Chapter 1300: Sent Flying
The human figure that came out of the spatial crack had a burly build, with the back of a tiger and the waist of a bear. The figure emitted a rich ferocious aura. His appearance surprisingly resembled the expert from the Ancient Void Dragon tribe, whom Xiao Yan had met, Hei Qing.
"Old brother Hei Qing… why have you come?"
Xiao Yan was also startled as this human figure suddenly appeared. His tone was filled with surprise.
"Ugh, I have come to look for you regarding some matters. Those old fellows from the tribe have dispatched me to find you. Dammit! Fortunately, Zi Yan left a dragon seal on you. Otherwise, I really would have ended up looking for you until I died…" Hei Qing looked at Xiao Yan as though he had found his savior. He hurriedly rushed over and heaved a great sigh of relief.
"Look for me?" Xiao Yan knit his brows upon hearing this. What matter could lead an Ancient Void Dragon to him? Could it be…
"Has something happened to Zi Yan?" Xiao Yan's eyes suddenly widened as he turned to Hei Qing and asked a question in a deep voice.
"She is not in trouble. However, there is something that requires your help… if you have the time, you should leave with me." Hei Qing rubbed his head as he spoke.
Xiao Yan hesitated for a moment when he saw Hei Qing's somewhat grave expression. After which, he nodded. It seemed that the matter was quite a big one. Otherwise, it would not cause an expert like Hei Qing to be this frantic.
"Once I resolve the trouble here, I will take a trip with you."
"Is there some trouble?" Hei Qing recovered only after hearing Xiao Yan's words. He turned his head, took a look, and continued in a stunned manner, "It is that old soke Mo Yu from the Hall of Souls… do you remember this uncle Hei Qing?"
The Ninth Tianzun was slightly startled. His expression was gloomy as he suddenly appeared to have remembered something. His expression changed a little as he exclaimed, "You are Hei Qing from the Ancient Void Dragon tribe?"
"Is the name 'Hei Qing' something that an old soke like you can say? With your position as the ninth, you do not possess the qualification to do so."
Hei Qing wrapped his arms in front of his chest. He curled his mouth and did not give any face to the ninth Tianzun.
The ninth Tianzun's face became extremely dark and gloomy when he heard Hei Qing's rude words. However, he did not reveal any fury because he clearly understood that this large man in front of him was an extremely troublesome fellow. Even he was no match for this person.
"This friend. This old self is an Elder of the Profound Sky Sect, Shenluo Guizun. This Xiao Yan is a person that my Profound Sky Sect intends to capture. I hope that this friend will not intervene." The ninth Tianzun was aware of Hei Qing's background, but Shenluo Guizun was not. After seeing Xiao Yan gradually fall into a disadvantage, how could they let him just flee, so Shenluo Guizun cupped his hands together and spoke in a deep voice.
"Profound Sky Sect? What is this thing?" Hei Qing knit his brows. He waved his hand somewhat impatiently and said, "All of you should hurry up and get lost. I am looking for little brother Xiao Yan regarding some matters. Stop wasting this father's damn time."
Shenluo Guizun and Yaohua Liangzun's expressions changed after hearing Hei Qing's vulgarities. They both furiously cried out, "You dare to disrespect my Profound Sky Sect? You are seeking death!"
After their loud cries sounded, the two of them stepped through empty space. Their bodies immediately rushed forward like lightning. Dark and cold Dou Qi violently smashed toward Hei Qing without being held back.
"Two six star Dou Zuns actually possess the courage to scream in front of this father?"
Hei Qing laughed out of anger when he saw the two rushing over and advanced instead of pulling back. Both of his fists tightened and the muscles all over his body fluctuated in a strange manner. Finally, he sent his fists forward without any fancy attacks.
Two metal fists smashed out and formed two black spatial marks. The black spatial marks moved quickly before violently colliding with the duo.
"Just what is this fellow's origin?"
The bodies of Shenluo Guizun's group trembled after the collision. Their expressions immediately turned pale. The frightening strength they faced, which seemed to be able to destroy everything, caused a terror to surge from deep within their hearts.
The terror had just appeared when their throats filled with something sweet. They both spat out a mouthful of fresh blood. Their bodies flew back like kites with their strings broken. They violently shot into the forest below, smashing into the ground and forming a hundred-meter-deep pit. The powerful remnant force completely destroyed the large trees within a hundred meter radius.
Hei Qing sent the two flying with a punch from each fist. After which, he patted his hands together. His face was filled with ridicule. His eyes, which contained some ill intent, glanced at the gloomy face of the ninth Tianzun. He said, "Mo Yu, are you going to get lost by yourself or shall this father do it for you?"
"Hei Qing, you should not act so arrogantly. Xiao Yan is someone the hall chief wants to capture. Are you really going to protect him?" Ninth Tianzun coldly demanded.
Hei Qing narrowed his eyes. He rubbed his hands together as he replied in a faint voice, "This father doesn't care about all this. Those old fellows from the clan want me to find Xiao Yan. Since this father is here, everyone should forget about bringing him away."
