AGM 212 - Ouyang's Thinking
Old man Mo walked to the side of Mo Qingcheng as he asked in a low voice, "Qingcheng, who are these people?"
"Granddad, this is Ouyang Kuangsheng from the Ouyang Aristocratic Clan. His talent is extremely exceptional, the first Astral Soul he condensed was from the 4th Heavenly Layer," Mo Qingcheng introduced, her answer causing a bright glow to glimmer in the eyes of old Mo as he cast a glance at Ouyang Kuangsheng.
"Similarly, his girlfriend Jiang Ting, is also from an Aristocratic Clan considered as a transcendent power," Mo Qingcheng continued, as old man Mo's heart trembled lightly. To think that he had been roaming the world for decades, yet he still couldn't claim that he was truly acquainted with any transcendent powers. Yet his own granddaughter already had actual connections, and at such a young age too.
At this moment, yet another group of cultivators descended from the skies. The ones in the lead were three young-looking cultivators, all projecting an extraordinary demeanor. Old man Mo was stunned, what exactly was going on today? Why had all these cultivators appeared at his Mo Residence?
"Hua Xiaoyun, why are you looking for us?" asked the one standing in front, the only female in the group of three. She looked to be below 20 years of age, and was clad in pristine white, giving off a simple and elegant aura.
Beside her were two young men, both with extremely good looks. As they noticed Mo Qingcheng, they couldn't help but cast a few more glances at her. Even in the Grand Xia Empire, it was exceedingly rare for girls to possess beauty on the level of Mo Qingcheng. Following which, a bizarre expression could be seen on their faces as they noticed Ouyang Kuangsheng and Jiang Ting standing beside Mo Qingcheng.
"Bai Fei, let me introduce a new junior martial sister to your sect. How about it?" Hua Xiaoyun spoke to the girl.
However, Bai Fei merely coldly snorted, "You should know how strict the requirements are to enter our Pill Emperor Hall."
Hua Xiaoyun's countenance involuntarily turned slightly frosty. Weren't Bai Fei's words a public smack to his face? Regardless, he still had to continue, if not his dignity would truly be gone. Old Mo hadn't lied about the beauty of his granddaughter, hopefully he was also speaking the truth about her talent in the field of pill concoction.
"Don't worry. How could I introduce an inferior disciple to the esteemed Pill Emperor Hall?" Hua Xiaoyun forced a laugh. "The person I want to introduce is right here, you can go ahead and test her talent."
After speaking, he pointed to Mo Qingcheng. Bai Fei was also stunned by Mo Qingcheng's beauty, while the eyes of the two male cultivators behind her shone with a bright light. Naturally, they wouldn't mind having such a beautiful lady as their junior martial sister.
"Anyway, Master is just nearby, why don't we invite her to test our prospective Junior Sister's talent?" One of the male cultivators laughed.
Bai Fei glared at her Senior Brother suspiciously, yet she couldn't read his thoughts.
"Hehe, I would have to trouble you then." Huo Xiaoyun laughed, while Ouyang Kuangsheng, upon hearing their words, seemed to have understood something. He then shifted his gaze towards Baifei and the other two as he asked, "Bai Fei from the Pill Emperor Palace, may I inquire if your master is the daughter of the Pill Emperor?"
"So what if it is? What has it got to do with you?" Bai Fei's voice had a hint of arrogance in it. Her master was none other than the daughter of the Pill Emperor. Her innate talents with pill concoction were exceedingly high.
"Your mouth stinks, however, I do not squabble with females." Ouyang Kuangsheng laughed. "Qingcheng, if her master really is the daughter of the Pill Emperor, you should seriously consider it. I shall bid my farewells now."
After which, Ouyang Kuangsheng led Jiang Ting and his followers away, appearing extremely confident and at ease.
Bai Fei coldly swept her glance at him before she commented with contempt in her voice. "How ridiculous, I've never heard of people who had the gall to 'consider it' when my Master wishes to accept a disciple."
Apparently, she took offense at Ouyang's words to Mo Qingcheng.
Old man Mo trembled with excitement. Daughter of the Pill Emperor?
