Qianye remembered William after hearing this news and couldn’t help but sigh inside his heart. Although Song Zining was back in Blackflow City at the moment, he had set up numerous defensive positions in all of the regions he had swept through. After the bloody battle had ended and the dark races from the upper continents had left, those places would be incorporated into the Blackflow war zone sooner or later.

At the same time, the humans would eventually start to flock over-people like those merchants on the streets, adventurers, and all kinds of people seeking survival. Perhaps one or several new cities would pop up over the next few years. However, this meant that the living space for the dark races would contract. The general situation would change very little even if Qianye tacitly allowed them to stay in his territory.

This was the essence of the war between daybreak and evernight. Land resources were a deciding factor in the survival and development of a race.

But what Song Zining was more interested in was the profits brought about by the war. According to him, resources and people signified more trade opportunities which would only multiply as the population grew. As such, a neutral region would be a fairly good development strategy.

Qianye felt dazzled as Song Zining blurted out a string of numbers. According to him, the income from the imperial rewards and those offered by the aristocratic families were just about equal to the Ningyuan Group’s profits, the recent transactions they had grasped the opportunity to engage in.

Qianye laughed as he recalled the Song clan. He also came to understand why that enormous family would slowly reach its current state. The profits from trade were simply too vast-so vast that people started to forget what the cornerstone of business was. They forgot that goods came from resources, that justice was born of strength, and furthermore, that the opposite might not hold true.

Comparatively, Qianye’s gains from the bloody battle were simple. They were all rare materials he had obtained from the Zhao clan, with no shortage of rare medicines required for a champion’s cultivation. But unexpectedly, Song Zining told him that he had no use for them because he had never used supplementary medicines to advance in rank.

Qianye was quite surprised. There was no such thing as cultivation medicines when the humans awoke origin power thousands of years ago. However, throughout the long passage of time, medicines and machines used to bolster one’s combat strength had almost become second nature.

At this point, Song Zining asked, “Did you find any other cultivation arts in the Song Clan Ancient Scroll apart from the Mystery and Glory Chapters?”

Qianye replied, “There are four or five more chapters, but I simply can’t find the origin power routes and nodes mentioned in there.”

“Oh? How come?”

Qianye recalled the origin power circulation and control methods he had seen in the Song Clan Ancient Scroll. Later on, he simply produced the jade booklet and activated them one by one for Song Zining to see.

Qianye suddenly discovered that the activated secrets within the scroll had increased. He stared puzzled at the jade leaflet for a while before looking up at Song Zining. “I remember you telling me that only those who have awakened Venus Dawn can cultivate the Song Clan Ancient Scroll.”

Song Zining flipped through the words on the jade leaflet in great detail, then said without looking up, “Isn’t that exactly what your talent is?”

Qianye was stunned. He opened his mouth a bit but actually had no idea how to respond.

The initial Venus Dawn was an imitation arising from the golden blood energy, but the latter had been refined by the Song Clan Ancient Scroll. Although he didn’t see his own visual phenomena back at the Zhao clan’s Marrow Cleansing Pond, the talent inspection array and the Zhao clan’s divine champion experts all concluded that it was Venus Dawn. Were they all mistaken? Even he himself wasn’t too sure at this point.

“But back then, you said that you had a master calculate…”

Song Zining broke into a laugh and pointed at himself with great satisfaction. “Isn’t yours truly worthy of being called a master?!”

“You mean, you…” Qianye was completely dumbfounded.

It was already past midnight when Qianye and Song Zining left the study.

Song Zining didn’t rest immediately upon returning to his room. He leaned on the bed for a good while, seemingly deep in thought, as he tossed a jade tablet up and down in his hand. The tablet’s color was rather dim and looked ordinary on the surface. But on careful observation, one would find that its splendor was contracted within and that it was no ordinary item. Surprisingly it was made of the same material as the Song Clan Ancient Scroll.

The jade tablet was tossed up once again, and this time, it flew so high that it was almost touching the ceiling. It began disintegrating on its way back down and shattered into motes of lustrous brilliance, which then vanished into Song Zining’s palm.

The room was immersed in the colors of the night and devoid of any light source. However, a certain radiance flickered several times during this split second.

The light specks in Song Zining’s palm had more or less disappeared, but what remained of them were still reflected upon his handsome face and outlined his gentle silhouette.

Presently, a new origin vortex had appeared in Song Zining’s body. He was now rank-eleven.

The days that followed were a rare respite for Qianye, that was except for the overly clamorous streets outside of the base. In the end, he still couldn’t escape being dragged over to watch Hidden Spring’s performance. He did, however, manage to refuse the beautiful escorts Song Zining had so graciously offered him.

