Yang Chen, who had experienced this once before, was all too familiar with it.
No way, he thought cruelly. Why did he have to progress to the Nine Heavenly Lightning Tribulation now, at all times?! My True Yuan may not be as strong as his, even though I am in the Tai Qing Heavenly Lightning Full Cycle. When he was still in the Ruo Water stage, we were already at a standstill. Wouldn't there be a chance for him to defeat me if he made it past the Nine Heavenly Lightning Tribulation?
His body and cultivation level used to be worlds apart from what they are now. Nonetheless, being struck by the Tai Qing Heavenly Lightning was a horrible recollection.
At the same time, he was dubious if Luo Qianqiu would be able to withstand the Tai Qing Heavenly Lightning, as he had relied on the gods for assistance, albeit in a limited capacity.
Luo Qianqiu doesn't seem to have any type of defensive artifact. The Internal Demon Divine Soldier, which he perfected himself, is the only one he has. Is he going to take it on head-on?
Soon after, the dark clouds in the sky started to create a vortex. Notably, Luo Qianqiu's Tai Qing Heavenly Lightning Tribulation appeared to be less in scale than Yang Chen's, with only about a mile or so in circumference.
After all, the power of the Nine Heavens Thunder Tribulation varied according to different cultivators' techniques and other factors.
Even if it wasn't the most powerful Tai Qing Heavenly Lightning Tribulation, it was still enough to send shivers down the spines of the other cultivators, who scattered in unison.
They had never seen the Nine Heavens Thunder Tribulation before. While they were enlightened today, they all felt a deep sense of fear.
As the one who triggered the heavenly tribulation, Luo Qianqiu could not hide from it, nor did he want to. He couldn't care less about the building complexes below him.
These valuable white jade buildings were bound to be reduced to nothing and burned to the ground when the lightning struck. Still, he was unperturbed. Not to mention, the Luo clan members did not have the time to think about that either.
"When the Tai Qing Heavenly Lightning descends, it will be your only opportunity to defeat me. Suppose you continue to watch and not make a move. In that case, I am afraid you will never have a chance to leave," Luo Qianqiu said leisurely, closing his eyes as he waited for Yang Chen to make a move.
Yang Chen felt a sense of humiliation from his words. Is he so sure I won't win against him during the tribulation? Could it be that the Tai Qing Heavenly Lightning is not even near a threat to him!?
The vortex of dark clouds in the sky had already condensed into a dense web of purple-blue lightning and booming thunders when Luo Qianqiu spoke.
At this very moment, Yang Chen felt a surge of excitement from the Chaos Cauldron below!
All of a sudden, he recalled that the Chaos Cauldron ate the ninety-nine Zi Qing Heavenly Lightning before leaving the Heaven Tower and had converted them to its "nutrients"!
What if it's the Tai Qing Heavenly Lightning? As a Great Ancient Devil Beast, Chaos is immortal. Even the Nine Heavenly Lightning might not be able to kill him, so maybe it can eat the Tai Qing Heavenly Thunder too?
A wonderful thought popped up in his mind. Will he fail to advance past the tribulation if I use the Chaos Cauldron to eat the Tai Qing Heavenly Lightning? Besides, I need to perceive the Shang Qing Heavenly Lightning, so perhaps this can be an opportunity!
"I'll go for it!"
Knowing that it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Yang Chen did not think twice and summoned the Chaos Cauldron into the air, along with Xiao Zhiqing.
After wrapping his arm around her waist so that he could protect her closely, he then pushed the Chaos Cauldron high into the sky!
Luo Qianqiu and all the onlookers in the distance were astonished, wondering what Yang Chen was trying to do.
"You're trying to foil my plan?" Luo Qianqiu did not seem to have seen this coming, as he was expecting Yang Chen to attack him instead of intercepting the heavenly tribulation.
Yang Chen snickered. "You want to advance, but I won't let you do it! I'll have the Tai Qing Heavenly Lightning as a supplement for my Chaos Cauldron!"
Luo Qianqiu was furious to see that the Chaos Cauldron followed him constantly and even hovered overhead.
"Don't even think about it! Go, Internal Demon Divine Soldier!"
In desperation, he could only command the Internal Demon Divine Soldier to charge fiercely towards Yang Chen, hoping to fight the latter off.
"Golden Crow True Fire!"
The phantom-like body of the Internal Demon Divine Soldier burst into a golden fire, coloring itself golden. Then, several three-legged golden crows flew out from it and chased after Yang Chen.
Yang Chen was stunned by that sight. This Internal Demon Divine Soldier actually has the same skills as Luo Qianqiu!?
