Chapter 1853 – The Mysteries of the Ancient Domains
Unaware that his true identity had already been guessed by Yang shi and the others, Zhang Xuan was currently soaring through the air with his direct disciples following behind him.
It had already been a month since Liu Yang had been inaugurated as Sovereign Chen Yong of the Otherworldly Demonic Tribe.
A new year had just arrived, so the entire capital was filled with joyful bustle.
Over the past month, Zhang Xuan had been offering pointers to his direct disciples, and for a moment, he felt as if he had returned to the days in the Tianxuan Kingdom.
There were no grudges, no responsibilities, and no obligations. There were only the simple interactions between a teacher and his students. Each and every day was passed swimming in an ocean of knowledge, indulging in the simple joys of grasping a new move or learning a new cultivation technique.
After going through Zhang Xuan’s systematic training program, the zhenqi of Zhao Ya and the others had been reinforced, becoming much denser than before. This had resulted in a significant surge in their fighting prowess. At the same time, Yuan Tao had successfully cleared his second Ancient Sage Ordeal.
As for Liu Yang, after he achieved a breakthrough to Blood Reincarnation realm consummation, he had successfully placed the Otherworldly Demonic Tribe under his complete control, thus crushing even the last voices of opposition against him.
On the other hand, Zhang Xuan’s cultivation was still capped at Sempiternal realm consummation. However, his aura felt much more composed than before, and his state of mind was more stable. It seemed like he could push for a breakthrough at any moment as long as he willed it.
Two months of reinforcement had given him a deeper insight into the powers wielded by Ancient Sages, and his fighting prowess had improved considerably. With the Dragonbone Divine Spear in hand, it was no exaggeration to say that he was unrivaled beneath the Dimension Shatterer realm.
Even if he encountered that deity from before, he would not be so powerless as to be defeated in a single move.
As swift as Zhang Xuan’s improvements were, there was one person who was growing faster than him—Vicious. With his body becoming complete and the straw garment inducing the growth of his flesh and blood, he had successfully achieved a breakthrough to the Dimension Shatterer realm, which meant that he was already able to shatter the dimension barrier of the world.
“While I am able to shatter the dimension barrier to open up a pathway to a higher dimension, my body isn’t sufficiently resilient to leave this world yet. At the very least, my cultivation has to reach Dimension Shatterer realm consummation first!” Vicious explained.
Hearing those words, Zhang Xuan nodded in realization.
At that moment, Liu Yang suddenly flew over from afar and clasped his fist. “Teacher, I have already looked through all of the books of the Otherworldly Demonic Tribe, and I found that the ‘deities’ that have appeared in the past can’t be truly be considered gods or deities. Rather, they are just beings from the Azure!”
During that period of time, Zhang Xuan had not only devoted his time entirely to guiding his students’ cultivation. He had also instructed Liu Yang to make use of his authority as Sovereign Chen Yong to gather information regarding the legends of the ‘deities’ in hopes that he might gather some clues regarding Luo Ruoxin.
“Indeed. The Azure is a dimension entirely different from the Master Teacher Continent, and the deity that descended previously came from there as well. As its environment is filled with ample Aeon of Ancient Sage, its environment for cultivation is superior to even the best blessed lands in our world!” Liu Yang explained.
The Otherworldly Demonic Tribe possessed the ability to communicate with the ‘deities’, so even though most of the legends going around were just hearsay, there were still some slivers of truth amid them.
Knowing what his teacher was intending to do, Liu Yang hesitated for a brief moment before explaining, “However, it seems like the passageway leading to the Azure has been completely sealed. Any deities who wish to descend to our world must pay a heavy price through a ritual, and it’s nigh impossible for us to ascend up to the Azure.”
“The passageway leading to the Azure has been completely sealed?” Zhang Xuan asked anxiously.
In truth, he had already guessed as much. It had been a long time since any deities had descended to their world, and ever since Kong shi, there had been no cultivators who had successfully ascended to the Azure.
“You also got me to investigate the matter concerning Kong shi,” Liu Yang said. “Based on what I have found, he disappeared shortly after he captured the Immortal’s Envoy. Based on the clues I have gathered so far, it’s likely that he has gone to the Azure.
