Chapter 3645: The Artifact Spirit Awakens
“Don’t tell me the Samsaric Immortal Exalt has actually perished? Has he really not survived this crisis?” At that moment, Jian Chen was overcome with a sense of helplessness. He felt deeply powerless.
He clearly knew the Samsaric Immortal Exalt was in danger, yet there was nothing he could do to help out this great person who had once assisted him and the Sword Sect of Violet Heavens.
“There’s something else that I should tell you. In the past, before the Waymight clan gained a Grand Exalt, many disciples of Sword Sect of Violet Heavens joined the Waymight clan through various methods. The Waymight clan had also offered the Sword Sect of Violet Heavens protection through this connection in the past. Now, these disciples of the Sword Sect of Violet Heavens who entered the Waymight clan have founded another sect, which is also called the Sword Sect of Violet Heavens.” The pavilion master provided Jian Chen with another piece of news.
When he heard that, Jian Chen’s expression immediately changed. His gaze sharpened.
He had already learnt from elder Nong that the disciples who had entered the Waymight clan through various methods had never formally backed out of the Sword Sect of Violet Heavens. However, ever since they left the Reverent Observance Heaven, they basically had not returned.
Now that he learnt from the master of the Pavilion of Heavenly Secrets that they had founded a sect outside, Jian Chen immediately connected many dots together.
“Doesn’t that mean there are two Sword Sect of Violet Heavens in the Immortals’ World? Even if the Sword Sect of Violet Heavens on the Reverent Observance Heaven is the orthodoxy, if the orthodox Sword Sect of Violet Heavens is destroyed, then the other Sword Sect of Violet Heavens can rightfully take its place and become the orthodoxy.”
“Moreover, if two Sword Sect of Violet Heavens exist at the same time and one of them is destroyed while the other remains, that would mean that they haven’t defied the Samsaric Immortal Exalt, right?”
“The other Sword Sect of Violet Heavens may be composed of disciples of the Sword Sect of Violet Heavens, but they’ve become members of the Waymight clan a long time ago. Now that the Waymight clan has the protection of a Grand Exalt, the other sect will obviously be in no danger. On the other hand, the orthodoxy on the Reverent Observance Heaven has lost its powerful backer.”
“As a result, even if one were to be destroyed, only the orthodoxy on the Reverent Observance Heaven would be.”
Jian Chen analysed the implications involved emotionlessly. He could vaguely sense a huge scheme brewing.
“Pavilion master, when was the other Sword Sect of Violet Heavens founded?” Jian Chen then asked.
“Around five thousand years ago!” the pavilion master said.
“They’ve existed for five thousand years, is that right?” Jian Chen murmured as his eyes shone coldly. He had realised that the other Sword Sect of Violet Heavens had probably become fully-fledged already.
The pavilion master left, but the news that he brought left Jian Chen unable to compose himself for quite a while.
“Looks like the disciples of the Sword Sect of Violet Heavens that left back then are trying to replace us. If I hadn’t returned, they might have succeeded, using this opportunity to become the orthodoxy. But now that I am around, they can forget about succeeding.”
“There should be the Waymight clan’s shadows behind this matter. They’re probably interested in the twin swords.”
No matter how Jian Chen thought about it, he was unable to think of anything else that the Sword Sect of Violet Heavens possessed that could pique the interest of the Waymight clan apart from the twin swords.
He had also realised that the Waymight clan had probably begun planning many years ago, except the Waymight clan did not have a Grand Exalt back then. As such, they were not bold enough to do certain things so openly. They only wanted to absorb some disciples of the Sword Sect of Violet Heavens in a righteous manner before gradually enforcing their plan.
Now that the Waymight clan had gained a sovereign, their strength had reached unprecedented heights. They possessed fearless confidence, which was why they finally revealed the fangs they had been hiding for all these years.
“Not only does the Waymight clan have a Grand Exalt, but they also have Daowei Chengqing who emerged from the Hole of Reincarnation. Just Daowei Chengqing alone has three late Immortal Exalts following him around. Even they have a possibility of threatening the Sword Sect of Violet Heavens. Sigh, so much pressure.”
Jian Chen sighed. He only felt like the path before him was riddled with hardships. It was very difficult for him to make any progress.
He had already learnt from the pavilion master that the Sword Sect of Violet Heavens probably only have a century of time remaining. After a century, the news of the Samsaric Immortal Exalt being in danger would gradually circulate through the upper echelons of the Immortals’ World.
