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Chapter 670: Leaving the Inner Academy

The originally remote area deep within the mountains not far from the Inner Academy, which was usually void of any people, had quite a number of human figures gathered at this moment. Numerous gazes were thrown at the smiling black-robed, young man in front. The slightly low atmosphere continued to linger due to the imminent parting of ways.

"Have you decided to leave today?" Su Qian looked at Xiao Yan in front of him and sighed.

"He he, the matter at second brother's end is settled. It is time that I take my leave." Xiao Yan nodded slightly. His gaze slowly swept over the familiar faces in this remote mountain area. A moment later, he laughed softly and said, "The reason I have called everyone here is because I don't wish for the news of my departure to spread within the Inner Academy and cause everyone in 'Pan's Gate' to be depressed."

Wu Hao, Hu Jia, and the others nodded quietly. Xiao Yan's imminent departure also caused them to feel somewhat depressed.

"First Elder, thank you for taking care of me these few years. Xiao Yan will not forget this favor." Xiao Yan once again bowed to Su Qian and spoke sincerely.

Su Qian smiled and nodded. He immediately patted Xiao Yan's shoulders and said, "Little fellow, you should be careful on this trip! I will send someone to take care of that 'Xiao Gate' of yours. You will definitely still be able to see a complete 'Xiao Gate' the next time that you return."

Xiao Yan nodded slightly. He took two steps back, cupped his hands toward everyone and said in a solemn voice, "Everyone, Xiao Yan will not forget our ties from living together for three years. As long as Xiao Yan is alive, anyone can come and look for me in the Jia Ma Empire if you need any help in the future!"

Xiao Yan's words that carried a little of the temperament of the 'Black-Corner Region' caused everyone to be happy. The depressed atmosphere because of the separation had also become slightly more relaxed.

"Xiao Yan, we will go to the Jia Ma Empire to look for you once Hu Jia and I successfully breakthrough to the Dou Wang class. We will come and help you at that time!" A warm, gentle smile was revealed on Wu Hao's face as he spoke.

"Xiao Yan will definite drink with all of you until we are drunk to apologize for having to leave in such a hurry today!" Xiao Yan laughed out loud.

"Can we leave already?" A cool, cold voice was transmitted from a treetop. Everyone lifted their heads and their hearts let out praise when they saw Medusa's cold, glamorous, exquisite face. They hurriedly shifted their gazes away. This woman was someone whom even an expert like Su Qian was afraid of, much less everyone else.

Xiao Yan smiled and did not continue to delay after hearing Medusa's urging. He cupped his hands toward everyone and spoke with clear laughter, "Everyone, take care. We will say goodbye here. Let's meet in the future if we have the affinity to do so!" Xiao Yan turned his head to Lin Yan, Lin Xiu Ya, Liu Qing and Zi Yan by the side and waved his hand as he spoke.

"Let's go!"

The four of them nodded their heads slightly when they heard Xiao Yan's voice. They immediately cupped their hands toward everyone and their Dou Qi wings gradually surfaced on their backs. Their wings were flapped and their bodies slowly rose into the sky.

"Xiao Yan… be careful. Do not be reckless if you meet any problems!" Xiao Yu finally could not resist taking a step forward. She spoke with reddened eyes when she saw Xiao Yan summon his beautiful jade-green fire wings.

"Ke ke, relax. I will send someone to inform all of you once I have settled the issue within the Jia Ma Empire." Xiao Yan smiled and nodded. He immediately turned his body in a dashing manner and flapped his fire wings. Without any procrastination, he transformed into a dark-green fire figure that flew toward the deep mountains. After which, Medusa, Lin Yan, Zi Yan and the two others followed close behind.

Everyone watched the human figures gradually disappear from sight and eventually withdrew their gazes a moment later. They sighed softly with one another. They knew that the danger that Xiao Yan faced when he returned to the Jia Ma Empire was quite great. The Misty Cloud Sect had stood in the Jia Ma Empire for many years. Its foundation was incomparably solid. Even though Xiao Yan had the help of a strong person like Medusa, it was likely that he would have difficulty obtaining an absolute advantage. What awaited Xiao Yan this time around might well be an extremely intense and fierce fight!

