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Gouyu Awakens

House Sikou wouldn’t choose the path of mutual destruction unless it was the only choice left, and on a certain level, it gave Jiang Chen some freedom of space to prepare. With the memories of his past life, Jiang Chen’s foundation in formations could be said to be extremely solid. Laying down a formation was not a problem to him. The problem was how to strike true in one hit. If he wished to eliminate the seal, then he must make that hit count. He would be in grave trouble if he were to fail and alert the sealer to his attempts. If the sealer flew into a rage and killed the slaves directly, then Jiang Chen’s failure would become an irreparable regret in his mind. That was why Jiang Chen was not going to execute the method blindly before he had sufficient guarantee.

Time passed by day by day. Seven days later, Jiang Chen finally confirmed his formation after a series of precise deductions and demonstrations. This formation appeared was even more precise and rigorous than it would’ve been thanks to the Crimson Heaven formation flag.

“Everyone, I have done my best. Please don’t blame me whether I succeed or fail,” Jiang Chen spoke in his mind. He had done everything he could up to this point. He had split out sixty-four knots of energies for this formation, and the moment the formation activated, all knots would come alive at the same time. Fifty four of those energies belonged to his sect members from the Regal Pill Palace, whereas the remaining ten belonged to ten relatively strong cultivators. They were all at least earth sage realm cultivators, and some were even sky sage realm cultivators. “Miss Huang, I will be starting now.”

At the center of the formation, Jiang Chen nodded at Huang’er standing outside and began activating the formation. The formation slowly grew to life as sixty four rays of light flew towards the people inside the formation like meteors. After the flash was over, countless formation glyphs crawled through the surrounding space like tadpoles.

Wham! The light entered the people’s qi oceans.

“Everything depends on this!” Jiang Chen gritted his teeth and made repeated hand seals. The light kept growing thicker and stronger over time. Every slave was enveloped by this light, and everyone’s qi ocean appeared to Jiang Chen’s eyes like clouds of nebula. They were surrounded by restrictions that looked like spider webs. These were the seals outside their qi oceans!

“Break, break I say!” Jiang Chen yelled lowly and urged the formation to its full power. The light slammed into the seals surrounding every qi ocean and caused a glaring flash that looked like sparks. Bzzt!

The ear-piercing noise continued for some time.

One breath, two breaths… It had only been three breaths of time, but it felt as long as an eternity.

Crackcrackcrack…

Melodious sound of cracking started as the restriction surrounding the slaves were slowly ripped apart by this power like cloth. There was a shredding noise and all of the seals were destroyed completely! The light of the formation dimmed after that, and the entire formation began to shut down. Jiang Chen’s head was covered in sweat, but his eyes were shining with delighted pleasure. “It worked!”

Outside the formation, Huang’er was also wearing a look of joy as she stepped quickly into the formation and asked in concern, “How are you feeling, Sir Jiang?”

“It’s nothing. I’m just a little tired because this formation used up too much energy. It won’t affect my core,” Jiang Chen scanned himself a little and found nothing except that he had used up too much consciousness. This formation was extremely sophisticated and exhausting. It really wasn’t something that a mortal sage realm cultivator could control at all. In fact, a sage realm cultivator simply didn’t possess the qualification to control this formation. If Jiang Chen hadn’t possessed exceptional advantages in all aspects, he wouldn’t have been to utilize this formation at all.

……

The moment the formation broke through the seal, Sikou Nan was abruptly jolted out of his meditation far, far away at House Sikou. His commands had all collapsed on their own! It was the middle of the night, and he’d been just about to enter a meditative state. Unfortunately, it’d also gave Jiang Chen the opportunity to break the seals without Sikou Nan noticing. When he came to a realization, his commands had already been shattered to bits. He took out their corresponding tokens, but noted that they had all been reduced to fragments. When his consciousness swept across the area, he noticed that a total of sixty-four tokens had broken. Sikou Nan’s expression changed greatly as he swore non-stop, “Damn it! Damn it!”

He knew that the destruction of these token meant that all sixty-four seals had been destroyed. Moreover, the method his enemy had used to crack these seals was extraordinary! His enemy’s timing and cracking method were absolutely top notch. It had given him no time to even react.

“Who is it? Who is it?!” Right now, Sikou Nan’s feelings were utterly messy. Despite the fact that it was midnight right now, he ran straight to his father’s doorsteps.

Sikou Yuan was also shocked when he heard the news. Father and son exchanged looks with each other as they stared at the shattered tokens. Their emotions all felt greatly bottled up for a time. They weren’t afraid of their enemies coming after them, but they were afraid of not even knowing who their enemy was. This method obviously couldn’t have been undertaken by just any person. Even Sikou Yuan himself couldn’t break through sixty-four seals at once in just a few breaths of time.

“Nan’er, has the Million Puppets Pavilion offend anyone as of late?” Sikou Yuan sounded a bit conflicted.

Sikou Nan answered vacantly, “We’re businessmen who seek profit. Why would we offend someone for no particular reason? Plus, there aren’t any amazing customers who have showed up as of late.”

“Was there anyone of great influence amongst our goods this time?” Sikou Yuan asked again.

