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“Is that so…”
Numerous divine rainbows dashed through the sky. After the shocking commotion in the Demon-Burying Abyss, Gu Changge and the others immediately fled from the place without waiting a moment longer.
Jiang Chuchu was shocked after listening to his explanation. She did not doubt Gu Changge’s words because she already had a feeling that Chosen Monk Jin Chan’s motives were impure back then. [Turns out my gut feeling was right.]
This ended up being a slap in their faces. It turned out that the reason Chosen Monk Jin Chan told everyone to split up was because he had other plans. He had planned to release the Demoness sealed off in the Demon-Burying Abyss.
She thought that Chosen Monk Jin Chan wouldn’t have the courage to do so, but it seemed that she had underestimated his courage. Moreover, this was the first time she had heard that the Buddhist Mountain had such a secret hidden for all these years. It all seemed too unbelievable that the former abbot of Buddhist Mountain would be bewitched by the Demoness in the Demon-Burying Abyss, have his Buddha Heart swayed, and thus lead to his betrayal of Buddhist Mountain.
The big story would cause an uproar in the many forces of the Upper Realm!
“How powerful is the Demoness?” Jiang Chuchu asked when she remembered something else as important. [If the Demoness isn’t that strong, we can gather the various forces and send out experts to seal her off again.]
Upon hearing this, Gu Changge glanced at Jiang Chuchu and shook his head. “She’s frighteningly powerful. The average True Daoists are probably no match for her. Don’t intervene as you please anymore. With her strength, I am afraid that the Upper Realm will be in shambles for quite some time.”
Although Chan Honyi hadn’t left the Demon-Burying Abyss yet, Gu Changge believed that she would show up in the Upper Realm very soon.
The Floating Buddhist Temple near the Demon-Burying Abyss was definitely the first place she would appear at.
Gu Changge didn’t need to bother himself with this for now. He could leave it to other forces nearby to worry about her. However, he did have to think of a way to end her revenge on him. The Zen robe of the Buddhist Mountain was one way to go about it, but that alone was far from enough.
[There will be a chance for us when Chan Honyi’s hostility subsides after a while. Judging from the situation, it was the power of the arrays that consumed her energy. When her energy is low, she seems to be in that composed personality of hers. In other words, she will stop killing when she has killed enough and needs to rest.] Gu Changge wasn’t too worried as he already had a countermeasure in mind.
As for how many lives would be lost in the Upper Realm because of Chan Honyi’s emergence, this was not something he had to concern himself with. All he did was let Chan Honyi emerge before the expected time. The inevitable would still have happened… albeit in a different way.
[The average True Daoists are no match for her!?] Jiang Chuchu frowned with unease. She could only imagine how powerful the Demoness was for Gu Changge to warn others against her. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have kept everyone away the moment he came out of the Demon-Burying Abyss. This already showed how wary Gu Changge was of the Demoness. Before this, Gu Changge was always someone with a calm demeanour. He would most probably still stay calm even if the sky was falling.
She couldn’t help being curious about the dark, eerie figure who suddenly appeared beside Gu Changge like a guard. However, knowing that she would be probing at his secret, she decided against asking him questions. From the looks of it, the figure might have already surpassed the Sacred Emperor Realm. Frighteningly enough, its seeping energy alone was enough to crack open a person’s body.
Afterwards, Gu Changge looked at her, and said in a soft voice, “You should go back to Mortal Palace and cultivate for now. Don’t worry about the other things happening outside.”
Being the obedient person that she was, Jiang Chuchu ‘en’ softly in reply. She knew that this matter was of great importance. This was not the time for her to be willful. Gu Changge was only asking her to stay inside Mortal Palace out of worry for her.
At the same time, the Demonic Energy outside the Demon-Burying Abyss was overwhelming as shockingly chilling hostility filled the air. A simple snowflake appeared out of nowhere and floated between the sky and the earth. Mixed with divine light, it was crystal clear, but there were also traces of blood. From it, terrifying visions reflected in the sky.
There was a sea of blood and a mountain of corpses and bones. Incomparably gorgeous and eye-catching blood-coloured lotus flowers could also be seen blooming as a beautiful woman in red, with her black hair wafting, strode out from the snow. Her energy felt cold and cruel, and her eyes seemed to be shooting out knives.
