AGM 473 - Departure
As the last strand of will dissipated, the surroundings near Qin Wentian returned to normal. He was standing on the golden pathway; before the statue of the Xia Emperor.
"Vermilion Bird Immortal Palace." Qin Wentian glanced at the key in his hands, finally understanding why the totem beast of Grand Xia was a Vermilion Bird. So it was because back then, the Xia Emperor managed to enter the Vermilion Bird Immortal Palace due to a stroke of good fortune and acquired many benefits. After which, he united the region and founded Grand Xia, building it up slowly until it could stand on equal grounds with the two other Grand Empires in this world.
Stepping backwards, Qin Wentian respectfully bowed a total of three times to the statue of the Xia Emperor. He then spoke in a low voice, "Junior is not a descendant of the Royal Xia Clan, but because of fate; or as you've put it, karma. I shall engrave senior's kindness deep in my heart. After I reunite Grand Xia under a single banner, the name of Grand Xia shall never change. It will remain as such forevermore."
After he spoke, Qin Wentian bowed once again. After which, he stowed the Vermilion Bird Immortal Palace key into his interspatial ring and returned to the location of the altar as he started to comprehend the manuals.
His talent in the Dao of Divine Inscriptions wasn't bad, but because recently, he had concentrated more on his martial path, he had somewhat neglected that. Now, the other self of Qin Wentian, Di Tian, was relentlessly pouring over the books, seeking to gain a higher level of comprehension so that he could have the ability to engrave a fifth-ranked Vermilion Bird Formation. Only then would the first step of returning Grand Xia to its former glory be complete. At the same time, the state of his heart had evolved as well, it was about time for him to rise his cultivation level.
In a forest far away outside the borders of the Spirit Continent, Qin Wentian's original form naturally already knew of what happened within the Royal Tomb. Excitement could be seen on his features as he discussed what he discovered with Qing`er.
Qing`er who was by his side gazed at him and when his speech came to an end, her melodious voice sounded out, "Okay...and?"
Qin Wentian didn't know whether should he laugh or cry, "Qing`er, help me inform your master. During this period of time, I'm preparing to consolidate the foundation of my original body and see if I can break through. After that, I shall make some arrangements before proceeding to depart Grand Xia.
"Okay.." Qing`er nodded her head lightly. After that, Qin Wentian entered into the depths of the bamboo forest before sitting down cross-legged. His original body shared an innate connection with Di Tian, since Di Tian's state of heart underwent an evolution, it was naturally the same for Qin Wentian. And if Di Tian could breakthrough, so could he. He only needed Yuan Meteor Stones.
Within the bamboo forest, it was quiet and tranquil. A light wind gusted about occasionally, this place was extremely peaceful.
In the blink of an eye, another two months of time passed. Today, in that quiet forest, resplendent astral light flashed as a surge of towering aura emanated forth, enveloping the entire bamboo forest.
Fairy Qingmei and the leader of the Mystic Moon Sect stood together. Both their eyes shifted in the direction in the depths of the bamboo forest as a strange glow flickered in their eyes. He broke through. In that case, Qin Wentian's current cultivation was at the third level of Heavenly Dipper. According to this terrifying speed, if things remained constant, Qin Wentian might very well have a chance to reach the seventh to ninth level of Heavenly Dipper before he was thirty.
Right now, Qin Wentian was merely twenty-five.
At this moment, Qin Wentian exited the bamboo forest. He had a smile on his face, and projected an extraordinary demeanour. However, the strange thing was that not one whit of his aura leaked out from him. It was as though he had already reached the state of returning to origin, and gave off a sense of mysteriousness.
If a casual on-looker were to randomly glance over, it was simply unbelievable that the young man standing right in front would actually be a Heavenly Dipper Sovereign. Not only that, he was even at the third level of Heavenly Dipper.
"Uncle Zong, Elder Bailu, Aunt Bing...all of you, can come over." Qin Wentian stated. A few moments later, a group of figures all arrived. Their countenances were all painted with smiles. Zong Yi happily spoke, "Wentian, to think that it took you so quickly to break through to the third level of Heavenly Dipper. I think in not more than ten years. Even if you don't transform into a primordial great roc, you would be able to stand at the pinnacle of Grand Xia."
