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After Qin Wentian obtained that ancient scroll, he immersed himself completely into comprehending it, while also adjusting himself to the transformation within his body. This secluded acclimatization lasted two months, during which he had completely forgotten about the passage of time.
Throughout these two months, he marveled deeply at the strength of his bloodline, while pondering over the insights regarding the profound Inscriptions created by that Celestial Ascendant.
Indeed, the Gold-Element Ascendant was truly and exceptionally a monstrous talent in terms of both cultivation and Divine Inscriptions.
Qin Wentian was thinking back to that ancient scroll he gave up. That cultivation art should be extremely powerful as well.
Yet Qin Wentian had no regrets, he trusted his instincts. If it weren't for the fact that his third eye had activated, allowing him to see that the nine golden guardians possessed cultivation bases, he may not have suspected the inheritance. But he saw those nine golden guardians with strength at the peak-level of Yuanfu acting like Puppets protecting the inheritance, in addition to their willingness to give up their lives to activate the golden-armored Puppet. Adding these two observations together, a sliver of doubt couldn't help but enter Qin Wentian’s heart.
Hence, he had chosen to abandon the inheritance.
Throughout these two months, both his power levels in terms of cultivation and Divine Inscriptions took a huge leap forward. He was now even more confident in his own abilities. He believed that it wouldn't be too long before he’d gain a foothold of his own in the Moon Continent.
The pressure Qin Wentian felt when he first came to the Moon Continent pushed him to go even further, constantly upgrading his strength with the quickest speed. In fact, for his age, he could already be considered one of the most exceptional geniuses in the history of Grand Xia.
He started cultivation at the age of sixteen, then condensed his first Astral Soul from the fifth Heavenly Layer. Similarly, his second and third Astral Souls were also from the fifth Heavenly Layer. Up till now, he had not met anyone whose accomplishments rivaled him in this aspect.
He then stepped into Yuanfu before the age of eighteen, his name rocking the entire Chu Country and even had the power to decide who should wield the authority to rule. This was something many wouldn't be able to achieve in their entire lives.
And now, at the age of nineteen, he had broken through to the fourth level of Yuanfu, all in the span of two months.
His Yuanfu receptacles expanded and his understanding of his Mandates deepened further.
At this moment, a beautiful silhouette was walking over from afar. Although Bailu Yi’s beauty couldn’t be compared to Mo Qingcheng, she was an extremely stunning woman in her own right. Clean, with a fresh and cool look, in addition to her innocent personality and sexy figure, it all guaranteed that she would certainly be a head-turner wherever she went.
“Hmph, you’re finally back,” Bailu Yi pouted as she glared at Qin Wentian. In front of Qin Wentian, she no longer acted like the Teacher Bailu she was before. She was more casual and easygoing, like how friends interacted. There were even moments where her girly attitude could be seen, enhancing her charm even further.
A teasing smile could be seen on his face when Qin Wentian looked at Bailu Yi. “From your tone, why does it sound like this place is my home?”
“In your dreams.” Bailu Yi glared at him. “How were your ‘gains’ this time around?”
“Huge. Do you want to take a look at that ancient scroll left behind by the Ascendant?” A mischievous smile could be seen on Qin Wentian’s face, such a treasure would prove irresistible to virtually all Divine Inscriptionists.
If this matter was circulated to others, there would definitely be fourth-ranked Inscriptionists going into a frenzy because of it.
“Forget it, that inheritance was obtained by you, it should belong to you,” Bailu Yi replied after giving the matter some consideration.
“Well, I didn’t say that I would give it to you.” Qin Wentian laughed heartily, causing Bailu Yi to roll her eyes. Was this fellow just making fun of her earlier?
“Well, I guess I can lend you the scroll for a few days, I’m a genius after all.” Bailu Yi didn’t know whether to cry or smile at this remark, so she chose the next best thing, punching Qin Wentian instead.
To be honest, Qin Wentian wouldn’t be stingy. Bailu Yi wasn’t just beautiful, during the fight for the inheritance, she had blocked Zhu Sha’s strike for him, suffering injuries.
“Where are Big Bro Chu Mang and that fatty?” Qin Wentian couldn’t help but ask as he noticed the approach of Little Rascal.
“I can only use the word ‘crazed’ to describe them. They hadn’t slacked off in their cultivation in the slightest, and these days they’re usually found in the Hell Arena, accumulating their battle records.” Bailu Yi’s words made Qin Wentian somewhat moved. That fatty was finally motivated and wasn’t skiving off anymore.
Undoubtedly, Leng Ning’s death also had a huge impact on him.
In this Grand Xia Empire where experts were as numerous as clouds, to be without sufficient strength meant that you could only stand aside when things important to you were about to be lost.
If the Qin Wentian back then had the power he had today, he definitely wouldn’t have allowed the Leng Clan to touch even a strand of hair on Leng Ning’s head. With his current level of power, even dealing with that perverse freak, Yan Tie, would be mere child’s play.
“Qin Wentian, come with me, I’ve something important to talk to you about.”
Bailu Yi’s countenance suddenly turned solemn. After which, she led Qin Wentian to a secret corner near her residence. She didn’t bring him to the central courtyard, where the elders had their discussions, as one would have to be a core member of the Institute to gain entrance there.
Di Feng and Di Cheng were exceptions because they knew the greatest secret of the White Deer Institute—that they were a branch of the ‘hidden’ Azure Faction.
Qin Wentian knew of it as well but had chosen not to reveal the authority token. Naturally, Bailu Yi wouldn’t divulge this information to others.
“What happened?” Qin Wentian involuntarily questioned upon noticing the look of worry on Bailu Yi’s face.
