Chapter 966: Fury
Three Saint Island was extremely far away from the Tian Yuan Continent. With Jian Chen’s speed, he had to travel for almost ten days before finally leaving the ocean, arriving at shore. However, he did not stop at all, continuing his way into the continent.
As he traveled, Jian Chen would come across merchants and mercenaries when he stopped to ask for the way. However, he learned nothing other than the fact that he was currently in a small kingdom.
Perhaps due to the distance or their limited knowledge and experience, they had not even heard of the eight great kingdoms of the Tian Yuan Continent. As a result, asking for the location of the Gesun Kingdom from them was impossible.
Jian Chen traveled for another four hours before stopping in a very busy king city within a kingdom. The Tian Yuan Continent was just too expansive, with an innumerable amount of kingdoms. He needed to find a map that allowed him to find the whereabouts of the Gesun Kingdom.
Jian Chen expanded his presence, encasing the entire city. In the end, he made his way toward the largest general store at the center.
Jian Chen conversed with the shopkeeper, before leaving the place with a map that recorded the Qinhuang Kingdom. It was the most detailed map in the store. Although it did not have the Gesun Kingdom, it was more than enough for Jian Chen as once he made his way to the Qinhuang Kingdom, he could use their Space Gate to travel to the Gesun Kingdom.
As soon as he returned to the streets after buying the map, quite a large mercenary group passed by. The middle-aged men at the very front rode Class 4 Magical Beasts as they conversed.
“I heard the Extinguishing Mercenaries Alliance is currently mass-recruiting over the entire continent. Looks like it’s true that they want to become the greatest mercenary group on the continent,” a middle-aged burly and bare-chested man said.
A person clad in red armor beside him smiled disdainfully when he heard that. He replied, “They sure are ambitious if they want to become the greatest mercenary group. The continent is so big. Just how far do you think they can extend their tendrils just as a mercenary group? Do they really think they’re Mercenary City?”
“You better believe it, the Extinguishing Alliance is far greater than you can possibly imagine. It’s said that they have a Saint King supporting them, so they’re very powerful. I even heard that they had invited their supporting Saint King to personally move out for them, casting down several dozen Space Gates in Extinguished City so that they can go anywhere on the continent,” said the bare-chested man.
“Space Gates? What’re those?” The mercenaries of similar ages around the man all stuck their heads into the conversation as they asked out of curiosity.
The burly man lowered his head in thought. Then, he said with some uncertainty, “I don’t know what Space Gates are either, but I heard from other people that it seems to be an ability that can send people anywhere on the Tian Yuan Continent. Additionally, only Saint Kings can use it.”
The mercenaries on their Class 4 Magical Beasts all became shocked when they heard that. The red-armored man sighed and said, “If they really do have an ability that allows them to send anyone anywhere on the Tian Yuan Continent, it’s not impossible for them to become the greatest mercenary group.”
“Of course. Don’t forget that they’re in possession of the only city completely made of tungsten alloy in the entire history of the continent. Just the city is enough to contend with the seven capitals. Extinguished City has already taken up the nickname of the eighth capital,” the bare-chested man said enviously.
Jian Chen immediately stopped as he heard that when he walked past them. A sliver of curiosity appeared in his eyes as he mumbled, “What is this Extinguishing Alliance, to take the only tungsten alloy city on the entire continent? Weird. Wasn’t the first city of tungsten allow going to be the Flame City of our Flame Mercenaries? Why’s there another city now? And why have I never heard of its name? Wait a second, extinguishing… extinguishing… extinguishing…” Jian Chen seemed to think of something. A light gradually began to shine in his eyes and with a slight movement, he disappeared from where he stood.
“The Extinguishing Alliance…” The bare-chested man continued to chatter to his companions about the information he had recently learned of. However, he saw a blur flash past his eyes just as he was about to continue. A white-robed young man had suddenly appeared before him.
The young man stood with stability on the magical beast mount as he stared down at him. He said with a deep voice, “Tell me, what type of mercenary group are the Extinguishing Mercenaries? How did they take the first city completely made of tungsten alloy on the continent?”
