Chapter 880, The Patriarch of Sky Dragon Sect
According to the information he knew, the revolt of the Ancient Sky Dragon Sect was led by Elder Cang Li, Elder Ming Jue and other powerful elders. In particular, Elder Cang Li had a high status and position of power and authority. He was one of the strongest during Tian Huayu’s era, and by all accounts, after the revolt, Elder Cang Li should have taken charge and become the new patriarch of the Ancient Sky Dragon Sect.
But now it seemed that this was not the case.
The new patriarch was actually someone else.
Why would a new patriarch appear out of nowhere?
Given the ambition and shrewdness of Elder Cang Li, how would he be willingly to hand over the position of patriarch that was almost within reach to someone else?
Moreover, he had not heard any information about the new patriarch along the way. Even Qin Hui could not guess what his true identity was. He was extremely mysterious, like he had all of a sudden emerged from the cracks of a rock.
With this thought, Ye Qingyu could not help but look at Elder Cang Li again.
But there was no other clue on the face of this powerful figure.
Ye Qingyu no longer thought much about it.
Now that he had reached the Saint realm and that his strength had skyrocketed, he was able to apply many of the fighting techniques recorded in the bronze book [Fiendgod Titled Chart]. Thus there were countless hidden cards in his hand. He was very confident. If a mere Ancient Sky Dragon Domain could make him step back, then there was no need to talk about other things in the future.
Ye Qingyu agreed to go into the city.
But he did not choose to ride in the carriage with Mother Qin Hui and her son. He let the two enter the carriage, while he asked for a dragon horse and rode it into the city.
Although Mother Qin Hui and her son were in dire straits and that the elders could not recognize her, she was still the lady of the former Patriarch, and a young woman. If he was seen with her in the carriage it would certainly attract gossip and criticism.
The huge group of martial artists entered the Ancient Sky Dragon City.
Ye Qingyu was observing along the way.
He was very quickly a little disappointed.
Because although there were many different styles of palaces and buildings in the city, the spiritual qi and formations were very sparse. On the main street, there were only a few simple carriages moving along slowly, there was no signs of formation airships, and the majority of shops and restaurants on the streets had already closed down. The pedestrians furtively took a glance at the huge army of people, and then hurriedly passed by, most of them wore the same apathetic expression on their faces. The whole Ancient Sky Dragon City was incomparably bleak.
As the largest capital and center of the entire Sky Dragon Domain, the Ancient Sky Dragon City, compared to Yu Leaf City, was not as prosperous and lacked vitality. The atmosphere of desolation had spread all over the domain, decaying like rotten wood.
Ye Qingyu only glanced around for a while before he stopped paying attention to his surroundings.
About half an hour later.
Under the guidance of Elder Cang Li and his sibordinates, the group of people finally came to the vicinity of Sky Dragon Mountain.
Sky Dragon Mountain was the finally mountain gate of the Ancient Sky Dragon Sect.
The towering summit pierced straight into the sky, like an inverted giant sword. The peak was steep, the cliffs precipitous and seemed to have been formed from large blades and axes.
On the summit of the mountain was the mountain gate of the Ancient Sky Dragon Sect.
The terrain of the mountain gate, from afar, resembled a dragon soaring in the air. The terrain was strange, and contained the intent of a real dragon. It could be imagined what sort of spiritual place it was back in the heyday of the Ancient Sky Dragon Domain. It could be called the paradise of the domain, but now… the ‘Divine Dragon’ was dead.
Ye Qingyu gently shook his head, sighing.
The spiritual aura had completely gone, and now it was no different to an ordinary mountain.
This meant that in the future the Ancient Sky Dragon Sect would not be able to cultivate any outstanding people.
At this moment, Ye Qingyu began to understand why the Patriarch of the Ancient Sky Dragon Sect, Tian Huayu, wanted to enter the 18th district of the Black Demon Abyss even at the risk of his life——he had no other choice.
In the most central area of the mountain gate stood an imposing and grand temple building, surrounded with divine statues and pillars, as well as various different mythological animal statues sitting on the eaves of the road. The building looked majestic and solemn, and was the core temple hall of the Ancient Sky Dragon Sect.
The group had reached the foot of Sky Dragon Mountain.
Elder Cang Li arranged for the other disciples and experts to stay where they were, while he and two core disciples continued to guide Ye Qingyu, Qin Hui, and the others up the mountain summit.
In a moment, the group had arrived at the summit of the Sky Dragon Mountain, the main meeting hall of Ancient Sky Dragon Sect.
Upon a closer look at the temple hall, one could even more feel that the building had been through tens of thousands of years.
An elder in a reddish-brown armour and with a long white beard was waiting at the door of the main hall. He was full of spirit and majesty.
“Lord Ye Qingyu, please excuse me for not going out to meet you.” The bearded old man immediately came over to welcome Ye Qingyu upon seeing the carriage. His attitude was neither servile nor overbearing, though there was a bit of majesty.
Ye Qingyu cast a glance at the elder, nodding, and then motioned Luo Yi to help Mother Qin Hui and her son out the carriage. At the same time he leapt to the ground.
“This is the law enforcement elder of Ancient Sky Dragon Sect, Elder Wu Sheng,” Elder Cang Li introduced him to Ye Qingyu.
