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Chapter 673: Thousands of Kilometers Away

Languid clouds lazily hung in the endless blue sky. Only the occasional blowing wind caused a slight shift. Sunlight scattered down from the cloud layer and landed on those mountains and hills, giving them an extra warmth.

The sound of waves of blowing wild wind suddenly appeared in the silent sky. Immediately, some small, black dots appeared at the edge of the sky. A moment later, the black dots drifted over with the wind before transforming into ten plus flying Magical Beast that emitted a ferocious aura. They carried a low roar as they whizzed by…

A black-robed, young man was seated cross-legged on the enormous head of the leading flying Magical Beast. A faint jade-green Dou Qi surfaced on his body, blocking the wild wind that was blowing toward him front the front. He himself was able to enter into his training mode without any disturbance.

The black-robed, young man's training continued for a long time before his eyes moved slightly. He immediately opened them and his gaze swept over the extremely small ground below him. He turned his head and inquired from the people behind him, "Where are we now?"

Hearing Xiao Yan's words, Xiao Li, who had been chatting and laughing with Lin Yan and the others, turned his head around. He swiftly took out a map from his storage ring and smiled as he said, "We are in a small country called Wan Yan. This place is already very far from the 'Black-Corner Region'. According to our speed, we should be able to reach the borders of the Jia Ma Empire in another month's time."

"There is still another month huh…" Xiao Yan muttered. His gaze immediately turned to Lin Yan and the others. During this one month of traveling, they had spent most of their time on the Tiger Eagle Beast despite them occasionally descending to rest. This kind of dull traveling was not something that an ordinary person could endure. Fortunately, however, most of the people on this trip were strong. They could still rely on training to spend their time if they were really bored.

"Ugh, if this trip were to continue for another few months, it is likely that I will definitely become crazy." Lin Yan spoke with a helpless face when he saw Xiao Yan's gaze looking over.

Xiao Yan smiled. His gaze swept in all directions and immediately said, "Where is Zi Yan? Don't tell me that she cannot endure it any longer and ran away by herself?"

"Ah. That little girl cannot sit still. She has already run toward the front. However, Medusa is following her." Xiao Li nodded her head, moved closer to Xiao Yan and clicked his tongue in amazement as he spoke, "It is really unexpected that the icy-cold woman actually treats Zi Yan quite well. She actually volunteered to follow and protect her."

"Let them do as they like. Zi Yan should not get into any trouble with Cai Lin around." Xiao Yan smiled. His gaze swept over the ten plus Tiger Eagle Beast behind him and said, "No accidents have happened right?"

"Yes, everything is proceeding smoothly. However, with such a large group of people flying through the sky, we will unavoidably cause some commotion when we fly over some areas where some factions are located. If they possess a strong person, they will come up and investigate. Moreover, some of those fellows even invited us to go down and gather with them when they saw that this group of ours is so strong." Xiao Li laughed as he replied.

"Try to avoid getting into a conflict with these factions. We are only passing by and will not intervene no matter what problem we meet. Just reject those people who have extended an invitation to us." Xiao Yan nodded slightly and spoke after musing for a moment. This journey from the 'Black-Corner Region' to the Jia Ma Empire was thousands of kilometers in distance. There were all sorts of different factions filling the distance between them. If they were to get involved in some trouble, it was likely that their journey would be greatly delayed. This was something that Xiao Yan, who was in a hurry to the Jia Ma Empire, did not wish to see.

"Ke ke, I am naturally aware of this. Moreover, I have also informed Old Yin Gu and the others to treat those experts, who have come to observe, with respect before sending them off." Xiao Li laughed and said.

Xiao Yan nodded. He stood up and his gaze looked at the distant northern sky. A moment later, he exhaled a breath and said, "I wonder just how big brother and the others are…"

Xiao Li also became momentarily silent when he heard this. He immediately patted Xiao Yan's shoulder and comforted, "Relax, although big brother is weaker than us, he has many thoughts and a never-ending number of ideas. It is not so easy for the Misty Cloud Sect to capture him."

Xiao Yan nodded slightly and sighed, "Hopefully."

"That's right, do you have the feeling of advancing to a Dou Huang during your training in this period of time." Xiao Li laughed and changed the topic when he sensed the pressuring atmosphere.

