Xin Long’s sudden response stunned the people who were looking forward to the show. Even the supreme Godkings who stood with Xin Long in Ming Dong’s way were clearly startled.
From Xin Long’s previous expression and composure, anyone could tell with a single glance that he was going to oppose Ming Dong. Many of them were even ready for a good show.
However, they had never thought that the final outcome would be so unexpected. Xin Long actually said nothing and directly backed off.
Did his action not clarify before so many people that he would not be stopping Ming Dong any longer? Moreover, he had even clasped his fist towards Ming Dong amiably when he left.
Who was Xin Long? Not only was he a supreme Godking ranked on the Godkings’ Throne, but his background was extremely great as well. In the eyes of many, Xin Long was an indomitable existence that they could only look up to, yet he actually cowered from a single threat from Ming Dong. Many people found this difficult to believe.
Xin Long’s cowering made the expressions of the other supreme Godkings in Ming Dong’s way change slightly. They all studied Ming Dong as they became riddled with surprise and doubt.
The faces of Cang Ying, Bai Yi, and Gong Zheng who were already present became very ugly. Xin Long had given in before everyone, without any consideration for his pride as a supreme Godking after just a single threat from Ming Dong. This showed everyone that Xin Long’s fear towards Ming Dong had reached a terrifying level.
“Xin Long’s ranking on the Godkings’ Throne is quite high. He’s extremely powerful, yet he’s afraid of offending Ming Dong. Just what are Ming Dong’s origins?” Bai Yi questioned.
Cang Ying and Gong Zheng both shook their heads. They had never heard of the name Ming Dong before. It had only spread through the Neptunean Divine Palace recently. They were completely clueless about his identity and background.
At this moment, several more people among the supreme Godkings in Ming Dong’s way received secret messages. Without any exception, the expressions of all those who were warned changed as shock filled their eyes. They glanced at Ming Dong and the five divine generals behind him deeply and clasped their fists before all retreating.
With that, only around a dozen supreme Godkings remained in Ming Dong’s way.
However, at this moment, all of these Godkings looked at one another. They hesitated as if they were stuck in a tough position. Clearly, they too had realised that Ming Dong’s identity was probably significant, or it was impossible for so many supreme Godkings to actively avoid him.
At the same time, over a dozen Godkings appeared at the entrance of the eighth floor from the seventh floor.
A young man and woman stood at the very front of the group. The other Godkings followed them like guards.
“Junior Mu’er, you must be careful on the eighth floor. Both the volcanoes and the lava beneath you are extraordinary. They’re extremely terrifying. Even when supreme Godkings on the Godkings’ Throne come here, they have to be careful…” The young man at the front with a striking appearance looked at the veiled woman by his side gently. He spoke softly, where his affection for her was evident.
The two of them were Jun Kong and Shangguan Mu’er, who had hurried over from the Daoist Sect of Divine Sound from the Skyfire Plane. The Godkings behind them were all disciples of the Daoist Sect of Divine Sound.
Shangguan Mu’er hovered in the air as she looked at the volcanic world with her enchanting eyes. Some emotions flooded her face beneath the veil at this moment.
“He has been here…” Shangguan Mu’er thought. As soon as she set foot on the eighth floor, she experienced a mysterious, wondrous feeling. It was instinctual. She could sense that Jian Chen had been here, causing her unwavering heart to ripple. She was filled with excitement and joy.
Jun Kong did not sense the minute change with Shangguan Mu’er. He said easily, “Our primary reason for coming to the Neptunean Divine Palace this time is to go to the twelfth floor and find a way to awaken the artifact spirit of the Zither of the Demonic Cry. As a result, we do not need to stop for too long along the way. Let’s proceed to the twelfth floor directly. Junior Mu’er, do you have any objections?”
“You go to the twelfth floor first. I want to have a look at this place,” said Shangguan Mu’er. With that, she left by herself. She went off to search for Jian Chen’s traces with a heart that beat heavily.
