AGM 549 - Stirred by Defeat
This person who came was none other than Li Hanyou's master, the Plum Mountain Sword Sovereigness, one of the nine Sword Sovereigns of the Battle Sword Sect.
The instant she appeared, the gazes of countless people landed onto her. The Plum Mountain Sword Sovereigness seemed as young and beautiful as ever, looking as though she was only in her early thirties. Yet, her countenance was extremely solemn, those proud eyes of hers seemed to have witnessed the vicissitudes of life. From that, one could see that she wasn't as young as her appearance, it was only because her cultivation base had reached a certain level that she was able to retain her youthful appearance.
Many suddenly remembered the rumors regarding the Plum Mountain Sword Sovereigness. This woman's temperament was wilful and she was a loner, doing whatever her heart desires, disregarding the opinions of others. She had been cold, prideful, and extraordinary from birth. For matters she had set her heart on, even the leader of the Battle Sword Sect would be unable to dissuade her. The members of the Battle Sword Sect all had that kind of character, doing what they want to do. The Plum Mountain Sword Sovereigness was the epitome of that.
However, although her reputation was like this, she was extremely protective of her disciples. The care and love she showed them was second to none, but her requirements of them were exceedingly high as well.
This was Qin Wentian's first time seeing the Plum Mountain Sword Sovereigness' true appearance. And indeed, as expected of her reputation, the moment he saw her he knew that she was an extremely proud woman, resembling the plum in winter, standing proud amidst the snow.
"Master!" Li Hanyou shouted, the Plum Mountain Sword Sovereigness glanced at her, nodding her head lightly.
"Old witch, are you here for the treasure in my body as well?" The Human Emperor laughed in a carefree manner. The Plum Mountain Sword Sovereigness frowned when she heard how Ye Qingyun had called out to her, but she wasn't really angered by it. Ye Qingyun was from the same generation as her, they had been acquainted with each other during their youth, they had several disputes and even fought against each other more than a few times. As time flowed by, their cultivation bases got increasingly stronger and although the Plum Mountain Sword Sovereigness still appeared young, there was nothing wrong with Ye Qingyun calling her an old witch.
Ye Lingshuang was filled with worries. Although the Plum Mountain Sword Sovereigness could be considered a member of the Battle Sword Sect, her status was esteemed and high up, there was no way she was here just because she was concerned about an ordinary disciple like her. In addition, considering the Sword Sovereigness' personality, how could anyone stop her from doing the things she wanted to do? If she was really here for the treasure, she wouldn't rest until she had acquired it.
"That treasure does indeed has some use to me." The Plum Mountain Sword Sovereigness stated.
The Human Emperor coldly snorted, "To think that you are this sort of person. Just a single treasure, do you really believe it will allow the holder to lord over the Immortal Celestial Realm? Over here, only you, old witch, are a member from the Battle Sword Sect. If you want it, I will simply give it to you."
"Royal father!" The countenance of Ye Lingshuang stiffened as she shouted.
The members of the Battle Sword Sect all stepped forth, Duan Han stared in the air as he shouted, "Martial Aunt, why must you force someone against their will? In any case, do you really think that Junior Sister Lou would be able to depend on that treasure to climb up to the top of the Immortal Martial Realm Rankings?
"Duan Han, do not interfere in my matters. Since you are one of those entering the Immortal Martial Realm this time around, just take care not to shame the name of my Battle Sword Sect with your results." The Plum Mountain Sword Sovereigness emotionlessly stated. Duan Han was a personal disciple under Sword Sovereigness Ling Tian, she naturally knew who he was. But for the other members that were present, she wasn't familiar at all with any of them.
In the blink of an eye, the situation had changed to the Plum Mountain Sword Sovereigness lecturing Duan Han, causing the other members of the Battle Sword Sect to be speechless. They also knew that they didn't have the ability to make the Plum Mountain Sword Sovereigness change her mind.
At this moment, the Sword Sovereigness turned her gaze onto those from the Li Clan below, "Hanyou is one of my disciples, I wonder would members of the Li Clan give face to this seat, and not interfere in this matter?"
