Chapter 492: Seeking Shelter
Translator: Radiant Editor: Radiant
Xue Ying said, “There’s no rush, big brother. I’ve already decided how to deal with Venomous Ying. As for why I’m not in any hurry to act, that’s just because the right time has yet to come. Thousands of years have already passed; a few months more is nothing to be impatient about.”
The White Sand City Lord stroked his beard, understanding the situation, and let out a chuckle. “It’s good that you’ve got everything already planned out. Remember, should you need me to act, just send me a message. Others might be afraid of offending that Ying Gu Liang, but I am not.”
“He is just an imperial guard. Everything will be fine as long as he remembers to be obedient, but if he does dare stir up trouble, I’ll just have to be thick-skinned and tell teacher about the situation,” Xue Ying said.
“That’s ruthless,” the White Sand City Lord praised.
Xue Ying was revered by the various superpowers for two specific reasons. The first had to do with his great potential for the future. The other, however, was his status as a personal disciple under His Majesty! The Bloodshed God Emperor actually placed a lot of value on his personal disciples. If Xue Ying truly went out to tell His Majesty about this issue, the outcome truly would be frightening.
Naturally, Xue Ying was simply stating his options. In reality, it was only when his own combat power could not solve the situation that he would resort to such a thing.
“By the way, Dong Bo.” The White Sand City Lord chuckled. “There’s this matter I would like to tell you about in advance.”
“Pray tell, big brother,” Xue Ying said.
“Ai…you’re already aware that I’ve made a blunder back then, and I was chased out of teacher’s tutelage,” the White Sand City Land began. “Every day until now, I’ve kept thinking and thinking, trying to find a way to return to teacher’s side.”
“This…” Xue Ying hesitated.
Back then, his big brother, the White Sand City Lord, had stolen one of the precious World Sand Heart Fruits from his master, which sent his teacher into a rage, breaking their teacher-disciple relationship in the process. Such matters were truly too difficult to come back from.
“I’m not asking you, Dong Bo, to help me right now. You’ve only been under teacher’s tutelage for a short while, and even if you were to speak out for me, it would likely be useless,” the White Sand City Lord quickly added. “I’m aware just how furious teacher was at that time, and even if I want to make amends, it will be very difficult. But I’ve lived for so long, and more than half of my life went to thinking of this one thing. I only wish to become teacher’s disciple once more before my True Deity Heart crumbles apart.”
“Big brother… Don’t worry. Once my combat power is a bit stronger, and I find the correct opportunity, I’ll definitely let teacher know about this matter.”
The White Sand City Lord immediately entered a cheery mood, laughing out in joy. “Good. As long as I have your word.”
At that moment, two streams of light flew over. One of them belonged to Ge Bai, and the other was an unfamiliar man standing out due to his suntan.
“Why haven’t you greeted His Highness yet?” Ge Bai immediately said.
“Bai Li Shang greets Your Highness,” the man politely bowed in a hurry.
Xue Ying could tell from Bai Li Shang’s aura that he wasn’t some ordinary stranger. He was likely a stage two World Deity who came in search of sanctuary. From the moment he began recruiting, including this person, there had been three stage two World Deities who sought him for shelter.
“Brother Bai Li, where have you come from?” Xue Ying asked.
The suntanned man immediately replied, “Reporting to Your Highness: I was originally traveling around the Deity world, looking for adventure and trying to sharpen my combat skills. However, I’ve already cultivated for more than two billion years…and I seem to be stuck on this road of cultivation. I’ve been traveling all over the place for a long period of time, and I’ve been gathering fatigue all the while. Now, I only wish to find a peaceful place where I can cultivate quietly. That is why I decided to seek shelter under Your Highness.”
Xue Ying lightly nodded. “Alright. Brother Ge Bai, take Brother Bai Li Shang to a resting place first.”
It wasn’t long after Xue Ying said this that Ge Bai and the suntanned man turned illusory and then disappeared altogether.
“Hehehe, I’ve come to meet you randomly, yet there I actually got to see a stage two World Deity coming to seek shelter under you?” The White Sand City Lord sighed. “Tell me, how many stage two World Deities have you recruited so far?”
“It’s not that many. Just three,” Xue Ying replied.
