The still slightly rippling world was very silent. The top experts from the many sects were still in shock from seeing Liu Lianyi ignite her Nascent Source. After all, a Nascent Source stage expert was already considered a super elite even among the major sects.
Over the years, there had rarely been any cases of Nascent Source stage experts dieing. However, they had witnessed one perish today..
Palace master Sheng Yuan stood in the air with a stormy expression. Although he had killed Liu Lianyi, he still wasn’t happy with this result, because his initial target had been Qing Yang.
Once Qing Yang was dead, the Cangxuan Sect would fall apart by itself while the other major sects would also be deterred.
But Qing Yang was still alive, and it was very unlikely for Sheng Yuan to find another great opportunity like earlier. Qing Yang would definitely be more vigilant after learning of his true strength.
Moreover, he...wasn’t a true Saint.
Palace master Sheng Yuan’s eyes flashed. With his hands clasped behind his back his indifferent gaze swept across the place, “I wonder what everyone thinks about my previous proposal now?”
Everybody’s eyes flickered but they did not say anything.
Sect master Qing Yang chillingly stared at palace master Sheng Yuan and suddenly said, “Sheng Yuan, you haven’t truly reached the Saint stage!”
The other top experts were first taken aback before they looked at palace master Sheng Yuan in suspicion.
Palace master Sheng Yuan narrowed his eyes. With a grasp , a golden Saint flame emerged once more in the palm of his hand. “Oh? Do you want to try it again?”
Sect master Qing Yang frostily replied, “If you were a real Saint expert why would you waste your time talking to us? You would have already snatched away the Cangxuan Saint Stamp.
“Moreover, though your golden flame has the aura of a Saint flame, it is unstable and there is still a huge gap between your Saint flame and master’s!”
Many eyes darted towards the golden flame on Sheng Yuan’s palm. Sure enough, they realized that blocking Liu Lianyi’s suicidal attack, the golden flame had grown fainter and more transparent.
The oppressive power it once emitted had also weakened.
These observations made the top experts even more suspicious. What sect master Qing Yang had said did ring true. If Sheng Yuan had really stepped foot into the Saint stage, there would be no need for such proposals or any alliance. With a Saint level expert, the Sacred Palace could easily dominate the entire Cangxuan Heaven, and all of them would be forced to bow down to him.
Palace master Sheng Yuan’s face remained devoid of expression. Killing intent flashed in his eyes as he stared at sect master Qing Yang with. He should have killed this guy first after all...
Sect master Qing Yang sneered, “Master once told me that Saint experts are invincible, but there is another stage between the Law Domain stage and the Saint stage, which master calls the false Saint stage!
“Although I don’t know how you managed to produce this Saint flame, you are merely a false Saint at best!
“Sheng Yuan, your Saint flame is fake. You are nothing but a fox trying to assume the majesty of the tiger!”
Qing Yang had also been stunned by the sight of palace master Sheng Yuan’s Saint flame earlier. His heart had turned akin to a churning sea, making it impossible for him to calm down. But after Liu Lianyi gave her life to stop that fatal blow for him, he finally managed to regain his composure.
Palace master Sheng Yuan’s silver eyes stared at sect master Qing Yang. Not even the slightest ripple of emotion was visible on his face as he remarked, “As expected of the individual that even patriarch Cang Xuan thought highly of. You are indeed quite capable.”
His words seemed to confirm Qing Yang's speculation.
“But even a false Saint is ultimately still a Saint that can easily kill you.” Palace master Sheng Yuan’s robe billowed around him although no wind stirred the air, his silver eyes flashing with killing intent.
The whole world shook under his murderous intent.
This was a display of Sheng Yuan’s confidence. He wasn’t a true Saint expert, but had ultimately taken that first step before Qing Yang and it was enough to determine that he could kill Qing Yang.
Old man Bai Mei, the Hongya Peak master and others’ expressions also changed. They quickly tried to suppress their feelings of sorrow as they moved to stand behind sect master Qing Yang.
Sect master Qing Yang narrowed his eyes. The current situation was indeed extremely unfavorable for the Cangxuan Sect.
Peak master Lei Jun had betrayed them and now old Xuan had his hands tied keeping a close eye on him. As a result, the combat power of the Cangxuan Sect had sharply declined.
Sect master Qing Yang ran his eyes across the top experts of the other sects. “Sheng Yuan has touched upon the false Saint before us and I will be no match for him alone. If this continues, the Cangxuan Sect would indeed be in trouble.
“But once my Cangxuan Sect is destroyed, does everybody think that the Sacred Palace will willingly share the same status as the other major sects once the balance is destroyed?”
The Heavenly Sword Sovereign, venerable lord Gu Jing and palace master Shan Qingzi nodded. How could they not understand such reasoning?
