Chapter 676: Kill
Yun Fan inhaled a deep breath of air as he watched the black-robed, young man who was walking over with a smile that was increasingly icy-cold. He held the dark-blue longsword tightly in his hand and the Dou Qi within his body churned unceasingly, appearing like floodwater. The shock in his heart had been greatly reduced as his eyes stared intently at Xiao Yan. A thought, however, had rose in his heart.
"This brat will definitely look for the Misty Cloud Sect to take revenge now that he has returned to the Jia Ma Empire. Looks like I must send this information to the sect. Otherwise, we might be caught off guard in the future."
Yun Fan's eyes flickered. He turned his head toward the similarly pale-faced Meng Li and said in a soft and quick manner, "I will delay him. Take the opportunity to leave. After which inform the sect leader of Xiao Yan's return!" He did not wait for Meng Li's response after his words sounded. His shoulders shook and a pair of pale-blue Dou Qi wings surged out. His feet gently pressed on the ground and his body turned into a vague shadow. It was mixed with sharp blade wind as he shot toward Xiao Yan.
Mu Tie's heart tightened when he saw Yun Fan suddenly attack and hurriedly cried out a reminder. However, he had just recovered after his reminder had sounded. The young man who was currently in front of him was no longer the young man who was chased like a dog that had lost its home back then.
Xiao Yan turned his head and smiled to Mu Tie. A cluster of jade-green flames suddenly appeared on his hand. He lifted his eyes slightly and saw the man and sword which were swiftly magnified in his eyes. The corner of his mouth moved. A faint silver colored glow flashed and appeared under his feet.
The deep-blue longsword carried a sharp sword aura as it tore through the air. It carried a dark, cold wind as it shot toward Xiao Yan's chest. When everyone's gaze were focused on him, Yun Fan suddenly cried out sternly, "Go!"
Meng Li, who was already ready by the side, stomped his feet violently on the ground. His body was like a cannonball as he rushed out of the city governor's mansion in a lightning-like manner.
"You want to go?" Xiao Yan coldly smiled as he heard the rushing wind sound that appeared when Meng Li fled. His left hand was extended before it was abruptly clenched. A powerful suction force immediately erupted from his palm.
A wild wind immediately surfaced from the powerful suction force. Even the enormous rocks in the yard began to tremble violently. Some of the tree trunks were broken. The body of Meng Li, who was fleeing, suddenly paused in mid-air. His body swiftly pulled back. All his struggle was to no avail.
The longsword in Yun Fan's hand suddenly escaped from his hand just as Xiao Yan sucked Meng Li over. It transformed into a deep-blue cold glit that pierced violently toward Xiao Yan's chest, which was in close proximity. When the sword left his hand, the pair of wings on Yun Fan's back flapped swiftly and he rushed to the sky in the blink of an eye before turning his body around to flee.
"Bait huh…" Xiao Yan raised his brows in surprise when Yun Fan suddenly abandoned his attack, turned around, and fled. This old fellow was indeed a treacherous person. Earlier, he had only asked Meng Li to flee first so that he could use the latter to quietly get away.
Lin Yan, Zi Yan, and the others who was coincidentally leisurely by the side were just about to move after seeing Yun Fan flee when Xiao Yan's laughter stopped them, "Allow me."
After Xiao Yan's laughter sounded, Meng Li, who was originally flying toward him under the influence of the suction force, suddenly paused in mid-air. An instant later, a powerful pushing force once again surged out from Xiao Yan's palm. Finally, it smashed firmly on the back of Meng Li. The latter's expression suddenly became pale after being assaulted by these two forces. A mouthful of bright-red fresh blood was immediately spat out.
Xiao Yan waved his hand and the sky rippled. An invisible force randomly swung Meng Li into the wall. Finally, he landed heavily on the ground with an unknown fate.
Meng Li's body had just landed on the ground when Xiao Yan's body, which was in the yard, strangely disappeared. The eyeballs of Mu Tie and the others nearly popped out when they saw his ghost-like figure. Was this speed not a little too frightening.
