Chapter 1797: Rong Fan
Translator: EndlessFantasy Translation Editor: EndlessFantasy Translation
Qian Ping Sheng’s words also helped absolved Zhu Lu Qi and the other two Palace Masters of their responsibilities.
When they were searching the Rising Sky Mansion’s estate earlier, it was only him who had intentionally gone to search for Xu Jing’s lackey to catch him.
Zhu Lu Qi and the other two had even told him it would be alright if they did not find him since that insignificant little lackey definitely would not know anything about the Devil Dao Cultivation Method.
For this reason, the moment Qian Ping Sheng’s words left his mouth, Zhu Lu Qi, the Palace Master of Earth Palace, and the Palace Master of Mystical Palace instantly looked at him gratefully.
Since Xu Jing’s lackey was not in the Rising Sky Mansion’s estate, he must not have escaped under their watch. Nobody could blame them for this.
“Since he’s not in the Rising Sky Mansion’s estate, then he must be unaware of the incident here! In that case, let’s find him ourselves and kill him to avoid future trouble!” Meng Qing said as a piercing light flashed across his eyes.
Since there was one person who escaped their grasps, the group of people who were about to return to the Mystical Sky Mansion had to delay their return for now.
Nobody had any objection about this. Everyone wanted to catch this person and kill him to avoid future trouble.
In fact, this was a serious matter. If this news spread out, it would definitely impact their Mystical Sky Mansion greatly.
If it was a wicked Devil Dao Cultivation Method then it was still okay since nobody would worry their Mystical Sky Mansion would cultivate such a method and risk universal condemnation.
However, if that Devil Dao Cultivation Method was a slightly normal one, it would rouse covetous thoughts from the others.
Naturally, only quasi third-rate forces in the Lower Province of the Dao Martial Saint Land would dare to covet the cultivation method the Mystical Sky Mansion obtained.
The other forces would not be so brave as to covet the things they obtained! Instead of saying they were not brave enough, it was more accurate to say they did not possess the strength to do anything even if they covet it.
In the Lower Province of the Dao Martial Saint Land, the Mystical Sky Mansion did not fear the other quasi third-rate forces much. However, they had no choice but to be wary of the Mountainshade Black Market and the Azure Cloud Mansion.
If the two forces came knocking on their door asking for the Devil Dao Cultivation Method, they really had no other choice but to give it up.
Not only that, but apart from the Mountainshade Black Market and the Azure Cloud Mansion, the Mystical Sky Mansion were even more afraid of the powerhouses from the Upper Province of the Dao Martial Saint Land. Although it was rare for a powerhouse from the Upper Province to come to the Lower Province, the news would eventually spread to the Upper Province.
There was no doubt even the powerhouses from the Upper Province would be interested in the Devil Dao Cultivation Method that contained the Soul Congregation technique.
It was exactly because of this the Mystical Sky Mansion would never allow the news regarding the Devil Dao Cultivation Method to spread out.
“According to the servant who knows the lackey by Xu Jing’s side, the lackey must have gone back home to visit his family if he’s not in the Rising Sky Mansion’s estate.” Soon after, the group of Mystical Sky Mansion’s high-ranking officials confirmed this news.
At the same time, they also enquired about the location of Xu Jing’s lackey’s hometown. It was a small town 1,000 miles south of the Rising Sky Mansion’s estate called the Hump Town.
Hump Town was a very special town. Almost every resident of this town was born with a hunchback.
That hunchback lackey by Xu Jing’s side was also a resident who was born and raised in the Hump Town. Not only that, but he was also a genius Martial Cultivator whom everyone in the Hump Town knew. Naturally, he was only a genius Martial Cultivator in the eyes of the Hump Town’s people.
“Are you here to look for Rong Fan? Rong Fan is the pride of our Hump Town. He’s also the only one in the history of Hump Town to live such a comfortable life… Do you know the Rising Sky Mansion? It’s a fourth-rate force, you know! He’s making a living there.” When the residents of Hump Town heard that somebody from the Mystical Sky Mansion was looking for Rong Fan, every one of them was very enthusiastic.
Naturally, the people who came were not the group of high-ranking officials from the Mystical Sky Mansion. Instead, they were just ordinary disciples from the nearby operation base of Mystical Sky Mansion. Even if their looks were memorized, nobody would know who they were.
“Old man, I came from the Rising Sky Mansion to look for Rong Fan for some urgent matter. Is he in town?” A Mystical Sky Mansion’s young disciple asked an old Hump Town’s resident with an anxious look on his face as though there was really an urgent matter.
“Rong Fan returned a while ago, and it’s said that he’ll be staying for some time…His house is located at the eastern side of our Hump Town! The biggest mansion belongs to him.” When the old Hump Town’s resident spoke about Rong Fan, his face was filled with pride.
As someone who had been staying in a fourth-rate force like the Rising Sky Mansion, Rong Fan had always been the pride of Hump Town.
“Eastern side!” After the few Mystical Sky Mansion’s disciples who came to Hump Town learned about the location of Rong Fan’s house, they secretly reported it to the Mystical Sky Mansion’s high-ranking officials and made their way to Rong Fan’s house.
“Ah? All of you are disciples from the Rising Sky Mansion?” After the few Mystical Sky Mansion’s disciples said they were from the Rising Sky Mansion, Rong Fan’s parents were very enthusiastic in welcoming them.
