“Previously, at Lang Ya Star City's Harbor, I was summoned by a Senior Brother named Zong Yuquan and had a few words with him. When we parted, i was just trying to probe, but he was actually Inked too!” Yang Kai said solemnly.
Gu Pan was shocked, “Senior Brother Zong is Inked?”
Yang Kai nodded solemnly, “Ink… Will Laster Forever! These words were spoken to me by Shi Zheng before he died. I don’t know what these words represent, but it’s very likely that they represent the firm belief of these Inked cultivators. At that time, I only made a spur of the moment decision to say these words to Zong Yuquan, but who would have thought that Zong Yuquan would actually respond to me like this!”
Gu Pan suddenly understood, “So Senior Brother used the same words to test me?”
Yang Kai nodded, “That’s right, but I didn’t expect Junior Sister to be so decisive, immediately imprisoning me!”
Gu Pan explained, “Master told me about the Inked people, so I know about the existence of the Black Ink Clan. The Black Ink Clan’s matters have always been sealed in the Cave Heaven Paradise, and even in the various Cave Heaven Paradise, non-Core Disciples will not be informed about these things. Senior Brother Yang is not a disciple of the Cave Heaven Paradise, so suddenly mentioning the Ink will naturally cause a misunderstanding.”
“Senior Brother, this matter is extremely important, we must report it to the Sect Master!”
Yang Kai frowned slightly and said, “I thought so too, but what if your Sect Master is also Inked? Right now, all the Inked masters are hiding in the shadows, so there’s no way to find out their identities. Right now, the only person I can trust is you.”
Gu Pan hesitated for a moment before replying, “I don’t think so. If that was the case, I should have been turned into ink a long time ago. Senior Brother doesn’t know, Lang Ya Paradise's Sect Master is my Master, and he was the one who told me about the Black Ink Clan.”
Zong Yuquan’s talent and future potential were definitely not comparable to Gu Pan’s, who had directly broken through to the Sixth Order. Even he had been turned into ink, so there was no reason for Gu Pan not to be targeted.
Hearing her say so, Yang Kai also felt that it was unlikely that Lang Ya Sect Master was related to the Black Ink Clan.
“Zong Yuquan should have already recognized me as one of their own. If the Inked cultivators has any connection, I’m afraid they would have already sent word. If I were to meet with the Sect Master now…” Yang Kai couldn’t help hesitating.
Gu Pan said, “Lang Ya has a Training Hall in the Star Boundary, so it can be said that there is a cooperative relationship with the Star Boundary. Since you’re the Star Boundary Great Emperor, since you’ve come to Lang Ya Paradise, you should pay a visit. Even if the Inked cultivators knows about this, there won’t be any problems.”
This was also true. As a junior and a Star Boundary Great Emperor, there was no reason for him not to pay his respects to the Sect Master of Lang Ya Paradise.
Thinking so, Yang Kai nodded, “Then I’ll have to trouble Junior Sister to introduce me.”
Gu Pan nodded, “Senior Brother, please follow me.”
After leaving the bamboo house with Gu Pan, the two of them flew towards the center of the three huge Spirit Province residences. Along the way, they met many people from Lang Ya Paradise, many of whom respectfully bowed to Gu Pan, showing that a core disciple like Gu Pan had a very high status in Lang Ya Paradise.
Suddenly, Gu Pan stopped and bowed towards a half-grown old man who was walking towards them, “Martial Uncle Yuan!”
The half-grown old man looked around with a smile and nodded, “Is Martial Niece going to find the Sect Master?”
Gu Pan replied, “Yes, Martial Uncle.”
The old man surnamed Yuan nodded slightly before glancing over at Yang Kai and asking curiously, “Martial Niece, who is this? He doesn’t seem to be a disciple of my Lang Ya Paradise?”
Gu Pan opened her mouth and said, “Reporting to Martial Uncle, this is Senior Brother Yang, the master of the Void Land, Yang Kai. He is an old friend of mine, so he came to see me on his way to Lang Ya Paradise.”
The old man surnamed Yuan asked in surprise, “Oh? You’re the Void Land's Lord, Yang Kai?”
“Junior Yang Kai greets Senior!” Yang Kai bowed.
The old man surnamed Yuan stroked his beard and nodded, smiling, “You’re too polite, this old master has often heard of your name, but now it seems that every generation has a genius!”
“Senior praises me too much, this Junior is just a junior, I cannot compare to Senior’s illustrious reputation!”
The old man surnamed Yuan immediately put on a satisfied look as if he had been flattered and laughed loudly, “Little brat, you know how to talk, your future will definitely be limitless!” He then turned to Yang Kai and said, “If you’re not in a hurry to leave, you can come to my Cave Mansion when you’re free. I have a lot of good wine there, but unfortunately, no one can taste it!”
Yang Kai nodded quickly, “Since it’s good wine, I can’t miss it. I’ll definitely pay you a visit another day!”
The old man surnamed Yuan smiled and waved his hand, “You may go. The Sect Master has some free time now, if you wait any longer, I’m afraid he will go into seclusion.”
“Then this Junior will take his leave first,” Yang Kai cupped his fists and continued forward with Gu Pan.
A moment later, Gu Pan sent a voice transmission, “Does Senior Brother want to test Martial Uncle Yuan?” If not for this, how could Yang Kai have agreed so readily?
Yang Kai replied, “Do you think this Senior Yuan will be Inked member?”
Gu Pan pondered for a moment before shaking her head, “I don’t know. Martial Uncle Yuan Du is one of Lang Ya’s three Vice Sect Masters. He is usually very kind and treats his disciples very well. His only flaw is that he likes to listen to others flatter him. I hope he isn’t an Inked member.”
