Yan Xiu was lying on the ground, his face as pale as paper. He did not have any signs of life. He was clearly dead.
The strange thing was that Yan Xiu did not have any injuries on his body, as if he had fallen asleep.
“I didn’t expect Captain Yan to be dead. Let’s leave this city quickly.”
“Yes, yes. Captain Yan was an Earth Stage cultivator.”
“This city must be cursed.”
“Hai, Captain Yan was such a good person.”
Everyone discussed animatedly. They were afraid of the unknown, but they also felt pity for Yan Xiu.
After all, as the captain of the Dark Moon City’s enforcement team, Yan Xiu had once helped many people. Who would have thought that he would die here for no reason? It was really hard for them to accept his death.
“How could this be?”
Su Yan covered her mouth in surprise.
Qin Jue didn’t speak. He directly handed Yun Xi to Su Yan, pushed everyone aside, and crouched beside Yan Xiu.
At this moment, Yan Xiu seemed to be asleep, but he was holding onto a pot of spirit wine tightly and unwilling to let go.
Qin Jue swept his eyes over it. This pot of spirit wine had reached sixty years old and should be from Yan Xiu’s secret stash. Although it couldn’t compare to the spirit wine of the Archaic Mysteries Sect, Yan Xiu’s willingness to take it out was enough proof of his character.
In a daze, Qin Jue seemed to hear Yan Xiu’s forthright voice. “Brother Qin, I’ll bring you a pot of good wine tomorrow!”
Taking a deep breath, Qin Jue felt the blood in his chest surging. He stretched out his hand to grab the wine pot and whispered, “Old Yan, I’ll take the wine.”
As soon as he finished speaking, Yan Xiu miraculously released his grip.
Qin Jue opened the wine pot and directly raised his head to drink it. He faintly said, “Since I drank your wine, then I have an obligation to avenge you.”
With that said, Qin Jue stood up, emitting a strong killing intent!
Blood for blood!
Su Yan opened her mouth but didn’t say anything in the end. She knew that Qin Jue was really angry.
At this moment, a few cultivators rushed over. When they saw Yan Xiu lying on the ground, their expressions changed drastically. “Captain!”
These cultivators seemed to be members of the law-enforcement team. Seeing Yan Xiu die, they were immediately heartbroken. Two of them could not help but cry bitterly.
“How could this be?”
“Who did this?!”
Witnessing this scene, Qin Jue said expressionlessly, “You should all be law enforcement team members, right?”
“Who are you?”
One of the cultivators frowned.
“He seems to be the youth who followed Captain Yan yesterday.” Another cultivator recognized Qin Jue.
“What’s your relationship with our captain?”
“I’m your captain’s friend. I’m taking his corpse away now.” Qin Jue said slowly.
Everyone was furious. “What do you mean?”
“Very simple, I’ll avenge him.”
Qin Jue didn’t continue talking nonsense. A golden light instantly shot out from his fingertip and entered Yan Xiu’s body. Then he seemed to sense something and looked into the distance.
“What did you do to Captain Yan?!”
If it weren’t for Qin Jue’s strange actions, everyone would have already fought him.
However, Qin Jue ignored them. With a wave of his hand, he swept up Yan Xiu’s corpse and flew towards the distant City Lord Residence.
Just as everyone was about to give chase, they realized that they were unable to move, as if they were restricted by something.
Su Yan sighed and said, “Don’t worry, Senior will avenge Captain Yan.”
As soon as she finished speaking, Su Yan followed closely behind and flew towards the City Lord Residence with Qin Jue.
At the same time, inside the City Lord Residence.
“Young Master Ling, why did you attack Yan Xiu!”
The middle-aged man stood opposite the young man and questioned.
“City Lord Lu, Lu Qinghou, have you forgotten our agreement?”
The young man’s expression was calm as he sneered, “Everyone in this city is nourishment for our Spirit Clan. I can kill whoever I want!”
