Chapter 1278: Friend or Foe?
In a desolate mountain range several tens of thousand kilometers from Mercenary City, Changyang Zu Yunkong and Huang Tianba had both carved out a cave. They currently cultivated in there.
They did not pay much attention to the shocking changes of Mercenary City. At that time, several hundred Saint Kings had gathered, and even the great elder Tian Jian, who had become a Saint Emperor, was present. If the matter could not even be dealt with by all these experts, it was impossible for the two of them, mere Saint Rulers, to be of help.
Their strength increased rapidly with Xiao Ling’s assistance beneath Mercenary City. It had improved at a tremendous pace. Although they were still Saint Rulers, they were both at the peak of the Ninth Heavenly Layer, only a single step away from Saint King.
The disparity between Saint Ruler and Saint King was extremely large. They had both secretly made up their minds to get through the tough barrier in a single stroke and become Saint Kings.
Changyang Zu Yunkong’s talent was far greater than Huang Tianba’s talent. The seal that had been planted in his head before forced him to remain as a Heaven Saint Master, so he could not become a Saint Ruler. Now that the seal was gone, his strength increased at an astonishing rate with Xiao Ling’s assistance. He had already caught up to Huang Tianba, and with the talent he had displayed, he might even end up reaching Saint King before Huang Tianba.
Other than the two of them, even the loyal bodyguard Jian Chen had brought over from the Radiant Saint Master Union, Yang Ling, was in the mountain range as well. He was a thousand kilometers from the two of them. Compared to Huang Tianba and Changyang Zu Yunkong, Yang Ling’s talent was far more ordinary. When Jian Chen had brought him over, he was a Sixth Cycle Heaven Saint Master, and one who had been like that for many years. However, he was still the same after the period of cultivation in Mercenary City.
The difference between Heaven Saint Master and Saint Ruler was so great that it was comparable to a chasm. It was the difference of two major realms of cultivation. A corresponding amount of talent and ability of comprehension was required to become a Saint Ruler. It was not all about cultivating arduously.
After leaving the underground of Mercenary City, Ming Dong did not go with them. Instead, he returned to Mercenary City all by himself to check on the current situation there. At the same time, he learned that Jian Chen was in the sea realm.
Afterward, Ming Dong remained in the city. He continued to cultivate in seclusion in a chamber deep beneath the city. At the same time, Bi Hai and Bi Lian delivered a large pile of high class monster cores to him. A portion of them came from Jian Chen while the others came from the five independent Saint Kings who had recently passed away.
The five great elders hovered beside one another in the sealed miniature space of the Changyang clan. They silently stared at the World Gate as both resentment and anger burned within them, coupled with some helplessness.
Suddenly, a heavy sound rang from the World Gate’s direction. A stream of ripples appeared in the space around the Wolrd Gate, causing the surrounding energy of the world to surge. It shocked all the Saint Rulers within the Changyang clan.
The sudden changes of the World Gate attracted the attention of the five great elders as soon as it had happened. All of their eyes immediately lit up as they stared in the direction of the World Gate with interest.
A second sound rang from the direction of the World Gate. Not only was it much louder than before, even the space rippled more violently. Powerful pulses of energy wrapped around the World Gate and shook it up.
Many Saint Rulers flew over from all directions, gathering behind the five great elders. All of them were dejected and bitter. A Ninth Heavenly Layer Saint Ruler old man politely asked, “Great elders, may I ask what is happening?”
The five great elders all remained silent. They stared fixedly in the direction of the World Gate with stern expressions. Only until the third bang did their faces finally change. They became extremely excited.
“There’s people outside attacking the seal. Fantastic, there’s someone who’s finally discovered that we’ve been sealed, and they’re currently assisting us in breaking through the seal,” Changyang Qing Jueri immediately beamed in happiness. In the time that they had been stuck in the miniature world, they had attempted countless methods to contact people outside, but all of them had failed in the end. The seal that plugged the world gate was extremely powerful and profound. It could stop all methods of communications, and even ancient secret techniques were not strong enough to penetrate the seal.
Changyang Qing Yun, Changyang Qing Yunfeng, Changyang Yuan Wuji, and Changyang Yuan Zhenghua became extremely delighted as well. They had waited far too long for this day. Although being trapped here did not threaten their lives, none of them wished to be locked up by someone else.
