Chapter 968: The Storm Approaches, the Situation Is Delicate
Translator: Sparrow Translations Editor: Sparrow Translations
The Xuan Lin Holy Man looked at Wu Mengqi and said, “However, news from the Ancient Longevity World has it that while the Netherworld Sea opened, it closed pretty soon afterwards.”
Wu Mengqi then said, “However, since then, it has quietened down.”
Kuang Heng said calmly, “The Netherworld Sea normally opens in the Southern Wilderness of the Divine Lands. There is no information telling us that the Netherworld Sea is connected to the Ancient Longevity World. The split in the Middle World should be man-made, right?”
Wu Mengqi smiled and said, “More or less.”
Kuang Heng turned to look at Yun Yuanzhen as he said, “In the Ying Sea, Mingyue personally witnessed the eldest disciple of the Celestial Sect of Wonders, Xiao Yan, wielding a huge sword. Apparently, the sword can open the split into the Netherworld Sea too, right?”
Yun Yuanzhen nodded her head and replied, “That’s right. While it was small, it was able to summon the power of the Netherworld Sea.”
The Xuan Lin Holy Man by the side said, “News from the Ancient Longevity World has it that the descendants of the Emperor of the Ancients may render assistance to the Celestial Sect of Wonders. However, only a single Immortal Soul Second Level cultivator will help them.”
Everyone present nodded their heads and Yan Nanlai said calmly, “Looking at it now, the Emperor of the Dead is purposely creating a distraction. First, he wants to obtain the Life and Death Book from Xu Anda. However, he has yet to obtain what he wants from the Ancient Longevity World.”
“If that’s the case, he will act soon. We just don’t know when.”
Kuang Heng said calmly, “If that’s the case, then we should startle him. The last time the Ancient Longevity World was attacked, the descendants of the Emperor of the Ancients did not know that it was done by the Emperor of the Dead. We should inform them.”
“Once the descendants of the Emperor of the Ancients know that the Emperor of the Dead has something to do with the tear to the Netherworld Sea in the Ancient Longevity World, they will naturally draw the connection to the target of the Emperor of the Dead, which is what they obtained from the Emperor of the Ancients. They will naturally take preventive measure then.”
“The longer he drags, the more difficult it is for the Emperor of the Dead to obtain what he wants. If he wants to take the risk, then he will naturally run the risk of being exposed. If he continues to wait, he will be the loser too.”
Yan Nanlai said calmly, “That’s right.”
Cai Fengzhou then said, “Since the descendants of the Emperor of the Ancients in the Ancient Longevity World is an ally, one of us should make a trip down to tell the news and have a talk with them.”
He looked at Yan Nanlai, the Tai Yi Holy Man, the Qing Yi Holy Man and the Xuan Yi Holy Man and said, “I volunteer to go.”
The rest of them nodded and Yan Nanlai said, “Thank you, Junior Cai.”
The Yu Yuan Holy Woman asked, “Should we eliminate the nail left by the Emperor of the Dead in the Divine Lands, the Samsara Sect?”
Yun Yuanzhen shook her head and said, “It’s better to keep them around first. While we want to startle him, we need to control ourselves. If our movements are too obvious, then it would arouse the suspicion of the Emperor of the Dead. Then, he may completely abandon his designs on the Ancient Longevity World.”
“If that’s the case, the loser is still the Emperor of the Dead. The best case will be for him to expose himself and then, we eliminate him.”
The Qing Ning Holy Man said, “As for the Celestial Sect of Wonders, we should put our plans into action.”
Yan Nanlai said, “There’s no rush in that. We should settle the Emperor of the Dead first.”
After they expressed their opinions on overall matters, the Tai Yi Holy Man, the Zheng Yi Holy Man, the Qing Yi Holy Woman and the Xuan Yi Holy Man said nothing. All they did was to listen to the discussions of Yan Nanlai and the rest.
“Uncle Xuan Yi and Senior Kuang just experienced the tribulations. Junior Wu needs to rest. Unless there’s something as important as this, we won’t be bothering you.” Yan Nanlai stared at the Xuan Yi Holy man, Kuang Heng and Wu Mengqi. Then, he looked at the Qing Yi Holy Woman and said, “Thank you for taking care of the Barren Expanses.”
The Qing Yi Holy Woman nodded her head. She took part in the conference through projecting her light image from the Barren Expanses, where she was located.
Yan Nanlai’s gaze then fell upon the Xuan Lin Holy Man and the Yu Yuan Holy Woman. “Mount Taihua in the Barren Expanses has fallen. We don’t know when we can next cast the spell formation. Afterwards, I will have to trouble Junior Xuan Lin and Junior Yu Yuan to help the Qing Yi Holy Woman.”
The Xuan Lin Holy Man and the Yu Yuan Holy Woman nodded their heads and said, “Yes, sect leader.”
Finally, Yan Nanlai looked at Lin Daohan. Lin Daohan bowed and said, “Don’t worry, master. I know what to do.”
The conference ended and the group of Great Void Sect elders went their ways. Only the Tai Yi Holy Man and Yan Nanlai were left on Mount Baiyun.
The Tai Yi Holy Man’s eyes were closed and his expression calm. Yan Nanlai too was expressionless. The two of them sat facing each other and said nothing for a long while.
After a long while, Yan Nanlai said slowly, “Master, I am not good enough and I have disappointed you.”
The Tai Yi Holy Man smiled carefreely and said, “Nanlai, the world is full of changes. How can we expect everything to go our way? Live your life properly. That’s the most important thing right now.”
