Fang Qiu employed his Divine Consciousness to check and found that his punch actually caused the barb on the scaled lizard’s throat to be directly pushed into its stomach.
This sight struck Fang Qiu dumb.
But he gave it some thought—
This scaled lizard had just made a breakthrough. Although it got barbs on its throat, the scales on its belly had not yet been changed. Moreover, its throat was also its weakness.
Even though the breakthrough and evolution had begun to complement its weakness, that wasn’t any help. The lizard was really out of luck to have bumped into Fang Qiu.
For the lizard, his kind of situation was just sad.
But of course, this was quite good for Fang Qiu.
After all, he had just entered the next level and had been oppressing the violent internal Qi in his body. If he kept fighting it back, the internal Qi in his body would definitely grow more restless.
“There’s still a little time to kill.”
Having confirmed that the scaled lizard was dead, Fang Qiu turned to look at the Vigor Grass beside him and found that it would still take a while for it to mature. He immediately thought of the half dozen giant carnivorous lizards that had just escaped.
He immediately waved his right hand.
A stream of internal Qi surged out and covered the Vigor Grass.
Then he darted out.
Along the way, he explored the surroundings with his Divine Consciousness and soon went out of the underground maze. Eventually, he caught up with several giant carnivorous lizards in the chasm that was the three kilometers deep from the earth’s surface.
By that time, the last giant lizard had just climbed about 10 meters.
Fang Qiu didn’t hesitate at all but waved a hand and beheaded it.
Then, he continued to fly up.
When Fang Qiu flew to a height of 50 meters and could no longer get higher, he spotted the second last giant lizard.
“Just got to borrow some power,” he whispered to himself.
Fang Qiu flew to the rock face nearby, kicked hard, and immediately flung himself up under the help of the counter force.
Although he was an expert in the Guru Realm, it was not something that he could do anything. For example, he could only fly at a height of 50 meters at most. After all, gravity was no joking matter. It was already quite impressive to be able to fly to 50 meters above the ground despite gravity.
Taking advantage of the counter force, Fang Qiu waved his hand again and finished one more lizard off.
After that, he continued to go higher with the help of counter force.
At last, he rushed to the height of 1,000 meters above the ground and killed the last giant lizard!
His Divine Consciousness then swept across the place.
After ascertaining that not a single giant lizard was still alive, Fang Qiu breathed a sigh of relief and then rapidly landed on the ground.
He just killed a bunch of giant lizards with his internal Qi in a row.
It had caused the internal Qi in his body to become more and more violent.
Originally, he only needed half of his strength to suppress it, but now he had to spend 80% of his strength to do so.
Fortunately, the scaled lizard died very quickly, otherwise, Fang Qiu wouldn’t even have time to hunt down these giant lizards.
Taking a deep breath, Fang Qiu forcibly suppressed the frenzied internal Qi in his body and hurried back.
When he returned to the cave, the Vigor Grass had once again become bigger!
The Vigor Grass growing in the middle of the oasis had already turned green and purple, giving those who saw it an extremely enigmatic impression.
Even though it wasn’t completely mature yet, it already had already taken shape. Within three hours, it would completely mature.
Looking at the Vigor Grass, Fang Qiu, however, found himself troubled!
“Should I eat it or not?”
Even though his internal Qi was violent, Fang Qiu was not agitated.
He began to muse.
If he didn’t eat the Vigor Grass, he could keep it and then plant other Chinese herbs around it to increase the efficacy of the other herbs. He might even cultivate some brand new kind of herb. After all, the Vigor Grass was really rare.
Although the ranking of the Vigor Grass was only in the middle of the Heaven Treasures List, if one were to compare it with the rest herbs in terms of its miracle-working effect, the Vigor Grass would definitely be ranked in the top 10!
This was also what had been bothering Fang Qiu.
If he didn’t eat it, considering the raging internal Qi inside him, he wouldn’t be able to hold on much longer.
And the crucial part was that the Vigor Grass was only three hours away from ripening.
“If I continue to forcefully suppress my internal Qi, perhaps I’ll only be able to hold on for two hours!”
Fang Qiu frowned with a stern look.
“What should I do? What should I do?”
Just when Fang Qiu was deeply worried, his eyes fell on the flowers and plants next to the Vigor Grass.
Looking around, he found that there were still a lot of plants on the oasis.
Looking at these plants, Fang Qiu’s eyes suddenly lit up. He muttered, “This plant has existed for at least decades, which means this oasis has existed for several decades. So do the plants on the oasis. And they’ve never withered at all.”
“Since the lizards in this cave can all mutate, then these flowers and grass should also be able to do it, right?”
“Even if they haven’t mutated, they should have all absorbed some Qi of Heaven and Earth. Maybe it can help me stabilize my meridians for a while!”
Without further ado, Fang Qiu immediately reached out to pick up a blade of grass, put it in his mouth, and began to chew.
“There’s really the Qi of Heaven and Earth!”
Fang Qiu was surprised.
Although the grass didn’t taste very good, Fang Qiu did feel the Qi of Heaven and Earth in it.
Owing to the Vigor Grass, the nearby grass containing the Qi of Heaven and Earth actually carried the energy of life.
After taking the grass, his life energy immediately rushed forward.
It raced toward Fang Qiu’s meridians and helped him seal his meridians. With that, he finally calmed down some of the frenetic internal Qi in his meridians.
