To prevent the Heavenly Saber Pavilion from regaining their past glory, the Royal Court looked for opportunities to inflict a huge disaster upon the Heavenly Saber Pavilion again.
The Qin Emperor made a decisive move, wanting to send a warship into the Heavenly Saber Pavilion. This was like stabbing a saber into the Heavenly Saber Pavilion, limiting their growth.
When Jiang Chi saw the cannon ports open and the golden warships ready for battle, he maintained a calm expression. He said indifferently, “Nangong Lie, it looks like you enjoy playing with fire. I shall play along with you then!”
Nangong Lie’s heart thumped heavily. He thought to himself,Could the Heavenly Saber Pavilion still have some trump cards?
That is not possible, the moment Nangong Lie thought of that, he shook his head. If they truly had more trump cards, the Heavenly Saber Pavilion would not have been reduced to rubble.
They are one of the great sects; how could they watch their own sect get destroyed like this? Even if they had trump cards, they have probably used them already. After the huge, continuous battles, they do not retain much combat prowess.
Nangong Lie continued to smile in a lukewarm manner, “Brother Jiang Chi, the intent to enter the Heavenly Saber Pavilion is not mine You should be clear on whose it is. I hope you will not make things difficult for me.”
Jiang Chi said indifferently, “In that case, send him here to speak with me personally.”
Before Nangong Lie could speak, an adjutant beside him shouted, “Insolent, what are you?! How dare you speak such words? Is his majesty someone you can meet as you wish?!”
“How dare you speak to Elder Jiang Chi like this. Apologise to Elder Jiang now.” Nangong Lie reprimanded the adjutant hypocritically. Then, he turned to face Jiang Chi and smiled, “My subordinate does not understand the rule. I will discipline him on your behalf when we return.
Jiang Chi’s expression remained extremely calm; his eyes were as tranquil as water in an ancient well. He said indifferently, “There is no need; he is already dead.”
Nangong Lie’s expression changed, and he quickly looked to the side. A tiny wound had appeared on the neck of that adjutant at an unknown time.
The eyes could easily miss such a faint wound. That adjutant did not feel any pain either; he did not even realize he bore a wound on his neck.
“You want to kill me? With your strength, that is impossible,” The adjutant said indifferently as he looked at Jiang Chi.
However, when the adjutant saw Nangong Lie’s horrified expression, the adjutant looked back suspiciously. He saw a headless corpse wearing golden Battle Armor behind him.
Why does this body look so familiar? This was the final thought of the adjutant’s head suspended in the air.
Nangong Lie punched the air diagonally to the right. This punch struck only air but gave off an ear-splitting sound. The huge warship shook uncontrollably from the force from the punch.
Space broke, and a scarlet figure emerged from the spatial crack. This figure had a mask with a smile that did not seem like a smile. He held a mask that glinted with a cold light in his right hand.
The scarlet figure drifted off and appeared at the top of the warship like a specter.
When Nangong Lie saw this person, his expression turned grave for the first time. He said in shock, “Ximen Zhan! You are not dead yet!”
Ximen Zhan was the previous commander of the Divine Saber Camp. Currently, he was at least 190 years old. Before he disappeared from the world, he was already a peak Medial Grade Martial Monarch.
Ximen Zhan smiled faintly, “Little Boy Nangong, were you hoping I would be dead?”
“Boom! Boom! Boom!”
Four strong auras came from the north, south, east, and west. These auras were continuous and surged, filling the entire sky. They were the auras of peak Superior Grade Martial Monarchs.
When Nangong Lie saw these people, his expression completely changed. He muttered to himself, “Shen Manjun, the Peak Master of Jade Maiden Peak from two generations ago. Xiao Feng, the previous Qianduan Peak’s Peak Master. Song Bai, the previous Biyun Peak’s Peak Master. Liu Xiaohe, the previous Gangyu Peak’s Peak Master.”
These people have not died yet! Furthermore, their auras flourish; their Qi and blood surge. They clearly have not been in any major fights; they are currently at their peak state.
Of the four, a white-clothed figure slowly floated over. It was the fairy from Jade Maiden Peak, Shen Manjun.
Nangong Lie looked at the extraordinary Shen Manjun and did not dare show disrespect. Before he had become famous, this was a name that had shaken the entire Great Qin Nation.
When Nangong Lie was young, he even secretly revered Shen Manjun. He originally thought she was dead. He did not expect her to appear before him in a perfect state.
“Nangong Lie, since Jiang Chi is not fit to invite the Qin Emperor here, then how about me?” Shen Munjun asked indifferently as she looked at Nangong Lie.
Nangong Lie felt bitterness in his heart. He had not expected the Heavenly Saber Pavilion to still have five Martial Monarchs in perfect condition. Furthermore, there was a Martial Monarch who was much stronger than him.
Given the Imperial Dragon Legion’s strength, it was possible to defeat these people. However, the price they would pay would be too great.
The Emperor did not really intend to exterminate the Heavenly Saber Pavilion. He merely wanted to make use of this opportunity to gain an advantage and suppress the other party, taking things step by step.
The Emperor did not seek an all-out war with the Heavenly Saber Pavilion. There were too many implications to fighting with a great sect. It would definitely invoke the suspicions of the other two great sects.
Nangong Lie’s expression changed irregularly. After a while, he slowly calmed himself and smiled gently, “Senior Shen, this is merely a misunderstanding. Since the Heavenly Saber Pavilion has resolved the danger, the Imperial Dragon Legion no longer has any intention to remain here.”
