Chapter 862: Recruit
Translator: Lordbluefire Editor: Lordbluefire
Dongsheng Ting's words caused the eyes of many participants to turn stiff. They only felt their bodies turning cold, they were very disappointed.
Among them, there were still people who were filled with hope and anticipation, wishing that their names would be part of the top twenty. They grew more and more nervous as time flowed by but at the last moment, Dongsheng Ting actually wanted Hua Taixu and Ruthless to be part of the top twenty, replacing the participants for the remaining two spots.
Among the entire thirteen prefectures, only the top ranker of a single prefecture - the Jing Prefecture, didn't manage to pass this round.
As for the top rankers of the other twelve prefectures, all of them passed and got into the top twenty. This undoubtedly proved the effectiveness of the preliminaries held at each of the prefectures much earlier.
However, a majority of the second and third rankers of the prefectures all failed to make it.
This selection test was extremely cruel, only having twenty spots for the participants to take. Many outstanding geniuses were all short of the stick, failing to make the mark.
"Your highness is right. Just like what Princess Glaze thought, the following participants would all generate controversy and dispute if they were to be chosen for the top twenty. There's no one among the remaining participants who can convince everyone with his strength otherwise. In that case, I agree to your highness's suggestion, directly allowing Hua Taixu and Ruthless to be part of the top twenty." An expert from the Eastern Sage Immortal Sect affirmed.
"I have no objections as well." The Myriad Incarnations Immortal King smiled, glancing at Hua Taixu who was beside her.
"Me neither." The Undefeatable Devil King was a devil-cultivator. He sat on the top level but wasn't really fond of words. He was like a devil god with supreme might radiating from him. His disciple Ruthless has the same demeanor as him or he wouldn't have accepted him. Many supreme characters would take on disciples according to their preferences, choosing suitable individuals to cultivate down the same path as they did.
How could the immortal kings go against Dongsheng Ting in such a matter? Naturally all of them agreed unanimously. Dongsheng Ting smiled, "Since all the seniors have no objections, we will set it like this then. The twenty top rankers shall be the individuals nominated by Princess Glaze, plus Hua Taixu and Ruthless."
"Hu..." At the location where the Cloud Prefecture was seated, the descendant of the Idlecloud Immortal King, Mu Yun, let out a long sigh. He initially thought he would have a chance to be ranked within the top twenty. Who would have thought that his name wasn't even mentioned in the nominating process. Right now, only disappointment was in his heart.
"Kacha!" Zuyu of the Battle Heavens Immortal Manor clenched his fists as cracking sounds echoed in the air. His combat prowess was also very strong and had quite an outstanding performance earlier but his name was not called at all. In fact, Princess Glaze's eyes never even landed on him. It was as though she had never once considered him.
Same as Mu Yun and Zuyu, there were too many disappointed individuals. They all thought that they would have a chance but sadly, the truth was this cruel. A total of 160 participants whittled down to the top twenty. Not only that, two spots within the top twenty were given to Hua Taixu and Ruthless. This had already decreed that a majority of the participants would only be normal core disciples.
"Four from Cloud, three from Western Desert. Well done!" An immortal king stated, feeling somewhat gratified in his heart. Even the Eastern Prefecture only had two who passed - the top ranker Gusu Tianqi, and the second ranker Xia Jiufeng.
As for the top three rankers of the Western Desert Prefecture, all of them passed.
In fact even for the Cloud Prefecture, other than top ranker Gu Zhantian, the other three demon-level characters who passed were fellow sect members and have an extremely good relationship. They gave off the feeling that they stood united in the face of death despite facing powerful people like the Deepflame Immortal King. They didn't show any respect at all and directly rebutted him.
"Seems like I have no way to accompany you guys to continue on this path." Beside Qin Wentian, Ghost Saber Mu Yan smiled. His talent was already extremely outstanding but he can only stop here. The eighteen selected participants were simply too outstanding, they were demon-level characters with the best talent throughout the thirteen prefectures.
"Your performance is already very good." Qin Wentian smiled at Mu Yan. Mu Yan nodded his head, he then lifted his wine cup to Qin Wentian and the rest as he spoke, "Seeing how powerful you three fellow sect siblings are, I'm truly proud of you all. Here's to hoping you guys can go further and walk all the way till the end."
