149 – Xihe’s Target
Inside the thick fog, Xue Qilin looked around with her arms crossed. Her field of vision is completely white.
“This won’t do, not at all… the elemental qi is chaotic and the ‘directions’ are a mess…”
Xue Qilin sighed. She just tried several methods to leave here, but no matter if she used magic or “walked along a direction”, she couldn’t break away from the thick fog.
She feels that she may just be going around in circles. But there is no way to verify if her feeling is right. The visibility is extremely poor, there is basically no way to identify the surroundings.
“What the hell is this? A boundary?”
Xue Qilin reached out with a hand in front of her, but the fog didn’t disperse.
The air is unexpectedly rather dry.
It stands to reason that with such an intense fog around, it should moisten her clothes and body to some extent. But this is not the case. Whether is is clothes or skin, Xue Qilin is still fairly dry.
That is to say, this is no ordinary fog. Its essence is not moisture, but something else.
As for what it is, Xue Qilin is not sure. It may be some kind of phenomenon nearing the effect of a spell.
Amid the many unknowns, the only certainty is that the turbulent flow of true qi in the fog interferes with Xue Qilin’s perception and greatly reduces it. She cannot distinguish the directions. This situation can be likened to a person with good hearing staying in an extremely noisy environment, making it difficult to pinpoint where a certain sound comes from.
“Little Phecda, can you figure out the directions?”
Xue Qilin turned her head and asked. Phecda, who has long since returned to her human form, is standing beside her. However, affected by the fog, she cannot even see the expression on Phecda’s face.
“Boo… this fog is too weird. If I let go of your hand now and take two steps, I may be separated from you, Qilin.”
In order not to wander off, Xue Qilin and Phecda are holding hands. In this strange fog, only this way can can confirm the existence of one another.
“In other words, we are stuck…”
Xue Qilin let out a long sigh.
People often say that her “magic” is unbelievable, but now there is an even more unimaginable phenomenon before her. It’s really a slap in the face… she wrinkled her nose lightly.
“Qilin, don’t you have a way to deal with this? Don’t you know a ‘spell’?”
Phecda’s tone contains surprise.
Xue Qilin wanted to spread her arms, but found that she is still holding Phecda’s hand and shrugged instead.
“Little Phecda, you have really unrealistic expectations… magic may accomplish a lot of things, but it is not omnipotent.”
In theory, magic can do many things. But wizards may not necessarily be able to do everything what magic can.
This is because no wizard can grasp all that is magic. They all have certain preferences, or are good at certain fields. Taking Xue Qilin as an example, she is good at Eastern magic elemental spells, and she also has an understanding of boundaries, talismans, and arrays. But she isn’t good at alchemy, divination, and others.
“What do we do then? We won’t be stuck here for life, will we?!”
Xue Qilin took exception with Phecda’s concern.
“Except for natural things, there is nothing permanent in the world. Maybe the fog will dissipate after one or two hours. Of course, if this phenomenon is deliberately maintained, it may really persist forever.”
Phecda wanted to say something, but Xue Qilin squeezed her hand and signaled her to remain silent.
“Listen to what I have to say first… I don’t think Xihe will maintain this ‘phenomenon’. Otherwise, there is no point in trapping me here.”
“What do you mean?”
Xue Qilin smiled confidently and looked around once more.
Her big eyes are gold like ripe ears of wheat and are overflowing with light, as if burning with gold flames.
“If she just wants to tie me down, there are many other means. Means such as dogfight, guerrilla attacks, etc., they all can tie me down! There is no need to make this fog… this is not something that can be conjured as one wishes! Xihe must have paid a hefty price. However, if this were not the case, she wouldn’t be able to get away and would die here with me. She wants to trap me here at all cost in order to be able to carry out other activities.”
“You mean to say, she didn’t specifically target you?” Phecda asked probingly.
“She did target me, but she doesn’t want to kill me, she just wants to eliminate the only factor that can rival her.”
“Boo… what on earth does she want to do?”
Xue Qilin withdrew her gaze and shrugged.
“Mirror Moon Lake.”
When she heard this name, Phecda’s body immediately reflected the rattling of her inner being – it shook. She understands the significance of these three words.
“Xihe’s real goal is the trial by fire groups!” Xue Qilin sighed both helplessly and bitterly, “As long as I’m away, the trial by fire groups will be akin to weak children in front of her.”
“But isn’t she just by herself?”
Considering the general situation, Phecda’s doubt is natural.
“By herself? Did you forget the Iron Armor Ox herd? I don’t know what method she used, but Xihe seems to be able to… mobilize martial demons of low intelligence.”
Probably because she recalled the setting of 100 plus Iron Armor Oxen charging, Phecda couldn’t help but hold hear breath.
If the other sects’ trial by fire groups are subjected to the same experience as Merak Temple, then Xue Qilin really doubts they can go through it without incurring any damage.
“Speaking of which, Beiming Youyu may be an accomplice of hers.” Xue Qilin uttered with her eyebrows raised.
Without Beiming Youyu restraining Asura’er, Xihe stands no chance at winning. But did Xihe anticipate the appearance of Asura’er, and so she went to Beiming Youyu for help? This is what Xue Qilin cannot understand.
“Qilin, do we ignore this?”
Phecda asked Xue Qilin about her intentions. She doesn’t mean to persuade Xue Qilin to intervene, but asked this out of pure curiosity.
“Of course. Why would we concern ourselves with this?”
Xue Qilin replied in an nonchalant tone.
“To be honest, I don’t care about the fate of those people at all. But…”
Speaking till here, Xue Qilin suddenly scratched her head, perplexed.
“I want to ignore it.”
Xue Qilin’s incongruous words left Phecda confused.
Qi Qiqi is a character with a strong sense of justice, not to mention that she is a person of her word. She has made a promise to Reverend Carefree. If the other party meets adversity and needs help, she will definitely keep her promise.
If Xue Qilin isn’t mistaken, Qi Qiqi should also have guessed that Xihe is after the trial by fire groups stationed at Moon Mirror Lake. This means that she will definitely lead Merak Temple’s people to support the other party.
“We are going to leave here and find Little Seven.”
Xue Qilin didn’t answer the question, but said thusly in an unquestionable tone.
“Ah, oh oh, okay.”
Perhaps because Xue Qilin’s words are too abrupt, Phecda nodded her head absentmindedly, confused.