He would never have imagined that Mo Qingcheng would be so lucky. Moving forward, old Mo politely spoke, "Why don't we all rest up in my humble abode first?"
"Since you are already here, might as well accept Old Mo's invitation. Who knows, your teacher may hold her talent in high regards." Hua Xiaoyun laughed, as Bai Fei and the rest from the Pill Emperor Hall nodded lightly in response.
Qin Wentian was unaware of the events that had transpired. After separating from Chu Wuwei, he returned to the Bamboo Lodge where Gongyang Hong used to stay in, sitting down by the riverside and beginning his cultivation.
"Haha, Wentian, you really are here. Why is it so easy to get news of your location?" A clear voice drifted over from afar, causing Qin Wentian to be slightly stunned. "Ouyang Kuangsheng?"
Qing`er who had, a moment ago, been standing somewhere not far from Qin Wentian, silently vanished upon noting the arrival of Ouyang Kuangsheng.
She had seen Ouyang Kuangsheng before, back in the refinement grounds of the celestial lake, hence she knew that he had a pretty close relationship with Qin Wentian.
"Ouyang, what are you doing here?" Qin Wentian asked in surprise.
"There's a forest inundated with demonic beasts outside the borders of Chu. Over there, the corpse of a demonic lord at the Celestial Phenomenon Realm appeared, and created a huge uproar in the Grand Xia Empire. I followed members of my clan all the way here, but we of the junior generations have no way to fight against the supreme experts already there. On hindsight, I remembered that you were from Chu, which is why I decided to see if you were around." Ouyang Kuangsheng and Jiang Ting sat on the ground. Qin Wentian was speechless, to think that it was he who had caused the commotion.
And if he understood what Ouyang Kuangsheng was saying, that statue... was a corpse of a demonic lord?
"The corpse of the demonic lord you were referring to, was it the demonic beast or the human?" Qin Wentian asked.
"How did you know there were two lords? They were both at the Celestial Phenomenon Realm, only that the humanoid corpse was more extraordinary compared to the demonic beast. After the investigation, the elders all came to the conclusion that the blood resonance of the corpse caused the commotion. After studying that, they deduced that the demonic lord belonged to the Ancient Primordial Bloodline, but as to which race he was from, the remaining blood in his body was insufficient for us to come to any conclusion," Ouyang Kuangsheng explained, as a strange glow flashed past Qin Wentian's eyes. Ancient Primordial Bloodline?
"I wonder what caused the dried up blood of the demonic lord to resonate? Apparently the ripples were so huge, it even affected the movements of heavenly bodies, which brought this matter to the attention of the Venerate Heavens Sect. Soon after, they leaked the news by saying that the demonic star had descended and the location was none other than the Dark Forest of Chu." Ouyang Kuangsheng shook his head. "Oh ya, there's still a matter I need to talk to you about. Earlier I went to the Mo Residence and met your girlfriend Mo Qingcheng. What's going on with that Hua Xiaoyun? Is he your love rival? He's gone to the extent of introducing a sect for her to join."
"I'm not very clear, either. That person should be acquainted with Qingcheng's granddad, and her granddad seems to have a really high opinion of him. Basically, it appears that he doesn't approve of any cultivators from Chu." Qin Wentian bitterly smiled, shaking his head as he continued, "However for matters of entering a sect, I believe Qingcheng will make her own decisions."
Qin Wentian had absolute trust in Mo Qingcheng. The silly girl blocked a palm blow for him back when he was assaulted by Janus, and not that long ago, she suffered immensely in the Dark Forest just to warn him that returning to Chu was dangerous. How could anyone not be moved? Qin Wentian would certainly cherish her.
"I can settle this easily. Do you want me to talk to that old man?" Ouyang Kuangsheng laughed.
"It's fine, Qingcheng can handle it herself. It's her granddad's decision after all, it wouldn't be too good if outsiders barged in." Qin Wentian naturally didn't wish for the relationship between him and Old Mo to turn bitter.
"Well, I didn't say that I would bully him." Ouyang Kuangsheng's eyes flickered with a bright light. Qin Wentian couldn't tell what he was thinking.
