Gathering At Snow Fish Island
Snow Fish Island. Covered by snow all year round, it also had a radius of about half of several thousands of kilometers. In the middle of the island, there was a small mountain which was half of several of kilometers long and several hundreds of meters high. On the peak of that small mountain was a crescent lake, and within that crescent lake were fishes that were entirely snow white, the ‘Snow Fishes’. Meanwhile, beside that Snow Fish Lake was the Ancient Teleportation Array.
There was a momentary flicker of light, and Qin Yu, along with his party of people, appeared within the Ancient Teleportation Array.
“Master, this Snow Fish Island has a nice scenery.” Shi Xin, who was behind Qin Yu, smiled and continued, “Having the various great Ascendant Emissaries here to contend for the ‘Sundering The Heavens Diagrams‘ can also be considered their good fortune.”
Since Shi Xin was Qin Yu’s Spiritual Beast, he naturally stood at Qin Yu’s side.
Spiritual Beasts could be considered to possess the utmost loyalty. That was because, firstly, if a Divine Beast was not convinced and was not willing, it was absolutely impossible for it to become a Spiritual Beast. Secondly, the moment a Spiritual Beast Collar had merged with a Divine Beast’s soul, no matter how high the martial capabilities of the Divine Beast, the master would also know if it dared to have the slightest thought of betraying its master.
Hou Fei also smiled thievingly, and said, “The only thing is that, we do not know how many Finest Grade Elemental Spirit Stones they have prepared. Looking at the large number of Finest Grade Immortal Equipment and Finest Grade Demon Equipment, they should not have too little of that Finest Grade Elemental Spirit Stones right?”
“Big Brother, when this Sword Immortal Puppet possess nine pieces of Finest Grade Elemental Spirit Stones, its offensive strength should be at its highest right?” Hei Yu voiced out.
“Correct, it is nine pieces.” Qin Yu nodded, then promptly smiled and continued, “However, not too many pieces of Finest Grade Elemental Spirit Stones are required to defeat those Emissaries. Of course, this is under the condition that those Ascendant Emissaries do not use those ultimate hidden resorts.”
Qin Yu was not an idiot. He would know even after using his brain a little – would it be possible for those large and powerful faction leaders who were behind the backs of the few great Emissaries to not give several extremely frighteningly powerful ultimate techniques?
For example, Thousand Pulverising-Thunder Sealed Talismans and the like.
Given the power of a Thousand Pulverising-Thunder Sealed Talisman, even if it was used by Sword Immortal Hua Yan, its power was also extremely terrifying.
“Senior Zong, I am Qin Yu.”
Qin Yu began sending a transmission message to Zong Jue. Since he needed to prepare for the auction event, he should at the very least construct some buildings. After all, he could not possibly let the large group of martial experts sit on the snow-covered ground. Moreover, some people were also needed to receive the people from the various large and powerful factions when they arrive.
All of those needed manpower. As for his own men from the Stellar Tower, one reason was that their capabilities were too weak and therefore hardly presentable. The second reason, was because they absolutely did not have the capabilities to travel through the Ancient Teleportation Array.
That was why Qin Yu was prepared to request manpower from Zong Jue.
“It’s Little Brother Qin Yu, right? When you previously said you had some matters to attend to, did you go for your Nine of Nine Heavenly Tribulations?” Earlier, Zong Jue had already seen that Qin Yu’s level of martial cultivation was already at the middle phase Dujie stage, and had obviously managed a correct guess.
“Correct, I did undergo my Nine of Nine Heavenly Tribulations. The power of this Nine of Nine Heavenly Tribulations was indeed ridiculously strong.” Qin Yu sighed as he sent a transmission message in reply.
Qin Yu’s sigh made Zong Jue recall his own situation during his earlier Nine of Nine Heavenly Tribulations. “Correct, the power of the Nine of Nine Heavenly Tribulations was indeed ridiculously strong. Initially, when I was facing against the final attack of my Nine of Nine Heavenly Tribulations, I was actually in a complete stupor. Fortunately, I regained consciousness towards the end and risked everything, abandoning my physical body. Only my Yuanying managed to escape. This is why I now practise as a Loose Demon.”
“Oh, right, Qin Yu, did you surmount your Heavenly Tribulations?” inquired Zong Jue.
When Qin Yu heard what Zong Jue had said, he knew that Zong Jue also suffered an attack similar to the ‘Soul Enticement Technique‘ at the end of his Nine of Nine Heavenly Tribulations.