By then, the Sword Sect of Violet Heavens would be in catastrophic danger.
However, for the next century, the Sword Sect of Violet Heavens would be mostly safe.
“Even if the Sword Sect of Violet Heavens’ enemies do nothing, the other Sword Sect of Violet Heavens will probably run out of patience. They’ll take action sooner or later to swallow the orthodoxy and replace it. If the Sword Sect of Violet Heavens really falls under their control, then how is it any different from becoming a subsidiary of the Waymight clan? Everything that belongs to the Sword Sect of Violet Heavens will belong to the Waymight clan.”
“Looks like the Waymight clan are also a bunch of self-righteous hypocrites.”
“A century. That’s not a lot of time left for me.” Afterwards, Jian Chen discarded his thoughts and began focusing on powering the jade bottle.
Finally, after another fifty years, when he absorbed another strand of Stainless Qi, the artifact spirit of the Primeval Divine Hall awakened.
The moment that the artifact spirit awakened, a colossal power within the Primeval Divine Hall seemed to be released from its seal, finally erupting with its glory as a sovereign god artifact.
“Artifact spirit, you’ve finally awakened.” Jian Chen smiled in relief. The awakening of the Primeval Divine Hall seemed to lift a burden from his shoulders. He felt much lighter.
“Hmm? Where is this? Master, have we already reached the Immortals’ World?” the artifact spirit said, but its voice was still feeble.
At the same time, there was a crisp sound. The jade bottle used to draw over the Stainless Qi had completely shattered.
The jade bottle turned into countless fragments in Jian Chen’s hand before dispersing in the wind as dust.
However, the dust did not fall to the ground. It seemed to be crushed by a mysterious force, completely vanishing in the space there without leaving any residue behind.
The mysterious jade bottle completely vanished from the world without leaving behind any trace.
“The jade bottle has shattered?” At this moment, Ye Qingyun’s voice rang out. He had completed his breakthrough and become an Immortal Exalt.
He had already appeared before him before Jian Chen had noticed, staring at his empty hands in a daze.
“I didn’t expect it to shatter so quickly. It’s much earlier than what I anticipated. Looks like powering the second layer accelerated its destruction.” Ye Qingyun sighed gently. Even until now, he had yet to understand the white jade bottle’s origins.
Jian Chen stood up. Through their cooperation, his opinion of Ye Qingyun had changed substantially. He immediately clasped his fist towards Ye Qingyun and said, “Congratulations on becoming an Immortal Exalt. From today onwards, you too have become a dominating figure.”
“Fellow Chang Yang, don’t forget about our agreement. You’ll take responsibility for the bottle!” Ye Qingyun said seriously.
“Not a problem. Feel free to say I was behind the matter regarding the Stainless Qi,” Jian Chen said in guarantee.
“Then I don’t have to worry. I’ve broken through already, so I’ve achieved my goal of coming to the Observance Heaven City. We’ll part here then, fellow Chang Yang. Hopefully, we will meet again in the future,” said Ye Qingyun.
After exchanging pleasantries, Ye Qingyun stowed away the formation that trapped Yu Motian and left the sacred land without any reluctance.
Jian Chen had also achieved his goal in the Observance Heaven City now that the artifact spirit of the Primeval Divine Hall had awakened. He did not stay for much longer either, immediately removing the seal on Yu Motian’s soul.
Yu Motian’s soul had been imprisoned for several hundred years. He had become filled with resentment a long time ago. He erupted with curses as soon as he recovered his freedom.
However, Jian Chen was in no mood to bicker with Yu Motian. He left the sacred land through the artifact spirit of the Observance Heaven City.
When he appeared again, Jian Chen had already returned to the Observance Heaven City. He did not return to the general’s estate, instead making his way directly to the city lord’s estate.
Jiang Pingtian did not go to the sacred land. He spent all of these years in the city lord’s estate, so Jian Chen managed to meet him extremely smoothly.
“Senior Jiang, I’d like to resign from my post!” Jian Chen handed over his official seal without any hesitation in the city lord’s estate.
The official seal granted him power, but it was also a shackle. It came with many limitations, and he was forced to follow many rules of the Observance Heaven City.
“I won’t be able to assist you with the path ahead of you. Take care.” Jiang Pingtian gazed at Jian Chen deeply before taking out his own seal and relieving Jian Chen of his post with his authority as the city lord.