Chapter 54: Fighting Back
Outside the portal of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth, Nuer Mountains…
The camps of the hundreds of celestial clans were still burning brightly in the night.
This camp was considerably larger than previously because this was a combined camp of the righteous and heretic celestial clans. But now this camp was now known simply as the Devil Isle camp.
Divine Mistress Qi Meixue, clan leader of the Divine Moon Manor and the most renowned beauty of the dark celestials was reduced to a mere trembling humble servant as she kneeled in front of Han Shandong as she served him tea.
Her entire body was trembling uncontrollably in front of his imposing aura as she humbly said with trembling lips, “Master Han, your tea is here. This one is still warm. I…I won’t make the same mistake again…”
Han Shaodong merely nodded as he stroked his long beard and he seemed to be pondering something in his seat.
But Qi Meixue dare not even move and continued to kneel humbly.
A few weeks ago, she could not imagine that she would be reduced to this lowly state because she was the clan leader of one of the three most powerful dark celestial clans. That thought was inconceivable and too ridiculous back then but now it was only too real…
It was not only her. All the powerful and influential celestial figures of the celestial realm that had come to the Nuer Mountains had all become their humble servants.
To reject the call of being their servants was an instant death without any mercy!
Han Shaodong had called her his own personal maid and his instructions to her were clear; she was to be at his own beck and call.
When Qi Meixue had first encountered Han Shaodong, she had thought that this old man was a joke and was an arrogant fool. It was because when he had suddenly arrived at her camp, he had merely said. “Prepare a tent for me and ask your Divine Mistress Qi Meixue to accompany me for the night.”
This was the most ridiculous request ever. He had come alone in a camp of five thousands elites of the Divine Moon Manor and he had dared to make such a demand?
Even if he was a at the sacred saint level, it was simply courting for his own death!
But the opposite had suddenly come true and he had suddenly crushed the numerous golden celestials and immortal celestials of her clan. Even she, a half-step Dark Monarch who had just recently overcome her life and death tribulation to attain as a dark monarch was overcome by him in a shocking few strokes. This caused her to question the usefulness of her martial foundations that she had learnt in the past…
She, Qi Meixue the most beautiful lady in the dark celestial realm was proud of her martial and cultivation accomplishments. She was also disdainful of even the powerful Beitang Ze and often opposed him in her schemes.
But after fighting Han Shaodong for just a while, she was simply overpowered by him and taken to her tent, allowing him to do whatever he wished on her.
For the very first time in her life, she was totally humiliated and powerless to do anything. He was simply too overwhelming oppressive and powerful.
Her thoughts returned to the present…
Han Shaodong took a sip of the tea before saying, “You can go now.”
Qi Meixue gasped softly, “Master Han, you don’t need me tonight?”
Han Shaodong said coldly, “You are dismissed.”
She was clearly disappointed because ever since Han Shaodong had taken her that night, he had not touched her ever since. Was she just a toy in his eyes? Or she had a blemish in his eyes?
With a sad and disappointed countenance, she left quietly.
Han Shaodong mind had been pre-occupied by the events that led to the temporary opening of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth.
Who was that Saintess Yuqing that could seize the use of someone else immortal sword and wield it as her own?
She could even forcefully enter the sealed portal of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth. This was not thought to be possible at all.
Even Xiao Shuai had been injured by her.
Moreover she resembled someone that he once knew…
The information that he got about her was also extremely vague. After interrogating Elder Chu Yunfeng and the other protégés of the Holy Consort City, he now knew that she was not from the Heavenly Temple but was someone that seemingly dropped from the sky.
Her marriage to Young Master Yuan Chengzhi seemed to be real but even Yuan Chengzhi did not know much about who the Saintess Yuqing was except that she was a peaked sacred saint and a high priest of the Heavenly Temple.
Was she from the Goddess Palace?
