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Chapter 232: Giant Coffin
Deeper in the Genius Mansion were pagodas made from stone with balconies lining up the sides. Both sides of the path had mysterious runes floating along the way. Only the Heavenly Phoenix Gaze was able to detect these hidden formations. Feng Feiyun carefully dodged these patterns all the way until he reached a completely dark room.
He was tailing the old man in black from earlier. He used the Verdant Wood Art to hide his presence as if he had become an old tree. This was how he managed to hide from the old man's divine intents.
The old man took several rounds through the mansions. He went to a study, a secret chamber, then several small courtyards as if he was on a stroll since he left each area very quickly. Eventually, he came to this small room and stayed inside for more than an hour.
Feng Feiyun's figure flashed as he stepped on the air and silently descended into this small room.
"Creakk!" The door opened and the old man in black came out from inside with a surging black aura around his body. He turned into a black shadow and shook his body once to completely disappear without a trace.
"What did this old man come here to do?" Feng Feiyun jumped down from the roof and looked inside this pitch black room. After hesitating for a while, he finally decided to push open the door to enter.
A cultivator of the Heaven's Mandate realm couldn't have stayed inside this old and tiny room for no reason. Perhaps there was a secret hidden inside.
Feng Feiyun had been through several places and this was the most suspicious location.
A blinding crimson ray shot out the moment the door was opened. A large circular formation attacked Feng Feiyun; it was a second-level offensive formation.
"Pow!" Feng Feiyun quickly took out his saber and unleashed one slash at the eye of the formation to break it. He then quickly ducked into the house and closed the door.
He palpitated with shock while his back was soaked with sweat. Luckily, he reacted in time just now. If that ray made it outside, cultivators from the mansion would have been alarmed. If that were to happen, he would be at death's door right now.
This was a small room with a few old desks and chairs ladened with dust. It was apparent that no one had cleaned this place for a long time.
"There's some movement underground!" Others would leave right away after seeing the sight ahead. However, Feng Feiyun's spiritual sense right now was comparable to a third-ranked treasure master.
This tiny fluctuation was hidden by the formation and was very subtle, the same kind of movement a little worm wiggling seven meters underground would make. Any other powerful cultivator would ignore it, but Feng Feiyun knew that the old man in black was here for an entire hour, so it became a bit unusual.
"Heavenly Phoenix Gaze!" Fiery sparks lit up from inside his pupils as he looked underground. He saw that under the ground covered in dust were countless chains as thick as arms. Layer after layer of chains made their way all the way down like spirits of hell. It was quite an impressive spectacle.
This was a bit unbelievable. Why were there so many iron chains below the Genius Mansion?
"The feast has started a while ago, so why hasn't the master appeared yet?" Two different footsteps suddenly came from outside of the room and were approaching.
The speaker had a hoarse and unpleasant voice as if it came from some bones.
'Why are there people coming now of all times?!' Feng Feiyun was screaming in his mind while he quickly dispersed his gaze. He took out his stone saber and prepared himself. If these two stepped inside, then he would take the initiative to kill them then escape from the mansion.
Someone else loudly exclaimed: "It is best for us to not mind about the master's business… Eh? Why are there footprints on the floor? Did someone go inside?"
"I don't think anyone would dare to come here. Half a month ago, a grand achievement God Base infiltrated this place and was killed by Attendant Wu. His corpse was thrown out for the beasts to feast on."
Although they didn't believe someone had the courage to attempt this, they both took out their treasures and slowly entered the room.
Feng Feiyun's nerves were tense as he stood inside the room like a bow ready to fire at any moment.
He must kill both of them with just one slash!
Otherwise, if a Heaven's Mandate cultivator came, the one fed to the beasts would be him!
"What are you two doing?" A third voice came from outside. It was the old man in black from before.
"Attendant Wu, there are new footprints on the ground, so we think that someone might have gone inside."
The two stopped and turned around to bow towards the old man.
"Oh, it was me from earlier." The old man raised his voice: "The person inside is not to be messed with. No one can bear the responsibility of him escaping, so it is best for you two to not come close to this room from now on."
"Yes, we understand." The two stood up and quickly left without hesitation.
This Attendant Wu was a Heaven's Mandate cultivator rumored to have lived for more than three hundred years. His gaze alone could creep someone out completely, so naturally, these two would try to get as far away from him as possible.
The old man also left and quietly made his way towards the palace. It seemed that the feast was now prepared.
