Currently, all of the Open Heaven Stage masters in the nearby Great Domain, with the exception of a few with powerful backgrounds, had been recruited by Zuo Quan Hui, greatly increasing the number of Open Heaven Stage masters he had under his command. For the time being, they were still inferior to the Void Land, but as time passed, it would become difficult to say.
Although every battle ended in the Void Land’s victory, there were inevitably some casualties, and the surviving Open Heaven Stage cultivators had suffered great losses, requiring them to expend a great deal of resources to restore their strength.
The battle was a battle of attrition and resources. Without enough resources to restore themselves, Open Heaven would not be able to maintain its full strength at all times, and if they were to fight again, it would be even more difficult. If this continued for a long time, the Void Land would eventually be unable to hold on, and at that time, it would be a decisive battle.
When Luan Bai Feng sent this message over, even though Yang Kai was already mentally prepared, he couldn’t help cursing the old dog’s cunningness.
Before this, the Void Land had been sealed off for three or four years and had accumulated countless supplies. Now that the war had broken out, the consumption of resources had become even more severe. If it weren’t for the rich accumulation of the Star City’s resources in the early years, it would have long since collapsed.
Even now, he wouldn’t be able to last long.
In order to coordinate with this strategy, from the second battle onwards, the Open Heaven Stage masters dispatched by Heavenly Sword Union did not even wear Space Rings, obviously to prevent Void Land from seizing the opportunity to collect the spoils of war from the corpses.
After more than a dozen large and small battles, Void Land’s side had won with their numerical advantage, but they had not been able to collect any supplies from the enemy corpses.
Zuo Quan Hui’s intentions were obvious, and he didn’t try to hide his intentions at all, constantly sending out his Open Heaven Stage subordinates one after another. The Void Land could only fight back again.
Usually, after a few days of peace, another powerful enemy would arrive.
Not to mention the complaints from Heavenly Sword Union, even the many Open Heaven Stage masters in the Void Land were exhausted.
In just a short year, the two sides had fought countless times, and the number of Open Heaven Stage cultivators who had died in the Void Land had almost broken through two hundred marks. Although there was a steady stream of replenishment from the headquarters, it was still not enough to make up for their losses.
Heavenly Sword Union’s losses were even greater. At least three times their enemy's kill count. With the Domain Gate as the center, within a million kilometers, the blood of Open Heaven Stage cultivators filled the void.
Having suffered such heavy losses, Yang Kai was filled with a bellyful of anger. There were several times when he wished he could lead all the Sixth Order Open Heaven Stage masters to fight Zuo Quan Hui to the death, but after personally experiencing the might of a Seventh Order Open Heaven Stage master, he had no choice but to give up on this idea. Without absolute confidence, any rash actions could lead to even worse consequences.
On Heavenly Sword Union’s side, Zuo Quan Hui was also extremely annoyed.
After such a long battle, he had almost exhausted his patience, but Yang Kai hadn’t even shown up once, not giving him the slightest opportunity to take advantage of him.
Inside the Heavenly Sword Palace’s main hall, many Sixth Order cultivators were gathered, while Zuo Quan Hui sat with a gloomy expression.
“Reporting!” An Open Heaven Stage cultivator dressed in Heavenly Sword Union’s uniform rushed in and cupped his fists, “Reporting to Union Master, Huang Quan Heavenly Monarch’s forces have been surrounded by the Void Land and are outnumbered. Heavenly Monarch requests to withdraw and reorganize for the upcoming battle!”
This kind of battle report would appear almost every time in the main hall of the Heavenly Sword Palace. Although the Heavenly Sword Union had gathered a large number of Open Heaven Stage cultivators below the Sixth Order because of Zuo Quan Hui, their numbers were still inferior to the Void Land. The Sixth Order Open Heaven Stage cultivators were unable to determine the victor, so under the Sixth Order Open Heaven Stage, the side with the greater number of cultivators naturally had the advantage.
The Sixth Order Open Heaven Stage cultivators present couldn’t understand one thing, which was that Void Land was clearly a newly rising force, so where did so many Open Heaven Stage cultivators come from?
Zuo Quan Hui picked up a nearby tea cup and threw it down. The cultivator who had sent the message did not dare to move and was directly smashed until his head bled.
“Useless! Retreating at the slightest setback? Tell Huang Quan that without my command, whoever dares to retreat will suffer a fate worse than death!”
The messenger trembled with fear and quickly replied, “Yes!”
He quickly left the hall and sent a message to Huang Quan.
Not to mention how Huang Quan angrily cursed when he heard this order, the group of Sixth Order Open Heaven in the hall didn’t even dare breathe loudly.
After a long silence, Luan Bai Feng stood up, picked up the teacup, and placed it next to Zuo Quan Hui’s hand, gently consoling him, “Sir, please calm your anger. The Void Land’s forces are strong, and Senior Brother Huang Quan is not a timid person. I’m afraid that the situation is really difficult to handle, so he requested to withdraw.”
How could Zuo Quan Hui not know this? It was just that he had not been able to avenge his two dead disciples for such a long time and was now trapped in a fierce battle with the Void Land, so he had nowhere to vent his anger. With a cold snort, he shouted, “A bunch of trash, a mere Void Land can’t even be taken down after such a long time!”
Luan Bai Feng took the initiative to volunteer, “This Mistress is willing to lead a group of people to assist Senior Brother Huang Quan, I hope Sir will agree.”
As Yang Kai’s spy in Heavenly Sword Union, Luan Bai Feng had done a good job of secretly sending messages to Yang Kai to inform him about Heavenly Sword Union’s situation. With her notification, Yang Kai knew the situation of Heavenly Sword Union like the back of his hand.
