Translator: Kerillian
Editor: Vivi 🙂
Chapter 42.1

 As such, every sect present cannot leave. Zhong Xuan sect’s few prominent elder figures stepped out and directly declared that Ye Yuan‘s death will be thoroughly investigated.
The people present at the scene heard this and instantly understood what it meant. If Zhong Xuan sect was only a small sect whose reputation can be ignored, they can still overlook this, however, the other party involved was one of the best martial sects in the cultivation world, some face still has to be given.
Ye Yuan was the sect head’s only daughter. Before entering, she had naturally brought a variety of protective talisman on her. Moreover, this was not the first time the hidden realm had opened but this sort of situation where a person has died had never happened before…
In the cultivation realm, this “murdering for loot” situation was not rare at all, in fact, it can be said to have always existed. The people from the Zhong Xuan sect will now suspect other people who also entered the Hidden Realm, from a certain aspect this is quite natural.
Those who did not have a guilty conscience were naturally unafraid when they heard that the people of the Zhong Xuan sect wanted to carry out a spirit summoning. Setting up this kind of array may take some time but they can afford to wait.
At this moment…
“Hm?” Feeling a tug, Gu Yan looked down and made a questioning hum towards the black-haired child pulling at his sleeve.
After more than six months, the Taotie cub that he had raised can be said to have grown a little and was not as thin as when they first met, his chin finally had a little more meat.
The youth looked at him as if in deep thought and suddenly raised his hand, the beautiful and slender fingers touched his lower jaw. Jiang Tan lowered his gaze, apart from when he murmured the two words, he was just quietly standing still.
The feeling was not bad, no longer as skinny as before. Not holding back when touching his lower jaw, just as Gu Yan gave a light pinch, he heard the other person calling him.
Unfortunately, it was too late to stop, he was met with a pair of ink-black eyes that seemed to darken a tad. Gu Yan hummed, pretended that there was nothing wrong and continued to pinch his jaw a few more times.
Afterward, Gu Yan saw the small figure lower his gaze again, still standing motionless but his earlobes were flushed.
The Qiuqiu of this world was very fun to tease, this thought surfaced in his mind very quickly. Or perhaps it was because of their identities, teacher and disciple or something…….
However, Gu Yan did not have any thoughts about the young figure currently in front of him, he just wanted to take care of this little cub. There is no way to tell what will happen in the future, they could only wait until the time comes.
In this aspect, continuing their teacher and disciple relationship wasn’t a bad idea.
At this point, that was what he was thinking. However, when the so-called ‘time’ finally arrives, Gu Yan will realize just how naïve he had been. This was not something that can be continued just because he wanted it to.
Because of this situation, Jiang Tan was momentarily unable to give the present that was originally intended to be gifted to the youth in front of him. Relaxing his grip on the spirit sealing bottle in his hand, he inadvertently revealed a small part of the bottle.
As for the elders of the sect, from the moment they said they wanted to carry out the spirit summoning, some people already began to pay discrete attention to their surroundings. When they caught a glimpse of the item in Jiang Tan’s hand, a look of greed flashed through their eyes.
With several elders cooperating, the Spirit Communication Array was finished in just two hours.
In the cultivation world, there was a common saying, kill the small, comes the big[1]. This Spirit Communication Array was the reason why. It can call forth the spirit of a dead person and inquire about the cause of death as long as their soul was still relatively intact.
While they were still chanting an incantation and activating the array over there, Gu Yan waited at the gathering location of his own sect, his hand was still lightly placed on the top of his disciple’s head who was beside him. Thinking about how he had him earlier on, Gu Yan now stroked his head, as if petting the young cub.
Suddenly the surrounding temperature dropped, becoming much colder than before. Gu Yan shifted his line of sight to the array, the soul which was summoned was unable to solidify to a human form at all.
It was a remnant soul[2] and an extremely vengeful one too. The dominant consciousness of the original soul was not there, its three spiritual and seven physical souls that remained were fragmented.
The original soul was already destroyed, otherwise, even when the fragmented three spiritual and seven physical souls were able to be summoned, it was impossible for the original soul to not appear. Basically, this confirmed that it was the work of a cultivator. The murderer had also split Ye Yuan’s soul after killing her, although the method used was unknown.
The elders of Zhong Xuan sect were obviously aware of this, their facial expressions were extremely ugly. It had not happened under their noses but merely a space apart, their own sect’s disciple had encountered such a thing, how could their facial expressions be good.
The soul was already fragmented to such an extent, wanting to ask about the cause of death was impossible. Just when the situation came to a deadlock, the remnant soul which looked like a distorted cloud suddenly moved.
“……”  Pulling the child behind himself and shielding him, Gu Yan maintained a calm expression and faced the remnant soul in front of him.
The pressure from the youth made the remnant soul unable to approach its target yet it was unwilling to leave, thus, a stalemate was born.
The target of this remnant soul was obviously the one who was pulled behind by the youth, anybody could tell as long as they were not blind. The spectators watching were not afraid of the situation getting uglier, all the other sects besides Guan Lan sect and Zhong Xuan sect were now quietly watching the development of the situation.
“We are expecting your distinguished sect to give us an explanation.” An elder with the highest rank in the Zhong Xuan sect walked over with the rest of his people, his tone was very discourteous and his complexion was also ugly.
There was no way to ask the remnant soul about the cause, but now that this wisp of remnant soul was actively approaching a person who was otherwise unrelated and even refused to leave………
In the presence of so many people yet it deliberately only headed towards a single person, as long as one thought about it, how could they not figure out the reason?

