Chapter 885: Abyssal Crystal
"We were too slow. We actually let them escape into the land of the Heaven's Spirit Hall. Do we chase them or not?" An elder said with a deep voice as they watched the group gradually grow further away.
The other old man replied after some thought, "We can't trespass the Heaven's Spirit Hall's lands without permission, We better report this to the hall elder as soon as possible. We can only take action after discussing it with the hall elders and the people of the Heaven's Spirit Hall.
The two elders immediately reported the situation to the hall elders afterward. Charlie and Yensen's master Bai Yan immediately became stern when they learned that Jian Chen's group had fled into the Heaven's Spirit Hall's territory. They frowned in concern.
"It'll be troublesome now. I hope that the Heaven's Spirit Hall doesn't find out about that item, otherwise, they'll want to take it. At the time, the hall master will need to head out himself but if that happens, the two halls will definitely go to war with each other. The Sea Goddess Hall cannot find out either. If their hall master learns about it, she will definitely use the strength of her entire territory to destroy it. They cannot let the item exist," said Charlie. He was extremely grim.
"I can only hope that the people who've taken it don't know the secrets of the item and that the people of the Heaven's Spirit Hall don't know either. If that's the case, then there is still a chance for us to fix this problem." Yensen's master's eyes flickered with a wise light. He had many more ideas than Charlie.
"What idea do you have?" Charlie immediately looked toward Bai Yan.
"We'll negotiate with the hall elders of the Heaven's Spirit Hall and send some people in the name of revenge. We need to get the item back," said Bai Yan.
Charlie's eyes lit up. "Alright. I'll use a communication stone right now to contact them."
Charlie and Bai Yan immediately used special equipment to contact the hall elders of the Heaven's Spirit Hall. They told them the story they had prepared earlier and after some good-willed negotiation, they were permitted to send people into the territory of the Heaven's Spirit Hall.
At the same time, three hall elders of the Heaven's Spirit Hall currently sat together in the very center of their hall.
"The Serpent God Hall wants to send experts into our territory to kill off their enemies. Odd. Why do I feel like it's not as simple as it seems?" said an old man between the three.
"I also have a similar feeling, the Serpent God Hall must be hiding something from us. Otherwise, why would their esteemed hall elders appear personally for a small matter like this? They could just send other experts instead."
"Hmm. It does sound a little weird if you put it like that. They totally could have just sent experts from tribes who lived in their territory to pursue their enemies who've fled to our land. Why do they have to send people of the Serpent God Hall?" The three hall elders found it rather odd and suspicious.
At that very moment, a blurry figure appeared out of nowhere high up in the empty throne. The entire hall was enveloped by a terrifying pressure with his appearance.
The three hall elders were surprised and immediately became polite. They looked toward the blurry figure and bowed, speaking in unison, "We greet the hall master."
"I sensed a sliver of the Abyssal Crystal's presence. Investigate it immediately," said the hall master. His voice was ordinary but it was filled with an authoritative pressure.
"What! The Abyssal Crystal?" The three hall elders all became stunned, revealing a slight expression of disbelief.
The hall master's figure had already disappeared. He did not say anything else. He seemed to have appeared only to give this single command.
The three hall elders all looked at each other and only after a while did someone speak, "I heard the Abyssal Crystal originates from the Sea of Despair. The frigid Qi there is so great that even emperors struggle to cope with it. I didn't think there would actually be an emperor who would risk his life and venture in for an Abyssal Crystal."
"The Abyssal Crystal's a special type of crystal. No one knows how it's formed but it has the ability of gathering the essence of water-attributed energy. It's a legendary treasure among us but no one has ever come into possession of it. It's said that in the ancient times, the great sea goddess removed a giant piece of Abyssal Crystal from the Sea of Despair and carved out a supreme divine hall. However, after the sea goddess passed away from age, the divine hall was left floating about through the Sea of Despair. No one has ever found its exact whereabouts."
"There is a special connection between Abyssal Crystals. They say that if someone finds a crystal and uses a special technique to forge it, they can find the exact location of the sea goddess' divine hall."
"Alright, let's not talk about this anymore. We should hurry up and carry out the hall master's command."
Suddenly, a hall elder's face changed as he seemed to notice something. "The business with the Serpent God Hall chasing a few people just happens to be fishy as well. Do you think this is related to the Abyssal Crystal?"
"Do you think that the people who the Serpent God Hall are pursuing possess the Abyssal Crystal?" The three hall elders all guessed this together, connecting the news of the Abyssal Crystal to Jian Chen's group.
"That's probably the case. Let's go organize some people immediately. It doesn't matter whether the crystal is with the people who the Serpent God Hall wants. We'll go check on it. If it really is that case, we need to obtain it before them."
