Translator: Nyoi-Bo Studio Editor: Nyoi-Bo Studio
Mo Wen did not know that during the period that he had left the Hua Xia Country, a rather big incident had caused ripples throughout the country. The granddaughter of an assistant to one of the higher-ups of the Jing Hua Military Region had disappeared.
This piece of news had made it into mainstream media and soon dominated the headlines of every online forum. A generous reward had been offered and a great manhunt had been rolled out, covering every corner of the Hua Xia Country.
However, no one had managed to locate the girl, even after they had combed the entire area. Her disappearance was a mystery, as she had left no trace behind.
After their trip to Fuji Mountain ended, Mo Wen and Shen Jing returned to Hua Xia University. Shen Jing had only taken half a month’s leave, and by that time, her break was almost up. Upon her return, Shen Jing became immediately immersed in her work once again.
Meanwhile, Mo Wen had set aside a huge amount of time to accompany Qin Xiaoyou. During that time, he had not gone looking for Shen Jing. Likewise, Shen Jing, being perceptive, did not go looking for Mo Wen either. It was as though she had completely pushed Mo Wen to the back of her mind.
Qin Xiaoyou stuck close to Mo Wen, as though it was the natural thing to do. She even skipped many of the non-core lessons in order to remain at home to read or train.
Lin Qing had relied purely on an iron fist control and her amazing management capabilities in order to take control of the Blue Ocean Group within half a month. She had even ironed out all of the problems in the large company.
The following days were very peaceful. The only hiccup that occurred was after Jiang Siyin and Yang Ting had returned home.
At that time, they finally found out that the Blue Ocean Group was no longer the same Blue Ocean Group from before. In fact, the Square Consortium had been very direct in refusing to collaborate with the Yang Group. They had even planned to withdraw all of their investments from the Yang Group!
Of course, the Blue Ocean Group had also begun to target the Jiang Group that was behind Jiang Siyin. As a result of all of this, the two clans had endless complaints.
In order to rid themselves of the current crisis, the two clans all decided to punish both Jiang Siyin and Yang Ting severely. After that was handled, they planned to ask Mo Wen for forgiveness. However, they did not manage to get an audience with Mo Wen, as naturally, Mo Wen would not concern himself with such an issue.
Sadly, these peaceful days did not last long. Mo Wen received a letter from the Dafang Sect that had been written by Wang Yinru. In the letter, she mentioned that the ancient martial art practitioners from the series of the three big mountain ranges were facing a serious issue, and that she hoped that he would be able to make a trip back to the Dafang Sect immediately.
“Someone is blackmailing all of the ancient martial arts influencers of the series of the three big mountain ranges!” Mo Wen looked at the letter and was astonished that someone would actually do such a thing!
After all, the ancient martial arts influencers in the series of the three big mountain ranges were not weak. Also, they had quite a number of ancient martial arts practitioners that had already reached the Embryonic Breathing realm.
In fact, there seemed to be an old lady from the Yanxia Sect, who was already at the peak of the Embryonic Breathing realm! Just who is so arrogant as to dare to blackmail every single one of the ancient martial art influencers in the series of the three big mountain ranges?
In the letter, it also said that a group of ancient martial arts practitioners of unknown origins had appeared in the series of the three big mountain ranges. Initially, their aim was not to target the ancient martial arts influencers of the series of the three big mountain ranges.
Instead, their aim had been related to the Ghost Physicians Hu Clan. Specifically, it seemed like they were scheming to steal something from the Ghost Physicians Hu Clan.
In the end, the specific reason for this was not known, but that group of people soon set their sights on the other ancient martial arts influencers. They used blackmail to force all of the ancient martial art sects in the series of the three big mountain ranges to hand over a large amount of their training resources.
Naturally, the ancient martial arts influencers would not comply with their demands. So, they gathered all of the ancient martial arts practitioners from the three big mountain ranges and had a big showdown.
Yet, it all ended tragically. They were defeated. Even Granny Hong Yan, who was at the the peak of the Embryonic Breathing realm, sustained serious injuries.
