Chapter 356: We’re Not Alone

Perhaps the scene was too bloody and Bai Luochu became uncomfortable after thinking about it. She frowned and gave her reply, “Desolate and uninhabited. Chaotic and disorderly.”

Qin Feng heard Bai Luochu’s reply and nodded. “It is indeed so. However, Mistress might be mistaken. Even though the Desolate Region might seem uninhabited, it is actually very lively.”

Lively? Bai Luochu wasn’t able to imagine the Desolate Region being related to the word, ‘lively’. She immediately tilted her head slightly and indicated for Qin Feng to continue talking.

Qin Feng hastily continued his explanation, “Mistress, I came here alone and disguised myself as an innkeeper before Mistress’ arrival. I met many groups of people who came before Mistress…”

“What do you mean by many groups of people?” Bai Luochu’s eyes were wide open and she asked in disbelief.

Qin Feng noticed that Bai Luochu was anxious and he quickly reassured her before resuming his explanation. “Mistress, don’t be anxious. Please listen to what I have to say and it wouldn’t be too late to think of a solution after this.” Qin Feng carefully observed Bai Luochu’s expression. When Bai Luochu regained her composure, he continued to speak.

“This subordinate isn’t able to confirm their identities, but some of them are well-trained soldiers. They seem to be similar in strength to the eight individuals Mistress brought along today. There were also some who looked like members of sects as they wore clothes with similar designs.”

A lightbulb lit up in Bai Luochu’s mind. She was right… They weren’t the only group in the Desolate Region. Since there were other factions present, things were going to get troublesome.

“How many of them were there?” Bai Luochu immediately followed up with a question.

Qin Feng remained silent for a moment and it seemed as though he was trying to recall the number of people in the groups. After pondering for a moment, he seemed to have reached an answer. He replied, “Mistress, it has been a rather long time since they came. This subordinate is unable to recall the number of people in their groups. Furthermore, back then, this subordinate was only mindful about Mistress’ arrival and I didn’t bother counting their numbers.”

Bai Luochu’s heart sank and she felt that Qin Feng was an extremely unreliable individual. She was disappointed that she had to do everything herself but she never expected Qin Feng to follow up with a rough number.

“There were four to five groups of them and there were only several members in their group. It seemed like they had the same thoughts as Mistress and they were here to scout for information. As for the members of sects, they brought more people and looked more like a complete team. Furthermore, their cultivation level was extremely high and I wasn’t able to see through them with my pitiful strength.”

They had the same idea as Bai Luochu… Even though Qin Feng had already reported all he knew, Bai Luochu fell deep into her thoughts. If they are here for the Field Pearl Flower… things might get ugly. 

“Do you know of their objective?” Bai Luochu felt that Qin Feng would know their objective as they had stayed in his inn.

“I’m afraid that I will have to disappoint Mistress.” Qin Feng shook his head helplessly and looked a little upset.

“They are really cautious. Every time I approached them, they would turn silent. I was thinking of using the excuse of delivering hot water to enter their room but I was always stopped before I could enter. Mistress should know what Commander Ying picked me because I was once a military scout. However it was impossible for me to penetrate their defenses even with my skill.”

“Why is that so?” Bai Luochu was rather puzzled. Even though Qin Feng’s cultivation level was questionable, his movement skills, eyesight, and hearing were top notch. If they were able to avoid Qin Feng’s surveillance, they had to be extremely powerful individuals.

Qin Feng seemed to have detected Bai Luochu’s thoughts and he felt a little embarrassed. He stammered, “Mistress, those people are excessively cautious. When it was time to rest, they placed a seal restriction at the entrance. As breaking the seal would attract their attention, I couldn’t do anything. I have disappointed Commander Ying and Mistress. Please punish this subordinate when we return to the capital city.”

Bai Luochu shook her head and consoled him, “That won’t be necessary. There is no need to blame yourself over such a small matter. If we need to punish everything for every little thing, how will our Palace of Brilliance Resurgence stand firm in the martial world? You managed to find out that we aren’t the only faction in the Desolate Region and that’s enough. Moreover, you caught sight of several extraordinary groups who behaved cautiously. That’s enough information.”

It was indeed enough. After obtaining those pieces of information, Bai Luochu would be able to head in a new direction in her future investigations. In any case, Qin Feng provided ample information and he wouldn’t be punished.

Qin Feng was extremely moved by Bai Luochu’s words as he didn’t imagine a cold-looking person like Divine Physician Bai to possess a warm heart. He realized that his choice of joining the Palace of Brilliance Resurgence was the right one. He was no longer treated like dirt on the side of the street.

As for Bai Luochu, she already formulated a plan in her head. Despite coming up with a plan, Bai Luochu felt that something was off. She was unable to put her finger on it.

Bai Luochu looked at Qin Feng again and instantly realized the problem. The Desolate Region was tens of thousands of miles away from the capital city. How did Qin Feng become an innkeeper here?

Qin Feng’s hair stood on end when he realized that Bai Luochu had been staring at him. He swallowed a mouthful of saliva and his voice trembled as he asked, “Mistre... Mistress, why are you staring at me?”

Bai Luochu discovered her strange actions and knew that she had frightened Qin Feng. She coughed lightly and asked, “Qin Feng... How did you get this inn? How did you get the funds to purchase such a large inn? It’s impossible for our Palace of Brilliance Resurgence to take out such a huge amount of money.”

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