Chen Xi stood up within the ancient hall.
He casually swiped his hand towards his jet black long hair that was being dragged on the ground like a piece of cloth, and more than half of it was instantly slashed off. After that, he casually took hold of his hair and tied it up into a ponytail behind his head, causing his handsome and firm appearance to be fully revealed.
On this face was a pair of eyes that were deep like abysses and vast like the starry sky. It was like a myriad of universes and Grand Daos were circulating within them, and they inadvertently revealed a wisp of horrifying might.
As he stood there casually, his tall figure was like a tall and extraordinary pine tree that stood towering there, and he seemed impossible to shake and like he stood above all things.
This was how Chen Xi was like after cultivating behind closed doors for over 400 years, advancing into the Ninth Star Region Lord Realm, attaining the 7th level of the Sword Emperor Realm, and completing the 8th forging of the Heart Dao in the True Heart Sutra!
In the Ancient God Domain, his strength was sufficient for him to be considered as an overlord who possessed boundless might!
“These chopped off locks of your hair are extremely rare divine materials, and they would probably cause an intense battle if they were to fall into the outside world.” Ming’s voice that was calm like water resounded within the hall while carrying a slight teasing tone.
Chen Xi turned his head towards the source of her voice and saw Ming sitting at the side. Her head was raised while her pure pitch black eyes were sizing him up, and there was even a smile that had curved beautifully onto her glistening lips.
Chen Xi couldn’t help but chuckled because Ming wasn’t wrong. While his hair seemed to be fine, every single one of them contained shocking vital energy and faint strands of the aura of the Grand Dao as they were grown from him!
The strength of just one of strand of his hair was comparable to a divine weapon!
So, if such a large amount was clumped together, then it would be no different than an extraordinary divine material in the eyes of other cultivators.
“When do you intend to leave?” Ming stood up and stretched her slender and delicate figure. Her beauty was exquisite, picturesque, and pure. Moreover, she had jet black brows and eyes that seemed like gems. So, when she stretched her figure lazily like this, she revealed a form of beauty that shook the soul.
Ming had fully recovered a long time ago when Chen Xi had just entered closed door cultivation for 10 years.
Ming was originally slightly uncomfortable when she found out that Chen Xi had brought her to Oracle Mountain. Because she’d been drifting through the world for countless years by herself, and she’d become accustomed to being by herself and doing everything herself.
The reason she could accept Chen Xi and accompany him all along the way was mostly out of her intent to find the Ultimate Path towards the Dao. However, along with the passage of time, she’d gradually accepted the fact that Chen Xi was now by her side.
However, it didn’t represent that Ming could get along with others.
Her proud and aloof character, and the experiences she’d obtained from wandering through the world for many years had predetermined that she wouldn’t have many friends.
It was even to the extent that she felt her ability to accept Chen Xi was only an accident but a good one.
As for the future, Ming didn’t intend to accept a second… ‘friend’ besides Chen Xi.
Right, he should be considered as my friend, right? Sometimes, even Ming was unable to figure out the relationship she had with Chen Xi. But she couldn’t be bothered to think about it, and she just knew that she wasn’t against having Chen Xi by her side.
Fortunately, Chen Xi had been in closed door cultivation for a few hundred years, so he hadn’t introduced the other disciples of Oracle Mountain to Ming. This was why Ming hadn’t been against it and had stayed in this hall until now.
While it seemed to be quite boring, Ming didn’t think about it in that way. Just like Chen Xi, she really enjoyed moments of peace and quiet that were without disturbance.
“Only a few dozen years remain until the Battle of Dao Protectors begins. Merely the journey to the Primal Chaos Origin will exhaust a few years of time, so it’s time to set out.” When he spoke up to here, Chen Xi couldn’t help but ask Ming. “Are you really going to come with me? I dare not guarantee that we won’t encounter any danger or mishaps during this trip.”
In his opinion, it was naturally for the best if Ming stayed within Oracle Mountain, because she wouldn’t face any danger with Oracle Mountain there to protect her.
“I’ll go wherever you go.” Ming answered him without any hesitation, and her expression was calm as if all of this was a matter of fact.
Chen Xi couldn’t help but be stunned by this, and he smiled after quite a while passed. “Alright.”
Ming glanced at Chen Xi, and she hesitated for a long time before she said in a low voice. “I’m not trying to bother you on purpose. I’m just used to being by myself, and I can’t stay in an unfamiliar place for long periods. If you leave, then I… would really not know where to go.”
Her voice grew softer and softer while a rare trace of frustration and sorrow appeared on her pure and beautiful face.
Chen Xi’s heart couldn’t help but constrict when he witnessed this, and it hurt a little.
Because this lone and aloof woman had started wandering the world since the last era had been destroyed. She’d traversed innumerable galaxies, passed through all sorts of darkness, and was searching for the extremely ethereal Ultimate Path of the Dao all along the way.
Now, she’d finally found a trace of hope from him. So, if she were suddenly asked to stay in an unfamiliar environment, then it would really be difficult for her to get accustomed to it.
Chen Xi understood this feeling because his character had unconsciously become reticent and reserved after being ridiculed as a Jinx by the entire Pine Mist City, and he sometimes rejected coming into contact with unfamiliar people as well.
