As the final white piece landed on the board, the white-haired old man finally could not bear the load, and even collapsed.
At the same time as the old man, over forty thousand copied endgames also exploded with a loud bang, forming a storm that was about to wreak havoc in the s.p.a.ce inside Gu Hai's glabella.
At the same time, in the outside world, the jade disc in the hands of Gu Hai's real body...
After having numerous cracks appear on it, finally exploded into pieces, turning into a cloud of dust.
"What?" cried out Little Rou in surprise.
"Is… isn't this the magical item refined by Elder Guanqi? How can it explode?" Gao Xianzhi's countenance became ugly.
After the fragments turned into dust, they spread in all directions in the blink of an eye, before smas.h.i.+ng into the cave walls and disappearing.
"I felt those fragments pa.s.s through my body!" shouted Little Rou, wide-eyed.
Gao Xianzhi looked at his own hand. Just a moment ago, he had clearly seen dust smas.h.i.+ng into his own palm. However, the dust had then appeared on the back of his hand.
"The dust has already gone out of the cave?" wondered Chen Tianshan, frowning.
"The dust particles are very small, ordinary people cannot see them clearly. The dust has already dispersed, along with the wind!" explained Gao Xianzhi calmly.
Chen Tianshan nodded agreement.
"Can't you smell it?" asked Little Rou.
"Smell what?" Gao Xianzhi and Chen Tianshan asked, confused,
"Sweet scent, a sweet scent, it's very special!" replied Little Rou, astonished.
"Well?" Gao Xianzhi and Chen Tianshan looked at each other, they didn't smell any sweet scent.
Little Rou slowly moved towards Gu Hai and circled around him, smelling carefully.
"The smell should be from the earlier dust particles, it's very rich on Benefactor's body!" stated Little Rou, astonished.
After circling Gu Hai a few times, Little Rou eventually took a sniff of his glabella.
"It's here, it's the richest here!" stated Little Rou, astounded.
"Throne Master's glabella?" A puzzled looked appeared on Chen Tianshan's face.
"Little Rou, don't disturb Throne Master, Throne Master isn't awake yet!" shouted Gao Xianzhi immediately.
"Oh!" Little Rou withdrew right away, afraid of disturbing Gu Hai.
Gu Hai wasn't awake, but the earlier storm in his glabella had created surprising changes.
Gu Hai had blasted the programmed puppet left by the Elder Guanqi apart with his own weiqi skills. At this moment, the programmed puppet had completely collapsed.
The programmed puppet had copied over forty thousand of Gu Hai's endgames, and those had also come to naught. Not a single endgame had been copied away.
More importantly, after the programmed puppet had exploded, the black piece in Gu Hai's glabella had suddenly produced a suction force.
In the blink of an eye, all the waning clouds had been sucked inside.
After having sucked in the waning clouds, the black piece suddenly started flas.h.i.+ng with a black glow, whereas the speed of operations of the hundred thousand endgames below also doubled immediately. The hundred thousand weiqi boards quivered endlessly, as if some changes were about to happen.
Gu Hai's illusionary body looked at the black piece, as well as the hundred thousand shaking weiqi boards, in surprise.
"Ah, right, the black piece hasn't sucked all the clouds!" Gu Hai's countenance flickered.
He had noticed that there was still a small white crystal not too far away from the black piece. The crystal wasn't too big, its size was only one-thousandth of that of black piece.
But this small crystal was shaking and seemed to be releasing some kind of peculiar energy.
Gu Hai focused his gaze on this small crystal, but saw that an extremely small weiqi board had appeared above the small crystal at this moment.
This small weiqi board had a 28 x 28 grid. Just like earlier weiqi board under Gu Hai. However, the weiqi pieces on it were moving madly, as if they were continuously demonstrating moves of weiqi one after another.
As the pieces of the 28 x 28 weiqi board moved, the weiqi board was producing a peculiar energy field that was spreading out. Perhaps this was the fragrant scent that Little Rou had smelled.
"This is the programmed puppet? This is the program of the white-haired old man who was playing with me earlier?" Stared Gu Hai with opened wide eyes.
Looking at the small weiqi board over the crystal, then at the shaking hundred thousand endgames and also at the calm-as-an-ancient-dried-well black piece, Gu Hai suddenly had a premonition that this program would be beneficial for himself, and the shaking of the hundred thousand endgames might also be related to it. Moreover, this program should also be hiding a big secret.