"Mhm, definitely." Jun Mengchen raised his wine cup, as did Qin Wentian, Zi Qingxuan and Mu Yan as they mutually toasted each other, laughing as they chatted.
"Being lucky enough to pick back your life but you are already so proud of yourself so quickly?" Zuyu stared at the four in anger, extremely unhappy. An evil fire ignited in his heart, as a heaven chosen of the Battle Heavens Immortal Manor, his combat prowess should be pretty strong as well. However, he didn't even qualify to be nominated while the three of them before him have all passed.
Qin Wentian was the mortal enemy of his Battle Heavens Immortal Manor and had killed many geniuses from his sect before.
One could very well imagine the emotions currently in Zuyu's heart.
Jun Mengcheng coldly swept his gaze over yet he only heard Qin Wentian saying, "Mengchen, there's no need to lower ourselves to match people like these. A true dragon soars through the nine heavens, why must they be bothered with snakes who crawl on their bellies on the ground?"
"You..." Zuyu pointed his finger at Qin Wentian, even more enraged than ever. No matter what, his cultivation base was at the eighth-level of Celestial Phenomenon, he should be able to insta-kill either Qin Wentian or his companions yet he was humiliated so badly like this.
"I don't know if you can feel shame or not." Jun Mengchen mockingly stared at Zuyu, after which he didn't bother about him anymore. The Battle Heavens Immortal Manor as well as many major powers of the Cloud Prefecture stared at the satisfied trio, feeling extremely vexed in their hearts. Naturally, it was because of the grudges they had with Qin Wentian. If it wasn't for that, they probably couldn't wait to fawn on Qin Wentian right now, wanting to have a good relationship with him.
"The battles earlier lasted quite a long time, I'm sure the participants are feeling fatigued. Let's rest for four hours before we start the next test. Everyone please feel free to do your own thing." Dongsheng Ting smiled and waved his hands to the crowd. The battles earlier have drawn all their focus, it was only to be expected that the participants would feel a little fatigue. It was a good idea to take a break.
"Okay, the immortal banquet shall continue. Everyone, please feel at ease and if you have any needs or requirements, you can refer to the servants." Dongsheng Ting then stood up, he held his wine cup and walked over to Princess Glaze as he smiled, "Princess, what do you think of these geniuses?"
"They are all excellent, there are many outstanding characters among them." Princess Glaze nodded her head.
"In that case, who does Princess favor most? Who do you think has the highest probability of becoming the top three rankers, Sage Children of my Eastern Sage Immortal Sect?"
"That will have to depend on all of you, how can I manage to guess at it?" Princess Glaze glanced at the participants while smiling at Dongsheng Ting. She has always been observing the participants, wondering if the information her royal father told her would have any connection with the participants at this event.
"Okay, let's not talk about that. I, Dongsheng Ting, have long admired senior White Emperor but never had a chance to meet with his respectable self before. In the future if there's an opportunity, I still hope that Princess would do the introductions, allowing me to fulfil the wish of paying respects to the White Emperor." Dongsheng Ting was damn good with words, fawning on the White Emperor through the use of a few casual sentences.
The immortal kings by the side didn't disturb Dongsheng Ting when they saw this scene. All of them were wily old foxes, how could they not know what Dongsheng Ting was thinking? Usually, they roamed the vast immortal realms and it would be extremely hard for them to encounter each other. Now since they all gathered here today, even if there were some unhappiness among them, they would forget about it and treat each other like old friends, chatting and laughing together.
"Myriad Incarnations, you are getting more and more beautiful with each passing year." The Undying Immortal King smiled at the Myriad Incarnations Immortal King. The Myriad Incarnations Immortal King exuded a sense of elegance and she was indeed very beautiful. Although she has already cultivated for many years, because she was an immortal king, she was still extremely youthful looking. Also, because of her powerful cultivation, her bearing stood out even more, each action she took could cause people to be mesmerized. She was just like a female goddess, one can only respect and admire her, blasphemy was not allowed.
"Undying Immortal King, you are still so good with words." Myriad Incarnations laughed.
