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Duan Ling Tian’s expression turned grim. Initially, he had felt a surge of relief when he discovered Murong Bing was not being forced to marry by the Compassionate Celestial Traveler Sect, and it was a lie that Zhou Shu Qiu made up. However, his relief did not last long when he found out Murong Bing was in a precarious situation. She was at risk of being killed by her unreasonable master. How could he not worry about Murong Bing? ‘Her master had killed a disciple whom she had raised and trained from young. It won’t be a stretch to say that she’d do the same to Murong Bing as well…’
Duan Ling Tian looked at Zhou Shu Qiu and asked, “How long can the Sect Leader of the Compassionate Celestial Traveler Sect delay the selection of the next Sect Leader of the Compassionate Celestial Traveler Sect?”
“Roughly eight to ten years,” Zhou Shu Qiu said with a sigh, “This is because the Compassionate Celestial Traveler Sect places great importance on selecting the next sect leader at a specific time. Even if the sect leader stalls for time, the other high-ranking officials won’t agree to it for long…”
“Are you certain the sect leader will help stall for time?” Duan Ling Tian asked as he narrowed his eyes.
“Definitely!” Zhou Shu Qiu said confidently, “Before she told me anything, she had first told the sect leader about her losing her virginity to you. The sect leader has begun to delay the selection of the next Sect Leader of the Compassionate Celestial Traveler Sect. Although she and the sect leader aren’t master and disciple, the sect leader treats her like a daughter. Bing’er told me that she also regards the sect leader like a mother…”
“If that’s the case, why can’t the Sect Leader of the Compassionate Celestial Traveler Sect stop her master from harming her?” Duan Ling Tian asked in a deep voice. In his opinion, the Sect Leader of the Compassionate Celestial Traveler Sect should have the highest status in the sect, so there should not be any problem for the sect leader to stop others from harming Murong Bing.
“The sect leader can’t do anything,” Zhou Shu Qiu shook his head and said grimly, “The cultivation base of Bing’er’s master is not any weaker than that of the Sect Leader of the Compassionate Celestial Traveler Sect… Not to mention there’s a Ten Direction Celestial Duke in the Compassionate Celestial Traveler Sect. The Ten Direction Celestial Duke is the biological father of Bing’er’s master. With this, the matter should be clear to you…”
Ten Direction Celestial Duke!
When Zhou Shu Qiu mentioned Ten Direction Celestial Duke, Duan Ling Tian could not help but shudder. A Ten Direction Celestial Duke was the strongest among all Celestial Dukes. It was just a level away from a Celestial King!
Previously, when Duan Ling Tian had spoken to the young man with the surname Pei, he had heard that there was at least one Ten Direction Celestial Duke in sects such as the as Compassionate Celestial Traveler Sect. These sects were far stronger than the Three Major Celestial Sects of the Wasteland.
“How many Ten Direction Celestial Dukes are there in the Compassionate Celestial Traveler Sect?” Duan Ling Tian asked.
“Only one,” Zhou Shu Qiu replied.
“One?” Duan Ling Tian’s expression changed slightly. He did not expect that not only was Murong Bing’s master so strong, but her master’s father was also a Ten Direction Celestial Duke in the Compassionate Celestial Traveler Sect! The Ten Direction Celestial Duke was the strongest person in the Compassionate Celestial Traveler Sect. Since Murong Bing’s master was the biological daughter of the strongest person in the Compassionate Celestial Traveler Sect, it was only natural that even the Sect Leader of the Compassionate Celestial Traveler Sect could not do much to protect Murong Bing from her master. With these thoughts in his mind, a strong sense of crisis rose in his heart.
“Duan Ling Tian,” Zhou Shu Qiu looked at Duan Ling Tian and solemnly said, “Although I don’t know how you made the three prominent Celestial Alchemists of the Tai Yi Celestial Sect acknowledge you as the Chief Celestial Alchemist, I’m sure you have your means. With this, I hope you’ll be able to take Bing’er away before her master finds out about the matter of her losing her virginity.” A hint of expectation could be seen in her eyes as she looked at Duan Ling Tian.
“Even if you don’t ask me, I’ll still do it,” Duan Ling Tian said.
“I’m relieved to hear that.” Zhou Shu Qiu heaved a sigh of relief. Something flashed in her mind before she said, “There’s one more thing… I was able to pressure my junior aunt to bring me here to meet you today because I told her I will try to persuade you to join the Thousand Spiders Celestial Sect. When we return to the great hall, if my junior aunt mentions this matter, I hope you’ll tell her that I’ve tried to recruit you…”
Duan Ling Tian looked at Zhou Shu Qiu curiously and asked, “Since you said that to your junior aunt, why didn’t you try and persuade me to join the Thousand Spiders Celestial Sect?”
“Even if I try, will you agree to it?” Zhou Shu Qiu asked in return.
Duan Ling Tian had no retort for the question. Indeed. He would not agree if Zhou Shu Qiu tried to persuade him to join the Thousand Spiders Celestial Sect. After all, there were too many things for him to take into consideration. Most importantly, he had given his word to the Tai Yi Celestial Sect. He was not someone who would go back on his words.