Qianye was feeling somewhat restless early this morning. He felt as though something was about to happen, and this sensation persisted into the evening. Finally, he decided to leave the city and take a look, also checking on the dark race army’s movements along the way. Song Zining didn’t protest. He also had this feeling, but he was quite certain that the abnormality wasn’t with the dark race army.

After leaving the city, Qianye began running through the wilderness and into the depths of the Iron Curtain. However, something made him stop dead on his tracks.

He looked down at the earth beneath his feet. Nothing seemed out of place at a glance, but the soil was suddenly moving about everywhere. The countless insects and rodents that had survived the war scuttled out of hiding. They climbed to the surface and were running about in complete disarray.

In the depths of the earth, a certain indistinct vibration was expanding outwards continuously.

This vibration was extremely weak, so weak that Qianye might have overlooked it had he not concentrated his perception. But when he tried to sense it, the earth shook violently and all the blood in his body almost froze up!

The moment that his consciousness came in contact with this vibration, Qianye seemed to have touched an incomparably vast will. It was cold, apathetic and ruthless, seemingly belonging to an entity that had existed for countless eons. Before it, Qianye was even less significant than a tiny ant, and the difference between them was like a drop of water compared to the ocean.

This vast oceanic will didn’t react at all to Qianye’s touch. Perhaps it was too big or maybe Qianye was just too insignificant.

Qianye’s blood core and heart began to jump wildly. He immediately withdrew his perception, no longer daring to probe this odd vibration from the depths of the earth.

This brief moment of contact had drained Qianye greatly and consumed almost all of the essence blood he had in store.

Qianye was shocked. If his perception wasn’t wrong, this meant that there was an earth-shattering secret hidden in the depths of the Evernight continent. This was perhaps the true reason behind Sky Demon’s appearance and the deployment of the Iron Curtain-a means to announce his territorial claim over Evernight.

However, the contact from just now had clearly proven that this secret wasn’t something a person at Qianye’s level could pry into. That ancient will alone could crush him into pieces upon contact. It would, at the very least, require a divine champion to withstand that ancient will. If one were looking to truly confront it, perhaps only peerless existences like a heavenly monarch or a great dark monarch would have this right.

But why had that ancient will manifested at this moment?

Qianye shuddered in his heart as he looked up at the sky. He shockingly saw the all-encompassing Iron Curtain waning like the receding tides. It was being reborn in certain areas but most of it had vanished. The starry sky was gradually connecting together to form a single expanse.

Qianye watched in a daze. He could hardly believe everything he was seeing.

Had the Iron Curtain actually disappeared?

This signaled the fall of the curtains over the several-month-long bloody battle, which had claimed countless lives from both factions. But upon deeper thought, it probably wasn’t as simple as one would think.

The Iron Curtain was Sky Demon’s domain-retracting it perhaps meant that he had already found what he had been looking for. But according to the news William had leaked, the big shots of the Evernight Council probably wouldn’t allow Sky Demon to take that item away so easily. Since the top experts from the evernight side were taking action, those from the human race wouldn’t sit by and watch, either. They would surely think of a way to interfere.

That being said, wouldn’t the dissipation of the Iron Curtain mean that the experts of the two factions had begun fighting Sky Demon?

There was no need for tangible pressure; this thought alone was stifling enough.

At this moment, the ground beneath Qianye’s feet finally started to tremble with increasing intensity. One could actually see the ground billowing! At the same time, countless cracks extended through the earth and seemingly split the wilderness into numerous unrelated regions. The chasms weaved and warped through the land, growing progressively longer and wider.

An ear-splitting rumble erupted a thousand meters in front of Qianye as a segment of the land was suddenly raised. It shot straight upward for several hundred meters before coming to a stop. Just like that, a precipitous cliff appeared before Qianye.

Magma burst out from the cracks in the ground and shot a thousand meters into the air before gradually falling down. Large clouds of smoke surged into the air and covered up a small part of the sky.

Qianye spread his luminous wings and leapt up, rising high into the sky to look down at the land below.

The entire Evernight Continent-all the way to the extremes of his vision-was quaking. The numerous cracks were like terrifying injuries scattered in every direction. Some of them were already thousands of meters wide, hundreds of kilometers long, and so deep that one couldn’t see the bottom. Qianye saw some dark race cities split in two with earthen flames gushing out from within.

Meanwhile, flaming clouds gradually appeared up high, replacing the Iron Curtain in enveloping the skies of Evernight. The flare dyed the entire land with an apocalyptic red hue which shattered the darkness of the night.