"How can it be so easy…" Xiao Yan shook his head with a bitter smile. He had been extremely hardworking in training for nearly a month. Unfortunately, that feeling of touching the Dou Huang barrier still did not appear. This caused him to feel somewhat helpless. Attempting to advance from a Dou Wang to a Dou Huang was indeed not an easy task.

"Can't you use medicinal pills to raise your strength? I seem to recall that an expert Dou Wang is able to consume one 'Dou Spirit Pill' to raise his strength by one star, right? Given your current strength, won't you coincidentally be able to breakthrough if you consume one pill?" Xiao Li fondled his chin and reasoned out.

"The 'Dou Spirit Pill' will enable the Dou Wang who consumes it to raise his strength by one star. However, it does not have much use to me. Moreover, that medicinal pill is unable to let a peak Dou Wang expert to breakthrough the barrier. Otherwise, if everyone who reached the peak of the Dou Wang class were to consume a 'Dou Spirit Pill', won't it enable those people to easily breakthrough to the Dou Huang class?" Xiao Yan shook his head and replied helplessly. This method was something he had thought of long ago. However, even Yao Lao had said that the effect of the 'Dou Spirit Pill' was no longer that great with his current strength. He couldn't rely on it to breakthrough to the Dou Huang class.

"If it is not possible to use the 'Dou Spirit Pill', what about other medicinal pills?"

"It is likely that I cannot rely on any external force for my breakthrough this time around…" Xiao Yan shook his head. Although being underground for two years had enabled his strength to soar greatly, it had also left behind some hazards. Now, he was trying his best to remove these hazards. If he were to use any external force to cause his strength to soar at this moment, it was likely that he would be able to obtain quite a strong force within a short period of time. However, it might well become a barrier for him to enter an even higher level in the future. This kind of thing was little different than overdrafting his strength and it was something Xiao Yan did not wish to do.

"In that case, you can only take things slowly. One cannot hurry with this kind of thing…" Xiao Li could only helplessly shake his head when his suggestion was rejected. He was unable to be of much help with regards to such matters.

Xiao Yan smiled and nodded. He was indeed a little impatient during this period of time.


The sudden sound of rushing wind appeared in front of them just as Xiao Yan and Xiao Li were conversing. Two figures quickly rushed over. Finally, they boarded this Tiger Eagle Beast Xiao Yan's group was on. Xiao Yan and the others looked over. The figures were actually Zi Yan and Medusa.

Xiao Yan sniffed with his nose as he looked at the happy smiling face of Zi Yan. He managed to smell a wisp of extremely weak medicinal fragrance in the air. Immediately, he could not help but ask in surprised, "The both of you had gone to get medicinal ingredients?"

"Hee hee, your nose is really sensitive." Zi Yan laughed out loud when Xiao Yan had pointed out her motive immediately. She flipped her hand and a couple of exquisitely-shaped jade boxes appeared on it. The little girl handed them over to Xiao Yan in a fawning manner as she said with a laugh, "You can keep some of these medicinal ingredients to help Cai Lin jie-jie refine medicinal pills in the future. However, you must help me refine Yaowan with the rest. You cannot keep all of them!"
TL: jie-jie – older sister

Xiao Yan was somewhat stunned when he received the jade boxes. He opened them one at a time and the surprise in his eyes immediately became denser. He muttered, "This is… Jade Dragon Saliva? Extreme Cold Ganoderma? These medicinal ingredients… where did you get them from?"

It was little wonder that Xiao Yan was shocked. These few medicinal ingredients were mostly those that were required to refine the 'Soul Recovery Pill'. Xiao Yan had mentioned this medicinal pill to Medusa back then. It was unexpected that a couple of those medicinal ingredients that were difficult to find even in the 'Black-Corner Region' would actually be found in one go by this little girl Zi Yan.

"Zi Yan naturally has a special ability to sense these spiritual medicine. It is naturally an easy task to look for them." Medusa rubbed Zi Yan's little head and spoke indifferently to Xiao Yan.

Xiao Yan curled his mouth. He had forgotten that Zi Yan had such a special ability. He must bring this little girl along if he wanted to search for medicinal ingredients in the future…

"However, these medicinal ingredients… do not appear like they have just left the ground? These medicinal ingredients aren't those that you have went to look for and unearth right?" Xiao Yan played with the jade boxes. He appeared to have discovered something as he asked with a frown.