Yan Nanlai sighed and said, “I have embarrassed myself. Since the battle of Mount Shu, there are many difficult things I have contend with. While the Master of the Celestial Sect is cunning, he could still be a top human cultivator. Alternatively, he could be a pillar of strength for us humans too.”
“However, with the rise of his Celestial Sect of Wonders, it caused the resistance by the Qing Yi Holy Woman and the Zheng Yi Holy Man. Even Uncle Xuan Yi and Junior Cai permitted their resistance.”
Other than Yan Nanlai, there were 12 members of the Supreme Elder Council. They included the Zheng Yi Holy Man, Kuang Heng, the Xuan Lin Holy Man, Wu Mengqi, the Qing Yi Holy Woman, Yun Yuanzhen, the Qing Ning Holy Man and the Yu Yuan Holy Woman. Eight of them viewed the Celestial Sect of Wonders as their enemies.
Including the Xuan Yi Holy Man and Cai Fengzhou, there were 10 of them. With their numerical advantage, they could control the decisions of the Supreme Elder Council.
Amongst the four elders of the Great Void Sect, the Qing Yi Holy Woman, the Zheng Yi Holy Man and the Xuan Yi Holy Man had come to a consensus.
Under this situation, even Yan Nanlai, who was the sect leader, and the Tai Yi Holy Man could only keep their opinions to themselves.
The Tai Yi Holy Man smiled slightly and said, “Nanlai, according to what you have said, I have disappointed you.”
If the Tai Yi Holy Man was at his peak, then faced with today’s situation, he could have significantly affected everyone’s positions.
However, while the Tai Yi Holy Man was still the most powerful cultivator of the Great Void Sect, he was no longer so forceful.
However, the Tai Yi Holy Man was still calm and at peace as he poked fun at his disciple. Yan Nanlai laughed and shook his head, “Master, your words embarrass me.”
With that, his smiled gradually faded as he said, “While our overall direction was not affected, I will rather face that situation then to carry out with our current plan.”
“Lin Feng wants to rule the Divine Lands, fine. He wants to cultivate his powerful sword, that’s fine too. However, his current path is extremely perilous. There is a strong chance that he may become a double-edged sword. If he is careless, he may not only injure himself but bring about harm to the entire Divine Lands.”
Yan Nanlai said in a deep voice, “I cannot let that happen.”
The Tai Yi Holy man said lightly, “It’s too early to say that. Right now, the Celestial Sect of Wonders is an unstable power. We shall continue observing them and only categorize them as an enemy when the evidence is irrefutable.”
As he said that, the Tai Yi Holy Man frowned and his eyelids fluttered. “However, where exactly did the Hades Tribe go? After their surprise and brief appearance in the Spirit Sea, there has been no news of them.”
“Nanlai, I will talk to my junior, Zheng Yi, later. He will go to the Barren Expanses once more and visit the spots where the Hades Tribe used to frequent to find more clues of them.”
“After his recovering, Junior Xuan Yi will focus on crossing his tribulations once more. Junior Qing Yi will remain on Mount Taihua and I will remain on Mount Baiyun while preparing to render assistance to Junior Zheng Yi and Junior Qing Yi. If there are news concerning the Emperor of the Dead, I will pass it on to you.”
As he said that, the Tai Yi Holy Man ‘looked’ at Yan Nanlai and said slowly, “It’s up to you whether you want to go yourself, or if you want to ask Yunkong, Yuanzhen or Yu Yuan.”
Yan Nanlai’s face did not change as he said quietly. “While Yan Xinghe may be my ancestor, don’t worry, master, I will act if needed. I will not shirk my responsibilities and I will dutifully execute the responsibilities of my position.”
The Tai Yi Holy Man nodded. His eyes were still closed as he stood on top of Mount Baiyun and ‘looked’ into the distance. “Another War of the Two Worlds is coming.”
Far away, in the Kunlun Mountains, Mount Yujing floated above the clouds. Lin Feng sat cross-legged on top of the Black Heavenly Treasure Tree. He too had obtained news from the Barren Expanses.
While the information was not detailed and exact, Lin Feng could more or less figure out what had happened.
“Unless something major has happened, there’s an 80% chance that the Origins Celestial Dragon had succeeded in passing the Second Tribulation. Right now, he is weak and probably resting.”
If the Origins Dragon King did not pass the tribulation and was only preparing for it, then he would not have allowed his kind to abandon the Purple Mist Sea. If the Origins Dragon King died during the tribulation or was injured, or if he was no longer in the Black sea, then the Great Void Sect would have attacked the Black Sea with their Supreme Heavenly Mirror, particularly since the Earth Dragon King was injured too.
If the Origins Dragon King were dead, the Earth Dragon King and the Azure Sky Dragon King severely injured, the Zu’e Grand Sage killed, the Yu’ao Dragon King severely injured, the Golden Cicada half-dead, the White Tiger Grand Sage captured, the Xiangliu Grand Sage killed, the Great Void Sect would have acted even if the Phoenix Tribe and the Divine Parasol Tree Tribe joined the demons.
However, if the Origins Dragon King successfully passed the Second Tribulations, then the situation was completely different.
“Hehe, I wonder how long more will the old dragon need to reach his prime?” Lin Feng thought. “If he continues to undergo tribulations and increase his power, then the situation will become more delicate.”
“However, if he wants to force the submission of the other demons, he will need time too. The time he has isn’t a lot. Unless he plans to stay in the Black Sea and not come out, then that’s fine.”
Lin Feng sat cross-legged and looked up into the stars in the void. The stars twinkled and a black and white pillar of Qi could vaguely be seen.
“I wonder how long more it will take the Great Void Sect’s Supreme Heavenly Mirror to recover completely.”