Chapter 59 - Escape Plan
"Senior Wei Shengren, are you coming with us?" Gu Hai asked, looking at Wei Shengren eagerly.
Wei Shengren, on the other hand, kept on looking quietly at the hairpin, without paying attention to anything else whatsoever. Everyone else kept on patiently waiting for the contemplative Wei Shengren.
After a good long while, Wei Shengren shook his head and said, "No, I have my own way, you can't come with me!"
"En?" Gu Hai glanced at Great Elder, perplexed.
Having taken a deep breath, Wei Shengren turned his head, looking at Great Elder.
"Great Elder, over the past eight centuries, I have done enough for the Weiqi Empyrean Court, but I have lost far more than I have done. This girl's death can't go unwarranted, nobody can kill her. I am leaving!" said Wei Shengren in a voice that was filled with a chilling bloodlust.
Great Elder was rendered speechless for a good long while. Finally, he took a long, deep breath before speaking, "All right! These years, you have already done enough for my Weiqi Empyrean Court. Whatever you need, just say it, I will do all I can fulfill them!"
"No need!" Wei Shengren shook his head.
While shaking his head, the air before him started undulating ever so slightly.
A ripple seemed to have appeared, spreading waves in the air one after another. Suddenly, a powerful impact was generated by the ever-surging air ripples.
BANG BOOM BANG!
Under this powerful impact, the surrounding cultivators immediately got out of the way.
Wei Shengren immediately stepped into the space of the ripples and disappeared.
Gradually, the space returned to its previous calm; everything was restored as it was, the only thing that was lacking was Wei Shengren's silhouette.
If it weren't for the swathes of forest and animals dead of old age left around, no one would ever have suspected that Wei Shengren was ever here.
"What kind of trick is this?" Gu Hai looked at Chen Tianshan in astonishment.
Chen Tianshan immediately broke into a wry smile as he shook his head, indicating he didn't know either. The man was inexplicably gone!?
Ninth Young Master led a large group of Weiqi Empyrean Court disciples and occupied the skies as Gu Hai left, preemptively occupying the Hundred Years Longevity Peach Tree area.
"Great Elder, please forgive me for many of my today's transgressions. Farewell!" apologized Gu Hai, before bidding him goodbye.
The black-robed Great Elder took a deep breath after staring at Gu Hai for a while. In the end, he chose not to pursue this matter anymore.
Controlling his army, Gu Hai suddenly flew into a forest.
The cultivators, on the other hand, kept on staring in Gu Hai's direction until he went into the forest.
Gu Hai's party hid inside the forest as the endless clouds and thousands of mounted soldiers suddenly disappeared.
The three shuttled through the forest quickly, hiding under the canopy of the trees; others could hardly locate them. Of course, no one dared to exactly locate them at this moment.
"Throne Master, why are we not leaving? What are you looking for?" asked Chen Tianshan, curious.
"We can't leave!" stated Gu Hai as he shook his head.
"Ah?" Chen Tianshan was perplexed.
"Just a moment ago, His Grace asked Wei Shengren whether he was coming with us because His Grace wanted to rely on Wei Shengren's momentum to leave. Unfortunately, Wei Shengren inexplicably disappeared. Now, we can only leave by ourselves. However, do you think we can still leave?" asked Gao Xianzhi, shaking his head.
"You mean to say, someone has already prepared to block us!?" Chen Tianshan's face changed.
"That's right! We caused too much commotion earlier. Besides the Hundred Years Longevity peach in His Grace's hands, many cultivators were injured if not killed at the hands of the soldiers in the battle earlier. Do you think that their friends and families will not be preparing to take revenge? In the Xiantian Endgame World, no one can do anything to us with His Grace's mighty army here. However, what about outside the Xiantian Endgame World?" explained Gao Xianzhi.
Chen Tianshan's brows started twitching like crazy.
Indeed, a large group of cultivators had already rushed out of the Xiantian Endgame World a moment ago. The entrance outside the Xiantian Endgame World was already jam-packed with cultivators who were waiting for Gu Hai's party to come out so that they could take revenge on Gu Hai.
"But it's okay, we have completed our mission!" Gu Hai said with a smile on his face.
