Their gaze wandered towards the two ladies that were standing beside the purple-robed man again.
The lady in black, who looked slightly perplexed, was Li Mengxia; while the other lady was... Gu Xijiu!
Gu Xijiu was never with the imposter, and he has wanted to arrest her all the while. In other words, the man standing beside Gu Xijiu was...
The three messenger's body slightly trembled and their mouth somewhat opened in shock. Mu Yun's eyes were teary and red. "My Lord!"
Mu Feng was delighted with the reaction of the three brothers. However, he did not bother about them. Instead, he took a step forward and bowed. "My Lord, I fed them the antidotes according to your instructions. The antidote given by madam is very effective as they have completely recovered! They are all here waiting for your instruction."
The three messengers looked as though they had just woken up from a dream. They almost rushed into Di Fuyi's embrace but instead immediately knelt in front of Di Fuyi. "My Lord…"
"My Lord, you've finally returned!"
Di Fuyi gazed down at his closest subordinates. He then asked them to rise one by one. "You have been going through a tough life."
These five simple words made the four of them break down into tears! Although good men were not supposed to cry, they could not hold back their tears any longer.
"My Lord, we're sinful. We didn't manage to guard the continent properly for you. Moreover, we even helped the imposter…"
"My Lord, please punish us! We're useless…"
All four of them were embarrassed. Mu Feng voiced up, "Don't you want to know how I got the antidote? Madam was the one who successfully made the antidotes. Hence, we managed to save you."
The three messengers quickly thanked her.
There were many alchemists in the world, and many of them possessed a high level of spiritual power. However, there was no linear relationship between an alchemist's skill and the level of spiritual power he or she possessed. Therefore, people with a high level of spiritual power were not necessarily good at alchemy. Indeed, a good alchemist had to rely on their talents most of the time, and it was scarce for one to be born with such great ability.
An individual would be considered as an expert alchemist if he or she could make a grade six pill. Meanwhile, most people only heard about grade eight pills in legends as even a skilled alchemist could make only one or two of such high standard pills while they were in their best condition.
If a senior alchemist could make a grade eight pill once in his lifetime, it would be the peak of his life as many would pray and respect him. There were only two people who were able to produce grade eight pills; one of them was Celestial Master Zuo, and the other person was Long Siye. Surprisingly, there was one more person now - Gu Xijiu!
Initially, the four messengers were upset with Gu Xijiu. If she did not run away from the wedding, Celestial Master Zuo would not have broken into the core array and trapped himself in there for so many years. However, they seemed to have made peace with their anger now.
Although the world had turned somewhat chaotic, Celestial Master Zuo had finally returned. Furthermore, he was now married to Gu Xijiu. Besides that, Gu Xijiu had even successfully mastered a peerless Kung Fu as well as an excellent alchemy skill! Celestial Master Zuo's dream had finally come true! Not only had he found his beloved but his wife was such a capable partner. There was no one else who could compare with her!
Those demons and monsters would not reign any longer as long as Celestial Master Zuo returned.
"My Lord, what should we do next?"
"My Lord, the imposter, seems to possess a spiritual power of level ten or above, and so does the crazy fairy. She knows evil magic and can instantly control someone with it. She even hooked up with the imposter and created some evil enhancement spell. They are using the spell to strengthen their subordinates with the energy of the evil wraiths. Therefore, there is a total of 18 of them who possesses a spiritual power of level nine and above. Furthermore, they are bloodthirsty warriors who enjoy killing for fun. The imposter sent them to attack and even annihilate some of the clans which refused to surrender to him. Hence, they were responsible for countless murders."
Mu Lei was responsible for training the subordinates. Hence, he had slightly more insights and decided to share his thoughts with them.
"My Lord, the imposter has ruined your reputation! Are we going to go straight to apprehend the main culprit now?" Li Mengxia was extremely mad as she rolled up her sleeves. She had been waiting to beat the imposter for a very long time!
Di Fuyi looked at Gu Xijiu. "What do you think?"
Gu Xijiu took a deep breath and answered with a soft tone, "This is not the best time to alert the enemy."
Hmmm? A few pairs of eyes looked at her at the same time.
Gu Xijiu tried analyzing the situation for them. "The imposter has done many evil deeds with Celestial Master Zuo's name. How could we clear his name if we kill the imposter and the fairy right away? We can't just show up and claim that the imposter did every evil thing, right? Where's the proof and who would believe us? Are we going to show the imposter's corpse and ask the citizens to investigate it themselves? They might not believe us, and they would probably think that Celestial Master Zuo wants to trick them again by bringing out someone who looks exactly like him! Secondly, both the imposter and Fairy Queen Li possess a spiritual power above level ten.