The faint rumble of thunder reverberated in the yard as Xiao Yan's body disappeared. A moment later, the sharp sound of rushing wind suddenly appeared in the sky just as Mu Tie and the others were looking at each other. A human body immediately fell from the sky in a miserable manner. Finally, it violently smashed into the ground and dust immediately spread all over the place.
"A mere three star Dou Wang. If I were to allow you to flee in front of me, how would I be able to talk about ending the grudge with Yun Shan?" A soft laugh sounded in the sky. Everyone raised their heads and saw the young man who was carrying a heavy ruler flapping his jade-green fire wings as he slowly floated in the air. His gaze was indifferent as he looked at the human figure that had fallen to the ground.
The dust gradually scattered in the yard. Yun Fan's figure was slowly revealed. However, at this moment, this Misty Cloud Sect's Elder, who was usually aloof, displayed a pale face at this moment. There was still remnant traces of blood on the corner of his mouth. Both of his eyes carried a fear and disbelief as he looked at the black-robed, young man in the sky. The two of them had not even exchanged more than three blows earlier when he descended into a seriously injured state. The other party's strength was actually this terrifying.
"Xiao Yan, if you kill me, sect leader Yun Shan will definitely not let you off! The last time, you were able to luckily escape with your life. I'm afraid that you will not have such good luck this time around!" Yun Fan glanced at Meng Li, whose fate was unknown, by the corner of the wall. His eyelids twitched as he spoke with a brave exterior.
Xiao Yan lifted the corner of his mouth into a ridiculing smile. He shook his head and was too lazy to say any unnecessary words. A cluster of green flame surfaced from his palm with a flick of his finger. The temperature of the surroundings instantly became hot with the appearance of this cluster of flame.
"The Misty Cloud Sect has destroyed my Xiao clan. This vengeance is something that I will get them to pay many times back. In the future, I will kill every single member of the Misty Cloud Sect. It will sooner or later be the turn of old dog Yun Shan." Xiao Yan laughed faintly. His gaze looked at the cluster of dark-green flame in his hand and immediately shook his head. With a flick of his finger, the cluster of flame left his hand and immediately shot accurately toward the frightened Yun Fan.
The jade-green flame had just made contact with Yun Fan's body when the latter ignited on fire. The already seriously injured Yun Fan did not have time to maneuver Dou Qi to resist this kind of frighteningly high temperature. His body erupted into charred black ashes amid a low, deep sound.
The entire yard was completely silent as they looked at the pile of charred black ashes on the ground. Although the sun was hanging high in the sky at this moment, Mu Tie and the others appeared as though they were in a deep abyss. Their entire bodies were icy-cold. An elite Dou Wang who was still leaping around in a lively manner earlier had ended up without even a corpse in front of their eyes.
Xiao Yan waved his sleeves and a wind blew, scattering the charred black ashes on the ground. The jade-green fire wings on Xiao Yan's back slowly disappeared. A silver glow flashed under his feet and his body once again appeared in the yard in a ghost-like manner.
"Big brother Mu Tie, we have not met for three years. Are you still well?" Xiao Yan's feet landed on the ground. The coldness on his face instantly disappeared as a warm smile once again filled the young man with sunlight. However, no one would think that this young man was some gentle-hearted person after the scene earlier.
A stiff smile was revealed on Mu Tie's face when he heard Xiao Yan's voce. That manner was extremely ugly. He, too, seemed to have sensed something as he immediately rubbed his face violently. Only then did he spoke with a bitter smile, "You… are you really Xiao Yan?"
Xiao Yan was dumbfounded when he heard this. He grinned and said, "Is there anyone else within the Jia Ma Empire who dares to call himself Xiao Yan?"
Mu Tie nodded his head in an embarrassed manner. Indeed, the name Xiao Yan, had basically become a taboo word within the Jia Ma Empire during these few years. This was all because that enormous sect held a deep hatred for this name!
