Qin Wentian felt gratitude for the ancestor of the Battle Sword Sect, whom he had never once met before after hearing the words of Lin Shuai. One could very well imagine how much threat existed in his sentence, 'If they dare to send Celestial Phenomenon Ascendants over to target you, it would be equivalent to announcing an all-out war against our Battle Sword Sect.' This meant that at the very least out in the public, all Celestial Phenomenon Ascendants had to think twice before they acted against him.
As for moving in the shadows, Qin Wentian didn't even begin to doubt that they wouldn't do so. This was only to be expected. Even leaving aside the death of that elder from the Royal Sacred Sect, Shang Tong's death was already sufficient for Grand Shang Empire to plan his assassination.
The elders of the Battle Sword Sect, as well as Lin Shuai, obviously understood this point. Hence, they wanted to know if he was willing to join the Royal Sacred Sect. If he chose to join, the identity of a core disciple in the Royal Sacred Sect would be the best shield against all these threats.
However, Qin Wentian was unwilling to join the Royal Sacred Sect like this. It seemed as though he was trying to avoid the consequences. In addition, maybe it was because of the death of that elder, the invitation didn't come from the Royal Sacred Sect itself. Although Qin Wentian didn't care about things like face, just this was sufficient to see how little the Royal Sacred Sect valued him.
After all, the Royal Sacred Sect didn't belong to the Battle Sword Sect. The Battle Sword Sect was merely a faction of power within it.
"Senior brother Lin Shuai, I have no intentions to join the Royal Sacred Sect," Qin Wentian calmly spoke, his words causing a look of surprise to flash through Lin Shuai's eyes.
Qin Wentian wasn't saying that he temporarily wasn't going to join but rather, he was saying that he had no intentions to join at all...
So what if it was a hegemony in the Royal Sacred Region? Qin Wentian had a father who could massacre the immortals and demons. He knew that even if he joined the Royal Sacred Sect, it would only be a temporarily stop for him, he would leave there sooner or later. Since that was the case, if the Royal Sacred Sect didn't even value him, what reason did he have to join? Hence right now, he truly didn't have any intentions of joining it.
The Royal Sacred Sect was considering whether they should accept him, but wasn't he also considering whether he should join the sect?
After a moment of shock, Lin Shuai nodded. He patted Qin Wentian's shoulders as he spoke, "You have spirit. Senior brother will support you, you can focus your all on cultivation during this period of time. As for what you said, I will take them back to master and seek his opinion."
"Thank you, senior Lin." Qin Wentian smiled as Lin Shuai departed.
After Lin Shuai left, Qin Wentian didn't immediately enter close-door seclusion for his cultivation. Instead, he took out his spatial brush and started to inscribe spatial-transference scrolls. Although right now his name could shake the Royal Sacred Region, there were similarly many dangers awaiting him. He naturally had to make some preparations. At the same time, he needed to give these teleportation scrolls to Fan Le and the others as well, thereby granting them a life-saving method which they could use in times of need.
This time, Qin Wentian created many scrolls, and gave a lot to his friends. Only after that did he enter close-door seclusion for his cultivation, focusing on the innate techniques and arts he obtained from the Immortal Martial Realm. Although the time period of three months was very short, he would try his utmost and increase his strength as much as possible.
In the blink of an eye, two months had already passed after the journey to the Immortal Martial Realm ended. Qin Wentian's life in the Battle Sword Sect was very peaceful, but the rate of his name popping out everywhere in conversations of people in the Royal Sacred Region had already exceeded that of Hua Taixu and Gu Liufeng.
During this period of time, several events occurred in the Royal Sacred Region. For example, several major powers extended invitations to Gu Liufeng and Hua Taixu. Especially to Gu Liufeng as afterall he was a lone man with no known associations to any power. Those major powers naturally wanted to recruit him into their ranks.
