Chapter 725: The Fate of the Misty Cloud Sect
Nalan Yanran was actually defeated by Xiao Yan after merely two or three exchanges. This was something that caused Nalan Yanran to feel shocked. Only at this moment did she completely believe that Yun Shan had truly been defeated by Xiao Yan's hands. On top of being shocked, she also felt somewhat dejected. Originally, she had thought that after passing the test of the 'Gate of Life and Death', the great increase in her strength would definitely be able to surpass Xiao Yan. However, reality gave her a cruel answer.
Her neck was extended in a graceful arc. However, it did not dare to move even a little under his slightly trembling hand. Currently, Xiao Yan was not in a calm state. Should he really furiously unleashed his strength, it was likely that this female soul would become another icy corpse on this open ground.
"Xiao Yan! Don't hurt Yanran!"
The split second exchange had also caught Yun Yun a little off guard. By the time she had recovered, she saw that Xiao Yan had actually restrained Nalan Yanran. Her heart immediately rose as she cried out involuntarily.
"Mister Xiao Yan, please show mercy!"
Nalan Jie and Nalan Su in the sky had also been shocked to the point where cold sweat flowed profusely. Their two bodies moved and hurriedly rushed down before pleading with an anxious voice. Currently, Nalan Yanran had already reached the strength of the peak of the Dou Wang class. In this way, it would led to a great increase in the strength of the Nalan clan. They would truly end up vomitting blood if she was this easily killed by Xiao Yan.
Hai Bodong and the others watched this scene. They exchanged looks with one another but did not open their mouths to say anything. Currently, the Misty Cloud Sect had already been greatly crippled. Not only was Yun Shan dead but over half of the Elders were also dead. Although the sect still had Yun Yun, an elite Dou Huang with quite a great reputation, it was likely that it would have difficulty causing much trouble in the future.
Xiao Yan ignored everyone's voice as his hand trembled slightly. His hand held Nalan Yanran's neck tightly and a struggle flashed across the deep parts of his eyes. He was not a truly callous person. No matter how one put it, he and Yun Yun still possessed an intricate and complicated feeling. Nalan Yanran in front of him had also nearly become the woman who would accompany him for a lifetime. He did not have much feeling for the latter but toward Yun Yun…
A sudden heaven-shaking cry was transmitted from the bottom of the mountain peak just as the glow flickered across Xiao Yan's eyes. Immediately, a countless number of armored human figures came swarming up like ants before surrounding the entire sect.
The sudden arrival of the army had caused the Misty Cloud Sect disciples in the open ground to become chaotic. Their faces became slightly white as they sensed the killing intent that soared to the sky. Did these people really intent to kill every single person within the Misty Cloud Sect?
The human flow that came from all directions charged into the Misty Cloud Sect like floodwaters. They swiftly arrived at a spot near the open ground and completely surrounded everyone present.
The flow of the soldiers slowly ceased and the human flow split apart at the middle. Princess Yao Ye's figure slowly appeared in everyone's sight.
Yao Ye, who had revealed herself, had a stunned gaze as she looked at the open ground which was already in a complete mess. Finally, it paused at the black-robed, young man. She was just about to say something when a human figure rushed down from the sky and appeared in front of her.
"Great-grandfather, the defenses of the Misty Cloud Sect have been completely destroyed. As long as the order is given…" Yao Ye hurriedly stepped forward when she saw the person who had arrived. She smiled slightly but the words that were being spat out from her red lips were quite bloody and indifferent.
"There is no need to rush. Let's see Xiao Yan's intentions…" Jia Xing Tian waved his hand and turned his gaze toward Xiao Yan in the sky. The fate of the Misty Cloud Sect was completely held in his hand. As long as he give the word, blood would really flow like a river in the Misty Cloud Sect today. All the Misty Cloud Sect's disciples would become dead souls in the face of a blade.
Yao Ye obediently nodded when she heard this. Although she was royalty and she controlled the life of the entire empire, she was not an ordinary woman. She naturally knew who the person was who could call the shots around here. The fate of the Misty Cloud Sect was currently already determined. In which case, this ferocious tiger which had dominated the Jia Ma Empire for so many years had completely collapse. However, another young ferocious tiger had emerged. Moreover, he had an even more frightening strength and potential than the former.
In summary, their imperial family might have borrowed Xiao Yan's strength to destroy the Misty Cloud Sect which they feared the most. However, not long later, a new 'Misty Cloud Sect' would appear. This was because Xiao Yan's current strength had already given him this kind of qualification!
