Chapter 2596 Celestial Kingdoms
Meanwhile, Jian Qiu Ping who was standing nearby and listening was stunned by the mention of the Superior Celestial King who opened the Little World 10,000 years ago in the mountains south of the Bloody Specter City. To him, Superior Celestial Kings were what legends were made of.
“A Superior Celestial King?”
The Bloody Specter City was located in a mere intermediate-rank Celestial Kingdom. For this reason, there were not many powerhouses of that level in this place. Moreover, even high-rank Celestial Kingdom had never produced a Superior Celestial King. Jian Qiu Ping inhaled sharply as he thought to himself, ‘Since this Blissful Sect managed to produce a Superior Celestial King, the sect must be even stronger than a high-rank Celestial Kingdom!’
High-rank Celestial Kingdoms stood above all low and intermediate-rank Celestial Kingdoms. They command awe from those beneath them. How frightening would a sect that was stronger than high-rank Celestial Kingdoms be?
Duan Ling Tian’s eyes lit up. He tried to extract information from Chen Xuan Ba as he asked, “You seem to know a great deal about the Blissful Sect, Commander Chen. Then, do you know which sect the World Cleansing Horsetail Whisk belongs to?”
If it were not for Murong Bing, Duan Ling Tian would not have told the truth about where he found the identity token. After all, he knew he would only be inviting trouble by mentioning the Little World. It would have been better if he had skirted around mentioning the Little World. After all, since 10,000 years ago, nobody had managed to come out alive. How could people not feel curious if they found out he had managed to come out unharmed? However, despite the trouble it might bring him, he was determined to find the sect that possessed the World Cleansing Horsetail Whisk. After all, that was the only way for him to find out where Murong Bing came from. His motive was to track her down.
Chen Xuan Ba shook his head and said, “I only heard about the Blissful Sect by chance. All I know is the sect is far stronger than high-rank Celestial Kingdoms. As for the World Cleansing Horsetail Whisk, I’ve never heard of it, let alone the sect it belongs to.”
Duan Ling Tian could not help feeling disappointed upon hearing this. To find Murong Bing, he had taken a huge gamble by revealing potentially dangerous information. However, it ended in failure. Well, at least, he managed to learn from Chen Xuan Ba that the Blissful Sect was a force that was far stronger than high-rank Celestial Kingdoms.
‘High-rank Celestial Kingdoms are leagues above intermediate-rank Celestial Kingdoms like the one the Nine Specter County is in. Even then, the Blissful Sect is much stronger than those high-rank Celestial Kingdoms. It’s very likely that Murong Bing’s sect is on equal footing with the Blissful Sect and is far stronger than those high-rank Celestial Kingdoms,’ Duan Ling Tian mused to himself.
Speaking of, Duan Ling Tian had learned from the waiter that he was currently in an intermediate-rank Celestial Kingdom. Celestial Kingdoms were divided into high, intermediate, and low-rank. Most of them were independent of one another. The differences between these Celestial Kingdoms were that high-rank Celestial Kingdoms had better cultivation environments and resources. Their general strength was also stronger.
Chen Xuan Ba looked at Duan Ling Tian thoughtfully as he said, “It says something about your destiny to be able to meet someone so powerful in the Little World to rescue you.”
“Honestly, I didn’t have much interaction with my savior. Shortly after I entered the Little World, I found the identity token next to a half-cleaved body before meeting my savior. However, soon after, I lost consciousness. When I woke up, I found myself outside again. More importantly, the entrance to the Little World in the valley seemed to have disappeared. However, I don’t know if this means the Little World has disappeared as well,” Duan Ling Tian explained as he glanced at the identity token in Chen Xuan Ba’s hand.
