Chapter 89 : Cleansing Incense Ancient Land (1)
Cleansing Incense Ancient Sect was founded during the early years of the Emperors Era by Min Ren. Its emperor foundation could be said to be unshakable!
During the beginning of the Emperors Era, At the moment when the Cleansing Incense Ancient Sect was at its most prosperous year, it encompassed the whole Grand Middle Territory, commanding the entire Mortal Emperor World. One could only imagine how powerful it used to be.
Million years had passed, and the Cleansing Incense Ancient Sect finally became weak, no longer with the power to sweep through the world and rule over the Nine Worlds like before. However, the ancestral land of the Cleansing Incense Ancient Sect still remained.
The ancestral land of the Cleansing Incense Ancient Sect used to be extremely vast. Some said that at the moment it was at its biggest, it ranged around one million miles, with thousands of ancient pavilions and countless disciples not just from the Mortal Emperor World! Even Charming Spirit, Heavenly Ghost, and Stone Statues; these races favored by the heavens also joined the Cleansing Incense Ancient Sect.”(1)
Cleansing Incense Ancient Sect’s glory was a path with no return; in the end, Cleansing Incense Ancient Sect had to let go of its vast land and hide like a turtle in a corner of its old sect.
Li Qi Ye’s group went on their trip with Protector Mo leading the way. Because he had been to the Ancient Land multiple times, he could be regarded as a light car traveling on a familiar road.
Today there were only a few dozen main peak, and the area was only a thousand mile, incomparable to the old scale.
They left Cleansing Incense Ancient Sect on a straight road to the Ancient Land. One could see the rolling mountains and high peak like a Dragon Tiger entrenched in the middle of this grand earth.
The ancestral land of the sect used to be a beautiful scenery of mountains and rivers, just like a land of immortals. However, today, from Li Qi Ye’s eyes, this was not the case.
Closing the distance to the Ancient Land, he only saw death: dried trees and withered forest, bare mountains and empty rivers, devoid of birds and beasts; a land of stillness.
Observing along the way, he found that there were ancient temples and high pavilions inside the mountain ranges and deep valleys. However, unfortunately, these ancient temples and high pavilions were broken into pieces, surrounded by wild grass and deathly aura.
From the delicate engravings from these broken ruins, one could imagine the prosperity of that year, the majesticity of that year.
Countless undulating peaks and many ancient structures were only ruins today!
Traveling on this wretched ground, even Protector Mo gently sighed. A sadness and unwillingness to see the once invincible Cleansing Incense Ancient Sect falling into this state.
Li Qi Ye silently treaded on this once familiar ground that had entirely transformed in today’s time. However, the declining of the Cleansing Incense Ancient Sect was not why Li Qi Ye’s expression greatly changed. What moved him was that he was walking on top of a grand ground, yet he could faintly feel the evil aura under the earth!
This evil aura Li Qi Ye had seen before inside the Ghost Pavilion. He was familiar with it, and he knew the origin of this evil energy, but he couldn’t imagine how this evil energy had appeared once again.
This land used to be filled with legends. That year when Li Qi Ye was the Dark Crow, he was well aware; same with Immortal Emperor Min Ren. It was indeed mysterious, and it was indeed legendary; however, it also buried a frightening existence.
Building the Cleansing Incense Ancient Sect on this ground, Li Qi Ye had his own reasons that year. In order to get rid of future complications, Li Qi Ye had infiltrated the deepest part of this ground. After Min Ren shouldered the Heaven’s Will, Li Qi YE made him personally refine and use an invincible sealing formation on the deepest part.
On principle, this evil aura shouldn’t appear again. In reality, after Min Ren, when he was the Dark Crow again appearing in this world, he was keeping track of this land. After countless years and from era to era, he was still observing this land, but this situation had never happened.
But during his last deep slumber, only a short thirty thousand years, this mattered had happened and it greatly shocked Li Qi Ye.
“There is an ominous thing underground!”
Li Shuang Yan standing next to Li Qi Ye couldn’t help but say.
As a genius, her spirit sense was extremely sharp. Walking on top of this land, she felt that there was an aura on the ground that is causing her to become angry.
“I heard that year there was a great change, and it brought on the decline of our Cleansing Incense Ancient Sect.”
Protector Mo gently shook his head and sighed.
Nan Huai Ren was considered to be very informed within the sect, and he busily spoke in place of his master:
“I heard, that year we actually didn’t lose the the Heavenly God Sect, if there was not such a strange event happening to us, not mentioning one Heavenly God Sect, even ten would be easily destroyed by us.”
“The Cleansing Incense Ancient Sect did faced a great calamity that year.”
