Chapter 1186: Han Clan’s Powerhouse
Translator: EndlessFantasy Translation Editor: EndlessFantasy Translation
A few days later, Wu Lie, Zhou Hua, and the other guy reached Ataraxia City.
At the same time, the trio learned about the incidents that had happened after Zhou Hua left Ataraxia City. They found out what happened at the Zhou Clan’s Auction Square.
The people who killed Wu Lie’s two sons were both from the Ling Tian Sect, and one of them was even the Sect Leader!
Under the watchful eyes of the others, the Sect Leader of the Ling Tian Sect killed the Zhou Clan grand elder who had made a breakthrough to the Ninth Level Martial Monarch Stage and demonstrated immense strength.
“Sect Leader Wu Lie, I know you want to seek revenge for you two sons… But, I suggest you hold back a little regarding this.” At the Zhou Clan’s mansion, Zhou Zheng, the Clan Leader of the Zhou Clan sighed at Wu Lie, “I don’t look down upon your True Martial Sect… but, I’m afraid that none of you in the True Martial Sect can defeat him.”
That day, Zhou Zheng had witnessed the scene of the Sect Leader of the Ling Tian Sect, Duan Ling Tian, making his move with his own eyes.
For this reason, he was the one who had the most significant say in this matter.
“Thank you for your reminder, Clan Leader Zhou.” Wu Lie nodded slowly. Although he was filled with flames of rage, he could only suppress his anger for now.
Even though he itched to avenge his two sons, he did not lose his cool.
While it was true that he was the father of those two young men, at the same time, he was also the Sect Leader of the True Martial Sect. He needed to look at the bigger picture.
As though a pang of realization hit him, Wu Lie looked up at Zhou Zheng. “Clan Leader Zhou, just now, you said… that Duan Ling Tian is doing mass recruitment of grade one weapons craftsmen and alchemists?”
“With a grade one spirit weapon that can boost one’s strength by 90% and a grade one pill that has a purity of 91% as a gimmick, he’s attracting the grade one weapons craftsmen and alchemists to the Ling Tian Sect,” Wu Lie muttered, “I think right now, the Ling Tian Sect must have quite a number of grade one weapons craftsmen and alchemists already, don’t they?”
“That’s right.” Zhou Zheng nodded again. At the same time, he smiled wryly. “As far as I know, if you’re talking about just grade one weapons craftsmen and alchemists alone, the Ling Tian Sect already has more than ten of them already.”
More than ten people was not a big number.
However, if there were more than ten grade one weapons craftsmen and alchemists, then, yes, it was enough to take anyone by surprise.
“Even those first-rate forces in the center area of the Inner Land don’t have that many grade one weapons craftsmen and alchemists in their troops. Even an ancient clan wouldn’t have so many grade one weapons craftsman and alchemists either.” Zhou Hua, the Second Elder of the Zhou Clan who stood by the side, grinned wryly.
It had never crossed his mind that so many accidents would occur in Ataraxia City all at once in just a few days ago when he left. Even the grand elder of their Zhou Clan was killed as well.
“A nail that sticks out will usually be hammered down!” Wu Lie’s eyes gleamed coldly as he said in a deep voice, “I’ll let that Duan Ling Tian know that he’s basically digging his own grave by doing such a mass recruit on grade one weapons craftsmen and alchemists!”
The moment these words left Wu Lie’s mouth, the other three people present at the scene stared at him in unison.
Among the other three people, other than Zhou Zheng and Zhou Hua, there was another old man beside him who was also the Guardian Elder of the True Martial Sect. He had a strength that was in no way inferior to his.
This Guardian Elder would usually be by Wu Lie’s side and followed him as closely as a shadow would.
“Sect Leader Wu Lie, what do you mean by this?” Zhou Zheng asked curiously.
Although the other two people did not say anything, curiosity flickered in their eyes as well.
