Beastmaster of the Ages - Chapter 545
Chapter 545: 545
“Godfather, you barely evaded death, didn’t you?” Tianming said as he looked ahead coldly .
“Well, I was this close to dying . Thankfully, I was born with plot armor . I survived, didn’t I? Isn’t that badass?” Li Wudi said as he leaned on the wall . Even though he was weakened, he didn’t forget to praise himself .
“Badass indeed . So, what do you think?”
“I’ve seen how sinister that old bastard can be, and I’m going to give it my all to resist him . Given how I survived, despite how badly he thrashed me, I’ll definitely squash him under my foot one day!” Li Wudi said bloodthirstily . What he didn’t mention was how he was this close from being obliterated if the Evil Suppression Formation hadn’t been deployed in time .
“I’ll tag along, what do you say?”
“Hehe . . . we’ll see if you’re truly a genius, or just a dumbass . I worry you won’t be able to catch up to my cultivation speed . “
“Hahaha . . . . ” Even though they weren’t truly father and son, they sure were bonded like a family . Li Muyang was a distant figure Tianming hadn’t met before, so Li Wudi was the closest thing he had to a father . While his enemies would be endlessly annoyed with his personality, it was rather pleasant to be his son .
“Tianming, to be honest, I’m quite stumped by your transformation here at the Divine Capital . I trust that you’ll be able to make the Theocrats all kneel to you one day,” Li Wudi said with a serious tone .
“Godfather . “
“What is it?”
“They’re called the Nineshades Clan . “
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Outside the dao palace were two hundred and thirty thousand heads all stacked up to form a mountain . It wasn’t just a gruesome sight, it was plain provocation . If Dongyang Ling’s army of six hundred thousand charged in before Autarch Qian arrived, even more of them would die . The heads belonged to the Dongyangs, Jiangs, Ancient Clans, Saint Martial Manor, and so on, and they all wore desolate expressions .
Not even a million-man-strong army would be able to bear the sickening atmosphere . They felt like they were going to vomit rivers of blood from the rage . To think that they were laughing with such abandon when Autarch Qian had heavily wounded the palace lord . But now, they were multiple times worse off than before .
In fact, the heads belonged to their siblings, family, and friends . Many of them kept on cursing ceaselessly, but the Decimo Dao Palace didn’t seem to even care .
“Ninth Prince, Thirteenth Prince, the Ancient Greedwolf Clan’s leader, Wei Ji, has perished in battle . It’s said he was killed by Li Tianming and Ye Lingfeng . “
“Exalted Ones Jing Yue and Ling Xing of the Ancient Qilin Clan perished by Li Tianming’s hand . “
“Exalted One Chong Yang is missing in action . “
“The Saint Martial Manor’s Onyx and Flaxen Marshalls were killed in the melee . “
“Eighteenth Prince Dongyang Xiao and the Seventh Imperial Bloodline’s Jiang Jianying were killed by Bai Mo and Ye Yi . “
“Shut up, all of you! Leave!” Dongyang Yun roared . He tightly clasped both his fists as his mood fell to the lowest of depths . He had despaired, then experienced rapture, only to once more fall to the depths of the abyss .
“To think that two hundred and thirty thousand troops perished in the short space of fifteen… . Is this the power of the Evil Suppression Formation?” Dongyang Ling shook his head, but he was just as distraught as his brother .
“If not for Father letting his guard down and letting Weisheng Yunxi go, she never would’ve had a chance to reawaken . We also wouldn’t be that daring,” said the nineteenth prince .
“Are you saying that Father was mistaken?” Dongyang Yun snapped .
“I wouldn’t dare . “
The hundred plus sons of Autarch Qian were all there . Ever since the autarch himself had returned, their statuses as members of the Dongyang Clan had been restored . But now, they all looked grimmer than ever .
Dongyang Yun was in such distress that he felt like someone was choking him and pouring urine down his throat, causing his innards to shudder in pain . They were all waiting for the autarch .
At that moment, an old man descended from the sky before them . The million troops immediately turned silent and pale as they knelt .
Even now, they were filled with zealous fervor . However, as long as the autarch himself didn’t make a move, they didn’t dare to make a single sound . Such was the authority the autarch commanded .
Autarch Qian unleashed a punch and turned the two hundred and thirty thousand thousand heads to ash in an instant .
“Hahahaha!” He turned around and smiled . Those who didn’t know better would think he was in a good mood .
“The Evil Suppression Formation?” He widened his eyes and continued laughing, much to the others’ confusion . “Come, Ninth, I have a question to ask you . ” He sat on a rock, unlike what would be expected for someone of his stature .
Dongyang Ling felt his heart skip a beat . Respectfully, he said, “Lord Father, please ask away . “
“Tell me . To get rid of this formation, I faked my death and let you brothers duke it out, and even destroy the Divine Capital . Yet right as I was going to wipe out the Decimo Dao Palace, the damned formation popped up again . Isn’t that proof I’m a fool?” he asked .
“Lord Father, please don’t say that . “
“Well? How else would you describe me then? An idiot? An imbecile? The ultimate laughingstock?” he said, chuckling .
