2670 To Kill Without Mercy
Since Duan Ling Tian had personally confirmed it, regardless of how impossible it sounded, Tian Ji Yu had to believe it. The frozen expression on his face thawed and was replaced with a delighted smile. "Good, good…. Very good!" In addition to the lack of anger in his voice, a hint of excitement could be heard as well. It was clear the death of Liu Qian, an inner-estate elder, was nothing compared to finding out Duan Ling Tian's strength was almost comparable to a Great Overarching Golden Celestial. After all, this meant Duan Ling Tian was certain to rank first in the Martial Competition of the 16 Counties! If Duan Ling Tian ranked first, the Nine Specter County would be rewarded with three mediocre Celestial Pills, the Great Overarching Pills. Three Great Overarching Pills were enough to propel three people into becoming Great Overarching Celestials. What was the death of an Indigo Sun Golden Celestial compared to this?
"Lord County Governor!" Pang Yuan, Liu Zuo Lin's mother, cried out. She could see Tian Ji Yu had no intention of punishing Duan Ling Tian for killing Liu Qian, and this worried her greatly. She kneeled in the air and hurriedly said, "Even if Elder Liu Qian had no outstanding achievements, he was loyal to the County Governor's estate. Now that he has been killed, you must seek justice for him!" Naturally, she did not really care about Liu Qian, she was only worried about her son, Liu Zuo Lin. If Tian Ji Yu did not plan to punish Duan Ling Tian, there was no doubt that a calamity was going to befall her son!
Meanwhile, Liu Dong Ping and the other members of the clan could vaguely sense the outcome of this matter. Although their expressions were unsightly, none of them dared to speak up. They knew it would be useless even if they had spoken out. They knew Tian Ji Yu placed great importance on the Martial Competition of the 16 Counties. Now that Duan Ling Tian had revealed his strength, it was clear to see that it would not be a problem for Duan Ling Tian to rank first in the competition and obtain the three mediocre Celestial Pills, the Great Overarching Pills. If they were in Tian Ji Yu's shoes, they would not punish Duan Ling Tian for a mere Liu Qian as well.
"Yuan'er!" Pang Bing cried out anxiously when he saw Pang Yuan showed no signs of giving up. Although he understood she was only concerned about her son, he was afraid her behavior would only infuriate Tian Ji Yu.
Tian Ji Yu scoffed as he glanced at the kneeling Pang Yuan. "I believe in Duan Ling Tian. I'm sure he has his reason for killing Elder Liu Qian." These words clearly showed his unconditional support for Duan Ling Tian. In truth, he did not care about what really happened. Even if Duan Ling Tian had killed Liu Qian on a whim, he would still turn a blind eye to it.
Upon hearing Tian Ji Yu's words, Pang Yuan turned deathly pale.
Tian Ji Yu looked at Duan Ling Tian and asked with a faint smile on his face, "Duan Ling Tian, do you want to return to the estate with me?" Initially, he had been furious when he learned an inner-estate elder had been killed. However, upon learning that Duan Ling Tian was capable of killing Liu Qian, Duan Ling Tian's importance rose greatly in his heart. If he was hopeful before that Duan Ling Tian would be able to rank in the top three of the Martial Competition of the 16 Counties, currently, he was certain Duan Ling Tian would rank first!
'County Governor, you can go on ahead. I still have a few matters to settle with the Liu clan," Duan Ling Tian replied.
"Alright." Tian Ji Yu nodded slightly. "In that case, I'll wait for you in the estate. When you return, please look for me in the main hall."
"Okay," Duan Ling Tian said.
Before he left, Tian Ji Yu glanced at the members of the Liu Clan indifferently and flew in the direction of the County Governor's estate.
Following Tian Ji Yu's departure, Duan Ling Tian unsurprisingly became the center of attention.
A gust of wind blew in the air as the old man, the Supreme Elder of the Liu Clan, flashed away and appeared in front of Liu Zuo Lin.
Before Liu Zuo Lin had time to react, the old man punched him. The frightening energy overwhelmed him immediately. Blood splattered in the air, and the only thing left was a Spatial Ring.
Liu Zuo Lin had died!
Pan Yuan who had regained her senses cried out, "Lin'er!" Her expression was twisted as she glared at the Supreme Elder of the Liu clan. She cried out hysterically, "Y-you… You actually killed my son! I want your life! I want your life!" A pleading expression appeared on her face as she looked at her uncle, Pang Bing. "Uncle, I beg you. Please kill him to avenge Lin'er!"