Li Shuang Yan changed her expression, and said:
“I’ve heard about the grand calamity happening at the Cleansing Incense Ancient Sect, but the later generations assumed that the sect was making an excuse for their grand defeat.”
“Hmph, what excuses, I heard the elders say that if the grand calamity didn’t happen that year, what the hell is the Heavenly God Sect? The moment Immortal Emperor Ta Kong was still in this world, he wouldn’t even dare to arrogantly say that he could destroy our Cleansing Incense Ancient Sect.”
Nan Huan Ren coldly snorted, and his arrogance was as high as the heaven. Seeing his expression, it was almost as if he personally experienced the battle that year.
“Don’t be madly impetuous!”
Protector Mo yelled at this disciple:
“An Immortal Emperor for a generation, shouldering the Heaven’s Will, and ruling the heavens; who are you to say such careless words!”
Scolded by his master, Nan Huai Ren dejectedly lowered his neck, and he awkwardly laughed. He was a lively person; even after the scolding, he didn’t pay any mind, busily saying:
“I heard the elders said the calamity that year, was a mortal blow to our Cleansing Incense Ancient Sect. Imagine that that year, a deadly disaster suddenly happened to our sect…”
“Don’t make inaccurate statements in front of young master and princess. Even Elder Gu didn’t know many things regarding the disaster that year, only the bare minimal.”
Regarding his disciples running his mouth boastfully, as his master Protector Mo glared at him once. At this moment, as a protector, he was referring to Li Qi Ye as “young master.”
Nan Huai Ren, scolded by his master, awkwardly smiled. He finally in a serious manner:
“The unexpected event that happened that year, even the elders didn’t know about it. Some said thirty thousand years ago, some said fifty thousand years. Basically fifty to thirty thousand years ago, a strange calamity happened at our sect.”
“How was it strange?”
Li Shuang Yan asked. Regarding this legend, she had also heard of it. However, she was not a disciple of the Cleansing Incense Ancient Sect, so there was a large chance her sources were false.
This question was difficult for Protector Mo. He scratched his head for half a day without an answer. In reality, he only heard about this from the legends. The exact incident, he didn’t know about. Even the elders, at their age, didn’t know, let alone him.
“There was an ominous appearance and a strange occurrence at the center of the sect.”
Finally, Protector Mo gently sighed, and he said.
As for the actual details of the ominous occurrence, Protector Mo himself didn’t know. The upper echelon of the sect only knew that something negative happened; however, no one knew the details because all the disciples who had personally experienced the event were no longer part of this world.
“The sealing of this ground had a problem.”
When Protector Mo and Nan Huai Ren couldn’t say why, the initially quiet Li Qi Ye gravely said. His expression was rarely serious but it showed a hint of coldness this time.
Li Shuang Yan was shocked hearing Li Qi Ye words. Inside her Nine Saint Demon Gate, there was an ancient writing containing the words left behind by their ancestor, the Nine Saint Virtuous Paragon. Legends had it that Immortal Emperor Min Ren sealed this land then built the Cleansing Incense Ancient Sect on it, leaving behind an unshakable emperor’s foundation!
As for why Min Ren had to seal this land and what was sealed, the writing didn’t mention. Future generations didn’t know either.
At this moment, Li Qi Ye said what he said confidently; it was as if he already knew beforehand, without a doubt. Li Shuang Yan was perplexed since this was such an ancient matter; additionally, there were no concrete writings about it, so how did he know?
If one could travel around the boundary of the sect that year, they would find that it was like a giant sea snail. This sea snail was extremely huge, lying on the ground and carry the entire ground of the Cleansing Incense Ancient Sect.
Today, the sect’s ground was but a part of the tail of this sea snail. That year the center of the sect was located on the spine of the sea snail.
The moment they reached the center of the sect that year, they found that all the trees and plants all were withered. From these dead trees, one could see that this place was filled with ancient trees, and bright godly grasses with heavenly vines covering the skies. It was a shame that this place was now a dead ground today.
Stepping into the center area, they saw a strange scene. Outside of the center, all of the ancient temples and pavilions entirely collapsed into ruins, but the center was not like that.
As the center area of the Cleansing Incense Ancient Sect, Immortal Emperor Min Ren used to use this place to order the whole world, accepted the worship from all the races of the Nine Worlds. Afterward, all the sect masters of the Cleansing Incense Ancient Sect resided here to command the heroic crowd.
At this place, it would be describe as having a forest of ancient pavilions and godly temples. However, today, they were all covered; it was as if the sky suddenly rained down mud upon them. Countless mud covered buildings that became dried through the ages.
All of the buildings here seemed to be struck in a thick layer of muddy paste, causing others to be unable to recognize their real appearance.
(TN1: Charming Spirit most likely look like elves, Heavenly Ghost maybe a more ethereal being)