Chapter 57 - Wei Shengren
Under Gu Hai's order, Gao Xianzhi took out his golden weiqi piece and summoned the rain dragon at once, which dove down immediately after.
All around him, the many cloud beasts immediately gave way one by one.
Scattered in a mountain valley on the ground were the bloody remains of the Ascendant Hall disciples that had been cut in two by the peacock plumes of Great Wisdom King. However, among them was a bloody figure that was still alive at this moment.
It was none other than Meng Tai, who kept on swallowing pills as he crawled towards his lower body. Surprisingly, as he swallowed the pills, his upper and lower body actually start to reconnect.
However, when all was said and done, he had been cut in two across his waist and hence lost a lot of vitality; at this moment, he was crawling towards the depths of the forest with difficulty.
He was helpless as the place he had landed was a bare mountain valley and mostly had rocks scattered around; he had no place where he could take shelter and thus, was discovered by Gu Hai instantly.
The rain dragon dove down to the ground.
"Nooooooo...!" Meng Tai's countenance changed fiercely.
Grabbing Meng Tai after having stretched its claw, the rain dragon soared into the air and flew towards the dark clouds.
"Let me go, let me go!" An anxious look appeared on Meng Tai's face.
Never before, never before had he been beaten so much. So close, he was so close to escaping...
In the blink of an eye, Meng Tai was brought before Gu Hai.
"Ha, Thone Master Meng!" Gu Hai's eyes flickered with a cold gleam.
"Gu Hai, what do you want to do, I am Ascendant Hall's Earth Throne Master, don't you dare hurt me or you won't have a good end!" stated Meng Tai as the look on face changed.
"You don't need to tell me about my end. You were caught and brought here because I just wanted to tell you that I knew everything you did. From the start, when you encouraged Song Qingshu, I knew everything. I gave Song Qingshu a chance, but he didn't cherish it, and similarly, as a colleague, I also give you a chance, but you also didn't cherish it. I don't want to say anymore, go to hell!" said Gu Hai coldly.
The valiant general's Fang Tian Hua halberd slashed towards Meng Tai.
A monstrous slaughter qi rushed straight at Meng Tai with the blade tip pointed at him.
Meng Tai's facial features distorted horribly. "Wait, wait, wait! Do you want your whole family to die?"
"En?" The Fang Tian Hua halberd came to an abrupt stop.
"Nine-Five Island...Nine-Five Island's Song Jia Sect has an agreement with us. They soon will unify Nine-Five Island. The major sects of Nine-Five Island can only survive if they obey, otherwise they will be annihilated. The Clear River Sect can't escape either! If anything happens to me, everyone in your Gu Family will die!" screamed Meng Tai with wide open eyes.
"What!?" The nearby Chen Tianshan's expression changed.
Gu Hai narrowed his eyes. "Humph!"
The Fang Tian Hua halberd swished down at Meng Tai.
Meng Tai was split in twain vertically, scattering his blood and entrails all around.
The rain dragon threw Meng Tai's corpse away.
At this moment, it was no longer possible for Meng Tai to rise again.
"BANG!" The halves of Meng Tai's corpse crashed into the ground, smashed to a pulp.
A chill ran down the spine of countless cultivators as they looked at Gu Hai.
Who in the bloody hell is behind Gu Hai? Wasn't Meng Tai his colleague? How could he be so cruel?
An ugly look also appeared on the nearby Ninth Young Master’s face as he looked at the fearful looks on the faces of cultivators all around.
There were a hundred thousand cloud beasts in here, a hundred thousand! Whereas all Gu Hai had were his two subordinates, nonetheless, no one among one hundred thousand cloud beast riders dared to step forward.
Ninth Young Master wanted to step forward, but the group of cultivators had already lost their will to fight. Even if they did step forward, it would not make the situation any better at all.
So to say, one man was holding back all their forces.
"Throne Master, what should we do now?" Chen Tianshan looked at Gu Hai.
"We are almost done. After finishing the business here, we will return to Nine-Five Island and warn Clear River Sect chief to take precautions against Song Jia Sect chief and the Ascendant Hall disciples' plot!" Gu Hai said coldly.
"Ah? Ascendant Hall? Then, Hall Lord...!" said Chen Tianshan; there was an extremely ugly look on his face.
"Hall Lord should not be aware of this. It must have been decided by Meng Tai and the others in private. There must be some ulterior conspiracy and perhaps, there is something on Nine-Five Island that others don't know a thing about, for which they are acting so carefully!" said Gu Hai solemnly.
