Yang Kai blinked and smiled, “Who are you?”
For some inexplicable reason, he had come to him and told him to let Little Senior Sister go. This was the biggest joke in the world.
Grandmaster Zhou raised his head and puffed out his chest. Although his face was still pale, his posture was straight as he proudly declared, “This Zhou Cheng is not as famous as Palace Master Yang in the entire Star Boundary, it’s just a nobody.”
A Principle Source Grade High-Rank Alchemist, no matter what, could not be considered a nobody, but that would depend on who they were compared to. If they were compared to High Heaven Palace’s Palace Master who had ‘suffered from Qi Deviation’ and ‘betrayed the Star Boundary’, their reputation would indeed be much lower.
Yang Kai sneered, “Since you’re a nobody, how could you dare to criticize me?”
Zhou Cheng said in a low voice, “Zhou Cheng doesn’t dare, he’s just trying to persuade you with kind words.” He changed his tone to one of earnest persuasion, “Could it be that Palace Master Yang doesn’t know what situation you're at? Since you has already entered the Demon Territory, why would you return? When you weren’t here, Grandmaster Xia’s heart was as calm as still water as she concentrated on Pill Refining. The pills she refined saved countless lives in my Star Boundary, but the moment you returned, you messed up her state of mind and ruined the Heaven and Earth Variable Pill. Do you know how many precious herbs the Heaven and Earth Variable Pill requires? Palace Master Yang, since you can’t give Grandmaster Xia a future and happiness, why don’t you just let go?”
Yang Kai smiled faintly, “If I can’t give Ningchang her future and happiness, who can?”
Zhou Cheng glanced at Xia Ningchang and opened his mouth as if he wanted to say something, but he couldn’t. Instead, he changed the subject and said, “Does Palace Master Yang have to do this? Right now, you have no time to protect yourself, so why implicate others? Do you want Grandmaster Xia to follow you to the ends of the world and become homeless? Even if you don’t consider yourself, you should consider Grandmaster Xia. Why be so selfish?”
Yang Kai turned to Xia Ningchang and asked, “Is Little Senior Sister willing to follow me to the ends of the world?”
Xia Ningchang nodded heavily, her beautiful eyes shining brightly, “I’ll go wherever you go.”
“What about you?” Yang Kai turned to Su Yan and the others.
Shan Qingluo smiled charmingly, “What kind of nonsense are you spouting, my husband? Us sisters will naturally follow you where ever you go. You can forget about ever getting rid of us.”
Although Su Yan and the others didn’t say anything, all of them were smiling at him. Not to mention that they had just learned the truth, even if Yang Kai really betrayed the Demon Territory, they wouldn’t hesitate.
Listening to these words, Zhou Cheng’s expression became even more pained.
Just as he was about to say something else, Yang Kai’s face suddenly sank as he glanced over and waved his hand, “Enough. This King has just returned to the palace and doesn’t want to waste time talking to random people. If you continue to blabber on, I’ll take your dog life!” Yang Kai smiled maliciously, “As you said, this King is an evil demon and acts ruthlessly. Killing someone isn’t difficult for this King.”
Being stared at by him, Zhou Cheng felt a chill run down his spine, but unexpectedly, he didn’t back down and instead took a step forward, “If this Zhou’s death can allow Grandmaster Xia to see the true face of Palace Master Yang and escape this sea of suffering, what harm is there in dying?”
Ji Ying frowned and said, “Zhou Cheng, don’t be ridiculous!” Although he didn’t like Zhou Cheng, his status as a Principle Source Grade High-Rank Alchemist couldn’t be ignored. The war between the two worlds required a great deal of Spirit Pills, so if one more person refined pills, they would be able to save many lives.
Zhou Cheng slowly shook his head, “Grandmaster Ji doesn’t need to say anything, this Zhou has already made up his mind.” Turning to Xia Ningchang, he said, “Grandmaster Xia, this Zhou hopes that you can live well so this Zhou can die in peace.”
