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City Lord Qin immediately chased after him. He was more panicked than when he found out that the Fiends were about to enter the city.
Tianshu blinked awkwardly and said, “Ah, he’s angry. Why is he angry? He was my disciple at the beginning, but now he dares to scold me. It’s against the heavens. I will punish him to copy the Rules and Discipline. This kid, how can he have such a temper?”
Esteemed Yao Guang was simply fed up with Tianshu, and uttered a curse word, then said, “You deserve to be scolded, Little Tang and Qin Yan have been separated for many years, and for so many years he has not played the zither either. Over the years he had repeatedly avoided Qin Yan. You really mentioned the pot that doesn’t boil. They used to be lovers, but now they hold grudges. Why do you need to mention those past events?”
Tianshu’s face was muddled and his fan stopped shaking. After a while, he said in surprise, “They were lovers? Little Tang and Little Yan, they used to be together? Weren’t they just good friends?”
…Good friend, your uncle! Esteemed Yao Guang cursed inwardly and took a deep breath and said, “I don’t want to talk to you. Old Mei, you can tell him the rest.”
Mei Shangchen smiled and said helplessly, “The Hall Master just realized something in hindsight. Don’t mention the past again. Let me tell the Hall Master about the Fiends.”
Tianshu, “No, I want to hear about Little Tang and Little Yan.”
Mei Shangchen, “…”
Lin Xuanzhi, “…”
Lin Xuanzhi said to Yin Chongyue, “Let’s go and check if there are any other books related to the Fiends.”
Yin Chongyue, “No, I want to listen to gossip, too.”
Lin Xuanzhi, “…”
Lin Xuanzhi forcefully dragged Yin Chongyue away.
Outside the hall, he loosened Yin Chongyue’s wrist and said, “Sure enough, the Fiends really have appeared.”
Yin Chongyue took a deep breath, his face was covered with a smile, and said, “This matter must be told to the Sect Master of Fuyao Sect.”
Lin Xuanzhi’s eyes were solemn. “That day, Master told me that when the Fiends appear in this world, wars will rage, Taoism will collapse, the mundane world will change, and the world will descend into chaos, but I didn’t expect this day will come so suddenly.”
Yin Chongyue said, “Yes, who can think of it? We have only had a few years of stability, and we are in trouble again. Ah… When will I be able to live a quiet life every day? The peaceful days of raising chickens and plants.”
Yin Chongyue rolled his eyes helplessly and said, “I’ve only raised seven or eight chickens in total, yet you want all of them. You haven’t raised them for even a day, but when you reach out to me for chickens, you are still so confident. Can’t you have some shame?”
Lin Xuanzhi’s face was not red and his heart was not thumping in guilt. He said, “Come on, your chickens are all raised by Ah Bai, it has nothing to do with you.”
Yin Chongyue, “Damn, if you had not mentioned that, I would’ve almost forgotten that half of my chickens were eaten by that tiger cub.”
Lin Xuanzhi thought for a while and said, “Let’s discuss how to arrange the patrols and defense in the city. The academy will probably be off for three days first, and the chicken thing is settled. Ah Hen will live at my place for two or three days. Three chickens are enough.”
Yin Chongyue, “…” There is a swear word that I don’t know when it is inappropriate to say it.
Yin Chongyue saw Lin Xuanzhi turned a corner and fly to the south, then shouted from behind, “Where are you going?”
Lin Xuanzhi’s voice faintly came from the wind, “There are few spiritual herbs I have to find for Ah Hen first, you go back and wait for me.”
Yin Chongyue. “What the f*?! You’re so great now just because your sweetheart is by your side, is that it?!”
Lin Xuanzhi went out for a long time on this trip. After a long time when Yan Tianhen was on Little Penglai, he had already received Gu Ruyu’s voice transmission talisman.
“Where are you now? Go back to the courtyard quickly. Something has happened in Ethereal City. The gate of the sect is sealed.”
Gu Ruyu didn’t make it too clear in the voice transmission talisman, and his tone was still his usual unhurriedness, not too much emotion. However, with his understanding of Gu Ruyu, Yan Tianhen decisively tasted the urgency.
Without Lin Xuanzhi, the soul plate on this Little Penglai would not open again. Yan Tianhen hesitated for a moment, glanced at the tiger cub who was rubbing against him, and said to Ah Bai, “Something has happened in the sect. I will leave first and when Huarong Gege comes back, you can tell him.”
Ah Bai bit Yan Tianhen’s clothes, looking a little lonely. Since Lin Xuanzhi took Ah Bai away from Yan Tianhen that day, Yan Tianhen completely threw Ah Bai to Lin Xuanzhi to be taken care of. He never cared about Ah Bai anymore and Ah Bai felt wronged no matter what.
Yan Tianhen had a contract with Ah Bai. Naturally, he could feel its thoughts. He couldn’t help squatting down and patting Ah Bai’s head. “This Little Penglai is full of dense Qi, which is very suitable for demonic beast cultivation. You and Hu Po should cultivate here for a few years first, and then I will take you out. Okay, don’t be coquettish, I’m in a hurry to go.”
After Yan Tianhen finished speaking, he condensed the Yin Flame whip into a sword and flew out of Little Penglai. When he reached the boundary of the East Courtyard, he could no longer fly using his sword. However, Gu Ruyu was already waiting for him nearby.
Seeing Yan Tianhen coming back from Little Penglai, Gu Ruyu’s face turned black for a moment, but he didn’t say much.