All the anger and Demonic Energy within a radius of ten thousand kilometres trembled and covered the sky like a beacon. Everything she devoured then turned into gushing and vast energy. Afterwards, she lowered her indifferent gaze to look at the many beings who came here because of the commotion. All of them were powerful figures from the various forces. They were very powerful, and even the weakest was in the Sacred Lord Realm. But at this moment, they were covered in goosebumps as they felt a chill crawl up their backs. They felt as though they were being targeted by a predator.
“Who is this? Could this be the Demoness that has been sealed off at the depths of the Demon-Burying Abyss?” An important figure of one of the forces was trembling all over. He was in a daze after seeing the flawless face of the demoness in red, but he immediately wanted to step back when he came back to his senses.
“Did the seal in the Demon-Burying Abyss break already!? But, that doesn’t make sense!”
There were also people who were shaking out of fear, and they wanted to flee. A being with such strange energy was undoubtedly not normal. From the looks of it, she must have unfathomable strength. They knew that this was too dangerous a place to keep staying here.
“She’s definitely the Demoness who had been sealed off in the depths of the Demon-Burying Abyss. S-She’s had been freed…”
Many who came to their senses felt the piercing eyes of the demoness in red on them. It was as though she wanted to see through them, and even annihilated their souls.
However, instead of looking at them as a whole, she was actually looking at their souls. After realising this, none of them dared to stay here any longer. Some of them even sacrificed their lifespan to activate their Secret Technique, combusting their body and turning into divine rainbows before fleeing away in fear.
“Who on earth released this Demoness? They’d better not let me find out who they are, or I’ll definitely kill them a thousand times over if I could! I’ll make them regret the day they were born!” Some of them were fervently cursing as regret and terror filled them. They were desperately using their Secret Technique to escape. As the saying went, curiosity killed the cat; they wouldn’t have come here out of curiosity if they had known that this kind of thing would happen.
But within the next moment, boundless hostility and Demonic Energy enveloped everything underneath the sky.
“This is bad!” All those fleeing were terrified and in despair. Their souls were almost frozen, and it was difficult for them to escape from the reach of this Demonic Energy.
The demoness’ eyes were devoid of emotions as a red glow filled the sky like blood-coloured falling stars. In an instant, the world seemed to be separated, and the terrifying murderous aura swept across the region, making countless stars tremble.
*Rumble!* Just like that, she brought about mayhem in the world with the pointing of her finger. Her frightening power instantly penetrated all the people in front of her. As another roar sounded from the earth, everyone despaired and exploded, turning into Bloodmist as they lost both their bodies and souls.
In an instant, the place not far from the Demon-Burying Abyss was stained with blood from the mass murder. The woman with a flawless face and fluttering hair started to take slow steps. Even so, her slightest movies would affect the World Principles of the surrounding area, as mountains and rivers began to melt away.
As though she knew where Gu Changge’s energy was going, she indifferently glided in the direction he had left with unhurried steps. All the beings she came across along the way to the gates of the Floating Buddhist Temple were slapped to death by her until she reached her destination.
As she came to a stop, she could hear the sound of the knocking as Buddha aura shone brightly in all directions. She could feel the holiness and tranquillity in the air. However, she had a frown on her face as she didn’t seem to like the aura very much. With her sleeves rolled up, her Demonic Aura gushed out of her.
The brilliant glow in front of the Floating Buddhist Temple made the sky dazzle with Buddha aura. Silhouettes of ancient monks, Buddhas, and Bodhisattvas emerged then as they tried to resist this blow. All the monks rushed out with alarmed looks on their faces, but it only took a second for them to disappear, as they had turned into ashes or exploded into bloodmists.
There were a few old monks with profound dharma who fought back for a while, only to cough up blood and collapse the next moment, their bodies and souls collapsed. Regardless of how many years they had been cultivating, they were like ants in the face of such a strong force.
*Hum!* The next moment, a vast Buddha aura manifested and lit up the sky. An old monk with a kind face and grey eyebrows was sitting cross-legged when he opened his eyes and floated into the sky while he looked at the demoness in red from afar.
