“You…you are so cruel, junior sister apprentice…”
Yin Wuchang was wide-eyed as he stared at Orange Star Emissary in astonishment. Then he shifted his gaze to where his heart was.
A Fish-dragon Realm superior transcends human beings, hence why Yin Wuchang would not die instantly even after his heart had been broken into pieces.
Orange Star Emissary retracted her arms, wiped off the blood from her fingers and said with indifference, “Everyone dies. You are simply going before me, elder brother.”
Yin Wuchang’s grey pupils started emitting a ray of chilling light. He clenched his teeth and said, “If that is the case, then we will perish together.”
“Consume my body, hellfire.”
As Yin Wuchang put his hands together, he harnessed all his strength to wield a forbidden martial technique.
His blood started to burn violently, and it turned into streaks of green flames.
The souls of ghost boys floating in the air flew towards him. They caught the green flames and burned with crackling sounds.
The flames on Yin Wuchang burned even brighter.
“What a strong vitality. He is still alive even after his heart shattered.”
Huang Yanchen was observing Yin Wuchang amid the flames when she started to feel wary. Quietly, she began to run Genuine Qi in case she has to strike.
The power around Yin Wuchang’s body fluctuated so vigorously that no one could come close to him. Even a master like Orange Star Emissary was forced to retreat.
Zhang Ruochen had an imposing expression, he said, “If I’m not mistaken, Yin Wuchang is wielding Blood Hellification, one of the forbidden martial techniques from the Cave of Nine Deaths.
“If he’s still alive, once he wields Blood Hellification, his power could far surpass his level of cultivation. However, for this, there is a heavy price to pay: half of his blood will be burnt, and he will lose ten years of his lifespan.”
Huang Yanchen said, “But he is dead now!”
Zhang Ruochen said, “He can turn himself into the soul of a ghost boy, then wield Blood Hellification. This way, he will be even more horrific opponent.”
“Soul of ghost boy.”
Huang Yanchen looked uneasy and said, “Does that mean…he has lost all awareness? That he is merely a ghost boy now, and not a living person?”
Zhang Ruochen took a deep breath and said, “No, he still has some consciousness. Enough awareness within himself that he want us to perish with him. ”
Ao Xinyan retreated a few steps back and said, “What should we do now, Group Leader?”
“Despite his strength, he will not last long and will soon be burnt out. Let’s go back into the Scroll World.”
Zhang Ruochen spread open the Yin Yang Wooden Graph and laid his palms on it. All of a sudden, there was a sound of a door opening and space appeared, suspended mid-air.
At this instant, Yin Wuchang, shouted from afar and threw a punch at Orange Star Emissary. Orange Star Emissary was badly wounded, and she fell into the sea.
As Orange Star Emissary emerged from the water, her thin robe was red, soaked with blood, and blood was continuously coming out of her mouth.
Just then, Yin Wuchang launched another attack on her.
Orange Star Emissary looked towards the ship and saw that Huang Yanchen and Ao Xinyan had already retreated into the Scroll World through the space that Zhang Ruochen opened up.
“Help me, Sir…”
Seeing the vicious look on Yin Wuchang’s face, Orange Star Emissary was gripped with fear. She was terrified that Zhang Ruochen would abandon her and enter the Scroll World alone.
If that were to happen, she would probably die.
Green flames wholly covered Yin Wuchang’s body. The skin on his arms was burned, and his bloody flesh and bones were exposed.
Yin Wuchang punched the left side of Orange Star Emissary’s face and smashed her cheekbone. Her perfect face was bruising and bleeding.
Once again, she was pushed back and fell into the sea.
All this while, Zhang Ruochen was standing on the ship, calmly observing the fight.
Zhang Ruochen did not like Orange Star Emissary. He thought of her like a time bomb that could go off anytime if he kept her by his side.
It seemed like a pretty good idea to get rid of her through Yin Wuchang’s hands.
Blackie’s voice came through the Yin Yang Wooden Graph, saying, “Zhang Ruochen, if you save her life now, she might become of great help in the future.”
Zhang Ruochen said, “This woman killed her elder brother with no hesitation. Her ruthlessness irks me.”
“But isn’t that what you wanted?”
Blackie added, “Or would you rather have her join hands with Yin Wuchang to oppose you? Zhang Ruochen, perhaps you have another reason why you hate her so much? ”
Zhang Ruochen knitted his brows and felt a pang in his chest.
Why does he hate Orange Star Emissary so much?
Deep inside, he knew that it was because he saw a resemblance between Orange Star Emissary and Chi Yao.
Orange Star Emissary cheated on Bu Qianfan just like Chi Yao cheated on Zhang Ruochen.
Orange Star Emissary also killed Yin Wuchang, her elder brother; just like Chi Yao killed Zhang Ruochen. The same heartlessness, the same ruthlessness, the same annoying character.