“You’re too much!”
Lu Qinghou roared angrily.
Yan Xiu was his most capable subordinate and was always loyal to him. He never expected that the young man would kill Yan Xiu over such a small matter yesterday.
“What? City Lord Lu, do you want to die with him?”
The young man narrowed his eyes and said openly.
As soon as these words were spoken, Lu Qinghou felt as if his throat had been clutched, and he instantly went silent.
“Hmph, if it weren’t for our Spirit Clan helping you, you would have died three years ago.”
Ling Langtian said coldly, “In 10 days, everyone in this city will die. During this time, I advise you not to have any other thoughts. Otherwise, I don’t mind sending you down first.”
As the son of the Spirit Clan, Ling Langtian did indeed have the confidence to do so. Perhaps he might not be considered a genius in the Spirit Clan, but in a small place like Dark Moon City, he was absolutely an unparalleled existence!
Lu Qinghou’s expression changed indeterminately before he finally bowed his head.
Three years ago, his lifespan was almost up, and he was unable to break through to the Heaven Stage. Just as he was about to die, the Spirit Clan suddenly came to find him and used a secret technique to extend his life. However, at that moment, his life had been paid for with the lives of everyone in Dark Moon City.
Lu Qinghou, who was on the verge of death, chose to agree without even thinking about it and continued living until now.
This was also why Qin Jue could sense the aura of a dead person from him.
In other words, as long as the young man was willing, he could take Lu Qinghou’s life at any time.
“If it wasn’t for the fact that my soul orb needed three years to awaken, I would have killed a trash like you long ago.”
Pursing his lips in disdain, Ling Langtian ordered condescendingly, “Find me ten women tonight. The more beautiful the better.”
Lu Qinghou did not dare refute and could only agree.
“There’s no need to look for the women.”
Qin Jue’s cold voice suddenly came from outside the door.
“Who is it?!”
The two of them were shocked. They did not sense anyone approaching.
The wooden door shattered with a bang and turned into powder. A figure appeared outside the door.
Upon seeing the person’s appearance, the two of them thought at the same time, but they quickly reacted. Now was not the time to think about this.
“Who are you?!”
Ling Langtian’s face was gloomy and cold. Even with his late-phase Heaven Stage cultivation, he actually didn’t notice the other party at all.
Qin Jue directly ignored Ling Langtian and looked at Lu Qinghou. “Hehe, there’s indeed something wrong with you.”
Lu Qinghou’s expression froze. He seemed to remember something and pointed at Qin Jue. “You’re the one from yesterday…”
At that time, Qin Jue didn’t stand forward, so Lu Qinghou didn’t care much, but Qin Jue was really too handsome, so Lu Qinghou had some impression of him.
“That’s right. I’m Yan Xiu’s friend.”
Qin Jue grinned and said coldly, “I’m here to avenge him.”
Strictly speaking, Qin Jue and Yan Xiu had only known each other for less than a day. It would be a stretch to call him his friend, but now, Qin Jue only had one thought in his mind, and that was to avenge Yan Xiu.
“Yan Xiu’s friend?”
Lu Qinghou was stunned. Although there was no spirit energy fluctuation from Qin Jue’s body at this moment, he still felt a strong sense of danger. Since when did Yan Xiu have such a friend?
“Did you hear what I said just now?” Ling Langtian’s face darkened.
“I was the one who saved Yan Xiu’s life. I’m only taking it back now. You better not interfere!”
Lu Qinghou gritted his teeth and said sternly.
Although Yan Xiu was his most capable subordinate, what was his life compared to his own?
“Very good. Now you can die too.”
Qin Jue couldn’t be bothered to waste his breath. He raised his hand and punched.
In an instant, heaven and earth were distorted!
Before the pitiful Lu Qinghou could react, he was submerged by the vast fist wind. Even though he was already at the middle-phase Heaven Stage, he was instantly torn apart.
