Long Live Summons! - Chapter 771.1
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~ Within the Radiant Light Secret Passage ~
Less than a kilometer away from the sealed underground dungeon, at the entrance to the second part of the secret passage, an old man, with flowing white hair and red rosy cheeks, sat in front of a chess board, deep in thought.
It was as if the changes in the sky outside had no effect on him. He didn’t even look up when City Lord Tu Hai and Lord Ling Yun led Eighth Prince Wu Hai, Grey Sparrow Beauty, Yue Yang, and others into the secret passage. They had to wait a long time before he gently put down the chess piece he was holding, as he let out a long sigh. “These are really the top ten chess puzzles in the entire realm. Unfortunately, there is no time left to solve them…”
“Old Chess Master, the [Dark Realm Seal] has been broken through, and nearly a hundred Heaven Rankers are teaming up. They’re preparing to communicate with their companions still inside the Dark Realm.” City Lord Tu Hai was beside himself with worry, and couldn’t understand how Old Chess Master could still be leisurely playing chess!
“Got it.” Old Chess Master nodded faintly.
“Isn’t it about time to activate the Divine Light Shield? We must try to hold out inside the Radiant Light Secret Passage using the remnant sealing power of our predecessors, which was left in this passage. Otherwise, it will be difficult to survive being pinned down by a pincer attack from our enemies on both sides of the [Dark Realm Seal].” Tu Hai really wanted to activate the Divine Light Shield immediately but the key to activate the Divine Light Shield lay with Old Chess Master.
“All of you, just leave!” After he had glanced over at Eighth Prince Wu Hai and Yue Yang, Old Chess Master was silent for a while before he raised his eyes and looked at City Lord Tu Hai, shook his head and refused. “I will not open the Divine Light Shield even though doing so would allow us to survive. As the supreme guardian of this dungeon, I must fulfill my duty. Even if it results in my death, I will not release the sealed warriors of Tong Tian Tower. Right before the seal on the Dark Realm is broken open from both sides, I’ll activate the Forbidden Light Star. When the Forbidden Light Dungeon self-destructs I will die as well…”
“What!?” Lord Ling Yun exclaimed.
“But if we leave this place, it will mean the death of all of us!” City Lord Tu Hai was also shocked by his refusal.
If he could have left, City Lord Tu Hai would have fled a long time ago. However, there were a huge number of enemies from the Dark Realm outside. Just counting those warriors with strength equal to Heaven Rank, Level 5, there were at least ten of them, not to mention the other hundred or so Heaven Rankers. To rush outside now would be no different than committing suicide!
Yet if they stayed here, they would all be blasted into oblivion. Not even their ashes would remain.
Once successfully activated, the detonation of the Forbidden Light Star was irreversible. The blast would be so powerful that it would blow the entirety of Sun Island to bits. At that time, the mountain range and valleys, not to mention Rizhao City, thousands of square kilometers would be reduced to rubble. Long before he became the City Lord, Tu Hai had heard his predecessor warn himself multiple times that he must not activate the Forbidden Light Star device unless he was in a situation where he had no other choice.
Supposedly, it had the power to kill gods.
However, once used, they were destined to be cursed by the remaining gods.
Now, unless Old Chess Master could be persuaded to change his decision, they were doomed to perish, regardless of their choice to stay put or rush out.
City Lord Tu Hai was unable to contain the anxiety in his heart. He tried to talk some sense into Old Chess Master. “Old Chess Master, I know you have your responsibilities, but we must not throw our lives away unnecessarily. If we all die here, then the news of what happened will not reach Central Palace Hall, and from there spread out to reach the surrounding lords. All Heaven Rank experts would be ignorant of this matter. They would not be able to take proper action. All of these things would be detrimental to the overall situation.”
“City Lord, I understand your concerns.” Old Chess Master calmly waved his hand. ” You simply do not know how powerful the rebels from Tong Tian Tower are. Compared to the fallen warriors of the Dark Realm, the rebels of Tong Tian Tower are the ones we really need to guard against.”
“The era of the Tong Tian Tower Rebels is long over. They don’t even have Heaven Rankers among them any more.” City Lord Tu Hai was trying his best to convince Old Chess Master to relent.
