Chapter 1652: Gathering of the Strongest (One)
At the same time, the sea goddess, Yang Lie, Guihai Yidao, Feng Xiaotian, Houston, and the four brothers all hurried over as well, gathering at the Changyang clan. They all congratulated Jian Chen.
Although Jian Chen did not plan anything special to celebrate, announcing Shangguan Aojian's identity as Jian Chen's son was akin to returning to the ancestral home according to the customs on the Tian Yuan Continent. Even ordinary people would celebrate something like that, not to mention that this had happened with Jian Chen and Shangguan Mu'er, two sovereigns of the world. As a result, many ancestors from large clans and organisations came without invitations from across the world with rich gifts. Even the patriarch of the Tianqin clan, Qin Xiao, matriarch of the Tianmu clan, Tianmu Ling, king of the Qinhuang Kingdom, Qin Ji, Quan Youcai, Kara Liwei, the president and the grand elder of the Radiant Saint Master union had come. Many people who were acquainted with Jian Chen had all come. In the end, Changyang Ba and Bi Yuntian could only decline Jian Chen's request of not celebrating the matter. They ordered a large banquet to welcome the guests.
Everyone dispersed after the celebrations, but the four brothers remained.
Jian Chen knew what the four brothers were looking for. After greeting them, he took them out of the Changyang clan and directly led them to the centre of a desolate mountain range.
There were a few magical beasts living in the mountains, but they were not particularly powerful. The strongest was only at the 6th Class, so the powerful presence that the four brothers unconsciously radiated immediately scared these magical beasts away when they arrived.
Jian Chen extended his right hand and a finger-sized tower suddenly appeared. Sword slashes covered the tower and each slash shone brightly. It formed a powerful sealing force, keeping the two sealed.
This tower was the treasure from a higher world that Jian Chen had found in the Sea of Despair, the Anatta Grand Prime's Anatta Tower.
The four brothers immediately stared at the tower when its appeared. They were interested as well as confused.
This was because the four of them felt a sense of familiarity and unfamiliarity from the tower.
"The reason why you've come to find me is probably because of this tower, right?" Jian Chen stared at the four brothers and said calmly.
The four brothers said nothing. Their attention was completely devoted to the Anatta Tower. They were drawn in by it.
With a single movement from Jian Chen, the Anatta Tower in his hand was thrown into the air. Then, under Jian Chen's control, the tower rapidly expanded in the air, becoming something several thousand meters wide, reaching into the clouds in the blink of an eye.
The Anatta Tower struck the ground heavily after expanding. With a heavy rumble, the entire ground shook. The tower's weight immediately took over after leaving Jian Chen's hand, and it rapidly sunk into the ground.
Jian Chen shook his head rather helplessly as he watched the Anatta Tower sink a few dozen meters into the ground. He had not fully refined the Anatta Tower yet, so it was a problem every time he placed it down. The tower was as light as a feather in his hand, but all of its weight would come crashing down once it left his hand. As a result, he needed to expand the tower; the bigger it was, the better as a greater surface area could support the tower's weight. Otherwise, the tower might end up falling to the core of the planet if it remained as the size of a finger.
"Come in with me!" Jian Chen waved at the four brothers before flying through the damaged door of the tower.
The four brothers glanced at the damaged tower that reached into the clouds in shock before flying in with Jian Chen.
There were a total of nine floors in the Anatta Tower. Parts of all nine floors had shattered, with huge strands of sword Qi hovering at the edges of the four different directions, suppressing the floor.
Jian Chen took the four brothers to the sword Qi in the east of the first floor. He stared at the huge sword Qi and said, "You should be drawn towards the Anatta Tower. The reason all lies with these sword Qi. The master of these sword Qi is called the Nirvanic Immortal Exalt, a supreme expert who has reached the very apex of another world. I do not know where your cultivation method comes from, but it's definitely related to the Nirvanic Immortal Exalt. He might have even created it. However, the Nirvanic Immortal Exalt left behind all the sword Qi inside and outside the Anatta Tower, so they share the same origins as you. And maybe because of this, you are drawn towards here."
"The Nirvanic Immortal Exalt has a total of four divine swords, which are the Sword of Mortality, Sword of Reincarnation, Sword of Slaughter, and Sword of Severance. The four swords just happen to share some physical features of the swords in your hands…"
"The reason why you could all break through to the Origin realm during the battle should be connected to the sword Qi the Nirvanic Immortal Exalt left behind. When I subdued this tower previously, four strands of sword Qi assisted me. They were hidden in my hand and during your battle against the crisis of the world, the four sword Qi flew out of my hand out of their own will. They fused with you, which is why the four of you could break through together at that time…" Jian Chen explained to the four brothers.
