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Xie Yu was a chosen from the Ecliptic Sect, naturally he was strong and arrogant. However, that didn't meant that he was stupid. Now that Ji Xue invited Qin Wentian to join them, it was evident Qin Wentian’s strength wasn't weak. In addition to the rumors he heard, he wouldn't be so silly to turn down someone with such a high combat prowess.
As for Qin Wentian’s and Princess Shang Yu’s grudge, that could wait until after this matter came to an end. In this world there were no eternal enemies nor eternal allies.
“Since we've all agreed, let's move out.” Xie Yu spoke as he turned and led the way. The speed of this group was extremely fast, Ji Xue flew at the side of Qin Wentian, as she made some small talk. “Brother Qin, which sect or clan are you from, why haven't I heard of your name before?”
“I’m someone who’s adventuring outside, I arrived at Xuan King City not long ago.” Qin Wentian replied.
“Ah I see.” Ji Xue nodded as she smiled, “Senior and me are both external disciples of the Qinghua Mountain Sect. Regretfully, we have been trying and failing to become true disciples. Brother Qin’s talent is extraordinary, maybe if you went for the test, you might be selected and become a true disciple of the Qinghua Mountain.”
“Qinghua Mountain.” Qin Wentian was somewhat surprised. Xie Yu was able to enter the hidden realm because he was a chosen from one of the major powers in Xuan King City. Yet, even someone like him was so respectful to Ji Xue and Xu Feng, treating them as his equals.
Yet from Ji Xue’s words, it appeared that they were only external disciples of the Qinghua Mountain. In that case, what tier of power does the Qinghua Mountain classify as?”
“How's Qinghua Mountain Sect’s strength in comparison in the Xuan King City?” Qin Wentian casually asked, he didn't think too much of it.
However his words caused Ji Xue to be stunned. Even Xie Yu swept a puzzled glance at him. This person hadn't even heard of the Qinghua Mountain before?
Ji Xue gave a quick laugh as she explained, “the Qinghua Mountain Sect isn't a major power of the Xuan King City. It's a power that exists beyond the Seven King Cities. Its external disciples can be found anywhere in Grand Shang. As for the true disciples, they can be found within the Royal Capital of Grand Shang.”
“The true Qinghua Mountain is located in the Royal Sacred Region, and is one of the nine sects under the Sacred Royal Sect. They can recommend people into the Sacred Royal Sect and the people who get in because of their recommendation, would usually have a higher status compared to others.”
Ji Xue patiently replied, her words causing a look of surprise to flash past Qin Wentian’s face. He then asked again, “In that case, what is Qinghua Mountain’s status in the entire Grand Shang?”
When he was in Grand Xia, he recalled hearing about Jun Yu’s status. Jun Yu was the personal disciple of an elder in the Sacred Royal Sect. Also, this elder’s true identity was one of the Kings in Grand Shang. Qin Wentian naturally understood what this meant. The Royal Sacred Sect was like an ultimate transcendent power that the various demon-level geniuses of Grand Shang all wished to join.
This Qinghua Mountain was also similar to the Grand Shang Empire.
“That's right, Qinghua Mountain is a supreme power within Grand Shang. The major powers of the Seven King Cities naturally can't be compared to it.” Ji Xue laughed.
Qin Wentian nodded his head lightly as his heart pounded while he considered what he heard.
The Royal Sacred Sect’s criteria for recruiting geniuses was simply too terrifying. In this vast world, the three royal empires, there would surely be powers that are comparable to Qinghua Mountain. And over the course of countless years, these supreme powers had been bringing in fresh blood, nurturing them well before selecting their top disciples with care through strict selection processes, filtering the very best and recommending them into the Royal Sacred Sect. The Royal Sacred Sect became the place where the most outstanding demon-level geniuses eventually gathered.
One can very well imagine how powerful it was. This was a true transcendent power. How could those so-called transcendent powers of Grand Xia even be comparable to it?
Also, these supreme powers that recommended people into the Sacred Royal Sect were all extremely competitive. They would all do their best to nurture their top disciples, hoping that one day, they would be able to become an important disciple of the Sacred Royal Sect.
They developed in this way for many generations. Qin Wentian did not dare to even imagine how powerful the Sacred Royal Sect was now. The competition within the sect itself must also have reached an insane level. After all majority of the disciples within there belonged to different factions.
“Brother Qin, I'm also not someone from any major powers. But upon becoming an external disciple of the Qinghua Mountain, my status naturally became extraordinary. If you can pass the test to become a true disciple of the Qinghua Mountain, you can do whatever you want in Xuan King City and no one would dare to retaliate against you.” Ji Xue laughed. Qin Wentian could sense the truth of her words. Even with her status as an external disciple, she already commanded so much respect from the various chosens from the major powers in Xuan King City.
“Thanks for the guidance.” Qin Wentian took note of her words but he wasn't in anything hurry to join any power. He had a Sacred Royal Medallion in his medallion, it wasn't difficult for him if he wished to join any sect. Hence, he had to consider his choice carefully.
“Mhm.” Ji Xue casually laughed as she continued chatting. After some time, they arrived at a flat piece of land. The cold wind that blew on their bodies felt like the edges of blades. Qin Wentian stared ahead only to see a mine of gigantic proportions in front of him. But like what Xie Yu had told them, this meteor stone mine no longer radiated any astral energy. They had already been absorbed by something. Layers of dust had already solidified into stone, petrifying the entire mine and turning it into a stone mountain.
