Along the way, the Chen Army encountered no resistance; their journey was incredibly smooth. It was no different than traveling. En route, they enjoyed the best treatment. One could even say that instead of capturing a city, it was more like forcefully given to them.
Everything seemed like a dream to Chen Lianyi. Could it be any more ridiculous?
At the beginning, when my father went to war, he had to flee in helter-skelter fashion. But all I have to do is sit and wait on the horse to receive the cities?
“Sigh, Chen Taiji was a bastard, why did he not use Gu Hai earlier? Had he done that, he would not have died!” Chen Tianshan said as he sighed slightly.
There was no need to see what was going to happen until the end. Chen Tianshan could already guess the result. At the same time, he had a very deep understanding of Gu Hai’s frightful ability.
“My Royal Father? Sigh. It’s his fault!” Chen Lianyi said as a painful look crossed his face.
“You know the reason?” Chen Tianshan asked doubtfully.
Chen Lianyi nodded and said, “After the death of Royal Father, I looked for the old eunuchs who were around Royal Father and finally learned!”
“Forty years ago, Gu Hai appeared from gods know where, and his talent was discovered by Royal Father. Royal Father, in order to keep Gu Hai, introduced the first beauty of Chen Kingdom, Chen Xian’er, to Gu Hai, all to control Gu Hai,” Chen Lianyi said in anguish.
“Oh? Control Gu Hai? You mean to say, that Chen Xian’er was arranged next to Gu Hai in order to bewitch and observe Gu Hai?” Chen Tianshan said with a bit of disbelief.
“Although I don’t want to admit it, it is indeed true. Royal Father wanted Gu Hai’s talent, but he also dreaded Gu Hai’s schemes. Therefore, to counteract Gu Hai, Royal Father made Chen Xian’er spy on Gu Hai and report everything. Gu Hai was also fascinated by Chen Xian’er and married her. Royal Father, too, became a sworn brother to Gu Hai,” Chen Lianyi explained.
“Oh? A clever person like Gu Hai failed to discover this?” Chen Tianshan said with surprise.
“Of course it was discovered, and at the very beginning, too. However, at that time, Gu Hai was in love with Chen Xian’er and did not want to separate. Furthermore, he used his feelings to move Chen Xian’er. And Chen Xian’er was also gradually moved by Gu Hai’s feelings. She no longer listened to Royal Father’s orders, and officially became the wife of Gu Hai.”
“And when Gu Hai saw that his and Chen Xian’er hearts were like one, he forced Royal Father to lay all his cards and forgave Royal Father for his suspicions and jealousy; let bygones be bygones, as they once used to be sworn brothers. However, Royal Father was obsessed! Sigh.”
“Why was he obsessed?” Chen Tianshan asked in surprise.
“Royal Father also loved Chen Xian’er, and wanted Chen Xian’er at his side; however, Chen Xian’er refused. Therefore, Royal Father was furious and planned to kill Gu Hai and capture Chen Xian’er!”
“What?” Chen Tianshan shouted in astonishment.
“Royal Father laid an ambush and Gu Hai also swallowed the bait; however, it was all spoiled by Chen Xian’er; she helped Gu Hai by blocking an arrow with her body!”
“So did Chen Xian’er die?” Chen Tianshan asked in surprise.
“She didn’t. However, from then on, Chen Xian’er was no longer able to give birth. Gu Hai was furious and wanted to take revenge. However, he was stopped by Chen Xian. Chen Xian’er was adopted by the Royal Family and felt grateful for the royal grace; therefore, she asked Gu Hai to forgive Royal Father.”
“Gu Hai loved Chen Xian’er too much and agreed. From then on, Gu Hai parted ways with Royal Father and became a merchant.”
“What about Chen Xian’er?” Chen Tianshan curiously asked.
“I don’t know. All I know is about a decade ago, Chen Xian’er inexplicably died whereas two adopted sons of Gu Hai also disappeared!” Chen Lianyi explained.
“Oh? Two adopted sons?”
“As Chen Xian’er was unable to give birth and Gu Hai loved Chen Xian’er too much, he never remarried and didn’t have children of his own. Therefore, he adopted four sons, named Qin, Han, Tang, and Ming!”