That was because shortly after the battle had ended, the Devil Envoy had appeared and gave them a lashing tongue for starting the conflict ahead of schedule.
He and Xiao Shuai were immediately somewhat stunned. It was because they had thought that it was the Devil Envoy that had initiated the conflict first by destroying the Scarlet Heretic Sect. The destruction of the Scarlet Heretic Sect would be the fuse that would set them upon action…
But now the Devil Envoy was saying that the destruction of the Scarlet Heretic Sect got nothing to do with the Devil isle?
Then who did it?
It was rumored that it was the Golden Mask Devil Goddess?
And who was the Golden Mask Devil Goddess?
No one knew!
The Devil Envoy said coldly, “Because you have acted recklessly, the Goddess Palace is now free to act. How excellent. Why don’t the two of you die? We have been done by someone who called herself the Devil Goddess. For her to oppose the Devil Isle, she is a true dare devil!”
That was why Han Shaodong was brooding deeply in the camp!
All of a sudden there were shouts coming from the camp, “The Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth’s portal is glowing. Someone is emerging from the portal.”
Han Shaodong was jolted and he immediately flew out of his tent with a lightning speed.
When he had reached there, Xiao Shuai was already there and behind him were all the Clan leaders, Elders, Young Masters and Masters of the hundreds of celestial clans!
Xiao Shuai simply said, “You have arrived.”
Han Shaodong nodded and his killing intent had surged. If there was anyone that was emerging from the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth, it would only be the five escapees.
Elder Chu Yunfeng and Li’Er were gasping softly as they joined the thousands of protégés that had gathered. Were they going to see their Holy Consort soon? Was she going to emerge soon?
It had been a month since their Holy Consort had entered into the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth and they were feeling extremely anxious for her.
When their Holy Consort disappeared into the portal of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth, it was still considered to be too early for the real opening of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth as the stars had not been aligned properly in place yet. That would not take place until a month later.
Usually there would be a month long friendly tournament between the celestial clans to foster relationships and to build up the individual renown before the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth really open.
But this time there was none.
There was only a deep looming sense of oppression as their leaders, elders and masters had all become servants to the Devil Isle.
Every day for a month, Xiao Shuai and Han Shaodong would get the celestial clans to fight them one by one and beat them to a pulp.
Even if there were resentments, none of them dare to show because all the resentment voices were now killed.
And now everyone had gathered near the portal because they knew that the portal had been activated inside and that someone from the inside would be appearing very soon.
The portal began to shimmer brightly and the outline of five people could clearly be seen. Indeed they were Ye Jing, Xiaofang, Xuan Danfeng, Fan Yuqing and Feng Minyue!
The protégés from their clans and the people that knew them immediately gasped excitingly but they were soon solemn. It was because they knew that Xiao Shuai and Han Shaodong had been lying in wait for them…
Li’Er was beaming with joy, “Protégé mistress she is back!…”
Even Yu’Er who was still in her hen form was jumping up and down happily!
When Young Master Yuan Chengzhi saw Fan Yuqing, his heart was pounding hard. “My bride has returned…”
Even Young Master Yun Xinghe was glad, “That good-for-nothing Yuan Chengzhi can’t even protect you. He is not fit to be your husband!”
While he was cursing Yuan Chengzhi, he forgot that he was not able to protect her as well. But this was human nature…
Xiao Shuai was laughing jovially, “I’ve thought that you will be hiding in the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth and did not expect the lot of you to return so soon. We still have an unfinished duel.”
Fan Yuqing smiled as she materialized into view, “That’s right. We still have an unfinished duel with each other.”
The true reason why they were suddenly back was because they knew that the Devil Isle was planning to use everyone as a canon folder to reap the huge benefits of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth for themselves. That was why they had to hurry back before the opening of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth.
Behind her were Ye Jing, Xiaofang, Feng Minyue and Xuan Danfeng. They all had a determined look on their countenances. It was as though they knew they would be confronted and they had already steeled themselves for a fight.