And the most earth-shaking thing was undoubtedly the invitation of the Royal Sacred Sect. As the two of them were part of the top three of the recent Immortal Martial Realm rankings with no connection to any of the nine great sects, several batches of experts from the Royal Sacred Sect personally made an appearance to issue them an invitation.
Ultimately, when the Core Faction of the Royal Sacred Region personally invited Hua Taixu to join them, Hua Taixu finally agreed.
This matter shook the world for a period of time.
Hua Taixu of the Great Emptiness Sect had entered the Core Faction of the Royal Sacred Sect, and in addition, he became the personal disciple of a character that had an exceptional status in the sect. The status he had now was many times higher compared to Jun Yu. One could only imagine what a storm it would cause if news of this was circulated back to Grand Xia. It would definitely be the start of a rise for the Hua Clan.
Hua Taixu, the genius of the transcendent power Hua Clan of the Grand Xia Empire, the top ranker of the Heavenly Fate Rankings back then. He had finally accomplished an unprecedented achievement that none of the other chosen of his clan had did so before.
Gu Liufeng and Hua Taixu were both equally ranked on the Immortal Martial Rankings, and in addition to the fact that Gu Liufeng's fame and reputation even exceeded Hua Taixu, how could Gu Liufeng also not receive the same offer by the Core Faction from the Royal Sacred Sect?
However, Gu Liufeng did not accept nor reject. He only said that he would need a period of time to consider. The Royal Sacred Sect wouldn't force him to rush his decision as well.
After that rumors circulated around the Royal Sacred Region saying that there were people who saw Gu Lifeng in the Immortal Martial City. It seemed that he wanted to enter the Immortal Martial Realm for unknown reasons and from that point till a very long time later that people began to realize that that was the last time Gu Liufeng was seen in the Royal Sacred Region. From then on, Gu Liufeng vanished completely, nobody knew where he went. This news caused the hearts of many outstanding women to be broken.
The calm lake severs the moon, the Yi shooting the nine heavens. The incomparably good-looking Gu Liufeng, could it be that he had disappeared forever?!
The other Heaven Chosen on the Immortal Martial Ranking also received invitations. But strangely in comparison to these people, the top ranker Qin Wentian, seemed to be of no interest to anyone.
However, this was also easily understandable. It wasn't that the attractiveness of Qin Wentian couldn't compare to Gu Liufeng and Hua Taixu. It was just because his circumstances were a little special. Firstly, as a member of the Battle Sword Sect, the other major powers other than the Royal Sacred Sect, held no attractiveness for him to join them. The only power qualified enough to issue an invitation to Qin Wentian was none other than the Core Faction who had similarly invited Gu Liufeng and Hua Taixu.
Yet because there was an elder of the Royal Sacred Sect who had died because of Qin Wentian, there were several people in the Royal Sacred Sect that wanted Qin Wentian's life. Under such special circumstances, it wasn't strange that Qin Wentian didn't receive an invitation. Also, the Core Faction took no actions to punish Qin Wentian. This indicated that they had decided to ignore him for now.
In the Battle Sword Sect, when the news of Hua Taixu and Gu Liufeng circulated to Qin Wentian, he turned his gaze towards the horizon as great waves rose in his heart.
He knew that Gu Liufeng would appeared in the Immortal Martial City because he had already made his choice. He wanted to join the power behind the Immortal Martial Realm and leave the Royal Sacred Region. As for Hua Taixu, as to why he chose the Royal Sacred Sect instead, maybe it was because the Hua Clan in Grand Xia affected his decision. From the conversation Hua Taixu had with him back then, Qin Wentian understood that Hua Taixu truly cared a lot about his Hua Clan. Hence, he temporarily chose to stay.
Two absolute era-suppressing geniuses chose two completely different paths. In that case, what would the path of he, Qin Wentian, be?
"Wentian, Hua Taixu has made his choice. What about you, what is your plan?" Ouyang Kuangsheng stood beside Qin Wentian as he asked in a low voice.