"Oh and one more thing, somehow, from a lucky combination of many factors, Hua Xiaoyun actually managed to refer Mo Qingcheng to the Pill Emperor's daughter. I feel that if the Pill Emperor's daughter recognises Mo Qingcheng's talent, you can be at ease and allow Mo Qingcheng to join the Pill Emperor Hall with no worries."
Ouyang Kuangsheng further analysed, "Furthermore, you will be roaming the Grand Xia Empire in the near future, right? Do you want to leave Mo Qingcheng behind in the dust as your talent blooms further and further? If she joins the Pill Emperor Hall, they would nurture your girlfriend to become an incredible alchemy expert. This would be worth your while, so you should take advantage of this deal right here, hahaha."
"As long as the Pill Emperor's daughter recognises her talent, Mo Qingcheng will definitely not be bullied. No matter which angle I look at, this is the perfect plan. But naturally, you guys have your own perspective as well. Are you confident that your relationship will be able to withstand the test of distance and time?" stated Ouyang Kuangsheng straightforwardly.
"I'm not worried about this. If... and I'm saying if, if Qingcheng really has a change of heart, I won't stop her from seeking her happiness." Qin Wentian felt that Ouyang Kuangsheng's words were highly reasonable. After he settled things in Chu, he would leave for the Grand Xia Empire. And by joining the Pill Emperor Hall, all things considered, Mo Qingcheng would also be in the Grand Xia Empire, embarking on her own path.
"It's good that you think that way. Unknowingly, that Hua Xiaoyun fellow just committed a kind deed." Ouyang Kuangsheng felt this matter was too funny.
"Why are you smiling so widely?" Jiang Ting glared at him.
"Jiang Ting, you have to know that Hua Xiaoyun simply doesn't have the qualifications to invite the Pill Emperor's daughter. If she really pays a visit to Mo Clan, she must be doing so because of his brother's prestige. That silk-pants young master used his genius brother's name to aid Mo Qingcheng. Isn't this funny? HAHAHA!"
Ouyang Kuangsheng was in an extremely good mood. He continued, "Okay, let's wait and see from the sidelines for now. Anyway, I heard that you have some dispute in Chu? Do you need my help to settle it?"
Qin Wentian glanced at the followers of Ouyang Kuangsheng. The majority of them were all experts at the Yuanfu level.
"I shall not be polite then." Qin Wentian laughed. Wasn't this truly a case of the heavens themselves aiding him?
To remove the Royal Clan of Chu, Qin Wentian didn't mind depending on borrowed strength. This wasn't a war in which he fought alone, but rather, it encompassed the fate of the Emperor Star Academy, as well as his Qin Clan.
The storm brewing in Chu didn't dissipate in the slightest, instead, it became more and more saturated. Within the Dark Forest, there were a few other sources of power moving in the shadows. As for the Qin rebel troops outside the Royal Capital, after clearing the troops sent by the Royal Clan to encircle them, they returned back to the outskirts of the Royal Capital, and made preparations to wage an even more violent offensive.
Not only that, many people received news that Qin Wentian was in contact with representatives from some of the transcendent powers. This news caused many within the Royal Palace to tremble. It was as though they too, could sense the doomsday coming for Chu's Royal Clan.
However, with regards to the storm in the Royal Capital, those in the Mo Residence didn't gave a damn. Their attention was all on Mo Qingcheng and the various guests hailing from the transcendent powers.
Mo Qingcheng soon discovered that her freedom was restricted. She was basically grounded, akin to a prisoner under house arrest.
And at long last, the master of Bai Fei, the Pill Emperor's daughter, arrived at the Mo Residence. Everyone there bowed to welcome her.
It is said that, not only was she an extremely formidable alchemist, her level of cultivation base was sufficient enough to look down on everyone in Chu, as her background and accomplishments were all extremely terrifying.
The results of the test were out. Mo Qingcheng had godly talent in terms of pill concoction. The Pill Emperor's daughter was willing to accept her as her disciple. Upon hearing this piece of news, everyone in the Mo Clan caused quite the commotion, unable to contain their excitement!