CSG - Chapter 3023: The Chillwind Sect
“Elder Xie, y- you’re actually still alive…”
“That’s a Soul-storing Jade. I understand now, so the Poison Pill of Buried Ways was all just a ruse they had prepared beforehand. They wanted to shift the blame to the Heavenly Crane clan and then kill the witness. That way, the Heavenly Crane clan will never be able to get out of this with a cleared name. Meanwhile, elder Xie hid his soul in the Soul-storing Jade beforehand.”
“So the elder Xie who died from the effect of the poisonous pill was only a part of his soul. Fortunately, Wu Han was found in time, or the truth really might be hidden forever.”
“Sigh, I didn’t expect a turn of events like this for our Snow sect. How unfortunate for our sect, how unfortunate.”
Towards the back, the great elders who witnessed this all sighed. They were all dejected.
They understood that while the Icepeer Founding Ancestor was still alive, her actions had been publicly exposed, so she had basically been sentenced to death already.
She was a Sixth Heavenly Layer Grand Prime after all. In just a day, the Snow sect had lost such an important figure, which truly was quite a blow to the Snow sect.
As for the Frigid River Ancestor, she could no longer care about the Martial Soul lineage anymore. Despite her soul aching away from the heavy injuries, she stared straight at the Icepeer Founding Ancestor who was in soul form. Their faces were filled with undisguised sorrow and pain.
“Icecloud, y- you utterly disappoint me…” the Icepeer Founding Ancestor’s soul said with a refusal to accept this. Her gaze towards the Icecloud Founding Ancestor gradually became filled with hatred and resentment.
The Icecloud Founding Ancestor felt no guilt at all. She was composed
The Icecloud Founding Ancestor said righteously, “Since Shui Yunlan has already appeared, her majesty the Snow Goddess will return before long. Icepeer, you’ve gone against the greater good, and your actions are well beyond anything the Snow sect can accept. I will personally imprison you. I will hand you over to the Snow Goddess herself once she returns.”
With that, the Icecloud Founding Ancestor formed a seal with her hands, and a prison of ice silently appeared, immediately sealing away the Icepeer Founding Ancestor’s soul.
As for Yu Yangxie’s soul, he directly dispersed in this illusionary kingdom of snow. The Soul-storing Jade used to support his soul shattered as well.
The Icecloud Founding Ancestor stowed the Icepeer Founding Ancestor’s soul away before glancing past the great elders of the Snow sect. Her sharp gaze paused on a few great elders for a moment before she finally directed her attention towards Shui Yunlan.
Under ancestor Lan’s efforts, Shui Yunlan had already been freed from the effects of the Soul Devouring pill. She had woken up completely. Even her wounds gradually recovered after ancestor Lan fed her a few healing pills.
Shui Yunlan noticed the experts in the surroundings as soon as she opened her eyes, but her face was blank and her eyes were hollow, filled with despair and death.
“Don’t even think about learning her majesty’s whereabouts from me.”
Shui Yunlan smiled miserably. Determination filled her eyes as she began to ignite her soul without the slightest hesitation.
She knew that these peak experts had plenty of ways to make her speak given her strength. This was the only way for her to keep the whereabouts of the Snow Goddess a secret.
“We’re here to save you, Shui Yunlan!” Ancestor Lan seemed to be well-prepared. She touched Shui Yunlan’s forehead lightly with a finger, and a gentle force immediately sealed up all of her energy, preventing her from committing suicide.
“Shui Yunlan, I’m the Icecloud Founding Ancestor of the Snow sect. Everything that happened earlier was all because the Icepeer Founding Ancestor of my Snow sect decided to work against the greater good and betray the Ice Goddess Hall. Her body has already been destroyed, and her soul is sealed, waiting to face punishment once the Snow Goddess returns. Our entire snow sect is willing to do anything and go through fire and water for the sake of the Snow Goddess, so you can trust us,” said the Icecloud Founding Ancestor.
“Shui Yunlan, you were imprisoned in the Snow sect. Our Heavenly Crane clan worked with the Martial Soul lineage and the Rain Abbess to save you, so you have to understand that our Heavenly Crane clan has done nothing to betray the Snow Goddess Hall,” ancestor Lan said.
