Chapter 1963: Visiting the Earth Spirit Sect (One)
The Empyrean Demon Cult's sudden retreat had greatly confused the Godkings who stood on the wall.
After half a month of preparation, they were all ready for battle. They had made up their minds to fight a prolonged battle against the Empyrean Demon Cult. However, just when the agreed ceasefire was about to end, and they were about to continue their war, the Empyrean Demon Cult that had the upper hand was suddenly retreating.
This surprising move had bewildered the Godkings on the walls. They had no idea why this was happening.
Even the divine king revealed doubt and confusion as he stared at the armies that had already retreated into the distance.
"They've retreated? The Empyrean Demon Cult is just going to retreat like this? Surely there isn't some scheme involved, right?" A Godking said from the walls as he watched everything unfold with quite some disbelief.
"I know how the Empyrean Demon Cult acts extremely well. With the support of the great elder, the Empyrean Demon Cult can rampage as they wish on the Cloud Plane. They can destroy whatever they want. It's exactly because of the great elder behind them that the powerful organisations on the Cloud Plane dare not to lay their hands on the Empyrean Demon Cult. As a result, the Empyrean Demon Cult has created several storms of blood in the past several tens of thousand years, committing atrocities of massacres. In particular, the invasion this time could be regarded as unprecedented. Not only were all nine armies mobilised, but they even attacked three regions at the same time and even their vice-leaders set out. This is extremely rare. They would never retreat so easily unless their goals were fulfilled," said a sagely old man with a duster.
"That's right. The retreat of the Empyrean Demon Cult will definitely be more complicated than it seems. We can't become careless," said another Godking.
The Godkings on the walls all stated their thoughts and guesses. However, none of them believed the Empyrean Demon Cult was truly retreating.
Even the divine king thought of it like that.
This was because the Empyrean Demon Cult was used to using force. Coupled with the size of their army this time, it was impossible for them to retreat willingly unless they caused a massacre enough to shock the entire Cloud Plane based on how they acted in the past.
Among them, only Jian Chen, Shen Jian, and Sacredfeather knew that the retreat of the Empyrean Demon Cult was not for some ulterior motives or schemes. They were really retreating.
However, Jian Chen also had no idea how long the nine armies would remain inactive.
He understood the secret behind why the Empyrean Demon Cult had been declaring wars everywhere from his trip to the headquarters. Now that the nine blood beads and soul beads that the Empyrean Demon Cult had spent who knows how long on had been stolen, there were only two possible actions they could take next.
First, they could give up on the wars and devote themselves to finding the blood and soul beads.
Secondly, they could continue waging wars and condense the beads again.
"I hope uncle Xiu can reach the central region safely. It's just a pity that I don't have enough five-colored divine crystals on me. Otherwise, I would have gotten uncle Xiu to directly leave the Cloud Plane and go somewhere else. It would be even safer with that," thought Jian Chen. He could only pray for uncle Xiu right now, as he was unable to offer any other support.
Just as everyone was discussing the withdrawal of the Empyrean Demon Cult, they received a shocking piece of news. The Empyrean Demon Cult had sent groups of people to the surrounding divine kingdoms to engage in wanton massacres, leading to an endless slaughter once again. It filled many cities and provincial cities with blood, and no one was spared wherever they passed by.
Even a few royal capitals of divine kingdoms had suffered this fate, with all the people there completely massacred by the Empyrean Demon Cult. The Godkings who guarded the divine kingdoms were slain by several protectors from the Empyrean Demon Cult as well.
In the end, three divine kingdoms that neighbored the Divine Kingdom of Pingtian were destroyed. The other divine kingdoms suffered losses of varying degrees as well.
The Godkings who stood on the walls fumed when they received the news.
The divine king sighed gently. There was some helplessness on his face. He said nothing.
The light in Jian Chen's eyes flickered. He analysed to himself, "In terms of time, the Empyrean Demon Cult moved exactly when fairy Hao Yue infiltrated the headquarters. Clearly, they wanted to gather some more blood and energy of souls so that they could increase the quality of the blood and soul beads. It shouldn't be for recondensing the blood and soul beads."
Afterwards, the coalition army on the Divine Kingdom of Pingtian's side remained on high vigilance. They did not leave the fortress at all. Half a month later, when a Godking risked his life by approaching ten thousand kilometers from the headquarters of the Empyrean Demon Cult did they receive accurate information. Only then did they truly believe the Empyrean Demon Cult had withdrawn.
The divine king and the reinforcing Godkings were all relieved when they received the reliable information. The divine king immediately clasped his fist at everyone. He said amicably but no less dignified, "Everyone, looks like the war this time has truly ended. I am grateful for all your assistance and reinforcement."
"You are too polite, your majesty. The Empyrean Demon Cult is vicious. Against such a horrible cult, we should unite together against them," an old man clasped his fist at the divine king and said extremely politely. He was an elder of the Earth Spirit sect.
Of course, he was not one of the three elders who had come to the divine kingdom initially. Instead, he belonged to the second wave of reinforcements.
Then, the elder looked at Jian Chen, and he said apologetically, "Brother Jian Chen, I hope you don't take offence from what those disappointing disciples of our Earth Spirit sect did to you." The old man sighed gently after reaching this point, "It's just a pity that many of our disciples have fallen on the battlefield, or our Earth Spirit sect will definitely punish them severely so that we can provide an explanation to brother Jian Chen."
All the Godkings who stood on the walls looked at Jian Chen and the elder from the Earth Spirit sect.
They had heard about Jian Chen's grievance with the Earth Spirit sect. If Jian Chen was a supreme Overgod who could barely manage to make it onto the Overgods' Plaque, there would be no need for the Earth Spirit sect to worry too much even if they had to take him seriously with their strength.
However, he was a supreme Overgod with shocking strength, someone who could challenge the person who ranked first on the Overgods' Plaque. That changed the situation completely because an Overgod like that could fend off Godkings, and if they broke through to Godking, they would be able to make it onto the Godkings' Throne.
It was rumored that those who ranked within the top ten on the Godkings' Throne possessed extremely shocking strength that was enough to fend off early Infinite Primes.
As a matter of fact, they could even accomplish the shocking feat of killing regular Infinite Primes as Godkings.
Moreover, it was revealed that a Primordial realm expert was supporting Jian Chen through the matters with Yaxi Lian. The Earth Spirit sect was naturally reluctant to offend someone like that.
Jian Chen remained indifferent under the attention of all the Godkings from different organisations. He said, "This matter isn't really related to the dead disciples of the Earth Spirit sect. The true suspect is someone else. It's impossible for a few disciples to possess something as precious as a Godking level talisman."
The elder's face immediately froze from that. He sighed gently and said nothing else. After bidding farewell to the divine king, he left with the disciples of the Earth Spirit sect.
He knew that the grievances between the Earth Spirit sect and Jian Chen could not be resolved in just a few words. He would let the sect master and so on deal with it instead.
Now that the war against the Empyrean Demon Cult had ended, the Godkings from the various organisations all retreated. They returned to where they came from.
The divine king arrived before Jian Chen and said, "Jian Chen, let me go deal with some matters after the battle first. In three days, I'll personally accompany you to the Earth Spirit sect. The people from the Earth Spirit sect haven't been looking at the bigger picture, attacking people on the same side as them during the war. I will definitely demand an explanation from them for this." Towards the end, the divine king's voice became rather solemn as a vicious light flickered through his eyes.