Chapter 771: The Ceasing of the Big Battle
The sudden end of the big battle in the sky also caused the countless number of people below to be at a loss. Private conversations repeatedly appeared among them as they made various guesses.
Hai Bodong had already returned to the fortress at this moment. He could only spread his hands in the face of the many gazes that everyone threw over, indicating that he was unaware of what had happened in the sky.
"That vicious and ruthless woman ceased fighting. This is really unexpected. Could it be because she is afraid of Xiao Yan? However, now that Xiao Yan has used the fire lotus once, he should also be quite weak, no?" Jia Xing Tian voiced his thoughts.
"Who cares what the reason is. It is naturally best that that woman is stopped. After all, the strange and unpredictable poison skill of hers is really too frightening. She has yet to completely unleash it now. Once she does so, the poison vapor will drift over. These ordinary soldiers would die upon contact." Fa Ma sighed. The sect leader of the Poison Sect might not be much stronger than Medusa in terms of fighting ability, but her frightening poison skill was able to easily cause their side to suffer large losses of manpower. Hence, if they could try their best to avoid becoming real enemies, it was actually the best ending for the Jia Ma Empire.
"They seem to be discussing something… hopefully third brother will be able to truly suppress this woman. That way, the Jia Ma Empire will also be able to avoid a great calamity." Xiao Ding sighed. During this one year, this sect leader of the Poison Sect had left behind far too deep an impression. Now anytime he thought of the way her unusual poison killed, even Xiao Ding's body felt a chill.
"Control? Control it how?"
The Little Fairy Doctor was also somewhat surprised when she heard this. Her eyebrows immediately became vertical and her gaze swept over Xiao Yan's serious expression. She seemed to be a little moved.
"As long as you are able to completely control this 'Woeful Poison Body', something like a person unintentionally dying from poison will no longer occur. Instead, the lethal poison in your body can be used by you as you please." Xiao Yan replied in a deep voice.
The eyes of the Little Fairy Doctor moved when she heard Xiao Yan's words. She spoke somewhat hesitatingly, "You are really able to do it?"
"Trust me." Xiao Yan nodded heavily. Given his experience, he was naturally unable to possess any method that could deal with the 'Woeful Poison Body'. However, Xiao Yan had discovered this method as he was flipping through the enormous amount of information that Yao Lao left behind while he was refining pills. This method possessed extremely harsh requirements. The most important item was that one must possess three kinds of 'Heavenly Flames'!
This might be something that was impossible for an ordinary person but it did not pose difficult for Xiao Yan. The 'Fallen Heart Flame' and 'Green Lotus Core Flame' in his body along with Yao Lao's 'Bone Chilling Flame' coincidentally added up to this number.
Those grayish-purple eyes stared intently at Xiao Yan's serious face. Those cold and indifferent eyes of the Little Fairy Doctor slowly began to reveal some gentleness. She vaguely nodded and her eyes immediately turned to Medusa by the side who was clenching her teeth tightly and enduring the pain within her body. She beckoned with her delicate hand and a couple of strange gray-purplish pieces of blood came out from the latter's body before finally being absorbed back into the Little Fairy Doctor's body.
Medusa's expression swiftly became normal after the grayish-purple blood left her body. She coldly said, "I could also resolve it by myself."
Little Fairy Doctor was non-committal. Her eyes turned to Xiao Yan before speaking in a hesitant manner, "If you help me control this 'Woeful Poison Body', I will scatter this large army and the people from the three sects. What do you say? This time around, my motive for starting this war was to obtain the method to resolve this 'Woeful Poison Body'."
"The Jia Ma Empire and the Snake-People Tribe have suffered great losses in this big battle. Do you wish to just end it this simply?" Medusa coldly laughed.
"If I give the command, the Jia Ma Empire and the Snake-People Tribe would be completely eliminated even with your protection. You are not some ignorant child and should also understand the principles of the weak being the flesh that the strong eat!" A cold glint flashed across the Little Fairy Doctor's grayish-purple eyes as she spoke in an indifferent voice.
