For once the news preceded gossip. A water demon in Biling Lake had killed all the cultivators sent against it, including Zewu-jun. Jin Guangyao did not have to fake his grief. He truly mourned his friend and yet, as he held his nephew close, pointing out what the Jin disciples had assumed were eels in the lotus pond, he could not regret his decision. He might mourn Lan Xichen for the rest of his life, but Jin Guangyao rejoiced that his nephew was safe.