“What you see is only an illusion.” Old Chess Master laughed coldly. “Their strength has never been weakened as a whole. I am eighty percent sure that they are somehow related to the breaking of the [Dark Realm Seal]. You don’t have to try and persuade me anymore. With such weak resolve, this decision is not something you can change! City Lord Tu Hai, thank you for your care over the years. However, I am the true guardian of this Forbidden Light Dungeon. So, you may leave!”
“Let’s go!” Yue Yang reached out and stopped City Lord Tu Hai, who still wanted to continue to try persuading Old Chess Master.
“But…” City Lord Tu Hai was extremely anxious. There were a hundred Heaven Rankers waiting outside. Once they stepped outside, he was afraid that the enemy would tear them to pieces.
“Old Chess Master has already activated the Forbidden Light Star device.” Yue Yang turned around and led Ye Kong and Fatty Hai away. His words startled City Lord Tu Hai but he immediately returned to his senses and looked at Old Chess Master in horror.
The robust Old Chess Master looked at Yue Yang with a trace of amazement on his face.
Then, he nodded.
Affirming Yue Yang’s words to the others.
He then reminded City Lord Tu Hai, “Long before you arrived, I already activated the Forbidden Light Star device. You have less than ten minutes to get out of range.”
City Lord Tu Hai really wanted to give Old Chess Master a hard slap across his face but it was pointless to be angry right now. He immediately turned towards Lord Ling Yun for advice. Lord Ling Yun nodded, then immediately followed up by asking Yue Yang, “Third Young Master should we break out in separate groups or join forces and force open a path?”
By asking this, he was officially handing the decision making over to Yue Yang.
Originally, Eighth Prince Wu Hai’s strength was also formidable but he was already injured and had the additional burden of looking after Grey Sparrow Beauty.
Grey Sparrow Beauty could enter the Eighth Prince’s grimoire but with his concubine’s and children’s safety in mind Eighth Prince Wu Hai would surely try his best to protect himself first. He was no longer suitable to act as the spearhead of their group. Taking all of this into account, Lord Ling Yun decided to hand over authority to Yue Yang. Beside the fact that he was forced to do so, due to their dire situation, there was another reason. He wanted to join forces with Yue Yang so that their chance of success would be higher. As the saying goes, if you follow a wise man you will have an easier time than if you charge forward alone.
“State Lord, City Lord, and Your Royal Highness the Prince, if you believe in me, then you can follow me. Although I dare not brag about my abilities, I can promise you, if you are with me, Yue Titan, I will not abandon any of you, my comrades in arms.”
Presented with this opportunity, Yue Yang naturally stepped forward and assumed the position as the leader of the group.
“Good, we will all listen to you.” replied Lord Ling Yun as he looked around. He saw that everyone else was still in a state of shock, so he immediately agreed, pinning all of his hopes on Yue Yang.
Then, they returned to the surface.
~ Rizhao City ~
The inside of Rizhao City was already in chaos due to the invasion of the vicious dragons.
Countless residents were madly fleeing for their lives.
Countless people were being struck down by the fallen warriors and vicious dragons but in the sky, there was still a large crowd of people running away. A small number of timid people, who did not dare to run away using the sky, instead looked for secret underground rooms to hide in, in the hope of escaping detection. There were also mercenaries who rose up to fight bloody battles against the fallen warriors. They often fought in groups of dozens or even hundreds, in order to survive.
Vicious dragons circled high above in the sky. Each swoop of the dragons brought with it a great deal of death.
Fiery flames spewed from their mouths igniting the buildings below.
Even for the army, in front of so many vicious dragons there was absolutely no chance of victory… During normal times, all they had to fight against were common thieves and bandits. However, what they faced now was countless numbers of Heaven Rankers and vicious dragons.
Tens of thousands of army troops were wiped out in just a few “bombing runs” of the vicious fire-spewing dragons.
The soldiers were completely routed.
“My family!” Tudor cried out in grief. He had quite a few relatives living in the city but it was impossible for him to go to their rescue.
“Alas!” The Chief of Staff, consul Xiang Wen, also sighed grimly.
“The situation is irreversible. Let’s depart!” City Lord Tu Hai, who was more intelligent, was not without relatives. However, all of his relatives were living in the Ling Yun Country Capital. They were not in Rizhao City at the moment. Furthermore, the only thing he could do at this time was to protect himself.