“Gu Qin? Gu Han? Gu Tang? Gu Ming?” Chen Tianshan exclaimed.
“Yes. I don’t know how Chen Xian’er died. In any case, after her death, Gu Tang and Gu Ming disappeared, and Gu Hai too never remarried; he always remained at Gu Mansion. Apparently, the grave of Chen Xian’er is there. Gu Qin always accompanied Gu Hai, while Gu Han came to the Song Kingdom, remaining here until today!” Chen Lianyi explained.
“It appears that Chen Taiji is to blame!” Chen Tianshan nodded.
“Your Royal Majesty, we are about to arrive at Song Capital!” a scout quickly reported as he arrived.
“Song Capital? The Song King is definitely going to resist. After all, it’s his country, it would be impossible to make him come out!” Chen Tianshan had a solemn look on his face.
“Everyone, be on alert!” Chen Lianyi shouted in a loud voice.
“Yes!” A general quickly relayed the command.
The army marched towards the Song Capital very vigilantly. Not long after, the huge Song Capital came in sight.
The scene in the distance once again made Chen Lianyi’s and Chen Tianshan’s jaws drop down.
The gates of the Song Capital were wide open.
All the civil and military officials were outside the city, welcoming their arrival from far away.
And not too far away from the civil and military officials, stood the Song King with his hands tied; he was quite embarrassingly escorted by their side.
Chen Lianyi rubbed his eyes.
Chen Tianshan was stunned with his mouth agape.
“Is that the Song King?” Chen Lianyi found it difficult to believe.
Atop the gate tower of the Song Capital…
A group of people accompanying the lady Hall Lord and Grandmaster Liunian had a complex look in their eyes.
The scene before their eyes had not only astounded Chen Lianyi and Chen Tianshan, that group of people were also inexplicably shocked.
“Betray their own king in order to seek high position? These officials are nothing but traitors. Have they also been bought by Gu Hai?” the Song Jia Sect Chief demanded with an ugly look on his face.
“No, they had not been bought, but rather have been forced by Mister Gu. Who would have thought that Mister Gu would be waiting here all along? Who would have thought that Mister Gu had already arranged people to pay attention to various officials and was just waiting for them to commit mistakes, and then…recorded everything?” Gao Xianzhi heaved a sigh of emotion.
The Song Jia Sect Chief asked with his mouth agape, “How is that possible? Gu Hai’s thinking is too deep, right!?”
“It’s not that Gu Hai’s thinking is too deep; on the contrary, your thinking is too shallow, so it can only be limited to this small place,” the lady Hall Lord said as she narrowed her eyes.
“Uh? Yeah!” the Song Jia Sect Chief forcefully smiled.
“Do we have to keep looking anymore? We should go back; Gu Hai should have arrived, right?” The woman’s eyes flashed with a bright light.
Within the Song Capital, inside a small courtyard of a closed inn…
The Clear River Sect Chief, along with ten Clear River Sect disciples, was staring at an old man.
“Gu Hai?” The Clear River Sect Chief asked as he stared at the old man.
“Nice to meet you, Sect Chief. Nice to meet you, respected immortals! I hope the war with the Song Kingdom has not disappointed everyone,” Gu Hai said respectfully.
“Hahaha. Gu Hai, you did well! You didn’t get to see it, but when all the civil and military officials brought the soldiers into the royal palace to capture the Song King, how ugly the face of that old man, the Song Jia Sect’s Chief, looked. You did well, I was not wrong about you!” the Clear River Sect Chief said with a jovial laugh.
“Thank you for your kind praise, supreme immortal. I mean no offense, but This Lowly One has come to ask Clear River Sect Chief to honor your promise and help This Lowly One to impact the Xiantian Stage!”
“Oh?” the Clear River Sect Chief stared at him.
“This Lowly One’s natural endowment is peculiar, making it difficult to practice. This Lowly One cannot adequately sense the Spirit Qi between heaven and earth. And what’s more is that I can only absorb one percent of the Spirit Qi that other cultivators of the same level can absorb and that too can easily disperse. Therefore, it is difficult for me to advance, This Lowly One needs a big opportunity and a large amount of Spirit Qi to breach through the barrier of the Xiantian Stage. This Lowly One had exhausted all means, but it is still one percent as compared to others. This Lowly One is unable to advance any further. This Lowly One requests Clear River Sect Chief to help This Lowly One advance!” Gu Hai solemnly said.
