Chapter 615: Return to the Floating Shrine
The beam of light was scorchingly bright, and basked the entire world in a radiant glow. It had come down on the Shi patriarch’s head at such an unbelievable speed that no one could even react.
The rest of the patriarch’s body grew rigid following the advent of the light. His palm came to a stop, and the furious energy that had been wrapped around his palm disappeared into the world without a trace since the patriarch could no longer control it. Even the space around Jian Chen’s body had begun to return to normal, allowing Jian Chen the freedom of being able to move once again.
As soon as Jian Chen felt his body go back to normal, he immediately leaped back several steps. He was retreating to get as far away from the patriarch as possible. That palm strike had left him completely terrified of the power it contained.
A Saint Ruler’s strength was indeed far too strong. The saying that all were like ants in front of a Saint Ruler was without a doubt true. Even with his strength, Jian Chen simply did not possess enough to dodge the Saint Ruler. He would have been forced to patiently await death.
A Heaven Saint Master was only a tier away from a Saint Ruler, but in terms of power, the difference was akin to the difference between heaven and earth. There was nothing that could make up that deficit, and even Heaven Tier Battle Skills wouldn’t be enough to bridge the gap.
As if struck by a curse, patriarch Shi’s body was stuck hovering in midair. The spirit in his eyes had long since left, leaving his eyes with a vacant expression. Then, his body began to tilt to the side before falling back to the ground. His body crashed against it without any further movements.
In mid-air, Jian Chen stared at the Saint Ruler sluggishly. He had been surprised to see the sight in front of him. A Saint Ruler had actually died?
He hadn’t been the only one. The spectators who had originally thought that the punishment of Mercenary City wouldn’t fall had all immediately turned silent. They all stared at the motionless body of the Saint Ruler in utter disbelief and did not speak for the longest time.
This sudden development took the Saint Ruler of the Jiede clan completely by surprise. He immediately pulled back his palm when he saw what happened to patriarch Shi as his entire body began to shake. It could be seen from this that even he was completely filled with terror.
“N-no! That can’t be! The one who struck first was clearly Jian Chen! Why was he the one to escape punishment instead of patriarch Shi, who struck only after him? This is impossible!” The Saint Ruler cried out in disbelief. The fact that the barrier of Mercenary City did not punished Jian Chen had left him with no small amount of fear. As of now, the Saint Ruler was completely beside himself.
By now, the streets were so jampacked with people that even water wouldn’t be able to make its way through. However, not a single one of them spoke, leaving the area motionless. Only the continuous sounds of breathing could be heard as everyone stared at the dead corpse of the Saint Ruler in silence.
Even Jian Chen himself was completely still as if some sort of curse had petrified him. He was no longer awe-inspiring with his movements. He was now looking at the completely dead corpse of the Saint Ruler, who had been killed just like that. Jian Chen felt utterly astounded by the situation.
“Aiyah, big brother, what are you so stunned about? There’s still a baddy over there, hurry up and beat him! Don’t let him get away! If the baddy doesn’t fight back, then Little Spirit can’t hit him!” Little Spirit’s voice suddenly made itself known in Jian Chen’s ear before her body materialized in front of him. Both of her fists were brandished as if she was ready to punch the Saint Ruler.
Startled awake by Little Spirit, Jian Chen immediately quashed the feeling in his heart and rushed for the Saint Ruler.
Seeing that Jian Chen was rushing at him, the Saint Ruler blanched. No longer wishing to stay within Mercenary City, his body flickered away with the speed of light before finally disappearing from Jian Chen’s sight.
“Don’t let the baddy get away! Big brother, chase him down, hurry!” Little Spirit anxiously demanded from the side again and again. If not for the fact that she couldn’t attack the Saint Ruler, she would have perhaps helped Jian Chen strike him down earlier.
A bitter smile appeared on Jian Chen’s face, “Little Spirit, you overestimate my abilities. He is a Saint Ruler, how could I even catch up to him?”
“Ai! That baddy ran away. He runs too fast.” Little Spirit commented with a hateful voice. She held a grudge against the two men that had been bullying the one she regarded as her big brother.
Slowly descending from the sky, Jian Chen looked at the corpse of patriarch Shi in silence for a moment. Then squatting down next to it, Jian Chen took his Space Ring. Inside would be the items that a Saint Ruler would own. They would undoubtedly be far more precious than what could be found within a Heaven Saint Master’s ring.
Suddenly, Jian Chen swung his head up only to see several people flying over. In a moment, they arrived right in front of Jian Chen, and when Jian Chen saw the middle-aged man heading the front, he immediately said out of respect.
“Junior Jian Chen pays his respects to senior!” Jian Chen arced his body down politely; the person in front of him was Ming Dong’s uncle, Tian Jian.
Tian Jian stared at Jian Chen with an extremely complicated expression before looking to the recently deceased body of patriarch Shi. “Jian Chen, come with me!” At the final syllable, Tian Jian turned around to leave without a single ripple of space being affected by his movement as he flew away.
At the same time, a strange energy wrapped around Jian Chen’s body. It carried him into the air and pulled him toward the center of Mercenary City.
Afterward, Jian Chen followed Tian Jian and the other elders through a series of Space Gates before finally returning to the floating shrine that stood alone in its own special space. The twenty-second elder and twenty-third elder had not followed them. Only Tian Jian, the second, and fourth elder followed Jian Chen into the shrine.
