“Sir, here are the six hot dishes.” The young man carried the dishes to them again. As soon as he arrived, he put them in front of Grandpa Liu and said.
When the lid was removed, however, Grandpa Liu found that the amount was, again, too little to eat his fill, and furthermore, the dishes were exquisite and cute.
Just in a little while, Grandpa Liu ate up all of the dishes. After all, there was only one mouthful of each dish and moreover the dishes were so delicious.
Therefore, Grandpa Liu totally didn’t notice that his sons, his daughters-in-law and his grandsons were all anxiously watching him eat.
“Liu Jianan, is this chef the great master you find after so long time? So he can only prepare a banquet like this?” Liu Jianguo, namely Liu Jianan’s father, stared at him and asked directly.
“I think these dishes are specially prepared by Boss Yuan for my grandpa as he knows my grandpa doesn’t have a good appetite. The remaining dishes definitely won’t be served like this.” Liu Jianan braced himself to explain with a tone of self-affirmation.
“You go check what’s the matter.” Liu Jianguo said with authority.
“Okay.” Liu Jianan answered and then immediately ran away. He happened to pass by the young man that carried the dishes to them.
What the young man carried to them this time was the birthday noodles, which was usually the last dish in a birthday banquet. After all, other dishes had all been served.
… Chapter 796: One thing conquers another
“Willing?” Xiao Ru took a cold breath as her eyes popped wide open, “Young miss, your heart has changed! You can’t have really fallen for caterpillar and forgotten lots of money, right!”
Lots of money!
Hearing this name that hadn’t been heard for a long time, the smile on Chen Ning’s lips couldn’t help freezing.
She shook her head and said, “Forget it, I said you wouldn’t understand, so why should I tell you to increase your worries? I just wanted to see you before I left. Xiao Ru, the person I can’t bear to leave the most is you. I hope that you can live a good life without worry and you can find a good person who is devoted to you to marry. He will pamper you, love you, spoil you, and help you, living a happy life with you. I thought I could plan everything for you, but I’m afraid I can’t do so, however you can be assured. I’ll find a good place for you before I leave, the Eldest Princess…..”
Xiao Ru was more and more afraid and worried the more she heard.
Although she was simple, she could still hear the meaning in Chen Ning’s words. She was not planning to take her with her!
“I don’t want it! I don’t want any of it! I don’t want the Eldest Princess, I just want the young miss! This servant has grown up with the young miss, can the young miss throw me away as she wishes? You…..Are you the same as caterpillar and don’t want this servant because I’m dumb?” She flattened her lips and was about to cry.
“Nonsense, I never said you were dumb. Xiao Ru, you are not dumb, you are just simple and being simple is very cute.”
“Then why don’t you want me? Why won’t you take me with you? This servant does not mind eating raw meat and drinking blood! As long as I am with the young miss, it doesn’t matter if you marry a boar or a dog, this servant will stubbornly follow you!” Xiao Ru shouted.
Suddenly there was a strange “gezhi” sound coming from outside the window like someone gritting their teeth.
Xiao Ru instantly shrank her head.
“Young miss, there’s a mouse! This servant heard the cry of a mouse!”
“It’s not a mouse, perhaps it’s a weasel.” Chen Ning looked up at the window.
Although she couldn’t see it, she knew that Na Mu Cuo had been outside the window listening to her and Xiao Ru talking. When he heard Xiao Ru saying marrying a boar or a dog, comparing him to a boar and a dog, how could he not grit his teeth in anger?
It was interesting thinking about it. She never thought that a proud person like Na Mu Cuo would actually suffer in the hands of an idiot like Xiao Ru.
Perhaps it was just one thing conquers another.
Na Mu Cuo really was outside the window and his face had changed colour with rage, going from red to green. Hearing Chen Ning calling him a weasel, he couldn’t stay here any longer.
If he kept staying here, it would be unknown how much the mouths of these two girls would wreck him!
“Xiao Ru, you’ve always been obedient, so why are you being disobedient now?” Chen Ning’s face sunk as she spoke.
“Young miss, as long as you allow this servant to follow you, I will listen to whatever you say and do whatever you want me to do. Even if that caterpillar really marries me to a pig, this servant……this servant is willing!” Xiao Ru raised her little face and spoke with a determined expression.
Her tears had not dried yet, but her eyes were filled with determination.
“Xiao Ru…..” A wave of warmness passed in Chen Ning’s heart. She tightly held Xiao Ru’s hand as her heart was moved.
Perhaps Xiao Ru was silly or even dumb in the eyes of others, but she had sincerely given everything she had to her!
In this world, perhaps there were many people smarter than Xiao Ru, but there weren’t that many people that were even half as good and sincere towards her as Xiao Ru. Chapter 1644 – Marvelous counterattack (11)
Those that escaped, just let them escape, but afraid they would go and spread the news. When that time came and every one of them escaped, where would they look for the targets ah?
Therefore, this time, Su Luo adopted the method and chased all of these Hidden-eyed Purple Spiders to Nangong Liuyun’s side. With him personally undertaking this task, the Hidden-eyed Purple Spiders would be completely wipe out.
After listening to Su Luo’s plan, Nangong Liuyun’s handsome eyes flashed with light and stared straight at Su Luo.
“What are you looking at? Is there a flower on my face?” Su Luo doubtfully opened her eyes wide.
“How could flowers be more beautiful than you? Silly girl.” Nangong Liuyun didn’t expect that Su Luo would think of this method. It had to be said that Su Luo’s calculation was extremely accurate and in accordance to everyone’s strengths, thus doubling the efficiency.
“If it’s fine, then can we begin?” Su Luo was always worried that Dongfang Xuan would try to snatch things from her.
What kind of person was Nangong Liuyun, even with a blink of Su Luo’s eyes, he could accurately guess at her meaning, how could he possibly not guess at her thoughts now?
Chuckling, he shook his head, then suddenly rubbed Su Luo’s head: “Silly girl, don’t be so anxious, for the time being, Dongfang Xuan won’t be able to come over.”
“Ah? Why?” Su Luo didn’t have time to ask Nangong Liuyun why, and instantly, he was able to guess her thoughts. She was curious why Dongfang Xuan wouldn’t be able to come over for a while yet.
“He went to the other side of the precipice, but that wire netting…” Nangong Liuyun pretended to be doubtful as he rubbed his chin, “Perhaps it was because of being blown by the wind and baked in the sun, it was worn down by years of no repair, so unknowingly broke.”
Not only Su Luo, Zi Yan and Beichen Ying also exploded out with laughter.
Su Luo even covered her belly, yelling ‘ouch my stomach hurts’.
She never expected that Nangong Liuyun would be so black-bellied, moreover, his speed would be this fast. Just that short time of them inspecting, he was able to make a round trip around that precipice. He even moved some hands and feet.
“Why are you looking at me like that? I didn’t do it.” Nangong muttered two sentences, clearly separating himself cleanly from the blame.
“Right, right, you didn’t do it. You did it while sleepwalking.” Su Luo, with great difficulty, stopped laughing. Seeing his’ pretending to be innocent’ appearance, she couldn’t help but laugh out loud again.
“That wire netting was really broken by the blowing of the wind.” Nangong Liuyun stared seriously at Su Luo, speaking as though making a solemn vow.
“Yes yes, today’s wind really is very strong.” Su Luo followed along with his nonsense. Who didn’t know that Nangong Liuyun was a wind element mage. That wind blade technique flying over, would it be that difficult to cut the wire netting?
Nangong Liyun smiled and patted Su Luo’s head: “Don’t add to the confusion by making criminal charges. Go to work, work.”
Whether Dongfang Xuan could return to this side of the cliff, that would depend on his own strength and luck.
Throwing the matter of Dongfang Xuan aside, the four people set to work.
Nangong Liuyun flew to mid-air, his sword aura sending out vibrations. Very quickly, he marked a circle on the sand. Inside was the Hidden-eyed Purple Spiders’ nest.
The four people stood firmly in the four directions, Su Luo at the east, Zi Yan to the south, Beichen Ying to the west, and Nangong Liuyun at the north.
“Ready?” Nangong Liuyun’s low voice could be heard.
The three people nodded simultaneously.
As a result, Nangong Liuyun’s robe passed by.
Immediately, a countless number of fireballs, waterballs, ice balls all smashed on the edge of the circle.
The Hidden-eyed Purple Spiders that were originally hiding under the piles of sand suddenly felt as though the end of the world was coming. They panicked and were at a loss, not knowing what to do.
In all directions, the sand flew, and spirit force madly exploded and bubbled forth. The sand rolled like lava. Chapter 1645 – Marvelous counterattack (12)
The continuous attacks from the south, east and west direction made rumbling sounds and the entire sand dune collapsed. Only the north side was safe.
Therefore, the simple-minded them didn’t need to think and fled to the north. However, how would these pitiful creatures know, in fact, the real hungry wolf was guarding at the north!
If they ran towards any of the other three directions of south, east and west in a group, then the possibility of escape was very high. Unfortunately, the stimulant by experience caused their death. Right now, they recklessly headed towards the north side, majestically forming a knot.
The corner of Nangong Liuyun’s mouth rose into an unconcerned and remotely cold smile.
The dense numbers of Hidden-eyed Purple Spiders rushed out from the pile of sand.
Yet, before they could feel life was fickle, and fortunately, they escaped one after another, a ball of lightning full of destructive force exploded among them.
The place where the ball of lightning passed through, a deep pit appeared on the flat surface of the sand. And in this deep pit was buried several tens of puzzled and innocent Hidden-eyed Purple Spiders.
A group of Hidden-eyed Purple Spiders came out, then a ball of lightning smashed over.
Among the intense bombardment of balls of lightning, there was not a single Hidden-eyed Purple Spider that could escape the fate of death.
This time. the battle ended even faster than the first time. In a mere cup of tea’s time, these Hidden-eyed Purple Spiders very honestly laid with legs in the air in the deep pit. They could not be more dead.
“Nangong Liuyun, you’re so amazing!” Su Luo rushed up to hug his arm.
It could be said that most of the Hidden-eyed Purple Spiders here had died under Nangong Liuyun’s balls of lightning.
Su Luo’s words in Nangong Liuyun’s ears made him feel very happy and useful.
He smiled charmingly, raising an enchanting eyebrow: “Isn’t it just a hundred Hidden-eyed Purple Spiders? Even if a thousand comes, it won’t be a problem!”
His Luo girl was praising him. In her heart, Nangong Liuyun must be the best man in the world! Thinking of this, Nangong Liuyun became even more pleased with himself, secretly vowing to kill even more Hidden-eyed Purple Spiders to make her happy.
While the two were chatting and laughing, Zi Yan and Beichen Ying very diligently went into the deep hole to pick up the sparkling white stones.
“The number this time is more than last time’s, the total amounts to one hundred and twenty!” Zi Yan swiftly ran over and handed the bag filled with white stones to Su Luo for safekeeping.
“Not bad, in only a cup of tea’s time, we were able to harvest so many.” Su Luo looked at these white stones, and her smile was as bright as sunshine. These were all treasures ah, treasures. Nangong Liuyun had gotten the dark element, but there was no cultivation book for the dark element. This time, she must help him draw one.
Nangong Liuyun saw Su Luo smiling until her eyes disappeared and only her teeth was visible, and his heart was happy. In his heart, as long as Su Luo was happy, he would try his best and even put his life on the line to do it, let alone to say killing these Hidden-eyed Purple Spiders that only took a slight effort.
“Little miser.”Nangong Liuyun’s long fingers hooked her nose, exasperatedly saying, “What do these count as? There are a lot more up ahead.”
Su Luo’s eyes gleamed: “That’s right! There are more up ahead. We must upend all the nests, not giving Dongfang Xuan’s group any.”
“Yes!” Zi Yan very much endorsed this and nodded. Then, she said seriously, “Dongfang Xuan’s luck is not bad, didn’t he draw a purple-colored crystal stone before? If you give him another chance, it’ll be difficult to ensure that he won’t draw good things, so it’s best not to even give him a chance! “Alright! As long as you are not dead yet…” As Ye Chen talked as he swallowed a top rank yuan qi replenishing pellet. Although the first level of his undying body had the ability to recover loss of blood and flesh, it was not without cost. The cost was that it would burn a huge amount of yuan qi. And, it was not like the natural yuan qi which was easily gathered. Instead, it was the yuan qi that existed within his body, and was the original power that he used to train in the first place. It had a huge relation to the core of his life. If his yuan qi was exhausted too severely, it would be very bad for his future training, and would also cost him a lot of his lifespan. The good thing was that it was not irreplaceable, just that it recovered very slowly.
On the other side, the lady did not train the undying body. If she wanted to fix her body, it would take too long for the normal pellets to work; ten days or even half a month might not be enough. But, she was a high level warrior after all, and had gotten a lot of great treasures.
She flipped her left hand and a milky white branch of a tree appeared. It seemed to be made of white jade; its whole body was so smooth, without any flaws. Three inches around the branch, a dim layer of a halo was vaguely visible. It shook like a candlelight or a strange bright mist of some sort. It was soft, but full of life.
She placed the branch closer to the parts where she got burnt. In the next second, the wound had started to peel off, revealing its bloody flesh behind. However, the flesh then started to move rapidly, trying to regrow itself. As the wound was getting smaller and smaller, the white branch was looking dimmer and dimmer.
“Eh? The branch of the Immortal tree!” Ye Chen had glanced to see what was going on, and a surprised look flashed past his face.
“The Immortal tree is an extreme rank spirit tree. Even one tiny branch would be half-step extreme rank level at least. I cannot get one of those. If I could, I would not be here, would I? This is a branch from the Long Life Tree.” The lady explained.
I see… Ye Chen nodded.
The Immortal tree and the Long Life Tree were like father and son. The former grew in nature, and was able to neither dry out, nor die. It was even able to move according to its own will. The latter was grown out of the seeds of the Immortal Tree; it had some of the features of the tree, but still was way below its power. Therefore, it would only be regarded as a half-step extreme rank spirit tree. But of course, being able to get one of it would already be extremely impressive, since even mortal humans would be very healthy and live for two hundred years by just staying right next to the tree all the time. If it were a warrior, then he or she would be able to prevent any poison or evil thoughts from getting into his or her mind and body. Unfortunately, the lady only had a branch of the tree, which had lost a lot of its original effects.
Retrieving his gaze back from the lady, Ye Chen closed his eyes and started to go into his training mode, trying to replenish the yuan qi that he had lost.
Outside the metal door, the man in red had a complex expression on his face.
“This metal door and the walls around seem to have some kind of restraining power, so it will be impossible for me to break through. The only mechanism has already been activated. Right now, the door can only be opened from the inside. Damn it!”
The man was very regretful-if he had used his killing attack in the beginning, then Ye Chen and the lady would definitely have not been able to escape from him. After he killed them, he would have been able to open the door one way or another, and would have been able to get the treasures inside. Right now, not only did he not manage to kill the people, he had also locked himself out.
“Huh! This island would only last three months every time. After that, it will go sink back into the deepest part of the Star Region Lake. I will wait right here until the second that the island is about to disappear. I will see if you guys can outwait me!”
Letting out a long, frustrated breath, the man waved his sleeves and sat in the middle of the palace, starting to train.
The Griffin uttered softly.
The Griffin didn’t make any big movements except for a few steps yet a few steps forward from the Griffin started a ripple in the paused darkness further away.
Ripple after ripple, it eventually swelled into layers of wave, when the movements reached its peak…
The darkness exploded similar to a ignited explosive.
After the explosion, the darkness vanished into nothingness and the hall was also gone.
Kieran returned back to the street in Edland City.
Further away from him was Elder Juen on the ground, falling flat on his back with his incomplete body remaining as if he was dead.
But without the system notification and no drop of items from the body, Kieran would not get tricked, but some others were different.
At the end of the street came a group of three.
Standing in front of the trio was a elder with white hair and beard and behind him was a man and a woman.
Kieran didn’t know the man but he was too familiar with the woman.
It was Anne Aldrich Augen, Kieran’s important ally.
Though Anne Aldrich Augen’s situation was less than pleasant, not only was her hands seized behind her back and her mouth was stuffed with a shaggy cloth, her face even had obvious wounds.
The female knight, Iona who should have protected here was nowhere to be found.
“No wonder you are the heir to the Griffin Church, you actually surprised me with the marvelous spectacle of the griffin reappearing in this world within my living years! That scene back in the day really did leave an impression on me. But… Can I request you to ask the griffin to leave? As long as it is here, it really scares me.”
The whited hair and beard elder said with a smile. He sounded very warm but between the lines of his words was well-hidden malicious intent.
Especially when the elder’s words subsided, the knight behind him drew his sword and placed it over on Anne Aldrich Augen’s neck.
“Ughh, Mmm Mmeee!”
