Chapter 1505: Mountainshade Black Market
Translator: EndlessFantasy Translation Editor: EndlessFantasy Translation
Since Duan Ling Tian had received the materials, he had no plan to remain in Han River City any longer.
“Senior Brother Hui, I’ll count on you to get the materials that I need then,” added Duan Ling Tian when bade farewell to Dong Hui.
“Don’t worry, Junior Brother Duan. I’ll continue to send my men to search for those materials that you need. When I’ve already gotten them, I’ll ask them to bring back to the sect to you,” Dong Hui said, nodding.
“Thank you, Senior Brother Hui.” After expressing his gratitude again, Duan Ling Tian finally left.
When he left, it was already late at night. It was so dark that he could barely see his hands in front of him. Seizing the chance since it was so dark, Duan Ling Tian left the Moon Illumination Sect’s operation point quietly and left the Nine Sect Alliances’ headquarters.
The reason he chose to leave at this hour was to avoid all unnecessary trouble.
Duan Ling Tian knew very well that even though he was already an Intermediate Saint Rudiment Stage Martial Cultivator now, he would still stand no chance resisting if he came across a Paramount Saint Rudiment Stage powerhouse.
What Duan Ling Tian did not know was that when he left, a figure was stalking him close behind and only came to a halt when the figure watched him leaving Han River City successfully.
He raised his head and watched Duan Ling Tian’s silhouette fading into the air and vanished in this moonlight.
The moonlight shone down, revealing the man’s face. He was none other than Dong Hui who had just said farewell to Duan Ling Tian not long ago.
It turned out that after Duan Ling Tian had left, Dong Hui had pondered about it and still felt worried. Hence, he secretly escorted Duan Ling Tian out of the city.
Only after he had witnessed him leaving Han River City until his figure vanished before his eyes, he finally stopped following him.
Duan Ling Tian exerted his full speed and traveled at the speed of light as he flew towards where the Moon Illumination Sect estate was.
“Huang Cheng!” On the way back to the Moon Illumination Sect, Duan Ling Tian could not help but remember that outer court elder who had made his move to kill him when he had first left the Moon Illumination Sect.
Had it not been for the fact that he had had two Three-Star Divine Strider Talismans with him, he would have been dead by Huang Cheng’s hand.
“I hope your balls are big enough to remain in the Moon Illumination Sect so that I can have a chance to take my revenge!” Duan Ling Tian muttered to himself. It was obvious that these words were targeted towards Huang Cheng.
Unfortunately, he was destined to be disappointed.
When Huang Cheng did not manage to kill him, he already realized that he would not have a happy ending if he went back to the Moon Illumination Sect, so he went into hiding instead.
Of course, the reason Huang Cheng went into hiding was not that he feared Duan Ling Tian. Instead, he was scared of Bai Li Hong who was backing Duan Ling Tian.
When Duan Ling Tian returned to the Moon Illumination Sect, many people come and left a secluded mansion in Han River City.
Under the cover of the moonlight, these people walked back and forth in and out of the mansion.
In the day time, this mansion was devoid of activity. One could only see people leaving and entering when it was night time.
Here was the operation point that the Mountainshade Black Market had set up in Han River City in the Nine Sect Alliances’ district.
Tonight, inside a spacious room in this bustling mansion, candlelight swayed in the faint breeze and flickered ceaselessly, reflecting two figures.
One of the figures was a skinny, old man who had a mixture of black and white hair. His face seemed to be asymmetrically divided into two halves; half of it looked like male while another looked feminine.
Right now, he was looking at the sturdy middle-aged man in front of him as he said, “Duan Ling Tian from the Moon Illumination Sect is exactly Chi Ming’s target! There’s only one explanation how he could’ve come to Han River City alive and even created such a huge commotion — Chi Ming must have failed!”
“Could there be some other reason? It’s pretty impossible for Chi Ming to fail.” Standing right there, the sturdy middle-aged man who had a stocky and imposing build was like an iron tower who oozed a powerful sense of intimidation towards the other man.
“Even if there’s some other reason, Chi Ming should have come back by now. Seeing that he still hasn’t made it back, he must have met a grim ending,” the old man replied.
Right at this moment, two faint knocks reverberated.
Just as the old man and the middle-aged man shifted their gazes towards the door, a polite voice resonated from the outside.”Lord Yin Yang.”
As though he could hear who the voice belonged to, the old man answered nonchalantly, “Come in.”
At the same time, he waved his hand and the room door opened by itself.
A young man who was covered in black clothing gradually walked in. When he saw the strong-built man, he politely bowed and paid his respects. “Lord Tai Wu.”
The old man raised his hand again to close the room door before he asked indifferently, “Anything?”
“Lord Yin Yang, there’s a Quasi Three-Star Assassin who’s looking for you. He said that he must talk to you personally,” the young man replied, “If you refuse to see him, I’ll send him away, Lord Yin Yang.”
“A Quasi Three-Star Assassin?” A brilliance flashed across the old man’s cloudy eyes. After remaining silent for some time, he finally said, “Bring him over.”
In the Mountainshade Black Market, the assassins were ranked by various grades too.
That black-robed man, whom Duan Ling Tian killed the last time, was a Three-Star Assassin in the Mountainshade Black Market.
Although a Quasi Three-Star Assassin was not as powerful as him, there was not much difference between them.
