Chapter 524: Xu Family Fortress
The yellow cloud came near to Liu Ming and the others for a few breaths.
A tall old man standing above the cloud had a majestic face. He was obviously accustomed to giving orders, glared at the two young men, then saluted Liu Ming, and said apologetically,
“Sir Envoy, these juniors have little knowledge, please forgive us if we have offended you.”
“It’s fine. Ignorance can be forgiven. May I know if you are the Xu Family’s Patriarch Kaiyang?” Liu Ming naturally wouldn’t care about these trivial things. He said with a slight smile.
“Sir Envoy really has a keen eye. I’m the patriarch of the Xu Family.” The tall old man’s face was stiff. He was surprised in his mind. For a while, he didn’t want to understand how the person before him could see through his identity.
Liu Ming smiled slightly. Judging from the Condensation State cultivation and the tone of reprimanding the two Xu Family disciples, how could he not guess the other’s identity?
As for his identity as the Taiqing Sect disciple, most of it was because the other party had received the news in advance that someone had accepted the mission. They might even know his appearance. Otherwise, no one would simply come out to greet immediately.
The two young men on the black eagle hurriedly stepped forward to bow in fear. At the command of the tall old man, they immediately went back to report the news.
Not long after, the enchantment outside on the mountain fluctuated, slowly opening a passage.
“Sir Envoy, please go to the castle first.” Xu Kaiyang saw this, and he immediately stopped the chatter and made a polite gesture with one hand.
Liu Ming was not polite. After nodding, he floated into the passage.
After flying for a hundred meters more, a yellow brilliance flashed in front of him, revealing a rather magnificent tall castle-like building below.
The highest point of the castle was more than three hundred meters. It was surrounded by layers of shadowy buildings. The outermost part was a tall city wall which enclosed most of the mountain peaks in the middle.
“Our place is very simple. Sir Envoy, please don’t feel weird.” Xu Kaiyang said to Liu Ming while guiding Liu Ming to the door of the inner hall of the ancient castle.
“You are being polite, Master Xu.” Liu Ming responded calmly.
After a while, the two of them landed on the ground. Several old men in yellow clothes had already stood at the gate and greeted them.
“This should be Sir Envoy of the Taiqing Sect. I’m Xu Yunzhen, the great elder of my people. Please forgive me for not being able to welcome you.” The one who spoke was a skinny old man with yellow beard and hair. The people behind him seemed to regard him as the leader.
“You fellow Taoists are polite. I’m here to complete the mission posted by the Xu Family.” Liu Ming glanced around, smiled and cupped his fists. At the same time, he took out the outer disciple identity token and threw over.
“So Envoy Liu is the outer disciple of the Taiqing Sect. You must be able to advance to the Crystallization Period very soon. Come in. I’ll introduce the elders of my Xu Family.” The skinny old man took the token and inspected it a little. His yellow eyes flashed before returning the token with laughter.
After then, Xu Kaiyang began to introduce everyone present to him.
The elders of Xu Family were all cultivators of the Condensation Period. The skinny old man had the highest cultivation which was the Condensation Period intermediate stage. Several other people, including Patriarch Xu Kaiyang, were all in the early stage.
Although these people were all in a peaceful state, as Liu Ming scanned with Divine Thought, he discovered that, except for the clan leader Xu Family, all the blood of the people present were surging. There was also a hint of black gas on their faces; they were clearly seriously injured.
After some chatters, Liu Ming walked into the lobby of the castle surrounded by several elders.
After the guests were seated separately, a maidservant served the tea.
“This ‘yellow dew tea’ is a specialty of our Cangman Mountain. Although it was not a top-grade spirit tea, it was still sweet and moist and has a long aftertaste. Sir Envoy, please enjoy the tea.” The patriarch of the Xu Family sat opposite Liu Ming and smiled as he said.
“Tea can be drunk slowly. However, the sect mission said that two powerful ghost creatures appeared nearby. Do you know what the specific situation is?” Liu Ming picked up the tea cup and took a sip, then spoke.
When the Xu Family members heard this question, they couldn’t help but glance at each other with embarrassment.
“I didn’t expect Sir Envoy to be an impatient person too. In fact, even if the sir didn’t ask, I still have to say it.” Seeing this, the skinny old man coughed slightly and answered.
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“This is the case. Our Xu Family originally had a vein mine in the east of the Cangman Mountain. For more than a hundred years, we had been mining some ordinary ores, but nothing major had happened. But two months ago, two of our disciples went missing when they were patrolling the mine. We looked for them for a few days, but we found nothing. At first, we just thought they went to other places, so we didn’t put attention on it.
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