Three unforgettable hisses resounded in the wake of that hair-raising noise. Two of these voices managed to stand out from the rest, and everyone inside the Southern Heaven City had been able to discern them.
The two sounds — one like the cry of a crane, and the other like that of a bear — had been emitted by the two Xuan Beast Kings — Long Crane and Big Bear.
Only a small number of experts were aware that those two were the instigators of the Xuan Beast Uprising.
There was a "whoosh" sound, and a giant crane suddenly flew-by from above. It passed over like lightening. Its opened-wings spanned at least fifteen-to-twenty meters in length. The crane’s crown was bright red, and it glittered resplendent in the bright sunlight. Its shiny beak appeared like a sharp sword that was seemingly cutting through the sky.
Everyone could see that the crane was looking down at the residence of the city’s lord with great disdain. Its wing covered the sky, and the entire world became dark in an instant. It seemed a giant cloud had suddenly appeared out of thin air, and had then disappeared in the next instant.
Then, a giant silhouette suddenly appeared from the mountains, and started to rush at lightning speed. It didn’t matter whether it was going down a road or through trees; nothing could stop it. It crashed into the giant trees, and severed them from their middle. However, it had disappeared by the time the trees fell down….
Li Jue Tian suddenly flew onto the roof. No part of his body — including even his body’s hair — moved an inch. He flew-up until he had station himself on the roof-top. However, his bearing had made it seem as if he had remained standing on the ground instead of flying up in the air. His movements had been very leisurely.
The lightness of his skills was closer to magic than anything else.
"Has the venerable Lord Mei arrived? Kindly excuse Li Jue Tian for not welcoming you!" Li Jue Tian had amassed the entirety of his Xuan Qi, and had used it to transmit his dignified voice loud and far. He had climbed on top of the roof, and had emitted a roar worth-witnessing. He was afraid of losing his face in front of this Devine Dragon of a Tian Fa Lord. Moreover, he wasn’t willing to resign himself to start with a disadvantage.
That voice rose up to the sky, and slowly and gravely started to transmit towards the south. It seemed quite gentle to those who heard it on the ground. But, it seemed like a resounding thunder amongst the innumerable mountains and streams after it reached there. It flowed with great momentum and exceptional prestige.
It echoed amongst the mountains and the woods for a long time before its effect finally came to halt.
"…excuse …for not welcoming you…
That earth-shaking shout by Li Jue Tian left the low-level Xuan Beasts tremble with fear in the mountains and the woods. So much so, that it even induced a few panic stricken riots.
It had to be admitted that Li Jue Tian’s shout was on the same level as the earlier screech of those Xuan beast Kings. Its effect was quite different, but it certainly didn’t fall short in terms of its level.
A long while passed…
Then, they heard a clear and long-drawn-out voice. Everyone could tell that this person had spoken from a distance of at least five kilometers. However, that individual’s voice made it seem as if he was standing right in front of them.
This person’s voice was quite strange. It was fair, honest and mild. None could discern whether it was a male or a female from the voice itself.
"Li Jue Tian… it’s really you…? You’ve reached a profound cultivation level! Ha ha…! No wonder my younger brothers were so angry! How could an ordinary man cause them to have such a look in their eyes? And, to have even defeated them…? Good! Good! You have progressed Li Jue Tian! You have really progressed!"
Everyone looked at each other in dismay. They felt like their heads would explode. Li Jue Tian was a top expert. He was the Second Great Master amongst all the Great Masters. He was no ordinary man!
However, this person wasn’t even talking to him at a level of equality. He had even complemented that the Great Master had "progressed"…
Those words of praise were like those spoken by a teacher to their very young and obedient pupil… "Child, you have progressed so much! You’re such a good child!"
Li Jue Tian’s voice was unrivalled; the might of its prestige had been unbounded. But, the opposite party’s voice was dull and effortless. However, who amongst the listeners wasn’t an expert? How could they not tell that this individual’s cultivation was higher than Li Jue Tian’s after they had listened to that exchange? Maybe even higher by an entire realm…? Or perhaps they were at the same realm… However, the difference between them must be at least as much as the one that separated the Solitary Falcon and Li Jue Tian.
They were separated by a long distance. Li Jue Tian’s voice had managed to stir bursts of echoes. But, this other entity’s voice had made it seem as if he had been standing right next to them. In fact, it hadn’t even echoed. This area was surrounded by mountains. So, even the loud cough of an ordinary person would tend to resound in this vicinity. However, his individual’s voice hadn’t… even though he had spoken from a distance of over 5kms…
[What kind of control is this? This control can easily be said to have reached perfection. It has genuinely reached the greatest of heights!]
Then, Li Jue Tian raised his voice, "This matter has arisen because your two younger brothers have provoked my Xue Hun Manor without any reason. I — Li Jue Tian — merely struck back in the given situation. Tell me… was that really wrong of me? And, as for suffering a loss… could it be that the venerable Mei can’t see who has suffered the genuine loss here…? Its no other than my Xue Hun Manor… my life’s work has been reduced to ashes! I’d like to ask what the venerable Mei has to say on this matter…?"
