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Chapter 887: Ruler’s Qi
“Warriors, it doesn’t seem like a good idea to just brush aside an invitation from the esteemed hall elders,” Dahan and Tanishq said with troubled expressions.
Within the Heaven’s Spirit Hall, being invited by the hall elders was a grand honor. It was indicative of someone’s status; an invitation like that could make anyone wildly ecstatic. No one ever turn it down.
Dahan and Tanishq felt rather shocked by how Jian Chen’s group declined the invitation so straightforwardly. The two of them had never imagined such an outcome.
Jian Chen, Nubis and Xie Wang paid no more attention to the two of them. They left the inn after paying off their fees for staying. They stayed no longer than a moment in the city, immediately leaving the city at top speed and travelling towards the territory of the Sea Goddess Hall.
Dahan and Tanishq frowned greatly as they watched the group fly off. They had failed the hall elder’s mission, so they could not just return like that. All they could do was watch on helpless as the three of them left. Their strength was insufficient to obstruct Jian Chen’s group.
“What do we do now? How would we report it to the hall elders?” Tanishq said grimly.
Dahan sighed gently, “Let’s just report it just as what happened. There’s nothing else to say other than that.”
Dahan and Tanishq sent a message to the hall elders using a special tool of communication, reporting everything exactly as what had happened.
Five hall elders had already gathered in the huge floating hall in the centre of the Heaven’s Spirit Hall’s territory. They had all received the command of the hall master to pour all their efforts into searching for the Abyssal Crystal, which was why they had all gathered together, currently discussing over the matter.
“Good. The two elders of the Serpent God Hall are already on their way to our hall. We’ll be able to find the people they’re pursuing before them that way. I’d like to see if our guess is right or not. We would’ve done committed a great deed if the crystal really is with the three of them.” The speaker was a well-mannered, middle-aged man. He wore long white robes and seemed refined and educated; he seemed like a scholar.
The man was called Mu He. He was a hall elder of the Heaven’s Spirit Hall, one of the experts only second to the hall master.
The old man beside Mu He closed his eyes, before curling his lips into a slight sneer, “I’ve just received a message. I sent some people to invite the three of them, but not only did they turn it down, they even ran off. They don’t even want to come near us. Looks like the three of them really are fishy.”
“Let’s send elders across if that’s the case. We need to get them to stay,” Mu He said calmly.
“I’ve already sent two elders. However, the problem’s the distance. It’ll take some time for them to travel, so all we can do is wait patiently right now. I sure there will be good news soon.”
Jian Chen, Nubis and Xie Wang flew as fast as they could. Jian Chen’s wounds had already been silently healed by a strand of his Radiant Saint Force origin energy, allowing him to make a full recovery. He was back in peak condition.
Jian Chen knew that both the Serpent God Hall and the Heaven’s Spirit Hall possessed supreme secret techniques that could find their whereabouts. Erasing their presence was useless, and even hiding in the saint artifact would not work. This was why they not bother with concealing themselves at all, flying over countless tribes of different sizes as they radiated with their huge presence. They went straight for the territory of the Sea Goddess Hall.
Every tribe and clan in the sea realm was fiercely territorial. It was forbidden for anyone to fly their their territory without their permission, or it would be taken as an open provocation that would rarely be dismissed so easily. As a result, the trio ended up offending many tribes and clans as they flew.
However, most of them were powerful. They immediately shut up and turned a blind eye as soon as they sensed that the three of them all radiated with peak 14th Star presences. They did not follow up on their rude actions.
However, not all of them feared the trio. With a long whistling of wind, an old man immediately shot into the sky with a grand presence when they flew through the space of a large organisation. He chased the three of them furiously.
“How dare you little brats! How dare you trespass on my Shunyue clan! You completely look down on us. Stay behind and name yourselves! Or I’ll have to take some actions against you all!” The ancestor of the Shunyue clan roared. He fused with the surrounding space to chase them through the use of Spatial Force, reaching a speed several times greater than the three of them.
The Shunyue clan was one of the strongest clans in the radius of hundreds of thousand kilometers. They were equivalent to an ancient clan on the Tian Yuan Continent. They were renowned as they possessed a Saint King.
“It’s a 15th Star Seasoul Warrior!” Xie Wang’s complexion changed when he sensed the presence of the old man from behind.
