IMDC: Chapter 2191 (Raw 2298): Utterly Helpless

The Ethereal Immortal Palace key!

Xiao Chen also had one from the Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor. He had heard that there were seven keys. If one collected all of them, one could open up the Ethereal Immortal Palace and take out a Transcendent Grade Soul Tool, the Wings of Time.

This Wings of Time had a very great origin; it was the only Transcendent Grade Soul Tool in existence.

Back then, the Blood-Soaked Dragon Emperor used this Wings of Time to defeat the unrivaled Black Dragon King.

However, most people would not be interested in the Ethereal Immortal Palace. The seven keys were scattered throughout the Great Thousand Realms. Most importantly, the inheritance key had been lost long ago, its whereabouts unknown.

There was also another very important reason: no one knew where the Ethereal Immortal Palace was. Even if one found all the keys, they would be useless.

Hence, Xiao Chen felt very curious about why Yuan Zhen gave up on the opportunity in the God Conferring Platform to come to this place with countless buried corpses to find the Ethereal Immortal Palace’s key.

Yuan Zhen appeared stupefied the instant Xiao Chen appeared. The combination of his bald head and that stunned expression looked marvelous.

Yuan Zhen calmed himself and said with a smile, “I was wondering who it was. So, it was Benefactor Xiao playing a joke on this monk. Congratulations on obtaining the opportunity from seven Paramita Lamps. This is unprecedented in Paradise. After advancing to Sovereign Emperor and leaving the Faux God World, you will be famous everywhere.”

“Why are you looking for the Ethereal Immortal Palace key?”

Since Xiao Chen continued to ask, Yuan Zhen said after some thought, “Everyone has their secrets. Although I am a monk, I am no exception. Benefactor Xiao, please don’t ask.”

After some deep thought, Xiao Chen nodded. “Very well, I will not make things difficult for you.”

He then made to put the Ethereal Immortal Palace key into his storage ring.

The flustered Yuan Zhen immediately went forward to stop Xiao Chen. “Benefactor Xiao, this…this is something that this monk found after much effort. You can’t do this.” 

Xiao Chen toyed with the Ethereal Immortal Palace key. Then, he smiled. “It belongs to whoever searches for it? You are a monk. You should not be that unreasonable, right? Since it is in my hands now, naturally, it is mine, right? What’s wrong with putting it into my storage ring?”

Yuan Zhen frowned heavily. Then, he said seriously, “Benefactor Xiao, we have some friendship with each other, right? Setting aside the Ice Fire Wasteland’s matter, if this monk did not withdraw from the race, you might not have gotten such a great opportunity, right?”

When Xiao Chen heard that, he found it funny. To think that this monk is not embarrassed to mention how he nearly cheated away my Ice Fire Lotus Platform!

As for today, this monk withdrew on his own. What does it have to do with me?

Xiao Chen said softly, “Let’s not talk about that for now. Tell me why you want the Ethereal Immortal Palace key, and I’ll give it to you.”

Yuan Zhen appeared put on the spot. He said, “I cannot tell Benefactor Xiao right now.”

Xiao Chen did not want to put the other party on the spot, so he replied, “In that case, I’ll hang on to it for you first. When you tell me the truth, I’ll give it to you.”

Xiao Chen ignored Yuan Zhen and soared into the air. His figure slowly faded away and eventually disappeared from Paradise.

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“Whoosh!”

Xiao Chen’s figure flashed, and he appeared outside the Trial Tower. Immediately, many gazes fixed on him.

Faux God powerhouses of the other four super factions looked at Xiao Chen with unsightly expressions.

“Xiao Chen, come here.” Mu Zifeng smiled faintly as he gently beckoned Xiao Chen over.

“Greetings, Lord Mu,” Xiao Chen said, performing a cupped-fist salute after landing.

Mu Zifeng carefully sized up Xiao Chen and nodded with a smile. “Not bad. Your performance is pretty good this time. You are leaving the Faux God World on your own merits. I have to think carefully on how to reward you.”

After one advanced to Sovereign Emperor, one had to leave the Faux God World.

The trip to the Faux God World came to a perfect end. Xiao Chen would appear in the Great Thousand Realms with the identity of a Heavenly Alliance member for a long time to come.

“Thank you, Lord Mu. How much longer may I remain in the Faux God World?”

“Three days.”

Xiao Chen thought to himself, I have only three days left. I really feel somewhat reluctant to go.

The Faux God World’s environment was very close to the primordial Great Desolate Eon’s. It was a very suitable place for cultivation. Despite Xiao Chen staying here for seven years, it had been less than a year outside, which was really mystical.

Mu Zifeng said, “You still have three days. You should settle your affairs first. I will take you away three days later.”

“Alright. I will take my leave, then.”

“Wait up!”

Just at this moment, a voice that contained a strong might and pressure rang out. The one who spoke was a Martial God Palace old man.

This old man wore hemp robes, looking very sage-like. Without showing anger, his expression exuded might. He exuded the aura of the blazing sun, appearing like an inextinguishable sun that no one dared to look at.

