Beastmaster of the Ages - Chapter 599
Chapter 599: 599
Gu Shaoyu and Xuanyuan Ganggang left with sour faces, unable to do anything in the Swordking Faction’s territory . As they were leaving, Jian Xueyi looked around and said, “Disperse!”
“Yes, Senior Sister!” the surrounding disciples chorused and went on their way .
Jian Xueyi had come with her followers, which included hall lords and chiefs, who were all powerful in their own right . While they numbered fewer than the Dragonmight Faction, they had the power to match . Tianming stood directly in front of the woman who was equal to him in height . She smiled as she looked at him daringly, her eyes scanning him whole before settling on Brightnight .
“Can a sky saint like you even use that?” Jian Xueyi asked .
“Works well enough . Let me try,” Tianming said .
“Better put it back . I, the big sister, left it here for the chosen one . I don’t like little kids like you,” she said .
“How old are you?”
“Fifteen . “
“No way . How are you so huge?”
“So huge? What do you mean by that?”
“Nothing . ” He didn’t dare bring up what ‘top-grade mount’ meant .
“Whatever . I was just joking, I’m actually twenty-two . “
“Oh, you’re younger than me . So, you can only be my little sister,” Tianming said .
“Are you serious? You’re in your twenties? With that face? I could’ve sworn you were seventeen . “
“Can’t help it, I just look fresh . ” His comment earned him a few more dirty looks .
“This sword is a pair with Darkdawn . You’d better put it back, lest others think I’m spoiling a so-called little brother,” she said .
“That won’t do . I bought this with my money, so it’s mine . It’s got nothing to do with you any longer . “
Right that moment, a cold-looking youth clad in black snapped, “Li Tianming, don’t forget who saved you today!”
“Zhao Yijue, what are you doing? I was just joking around with him,” she said with a glare, then turned back to Tianming with a smile . Stretching her hand out, she said, “Let’s shake hands . You’re a member of the Swordking Faction now . “
“Can I squeeze it a little?”
“You can try, but I’m sure you don’t need any more bounties on your head from those around us right now,” she said with a bright giggle .
“Forget it then . ” Tianming gave her hand a light pat . “Faction Lord, if you don’t mind me asking, why’d you save me? I’m just a nobody who’s offended the Dragonmight Faction . It’s not worth it . “
“Nonsense . I looked into you . Your cultivation’s soared during the time you’ve been in the sect . I also happened to see how you fought from a distance . You’re a ruthless one, aren’t you? Normal men would drool over a beauty like her, yet you just stabbed her in the heart . “
“So, Big Sis thinks you have potential . You look like the illegitimate son of some huge figure in the sect who’s superbly talented but didn’t get enough resources to cultivate . You’ll definitely shoot to the moon after joining the sect, so Big Sis has decided to bet on you . Come to think of it, how did you manage to defeat a fourth-level empyrean saint despite being only a sky saint?”
“Shhh, that’s a secret . I can’t reveal it . “
“You’re asking for a beating, you . . . . If you’re not careful, I’ll take you into my harem!” she joked .
“You have a harem?” Tianming’s horizons were expanded .
“I don’t, but I’m planning to make one . It’s a shame that no man has caught my eye yet . And to think you even bought the Brightnight I left there to bait a gold mine . . . . “
Tianming didn’t know how to respond and could only shoot her a thumbs-up . “You’re really something . “
After that, she introduced him to the others as an official member of the Swordking Faction . The black-clad youth that chided Tianming was the vice faction lord, Zhao Yijue, who was said to be rather powerful . He was still quite cold to him, saying nothing but a few words . He was also introduced to the other five hall lords, all of whom were powerful in their own right .
“Here you go,” Jian Xueyi said as she tossed him a chief’s emblem . “The faction battles begin in a week, so we’ll be getting busy . Once the battles are over, I’ll help you form your own chapter . For now, you’ll be representing your chapter on your own . “
As the faction lacked manpower, they couldn’t just give him subordinates to command, despite being a chief, for the rest were caught up in training . Reorganizing at this point in time would only cause chaos .
“Thank you, Faction Lord . “
“No need, and stop calling me that . It’s too formal . “
“Then how should I address you?”
“Goddess . “
While that didn’t sound formal at all, it was flattery to the nth degree .
“If that’s all, may I leave?” Tianming was still in a hurry to train . With the chief’s emblem, he would be able to train for three hours a day in the Old Deepstar Path, which would greatly enhance his speed .
“Go ahead . Watch out when you go to public places . Don’t get yourself killed before the faction battles begin . “
“It’d take more than them to kill me,” Tianming said .
“That just happens to be the last words of many bodies that found themselves buried in the snow the next day,” Zhao Yijue said .