Their group advanced slowly forwards. Xu Feng took out his spear, and as his silhouette flickered, he shot forth like a bolt lightning and slammed his spear onto the stone, causing waves of destruction to rock the area.
Xu Feng retracted his spear as he stood up. His gaze was extremely calm, despite the power of his attacks, he had only shattered a small portion of the outermost layer of the stone mountain.
“Indeed, it's still as tough as ever.” Xu Feng silently mused. He returned to his original position and turned his gaze onto the cavern of the stone mountain. Inside, a unique energy fluctuation could be sensed, as well as an intense feeling of danger.
Before this, Ji Xue was injured because the two of them were under the attacks of powerful demonic beasts when they entered the cavern. He truly wanted to know what kind of treasure was inside.
Xie Yu took a few step forwards, his body suddenly burst forth with astral light as an astral bow appeared in his hands. He abruptly fired a shot into the entrance of the cavern. The fired arrow whistled through the air, emitting the sound of wind and thunder, extremely ear-piercing.
“Everyone be on your guard.” Xie Yu reminded. For a moment, nothing happened. But the next instant, everyone felt that the earth suddenly shook with a violent tremble as their hearts involuntarily lurched.
“BOOM!” The intensity of the quakes increased. Xie Yu and the others all had a heavy expression on their countenance. At this moment, the sound of many silhouettes rushing through the air could be heard as yet another group of people were madly rushing here. Upon seeing Xie Yu and the rest, their eyes glimmered with a bright light.
“Does brother Xie wish to enter this place?” The person in the lead exuded an evil air, giving off a sinister aura.
“Do the members of the Blood Cloud Sect wish to go along with us to probe the interior?” Xie Yu asked as he stared at the members of the Blood Cloud Sect. The man in the lead replied, “Since brother Xie has already asked, we will graciously accept.”
“Let's go.” Xie Yu ignored the tremors and moved in the direction of the cavern. All of the rest all followed behind as they stretched their perceptions out.
“Boom!” The tremors intensified even more. Even Qin Wentian could feel his heart pounding and his blood surging. Little Rascal was burrowing its head into its chest, as though it could sense that the aura of this place was far from ordinary.
“I sense no demonic presence?” Xu Feng had a look of bewilderment on his face. Right now they were already in the depths of the cavern. The interior of the cave was pitch black, and there were many tunnels within, resembling a maze.
“Brother Xie, what place is this?” Someone from the Blood Cloud Sect asked.
“I'm not sure.” Xie Yu replied, causing the leader of the group from Blood Cloud Sect to stiffen as he silently cursed himself for being too careless, entering this place without knowing anything.
Time in the cavern seemed to flow slower than usual. An hour had passed, yet due to the strangeness of this place, many felt that they had been in here for ages. They had met nothing yet, but their hearts were still pounding unceasingly.
“Something's wrong.” Qin Wentian halted his steps. There was a frown on his face, he could faintly sense an intense danger in the air.
His perception had always been sharp but even he couldn't pinpoint where exactly the source of danger was.
“BOOM!” Yet another heavy tremor shook the area, causing Qin Wentian’s frown to deepen.
“Yiyiyaya!” Little Rascal abruptly began barking furiously. Its body suddenly enlarged in size and became a golden colored demon king. A terrifying aura exuded from it as its eyes flashed with the baleful aura of the Purgatory Vermilion Bird.
Little Rascal lunged out, towards the person right next to Xie Yu.
That person abruptly turned and faced the attack. An unimaginably furious snarl resounded in the air as a dark crimson light flashed in his eyes. It was as though that person had completely lost his sanity and became a true beast.
Not only him, even the two next to him had dark crimson glows in their eyes as they exuded the aura of wild beasts.
That person lifted his fists and slammed them towards Little Rascal. Instantly, the entire skies were covered with fist shadows. Little Rascal gave a sharp bark as it opened its mouth wide and swallowed, devouring the might of the entire attack.
At the same time, Qin Wentian turned. A terrifying figure appeared in this area. This figure was blood red in color, the crimson light in its eyes matching the eyes of the cultivators who were possessed. When it stepped out, the blood and heartbeat of others surged and pounded in a frenzy. Even for Qin Wentian, his demonic aura spiralled out of control as the power of his bloodline was forcefully being stirred up by that unknown figure.
“What demonic beast is this? It can even activate the demon qi in my bloodline. Somehow it felt that it was trying to forcibly demonise my blood. Could those from the Ecliptic Sect be unknowingly controlled because of that?” Qin Wentian mused. What exactly was this fearsome demonic beast?
At the two exits by the side, another two demonic beasts appeared. Upon a closer look, it was revealed that these demonic beasts actually had the appearances of humans.
“It's them.” Ji Xue’s countenance was incredibly ugly when she noticed them. Her injuries was caused by none other than this type of demonic beasts.
“Demonising bloodlines, causing humans to undergo demonic transformations? This thing isn't a demonic beast. Instead, it's a demonic spirit born after countless years of absorbing the pure will of the Mandate of Demons.
In this ancient mountain, the Great Terra Fruit Tree was birthed because it absorbed the boundless essence of the great earth and now, there's even this kind of existence. What sort of place is this exactly?!
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