AGM 259 - Zhan Chen
Ghaus was filled with fury, Old First of the three brothers shouldn't have made such comments. His words caused many in the crowd to turn their gaze onto Ghaus, making him feel close to dying from the embarrassment.
He was the one that called Qin Wentian 'useless baggage', yet that same person had managed to obtain the first ranking in this exchange for the White Deer Institute. This achievement truly had nothing to do with him.
He would never have imagined that at such a young age, Qin Wentian would actually have such a high level of attainment in the Dao of Divine Inscriptions. But if Qin Wentian was already so talented, why did the White Deer Institute still invite him, Ghaus? Unless, the White Deer Institute was similarly kept in the dark regarding Qin Wentian's true ability.Ghaus wasn't the only one that felt shock. Many from the Star-Seizing Manor were stealing glances at Qin Wentian.
This young man would surely have the opportunity to be like Grandmaster Fenrir, a fourth-ranked Divine Inscriptionist Grandmaster.
The status of a fourth-ranked Inscriptionist was totally different when compared to the status of a third-ranked. A fourth-ranked Grandmaster could inscribe fourth-ranked Inscriptions, forming fourth-ranked formations that are even able to deal with Heavenly Dipper Sovereigns. The power they wield can be considered equal to or even exceed that of Heavenly Dipper Sovereigns.
This was the reason why the Yan Clan chose to neutralise the enmity by sacrificing Yan Kong. With the White Deer Institute backing Qin Wentian, they did not have sufficient power to kill him. Hence, Qin Wentian would have no obstacle in the way of his growth. Offending a future fourth-ranked Inscriptionist was an incredibly stupid idea.
Qin Wentian's countenance was as calm as ever. Obtaining the first ranking was what he had promised Bailu Yi. Furthermore, it would only do him good to display his talent; it would undoubtedly smooth his path when he unveiled his true identity to the 'hidden' Azure Faction in the future.
"Everyone has worked hard." At that moment, on the vantage point, the elder standing next to Grandmaster Fenrir faintly spoke. "According to the results, as the champion of this exchange, the White Deer Institute are allowed to bring ten additional people excluding the Divine Inscriptionist himself; the Watermoon Mountain Villa can bring eight additional people, while the Demon Cult can bring six."
"Three days from now, gather your people and meet here. After which, we will set out for the place of the trial together with the other transcendent powers of our Moon Continent. Prepare yourselves well," added the sharp-looking middle-aged man, causing the expressions of the crowd to falter slightly.
All of them understood what he was trying to say. Although there were great benefits to be obtained in the place of the trial, the danger was correspondingly greater as well.
In the Eastern City, other than the White Deer Institute, Watermoon Mountain Villa and the Demon Cult, there was still the transcendent power, Star-Seizing Manor. And outside of the Eastern City, the Moon Continent had a total of three other transcendent powers which would also send their men to the place of the trial. When these great powers congregated together, there were the inevitable clashes between them in addition to the dangers faced in the secret realm. One truly had to be extremely cautious in this expedition.
"For the expedition into the secret realm this time, there will definitely be peak Yuanfu Cultivators sent as representatives by those transcendent powers. Maybe even the Moon Continent's Heaven's Chosen will also take part."
Many were speculating in their hearts as they departed the area.
As the crowd dispersed, Grandmaster Fenrir smiled to the elder beside him, "This batch of Divine Inscriptionists participating in today's exchange can all be considered the cream of the crop. When you guys enter the secret realm this time, it seems that the Star-seizing Manor's team formation will be at an unprecedented level."
The middle-aged elder disagreed, "Regretfully, it could only be considered truly flawless if Grandmaster participated on our behalf as well."
"Hahaha, if I could enter, it would mean that the Heavenly Dipper Sovereigns of the other powers could enter as well. Trust in the younger generations. If there's nothing else, I will take my farewell first." Grandmaster Fenrir bid his farewell as he too, departed the area.
"Yang Fan, what are your thoughts?" The middle-aged elder spoke to Yang Fan who stood beside him.
"Let's hope they can really be of some use," Yang Fan replied in a low voice.
In his eyes, no matter how powerful a third-ranked Divine Inscriptionist was, they were still merely trash. To many people, Divine Inscriptionists were extremely revered and had a special status, but to Yang Fan, as a Heaven's Chosen as well as someone from a transcendent power, being a Divine Inscriptionist was just an occupation, so there was nothing special about it.
He wasn't lacking in Divine Weapons and during real combat, the time needed for third-ranked Divine Inscriptionists to inscribe a peak-tier third-ranked Inscription was sufficient for Yang Fan to kill them a few hundred times over.
To him, personal cultivation was still the most important. Strength was everything.
These Divine Inscriptionists were merely tools to be used inside the secret realm, they had no other purpose whatsoever.............Cheers abounded within the White Deer Institute after Qin Wentian and the rest returned. They had obtained the first ranking which gave them the opportunity to send ten people into the secret realm.
Any additional slots for entering into the place of the trial was extremely important - every additional slot meant an extra pair of helping hands.
At this moment, the majority of members with authority from the White Deer Institute were all gathered in the great hall. Qin Wentian was there as well but Ghaus, had already disappeared.
Ghaus knew very well that he was no longer needed. Rather than returning and suffering the cold stares of his inferiors, he might as well leave directly.
Naturally, those from the White Deer Institute weren't bothered by Ghaus's absence. Qin Wentian exceeded Ghaus in all aspects in terms of attainment in the Dao of Divine Inscriptions.
