All was calm over the next few days. Lu Yuns summoning of the two greatest weapons of Dusk Province had sent a clear message. Even Gongsun You and Feng Liancheng, the two grand stewards remaining in the governors manor, slipped away in secret and didnt dare come back.
With Grand Steward Xue Lang dead, Lu Yun, Wanfeng, and Yuying were the only living souls in the manor.
Lu Yun welcomed the peace and quiet.
He spent his days studying, and his nights cultivating. Sadly, his cultivation stagnated at the beginning stage of qi application. However, that wasnt his focus at the moment. He was utterly immersed in a book on formation basics.
“Formations and feng shui really are two sides of the same coin!” Hed set up a few formations according to the book; most of them were familiar to him as feng shui layouts. Even if he didnt recognize a formation, he could still deduce its properties with the knowledge he possessed.
As he learned the basics of formations, he found his understanding in feng shui improving as well.
Noon, the seventh day since arriving at the world of immortals.
Lu Yun was reading on a recliner in the backyard when Wanfeng rushed to him in panic.
“A group of thugs just barged in, sir. They demand your presence.” The maids face was pale, seemingly terrified.
“Theyve finally come.” Lu Yun sat up and put away his book. “Good timing. I was worried that my cultivation has been progressing too slowly. Since theyre here, Ill soon be able to cultivate openly. Stay put, Wanfeng. Yuying, come with me.”
“Understood,” her cool voice sounded before the lady in question appeared at Lu Yuns side. Her cultivation had been gradually recovering. Shed now reached the peak of origin core, one step away from the spirit realm.
Lu Yun had deployed the Dusk Phalanx and activated the Enneawyrm Provenance Formation a few days ago, intimidating those plotting against him and causing them to temporarily stand down. Now, however, a new set of men had recklessly barged into his manor. They clearly didnt follow current events, and neither did Feng Li inform Lu Yun who his pill deliverers were.
Judging from Wanfengs expression, they must have exceedingly rude attitudes. That bastard Feng Lis up to no good.
Many were waiting for a clash between the thugs and Lu Yun, hoping to benefit from the aftermath.
Within the main hall of the manor, a haughty looking young man occupied the main seat, with four followers serving by his side.
“Youre Lu Yun” The young man gave Lu Yun a once-over and threw a box at him. “The main family paid a heavy price to acquire an Aurum Openia Pill for you. You should be grateful. Youre our dog from now on. You bite whoever we tell you to attack, understood As for my name, you dont deserve to know who I am,” he sneered.
“How dare you!” Yuyings expression darkened at the insults. A tremendous presence rose from her being, targeting the young man.
“You court death!” The four followers stepped forward. Cyan light exploded from their bodies and broke apart Yuyings might.
“Immortals!” Yuyings face tightened and two emerald flames rose within her eyes.
“Stop!” commanded Lu Yun. His servant lowered her head, the flames in her eyes dissipating.
“Tsk, not bad. It seems that this branch has cultivated some loyalists during these hundreds of years in Dusk Province.” The man made a gesture and the four followers stepped back in unison, retreating to positions behind the young man.
“The main family” Lu Yun asked with a frown. “Are you a member of House Lu”
“No, the Lu Clan.” The man nodded. “Id thought you were nothing but a lapdog, but it seems you have one remaining defender after the decline of your family. Tsk, what a beautiful woman.” He looked at Yuying with appreciation. Hed seen his fair share of fairies, but someone as beautiful and pure as Yuying was a rare sight.
“Im going to take both her and the girl from earlier. No objections, hmm” The man cast Lu Yun an amused look. “Lu Thirteen, take the woman.”
Lu Yun burst into laughter.
The young man paused. “Why are you laughing”
“Wanfeng said the formation is capable of killing immortals, so I just have to give it a try.” Lu Yun broke into a wolfish grin. “You were the ones who came provoking me. Dont blame me for making you the guinea pigs.”
The young man wasnt an immortal, but his four followers were.
Golden radiance exploded from Lu Yuns being. Nine faint dragon images circled between his hands as earth-shattering dragon howls swept through the city.
“What!” The young mans expression crumbled and he panicked. He hadnt expected that Lu Yun would activate Dusk Citys grand defensive formation at the drop of a hat. “Stop! Stop at once! Dont you know who I am!”
As swift as a clap of thunder, the formation whirred to readiness. Its terrifying power instantly restrained the young mans energy and paralyzed him while the golden dragons sent his four followers flying.
“Protect the young lord!” yelled the four immortals. They wanted to make their way back to their master, but the formation was at its full power. The nine dragons continued ramming their bodies, throwing them further and further into the sky.
“That lunatic! He activated the formation again!” Feng Li stared dumbly at the dragons tearing into the four immortals. The Enneawyrm Provenance Formation was just far too terrifying, and his followers were helpless against it.