The fury within the eyes of the ninth Tianzun surged. Both of his hands slowly tightened and emitted cracking sounds. Frightening Dou Qi slowly spread from his body.
"You wish to fight? Alright, the old me also wishes to see if you have improved after so many years."
Hei Qing coldly chuckled. His body became distorted. It emitted a muffled thunder-like bone explosion. Following the sound of these bones appearing, his body became even larger. An extremely powerful pressure was vaguely emitted from his strong body.
The ninth Tianzun's eyes twitched involuntarily when he sensed the pressure. He inhaled a deep breath of air and suppressed the fury within his heart. He was aware that he was no match for Hei Qing with his strength. Even if he attacked, he would not gain an advantage. Moreover, the control over space that an Ancient Void Dragon exhibited was something that no one could match. Even someone stronger than an Ancient Void Dragon would find it difficult to defeat and successfully retain the other party.
"Hei Qing, I don't believe that you can protect this brat forever!" The ninth Tianzun spoke in a dense tone.
"It is not up to you to be concerned about this…" Hei Qing glanced at him and replied.
The ninth Tianzun coldly snorted. His heart was filled with an unwillingness. It was unexpected that he had successfully avoided Yao Chen, but had ended up attracting someone from the Ancient Void Dragon tribe. He did not expect Xiao Yan to have a relationship with this tribe.
Since Hei Qing had shown himself, the ninth Tianzun understood that capturing Xiao Yan had become an impossible task. The Ninth Tianzun could only clench his teeth when he thought of this. He stared at Xiao Yan viciously and said, "Xiao Yan, you can't just hide forever. I do not believe that someone will always be there to rescue you!"
After uttering those words, the ninth Tianzun ceased to remain in this place. He turned around and was just about to leave when Hei Qing suddenly opened his mouth , "Mo Yu, when you return, inform those people above you not to go against Xiao Yan and the members of the Xiao clan. The grudges between the Hun (Soul) clan and the Xiao clan have ceased to exist by now. By going overboard, there will come a point in time where all of you will regret it… these words are not spoken by this father. They are spoken by those old fellows within the tribe."
The ninth Tianzun narrowed his eyes when he heard Hei Qing's final sentence. He coldly laughed, "It is pointless telling me this. No one will be able to stop my Hall of Souls from doing anything. The Gu clan cannot, and your Ancient Void Dragon tribe also cannot!"
The ninth Tianzun's body shook after uttering these words. He transformed into a ray of light and disappeared into the horizon in the blink of an eye.
Hei Qing gently rubbed his fist as he watched the ninth Tianzun's disappearing figure. His expression was cold. A moment later, he turned his head to look at Xiao Yan. He smiled and said, "Little brother Xiao Yan, are you alright?"
"I have troubled old brother to intervene again." Xiao Yan cupped his hands as he replied.
"Ugh, it doesn’t matter. This time around, my Ancient Void Dragon tribe is going to have to trouble you…" Hei Qing shook his head. He hesitated for a moment before continuing, "You will become aware of the exact reason once you have come with me. If there is nothing else, can we leave now? This matter is of great importance. Nothing must go wrong."
Seeing that even Hei Qing, who had a rough character, was acting with such seriousness, Xiao Yan's heart was solemn. Just what had caused the Ancient Void Dragon tribe to become this anxious?
"Yes, however, can I bring my friend along?" Xiao Yan pointed at Qing Lin a short distance away. When Hei Qing appeared, the Elder from the Profound Sky Sect, who had been entangled in a battle with Qing Lin, swiftly withdrew. He withdrew even quicker when he saw Hei Qing send Shenluo Guizun's group flying with a punch. That fellow was so frightened that he dared not approach.
"Yes, it's fine…" Hei Qing glanced at Qing Lin and nodded.
Xiao Yan only sighed in relief after seeing a nod. It had only be a short while since the ninth Tianzun had left. He was worried about Qing Lin returning alone. It was naturally for the best that Hei Qing had agreed.
While Xiao Yan sighed in relief, he waved his hand and returned the Sky Demon Puppet, which had been beaten until thousands of scars and hundreds of holes had appeared on its body. He sighed quietly within his heart. The Sky Demon Puppet, which had followed him for a long time, showed signs of becoming scrap.
After Xiao Yan stored away the puppet, Qing Lin also returned her experts into her eyes, leaving a frightened Hua Jin standing in the sky. She showed her terror while she looked at Hei Qing. His might caused her to feel shocked.
"Young master Xiao Yan, are we going to let this woman off? It's her fault we were intercepted this time around." Qing Lin softly inquired.
"There is no time…"
Xiao Yan glanced at the woman and shook his head. They were pressed for time and he was too lazy to personally teach this woman a lesson.
"Big brother Hei Qing, let's leave…"
Xiao Yan turned to look at Hei Qing as he spoke.
Hei Qing nodded. His hand lifted through the air in front of him and tore a spatial crack. Xiao Yan and Qing Lin's bodies entered in a flash.
