HSSB 78

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HSSB78: Don’t look down on librarians

 

The atmosphere of a Martial Grandmaster expert engulfed the surrounding area, agitating the wind and the clouds.

The hearts of the Eastern Tang martial practitioners all sunk down to the utmost depths. Even all of them combined would not be able to stand up to such an opponent.

The figure of Infinite Boundless Mountain’s Elder He appeared, his gaze landing on Yan Zhaoge and Zhao Shicheng.

Just as he was about to open his mouth to speak, his expression suddenly changed slightly.

The King of the Eastern Tang Kingdom, Zhao Shicheng, who had originally been unconscious and dead to the world, actually suddenly opened his eyes at this very moment.

Their gazes clashed head-on within the air just like that.

Zhao Shicheng said mildly. “Elder He, coming over to visit personally-I have troubled you.”

As he said this, he sat up, one hand clenching into a fist, the other slapping onto the ground beside him.

With the ground beneath him as their centre, the originally faint and broken lines of spirit patterns suddenly lit up with a dazzling radiance, spreading to envelop the surrounding area.

The power of the formation increased tremendously at this moment, going from ailing and weak to strong and abundant.

A powerful force directly shocked the people from Infinite Boundless Mountain led by Elder He, causing them to consecutively take a few steps back in retreat as they were forced out of the formation.

“How is it possible that he managed to recover so quickly?” Elder He swivelled his head to look at the other Infinite Boundless Mountain martial practitioners.

The two leading Xiantian Martial Scholars shook their heads bitterly, their faces filled with utter incomprehension and disbelief.

They said softly, “When we caught up to them, his injuries were very grave. The only difference between him and a dead person was that he still barely breathed.”

“There is definitely no reason for him to have recovered in such a short time.”

“This is virtually seeing a ghost in broad daylight!”

Wiping the traces of blood from the corner of his mouth, Zhao Hao stared at the Yan Zhaoge by Zhao Shicheng’s side, his palms still pressed on Zhao Shicheng’s chest and back.

“What a shocking speed; how in the world did he do it?!”

Zhao Hao gnashed his teeth, fresh blood leaking from the corner of his mouth once more.

He was proficient in alchemy and medicine, standing at the very peak of this world. Other than a very select few, there were no others who were qualified to be mentioned in the same breath as him.

But helping Zhao Shicheng to recover in such a short period of time, was not something that he would have been able to do!

He had seen how Zhao Shicheng had been initially, seen how grave his injuries were.

But now, Zhao Shicheng had actually managed to regain his consciousness, as well as reactivate the formation once again. This went completely against his predictions.

Zhao Hao sucked in a deep breath, “It is not just that Golden Needle Liberating Pill technique; he is extremely proficient in all aspects of alchemy and medicine as well!”

Elder He’s gaze similarly landed on Yan Zhaoge, “The Broad Creed Young Master is not a dragon among men but a dragon amongst dragons-the rumours were actually true?!”

Let alone having completely gone against the expectations of the people from Infinite Boundless Mountain, even the Eastern Tang Kingdom martial practitioners were all shocked and startled by what had just transpired.

A warning bell sounded in the hearts of some, “It shouldn’t be a technique that excites one’s potential, forcefully causing His Majesty to awaken now at the price of his injuries deteriorating afterwards, perhaps even leading to his eventual death?”

“Don’t tell me that it is the moment of clarity before his death, the remnant radiance of the setting sun?”

Detecting the worried and troubled gazes of those around him, Yan Zhaoge couldn’t help but roll his eyes.

“I say, you guys, don’t look down on librarians, that occupation ah.”

Zhao Shicheng nodded towards Yan Zhaoge, then directly stood up, “This King was temporarily afflicted with a minor ailment; it is already fine now.”

“Thank you Elder He for personally taking the trouble to rush here to visit me, but this Sealing Dragon Abyss is not a place suitable for conversing.”

“After we have departed, This King will throw up a banquet within the royal palace-we will attend Elder He and you others of Infinite Boundless Mountain with hospitality then.”

Elder He looked at Zhao Shicheng, frowning.

He did not believe that having suffered such grave injuries before, Zhao Shicheng had already completely recovered.

Still, he could not grasp for sure how much of his power Zhao Shicheng currently still possessed.

How much of the power of Jingyang City’s grand formation Zhao Shicheng could currently still draw on was also an unknown.

If Zhao Shicheng was at his peak state, assisted by the power of the grand formation, Elder He would not be his match.

Zhao Hao’s gaze moved between Yan Zhaoge and Zhao Shicheng repeatedly.

Zhao Shicheng, however, did not even glance at him once.

When Zhao Shicheng had assisted Broad Creed Mountain in repelling the Sacred Sun Clan in Jingyang City previously, Zhao Hao had completely lost all hope in him.

