Stone Harmony was a downtrodden place but people here have still heard of the title Puresword along with the Mu Clan .
In their eyes, the emperor was an untouchable existence above the firmament - completely invincible .
As for the Mu, they have been famous for generations and dominated Imperial, virtually peerless . It could easily destroy any sect, regardless of the system they’re in .
But now, Li Qiye declared his intention of taking down these two beings without thinking twice . This was domineering beyond words .
In the past, people would laugh at him for being arrogant but now, they have seen his power . That’s why they were shaking with fear for this was a being above their station .
Yang Tingyu became pale before this monster . Only an emperor or an Eternal could stop him .
“Fine, I will send your message . ” Tingyu gritted his teeth and left without lingering around .
Li Qiye chuckled and returned to his ruins, not bothering to check on Stoneclearing Sect .
“Unbelievable…” Some sat on the ground while the more cowardly has already peed in their pants .
“Since when does our city have such a monstrous person?” They felt as if there was a primordial beast slumber in the ruins now . It would smash someone to a pulp if bothered .
They glanced at each other, not knowing when Li Qiye came to Mingluo .
“Is he a supreme genius from our system?” One youth fantasized .
A senior immediately chastised him with a slap to the back of the head: “Are you still sleeping? Our withered system can’t produce this level of genius, not even if we exchange every bit of resources . ”
“Yes, our system can’t handle someone like that . ” The rest smiled wryly .
Meanwhile, the disciples from Stoneclearing finally calmed down . A few that were paralyzed on the ground finally got up: “It’s finally over, we’re saved . ”
They should be excited right now after the utter defeat of Luo Faction and Yang Tingyu, but this wasn’t the case .
Only fear remained even after Li Qiye was long gone . Even their teeth were still chattering . If they were to catch the tiniest glimpse of him right now, they would immediately get on their knees, lacking the courage to even look at him .
This being was too supreme and oppressive .
Lin Yixue took a while before calming down as well . She returned to Wu Youzheng’s side .
“Your effort has borne fruit since you managed to invite the young noble to save the sect . ” Youzheng heaved a sigh of relief to see that she was fine .
She smiled back, still a bit discombobulated from current events . Just a few days ago, she was rather impolite towards Li Qiye, even going as far as threatening to teach him a lesson .
She was full of confidence about beating him up if he continued to spread the rumors .
But now, she realized that she was only a sheep prancing in front of a primordial beast . It could easily consume her and she wouldn’t satiate its appetite in the slightest .
She found herself to be very ignorant and amusing back then, no different from a clown . Li Qiye was very merciful by not flicking her to death .
Moreover, he even saved Stoneclearing - displaying his benevolence and generosity .
She contemplated the immensity of the outside world . These supreme beings were too far away and how impossible it was to catch up .
“Xue’er . ” Youzheng raised his voice, bringing her back from her reflection .
“Master . ” She looked at him .
“Gather your things because we need to leave now . ” Youzheng told her .
“We’re still leaving, Master?” She looked a bit confused .
“Yes, we can’t stay here even if that disaster doesn’t come . ” Youzheng stared towards the horizon .
“Why?” Yixue didn’t understand .
“It won’t be long before the great army of the Mu comes here, personally led by the True Emperor . They won’t let anyone challenge their authority . ” He gently sighed: “Our city will turn into a battlefield then . Just one little exchange and it might become ashes . No, even the entire system might suffer this fate . ”
He became dejected but there was nothing else he could do . What he needed to focus on was an evacuation for both his disciples and the regular citizens .
She quietly nodded and gathered her stuff . As they were leaving, she couldn’t help staring towards the ruins .
From now on, she might not be able to meet that man again since they were from two different worlds . In the end, she sighed and followed her seniors out of Mingluo City .
After this battle, people in Mingluo avoided the ruins as much as they could . They stay far away from the entrance even if they needed to pass by it .
Luo Faction fell in one night . The black legion consisted of their elites, acting as the pillars and the strongest fighting force . Losing it was a great blow .
Yang Tingyu’s departure left them in a chaotic state - like a snake without its head . Many disciples thought that Li Qiye was coming for them as well so they started to flee during the night .
Because of this, no one interfered with the evacuation effort from Stoneclearing . Due to Youzheng’s reputation, many inhabitants agreed to follow him .
They knew that a disaster was approaching so they gathered their stuff to leave the city .
Of course, some chose to stay since the city was their home . They needed it to survive or at least wanted to protect it . It was better to die here than some other places .
Some cultivators were running as well, albeit in fewer numbers compared to the mortals .
“Why are you in such a hurry? A disaster might not come, but even if it does, we can still run then . ” Others disagreed .
“Nonsense, putting that disastrous rumor aside, the Mu is coming too . When that army comes, it’s over for Mingluo . ” A runner snorted .
All in all, it didn’t take long before the city had less than one-half of its original population . It became quieter than before .
“It’s over for Mingluo . ” A few older cultivators knew about the potential complications but chose not to leave .
“Why aren’t you running away then?” Someone asked them .
“Where to?” One old man among the group responded: “Not just this city but all of Stone Harmony will be affected by the great battle when the Mu army gets here . Since we’ll die anyway, we might as well stick around and catch a glimpse of a battle at the imperial level . That’s not a bad way to go . ”
His peers found this to be a reasonable take .