Hua Jin sighed in relief when she saw Xiao Yan's group leaving. She uttered a string of vicious curses in her stomach. However, those curses had just appeared in her heart when Hei Qing, whose foot had just stepped toward the spatial crack line in the sky, paused. He waved his large hand without turning his head. Waves of frightening forces tore through space and landed on Hua Jin's body in an instant.
An incomparably strong force caused Hua Jin to spit out a mouthful of fresh blood. Her body violently smashed into a mountain. Large rocks rolled down and buried her deep underneath.
"Do not think that this father will not attack you just because you are a woman."
Hei Qing swung his large hand after sending Hua Jin flying with a slap. He flashed closer to the spatial crack. With a 'chi' sound, he entered it and disappeared with it.
Chapter 1301: Ancient Dragon Island
The interior of the spatial crack consisted of a strange tunnel that was filled with a faint silver light. The tunnel extended to an unknown end. Xiao Yan's trio of people were swiftly flying through it.
"He is indeed worthy of being an Ancient Void Dragon. To be able to build such a long distance tunnel with just the strength of one person…"
Some surprise surfaced within Xiao Yan's heart as he studied the spatial tunnel. This ability was something that even an ordinary expert at the peak of the Dou Zun class would have difficulty performing. It was likely that only those elite Dou Shengs as well as the Ancient Dragons, whose control over the spatial strength had reached the pinnacle, could do this.
Hei Qing was leading the way with a somewhat grave expression. He did not say much along the way. Both Xiao Yan and Qing Lin could only remain quiet. Xiao Yan's brows were knit. Just what exactly happened to cause Hei Qing to be this serious.
The three of them shuttled through the spatial tunnel for nearly an hour. The uniform silver light in the surroundings caused Xiao Yan to feel a little giddy and dazzled. Just when he was about to shut his eyes and rest a little, Hei Qing suddenly reduced his speed. Xiao Yan's eyes followed Hei Qing's as he looked into the distance, only to see that there was a vague silver light circle at the end.
"Have we arrived?"
Xiao Yan's attention was braced when he saw the light circle. His speed was raised as he followed close behind Hei Qing. A moment later, the three of them transformed into three figures of light that charged into the silver circle.
Xiao Yan's sight momentarily became blurry after having charged into the light circle. Suddenly, his vision returned. The scene in front of him was no longer filled with that monotonous silver color. A lush green mountain filled his eyes now.
Xiao Yan was standing high in the air. He was startled after he processed the land that appeared in front of him. Of course, using the word 'islands' to describe the things in front was likely a little more suitable. The size of this island was extremely spacious. There was a faint-silver circular outline in the sky above the island. It formed of a bowl like shape, wrapping the entire island in it. Xiao Yan studied the light barrier only for him to be stunned because the outside was actually empty space that caused one's heart to feel cold…
This island was suspended within empty space!
Even Xiao Yan involuntarily inhaled a gentle breath of cool air when he realized this. Although the size of the island was no match for the realms that elite Dou Shengs created, this place was even more hidden. Even an elite Dou Zun would not dare to randomly barge into the realm of emptiness. Creating a resting place in this area was extremely safe. No wonder one seldom heard about any news related to the Ancient Void Dragon in the Central Plains. They were living within the realm of emptiness.
Hei Qing looked below him. After which, he waved his hand and took the lead to land on a certain island. Xiao Yan and Qing Lin hurriedly followed behind him.
"Young master Xiao Yan, the aura here is really frightening…" Qing Lin, who was following beside Xiao Yan, softly made a comment.
Xiao Yan nodded in agreement. He could vaguely sense that there were quite a number of powerful as well as hidden auras that existed around this dragon island. It seemed that they were the experts from the Ancient Void Dragon tribe. This kind of discovery caused him to feel a little speechless. It was indeed worthy of being the peak existence within the Magical Beast world. It was the first time that he had sensed so many powerful auras. Moreover, he couldn't even classify these auras. He believed that there were definitely some auras that even he was unable to sense on this Ancient Dragon Island. They were truly frightening existences.
The two of them followed Hei Qing toward a mountain in the middle of the island. Along the way, they met a couple of figures that appeared to be patrolling. When these figures saw Hei Qing, they stopped moving and swept their surprised eyes over Xiao Yan and Qing Lin before withdrawing.
The trio slowly landed on top of the large mountain. The three of them had just landed when a white-robed figure quietly appeared in front of the three of them.
"Hei Qing greets third Elder."
Hei Qing cupped his hands the moment he saw the white-robed Elder in front of him. He pointed at Xiao Yan and said, "This is Zi Yan's friend, Xiao Yan."
"Ke ke, please do not blame us for being reckless by calling young friend Xiao Yan over with such haste." The white-robed old man smiled as he spoke to Xiao Yan upon hearing Hei Qing's words.
"This is third Elder, Zhu Li."
"Elder Zhu Li is too polite. Zi Yan is my friend. I will naturally hurry over if she is in any trouble."
Although the old man in front reveals a friendly and warm face, Xiao Yan did not dare to slight him. Xiao Yan could sense an incomparable pressure emanating from the old man's body. This kind of pressure appeared to influence his soul. If his Spiritual Strength wasn't strong to begin with, he probably would not even be able to say anything."