“Clan Leader Zhou, think about it… Duan Ling Tian used the sword and the pill that your Zhou Clan has put up as bait. I’m sure that many grade one weapons craftsmen and alchemists will definitely be tempted! Even those from the other first-rate forces would most likely be hooked, and they’ll leave the forces that they were originally in to join the Ling Tian Sect,” Wu Lie explained unhurriedly, “Do you think those first-rate forces would be happy about it?”
“Nope.” Zhou Zheng shook his head.
The Zhou Clan did not have any grade one weapons craftsmen and alchemists. Even if they did and the Ling Tian Sect snatched them just like that, he and the Zhou Clan would definitely find it hard to accept. They might even be infuriated because of this.
“Sect Leader Wu Lie, you mean…” Very soon, Zhou Zheng seemed to have guessed why would Wu Lie say such things already. At once, his eyes brightened.
“That’s right!” Wu Lie nodded as his eyes gleamed with a chilly brilliance that became colder as time passed. “I want to unite all these first-rate forces that the Ling Tian Sect has stolen its bricks from. By then, let’s all head to the Ling Tian Sect altogether and demand an explanation! The Ling Tian Sect and Duan Ling Tian won’t be proud for long!”
By the time he reached the end of his sentence, Wu Lie’s voice had turned even frostier as though it came directly from an extremely icy hole.
“You’re smart, Sect Leader Wu Lie!” Zhou Hua had also returned to his senses, and he could not help but praise him.
At the Ling Tian Sect at Ling Tian Peak, a respectful and humble voice resonated from outside of Duan Ling Tian’s room, waking him up. “Sect Leader, there’s somebody outside looking for you.”
Duan Ling Tian, who had just returned to his senses from his cultivation, frowned slightly and asked, “Looking for me? Did he say who he is?”
“He said he’s Lu Bai,” the voice from outside continued.
“Lu Bai?” Duan Ling Tian’s brows knitted together a little before he muttered to himself, “Why would he come here? Isn’t he supposed to be in the Northern Mountain Land?”
Lu Bai was the Second Young Master of the Lu Clan from the Northern Mountain.
The Lu Clan of the Northern Mountain was where Duan Ling Tian had stayed before he crossed the Ruo Shui River. At the same time, it was also the clan left behind by an alchemist taught by the Rebirth Martial Emperor during his second reincarnation.
He was always fond of the Lu Clan. Otherwise, he would have never left so many grade one spirit weapons and pills for them before he departed. All of those items were very high-grade assets.
In the next second, Duan Ling Tian disappeared from his bed in the room, and he appeared outside in the blink of an eye.
A Ling Tian Sect disciple was standing outside respectfully and was maintaining a bowing posture.
“Bring me to him,” Duan Ling Tian looked at the Ling Tian Sect disciple and ordered.
“Yes.” The disciple led the way in front with Duan Ling Tian following suit closely behind. Very soon, he saw the incomer. It was Lu Bai of the Lu Clan of the Northern Mountain.
“Lu Bai, why are you here?” Duan Ling Tian asked curiously.
“Duan Ling Tian, it really is you!” Seeing Duan Ling Tian, Lu Bai seemed to have clutched a life-saving straw. His initially calm face was filled with emotions at once, and his body started to tremble violently.
“What’s wrong with you?” Duan Ling Tian noticed that something seemed to be wrong with Lu Bai’s emotions.
“Duan Ling Tian! You… You must avenge the Clan Leader and the former Clan Leader!” Two streaks of tears trickled down Lu Bai’s cheeks.
A man would not easily shed tears unless his heart was really broken!
“What’s wrong with the Clan Leader and the former Clan Leader?” Upon hearing this, Duan Ling Tian’s face darkened.
Other than Lu Bai, the person to whom he was closer in the Lu Clan was none other than Lu Rui, the Clan Leader of the Lu Clan.
He was also deeply fond of the former Clan Leader too.
“Dead! They’re all dead!” Lu Bai looked at Duan Ling Tian and wept with a face full of agony. “Our Lu Clan is gone! Only I’m left in the entire Lu Clan… Only me!”
