Lu Yun whirled around to look forward. The headless corpses under his control were exploding one after another, returning to bodies on the ground. They laid down quietly, as if nothing had ever taken place.
A slight frown creased Lu Yun’s forehead.
“Are these bodies also tomb keepers?” Xing Wuliang gasped at the sight.
“Yes,” Lu Yun answered, keeping his eyes fixed on a spot. There’d been a corpse there under his command, but it was now gone. “Now they are,” he added.
“Huh?” Xing Wuliang didn’t quite understand.
“Stay here and don’t move.” Lu Yun waved the bell in his hand once more and raised the corpses again, sending them in a shaky advance.
They didn’t blow apart this time, instead creating a road that Lu Yun followed in. He slowly vanished from the group’s sight.
“What’s going on?” Xing Wuliang’s head ached. He didn’t understand what was happening. Jian Juexian looked at Brightheart, who was still trembling with fear.
“When we first arrived, we faced both the shadows and formation of corpses. But thankfully, the formation was corrupted. Otherwise, we would’ve died in the double assault of the two.” Fear marked her expression. Thank goodness the formation had also been caught in the secondary schemes of this world, or the entire group would also be headless corpses on the ground.
Lu Yun seemed to have entered another world. It was the same as the previous one with an identical layout and terrain. The only difference was a vivid blue sky overhead and bright, dappled sunlight.
He saw no sign of Xing Wuliang and the others when he looked back; the headless corpses next to him were also gone. He paused and began deriving the truth about this place.
“You don’t need to look any further, this is the true appearance of this world,” rang a slightly frosty voice.
Lu Yun lifted his eyes to see that the body that’d disappeared was standing in front of him, whole and complete like it’d never died. Plainly, something was using it to appear here.
The Roastwave World King.
The vanished body had belonged to Roastwave, and if Lu Yun had read its information clearly before its disappearance, the world king had also fallen into the trap due to removing some of the poisonous tumors.
Not only was he dead, but his corpse was being used by another. He was a pawn that someone was possessing to manifest in the Tomb of the Hallowed Emperor.
“What are you?” Lu Yun asked.
“I am the Roastwave World King, of course. I have taken his body and soul to replace him in the world of the living,” the world king responded matter-of-factly.
“So you’re just a wild ghost,” Lu Yun sneered at the answer. He was certain that the ultimate plotter in the tomb had appeared—the Roastwave World King in front of him.
Or rather, the ghost that’d possessed his body.
Lu Yun gave up the act once he saw that the plotter had slipped into a Void World King’s body. He exerted the strength of a Nihil World Sovereign and slammed his hand down on Roastwave.
“You’re the Nihil World Sovereign!”
The plotter beamed with joy and opened his arms wide, meeting Lu Yun with a bear hug.
“So it’s you! Fantastic, this is so wonderful! I’ll be a Nihil World Sovereign with your body and I’ll be able to claim the Imperial Seal. I’ll be the new emperor in this part of existence!”
“What? Imperial Seal??” Lu Yun started when he heard the words.
He’d calculated that the hand behind the scenes, the creator of the tumors, must be within the tomb and fighting with the tomb’s legitimate arrangements. He’d be able to lure the plotter to him if he entered the layout.
But the Roastwave World King had done so before Lu Yun could reach this step. He was also a powerful world king who was concealing his true strength. His cultivation was on par with the Divine Fire World King—though he paced outside the door to Nihil World Sovereign, he wasn’t too far from the cultivation level.
He was the perfect target for the plotter to possess and come back to life in. But the latter had never imagined that Lu Yun would appear in front of him, that the Nihil World Sovereign would also fall into the trap.
He hadn’t been able to see through Lu Yun, just like Jian Juexian couldn’t. To anyone who looked at him, Lu Yun was just a true void cultivator. But the plotter spent every moment fighting the Cloud Sovereign and Hallowed Emperor, so he could naturally feel that there was a Nihil World Sovereign walking through his layout.
Unfortunately, it was incredibly difficult to compel a personage of that level to reveal themself. It wouldn’t be easy to lay eyes on a Nihil World Sovereign that’d come to the tomb in person, much less one who was aware he’d fallen into a trap.
But against all expectations, his most desired target had appeared right in front of him!
A black shadow jumped out of Roastwave’s body and barreled into Lu Yun’s body through his palm.
“You have fallen into my trap and absorbed the power of the tomb. You are now the most optimal cauldron for me to truly come back to life in!” Voices echoed in Lu Yun’s ears and gradually overlaid with each other to become one voice.
He paused and stood still.
“The body of a true void cultivator and the cultivation level of a Nihil World Sovereign. This is the perfect cauldron to play the pig for eating the tiger! My rivals will definitely be surprised to see me come back to life in this body!” A gleefully surprised voice rang out from Lu Yun’s body.
“Who are your rivals?” Lu Yun suddenly asked. “People who’ve activated sequence?”
“It is incredibly difficult to access sequence,” answered the plotter. “Those who have done so since the new epoch can be counted on two hands.
“You haven’t obtained the overlord of Ice’s legacy, have you? He hasn’t accessed sequence either. Though he’s created a few tricks, that’s not truly setting foot into sequence,” the voice dismissed disdainfully upon discovering certain things in Lu Yun’s body. “If it wasn’t for the overlord wanting to use those tricks, he would’ve entered sequence long ago and wouldn’t need to be sealed in ice.”
“The overlord of Ice is even older than the Hallowed Emperor?” Lu Yun blinked. The Tomb of the Hallowed Emperor was so old that it couldn’t be dated. In order to create these tumors and assimilate the tomb, the plotter would’ve had to make his move shortly after the tomb’s construction. It had to have been done before the tomb’s arrangements and layouts fully melded together.
The plotter knew of the overlord, which meant that the overlord had already reached his fame and been sealed away not long after the tomb’s creation.
“Of course the overlord is older than the Cloud Sovereign and Hallowed Emperor—wait!!” Fear crept into the voice’s words. “You, this, there’s something in your body! This!! This is that piece of wood! You’ve returned it to its origin!!
“Let me out, let me out!!”
Seeming to have glimpsed something horrifying, the plotter wanted to rush out of Lu Yun’s body. However, Lu Yun had already sealed himself off with the Tome of Life and Death.
I'm not stuck in here with you, you're stuck in here with me.