This cold darkness, deathly stillness, and binding feeling was not his own, but the Black Ink Clan's!
Realizing this, Yang Kai cursed in his heart.
Since they had resonated with each other during this ritual, the Black Ink Clan must have realized that he was not a Black Ink Disicple!
Yang Kai immediately wanted to cut off his connection with the Black Ink Clan, but it was useless.
This majestic will invaded Yang Kai’s consciousness, causing him to involuntarily feel a sense of worship, as if this will was the highest existence in this world. Any resistance was blasphemy and disrespect, only submission was the right path!
Yang Kai’s forehead was instantly covered in cold sweat, his heart in turmoil as his expression constantly changed.
At this critical moment, a chill suddenly appeared in his mind, startling him awake.
Soul Warming Lotus!
At this critical moment, the Soul Warming Lotus suddenly reacted.
In the next instant, Yang Kai raised his spear and thrust it forward, like a dragon, his World Force erupting.
The altar in front of him shattered and a thick ink-like force spread out in all directions. Yang Kai held his spear with one hand and gasped for breath, his face filled with lingering fear.
The scene just now was undoubtedly extremely dangerous. If it weren’t for the Soul Warming Lotus taking effect at the critical moment, Yang Kai wouldn’t have been able to determine if he could resist the influence of this will. If he couldn’t withstand it, even if he didn’t die, he wouldn’t have a good end.
Ink, how strange!
A moment later, Yang Kai walked out from Yuan Du’s Small Universe, many High Rank Open Heaven had been waiting for several days. Seeing him appear, they quickly asked.
Yang Kai explained everything that had happened to him in detail, but he hid the existence of the Soul Warming Lotus and only said that he had used all his strength to launch that critical spear strike, severing his connection with the Black Ink Clan.
Li Yuan Wang’s expression became extremely solemn, “The Black Ink Clan is actually able to influence people consciousness?”
This news was extremely important. Although the Cave Heaven Paradise had some understanding of the Black Ink Clan, everyone only knew that the Ink Force was extremely corrosive, so everyone had always been on guard against it.
However, if the situation was really as Yang Kai said, he would have to take more precautions in the future.
Yang Kai pondered for a moment before replying, “The will of the Black Ink Clan is indeed powerful, but it may not be so terrifying.”
“What do you mean?” Yu Changdao asked.
Yang Kai explained, “The last time I followed Yuan Du to offer sacrifices, this situation didn’t occur, but that time, Yuan Du was the one presiding over the ceremony, and this time it was me, so it’s very likely that only the one doing the sacrifical was affected by this will. Others are unable to directly form a connection with the Black Ink Clan, so naturally they won’t be affected.”
Everyone nodded slightly, this was not impossible. If this was all there was to it, the dangers of the Black Ink Clan would not be so terrifying.
Yang Kai sighed again, “It’s just a pity that although this time’s sacrifice was barely successful, there was no way to find the hiding place of the Black Ink Clan.”
Li Yuan Wang said, “It doesn’t matter. Although this universe is big, now that we have a goal, as long as we search patiently, we will find him sooner or later.”
This was what the various Cave Heaven Paradise needed to face, and it was not something Yang Kai could handle.
“I heard you have the Mysterious Yin Bamboo?” Li Yuan Wang suddenly turned his head and asked.
Yang Kai blinked and said, “Everyone should sit down and discuss this matter!”
Before this, Yang Kai had opened up his Small Universe and let someone to investigate him, so as to clear his suspicion of having been turned into ink, some of the Small Universe's secrets had been exposed. The existence of the Mysterious Yin Bamboo was something they had seen with their own eyes, and it was also a bargaining chip he had prepared to negotiate with the various Cave Heaven Paradise, so there was no need to deny it.
The Mysterious Yin Bamboo was one of the Universe Twelve Small Pillars. Although its effects were not as powerful as the Universe Four Pillars, it would cost a great deal to nurture, but it was still extremely useful for every Open Heaven Stage's small universe.
This thing is good, but if one wanted to use it, they would have to spend a great deal of effort to cultivate it.
Yang Kai had personally experimented with the Mysterious Yin Bamboo, which was mainly capable of swallowing the World Strength and spreading it into a forest. In this way, it would take at least hundreds or thousands of years of hard work to transform the Mysterious Yin Bamboo into a bamboo forest.
This World Strength, which had been cultivated for hundreds of years, had become nutrients for the growth of the Mysterious Yin Bamboo, causing the Open Heaven Stage's foundation to weaken and their strength to fall.
If it was in the past, everyone might not have been so eager to obtain the Mysterious Yin Bamboo, but now that the Black Ink Clan had reappeared, everyone’s desire to obtain it had changed.
Although this thing couldn’t make the small universe as smooth and flawless as the World Spring, it could at least allow everyone to resist the Ink Force for a while longer.
Perhaps at the critical moment, the existence of the Mysterious Yin Bamboo could save their life.
In comparison, the risk of the Small Universe's strength decreasing was not worth mentioning. No matter how much it fell, it would not cause their grade to fall.
Hearing Yang Kai’s words, many of the High Rank Open Heaven masters subconsciously tightened their Space Rings as they couldn’t help thinking about the trial Lang Ya had undergone.