Anne Aldrich Augen couldn’t speak at will because of her stuffed mouth but from her expression and non-stop shaking of her head, she clearly expressed her thoughts to Kieran.
The knight who seized Anne Aldrich Augen’s hands behind her shouted at her. He straightened his sword before using the middle part to hardly smack her shoulder.
As bone cracking sounds sounded, Anne Aldrich Augen’s shoulder instantly turned bloody and mushy but the stubborn lady struggled even more fiercely.
Likewise, the knight who seized her didn’t hold back either.
When the knight straightened his sword again, Kieran yelled.
The elder raised his hand with a smile to stop the knight’s action behind him, then quietly looked at Kieran who was communicating with the Griffin.
There were heavy dreads lurking in the deepest part of the elder’s eyes.
“I can offer you extra help and you would only have to pay a minimal cost.”
The Griffin suggested as it felt disgust at the scene before its eyes.
“No thanks, thank you for your goodwill.”
Though Kieran shook his head at the offer from the Griffin.
The Griffin looked at Kieran slightly surprised and a few seconds later, the Griffin showed a smile.
It was hard for anyone to imagine how an eagle would smile but when Kieran saw the Griffin, his heart felt like it was smiling at him.
After leaving such words behind, the [Griffin Medal] which had been held tightly in Kieran’s hand shone brightly again. The Griffin then slowly walked into the light.
The light then swiftly dimmed down and the griffin’s figure started to fade away.
Until the light was completely gone, all that was left was the medal itself on Kieran’s hand.
The elder’s dread in his eyes finally went away together with the griffin’s absence and it increased the smiles on his face.
“Now, please return the Griffin Medal that I’ve given to you!” The elder said.
“Sure, we’ll trade one on one! I give you the medal, you give me Anne!” Kieran said.
“You ungrateful bastard! How dare you negotiate with the Lord Overseer of the Saint Relic Association!” The knight scolded loudly but the overseer waved his hand, expressing he didn’t mind.
“Of course,” he said.
The knight then released Anne Aldrich Augen’s hands.
The lady then staggered towards Kieran as she pulled out the stuffed cloth in her mouth, uttering in a blurry manner, “You can’t give him that! It is the only thing he fears!”
Though, Kieran turned a deaf ear and tossed the [Griffin Medal] towards the elder.
After using the last usage counter on [Griffin Medal], the medal was almost trash to Kieran. It would be great though if he could recycle the trash but…
The overseer caught the medal and as he looked at the medal in his hand, he muttered to himself in a delighted manner, “It has always been in front of me yet I didn’t notice, I really have to thank you, the heir of Griffin Church! So, after your death, I’ll let the people sing songs about the battle between you and Elder Juen! If you can die a hero. I suppose you can die without regrets? Well of course, Ms. Anne Aldrich Augen here will go before you!”
The moment the overseer’s words subsided, he appeared behind the staggering Anne Aldrich Augen and drove his hand towards the back of her heart but Kieran was faster. He grabbed Anne Aldrich Augen and pulled her back, switching her position with his.
The overseer’s palm was then stabbed into Kieran’s chest!
“Noooo!” Anne Aldrich Augen cried out in sorrow. After both parties agreed on each other’s conditions, the crystal dressed beings gradually floated back to the spinning cube.
“Chu, see you in three days.” the veiled woman said to Chu Yunsheng when she floated passed him.
“Are you not scared that I’ll leak the information out?” Chu Yunsheng suddenly asked.
“I can be anyone, but it won’t be you.” the veiled woman smiled.
“Why?” Chu Yunsheng knitted his brows.
“Even if you leaked the information out, you will be the first one in trouble, not to mention that you might still be one of us.” The woman replied while being slowly lifted up in a soft white light.
Chu Yunsheng sneered coldly. Indeed, if he leaked the information out, it would only give other aliens one more reason to hunt him.
Plus other secrets he knew, the hunt would be even crazier.
After the woman entered the cube, the cube began to slowly ascend into the sky.
What surprised Chu Yunsheng next was that the cube didn’t fly away or fly higher until Chu Yunsheng couldn’t see it.
As the top tip of the cube suddenly glowed brightly for a second, many ripples began to appear and enlarge in the space above the cube like something just dropped in water.
Then the cube carried on ascending, and as it was ascending the cube was also slowly disappearing into the ripples from its top as if it was a submarine slowly submerge into an invisible and upside-down sea.
Until it completely disappeared, the ripples also disappeared.
Looking at the small glowing cube in his hand, Chu Yunsheng suddenly realized something and let out a helpless laugh. It seemed like the veiled woman tricked him again.
As the space barrier disappeared, the people who were blocked outside the barrier began to enter the barrier hurriedly and panickedly. Soon, many blood-chilling screams and heart-wrenching cries began to appear one after another…
Chu Yunsheng quickly tightened up his disheveled clothes and disappeared into a ruined dark alley.
“Shit! Tachibana clan was exterminated. Quick, report this back to…” a man whispered in the dark.
Right after he said it, a few blurry shadows immediately began to move out.
On the west of the Huangpu river, there was a skyscraper that was not destroyed. There were many broken cars surrounding the skyscraper forming a circular wall around the skyscraper. From time to time, there were groups of people patrolling on the circular wall cautiously watching out the movements in the area.
On the gloomy street leading towards the skyscraper walked a man who dressed in a light grey coat. There weren’t many people on the street, but all of them were staring at the grey coat man vigilantly.
“Stop! Who are you and why are you here?” On top of the wall that made of broken cars, a man suddenly shouted coldly. There was a gun in his hand and it was pointing at the man.
“I am looking for Hao Xu, he told me that he lives here.” Chu Yunsheng responded.
“Brother Hao is not in the building at the moment. I have never seen you in this place before. You must be new here. This is the headquarters, it is not a place that you newcomers are qualified to come in. Go to that place.” The guard said coldly to Chu Yunsheng while pointing at a ruined building in the north.
“If he is not in, then, what about Lin Kang!” This time Chu Yunsheng didn’t allow the guard to interrupt him, he quickly added. “If he is also not in, I need to talk to someone in charge!”
The guarded was dazed for a second, then suddenly laughed out loud. “You can stop wasting your time here. Someone use that excuse already. Don’t you dare think that you could use some names to trick me to let you in. Go to that building and wait until you are qualified to come into this one.”
Chu Yunsheng’s eyes instantly turned stone-cold. He only had three days, he didn’t want to waste any more time talking to this guard. So he just simply drew the sword and unleashed a round of sword Qi straight into the wall.
Within a split second, a huge gap was blasted open. The guard instantly stepped back in panic. And looking at the aftermath of the sword attack, the guard was completely stunned.
“Am I qualified now?” Chu Yunsheng said coldly and walked through the gap.
The guard still hasn’t come back from the shock, but immediately, several fierce figures dashed out from inside the skyscraper quickly.
Chu Yunsheng lightly swung his sword. Instantly, the six sword Qi that he unleashed earlier which still had some energy left, immediately shot towards the group of people who just came out of the building and broke the weapons they were holding. But they all dissipated before they could hit those people,
“Who is it! How dare you causing troubles in this place!” A strong and burly man suddenly broke through the windows of the third floor and shouted.
“Elder Shan, stop!” there was another person who was wearing a white scarf also jumped out of the window right after the strong and burly man. He quickly caught the strong and burly man while they were still in the air and restrained the strong and burly man when they landed.
“Brother Mei, people already started to make troubles in our front door and you…” the burly man wasn’t happy at all.
“You shut up!” The white scarf man glared at the burly man and said angrily. Surprisingly, he was a very good looking man. He then faced Chu Yunsheng and said respectfully. “Brother, you must be that powerful master who used one sword to defeat the Tachibana clan and the Hoshino clan. Brother Hao has told us about you before. Please come in and have a seat. Our brothers have never seen you, so please forgive them.”
Hearing what he said, all the people immediately had a chill down to their spines. The rumor about this powerful master was going crazy in the area, but no one expected it was the man who was currently standing right in front of them.
“I have told Hao Xu that I need to buy something from him. Since he is not in, who can make the decision?” Chu Yunsheng said straightforwardly.
“I can’t make that decision, but my two elder brothers are in the building, they will come down soon. Brother, would you like to come in and we will talk in detail?”
Just right after he said that two people walked out of the building. One of them had a tall and straight body, the other one had pale skin.
Looking at people quickly stood aside, Chu Yunsheng immediately understood that those two people were the ones that were in charge.
But Chu Yunsheng didn’t want to get into the building, instead, he stabbed the sword on the ground and said. “If you two can make decisions, then I’ll use the similar swords and some armors to buy something from you. Deal or no deal just give me a quick answer.”
The two people looked at each other for a second. The pale-skinned middle-aged man nodded his head and said. “yes, we can make decisions, but we still don’t know what brother wants?”
“Insect’s shells, I want all the shells you have stored. Then I want a medium-sized boat. I know that you don’t have much food. So I only want alcohols, it doesn’t matter if it is the rubbing alcohol or drinking alcohol, I’ll take it. Lastly, I need some warm clothes and daily necessities.” The pale middle-aged man suddenly frowned and looked at Chu Yunsheng more carefully one more time. It seemed like he realized why Chu Yunsheng needed those supplies, but he was smart, he didn’t say it. Instead, he asked another question.
“No problem, brother. But, to be honest with you. We don’t have many supplies as well. Especially, we have to fight those foreigners in the east of the river… So I’d like to know how many sets of armors and swords are you willing to offer?”
Of course, saying that they were lacking in the material supplies was just an excuse to drive up the price. Especially when he saw what the sword could do, he immediately decided that he wanted to get as many pieces of equipment out of this man as possible.
“How many shells you have?” Chu Yunsheng didn’t answer him immediately. He asked another question instead.
The pale middle-aged man thought for a second and said. ” a little over three hundred.”
“Do you even have brains!?” The third person directly slapped the second person’s head. “That transparent and bright sphere was clearly something Su Qing herself condensed out. Su Luo was merely giving her a taste of her own medicine! Who would have known that inside it contained poison!”
“That’s right, this could only illustrate that Su Qing wanted to harm others and ended up harming herself, she reaped what she had sown!”
All kinds of people under the stage were spiritedly discussing this. The two people on the stage stood facing each other.
Now Su Qing’s face was completely destroyed.
Originally, the fair complexion without a blemish, now was rotted by the poison. One patch of black, one patch of white and another patch of yellow; in some areas, the skin had even flipped outwards. Other areas were rotted away until only a pit was left behind, there was nearly no piece of good flesh on her entire face.
“Instant Restoration pill would stop this corrosive poison….Su Qing, what other stuff did your teacher’s sect give you? Don’t let me be too disappointed, oh.” Su Luo’s indifferent voice spread throughout the arena, seemingly carrying a trace of mockery.
Both of Su Qing’s hands were firmly clenched into fists, continuously shaking, doing her best to control herself, definitely not going to let herself lose her mind.
Her eyes were like an area of ice and gloom, with a tone carrying a chill that penetrated into the bones and her killing intent like an ignited, raging inferno. “Su Luo! Since you insist on meeting death, then I will help you accomplish this!”
An ice-cold chill that spread to the bones rushed wildly towards Su Luo from all directions. It also seemed as if the temperature within this fighting arena was also momentarily reduced.
Su Luo frowned.
What other hidden trump cards diid Su Qing still have?
Today, she was able to injure her two times in a row, it was all thanks to her own luck and adapting to the fight from her first-hand experience. Luckily, at the most critical juncture, she was able to comprehend the second layer of the Great Dimensional Imprint–Nothingness.
Nothingness of space appearing enabled her to shoot back that dangerous, transparent and bright sphere. Otherwise today, the one who would be disfigured would be her.
Su Qing’s gaze was coldly detached as she stared fixedly at Su Luo, unblinkingly and unwaveringly. Her right hand was placed at the side of her lips, and she then blew out an exotic musical note.
The sound of the musical notes didn’t follow any rhythm, a strange atmosphere spread out from on top of the stone stage.
Nobody knew what Su Qing was trying to do, but everyone was aware that Su Qing had something odd up her sleeves, because this sound was too strange. It made the hair on people’s back tremble from the cold, and they had an alarming feeling of the hairs standing on end.
Suddenly, a violent undulation occurred in the space between heaven and earth, a kind of matchlessly strong and violent breath, like the howling winds of torrential rain coming to sweep away everything. Chapter 512 – The little divine dragon shows off his prestige (1)
During the time of flying sand and rolling rocks, an enormous shadow appeared on top of the fighting stage.
“Dragon!!!” In the split second it took to see that enormous shadow, almost everyone’s heart started to jump violently and madly!
Unexpectedly, in the mundane world, the greatly admired dragon race appeared! That was an existence that only lived in legends and was an existence that was never seen!
“A Lindworm!!!” In the wake of its appearance, everyone under the stage felt a kind of ultimate, oppressive and deterrence force.
Under the oppressive pressure of the Lindworm, they wouldn’t even dare to move and were having difficulty swallowing.
How could it be a Lindworm? When did the Purple Sunflower sect subdue a Lindworm and still bestowed it to Su Qing?
This was simply….Simply too extravagant! Too enviable!
You must know, how formidable an existence was the dragon race?
Even though the Lindworm was considered the most inferior and at the outermost fringe of the dragon race, but in any case, it was still a dragon!
The Purple Sunflower sect must have completely gone for broke for Su Qing, right?
At that moment, the gaze of everyone present was concentrated upon the body of the Purple Sunflower sect’s master.
This time, five people came from the Purple Sunflower sect. One was Su Qing’s teacher’s uncle, the other four were people from the sect that had a good relationship with her.
Now, confronted with everyone’s freakish gazes, the five people all sat upright and still, their gazes fixedly staring at the stage, watching very seriously.
But if you were to look more carefully, you would have discovered that the corner of their eyes had a hard-to-hide, complacent smile.
That’s right, to have a Lindworm was already rare, and in addition, to so magnanimously bestow it upon a disciple of the sect. It could clearly be seen that the inside information of the Purple Sunflower sect was very deep.
Once the Lindworm appeared, first, to say nothing of the other side. Now, first of all, the Purple Sunflower sect’s position in the heart of the masses was rising up layer by layer.
On the fighting stage, the Lindworm thundered out a snarl, suddenly, the world shook with the resonance from the sound which went on for a long time.
With just one thunderous roar, its meaning deeply startled and terrified everyone’s heart. It seemed as if that Lindworm contained a terrifying force like that of an erupting volcano.
A kind of terrifying force that could destroy the sky and wipe out the earth.
Su Qing slowly opened her eyes.
That pair of deep pupils were now apathetic like a millennium old frozen ice, without a touch of heat and lacking any emotion.
But, it was unwaveringly locked onto Su Luo.
Time and time again, Su Luo provoked her, it was already more than she could bear. Today, if it was not her death, then she herself would die.
“Su Qing! You are cheating!” Su Luo pointed to the Wyrm Dragon and yelled out loud. Her eyes contracted slightly, a cold intent flashing through her eyes.
“Cheating? Haha.” A very dark grim laugh appeared on Su Qing’s face: “Such a pitiful younger sister, don’t tell me you don’t know, that on the fighting stage of a life-and-death duel, contract beasts are allowed to fight too?”
Su Luo had a displeased expression on her face, but she repeatedly laughed in her heart.
So contracted spirit pets were allowed? Then that was indeed very good, this was what you, Su Qing, said with your own mouth, ah.
Seeing a touch of panic floating onto Su Luo’s face, the cold intent in Su Qing’s heart was even stronger. This time, how could Su Luo not die? Su Qing was proud of herself, with a feeling of victory being within grasp.
“Good! Since you can use a magical beast, then I can also invite my contracted magical beast! I hope when the time comes, you won’t regret this!” Su Luo feigned her fury and strongly narrated.
Su Luo had just finished speaking, resulting in the sounds of the audience commenting under the stage.
“Eh, as it turns out, Su Luo also has a hidden trump card! Maybe she could also come up with a dragon, then that will be very amusing, hahaha–“
“You should just continue to daydream, a mere lowly concubine’s daughter, without the assistance of any sect, how could she take out a dragon? Then you can cut off my head and use it as a stool to sit on!”
“That’s right, if she could come up with a dragon, I would tear down this entire fighting arena and eat it!” Chapter 513 – The little divine dragon shows off his prestige (2)
Without exception, everyone made a vow, certain that Su Luo was unable to take out a dragon because that was simply an impossible thing.
But, when they could clearly see the pure white puppy that appeared on Su Luo’s sharp, slender shoulder, a lot of people felt everything darken in front of their eyes, they were almost about to spit out blood.
Couldn’t take out a dragon then forget it, but she unexpectedly….actually took out a puppy that wasn’t even weaned to make up for the number? This was simply….simply making herself a laughing stock!