"This Elder Zhu Li is likely an expert that has reached the peak of the Dou Zun class. He might even have reached the Ban Sheng level like teacher. The Ancient Void Dragon tribe is indeed filled with many hidden experts.'
Xiao Yan quietly spoke to himself in his heart. The corner of his eyes involuntarily twitched when he sensed this pressure.
Elder Zhu Li smiled. He fondled his snow-white beard. His calm eyes suddenly landed on Qing Lin behind Xiao Yan, and he was immediately startled. He said with some surprise, "This is… Triple Jade-Green Snake Flower Pupils? This scent, it is actually the Ancient Heaven Serpent?"
The surprise in Elder Zhu Li's voice had become much denser when he finished speaking. He seemed uncertain, "It is unexpected that there is an Ancient Heaven Serpent's soul still existing in this world."
Qing Lin carefully glanced at Elder Zhu Li in front of her. She softly made a sound of acknowledgement. The Ancient Heaven Serpent was rumored to have fought with the Ancient Void Dragons during ancient times. Now that the two species had met again, the Ancient Heaven Serpent's soul within her body fluctuated a little unusually. However, it was fortunate that she was able to suppress it. Although an Ancient Heaven Serpent was strong, this was the territory of the Ancient Void Dragons. If that fellow was allowed to come out, it was likely that it would be beaten into a pulp by the many Ancient Void Dragons here.
"Ke ke, young lady, there is no need to be afraid. The Ancient Heaven Serpent tribe has already ceased to exist. Those grudges from the ancient times were settled a long time ago. However, the Ancient Heaven Serpent soul is naturally ferocious and difficult to control. You should be careful. Do not allow yourself to be controlled by it…" Zhu Li laughed.
Qing Lin tilted her head. With the Triple Jade-Green Snake Flower Pupils, she was not afraid the Heaven Serpent soul retaliating.
"Elder Zhu Li, may I know what exactly has happened to Zi Yan?" Xiao Yan hesitated for a moment before he involuntarily asked.
Zhu Li became quiet upon hearing the question. A moment later, he softly sighed and said, "It is all because of that Dragon Phoenix Origin Fruit."
Xiao Yan's heart tightened. He quietly uttered "as expected." While he was traveling here, he had guessed that this matter would likely be related to the Dragon Phoenix Origin Fruit that they had obtained from the ancient remains back then. It was unexpected that he had guessed correctly.
"Zi Yan is part of the royal bloodline of our Ancient Void Dragon tribe. Her father was the king of my Ancient Void Dragons back then. He had suddenly gone missing and Zi Yan had gone missing with him. She was only sensed by us when she arrived in the Central Plains a couple of years ago… speaking of this, it is all thanks to you."
Xiao Yan was slightly startled when he heard these words. He fell deep into thought. He had not only found Zi Yan, but also the corpse of a Heaven Demon Phoenix in the Black-Corner Region. Could it be that this Heaven Demon Phoenix's corpse was related to Zi Yan's father? Since Zi Yan's father could become the king of the Ancient Void Dragon tribe, it was likely that his strength was extremely frightening. In that case, where could he have gone running to that even Zi Yan was abandoned by him?"
"The Dragon Phoenix Origin Fruit is a mysterious treasure that is extremely unlikely to grow after absorbing the blood of an Ancient Void Dragon and that of a Heaven Phoenix. This kind of fruit can change the blood of an Ancient Dragon or Heaven Phoenix, allowing one's body to possess the specialty of both creatures and gain a true Magical Beast king bloodline…" Elder Zhu Li continued while Xiao Yan was deep in thought.
"Ever since Zi Yan brought back the Dragon Phoenix Origin Fruit, we decided to allow her to inherit the strength after some discussion. One reason is because she has the blood of royalty. Once she enters her matured state, she will become the new Queen of the Ancient Dragons. Thus, it is most suitable for her to possess this bloodline. The second is because she is still young and has the ability to adapt. It will be easier for her to absorb this Dragon Phoenix Origin Fruit…"
Elder Zhu Li involuntarily laughed with a bitter tone when he spoke until this point. He continued, "However, the outcome has somewhat exceeded our expectation. The Dragon Phoenix Origin Fruit's energy is too powerful. Zi Yan's body is unable to completely absorb this frightening energy. Hence, the energy has started to solidify…"
Xiao Yan was startled when he heard this phrase. "What do you mean?"
"Ugh, follow me…"
Elder Zhu Li sighed. He turned around and walked toward a stone hall in the mountain. Xiao Yan hurriedly followed behind him.
The couple of them followed behind Zhu Li as they traversed through the stone hall. The few of them finally halted their footsteps deep within the large hall. This large hall was built from a huge rock. In the middle of the large hall was a towering altar. At this moment, a lovely little figure was quietly lying on top of the altar.
Xiao Yan glanced over. His eyes focused on that lovely little body. His expression immediately changed.
He could see that there was a layer of crystal that appeared like ice, covering every part of the body. If one were to look carefully, one would discover that this was not only the case outside of the body. Even the interior of the body was occupied by this kind of crystal body…
In other words, Zi Yan had transformed into a crystal body that was without any life!