Victory or defeat all rest on Xiao Yan alone.

"First Elder, can Xiao Yan succeed this time around?" Hu Jia withdrew her gaze and suddenly asked in a soft voice. Everyone threw their gazes toward Su Qian, who was standing with his hands behind his back, when they heard this question.

"It is difficult to say…" Su Qian sighed and said, "The Jia Ma Empire is quite xenophobic. Hence, this resulted in their entire empire only possessing a single faction like the Misty Cloud Sect. Due to the long heritage of the Misty Cloud Sect, it could be considered quite a good faction even when placed in the south-western continent. Although Xiao Yan has an extraordinary training talent, his grounding is too weak. He might have gathered quite a number of people this time around but it is still unknown just who will be defeated."

The expression of Wu Hao and the others became somewhat gloomy when they heard Su Qian speak in this manner. However, they also knew that it was useless regardless of how much they worried for Xiao Yan. Even if they followed Xiao Yan to the Jia Ma Empire, it was likely they would only end up being a burden.

"Ke ke, alright, all of you need not be worried. We will eventually know whether he succeed or fail in the future. If Xiao Yan really did destroy the Misty Cloud Sect, it is likely that his name will spread throughout this south-western part of the continent." Su Qian laughed faintly. He immediately turned his body around and slowly walked to where the Inner Academy was located. Behind him, Wu Hao and the others exchanged a look with each other before following with a depressed look.

"Little fellow, this time around, you either succeed or pay the price. You have to rely on yourself for everything. Hopefully, your good news will spread over a short period of time later…" Su Qian's footsteps paused just as he was about to enter the forest. He once again turned around, looked in the direction in which Xiao Yan had disappeared in and sighed in his heart.

There were human figures moving on a mountain peak that was not far from Feng City within the 'Black-Corner Region,' a low beast roar occasionally sounded.

"Second leader, the troops from 'Xiao Gate' have been gathered. Adding this to the experts that we have gathered during this period of time as well as us three brothers, we have a total of eight expert Dou Wangs. Most of the rest are expert Dou Lings whom we have selected stringently according to the requirements. Not only were they not afraid to die but most of them are at the peak of the Dou Ling class." A brawny man spoke in a deep voice to the man who was standing at the edge of the mountain peak.

The man slowly turned his head over when he heard the words of the brawny man. From his cold, stern manner, it was clearly Xiao Li who was gathering experts within Feng City. The latter glanced at the brawny man before nodding his head and said, "You have done quite well."

Xiao Li's gaze turned toward the slope of the mountain peak after speaking these words. There were over a hundred black figures quietly standing there. In front of these black figures were seven human figures with different heights and widths. By sensing the powerful aura that faintly seeped out from their bodies, these seven people were all actually experts of the Dou Wang class.

Despite so many people gathering on the mountain slope, the place was completely silent. A faint pressuring feeling covered their surroundings. Even the beasts' roars that were emitted from the forest quietly became much weaker.

"Is there any news from the Dark Sky Sect, Luo Sha Gate, and Wild Lion Gang? Why have they not arrived?" Xiao Li withdrew his gaze from those black figures as he suddenly frowned and said.

Big Yao was about to reply after hearing this when a female laughter sounded in the sky, "Ke ke, little brother Xiao is really anxious. We would need at least a couple of months for this trip out of the 'Black-Corner Region'. If we don't make proper preparations, won't our old home be confiscated by others?"

A large wave of rushing wind swiftly arrived after the laughter sounded. Immediately, over ten enormous flying beasts flew over from the distant sky. Within a couple of blinks, the flying beasts paused at this mountain peak and numerous human figures came rushing down. Finally, they all scattered on the top of the trees around. At a vague glance, there were likely at least a hundred people. Each of them had an extraordinary aura. Clearly, they were all quite strong.

