ces. ” When she said this, the group ’s eyes all lit with a blazing fire. Their belief and respect towards Wei Wuyin was nearly religious, so being able to help him out, no matter how small, placed a burning fire in their hearts.
”We ’ll be executing the Phoenix Restraint Maneuver. Any questions?! ” Hong Chunhua asked loudly, seeming already determining their approach. The others didn ’t say a single word, but responded with their various executions of arts and spells. With a faint nod, Hong Chunhua started to move.
The Season of Emptiness had just hit, and they understood their advantages. Even if they faced Realmlords, they felt confident in obtaining victory with no sacrifice.
An hour later, Zu Zun slammed his double-sided hammer onto the skull of a once mighty Realmlord. Like a watermelon, his head exploded, gushing out wads of brain matter, bone fragments, and intracranial fluids.
”Not so powerful, huh? ” Zu Zun wore a smug smile as he wiped off the bits that landed on his armor.
Three others were executing a few other experts after seizing them, cleanly ending their lives in a single swift motion. Hong Chunhua was inspecting the caravan and their carriages alongside Li Yungu who was revealing a light of abundant greed.
”They have so much wealth! It rivals several top-level forces in our starfield, maybe even close to our own. This World Realm is extremely rich! ” Li Yungu was barely holding back her saliva as she took inventory of their stock, finding rare resources and various materials that their own starfield lacked. The vast majority of this wealth difference was in alchemical products, with seventh-grade and eighth-grade products being abundant within. With a suspicious laugh, she went away to her own heaven as she counted.
Fortunately, if there was one person Hong Chunhua trusted the most within the Ascendants, it was Li Yungu…despite her strange behavior sometimes.
”Commander! We found some captives here! And I think you ’ll want to look at this! ” Bei Yunhan ’s voice sounded out from another carriage. Hong Chunhua left Li Yungu to her activities and checked out the situation.
”What is it? ” She asked, entering the carriage to find a large square cage that held hundreds of captives in segregated sections. It seemed like there were numerous square cells within a square cage. It was an intricate design considering it was all transparent, yet there were at least three levels to this cage.
Bei Yunhan was with Arth, and they were beside a specific cage with strange looks on their faces. Hong Chunhua walked over, inspecting the cage when her heart was dealt a heavy surprise.
”Is this…? ” She was confused. She turned to Bei Yunhan and Arth who also had strange, shocked expressions. ”How? There ’s no way she would be sent here, right? ” They saw the half-naked and raggedy form of Qingye Ying, the Princess of Everlore!
But they hadn ’t noticed her based on her appearance, as she wore a veil almost always, but because of her cultivation and aura. She had an Alchemic Astral Soul, and while most of this World Realm ’s Alchemic Proxies had false Alchemic Astral Souls artificially made from a strange method, Qingye Ying ’s was the genuine article.
They were all there during the All-Alchemic Clash, an era-defining moment, so her aura was as familiar to them as their own mother ’s.
When Qingye Ying lifted her sunken eyes and her eyelashes fluttered with weakness, observing these new arrivals, she was startled to see Arth. This World Realm lacked beastmen, so this person can only be from her starfield! A strange hope emerged in her heart.
Was she saved?!
Tears started to form at the sides of her eyes. After nearly two years of being forced as a Alchemic Proxy, forced to concoct products and have her alchemical energies extracted, it was torture of the highest degree. Was this how alchemists who have no ability to fight back are forced to exist as?
Slaves? Tools? The means for the powerful to become more powerful?!
But the next words out of Bei Yunhan ’s mouth severed that hope and sent her into despair, ”Should we kill her? ”
”… ” Hong Chunhua didn ’t answer. She stared at Qingye Ying for a long moment.
Arth, however, flipped out with excitement: ”Of course! She ’s the only competitor with his Majesty, and she has a genuine Alchemic Astral Soul. In the long run, she ’ll become the next King of Everlore, who knows what she will do then. So ridding him of this uncertainty will be good, no? ”
Qingye Ying might be a member of the Alchemist Association, but there were no real restrictions to her potential or future. She could nurture a threat to their rule in the future. After all, the starfield was theirs and only she had the ability to change that.
Qingye Ying shrunk back in her cage. While being a proxy was hell, she didn ’t wish to die. As long as breath remained in her lungs, as an alchemist, she would always find a way through every problem she faced. This was a mantra of alchemists, and it rang true.
When the King of Everlore needed to resurrect the body of a failed Mystic Ascendant, he did. When he wanted to find a way to bypass the Realm World Astral Tribulation, he did. When he wanted to surpass the Mortal Star Formation Tribulation, turning Alchemic Natal Soul into Alchemic Astral Soul, he did!
There was nothing they couldn ’t solve, but that required two things: time and life.
”Set her free. Free the rest too, ” Hong Chunhua ordered, giving Qingye Ying one last look before leaving. After reaching the entrance of the carriage, she stopped: ”If you want to follow us, you can. We ’ll ensure you return to the Alchemist Association safely as long as we ’re alive. But remember this, this is only because of his Majesty. ”
She stepped off, thinking about Wei Wuyin as she did.
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