Chapter 138 - Ascendant Hall's Business
Gu Hai, grabbing Long Wanqing by her waist, jumped up on a rock that was covered in mist.
As Gu Hai and Long Wanqing stepped through the mist, they arrived at a distant sea region with a thrum.
"What's going on? How did we travel so far with just one step?" Long Wanqing asked in surprise.
With just a step, we have traversed over a hundred li!?
"This is a weiqi world, you can think of it as a weiqi game. I am traveling through the criss-cross grid of the weiqi board. Just now, we just jumped from one connecting point to another connecting point. It isn't actually that far, it just looks that way, that's all!" Gu Hai explained to Long Wanqing.
Hearing this, Long Wanqing was rendered speechless.
She didn't understand it even a bit!
Once again, Gu Hai stepped into another area covered in mist and in the blink of an eye, he had traversed a hundred li, getting farther and farther away from the dragon vein.
Again and again, Gu Hai stepped through the mist, slowly rising into the sky, and soaring through the sea of clouds.
It looked as if he was walking through space. In Long Wanqing's eyes, it appeared incomparably complex.
"How in the bloody hell did you practice that you became so skillful in weiqi?" Long Wanqing looked at Gu Hai in a daze.
Isn't Gu Hai just seventy years old? His weiqi skills are really terrifying!
Gu Hai, without bothering to explain, continued to jump very carefully. Traversing through the sky, they were out of the weiqi world in no time.
"We are finally out!" Gu Hai drew in a deep breath of relief.
The two immediately landed on the barrier above the floating island with a loud bang.
At this moment, the floating island was severely trembling, as if it was about to explode at any moment. Having come out, just as Long Wanqing was about to take in a breath of respite, the next scene that entered her eyes stole it away in the blink of an eye. Everything before her eyes within a thousand li of the Ding Long Clan was in complete shambles. The ground was still quaking and with an ever-increasing intensity.
The quaking of the ground and splitting of mountains gave the impression that the entire world was coming to an end. Countless rocks were sent flying into the sky from the earthquakes. It was a complete mess everywhere. Countless cultivators continued to retreat, again and again, dodging the flying rocks in panic.
"Ding Rui!" Gu Hai raised his guard in the blink of an eye.
Ding Rui was hovering in the air. Not far away from her was the Divine Battalion's flying ship, floating in the air. The Divine Battalion disciples onboard held bows and arrows in their hands, aimed straight at Ding Rui. Standing on the flying ship was a man wearing a golden armor who was staring at Ding Rui with an ice-cold gaze.
The moment Gu Hai and Long Wanqing jumped out of the weiqi world, both sides turned their gazes in Gu Hai's and Long Wanqing's direction at the same time.
"Long Wanqing, why couldn't you receive the dragon vein even when you have the Dragon Drawing Jade?" Ding Rui asked, as her face grew ugly.
"Dragon Drawing Jade?" Li Haoran narrowed his eyes as he stared at the round jade in Long Wanqing's hands.
"Commander Li?" Spotting Li Haoran, Long Wanqing's eyes immediately lit up. Her eyes flickered with a happy light.
"Commander Li, help me capture Ding Rui, she knows the truth about my mother's death, help me capture her!" Long Wanqing suddenly cried out.
"Hmm?" Li Haoran's eyebrows twitched momentarily as he turned his gaze on Ding Rui.
"Divine Battalion Commander, Li Haoran!?" Gu Hai looked at Li Haoran doubtfully.
Much to Gu Hai's surprise, there was a look of worship in Long Wanqing's gaze, which had never appeared in her eyes before.
"Fire the arrows! Li Haoran suddenly shouted in a cold voice.
Immediately after, the Divine Battalion disciples let their bowstrings loose, raining a salvo of thousands of arrows on Ding Rui immediately.
Ding Rui's countenance grew colder as she waved the cane in her hand.
Immediately after, a wall of fire suddenly appeared before her, blocking the rain of arrows in the blink of an eye.
Thousands of arrows crashed into the wall of flames with ear-deafening thunderclaps.
"Ding Rui, stand down and let us capture you immediately, otherwise, you will die under the arrows!" Li Haoran proposed emotionlessly.