Everyone present suddenly burst into fits of roaring laughter. Everyone was convulsing with laughter, every single one of them was holding their bellies, because now, their abdominal areas were already cramped from laughing.
However, Su Luo’s face carried a faint trace of a self-confident smiling expression. It was as if it was not a puppy that stood on her shoulder, but rather a real dragon, and not just in name only.
When Su Qing could see clearly the little puppy on Su Luo’s shoulder, a scornful sneer that was similar to the ones the spectators under the stage had, appeared in her eyes.
“A glowing firefly’s fire also dares to vie for the splendor with the sun and the moon? Courting death!”
“Courting death? I see the one courting death is you.” Su Luo held the little puppy that stood on her shoulder in her arms. Gently stroking his beautiful, pure white fur: “Look closely, mine is the real dragon here!”
“Hahaha–” The audience under the stage that had gradually settled down now burst into laughter.
Su Qing never would have thought that that day when she wanted to use the fierce panther to swallow Su Luo, her own contract beast would instead make a complete mess out of the entire Su Manor, With the secret manipulator behind the scenes being this little puppy that wasn’t good enough to enter her eyes.
Now, Su Qing’s eyes were filled with killing intent. In the time it took to wave her hand, a matchlessly strong spirit force converged together in the center of her palm.
“Go–” Su Qing shot out that spirit force with a wave of her hand.
At that moment, a berserk spirit force swept towards Su Luo like a frantic rain shower.
The Accidental Princess In the wake of this killing power, that Lindworm’s head looked to the sky and hissed. It vented its anger by shaking and railing up the sky. Afterwards, it turned around and launched itself wildly towards Su Luo.
Such a formidable, murderous aura!
Once this intense attack appeared, it drew a countless number of shocked gazes. Even some fifth and sixth rank experts also felt the intense oppression and deterrence.
Under this kind of deterrent pressure, they seemed to have a difficult time moving an inch, their entire body was rigid.
“Too terrifying… this dragon has a strength at least above the sixth rank, right? This time, Su Luo really is done for.”
“This is still considered a young dragon in its growing period. After growing up, it would be even more formidable! The Purple Sunflower sect really is too generous.”
“Alas, looks like this time, I will lose my life’s savings.”
“Who told you to be so greedy to insist on betting that Su Luo will win, expecting a huge upset.”
“Thus, betting one on Su Luo, you will get a hundred, whereas Su Qing, if you bet one, get one. If you want to win a fortune, naturally you will bet on Su Luo.”
“Now do you regret it? It’s too late for regrets.”
Everyone under the stage was spiritedly discussing away, it seemed to them that Su Luo, this time, would lose for sure.
After all, on Su Qing’s side, the Lindworm was participating, what could Su Luo possibly do? On her shoulder stood an ordinary puppy that even the commoner wouldn’t want to raise.
A little, fragile, tender-skinned puppy that would vanish in a puff of smoke just by a touch of dragon’s breath.
Momentarily, the gamblers that had bet on Su Luo winning all had both hands over their head, sighing away with ‘alas’. They couldn’t bear to watch the bitter scene of Su Luo on the stage, being torn to pieces by the Lindworm.
Because, that was simply too miserable…
“Roar–” The enormous body of the Lindworm arrived with a flying tackle, and directly charged towards Su Luo. It was like a hot knife through butter, scaring everyone witless.
That power carried a berserk strength, causing Su Luo’s expression to turn slightly cold.
“Dodge!” Su Luo watched that Lindworm approaching with the pressure of a mountain. Her figure was as fast as lightning, treading using the exquisite spirit dance steps, she quickly slipped to the right side. Chapter 514 – The little divine dragon shows off his prestige (3)
“Roar–” It pounced onto empty air, making the Lindworm spit with anger. It opened up its ferocious mouth and once more turned around to pounce towards Su Luo.
The audience below the stage, seeing this, without exception, everyone’s complexion greatly changed, their hearts trembling with fear. This was because if they were the ones pounced upon by this Lindworm, they absolutely would be torn into pieces!
For the three judges underneath the stage, a grave expression also flashed through their eyes.
The honorary elder from the Mercenary Union, Beichen Mu, stroked his few strands of goat-like beard, faintly shaking his head: “Purple Sunflower sect really placed a lot of blood and sweat capital in this.”
The president of the Imperial Capital’s number one school. Ouyang Xi. nodded his head and smiling slightly, said: “Looks like the fourth Miss Su will lose.”
The law-enforcing elder of the Imperial’s Elder Group, Nangong Yu, had an indifferent expression as he responded with one sentence: “Maybe not.”
President Ouyang let out a laugh: “You have so much belief in that young lady?”
Nangong Yu shook his head: “The one I believe in is His Highness Prince Jin.”
Since His Highness Prince Jin thought so highly of this girl, that could only prove one point, that that girl would absolutely win.
President Ouyang’s gaze landed lightly on Su Luo’s body, somewhat curious and also somewhat probing.
Now, that Lindworm was already close to pouncing upon Su Luo.
Just at this time of imminent peril!
Suddenly, all the fur stood erect on the little puppy’s body who was on Su Luo’s shoulder, he loudly howled at the enormous Lindworm: “Awoo –!!!”
At this moment, the little puppy steadily stood on top of Su Luo’s slender and sharp shoulder, that furry, little face stretched taut. His little chin lifted slightly, glaring at the Lindworm in a spitting rage. He looked like a little Majesty berating the lowest of servants.
Seeing the lofty and serious appearance of the little puppy, the audience under the stage immediately started to laugh. The original tense atmosphere also relaxed a lot.
“Oh heavens, this is simply too adorable. That little puppy is really courageous.”
“That’s right, it actually dares to reprimand the Lindworm, ha ha ha, I’m dying of laughter, my belly, ouch–“
“Ha ha, what are your terms?” Xuan Yuan Yang asked.
“Firstly, the Xuan Yuan Clan must never interfere with the Heavenly Emperor Mountain conflict. Secondly, for the Heavenly Emperor election, the Xuan Yuan Clan must guarantee to launch the battle under extreme fairness. Thirdly, to take the Nirvana Heavenly Plow, although we may not talk about exchanging it with an equal good, this Nirvana Heavenly Plow injured the spiritual ley lines of my Aspiring Throne Mountain, you can only take it away with some compensation. If you can agree to these three conditions, the Qin Clan will return the Nirvana Heavenly Plow with both hands, and we can hide those things Sir Wei did.”
Qin Wushuang did not ask for a great deal under such situation. Although he was not afraid of the totem clan, he would not intend to turn completely hostile with the Xuan Yuan Clan. Instead, he executed an appropriate and slightly lower attitude.
It already enhanced the status of the Qin Clan as he was able to negotiate with the Xuan Yuan Clan. Or else, with the position of the Qin Clan, in the past, it was a disgraceful action to negotiate with the Xuan Yuan Clan.
After a moment of silence, Xuan Yuan Yang said lightly, “Young man, not many are capable of negotiating with my Xuan Yuan Clan. In the past thousand years, you are the first one. For the first and second requests, this is fair and can be made sure of. As for the third, considering the inappropriate behavior of my subordinate, it’s rather reasonable to give you some compensation. Is it not enough for me to give you Xuan Yuan spiritual stones and earth?”
“Sir Yang, I am asking for these two goods for myself. The Qin Clan itself should get something. Or else, it would be hard for me to explain it to them. Sir Yang, your Xuan Yuan Clan is rich and prosperous. Anything you give to us will be enough to make the Qin Clan cheer with joy. No need to be stingy!”
As Qin Wushuang said this with a joking tone, it would not anger Xuan Yuan Yang.
Xuan Yuan Yang said with a helpless and bitter smile, “Such a cunning kid, no wonder Xin Tianwen suffered in your hands. Anyways, certainly there are no better goods than those. One set of Supreme Dao armor and three Supreme Dao weapons. This is my bottom-line. Don’t negotiate with me, this is it.”
At this moment, Xuan Yuan Yang could not help to show off the prestige of the totem clan. As he grasped a good scale, it made Qin Wushuang unable to ask for more.
Ever since Xuan Yuan Yang came to the door, Qin Wushuang knew that he could not keep the Nirvana Heavenly Plow. Not to mention that in that instant, he received Li Buyi’s message talisman. He reminded him to not beside oneself with joy, to take note of the scale, and to not step over the boundary.
This reminder also made Qin Wushuang realize that being a paramount totem elite warrior, it was already incredibly rare for Xuan Yuan Yang to offer a negotiation.
Since Xuan Yuan Yang initiated the stake, to the current Qin Wushuang, one set of Supreme Dao armor and three Supreme Dao weapons felt somewhat insignificant. However, to the Qin Clan, it was a big harvest. At least, he could explain it well.
To the Qin Clan, as Xuan Yuan Yang came to the door and did not oppress the Qin Clan, but rather wanted to use goods to exchange with for the Nirvana Heavenly Plow, it was definitely a situation where they were overwhelmed by favor from their superiors. It was a circumstance they never dared to imagine.
Upon thinking here, Qin Wushuang stopped being pretentious. “Alright, since Sir Yang is this straightforward, I will not play tricks. If we exchange them now, you will not trick me right?”
“Ha ha, kid, you are rather cunning.”
Since both sides did not play any tricks, the exchange process was extremely smooth as they took what they needed. When he handed over the Nirvana Heavenly Plow, Qin Wushuang still felt somewhat apprehensive. Initially, he also spent some effort when breaking the formation of the Nirvana Heavenly Plow.
Now as it was taken back, of course he was pained. Although it was not his own, he felt affection after keeping it for so long, not to mention it was such a rare good.
Although the goods exchanged were rare treasures, there was a great disparity when compared to the Nirvana Heavenly Plow. Fortunately, there were the Xuan Yuan spiritual stones and earth as compensation. These were things Qin Wushuang urgently needed.
For the five fundamental elements, now Qin Wushuang only lacked the earth and the water attribute for he had not congealed their Supreme Dao essence. With these two goods, there would be no problem with the earth attribute. He only needed time.
When he saw Qin Wushuang put away the goods, suddenly Xuan Yuan Yang shot a few glances at him with a faint smile. He smacked his tongue and sighed, “Young man, you have congealed the metal, wood, and fire Supreme Dao essences. It seems your wood attribute is especially advanced. This is extremely rare. Could it be you plan to congeal the earth attribute essence with the spiritual stones and earth? Ha ha, young man, are you a genius with all five attributes?”
Qin Wushuang responded with a smile. He did not deny it, but did not admit it either.
However, this expression and smile was unquestionably represented as a silent answer. Xuan Yuan Yang’s gaze went austere as he mumbled, “The Supreme Dao essence of the water attribute is incredibly difficult to craft. It is because among the five attributes, the water attribute has the most scattered form and is the hardest one to master. However, the Dark Mysterious Clan of the Extreme North Snow Zone have the Dark Mysterious Ice Soul and the Blue Wave Water Pool, among other divine goods. They have the same effect as my earth and stones. Young man, you are in such a rush to congeal the essences, could it be you are doing it for the Heavenly Emperor election in three years?”
Qin Wushuang laughed. “Since my Qin Clan is a sect at the Heavenly Emperor Mountain, naturally the Heavenly Emperor Election is a highlight in the next few years. Only, since the Xin Clan has not given up on oppressing the Qin Clan, perhaps we will enter a decisive battle without waiting for the next three years.”
“No…” Xuan Yuan Yang said with a smile. “I came today to have the Qin and the Xin Clan cease fire for now. Regardless of the divine skills or methods you have, you will cease fire for now. You can showcase all of your skills in the Heavenly Emperor election in three years! You shall strengthen the meteorological features of the Heavenly Emperor Mountain. Now as private conflicts are out of control, it’s not proper and the outside world may just be watching to laugh at the Xuan Yuan Mound.”
Qin Wushuang stayed silent as he pondered on the taste of Xuan Yuan Yang’s words. He said, “If the Xin Clan can wait patiently for three years, my Qin Clan can also afford to wait. We shall settle the new and old debts together, that would be nice.”
“Ha ha, good virtue, great virtue!”
In the midst of his talking, suddenly the voice of Xuan Yuan Yang entrenched the entire Aspiring Throne Mountain continuously like rolling thunder. He then disappeared from the area like the retreating tide. Feeling disappointed and frustrated, Qin Wushuang was only left with two thoughts, the Dark Mysterious Ice Soul and the Blue Wave Water Pool. For this last move, clearly Xuan Yuan Yang wanted to showcase his power to give some mental intimidation for the Qin Clan. He intended to showcase the presence of the totem Xuan Yuan Clan.
For this little intention, naturally Qin Wushuang could see it clearly. He revealed a slight smile, and did not mind it too much. Currently, the Xuan Yuan Clan was the ruler of the Xuan Yuan Mound. It was righteous and proper to showcase their existence. Since this Xuan Yuan Yang did not suppress him with a lofty attitude, naturally Qin Wushuang must show him some respect.
However, the other members of the Qin Clan could not refrain from feeling terrified. Upon hearing the overbearing voice of Xuan Yuan Yang that could almost tear the divine soul, even the complexion of Qin Xiaotian, who was in solitary training, showed a huge reaction.
As he watched the Qin disciples that ran out from everywhere, Qin Wushuang revealed a calm smile. He called out, “Everyone, don’t panic, go back to where you were.”
Qin Yunran asked curiously, “Wushuang, that person has clearly entered our mountain gate. How come there was no reaction from the mechanism at all?”
Qin Chongyang was also abnormally astonished. “This person ignored our Eight Desolate Six Directions Mountain Protecting Formation? Just who is he?”
“No need to worry, no more than ten people in the Tian Xuan Land are capable of ignoring our mountain protection formation. This person is the paramount elite warrior of our Xuan Yuan Mound.”
“Sir Xuan Yuan Yang?” Each of those Supreme Dao elite warriors of the Qin Clan inhaled a breath of cold air. A sense of reverence was revealed in their eyes.
The Qin Clan was afraid of nothing, yet the name of a paramount totem elite warrior still posed a sufficient amount of intimidation.
“It’s him.” Qin Wushuang’s smile was indifferent.
Qin Yunran and Qin Chongyang exchanged a glance, they were greatly astonished.
“What’s he doing here?” Considering how Xuan Yuan Wei was tactfully rebuffed, could this Xuan Yuan Yang have come to suppress the Qin Clan or to demonstrate his power as a warning?
“He didn’t do much, we only did an exchange.” Qin Wushuang smiled lightly and brought out the bargaining chips given to him by Xuan Yuan Yang. “Supreme Dao armor and three Supreme Dao weapons. You can take them. Whether you keep them in storage or give them to disciples, you make the call. As for the Xuan Yuan spiritual stones and earth, I will keep it because I need to use it. Also, he called for a cease fire between us and the Xin Clan. Unfortunately, he took back the Nirvana Heavenly Plow.”
Upon thinking about the Nirvana Heavenly Plow, Qin Wushuang more or less felt somewhat disappointed in it. However, as Xuan Yuan Yang took the trip himself, it was clearly inappropriate to keep it as his own. He was not afraid of anything, but for the vast foundation of the Qin Clan, he must care about it more than his greed for one treasure.
“Head Chief, how could we do this?”
Qin Wushuang conquered the Nirvana Heavenly Plow. For the goods exchanged from the Xuan Yuan Clan, naturally he should be the one to manage it.
If they were to extend their hands for it, it would appear as if their nails were too long.
Now, Qin Wushuang was no longer that young disciple from the past, but the Head Chief of the clan. Qin Yunran and Qin Chongyang possessed such knowledge of knowing who was the superior one.
Qin Wushuang did not mind, for things such as the Supreme Dao armor and weapons could no longer stimulate any ripples in his heart.
Although he wasn’t considered abundantly rich with the amount of goods he had, he was wealthier than most with his special goods. Such little goods were impossible to make him think too much.
“You two, I already have no need for this thing. Also, more or less, I have my personal collection. Now, the Qin Clan is on the rise and we need equipment. Just take it.”
Now, Qin Yunran and Qin Chongyang felt reassured and took it.
Qin Chongyang still lingered on the other matters. After he took these goods, he asked, “Previously, Head Chief, you mentioned that Sir Yang gave a cease fire promise, what is this about?”
“He intended to take back the Nirvana Heavenly Plow, he said to cease fire between the Xin and the Qin Clan. We will have a showdown in the Heavenly Emperor election in three years.”
Three years? Everyone in the Qin clan felt much more reassured. Three years time would be a very comfortable cushion of time to build up their forces.
With these three years, the Qin Clan could seize this opportunity to catch up and welcome a period of growth. Now, the Qin Clan did not lack talent nor trump cards, they lacked time. It would be a great thing if they could delay the decisive battle to three years later.
