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Zong Yi’s eyes flickered with sharpness as he added in a low voice, “Skythunder Aristocrat Clan, it seems like that had chosen to ignore the edicts passed down by their ancestors. How should they be dealt with?”
“It has already been for a few thousand years. Who can truly keep to their promises and ensure that their descendants all follow the edicts? The Azure Emperor would surely be gratified knowing about the rest of you. The Skythunder Aristocrat Clan ignored the edicts; although they were in the wrong, it doesn’t mean that they can’t be forgiven. Uncle Zong, follow me into the Skythunder Palace. As for the others, temporarily stay hidden for now. Let us go take a look to see what the attitudes of those from the Skythunder Clan will be when facing the successor of the Azure Emperor.”
Qin Wentian instructed as the others behind him nodded in agreement as they marvelled silently at Di Tian’s arrogance as well as his optimism.
“Let’s go.” Lifting his feet, Qin Wentian and the rest entered the Skythunder Palace.
The Skythunder Royal Palace was extremely vast. There was an ancient path after the palace gate leading all the way towards the interior of the Royal Palace. There were countless palace guards milling about before the gate, and there was a high vantage point at the back of the Royal Palace, allowing one to gaze down on the surroundings if one stood upon it.
At this moment, there were two figures leisurely advancing forwards. Very swiftly, they soon arrived before the gates.
“Halt.” Upon seeing the arrival of Qin Wentian and Zong Yi, the spears in the hands of the guards pointed towards them. However at the same time, both of their silhouettes flickered as they disappeared in a gust of raging wind, directly soaring up the skies, stepping beyond the palace gate and landing on the ancient path behind.
On the vantage point, a burst of lightning flickered as a thunderous sound boomed out. Immediately, several imperial guards rushed over after hearing the signal.
Qin Wentian and Zong Yi continued their leisure pace forwards. When the multitude of guards descended on them, Zong Yi merely took a step forwards as a terrifying sharp sword intent permeated the entire space, causing the imperial guards to become breathless. Nobody dared to make a move randomly underneath that sort of pressure.
“Who are the two of you? This place is a restricted place of my Skythunder Country. If you have any matters, please speak.” The leader of the imperial guards walked out, blocking Qin Wentian and Zong Yi’s pathway forwards.
“I want to meet with the Emperor of Skythunder.” Qin Wentian calmly spoke. Zong Yi continued standing behind him. A terrifying sword might bore down on the leader of the imperial guards. Evident rivulets of sweat could be seen on his forehead as the leader’s countenance paled.
How powerful. Although he was one of the lead members in the Royal Palace and had a cultivation base at the fifth level of Heavenly Dipper, the sword might Zong Yi was exuding was so oppressive that he couldn’t even breath.
Seeing how Zong Yi continued advancing, the silhouette of the leader of the imperial guards flickered as he madly retreated. While in the meantime, more and more experts gathered in this place, yet no body dared to bar Qin Wentian and Zong Yi.
After a short while, QIn Wentian stepped into the internal regions of the Royal Palace. Abruptly, a row of figures appeared in front of him. The two figures in the lead were a pair of young man and woman. The young man was good looking with a golden crown on his head; while the woman had exquisite features, projecting an aura of nobility. Whenever she smiled, a charm would twinkle in those eyes of hers, causing people to be mesmerised.
Behind the two of them, there stood several powerful experts. It was evident that they were all extremely powerful characters from the aura they emanated.
“Upon meeting the Majesty, why are you still not on your knees?” An old man with a cold gaze stared at Qin Wentian and Zong Yi as he berated. Anger clouded his features; as the sound of his voice faded, a long spear appeared in his hands as he stabbed it towards Qin Wentian.
Zong Yi lifted his hands as a burst of sword light flashed, breaking the long spear into two. “Let the Emperor of Skythunder speak for himself.”
“Overestimating yourself.” That old man coldly snorted, glaring at Zong Yi. Although Zong Yi’s cultivation base was high, weren’t his words too arrogant? He wanted the Emperor to personally come out to speak?
