Chapter 717 Exploring Black Water
The border of the Great Zhou Empire, Black Water.
On the top of a mountain, Zhou Yuan and Yaoyao looked down at a land that was still in chaos even after so many years. The chaos never stopped even after the Black Poison King was subdued by him.
Evildoers from many countries hid in Agua Negra because they were hunted everywhere. This was a place where evil took refuge and evil deeds were accepted, a place that constantly reeked of blood.
However, although there were many factions hidden in Black Water, none had dared to breach the borders of the Great Zhou Empire over the past few years. After all, they had learned a lesson from seeing the Black Poison King subdued.
With the recent triumph of the Great Zhou Empire over the Great Wu Empire, the Black Water factions were now even more afraid of creating trouble.
"This energy is very terrifying."
Zhou Yuan had a grave expression. To think that these energy fluctuations would continue to persist after so many years. If his speculation was correct, it was most likely due to the ancient lightning punishment.
When he first arrived at Black Water, he had not even reached the Qi Nurturing stage and was therefore unable to detect this energy. But now that he had reached the Divine Dwelling stage, he could naturally vividly feel the terrifying remnant power.
“Blackwater is said to be extremely vast, stretching from the northern part of the Cangmang Continent to the edge of the continent. Only the outermost regions of Blackwater are inhabited, while the central area is dominated by residual lightning punishment. It is a place that ordinary people do not even dare to approach.”
Zhou Yuan looked towards the depths of Black Water and said, “This time, we will have to venture into the deepest region.”
Carrying Tuntun, Yaoyao looked forward and felt a wave of nostalgia, " Silver Shadow was also obtained there."
Zhou Yuan nodded, "Unfortunately, Silver Shadow has not been able to keep up with my cultivation."
After reaching the Divine Dwelling stage, Silver Shadow was unable to provide a substantial increase in power like before.
"That's because Silver Shadow can only reach the Origin-Alpha stage level."
Yaoyao stroked Tuntun's soft fur as her red lips curled into a smile. “But you shouldn't underestimate Silver Shadow. It is one of the greatest creations of the ancient Battle Puppet Sect. I've also mentioned before that it has the ability to grow."
"But you've studied it for so many years and still haven't figured out how to enable its growth properties." Zhou Yuan murmured.
A rare blush spread across Yaoyao's handsome and beautiful face. Gritting his teeth, he looked at Zhou Yuan with a frown. "Do you really think I can do everything?"
She was a little upset and humiliated, because she had always presented a perfect image all these years and it seemed like there was nothing she couldn't do. But with Silver Shadow, a product of the wisdom of countless ancestors of an ancient sect, although he had made some progress over the years, he still had not fully understood how to enable its growth properties.
Seeing Yaoyao's rare irritation turn into anger, Zhou Yuan looked at her in a daze. She was too beautiful right now.
It was quite some time before he recovered and commented, "So beautiful."
He knew that only he was blessed to see Yaoyao in such a state.
Yaoyao shot him a glance, combing her fine black hair as she said sharply, “Are you going or not?”
Zhou Yuan chuckled as golden Genesis Qi swept out with a wave of his robe. He rolled him and Yaoyao, before turning into a beam of golden light that accelerated towards the depths of Black Water.
Two humans and one beast crossed the outer regions of Black Water in two hours.
And as they ventured deeper and deeper, it became increasingly difficult to find signs of life. The whole land was desolate and lifeless.
The lightning punishment seemed to have destroyed the earth's vitality. There was no presence of life even after so many years.
As the day came to an end, Zhou Yuan and the others could not find any living beings. Furthermore, they could sense an extremely violent atmosphere of destruction the deeper they traveled, an atmosphere that was many times stronger than the outer regions.
Furthermore, it seemed to possess the power to infect the heart, gradually driving it crazy. Fortunately, both Zhou Yuan and Yaoyao were not weak and were able to protect themselves with Genesis Qi, preventing the atmosphere from affecting them.
However, as night fell, the violent roar of thunder began to echo from the sky of Black Water.
Not a single storm cloud could be seen in the clear sky, but the rumbling continued endlessly, as if it originated from ancient times.
And when that manic thunder sounded, even Zhou Yuan's face became solemn. The effect of the atmosphere had strengthened rapidly during the night.
After which, Zhou Yuan did not dare to venture further into the night. He found a cave in the mountain for them to rest and sealed the cave entrance before establishing a Genesis Runes of protection. Only by doing this were they able to resist the invasive atmosphere.
Having experienced the night thunder, Zhou Yuan feared Black Water more and more.
After spending the night in the cave, Zhou Yuan and his gang set out once again. They carefully explored the deepest regions of Blackwater.
Three days later.
High on a barren mountain in the depths of Agua Negra. Zhou Yuan looked at the endless dead land before him with frustration. They had made no progress at all.
The depths of Blackwater were a dead land and there was nothing that stood out.
