The person seated cross-legged on the peak of the metal mountain was Fang Xingjian, who had just stepped into level 29 awhile ago.
The reason he had come to the Horned Frogs Valley was so that he could use the thunderbolts from the skies to temper and increase the toughness of his body. He wanted to increase his body's toughness from being comparable to that of a level 28 Divine Weapon to one that was level 29, thereby completing one tier of perfection after reaching level 29.
Fang Xingjian had even created the metal mountain under him by controlling the geomagnetic forces and applying the profoundness of the Mountain Shifting Sword. Although the Mountain Shifting Sword had long been synthesized into the Prodigious Demolition Sword Physique, the essence of it was still there, thus allowing Fang Xingjian to use the sword force to guide the forces in the ground.
Right now, it was as if he had created a great lightning rod, and he was sitting on the tip of it. Fang Xingjian stared at the sky and waited for the storm's arrival. He was constantly ready to receive the heavenly thunders to increase the heavenly thunders and terrestrial magnetism forces in his body, as well as increase his body's toughness.
As for the other people or matters, Fang Xingjian did not care about them at all. The two ladies who had come before him were insignificant like ants, and there was no need for him to pay them any heed.
However, the Ice Palace's Saint and Priestess clearly did not think the same. They came up to the platform on the peak of the mountain, feeling astonished as they looked at the seemingly man-made platform. Then they gazed up at Fang Xingjian, who was sitting there cross-legged and motionless while looking up into the sky. The hearts of the two ladies were filled with anxiety and doubtfulness.
The Ice Palace's Saint, who was slightly older than the Priestess, looked at Fang Xingjian with an assessing gaze. She thought, 'This platform seems just like it was man-made. It's true that a second transition expert may be able to do this. Was this done by this young guy over here?
'But he appears to be a little too young, and his appearance is plain. It doesn't seem as if it was done by him.'
On the other hand, the Ice Palace's Priestess did not think as much. She did not sense anything suspicious about this young man and just spoke without any restraint, "Hey, how long have you been here for? Did you see anything? Do you know what happened?"
Of course, Fang Xingjian did not give any response. He merely stared at the sky in a daze, as if he had not heard what the Priestess had said at all.
The Ice Palace's Saint quickly pulled back the good-looking Priestess and then said to Fang Xingjian, "I'm sorry, she's a little outspoken. However, the iron mine here belongs to our Ice Palace. May I ask if the metal mountain here has any relation to you?"
Regardless, the Saint decided that the appearance of this young man was very strange. So, it was best for her to show more courtesy upfront.
However, Fang Xingjian continued to ignore them.
The young Ice Palace's Priestess pouted and said angrily, "What's wrong with you? We asked you nicely, but you don't even reply."
Seeing that Fang Xingjian continued to ignore them, the older Ice Palace's Saint grew increasingly wary. With her experience in the world as a cultivator, a person like this must either be a lunatic or an expert.
Therefore, upon seeing that the Ice Palace's Priestess wanted to go up to talk to Fang Xingjian, the Saint held her back, stopping her advancement.
Just then, a series of laughs rang out, and a man with purple-colored hair leaped up onto the platform at the peak of the mountain. He threw a nonchalant gaze toward Fang Xingjian before landing his eyes on the face of the Ice Palace's Saint.
"Haha, Ice Palace's ladies, what kind of abnormality has happened here? Has some treasure appeared?"
The Ice Palace's Saint said coldly, "Deus, this isn't the territory of the Circle of the Crimson Moon."
"Since an abnormality has occurred in the Horned Frogs Valley, there's no way that we, the Circle of the Crimson Moon, would leave it be. If there is the appearance of any treasures or ancient ruins, then it should be jointly studied by the factions in the vicinity."
Looking at the purple-haired man, the Ice Palace's Saint felt a little helpless. The Circle of the Crimson Moon had always been the Ice Palace's arch enemy, and the two factions had been going against each other for decades. It was impossible for them not to get involved when an abnormality had occurred.
This was especially so when the guy called Deus was a talented disciple of the Circle of the Crimson Moon’s current generation and was seen as a hopeful in completing the second transition. He was not someone the Ice Palace's Saint and Priestess would be able to win against.
Just as the Ice Palace's Saint was feeling a little helpless, the sounds of explosions occurring in the air rang out incessantly again. She turned to look in the direction of the sound and saw five to six silhouettes leaping and charging up the metal mountain. Then they arrived in succession on the platform at the mountain's peak.
Circle of the Crimson Moon, Shadow Hall, Steel Shattering Mercury Sect, Sacred Martial Society... All the factions in the vicinity rushed over one after another. They started talking amongst themselves, and the tempers of the factions who already had feuds between them started to heat up. It was as if they were going to break into a fight in the blink of an eye.
In such a scene, even the genius from the Circle of the Crimson Moon, Deus, no longer had any say, let alone Ice Palace's Saint and Priestess. They gradually backed off, readying themselves to face a chaotic battle at any time.
Fang Xingjian, who was seated on the platform and looking up toward the sky, was already treated as an ordinary disciple of some other sects. So, no one paid him any heed.
Just as chaos was about to break forth, a surge of cold air descended. Then in the blink of an eye, the cold air encompassed the entire platform, and a cold voice rang out across the place.
"To be creating havoc in our Ice Palace's territory... Isn't everyone looking down too much on our Ice Palace?"
As the voice rang out, an extremely elegant figure descended, landing next to the Ice Palace's Saint and Priestess with surges of cold air.
The two ladies said happily, "Master, you're finally here."
That elegant voice belonged to a cold and holy-looking middle-aged lady. Although she was a middle-aged lady, her figure and face were well maintained. In particular, her face was snow-white, without a single wrinkle. Only the weariness in her eyes, as well as her identity and dressing, gave signs of her age.
She was the Great Priestess, the current leader of the Ice Palace and a level 22 second transition expert.
When everyone saw the appearance of this second transition expert, they were all slightly taken aback. This was an expected reaction. There were only 5,000 Conferred Knights across the Empire, and within the Empire, second transition experts were very rare. Additionally, every one of them was capable of reigning over a region.
It was just like how, back in Kirst City, the Prefectural Academy's Headmaster who was a level 26 Conferred Knight, had been sufficient to suppress the entirety of Kirst.
The Great Priestess threw a glance across, and wherever her gaze passed by, the wild Knights all lowered their heads, not daring to meet her eyes.
"Hmph, a bunch of cowards dare to create trouble at our Ice Palace?"
Just then, Circle of the Crimson Moon's Deus could not help but say, "The abnormality here concerns the entire Horned Frogs Valley. Yet, the Ice Palace is thinking of pocketing the profits alone? Isn't that too domineering?"
The Great Priestess frowned and looked at Deus with fury-filled eyes. She said coldly, "This is our Ice Palace's territory. Everything you're stepping on right now belongs to our Ice Palace. Yet you're thinking of taking a piece of the pie?"
The cold air on the platform grew increasingly stronger, and frost started to accumulate on everyone's brows and hair. Under these circumstances of such extremely low temperature, no one dared to retort against what the Great Priestess had said. This was how powerful a second transition expert was.
Just then, another extremely evil aura came gushing out, and everyone on the platform felt like their bodies had become extremely heated up. It was as if even the blood in their bodies was boiling up and in constant disarray. No matter how much they tried to suppress the feeling, their blood was beyond their control.
Gleams of light exploded from the Great Priestess's eyes. "Blood Kaiser, you dare wreak havoc at our Ice Palace?!"
An extremely cold voice came down from above, "Great Priestess, if it isn't on the account that the Ice Palace is just a group of weak females, I'd have removed all of you entirely a long time ago."