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EIF - Book 03 Chapter 101: Ao Sheng Is Here

Thousand Islands Sea:

An enormous flying ship sped through the sky. This flying ship looked incredibly magnificent, with many large dragon figures carved into it.

Many men stood on the deck of the flying ship, all of varying stature and attire.

The leader, a red-robed man, had a broad face and radiated might without showing anger.

As the red-robed man held the railing with two hands, he looked into the distance and said indifferently, “This is the Thousand Islands Sea?”

“Yes, Crown Prince!” the people behind the red-robed man said respectfully.

“The Thousand Islands Sea? Ah? The time eight centuries ago was very interesting. To think that the vast Heavenly Go Pavilion ended up in such a sorry state. How unfortunate for Old Mister Guan Qi! How unfortunate!” the red-robed crown prince said indifferently.

“Crown Prince, didn’t you brush off Elite Hall’s Mu Chenfeng when he previously came and made bold claims that Ao Shun is trying to retake his previous position? Why are you going to Nine-Five Island now?”

“Indeed, Crown Prince. What wishful thinking! To think that Mu Chenfeng wants to use Crown Prince to deal with Ao Shun!”

These two people mocked.

The red-robed crown prince was Ao Sheng.

Ao Sheng narrowed his eyes slightly as he looked into the distance. Then, he shook his head and asked, “Uncle Gen, what do you think about what Mu Chenfeng said?”

An old man among the group frowned slightly. Then, he smiled bitterly and said, “I don’t know.”

Ao Sheng took a deep breath and said, “Uncle Gen, Uncle Lin, I know that you are still brooding over what I did back then. However, I have my difficulties as well. The way Royal Brother was making trouble would cause a calamity for my dragon race. Hah!”

“Crown Prince, why do you say that?” Uncle Gen frowned.

“Why did Royal Father not question anything? Have you thought about it? Do you think that I made myself crown prince? Without Royal Father’s permission, could I be the crown prince? The Qian Heavenly Dynasty has more than one crown prince. However, why can my Northern Sea dragon race have only one? That is because the dragon race can have only one voice. Nothing can be permitted to happen while Royal Father is in closed-door cultivation!” Ao Sheng said seriously.

“Huh?” Uncle Gen frowned slightly.

“I know what Royal Brother is planning. He is preparing to use the sin dragons—that bunch of rabble—and some of the people in the dragon race’s inner circles…haha! In any case, he does intend to retake the crown prince position. Mu Chenfeng is right,” Ao Sheng said indifferently. 

“Crown Prince…” Uncle Gen raised his eyebrows.

“There is no need to say anything more. I understand. Uncle Gen, you lead a group of the dragon palace’s dragons because Royal Father trusts you. I hope you will not let Royal Father down,” Ao Sheng said seriously.

Uncle Gen frowned and answered, “Yes!”

“Not just anyone can use my dragon palace. Mu Chenfeng? Not even Elite Hall. I came this time to resolve the grudge between my royal brother and me. I hope that after he vents his emotions at Nine-Five Island, he will be able to calm down when he sees me,” Ao Sheng said indifferently.

“Nine-Five Island? Ha! Ao Shun is making a mountain out of a molehill. Mu Chenfeng even said that he brought a dragon army over. Nine-Five Island must be leveled by now?”

“Nine-Five Island is in front. Even if they are sin dragons, they are still part of my dragon race. Nine-Five Island’s Han Royal Dynasty is a nation with just one island. It is nothing. Just one dragon can completely destroy it.”

The people behind Ao Sheng immediately revealed expressions of disdain.

“Roar!”

Rumble…!

As everyone laughed and joked about this, rumbling suddenly came from the distance.

“Huh?” Ao Sheng raised his eyebrows and looked over.

He saw a large group of dragons in the sky, chasing down and killing other dragons. They were all sin dragons and sub-dragons. The battle appeared extremely intense.

“What’s going on? Those are all sin dragons, all Ao Shun’s subordinates. Why are they fighting among themselves?” Uncle Gen appeared shocked.

