Chapter 437 – Bounty at City Gate
Edited by: Islanor
Ren Bulin hurriedly warned, “South Continent’s Thousand Stars Island is a forbidden location that is difficult to enter. There are many sects on Thousand Stars Island, each with its own merits and history, and they’re all very xenophobic. If we rashly rush in, I’m afraid that we will be thwarted.”
The South Continent was the place with the most Gu worms, sorcery, and witchcraft in the Five Continents’ mainlands. The people there were also very xenophobic and didn’t have much contact with the outside world. This continent could be described as having unfathomable depths. Even Central Continent’s Sky Peak Sect rarely sent disciples over to South Continent’s Heavenly Law Sect for exchange.
However, Yin Xinghan sneered as he cast an askance glance at Ren Bulin. “If you don’t enter the tiger’s den, how can you obtain a tiger cub? If you don’t even have this kind of courage, then your position as the central sect’s Sect Master will have been in vain. Moreover, although you’re not familiar with the South Continent, ultimately, Heavenly Law Sect must still obey Sky Peak Sect’s command.”
Ren Bulin showed a trace of shame. “Sir’s teachings are right. It’s just that I don’t know exactly how many other people are going to the South Continent this time. If there are too many people, then I’m afraid that our chances of snatching the magic treasure will be lower.”
Yin Xinghan leisurely responded, “There’s no need to worry about this matter. South Continent’s Thousand Stars Island is the specific location that I learned only after painstakingly divining this information for the past two months. If neither you nor I reveal it, then other people won’t know about this.”
As soon as his voice fell, someone knocked on the door and came in. The newcomer was Lu Tianhe, who was usually by Yin Xinghan’s side.
Lu Tianhe’s face was slightly grave. “Sir, we’ve just received news that Esteemed Lan Yue had already announced the location of the next magic treasure two hours ago.”
Yin Xinghan was stunned and quickly asked, “What was the location he announced?”
“South Continent’s Thousand Stars Island, the time when the treasure will appear is in roughly half a year’s time,” Lu Tianhe answered with a frown.
Ren Bulin couldn’t help glancing towards Yin Xinghan. He only felt that Yin Xinghan’s entire being seemed as though he was immersed in an aura that was about to explode, and his facial expression looked extremely ugly. The atmosphere in the room became very heavy for a period of time.
All of a sudden, Yin Xinghan furiously slammed a fist on the table. The tabletop split apart, scattering debris around–
“Yin Kongsang! Motherfucker, you just have to ruin my plans and oppose me!”
Previously, it was Esteemed Lan Yue who made public the news that the five magic treasures were connected to the Five Continents’ seal. Now, just when Yin Xinghan thought that he was finally a step ahead of Esteemed Lan Yue after much difficulty and would be able to find Thousand Stars Island first, he could never imagine that Esteemed Lan Yue would actually disclose this information directly to the public. Ren Bulin also felt that he couldn’t stand to look at this matter directly.
Just now, Yin Xinghan had solemnly vowed that this information was only in their hands and wouldn’t be known by others. The time period between then and now was less than one incense’s worth of time.
This was truly a proper slap to the face.
Yin Xinghan spoke with an ugly expression, “I’m angry because Yin Kongsang is always opposing me. As for those other insects, I don’t even put them in my eyes at all.”
Lu Tianhe said lightly, “Sir, you may as well think about it like this: the more Esteemed Lan Yue wants to contest with you like this, the more it shows that he has no other strategies to use, and it can be seen that he is very mindful of sir.”
Yin Xinghan narrowed his eyes and thought for a moment, then nodded. “Your words are very reasonable. Moreover, once the Lord’s side sends reinforcements over, everything after that can be easily completed.”
Lu Tianhe sighed, “It’s already been two months, but there has been no news from the Lord’s side. It seems that this Five Continents’ barrier is indeed powerful.”
“Naturally. After all, the Five Continents’ barrier is the burial grounds where the Divine Devil Venerable Radiant Sky was sealed in the first place. He has already been slumbering for a thousand years.”
Two months passed by in the blink of an eye. During this time, Lin Xuanzhi and Yan Tianhen dressed up in disguise. They took Feng Jingyu, who had already reverted to a baby bird, the two tiger cubs, as well as the Gu Master Zhuoye, who willingly followed them, and arrived at South Continent’s main city, Tailan City.
There were many sects around Tailan City. South Continent’s major families, such as the Ji and Baili families, as well as the celestial-level Heavenly Law Sect, were are also located 500 miles outside Tailan City. Tailan City was very prosperous, and the guards at the city gate were also quite strict.
When Lin Xuanzhi and Yan Tianhen approached the city gate, they saw from afar two wanted portraits posted on the city gate. Yan Tianhen tilted his head and pointed to the portrait as he asked, “Dage, look at that portrait. How come it feels a little familiar ah?”
Zhuoye, who stood beside Yan Tianhen, glanced at him. “Aren’t those you and Young Master Lin?”
Yan Tianhen frowned and walked closer, scrutinizing the posters for a while. He shook his head with displeasure. “They don’t look like anything like us at all. Why is my Dage’s nose so flat? His eyes aren’t shaped like this at all. The person who painted this portrait must have some unsavory opinions about my Dage.”
Speaking of which, this portrait was somewhat similar, but it didn’t capture any of Lin Xuanzhi’s expression at all. It’s just that Lin Xuanzhi’s appearance was too outstanding and unforgettable, so even if the portrait was only able to draw 30% of his form, it was already enough for people to remember Lin Xuanzhi’s appearance.