"Hee hee…" Zi Yan laughed when she heard this. She immediately spoke softly, "These are things stored by some factions along the way. Cai Lin jie-jie said that it is a waste for them to keep these. Hence, we secretly took them out…"

Xiao Yan was stunned as he looked at Zi Yan who was smiling awkwardly. His expression gradually turned green as he looked at Medusa angrily, "You actually brought her to steal medicinal ingredients?"

"I will settle it if any problem were to occur. There is nothing you need to worry about. Moreover, these medicinal ingredients are all those that are needed for you to help me refine the 'Soul Recovery Pill'. I don't wish to wait until our agreement is over only for you to tell me that you have not found all the medicinal ingredients." Medusa curled her lips and spoke indifferently.

The corner of Xiao Yan's eyes twitched. He did not expect that these two individuals, one big and one small, could really cause trouble. It was fortunate that they were not discovered when they stole these medicinal ingredients. Otherwise, they could forget about smoothly resting for their journey.

"Get them to increase our speed!" Xiao Yan's expression was green as he turned around and spoke solemnly to Xiao Li.

"Yes." Xiao Li let out a bitter laugh. The Dou Qi wings on his back were flapped as he rushed to the other flying Magical Beast.

"The two of you are not allowed to leave without my permission in the future!" Xiao Yan once again turned toward Zi Yan and Medusa and spoke furiously after seeing Xiao Li leave.

Zi Yan secretly extended her tongue when she saw Xiao Yan's somewhat green face. Queen Medusa by the side had vertical eyebrows but eventually swallowed the words in her mouth when she saw the furious gaze of Xiao Yan.

Xiao Yan only quietly sighed in relief after he had suppressed these two fellows who gaze one a headache. He lowered his head, eyed the jade boxes in his hand and helplessly shook his head. All he could do was to store them in his storage ring.

The speed at which Xiao Yan's group traveled clearly became much faster after this matter was over. This kind of speed continued for a couple of days. Only after they were far from the area where Zi Yan and Medusa created trouble did Xiao Yan completely relax. After which, he once again reduced the speed.

Time swiftly flowed like sand between one's fingers during the dull flight…

As time flowed by, the distance between Xiao Yan's large troops and the border of the Jia Ma Empire also became increasingly closer…

Chapter 674: Zhen Gui Pass! Old Acquaintance!

Xiao Yan's group was coming increasingly closer to their destination after two long months of flying. According to what the map indicated, they would soon be able to reach the border of the Jia Ma Empire…

Time flowed by amid this dull flying. When the endless, long journey once again passed through a majestic mountain range, the large outline of a fortress faintly appeared at the edge of their sight.

The fortress was built against the mountains, appearing much like a ferocious tiger that guarded the key route that led from the empire to its exterior. Anyone who wanted to leave the Jia Ma Empire must pass through this enormous fortress. This heavily guarded fortress had swallowed an unknown number of ghosts. They were the ghosts of people who died on the battlefield during these years. This had also caused many empires around to fear it like one feared a tiger.

Hence this fortress had a rather fierce name.

Zhen Gui Pass! (Ghost Crushing Pass)

A smile slowly solidified on Xiao Yan's face as his gaze swept toward the outline of the enormous fortress in the distant horizon. He stood up on the enormous head of the Tiger Eagle Beast and looked down on the city fortress that still emitted a ghastly aura despite being a great distance away. A moment later, a smile surfaced on the corner of his mouth and swiftly widened. Finally, a roaring laughter that had been suppressed for three years sounded like thunder in the sky!

"Jia Ma Empire, I, Xiao Yan… has returned!"

The loud laughter rolled like a thunder in the sky. However, there was usually hardly anyone in this location. Otherwise, he would definitely have attracted the gazes of a countless number of people.

The people on the ten plus flying beasts watched Xiao Yan who seldom forget himself as they threw their surprised gazes over. This was the first time they had seen Xiao Yan, this person who had always maintained a warm smile and never appeared to be flustered, forgetting himself.

