Sovereign Of The Three Realms - Chapter 1154
Old Man Clearcloud and the Silversand Cavalier traded a look . Jiang Chen’s explanation didn’t alleviate their concern one bit . According to what the young man was saying, Sir Miao was nothing more than a pawn . Even the Resplendent Emerald Veranda master wasn’t likely to be the mastermind . If that was true, then no one who’d entered the mountain today could escape . If a mere pawn was this strong, wasn’t the mastermind sure to be a hundred times moreso?
“What kind of ability is that demonic cloud? Getting close to it is enough for my consciousness to waver . My entire body feels uncomfortable because of it . It’s like i’m suffocating . ”
“That’s a long story and now is not the time . Just remember that you shouldn’t be touched by the demonic cloud . Protect your consciousnesses well . The demonic cloud is one of the most aggressive abilities the demons have and belongs to an equally aggressive branch . ”
The demon race had many branches . The formation and usage of demonic clouds was a method that belonged to the blood demons . The blood demons were the most murderous and vicious of their brethren . The word ‘blood’ was in their name, and they loved exposing themselves to as much of it as possible . Copious amounts of slaughter was typically involved .
Back in the desolate wildlands, Jiang Chen had met both shadow demons and wood demons . Blood demons had been missing from that lineup . Meeting a nasty race like the blood demons here in Cloudshatter Mountain of Great Scarlet had been completely out of his expectations . If the demon emperor was allowed to awaken and consume all of these emperor realm cultivators, he would return to peak performance in no time . When that happened, even someone like Jiang Chen would be in great trouble .
“Alright, you two . This place has been locked down, but there’s always a ray of hope in times of despair . We just have to look for it ourselves . ” Having said his piece, Jiang Chen disappeared into the distance without delay .
Old Man Clearcloud and the Silversand Cavalier exchanged another look, unsure of how to proceed .
“Silversand, my friend, I didn’t expect the Veranda master to deceive us like this . We really put our foot in it this time . ” Old Man Clearcloud sighed . “If we escape with our lives intact, I won’t meddle in any worldly affairs ever again . ”
“Let’s hope there’s a miracle,” the Silversand Cavalier let out a dry laugh . “Our young friend was right, though . We need to find our own ray of hope . It’s no use waiting around for one to simply appear . ”
“How are we supposed to look?” The old man was morose . “His words sounded like spurious nonsense . It’s hard to make heads or tails of it . I think he might be exaggerating the danger we’re in . ”
“I don’t agree,” the Silversand Cavalier shook his head . “If he means us ill, there’s no need to do something as absurd as warning us . Someone of his abilities doesn’t need us on his side . Since he neither means ill nor needs us, there’s no reason for him to deceive us . ”
The cavalier was a bit smarter than the old man at the end of the day . “I’ve decided . I’m going to follow his lead and head inside to check things out . Only through information can there be a chance at life . ”
Old Man Clearcloud hesitated a moment, but didn’t immediately agree . “Brother Silversand, further in means you’d be closer to the zone of trouble . Aren’t you heading straight into the jaws of death?”
“The formation is sealed now,” the Silversand Cavalier replied seriously . “If we can’t leave, then there’s not much of a difference how close we are to the center . If a demon emperor really is awakening, does it really make it safer to be a bit further away?”
Old Man Clearcloud looked shaky . “Better than putting yourself into the path of danger, no?”
“Not necessarily! If we all put in the work, perhaps we can stop the Veranda master as a collective . I believe that young man has left to do exactly that . ”
“Him?” The old man was still a bit upset when he spoke of the young man . “If he’s so great, why didn’t he invite us?”
“Maybe he doesn’t care for our strength,” the cavalier smiled wryly . The duo hadn’t been able to help much in that last encounter .
“Hmph! He’s just half-step emperor realm . If he didn’t have so many treasures–from a prominent sect, no doubt–it wouldn’t have been so easy for him to beat Sir Miao . ” Old Man Clearcloud harrumphed . “I think he has his own agenda . ”
The Silversand Silversand Cavalier disapproved of the old man’s suspicion somewhat . “Old Brother Clearcloud,” he frowned, “he did save our lives back there . It’s rather ignoble for us to speak poorly of him behind his back . ”
Old Man Clearcloud was displeased . “Brother Silversand, if you’re set on heading inside… then I’m sorry to say this, but I’m not going with you . ”
It was obvious to the cavalier that the two men had differing goals . He sighed softly, presenting his comrade with a cupped fist salute . “If so, then let’s split here . In a sense, the Veranda master’s task for us to serve as his protectors has ended early . There’s no need for us to stick together any more . ”
The cavalier’s tone was a bit chilly . He was clearly disgruntled by the old man’s irresponsibility in the face of danger . Clearcloud was no different from the late Granny Goldneedle . He didn’t have the courage to do some simple investigation, despite evidence of the demon race’s resurgence . The old man’s fame alone wasn’t enough to make the cavalier respect him .
