Chapter 977: The Difference of a Single Step Was Vast
Translator: Sparrow Translations Editor: Sparrow Translations
The Tai Yi Holy Man crossed his eyes and ‘looked’ into the distance as he said with a low voice, “The Origins Celestial Dragon needs time to return to his peak. However, the situation in the Divine Lands or the Barren Expanses is changing. No one knows about the situation of the Hades Tribe.”
“I shall remain on Mount Baiyun. Junior Zheng Yi, I shall trouble you to enter the Starry Sea.”
The Zheng Yi Holy Man nodded his head and said, “Senior Tai Yi, it’s fine. Let me make the trip.”
The Zheng Yi Holy Man said, “Other than you, you can send 2 more people. Who do you plan to send?”
“Xuan Lin and Yu Yuan are helping Junior Qing Yi to manage to the situation in the Barren Expanses. Kuang Heng must undergo the tribulation once more. We shall not disturb him,” said the Zheng Yi Holy Man. “Nanlai is managing the entire situation and Yuanzhen is communicating with the Great Zhou Empire. Qing Ning needs to cultivate pills. Mengqi is focusing on the Netherworld Sea. Daohan is keeping tab on the Celestial Sect of Wonders. Everyone has their role to play. I shall bring Fengzhou and Yunkong.”
The Tai Yi Holy Man closed his eyes and thought for a while. Then, he shook his head and said, “Send Mengqi to the Barren Expanses and recall Xuan Lin. At the same time, bring the Drum Fairy and the Yin-Yang Elder back. Bring the two of them into the Starry Sea too.”
“When the five gates to the Starry Sea open at the same time, it means that there are five major demons coming. While the demons have their internal squabbles, you may become their common target.”
“In particular, when it comes to taking control of the Star Tomb, the demons may ally together first to defeat us.”
The Zheng Yi Holy Man nodded his head and said, “Senior is right. I shall bring Xuan Lin and the Fengzhou. The Drum Fairy and the Yin-Yang Elder shall follow.”
The Tai Yi Holy Man said, “The Ancient Ape Demons, the Heavenly Charms Grand Sage and the dragons may all be present. We do not know who the last two parties are. However, please be careful. The reason that they did not advertise their possession of the gate to the Starry Sea is surely because they did not want other demons to take it from them.”
“Hence, we do not know if the Star Tomb can be opened. We need to be wary of the demons who may have obtained another gate into the Starry Sea, such as the Heavenly Grandmaster Grand Sage, the Heavenly Charms Grand Sage and the dragons. Under these circumstances, when the four gates to the Starry Sea are activated, the Star Tomb may open.”
The Zheng Yi Holy Man said, “This is a chance for our sect. If we obtain just one gate into the Starry Sea, then we can track the locations of the other gates into the Starry Sea with the Supreme Heavenly Mirror.”
“Even if we cannot obtain the gate to the Starry Sea, we can prevent the demons from opening the Star Tomb and harnessing its resources.”
The Tai Yi Holy Man nodded his head and said, “Exactly. As for the specifics, it’s up to you, junior.”
“Other than Xuan Lin, Fengzhou and I, I plan to bring some disciples who had yet to enter the Immortal Soul Stage inside as well,” said the Zheng Yi Holy Man, “On one hand, it’s a good form of training. On the other hand, they can undergo the Baptism of the Original Stellar Light.”
“Without the gate to the Starry Sea, we only have this single opportunity.”
The Tai Yi Holy Man thought for a while and said, “Be careful. This is still a dangerous environment.”
The Zheng Yi Holy Man replied, “Xuan Lin, Fengzhou and I shall take care of them. I believe that they can only improve under such an environment.”
After he discussed with the Tai Yi Holy Man, the Zheng Yi Holy Man prepared to take his leave. Before he left, his expression turned serious as he looked at the Tai Yi Holy Man and asked, “Senior Tai Yi, can you confirm Miao Shihao’s situation?”