“Let’s move immediately and attack the seal from the inside. We’ll work with the people outside, so it’ll be even easier to get through this seal,” Changyang Qing Yun immediatelly called out.
The four others nodded simultaneously and all began to attack the seal with all they had. Immediately, a vast pressure descended from the sky, permeating the entire miniature world. The air seemed to have froze while all the energy of the world had stopped.
The five Saint Kings were extremely eager to smash through the seal. They used Saint Tier Battle Skills right from the start.
They could use Saint Tier Battle Skills at will as Saint Kings, completely charging them up in a single moment. An extremely powerful sword Qi erupted from the sword in Changyang Qing Yun’s hand, striking the seal as sword a hundred meters long.
Changyang Qing Jueri did not use his Saint Weapon. He cleanly struck out with his palm, condensing a palm of several dozen meters in length as it struck the World Gate.
Extremely powerful wind-attributed Saint Force permeated Changyang Qing Yunfeng’s surroundings before turning into a whirlwind that wrapped around him. The whirlwind rapidly spun as it reached for the sky, connecting to the very top of the miniature world. It caused the frozen energy of the world to wildly churn. Afterward, he swung out with both arms as the whirlwind immediately surged toward the World Gate, causing the surrounding space to distort violently.
A three-meter-wide fireball hovered above Changyang Yuan Wuji. It shone brightly like the sun as its terrifying heat pervaded the miniature world, causing the temperature to rapidly skyrocket. Afterward, it immediately shot out as a red streak of light when Changyang Yuan Wuji’s hand waved his hand toward the World Gate.
Changyang Yuan Zhenghua also produced an extremely powerful sword Qi that he sent at the World Gate. Wherever it passed by, ripples would cascade through space.
Five Saint Kings had used Saint Tier Battle Skills in unison. The disturbance was so great that it was enough to destroy the surroundings. Even the space of the miniature world, which was much tougher than outside, found it rather difficult to endure. The figures of eighteen divine halls had already appeared in the sky, stabilizing the space.
Outside the World Gate, over twenty Saint Kings hovered sternly in the sky with the grand elder of Mercenary City at the front. All of them gazed at the invisible seal before them.
“Those three magical beasts sure are skillful. The seal they’ve cast here is actually so powerful. It hasn’t broken after three combined attacks from us,” the grand elder could not help but praise them. He felt much admiration for Rui Jin, Hong Lian, and Hei Yu. Afterward, he glanced at the surroundings Saint Kings and loudly said, “Everyone, the seal is far stronger than any one of us have imagined. Everyone use has to use our full strength to smash through the seal together.”
“Alright! Let’s all prepare before attacking together on the grand elder’s signal,” a Saint King from a protector clan called out. Great elder Tian Jian of Mercenary City had now become a Saint Emperor, and they also had the protection of the barrier spirit which was a Returnance expert. They were so powerful that all the protector clans were now left in the dust. This also made Mercenary City the leaders of the entire continent in some certain sense, the evident representatives.
Within the miniature world, the Saint Tier Battle Skills collided with the seal almost at the same time, which immediately caused it to violently shake. However, it was still not enough to smash through it.
At this moment, the experts outside the World Gate used their powerful attacks as well. The strike was clearly much more powerful than the five Saint Tier Battle Skills. Rui Jin’s seal finally caved in after resisting so many powerful attacks, collapsing instantly. The Changyang clan, which had been sealed up for several months, was finally free.
As soon as the seal was broken, the five great elders eagerly charged out without even waiting for the rampaging energy to settle. As soon as they arrived outside, they discovered all the Saint Kings floating in the air.
They obviously knew that the reason they could have been freed was because of all these Saint Kings. They did not hesitate at all and immediately clasped their hands in gratitude.
The grand elder raised his hand and said, “The protector clans and Mercenary City are just one big family. We all protect the Tian Yuan Continent silently. It’s nothing, so there’s no need to thank us.”
At this moment, Changyang Qing Yun seemed to think of something. His gaze immediately grew cold. He clasped his hands at them all and said, “Since so many authoritative members of various organizations have gathered here today, allow me to announce a significant matter to everyone. This matter is so great that it can affect the safety of the entire continent.”
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