Chapter 61 – Li Haoran

Onboard a huge ship sailing in the Thousand Islands Seas…

Inside his private room, Gu Hai sat in cross-legged position as his consciousness sunk inside the space in his glabella.

Just as before, the black piece hovered at the top, lording over everything. And in the middle, floated a white crystal, seemingly suppressed by the black piece and unable to move.

At the bottom, where once used to be a hundred thousand endgames was reducing in number as they still continued to merge four boards together into one. There were too many endgames which Gu Hai was momentarily unable to completely merge.

At this time, a sound broke the silence of the private room as Gu Hai gradually opened his eyes, looking at Gao Xianzhi and Chen Tianshan who came in.

“How is it?”

“Your Grace, don’t worry, our ship is sailing all the way to Nine-Five Island!” answered Gao Xianzhi with a smile.

“However, it will take a bit longer, at least three months or so!” mentioned Chen Tianshan.

Listening to this, a frown crept up on Gu Hai eyebrows before he nodded, “Let’s hope nothing goes amiss!”

“Oh? Throne Master, we are perfectly safe here! At most, there will be some trouble at Nine-Five Island. What could go wrong in the meantime?” asked Chen Tianshan, perplexed.

“That day, we may have fooled a majority of cultivators with the clouds array. However, some intelligent people would naturally come to realize something after some time. Three months in the sea is a bit long, I hope nothing goes wrong!” stated Gu Hai. He was a bit worried.

“What!?” Chen Tianshan was slightly taken aback.

“Your Grace, a majority of the people should be rushing about for the Golden Saturn Peach, why didn’t Your Grace use…?” asked Gao Xianzhi, a bit distressed.

If Gu Hai had eaten the last Saturn Peach in front of everyone, why would they be facing so much trouble?

Gu Hai shook his head as he said, “You don’t understand, since it’s the last one, it is even more precious! This one is more precious than the ten of them, because this is the only one! The only one of its kind!”

“Oh?”

“Its temptation is a double-edged sword! If it’s not used properly, we will only be harming ourselves, but if we use it properly, then!?” stated Gu Hai confidently.

“En?” Gao Xianzhi’s expression flickered.

Yet again, a confused look appeared on Chen Tianshan’s face; apparently, he could not guess Gu Hai’s intentions.

Gu Hai only shook his head. He didn’t elaborate.

After ten days…

The Tianyuan Island had already returned to what it was before. Nevertheless, cultivators still shuttled in and out of Xiantian Endgame World. Those who wanted to hunt Gu Hai down had already left. And those who didn’t want to, they naturally remained.

Inside the Xiantian Endgame World…

BOOM!

Fights were still happening, but most of them had stopped at this moment.

Even though all the Hundred Years Longevity Peaches were gone, the Hundred Years Longevity Peach Tree was still there. Maybe they could not take the whole tree, they could still take a branch and plant it; it might be possible, or it might not!?

Nevertheless, many cultivators were still unwilling to give up attacking.

However, Ninth Young Master had brought many natives with their cloud beasts, and had once again regained control after having secured the Hundred Years Longevity Peach Tree.

“ROAR!” The hydra let out a roar, which was followed by the roars of the thousand cloud beasts behind it.

In the face of this, thousands of cloud beasts in the outer ring stopped, albeit momentarily.

Humph, ladies and gentlemen, calm down! It’s impossible to move the Hundred Years Longevity Peach Tree. Even if you could take it, it would still be useless!” Ninth Young Master shouted at the top of his lungs.

“Why?” the congregation of cultivators asked in disbelief.

“You think you can grow the longevity herb by just planting and watering it a bit?” Standing atop the hydra head, Ninth Young Master coldly rebuked them.

Hearing this, many cultivators knit their brows.

“Look at the roots of the Hundred Years Longevity Peach Tree, they are inserted into space, not in the soil. Even if you take it, how are you going to plant it? The nutrients it absorbs are the forces of space and time, its roots are planted in space and time. Even if I give it to you, how are you going to plant it?” shouted Ninth Young Master.

Glancing at the roots, everyone realized it was indeed the case. Can we still plant it after taking it home?