“Those people really have guts. Are they not afraid of being condemned by the Huatian Palace?” As Mo Wen lifted his hand, the letter that he was holding immediately erupted into golden flames, then burned into ashes.
Although the Huatian Palace usually did not bother to get involved with any of the bad blood that was currently going on, such an outrageous blackmail scheme from all fronts just might make them feel obligated to step in. Of course, Mo Wen would not be too hopeful about this intervention from the Huatian Palace.
If things became too big to handle, the Huatian Palace would probably step in. However, until things escalated to that point, the Huatian Palace would definitely stay out of it. Hence, whether the series of the three big mountain ranges would catch the attention of the Huatian Palace was still unknown.
That night, Mo Wen left the capital and rushed over to the Dafang Sect. He would not have cared if only others had been victimized. However, now that the issue concerned him, he wanted to see which daredevil was behind all of this!
At that time, it was already late autumn, so the temperature had become cold and the whole Yandang Mountain looked bleak. Even the animals that were normally very lively did not really appear.
A figure flashed through the sky above the forest. It looked like a huge Peng Bird and was flying towards the depths of the mountain.
The Ghost Physicians Hu Clan was located at the intersection between the Yandang Mountain and Kuochang Mountain. At the moment, the Hu Clan Manor House was filled with tension.
Even the subordinates who were guarding the house were uneasy. It was so tense, even a single autumn leaf could be heard falling onto the ground.
“Grandfather, are you alright?” In the main hall, Hu Qiongqi was looking at his grandfather, Hu Tianfeng. His eyes were filled with worry.
“I’m still alive for now,” Hu Tianfeng said as his expression darkened. His face was as pale as a ghost, and he looked as though he had sustained rather serious injuries.
“Father, Third Uncle has already fallen into the hands of that group of people, and I’m afraid…” Hu Guiyuan’s face was slightly pale and his breathing was labored. It seemed like he had sustained rather serious injuries as well.
“Grandfather, is our clan really hiding the Absolute Rank martial arts teaching, the Cold Ice Silk Palm?” Hu Guiyuan asked.
That group of people had approached them with ferocity, immediately asserting that their clan was hiding the Ming Clan’s Absolute Rank martial arts teaching, the Cold Ice Silk Palm. If they did not hand over the Cold Ice Silk Palm to them soon, Third Grandfather was very likely to die at the hands of this angry group of people!
The Cold Ice Silk Palm was a very renowned martial arts teaching of the Ming Clan’s. In the past, one of the Ming Clan’s Left Wisdom Kings had mastered this particular teaching. His name was well-known across the globe, and there was rarely anyone who could match him.
Hu Tianfeng sighed remained silent for quite a while, before saying, “Back then, the Ming Clan was surrounded by chaos. Our Ghost Physicians Hu Clan barely escaped, and while we were retreating, we chanced upon a Ming Clan’s respected master who was seriously injured. Even though our ancestors of the Ghost Physicians Hu Clan tried their best, they were still unable to save that respected master.”
He shook his head, then continued, “Just before he died, he left behind half a page of the cultivation method of the Cold Ice Silk Palm. However, it was only half a page, so there was no way for us to cultivate it.”
He then added, “The Cold Ice Silk Palm had always been a secret of the Ghost Physicians Hu Clan. As such, only the ancestral clan leaders knew about it. So, I have to wonder, how could that gang of people have found out about it?”
Hu Tianfeng sighed once more. There were not even many people in the Ghost Physicians Hu Clan who knew about the secret. Yet, the secret had somehow been leaked to outsiders.
“Grandfather, since the Cold Ice Silk Palm cannot be cultivated, even if we keep it, it won’t be of any use to us…” Hu Qiongqi carefully glanced towards Hu Tianfeng. It was simply too senseless to expose the entire clan to danger just for an ancient martial art teaching that might not even be of any use to them!
“But, there is something that you don’t know. Actually, that Cold Ice Silk Palm is no longer with our Hu Clan…” Hu Tianfeng said a little helplessly.
