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The happy negotiations ended here. Tianchen Commerce dragged back their defeated army, everyone supporting each other as they headed back dejected.

Meng Qingwu watched them leave and she couldn’t help smiling as she said, “You’re really too vicious!”

Chu Tian didn’t care as he curled his lips, “To deal with this kind of people, this method is necessary.”

“But I’m curious.” Meng Qingwu’s autumn water eyes looked over, “You can already control them with poison, why would you cooperate fairly with them?”

“Young miss, I am a virtuous person, I only used the poison because it couldn’t be helped. You should know that it weighs heavily on my conscience.”

“Pei! Be honest!”

“Eh……Forcing them to sell, this kind of extortion wouldn’t last. So, I wanted to give them a little sweet, this way we can secure a long term supplier. This isn’t a loss for us.”

This benefit had to be given.


Otherwise how could they be expected to properly do things for Chu Tian?

With the Nether Flame Grass, if they knew Chu Tian was going to cheat them, would they still take out the Nether Flame Grass they had.

Chu Tian required the Nether Flame Grass now to cultivate the Netherworld Ghost Flame, otherwise he would have to delay his ┬źNetherworld Flame Sword┬╗ cultivation. To him, this would be a very big loss!

Chu Tian then added, “As for the heart eroding poison, that is just an insurance. There is no one in Central State that can solve this poison. As long as the heart eroding poison is in their body, they can’t do anything against us.”

A strange look flashed in Meng Qingwu’s eyes.

Using kindness and cruelty!

Administering rewards and punishment!

Chu Tian’s character was very wild, but his mind was very calm. Regardless of the situation, he always had his reasons.

He was very clear with his favour and grudges. Sometimes he was incredibly cruel, but sometimes he was also very generous. He couldn’t stand sand in his eyes, but he also had principles when doing things.

Contradictory!

Very contradictory!

What kind of person was this?

Meng Qingwu found that with a deeper understanding of Chu Tian, it became harder and harder to understand him!

“Young miss, although I am very handsome, there’s no need to stare at me!”

Meng Qingwu’s elegant face spat, “Stop flattering yourself!”

Chu Tian laughed, “Come, let’s take a look at our new territory!”


The two of them rode the bronze ox carriage and went over to the meteor grass basin. The basin was very large and it could grow a lot of meteor grass, but there was only the few plots open in the center area.


The size of the meteor was not very big!

And there wasn’t a lot of outer space materials!


The meteor grass basin’s production was limited and could only support the cultivation of a few people. It was hard to tell if it could support them to the point of Diamond Body, but no matter what, they didn’t need to worry about resources for their practicing in the next few months!

“Good!”

“Good!”

Chu Tian said good twice.

There was meteor grass stored inside of the warehouse. Inside it were over five hundred thousand finished meteor grass products. With the current market price, just these five hundred thousand pieces of meteor grass was worth five million gold coins.

Other than that, there were still two-three million pieces growing in the basin.

Not to mention using these pieces of meteor grass to cultivate, just using these pieces to temper their body, it was enough to build solid foundations for everyone.

Meteor grass was called meteorite grass thirty thousand years in the future.

Meteorite grass was a fabulous body tempering material, it’s price was over ten thousand times the current price!

Other than the strongest families on the continent, who else had the ability to own a whole field?


With this much meteor grass to refine one’s body, it was impossible to imagine the effects. Even if one’s natural talents were bad, they would still be able to become a natural talent!

Chu Tian felt that he was a step closer to that far away dream!

Meng Qingwu said, “Have you seen enough? Let’s go back then!”

“What’s the hurry?” Chu Tian gave Meng Qingwu a mysterious wink, “This time we’ve harvested two treasures at once, the meteor grass basin is only one of them!”

Meng Qingwu tried to understand Chu Tian’s words. Her black eyebrows wrinkled as she said, “The other one is……the Hidden Sound Stone?”

Chu Tian snapped, “Young miss is truly intelligent!”

No matter what Chu Tian did, he always had a clear reason for it.

While Chu Tian was extorting Tianchen Commerce, Meng Qingwu was a little suspicious. Chu Tian didn’t just want the meteor grass basin, he also took the Hidden Sound Stone mine.

Although the mine was very big.

But the Hidden Sound Stone wasn’t valuable!

Chu Tian was not a greedy person, but he had chosen to take the Hidden Sound Stone mine. There had to be a deeper meaning!

Did the Hidden Sound Stone have another use?

