Is That A Wisp? Chapter 52
Chapter 52: Mohie Sect
Ignoring their laugh, Krune went back to talk with the puppet, this secret realm is very old, so things like digital ID and communicators don't exist, what the puppet gave them was a jade token which carried their information the old fashion way, Krune then took this opportunity to make a few more questions.
"So, the puppet said that it has been a total of 3789 years since the last cultivator registered to enter the city, I asked if it knew what happen for the city to get empty, but it seems like it doesn't have the capability to think too much so it just kept silent, or maybe we simply don't have the authority to make it talk. I also asked why are we allowed to enter this easily, it said that as long as a cultivator appears, they should be given a token to enter the inner city, that's the rules. Then I asked why there were no cultivators living outside, only common people lived there before, but it kept silent again, in the end there is almost nothing it could tell us."
Shinja then said.
"Ask it if there is a place to acquire information inside the inner city, it might be easier if we go to such a place first, it doesn't seem to be that dangerous."
Krune nodded, he turned around and asked the puppet.
"It says that all the information can be get in the inner city Order Hall, we can find it close to the center of the inner city itself."
They nodded and then left, when they arrived at the gate, Krune took out his token and showed to the puppets in front, immediately, all the puppets gave way and the gate behind them opened, they could finally enter the inner city.
When they traversed to the other side they were surprised, it looked completely different from the outside city, although there was no living beings still, there was a lot of puppets taking care of the houses, shops, stores and etc. The inner city was definitely a city made for cultivators, magical equipment, formations, alchemist pills and potions, everything could be found inside.
Yusa looked around and thought about something.
"Why do I feel like those illusion formations outside weren't there to trap us, but to test whether we could reach this place or not?"
Krune and the others looked at her and had surprised expressions.
"Indeed, doesn't matter how powerful the illusion formations outside were, they didn't harm us in any way, just stopped us from advancing, it would also make sense since the puppets outside let us enter without asking for much, just some information."
Ao then reminded them of something
"But what about the people who lived there before? They were just common people, those formations would keep them there forever."
It was at this moment that Krune's eyes lit up.
"We have always thinking about the fact that only common people could have lived there, but tell me, if this is really a trial, could it be that there has never been anyone living in the outside city to start with? It goes against what I thought at first that the outside city was made for the expert in the past to look at them living, but now that I think that those formation were a test, it might be that the city outside was indeed made so that the cultivators inside could observe it, but not observe the common people, it was made to observe the trial takers!"
Everyone felt like that what Krune said made a lot of sense.
Moving forward, they entered a few shops, but in the end, they left disappointed, any pills for sale had lost its effects a long time ago, puppets can't concoct more after all, the equipment wasn't so bad, but compared to the ones they can buy nowadays, it was still lacking, the formation runestone were even worse, although they still worked normally, the price asked for them was several times higher than a formation with the same effect outside, but it was to be expected, it was much harder to make them in the past, the puppets selling them just kept the old price and never changed it.
"Could it be that we came here for nothing?"
Krune shook his head.
"That's not true, it could be said that this secret realm is only ours now, we can do pretty much anything we want here and after our cultivation is high enough, we can deal with the puppets and take out what they have, this is a treasure trove, we just don't have the capability to take what is inside yet."
The others mood finally improved, indeed, there was only puppets around, they are all strong but nothing ridiculous, as long as they get strong enough everything inside the inner city can be taken outside to be sold for spirit stones, they are not losing in this trade for sure.
"Besides, this is just what we can see now, I refuse to believe that the center of the inner city doesn't have better things."
They kept moving forward, although the inner city is much smaller than the outside, it is still much bigger than Kaley City for example, a few hours later, they finally reached the Order Hall, this is the place where they supposedly can get information. The group entered inside and to their surprise, there wasn't any puppets taking care, there was only a big formation on the ground and several other rooms with exactly the same formation, in the end they decided to have of them step inside to check what it is.
Krune was the one to do that since he was the only one who could understand their language without using a translator, after stepping inside, the formation activated and it showed an illusory form of a middle aged man wearing a white robe, he had long hair which was common between cultivators thousands of years ago, he looked at Krune and smiled.
"It has been 3789 years since the last cultivator appeared in this city, I thought that the city was doomed to not have a single soul stepping on it ever since the main gate to the outside world was destroyed back then, but it seems like the heavens have eyes in the end, someone has finally come."
Krune and the others outside could hear the old man, earlier, after Krune helped them to register to enter the inner city, Krune had passed to their communicator the language that the puppets were talking, and through the use of the auto translator in their own devices, they could understand what the man was saying, of course, Krune had a much easier time since he didn't need to look at the translated words and understood the language's rules, but it was still enough for his companions to at least understand what was being said.
Krune looked at the man and asked.
"Can you tell me what is this place?"
That was definitely the most important question now, everything else could start after that, the illusory man in the formation wasn't really alive, it only had a sliver of a will attached in the formation so that it could have a conversation with those who came, he nodded and started explaining.