"Something on Nine-Five Island? Then, why did Your Grace killed Meng Tai, just a moment ago...!" An anxious look appeared on Chen Tianshan's face.
"The look in Meng Tai's eyes already told me that he was not going to say anything. If we listened to him anymore, he would only be feeding us lies! It was better for us not to listen!" said Gu Hai in a heavy tone.
"Yes!" Although Chen Tianshan didn't believe it, he could only nod at this moment.
"Bodhisattva Lian Sheng, thank you very much!" Gu Hai said to the nearby Buddhist priest.
"I hope Throne Master Gu won't blame me. In the future, you will come to realize who Empress Wa is. Even if it's me, I am still her junior. Ha, I have already acquired the thing I wanted, I will take my leave from the Xiantian Endgame World. Soon, we will meet again. At that time, I hope Throne Master Gu could do me a favor if I have some request," replied Bodhisattva Lian Sheng as he brought his hands together.
"If I can do it, I will do all I can!" agreed Gu Hai with a nod.
Bodhisattva Lian Sheng inclined his head in response.
"Right, Bodhisattva Lian Sheng, This Lowly One could not understand one thing; why can Your Excellency and Great Wisdom King fly? Why don't you need to rely on cloud beasts? Or, is it that your cultivation isn't suppressed to Xiantian Stage?" asked Gu Hai, curious.
"Our cultivation is at Xiantian Stage!" replied Bodhisattva Lian Sheng, smiling.
"En?" Gu Hai looked at Bodhisattva Lian Sheng in confusion.
It's imperative to know that Great Wisdom King's battle power was far fiercer than any Xiantian Stage cultivator.
"Great Wisdom King was indeed at Xiantian Stage. Furthermore, he still had not exerted all his strength. However, he wasn't using his cultivation to fight with you, but his spiritual power. Spiritual power is also a kind of strength!" explained Bodhisattva Lian Sheng.
Having finished speaking, Bodhisattva Lian Sheng flew towards the exit.
"Spiritual power?" Gu Hai looked at Chen Tianshan as a frown crept up on his eyebrows.
Chen Tianshan was somewhat at a loss. He said, shaking his head, "I am also not clear about it, but I heard Sect Chief mention once that the demon beasts are born with spiritual powers. As for other things, I also don't know anything!"
Gu Hai just nodded thoughtfully.
The 28 x 28 Heaven and Earth Grand Array spread about as Gu Hai continued waiting for the arrival of Wei Shengren.
On the square...
The Great Elder and the sickly young man had been watching everything.
"Empress Wa, how could Empress Wa be in our world?" wondered the sickly young man as an ugly look shrouded his face.
"I am also not sure! However, it seems, we must thoroughly investigate it!" said the Great Elder in a heavy tone.
The sickly young man nodded in agreement. Looking at the cloud array in the air, he narrowed his eyes; it appeared he was about to take action.
Suddenly, the air around the summit of a faraway peak started undulating, creating qi waves one after another that spread in all directions.
"Wei Shengren is about to come out!?" The expression on the sickly young man's face changed as he said this.
"Stay here!" exhorted Great Elder solemnly. While speaking, Great Elder's figure flickered as he flew away.
Soon, the Great Elder arrived flying at that peak.
The space above that mountain peak undulated before a silhouette gradually walked out.
The robe that was covering that silhouette was pretty unique; it was split into two down the middle, where one half was black and other white.
With his whole body covered in the black and white robe, and the wide brim of his hat shadowing its entire face, only the silhouette's hands were visible.
But his pair of hands surprised almost all the cultivators around.
The right hand on the black side of the robe was completely withered, just like the right hand of a shrivelled old man. Furthermore, the right hand was also spotted with a lot of warts and liver spots.
In contrast, the left hand on the white side of the robe was very young, just like the pinkish left hand of a baby. Moreover, its skin was smooth and elastic.
The ripples in the air also disappeared as the man dressed in the black and white robe walked out.
At this moment, a black-robed man flew over from faraway.
"Wei Shengren, why did you come out?" asked the black-robed man.
The black and white robed man glanced at the clouds array in the sky before looking at the black-robed man, "Great Elder, why didn't you notify me that someone was looking for me?"
Listening to the black and white-robed man, countless cultivators' eyes went wide, because his words carried two voices, one as tender as a baby's, while the other was as quaking as an old man's.