After a while, Duan Ling Tian and Zhou Shu Qiu finally returned to the hall. As soon as they entered, he could see the excited and expectant look in the eyes of Liu Yan Jun, the Supreme Elder of the Thousand Spiders Celestial Sect, when she looked at Zhou Shu Qiu. He saw Zhou Shu Qiu shaking her head slightly when she met Liu Yan Jun’s gaze. The look of disappointment in Liu Yan Jun’s eyes after that did not escape his notice as well.
After Zhou Shu Qiu returned to Liu Yan Jun’s side, Liu Yan Jun bade the three people from the Tai Yi Celestial Sect farewell. “Sect Leader Bai, Guardian Tie, Master Duan… I apologize for bothering all of you.” Then, she turned around and prepared to leave with Zhou Shu Qiu.
Tie Tai He followed behind to send Liu Yan Jun off.
Duan Ling Tian and Bai Ping, who were left in the hall, chatted for a while.
Then, Duan Ling Tian suddenly asked, “Sect Leader, aren’t you curious about my conversation with Zhou Shu Qiu?”
Bai Ping said with a smile, “She tried to persuade you to join the Thousand Spiders Celestial Sect, right?” Bai Ping asked with a smile.
“Yes.” Duan Ling Tian nodded. “That’s the main reason…”
A thought occurred to Bai Ping at this moment, and he asked, “Master Duan, the woman Zhou Shu Qing mentioned earlier, Murong Bing… If I’m not mistaken she’s the talented disciple from the Compassionate Celestial Traveler Sect, right?”
“Yes.” Duan Ling Tian was not surprised that Bai Ping knew about the Murong Bing and the Compassionate Celestial Traveler Sect. After all, Bai Ping was the Sect Leader of Tai Yi Celestial Sect. Although the Tai Yi Celestial Sect was not as powerful as the Compassionate Celestial Traveler Sect, there were still matters about the Compassionate Celestial Traveler Sect that the Tai Yi Celestial Sect were privy to.
Bai Ping wanted to ask Duan Ling Tian what his relationship with Murong Bing was since he could see Duan Ling Tian was eager to speak to Zhou Shu Qiu as soon as Zhou Shu Qiu mentioned Murong Bing.
However, at this moment, a voice rang from outside the hall. “Sect Leader!” It was none other than Tie Tai He.
Tie Tai He’s sudden return surprised Bai Ping and Duan Ling Tian. When they walked out of the hall, they learned that as soon as the two guests from the Thousand Spiders Celestial Sect left, the people from the Martial Dragon Celestial Sect had come.
One of the three people who had come was the leader of the group of people from the Martial Dragon Celestial Sect who came to Tai Yi City this time. He was also the former sect leader and the only Eight Trigrams Celestial Duke of the sect. He was none other than Teng Yun Shan, widely known as the Golden Buddha.
“Guardian Tie, come with me to greet Senior Yun Shan.” Bai Ping prepared to personally meet Teng Yun Shan as soon as he discovered that Teng Yun Shan had come. He did not forget to ask Duan Ling Tian, “Master Duan, do you want to come with us?”
“Let’s meet him together.” Something flashed in Duan Ling Tian’s eyes as he nodded. “I want to see the Eight Trigrams Celestial Duke from the Martial Dragon Celestial Sect…”
There was an Eight Trigrams Celestial Duke in each of the Three Major Celestial Sects of the Wasteland. However, the Eight Trigrams Celestial Duke of the Martial Dragon Celestial Sect was rumored to have died more than 3,000 years ago. For this reason, his appearance in Tai Yi City, naturally, caused an uproar.
In just a short moment, Duan Ling Tian, Bai Ping, and Tie Tai He left the prominent Celestial Island they were on and headed out to meet Teng Yun Shan, the Eight Diagrams Celestial Duke of the Martial Dragon Celestial Sect.
“Bai Ping, the Sect Leader of the Tai Yi Celestial Sect, pays respect to Senior Yun Shan.”
“Tie Tai He, the Left Guardian of the Tai Yi Celestial Sect, pays respect to Senior Yun Shan.”
When Bai Ping and Tie Tai He met Teng Yun Shan, they treated him respectfully. After all, they were only Seven Star Celestial Dukes while the other person was an Eight Trigrams Celestial Duke. Moreover, the other person held a higher seniority as well.
While Bai Ping and Tie Tai He greeted Teng Yun Shan, Duan Ling Tian observed him.
Teng Yun Shan was a bald and burly monk who was dressed in golden robes. Unlike most monks who looked kind, his chubby face looked fierce. Ordinary people would have a hard time meeting his gaze. At this moment, he looked at Tie Tai He and coldly asked, “You’re Tie Tai He?”
At the same time, Duan Ling Tian cupped his fists together and greeted Teng Yun Shan. “Duan Ling Tian pays respect to Senior Teng.”
Upon hearing Duan Ling Tian’s greetings, Teng Yun Shan shifted his attention from Tie Tai He to Duan Ling Tian.
Duan Ling Tian felt as though he was being stared at by a venomous snake. He saw Teng Yun Shan glaring at him with eyes that were brimming with killing intent as though Duan Ling Tian was his archenemy.
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