Some people gave up, but there were some who were still unwilling. But so what? Without Gu Hai’s army and with all the natives of this world now reorganized by Ninth Young Master, they were simply unable to steal away the peach tree.

The risks were too high, and the prize was like the moon in the water. Everyone started hesitating.

The two sides were in a stalemate.

BOOM!

At this time, a loud crash resounded from the entrance far away.

“Ahhhh!”

“Such a huge flying ship!”…

A large number of cultivators were sent flying followed by the loud crash.

RUMBLE!

Slowly, two enormous flying ships flew out of the entrance.

“Everyone quickly leave, the Ascendant Hall is taking over!” a loud shout reverberated from a flying ship.

Long Wantqing’s White Cloud and the Divine Battalion’s flying ship had arrived.

“Ascendant Hall? It’s the Ascendant Hall again!?” Cries of surprise rang out from all around.

——

Atop the flying ship…

Long Wanqing’s eyes flickered with a trace of anxiety.

“I wonder if Meng Tai and Gu Hai found anything!?” said Long Wanqing, knitting her brow.

Fire Throne Master Ding Rui frowned as well, as she spoke in a loud and clear voice, “Meng Tai, where the hell are you?”

Ding Rui’s voice seemed to have a penetrating power as it reverberated through the world.

(All the cultivators) “…”

Ninth Young Master and the natives, high up the sky. “…”

All the cultivators around seemingly calmed down as they blankly gazed at the two flying ships, with gazes filled with helplessness, confusion, and desolation.

All the cultivators looked at the flying ship in an extremely strange manner.

Meanwhile, the flying ships flew higher and higher.

Grandmaster Liunian soon noticed the oddity. “Why do I feel that something doesn’t smell right? Why does everyone have that strange look in their eyes when looking at us…?”

“Hundred Years Longevity Peach Tree? Cloud beasts?” On the other flying ship, Divine Battalion Commander Li Haoran’s eyebrows suddenly started twitching.

For them, the information of cloud beasts wasn’t any confidential secret.

The same was true for the Hundred Years Longevity Peach Tree.

But why is everyone looking at us with that weird look in their eyes?

“Meng Tai!? Why have you not come out?” shouted Fire Throne Master Ding Rui coldly.

Nonetheless, everything remained quiet all around.

——-

At the entrance of a palace inside a forest, Great Elder and that sickly young man once again walked out, followed by several subordinates dressed in black robes.

Ke ke ke ke, Ascendant Hall people? Aren’t they done?” said the sickly young man, coughing a bit.

Great Elder nodded in response before taking a long, deep breath; apparently, he was also extremely unhappy.

Atop the two flying ships, Long Wanqing, Ding Rui, Grandmaster Liunian, and Li Haoran also sensed that something wasn’t right.

Everyone all around, whether it was the natives or the outsiders, all of them were looking at them strangely!

“Ascendant Hall? It’s Ascendant Hall again!? What is it with you guys? Wei Shengren has already been asked to leave by your lot, so why are you here again?” Ninth Young Master’s eyes immediately went wide in anger.

“En?” Long Wanqing was slightly taken aback for a moment.

Grandmaster Liunian also had an astonished look on his face, because, from Ninth Young Master’s voice, it sounded like they had suffered a huge loss at the hands of Ascendant Hall members. All of the onlookers also had a furious look on their faces at this moment.

“Wei Shengren has been asked to leave by us? By Ascendant Hall members?” Old Matron Ding Rui’s eyes immediately turned bright. “It seems Meng Tai has finally done something worthwhile!?”

Listening to Ding Rui’s words, the look on the face of a cultivator upon a nearby cloud beast became weirder.

Grandmaster Liunian also noticed this oddity. He immediately asked that nearby cultivator, “Fellow Daoist, can you tell me what happened before we arrived? Where are my Ascendant Hall disciples? Where is Gu Hai?”

“That’s right! Where did Meng Tai and the others lead Wei Shengren? Is Gu Hai dead?” Ding Rui also asked.

“Gu Hai…!” A strange look appeared on that man’s face as he answered.

“Oh? What happened to Gu Hai?”

“Gu Hai killed all the Ascendant Hall disciples, including Meng Tai!” that man finally opened his mouth and stated.