Chapter 1302: The Ancient Void Dragon Clan That Had Been Split
Xiao Yan's eyes solidified on the altar. A long while later, he finally exhaled a deep breath of air. His expression was quite ugly. With his eyesight, he was naturally able to tell that there was no life force on Zi Yan's body at this moment. If he wasn't able to sense a little familiar spiritual fluctuation, it was likely that he would have thought that Zi Yan had already died.
"This is the solidifying of energy…"
Elder Zhu Li beside Xiao Yan also sighed. He said, "The energy of the Dragon Phoenix Origin Fruit is really too frightening. It solidified and filled every part of Zi Yan's body. If Zi Yan is unable to absorb this energy, she will forever be in this state like a living dead…"
"All of you are really too reckless." Even though Xiao Yan was aware that the strength of the elder in front of him was extremely terrifying, he still involuntarily yelled with a furious voice. If this matter was not resolved properly, Zi Yan would probably lose her life."
Elder Zhu Li also bitterly smiled. He shook his head when he heard Xiao Yan's cry. However, he did not say anything. It was likely that he also felt regret.
"Little brother Xiao Yan, you should also not blame third Elder. Even the Ancient Void Dragon tribe has only come across the Dragon Phoenix Origin Fruit a couple of times. Hence, we do not really understand it. Such a thing has occurred due our lack of understanding." Hei Qing by the side urged.
"Has the Dragon Phoenix Origin Fruit been successfully absorbed before?" Xiao Yan appeared to have recalled something as he suddenly asked.
"Yes, however, it has only successfully been absorbed twice. One was obtained by the Heaven Phoenix. Hence, the Heaven Phoenix tribe produced an extremely powerful person. During that period of time, even the Ancient Void Dragon tribe was completely suppressed by them. Fortunately after a couple of hundred years, our Ancient Void Dragon tribe finally obtained a Dragon Phoenix Origin Fruit and managed to turn things around. However, during the final bloody battle between the two tribes, those two experts, who possessed extremely powerful bloodlines, ended up dying together…" Elder Zhu Li nodded. He said, "Ever since that time, the Heaven Phoenix tribe began to gradually disappear. The Dragon Phoenix Origin Fruit didn't appear again. The old me has seen it for the first time in my life this time around…"
"It has only been successful twice huh…"
Xiao Yan knit his brows and immediately sighed. He understood that getting entangled in this matter was really of little use. After which, he asked, "How can we rescue Zi Yan now?"
"This kind of solidified energy that is formed by the Dragon Phoenix Origin Fruit is extremely hard. Even the old me is unable to break it…" Zhu Li said. "Moreover, if it was broken, this energy would be wasted…."
"Are you still going to bother with this energy even now?" Xiao Yan questioned with a frown.
"Ugh, little friend Xiao Yan, you are unaware of the current situation of my Ancient Void Dragon tribe. We are currently in great need of a tribe leader who possesses the royal bloodline and who is able to control the situation." Zhu Li bitterly laughed.
"What happened? The Ancient Void Dragon tribe is powerful. What situation do you face that causes all of you to find it troublesome to deal with?" Xiao Yan was also stunned when he understood what Zhu Li was asking in a somewhat surprised voice.
Zhu Li hesitated for a moment after hearing this question. A moment later, he finally clenched his teeth and said, "Little friend Xiao Yan and my Ancient Void Dragon tribe have quite a deep relationship. It is fine to tell you… the Ancient Dragon Island that you see now is actually not the complete Ancient Dragon Island. Instead, it is merely one quarter of the original Ancient Dragon Island…"
"One quarter?" Xiao Yan was startled. He reacted quickly, "What about the other three portions?"
"The Ancient Void Dragon tribe was divided into four groups not long after Zi Yan's father went missing. The Ancient Void Dragon Island has also been divided into four. Each of them are drifting in this empty realm…" Zhu Li said, "In other words, the Ancient Void Dragon tribe that you see now is actually not whole."
Xiao Yan involuntarily inhaled a gentle breath of cool air. Just one quarter of its strength was already this frightening. Was the strength of the Ancient Void Dragon tribe not a little too strong? No wonder they have continued to survive since the ancient times without being destroyed.
"Every once in awhile, the four dragon islands will meet in the empty realm. At that time, we will definitely exchange blows. The other three islands' chiefs all wish to dominate the Ancient Void Dragon tribe. However, there is little difference in their strength. Hence, the Ancient Void Dragon tribe still remains in a split state after so many years." Zhu Li sighed.
"The other three islands also possess an Ancient Void Dragon with a royal bloodline?" Xiao Yan softly asked. This Ancient Void Dragon tribe clearly placed great emphasis on their bloodline. Unless there was some special circumstances, an ordinary Ancient Void Dragon should find it difficult to be in command.
"They can barely be considered to have it. However, their bloodlines are far from being as pure as Zi Yan's…" Zhu Li shook his head and continued, "The reason that we are so anxious to have Zi Yan absorb the Dragon Phoenix Origin Fruit is because we hope she will evolve as quickly as possible and subsequently unite the Ancient Void Dragon tribe the next time the four islands meet."