“This disciple did not do it.” In front of him was the silhouette of the youth’s back shielding him. Thinking about the day that everything changed, Jiang Tan can’t help but utter the same exact words as that day. His unwavering tone was still the same, each word spoken with clarity.
His body was being stabbed by countless gazes that seemed to be looking at him like he was a murderer but it did not matter to him. He does not care whether or not other people believed him, as long as this person believes him, Jiang Tan will not feel that it is unbearable.
“Your Master knows you didn’t do it.” Ignoring the people who came, Gu Yan assured his own disciple first. He does not know why, nor does he understand the exact situation but this was the child that he had personally raised, Gu Yan was still able to grasp his innate character.
If it were the original ‘blackened’ person, even if he did commit atrocities a hundred times worse than this, Gu Yan would not be surprised because the other person can really do it. However, now that he was raising this child properly, he was unable to relate his disciple with this word “blackening”. There was no way he would commit such a “murdering for loot” incident.
He was used to eating large quantities of heavenly grade spirit stones as snacks, why would he still need to covet other people’s treasures to the point of killing them? However, Gu Yan knows that these people in front of him were just looking for trouble and will not care for this reasoning.
“My disciple will not do this sort of thing.” He was unable to explain why this wisp of remnant soul was following him. Even though he’ll be seen as blatantly defending his own disciple, Gu Yan still did not shift his body in the slightest.
“Senior Gu, please stop joking around. Ye Yuan Shimei’s spirit is right here, if it was not Jiang Tan’s doing, why would Ye Shimei’s spirit follow him right after being summoned? Clearly, this is because it has deep resentment towards him. “ A young disciple from the Zhong Xuan sect spoke up. It was Li Rong, a disciple who had also entered the Hidden realm with them earlier on.
These words were quite reasonable in the ears of the rowdy crowd, especially when they thought about the meaning in these words, they will gradually create what they thought was a very reasonable explanation in their hearts.
The remnant soul following Jiang Tan was an indisputable fact, coupled with the speech earlier on, most of the people present quickly concluded the ‘truth’ in their hearts.
Jiang Tan walked out from behind the youth, the urge to grow up quickly was stronger than ever. Now, he could only let himself be protected by the youth who was blocking those piercing gazes. Even if he wanted to block their gazes from the youth’s body, his current stature was insufficient to shield him.
“This does not serve as evidence.” Gu Yan said coldly. Facing the disciple’s accusation, he did not even bat an eyelid.
In the eyes of some people, this sentence holds the implication that he firmly refused to acknowledge it but this was merely contradicting the unspoken words of the remnant soul.
One of the elders of the Zhong Xuan sect whose temper was relatively violent actually wanted to directly attack, except he was held back in the end. The young disciple who had spoken before seemed to say something again. After the elder who had asked Gu Yan for an explanation heard this, he then requested for a “body search”.

“Shidi.” Seeing the youth who still had a cold face with the same unyielding attitude as before, Song Wang, the peak master of the Heavenly Sword Peak place a hand on his shoulder: “Why don’t you just let them conduct a search and everything will be fine.”
This time, the youth finally lightly nodded his head. However, his expression became colder than before.
“Verdant Lotus core—— ?!”
Forced to open his hand, the spirit sealing bottle that Jiang Tan held tightly in his palm was exposed to everyone’s eyes. Even if the flame was sealed in the bottle, but through the transparent bottle, those who know their goods recognized this treasure at a glance.
How many refiners and pharmacists had dreamt of getting their hands on this? At that moment, the people present no longer paid any attention to the matter of the murderer at all, instead, their eyes were all fixed on the tiny bottle.
After that, the person who carried out the search found a sheathed dagger in the black-haired child’s sleeves. The moment the dagger was pulled out of its sheath for inspection, the remnant soul who had followed along became agitated as if it had gone crazy, wanting to attack the person who was holding the dagger.
As long as somebody holds the dagger, the remnant soul will furiously try to approach that person.
At this point, it was impossible for Jiang Tan to not understand the reason. He turned to stare at the young disciple named Li Rong but the latter did not look back, his line of sight was elsewhere.
Fearful, but filled with joy, Li Rong did not look at the person who he had used as his scapegoat. Since the lid on the coffin was already closed and the final conclusion has been drawn, no one would suspect him.
They were both the chief disciple and he had always been the most talented one among his peers, yet just because Ye Yuan was the Head’s daughter, any good resources in the sect would first be given priority to Ye Yuan. Even in the hidden realm, he could only have Ye Yuan’s leftovers.
This was not fair. He had held this thought in his heart for nearly a decade, until this time in the hidden realm when Ye Yuan said she wanted those spiritual artefacts that he had found. Nearly a decade of unwillingness and dissatisfaction finally overwhelmed him.
Kill then, it was better if this person did not exist. Thinking of this, the corner of Li Rong’s mouth slightly curved. From now on, he would no longer be oppressed by this person who was obviously inferior to himself.
Knowing that these people will never believe him, Jiang Tan clenched the bottle in his hand tightly, repeating the words he had previously said to the youth. He did not bother to explain himself to the other people.
“Your teacher believes you didn’t do it.” Gu Yan did believe him but just him alone would not change their current situation.
“This person will have to be brought back to our sect. Committing such an atrocity, he must be convicted and be dealt with accordingly.” Saying this, the white-bearded cultivator took out a spiritual shackle: “All the people present here are witnesses, our Zhong Xuan sect is not bullying them.”

End of Chapter 42

[1]杀了小的,来了老的: kill the small and comes the big, basically the seniors will help their disciple
[2]残魂: remnant soul: the scattered, lingering pieces of soul(usually vengeful) of the dead person