Chapter 434: Meeting Opponents
The airship traveled at an extremely fast speed, it only needed a day’s time to reach the Untraversable Sea.
The Untraversable Sea surrounded the entire Tian Yuan world. Heading east from the sea, one would reach the border of the land containing the Tai Ah Divine Kingdom. And heading north, one would see seas with no end in sight.
The sea would be completely still with no Heaven Earth Yuan Qi. Even a Great Emperor could not cross it.
The God Burial Abyss was deep in the Untraversable Sea, which was also directly below the Tian Yuan world.
The airship travelled downwards parallel to the Tian Yuan world’s continental cliff. As the Sun was obscured, the airship was quickly swallowed by the Tian Yuan world’s continental body’s huge shadow.
What was a thousand foot long airship looked like a speck of dust in front of the huge continental plate.
The airship entered the Untraversable Sea, causing a splash. However, looking down from high up in the sky, this splash was completely trivial.
Yi Yun stood in front of a window of the airship and looked at the deep and endless underwater world.
This sea did not have many fish. Occasionally, biological creatures would appear. They were large underwater fierce beasts.
Looking up, Yi Yun noticed that the Tian Yuan continent was actually floating on the Untraversable Sea. There was no foundational attachment anchoring the Tian Yuan continent to the seabed. Most of it was empty space, and there were countless numbers of large rocky spines protruding through the empty space.
These rocky spines covered more than a 100,000 feet. It went from the Tian Yuan world’s continent deep into the depths of the Untraversable Sea. They looked like ferocious teeth.
Seeing this scene, Yi Yun deeply felt the vastness and mightiness of this world. And in it, he felt very small.
People tend to feel tiny when faced with the vastness of nature. This was probably one of the driving forces for people to constantly grow stronger and to explore the mysteries of the universe.
At this depth, the water flow became more and more turbulent. The airship was approaching the terrifying vortex in the God Burial Abyss.
The airship was large in size, so it was more affected by the suction force. The closer it got to the God Burial Abyss, the more uncontrollable the suction force would become. Even the Lin family’s Grand Elders could not control such a large airship in the turbulent sea.
Hence, in another 15 minutes, they had to leave the airship.
Then, people would need to approach the God Burial Abyss using their own physical strength.
“We are almost there. Any deeper and we will lose control of the airship.”
On the deck of the airship, Elder Huowen was standing steadfastly as he withstood the turbulent waters of the nearby God Burial Abyss.
Elder Tianzhu nodded, “Let the juniors come out. They should be able to withstand a water flow at this level.”
As Elder Tianzhu said this, he suddenly noticed something. Turning his head to the side, he looked deep into the depths of the sea.
“Oh? That is… ”
In the deep depths of the Untraversable Sea, there was a fuzzy shadow that was approaching the Lin family’s airship.
Elder Tianzhu squinted his eyes. His eyesight was excellent, so he could clearly see in the dark sea depths. It was a giant sea turtle.
On the sea turtle, it had a barrier. And in that barrier sat a group of people.
Despite the distance, Elder Tianzhu could see their clothes clearly. On their clothes, there was a flame-like emblem. It was a kind of coat-of-arms.
Among those people, there was an elder who clearly felt the gaze of Elder Tianzhu. He tilted his head slightly and exchanged gazes with Elder Tianzhu. A smile formed on his lips.
“Li Fire Sect!”
Elder Tianzhu frowned. The uninvited guests in front of him came from the Li Fire Sect, which was a huge sect.
In the Tian Yuan world, not every faction was in the form of a family clan. The Tian Yuan world had several large sects as well. Their strength was even stronger than several family clans!
“What are they doing here!?” Elder Huowen’s face sank. At this time and place, it was naturally not a coincidence for the Li Fire Sect to suddenly appear close to the God Burial Abyss.
“They probably have the same purpose as us. It looks like our fears have come true. The Shen Tu family clan will definitely not let us explore the mystic realm freely. They plan to hinder us and fight us in the mystic realm!”
Back when the Relic Trial ended, the Lin family had suggested using Shen Tu Nantian, the Thousand Hand Granny and the lives of the upper echelons of the Shen Tu family clan to exchange for the information of the Great Empress mystic realm. Then, the upper echelons of the Lin family had already guessed that the Shen Tu family clan would not hand over the secrets of the Great Empress mystic realm without qualms to the Lin family. The Shen Tu family clan would privately sell the information of the Great Empress mystic realm to other factions!
By doing so, they could three birds with one stone.
Firstly, the Shen Tu family clan would recoup their losses to the highest degree. The Shen Tu family clan could choose a few or even a dozen factions and negotiate a price with them. After the negotiation, they could sell the information of the Great Empress mystic realm to them. And these dozen or so factions could provide quite a sizable income to the Shen Tu family clan.