"Is this place the Jia Ma Empire?" Lin Yan and the others stood at the front somewhat curiously. Their gaze looked toward the extremely distant fortress and inquired.

"Yes. This is a border fortress of the Jia Ma Empire. We can be considered to have entered the Jia Ma Empire once we pass through this place." Xiao Li nodded and said.

"Back then, I fled from this place when I was chased by the Misty Cloud Sect. It is really unexpected that I would return to this spot three years later." The wild smile on Xiao Yan's face was slowly withdrawn. He turned his head toward Lin Yan and others to speak with a grin. That smile had a nostalgic feeling to it.

"Ke ke, if that is the case, what are we waiting for?" Xiao Li smiled. He patted Xiao Yan's shoulders. Back then, Xiao Yan had escaped alive while being chased by the Misty Cloud Sect, who wanted to kill him. This matter had turned the Jia Ma Empire into an uproar back then. The various thrills involved were far more exciting and dangerous compared to what was transmitted out.

Xiao Yan also laughed softly. His long hand was extended from his sleeves and a glow flashed from the 'Serene Sea Storage Ring'. An enormous dark-black heavy ruler appeared with a flash.

"I wonder if there is anyone within the Jia Ma Empire who is still currently able to recall this image?" The Heavy Xuan Ruler was placed on Xiao Yan's back as he patted it and laughed. Its large size was nearly as tall as Xiao Yan's height.

Lin Yan and the others watched that black-robed, young man who was carrying a black ruler with his hands behind his back as he stood on the head of the Tiger Eagle Beast. They suddenly vaguely sensed a sharp killing intent gradually being emitted from the body of this usually gentle fellow. The few of them exchanged glances. In their hearts, all of them quietly mentioned that the Jia Ma Empire would become a little chaotic because of this fellow return…

"Everyone, increase our speed!" Xiao Yan gently waved his hand as his voice clearly resounded by everyone's ears. That tone which had always been as gentle as a breeze gained an additional anxiety at this moment.

An acknowledgement sounded in the sky upon hearing Xiao Yan's orders. Immediately the ten plus flying beasts flapped their flesh wings amid some roars, carrying along a wild wind as they rushed toward the distant fortress.

Although the distance appeared to to extremely far, Xiao Yan and the others were already in close proximity of the fortress after less than ten minutes of straight flying by the flying beast!

Xiao Yan waved his hand as they gradually approached this fortress. The flying units in the sky immediately paused. All the gazes swept toward the figure of the young man who was carrying a heavy ruler in front of them.

They were at least a thousand meters from the ground and the people below would likely only vaguely see some small black spots if they looked up to such a height from below. However, with Xiao Yan's eyesight, he could clearly absorb all the activity on the ground into his eyes.

Xiao Yan's gaze swept over the huge bright red characters on the gate of the fortress. The familiar name caused Xiao Yan's entire body to appear as though it was filled with electricity. A numb feeling writhed within his blood.

"Zhen Gui Pass… it has been three years since they parted. There might be little change to the city but the people have already changed drastically." Xiao Yan sighed softly as he whispered.

"Third brother, it seems that something is wrong… this 'Zhen Gui Pass' seems to be a little too quiet today. According to what I know, this is the largest fortress within fifty kilometers of this place. There would be some hustle and bustle even at night. Now, however…" Xiao Li suddenly frowned and spoke somewhat doubtfully while Xiao Yan was sighing emotionally in his heart.

Xiao Yan was also startled when he heard this. His gaze swept over the silent fortress and surprise also flashed in his eyes, "Indeed… when I was leaving from this place back then there was extremely great human traffic here. What happened today?"

"Don't tell me that someone already learned about the news of your return?" Lin Xiu Ya also extended his head over and asked.

"How can this be possible? The 'Black-Corner Region' and the Jia Ma Empire are so far apart. No one in the Jia Ma Empire should be aware about any news regarding me." Xiao Yan shook his head and said.

"The city seems to have traces of a fight. Moreover, there are quite a number of strong people gathered in a single location." Medusa, who had been silent, suddenly spoke in a faint voice.

Xiao Yan was startled when he heard Medusa's words. He immediately shut his eyes slowly and his powerful Spiritual Strength spread out like a torrent from between his eyebrows. Finally, it swiftly swept over the entire fortress below.