“That is a fight to the death! Why are they fighting such an intense battle?”

“Why are Ao Shun’s subordinates fighting among themselves?”

The people on the flying ship appeared shocked.

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Han Royal Dynasty’s palace:

The instant the dragons in the sky fought, a ritual array in the palace activated.

The Soaring Palace Hall’s doors opened slightly, and Gu Hai came out.

“Imperial Father, we succeeded!” Gu Qin said excitedly.

“Your Majesty is wise!” The officials immediately bowed excitedly.

When the officials first came out of the Soaring Palace Hall, they felt shocked and horrified. The sky was filled with dragons. However, their emperor quickly turned the situation to his advantage, causing the dragons to fall out and kill each other.

To think that the strongest Ao Shun sealed his cultivation and allowed himself to be captured. He must have lost his mind.

Even fiction did not tell such ridiculous stories.

His Majesty is too incredible!

Meng Tai rushed over from nearby.

“Your Majesty!” Meng Tai greeted with an excited expression.

Now, Meng Tai completely submitted to Gu Hai. The sky had been filled with dragons. If he had to face even one sub-dragon, he could only flee. Yet, Gu Hai played all these dragons in the palm of his hand.

Gu Hai even took down the Heavenly Palace Realm Ao Shun. Meng Tai admitted that he was far from comparable.

Perhaps His Majesty could have dealt with Miao Chen without Shangguan Hen’s help when Miao Chen previously attacked.

Heavenly Palace Realm? So what? He still had to surrender himself to capture before His Majesty.

“Is it done?” Gu Hai asked.

“Yes! Right before the ritual array activated, I grabbed hold of an opportunity to let a sin dragon ‘rescue’ Lu An.” Meng Tai nodded gravely.

“Lu An was rescued? That’s good. Meng Tai, well done. We appreciate it,” Gu Hai said with a faint smile.

“It is all thanks to Your Majesty’s arrangements. This official did not do anything.” Although Meng Tai gave Gu Hai all the credit, a smile still bloomed on his face.

For some reason, Meng Tai started feeling anticipation for Gu Hai’s praise at some point in time.

“Roar!”

“Crown Prince, we captured a traitor dragon alive!” An excited roar came from outside the ritual array.

“Gu Qin, coordinate the ritual array with me; bring out the fog,” Gu Hai said.

“Yes!” Gu Qin answered.

Boom!

Suddenly, a thick fog appeared in the ritual array. One could not even see one’s fingers when stretching out one’s hands. Then, eight flood dragons charged into the ritual array while dragging a dragon.

“I have the strength to pick up mountains, and my might conquers the world!”

Xiang Yu’s voice rang out.

“What?” the dragon and sub-dragons exclaimed.

Gu Hai’s spirit stones were insufficient for laying the Twenty-Nine Line-Pair World Ritual Array. He could only lay the Twenty-Eight Line-Pair World Ritual Array. Practically all the four hundred million superior-grade spirit stones from the Heptagold Sect were used. While this ritual array could not deal with Heavenly Palace Realm experts, ordinary Nascent Soul Realm experts were not a problem. Furthermore, the Dragon Fixing Ritual Array supplemented it. Once the sub-dragons entered, they could not move at all.

Many cloud beasts appeared, immediately suppressing the dragons that entered.

This was similar to what happened in the Silver Moon Sea.

“Roar!”

The Dragon Fixing Ritual Array suppressed the sub-dragons, preventing them from moving. The dragon roared in a fluster.

Gu Hai held the crimson saber in one hand and the Life Ender Saber in the other as he soared into the sky.

“Gu Hai? It’s you?!”

“Where is the crown prince? What is the crown prince doing?”

“Ah?! Skulls! Ah! Don’t eat me! Argh!”

“This is? This was how the sub-dragons at the bottom of Love Flower Valley got eaten?”

“Crown Prince! I went over to your side! Crown Prince!”

