When Ye Futian received this news, his heart turned cold.
Many years ago, the powers of the Divine Prefecture had already done this once before. These forces had descended upon the Heavenly Mandate Realm and forced him out, resulting in him sealing himself inside the Ziwei Segmentum.
Now, was there going to be a repeat of the Divine Prefecture powers’ besiegement?
Not to mention, this time, it seemed to be even more ruthless, as they were aiming to seal the entire Ziwei Segmentum.
No ordinary powers dared to be this arrogant; only those apex powers of the prefecture dared to declare something like seal an entire Segmentum.
Just imagine how much power it would require.
Ye Futian asked Xi Chiyao to help him gather more information regarding this, specifically which powers were involved, while he continued to cultivate in the Ziwei Segmentum Imperial Palace. He didn’t even tell the others in order to let the cultivators of the Imperial Palace strengthen themselves in peace.
Time continued to pass. Inside the Starry Cultivation Court, Ye Futian sat in a cross-legged stance. Just then, he opened his eyes, and with a swing of his palm, a mirror appeared before him. On the other end of the mirror was a pretty figure; it was Xi Chiyao.
“Renhuang Ye,” Xi Chiyao called out.
“Goddess Chiyao, how’s the situation out there?” Ye Futian asked.
“It’s really not looking good,” Xi Chiyao replied. “There are gradually more powers entering the alliance. They are preparing to hold a meeting specifically for the attack on Ziwei Segmentum. Now, they’ve already sent people to Tianyan City to convince the Lord of the Tianyan City to invite out the Imperial Arm and lay waste to the Ziwei Segmentum.”
Coldness appeared in Ye Futian’s eyes. Even Imperial Arms were separated into different levels. He had already found some ordinary “Imperial Arms,” but these actually only contained a slither of the Will of the Great Emperor. True Imperial Arms were mighty divine-level weapons that contained the powers of the Great Emperors.
Weapons like the Scepter of the Stars actually couldn’t even be considered a complete Imperial Arm. It only contained a slither of Ziwei the Great’s will. To forge an Imperial Arm, the first requirement was to have a Divine Item.
Divine Items themselves were already extremely rare. For instance, Wangshen Watchtower, in the hands of the Millet Emperor, was a complete Divine Item.
With the Wangshen Watchtower, the Millet Emperor could even battle the Lord of the Donghua Domain Chief’s Manor Ning Yuan, which was a testament to its potency.
Yet, such Divine Items were just materials to forge an Imperial Arm.
Besides that, forging an Imperial Arm would also require a Great Emperor level Armorer Emperor to utilize the Divine Martial. Today, such beings no longer existed.
Tianyan City was the number one sanctuary of armorers, yet the greatest armorer was the top-tier Blacksmith Grandmaster, the Lord of the Tianyan City.
But the ancestor of the Lord of the Tianyan City was an Armorer Emperor.
Tianyan City owns a complete Imperial Arm.
The various powers wanted to ask the Lord of the Tianyan City to invite the Imperial Arm to attack the Ziwei Segmentum.
“Will the Lord of the Tianyan City agree?” Ye Futian asked; his eyes had turned cold. These Ancient God Clans have terrifyingly deep backgrounds and collections. There was a supreme Imperial Arm hidden inside the Tianyan City. If they really drew the Imperial Arm, could the Imperial Segmentum survive it?
“Very difficult. It’s not that easy to invite out the Imperial Arm,” Xi Chiyao replied. “The Imperial Arms contains the powerful might and will of the Great Emperor and have its own will. Even the Lord of the Tianyan City can’t command it. They have to ‘invite’ it to battle. Unless Tianyan City is met with a true existential disaster, usually, the Imperial Arm won’t emerge.”
Ye Futian nodded and felt slightly more relieved.
“But we still can’t let down our guard. Tianyan City doesn’t have a good impression of the Ziwei Segmentum. Back then, they tried to seize the divine frame and were rejected by you. That resulted in the furious Tianyan City Lord lashing out and destroying the Heavenly Mandate Academy. Even if they don’t invite out the Imperial Arm, they could still convince the Lord of the Tianyan City to bring other powerful divine arms for an attack on the Ziwei Segmentum.”
“Em.” Ye Futian nodded and asked, “Who was the one who started this?”
“I’m not sure about the details, but it should be launched jointly by several of the great powers. And they were supported by other powers as well. The earliest one to start this is likely those powers then went to the Celestial Mountain to contend for the inheritance. Chief Xihai also responded and called upon various Domain Chief Manors to join forces and wipe out the Ziwei Segmentum. The Donghua Domain Chief’s Manor also responded in secret,” Xi Chiyao replied. “There are even more participating powers. There are those Ancient God Clans that fought you back then, as well as those Overlord level powers, like the Sun God Mountain, Holy Land of Taichu, and other overlords of the Divine Prefecture.”
“Understood.” Ye Futian nodded slightly before asking, “On the West Imperial Palace’s side, is there a lot of pressure?”
“It’s alright,” Xi Chiyao said. “Perhaps you are not completely clear of the background of an Ancient God Clan. They won’t dare to provoke us so easily. Also, if you choose an opponent, it’s best to stay away from the Ancient God Clan first. Right now, you are not yet capable of shaking up an Ancient God Clan, and you could suffer severe backlash.”
Upon hearing what Xi Chiyao said, a surprised emotion appeared on Ye Futian’s face. It seemed that Xi Chiyao was hinting something to him. Ancient God Clans could be even more powerful than he imagined, and they had some mysterious secrets that not many knew about.
As such, she was advising him not to engage in battle with the Ancient God Clan rashly.