Secondly, by doing so, the Shen Tu family clan could prevent most of the Great Empress mystic realm falling into the hands of the Lin family. With everyone entering it, there will be a big scramble to see who had the best ability and luck.
It was very likely that with everyone competing, restraining and scheming against each other, no one would dare to break the prohibitions of the Great Empress mystic realm at all costs. They might end up leaving empty handed.
The Shen Tu family clan knew that it was nearly impossible for them to get the core heritage of the Great Empress mystic realm, so they might as well make the information available. Everyone could enter the Great Empress mystic realm, but no one could obtain it.
Thirdly, by releasing the information of the Great Empress mystic realm, many experts from the various factions would end up killing each other, finally dying there. The Shen Tu family clan definitely wished to see other factions weakened as a result.
The Lin family knew this was possible, but they had no way to prevent this as not even a soul contract was sufficient.
This was because when the Lin family spread the news of the negotiation with the Shen Tu family clan, the Shen Tu family clan had sufficient time to sell the information of the Great Empress mystic realm.
The soul contract was only signed when the upper echelons of the Shen Tu family clan came to negotiate with the Lin family. Binding the Shen Tu family clan by then would be too late.
“What should we do…? Probably when the Shen Tu family clan sold the news, they had come to an agreement that once they entered the mystic realm, they would join forces against us. Then, we would not be able to make any progress.”
The Great Empress mystic realm was after all a place for the Great Empress to pick her successor.
When the ancient Great Empress established this inheritance land, she naturally knew that those who entered the Great Empress mystic realm would not be uniform in age. As a result, there would be huge differences in their cultivation levels.
Those with high cultivation levels might not necessarily be more talented. Someone with a lower cultivation level might be the person she was looking for.
Under these circumstances, the ancient Great Empress would naturally provide some protection for those with low cultivation levels. If not, those with high cultivation levels and of higher age, but of average talent, would kill others wantonly so as to reduce their competitors.
However, this protection was not everywhere. There had to be places that was outside the scope of this protection.
If Lin Xintong were to be outside the range of this protection and the Lin family was jointly attacked by the Shen Tu family clan and the other family clans, the outcome would be disastrous.
Elder Huowen frowned as he said with a sunken expression, “If we did not guess wrongly, when the Shen Tu family clan signed the agreement, it would’ve included that the other family clans are not to pick on the Shen Tu family clan, and on the contrary, deal with our Lin family. If that happens, it would be very difficult for Xintong to amount to anything in the Great Empress mystic realm!”
“In this half a year… Shen Tu Nantian’s injuries should be healed. He would most likely appear at this expedition to the mystic realm. His intentions on Xintong were never pure. Coupled with the Shen Tu family clan understanding the Great Empress mystic realm being better than ours, if they were to make any arrangements before hand… ”
Elder Tianzhu did not speak further. He did not dare to imagine the consequences.
“The situation of the juniors is actually better. To protect her successor, the ancient Great Empress should have set up several restrictions. As for us old folks, we would be in a more dangerous situation. The Great Empress’ protection for us will be so little that its pathetic!”
The ancient Great Empress’ intention was to pick a successor. As for those old folks like them, who entered to search for treasures, why would the Great Empress care about their lives?
The Great Empress may have left treasures for them probably on a whim. After all, some of the treasures could not be used by her future successor and it might not be particularly valuable in her eyes. Hence, she had conveniently left them behind for the people of the future.
Those who had the means to get the treasure would get it. If they could not get it or ended up dying for the treasure, they only had themselves to blame.
“This move of the Shen Tu family clan sure is malevolent!” Elder Huowen said angrily. “The juniors have to be very careful. As for us old folks, we can probably only enter the protective outer perimeter of the Great Empress mystic realm. We can’t proceed any deeper as it would be too risky. Then, it will almost certainly be fated that old folks like us would return empty-handed!”
“We have gone through so much effort and have been embroiled with the Shen Tu family clan for so long only to end in this result. Compared to the other family clans, we have received no advantage at all. It could be said to be a disadvantage!”
“There’s no other way… ” Elder Tianzhu shook his head, “If we had not been embroiled with the Shen Tu family clan, and not force the Shen Tu family clan to make the information available, it would still be a mystic realm solely controlled by the Shen Tu family clan. We would not have gotten a single chance. But now, we finally have that tiny bit of hope… With the wolf, Shen Tu Nantian, inside this mystic realm, I can’t feel at ease.”
“Let’s ask Xintong and see what her decision is… ”
Elder Huowen may say so, but in fact, he had already guessed Lin Xintong’s answer. With her personality, she would only have one answer.