Xiao Li and the others ceased speaking when they saw Xiao Yan shut his eyes. They quietly waited for him to investigate.

Xiao Yan opened his eyes once again some time later. His gaze turned to the middle of the fortress. An unexpected smile surfaced on the corner of his mouth as he softly spoke, "This fortress is indeed not quite peaceful. Moreover, it is really unexpected that I am able to meet some familiar people just upon my return to the Jia Ma Empire."

"Familiar people?" Xiao Li was stunned.

"Let's go down and take a look…" Xiao Yan smiled but did not say anything else. He waved his hand and immediately commanded the Tiger Eagle Beasts as they flapped their flesh wings and descended. The ten plus flying beast also followed closely behind.

At this moment, the atmosphere within a spacious front yard in the middle of the city governor’s mansion in the Zhen Gui Pass was extremely anxious with the possibility of a conflict breaking out at any time. Two groups of people were facing each other with hostility. Shining weapons carried a denseness under the sunlight. Clearly, this was not some acting. Instead, they were really going to fight each other with sharp blades.

"Meng Li, you actually dare to privately attack your commander. You will have difficulty keeping your head if this matter were to reach the capital!" A strong looking middle-aged man from one of the clusters of people, who looked like a metal pagoda, cried out while furiously looking at the man on the other side who had a cold smile.

"Hee hee, Mu Tie, don't use this method on me. Although I have made preparations for this for a long time, I would naturally not dare to do such an outrageous thing without the support of someone." The man wearing a yellow robe laughed in a dark voice.

"Support? You mean… the Misty Cloud Sect?" The man who was addressed as Mu Tie eyes shrank when he heard this. He cried out in a shocked voice, "What does the Misty Cloud Sect want to do? If the imperial family knows this, it will definitely maneuver their troops to destroy them!"

"Hee hee, the imperial family? So what? Would the Misty Cloud Sect be afraid of them with its strength?" Meng Li laughed. His gaze immediately turned cold as he spoke in a sinister manner, "As long as I kill you, I will naturally have my own method to control this 'Zhen Gui Pass'. With the reputation that I have established over these years, it might be a little troublesome to incorporate all the soldiers here under me but it is not impossible!"

"You actually want to incorporate the empire's army under you?" Mu Tie gently inhaled a breath of cool air. A storm rose in his heart. He knew that if the matter here were to spread to the capital, it was likely that the entire Jia Ma Empire would show feel an earth-shaking shock. It was unexpected that the Misty Cloud Sect was already this crazy.

"Although this city governor's mansion will be the place you die, it is best that you remain unaware of some things." Meng Li laughed.

"You want to kill me with your peak Dou Ling's strength?" Mu Tie furiously laughed.

"Commander Mu Tie, I know that you have broken through to the Dou Wang class recently. However, a person who has yet to even stabilize his strength in the Dou Wang class dares to be this arrogant?" Meng Li curled his lips in disdain. He immediately cried out loud, "Elder Yun Fan, please intervene and get rid of this person!"

Meng Li's voice had just sounded when a rushing wind sound suddenly appeared. Immediately over ten white-robed human figures flashed and appeared on the surrounding tall walls of the front yard. The person at the front was an old man with a calm water-like face. A pressuring atmosphere covered the entire city governor's mansion upon his appearance.

"Yun Fan? An Elder of the Misty Cloud Sect?" Mu Tie's expression was ugly as he looked at the old man who had appeared. A gloominess involuntarily surged in his heart. He had been lingering around the peak of the Dou Ling class for so many years and had only luckily broke through to the Dou Wang class not long ago. If one was to discuss his strength, he could not even be truly considered a one star Dou Wang. How would he be able to contend with a Misty Cloud Sect's Elder whose strength had reached that of a three star Dou Wang?

"Commander Mu Tie, it would be best that you hand the military symbol over. Your Mu clan is also one of the three large clans of the empire. If your clan joins with our Misty Cloud Sect, the things that the Mu Clan will gain in the future will definitely be even more than now. If you continue to be unrepentant, it is likely that destruction will not be far away." Yun Fan glanced indifferently at the ugly expression of Mu Tie and slowly spoke
TL: military symbol – in ancient china, this item is used to enable quick maneuver of the military. Whoever holds it has the right to command the military.

