The leaves on the tree were in light silver, and its shape looked like a fan. Occasionally, its surface had seven different colors when a light shone onto it. The village looked like a hidden wonderland!
Gu Xijiu quickly scanned the area and realized that everyone there was an elite! They were all experts who possessed a spiritual power of level seven or above! More than ten of them had a spiritual power of level eight, and almost all of them looked unique.
It was rare to find experts who possessed a spiritual power of level six in the continent, but, there were so many of them in this odd village! Where was this place?
Everyone looked at each other, and one of them puffed. "How great it would be if we knew where we were! We've been trapped here for a very long time…"
Gu Xijiu remained silent for a while before asking, "How did you guys get here?"
They claimed that they were once heaven's gift disciples. However, they had been thrown here as they had failed the test. "Miss, were you a challenger as well?" Someone spoke as he slowly approached them.
The voice was clear and magnetic, and Gu Xijiu knew that it belonged to a young man. Everyone immediately made way as a small cart was slowly pushed towards Gu Xijiu. A young man was sitting on the cart. Gu Xijiu narrowed her eyes as she tried to get a better look at him.
The man was wearing a silver robe, and his hair was as black as ink with a pair of sideburns that looked like a blade. He was handsome and had a red heart-shaped birthmark between his eyebrows. His appearance and aura were very similar to a therapist who was known as Ouyang Mingri in a Chinese drama called 'Xue Hua Nu Shen Long'.
Even though it was not an important fact, Gu Xijiu felt that he looked somewhat familiar. She soon realized that they both looked alike. Since the man was pushed through the crowd. Perhaps, he was unable to walk.
"Gu Tiannuo." Gu Xijiu tried calling.
The man did respond to her calling, but he fixed his gaze on Gu Xijiu and responded, "Is that your name?"
Gu Xijiu remained silent.
The man's expression looked genuine. Gu Xijiu took a deep breath and replied, "No, that is not my name. It is one of my family member's names. Your appearance is identical to my relative's. My name is Gu Xijiu…"
The man smiled. "I see, but Miss Gu, you haven't answered my question yet."
"I ran into the Dark Forest by myself as I was planning to obtain some herbs found at the seventh peak. However, we encountered an accident, and my majestic creature accidentally brought me here." Gu Xijiu briefly introduced herself and asked again, "Did you just mention that you were all initially heaven's gift disciples?"
The young man sighed. "They claimed that they were heaven's gift disciples, but had failed the test that had been given by Celestial Master Zuo and were therefore trapped in the Dark Forest…"
Gu Xijiu finally had a clearer picture after listening to the young man. Since everyone claimed that they were heaven's gift disciples, they were probably outstanding in martial arts. They had tried their best to fend off their captors while being sent to the Dark Forest. However, they had fainted due to their injuries, and the next thing they realize when they woke was that they had been left in this village.
The village seemed to be isolated by a special wizardry barrier whereby people were allowed to enter, but none could escape from the place. All of them had been trapped inside the barrier for several years now and had eventually formed a village.
They had been left underneath the giant tree, and Gu Xijiu was the only one who had arrived inside a mussel's shell which showed up from underground. It was probably the reason why so many people were gossiping about them.
"My Lord, I have a report from the secret agent. Miss Gu had entered the Dark Forest."
This time, almost all of the secret agents in the Feixing Kingdom had joined the operation. They had finally brought good news after two days of thorough investigations.