Thunder Martial Chapter 64 - Energy Source



The snake frequently swallowed things live so it did not really think much of it. A massive snake like it that several hundred meters in length swallowing a tiny Zi Chen was no problem. Actually, it wasn't even full. Zi Chen barely counted as a meal.

If there had been no accidents, Zi Chen would have entered the snake's stomach, resulting in certain death.

But there was just one tiny problem. The black sword gripped in Zi Chen's hand was a top-quality weapon. While it was unable to break the defence of the Xiantian realm snake, Zi Chen was within the snake, the most frailest part of the snake, there was simply no defense inside the snake.

Zi Chen's entire body surged with True Qi. The coal-black longsword shone and with a 'Puff', the black sword sunk deeply into the snake's body, leaving only the hilt visible.

The snake twisted in pain, letting out a roar as it sent large waves over the lake's surface. It began to swallow forcefully.

A strong attractive force began to pull within its stomach, as if it wanted to suck Zi Chen in.

Zi Chen grasped the hilt of the sword with both hands stubbornly. The attractive force pulled both Zi Chen and the sword down together towards its stomach but the sword left a deep wound along the way.

Fresh blood spurted from the wound like a tiny river.

This was all Zi Chen could rely on. Whether he would survive or not depended on this too. The blood of the snake violently streamed out from the walls of its stomach

Ssss!

Within the lake, the snake thrashed about like an incensed dragon wriggling its body up and down. The stabbing pain within its stomach was intolerable. It spasmed as its massive body whipped about in the water.

The snake twisted its body. An even stronger attractive force began to tug at Zi Chen, determined to send Zi Chen straight into the pits of its belly. At the same time, the snake stretched open its mouth and began to gulp down large volumes of water from the lake.

Like an angry dragon absorbing water, the endless volume of water rushed towards the belly of the snake, crashing onto Zi Chen's body. Zi Chen's body burst with light as he tightened his hold on the sword, allowing the sword to cut wider into the snakes body as it tore towards the snakes abdomen.

The snake was large; although the sword was buried deeply within the walls of the snake, it had not pierced through the snake. The intense agony of its stomach being cut open drove the snake into a frenzy. Raising its head over thirty meters high, it suddenly dived straight into the waters of the lake while roaring. The lake exploded with a bang, causing water to fly everywhere.

Zi Chen was still persistently hanging on. The attractive force within the snake's belly was beginning to increase intensity. The digestive mucus from the walls of the snake's insides dripped onto Zi Chen. It reeked of a fishy odour, causing Zi Chen to gasp. The mucus also made him feel like he was being roasted by an intense inferno. His powerful physique had unexpectedly shown traces of corrosion.

F*ck, if this goes on, I'll sooner or later be pulled into the snake's belly. Zi Chen's face changed. His hand weakly shone with silver light as he pointed towards the walls of the snake.

In the next instant, the rumbling of thunder boomed within the snake's body.

Zi Chen held onto the black sword with one hand while launching attacks with his other. He wanted to kill the snake from the inside

Hiss!

The snake hissed in agony, leaping ten meters from the lake surface before crashing down. It rampaged in the lake, sending sprays of water several tens of meters high as waves crashed.

Zi Chen was swung around like a ragdoll but he held onto the black sword with an iron grip for dear life. If he slipped, he would be digested.

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The snake's thrashing alerted many cultivators watching.

Don't tell me that Zi Chen still isn't dead?

It has been an hour and the snake is still thrashing about. It looks like Zi Chen is still alive.

Zi Chen's still alive. Thank goodness.

Some people rejoiced while others were worried.

The lives of many cultivators had been lost under the mouth of the fierce beasts but Zi Chen was still alive. Zi Chen, the man who was supposed to have died long ago is still alive.

But this was also good. With Zi Chen still alive, the snake had no time to kill other people.

Currently, the entire lake was bubbling. The snake was like the flood dragon of folk tales that could control rain and floods. It wriggled its body, occasionally rising and occasionally falling. Endless sprays of water burst from the lake.