"The Misty Cloud Sect is committing treason and is certainly a disgrace. I, Mu Tie, am a general of the empire. There is no need for others to tell me off if I were to surrender to you. Even I, myself, would look down on me!" Mu Tie angrily retorted.

"Stubborn fool!"

Yun Fan shook his head. His expression also gradually turned colder. He clenched his fist and a dark-blue longsword appeared in his hand. The sword tip was raised level as it locked onto Mu Tie before he spoke in an indifferent manner, "The only fate of anyone who hinders our Misty Cloud Sect is death. Since you remain unrepentant, don't blame the old me for being merciless."

"Ha ha, it's just as well. I have yet to exchange blows with anyone since I have broken through to the Dou Wang class. Today, I will not lose out even if I end up dying in your hands. However, the wild ambition of the Misty Cloud Sect will definitely die in its embryonic stage!" Mu Tie also raised all the fighting intent in his heart when he heard the killing intent that was contained in Yun Fan's voice. Although he knew it was definitely impossible for him to defeat the other party, it was better to fight to death than to surrender in this kind of situation.

Yun Fan narrowed his old eyes. His expression grew increasingly colder. An incomparably powerful Dou Qi slowly surged out from his body and the pressuring strength that was created from the Dou Qi caused quite a number of people in the yard to hurriedly step back.

Mu Tie's expression also gradually became solemn in the face of Yun Fan's powerful Dou Qi aura. He withdrew a huge axe from his storage ring. The Dou Qi in his body was circulated to its limit…

However, just as the anxious swords drawn atmosphere was about to be broken by an intense battle between strong Dou Wangs was about to erupt, a clear laugh slowly transmitted from the sky. The laughter lingered within the yard and did not disappear for a long time.

"Ke ke, it has been three years since I left. I didn't expect that the Misty Cloud Sect to become this arrogant. It really greatly exceeded my expectations. Looks like old dog Yun Shan has quite the wild ambition…"

Chapter 675: Mu Tie

The sudden laugh broke the anxious swords-drawn atmosphere within the yard. Many people held stunned expressions. Someone actually dared to hurl such insults at Yun Shan in the current Jia Ma Empire?

A dark coldness gradually surge up Yun Fan's face. He slowly raised his head and threw his gaze toward the sky like everyone else.

However, everyone's expression changed a little when their gazes looked at the ten plus enormous flying beast lingering in the sky. Who were these uninvited guest?

Mu Tie also looked at the flying Magical Beast in the sky in alarm. He hurriedly waved his hand as he felt lost in this situation. The large group that was gathered behind him swarmed forward and surrounded him. Their gazes were cautious as they looked at those uninvited guests in the sky.

"Everyone isn't people from the Jia Ma Empire right?" Yun Fan's expression was dark and cold as he looked at the ten plus Magical Beast in the sky. He coldly said, "This is our Misty Cloud Sect's issue, I will advise all of you not to meddle in another's business!"

"Ke ke, it is indeed the Misty Cloud Sect."

A faint laugh was emitted again from the back of the Tiger Eagle Beast suspending in the sky after Yun Fan's voice sounded. Immediately, some figures flashed and over ten human figures leaped down from the back of the beast and steadily landed in the yard.

Yun Fan's aura that had covered the entire city governor's mansion immediately shrank like a torrent after these ten human figures landed. In merely an instant, it was completely suppressed back into his body and not even a little of it could seep out.

Yun Fan's expression immediately turned ugly at his aura being suppressed to such an extent. From this act of the other party, it was obvious that their strength far surpassed his.

There were quite a number of people in the yard who sensed Yun Fan's aura being suppressed. They immediately looked at one another. The caution in their hearts soared. As the saying goes, those who come have ill motives and those without would not come. It was likely that the manner today would not be easily resolved.

Mu Tie softly ordered the surrounding troops to not act rashly. His gaze was cautious as he swept his gaze over the ten plus human figures who had leaped down from the Magical Beast.

His sweeping gaze first paused on the body of a black-robed, young man who was standing right at the front. His gaze stared at the young face and Mu Tie became stunned. He faintly felt a familiar feeling. However, it was difficult for him to recall when he had interacted with such a strong person at this moment. While he was thinking in his heart, his gaze swiftly swept over the other people. A great storm gradually surged in his heart a moment later. He discovered that he was actually unable to see through the strength of all ten human figures who had appeared. There was only one reason for such a situation to happen. The strength of these people had far exceeded his!