Pang Bing sighed but did not make a move. If he were in the Supreme Elder's shoes, he would not have acted differently.
Liu Dong Ping, the Clan Leader of the Liu Clan, glared at Pang Yuan and said coldly, "You're too noisy! If it weren't for you spoiling Lin'er since he was young, would he have such an outcome? I could not bear to kill Lin'er with my own hands so I sent a Voice Transmission to the Supreme Elder to act on my behalf!"
"You… It was you?!" Pang Yuan stared at Liu Dong Ping, her husband, in disbelief. A tiger, no matter how ferocious, would never eat its own cubs. She truly did not expect her husband to do this. Due to her not being able to vent her anger or sadness, she passed out immediately.
Pang Bing caught Pang Yuan to stop her from falling.
"Duan Ling Tian, the Liu clan concedes," Liu Dong Ping looked at Duan Ling Tian apologetically and said, "100,000 prominent Celestial Stones will be delivered to the County Governor's estate for you within three days!"
"In that case, many thanks to Clan Leader Liu," Duan Ling Tian said indifferently as he looked at Liu Dong Ping. He was not surprised by Liu Dong Ping's action. If the Liu clan did not yield, only doom awaited the clan. After all, even the County Governor of Nine Specters County had voiced his unconditional support for him.
As for Liu Zuo Lin's death, Duan Ling Tian did not feel sympathetic at all. If he had not been strong enough, he would have been killed by Liu Zuo Lin and his attendant after he left the medicine shop. In his opinion, Liu Zuo Lin brought this upon himself. As for the Liu clan, since they chose to protect Liu Zuo Lin earlier, they would, naturally, have to pay the price as well. Apart from that, for Liu Qian who had acted against him, he felt death was too easy for Liu Qian.
After a while, Duan Ling Tian's gaze fell on Pang Bing. He saw Pang Bing was about to leave with the unconscious Pang Yuan in his arms. A cold smile bloomed on his face as he said, "Elder Pang Bing, where do you think you're going? We still have unfinished business, right?"
Pang Bing came to a halt. He turned to look at Duan Ling Tian and said unyieldingly, "Duan Ling Tian, I admit my loss today. However, the Pang clan doesn't have 100,000 prominent Celestial Stones. I can give you 10,000 prominent Celestial Stones at most."
"Even at this point, Elder Pang Bing is still trying to haggle with me?" Duan Ling Tian said icily, "200,000 prominent Celestial Stones? If I don't receive it within three days, I'll have to personally visit the Pang clan to look for you!
"You…" Pang Bing's expression changed drastically. He did not imagine his attempt to lower the number of Celestial Stones he had to pay would rise.
Duan Ling Tian said apathetically, "Elder Pang Bing, I'm sure you've seen the County Governor's attitude earlier… Even if I kill you, I'm certain he won't blame me." Despite his words, his tone was deceptively calm. He looked at Pang Bing one last time before he said, "The County Governor is waiting for me… I'll take my leave now."
As soon as Duan Ling Tian left, many people from the Liu clan sighed in relief. Fortunately, they did not try to haggle with Duan Ling Tian. Otherwise, they would have to fork out 200,000 prominent Celestial Stones as well. If they had to fork out such a huge number of Celestial Stones, the Liu clan would definitely be negatively impacted, let alone the Pang clan that was slightly inferior to the Liu clan. Many of them looked at Pang Bing sympathetically.
Pang Bing did not leave after Duan Ling Tian left. He turned to Liu Dong Ping and said in a lowered voice, "Liu Dong Ping! I'm only here because of the Liu clan. Out of the 200,000 prominent Celestial Stones, the Liu clan will be responsible for paying half of it." He did not wait for Liu Dong Ping's reply and left as soon as he finished speaking.
In the air above the Black Dragon Army's base in Bloody Specter City.
An old lady with white hair and a wizened face who was dressed in a long white robe hovered in the air as she muttered to herself, "Previously, a Black Dragon Army's captain died in the Little World that was left by a Celestial King from the Blissful Sect. Someone found the captain's identity token and became the new captain in the Black Dragon Army. If I'm not mistaken, he should be the person who was with the young miss in the Little World and destroyed her purity. The sect master has said that he should be killed without mercy when I find him!" Her eyes flashed with killing intent when she finished speaking.