“The Little World’s entrance has disappeared?” Chen Xuan Ba echoed. He had been quite skeptical of Duan Ling Tian’s words. However, when he heard this, he no longer doubted Duan Ling Tian. The Little World’s entrance had been around for 10,000 years. For it to vanish so suddenly, something incredible must have happened. There was no way this purple-clad young man could have caused the disappearance. Moreover, he did not think the young man was lying. After all, he could always send some men there to verify his words.
Chen Xuan Ba studied the identity token in his hand again as he asked, “So does this mean you found the identity token by sheer luck?”
“I guess so,” Duan Ling Tian answered candidly, nodding.
Suddenly, a gust of wind that sounded like the void was being torn open rang in the air and shot toward Duan Ling Tian.
Chen Xuan Ba had tossed the identity token to Duan Ling Tian without any warning. It seemed as though he was just returning the identity token to Duan Ling Tian, but it was clear that he was testing Duan Ling Tian’s strength.
The Celestial Origin Energy in Duan Ling Tian’s body reacted instantly and coursed through his 99 Heavenly Veins before surging out, raising his Celestial Origin Energy by two levels! The effects were similar to his assist-type Divine Ability, the Elementary Devouring Tactic. Naturally, one could only achieve this feat if all 99 Heavenly Veins had been tempered and refined.
At this moment, Duan Ling Tian’s Celestial Origin Energy was equivalent to a Violet Moon Heavenly Celestial. If he were to cast the Elementary Devouring Tactic as well, his Celestial Origin Energy would rise another two levels. He eschewed doing it because he did not see a need for it.
Using his right hand that had been imbued with Celestial Origin Energy, Duan Ling Tian caught the identity token. He felt a surge of force slamming into his palm. The shock was so great that it numbed his hand, and the momentum caused him to stumble a few steps back.
“A Violet Moon Heavenly Celestial, huh?” Chen Xuan Ba raised an eyebrow. Based on Duan Ling Tian’s response and the Celestial Origin Energy surging out of his body, he concluded that the purple-clad young man was a Violet Moon Heavenly Celestial.‘Violet Moon Heavenly Celestial?’ Jian Qiu Ping thought to himself. He had caught Chen Xuan Ba’s worlds even though Chen Xuan Ba did not speak loudly. ‘So he’s only a Violet Moon Heavenly Celestial!’
Jian Qiu Ping’s disdain for Duan Ling Tian intensified, and his anxiety had subsided as well. Ever since the three Centurions of the Black Dragon Army had become Scarlet Sun Golden Celestials, he, naturally, felt threatened since he was the weakest captain.
Two of the Centurions were not his biggest concern because their overall prowess was still inferior to him. The biggest contender that Jian Qiu Ping was most afraid of was the centurion under his command. He was almost as strong as Jian Qiu Ping himself, and Jian Qiu Ping was not confident he would win if they had a duel.
The worst part was this subordinate of his was already so strong before entering closed-door cultivation. One could imagine he would only be stronger after coming out of closed-door cultivation!
Jian Qiu Ping had been feeling anxious over the years because he was afraid his subordinate would usurp his position. However, now there was a new captain who was only a Violet Moon Heavenly Celestial. With someone this weak around, he would not have to worry about being challenged. He scoffed softly as he muttered under his breath, ‘Just a mere Violet Moon Heavenly Celestial, but he thinks he’s capable of becoming a Captain of the Black Dragon Army. How laughable!”
“I’ll see through my promise,” Chen Xuan Ba announced. “I’ll announce to the troop that you’ve been made captain. However, I can’t promise you that you’ll be able to hold on to the position. That will have to depend on your skills. To be frank, based on your cultivation base, I don’t think you’ll be able to hold on to the position for long. However, if you find yourself being demoted to a centurion, you can always work hard to cultivate to become a Golden Celestial and reclaim your position.” It was obvious he was attempting to reassure Duan Ling Tian. Finally, he asked, “So, what is your name?”
Duan Ling Tian was, naturally, not frightened by Chen Xuan Ba’s warning. His voice was even and confident as he replied, “Duan Ling Tian.”