"Jian Chen, is the Nirvanic Immortal Exalt a person of a higher world?" A'Da asked.
Jian Chen nodded, "Yes, the Nirvanic Immortal Exalt is a person from a higher world, but he does not belong to the Saints' World. Instead, he is from the Immortals' World, a world which opposes the Saints' World, as well as the greatest expert of the Immortals' World. His strength is beyond our imagination." Jian Chen sighed at the sky when he reached this point and said regretfully, "Unfortunately, his glory has become a matter of the past because he has fallen long ago. He died on the battlefield between the two worlds."
Hearing that the Nirvanic Immortal Exalt was already dead, the four brothers' feelings became mixed. They had learnt the origins of their cultivation method, but the original progenitor was unfortunately already dead.
"What you see right now is the sword Qi from the Sword of Severance. If you look at your sword, it's rather similar to the Sword of Severance. I want to see if you can form a connection with the sword Qi. If you can absorb the sword Qi, it would be even better," Jian Chen stared at A'Da in interest as he became slightly eager. Aside from answering the four brothers' questions, he had brought the four of them into the Anatta Tower for this reason. He wanted to see if he could make the four of them remove the sword Qi.
All these sword Qi were sealed, sealing up the Anatta Tower's power. If the seals were not removed, he would be unable to display the Anatta Tower's full strength even if he refined it completely.
A'Da stared at the sword Qi for a while before shaking his head, "I find these sword Qi both familiar and unfamiliar. Absorbing them is completely impossible because I can clearly feel their strength. Even with me just standing here right now, my heart still beats in fear. If I try to absorb it, I'll be ripped to shreds in a single moment, and I'll die."
Jian Chen became disappointed, but he did not become dejected. He brought the four of them to the second sword Qi. The second sword Qi was left behind by the Sword of Slaughter, corresponding to A'Er's sword.
However, it was no different from A'Da. A'Er also sensed some familiarity from the sword Qi, but he was still unable to absorb the sword Qi.
Jian Chen took the four brothers to all four corners of the first floor, but they found nothing in the end. He directly took them to the ninth floor and visited the four sword Qi there as well before leaving in disappointment. They exited the Anatta Tower.
"Then what about the sword Qi outside? Can you control it or absorb it?" Jian Chen stood outside and stared at the sword slashes on the tower. Even though he already knew the outcome, he still wanted to try it.
The four brothers stared at the sword Qi and closed their eyes very soon. Their presences changed abruptly at that moment as well.
Jian Chen's eyes suddenly narrowed. Currently, he could sense that the four brothers seemed to have fused with the sword Qi.
"They're borrowing the sword slashes to comprehend the Way of the Sword!" A thought crossed Jian Chen's head. The same thing had happened with him when he first saw the sword slashes, but he had failed since his realm of comprehension was just too low. Not only did he fail to benefit at all, he had almost suffered an intense backlash.
"The cultivation method of the four brothers should be left behind by the Nirvanic Immortal Exalt. They share the same origins as the sword Qi. I wonder if they can comprehend it successfully," Jian Chen thought.
However, just when he thought of something like that, the four brothers' presence immediately became a mess. They all vomited blood and became extremely pale.
Jian Chen arrived before the four of them. Raising his hand, he used Radiant Saint Force to heal them. The four of them had suffered from a backlash. Fortunately, they were not too heavily injured. With his abilities as a Class 9 Radiant Saint Master, they made a full recovery before long.
"What powerful sword Qi. I've never sensed such powerful sword Qi. I never thought that I wouldn't even have the right to comprehend it after reaching the Origin realm," A'Da sighed deeply as he glanced at the sword slashes with lingering fear. However, he immediately looked away again, no longer willing to try comprehend it anymore.
Jian Chen stared at the sword slashes. He did not tell them that the sword Qi had actually become much weaker than before after conflicting with the Anatta Tower for so long.
Afterwards, the four of them walked around the tower a few times. The four brothers had also flown to the very top of the tower. They saw the four slashes which were missing sword Qi, but they did not benefit from anything at all in the end.
"Jian Chen, you've already answered our queries. If there is anything the four of us can assist you with in the future, please mention let us know. We will do everything we can as long as it's within our abilities. Farewell," the four brother clasped their hands at Jian Chen and left together.