Way of the Devil - Chapter 677

Chapter 677: 677

The Moon Prince listened to the memorial to the emperor as he slowly swept his gaze across the entire imperial court .

There were 100 respectful-looking chancellors gathered here . On the surface, they put on a show of being loyal civil servants; however, many of them were actually demons and devils who shamelessly sought personal gains .

Even the honorable divine general would have died a gruesome death if he had not had shady individuals protecting him from the shadows .

The Moon Prince remembered the threat of that person and his eventual safety . Then, he thought about his only son’s abnormal calmness . He had his own guesses now .

However, he could not be sure yet .

The morning assembly ended soon enough . The emperor appeared exhausted . Perhaps he had one too many concubines sleeping with him last night .

It was said that the emperor had built a Nature Hall in the White Jade Palace . Only beauties with outstanding looks were allowed to enter . If the women who entered were caught by the emperor, there would be an erotic wrestle on the spot .

If it had not been for the divine general’s reprimands, the emperor would have carried out more of such licentious acts .

Even so, he had been stopped by the divine general countless times .

When he thought of this, the Moon Prince could not help but look at the other two princes leading the military . The Writ Prince was not here yet, while the Bright Prince looked tired . His back was hunched, and he appeared emaciated . He was only in his forties, and yet he was in such a decrepit state . It was clear that he was under immense pressure .

The Bright Prince seemed to have noticed the Moon Prince’s gaze . He stroked his beard and nodded toward him .

At this moment, the divine general, Zhu Chengguo, finished reading the memorial, and began his customary advice against licentious acts toward the emperor . He advised the emperor to put more effort into managing the empire’s affairs .

However, he barely spoke two sentences when Imperial Tutor Yang cut him short . He switched the topic of the conversation to the earthquake relief efforts .

The two of them began their customary bickering . Zhu Chengguo flung his sleeves and left, infuriated .

Imperial Tutor Yang, on the other hand, was smiling with his hands behind his back . He clearly had the upper hand again .

The assembly ended . The Moon Prince did not waste any time . The capital was not far from the Moon Prince Mansion . He only needed half a day on horseback .

He brought his guards with him, and they were about to leave the imperial palace .

“Brother,” the mysterious and unpredictable Clear Prince suddenly called out to him .

The Clear Prince wore a genial smile . He appeared to be a harmless middle-aged man . He looked serene with his plump body and huge belly .

However, as time went on, the others would instead be filled with an unexplainable discomfort as they looked at his unchanging gentle smile .

“Do you have any wisdom to impart, brother?” The Moon Prince hastily stopped in his tracks . He waited for the Clear Prince to walk toward him .

The Clear Prince wore a smile and spoke in a gentle tone . “Brother, you have been tiring yourself out for the empire for so long . You must take care of your own body . ”

“Thank you for your concern, brother,” replied the Moon Prince . “You should take care of your own health as well, brother . Now that the empire is shaken and there are disturbances everywhere…”

“It’s precisely because of this that we should keep each other close . ” The Clear Prince suddenly extended an olive branch . “I’m sure our deepest thoughts are similar . As long as we communicate more, it’s not impossible for us to achieve greater things, wouldn’t you say?”

However, the Moon Prince could not understand what he was talking about . His mind was in a mess . He could not tell what the Clear Prince wanted .

When the Clear Prince saw this, he said nothing else . He merely extended a hand and patted the Moon Prince’s right shoulder .

His pat was heavy . As a general who led an army, even though the Moon Prince was not overly skilled in martial prowess himself, he did train his body regularly . However, when the Clear Prince patted his shoulder, he felt half his body go numb .

“Be careful on your way back . ” The Clear Prince ended the conversation with that . He passed by the Clear Prince and left .

The Moon Prince’s expression remained unchanged as he flexed his right shoulder .

“Let’s go,” he ordered softly . He quickly boarded the carriage . His guards hastily followed behind him .

As long as they exited the capital, one of the three great generals of the Moon Prince Mansion, Sun Hai, would be there to escort them back .

However, what surprised the Moon Prince was that the journey back was uneventful .

They reached the prince’s mansion directly .

