Chapter 144: Surging Undercurrents
Translator: Atlas Studios Editor: Atlas Studios
This was Liu Xin’s first thought.
Because of the special location of Desolate City, Liu Xin rarely saw young geniuses who were the real deal. The people who came and went here were basically all fierce-looking old monsters who lived in the Outer Realm Desert and killed people without batting an eye.
This was the first time Liu Xin had seen a young man with an extraordinary temperament like Qin Jue.
However, she quickly realized that something was wrong and hurriedly retracted her gaze, pretending that nothing had happened.
She already had someone she liked. How could she covet someone else’s body just because he was handsome?
Thinking like this, Liu Xin immediately quickened her pace and quickly disappeared around the corner with the guards and the fiend beast corpses behind her, heading straight for the City Lord Residence.
Watching the woman leave, the surrounding people swallowed their saliva.. Although they did not dare to provoke this city lord’s daughter, they could at least fantasize in their hearts, right?
On the other side, Qin Jue shook his head and didn’t take it to heart.
In his eyes, Liu Xin was far inferior to Su Yan. She was utterly defeated in almost all aspects.
If he had to say one thing she beat Su Yan at, it was that her “that area” was slightly bigger.
“Let’s go. Let’s find a place to rest first.”
Taking a sip of wine, Qin Jue said indifferently.
Even though Desolate City was known as the largest human city in the Outer Realm Desert, it wasn’t actually that big. In fact, it was even smaller than Brilliance City.
However, in such a harsh environment, a city would be difficult to control if it was too big. It was understandable.
What was worth mentioning was that even though the Outer Realm Desert was very dangerous, cultivators still came and left the city continuously every day.
This was because there were strange energy stones to be found in the Outer Realm Desert. These stones could be used for cultivation or for weapon forging. Their value was above spirit stones.
Moreover, the spirit herbs that grew in the Outer Realm Desert were extremely precious. Any one of them could be exchanged for a large number of cultivation resources.
To an itinerant cultivator, besides being somewhat dangerous, the Outer Realm Desert was almost no different from heaven.
Even the large clans outside the desert, such as Ning Clan, would often use other things to exchange for energy stones and spirit herbs with the City Lord of the Desolate City.
Otherwise, why would Liu Qingbai be willing to succeed the position of City Lord in such a small city.
As the largest energy stone supplier in Desolate City, Liu Qingbai was a man with high status. Even those high and mighty patriarchs had to show him some respect.
In the end, Qin Jue and Su Yan found a relatively “thorough” inn to stay in. Even so, the decorations inside were still quite simple. Each room only had a bed, a table, and four walls.
After entering her room, Su Yan was not in a hurry to sit cross-legged on the bed and cultivate. Instead, she took off her mask, took out the bronze mirror Qin Jue had given her, and looked at herself a few times. After confirming that she was more beautiful, she put the mask back on and began to cultivate.
During the time she followed Qin Jue, Su Yan had benefited greatly.
Most importantly, her state of mind had undergone a huge change. She had broadened her horizon beyond the Southern Land and was even feeling a little enlightened.
Even the burden of reviving the sect seemed to have become much lighter now.
“I’m an arrogant young official. I don’t believe in ghosts or gods.”
“After taking over the world, I’ll return everything to you…”
At the same time, Qin Jue was leaning against the window, drinking wine and singing, looking relaxed and content.
In his visit to the Sacred Land of the Central Continent, the Outer Realm Desert should be the most boring place Qin Jue had visited. There was almost nothing fun to do here.
This reminded him of his days in the Xuanyi Mountain Sect. Back then, apart from drinking and sleeping, he didn’t have to care about anything else.
Now, he also no longer needed to worry about not having enough spirit wine. After all, the spirit wine he had plundered from the Spirit Clan was enough for him to drink for several hundred years.
“I suppose it’s time to go back.”
Qin Jue lowered his eyes and sighed.
It had been almost a month and a half since he left the Xuanyi Mountain Sect.
In the past month and a half, whether it was a small border city, a middle tier empire, or the most powerful Sacred Land, Qin Jue had basically visited them all.
He had even destroyed the Spirit Clan, one of the Twelve Sacred Clans, for the sake of an Earth Stage cultivator. Some people might not even be able to achieve such a legendary feat even if they spent their entire lives trying.
It had to be known that Qin Jue’s original purpose in coming to the Sacred Land of the Central Continent was only to travel. Who would have thought that so many things would happen?
Among the people he had interacted with, the most unlucky ones were none other than the Spirit Clan and the Gu Clan. They had carefully planned for so many years, but in the end, all their efforts had been for naught because of a passerby like him.
If the Spirit Clan were still alive and found out that their plans were only spoiled because Ling Langtian killed a Heaven Stage cultivator, they would probably wish for nothing more than to rip Ling Langtian’s head off.
Unknowingly, the sky darkened and Desolate City fell silent.
The nights in the Outer Realm Desert were extremely cold. Even ordinary Profound Stage cultivators would be affected. Moreover, the Outer Realm Desert was the most dangerous at night. If one was careless, they would be killed by poisonous fiend beasts.
Therefore, once night fell, no matter what the situation was, the cultivators outside would all rush back. Even those villages and small towns with only a few dozen families would establish defensive measures.
“Ha, time to sleep.”
Qin Jue raised his head and drank the spirit wine. He stretched lazily and was about to lie down when Yun Xi suddenly flew over from the side and landed on his shoulder.
“Master, I want to sleep with you!”
Yun Xi raised her head and said sweetly.
Qin Jue :”…”
Am I imagining things? Why do I feel like there’s something wrong with this sentence?
Qin Jue was helpless. It wasn’t the first time anyway.
Yun Xi immediately hugged Qin Jue happily.
Thus, the two of them fell asleep.
However, at this moment, no one noticed that on a sand dune 50 kilometers away from Desolate City, the Heaven Stage cultivator that Liu Qingbai had sent out to investigate the situation in the surrounding city was already dead. His face was filled with fear the moment he died, and there was a fatal wound on his neck that ran through his entire throat. His blood had long been frozen.
At this moment, the nearby sand suddenly seemed to have a life of its own as it quickly gathered and rose. Then, two sand sculpture-like figures appeared on the sand dune.
The two figures’ appearances could not be discerned. Only their blood-red eyes seemed exceptionally sinister and strange in the night.
“Looks like they’ve already noticed.”
The sand sculpture on the left said.
“Yeah, we have to speed things up.”
The idiot on the right said, “Where are the other humans?”
This was a matter of great importance. Liu Qingbai naturally would not only send one person out to investigate. Furthermore, as a precautionary measure, he specially sent them off in different directions.
However, Liu Qingbai had never expected that the Sand Race had already been secretly observing Desolate City. The moment those cultivators left the city, they were pretty much sentenced to death.
“Don’t worry, I’ve dealt with all of them.”
The sand sculpture on the left pondered for a moment and said, “What did the First Elder say?”
“The First Elder asked us to take action tomorrow.”
“What? Are we in such a hurry?”
“Mm, if this continues, the humans will definitely start preparing. According to the First Elder, tomorrow should be the best time.”
“Haha, we can finally see His Majesty the Sand Emperor again.”
“Long live the Sand Emperor.”
“Long live the Sand Emperor.”
As soon as they finished speaking, the two figures turned into sand again, as if they had never existed.