The terrifying fist wind did not stop there. It swept past like a wave. Wherever it passed, buildings collapsed one after another, raising dust that filled the sky.
When the smoke and dust dissipated, with Qin Jue as the source, an arc-shaped gulley spread out in a fan shape, piercing through the entire City Lord Residence.
As for Lu Qinghou, not even scraps were left behind.
Until his death, Lu Qinghou had no idea what was going on.
Ling Langtian who was originally furious from being disregarded was instantly dumbstruck, and he almost didn’t dare believe his eyes.
Although he himself could also defeat Lu Qinghou, wasn’t this outcome too exaggerated?
Instant kill with a single punch?
“How could this be…? How could there be Supreme Stage experts here?”
Ling Langtian gulped and said in disbelief.
Only Supreme Stage experts could achieve this!
And judging from the situation, the other party seemed to be even younger than him.
“It’s your turn now.”
Qin Jue casually said as if he had just done something insignificant.
“W-what do you plan on doing?!”
Ling Langtian was instantly terrified and retreated continuously, his eyes filled with fear.
“Elder Qiong, Elder Qiong, save me!”
Before he finished speaking, a ruddy old man suddenly appeared on the field. His expression was incomparably grave as he stared fixedly at Qin Jue.
The aura of the old man was cold and unpredictable. He was a Supreme Stage expert.
“Are you planning to become enemies with our Spirit Clan?”
The old man said solemnly.
From the strength Qin Jue displayed just now, the other party knew that he was at least a Supreme Stage expert. How could such an expert appear in a small place like Dark Moon City?
Ling Langtian immediately heaved a sigh of relief when he saw the old man appear, and he shouted. “Elder Qiong, he knows the secret of our Spirit Clan. Kill him! Quickly!”
“After hiding for so long, you’re finally willing to come out.”
Qin Jue didn’t seem surprised by the sudden appearance of the old man and said indifferently.
He didn’t expect that in the end, he would still have to end up fighting someone’s senior after provoking a young master. However, he no longer cared about that. No matter how great this young man’s background was, he would definitely not let him off.
“What? You knew I was there all along?”
The old man was aghast. He had been hiding in the dark to protect Ling Langtian. Even Supreme Stage experts would find it difficult to discover him, but Qin Jue seemed to have known from the beginning that he was hiding nearby.
“Is it strange?”
Qin Jue answered with a question.
“I am Ling Qiong, and I am from the Spirit Clan, one of the Twelve Sacred Clans. Your cultivation is outstanding for your age, so why must you become enemies with my Spirit Clan for an ant? In the end, you will die, and it will be too late for regrets!”
The old man put his hands behind his back and tried to intimidate Qin Jue with the might of their clan.
In the Sacred Land of the Central Continent, the Twelve Sacred Clans were a godlike existence. Even Saint Stage experts did not dare to provoke them, let alone a mere Supreme Stage expert.
In the old man’s opinion, even if Qin Jue was a genius, he would at most be at the Supreme Stage at his age.
After all, even their Spirit Clan’s top genius was only at the peak of the Supreme Stage. Could it be that Qin Jue was stronger than the leading figures of their Spirit Clan’s younger generation?
Are you kidding me?
Unless it was the holy sons of the Eight Great Sacred Lands!
However, the old man had basically seen all the holy sons of the Eight Great Sacred Lands. There was no one as handsome as Qin Jue!
“Hmph! You talk too much!”
Qin Jue was expressionless as he raised his hand and punched again.
He was here to avenge Yan Xiu, not to listen to his nonsense. Forget about the Spirit Clan, even if a Great Sage Stage cultivator came, he would still kill him without hesitation.
Another hole was created in the City Lord Residence, shaking the heavens and the earth.
Countless people raised their eyes and looked over, revealing puzzled expressions, not understanding what was going on.
Just like Lu Qinghou, the elder’s flesh, bones, and even Essence Soul had completely disappeared from this world. He was deader than dead.