“Lord Father, the formation is a little fishy—””I asked you to chastise me! I didn’t ask for your opinion! Idiot, imbecile, laughingstock! Pick one!”
Dongyang Ling was so frightened that he knelt without daring to speak . All he did was prostrate himself .
“I feel that ‘ultimate laughingstock’ is appropriate . What do you think, Thirteenth?”
Dongyang Yun began kowtowing without saying another word . They were all at a loss as to what to say to calm the autarch down . They knew him the best, and they knew what his lunatic antics implied . It meant he was so shaken that he was burning with infernal wrath . All the others began kowtowing, following the two’s lead . If anything, it was a rather grand spectacle to witness .
“Leave! All of you!” The autarch kicked Dongyang Ling flying, then did the same to Dongyang Yun . He then stomped the ground so hard that crevices formed . “My fishing line broke and the fish are gone! Dammit, how could this even happen?!”
He slammed his chest so hard that his eyeballs almost burst .
“Lord Father, please still your rage . We didn’t think Weisheng Yunxi would be able to awaken after being branded with the Cyclic Stigma,” Dongyang Ling said after he crawled upright and mustered his courage .
Autarch Qian burst out in laughter . “Who was the one that told you Weisheng Yunxi deployed this formation?” The way his expression just changed like that was incredibly unsettling .
“Lord Father, you mean to say . . . . “
“There’s someone else that’s familiar with how the Evil Suppression Pillar works, if only a little bit . The Evil Suppression Formation is indeed powerful, but not as powerful as I’d imagined . It seems possible to breach . The problem is, if we try to force our way into it, we’ll definitely suffer huge losses and we only have so many troops to spare . I wanted to eliminate the Decimo Dao Palace without sacrificing countless lives, but then that damn battle happened . What a pain!”
When Dongyang Yun returned, his eyes glowed with hope . “Do we still have a chance?”
“There is one, but I can’t stand being messed around with by mere fish . I feel so utterly pissed that my heart is breaking apart! It’s all my fault for being too playful and careless . I knew I should’ve finished this at the very start! Oh, the regret . . . . I let the fish get the better of me . From now on, playtime is over!” He rapidly stomped on the ground like he was standing on a hot surface .
“Then, what are we to do?”
“Observe the formation for now and see how powerful it is . If it’s just average, I’ll break it myself . “
“Praise our Lord Father!”
It appeared the Evil Suppression Formation wasn’t impenetrable after all . Dongyang Yun and Dongyang Ling regained some semblance of hope . Now, the palace lord was out cold, but they still had the autarch, the most powerful among them, standing with them .
While they all knew the autarch had suffered an embarrassing setback, they knew that he was even more threatening and sinister in his current state . There was no turning back, and the Divine Capital would never return to how it was . The war had only just begun, but this time, the Decimo Dao Palace actually stood no chance .
. . . . . .
“Hall King Situ, where’s the palace lord?” Tianming asked .
“She’s still unconscious in the Sacred Dao Palace . Let her rest a bit . I’ve already converted the Nebula Emperor Whale into a lifebound spirit . So if she’s able to regain consciousness, she’ll still be a powerful empyrean saint . “
“Alright . “
“The palace lord and her whale supported each other their entire lives . This turn of events has definitely been a huge shock to her . “
“I know . “
As they spoke, they arrived back at Tianming’s residence .
“Father!” Qingyu cried as she came running .
“Don’t cry . . . ouch . . . Darn it . Tianming, my son, get your sister away from me!” he said anxiously . He winced in pain when Qingyu grabbed his hand . “Oh, daughter of mine, you’ll get your clothes dirty!”
“Alright, fine . . . . ” Rambunctious as he usually was, he still had a soft spot for Qingyu .
After that, Situ Qinghe started treating Li Wudi and his kunpeng . Tianming, Feiling, and Qingyu waited outside .
“Big Brother, Dad won’t die, will he?” Qingyu anxiously asked .
“No chance in hell . He’s a tough bugger, I’ll give him that . “
“What in the world happened? How did it come to this . . . . “
Feiling briefed her about the battle . When she heard what truly happened, she was so shocked that she turned pale .
“He’s always trying to grab the spotlight . You two always make others worry . “
“That’s what manhood is all about . You wouldn’t understand . “
“So you do, eh?” Qingyu glared at him .
Not long after, Situ Qinghe came out .
“Hall King, how did it go?”
“It’s a healthy boy . The mother’s fine too,” Situ Qinghe joked with a stern expression, causing them to do a doubletake . “Alright, just kidding . I was just trying to lighten the mood . “
The joke was so lame that they almost saw it coming a mile away . The three youths laughed monotonously .
“Don’t worry . His constitution is almost terrifying . Most of the damage was mitigated by his Bloodfiend Transformation . The rest are merely surface injuries . With me around, he’ll be able to skip about again in a few days . “
They all breathed a sigh of relief .
“Son, Daughter-in-law, Daughter, come in for the prison visit . . . . ” Li Wudi said weakly .
“What prison visit? It’s more like a hospital visit, you fool!” Qingyu snapped .
“Come on, was just trying to lighten the mood,” Li Wudi gleefully said .
Another round of monotone laughter followed .
“Godfather, you might do well to tone down the dad jokes . “