The man possessed a rash personality and also had some background in the region. He immediately became enraged when he saw that someone dared to stand on his mount and speak to him like that. He slapped the back of the beast heavily and abruptly rose up, standing on the beast just like Jian Chen. He roared out, “How dare-”
However, he suddenly felt his neck tighten the moment he said those two words. The young man had already grabbed him by the neck with lightning speed, causing breathing to become difficult for him. He felt like he was suffocating.
The man tried to resist with his hands, but as soon as he tried to move, he discovered in horror that the space around him had already frozen. It locked his entire body in place, to the point where he could not even move a finger.
The sudden occurrence immediately caused the man to become terrified as he had never experienced the might of a Saint Ruler. His burning rage had been put out in that moment and was now replaced by fear. Right now, no matter how ignorant he was, he knew that this young man was not someone he could offend.
“Who the hell are you to attack the people of our Venomous Snake Mercenaries? Give up your life!” The man’s companions all reacted by stabbing their Saint Weapons at Jian Chen.
“Piss off!” Jian Chen bellowed. Immediately, a vast aura exploded from his body, forming a powerful force that knocked them away.
They were all Earth Saint Masters, so they were knocked flying by Jian Chen’s aura without any ability to resist. They fell on the streets, all vomiting blood. They were heavily injured.
Jian Chen glared at the man and loosened his grip on the man’s neck. He growled, “Tell me, just where does this Extinguishing Alliance originate from? Where is the tungsten alloy city that they inhabit?”
The man had personally witnessed his companions being knocked flying just by his aura alone and was immediately frightened. It was so bad that he almost fainted. He knew extremely well that even Heaven Saint Masters could not do this, injuring a bunch of Earth Saint Masters so easily. Also, only Saint Rulers were rumored to be able to freeze space.
Recovering his ability to talk, the man no longer dared to be brutish. He had guessed Jian Chen’s strength, which caused him to be overwhelmed by fear. He immediately knelt down and began to plead, “Senior, please spare my life, please spare my life. This one is blind and did not see the arrival of senior. I’ve offended senior. Please be magnanimous, senior. Please spare this one’s life.”
Jian Chen’s face sank and said deeply, “Answer my question.”
“Yes, yes, yes. This one will answer immediately, at once. This one does not know the exact origins of this Extinguishing Alliance because this one heard it from rumors as well. However, the Extinguished City that they inhabit is extremely far away from here. This does not know exactly how far away it is either but it’s relatively closer to the Qinhuang Kingdom,” the man said hurriedly.
“Closer to the Qinhuang Kingdom,” Jian Chen murmured as his heart shivered. A sudden ill premonition began to strengthen in his heart.
“Do you know about the Flame Mercenaries?” Jian Chen asked.
“I know, I know. Of course I know. There’s basically no mercenary on the continent who doesn’t know the Flame Mercenaries. It’s said that Extinguished City was originally constructed by them, but just as it had been completed, it was suddenly taken away by the Extinguishing Alliance.” The man told Jian Chen everything he knew.
Jian Chen suddenly became stunned and rather lifeless. That final sentence from the man echoed in his head as he struggled to accept it.
“Taken away. The tungsten alloy city that they built after so many hardships has actually been taken away. No, this is impossible. How did it end up like this? How?” In that moment, Jian Chen seemed to become lifeless. Deep anguish filled his face.
Suddenly, You Yue, Bi Lian, and the others flashed through Jian Chen’s head, causing his expression to change drastically. He immediately used his arm to grab the man and bellowed, “What happened to the people of the Flame Mercenaries in the end!? Speak! What happened!?” Jian Chen’s voice was filled with urgency. Before, the ten protector clans had been searching for him everywhere. He feared that the Flame Mercenaries would be pulled into this matter or even harmed.
Before he had left, he had once asked Tian Jian to look after the mercenaries for him. Now that the city had been taken, even Tian Jian was unable to prevent it. This had basically confirmed for Jian Chen that the ten protector clans had interfered.
“I don’t know, I don’t know. I really don’t know. I just know that they were chased out, but I don’t know what happened because I haven’t heard about it at all.” The man was absolutely frightened, where even his voice began to tremble.
Jian Chen slowly released the man. He was sandwiched between sorrow and fury, with deep worry in between. However, in the next moment, it was all replaced by a tremendous killing intent.