Three extremely powerful auras finally rushed down with flapping Dou Qi wings after the many black figures rushed down. Finally, they were suspended in the mid-air above the mountain top. Their gaze swept over the line-up behind Xiao Li and surprise flashed across their eyes. They smiled and said, "Little brother Xiao really has some ability. It is really unexpected that you are actually able to gather so many experts within just a month. How envious."

Xiao Li smiled and spoke in a somewhat unconcerned manner, "With my third brother's status as a tier 6 alchemist, it should not be surprising that he possesses such a gathering ability."

The eyes of Tie Wu and the other two flickered when they heard this. They immediately smiled and agreed, "Little brother Xiao is right. If chief Xiao is willing to announce his identity as a tier 6 alchemist, forget about a couple of Dou Wang, it is likely that even elite Dou Huangs would swarm over."

Xiao Li smiled and spoke in a faint voice, "May I know what is the strength of the people that the three of you have brought?"

Tie Wu, Old Yin Gu, and Su Mei exchanged glances with one another after hearing Xiao Li's words. They immediately laughed and said, "Each of us have brought two expert Dou Wangs. Including ourselves, there are three elite Dou Huangs. The remainder are all elites within our faction. I think that they would definitely not be any weaker than the core disciples of the Misty Cloud Sect."

"Six Dou Wangs? This does not appear to match the status of the three of you in the 'Black-Corner Region'." Xiao Li randomly smiled and replied. The Dark Sky Sect, Luo Sha Gate, and Wild Lion Gang were all top-tier factions within the 'Black-Corner Region'. Now, their style of merely taking out two expert Dou Wang was indeed a little weak.

"Little brother Xiao must think about us. The 'Black-Corner Region' cannot be compared to other places. If we bring too many elites from our faction away, it is likely that our old home would have been cleared out by others when we return." Su Mei and the other two helplessly said.

Xiao Li frowned and could only nod his head. These words were indeed true. Therefore, there was not much else he could say. It was fortunate that these three fellows were all experts at the Dou Huang class and could be considered to be the greatest help.

"Ke ke, little brother Xiao, our people have already arrived. May I know why chief Xiao has yet to appear?" Old Yin Gu laughed and suddenly asked as his gaze swept in all directions.

Su Mei and Tie Wu also threw their gazes toward Xiao Li after hearing Old Yin Gu's words. This time around they were going to travel a great distance to the Jia Ma Empire to oppose a faction like the Misty Cloud Sect. If even Xiao Yan, this person in charge, was not around, they would not have the courage…

"I have already informed third brother, I think…" Xiao Li smiled. However, before he finished his sentence, a faint laugh swiftly transmitted from the sky before resounding across this mountain peak.

A wave of rushing wind sound soon followed not long after the laughter sounded. Immediately, a couple of human figures surfaced at the edge of the sky. Within a couple of blinks, they had flashed and appeared on the mountain peak.

The black-robed, young man at the front raised his head to Tie Wu and the others and laughed when the human figures appeared.

"Ke ke, I'm sorry for troubling everyone to wait here!"

Chapter 671: Begin the Journey: Return to the Jia Ma Empire!

There was a slight change in the atmosphere on the mountain peak following the appearance of the black-robed, young man. Those black figures standing behind Xiao Li also turned their gaze to that back. At this moment, the originally quiet atmosphere became completely silent. A kind of unusual pressure covered the top of the mountain. Even the roar of the Magical Beasts in the forest had completely disappeared at this moment.

Tie Wu, Su Mei, and Old Yin Gu were quietly awed in their hearts as they looked at the smiling black-robed, young man. They withdrew a little of the smile on their faces. Although this young man's age might appear to be much younger than them, they had difficulty maintaining an absolute calm in front of him despite their ruthless characters, that had been honed within the 'Black-Corner Region'. This was because all of them clearly knew that this young man with a warm smile had caused an elite Dou Huang and an expert with half a foot into the Dou Zong class from the 'Black-Corner Region' to die in a miserable manner.

Hence, they might be able to speak in a cheerful and humorous manner in front of the cold, indifferent face of Xiao Li, but they had no choice but to brace their attention in front of this smiling young man, not daring to slight him even a little.

"You have finally rushed over."