Li Hanyou' beautiful eyes stiffened as she glanced at her second grandpa by her side. The eyes of her second grandpa flickered incessantly. The Human Emperor's combat prowess was insanely high, although he was seriously injured and he knew that the combat prowess of the Sword Sovereigness was also roughly around the Human Emperor's level. If things turned ugly and a fight broke out, they wouldn't be able to obtain any benefits. After he thought till here, he gave a carefree laugh and replied, "Since the Plum Mountain Sword Sovereigness has personally spoken, I give you my word that the Li Clan won't interfere in this matter."
He was someone who could meet gains or losses with equanimity. Originally, he already didn't have absolute confidence in his agenda today and now since the degree of success had dropped even further, he didn't mind giving it up completely. His actions would cause the Plum Mountain Sword Sovereigness to treat Hanyou better in the future, so no matter how he looked at it, this could be considered a pretty good ending.
"Many thanks." The Plum Mountain Sword Sovereigness lightly nodded her head. After which she turned her gaze onto those from the Violet Thunder Sect as she coldly spoke, "You guys are not scramming yet? How much longer do you want to continue to throw your face away?"
"You..." The Head-Supremacy of the Violet Thunder Sect had a status equivalent to the Nine Sword Sovereigns of the Battle Sword Sect yet she dared to speak to him this way? However, he saw that the countenance of the Plum Sword Mountain Sovereigness was as sharp as a blade's edge, as cold qi radiated from her and engulfed the entire space. At the same time, several silhouettes appeared behind her, as though if the Head-Supremacy of the Violet Thunder Sect uttered just one word of disagreement, battle would instantly commence.
He understood that this woman did what she wanted to, she was truly capable of killing him right here with no care to the consequences.
"Farewell." The Head-Supremacy coldly snorted before his silhouette flickered as he flew away. This internal strife of the Ye Country today had indeed caused the power of Ye to diminish. However, the one that had truly lost here was the Violet Thunder Sect, they had thrown away all their face and eaten such a grievous loss. If this matter were to spread out, it would be a black stain on the Violet Thunder Sect's reputation.
"You all better remember this." From afar, a booming voice echoed out, akin to thunder rumbling the heavens, containing boundless rage within.
But how could the Plum Mountain Sword Sovereigness care for threats? Her gaze turned below, at this point only three major powers were left. The Plum Mountain Sword Sovereigness coldly asked, "Do you all wish to contend against me?"
The Great Martial King from the War Country frowned, he knew how powerful this woman was. Just a few words from her was sufficient to make the supreme Li Clan give up, and had even caused the experts from the Violet Thunder Sect to be chased away. Right now, there was no doubt, she was the person in total control here.
The experts from the Spirit Luan Country and Barbarian Clan stared at her, only to hear the female general of the Spirit Luan Country reply, "I've always respected the Plum Mountain Sword Sovereigness as a hero among women. For the matter today, if I can see with my own eyes that the Human Emperor willingly hands over the treasure to the Plum Mountain Sword Sovereigness, I will take a step back and won't interfere in this any longer.
This female general was also intelligent. If the Human Emperor really did hand over the treasure of his own initiative, it was basically impossible for these remaining people to snatch it away from the Sword Sovereigness by force.
"Since this is the case, I shall follow the lead of the general as well." An expert from the Barbarian Clan similarly nodded.
Gleams of sharpness flickered in the eyes of the Great Martial King as he said, "Since everyone is of the same opinion, I too shall agree to follow along."
Only then was the Plum Mountain Sword Sovereigness satisfied. She turned her gaze onto the Human Emperor again as she slowly spoke, "I've heard that this extremely unusual treasure has long ago melded with you. To compensate you, if your daughter Ye Lingshuang is willing to take me as her master, I can take her in as a personal disciple.
The countenance of the Human Emperor had no fluctuations, he turned his head back and stared at Ye Lingshuang before asking, "Lingshuang, what's your view on this?"
Only to see Ye Lingshuang's face radiated coldness, she stared at the Plum Mountain Sword Sovereigness and replied, "Today, with so many powers pressuring my royal father, the Human Emperor fought against them all by himself, slaying over ten Celestial Phenomenon Ascendants. How awe-inspiring was that? However, to think that there was some despicable bastard hiding in the shadows, wishing to take advantage of his precarious position? Even though I, Ye Lingshuang might be someone useless, I would disdain being a disciple of someone like her."
