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Chapter 633 - Escorted by the Black Tortoise, the Calm Before the Storm
On this particular day, Qin Nan was not the only one that departed on his journey. The disciples of the Wanxiang Pavilion and the Dao-Seeking Mountain—and some rogue cultivators of the Eastern Continent—had prepared themselves for the Crimson Blood Ocean.
...Meanwhile, in the Trading Alliance, Main Hall...
“As for the mission of the trip to the Crimson Blood Ocean—once you arrive, capture Duan Qing at all costs!”
The Leader of the Trading Alliance snapped with a tremendous murderous intent.
Before him stood four young cultivators, three standing in a row while one stood in front of them.
Based on their positions, it was easy to tell that the person standing in front was the second-ranked genius in the Trading Alliance, Zhu Hang!
An old man stepped forward and summoned a rift.
The old man was none other than the Supreme Elder of the Trading Alliance, who would personally be the escort!
...Meanwhile, within the void...
The giant Black Tortoise glowed brightly as it proceeded forward at a terrifying speed.
Qin Nan could not help but feel excited standing on the Black Tortoise’s back.
This was the Kingdom Protector Black Tortoise! A Martial Sacred Realm expert! Who was once a half-Martial Progenitor Realm presence!
Did anyone have a chance to stand on its back before?
“So this is what riding a beast feels like. I must find a chance to tame an even more terrifying beast to make it my mount!”
Qin Nan’s eyes flickered with passion.
He was not too interested in treasures or drinking, but Primary Stones and sabers were a different story, and he now realized that he was quite passionate about getting himself a mount!
Any man would imagine himself riding a peerless beast while conquering the world!
The Kingdom Protector Black Tortoise would never have thought that its act of fulfilling its promise would cause a peerless beast to be tamed as a mount in the future.
“Kid, what do you know about the Crimson Blood Ocean?” The Kingdom Protector Black Tortoise suddenly asked.
“Mm, a little bit…”
Qin Nan’s eyes glittered.
The Crimson Blood Ocean was not ranked highly among the forbidden areas of the Eastern Continent. Rumors said that there existed a mysterious succession there, and once acquired, not only would it alter one’s destiny, it could grant the person’s a chance to reach the peak of the Eastern Continent. That being said, it had never appeared.
“The Crimson Blood Ocean is not open yet, but Tang Qingshan and his crew were able to go inside and obtain fortunate encounters to rank up to the Martial Sacred Realm. It’s most likely that they’ve acquired the succession…”
Qin Nan suddenly realized a problem upon having this thought.
Without the succession, it was extremely difficult to rank up to the Martial Sacred Realm.
Following this, Qin Nan and the Kingdom Protector Black Tortoise discussed about cultivation, allowing Qin Nan to learn a great deal from it. Although the ways to cultivate were different between beasts and humans, the concept was similar.
Three days later...
An area of space was shattered suddenly as the figure of the Kingdom Protector Black Tortoise sprang out from it, who let out a glow and shrank a few hundred times smaller into the size of a palm and landed on Qin Nan’s head.
“My huge size is too eye-catching. Kid, you will find many experts there from various factions. I’ll leave after sending you into the Crimson Blood Ocean.”
The Kingdom Protector Black Tortoise added, “The place ahead is known as the Disordered Ocean City. If you’re planning to enter the Crimson Blood Ocean, you have to get access from the Disordered Ocean City!”
Qin Nan instinctively lowered his head.
In a distance away was an ocean, with water the color of blood and no visible boundaries. A faint light curtain could be seen encapsulating the ocean, preventing anyone from entering it.
That was the Crimson Blood Ocean.
Beside the Crimson Blood Ocean stood a city.
The walls and structures of the city were built with some type of crimson bricks, as if they were dyed with blood, resulting in an intimidating aura. This Disordered Ocean City turned out to be a Sacred Weapon!
“Get access? What does that mean?” Qin Nan asked curiously while he flew forward.
“This Disordered Ocean City was constructed by the Luan Clan, which has existed for a few hundred years. In the past, the Patriarch of the Luan Clan acquired some treasure in the Crimson Blood Ocean, which can produce a certain amount of Disordered Ocean Qi every year. Only with this Disordered Ocean Qi can the cultivators enter the Crimson Blood Ocean without being affected by the force within it…”
The Kingdom Protector Black Tortoise explained, “Without this Disordered Ocean Qi, even a peak Martial Highness Realm would not last three days in the Crimson Blood Ocean.”
Qin Nan came to a realization.
Apart from the Four Great Factions, there were also other factions of various sizes. This Luan Clan of the Disordered Ocean City was one of them.
The man and the beast arrived before the Discorded Ocean City.
While trying to enter the city, they even caused a hilarious scene. As neither had any Primary Stones on them, they could not afford to pay the entrance fee. In the end, Qin Nan had no choice but to trade the pills that he had stolen from the Trading Alliance to be granted permission to enter the city.
Qin Nan squinted upon setting foot into the city.
The street was crowded with cultivators, who all had unique appearances. Their eyes emitted sharp glows, a sign that they were extremely experienced in battles, and thus should not be underestimated.
Among them, most of the cultivators possessed peak Martial Dominator Realm cultivations or the earlier stages of the Martial Highness Realm.
Despite that, Qin Nan would not look down on them.
Some outstanding talents preferred to be rogue cultivators as they were not keen on being constrained by factions.
Qin Nan spent some pills to hire a low-ranked rogue cultivator of the Disordered Ocean City. With his help, he learned that the competition for the Disordered Ocean Qi would be held in two days at the City Lord’s Mansion.
“This Luan Clan is good at doing business. The fee to sign up alone is going to cost me five thousand Primary Stones…”
Qin Nan was left speechless.
If there were four to five thousand cultivators signing up, it was definitely going to be a fortune!
“Let’s find some place to rest.”
Qin Nan made up his mind and proceeded forward.
While weaving through the crowd on the busy street, a black-robed person walked past Qin Nan.
Qin Nan was startled. Was that her?
When Qin Nan turned his head around, the person had vanished.
“Kid, wasn’t that person the one that killed the Second Prince?” The Kingdom Protector Black Tortoise asked.
After Qin Nan’s identity was exposed, the Sky-Scorching Emperor and the others were aware that the Second Prince had been killed by someone else.
“So it’s her. What a surprise to find Jiang Bilan here too…”
Qin Nan’s eyes flickered.
Jiang Bilan had managed to regain control of her body and suppress the presence of the Death Emperor. Why was she here at the Disordered Ocean City?
Why was she avoiding contact with him?
Qin Nan ignored the doubts of the Kingdom Protector Black Tortoise and found a room at an inn for himself to cultivate.
Meanwhile, an uproar took place at the entrance to the Disordered Ocean City.
“Zhu Hang is here?”
“Shit! Are you serious!? Why would a genius like him come to the Crimson Blood Ocean?”
The people of the Trading Alliance had arrived!
 TL Note: ‘Luan’ (乱) here means disordered or messy, hence the name of the city.