"Big brother Mu Tie, thank you very much for the matter back then." Xiao Yan slowly walked toward Mu Tie and smiled as he spoke. Those guards beside the latter immediately tensed up. Their hands were trembling a little as they held their weapons. They had just witnessed, with their own eyes, an elite Dou Wang ending up without even a corpse because of this young man.
Mu Tie waved his hand and scattered the surrounding disgraceful guards. Only at this moment was Mu Tie able to completely sense that the matter that had just happened was reality and not an illusion… however, this reality was far too unbelievable.
"*Cough*… brother Xiao Yan. Ke ke, actually, I had received a mail from my clan back then to get me to quietly provide you help if possible. However, I think that it would not be a difficult thing for you to leave the 'Zhen Gui Pass' given your strength back then. That little help of mine is nothing much." Mu Tie rubbed his head. That strong build of his caused him to display an honest and straightforward feeling when he smiled.
"Ke ke, the Mu clan huh. Xiao Yan will remember it." Xiao Yan smiled and pointed toward the exterior of the city governor's mansion. He said, "I'm sorry for my attack being too strong. You might need to personally show yourself and clear up the place."
Mu Tie sniffed the bloody stench that was spreading over from the outside. He immediately laughed bitterly. This fellow was indeed no longer the sentimental and tender young man of the past. This time around, I'm afraid that the Misty Cloud Sect will truly be turned upside down with greater intensity because of this young man.
"Brother Xiao Yan, no matter what, I have to thank you for intervening today. Otherwise, it is likely that Meng Li's trick would have succeeded." Mu Tie spoke sincerely as he cupped his hands toward Xiao Yan with a serious expression.
Xiao Yan smiled and waved his hand. After which he crossed his fingers and said softly, "I have not been to the Jia Ma Empire for three years. Can I get big brother Mu Tie to tell me about the current situation within Jia Ma Empire?"
"Ugh, the Jia Ma Empire has been extremely eventful during these few years. All of these matters were caused by the Misty Cloud Sect." Mu Tie knit his brows and sighed. He immediately said to Xiao Yan, "It is going to be a long story. If brother Xiao Yan is not in a hurry to leave, please enter the house and allow me to tell you in detail."
Xiao Yan mused for a moment after hearing this. However, he did not reject the offer. Now that he was back within the empire, the most important thing was to understand the situation within the empire. Otherwise, it would be the most foolish act to simply go on a rampage.
"In that case, I will trouble big brother Mu Tie."
Mu Tie immediately rejoiced when he saw that Xiao Yan did not reject him. He hurriedly invited Xiao Yan into the hall. He clearly understood that if the matter of Xiao Yan returning to the Jia Ma Empire were to spread, it would definitely become a big event and the most sensational one in the Jia Ma Empire.
Chapter 677: The Situation in the Jia Ma Empire
Being the host, Mu Tie arranged the seating arrangements for Xiao Yan and his group within a spacious hall in the city governor's mansion before he returned to his own seat. At the same time, he ordered the female servants to serve tea appearing quite thoughtful.
"Ke ke, it is really unexpected that brother Xiao Yan's strength has actually reached this level three years after we parted." Mu Tie lifted his teacup and took a sip before he laughed. His gaze immediately swept over Xiao Li, Lin Yan, and the others who were beside Xiao Yan, without leaving a trace. He felt that his heart was somewhat jumpy. He clearly understood that the most frightening thing of Xiao Yan's return this time around was not his extraordinary strong self but these strong people whom he had gathered from some unknown place. Anyone of these people who were seated here would likely be sufficient to contend with the 'Ten Strong' of the empire.
Xiao Yan smiled but did not continue to be entangled with this topic. He mused for a moment before slowly speaking, "Big brother Mu Tie, it seems that the Jia Ma Empire isn't very peaceful these few years…"
Mu Tie laughed bitterly when he heard this. He sighed, "It is indeed not very peaceful. All of this tension is caused by the Misty Cloud Sect."
"Oh?" Xiao Yan lifted his eyebrows.