“Thank you for the warning, Vice Faction Lord . “
“Expect a summons once the faction battles begin . “
“Understood . “
. . . . . .
At the Old Deepstar Path, Tianming could train three times as long thanks to his new position . Even Lin Xiaoxiao was able to get a deacon’s emblem and train for two hours there . This time around, Tianming could go farther on the path and gain the Astral Will left behind by even stronger seniors . Naturally, it took time to walk along the path . That was the reason disciples from the Earth and Heaven Branches entered the path in the midsection rather than from the very start . Thankfully, Tianming was always surrounded by countless stars, something he’d become famous for there .
Now, he was observing the heavenly will of a senior named Xuanyuan Yin . His heavenly will was called the Domination Will and shared many commonalities with Tianming’s Imperial Will . Once his time there was over, he left the path with Lin Xiaoxiao, feeling rather refreshed .
“If we can’t return to our residences, where shall we go?” she asked .
“Just train wherever . We can just sit down and cultivate . Don’t be so picky . “
“Fine . ” She grit her teeth with dissatisfaction .
“However, once I make another breakthrough, we won’t have to avoid Gu Shaoyu and Xuanyuan Ganggang any longer,” he said, cracking a smile .
“Will it be soon?” She didn’t dare to cultivate in front of him, so she had to go back .
“Yes . “
. . . . . .
Taiji Peak Lake was shaped like a Yin-Yang diagram, being split into two with smaller dots in each one of them . One of the small dots was a ‘mountain amidst a sea’, and was called Tribulation Peak . Legend had it that the old monsters at the Samsara stage trained hard there to overcome their tribulations .
Its counterpart, the ‘sea amidst mountains’, was called Xuanyuan Lake . It was the only part of the sect that actually belonged to the Archaic House of Xuanyuan; no other clan actually owned land in the sect itself . It was so wide it could be called an ocean .
Right in the middle of the lake was a saintly palace that nobody dared to approach . It was entirely white and seemed to be made from some kind of precious stone, making it exude elegance . The palace was Soulburn Hall, a name the tenth goddess, Xuanyuan Xi, had picked . Now that the goddess had returned from the dead, she had moved back into Soulburn Hall and would come to shape the Flameyellow Continent from there .
Within the hall was a girl dressed in a blue dress sitting under a pavilion in an elegant garden . She shook her fair bare legs and got snowflakes to fall on them .
“Snow really is pretty,” Feiling said as she stared blankly at the snowscape in her garden . She had been doing this for the better part of the day . “It’s really boring . If only Big Brother were by my side on a day with such good weather like this . . . . We could warm each other up . “
She stood up and walked barefoot toward the hall . She came to a pillar and counted the brush marks she had made there and scratched her head . “It’s so annoying . . . There’s so many days left! Why is time passing so slowly? I knew I should’ve asked him to come once every ten days, hmph! I wonder if he’s doing well in the Human Branch . . . Should I summon him? Would that ruin everything?”
She wasn’t daring enough to do it . Now that she didn’t have enough information, there was a good chance that others in the sect would figure out that she wasn’t Xuanyuan Xi herself .
“I’d better wait . . . . Cultivating every day without being able to talk to anyone really is frustrating . “
She pouted as she exited the palace and sat on the snowy ground . When she looked up, she saw blood-colored lightning above . “Huh? What’s that?”
The bolt of lightning came striking toward her . She felt the threat of death, thanks to her divine body’s instinct, but she couldn’t react to it in time as she was too weak .
“Protect Her Eminence!” someone cried .
The next moment, Feiling felt her eyes blur as a gigantic creature charged into the skies . It was a green phoenix . Piercing sounds rang out from above as the lightning bolts fired, instantly turning the sky into an endless sea of crimson .
With two loud rings, she saw a drop of red shooting toward her leg . She quickly withdrew it and saw a black arrow where she had stood . The arrow shook and pulsed with crimson lightning and some traces of blood, causing her to run . Who’s trying to kill me?
She began panicking, now that Tianming wasn’t by her side .
“Who dares do such a thing?” someone yelled in the sky . It took quite a while before the commotion died down .
With a loud bam, the green phoenix slammed into the garden before her . The lord of Godservant Hall, Fang Qingli, also fell with a pale look . It seemed that she was the one who had taken the brunt of the black arrow . The green phoenix seemed to have been pierced through .
“Your Eminence, it’s fine now,” she said as she knelt and shivered .
With another loud boom, a green-robed man fell to the ground . “Mother, are you alright?”
Feiling recalled that he was the sect master of the Heaven Branch, Fang Taiqing, who held the seniormost rank in the sect . To think that his mother was Fang Qingli . . .