"Hmph," The Plum Mountain Sword Sovereigness coldly snorted as glints of sharpness flashed through her eyes. Ye Lingshuang wasn't afraid and stared her right in her eyes. "Although as an elder I should respect you, your actions today have truly disappoint me. In the future, even if I meet you in the Battle Sword Sect, I won't show any respect as well. Today you obviously knew that there were many experts ganging up on my royal father, yet you chose to hide away until the very end before coming out to steal the treasure?"
"This seat won't hold it against you for your insolence today. But if you dare to show me disrespect again in the future, don't blame me for disciplining you on behalf of the Human Emperor." The Plum Mountain Sword Sovereigness' countenance was ice cold, yet Ye Lingshuang's gaze was filled with an unyielding spirit as she stared right back at the Plum Mountain Sword Sovereigness.
"Good." The Human Emperor laughed uproariously, "As expected of my, Ye Qingyun's daughter. I had already expected this ending would occur, I just wanted to show you all and widen your perspectives. To allow all of you to feel the strength of great sects and the meaning of why the strong is always right. This is an eternal truth that will never change. A single treasure? I, Ye Qingyun don't care about it."
After speaking, the Human Emperor's palm abruptly dug into his chest. Fresh blood splattered as his countenance spasmed slightly.
Cries of alarm rang out, those from the Royal Clan were all taken aback, while Ye Lingshuang's countenance had turned white. Even the members from the Battle Sword Sect and Medicine Sovereign Valley also felt a sense of solemness that had stirred their hearts.
How imposing was the Human Emperor? Fighting one man against an entire rebellion with no fear at all, against several Ascendants here in the country of Ye. But eventually, he still had to bow under the pressure and suffer this humiliation.
Duan Han and the rest of the members from the Battle Sword Sect all had a respectful look on their faces, the Human Emperor was truly a hero of the generation causing many to be impressed and revere him. The actions of the Plum Mountain Sword Sovereigness had truly made them exceptionally unhappy.
"No worries." The Human Emperor waved his hands upon seeing those concerned about him rushing up. He opened his palm as a tiny shiny hatchet appeared that, exuding a terrifying might.
"This is just a mere item; do you really that item was the sole reason for me rising up? Utterly laughable. Just take it and go." the Human Emperor threw the hatchet over towards the Sword Sovereigness. Blood was constantly flowing from the wound he had created when he dug into his chest, right now even his bones could be seen. This treasure had long melded as one with his flesh and bones, becoming one entity with him. Hence, he could only use this method if he wished to remove it.
The palms of the Plum Mountain Sword Sovereigness waved and she grabbed the object as it flew over to her. The Human Emperor stated in a detached manner, "I truly want to see what ranking your disciple, Lou Bingyu, will be able to acquire in the Immortal Martial Realm this time around."
"You don't have to worry about this," The Plum Mountain Sword Sovereigness replied as she kept the treasure. Since she had come here personally today, it was obvious she had high hopes of her disciple Lou Bingyu. This treasure was something the Human Emperor had obtained in the Immortal Martial Realm back then. If this could meld with Lou Bingyu, there was no doubt that her prowess would only be further enhanced. Not only that, the Immortal Martial Realm would reject external divine weapons, if Lou Bingyu has this treasure, she would obviously have a better chance to stand at the top of the rankings. Let's hope her disciple wouldn't disappoint the expectations she has towards her.
Right at this very moment, the sound of wind gusting could be heard from afar. The countenances of everyone turned sluggish as they inclined their heads to stare in a certain direction. Three silhouettes could be seen slowly flying over. All of them projected an extraordinary aura and were clad in white, their attire was totally free from dust and even resembled the appearance of immortals.
Upon seeing these three, the countenances of everyone shifted. Why would the envoys of the Immortal Martial Realm appear here today?
These three people slowly descended downwards, the expressions on each of their faces was entirely neutral. As they turned their gaze downwards, one among them waved his hands as an ancient medallion flew out in the direction of Ye Lingshuang and the others.
Qin Wentian's eyes narrowed, the ancient medallion was actually flying in his direction. A moment later, that medallion appeared right in front of him and caused great shock to appear on the faces of everyone. All of them turned their gazes on Qin Wentian, their eyes were all glimmering with sharpness.
The envoys of the Immortal Martial Realm had personally come here to deliver the Immortal Martial Realm Medallion!
Lou Bingyu - Lou is a surname, Bingyu → Ice Feathers