PBS - Chapter 2181 - To War, Part One
Qin Nan calmed his thoughts and smiled, "If everyone is already aware of our plan, I'll make it clear again. We might be going against the factions and clans you were once affiliated with. It's up to you whether you want to be involved or not."
Xu Ruchen immediately said, "I've already given you my word. As long as it's not someone from the Xu Clan or my close ones, I will not hesitate to fight with my full strength, nor would I run away."
"Same for me!"
"Same for me!"
The Nine Heavens Supremes yelled.
"If that's the case, it's time for us to set out!" Qin Nan declared with a magnificent aura. Princess Miao Miao and Jiang Bilan remained by his side as they flew into the sky, followed by the Nine Heavens Supremes.
The Westernmost Land and the Heaven-Reaching Dao Tree were far apart. Their formation was quite intimidating too. They all withdrew their auras and flew at a steady pace to prevent other cultivators from spotting them.
It took them five days to reach an ancient mountain close to the Heaven-Reaching Dao Tree. They managed to find a perfect hiding spot to rest up while waiting for those who went ahead to collect information to get back to them.
Qin Nan used the time he had to understand the situation around the Heaven-Reaching Dao Tree.
The Heaven-Reaching Dao Tree was quite unusual. After so many years, the cultivators could only reach the nineteenth branch at most. They would have to wait until the tree had blossomed to go any higher. Otherwise, they would be crushed to death by its presence.
The seven Heaven Highness Clans, Supreme Daoism factions, Mumen Sect, and Shidao Tribe had established their bases on the nineteenth and eighteenth branches.
The ancient clans and factions led by Rulers of Dao had joined hands and occupied the branches between the third and seventeenth branches. They had built huge cities across the branches, but only fifteen of them were comparable to the bases of the formidable factions.
The two remaining branches were occupied by rogue cultivators.
It did not mean the rogue cultivators or other factions were not allowed to go to the eighteenth and nineteenth branches, but the Heaven Highness Clans and Supreme Daoism factions had established their own rules. The others just had to follow them.
There was also something else the cultivators had to know. None of them could fly to the nineteenth branch from the ground before the tree blossomed. Otherwise, they would be crushed by its presence too.
They had to pay to use the teleportation formation on the ground if they wanted to go to the nineteenth branch.
"We have the latest information," Jiang Bilan checked a badge and flicked her finger to display the information she received in words.
"Regarding the Wang Clan, the seventy-fourth Saint who's ranked fourth on the Supreme Leaderboard, Wang Tianfang has been cultivating in seclusion since a month ago. The Wang Clan also has two peak Nine Heavens Supremes and six Nine Heavens Supremes in the Greater Success Stage."
"Regrading the Li Clan, the seventy-second Saintess, Li Yangfan who's ranked first on the Supreme Leaderboard has been missing for some time. We only know the clan has a peak Nine Heavens Supreme and a Nine Heavens Supreme in the Greater Success Stage."
"Regrading the Xu Clan, the eightieth Saintess, Xu Chenyan who's ranked sixth on the Supreme Leaderboard is still around. It's her brother's birthday three days from now. She has invited a few Saints and Saintesses whom she's close with to his brother's birthday feast..."
"Regarding the Zheng Clan, the eighty-third Saint, Zheng Hou who's ranked second on the Supreme Leaderboard. He has gone into seclusion two months ago..."
The information was listed in order.
Qin Nan was not familiar with the cultivators who were ranked on the Supreme Leaderboard and the situation of the formidable factions, thus he spent some time reading the information.
He frowned when he read the third last piece of information.
The Extreme Living Gate, Ten Desires Sect, and Illusionary Immortal Dao Gate were holding a feast after they had agreed to join hands?
"Xiao Nanzi, many factions have teamed up against you. There are quite a lot of Nine Heavens Supremes on the Heaven-Reaching Dao Tree. We can only pick on one or two factions at most," Princess Miao Miao frowned.
They would definitely attract a lot of attention once they made their move. If they tried to take on too many factions, they would be surrounded in the end.
"She's right, the other factions will surely be on alert after we made our first move. It's going to be difficult to target the other factions," Xu Ruochen said.
"If that's the case, it's time for me to visit Daoist Qianlong and Supreme Wanqing, and Holy Monk Wangjin too," Qin Nan squinted.
"The feast will be held tomorrow night. We have a lot of people on our side, so we should send just a few of us to the feast," Jiang Bilan suggested.
"Mm, Cultivator Xu, you will bring a bunch of our men. Elder Long will bring another group. Remember to split up before you go," Qin Nan said.
Xu Ruchen and Elder Long began choosing their men and split them into several groups before leaving the mountain.
Meanwhile, Princess Miao Miao and Jiang Bilan were startled.
"What's wrong?" Qin Nan asked.
"I just picked up a presence similar to the Flower of Eternity," Princess Miao Miao said with a confused look.
"A presence similar to the Flower of Eternity? Is it inside the Heaven-Reaching Dao Tree?" Qin Nan was stunned when he saw the two women shaking their heads.
How was it possible to have a presence similar to the Flower of Eternity apart from the wisp of Indestructible Force in the Heaven-Reaching Dao Tree?
"Could it be...Xiang Hun?" a thought suddenly crossed Qin Nan's mind.
Xiang Hun had betrayed him to claim the Flower of Eternity so he could refine the Indestructible Flesh of Eternity.
If the person had the presence of the Indestructible Force, he must have refined the Indestructible Flesh of Eternity. Why would he bother coming here?
Xiang Hun was the Sixth Immortal. He had already achieved the Master Realm. He would pay a huge price if he tried to ignore the rules of the Dao Seeking Land and force his way in.
"Is it the Sixth Immortal who betrayed you?" Princess Miao Miao and Jiang Bilan asked.
"Yeah, he must be coming after me."
Qin Nan's eyes flickered with murderous intent. He was more leaning toward accepting Zhou Di's past after what happened in the Battlefield of Aeon, thus his disgust toward Xiang Hun had grown too.
"By the way, if you can sense him, is he able to sense you too?" Qin Nan asked.
He believed it was better if Xiang Hun was unaware of the White-Blue Flower in Princess Miao Miao and Jiang Bilan's Divine Sense.
"He can't sense us. Senior Di has already told us."
Jiang Bilan frowned as she spoke, "He's the Sixth Immortal whom Supreme South World has sided with, so he must be able to track you down. Princess and I can only sense his presence, yet we have no idea where he is."
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