Through this incident, they were completely won over to the fact how Qin Wushuang took over as the Head Chief. After he entered the role, indeed there were great things that followed. Even the arrival of the paramount elite warrior of the Xuan Yuan Clan was incapable of making the Qin Clan bow down. When taking back the Nirvana Heavenly Plow, he had to exchange it with goods of his own.
Although this might not be an equivalent exchange, which one of the Heavenly Emperor Eight Gates would not dare to offer it obediently? Only the Qin Clan dared to seize the food from the tiger and gain something. The promise to hold of the Xin Clan for another three years was especially valuable.
Everyone knew that the previous attitude of the Xuan Yuan Clan was rubbing against the Qin Clan. Now, since the Xuan Yuan Clan was willing to step out to mediate affairs, there was a definite turn of events. The Qin Clan needed these three years to concentrate on training, to amaze the world with a single brilliant feat.
Currently, the Qin Clan was waiting to explode in three years and to regain the Heavenly Emperor seat. They needed to brew a burst of energy in these three years.
After Qin Wushuang took care of all the major and minor matters, he gathered all of the chiefs. He said to them, “Everyone, now I need to head to the north for some matters. It might be as long as three to five months or one to two years. I will make it back before the Heavenly Emperor election. No matter how bold that Xin Tianwen may be, he can not defy the imperial order of the totem paramount warrior. Therefore, in these three years, the Qin Clan will hide under the bushel and conceal ourselves. Don’t go out to attract any trouble. When the three years of hibernation pass, we shall amaze the world with one feat!”
Young people were always filled with a form of vitality. After Qin Wushuang became the Head Chief, he brought much vitality to the Qin Clan. His inspiring and energetic words brought warmth back to the cold blood of the old chiefs. From time to time, it allowed them to experience what it was like to be fired-up.
As they were throbbed by Qin Wushuang’s inspiring words, each of them nodded.
“When Head Chief goes out to train, of course we shall guard our door. In three years time, the Qin Clan will release our mighty power and re-seize the seat of Heavenly Emperor!”
“Yes, the Qin Clan will get the Heavenly Emperor seat!”
“The vigorous style of the Qin Clan is eternal!”
When Qin Wushuang saw a group of old people getting inspired, he felt it was rather interesting. “Ok, everyone, I will not worry about things in the clan because of you. Tomorrow morning, I will take my leave. Everyone will work together to fight for the future of the Qin Clan!”
After Xuan Yuan Yang circled around the Heavenly Emperor Mountain, he returned to the Xuan Yuan palace. Inside the Heavenly Emperor Gate, Xin Tianwen’s injuries were already healed. He was also showing signs of a breakthrough.
In these three or four months, not only was he able to heal, at the same time he also sensed the Third Calamity of the Genuine Supreme Dao Stage. Currently, he was at the Second Calamity of the Genuine Supreme Dao Stage. When he was injured this time, it caused him to vaguely grasp the traces of the Third Calamity. If he could pass the Third Calamity in one breath, with all three little calamities of the Genuine Supreme Dao fulfilled, he would enter a brand new stage. It would be the middle stage of the Genuine Supreme Dao.
This was definitely an improvement to attain the next higher level. For someone at the Genuine Supreme Dao Stage that passed three calamities, it was definitely incomparable to those within the three calamities.
However, just when he exerted his strength to batter for the third calamity, Xuan Yuan Yang came without notice. He ordered him to cease fire with the Qin Clan and to prepare for the Heavenly Emperor election in three years.
Without a doubt, this order was a stern rebuke, like a bucket of cold water that poured over him from head to toe. It appeared as an order from the totem paramount warrior.
However behind this order, profound mystery was hidden. This was the attitude, a stance, and more of a hint from the totem clan.
To the Xin Clan, if they could not choke the Qin Clan to death now, in three years, unquestionably the Qin Clan would appear as an ever stronger opponent.
To the Qin Clan, the later the battle the better.
To the Xin Clan, the quicker the battle the better. The Qin Clan could afford the delay; however, the Xin Clan could not.
For these past numerous battles, the Xin Clan had consumed more of their capital. For this siege against the Qin Clan, many Supreme Dao elite warriors were sacrificed in the battle and many of their young elite warriors were also dead or had suffered injuries.
In three years, it was impossible for the Xin Clan to make up for their losses. To restore the power of the Xin Clan, they would need at least a few hundred years.
For these few hundreds of years, they must ensure that the Xin Clan sits on the Heavenly Emperor seat, or else they would have no power to back their words. With the grudge held between the Qin Clan and the Xin Clan, if the Qin Clan sat on the Heavenly Emperor seat, most likely they would start with the Xin Clan first. This was clear without saying.
Therefore, Xin Tianwen was well aware that the Xin Clan could not afford to wait.
In recent times, he was discussing with Saber Beard on how to attack the Qin Clan, and how to defeat them. Now, Saber Beard was well aware of the situation. It was the same for him to be dressing in the same pants as Xin Tianwen. If the Qin Clan dealt with the Xin Clan, he could not escape from it.
After all, when they went after the Qin Clan in the past, Saber Beard was part of it.
Therefore, Saber Beard did not dare to neglect his involvement. Considering Qin Wushuang’s monstrous performance, he felt some anxiety and terror from the bottom of his heart.
“Daoist Tianwen, what did Xuan Yuan Yang mean?” Saber Beard was extremely dissatisfied. He was not as respectful to the Xuan Yuan Clan as the martial artists of the Heavenly Emperor Eight Gates as he called his name directly.
Xin Tianwen was extremely helpless. “I never expected this… For such trivial matters, is it worth having the paramount totem elite warrior come tell us? Could it be the Qin Clan went to complain to the Xuan Yuan Clan?”
“Humph, it’s useless to speak these words. Let me ask you, what is your plan? If we wait for three years, without a doubt we are nurturing a tiger to invite calamity.”
“Saber Beard, the paramount totem warrior is not speaking jokes. No one dares to resist his imperial order. Or else, in between a thought, he could annihilate my Xin Clan and turn you and me into dust. We must not defy him.”
Saber Beard heaved deep sighs. “Three years, three years…”
Suddenly, his eyes glittered as he raised his brow to ask, “Daoist Tianwen, let me ask you an honest question, how much assurance do you have against that Qin Wushuang in three years?”
Xin Tianwen opened his mouth for he truly wanted to speak some vicious words. Yet when thinking carefully, he would not dare to bluff too much as he said with a bitter smile, “If it were others in the Qin Clan, I would not even have to think about it. However that kid… Ah, he’s a devil. His speed of growth is too astonishing. I cannot imagine what kind of a monstrous figure he will be in three years!”
Xin Tianwen’s tone sounded incredibly desolate. Xin Tianwen had ruled tyrannically for all of his lifetime. Regardless of his words or actions, he was never willing to be convinced by others. Besides his direct boss the totem Xuan Yuan Clan, Xin Tianwen never yielded to anyone.
However this time, the sudden emergence of Qin Wushuang caused him to speak such depressing words. It was a form of gratification from the bottom of his heart.
For a young man that could injure him now, with his imagination, he could not predict what kind of monstrous skills he would gain in three years time.
Saber Beard’s long whiskers flew and danced from his breathing. From his expression, clearly he was incredibly frustrated, yet a few vile intentions flickered in his eyes.
Suddenly, murderous intentions flashed from his eyes as he asked with a low voice, “Daoist Tianwen, let me ask you. In three years, if the Xin Clan cannot defeat the Qin Clan, what will be the fate of your clan?”
“What course will we follow?” Xin Tianwen had a bitter expression. “If the Qin Clan wins, without thinking, my Xin Clan will be struck down hard. Even if we can keep our Daoist tradition, certainly we will get demoted to be a third rate powerhouse. None of the Supreme Dao elite warriors will remain. I am afraid even the Exquisite Mysterious Boundary warriors will not be allowed to live.”
“Of course, if it’s my Xin Clan who wins, the Qin Clan will surely not have any good days. This is a life or death battle!” Xin Tianwen’s tone was vicious, yet it expressed a determined courage.
“Then what do you plan to do? To sit and wait, wait for the fateful judgment in three years? Do you think, with your current situation, how much of a winning chance do you have?”
Besides Xin Tianwen and Xin Tianchen, the Xin Clan had a lack of talent. In terms of winning, the chances were extremely slim. Perhaps they could drag it on with the Qin Clan through normal methods and neither side would win.
Yet to keep guard the Heavenly Emperor seat, they would not just be competing with the Qin Clan alone. There would also be the powerful and mysterious Yun Clan.
The degree of unpredictability of the Yun Clan is no lesser than that of the Qin Clan. In terms of a difference, the Qin Clan just has the monstrous Qin Wushuang at their side.
“Saber Beard, just speak up, no need to beat about the bush.” Xin Tianwen was slightly unhappy.
[Remark: Using this cursed object is nothing good but it’s better than being dead, right?]
[Whisper of Evil Demon: 20 minutes casting time, summon a black veil of a hundred meters in diameters. Curse of Evil will be casted on the targets within, the cursed targets will be forced to go through Constitution and Spirit authentication of A rank at least. Fail either one and the targets will suffer a Lethal attack, 1 per 3 days.]
[Blood Cerements: Acquired a defensive coat made out of the Blood of Evil. Has Strong level defense, 30 second duration, 1/day]
[Drain: You can spend an extra 10,000, 20,000, or 30,000 points respectively to increase the authentication level of Whisper of Evil by +1, +2, +3. You can spend extra 30,000 Points to increase the defense level of Blood Cerements by +1. If you spend 1 Golden Skill Point or Golden Attribute Points, you can temporarily acquire a brand new Whisper of Evil or Blood Cerement effect. In the absence of Golden Skill Point, Golde Attribute Points, you can choose to lower any of your five stats by 1 rank to acquire a similar effect!]
Kieran let out a long sigh when he saw the system description of [Reverse Scar].
His guess at Banning was verified finally.
The reason why Banning was so weak and poor was because of [Reverse Scar]! It was also the reason why Banning was selfish as a person, it was also because of [Reverse Scar]!
Kieran could paint the picture of how Banning acquired this cross and how he was drained by the equipment, leading him to turn into what he was.
He knew clearly Banning must have known the danger of using the cross but given the circumstances, Banning must have been forced to use it.
Regardless of the danger within the dungeon world or the confrontation with his enemies in the big city, Banning was left without much of an option.
After all, Banning lived through the end of the era of the Witch, a time where it was 10 times more dangerous than the current game period.
Though according to real world calculations, the era of the Witch was just a couple months ago but Kieran remembered how Lawless sounded serious and heavy when he mentioned that time period.
Kieran didn’t joke about it, because what the Witch did in her time was worthy to be address as her era by the survivors.
While the Witch succeeded herself, sorrow brewed within the game.
The sorrow of the powerful ones being stuck with the Witch at the same era!
No matter how much effort the powerful players put in to catch up to the Witch, they could barely catch a glimpse of her back in despair.
Although there were the ten Supernovas that were labeled only second to the Witch that were admired by the common players, what about the other side of the truth?
Kieran sized up Banning’s room once more. He couldn’t imagine what Banning would feel like being in an empty room like the one he was in.
Would he be presumptuous or wail in despair? Or will he hug [Reverse Scar] day and night, quenching his thirst of being fulfilled?
Kieran’s mind had hit a wall , he glanced [Reverse Scar] again before placing it at his belt where he could easily reach and turned around to head out.
It was unbearable staying in that room. Kieran would not want to spend another second inside.
He didn’t go over to the other player killer’s room after some thought because he knew that Broker would not grant him the opportunity to do so, plus his Weakened state was a problem for him.
If any battle broke out, he would be placed at a total disadvantage.
So, after moving away from Long Pipe Street, Kieran boarded the only transportation in the big city, the train.
After entering his destination as Wallway Street with the conductor, Kieran leaned back at the seat and slightly shut his eyes. His big backpack was placed beside his leg.
He was resting his mind and thinking about what words he would use to talk to Starbeck.
In the end, Kieran went with the direct way.
2567: I need your help.
2567: Lawless had some big trouble in the real world, he would need some extra help. I can’t really help him but I know you can.
Starbeck: What do you mean?
2567: If you are willing to provide help to Lawless, I can help you to go through 2 dungeon runs safely.
Two dungeon runs, it was what Kieran came up with after tons of thoughts about it.
It couldn’t be too little nor too many Too little would make him looked less sincere and too many would affect his progression.
So, Kieran started off with two dungeon runs as based and he could go for three if bargained.
It was what Kieran wanted but the decision was in Starbeck’s hand, since Kieran gave him the initiative to offer.
Keiran would still take it if it was a little too over.
Though, after around twenty seconds, Starbeck replied but Kieran frowned hard over the reply. Chapter 448: Main Scroll
Translator: Dess Editor: EbonyFrost
Starbeck: No need for 2, just 1 will be enough!
Even though he was not a qualified merchant, at least he knew how to make a deal in a proper trade. It should be built on terms that both sides were agreeable with or on even grounds.
In simpler words, both sides wished the other side to put forth more effort so they could receive more out of the deal.
Yet, Starbeck went away from the norm and lowered his part of the bargain.
It made Kieran frown hard.
The unusual reaction could only mean one thing from Kieran’s perspective, Starbeck must have some special request!
Kieran didn’t reply right away, he waited patiently.
As expected, after a while, Starbeck’s message verified Kieran’s guess.
Starbeck: I need you to sign a confidential agreement with me, only then I can proceed.
2567: Fine with me.
Since Starbeck had the initiative, Kieran had no grounds to reject. In fact, he was quite curious himself, what kind of dungeon had Starbeck come across?
The agreement was witnessed by the system when they signed. After Kieran agreed to never expose Starbeck’s secret in any form or means, a follow up screenshot appeared before Kieran.
Instantly, Kieran was shocked beyond words, his eyes widened and his face went dull.
[Blade of the Daybreaker (Main Scroll)]!!!!
The screenshot even captured the description properly.
[Title Dungeon: Blade of the Daybreaker (Main Scroll)]
[Blade of the Daybreaker: The Burning Dawn, who was stationed at the Supreme Road, was assaulted by an unknown enemy and was heavily wounded. He is desperate to find someone that could inherit the spirit and will of the Blade of the Daybreaker!]
[Dungeon Cooldown Time: 5/10]
[Note 1: Title Dungeon will not be calculated in player’s dungeon count.]
[Note 2: Title Dungeon has a specific difficulty and is not related to the dungeon entry difficulty.]
[Note 3: You have the only main scroll of the dungeon, you can decide when to initiate the dungeon but you can’t trade, discard or expel it by any means unless you choose to die.]
[Note 4: You as the main scroll owner will have a higher difficulty than the other sub scroll owner, but at the same time have more conveniences to aid you.]
Kieran would never have thought that Starbeck was the one who possessed the main scroll of [Blade of the Daybreaker].
Kieran viewed the dungeon cooldown which was stuck at 5 for a long time and never seemed to have any signs of increasing. From his original guess, the owner of the main scroll must be someone with utmost vigilance, careful and was a player that never wasted a single moment to strengthen himself, that was the reason why the cooldown number never increased.
Kieran even went as far as guessing the owner might be someone with a tempering skill similar to [Knights of Dawn Body Tempering Art] like him, which cost more time to level up.
However, following Starbeck’s message, Kirean realized he was overthinking.
What vigilance, what carefulness? What similar skill to [Knight of Dawn Body Tempering Art]?
Everything was crap except Starbeck’s cowardness!
“What in the hell…”
Kieran muttered, trying to find words to describe his current mood but he couldn’t find any appropriate words.
Kieran took in deep breaths to try to adjust his complicated feelings that he was unable to describe, then he inspected the screenshot before him in detail once more.
With the system guaranteeing the deal, Kieran had no need to worry about the screenshot being tampered with or any similar means, so the validity of the scroll should be real.
But because of that, he became more cautious.
[Blade of the Daybreaker (Main Scroll)]’s third and fourth note was enough to tell him that the mission won’t be easy.
The main scroll and sub scroll had different difficulties, which means…
“Will the main mission be different as well? Or we might even end up in opposing factions?”
Kieran couldn’t keep his mind from coming up such speculations, and if such speculations were valid…
Kieran frowned even harder. He then spilled his own speculations to Starbeck.
However, Starbeck replied with some more screenshots.
[Name: Faction Change Card]
[Attribute: Grant player the option to choose his/her desired factions, including the enemies.]
[Remark: This card’s usage is unpredictable, yet it is nothing when compared to the human heart!]
[Name: Alliance Card]
However, with a thousand years of accumulation and the Bright Jade City being the former capital of Northern Wei, how would it be so simple to bring down the city? In the entire world, Bright Jade City could be considered one of the most sturdy cities. With just the number of experts living within the city, it wasn’t a force that could be easily dealt with!
In the past two days, the attack had never stopped. Ling Jian, Ling Chi, and the others had even tried to infiltrate the city and attempt to assassinate Yu ManLou. However, they would always end up being forced out by the numerous experts of the Yu Family.
