Chapter 256 – Fan Zhongtang’s Betrayal
Wild wind kept blowing within the tunnel. Bright and variegated lights could be seen everywhere. All of these men had experienced this before, so they just focused on keeping the bodies stabilized, and didn’t move a bit.
“Little Chen, you’re the biggest winner for this trip to Inferno Hell, the harvest is simply massive! Perhaps the wealth you now possess is greater than the combined wealth of all four big sects!”
Big Yellow said in an excited manner.
“Of course! Chief Jiang has robbed so many Divine Core warriors, his current wealth is beyond anyone’s imagination! At least, I can’t even guess how much he has.”
Wang Heng said.
Jiang Chen replied with a faint smile. Indeed, the harvest for this trip was tremendous! Not only had he obtained great wealth and broken through to the Divine Core realm, as well as killed the Earth Devil and gotten its demon soul, accomplishing the goal he had in mind when he came to Inferno Hell. But now, Jiang Chen only had a sad expression on his face.
“Junior Disciple Jiang, as the biggest winner, you should be happy, so why does it look like you’re not satisfied?”
Guan Yiyun asked as he patted Jiang Chen’s shoulder.
“The only regret I have is not being able to bring the Blood Talisman with me. The Blood Talisman is a mystical object, and I actually sensed some kinship with it. Truly a pity.”
Jiang Chen shook his head. If there was anything Jiang Chen felt regretful over after this trip, it was the fact that he couldn’t bring the Blood Talisman with him. This was the only regret he had.
“What? I thought the Blood Talisman was with you all the time? Why didn’t you bring it out?”
Big Yellow’s ears instantly stood up.
“That’s right! Brother Jiang, after you obtained the Blood Talisman, wasn’t it with you all the time?”
Tian Yishan was puzzled as well.
“Yes, it was with me at all times. But just now, when I entered the portal, the Blood Talisman let my body by itself and flew back to Inferno City. I guess it wants to continue protecting Inferno City.”
Jiang Chen said. When the Blood Talisman left, he could sense that it was somewhat reluctant, as well as helpless, as if it had to leave him no matter what.
“Just what is the relationship between me and the Blood Talisman? If it because of the Dragon Transformation skill? Looks like this miraculous skill passed down from the ancient era is not just a skill. Perhaps the Blood Talisman wouldn’t follow me because it wasn’t time to do so.”
Jiang Chen thought to himself. He had a feeling that he would return to Inferno Hell again, as it felt like the Blood Talisman belonged to him. He would have to come back and find it.
“I see. The Blood Talisman is a really mysterious object. Although it accepted junior disciple Jiang, it looks like it would only follow you around within Inferno Hell. Once you left this place, the Blood Talisman returned on its own.”
Guan Yiyun saw the light.
“What a pity. That Blood Talisman is a rare treasure, and if you could bring it out, the power it gives you would make you really formidable.”
Big Yellow had a sad expression as well. As an expert in treasure hunting, his love toward treasures were greater than that of anyone else.
“Never mind that, let’s not talk about what happened in Inferno Hell. Everyone, just focus on not getting pulled away by the dimensional cracks.”
Jiang Chen reminded everyone. As for the Blood Talisman, he didn’t want to talk about it anymore. Once the time was right, he would return to Inferno Hell and find it.
“Chief Jiang, there is a man following us.”
Wang Heng said.
“That’s Huo Yuner from the Green Sanctuary Sect. Why is he following us instead of returning to the Qian Province? Don’t tell me he wants to fight brother Jiang again?”
Tian Yishan said as he furrowed his brows.
“No need to care about him.”
Jiang Chen said with a smile.
The war in the Black Sect was still going on. Under Nanbei Chao’s relentless attacks, the formation had still not been destroyed. But everyone, including Daoist Black and Granny Feng, had dark faces. Their auras were in a messy state, and everyone had a hard time keeping the formation running.
“Nanbei, we are wasting time like this. Why don’t we attack together and shatter this formation?”
Zhao Chongyang shouted out.
“No need. This formation is pretty solid, but I told you just now; I will destroy this formation without even attack it. Not, it’s time to make that happen!”
Nanbei Chao’s voice was really loud, everyone at the scene could hear him clearly. But, few of them had any idea what he meant when he said he would break the formation without attacking it.
Right as Nanbei Chao finished speaking, a wild laughed sounded out from somewhere within the Black Formation. At this moment, everyone could feel a major change happening on that part of the formation.
In the next second, Fan Zhongtang retracted all his energy, causing a big breach to appear on the Black Formation. At this critical moment, Fan Zhongtang leapt forwards like a ferocious tiger and struck out with his palm toward Guo Shan who stood right next to him.
The palm hit Guo Shan’s chest and almost shattered every single internal organ in Guo Shan’s body. As he was putting all his focus on keeping the formation running, Guo Shan had never thought that someone would suddenly attack him; this caused him to face the attack without any defense up. A mouthful of blood burst out from Guo Shan’s mouth, then he immediately fell down from the skies.
“Sect Elder Guo!”
Witnessing this, Yu Zihan who stood in the formation exclaimed loudly. He was so enraged that it seemed like flames were going to burst out from his eyes.