"Whew!" Feng Feiyun finally breathed a sigh of relief after the outside went quiet. He put away his saber and looked down at the ground once more.
Just what was buried down here to frighten even Heaven's Mandate cultivators?
"Break!" Feng Feiyun pointed his finger down at the ground. A ray from his entire body shot out, causing the array runes on the ground to recede like tides. The black chains on the ground also started to move while issuing clanking sounds.
A straight path into the depths of the ground appeared with a faint light coming out. There was a total of 270 thick chains as well as fiery sparks jumping in the air. These sparks could render cultivators into ashes, but they couldn't stop Feng Feiyun's advance.
A few more formations were shattered by Feng Feiyun and became green smoke.
"So it is that coffin!" Feng Feiyun went underground and found that there was was a coffin made from Black Tortoise Steel. It was ten feet long and four feet wide and was completely tied by the chains to resemble a steel cocoon.
Just what was inside that required a coffin made from this type of steel on top of being hidden so with this many layers of seals?
Feng Feiyun's curiosity grew as he approached. Each of his steps caused the giant chains to gently shake, creating clanking sounds each time.
"Boom!" A shadow with a pair of green eyes flew out from behind the coffin. It issued a chilling screech.
Its speed was too fast. With a whooshing sound, it brushed by Feng Feiyun's face and added three bloody lines to his neck.
Drops of golden blood dripped down from his neck, causing the shadow to scream excitedly.
"Just what is this damned thing?" Feng Feiyun's eyes narrowed. There was a powerful poison invading him from the injury. Even the Immortal Phoenix Physique was having a hard time expelling this poison from his body. It could only stop the spreading temporarily.
"Kaka!" The shadow from the corner lunged forward once more just as fast as before. It was difficult to grasp its trajectory.
"Boom!" Feng Feiyun directly took out the phoenix bone. It was as hot as a scorching cauldron and emitted a crimson light. It struck the shadow dead on, creating sizzling sounds along with a continuous stream of green smoke.
The temperature of this bone was incredible; it immediately burnt the shadow, turning it into ashes after just two seconds.
"Whoosh!" He gently waved his palm and the bone flew back into his hand.
"What the hell was that?" Feng Feiyun touched his neck. His wounds were burning and wouldn't close easily.
The speed of that shadow was too fast. From start to finish, he couldn't see its true shape, he only felt that it was not human. He might not have been able to take care of it without the phoenix bone.
"It must be one of the three strange from the Yang World or three evils from the Yin World." Feng Feiyun walked closer to where a pile of black ashes was on the ground. That thing was burnt to an unrecognizable crisp.
He lightly reached out to touch the coffin's wall and tried to use the Platinum Metal Art to see if he could detect the contents inside.
The Platinum Metal Art was the fourth move from the Minor Change Arts. Once successfully learned, one would be able to find rare metals underground in addition to detecting precious essences inside these metals.
This was a very important art for treasure-seeking. Of course, it is the most difficult to learn as well.
Feng Feiyun had trained for more than a month and could only understand some of the basics.
"There is even an isolation array!" Feng Feiyun knew that his Platinum Metal Art was not good enough so he couldn't detect what was inside.
He was hoping to not release a monster!
He initially didn't want to open the coffin before learning what was inside. However, there was no other choice at this moment. He activated his Crimson Fire Art to break the nine formations outside of the coffin, then he mustered enough strength in his arms to thrust open the coffin lid that weighed hundreds of thousands of pounds. This was a very gradual process.
"Zzzzz!" The lid and the coffin rubbed against each other, issuing an ear-piercing noise.
"Boom!" A green smoke rushed out from the tiny opening; it was apparent that his smoke carried a powerful corrosive property. Feng Feiyun's sleeves were turned into ashes immediately.
He took out the phoenix bone once more to counter this ferocious aura. Otherwise, the flesh on his arms would corrode into bones in just a moment.
"I… truly… hate…!" A weak voice came from the coffin like a ghost panting in hell. This voice felt a bit familiar to Feng Feiyun. More sounds of chains being dragged inside the coffin came, followed by a low voice: "I… hate…"
Chapter 233: The Person Inside The Coffin
"This voice…" There was a slight ripple in Feng Feiyun's mind since he thought about a certain someone. This voice was very familiar, but how could that be possible?
The phoenix bone as crimson as bloodjade emitted a faint flame to counter the corrosive aura from the coffin, so his body was safe from rotting away.
