This was indeed the end of an era, as the Heavenly Mandate Dynasty was not the only force that had been completely destroyed.
The Violet Heavenly Palace, from which all the thunder in the world came from, had also encountered a horrific disaster.
When Ye Futian and the others reached the Violet Heavenly Palace, the Palace Lord and the master of Ten Thousand Divine Mountain were no longer there. But the incomparably majestic palace had half-collapsed.
In addition, none of the cultivators seemed to be there.
One of the greatest forces of the Heavenly Mandate Realm was now empty.
Of course, there were still many people there, buried under the palace forever.
Just as Ye Futian and the others arrived, two more figures descended and walked up to them. The two of them had frightful auras, and each carried top-level ritual implements.
"The Palace Lord has abandoned the Violet Heavenly Palace and fled, but the Mountain is pursuing him," said one of them.
Upon hearing the news, the Palace Lord of the Violet Heavenly Palace had struggled, but he had known that his force had ended. Three great demon forces had allied against him, as well as the Celestial Gate of Vast Heaven. The Heavenly Mandate Dynasty could not bear it and had been destroyed.
The cultivators of 10,000 Divine Mountain had descended upon the Violet Heavenly Palace, watching them.
They could not just sit back and not fight.
After the battle started, he had realized he could not handle the master of 10,000 Divine Mountain, and in the end, had not dared to delay. He had abandoned the Violet Heavenly Palace and fled.
"We left some people here, but the vast majority fled," continued the man who had come. These were the two strongest people in 10,000 Divine Mountain beside the Mountain Master, the only two who had Divine Wheels at the eighth tier. They also had powerful ritual implements. If they had not faced the Palace Lord of the Violet Heavenly Palace, there were probably no people who could have stood up to them.
In a battle between top figures, numbers mattered little. Moreover, the hidden techniques of the Violet Heavenly Palace were far inferior to those of the Heavenly Mandate Dynasty.
So, the two of them had not said that they had been able to defeat the cultivators of the Violet Heavenly Palace, but given the ritual implements they carried, they could not have been defeated. Once they had started fighting, the people of the Violet Heavenly Palace had started to flee.
Ye Futian nodded. "Farewell." He turned to those beside him and asked, "Can any of you track him based on his aura of the Great Path?"
"I can," said a Golden Raven Demon. "The two of them are probably fighting all along the way, so the aura of the Great Path must be very clear and easy to sense. I will go." Demonic clans were very sensitive towards auras, and the aura left behind by the battle between two top figures would be extremely powerful. It would be possible for him to follow it.
"Thank you," said Ye Futian with a nod. It was definitely best that the Golden Raven Demon go. He was the fastest.
"If the others hide their auras as they flee, it will be difficult to track them," said a Dragon Master.
"I understand. Elders, please use your divine senses to search through the area around the palace. The rest of you go out in different directions and try your luck. Why dont we just look for those who are mid and upper-level Renhuangs?" said Ye Futian. There were few people at those levels outside of the Violet Heavenly Palace, so it would be very easy to distinguish them. If they ran into one, it was highly likely they would be from the Violet Heavenly Palace.
When people of lower levels lost themselves in a crowd, it would be impossible to find them.
"Mmm," said everyone, nodding. Many figures rose into the air, going off in different directions.
"We will wait here. The Palace Lord of the Violet Heavenly Palace will not escape," said Ye Futian. One of the ritual implements he had given to 10,000 Divine Mountain was an item that increased speed. He had asked the Mountain Master of 10,000 Divine Mountain to stick close to the Palace Lord of the Violet Heavenly Palace.
Ye Futian and the others landed on the Violet Heavenly Palace, standing outside the ruin. He remembered the first time he had come here for one of their banquets.
At that time, he had defeated Zhan Yuan, a member of the Violet Heavenly Palace who had a Supreme Body of the Great Path.
"Elder, there has been great enmity between the Celestial Gate of Vast Heaven and the Heavenly Mandate Dynasty for many generations. I leave the Heavenly Mandate Dynasty in your hands, and the three Demon clans will split the Violet Heavenly Palace between them, alright?" Ye Futian said to Hua Jiangshan, who was still standing guard beside him.
Obviously, this was showing favor to the Celestial Gate of Vast Heaven, but the three Demon clans understood. Ye Futian and they were very close, and in the battle between them and the Heavenly Mandate Dynasty, they had been sorely pressed, suffering the worst losses. Now that things had turned, Ye Futian wanted to build them up again.
"We will talk again when this is over," said Hua Jiangshan. Ye Futian nodded slightly. Several top figures were not there, so it was indeed a bit too early to speak of this.
Time passed. They were not waiting for the Golden Raven Demon to return, but for the cultivators of the eight great thunder methods to descend upon them. Of the eight method masters, only one was missing: the Purple Underworld.
But the other seven all came.
Obviously, the Purple Underworld knew their own limits.
Seven Renhuangs came to the Violet Heavenly Palace, looking up at Ye Futian and the others as they stood in the sky. They bowed slightly and said, "We have come here to ask your forgiveness."
They had taken part in many different things and had thus wrought their own collapse.
Ye Futian was just a junior, and he was at a lower level than them. However, he was famous and prestigious, and moreover, they could not clearly see what the current situation was.
