AGM 159 - A visit
After the yearly day of offerings passed, the Chu Country welcomed the start of a new year.
However, at the start of this new year, the citizens of Chu weren't as peaceful as before. The majority of the citizens were embroiled in violence as struggles of all forms of intensity broke out in Chu.
As for the unruly, powerful troops stationed near the borders of Chu, many of them had already began to raise flags of rebellion against Chu. No one would have expected that such torrential waves of unrest, turmoil and chaos would rock the country of Chu in a mere short few days, just right after the new year.
The authority to govern Chu was wavering as though it was ready to collapse at any moment.
Naturally, there were those with sharper senses who could already tell that the wars of flames would rage through the entire country in a few days' worth of time. These happenings surely weren't something that happened overnight. Behind this chaos, there should have been preparations that had been carefully planned out throughout the span of several years. The moment those in the dark passed down the commands, all subterfuge would be abandoned as the troops of the rebels would openly attack the cities in Chu, leaving the citizens of Chu untouched and sparing the Chu troops that surrendered. Their only target was the Chu Dragon Guards, who were directly under the command of the royal clan.
In this cultivation-oriented world, those who cultivates weren't very concerned about who ruled which country.
The royal clan was the strongest power within a country. But even so, nobody cared about who had the authority to rule or not. As long as the ruler did not impede their movements, the cultivators could care less. If the ruler somehow infuriated the cultivators of a particular country, their authority to rule would also be shaken if the cultivators were to join hands.
Even when the flames of war were raging strong in the various cities around Chu, talented youths still rushed towards the royal capital of Chu.
This was because all the great martial academies in Chu had started recruiting. This was an opportunity that the young talented cultivators had all been waiting for. Compared to who the authority to rule ended up with, they would naturally be more worried about their own future.
And thus, to some of the extremely talented youth, the choice between enrolling in either the Royal Academy or the Emperor Star Academy became a problem. After the merger between the Royal Academy and the Godly General Martial Palace, their overall level of strength stood shoulder by shoulder, on par with the Emperor Star Academy. And now, the competition and struggle between the two academies was already public knowledge.
The young men and women of Chu gathered at the boundary of Chu's royal capital as a piece of news was spread from the royal capital.
Today, after the merger, the elites of the Royal Academy would be paying the Emperor Star Academy a visit. Such a piece of news instantly shook the entire royal capital, attracting the attention of countless gazes. This visit was of extreme importance to the choice of the younger cultivators.
Today, Qin Wentian ended his closed door seclusion. Although Francis delivered plenty of valuable resources to him, it was still insufficient for him to use them to cultivate his Fiend Transformation Art.
Cultivating in the Fiend Transformation Technique required an extremely harsh, almost astronomical number of demonic cores. However, one good news that made Qin Wentian happy was that he discovered his body was exceptionally suitable to cultivate the Fiend Transformation Art. It was as though this particular cultivation art had been tailor-made for him. His blood seemingly boiled with an unknown sense of excitement.
Qin Wentian created a Divine Inscription Painting as well as a letter that he sent to the Divine Weapon Pavilion. He believed that his Divine Inscription Painting should be able to aid him in obtaining the cultivation resources he needed.
After walking to the center of the courtyard, Qin Wentian suddenly drew in a deep breath of fresh hair. A white blur of shadows flashed past, and the blurry silhouette suddenly jumped into his bosom.
"Little fellow, did you miss me?" Qin Wentian rubbed Little Rascal on its head as he smiled.
The large eyes of the snowy puppy gazed at Qin Wentian. It licked his face, appearing extremely adorable.
"Wentian." Upon seeing Qin Wentian ended his seclusion, Qin Chuan and Qin Yao immediately came over.
"Father, Sister." Qin Wentian smiled. After seeing Qin Chuan's tightly knitted brows, he couldn't help but ask, "Father, is there something wrong?"
"Wentian, during these few days when you entered closed door seclusion, there were many things that happened in Chu." Qin Yao pulled Qin Wentian to a seat as they sat down before filling Qin Wentian with the information of what happened during these past few days.