“Don’t think too much about it. I agreed to help you find the Ultimate Path towards the Dao, so I naturally won’t abandon you until then.” Chen Xi smiled as he patted her on the shoulder. However, such an intimate action of consoling her had caused her entire body to stiffen a little before it relaxed, and a wisp of almost imperceptible happiness flashed through the depths of her pitch black and pure eyes.
Ming wasn’t willing to meet outsiders. Chen Xi didn’t force her and just left the hall by himself.
When he saw Chen Xi arrive at his abode to pay him a visit, Wu Xuechan seemed to know why Chen Xi had come, and he smiled as he asked. “Are you prepared?”
Chen Xi nodded. “Yes, more or less.”
“Then let’s go.” Wu Xuechan seemed to be rather carefree, and he didn’t delay at all before he led Chen Xi out of his abode. They naturally had to bid farewell to all their fellow disciples before they left.
However, Chen Xi hadn’t expected that only Wu Xuechan would be accompanying him to the Primal Chaos Origin to participate in the Battle of Dao Protectors.
“Where’s Senior Brother Tang Xian?” Chen Xi couldn’t help but ask this question while they were on the way.
“He’s fighting against the Sovereign Sect with Founding Ancestors Di Shun and Wen Daozhen.” Wu Xuechan spoke casually and said, “Of course, he isn’t coming with us this time to avoid causing any trouble. After all, he’s from the Tang Clan while you’re representing the Chen Clan, so it would cause unnecessary trouble if he were to go with us.”
Chen Xi said, “So that’s the reason.”
When he spoke up to here, Wu Xuechan seemed to have thought of something, and he had a slightly strange expression on his face. It was a solemn expression that carried a trace of hesitance, and he finally said after a short while passed, “Little Junior Brother, you should be clearly aware that you’re unlike those members of the Divine Dao Protector Clans. Since the moment they were born, their mission has always been to protect the dignity of the Heaven Dao. If it wasn’t for the fact that they never interfere in the matters of the Ancient God Domain, they are actually no different than a dog of the Heaven Dao like the Sovereign Sect.”
Chen Xi’s brows raised. “Eldest Senior Brother, what’re you trying to say?”
Wu Xuechan smiled while a wisp of piercingly cold killing intent appeared in the depths of his indifferent gaze. “I just want to tell you that if you encounter any mishaps during the Battle of Dao Protectors, then there’s no need to bother about anything and just kill those who deserve to be killed!”
Chen Xi’s heart shook as he realized that the Battle of Dao Protectors seemed to be much more complicated than he expected.
“Right, your Senior Brother Tang Xian asked me to give you a message,” Wu Xuechan smiled as he said, “You don’t have to hold back at all if the experts of the Tang Clan attack you during the Battle of Dao Protectors. It’s better to kill than show mercy. He won’t blame you for that.”
Chen Xi’s eyes narrowed and said, “If the experts of the Tang Clan are aware of my relationship with Senior Brother Tang Xian, then they shouldn’t look for trouble with me on purpose, right?”
Wu Xuechan shook his head. “Your Senior Brother Tang Xian left the Tang Clan in a fit of rage all those years ago, so many people in the Tang Clan still carry grudges against him until now.”
He paused for a moment and looked at Chen Xi with a serious gaze before he said, “Since it was your Senior Brother Tang Xian who spoke these words, then there’s no need to be restrained by all of this. If they go against you, then take them to be your enemy. You absolutely can’t be hesitant.”
Chen Xi thought for a moment, and then he nodded and agreed in the end. As for what he really thought in his heart, only he knew the answer.
After they exhausted an entire 30 minutes of time, Chen Xi had finally bid his farewells with all his fellow disciples of Oracle Mountain. Of course, Senior White, A’Liang, Ye Yan and the others were included in this as well.
All of them were rather reluctant to see Chen Xi leave. In the end, it was Wu Xuechan who stepped in and was finally able to take Chen Xi away from them.
An obscure and strange fluctuation arose from a teleportation formation while a myriad of talisman markings flickered within it like a rain of light drifting through the surroundings. It was rather gorgeous.
Wu Xuechan, Chen Xi, and Ming were waiting before the teleportation formation.
Chen Xi had told Wu Xuechan about Ming, so he wasn’t surprised by her presence here. However, Wu Xuechan couldn’t help but take another glance at her when he found out that she was from the last era.
“Even if it was during the last era, her background was definitely not simple. Little Junior Brother, it’s best that you know this.” These were the words Wu Xuechan had told Chen Xi after that.
Chen Xi naturally understood this. After all, her ability to control the Furnace of Karmic Luck from the last era and survive countless years of time was sufficient to prove how inconceivable her background and origins were.
However, Chen Xi trusted Ming. It wasn’t because she’d saved his life, and it was instead because he’d been with her for such a long period of time. So, it had allowed him to clearly determine what sort of person she was.
Chen Xi believed that he would definitely not misjudge her.
On the other hand, Ming constantly remained silent while she was in Wu Xuechan’s presence. Even thought her face was calm, Chen Xi could still sense that Ming was slightly uncomfortable and seemed to be unable to integrate herself into such an atmosphere.
Chen Xi couldn’t do anything about that. He could only think of some topics to chat with Ming about in order to let her emotional state ease up slightly.
“Let’s go.” Wu Xuechan immediately smiled and walked towards the teleportation formation when he noticed that it had been fully activated.
“Wait!” Right at this moment, a clear and melodious voice resounded from afar.