In the Mountainshade Black Market, a Quasi Three-Star Assassin would usually be able to assassinate an ordinary Paramount Mortal Shedding Stage Martial or Dao Cultivator if there were no mishaps.
One could easily imagine just how terrorizing a Quasi Three-Star Assassin was.
Soon, the young man brought a man who was completely enveloped in a black robe in with him. Nobody could see his face or body at all.
“Good day to you, Lord Yin Yang.” The black-robed man bowed slightly towards the old man but he did not seem to recognize the middle-aged man beside him, so he did not bow towards him at all.
However, the middle-aged man did not seem to be concerned about it. Still, he studied the black-robed man with interest.
The old man, who was a high-ranking official in the Mountainshade Black Market with the code name “Yin Yang”, asked nonchalantly, “Why’re you looking for me?”
Of course, he was only a high-ranking official in the Mountainshade Black Market branch in the Nine Sect Alliances’ district. If he were in the Mountainshade Black Market headquarters, he would be merely a handyman with his strength of Early Saint Rudiment Stage and would not be worth mentioning at all.
The black-robed man was the Quasi Three-Star Assassin who wanted to look for Yin Yang. After he cast a glance at the young man beside him, he glanced at the middle-aged man.
“You can leave first.” Upon hearing Yin Yang’s order, the young man retreated and closed the door when he left.
Looking at the Quasi Three-Star Assassin, Yin Yang said, “That’s Tai Wu.”
However, when Yin Yang’s words left his mouth, the Quasi Three-Star Assassin could not help but tremble a little. When he opened his mouth once again, even his voice was slightly shaking. “I-Is it Lord T-Tai Wu?”
Then, he lifted his head slightly and glanced at the muscular, middle-aged man.
When he saw the horrendous sword scar that slashed across his left eye, he took a deep breath and hastily bowed. “Good day to you, Lord Tai Wu!”
As a Mountainshade Black Market assassin, the official of the highest level that he had ever come across was Yin Yang.
Although he had heard of Tai Wu many times before, he had never seen him before. Therefore, even when Tai Wu was standing in front of him today, he did not recognize him at all.
The moment he recalled the rumor regarding Tai Wu, his heart could not help but tremble a little again. There was a shocking rumor that was being spread out among the Mountainshade Black Market assassins, stating that the former Clan Leader of the Profound Talisman Sect had died by Tai Wu’s hand.
When the Former Clan Leader of the Profound Talisman Sect died, his strength could be deemed to be the top three in the entire Nine Sect Alliances’ district.
He was so powerful that he even surpassed Yin Yang, one of the high-ranking officials of their Mountainshade Black Market.
He had also heard of Tai Wu’s origin before. It seemed like Tai Wu had offended a high-ranking official in the Mountainshade Black Market’s upper division and for this reason, he was suppressed by that official and was expelled to the branch of the Mountainshade Black Market in the Nine Sect Alliances’s district.
That particular branch was ranked one of the lowest in the entire Mountainshade Black Market.
There was also another rumor regarding Tai Wu when he had just arrived at the Mountainshade Black Market’s branch in the Nine Sect Alliances’ district.
It was said that when he had just arrived, he was also not welcomed by the high-ranking officials at the branch. Cornered in such a situation, he did not say anything and with just his pair of iron fists alone, he sealed a place for himself in the Mountainshade Black Market’s branch in the Nine Sect Alliances’ district.
Right now, his position at the branch was even higher than Yin Yang’s.
Therefore, when the black-robed Quasi Three-Star Assassin heard that the strong-built man standing in front was Tai Wu, he was instantly taken aback.
“Just spit it out if you have anything to say,” Tai Wu nodded his head at the black-robed man and said nonchalantly.
“Yes,” quickly replied the black-robed man. Not daring to slack at all, he looked at Tai Wu and Yin Yang to report, “Lord Tai Wu, Lord Yin Yang, a few days ago at midnight, I just so happened to witness an incident that has an adverse impact on our Mountainshade Black Market.”
When the black-robed man reached the end of his sentence, his face turned grave right away.
“Oh?” When Tai Wu and Yin Yang heard him, they exchanged glances with each other and saw the astonishment in each other’s eyes.
“That night, because I had a mission to carry out, I left in a hurry after I ascertained the identity of the two men. By the time my mission was done, I hurried back and instantly came to find you, Lord Yin Yang,” the black-robed man told Yin Yang.
“What incident?” Yin Yang asked.
“Somebody actually impersonated as our Mountainshade Black Market men!” The black-robed man gnashed his teeth. “They claimed that they were assassins from our Mountainshade Black Market, but from the aura that they exuded, I could see that they were definitely not assassins! Besides, our Mountainshade Black Market assassins are shackled by the thunder penalty of the Nine-Nine Heavenly Tribulation Oath, so it’s impossible for us to expose our own identity!”
The black-robed man’s words instantly caused Tai Wu and Yin Yang’s face to turn dark right away in unison.
The headquarters that was at the highest level in their Mountainshade Black Market was a third-rated force.
As the saying went, rules and regulations must be adhered to in handling affairs. If such a huge force did not have such rules, it would have been impossible for them to achieve glory.
There were also many prohibitions in the Mountainshade Black Market.
One of them was that none of the Mountainshade Black Market assassins could reveal their identity when they were on duty outside.
For this reason, the Mountainshade Black Market had set a rule stating that every killer of the Mountainshade Black Market must swear using the Nine-Nine Heavenly Tribulation Oath before they entered.