The cultivator from the Golden Divine Nation was here alone and couldn't change the dynamic at all. On top of that, he vaguely sensed that someone else as powerful as Lord Taixuan was nearby as well. He was not capable enough to locate the mysterious person exactly.
It meant that the Golden Divine Nation probably couldn't control the situation or affect the results even if they sent more cultivators to the Divine Capital of Xiling on this day.
Ye Futian led a large group of people and rushed here out of the blue with the intention to wipe out the entire Divine Capital of Xiling and leave no one to cause trouble later on. It was no different from what the Golden Divine Nation did to the Divine Sword Li Family.
Besides, Ye Futian and Lord Taixuan had legitimate excuses to attack the Divine Capital of Xiling.
Old Demon Luo suddenly sprang up and made a run for it. Plumes of Demon Qi billowed and enshrouded his body.
No one expected that Old Demon Luo would run away straight away without concern for his offspring and people living in the Divine Capital of Xiling.
It was obvious that Old Demon Luo also realized that the adversary came to the Divine Capital of Xiling fully prepared. The enemy was composed of some of the best cultivators and was far superior to the Divine Capital of Xiling. Old Demon Luo couldn't withstand a single blow and had no choice but to run off.
He had to harden his heart and make a painful decision since he would only have a chance to avenge if he made it out alive.
He only blamed himself for being one step behind. He didn't expect that the Divine Palace would stand back and let people from the Heavenly Mandate Realm attack the Divine Capital of Xiling first.
"Old Demon Luo, where are you going?" Lord Taixuan said. His voice reverberated around the boundless void. All of a sudden, millions of string materialized in a crisscross pattern and blotted out the sun.
At the moment, everyone felt that the Space World transformed into an Absolute Space. All the cultivators in the Divine Capital of Xiling raised their heads and saw the inescapable strings of the Great Path. Each string was as sharp as a sword.
"Absolute Control." Ye Futian glanced at their surroundings, which seemed to have become Lord Taixuan's Space of the Great Path. Ye Futian activated the Absolute Control. The millions of string vibrated, and the Sword Will roared, like a terrifying storm pouncing on the plumes of Demon Qi. Ye Futian's body also vanished from sight. He chased after the dark Demon Qi, desperately trying to flee.
Ye Futian didn't want to make a fuss in the past. Nevertheless, he had no choice but to kill Old Demon Luo, who stirred up troubles again and again.
All the cultivators in the Divine Capital of Xiling, who felt the overwhelming might, were trembling with fear. In the meantime, other cultivators from the Heavenly Mandate Academy looked out on the Divine Capital of Xiling with murderous intent.
"Go ahead," said Ye Futian. The cultivators from the Heavenly Mandate Academy stepped down, immediately following Ye Futian's order. The formidable energy of the Great Path of Destruction engulfed the Divine Capital.
The Heavenly Mandate Academy had given the Divine Capital of Xiling so many chances in the past. They might not keep account of the wrongdoings in former times if the Divine Capital of Xiling behaved themselves. Nonetheless, the Divine Capital of Xiling was eager to pick a side and made a vain attempt to reap the benefits of the chaos. They sought connections with the Golden Divine Nation and forces from the Outer Realms to gang up on the Divine Palace.
Since that was the case, the Heavenly Mandate Academy might as well obliterate the Divine Capital of Xiling.
"Retreat!" one of the cultivators of the Divine Capital of Xiling shouted. What could they possibly do in such a situation?
They couldn't win this fight. Even Old Demon Luo took flight himself. To beat a hasty retreat was the only choice they had left.
There would always be hope as long as they could survive.
"Retreat?" The cultivators from the Heavenly Mandate Realm sneered. Where did these people think they could go?
Buzz! A frightening and scorching Storm of Fire blazed down. Countless Sun God swords fell straight from the sky. Divine Fire burned in the void and incinerated anyone who was pierced by the swords.
The Divine Elephant Emperor transformed into a gigantic divine elephant and stomped toward the ancient and magnificent palaces in the Divine Capital of Xiling. With the might of the Great Path enveloped the city as thundering noise filled the air. Everyone felt like their power had been subdued, and their movement had been slowed down.
The people on the Heavenly Mandate Academy's side were all extraordinary cultivators and authority figures in the Heavenly Mandate Realm. Although they might not be a match for Old Demon Luo, they were more than capable of dealing with other people in the Divine Capital of Xiling. Lord Taixuan could handle Old Demon Luo.
Their goal was to kill Old Demon Luo and top Renhuangs in the Divine Capital of Xiling.
This was a battle without suspense. The ancient buildings in the Divine Capital collapsed into gentle ruin one by one. Countless people were running through the wreckage, shrieking, and crying in fear. Nonetheless, the cultivators from the Heavenly Mandate Academy didn't chase after anyone who hadn't reached the Renhuang Plane.
Other people watched the battle from a distance and thought to themselves, This is the end of the Divine Capital of Xiling.
The messenger from the Golden Divine Nation also knew that the Divine Capital of Xiling was finished. He was incapable of saving the overall situation. This day was the doomsday of the Divine Capital of Xiling. Following the Divine Sword Li Family, another top force was exterminated.
The only difference was that the Golden Divine Nation slaughtered the Divine Sword Li Family while Ye Futian destroyed the Divine Capital of Xiling.
