Chapter 705 Wu Yao part A
Many years ago, King Wu rebelled against the Great Zhou Empire and caused its downfall.
The king of Great Zhou, Zhou Qing, suffered defeat after defeat and was finally forced to go to the desolate and remote northern region. As such, the Great Zhou Empire that had once amazed the Cangmang Continent was shattered. In its place, King Wu established the Great Wu Empire which soon became a top-tier empire on the continent.
King Wu also planned to seize the Holy Dragon's blessing from the crown prince of the Great Zhou Empire and instilled it into his twin son and daughter, whose births had been delayed until the same day as the crown prince of the Great Zhou . As a result, the Great Wu Empire obtained the protection and blessings of the Phoenix and Dragon.
The Great Wu Empire flourished over the years like a rising sun over the Cangmang Continent. Numerous empires came to give their blessings because the Great Wu Empire's position was already solidified.
The Great Palace of the Wu Empire, the back park.
In an empty clearing, several strong-looking guards had surrounded a boy in bright yellow clothes. The young man stood with his hands behind his back, the arrogance in his eyes seemingly coming from deep within his bones, as if he were a born king.
The surrounding guards watched him carefully. Moments later, they suddenly charged forward with a snap, leaving behind faint afterimages as fists and feet brutally struck the young man.
A smile emerged from the corners of the young man's mouth, a smile that contained a touch of ferocity.
Instead of taking evasive maneuvers, the youth rushed forward, charging directly into the attacks as weak Genesis Qi swirled around his small fists. Although small, they were full of power.
A guard's body leaned back every time his fist landed, their chests seemingly sagging inwards as a puff of bloody mist billowed from their mouths.
The young man was vicious and cruel. All of the guards were sent flying as his figure tore through them, their bloodied bodies moaning in pain as they huddled on the ground.
That result was quite surprising.
“Haha, great job. As expected of my Wu Clan's Dragon!" When the fight ended, a loud laughter echoed from the nearby stone steps as the other palace guards and servants hurriedly knelt down.
A tall, well-built, smiling middle-aged man had appeared. He had a determined and unyielding look, while a stern and dignified aura overflowed from between his eyebrows. A certain pressure spread through their body, causing everyone to tremble involuntarily.
Obviously, it was King Wu of the Great Wu Empire.
The young man who had been called the Wu Clan Dragon was naturally the crown prince of the Great Wu Empire: Wu Huang.
Beside King Wu, a black-robed old man chuckled and said, “The crown prince is truly a genius. He only started cultivating two years ago, but he has already opened seven meridian channels. "This progress is truly amazing."
Wu Huang nodded with a wide smile on his face, his eyes filled with satisfaction as he looked towards Wu Huang. With a Dragon like this, there was no worry about the decline of the Great Wu Empire.
As he smiled, his gaze drifted in another direction as his eyebrows furrowed involuntarily.
A little girl in a pretty dress was sitting in the middle of the flowers as she carefully tended to an injured little bird on her lap.
Although the girl was very young, the outline of extraordinary beauty was already beginning to emerge on her small face. Her fair skin was similar to white jade, shining slightly under the sunlight.
The young girl's name was Wu Yao and she was the little princess of the Great Wu Empire.
King Wu frowned deeply as he looked at Wu Yao. He originally had high hopes for her as Wu Huang. After all, the Holy Dragon blessing of the Great Zhou Empire's crown prince, Zhou Yuan, had been devoured by both Wu Huang and Wu Yao.
Wu Huang's portion of the Holy Dragon's blessing had been fully awakened in recent years and subsequently became his own. He had started cultivating two years ago and had been improving at a rapid rate, and was now at the seven channel stage.
On the contrary, Wu Yao had achieved nothing. She did not show any difference due to devouring the Holy Dragon's blessing. In fact, her progress in cultivation was quite slow, which made her different from an ordinary person.
Evidently, she had not awakened the Holy Dragon's blessing in her body.
This made the originally hopeful King Wu extremely disappointed.
"Could Wu Yao's body not be suitable for the Holy Dragon's blessing?" King Wu's eyes flickered thoughtfully.
He was silent for a moment before slowly saying, “Wu Huang and Wu Yao will turn eight tomorrow… ”
“Go prepare a cultivation baptism tomorrow. I hope Wu Huang can awaken the Holy Dragon blessing in his body this time and start cultivating. If not, the Holy Dragon's blessing will be too wasted for her."
King Wu’s face was expressionless, and even a little cold as he said indifferently, “If it is really not suitable, start thinking of a way to extract the Holy Dragon blessing from your body and give it to Wu Huang.”
"Only then will Wu Huang be able to bring out the power of the Holy Dragon's blessing and protect the Great Wu Empire, allowing us to prosper for a thousand generations."