Han Shaodong had exceptional perception and he immediately noticed that their aura seemed to have grown more intimidating than a month ago.
Indeed, Ye Jing and Xiaofang had reached the upper stage of the Traverse Divinity and they were also at the intermediate stage of the golden celestial level now. As for Feng Minyue, she had already breakthrough as a sacred saint with the help of Fan Yuqing and the Rainbow Saint Pill. Even Xuan Danfeng had also breakthrough to the intermediate sacred saint level!
What was going on?
After Ye Jing, Feng Minyue and Xuan Danfeng had spent time on the Martial Pinnacle Art, they had realized if they had wanted to improve their martial strength and cultivation level, they would need help to open their accupoints so they had pleaded with Fan Yuqing to help them.
Fan Yuqing said, “I can only help you to open your accupoints to the Earth Divinity. Anything more, you have to seek your own enlightenment. I can’t help at all.”
After their accupoints channels were cleared, their profound strength had also doubled. Coupled with their newfound martial knowledge from the Martial Pinnacle Arts, they had managed to improvise their own techniques. Therefore they had decided to return to battle the two old freaks.
Fan Yuqing did not think that was a good idea but either did she stop them. She knew that they were anxious for their protégés and now they had seen a glimmer of hope.
Finding the exit was really no problem for Fan Yuqing as she had already been to the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth several times in the past…
Fan Yuqing was smiling when suddenly she had turned around to place her palm on the portal. All of a sudden the portal started to ripple and it exploded into a harmless fracturing of light!
Everyone was shocked…
She had destroyed the portal of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth?!
Was it even possible?!
Even Xiao Shuai and Han Shaodong were totally stunned by her action!
Han Shaodong shouted, “You!…”
She had destroyed the portal leading to the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth just before the portal was due to be opened in a matter of days…
Fan Yuqing laughed softly, “We are here to duel with you for real. This time, you won’t think we will escape into the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth again, am I right? I don’t want you to accuse me of using the same very trick.”
Xiao Shuai was so infuriated that he had turned red as he shouted, “What have you done?! Do you know that this portal can only appear once every 500 years and you have destroyed it?!”
Not only Xiao Shuai was stunned but all the onlookers as well as they were rendered speechless at the disappearance of the portal of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth…
The Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth represented countless number of treasures and lucky occurrences for everyone every 500 years…
It was a divine occurrence bestowed by the heavens to the celestial realm and she could destroy the portal with her touch?
This was really too unbelievable for everyone to digest. Even if she was the high priestess of the Heavenly Temple, this was too much for everyone to stomach…
Even Ye Jing, Xuan Danfeng, Xiaofang and Feng Minyue were shocked. It was because this was not in the script…
Xiao Shuai smiled bitterly as he calmed down his rage, “I didn’t ask you to destroy the portal. But since you have already put yourself in such a situation then we can only fight.”
Fan Yuqing nodded, “But my opponent won’t be you.”
She pointed at Han Shaodong, “It is him. The other four will fight with you.”
Xiao Shuai laughed aloud, “My dear beauty, this is hilarious. The five of you can’t even defeat me in the last round. What makes you think you can defeat me with just the four of you and moreover you will be fighting solo with my Brother Han here?”
Fan Yuqing said quietly as a small annoyance showed up in her eyes, “You still dare to mention the last time. If it isn’t for his intervention that time, you would have already lost to us already. This time I will make sure that he will not escape my wrath.”
Han Shaodong laughed loudly, “So Brother Xiao Shuai, it seems that she will be mine this time round because she has decided to duel with me. I didn’t know that I’ve made quite a good impression on her!”
Fan Yuqing said coolly, “We will fight simultaneously this time.”
Everyone was gasping. Fighting simultaneously?! This was no difference than fighting the two of the old freaks at the same time…
Fan Yuqing said nonchalantly, “But if we can defeat you then I want the Devil isle to let them all go. Return their freedom to them and never to interfere with the celestial realm again! What do you say?”