And with Zhao Hao having appeared at this place and time accompanied by those of Infinite Boundless Mountain, Zhao Shicheng now lost all hope in Zhao Hao as well.

Zhao Shicheng looked at Elder He, saying calmly, “This is not the place for conversing; This King will first take his leave. Elder He, please leave as you will.”

Saying thus, he extended his palms forward before pushing down at the air beneath him.

The spirit patterns of the formation vibrated, currents of qi flowing and rising, swirling to envelop Yan Zhaoge, Ah Hu and the other Eastern Tang martial practitioners with Zhao Shicheng at their centre, before rising towards the entrance of the Sealing Dragon Abyss.

Elder He’s face was sunken-he was really not satisfied if he had to give up just like this.

Although he was no longer completely confident in his success, he did not hesitate and risk wasting any time, instead immediately moving to obstruct Yan Zhaoge, Zhao Shicheng and the others.

But at this time, an intense tremor suddenly emanated over from the distance.

A cold, majestic sword-qi was transmitted over, slicing through the very air itself as the canyon within the Sealing Dragon Abyss seemed about to completely break apart.

“It’s Broad Creed Mountain’s East Elder and the Sacred Sun Clan’s East Rising Lord; they are rushing over here!”

An imposing sword-qi broke through the sky, blocking the path of those from Infinite Boundless Mountain.

A golden sword-light lit up, clashing with that imposing sword-qi once more.

However, the chance for the group from Infinite Boundless Mountain to chase down and attack Yan Zhaoge and the others had already passed; it was already too late.

Elder He’s face dimmed, “We have missed the opportunity; the situation here on out is something that we have no confidence over.”

“Let’s go. Contact our clan’s Elder to determine whether we should retreat or proceed on.”

He looked towards Zhao Hao, “If you continue to remain in the Eastern Tang, it will be difficult for you to produce any results in the future.”

Zhao Hao fell into a deep silence.

Yan Zhaoge, Zhao Shicheng and the others had also felt Elder Qin and the East Rising Lord approaching just now.

Not only that; Elder Kong and that female Martial Grandmaster expert of the Sacred Sun Clan had long since left the Sealing Dragon Abyss in the midst of their fight, causing the heavens to roil and the earth to overturn wherever they fought as they swept over a distance spanning several hundred kilometres long.

“Uncle, the chaotic streams of baleful qi within your body have not been completely expelled yet,” Yan Zhaoge looked at Zhao Shicheng as he continued, “How confident are you about the situation over at Jingyang City?”

His expression slightly pale, Zhao Shicheng concentrated on that faint connection for a while before slowly saying, “Shilie, has already invaded and entered the royal palace.”

“With the help of the Sacred Sun Clan’s people, Royal Uncle cannot withstand him; control over half of the grand formation has already been wrested over by him.”

“With This King currently not within the Royal Palace, regaining control of it would require quite a bit of effort.”

Zhao Shicheng hacked forward with his palm. The currents of qi swirled, bringing Yan Zhaoge and the others to land safely on the ground.

With the current worrying condition of his body, Zhao Shicheng all the more had to conserve his energy for the battles that would ensue.

Luckily, all the cities within the lands of the Eastern Tang had relay stations[1], so they didn’t have to worry about their mode of transportation.

“If we rush back to Jingyang now, we might not be able to make it in time, and Zhao Shilie’s advantage will only grow,” Yan Zhaoge said, “Uncle, I actually have a plan; perhaps you could try it out.”

Zhao Shicheng turned to look at him, “Oh? What are your thoughts, Zhaoge?”

Yan Zhaoge said, “Our clan’s Spirit Wind Canyon; not far from Overlooking Abyss City, while also quite close to the Sealing Dragon Abyss.”

“A certain amount of resources are stored there; we can attempt to set up a reversal formation.”

Zhao Shicheng’s gaze lit up, “Reversal formations are not easy to set up. Saying this, Zhaoge, you must have a way of doing so?”

Yan Zhaoge said, “I have the plans for the formation in my hands; we can place our bet on it.”

“While I say that it is a bet, it still presents more hope than if we returned to Jingyang City.”

Zhao Shicheng was moved by his words, but he asked with a sound transmission, “If it’s the Spirit Wind Canyon, the Cloud-Veined Crystal quarry …”

Yan Zhaoge similarly replied with a sound transmission, “The war has already begun. Elder Xu Chuan being a capable person, he should already have made the necessary arrangements. There is no need to worry about the secret being exposed.”

“While the people from Infinite Boundless Mountain were obstructed by Elder Qin, on the territory of the Mountain Domain just outside of the Eastern Tang, many troops are definitely stationed and awaiting orders, poised to strike.”

“The Sacred Sun Clan is also moving.”

“Meanwhile, Zhao Shilie’s incursion on Jingyang City is also blazing strong.”

“Currently, every single second—time is of the essence!”

 

 

[1] Horses, of course


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