During that trial, Yang Kai had treated all of Lang Ya’s Sixth Order Open Heaven Stage as a fat sheep, pulling out a thick layer of wool, causing many of the Sixth Order cultivators to complain bitterly and suffer heavy losses.
Now that they had fallen into Yang Kai’s hands, how could they have a good ending? Everyone could almost see the ugly look on Yang Kai’s face.
The discussion about the Mysterious Yin Bamboo was carried out in a secret room, as well as the matter of the Good Fortune Divine Furnace.
The matter of the Good Fortune Divine Furnace had yet to be resolved, mainly because everyone was dissatisfied with the conditions both sides had proposed. Before Yang Kai was ambushed by Shi Zheng, the various foreign envoys on the Star Boundary had planned to discuss this matter.
However, the reappearance of the Ink’s power had disrupted everyone’s plans and only now did they bring up the past.
Yang Kai couldn’t forget about the Small Source World of the various Cave Heaven Paradise. He had made some conditions before, but no matter which Cave Heaven Paradise it was, none of them had any intention of backing down.
The qualifications to gain experience in the Small Source World were extremely precious to any Cave Heaven Paradise, and even their own disciples would not be able to use them. Often, they would need to wait in line for hundreds or even thousands of years before their turn, so how could they allow others to take advantage of them?
If it wasn’t for the trial, Gu Pan wouldn’t have had the qualifications to enter the Five Lights World. If even a Core Disciple like her was like this, there was no need to mention ordinary disciples.
The Void Land did not have its own Small Source World, so he could only target others.
Although it was called a discussion, Yang Kai was actually the only one who had the right to use the Mysterious Yin Bamboo and the Good Fortune Divine Furnace, which has a great appeal to each of the Cave Heaven Paradise. Yang Kai has no other requirements other than the qualification to gain experience in the Small Source World. For a time, the situation was in a deadlock.
On this point, neither Yu Changdao nor Yu Xiangdie would speak up for Yang Kai. Although they had many ties with Yang Kai, since they were foreign envoys, they represented the interests of the Sect behind them.
After a full day and night of discussion, Yang Kai still insisted, so seeing him like this, everyone could only back down.
The final result of the discussion was that each family would give up a chance to train in the Small Source World to him, while Yang Kai would need to provide each Cave Heaven Paradise with five Mysterious Yin Bamboo, as well as two months of use for the Good Fortune Divine Furnace.
It was a happy ending.
However, more than a hundred Cave Heaven Paradise means he has to give them more than five hundred. This was a huge number, and Yang Kai couldn’t afford it in a short time.
As for the order in which the Good Fortune Divine Furnace was used, it was up to Yang Kai to decide who would go first.
After everything was settled, everyone took their leave.
Although the meeting this time did not include all the foreign envoys from the Cave Heaven Paradise, everyone present could already represent the remaining Cave Heaven Paradise. The Cave Heaven Paradise without foreign envoys here would also acknowledge the result of this meeting.
This was a tacit understanding and trust that had accumulated over countless years in the various Cave Heaven Paradise.
The various foreign envoys needed to return to their respective Sects as soon as possible to report the results of this negotiation, then arrange for supplies to be sent to Great Evolution Paradise and use the Good Fortune Divine Furnace to produce high grade materials.
Before Yang Kai left, he asked Li Yuan Wang a question that had troubled him for a long time.
“Small Source World?” Li Yuan Wang stroked his beard and nodded, “You want to own your own Small Source World?”
Yang Kai nodded, “Yes.”
His family now has many Open Heaven Stage masters, so if he has his own Small Source World, he could allow his disciples to quickly improve their cultivation.
Unfortunately, Small Source World was something that only the Cave Heaven Paradise possessed. Yang Kai had never heard of any other force possessing it, so he had never been able to figure out where it came from or why it had such magical effects.
“If it’s too confidential, Sect Master can pretend I didn’t ask,” Yang Kai saw Li Yuan Wang’s thoughtful expression and quickly said.
Li Yuan Wang waved his hand and said, “Although it’s confidential, it’s not really a secret. You also entered Small Source World to gain experience, how do you feel?”
Yang Kai recalled the time he had entered the Divine Weapon World and said, “It’s very real, it’s not an illusion.”
The several dozen years he spent in the Divine Weapon World had been like a cycle of reincarnation, leaving a deep impression on Yang Kai.
Li Yuan Wang smiled, “Naturally, because the nature of the Small Source World itself is the same as Universe Paradise and Universe Cave Heaven!”
Hearing this, Yang Kai was stunned, “Universe Paradise and Universe Cave Heaven? Does Sect Master mean…”
Only the Small Universe left behind after the death of a High Rank Open Heaven cultivator would be called as such. The Small Universe left behind by a Seventh Order Open Heaven cultivator was called Universe Paradise, while above the Seventh Order was Universe Cave Heaven.
Li Yuan Wang nodded slightly and said, “As you think, all of the Small Source Worlds were left behind by a High Rank Open Heaven after their death.”
“How is that possible?” Yang Kai was shocked.
“There’s nothing impossible about it,” Li Yuan Wang smiled lightly, “However, not every High Rank Open Heaven cultivator’s Small Universe World will transform into a Small Source World.”
If that was the case, then there were simply too many Small Source Worlds in this world, and they wouldn’t be so precious.
TO BE CONTINUED...