If they really were the same person, then… what was the identity of Luo Ruoxin, whom he addressed as Milady?
In that instant, Zhang Xuan's body turned ice cold. He did not dare consider that possibility.
He had heard from Yang shi in the past that the strongest Otherworldly Demon Emperor had come to the Master Teacher Continent, but his whereabouts had been a mystery to all. Who would have thought that the other party had actually been by his side, serving as Luo Ruoxin's subordinate?
"Sovereign Chen Ling…"
Even though Wu Chen already knew the answer in his mind, his face still warped upon hearing those words. He clenched his fists with burning rage.
The Three Sovereigns had known each other for many years, and it was indeed true that there had been many internal conflicts in the past. However, to collude with outsiders to deal with him, that could pretty much be considered a betrayal!
With such thoughts in mind, Wu Chen raised his head to look at Ancient Sage Yan Qing and spat, "It seems like the proud Hundred Schools of Philosophers has decided to lower itself to collaborate with Sovereign Chen Ling!"
"Accepting Sovereign Chen Ling's request will not only allow us to eliminate the strongest Otherworldly Demon Emperor, it will also bring us three hundred years of peace. What do we have to hesitate over?" Ancient Sage Yan Qing replied calmly, unfazed by Wu Chen's questioning.
"Three hundred years of peace?"
"Sovereign Chen Ling has already promised our Hundred Schools of Philosophers that as long as we are able to get rid of you, the Otherworldly Demonic Tribe will not launch an attack on mankind within the next three hundred years," Ancient Sage Yan Qing replied.Find authorized novels in romanticlovebooks，faster updates, better experience，Please click www.romanticlovebooks.com for visiting.
"I see." Wu Chen nodded silently
That explained why the Otherworldly Demonic Tribe and Hundred Schools of Philosophers were collaborating with one another despite the deep-seated hatred between them.
As the strongest and most influential Sovereign, his death would inevitably cause a significant loss in power and chaos among the Otherworldly Demonic Tribe. It would take at least three hundred years for Sovereign Chen Ling to calm down the chaos and assume supreme control over the Otherworldly Demonic Tribe.
In other words, Sovereign Chen Ling needed those three hundred years as well.
However, just because the Otherworldly Demonic Tribe had agreed to three hundred years of peace did not mean that the Hundred Schools of Philosophers and the Master Teacher Pavilion would not make use of the opportunity to eliminate the Otherworldly Demonic Tribe.
"So, back at the Harvest Valley City Seer Guild, you were already prepared to ambush me, weren't you?" Sovereign Chen Yong asked once more.
"The Seer Guild's barrier would have concealed the auras of the Ancient Sages, and there's no doubt that you would have been prompted to make a move when Vicious' upper body was on the line. We were certain that we would be able to kill you easily, but who could have known that someone would foil our plans?" Bo Yu harrumphed coldly as he shot a glance at Zhang Xuan.
The reason that there had been multiple Ancient Sages in the Harvest Valley City Seer Guild back then was because they had been biding their time for the chance to destroy Sovereign Chen Yong. Yet, who could have known that it would end up drawing Zhang Xuan in as well?
Not only so, the latter had even successfully killed an Ancient Sage expert as soon as he made a move, thus scaring the others off.
"This…" Hearing those words, Zhang Xuan widened his eyes in realization.
That explained why the Hundred Schools of Philosophers had chosen to steal Vicious' upper body so openly. In the end, it was part of their ploy to draw Wu Chen to them!
Given that Wu Chen had Vicious' arms, he would have sensed the presence of the upper body as well once it was released from Sage Kui's sculpture. That was no doubt that he would have been compelled to make a move.
If not for Luo Ruoxin, Wu Chen would have made a move on him when he attempted to seal Vicious' upper body in the Book of Heaven's Path.
Otherwise, as the strongest Otherworldly Demon Emperor, there was no way that he would have lowered himself to the extent of addressing an insignificant character like him as 'Young Master'!
"In other words, you had already reached a deal before you headed to the White Creek Mountain in search of the Prime Amulet," Wu Chen remarked.
Back then, he had realized that there was an Otherworldly Demon among the group of four who had entered the ancient domain on White Creek Mountain. Sensing that something was amiss, he had bid farewell to Luo Ruoxin in order to investigate the matter. Soon, he had found out that the other two Sovereigns had launched an invasion against mankind, so he had quickly passed an order commanding the Otherworldly Demons to halt their assault.
Before he could uncover anything substantial, the Temple of Confucius had emerged, so he had been left with no choice but to put aside his investigation and rush over.
"Indeed." Ancient Sage Yan Qing nodded in response.
