Chapter 238: Liu Tianyu's Request
Liu Tianyu sat cross-legged on a rock at the summit of Qingyun Peak. The expression on his face changed erratically as he muttered, "This brat's mental strength is so strong. If I don't use the Divine Weapon, there is no way to stop him."
Under cover of night, Xiao Chen's figure repeatedly flickered as he headed rapidly to Qingyun Peak's summit. He paused at the vertical cliff for a while before using the Gravity Spell and flying up.
Xiao Chen landed on summit once again; the scene was the same as in his dream. When he saw the old man on the rock, he said, "Please don't intrude into my dreams the next time you are looking for me."
Everyone hid their secrets in the depths of their dreams. If others discovered these secrets, they could be used by their opponents to shake their mental state when they fought.
Even so, it was extremely difficult to enter the deep parts of one's dreams, especially for someone with powerful mental strength like Xiao Chen.
Furthermore, Liu Tianyu did not do this. However, Xiao Chen felt it was dangerous and was not pleased.
Liu Tianyu smiled faintly and did not reply Xiao Chen. He said, "Do you remember what you promised me?"
Xiao Chen nodded, "I remember. As long as it is something within my abilities and not against my conscience, I will do it."
"Do you know about the mission you are going on tomorrow?" Liu Tianyu asked as he watched Xiao Chen. "Have you ever wondered why the numbers and ages are controlled, or why we issued the Saber Emperor Convening Order?"
Naturally, Xiao Chen had thought about it before. However, the people above did not wish to say anything. The clues left behind could not lead to anything conclusive. If soldiers come, we will fight them with weapons; if a flood comes, we defend with earth. It will be fine facing it as according to the situation. Thus, Xiao Chen did not think about this question for long.
[TL note: If soldiers come, we will fight them with weapons; if a flood comes, we defend with earth: This means to adapt to the situation with the appropriate measure.]
Since Liu Tianyu asked this, could there be a relation between his request and this mission?
Thinking of this, Xiao Chen could not help but ask, "Does your request have something to do with this mission?"
"That's right; I shall not beat around the bush. Since it is the final day, there is no more need to keep it a secret," after Liu Tianyu spoke, he paused for a while. His expression turned graver.
"You should have heard about the Demonic Calamity that happened twenty years ago. What you are aware of is likely only the tip of the iceberg. The loses of the Heavenly Saber Pavilion in that disaster were much higher than the rumors.
"We lost an Inferior Grade Martial Sage, ten Martial Monarchs, and numerous Martial Kings. The biggest loss was the person who had the highest chance of becoming a Martial Emperor, the previous Pavilion Master."
When Xiao Chen heard this, he could not help but feel astonished. Not only was a Martial Sage dead, but there were also ten Martial Monarchs and countless Martial Kings.
Such a strong force was sufficient to overthrow the entire Great Qin Nation. Exactly how horrifying was a force required to be to annihilate all these people?
When Liu Tianyu saw Xiao Chen's surprised expression, he continued, "The strength of the demons from the abyss of the Demonic World is much more horrifying than you imagine.
"The boundless abyss has a total of eighteen realms; each realm is its own world. The first realm, which is the smallest, is multiple times larger than all of the Tianwu Continent.
"Each realm is ruled by a Realm Lord. As for how strong this Realm Lord is... we have no way to classify him with the system of ranking we have in the Tianwu Continent.
"Back when the Heavenly Saber Pavilion was suffering from the Demonic Calamity, we only faced the weakest one of the eighteen Demon Generals under the Realm Lord. Even after throwing in all we had, we did not manage to kill this Demon General; we were only able to deal with him temporarily."
Liu Tianyu explained the history of that time to Xiao Chen in great detail. Although his words were rather mild, Xiao Chen could imagine what a horrifying strength they had.
If a Martial Emperor did not show up, they would be unable to do anything to any one of the Demon Generals under the Realm Lord.
Xiao Chen nodded and asked, "Are you saying our mission this time has to do with the Demonic World Abyss?"
Liu Tianyu nodded, "That's right. Twenty years ago, the Heavenly Saber Pavilion only sealed that spatial crack temporarily. It has not yet been fixed."
It has not yet been fixed? Xiao Chen asked about the doubt in his heart, "Isn't it said that the people from the Three Holy Lands will come and patch it every twenty years? Could it be that they have not come to the Heavenly Saber Pavilion for forty years already?"
Liu Tianyu nodded again, "It is as you said. The Three Holy Lands have indeed not arrived at the Heavenly Saber Pavilion for forty years."
"Why? Isn't it the responsibility of the Three Holy Lands to seal the spatial cracks?" Xiao Chen asked; he was feeling confused.
"Responsibility?" Liu Tianyu laughed in a self-mocking manner. "You are too naive. Do you think there really are such noble people in this world, to go around and do charitable work everywhere without expecting any return?
"In the eyes of the Three Holy Land, an insignificant Heaven Saber Pavilion is considered nothing. They are the true rulers of this continent.
"Things are separated in order of priority. Even if they were to deal with it, they would have to start with the major ones first. What may seem urgent to you could be considered nothing in their eyes. Naturally, they have to deal with what is important first.
"In the past, the reason the Three Holy Lands would always send someone is that the Heavenly Saber Pavilion had an absolute genius who could become a Martial Emperor before the age of fifty.