"It's really not easy to find clues about the Cangxuan Saint Seal." Zhou Yuan smiled bitterly at Yaoyao.
Yaoyao frowned and pondered for a moment as she looked at the dead land, "There is really nothing special about Black Water, except for this dead silence..."
"The only thing that is out of the ordinary is..."
He turned to Zhou Yuan and said, "It could be the sound of thunder in the night."
Zhou Yuan's brows furrowed again and his gaze drifted in thought. That night the thunder was full of madness that could invade your mind and drive you crazy. They had spent the nights hiding in the mountains to protect themselves from the night thunder.
Black Water was incredibly scary at night, but if they wanted to discover its secret, did they have to search for it during the darkness?
Zhou Yuan's eyes flashed thoughtfully. A moment later, he threw away his hesitation as he gritted his teeth, “I won't hide tonight. Let's see if we can notice some of the night thunder."
Yaoyao nodded. They had no choice but to try this.
Zhou Yuan sat down and watched the sunset. Night was not far away.
Time passed quickly.
When the sun finally and the sky darkened again, Zhou Yuan heard the mysterious and deranged rumbling of thunder once again.
Thunder reverberated throughout the land like a crazed, roaring beast of destruction.
The golden Genesis Qi around Zhou Yuan's body shook violently. It was not particularly effective in blocking the effects of thunder. Zhou Yuan could already feel a hint of madness slowly emerging in his heart.
His eyes filled with redness and his breathing became labored as a destructive impulse surged within him.
“Night thunder can penetrate the Genesis Qi and affect the Spirit. It is necessary to counteract it with the power of the Spirit." A clear voice sounded next to him. Naturally, it was Yaoyao.
Zhou Yuan took a deep breath, suppressing the feelings of irritation as he closed his eyes.
Spirit light began to flicker between his eyebrows.
"Visualization method of The Divine Whetstone of Primordial Chaos."
Zhou Yuan's consciousness immediately fell into the familiar domain of primordial chaos. The Primordial Chaos Divine Whetstone slowly descended, accompanied by an ancient power to fight against the night thunder.
The two forces were locked in a stalemate. Only after a long time, the Primordial Chaos Divine Whetstone became stronger and stronger and slowly surpassed the thunder.
The feeling of irritation in his heart gradually faded away.
Zhou Yuan's eyes snapped open, restored to their clear and bright appearance as he stared into the darkness. The night thunder continued to sound faintly, but upon closer listening it was not as distant as before.
"You hear something?" Yaoyao asked.
Zhou Yuan was silent for a moment, then his eyes took on a strange look as he exclaimed, “The thunder, it seemed to have found its source!”
Now that he had dampened the effects of the thunder, he could finally make out its source!
He roared as he rushed towards the source of the thunder.
The two passed through the darkness.
But the thunder seemed to flutter without leaving a trace, making it extremely difficult for Zhou Yuan and Yaoyao to track it. They were barely able to keep up with their strong sense of Spirit...
But even with Yaoyao sharing the burden, Zhou Yuan began to feel the space between his eyebrows throb with pain. It was a sign that his Spirit was exhausted.
Fortunately, their tracking finally came to an end after two hours.
Zhou Yuan and Yaoyao landed on a huge strangely shaped rock and surveyed the area. It was pitch black, and even the ground was black like a black ocean.
Zhou Yuan looked at the ground in front of him. With a wave of his sleeve, a beam of golden Genesis Qi whizzed out and hit the ground.
Genesis Qi fell as the earth shook violently.
The ground began to crumble as a pillar of dazzling light emerged from its depths. The thunder seemed to echo throughout the world.
Zhou Yuan was dumbfounded as he saw the ground continue to collapse, creating a gigantic pit. Countless lightning flashed in the deep pit, which seemed to be a bottomless lightning pool…
Thunder roared, and even the slightest noise made Zhou Yuan's scalp numb as he felt the destructive energies.
“It is the power that that lightning punishment left at that time. “They have gathered here and are probably the reason why there is still no life in Blackwater even after so many years.”
"They are destroying the vitality of the earth and will eventually kill it forever." Yaoyao uttered slowly as she looked at the lightning pit.
Zhou Yuan did not respond. His body suddenly shook as his face contorted in pain.
"What happen?" Yaoyao asked.
Zhou Yuan blinked. The Saint Rune in the depths of his pupils was spinning madly as if it was trying to burn his eyes.
He stretched out his hand and saw the Earth Saint Rune emerge from his flesh, causing blood to flow.
In his Divine Dwelling, the Heavenly Punishment Saint Rune emitted violent screams.
Shock emerged like a tide on Zhou Yuan's face.
He looked at Yaoyao, his hoarse voice trembling, "The Saint Runes are reacting..."
Yaoyao took a deep breath.
Had they found the location of the Cangxuan Saint Seal?