The sub-dragons called out in fear. However, the Life Ender Saber in Gu Hai’s hand headed for them, quickly wounding them. Skulls munched on the dragon and sub-dragons. The ritual array made navigation complicated, obscuring the cardinal directions; once one entered, one could not exit. Soon, Gu Hai chased them down.

The ritual array could isolate sound, preventing the people outside from hearing what happened inside. However, those inside could hear what happened outside.

“Crown Prince, we captured a traitor! Hahaha!” More dragons charged into the ritual array.

“Kill!” Gu Hai showed a cold gaze as a group of Xiang Yu cloud beasts helped capture the dragons that charged into the ritual array.

“Roar! You bastards! What are you doing?”

“Crown Prince, what is Gu Hai trying to do?”

“Crown Prince, didn’t you say that our sins are washed away?”

“Argh!”

“Argh!”

Miserable cries rang out endlessly.

An increasing number of dragons rushed into the ritual array to present their contribution. Fortunately, Gu Hai had sufficient spirit stones. With four hundred million superior-grade spirit stones, the Twenty-Eight Line-Pair World Ritual Array had endless energy to draw from. The ritual array manifested one hundred Xiang Yus to fight together with Gu Hai.

While “fight” was used to describe this, it was more of Gu Hai using the Life Ender Saber to bully the dragons, attacking them while they were separated.

One Xiang Yu cloud beast equaled a peak Nascent Soul Realm cultivator. There were one hundred peak Nascent Soul Realm cultivators working with Gu Hai to deal with one Nascent Soul Realm dragon at a time. All Gu Hai had to do was make one cut on the dragon. How difficult could that be?

Kill! Kill! Kill! Kill! Kill!

Dry bones continuously fell from the sky. Gu Hai grew increasingly ferocious the more he killed.

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The shock waves from the dragons’ battle above the palace reached the imperial casino’s holiday villa. However, they did not pose much danger.

“Milord, look. It is Crown Prince Ao Sheng in there, like I said. Close to one thousand dragons already entered the ritual array. Without Crown Prince Ao Sheng holding them back, how would Gu Hai defend?” one of the subordinates said cockily.

Sima Changkong shook his head and said, “Back in the Silver Moon Sea, Gu Hai killed one thousand dragons using a ritual array. This is his home ground, and he has his ritual array. Do you think he can’t repeat what he did?”

“Huh?” The subordinates felt shocked.

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After the Life Ender Saber consumed one thousand five hundred dragons and reduced them to dry bones, the one-thousandth of the energy fed back to Gu Hai rushed towards his lung aperture.

Metal-attributed Veritable Essence quickly accumulated in Gu Hai’s lung aperture, forming a large Veritable Essence ball in the blink of an eye. He circulated the True Dragon Golden Core Cultivation Technique and used a strand of his consciousness to form a golden dragon amid the lung aperture’s Veritable Essence.

“Roar!”

The golden dragon roared and sent the surging metal-attributed Veritable Essence gushing through Gu Hai’s meridians. This energy did not interfere with the energies from the kidney aperture’s blue dragon, the liver aperture’s green dragon, or the dantian’s purple dragon.

Boom!

When the Veritable Essence completed one cycle in Gu Hai’s body, a loud sound rang out. Then, his body gave off a shock wave. His strength seemed to soar countless times in an instant.

“The Golden Core Realm’s seventh layer?” Some excitement flashed in Gu Hai’s eyes.

One thousand five hundred dragons! I finally made another breakthrough!

Gu Hai turned his head, ready to continue killing the other dragons. However, when he looked around, he found that no other dragons had entered.

“Huh?” Gu Hai frowned slightly.

What’s going on? There should still be two thousand five hundred more. Did they flee?

“Crown Prince, this is the place! This is the place! Someone has been masquerading as you to trick us!” A sorrowful roar suddenly came from outside.

DragonInWhite's Notes:

Chapters for October: 41 / 50

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Written by Guan Qi — Watching Chess. Translated by DragonInWhite. Edited by VampireCat.