"In that case, this Queen shall see who is stronger and who is weaker!" Medusa's face was icy-cold. She once again attacked but was halted by Xiao Yan.
"If she really risks her life and fights, the Snake-People Race and the Jia Ma Empire would indeed suffer great losses under the strength of the three sects. Don't just randomly act on your impulses now." Xiao Yan softly spoke beside Medusa's ear.
"I am aware that you are acquainted with her. However, this Queen will remember the actions she committed against the Snake-People Race. I will definitely take revenge in the future!" Medusa's eyes changed slightly. Her gaze swept over the endless black masses that formed the large army below. She immediately clenched her silver teeth and coldly spoke.
Xiao Yan let out a bitter laugh and could only quietly sigh. After all those things that she had experienced during these couple of years, the current Little Fairy Doctor was clearly no longer that kind and naive girl from back then. Her ruthless character could only surpass Medusa. This time around, she had ended the big battle because of both Xiao Yan as well as the great attraction of his proposed control of the 'Woeful Poison Body' had toward her.
"You had mentioned earlier that starting this war was because destroying the Jia Ma Empire would enable you to obtain the method to resolve the 'Woeful Poison Body'?" Xiao Yan turned his head. He frowned and inquired after appearing to have recalled something.
The Little Fairy Doctor hesitated for a moment after hearing this. Only then did her face reveal a strange look as she said, "There was a mysterious organization who came and looked for me. They said that if I could occupy the entire Jia Ma Empire and capture the chief of the Yan Alliance, they would give me the method to undo the 'Woeful Poison Body'. It is just unexpected that… the chief of the Yan Alliance is actually you."
Medusa and Xiao Yan were stunned when they heard this. It was unexpected that after all the twists and turns, this matter implicated Xiao Yan.
"Originally, I had many opportunities to destroy the entire Jia Ma Empire during this one year. However, you never revealed yourself. Hence, I have also not really killed…" The Little Fairy Doctor's eyes were strange as they swept over Xiao Yan's body. She immediately said, "It seems that you have offended quite a number of people during these few years. That mysterious organisation seems to be extremely strong. Moreover, they are not afraid of my 'Woeful Poison Body'."
Xiao Yan tightly knit his brows. The other party's aim was actually him? He had not offended some overly strong factions during these years. The 'Black-Corner Region' was also so far from this place… could it be… could it be…
A light flashed across Xiao Yan's heart when he thought until this point. His face was dark and solemn as he said, "It's the 'Hall of Souls'?"
"Yes, yes, yes. It is that mysterious organization which is gathering spiritual bodies all over the continent. It is just unexpected that they would actually target you. Things seem to be just as you have said. The current you is no longer that small Dou Zhe from back then." The Little Fairy Doctor did not hide anything as she nodded. Perhaps it was because she had recalled the situation where Xiao Yan had been turned into a miserable state while being chased by the Wolf Head Mercenary Company back then. Her cold face also revealed a rarely seen smile. Xiao Yan faintly appeared to be able to see the shadow of that kind girl from within this smile.
"You look just as beautiful as you did back then when you smile." Xiao Yan also smiled as he spoke with a gentle voice.
Little Fairy Doctor gently bit her lower lip when she heard Xiao Yan's words. She immediately whispered, "There are somethings that will change. The way I acted back then is not suitable for me."
"But I liked it very much." Xiao Yan carelessly smiled and replied.
Little Fairy Doctor was slightly startled. Her eyes looked at the face that had a little less tenderness compared to back then before breaking into a grin.
"Are the people from the 'Hall of Souls' still in the Chu Yun Empire?" Xiao Yan hesitated for a moment before suddenly asking. The current him did not know much about the 'Hall of Souls'. Though he accidentally entered that incomparably large rock hall when he had advanced to a Dou Huang back then and had even seen Yao Lao, he did not have the slightest clue as to the place where the rock hall was located.
