AGM 440 - Devouring Constellation?
Qin Wentian and the rest stayed in Skythunder for seven days, restructuring the Royal Clan, gaining the ruler's authority. He didn't request that the Skythunder Aristocrat Clan dissolve and head over to the Celestial Lake Palace. Instead, he chose over ten experts from them to join him on his journey. As for the rest that remained, they gained control of the Skythunder Country with the royal authority passed on to them.
The Skythunder Aristocrat Clan had controlled the Skythunder Country for about eight hundred years. Naturally, they had strong foundations and deep roots. Also, in Skythunder, there were many experts under them, as well as a huge amount of cultivation resources and wealth. How could Qin Wentian give that up just like that?
Hence, Qin Wentian brought along the strongest experts from the Skythunder Aristocrat Clan and left behind some of his trusted subordinates to work with the remaining core members to govern the Skythunder Country.
The Skythunder Country could act as reinforcements in the future. After withdrawing a large amount of resources from the treasury, Qin Wentian departed.
Currently, the powers under Qin Wentian's control were: White Deer Institute, Zong Clan, Ice Spirit Sect, Skythunder Country, as well as the old man representing the Punishment Branch.
However, all these hadn't come to an end yet. Qin Wentian personally requested that Fairy Qingmei lead the 'hidden' factions to pay a visit in order to restructure the last remaining faction - the Di Clan.
The Di Clan, after that battle back then, had almost been exterminated completely, with only a few survivors remaining. The Azure Emperor handed them the Azure Emperor Token and instructed them to find a new successor to reinstate the Azure Emperor Palace. But sadly, even the Azure Emperor didn't expect for those survivors, a few thousand years later, to be divided.
The ideology of the current Di Clan was split into two schools of thought. One of them was the branch Di Yi (headmaster of Emperor Star Academy) belonged to. They held fast to Azure Emperor's instructions and were involved in the test for the selection of a successor. As for the other branch, Di Feng hailed from there. They wanted to take over the entire Di Clan, choosing a successor from their own bloodline. Their reasoning was that since their veins flowed with the blood of the Azure Emperor, why was there still a need to depend on choosing from outsiders for the successor? Hence they began their investigations, but after so many years, they only discovered that the White Deer Institute was part of the 'hidden' Azure Faction.
Fairy Qingmei brought along a bunch of experts from the 'hidden' Azure Faction and descended onto the location of the Di Clan. Using the most ruthless methods, she suppressed Di Feng's branch, together with the Punisher, even directly slaying those who chose to betray the Ancestral Edicts. No mercy was shown, not even to those who had the blood of the Azure Emperor running in their veins.
In a mere three days, the restructuring was completed at the cost of many lives and blood. The remaining survivors all followed Fairy Qingmei back to the Celestial Lake Palace.
Yet, this matter didn't cause too much of a commotion in Grand Xia. Nobody noticed the actions of the Celestial Lake Palace.
Right now, the attention of the masses were focused on Ginkou. The happenings there determined Grand Xia's future.
Hua Taixu and Bai Qing caused a total of five transcendent powers to clash. This was no small matter and could very well erupt into a terrifying tempest of unimaginable proportions.
And just when the restructuring of the Di Clan was ongoing, the date for the next Heavenly Fate Ranking Battle got nearer and nearer. In preparation for the coming storm, the various transcendent powers were all gathering their strength.
During these few days, the Mystic Moon Sect, Ouyang Aristocrat Clan and Jiang Clan gathered several experts and entered Ginkou. There was no other reason than that a battle could erupt any time against both the Chen Clan and the Hua Clan. Naturally, they had to increase their strength since Ginkou was the territory of the Chen Clan.
Simultaneously, there were endless clashes among those of the younger generations, leading to many wounded and even dead.
Today, a young man named Di Tian stepped into Ginkou alone.
After three years, Qin Wentian stepped into Ginkou once more.
Back then, he came here together with the Ouyang Aristocrat Clan. But today, he was all alone, stepping into the ancient ruins that were once the kingdom of Grand Xia.
Currently there were also other visitors around the area. They, too, wanted to witness the glory of the past era for themselves.
Qin Wentian stood outside the ancient kingdom, lost in his memories as he sighed in his heart.
Three years ago, to gain the approval of White Deer Institute, he had to be ranked within the top three on the Heavenly Fate Rankings.
At the same time, for Luo He not to interfere with his matters with Mo Qingcheng, he had to defeat Zhan Chen.
In the following ranking battle, he defeated the talented geniuses of Grand Xia and acquired the position of the top ranker. Yet, what awaited him was a nightmare. For his sake, the Purgatory Vermilion Bird transformed into the formation true soul and took control of the formation world.
Yet the nightmare persisted even after that. Qingcheng was taken back to the Pill Emperor Hall, and Luo He arranged a marriage candidate selection for her. After which, she was taken by force into the abyss of corpses, and up till now, he didn't know whether Qingcheng was dead or alive.
He himself transformed into a great roc; wielding the demon sword, he split apart the Pill Emperor Hall. Now that he thought about it, everything seemed as fleeting as a passing dream.
With the snap of the fingers, three years passed in the twinkling of an eye. Right now, he had already united the 'hidden' Azure Factions and was restructuring them with Fairy Qingmei's assistance. He now had a power to call his own, with countless experts at his beck and call.
As for his other body, the great roc, after sending him to Ginkou, the great roc returned back to the demonic regions near the Demon Continent and continued to wage war, conquering the other demon emperors of the other region, in preparation for an all-out earth-shattering and heaven-shaking war in Grand Xia.