Xia Ningchang frowned slightly, her beautiful eyes filled with surprise. In the past, although Zhou Cheng had asked her about Alchemy more frequently, she had not thought too much about it and had only treated it as a normal exchange between fellow Daoists, but now she realized that something was wrong. This guy seemed to have some other intentions towards her.
“If you want to die, this old master can grant you your wish,” A cold snort rang out from nearby Meng Wuya.
Originally, Meng Wuya and the others had been preparing to leave, but Ji Ying and a dozen Alchemists had rushed over aggressively, so they had stopped a short distance away. Seeing this scene, how could Meng Wuya not know what had happened? Xia Ningchang had been brought up by him and treated like his own, so being able to become allies with Yang Kai was a good thing. Now that someone had jumped out to cause trouble, how could Meng Wuya tolerate it?
Although his cultivation was only at the Principle Source Stage and was not much stronger than Zhou Cheng’s, Zhou Cheng was an Alchemist and was not good at fighting. If they really fought, Meng Wuya was confident he could kill him.
Zhou Cheng slowly shook his head, ignoring Meng Wuya as he stared at Yang Kai.
Yang Kai’s brow suddenly wrinkled, not because of Zhou Cheng, but because he had noticed something else and couldn’t help turning his head to look in a certain direction before turning to Su Yan and asking, “Someone is attacking the Sect Protecting Spirit Array? Who is so bold?”
A faint energy fluctuation came from outside, a sign that the Sect Protecting Spirit Array had been activated. Yang Kai swept his Divine Sense around and noticed that hundreds of people had gathered outside High Heaven Palace, more than ten of whom were using their Secret Techniques to attack the Spirit Array.
Su Yan replied, “It’s common, there’s no need to pay attention to it.”
“Not the first time?” Yang Kai was stunned.
Zhu Qing explained, “Every once in a while someone will come to cause trouble…” After listening to her explanation, Yang Kai understood the situation. Because of Yang Kai, High Heaven Palace had been sealed off by the Great Emperors, and the disciples were not allowed to enter or leave. The Great Emperor’s actions were only to protect High Heaven Palace’s disciples, but the common people didn’t know what was happening inside and simply thought that High Heaven Palace really had some kind of problem. Over the past few years, High Heaven Palace had become quite famous.
If this was all there was to it, it wouldn’t be a big deal, but there were still people who wanted to use High Heaven Palace’s name to rise to prominence. Although High Heaven Palace had only been established recently, it had first destroyed Asking Passion Sect, then united Ice Heart Valley, Fire Dragon Palace, and Full Sky Sect to unify many of the North Region’s major and minor sects. There were also many masters in its palace, making it one of the top Sects in the North Region.
Ordinarily, ordinary Sects could only look up to High Heaven Palace, not daring to act rashly. However, High Heaven Palace had sealed off its mountain and its grand array had opened, giving some people an opportunity to seize.
With the opening of the Two Worlds Passage and the great war between the Human and Demon Race, the World Energy of the Star Boundary surged. Over the past few years, many more Emperor Realm had appeared in the Star Boundary. These Emperor Realm also had the qualifications to establish their own Sects, but their reputations weren’t great and they had no way of accepting disciples. What could they do?
Some gathered their fellow Daoists, some led their disciples to High Heaven Palace’s mountain gate, and in the name of subduing demons, they began to act recklessly, cursing and swearing non-stop. As a result, their reputations were naturally spread out. When people mentioned them, it could be said that they had gone to High Heaven Palace to exterminate demons, but High Heaven Palace’s great array was tightly shut and they didn’t dare to fight.
So what if High Heaven Palace didn’t dare to accept the challenge? It was just that Yang Kai was far away in the Demon Territory and was still carrying the name of a traitor. High Heaven Palace didn’t want to cause any more trouble and try to smear Yang Kai’s name, but whenever such a situation occurred, the First Chief Manager and Second Chief Manager would simply ignore it. In any case, with the Sect Protecting Array in place, those people wouldn’t be able to break it. At most, they would only cause some trouble before dispersing.
