Chapter 2773: Returning to the Two World Mountains (Two)
The Darknight City was the closest to the Two World Mountains out of the thirty-six major cities of the Darkstar World.
The Darknight City had already recovered its former prosperity and liveliness now. The destruction caused by the startling battle earlier had already been completely repaired under the combined efforts of the cultivators of the Darkstar race. However, all the traces of age and aura left behind by time had vanished from the places that had been repaired. Everywhere gave off a shiny-new lustre.
People flowed to and fro within the Darknight city. Members of the Darkstar race mingled with the outsiders as business and transactions unfolded in an orderly manner. It seemed like the battle had never happened in the first place.
The only difference was that the position of city lord remained empty, while the positions of the thirty-six lords and one hundred and eight kings that served as the protector gods of the city had yet to be completely filled either.
At the same time, there were still a lot of people discussing the recent, devastating battle with great interest in the various streets and alleyways, restaurants and inns in the city.
However, most of the people who listened in were outsiders. Whenever they heard any information regarding the battle or an outsider called Gu Qi, their ears would prick up and they would listen carefully, as if they were afraid of missing even the slightest detail.
Most of these outsiders had been sent over from the Hundred Saint City. They only had a single mission, which was to do all that they could to gather information about Gu Qi throughout the entire Darkstar World, even including the Two World Mountains.
The major organisations of the Hundred Saint City had already heard about Gu Qi’s battle in the Darknight City. Now that the Hundred Saint City was temporarily safe, these organisations all secretly sent out people to look for Gu Qi as they had nothing better to do. Gu Qi was an expert with devastating battle prowess. All of these clans were interested in roping in a person like him.
“There’s so many people looking for me from the Hundred Saint City? Though, I don’t plan on using the identity of Gu Qi anymore, so it’ll only be strange if they do find me.” Jian Chen maintained his appearance of Kun Tian on the streets of the Darknight City. However, he concealed all of his presence, strolling idly through the streets.
No one recognised him. After all, the honourable appearance of the fifth hall master was not something regular cultivators could see. Coupled with the fact that his presence was concealed, he was completely inconspicuous within the crowd. This was even easier for him to be forgotten.
After all, Kun Tian’s appearance was not particularly special.
The senses of his soul had already enveloped the entire city. He could see everything going on here, including the secret conversations between the cultivators from the Hundred Saint City. Even those could not escape his powerful senses.
“I remember when I first came to Darknight City, I was still an outsider with a fake name. I even encountered difficulty trying to enter the city. Now, I’ve become one of the ten lofty hall masters of the entire Darkstar race. You really can’t be certain over what can end up happening.” As he strolled through the streets, Jian Chen felt amazed inside.
He was not in a hurry to enter the Two World Mountains. Instead, he strolled through the wide streets of the city at a steady pace, making a beeline for the city gates.
Ever since he had arrived in the Darkstar World, he really had not spent the time to properly appreciate the customs and culture of this foreign land.
Only when he arrived at the newly-built city gates did Jian Chen set his thoughts aside. He shot off into the sky, directly flying towards the Two World Mountains.
Soon after he had left, within the eighth divine hall in the capital city.
“Hall master, we’ve already looked into it. The fifth hall master teleported to the Darknight City.”
“The Darknight City, is it? I understand. You’re dismissed!” The eighth hall master, Sen Ren, slowly stood up from the throne. He paced around before the throne as the light in his eyes flickered rapidly. He was thinking of something.
A while later, he seemed to make up his mind. He suddenly walked out of the eighth divine hall, before venturing to the Darknight City through the teleportation formation too.
The Two World Mountains were shrouded in a grey mist all year round. Standing outside, it was impossible to make out the mountain range’s true appearance, which added a hint of mystery to the place.
Cultivators constantly flowed in and out of the mountains. They basically formed small groups of threes and fives. Rarely did anyone travel alone.
Without any exception, all of these cultivators were outsiders. As for cultivators of the Darkstar race, they would never set foot in the Two World Mountains unless they had no other option.
“The Darkstar race’s demand for the corpses of Life-devouring Beasts has been growing recently. The price they offer is two or three times higher than before too. I wonder why they need so many corpses…”
“Life-devouring Beasts are rather good sources of food. The inns within the various cities of the Darkstar race have all been purchasing them. The prices of food made using Life-devouring Beasts is absolutely absurd. There aren’t a lot of people who can actually afford them, so even under normal circumstances, there’s quite a surplus. But the Darkstar race is now purchasing all of it recklessly at such a high price…”
“Have you realised that more and more people have been entering the Two World Mountains recently? I don’t think the Darkstar race’s purchasing so many corpses for something as simple as food. They must have something else in mind…”
“Even if they have something in mind, that’s not for us to worry about. I only know that the corpse of an early Overgod Life-devouring Beast can go for a Star Orchid now. Star Orchids are worth nothing among the Darkstar race, but in the Saints’ World, their value will multiply by several dozen or even a hundred times. The various large organisations are all competing to buy them…”
“I think we should use this opportunity to make a pretty nice sum…”
On the way to the Two World Mountains, the senses of Jian Chen’s soul enveloped a region of several tens of million kilometers. Nothing in that region could escape his senses, so he obviously overheard the conversations of many outsiders. He knew this was for the great ceremony that the Darkstar race had begun preparing for a long time ago, which could change the fate of the entire race. The complicated process of the ceremony required large numbers of Life Devouring Beast corpses.
As a result, the Darkstar race offered a high price to buy them, enticing many outsiders to enter the Two World Mountains to hunt Life-devouring Beasts for them.
“Darkstar race, oh Darkstar race. You’ve racked your brains, throwing tremendous amounts of financial and material resources into this great ceremony, just so you could weaken the suppression of the Grand Exalt of the Wood Spirits’ will on you, allowing you to break the limits of cultivation and reach Chaotic Prime. Unfortunately, your great ceremony is destined for failure this time. Your only fault is that you’ve touched one of my people,” Jian Chen thought as he flew through the air. He did not feel any sympathy for the Darkstar race. The Darkstar race did all of this to increase their chances of success for the great ceremony. They actually wanted Sacredfeather to give up his life in this process.
Just that was enough for Jian Chen to utterly hate the Darkstar race.
At the same time, Jian Chen had already arrived near the Two World Mountains. He did not slow down at all, directly charging into the mountains with a whistle. He was swallowed by the thick mist in an instant.
Soon after he had entered the Two World Mountains, a figure flew over rapidly. His presence was completely concealed. Even his body was illusionary. He seemed like a ghost.
The figure stopped several hundred meters away from the mist of the Two World Mountains. He stared straight at the shrouded mountains ahead with a stern expression.
He was the hall master of the eighth divine hall, Sen Ran.
Through the powers of the eighth divine hall, he found Jian Chen’s tracks and tailed him all the way here. The only reason why he had not been detected was because he maintained his distance from Jian Chen.
“Kun Tian’s actually entered the Two World Mountains? That’s strange. What’s he entering the Two World Mountains for? Or should I say, he’s learnt some secret about the Two World Mountains through the memories of the planetary beast he obtained in the Land of Soul Destruction?”