In one night, the entire Coiling Snake was exterminated. The Holy Hall was starting to display its might. There were still a lot of Coiling Snake members outside the city. If they did not abandon the Holy Earth Hall from now on, they would all be eliminated as well.
A series of changes had also been enacted within the Holy Hall. Sha Hanbiao, the elder in charge of the commanders, had been replaced by a different elder. Ning Pengcheng was punished for failing at his task, removed from his position as a commander and banished from the Holy Earth Hall. Some other guards were directly executed.
If it wasn’t for the third elder doing his best to protect them, they would have suffered even worse punishments. All the changes were enacted by the first elder. He had never bothered himself with these mundane affairs in the past, but the a.s.sa.s.sination incident was too serious. He had to do something to demonstrate his power and put some people in place.
The plan of the third and seventh elders had backfired completely. Instead of making any gains, they had attracted trouble. As for Xiang Zixuan, he wasn’t affected much. On the day after the a.s.sa.s.sination, he quickly left and washed his hands clean of everything.
After the engagement, Xiang Shaoyun and Tuoba Wan’er had also tacitly acknowledged the relations.h.i.+p between them. They were able to spend time together amicably. Although they hadn’t taken a step further in their relations.h.i.+p, their feelings for each other were still steadily growing.
Naturally, the peaceful days did not last long. A few days later, the first elder finally went looking for Xiang Shaoyun and Tuoba Wan’er after he was done dealing with the a.s.sa.s.sination incident. He reported everything he had done, then asked them for their opinion.
Prior to this, Xiang Shaoyun had already suspected that the Holy Hall had traitors within that were working with the Coiling Snake to a.s.sa.s.sinate him. He had kept silent about it as he did not want to be suspected of trying to stir internal trouble.
However, the first elder had also reached the same conclusion. He demonstrated his power in the Holy Hall, making it clear that there were some lines that should never be crossed, and the consequences for crossing those lines would be severe.
Xiang Shaoyun did not have many opinions for what he was told. After all, he was an outsider. Although he was now the holy son-in-law, it did not mean that he could interfere in their internal affairs.
On the other hand, Tuoba Wan’er was the one who suddenly took an unyielding stand. “Someone tried to a.s.sa.s.sinate the holy son-in-law in public. For something so serious, isn’t your arrangement too simple?”
“What does the young lady have in mind?” asked the first elder.
“In my opinion, the seventh elder should be banished. If he can’t even carry out his duties as the leader of the guards well, then he is vastly unqualified for his former position. Although he has been removed from his position, it is no longer proper for him to stay in the Holy Hall. Just send him out of the city to deal with other external affairs. Also, there are still some of those guards alive. We need to kill more of them to set an example for everyone else,” said Tuoba Wan’er with a ruthless look in her eyes.
Tuoba Wan’er had always been well-tempered and kind. However, the a.s.sa.s.sination incident had greatly angered her. As the Holy Hall’s guards, they had actually allowed their formation to be completely messed up by a bunch of a.s.sa.s.sins. The holy son-in-law was nearly killed, while the holy maiden had been completely disrespected. If she did not do something, she would lose all her prestige.
The first elder smiled and said, “The young lady is wise. I will do just that.” He then looked at Xiang Shaoyun and said, “Holy son-in-law, the hall master once said that your strength is a tad bit too weak. He wants me to increase your strength as quickly as possible. I intend to send you to the Blood Dragon Pool tomorrow. There, you can push your limits and increase your strength. I hope you can withstand the intense training.”
He then turned and left before Xiang Shaoyun could say anything.
Xiang Shaoyun looked at Tuoba Wan’er and asked, “Wan’er, what kind of place is this Blood Dragon Pool?”
Tuoba Wan’er said, “The Blood Dragon Pool is a place where the dragon veins converge. Once, a large amount of dragon liquid had formed at the convergence, but it was nearly harvested clean. Subsequently, dragon blood was poured into it, forming the Blood Dragon Pool. A thick draconic aura can be found there, capable of helping an Emperor increase his draconic aura and advance rapidly. Of course, that place is also thick with vicious dragon energy. An ordinary person would not be able to last long there. There is a danger of bursting apart and dying if one fails to withstand the vicious dragon energy. My best record was staying there for half a month. During those three months, I had advanced three stages.”
Xiang Shaoyun immediately understood what kind of a place the Blood Dragon Pool was. He grew excited and said, “That sounds similar to the Sin Dragon Pond. I bathed there once, and the returns had indeed been plentiful.”
“Yes, there are similarities, but they are completely different as well. The sin dragons are not pure dragons, while the blood in the Blood Dragon Pool belongs to pure dragons. I also heard from my grandfather that there are dragon bones buried beneath the pool. Of course, I’m not sure if that’s true, but I am certain that the vicious dragon energy is very scary. Back then, I was already a fifth-stage Dragon Ascension Realm cultivator. You’re only a third-stage Dragon Ascension Realm cultivator, so it will be somewhat forced for you to enter now. Maybe I should have a talk with the first elder to let you enter after you advance some more,” said Tuoba Wan’er in a worried manner.
However, Xiang Shaoyun remained firm. “No, I must enter the Blood Dragon Pool.”
It was a good opportunity to grow, so how could he let it go? After all, his cultivation of nine powers had rendered his advantage of having nine stars invalid. Although his speed of growth was decent, it was still not enough. If he couldn’t advance fast enough, he would fall even further behind others.
“Then you need to be careful. The moment you’re at your limits, leave,” reminded Tuoba Wan’er.
“Don’t worry. I will be able to get through it. Otherwise, how can I hope to catch up to you? How can I be worthy of you?” said Xiang Shaoyun confidently.
Gentleness surfaced on Tuoba Wan’er’s face as she said, “I don’t need you to be stronger than me. So long as we can be happy together, I can protect you.”
For the very first time in his life, Xiang Shaoyun experienced what it was like to have a sugar mommy.
He held Tuoba Wan’er’s hands and gently pulled her into his embrace, “As a man, how can I be incapable of protecting my woman? What difference do I have from trash that way? Don’t worry. Before long, I will be able to catch up to you. I just hope you can make it more of a challenge.”
Tuoba Wan’er lay obediently in Xiang Shaoyun’s embrace. With a content smile, she said, “If so, your wife shall wait and see what you’re capable of.”