“During the past few days, a group of people came to our White Deer Institute. One of them is named Di Feng, but he has another title, that of Emperor Azure, someone ranked #5 in the Heavenly Fate Ranking. They said that they’re from the main bloodline, the Di Clan lineage of the Azure Emperor.” Bailu Yi’s words instantly caused Qin Wentian’s face to sink.
Main bloodline, Di Clan.
Qin Wentian suddenly thought of the Emperor Star Academy’s Headmaster, Di Yi.
He should still be imprisoned in the Nine Mystical Palace. Was he still alive or had he already been tortured to death by them? As he thought of this, Qin Wentian’s thirst for power grew even stronger.
“Somehow, they knew that our White Deer Institute is one of the branches of the ‘hidden’ Azure Faction. Their purpose in coming here was to dominate and gain control of the Institute, to unite the Azure Faction and then ultimately lead the Azure Emperor Palace to rise to prominence once more,” Bailu Yi explained, causing many thoughts to abruptly bloom in Qin Wentian’s mind.
He already knew when he received the token that his road to unite the Azure Faction wouldn’t be smooth. And now, someone from the Di Clan of the main bloodline had appeared, he wondered what their true intentions were.
And if they knew that the Azure Emperor Token was in his hands, what actions would they take?
Qin Wentian asked in a heavy voice, “Would the White Deer Institute recognize them without the Azure Emperor Token?”
“This branch feels very conniving. Initially, they sent the silk pants young master, Di Cheng, to give everyone a bad impression of them. After which, Di Feng, the young, charismatic hero, appears. The majority of the elders have a very good impression of Di Feng, as though they could see hope if he were the one leading us. I think the White Deer Institute might very well agree to be under their control,” Bailu Yi explained as she continued, “Their explanation regarding the absence of the Azure Emperor Token was that the guardian of the token has already been captured by the Nine Mystical Palace. They are worried that he might divulge the secret of the ‘hidden’ Azure Faction. Hence, this matter convinced those who were initially against the Di Clan to change their minds.”
Qin Wentian pondered over Bailu Yi’s words for many moments. This matter was a challenge to him, but similarly, it was an opportunity as well.
The Di Clan of the main bloodline had already poked a hole for him to enter, their actions causing the White Deer Institute to have thoughts and discussions about returning to the Azure Emperor Palace once more. The only question remaining was: who would be the one to lead them?
“After Headmaster Di Yi handed the Azure Emperor Token to me, because of my matters, he was eventually captured by the Nine Mystical Palace. I believed that even when faced with death, he would never divulge the Azure Emperor’s secret,” Qin Wentian stated with unshakable conviction.
Apparently, he had no choice but to move his plans forward. The White Deer Institute would be the first battleground in his quest to unite the Azure Faction. He had to win them no matter what.
“What are your next plans?” Bailu Yi asked again.
Qin Wentian gravely regarded Bailu Yi before he smiled, “Don’t worry, even if Di Feng from the main bloodline wanted to compete with me, the one victorious, will still be me.”
So what if Di Feng was ranked #5 on the Heavenly Fate Ranking? Given a few years time, Qin Wentian’s name would definitely be one of the most illustrious names to appear within the Heavenly Fate Ranking as well. He was aiming for the position of the top ranked.
This was his utter conviction, and also his ambition.
“Let’s go, I’ll share with you the comprehensions I acquired from the Ascendant’s scroll.” Qin Wentian laughed. Looking at that handsome countenance, Bailu Yi involuntarily broke into a smile as well. She believed that regardless of the challenges, Qin Wentian would definitely be the one victorious.
In the course of obtaining the Ascendant’s inheritance, he had already offended the ranked #11 Zhan Chen, ranked #18 Yang Fan, as well as Zhao Lie and Hua Feng. So what if he added the ranked #5, Di Feng, into the mix?
In a place far, far away from the Moon Continent, where demonic beasts and humanity peacefully co-existed together, the Palace Mistress of the Celestial Lake Palace was respectfully looking at an alluring beauty in the main seat of the great hall.
Fairy Qingmei lazily laid there, as a few glints of demonic light sparkled in her eyes. Her jade-like hands drummed on the chair as she remarked in a low voice, “That old fellow, can he no longer wait?”
“From gathered news, there are currently two great powers that are already on different sides. No one will be able to prevent this,” the Palace Mistress quietly explained.
“Hehe, I didn’t think there’d already be worms eating the Azure Faction from within before they got the chance to rise up once more. Do they really want to go against the last orders of the Azure Emperor, directly seizing power into their own hands without waiting for the appearance of the authority token?” A grave smile with hints of cold anger could be seen on Fairy Qingmei’s face.
“I think that’s what they wanted to do. Throughout all these years, their power has consolidated, even nurturing powerful elites such as Di Feng. My news stated that Di Feng has already arrived at the White Deer Institute in the Moon Continent.” It seemed as though the Palace Mistress knew the matters and happenings of the Moon Continent like the back of her palm.
“How are things going with Qing`er and that little fellow? Could that lass’s heart already be moved by him?” As Fairy Qingmei thought of Qing`er, the grave-looking smile faded away, replaced by one of warmth and gentleness.
“I don’t think so. Master should be extremely clear about Qing`er’s personality. She may be ignorant, but that ignorance has made her as pure as jade, and as emotionless too. It would be exceedingly hard for someone to move her through emotions,” the Palace Mistress replied. “As for that little fellow, he is pretty outstanding indeed.”
“Oh?” Fairy Qingmei’s pupils slightly narrowed, “It’s rare to find someone that you have such a high evaluation of. Since this is the case, send some reinforcements over to the Moon Continent to help him. Naturally, it would be good if nothing untoward happened, but if something did happen, they should be made clear of my attitude.”
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