Mu Tie drank a sip of tea and moistened his throat. He seemed to be sorting out his words. A moment later, he opened his mouth to speak, "Within less than half a month after you have left the Jia Ma Empire, the Misty Cloud Sect had changed its aloof style of the past. Not only did it recruit disciples in large numbers but it also showed traces of scattering its disciples to all of the key cities within the empire. It is likely that the imperial family and the three large clans had sensed these little actions of theirs. However, due to Yun Shan's frightening strength, there was no one who dared say anything. After this, the Misty Cloud Sect has also become more and more arrogant…"
Mu Tie's gaze secretly looked at Xiao Yan after speaking until this point. He hesitated for a moment before speaking, "After that, the Misty Cloud Sect began the extermination of the Xiao clan… this matter caused an uproar within the empire back then but it did not pose any hindrance to the Misty Cloud Sect."
The hand which Xiao Yan used to hold the teacup tightened slightly. His dark-black eyes slowly became narrowed as a faint, cold glint flashed through them.
Mu Tie was startled when he saw the calm manner of Xiao Yan. He immediately understood it. It was likely that this young man in front of him was already aware of this…
"Does big brother Mu Tie know where the remnant members of our Xiao clan are?" Xiao Yan rubbed the teacup as he softly spoke.
"I am also not too certain about this. Back then, any traces of the Xiao clan completely disappeared after the matter happened. However, if brother Xiao Yan wants to search for them, I will advise you to make a trip to the Primer clan. They might perhaps know something." Mu Tie shook his head and immediately voiced his thoughts.
"The Primer clan huh?" Xiao Yan nodded his head. It seemed that he must go and find Hai Bodong in order to learn the whereabouts of big brother and the others.
"Ke ke, currently the Primer clan is already completely in the control of Ya Fei xiao-jie. Tsk tsk, this woman may be young but that ability of hers is something that even our clan's elders have quietly praised repeatedly. Within three short years, she has turned the Primer clan into the top of the three large clans. People have no choice but to submit to her." Mu Tie smiled and explained some more.
TL: xiao-jie – young lady of a powerful/rich clan
"Big sister Ya Fei?" Xiao Yan was startled when he heard this name which was stored deep within his mind. A warm smile immediately surfaced on the corner of his mouth. It was all thanks to the Primer clan and her intervention back then when he was chased by the Misty Cloud Sect that he was able to gain the opportunity to flee. Her favor toward him was something that Xiao Yan would never forget.
"It is really unexpected that she is able to control the Primer clan within her hands. I have somewhat underestimated her in the past." Xiao Yan rubbed his nose and softly laughed. He clearly understood just how difficult it was for a woman, especially one who did not have extraordinary talent in terms of Dou Qi training, to control the people of an entire clan in this world that was ruled by Dou Qi.
Mu Tie smiled. He appeared to randomly inquire, "Brother Xiao Yan's return… it is likely that there is going to be quite a big activity, right?"
"I am only opposing the Misty Cloud Sect." Xiao Yan spoke with a faint smile. His gaze drifted toward Mu Tie as he suddenly said, "Does big brother Mu Tie has any information regarding Yun Shan?"
Mu Tie was stunned when he heard this. He immediately shook his head in embarrassment as he said, "How can I understand an expert of that level? However, I am occasionally able to gather something from the rumors among the Elders in the clan. It is likely that the current Yun Shan is even stronger than he was three years ago."
Xiao Yan was also helpless in the face of these basically useless words. His gaze looked at the tiny ripple spreading within his cup. A noble, graceful, beautiful face suddenly flashed and appeared in his mind. The various angry smiles between his forehead caused Xiao Yan's mood to suddenly become chaotic.
A slight crack line formed on the teacup in his hand because of the great strength he emitted. Everyone in the hall had stunned faces as they looked at Xiao Yan, whose aura had started to rise. All of them were confused.
"Third brother, what is it?" Xiao Li, who was seated closest to Xiao Yan hurriedly touched Xiao Yan and asked.
