Library of Heaven is Path
1602 Otherworldly Demons Indeed!
"Where are Zhao Ya and my other students?"
After sending the two young men flying, Zhang Xuan continued walking toward them as a cold glint shone from the tip of his spear. In that instant, it felt as if he was a War God who had descended from the heavens.
Just as Zhang Xuan was about to capture one of the young men for interrogation, a sonic wave swept in his direction, piercing toward his soul. Turning his head over, he saw the fragile young man wielding Ancient Sage Yan Yan's artifact stroking his zither in his direction.
He immediately turned his sight to Wu Chen, only to see that the latter was currently bogged down by three Golden Warriors. These Golden Warriors wielded incredible strength that left the space around them crumbling with their punches. Even with Wu Chen's strength, he was still unable to subdue them within a short period of time.
"They sure do have plenty of artifacts…"
These three Golden Warriors were similar to the ones that they had encountered when they entered the Ran Zi Hall. They were also the soldiers created by the personal writing of an Ancient Sage expert, harnessing his spirit and psyche.
However, unlike the Golden Warriors that had materialized previously, these three did not suppress their cultivation at all, and their coordination was impeccable. As a result, even Wu Chen was having some difficulty dealing with them!
A doubt arose in Zhang Xuan's mind. Golden Warriors of Mentor's Calligraphy, the ancient zither used by Ancient Sage Yan Yan… Are they really Otherworldly Demons?
Not even the Master Teacher Pavilion was able to whip out so many precious treasures at once. Yet, these Otherworldly Demons actually had so many in their possession, and they used them as if they were not worth much at all.
Could they possibly not be from the Otherworldly Demonic Tribe but from the Hundred Schools of Philosophers?
However, if those four young men were truly from the Hundred Schools of Philosophers, who were Luo Ruoxin and Wu Chen?
After all, Luo Ruoxin had told him personally that she was not an Otherworldly Demon, and he really wanted to trust her.
With such a doubt in mind, Zhang Xuan decisively activated the Library of Heaven's Path on them in hopes of uncovering their identity.
The Library of Heaven's Path jolted, but no books were compiled.
What's going on? It can't be that they possess the Discarnate Constitution of Divination as well, right? There can't possibly be so many people who have that constitution in the world! Zhang Xuan narrowed his eyes.
He could still accept not being able to read Luo Ruoxin and Wu Chen, but why was he unable to read these young men? Just what was going on?
Those young men were currently executing their battle techniques, so he should have been able to read them easily!
Could it be… Yes, that seems to be very likely! Even if they don't possess the Discarnate Constitution of Divination, there's a very high chance that they might still have some artifacts on them that allow them to conceal themselves from the heavens… Otherwise, there's no way the Master Teacher Pavilion headquarters and the Zhang Clan could have been unaware that they were going to kidnap Zhao Ya and the others! Zhang Xuan nodded in realization.
Given the importance of Zhao Ya, Wei Ruyan, and Yuan Tao in the expedition to the Temple of Confucius, the Master Teacher Pavilion had their most skillful seers keeping close tabs on them. If they were going to be captured, those seers definitely would have divined it, but that did not happen. The only reason for that was that the four young men were in possession of some method of concealing themselves from the view of the heavens!
In a sense, this was similar to how the Sage Xi's Tortoiseshell was concealed from the detection of the heavens under the isolation barrier of the Shrine of Seers back then.
It seems like I really should journey around the Shrine of Seers after leaving this ancient domain… Zhang Xuan thought.
If this went on, it felt like his Library of Heaven's Path would be rendered obsolete in no time!
It was really high time for him to upgrade his Library of Heaven's Path. If that did not work either, the least he could do was learn about the various means to avoid the detection of the heavens so that he would be able to deal with them in the future!
Forget it! Even if I can't see through them, I'll know after trying them out! Zhang Xuan thought as he glanced at the three men before him coldly.
Just because the Library of Heaven's Path could not see through them did not mean that he did not have any other ways of finding out!
Even if Otherworldly Demons were able to disguise themselves as humans, they were still unable to alter the fundamental nature of their zhenqi. In times of danger, their instinctive responses would immediately kick in, thus exposing their true identity.
Unless they were so powerful that they could deal with his attacks with ease…
However, considering the strength of the four young men, the possibility of such a situation happening was nonexistent. In any case, Zhang Xuan did not believe that anyone beneath Ancient Sage would be able to hide their true forms from him!