The Tai Yi Holy Man paused for a while and then said slowly, “More or less.”
The Zheng Yi Holy Man fell silent too. After a long while, he shook his head and said, “Grandmaster Huatian never left a single light image behind. Only through cultivating the talisman in the Spirit Sea are we able to see his true face.”
This made them all feel very helpless. Amongst the Four Immemorial Heroes of the Great Void Sect in the Antiquity Age, Yue Huatian was the most mysterious. No one knew how he truly looked like and very few members of the Great Void Sect itself had seen his face.
As no light image of him existed, even the Tai Yi Holy Man, the Zheng Yi Holy Man and the other elders of the Great Void Sect did not know his true face.
The Yu Yuan Holy Woman was a direct descendant disciple of Yue Huatian. Yet, she too did not know her grandmaster looked like.
Only when they obtained the talisman through the Spirit Sea and cultivated it was the Great Void Sect able to see the true face of Yue Huatian and his disciple, the Water Moon Holy Woman.
With that, the Great Void Sect realized a serious problem: the Mirror Master, Miao Shihao, who currently lived with the Celestial Sect of Wonders looked exactly like Yue Huatian.
While it was not impossible that the two of them could resemble each other perfectly, the fact that Miao Shihao knew a great deal about the inner workings of the Great Void Sect made it impossible to be just a pure coincidence.
Furthermore, Miao Shihao’s animosity towards the Great Void Sect was no secret. Normally, the Great Void Sect would not care about an independent cultivator who was not even in his Immortal Soul stage.
Even if Miao Shihao formed his Immortal Soul, it would not majorly impact the Great Void Sect in terms of his powers.
However, as they slowly understood his background, the Great Void Sect could no longer sit idly by, especially after Miao Shihao threw his lot in with the Celestial Sect of Wonders.
The Tai Yi Holy Man said slowly, “Many years ago, in the Ying Sea, Yuanzhen’s disciple, Mingyue, too had the same idea. She tried interrogating Miao Shihao but was unsuccessful.”
“It was only when we saw the face of the Grandmaster Huatian did we realize the truth. However, it was too late. Now, if we wanted to look for him, it would not be so easy.”
Lin Feng left the Spirit Sea before them. While they were still trapped in the Spirit Sea, and the Qing Yi Holy Man was busy defending Mount Taihua, Lin Feng successfully managed to barge into Mount Shu. Not only did Lin Feng’s own powers increased exponentially, he was able to subjugate Mount Shu and completely cultivate his Heaven-Destroying Sword.
When the Tai Yi Holy Man and the rest were finally able to escape from the Spirit Sea and return to the Grand Celestial World, they were confronted with a scene of utter destruction.
At that time, even though the Zheng Yi Holy Man and the rest would not admit it, but if Lin Feng were to attack Mount Baiyun before the Supreme Heavenly Mirror had recovered, they would be completely helpless.
In the private discussion between the Tai Yi Holy Man, the Zheng Yi Holy Man, Qing Yi Holy Woman and the Xuan Yi Holy Man, the Qing Yi Holy Woman stated clearly that they had underestimate Lin Feng. That was her biggest mistake.
Earlier, when she misjudged Lin Feng’s battle against the Mount Shu, it resulted in the Saintly Celestial Cataclysm. If time she could turn back time, she would rather abandon Mount Taihua and join the Mount Shu Battle.
The difference of a single step was vast.
Furthermore, after Lin Feng’s voyage in the Barren Expanses, the Great Void Sect could ascertain that Lin Feng had not even used his full strength during the Mount Shu Battle. Their assessment of the Celestial Sect of Wonders needed more refining.
As the Supreme Heavenly Mirror was still damaged, if Mount Baiyun were to declare war on any side, the result would be Pyrrhic.
Due to the nature of Mount Yujing, the Two Elements of Creation Formation and Heaven Destroying Sword Formation, Lin Feng would have a home ground advantage if they fought in anywhere but Mount Baiyun.