It was likely that only Xiao Li could be unaffected. Therefore, he ignored that slight change in atmosphere and was the first to speak with a smile to Xiao Yan.

Xiao Yan smiled and nodded. He immediately pointed toward Lin Yan, Zi Yan, and the three others behind him and grinned, "You should also recognize them. They are all my friends and can be considered to be helpers that I have gathered this time around."

Xiao Li was slightly happy when he heard this. With his eyesight, he could naturally see that Lin Yan and the others were all quite strong. That Zi Yan, whose exterior appearance was that of a little girl, even caused him to have a feeling of being unable to see through her. This kind of feeling was something that Xiao Li had only sensed on Xiao Yan and this extremely cute little girl who appeared to be carved from jade among the Dou Wang class.

"These five people are experts whom I have gathered from within the 'Black-Corner Region' some time earlier. Their strengths are all at the Dou Wang class." Xiao Li spoke with a smile as he pointed to the five human figures whose body was standing as straight as a spear on the slope as they emitted a sharp and stern aura.

"Aye, not bad…" Xiao Yan's gaze swept over the five human figures. He nodded with satisfaction. The strength of these five people were around that of a six star Dou Wang. They could be considered strong people even when placed in the entire 'Black-Corner Region'. According to Xiao Yan's expectations, it was likely that their strength was already sufficient to contend with the so-called 'Ten Strong' within the Jia Ma Empire.

"Greetings to Chief Xiao!"

The cold, stern face troops revealed a somewhat stiff smile on their faces as they cried out in unison when they saw Xiao Yan looking over. These fellows were all extremely thorny figures within the 'Black-Corner Region'. Despite this, they did not dare to slight Xiao Yan, who had killed the Blood Sect's Fan Lao and Medicinal Emperor Han Feng. Strength was honored within the 'Black-Corner Region'. This point had already been deeply entrenched within one's bones. Hence, they might be able to deal with Xiao Li indifferently but they must abandon that haughtiness within their hearts and carefully handle the situation when they were in front of Xiao Yan.

"Ha ha, Xiao Yan will remember everyone's favor in aiding me and will definitely give everyone a satisfactory reward once we are successful." Xiao Yan smiled, cupped his hands together and spoke. In his heart, he clearly understood that it was only natural that these people wanted quite a rich reward for them to be able to take the risk of offending a great enemy like the Misty Cloud Sect to help him. Therefore, saying any words of thanks could not inspire others like such a sentence could.

As expected. an excitement immediately surged up on the faces of the couple of elite Dou Wang upon hearing these words from Xiao Yan. They had taken such a big risk because of Xiao Yan's status as a tier 6 alchemist. If they were able to let Xiao Yan owe them a favor, their reward would naturally be rich beyond their imagination.

"As long as chief Xiao gives the order, we will kill the Misty Cloud Sect until blood forms a river regardless how strong that shitty sect is!" On top of being excited, the bloodthirsty words that were unique to the 'Black-Corner Region' were emitted from the mouths of the few expert Dou Wangs.

Xiao Yan smiled and nodded. He pressed his palm down in the empty air and calmed them down. After which, he immediately turned his head to look at Old Yin Gu, Su Mei, and Wu Tie. A moment later, his gaze drifted toward the experts from the three factions on the treetop,

The heartbeat of Old Yin Gu and the other two increased a little when they saw Xiao Yan's gaze looking over. They could carelessly speak when facing Xiao Li. However, in front of the former, they always sensed a pressure that was difficult to describe. This kind of pressure caused them to feel quite uneasy.

"*Cough*, Chief Xiao, the journey to the Jia Ma Empire this time around can be said to be extremely long. Just the trip there and back would require a couple of months without mentioning the additional time needed on top of it. Ke ke, you should also be aware of the situation within the 'Black-Corner Region'. There is an unknown number of people staring at our properties. If we don't leave behind a somewhat strong strength within our factions, it is likely that we will be left with nothing." Old Yin Gu appeared to have sensed the frown on Xiao Yan's forehead as he let out a dry cough and hurriedly spoke. While he spoke, he also secretly glanced at the graceful figured Queen Medusa, who was standing a short distance behind Xiao Yan. He only sighed in relief within his heart when he did not find any unusual movement on the other side. He really felt a terror deep within his heart toward this true elite Dou Zong.