The three of them knew that they could not outrun Saint Kings, so they all stopped. Nubis stared at the old man as he flew over with a sunken face and swore, “You dare to act so arrogantly just because you’re a puny First Heavenly Layer Saint King? Allow grandfather Nubis to teach you a solid lesson.”
Nubis’ battle intent skyrocketed, charging towards the old man with an unstoppable force.
The ancestor of the Shunyue clan thought that they had been stunned by the fact that he was a 15th Star Seasoul Warrior when he saw them stop. He rejoiced secretly, but just as he was about to reprimand them, he saw Nubis charging over ferociously.
A cold light flashed across his eyes and he sneered, “Come at me, you ignorant brat. You would actually challenge a 15th Star Seasoul Warrior when you’re only at the peak of the 14th. I’ll show you the power of a 15th Star Seasoul Warrior.” The old man hurled a punch towards Nubis as he said that.
Nubis did not fear him. His fist immediately became golden, directly colliding with the old man’s punch with a powerful energy.
The collision of their fists almost shattered the surrounding space, causing it to tremble violently. The residual energy splayed downwards, causing the earth to shake. The vegetation below turned to dust from the powerful energy.
The two of them stood unmovingly after the punch. They floated steadily, before clashing ferociously once again.
“I’ve underestimated you. I didn’t think that you’d possess the strength that rivals a 15th Star Seasoul Warrior despite only being at the peak of the 14th Star,” bellowed the old man. Afterwards, he used his thought to freeze the surrounding space, trapped Nubis within it.
Nubis spat out a breath of venomous gas which engulfed the old man, before swinging his two hands as claws, shattering the frozen space.
Caught off guard, the old man inhaled a breath of the poisonous gas. His expression changed immediately. The venom of the Silver Striped Golden Snakes was extremely potent, so even when he was a Saint King, he experienced a moment of light-headedness.
In just a mere moment, Nubis’ claws raked across the old man’s chest with lightning speed, leaving behind a dozen or so wounds. The wounds darkened as black blood flowed out. They had been contaminated by the venom in Nubis’ hands.
The ancestor of the Shunyue clan gave out a howl. His expression finally changed. He stared at Nubis in dread; never did he think that he would be injured by a mere 14th Star Seasoul Warrior, and that the injuries would be so heavy.
“Leave. My clan won’t dwell on the matter of you intruding our territory,” shouted the ancestor. He immediately lost interest in the battle and flew backwards.
Nubis licked the blood on his hands. The sharp smell had awakened the viciousness of magical beasts hidden in his blood. He sneered, “I’ve yet to kill a Saint King myself. Since you can looking for it yourself, become the first Saint King will fall in the hands of the great Nubis.”
From afar, Jian Chen’s expression changed abruptly at this very moment. He yelled out, “Nubis, let’s go. They’re already catching up. We can’t drag it out any longer.”
Nubis also changed slightly in expression when he heard that. He ignored the ancestor of the Shunyue and immediately continued on his way to the territory of the Sea Goddess Hall with Jian Chen and Xie Wang.
The three of them fled for another hour before finally being caught up by the experts of the Heaven’s Spirit Hall, stopping them in their tracks.
The Heaven’s Spirit Hall had only sent two elders, but they were both of the Third Heavenly Layer. They were extremely powerful where even Nubis would not be able to deal with them.
The two elders did not attack immediately. Instead, they observed the three of them, before narrowing their eyes and they exclaiming, “Ruler’s Qi. It’s the Ruler’s Qi. It’s actually on them.”
Ruler’s Qi normally only appeared on the rulers of certain clans. Not only did they represent the leaders of a clan, it was an indication of their status and an embodiment of their strength.
Among the Sea race, these rulers were akin to beasts of antiquity among magical beasts. Like the Silver Striped Gold Snakes, they were extremely rare and had great potential for growth. Their strength was also shocking, much greater than people of the same level.
However, the Ruler’s Qi could only be seen through the secret techniques of the three halls other than by members of the same clan. Other people could not sense it at all.
“We actually found two people with the Ruler’s Qi in one go.” The two elders were filled with joy. They knew extremely well that people with the Ruler’s Qi would definitely become as strong as hall elders, or even reach a higher level, like an emperor.
This was because the three emperors currently present among the sea race all possessed the Ruler’s Qi of a certain clan.