Among these people, Jing Yue’s divine consciousness was the strongest. Although Qin Yanzhi and Wei Zhentu didn't sense anything, they both knew Jing Yue's ability and had no doubts in their hearts. As for Ruan Jiu, he always believed what others said.
Jing Yue, “Wei-daoyou, please set up a formation to hide us.”
When Wei Zhentu saw that he had a role to play, his spirit was lifted. “Okay!”
They just entered the formation set up by Wei Zhentu not long before they saw a young man with a gentle appearance sneak in.
Qin Yanzhi, “He’s a Yao!”
Most of them understood as soon as they thought about it. This place was important and the Yao race was likely to send someone on guard. Could they have discovered that someone had broken in?
However, Ruan Jiu had a different idea. He excitedly said, “Great! We can get the Yao blood now!”
Jing Yue, “… Don’t be hasty.”
The young man vigilantly circled the mother bamboo and the secret realm a few times, then heaved a sigh of relief and returned along the same path.
Ruan Jiu hurriedly wanted to stand up. “He’s leaving. Aren’t we killing him?”
Wei Zhentu held him down abruptly. “All you know is killing. Shut up!”
Ruan Jiu was aggrieved at first, but when he felt Wei Zhentu's hand on his shoulder, his face instantly flushed red. He lowered his head and stopped speaking.
Wei Zhentu abruptly withdrew his hand and the corners of his brows twitched slightly. His lips parted slightly as if he wanted to say something, but he finally held back.
At this time, Jing Yue said, “That Yao should be doing a routine check, not looking for us. It can be seen that he does have the task of monitoring this place, but for some reason, he didn't notice our entry.”
Qin Yanzhi, “Looking at his clothes, he should be disguised as a human race, most likely living in Greentown or Moonflower City.”
Jing Yue, “I wonder if he has any accomplices. Let's follow him and see. We have to remove the hidden danger lest they notice something amiss and report it.”
Only then did Ruan Jiu react, and said embarrassedly, “My thinking is too simple. I’m sorry.”
Wei Zhentu, “Hehe…”
Jing Yue released a ray of divine consciousness to track the Yao. When the other party was a little farther away, he told the others to follow along.
When they came out of the secret realm, it was still dark. They saw the Yao enter a mansion in Greentown with a plaque on the door—Qian Manor.
As soon as Qian Shu returned to the mansion, three people were waiting in the courtyard and said urgently, “How is it?”
“It's hard to say.” Qian Shu brushed off the dust on his body. “The loach monster dug out a big hole at the bottom of the lake, but everything seems normal in the secret realm.”
“What about the loach monster?” A young and beautiful lady frowned, seemingly impatient.
“I retrieved the corpse, but unfortunately, the Yao core was swallowed by the female corpse at the bottom of the lake, and the Yao body was also mutilated by fish and shrimp in the water.” Qian Shu sighed. “Let's stew the rest and eat it later. It can still be of great help to us. It was a Yao Marshal after all.”
The little lady snapped, “You only know how to eat. I told you to go earlier, but you insisted on pretending to be cursed and delayed it until now. Otherwise, the Yao core can also be ours.”
Qian Shu hurriedly said, “The sword from the sky the other night, aren’t you so afraid that you changed back into your original form? If not for my resourcefulness, we would have been killed in one fell swoop!”
Another youth with big eyes said, “But you delayed too long, right?”
Qian Shu complained, “Isn't there always a cultivator in this town? If they saw through our Yao form, everything is over! Anyway, those people are also low in cultivation. They can’t even detect the evil energy. I’m not worried that they can detect the Yao energy. If not for the extraordinary-looking cultivators who came today that made me uneasy, I wouldn't take the risk to visit that place.”
The maid next to the little lady also said, “Yeah, I think those few look familiar.”
The youth's eyes darkened. “Where are those Daoists? Are they still in town?”
“Yes, are you looking for us?”
An unfamiliar voice sounded and several Yao were suddenly alarmed. Before they could take action, a figure rushed in. Under the blinding flashes of the sword, the youth and the maid were instantly beaten into their original forms and cut into two pieces.
Jing Yue, who followed, sweated profusely and said, “Ruan-daoyou, keep one alive!”
Ruan Jiu, “I know!”
At the same time he spoke, the young lady was also stabbed to death by his sword. Only Qian Shu was left with a lost arm. It changed into a big lame cat and was trampled under Ruan Jiu’s feet.
Everything happened in a split second. Looking at the blood and corpses in the courtyard, Jing Yue couldn't help but say to Qin Yanzhi, “Ruan-daoyou is…”
Qin Yanzhi, “Well, he was the champion in the Ten Faction Martial Arts Conference back then, and his combat power is extraordinary.”
Jing Yue, “…”
The Ten Factions Martial Arts Conference was a competition of golden core cultivators among the ten righteous sects. Since Jing Yue entered the golden core stage, he spent most of his time in seclusion, so he was unable to participate. In this regard, blue phoenix had been unhappy for a while.
At this time, blue phoenix, like Jing Yue, looked at Ruan Jiu with reverence—a book really couldn’t be judged by its cover!
Qin Yanzhi noticed it and added, “I was the champion many years ago too.”
Wei Zhentu also noticed it but had nothing to add, so he could only say jealously, “Hmph, still so crude!”
