Time flies. Soon, it was one year later.
During this time, the Demon-slaying Battleground had been peaceful and so was the Great Land. Nothing worth noticing happened other than that the Lu Family had brought a hide-out of the Yaksha Race to ruins.
The Lu Family obtained two additional pieces of territories and used the year to stabilize. Lu Family’s power was a matter of paramount importance. Even though Lu Li never showed up in public and Lu Renhuang had been gone for a year, since the two of them were still alive, nobody would dare to offend the Lu Family.
It had been a full year since Lu Renhuang went to the Prison of Primordial Chaos with two patriarchs of the Demon-slaying Hall. None of them sent any words back. But their jade talismans of life were still intact, which was why Lu Li was not worried.
Many warriors that were frozen in the Demon-slaying Hall had passed away. Only those at the Human Sovereign Realm and Earth Immortal Realm were still clinging to life. If Lu Renhuang could not come back with the grasses in another year, not even Jiang Tianshun could survive.
Lu Li had been cultivating for the entire year and so were Bai Qiuxue and Jiang Qiling. But Bai Xiashuang had been wandering around. Lu Li dispatched three Earth Immortal Realm warriors to protect her, and she was with Little White, which further guaranteed her safety…
Lu Li did not achieve much during this year. He learned some small components, engraved them into his Bead of Life and integrated them with the first small diagram.
The new ones seemed insignificant. His Feather Wind castle was strengthened by only a small margin, even though the stability was improved, and he could build the castle faster.
He had made progress in Xuan Energy and Soul Pond, and he had been dissolving the seal of the Wicked Bead fast. He was more than halfway into dissolving the second seal. He estimated that in three to four months at most he could finish.
But he was confused. He was already halfway through the process, but the Wicked Bead showed no new function. With the first seal, the bead could fly when he dissolved half of the seal and as he progressed, the bead gained speed gradually.
“I need to take some rest.”
Lu Li was a bit tired after a year of cultivation. He was feeling guilty because he rarely spent time with his three wives.
He left his room and checked the other two rooms with psychic power at once, wondering if Jiang Qiling and Bai Qiuxue were still in closed-door cultivation.
“Well? I am lucky!”
Neither Jiang Qiling nor Bai Qiuxue was in their rooms. He was pleasantly surprised that they happened to stop cultivation at the same time.
He checked the yard but found no trace of the two. Lu Li walked out and asked an Earth Immortal Realm guard, “Do you know where they are?”
“They have gone to the Deserted World.”
The Earth Immortal Realm soul slave replied, “There is a newly found passageway to the Deserted World. I heard that the land of treasure was discovered. There is a hot spring that contains a special liquid that can better the body and helps maintain a person’s beauty and their youthful state. Madam Shuang invited them over.”
Lu Li was intrigued. That must be an interesting piece of land. He waved his hand and said, “Let’s go and have a look.”
He left with the Earth Immortal Realm soul slave. He told the guard outside to let Lu Ling and Ming Yu know that he was leaving for the Deserted World and teleported away.
The new passageway was found in a perilous place in the Deserted World. Of course, perilous was relative to the average resident of the Deserted World. For Earth Immortal Realm warriors, the place was not dangerous.
After three rounds of teleportations and two hours of flying, Lu Li arrived in a mountain range, in which there was some toxic haze that was formed naturally rather than man-made. The haze was highly toxic. Even Noble Lord Realm warriors could die upon touching.
There was someone from the Shadowland Race at the foot of the mountain. They came over to salute Lu Li, “Greetings, Saint Lord.”
A patriarch of the Shadowland Race replied, “The Clan Leader came in person after the passageway was discovered. Lady Ling sent someone to clear away the toxic insects. Our Clan Leader ordered us to build some formations and cleared out a path that can isolate the toxic haze for people to come and go easily.”
“Your Clan Leader has done well!”
Lu Li was satisfied with what Ke Mang had done. He asked again with curiosity, “Where is that passageway connecting to? Have you built a formation at the other end?”
“To the Central Plains!”
The patriarch answered, “The exit at the other end was by the eastern seas, not far from the Central Plains. The Clan Leader has had a formation built over there. The Lu Family Patriarch has had Teleportation Formations built. He also allocated an army to guard. In the future, it will be easier for you, Saint Lord, to go to the City of Mystic Armor from here.”
Lu Li nodded. He went along the path. On both sides were formations to stop the toxic haze from spreading out.
He arrived at the other end in the time for three incense sticks to burn. An army was stationed here, and a castle was being constructed. Evidently, this was where they could teleport out from.
“Where is Qiuxue?”
Lu Li checked with psychic power but failed to see Qiuxue and his other two wives here. He went on and finally found a cave which was covered up by a formation of illusion. Outside, three of his Earth Immortal Realm soul slaves.
Lu Li walked over to the cave and asked the three soul slaves, “The ladies are in there, are they?”
“Yes, Young Master.”
One of the Earth Immortal Realm soul slaves nodded. Lu Li went in. As soon as he entered the cave, someone started checking him with psychic power. It was Jiang Qiling’s maids who were from the Pavilion of Delicacy. Three of them were at the Noble Lord Realm.
The maids recognized Lu Li. They put their guards down. Lu Li nodded to them as a reply and came inside. The cave had been renovated. There were oil lamps along the way and the path was smooth.
“Ha, ha, ha~”
At the depth of the cave, Lu Li heard some pleasant laughs. It was Bai Xiashuang. There was another formation of illusion nearby that could cut off psychic powers. Two more maids were found here.
The two maids curtsied to Lu Li at once. They were about to tell Jiang Qiling and the other two when he stopped them and waved the two maids away. The maids understood his intentions. They left, blushing.
He walked in through the formation of illusion. There was a thick mist, which blurred his views. He saw a pond in here, with a trickling sound of a stream.
He could faintly see three beautiful girls in the pond, like three mermaids. The steam from the water curled up around them. The three of them had rosy skins, the result from soaking in the hot spring. They were sitting in a row. It was a sight too beautiful to be appreciated all at once. Nothing in the world could compare to them.
“Who is there?”
Hearing the footsteps, Jiang Qiling sent a glaring look. Bai Qiuxue and Bai Xiashuang were startled. They covered their chest and snuck under the surface, they then looked over after being startled.
“Ha, ha, who has the guts to come in here apart from me?”
Lu Li said. The three of them relaxed. But they were embarrassed and shy at the same time. Bai Qiuxue protested playfully, “What are you doing here? Go. Let us put on some clothes.”
“Ha, ha, ha!”
Lu Li grinned. He dashed into the pond, “My beauties, you think I can let such a wonderful opportunity slide away? Just do as I say. We are in the middle of nowhere. You can shout all you want but you will not get any help…”
“Ah, you animal—”
Bai Xiashuang shouted in an exaggerated and playful manner. The maids outside pretended that they had not heard a thing. They stood then and there, red in the face.
They all knew they were going to hear something that would make them shier…