Ye Chen had thought he left home for ten days only but in reality, it was a month and a half.The first level of the Sunken Jade Tower was filled with st.u.r.dy trees and rocks with many areas being sealed off. Some sealed off areas had pa.s.sageways and with the help of the memories from Ye Chen's Astral Body, he began searching for the exit.
Ye Chen's Astral Body showed there were a ton of bodies belonging to human combatants and mystical beasts. It showed that many people and beasts had perished during the opening of the Sunken Jade Tower.
What Ye Chen saw was merely the tip of the iceberg. As the adage once said, men would die for greed and animals would die for food. Most combatants who had entered the Sunken Jade Tower only returned with disappointment. Those who stumbled upon treasures of any kind were extremely few.
When Ye Chen finally emerged from the Sunken Jade Tower, another three days had gone. It would take him an additional day to reach home.
Ye Chen felt refreshed after inhaling some fresh air and realizing he was away from all those evil spirits. Finally, he was away from that ghastly place.
Ye Chen knew these were sentimental feelings. He was beginning to miss home.
Ye Chen thought of his grandpa and father, Little Rou, First Brother, Second Brother, Second Uncle, Third Uncle, and so many others.
"I, Ye Chen will be home soon!" Ye Chen proclaimed. He could not wait to share his accomplishments with his father and grandpa.
Little Tanuki pursed its lips as it saw Ye Chen's expression like it was smiling too before going back to being a little gloomy. Ye Chen had a home to go to but it did not.
"Don't be sad, Little Tanuki. From now on, the Ye Castle is your home too." Ye Chen patted Little Tanuki to console it.
"Squeak, squeak." Little Tanuki seemed to agree.
After a moment, the Blizzard Leopard, Zephyr White Ape, and Crimson Gold Hound emerged. Meanwhile, the Raven Hawk and Vermillion Spirit Condor circled the skies.
Seeing the five Tenth Level mystical beasts by his side, Ye Chen was reminded of his advancement to the Tenth Level. A spark of joy flashed in his eyes. He kept thinking about how Donglin County would have to obey the Ye Clan's words from now on. If anyone tried to go against them, he would beat them up!
Any clan in Donglin County would surely be scared out of their living daylights if they saw any of the five Tenth Level mystical beasts - the Blizzard Leopard, White Zephyr Ape, Crimson Gold Hound, Raven Hawk or the Vermillion Spirit Condor.
While Ye Chen was engrossed in his little world, a black silhouette ran toward Ye Chen. He used his Astral Body to investigate the incoming figure and smiled. It was the Lynx.
After Ye Chen had descended into the Sunken Jade Tower, the Lynx had decided to lay low and treat its wound by the entrance of the cave as it waited for Ye Chen to reappear!
Following the battle from before and the Spirit Pill that it had ingested, its power had increased. Now, it was on par with Qiu Ying.
Six Tenth Level mystical beasts were all more powerful than a peak Tenth Level Combatant!
Grandpa and father would surely be as excited if they saw the mystical beasts too! With so many beasts by their side, who would ever dare mess with the Ye Clan from now on?
As the group journeyed on, the surrounding mystical beasts and humans scampered at the sight of them. After all, who else would possibly ever think to mess with Ye Chen save for the Three Major Sects, Celestial Beasts and mystical beasts anyway?
Ye Chen started to pick up his pace as he thought about the Ye Castle. He wished he had wings to fly at that point.
At the Ye Castle.
The Dark Troopers had completely seized the Ye Castle. The place was completely swarmed with squads of well-geared Dark Troopers patrolling the area. There was an even larger group of the Second-Prince's Palace troops that were stationed outside the Ye Castle for extra fortification.
Atop the performance stage, Ye Changxuan, Ye Zhantian, and the rest spotted heavy shackles to their bodies, legs, and hands. Their clavicles to both sides of their shoulders were locked to prevent them from consolidating any Celestial Chi. They looked dispirited, bloodied, bruised, and pitiful. Meanwhile, Ye Meng, Ye Peng, Ye Mu, and the rest of the slightly lower ranking clan members wore heavy chains as with the old and needy, who were herded into the group of prisoners.
It had been days since their confinement and throughout the period, Liu Xun had ordered his men to provide them with just enough food that neither of them would die.
Days had pa.s.sed and there was no sign of that rumored powerful figure!
"Get up. His Majesty is coming. I said get up, old man!" A Dark Trooper stopped behind Ye Changxuan and kicked him.
Ye Changxuan stared at the Dark Trooper intensely.
"F*cking old man. You dare to resist even the most low ranking wardens? I'll give you a good kick!" The Dark Trooper violently kicked Ye Changxuan another time, causing the old man to fall.
The impact had affected the wounds on his clavicle and it caused him great pain. It was so painful that Ye Changxuan broke out in a cold sweat, though he did not groan at all. A Tenth Level combatant would feel just as much pain as a common folk when it came to having their clavicles locked up.
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They were not afraid of anything, only they were worried for Ye Chen. All of them were silently hoping that Ye Chen would never return. So long as he was still out there, the Ye Clan would always have a glimmer of hope.
"Very well, consider me intimidated." Liu Xun put on an evil smile. "Ye Changxuan, it's fine for an old man like you to die but what about the future generations of the clan? They have a bright future ahead of them. Are you going to get them involved?"
"As sons of the Ye Clan, we would gladly die without regrets. You can forget about using granduncle's name to threaten us!" Ye Peng, Ye Mu, and the rest were all equally tired but they still had a fighting spirit in them.
In a world rife with chaos and where beasts roam, death lingered everywhere. Having been hardened to the harsh truths of life as a child, neither of them feared death!
"Hmph. You're going to force my hands, are you Ye Changxuan?" Liu Xun grew increasingly frustrated. These lots would never bow either way. "Guards!"
"Right here!" A few Dark Troopers showed up.
"Hang them up!" Liu Xun's expression was fierce. He remarked cruelly, "I'd like to see just how long you can hold!"
A couple of Dark Troopers went over and held Ye Peng, Ye Mu, Ye Meng, and the rest of the boys up. They were brought to a wooden post and were chained up.
"Give them a good beating!" Liu Xun ordered.
"Liu Xun, if you've got guts, why don't you come at us? They're just kids!" Ye Zhantian and Ye Zhanlong tried to stand but the Dark Troopers kicked them down.
"Hmph. You asked for it. If you've made your choice and you've decided to take my pill, you belong to me. Only then, I'll release you. Otherwise, this is merely just the beginning," Liu Xun spoke with a murderous expression. His black eyes spoke of a certain nonchalance. Having braved countless battles, he had already been hardened long ago. Things had already escalated to this point. There was no way he was going to back down!
Ye Peng and thirty other youngsters were laid in a row, chained to wooden posts. The guards who stood beside took out a long, black whip that seemed to carry thorns around the side.
The Dark Trooper who stood before Ye Meng whipped. It landed on Ye Meng's chest. His skin tore and blood spilled out.
Ye Meng resisted from groaning, his tender cheeks were so twisted that he was probably going to crush his teeth from the gritting but he merely took in the pain. Like a common folk, he could not channel his Celestial Chi. The next whip would have knocked out an average person but he had managed to go on due to his years of martial arts training and grit.
Ye Meng braced himself as the next whip was delivered.
Ye Meng's vision dimmed, he was about to pa.s.s out.
Smack, smack, smack. Whips rose and fell in the air. The clothes on Ye Meng and the rest were stained with blood.
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