Xiao Yan smiled and nodded when he heard this. He immediately said, "The three of you have already fulfilled our agreement back then by personally making the trip. Xiao Yan will naturally not blame you for anything."

Old Yin Gu and the other others secretly released the huge stone that was hanging in their hearts after hearing Xiao Yan's words. They were worried just what kind of difficult situation they would end up in when Xiao Yan would demand they send more people.

"However…" The hearts of the three of them were once again raised at Xiao Yan's next sentence.

"The three of you should know that there is some danger in this operation. Moreover, this matter is extremely important to Xiao Yan. Hence, I hope that the three of you will not adopt an attitude of randomly dispatching the matter when you fight with the Misty Cloud Sect. Otherwise…" Xiao Yan smiled faintly but a fierce, stern glint flashed across his dark-black eyes. His calm voice also gained an additional coldness.

Although everything was currently prepared, Xiao Yan clearly understood Old Yin Gu and these other fellows. If he did not knock and shake them a little, it was likely that they would really quietly play some tricks. It was just as he had said. This trip back to the Jia Ma Empire was really too important to him. He would not allow any little mistake to cause him to lose everything. Xiao Yan would naturally not be merciful to anyone who would intervene with the implementation of his plan. The current him was no longer that ignorant young man he was back then!

Old Yin Gu, Su Mei, and Tie Wu also understood the warning and coldness within Xiao Yan's voice. Their expressions immediately changed slightly.

Old Yin Gu laughed dryly and was the first to open his mouth to speak, "Chief Xiao, you can rest assured that since we have promised to lend you a hand, we are all in the same boat. We will definitely not do something stupid like chiseling the boat and sinking together."

"Ke ke, it is naturally the best this way. Once the matter succeed, Xiao Yan will definitely hand over the reward that all of you want. There will not be any tardiness!" A warm smile once again surfaced on Xiao Yan's face as he slowly spoke after hearing this.

The three of them accompanied Xiao Yan by smiling as they saw how the latter's face changed as fast as the flipping of a book. However, they quietly clicked their tongue in their hearts. In what way did this fellow act like a twenty plus year old when he dealt with issues? He was almost no different than those old foxes who had muddled around for half their lives.

Xiao Yan only turned his head around after shaking the three people. His gaze looked at Xiao Li. Both their hearts shared the same thought as they smiled at each other.

"The route to the Jia Ma Empire this time around is extremely far. It is impossible for even an expert Dou Wang to use Dou Qi wings to hurry and cover the distance. Moreover, there are quite a number of Dou Ling class people with us." Xiao Li finally opened his mouth and spoke after seeing Xiao Yan completely stabilize the situation.

Xiao Yan nodded slightly. Back then, he had also spent quite a lot of time when he was traveling from the Jia Ma Empire to the 'Black-Corner Region'. He naturally understood just how far the journey between the two was. With his current strength, he would need to rest a couple of times along the way in order to complete it."

"Ke ke, if we were to walk on the ground to the Jia Ma Empire, it is likely that we will not be able to arrive within half a year." Xiao Li laughed. He immediately blew a sharp whistle with his mouth. When the whistle was emitted, waves of low, deep beast roars immediately sounded. After which, thousands of birds took off from the forest as ten enormous fierce-looking Magical Beast flapped their huge flesh wings, carrying a wave of wild wind as they swiftly rose toward the mountain peak and emitted a low, beast roar toward Xiao Li.

"These ten Tiger Eagle Beasts are all true rank 4 Magical Beast. Not only are they fierce but they also specialize in flying extremely long distances. However, these things are too proud to be tamed. I have spent quite a hefty price in order to exchange for them from the 'Beast Taming Gate'." Xiao Li smiled and spoke as he pointed at the ten large-sized Magical Beast that appeared to be both a tiger and an eagle.