"I'm fine." Xiao Yan gradually recovered after being touched by Xiao Li. He inhaled a deep breath of air and suppressed his chaotic heart. He waved his hand and carelessly inquired, "… that's right, big brother Mu Tie, do you know who is currently in control of the Misty Cloud Sect?"
"Who else can it be. Naturally, it's Yun Shan." Mu Tie spread his hands and said.
Xiao Yan raised his eyebrows and rolled his tongue a couple of times. Finally, he uttered a name he had resisted for three years, "What about Yun Yun? It seems that she is the leader of the Misty Cloud Sect right?"
"Sect leader Yun Yun huh… Yun Shan stripped her of her position of sect leader not long after you left the Jia Ma Empire. After which, she no longer managed the issues within the sect. Currently, all the authority within the Misty Cloud Sect is managed by Yun Shan." Mu Tie voiced his thoughts.
Xiao Yan quietly nodded his head after hearing this. Somewhere deep within his heart, he sighed in relief without realizing it.
"These current actions of the Misty Cloud Sect can be mostly credited to Yun Shan. Moreover, by looking at what happened in the 'Zhen Gui Pass' this time, it is likely that the Misty Cloud Sect will begin to have some large activity during this period of time." Mu Tie slowly said, "If the matter here were to spread to the capital, it is likely that there may be an uproar even in the imperial family. Looking at all of this activity, it seem that the situation that was written in a letter the Elders in the clan had given me is true."
"What situation?" Xiao Yan was startled as he asked.
Mu Tie face was tensed. He placed his teacup on the table. It was a moment later before he spoke in the deep voice, "It is likely that the Misty Cloud Sect wishes to attack our three large clans…"
Xao Yan knit his brows. Did the Misty Cloud Sect really intend to eliminate all the factions within the Jia Ma Empire?
"Of course, it is currently uncertain whether they will attack our Mu clan and the Nalan clan. However, there is one thing that is certain. The Misty Cloud Sect will definitely start off with the Primer clan within a short period of time!" Mu Tie spoke was a solemn expression.
"Hee hee, brother Xiao Yan should know something about this. The old man Hai Bodong of the Primer clan has quite a deep relationship with you. Back then, the Primer clan even quietly aided you when you were chased by the Misty Cloud Sect. The Primer clan also intervened when the Xiao clan was surrounded by the Misty Cloud Sect. It was only because of this that the Xiao clan was not completely eliminated. Although the Primer clan acted in extreme secret when they made all their moves, it is likely that the Misty Cloud Sect is aware of them if even I am able to catch wind of something…"
"Moreover, for some unknown reason, the Misty Cloud Sect seems to be extremely interested in your Xiao clan and have been repeatedly searching desperately for the remaining members of the Xiao clan. However, their efforts have been futile. From the looks of it now, this should be because of the secret tactics by the Primer clan… hence, if they want to find the remnant members of the Xiao clan, the Primer clan, which is their protector, would definitely be a target of the Misty Cloud Sect." Mu Tie smiled, fondled his chin, and responded.
Xiao Yan nodded slightly. From the looks of the situation, he needed to hurry to the capital as soon as possible. Otherwise, not only would the Primer clan end up in the same trouble as the Xiao clan but the odds would also be against those remaining members of the Xiao clan who were under their protection.
"Currently, the capital should be in a turbulent storm. That place is far too close to the Misty Cloud Sect. The place would definitely be extremely chaotic should anything erupt there."
"Big brother Mu Tie, I hope that you will keep my return to the Jia Ma Empire a secret. Moreover, you should tell those subordinates of yours not to leak any information. Otherwise, should it end up spreading to the ears of the Misty Cloud Sect, it is very likely that they will bring forward their plans and increase their defenses." Xiao Yan stood up from the chair, turned his head to Mu Tie, and spoke in a solemn voice.
"Aye. No problem." Mu Tie nodded without hesitation. He said, "For insurance, I will delay reporting what happened at the border to the imperial family for a couple of days. Otherwise, they will definitely learn of your return."