"Stand down and let you capture me? Hahaha, hahaha, Li Haoran, you are really treacherous, you actually pretend to not know your old friends!" Ding Rui lashed out in anger.
"I am pretending not to know my old friend? Ding Rui, you have gone too far. Knowing that the Dragon Drawing Jade was in Long Wanqing's hands, you actually rebelled and imprisoned Long Wanqing in order to get the dragon vein!? Hmph!" Li Haoran let out a cold snort.
BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!
Wave after wave, rains of arrows fired by the Divine Battalion disciples immediately shot straight towards Ding Rui.
Ding Rui's face sank at the sight of this. With a wave of her hand, another Guqin appeared before her. On this Guqin, there were three strings held down by three needles in askew positions.
Ding Rui pulled out one of the needles without a moment of delay.
As the string returned to its original position, rolling sword qis appeared out of thin air, creating a protective sword qi domain circling around Ding Rui. The oncoming arrows were shredded by these endless sword qis in the blink of an eye.
"Li Haoran, don't you pretend to be a paragon of virtue, I wanted to get the dragon vein, and you didn't want to? Wasn't the main purpose of following us to get the dragon vein?" Ding Rui sneered at him.
"Zither note?" Li Haoran's face darkened.
"This is just the first zither note, Sword Explosion! I have three notes sealed here. Divine Battalion Commander, care to give it a try?" Ding Rui chided Li Haoran in a cold voice.
Suddenly, Ding Rui pulled the second needle. As the second string returned to its original position, it started to vibrate severely.
Suddenly, fierce howls rose amid the sword qi storm as figures of valiant generals congealed out of nowhere, one after another. Each figure grabbed a sword qi and charged straight towards the Divine Battalion's flying ship.
It seemed as if an army of thousands upon thousands of fierce soldiers were guarding Ding Rui behind them, attacking aggressively.
Immediately, two thousand arrows rained down on the oncoming figures.
All the arrows were cut to pieces with a deafening crash. Of course, there were some figures that had also collapsed. However, as the zither chime had not dissipated, the valiant soldiers didn't stop.
The army of thousands upon thousands of soldiers swung their sword qis at the shield of the flying ship with never-ending rumbles.
The Divine Battalion's flying ship trembled fiercely!
"Cut again!" Ding Rui ordered as her face grew savage.
The army continued to swing their sword qis at the flying ship.
"Get the fuck away!" Li Haoran's eyes went wide in anger as he fired a punch, firing out a golden aura.
Suddenly, a tempestuous storm rose up in the air, enveloping the fierce army of Ding Rui within. Ding Rui's army of valiant soldiers was immediately pushed back by this punch.
However, as the zither string was still vibrating, there was no end to the valiant army!
"Alright!" Long Wanqing's eyes, on the other hand, lit as up as she cheered.
Li Haoran's punch is actually so fierce! Thousands upon thousands of valiant soldiers were pushed back by just a punch!
Having pushed back the army with a punch, Li Haoran immediately took out a golden longbow and fit a golden long arrow to it, as if he was about to shoot at Ding Rui.
"Divine Battalion's golden bow! Li Haoran, do you think I don't have anything to defend against that? I have prepared this third string just for your golden arrow!" Ding Rui stated indifferently.
♫! Ding Rui immediately pulled out the final needle.
Immediately, a zither note reverberated in the air, just like a never-ending thunder. Suddenly, golden shields appeared in the other hands of the valiant soldiers out of nowhere.
Li Haoran's eyes widened as he fired the arrow.
The golden arrow drove through the air like a long rainbow, giving rise to a sharp screech. The subsequent shockwaves from the arrow crushed the rocks in all directions into pieces immediately.
Argh! Argh! Argh!
Thousands upon thousands of valiant soldiers let out roars in unison as they raised their shields and pressed forward together.
BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!...
A series of explosions rang out as the shields exploded one after another. The golden arrow was simply unstoppable. Only after blasting through twenty shields and soldiers did the golden arrow came to a halt.
Terrifying as the golden arrow was, it was stopped in the end!
"Who sealed those notes on the Guqin?" Li Haoran's face darkened as he wondered.
It was the first time his golden arrow had not achieved a satisfactory result.