Suddenly, Gu Hai's real body opened its eyes.
"Throne Master?" Gao Xianzhi looked at Gu Hai in surprise.
Gu Hai looked at his palm, where a golden piece had appeared at sometime unbeknownst to everybody. However, the golden piece was unable to excite Gu Hai already.
"I am going into a closed-door training for some time! Don't disturb me, it could take a bit longer!" ordered Gu Hai.
"Yes, Your Grace!" Chen Tianshan and Gao Xianzhi replied.
Having said that, Gu Hai's mind sunk into s.p.a.ce inside his glabella, ignoring everyone.
The program above the crystal was constantly moving. Slowly, Gu Hai's mind was immersed in this game. If it was the secret programming technique left by Elder Guanqi, it ought to be extraordinary.
While Gu Hai was immersed in this weiqi board...
In the outside world, Little Rou, Gao Xianzhi, and Chen Tianshan looked at each other.
"What the h.e.l.l is going on?" Chen Tianshan was at a loss.
Gao Xianzhi shook his head as a confused expression also showed up on his face.
"Little Rou, can you still smell that sweet fragrance?" asked Gao Xianzhi.
Little Rou repeatedly nodded in affirmation as she said, "Yes, it's very fragrant, just like the sweet fragrance when the fragments had exploded a while ago. Furthermore, it's more intense, benefactor's body is constantly emitting the sweet fragrance!"
Gao Xianzhi and Chen Tianshan looked at each other.
"What should we do now?" Chen Tianshan looked at Gao Xianzhi.
Gao Xianzhi took a long, deep breath before speaking, "Regardless of what Throne Master has encountered, we cannot disturb Throne Master!"
"But, aren't we going to look for that Wei Shengren?" asked Chen Tianshan, knitting his brows.
"Why are anxious when Throne Master isn't?" rebuked Gao Xianzhi, shaking his head.
"Well?" Chen Tianshan nodded, his argument silenced.
"I know that many people are searching for the Weiqi Empyrean Court treasures outside; however, if we go, we might not necessarily find them. With so many people out there, along with the disciples of Weiqi Empyrean Court who have been living here for many years, do you still think they will miss anything for us to pick? Let's wait here!" said Gao Xianzhi patiently.
Chen Tianshan nodded, having thought it over.
"Right, according to Little Rou, a sweet fragrance is being emitted from Throne Master's glabella. If it's okay, we can check whether this aroma will cause anything or not in the meantime!" proposed Gao Xianzhi.
"Okay!" nodded Chen Tianshan in agreement.
Little Rou, on the other hand, rested by Gu Hai's side, gently gazing at him.
Xiantian Endgame World...
A group dressed in black robes that had sun patterns gradually stopped at the summit of a peak.
There were approximately a hundred people. And their leader was the Great Wisdom King, wielding a five-colored specter.
The Great Wisdom King looked at the sky, while the rest stood respectfully.
"Did you find her whereabouts?" asked the Great Wisdom King calmly.
"No, Your Majesty. This world is quite vast, it is very difficult to search in a short time. Furthermore, we don't know where to start; we even caught a few Weiqi Empyrean Court disciples, but they also don't know anything. Your Majesty, should we go the Weiqi Empyrean Court headquarters and ask Weiqi Empyrean Court Great Elder?" asked a man dressed in sun-patterned black robe.
"Not yet!" replied the Great Wisdom King calmly.
"But, everything is calm in this world currently, we are simply unable to find the whereabouts of Empress Wa!"
"Calm? If it's calm, then, I shall send it into a turmoil!" stated Great Wisdom King in a heavy tone.
"I will let this world seethe a bit, you have to find Empress Wa within half a year!" said the Great Wisdom King solemnly.
"Yes, Your Majesty! However, what is Your Majesty going to do?"
"What is the most famous treasure in this world?"
"Hundred Years Longevity Peach Tree! Has Your Majesty...?"
"Right, I have found the Hundred Years Longevity Peach Tree!" the Great Wisdom King said calmly.
"Ah?" everyone exclaimed in surprise.
"It is hidden very deep; but unfortunately, it still cannot escape my eyes!" said the Great Wisdom King coldly, looking at the sky.
