Chapter 54: The Winds of Change
Translator: Sparrow_ Editor: Sparrow_
“After obtaining the leaf from the Celestial Jade Tree, what course of action will you take?”
Despite already having a plan in his heart, Lin Feng still asked.
“Yan Mingyue wants to return to the Great Void Sect, I , naturally, also have my own place to return to.” Long Ye smiled faintly: “As I’ve said before, I don’t intend to bother you anymore.”
“For your own good, you’d better not.” Lin Feng said calmly: “I accept your trade, it’s a deal.”
Lin Feng believed that upon recovering the Celestial Jade Tree, she would no doubt recover a large proportion of her former strength. After all, her true form was the Celestial Jade Tree. This trade was also very convenient for Lin Feng as Long Ye could be used to hinder Yan Mingyue.
Having three people fall into such a bizarre and tangled plot, Lin Feng was uncertain on how he should have felt. One thing he was sure, however, was that each person wanted their opponents to hinder the third person in this vicious cycle of three.
Playing with the stone flute in his hand, Lin Feng looked at Long Ye’s departing figure with a curiosity. One can say that Long Ye has essentially thrown a hot potato at Lin Feng.
If he uses it expediently, Lin Feng can use this stone flute to access many benefits. Yet conversely, it could also bring disaster to Lin Feng. Being the most powerful holy land in the world, no one would be able to stand in its way if it so decided to forcefully take the flute.
Lin Feng reflected : “Perhaps the conflict between Yan Mingyue and the new All-Under-Heavens Strider is something which he can take advantage of?
“Speaking of it, what exactly does this stone flute do? Why does the Great Void Sect value this little thing so highly.” Lin Feng scratched his head, as he couldn’t feel any strong mana fluctuations from the stone flute. After all, the little flute seemed so ordinary.
Lin Feng shook his head and retracted his thoughts: “The matter of the cultivation abode can be put back, currently the most important matter is still my fourth disciple!”
“Finally, this is the last one!”
Hopefully, he could successfully complete it.
“It would definitely be successful… right?”
Elsewhere, in the capital city of the Zhou Empire, Tianjing, the south-east sector of the city, the House of the Marquis of Xuanji, stood a skinny old man within the courtyard. He stood with an imprinted talisman within his hands (The talisman marked with a “Buddha” character as well as a “Yu” character).
The skinny old man creased his brows: “Huang San failed and it’s related to the scum of the Buddhist sect and the Qin Empire’s Yu clan?”
Around him stood a circle of cultivators of the house of the Marquis but in front of this old man, they were all reverent and respectful. They remained dead silent fearing that they would be disturbing the old man’s thoughts.
This skinny old man was the second steward of the House of the Marquis of Xuanji with people addressing him as Master Tao Er.
Fatty Huang San was as venomous as a snake, with people who dared to call him a slave behind his back. But with Tao Er, even members of the main branch of the Zhu clan have to respectfully call him Master Er when seeing him.
While it seemed peculiar, the reason behind it was because this old man who despite his skinny and shrivelled physique, that of which even a gust of wind could topple him, was deceptively very strong!
Whenever the Marquis of Xuanji went on his campaign of conquest, this skinny old man would alway accompany him. He has experienced an untold number of wars, fights, schemes and assassinations. The number of enemies who have died by his hands, just the number of aurous core stage cultivators, had already surpassed the double digits. Huang San was but a mere child to him.
After a moment Master Tao Er put away the talisman in his hand and turned around walking towards the main house in the residence.
Seeing him the guard hurriedly greeted him: “Master Er.”
Master Er nodded his head: “I need to go see the Marquis, it is an urgent matter.”
The old man entered the main house and then came out after while. Tao Er stood firmly in the house of the Marquis, facing the cultivators. Tao Er’s voice was solemn with the intent to kill, he said: ‘Three things’
“One, gather people and head towards the place where Huang San and friends went missing. Search every single inch of the place, I want clues.”
“Two, capture all of the already known members of the Covenant of Liefeng and the scum of the Great Thunderclap Temple, don’t let anyone escape.”
“Three, come together with me and head towards the residence of the Qin Empire diplomatic corps to interrogate the members of the Yu clan about this matter.”
Tao Er spoke slowly, every word weighed heavily yet The Marquis’ only had two words, ‘investigate thoroughly!’.