After Nangong Lie spoke, he took out a wooden crate and said, “There are ten thousand Medial Grade Spirit Stones here. Consider this as compensation for the Imperial Dragon Legion breaking the barriers. I will take my leave first.”
Jiang Chi received the wooden crate, but he felt completely humiliated in his heart. He wanted to smash the wooden crate apart with his fist.
Shen Manjun gently placed her hand on Jiang Chi’s shoulder and a gentle Essence transmitted over, calming Jiang Chi’s frustrated heart.
Jiang Chi quickly gave thanks, “Many thanks to Ancestral Martial Aunt. Jiang Chen is incapable; My actions led to the Heavenly Saber Pavilion’s humiliation.”
Shen Manjun smiled gently and said, “You have done very well. Stop blaming yourself. There is still hope for the Heavenly Saber Pavilion. The news from the Three Holy Lands should arrive tomorrow.”
The ten golden warships of the Imperial Dragon Legion immediately turned and left. Under the watch of all the experts in Xihe Province, they slowly pulled away from the Lingyun Mountain Range.
The Imperial Dragon Legion arrived quickly and left quickly. This made people rub their heads in confusion. They did not know what had happened inside.
When the Imperial Dragon Legion arrived, it was clear they planned to take advantage of the situation. However, not long after they entered, they immediately retreated. It did not look like there was a fight at all.
At the middle of Qingyun Peak, Xiao Chen watched as all this happened. He shook his head and thought,In the end, the Heavenly Saber Pavilion declined.
Although the Imperial Dragon Legion left behind ten thousand Medial Grade Spirit Stones, they had entered and left as they wished. It was clear who was stronger and who was weaker.
Liu Ruyue looked at the rubble that remained of her courtyard. She shook her head and smiled bitterly, “Ye Chen, it looks like I am homeless now.”
Xiao Chen withdrew his thoughts and smiled gently, “You can stay with me for a period. There are still empty rooms in my courtyard. You can return after the reconstruction of your courtyard.”
Liu Ruyue smiled and said, “Then it is settled. I will go to the summit to see my father first. I will see you tomorrow.”
Xiao Chen was slightly stunned. He did not expect Liu Ruyue to agree to this so straightforwardly. He had only said it casually. By the time he recovered his wits, she had already disappeared.
Xiao Chen revealed a faint smile and shook his head slightly. Then, he quickly headed for his courtyard.
This was an unprecedented battle for Xiao Chen. He had learned a lot from this. This was the first time he saw the true destructive powers of the peak of humanity.
The so-called ‘Splitting mountain shattering rocks, moving rivers flipping the sea’ was not merely myth. In the past, Xiao Chen had only heard of it. Today, he had seen it for himself. He had truly felt the tremor of his soul.
Furthermore, this was simply the strength of a Martial Monarch. Above them was still the Martial Sage and Martial Emperor. Just thinking about it excited him.
There is still a long way to go for me. Someday, I, Xiao Chen, will achieve this kind of strength too.
No! I will achieve a strength stronger than these people. I will head for the top, to the peak of cultivations. My name will be passed on through the times like the Tianwu Emperor of ten thousand years ago and the Thunder Emperor of a thousand years ago.
Xiao Chen was very excited as he swore in his heart,I must do it!
The sun was high in the sky; it was a pleasant day. There were no clouds to be seen.
In a place rich in Spiritual Energy in the back mountains of Qingyun Peak, Xiao Chen sat cross-legged. He slowly circulated the Purple Thunder Divine Incantation.
The purple Essence circulated rapidly in Xiao Chen’s meridians. They broke through all obstacles and cycled without end.
There were nine major meridians in every cultivator. The instant a cultivator condensed his Martial Spirit, he would immediately open all nine meridians.
The nine meridians were very important. They were the base of a cultivator’s cultivation. The so-called ‘Essence circulating for a small cycle’ was Essence circulating in the nine major meridians for a cycle.
As a cultivator’s cultivation realm increased, branches would extend out from the major meridian. Such branches were as numerous as the stars in the sky. Each time the cultivation realm rose, the count of branches would significantly increase.
These branches were the expansion of the major meridians. It was like a tree. Only by growing many branches would the tree flourish.
Cultivation followed the same principle. The more branches there were, the more vigorous the Essence in the body would be.
The so-called ‘Essence circulating for a great cycle’ referred to Essence circulating in the nine major meridians for a cycle first, then cycling in all the branches, which were minor meridians, before returning to the dantian.
Essence would grow and multiply, forming a positive cycle. Every time a great cycle completed, the quality and quantity of Essence would increase. This was the principle of cultivation.
However, Xiao Chen currently felt frustrated over this particular minor meridian; he was depressed.
Not long ago, by relying on the rich Spiritual Energy of the Lingyun Mountain Range, he finally pushed his Purple Thunder Divine Incantation to the peak of the fifth layer. While he prepared to make a breakthrough to the sixth layer, he suddenly discovered that he had not yet opened all the minor meridians he required for the sixth layer. Four branches were still closed.
This meant that the pathway for the sixth layer of the Purple Thunder Divine Incantation was not complete. There was no way to form a cycle. There was no way to cultivate the sixth layer.
There were two solutions to this. First was to abandon the cultivation of the Purple Thunder Divine Incantation temporarily. He could wait until his cultivation realm rose and these minor meridians opened before making a breakthrough.
In reality, this was what many cultivators in the Tianwu Continent chose to do. This was because there were many Cultivation Techniques that had strict requirements of cultivation realms.
Furthermore, the person who created the Cultivation Technique did not do this on purpose. One could complete the cycle after reaching the appropriate cultivation realm before cultivating. This would not result in the spoiling of things as a result of excessive enthusiasm.