Shui Yunlan was unconvinced. She gazed at the hazy kingdom around her and said coldly, “This is the Ice Goddess Hall’s Supreme Kingdom of Snow. Once cast, it forms a domain of its own. It’s impossible to escape from the Supreme Kingdom of Snow unless you possess the great strength to break through it. You say you’re willing to do anything for her majesty, yet you’ve trapped me in this Supreme Kingdom of Snow. Isn’t that just hilarious?”
“The Supreme Kingdom of Snow was for interrogating Wu Han earlier. I wanted to prevent any news from leaking out once we found the truth and prevent certain people from escaping. Now that we’ve gotten to the bottom of this, there’s obviously no need to maintain the Supreme Kingdom of Snow,” the Icecloud Founding Ancestor said before directly releasing the technique.
Immediately, the surroundings cleared up, and the Snow sect below appeared before everyone once again, except it was a complete mess now.
The Supreme Kingdom of Snow was gone, but Shui Yunlan’s expression remained the same as if she did not believe anyone. She said coldly, “Let me leave!”
“No!” Ancestor Lan and the Icecloud Founding Ancestor immediately objected when Shui Yunlan said that. The Icecloud Founding Ancestor said sincerely, “All of the experts on the Ice Pole Plane know about your existence now. Who knows how many organisations under the Flame Reverend’s control are still lurking around. If you leave, you’ll be in great danger.”
“The Icecloud Founding Ancestor is correct. You definitely cannot leave here alone right now, or once you end up in the Flame Reverend’s hands, her majesty will be under great threat,” ancestor Lan said.
“Fantastic. Shui Yunlan, you’ve finally returned.” At this moment, an old voice rang out. An old man in snow-white clothes suddenly appeared outside the Snow sect.
None of the experts of the Ice Pole Plane were unfamiliar with this old man, as he was the ancestor of the Chillwind sect, the organisation that ranked second on the Ice Pole Plane. He was Qi Feng.
Qi Feng was the strongest ancestor of the Chillwind sect. His status in the Chillwind sect was equivalent to the Icecloud Founding Ancestor’s in the Snow sect and ancestor Lan’s in the Heavenly Crane clan. He was a Sixth Heavenly Layer Grand Prime, and people called him ancestor Feng.
The three strongest ancestors of the Ice Pole Plane had all gathered in the Snow sect now.
They had all appeared because of a single person, Shui Yunlan!
For a moment, Shui Yunlan became surrounded in an entourage of her own, becoming a dazzling star.
Ancestor Qi Feng began communicating with Shui Yunlan, “Shui Yunlan, our Chillwind sect has always remained loyal to the Ice Goddess Hall. In the past, we even saved Cai Xia, who was on the brink of death, from under the nose of the Flame Reverend. We did so at the great risk of being coerced by Wu Han. Then we secretly brought her back to the Chillwind sect.”
“Actually, Cai Xia of the four great protectors of the past has always been recuperating in secret in our Chillwind sect, and she possesses some important information regarding the Snow Goddess hall. She said that she wouldn’t tell anyone apart from you and Bing Qin, but Bing Qin has already died, unfortunately.”
Ancestor Qi Feng sighed helplessly and continued, “Shui Yunlan, I know you have your doubts about me. Cai Xiao has specially told me to give you this jade slip. Cai Xia seems to have something extremely important to tell you. She’s in a hurry to see you.” With a flick of his finger, a jade slip immediately appeared before Shui Yunlan out of thin air.
Shui Yunlan hesitated when she saw the jade slip, but she still ended up making up her mind and accepting the jade slip. In the next moment, Cai Xia’s familiar figure and her voice filled with anticipation and excitement appeared in her head.
“Shui Yunlan, you can’t trust the Snow sect or the Heavenly Crane clan. Right now, only the Chillwind sect is the most trustworthy on the Ice Pole Plane. You should come to the Chillwind sect as soon as possible with senior Qi Feng. I have something extremely important to tell you.”
Clutching the jade slip, light flickered through Shui Yunlan’s eyes for a good moment. In the end, she made up her mind and said, “Alright, I’ll pay a visit to the Chillwind sect first!”
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