Not even a grand achievement God Base could survive this terrifying aura from the coffin. It was likely that their flesh would be corroded to the point where they became a skeleton. Although this person's voice was feeble, his vitality remained strong. His life force was like a small stream that continued to flow to stop this evil aura. This cultivation was truly remarkable.
"Who are you?" Feng Feiyun wanted to find out the answer to this question in his mind.
After hearing Feng Feiyun's voice, a considerable power erupted from within the coffin like a flood or magma pouring out from the gaps of the earth. It came out from the coffin and went straight towards Feng Feiyun.
This person was full of hatred and unleashed this blow in anger since they believed that Feng Feiyun was in cohorts with the mysterious master.
This person was still so fierce despite being trapped in the coffin!
"Dragon King's First Slash!" With one hand holding the phoenix bone, he took out the saber with the other. He stabilized his stance then unleashed a white blade ray to split apart the oncoming attack.
"Rumble!" This force was too powerful and caused Feng Feiyun to stagger back more than three steps. His body was pushed into the cold-as-ice chains before he managed to stabilize himself.
Just a leak of their aura of fury was so powerful, could it really be him?
Feng Feiyun's stone blade was too big. It cut apart several chains on the ground. The coffin that was tightly shut had loosened quite a bit.
"Boom!" The chains above the coffin were moved by a power from inside and began to scatter one by one. The lid started to shift and issued more ear-piercing screeches.
However, there was another formation from within that prevented the person from escaping. Three green arrays from the lid came crashing down straight onto the coffin, causing the person inside to scream continuously.
"Bang! Bang! Bang!" The three arrays were like three divine hammers slamming down onto the person inside, causing their bones to break completely while mangling their flesh.
"I… hate…" The person spoke through gritted teeth.
Feng Feiyun could sense this boundless hatred!
The coffin became silent again. It seemed that the person was scared and didn't dare to revolt anymore. They also didn't attempt to escape.
"Let me help you!" Feng Feiyun quickly stepped forward and placed both hands on the lid of the coffin. He once again pushed it, causing the gap to become bigger and bigger. The finger wide gap grew to an entire palm, then it became a foot wide… More cold energy rushed out and was about to fill the entire space underground.
The phoenix bone then illuminated a corner of the coffin.
This scene was like a grave robber holding a lamp to look inside a coffin from the earth.
"Feng Feiyun, it is you!" A surprised and spirited voice came from the coffin.
Feng Feiyun had never seen such a miserable state before. This man was huddled in a corner of the coffin. His silk robe was in complete disarray and he was soaked in dried, black blood. Then on top of that was a layer of fresh blood while his flesh was scattered about all over the coffin.
Nine rings were latched onto his chest at the nine great meridians. They were connected to nine chains that pierced his chest cavity completely. These chains were nailed to the Black Tortoise Coffin.
Outside of this, both his hands and feet as well as his clavicle were nailed with iron pins that sealed all of his power.
His bones broke in too many places to count. His flesh had been battered numerous times so his state was as miserable as humanly possible.
Only when one saw through his messy hair would they be able to see a face that was handsome to the extreme, but it was covered in dried blood.
"Flawless… Young Noble Flawless!" Feng Feiyun couldn't dare to believe his own eyes. This was the most handsome man in the world? Completely unblemished and immaculate, Young Noble Flawless?
He was one of the eight Grand Historical Geniuses. Feng Feiyun had seen him fight Dongfang Jingshui before. At that time, mountains were razed to the ground. His cultivation was extremely terrifying. If he wanted to escape, then even a half-step Ju Qing wouldn't be able to stop him. But now, he was imprisoned in this place. How could Feng Feiyun accept this reality?
The best looking man in the world had fallen into such a sorry state!
"Haha!" The young noble laughed bitterly while displaying an incomparable sadness: "Flawless, so ridiculous, so ironic…"
"Why are you imprisoned here? Who did this to you?" Feng Feiyun touched the Boundary Spirit Stone on his belt. This was a treasure that belonged to the young noble, but it fell into the hands of the mysterious master who then gave it to him.
At that time, Feng Feiyun would never have believed that the mysterious master was Young Noble Flawless' match. But now, after seeing him here, he started to believe that claim.
"Haha…" The young noble continued to laugh as if he was all alone in this world.
"Was it the person wrapped in the crimson flame that defeated you?" Feng Feiyun wanted to know who the mysterious master was.