Beams of origin power surged from the depths of the void and passed over Qianye as they rushed into the distance.

The origin power fluctuations in Qianye’s body actually formed a resonance with the Profound Combatant Formula which began circulating on its own. He wiped away the cold sweat on his hands but did nothing to stop it. Instead, he attached his consciousness onto it in a bid to follow the Profound Combat Formula’s rhythm and take control. [V6C20 – Sorrow of a Silent Parting]

A barrier resembling a hazy glass suddenly appeared before Qianye. As he circulated his Profound Combatant Formula, it seemed as though an invisible hand was wiping the mist away to reveal the void realm behind. It was so boundlessly vast that his minuscule consciousness might be devoured at any moment.

Qianye’s will was like a small boat in the midst of the raging waves. From time to time, he would be tossed upon the waves or pressed into the depths. Those surging tides of origin power were hundreds of meters tall and immeasurably vast. Moreover, no one knew where their origin.

The fluctuations in the depths of the void had already affected the Evernight Continent. A blood-colored opening had appeared in the sky through which ferocious void origin power was pouring in continuously. Immediately after entering the world of Evernight, the origin power ignited into raging flames which flowed down like an infernal waterfall.

The thousand-meter stream of flowing fire wasn’t extinguished after falling to the ground and, instead, stretched out in every direction.

The openings in the sky increased in number as though the world was sustaining numerous injuries. The flaming waterfalls fell from the sky and transformed the world into a purgatory.

Qianye was beside himself as he watched the apocalyptic scene in a daze. Who could withstand such a great calamity between heaven and earth?

A notion emerged in Qianye’s heart. Could this be a scene produced by the battle between Sky Demon and the dark monarchs of Evernight?

Time seemed to be moving very slowly, yet it also felt like a mere moment. The origin tides in the void eventually calmed down, the tears in the sky gradually restored themselves, and the earth also stopped trembling. After the void origin power vanished, the heavenly flames on the ground were also extinguished one after another. Looking down from the sky, however, one could still see that charred fissure, a standing monument of the pain Evernight Continent had just suffered.

A layer of deep leaden color emerged and swept over from the distant sky. That was a familiar sight Qianye had beheld countless times-the Iron Curtain. However, the reappearance of the Iron Curtain this time contained an extraordinary significance.

Could it be that the great dark monarchs had been defeated?

The Iron Curtain had just swept through half the sky when an incomparably resplendent star lit up far far away. It then exploded abruptly and disintegrated into dozens of brilliant specks which flew off in every direction.

Most of the lights vanished as soon as they emerged, while the remainder only dispersed after traveling for quite some time. Whenever one of them vanished, Qianye could sense an extremely tyrannical aura flicker and disappear.

While these auras were different from one another, they were inconceivably powerful. Meanwhile, Qianye was still in a wondrous state brought about by the Profound Combatant Formula’s contact with the void. Moreover, he was tens of thousands of kilometers away. Even so, he could actually feel the sharp sting!

In the end, only several streaks of light remained. They flew far across the distance and disappeared over certain areas of the Evernight Continent.

After which, radiant splendor poured out from the distant star to shoot off in all directions. The peculiar energy was capable of traversing tens of thousands of kilometers, aweing everyone in sight. However, Qianye clearly sensed that this wasn’t a true vision, but a certain type of beckoning. The brilliance was calling upon all the experts of the world and leaving a vision within their consciousness.

At this time, Qianye’s body shuddered as the Profound Combatant Formula slowly ground to a halt, and the faintly discernible corner of the void completely receded from his consciousness.

Qianye retracted the luminous wings that were starting to grow dim and gradually fell back onto the ground. There was a certain revelation in his heart-the star he had just seen was likely the object Sky Demon sought. For some reason, it had shattered into numerous fragments, many of which disappeared along the way as peerless experts moved to retrieve them.

As for why the star had shattered, it was likely the result of that earth-shattering battle.

Wait! There were several of them that hadn’t yet been retrieved! Qianye suddenly recalled how several beams of light weren’t collected by anyone up until the point where they vanished over a certain place.

The Iron Curtain spread quickly across the sky and dark clouds rolled over thunderously. Behind the Iron Curtain, Sky Demon’s will once again swept over the heaven and earth. But this time, Qianye could clearly sense an inexplicable wrath within it.

Sky Demon’s will swept over Qianye, ignoring him and moving rapidly into the distance. Quite shockingly, it was actually moving toward the direction where the final pieces of light had vanished.

Qianye pondered for a moment before turning back along the road from which he had come. No matter what that light was, it held no significance to the current Qianye. Since even he could see where the lights had vanished, it must be the same for all the experts observing this battle. Moreover, he knew he wasn’t even qualified to approach a battleground belonging to the level of great dark monarchs and heavenly monarchs.

