“A Saintly Being can skip three realms in the Fish-dragon Realm when facing an enemy, but Di Yi can skip six realms in the Fish-dragon Realm.”
These words kept ringing in the heads of the audience. It was as if a demon voice had frightened them out of their wits and made them break out in cold sweat.
A Saintly Being was already rather frightening—like an invincible existence—yet Di Yi was many times stronger than a Saintly Being. By the time he fully developed, who could be his equal?
Zhang Ruochen was very satisfied with the atmosphere he had set. He continued speaking. “Moreover, Di Yi can spin the demonic shadow off from himself and thus make his fighting strength much stronger by way of two against one. The fact that he has already reached the Fish-dragon Realm has displayed his edge. His power exceeds that of a Saintly Being. Who in the entire Eastern Region can stand up against him? Are you going to wait any longer?”
Even the Evil big shot sitting on the first chair on the left was speechless. Obviously, Zhang Ruochen’s remark had given him a jolt too.
“If we miss this opportunity, I am afraid there will be no chance at all in the future.” Red Wish Emissary gripped the armrest of her chair so tightly that it began to warp, leaving her fingerprints left on it.
She was determined to kill Di Yi at any cost this time.
Great Guardian Zhang Shengming was correct in his assessment that this could be her only chance to kill Di Yi.
Now that they were set to fight a war with Di Yi, the Evil dominators began to hammer out a detailed plan to make sure that nothing would go wrong.
Watching them make plans as if it was a simple matter to kill Di Yi, Zhang Ruochen lost interest. He closed his eyes, appearing to fall into a heavy slumber.
Actually, Zhang Ruochen’s Heart of the Sword had condensed into a man the size of a millet grain, standing in the center of Qi Sea and rehearsing the First-level Realm of the Time Swordsmanship, “Swift and Neat”.
“Swift and Neat” consisted of 900 sword techniques that shared the same name, “Swift Swordsmanship”.
Zhang Ruochen had already managed to practice 137 of them, but the Great Success Realm of “Swift Swordsmanship” was still beyond his reach.
Only when he completed the practice of the 900 movements of the “Swift Swordsmanship” could he start practicing the Second-level Realm of the Time Swordsmanship—Eight Changes of Scale.
Zhang Ruochen also knew that the Great Success Realm of Swift Swordsmanship could not be learned overnight. Now, all he could do was practice as many movements as he could against the clock.
“Great Guardian, are you practicing your spiritual power?” Red Wish Emissary asked.
Her siren voice sent a jolt of electricity from his ears down his spine, making his limbs go weak.
Zhang Ruochen immediately withdrew his “Heart of the Sword” and opened his eyes, only to find that the meeting was over and all the Evil dominators had already gone.
Only he and Red Wish Emissary remained in the Sacred Willow Hall.
Obviously, Zhang Ruochen would not admit to practicing Time Swordsmanship, so he said, “Yes, I was practicing my spiritual power. As the decisive battle draws near, the more power you gain, the greater the chance of success.”
Red Wish Emissary scrutinized Zhang Ruochen and pursed her lips, smiling charmingly. “To be honest, your tone, stature, and temperament remind me of someone I once knew. He has already died. Otherwise, I would suspect that under that mask is his face.”
Zhang Ruochen’s expression did not change. He calmly asked, “Oh? May I know who you are referring to?”
The expression in Red Wish Emissary’s eyes was complicated as she sunk into recollection. “Didn’t you say that nobody in the world can be Di Yi’s equal once he fully develops? Actually, if the man I mentioned was alive now, he would be Di Yi’s archrival.”
Zhang Ruochen listened quietly as if what Red Wish Emissary had just said had nothing to do with him.
The Red Wish Emissary turned to Zhang Ruochen and noticed there wasn’t the slightest change in his eyes. She said, “The man was a Time and Space Descendant—a genius unprecedented in one hundred thousand years. Di Yi fought with him three times and failed twice, so Di Yi feared and wanted him the most.”
“Unfortunately, he was so talented that he provoked the envy of both Heaven and the Empress. As a result, he was secretly executed by the Empress, and the Nine Serenity Sword Saint was framed for it. What a wicked scheme. The Empress is not as decent as she seems.
“A mere Monk in the Fish-Dragon Realm could cause Her Majesty the Empress to issue an imperial edict to execute him in such a vile way. Was he fortunate or not? Anyway, even after he died, he is still a legend of Kunlun’s Field. He has left his mark in history.”
Red Wish Emissary sighed and then smiled. “You and I are talented enough, but compared to him, we are more than ten times weaker.”
Zhang Ruochen was quite astonished to find that Red Wish Emissary had such a high opinion of him.
