The main peak of the Six Marvelous Peaks was also the largest, standing at a height of over ten kilometers. Many other mountains surrounded it like stars to the moon with Dayspring Mountain being among them. The top half of this mountain was also enveloped in a faint purple fog, concealing everything in a mysterious haze.
Conversely, the bottom half of the bottom mountain was bustling with lively activity. There were countless buildings of all sizes that covered the mountain spanning from crude stone rooms and expansive hundred meter tall palace halls, and there were a mess of countless scattered limestone roads paved throughout.
Among these roads were stalls of all sorts with people selling and buying the goods on display. Many Drifting Cloud Sect disciples were included among them as they haggled over the various items with the vender stall owners.
When Han Li and the other cultivators saw this, they were left dumbstruck.
The youth surnamed Yu was already accustomed to the sight and paid it no attention as he moved his flying magic tool forward. They shot about kilometer into the air and flew alone into a stone hall.
The stone hall was made of huge slabs of limestone that reached about a hundred meters tall. And each side of the hall was connected to smaller side rooms that were only about twenty meters wide. There were sparsely few cultivators that entered and left the halls.
Cultivator Yu then landed the alms bowl in front of the hall and had all of them get off. Afterwards, he formed an incantation gesture and had the alms bowl quickly shrink before he put it away into his storage pouch.
"Wait here for a moment. I have to first report to the Sect Master. I'll call for you afterwards." The youth then walked into the hall in a large stride.
The many Qi Condensation door keepers clearly recognized Cultivator Yu and merely saluted him with respect as they watched him walk into the hall.
After the youth disappeared from sight, the guards curiously glanced at Han Li and the others. They seemed to have already guessed who they were.
A while later, a streak of white light towards the palace hall before fading away. The light was revealed to be a huge embroidered scarf carrying the pale-faced youth surnamed Liu along with the four other young cultivators that had left before them.
The pale-faced youth gazed at Han Li's group of seven and revealed a trace of surprise. But soon after, he landed his flying magic tool nearby and proudly entered the stone hall, leaving the four young cultivators behind.
In the next moment, Han Li's group and the group of four young gifted cultivators glanced at one another.
For some unknown reason, the atmosphere appeared somewhat amiss despite the fact that both groups were going to enter the sect at the same time. There seemed to be a trace of hostility between them. But as they were about to enter the Drifting Cloud Sect, the two sides could only keep silent and behave themselves.
After the time it took to finish a meal, cultivator Yu had finally walked out from the outside. When he appeared, he immediately beckoned to Han Li's group and then turned towards the group of four gifted youths, "You four will be coming in with us. The Sect Master wishes to accept you all as disciples at the same time." With that said, the youth turned around and reentered the hall.
The two groups didn't dare to delay and hastily followed after him.
Following the youth, they passed through a short corridor before entering a hundred meter wide hall. There were eight cultivators sitting down in chairs, whispering about something as they each wore their own expressions.
After the disciple were brought inside, the seated cultivators immediately ceased talking and began to examine Han Li's group.
At that moment, Han Li appeared sincere as he displayed deference to them. But at the same time, he had released his spiritual sense and read the appearances and cultivations of the seated cultivators.
There was a late Foundation Establishment cultivator, two mid Foundation Establishment cultivators, and the rest were only at early Foundation Establishment. Senior Martial Brother Qiu and the pale-faced cultivator were sitting amongst them.
The blue-robed late Foundation Establishment cultivator waved his hand at the youth and smiled, “We've troubled Junior Martial Brother Yu! Please, take a seat." This person was the Drifting Cloud Sect Master, Wei Yiming.
He had an ordinary appearance with two small eyes. However, each of his movements gave off an exceptionally imposing presence; it appeared he wasn't a simple character.
“Many thanks Senior Martial Brother!" The youth cupped his hands and directly sat down at the chair at the side.
At that moment, the seated cultivator's gazes had finished examining Han Li's group and had finally moved on to the four talented youths. Each of the youths' gaze revealed a trace of fervent excitement and their bodies straightened upon being examined.
As Han Li took all of this in with a trace of surprise, he heard the sect master speak.