"Of course, this is the Mohie Sect Branch Dimension, it was a city built to test new cultivators that wish to join the Mohie Sect of the past, the city outside is only the first test, although it has no real danger, one could totally be trapped inside those illusion formations for all eternity, in the past, if the contestants didn't pass the test in the time stipulated, they would be teleported outside after the test was over, but because there is no one to control the formations anymore, those who entered after that had no way of leaving and died there."
Krune's group had felt a chill behind their back, if they didn't have their communicators to help them with the test, they could very well stayed there forever.
"Why there isn't anyone living here anymore?"
The man continued
"From the information that was passed to me before the last member of the Mohie sect left, the sect was in a war against their main foe, the Rasie Clan, in the past, both forces occupied several planets in the south west side of the western protectorate, but because the amount of resources was limited, conflict started to appear which led to an all-out war between both powers, due to the Sect's orders, all cultivators should leave the Mohie Sect Branch Dimension to fight in the war, from what I know, the Mohie Sect was on the losing side, but that was when the Dimension Main Gate was destroyed, there was no one left behind to start with, so the Dimension kept empty ever since then."
Krune and the others took a deep breath, they know very well what the Rasie Clan is, this is one of the biggest clans of their western protectorate, a big whale no smaller than the Wang Clan, one of the so called big four. To think that they would find a remnant of the archenemy of the Rasie Clan, this situation had just become even more complicated.
"Why was the gate destroyed?"
The man shook his head
"I don't know, my guess is that it was destroyed to conceal it's entrance, as far as I know this dimension branch was moved somewhere else before that, but as to what happened after, I don't know."
Krune continued asking
"You said earlier that someone has finally come, does it mean that you have an objective to be completed? Something that needs the involvement of someone from the outside?"
The man nodded
"Exactly, the orders we received when the last cultivator left was to wait for the next inheritor of the Mohie Sect Legacy, which has been probably disappeared outside."
The interest of Krune and the others were picked after hearing that.
"What is this Legacy about?"
"The Mohie Sect is a Divine Sense focused sect, the sect legacy focus on attacking others soul through their own Divine Sense, you could say that this is a sect for those with powerful souls like the Spiritas Race, but even if you don't have a strong soul, the sect has it's ways of helping you improve it, we have cultivation techniques specially focused on the soul as well."
Everyone was taken aback, it's not like they haven't heard about Divine Sense used for attack before, but those are things far from what they could find in the Makui Planet, from what they know, only the Spiritas Empire from the Spiritas Race has cultivation techniques focused on the soul in their protectorate, not to mention that the Spiritas Empire is also one of the big four.
Krune was ecstatic, his soul is already very strong for someone of his level, because of that he got a powerful Divine Sense that only some late stage Foundation Establishment cultivators have, if he could use the Mohie Sect Divine Sense techniques, his combat power would increase tremendously!
But first he has to finish this conversation.
"If we can receive the inheritance successfully, does it mean that we can gain control over this Secret Realm?"
The man in the illusory projection looked at Krune puzzled.
"Secret Realm? Oh! You are talking about this dimension, so the people outside call this a Secret Realm, I see. Well, it's not completely wrong, it has been hidden for a long time after all, it could be considered somewhat secret."
The man then put this thought behind his mind and continued.
"You are correct, the control over this 'Secret Realm' can be transferred to the inheritor of the legacy, but before anyone of you accept the next part of the tests, remember that once you decide to continue you will from now on be considered a part of the Mohie Sect, I don't know what happened in the war between Mohie and Rasie, but it's most likely that we lost, otherwise, the sect higher ups would have come back by now to reopen it."
"In that case, you might become an enemy of the Rasie Clan, although there shouldn't be a lot of people who still remember the Divine Sense techniques of the Mohie Clan anymore, the Rasie Clan old fogies, especially those who have lived for over four thousand years, will definitely recognize our techniques if you use them in front of their clan members."
Krune looked back at everyone and only saw that nodding, this is an excellent opportunity to improve one's soul, even if they never use the Divine Sense techniques, just the difference that it will make on their Divine Sense is already considered a great fortune!
"Another thing, we never said that we aren't part of the Rasie Clan, why would you trust us so easily like that? I don't think the Mohie Clan inheritance is this easy to get."
The man shook his head.
"Any member or subordinate of the Rasie Clan has the White Tiger mark on their bodies, that mark is made using a special technique of the Rasie Clan, the Rasie Clan would never allow someone untrustworthy to enter a 'Secret Realm' of the Mohie Sect, when you first arrived in the city outside, the main Dimension Formation had already checked your bodies and haven't found anything, otherwise you would be dead already."
Krune nodded, it did make sense, the Rasie Clan was their mortal foe, there is no way that the Secret Realms created by them wouldn't have counter measures against members of the Rasie Clan infiltrating.
"Very well, then please tell us more about the tests."
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