A mature, blue-robed lady who seemed to be in her twenties sat cross-legged in the air within a secret room. She was inside a huge palace within the territory of the Sea God Hall. She was dressed simply but she was extremely pretty with a devastating appearance. She was like a fairy who had descended from heaven.
"Reporting to the hall master, Qing Yixuan has arrived," an old voice boomed from outside.
"Let her in," the woman moved her mouth and spoke with an enchanting voice.
The door to the room slowly opened. The white-clothed Qing Yixuan walked in from outside. Her dashing face was slightly pale and some traces of darkness existed within the paleness. She clearly was still injured from the fight for the Octoterra Map fragment and had not even purged the venom from her body completely yet.
Qing Yixuan bowed courteously to the woman before her and said, "Qing Yixuan greets the hall master."
"Qing Yixuan, go to the Samsara Pool and heal your wounds. After you're done, head out with Lei Batian immediately to the Heaven's Spirit Hall," the hall master said gently.
Qing Yixuan revealed a sliver of excitement as soon as she heard she could go to the Samsara Pool. She would be able to heal her wounds in two days at the Samsara Pool. Even the poison that tortured her for so long could be purged completely.
Qing Yixuan suppressed her excitement and asked curiously, "May I ask why the hall master is asking me to go to the Heaven's Spirit Hall?"
"Once you make a complete recovery, you'll learn about the details of the mission from Lei Batian. You can go," the hall master replied gently. Her voice was emotionless.
"Yes! Qing Yixuan will be leaving then." Qing Yixuan bowed courteously once more before backing out.
Although Jian Chen, Nubis and Xie Wang managed to shake off the two Saint Kings, they did not relax at all. They continued their way into the depths of the Heaven's Spirit Hall's territory without any change in speed and constantly changed their directions as they traveled.
Nubis carried Jian Chen on his back as he hurried along. Jian Chen was heavily injured, currently pushing all the power of the Chaotic Body to heal his wounds.
They traveled for four hours before they finally saw a medium-sized city near the horizon.
"There is a city up ahead. There are many people in there, so it'll be perfect for covering our trail. Let's stop there for now and continue onward after your wounds have healed. Otherwise, if we get caught by people again in your current condition, it'll be problematic," said Nubis as a suggestion.
"They have no idea where we've run off to. We can hide in the city for some time. The experts of the Serpent God Hall are bound by the agreement of territorial boundaries. They won't dare cross over," added Xie Wang.
Jian Chen pondered for a while. He knew that he was not in a suitable condition to continue traveling. Since it was safe now, he probably should heal as fast as he could. He needed to maintain his peak strength at all times, so he can handle any sudden changes to the situation.
"Alright, let's go in," said Jian Chen.
Afterwards, the three of them flew into the city. They descended in a well-hidden spot, then found a relatively obscure inn and settled down for the time being.
Just when they had settled down, the two elders at the border between the Serpent God Hall and the Heaven's Spirit Hall received the hall elder's message and rejoiced. They did not worry anymore and directly passed through the boundary to the other hall's land in search of Jian Chen.
"There's still a slightly bloody smell in the air. This must be the path they ran off to. Follow me." One of the elders sniffed out the remaining smell of blood and immediately rushed off in the direction Jian Chen's group had fled. It was actually the exact same direction.
The two elders stopped after traveling ten thousand kilometers. The old man with an extremely sensitive sense of smell sniffed the air once again and said, "The smell of blood is getting thicker. Looks like they only passed through here not too long ago. We've almost caught up with them. Let's go." The two of them continued onward and grew closer and closer to the city where the Jian Chen's group had settled down.
At this very moment, several vast presences appeared in the distance. A few figures shot by with great speed, charging directly for the two elders.
The elders paid them no attention, continuing along the way by following the smell of blood. They treated these people as passersby.
"Warriors, please stop." Suddenly, a voice cried out from afar. The voice was thunderous, booming through the sky and reverberated through the region.
The two elders paused and subconsciously came to a halt. They quietly watched the figure approach them from afar, without reacting greatly at all.
Soon, the people stopped twenty meters from the two elders. There was a total of four people, one old man, and three middle-aged men. The old man was a Saint King but only of the First Heavenly Layer, while the three middle-aged men were all Saint Rulers.
The old man clasped his hands at the two elders and questioned, "Are you two elders of the Serpent God Hall?"
"Correct. We are indeed elders of the Serpent God Hall. Why have you stopped us?" asked an elder with suspicion.
"Esteemed elders, the four of us are members of the nearby Chenyang tribe. We just received a messaged from the hall elders of the Heaven's Spirit Hall. They've invited the two of you to go pay a visit to the Heaven's Spirit Hall," said the old man with a smile. His tone was extremely polite.