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EIF - Book 03 Chapter 132: Black Hole Swallowing the Locusts

Outside the city, the Fire Locust Deity’s face suddenly sank as he looked coldly at the shaking Foundation Deity City.

“Roar!”

A dragon roar echoed everywhere as a vast dragon’s might spread out. All the low-leveled locusts outside Foundation Deity City instantly froze in fear.

The ground of the city shook to the point where mountains and rivers moved up and down. Soon, the dragon vein, which was tens of thousands of kilometers long, completely entered the ground.

In the ground, it gave joyous cries.

“Roar! Roar! Roar!”

The dragon vein repeatedly roared in joy. After all, a dragon vein belonged in the ground. When it entered the ground, it was like a dragon entering the sea, like a fish in water.

The dragon vein swam around and poked its head out at Foundation Deity City.

“Roar!”

Rumble…!

The dragon vein roared happily as it swam about, moving around the city. At the same time, the environs of Foundation Deity City started shaking as well. Some mountain peaks rose higher, and some mountain peaks sank into the ground.

The dragon vein swimming around in the ground startled countless locusts into flying up. The area outside the city turned chaotic. All the locusts resting on the ground soared into the air like dense clouds covering the world.

“Roar!”

The dragon vein continued swimming around towards the periphery of the city.

Soon, the dragon vein moved out and went around all the locusts, causing huge mountains to erupt in a ring.

While the locusts surrounded Foundation Deity City, a ring of mountains also surrounded the locusts.

The huge commotion caused the countless citizens to look up and show expressions of anticipation.

“Is that Gu Hai’s dragon vein? The Gu Hai that His Majesty left the nation to?”

“The dragon vein caused a huge commotion. However, can it deal with the locust spirits?”

“It must. Otherwise, we are all dead. How many people have the locust spirits eaten previously? They already ate so much of our army, and our defensive ritual array cannot last much longer, either.”

“Does Gu Hai have that capability?”

“He must. Otherwise, we will all die.”

“I acknowledge only His Majesty. As for this Gu Hai that His Majesty left the nation to, I don’t like that Han Nation at all.”

“No. If Gu Hai can save us, I…I…I am willing to listen to His Majesty and accept Gu Hai as emperor. So what if I do that? I believe that His Majesty will not bequeath the nation to a bad person!”

Countless citizens clenched their fists tightly as they looked out of the city.

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Outside the city, the Fire Locust Deity revealed a cold smile containing a trace of disdain. “A dragon vein? Aside from changing the terrain, what else can a dragon vein do? Can you use it to fight?”

“Continue attacking the city. Break in and eat everyone. Eat! Eat! Eat!” the Fire Locust Deity said with a sinister smile.

Buzz! Buzz! Buzz! Buzz! Buzz!

Obeying the Fire Locust Deity, the countless locusts charged back to the defensive ritual array to continue consuming its energy and break it at the fastest speed possible so that they could eat the people in the city.

Boom!

Suddenly, loud sounds came from the surroundings. A surging fog suddenly appeared in the mountains that had erupted from the ground.

“Huh?” The Fire Locust Deity raised his antennae slightly.

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In the city, Gu Hai looked at the boundless land outside the city and revealed a cold smile. “Indeed, the dragon vein can only change the terrain. However, a dragon vein can lay spirit stones in the surrounding mountains. Even without mountains, the dragon vein can create mountains out of nothing, setting up a Twenty-Nine Line-Pair World Ritual Array!”

Rumble…!

A vast fog suddenly appeared and covered the place. The ring of mountains surrounding the locusts was like a barrier, cutting off the inside from everything.

The superior-grade spirit stones of the city’s entire population made for a hefty sum. Huangfu Chaoge treasured his citizens and invested his wealth in them. Hence, the officials could collect an astronomical sum from more than one hundred million citizens.

This Twenty-Nine Line-Pair World Ritual Array was in no way inferior to the one used at the Heptagold Sect.

Boom!

White fog instantly blanketed the surroundings.