After hearing Qin Yao's words, great waves appeared in Qin Wentian's heart before subsiding.
"Seems like Grandpa Qin made his preparations long ago." Qin Wentian sighed. During the past year, he had always been working hard, wanting to save his father and grandpa out from imprisonment. But in reality, there was no need for him to make any moves at all. Even if he didn't intervene, nothing would have happened to Qin Wu and Qin Chuan.
"Wentian, regarding these plans, I have no idea as well. Your grandpa kept many things from me." Qin Chuan sighed.
"The struggle for power, he has no choice as well. If our ancestor Qin Wu had really been a victim of Chu back then, if Grandpa didn't do what he did, our Qin Residence would have been slaughtered on a whim. This was what a true hero should do." Qin Wentian murmured.
"There's something fishy behind the death of our ancestor. If not, based on the capabilities of your grandpa, there's no way he would be able to convince so many powers to rebel. Only our ancestor back then had this kind of prestige." Qin Chuan sighed again.
"Mhm, the lives of mankind should be like the blaze of a firework and with a clear conscious. How could anyone live a life as someone's puppet?" Qin Wentian smiled. The royal clan of Chu didn't have good character.
"Yes, if our Qin Residence didn't rebel, we would only be awaiting death." Qin Chuan stood up as he exclaimed with the aura of a hero. The loyalty of their ancestor wasn't that important to him. First, the suspicious death of his ancestor Qin Wu, followed by the evacuation of their Qin Clan to Sky Harmony City, as well as the suppression from all the other powers. This was already a case of killing the hounds after all the hares have been hunted. They might as well just rebel and get on with it.
At this moment, footsteps drifted from outside the courtyard. Qin Wentian shifted his gaze over, only to see Fan Le approaching. Upon seeing Qin Wentian, Fan Le let out a joyful shout, "BOSS, you've finally finished your closed door seclusion. Chu Tianjiao wants to bring people to pay a visit to our Emperor Star Academy today. It's said that the purpose of his visit is to bring sister Qin Yao away. This piece of trash is just too arrogant; what dogshit visit, he obviously intends to provoke us."
"Snowcloud is also ridiculous. Who is Sister Qin Yao to them? Do they think they can take her away just by saying it? To think they still wanted to use paying a visit to the Emperor Star Academy as an excuse." Rage burned in Qin Wentian's heart. Don't even mention the fact that the Crown Prince of Snowcloud betrayed Qin Yao. Even if the betrayal didn't occur, Qin Yao was also unwilling to be with him. Could it be that just because of his face, and the pride of Snowcloud, he intended to force Qin Yao to comply?"
Who did Xiao Lǜ think he was?
"That's what I think as well. How arrogant is he? Let's hope our Emperor Star Academy snubs their spirit. Boss, let's go and have a look." Fan Le exclaimed.
"Right." Qin Wentian nodded.
"I'm coming as well." Qin Yao walked forward and pulled Qin Wentian's hands along.
Qin Wentian gazed at Qin Yao as he smiled. "Sure, who does the Crown Prince of Snowcloud thinks he is? How could he be worthy of my sister?"
"Yup, my brother in the future would be many times more outstanding compared to the Crown Prince of Snowcloud." The smile on Qin Yao's face had traces of mischievousness in it.
An expression of gratification appeared on the countenance of Qin Chuan when he witnessed how close Qin Wentian and Qin Yao were. He was very satisfied. Even though Qin Wentian was his adopted son, Qin Wentian's status in his heart didn't lose out to Qin Yao's; he was akin to a real son of his.
Chu Tianjiao brought members of the Royal Academy after the merger to pay a visit. Since everyone already knew about this, the Emperor Star Academy naturally didn't reject. On the contrary, they opened their doors wide as they welcomed the guests.
Since there were people intending to provoke them, they could only respond in kind.
In the central arena of the Emperor Star Academy, there was already a crowd gathered over there. Many students were discussing fervently below. Today, they saw many elite Yuanfu seniors appearing. Usually, these seniors would rarely appear in the grounds of the academy, but today, many of them stood there as a testament showing the amount of pressure the new Royal Academy was putting on the Emperor Star Academy.