"Not only are you beautiful, your disciple is extremely powerful as well. I've long heard that your disciple Hua Taixu went to the samsara world to temper himself. Both of you are truly audacious, only a rare few would be able to survive that place and even if they came out alive, most of them would have already gone crazy." The Undying Immortal King cast a deep glance at Hua Taixu yet he only saw Hua Taixu's countenance was as calm as ever, indicating his extraordinary state of heart.
"Haha, his strength can be attributed to his own hard work." The Myriad Incarnations Immortal King smiled.
"Your temper is so good. Look at that Deepflame Immortal King, he looked so angry that his rage can even tower up to the heavens." The Undying Immortal King shook his head and smiled, turning his gaze over to the Deepflame Immortal King. They only noticed that Deepflame was staring at the lower level, and following his gaze, they soon saw Qin Wentian.
So it turned out that a supreme immortal king of the Eastern Sage Immortal Sect had arrived by the side of Qin Wentian.
Qin Wentian, Jun Mengchen, Zi Qingxuan, Mu Yan and Gu Liufeng were all gathered together. At this moment, that supreme immortal king walked over as the Idlecloud Immortal King instantly stood up and introduced, "This is senior Supreme Mystic Immortal King from the Eastern Sage Immortal Sect."
"We pay our respects to senior." Everyone from the Cloud Prefecture instantly stood up only to see the Supreme Mystic Immortal King waving his hand casually. A warm smile adorned his lips as he stared at Qin Wentian and Jun Mengchen. He then smiled, "Are the two of you confident in obtaining two out of the top three positions?"
"We will do our best." Qin Wentian politely replied, he could sense that this immortal king had no bad intentions from his smile.
"Mhm, if you guys make it to the top three, you will become direct disciples under his Eastern Sage Majesty. However, his majesty would usually be extremely busy. Unless you become personal disciples, it's very rare for him to give you guidance. In fact, even for personal disciples, the amount of time they have to be guided is also extremely short. Usually, the disciples of his majesty would just cultivate within the sect. And at that time, you all can follow me to cultivate if you all wish to, I will do my best to guide you both. It's fine even if you two don't become Sage Children. As long as you are willing, you can enter my tutelage when you join our sect."
The Supreme Mystic Immortal King smiled, his words causing the experts of the Cloud Prefecture to be completely stunned. The gazes they used to looked at Qin Wentian drastically changed. A supreme immortal king from the Eastern Sage Immortal Sect personally came by to attract them to be his disciples. This indicated that for the two of them, even if they couldn't become Sage Child characters, they would also be able to become personal disciples of an immortal king.
This involuntarily caused many of the major powers in the Cloud Prefecture to be worried. They were afraid that Qin Wentian would soar up to the heavens. However, the Idlecloud Immortal King was extremely happy. He smiled and remarked, "Qin Wentian and Jun Mengchen, the Supreme Mystic Immortal King is an extremely powerful immortal king senior."
"Supreme Mystic." However at this moment, an untimely voice drifted over. The Deepflame Immortal King walked over and stated to the Supreme Mystic Immortal King. "Supreme Mystic, I'm afraid your thoughts would amount to nothing. They will not become Sage Child characters, especially so for Qin Wentian. It's impossible for him."
"Deepflame, you saying such things, isn't your heart a little too narrow?" The Supreme Mystic Immortal King frowned. This Deepflame should care more about his own status, as a war general under his Majesty, he actually said such a thing in public.
"Hmph, do you know the story back then when his Majesty went to a particle world to recruit a disciple?" Deepflame Immortal King spoke.
"I know of it, but am unsure of the exact story." The Supreme Mystic Immortal King replied.
"Back then during that event, this brat almost became the disciple of his Majesty." Deepflame Immortal King pointed at Qin Wentian as he continued, "However, he wasn't willing to accept the good intentions of his Majesty, rejecting the rules his Majesty had imposed on him. With such a brazen character, his Majesty changed his mind and forsook him."
The countenance of the Supreme Mystic Immortal King instantly changed when he heard that. His expression flickered, no wonder Deepflame and Dongsheng Ting seemed to be so unfriendly towards this Qin Wentian. So, this was the case.
"Although this brat managed to arrive at this place, it isn't going to be so easy even if he wants another chance." The Deepflame Immortal King sneered at Qin Wentian as he coldly asserted!