Chapter 1018: Growth
At Flaming Sun Island's meeting hall.
Song Tingyu, Li Mu, and the others were accompanying the guests from Celestial Artifact Sect and Ten Thousand Beast Mountain while they awaited Qin Lie's arrival.
Qi Yang and Feng Yi used to be incredibly important figures in the Land of Chaos. They were used to making others wait for them, not the other way around. Moreover, they were both waiting for the same person.
No one was lower than the other even when they were in the presence of Forefather Terminator.
However, Qin Lie had left them waiting while he went to speak with the Asura clansmen.
They were waiting quietly and patiently too.
Behind them, the experts of Celestial Artifact Sect and Ten Thousand Beast Mountain wore downcast looks on their faces. They suddenly noticed that Flaming Sun Island had become the most feared force in the Land of Chaos.
After all, their sect masters didn't look impatient or irritated even though they were made to wait for Qin Lie's arrival.
This proved that both Feng Yi and Qi Yang had finally came to terms with Qin Lie's status as the ruler of Flaming Sun Island, even if they weren't aware of it yet.
It was a painful feeling they had to hide.
Luo Kexin had come along with Luo Han. While they were waiting Qin Lie, she felt even more conflicted than the others.
A few years ago, no one had thought highly of Flaming Sun Island. They only thought that they were a threat that needed to be removed.
At the time, Qin Lie was just a small fry with some potential in her eyes.
Today, in but a blink of an eye, Flaming Sun Island had transformed into the scariest force of the Land of Chaos. Qin Lie himself had climbed to such heights that even Feng Yi and Qi Yang had to wait patiently for his arrival.
She couldn't help but look at Song Tingyu.
Inside the meeting hall, Song Tingyu dressed in a blue long skirt sat elegantly at her seat while radiating confidence.
"She's just a Fulfillment Realm martial practitioner, and I'm not inferior to her in terms of realm, beauty or background. But right now she's the one who's sitting at the throne that is the mistress of Flaming Sun Island and chatting with the peak experts of all forces, while I'm standing behind my sect master without even a seat to sit in…"
Luo Kexin suddenly felt a bit saddened as a strong sense of resentment welled inside her heart.
"Haah. I… made an error back then." She sighed inside her head. "It would be too late even if I willingly gave myself to him now."
When she first noticed Qin Lie, she already knew that he had high potential and an unlimited future ahead of him.
Unfortunately, she failed to crack a hole in his defenses while she could and didn't seize his heart before he soared to the seat of power..
She even made a series of mistakes by trying to force Qin Lie into submission using the Celestial Artifact Sect.
In the end, not only did Celestial Artifact Sect fail to get anything out of the coercion, Qin Lie even returned with a group of foreign experts and eliminated the three ghoul races after he vanished for several years.
It was also around that time Flaming Sun Island came to settle into a dominant position in the Land of Chaos.
Today, Qin Lie could summon even Feng Yi and Qi Yang. It showed just how scary Flaming Sun Island truly was.
"Sorry for making you all wait."
While Luo Kexin was wrangling with her thoughts, Qin Lie flew in with a brilliant smile on his face.
Feng Yi, Qi Yang, and every Ten Thousand Beast Mountain and Celestial Artifact Sect expert trained their gazes onto Qin Lie at once.
Luo Kexin herself naturally shifted her gaze towards Qin Lie.
Right now, Qin Lie looked incredibly dazzling and extraordinary in her eyes.
"Well, we didn't wait for too long, and we're plenty free anyway, so it wasn't a problem." Qi Yang of Ten Thousand Beast Mountain laughed. "We came over after discussing your message for a bit."
"Before you returned, both of our sects were… not exactly of one opinion in regards to the recent matters. You understand that we can't just ignore our people's wishes." Feng Yi took over with a dry laugh and added, "That was why we hadn't responded immediately... That being said, after the news of your return had reached our ears, Brother Qi and I immediately came to a mutual understanding. We have decided to work together with Flaming Sun Island!"
The martial practitioners of Ten Thousand Beast Mountain and Celestial Artifact Sect also smiled awkwardly in apology.
Song Tingyu couldn't help but feel amused. She gave the crowd half a smile before teasing them. "Oh, I understand. I am just a woman, let alone the Flaming Sun Islan's master. I understand why both of you haven't give me face in this matter."
"It's mostly because we needed time to adjust ourselves back then," Qi Yang said embarrassedly.
Qin Lie waved his hands. "Let bygones be bygones."
The moment he said this, everyone stopped defending themselves and stared at him seriously.
"The Heaven Ghoul Race, Earth Ghoul Race, and Blue Ghoul Race have taken many lives in the past years. All of us suffered grievous losses. That is why we had come to the mutual understanding to annihilate the entirety of three ghoul races. Am I right?" He looked at everyone.