"He was someone who caught their attention. Now that he is dead, they may have even forgotten there is a Heavenly Saber Pavilion in the Great Qin Nation."
Xiao Chen frowned tightly and pondered deeply. He did not expect such a simple matter to have so many hidden secrets.
After organizing his thoughts, Xiao Chen said, "Based on what you said, Martial Sages and Martial Monarchs have no way to deal with this problem. I am just an insignificant Martial Saint; how could I have the ability to do anything?"
"Martial Sages and Martial Monarchs are indeed unable to do anything. However, you forget that you have another identity-The Thunder Emperor's inheritor!" Liu Tianyu looked at Xiao Chen and said in a sullen voice, "One thousand years ago, the seal was originally complete. If it were not for the Thunder Emperor, the seal would not have broke. After a thousand years, you have the responsibility, the ability, and the obligation to deal with the mess the Thunder Emperor left behind."
Xiao Chen's expression turned cold. He said in a frosty voice, "You don't have to use the Thunder Emperor's name to pressure me. Although I am the Thunder Emperor's inheritor, I am not him. I hope you will understand this clearly. I am helping you out of my own will.
"If it is not within my capabilities, I will choose another method to repay you. Your request has clearly exceeded my capabilities. My apologies; I cannot accept this. Goodbye!"
This was something even a Martial Sage could not solve; what could he accomplish by going? Liu Tianyu clearly wanted to send him off to death because of his status as the Thunder Emperor's inheritor.
"Do you think I gave you that scabbard for no reason? Or did you think it was a coincidence for your body to contain only pure lightning-attributed Essence? Do you know your purpose in coming to the Heavenly Saber Pavilion?"
Just as Xiao Chen was preparing to jump off the cliff, Liu Tianyu's unhurried voice sounded from behind him.
Xiao Chen could not help but stop. He turned around to face Liu Tianyu and asked, "What do you mean?"
Liu Tianyu did not answer Xiao Chen's question directly. He waved his hand, and a strong suction force pulled Xiao Chen's Lunar Shadow Saber over.
"Huang Dang!" A snow-white saber light lit up Xiao Chen's face in the dark night, making him feel somewhat uncomfortable.
Liu Tianyu looked at the snow-white Lunar Shadow Saber and muttered, "This is a pretty good saber. You have merged in two broken swords. Its might is significantly stronger than when I last saw it.
"How unfortunate the owner of the saber does not know how to use it!"
Right after Liu Tianyu spoke, he threw the saber into the dark night sky. The saber blade suddenly released a boundless lightning.
There were flashes of lightning and crackles of thunder. A dazzling light tore through the night sky, leaving a void darker than the night sky.
In the end, the electric light gathered together, and the saber light withdrew itself. Everywhere the saber passed sliced into two halves with a 'zi zi' sound, falling down both sides.
Xiao Chen watched all this, dumbfounded. This saber strike even cut apart the sky.
Liu Tianyun held the scabbard and pointed it to the sky. The Lunar Shadow Saber moved in an arc and returned to the scabbard accurately.
After a long time, the sliced-apart night sky started to mend slowly.
Liu Tianyu tossed the Lunar Shadow Saber back to Xiao Chen. "You can exhibit this kind of strength too. However, there is only one opportunity. Remember, you have only one opportunity."
Liu Tianyun ignored Xiao Chen's shocked expression and continued, "The thing that I requested of you is naturally something within your capabilities. You don't have to worry about this.
"Actually, if you think about it carefully, you will understand the reason behind this. Why are the strong elders not going and only sending the young disciples? Furthermore, why is there a restriction on the number of people?"
"It is because of the body's bone age. Once you exceed 24 years old, there is no way to enter that space. What you are going to be facing are not true demons. They are only projections of these demons."
Xiao Chen caught the Lunar Shadow Saber, and his expression became calm again. He said indifferently, "Get straight to the point; what do I need to do to execute that saber strike from earlier?"
The shock the earlier saber strike gave Xiao Chen was simply too great. He never expected the Lunar Shadow Saber to be capable of showing such a great display of strength.
Xiao Chen's heart filled with doubt. When he was in the miniature Ancient Absolute Saber Formation, he felt the true strength of the Lunar Shadow Saber was far from being as simple as he had experienced.
Liu Tianyu smiled and said, "What you need to do is very simple. You have to kill the projection of the eighteenth Demon General at the crucial moment. When you open your eyes, you will know how to execute this saber strike.
"In the end, this mission is still very dangerous. After you complete it, I will tell you where the third broken sword is."
When I open my eyes? What does that mean?
Right after Liu Tianyu spoke, his figure started to turn blurry before Xiao Chen's eyes. After a while, this space started cracking and eventually turned into nothing.
Xiao Chen opened his eyes and sat up immediately. He looked at his surroundings; it was the room in which he slept. He looked out the window; the sky was starting to brighten up. It was still very dimly lit.
Xiao Chen got up and pushed aside the blanket before walking out to the courtyard. He looked around the familiar surroundings; cold sweat ran down his back. He looked at the distant summit and muttered, "So, I did not break apart the dream after all. That was still a dream. What a joke!"
After a long time, Xiao Chen recovered his wits. He drew the Lunar Shadow Saber in his hand, the snow-white blade gleaming all over; it was incredibly sharp.