Li Jue Tian’s tone was full of condemnation. He was aware of the difference in strength between him and the opposite party. However, he couldn’t be outdone or be seen to shy away in the capacity of the Second Great Master.
The distant voice then became sharp, "Li Jue Tian! Are you telling me that you fought my brothers and were unsuccessful? So, why are you painting me as a ‘bully’? Li Jue Tian! Are you sure that you’re not dreaming?"
Everyone’s hearts shook. [This man had just covered-up his son’s extreme wrong doing, and had acted without any reason. And now, his eyes have been opened. He had shielded his son, and had avoided an uncomfortable topic. But now, he’s arguing with someone who’s even more unreasonable. I don’t know if it’s karma or divine retribution…]
Jun Mo Xie lifted his chin as he felt inwardly appreciative. [Very good! This person’s temperament is quite similar to mine! I can certainly take advantage of this guy’s power later!]
"How could you dare?!" Li Jue Tian snorted, "As the saying goes… Justice is the free will of the people… everything must have a reason behind it. You can’t act brashly even if you’re the greatest under heaven!"
The other person then laughed, "What are you saying? This joke of yours isn’t pleasant to hear, Li Jue Tian. Have you really adhered to this saying throughout your life? How come you’re the one to preach now that the matter has gone above you, and your opponent is stronger than you…? Justice is the free will of the people… you’ve have just spoken these words, Great Master Li Jue Tian… but, does your distinguished self actually believe in them?!"
Those were very pinching words. The law of the world was only binding to ordinary people; it had no effect on the strongest in the world.
The talk of ‘justice and free will of the people’ were mere empty words for the powerful.
Only those whose fists were strong could decide "justice" in that world.
Those words by the opposite party were an unreasonable rhetoric, but they were also a fact. That pinching mockery of Li Jue Tian made Jun Mo Xie feel very satisfied in his heart. He almost felt like pointing his finger at the Great Master and saying, "Scoundrel! You keep preaching about justice and free will. But, is that reasonable? Is it reasonable that your son wants to forcibly snatch away a family’s daughter-in-law? How can you call that ‘just’?"
[The evil indeed fall into their own traps!]
Li Jue Tian snorted and replied sharply, "Venerable Mei, shall I assume by these words that you won’t distinguish between right and wrong, and will continue to shield the miscreants?"
Li Jue Tian was the second of the Eight Great Masters. And, his conscious wouldn’t allow him to discuss such matter. So, he avoided this uncomfortable topic once again. Moreover, he had more-than-half of the world’s experts gathered beside him. So, even the venerable Mei would find it difficult to face-off against such a force… even if his strength transcended the heavens.
The other person’s voice became sharper and colder, "Li Jue Tian, you Eight Great Masters are renowned for your strength. But, you still aren’t much in my eyes. Kindly think over what you’ve just said, and remember who you’re talking to!"
The opposite party had stopped. It seemed as if something had come up. Then, he burst out again in severe rage, "Li Jue Tian, when did you decide to go to the Elusive World of Immortals? You have caused a huge injury to my fourth younger brother with your sword! You certainly do have guts!"
This roar’s power was world-shaking. It had nearly stirred a storm in the sky above. It was evident that the Lord of Tian Fa was very enraged. It appeared that Big Bear had made it to him, and had shown him the injuries on his body.
Jun Mo Xie thought; [The Elusive World of Immortals …? Why haven’t I ever heard of it?] He looked at the faces of others around him. They too had a perplexed expression on their faces. Those people obviously didn’t know about this place either.
Everyone else doubted what they heard, but Jun Mo Xie pondered deeply. He may certainly not know anything about the Elusive World of Immortals … However, the fact that Li Jue Tian had seriously injured a Xuan Beast King’s body was quite shocking. It was important to know that Big Bear’s physique was amazing, and had transcended any human abilities. Big Bear was a formidable Xuan Beast. Moreover, he had once laughingly faced-off against the Solitary Falcon and Shi Chang Xiao. Yet, he hadn’t suffered from the slightest of injuries at that time. And, he had retreated with his body completely unharmed. So, one could imagine his body’s defensive capabilities.
However, Li Jue Tian had used his "Elusive Heart and Vein Splitting Sword Attack" to inflict such injuries to him. Therefore, one could easily imagine the might of his strength…
"There are some things one mustn’t discuss. Venerable Mei mustn’t try to attract the heavenly calamity upon himself in a fit of rage." Li Jue Tian’s tone of speech has a flavor of caution to it, "You may attract the dissatisfaction of the Holy Land if you create too much noise. I presume the ‘all-knowing’ venerable Mei will consider this?"
He had unexpectedly suggested the other party to avoid discussing this topic of entering the "The Elusive World of Immortals".
"Ha ha ha…" The bone chilling laughter rose up to the sky, and continued to resound for some time. Then, the opposite party replied, "Are you trying to threaten me with the Holy Land, Li Jue Tian?"