Chapter 92 Scheme
The awe-inspiring sword light illuminated Rong Ran’s pale face.
All the Sky Sect disciples’ eyes cast over.
Rong Ran raised his gaze slightly and saw Ye Yunlan’s indifferent look like he was looking at an irrelevant person, like their friendship had never existed.
He remembered what happened in the cave before again. Countless poisonous snakes were covering him, and he was drowning in the water, struggling to ask for help from the other party. However, he only saw the other party holding his disciple and standing on one side with the same indifferent eyes, watching him sink to the bottom of the water.
The feeling of being bitten by the poisonous snakes was extremely painful. But what was even more painful was Ye Yunlan’s neglect and betrayal to him over the past few years.
His thin lips curved, but there was no smile in his eyes.
“Why did you call me, Junior Brother? You should know that Senior Brother is seriously injured and hasn’t healed yet because your disciple wanted Senior Brother to lead the exploration, entering the killing array alone. Right now, Senior Brother can no longer take care of the situation. Is it possible that I can’t even find a place to heal my injuries quietly?”
The disciples were in an uproar.
They all knew that Rong Ran, Ye Yunlan, and Shen Shu fell into a killing array when they were exploring the way on the mountain road. When they met Rong Ran, Rong Ran was alone, vomiting blood, and clearly injured. When asked where the other two were, Rong Ran only said that he didn’t know. However, he was clearly suffering and depressed. After that, sect disciples were slaughtered, and now, Ye Yunlan and his disciple appeared here, looking unscathed. Combined with what Rong Ran said at this time…
Did Shen Shu plot an evil scheme against his Senior Brother in the killing array? If he regarded his sect member’s life as weed, it was even more natural that he would kill people to steal treasures!
Sitting on the ground embarrassingly, Gong Ze immediately pointed his finger at Shen Shu and cursed: “Senior Brother Rong already met this unfortunate encounter. Senior Brother Cheng Xu, why waste time with this kind of scum?”
Cheng Xu frowned and looked towards Ye Yunlan, “Junior Brother Ye, is what Junior Brother Rong just said true?”
Ye Yunlan answered with silence.
Cheng Xu’s expression changed slightly, “Junior Brother must be muddled! Even if Shen Shu is your only personal disciple, you shouldn’t condone him doing evil. As a teacher, you should set an example for your disciple. Words must be strict. Evil starts from trivial things. If we don’t correct the trivial things, what about the big things? Now that he has made such a big mistake, he should be punished. Don’t allow mistakes to be made again and again. He needs to be brought back to the right path.”
Ye Yunlan said indifferently: “There are so many roads in the world, which one can be said to be the right way? I am a master, and I have only taught my disciple to have a clear heart. That is the right way.”
Dressed in white, his face was cold. His long eyes looked sideways. When he looked at the people, it was almost like a cold sword coming out of its sheath while the teardrop mark at the end of his eyes burned like fireworks. It was extremely compelling.
Seeing him, Cheng Xu couldn’t speak for a while.
“Watch Rong Ran. He cannot go.” Ye Yunlan said, “Let’s check the corpses.”
Rong Ran: “Junior Brother, are you suspicious of me?” He laughed in a self-mocking manner. “I didn’t expect you to hate me like this to want to distort the truth and try to convict me. You abandoned me in the killing array. After I escaped by chance, I met Senior Brother Cheng Xu and our other fellow disciples. After that, I was traveling while trying to heal my wounds. When our twelve fellow sect members died, I never left. What time or motive would I have to kill my fellow sect members?”
Cheng Xu: “I can testify about this matter. Even if the murderer isn’t Shen Shu, Junior Brother Rong couldn’t be the murderer.”
Ye Yunlan was silent for a moment. He didn’t immediately refute the two of them.
It was about connecting all the possibilities in one’s mind from his past life to the present. When did this farce begin, and how?
He thought of the treasure.
But he wasn’t sure.
So he walked to Gong Ze and said, “Let me see the recording stone.”
Gong Ze clasped the recording stone firmly with both hands and a face full of unwillingness, “Not giving it. What should I do if you deliberately destroy the recording stone? The evidence would be gone, and then you’d be able to deny everything for your disciple?”
Standing next to Ye Yunlan, Shen Shu looked at Gong Ze with a caring look one had toward a fool.
“If Master really destroys the recording stone in full view, wouldn’t that be a confession? You didn’t even understand this? Are you a stupid *ss?”
Gong Ze’s face was red and white with anger: “Shen Shu, I’m going to kill you!”
Shen Shu: “You really are a stupid *ss, you can only go back and forth with these two sentences, you can’t even tell the difference between your own life and death.”
Gong Ze trembled. He raised the sword in his hand, “You–” Cheng Xu walked forward quickly and separated the two. He helplessly said: “The murderer hasn’t been determined yet. This isn’t the time for fellow sect members to be fighting each other. Junior Brother Gong Ze, let me keep the recording stone for the time being. In any case, Senior Brothers will return the justice to all the people who died in vain.”
Gong Ze gave Shen Shu a stare and finally handed the recording stones to Cheng Xu.
Cheng Xu injected spiritual power, and the image on the recording stone began to play.
The picture’s beginning was a chaotic scene with roars, screams, and footsteps. The picture recorded by the recording stone was also very shaky. At the end of the image, it was slanted upward, showing Shen Shu holding a long bloody sword, standing among the corpses. His eyes were facing the disciple holding the recording stone, and a crazy smile appeared at the corner of his mouth.
Ye Yunlan: “You are the disciple who started the recording stone?”
Gong Ze: “It ‘s me.”
“What happened after?”
Gong Ze was puzzled, “After what?”
“The recording afterward. After he killed everyone, why didn’t he kill the two of you?” Ye Yunlan asked.
