Chapter 1551: Xue Nai’s Master
“Junior Brother, you actually managed to kill Zhao Feng… Zhao Feng was a Paramount Saint Rudiment Stage powerhouse. In terms of strength, apart from those at the Saint Stage, only the few Vice Sect Leaders, another inner court elder and me are stronger than him. How strong are you exactly?” Bai Li Hong asked solemnly. He was curious about Duan Ling Tian’s current strength.
“To be honest, Senior Brother, currently, I’m not afraid of anyone below the Saint Stage,” Duan Ling Tian said bluntly without hiding anything. He sounded extremely confident when he spoke.
Naturally, he kept his next thought to himself. ‘When I break through to the Paramount Saint Rudiment Stage, I’m confident I can even kill ordinary Saint Stage powerhouses.’
“You’re also confident you can win an Imminent Saint Stage powerhouse?” Bai Li Hong gasped.
“Yes.” Duan Ling Tian nodded. An Imminent Saint Stage powerhouse was strong, but he could crush them in one move by using the Celestial Supreme Treasure, the Jasper Celestial Sword, with his current strength.
“It seems like I no longer have to worry about your safety… Junior Brother, your current strength has already surpassed mine even though I’m your senior brother.” Bai Li Hong sighed. He did not doubt Duan Ling Tian’s words at all.
Although Bai Li Hong sighed, he was actually happy for Duan Ling Tian because this meant he could protect himself better now.
“No matter how strong I become, you’re always Duan Ling Tian’s senior brother,” Duan Ling Tian said solemnly.
Upon hearing Duan Ling Tian’s words, Bai Li Hong nodded. An expression of contentment was apparent on his face.
Suddenly, Bai Li Hong seemed to have thought of something and the smile on his face disappeared. He said to Duan Ling Tian solemnly, “It’s okay for you to reveal your current strength to me but don’t reveal it so easily to other people. Otherwise, I’m afraid it’ll cause trouble.”
“I understand.” Duan Ling Tian nodded. He was not stupid. Naturally, he knew what Bai Li Hong meant when he said it would cause trouble.
If the Supreme Elder, Qian Kong, learned of his current strength, he would probably condemn him immediately because his current strength was sufficient to kill Zhao Feng.
“Moreover, the news was obviously released by Liu Huan… He must know it won’t affect us too much, and yet, he still did it. He must be plotting something,” Bai Li Hong added.
“It’s not hard to guess his plans. He must have seen that I didn’t leave the mansion for such a long time after I returned, he’s worried I might go into closed-door cultivation for a few years and come out stronger than him… If that happens, the power dynamic between us would totally shift,” Duan Ling Tian said with certainty as his eyes gleamed.
“That should be the case.” Bai Li Hong nodded in agreement. He sneered. “Unfortunately, he would’ve never dreamed that Junior Brother’s current strength is far superior to his… You can even kill Zhao Feng, it’ll be as simple as killing chickens or cutting grass for you to kill him.”
“Since he’s so eager, I’ll have some fun with him,” Duan Ling Tian said indifferently as his eyes gleamed coldly.
He was already unafraid of Liu Huan when he left the Moon Illumination Sect previously. At that time, he had not inherited the Sovereign Heart Sword, and he still could not wield the Celestial Supreme Treasure, the Jasper Celestial Sword.
Now that his strength had increased, naturally, he was even more unafraid of Liu Huan.
“This time, Senior Brother definitely won’t ruin your plan,” Bai Li Hong said somewhat awkwardly after he heard Duan Ling Tian’s words.
“However… Junior Brother, I suggest you wait for a while before you execute your plan. At this moment, apart from Liu Huan, I’m afraid there are other eyes that focused on your every movement,” Bai Li Hong said solemnly as though he had remembered something.
“Senior Brother, you mean Qian Kong?” Duan Ling Tian raised his eyebrows.
Bai Li Hong nodded. “I have a feeling the relationship between Qian Kong and Zhao Feng is definitely not so simple. In fact, it runs deeper than an ordinary relationship between a master and a disciple… Based on Qian Kong’s reaction a few days ago, he won’t let Zhao Feng’s death go so easily! I’m worried he’s watching your every move as well.”
“Understood.” Duan Ling Tian nodded as he formulated a new plan in his heart.
“If that’s the case, I’ll wait till I break through to the Paramount Saint Rudiment Stage before I have some fun with Liu Huan,” Duan Ling Tian said, emphasizing on the word ‘fun’.
In the subsequent days, Duan Ling Tian began his earlier routine. He silently cultivated on the third level of the Seven Treasures Exquisite Pagoda and the outside world.
Meanwhile, Sect Leader Jiang Wei’s words had quickly spread in the Moon Illumination Sect.
“Elder Bai Li had already sworn on the lightning penalty oath that he had nothing to do with Elder Zhao Feng’s death. If anyone else dares to smear Elder Bai Li’s name, they’ll be severely punished!” Those were Jiang Wei’s exact words.
As Jiang Wei’s words spread around the Moon Illumination Sect, the entire sect began to liven up again.