Over the past few years, similar situations had occurred more than a dozen times.
Coincidentally, Yang Kai had just returned to the palace.
After listening to Zhu Qing’s explanation, Yang Kai’s face sank as he said, “The struggle between the two worlds is like a raging fire. If they don’t go to the Western Regions to add fuel to the fire, what are they doing in front of my High Heaven Palace?”
Xue Yue sighed, “In this world, there are always some people who try to rob others.”
Yang Kai sneered, “Let's go take a look.”
Saying so, he turned around and flew towards the mountain gate.
The girls glanced at each other and quickly followed. Meng Wuya, Hua Qingsi, and the others who were not far away also followed.
Seeing this, Zhou Cheng shouted, “Where does Palace Master Yang want to go? You still haven’t given an explanation regarding Grandmaster Xia’s matter.”
Ji Ying sighed, “Zhou Cheng, don’t say anymore, let’s just forget about what happened today. It’s not what you think, Palace Master Yang…”
Zhou Cheng slowly shook his head and interrupted, “This Zhou appreciates Grandmaster Ji’s good intentions, but there is no need to persuade him. This Zhou respects Grandmaster Xia greatly and only hopes that she can find a perfect home, but that Palace Master Yang is not a good person and cannot be entrusted with her life. This Zhou really cannot ignore it, so today this Zhou must have a good discussion with him.”
When he saw that although Yang Kai had spoken ruthlessly before, his words were like big thunder but small rain, causing him to become even more confident and fearless.
Saying so, he also rushed over.
Ji Ying’s brow wrinkled, a look of helplessness and frustration filling his face.
The old man stroked his beard and said, “Does Grandmaster Ji feel that this is a bit difficult? However, this old master feels that Zhou Cheng’s words aren’t completely unreasonable. Putting aside his personal intentions, Grandmaster Xia is indeed my Star Boundary’s most precious treasure. Palace Master Yang is currently unable to protect himself, so if Grandmaster Xia can cut off all ties with him, it wouldn’t be too bad.”
Ji Ying smiled bitterly and shook his head. Since the outsiders had said so, he really couldn’t explain anything.
High Heaven Palace’s main gate had been meticulously constructed by Nanmen Dajun back then. After all, it was one of the top Sects, so naturally, it had to be built with a majestic aura to display the strength of a top Sect.
In front of the huge mountain gate, there was a plaque with the words ‘High Heaven Palace’ written on it.
Three hundred meters outside the mountain gate was the Sect Protecting Array’s defensive perimeter. Looking from outside the Great Array, one could not clearly see what was happening inside High Heaven Palace, only a thick fog.
However, if one stood inside the Great Array, they could clearly see the situation outside.
When Yang Kai arrived at the mountain gate, he saw a pale-faced middle-aged man wielding a long sword and attacking the Great Array. This long sword was an Emperor Artifact, and as it flickered with lightning, the sound of thunder constantly rang out, occasionally flashing with lightning.
One bolt of lightning after another struck the Spirit Array, causing the clouds and mist to churn but unable to do anything to it.
Nanmen Dajun had personally set up this great array, so even if a First-Order Emperor Realm master was exhausted to death, they wouldn’t be able to move it.
Beside the middle-aged man, there were a dozen or so Principle Source Stage masters assisting him. Without much coordination, each of them used their own Secret Techniques and artifacts, their attacks dazzling.
Yang Kai only glanced at them for a moment before giving a flippant comment. Whether it was the middle-aged Emperor Realm middle-aged man or the dozen or so Principel Source Stage masters, all of their attacks seemed beautiful, but in reality, they weren’t powerful at all.
However, these tricks didn’t enter Yang Kai’s eyes, but instead caused the several hundred people watching from behind to watch with shining eyes.
TO BE CONTINUED...