Ding Rui gaped “…!”

Long Wanqing stared. “…!”

“What nonsense are you speaking? How could Gu Hai kill Meng Tai, as well as all the Ascendant Hall disciples?” Ding Rui’s eyes immediately went wide, she didn’t believe it.

“Why would I lie to you? From the get-go, I knew Gu Hai was extremely powerful, so, I didn’t partake in the great battle between them. That Gu Hai was really strong, he is my idol!” the cultivator suddenly burst out shouting.

“What great battle?” asked Grandmaster Liunian, surprised.

“About half a month ago…oh, it seems you really don’t know! You have come late, Gu Hai, alone fought against tens of thousands of people, and forcefully plundered the Hundred Years Longevity Peach Tree. What’s more, everyone, including Weiqi Empyrean Court disciples, was forced to the point that no one dared to get close,” stated that man in an excited voice.

“What? Wait, what, Gu Hai, alone fought with tens of thousands of people? Weiqi Empyrean Court disciples and everyone were forced to the point that they dared not take another step?” Ding Rui was unable to keep up with that man’s words.

“Of course, that Meng Tai was nothing. Eventually, he was killed by Gu Hai. It was really awesome! Gu Hai is indeed a man; for just a young snake, he didn’t care about the Hundred Years Longevity Peaches and simply fed her a total of six. It was really awesome! Gu Hai is Water Throne Master, right! Is your Ascendant Hall still recruiting disciples? If so, can I join Water Throne and follow Throne Master Gu!?” asked that man excitedly.

Long Wanqing, “…!”

Ding Rui, “…!”

Grandmaster Liunian, “…!”

Li Haoran, “…!”

Everyone listened to cultivators all around as they all talked confusedly, describing the events from half a month ago.

Long Wanqing and Grandmaster Liunian glanced at each other.

In the beginning, Long Wanqing was not confident about Gu Hai. However, Gu Hai had outdone everyone… who would have imagined that Gu Hai would cause such a big stir? All ten Saturn Peaches had actually been taken away by him, and then, he had surprisingly wasted nine of them just like that!?

If that was not being wasteful, then what was it? So many of them had been eaten so casually!

“It seems we missed a lot!” said Grandmaster Liunian, smiling wryly.

“Wei Shengren has been found, he came out of the seclusion, awesome!” Long Wanqing’s eyes, on the other hand, turned red; it seemed she would break into tears of joy.

“Empress Wa? Great Wisdom King?” The nearby Li Haoran’s eyebrows twitched slightly.

“Gu Hai killed Meng Tai? He is really audacious!” Ding Rui said as her eyes went wide in anger.

Humph!” Suddenly, a cold snort rang from high up in the sky. It was none other than Ninth Young Master. At this moment, he was staring at the two flying ships in anguish.

Just a moment ago, when the cultivators all around were giving a rundown of the events to Long Wanqing’s party, they were singing Gu Hai’s praises, while at the same time, they were rudely belittling him, saying that he was like a clown in front of Gu Hai. Gu Hai was too lazy to even reason with a nobody like him.

Ninth Young Master has always been harboring anger in his heart. And now, he was even more depressed.

“How can the Ascendant Hall be so ill-bred that they would kill each other? No wonder your previous Hall Lord was killed by someone. Serves you right! Humph!” said Ninth Young Master cynically.

“What did you say? I dare you to say that again!?” Long Wanqing glared at him in anger.

RUMBLE!

Aboard the flying ship, one by one, the Ascendant Hall disciples immediately glared at Ninth Young Master in anger as they unsheathed their swords and sabers.

“I said, your Ascendant Hall Lord deserved to get killed, what can you do?” said Ninth Young Master coldly.

SWISH!

Suddenly, a long golden arrow shot towards Ninth Young Master. As soon as the golden arrow was fired, it shattered the space as it whizzed through the air, just like a golden rainbow. Immediately after, it pierced through a large number of cloud beasts in the blink of an eye and arrived in front of Ninth Young Master.

“What!?” A horrendous look immediately covered Ninth Young Master’s face.

ROAR!

The hydra let out a roar as it blocked the arrow with its tail at once.

