Chapter 1665: Departure
Jian Chen broke into laughter when he saw Nubis charge in from outside. He said, "Nubis, haven't you been living quite the life with your two concubines? Going with me to the Saints' World will be a life of blood, so why bother at all? You have to bear in mind that even if I go to the Saints' World with my current strength, it'll be very difficult to even gain a stable footing."
"A bloody life is the best life in my eyes because only a life like that will be a challenge. Jian Chen, I've put it very clearly. If you want to go to the Saints' World, you can't leave me behind. Otherwise, you're no longer my brother," Nubis said. He was filled with excitement and eagerness, clearly anticipating the journey to the Saints' World.
"Oh right. I heard that only Origin realm experts can pass through the spatial tunnel to the Saints' World. I still haven't reached the Origin realm, so think of something for me. Just don't leave me behind," said Nubis. He and Jian Chen had forged their brotherhood through adversity, making their bond anything but ordinary. As a result, Nubis spoke to Jian Chen extremely casually, unlike the other Saint Emperors.
"Alright. I can only take you with me since you insist so much," Jian Chen could only agree to Nubis coming along. Although Nubis was a little weak to go to the Saints' World right now, his rate of improvement would definitely be far greater there than if he remained in this world.
Afterwards, Jian Chen visited a few old friends, bidding his final farewells. He believed that it would be at least a dozen millennia or even several dozen millennia before he would return. Saint Emperors only had a lifespan of ten millenia, so his old friends probably would have passed away already when he returned again.
Although the origin energy of the world was gradually recovering and there was now the World of Forsaken Saints, a paradise for cultivation, reaching the Origin realm was still not an easy accomplishment.
Jian Chen then went to find Hao Wu in a remote mountain range. Hao Wu had already become a Saint Emperor now, but he had become an old man instead. He had left Zaar Caiyun and secluded himself in the mountains, cultivating in solitary.
Jian Chen's emotions became extremely mixed when he saw the wrinkly, grey-haired old man because this was his father-in-law.
After explaining that he was about to leave this world, Hao Wu fell silent. He only responded with a soft sigh after quite a while, "Jian Chen, I hope you can look after Mu'er well in the Saints' World."
"I will!" Jian Chen swore an oath to himself and Hao Wu.
Jian Chen left after his conversation with Hao Wu. Soon, he arrived a thousand kilometers away from where Hao Wu cultivated. There was a mountain that directly plunged into the clouds there, and there was also a small, wooden hut on it. A beauty in a violet dress sat before the wooden hut, gazing into the distance in a daze. Her face was filled with uncontainable sorrow and memories.
She was the ancestor of the Zaar family from the City of God, Zaar Caiyun. She had left the clan many years ago, no longer interfering with any matters in the clan. She had always remained on the mountain, living a life of seclusion. Aside from cultivation, she liked to do this the most, gazing into the distance in a trance.
The direction she gazed in was where Hao Wu had settled down. A thousand kilometers was originally nothing more than a step for Zaar Caiyun, a Saint Emperor, but it felt like the ends of the earth in her heart.
Jian Chen hovered in the air and gazed at Zaar Caiyun. His feelings were mixed, and he left after heaving a soft sigh. Zaar Caiyun had failed to sense Jian Chen's arrival at all.
In the end, Jian Chen visited Tian Jian. Tian Jian had originally become a Saint Emperor through the Saints' World. Jian Chen then gifted him a Violet Cloud Peach, allowing his strength to increase drastically once again. He was now an Eighth Heavenly Layer Saint Emperor, making him one of the most powerful people below the Origin realm.
Jian Chen had a long conversation with Tian Jian. Then he pulled out a white fur from his Space Ring and forcefully shoved it into Tian Jian's hands; this was the fur of the Winged Tiger God, which covered the Way of Slaughter from Mo Tianyun. The Origin realm experts of this world had tried to comprehend it many times, but they failed to get anything out of it in the end. After a few cycles, it returned to Jian Chen's hands. Right now, Jian Chen had given the beast fur to Tian Jian solemnly.
Mo Tianyun had left behind the Way of Slaughter, and Mo Tianyun founded Mercenary City. As the great elder of Mercenary City, it was only right for Tian Jian to inherit the beast fur. Whether he could actually comprehend the Way of Slaughter would be a whole different matter.
Jian Chen had considered giving the beast fur to Shangguan Aojian, but he possessed the Innate Chaotic Body. He had his own path to take, so giving the beast fur to Tian Jian would be a better choice.
After bidding farewell to Tian Jian, Jian Chen visited the supreme divine hall left behind by Mo Tianyun. He took away Kai Ya who remained unconscious in the crystal coffin with him, as well as the Seven-colored Heaven-devouring Beast who had always been watching over her silently.