This idiot's life is really tenacious. To think he's still alive.

At the summit, Ling Chen's eyes shone as he stared at the lake with a surprised expression

What should we do? People are going to charge out of the valley soon. Xie Qiu asked.

Gather men to block up the valley. Not a single person is to be left alive. Ling Chen stated. He spun around and flew down from the summit of the valley.

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Zi Chen slid down another several tens of meters before he saw with something above his head that resembled an enormous gem. It sparkled with a translucent, sapphire light within the pitch-black confines of the snake's stomach.

That is...?

Zi Chen's eyes glowed. The sapphire seemed to pulse like a living object as it is beating unceasingly.

It's the gallbladder of the snake!

Zi Chen exclaimed in astonishment. Rumor had it that snakes were different from the other animals; the energy and soul of snakes did not rest in its heart, but instead, it converged at the gallbladder of the snake. The entire gallbladder of the snake was the snake's source of energy.

The snake's gallbladder lurched like a beating heart. It provided energy to the snake. The gallbladder of the snake was dark blue, bright and sparkling, like a large piece of sapphire. It was as big as a human's head and flickered with light.

Zi Chen's heartbeats sped up. The gallbladder of the snake had genuine value. It surpassed the value of a precious stone of the same dimensions by miles, this was a Xiantian realm snake's energy source, and there weren't many in the market. It's worth is more than a 1000 year old spirit medicine

I think it's the snakes gallbladder, if I can get that, my strength will definitely make a breakthrough. Furthermore, I'll be able to kill the snake. It's like killing two birds with one stone. Zi Chen breathed. His breath quickened, not in excitement but because the air within the snake's stomach was limited. Zi Chen was finding it harder to breathe.

The snake's gallbladder was several meters above his head. Furthermore, there was a terrifying attraction force within the stomach of the snake and the huge volumes of water crashing down from above his head. If Zi Chen wanted to cover several meters of distance up in the air, it was an extremely challenging feat.

Screw it!

This was an opportunity that only came once. Betts and gambles were mandatory. The second Zi Chen leapt up, he would be inevitably yanked straight into the snake's belly, turning into the snake's food. Hence, he had no choice but to use old methods.

His right hand flickered with silver light, stabbing his hand towards the meaty walls of the snake, Zi Chen's entire arm sank into the walls of the snake. Retracting the longsword with his left hand, he plunged it above him. Zi Chen had taken the walls of the snake as a rock wall, slowing scaling the 'rock wall' as he climbed up.

This was the best method he could think of, as well as the safest. However, to the snake, it was an indescribable method of torture.

The snake whined, thrashing about fiercely, causing the lake to form fierce waves.

After an hour of being thrown about, Zi Chen finally reached his destination, the side of the gallbladder. Zi Chen brandished his sword, cutting away shreds of flesh stuck to the gallbladder and revealing a complete gallbladder.

That's it.

Zi Chen's eyes sparkled as his breath quickened. The amount of time left to him was not much; the stomach of the snake was gradually being filled with the lake water. The oxygen inside its stomach was rapidly thinning.

The fight outside was becoming fiercer. Many cultivators had died and the number of casualties was disastrous. Within the snake's stomach, Zi Chen stretched open his mouth and bit at it.

The exterior skin of the gallbladder was very tough. Zi Chen bit it several times but he was unable to break its defense.

I don't believe that I can't bite it open!

The True Qi within his body began to stir once more. But this time, the True Qi converged at his teeth, giving his teeth a silver glow. Zi Chen bit at the snake's gallbladder, his teeth flashing like steel sawtooths.

Puff

The snake's gallbladder was bitten open. Bitter and astringent liquid trickled out from its opening, seeping into Zi Chen's mouth.

The juice of the gallbladder was unlike spirit medicines and was not like the solid gallbladder of a bear. This was pure liquid, the essence of energy, although abnormally bitter. When the liquid flowed into his stomach, Zi Chen struggled not to throw it up.