“And you’re saying that’s ‘not many?’ How long has it even been since you started recruiting…” The White Sand City Lord sighed. “If you’re to continue recruiting at this pace, you’ll likely have more than ten stage two World Deities before long! I’ve lived for a few billion years already, but even I have no more than eight stage two World Deities under me. Not only that, the majority of them were weaker at first, and they only gradually cultivated and improved to reach their current level. How many were already accomplished in terms of strength when they came to seek shelter under me? I’ll tell you—very few of them! Meanwhile, these people can see that you are His Majesty’s personal disciple, and they can also sense your extraordinary potential for the future. That’s exactly what led them to seek shelter with you from early on. Ai…I’m truly envious of you.”
Xue Ying laughed.
“Brother Bai Li, if there’s any matter, just come and find me.” Ge Bai laughed. “In the future, you shall live here, in this cavern dwelling. As for whether you will become a commander in the personal guard…there’s no rush. His Highness will eventually make his selection. With your combat power, even if you don’t become a commander, you’ll surely be a vice-commander at the very least.”
“Thank you, Brother Ge Bai.” Bai Li Shang chuckled.
Ge Bai nodded. “I won’t keep you any longer then. Rest well. When you’re free, you can travel around the place. I’ve already instructed the female attendants to let you know where you’re allowed to go and where you can’t enter.”
With those final words, Ge Bai left.
Bai Li Shang turned around. The cavern dwelling he received was not the sort that was reserved temporarily for guests. On top of that, he was also a stage two World Deity, so his assigned lodgings occupied an area of several thousand kilometers. World Deities would not be able to practice their cultivation properly unless they had enough space, after all.
“Unless there’s an important matter, do not disturb me,” Bai Li Shang ordered his attendants. He then quickly entered his personal hall’s cultivation room.
Once inside, Bai Li Shang inspected his surroundings and then waved his hand, causing black World Deity energy to fly in all directions so as to shroud the cultivation room. The energy then formed into a complex array that isolated any and all methods of scouting. He had even taken out a specific pendant from his storage treasure, which he then placed in front of his chest. The pendant quickly began to emit waves, enveloping the surroundings and further protecting his room from prying eyes.
Assassins and people with high status, for instance, would usually own time-space isolation treasures which they could use to obscure their surroundings.
Bai Li Shang let out a sigh of relief, and a feeling of excitement he could hardly contain overcame him. With a flip of his hand, an ordinary wooden box appeared before him, which he carefully placed down and opened.
A black sphere covered in a large volume of uneven vein patterns could be seen inside this wooden box
I finally have it! Bai Li Shang’s eyes beamed with excitement. Monarch Cang Yong took out all the resources he could in an attempt to get his hands on this treasure, even causing our entire group to be killed. Hmph, hmph. Even so, this treasure is finally in my hands.
Bai Li Shang caressed the black sphere in his hand, sending his World Deity energy inside.
The initially black sphere gradually brightened up. The uneven patterns on its surface were now glowing, which served to light up the whole area. The sphere formed an extremely complex image of truly unmeasurable might. As he looked toward the image that was floating in mid-air within the cultivation room, Bai Li Shang was quickly engrossed by it. He had already witnessed this image several times before as he fled for his life. It had only been in short bursts, but it was still able to bring about huge changes in his understanding and sensitivity in regard to the Laws of the World.
Within those vast ruins, even stage four World Deity might has lost their lives at any given moment. Seeing how Monarch Cang Yong went so mad over it, this treasure is sure to be extraordinary. Bai Li Shang carefully pondered the item. At first, he had been nothing more than cannon fodder which Monarch Cang Yong forcibly captured after he set out an inescapable web within the ruins. Logically speaking, he should not have been able to escape.
However, the very moment he got his hands on the black sphere, the ruins began to crumble, and the array set down by Monarch Cang Yong followed suit. He had no time to care about others, so as soon as the spacetime within the area turned to chaos, all of the many World Deities that were to be cannon fodder escaped wherever they could.
He, Bai Li Shang, had been the most fortunate of the bunch, having escaped the ruins with the precious relic.
I’ve been running away all this time, all while moving stealthily and even isolating myself from all spying methods… I’ve passed through the boundary of the Temporal Island territory before finally reaching the Bloodshed God Palace’s turf. And now I’m here, under Dong Bo Xue Ying. Bai Li Shang grinned. Dong Bo should be able to protect me, while Monarch Cang Yong is very unlikely to find me in any case.
Upon finishing his mental recollection, Bai Li Shang began to carefully ponder the black sphere, in search of the secret hidden within.