Chapter 1841: A Panicked Zhao Deng
Translator: EndlessFantasy Translation Editor: EndlessFantasy Translation
Although Gu Li had not been to the Azure Cloud Mansion before, he knew where the Azure Cloud Mansion’s estate was located.
However, as he made his way to the Azure Cloud Mansion, he was unaware that he was being followed.
Despite having already broken through to the Divine Saint Stage, he was merely at the Early Divine Saint Stage. Naturally, it would be difficult for him to detect Zhao Deng who was following him since he was a Martial Cultivator at the Mastery Divine Saint Stage. For this reason, although Zhao Deng was following him not that far behind, Gu Li was completely unaware of it.
“I’d really like to see where did Ling Tian go!” Zhao Deng muttered to himself as he followed Gu Li from behind. His eyes flashed coldly as he muttered to himself.
After a few days, Zhao Deng who was following Gu Li could not help but frown. “The Crouching Dragon Lake where the Azure Cloud Mansion’s estate is located just in front… What’s Gu Li doing here?”
Although the Azure Cloud Mansion was also a quasi third-rate force just like their Mystical Sky Mansion, it was far superior in terms of strength and position!
Now that Zhao Deng had arrived at the entrance of such a force, even he, the Vice Mansion Master of Mystical Sky Mansion, felt a little fear. From the beginning until the end, it did not cross his mind that Gu Li’s destination would be the Azure Cloud Mansion! This was because he had never heard of any connections that Gu Li and Ling Tian had with Azure Cloud Mansion.
The first thought that popped up in his mind was Gu Li was merely passing by the Crouching Dragon Lake’s lakeside, and he did not have anything to do with the Azure Cloud Mansion at all.
As long as they did not enter the Crouching Dragon Lake, they would not alert the Black Armored Guards of the Azure Cloud Mansion.
However, soon after, Zhao Deng discovered things were developing in a completely different from what he had imagined. Gu Li was not passing by the Crouching Dragon Lake where the Azure Cloud Mansion’s estate was located at all!
“H-he actually entered the Crouching Dragon Lake!” Outside of the Crouching Dragon Lake, Zhao Deng witnessed with his own eyes how Gu Li flew into the Crouching Dragon Lake.
The scene he had expected to happen had also taken place. The moment Gu Li entered the Crouching Dragon Lake, he was immediately surrounded by ten Black Armored Guards who emerged from the Crouching Dragon Lake.
“What’s Gu Li trying to do? Why would he come to the Azure Cloud Mansion?” Zhao Deng frowned. He was still baffled even after thinking about it for a long time.
Naturally, he knew Gu Li would not come here to seek death! Something he was unaware of must be going on!
“Huh? Why did the attitude of these originally menacing Black Armored Guards suddenly change?” Although they were a distance apart now, Zhao Deng could see very clearly that the ten Black Armored Guards who were surrounding Gu Li had suddenly opened up a path for Gu Li.
There was even one Black Armored Guard who was leading Gu Li and courteously inviting him into the Crouching Dragon Lake.
“T-This… What’s going on? I’ve never heard of Gu Ci Yun having connections with any of the high-ranking officials in the Azure Cloud Mansion!” It was only until Gu Li’s silhouette had disappeared before his eyes that Zhao Deng finally regained his senses.
The first thought that popped up in his mind was that Guardian Gu Ci Yun from the Mystical Sky Mansion must have known some high-ranking official from the Azure Cloud Mansion. Not only that, but they must have a good relationship as well. The position of the Azure Cloud Mansion’s high-ranking official must be quite high in the Azure Cloud Mansion. Otherwise, it would have been impossible for this Black Armored Guard to treat Gu Li, Gu Ci Yun’s son, so politely.
From the very beginning until the end, he did not even think that it was Gu Li who had a close relationship with some high-ranking official in the Azure Cloud Mansion. He did not think Gu Li was qualified enough to be friends with a high-ranking official in the Azure Cloud Mansion!