“Oh? Sit down with your legs crossed!” the Clear River Sect Chief ordered him.
If it was in the past, the Clear River Sect Chief would simply not pay attention to a Houtian Stage cultivator. However, at this moment, the Clear River Sect Chief’s mood was quite good, and naturally he didn’t discriminate. Furthermore, there was still that lady Hall Lord.
“Yes. Thank you greatly, supreme immortal!”
Immediately, Gu Hai sat down with his legs crossed and both hands placed on his knees, awaiting the actions of the Clear River Sect Chief.
Whereupon, the Clear River Sect Chief approached and made a seal with his hands before a breeze suddenly started blowing all around Gu Hai, and a light-purplish mass of Qi surged towards Gu Hai’s body.
The purplish mass of Qi suddenly shook before it scattered at the periphery of Gu Hai’s body.
“En? What happened? I just use Spirit Qi to probe the situation inside your body, but why was it blocked?” the Clear River Sect Chief asked in some surprise.
“Supreme Immortal, it did not scatter. When it entered my body, 99% of it was automatically dispersed!” Gu Hai said in an agonized tone.
“What?” The congregation of Clear River Sect disciples had looks of surprise on their faces.
It had been automatically dispersed?
“Supreme Immortal, my natural endowment is quite bad; therefore, I had to ask Supreme Immortal to act. I need a big impact of Qi to succeed, or else only one percent of the Spirit Qi will enter my body, which would gradually disperse. The Houtian True Qi has been completely accumulated in my dantian, I just need a huge impact. Therefore, I request supreme immortal to act with full force!” Gu Hai explained once again.
The Clear River Sect Chief nodded and said, “Your natural endowment is indeed quite bad. However, don’t you worry; since I have promised, I will definitely help you advance!”
“Thank you greatly, supreme immortal!”
“Concentrate on your dantian and feel the Spirit Qi pouring into your body!” the Clear River Sect Chief said with a solemn tone.
Gu Hai sunk his mind into his dantian. Gu Hai’s dantian was small yet it bore a large amount of purplish Qi, which was the True Qi within Gu Hai’s body. At this instant, he had already reached the complete Houtian Stage, and his True Qi had been accumulated to the limit; he was unable to advance even by an inch.
The Clear River Sect Chief waved his hand, “The Spirit Qi of heaven and earth, gather around me!”
All of a sudden, winds started blowing towards Clear River Sect Chief while his body started to glow. The winds seemed to have a sight purplish aura intermixed with them, which flowed along the body of the Clear River Sect Chief and down towards his palms.
The Clear River Sect Chief slammed his palm upon Gu Hai’s back.
Whereupon Gu Hai trembled, but his eyes remained closed.
At this moment, a large amount of True Qi within his dantian suddenly started to seethe.
BAM BAM BAM
The seething True Qi circulated quickly. However, Gu Hai dared not slack; his mind was completely focused on his dantian.
“Your rubbish constitution only absorbed one percent even though I had exhausted all my power to pour a large amount of True Qi into your body? And the rest isn’t wasted?”
“Everyone, gather around, help me squeeze all the overflowing Spirit Qi into Gu Hai’s body!” the Clear River Sect Chief said in a solemn tone.
“Yes!” The Congregation of Clear River Sect disciples immediately stood up and gathered around Gu Hai.
The ten Clear River Sect disciples acted all together and seemed to have created a huge force field that squeezed the overspilling Spirit Qi of heaven and earth into Gu Hai’s body.
BAM BAM BAM!
Gu Hai’s entire body trembled, and even though most of the Spirit Qi was overflowing, there was still a large amount surging into Gu Hai’s dantian.
BAM BAM BAM!
After the Spirit Qi entered Gu Hai’s dantian, the True Qi within his dantian seemed to have transformed into countless worms in Gu Hai’s eyes. The True Qi worms went all out to greedily devour the Spirit Qi of heaven and earth. When a worm had devoured a large amount of Spirit Qi, it would suddenly split into two.