The Tai Yi Holy Man and the Zheng Yi Holy Man were speechless. The Mount Shu Battle inverted the power disparity between the Great Void Sect and the Celestial Sect of Wonders. As they were trapped in the Spirit Sea, they allowed Lin Feng to complete his cultivation of the Heaven-Destroying Sword.
This was the first person they had encountered in the Modern Age who could rival them completely. As the Supreme Heavenly Mirror was still damaged, a battle anywhere else but Mount Baiyun would result in both sides suffering heavy losses.
At that time, this person was not alone. Almost half of the cultivators in the Divine Lands were behind him.
In the Anti-Celestial Sect War, it was clear that numerical advantage was useless.
The Zheng Yi Holy Man’s expression was calm as he said, “Everything else is immaterial. However, if Miao Shihao provides his information to the leader of the Celestial Sect, then the Celestial Sect of Wonders may no longer be an unstable power in the next War of the Two Worlds. If Lin Feng becomes suspicious, then our plan is much more difficult.”
The Tai Yi Holy Man’s expression was calm too as he said, “The overall direction has been decided. If there are obstacles half-way, we shall try to overcome them.”
“Senior Tai Yi is right,” said the Zheng Yi Holy Man as he nodded his head. He turned to leave and prepare for his voyage in the Starry Sea.
At that moment, Lin Feng looked at the gate to the Starry Sea with a serious but calm expression.
He could not possibly know the contents of the conversation between the Tai Yi Holy Man and the Zheng Yi Holy Man. However, with these problems being so obvious, there was no way that Lin Feng had not thought about it.
He too saw the image of Yue Huatian in the Spirit Sea and if he was able to guess Miao Shihao’s origins, there was no reason the Great Void Sect could not guess it. Hence, even if they did not care about him before, once they knew of his existence and background it was not hard to figure out what they would do next.
Five years ago, Miao Shihao successfully reached the Immortal Soul Stage when Lin Feng just returned from the Barren Expanses.
However, after he reached the Immortal Soul stage, Miao Shihao did not talk to anyone. He continued with his closed-door training.
Up till today, he had yet to stop.
According to Lin Feng’s predictions, after Miao Shihao ended his closed-door training this time around, he would have gained much. However, it might not be in terms of abilities.
He anticipated that day.
Lin Feng sighed, and then telepathically communicated to his disciples.
After he had explained everything, Lin Feng instructed, “I will do my closed-door training on Mount Yujing. This time, the Thunder Dragon Avatar and the Avatar of Ares shall enter the Ancient Desolate Galaxy. While I do my closed-door training, Xiao Yan and Wang Lin shall remain in Mount Yujing. The rest of you will follow me.”
Zhu Yi himself had left the mountain half a year ago. He traversed through the lands and he even ventured into the void to search for Middle Worlds and Outer Realms.
After Yang Qing brought Zhou Yuncong back from the Barren Expanses and settled his affairs, he left Mount Yujing to fulfill his dream, which was to heal the sick in all corners of the world. Like Zhu Yi, he was not on Mount Yujing too.
Hence, Lin Feng automatically excluded the two of them.
However, Zhu Yi’s Great Sun Avatar was Mount Yujing, and he expressed a desire to follow Lin Feng. Wang Lin himself would remain on the mountain but his Great Satanic Avatar would follow Lin Feng. Naturally, Lin Feng allowed both avatars to follow him. The presence of both avatars would be immensely helpful in the Starry Sea.
The rest, which included Shi Tianhao, Yue Hongyan, Li Yuanfang and Luo Qingwu, would naturally follow Lin Feng.
The Thunder Dragon Avatar and the Avatar of Ares appeared in front of the gate to the Starry Sea. The Thunder Dragon Avatar waved his hands and he swept everyone up with his demon powers. Then, together with the Avatar of Ares, they through the gate to the Starry Sea.