Chapter 1143 – Departure
Ye Qingyu was reminded of the treasures that he obtained from the Underground Moon Immortal Palace of Clear River Domain. There had been two boxes and they contained a pair of cloud boots made from an unknown material, and a pair of white long pants that were made from the same material. He couldn’t figure out the origins of those two items and what they could be used for, since they didn’t seem to have any unique characteristics other than the fact that they were indestructible. The only similarity they shared was that they both had cloud markings.
After he obtained the [Formless Armor of Drifting Clouds], he realized that the aura from that armor was somewhat similar to the cloud boots and long pants, but he didn’t think too much about it. Now that Wang Jianru had mentioned it, he immediately made the connection and realized that those two items could be related to the [Formless Armor of Drifting Clouds].
He was completely stunned.
As she watched his expressions change, an amused smile appeared on Wang JIanru’s face and she said, “I guess you’ve already figured it out.”
Ye Qingyu summoned the [Formless Armor of Drifting Clouds].
The armor was an incomplete white lightweight armor and there were cloud markings swirling around it. It looked like it was crafted from heavenly silk, but he knew that it was definitely not that material. Instead, it seemed to resemble the silk of Dao and from its aura, he could tell that it was not a true Emperor weapon.
However, the moment he took out the white cloud boots and long pants from the [Cloud Top Cauldron], and placed these items near the [Formless Armor of Drifting Clouds], an amazing thing happened. The cloud markings on the armor started to swirl like real clouds, while a dazzling splendor burst forth from the same markings on the cloud boots and long pants.
After he obtained those two items he had once tried various ways to figure out the abilities of the cloud boots and long pants. He had even consulted Old Fish, but to no avail. Nothing happened even after he tried injecting his yuan qi into them, so he didn’t expect a strange change to occur the moment he placed those two items closer to the armor.
He was usually wearing the armor while the cloud boots and long pants were stored in his [Cloud Top Cauldron]; since the mysterious [Cloud Top Cauldron] blocked off all aura, he didn’t notice the amazing connection between those items.
Cloud qi naturally formed as the cloud markings swirled.
Wisps of white cloud mist floated around him.
He finally sensed the true Emperor qi circulating within the armor. It might have just been a tiny wisp of Emperor qi, but it was enough to make him shudder in fear. It was as though a true Martial Emperor had awakened in this armor.
A true Emperor weapon didn’t require him to do much since it had spiritual energy. The armor started to fuse itself together and soon, the cloud boots and long pants transformed into elusive white cloud mists that gathered toward the armor. It seemed like there was an invisible hand sewing a brand new armor.
An hour later.
The fusion process was complete.
A white lightweight armor appeared in front of him.
Compared to the incomplete armor it was before, the [Formless Armor of Drifting Clouds] had finally regained its former glory. It was like a supreme treasure that was birthed from the universe, flawless and perfect. The white armor was complete and the cloud markings were spread neatly over the different parts of the armor. This was especially so for the chest plate and the back piece where there was a large cloud marking formation that resembled a flower in full bloom. The armor perfectly protected every part of the body, similar to a white silk cultivator’s robe. It was simple, basic and easy to move around in, but at the same time, it gave off a mysterious vibe. At first glance, one would react like he had seen an elegant woman of peerless beauty and couldn’t help but want to draw closer.
“This is the complete [Formless Armor of Drifting Clouds]. When the [Drifting Cloud Emperor] vanished back then, this armor was handed down to the world and it had once caused huge unrest. But as time passed, this armor mysteriously disappeared and it was rumored to have split apart… Now, all its parts are finally back together to form the complete armor. This shows that I must be fated with this treasure.” Wang Jianru nodded with satisfaction.
Ye Qingyu grinned from ear to ear.
Although he had the [Cloud Top Cauldron], the [Blood Drinker Sword] and the pill furnaces from [Tusita Palace], he didn’t know what the grade these artifacts were. This was especially so for the last two, and it was hard to predict whether they would become Emperor weapons. But now he had finally acquired a true Emperor’s item, how could he not rejoice?
Other than the fact that Emperor weapons were terrifyingly powerful, the most important point about these weapons was that since ancient times, it was said that only martial artists who had the potential to be Emperors would possess a complete Emperor weapon. This was because Emperor weapons were the supreme treasures of the universe and they had their own spiritual energy, so they would only recognize martial artists who carried the potential Emperor qi within them as their masters.
Now that he had obtained the complete set of the [Formless Armor of Drifting Clouds], didn’t that mean that he had hope and potential of becoming a Martial Emperor? This was probably how he managed to piece the entire armor together by accident.
“How did you know that I had the missing component of the [Formless Armor of Drifting Clouds]?” he asked after he sent the armor to be refined within his dantian world.
After all, he was the only person who knew the entire time that he possessed the cloud boots and long pants, and even if Wang Jianru was a Quasi-emperor and used her Emperor Detection Technique, this technique wouldn’t work on him since he was a fellow Quasi-emperor. The [Formless Armor of Drifting Clouds] was an Emperor weapon, so even when it was incomplete, there was still true Emperor qi swirling within it. Most people wouldn’t be able to detect it and it definitely wouldn’t work even if someone tried to use the Emperor Detection Technique to find it. Otherwise, all the Emperor weapons in the world would be snapped up by those who knew how to use the Emperor Detection Technique.