“Succeeded, but I was very lucky.” Qin Yu sent a transmission message in reply.
“You are human, so the strength of your Nine of Nine Heavenly Tribulations should not be considered powerful. Fang Tian and I are both Super Divine Beasts. The strength of our earlier Nine of Nine Heavenly Tribulations was ridiculously powerful. If you had encountered that, I estimate……” Zong Jue did not continue any further when he had said until that point.
However, Zong Jue instead absolutely did not think that a human’s Heavenly Tribulations would be more horrifying that a Super Divine Beast’s.
Yet, Qin Yu also did not attempt to explain himself. “Correct, I was still really lucky. If it wasn’t for my luck, I am also afraid that I will need to practise as a Loose Practitioner.”
Indeed. If Qin Yu did not have the Elemental Life Force, nor the Meteoric Tear, and Qin Yu was unable to regenerate his body in that final moment where his body had been destroyed until that state, he would still need to practise as a Loose Practitioner. Fortunately, Qin Yu possessed the Meteoric Tear, and had the Elemental Life Force which regenerated his body.
“Senior Zong, the reason why I sought you out this time had something to do with auctioning the Sundering The Heavens Diagrams. My Younger Martial Uncle Lan Feng has urgent need of Finest Grade Elemental Spirit Stones, and will also rush to Snow Fish Island after a period of time.” Qin Yu busily began speaking about formal matters.
“Your Younger Martial Uncle is also coming? That is also correct, he should also come for such an important matter.” Zong Jue began sending another transmission message, “Oh, right, what about Senior Lan? Will he be appearing this time?”
Deep within his heart, Zong Jue still held Uncle Lan in deep respect.
“Uncle Lan, he is behind closed doors. You should also know his level of martial cultivation, no one knows how long he needs to remain behind closed doors this time round. Only Younger Martial Uncle and I know the location where he is practising in solitude. People who are practising behind closed doors should not be casually disturbed, but if you encounter something major and extraordinary, you can still ask Younger Martial Uncle to request for Uncle Lan.” Qin Yu fabricated a fictitious scenario.
He was no longer in this realm. However, outsiders did not know of this fact, and Qin Yu could continue to make use of Uncle Lan’s prestigious name to shock and awe several of the martial experts.
“Behind closed doors, orh…… having achieved Senior Lan’s level of martial cultivation, a single session of practising behind closed doors for a hundred years, or even a thousand years is extremely normal. Since Senior Lan is practising behind closed doors, Qin Yu, supposing you have any matters, please do not go and interrupt Senior Lan. If you have any problems that can’t be resolved by yourself, you can come and request for my help. In the case that I am really unable to solve that problem, it will still not be late to find Senior Lan then.” Zong Jue sent a transmission message in reply.
Zong Jue had really respected ‘Uncle Lan’ as his own senior.
“I am really thankful towards Senior Zong.” Qin Yu was instead, secretly delighted. It seemed like…… Uncle Lan held an extremely high position within Zong Jue’s heart.
“Senior Zong, the auction event for the Sundering The Heavens Diagrams will soon be held on Snow Fish Island not long later. During that time, I estimate that the various Ascendant Realms’ Emissaries will be present. My Younger Martial Uncle had made me in charge of this auction, but I do not have enough subordinates and I really do have a little difficulty when I think about hosting this auction event.”
Zong Jue understood Qin Yu’s intentions. “Haha, all right, I understand your intentions. Tomorrow, I will lead several hundreds of Chaotic Astral Sea’s martial experts and head for Snow Fish Island. All those entertaining jobs and whatever else, leave them completely to the men that I am sending. You only need to prepare for the auction itself, and that will do.”
Qin Yu felt a wave of joy. “If it is like this, then I will be a lot more at ease. I am really very thankful to Senior Zong.”
“What are you thankful for? You have given me a chance to enter Ni Yang’s Realm, and I still haven’t thanked you for that,” replied Zong Jue as he smiled.
At that moment, Qin Yu instead thought about his Ring of the Black Flame Lord.
The Ring of the Black Flame Lord could allow entrance for a total of nine people, including the user. There were three people on his side, and two or three people on Zong Jue’s side. How should he handle the remaining places? He could not possibly let them go to waste, right?
Time swiftly passed by. Not long after Qin Yu had arrived on Snow Fish Island, a parade of several hundreds of Loose Practitioners appeared at Snow Fish Island. Every single one of those Loose Practitioners in the group possessed super powerful martial skills, and the lowest amongst them was also at the Sixth Tribulation. Meanwhile, there were quite a few of them who were at their Twelfth Tribulations, and the person leading them was the overlord of the Chaotic Astral Sea — Zong Jue.