Jian Chen was currently helpless about Kai Ya's situation. As a result, he planned on taking her to the Saints' World with him. He hoped to find a way to awaken her there.
Afterwards, Jian Chen went to the World of Forsaken Saints again. He found the four brothers who were cultivating there and asked them if they wanted to go to the Saints' World with him.
"Jian Chen, we don't want to go to the Saints' World yet. We want to cultivate for some time in the World of Forsaken Saints and go once we're stronger," said A'Da.
Jian Chen nodded and said nothing more. He turned around and left.
Three days later, all the Origin realm experts in the two worlds arrived on the Tian Yuan Continent because this day was Jian Chen and the Spiritking's day of departure. Everyone had come to see them off.
Aside from the Origin realm experts from the Tian Yuan Continent, there were many Saint Emperors and people who were familiar with Jian Chen. This included Tian Jian and the few remaining elders of Mercenary City, Tianmu Ling from the Tianmu clan, as well as the two elders of Tianmu Ling who were frequently by her side, Huang Tianba of the Huang family, Qin Xiao of the Tianqin clan, Qin Ji of the Qinhuang Kingdom and their Imperial Protectors, Quan Youcai and Kara Liwei of the Radiant Saint Master Union, the Turtle clan experts, hall master of the Sea Goddess Hall, Xie Wang, and so on. In general, basically everyone who was familiar with Jian Chen that was still in the living world was present.
Even the four brothers who were cultivating in the World of Forsaken Saints had come specially to see them off.
Changyang Hu had left the Pure Heart Pavilion for the first time since he returned after severing his emotions and his desires to see Jian Chen off one last time. However, there was no longer any lingering signs of brotherhood in his eyes. There was only peace and calmness.
Jian Chen's heart throbbed with Changyang Hu's change. His eldest brother was no longer the eldest brother of the past.
"Xiang'er, you have to return alive. You cannot forget that your father and I are still waiting for you here…" Bi Yuntian and Changyang Ba said to Jian Chen tearfully, unwilling to part with him. The two of them understood that his departure this time would be permanent for them.
"Brother, I will always wait for you here. Don't forget that you have me, your sister. If you don't return within ten thousand years, you'll probably never see me again," Bi Lian's tears poured down her cheeks as well as she said this to Jian Chen while choking back her sobs. With her talent, reaching Saint Emperor was no problem, but the Origin realm would be almost impossible for her.
"Father, mother, you have to be careful in the Saints' World. If you don't come back in the next ten thousand years, I'll go to the Saints' World personally to find you," Shangguan Aojian said with great determination. He was not just making conversation about going up to the higher world after ten thousand years. If it were not for the fact that he was worried he might not find his parents in the Saints' World, he had no need to wait ten millennia to go up.
"Jian Chen, you have to return…" You Yue and Huang Luan were in tears. The two of them were in horrible spirits. Jian Chen's departure this time seemed eternal to them.
At this moment, the Bright Moon Divine Hall flew over from afar, gently landing on the ground. Soon afterwards, its doors swung open, and fairy Hao Yue's voice rang out, "You four who haven't reached the Origin realm, it's impossible for you to survive in the space of the tunnel. Come in here." With that, Rui Jin, Hong Lian, Hei Yu, and Nubis all entered the Bright Moon Divine Hall.
"It won't be smooth sailing travelling through the spatial tunnel. If we're unlucky, we'll come across some danger. I advise everyone to enter my Bright Moon Divine Hall aside from Jian Chen and the Spiritking, just in case of any accidents," fairy Hao Yue continued.
Xiao Zhong immediately became displeased when he heard that. He said, "Your divine hall doesn't seem sturdy at all. With my strength at Reciprocity, how is it possible for me to be safer if I stay in your divine hall?"
"Let alone your puny strength at Reciprocity, even if Jian Chen moves through the spatial tunnel with his current strength, it won't be as safe as remaining in my divine hall. It's just that I have to pay too great of a price if I want to return to the Saints' World by myself, which is why I have to go with you," fairy Hao Yue said coldly. Everyone could tell that Reciprocity was nothing in her eyes.
Xiong Zhong did not dare to say anything more. Instead, he glanced at Jian Chen. He would have definitely believed that fairy Hao Yue was telling tales if she did not use Jian Chen as a point of comparison. He would have never complied with his personality. However, now that fairy Hao Yue had mentioned that even Jian Chen would be safer by remaining in her divine hall, she clearly held no regard for Jian Chen at all. He wanted to see Jian Chen's reaction.
Jian Chen rubbed his nose and smiled resplendently, "Fairy Hao Yue is the reincarnation of a great expert in the Saints' World. Since it's her who said it, there are definitely reasons why it's true. It's best if you all enter the divine hall." Jian Chen had never been sure about the ins and outs of fairy Hao Yue. Even with his current strength, fairy Hao Yue still seemed unfathomable in his eyes.