As people evacuated from the city came a period of quietness . From the start, everyone assumed that this would last for a while but the liveliness has returned on the second day .
“Rumble!” A portal appeared after a spatial fluctuation right above the city .
The sky darkened due to a great ship leaving the portal . Next, multiple people jumped off the ship .
“What’s going on?” This surprised the city inhabitants .
“Outsiders, experts from another system . ” An old expert murmured .
“The army of the Mu?” Spectators took a deep breath .
Fortunately, it wasn’t the army of the Mu, contrary to everyone’s expectation .
These experts took a look around Mingluo after landing down . They were civilized and didn’t chase away the people here .
After an inspection, they left and took camp in the ruins outside the city limits .
“Where are they from?” This question naturally popped up .
“How rare, such a powerful system visiting us, is something big really happening?” The older experts were still afraid .
Stone Harmony rarely had visitors now, and for personal reasons . Big groups seldom entered this system since it was inferior to a third-rate sect .
The withering world didn’t produce any precious herb and material so the rest of Imperial had zero interest in it .
Even the merchants wouldn’t come here since the poor members of this system couldn’t afford to buy anything . Not to mention making a profit, they would only be throwing away the money invested into the traveling fees .
Thus, this powerful group brought about a wave of astonishment and curiosity .
This was simply the beginning . A while after this group, one could hear buzzing noise again above the sky .
Multiple portals emerged and out came various groups - legions, sect expedition, or a party of three to five…
There were around 100,000 or so outsiders arriving in just a short time, perhaps even out-numbering the city inhabitants .
These experts came from the big systems and have disrupted the short-lived tranquility on top of scaring the natives .
Normally, these natives knew each other very well but now, the streets were filled with strangers powerful enough to destroy the city in a rage . Fear was the correct reaction .
It wasn’t all bad though . The inns were instantly filled and businesses had a great time because of the outsiders’ generosity .
Some big sects even chose to pay a handsome sum so that the native sects would give up their place .
Of course, it was all relative . What considered to be sky-high payment to the natives wasn’t much in the grand scheme of things .
This influx of experts from all over the world didn’t end . More and more continued to come to Mingluo City .
“I don’t get it, is a heavenly treasure appearing?” Anxiety remained for the natives .
In their mind, their system was a place where even the birds didn’t want to shit . The outsiders had nothing but contempt for Stone Harmony . Coming to this system would only dirty their shoes, akin to city people visiting a pigsty out in the village for the first time . But now, it was as if a gold mine has been found here .
Thus, many native cultivators thought that a great treasury must have appeared in their city .
“Well, maybe, we do have a lot of ancestors . Remember when our system reigned the world . Numerous treasures have gathered here . ” Someone quietly said .
In fact, many shared this thought . There had to be a reason why these outsiders choose to come here . Because of this, a few hopeful natives actually began digging in their own house or familiar areas to test their luck .
Meanwhile, Li Qiye ignored the rowdiness outside . He continued to meditate, as still as a statue .
Some outsiders entered his ruins as well but they only took a look before leaving without caring about Li Qiye . In their eyes, he was only a normal cultivator not worthy of their attention .
He simply smiled and shook his head at them: “So greedy like a snake wanting to swallow an elephant . They won’t even know how they’ll die when the time comes . The more people, the more prey for it to fill its stomach . ”
He naturally knew why they were coming . The news of White Orchid has attracted the attention of numerous systems . The powerful ones have guessed a thing or two so they hurriedly made their way here .
Stone Harmony was too weak to stop invaders so they could come to Mingluo without facing any opposition . They could do whatever they wanted in this weak system and would leave after the party . It didn’t matter if the entire place would turn to ashes or not .
Li Qiye didn’t care enough about these outsiders as long as they don’t provoke him . They would be courting death otherwise .
Today, two people returned to see Li Qiye .
“Why are you two here? I told you to run as far away as possible . ” Li Qiye opened his eyes to look at the two kneeling on the ground .
They were no other than Wu Youzheng and Lin Yixue .
“We couldn’t thank you on that day so here we are to show our gratitude . ” The two respectfully bowed .
Li Qiye accepted and waved his sleeve: “Stand up . ”
The two obeyed and got up . Li Qiye left right after saving their sect so they never got the chance to thank him until now .
“I’m sure you two didn’t come here just to bow . ” Li Qiye looked at them .
Youzheng smiled wryly and told the truth: “This place is still our home . Our legacy is here, so I’m just back to take a look . ”
After taking everyone to a safe location, he couldn’t abandon Mingluo due to the history here . He returned in order to protect it because he was old and didn’t have much longer to live anyway . At the very least, he wouldn’t feel any regret by dying in this manner .
Thus, after preparing everything, he decided to return . Lin Yixue also wouldn’t take no for an answer . He had no choice but to take the stubborn girl back as well .