Chu Tian brought Meng Qingwu over to the mine in the cart. Here, it was a very large scaled open field mine. There were several warehouses that were filled with Hidden Sound Stones.

Actually it was Meng Qingwu’s first time seeing this strange material.

The quality of the Hidden Sound Stone was very strange. It was like stone and jade, but at the same time it wasn’t. In her hand, it felt very smooth.

Chu Tian picked up a Hidden Sound Stone as large as a fist and he took out a red crystal stone pen from his chest. In a few seconds, he drew out a simple level one array.

“What are you doing?”

Chu Tian placed the inscribed Hidden Sound Stone into Meng Qingwu’s hand, “First activate it, then try speaking into it!”

Meng Qingwu released her spirit energy and injected it into the array, then she gently said, “Hey!”

“Hey!”

A loud sound reverberated through the warehouse.

“Ah!”

Meng Qingwu was scared as she quickly dropped the Hidden Sound Stone.

Chu Tian’s joke had worked as he happily laughed. Meng Qingwu took a while to recover before angrily staring at Chu Tian as she said, “What are you doing!”

“This is a sound amplifying array, it has to cooperate with the material to have an effect!” Chu Tian picked up the Hidden Sound Stone and when he talked into the Hidden Sound Stone, his voice was amplified over ten times. It was just like a giant beast’s roar, “How is it? Very shocking!”

Meng Qingwu could not help nod her head, “I never thought a human’s voice could be this loud!”

Chu Tian said, “Actually, this Hidden Sound Stone is a very strange material. It can automatically receive sound wave energy and it can release sound wave energy, that’s why strange sounds frequently occur around Hidden Stone Town. This kind of “amplification” is only one of the Hidden Sound Stone’s most basic uses, the Hidden Sound Stone’s value is much higher than it seems.”

Receive sound wave energy?

Release sound wave energy?

Store sound wave energy?

What could it be used for?

Chu Tian interrupted Meng Qingwu’s thoughts, “This stuff has its use, load it into the carriage. We’re going back to the city.”

The two of them lifted several boxes of the Hidden Sound Stone onto the cart. The eighteen black robed people all carried several boxes of meteor grass and Hidden Sound Stones. With their task complete, the two of them drove the cart back to the city. Blisterpeak Mountains, the dead zone.

This area was baked by high temperatures and caked in volcanic ash that had lain undisturbed for years. Not a single blade of grass could survive in this hellish landscape. In fact the only living things were those few beasts and mutants who had mutated to tolerate the extreme heat.

Beneath the dead expanse was a city, buried underground.

In times past it had been the seat of an organization Skycloud saw as its main adversary, the Dark Atom. It was one of the wastelands best kept secrets for over a century until recently being thrust upon the world stage. Since then, Nucleus had experienced tragedy after tragedy.

First it suffered a number of raids from Skycloud. Afterwards, at Wolfblade’s direction, soldiers from Nucleus were dispatched to help Woodland Vale and the Greenland. Now the one legendary city was occupied by Conclavian forces. The Dark Atom had succumbed to Natessa and her armies.

Twenty to thirty thousand troops were stationed in Nucleus now. In the skies above a hundred Conclave warships kept watch with advanced weapons trained on entrances. Dozens of scouting parties picked over the mountains, in outposts scattered throughout the territory. The Blisterpeak Mountains were fully under their command.

At the main army compound near the city, two Conclave soldiers with breathing masks were watching the horizon. The skinny one turned to his burly counterpart and muttered through the mask, “I heard we lost two top council members in the southern wilds. Veterans of a thousand battles, and they fall to the Green Alliance. That one Cloudhawk who gave Skycloud so much trouble is back as well. If you ask me, it doesn’t look like we’re in a great position here.”

The large one snorted derisively. “Cloudhawk? He’s nothing but a big name, no one in the Northern Barrens pays any attention to that shit. Breaking Sanctuary’s defenses? A few years ago Adder blew up Skycloud’s precious wall, he was a Northerner. If he hadn’t opened the way Cloudhawk would have never even gotten to Sanctuary.”

“You’ve got a point.”

“And for all of Dark Atom’s power and reputation, we took it down in six months. Killing those idiots was like slaughtering chickens, and those Seeker women are now our playthings.”

The thinner man remembered the bloody, carnal delights of the day they took Nucleus and grinned. His large companion continued.