"No wonder…" Xiao Yan also gained a sudden understanding in his heart. No wonder the Ancient Void Dragon has kept such a low profile during these years. It was not because they liked to. Instead, it was because of an internal conflict that caused them to be unable to divert their attention to fight other powerful enemies.
"This reason is why tribes like the Heaven Demon Phoenix tribe and the Nine Serene Deep Ground Python tribe are allowed to rise within the Magical Beast world…"
Zhu Li sighed. His tone clearly appeared to have exceptional disdain for the other two large tribes. During the ancient times, only the ancestors of these two tribes could contend with the Ancient Dragon tribe. Just what were these descendants who relied on a remnant bloodline supposed to be?
"It is unexpected that the Ancient Void Dragon tribe still possesses such a secret. However, their ability to keep a secret is really too good. Hardly any factions on the continent were aware of the inner conflict of the Ancient Void Dragon tribe…" Xiao Yan quietly smacked his tongue.
"I hope that little friend Xiao Yan will keep this matter a secret. After all, if it were to spread, it would be difficult to be certain that certain large factions, which have come into conflict with my Ancient Dragon tribe, will not intervene…"Zhu Li spoke with a serious face.
"Elder Zhu Li, please rest assured that I will not spread this news." Xiao Yan also nodded with a grave expression. He immediately turned to the altar. He said, "Since Elder Zhu Li has called me here, it is likely that you think that I can be of some help to Zi Yan, right? If I guess correctly, it should be the Heavenly Flame, no?"
Xiao Yan admitted to himself that there were only two ways he could catch the eyes of the Ancient Void Dragon. One was his alchemist skill while the other was the Heavenly Flame within his body. Although Xiao Yan had advanced to a tier 8 alchemist guru, there were definitely better alchemists than him within the Central Plains. Since that was the case, there was only one final possibility, the Heavenly Flames…
"Ke ke, you are indeed worthy of being Xiao Xuan's descendant…" Zhu Li laughed and nodded. He said, "The energy crystal layer that is formed by the Dragon Phoenix Origin Fruit is extremely hard. Even I am unable to break it. Hence, if one wishes to melt the crystal layer and force this energy into Zi Yan's body, one can only rely on the strength of a Heavenly Flame.
"However, an ordinary Heavenly Flame is of little use against this kind of energy crystal. Only a Heavenly Flame that is ranked among the top ten on the Heavenly Flame Ranking can suffice… Moreover, little friend Xiao Yan possesses many types of Heavenly Flames and is able to merge them together. Their might is definitely comparable to a Heavenly Flame at the sixth or seventh rank. It is not impossible to use it to deal with this energy crystal…
"The old me is also aware that some experts on the Central Plains possess a Heavenly Flame. However, only little friend Xiao Yan is someone who possesses such an ability and is trustworthy. Therefore, we got Hei Qing to hurry and invite you over." Zhu Li smiled as he explained the situation.
Xiao Yan only came to a sudden understanding upon hearing this. Immediately, he pondered the problem It was not a problem if it merely required a Heavenly Flame that was ranked among the top ten. After all, just the Three Thousand Burning Flame alone had reached this requirement, but there was no need to even mention it after the other three types of Heavenly Flame were merged with it.
"This matter is related to whether the Ancient Void Dragon can survive in the future. It is of great importance. Therefore, I hope that little friend Xiao Yan will do his best to help!" Zhu Li cupped his hands to Xiao Yan in a solemn manner as he spoke in a deep voice. Hei Qing behind him also cupped his hands and bowed.
"Elder Zhu Li, please rest assured. Zi Yan is my friend, I, Xiao Yan, will definitely do my best to help. I will listen to Elder regarding how to carry this out. All you need to do is instruct me wherever you need my help." Xiao Yan replied with a serious expression.
There was a greater smile on Elder Zhu Li's face when he heard Xiao Yan speak. He sighed, "If Xiao Xuan was aware that the Xiao clan could produce such an outstanding clan member after him, it is likely that he would be laughing even in the netherworld…"
"Hee hee, I think that Xiao Xuan is unable to compare with this descendant of his. Back then, he had used the bloodline of the Xiao clan to its limits in order to reach that height. However, the clan members after him ended up with a completely wasted bloodline… on the other hand, the current Xiao Yan has reached this height by relying on himself. If he is given sufficient time, it will not be impossible to surpass Xiao Xuan…" Hei Qing laughed.
Zhu Li also smiled and nodded when he heard this. He glanced at Xiao Yan before speaking, "You should not blame Xiao Xuan for completely exhausting the remaining bloodline of the Xiao clan. Back then, he wanted to stake everything. If he could break through the Dou Sheng class, the bloodline strength of the Xiao clan would continue. The Xiao clan would also become an ancient clan like the Gu clan. Unfortunately, he had underestimated the difficulty of breaking through the Dou Sheng class. Finally, he ended up dying full of anger and regret."