At this moment, Zhao Deng had completely forgotten about Ling Tian!
It would never cross his mind — not even in his wildest dreams — that the reason the Black Armored Guards were so polite toward Gu Li was because of the direct order from Duan Ru Feng, the Mansion Master of Azure Cloud Mansion. The reason behind this was Duan Ling Tian!
“One day, if someone comes and claims he’s Gu Li, a disciple from the Mystical Sky Mansion, none of you should be discourteous to him!” Although Duan Ru Feng’s words were simple, they were akin to an imperial edict to the Black Armored Guards.
How could they possibly dare to be discourteous toward someone who made the Mansion Mansion personally give an order?
“Should I go and enquire about this matter or should I return first?” Zhao Deng wanted to turn around and leave. However, the moment he thought about how Ling Tian might be hidden in the Azure Cloud Mansion by Gu Li, he felt a little unwilling.
“Ling Tian must have hidden in the Azure Cloud Mansion by Gu Li through the relationship his father has with the Azure Cloud Mansion! Looks like they plan to leave the Azure Cloud Mansion and head to the Upper Province of the Dao Martial Saint Land soon! Does Ling Tian thinks nobody in our Zhao Clan can touch him just because he’s hiding in the Azure Cloud Mansion?” Zhao Deng continued to make his own assumptions as his eyes gleamed coldly as though he wanted to kill someone.
Currently, what he wanted most was to drag Ling Tian out!
Whether it was him or his father, both of them felt they had to find Ling Tian in order to find the killer of his son, Zhao Ji.
“Fine, it’s better if I go and enquire about it first. I’m sure these Azure Cloud Mansion’s Black Armored Guards won’t dare to be discourteous once I reveal my identity as Vice Mansion Master of Mystical Sky Mansion! They would probably answer my questions as well.” In the end, Zhao Deng decided to go and enquire about this matter.
The moment he thought about his identity as the Vice Mansion Master of Mystical Sky Mansion, his confidence was greatly boosted.
With a flash, Zhao Deng seemed to have transformed into a cannonball as he appeared above the Crouching Dragon Lake before the nine Black Armored Guards were able to return into the Crouching Dragon Lake.
“Who are you?!” Zhao Deng’s appearance had, naturally, alerted the nine Black Armored Guards. He was immediately surrounded by the nine Black Armored Guards.
“I’m Zhao Deng, the Vice Mansion Master of Mystical Sky Mansion’s Vice Mansion!” Zhao Deng said as he raised his head high up in front of the nine Black Armored Guards and said.
At the same time, a terrifying aura emitted out of his body, pressuring the nine Black Armored Guards until their expressions turned grave.
No matter what, Zhao Deng was still a Mastery Divine Saint Stage powerhouse. Naturally, the aura he released was not something the group of Eminent Saint Stage powerhouses could endure.
Although that was the case, he did not dare to be too bold. Soon after, he withdrew his aura.
No matter what, these Black Armored Guards were from the Azure Cloud Mansion. As the saying went, ‘One must look at the owner before one hits a dog.’ He did not wish to offend the Azure Cloud Mansion just because of these Black Armored Guards!
Even his father and the Mystical Sky Mansion would not simply offend the Azure Cloud Mansion, let alone him!
The reason he had acted that way earlier was so the nine Black Armored Guards would not look down on him.
“Oh, it’s Vice Mansion Master Zhao from the Mystical Sky Mansion!” Soon after, one of the nine Black Armored Guards stepped out and cupped his hands in front of his chest before bowing at Zhao Deng. “Good day to you, Vice Mansion Master Zhao. I’m Liu Quan, the Decurion of the Black Armored Army’s 73rd squad in the Azure Cloud Mansion!”
“Good day to you, Vice Mansion Master Zhao!” The remaining eight Black Armored Guards bowed at Zhao Deng in unison.