"Considering Wentian's talent, that's completely possible." The leader of the Ice Spirit Sect, Bing Yuchan, nodded with a smile on her face.
Even the Punishment Old Man, Old Xing, also nodded his head heavily in agreement.
"All of you should've already know what I'm planning?" Qin Wentian shook his head and laughed.
"Wentian, are you really planning to depart Grand Xia?" The headmaster of the White Deer Institute asked.
"Yes, I feel that remaining in Grand Xia would do me no good. I want to go out and gain in more experiences, further tempering myself to get stronger even quicker. Di Tian is currently in close-door seclusion inside the ancient kingdom. When he steps out, he will aid me to control the situation. Also, with the help of Fairy Qingmei as well as the leader from the Mystic Moon Sect, I'm completely at ease."
Qin Wentian stared at everyone as he added, "Now that the Azure Faction has been completely restored, my position will be that of the sect master. If I'm away, Di Tian will take my place. Fairy Qingmei shall be the vice sect master. Old Xing (punishment old man) will be in charge of setting up the new Punishment Branch and has the approval to select suitable disciples from the various factions to join the Punishment Branch. All of you will be doyens, and have the authority to control each of your respective factions. The individual elder-level characters of the various factions shall remain unchanged, and I will need all of your help to select promising young talents to nurture, allowing them to cultivate the nine ultimate arts. Old Xing shall be in charge of the supervision and lastly, the cultivation resources of our Azure Emperor Palace shall be administered and allocated by my senior sister Luo Huan and my teacher Mustang. With such an arrangement, there should be no problems for our Azure Emperor Palace to run smoothly."
"However take note and inform all the disciples that they are not to divulge their identity when they are training outside. At the same time, keep the existences of the other Factions a secret to the other disciples. Only those present here today need to know this."
"Understood." Everyone nodded, with the respective heads still being in charge of their own faction, this would ensure that things run smoothly and minimise chaos. Each respective Faction shall be a branch under the Azure Emperor Palace but the respective faction's head shall run each Faction independently.
"Even when you are leaving, are you not going to spare this senior sis of yours?" Luo Huan rolled her eye at Qin Wentian.
Qin Wentian smiled, "Senior sis, you are talented and intelligent, I can only be at ease if resources management is left to you to handle."
"With the pitiful amount of cultivation resources you left behind, how can it be enough to sustain the various factions? Luckily we have access to Skythunder Country's treasury." Luo Huan grinned.
"I will have to depend on senior sis then. With our current power, wanting to seize the resources others would be a piece of cake. We will remain in the shadows to build up our strength. The moment when I returned, I shall give a surprise to Grand Xia." Qin Wentian's eyes gleamed with sharpness.
"Hmph, you this stinky brat is out there enjoying yourself while I, as your senior sis has to stay here and slave for you." Luo Huan pouted, her words causing Qin Wentian to smile bitterly as he shook his head, "Senior sis, with my current strength, Grand Xia isn't a place where I can control yet. Let alone the world out there is so vast, only through transcending dangers after dangers would I be able to get stronger and stronger. How would I dare to drag my lovely senior sister along to suffer with me? In the future when I return to Grand Xia stronger, I will naturally accompany senior sister to tour the vast world outside.
"Haha, enough. The two of you best stop 'flirting' out in the public. Luo Huan, Wentian is right. Considering his talent, Grand Xia is too small a place for him, it would only serve to restrict his future." Mustang laughed, his words causing Luo Huan pout once more, "Teacher is always on the side of junior brother Qin."
"When are you leaving?" Fairy Qingmei turned her gaze on Qin Wentian.
"No day is as good as today, I shall leave now. If one day, Fan Le, Ouyang Kuangsheng and Bai Qing returns, tell them i'm off to Grand Shang Empire." Qin Wentian spoke in a low voice, his words causing the expressions of the others present to falter. The leader of the Mystic Moon Sect then added, "Jun Yu has an extraordinary status there, why did you choose Grand Shang?"
