Under the lead of the youth named Shi Tian, Qin Jue and Su Yan quickly arrived outside a village.
Along the way, Shi Tian remained vigilant against Qin Jue and Su Yan and kept his distance from them. Also, his appearance was completely different from a teenager’s.
In fact, if Qin Jue wanted to harm him, he wouldn’t have needed to go through so much trouble and could have directly slapped him to death.
What puzzled Qin Jue was that if Shi Tian was so guarded against them, why would he still agree to take them to Stone Village?
But a moment later, Qin Jue understood what was going on.
Between the mountain range and the towering trees, the small village seemed exceptionally out of place, as if it was forcefully inserted into the forest.
There were only a few dozen households in the village. The houses were slightly rough, but they were quiet and peaceful, as if they were isolated from the outside world.
Logically speaking, such a place should have been destroyed by fiend beasts long ago. But the strange thing was that there was no sign of half a fiend beast within a five-kilometer radius.
“Look, Brother Shi Tian is back!”
“Brother Shi Tian hunted another Heaven Stage fiend beast. We have meat to eat today!”
“Brother Shi Tian.”
At this moment, more than ten children ran out of the village. There were also men and women, but most of them were dressed simply and were wrapped in beast skin. They had happy smiles on their faces.
“Stop, don’t move.”
Shi Tian suddenly shouted, scaring all the children. They stood in their spots and did not dare to move.
“What’s wrong, Shi Tian?”
A white-haired old man walked out with a walking stick and asked with a frown.
“Patriarch, two cultivators from the outside world have lost their way and want to stay in our village for the night.”
Upon seeing the old man, Shi Tian immediately explained respectfully.
Hearing this, the old man raised his turbid eyes and looked at Qin Jue and Su Yan. He couldn’t help but praise, “What a handsome young man.”
Qin Jue :”…”
“Alright, back to business. Why did the two of you come to such a dangerous place?”
The old man coughed and asked.
It had to be known that this was the middle region of the Demon Beast Mountain Range. Even a Heaven Stage cultivator would die if they were careless. Qin Jue and Su Yan had appeared here for no reason, so the old man had to be cautious.
The reason why Shi Tian remained vigilant against the two of them was because the old man had once told him not to trust people outside easily.
“We were originally training outside the Demon Beast Mountain Range, but we accidentally lost our way and ran here.”
Qin Jue casually cooked up a story.
The old man looked thoughtful. “Shi Tian, come in first.”
Shi Tian immediately passed the stone tablet outside the village and threw the fiend beast behind him to the ground, letting out a turbid breath.
Not only was this fiend beast’s body huge, but it was also several hundred kilograms heavy. Even though Shi Tian was a Heaven Stage cultivator, he had still consumed a lot of energy because he had to carry this fiend beast while being on guard against Qin Jue and Su Yan.
“It is not that I am unwilling to help you. As long as you are able to walk past the stone tablet unscathed, I will agree to let you rest here for the night.”
The old man pointed at the stone tablet not far away and said solemnly.
In Qin Jue’s field of vision, he could tell that the stone tablet emitted a strange power that enveloped the entire Stone Village, preventing all living beings filled with malice from approaching.
“I expected it to be a willow tree.”
Qin Jue was rather surprised.
“Senior, there’s something strange about this stone tablet.”
Su Yan also discovered the abnormality of the stone tablet, but with her cultivation, she was still unable to see through the secret of the stone tablet.
“Yeah, I know.”
Qin Jue didn’t say anything else and walked towards Stone Village without hesitation.
In any case, this stone tablet only repelled living beings that had hostility towards Stone Village. Qin Jue didn’t have any hostility. Moreover, even if he did, this stone tablet wouldn’t be able to stop him.
The moment Qin Jue stepped into the range of Stone Village, a layer of black light suddenly enveloped him and Yun Xi, who was above his head.
The old man’s eyes narrowed as he stared intently at the dark light, waiting for something to happen.
However, the black light quickly dissipated, and Qin Jue entered Stone Village unscathed.
The old man was stunned for a moment before he heaved a sigh of relief.
This stone tablet had protected their Stone Village for more than a hundred years. All creatures who bore hostility against them, no matter how powerful they were, would be stopped outside. There had never been any mistakes.
The old man had even seen with his own eyes that a Legendary Stage fiend beast was forced to retreat by the stone tablet. Therefore, in the old man’s eyes, the stone tablet was a god-like existence.
Since Qin Jue could enter, it meant that the stone tablet had already acknowledged him.
At the same time, Su Yan also passed through the stone tablet and entered Stone Village. The black light also did not reject her.
“Looks like the two of you are honest people. In that case, you can stay here tonight.”
The old man smiled.
Qin Jue cupped his fists in gratitude.
Seeing this, Shi Tian also smiled and said, “I knew you were definitely a good person. It’s impossible for a bad guy to be so handsome.”
Qin Jue :”…”
What kind of strange logic was that?
“Eh, Shi Tian, you hunted a Kui Deer?”
Only at this moment did the old man notice the fiend beasts Shi Tian hunted.
The Kui Deer was a high-level Heaven Stage fiend beast. The two horns on its forehead could release powerful spirit energy, and even peak Heaven Stage cultivators would find it difficult to defeat it. The youth was only at the early-phase of the Heaven Stage, but he had actually hunted a Kui Deer. This was truly inconceivable.
Most importantly, the Kui Deer was covered in treasures. To a cultivator, it was even more precious than a grade four pill.
“Yes, this Kui deer was injured. I ambushed it from the side and spent a great deal of effort to kill it.”
Shi Tian said with a smile.
Although the youth made it sound easy, the old man knew how difficult it was to kill a Kui Deer. He looked at Qin Jue and then said to Shi Tian, “Go and call the others over. Tonight, we will hold a bonfire party to welcome the two guests who have come from the outside world.”
Shi Tian immediately obeyed and left.
When the children heard about the bonfire party, they immediately jumped around happily because they knew they were about to eat a lot of delicious food.
In Stone Village, a bonfire party was no different from a “festival”.
Not long after, all the villagers of Stone Village arrived at the empty land. Although there were only a few dozen families, the elders, youths, and children here all seemed very average.
Moreover, perhaps because they lived in the Demon Beast Mountain Range, these people all had an indescribable fierce temperament.
Qin Jue roughly looked at them. Apart from the old man and Shi Tian, there were also a few Earth Stage and Profound Stage cultivators. As for those youths around Shi Tian’s age, they were basically all around the Yellow Stage.
If not for this stone tablet, they probably would have died long ago.
The old man explained their background to Qin Jue and Su Yan and then said, “In order to celebrate Shi Tian hunting a Kui deer and also entertain these two guests from the outside world, I’ve decided to hold a bonfire party tonight.”
As soon as these words were spoken, everyone exploded into an uproar.
“Guests from the outside world? Really?”
“Look, that youth is so handsome.”
“I’ve never left the Demonic Beast Mountain Range before. I wonder how the outside world is.”