As the amount of True Qi within Gu Hai’s dantian increased, the True Qi started to seethe even more severely.
However, it was still insufficient, it seemed that it was far from reaching the limit.
Whereas on the outside, the Clear River Sect Chief’s face twitched, “It’s indeed impossible to carve a rotten piece of wood!”
At this instance, the congregation of Clear River Sect disciples stared at Gu Hai with their eyes wide open.
They all now came to realize that Gu Hai’s constitution was poor, but it could not be any more ridiculous?! Even the brunt of Ten Golden Core Stages, and a Nascent Soul Stage cultivator full force, they were unable to help him break through? It was simply akin to a fantasy.
Everyone had unleashed their full force, nevertheless, there weren’t any signs of Gu Hai’s breakthrough even after half an hour.
The Clear River Sect Chief’s face was red with anger; what kind of broken constitution was this?
After having unleashed their complete strength for half an hour, the Clear River Sect Chief was feeling a bit unhappy. Gu Hai was truly a scourge; had he known this ahead of time, he would have never promised to help.
Just as the Clear River Sect Chief was about to give up in anger, the Lady Hall Lord and other walked into the small courtyard.
“Oh? You have already started?” the Lady Hall Lord asked with an inquisitive smile on her lips.
Since the Lady Hall Lord had arrived, naturally, the Clear River Sect Chief could not stop. He could only grit his teeth and continue.
However, Gu Hai’s body was like a bottomless cave; even a tempest of heaven and earth Spirit Qi was unable to make Gu Hai break through.
“A Nascent Soul Stage cultivator and ten Golden Core Stage cultivators are mobilizing the heaven and earth True Qi to give him a boost, and yet are unable to help him break through?” Grandmaster Liunian was a bit surprised.
The Lady Hall Lord also frowned and said, “How did he even cultivate to the peak of Houtian Stage?”
Everyone suddenly became solemn.
“If it’s still insufficient, use the spirit stones!” the Clear River Sect Chief shouted in a loud voice.
“Yes!” the congregation of Clear River Sect disciples replied.
Soon after, everyone took out a fist-sized, colorful stone.
Along with a thunderous shout, the colorful stones immediately burst forth dazzling, colorful lights, before visible, colorful streams of Qi surged into Gu Hai.
Once again, Gu Hai trembled.
“Such a huge amount of Spirit Qi is actually unable to injure him? The body of an External Strength cultivator is indeed very strong!” Grandmaster Liunian said with a frown.
The girl repeatedly nodded in a solemn manner.
“Forget about his constitution, activate the spirit stones completely! I don’t believe it!” the Clear River Sect Chief said with a hideous look on his face.
“Yes!” the Congregation of Clear River Sect disciples replied.
BANG! BANG! BANG!
As billowing Spirit Qi surged into Gu Hai…
The purplish True Qi inside Gu Hai’s dantian continue to increase and accumulate, the color turned to dark purple from light purple. While his True Qi was seething, it slowly started to move counterclockwise before it gradually started spinning.
BANG! BANG! BANG!
The whirl of billowing True Qi seemed to be emitting thunderclaps one after another.
On the outside…Crack! Crack! Crack! Crack!
All the spirit stones in the hands of Clear River Sect Chief and the others turned into white powder.
“Sect Chief, all the Spirit Qi within the spirit stones seemed to have been expended!?” a Clear River Sect disciple asked in confusion.
“Keep on going, we are definitely going to help him attack the Xiantian Stage!” The Clear River Sect Chief ordered with a grimace on his face.
At this point, the Clear River Sect was at loggerheads. If we’re going to squander, let’s squander it, then! Let’s see how many can you consume!
Once again, everyone took out a spirit stone and began to pour the Spirit Qi into Gu Hai’s body.
Inside Gu Hai’s dantian, the purple True Qi whirl started to accelerate.
It seemed as though the whirl could increase the space for more True Qi as it rotated.
BANG! BANG! BANG!
It spun faster and faster.
Gu Hai kept on staring at the True Qi whirl; in his heart, he too was extremely anxious. It’s still not enough, it’s still not enough!