Tianyan City had the Imperial Arm, and the other Ancient God Clans definitely had their own aces as well. It probably won’t be easy to rock their foundation.
“Alright,” Ye Futian nodded. “Thank you for your help.”
“No worries,” Xi Chiyao smiled. The two of them nodded at each other. Then Ye Futian reached out and waved his hand to keep the mirror. His brows were locked together.
The various powers of the Divine Prefecture hadn’t given up on killing him!
Now, it seemed that the situation was even more urgent.
If it were just sealing the Segmentum, it wouldn’t be that big a deal. The worst that could happen was the Ziwei Segmentum cultivating in solitude for an extended number of years. However, if they used other means to storm the Ziwei Segmentum or some special methods of obliteration, then things wouldn’t be alright.
Just then, a figure arrived with a flash. It was Lord Chen. He came to Ye Futian’s side and said, “Palace Lord, there are some malicious voices from the outside.”
Ye Futian nodded slightly and said, “I’ve already heard about it.”
“Palace Lord, what do you plan to do?” Lord Chen asked.
“Lord Chen, any thoughts?” Ye Futian raised his head and asked as he looked toward Lord Chen.
“We can’t just sit and wait for our demise,” Lord Chen replied. “Now, the Ziwei Segmentum is no longer weak, and it’s time to go out there.”
Lord Chen had made the breakthrough, and his power was augmented by the Scepter of Stars, so now he wanted to test his prowess in battle. It just so happened that the various powers of the Divine Prefecture were planning something malicious, which was why he had such thoughts.
Ye Futian looked toward Lord Chen, and he didn’t expect a fighting spirit to emerge in Lord Chen.
“Just now, Xi Chiyao advised me not to touch the Ancient God Clans. So, who can we target?” Ye Futian asked.
“Other than the Ancient God Clans, just choose a power that wants to touch us and destroy them as a warning to the others,” Lord Chen’s voice was calm, but one could sense a domineering might from it. The Ziwei Imperial Palace was the lord of a celestial segmentum, yet now they ran into problems everywhere. Naturally, he felt furious inside as well.
At least, they should let the outside world know that the Ziwei Segmentum wasn’t a power that they could push around as and when they liked.
“Also, our target can’t be too weak. If we are going to strike out, we’ll strike out at one of the more powerful organizations. Otherwise, it wouldn’t serve as a warning and deterrence to the others,” Lord Chen continued. Ye Futian nodded in agreement upon hearing him.
After hearing Lord Chen’s opinion, he already had an organization in mind. Moreover, this organization had long had a grudge with the Ziwei Imperial Palace and was very powerful in the Divine Prefecture, even known as a holy land for cultivation. In their domain, it had supreme status.
After a moment of silence, Ye Futian said, “Lord Chen, summon the chiefs of the Ziwei, Wangshen, and Heavenly Mandate Palaces to come to the Ziwei Imperial Palace for a conference.”
“Yes, Palace Lord.” Lord Chen bowed toward Ye Futian, then turned and walked into the celestial skies. His expression was solemn, and one could even see serious killing intent within.
It’s been a long time since he had gone out.
Since that year, he was sealed inside the Ziwei Imperial Palace. As the lord of the segmentum, Lord Chen pretty much had nothing to do on normal days and had no enemies. All he did was to cultivate to pass his time. But now, he had made a breakthrough in his cultivation level, and there were powerful enemies externally; it allowed him to feel his blood pumping up once again.
Outside the main palace of the Ziwei Imperial Palace, a group of powerful cultivators was standing there. They could feel that something was going to happen, and all had solemn expressions on their faces.
The Supreme Elder Lord Chen, Ziwei Palace Lord Mu Rongyu, Wangshen Palace Lord Emperor Xi, Heavenly Mandate Palace Lord Hua Jieyu were all there. The other apex cultivators were also gathered here. Only Daoist Monk Mu wasn’t here. Ye Futian told them not to worry about it and focus on crafting elixirs, which was the utmost priority for Daoist Monk Mu.
The external battles will be their job for now.
“Many years ago, various powers of the Divine Prefecture led their troops to descend upon the Heavenly Mandate and obliterated the Heavenly Mandate Academy, chasing us out and forcing us to seal ourselves inside the Ziwei Segmentum for many years. Now, the Ziwei Segmentum no longer participates in the conflicts of the outside world, yet the powers of the Divine Prefecture still don’t want to let us go. They want to join forces once again, form a powerful alliance and wipe out the Ziwei Segmentum,” Ye Futian said. “But the Ziwei Imperial Palace today isn’t the same as the Ziwei Imperial Palace back then. Regardless of whether they will be able to ally. At the very least, we must let those who want to destroy us learn the meaning of a price to pay.”
The cultivators all felt a strong emotion well up inside them as their blood started pumping. Today, will the Ziwei Imperial Palace be heading out for conquest?
This was the first time ever. It had never happened before.
Especially some of the cultivators from Heavenly Mandate. For so many years, they had passively tolerated being the target of oppression and suppression. Until today, they had become strong enough, yet they still faced the same pressure. The various apex powers of the Divine Prefecture just wouldn’t let them go.
There were even Ancient God Clans that wanted to attack them.
All of this was only because the Lord of the Ziwei Imperial Palace was too bright. It was as though this world didn’t allow someone of this caliber to exist, and so it conjured up all sorts of ways to wipe out Ye Futian. Or perhaps, it was alarmed by his growth.
Now, they were finally striking out.
“Let’s go,” Ye Futian said before taking the first step. Everyone made way for him and let Ye Futian walk through the middle. Then the cultivators followed his lead and walked toward the direction of a tunnel.
The Ziwei Imperial Palace set off for battle against the Divine Prefecture!
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