“Senior Zong.” Qin Yu led five other people and went forward to receive Zong Jue.
“Haha, Qin Yu, Hou Fei and…… Hei Yu, correct?” Zong Jue actually had an expression similar to what a kind, elderly senior would have on his face. Zong Jue had a very good impression of Qin Yu and his two brothers. Naturally, not much was needed to be said for Qin Yu. As for Hou Fei, who was a Fiery-Eyed Water Ape, Zong Jue naturally looked favourably on him. Meanwhile, for Hei Yu, Zong Jue instead felt a slight sense of intrigue towards him.
That expression on Zong Jue’s face however, astonished several Loose Practitioners behind him. The brutal and callous Zong Jue actually also had such a side to him.
“Senior Zong,” greeted Hei Yu respectfully.
“Good……” nodded Zong Jue as he slightly smiled. “Lian Xiao, go and make the necessary arrangements for a while. It will be sufficient to construct a courtyard with several simple seats, located beside the Snow Fish Mountain. There is no need to be too luxurious.”
“Yes, Big Brother.” Lian Xiao replied and bowed.
At the same time, Lian Xiao winked an eye at Qin Yu and smiled momentarily. After all, there was still a bond of friendship between Qin Yu and Lian Xiao’s family.
“Brother Qin Yu.” Lian Chong also ran up to him.
“Lian Chong, it’s you.” Qin Yu had a delighted expression on his face. Lian Chong was earlier amongst that group of several Loose Practitioners, which was why Qin Yu did not really notice him in that short moment of time.
“Uncle, let them handle these construction and entertainment jobs alright? Brother Qin Yu and I will go and have a nice chat as well as some fun,” said Lian Chong while he gave his greeting. Zong Jue nodded and did not refuse.
The entire Snow Fish Island became very lively ever since Zong Jue and his men arrived. Things were not the same when there were many people around. Within a short period of several days, the several hundreds of Loose Practitioners had constructed five huge courtyards, each in its respective position of north, south, east, west and center.
Amongst them, the courtyard in the center was the largest.
Qin Yu, Hou Fei, Hei Yu, Zong Jue, Lian Xiao, Hu Yi, Fu Yun Zi and his two brothers, Change Into Stone and his brother, every single one of the skilled martial experts were within the great hall of the center courtyard.
“The four great courtyards are at the north, south, east and west. Amongst them, the three great courtyards to the east, west and north all have our men stationed there. Only the courtyard to the south is empty. The southern courtyard can hold at most only two or three hundred people. When the people from the Dragon Clan, side of the Loose Immortals, side of the Loose Devils, and Demon Clan come, just let them stay in the buildings at the courtyard to the south,” introduced Lian Xiao from one side.
Qin Yu frowned. “Two or three hundred people? Solely just the Southern courtyard, yet the people from various factions need to stay there, will that be enough?”
Of the three large islands in the Chaotic Astral Sea, Change Into Stone, the second Island Master of Black Wind Island, did not care. “Little Brother Qin Yu, why bother so much about it. After all, the courtyard is only that big. If the people that come are few in number, then they can peacefully stay there. If it is a large parade of people, it will not be our problem that they are unable to stay there.”
“Correct, after all, what needs to be done is to just casually divide up that area. They will settle it amongst themselves if there is not enough space to stay.” Transform Into Stone, the leading Island Master of Black Wind Island, also agreed.
Qin Yu smiled, but did not say anything further.
While smiling, Zong Jue voiced out, “The central courtyard is still slightly more spacious. We can let the leaders of the various factions stay at the central courtyard while their subordinates stay at the southern courtyard. If there is not enough space, we can then let their subordinates camp out in the open.”
Only those leaders needed to be well-entertained, who would bother about those subordinates.
“Senior Zong, currently, there is still half a month until the last day of the year. During the days of this period, there should be people coming consecutively. I will still need to trouble Senior Zong’s men to help receive and entertain them,” said Qin Yu as he slightly smiled.
“Be at ease, I have already arranged for a hundred people to do the reception and entertaining matters.” Zong Jue momentarily smiled, “Oh, right, Qin Yu, what about that Younger Martial Uncle of yours? Didn’t you say that he will rush over to auction the Sundering The Heavens Diagrams?”