"Rank 4 Magical Beast huh…" Xiao Yan felt somewhat surprised when he heard this. Did that not mean that these ten Tiger Eagle Beast were equivalent to ten strong Dou Lings?

"All the various things that we need along the way have been arranged. We can begin flying toward the Jia Ma Empire anytime." Xiao Li smiled. His gaze faintly revealed some wild heat and anxiety.

"Since that is the case…" Xiao Yan grinned. An unusual heat also surged up his dark-black eyes as his voice suddenly became louder, "What are we still waiting for? Everyone, get on the Tiger Eagle Beast immediately. We will be hurrying to the Jia Ma Empire starting from today!"

Xiao Yan's words had just sounded when the over hundred black figures, who were standing like wooden poles on the mountain slope, began to orderly hurry forward. They immediately landed on those Tiger Eagle Beast creeping on the ground. The experts from the Dark Sky Sect and the other two factions also rushed to the flying beasts lingering in the air.

Xiao Li waited for everyone to take their positions before his mouth once again emitted the sharp whistle. Immediately, the ten Tiger Eagle Magical Beasts stood up with a low roar. They flapped their wide wings, carrying a wild wild as they slowly ascended into the sky.

The wild wind took shape in the sky. Xiao Yan raised his head and watched the ten enormous flying Magical Beast above and a boiling hot feeling suddenly surged up in his chest. With a low cry, he flapped the jade-green flame wings on his back and immediately rushed toward the enormous head of a Tiger Eagle Beast in a lightning like manner. Queen Medusa, Xiao Li, and the others swiftly rushed over from behind him.

Xiao Yan stood on the head of the Tiger Eagle Beast. The wind blowing from the front caused his clothes to flutter. He lowered his head and watched the increasingly smaller ground before slowly lifting it once again. Those eyes of his stared at the distant northern sky. The corner of his mouth was slowly pulled into a dark and cold smile.

"Jia Ma Empire, Misty Cloud Sect, Xiao Yan is back!"

Chapter 672: Activity of the Misty Cloud Sect

There were three human figures sitting in a heavily guarded hall in the enormous mansion of the Primer clan situated in the capital of the Jia Ma Empire. The atmosphere there was somewhat heavy.

"Ya Fei, has something happened for you to call us all here so anxiously?" An old man who was wearing a pale-blue robe in the lower part of the hall knit his brows slightly and looked at the beautiful lady seated on the leader's seat before taking the lead to speak.

"Ke ke, that's right. Ya Fei xiao-jie, we have coincidentally received an assignment today and we are in a rush." A man was seated in a wheelchair on the other side of the hall. His gaze was also looking at the lady seated on the leader's seat as he smiled and spoke
TL: xiao-jie – a form of address to a lady (daughter) of a rich and powerful family

"Big brother Xiao Ding, you can just call me Ya Fei. This form of address of yours appear much too stranger like." The lady in the leader's seat had a jade-like face and picture like eyes. The smiling arc that was lifted on the corner of her sleek red mouth easily filled her with a mature and enchanting style, appearing extremely eye-catching. This familiar face was naturally Ya Fei, who had quite a good relationship with Xiao Yan.

Hearing the way she addressed the man, he was surprisingly Xiao Yan's big brother, Xiao Ding!

"The main reason for me to hurriedly summon Old Hai and Xiao Ding over is because I have received some bad news." Ya Fei delicate finger pressed softly on the table as she knit her eyebrows slightly and said, "According to the information, the Misty Cloud Sect is currently having quite the big activity. The last time the Misty Cloud Sect had any activity was when it attacked the Xiao clan. It is the same this time around. I think their aim is quite big."

While she mentioned the part about attacking the Xiao clan, Ya Fei's gaze also gently drifted toward Xiao Ding who was seated in a wheelchair. However, the latter did not show the slightest movement. He still maintained the spring like smile. That manner was as though the issue of the Xiao clan being nearly exterminated back then had not the slightest relationship with him.

"There is movement in the Misty Cloud Sect again?" Hai Bodong by his side frowned intently when he heard this. He said, "What do they wish to do this time around?"