"In that case, thank you very much." Xiao Yan cupped his hands together and smiled.
"Brother Xiao Yan, you… are you planning to head to the capital?" Mu Tie hurriedly stood up and asked when he saw Xiao Yan doing the same.
"We are pressed for time. I cannot stay here for long. I will come and chat with big brother Mu Tie once everything is settled." Xiao Yan smiled, nodded, and gave his reply.
Mu Tie could not open his mouth to retain them when he heard this. He could only nod his head and personally send Xiao Yan and the others out of the hall.
Xiao Yan and the others flashed upon leaving the hall as they rushed to the Tiger Eagle Beast, which had remained in the air. Xiao Yan stood on its enormous head and cupped his hands toward Mu Tie below. He spoke with a loud and clear voice, "Big brother Mu Tie, you can just come and find Xiao Yan if you have any problems in the future."
"Ke ke, brother Xiao Yan, take care of yourself on your trip to the capital. If possible, help take care our my Mu clan. Mu Tie will be ever grateful!" Mu Tie laughed as he spoke sincerely to Xiao Yan.
Xiao Yan smiled and nodded. He waved his hand and the Tiger Eagle Beast let out a low roar. Immediately, it carried a wild wind as it swiftly rose higher into the air and eventually transformed into a black spot that disappeared on the horizon…
Mu Tie sighed softly as he watched Xiao Yan and the others disappeared into the horizon. He knew that the already turbulent capital might well be turned completely upside down with the arrival of Xiao Yan's group…
Chapter 678: Discussion in the Sect
The enormous mountain peak stood lonely and silent in a plain. The cloudy, tall mountain peak was just like a the tip of a blade, faintly emitting a sharp sword aura as it pierced through the clouds. Loud and clear training noises and the collision of metals were lingering within the fog.
The Misty Cloud Mountain was still the Misty Cloud Mountain from back then. However, the Misty Cloud Sect located on it had changed drastically from back then. The entire mountain peak was filled with a countless number of patrols. Anyone who stepped into it would be immediately observed by the hidden gazes. It was just like a mountainous fortress with extremely tight defenses.
This place was the enormous camp of the Misty Cloud Sect!
Due to the Misty Cloud Sect have recruited a large number of disciples, the current Misty Cloud Sect was undoubtedly much larger than it was compared to three years ago. This was the reason that they had enough people to truly put in place a tight defensive line with sentries three steps apart all over this enormous mountain peak.
Although the strength of the sect had become much stronger, not only did the outsiders but also some of those Misty Cloud Sect's disciples sensed that the current Misty Cloud Sect was no longer the place viewed by every person within the Jia Ma Empire as a training holy ground. After three years of varying actions by the Misty Cloud Sect, they had already become no different than an ordinary faction, using all fair and foul means in order to expand their strength.
The enormous base of the sect extended all the way to the edge of their sight on the peak of the Misty Cloud Mountain. Human figures were rushing about on the enormous open ground. Various curses and sounds of colliding blades gathered together. Even quite a bit of the faint fog that lingered in the sky had been expelled. The training holy ground back then no longer possessed that kind of ethereal and extraordinary atmosphere.
A grand hall stood at the middle of the mountain peak, much like a ferocious beast creeping up on this place. It faintly emitted a feeling of having gone through many changes and hardships. This grand hall had been passed down through the generations since the Misty Cloud Sect had been established. Hence, it still maintained some of the old ethereal feeling of the Misty Cloud Sect. However, the dark, cold faces of the white-clothed guards outside the grand hall created an additional gloomy feeling to the one that had remained around for a long time.
There were quite a number of people quietly sitting within the large hall. Their gaze contained some fear as they stared at the old man on the leader's seat. They did not dare to emit any unusual sounds.
The old man was wearing a white robe. Cloud lines had been sewn on the robe. Both of his sleeves had a sword drawn on them. When the sleeves moved, the sword image appeared real and a sharp sword aura faintly seeped out from it. The old man had a head covered with white air but his face had a kind of faint smooth luster, appearing just like that of a young persom.
