1455 The Third Layer of The Abyss Brink Is Gone
The World Rule of the gravel world was starting to be restored. The earliest ones to sense it were the few Virtual Gods who were either close to or have already mastered Rule Bending Power.
Seeing the rule sigil ripple through the void, they were overjoyed despite not being quite sure what had just happened.
They were joyous because this meant that the era that required to sense Rule Bending Power from god rule relics or other rule devices has passed. The sensing rule would be ten times easier than before.
The shackles of True God were unlocked as well.
The Virtual Gods rank-9 of the various large forces, as well as a handful of Virtual Gods rank-8, all went into closed-door cultivation immediately, eager to use this opportunity to complete the breakthrough to the next step.
Here at Dynasty, Mr. Fu and Lin Xuan also instantly went into closed-door cultivation.
As for the other Virtual Gods, they could feel tangibly that the Divine Power of the gravel world had become more abundant.
Many gifted cultivators also sensed the abnormality of the energy within the gravel world.
The current changes of the gravel world were somewhat similar to a commonly used phrase in a novel that Lin Huang had read before in his past life—spiritual influence anabiosis.
The monsters in the gravel world sensed changes in the energy density more acutely than to humans.
Many monsters broke through their current Combat Level straight away, with a few gifted monsters even upgrading.
The Virtual Gods and monsters hiding at Inhibited places like the Peaceful Ocean collectively became stronger.
The anomaly of the gravel world quickly became the topic of discussion of the cultivation world. The internal platforms within the various large forces, as well as several large social platforms where cultivators congregated at, were all discussing the sweeping changes in the gravel world.
In the beginning, many people thought that it was just a figment of their imagination. It was only after seeing similar views from many others online that they soon understood that this world has truly changed.
The post that stirred up the most heated debate—"Is there a BUG on the third layer of the Abyss Brink?!"—blew up on the second day after Lin Huang came out of closed-door cultivation.
What happened was that an Imperial-level realized that he was unable to enter the third layer of the Abyss Brink, then described this strange scenario he had experienced online.
On the same day this post was published, there were several curious cultivators who also entered the Abyss Brink and eventually found out that they were unable to enter the third layer of the Abyss Brink.
Therefore, this post went absolutely viral!
The various large forces also sent out members immediately to investigate. After confirming that this was real, they too appeared to be dumbfounded, even somewhat anxious about the development.
The Union Government was no exception; they feared that the anomaly of the Abyss Brink was connected to the Myriad Tribe Palace.
When Jiang Shan caught wind of this matter, the first thing he did was to dial Lin Huang's number.
"What are your thoughts about the anomaly at the Abyss Brink? Is it possible that this was the doing of the Myriad Tribe Palace?" Jiang Shan did not beat around the bush and posed this question with some urgency.
"It's got nothing to do with the Myriad Tribe Place. It was my doing." Lin Huang admitted candidly.
"You did it?!" Jiang Shan looked flabbergasted. "You sealed the third layer?"
His first response was to assume that Lin Huang had just sealed the third layer of the Abyss Brink so no one could enter.
"I did not seal it. I stripped it away." Worried that Jiang Shan did not understand, he added, "From now on, there will no longer be the third layer of the Abyss Brink."
"What?!" Upon hearing the explanation, Jiang Shan looked even more dumbfounded.
"I'm unable to destroy the space tunnel. The only way I could think of to eliminate the danger from the Myriad Tribe Palace was to strip the third layer of the Abyss Brink away from the gravel world. So, I did just that," Lin Huang said casually.
Only then did Jiang Shan finally understand what Lin Huang meant, but he was still astonished.
However, he did not know how Lin Huang managed to do it and certainly did not realize that Lin Huang had already refined the entire gravel world.
"But if you do this, won't the tunnel to the virtual zone from our world be sealed off too? How are we able to go to the great world in the future then?" Jiang Shan frowned. The severity of the situation suddenly dawned on him.