“What happened in the academy that you called me here specifically?” Yan Tianhen walked towards Gu Ruyu.
Qi Feiqing was also here. He patted his chest and said with a sad expression, “There are things which you don’t know. Just now, Steward Ruan issued a notice saying that Fiends had appeared in Jade Ocean City, and there’s a high chance they will appear in Ethereal City, and now all the gentlemen in the courtyard and the Dao Division disciples above Profound Realm’s Separated Spirit Stage have been called to the peak’s main hall, as if to arrange them to go out on patrol.”
Qi Feiqing sighed with emotion and said, “Moreover, we have decided to have a three-day holiday for the time being. The gentleman instructed for the time being that all the disciples who have not been called to work on patrol rotation were not to leave the dormitory during this period of time. Even if you go out, you have to find someone with you, especially Alchemy Division disciples who have little fighting prowess.”
Yan Tianhen was already tense when he heard “Fiends”.
His dad once told him about this kind of undead thing.
Although their names were similar, Fiends definitely did not belong to any kind of demon clan. It was just a coincidence that they sounded similar.
Fiends were a kind of byproduct formed from the condensed dark energy of heaven and earth and gradually developed consciousness. Wherever they went, the spiritual plants would wither and the vegetation would dry up, which could easily cause adverse effects on the climate and environment.
What’s more, the Fiend’s stealth ability was extremely potent, and it could easily kill a person silently, then peel off their skin and wear it on itself. They could only be distinguished by the red line at the back of its neck.
Yan Tianhen frowned and said, “Are you sure it’s the Fiends? But they have disappeared in the mainland for nearly ten thousand years. The last time they appeared on a large scale, didn’t the West Land’s monarch, Emperor Jiu Shao, burn them to ashes?”
Gu Ruyu shook his head and said, “These are all rumors. I don’t know if they can be trusted. But I have spies who reported that four hours ago, Huarong Sword Immortal and Radiant Sky Venerable, the three Hall Masters and their respective Saints, and even the City Lord of Ethereal City and the General Jiang Qianjiao of Jade Ocean City, all gathered together. After discussing for a while, Steward Ruan issued such a notice, which clearly confirmed the news.”
Yan Tianhen took a deep breath. If so many high-level officials from Myriad Dao Academy gathered together to discuss it, it must have been a major event. It seemed that the possibility that Fiends had appeared was extremely high.
Qi Feiqing said with a sad face, “I thought that Myriad Dao Academy is the most peaceful place in the world. I didn’t expect that I just ran here less than three months before I met a Fiend. What kind of fate is this?!”
Yan Tianhen took a deep breath and said, “I have to pass the news to my father and the others. When the Fiends appear, the Royal Heavenly Capital must be prepared in advance.”
Gu Ruyu said, “You don’t need to do this kind of thing. An hour ago, Myriad Dao Academy had already lit the beacon tower of the Nine Lands. Now, the beacon tower of every ruler’s city in the Nine Lands has already received the news of the appearance of Fiends.”
Yan Tianhen nodded his head and said, “That’s also true. At this time, Myriad Dao Academy will definitely not be indifferent. The Beacon Tower is the most reliable way to deliver the news. This place is far away from the Purple Emperor’s Heavenly Capital. The voice transmission talismans are also fast but not as fast as the Beacon Tower which is of the Earth Realm Level. Now that the Nine Lands have learned about this, there is nothing more we should do.”
Yan Tianhen then asked, “What can we do?”
Gu Ruyu said, “Stay put in the dormitory and don’t run around.”
Yan Tianhen nodded. “All right.”
Yan Tianhen soon returned to the dormitory of the East Courtyard with Gu Ruyu.
At the gate of the dormitory, Yan Tianhen saw a whole piece of stone crystal standing at the door of the dormitory area, showing a scarlet emergency notice, and the content was roughly the same as Gu Ruyu’s words.
Many disciples had already returned to the dormitory. They gathered together in the common area in the middle of the dormitory area and were talking about the Fiends. Those who didn’t know were excited to know more.
However, those who did know were solemn in their thoughts and were endlessly burdened by their knowledge.
Just at this time, Yan Tianhen saw Yin Changge hurriedly walking outside.
“Changge!” Yan Tianhen stopped him and asked, “How can you run out at this time?”
Yin Changge paled and said, “Shen Dage was called to the Conference Hall. They said that all the disciples of Profound Realm’s Separated Spirit Stage and above must join the patrol team. I’m going to look at the situation.”
Yan Tianhen was stunned for a moment, but he didn’t expect that Shen Congrong’s cultivation base had reached such a stage.
However, he still grabbed Yin Changge and said, “Even if you go, it is useless. Since the cultivation base stipulated by the sect was not lower than Profound Realm’s Separated Spirit Stage, it must be carefully considered.”
Yin Changge pursed his lips and said, “But I can’t let it go in my heart.”
“You have to trust him.” Yan Tianhen said, “It won’t be that bad. There are many disciples joining, and there are also the elders in charge of the team.”
Gu Ruyu also said, “The sect stipulates that the disciples have the obligation to stand up when the sect is in danger, but this instruction also didn’t force disciples above the Separated Spirit Stage to join the patrol. Since Shen Congrong has chosen to join, it is his own choice.”
Yin Changge clenched his fists. After a moment, he hesitantly nodded and said, “You guys are right.”
Yan Tianhen said, “We’d better go back and wait.”
Yan Changge sighed and lowered his head.
Just as Yan Tianhen was about to go in with Yin Changge, he heard a familiar voice calling him.
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