The leaders of the major Dusk factions took note of the absurd developments and reacted accordingly.
“No one is to make a move against Lu Yun in the next six months—no, the next thirty days. Not in the capital, at least.”
“Kill him once hes set out for Dusk River!”
“How could I possibly know who you are if you dont tell me” Seven days had been long enough for Lu Yun to grasp the basics of formations, and his mastery over the Enneawyrm Provenance Formation had improved as a result.
The power of the formation rammed into the young man before he could finish the sentence.
Stomped to the ground, the young man received Lu Yuns heel in his face.
“Im not interested now. You think youre so high and mighty, dont you You want my maid, do you Treat me as a dog, eh Who the f*ck do you think you are!” Lu Yuns lips twisted into a sneer. “Tell your master that if they want me to work with you and be your mouthpiece, theyd better make it worth my time. The hell is a **ty Aurum Openia Pill”
Lu Yun kicked the visitor out of the manor.
The young mans arrogance and natural air of superiority was proof that he was highly regarded in the Lu Clan. In other words, he was just like those wealthy silkpants on Earth. He would never report that hed been humiliated by Lu Yun; it was far too humiliating. Instead, he would exact revenge himself.
Likewise, it would be unwise of Lu Yun to kill the young man. He didnt want the Lu Clan to send someone more powerful after him, or risk being slaughtered by some old freaks. He looked up at the four immortals with fire in his gaze.
“Die!!” he roared. The image of Enneawyrm Coffinbearers manifested over his body and the formation went berserk. The nine dragons duplicated at amazing speed into hundreds—no, thousands of dragons that tore the four immortals to pieces in mid-air.
A faint buzz sounded around Lu Yun as a soft breeze of otherworldly wind swept by. The Gates of the Abyss cracked open to admit the four immortals souls.
“So it seems that every time I kill someone, their soul passes through the gates to become a soldier of the underworld,” Lu Yun murmured as the formation faded away.
Over the past few days, apart from studying formations and cultivating, Lu Yun had finally figured out what the Gates of the Abyss were. The souls of anyone he killed entered the gates and became his personal troops.
Ge Long had been Lu Yuns first kill. At the time, the gates had yet to open, so his name was written into the Tome of Life and Death instead. The book later resurrected him, but it couldnt exercise much control over the old man, as it was lying dormant in Lu Yuns body.
It wasnt until Wanfeng had killed the newly-resurrected Ge Long that the old man came fully under the books control and became Lu Yuns servant.
Grand Steward Xue and Old Willow hadnt been that fortunate. The Tome of Life and Death recorded only the first person Lu Yun killed. With the Gates of the Abyss now activated, the book influenced the souls of anyone he killed to become his Infernum, a soldier of the underworld.
Unfortunately, they would cease to exist if they strayed too far from Lu Yun outside of the gates. As he grew more powerful, his troops would naturally gain more freedom of movement.
“Terrible, just terrible! Lu Yuanhou, the pride of his generation, was beaten to an inch of his life and thrown out like a dead dog!” Feng Li clucked his tongue as his subordinate briefed him. “He certainly wont let this slide. The others wont allow Lu Yun to live, either. Theres only a month left until the Dusk River Sacrament. Lu Yun will die as soon as he leaves the city and loses the protection of the grand formation.
“Should the Feng Clan make a move as well” His elegant eyebrows drew together. “Who the hell hid that treasure in Dusk Province anyway This is the middle of nowhere!”
His hands behind his back, Feng Li paced back and forth. If not for the treasure that many immortals were after, they couldnt care less who the governor of the province was.
“Sir Envoy, Lu Yuanhou of the Lu Clan requests an audience!” a chilling voice sounded from outside the door.
Feng Li shuddered. “Turn him away!” His voice rose almost an octave.
“Its only been a few days, Feng Li, but youre already plotting against me. Tell me, how would you like to die” Lu Yuanhou suddenly appeared by Feng Lis side. Blotchy bruises covered his swollen face, but his eyes were as sharp as blades and shot daggers at Feng Li.
“Dont come any closer!” Feng Li stuttered fearfully. “I-Im His Majestys special envoy. I represent His Majesty. If you dare lay a finger on me, His Majesty will hold you responsible!”
“His Majesty It was the crown prince who sent you, wasnt it” Lu Yuanhou stalked toward Feng Li. “Zhao Changkong can always send another if l kill you.”
That was the Nephrite crown princes name.
“Ill help you take out Lu Yun!” Feng Li blurted out before Lu Yuanhou could deliver on his death threat. “The Dusk River Sacrament will be held next month. As the governor, Lu Yun must be present. Thatll be the perfect opportunity to kill him!”
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