He was saddened and disheartened by what happened here, but he was still going to persuade the demoness in red to let go of her hatred. “Amitabha. Please, let go of your—”
He chanted Buddha’s name. However, before he finished his words, he felt his scalp go numb…
Her slender, clear fingers like spring water had already pierced through the middle of his eyebrows, making him choke on the rest of his words. Still hanging onto his last breath of astonishment and shock, he wondered how she appeared beside him without him noticing. The light in his eyes finally dimmed, and he was released from this world.
The Demoness’ eyes were as sharp and cold as knives when she walked past his corpse. It was as if she thought of him as nothing but an eyesore, and all she did was crush a nobody to death.
With a sea of blood and corpses by her feet, she continued to walk ahead.
The Demonic Energy was overwhelming because of the great chaos in the Demon-Burying Abyss. All stars within a circle of thousands of kilometres turned dim. Not only that, many ancient cities had turned into barren lands in the blink of an eye.
This news quickly spread everywhere, causing a huge commotion. Many were horrified to the extreme. The origin of the Demon-Burying Abyss, which spanned over countless epochs, was very mysterious and ancient. There were many Ancient Beings who guessed that the Demon-Burying Abyss had existed longer than many forces in the Upper Realm. In fact, it could even be traced back to the Forbidden Epoch that was buried in the River of Time.
Now, there was a terrifying energy in the Demon-Burying Abyss that felt as though a ferocious great demon had awakened, and was about to cover the world in blood. The magnitude of the impact caused by this incident was beyond imagination.
A monk who wanted to know what kind of being was sealed in the Demon-Burying Abyss had once gone to investigate, but over time, the Demon-Burying Abyss was basically indistinguishable from the so-called Forbidden Areas in the eyes of the people. After all, none who went to the Burial Demon Abyss to investigate survived, despite some of them being in the Nirvana Realm.
Moreover, the event that caused the biggest stir was that Floating Buddhist Temple, the one responsible for guarding the Demon-Burying Abyss, had been turned into a sea of blood within a day. All the monks were reduced to ashes. Even an old monk in the Quasi-Nirvana Realm, too, had died instantly when his forehead was pierced through.
The moment this incident was made known to the public, everyone was overcome with unease. The Floating Buddhist Temple, which was in charge of making sure the great demons were contained in the Demon-Burying Abyss, had existed for a long time. Yet, all of it had been reduced to dust. They could imagine how terrifyingly powerful the Demoness was. She had been able to easily and brutally kill a Quasi-Nirvana Realm monk who had practised Buddhism for most of his life.
Many were in dire straits. They were worried that she would start her killing spree after her emergence. They hadn’t thought of a way to deal with her for now. However, there are also a lot of people who were puzzled by the situation. They knew that the seal in the Demon-Burying Abyss could last at least half a year, and that was why it didn’t make sense for the Demoness to emerge so soon. They couldn’t help but wonder if there was more to this than meets the eye.
In an attempt to put a calm to the disaster, Gu Changge, the Saintess of Mortal Palace, Chosen Monk Jin Chan and some other people had all gone to the Demon-Burying Abyss to subdue the Demoness before she emerged. People couldn’t help but grow suspicious of the group’s involvement in this matter. Such coincidences didn’t make sense otherwise.
Furthermore, only a handful of people escaped from the Demon-Burying Abyss this time, while the rest of the experts died in the one-sided fight. There were rumours that the Buddhist Mountain was the one that suffered from the biggest loss, as Chosen Monk Jin Chan was the only one who got out of it alive.
The racket caused by this matter was by no means small, but the forces behind Gu Changge, the Saintess of Mortal Palace, and Chosen Monk Jin Chan were mighty. No one dared to gossip about it/ Still, this problem had to be dealt with. It was also necessary to find out the reason the demoness in red managed to get out of the seal.
However, everyone soon learned of another shocking news again.
“What!? That Demoness was released by Chosen Monk Jin Chan!?”
Many who received the news were shocked, and they stood there dumbfounded. They couldn’t begin to imagine if that was really the case. A lot of forces started to kick up a fuss as well, as the force that spread the news was the Mortal Palace. There must be proof and basis for them to put the blame on Buddhist Mountain for no reason.