Although Blackflow City was thousands of kilometers away, Qianye wasn’t quite sure how widespread the effects of that battle were.

As Qianye ran back through the wilderness at top-speed, he found all the places in the wake of those shockwaves had turned into lands of disaster, and even the rivers had changed course.

However, most people wouldn’t know that the center of this battlefield was already tranquil, and one could see the distant firmament through the huge gaping hole above. It was as though that piece of defective Iron Curtain could never be repaired. The land beneath had also vanished completely, and a bottomless giant vortex was slowly revolving therein.

Precipitous cliffs surrounded the vortex, but there was no dark mist swirling at its bottom. There were even motes of starlight flickering at the center-it was as though the void were hanging upside down here, and no one knew just how deep it was. There were dozens of figures standing in the air on each side.

These shadows were as insignificant as pebbles before this peculiar phenomenon of the heaven and earth. However, their auras were like precipitous cliffs and dense peaks capable of connecting the heaven and earth. Even that bottomless vortex didn’t seem like an impassable chasm to them.

Those were the experts of the empire and Evernight. They stood on different sides with a clear line drawn between them.

On the Evernight side, the greatest in number were the vampires. Although there were only three demonkin, the auras hidden beneath those wizard robes were among the most powerful present.

On the empire’s side, Lin Xitang and Luo Mingji’s military uniforms were the most eye-catching. And judging from the positions they had taken up, the experts beside them were probably on the same level too.

The great dark monarchs and heavenly monarchs were absent from both factions. Apparently, they had left to recuperate after Sky Demon was repelled.

Luo Mingji gazed attentively at the bottomless maelstrom with a frown. “An aura of the void is coming from the other end. Might this be a tunnel for spatial transition?”

Duke Wei’s aura was somewhat exhausted after releasing the Myriad Heavens Art three times. “This is the place of burial chosen by the void colossus itself, so it’s inevitable that there are defenses within. It’s quite likely a natural void channel, but the aura within is simply too violent. My perception was only able to go five hundred meters in before becoming obscured by the turbulence within. I have no idea what’s on the other side.”

All eyes fell upon the silent Lin Xitang.

The latter said unhurriedly, “It looks like a prismatic turbulence.”

All the experts were visibly moved after these words were spoken. “Prismatic Turbulence” was the most dangerous natural phenomenon of the void. Most intercontinental airships encountering it would meet a disastrous fate. During the great battle in which Lin Xitang had risen to the peak of his fame, he had led the Northern Legion to a successful landfall through this violent natural phenomenon, consequently rescuing the imperial army from a crushing defeat.

But if this truly were a prismatic turbulence, it was quite likely a defense mechanism left behind by the void colossus, and the other end of this channel had to be connected to a certain area in the void. The remains of primal chaos that had suddenly vanished during the earth-shattering battle just now were likely there, along with the fragments of primordial essence that had fallen in.

At this moment, a champion from the empire stationed at the periphery flew over and said with a bow, “Sires, the Evernight side sent word that Grand Duke Habsburg wishes to exchange information with Grand Marshal Lin Xitang. They believe the vortex to be a prismatic turbulence.”

The imperial experts exchanged glances before looking over at the experts on the other side. A dark-haired vampire was approaching together with several others of his kind. He then came to a stop on the invisible line between the two factions.

Lin Xitang pondered momentarily before saying, “I’ll go and listen to what they have to say.”

Luo Mingji, Duke Wei, and the other experts nodded. Under such circumstances, cooperation between the two sides was the fastest way to solve this problem. Sky Demon might return at any moment and with greater momentum. If they couldn’t figure out the situation quickly and form a countermeasure, it was quite likely that they would have to return empty-handed.

Lin Xitang’s figure flickered a couple of times and appeared a hundred meters from Grand Duke Habsburg. This was also the safe distance between divine champions.

Grand Duke Habsburg still had several years before entering what would be considered middle-age for vampires, however, he didn’t quite maintain an overly youthful appearance. In truth, although this celebrated dark race genius could be considered handsome, his looks weren’t exactly outstanding by vampire standards.

Those seeing him for the first time might not have thought this seemingly ordinary vampire was the famous clan lord of the Sperger clan.

The vampire followers immediately stepped back several hundred meters when Habsburg raised his hand. He himself suddenly walked forward and arrived ten meters away from Lin Xitang.

The latter watched him calmly without any movement.

Habsburg bowed slightly and said with a smile, “Marshal Lin Xitang, it’s been several years since our last parting.”

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