"Be careful, hubby! Because his mind is separated from his soul, Luo Qianqiu can only control the Internal Demon Divine Soldier with his mind. So, striking his soul with Dark Fire, as you have done thus far, will not work. You can only defeat it with pure power!" Xiao Zhiqing, who was in his arm, maintained his composure and pondered the cause of his previous loss.
Although it was a bit inconvenient to hold her, it was fortunate that the Internal Demon Divine Soldier was not as powerful as its owner.
It was a pity that his space laws were too weak and could be easily defeated. Otherwise, if he was half as capable as Athena and could use tens of thousands of spatial barriers to cut off space, the Internal Demon Divine Soldier would not be able to be controlled by Luo Qianqiu.
While thinking about this, Yang Chen did not remain idle. With a thought, he drove three majestic purple fire dragons that seemed to ignite the sky as they whistled around him, shattering all those golden crowns.
The next instant, the sky was ablaze with fire, while seemingly infinite purple-blue dark clouds had gathered above it.
Finally, the first strike of the three Tai Qing Heavenly Lightning Tribulation rounds descended!
A Tai Qing Heavenly Lightning as thick as a pillar, mixed with a terrifying purple-blue light, fell into the mortal world with a deafening sound.
Although it was slightly weaker than what he once received, it still filled Yang Chen with awe.
He knew that even though he had comprehended the Tai Qing Heavenly Lightning, he would still not be able to make such a mighty strike. After all, he was still unable to match the Heavenly Dao.
The moment the Tai Qing Heavenly Lightning touched the Chaos Cauldron, the Chaos Beast let out a hearty roar!
That fierce sound, filled with greed and fervor, could still reach Yang Chen's mind even though it was covered by the thunderous sound of the heavenly lightning.
Half of the bolt of Tai Qing Heavenly Lightning was eaten up by Chaos.
The violet-blue lightning merged into the Chaos Cauldron. Once Chaos Energy fused with it, it dissipated and transformed into an incomparably pure Heaven and Earth Spiritual Energy, causing the Chaos Cauldron to glow.
Yang Chen also benefited from it. His cultivation, which had been stagnant, started soaring at an almost unimaginable speed.
That night he spent with An Xin only increased his cultivation level by one percent. In contrast, the Tai Qing Heavenly Lightning that fell from this heavenly tribulation increased his cultivation by six or seven percent. The solidity of his True Yuan had also skyrocketed.
As Luo Qianqiu was blocked by the Chaos Cauldron from receiving the heavenly tribulation, the Tai Qing Heavenly Lightning only fell a tiny bit onto his body. With his cultivation level, this amount of Tai Qing Heavenly Lightning was akin to nothing.
Annoyed, the Internal Demon Divine Soldier began to shoot out a frenzy of purple-red lightning, but to Yang Chen, this attack was nothing at all and was easily defeated.
At that moment, Yang Chen did not want to take the opportunity to attack Luo Qianqiu because if he died, the Tai Qing Heavenly Lightning would stop. Consequently, he would not be able to take advantage of it.
Immediately afterward, as the thunder clouds swirled, another bolt of Tai Qing Heavenly Lightning fell. This time, it was even thicker and more majestic than the previous.
Once again, the purple-blue heavenly lightning wrapped around the Chaos Cauldron, but more of it fell on Luo Qianqiu's body as well.
The Chaos Beast feasted again. With even greater amounts of spiritual energy pouring into it than before, its soul was nourished to be extraordinarily lifelike and even more massive than before.
Yang Chen felt that his cultivation level had increased by eight or nine percent this time, which was another increase on top of the previous one!
Before battling Luo Qianqiu, his cultivation level was still halfway to the Shang Qing Heavenly Lightning Tribulation. By then, he was almost there.
That realization filled him with joy. With the Chaos Cauldron and the Tai Qing Heavenly Lightning, he would not have to worry about his cultivation rising slowly. What other people take decades to achieve, he would be able to do so in a day as long as he had the opportunity!
However, the livid Luo Qianqiu suddenly burst out laughing.
"Hah, Chaos Cauldron! Yang Chen, I have to thank you for blocking this Tai Qing Heavenly Lightning for me! Otherwise, I'd be half-dead even if I was tempered by divine lightning. However, only a small portion of this divine lightning has fallen on me at this time, which is just right. You've been of great help to me!"
Yang Chen's mind buzzed, and it suddenly dawned on him.
This old man was hoping for me to use the Chaos Cauldron and help him devour most of the heavenly lightning, and he deliberately pretended to look angry. He fooled me once again!?