“As it turns out, the nine claps of thunder that day were the Nine-nine Heavenly Tribulation Oath resonating with Elder Bai Li’s oath.”
“Since he swore on the lightning penalty oath, Elder Bai Li must have nothing to do with this matter.”
“I didn’t expect the Sect Leader to ask Elder Bai Li to swear on the lightning penalty oath for Elder Zhao Feng… Isn’t he afraid Elder Bai Li would be disappointed by his lack of trust?”
“Elder Bai Li is the only Three Star Saint Inscription Master in the Moon Illumination Sect. If we offend him, he can just leave the sect… The eight other great sects and Mountainshade Black Market have long wanted Elder Bai Li to join them.”
“The Sect Leader has gone overboard on this matter.”
Similar remarks were circulating in the entire Moon Illumination Sect. Most people were on Bai Li Hong’s side.
At the same time, the other Supreme Elders in the Moon Illumination Sect’s forbidden area also learned about this incident and had gone to Sect Leader Jiang Wei immediately.
“Sect Leader, you’ve gone overboard on this matter!”
“If Elder Bai Li had left the Moon Illumination Sect due to that, you’ll be a sinner in the Moon Illumination Sect!”
“Humph! It’s just Zhao Feng… Even if he’s killed by Elder Bai Li, so what? He’s worthless to the Moon Illumination Sect compared to Elder Bai Li!”
The few Supreme Elders began to question Jiang Wei as soon as they saw him.
Jiang Wei felt aggrieved, he instantly looked at Qian Kong whose face had darkened. “Junior Uncle Qian, you won’t let me take all the blame for this matter, will you?”
Qian Kong was dragged along by the other Supreme Elders. Although he did not want to go, he knew he had to.
Naturally, he did not come to criticize Jiang Wei, but he had come to stop the other Supreme Elders from criticizing Jiang Wei.
Sure enough, after Jiang Wei had spoken, the other Supreme Elders shifted their attention to Qian Kong.
“Junior Brother Qian, what’s that about?”
“Junior Brother Qian, could it be the person who asked Elder Bai Li to swear on the lightning penalty oath wasn’t the sect leader, but it was you? If that’s the case, then you’re foolish!”
“Senior Brother Qian, I know Zhao Feng almost became your disciple, but he didn’t after all. Why do you care so much about his life or death? It’s not worth it to offend Elder Bai Li for him.”
The other Supreme Elders were either Qian Kong’s senior brothers or junior brothers. They were the older generation of Moon Illumination Sect.
When they spoke to Qian Kong, they were not as polite as they were to Jiang Wei.
“What if he’s my son?” Faced with the criticism from his senior brothers and junior brothers, Qian Kong ‘s expression was terrifyingly gloomy. Eventually, he revealed the relationship between Zhao Feng and himself.
Silence immediately descended on the scene.
It was obvious the Moon Illumination Sect’s Supreme Elders did not know about the relationship between Qian Kong and Zhao Feng. They were all dumbfounded and could only smile bitterly after they heard Qian Kong’s words.
If that was the case, they could not really blame Qian Kong. After all, they would have probably done the same if they were in his position.
Jiang Wei who was standing at the side also heaved a sigh of relief.
He did not care how those below him were talking about this. But he cared about what the seniors thought about him because they were the guardians of the Moon Illumination Sect.
In Jiang Wei’s opinion, the current outcome was the best ending.
However, he did not know that for some people, this incident was just beginning. It was far from being the end.
In the inner court of Moon Illumination Sect.
“That Duan Ling Tian is so patient?” Liu Huan’s expression turned extremely displeased. He thought Duan Ling Tian would be unsettled by it, his composure completely exceeded his expectation.
For a time, he felt ashamed and helpless.
Was all his effort of doing things in the dark all in vain?
He could not resign to this! He really could not! However, what could he do?
“Wait! Just wait… I don’t believe Duan Ling Tian can hide at Bai Li Hong’s mansion forever,” Liu Huan said as he gnashed his teeth.
Meanwhile, in an area close to the Moon Illumination Sect’s central area, a figure rapidly flew out from an independent courtyard in a mountain obscured by fog. The figure disappeared into the clouds in just a blink of an eye.
Soon after, the figure arrived at the depth of a mountain.
“Master, you’re finally back,” Han Xue Nai said excitedly when she saw the shapely and beautiful woman in front of her.
“Xue Nai, I’ve already asked my friend to divine about the safety of the Sister Ke’er you mentioned. She is safe for now… However, in the near future, she’ll be facing a crisis! It might possibly kill her… Whether she’s able to overcome it will depend on her good fortune.” The beautiful woman smiled dazzlingly when she saw Han Xue Nai before sighing solemnly.
Earlier when Han Xue Nai heard that Ke’er was safe and sound, she had smiled. However, when she heard the subsequent words from the beautiful woman, her expression changed immediately. “A crisis that might kill her? Master, Senior Prophet he… really said so?”
The friend her master was referring to was the famous Old Prophet in the Dao Martial Saint Land. She certainly would not doubt the words of the Old Prophet.