"Your Grace, when this subordinate was bringing Meng Tai a moment ago, this subordinate found this on him!" Gao Xianzhi stretched out his arm and handed over a token.
This token was very similar to Gu Hai's water throne token, it just that it had a rock painted on it instead of a droplet.
"Earth Throne's Throne Master token?" Chen Tianshan brightened.
Gu Hai nodded as he took it.
Gao Xianzhi was quite an intelligent man, he understood Gu Hai's underlying intention with just one command, which was extremely satisfying to Gu Hai.
"Since Meng Tai is already dead, the space inside the toke can be opened again!" Chen Tianshan's voice had a sliver of anticipation in it.
As Gu Hai bled on it, he once again sensed a hundred cubic zhang small space at once.
Placed inside this small space were a hundred high-grade spirit stones and a couple hundred low-grade spirit stones. There were also a lot of pills placed inside some bottles and jars, as well as some herbs and junk.
Gu Hai quickly took out the things inside and stored them inside the Water Throne token.
Immediately after, Gu Hai erased his own blood imprint using True Qi.
"Gao Xianzhi, you can use this token for the time being. I haven't emptied it completely, I have left ten high-grade spirit stones for you, you can use them as you like!" Gu Hai passed on the token to Gao Xianzhi.
"Thank you, Your Grace!" Gao Xianzhi was excited.
Seeing all this, Chen Tianshan's eyes flickered with a trace of envy.
"Chen Tianshan, take these ten high-grade spirit stones, you have gone through a lot of trouble earlier!" Gu Hai handed ten high-grade spirit stones to Chen Tianshan.
"Thank you, Your Grace!" Chen Tianshan promptly took them with delight.
"Your Grace, how are we going to leave now?" asked Gao Xianzhi, worried.
"Don't worry, let's drag it out for two more days!" Narrowing his eyes, Gu Hai looked at the large bunch of cloud beasts high up in the air.
As expected, a large group of cultivators was already waiting outside the Xiantian Endgame World.
"Gu Hai and the others are about to come out, keep a close watch!"
"Hmph, my senior and junior brother were thrown down from tens of thousands of feet up in the air. Although my senior brother is safe, my junior brother broke his leg. I have to take revenge for this hatred!"
"Bullshit, in my opinion, all you want is that Hundred Years Longevity Peach, am I right?"
"So what? Isn't it the same for you?"
"Gu Hai can forget ever escaping from here, no matter what!"...
Outside the entry portal, almost a thousand cultivators had already surrounded the entrance.
Furthermore, as soon as someone came out, a bunch of them would immediately charge at him like a swarm of bees and carefully check whether it was Gu Hai, Chen Tianshan, or Gao Xianzhi, or not.
You, Gu Hai, are indeed quite fearsome in the Xiantian Endgame World, but what if you came outside? What else can you do when we have already recovered our cultivation? Furthermore, the cloud beasts are also useless outside. What else can you, Gu Hai, rely on?
Countless cultivators paid their utmost attention to the entrance, waiting for Gu Hai's party to come out.
Meanwhile, inside the Xiantian Endgame World, in a cave somewhere...
Chen Tianshan and Gao Xianzhi watched Gu Hai as he took many spirit stones and arranged them inside a pit-like water pool.
"Your Grace, what is this?" asked the puzzled Chen Tianshan.
"Do you remember the spirit pool in which we immersed ourselves?" answered Gu Hai.
"Oh, of course, I remember, wasn't that Spirit Qi condensed by the array inside the magical item of Elder Guanqi?" answered Chen Tianshan.
"This is the same array!" said Gu Hai.
"Oh?" Chen Tianshan's eyes immediately lit up.
"I don't want to wait a year for the array to condense the Spirit Qi, that's why I am replacing it with the spirit stones. Let's see if the Spirit Qi can be extracted from the spirit stones!" stated Gu Hai.
"Thank you very much, Your Grace!" the two thanked him in delight at once.
Creating the spirit pool's array!? The Throne Master was even willing to tell them about this array?
The two silently memorized the formation of the array.
Having arranged everything, Gu Hai slowly sat down and fiercely mobilized the True Qi in his hand.