Everyone knew that it was already over for the Yu Family and it was only a matter of time before Bright Jade City fell. However, the Yu Family had displayed the determination to fight the Ling Family to the end. Under such miserable circumstances, they refused to admit defeat!
Occasionally, Yu ManLou would appear on top of the city gate with a tranquil appearance as he looked down at the endless troops. In Yu ManLou’s heart, while the First Pavilion Head was a peerless expert, it wasn’t worth it for him to take action personally!
While his demonic martial art was a ‘one hit one kill’ technique, he had to pay a huge price whenever he used it. He had to ensure that he would only use it when it was necessary and on the most dangerous person!
Currently, Yu ManLou only had a single target: Ling Tian!
Ling Tian! You wiped out all of my hope and forced my Yu Family into such desperate straits! This enmity and hatred shall never be forgiven! Even if I am unable to obtain the world and become the ruler of the entire world, you, Ling Tian, should not dream of doing so! I will definitely, definitely, definitely, pull you down into hell with me!
Ling Jian stood at the very front and roared with all his strength, “Charge! Charge for me! Kill!”
Ling Chi appeared behind him stealthily and said, “Brother Jian, even after all we have done, Yu ManLou is still hiding like a tortoise. I am afraid that we cannot allow this to carry on. Yu ManLou wants to wait until young noble arrives before taking action. But if young noble arrives, things would be bad! Yu ManLou’s demonic martial art is truly too frightening! Why not we gather all of our brothers and infiltrate Bright Jade City in the night. We shall stake victory and defeat in a single mission!”
Ling Jian’s eyes glowed and after musing over it for a long while, he clenched his teeth and said, “Alright! We shall do that! We must not allow Yu ManLou to have the chance to fight with young noble! We can take this risk but young noble must not!”
Ling Chi fell silent for a while before saying, “Brother Jian, but if we do so, some of our brothers will be injured or dead. If young noble blames us after that…”
Ling Jian waved his hands and cut Ling Chi off, “Our lives were given by young noble. So what if we are killed or injured? Let all of our brothers prepare! We shall take Yu ManLou’s head tonight! No one is to fight with me. I will personally take action to kill Yu ManLou!” In the direction of the Swallow County, Ling Tian looked at the slip of paper in his hands and was exasperated. He immediately ordered, “Everyone get on your horses. Rush at full speed! We will not take any breaks in between!”
“Ling Jian already started besieging the city yesterday?” Li Xue asked with a dull expression. From Ling Tian’s expression, she could already tell.
“This Ling Jian!” Ling Tian sighed with anger, “After this battle is over, I must definitely punish him!”
Li Xue let out a smile and said, “Ling Jian is doing this for you! It can’t be that you don’t understand what he is thinking!”
Ling Tian snorted twice and glared at Li Xue, “That is the lives of a few hundred thousand soldiers! Which one of them isn’t precious?”
Li Xue thought to herself silently, If it was me, I would probably do the same as Ling Jian! I would rather the entire world die or use my life in exchange than to allow any harm to come to you! It would be worth it for me to sacrifice everything for you. As long as you can live on well, what is the world worth?
While Li Xue didn’t say those words, Ling Tian could obviously see it in her eyes. His heart turned warm and he tapped Li Xue on the shoulders while saying warmly, “Don’t worry!”
For some reason, after hearing Ling Tian’s words, Li Xue’s racing heart suddenly slowed down. Feeling Ling Tian’s immense confidence, her heart also settled down and she let out a smile.
Looking up at the darkening sky, Ling Tian let out a sigh, “It is impossible for the entire army to rush over in time. We need to abandon the majority of our soldiers and rush over at full speed if we want to reach there before noon! If we arrive late, there will be a large number of fatalities!”
Li Xue nodded her head and smiled, “If not for your strict order, Ling Jian wouldn’t have been able to endure up until now. It is already a feat for him to endure up until now. If it were me, I would have taken action by now!”
After making some simple arrangements, Ling Tian and Li Xue left the main army and sped forward.
Despite it being deep into the night, Bright Jade City was still filled with the flames of battle.
In the palace.
A general rushed in and reported, “Your Majesty, the attack of the Divine Prefecture Empire remains intense and it has never stopped since noon today. Furthermore, their attack seems to be getting more and more intense by the minute. They will probably continue their attack for the entire night. Do we have to send our reserve forces out just in case?”
Yu ManLou’s expression was dark and he said after a long while, “Arrange it according to your suggestions! The generals of the Divine Prefecture Empire have always treasured their soldiers but their actions this time are extremely strange. For them to not bother about their losses is an extremely strange matter. Inform the various generals to defend the place to their deaths. Nothing will be allowed to go wrong!”
“Roger!” The general bowed respectfully and walked out.
“Their attack is becoming more and more intense? It is no more than a farce. They only want to distract us with their million man army and deal us a killing blow when we least expect it. They only want to use their soldiers to surround our city and attempt to destroy our morale. It seems like the First Pavilion Head will take action tonight!” Yu ManLou said slowly with killing intent in his eyes, “Silent like a mountain, moving like the storm! If he takes action, it will be a big one! If not, how would he be able to kill me?! Alright, this emperor will be waiting!”
“Big brother, you mean to say… the First Pavilion Head may assassinate you tonight?” Yu ManTang asked.
“Second brother, you are one of the few famous military strategists in the world, you should understand that it isn’t advantageous for the attacking party to continue the attack so late into the night. However, they don’t seem to have any intentions to cease the attack but are increasing the intensity of their attacks instead. Second brother, don’t you find this matter very strange?” Yu ManLou looked at his second brother before continuing, “Any oddity must have a reason! They must be trying to hide something by making such a large move! Their strange actions must be because they want to cover up another larger operation. In Bright Jade City, who else other than me would be worthy of them using a million soldiers as a feint?”
“Big brother is right!” Yu ManTang’s eyes narrowed and his aura suddenly turned sharp.
“Second brother.” Rebirth in Against the Gods with an Ultimate System Yu ManLou’s eyes turned warm, “With the First Pavilion Head taking the lead personally, there will be many experts together with him! Tonight will be a tough fight! Victory and defeat have yet to be determined. You must remember something…”
Yu ManTang raised his head and looked at Yu ManLou. However, Yu ManLou suddenly stopped talking and looked out at the darkness. From the side view, Yu ManLou’s face was filled with desolation and loneliness!
A long while later, Yu ManLou let out a soft sigh and stood up from the throne. Pulling Yu ManTang’s hands, he said with a heavy voice, “Second brother, all of us here understand that the thousand years of our Yu Family’s glory is finished! Even if we make our final struggle, we are only stalling for time!” He then waved his hands to stop Yu ManTang from talking and continued talking.
“Ever since I was young, I, Yu ManLou, have been filled with ambition. I swore to make my Yu Family the number one family in the world and the ruler of the entire continent! All these years, I walked forward step by step and everything went too smoothly. I even dare to say that the Yu Family under my charge was more prosperous than ever before! Thus, I also became full of ambition and felt as though there was nothing in the world that I couldn’t achieve. Everything in the world was in my grasp! As such, my ambition grew bigger and bigger, completely out of control.”
“Ten years ago, the first time our Yu Family was robbed, I sent people to follow the two stealthily. After following them until the territory of Sky Bearing, the two of them disappeared without a trace. However, I also found something very special! That was the time when Ling Tian was infamous for being a profligate son. When I found out that Ling Tian was no more than a ten-year-old boy, I began to have my doubts. Regardless of how degenerate he was, it was unlikely for his infamy to spread throughout the entire continent right? Furthermore, his infamy had spread so rapidly. As such, I became curious and after a great deal of effort, I found out that all of these rumors had originated from a gang called the Violent Wind Gang. Furthermore, this Violent Wind Gang was actually controlled by Ling Tian! At that time, I knew that Ling Tian wasn’t a simple person!”
“Ling Tian intentionally feigned weakness and ruined his reputation. When I was young, I intentionally acted in a high profile manner and bragged in order to make a good impression with my father and the elders. While Ling Tian’s actions were the exact opposite of mine, his intention was the same. It can be said that we both achieved the same result with different means. At that time, with authority in my hands, I believe that I would have been able to destroy that little brat with a mere flip of my palms. However, I did not do that. Thinking back, I am both with and without regrets…” Yu ManLou let out a self-mocking laugh, “I saw Ling Tian grow up step by step, gradually growing in strength. It felt as though I relived my days from back then again. That familiar but strange feeling is truly… indescribable.”
Yu ManTang let out a sigh. He was naturally clear concerning what Yu ManLou had been through all his life and it wasn’t surprising for Yu ManLou to have such thoughts at all.
“This brat Ling Tian, his style is extremely similar to mine and it can even be said that our actions are identical. We are both vicious and merciless, and walk down the path of violence and blood! However, he started a full ten years later than me! Despite Ling Tian’s strength being relatively hidden over the past ten years, I am still aware of the majority of his forces. However, to think that we were completely unaware of the fact that the First Pavilion and Crystal Pavilion were also part of Ling Tian’s forces! In other words, he had already created these organizations before I noticed him! After that, they hid entirely to ensure that they wouldn’t be noticed by us. I believe that those two world-famous organizations were still extremely weak at that time. At that time, Ling Tian was only eight. He was only eight!”Find authorized novels in Webnovel，faster updates, better experience，Please click www.webnovel.com for visiting.
“Eight?! He was only eight?!” Yu ManTang was dumbfounded and a bomb seemed to have gone off in his head.
An eight-year-old child was capable of creating the legendary First Pavilion and Crystal Pavilion? The number one assassination and information organizations?! If not for big brother’s words, I wouldn’t have believed it! Am I actually not dreaming?! Yu ManTang shook his head hard.
He is truly a demonic talent!
“When Northern Wei used their Martial Order Medallion to invite Justice to kill Ling Tian, Ling Tian’s wings were already fully grown! However, I still thought that Ling Tian wouldn’t be able to achieve much regardless of how talented he was with only a few years of hard work! Could his achievements measure up to the thousand years of accumulation of our Yu Family? Furthermore, everything went too well at that time and unknowingly, I became overly arrogant. I had hoped for a worthy opponent to make my life more exciting. At the very least, it wouldn’t be too boring and lonely…”
Yu ManLou let out a bitter laugh. “Step by step, I became the monarch I am today from the little child I was in the past! At the same time, I trapped all the members of my Yu Family here! I truly lost the entire game because of a single wrong step. The most frightening organization under Ling Tian isn’t the First Pavilion but the even more mysterious Crystal Pavilion! While the strength of the First Pavilion is frightening, they are no more than a sharp blade. However, the intelligence of the Crystal Pavilion is capable of burying an entire million man army! The Crystal Pavilion has been hidden for almost ten years and it has yet to surface in the world. If not for us coincidentally finding out that the Crystal Pavilion belonged to Ling Tian, we wouldn’t have realized that all the information that we paid good money to buy from the Crystal Pavilion was filled with 90% truth and 10% lies! However, this 10% of lies was sufficient to destroy our Yu Family!”
“What’s done is done and we have made far too many mistakes when dealing with an opponent like Ling Tian! It isn’t surprising for us to lose! I have regrets but do not have any regrets!” Yu ManTian’s eagle-eyes glowed with splendor, “Second brother, what I want to say today is that you have to survive no matter what and pass down our Yu Family’s bloodline! As long as our Yu Family’s bloodline can be passed down, even in death, I will be able to face our ancestors in the afterlife!”
“Big brother!!!” Yu ManTang cried out anxiously.
“Yan’er is now Ling Tian’s consort and with this layer of relationship, Ling Tian will not take action against you! As for me… Ling Tian would not let me off no matter what! If I die after this battle and Ling Tian remains alive, you must not take revenge! With Ling Tian’s talent and his capable subordinates, the entire continent would have a hundred years of peace at the very least! Thus, in the next 200 years, you must not allow the members of our Yu Family to even think about taking revenge! This is something that must be placed into our ancestral rules! Those who defy the rule shall be executed!” Yu ManLou placed his hands on Yu ManTang’s shoulders and looked him in the eye, “Promise me! You must live on and pass down the bloodline of our Yu Family!”
“PROMISE ME!!” Yu ManLou roared with his eyes turning red.
Yu ManTang’s knees collapsed onto the ground, “Big brother! I… I promise you!”
Yu ManLou then regained his usual scholarly appearance and turned around calmly. Waving his hands, he said, “You… take your leave.” He then looked up at the sky and didn’t say another word.
Yu ManLou remained still as though he didn’t hear a thing. A long while later, he added, “Third brother is extremely hot-tempered and you must take good care of him!”
A bad premonition rose up in Yu ManTang’s heart. Yu ManLou seemed to be saying his final words before his death. Yu ManTang then took his leave with a heavy heart.
Yu ManLou stood alone as he looked out into the darkness. All of a sudden, a resolute smile could be seen on his face as he muttered under his breath, “First Pavilion Head, Ling Jian! Since I cannot wait for Ling Tian’s arrival and your actions are so outrageous, it shall be you! With the number one assassin in the world accompanying me into the afterlife, I don’t have to be afraid of being lonely! Haha!”
All of a sudden, the crown of Yu ManLou’s head exploded and his hair shot up towards the sky. An azure qi could be seen flowing around his face as it slowly turned into a black qi. His originally cold eyes suddenly turned completely black and the whites of his eyes could no longer be seen. At this moment, Yu ManLou seemed to have transformed into a decomposed skeleton with two black holes at his eyes!
His long hair fell back down and Yu ManLou’s arms turned back to their original color. Raising his arms out, he took down his treasured sword and hung it on his waist. While his action was scholarly as usual, he no longer had his usual elegance and solemness. Instead, he was emanating an extremely strange aura!
In the hall, an eerie and frightening ghastly aura exploded forth and it wouldn’t be too much to call the hall a living hell!
There wasn’t a single trace of life…
The battle along the city gates was still ongoing and countless soldiers were dropping off from the ladders and being thrown off the city gates. The city gate was dyed red with blood and the foot of the city gate had a mountain of corpses.
What a miserable battle!
In front of the Divine Prefecture Empire’s marshal tent, Xiao FengYang, XiMen Sa, Shen RuHu and DongFang JingLei frowned as they looked at the miserable battlefield. None of them could imagine that this single city was powerful enough to withstand the endless attack of a million men army for a full five days! In the past five days, the number of casualties of their army was also stunning!
The Yu Family’s army was truly made up of elites!
Without a single sound, 45 black ghostly figures appeared in front of everyone and walked over slowly. They were clad completely in black and had a black scabbard on their backs. With the 45 of them walking together, the entire night sky seemed to have turned colder than before.
The person in the lead was the Divine Sword Duke of the Divine Prefecture Empire, Ling Jian. The others behind him were his brothers who had the surname Ling.
Apart from Ling Chen and Ling Jian, Ling Tian had given the surname Ling to a total of 56 individuals. Apart from the four in charge of intelligence, five in Heavenly Star, Ling Fifty who was back in Sky Bearing and XiMen Sa, the others were all present!
The steps of the 45 individuals were in complete unison and their indomitable aura exploded forth! It covered the heavens and the earth and a large whirlwind was stirred from their aura!
XiMen Sa’s gaze began to burn as he looked at Ling Jian and the others, hating the fact that he couldn’t jump into battle together with them! However, he could not! He had the responsibility of supervising the army at this place!
After looking at all of his brothers in the eyes, Ling Jian turned around and commanded coldly, “The operation tonight is the most dangerous one that we have ever faced! Young noble saved us from peril and not only did he bring us up, he even taught us martial arts that are far superior to any martial arts in the world! Today is the time for us to repay our young noble’s kindness! We are only allowed to succeed and not allowed to fail! Even if only a single one of us is left, we must kill Yu ManLou under our sword! Do all of you understand?!”
“We understand! Kill Yu ManLou! Only success, no failure! We will succeed even if only a single person is left!” The 44 others replied in unison. While their voice wasn’t loud, the killing intent in their voice was sufficient to make one’s hair stand up!
Ling Jian nodded in satisfaction, “The 45 of us will be split into six groups of seven people. Ling Feng, Ling Yun, Ling Lei, Ling Dian, Ling Chi and I will each lead a group. We will take action separately and meet up in the imperial palace of the Yu Family! Forty-seven, Forty-eight and Forty-nine are to move independently and support any group in need!”
Ling Jian walked forward slowly to the front of the troops and stared at each and every one of his brothers as though he wanted to imprint the faces of his brothers into their hearts. After this mission tonight, he may not be able to see them again!
A long while later, Ling Jian waved his hands and said, “Set off!”
Forty-five of them put on a black mask and split up into six different groups. The next instant, the six groups shot forward like six black arrows and disappeared into the darkness!
