From in and out of view, immortals that were poised to make a move against Lu Yun could only look on in shock. Jin Hexi was the commander of the imperial troops in the capital!
No matter the cultivation level of the imperial defenders, they represented the imperial familys authority. As the commander of the imperial troops, Jin Hexi was one of the most influential figures in Nephrite Capital. Even core members of the Feng Clan showed him deference.
The absurdly extravagant fortress ship slammed into Jin Hexi with great ferocity, expelling all of his inner energy, flattening him, and squashing his blood, flesh, and bones. What remained was a large meat patty stuck to the bottom of the ships bow.
Still, he was alive.
Golden immortals were extremely resilient. Even upon the destruction of flesh, bone, and muscle, they could still recover, due to the golden immortal creeds within their bodies.
After an enormous reverberation, the fortress ship continued its way into Xiankan beneath the crowds flabbergasted stares.
“Stop, stop right now!!” someone yelled. “Are you starting a coup, Lu Yun! Put the commander down!”
The voice belonged to the newly arrived imperial army, but they couldnt do anything about the situation. All of them were august immortals, while that fortress ship had just pulped a golden immortal. A combined charge from all of them wouldnt even slow down the ship.
They, too, had battle formations at their fingertips, but deploying the formations required their commanders guidance. Said commander was currently a meat pie plastered on their enemy.
Lu Yun stood atop the bow and cast his gaze at the distant capital with his hand on the side of the ship, ignoring the commotion from the imperial army. Suddenly, a giant figure descended and slammed into the vessel, which shuddered and halted with a rumble.
An inhuman growl rang throughout the ship. Lu Yuns pupils contracted with alarm.
A zombie covered in green fur stood by the bow and held back the ship with one hand, peeling Jin Hexi away with the other. It looked like a tall and burly middle-aged man under the fur, and it was at least a peerless immortal.
A dark look flickered through Lu Yuns face before he schooled his expression into one of indifference.
“What a big yum-yum!!” Drooling, Ge Longs eyes were glued to the zombie.
“Are there others in this world who can command zombies” Lu Yun scanned the zombie before shifting his gaze to another faint figure in midair.
Encircled by a leisurely grace, the newcomer wore gray robes and was a golden immortal as well. Standing quietly in the air, he raised a flute to his mouth and played.
“Grrrl!” Melodies from the flute sent the zombie into further frenzy. It reached out and brought Jin Hexi off the ship.
Lu Yun struck out his arm to prevent Ge Long from lunging at the zombie. “Rumors speak of immortals commanding zombies in battle. You must be one of these mythical beings.”
“Jin Heyi of the Corpse Refiners in Truespirit Major. A pleasure, Your Excellency.” The newcomer put away his flute and landed on the ship, bowing slightly to Lu Yun. “My younger brother has given offense out of youthful recklessness. I hope Your Excellency may find it in yourself to forgive him.”
“Oh” Lu Yun cocked his head at the man and the zombie behind, taking a closer look. The very image of docility, the zombies crimson eyes were fixed in an unblinking stare at the fortress ship.
Jin Hexis body had recovered, but his extravagant golden armor had been shattered. He looked extremely bedraggled, and stared on with dread and confusion. Was this Dusk governor insane How dare he attack the commander of the imperial army right outside Xiankan Wasnt he worried he would offend the imperial family
“Corpse Refiners Never heard ofem.” Lu Yun shook his head. None of his five envoys knew about them either.
“Is your sect about to enter the world” Qing Han asked tensely. Clearly, he knew the sect and what made the mysterious group terrifying. He just hadnt expected someone from the Jin Clan to be a disciple.
Jin Heyi nodded. “The nine celestial emperors have entered closed door cultivation to attempt breaking through the dao immortal realm. A golden age is upon the world of immortals. We have stayed away from the mundane world for tens of thousands of years, but it is now time for us to return and gain a foothold in this new world.”
“I see.” Lu Yun nodded. “Since an elite disciple of the Corpse Refiners has spoken, Ill let the commander off the hook. Lets go.”
He waved a hand, signalling Ge Long. Casting one final longing look at the zombie, the old steward tightened his grasp on the spirit key and steered the fortress ship into the capital.
“That Jin Heyi wanted to befriend you,” Qing Han said later with some hesitation.
Lu Yuns expression darkened. “But Im not interested.”
“Whats wrong” The governors reaction had startled Qing Han. He could tell that Lu Yun was suppressing his intent to kill.
“Corpse Refiners… Corpse Refiners… Heh, no wonder theyve turtled down for so long.” A sinister smile tugged at Lu Yuns lips. “They refine living zombies!”
“What!” Qing Hans jaw dropped. “Living zombies”
“They refine living people into zombies!” Murderous intent colored Lu Yuns voice. He was no saint, and wouldnt have stuck his nose in this, but the Tome of Life and Death bestowed upon him both the power and the responsibility to maintain the balance between life and death. Refining living people into zombies shattered that balance and violated enormous taboos.
He didnt find this kind of duty irksome. Back on Earth, hed gathered an organization of expert tomb raiders to enforce order, preventing other tomb raiders from affecting the world at large. If hed stayed any longer, he was worried that hed channel the power of the dread zombie and kill Jin Heyi then and there.
Outside the capital.
“He wants me dead.” Jin Heyi smiled as he watched Lu Yuns ship flying into the capital. “So Ive encountered a moralist right after returning Nephrite Major. Heh, how interesting! Oh, how I look forward to refining him into a zombie.”
A malicious smile split his peaceful demeanor. Next to him, Jin Hexi couldnt help the shudder that ran down his spine.
Lu Yun allowed himself to relax only after hed entered the capital. There were too many experts in Life Province, which was why hed spent the entire trip on the ship. He wasnt safe until he reached Xiankan.-