Xiao Yan glanced at the soldiers who had charged up the mountain top. He immediately looked at Yun Yun's pale-white pretty face by the side and his hand slowly released Nalan Yanran's neck.
A sleek redness surged onto Nalan Yanran's white face after she escaped from Xiao Yan's clamp. She let out a couple of intense coughs before hurriedly moving behind Yun Yun.
Yun Yun gently waved her hand and interrupted Nalan Yanran's words. She lowered her head and glanced at the army that was filled with a killing aura. Finally, she slowly sighed and asked in a hoarse voice, "Are you really only going to be satisfied if you kill everyone?"
"Who is going to pay the blood feud of my Xiao clan?" An unknown emotion surged into Xiao Yan's heart as he looked at Yun Yun's pale sheet-white face. He immediately turned his head, hardened his heart and coldly spoke.
Yun Yun smiled in a tragic manner. She slowly tightened her grip on her longsword. A moment later, she clenched her silver teeth abruptly. "I will repay it!"
Yun Yun's hand moved after she said this. The sharp longsword in her hand ruthlessly pierced toward her neck.
"Teacher!" This action of Yun Yun immediately caused a chaos to erupt in the open ground below. Nalan Yanran behind her was pale as she cried out sharply.
The longsword cut through the air. However, a hand suddenly appeared just as it was about to pierce Yun Yun's neck. It immediately grabbed firmly onto the sword's blade. Fresh blood flowed along the longsword and fell from it.
Yun Yun was startled when she saw that the longsword was stopped. She immediately looked at the hand cut by the longsword as blood flowed repeatedly out of it. She hurriedly abandoned the sword and wanted to step forward to help but ended up not daring to move in the front of Xiao Yan's unusually dark and cold face, feeling momentarily helpless. It was unexpected that Xiao Yan would actually intervene…
"If you die, all the members of the Misty Cloud Sect will accompany you to die."
Xiao Yan threw the longsword aside. His face was indifferent as he rubbed his hand on his robe while his voice spoke in a cool manner.
"Xiao Yan, what exactly do you want to do? If you think that the Misty Cloud Sect owes you too much, just use my life as compensation as long as you let these ordinary disciples from the Misty Cloud Sect off. They were only obeying orders and don't know anything!" Yun Yun did not dare to make any unusual movement after hearing this threat from Xiao Yan. She could only clench her silver teeth as she hissed out words.
"Repay? Repay what? Can your death revive the members of my Xiao clan? Can your death allow my father and my teacher to return? You idiotic woman!" Xiao Yan's eyes suddenly widened as he roared out furiously. Yun Yun had fought against him repeatedly for the Misty Cloud Sect. This caused his fury to assault his heart.
The entire open ground was completely silent. Only Xiao Yan's screams reverberated through the sky. Everyone knew that the fate of the Misty Cloud Sect was currently held in the hands of this young man whose emotions were currently extremely unstable.
Yun Yun eyes did not dare to meet Xiao Yan's after seeing the latter's furious expression. It must be said that the person in front of her was no longer that somewhat tender young man after not having met him for three years. The current him already completely possessed the disposition and greatness of a strong person.
"I am not using my life to threaten you to let off the Misty Cloud Sect. I know that I might not possess such a right now… however, as the Sect Leader of the Misty Cloud Sect, there is no longer a need for me to remain in this world if everyone in the Misty Cloud Sect is really killed by you. After which, I can only commit suicide in order to apologize to all the ancestors." Yun Yun laughed bitterly and slowly spoke as a glow passed through her eyes.
Xiao Yan tightened his fist. His eyes were flashing in a volatile manner. Everyone could tell that he was struggling in his heart.
Hai Bodong and the others in the sky all wisely chose not to interrupt when they saw this scene. They had long been aware that Xiao Yan possessed a deep relationship with Yun Yun. It seemed that there was really something from watching their current conversation.
Medusa by the side remained suspended in mid-air. Her gaze was indifferent as she looked at the couple of people below who were entangled with each other. A somewhat irritated emotion rose within her heart when she heard the conversation between Xiao Yan and Yun Yun that was filled with hidden meaning. This kind of irritated emotion caused her to pull the little Zi Yan over while the latter was eagerly watching the scene below. After which, she randomly rubbed against her little head, causing the latter to adopt a bitter face while she grumbled.