He darted a glance at Ye Futian. A look of fear flashed in his golden eyes. Yes, it was fear.
After Ye Futian reached the Renhuang Plane, he established the Heavenly Mandate Academy and formed a strong alliance. Then he charged at the Shen clan and forced them to hand over the people he wanted. As a Lower Renhuang, he demonstrated tremendous talents and courage. Based on his attack on the Divine Capital of Xiling this time, it was obvious that he was different from the old fogeys in the Divine Palace. He was anything but tenderhearted, even though he was willing to go to war for a young girl. On the contrary, he was so ruthless that he had no scruples about wiping out the Divine Capital of Xiling before the Golden Divine Nation made a move on the Divine Palace.
Ye Futian could overturn the entire Nine Realms if not for being limited by his strength at this time. The Golden Divine Nation would definitely become a target of Ye Futian's.
This kind of person would become an incredible threat to the Golden Divine Nation in the future. No wonder Gai Qiong said they should take Ye Futian out as soon as possible since they didn't turn out to be friends.
Nevertheless, Ye Futian didn't look at the cultivator from the Golden Divine Nation. His eyes fixed on the battlefield when the cultivator from the Golden Divine Nation turned around and left.
The Divine Capital of Xiling offended Ye Futian many times in the past, yet he let those misdeeds slide. Still and all, he came to completely destroy the Divine Capital of Xiling the moment he got a chance.
The cultivator from the Golden Divine Nation couldn't help but think if Ye Futian would do the same to the Golden Divine Nation when he had the opportunity one day.
Bang. The Dragon Master punched a master cultivator of the Divine Capital of Xiling with a loud thump. Bearing the frightening power of the Dragon God, the master cultivator's body cracked and blew up abruptly.
A similar scene happened across the battlefield.
Meanwhile, two people came into sight in the sky. As high up as they were, their figures were still vaguely visible from the ground. Many people raised their heads to look at them.
Covered in blood, Old Demon Luo was in a sorry state. The musical note of the Reaper made Old Demon Luo despair. His clothes were stained with blood, and his once-domineering body was tied up with the strings of the Great Path.
"He who perpetrates unjust acts is doomed to destruction. I will send you to your grave today," said Lord Taixuan. He stretched out his hand and pointed at Old Demon Luo's direction.
People watched everything in the sky vanish like smoke following Lord Taixuan's motion. The Great Path was disrupted and destroyed everything. Even space was twisted by the energy. Old Demon Luo roared with rage, unwilling to give up. But his body contorted, and he slowly dissolved into thin air.
Lots of people who were watching this were left aghast. Old Demon Luo was quite influential in the Higher Heavens Realm for many years. Was he killed just now?
Old Demon Luo's body soon crumbled little by little under their watch. It seemed like the entire space was disintegrating. Before long, Old Demon Luo disappeared completely, buried under the void.
The cultivators of the Divine Capital of Xiling grew more and more despondent and sorrowful. They never thought such tragedy would befall them. The Divine Capital of Xiling was a top force thriving in the Higher Heavens Realm for so long. How could it end like this?
It only took one battle.
From now on, the Divine Capital of Xiling became history.
The battle continued, but not for too long. After a while, people from the Heavenly Mandate Realm took a brief look at the ruins on the ground, then turned around and left.
Onlookers in the distance flew to the Divine Capital of Xiling after the army of the Heavenly Mandate Academy was gone. They stood on the remains and felt desolate and bereft.
Even a top force could be obliterated in next to no time.
What was the purpose of cultivation after all?
What was the point of their existence?
Many people were pessimistic and skeptical about the future upon seeing the ultimate defeat of a top force.
The Divine Capital of Xiling was one of the best forces. When could the ordinary cultivators reach their level? Perhaps, they would never get that far.
Yet they might still be annihilated just the same even if they became as strong as the Divine Capital of Xiling someday.
Unless they could advance to the highest level.
Of course, there were also some people who began to look for treasures in the ruins rather than being sentimental. All they could see were opportunities.
An age of unrest brought forth great heroes. Another group of influential figures would emerge in the newly-changed world.
Some people rose, some people fell.
The news about the massacre in the Divine Capital of Xiling spread throughout the Higher Heavens Realm and shocked every force in no time.
The Golden Divine Nation was certainly the first one to receive the news. Raving mad, they understood that the Heavenly Mandate Academy destroyed the Divine Capital of Xiling for the sake of the Golden Divine Nation, same as how the Golden Divine Nation slaughtered the Divine Sword Li Family with the Divine Palace in mind.
The destruction of the Divine Capital of Xiling indicated that the Heavenly Mandate Academy officially entered the game in the Higher Heavens Realm. Moreover, they joined hands with the Divine Palace.
It was difficult to predict who could last till the end.
The groups stuck in the middle were put in an even stickier situation. The Sky Burying God Clan and the Chang Feng Clan were in a constant state of anxiety. They could be wiped out no matter which side they chose.
Despite being the top forces in the Higher Heavens Realm, they sadly discovered that they were nothing more than cannon fodder in the game between the Heavenly Mandate Academy and the Golden Divine Nation. They were on the horns of a dilemma with no ability to control their own fate.
It was undoubtedly a cruel situation for them to be in. Even so, they had to make a decision. The Golden Divine Nation was pushing them, and the Heavenly Mandate Academy was warning them as well!
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