Book 12 – Immortal Strife (ch1010-1540)
Chapter 1016 The Immortal Monarch’s Decree
At the top of a hill in the area of Azuresoul Mine stood a gorgeous and imposing palace.
Swoosh! Swoosh! Swoosh!
Wei Zheng, Lou Feng, Xue Kun, and Huang Xin tore through the sky as they swiftly arrived on the hill, and they tidied up their clothes before stepping foot into the palace.
Amongst these four Heavenly Immortals, Wei Zheng who was thin like a piece of bamboo was in-charge of recruiting slaves, the gloomy Lou Feng was in-charge of arranging the residence and the issuing of tools for slaves, Xue Kun who was fat like a ball was similar to a manager and was in-charge of obtaining Azuresoul Sourcerocks.
As for the reserved Huang Xin who possessed an ordinary appearance, he was in-charge of patrolling the mines and was ferocious in combat.
“All of you have come.” Within the hall, a white haired middle aged man in black clothes sat upright on the throne. His figure was robust, his appearance rugged and dignified, and his entire body was suffused with a bloody aura.
A Mysterious Immortal Realm expert that was the master of this entire mine at the same time.
“Greetings, my Lord.” Wei Zheng and the others bowed.
“Sit.” Xiong Ming waved his hand before he said in a low voice. “Just moments ago, I received an order that came from Immortal Monarch Lin Hao, so I gathered all of you here to discuss it together.”
Immortal Monarch Lin Hao!
The eyes of Wei Zheng and the others focused while they revealed solemn expressions.
An Immortal Monarch was a Monarch amongst Immortals!
In the entire Eastern Peace Continent, Immortal Monarch Lin Hao was like a supreme god that caused the myriad of beings in the continent to only be able to look up at him. There were three Golden Immortals, over a thousand Mysterious Immortals, and countless Heavenly Immortal Realm guards under his command, so his authority could be described as monstrous!
“Everyone, I presume all of you are clearly aware that the guards under Immortal Monarch Lin Hao’s command have been capturing all the ascenders that have ascended to Eastern Peace Continent for almost two months, and these ascenders were sent to the various mines to be confined.” Xiong Ming’s deep voice reverberated within the hall. “Our Azuresoul Mine is merely one such place.”
“My Lord, I’ve been wondering about this as well. Those ascenders are like dragons and fish that are mixed together, and there are many that are related to the various great powers in the Immortal Dimension. Under normal circumstances, no one would be willing to offend them rashly so as to avoid drawing unwanted trouble. So why exactly has the Lord Immortal Monarch acted in this way?” The nearby Xue Kun couldn’t refrain from interrupting. “To tell you the truth, there have been almost ten ascenders that have died at my hand during this period, and if this were to be exposed, then I’m afraid…”
He hadn’t finished speaking, yet his meaning was fully displayed.
“There’s no need to worry about this because even if the heavens collapse, the Immortal Monarch will be there to carry it on his shoulder.” Xiong Ming waved his hand and said, “But from today onwards, there’s no need to send ascenders over here any longer because the Immortal Monarch’s orders have been issued. He wants us to cooperate with him and apprehend an ascender from the Dark Reverie.”
“Such great forces were mobilized merely for the sake of apprehending an ascender?” Wei Zheng was bewildered.
Xiong Ming glanced indifferently at Wei Zheng. “Are the intentions of the Immortal Monarch something that you can judge?”
Wei Zheng was stunned, and then he said hastily, “I dare not.”
“My Lord, let’s move on to that ascenders name and appearance, so that we’ll be able to take specific action.” Xue Kun asked from the side.
Xiong Ming nodded and said, “I gathered all of you here this time precisely for this matter. That ascender is called Chen Xi, and he’s from the Mortal Dimension’s Nine Radiance Sword Sect. As for his appearance, I have no knowledge about it. Gather all the ascenders in the mines later and investigate them one by one.”
