Yang Chen had to admit that even though Luo Qianqiu's plan was risky, every step he took was well-founded.
Chaos was insatiable by nature, a devourer of all things.
Luo Qianqiu expected the Chaos Cauldron to try to engulf them when it spotted the divine lightning approaching. It was for this reason that he had taken a chance.
He was merely acting enraged to put Yang Chen's guard down, and it was all just an attempt to get Yang Chen to "lend" the Chaos Cauldron's power to him, forgetting that he might not be able to endure the lightning himself.
Although Luo Qianqiu had been looking forward to the Nine Heavenly Lightning Tribulation, he knew danger was inevitable if he relied on his strength.
Unlike Yang Chen, who could turn the power of the heavenly lightning for his use, he only needed them to temper his body to sense the Heavenly Dao for him and step into a higher realm. To overcome the celestial affliction, he did not need to be struck by all of the heavenly lightning.
This was also why the Great Ancient cultivators needed artifacts to surpass the tribulation. However, it would be hard to find another person like Yang Chen, who had the Chaos Cauldron and could use the heavenly lightning as a "supplement".
All in all, if Yang Chen had not followed Chaos' wishes and refrained from devouring the heavenly lightning, the result would have been very different.
Luo Qianqiu had predicted Yang Chen's decision.
Not only did Yang Chen not kill him, but he also "helped" him to block the heavenly lightning.
Undeniably, Yang Chen also gained an advantage, although at the cost of losing the best opportunity to kill Luo Qianqiu.
It was all because of Yang Chen's personality. Subconsciously, he did not like to take advantage of others, especially elites. He liked to conquer them with absolute strength rather than hitting them when they were down.
Humans' personalities were bound to have flaws, and Yang Chen was not an exception.
Seeing that the third bolt of heavenly lightning–the last Tai Qing heavenly lightning–was about to fall, Yang Chen was somewhat at a loss for what to do next.
Should I keep using the Chaos Cauldron to absorb the divine lightning, or should I just let Luo Qianqiu suffer the brunt of it? Should I take advantage of this opportunity to assassinate Luo Qianqiu? But… Isn't that like giving up the last ray of divine light? Also, why didn't Luo Qianqiu tell me this after all three bolts of divine lightning had passed? What is he planning!?
Yang Chen hesitated, perhaps because Luo Qianqiu had repeatedly deceived him or was a little afraid of the latter's endless trickeries. He coveted the heavenly thunder yet wanted to restrain the urge.
As the complicated thoughts filled his mind, Yang Chen's brows became tightly furrowed.
Noticing that he was standing still under the thunderclouds, Xiao Zhiqing shouted anxiously, "What are you doing, Hubby! Don't listen to his nonsense! Just do what you want!"
However, he was immersed in his world at this moment, so he ignored her words utterly.
What should I do? What does Luo Qianqiu want?
Feeling lost, he subconsciously controlled the purple fire around his body, not attacking nor retreating.
Luo Qianqiu, who was at the center of the thunderclouds, wore a strange smile, one filled with what seemed to be contempt, disdain, and a hint of indefinable arrogance.
Yang Chen's hesitation would not affect the Chaos Cauldron's desire for the Tai Qing Heavenly Lightning, nor would it slow down the time for the heavenly lightning to land.
Finally, the third most majestic heavenly lightning struck!
Once again, the purple-blue light illuminated the sky, and it looked as if morning had arrived.
In the blink of an eye, the location where the Chaos Cauldron and Luo Qianqiu stood glowed brightly.
The lightning razed the Luo clan fortress within the area to the ground, shattering the white jade into gravels and even leaving a huge deep crater as if a meteorite had struck the place.
Yang Chen felt a surge of pure spiritual energy enter his body and transform into his cultivation. It was nearly equivalent to the two previous heavenly lightning strikes combined!
Under the Chaos Cauldron, Luo Qianqiu, who withstood more Tai Qing Heavenly Lightning than before, did not appear strained. Instead, a hint of ecstasy appeared on his face.
A significant leap in his cultivation level had occurred. He was in a whole new realm, which made his True Yuan even more profound.
"Haha… Haha… I… I have succeeded!?"
As if in disbelief, he raised his arms and clenched his fists hard!
A huge shockwave of powerful True Yuan rippled through the area, causing sand, dust, and even the rocks on the ground to fly out of the area by a mile!