Jian Chen turned around to look at the shrine curiously. This would be the second time he had seen this place, but perhaps it was because his strength was far stronger than before but Jian Chen felt that this shrine was extremely different than before.
Standing at the center of the shrine, Jian Chen felt as if he was some sort of insignificant speck within boundless space. There was a mysterious and profound sensation in the shrine that flowed about and basked Jian Chen within that feeling. Even if Jian Chen were to try and pinpoint this feeling, he would not be able to.
Jian Chen knew that this shrine had to be filled with the profound mysteries of the world and that it was a good place to breakthrough to become a Saint Ruler. Such a great opportunity was standing right in front of him, but he was completely unable to enjoy this great bounty. He could only watch as the profound mysteries of the world flew by his body.
Right in front of Jian Chen, Tian Jian and the two elders stood shoulder to shoulder as they observed him. The second and the fourth elder, in particular, were studying Jian Chen with undisguised shock, praise, and a slight bit of curiosity.
Nervously, Jian Chen stood at the center of the shrine. He knew that these three men held unbelievably important statuses within Mercenary City, and thus, was afraid that he would be reprimanded or punished for violating one of the rules of Mercenary City. After all, he had caused a tremendous ruckus within the city. Not only did he destroy multiple buildings, he had caused Mercenary City itself to be negatively influenced by the fact that he had escaped punishment.
“Jian Chen, are you able to tell my just how you were able to fight within Mercenary City without punishment befalling you?” An echo sounded through the shrine as Tian Jian finally broke the silence. Although he knew that the spirit of the barrier was connected, he wanted to understand just how close the two were and what their relationship was.
Jian Chen gave a small hum to think before replying, “Everything was because of Little Spirit’s help.”
“How did Little Spirit help you? How do you even know Little Spirit?” The second elder suddenly blurted out. As he was now, the second elder was extremely nervous and curious to know the answer to these questions.
“I…” Jian Chen hesitated. He had no idea just how to answer this question since even he was confused how he was connected to Little Spirit. He couldn’t exactly say that he had the scent of Mo Tianyun and that Little Spirit had decided that he would almost be a family member.
“Don’t you bully big brother!” At that moment, Little Spirit’s voice rang through the entire shrine. Her ethereal body made an appearance within the shrine, and even though entrance within the shrine itself was extremely difficult, she had done so without difficulty. This time, she had not bothered to hide her body. Therefore, Tian Jian and the two elders were clearly able to see her.
“Spirit of the barrier!”
The three elders exclaimed all at once in surprise. Looking at Little Spirit, the three of them remained stunned for a very long time. This was the very first time they had ever seen Little Spirit.
Although the spirit of the barrier had existed for countless of years, it had never once appeared in front of them and had long since become a legend of Mercenary City. This was the very first time many of the elders had ever seen or heard the barrier of the spirit. The three elders felt excited and joyous to see her in person.
Floating just three inches away from Jian Chen’s side, Little Spirit spoke earnestly, “Big brother, you don’t need to be afraid. As long as Little Spirit is here, they won’t bully you.” Then turning to the three, she continued to say, “You are not allowed to bully big brother or else Little Spirit will hit you.”
The three elders didn’t know whether to laugh or cry when they heard what Little Spirit said. From this exchange, they understand there was undoubtedly a deeper relationship between the two, and that information was very shocking to them. None of them knew just how Jian Chen was able to meet with Little Spirit, and the mystery thickened.
“Spirit of the barrier, worry not. We will not bully your big brother!” Tian Jian smiled as he responded to Little Spirit with respect.
This was the silent guardian that had protected Mercenary City for countless of years. Her position in the city was irreplaceable, and furthermore, as a creation left behind by Mo Tianyun, this meant she was a being that existed during the time of Mo Tianyun.
It was only after hearing his words did Little Spirit begin to relax. Turning to look at Jian Chen, she said, “Big brother, Little Spirit will leave first. We can play after you come out!”
“Understood!” Jian Chen smiled and nodded his head to her in response. Revealing a sweet smile, Little Spirit’s body began to fade from sight before disappearing without a trace.
After Little Spirit left, the three elders looked back to Jian Chen once more with an even more complicated look than before.
“Jian Chen, I had no idea that you had such a relationship with the spirit of the barrier. I am truly speechless at this sight.” Tian Jian sighed, but his eyes suddenly noticed the tiger cub that was starting to look around the place with great curiosity. Brought into a daze once more, his eyes immediately focused into a serious expression as he asked, “Jian Chen, where did you get that magical beast on your shoulder?”
Seeing the sudden change in Tian Jian’s expression, Jian Chen’s heart skipped a beat. Hiding away the cub in his embrace, he gave a hollow smile, “Senior, this is Xiao Bai. I found him in the Magical Beast Mountain Range.”
“Let me see!” Tian Jian boomed. Then without making any visible movements, Tian Jian suddenly surrounded the tiger cub in a mysterious energy while it was in Jian Chen’s arms. Separating the cub from Jian Chen, Tian Jian made the cub float three meters toward him.
Suddenly, two bright golden rays of light shot forth from Tian Jian’s eyes and basked the tiger cub’s body.