"Are there any suggestions regarding the participants for entry into the secret realm?" inquired the large-eyed elder.
"Since the first ranking was obtained because of Qin Wentian's help, I think it would be best for him to make the decision," faintly spoke an old man elegantly dressed in white. The large-eyed elder nodded his head, "As it should be."
After which, he turned his gaze onto Qin Wentian with smile. "Qin Wentian, because of your highly significant contribution, the White Deer Institute was able to rank first. I will let you in on a little secret: there have been recent rumours that the secret realm might be the Dao Cultivation Grounds of a Celestial Phenomenon Ascendant. There, the greater the amount of fortune one tries to acquire, the greater the degree of dangers faced. There will be many experts entering the secret realm in three days time, and I suspect even the Heaven's Chosen ranked on the Heavenly Fate Ranking will participate as well."
"It was with your help that we could obtain the first ranking. Do you have any requests regarding the ten people selected?"
A look of contemplation flashed on Qin Wentian's face. Good fortune correlates to the degree of danger. Anyone too weak to enter may never leave again. Even Chu Mang may not be able to make it out safely.
And if they met with danger within the realm, the first priority of the White Deer Institute would surely be to protect Bailu Yi, followed by him.
"The White Deer Institute can decide, I have no requests," Qin Wentian replied. It was better if Fan Le and Chu Mang didn't enter, as the White Deer Institute might not have sufficient manpower to protect them all.
"Good, since you have no requests, we shall decide the names then. After this, the discussion will be boring, Little Yi, why don't you accompany Qin Wentian for a walk?" The large-eyed elder smiled, causing Bailu Yi to glare fiercely at him in response.
After exiting the great hall, Qin Wentian couldn't help but smile wryly at the fuming expression on Bailu Yi's pure face. "Why are you glaring at me like this?"
"It's all your fault that everyone in the Institute thinks I've got something going on with you, and now it wouldn't help even if I explained the truth to them." Bailu Yi pouted. She naturally understood the thought processes of those within the hall.
However, she and Qin Wentian were merely friends, yet everyone thought that she was infatuated with him. This made her feel extremely depressed.
"Do you want me to clarify things?" Qin Wentian shrugged.
"The more you try to explain, the worst it will be. Hmph, are you trying to break off your relationship with me?" Bailu Yi's answer caused black lines to appear on Qin Wentian's forehead. The hearts of women were truly difficult to comprehend indeed.
Seeing the dumbfounded expression on Qin Wentian's face made Bailu Yi break out into a smile. "Forget it, I was just teasing you. It doesn't matter as long as we both know the truth. Let's go for a walk, do you have any place you wish to go?"
"Let's visit the Hell Arena, the Yuan Meteor Stones that I previously won have all been used up. Let's make some money before we enter the secret realm," Qin Wentian replied with a grin, causing Bailu Yi to roll her eyes.
What did this fellow treat the Hell Arena as? A place that freely gifted Yuan Meteor Stones to him?However, Bailu Yi had no further comments after witnessing his performance. Now that Qin Wentian had already stepped into the third level of Yuanfu, the results were the same as before, opponents of the same realm couldn't match up to him, and he was unrivalled when facing opponents of the same level.
Qin Wentian's winning streak continued on, all the way from 60 consecutive victories to 90 consecutive victories.
The name 'Kirin' was already extremely well known in the Hell Arena. When he was in the second level of Yuanfu, his battle record showed a staggering 60 wins and 0 losses. Now that he broke through to the third level of Yuanfu, he immediately won thirty more battles. Did this mean that if he appeared again, he would then join the exclusive club of those with a battle record of a hundred consecutive wins with no losses?
In the Hell Arena, only exceedingly famous characters could claim such a battle record.
Many wondered if Kirin would be able to set a whole new Arena record!............In the Pill Emperor Hall, there was a similar discussion on the matter of entry into the secret realm.
The four transcendent powers of the Moon Continent all had control of the entrance. The agreement between them was that when the secret realm opened every year, they would each be able to send a total of twenty people within.
"Zhan Chen, we would have to trouble you to lead our members for the expedition to the secret realm this time round," a middle-aged man spoke to a young man.
This young man had a kindly appearance, and was extraordinarily good looking.
He was one of the four Heaven's Chosen in the Moon Continent, Zhan Chen from the Pill Emperor Hall who was also ranked #11 in the Heavenly Fate Rankings.
"Your disciple understands." Zhan Chen nodded his head. After which, he turned his gaze towards an attractive older woman that stood beside him. Despite her age, this woman was filled with charm and exuded a mature beauty. When she was younger, she would have definitely belonged to the category of women capable of overthrowing empires with their looks.
This woman was none other than the daughter of the Pill Emperor, Luo He."Martial Aunt, will Junior Sister Qingcheng join the expedition to the secret realm this time round?" Zhan Chen smiled as he inquired.
"Qingcheng's cultivation is not enough yet, I don't want her to take the risk. However, Bai Fei wishes to go and gain experience, how about doing a favor for me and take care of her on my behalf." Luo He laughed.
"Junior Sister, you are too protective of Qingcheng." That middle-aged man from earlier smiled. "I noticed you have been rejecting all marriage proposals from the other powers, does Junior Sister already have someone in mind for Qingcheng?"
"I have no plans as of yet. However, I do not wish for her to marry into the Hua Clan. It's a shame that Zhan Chen already has a companion. Otherwise, I would definitely betroth Qingcheng to him," Luo He replied. Her words made clear her opinion towards the young man before her; evidently she held him in extremely high regard!