“Shortly after Kong shi’s departure, the Hundred Schools of Philosophers also left the Master Teacher Continent to stand guard at a certain location. I tried investigating deeper into the matter, but the clues come to a complete halt here. However, I feel that the Hundred Schools of Philosophers know more details about Kong shi’s disappearance.”
Zhang Xuan nodded slowly.
In this world, there was definitely no one who knew more about Kong shi than the Hundred Schools of Philosophers. Their lineage had stemmed from Kong shi, so they were bound to have records regarding the latter.
Zhang Xuan turned to Ancient Sage Mo Ling and asked, “Do you know where the Hundred Schools of Philosophers are located?”
He was the one who had contacted the Hundred Schools of Philosophers in order to assault Sovereign Chen Yong. As such, even if the Master Teacher Pavilion headquarters had no idea where the Hundred Schools of Philosophers were, there was no way that he would not know!
Ancient Sage Mo Ling pondered for a moment before replying, “They should be in the Kunxu Domain.”
“The Kunxu Domain?” Zhang Xuan frowned in bewilderment.
He had heard of plenty of secret domains and the like, but he had never heard of the Kunxu Domain.
“There are many ancient domains on the Master Teacher Continent; I believe that you should have heard of a couple of them yourself. While the influence of the Master Teacher Pavilion doesn’t extend to these ancient domains, they harness the most primordial energy, which nourishes those suffering from deficient bloodlines!” Ancient Sage Mo Ling explained.
Zhang Xuan nodded in response.
The Tianxuan Kingdom was an ancient domain, too. It was in hopes of recovering the Emperor’s Bloodline that the Yuan Tao had been sent to the Tianxuan Kingdom to fend for himself. The same went for Zhang Xuan.
“To be honest, I’m not too sure where the entrance of the Kunxu Domain is. The Hundred Schools of Philosophers have guarded that secret extremely tightly. However, what I am certain of is that it has close ties to these ancient domains. I would say that there’s a good chance that the entrance to the Kunxu Domain is located in one of these ancient domains!” Ancient Sage Mo Ling said.
He did have channels that allowed him to reach out to the Hundred Schools of Philosophers, but he had never been to the Kunxu Domain itself. There was no way that the Hundred Schools of Philosophers would risk exposing their whereabouts to him after all.
“Hmm, it’s located in one of the ancient domains?” Zhang Xuan frowned. He pondered for a brief moment before coming to a decision. “I intend to return to the Tianxuan Kingdom for a moment. Do any of you wish to come along with me?”
To be honest, he felt that there were still some mysteries concerning the Tianxuan Kingdom that he had not unraveled yet. Given how huge the Master Teacher Continent was, he had transcended into the Tianxuan Kingdom. Furthermore, he had even found two students possessing rare unique constitutions there.
Of course, it might just have been a coincidence, but he had a feeling that there was more to it. As such, he intended to start his search from there.
“I have been away for more than a year now. I think it’s about time for me to return and visit my father,” Zhao Ya said with a smile.
She had departed from her homeland together with her teacher, and over the past year, she had risen to become one of the top powerhouses of the Master Teacher Continent, as well as a powerful Ancient Sage expert. It was about time for her to return and pay a visit to her family.
“I wish to come along as well!” Wang Ying nodded fervently.
The others also echoed their agreement. They wanted to return to their roots to take a look at the place where they had grown up.
“Liu Yang, you are still needed here for the time being, so you can’t come along with us. As for the rest, make preparations. We’ll be setting off soon!” Zhang Xuan instructed with a smile.
Even though they had successfully unified the Otherworldly Demonic Tribe, there were still many reforms that had to be supervised and implemented. If the highest leader, Sovereign Chen Yong, vanished at that crucial moment, there was a good chance that things could go haywire.
As indignant as he was, Liu Yang sighed deeply before nodding reluctantly. “… I understand!”
Zhang Xuan turned to the colossal beast beside Liu Yang and said, “Ancient Sage Allfire, I’ll be counting on you to assist Liu Yang by his side.”
“Leave it to me!” Ancient Sage Allfire replied heartily.
“Alright, let’s go then!”
After settling the matters there, Zhang Xuan took out the Dragonbone Divine Spear and slit a dimension rift in front of him. He took the lead and entered the dimension rift, and the others swiftly followed behind him.