The Violet Heavenly Palace had been destroyed, and the Palace Lord had fled.
They thought of fleeing as well, but for one thing, they did not want to abandon the foundations of everything they had created, and for another, who knew if Ye Futian had left people behind to "deal with" them? If he had, then they would never escape.
Thus, they could only swallow their pride and come here to ask for forgiveness.
Moreover, even if Ye Futian had not left people behind to deal with them, and even if they could escape, Ye Futian would eventually remember them and send people to kill them. There would be nowhere safe in the Heavenly Mandate Realm. They could only flee to other realms.
Ye Futian looked down and swept his indifferent gaze over all of them. There was no expression on his face, and he did not answer.
"Were they there back then?" he asked Hua Jiangshan.
"Yes," said Hua Jiangshan with a nod.
"Elder Hua, Emperor Ye, we did not dare disobey the orders of the Violet Heavenly Palace," said one of them with a bow. He was distressed as he naturally remembered the grudge between them.
"As far as I know, you are not the Violet Heavenly Palaces vassals," said Ye Futian.
"We are not, but we all follow the thunder methods. Although we are not direct vassals, we all understand that we cannot gainsay a single word that the Violet Heavenly Palace says," said the man sincerely.
"One more thing. Before we came here, we went to the Purple Underworld to invite them to come and beg for forgiveness. They refused, and so we put them down. They are under control now, and you may deal with them as you wish," said another Renhuang.
A look of surprise came over Ye Futians face. So it was not that the Emperor of the Purple Underworld knew his own limits. He had just not wanted to come.
And so he had been killed?
He looked at the figures below him. Clearly, one had to be fierce in order to cultivate up to that level.
They had not even given the Emperor of the Purple Underworld a chance to speak. They had probably been afraid that he would drag them down with him, and so had cut him off.
After all, the Emperor of the Purple Underworld was the one that Ye Futian had the deepest enmity toward. He had tried to kill him several times and had captured Gu Dongliu.
Ye Futian looked at Hua Jiangshan behind him and said, "You may decide, Elder."
Really, his targets had just been the Heavenly Mandate Dynasty and the Violet Heavenly Palace.
As for the followers of the eight great thunder methods, he had truly forgotten about them.
But they had been afraid, and so had taken the initiative to come and apologize.
"Alright," said Hua Jiangshan with a nod. "In that case, execute them."
The seven cultivators hearts twitched fiercely.
They looked up at Hua Jiangshan, eyes full of fear.
In that case, execute them.
The words were so simple and spoken so lightly. And yet he wanted to kill them.
"Will you do it yourself?" said Ye Futian. Since this was what Hua Jiangshan wanted, he had no objection.
The world of cultivators was not a place for mercy.
If the Celestial Gate of Vast Heaven had not fled in their divine formation, they would have been completely wiped out by these people.
And now they came here asking for mercy?
If these people could ask for mercy, anyone in the world of cultivators could.
"They are not worthy," said Hua Jiangshan. "Kill them, but as for their factions, leave them be."
The battle had been decided by the leaders, so the eight of them needed to die. The others could be spared.
"Yes, sir." A Renhuang from the Celestial Gate of Vast Heaven flashed over, soon descending upon the seven men who had come to admit their guilt. They had put their lives in his hands.
These Renhuangs seemed very vulnerable right now.
Ones level and ones power were always relative.
Even legendary figures sometimes stood at the bottom and looked up at others.
Of course, Ye Futian and the others were just the same. Except they currently stood at the peak of the world of cultivators.
Afterward, more people returned, bringing with them a familiar figure. It was Zhan Yuan, the member of the Violet Heavenly Palace with a supreme body of the Great Path.
Zhan Yuan would never have imagined that this day would come. Ye Futian stood above the Violet Heavenly Palace, holding his life in his hands.
"Cripple his ability to cultivate." Ye Futian did not pay too much attention to him, saying only the single sentence. It was as if in his eyes, Zhan Yuan was only worth that single sentence
After a while, the Mountain Master of 10,000 Divine Mountain and the Golden Raven Demon returned. The Mountain Master had been wounded, but not badly. His aura was not that stable, though.
Ye Futian watched them as they came.
The Mountain Master grinned and nodded at him, while the Golden Raven Demon said, "Theres not even a skeleton left of him."
"Farewell, elders," said Ye Futian, as if what they had told him had not affected him at all.
But when he turned to look down at the Violet Heavenly Palace, there was something in his eyes.
The Golden Raven Demons words meant that yet another top figure was gone from the Heavenly Mandate Realm.
He waited for the other cultivators to return. Once they had killed some of the cultivators of the Violet Heavenly Palace, they began heading back.
The three great demon clans returned to the Demon Realm, while the people of the Celestial Gate of Vast Heaven returned to Celestial City. The whole city came out to greet them in a glorious celebration.
At the same time, these events sent waves throughout the Heavenly Mandate Realm. Everyone was talking about them.
In Brahmas Pure Sky, the Empress had been feeling a little uneasy the past few days.
As for the Demon Realm, the Purple Rat Emperor was conflicted. He did not know what to do.
As for Yingzhao Mountain, they were trembling. They wanted to go and admit their guilt, but the followers of the eight thunder methods had shown them that this was not a good idea!