Chapter 31: The beginning of death
Gu Qing Shan quickly ran through the forest, it was only when he saw a large empty field that he started to slow down and carefully walked around it.
After running a bit more, there was another empty field in front of him.
Gu Qing Shan felt goosebumps and once again went around it.
Another short run, as he pushes the dense branches away, in front of him was another empty field.
Right now in his sight, all he could see was these empty fields.
Gu Qing Shan sighed, gritted his teeth and jumped to a higher place.
Raising his military bow, he shot an arrow towards the ground.
The arrow burrowed deep into the ground, only leaving the tail sticking out.
Not long after, a face the size of an auditorium showed up on the ground.
The face spat out the arrow, looked at Gu Qing Shan and asked in a slow and deep voice: “You… how did… you know, I… was here?”
Gu Qing Shan judged it silently, then spoke: “The soil is too new”
“New… what you mean?” the face showed clear confusion.
This is a type of demon that can burrow underground called Grounded Devils.
It has relative resistance to Earth-elemental spells since birth, if it ever meets a powerful enemy like a Sword Cultivator, it can just escape underground.
Ground burrowing is a very powerful superpower, very few can actually use it so they almost always got away.
Because of that, Grounded Devils used to be able to win every large-scale battles by sneak attacks, making human cultivators hold their heads because they’re so hard to deal with.
It wasn’t until a very long time afterwards that players found out their fatal weakness ———that they are very dumb.
No matter who or what is said, as long as you can pique the Grounded Devil’s interest, they’ll happily believe you.
Gu Qing Shan answered as a matter of fact: “You should bring from soil from where you come from instead, that way it will be the same color as the yellow dirt on your body”
He continued: “That way, I definitely won’t be able to find you ——no one will be able to find you”
The face on the ground spoke: “No one will be able to find, really…?”
Numerous identical voices all sounded one after another.
Gu Qing Shan tried his best to stay composed, stood still on the branch and looked to the distance.
Numerous giant faces appeared from the ground, all of them looked extremely excited at Gu Qing Shan.
There were so many faces that it covered the whole mountain.
——–The Grounded Devil legion, one of the core units of the demon army.
The Faceless Giant is very strong, but there are also very few of them, so to surround and kill enemies, the demon would need to dispatch the Grounded Devil legion.
“Of course it’s real, no one can find you” Gu Qing Shan looked around and loudly answered, “if you don’t believe me you can bring some soil from there, I’ll wait here for you”
The faces appeared even more excited and answered: “Good, you … wait here”
As it said that, the face burrowed into the ground, quickly became unseen.
“I’m also… going”
“I’m also… going”
“I’m also… going”
“I’m also… going”
One after another, the giant faces on the ground disappeared, quickly leaving.
The place where these demons come from is 1000 kilometers from here, at the demon’s army headquarters, with the Grounded Devils speed, it would take a very long time for a round trip.
Just as the Grounded Devils all left, Gu Qing Shan’s figure shifted, wanting to take the chance to run away.
Don’t joke, the whole Grounded Devil legion migrating at the same time, such a huge commotion would of course alert the demon army, it is very possible for them to be stopped and ordered to go back to the frontline while on their way.
If they come back, then it’s really all over.
Gu Qing Shan was just about to leave, then suddenly heard a voice from not too far away.
“Young friend, thank you for your help with them, would you mind telling me your name?”
Gu Qing Shan turned around and saw an old man smiling, looking at him.
Gu Qing Shan held his hand on the bow, quickly spoke: “I’m Gu Qing Shan, Vanguard Legion’s Proud Steed Squad soldier, can I ask who you are? Do you have a badge?”
The old man threw his badge at him, Gu Qing Shan took it and put in a bit of spirit energy.
The badge immediately lit up, a flame rose from the badge, turned into a string of fire that spelled out a few words
“Ding Yuan General Gong Sun Zhi” (TN: Ding Yuan is a frontline general title)
Gu Qing Shan’s heart sank.
Human cultivator, alliance Ding Yuan General, the Holy Gates Grand Elder, formation Grandmaster Gong Sun Zhi!
Why is it him!
When I left the outpost, I clearly went in the opposite direction of where he was surrounded, so why is he here?
He’s going to die very soon, if I meet him right here, doesn’t that mean I’m also going to be surrounded by demons as well?
Gu Qing Shan’s mind quickly moved, he suddenly had a bad premonition.
He also threw his badge over for the other party to check.
Both sides became slightly less nervous.
Gu Qing Shan couldn’t help but ask: “So it was General Sun Zhi, can I ask why you are here alone?”
Gong Sun Zhi sighed, then took out a small intricate formation plate, placed both hands on it and shouted: “Six-trigram Hidden formation, open!”
Gu Qing Shan felt the scenery before him changed, everything quickly moved away, then as he blinked, he’s already standing in front of a Daoist temple.
Outside the Daoist temple, all four directions are empty, making him unable to tell what is near or far with the naked eye.
So inside this mountain range there was a hidden Daoist temple!
Such a high level of formation arrangement, this person is without a doubt Gong Sun Zhi.
Gu Qing Shan followed Gong Sun Zhi into the Daoist temple, only to see another person sitting on a cushion, wearing gold color armor and a snow-white cloak.
This person’s armor isn’t bulky but actually appeared to be flexible and delicate, showing the slender figure under it.
The female slightly lowered her head, but when Gong Sun Zhi and Gu Qing Shan walked halfway, she found that he wasn’t even a Foundation Establishment realm cultivator, and once again raised it up.
As she raised her head, Gu Qing Shan saw on her face a silver mask that completely covered it.
“Young friend Qing Shan, I’m thankful that you made the Grounded Devil legion disperse, otherwise we would’ve been stuck here”
“Him? Dispersed a Grounded Devil legion?” a clear female voice can be heard.
The female in gold armor sound surprised, but her silver mask did not show any change in emotions.
“That’s right”, Gong Sun Zhi said “Grounded Devils awoken to Earth-element are able to change and control the soil, affecting my formations greatly, fortunately, they were fooled by him”
The female in gold armor sounds even more surprised.
Gong Sun Zhi told her everything from the start.
The female in gold armor now looks directly at Gu Qing Shan and asked: “How did you know this demon’s weakness?”
Gu Qing Shan already thought of an excuse for himself, calmly replied: “I was a soldier in the frontline, everyday meeting too many demons to count, so I observed their behaviors and became quite well-versed”
“The frontline? Then that explains it” said the female in gold armor “From what I know, the frontline was already defeated by the demon’s main army, presumed to be wiped out completely, you might be the only one left alive”
Gu Qing Shan took the chance and showed a look of sadness.
Gong Sun Zhi on the other hand looked delighted and asked: “Then, do you know about other demons well too?”
The first time that the human and demon army clashed, since they couldn’t tell the special characteristics of the demons yet, they were at a serious disadvantage.
Quite a few army legions were completely wiped out, not even a bit of information could be sent back, and so the backline still don’t have a clue as to how strong the demons are.
If a surviving frontline army soldier were to return, and brought with him the intelligence regarding the characteristics of demons, the war could take a huge turn.
“I know quite a few of them” Gu Qing Shan directly answered.
The spirit energy on these two people feel as deep as the sea, plus Gu Qing Shan couldn’t be sure how they would treat him, so he took the initiative to show them his value.
Sure enough, Gong Sun Zhi and the female in gold armor looked at each other and lightly nodded.