Furthermore, there are many of their subordinates who possess a spiritual power of level nine and above as well. We might not be able to kill all of them together. Therefore, they might launch a counterattack after defending against our first attack. Unfortunately, there are also many of the heaven's gift disciples and disciples from other clans working under his supervision. The imposter could play a trick and claim that Celestial Master Zuo authorized all the bad things he has done. During that time, it would be challenging for us to clarify…"
The people around her were undoubtedly a smart group. They understood her message and nodded in agreement after listening to her brief analysis. All of them looked at Gu Xijiu with a gaze of admiration as they did not expect a young girl like her to be such an excellent strategist and be able to think from such a unique political perspective.
Di Fuyi smiled and asked, "Based on your opinion, what should we do next?"
Gu Xijiu continued, "Don't do anything for now. Instead, continue to pretend like you're still under their control and react as necessary. Besides that, you can try to find out exactly how they are utilizing the evil energy and also specific data regarding the number of deployable team members that the imposter has in their organization. Fuyi and I will sneak in and blend among the heaven's gift disciples and see if they believed the imposter and submitted themselves willingly or if they under their control. If they are being controlled, then we need to save them. However, I'll let them know the truth and ask them to make their own decision if they willingly submitted themselves. We have brought along seven friends who possess a spiritual power of level nine with us from the core array. They will be helpful to our cause later.
In conclusion, what we need to do now is to weaken his power and his organization's strength secretly. We need to sever the bonds between his people as this could help them understand who the real Celestial Master Zuo is. At the same time, we will kill those who are loyal to the imposter and recruit those who are willing to fight with us. Once the time is right, they will be like generals without an army and would be left all alone by their people. When the time comes, we will interrogate them and publicly execute them. Only then can we restore Celestial Master Zuo's name and also calm the citizens' anger…"
Li Mengxia and the four messengers continuously nodded. Gu Xijiu had given them a big picture of the plan. All they needed to do was to follow her plan. Hence, they quickly agreed.
Li Mengxia proactively requested to stay behind since she would be interrogated once the sun was up. She wanted to avoid alerting the imposter.
Gu Xijiu shook her head. "No way, the imposter intends to kill you, and you will be sacrificed for nothing if you stay. I have an idea, listen to me…"
The next day, the fake Celestial Master Zuo sent his closest man to bring Li Mengxia to him as he could not wait to interrogate her.
Indeed, his closest man went to the prison and brought Li Mengxia to him. However, Li Mengxia successfully escaped from the attendant while they passed by the lake which was occupied by the evil wraiths and managed to jump into the lake. It was impossible for her to survive as many evil wraiths and piranhas lived inside the lake. Furthermore, there were many chains on Li Mengxia's body. Hence, she never showed up again once she hit the water.
The fake Celestial Master Zuo went crazy and even sent Mu Lei down to the lake to find her body. Unfortunately, Mu Lei only saw a few bones instead of Li Mengxia's corpse. Hence, the imposter's face helplessly turned green.
In a private room hidden in town, Gu Xijiu was sitting on the bed with her fingers pinching a spell as though she was instructing something or someone. A moment later, she opened her eyes with a grin. "All done!"
Li Mengxia was standing beside her, and she heaved a sigh of relief after listening to her. She looked at Gu Xijiu with a gaze of admiration. "Xijiu, I didn't expect that you could control a puppet from a such a great distance! Amazing! It is amazing! However, the puppet is not a real human. Do you think the evil wraiths and the Piranha will eat it even though it jumped into the lake? What if they didn't eat it and the imposter discovered the corpse? Would our secret be exposed…?"
Gu Xijiu answered as she got up, "Don't worry. The puppet was made from flesh and blood like an average human. Moreover, it's also the Piranha and the evil wraiths' favorite! Not to mention about the flesh, I'm sure even the bones would be chewed, and no one would ever recognize it. Don't worry!"
A moment later, she received a message from Mu Lei. "Everything is ready!"
Li Mengxia finally felt relieved and looked at Gu Xijiu with a pair of sparkling eyes. "Xijiu, what's next? Give me a task!" She had been waiting to attack the imposter long enough!
Gu Xijiu already had a plan. "Alright, let's visit Long Siye together."
Li Mengxia paused for a while. "How about Celestial Master Zuo?" Both of them were always together, but she had not seen him the entire morning.
Gu Xijiu added, "This mission is urgent, and we have many people to contact. Therefore, we agreed to work separately after discussing with each other. He will find Qian Yueran, Hua Wuyan, and Tian Jiyue. Meanwhile, I'll find Long Siye and get him to help us…"
Li Mengxia nodded as she finally understood the plan.