"I'm heading for the region controlled by the Royal Sacred Sect, the area they control might be so vast that it stretches across Grand Shang. Jun Yu is just the disciple of an elder, how powerful can he be? Can he be so influential across the vast region that is Grand Shang?" Qin Wentian smiled as he shook his head. "In any case I will disguise myself. As long as I'm more cautious, nothing untowards would happen."
"True." The leader of the Mystic Moon Sect nodded. With the trump cards of Qin Wentian, it isn't going to be so easy if someone wanted to make a move against him. The Great Solar Chen Clan had already fallen for a year, yet in Qin Wentian's presence, the memory felt as though it just happened yesterday.
"Alright everyone, I will see you again in the future." Qin Wentian's eyes shone with a bright light. In the next instant, he soared up into the air, as the silhouette of a small snowy puppy could also be seen beside him.
Qing`er stepped out as well, appearing behind Qin Wentian. Evidently, she would be tagging along in this journey.
"Valuing the companionship of a beauty rather than friendship." Luo Huan stomped her foot, but soon after, bursted out with peals of laughter.
"Everyone, I shall leave the Azure Emperor Palace in your hands." Qin Wentian spoke, emanating a heroic air. After which, his silhouette flickered as he flew off in a certain direction.
The gazes of everyone turned to that figure clad in white, while sighing in their hearts. This young man was off to Grand Shang, they wonder what kind of storm would he create, over at the world outside Grand Xia.
"How powerful would he be when he returns to Grand Xia?" Zong Yi stared at that departing back as he sighed in his heart. After he pledged to follow Qin Wentian, the Azure Emperor Palace was restructured, followed by the Nine Mystical Palace being destroyed and the Great Solar Chen Clan annihilated. Qin Wentian was just like a demon, stirring up a terrifying tempest everywhere he went.
Zong Yi was filled with anticipation for the day where Qin Wentian returns. That day would come sooner or later, the demon sword embedded in the Pill Emperor Hall was still waiting for him to enact revenge with it. It was only that Zong Yi still didn't know that Qin Wentian had another true-self within the Royal Tomb of Grand Xia.
The Pill Emperor right now had already returned to their former glory after this one year. With the coming of Jun Yu, the entire Pill Emperor became extremely strong, there was an endless number of talents willing to join them, all of them was inspired by the status Jun Yu has, and the in-flood of fresh members caused the Pill Emperor Hall to recover their vitality.
Today there were experts arriving at the Pill Emperor Hall. These people all had a cultivation base at the Celestial Phenomenon Realm and the actual purpose for them being here, shocked the entire Grand Xia.
They sent out a message, all outstanding young talents in Grand Xia could head to the Grand Shang Empire to temper themselves. If they have a Sacred Royal Medallion, they would be granted a special status and in the future, if their performance was noteworthy, Grand Shang would invest heavily in them to nurture them, and directly allow them to join the Royal Sacred Sect.
At the same time, the Grand Shang Empire would also allow some their talents to join the various transcendent powers. These selected powers would have strength greater compared to the ordinary transcendent powers of Grand Xia.
One could well imagine how great the commotion and impact this news caused. Numerous demon-level talents all headed straight for the Grand Shang Empire the moment this piece of news was circulated.
As for those in the seven grand clans who were bestowed a Royal Sacred Medallion, they were each preparing for their journey to Grand Shang as well.
Right now within the Hua Clan, several of their experts gathered. The gazes of the crowd stared at the three silhouettes in front of them, their hearts trembling while their eyes all shone with an intense glow. One of the three was none other than Hua Taixu, the most talented of all members in the younger generation of the Hua Clan. The expectations the Hua Clan had towards him, was higher in comparison to any others.
"Farewell, be cautious in all things when you are out adventuring in Grand Shang." The clan lord of the Hua Clan faintly spoke. The three Hua Clan members nodded their head. Soon after, their silhouettes flickered as they vanished.
At this very moment, in the Shi Clan, in the Wang Clan, the same scenario occurred. Their demon-level geniuses were all setting off, flying towards Grand Shang!
Who among these demon-level talents would be able to create a tempest that stirs up Grand Shang?!