At the same time, Ling Langtian couldn’t be described as shocked anymore, and he was filled with fear!
Ling Qiong was a late-phase Supreme Stage expert, yet he was killed with a single punch!
Are you kidding me?
Could this youth be a Legendary Stage expert?
“Impossible! Absolutely impossible!”
Ling Langtian’s eyes were lifeless as he sat on the ground, his legs trembling continuously. He no longer had the high and mighty appearance from before.
Although Qin Jue was dressed in white and was incomparably handsome, in Ling Langtian’s eyes, he was no less than a fiend from hell. “You, you can’t kill me. I’m a member of the Spirit Clan. If you kill me, the Spirit Clan will definitely not let you off!”
However, Qin Jue acted as if he didn’t hear Ling Langtian’s words and slowly walked over, preparing to end this scum.
Just as Qin Jue’s fist was about to land, Ling Langtian seemed to remember something and suddenly shouted, “Yan Xiu isn’t dead yet!”
Strong winds swept past, blowing until Ling Langtian’s entire face trembled. He was almost unable to open his eyes.
Qin Jue retracted his fist and looked down at Ling Langtian. “Speak.”
Seeing that he had dodged a calamity, Ling Langtian swallowed his saliva and said fearfully, “I, I only used the soul orb to absorb his Essence Soul. If I can find it, I might be able to save him.”
“Soul Pearl? What’s that?”
Qin Jue frowned. He had heard this term before, but he didn’t know what it meant.
Ling Langtian’s expression changed slightly. He seemed to have realized that he had accidentally let slip and was slightly unwilling to continue.
“If you won’t tell me, I don’t mind searching your soul.”
Qin Jue said coldly.
Ling Langtian couldn’t help but shudder when he heard this, and he could only brace himself and say, “soul orbs are a spirit artifact refined by our Spirit Clan. They can be used to gather Essence Souls…”
Based on what Ling Langtian just said, Qin Jue quickly understood what was going on. It turned out that the Essence Souls of those people who had died for no reason in Dark Moon City had all been sucked away by the soul orb. No wonder there were no injuries on their bodies.
As for the soul orb, it was a Supreme Stage spirit artifact refined by the Spirit Clan. However, it had a three-year awakening period. Before that, it had to be constantly nourished with spirit energy.
When the Awakening Stage arrived, the power released by the soul orb could instantly devour the Essence Souls of hundreds of thousands of people!
The prerequisite was that these people had to be below the Heaven Stage. This was also why the Spirit Clan had chosen Dark Moon City as their target.
The soul orb in Ling Langtian’s hand was only 10 days away from the Awakening Stage. He was the one who had controlled the soul orb to absorb Yan Xiu’s Essence Soul.
“Where’s the soul orb?”
Qin Jue said expressionlessly.
“The soul orb is our Spirit Clan…”
Ling Langtian suddenly flew backwards, crashing through more than a dozen walls and spitting out a mouthful of blood. His aura fell in a straight line. Before he could look up, Qin Jue had already appeared in front of him.
“Last chance. Where’s the soul orb?”
This time, Ling Langtian did not dare to speak anymore. He endured the intense pain and took out his soul orb from his storage ring.
This was a crystal-like bead that emitted a dense deathly aura that caused one to shudder.
Qin Jue stretched out his hand to take the soul orb and probed it with his spirit sense, but he couldn’t find Yan Xiu’s Essence Soul.
Seeing this, Ling Langtian hurriedly explained, “Soul orbs are only used to collect Essence Souls. After all the Essence Souls enter the soul beads, they will be teleported to the Spirit Clan’s Soul Tower.”
Ling Langtian’s meaning was clear. If one wanted to find Yan Xiu’s Essence Soul, they had to enter the Spirit Clan.
“It seems like I have to make a trip to the Spirit Clan.”
Qin Jue pondered.