XiMen Sa’s eyes turned red and he hopped onto his warhorse. Waving a command flag, he roared, “Sound the drums! Attack! The first person to charge into Bright Jade City will be awarded 10,000 taels of gold and the position of general! I, Ling Thirty, will make this promise on behalf of the empire!”
Despite it being late into the night, the soldiers of the Divine Prefecture Empire who had already battled for an entire day charged crazily towards Bright Jade City as though they were on stimulates. This attack was obviously different from the previous few attacks. Regardless of the generals or soldiers, they all charged forward without a concern for their lives as though they weren’t afraid of death!
Arrows landed like rain and the soldiers attacked like a tsunami!
The battle cry of the soldiers shook the entire world!
Forty-five black figures charged up the ladder as though it was flat ground. After killing a few enemy soldiers who were in their way, they quickly disappeared as though they had never appeared before.
On top of Bright Jade City’s gates, an extremely bright and colorful fire arrow shot into the sky and exploded with splendor.
In the imperial city, the warning drums that indicated danger also sounded.
Yu ManLou’s eagle eyes were fixed on the bright fireworks in the sky and his right hand was placed on the hilt of his sword. The moment had finally arrived…
Not too far away from Bright Jade City, two figures shot over like shooting stars towards the city. Even if Yu ManLou was present, he would find this speed extremely frightening.
At the north of Bright Jade City, a human figure appeared together with a stunning rainbow. Before the guards could even react, the figure disappeared swiftly.
Right when Ling Chi and the other six entered the imperial palace, ten plus individuals appeared in front of them and blocked their way. Eight were middle-aged men and three were elders. Their expressions were solemn as they waited with their guard up, “Assassins of the First Pavilion? Moon Climbing Star Picking Pavilion of the Yu Family has been awaiting your arrival!”
Ling Chi’s pupils narrowed and he did not hesitate in the slightest. Waving his hands, he ordered, “Kill!” Pouncing forward, he brandished his sword and had easily destroyed two of his opponents’ weapons.
Ling Feng led his six brothers and carefully avoided all the patrols. They were already near the walls of the imperial palace and would arrive at the palace after flipping over the wall in front of them!
Right at this moment, an eerie voice could be heard, “First Pavilion, what incredible fame. However, all of you don’t seem to be much? Martial Pointer Pavilion of the Yu Family has been waiting for a long time…” As this voice sounded, ten plus figures appeared on top of the walls of the imperial palace.
Ling Yun, Ling Lei, Ling Dian, and the others had also met with the ambush of the Yu Family’s Unreturnable Pavilion, Shadowless Pavilion, and Ruler Tower!
Ling Jian’s group proceeded the fastest and took care of all the soldiers who blocked their way with lightning-fast speed. When he was nearing the palace, he adopted the most straight forward possible method and charged over like a powerful gust of wind. Before the enemy army could even react, they had charged straight into the palace. However, they all received the greatest resistance because of that!
The Yu Family’s Colliding Heaven Pavilion and White Jade Hall sent out their strongest experts to stop Ling Jian and others. As they engaged Ling Jian and the others in an intense battle, six battles broke out within Bright Jade City!
The locations of all six battles were right outside the Yu Family’s imperial palace! Just a single wall away.
An aristocratic family with a thousand years of foundation sent out the strongest force they could muster to clash with the First Pavilion that was currently at its strongest! It was like a meteor crashing to earth. Countless of once-in-a-lifetime battles could be witnessed between experts all over the city!
Sword qi shot towards the sky! Killing intent burst forth in all directions!
The family head of the Yu Family, Yu ManLou, had yet to appear!
Before today, many of the Yu Family experts were completely indifferent towards the fame of the Yu Family. They all felt that the fame of the First Pavilion was undeserved and they were only monkeys ruling the mountain with the absence of the tigers! But after exchanging blows with the First Pavilion today, they finally understood how powerful the First Pavilion was!
Every single one of these black-robed men had the strength close to a gold jade level expert of the Yu Family! There were a few who had strength superior to that! The most frightening thing was the bizarre movement techniques of these assassins and their extremely vicious swordplay. All the Yu Family experts could not help but suffer a loss after a single exchange!
The swordplay of these assassins was even more exquisite than the Yu Family’s swordplay that had gone through a thousand years of refinement!
Kiriel activated the Dragon God Armor to its limits as she attacked Elis Valentine again.
The fang in Kiriel’s hand had cut enough flesh to reveal Elis Valentine’s ribs.
A wound that would cause people to freeze up in shock from the pain alone.
But Kiriel didn’t rejoice with this and instead hardened her muscles.
‘Damn it… Huup!’
Elis Valentine’s partially cut-off right hand smashed into Kiriel’s stomach.
Kiriel breathed in deeply at the powerful force slamming her stomach, quickly regaining her balance as the blow flung her back.
Kiriel dug her fingers into the ground, slowing herself from being flung backward.
And she frowned as Elis Valentine approached her again with a smile.
The injuries on her body were healing at a visible pace.
New skin grew, and her body reabsorbed the leaking blood.
Broken bones mended and severed muscles healed.
A monstrous healing ability.
Even for a 3-Star Transcendent, it was abnormal.
She wasn’t at that level, not even close.
Elis’s spike had punctured her skin, and the wound was still bleeding.
Kiriel frowned as she looked at the completely healed Elis.
Elis made a creepy smile as if Kiriel’s expression made her feel happy.
“It seems you don’t have a Trait designed for battle? So how is it? Seeing a battle-specialized Trait?”
“Eh, I’m not really envious or anything. I’m not insane like you.”
Rising to the 3-Star level had strengthened her Trait as well.
Unlike before, where she had to focus to read memories, she could now read memories just by touching someone briefly during a fight.
Elis’s Trait was .
She was resistant to pain.
A human’s natural defense mechanism to feel pain did not exist inside her.
Actually, one could say it was more of a disorder than a Trait at this point.
But of course, her Trait allowed her to take this to another level.
She could save the pain she would otherwise feel and convert it into her own strength or even heal herself.
A very useful Trait in a battle.
A battle involved collective actions that put one through pain.
Of course, the healing rate wasn’t crazy to the point that she could heal everything.
She was still losing out in the end.
But since Elis was giving away a rib to cut a single piece of Kiriel’s flesh, Kiriel was the one truly losing out in this battle.
‘…Damn. She wasn’t poking her body around just for fun.’
Normally, she shouldn’t be able to heal like that.
Calculating the injuries Kiriel had given to Elis, there wasn’t enough damage to heal her to this degree.
But Elis had completely recovered.
There was only one reason for this.
She had saved up the pain with her Trait and waited.
‘She’s insanely efficient.’
She had accumulated her painful actions and used it to heal.
With her natural healing abilities, the injuries from her spikes were more than enough for her to mend her wounds.
And this was the result.
A near immortal body.
Elis giggled as she looked at Kiriel.
“Oh, don’t misunderstand. The thing I was doing before is my hobby. I’m not doing it because I need to.”
Kiriel was at a loss.
‘This girl. She’s really mental.’
Elis continued to speak, enjoying Kiriel’s expression.
“You see, I was in a lot of pain before I came here in the past. A lot of pain. So much pain that I’d faint from it. But then it’s funny because you wake up from the pain. Every day is a living nightmare.”
Later on, the medication stopped working as well.
Struggling from pain day by day.
She wanted to die, but they wouldn’t let her.
“But there was at least one good thing about it.”
“…What is it?”
Elis laughed as she replied:
“When I used all my effort to pretend not to be in pain, people looked at me with admiration in their eyes.”
This had made her feel special.
It was something that others couldn’t do.
Withstanding pain that others couldn’t even imagine.
Her body felt full of pain, but that one thing was good.
And the Trait she had earned as she came over to this world…
“I really like this world. I don’t hurt anymore. But unlike before, the people don’t look at me the same anymore. So I started this.”
Kiriel watched as Elis stabbed herself again in a daze.
And Elis looked at her expression and smiled.
“Yes, that expression.”
“You crazy b****. These aren’t the eyes of admiration but eyes that think you’re f***ing insane.”
Elis shrugged her shoulders.
“Well, it’s all the same shit. They’re all surprised by me, right? Anyway, come at me. You have to stop me, right? I need to finish this up and go over to my brother too. Remember, this whole place will blow up if you don’t stop me.”
Looking tired, Kiriel mumbled:
“I’m coming, you crazy b****…”
Her entire body was creaking with pain but thanks to their chat, she had healed to a certain degree.
Kiriel stared at Elis and thought to herself:
‘I don’t know what to do, Hansoo… she’s more insane than I imagined.’
A crazy b**** could be dealt with if you beat them halfway to death, but she was also ridiculously strong.
Kiriel looked at Elis with a bitter expression.
Hansoo frowned at the countless figures charging towards him.
‘These aren’t at a 3-Star level, but… for them to become this strong…’
The overflowing energy from the crystal.
And the Dragon God Armor that used this energy.
The modifications that pushed the body’s efficiency to its limits.
Melchizedek seemed to have taken it as a challenge to see how far one can push a 2-Star Transcendent. It had invested everything it had onto these Artificial Transcendents.
However, a genius heir to a lineage of sword control users suddenly appeared out of nowhere and started slaughtering strong practitioners that cultivated battle techniques. The practitioners were either killed, crippled or fled from him.
This genius was none other than the number one man below the gods! The one that Eternal Peace Empire had crowned as their Imperial Preceptor!
Few people cultivated battle techniques anymore. Through generations without a successor, top-tier battle technique divine arts were lost. Only low-quality battle techniques were handed down now.
Yet a genuine, top-tier battle technique was still extremely powerful, and Senior Brother Qu strongly believed that the knife skill Qin Mu demonstrated was a real, top-tier battle technique!
“I definitely need to get my hands on this battle technique!” Senior Brother Qu exclaimed inwardly. “Once I subdue him, I’ll force him to reveal the cultivation method of this battle technique no matter what!”
Qin Mu’s small wooden stick frantically continued to strike Senior Brother Qu who was doing everything he could to try and block them. He couldn’t block all of them though, and he received hundreds of hits over a short period of time.
Senior Brother Qu grew increasingly frustrated as his face became more and more swollen and the pain wracking his body intensified. The more frustrated he became, the sloppier his fighting got, causing the number of times the wooden stick struck him to get larger and larger.
It was just a short wooden stick without any power. However, when combined with Qin Mu’s strength and the ongoing beating, the damage it caused started to accumulate. Senior Brother Qu’s body ultimately took a significant amount of damage from that wooden stick, a damage that steadily increased.
“He’s going to beat me to death!” The realization made Senior Brother Qu’s blood run cold. Chapter 13: Beaten To Death
Translator: Ninetales Editor: Ninetales
Senior Brother Qu was finally frightened. “At this rate, he’ll beat me to death with that small wooden stick!”
He really wished that Qin Mu was holding a knife instead. Heck, even a blunt one was fine!
A small wooden stick naturally held very little power, but with all the beatings he had taken, his face had swollen like a pig’s. Even his eyes had become two slits, blurring his vision.
Black and green bruises marred his skin while some of his muscles had become paste from the thrashing. Even his joints had received preferential treatment from Qin Mu.
Qin Mu had purposely aimed for ligaments and tendons, not the bones. By tearing the ligaments and tendons, any slight movement would cause excruciating pain.
Being beaten to death by a small wooden stick truly was too horrifying. Since one wouldn’t die straight away, their pain and fear would increase by several times over the course of the beating.
The beast herd that had been running above their heads was nowhere to be seen now, having had dispersed the moment they made it out of the gate to the ruins.
Qin Mu’s strength was also diminishing. He had no idea how long he had swung his ‘knife’ around, but he couldn’t continue doing so. After all, not only had he constantly dodged Senior Brother Qu’s sword, he had also been avoiding the hooves and claws of the giant beasts they had been fighting under. His legs were also sore and swollen from continuously executing his irregular footwork.
Even though Butcher’s training frequently consisted of bouts of insanity, he still understood that Qin Mu had his limits and would never train him past the point of exhaustion.
Qin Mu no longer had the strength to continue swinging his knife and was relying on just pure willpower to keep going.
He knew that, as long as Senior Brother Qu had even the slightest bit of vital qi remaining, it was his head that would roll!.
He could only continue beating Senior Brother Qu to death!
Senior Brother Qu collapsed to the ground, unable to endure the beating any longer. His treasure sword dropping with a clank.
Qin Mu threw his wooden stick away and grabbed the sword, but couldn’t lift it up. His arms were devoid of strength.
Qin Mu stumbled forward and kick the sword hilt instead. Its tip slowly angled toward Senior Brother Qu who, barely aware of his surroundings, tried his best to squirm away.
But he couldn’t. His ligaments and tendons were a complete mess. He couldn’t even lift a muscle.
Paralysed, Senior Brother Qu could only watch as Qin Mu struggled to adjust the direction of his treasure sword and kick it towards his neck.
It scraped against the ground, dragging dirt along as it moved in little increments towards Senior Brother Qu until, with one final kick, it pierced through his neck.
Blood flowed, pooling around the wound as he struggled to breathe and gurgled through the blood welling from his throat.
Relief washed over Qin Mu. His limbs went limp and he collapsed to the floor. He had never been so exhausted before.
Lying next to a corpse felt disgusting therefore Qin Mu tried to move away. Only, he had to give up because his body wouldn’t budge.
It wasn’t Qin Mu’s first time seeing a corpse. The woman who emerged from the cowskin and Senior Brother Qu’s junior brothers had become corpses as well.
Granny Si once brought him to a neighboring village to assist in delivering a baby. Aside from being a tailor, Granny Si was also a midwife who helped expectant mothers in the area give birth.
However, when they arrived, the village had become a graveyard. It didn’t matter if they were male or female, young or old. Everyone, including the expectant mother, was dead.
Qin Mu’s mind had gone blank, as if he were drifting through the sky, floating above the village and taking in the massacre. Granny Si had later woke him from his trance saying that the gruesome scene had scared the life out of him, forcing his soul to leave his body. She had to pull his soul back and stuff it back in.
Granny hadn’t told him who massacred that entire village, instead of telling him that such a thing was extremely common in the Great Ruins. In light of that, she sternly warned him…
“Never give your enemies any opportunities.”
Senior Brother Qu’s corpse made Qin Mu uncomfortable, but it wasn’t an uncommon thing in the Great Ruins. Here, the strong preyed upon the weak. It was the survival of the fittest. Having lived in the Great Ruins from a young age, Qin Mu had already become accustomed to the skirmishes between strange beasts. To him, Senior Brother Qu’s corpse was no different from the corpses of animals.
As he lay there trying to blend into the surroundings, Qin Mu suddenly heard footsteps approaching. He struggled to turn his head towards the sound and identify what was causing it.
To his complete shock, it was Senior Sister Qing who greeted him, her face swollen beyond recognition and resembling a pig’s. Step by step, she limped over to him using her treasure sword as a crutch.
Qin Mu tried to stand up, but his limbs were all swollen with pain. He could only wait there, silently cultivating the Overlord Body Three Elixir Technique.
His vital qi slowly became active, gently welling up and flowing towards all of his aching muscles. Wherever his vital qi went the pain would lessen, his senses sharpening as the burning sensation died down.
Senior Sister Qing continued to limp towards him, step by step. Fighting Qin Mu had essentially left her legs crippled. Her face had also received countless kicks, the last of which is the most ruthless.
Qin Mu had put all of his strength into that kick, flattening her delicate features like the tail of a poison dragon. In its current, swollen form, her face looked as bloated as noodles that had been left to soak overnight.
All of her teeth were gone, blood and saliva dripping from the corner of her mouth and splashing to the floor.
Her hands, however, were surprisingly fine as they gripped her treasure sword in a way that clearly expressed her hatred and desire to rip Qin Mu into a thousand pieces.
Qin Mu tried to cultivate faster, urging the Overlord Body Three Elixir Technique to speed up. He wanted to regain his strength at a quicker pace, but the intense battle he had just fought simply took too much out of him.
Only by breaking the Spirit Embryo Wall and awakening the Spirit Embryo Divine Treasure could Qin Mu be considered a true martial practitioner. Beating a martial practitioner like Senior Brother Qu to death despite not being one himself could already be seen as a great achievement.
But that was all that it was.
He didn’t have the strength to continue fighting Senior Sister Qing.
Senior Sister Qing finally arrived in front of Qin Mu. She tried to say something, but her mouth and throat were so swollen that she could only let out a gurgle.
Frustrated, she lifted her treasure sword and fell forward, ruthlessly stabbing it towards Qin Mu.
But suddenly she froze, her treasure sword unable to continue downwards as if it had met an invisible barrier.
“What a cute little lady… this granny is quite fond of looking at you.”
An elderly woman appeared in their line of sight, walking towards them with a basket in hand. Fear flashed through Senior Sister Qing’s eyes and she trembled upon seeing the woman, slowly backing away from Qin Mu.