The old man's shut eyes were slowly opened. A glow that caused one's body to feel a chill rushed through his indifferent eyes. Anyone who accidentally saw the glow within his eyes would immediately feel cold sweat flowing. They hurriedly shifted their gaze away, not daring to look directly at him.
Who else other than Yun Shan possessed such a reputation within the Misty Cloud Sect?
"Is there any news from Yun Fan's side?" The silence in the hall continued for awhile. Only then did Yun Shan slowly raise his eyes and faintly open his mouth to speak.
Everyone in the hall could not help but straighten their bodies after Yun Shan opened his mouth to speak. One of them hesitated for a moment before he replied respectively, "Sect leader, Yun Fan has not sent any news back. I think that he is still waiting for an opportunity."
"It is just the 'Zhen Gui Pass', yet he actually needs to procrastinate to such an extent." Yun Shan knit his brows slightly and said, "Send this order to him. He must control the 'Zhen Gui Pass' within five days. Additionally, order the others in the remaining places to act according to the situation. We will not need to worry about them stirring any waves."
"Yes sir!" Everyone hurriedly responded upon hearing Yun Shan's orders.
"Ke ke, sect leader has made decisive and bold decisions these years. Without realizing it, the Misty Cloud Sect's disciples have already seeped into all the major cities within the Jia Ma Empire. As long as the order is given when the time comes, it is likely that over half of the territory of the Jia Ma Empire will belong to us, the Misty Cloud Sect." A middle-aged man spoke to Yun Shan with a smile. That smile was a flattering one.
"This is merely the first step. The footsteps of our Misty Cloud Sect will not stop at the Jia Ma Empire. Once we completely control the Jia Ma Empire, the Misty Cloud Sect's strength will definitely soar. At that time, there would likely be no other factions within this north-western region of the Dou Qi continent who can contend with us. At that time, we only need to wait for the Misty Cloud Sect to become the overlords of the north-western region, it is only a matter of time for us to truly dominate the continent." Yun Shan laughed. His eyes was filled with a wild ambition that did not match his age.
"Ke ke, sect leader is right. At last, our Misty Cloud Sect could at the very most be considered a mid-tier faction in the South-Western Region Factions Grand Meeting. I think that by the time of the next meeting, we will definitely cause the eyeballs of those who say our Misty Cloud Sect is short-sighted to fall off." Agreeing laughter quickly followed behind Yun Shan's words.
A faint smile was pulled on Yun Shan's face. He waved his hand and said, "How is the progress of the matter that I have ordered?"
A person in the hall immediately stood up after hearing this. He respectfully said, "Relying on Sect Leader, we have gathered all the men we need. We are only waiting for sect leader's order before we can enter the capital and completely eliminate the Primer clan!" He paused slightly when he spoke to this point. After which, he spoke in a hesitating manner, "However, the Primer's clan Hai Bodong has the strength of a Dou Huang. I'm afraid it won't be enough if we simply rely on those people…"
"Yun Du, Yun Sha, the both of you will lead the troops to completely eliminate the Primer clan this time around. Remember, after you have eliminated the Primer clan, you must find the remaining members of the Xiao clan!" Yun Shan's gaze looked toward a corner of the hall and cried out in a low voice.
Two old men who had remained quiet in one corner swiftly stood up and respectfully replied when they heard Yun Shan's orders.
Although these two old men kept a low profile, they clearly possessed quite a high position within the Misty Cloud Sect. This could be seen from how the voices in the hall became much weaker after they stood up.
"Ke ke, Elders Yun Du and Yun Sha had broken through to the Dou Huang class with the help of sect leader during these three years. That Hai Bodong won't be able to create much trouble with these two people around." The person who was reporting earlier smiled and spoke when he saw these two old men stand up.
Yun Du and Yu Sha also smiled when they heard the somewhat fawning words. They immediately looked at one another. A strange black glow flashed through their eyes without leaving a trace behind.