All of them nodded in unison.
“Go on. If we’re able to apprehend this person, then the Immortal Monarch will bestow a Darkspirit Grade Immortal Artifact.” Xiong Ming waved his hand.
A Darkspirit Grade Immortal Artifact!
The eyes of everyone lit up. They were only Heavenly Immortals and could perhaps act like overlords within this Azuresoul Mine. But in the outside world, they were far from being able to compare to the disciples of those famous sects and ancient powers.
So, a Darkspirit Grade Immortal Artifact was sufficient to arouse extreme covetous feelings in their hearts.
The slaves that were excavating Azuresoul Sourcerocks in the depths of the mines started returning successively.
But unlike the days before, the ascenders were gathered together by the guards.
“What’s going on?”
“Could it be that we’re going to be released?”
“Don’t have any wishful thoughts. Just wait and see.”
All the ascenders were surprised and bewildered, and they discussed endlessly in soft voices.
Amongst them was Xiao Yun, but his expression was extraordinarily gloomy and livid. Obviously, he’d gained nothing yet lost two servants during his trip into the mines today, and it caused him to be extremely furious.
“Xue Kun, what’s the total amount of ascenders that were sent over recently? Take a look and see if they’re all here.” Wei Zheng swept the ascenders with his gaze before he asked with a frown on his face.
“Nine deaths while a total of 63 remain. So, we’re lacking four.” Xue Kun frowned and said, “If I’m not wrong, these four people seem to belong to that group of ascenders that just arrived yesterday. Should we wait for a while longer?”
“There’s no need. If they don’t return by sunset, then they’ll only perish within the mines and are worthless.” Wei Zheng spoke casually before his expression turned serious, and his sole eye’s gaze was like an icy cold and sharp blade as it swept the ascenders. He said, “Now, make your names and origins known. So long as we’re able to find the person we’re looking for, then we’ll let all of you leave.”
As soon as these words were spoken, everyone was in an uproar.
“Wen Yi, Thousand Spirit World!” Someone exclaimed with the intention of testing if Wei Zheng’s words were true.
“Next.” Wei Zheng spoke with a frown.
When they saw that there was no danger hidden behind this, everyone spoke successively. But up until the end, there wasn’t anyone from the Dark Reverie, let alone someone named Chen Xi.
This caused Wei Zheng and the other three to glance at each other while feeling rather disappointed.
“If you recorded the origins and names of those ascenders in the beginning, then there wouldn’t be so much trouble.” Xue Kun glanced at Wei Zheng with slight displeasure.
“Who would have expected that all these ascenders were captured merely for the sake of apprehending one of them?” Wei Zheng frowned.
“My Lord, can you let us go now?” An ascender couldn’t refrain from asking carefully.
“Let you go? Hmph! All of you are thinking of leaving when we haven’t found the person we’re looking for? You’re all out of your minds!” Wei Zheng berated coldly.
The expressions of everyone turned bleak when they heard this.
“My Lord, who exactly are you looking for? Perhaps we know that person, or perhaps he’s intentionally concealing his identity and is hiding within our midst.”
Meanwhile, an ascender spoke abruptly.
Wei Zheng was stunned, and then he exchanged glances with the other three before he decided immediately and said, “The person we’re looking for is from the Dark Reverie, and he’s called Chen Xi. If any of you recognize him and provide information, then not only can you leave safely right now, you’ll even be able to obtain a reward of one hundred Immortal Stones!”
As soon as these words were spoken, a wisp of hope burned in their hearts. But when they thought carefully, they were utterly unaware about who came from the Dark Reverie, so their gazes instantly dimmed down.
Only Xiao Yun’s eyes lit up as he recalled a person, and he said excitedly, “My Lord, I know him!”
“Oh, tell me about him!” Wei Zheng and the others had never imagined that there would be a turn in the situation, and they saw a sudden glimpse of hope.