In fact, if he could have handed over the Cold Ice Silk Palm, he would have done so long ago. However, that Cold Ice Silk Palm had already disappeared and was no longer even in their clan!
What happened was, one of the clan leaders of the Hu Clan had been an exceptional talent since he was very young. Hence, he had the chance to become the top among all of the participants in the series of the three big mountain ranges.
However, he was prideful and ambitious. He took everything upon himself and thought that he would be able to complete the cultivation method that had been missing from the Cold Ice Silk Palm technique all on his own. Hence, with only the half-page of instructions as his guide, he forced his way into cultivating the ancient martial art teaching.
In the end, he got too carried away and finally went completely mad! After that clan leader disappeared, that half-page of methods disappeared right along with him! No one had seen either of them since!
After the people of the Hu Clan heard the entire story, they all fell silent. Although they believed that the Cold Ice Silk Palm was no longer in the Hu Clan’s possession, that group of people that had come and confronted them angrily did not believe this to be the case. In fact, if they did not get their hands on the Cold Ice Silk Palm technique soon, they would not let the Hu Clan off!
“What do we do now? That group of people have only given me three days. If I am still unable to hand over the Cold Ice Silk Palm, I’m afraid that…” the Second Uncle of the Hu Clan sighed and spoke in a worried manner.
After all the abilities of that group of people were overwhelmingly strong. Even a combination of efforts from all of the masters of the series of the three big mountain ranges would be insufficient against them!
“Wait! Senior Wang Yinru of the Dafang Sect has already contacted one of the young sect leaders. I’m guessing that he should be returning to settle this issue any time now.” An odd look flashed through the eyes of Hu Tianfeng.
That group of people was not merely attacking the Ghost Physicians Hu Clan alone. If it had been just their Hu Clan, they would not be able to retaliate. However, since all of the influences in the series of the three big mountain ranges had been dragged into the matter, their clan was not the only clan that was in trouble.
That Dafang Sect in particular seemed like they might be a promising ally. Once that mysterious young sect leader returned, he would perhaps be able to turn the tables for the series of the three big mountain ranges.
“Mo Wen!” A person’s image had just appeared in Hu Qiongqi’s head.
He was thinking back to the day when Mo Wen had killed the ancestor of the Jiang Clan. This memory caused a little more hope to well up inside of him.
However, the hope that he was harboring was soon diminished by the sight that he now saw before him. After all, that group of people were masters of the peak of the Embryonic Breathing realm! Moreover, there were so many of them.
The previous day, when Granny Hong Yan had battled it out with them, she had been defeated very quickly. Among them, one of them that was way stronger than someone with the peak of the Embryonic Breathing realm! As such, it was still too difficult to predict if a youth like Mo Wen would be able to save them from such a desperate situation.
“We can’t pin all of our hopes on this youth, as we don’t have much time left. Father, we have quite a number of ancient martial art sects with amiable relationships with the Hu Clan. Did anyone reply to the letter that I sent out that were asking for help?” Hu Guiyuan furrowed his brows. He was not at ease about the fact that Mo Wen was coming alone, as that group of people was just too powerful!
Although the Ghost Physicians Hu Clan was a highly respectable medical family, there were quite a number of the ancient martial arts sects that had asked for favors before. Now that the Hu Clan was in crisis, they couldn’t possibly leave them in the lurch…
“Guiyuan, you’re still pinning your hopes on someone else?” Hu Tianfeng looked at his son and heaved a light sigh.
He then asked emotionlessly, “Do you still not understand that, in the ancient martial arts world, one can only count on oneself?”
“You mean… There was not even a single reply?” Hu Guiyuan’s expression became dark.
“If it were just some average opponents, perhaps a couple of people would have offered their help, but…” Halfway through his sentence, Hu Tianfeng did not continue.
After all, those ancient martial arts sects were not silly, so they knew that they must first protect themselves. As that group of people was able to threaten all of the influences in the series of the three big mountain ranges, nobody dared to get on their bad side.
Moreover, nobody knew where those people had originated from. So naturally, nobody would dare offend them!