Xiao Yan might be at a loss when he heard the conversation between the two. However, he vaguely sensed the desperation, pain, and regret that the ancestor had faced back then…
"The ancestor also did it all for the descendants of the Xiao clan…"
Xiao Yan curled his mouth. Although he had never met Xiao Xuan, Xiao Yan's heart felt some respect for that ancestor.
"Ke ke, let's not talk about this. Little friend Xiao Yan, you should rest for two days. The old me has to prepare some things beforehand. We'll act once everything is prepared!" Zhu Li also ceased discussing the past. He changed the topic and smiled as he spoke.
Xiao Yan nodded his head. He turned to the small lovely figure that was quietly lying on the altar. His fists tightened as he softly muttered, "Zi Yan, you can rest assured that I will rescue you…"
Chapter 1303: Begin
Xiao Yan and Qing Lin remained on the Ancient Dragon Island during the next two days. Elder Zhu Li hurried to prepare the things needed to refine the energy crystal on Zi Yan. It was fortunate that he had instructed Hei Qing to entertain the two guests while he was busy. Hence, two days swiftly flowed by while waiting in leisure.
On the third morning, Elder Zhu Li finally appeared in front of Xiao Yan with a solemn face. Seeing this, Xiao Yan understood that today was likely the day that they would begin…
"Little friend Xiao Yan, please follow the old me."
Zhu Li informed Xiao Yan before turning around and leading the way at the front. Xiao Yan swiftly followed behind.
Xiao Yan followed Zhu Li as he flew to the deepest part of the Dragon Island. He discovered that the atmosphere of the Dragon Island appeared much more solemn today. The usually empty sky occasionally had one or two figures flying past. Their eyes were cautiously sweeping outside of the empty realm.
"Although we have done a good job of keeping this a secret, Zi Yan is really too important to the Ancient Dragon clan. Therefore, nothing must go wrong. Hence, the defenses of the Dragon Island have reached a high point." Xiao Yan only came to an understanding after hearing Zhu Li explain why along the way.
Xiao Yan could acutely sense that the energy around them had become hotter while he flew toward the deepest part of the Dragon Island.
"This place… actually has a volcano…"
Surprise flashed across Xiao Yan's eyes as he sensed it in detail. The Ancient Void Dragon really acted in a grand manner. It was unexpected that they built a genuine volcano on the island.
After flying for ten minutes, Elder Zhu Li slowly reduced his speed. Xiao Yan followed him and looked ahead. He could see a large mountain ahead. The mountain peak exhibited a concave shape where white, hot smoke curled and rose.
A black figure suddenly hurried over from the distance when Xiao Yan and Zhu Li arrived in this part of the sky. After which, the figure appeared in front of Xiao Yan's group.
"You… Tie Jian zun-zhe? … Why are you here?"
Xiao Yan initially gave a random glance at this human figure. Unexpectedly, his glance stilled on this figure. He cried out in disbelief.
The human figure in front was wearing a black robe. He carried a metal sword on his back. His appearance was that of Tie Jian zun-zhe, who had accompanied Xiao Yan's group to rescue Yao Lao back then. However, Tie Jian zun-zhe had remained behind to block the Black White Tianzun back then. Originally, Xiao Yan had thought that he was gone, but he ended up unexpectedly meeting him again.
"Ha ha…" Elder Zhu Li laughed when he saw Xiao Yan's expression. Tie Jian zun-zhe's face also moved a little as he appeared to smile.
"Could that mysterious expert back then be Elder Zhu Li?" Xiao Yan's eyes were unfocused as he asked Zhu Li with surprise.
"I quietly followed Zi Yan after she had left. She is far too important to our Ancient Void Dragon clan. How could I allow her to randomly barge around alone?" Elder Zhu Li fondled his beard and laughed, "Back then, I had only helped her stabilize the spatial crack and did not do anything else to help. As for Tie Jian, the old me does admire this character of his. Therefore, I rescued him from the hands of the Hall of Souls after you left."
"It is unexpected that the little me has unknowingly received a favor from Elder Zhu Li…" Xiao Yan bitterly laughed.
"It is merely a small matter…" Elder Zhu Li randomly waved his hand. After which, his eyes landed on Tie Jian zun-zhe as he asked, "Is everything prepared?"
Tie Jian zun-zhe tilted his head in agreement.
Elder Zhu Li also nodded when he saw Tie Jian zun-zhe's response. He waved his hand at Xiao Yan, and his body slowly drifted forward. Finally, he was suspended above the mountain that was emitting a smoke pillar. Xiao Yan followed close behind. His eyes glanced down, only to discover that there was an enormous emerald-green cauldron suspended above the mouth of the volcano. It was possible to see a small lovely figure suspended within it. That figure was Zi Yan.
"Little friend Xiao Yan. The fire affinity energy of this place is extremely rich. The might of the Heavenly Flame will be strengthened by using the Heavenly Flame here…" Elder Zhu Li pointed at the large cauldron. His expression was a little grave as he said, "However, the Heavenly Flame is too overbearing. Hence, there is a need for extremely outstanding control in order to refine the energy crystal without burning Zi Yan. With little friend Xiao Yan's current ability, I think that you should be able to achieve this right?"