She had even led the Open Heaven Stage masters of Heavenly Sword Union to fight against the Void Land many times, causing many Open Heaven Stage masters to die.
Zuo Quan Hui’s expression relaxed slightly, “Warden Luan is too kind, then…”
Before he could finish speaking, Pei Wen Xuan stood up and said, “Martial Uncle Zuo, the momentum of the Void Land’s forces is overwhelming. Even if Warden Luan goes to support them, I’m afraid they won’t be able to gain any advantage and will instead cause more casualties. Why don’t we call back Huang Quan and preserve our strength for a while?”
Zuo Quan Hui looked up at him and knew he was right. In his anger just now, he had not thought things through properly, so he immediately nodded and said, “As you say.”
Passing down the order, Huang Quan troops who were fighting in front of them all retreated.
Inside the main hall, Pei Wen Xuan smiled warmly at Luan Bai Feng, who smiled back, cursing in her heart that this little brat had ruined her plans. Otherwise, if she brought her people out, Heavenly Sword Union would definitely suffer even more casualties.
Not long after, Huang Quan returned, but he was completely unharmed. The one who had fought with him just now was the Profound Yang Mountain’s Great Mountain Master, Mao Zhe. The two of them had fought countless battles and were old acquaintances, so they knew each other well. Without outsiders interfering, neither of them could do anything to the other.
However, the two sides had been fighting for more than a year now and had formed a tacit understanding. Each of the Sixth Order Open Heaven Stage masters had their own opponents, so no matter how many Sixth Order Open Heaven Stage masters one side sent out, the other side would send out their corresponding opponents.
After returning, Huang Quan begged for forgiveness and received a scolding from Zuo Quan Hui.
After cursing, Zuo Quan Hui calmed down and glanced around, “The situation is quite tense right now, do any of you have any good ideas on how to defeat the enemy?”
The ten Sixth Order masters in the hall glanced at each other.
Although everyone knew that as long as Zuo Quan Hui personally took action, he would definitely be able to break this stalemate and even salvage the situation, but Zuo Quan Hui had not been participating in the war for such a long time, only sitting firmly in the Heavenly Sword Palace with the Domain Gate against his back. Who didn’t know that he was afraid of the Holy Spirit of the Void Land?
If he hid here, if anything went wrong, he could retreat back to the Flying Smoke Territory to hide. If he really went out and was targeted by the Holy Spirit, Zuo Quan Hui couldn’t guarantee he could escape unscathed.
Everyone understood this, but none of them said anything, lest Zuo Quan Hui lose face.
“Are you all mute?” Seeing everyone fall silent, Zuo Quan Hui coldly snorted, clearly displeased.
Pei Wen Xuan coughed lightly, “Martial Uncle Zuo, it’s actually quite simple to break through the enemy.”
Hearing this, Zuo Quan Hui raised his brow, “What does Nephew have in mind?”
Pei Wen Xuan smiled lightly, “This Void Territory is their territory after all, us foreigners always suffer losses when we fight. If we can move the battlefield out of the Void Territory, the Void Land will naturally be easier to deal with.”
Zuo Quan Hui stroked his beard and nodded slightly, “Nephew is right.”
The reason why he hadn’t made a move yet was because he was afraid that Zhu Jiu Yin would be hiding in the shadows. If he could move the battlefield out of the Void Territory, although he couldn’t guarantee that Zhu Jiu Yin wouldn’t follow him, at the very least, when they passed through the Domain Gate, Zhu Jiu Yin wouldn’t be able to hide and would definitely be exposed.
However, if they wanted to move the battlefield out of the Void Land, how could they do so? Although they could retreat to the Flying Smoke Territory, if the Void Land people didn’t follow them, there was nothing they could do.
“What does Nephew think?” Zuo Quan Hui asked.
Pei Wen Xuan shook his head, “I just have this idea, but there’s no solution.”
Zuo Quan Hui couldn’t help showing a look of disappointment.
Pei Wen Xuan continued, “But other than that, there is another way.”
“Oh?” Zuo Quan Hui raised his brow.
Pei Wen Xuan smiled and said, “Right now, both sides have equal strength in regard to their Sixth Order Open Heaven. Below the Sixth Order Open Heaven, the Void Land holds the absolute advantage. If we want to break this balance, we must start with the Sixth Order Open Heaven Stage.”
Zuo Quan Hui’s expression changed slightly, “Nephew means…”
“If we could obtain even more Sixth Order Open Heaven, even if we only had one more, it would be enough to make the Void Land suffer!”
With one more, they would be able to fight two against one. If they cooperated well, they might even be able to kill a Sixth Order Void Land cultivator and further increase their advantage.
How could Zuo Quan Hui not know this? His heart ached even more for his dead disciple Zhou Ti. If he was still alive, how could he have so many troubles? He would have killed Yang Kai long ago.
“It’s easy to say, but it’s not so easy to find a Sixth Order Open Heaven,” Zuo Quan Hui sighed. Although he had used his prestige and connections to recruit many helpers, none of them were Sixth Order. There were many Sixth Order Open Heaven Stage in Thousand Crane Paradise, but it was impossible for them to support him openly.
Pei Wen Xuan smiled calmly, “If Martial Uncle Zuo can rest assured, leave this matter to me.”
Zuo Quan Hui was stunned for a moment before asking, “Nephew, are you looking for the Sect’s support?” If Myriad Demons Heaven was willing to intervene, that would naturally be for the best, but Myriad Demons Heaven was one of the 36 Cave Heaven, so how could it interfere in the struggle between the Sects below? Pei Wen Xuan had come here because he had a personal grudge with Yang Kai, so this was a reasonable excuse.
If Myriad Demons Heaven really interfered, Yin-Yang Heaven’s side would definitely not sit back and do nothing, lest the two Cave Heaven will engage in a battle.
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