Good medicine tastes bitter. This was the energy origin of a Xiantian realm snake and more than anything, it was bitter. Zi Chen could only bear with it as he gulped it down in big mouthfuls. 'Gurgle, Gurgle', Zi Chen drank as if he was chugging down wine of the finest quality, although the bitter grimace on his face said otherwise.

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Outside of the snake, the snake which was wildly thrashing about suddenly shivered, pausing in its frenzy. The crashing sound of the waters ceased.

Lin Xue had been following the lake with her eyes the entire time. When the lake waters began to still, a painful ache crept into her heart. Zi Chen was dead. Her eyes which were previously brimming with hope, darkened with despair. Hot tears washed down her face.

He has held on for so long.

Su Mengyao's eyes reddened as tears threatened to seep out of her eyes.

Quiet sighs of sorrow rose from the cultivators. Yet another genius had fallen.

Ai, a tragedy. If not for this, he would have gone far.

A genius that died young. We can only blame his terrible luck.

Before the sighs of sorrow had even paused, the lake suddenly shook. The snake's body shot upright. In that instant, its terrifying height stood at several hundred meters, like a colossal obelisk in defiance of the natural order. The several hundred meter long body of the snake leaped out of the water.

Its densely packed scales beamed with viridescent light as its malevolent triangle shaped head twisted in agony as It whined repeatedly. Its shrieks cutting into the ears of everyone. Like the collapse of a stone column, the snake began to slant and topple.

Boom!

The lake shuddered as the enormous body of the snake sent splashes of water over several hundred meters high.

A whine rose from the snake, but this time, it's whines were filled with anger and desperation.

Zi Chen's still alive? What's he doing to give the snake this much pain?

Is he a cockroach that can't die? Xu Yan perished against that snake, but he still hasn't died.

It sounds like it's roaring in despair, don't tell me, has Zi Chen found a way to kill the snake?

Cries of surprise rose from the cultivators as they gawked. This was inconceivable. At this moment, the waters began to stir and the snake began to randomly struggle within the lake. A thick tail slapped the water like a long whip.

Bang!

The tail of the snake rose from the lake, swinging carelessly towards the valley walls. A light echo rang out as broken rocks fell down. Dust rose from the ground in small clouds. The tail of the snake swung again, falling onto the battlefield taking place within the valley this time. Several fierce beasts and human cultivators were squashed, instantly dying.

Drops of the lake water fell to the ground like rain.

The snake had gone berserk. Like it was trying to run away, its head rammed against the wall of the mountain, sending a loud echo reverberating throughout the valley. Its original cold eyes were now filled with pain. Shivers tore through the body of the snake. Like a flood dragon turning over its body, it sent sprays of water into the air.

With lightning speed, it sped across the battlefield and back into the depths of the lake. Wherever it passed, it brought about large waves. However, the snake's thrashing was gradually weakening.

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Within the snake, Zi Chen took large bites into the snake's gallbladder. Around two-thirds of the gallbladder had already entered Zi Chen's stomach. Zi Chen's stomach had long begun to swell. The Heavenly Thunder Body Tempering technique frantically operated, converting the huge pieces of the gallbladder into energy and absorbing them into his heart.

Fortunately, Zi Chen possessed a Heavenly Thunder Body Tempering technique and an unfathomable heart. Otherwise, the energy from the snake's gallbladder would have exploded Zi Chen's body inside out.

But even with the Heavenly Thunder Body Tempering technique working away, Zi Chen's belly was still swollen with signs of exploding. Furthermore, Zi Chen is still gorging down more pieces of the gallbladder, more energy had converged within his body and they were unable to enter his meridians. Zi Chen felt like his stomach was going to burst. Too much energy was rampaging within his body.

This was the energy of a Xiantian realm being. Berserk and frenzied, it greatly exceeded Zi Chen's capabilities. His body began to shudder as he felt pain that is no less than that of the snakes.

The only difference was that the pain he was experiencing was due to the over excessive absorbing of energy.