Gong Ze reacted, and his face flushed, “Jiang Feiyu and I escaped, only we were able to escape! How can there be evidence of when we ran away afterward?”
Ye Yunlan: “Where did you escape to?”
Gong Ze: “Who knows? That murderer was chasing us, so we panicked and chose a random route. We kept running and running until…” He paused, then showed a bit of confusion, “Yes, we fled to the front hall of the Fuyou Palace exit, then we reunited with Senior Brother Cheng Xu and the others.”
“It’s reversed.” Ye Yunlan said, “He chased you to the back hall and killed you before you reached the exit. He then called you with the Huan Youling, erased some of your memories, and let you go to the front hall to meet with the other people.”
Gong Ze suddenly laughed, “You say my memory is fake? Is the recording stone fake too? Fake, fake, so only what you say is true? Ridiculous!”
He staggered up, opened his arms, and said to the disciples behind: “Everyone, do you believe such a funny joke?”
“It’s indeed absurd…… ”
“The Netherworld Emperor’s great treasures were never revealed to the world, and many historical records previously were incomplete. How can he know the abilities of the Huan Youling so clearly? Isn’t it all fake?”
“I feel so too…”
Whispering, many people were focused on Ye Yunlan.
Ye Yunlan’s expression didn’t tremble. He said to Gong Ze: “After three days, you will disappear.”
“Anyone recalled by the Huan Youling will have their souls dissipate after three days and not enter reincarnation.”
In his previous life, the few witnesses against him were all dead. They didn’t die on the mountain road when they descended but died in the other traps in the secret realm. However, in the Netherworld Secret Realm, casualties were heavy, so no one felt like it was strange. And he, who everyone convicted, no longer had the opportunity to confront and explain.
Gong Ze still wanted to laugh, but looking at Ye Yunlan’s cold eyes, he couldn’t laugh.
Not enter reincarnation.
It was the most severe ending for any cultivator. Death could still lead to reincarnation and cultivating again. Then, if they truly become immortal one day, they could remember all their various lifetimes’ memories. However, if the soul dissipated and didn’t enter samsara, they would really turn into the dust in the world, no longer existing.
Gong Ze was a little scared.
He could only keep telling himself that everything was fake, and Ye Yunlan had made up his mind to cover up his disciple’s killing.
How could he be dead?
He still had a lot of life left, and the road of cultivation was still very long. He had a fairy he wanted to pursue. He still hadn’t moved into his newly built cave-dwelling, so how could he be dead?
“Play the recording stone again.” Ye Yunlan said.
Cheng Xu frowned: “I don’t think we need to waste time here anymore. If what Junior Brother said is true, let’s go directly to check the corpse. Wouldn’t that do?”
Ye Yunlan: “Play it again.”
Cheng Xu: “……Okay.”
The image on the recording stone was played again. When the screen turned to Shen Shu facing the recording stone, Ye Yunlan yelled: “Stop!”
Cheng Xu controlled the screen to pause. The recording stone could not only record the picture but the qi of the person in the picture. Although the qi of Shen Shu in the picture was too violent, it was no different from Shen Shu’s qi in reality.
But what Ye Yunlan perceived was not Shen Shu’s qi, but a treasure.
The treasure’s qi was very secretive, hidden under the violent qi. It was extremely difficult to distinguish.
Only, he had been in contact with this treasure many times in his previous life, so he was very familiar with it.
With his memory, once touched, he wouldn’t forget it.
“Dark Incense Sparse Shadow?” Ye Yunlan whispered.
His voice was not too loud, but the cultivators present were all people with keen ears and eyes. They all heard what he said, and several thought of something. Their complexions changed.
Cheng Xu was a little unsure: “Junior Brother Ye, are you talking about is the twelfth-ranked magic weapon in the Weapon Chart, Dark Incense Sparse Shadow?”
Yunlan: “That’s right.”
Cheng Xu: “The origin of this artifact is mysterious, and its power is unknown. Why did Junior Brother suddenly mention its name?”
Ye Yunlan: “This artifact allows the holder to disguise its appearance and qi to another. It could even create a shadow clone to have it cooperate with it.”
Cheng Xu quickly figured out the connection: “Junior Brother thinks that in the recording stone, the person who killed many disciples wasn’t Shen Shu, but a person in disguise using that magic weapon, the Dark Incense Sparse Shadow?”
Ye Yunlan: “Correct.”
It sounded absurd and ridiculous, just like the assumption of Huan Youling.
Most people thought so.
There were only two exceptions.
Rong Ran stood alone in the shadows, his five fingers in his sleeves already clenched. His thin lips were pale.
Chen Xianyu hid in the crowd, secretly looking at the tall figure standing opposite the crowd.
He was surprised.
Because the “Dark Incense Sparse Shadow” was a magic weapon in the Chen family’s treasury. Although it was ranked in the weapon spectrum, its specific uses have never been spread. Only their trusted aides and secret guards loyal to the family were qualified to know.
What was more, Ye Yunlan, from just the negligible qi in the recording stone could judge that the person who attacked and killed the sect members had on the Dark Incense Sparse Shadow.
He was surprised but also a little happy.
He had always felt that beauties should be appreciated from a distance, especially beauties that were hard to find in the world like Ye Yunlan. They should be taken care of, pampered, and shouldn’t be allowed to be slandered and abused by others.
Although the treasure was revealed and it might disrupt his brother’s plan…
That wasn’t right.
His Elder Brother was like a god. Ye Yunlan being able to perceive the existence of the “Dark Incense Sparse Shadow” might be something he had already calculated.
In that case, why did he have to send this treasure to this place?
“Since Junior Brother Ye’s certain it’s the Dark Incense Sparse Shadow, what can you do to prove it?”