"Very well!" Having asked everything that he wanted to know, Wu Chen closed his eyes. A moment later, his eyes suddenly shot open, and a massive vortex could be seen spinning in his irises, reminiscent of a deep abyss. "I commend you for having the guts to scheme behind my back. However, if you think that you'll be able to kill me that easily, you're too naive!"
As those words reverberated in the surroundings, the youth slowly began to grow taller, and the killing intent that he emanated became more and more concentrated. In just a few breaths, he had assumed the form of an Otherworldly Demon. He wore a regal crown on his head, and he was dressed in a flowing robe embedded with soaring dragons. His every single movement exuded the aura and authority of a true monarch.
"He truly is Sovereign Chen Yong…" Zhang Hongtian remarked as the sword in his hand twitched uncontrollably.
He had never met the strongest Otherworldly Demon Emperor before, but he had heard many rumors about him. Just from the sheer intensity of the aura emanated by the Otherworldly Demon before him, there was already little doubt that he was truly Sovereign Chen Yong.
Zhang Hongtian was far from the only one who was surprised by such a development. The faces of the other Ancient Sages also tensed up as they eyed the situation warily.
It had been many years since Sovereign Chen Yong last made an appearance, but his reputation still struck fear deep into the hearts of those who had heard of him.
In the upper echelon of the Master Teacher Continent, there was no one who had not heard of the devastating prowess that the strongest Otherworldly Demon Emperor commanded. Even though they had reached the zenith of the world as proud and lofty Ancient Sages, they instinctively understood that the Otherworldly Demon standing before them was not someone that they could defeat with just a simple numerical advantage.
On the other hand, watching as Wu Chen reverted to his original form, Zhang Xuan fell eerily silent.
He was confident in his Eye of Insight. Even though he was unable to use the Library of Heaven's Path on Wu Chen, he was certain that he would have been able to see through his disguise if he was an Otherworldly Demon. However, he forgot one thing—Luo Ruoxin's disguise amulet.
Having used the disguise amulet personally, he knew of its incredible prowess. It served not only to disguise one's appearance and aura but even one's bloodline!
If Wu Chen had used it to disguise himself as Yang shi, it was likely that not even the Ancient Sages of the Master Teacher Pavilion would have been able to see through his disguise.
This explained why no one had been able to find the strongest Otherworldly Demon Emperor despite the extensive search that had occurred after receiving reports that he had infiltrated the Master Teacher Continent!
As for why the Master Teacher Pavilion and the Hundred Schools of Philosophers were aware that Sovereign Chen Yong had gone over to the Master Teacher Continent, it was likely due to the tipoff from the soul oracles who were serving the Otherworldly Demonic Tribe.
In just a few moments, Zhang Xuan had already managed to make sense out of the entire situation.
Most likely, one of the soul oracles serving Sovereign Chen Yong had sensed the latter's departure, so he had discreetly sent the message over to the Jiang Clan. The Jiang Clan had then forwarded the news to the Hundred Schools of Philosophers, which prompted them to swiftly set up an ambush.
All that remained a mystery to him and continued frustrating him was Luo Ruoxin's identity. Just who in the world was she, and what role did she play in the greater scheme of things?
"We have never thought that it would be easy to eliminate you. However, regardless of the price we have to pay, we're determined to put you to rest today!"
Seeing that Sovereign Chen Yong had reverted to his true form, Ancient Sage Yan Qing knew that a huge battle was about to break out. He quickly swallowed two pills and recovered from the internal injuries that he had sustained earlier before raising the halberd in his hand, his eyes glazed with killing intent.
The Ancient Sages of the Hundred Schools of Philosophers quickly raised their weapons and let loose a war cry.
After all their planning, this was the very moment that they had been waiting for. This decisive battle would eventually decide the fate of the world.
"The Hundred Schools of Philosophers want to kill me, and even my own tribesmen wish for my death… Hahaha!" Sovereign Chen Yong glanced at the crowd before bursting into hearty laughter.
He turned to Zhang Hongtian and the other Ancient Sages of the Master Teacher Pavilion and asked imposingly, "What about the rest of you?"
"My father and brothers have been killed by the Otherworldly Demonic Tribe, and I have already sworn to devote my life to getting rid of each and every one of you. Sovereign Chen Yong, since you are the highest leader of the Otherworldly Demonic Tribe, you have to pay for the sins your tribesmen have committed!"
"Hahaha! It seems like the heavens aren't blind after all! To think that the great Sovereign Chen Yong would fall into our hands. Even if I lose my life here, I'll make sure to drag you down with me today so as to console the spirits of my dead brothers!"
"You were the one who killed my spouse many years back. If I can exact vengeance for her today, my life won't have been in vain!"
The Ancient Sages of the Master Teacher Pavilion stepped forward as killing intent bubbled from their bodies.