Qin Yu nodded, and replied, “Correct, I estimate that Younger Martial Uncle will arrive in another two or three days. However, Senior Zong Jue, my Younger Martial Uncle’s character is slightly wierd. He usually always cultivates his practise in silence. Unless something major happens, he will very rarely talk to others.”
Sword Immortal Lan Feng, in reality, is his very own Sword Immortal Puppet. If there were always people looking for his Sword Immortal Puppet to chat, then wouldn’t Qin Yu be always busy and insecure?
Although it could be said to be only having a chat with Sword Immortal Lan Feng, the reality was that every sentence had been carefully considered by Qin Yu before saying them out.
“Orh, highly skilled martial experts are usually more proud than others. Be at ease, I will not let other people interrupt him,” said Zong Jue as he nodded.
Qingxu Mountain, within Shangtian Palace.
“This time, I will need to obtain the Sundering The Heavens Diagrams no matter what.” Hua Yan abruptly stood up.
“Ming Liang, ready the men, we set off immediately.”
Hua Yan’s orders were sent out from within Shangtian Palace.
Within mere moments, a parade of more than six hundred Loose Immortal experts unfolded across the skies and shrouded the earth. They directly flew away from Qingxu Mountain. With Sword Immortal Hua Yan and Reverend Ming Liang taking the lead, they swiftly rushed towards the direction of Snow Fish Island.
Not only at the side of Sword Immortal Hua Yan, but that Blood Devil Du Zhong Jun similarly brought with him a large parade of his subordinates and rushed towards Snow Fish Island. Those Emissaries of the Ascendant Realms all knew that even if there were no auctions being held, they had to be the side with the strongest and most imposing presence.
That was why, no matter which Emissary, all brought with them a large number of subordinates.
Sword Immortal Hua Yan, Blood Devil Du Zhong Jun, Purple-Eyed Bull Demon King ‘Man Gan’, and the mysterious Emissary of the Dragon Clan as well as the Dragon Clan’s Patriarch…… every single one of those super martial experts brought along their own subordinates from all over the Mortal Realm and rushed towards Snow Fish Island.
The entire Snow Fish Island that was once silent and still, was instead bustling with activity that it had never experienced before.
On Snow Fish Island.
Many individual Loose Practitioners stood upright whilst in the air. Sword Immortal Lan Feng and Zong Jue stood at the very front, while Qin Yu, Hou Fei, Lian Xiao, Hu Yi and the others stood behind them. That was because they had already discovered the arrival of the first batch of guests, and naturally had to receive them.
“The arrival of the Immortal Realm’s Emissary!” The voice of a Tenth Tribulation Loose Demon echoed forth.
Sword Immortal Lan Feng and Zong Jue promptly looked towards the direction of that voice.
A large parade of Loose Immortals could only be seen swiftly flying over, led by Sword Immortal Hua Yan, who had a faint smile on his face while accompanied by Reverend Ming Liang.
“Haha, it is indeed Lan Feng. Brother Lan Feng, you are actually willing to auction this Sundering The Heavens Diagrams, this really had me alarmed.” Sword Immortal Lan Feng began smiling from afar. In the eyes of that Hua Yan, Zong Jue could only be considered as an expert, but could not be considered to be an existence that was his equal.
Yet, that mysterious Sword Immortal Lan Feng, was instead identified by Hua Yan to be a great rival.
“Brother Hua Yan, speak no further. With regards to auctioning the Sundering The Heavens Diagrams, ah, I am also very hesitant about it.” Lan Feng had an expression of regret.
Just having said that, Lan Feng, Zong Jue, Hua Yan and the others individually looked towards the direction of the Snow Fish Island’s Ancient Teleportation Array. It could be seen that, at that moment, that Ancient Teleportation Array continued to flicker flashes of light, and groups of people continuously appeared within the Ancient Teleportation Array.
“The arrival of the Demon Clan’s Emissary!” A Loose Practitioner who had earlier been arranged to be there immediately announced in a clear voice, his voice resounded throughout Snow Fish Island.
“It is indeed similar to what Du Zhong Jun had said, the Demon Realm had actually sent him here.” Hua Yan’s eyes had an icy glint in them.
“Haha…… Brother Man Gan, ah, I have never really thought about this, for you to actually also descend to the Mortal Realm,” greeted Hua Yan, as if he had just seen a good friend.
“Man Gan?” Qin Yu was startled, and exchanged glances with Hou Fei and Hei Yu who were at one side. The three brothers felt doubtful, and could not help but look towards the direction of the Demon Clan’s Emissary.