They stepped forward to surround the cat Yao. Qian Shu was so scared that he almost pissed himself and all his hair stood on end. H-How did he meet a killing god? Shouldn't they test a few words first and then make a move if they disagree?
Jing Yue, “Ruan-daoyou, good job.”
Ruan Jiu was breathing as usual without a drop of sweat. “It’s no big deal. It's a pity that he’s a Yao. Otherwise, I can just search his soul!”
Jing Yue, “…”
Should he be glad on behalf of this cat yao that soul-searching could only be performed on humans? After all, he was a Yao Marshal, but he had to suffer such indignity.
With Ruan Jiu as a role model, others didn’t dally around either. Qin Yanzhi directly cast a hypnosis spell on Qian Shu.
After a while, Qin Yanzhi said, “There are only four yao in total, and they are all here.”
They were indeed sent by the Yao race to monitor the entrance to the secret realm, which was formed more than 3,000 years ago, and the yao guarding the secret realm had also changed several batches. Because of their covert actions, the humans didn't notice anything.
If it wasn't for a loach monster that committed a crime ten days ago, which escaped to the human world through the secret realm when being chased, got out of the hole, and caused the subsequent incidents, these Yao could still mingle among the humans safely.
Jing Yue, “The purpose of the Yao race to arrange the boundary bamboo in this place is…”
Qin Yanzhi, “He's a cat Yao, and his tribe doesn’t have a high status in the clan now. Otherwise, he wouldn’t be arranged to guard the secret realm and delay his cultivation, so confidential matters are not clear to him.”
Jing Yue nodded and looked around. “It's such a coincidence. I'm thinking about how to hide my identity when entering the Yao world. There are four Yao here, just nice for the four of us.”
As soon as he said that, the sword light flashed, and the cat Yao’s head parted from the body.
Jing Yue looked at Ruan Jiu. The other party retracted his sword and said in embarrassment, “My Shizun said that the Yao race have strange methods and must not be left alive, lest there will be endless troubles.”
Wei Zhentu rolled his eyes subconsciously when he heard Ruan Jiu’s ‘my Shizun said’. Ruan Jiu noticed and hurriedly defended, “Actually, I think so too.”
Jing Yue, “… That should be the way.”
They stared at the bodies of the cat, wolf, snake, and rabbit Yao on the ground silently.
After a while, Wei Zhentu said, “A-jing, are you saying that we should disguise as them? But the appearance outcome of a Camouflage Pill is uncertain, and they are full of Yao energy, so how can we disguise them?”
As soon as he finished asking, he saw Jing Yue raise his head and looked at Qin Yanzhi with a tacit understanding in a smile he didn’t understand, which Wei Zhentu felt was very eye-piercing.
Jing Yue, “Qin-zhenjun and I obtained an illusion technique by chance that is no worse than that of the Cadaver Gate or Asura Tower. Plus the yao core and blood of these creatures, we should be able to get away with it.”
Ruan Jiu put his palms together and smiled. “That’s great.”
Then, he frowned slightly, “But there are two females here…”
After that, the four of them stared at the four corpses again and fell silent.
On the second day, the morning light was still hazy.
Greentown was lively on a rare occasion, and many people took to the streets for the first time in a few days to share what happened yesterday.
“Our Baozhu healed overnight! I heard that there are several Daoists in the town. Did we meet an expert? Did they break the curse?”
“Yes, my father-in-law had been in a coma for two days, but this morning he was suddenly able to get out of bed, and his health seem better than before he fell ill.”
“I heard that Scholar Qian's house was noisy the entire night. I wonder what happened.”
As they were chatting, they saw four Daoists coming out of the Du Manor, followed by Su Xiaocui, the maid of the Du Manor.
Su Xiaocui said aloud, “Dear neighbors and villagers, a few immortals have eliminated the evil spirits in Greentown with the help of the earth god yesterday. We don't have to worry anymore!”
“No wonder our family head is well again. It turns out that the evil has gone!”
“Evil? Isn't it a curse? Where did the evil come from?”
“Earth god? Is it the one from the earth god temple?”
People were pleasantly surprised and discussed it when Su Xiaocui added, “But the immortals said that there are still Yao in the lake. They have to set up an altar in front of the Earth God Temple to eliminate future troubles.”
Everyone was shocked. “Yao? How can there be Yao in our town?”
Su Xiaocui, “Don't worry, everyone. After the immortals perform the rites, the earth god will guard this place, and the Yao won’t dare to come again.”
After that, the townspeople of Greentown prepared the offerings under the arrangement of Su Xiaocui and moved the things to the front of the earth god temple together.
When they found that the earth god was cracked, everyone was uneasy and hurriedly knelt to the statue.
While the people worshipped the earth god, Qin Yanzhi asked Jing Yue in a low voice, “Why do you want to help him?”
Of course, he was referring to the earth god baby.
Jing Yue, “We’re getting rid of the Yao energy in the lake so this is by the way. Does Zhenjun think it’s inappropriate?”
Qin Yanzhi said slowly, “No.”
It was just that the more he got in contact with Jing Yue, the more he realized that the other party could get soft-hearted very easily. Perhaps one day he would be soft-hearted to him too.
Qin Yanzhi's eyes fell on the palm of the earth god where a small orange flower swayed in the breeze.