“What happened here?” Youzheng was surprised to see the state of this corpse versus a regular body .
White Orchid being devoured in one night was already strange and shocking enough . But now, the appearance of these missing locals appearing so far away on top of their current state? Youzheng had no idea what was going on .
“Devourment . They’re only puppets now . ” Li Qiye said without any surprise .
“Puppets?” Youzheng was startled at the start but after thinking about it, this made perfect sense .
Why did the corpses come back to kill people? Perhaps a terrible mastermind was behind all of this .
“Is this the work of darkness?” He asked .
Li Qiye didn’t answer . He flicked his finger and began dividing the flayed corpse .
The individual muscles, tendons, and veins of the corpse were perfectly taken out . Next came the internal organs; no damage happened during the removal process .
“Ugh…” Yixue became curious enough to take a look only to start being nauseous and needed to run out .
Li Qiye didn’t mind . His gaze was focused on the corpse, darting back and forth . Eventually, the pieces came back together in a flawless manner .
The unraveling and reassembling process didn’t leave a single cut . It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that not even a single strand of hair was missing, with the exception of one thing taken out by Li Qiye .
He took a careful look and Youzheng did the same . It was a tiny stone, only around the length of a pinky, flat and black with a faint luster .
Why was this thing inside the corpse?
“Young Noble, what is it?” Youzheng asked .
“A seed . ” Li Qiye responded .
“A seed?” Youzheng was momentarily stunned before speaking again: “For what?”
This was the first time he has seen or heard something this strange .
“A fruit-bearing seed . ” Li Qiye said .
Youzheng had no response .
Li Qiye continued staring at the tiny stone as if it hid an amazing secret .
“Time to go to the source . ” His eyes coldly pierced through the ages .
He raised both hands and a maelstrom appeared before them . It was only around the size of a washbasin .
Numerous dao laws circulated in the maelstrom with increasing speed, seemingly wanting to disassemble everything . All mysteries would slowly unravel while inside this dao maelstrom .
Youzheng became dizzy while looking at it . He felt himself being sucked in and that his very being was slowly disintegrating along with the dao he has cultivated .
For example, his chosen grand dao, merit laws, and various techniques . They were being separated entirely .
In other words, the moment he entered this maelstrom, he no longer had any secret to speak of . His whole cultivation experience appeared before Li Qiye .
The frightened man became afraid and instantly retreated to the side, averting his gaze .
Li Qiye threw the tiny stone into the maelstrom .
“Splash!” It carried a massive power and created a tsunami of dao . It seemed to notice the danger looming in the maelstrom so it tried to escape .
Youzheng was surprised again . This stone seemed to have its own consciousness and life .
“This thing is alive?” Youzheng asked in horror . Having something akin to a parasite planted in one’s body was quite terrifying .
Like Li Qiye had said, this was a seed purposely planted into the corpse .
That’s the reason why they came back to life and started ambushing other people . The seeds were the source of it all while the corpses were mere bags of skin - just puppets .
Unfortunately, it couldn’t escape from Li Qiye’s absolute suppression and the maelstrom and succumbed to being separated .
“Zzz . ” It made a groan-like sound during the slow disintegration process .
It was being grinded down, inch by inch . Beneath the rock exterior were strands of black light . They also became prey to the maelstrom .
Darkness has revealed its true form . This tiny law was virtually imperceptible to the naked eye . Black in full and immensely profound on top of possessing an evil aura .
Not much was left of the stone now . The disintegrating specks of dust actually emitted a faint luster like grains of radiance on the verge of extinguishing .
They were weak and few in number, yet there was an indescribable sense of sacredness, almost like an immortal energy .
“How strange . ” Youzheng was surprised . A while ago, the removed parts were clearly evil but now, these light grains were actually sacred in nature .
“This is the power of the famed immortal stone that people are talking about . ” Li Qiye said .
“The stone exists?” Youzheng wondered .
Li Qiye didn’t answer, still glaring at the maelstrom .
“Pop!” Another force attacked the maelstrom after the process was finished, causing waves through the rotation .
The black laws in the maelstrom came together to form a tiny, black monster . It was as big as a fist and looked similar to an octopus . However, its tentacles were full of barbs .
“What the hell is this now?” Youzheng felt an evil aura causing him to stagger backward out of fear .
“It’s only a weak consciousness . ” Li Qiye said insipidly .
His eyes became divine lamps with all-penetrating rays locking on this monster .