"I am unsure. The people from the 'Hall of Souls' are extremely strange. It would be extremely difficult to find them if one took the initiative to look for them unless it is someone who is very familiar with them." Little Fairy Doctor shook her head and replied.
Xiao Yan could only sigh in disappointment when he heard this. He had planned to capture a person from the 'Hall of Souls' alive and obtain some news about the 'Hall of Souls', Yao Lao, and his father.
"In that case, I shall disband the large army today. However, you should also quickly help me settle the matter of the 'Woeful Poison Body'. This is because I am able to sense that it is not far from the time that it will completely erupt. Everything will be too late at that time." Little Fairy Doctor spoke in a deep voice.
Xiao Yan nodded slightly and asked, "Can you sense when this body will explode?"
"Half a year at the earliest and two years at maximum." Little Fairy Doctor bitterly laughed.
"So urgent…" Xiao Yan frowned as he responded. His face also slightly changed when he heard this.
"If I was not so pressed for time, I would have not promised the people from the 'Hall of Souls' to start this war." Little Fairy Doctor spoke in a somewhat dejected manner.
"Alright, hopefully it will erupt a little later. As long as the ingredients are gathered, I will definitely allow you to control your 'Woeful Poison Body'." Xiao Yan thought for a moment before immediately gritting his teeth and replying in a deep voice.
"Yes, I will come and look for you tonight." Little Fairy Doctor nodded slightly while her gaze deeply studied Xiao Yan. After which, she turned around and flew through the air.
The experts from the three sects in the air hurriedly bowed and greeted her when they saw Little Fairy Doctor flying over.
She rushed down and glanced at everyone before speaking in an indifferent voice, "The three armies shall return to the Chu Yun Empire."
All the experts in the the air were stunned when they heard this. Although they had lost two expert Dou Zongs today, the strength of their three sects combined was still very strong. There was definitely not much of a problem breaking through the defensive line of the Jia Ma Empire. Why would they withdraw?
"Sect leader…" Some people hurriedly spoke while feeling doubts in their hearts.
"I said withdraw! Withdraw now!" However, Little Fairy Doctor's grayish-purple eyes swept over before these people opened their mouths to question. Her voice was ice-cold as she asked, "Who has any objections? Step forward."
A chill rose in everyone's body after those grayish-purple eyes swept past. They immediately swallowed the questioning words in their mouths and scattered, transmitting her orders to every corner of the large army.
From the sky, Xiao Yan looked at the large army that packed their tents and withdrew upon Little Fairy Doctor's order. He was ultimately unable to resist sighing. Who would have expected that the little physician from a medicinal shop back then would actually become the true overlord of the Chu Yun Empire? Such a change was really worlds apart.
Chapter 772: Night Meeting
Hai Bodong and the others on the fortress were startled for quite a while when they saw the three empire's alliance army suddenly began to withdraw in a torrent-like manner. They looked at each other with no understanding of what was happening.
The fortress erupted into an earth-shaking cheer during the time that they were stunned. A countless number of people, who had originally thought that their country and home would be destroyed today, could not control the excitement in their hearts. A cheer from having survived charged to the clouds.
"It seems that the three empire alliance has finally withdrawn…" Hai Bodong let out a long sigh as he spoke in a manner that suggested he had removed a heavy burden.
"I wonder how Xiao Yan managed to convince the sect leader of the Poison Sect. That woman doesn't appear to be a reasonable person." Jia Xing Tian smacked his mouth and wondered. However, his face still contained a joy that was difficult to hide. They clearly understood that the enormous strength of the three sect alliance still left their side at a disadvantage. This would still be the case even if Xiao Yan and Medusa were around.
"No matter what, this big battle that has lasted for one year has finally ended. The Jia Ma Empire will remain." Xiao Ding rubbed his forehead and laughed.