Ye Qingyu did not say anything.
He scanned the surroundings of the Divine Dragon Hall, and vaguely sensed the presence of a strange force in this area. It was barely detectable as it faintly circulated around but it was extremely bizarre.
It seems to be able to devour people’s yuan qi…”
Ye Qingyu sensed something as he looked around.
What was the new patriarch trying to do? He had arranged for the order and law enforcement elders, who were second only to the patriarch of the Ancient Sky Dragon Sect to welcome him, yet he still had not showed up. Could it be that he was hiding in ambush in the Divine Dragon Hall?
Ye Qingyu found it a little strange, but he still remained calm, and was not in the slightest afraid.
“I have long heard about Lord Ye Qingyu, and how you progressed through the Road of Chaos. You really are as graceful as they say and surpass many young talents. You really are a blessing to my Human Race. Patriarch is already waiting in the main hall, Lord Ye Qingyu, please go ahead.” Elder Wu Sheng enthusiastically invited Ye Qingyu and the others into the main hall.
Ye Qingyu followed.
“Lord Ye Qingyu, this… it may be a trap.” Qin Hui looked hesitant, a glint of worry flickering in her eyes.
Based on her understanding of the traitor elders, who always hid their true intentions behind friendly manners, she was afraid that there would be some sort of trap or ambush in the hall.
Ye Qingyu immediately understood her fears and reassured her with a smile, “Don’t worry.”
Afterwards, they followed Elder Wu Sheng into the main hall of the Ancient Sky Dragon Sect.
Just as he had stepped into the main hall, Ye Qingyu instantly felt a strange aura surging in the surroundings, like a dark wave. It was precisely that strange power he had sensed before, and it seemed to be coming from the depths of the ground. It was countless times stronger than it was before.
“Such strange power, and it seems to be able to disturb the yuan qi of a martial artists, as well as accelerate the loss of essence and qi… This is not the strength of a formation, nor the power of an expert… Hm, it’s kind of interesting.”
Ye Qingyu had an idea.
His yuan qi instantly went as solid as a rock, and not a shred of it was affected by the strange power.
He continued along, glancing around.
There were forty-two giant pillars in the main hall, all lined up in a formation, and there were faint blood-coloured light emitted from each. The reddish-brown stone walls were engraved with totems of soaring sky dragons, exactly like the token that Ye Qingyu had obtained before.
Dozens of elders, clad in red dragon-pattern armour and with strength around the Immortal Step realm silently stood on both sides of the main hall. They did not say a single word nor did their expression change at all.
Ye Qingyu ran his eyes over the several elders in deep thought.
They continued along the passageway to the depths of the hall.
There was a huge divine dragon throne, which exuded a mysterious and strange flame-like radiance. The whole hall was lively and bright because of the brilliance of the throne, which flickered infinitely between brightness and darkness. Adding to this there was a mighty wave of power emerging. It was clear that the divine dragon throne was not an ordinary object. It was the first thing that Ye Qingyu saw since entering Ancient Sky Dragon Domain that contained the yuan qi and spiritual qi of Heaven and earth.
And within the flames of the throne was a human figure sitting tall.
This man was tall and slender, and wore a blazing mask. His whole person was engulfed by the flames of the throne, making it difficult to see his real face. He exuded a very mysterious aura, but that faint aura was incredibly powerful, stronger than that of Elder Cang Li, and seemed to be halfway into the Saint realm.
And at this moment he was leaning on the throne, sizing up Ye Qingyu.
Ye Qingyu was similarly studying the man.
This figure was evidently the new patriarch of the Ancient Sky Dragon Sect.
Ye Qingyu found that the new patriarch, although he was wearing a mask, but based on his built and aura, he seemed to be a very young expert. Moreover his aura was deep and magnificent, like the rolling waves of an ocean. However, it was very different from that of Elder Cang Li and Elder Ming Jue or the other experts of the Ancient Sky Dragon Sect, which suggests that this person cultivated very different martial arts and was not from the Ancient Sky Dragon Sect.
What was going on?
Could the new Patriarch be an outsider?
Ye Qingyu was surprised.
He examined more carefully, and found another strange thing. The aura of the young expert was indeed very bizarre, completely unlike that of an ordinary martial artist, and vaguely seemed to be of an identical nature with the great hall or even the ground. The feeling he gave was as if a huge tree had connected into one with the ground.
Even experts of the Saint realm would not have an aura of the same origin as Heaven and earth.
Ye Qingyu was even more curious.
Besides a martial arts emperor, whose martial arts had reached the peak, only the legendary Tree Demon clan, whose roots can grow in the ground, could share the same origin as the earth.
But Ye Qingyu was certain that the young figure on the throne was not either of the two possibilities.
The Ancient Sky Dragon Sect elders, including Elder Cang Li and Wu Sheng, were all standing behind Ye Qingyu. Facing the new patriarch on the Divine Dragon throne they were all incredibly respectful, bowing their heads and dared not to look up or breathe loudly.
No, it was not only respect.
It was fear.
Why would they be afraid?
Ye Qingyu opened and closed his eyes, releasing a burst of light. His divine sense spread out, an invisible qi directly split the Void, and was about to strike the figure on the Divine Dragon throne.