Sikou Nan thought for a moment and shook his head, “There really isn’t anyone on the Divine Abyss Continent that could be considered as a person of great power to Veluriyam Capital. Our sources as of late have been pretty clean too. They all came from those middle and lower region. Not a single one of them came from the Upper Eight Regions.”

“Are there foreign races involved into our trade?” Sikou Yuan asked again.

“Father, I am not an idiot. The Million Puppets Pavilion only does the human trade and never other races.”

Sikou Yuan nodded, “This is strange then. The fact that this robber could instantly crack sixty four seals in an instant means that his strength is terrific. This person… could it be that they cultivate some sort of evil art that uses cultivators as cultivation furnaces?”

“Father, why do I think that House Wei probably has something to do with this?” Sikou Nan said sullenly.

“House Wei?” Sikou Yuan shook his head, “House Wei themselves are in a complete mess right now, not to mention that I know very well what level they’re at. There’s no way they could unlock sixty four seals at once in just a couple of breaths of time. Even in the Veluriyam Capital, those who can do this must belong to those top forces.”

Sikou Nan was feeling very dejected. He wished that this was done by House Wei so he could at least have the pleasure of wiping the ground with them. It was at least better than knowing nothing right now.

“Father, I’m afraid that this person will unseal the slaves one after another now that they’ve had their first success. If that happens, then all our slaves would become his in just half a month’s time.” The fact that their seals were broken meant that these slaves were no longer under House Sikou’s control.

“Can we check where these unsealed slaves came from?” Sikou Yuan asked again.

Sikou Nan shook his head with dejection, “Our sources have plentiful as of late, and since they’re numbered based on cultivation and potential, they cannot be differentiated at all after they were grouped together. Moreover, we never pay attention to where our goods come from unless their identities are unusually sensitive.”

If they couldn’t figure out the source, then they wouldn’t be able to investigate the identity of the culprit from there. Therefore, this line of investigation was a dead end. Sikou Yuan let out a long sigh, “Just who has a bone to pick with House Sikou?”

Ferocity flashed through Sikou Nan’s eyes, “Father, in my opinion, it is best if we just bear the losses and kill off the remaining slaves. If we can’t get them back, then we will at least make sure that that robber gets nothing in return.” It was the second time Sikou Nan had brought up this suggestion.

Sikou Yuan was still hesitant to accept this choice. It was a final choice that he didn’t want to make unless he had no other choice, because it gained them nothing except embarrassing their opponent. Moreover, Sikou Yuan was still hoping that they could somehow regain these slaves. It was just too wasteful to kill all of them just like that. In addition, this method of mutual annihilation might provoke this hidden enemy into anger. They might take revenge because of this.

Sikou Yuan was old and wise, and he didn’t wish to unknowingly make such a big enemy for House Sikou. “Nan’er, if this really is the act of those deviant cultivators wanting to use our slaves’ physical bodies to practice their cultivation, then he will only do worse if we destroy these slaves. If this person turns vicious and causes trouble to the family from the shadows, it will become a rather troublesome issue. We may not fear them, but there’s no denying the fact that it’d be an annoyance.”

“Hmph, are you saying that we should endure such a huge loss and do nothing about it? Not only that, we even have to consider the robber’s feelings?” Sikou Nan was ultimately in the prime of youth. He couldn’t accept this conclusion at all.

“Nan’er, we must look at the bigger picture. We must not do this unless we are on the last of our tether.”

……

Inside the secret room, Jiang Chen had to meditate for a full day before he slowly recovered his consciousness. Although the seals on these freed slaves had been destroyed, their senses were still sealed away. They wouldn’t be able to return to the person they’d been before unless these particular seals were eliminated too. However, the particular seals were not explicitly controlled by House Sikou. Therefore, their safety was no longer a concern. Moreover, unlocking the seals of their senses was a lot easier compared to unlocking the seals on their qi oceans.

When Jiang Chen had recovered, the first thing he did was to unlock the seals on Gouyu, Xue Tong and a few others. These five bodyguards had followed him all the way since the Eastern Kingdom, and their loyalty had never wavered during the process. The five of them slowly regained their consciousness after their senses were unlocked. Gouyu was the strongest out of all of them, and she was also the first to open her eyes slowly.

When she saw what was before her, she thought that her eyes were blurry or she was experiencing an hallucination. She even blinked a couple of times as she alternated glances between Jiang Chen and Huang’er. “Young master, am I… dreaming?” Gouyu felt like crying. Even with her unyielding temperament, she couldn’t help but feel the agitation that came after being granted a new lease on life.

“Gouyu, I’m sorry I didn’t manage to save you all earlier,” Jiang Chen sighed.

Huang’er’s eyes had also reddened a little, “Big sister Gouyu, Sir Jiang has walked over countless miles and gone through innumerable obstacles to come to Veluriyam Capital. Thankfully his efforts were ultimately not wasted, and all of you are fine. You are safe now.”

Gouyu stared at Huang’er, but wore an expression of blank puzzlement on her face, “You… are you little sister Huang’er?” Other than her clear and bright eyes, Gouyu wasn’t able to connect this exquisitely beautiful girl to the Huang’er she knew back then at all.

 

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