“So what? He was reduced to a handful of dust all the same.” Zhang Ruochen said.
Red Wish Emissary nodded and slowly straightened up, showing her body’s perfect curves—so sexily elegant, leaving the impression of a once-in-a-lifetime beauty.
She said, “Geniuses and talents have emerged in every historical period, but very few of them were able to fully develop and be the dominator of their time. Most of them died before achieving their full potential, just like the Time and Space Descendant.
“Inevitably, there will be a life-or-death battle between Di Yi and me. If I fail, I must die. If I win, I will not let him live, either.
“If I lose, you must kill me. I don’t want to fall into Di Yi’s hands just to be tortured and humiliated.”
Red Wish Emissary was very serious. Her eyes were exceptionally clear, giving Zhang Ruochen a strange feeling.
The siren sure was constantly changing Zhang Ruochen’s impression of her.
Zhang Ruochen paused for a while and then asked, “Why are you so pessimistic? We won’t necessarily lose the battle. Of the thirty Evil dominators, which one is not a top master? I believe each of them can also mobilize a large force. Knowing this, do you still fear Di Yi.”
Red Wish Emissary smiled. “You are too optimistic! Let me be honest with you. Of the thirty dominators of Sacred Willow Hall, a third of them are still wavering. We can use them but they cannot be placed in important positions.
“Another third have had previous contact with Di Yi and have possibly already secretly sided with him.
“Only the remaining third have been with me from the beginning. They are totally loyal to me and can be trusted. So, in fact, Di Yi’s power is ten times greater than mine. The possibility of winning is very slim.
“Knowing this, are you still willing to side with me against Di Yi and help me win the position of Young Master?”
Zhang Ruochen mulled it over and then said, “We have been on the same boat ever since we killed Serene Blue Emissary. Even if I were to regret it, Di Yi will never let me go. So why would I not fight together with you?”
He then added, “But I do wonder why you still invited them to Sacred Willow Hall to attend this important meeting when you already know that some of them have contact with Di Yi?”
The Red Wish Emissary replied. “This so-called meeting was a mere formality. It was designed so that they would bring false information to Di Yi. Only in this way can I mislead him. Otherwise, how would I even stand a chance?”
Zhang Ruochen nodded his approval and then asked, “Who was the man sitting on the first chair on the left?”
With her lips twitching, Red Wish Emissary said, “That was Zhangsun Lan, the chief master of the Hundred Battles School. He is a master who has reached the peak of the Ninth Change in the Fish-Dragon Realm. He rose to fame around 100 years ago and has great power in the Black Market. You have sharp eyes. There are issues with this man. I was told that he has been in contact with Di Yi for a long time now.
“If my guess is correct, what we just discussed must have already been leaked to Di Yi.”
Zhang Ruochen asked, “How about getting rid of him first?”
“There’s no need to rush. Di Yi has not yet arrived in Cyan Cloud County, and Zhangsun Lan still has a role to play. When he is no longer useful to us, he will be the first one I kill.” A sharp, cold look appeared in her eyes.
Zhang Ruochen thought for a while before speaking again. “I have a friend who is also a master. How about giving me a Signal Flare so I can send her a message? If she can come to Cyan Cloud County, she will be a strong ally.”
“You have a friend?” Red Wish Emissary was a little surprised.
Zhang Ruochen smiled. “Who doesn’t make one or two friends while traveling the world? Besides, she owes me a favor and it’s about time for her to repay it.”
Red Wish Emissary believed herself to be a good judge of character. Now that she had already given Zhang Ruochen an important position, she had to continue to trust him.
She pulled a small, delicate White Jade Amulet out of her sachet on her waist and handed it to Zhang Ruochen, smiling. “My Great Guardian, I hope she does not let me down.”
Zhang Ruochen took the Signal Flare. Red Wish Emissary’s fragrance still lingered on it.
“Then I shall take my leave now.”
Zhang Ruochen stood up to leave. Before reaching the center of Sacred Willow Hall, Red Wish Emissary called out. “Great Guardian, hold on.”
Red Wish Emissary turned into a red shadow and landed in front of Zhang Ruochen. She took a lizard skin out of her sleeve and said, “There is a third-level magic art recorded on the skin. Strive to practice it within half a month. It is much stronger than second-level magic arts. Once you learn it, your power will definitely improve significantly.”
Of course, Zhang Ruochen would not try to be polite and refuse. He took the lizard skin, put it away and went out, saying, “I have to seclude myself for refining for half a month. I hope no one will disturb me.”
Resting her snow-white chin on her fingers, Red Wish Emissary stared at his back as he left. A faint smile appeared on her face. “What a guy! I really want to strip off his mask to see exactly what he looks like.”