As for that prince with a crown on his head, he had a smile on his face as he stepped in to diffuse the situation. “I’m sure both of you must have travelled a long distance to arrive here today. Since you barged in so hurriedly, I’m sure there must be a good reason. Why not share the reason with us? I will ‘take good care’ of both of you lords.”
“You are the prince of Skythunder?” Qin Wentian inquired as he stared at the young man.
“Yes.” The young prince similarly contemplated Qin Wentian. He wanted to know what identity did these two unwelcomed guests have. They actually dared to barge into the Royal Palace.
“Azure Emperor.” A voice transmitted into his mind. The smiling face of the prince instantly changed, as his pupils narrowed. However, he was stunned only for an instant, and recovered swiftly as he stated, gesturing to a path behind him, “Please.”
After which, he stepped aside, his actions causing the guards by the side to feel extremely puzzled. Why was the prince so polite?
Qin Wentian and Zong Yi didn’t hesitate as well and directly went ahead. After the two of them passed him, the prince transmitted his voice to the rest of the guards, “Lock down the entire Royal Palace. Do not allow anyone to enter or exit.”
After that, he arranged for some of the guards to remain here, while some followed behind him.
Qin Wentian and Zong Yi arrived at a large public square inside one of the palaces. This place was extremely quiet, making it suitable for Qin Wentian’s plans.
At this moment, only three guards followed behind the prince, but soon after they arrived, the sounds of footsteps rang out as experts from the Skythunder Clan arrived.
Their gazes turned to the Skythunder Prince, as a bewildered light shone in their eyes.
“You actually know the secret between the Azure Emperor and our Skythunder Country.” The Skythunder Prince’s eyes bore into Qin Wentian, his voice carrying a threatening hint of frigidness.
Momentarily, the countenances of the surrounding experts all changed. Shock could be seen on their faces as an ice cold intent radiated out from them when they stared at Qin Wentian and Zong Yi.
“People of Skythunder hear my order.” Qin Wentian took out the Azure Emperor Token, stretching his hand out, displaying it in front of the crowd. An instant later, the expression on the prince face drastically changed, yet he had already expected something like this would happened. Expressions of disbelief now echoed on the faces of the others.
That was, the Azure Emperor Token?
“Isn’t father here yet?” That prince ignored Qin Wentian, as he mumbled to himself before he spoke, “The Azure Emperor had already fallen for so many years, how dare someone actually use his name in such a pretentious manner. You two ought to be killed.”
As the sound of his voice faded, the killing intent in his eyes thickened.
In this eight hundred years, there was always a matter weighing on their hearts - The Azure Emperor.
As one of the ‘hidden’ Azure Faction, according to their ancestral edicts, they had to await the successor of the Azure Emperor. However, as their power grew, eventually becoming the ruler of a country, how could they still be willing to follow the orders of a successor of a dead man?
And today, the successor of the Azure Emperor finally appeared.
Since he dared to appear here, he shall disappear from this world forever.
“IMPUDENT!” Zong Yi stepped out as a terrifying sword intent whistled through the air. However, the instant his feet landed, the experts behind the prince all dashed out in retaliation. It was obvious that they were already prepared; the prince had been secretly transmitting voice messages to them throughout the whole confrontation.
“Do the others intend to betray the Azure Emperor as well?” Qin Wentian was as calm as ever, sweeping his gaze through the rest in the crowd. For some reason, although their cultivation bases were higher compared to Qin Wentian, when they met his eyes, they involuntarily felt a wave of coldness sweeping across their hearts.
He used the term ‘betray.’If the Skythunder Aristocrat Clan had acted the same way as the White Deer Institute back then, adopting a wait and see approach, this matter would still be understandable.
However, because the prince before him wasn’t even the slightest bit interested in parlaying, he directly ordered for their deaths instead.