Before she could get very far, however, a voice boomed from behind her. “Mu’er, you actually used a tiny wooden stick to play around with my Pig Slaughtering Knife Skill and took five thousand four hundred and seventy-six strikes before finally bringing this young fellow down, yet what you ended up killing this little bastard with a sword!”
Struggling to turn her head, Senior Sister Qing saw people with grotesque appearances approaching. Among their number was a blind man with a cane, a man missing a leg, a man without any limbs, and a muscular man missing the lower half of his body.
One of the more able men carried the muscular man in a large bamboo basket on his back, and the others carried the limbless man on a stretcher.
All of these people looked extremely miserable. The only one of them that seemed relatively normal was the middle-aged man carrying the bamboo basket. However, his face was completely disfigured. It seemed to have been skinned, giving him a sinister, frightening appearance.
The muscular man who only had the upper half of his body was the one who had spoken. Rage consumed his fearsome face as he glared at Qin Mu and scolded him from afar.
“Looks like you still haven’t trained enough! If your knife skill was polished enough, you wouldn’t even need a small wooden stick or even a knife. You’d be able to chop him to death with your bare hands!”
“Granny Si… Grandpa Butcher… Grandpa Apothecary…” Qin Mu croaked, sighing in relief. “All of you… all of you are here?”
“We raised you with our blood, sweat, and tears! Of course we were worried!” Granny Si replied, snickering. “Since this was your first night away from home and you spent it with an unfamiliar woman, we just had to come take a look.”
Qin Mu blinked his eyes and asked, “How long have all of you been here?”
“We’ve been here since you were furiously clashing with that young fellow under the bellies of those beasts.” Butcher snorted. “How else would I know that you used a total of five thousand four hundred and seventy-six strikes?”
Qin Mu’s face blackened. These old geezers had clearly arrived early during the fight, yet they still let him fight to the death and nearly lose his life.
And then he realized why the herd of strange beasts hadn’t attacked him or Senior Brother Qu-
Butcher had scared them off.
“The people from outside the village said that granny and all the grandpas were bad people. Could that be true?” Qin Mu thought to himself.
“But… I think they’re good people,” he assured himself. “They must’ve watched from afar because they believed I could defeat that Senior Brother Qu…”
“An Overlord Body is far superior to a Spirit Body,” Blind said, propping himself up with his cane and smiling at thin air. “We’re all very disappointed that you’ve been reduced to such a miserable state.”
“Grandpa Blind, I’m over here.” Qin Mu coughed gently.
“I know where you are,” Blind said with a smile, reorienting himself. “You defeated that young fellow using a stick, which means I have taught you well. Don’t be proud of that though. You possess an Overlord Body, after all! It’s natural for you to be stronger than him. From today onwards, your training will be much more intense! Don’t make that bitter face…”
“Why are you so pleased with yourself, Blind?” Butcher said coldly. “He was clearly using my knife skill! And why are you lecturing a corpse?” Chapter 14: Vital Qi Body Refinement
Translator: Ninetales Editor: Ninetales
“What do we do with this Senior Sister Qing?” Qin Mu barely managed to get up. He looked at Senior Sister Qing, who still hadn’t recovered from her shock.
“Why don’t we…” Granny Si’s eyes lit up as she thought what to do. She nudged Qin Mu, nearly pushing the exhausted youth over, and mischievously said, “Why don’t we let her live so she can be your little bride?” You were so cute when you were a toddler, but now that you’re all grown up, you aren’t quite as cute. However, you can have a chubby baby with this young lady. That baby would definitely be very cute as well. After all, granny still adores children…”
Qin Mu glanced at Senior Sister Qing whose head looked like that of a pig. “Granny, I think I’d rather not…”
“In that case, we should just kill her.” Cripple said.
Unknown to everyone else, Cripple had appeared behind Senior Sister Qing. He stabbed her through her heart, an innocent smile on his face.
“G-grandpa Cripple… w-why did you kill her?” Qin Mu asked, stuttering.
Cripple pulled his knife out, his smile developing a hint of confusion. “You said you didn’t want her, so she obviously needed to die.”
Qin Mu felt resentful, though not because he wanted to make a baby with Senior Sister Qing. He was just a child of eleven or twelve years after all-aside from these old monsters he saw every day, the people in the neighboring villages were also fiendish existences. It was rare for him to meet someone around the same age as him.
Even without playmates, he still had the heart of a child.
“Let’s go home,” Village Chief declared as he turned his head to look at the ruins in the valley.
“All of us are disabled in some way, so no one can carry you. You will have to walk back on your own.” Apothecary smiled at Qin Mu, then said, “Ah, that’s right! We prepared the blood of the four spirits. Since you didn’t come home last night, I still have some with me.”
Qin Mu nodded, receiving four porcelain cups that Apothecary handed to him. Drinking the blood of the four spirits, he struggled to walk as he circulated the Overlord Body Three Elixir Technique and digested the power of the blood of the four spirits. While he did that, he also told everyone about the weird things that had happened in the ruins.
Granny Si calm expression wavered. “Devils and gods? A huge face made of darkness and skeleton maidens? Interesting…”
The other villagers also found Qin Mu’s account interesting, but none of them had any other opinions.
As a result, Qin Mu couldn’t help but ask, “Granny, aren’t all of you curious about the story behind the ruins?”
Apothecary sighed. “The kingdom of gods which prospered in the past… was reduced to ashes long ago. Now you tell us that gods’ bones were clattering and dancing in the night. Could it be that they still refuse to die?”
Deaf stared at Apothecary, reading his lips, then replied, “Regardless of their unwillingness, what reason do they have to exist after already dying? There’s no point in caring about the story of this place.”
“…are you really deaf?” Apothecary asked suspiciously, looking at Deaf’s ears. Forged from snow-white iron, Deaf’s ears were completely metal. They replaced the flesh and blood ears he would’ve had and had even covered up his ear canals.
Deaf plucked the metal ears from both sides of his head. Three-inch iron plugs jutted from the inner portions of the ears. These needed to be inserted into his ear canals in order to keep the metal ears fixed to his head.
“Stab these into your ear canals!” Deaf retorted coldly. “Then you’ll find out if I’m really deaf!”
Apothecary smiled slightly and kept quiet.
Deaf then plugged his two iron ears back into his ear canals, turned to Mute, and said, “These ears have been getting kind of uncomfortable recently. I need you to help me adjust them.”
“Of course! Do you think I’m like you? Zhao Chipeng owns 10% of my talent agency’s stocks, do you think I will dare to openly go against him like that? That I don’t have to earn a living anymore?”
“In any case, you guys don’t have to worry about it.”
“It’s not like we can do anything even if we care.”
Zhang Ye spent the entire morning answering calls.
He hadn’t even gotten out of bed yet and dozens of calls came in one after another.
Many of his friends called.
They were either concerned about him or called to praise him for what he did. All kinds of things were said.
The news also gradually reported about it.
“Zhang Ye’s new story gets published!”
“Zhang Ye suddenly posts a short story last night, seemingly questioning the entertainment circle?”
“The literary world has high praise for ‘A Madman’s Diary’!”
“A storm approaches!”
“Zhao Chipeng turns off his Weibo comments!”
“The mysterious silence in the entertainment circle!”
It could be seen that many in the media who reported about this event did not choose to include any radical headlines. All of it sounded very conservative and restrained, and there was no mention of the photos of Zhao Chipeng and Han Di’s wife. There was only a brief description of the events that took place yesterday.
Many celebrities remained silent!
A lot of the professionals remained tight-lipped!
There was a very subtle atmosphere in the industry, but it could be perceived from what was going on here!
Due to the fact that they were faced with the people’s rage, nobody dared to speak up in opposition at a time like this. That was what “A Madman’s Diary” was so good at!
Later that morning.
At the entrance of Tianfang Entertainment’s headquarters.
Zhao Chipeng came to work with a dark look. When the secretary opened the car door for him to step out, the passersby who saw him were immediately enraged!
“It’s Old Dog Zhao!”
“Can you be any more wicked than you are!”
Everyone was pointing at him and scolding!
Zhao Chipeng was angered by this and pointed back at them. “Who do you all think you’re scolding!”
“You, of course!”
“The old dog of the Zhao family!”
“You’re such a huge bully!”
“Do you really think that no one can curb you?”
A lot of onlookers had gathered and were standing there to confront Zhao Chipeng!
In the end, it was his company’s staff that came out to guard and escort him inside!
Zhao Chipeng was furious. When he got inside, he was still pointing at the people outside and saying, “Call the police, immediately! How dare they make a scene outside my company! They’re too audacious!”
In the president’s office.
The secretary said sweating, “President Zhao, how should we handle this?”
Zhao Chipeng said furiously, “What’s the situation?”
The secretary said somberly, “It’s not good. Your Weibo, the company’s website, and even the artists under us are all being bombarded with scoldings. They have too many people on their side, so many that even the public has joined them. We can’t keep them under control. I went to a few media outlets to buy some reports during the night, but they seemed to be hesitating and didn’t dare to run any more reports at a time like this. They said that they were afraid that the public would be outraged, so they rejected our requests.”
“What are they even thinking!” Zhao Chipeng banged the table.
There was a knock on the door. Several of the vice presidents and high ranking company executives arrived.
“What should we do?”
“The news has blown up.”
“We have to quickly do PR!”
“We can’t leave Zhang Ye alone anymore. We have to rein him in!”
Zhao Chipeng thought about it for a while and said, “It’s not the right time. We have to wait until this blows over before we do anything to him. Let them scold all they want for now, it’s not like we will suffer any losses because of it. Do they think that their scolding can bring down this building of mine? How stupid!”
Everyone thought the same as well. They really had not expected things to deteriorate to such a state. Zhang Ye’s popularity was really too high and his influence too great. It was completely unexpected that he would stick his nose into this affair, as no one in the entertainment industry would dare to challenge their sponsors like this! This person was really a total oddity. He was a through and through lunatic! But currently, all they could do was endure it. They could only accept it as there was nothing else they could do. Public opinion was surging against them, so they had to tuck their tails between their legs and behave. They needed to wait until the storm blew over, perhaps in a day or two. The common folk couldn’t possibly scold them every day and not get on with their lives, right? Besides, it wasn’t going to be any use even if they carried on scolding them. It wasn’t like they would lose sleep over it.
The tone had been set.
The upper management felt relieved.
It was close to 9:30 AM, which was when more bad news caught them by surprise. It was a news that dumbfounded Zhao Chipeng and the other company executives!
“This is not good!”
“The stock market has opened!”
“Our stock price plunged the moment the market opened!”
A call auction!
Stock market opening!
Tianfang Entertainment’s stock price plunged as large multilateral trades triggered a panic selling!
Zhao Chipeng’s expression finally showed a visible change. “Goddammit!”
Every one of the company’s upper management’s faces paled. They finally felt it, they finally knew what impact this issue had brought to them!
And they still thought that they wouldn’t lose any sleep over this?
They already had their arms broken by it!
How could it be like this!
It was only a short story!
It was just a work of fiction!
How could it have caused something like this!
The company’s upper management was getting anxious and immediately convened a shareholders’ meeting to discuss what countermeasures to take. Everyone came up with a suggestion to handle the problem, but their faces were also visibly shaken and fearful!
And it was right at this moment that a loud noise sounded from downstairs!
That familiar tune dumbfounded the company shareholders in the meeting room!
Deng, deng deng deng deng!
Deng deng deng deng deng deng deng deng!
Deng, deng deng deng deng, deng deng!
“The vast horizon is my love!
“At the foot of rolling green hills flowers bloom!”
Zhao Chipeng was enraged and called out, “What is going on! Go and find out!”
The staff at Tianfang Entertainment’s headquarters couldn’t keep working, because they could all hear the music that was playing from downstairs. That brainwashing tune left all of them a little wide-eyed. Some of them even started tapping their feet to the rhythm unconsciously!
The findings were reported back very quickly!
There were a 100 aunties plaza dancing at the main entrance of the company!
Zhao Chipeng nearly fainted in anger!
Plaza dancing at the entrance of my company?
This is a business district!
It’s working hours right now!
“Call the police!”
“Quickly call the police and chase them away!”
When the police arrived and found that they were facing 100 aunties, the officers were all at their wits’ end. They couldn’t engage them physically or verbally, and were forced to beg them for close to half an hour before they would leave.
When the police left, the shareholders’ meeting continued.
Zhao Chipeng said, “As I was saying, the stock price now…”
Once these words were spoken, it was like everybody got injected with stimulants as they fled in all directions, some squeezed into elevators and some ran up stairs, either way, they tried to leave as quickly as possible. In their eyes, Lin Ruoxi may be a incredibly beautiful woman, but when a beauty becomes their source of bread and butter, this beauty may very well be the devil instead.
The Yu Family brothers were also shocked by the appearance of Lin Ruoxi, they never would’ve expected that the CEO of such a huge company would be this young lady. Furthermore, that frigid temperament made them feel weak all over.
Zhao Hongyan who was held in Yang Chen’s arms suddenly returned to her senses after seeing Lin Ruoxi’s seemingly accidental gaze, it was like her body was electrocuted as she broke free from Yang Chen. She lowered her head while blushing. All she wanted to do was escape from this place, but she was too afraid and didn’t dare make a move.
Her moist and seductive eyes quietly turned to Yang Chen. This man had made her life miserable, yet she somehow couldn’t get angry with him, she felt like she was going crazy…… Bei Bei said, “That’s just fine. It’s better for you guys to wait one more day before you leave. After we finish our meal, you’ll follow me to look for Teacher Xuan. The Tang Sect’s first batch of custom-made soul tools will be given to you guys, and I trust that they should be quite useful for your operation.”
“Alright!” Huo Yuhao agreed. He wanted to look for Xuan Ziwen anyway. After experiencing the fighting strength of the Sun Moon Emipre’s soul engineer legions, he had many questions regarding soul tools that he wanted to ask Teacher Xuan.
Nan Qiuqiu suddenly said, “Yuhao, my mother asked me to tell you that you have to personally check out the place that we spoke about when you come back.”
“Eh?” Huo Yuhao was blank for a moment. He contemplated for a moment before remembering that Nan Shuishui did mention something before. She wanted to cooperate closely with the Tang Sect, and she wanted him to check out some place. That place should be where there were exotic entities of Ultimate Ice.
Huo Yuhao nodded and said, “I’d have forgotten about that if you didn’t remind me. However, we don’t have much time right now. We’ll check out that place after we complete our reconnaissance duties.”
Nan Qiuqiu said, “Why don’t we take a detour? My house is in the Heavenly Soul Empire’s territory, and it’s not that far from the Academy. We’ll need four to six hours to reach it, at most, if we use flying-type soul tools. After visiting the Great Star Dou Forest tomorrow, we’ll take a detour to my house, and then we’ll travel to the Star Luo Empire. My mother says that place should be very beneficial for you.”
Huo Yuhao nodded and said, “Alright, then. Has your mother returned?”
Nan Qiuqiu shook her head in reply. “My mother is in the city right now. The Earthdragon Sect has moved over here, and we haven’t finished transporting everything. After you check that place out, and if you can take everything out from it, then we will finish moving into Shrek City. The Earthdragon Sect has already established close connections with the Tang Sect.”
Bei Bei chimed in, “Yes. Senior Nan Shuishui is very courteous, and she’s given us a lot of rare metals.”
It turned out that the Earthdragon Sect’s previous leader had seen a business opportunity in rare metals back in the day, and had hoarded a large amount of rare metals for the Earthdragon Sect. This time, after the Earthdragon Sect moved to Shrek Academy, those rare metals were given to the Tang Sect to purchase on credit, established a close cooperation with the Tang Sect.
Furthermore, Nan Shuishui announced that they didn’t have to pay this debt for now. As long as someone in the Tang Sect married Nan Qiuqiu, then those rare metals would be Nan Qiuqiu’s dowry. That was a very extravagant and valuable dowry!
Nan Shuishui naturally hoped that Nan Qiuqiu could follow Bei Bei or Huo Yuhao, but that was obviously quite unrealistic for now. However, even if Nan Qiuqiu couldn’t marry either of them, there were many outstanding individuals within the Tang Sect. Nan Shuishui had already decided to take their cooperation with the Tang Sect one step further when she chose to move the Earthdragon Sect into Shrek City. Leaning on the Tang Sect was undoubtedly very beneficial for the Earthdragon Sect’s development.
Reality had proved that her decision was correct. The Tang Sect took large amounts of rare metals from the Earthdragon Sect, but the Tang Sect also helped the Earthdragon Sect lay down solid and stable foundations inside Shrek City. The Earthdragon Sect managed to acquire quite a spacious area in Shrek City with the Tang Sect’s help, and this place was also relatively distant from the Great Star Dou Forest Region. This area was used to re-establish the Earthdragon Sect, and this land was also very cheap… which meant that it was almost given to them for free.
