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Regal Pill Palace Disciples

News spread faster than anywhere else in the Fish and Dragon District. The robbery at Myriad Puppets Pavilion spread very quickly throughout the entire district, through every nook and cranny. Incredulity was the prevalent feeling amongst every faction when they heard about it.

A robbery wasn’t something they were shocked about, there were many people who tempted fate out of sheer desperation. The number of yearly occurrences were too many to count. But robbing the Myriad Puppets Pavilion, that was certainly novel! They’d even taken two thousand slaves in one go. What were the culprits trying to do? What did they need so many people for? What everyone was even more curious about was just how on earth had they done it? What kind of method was powerful enough to snatch a couple thousand people in a few short breaths?

The most crucial thing was that both the Myriad Puppets Pavilion and law enforcement hadn’t managed to catch the culprit. They didn’t even have the whiff of a clue. This robbery had boasted of a domineering style domineering and mind boggling brilliance. The whole of the Fish and Dragon District was in shock from top to bottom.

The news about the robbery quickly reached House Sikou as well. Sikou Nan was first to the scene of the crime and flew into a terrible rage. Meanwhile, Lin Ming was in the middle of boiling medicine in his store not far away from the Myriad Puppets Pavilion when he heard the news. The scare almost struck him dumb. The Myriad Puppets Pavilion had been robbed! He knew who had done it just by thinking with his knees. After all, two people had asked him about the Pavilion an hour ago. This was too much of a coincidence! They talked about the Myriad Puppets Pavilion, and then the Pavilion was promptly robbed in short order?

A shiver coursed through Lin Ming, traveling from head to toe. Just when did Wei Jie become so crazy? Hadn’t Wei Jie always been known for being cool-headed?

“Wei Jie, Wei Jie, you’re really making big waves this time. I hope you won’t be caught,” Lin Ming felt the urge to cry. He knew that he himself would also be implicated if they got caught. Lin Ming knew full well he had to keep this to himself and let it rot in a corner of his mind. He couldn’t speak of it no matter what. To speak of it would be a one-way ticket to hell. Even if he was perfectly innocent, he still wouldn’t escape a charge as an accessory to the crime. Therefore, this had to be kept secret.

Jiang Chen and Huang’er strolled around for the entire day after leaving the Fish and Dragon District. Only after nightfall did they make their way back to House Wei’s mansion, free and easy. Both of them had changed their external appearances when they’d gone in the Fish and Dragon District. With their current appearance, no one would think of suspecting them.

Seeing Jiang Chen return with a companion in tow, Wei Jie was more or less certain that the one who had robbed the Myriad Puppets Pavilion was none other than Jiang Chen. He hadn’t entirely certain previously because Jiang Chen had been by himself when they’d separated.

“Brother Jiang, who might this be?” a curious Wei Jie inquired.

“Young master Wei, this is a friend of mine. I presume you already heard about the affair in the Fish and Dragon District,” Jiang Chen took the initiative. He wasn’t planning on hiding anything.

Wei Jie responded with a wry smile, “Of course I heard about something this big. I thought at first it was someone else who did it, but I have a pretty good guess now that both of you are back.”

Jiang Chen nodded. “The implications of this affair will likely be enormous. The two of us will depart immediately and won’t trouble you.”

Wei Jie quickly replied with a smile, “What are you saying? I feel quite thrilled that you robbed House Sikou. Don’t worry. You, me, and Lin Ming are the only ones who know about this thing. Lin Ming is involved himself, so he wouldn’t betray us. House Sikou is my House’s sworn enemy, so it’s even more impossible for me to betray you. So, just let them investigate. Things will sort themselves out after the commotion dies down.”

“We really won’t drag you down?” Jiang Chen asked once again. He wasn’t one to act recklessly without a care for consequences. If Wei Jie would be implicated as a result of Jiang Chen’s actions, he’d turn on his heels and walk out right this instant.

Wei Jie waved him off, “Brother Jiang, we’re friends who’ve been through life and death. Don’t mention being implicated. It’s of no consequence even if I have to shoulder a little risk. A mere House Sikou? House Wei isn’t afraid of them.”

If nothing else, a ninth rank aristocratic house would have this kind of heroic spirit and willingness to shoulder responsibility. Jiang Chen thought a moment. He still countered, “Young master Wei, we’re friends who’ve gone through tribulations together, so I won’t treat you as an outsider. However, people will definitely be on the lookout now that I stirred up a fuss. You can’t find a place here for a couple thousand people either, I need to find another place.”

No matter how large the House Wei manor might be, it would still be hard to hide releasing two thousand people all at once. This was a situation they had to handle. Wei Jei thought a moment and responded with a nod, “House Wei has an underground estate in the capital. It’s extremely well hidden, only my father and me know about it. Brother Jiang, if you can overlook the crudeness, I’ll take you there right now.”

Jiang Chen waved him off. “Just tell me the exact place and how to get there. There will certainly be countless pairs of eyes watching you now as soon as you step out. It wouldn’t be a good thing for you. I wouldn’t want to involve House Wei in this quarrel because of this.”