The Luo clan cultivators who stood far away were appalled by this terrifying True Yuan oppression.
A hint of despair appeared in Luo Qianli's eyes. It seemed that he would never be able to outwit his elder brother, for even a glance from the latter could now cause a kind of inner fear to grow within him.
Hugging Xiao Zhiqing, Yang Chen raised his head to look at the brand new Luo Qianqiu wordlessly.
In the end, he did not make a choice. Still, there was no doubt that he had helped Luo Qianqiu cross the Tai Qing Heavenly Lightning Tribulation effortlessly.
Although his cultivation had grown considerably, Luo Qianqiu was now also in the same Tai Qing Divine Heavenly Tribulation as himself, not to mention that Luo Qianqiu's True Yuan was not inferior to his.
At that moment, Yang Chen had calmed down and knew he was tricked.
Before the third heavenly lightning struck, Luo Qianqiu said those words to put him in a dilemma so that he would mull over it and not make a move to withdraw the Chaos Cauldron or go to attack him.
In hindsight, Yang Chen realized, even Xiao Zhiqing, a bystander, could tell that something was amiss. Yet, he was hesitant because he struggled to decide whether to gain more cultivation or kill Luo Qianqiu.
Luo Qianqiu had seen through all his thoughts. Judging solely from this, Yang Chen had lost utterly!
Luo Qianqiu looked at Yang Chen arrogantly and stood with his hands behind his back. "You've lost, Yang Chen. You are still too young. A single thought can decide who's the victor and who's the loser in battles between elites. You were swayed by me, leading to your earlier defeat. Originally, you were stronger than me in terms of realms, and you still have the heavenly fire and Xuanshui that can fight with me. But now, your realm is not much different from mine, and my True Yuan is stronger than yours. You cannot win against me!"
Yang Chen knew that this was a verbal attack because no matter what, his cultivation had grown vastly, so it did not mean he had lost. However, thinking about how he was played by Luo Qianqiu, he could not help but get all worked up.
"Lose, hmph? That isn't always the case. Although you were successful in overcoming the tribulation, I reaped significant benefits. You will not be able to defeat my level of True Yuan and cultivation. So what if you've been summoned to the Tai Qing Heavenly Lightning Tribulation? Are you able to manage the heavenly fire as well as Xuanshui? Your Crossing Sky Purple Lightning and Golden Crow True Fire can physically harm me. Do you want a taste of my Dark Fire?"
Luo Qianqiu's gaze darkened as he was a little surprised to see that Yang Chen had not fallen into his trap.
The cunning man assumed that despite having unparalleled talent in cultivation, Yang Chen would still have the weaknesses of a young man, such as being careless, hesitant, greedy, and so on.
Yet, he had missed one thing. Due to his unique upbringing, Yang Chen would never have the thought of conceding defeat.
Even when Athena had forced him to be obedient, he did not admit defeat, merely thinking of exacting revenge later on.
Now that he was facing Luo Qianqiu, who was not as defenseless as Athena was, he would not be in disarray just because of his words.
In terms of experience in battle, even Luo Qianqiu was no match for Yang Chen.
Seeing that Yang Chen regained his composure, Xiao Zhiqing felt relieved. Otherwise, if he remained sad after being duped twice in a row, it'll lower down their chances of survival.
Luo Qianqiu laughed in anger. "Fine! Since you're so confident, I'll show you the difference between you and me! Internal Demon Divine Soldier, merge!"
With his command, the Internal Demon Divine Soldier instantly retreated and reunited with his body.
All of a sudden, Luo Qianqiu's True Yuan oppression intensified by thirty percent.
Even though Yang Chen had composed himself, he was still a little surprised that Luo Qianqiu had such a trick up his sleeve.
"My True Yuan was initially stored in the Internal Demon Divine Soldier. My body can now accommodate more True Yuan now that I've entered the Tai Qing Heavenly Lightning domain. I won't have my true cultivation until the Internal Demon Divine Soldier rejoins me! What are you capable of doing to me?" Luo Qianqiu burst out laughing.
Yang Chen snorted coldly. Without saying a word, he used the Chaos Cauldron, which was spinning in the sky, to envelop Luo Qianqiu's body!
It makes no difference how powerful your True Yuan is! The stronger you are after the ordeal, the better since I'll be able to have you as my supplement!