"Have you seen her?" The young noble became agitated. His monstrous fury and hatred filled the entire coffin.
"Yes." Feng Feiyun answered.
"Have you seen her face?" The young noble became even more stimulated.
"Not yet." Feng Feiyun said.
"That's good, that's good, you will still have a chance to live if you haven't seen her face, still a chance to live…" The young noble kept on murmuring to himself.
Feng Feiyun frowned and asked: "Does she have a special identity? Will she try to kill anyone who has seen her real appearance?"
Many big shots had several identities, and some had to remain in secrecy. Once found out, they would try their best to eliminate those who knew.
"It is her face that is unfathomable. If I hadn't seen her face, then I wouldn't be in this sorry state. I have truly fallen; I thought I could rely on my face and charm to cause all the women in this world to kneel as servants before me, but… but… when I saw her face, I found myself becoming the servant instead…"
Feng Feiyun didn't understand what the young noble was saying at all. He thought that the young noble was confused due to his slurred speech; he assumed that flawless had been trapped in this place for too long. His mind must be in shambles after enduring the torture.
His words were too shocking and completely demonized the mysterious master.
Feng Feiyun understood this feeling very well. A victim who suffered grave indignance would have great hatred in their heart. They would consider whoever did it to them to be more terrorizing and monstrous.
The young noble was most likely suffering from the traumatic experience.
Feng Feiyun couldn't be blamed for misunderstanding the young noble. From start to finish, he had considered the mysterious master as a man. During their past conversations, the master spoke in a male voice, thus Feng Feiyun subconsciously viewed him as a man.
This being the case, he had a different interpretation of the young noble's words. Of course, he was a very cautious person as well and took note of the warning. Before having sufficient strength to fight the mysterious master, he would never look at his real appearance.
"I'll get you out." Feng Feiyun took out his stone saber and slashed the chains on the young noble's body. Sparks flew everywhere, but the chains were undamaged. On the contrary, his hands were jarred as if needles were poking into them.
"It is no use. These chains are made from Black Tortoise Steel and have fifth-rank formations carved onto them. Maybe not even a Spirit Treasure could break them." The young noble reminded Feng Feiyun: "You should leave this place quickly. If she finds out, you will end up even more miserable than me."
Suddenly, Feng Feiyun's divine intent felt movement from above. Someone was coming.
The young noble felt it as well and quickly spoke: "If you really want to help me, then there is only one way. Use the Second Dark Hell Flame to unlock the fifth-rank formations and melt these chains. Then I, Su Jun, will owe you a debt. If you are ever in trouble in the future, I will come running and aid you with all of my abilities no matter how far you may be."
Feng Feiyun was not a good person, but in some cases, promises would be made in an instant.
"Wait for me!" Feng Feiyun closed the coffin, then he quickly left the coffin. He shot out a black ray from his finger, causing the ground to close again.
All became the same as before. This was still an old room full of dust on the ground.
'This world is so unpredictable. Such a scion was imprisoned in a coffin. It seems like Young Noble Flawless is really too powerful; otherwise, the master wouldn't have used so many different methods to seal him. Buried underground as well as creating this Black Tortoise coffin in addition to sealing his nine main meridians and locking his limbs… Only a Grand Historical Genius would be able to withstand such torture. Others would have had a mental breakdown and died already.' Feng Feiyun thought.
Suddenly, a sweet fragrance came from behind Feng Feiyun. It was too sudden and came without warning. Feng Feiyun didn't notice her presence before she got into the room.
Feng Feiyun shifted three feet away then unleashed a palm strike.
A red shadow emerged and the palm that contained boundless murderous power from Feng Feiyun barely managed to touch a corner of her sleeve. She gently descended to Feng Feiyun's side and placed her jade-white hand on his shoulder while enchantingly speaking: "It's me."
"Xue Wu!" Feng Feiyun heaved a sigh of relief.
This was a tall and slender woman with a plump and attractive figure. She wore a thin gossamer red dress that caused her proud white breasts to be faintly discernible, resulting in endless temptation.
So it was her, the third-ranked lady from the Supreme Beauty Pavilion, the Temptress. That explained the great cultivation from this new intruder.
"Don’t you know where this place is? I can't believe you actually intruded here, this is very dangerous." Xue Wu solemnly stared at Feng Feiyun, yet her demeanor couldn't cover her eyes' seductive shade.
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