Mu Tie's throat rolled a little. He merely felt that his mouth was completely dry. Over ten Dou Wang or stronger experts? This kind of frightening line-up… just where did these people come from? Why had he never heard even a little information about this? It would be quite a difficult thing for even the few neighboring empires to gather so many experts within a short period of time.

Mu Tie's expression was ugly but it was not much better for Yun Fan. This was because the latter had similarly discovered that even the weakest among these people would likely have a strength similar to his. The rest, like the black-robed, young man in the leader's spot and the bewitching cold, glamourous, red-clothed beauty, caused him to feel a fear that came from deep within his heart.

The entire front yard had descended into an unusual silence because of these uninvited guests. This included the members of the Misty Cloud Sect on the wall and Yun Fan. None of them dared to make any unusual movements.

"May I know just who you are? The old me is Yun Fan, an Elder of the Misty Cloud Sect. Our sect leader is Yun Shan. Have you heard of him?" Yun Fan finally suppressed the shock within his heart some time later, and cupped his hands to the black-robed, young man who was occupying the leader's spot. His voice was much more courteous and careful compared to before. Moreover, his intention of bring out Yun Shan's name was undoubtedly to cause these people of unknown origin to feel some fear.

"Yun Shan? I have heard of him… I also have quite the connection with him." The black-robed, young man smiled. The corner of his mouth contained a teasing look.

Yun Fan immediately sighed in relief when he heard this. Since the other party had heard of Yun Shan's name, it was likely that they knew that he was an extremely powerful Dou Zong expert!

The teasing look on the corner of the black-robed, young man's mouth also widened when he saw Yun Fan's relaxed manner. He slowly took two steps forward. When he moved forward, Mu Tie's and Yun Fan's groups hurriedly took a step back and looked at him with great caution.

Xiao Yan turned his head over slightly. He threw his gaze on Mu Tie who was being heavily protected by his subordinates. The skin on Mu Tie's head became numb when he saw the former's eyes looking over. The arm which was tightly grabbing the enormous axe trembled. He could sense that he would likely not have the slightest chance to live if this mysterious black-robed, young man were to attack him.

"Ke ke, big brother Mu Tie, there is no need to be anxious. I have been remembering the favor of you letting me escape back then." The black-robed, young man laughed softly as he looked at the anxious Mu Tie. The words that he spoke caused both parties forces to immediately become stunned.

Mu Tie's face was similarly stunned because of the words of the black-robed, young man. His gaze immediately paused on the somewhat familiar face of the latter. A moment later, his gaze suddenly swept toward the enormous black ruler that the black-robed, young man was carrying on his back. A thought flashed in his head. The memory which had been hidden for three years was finally ruthlessly grabbed by him.

"You… you… you are Xiao Yan?"

A voice that contained disbelief amid some shock was transmitted from Mu Tie's mouth. The two groups of people in the front yard once again became dull as Mu Tie's face became stunned.
Xiao Yan? A name which had gradually forgotten during these three years. Only until Mu Tie's reminder did the certain matter and people from three years ago churn out in the minds of some of those present.

Numerous dull gazes looked at the black-robed, young man carrying an enormous black ruler. At this moment, the face that had gained some additional maturity and the somewhat tender face back then slowly merged…

"Xiao Yan? How is this possible? How can you still be alive?"

Yun Fan had also turned dull because of the name that was emitted from Mu Tie's mouth. A moment later, he became just like a cat that had had its tail stepped on as he screeched out in disbelief. The Misty Cloud Sect's disciples on the wall also revealed shocked faces. Only at this moment did they understand what the meaning behind Xiao Yan's earlier words about having quite a deep connection with Yun Shan. They did indeed have quite a deep connection between them. However, it was that of irreconcilable enemies!

Xiao Yan smiled and shook his head as he looked at the various expressions of everyone in the yard. He smiled and spoke to Yun Fan, "That old dog Yun Shan is still alive. Why should I die?"