"I am temporarily unaware of their motive. Moreover, their activity is extremely secretive. If my current information network had not already extended into the Misty Cloud Sect, it is likely that I would have difficulty sensing it." Ya Fei shook her head as she opened her red lips slightly to speak.

"Don't tell me that they are targeting us? How did they discover that the remnant members of the Xiao clan are protected by our Primer clan?" Hai Bodong frowned intently and spoke in a deep voice.

"This is only still a guess. All the activities of the Misty Cloud Sect these years are increasingly unlike the old sect which maintained an aloof status. I think that even the imperial family has also been studying each and every action of theirs. However, Yun Shan's strength is really too strong. Hence, even the imperial family doesn't dare make any unusual movements in fear of provoking this enormous being, which is in such close proximity, creating a situation which they will have difficulty resolving." Ya Fei voiced her thoughts.

"The Primer clan is one of the three large clans of the Jia Ma Empire with an enormous implication, completely unlike our Xiao clan back then. If the Misty Cloud Sect wishes to act against you, it would definitely result in instability within the empire. The other factions are unlikely to just sit there and allow the Primer clan to be destroyed by the Misty Cloud Sect. Of course, there is an exception to everything. It is just as all of you have said. The Misty Cloud Sect is originally the strongest faction within the Jia Ma Empire. Now, with the addition of an expert like Yun Shan, the other factions would be a little afraid even if they desired to help." Xiao Ding, who was seated in the wheelchair, crossed his ten fingers in front of him and slowly spoke.

"These words have some logic to them. However, we should always be careful. Xiao Ding, you should get your clan members to avoid going out as much as possible during this period of time. The Primer clan also needs to quietly become alert. Should the Misty Cloud Sect really start any activity, we would at least not be caught off-guard." Hai Bodong paced up and down the hall for awhile before speaking in a deep voice.

"Yes." Xiao Ding nodded his head slightly. He watched the tight frown on Hai Bodong's old face and sighed softly, "Old Hai, I'm really sorry. It is all because of our Xiao clan. We have actually implicated your Primer clan."

"Why are you still saying this now?" Hai Bodong waved his hand toward Xiao Ding. He spoke with a faint smile, "Moreover, we are not really helping you without reason. You can treat it as the old me is using my old life and the Primer clan as stakes in a bet."

"Old Hai is betting that my third brother will be able to return and defeat the Misty Cloud Sect? If that is the case, that is indeed a very bold gamble." Xiao Ding laughed softly as he replied.

"In that case, do you believe that the little fellow will return and turn the tide?" Hai Bodong grinned and returned the question.

Xiao Ding rubbed his nose and smiled. He softly said, "I naturally believe so. Moreover, I can even sense that this day might not be too far away…"

"The old me also share your thoughts. Ha ha."

A smile also rose on Ya Fei's lips as she watched the two smiling figures. A black-robed, young man with a pair of dark-black eyes slowly surfaced in her head.

"Little fellow, I also believe that you will return to the Jia Ma Empire as a strong person!"

In a remote hall at the back mountain of the Misty Cloud Sect.

The empty hall was completely silent. There was an extremely beautiful and striking white-clothed woman located in the middle of the hall. She quietly sat on the futon and had her eyes tightly shut.


The sound of a door being opened suddenly sounded within the spacious large hall. Immediately, the tightly shut door was slowly opened and a thread of moonlight followed the gap and spread into the hall. Finally, it wrapped around the white-clothed woman, much like a faint, silver, yarn layer, causing the latter to be like a fairy in the sky who was filled with a nobility and ethereal feeling that was difficult to describe.

An old figure slowly walked in after the door opened. Finally, his footsteps halted at a spot not far from the white-clothed woman. He spoke with a faint smile, "Yun-er, are you still angry with teacher?"

The white-clothed woman slowly opened her tightly shut eyes when she heard the old voice. Those gem-like pupils revealed an unusual charm under the reflection of the moonlight, setting off that noble, ethereal, indifferent, pretty face, causing one to feel humbled. This familiar face was surprisingly the Leader of the Misty Cloud Sect back then, Yun Yun!