Of course, this was a secret Zhang Ruochen would never reveal.
Blackie said, “You need someone ruthless like her to be by your side, Zhang Ruochen. You can make her do things that you don’t want to do.”
“That’s enough; I get it.”
Zhang Ruochen took a deep breath and tried to adjust his mood. He looked towards the far side of the sea and saw that Yin Wuchang was dragging Orange Star Emissary out of the water. Yin Wuchang had one hand grabbing onto her clothes, and another turning into claws, he then pressed his clawed hands down onto her head.
Orange Star Emissary had never been afraid of death. However, an overwhelming sense of fear engulfed her when she saw Yin Wuchang’s claws coming down on her.
What she feared was not death, but karma.
She was someone who never believed in retribution, but at that moment she was terrified of it happening to her.
Orange Star Emissary silently decided that if Zhang Ruochen were to save her, she would never betray him. She would serve him as her real master and submit to his commands, even if it meant that she had to offer him her body.
She did not want to die, at least not in the hands of Yin Wuchang.
After some hesitation on Zhang Ruochen’s part, a chain flew out through the void space and circled three times around Orange Star Emissary’s waist.
Zhang Ruochen tugged at the chain and dragged Orange Star Emissary back to him. He caught her at her waist with his left arm and immediately dashed towards the void space.
Yin Wuchang was furious having narrowly missed Orange Star Emissary with his claws. He launched another punch in the direction of the ship.
The force from his palm condensed into an enormous green flame handprint above the ship.
Suddenly the 30 meter-long ship exploded into pieces of fragments of metal and wood.
The door to the void space closed just as Yin Wuchang attacked. Zhang Ruochen was able to escape unscathed.
Once they were back in the Scroll World, Zhang Ruochen put Orange Star Emissary down.
Orange Star Emissary’s body was covered with injuries. She looked like as if she had been dragged out of a blood pool and she seemed very weak. She turned to Zhang Ruochen, stared intensely at his eyes, and said, “Thank you.”
Zhang Ruochen looked at her and said, “I thought you were not afraid of death? I could feel that you were trembling just now. Why is that?”
With disheveled hair, Orange Star Emissary was embarrassed, but she forced a smile and said, “Sir, it is one thing not to be afraid of death and another to be fearful. Even a person like you would have someone or something you fear. Am I right?”
Having said what she wanted to say, Orange Star Emissary walked away to begin healing her injuries by first injecting some Blood of Wood Spirit.
Zhang Ruochen pondered silently for a long time then gently nodded. He stole a glance at Orange Star Emissary’s back and muttered under his breath, “I guess she’s right about how everyone has their weaknesses.”
When Zhang Ruochen exited the Scroll World again, what was left on the surface of the sea were broken pieces of wood and a blackened skeleton.
Because Yin Wuchang employed a forbidden martial technique, the ‘Blood Hellification’, his flesh and blood were completely exhumed. The bones were all that was left of him.
After all, Yin Wuchang’s level of cultivation had transcended the ‘Bone Refining to Jade’ realm, so his bones were strong enough to withstand burning.
However, Zhang Ruochen was curious as to why it was possible the solid bones could float on water.
Zhang Ruochen treaded on the water towards the skeleton and caught sight of a black bottle floating in between two rib bones.
As he pondered, he quickly recalled that the black bottle was the vessel that Yin Wuchang used to keep 3,000 souls of ghost boys.
The souls of the ghost boys from the bottle had long dissipated.
“This is one of the Hundred Inscription Weapons. I can refine this into an Auspicious Vase of Holy Weapon quality.”
Zhang Ruochen scrutinized the bottle and eventually put it away.
Then, he started to radiate his Spiritual Power and soon found a medium-sized ship 600 miles away.
The soldiers of the Primitive World had set sail even before sunrise; perhaps it was because they had been alerted by their combat with Yin Wuchang.
Zhang Ruochen followed behind the medium-sized ship, heading towards Holy Turtle Island.
By noon the next day, the medium-sized ship finally arrived at Holy Turtle Island.
The island had rebuilt its city walls and had a large array of island guards; it became a military fortress. In the city, there were many soldiers of the Primitive World, elites from the Ministry of War, monks from various clans, and suzerains.
Everyone who gathered at the Holy Turtle Island has made up their minds on going to the Bloody Trench to take possession of the Xuanwu Heritage.
However, the Bloody trench was a perilous place, so most people did not want to take the first move. They were hoping that the masters of the Ministry of War would take the lead.
Orange Star Emissary spent several days in the Scroll World to recover. She then followed Zhang Ruochen to the waters around Holy Turtle Island.
Orange Star Emissary threw an eye on Zhang Ruochen and said, “Sir, there must be a lot of people on the island who wants to take you down. Are you sure we have to land on this island?”
“Of course!” Zhang Ruochen nodded.