"Xiao Yan, everything was started because of me back then. As long as you are willing to let the Misty Cloud Sect and teacher off, I, Nalan Yanran… will be willing even if I have to end up as a slave or a servant!" Nalan Yanran by the side suddenly clenched her teeth and spoke when she saw the rapidly changing face of Xiao Yan.
Nalan Jie and Nalan Su were startled when they heard Nalan Yanran's words. They exchanged looks with one another but did not open their mouths to speak. With Xiao Yan's current ability and faction, he would definitely become another 'Misty Cloud Sect' in the future. There was naturally no need to mention the benefit toward the Nalan clan if Nalan Yanran could once again have some relation to him. It was fine even if this kind of relationship was that of a servant or slave. They were still quite confident about Nalan Yanran's appearance. Although she had quite a bit a of grudge with Xiao Yan in the past, things would naturally change once they were together for a long time.
"If I had such an interest, our relationship would have been different three years ago…" Xiao Yan indifferently glanced at Nalan Yanran and coldly said, "You want to use yourself to exchange for the lives of so many people in the Misty Cloud Sect? On what grounds do you deserve it?"
Nalan Yanran tightly bit her lower red lip. Although she was displeased in her heart, she did not dare to act presumptuous toward this young man, who controlled the lives of the Misty Cloud Sect in his hands. Currently, the status of the two parties were no longer what they were three years ago…
"You should stop playing around with this teacher and disciple. Just tell us what you want. With things having developed until this extent, the Misty Cloud Sect no longer has any strength to retaliate…" Yun Yun sighed somewhat tiredly. She ceased hiding her bright eyes and looked at Xiao Yan. Her voice was hoarse as she spoke.
Xiao Yan knit his brows slightly. He started intently at Yun Yun in front of him. However, Yun Yun did not hide under the fierce gaze this time around. Her bright eyes were filled with fatigue and helplessness.
The corner of Xiao Yan's mouth moved and his expression was dark. His gaze swept over the large open ground below. A long time later, he suddenly clenched his teeth as his cold voice resounded over the sky.
"Disband the Misty Cloud Sect within a month. Otherwise, nothing will remain alive!"
Chapter 726: End
Only Xiao Yan's cold voice slowly reverberated across this quiet sky. Countless numbers of Misty Cloud Sect disciples sighed in relief at this moment before immediately feeling sorrowful. Back then, the Misty Cloud Sect was so grand. It was unexpected that now, it had ended up at a stage where others could butcher it. This kind of difference was really difficult for anyone to accept.
Of course, no matter how difficult it was to accept it, these Misty Cloud Sect's disciples had no solution to it. Looking at Xiao Yan's rising killing aura, it was likely that he had long since planned to wash the Misty Cloud Sect in blood. If Sect Leader Yun Yun didn't have some connection with him, it was likely that flood of blood would have flowed like a river on the open ground at this moment. Hence, being able to keep their lives was already an extremely lucky thing for them.
Yun Yun's lovely body trembled slightly when she heard Xiao Yan's cold tone that suggested he was giving the final verdict. The back of her teeth bit tightly on her lower red lip. Her face was covered with an unusual paleness. Was this Misty Cloud Sect really going to be ruined in her hands…
Yun Yun clenched and unclenched her hands. Her bright eyes slowly swept over the faces of the countless number of Misty Cloud Sect's disciple below. A desolate look surfaced on her face as she muttered, "Is this your revenge against the Misty Cloud Sect?"
Nalan Yanran also felt her heartache as she looked at Yun Yun's desolate manner. She clenched her hand tightly and suddenly raised her head to speak to Xiao Yan, "Xiao Yan, the Misty Cloud Sect currently no longer poses any threat to you. Can't you show some mercy? Teacher and I can swear that no one in the Misty Cloud Sect will ever bring up this feud in the future!"
Xiao Yan glanced at her as he spoke with an expressionless face, "This is the last time I will give in on account of our previous relationships. Obliteration or self-disband. Choose one of the two. You will have to decide how to choose by yourself!"
Nalan Yanran's pupils became darker upon hearing Xiao Yan's words. She knew that Xiao Yan would definitely not allow the Misty Cloud Sect to continue existing within the Jia Ma Empire. Letting off these ordinary disciples was already the greatest concession that he had made.
A countless number of gazes were immediately thrown toward Yun Yun when Xiao Yan's words sounded. It was completely up to her the choice she would make.