“However strong Cloudhawk is in the eyes of southerners, he’s a sack of shit up here. News is that the council is also recruiting a bunch of heavy hitters from Skycloud. Scores of strong demonhunters are fleeing the Elysian realm and joining us. Let those fuckers from the Green Alliance come, we’ll make sure they never go home.”

“Yeah, no doubt! They’ll die out here! All those legends are bullshit! Who the fuck believes a story where some guy destroys a city all by himself?” The skinny man seemed satisfied with his logical deduction. “By the way, I heard that pretty one from Skycloud – Dawn – went south to join Cloudhawk. Lucky assholes. I wonder how many of those wastelanders she’s fucked by now.”

“Heh, wait ’til we take the south. All their pretty women will be ours, maybe you’ll have a go at her yourself. Ah, almost forget about that Hellflower as well. They call her the prettiest flower in the wastelands. I always wanted to give her a spin.”

The two men continued to share obscene hopes and chuckle darkly among one another. There was no trepidation or worry. They didn’t think it possible anyone would be foolish enough to attack them here.

The Conclave took Nucleus to lure Cloudhawk and his armies out of their comfort zone. If the Green Alliance tried to cross over to the north, they would probably be attacked on the way. After getting beat up all the way here, would hope did they have to win? If the ambushes didn’t dampen their taste for a fight, being swamped from all sides when they got here sure would. Stupid idea, to come running out here to take a useless city.

Green Alliance’s equipment and manpower were far inferior to the Conclave. They were also under close watch from Skycloud. Any way you cut it, those southerners weren’t going to stop the Conclave from taking over everything.

The two men were bickering over who whether Dawn or Hellflower would be the better lay when suddenly the skinny one saw something out of the corner of his eye. Whatever he saw caused him to freeze in place. His burly compatriot shoved him. “Hey, what is it?”

The skinny one extended a finger, and his friend followed it into the distance. When he saw it, the big man’s eyes went wide.

Ash hung in the air and it shimmered with heat, but even so the two men could see the black silhouette standing on the distant mountain top. They were too far away to make out any detail, but it was certain this one was looking over Conclave territory.

Whoever they were, they didn’t come from the Conclave.

There were outposts all over the place, it shouldn’t have been possible for someone to slip through and get so close. Yet there they were, standing at the top of the mountain with their black cloak flapping in the hot volcanic winds like some sort of specter. For half a minute or so the figure just stood there. Then, they slowly raised their hands as though holding something up.

Weird… they had to be from an invading force! The scouts prepared to sound the alarm. However, a few moments later they stopped when the deafening sound of something like breaking glass was heard overhead. Then came the roaring sound. Slowly the two men raised their eyes skyward, peering through the smoke and ash toward the source.

Plummeting toward them were dozens of meteors, none smaller than a hundred meters across! Without rhyme or reason, they’d just appeared a thousand meters above them. Gravity was pulling them toward the ground so fast flames were belching off the sides.

“Aaaaahhh!”

“Run for your life!”

But it was too late to run. Troops all throughout the area blanched as the meteors closed in. As they made landfall, aside from the immediate impact force, a set of chain reactions followed. Earthquakes, landslides, and fissures appeared all around. Even a number of volcanoes threw up their innards in violent eruptions. The meteors kept coming in a truly apocalyptic display.

No human in history could stand alone against an army or a city. Even a man as legendary and frightening as Arcturus Cloude would run out of energy eventually. Against an army of eighty or a hundred thousand – or against a fortified citadel or city – the Master Demonhunter would run out of steam half way and be left helpless.

But there was one exception. All he needed was the will to do so, and any city or army would be laid to waste before him. Cloudhawk’s destructive capabilities were beyond anything seen before. He merely had to summon the meteors forth and let gravity do the rest of the work. By the time they made landfall, their speed and weight annihilated anything nearby. Now, without the aid of mental amplification techniques, he could bring down entire mountain ranges upon his enemies!

If he were to use today the sort of amplification altar he’d used at Sanctuary, he would not limited to meteors a hundred meters across. He could probably bring forth small planets! Theoretically Cloudhawk merely needed a stone at high enough altitude to completely pulverize Skycloud city. Of course this was in theory only, for the higher the altitude the more difficult it was to hit accurately.

Cloudhawk’s meteor swarm was aimed by guesswork and feeling. As such there was a wide margin of deviation. To be more accurate and summon meteors at higher altitudes he would need to take into account wind speed, resistance, even the earth’s rotation.




Finally, Wu Hai brought the debate to an end with one sentence.

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