Hearing this, Yang Kai was speechless. No wonder Yuan Du was so happy when he heard his casual flattery. It turned out that everyone knew that Yuan Du liked to be flattered.
However, no one could say for certain whether he had been transformed into ink or not. If it weren’t for Yang Kai’s arrival, no one would have believed that Elder Shi Zheng was actually an Inked member!
Continuing forward, the two of them soon arrived in front of a great hall in the Central Spirit Province.
Gu Pan walked inside with ease, directly arriving at an inner hall and gently knocking on the door. A dignified voice soon came from inside, “Come in!”
The door slowly opened and after Gu Pan beckoned Yang Kai, they walked in.
The hall wasn’t too big, Yang Kai looked up and saw a middle-aged man standing in front of a table with his hands behind his back, holding a brush in his hand, seemingly drawing something.
“Master!” Gu Pan called out softly.
“En!” The middle-aged man responded, not even raising his head, his movements not stopping.
Yang Kai took this opportunity to size up this Sect Master of Lang Ya Paradise. On the way here, Yang Kai also asked about this Senior and learned that his name was Li Yuanwang. His cultivation was at the peak of the Seventh Order, just a step away from breaking through to the Eighth Order. Among all the Cave Heaven Paradise's Seventh Order, he was one of the top masters.
At this moment, seeing his extraordinary bearing, the brush in his hand seemed to come to life and he began to draw smoothly.
On top of that, there was a faint aura of World Force emanating from the canvas in front of him.
This World Force was not the World Force that Li Yuanwang was controlling, but rather the painting itself.
When Yang Kai first met Gu Pan, he was a bit surprised to see her use a brush as a weapon. After all, this kind of artifact was very rare, but now it seemed that it was the same type of artifact as Li Yuanwang.
Yang Kai waited quietly, occasionally observing Li Yuanwang.
Although Gu Pan could basically confirm that Li Yuanwang hadn’t been turned into ink, no one could say for sure. What if he was turned into ink?
After a while, Li Yuanwang put away his brush and took three steps back to examine his painting. Nodding in satisfaction, he called out without even raising his head, “Little brat, come over here and take a look at this King’s painting.”
Hearing this, Yang Kai was startled, but he quickly replied, “Yes!”
Gu Pan grabbed Yang Kai’s clothes and shook her head, “Senior Brother, don’t go!”
“What’s wrong?” Yang Kai looked at her in confusion.
Gu Pan didn’t say anything and simply shook her head, a difficult look appearing on her face.
Li Yuanwang raised his head to look at her and said with dissatisfaction, “What do you mean by that, little girl? This master has poured his heart and soul into this painting, what’s wrong with letting your friend examine it? Let go!”
Gu Pan helplessly let go of Yang Kai’s clothes and turned her head, unable to bear to look at him.
Li Yuanwang looked at Yang Kai with a smile and said, “This little girl likes to make a fuss. It’s my fault for not teaching her well, so don’t take it to heart.”
Yang Kai didn’t dare to refuse and walked over to the table, lowering his head and carefully examining it.
He took a deep breath.
“How is it?” Li Yuanwang asked eagerly, “Is this king's painting skill at the peak of perfection?”
Yang Kai stared at the painting on the table as if it had been scratched by a dog, a mass of ink in the east and a drop of ink in the west. For a moment, he didn’t know how to evaluate it, so he could only say in a low voice, “Senior’s painting is not only at the peak of perfection, it’s simply outstanding and surpasses the past and present. In this painting, there is another world!”
'My conscience hurts! I can’t breathe!'
Gu Pan stared at Yang Kai in shock.
Li Yuanwang’s brow twitched, “Right? This king has cultivated the Art for tens of thousands of years. In this world, if this king claims to be number two, who dares claim to be number one?”
Yang Kai cupped his fists and said solemnly, “Senior’s painting skills may not be unprecedented, but there won't be another in the future!”
“En, en!” Li Yuanwang couldn’t help nodding, rubbing his chin as he stared at his painting. After a long time, he suddenly said, “Just now you said there was a world in this painting, tell me about it!”
What the hell!
Black Ink Smoke, which had been sealed in his Small Universe, was also a bit better looking than this painting.
No wonder Gu Pan had tried to stop him from coming here, it was obvious she knew what kind of person her Master was. This painting… was simply too much.
“Say it, why don’t you say it?” Li Yuanwang didn’t have any self-awareness and kept urging.
Yang Kai’s impression of Lang Ya Paradise instantly changed.
As the Sect Master, he actually had such an attitude. No wonder Yuan Du, as one of the three Vice Sect Masters and a Seventh Order Open Heaven Stage master, liked to listen to others flatter him.
This was simply a case of a crooked stick casting a crooked shadow!
Yang Kai hesitated for a long time, not knowing what to say. Gritting his teeth, he looked up at Li Yuanwang and said, “Senior, Ink Will Last Forever!”
Gu Pan exquisite ears twitched slightly as she stared fixedly at her Master’s change, secretly circulating her World Force.
Li Yuanwang stared at Yang Kai for a long time before asking curiously, “What?”
Yang Kai quickly waved his hand, “Nothing, nothing!”
As soon as his voice fell, a powerful World Force surged out, and the graffiti-like paintings on the table seemed to come to life. The scattered patterns on the table began to wriggle about, and as the light flashed, the entire world was turned upside down!
By the time Yang Kai and Gu Pan came back to their senses, the two of them were no longer in the hall, but in an unknown world.
TO BE CONTINUED...