The old man in black was alarmed by these words and said in a low voice: “Your majesty, if the blessing of the Holy Dragon on the little princess's body is taken away, it will greatly damage her core and even make it impossible for her to cultivate.”
King Wu was silent for a few brief moments before casting an indifferent glance at the former. “Even if she cannot cultivate, she is still a princess of the Great Wu Empire and I will not mistreat her. “As a daughter of the royal family, she must be outstanding from a young age and naturally do her part for the Great Wu Empire.”
The old man in black was silent. He sighed inwardly as he looked at the young people amidst the flowers. There was no one in the entire Great Wu Empire who did not know the kindness of their princess. Unfortunately, something like kindness was the least necessary in the royal family.
I hope that the little princess manages to awaken the blessing of the Sacred Dragon in her body tomorrow.
While they were chatting, Wu Yao's small hands carefully picked up the injured little bird as a pure smile was revealed on his small face.
“Hey, that bird is about to die anyway, what's the point of saving it? It's better to let me roast it to eat!" However, a voice suddenly rang out at this moment as a hand reached out and grabbed the little bird in Wu Yao's hands.
Wu Yao panicked as he hurriedly hugged the bird in his arms to protect it.
The hand hit Wu Yao's arm with substantial force, knocking her to the ground. A look of pain appeared on her small face as a bruise appeared on her arm.
"Wu Huang, you!" She looked at the boy in front of her. It was Wu Huang.
Wu Huang smiled as he reached out again in an attempt to snatch the bird away. "It's just a bird, quick, hand it over."
His tone suddenly became somewhat angry. "How can something like that deserve your concern and protection?"
He stared at the frightened little bird in Wu Yao's arms as he grew angrier and angrier on the inside. In fact, the innocent bird's killing intent even began to appear in its eyes.
It was just an unimportant little beast; How could it be worth your concern?
She had never shown so much care even towards him, had she?
An indescribable feeling of jealousy took over his heart.
Wu Yao desperately protected the bird from Wu Huang's violent grasp. However, how could she be as strong as him? She was so angry that tears began to gather in the corners of her eyes.
Fortunately, a woman's stern scream sounded at this moment.
A woman dressed in palace clothing quickly approached surrounded by a group of maidservants. His body seemed frail, while his face was extremely dry and weak. A servant supported her as he looked at Wu Huang and said, "Don't bully Wu Yao!"
Wu Huang could only snort as he withdrew his hand and cupped them. "Mother."
Wu Yao hurriedly stood up and hid behind the woman as she said indignantly, “Mother.”
This woman was the queen of the Great Wu Empire, and also the mother of Wu Yao and Wu Huang.
The queen tenderly rubbed Wu Yao's little head before looking at Wu Huang as she said in a stormy voice, “Didn't I tell you not to bully Wu Yao? Quickly apologize to her.”
Wu Huang immediately raised his head and said in an unconvinced voice, “She is the one who is too weak.”
"You!" Anger blossomed in the queen's eyes.
“Hehe, come on, come on, the kids were playing. You shouldn't take it so seriously." Laughter sounded behind them. King Wu walked over and smiled at the queen.
“Instead, you should pay more attention to yourself. We cannot allow him to walk too much when he is unwell. "You should be resting."
The queen smiled helplessly as she saw how overprotective King Wu was over Wu Huang. He coughed violently a few times as a feeling of weakness spread inside his body. This was the repercussion of forcibly delaying her pregnancy for three years.
King Wu patted Wu Huang's shoulders before turning to Wu Yao, who was hiding behind the queen, when his smile suddenly faded. “Wu Yao, tomorrow will be your eighth cultivation baptism. You must awaken the blessing of the Holy Dragon in your body this time, and you absolutely cannot fail anymore. Do you understand?"
His voice was cold and stern, causing Wu Yao to briefly shiver for a moment.
After speaking, he did not linger any longer as he pulled Wu Huang and walked away, not giving Wu Yao a second glance.
The queen coughed violently again as she watched King Wu's departing figure, causing the servants to hurriedly support her.
"Are you okay mother?" Wu Yao tugged at the queen's clothes, her small face full of worry.
The queen flashed a loving smile as she bent down and caressed her daughter's small face. With a small sigh, he said, "Yao'er, you must succeed in tomorrow's cultivation baptism, otherwise, what will we do in the future?"
As his wife, she understood King Wu too well. He was someone who saw utility above all else and would do anything for the Great Wu Empire.
Years ago, he had racked his brains to seize the Holy Dragon blessing that belonged to the crown prince of the Great Zhou Empire and infused a portion of it into the bodies of Wu Yao and Wu Huang. However, Wu Yao was currently showing no signs of awakening the blessing, and King Wu obviously would not sit idly by and watch her waste it.