"Hee hee, hee hee… hee hee… however, after today, the Yan Alliance's and the Jia Ma Empire's reputation can be considered to have spread. Fighting three large sects with one alliance. This feat is enough to allow our Yan Alliance to cause those fellows who mocked us to look at us differently when we participate in the North-Western Region Factions Grand Meeting." Hai Bodong smiled as he spoke. It should be known that even when the Misty Cloud Sect from the Jia Ma Empire went to participate in the South-Western Region Factions Grand Meeting, they were mocked by quite a number of groups. After all, in the eyes of these factions with frightening strength, the Misty Cloud Sect, which did not even possess a single elite Dou Zong, had difficulty possessing the qualifications to sit with them.
Jia Xing Tian and Fa Ma smiled and nodded when they heard this. The Jia Ma Empire would likely stand proud that day.
Xiao Yan, who heard the earth-shaking cheer from the fortress in the sky, also sighed in relief. He turned his head and smiled as he said to Medusa, "It has been tough on you this one year."
"It is unexpected that you have so many old friends that you can meet all over the place." Medusa faintly replied. Her words were tainted with a slight sourness that was difficult to describe.
Xiao Yan could only bitterly laugh when he heard these words of hers. He said, "She is merely a friend from back then. It is just that I did not expect her to end up on today's stage."
"She should be the person whom we had met in the 'Magical Beast Mountain Range' back then, right? I faintly sensed it when we exchanged blows during this period of time." Medusa glanced at him as she spoke.
"Yes." Xiao Yan smiled and nodded. His eyes slinked toward the fortress and he said, "Let's go. This big battle is over and the Jia Ma Empire can finally catch its breath." His body moved after he said these words. He took the lead to fly to the fortress. Medusa followed close behind him.
The joyful news swiftly spread throughout the entire Jia Ma Empire when the big battle was over. In a short while, every single place began to sweep away the despair and darkness of the past. Being able to not leave their country was naturally the hope of many people. A vagrant life was something that no one was willing to taste even once for no reason.
In this big battle, Xiao Yan and Medusa's names were naturally transmitted to the ears of every single person. With the help of this, the reputation of the Yan Alliance once again soared. Many people or small factions who had joined the Yan Alliance were very proud. They were also more confident when they spoke to others.
During the time the outside world was filled with a joy, Hai Bodong and the others, who had remained in battle for a long time, finally sat down to rest. They need no worry about whether the three army alliance would appear in the next moment.
There were not many people in the hall. However, those present were the core members of the Yan Alliance.
Xiao Yan sat in the leader's seat, which had gone unoccupied for a long time. His eyes looked over the entire hall. He chose to randomly chat for awhile before turning his head to Hai Bodong and inquiring in a solemn manner, "No one from the 'Hall of Souls' has appeared during the past year, right? The thing that Xiao Yan paid the most attention to was naturally the 'Hall of Souls'. The reason that he had established the Yan Alliance was to use it to enable him to protect the Xiao clan.
"Yes." Hai Bodong nodded his head and said, "For some unknown reason, news regarding the 'Hall of Souls' has ceased coming from the empire ever since the Misty Cloud Sect was disbanded."
Xiao Yan sighed in relief when he heard this. He immediately fell into a deep thought. The 'Hall of Souls' was clearly extremely interested in the 'Tou She Ancient God's Jade' belonging to the Xiao clan. Hence, it was unlikely that they would simply give up. It had been almost a year but why was there no other activity? Was it because some other matter had resulted in them not having the time to bother with them?
Xiao Yan mused for a moment in his heart, but it was futile. He could only shake his head, raise it, and sweep his eyes over Hai Bodong. He involuntarily said with a smile, "It is unexpected that old Hai has also reached the peak of the Dou Huang class. I think that you should be able to reach the Dou Zong class soon."
Hai Bodong immediately shook his head in a helpless manner when he heard this. He said, "You little fellow… how can it be so easy? Do you not see that Old Jia has remained at this stage for many years and has never broken through."
Xiao Yan smiled. His eyes turned to the smiling Xiao Ding by his side as he asked, "Big brother, what is the Yan Alliance like now? Is it alright?"