The Lu Clan was gone?
Duan Ling Tian’s eyes narrowed as he asked in a deep voice, “What actually happened? Who dared to annihilate the Lu Clan?”
The reason the Lu Clan was able to survive for 10,000 years was that it maintained a close relationship with some of the first-rate forces in the Inner Land.
Yet, somebody had just annihilated the Lu Clan?
Wouldn’t that person be terrified of offending the first-rate forces behind the Lu Clan?
“Not long after you left…” Very soon, Duan Ling Tian learned about the ins and outs of the story from Lu Bai’s mouth.
Not long after he left, an uninvited guest had shown up in the Northern Mountain Land and called himself a member of the Ancient Han Clan.
At the same time, that person also had another identity — the uncle-in-law of Cheng He.
Of course, Duan Ling Tian knew who Cheng He was.
He was the Guild Master of the alchemist Guild’s Main Guild in the Southern Outer Land who had died by his hand. He thought that Duan Ling Tian had mastered some unique medicine refining technique and kept wanting to force him to spill it out.
He failed the first time and the second time, so he had brought back up with him.
“A member of the Han Clan?” Duan Ling Tian’s face darkened as his eyes gleamed icily. His palms were already balled in fists tightly somehow, and the purple robe on his body fluttered without the presence of any wind.
If the Han Clan member really blamed and annihilated the Lu Clan for Cheng He’s death, then without a doubt, he was the one who had brought all this harm to the Lu Clan indirectly.
For this reason, he was responsible for the complete annihilation of the Lu Clan and for everyone’s death.
“That old man who claimed to come from the Ancient Han Clan, whose name is Han Jing, killed every one of our Lu Clan except for me… If it weren’t for the Clan Leader who arranged for my escape, I wouldn’t have made it today.” As he reached this part of the story, Lu Bai’s eyes were filled with dread that came from the bottom of his heart as though he had recalled something very horrifying.
“Han Jing of the Han Clan!” Duan Ling Tian’s heart roiled with melancholy as he heard the devastating news. At the same time, he etched this name in his heart deeply.
He was ultimately responsible for the annihilation of the Lu Clan. Eventually, he would kill Han Jing and seek revenge for the Lu Clan.
“Han Jing is basically a demon! After he wiped out our Lu Clan, I managed to escape by luck. After that, I heard that he already wiped the Ou Clan out too!” Lu Bai continued, his body quivering even more violently as though the horror of what he experienced penetrated the deepest of his bones.
“The Ou Clan was wiped out by him too?” Duan Ling Tian frowned.
Although the Lu and the Ou Clans from the Northern Mountain had protection from the first-rate forces in the Inner Land, Han Jing still eradicated them one after another. Despite Duan Ling Tian’s shock, it did not come as a complete surprise.
If Han Jing really were a powerhouse who came from the Han Clan, even the first-rate forces who swore to protect the Ou and the Lu Clans would never dare to make their move on Han Jing.
The Ancient Han Clan held a position in the Cloud Continent that far surpassed all the other first-rate forces. The former and the latter were at two completely different levels.
“Didn’t Cheng He bring the Ou Clan’s Clan Leader as a backup the last time?” Duan Ling Tian frowned because he could not fathom it at all.
“He was infuriated because of the Clan Leader of the Ou Clan fleeing at the last minute, so he annihilated the Ou Clan together as well! Our Lu Clan and the Ou Clan, the two great clans that have had a legacy that’s been passed down for 10,000 years in the Northern Mountain Land no longer exist!” As Lu Bai reached here, bitterness and helplessness could be heard in his tone.
He only now realized that other than having a vast connection, the reason the Lu and the Ou Clans could have survived for 10,000 years was that they had never offended the true powerhouse in the Cloud Continent.
Just like the powerhouse of the Han Clan this time, he ultimately had no fear against the first-rate force behind the Lu and the Ou Clans at all.