“A dead man using the term ‘betray?’” The charming young woman beside the prince giggled. That smile in her eye showed no hints of respect to the Azure Emperor. And her speech, the word ‘dead man’, had already showed that they had no intentions of pleading allegiance.
“Shut up.” The prince snapped. “The Azure Emperor has close ties to our ancestors and is a character worthy of respect. What’s unforgivable is that these people actually dared to use his name in pretense. They must die.”
Although Zong Yi was extremely powerful, but since both he and Qin Wentian had already arrived here, it was impossible for them to exit the Skythunder Palace any longer.
Qin Wentian’s perception stretched out, and indeed, the entire region had been sealed. Every entrance and exit were heavily guarded by experts.
How could Qin Wentian not understand the current scenario? However he didn’t say anything, and merely stayed silent watching the scene played out before him. He wanted to see if the others of the Skythunder Aristocrat Sect would act the same way as the young prince.
And at this very moment, an imposing man appeared. This man also had a crown on his head, and upon nearing, the others all dipped into a low bow as they greeted, “Your Majesty.”
The middle-aged man waved his hands, his eyes instantly landed upon Qin Wentian and Zong Yi as he walked nearer, exuding an imposing presence.
Qin Wentian calmly stared back at him, in silence.
“Kneel!” Beside the middle-aged man, two guards shouted, stepping out as a domineering pressure gushed forth from them, pressing down onto Qin Wentian.
“If there’s still anyone who acknowledges the Azure Emperor, kneel down and pay your respect to him in front of his authority token.” Qin Wentian took the Azure Emperor Token out once more, but how could there be anyone willing to kneel just like this? The entire place was doused with silence, nobody cared about that token in the young man’s hands. Even if they truly respected the Azure Emperor in their hearts, under such conditions, nobody would be willing to take the initiative to stand out and go against the Skythunder Emperor. Everything would still have to depend on the Skythunder Emperor’s attitude.
“Show me the Azure Emperor Token.” The Skythunder Emperor spoke after a few moments. Qin Wentian’s hands flickered as the Azure Emperor Token flew through the air, landing in the palms of the Skythunder Emperor. Upon seeing Qin Wentian’s actions, the Skythunder Emperor couldn’t help but have a hint of fear in his heart.
Since this man could become the Emperor of a country, it was needless to say that he excelled in schemes. And seeing how calm and unflustered Qin Wentian was when handing over the Authority Token with no hesitation, he couldn’t help but marvel.
“Where did this token come from? We would need some time to investigate first, and moreover, both of your identities are unknown, we would still require both of you to stay in our palace for sometime until we conclude the investigation.” The Skythunder Emperor calmly spoke. his deadly gaze was fixed directly onto Qin Wentian as though wanting to see through him.
“In front of the Azure Emperor Token, I command all of you to kneel before it in the space of ten breaths.” Qin Wentian crossed his arms as he swept his gaze onto everyone in the surroundings. His voice was filled with imperiousness, causing the expressions of everyone to stiffen. Why was this man so confident?
That charming young woman giggled softly as though she heard the funniest joke in the world.
“Are you kidding?” On the contrary, after hearing Qin Wentian’s words, the vigilance and sense of danger the Skythunder Emperor felt, actually increased.
“I’m not. Seven breaths of time remain.” Qin Wentian emotionlessly stated.
The others all burst out into cold laughter, with the prince and the young woman laughing the loudest. Mockery was evident on all their faces.
Obviously, in their eyes, Qin Wentian was nothing but a fool. Yet at this moment, the sounds of kneecaps hitting the ground echoed out; there was actually someone who knelt on one knee, calling out, “I’m willing to follow the orders of the successor. Your subordinate greets young master.”
“Royal Uncle, you…?” That joviality the prince felt was instantly wiped away, replaced by incredulousness.
After that, a total of six to seven people all continually knelt down. “Your subordinates pay their respect to the young master.”
This scene caused the expressions on the faces of the prince as well as the young woman beside him to stiffen, as they stared on blankly, completely dumbfounded!
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