Elsewhere, Tianjing City, a big residence laid in the western sector of the city and was the residence of the Great Qin Empire’s diplomatic corps.
In the west branch, after sending off Master Tao Er who visited, a middle-aged man in a body of sapphire blue robes sat silently in a chair.
A young man across from him uttered angrily: “Zhu Hongwu is too arrogant. His subordinate goes missing and he dares to blame us!”
The blue-robed middle-aged man glanced at him: “What do you say we should do?”
The young man answered without even thinking: “Do what? We don’t do anything. What does this have to do with us, we’re clearly being framed.”
The blue-robed middle-aged man looked at him and sighed in disappointment.
The young man knew right away that he answered incorrectly and despondently lowered his head.
The blue-robed middle-aged man’s expression was calm, but the words that he spoke blazed with a murderous aura: “Somebody is framing us the Yu clan and we just do nothing? Are we going to just watch them frame us and pour dirty water on our bodies?”
The young man woke up: “You mean?”
The blue-robed middle-aged man snorted: “Whoever dares to mess with the Yu clan must pay for it!” He looked at the young man: “I’ll hand this over to you. The House of the Marquis of Xuanji investigates what is theirs, we will investigate what is ours. I’d like to see who dares to mess with the Yu clan!”
The young man hesitated for a moment: “But we are after all serving as envoys in the Zhou Empire, this place isn’t our territory and we don’t have enough people.”
The blue-robed middle-aged man said coolly: “Just contact the main family.”
His gaze was a bit deep and quiet: “It has been rather eventful lately, it’s also not very peaceful over at the Shi clan. It’s said that somebody wants to harm Shi Tianyi. During these moments we cannot fall into disorder, but even more so we cannot remain idle, if not the enemy will instead swarm over all at once.”
Around the Black Cloud Earth Palace, a grey-clothed person stood in the deep mountains. He wore a massive straw hat that covered his face.
“There is the aura of sariras here. Hui Ku was here before and also fought with someone.”
The grey-clothed person silently felt the change in the surrounding spiritual energy: “Fortunately the sariras were not damaged.”
“Hui Ku you sect betraying scum, you dare to defile the bones of the sect elders. I will take back the sariras and let their souls rest in Nirvana.”
“As for you this piece of scum who defiles his elders, I will send you into the cycle of reincarnation!”
Upon smelling the scent of a human, countless savage beasts gathered around the grey-clothed person.
The grey-clothed person took off the straw hat revealing a shiny bald head. A strong light surged in his eyes and when the beasts came in contact with his gaze, they all scattered in fright. Some weaker beasts were actually so frightened that they were unable to control their bladder and bowels, collapsing to the ground.
With a droop of the grey-clothed monk’s eyelids, the light vanished and he became ordinary again. Putting on the straw hat, his body flickered and he had already vanished within the vast woodlands.
The battle at the Black Cloud Earth Palace caused all sides to take action.
Lin Feng was, however, unaware of this. He did not hang around the Black Cloud Earth Palace but instead brought along his disciples to hit the roads.
Unsure if he already used up all of his luck before this, since during his entire trip he did not encounter a fourth candidate who met the criterion as his disciple.
“Do I have to go back and find Xiao Zhener that little girl?” Lin Feng was stumped in his heart. He had traversed half of the Great Zhou Empire’s land and also passed through thousands of miles of the territory of the Great Qin Empire but still made no progress.
But time was rapidly flying by and in the turn of an eye, only one month remained for the one year quest time limit.
The master and disciples were at the southern border of the Great Qin Empire. Even though Lin Feng was anxious at heart, in front of his three disciples he still maintained his composure. While travelling the master and disciples also trained.
That day Zhu Yi’s cultivation had broken through a bottleneck, and he was about to increase his level.
After some deliberation, Lin Feng left behind Xiao Yan and Xiao Budian to protect Zhu Yi while he controlled the Black Cloud Flag to wander around in the area.
Lightly shaking the flag, under the flowing black light Lin Feng opened up the void and charged ahead.
He was in the middle of flying in the void when a blanket of dazzling light suddenly lit up before his eyes.
Once the light vanished, appeared a hazy mist, as if chaos was raging. Everything looked hazy and blurred.
Lin Feng was startled: “What’s going on? The Black Cloud Flag broke open the void and actually brought me to an alternate space?”