Yun Yun tightened her hand in front of those numerous gazes. A struggle flickered within her bright eyes. A long while later, she suddenly sighed. Her voice was somewhat hoarse while containing a fatigue and helplessness, "Forget it, it is pointless to say anything more now that things have developed to such an extent. Since you insist on doing so, we will do as you say. I will disband the Misty Cloud Sect within a month as long as you don't hurt the ordinary disciples of the Misty Cloud Sect!"
These couple of sentences seemed to have used up all the strength within her body. Yun Yun's bright eyes became completely dark after the final sentence sounded. That dejection really pained the heart of anyone who looked at her.
Xiao Yan hardened his heart and did not look at Yun Yun's expression. He spoke in a low and deep voice, "Hopefully you will be able to do as you have said. I will act if anyone in the sect insists on not obeying."
Xiao Yan's gaze turned after his words sounded. He looked toward Yao Ye, the leader of the numerous soldiers below, and faintly said, "Princess Yao Ye, withdraw your soldiers. However, you can temporarily station them at the foot of the mountain just in case."
Yao Ye hurriedly smiled and quickly nodded her head when she heard Xiao Yan's voice. She turned around and orderly gave the command. Under her command, the black masses of soldiers immediately withdrew swiftly like a torrent before disappearing from the mountaintop.
"Everyone, thank you for the matter today." Xiao Yan's gaze once again looked at Jia Xing Tian and the others after the army withdrew. A forced smile was lifted on his indifferent face.
Jia Xing Tian, Fa Ma, and the others hurriedly cupped their hands together and said. 'You are too courteous' after hearing this. The person with the greatest credit for being able to destroy the Misty Cloud Sect today was Xiao Yan and that mysterious teacher of his. In reality, they were only helping them stop the Elders of the Misty Cloud Sect. Moreover, now that the Misty Cloud Sect was eliminated, the situation within the Jia Ma Empire might change drastically in the future. Given Xiao Yan's current strength, it was without a doubt that he would become an overlord of the Jia Ma Empire. They might end up making decisions based on his expression in the future.
"Once Xiao Yan completely recovers from my injuries, I will hand over all of the rewards that I promised everyone." Xiao Yan's gaze swept toward Old Yin Gu and the other two by the side and spoke with a faint smile.
"Ke ke, there is no need to hurry, no need to hurry. Now, it is most important that chief Xiao recuperates from his injuries first." Old Yin Gu and the other two accompanied him in smiling. Their attitudes were exceptionally polite. After the big fight earlier, they had gained some understanding of Xiao Yan's strength. If they were only afraid of Xiao Yan because of Medusa in the past, now they truly felt both respect and fear toward him. After all, the current Xiao Yan had a strength that could kill an elite Dou Zong. This was sufficient for them to treat him carefully. No matter where one was, strength was always the thing that determined everything.
Xiao Yan nodded his head. His body suddenly trembled and the jade-green fire wings on his back suddenly became illusory. The powerful Dou Qi that spread out from his body immediately scattered like floodwater. His expression once again became pale. Clearly, the overdrafted strength had began to disappear following the disappearance of the medicinal effect.
"Are you alright?" Hai Bodong's body moved when he saw Xiao Yan's body tremble. He appeared beside Xiao Yan and supported him as he spoke anxiously.
Xiao Yan waved his hand. His forehead was covered with many tiny, cold droplets of sweat. Following the scattering of Dou Qi, the injuries within his body began to erupt. An intense pain caused his entire body to quiver.
"Your injuries are quite serious. Moreover, you have also forcefully overdrafted your strength. You should hurry and return to recuperate. Otherwise, if any sequelae remains, it might pose an extremely great obstacle toward the raising of your strength in the future…" Hai Bodong frowned and said as he looked at Xiao Yan's pale-white face.
Xiao Yan nodded slightly. He exhaled a breath of air and waved his hand toward everyone in the sky. He said, "We shall end the matter today here. Let's go." Once he said this, he turned his head and looked at Yun Yun before speaking in a cool voice, "I hope that I will not hear the name of the Misty Cloud Sect one month later. Otherwise…"
Yun Yun smiled bitterly before inhaling a deep breath. She immediately replied indifferently, "Everything will be as you wish."
Xiao Yan looked deeply at Yun Yun before suddenly speaking, "Will you still commit suicide after the Misty Cloud Sect disbands to apologize to your predecessors?"