The Fire Locust Deity’s expression changed as he leaped up to observe the land. However, there was fog everywhere. The Twenty-Nine Line-Pair World Ritual Array had already formed an independent world without north, south, east, or west. The countless locusts instantly lost their sense of direction.

Gu Hai extended his hand and waved.

Whoosh!

A surging wind storm appeared out of nowhere above Foundation Deity City’s ritual array. It immediately blew countless locusts away.

Gu Hai walked to the city gate.

“Open the gate!” Gu Hai said seriously.

“Ah? Mister Gu, there are many locusts outside!” the guards said anxiously.

“There’s no need to worry. After entering my ritual array, no one can escape!” Gu Hai said confidently.

“Yes!” The guards opened the city gate.

Whoosh!

The locusts rushed to enter.

Gu Hai stepped forward to clash with them, holding the crimson saber in one hand and the Life Ender Saber in the other.

The moment the bone saber appeared, Gu Hai sent out a huge manifested saber, instantly severely injuring many locusts. Then, black energy spewed out from the bone saber and encased those locusts.

“Close the gates!” Gu Hai shouted.

Creak!

The guards closed the gates, leaving Gu Hai to face the sea of locusts alone.

“Mister Gu went out?”

“There are so many locusts outside. Can Mister Gu deal with all of them?”

“That’s impossible. Those locusts eat anything, even the protective barrier. Mister Gu cannot last for long. Going out is simply seeking death!”

Many citizens appeared worried.

Indeed, the locusts could eat anything. Unfortunately for the locusts, Gu Hai’s bone saber ate anything it injured.

Everywhere the bone saber swung, countless tiny skulls appeared amid boundless black energy and ate the locusts.

Buzz! Buzz! Buzz! Buzz! Buzz!

When the locusts bit on the tiny skulls, the tiny skulls immediately scattered into black energy and disappeared, not letting the locusts eat anything. However, the locusts that the tiny skulls bit got gobbled up.

Buzz!

Bone spikes erupted from Gu Hai’s body, connected to the Life Ender Saber. As long as they scratched the locusts, the black energy would consume the locusts.

“Twenty-Nine Line-Pair World Ritual Array, activate! Send wind! Wind!” Gu Hai shouted as he leaped onto a tall mountain.

Boom!

A gale suddenly blew in the surroundings, sweeping up all the locusts and sending them towards Gu Hai.

These locusts came in dense clouds—thousands, millions, billions, trillions.

The gale swept them straight towards Gu Hai.

Countless three-hundred-meter-long bone blades erupted around Gu Hai. As long as the locusts touched them and sustained even the tiniest wound, the black energy would consume the locusts.

Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! Chirp!

The locusts let out miserable chirps before getting consumed completely.

As the gale blew, the locusts with lower cultivations vanished at a rapid pace.

The stronger locusts could resist the wind. However, many cloud beasts appeared within the ritual array.

“I have the strength to pick up mountains, and my might conquers the world!” A cloud beast knocked a giant locust towards Gu Hai.

That cloud beast suffered a concentrated counterattack from many locusts. However, it only turned into clouds and fog after being defeated. The locusts ate nothing.

On the other hand, black energy surrounded Gu Hai, like a black hole frantically swallowing up the locusts.

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In the city:

Countless citizens goggled.

The citizens could not see the bone blades around Gu Hai, only the surging black energy that devoured the endless swarm of locusts.

“What…what technique is Mister Gu using?” 

“What a terrifying black hole! How many locusts has it sucked in already? They disappeared after entering?”

“A black hole technique?”

“There is hope. After the locusts got sucked in, they disappeared, not appearing again. It already sucked in at least one hundred million locusts during this short time, right?”

“Mister Gu’s ritual array is incredible!”

“We are saved? Long live Mister Gu!”

Countless citizens cheered in wild joy.

Standing in the air, the Fire Locust Deity looked coldly at the region of black energy around Gu Hai.