In the distance, a line of silhouettes slowly approached. These people were all youths about 20 years of age, and each of them had an extraordinary demeanor. When they walked together, a sense of destiny seemed to surround them, emitting a formidable surge of aura.
Those who knew of the situation understood that those who came today, not only were they the elites of the new Royal Academy, there were also experts and geniuses from Snowcloud. Not only that, there were even some elites from the Nine Mystical Palace within the group.
This naturally put tremendous pressure on the Emperor Star Academy. At this moment, Old Gu sat atop the spectator stand and had his brows furrowed as he stared at the slowly approaching silhouettes. This time around, things were not looking good.
The Emperor Star Academy would find it hard to deal with such an entourage.
"Wentian, you are here." At this moment, Old Gu noticed Qin Wentian's arrival, and he involuntarily smiled.
Qin Wentian could be said to be one of the most monstrous elites he had ever witnessed ever since the time Old Gu was in the academy. Naturally, he would favor Qin Wentian.
"Old man Gu." Qin Wentian nodded in respect as he walked towards him. Upon nearing him, Qin Wentian respectfully bowed once he saw Mustang. "Teacher."
"Come, sit beside me." Old Gu laughed, as he beckoned Qin Wentian over. The crowd below could only sighed in envy and admiration. Currently, Qin Wentian's position within the academy had already exceeded that of the Elders. Back then, following the assassination attempt, the Elder Janus was slaughtered on the spot as a warning to those who would dare to move against Qin Wentian.
"Wentian shall be impolite then." Qin Wentian humbly stated as he sat beside Old Gu.
"I'm actually waiting to see when it would be your time to be impolite." Old Gu stroked his beard as he laughed, "That granddaughter of mine is too mischievous. When will you help me to rein her in?"
"Er..." Qin Wentian was stunned as he blinked rapidly.
"What? Are you unwilling to?" Old Gu exclaimed in mock anger.
"No, I'm willing, I'm willing to." Qin Wentian hurriedly added.
"Haha, since this is the case, this means you've agreed. I will tell my granddaughter about this someday." Old Gu continued, causing the countenance of Qin Wentian to freeze, followed by a bitter laugh. It seemed that he had just fallen into a trap..
"Old Gu, you are really..." Qin Wentian was speechless.
"What's wrong with that? From my perspective, Wentian, your temperament matches Miss Mo really well." Qin Yao, who was standing at the side, laughed.
"Yes, your sister agrees with me too." Old Gu also laughed. His tightly knitted brows finally relaxed.
Chu Tianjiao from the Royal Academy hoped that the Elders of Emperor Star Academy were still doing well.
At this moment, the sound of a voice drifted over. Momentarily, the joy Old Gu felt, was disrupted, only to see a cold expression on his face as he shifted his gaze over, looking at the silhouettes who, at this moment, had already arrived at the bottom of the spectator stands.
All these people harboured malicious intent, but despite of this, they still had their etiquette. All of them gave a bow in the direction of the Emperor Star Academy, indicating their respect to their Elders.
"May I ask the 3rd Prince, for what reason are you visiting the Emperor Star Academy today?" Old Gu stared at Chu Tianjiao and asked in a clear voice.
"The Crown Prince of Snowcloud, Xiao Lǜ, is here to welcome Qin Yao back to Snowcloud in glory. However, he suffered setbacks time and time again because of the Emperor Star Academy. Thus, we had no choice but to organise a visit. we hoped that the Elders of the Emperor Star Academy wouldn't make things difficult for him and spoil the relationship between Chu and Snowcloud; However, I understand that my words are light and are insufficient to influence the decisions of the Elders. Thus, I could only bring some of my fellow disciples from the same sect, hoping to receive pointers and guidance from the Emperor Star Academy."
Chu Tianjiao politely spoke, his words watertight, without any flaws. He was here in the capacity of the 3rd Prince of Chu, as well as in the name of the Royal Academy to ask for guidance.