If they sat and watched the Cangxuan Sect be destroyed, who else in the entire Cangxuan Heaven would have the courage to face the Sacred Palace?
Sheng Yuan’s expression darkened as he looked at the Heavenly Sword Sovereign and the others. “This is a matter between my Sacred Palace and the Cangxuan Sect, I hope outsiders won’t interfere or they’ll become an enemy of my Sacred Palace.”
As he spoke, the golden flame in the palm of his hand leaped about, shattering the surrounding space and filling the air with a strong threatening aura.
When his voice faded, however, the Heavenly Sword Sovereign could be heard laughing, “It seems that you really haven’t stepped into the Saint stage, otherwise, you wouldn’t be so afraid of us...”
The chilling expression in Sheng Yuan’s eyes intensified. That cunning old fox.
“If you truly have reached the Saint stage, we wouldn’t have the power to withstand you and would have no choice but to yield. But since you’re only at the false Saint stage, we do not need to be afraid if we join forces.”
The Heavenly Sword Sovereign sighed, “Sheng Yuan, I know you are ambitious, but the structure of Cangxuan Heaven is currently very stable. Don’t start problems now because of the Cangxuan Saint Stamp.
Venerable Lord Gu Jing indifferently said, “If you want to kill sect master Qing Yang, my North Sea Dragon Subduing Hall will be the first to disagree.”
Palace master Shan Qingzi also nodded, “The Hundred Flowers Fairy Palace won’t agree either.”
Sheng Yuan’s face darkened even more. The killing intent in his eyes seemed to make the surrounding temperature plummet.
Although he had touched the false Saint stage and it wouldn’t be difficult to kill Qing Yang, he wasn’t confident of winning if the Heavenly Sword Sovereign, Venerable Lord Gu Jing and Shan Qingzi all stood on Qing Yang’s side.
In the mysterious domain, Zhou Yuan breathed a sigh of relief as he observed this development. Sect master Qing Yang was indeed capable. He knew how to get the other major sects involved when he realized that the Cangxuan Sect was no match against the Sacred Palace.
With the major sects joining forces, they would be able to compete with the Sacred Palace.
Just as Zhou Yuan finally breathed a sigh of relief, a wisp of black smoke quietly slithered behind Shan Qingzi. It ultimately turned into a sinister black smoke face that stealthily loomed towards her from behind.
However, just as the black smoke face was about to touch her body, a fair hand appeared out of thin air, pinching the face and then crushing it.
As the ghost faced dissipated, a shrill cry rang out.
Shan Qingzi’s beautiful face was ice-cold as she asked indifferently, “Sect master Luo, why embarrass yourself with such pathetic tactics?”
Not far from her, sect master Luo who chuckled in his black fog cloud, “The current Cangxuan Heaven is akin to dead water and there is no need to hold onto it so tightly. I agree with Sheng Yuan that we should have change...”
The experts in the outer areas felt their hearts pound. The situation was clear. The Heavenly Ghost Sect had quietly shifted to the Sacred Palace’s side.
On the other side was the Cangxuan Sect, the Sword Seeker Sect, the North Sea Dragon Subduing Hall and the Hundred Flowers Fairy Palace, four of the six major sects.
When these two forces collided, it would be an earth shaking affair that would topple the entire Cangxuan Heaven.
With a solemn expression on his face, venerable lord Gu Jing said, “I hope palace master Sheng Yuan won’t start a massacre. As for the Cangxuan Saint Seal, let it be sealed away until someone in Cangxuan Heaven achieves the Saint stage. Then, they can take it for themself.”
Countless eyes shifted over towards palace master Sheng Yuan. His decision would determine the future of Cangxuan Heaven.
Under their gazes, palace master Sheng Yuan closed his eyes. A long while later, his lips curved into a cold smile. He had plotted for many years for this day. Sect master Qing Yang and the others were overestimating themselves if they believed they could make him back down.
His eyes shot open as a chilling aura flooded out.
“Since you're all so stubborn...
“There will be no need for any of you to exist any further in Cangxuan Heaven.”
As his voice faded, the murderous aura grew stronger and stronger, causing the expressions on the many experts’ faces to change drastically.
Sheng Yuan had made his choice.
Since the Cangxuan Sect and the others dared to block him, he would just smash all of them to pieces.
“Hall masters of the Heavenly Sacred Hall and the Sacred Blood Hall, go get the Cangxuan Saint Stamp.
“That boy is an eyesore and is now useless. Get rid of him as revenge for Wu Huang.
“As for the rest, leave them to sect master Luo and I...”
Two silhouettes darted out from the Sacred Palace’s side. Terrifying and imposing auras pulsed from their figures as they raced towards the depths of the thunderbolt pool.
In the mysterious domain, Zhou Yuan’s expression drastically changed when he saw this scene.
The Sacred Palace was coming after all!