While the group made their way over to the repository where the soul-engraving dagger was being kept, things were rapidly progressing in the mortal realm. The group of demon hunters that had traveled northward and taken Jinde with them, had already managed to eliminate the threat and returned to the Chun Feng Sect.
Liu Cheng walked into his Master’s study, cupping his fists and bowing. “Master, we’ve returned. The mission has been accomplished and the populace has been saved from that evil scourge.”
Sect Master Xian nodded his head. “Very good. You’ve also come back in time. A delegation will head over to the Yun Zou Sect soon. Considering what happened the last time, I would like you and Hong Bao to go there in my stead.”
Liu Cheng raised his brows. “Is Master worrying about the Yun Zou Sect’s condition?”
Xian Xun nodded. “Yes. Originally, whatever happened over there should have been good news but you can imagine how the other sects reacted. I’m afraid if there aren’t any alleys over there to showcase their strength, then things might turn ugly for them. Right, take a few of your junior martial brothers and sisters with you. It’s better if a group goes. That way, if somebody questions you for why you are there, you can tell those outsiders that you were on a mission and just stopping by because of the good relationship between our sects. Nobody will be able to say anything against that.”
Liu Cheng bowed again. “Yes, Master.”
“Very well. If there’s nothing else, then you should go and choose whom to take.”
Liu Cheng nodded and didn’t go yet. “Actually, there is indeed something else. While on our way to Bing Hai town, we met a suspicious person. They said they were from the Yun Zou Sect and wanted to go to the Liu He Alliance. It was quite curious because the person didn’t seem to know the way. They said they had been hadn’t left the sect in a long time but with the popularity of the Liu He Alliance and their long tradition that does seem a little strange.”
“Oh?” The Sect Master raised his brows and folded his hands, propping his elbows up on the table. “Was there anything you noticed about their appearance or behavior?”
Liu Cheng shook his head. “No, they were wearing a veiled hat so their face was obstructed. There was no way to even glimpse their appearance and I couldn’t make out anything from the voice either. All I can say is that the person was probably a man, not too young, maybe in his late twenties or early thirties.”
“They wore that hat the whole time?”
“Yes, they didn’t even take it down when we entered an inn. When asked, they said that they had encountered an accident and were disfigured which had shamed them greatly. It … might be true but it is impossible to say without taking a look.
“Other than that, I also noticed that the fluctuations of their energy were rather weak which struck me as odd. If the Yun Zou Sect really sent somebody to the Liu He Alliance, then I would have expected that person to be of higher status. Even if it isn’t an Elder, they should have at least sent one of the head disciples. Especially since the one that person asked to meet was none other than Alliance Head Hua. He might not be the strongest of the Alliance Heads but his strength and reputation are still revered greatly. So how come the person sent to meet him was that weak?”
“A demon impersonating somebody?”
Liu Cheng sighed. “Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to verify it. The person didn’t give anything away and without sufficient cause to suspicion, I didn’t deem it wise to interfere since it was a matter of one of our allies. If this person was indeed sent by them, then that might have worsened the friendship between our sects. I didn’t want to risk it. But maybe we should inform the Yun Zou Sect.”
“Yes, that would be a good idea.” Sect Master Xian narrowed his eyes and then motioned to the door. “Make sure you’re well-equipped when you go out. Since that person vanished from our dungeon, we can’t be careless. Who knows if the demon is concocting some plan? It is better to be safe than sorry. If the revenge is only targeted at us, then that is one thing. But should they target others too … The Chun Feng Sect can’t stand for that.”
Liu Cheng cupped his fists and bowed. “Naturally, Master. Junior martial sister Hong and I will take care of it.”
Xian Xun nodded and watched his disciple leave the room. He couldn’t help but wonder just what was going on. This mysterious person that had suddenly appeared … It wasn’t the first time something strange had happened around the Yun Zou Sect in the last few years either.
It hadn’t been that long since they had somehow discovered that secret realm in the Leyuan region which had blown up on them when they tried to enter. They had lost so many of their talents.
Now, things were going wrong once again it seemed. They had created another realm, possibly adding to the resources of the sect but the others wouldn’t let them be and now that mysterious person had appeared that was supposedly traveling in the name of the Yun Zou Sect but who knew for sure if that was true? Maybe there was more to this than they could see at the moment.
Well, it couldn’t hurt to stay vigilant. Well, with Liu Cheng there he wasn’t too worried. Although … he could only pray to Heaven that that girl wouldn’t make trouble again.