While speaking, the Great Wisdom King gradually raised his scepter.
"Divine beam, break it for me!" shouted the Great Wisdom King coldly.
Suddenly, a five-colored rainbow emerged above the scepter, before shooting straight into ninth heaven, brightening the entire sky in the blink of an eye.
Under the five-colored brilliance, countless cultivators raised their head to look at the sky suddenly.
In a small valley...
Meng Tai, along with his Ascendant Hall disciples, was recuperating. His condition was a lot better now after recuperating for a few days.
"Throne Master, look there, a rainbow?" an Ascendant Hall disciple exclaimed in surprise.
A thunderous crash shook the sky. To everyone's surprise, that five-colored rainbow had smashed into a huge white cloud.
The white cloud burst apart as the rain began to fall everywhere. However, the countless cultivators were no longer paying any attention to the rainbow or the rainfall.
Rather, all of them sucked in a cold lump of air without exception.
"Hiss! That's...?" Meng Tai's eyes went wide with surprise.
After the cloud burst apart, a ten-zhang tall peach tree floating in the sky came into everyone's view. The peach tree was lush and emerald in color. Furthermore, among the countless leaves on the peach tree, one could vaguely make out head-sized golden saturn peaches.
The huge peach tree floated in the air. It roots seemed imaginary, yet real as well, as if the roots were inserted deep into s.p.a.ce and absorbing some kind of inexplicable nutrients.
"The Hundred Years Longevity Peach Tree?" an Ascendant Hall disciple cried in surprise.
Not just here, the countless cultivators all across this world stared with wide eyes.
"That's the Hundred Years Longevity Peach Tree?"
"Indeed, so it was actually hidden among the cloud! No wonder no one could find it before!"
"Who could find it when it was hidden among the clouds?"
"Golden saturn peaches? As long as I can eat one, my lifespan would increase by a hundred years!"
"Longevity herb, that, that's a rare treasure!"
"I must have it!"...
Countless cultivators eyes turned red.
In a mountain valley with mult.i.tudes of great halls...
Just as Ninth Young Master returned in anger, a thunderous bang resounded in the sky. Ninth Young Master turned his head to look and saw a five-colored rainbow breaking a white cloud in the sky apart, revealing the Hundred Years Longevity Peach Tree.
"What? Who is it? Who broke the grand array of Hundred Years Longevity Peach Tree?" Ninth Young Master's countenance became ugly.
"That's...!" some Weiqi Empyrean Court disciples also gawked with wide eyes.
Obviously, ordinary disciples were also not aware of the whereabouts of a supreme treasure like the Hundred Years Longevity Peach Tree.
"Inform the Great Elder, something has gone wrong! I will go to the Hundred Years Longevity Peach Tree to stand guard!" ordered Ninth Young Master, staring skywards.
"Yes, Your Grace!" the crowd of subordinates obeyed.
Ninth Young Master stretched his hand out as he pinched the golden weiqi piece.
Billowing clouds covered the surroundings as the cloud hydra was congealed.
The hydra let out a bellow as it carried the Ninth Young Master towards the Hundred Years Longevity Peach Tree in the sky.
At the same time, it appeared that other people in the small world had also acquired the golden weiqi pieces.
In three directions, three clouds also surged towards the Hundred Years Longevity Peach Tree. Apparently, three cloud beasts were charging towards the Tree as well!
Atop the hydra, a savage look appeared on Ninth Young Master's face, "If you want to rob other treasures, that's okay. But you want to rob the Hundred Years Longevity Peach Tree? You are courting death! Humph!"
In a flash, countless cultivators in this small world stared at the center position in the sky. The entire world was sent into an uproar.
Atop the peak, the Great Wisdom King, remained calm after having finished everything.
"A Hundred Years Longevity Peach Tree? Since Your Majesty has discovered it, isn't Your Majesty going to compete...?" one of his sun-patterned black robe subordinates asked curiously.
"You better remember to look for Empress Wa! I have revealed the whereabouts of the Hundred Years Longevity Peach Tree only to send this world into chaos, so as to make it easier to find Empress Wa. If you can't find her, all of you are going to die; you still won't be able to get away even if you have obtained the Hundred Years Longevity Peach Tree!" said the Great Wisdom King coldly.
"Yes, Your Majesty!" the crowd of sun-patterned black-robed men responded as they came to their senses.