BOOM!

The golden long arrow clashed with the tail with a loud crash. Immediately, the long arrow pierced through the hydra’s tail, leaving a big hole behind, while the powerful recoil rocked Ninth Young Master’s internal organs. An intense premonition of death shrouded Ninth Young Master’s body in the blink of an eye.

“No, no, no!” screamed Ninth Young Master.

Swish! Swish! Swish!…

All the eight snakeheads of the hydra appeared in front of Ninth Young Master, trying to block the long golden arrow.

BOOM!

The momentum of the golden arrow was simply too fierce. In the blink of an eye, it pierced through the eight snakeheads.

“Noooo…!” Ninth Young Master let out a blood-curdling scream.

BANG!

Ninth Young Master’s head exploded into pieces with a loud bang.

Hisss… Countless cultivators all around hissed in shock.

Amazingly, just an arrow had punctured nine holes in the hydra, and moreover, blasted Ninth Young Master’s head into pieces!?

BANG!

Immediately, the hydra collapsed while Ninth Young Master’s corpse plummeted to the ground from high in the air.

Everyone turned their gazes in the direction the long golden arrow was shot from, only to see a man dressed in golden armor aboard the second ship, with a longbow in his hand, gazing coldly at the falling corpse of Ninth Young Master.

“You think you can insult my Ascendant Hall Lord? Ha!” The golden-armored man was none other than Li Haoran.

“He killed Ninth Young Master, he killed Ninth Young Master!” the natives screamed in shock and fear.

Retracting his longbow, Li Haoran coldly looked at the congregation of cloud beasts guarding the Hundred Years Longevity Peach Tree as he said coldly, “Weiqi Empyrean Court? You have already become history. In your current predicament, you cannot offend just anyone. If not for the sake of Elder Guanqi, I would have flatten your Weiqi Empyrean Court for this sentence, humph!”

A smile immediately bloomed on Long Wanqing’s face as she watched Li Haoran venting on her behalf.

Li Haoran said, looking at Long Wanqing, “Wanqing, since we have the information, do we still have to wrack our brains about the whereabouts of Wei Shengren?”

Long Wanqing nodded and said, with a look of reverence on her face, “My mother has died already, we have just one last place to go, Nine-Five Island, Wei Shengren would definitely come looking for us, let’s go!”

Li Haoran nodded in agreement.

RUMBLE!

The two flying ships slowly flew out of the entrance without tarrying any longer here.

Having watched that terrifying arrow, countless cultivators gasped in astonishment.

“Who is he? Who was that man? Just an arrow!?”

“Ninth Young Master is dead!?”

“It’s the Divine Battalion, I remember, it’s the Divine Battalion! He was Divine Battalion commander, Li Haoran!”

“What? Li Haoran personally came here!”…

A look of surprise appeared on the faces of many of the cultivators. Suddenly, the atmosphere of the Xiantian Endgame World became a lot stranger.

——

At the entrance of the palace…

Watching the two flying ships leave, Great Elder took deep breaths, only then could he suppress the anger in his heart.

Ke ke ke ke!” the sickly young man nearby narrowed his eyes as a cold smile crept upon his lips, “Divine Battalion’s Li Haoran? Hahaha, Nine-Five Island? Great Elder, I will leave this place to you, I guess, I will go to Nine-Five Island and take a look what great ability they actually have to boast that they can flatten my Weiqi Empyrean Court!”

Turning his head, Great Elder look at the sickly young man and said, “Are you sure you want to go to Nine-Five Island?”

Ke ke ke, yes, I know what Grandmaster had said about Nine-Five Island, but it doesn’t matter. Even though my Weiqi Empyrean Court is gone, the Thousand Islands Seas can still be considered as my Weiqi Empyrean Court’s industry. How can we allow those outsiders to be so presumptuous!” stated the sickly young man in a cold tone.

“What should we do with that… that…!” Great Elder pointed at the falling corpse of Ninth Young Master.

“That thing is incompetent, it spoiled everything! Just bury it, I will find a substitute later! Ke ke ke!” said the sickly young man in a heavy tone.

“Yes! Ninth Young Master, have a safe journey!” Great Elder nodded.

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