However, Lin Xuanzhi frowned. “They made Ah Hen even uglier. If I find out who painted this, I must ferret them out and give them a sound beating.”
Yan Tianhen nodded heavily with righteous indignation.
Zhuoye, who was beside them, couldn’t stop the corners of his mouth from twitching. “Do you two have any awareness as the most wanted people on the wanted list?”
Only then did Yan Tianhen open his mouth to ask, “What wanted order?”
Zhuoye rolled his eyes and pointed to the words under the portrait. “Have a good look. A reward of ten million gold has been offered for your Dage’s head!”
Yan Tianhen looked intently and saw that ten million gold was indeed written as the reward amount. He couldn’t stop himself from going to see the bounty price below his own portrait: ten thousand gold.
Yan Tianhen suddenly became even more upset. “My Dage and I are clearly inseparable. Why is the price offered for my Dage a thousand times higher than mine? They think I don’t want face ah?”
Zhuoye responded, “Because weren’t there rumors before that you’re an exceptional furnace? Although the exceptional furnace rumors have already been released, no one believes it’s you. Most people think that you should be a smokescreen and that Young Master Lin is the real furnace. Moreover, he also has the Twin Lotus Lamp on him, and carries the Yin Ghost Banner that seems to have been obtained from the hands of demonic cultivators. Naturally, he’s wanted by both the righteous and demonic paths.”
“Are their brains okay?” With a darkened look, Yan Tianhen asked, “How does my Dage look like someone with a Mingyin constitution?”
Zhuoye looked at Lin Xuanzhi’s lackluster face after being disguised. “Probably because in their impression, they’ve always recognized exceptional furnaces by their faces.”
Yan Tianhen touched his currently-disguised flat and smooth face. “That’s why it’s not good to judge people by their appearances ah.”
Lin Xuanzhi smiled and took Yan Tianhen’s hand. “Let’s talk about it after we enter the city.”
Thus, a line of three people with a bird and two tiger cubs swaggered toward Tailan City.
When they arrived at the city gate, the three people were stopped.
The gate guards stared at the three people for a long time, then at the two tiger cubs bobbing their heads and frowned. They felt that this group didn’t match the wanted portraits, so the guards let them enter.
After the three people left, a guard asked the person beside him, “Do you think they look like the people on the wanted list?”
The gate guard next to him shook his head. “The wanted list said they have two white tiger demonic beasts. These two are clearly wild cats. Don’t be too nervous. If it really is Lin Xuanzhi and Yan Tianhen, how can they so openly show up here?”
Another guard interjected, “We can’t say for sure. Didn’t that Profound Sky Sect’s Esteemed Lan Yue release information that a magic treasure will appear in our South Continent’s Thousand Stars Island? Since Lin Xuanzhi announced that he would get all the Five Continent seal’s magic treasures, he must come to our South Continent.”
“In any case, we won’t be able to get that magic treasure. Let’s not worry about the fight between the people on top. Speaking of which, I heard that Lin Xuanzhi seems to have cultivated the demonic path. His cultivation advances at a speed of a thousand miles a day, and he also has a Yin Ghost Banner that can swallow up people’s souls in his hands. Tsk tsk, nowadays, all the righteous path cultivators claim that he is a demonic cultivator, and many of them are hunting him down.”
“The reward is ten million gold ah. You can get a thousand gold just by offering an effective clue to their whereabouts. Let’s keep our eyes peeled…”
Lin Xuanzhi and the others came to the largest restaurant in Tailan City. Because the private rooms upstairs had to be booked in advance and were already full, Lin Xuanzhi chose a window position on the third floor with a better view.
After Lin Xuanzhi and the others sat down, Yan Tianhen looked around. He sniffed and spoke ravenously, “I heard before that the Thousand Flavors Restaurant in South Continent’s Tailan City is a comfortable niche for the Five Continents’ gourmands. Today, I finally have the honor of tasting it.”
Lin Xuanzhi smiled faintly. “That’s why it’s good to travel around.”
Yan Tianhen asked, “What’s the best dish here?”
“You should ask Zhuoye about this kind of thing.”
Zhuoye didn’t even need to look at the menu. He directly told the waiter who was serving tea and taking orders, “Golden Cicada Sugar Threads, Silver Snow Jade Lizard, Blanched Fire Cloud Frog, Luotian Girl — bring these up first. We’ll talk about the rest later.”
Hearing this, the waiter showed a toothy grin. “I’m afraid this Gentleman is a frequent visitor to our Thousand Flavors Restaurant, right? These four dishes are our Thousand Flavors Restaurant’s most classic and delicious dishes, but they’re not on our menu. Gentleman sure knows how to order.”
Zhuoye threw him a piece of broken gold. “Talk less, serve quickly.”
“Okay!” The waiter beamed and stuffed the broken gold into his pocket, then turned and ran away.
Yan Tianhen exclaimed, “Zhuoye Dage, did you often come here to eat before?”
Zhuoye nodded. “My home is here, so naturally I’ve eaten here ever since I was small.”
Lin Xuanzhi looked at the Zhuoye. “We’ve already arrived at the Ji family’s door. You’re not going to go home and take a look?”
Zhuoye swept him a glance. “Could it be that you’re ridiculing me? My sister should have already said before that my relationship with my family is not so good, right?”
Lin Xuanzhi paused slightly. “It was a slip of the tongue.”
Yan Tianhen asked, “How bad is your relationship with your family ah? Aunt Ji said that you and her are siblings of the same father and mother. Aunt Ji is able to receive treasures sent over from her family every year. They care about her very much. It may be assumed that your family won’t be too harsh on you either ba.”