Wu Yao hugged the queen's arm as she said, “Don't worry mother, I will hide from Wu Huang whenever I see him. "Besides, I still have my mother."
The queen gave a bitter laugh. His eyes turned a little red as he looked at the pure and kind Wu Yao. Yao'er, I'm afraid Mom doesn't have much time left to watch you grow up.
The queen looked at Wu Yao and said, “Yao'er, promise mom that you will wake up as soon as you can... in this world, only the power that belongs to you will prevent others from bullying you. "My mother hopes you can protect yourself properly."
Wu Yao no longer dared to act spoiled in the queen's serious eyes. She nodded her small head as she said with half understanding, "Mother, I understand!"
Only then did the queen smile a little as she happily stroked Wu Yao's head. He raised his head and looked in the direction King Wu had left as his brows furrowed tightly.
King Wu's first words made her feel a little uncomfortable.
I hope to be wrong.
The next day.
In a hall deep in the royal palace of the Great Wu.
There were two pools inside the hall. The liquid inside was currently in a boiling state and was emitting a dark red glow as a fragrance spread. It was a mixture of numerous precious resources from Genesis.
King Wu stood with his hands behind his back next to the pools, while Wu Huang and Wu Yao stood in front of him wearing a simple garment. However, they looked towards the boiling pools with very different gazes.
Wu Huang's was filled with desire and impatience.
While Wu Yao looked somewhat scared.
"Wu Huang, Wu Yao, prepare to enter." King Wu said softly. “We have invested many valuable Genesis resources into these two pools, making them the most appropriate means for a cultivation baptism.”
Wu Huang responded enthusiastically before jumping into the pool without the slightest hesitation. The boiling water made him grimace for a moment before he sat up and began absorbing the pure Genesis Qi within him.
On the other hand, Wu Yao seemed to hesitate a little as his big eyes looked pleadingly behind King Wu towards the queen.
The queen looked quite distraught, but could only sigh inwardly at the expressionless King Wu's face as she shook her head at Wu Yao.
Seeing this, Wu Yao had no choice but to bite his lip as water pooled in his big eyes. He gritted his teeth tightly and started walking towards the boiling pool. Her small face immediately began to burn as her jade-white skin turned red.
However, he finally endured the pain and sat in the pool.
The hallway fell silent.
King Wu's somewhat anxious gaze continually shifted between Wu Huang and Wu Yao.
The silence lasted for about an incense stick before a muffled explosion suddenly sounded from Wu Huang's pool. The water churned violently as Genesis Qi ripples pulsed through his body.
It seemed to grow a little taller and bigger at this time.
"Eight channels!" King Wu was delighted by this scene as he raised his head and laughed towards the sky. "Good good. As expected from my Wu clan's Dragon. He has opened eight meridian channels in just two years!"
This progress was quite outstanding.
King Wu's face was full of happiness. However, his smile turned stiff when his gaze drifted towards Wu Yao's pool. She was still sitting inside him, but she did not emit any Genesis Qi undulations.
It was as if Wu Yao was unable to absorb the abundant and pure Genesis Qi in the pool.
As time passed, the boiling water in the pool gradually calmed down as the pure Genesis Qi dissipated. The icy water made Wu Yao shiver uncontrollably.
Wu Yao's teeth chattered as he said with a trembling voice, "Fa...father, can I go out?"
The queen hurriedly looked towards King Wu.
King Wu's face was similar to ominous black clouds, his eyes becoming more and more disappointed as he looked at Wu Yao. In the end, he said nothing as he turned around and walked away with a wave of his sleeves.
Evidently, Wu Yao had failed again this time.
The trembling, soaked girl watched King Wu's figure retreat from the pool. The disappointment and indifference in the latter's eyes made his already frozen body even colder.
"Yao'er, come out quickly!"
Only the queen stayed behind as he called her tenderly with a thick towel in his hand.
Wu Yao stood up from the water with a dejected spirit, allowing the queen to dry her body as she said in a tiny voice: "Mother, father seems to be very disappointed in me..."
The queen's hand froze for a moment as she forced a smile and said, “Don't think about it too much Yao'er, your father is simply anxious. He's not disappointed in you."
Wu Yao nodded slowly, but his expression remained quite downcast.
Out of the hallway.
King Wu walked out with a stormy face as a black-robed old man quickly followed behind him.
King Wu was silent for a long time before slowly saying, “Begin preparations. “We will take away the blessing of the Holy Dragon on Wu Yao’s body tonight and give it to Wu Huang.”
"Since it is unable to awaken the Holy Dragon's blessing, there is no need to continue wasting it."
The black-robed old man's body trembled slightly. In the end he did not speak as he nodded slowly.