“You dastardly thing, trying to eat my locust sons and locust grandsons? It has always been us eating others, never others eating us!” the Fire Locust Deity said coldly.

“Prime, what should we do now?” one of the locust spirits asked worriedly.

“Humph! I don’t believe that he is undefeatable. I’ll send you Divine Energy. Attack together and break this region of black fog!” the Fire Locust Deity commanded coldly.

“Yes!”

Buzz!

A red light suddenly shot out of the Fire Locust Deity’s forehead, shining on the surrounding locusts. These locusts enlarged more than ten times. An intense fire covered all of them, making them look like fiery meteors as they charged at Gu Hai’s black hole.

“Good timing!” Gu Hai revealed a cold smile.

Shing!

The spikes around him suddenly enlarged and clashed with the incoming locusts.

Boom!

A raging fire covered this region of black fog. However, the tiny skulls in the black energy did not fear the fire. As the bone spikes scraped the locust spirits, they cut open small wounds.

“Roar!”

The region of black fog suddenly expanded ten times in size as if the black hole had grown ten times larger as it gulped down these strong locust spirits.

“No! Prime! Save me! Save me! Argh!” the locust spirits cried out in horror.

Rumble…!

In the blink of an eye, most of these fire-covered locust spirits got completely consumed. Some five or six locust spirits managed to escape the black hole. However, the surging black energy followed them. The more the tiny skulls ate, the more their numbers grew. Just like that, all the meteor-like fireballs that charged over disappeared.

Whoosh!

The gale continued to blow.

In a mere eight hours, the number of locusts outside Foundation Deity City had already lessened by one-third, all swallowed by the black hole.

That was billions of locusts. Billions!

The many citizens in Foundation Deity City felt utterly shocked. They felt not only gratitude when they looked at the black hole but also awe and reverence.

“Mister Gu is incredible. Perhaps…perhaps joining the Han Royal Dynasty is not a bad thing?” 

“Indeed. No wonder His Majesty bequeathed the nation to Mister Gu. We no longer have anything to fear with Mister Gu around!”

“The Han Royal Dynasty? I will be a Han Royal Dynasty citizen in the future?”

Some anticipation flashed in the eyes of many of the citizens.

Gu Hai continued consuming the locusts.

When he used the bone saber with the Twenty-Nine Line-Pair World Ritual Array, no cultivator under the Nascent Soul Realm could match him.

As the gale blew more locusts over, the black hole swallowed them. Then, the Life Ender Saber refined the surging energy and sent one-thousandth of it to Gu Hai.

After Life Ender Saber consumed close to half the locusts, powerful energy rushed to Gu Hai’s spleen aperture.

Boom!

A huge, earth-attributed ball of Veritable Essence formed in the spleen aperture. Then, Gu Hai circulated the True Dragon Golden Core Cultivation Technique, forming a brown true dragon in his spleen aperture.

Buzz!

The brown dragon controlled the earth-attributed Veritable Essence to flow in his body’s meridians.

The energy from the purple Spiritual-Progenitor true dragon, the blue water-attributed true dragon, the green wood-attributed true dragon, the golden metal-attributed true dragon, and the brown earth-attributed true dragon flowed in the meridians, not interfering with one another.

As the earth-attributed Veritable Essence circulated, it slowly formed some metal-attributed Veritable Essence for the golden dragon. Earth birthed metal, metal birthed water, water birthed wood. The energy cycled slowly.

Boom!

The energy around Gu Hai increased, and the bone blades doubled in size.

“The Golden Core Realm’s ninth layer!” Gu Hai’s eyes lit up.

The swarms of locusts had apparently already reached the end of the road.

The Fire Locust Deity took to the sky, wanting to flee this place. However, this was the Twenty-Nine Line-Pair World Ritual Array. How could it be easy to escape? The peak Nascent Soul Realm Fire Locust Deity could only flit all over the place like a headless fly.

DragonInWhite's Notes:

Chapters for November: 22 / 50

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Written by Guan Qi — Watching Chess. Translated by DragonInWhite. Edited by VampireCat.