"Relax, there isn't just one tunnel to the great world." In order to make it more believable, Lin Huang added, "From what I know, there is a tunnel that leads straight to the great world somewhere at the bottom of the Peaceful Ocean, even bypassing the virtual zone."
The reason he revealed this was because he actually was planning on creating a tunnel entrance at the bottom of the Peaceful Ocean to connect the gravel world directly to the great world.
"Could you provide us with the coordinates of this tunnel of yours?" Jiang Shan immediately asked.
"I haven't found it, but this piece of information came from a very reliable source. I am sure it exists." Lin Huang could only buy time with this method. After all, he had not opened up such a tunnel and naturally did not know its non-existent coordinates.
Jiang Shan did not know what to make of Lin Huang's answer. He composed himself slightly before posing another question.
"There's something else. Since yesterday, it seems like the energy density in the gravel world has increased. Many monsters have become stronger. I even heard from Sir Chen that the World Rule of the gravel world has started to recover. Do you know anything about this as well?"
"I could sense it, but I'm not really sure about the specifics of what happened." Lin Huang obviously did not reveal the truth.
He chose to lie about this matter because he did not wish for the Union Government to find out that he was the one who refined the gravel world.
The reason was very simple. He was fully aware that the Union Government would never approve of what he had done. Even if it was too late to change it, the moment he revealed the truth, Lin Huang figured he probably would have to face endless rounds of meetings and debates with the Union Government.
Even though Jiang Shan and the others were no match for him, they still had the power to annoy him to death.
It was precisely because Lin Huang understood this clearly, hence he chose to conceal the truth instead.
Of course, he was not planning on covering up the truth forever. If the Union Government ever found solid evidence, he would confess quite readily.
In order to avoid unnecessary trouble, he even went as far as to not tell Dynasty and Misery about him refining the gravel world. Only Mr. Fu, Lin Xuan, Lin Xin, and a few others knew about it.
After the telephone conversation with Lin Huang ended, Jiang Shan sat in front of the office desk, lost in deep thought.
Naturally, he did not believe that Lin Huang had no idea about what caused the changes in the gravel world. If he had to hazard a guess, he would even surmise that these changes were most likely brought about by Lin Huang himself.
However, he did not know what exactly Lin Huang had done.
After pondering this over without much success, Jiang Shan rubbed his temples before dialing a number, delivering the news of Lin Huang stripping away the third layer of the Abyss Brink.
Half an hour later, the Union Government released an announcement.
"After investigating, we have found that due to the massive threat posed by the space tunnel on the third layer of the Abyss Brink, a strong individual personally destroyed the entire third layer of the Abyss Brink. From today onward, the third layer of the Abyss Brink no longer exists!"
The moment this announcement was released, the entire cultivation world was shaken to its core!
The Union Government neither revealed who this strong person was, nor did they say that the Abyss Brink has been stripped away, instead saying that it has been destroyed for the sake of clarity.
Although the Union Government did not provide a name, almost all the Virtual Gods knew that this matter was definitely connected to Lin Huang in some way. Even if he did not personally do it, he was definitely involved.
After having seen the announcement, a good number of Virtual Gods immediately turned to the Union Government to inquire about the virtual zone.
The Union Government gave the same response as Lin Huang—at the bottom of the Peaceful Ocean, there was a space tunnel that also led to the great world.
Numerous cultivators under the Virtual Gods were also astonished upon hearing this announcement. Online discussions were spreading like wildfire.
"The third layer of the Abyss Brink is gone just like that. The Imperial-level, Demigod, even the god-level monsters within it are also gone! This totally sucks. I was planning on going to the third layer next week to have a look. I even took my pants off already…"
"I haven't been there either. After five years of struggles, I…got to see the first layer."
"It's okay even if the third layer of the Abyss Brink is gone. The Peaceful Ocean welcomes you!"
"There is bountiful seafood in the Peaceful Ocean. You can have first dibs!"