…… .

“The Clear Prince?”

A dozen candlesticks lit up the underground cavern with a bright and warm glow .

Lu Sheng sat cross-legged in the middle of the cavern . Shadows of white fathers appeared and disappeared on his body .

Little Rong, who was more than two meters tall, was kneeling with one knee on the ground before him . He was reporting about his experience in the capital .

“I sense a faint and unexplainable aura on the Moon Prince, but I can’t be sure, that’s why I stayed my hand . Also, there seemed to be someone on the Clear Prince’s side who’s noticed my presence,” Little Rong answered softly .

“I didn’t expect there to be such mystical matters in the imperial court,” Lu Sheng muttered to himself . “I’ll go and meet my father later and check up on him . If he’s fine, we’ll just have to take extra precautions . If something’s happened…” He did not finish his sentence .

Currently, Crane King Cave only had 12 crane demons . It was still considered weak .

“Carry on . Keep protecting the Moon Prince,” Lu Sheng ordered .

“Understood . ” Little Rong retreated slowly, and instantly vanished among the darkness .

Lu Sheng sat upright and mused for a while . ‘Now that I’ve modified the White Feather Mantra, my bodily functions are deteriorating as my cultivation base improved . I’m completely dependent on my White Feather Mantra’s cultivation base to support my daily needs . Unfortunately, I can’t continue to derive this White Feather Mantra . I need more mantras as reference if I want to derive it further . ’

His muyuan meridian point had completely connected with his body right now . It became one of the mysterious meridian points of his body .

It was as if this meridian point had existed from the very beginning . This amazed Lu Sheng to no end .

The White Feather Mantra had also recorded that the muyuan was only one of the external meridian points . There was a total of 108 external meridian points which corresponded with the stars . Every successfully cultivated external meridian point signified that the destiny of a star had been accomplished . The result was a great increase in his lifespan .

However, the White Feather Mantra was only an ordinary mantra of the lowest rank . It did not contain any special powers . The only thing it could cultivate was the most fundamental external muyuan meridian point .

‘If I can’t derive this, it’s too much of a waste to purely improve my competence and cultivation base . Looks like I’ll have to gather more mantras . ’ Lu Sheng made the decision in his mind .

He calmed his spirits and stood up . Then, he levitated out of the cavern along the pitch-black rock path . A few minutes later, he emerged from one of the fake hills of the prince mansion’s garden .

After he left, his men quickly covered the entrance with a rock slab .

This was a safety tunnel which had once been used by the prince’s mansion . It was connected to the underground karst cave . However, it was now used by Lu Sheng to cultivate the mantra .

Lu Sheng stood still in the garden . He patted the dust off his clothes, and strode toward the Moon Prince’s side court .

He walked up to the side court’s door . A troop of guards passed by while doing their rounds . It appeared that the security here was heightened .

Ever since the assassin strike the other day, the guards of the prince’s mansion were affected, although the assassins had been unexplainably repelled .

“Crown Prince . ” The guards saluted him .

“There’s no need for courtesy . I’m going in to meet my father,” Lu Sheng said with a smile .

He went through the door . The Moon Prince was wearing a fox fur coat, and was playing chess with someone in the courtyard . His opponent was Garrison General Yuan, who was also Yuan Jikong’s father .

Huang Jing’s memories did not contain General Yuan’s full name . Perhaps he had forgotten, or perhaps he had never bothered to ask .

This person was big and tall, and his arms hung below his knees . He did not appear strong, but was extremely skilled and experienced . He wore simple, fitting leather armor without a saber . He appeared more like a hunter than a general .

“Jing’er, you’ve come!” When the Moon Prince saw Lu Sheng walking in, he immediately smiled .

“Come here . Your Uncle Yuan has something to tell you as well . ”

“There’s no hurry . ” Lu Sheng glanced at the Moon Prince’s right shoulder . As expected, there was a faint aura slowly emanating from it .

Any Art or method would rely on an external object . As long as it was something that did not belong to a living being, it would emit a disharmonious wavelength .

With a single scan of his unparalleled Spirit Power, Lu Sheng immediately noticed something fishy on the Moon Prince’s shoulder .

