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“From today onwards, the Sword Son of the Zong Clan, Qin Wentian, is authorized to command the entire Zong Clan. His authority supersedes the elders, the doyens, and even I, the clan lord!” Zong Yi’s words made those from Zong Clan felt as though thunder bolts were going off in their minds.
Zong Yi was actually handing over the full rein of command over to Qin Wentian, allowing Qin Wentian’s authority to supersede his own.
By doing this, wasn’t he handing over the life and death of the entire Zong Clan over to Qin Wentian?
Staring at the young man before them, several people were still dazed, lost in their thoughts. Although they were shocked by Qin Wentian’s might and talent, never would they have expected clan lord Zong Yi to make such a decision.
Qin Wentian was also somewhat stunned. Shifting his gaze over onto Zong Yi, he seemed to have understood something. It seemed like Zong Yi wanted to make use of this opportunity and push him up to the top. Right now, the mere fact that he could pull the demon sword out slightly had completely awed the crowd—this undoubtedly was an excellent opportunity to push Qin Wentian up into the higher echelons of the Zong Clan. And evidently, Zong Yi was essentially informing Qin Wentian that the Zong Clan was willing to follow their ancestral edicts, committing themselves wholeheartedly into following the successor of the Azure Emperor.
In that case, if Qin Wentian was truly able to rise up in the future, then after he reunited the ‘hidden’ remnants of the Azure Factions, their Zong Clan would surely be among the top in Qin Wentian’s heart.
Since he had already chosen this path, with Zong Yi’s decisive character, he decided that he might as well use the most appropriate method, doing things with a great flourish to allow Qin Wentian to see their sincerity.
“Wentian, from now onwards, the Zong Clan will be handed over to you.” Zong Yi bowed to Qin Wentian, and the scene caused the expressions of the other members of the Zong Clan to freeze.
Qin Wentian nodded his head lightly, this wasn’t the time to be modest. Since Zong Yi was willing to do this, he would step up and assume the mantle.
“This battle caused the Heavenly Sword Sect and Li Clan to suffer disastrous losses, it would be exceedingly difficult to re-establish themselves as a major power, even if they wanted to. However, to the Wang Clan, these losses were merely superficial. Furthermore, I’m sure they must have already requested backup from the War Continent, and so Uncle Zong, we cannot stay in the Sword Reverence City any longer,” Qin Wentian analyzed. His current strength was still far from sufficient if he wanted to clash head-on with a transcendent power.
“Yes, we will ravage through the remains of the sword range today and excavate every single sword there before leaving the Sword Reverence City right after.” Zong Yi nodded. He looked to Qin Wentian as he asked another question, “Wentian, are you able to subdue the demon sword?”
“It will be difficult. The sword desires my blood and even though I can feel a resonance with it, it is still far too difficult for me to subdue it,” Qin Wentian spoke. Lowering his head, he stared at the gigantic demon sword as he summoned a terrifying force, trying to pull the sword out.
The earth rumbled as the precipice shook. Sword intent filled the heavens as the astral light from the recently manifested constellation shone down like before.
The keening of the demon sword filled people with a strong sense of sorrow.
“Even though the sword is demonic, since you have already gained intelligence, why are you still unwilling to soar through the nine heavens?” Qin Wentian gazed at the sword as he gently asked, the roiling sound waves of his voice seemed to merge together as one with the mournful wails of the demon sword, resounding throughout the entire region.
Those outside the Sword Reverence City, on the edge of the precipice, could all hear his voice clearly.
Only now did they know that the Sword Son of the Zong Clan was actually the first ranker on the Heavenly Fate Rankings—the young man that was already a legend, Qin Wentian.
This young man actually wanted to subdue the demon sword.
The demon sword that had been immovable since the ancient era actually allowed him to pull it out slightly. Who was this Qin Wentian exactly, what sort of character was he?
Many people wanted to go down to the flatlands beneath the precipice to take a look at Qin Wentian, yet no one dared to because of the piercing intensity of sword intent permeating the area.
As the sound of Qin Wentian’s voice faded away, the mournful wails of the demon sword grew even louder in its potency. The constellation in the skies shone even brighter and the sound of the wailing resembled the sharp whistling of millions upon millions of swords.
The clamor and noise all mingled together to form a cacophony of sharp wails that eventually smoothed out into a low droning hum that seemed to have originated from the ancient era.
“Hate…the Heavens…too low.”
The ancient voice pervaded the air, causing the hearts of everyone to pound in utter amazement.
The demon sword could actually converse in human speech!
The demon sword had remained silent ever since the ancient era, but the words it uttered once it spoke clearly outlined its hatred toward the Heavens for being too low!
Qin Wentian similarly felt his heart shaking in amazement. His voice murmured, as he continued communicating with the demon sword.
Immovable since the ancient era, not because it was unable to, but because it didn’t want to, it was reluctant to, it was unwilling to.
This sword hated the fact that the Heavens were too low.