Yun Fan's face twitched. There was still a remnants of disbelief on his face. The culprit who had turned the Misty Cloud Sect into a big mess three years ago was actually still alive. Moreover, from the looks of it, this person's strength had soared to a point that far exceeded his own. Yun Fan's heart involuntarily leaped with great force when he thought of this. Only now did he understand why the Misty Cloud Sect Leader used the entire strength of the sect to chase after this young man who was only in his teens… this fellow's growth potential was indeed too terrifying!

"Kill him!"

Yun Fan did not blink as he suddenly cried out in a ferocious manner. He could not let this fellow live!

The ten plus Misty Cloud Sect's disciple on the wall let out a stern cry after Yun Fan's order sounded. However, their Dou Qi had just surged out when they heard the sharp sound of rushing wind. Instantly, sharp sword blades pierced out from their chests as bright-red blood seeped out. The life in their eyes swiftly disappeared. They tried to forcefully turn their heads around as their consciousnesses scattered. However, they only saw numerous cold faces that were filled with bloodthirstiness.

"Pop! Pop!"

One could only hear a muffled sound emitted when the corpses fell down the wall and smashed into the ground. Mu Tie's face involuntarily twitched. His gaze vaguely glanced over the ten plus black figures that had unknowingly appeared on the wall. Shock immediately appeared in his heart. He could sense that the strength of all these black-clothed individuals were actually all at the peak of the Dou Ling class. Looking at the vicious tactics of killing with one strike, Mu Tie thought that it was likely that he would have a fifty-percent chance of dying in their hands if these ten plus people were to surround and attack him together. These people were basically the most outstanding forces which were not afraid to die!

"Are these people all their subordinates… moreover there are those experts who have yet to intervene…" Mu Tie swallowed a mouthful of saliva. His gaze carried some shock as he looked at the black-robed, young man who was standing with a smile. His heart still held some disbelief. In just three short years, the person who was alone as he was chased out by the Misty Cloud Sect like a dog that had lost its home would actually possess such great strength!

Yun Fan's heart also pounded abruptly as he saw those elites that he had brought out from the sect being killed so easily. His gaze swept over the smiling young man and an uneasiness gradually surged within his heart. Today…

"Blade Axe Company, attack!"

A stern cry suddenly sounded from the mouth of Meng Li behind Yun Fan. At this moment, this fellow was looking at Xiao Yan with a savage face. It was unexpected that the thing he was about to obtain would be spoiled by this bastard. Since this was the case, he would kill all of them.

"Bastard, you actually dare to privately maneuver the army?" Mu Tie immediately cried out angrily when he heard Meng Li's cry.

Meng Li laughed evilly. His gaze also became darker and more ruthless as he gradually heard the sound of orderly footsteps outside.

Xiao Yan looked at Meng Li indifferently. He still remembered this person. Back then, he was blocked by this fellow when he was about to leave the Jia Ma Empire…

Xiao Yan slowly raised his head and waved his hand and the ten plus enormous flying beast in the sky.

"Hee hee, chief Xiao, you can leave these little shrimps to us. There is no need for you to worry about them." A laugh sounded from the sky after Xiao Yan waved his hand. Immediately, numerous black shadows rushed down. Powerful Dou Qi immediately erupted outside the mansion along with the sound of blades colliding and miserable cries.

After hearing the killing sound outside and seeing that not a single soldier had rushed in after awhile, the smile on Meng Li's face gradually stiffened. He had placed thousands of soldiers outside. Yet from the looks of it now…

A bloody stench slowly spread in from outside. A pale-whiteness and terror gradually surged on Yun Fan's and Meng Li's face.

Xiao Yan glanced at the two of them and slowly stepped forward. His gentle voice, however, caused the bodies of both Yun Fan and Meng Li to feel icy-cold.

"I will repay what the Misty Cloud Sect has done to the Xiao clan by over a hundred times. Today, I will begin with the both of you… relax, old dog Yun Shan will also go down and accompany you."

Mu Tie's mind was somewhat absent-minded as he looked at the back of the black-robed, young man who was slowly walking. The words that were left behind by the young man who was miserably chased after three years ago suddenly sounded once again by his ears.

"Help me inform Yun Shan. Within two years or at the very most five years, I, Xiao Yan will return!"

"This fellow… actually… really did it."

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