The crowded nodded in response. They all wanted to eradicate the sworn enemy of the Land of Chaos, and they made sure to show it.
"Right now, the eastern barbarians have colluded with the three great ghoul races and invaded the Heavenly Slaughter Continent. It won't be long before they attack my Flaming Sun Island. What do you all think about this?" he asked again.
"We will destroy them!"
"Even the eastern barbarians must pay the price!"
"The reason we are here today is to show that we are willing to support Flaming Sun Island's extermination of the evil races with all we got!"
"We will work together with Flaming Sun Island!"
Heavenly Sword Mountain, Blood Fiend Sect, Terminator Sect, Ten Thousand Beast Mountain, and Celestial Artifact Sect all expressed their support.
"Is there anyone who objects to this?" Qin Lie asked again.
The crowd shook their heads.
"Very well." Qin Lie nodded slightly before nodding his eyes. "I'm not going to stop until the three great ghoul races are annihilated. Even the eastern barbarians must pay the price for their collusion!" A bloody glint appeared in his eyes after he paused for a moment. "I will punish all those who colluded with the three great ghoul races as well!"
Everyone inside the meeting hall shuddered for an instant.
They all sensed a strong, domineering aura from Qin Lie!
After Qin Lie had returned from the chaotic streams of space, his eyes were sharper, more valiant, and more resolute than he ever was before.
They didn't know what had happened to Qin Lie.
Qin Lie was the only one who recognized what had happened to himself. After the strange soul energy of the Dark Soul Beast had torn down the sealing walls of his memories, he came to recognize what had happened to him in the past.
He came to know the cruelty of the world, the bloodiness of the conflict between forces, and the cold, icy barriers that existed between all races.
He also came to recognize his other "self" clearly. Once upon a time, "he" was the hope of the Qin Family, but not only was "he" a disappointment since birth, he had even become the fuse that had destroyed the Qin Family.
He also learned that his other "self" had allowed himself to be killed in order to give him a chance to awaken.
He knew just how heavy the hopes that sat on his shoulders were.
"The next battle will arrive very soon. If we were to achieve victory, the eastern barbarians are sure to collapse. Everyone who participated in this battle will have the right to claim their territories for themselves." He looked at the crowd before snorting once coldly. "Since Black Voodoo Cult dares to collude with our enemies, we will remove them from the Land of Chaos and claim their territories for ourselves!"
Both Qi Yang and Feng Yi were terrified and pleasantly surprised to hear this. They were terrified of Qin Lie's ruthlessness, but they were also overjoyed to hear that they could partake in splitting of the Black Voodoo Cult and the eastern barbarians' territories.
They exchanged a glance with each other. They both thought that they had made the right choice by coming to Flaming Sun Island.
"Istan of the Earth Ghoul Race is a Void Realm expert. The first voodoo creature of Black Voodoo Cult is also said to wield the strength of the Void Realm." Qin Lie looked at the crowd who had suddenly become excited and frowned. "Right now, Luz of the Dark Shadow Race is the only one who can deal with Istan."
"Are we certain that Black Voodoo Cult is in cahoots with our enemies?" Qi Yang asked solemnly.
"There is at least an eighty percent chance they are," Qin Lie said.
"That is a bit of a problem." Qi Yang thought darkly for a moment. Then, he said, "Alright, if the first voodoo creature of Black Voodoo Cult really does show up, Ten Thousand Beast Mountain will find a way to deal with it."
Qin Lie looked surprised, "Can you fight the first voodoo creature?"
"The first voodoo creature is an insect after all." Qi Yang smiled. "It's an animal, and Ten Thousand Beast Mountain has a few unique methods that we can use when it comes to fighting animals. Barring any surprises, we should be able to keep the first voodoo creature suppressed. At the very least, it won't be able to cause trouble."
"We never heard of such abilities from you before," Feng Yi of the Celestial Artifact Sect exclaimed softly.
Qi Yang gave him an enigmatic smile. "Ten Thousand Beast Mountain and Black Voodoo Cult are quite far apart from each other, and we've never truly clashed against Black Voodoo Cult all this time. That's why you didn't know that Ten Thousand Beast Mountain is uniquely equipped to fight the Black Voodoo Cult."
"Very good!" Qin Lie exclaimed.
Suddenly, Qin Lie realized that he might have underestimated these Silver rank forces of the Land of Chaos. Ten Thousand Beast Mountain and the Celestial Artifact Sect were veteran Silver rank forces after all, so they had to have hidden an extraordinary trump card or two.
Perhaps not even the three great ghoul races had managed to force out their deadliest trump cards.