When Zhao Deng saw how courteous the nine Black Armored Guards were, Zhao Deng became even more arrogant. It seemed like his show of power earlier was effective.
“You’re the Decurion?” Zhao Deng looked at Liu Quan. After he saw the latter nodding his head, he also nodded his head as well. “Very good. I have a question to ask you, earlier…”
“Vice Mansion Master Zhao!” Liu Qian interrupted Zhao Deng before he could finish speaking. Although Zhao Deng’s expression had turned grim, Liu Qian continued to say, “Our Lord Mansion Master has given an order saying that if you come, we must treat you politely, and he even asked us to bring you to the Central Main Hall, Vice Mansion Master Zhao. Lord Mansion Master has said before that he wishes to personally welcome you!”
Upon hearing his words, the grave expression on Zhao Deng’s face disappeared immediately. Although he was baffled by this, he was ultimately delighted. “The Mansion Master of your Azure Cloud Mansion wants to personally welcome me?”
At this moment, Zhao Deng had even thought that he had heard wrongly.
“Yes.” However, he soon obtained his confirmation from Liu Quan.
He did not hear wrongly at all! Zhao Deng instantly felt a warm feeling rising from his feet all the way up to his head, causing him to feel dizzy for a moment. He was obviously excited.
He paid no attention to these few Black Armored Guards since the strongest among them was merely at the peak of the Eminent Saint Stage. However, the Mansion Master of the Azure Cloud Mansion was a completely different story!
The Mansion Master of Azure Cloud Mansion was someone even their Mansion Master of the Mystical Sky Mansion had to respect. However, he was going to personally welcome him?
At this instant, Zhao Deng felt a little light-headed. However, after a while, he regained his senses and realized that something was amiss.
He did not know the Mansion Master of Azure Cloud Mansion, and he had never heard of his father knowing the Mansion Master of the Azure Cloud Mansion.
In that case, why would the Mansion Master of Azure Cloud Mansion, one of the two overlords in the Lower Province of the Dao Martial Saint Land, tell his subordinates that he was going to personally welcome him?
Apart from that, how did the Mansion Master of the Azure Cloud Mansion knew he was coming?
Something was not right!
After Zhao Deng calmed himself down, he did not lose himself in his excitement again. After taking a deep breath, he looked at the nine Black Armored Guards and said, “Please pass my gratitude to your Mansion Master. However, I still have some matters to attend to so I’ll have to take my leave for now!”
Now that Zhao Deng had sensed that something was wrong, he had completely thrown Ling Tian and Gu Li to the back of his mind.
Currently, there was only one thought left in his mind. He had to leave the Azure Cloud Mansion as quickly and as far as possible!
The moment his words left his mouth, without waiting for the nine Black Armored Guards’ response, he turned around and flew out of the Crouching Dragon Lake.
At the same time, a vast energy surged out of Zhao Deng’s body as he tried to leave the surrounding area of the Azure Cloud Mansion as fast as he possibly could.
He felt something was strange about this matter. Somehow, it seemed like a trap when he was told the Mansion Master of Azure Cloud Mansion wanted to personally welcome him.
“Since you’re already here, why are you in such a rush to leave?” Before Zhao Deng could mobilize all his strength to speed up, a cold voice laced with killing intent sounded in front of him.
When he came to a halt, he discovered someone was already standing before him.
This person was wearing a black armor as well, but it looked more exquisite and light.
This Black Armored Guard was a young man with an aloof looking face. He had a long and terrifying scar that began from the top of his left eye to the bottom of his face, causing him to have a cruel appearance.
“Y-You’re Tong Zhong? The Black Armored Army’s Centurion?” Upon seeing this young man with a scarred face, horror dawned on Zhao Deng immediately.
Tong Zhong was the strongest person after the Captain of the Black Armored Army!
He was a powerhouse at the peak of the Divine Saint Stage!