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Chapter 1017: Gu Lan's Identity (9)

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The pale yellow light of the setting sun enveloped the entire sky. At this moment, a flaming lion was roaring angrily outside the World Destruction Mercenaries' gate. He then turned his ferocious glare towards the humans before him as his nostrils flared and produced a scorching breath.

"A spiritual beast?"

The Heavenly Wolf Mercenaries' Leader had jumped in fright when the flaming lion had suddenly appeared. A radiant light then flashed in his slightly sharpened eyes. He sneered and said, "No wonder you had the guts to rush out like that, you've been lucky enough to obtain a spiritual beast. However, you're overanalyzing this. A high-level Martial General spiritual beast like this might not even have the ability to defeat my Trusted Advisor yet you want to use it to stop us? You certainly enjoy indulging in wild fantasies. Guards, I want this lion alive!"


The flaming lion roared angrily before he turned into a gigantic ball of fire and slammed right into the humans 1 charging towards it. The people at the forefront were unable to stop themselves as the lion crashed into them and were struck with fear. Their entire bodies then vanished within the lion's flames.

"Anyone who dares to take one step forward will die without mercy!"

His voice was hoarse and aggressive, filled with a power that one would find difficult to resist. It made the humans who had been charging towards him involuntarily tighten the grip on their weapons. They stumbled back and stared at him in complete terror.

The Heavenly Wolf Mercenaries' Leader laughed icily as he declared arrogantly, "Trusted Advisor, subdue this spiritual beast. There's no need for me to handle a high-level Martial General spiritual beast personally."

Even though his Trusted Advisor was only a high-level Martial General, he practices a special method of cultivation which made it so that neither humans nor spiritual beasts who were at the same rank would be of any match to him. Dealing with this insignificant high-level Martial General flaming lion would be too easy.

"Remember, finish this off quickly. Do not give them any chance to stall further!"

"Yes, Leader!"

The Trusted Advisor joined his fists and bowed. His figure, which was dressed in green robes, emerged from behind the Leader. He then raised his hand gently and a longsword appeared in his grasp from out of thin air.

"Little lion!"

Gu Lan was nervous as she said, "You must be careful, this Trusted Advisor is very powerful. Generally speaking, most Martial Generals would be no match for him."

"Don't worry."

As if he could sense the worry in Gu Lan's heart, the flaming lion softened his voice and stared comfortingly at the young woman behind him. His fiery red eyes no longer held its initial fierceness as he said, "I won't let anyone near you."

His voice was just as hoarse as it has always been.

However, it could make one unconsciously feel assured.

He gave one the impression that as long as he said these words, he would not forget to honor his promise, no matter what and without the shadow of a doubt

Even if it meant his death!


The flaming lion's eyes moved away from Gu Lan and turned towards the Trusted Advisor before him. His eyes have returned to their cruel glare once again as he spoke with malevolence, "Today, as long as I, the flaming lion, am here, I won't let anyone harm Lan'er or Sir Xia!"

"Flaming lion, you have a decent level of power. If you're willing to serve me and become my mount, perhaps I'll spare your life."

The Trusted Advisor paid no attention to the flaming lion's warning and spoke in a mystifying yet disdainful manner.

His words infuriated the naturally volatile flaming lion. He roared loudly immediately and charged towards the Trusted Advisor.

This damned human, he dares to humiliate me in this manner! He even said that he wants to use me as his mount! If that's not an insult, what is?

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Chapter 1018: Gu Lan's Identity (10)

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Ye Ying, who was not too far away, seemed to sense something and paused in his steps. A cold light then flashed across his handsome features, "Miss Gu, I just sensed battle aura coming from the World Destruction Mercenaries' unit. Gu Lan and Sir Xia must be in danger!"

Besides, those battle auras had clearly come from the Heavenly Wolf Mercenaries' Trusted Advisor and the flaming lion!

He never expected the Heavenly Wolf Mercenaries to knock on their door so soon! Especially while he was absent!

"Let's go."

Gu Ruoyun slowly raised her clear pupils which were flashing with murderous intent.

I had not planned to meddle regardless of who the World Destruction Mercenaries carry a grudge against! However, if Yu'er is hurt, I won't spare them no matter who it is!

The sun was setting in the west and every corner of Green Maple City basked in its afterglow.

Some time had passed and at this moment, a loud crash sounded at the World Destruction Mercenaries' gate as the Trusted Advisor was sent stumbling back by the flaming lion's attack. A cold sweat had appeared on his forehead.

This Trusted Advisor had held an invincible existence compared to other high-level Martial Generals due to his special cultivation techniques. However, he never expected to waste so much time fighting against a mere spiritual beast.

The Leader of the Heavenly Wolf Mercenaries was clearly unhappy. His face has turned vicious and terrifying.

"Trusted Advisor, you've lost your touch. Since that's the case, step away! Let me fight and finish this quickly! If we drag this on any longer, that kid Ye Ying would have returned any time now!"

The Trusted Advisor was stunned. He then put his longsword away and stepped to the side, looking utterly humiliated. Just as he had retreated, the Leader of the Heavenly Wolf Mercenaries made his move.


His movements were very swift and he appeared by the flaming lion's side in an instant. Almost immediately, a large sword fashioned from thin air came slicing down as if nothing could stand in its way. 