After examining the new disciples, the sect master glanced at the other seated cultivators and slowly said, "Yes! These disciples are suitable enough to enter the sect. They are suitable. After all, we haven't taken in a batch of disciples since several years ago. Junior Martial Brothers, how do you wish for the disciples will be allocated?"
"Naturally, we wholeheartedly agree that the final decision will lie with Senior Marital Brother Wei." An old man with grey hair twirled his short beard and spoke with an exceptionally respectful tone. His voice then changed as he smoothly said, "My Hidden Sword Mountain have no need for any external affair disciples. However, for inner sect disciples, my own Hidden Sword Mountain only recruited two disciples the last time around and is lacking in manpower. My mountain should have a disciple this time around. I have no need for the other disciples, except for the disciple with the Gold Forged constitution.”
After the old man said this, he pointed to the tall and sturdy youth. When the youth heard him, he couldn’t help but reveal surprise.
A deathly-pale middle-aged man, unable to stay sitting upon hearing the old man, bluntly retorted, “Humph! You might’ve received fewer disciples the last time around, but you also received a disciple with dual-attribute spiritual roots. Needless to say, our Fire Cloud Mountain must be the ones to claim the disciple with the abnormal constitution.”
When the grey-haired old man heard this, he chuckled and shook his head, “Your Fire Cloud Mountain mainly relies on fire attribute cultivation arts, but cultivators possessing the Gold Forged Constitution possess metal attribute spiritual roots. Junior Martial Brother Yang, your position is lacking.”
“Even if your hidden sword mountain possess metal attribute cultivation techniques, our Fire Cloud Sect’s Senior Martial Uncle Li’s Metal Tempering Arts are renown throughout the entire State of Xi. Why can’t this disciple cultivate his techniques?” The middle-aged man didn’t reveal the slightest intention of backing down.
The sect master frowned and interrupted, “Enough, I’ve already heard your thoughts. There is no need to further speak of them.”
Senior Martial Brother Liu smiled and mediated, “That’s right. Senior Martial Brothers’ dispute will have no end. It’s better to have Sect Master decide. After all, regardless of which mountain receives him, he will still be a disciple of our Drifting Cloud Sect in the end. There is no good reason to fight.”
The old man and the deathly-pale middle-aged man glanced at each other, but the old man rushed to say, “Junior Martial Brother Qiu’s words holds reason. Our Hidden Sword Mountain will hold no complaint if the Sect Master makes the decision.”
When the middle-aged man heard this, he hesitated for a moment before agreeing.
The sect master’s expression relaxed and after a moment of thought, he turned to Han Li’s group and calmly said, “These disciples are particularly special so we should handle them last. Let’s distribute these other disciples. After all, our six mountains of the Drifting Cloud Sect have never turned away from good help. Let’s first distribute these seven external affair disciples.”
Two hours later, Han Li and the fully bearded man stood on a huge alms bowl and were being brought back to Dayspring Mountain by Cultivator Yu.
They’ve already changed to the attire of blue robes for low grade disciples and had been distributed to Dayspring Mountain.
Cultivator Yu brought the two out of the stone hall once the distribution was finished without the slightest complaint.
As for the tall and sturdy youth that was in high demand, he was unexpectedly assigned to Illusion Stone Mountain. Although the grey-haired old man and the middle-aged man were both dispirited, they could only concede the matter. But fortunately, they were each given an inner sect disciple and had ended up with something for their troubles.
“Although you’ve only entered the sect as external affair disciples, it is quite fortunate for you to be distributed to our Dayspring Mountain. Because our Martial Ancestor gentle and kind-hearted, we won’t treat you too harshly. You only have to finish your assignments within the given time. The rest of your time will be free to do as you wish.”
If you have the opportunity to acquire great merits, perhaps the Martial Ancestor will even bestow a Foundation Establishment Pill to you. After all, external affair and inner sect disciples receive the same treatment in name. However, the inner sect disciple’s main assignments are to cultivate. Because of your poor aptitudes, you are assigned to other various tasks such as medicine and talisman refinement. The attainments of the many Martial Uncles in these fields are quite profound.” Because Han Li and the fully-bearded man were already disciples of Dayspring Mountain, Cultivator Yun spoke to the two with a much more gentle tone as he gave them an explanation of sect matters.