… . . .
“Young master Chen, there’s a secluded valley eighty miles southwest of here . There’s a forest of stone there, and the pulse of the earth seems to have its origins around that area as well . ” The Goldbiter Rat King had some breaking news for his master .
Jiang Chen nodded . “Sounds good . Let’s go there . ”
He had no time for delay . Soaring towards the direction the Rat King had informed him, he saw numerous cultivators in his flight . Some even tried to attack him, but the speed of the Kunpeng Meteoric Escape technique removed any possibility of their success .
It didn’t take long at all for Jiang Chen to land near the forest of stone . The granite formation was imposing indeed and looked like a potential home for a tribe of giants . Each stone was grand in its own way, a blend of ruggedness and splendor . In this forest, the wonders of the natural world were evident . At the moment, there were roughly two hundred gathered here in the forest . All of them were emperor realm cultivators .
Jiang Chen didn’t rush closer immediately, instead opting to hang far away on the outside . He was perfectly willing to approach, provided the two dozen emperor realm cultivators nearby made nearby made themselves scarce in the near future . As long as they were around, he would definitely be attacked .
It seems that these people are all here for the earth attribute treasure . The terrifyingly potent earthen pulse it generates marks it as something truly extraordinary . But what treasure is it, actually? Jiang Chen mused in curiosity .
He was certain now that the treasure really did belong to Great Scarlet Mid Region . It wasn’t just some demonic trick . A pulse in the earth was not so easily faked . Even if this place had been the site of an ancient demon fort a long time ago, the treasure definitely also existed . Perhaps this truth was the foundation of the Veranda master’s plot . Without it, how could he have drawn so many emperor realm cultivators here?
“Humans die for wealth, birds die for food . ” Jiang Chen watched the mad crowd of cultivators from the Great Scarlet Mid Region a long distance away, internally sneering . He felt no compassion for them . If there was the opportunity to do so, he would’ve liked to watch their slaughter in person . After all, many people here had participated in the invasion of Myriad Domain .
“These people are so fired up . Why is it that none of them suspects the Resplendent Emerald Veranda master?” Jiang Chen found that fact rather odd .
No matter how attractive a treasure was, the people gathered had ultimately followed the Veranda master’s trail here . But the man in question was currently nowhere to be found . Was there not the slightest shred of doubt? Why were they behaving in such a frenzied manner?
Jiang Chen didn’t know the precise origins of these experts, but there weren’t many possibilities to choose from . The imperial family and the three sects, plus possibly a few extra wandering cultivators . Maybe a few others from the surrounding regions who’d caught wind of this . Without counting things out, he estimated that at least eight factions stood here today .
Unfortunately, these factions seemed to have reached consensus about not allowing anyone else to enter this place . The agreement involved collective expulsion of any latecomers . However, the formation outside Cloudshatter Mountain’ closure meant that no one else had come into the valley . Thus, internal conflict began to intensify . Everyone wanted to take the first bite . They all wanted the best position . It quickly devolved It quickly devolved into a shouting match .
“What right do you have to say that? What right does the Sky Eagle Sect have to take the most privileged position?”
“Exactly . We’re in a fair competition here! You Sky Eagle Sect guys better be careful with that cocky swagger! The rest of us can very easily gang up on you . ”
“Hmph . And what do you think you’re doing? You look pretty unfamiliar . You’re not from Great Scarlet, are you? Why are you minding our region’s business?” One of the experts from the Sky Eagle Sect stared coldly at the second speaker .
“Everyone, please listen! We of the Sky Eagle Sect have no intention of becoming a public enemy . But we are the first ones that got here, and I think we deserve a small edge because of that . It’s not because we think we’re superior to everyone else here . First come first served makes sense, no?”
The Sky Eagle Sect expert followed the speech up with a cupped fist salute . “These are my thoughts . The affairs of our Great Scarlet Mid Region should be settled only by the locals . The strongest sects here are the Sky Eagle, Myriad Buddha, and Scarlet Parting Sects . We three sects should therefore naturally take a leading position today . Don’t you all agree?”
The speech was very persuasive . A few words were enough to dismantle the others’ common hatred . Furthermore, it pulled the other two sects closer to their side and pushed away everyone else . The member of the Scarlet Parting Sect was placated and now agreed rather than opposed .
“Quite so . The Great Scarlet Mid Region is dominated by our three sects . Everyone else must either take our orders or leave!”
Someone from the Myriad Buddha Sect opened his mouth as well . “I suggest that we three sects join forces . We can clear out the riff-raff out with ease . ”
“Who’re you calling riff-raff? We come as representatives of the imperial house . You three sects are strong, but are you stronger than the entirety of the empire?” Ole Zhang was talking now, the strongest of the protectors from back at the formation .
Jiang Chen had been able to pass because Ole Zhang had let him in . The old man was a peak sixth level emperor realm cultivator and a hair’s breadth away from seventh .