world before him began to change instantly. Zhou Yuan's gaze locked onto the old tree as it began to transform. Then, he saw a green one-foot long worm appear, resting lazily in a certain place on the tree.
It was absorbing Genesis Qi from the earth through the tree branches, and then pouring it into the tree that was still fighting the numerous disciples.
However, he was suddenly shaken at this moment, as he raised his eyes to look at Zhou Yuan in shock and fear, evidently feeling that his body had been detected.
A feeling of fear enveloped him as he quickly dove downwards, intending to flee to the ground.
Zhou Yuan's figure abruptly turned ethereal as he dashed forward.
Countless copper branches stabbed towards him, but could not touch even the corner of his clothes. Under the astonished gazes of the numerous disciples, he appeared directly in front of the tree trunk.
The white hairs of the Heavenly Yuan Brush quickly gained a pitch-black luster, shining with unstoppable and unmatched sharpness.
All everyone saw was a black flash that pushed towards a certain point on the copper tree.
The black light easily pierced the hard copper crust, before suddenly sweeping to the side. The entire trunk seemed to have been cut in half.
However, the tree trunk no longer grew back, because a miserable scream sounded as the tip of the brush was pushed aside. All the disciples saw a green foot long worm being lifted by the undergrowth, struggling violently before its life force slowly faded away.
Following the death of the green worm, the old tree collapsed with a loud crash.
As the ancient tree fell, strands of light suddenly rose from its remains.
Three colors could be seen in the light as it spun mysteriously. It was as if it had been born from the earth and gave off a mystical feeling.
Everyone's gazes were glued to the light. In the next instant, ecstasy began to flood their faces.
Everyone knew exactly what it was... it was what they longed for most in the mythical utopia...
Mythical essence of Genesis!
And it was even tricolor!