Since House Wei and House Sikou were mortal enemies, House Sikou would definitely send people to keep watch over House Wei after something this big had happened. As House Wei’s young master, Wei Jie’s every move would certainly be spied on. It would be an undesirable outcome if holes in their act were created because of this.

Wei Jie pondered a moment and nodded without arguing. He drew a map on the spot and handed it to Jiang Chen.  “The exact position, concrete directions, and how to enter are all clearly indicated on this map. The place is extremely well hidden, absolutely no one from House Sikou will find it. This place is the final trump card for me and my father.”

Wei Jie disclosed all this private information to Jiang Chen with a wry smile. “Brother Jiang, I won’t hide anything from you. House Wei looks full of splendor on the surface, but it’s in fact riddled troubles internal and external. That place is the final safe shelter for me and my father, our lifeline if an emergency were to happen.”

Jiang Chen’s heart faintly shook when he heard. A grateful look emerged on his face. He patted Wei Jie, “Young master Wei, you and I are friends for life.”

Though he’d once saved Wei Jie’s life, the sincerity Wei Jie demonstrated again and again had clearly gone over and beyond mere repayment of debt. One could say that they’d both made use of each other at first, but they’d now come to treat each other as friends from the bottom of their hearts after undergoing repeated woes and trials together. Especially now that Wei Jie entrusted him with his final trump card, whether or not it truly was his final trump card or not, Jiang Chen still owed him a debt of gratitude. “Young master Wei, I’ll come find you again after I settle them in. Here are some detoxifying pills. Take them for now, stay vigilant against the pill master at your fifth uncle’s side. He’s likely hiding his real strength.”

Wei Jie looked pensive. He took the pills from Jiang Chen and put them away. After a small pause, he still couldn’t stop himself from asking, “Brother Jiang, I see that your talent for pill dao is marvelous. I wonder if…”

Jiang Chen smiled, “I haven’t had my pill dao potential tested, so I can’t tell you at what level it is specifically. That said, when it comes to pill dao, I truly haven’t met anyone yet I would bow down to. I might not be able to provide a concrete answer if young master Wei wishes to know. That said, ordinary pill kings are indeed below my notice.” He patted Wei Jie’s shoulder, “Take care.”

After bidding their farewells, both of them departed under the cover of the night without any hesitation. Trackers were everywhere outside. Even so, House Sikou wasn’t a faction paramount in the capital, so they couldn’t hunt and arrest people as they pleased without any scruples. For that reason, though they put great effort into the search, it was very difficult to guarantee they could cover every possible area. Meanwhile, Jiang Chen and Huang’er precisely happened to be experts in slipping away. From the Myriad Domain all the way to the Veluriyam Capital, they’d gone through too many roadblocks to count. They simply had too much knowledge and experience dealing with such a search.

Following the map, the two of them spent quite some effort before finally locating the concealed place. It was indeed covert, even looking like an underground maze as they went deeper and deeper inside. Most importantly, there were even formations deployed there, and early warning systems. The arrangements were close to perfection in every area. What was even more surprising was how spacious this place was. It could even accommodate several times more people than they needed to situate.

“A ninth rank noble house in the Veluriyam Capital is indeed something else. This place is difficult to build without tremendous power,” Jiang Chen said, sighing with feeling after he settled down.

Huang’er nodded with a faint smile. “Sir Jiang, hurry up and let these people out. I can’t wait!”

He summoned his palace and was about to release the captives, but then thought better of it. The eternal imprint last time from the Eternal Celestial Capital was a mistake he’d learned from. It wasn’t impossible for the Myrial Puppets Pavilion’s unique imprint to be on found on these slaves. The palace was separated from the outside world, so this imprint would naturally not be discovered. However, as soon as he released them from the palace, they would very easily track him all the way to this place if there was a mark.

“Miss Huang’er, let’s go inside.”

The two of them entered the palace. Two thousand slaves stood there like living corpses, not showing any resistance, not putting up any struggle. Jiang Chen walked forward, pulling down the masks from their faces one by one. His mood became heavier with every mask he pulled off. The thing he was most worried of was that those from the Regal Pill Palace wouldn’t be in this batch of slaves. Even Huang’er was extremely grave. She also knew full well that if they couldn’t find their people from Regal Pill Palace this time, further rescue attempts would be at least ten times harder.

As masks were tugged off one by one, Jiang Chen’s state of mind became increasingly heavier. After taking down more than thirty masks, his hands spasmed as wild joy exploded on his face! A familiar face had appeared in front of Jiang Chen’s eyes.

Indeed, he was very familiar with this person! “Shen Trifire!” he blurted, wild with joy. Shen Trifire was a genuis from the sovereign area in the Rosy Valley. He had been Shen Qing Hong’s right hand man at first. Jiang Chen had once thoroughly routed him in a pill dao contest. Shen Trifire had repented then, and withdrew himself from conflict after that, going into closed door cultivation. Jiang Chen never thought this peer would be the first one he’d find!

Jiang Chen and Huang’er shared a look, seeing the joy in each other’s eyes. Since they saw a familiar face, this meant that those from Regal Pill Palace were in this batch at the very least. Thank the heavens! Jiang Chen immediately used his consciousness to scan Shen Trifire. However, the joy quickly disappeared from his face, and his brows bunched together in a frown.

 

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