"We have basically extended to most of the corners of the Jia Ma Empire. Currently, almost every single large and middle-sized city has the presence of our Yan Alliance. Moreover, the Yan Alliance has also branched into a countless number of industries during this one year and has become extremely complicated." Xiao Yan laughed. "The current Yan Alliance can be said to be even bigger than the Misty Cloud Sect back them. After all, they did not have as many branches as we do."
"After this one year of recruitment, the Yan Alliance should have around forty expert Dou Wangs. There are fewer Dou Huangs with us only having less than ten. Moreover, the Yan Alliance has also established a 'Yan Pulse' training organization. The people who were able to enter this group to train have all been carefully selected, and are all outstanding people. In the future, they will be our alliance's newest blood." Xiao Ding laughed.
"Of course, the Yan Alliance also has a business hall, which consists mostly of clans like the Primer clan. There is also a medicinal hall established from the many alchemists from the Alchemist Association. They provided our Yan Alliance with an unceasing amount of medicinal pills. Ke ke, the reason why we are able to drag this big fight out for so long is partly because of their effort."
Xiao Yan finally understood the Yan Alliance's current strength and size within the Jia Ma Empire after hearing the brief summary. He could not help but smack his mouth. Although he had confidence in it when it was established back then, he did not expect that big brother and the others would be able to develop the Yan Alliance until such a stage within a short one year. From what his big brother had said, the size of the current Yan Alliance seemed to have far exceeded the 'Xiao Gate' in the 'Black-Corner Region'. Of course, the 'Xiao Gate' there had great potential. This was because it was provided with the graduates of extraordinary talent from the Inner Academy. These people were all people who had outstanding training talent.
"Are the members of the Xiao clan well?" Xiao Yan softly inquired.
"How can they not be well with an outstanding clan head like you?" Xiao Ding spoke with a smile. The Xiao clan has justifiably become the strongest clan within the Jia Ma Empire. It was for no other reason other than the Xiao clan had produced this leader of the Yan Alliance, Xiao Yan!
Xiao Yan softly exhaled as he said, "If you have the time, you should send someone to pass the message to the Jia Nan Academy. If Xiao Yu and the others wish to return, let them do so. The current Xiao clan already possesses the ability to protect itself."
"Yes." Xiao Ding nodded. He said, "Coincidentally, I can also pass the message to the 'Xiao Gate' and tell second brother that he need not hurry over to rescue us."
Xiao Yan smiled. He immediately waved his hand and said, "Since the big fight is over. I will leave the remaining matters to all of you. I am very reassured if I hand this Yan Alliance over to all of you." Xiao Yan walked out of the hall in front of the numerous helpless eyes after saying this.
"This fellow is thinking of being an absent leader again…" Everyone in the large hall softly grumbled.
The Black Mountain Fortress under the night sky might still appear like a vicious beast lying on the ground because of its enormous size, but it gave off a less fierce aura compared to daytime and a little more silence.
Xiao Yan was seated cross-legged on a low mountain peak not far from the fortress. His eyes were slightly shut as the moonlight landed on his body. The faint cool feeling caused Xiao Yan's heart to feel extremely clear.
Medusa lazily leaned on a tree trunk behind Xiao Yan. She blinked her bewitching pupils as she repeatedly swept them back and forth. A moment later, she lazily said, "She is still not here even at such a late hour. Looks like you have waited in vain."
Xiao Yan helplessly shook his head when he heard these words. He spoke without turning his head, "I have already told you that there is no need for you to come. Are you afraid that she will actually eat me?"
"Who knows whether she is really retreating or faking a retreat. If she uses this one-on-one meeting to kill you and return once again tomorrow, the Jia Ma Empire would be finished." Medusa curled her mouth as she replied.
"Is that so…" Xiao Yan smiled when he heard this. His heart immediately moved as he turned his head and looked at the distant sky. Ripples were being transmitted from the sky from that direction. A white-colored figure stepped on the empty sky, appearing to be walking over slowly. However, the figure appeared in the air above this mountain peak within just a couple of blinks.