James‘ energy increased considerably.
When True Energy is absorbed away from the body of someone who painstakingly cultivated it from scratch, not all of it would end up being absorbed and some vestiges of it will remain.
James‘ True Energy was absorbed by Tobias. However, there were still some dregs of True Energy that remained within his flesh and bones.
These remaining dregs of True Energy within him were forced out of James‘ body.
The nine waves of True Energies quickly concentrated together and coalesced into an extraordinary force. His energy continued to grow at a staggering pace.
“Use yourself as the medium, use the world as your pillar, endurance is the key…”
James‘ comprehension of the Nine Scriptures of Ordeals grew deeper.
At that moment, the pores throughout his whole body were unbound and energy from the heavens and earth flowed into his body through the pores, converting into his own True Energy. The nine True Energies increasingly became stronger and stronger.
This process lasted for half a month…
Half a month later, each of the nine True Energies in James‘ body was comparable in strength to his previous True Heavenly Energy. This was equivalent to him possessing the combined strength of nine eighth–ranked grandmasters which means that he was nine times stronger than he was previously.
The energy being emitted from his body was slowly drawn in again. The nine True Energies slowly dissipated and flowed through his body.
His body slowly lowered itself back to the ground. He landed on the ruins and scanned his surroundings.
The environment was clearly different from the village he had been staying at. Even the mountains behind the village were different.
Where is this?
James was slightly confused.
Just as he found himself perplexed by the whole situation, Thomas, disguised as Polaris, showed up before him.
“Senior Polaris?” James looked at Polaris.
Polaris approached him and took off the human mask.
“It’s you, Grandpa?” James‘ eyes widened in shock.
Thomas walked closer and patted James on his shoulder as he praised him proudly, “Good job, my Boy… You didn’t disappoint me. You’ve mastered the Nine Scriptures of Ordeals. With your current strength, I’m sure you’ve surpassed even myself…”
“What’s going on, Grandpa? Why are you here? How do you know about the Nine Scriptures of Ordeals?”
Thomas said with a smile, “I went to the Polaris Sect ten years ago and sneaked into the Sacred Fire Cavern. I read the Nine Scriptures of Ordeals and have studied it this whole time. It’s only natural that I have a deep understanding of it at this point…”
James took a deep breath.
He immediately asked, “Then everything you said previously was all a lie?”
“No…” Thomas looked James in the eye. “What I told you was the truth. Thea is indeed Celestial Sect’s leader. However, she’s not the person I made her out to be. She’s learned Ataraxia and can suppress the Spirit Turtle’s blood in her body. Despite that, there’s still a risk that she’ll go insane and not recognize anyone if she fully channels the power of the Spirit Turtle’s blood.”
James looked at Thomas dubiously and questioned him. “Where’s Thea right now? Why did you bring me here?”
Thomas replied, “I won’t hide the truth from you… To be honest, Thea has great potential now that she has the Spirit Turtle’s blood in her. The blood is malign and influences her strength based on the intensity of her emotions. I wanted to test the limits of her power, so I kidnapped you…”
“I merely wanted to encourage her…” Thomas explained the motives behind his actions. “Also, I wanted to help you restore your strength…”
“You’re insane!” James opened his mouth and a litany of angry words flowed out. “Do you know what you’ve done, Grandpa? What will we do if Thea suffers an Energy Deviation and becomes a ruthless and indiscriminate killer?!”
“You know full well how dreadful the power of the Spirit Turtle Blood can be at its fullest strength. Even Lucjan and the First Blood Emperor combined were no match for her. If she goes through an Energy Deviation and completely absorbs the Spirit Turtle’s blood, who in this world is going to be able to stop her?”
“You, of course…” Thomas said with a smile, “Thea loves you wholeheartedly. Once she sees you, all her wicked thoughts will be gone in an instant. Don’t worry. I watched her as she grew on this journey. I know her limits. Besides that, I need not only her help but also yours in particular.”