Outside, the Clear River Sect Chief threw the dust of spirit stone in his hand away, once again took out a spirit stone, and continue to pour in the Spirit Qi thereafter. After a while, the Spirit Qi in the spirit stone was once again expended, whereupon they once again took out a spirit stone.
Everyone forgot how many times they had repeated the same process over and over again; all that was left was the ever-increasing dust around their feet.
At the beginning when the Clear River Sect Chief was at loggerheads, his face had a grim look on his face. However, gradually the grim look was replaced by dripping cold sweat.
What is going on?
I have already expended dozens of spirit stones, why has he still not broken through? Who the hell is he? Isn’t he just a Houtian Stage cultivator who wants to break through Xiantian Stage?
“Sect Chief, I’m out of spirit stones!” a Clear River Sect disciple said in an agonized tone.
“Continue!” The Clear River Sect Chief took out a bunch of spirit stones and threw them to everyone.
As they continued, a huge amount of Spirit Qi surged into Gu Hai’s body, but an even huger amount of Spirit Qi dispersed in all directions.
Although a group of powerful experts was suppressing the Spirit Qi, they still couldn’t stop it from dispersing.
“This-this is basically wasting resources!” The Song Jia Sect Chief was at loss.
“That’s wrong!” Grandmaster Liunian said with a frown.
“It’s not going to waste; rather it seems, it seems that Gu Hai’s dantian is too picky! The Spirit Qi is a mixture of various types of energy, Gu Hai’s dantian is taking one percent which is the best part!?” Grandmaster Liunian conjectured.
“Can he be picky in True Qi also?” the girl said with surprise.
“The True Qi cultivated from using external techniques should be somewhat different than the True Qi cultivated using the internal exercises!” Grandmaster Liunian shook his head and said with a frown.
BANG! BANG! BANG!
Billowing Spirit Qi continued to pour into Gu Hai.
The complexion of the Clear River Sect Chief, on the other hand, became terribly gloomy. He had already expended a thousand spirit stones and this Gu Hai had yet to break through!?
“Hall Lord, I don’t have sufficient spirit stones!” the Clear River Sect Chief said in anguish.
The Lady Hall Lord said while watching, “Continue!”
Having said that, she glanced at her subordinate beside her who was dressed in azure robes. Whereupon, the subordinate quickly took out eleven purple stones.
“High-grade spirit stones?” The Clear River Sect Chief’s eyes lit up.
Everyone quickly used the high-grade spirit stones and directly poured a large amount of Spirit Qi into Gu Hai’s body.
BANG! BANG! BANG!
The billowing True Qi madly started rotating, while at the center, a vortex gradually appeared. The vortex seemed to be shimmering as though it was the carrier of an enormous force.
As the whirl of Qi spun faster and faster, its power grew stronger and stronger, as if it was pressing all the True Qi towards the vortex.
Thunderclaps rang forth in Gu Hai’s mind, yet he endured and quietly kept on looking inside his dantian.
Like a thunder from the high heaven, a thunderous explosion rang out.
Suddenly, at the center of the whirl, the True Qi liquified. More than half of the billowing True Qi seemed to have been removed in the blink of an eye and condensed into a purple liquid at the centermost position of the whirl.
Suddenly, a shock wave burst forth from Gu Hai. Thereafter, everyone stopped immediately.
Crack! Crack! Crack! Crack!
The high-grade stones in everyone’s hand turned into dust.
At this moment, the Clear River Sect Chief was drenched in perspiration. He looked at Gu Hai in shock and doubt. “Were-were you really a Houtian Stage cultivator? Why is your breakthrough to Xiantian Stage as preposterous as a Golden Core Stage cultivator’s?”
Slight purplish beams of light radiated from all over Gu Hai as though pitch black impurities were oozing out from his pores.
“Finally, he broke through!” Grandmaster Liunian’s eyes flickered with many emotions.
A part of Gu Hai’s mind was fused with the purple liquid in his dantian. A lot of True Qi was rotating around the purple liquid, as if it was a king who had all the True Qi at his command.
“Xiantian Stage, condensing Qi into Yuan!” Gu Hai suddenly opened his eyes.