What concept was this? Why would it think this way? What a sword.
Even the members from the Wang Clan of the War Continent were shaking in their hearts when they heard the voice of the demon sword.
They came to the Sword Reverence City because they wanted the control rights to the sword range, excavating all the demonic swords there. Not only that, their main purpose was to try and see if any of them could subdue the demon sword, allowing their Wang Clan of the War Continent to use it.
However, when they heard the words it spoke, all thoughts about subduing and controlling the demon sword flew out of their minds.
The demon sword was lamenting because the Heavens were too low, let alone a mere Wang Clan.
Although the Wang Clan was a transcendent power of the War Continent. In the perspective of the entire Grand Xia, how could it dare make the claim that it was able to reign supreme over all others?
No wonder that within these thousands of years, nobody could subdue the demon sword. This demon sword was something forsaken by the Heavens, how could it be subdued by mortal men?
“It was mourning only because it hated that the Heavens were too low,” Qin Wentian murmured, “Since you are willing to lend me your power, allowing me to extricate you however slightly, I would never allow myself to be unworthy of you.”
The mournful wails of the demon sword continued as it vibrated intensely within the earth.
However, Qin Wentian couldn’t pull it out any further.
The demon sword was unwilling to be moved.
The nervousness in the hearts of the Zong Clan’s members reached its peak as they stared at this scene. But moments later, when it was proven beyond a doubt that the demon sword wasn’t willing to be moved, they couldn’t help but feel a heavy sense of disappointment.
Zong Yi consoled him, “This sword is too demonic, and with the intelligence it gained, and even the way it thinks—that the Heavens were too low—it’s only normal that you at your current level would fail to pull it out.”
Qin Wentian nodded, yet it was inevitable that he felt a little disappointment and frustration. It was truly a regret that he couldn’t extricate the sword.
“The demon sword had been immovable for ages. Just the feat of you being able to pull it out a distance of seven feet is already world-astounding news, unprecedented from the ancient era until now,” Zong Yi continued. The expressions on the other Zong Clan members all showed agreement. Indeed, Qin Wentian had already accomplished something that no one had been able to since the ancient era. He was the first person that, upon drinking his blood, the demon sword hadn’t sought to kill. He was also the first that could extricate the sword to such an extent.
He was still so young and yet he was the top ranker on the Heavenly Fate Rankings.
His future would be immeasurably glorious.
Qin Wentian stood there silently, but the blood within his body was frenziedly gushing about, as though it wanted to rush right out of his skin.
His hands were still holding on to the sword hilt, but the luster from the demon sword gradually diminished, as the constellation overhead also disappeared.
The mournful wails also eventually stopped, drowning the region in total silence.
This silence seemingly contained traces of boundless desolation within, the sorrow of thousands upon thousands of years, who could understand it?
Hating the fact that the Heavens were too low, who then, would be able to gain its approval, bringing it to soar up the skies, flying through the nine heavens.
Outside the Sword Reverence City, upon noting that the mournful wails of the demon sword had stopped, those from the Wang Clan, Li Clan and Heavenly Sword Sect finally heaved a sigh of relief. Luckily, Qin Wentian wasn’t able to pull the sword out completely. If not, using the sword-might emanating from the demon sword, only one outcome would be available to them—utter decimation.
This sword had gained intelligence, it had a spirit born within it, hating the fact that the Heavens were too low. If its complete strength could be fully utilized by Qin Wentian, even levelling the entire Grand Xia wouldn’t be a problem.
However, it was impossible to subdue and tame the demon sword given its temperament.
Although the demon sword merely uttered a single sentence, that single sentence was already sufficient to astound the entire Grand Xia.
Hating that the Heavens were too low!
“Continue with the excavation of the sword range,” Qin Wentian commanded. With his current strength, even if he could pull out the sword, it wouldn’t be so easy to control it either.
“Mhm.” Zong Yi nodded his head as he reiterated the command, “Do what the Sword Son commanded, and at the same time, remove the interspatial rings of those who have died in here.”
The Zong Clan members obeyed, as their silhouettes flickered and they went to work. There were too many experts that were killed from the chaotic battle earlier. There would surely be immense wealth hidden in their interspatial rings, how could they simply let it go to waste?
Qin Wentian floated down from the demon sword and arrived before Zong Yi.
Currently, the Wang Clan, Li Clan and Heavenly Sword Sect had suffered tremendous losses. They wouldn’t dare to come back in the short term, hence the Zong Clan members could concentrate on the excavation of the remaining swords.
“Wentian, where do you intend to go in the future?” Zong Yi questioned. Qin Wentian had offended too many transcendent powers, this was something that he also understood. Right now, Zong Yi had handed the authority of the entire Zong Clan over to Qin Wentian but even so, they still weren’t strong enough to contend against any of the transcendent powers. He didn’t know what plans Qin Wentian had.