Long Siye had been a neutral party for the past two years when it came to political matters. His excuse for not getting involved in the issues of the fake Celestial Master Zuo was to rebuild Tianwen clan which had been burnt down earlier. Perhaps, he also had his suspicions about the imposter. However, he was all alone and was too weak to fight. Hence, he decided to protect himself. Therefore, Gu Xijiu chose to invite him to join their alliance to overcome the disaster. After all, Long Siye was somewhat skilled in medical knowledge. He could make antidotes to save those who were under someone's control.
That was Gu Xijiu's perception of him. After all, she had married Di Fuyi, and so it would be more appropriate for her to bring Li Mengxia along when she visited Long Siye.
Gu Xijiu already mastered the Sword Riding Skill. Hence, she immediately headed over to the Tianwen clan with Li Mengxia.
Li Mengxia enviously stood on Gu Xijiu's sword. "I didn't know that we can travel on a sword when we reached a spiritual power of level ten! Hahaha! It is a swift and convenient way to travel! It was no wonder that Celestial Master Zuo's whereabouts were so unpredictable! He could be in the Haoyue Kingdom in the morning and then show up in the Feixing Kingdom in the evening. People always thought that he had a clone. m the current speed we are traveling?"
Gu Xijiu smiled but remained silent.
Di Fuyi did not only know flying magic alone but also Ground Shrinking. He could arrive at any destination in a short time whenever he wanted to even if it was a thousand miles away.
Li Mengxia excitedly asked, "Oh right, Xijiu. Why have you not gotten a child yet since the both of you have been married for eight years now?
Gu Xijiu shook her head. "There was a special spiritual power in the core array that prevented us from having a kid in there."
"But you're out now. So, it's time! I'm waiting for the little one to be born. Your child would turn out to be an extraordinary genius among the elites…"
Gu Xijiu smiled and lightly tapped on Li Mengxia's shoulder. "You're rather good with words, aren't you?"
She was excited to have a baby as well. She believed that their baby would turn out to be extraordinarily beautiful since both she and Di Fuyi were so intelligent, and had excellent physical characteristics.
Unfortunately, they had been busy cleaning up sh*t ever since they escaped from the core array. Hence, both Gu Xijiu and Di Fuyi never had any time to consider this matter. After they had left the imposter's mansion last night, they quickly tidied up everything and went to bed right away. They did not have any sexual intercourse, and Di Fuyi only wrapped his arms around her while they were sleeping.
Time flies. It had been five days now since Di Fuyi and Gu Xijiu escaped from the core array. However, they had not had sexual activity so far as they were too busy!
Gu Xijiu decided to only talk to him about having a baby once things have settled down a bit. She was looking forward to welcoming her baby.
Gu Xijiu and Li Mengxia decided to disguise themselves when they arrived somewhere near the Tianwen Association to hide their identity as the imposter had many spies. Therefore, they disguised themselves as two elementary disciples of the Tianwen clan.
Gu Xijiu was the most skilled person in the world when it came to disguisement. People could not tell the difference once she was disguised. Therefore, they were both able to sneak into the clan reasonably easily.
Gu Xijiu had not stepped foot into the Tianwen Association for eight years. She could not describe her feelings when she stepped into the familiar place.
The fire that had burnt the association down two years ago seemed to have been very severe as all the buildings in the Tianwen Association had been destroyed. Most of the buildings were relatively new, and a small part was left abandoned. The desolate scene was as pathetic as The Old Summer Palace (Yuanming Yuan) after the fire.
Ever Since Gu Xijiu entered, she could sense that the hierarchy between the disciples was now stricter as compared to the old days. After all, Long Siye had a modern mind. He never made it a point to emphasize the hierarchy of the Tianwen Association even after establishing it and recruiting so many disciples. The disciples were somewhat friendly and close to each other in the old days. However, it was completely different now. Gu Xijiu and Li Mengxia disguised themselves as elementary disciples. Therefore, they were considered the disciples who ranked the lowest in the Tianwen clan, and their status was just slightly higher than the newcomers.
They had returned to the Tianwen clan along with the other disciples who had shown up at the association. However, all of the disciples were kowtowing continuously.
It was an official protocol for them to greet the elders of the Tianwen clan whenever they saw them. It was the same case if they bumped into the custodians. Besides that, they had to do the same whenever they saw their elder disciples. They also needed to kneel and greet the ordinary senior disciples whenever they bumped into them.
Gu Xijiu felt miserable from having to kneel here and there! As a result, she quickly escaped with Li Mengxia after she knelt and greeted four different groups of people! Her knees would start swelling if she continuously needed to kneel!
Li Mengxia also wondered. "What's wrong with Overlord Long? The condition of this place is worse than the palace…"
Gu Xijiu remained silent for a moment and suggested. "Let's find him first."
Li Mengxia had a headache. "If you noticed, everyone here prioritizes the hierarchy of the association. It's probably more difficult to see Overlord Long than the emperor!"
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