Xiao Shuai and Han Shaodong were both laughing jovially. This was the funniest thing that they had heard for a very long time. Defeat them? This was simply inconceivable to them!
“Hahaha, so shall it be then.” Xiao Shuai smirked. “But if you lose then you shall be our slaves forever.”
“Deal…” as Fan Yuqing said deal, she had paused. It was because an extremely beautiful lady with an imposing aura had just walked gracefully into their field of sight.
Unlike Xiao Shuai and Han Shaodong who were golden celestials, she had long silver hair and crimson eyes. She was a high ranking dark celestial of the dark monarch level…
When Xiao Shuai and Han Shaodong saw her, they were ashen and respectfully said. “Greetings to the Devil Envoy…”
Fan Yuqing and the rest were startled as they thought alarmingly, “There is another expert from the Devil Isle here?”
They had really miscalculated and judging from her imposing aura, she was even more formidable than Xiao Shuai and Han Shaodong. Moreover these two old freaks had suddenly lost their arrogant air when they had seen her and was suddenly respectful!
This Devil Envoy said indifferently as she glanced at Fan Yuqing, “I’ve heard that the beauty of the Saintess Yuqing is as peerless as a goddess. Seeing is believing. Now I believe.”
Then she glanced over at Ye Jing, Xuan Danfeng and Feng Minyue and said quietly, “There are three more heavenly maidens over there. It is no wonder that Xiao Shuai and Han Shaodong will be so hasty to make their moves.”
She hummed coldly before resting her eyes on Xiaofang, “This must be the young man that is in possession of an immortal sword.”
Every word that was muttered out of this Devil Envoy was extremely icy and piercing to the hearts. It was as though she did not have a soul.
Ye Jing was startled. What kind of a place the Devil Isle was? They actually had golden celestials and dark celestials co-existing together?
The Devil Envoy said coldly as she continued to look at them, “They are but small fries and cannot decide for the Devil Isle. So they cannot take your bet.”
Fan Yuqing, Ye Jing, Xuan Danfeng, Xiaofang, Feng Minyue and all the onlookers were startled when this Devil Envoy had revealed that these two powerful old freaks were but small fries and could not decide for the Devil Isle? They had all thought that these two old freaks were the elders of the Devil Isle but they were actually only small fries?!
Everyone was smiling bitterly for these two small fries had thrashed all of them…
The Devil Envoy suddenly flicker her fingers and a divine sword materialized from her spatial ring as it floated to Xiao Shuai, “You’re going to need this.”
Xiao Shuai immediately said humbly, “Thank you for the grace…”
The Devil Envoy suddenly lit a smile that ran cold into the hearts of everyone, “However I can decide the fates of everyone here for the Devil Isle. If you can defeat Xiao Shuai and Han Shaodong here then the Devil Isle will grant you a six month freedom. If not, all of you will be taken as slaves to the Devil Isle!”
Ye Jing who was standing just behind Fan Yuqing, had suddenly noticed that she was trembling lightly…
It was because Fan Yuqing had suddenly realized that this Devil Envoy was extremely dangerous. The minute that she had stepped into their view, she had noticed that her steps were extremely light, so light that she seemed to be like a phantom that was walking on air. She had really never encountered such a deadly opponent before. If she was not wrong, then this Devil Envoy had already attained the Heaven Divinity and had opened her Heavenly Eye to the Fifth Immortal Positioning. Therefore her strength was already above any peaked sacred saint or dark monarch…
The Devil Envoy said indifferently, “Xiao Shuai and Han Shaodong, do not disappoint me or else…”
This little speech seemed to fire up all the killing intent that was in Xiao Shuai and Han Shaodong as they stepped forward to face Ye Jing, Fan Yuqing, Feng Minyue, Xuan Danfeng and Xiaofang…