Chapter 534: A Kill Is A Kill
Translator: Sparrow Translations Editor: Sparrow Translations
The young lady in the greet skirt strolled around between the pavilions and arrived in one of the great halls. There was nobody inside, but a voice appeared out of nowhere. “Are you ready, Zhener?”
This young lady was Xiao Zhener, who had been separated from Xiao Yan previously. She replied quietly, “Yes, father. I have already made my preparations for my journey to the Void Battleground.”
There were no Void Lightning Tribulations inside middle worlds. Therefore, any cultivator inhabiting a place like this could only attain the aurous core advanced stage at best.
To form the nascent soul, they had to venture out into the Greater World.
However, due to a variety of reasons, many of the border crossings between the known middle worlds and the Greater World were watched and scrutinized by many entities. The aurous core stage cultivators that wish to travel to the Greater World to experience the Void Lightning Tribulations would be hindered by a great many things.
Many mutually beneficial exchanges and deals were made and involved in this matter. Naturally, some people would have nascent soul stage elders accompanying them in their journey as they found a way to enter the Greater World secretly. However, doing so would have uncertain consequences.
In the middle world that Xiao Zhener was born in was a little different from other middle worlds like the Ancient Yuantian World. The people that wanted to venture out into the Greater world would attract a lot more attention than otherwise.
If these people wanted to find another path to avoid attracting too much unwanted attention, there was indeed another way – through the Void Battleground.
Even though the Void Battleground existed also existed on another spatial dimension, it was different from most middle worlds. There were void hurricanes all around, but it was also full of Void Lightning Tribulations.
It was because of the existence of Void Light Tribulations that aurous core stage cultivators were willing to take the risk to enter the Void Battleground. The only issue was that if their levels of mastery were not high enough it was highly likely that they would be struck by lightning and burned into dust in no time.
Besides the Void Lightning Tribulations, there were a great many other dangers within the Void Battleground. This place was a harsh environment that threatened even the lives of nascent soul stage cultivators, let alone aurous core stage ones. Even immortal soul stage powerhouses could not be too sure about their own safety.
This was the reason why cultivators from middle worlds did not choose to venture into the Void Battleground for the tribulations unless they had no other choice.
If exceptions existed in this matter, it would be the more outstanding disciples from influential powers inside the middle worlds. They would be selected to enter the Void Battleground as a form of training while experiencing the Void Lightning Tribulations at the same time. Besides grinding the cultivator’s character, that individual could also try his or her luck by searching for the magic treasures inside the Void Battleground.
Xiao Zhener was already in the nascent soul advanced stage; the adolescent girl of old that had finally matured, and was now an elegant young lady, was about to venture into the Void Battleground.
The voice from within the great hall she was in paused momentarily before it spoke out again. “Zhener, you have a great taste. Xiao Yan is indeed extraordinary.”
Xiao Zhener’s lips curled into a faint smile. She was elated that her father approved of Xiao Yan, so much so that she was happier than when her father complimented her.
The voice continued, “If he had relied upon himself to achieve his level of success today, I will be happy to accept him. However, the leader of the Celestial Sect of Wonders will become a wedge between the two of you.”
The smile on Xiao Zhener’s face gradually disappeared.
When Xiao Yan was in his ‘wasted youth’ phase, everybody in the family could not accept him to be h er husband. After his rise to fame, if not for the fact that he had the Celestial Sect of Wonders behind him, her loving father would have probably allowed the two of them to be together.
However, the existence of Lin Feng and the Celestial Sect of Wonders made everything a little awkward.
It was not because the Celestial Sect of Wonders was too weak. On the contrary, it was because they were too powerful. They could hinder the paths of the family, and it was because of this that her father was indecisive.
Xiao Zhener replied quietly, “Father – man proposes, god disposes. Who can ever predict the variances in the world? Nobody will be the world’s dictator forever. However, my heart for Xiao Yan is for forever.”
The void fell into silence for a long while before the voice appeared again with a faint sigh. “There are many dangers inside the Void Battleground. You need to take care of yourself. The Ancient Venture Pen that I have gifted you will send you inside and protect you. However, forming the nascent soul by experiencing the Void Lightning Tribulations shall be entirely up to you.”
Xiao Zhener flashed another faint smile and replied, “Father, I am your daughter.”
The voice within the void began to laugh. “That is true, you are my daughter. How can you possibly fail the mere Void Lightning Tribulations? Even the Void Battlegrounds cannot hold back my daughter.”
After she bid her farewells to her father, Xiao Zhener began to make her final preparations for her journey before proceeding into the Void Battleground.
She tilted her head and looked up into the void as the corner of her mouth curled upwards. “Xiao Yan, you are becoming more and more powerful. Zhener cannot fall behind, if not you’ll just touch my nose and call me stupid again like you did when we were younger.”
Lin Feng was currently unaware that the Void Battleground would become so happening all of a sudden. He continued to search with the Avatar of Ares inside the Void Battleground in an attempt to find Wang Lin and Shi Tianhao’s parents and his grandfather.
His original body was sitting atop Mount Yujing, and he was observing the system’s Popularity values.
Xiao Yan devastated the Yu family, and Lin Feng himself forced back the Xuanlin Holy Man and the Great Void Sect.
All this caused his own Popularity and that of the Celestial Sect of Wonders to skyrocket. He had also attained stellar Popularity value standards for certain regions.
This was especially true for the Great Qin Empire. Lin Feng was glad that almost every region within their borders had Popularity values of over 80.