“It surely works!”
Overjoyed, Fang Qiu at once began to eat the grass on the oasis in large mouthfuls. He even tried the flowers.
In the end, it took him an entire hour to completely devour all the flowers and grass on the oasis.
Nonetheless, the hour was well spent.
The life energy in these flowers and grass helped Fang Qiu appease the restless internal Qi in his meridians and so earned him six more hours.
“It’s enough to hold me over until the Vigor Grass matures!”
Fang Qiu heaved with a sigh of relief.
But on second thought, since the Vigor Grass was so magical that it could stimulate the mutation of the lizard, it would be a waste if he just devoured it like that.
What was more, Fang Qiu found this oasis quite appealing.
At least, this land had been immersed by the Qi of Heaven and Earth carried by the Vigor Grass for decades. If Fang Qiu planted Chinese herbs here, it would definitely be a big hit!
However, the internal Qi had almost reached the bursting point, which became very difficult to suppress. Fang Qiu knew he must eat the Vigor Grass. Even though he had gained himself six hours, it was almost impossible to find any other Heaven Treasure that could replace the Vigor Grass within that time.
Even if he could find it, the Vigor Grass would mature in two hours.
If Fang Qiu left to look for other Heaven Treasures, given that there was no guardian beast here, any small animal might come here and eat the Vigor Grass in one bite.
“Gotta eat it anyway!”
Thinking of this, Fang Qiu shook his head helplessly.
“In two hours, when the Vigor Grass matures, I must eat it at once. I won’t give other creatures any chance.”
“This place is rich with the Qi of Heaven and Earth. It’s a good place to make a breakthrough in cultivation.”
Fang Qiu mumbled to himself.
All of a sudden, Fang Qiu froze, as though he had thought of something.
“This time it happened during the training. So, I immediately suppressed the internal Qi as soon as I broke through, which led to the result that I didn’t feel like breaking through at all though I’d already made it. What’s more, the new meridians were not invaded and purified by the new power I gained after the breakthrough.”
“The major reason for the restlessness of my internal Qi after the breakthrough was the attraction generated by the lower-reached meridian. After the breakthrough, the meridians need more internal Qi to fill them up after all.”
“That’s to say, once I open my meridians, the real sense of breakthrough will wash over me.”
“And only at that time will the Qi of Heaven and Earth go into the body!”
As he spoke, his eyes became steadily brighter.
“In that case, the Qi of Heaven and Earth here will definitely become the richest.”
“And the most important step for a martial arts practitioner to break through to the Martial Superior Level is to comprehend the Qi of Heaven and Earth!”
“In that kind of situation, the special forces soldiers who have just broken through to the Martial Superior Realm can directly level up to the first-class Martial Superior Realm!”
At this thought, Fang Qiu was thrilled.
He looked around. This huge cave was big enough to accommodate a thousand people. The oasis under their feet alone was large enough to accommodate hundreds of people.
Fang Qiu swiftly got to his feet.
“There are still two hours. That is to say, I have to contact the special forces’ base in two hours, get back here, particularly before the Vigor Grass is eaten by other animals.”
“As long as the Vigor Grass is protected, I still have four hours to bring the special forces into the cave and help them level up!”
Thinking of this, Fang Qiu waved his hand again and cast a shield of internal Qi around the Vigor Grass.
The internal Qi shield was just to deter those small animals who made to eat the Vigor Grass, but it couldn’t really block them out.
Fang Qiu leaped up.
He started running to the outside right off.
After passing through the underground maze and rushing up a 3,000-meter-high natural chasm, it was already evening by the time he returned to the surface of the desert.
Fang Qiu looked left and right.
Without hesitation, Fang Qiu took out his mobile phone and ran toward the scenic spot in the sunset while looking for signals.
After running for 50 minutes, Fang Qiu finally got the signal when he approached the scenic spot.
It was not that he didn’t want to fly there, but it was because his internal Qi was still turbulent. Now he had managed to suppress it a little, if he used too much internal Qi to fly, the six hours he had earned with great effort would be shortened again. Therefore, Fang Qiu didn’t dare to fly and had to get to the scenic spot by running.
After finding some signals, Fang Qiu immediately called Li Ji.
“Hey, are you okay?”
As soon as the phone was connected, Li Ji’s anxious voice came from the other end of the line.
“I’m fine,” Fang Qiu answered.
At his words, Li Ji immediately heaved with a sigh of relief.
Before that, he had heard the battalion chief’s report and learned about the harsh environment in Lop Nor. So, he had been felt particularly worried about Fang Qiu’s expedition to Lop Nor alone.
Certainly, Li Ji was also very shocked that Fang Qiu actually helped 1,000 special soldiers break through to be martial arts practitioners. Yet, what shocked him even more was the message that Fang Qiu asked the captain to bring to him— “Only those above the Guru Realm can go in.”
That also meant that Fang Qiu had already admitted that he was a guru!
“Then what exactly is going on in Lop Nor?” Asked Li Ji.
“In the underground cave created by the nuclear explosion experiment more than 50 years ago, a new cave has appeared. The carnivorous lizards that lived there more than 50 years ago didn’t die out but mutated in the cave.”
Fang Qiu made the long story short. Then, he blurted out, “I may have a way to help the 1,000 special soldiers break through to the Martial Superior Realm!”