"The three of you should come at me together!" Zhang Xuan roared in laughter as he flicked his wrist and thrust the spear forth.
The sonic waves produced by the fragile young man were kept at bay by the spear tip, and taking a huge stride forward, Zhang Xuan swept his spear in a horizontal arc in front of him.
The spear flew toward the dark-skinned young man closest to him.
"Humph!" With his flick of his wrist, the dark-skinned young man took out a brush to defend against Zhang Xuan's spear sweep.
Ding ding ding ding ding!
The brush swiftly chipped away at the might of the Dragonbone Divine Spear with multiple strikes. While the dark-skinned young man was still forced to retreat eight steps in the end, he managed to walk out of this encounter relatively unscathed.
Is that brush another Ancient Sage artifact, too? Zhang Xuan wondered in astonishment.
However, knowing that this was not the time to allow his mind to wander, he smoothly maneuvered his spear into an upward flick to pierce the last young man.
A furious storm swept through the air like a hurricane, and the last young man's face immediately paled in the face of the spear.
Just as the spear was about to strike the last young man, the fragile young man's zither started playing once more.
This time, Zhang Xuan did not resist the demonic tune. Instead, he drew the entire soul attack into his body.
In an instant, the metamorphosis that he had started under the pressure of the Dragonbone Divine Spear was immediately completed, and his soul began undergoing a qualitative change.
Zhang Xuan could clearly feel his soul cultivation being raised to a whole new level. While it had not reached the level of Great Sage yet, it had become much purer, and the size of his soul was also reduced by almost half.
With the current state of his soul, he was already able to pull off Soul Traverse.
Refreshed from his breakthrough, Zhang Xuan could not help but burst into laughter. "Hahaha, you have my deepest gratitude!"
Then, he took a step forward.
Cold sweat immediately rained down from the last young man as alarm bells rang endlessly in his head. He hurriedly retreated, but Zhang Xuan's spear traced him relentlessly as if it was his shadow. No matter how the last young man maneuvered around the place, trying all kinds of movement techniques, he was unable to shake off the spear piercing toward him.
"Damn it!" the dark-skinned young man cursed beneath his breath as he poured ink all over the place and began painting swiftly.
In the blink of an eye, he had already painted a shield for the last young man to hide in.
The Dragonbone Divine Spear collided with the painted shield and tore it apart with ease.
Nevertheless, the painted shield did manage to reduce the might of the spear's pierce significantly. The last young man swiftly turned around, and with all his might, he deflected the spear with his sword, thus surviving this ordeal.
Seeing how the last young man did not whip out any peculiar artifacts despite being driven to a corner, Zhang Xuan thought, It seems like this fellow doesn't have any Ancient Sage artifacts…
To be honest, while the combination of Kong shi's blood droplet and the Dragonbone Divine Spear did grant him incomparable fighting prowess, it would still take some time for him to capture those three young men alive.
Unfortunately, there was a time limit to Kong shi's blood droplet, so time was not a luxury that he could squander.
Since that was the case, it would be best for him to focus his attention on the weakest young man who did not have any Ancient Sage artifacts in possession!
Once one was down, it would be easier for him to take down the other two.
With such a thought in mind, Zhang Xuan decisively launched his spear toward the last young man once more.
If the previous attack was just a maneuver to try the last young man's hand, this would be the true deadly strike. Before the spear could even reach the last young man, a deafening sonic boom had already permeated the entire atrium. As if a fragile sheet of paper, the space standing between the spear and the last young man was callously torn apart, causing multiple spatial ripples to diffuse into the surroundings.
Tiing trrrinnnng! Triiinnnng ding!
Not expecting Zhang Xuan to neglect the other two of them and focus his offense solely on the last young man, the fragile young man hurriedly stroked his zither. But even though the demonic tune that he played held fearsome might, it was kept at bay by the spatial ripples diffusing outward.
The dark-skinned young man hurriedly rushed forward to protect the last young man as well, but with just a flick of the Dragonbone Divine Spear, his brush was sent flying.
"Let me kill one of you first to quell my rage first!" Zhang Xuan bellowed coldly as he drove his spear forth.
The last young man's face paled in fright. Knowing that he would be killed if he did not make a move, he raised his head and roared.
Amid the deafening roar, his body swiftly increased in size. His already tall stature swiftly rose beyond two meters, and an overwhelming killing aura burst forth from his body, piercing into the heavens.
"You really are an Otherworldly Demon…" Zhang Xuan narrowed his eyes menacingly.