"Head to the Sacred Battle Platform and destroy Di Shi. After that I will make a trip back to Grand Xia to finish those things that I ought to finish. Only then will I return to my home town and arrange a wedding for me and Qingcheng. At that time, maybe I would make my choice then," Qin Wentian murmured, as a warm and gentle smile appeared on his face. Although he and Qingcheng had already done the things a married couple would do, how could he not give her a status and arrange a grand wedding for her?
He wished to have the location of their wedding at their hometown, the Chu Country. That was the place where they knew each other.
"Mhm, it's about time for me to return too. Jiang Ting has always been waiting for me, I owe her too much," Ouyang Kuangsheng laughed. Upon thinking of Jiang Ting, the unyielding lines of his face softened.
"Time truly flowed by so fast," Qin Wentian sighed. In the blink of an eye, they had all undergone countless life-and-death situations. He could still remember the first time he met Ouyang Kuangsheng at the Celestial Lake Palace. At that time, both of them were young and frivolous, even to the extent of being extremely brazen.
"Yeah, time passed so fast. Who could have thought that the youth I met back then in the Celestial Lake Palace would have such outstanding achievements today? Thinking back when you dragged the demon sword for ten thousand miles, transforming into a primordial great roc, splitting apart the Pill Emperor Hall….to now where your name could already shake the whole of Royal Sacred Region. Do you have confidence if we return to Grand Xia?" Ouyang Kuangsheng laughed as he looked at Qin Wentian.
"If I wield the demon sword, who can be my match in Grand Xia?" Qin Wentian smiled, "However, I have no idea if the demon sword which I left embedded in to Pill Emperor Hall would still be willing to allow me to use it."
But of course even if he doesn't wield the sword. Just by transforming into a primordial great roc once more would already render him qualified to lord over Grand Xia.
"The demon sword might be demonic, but you are the master of it. You wouldn't dishonor it," Ouyang Kuangsheng laughed. "Wentian, when the time comes for my marriage with Jiang Ting, maybe it wouldn't be a large-scale event or very lively, but you have to be the witness for our wedding."
Ouyang Kuangsheng's words had another meaning to it. Back then the old ancestor of the Ouyang Aristocrat Clan gave up their alliance because of Jun Yu after entering an agreement with Qin Wentian, there was already a knot between Ouyang Kuangsheng and his clan. And after he exited the Royal Tomb of Grand Xia, there were conflicts when he returned to the Ouyang Aristocrat Clan. It was evident that the old ancestor would not pass the clan leader's position to him any longer.
If not, how could the Ouyang Aristocrat Clan's marriage with the Jiang Clan not be a lively and extremely large-scale event? There was only a single reason for this. This couple, Ouyang Kuangsheng and Jiang Ting, no longer had the blessings of their families.
"Sure, definitely." Qin Wentian understood Ouyang Kuangsheng's thinking. A smile appeared on his face as he determined in his heart. The wedding of his buddy Ouyang Kuangsheng and Jiang Ting, he would definitely make sure that this couple had the blessings of their respective clan!
"Let's go take a walk," Qin Wentian spoke as he stepped out.
"Where to?" Ouyang Kuangsheng followed after.
"The Grass Hut, comprehending the sword." Qin Wentian's voice resounded out as he soared through the air. A few moments later, outside the grass hut atop the ancient mountain peak, several people who were already there all froze in surprise as they watched the recently arrived young man - Qin Wentian.
"This is Qin Wentian's second attempt to comprehend the sword strikes of the path leading to the Grass Hut." This news instantly circulated around the sect. Right now, there was nobody of the Battle Sword Sect who didn't know that Qin Wentian broke the record during his first attempt, comprehending a total of fourteen sword strikes all at one go.
After becoming the top ranker of the Immortal Martial Realm, Qin Wentian returned back to the path of Grass Hut to comprehend the sword. How could this not cause a sensation?!
Author Note: This chapter contains many foreshadowings and hinted at many things. Did any of you discover it?!