“To fully unite all the hidden factions of the Azure Emperor under my banner and establish a brand new power. I hope Uncle Zong will be able to aid me in this,” Qin Wentian replied. The hidden Azure Factions weren’t weak, but they weren’t that strong either.
If they continued existing as stand alones, eventually, none of them would be able to survive.
If he gathered all the hidden factions, restructuring and tempering them collectively as a whole, their level of power would definitely be able to match a transcendent power in just a year. Sadly, even then, they still wouldn’t be able to match up to the top-tier supreme transcendent powers in Grand Xia.
This wasn’t a task that could be achieved by himself, it would need the collective effort of many people with outstanding talents before they could even began to match the power levels of those top-tier transcendent powers.
Qin Wentian naturally understood that all of this required time.
“Naturally.” Zong Yi nodded, “If I can witness the re-emergence of the Azure Faction to prominence in my lifetime, what more could I ask for? In addition, some of our more older and more powerful doyens and elders were out on missions. If they are still alive, their strength will definitely have grown stronger. I will summon back all those who still live.”
The Zong Clan was a ‘hidden’ Azure Faction. After thousands of years of hiding away, they would naturally produce some characters with outstanding talents. For this batch of older doyens and elders, although their ages were slightly older, their thirst for strength had yet to ebb. Even at that age, they’d still gone out to roam the Grand Xia, seeking to break through to higher levels of cultivation.
“That would be for the best.” Qin Wentian smiled. In truth, Qin Wentian had no idea how strong the ‘hidden’ azure factions were exactly. Maybe, some of the hidden factions had already disappeared, swallowed up by the river of time. For hidden factions like the White Deer Institute and Zong Clan, these two could be considered to have survived fairly well through the ages.
But of course, one of the hidden factions might produce a monster-level character as well. He had no idea of knowing yet, he had to slowly investigate.
At this moment, on the edge of the precipice, a voice drifted over, calling out for Qin Wentian.
Qin Wentian’s eyes flickered, he lifted his head up to stare at the person who spoke, “Is the Wang Clan still not giving up?”
“Consider yourself lucky to have borrowed the power of the demon sword. But the actions you and the Zong Clan carried out today, you would do well to be wary of the consequences.” A strong sense of threat could be heard within the voice. “In addition, there’s another thing I forgot to tell you. Most probably you wouldn’t know of this because you were in the Sword Reverence City.”
Qin Wentian frowned, from the tone of the speaker, he could tell that what he was about to hear would definitely not be good news.
“Qin Wentian, back then during the Heavenly Fate Rankings, you and Mo Qingcheng stood hand in hand, announcing your relationship to the entire Grand Xia. This matter has even reached my ears, even though I was in the War Continent. People are all saying what an immortal couple you two were, and everyone was so envious and wished both of you well from the bottom of their hearts.” On the surface, the expert from the Wang Clan seemed to be talking about a warm and joyful thing, yet his tone remained sinister and cold.
He then continued, “Sadly, the Heavens don’t usually follow what one wants. Those who are in love might end up not being together. Currently, the Pill Emperor Hall of the Moon Continent has already issued an announcement out to the other transcendent powers saying that they’re looking for a groom for Mo Qingcheng. However, the catch is that the groom has to marry into the Pill Emperor Hall. Qin Wentian, did you really think that after all the painstaking efforts the Pill Emperor Hall expended to nurture Mo Qingcheng, they would let her leave so easily? If you and Mo Qingcheng really ended up together, wouldn’t the Pill Emperor Hall have nurtured her for nothing?!”
As the sound of that voice faded, Qin Wentian’s countenance turned ice-cold as a terrifying light flickered in his eyes.
“Luo He has promised Mo Qingcheng that she wouldn’t interfere in her matters.” Qin Wentian’s voice was now as cold as thousand-year-old ice.
“Laughable, look at how outstanding Mo Qingcheng is. Do you think her master Luo He would allow her to leave with you? If she intended to keep her promise, why did she take Mo Qingcheng back to the Pill Emperor Hall back then? The future groom of Mo Qingcheng has to marry into the Pill Emperor Hall. However, that’s a place you are unable to go.” The other party icily continued on, “Not only that, I heard rumors that after the matter was decided, Mo Qingcheng devastated the Pill Emperor Hall in her frenzy and even tried sneaking away from there. Her actions intensely infuriated Luo He, who then personally moved out to capture her. She told Mo Qingcheng, this was her final chance. If Mo Qingcheng continues to be a fool, I don’t even dare to imagine what her ending will be like.”
Qin Wentian drew in a deep breath as a terrifying aura of killing intent gushed out from his body. He knew long ago that Luo He wouldn’t be easily amenable to the matters between him and Mo Qingcheng, yet in the mere short span of a year, Luo He had already broken her promise and had actually done such a thing.
“Qin Wentian, do you dare venture to the Moon Continent?” That voice resounded out in the air as that expert flew away, leaving behind only echoes that reverberated in the air.
Moon Continent, Pill Emperor Hall. Would Qin Wentian storm his way over to there?!
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