The look in the flaming lion's eyes finally changed. Even his breathing has quickened. He raised his claws and shielded himself against the large sword's attack. However, the power from within the sword transmitted directly through his claws into his internal organs, causing his large body to instantly fall fiercely onto the ground.

Fresh blood began to drip from his claws. The amount gradually increased, turning into a river.

"Lan'er, I'll hold them off. Take Sir Xia and run. Go find Lord Ruoyun, hurry!"

Despite his heavy wounds, the flaming lion stubbornly rose to his feet and stared determinedly at the sinister man before him.

"Overly confident little clown."

The man cackled icily before he raised his hand and forcefully slammed it towards the flaming lion's head.

At that moment, it was as if a heavy force had come down upon the flaming lion, preventing him from evading the attack. The slap caused his body to tremble several times. However, he still stood determinedly in front of the gate and yelled at the dazed Gu Lan once again, "You two, run! Hurry up and leave this place!"


Gu Lan bit her lip as her eyes filled with anxiety. The flaming lion was her friend, how could she leave and abandon her friend?

When the flaming lion turned around and saw how Gu Lan was unwilling to leave, his gaze filled with anxiety, "Lan'er, don't worry, I'm your contracted beast. Ever since you've left Nemesis Forest, I've vowed to protect you for the rest of your life so I won't die. You should run, now!"

"Little lion, I..."

Gu Lan gently closed her eyes as tears streamed down her face.

Translator's Thoughts


I swear if they kill the flaming lion, there's gonna be hell to pay. Also, I'll bet Luo Li wouldn't just stand there and cry helplessly like weak little Gu Lan. She'd disperse a wave of poison over them and have them all slaughtered. *grumbles incessantly*

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Chapter 1019: Gu Lan's Identity (11)

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Her finger gently brushed against the emerald green jade bracelet on her wrist as her eyes filled with a sense of struggle.

Should I lift the seal now?

If I lift this seal, my family members would then be able to find me. When that time comes, I must return to my family and accept their marriage alliance! I must serve my family for the rest of my life!

If I don't do this, the flaming lion and Brother Xia will die. There's no way we can hold on until our Leader returns.

Gu Lan took a deep breath at the thought of this and opened her watery eyes. If anyone were paying close attention to her, they would notice an almost indiscernible layer of white slowly emerging from her body, followed by a force of energy...

"Isn't it a little irrational for so many of you to bully a young lady?"

That voice was as tender as a young man's but it was exceptionally moving.

Gu Lan paused the finger which she had placed on the jade bracelet. She then turned around to see that the delicate youth had emerged from the doors. Her eyes reddened as she said, "Brother Xia, what are you doing out here? I'm sorry, it's my fault. I've dragged you down."

Xia Linyu smiled gently and shook his head. His gaze then fell upon the crowd in front of him as the smile on his delicate features deepened.

"If you're really that desperate, you should look for the men of the World Destruction Mercenaries. Why gang up together on a young lady?"


The Leader of the Heavenly Wolf Mercenaries scoffed icily. His face sank as he spoke in an eerie voice, "Are you the little fair-faced one that Gu Lan had brought back? Actually, you're quite good looking. You're much better looking than the people that we've killed all those years before! Still, it's a pity that you want to save the damsel in distress. I'm afraid that you won't have the chance now. Trusted Advisor, I'll give you one last chance. Kill this brat!"

The Trusted Advisor had been feeling rather downcast over being placed downwind in his fight against the flaming lion. Now, after he heard the Leader of the Heavenly Wolf Mercenaries' words, his eyes lit up as he sneered, "Don't worry, Leader. I might not have been able to get rid of the flaming lion but it won't be a problem for me to take care of this weak and crippled young man. I will only need one strike to kill him instantly!"

As he spoke, the Trusted Advisor was already charging towards Xia Linyu.

His eyes were filled with murderous intent and his lips curled into a smile that indicated his determination for victory.

To him, killing Xia Linyu would be far too easy!

Just as he swung the sword in his hand, a loud clang was heard. A layer of protection seemed to have appeared from out of nowhere. His sword was only a few millimeters away from Xia Linyu's body yet he was unable to reach him no matter how hard he tried.

"Trusted Advisor, what on earth are you doing? Can it be that you can't bear to strike the fair-faced boy?"

The Heavenly Wolf Mercenaries felt a wave of skepticism when they saw the Trusted Advisor's actions.

Upon hearing their skeptical voices, the Trusted Advisor's face flushed red as he swung his sword once again.


The sound was clear and crisp but it was not very obvious. Only the Trusted Advisor, who was very close by, could hear it.

At that moment, the crowd could only see the Trusted Advisor waving his sword in the air willy-nilly without landing a single strike on Xia Linyu.

"Trusted Advisor, are you dancing? Even if you want to celebrate, you should wait until after we've vanquished the World Destruction Mercenaries!"

The crowd was getting impatient. What is this Trusted Advisor doing? He has only been tasked with killing a useless cripple yet he requires such a long process?

When the Trusted Advisor saw that the Heavenly Wolf Mercenaries' Leader was starting to look thoroughly unsatisfied as well, he immediately turned around with a reddened face, "Leader, I don't know what's going on either. It feels as if a wall has formed here, separating me from him. My sword can't go through at all!"

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