Xu Ran said, “Let’s keep the trifles short.”
“Yes.” Ye retreated to her place behind Xu Ran.
Zhang Boqian asked, “I have a question that I hope the emissary can answer. What exactly is the Chronicle of Glory?”
Xu Ran said, “This is a pretty big topic, so we’ll summarize it. Back when my granduncle unsealed the human race’s spiritual wisdom, he felt indignant for the humans who had served as slaves and livestock for many years. He thus worked with Ji Xingjin to lay down the plans for the Chronicle of Glory. The latter believed that all the clans here were banished because of their ancestor’s error, so he made the decision to clip the soaring serpent’s wings and initiate the chronicle.
“Speaking of which, we can’t forget the River of Blood. The river is a divine ent.i.ty of this world, and it is the only thing that can draw in the radiant sun. That’s why the first thing they needed to do was connect the river to the chronicle. This was a heaven-defying move, but my granduncle was so powerful back then that he found a way of doing it. He left a hidden move with the soaring serpent, lying in wait for the Ji clan’s descendants to activate after they find out about the river’s secret.”
At this point, Xu Ran sneered, “Those laughable demonkin thought they had gained an advantage over the vampires. They decided to sell all their knowledge about the river to us in exchange for pus.h.i.+ng the River of Blood away. The river did move, but it wasn’t exactly going away. It was actually being drawn toward the radiant sun. Did they think only the vampires would die when the sun arrives?”
The Radiant Emperor and Zhang Boqian looked surprised.
This was such a ma.s.sive undertaking! To draw in the radiant sun using the River of Blood, now that was something only people like Xu Fu and Ji Xingjin could execute.
“Since the radiant sun had moved, it was time to take action. What I didn’t expect was that someone would actually resonate so strongly with the river that it was immediately summoned back to this world. This was akin to dragging the radiant sun over at full force, saving me a lot of time.”
Xu Ran said with a smile, “I didn’t come here just to save a handful of people. Let’s go to the divination pavilion. Let me see how far you’ve taken my granduncle’s divination arts.”
The Radiant Emperor stood up. “I’ll lead the way.”
Moments later, Xu Ran was standing in the hall of the divination pavilion. He scanned all of the divination experts at the scene and kept shaking his head. “Their talents aren’t bad, but they’ve gone astray.”
Empress Li’s expression was as calm as water, but she seemed to have sensed something in the emissary’s words. “How so? Please show us the way!”
Xu Ran turned around and sized the Empress up from head to toe, seemingly seeing through her entirely.
The Radiant Emperor’s fingers moved briefly but that was it.
Xu Ran gazed at her for a while before speaking, “From your bloodline, it seems you are General Li’s descendant. The Li bloodline is fierce and violent, most suited for use on the battlefield. Divination was never their forte. Yet you have cultivated this path using various methods to make up for your shortcoming. The outcome is elaborate but lacking in craftsmans.h.i.+p, unable to fully comprehend the Will of Heaven. That leaves you one step away from the peak. The Art of Heaven’s Mystery from our Xu clan involves steep requirements, so you won’t be able to cultivate it even if I teach you.”
He then glanced around the hall. “No one here is capable. I heard your Great Qin has millions and millions of people, can no one cultivate it?”
The Radiant Emperor said spiritedly, “My late teacher Lin Xitang managed to cultivate it to the highest rank!”
Xu Ran was shaken. “Where is this person? Please invite him here! Never mind, I’ll go meet him.”
Ye reminded, “His late teacher…”
Xu Ran suddenly woke up from his daze and sighed.
Empress Li smiled wryly. “It looks like my desire to win against him was wishful thinking.”
Having realized there was someone like Lin Xitang, Xu Ran began to look all around the pavilion. It was as though he were studying the heavens themselves. He nodded after a while, saying, “There are indeed traces of the Art of Heaven’s Mystery all over the place. Even I cannot compare to this level of expertise. He has indeed reached the highest realm. What a pity, what a pity!”
The Radiant Emperor asked, “Why is it a pity?”
Xu Ran said, “If this person were alive, his fealty to the Immortal Heaven alone is enough to wipe away Marquis Ji’s crime.”
“Even if he were here, I’m afraid he won’t live long enough to return.”
“Humans live short lives because of the harsh environment here that constantly exposes you to darkness origin power. Secondly, my granduncle accelerated the human race’s fortune. This would surely involve a price, and that price is your lifespan. If that person were alive, it wouldn’t be difficult to extend his life by a few centuries.”
After the sigh, Xu Ran said, “What is your estimated trajectory for the sun, let me see.”
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The Radiant Emperor gestured at Empress Li, who promptly collected herself and projected a map of the Evernight World in the room. There, a golden line marked the angle and direction from which the sun would enter orbit.”
Xu Ran did some calculations in his mind. “Too far.”
“Too far?” The Radiant Emperor was shaken.
Xu Ran flicked his finger, and a new trajectory appeared on the map. It was much closer than the original path, almost making it so that the Evernight World would have two suns.
“T-This path will turn half of the continents in this world into raging infernos.”
The smile on Xu Ran’s face disappeared. “Only this will be enough to ensure the destruction of all the dark races in this world.”
Zhang Boqian said, “It won’t just destroy the dark races but almost all life in the affected part of the world!”
“So what if we end up destroying these barbarians? As for the beasts and critters without spiritual wisdom, so what if they are wiped out? When daybreak origin power takes over in the future, more of them will appear.”
Zhang Boqian’s expression was solemn. Although he had never held back when killing the dark races, it was a different matter altogether to exterminate all life in a realm.
The Radiant Emperor said, “That means many of us humans will also die, please rescind the directions.”
Xu Ran said coldly, “My granduncle was an outstanding powerhouse, yet he paid with his lifespan for your race. If I don’t take this out on the dark races, would you rather I take it out on your race? Besides, you people are criminals until you obtain the recognition of the Immortal Heaven. Sinners who neglect to cultivate with all their might deserve to die. Even if they don’t die here, they won’t make it on the arduous journey back home.”
The Radiant Emperor was surprised as he had never expected Xu Ran to say such things. He bowed once more and said, “This matter is an affront to the heavens, please reconsider.”
Xu Ran smiled coldly. “What, are you telling me to forget about avenging my granduncle? All for some useless criminals? Without my granduncle, you people will be no better than pigs and sheep at this point! The radiant sun will follow my trajectory and whoever disobeys me will be given no mercy! I have full power to execute some criminals.”
The Radiant Emperor wanted to say something, but Empress Li tugged on his sleeve.
Xu Ran said, “Lead the way, I’m tired now. I wish to rest. We will proceed with guiding the radiant sun in six hours.”
The Radiant Emperor said, “Please follow me.”
Moments later, Xu Ran arrived at the Emperor’s chambers. He waved the Radiant Emperor away, leaving only Jian and Ye in the room.
Without no one else in the room, the lady asked, “Why were you intent on adjusting the trajectory?”
Xu Ran said with a smile, “Don’t tell me you don’t know.”