A black-robed elder stood in the sky. He did not give off any presence or even the tiniest Genesis Qi undulations, making him appear akin to an ordinary old man who had never cultivated before.
However, countless horrified and shocked gazes were currently concentrated on his figure because everyone had personally witnessed this mysterious black-robed elder casually crush the golden bead that palace master Sheng Yuan had poured all his power into.
“Who is that?!”
“Such power is likely no weaker than patriarch Cang Xuan at his prime…”
“But I’ve never heard of such a person in Cangxuan Heaven.”
The eyes of the various experts were filled with confusion as whispers spread amongst them.
Even sect master Qing Yang, the Heavenly Sword Sovereign, the Venerable Lord Gu Jing and the other sect masters were taken by surprise, clearly unable to recognize the black-robed elder. However, it appeared that he knew Zhou Yuan and Yaoyao, given how he had come to their aid.
This observation astonished the sect masters even more. Though they could not say anything about Yaoyao, Zhou Yuan was merely a tiny Divine Dwelling stage practitioner who had barely reached the Alpha-Origin stage when he first came to the Cangxuan Sect. Did a small fry like him actually know such an existence?
Zhou Yuan was also unable to believe his eyes. Moments later, he finally managed to stutter, “Mas...master Cang Yuan?!”
Zhou Yuan had not seen Cang Yuan since they had parted many years ago, and he clearly had not expected him to appear at this most critical juncture
Cang Yuan’s gaze shifted towards Zhou Yuan as he chuckled and said, “Not bad little one. It’s only been a few years since we last met, but you’ve already stepped into the Divine Dwelling stage.
“However, now is not the time for us to reminiscence. It seems that you guys are facing quite some trouble.”
His gaze swept towards Sheng Yuan, who was similarly shocked by his appearance. He then lifted his head to cast a glance at the far away crack in the world boundary.
The chillingly sinister look on palace master Sheng Yuan’s face had already faded. He stared at Cang Yuan in bewilderment and said, “Who are you?! Why are you interfering in the affairs of our Cangxuan Heaven!”
He was certain that Cang Yuan was not from Cangxuan Heaven.
Cang Yuan looked at Sheng Yuan with indifferent eyes as he replied, “Instead of being a proper person, you just had to be a dog of the sacred race.”
Cang Yuan found the sacred palace power that currently filled Sheng Yuan’s body very loathsome.
Sheng Yuan’s face twitched as he laughed in anger. “This distinguished one is very arrogant!”
Sheng Yuan was currently at the double lotus stage, which was also the strongest he had ever been. This undoubtedly made his usually cautious self somewhat arrogant. In his view, even if Cang Yuan was also very powerful, this was far too disrespectful.
Cang Yuan looked towards Yaoyao. Her current state and the cracks on her skin made his eyes turn a little icier.
Although Yaoyao’s identity was very special, he had watched her slowly grow up. One could say that Cang Yuan already viewed Yaoyao as his own child. After being separated for so many years, even Cang Yuan could not help but feel rage boil within him when he saw her in her current state.
Cang Xuan indifferently said, “You relied on someone else’s power to raise yourself to the double lotus stage. Let alone the fact that what you have is not the true double lotus stage, even a genuine single lotus expert would not view you as much of a threat.”
Sheng Yuan frowned. He found himself unable to read Cang Yuan, and he was indeed quite fearful of him. Hence, he said, “If this distinguished one has come for the two of them, I drop what happened previously.”
Although he was extremely angered by Zhou Yuan’s act of shattering the Cangxuan Saint Stamp, Sheng Yuan understood that killing Zhou Yuan would do nothing to remedy the problem. Since that was the case, he could always take revenge after gathering the Saint Stamp shards.
When that time came, he would not only kill Zhou Yuan but also exterminate the Great Zhou Empire. He would make sure that not even a blade of grass remained!
As these thoughts swirled in his head, intense killing intent flashed in the depths of palace master Sheng Yuan’s eyes.
However, Cang Yuan merely laughed in response, “Drop what happened previously? You beat up these two kids of mine. Even if you want to let this matter rest, I insist on settling the debt with you.”
His tone was calm but gave off a sliver domineeringness that made one involuntarily tremble inside.
Sheng Yuan’s expression turned frosty. “Don’t think you can push me just because I tried to give in!”
However, Cang Yuan had no intentions of taking this exchange of words any further. He formed a seal with one hand, and everyone’s eyes nearly popped from their sockets as they watched two life-like golden lotuses slowly emerge above his head and left shoulder.
Double lotus stage!
Cang Yuan was evidently the same cultivation level as patriarch Cang Xuan at his peak!
Moreover, his double lotus stage was clearly nothing like Sheng Yuan’s hollow double lotus stage; it was achieved through his own cultivation.
“Allow me to show you the true power of the double lotus.”
Cang Yuan’s hand seal changed as the two golden lotuses dashed into the sky. The sky instantly turned dusky as if the world had been spun around, and the Genesis Qi in the entire Cangxuan Heaven began to churn violently.
The many experts realized to their horror that they were losing their connection to the surrounding world when the lotus began to revolve and the Genesis Qi in their bodies began to vanish.
Two golden lotuses swirled in the air, and they turned into two streaks of light as they shot towards Sheng Yuan.
Primal chaos seemed to emerge as the golden lotuses passed by.
At Cang Yuan’s level, the golden lotuses were not just mere decorations. The raw power contained within them was equivalent to genuine Saint treasures!
Moreover, these were life-bound Saint treasures!
Such power was capable of rewriting the world itself!
The two golden lotuses descended as if two worlds were crashing downwards.
As such, Sheng Yuan’s pupils could not help but shrink. Only when facing the true double lotus stage did he realize the disparity between them.
He had previously defeated Cang Xuan because the latter was a mere Spirit fragment. If Cang Xuan was at his peak, they would have been on completely different levels.
However, Cang Yuan had already attacked and had even used his life-bound double lotuses in anger. Such power was truly capable of destroying an entire star.
Sheng Yuan’s expression rapidly fluctuated, but a ruthless and determined look ultimately flashed in his eyes.
His opponent was admittedly very powerful, but he was currently also a double lotus stage expert. He did not believe that the other party could disregard him so completely!
With a thought, the golden lotuses above Sheng Yuan’s head and shoulder also soared into the sky.
The golden lotuses spun, rippling the world around them.
Under countless overwhelmed gazes, four golden lotuses hurtled through the air and collided with a loud boom.
An indescribable shockwave devastated the surroundings.
The shockwave spread to nearly half of Cangxuan Heaven, giving rise to Genesis Qi storms in numerous continents.
In the sky above Black Water.
Every gaze was glued to the four golden lotuses in the void. Space had already crumbled long ago, and giant spatial cracks were emerging one after another, bringing forth chaotic spatial storms.
Cang Yuan expressionlessly watched the four clashing golden lotuses. Disdain rose from the corners of his mouth before he suddenly flipped his palm.
A billion rays of primal chaos light exploded from two of the lotuses. Light and dark shook as the heavens trembled, and palace master Sheng Yuan’s two golden lotuses were shattered.
Shock flooded the faces of the many experts.
No one had expected the previously unstoppable Sheng Yuan, who seemed to have already become the final victor, to have his two golden lotuses smashed to pieces by a mysterious black-robed elder.
Several gazes turned towards the equally horrified palace master Sheng Yuan. The powerful aura he gave off had rapidly begun to deplete like a punctured balloon.
Everyone knew that it was truly over for palace master Sheng Yuan this time.