How could one man speak in two completely opposite voices at the same time?
"Wei Shengren?" Suddenly, someone reacted in surprise.
"Swish!" Countless cultivators all around turned their gazes over in surprise.
After all, Gu Hai had arranged his mighty army all in order to find this man!?
High up in the air, the eyes of Gu Hai, Chen Tianshan, and Gao Xianzhi shone brightly.
"Throne Master, it seems, Empress Wa's last strike was done in order to alert Wei Shengren!?" stated Gao Xianzhi with delighted eyes.
"Finally found him!" Chen Tianshan also said excitedly.
Now that they had found Wei Shengren, they could return to Nine-Five Island at once.
Faraway, the Great Elder dressed in black robes remained silent for a moment before replying, "As you have your hands full with your matters, we didn't want to disturb you!"
"It's my business, you don't need to make decisions for me!" said Wei Shengren calmly.
While speaking, Wei Shengren raised his head to look at the grand array.
Even though the inner region of the grand array was completely shrouded, Gu Hai felt that those eyes of Wei Shengren were already watching him through the grand array.
"Taking the Hundred Years Longevity Peach Tree hostage just to see me!? Who are you? How did you know I was in this world?" Wei Shengren's voice rang out once again.
The overlapping young and old voices sounded extremely scary.
"This lowly one is Ascendant Hall's Water Throne Master, Gu Hai! I came here looking for Senior Wei Shengren on behalf of Hall Lord!" stated Gu Hai solemnly.
"Ascendant Hall Lord? Oh, instead of coming to see me herself, she sent someone on her behalf?" Wei Shengren's voice seemed to be mixed in with a sliver of loneliness.
"Perhaps, the Ascendant Hall Lord that this lowly one knows is not the same person as the Ascendant Hall Lord that senior knows!" stated Gu Hai, taking a deep breath.
"Oh? Who is the current Ascendant Hall Lord?" asked Wei Shengren calmly.
"Long Wangqing, she should be the daughter of Hall Lord that senior knows. Now, Long Wanqing is the new Hall Lord!" said Gu Hai solembly.
"Daughter? Long Wanqing? Hahaha! That girl is finally married! Who is her husband?" said Wei Shengren, his voice sounded a bit shaky.
Gu Hai suddenly went silent.
"Why are you not speaking?" asked Wei Shengren in a heavy voice.
"No, Long Wanqing sent me here to look for senior, she wanted to ask senior to leave and help her! She made me bring this!" Taking a deep breathe, Gu Hai took out a small box.
Suddenly, the small box flew out, flying towards Wei Shengren before landing on his palm soon after.
"Leave? Impossible! Wei Shengren, you promised Grandmaster!" Great Elder said in sudden astonishment.
Opening the box, Wei Shengren looked inside, looking at the quietly lying hairpin; a very simple, very ordinary, and even very coarse hairpin that was devoid of any spiritual power fluctuations.
"This is what I gifted to that girl in the past. She didn't throw it away? So, it was just to anger me! Was she still holding on to it? Still holding on to it? Hahaha!" Wei Shengren's voice was filled with a sliver of a pleasant surprise.
"Senior, please restrain your grief!" Gu Hai said, taking a deep breath.
Clutching the hairpin, Wei Shengren calmed down and then looked at Gu Hai once again.
(TL Note: ‘Please restrain your grief’ is a polite way of saying ‘be ready, I bear bad news’.)
"According to Long Wanqing, she lost her mother twenty years ago, and even now, the murderer still cannot be found. Therefore, she wants to request senior come out of seclusion and help her find her mother's killer, and help her avenge her mother. She earnestly requests senior to come out of seclusion!" stated Gu Hai respectfully.
Everyone had long since been holding their breath.
Wei Shengren looked at Gu Hai. "What did you say? Repeat what you just said! I didn't hear clearly, repeat what you just said! How is that girl? How is she?
"The hairpin should have been found by Long Wenqing when she was tidying up her mother's mementos! I can see that this small box had been carefully looked after; her mother must have been taking care of this hairpin very carefully before she was killed. Her mother has been murdered by someone; furthermore, her death is so unjust that her murderer has not been found even after twenty years! That's the only reason why she earnestly requests senior to come out of seclusion: in order to find her mother's killer, and avenge her mother!" Gu Hai repeated once again.
"That girl has been killed?" Wei Shengren's figure trembled immediately, as if he was about to fall over.