Fan Zhongtang’s sudden betrayal, together with his sneak attack that seriously wounded Guo Shan caused two breaches on the formation to appear. Soon after, the perfectly intact formation was shattered along with a loud explosive sound.
The sudden destruction of the Black Formation sent a powerful backlash to all Divine Core warriors who were supporting it. Even Daoist Black and Granny Feng were throwing up blood, let alone the other warriors.
Yu Zihan didn’t pay attention to the injury caused by the sudden backlash. He immediately flew down and rushed over to the falling Guo Shan, catching him before he hit the ground. Then, he landed on a nearby mountain peak.
“Sect Elder Guo!”
Yu Zihan shouted.
“Cough… The Black Sect is done for if Jiang Chen’s doesn’t return… remember, protect Yan Chenyu and Han Yan… leave me alone…”
After saying that, Guo Shan instantly entered a coma. Fan Zhongtang’s sneak attack had caused him a serious injury that couldn’t be healed.
Fan Zhongtang burst into laughter. With a sway of his body, he arrived next to Nanbei Chao. Then, he bowed towards Nanbei Chao with utmost respect.
“How did this happened?”
Everyone from the Black Sect were stunned. This situation wouldn’t even appear in their wildest dreams.
“Fan Zhongtang… you… why did you do that?”
Daoist Black was furious. He stared at Fan Zhongtang who had suddenly betrayed them. His decision to betray them had dealt a devastating blow to the Black Sect and the Valley of Happiness. Now, the Black Formation was broken, all the Divine Core warriors were injured by the backlash, no one could fight with their full strength any longer. Under such conditions, how were they going to fight the ferocious Burning Sky Pavilion?
“Daoist Black, I have long ago submitted to Nanbei Chao! He is a man who is born to be a king! Fighting him will just result in you dying! Initially, I didn’t want to be this cruel, but since you kept protecting that Jiang Chen, making me lose to opportunity to avenge my grandson… Under such circumstances, I won’t have to be nice to any of you any longer. I have been waiting for this day to come.”
What Fan Zhongtang said was like a sharp blade that pierced into the hearts of all disciples and Sect Elders of the Black Sect.
“Why does Sect Elder Fan Zhongtang want to betray us? He is the Black Sect’s respectable Sect Elder, one of the biggest pillars. Sect Chief even asked him to be the acting Sect Chief when he entered secluded cultivation… why did he choose to betray us at this critical moment?”
“I can’t believe this, the Black Sect’s respectable Sect Elder has betrayed us… he was the Sect Elder I respected the most, but now he wants us all dead. Why did he do this to us?”
“We’re doomed! The Black Sect is completely doomed, we’re all going to die today!”
At this moment, all the disciples and Sect Elders of the Black Sect had their hearts filled with despair. All of them were sad. If they were killed in the war with the Burning Sky Pavilion, their deaths would still be worthwhile. But now, they had been betrayed by their own ally, by a man they respected. This dealt them a heavy blow that no one could ever imagine.
“Fan Zhongtang! You bastard traitor! Daddy was blind to get along with you all this time!”
“Fuck you!! Let daddy kill this old bastard right now!”
All the Sect Elders of the Black Sect were extremely furious, all of them just wished they could dash forward and eat Fan Zhongtang alive. Someone could even be seen with tears in their eyes; they had taken Fan Zhongtang as their brother. But now, their most trusted brother had betrayed them. The pain in their hearts was unimaginable. They would rather be killed by Nanbei Chao while fighting than be betrayed by their own friend.
“Let’s do this, we must kill this old dog!”
“Daddy was blinded as well, how I could ever consider a dog as a Sect Elder?!”
“Pooh! Scum of the earth!”
Everyone were extremely angry. In just a short amount of time, all the disciples and Sect Elders of the Black Sect turned felt their respect and friendship toward Fan Zhongtang turn into hatred. All of them wished they could tear Fan Zhongtang into pieces.
“Jiang Chen, I hate myself for not listening to your advice...”
Daoist Black had a bitter smile on his face. Only now did he recall Jiang Chen’s warning. He had warned him to pay more attention to Fan Zhongtang, but he had never taken the warning to heart, because he believed that the loyal Fan Zhongtang was definitely not a traitor. Now, it seemed like his judgment was far weaker than Jiang Chen’s.
Now, the Black Sect was going to face destruction. In Daoist Black’s mind, he was thinking about Jiang Chen. He had no idea if Jiang Chen would appear at this critical moment. Although the chance of this happening was slim, Daoist Black still hoped it would happen.
“Granny Feng, I’m sorry.”
Daoist Black bowed deeply toward Granny Feng and expressed his apologies. If not for his misjudgment, the situation wouldn’t become like this. The combined force of two big sects would still give them the ability to fight back, but for now, all their warrior were seriously wounded. They had lost all ability to fight back.
“Brother Black, who could have thought that this might happen? Since it happened, all we can do is accept the fact. But, even if certain death is awaiting, I, Granny Feng, will still fight until the end!”
Granny Feng unleashed her energy and spoke with a prideful expression.
“I gave you a chance, but you rejected it. Now, you’ve lost the chance to surrender. Everyone listen up, kill them all!”
Nanbei Chao ordered with a cruel expression.