The thing on the Moon Prince’s shoulder seemed to be some sort of mark .

Lu Sheng slowly walked up to him . He circulated his White Feather Pure Qi, and instantly suppressed the peculiar aura released by the mark .

He narrowed his eyes, took a few steps closer, and pressed a hand on the Moon Prince’s shoulder .

However, the aura on this mark seemed to be alive . It shrunk to a point, instantly increasing its concentration to the extreme, and suddenly erupted .

“Pchht . ”

His White Feather Pure Qi initially did a perfect job of suppressing it . However, the sudden reaction of the aura completely penetrated the dozen layers of Pure Qi .

The density of his White Feather Pure Qi was like butter against a hot knife before this strange mark . With a single stab, it penetrated deep through the Pure Qi .

Lu Sheng snorted . His immense Spirit Power bore down mercilessly on the mark and crashed into it like a mountain .

The Moon Prince’s shoulder suddenly sank .

A scream came out from the mark . Then, it quieted down, and showed no movements at all .

It was only now that Lu Sheng released his hand from the Moon Prince’s shoulder .

The entire process took no more than a few seconds . The Moon Prince and Garrison General Yuan were waiting for him with puzzled expressions . They did not seem to have heard the sounds just now .

‘Interesting, Clear Prince…’ Lu Sheng felt his own spirit . He had permanently lost some of his volume .

It had only decreased by a little . With this margin, even a million times of such reduction would not harm the core of Lu Sheng’s spirit .

However, this was permanent damage . It should be known that his main body was of the Confusion Realm tier . He was a peak expert who in theory could leave a planet and travel across galaxies . Although he could not compare himself to the ranks of planet-destroying Void Underworld tiers, his martial power was definitely sufficient to rule over a star .

A being of such a level had his Spirit Power permanently damaged .

‘What powerful strength…’ Lu Sheng felt that he might have underestimated this world too much . ‘Although my White Feather Mantra’s competence is profound, its rank is too low, and I can’t derive it yet . If I want to play chess under these skies, I’ll have to rank up as soon as possible . ’

The Moon Prince and Garrison General Yuan were starting to discuss some serious matter now . It was about Garrison General Yuan’s daughters, Yuan Liuliu and Yuan Yuanyuan .

Garrison General Yuan was here to offer their hands in marriage . He was implying his hopes that Lu Sheng would pick one of them as his future princess .

Lu Sheng was not interested in these matters . After responding ambiguously, he applied for a leave of absence from the prince’s mansion . After he obtained the Moon Prince’s approval, he turned around and left .

After he left the courtyard, he looked at his palm .

Some power from the mark remained on his palm . He lifted his palm and inspected it .

There was a dash of black on his palm . It had already spread to his wrist .

‘After losing its activity, it’s still capable of devouring the White Feather Pure Qi and strengthening itself?’ A chill crept into Lu Sheng’s heart .

Currently, a black human face with a round dot between its eyes surfaced from the black patch .

Lu Sheng slowly returned to his bedchamber . He activated the short knife formation on the table .

The black patch had spread onto his forearm, which was now as pitch-black as ink .

He entered the underground karst cave from the entrance underneath his bed .

He quickly sat down with his legs crossed . Yang Essence swiftly surged out of his body and mimicked energy of all kinds of attributes to fight against the black aura .

After trying out more than 30 kinds of energy, the black aura was finally suppressed by a mixture of Yin Chill, Earth Fire, and Essential Soul .

Lu Sheng heaved a long sigh . With a wave of his arm, he immediately severed the black patch on his arm along with the polluted White Feather Pure Qi .

“Splat . ”

A glob of ink-like liquid shot out and splattered on the wall . The rock wall was swiftly dyed black and purple . There was a faint rotten smell in the air .

‘This power… has exhausted nearly 100 years of my White Feather Pure Qi…’ Lu Sheng’s expression was slightly sour . This was his first time incurring such a great loss since his Arrival .

‘I’ll head out and gather major sutras tomorrow to derive a new White Feather Mantra!’ He clearly felt that the current White Feather Mantra was too weak for his liking .

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