The three years did not leave behind the slightest trace on her face. Instead, her noble aura became increasingly richer as it was brewed by time. However, under the nobility hid a little coldness that she did not possess back then.

"Teacher, why are you free to come to this 'Forbidden Hall'?" The white-clothed woman glanced at the old man in front of her but she did not stand up. Her voice contained some self-mocking.

"Ugh, Yun-er, you still possessed such a temper. You have forgotten how your teacher has trained you because of a Xiao clan that is completely unrelated to you?" The old man sighed as he spoke in a manner that was a little resentful that she did not meet his expectations.

"Yun Yun naturally remembered teacher's education deep within my heart." Yun Yun's pretty face was somewhat bitter. A moment later, she muttered softly, "However, why do you need to treat a little Xiao clan in this manner? By doing this, you and Xiao… there will be a point where neither of you will rest until the other die."

"So be it. He is but a younger generation who thinks that he has some talent. Can he really cause I, Yun Shan, to be afraid?" The old man's face immediately became ugly when he heard Yun Yun mention that person once again. He swung his sleeves and spoke with a cold smile, "That fellow was chased out of the Jia Ma Empire three years ago. However, there are no news of that fellow from the few neighboring countries during these three years. He might have already died somewhere."

Yun Yun shook her head when she heard Yun Shan's words and ceased speaking.

"Alright, I am not here to discuss that fellow with you. As long as you forget about that brat, I will once again let you ascend to the position of sect leader. However, looking at it now, you are still unable to forget him." Yun Shan studied the atmosphere with a little frustration. He also frowned and spoke in a dark, cold voice, "I will definitely not let off that Xiao clan. I have already received information that the remnant members of the Xiao clan should be protected by the Primer clan. That old fellow Hai Bodong has been hindering my Misty Cloud Sect time and time again. Does he really think that the old me cannot finish him off? This time around, I will let the Xiao clan be completely eliminated from the Jia Ma Empire!"

"You want to act against the Primer clan?" Yun Yun was immediately startled when she heard this. There was some involuntary anger in her tone, "The Primer clan is one of the three large clans within the Jia Ma Empire. If the Misty Cloud Sect acts against them, we will definitely arouse the displeasure of many factions. Does teacher want to place the Misty Cloud Sect in a position that opposes everyone in the Jia Ma Empire?"

"They are but a bunch of dancing clowns." Disdain flashed across Yun Shan's old face as he coldly laughed, "If they really want to intervene, then it's just as well. The Jia Ma Empire has been peaceful for too long. It is considered not bad for our Misty Cloud Sect to give it a good wash."

Yun Yun was shocked as she observed Yun Shan whose character had changed drastically from before. She really felt a great disbelief. The teacher whom she had respected the most back then had actually turned into this manner.

"Teacher, if you continue to remain unrepentant, the Misty Cloud Sect will sooner or later be ruined in your hands!" Yun Yun clenched her silver teeth and spoke furiously.

"Yun Yun, you are becoming bolder and bolder now! You actually dare to speak to me in this manner!" Yun Shan's expression turned cold as he reprimanded. He immediately swung his sleeves, turned around, and walked out of the hall, "The Misty Cloud Sect will not be destroyed in my hands. Instead, I will lead it to a height that never existed in the past. That level is something that none of the previous sect leaders of the Misty Cloud Sect ever reached!"

Yun Shan paused just as he was about to exit the hall. He coldly said, "Additionally, it is best that you forget about that brat. Don't hold the wishful thinking that he will still return to the Jia Ma Empire. Even if he did return, the first thing the old me would do is take his little life. Moreover, the Misty Cloud Sect will destroy his entire clan. You, being the sect leader of the Misty Cloud Sect, means that you and him is an impossibility!"

Yun Shan stepped forward after saying this and walked out of the hall. He waved his sleeves and the large, thick door shut tightly with a bang.

Yun Yun clenched her fist tightly as she watched the tightly shut door. A moment later, some emotional pain and dejection surfaced on her brilliantly beautiful face…

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