“Oh, I am still missing something in the Great Qin Empire. Yes, I haven’t been doing much over there…” Lin Feng thought to himself until he suddenly observed that his Popularity values had shot off the charts in the regions of the Great Zhou Empire.
The Popularity values in many places were actually not that high, but the latent Popularity values were extremely impressive.
Lin Feng was slightly taken aback. “What is this? Have I missed something? From the looks of it, it should be the ruckus that Zhu Yi stirred up over in the Great Zhou Empire.”
Lin Feng immediately received news about Zhu Yi, who was preparing for the exam at Tianjing City. The date of the examination was slowly approaching, but he was attacked.
The result was that a nascent soul advanced stage cultivator was defeated and killed by Zhu Yi on the spot. The Great Zhou Empire was shaken up as news of this event spread to the corners of the empire.
Zhu Yi was only in the aurous core advanced stage at this point in time.
This piece of news was symmetrical to Xiao Yan’s achievements in the Great Qin Empire. This produced a combined effect that amplified the reputation of the Celestial Sect of Wonders even more.
Even though his opponent was a nascent soul advanced stage cultivator, he could not be compared to the Marquis of Jinghuan, who had magic treasures in his possession. Zhu Yi’s victory was smooth and easy to the point that he did not even disturb the physical spell body that Lin Feng had gifted him.
“Master, this man is under the command of crown prince of the Great Zhou Empire, Liang Yuan,” Zhu Yi passed the message on to Lin Feng, “Liang Yuan plotted against me, so I retaliated and killed one of the cultivators under his command.”
“This man practiced Buddhist mantras and was hoarding the willpower from incenses. He was a sinister individual as well, so his death is beneficial to society.”
Zhu Yi’s reason was impeccable. The Great Zhou Empire could not hold anything against him, and even had to reward him for his efforts.
However, his feud with Liang Yuan grew ever deeper.
Lin Feng said plainly, “We will treat honorable guests kindly, and we will respond in kind to devious monsters. Murderers should be put down, and for he who commits evil – a kill is a kill.”
“I have found the two young ladies. It was also because of them that I figured out Liang Yuan’s plans.”
Zhu Yi continued, “Chen Yu, who is Liang Yuan’s supporter and mentor at the same time, adopted a young girl named Luo Qingwu. He managed to obtain information from the Ancient Yuantian World that this girl has certain connections to the Celestial Sect of Wonders, so he tried to use this girl to misdirect me.”
Lin Feng listened to Zhu Yi’s recount attentively but could not help himself as he laughed in response.
It would appear that Chen Yu deliberately leaked the news of Liang Yuan’s sinister plans against Zhu Yi to Luo Qingwu. However, his execution was not very discreet and seemed quite suspicious.
Normal people would naturally be doubtful when they received this news as they would probably feel that somebody was being framed. Somebody was trying to create conflict and tension between Liang Yuan and Zhu Yi so that this person could profit from the outcome.
Under the purposeful direction of Liang Yuan and Chen Yu, the ‘spearhead’ would be pointed towards their true target – the fourth prince, Liang Qian.
Liang Yuan was quite displeased with the fact that Zhu Yi was a lot friendlier with Liang Qian. However, the power of the Celestial Sect of Wonders stayed his hand as he was a little afraid to antagonize them. Chen Yu mulled over the issue with Liang Yuan’s opinions and sought to use this method of framing themselves to lead Zhu Yi down the wrong path with reverse psychology.
However, in the end they shot themselves in the foot.
Lin Feng said plainly, “Liang Yuan is far inferior to his father, Liang Pan.”
Zhu Yi replied, “My sentiments exactly. One has to be like a king both in appearance and in his heart. The emperor has authority and autonomy, but if he insists to employ unorthodox methods without grinding his own character, as well as using fear and satanic ways to oppress the common people, then it’s really not the behavior of a proper emperor.”
Lin Feng laughed again. “You can settle the issues with the Great Zhou Empire yourself.”
“Yes, master.” Zhu Yi replied, “Oh yes, the two young ladies wish to come to Mount Yujing for medical help.”
At this point, he sighed. “It took me a bit of digging to find out about Luo Qingwu. It will be quite a pity if she lost the magic pearl within her body just like that.”
Lin Feng’s expression remained unchanged, but a grin appeared on his face.
Lin Feng understood the little lady’s intentions with regards to her initial sassiness.
If Lin Feng had not told her that if she ran into trouble she could look for him, even if she discovered that her family wanted to send her up the mountain, her reaction would not have been so strong such that Lin Feng would be angry as well.
Due to the interactions from both parties, the little lady developed a feeling that Lin Feng was plotting with her family members.
In this case, the fact that Lin Feng was nice to her previously had a totally different meaning now, as if he was trying to deceive her into something.
The higher the hopes, the harder the fall. What was warm camaraderie before turned into a heart of ice.
Therefore, when Lin Feng first discovered this piece of news he felt a little exasperated. He was frustrated that the Luo family members were a little daft as his allies.
However, after the tantrum that she threw, she began to seriously consider her warm interactions with Lin Feng. Even though the days were short and limited, her feelings turned back around eventually. The only thing was that her skin was not so thick and she felt that she wronged Lin Feng, so she wanted to find a way to make up for her errors.
Lin Feng was crystal clear about her thoughts and intentions. However, he was not too concerned and laughed as he said, “The exam date is arriving very soon. Don’t waste any more time. I will arrange with someone else for her safe return.”
He cut off his voice-projection conversation with Zhu Yi can immediately called forth the Kui Cow King and said, “I’m sorry, but you have to travel to Tianjing City.”
The Kui Cow King lowered its giant head and said, “Yes, sir.”