Xiao Yun gritted his teeth and said, “To tell you the truth, he killed two of my servants just a few hours ago. Presently, he’s still within the depths of the mine.”
“You wouldn’t be intending to make use of us to take revenge, right?” Wei Zheng glanced coldly at him.
Xiao Yun was anxious and said, “Everything I said is the truth. If you don’t believe me, then you can capture that kid and you’ll find out right away!”
“I’ll go take a look.” Huang Xin suddenly flashed out towards the mine Xiao Yun spoke of.
“Hmph! Thinking of taking all the merits?” Wei Zheng grunted coldly and intended to chase up to Huang Xin.
“Brother Wei, please wait. Those deep and quiet mines are filled with Azuresoul Baleful Qi once the sun sets, and it can be said to be extremely dangerous. It’s better to wait here calmly for Huang Xin’s return.” Xue Zhen hurriedly stopped Wei Zheng and said in a low voice, “Not to mention that we haven’t confirmed if what that kid said is true. So, heading over rashly might cause you to suffer a mishap.”
Wei Zheng smiled spuriously as he glanced at Xue Kun and said, “Fatty Xue, don’t think that I don’t know what you’re thinking! If I’m not wrong, you and Huang Xin are from the same sect, right?”
Xue Kun roared with laughter yet didn’t speak any further.
“Hmph! I’ll let you and Huang Xin take the advantage this time, but only this time.” Wei Zheng grunted coldly.
“We’ll speak about it after Huang Xin returns.” The nearby Lou Feng laughed gloomy before he turned around to stare at the distant Xiao Yun, and then he said unhurriedly, “Little Fellow, I hope what you said is true. Otherwise…”
Xiao Yun’s body trembled as if he was being stared at by a venomous snake, and he said in his heart,
Once I fucking escape this place, I’ll surely annihilate all of you bastards!
In the depths of the damp, deep, and quiet passageways within the mine, strands of mist that were suffused with a dark azure sheen suddenly surged through them. The mist was dense like water as they drifted through the surroundings, and they emanated the sound of flowing water.
Chen Xi held his breath in concentration while Immortal Shaman Energy suffused his entire body, and it formed a light barrier that protected himself and Mu Linglong within it.
Hissing sounds could be heard from the dark azure mist colliding with the light barrier, and it was actually corroding the light barrier bit by bit.
This is the Azuresoul Baleful Qi? No wonder that Nangong Hui would have suffered such an injury from it. If one didn’t possess Immortal Stones to replenish one’s energy, then even a Heavenly Immortal would probably be unable to persist for a night…
Chen Xi sensed the might of the Azuresoul Baleful Qi and couldn’t help but be shocked in his heart.
“Young Master Chen Xi, what should we do?” Mu Linglong had recovered. But when she saw the Azuresoul Baleful Qi that surged over from all directions, she couldn’t help but be slightly worried.
“Compared to the surface, this place is still much safer. I’ll take you out of this place once my strength recovers. Hmm, it won’t be more than seven days,” said Chen Xi with a smile.
His main body had always been cultivating within the world of stars, and seven days in the outside world was around a month within it. This amount of time was sufficient for him to condense the energy of the laws.
Right at this moment, a should drifted over from the passageway, and it seemed to have been emitted from extremely far away, causing it to seem slightly indistinct.
“Who is it?” Chen Xi’s eyes focused as he spoke with surprise, and he seemed to have never imagined that someone would actually be able to speak his name here.
But his only reply was deathly silence, and that voice didn’t resound again.
“Shit! Let’s go!” Chen Xi’s brows knit together as he suddenly realized that the person who spoke his name might have done that to confirm his location. Now that the person had obtained a reply, the person was probably rushing over here swiftly.
When he thought up to here, he couldn’t be bothered about the Azuresoul Baleful Qi, and he immediately grabbed onto Mu Linglong’s hand before he charged towards the depths of the mine.