Xiao Yan nodded. He had already reached the pinnacle when it came to the control of a flame. Hence, it was not difficult for him.
Elder Zhu Li also sighed in relief when he saw Xiao Yan nod. His finger pointed to the surrounding mountains as he said, "During this period of time, the Ancient Void Dragon tribe's experts and the old me will personally remain around here. We will definitely not allow anything to disturb you."
Xiao Yan's eyes followed the direction Elder Zhu Li pointed. With his outstanding perception, he could indeed sense quite a number of extremely powerful auras hidden within the surrounding mountains.
"Additionally, refining the Dragon Phoenix crystal will not be easy. This will be a task that exhausts a great amount of time. It will also exhaust Dou Qi at an extremely frightening rate." Elder Zhu Li clenched his hand after he spoke. A dense-white jade bottle appeared in his hand. He fondled it a little before handing it to Xiao Yan and continued with, "There are five drops of Ancient Dragon Essence Blood that the old me has personally refined in that bottle. They possess an extremely great amount of energy. Not only will they allow one to instantly recover a great amount of Dou Qi but they also possess the mysterious effect of tempering one's veins and bones. You can consume one drop when the Dou Qi within your body is unable to keep up during the refinement…"
Xiao Yan carefully received the jade bottle. He sensed the vast and mighty energy that radiated out of it. Even with his eyesight and experience, a glint of shock still involuntarily appeared in his eyes. He naturally understood how precious the Ancient Dragon essence blood was. These five drops of refined essence blood would cause elite experts to fight in the outside world. After all, these things were not only able to swiftly recover one's exhausted Dou Qi, they were also able to temper one's body, enabling one to be comparable to that of some Magical Beasts.
"This matter is of great importance and it is unwise of me to boast. Although this Ancient Dragon essence blood is precious, the little me shall temporarily accept it…" Xiao Yan did not put up an act at this moment. He immediately cupped his hands together and inhaled a deep breath of air. His body flashed, transforming into a ray of light that appeared in the sky above the volcano. He sat in the sky beside the large cauldron.
Elder Zhu Li's expression gradually became serious when he saw that Xiao Yan was preparing to begin. He muttered, "The subsequent matters will depend on you…"
Xiao Yan sat in front of the enormous cauldron. His eyes were grave as he observed the lovely little figure within the cauldron. He inhaled a couple of breaths and slowly opened his mouth after his heart had completely calmed down.
After Xiao Yan opened his mouth, a purple-brown fire pillar that contained a dense whiteness was spat out. It soared with the wind and turned into a monstrous flame, which poured into the enormous cauldron.
With the appearance of the Heavenly Flame, the temperature quickly rose. Some of the towering trees in the mountain forest began to shed some leaves at this moment…
The flame whistled into the enormous cauldron and gathered together under Xiao Yan's nearly flawless control. Within a short moment, a huge fire dragon was formed within the enormous cauldron.
The fire dragon roared at the sky when it formed. That roar shook the enormous cauldron until it trembled.
Xiao Yan's hand seal suddenly changed outside of the enormous cauldron. A soft cry was emitted from his mouth.
Following the appearance of this cry, the enormous fire dragon charged toward Zi Yan, who was sleeping with her eyes shut. When it was about to collide with her body, it swiftly turned and curled up. It used its body to wrap around her. At the same time, the temperature within the large cauldron suddenly rose to a frightening extent…
"Swoosh swoosh swoosh…"
When the temperature suddenly rose, numerous rays of light rushed out from all over the Dragon Island. After which, they stopped above the surrounding mountains with solemn expressions. These were the tribe members of the Ancient Void Dragon tribe. They appeared to be aware of the matter today. Hence, none of them made any noise. They were worried of disturbing Xiao Yan's focus.
Xiao Yan did not have the time to worry about these surrounding observers. At this moment, all of his attention had gathered inside the large cauldron. The spiritual strength between his brows surged out in all directions to control the temperature of the flame…
The flame within the large cauldron fiercely burned. Although the flame blocked their eyes, the scene within was still clearly absorbed into the minds of Elder Zhu Li and the other experts.
The fire dragon curled and entrenched itself. Numerous extremely hot fire pillars continuously shot from its large mouth. They lingered around Zi Yan's body within the large cauldron.
Following the erosion by such a frightening temperature, the Dragon Phoenix crystal on Zi Yan's body emitted a faint but unusual glow. Light flickered over the crystal layer. It appeared like a flowing body that emitted wave after wave of frightening energy, which caused one's heart to be frightened.
Heavenly Flames continuously spat on Zi Yan's body. However, the Dragon Phoenix crystal did not show any signs of changing. Nevertheless, Xiao Yan did not panic a little. If it was so easy to melt this thing, Elder Zhu Li would not have invited him to act…
Xiao Yan's expression was indifferent. His eyes were slowly shut as a mysterious flame gently flickered within them.
There was nothing that cannot be incinerated by a Heavenly Flame. This was the case for everything, including this Dragon Phoenix crystal!