At the same time, because of the Earthdragon Sect’s intimate relationship with the Tang Sect, they also received support from Shrek Academy. This meant the Earthdragon Sect’s move into Shrek City naturally became extremely smooth.
The construction of Shrek’s new city meant Shrek City was now more than five times larger than before, and the city was likely to continue expanding, as well. With Shrek City’s current location, and the addition of the Spirit Pagoda, their future development was limitless.
The Earthdragon and the Tang Sects’ intimate relationship also meant that the Earthdragon Sect’s youngsters would also have priority in obtaining spirits. This was a great thing that was absolutely mutually beneficial. Therefore, Nan Shuishui was very satisfied and felt that she had accomplished her goals. She only hoped that Nan Qiuqiu could find a great husband inside the Tang Sect, and she would use this marriage as a way to further strengthen the cooperation between their sects. That would make their relationship even more perfect.
Everyone enjoyed dinner in a jovial mood, and Bei Bei even made an exception and allowed everyone to have some wine. Huo Yuhao went directly to the Tang Sect’s Soul Tool Hall after dinner, and stayed with Xuan Ziwen for the entire night. Only they knew what they discussed. Huo Yuhao left some things with Xuan Ziwen, and also took some other things with him when he left.
The next morning, Huo Yuhao gathered his compatriots, and they departed as a group for Shrek Academy.
He had already arranged things with Elder Xuan, but if they wanted to go into the Great Star Dou Forest, they would still have to inform Elder Xuan first.
The Tang Sect’s company had quite a few people. Everyone but Wang Dong’er from the Shrek’s Seven Monsters was present, and in addition to Nan Qiuqiu, Ye Guyi, Ji Juechen, and Jing Ziyan, there were ten people altogether.
They deliberately waited until morning lessons started in the Academy before they went over. Otherwise, with the Tang Sect’s current reputation, they would attract everyone’s attention once they entered the Academy grounds.
The Sea God’s Lake’s waters sparkled and rippled. It was as clear and limpid as it had always been, and the smell that was so familiar and new at the same time refreshed Huo Yuhao, who hadn’t slept for the entire night.
Huo Yuhao had had a long discussion with Xuan Ziwen last night. He told teacher Xuan everything that he had heard and seen, while Xuan Ziwen gave him an even deeper explanation into what he knew regarding the Death God. Huo Yuhao had been thinking at a high degree continuously, and even for someone like him who had such formidable spiritual power, he still felt a little exhausted. As for Xuan Ziwen, he fell asleep right after Huo Yuhao left, and he probably would only wake up that night.
Huo Yuhao tapped lightly on the ground with his foot and drifted across the Sea God’s Lake. He was already a Soul Sage, but he didn’t choose flight. Instead, he opted for what he did back during the Sea God’s Fate, and a small patch of ice would form beneath his feet from his soul power of Ultimate Ice whenever his foot touched the lake’s surface, supporting his steps.
Xu Sanshi followed behind him. He was very opportunistic, and just followed in Huo Yuhao’s footsteps. He didn’t have to release any soul power at all, and just stepped on the ice blocks that Huo Yuhao had created.
The Sea God’s Island came into view after over ten leaps. A pretty figure was standing on the lakeshore in the distance, gazing in their direction.
This girl’s long pinkish-blue hair was tied into scorpion braids, and her hair dangled in front of her as she fiddled with the ends of it. Her large, beautiful eyes seemed like they could talk as she stared at the people leaping across the lake. She was clad in a white warrior robe, which brought out her slender and exquisite figure. Her lips were rosy and alluring, and she was so brilliant that the morning sun covered her in a layer of golden radiance.
Huo Yuhao immediately felt a little dazed when he saw her. He slipped a little on the ice block that his soul power had created on the lake’s surface, and immediately lost his balance.
This was entirely unimaginable for a Soul Sage, but it happened to Huo Yuhao at this moment.
Countless images surfaced and flickered in his memory. Some scenes were of Wang Dong’er as he saw her for the first time when he came to Shrek Academy, and some showed Dong’er’s attractiveness and brilliance when he first saw her in girl’s clothing during the Sea God’s Fate right there on the Sea God’s Lake. Some other scenes in between contained his experiences when he first became acquainted with her. Everything made him feel a little lost and dazed.
Huo Yuhao fell backwards, and his right foot slipped into the lakewater. Huo Yuhao only recovered when the lake’s ice-cold water rinsed the bottom of his foot, and he tapped on the lake’s surface lightly before jerking up and rising back into the sky. He hastily created another ice block where he descended before he managed to regain his balance.
However, Xu Sanshi had already arrived behind him when he lost his balance. Xu Sanshi was startled when Huo Yuhao fell backwards, and he hurriedly paused in midair.
Xu Sanshi was quite mischievous! Huo Yuhao could see Tang Wutong standing on the lakeshore, which meant that he could naturally see her, as well. Xu Sanshi’s six soul rings rose instantly, and his fourth soul ring lit up in the next moment as black light flickered. Tang Wutong couldn’t even react on the lakeshore before she switched positions with Xu Sanshi.
Tang Wutong’s cultivation wasn’t low, but Xu Sanshi’s Mysterious Netherworld Displacement was way too sudden. This soul skill was powerful enough to be called a divine skill among Xu Sanshi’s many soul skills, and even Huo Yuhao had used his Spirit Eyes’ fifth soul skill, Spiritual Duplication, to duplicate Mysterious Netherworld Displacement on several occasions.
Tang Wutong also seemed to be a little dazed when she saw Huo Yuhao bounding across the lake. Something in her mind seemed to have been triggered, and she was staring at Huo Yuhao’s stunned face at the same moment Xu Sanshi used Mysterious Netherworld Displacement on her.
Her vision blurred as her surroundings changed. Afterwards, she realized that she was standing on the lake’s surface, and couldn’t help but exclaim in surprise.
Huo Yuhao was still descending from the sky at this point. The exclamation that came from behind him was all too familiar, and he spun around in midair without hesitation. Coincidentally, he met Tang Wutong’s surprised expression as she was dropping into the water.
Huo Yuhao activated his left leg’s soul bone immediately. He was several meters away from Tang Wutong, but he arrived in front of her with Instant Teleportation. He grabbed her arms with both hands and stabilized her.
Their eyes met at that moment. Huo Yuhao’s eyes were full of longing and tenderness, and Tang Wutong’s startled eyes were a little stunned when she saw them. She could feel those strong hands of his holding onto her arms, and for some reason, she felt very safe and secure, even though she was hovering above the lake’s surface.
A dash of cold flowed into the lake, and they were standing on an ice block when they came down from the air.
Tang Wutong’s momentary daze disappeared, and she immediately frowned as she growled, “Release me!”
Huo Yuhao subconsciously released his hands. Tang Wutong glared at him furiously before she surged into the air and flew straight for the lakeshore. She was also a Soul Sage, and she could fly through the air with her soul power without releasing her martial soul.
Next Chapter Everyone else had stepped onto the Sea God’s Island by now. They watched as Tang Wutong flew back to the lakeshore, and Xu Sanshi quickly hid behind Jiang Nannan’s back. “That was accidental. I made a mistake because I panicked. It was accidental!” Tang Wutong stared at Xu Sanshi with unfriendly eyes as she landed on the lakeshore.
“I will kill you if there’s a next time!” Tang Wutong said angrily, before turning and heading deeper into Sea God’s Island.
Huo Yuhao landed on the lakeshore immediately afterwards. He shook his feet, which had been soaked in the lake, and released his Ultimate Ice, turning the water into ice particles that drifted to the ground.
“Little junior brother…so, how was it? Did you discover anything from interacting at such a close distance?”
Huo Yuhao nodded lightly, and his eyes were filled with warmth and gratitude. “She’s Dong’er.”
Huo Yuhao uttered a few simple words, and everyone felt their hearts quiver. However, everyone felt differently. Bei Bei, Xu Sanshi, and the others were sincerely happy for Huo Yuhao, but Nan Qiuqiu and Ye Guyi weren’t that excited about it.
“But she doesn’t remember us at all. How can you be sure that she’s Dong’er?” Xu Sanshi asked in surprise.
Huo Yuhao answered, “Even though Dong’er has lost her memory, her smell cannot change. Also, the tenderness of the muscles on her arms is exactly the same as before, and those are things that can’t be imitated. Back then, even though Qiu’er looked identical to Dong’er, they were different in these respects. Therefore, I can be sure that she’s Dong’er, and no matter how she has forgotten us, I will definitely help her regain her memory.”
Huo Yuhao’s eyes were filled with fighting spirit and excitement. For him, Wang Dong’er losing her memory wasn’t frightening at all. Instead, he was afraid that Tang Wutong wasn’t Wang Dong’er in the first place. If that was the case, no matter how similar the two of them looked, his heartstrings couldn’t be plucked at all.
Bei Bei hugged Huo Yuhao across his shoulders and said, “Let’s go. We’ll see Elder Xuan first, and everything will be easy to deal with since we’ve identified her. Just tell us if you need us to help, and everyone will help you as much as we can.”
“Thank you, eldest senior brother.”
Everyone arrived at the Sea God’s Pavilion. The others waited outside, while Huo Yuhao paid his respects to the Golden Tree before he walked into the pavilion with Bei Bei.
Elder Xuan was already waiting inside the Sea God’s Pavilion. Tang Wutong was standing indignantly behind Elder Xuan, and immediately turned away when she saw Huo Yuhao.
Huo Yuhao had given her quite a bad impression during their only two encounters. The first time, Huo Yuhao suddenly hugged her, and the second time, they almost dropped into the water. He had touched her body both times, which was extremely humiliating to her. She would have hit back against him heavily if she hadn’t been at Shrek Academy.
“Elder Xuan.” Huo Yuhao and Bei Bei greeted Elder Xuan respectfully.
Elder Xuan smiled faintly as he tilted his head in response. “Are you ready, Yuhao? Why are you here too, Bei Bei?”
Bei Bei answered, “Elder Xuan, some of our martial souls have reached Rank 70, and we want little junior brother to bring us into the Great Star Dou Forest to search for appropriate soul beasts so that they can become our Spirits, and then we’ll let them leave. We have decided that Sanshi, Nannan, Ji Juechen, Jing Ziyan, Nan Qiuqiu, and Ye Guyi will follow Yuhao to the borders.”
Elder Xuan was delighted. “Both you and Sanshi are at Rank 70? That’s great, that’s great news! Is Nannan close to Rank 70, too?”
Bei Bei nodded and smiled. “Xiao Xiao is still a short distance away, but everyone else is at Rank 70.”
Elder Xuan said, “You guys can go to the forest first, then. Look for the Emerald Swan at the Spirit Pagoda, and let her make the necessary arrangements. I can rest assured knowing that Yuhao is personally contracting Spirits for you guys.”
Elder Xuan passed an envelope to Huo Yuhao as he spoke, who stepped forwards to receive it.
Elder Xuan said, “These are the documents that the Academy has provided for you as proof, and they will be effective once you fill in your name. You can’t lose these documents, because they contains the Academy’s soul imprint, and you’ll have to give them to the White Tiger Duke personally. Dai Yueheng is serving with the White Tiger Duke, and he can help the two of you coordinate mutually.
“Yuhao, you have to remember that the battlefield is very dynamic, and can change at any moment. But no matter what, you should have no problem protecting your own life with your abilities. Remember, don’t be impulsive and hasty when doing things, and personal safety is most important, whatever you do. Do you understand? At the same time, you can display the power of Spirits on the battlefield, so that the Star Luo Empire can understand the Spirit Pagoda a little better.”
“Yes.” Huo Yuhao put the envelope away as if it were a valuable treasure. His identity would be different when he went back to the frontlines, and his original wish of rising through the ranks as a foot soldier couldn’t be completely realized, in the end. After all, how could he be like a normal person with the difference in his identity, status, and abilities?
“Wutong, let me introduce them all to you. This is Bei Bei, the leader of the Tang Sect, and a member of the Sea God’s Pavilion. He’s the leader of the current generation’s Shrek’s Seven monsters. This is Huo Yuhao, and he possesses an Ultimate martial soul, and also has twin martial souls. He’s also a member of the Sea God’s Pavilion.”
Tang Wutong’s expression immediately became ice-cold, especially when she was looking at Huo Yuhao.
“Wutong is a teacher that the Academy has just hired, and she’s also a reserve member of the Shrek Guardians at the same time. She will follow you for this operation, and this will also be a test for her. Yuhao will be responsible for scoring her in this assessment. Wutong, perhaps there have been some misunderstandings between the two of you, but I’m very sure of Yuhao’s character. He has made many important contributions to the Academy, and he’s also the youngest member of the Sea God’s Pavilion. The two of you should talk more after this. You’re both youngsters, and I trust that any misunderstandings between you two can be easily resolved.” Elder Xuan’s voice and speech was as mild as a drizzle and as gentle as a breeze, but the amusement in his eyes couldn’t be concealed when he looked at Huo Yuhao.
Tang Wutong grunted and glared at Huo Yuhao before turning away.
Huo Yuhao wasn’t too concerned about that. He turned towards Elder Xuan and said, “Don’t worry, Elder Xuan, I’ll protect teacher Wutong.”
“Who needs your protection?” Tang Wutong interjected.
Huo Yuhao smiled faintly, but said nothing. He didn’t want to argue with her.
Elder Xuan said, “Then you guys can set off. Wutong, don’t you want to see how miraculous and mystical Spirits are? You can follow Yuhao and the others to take a look. It’s a pity you already have your seventh soul ring. Otherwise, you could get yourself a Spirit along with everyone else.”
“Yes.” Tang Wutong was still very respectful towards Elder Xuan.
Bei Bei smiled and said, “We’ll be setting off immediately, Elder Xuan. Can Yuhao and the others go directly to the Star Luo Empire after we get our Spirits?”
Elder Xuan said, “Yes, they can do that. Yuhao, please pass back any news or intel as soon as possible.”
Bei Bei said, “Don’t worry, Elder Xuan. I will have the Tang Sect’s members maintain contact with Huo Yuhao from the beginning to the end. The Tang Sect has produced sound-transmitting soul tools that can reach a distance of roughly one hundred kilometers. As long as we send people as transit stations in between, we won’t need Huo Yuhao to run back and forth.”
Elder Xuan nodded and said, “You have to hurry on your side, the Tang Sect Soul Engineer Legion has to be established as quickly as possible. Lin’er and Duoduo will gather people over the next few days.
“I will give you two pointers! First, you have to help them adjust and adapt to using soul tools as quickly as possible. Just as you’ve said in the conference at the Sea God’s Pavilion, they will unleash custom-made soul tools according to their varying martial souls. Second, you have to use our advantages as soul masters as much as possible, and we can’t weaken our own forces because we’re using soul tools.”
“Yes!” Bei Bei answered reverently.
Elder Xuan waved his hand and said, “Go, then. Wutong is new here, so you guys should take care of her.”
Huo Yuhao and Bei Bei walked in front as they left the Sea God’s Pavilion, and Tang Wutong followed behind.
Bei Bei turned towards Tang Wutong and said, “Teacher Wutong, let me introduce our companions to you.”
Tang Wutong’s expression was cold, and she said nothing. However, Bei Bei acted as if he didn’t see her expression and introduced everyone one by one, anyway. Tang Wutong couldn’t help but grunt out loud when Bei Bei introduced Xu Sanshi, and it was clear that she didn’t have a good impression of him. Tang Wutong’s expression only became a little more gentle when Bei Bei was introducing the girls.
“Let’s set off right now, then. Yuhao, are we going to the Spirit Pagoda directly? Or are we going to the Great Star Dou Forest?”
Huo Yuhao said, “Let’s go to the Spirit Pagoda first. Even though the Spirit Pagoda has yet to be completed, the people from all incumbent parties have already moved in. The Emerald Swan has always been there to represent the Great Star Dou Forest, and it’s more convenient to ask her to find suitable soul beasts for us.”
The Emerald Swan could be said to be one of the most sensible and reasonable soul beasts, and she was very supportive of the Spirit Pagoda. Ever since the organization had been established, she had done quite a lot of work over on the soul beasts’ side.
They left the Academy and entered Shrek’s new city. They were no longer in the outskirts that used to be here.
After all the construction work that had been carried out over this period of time, and in addition to the immeasurable investments from various large trade associations and Shrek City itself, Shrek’s new city was starting to take shape. Construction sites were in full swing and buzzing with activity everywhere.
Bei Bei lamented, “After this new city is completely constructed, Shrek’s scale will be enough to compare with the capital cities of other empires. Even though we are still smaller in surface area than Radiant City, our position as the center of the Continent will be gradually consolidated in the future. In my opinion, the new city will be complete in only two or three years, at most.”