“The real reason Chosen Monk Jin Chan went to the Demon-Burying Abyss was to take away a Buddhist Mountain treasure that was sealed at the depths of the abyss. It was because of this that the seal was loosened, and the Demoness could break free. Also, Chosen Monk Jin Chan was once the abbot of the Floating Buddhist Temple. He had his Buddha Heart charmed and swayed by the Demoness, and in order to expel the demonic nature from her, he stole the treasure, only for him to end up dead for some reason.”
“How unexpected of Buddhist Mountain to hide such a scandal for so many years…”
Many were left astounded by the shocking news. They found it hard to believe that something like this had happened to Buddhist Mountain, which regarded itself as pure. The abbots of the Floating Buddhist Temple were said to be geniuses rarely seen in Buddhist Mountain in thousands of years. They possessed the heart and wisdom of Buddha, and were destined to become an Immortal in the future. Yet, someone like that went astray and was bewitched by the demoness in red.
Moreover, the party involved, Buddhist Mountain, didn’t give any response even after the scandalous news was known to the public. To many, this was Buddhist Mountain’s way of giving their tacit confirmation.
All of a sudden, righteous indignation filled many, and some experts even went to the Buddhist Mountain to demand an explanation. Some of their people had died tragically at the hands of the Demoness, after all. But, they dared not go to her for revenge.
Despite the rise of angry voices from all factions, Buddhist Mountain chose to remain silent.
Many had rushed over to Buddhist Mountain to seek justice. The demoness in red wouldn’t have emerged ahead of time and disrupted their plans if Chosen Monk Jin Chan hadn’t loosened the seal..
Because of this, crowds forced their way to the Buddhist Mountain to demand an explanation. No matter what, to the eyes of others, Chosen Monk Jin Chan was deeply involved in all this.
Many Buddhas were shining brightly in the resplendent hall of Buddhist Mountain. They were incomparably holy as their bodies flowed with Buddhist cadence. Many monks with profound cultivation had gathered here. Chosen Monk Jin Chan was here as well, but he had sadness, anger, helplessness, and more than anything, calmness, written all over his face. He didn’t seem perturbed by the rumours going on outside.
“I am at fault for my carelessness in the handling of this matter. Buddhist Mountain failed to hold its ground and this barely has anything to do with Chosen Monk Jin Chan.”
The person speaking at this moment was a benevolent old monk draped in shabby monk robes. He exuded a faint energy that seemed non-existent at times. In fact, there was no one like him anywhere, be it the Upper Realm or Lower Realm. His cultivation had reached an unfathomable level that couldn’t be described in words. His eyes were calm and clear, but they also contained a depth and profoundness as various mysteries and Principles of the World swam in them. The evolution of the universe and the collapse of the heavens could be seen in his eyes.
Chosen Monk Jin Chan was now kneeling on the floor with his head hung. He had a look of guilt on his face as he faced the old monk, Abbot Ru Fo, who was the current abbot of Buddhist Mountain.
“I believe you. You were only plotted against by Gu Changge. You’re lucky to have been able to come back alive.” Ru Fo slightly shook his head, the gentle look on his face putting Chosen Monk Jin Chan at ease.
Chosen Monk Jin Chan felt a wave of relief wash away his worries when he heard that. It would be a challenge for even Buddhist Mountain to protect him when various forces were demanding an explanation.
This filled him with rage, but he felt even more so powerless. No matter how much he tried to explain himself, it would be difficult to change anything. Even if he explained that he was going to help maintain the seal with another treasure after he took the Zen robe, no one would believe him. Everyone might even get more furious, believing he was just making excuses.
Gu Changge had the complete upper hand now. Chosen Monk Jin Chan even felt that the reason the demoness in red had emerged early was because Gu Changge took the Buddhist Mountain treasure away for himself. In the end, Gu Changge beat him up, framed him, and even revealed the story of his previous life, which wasn’t all that glorious.
Even though technically, it was Mortal Palace who spread the news, Chosen Monk Jin Chan refused to believe that Gu Changge didn’t have a hand in this. From Gu Changge’s various conducts, Chosen Monk Jin Chan was enraged, and also frightened by how scary an opponent he was dealing with.
Gu Channgge had unhesitantly let out the Demoness and brought calamity to the world. Furthermore, he did all that and pushed the blame onto him for that one treasure. Worse, in return, he had walked away with both the treasure and a good reputation despite the harm he caused.