“Little Fan must have troubled all of you. Both of us apologize on his behalf if he has done anything wrong before.” Although both of Rong Fan’s parents were cultivators as well, they were merely ordinary Martial Cultivators. When they learned the people before them were disciples from the Rising Sky Mansion, they were terrified.
One of the Mystical Sky Mansion’s disciples who was quick-witted replied, “Uncle, Auntie, there’s no need for both of you to be so nervous… The reason we came to find Rong Fan is due to Lord Mansion Master’s order. Young Mansion Master has already awakened, and we need him to return immediately to attend to him.”
“The Young Mansion Master has awakened?” Outsiders might have thought the Young Mansion Master of Rising Sky Mansion had died. However, since they were Rong Fan’s parents, it was only natural they knew the Young Mansion Master their son served was actually alive.
Only both of them in the entire Hump Town knew about this. Rong Fan had strictly warned them not to spread the news out.
For this reason, after hearing the Mystical Sky Mansion’s disciple mentioning this matter, they were completely convinced these people were disciples from the Rising Sky Mansion.
“Little Fan has gone out since morning. I think he’ll only return in the evening. We don’t know where he went. Would you like to wait in our house?” Rong Fan’s parents suggested.
The few Mystical Sky Mansion’s disciples exchanged glances with each other. At the same time, they received the approval from the Mystical Sky Mansion’s high-ranking officials lurking in the dark. Due to this reason, they agreed to Rong Fan’s parents’ suggestion.
“He has gone out?” Soon after, Meng Qing, the Mansion Master of Mystical Sky Mansion, and the others who were lurking outside the town learned about this news.
“Quickly secure the town. Apart from that, do an inch-by-inch search around the town’s perimeter. If you see any town’s citizen, just knock them out to stop them from telling Rong Fan anything if they encounter him,” Meng Qing quickly ordered. If they wanted to take out Rong Fan, they would have to be extremely meticulous in their plan.
However, Meng Qing was still a step too late when he learned about the news of Rong Fan not being in Hump Town.
Many citizens who had left the town earlier had already gone far away. Although the Mystical Sky Mansion’s high-ranking officials carried out an inch-by-inch search by the perimeter of the town, there were still one or two who managed to escape.
Several hundred of miles away from Hump Town, a Hump Town’s citizen who possessed quite a good cultivation base encountered Rong Fan and greeted him, “Rong Fan!”
“Rong Hong?” Rong Fan chuckled when he saw this person. “What? Are you heading somewhere?”
“I’m going to Southern Stele City. You must be on your way back from there, right?” Rong Hong answered him before asking with a smile.
“Yes.” Rong Fan nodded. “I went to buy some things for my parents.”
“Hehe… Rong Fan, you’re living quite a good life, huh! Initially, I thought your position would be downgraded since the Young Mansion Master you served has been killed. I can’t believe people from the Rising Sky Mansion would personally come to town to look for you!” Rong Hong chuckled.
“What?” When Rong Fan heard this, he was taken aback. “The people from the Rising Sky Mansion came to look for me?”
When he heard this news, the first thought that appeared in his mind was that it was impossible!
In the past, when he was serving the Young Mansion Master, although his position was not too high, it was not too low either. For this reason, many people below him would fawn over him.
However, ever since that Young Mansion Master’s soul was shattered, and most people thought the Young Mansion Master was dead, he no longer lived as well as he did previously. The people who used to fawn over him no longer bothered with him.
As for those people who knew the Young Mansion Master was still alive, they were all people with special identities and positions. Even before this incident happened to Young Mansion Master, they had already looked down on him. It was impossible for them to come looking for him here.
For this reason, when Rong Fan heard that somebody from the Rising Sky Mansion had come to Hump Town to look for him, he found it too hard to believe.
“Who are they? What did they say?” Rong Fan felt a little panicked. It was hard to tell if he was afraid or flattered.
“No, they didn’t. However, five of them came looking for you,” Rong Hong answered.
“Five of them?” Horror dawned on Rong Fan’s face immediately.
Five people claimed they came from the Rising Sky Mansion and were all looking for him?
At this moment, he would have been living in vain all these years if he could not see that something was not right about this.
Even if the Young Mansion Master was not dead, it would have been impossible for so many Rising Sky Mansion’s disciples to come looking for him, let alone the fact that most people thought the Young Mansion Master of Rising Sky Mansion had died.
Something sounded fishy here!
When Rong Hong saw the horrified expression on Rong Fan’s face, he was surprised. When he regained his senses, he could not help but ask, “What? Is there anything wrong?”
“Nothing.” Rong Fan shook his head before looking at him solemnly. “Rong Hong, you mustn’t tell anyone you encountered me today, especially those few people who claimed to have come from the Rising Sky Mansion! Remember! You must remember this!”
After he finished saying this, he left without even turning his head.
Naturally, he did not return to Hump Town. Instead, he made his way to the Rising Sky Mansion’s estate since he felt that something was amiss.
When he arrived in the vicinity of the Rising Sky Mansion’s estate, even from afar, he could feel something was off with the atmosphere in the estate.
Although he could not see anything from outside, he felt a little skeptical due to Rong Hong’s words earlier.
“I should hide first!” Rong Fan hid outside the Rising Sky Mansion’s estate as he patiently waited. There was something he wanted to confirm.
“Huh?” After he had waited for three whole days and nights, a strange yet familiar figure appeared in his sight.
“Isn’t this person Zhao Ji from the Mystical Sky Mansion?” Rong Fan very quickly identified the figure.