And now, he came to Ginkou once more, standing outside the ancient kingdom.
Right at this moment, a terrifying aura emanated from the middle of the ancient kingdom, permeating the entire region.
"The Vermilion Bird Formation is activated, quickly leave!" Someone shouted, as the other visitors all retreated. The dangerous aura soon enveloped the entire space, including Qin Wentian within. After which, the Purgatory Constellation appeared overhead as the astral light it cascaded fell on Qin Wentian.
A light and familiar voice echoed in his head. Qin Wentian's gaze flickered, only to see a white blur of shadows dashing over and jumping into his hug.
Qin Wentian smiled. He didn't expect that even after he disguised his facial features, Little Rascal would still know that it was him.
"Bzzz!" A warm current of air blew on his body. Qin Wentian stared ahead only to see the faint shadow of a Vermilion Bird flying over, before hovering in spirals above him, while letting out shrieks of joyfulness.
"Purgatory!" Qin Wentian's heart trembled. Hadn't the Purgatory Vermilion Bird already transformed into the true soul of the formation world?
But there was no mistake, that bird flying in the air was that Purgatory Vermilion Bird which he had obtained back then in the trials of the Heavenly Fate ranking battles.
"Little Rascal," a melodious voice drifted over. Qin Wentian glanced in that direction as he saw a beautiful lady clad in red. The contours of her body were further accentuated by her clothing, as well as that charm in her eyes; it was sufficient to move the souls of those who were looking in them.
Luo Huan stared at Little Rascal, as well as the faint shadow of the Vermilion Bird crowding around the young man, in bewilderment. Moments later, a bright light flashed in her eyes as she probed, "Are you junior brother?"
Based on Luo Huan's understanding of Little Rascal, it would definitely not be so close to a random stranger unless that stranger was a female. Based on the horny nature of that puppy, other than Qin Wentian, it wouldn't allow any other males to touch it.
A warm light flickered in Qin Wentian's eyes as he looked at Luo Huan. Senior Sister Luo Huan had always been intelligent; it was impossible to hide things like this from her.
Naturally, he had complete trust in this senior sister of his.
"Senior Sister," Qin Wentian called out, the corners of his lips curled into a smile as his facial features rearranged themselves and returned to his original look. The glow in Luo Huan's eyes brightened. She then stuck her hands on her hips and laughed gaily, "You finally remember to come for this senior sister of yours?"
Qin Wentian walked up, glancing at her beautiful figure before embracing her into a hug. "Sis, how are you and teacher faring here? It has already been almost three years."
"Tormented by utter boredom. Luckily, Little Rascal is here to accompany us, filling our days of boring cultivation with laughter with its antics. What about you? Why are you here so fast? Even if you are in disguise, you have to be careful in Ginkou. Currently there are many transcendent powers here."
"Don't worry about it. After the news of our departure was leaked, the various transcendent powers long stopped paying attention to their monitoring of this place." Qin Wentian and Luo Huan continued walking, when suddenly another figure appeared before him.
Qin Wentian had a smile on his face. Mustang was similarly moved when he saw Qin Wentian. "Wentian, seeing that you are fine, I can put my worries to rest now."
"Teacher." Warm currents flowed in Qin Wentian's heart. Mustang pulled his hand as he continued, "Come sit down, tell Teacher about your experiences and the changes in Grand Xia."
"It's a long story." Qin Wentian sat down as he sighed and informed Mustang and Luo Huan about everything that happened, including Mo Qingcheng's unknown fate and the fact regarding the unification of the Azure Faction, his words causing a myriad of expressions to flash upon their faces.
After the story concluded, the smiles on their faces became looks of worry and sorrow instead.
"Qingcheng is a good girl, I hope nothing happens to her." Mustang's eyes reddened slightly. Back then, in the Emperor Star Academy, Old Gu was the maternal grandfather of Mo Qingcheng, while he himself was Old Gu's disciple. Of course Mustang was extremely supportive of the relationship between his own student with Mo Qingcheng. Yet he never expected such an ending.
"I hope so too..." Qin Wentian murmured.
"Wentian, in these two years, we actually prepared a surprise for you." At this moment, Luo Huan suddenly erupted into laughter, as though she wanted to intentionally shift the topic aside, in case Qin Wentian might be hurt from recalling the bad memories.
Qin Wentian naturally understood Luo Huan's intentions; he also smiled and asked, "What surprise?"
"Little Rascal, show him." Luo Huan turned her gaze onto Little Rascal. Little Rascal let out a torrent of excited barks as it jumped out of Qin Wentian's hold, rushing out of it to a location directly under the Purgatory Constellation. An expression of satisfaction appeared on its face as it lifted its head before opening its mouth and deeply inhaling.
Instantly, above the air, the astral light emanating forth from the constellation all transformed into a thick strand of light that flowed into Little Rascal's mouth. And very swiftly, that majestic constellation dimmed, as the light was endlessly devoured into Little Rascal's stomach.
Even the true soul of the formation world was sucked in.
Gradually, Little Rascal's body underwent a transformation. It grew large in size as the wings of the Purgatory Vermilion Bird appeared on its back. Golden runes appeared on its forehead. It seemed as though it had fused together as one with the Vermilion Bird's true soul. It continued devouring the constellation at a frantic speed, appearing as though it even wanted to swallow up the entire sky.
"This..." Qin Wentian was flabbergasted upon seeing this. He had always felt that Little Rascal was extraordinary. Was the reason why it didn't want to leave the formation world back then because of this?
It could actually devour constellations?!