“Junior Mu’er, be careful. It’s very dangerous here…” Jun Kong immediately chased after her. He showed deep concern as he said gently, “Since junior Mu’er wants to have a look here, I’ll accompany you. Although danger is everywhere in this space, where volcanoes can erupt at any time, there’s no need to worry too much if I’m by your side.”
As they spoke, they had already crossed over ten thousand kilometers. However, at this moment, Jun Kong’s eyes suddenly narrowed. He stared in front of him uneasily as he immediately became stern. He said gravely, “So many powerful presences. Strange, why have so many Godkings gathered up ahead? There are even quite a few supreme Godkings among them.”
Jun Kong’s face changed several times rapidly before he suddenly stopped Shangguan Mu’er. He said grimly, “Junio Mu’er, stay here and don’t move for now. I’ll go check out what has happened over there, seeing how so many supreme Godkings have gathered together.”
Jun Kong left the Godkings from the Daoist Sect of Divine Sound with Shangguan Mu’er to ensure her safety as he flew on ahead by himself. He disappeared in the blink of an eye.
Very soon, Jun Kong arrived where the many Godkings had gathered. As soon as he arrived there, he saw the confrontation between Ming Dong and the supreme Godkings, which made Jun Kong shiver.
“Many of these supreme Godkings are even greater than me, but they clearly don’t seem confident against the six of them. They can even be described as completely unconfident. Who are the six of them? They can actually make around a dozen supreme Godkings show so much hesitance.” The sight greatly shocked Jun Kong as he struggled to remain calm.
Afterwards, Jun Kong questioned some Godkings with regular strength that were nearby and understood why so many Godkings had gathered here.
“It’s said that they’ve all gathered here to search for a girl protected by the world. It’s rumored that whoever gets the girl gets the Neptunean Divine Palace…”
“The girl was taken away by a person called Jian Chen in the end. When Jian Chen fled here with the girl afterwards, he was slain by supreme Godkings, and the girl seemed to fall into the lava…”
The Godkings questioned by Jun Kong explained the matter in a few short sentences. Even though they did not know a lot, they understood the rough story.
However, when Jun Kong heard the name Jian Chen, his heart shook. He immediately followed up with more questions, “Does this person called Jian Chen comprehend the Laws of the Sword? Is he a young man who seems to be in his twenties?”
“It seems so…”
“That’s right. That’s him. Although I’ve never seen Jian Chen, I have heard of him before. Your description matches him perfectly…”
After receiving confirmation, Jun Kong became overjoyed. He could not help but laugh aloud. Perhaps there were many people who shared the same names in the Saints’ World, but it was almost impossible for there to be several people with the same name and characteristics. As a result, Jun Kong was basically certain that the Jian Chen who died here was the person that his beloved Mu’er thought about all day and night.
“Hahaha. Jian Chen, I never thought you’d die here. The heavens really are smiling on me. And I had even been ready to go to the Cloud Plane to kill you after the trip to the Neptunean Divine Palace, but I never thought you would have already died here. It looks like the heavens want me to be with junior Mu’er…” Jian Chen’s supposed death made Jun Kong completely overjoyed. He called out uncontrollably as if he wanted to vent his current joy.
Jun Kong’s voice was not very loud, but all the experts gathered in the area were powerful. They could capture the slightest noise from over a thousand kilometers away, so they naturally heard Jun Kong’s words.
Originally, emotional words like that would not have been enough to raise any attention, but Jun Kong just happened to mention the sensitive name of Jian Chen.
Immediately, the Godkings in the surroundings all looked at Jun Kong. A strange expression filled their faces. There were even people who looked forward to his suffering.
The Godkings who answered Jun Kong’s questions completely paled in fright as they swore inside, “Of all the people you could curse, you just had to curse Jian Chen. Don’t you know that an extremely vicious person called Ming Dong has shown up right after Jian Chen’s death? He has been directly hunting down supreme Godkings in the Neptunean Divine Palace, causing the deaths of four of them. You might be looking to die, but don’t drag us into it as well.”
In the distance, the supreme Godkings who had confronted Ming Dong slowly looked over as well. They looked at Jun Kong laughing aloud in the distance as their gazes became extremely terrifying. They seemed to have become bloodthirsty beasts.