“Senior Jin.”

At the old man’s appearance, Mu Zifeng’s heart sank; however, he did not dare to slight him.

Xiao Chen felt somewhat confused. This Senior Jin should be a Martial God Palace expert with the Golden Crow bloodline. He did not know why this senior stopped him.

It seemed like this person was hostile.

The other super faction Faux God powerhouses showed doubtful expressions, roughly guessing something.

He should be trying to poach Xiao Chen. 

Senior Jin looked at Xiao Chen and said, “Xiao Chen, previously someone told this old man that you once had a conflict with Ancestor Dragon City.”

Mu Zifeng felt anxious upon hearing that. This was openly poaching his people. However, Xiao Chen did indeed possess the Dragon Race bloodline, so Mu Zifeng was not in a good position to speak.

Mu Zifeng’s thoughts raced as he interjected softly, “Senior Jin, Xiao Chen did indeed have a conflict with Ancestor Dragon City. That’s why he left the Divine Dragon Empire. Now, he is part of the Heavenly Alliance and is a free man. He can come and go as he pleases. My Heavenly Alliance never interferes with the internal conflicts of other super factions. Senior can rest assured.”

Senior Jin smiled and said, “Little Feng, you are treating me like an outsider. No matter what, Xiao Chen is a person from the Divine Dragon Empire. However, he only suffered some wrong. I have a decent friendship with some of those undying people of Ancestor Dragon City. Xiao Chen, you can tell me how you were wronged. I can help you to settle it.”

Xiao Chen sighed in his heart. The Third Palace Master was right; one was nothing before becoming a Sovereign Emperor.

If Xiao Chen had been a Sovereign Emperor when that incident in the Divine Dragon Empire occurred, nothing would have happened. Now that he was a Sovereign Emperor, a Martial God Palace powerhouse directly expressed willingness to help him resolve this problem.

Actually, this was quite interesting.

However, the conflicts and grudges between Xiao Chen and the Purple Gold Dragon Emperor were not as simple as Senior Jin thought.

Xiao Chen believed that the Purple Gold Dragon Emperor would definitely give face to Senior Jin. However, the Dragon Race also had their own faction within the Martial God Palace.

If Xiao Chen did not become the Dragon Emperor, being in the Martial God Palace would only be courting trouble.

Xiao Chen said straightforwardly, “Many thanks for Senior’s kind intentions. It is just some minor matter. This junior will resolve it himself.”

Xiao Chen could tell that Senior Jin held very high prestige among the Faux God powerhouses. By saying these words, he had snubbed this powerhouse. This would pose a problem in the future.

“In that case, just consider it as me saying something pointless.”

Senior Jin remained expressionless as he left silently, not saying anything more.

As a senior and a Martial God Palace powerhouse, Senior Jin held a much higher status than Xiao Chen. Lowering himself to persuade Xiao Chen was clearly impossible.

At the side, Mu Zifeng heaved a sigh of relief and said, “Xiao Chen, you may withdraw first.”

Xiao Chen felt very uncomfortable surrounded by Faux Gods. While there was no one stopping him, he left quickly.

No sooner had Xiao Chen left than the Profound Heaven Holy Land’s Gu Fei returned from the True God Palace. When he saw Xiao Chen’s back, a murderous intent flashed in his eyes. Damn! Had I been around, I would have just slapped that fellow to death.

Gu Fei met the Divine Master earlier. Mu Yunzhu and Gu Yuhan were severely injured, but they managed to survive. However, it would be hard to say whether they could become Sovereign Emperors in the future.

Gu Fei’s anger lingered in his heart. He found it intolerable.

Paradise’s trial was nearly over, with Xiao Chen reaping the greatest benefit of the place: a one-hundred-thousand-year-old Thunder Cliff Tree and seven Paramita Lamps.

The God Conferring Platform’s remaining benefits had to be shared among a group of people. There was nothing interesting left to watch.

The Faux God powerhouses of the five super factions shook their heads and sighed, leaving one after another.

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In the land with countless buried corpses, Yuan Zhen felt very depressed as he toyed with the skulls of the dead.

“Screw you!” he roared furiously and flung away the withered skull in his hand. He did not act like a monk at all, more like a very frustrated ruffian.

After I found the Ethereal Immortal Palace key with much difficulty, Xiao Chen ended up harvesting the fruits of my labor. How frustrating!

Moreover, he became a Sovereign Emperor, of all things! I can’t even take action against him.

After venting his frustration, Yuan Zhen stood up. As he looked at the vast land of corpses, he murmured, “I really can’t remain in this dilapidated place any longer. It is time I advanced to the Divine Vein Realm.”

He sighed. He always felt utterly helpless whenever he met Xiao Chen. 

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Written by Fiery Moon / Yuè Rú Huǒ (月如火). Translated by DragonInWhite. Edited by Vampirecat, Dank Oz, Nora, MindLitUp, Chlocolatte, FluffyGoblyn.