Yun Yun was slightly startled. She looked at Xiao Yan whose gaze was sweeping over the Misty Cloud Sect's disciples below. Having understood his meaning, she could only clench her teeth and say, "I will do as you say as long as you let the Misty Cloud Sect's disciples off!"
"That is good. Although the Misty Cloud Sect will no longer exist after it is disband, it would not be difficult to search for them…" Xiao Yan smiled faintly. His gaze immediately turned toward Yun Shan's ice-cold corpse. A cold glint flashed across his eyes. His hand clenched and absorbed it into his hand before stuffing it into his storage ring.
Although Yao Lao was currently captured by the 'Hall of Souls', Xiao Yan decided that he had to gather all of the ingredients needed to refine a body that teacher had mentioned. This was because he believe that he would definitely rescue teacher in the future. After which, he would give the old him a perfect body!
Yun Yun's expression changed a little when she saw Xiao Yan's action. She wanted to open her mouth to say something but she could only swallow the words in her mouth in the face of the cold glint that seeped out of Xiao Yan's gaze. Currently, there were so many lives from the Misty Cloud Sect being held in Xiao Yan's hand. She did not dare to really anger him.
Xiao Yan only softly snorted after deterring Yun Yun. He turned his head toward Hai Bodong and softly said, "Let's go…"
Hai Bodong nodded. His gaze swept over Yun Yun before he held Xiao Yan with his hand. The ice wings on his back were flapped and he flew toward the capital. Jia Xing Tian, Fa Ma, Medusa, and the others followed close behind.
The pressure covering the hearts of the people from the Misty Cloud Sect gradually faded after the large lineup in the sky swiftly left. Everyone exchanged looks with one another and quietly laughed out loud bitterly. The grief that filled their eyes was extremely dense.
"Yanran, you should return home after everything here is settled. You have not seen your mother for three years and she really misses you." Nalan Jie and Nalan Su looked at the people who left before turning around and speaking to Nalan Yanran.
Nalan Yanran's eyebrows bunched up together after hearing this. A moment later she looked at the somewhat absent-minded Yun Yun before nodding with some hesitation.
Nalan Jie and Nalan Su only sighed in relief when they saw Nalan Yanran nod. They looked at Yun Yun and sighed but did not dare to remain any longer. Currently, the Misty Cloud Sect was no longer as superior as it was in the past. As the saying goes, everyone hits a man who is down. Although Yun Yun was an expert Dou Huang, they did not dare to appear too close. Otherwise, if they caused Xiao Yan to feel dissatisfied, it was likely that their Nalan clan would disappear from the Jia Ma Empire on the second day.
Nalan Jie and Nalan Su cupped their hands toward Yun Yun before they hurriedly moved their bodies and rushed toward the capital. They were not willing to stay on this messy Misty Cloud Mountain.
A bleak autumn wind blew through the sky, leaving behind two frail-looking woman. They looked at each other and the corners of their mouths contained a bitterness.
"Teacher, what do you plan to do?" Nalan Yanran sighed and asked after seeing the somewhat dejected faces of the Misty Cloud Sect's disciples below.
"What else can we do? Do you still not understand Xiao Yan? It was on the account of the both of us that he did not give the order to turn the Misty Cloud Sect into a river of blood. However, disbanding the Misty Cloud Sect is already his bottom line. If any unforeseen changes were to occur during this period of time, I'm afraid…" Yun Yun smiled bitterly and shook her head. She could not say that she felt any hatred toward Xiao Yan. With the acts that the Misty Cloud Sect committed against the Xiao clan, it was not surprising that it would come to such an end. She was extremely clear about this point despite being a member of the Misty Cloud Sect.
Yun Yun let out a faint sigh. She waved her hand in a discouraged manner and said, "Inform the Misty Cloud Sect's disciple that they should try to leave as fast as possible within a month. Give everyone some money when they leave… with their strength, they should possess the ability to make a living."
Nalan Yanran quietly nodded. Her heart was also filled with desolation.
The sunlight in the sky penetrated through the layer of clouds and landed faintly on Yun Yun in the sky. Her bright eyes looked in the direction where Xiao Yan and the others had left and an unknown emotion surfaced in her heart. The tender, young man from back then had really become a strong person who could take care of himself as she had expected. However, it was unexpected that after he had grown, the first person whom he would hurt was herself…