“What do you think?” Wang Jianru countered with a smile.
He thought for a moment, then asked as realization dawned, “Did you happen to meet that Old Fish?”
“Old Fish?” she repeated in surprise, then she chuckled charmingly, “Is that how you call him? Haha, that’s true. He is indeed an immature Old Fish.”
He suddenly felt a little sheepish.
He was so used to bickering with Old Fish that he had accidentally blurted out his nickname. “I usually call him that and the name stuck… Does this mean that the [Inspiration King] has also arrived at the Dark Realm?” he quickly added in an effort to disguise his embarrassment.
The Old Fish usually called himself the [Inspiration King].
“Yes, Senior Inspiration has indeed arrived at the Dark Realm, but he claims that he has some matters to attend to and mysteriously comes and goes like a shadow. He handles things like a divine dragon and I can’t make heads nor tails of him, so I’ve only seen him a couple of times. He happened to mention this once and told me to pass this message on to you since he didn’t have the chance to tell you himself.”
Her expression returned to normal after she laughed.
It was clear from the way she spoke that Old Fish ranked a little higher in terms of seniority. He had once been a follower of the [Lightning Emperor], so he was likely highly regarded in the Dark Realm and should be very influential here. Wang Jianru who was so highly regarded at the Unmoving City of Darkness, would not address him as ‘senior’ otherwise.
Ye Qingyu was pleasantly surprised.
This was truly a piece of good news.
He had a feeling that he would run into Old Fish sooner or later. This eccentric old fellow was probably secretly plotting something and he was sure that Old Fish was definitely up to no good.
He spoke to Wang Jianru for a few more moments and she briefly told him all that she knew about the Royal City of the Guardians, then reminded him to be careful before she took her leave.
She was going to return to the Unmoving City of Darkness.
He did not send her off personally since he didn’t want to attract any unwanted attention.
He remained in the hidden chamber and studied the complete [Formless Armor of Drifting Clouds].
He felt more confident now that he had an Emperor weapon since this could not only enable him to put on a perfect disguise that nobody could see through, it was also a peerless defensive treasure. Once he had full control of it, he figured that he would still manage to escape with his life even if he encountered a Martial Emperor.
Time ticked by.
Two days later—
He had completely refined the [Formless Armor of Drifting Clouds].
He was able to display around ten percent of this armor’s power with his current cultivation, and this was already very shocking.
At the same time, he finally received news from the Royal City of the Guardians.
An emissary from the Royal City arrived at Luoshen Ridge, travel-worn and weary.
He heard from this emissary that by killing Wang Jianru, Nie Tiankong finally fulfilled his desire to join the powerful inner circle of the Royal City after the city recognized his contributions. He was now an influential member of the Guardians’ camp and had joined its military headquarters as one of the four major generals. His rise had created a stir and at the moment, everyone was falling over to see to his every request as the various noblemen fought amongst themselves to gain his favor.
This meant that his transfer order had safely reached Luoshen Ridge.
“Congratulations, Lord Zhang Longcheng. You’re the first nobleman that General Nie Tiankong has transferred since he came to power. This shows how highly regarded and valued you are,” the emissary said with a smile. He was named Linghu Buxiu and he looked about thirty years of age. He had a slim figure and he was of the Demon Race whose cultivation was at the peak Great Saint realm. He was very kind looking and gave off a friendly vibe; since he was always smiling, he looked very trustworthy.
“Lord Linghu Buxiu, you flatter me,” Ye Qingyu said. He knew that since this was the emissary selected to come all the way to Luoshen Ridge… he couldn’t underestimate him and guessed that he was probably one of Nie Tiankong’s trusted subordinates. After he arrived at the Royal City, he would probably have frequent interactions with Linghu Buxiu, thus he said politely, “You must be tired after such a long journey. Why don’t you rest here for a few days and give me some time to pack up? Shall we then leave in three days?”
“Ha ha, of course. As you wish,” Linghu Buxiu said with a smile.
Eleven saw this emissary out and made arrangements for his accommodation.
Ye Qingyu left Central City and made a secret trip to Northern Wall Village to observe the situation. Li Qing had already emerged from the ark and with Ye Qingyu’s support, the power station of the crypt was back in business; its scale was even larger than before. The electric workers worked even harder now that they didn’t need to worry about food or clothes. The plans that [The Beginning] had formulated was steadily put into motion.
He went to the ark and met with [The Beginning] to discuss some matters and also to finalize the plans for Luoshen Ridge’s development.
After that, all of the loose ends at Luoshen Ridge were tied up neatly.
Three day later—
Ye Qingyu and Linghu Buxiu boarded the airship and journeyed toward the Royal City of the Guardians.
During those three days, Eleven perfectly carried out his responsibilities as the young City Lord and treated Linghu Buxiu extremely well, even showering him with many gifts, so Linghu Buxiu also formed a very good impression of Ye Qingyu. They seemed to have become bosom friends as they laughed and joked on the airship.
“Haha, Lord Zhang Longcheng, honestly, Lord Nie Tiankong holds you in very high regard and although your position has yet to be finalized, I’m sure that you would take on an important role. We’ll be colleagues in the future, so let’s try to work well together,” Linghu Buxiu said sincerely.