The Ancient Fortress
The Ancient Fortress was actually a gigantic floating city that was suspending in mid-air.
It was massive, extending for miles, almost like the mountain ranges!
Yi Ping wondered how this big city could stay afloat just like this. It seemed to be familiar to the Stellar Sanctuary in many ways. Could this Ancient Fortress be a mystery artefect from the Great Beyond too?
Just as Yi Ping wondered how they were going to go up, the Great Lord Xuan Yuan said, “Do you have your own stead? Why don’t we fly up to the City of the Gods?”
He took a mocking glance at the Goddess Aeris at the same time. That was because he had killed her stead and could see the painful expressions that were on her.
Yi Ping thought, “The City of the Gods? He must be referring to the Ancient Fortress. So that must be its other name.”
At the same time, he answered. “No, I don’t have a stead. I have come alone.”
The Great Lord Xuan Yuan looked at Yi Ping sternly but Yi Ping returned a steadfast look at him. He laughed aloud, “I am just astonished that you do not have your own stead even though I can sniff the scent of Kirin on you.”
Yi Ping smiled weakly as he thought, “That must be Xiao Ping’s scent.”
But he said firmly, “I do not have one with me now.”
The Great Lord Xuan Yuan said, “Doesn’t matter. Follow me on foot then.”
And with a flash, he had leapt on top of the ridge, “I hope that the two of you can keep up with my pace or I will be none the pleased.”
The Goddess Aeris lowered her eyes and said, “Yes, my lord.”
Yi Ping had no other choice but to follow him.
The Great Lord Xuan Yuan had actually taken them to the plains below.
The haste that was displayed by the Great Lord Xuan Yuan was astonishing and it had only taken them just a while to go down the plains!
Yi Ping was startled but he did not give it away. He thought, “We are supposed to go up to the Ancient Fortress but why are we going further and further away?”
Very soon Yi Ping was on the plains below but what he had seen was disturbing to him. Thousands of forced laborers were dragging heavy blocks of stones around steep stone monument pyramids!
The Great Lord Xuan Yuan said haughtily, “What do you think of my city? Isn’t it beautiful?”
Yi Ping said unhappily, “Your city may be beautiful but your people are suffering!”
The Great Lord Xuan Yuan gave a mocking smile, “Those are our slaves. Mortals and Immortals simply don’t mix. Aren’t you a little sentimental for an Immortal?
Just as Yi Ping was about to argue further, the Goddess Aeris said. “He is from the Borderlands, remember? No mortals can survive the scorching heat of the other side. Maybe he has been away for too long and has never seen so many mortals before.”
Yi Ping was jolted as he thought, “There are mortals here?”