"Your mission is to exterminate the Primer clan and to search for the remaining members of the Xiao clan. It is likely that the other factions within the capital will not dare to intervene. Of course, if there are any factions who are blind, you can just exterminate them together." Yun Shan's gaze slowly swept across the entire place as he spoke in a faint voice.
Yun Du and Yun Sha once again nodded after hearing this.
Yun Shan leaned his body on the soft chair after he had given all his instructions. He waved his hand and said, "Since that is the case, everyone should return to their posts. We will first eliminate the Primer clan during this period of time…"
Everyone in the hall hurriedly nodded after hearing these words dismissing them from Yun Shan. They immediately stood up, bowed to Yun Shan, and slowly withdrew from the large hall.
The hall once again became silent after everyone left. However, this silence continued for only a period of time before a shadow fluctuated in a certain dark corner in the hall. Immediately, a cluster of black-colored fog strangely appeared…
"Remember, you cannot let off any single person of the Xiao clan this time around! What you did the last time wasn't very satisfactory." The black-colored fog withered and surfaced in the middle of the hall as a dark sinister voice was slowly emitted from within it.
"What exactly do you want to find from the Xiao clan? It is but a small clan… yet they actually possess something that can attract you?" Yun Shan knit his brows. He had been curious about this question for a long time.
"It is best that you do not ask the questions you aren't supposed to ask. There are some things that have no benefit to you if you come to know about them. Our 'Hall of Souls' is able to help you breakthrough to an expert Dou Zong, but we are also able to turn you back into your original state." The dark, cold voice reverberated within the hall, causing one's pores to stand.
Yun Shan's face trembled slightly. The imposing and powerful manner of Yun Shan from earlier could only nod his head in a somewhat displeased manner at this moment. He said,"But what if we still cannot find the thing that you want after killing all the members of the Xiao clan?"
"The Xiao clan is definitely in possession of the thing that we need. However, we don't know exactly who is holding on to it. If we cannot find it here, we can only go and search for Xiao Yan who fled the Jia Ma Empire."
"Xiao Yan?" Yun Shan possessed a deep memory of this name. Hence, his expression became somewhat unnatural when he heard it. He said, "There has not been much news about that brat during these three years. He might have long died in some unknown place…"
"Tsk tsk, I'm afraid that I will have to disappoint you…" The black fog immediately emitted a strange laugh when he heard this, "I have received some news from the hall some time earlier. Xiao Yan's trail was found in the 'Black-Corner Region,' which is thousands of kilometers from the Jia Ma Empire. Moreover, that fellow's strength is already sufficient to kill expert Dou Huangs."
"Kill Dou Huangs? How is that possible?" Yun Shan's expression immediately changed. He stood from his chair in shock as he let out an involuntary cry. Although that fellow had displayed a kind of extremely powerful fire lotus Dou Skill to kill Yun Leng whose strength was that of a Dou Wang, but killing a Dou Huang was a completely different concept. The gap between them was as different as the Heavens and Earth.
"This is nothing impossible… back then, it was a mistake for you to allow him to flee from the Jia Ma Empire. Hmph, in the future, you might really end up being killed by that brat's hands." The voice from the black fog was dark and cold.
Yun Shan's face twitched. A denseness surged into his eyes as he spoke in a sinister manner, "So what if he can kill a Dou Huang? Back then, I forced him to flee like a dog that had lost its home. This time around, I can do the same!"
"Tsk tsk, in that case, I will wish you luck. However, it is best that you capture all of the remaining members of the Xiao clan before this. Otherwise, the hall's chief will really be angry…" The black fog drifted around aimlessly. It left behind a cold laugh before it strangely disappeared with a ripple…
When he heard the two words: hall's chief, the face of even someone as powerful as Yun Shan became somewhat pale. He looked at the spot where the black fog had disappeared and he tightened his fist slowly. A dense, cold glint flashed in his eyes.
"This time around, I will definitely finish off the entire Xiao clan!"