Chapter 2808: The Youthful Emperor
“Fantastic, that’s fantastic. Hall master, we’ve finally found you. You have absolutely no idea. We’ve been fretting about recently for your safety, especially with hall master Feng Xue of the tenth divine hall. Ever since she found out you ventured into the depths of the Two World Mountains alone, she almost skinned the three of us alive out of anger.” Dou Wujin arrived before Jian Chen in a flash. Staring at his armoured hall master in fine spirits, his tense heart finally settled down.
“Why are you here? And, is the expert clashing with the Life-devouring Beasts in the distance our emperor?” Jian Chen asked. He had already guessed that the Darkstar race had probably mobilised all their Primordial realm experts. Even if it were not all of them, at least half had been mobilised. However, he was not supposed to know this with his strength as Kun Tian.
“This all started with the violent activity in the Two World Mountains a few days ago. We received news that the presences of several dozen regional king Life-devouring Beasts appeared in the depths of the Two World Mountains at the same time. The only thing that can set off all the regional king Life-devouring Beasts in the depths of the Two World Mountains are Primordial realm experts of our race.”
“With that, we obviously couldn’t keep your trip to the depths of the Two World Mountains a secret anymore. The ten divine halls found out very soon and discovered through investigations that you were not the only one who entered the depths. It was extremely likely that hall master Sen Ran of the eighth divine hall had entered the depths too.”
“If the Two World Mountains had remained peaceful, then so be it. But there just happened to be violent activity, which meant you were already exposed and had attracted the attention of the regional king Life-devouring Beasts in the Two World Mountains. Afterwards, we waited for a few more days in hopes that you could return from the depths safely.”
“But in the end, there was no news from either you or hall master Sen Ran, so with no other choice, all we could do was report this to the emperor. As a result, the emperor led all the hall masters and vice hall masters of the ten divine halls into the depths.” Dou Wujin told Jian Chen exactly what had happened after he had left the fifth divine hall. When Jian Chen learnt that all the Primordial realm experts of the ten divine halls had actually been mobilised, it still left him shocked.
In order to search for Kun Tian and Sen Ran, the ten divine halls of the Darkstar race had actually gone to such great lengths. Even the Darkstar Emperor had set out in person.
“Oh right. Have you seen hall master Sen Ran, hall master?” Dou Qujin asked. Afterwards, he immediately used the secret technique to convey the news that their hall master had been found to the others.
Jian Chen shook his head. “I haven’t seen Sen Ran, but I did sense his presence a few days ago. We haven’t had any contact in the Two World Mountains. I don’t even know where he’s hiding right now.”
“Looks like hall master Sen Ran was the one who caused the violent activity in the mountains a few days ago. I wonder how hall master Sen Ran is doing right now,” Dou Wujin said with some worry.
At this moment, a great howl rang out in the distance. This came from the Darkstar Emperor. It was shrill and extremely penetrative, forming rings and rings of sound waves that spread out in all directions. It lingered in the Two World Mountains for a very long time.
Hearing the howl, Dou Wujin’s expression changed, as if he had let out a sigh of relief. He said to Jian Chen, “Hall master, the emperor is telling us to pull out of the Two World Mountains. They’ve probably found hall master Sen Ran already. Let’s leave quickly. The emperor will be able to conserve some strength the sooner we get out.”
Jian Chen and Dou Wujin began to make their way out of the Two World Mountains by flying. As all the Primordial realm Life-devouring Beasts in the Two World Mountains had been drawn away by the Darkstar Emperor, there was nothing Dou Wujin needed to consider on the way back. They unleashed their full speed, leaving the region of the mist very quickly and returning to the territory of the Darkstar race.
“Oof! We’re finally out. The depths of the Two World Mountains suppresses our strength just too much. It’s far too repressive in there. I never want to visit that goddamned place again.” Dou Wujin sucked in the air of the Darkstar World in a satisfied manner.
“Kun Tian, are you sick of living? You actually ran into the depths of the Two World Mountains recklessly! Do you have any idea just how dangerous it is in there? Don’t you know this place is a forbidden zone that members of our race must never set foot in?!” Suddenly, a furious shout rang out. Feng Xue of the tenth divine hall rushed out from the Two World Mountains, arriving before Jian Chen with a complexion that had darkened from danger. Her sharp gaze was filled with almost uncontrollable anger. She gave Jian Chen a fierce scolding the moment she saw him.
Disguised as Kun Tian, there was nothing Jian Chen could say when he was met with the furious yet extremely concerned Feng Xue. He felt rather helpless. However, as more and more people emerged from the mountains, Feng Xue could not help but tone down her scolding. She stood to one side silently.
Before long, all the Primordial realm experts who had entered the Two World Mountains returned to the territory of the Darkstar race. Jian Chen glanced past them and discovered that apart from Sen Ran, all the hall masters and vice hall masters were present. Even Getti from the seventh divine hall was among them.
However, none of them left. Instead, they gathered together and gazed as the depths of the Two World Mountains.
That was because the deafening booms and the furious howls of Life-devouring Beasts in there showed no signs of stopping. The Darkstar Emperor was still locked in an intense battle against several dozen Life-devouring Beasts. Their battle was absolutely devastating. Even from tens of million or even hundreds of million kilometers away, they could still sense the shaking landscape of the mountain depths.
“Why is the emperor still in there? He has been holding off several dozen regional king Life-devouring Beasts all alone. It must have exhausted his energy drastically. Not only do the depths of the Two World Mountains suppress our strength, but we can’t recover our energy either. With time, even the emperor and his exceptional prowess won’t be able to outlast these regional kings,” said a vice hall master of the tenth divine hall. He was anxious, worrying for the emperor’s safety.
Afterwards, no one said another word. Several dozen Primordial realm experts just stood there together, everyone extremely stern. The atmosphere became exceedingly tense. Moreover, many people had already begun to gather their strength secretly, ready to charge into the Two World Mountains to receive the Darkstar Emperor at any time.
The Darkstar Emperor was very powerful. He was truly the strongest among the Darkstar race, but right now, he faced all the Life-devouring Beasts in the entire Two World Mountains, which made the hall masters and vice hall masters gathered there uncertain.
They did not worry for too long. After almost a minute, the booms echoing in the depths finally came to a halt. Very soon, a figure with a surging presence shot out of the Two World Mountains like a bolt of lightning.
He was the Darkstar Emperor. He had already left the Two World Mountains. Even though he moved extremely quickly, he remained completely composed, which made it obvious that his retreat was not because he could not handle these Life-devouring Beasts, but rather because he was reluctant to continue this pointless conflict with them.
The moment the Darkstar Emperor emerged, the anxious hall masters and vice hall masters all beamed in joy. Their tense hearts finally settled back down.
Jian Chen looked at the Darkstar Emperor. He had truly heard a lot about the Darkstar Emperor and his reputation already. Even before he had entered the Darkstar World, he had already learnt about the Darkstar Emperor’s existence from the Heartless Child. However, today was the first time he had seen the Darkstar Emperor in the flesh despite all the time he had spent in the Darkstar World already.
The Darkstar Emperor did not seem particularly old. He maintained the youthful appearance of a twenty year old. He wore a set of long, black robes, and his handsome face was filled with a valiant coldness. He remained stern and serious.
However, the pale, grey hair and snowy-white eyebrows that basically only appeared on a geriatric completely contrasted against his youthful appearance.