Suddenly billowing Spirit Qi emerged inside the pool with a loud bang.
"It's coming out, the Spirit Qi is coming out!" Chen Tianshan broke out into joyful cries.
A large amount of Spirit Qi rushed straight into Gu Hai's body.
"Let's try it out!" declared Gu Hai.
"Yes, Your Grace!" Immediately thereafter, the two stepped into the pool together.
A large amount of Spirit Qi rushed straight into the three's bodies as soon as they sat in the pool.
At the same time, a large amount of Spirit Qi also seemed to dissipate. After all, it was not the magical item left behind by Elder Guanqi; the array alone was unable to isolate the Spirit Qi.
The three sat inside the pool for the next two days.
Chen Tianshan,Gao Xianzhi, and even Gu Hai had broken through.
"Fifth level of the Xiantian Stage!" Gu Hai's eyes lit up as he clenched his fists.
Soon after, Gao Xianzhi and Chen Tianshan also woke up from their mediation because the Spirit Qi inside the pool had already been emptied.
Chen Tianshan's face turned stiff as he said, "Forty-nine high-grade spirit stones and a hundred low-grade spirit stones gone in just one day!?"
"Insufficient?" said Gu Hai, smiling.
"This...this is too wasteful! I could have used so many spirit stones for a long time. This array doesn't seem to be that useful!?" Chen Tianshan mused as a wry smile crept up on his lips.
"As far as I am concerned, it is very useful!" said Gu Hai with a grin on his face.
Very quickly, half of the spirit stones left by Meng Tai had been used up by Gu Hai.
Gu Hai, on the other hand, didn't pay too much heed to the spirit stones. To Gu Hai, these spirit stones were no different from money, the greed for which he had overcome long ago; they simply held no allure for Gu Hai.
As far as Gu Hai was concerned, money was a tool for him, a tool to make himself stronger; nothing more, nothing less.
Now he had become stronger, and strength was worth more than anything.
"Your Grace, do we need to do it one more time?" Gao Xianzhi asked with a bit of anticipation.
"Once more? This is too extravagant!?" stated Chen Tianshan, smiling wryly.
Thinking of being too spendthrift, Chen Tianshan realized that he too was a spendthrift bastard. Earlier, didn’t I also eat a Hundred Years Longevity Peach, just like that!?
"No, we need the rest of spirit stones to open a way for us, so we can be escorted back to Nine-Five Island!" replied Gu Hai in a serious manner.
"Oh?" Gao Xianzhi's eyes turned bright.
"Escorted back to Nine-Five Island with the help of spirit stones? How so? Are we going to hire some of the blockers who are stopping us?" asked Chen Tianshan; he was at a loss yet again.
"That's right, we will make those guys who are blocking the entrance escort us back to Nine-Five Island!" stated Gu Hai, with a smile on his lips.
"How is that possible? Your Grace, we have become the enemy of the world, they have nothing but hatred for us. Although we have these spirit stones, they have even more, we are simply unable to hire them! Furthermore, Your Grace still has the Hundred Years Longevity Peach, they can wait to rob us clean. Why would they even escort us to Nine-Five Island? It would be amazing if they do not kill us! If I have to guess, at least ten thousand cultivators are waiting at the entrance for us at this moment!" spoke up Chen Tianshan, as he pursed his lips into a bitter smile.
"If I say they are going to escort us to Nine-Five Island, then it will happen for sure!" Gu Hai said, his eyes flickering with certainty.
A confused look appeared on Chen Tianshan's face. Nevertheless, he still couldn't figure it out.
Gao Xianzhi, on the other hand, had a great deal of confidence in Gu Hai. "Your Grace, what are we going to do?"
"If only ten thousand or so cultivators are blocking us, then they are far from enough. Therefore, first, we have to make it so that many more people are blocking us. The more they are, the better and safer it is for us!" stated Gu Hai confidently.
"Huh!" Chen Tianshan rolled his eyes as he looked at Gu Hai. He really wanted to touch Gu Hai's forehead to check whether his lord had a fever.
Ed. Note: Yes, Chen Tianshen is a blockhead.