Ding Rui's countenance also changed quickly. That was close! Twenty shields! If he shot a few more of those arrows, the golden arrow will eventually reach me!
"Li Haoran, you really want to kill me!" A ferocious look appeared on Ding Rui's face as she swore at him.
"Hmph, let's see how many of my arrows you can withstand!" Li Haoran harrumphed icily.
While speaking, Li Haoran suddenly grabbed three arrows. There was a savage look on his face, which was brimming with a murderous aura. He simultaneously nocked the three arrows on the longbow. Apparently, he was ready to fire three arrows at the same time!
At the sight of this, Ding Rui's face darkened. She immediately reached out to the Guqin in her hand.
Thousands upon thousands of valiant soldiers raised their shields with one hand and the swords with another, giving the impression that they would press forward and tear Li Haoran into pieces.
"Commander Li, be careful!" Long Wanqing suddenly interjected, worried now.
Gu Hai, on the other hand, narrowed his eyes. Li Haoran's killing intent is very intense, like he can't wait to kill Ding Rui!?
Kill? Does he want to silence the witness from divulging his secret?
After ruminating in silence for a moment, Gu Hai said to Long Wanqing, "Hall Lord, can you lend me the Dragon Drawing Jade?"
"Hmm?" Long Wanqing looked at Gu Hai, confused. Nonetheless, she still handed the Dragon Drawing Jade to Gu Hai.
"Li Haoran, my Ascendant Hall appreciates the Divine Battalion's kind intentions. However, this is Ascendant Hall's internal matters, we can resolve it ourselves. Please don't intervene!" Gu Hai suddenly shouted in a loud voice.
"Hmm?" Long Wanqing was slightly taken aback.
Li Haoran, who had nocked three golden arrows, also had his eyebrows twitch.
An uncertain look also appeared on Ding Rui's face.
However what came next completely baffled them. Gu Hai and Long Wanqing were standing next to the 29x29 weiqi game, where Gu Hai had a bloody saber in one hand and the Dragon Drawing Jade in other.
"Ding Rui, do you still want the Dragon Drawing Jade? Come and take it yourself, otherwise, I will smash it into pieces!" Gu Hai stated as a smile flashed past his lips.
"What!?" Long Wanqing's countenance changed suddenly.
The same was true for Li Haoran and Ding Rui as well. Has Gu Hai gone crazy?
Right then, they saw Gu Hai throwing the Dragon Drawing Jade into the air before swinging the bloody saber, seemingly about to cut the Dragon Drawing Jade into pieces.
"Gu Hai, what are you doing?" Long Wanqing suddenly cried in shock. However, her cultivation was sealed at the moment. She was completely powerless to stop Gu Hai.
"Bastard!" Li Haoran's countenance changed.
"You idiot!" Ding Rui roared out angrily as she rushed over to Gu Hai.
Whereas Li Haoran pointed his bow and arrow at the bloody saber.
"Li Haoran, it's Ascendant Hall's business, you don't need to step in!" Gu Hai shouted sternly.
"Hmm?" Li Haoran immediately stopped.
Ding Rui, on the other hand, had arrived before Gu Hai in a flash. She was about to grab the Dragon Drawing Jade.
But suddenly, a crisp sound rang. It was none other than Gu Hai, who had picked up a black piece in the last moment and placed it on the 29x29 weiqi board.
A huge vortex suddenly appeared on the floating island, immediately sucking Ding Rui, as well as her army of valiant soldiers within.
"What!?" Ding Rui shouted out in shock.
In the blink of an eye, she was sucked into the weiqi world!
The other hand of Gu Hai that was swinging the saber suddenly changed its direction, slashing the bloody saber past the Dragon Drawing Jade.
At the sight of this, Long Wanqing's eyes went wide in shock.
In the next moment, the falling Dragon Drawing Jade landed in Gu Hai's hand.
"Hall Lord, this is your Dragon Drawing Jade!" Gu Hai handed the Dragon Drawing Jade back to Long Wanqing.
Tok! Tok! Tok!
Next, Gu Hai quickly placed a few pieces on the 29x29 weiqi game.
The three golden long arrows still nocked on the bow had already lost their target, Ding Rui. A stiff look came over Li Haoran's face immediately...