After seeing the Scholarly Sage, Shuhang felt that he had already experienced something like this in the past... he had gotten this very same feeling when he met the seniors of the Nine Provinces Number One Group.
When he had yet to meet them or didn't know them well enough, he imagined the seniors of the group to be elegant and refined experts. But after meeting them in person... this image he had in mind crumbled to pieces.
At this time, the 'Sage' was still narrating the strange phenomena that took place the day he was born—propitious omens appeared, heaven and earth were overshadowed, thunder and lightning rained down like crazy, light filled the whole room he was born in, and two dragons danced in the middle of the said room.
In short, it was so amazing that it couldn't be any more amazing. To summarize everything in one sentence—the way I was born was incredibly amazing, don't you think so too?
Song Shuhang, Venerable White, True Monarch Fallout, and Scholar Drunken XXX couldn't help but look at the nearby True Monarch Eternal Fire.
Was this person the legendary Sage of the scholarly faction? According to the rumors, he was the teacher of the world, and the strength of the disciples he taught was likewise incredible. He was someone that had single-handedly brought up the thirteen Tribulation Transcenders and founded the entire scholarly school of thought.
After hearing these words, True Monarch Eternal Fire respectfully knelt, and said, "Eternal Fire greets the Sage."
There was no mistaking... this scholar was identical to the 'Sage' mentioned in the records of the White Cloud Academy. In addition, the description of the birth of the Sage just now corresponded to the one in their records.
According to the secret records of the scholarly faction, the Sage fought against a mysterious entity for the Will of the Heavens. In the end, he turned out to be slightly weaker, and got defeated, disappearing without traces since after. Was it possible that the Sage had stayed inside this small dimension since then?
The corner of the eye of Venerable White and the others twitched... this person was really the Sage!
However, the ordinary-looking scholar in front of them didn't pay attention to True Monarch Eternal Fire's words, and continued with his narration. "My old and worthless self received the affection of friends and relatives alike during his childhood. By the age of three, I had read a hundred books, and by the age of five, the myriad books of the world were all recorded in my mind. That year, my old and worthless self thought that he had mastered all the knowledge in the world!"
Again, it was so amazing that it couldn't be any more amazing. To summarize everything in one sentence—my childhood was also incredibly amazing, don't you think so too?
The Sage paused for a moment, and raised his head, looking toward the sky. "That was until I turned six... that year, I met a fairy maiden that became both my teacher and friend. She was more dazzling than the bright moon in the sky, and her long blue hair draped over her shoulders, reaching until her calf. Her long and thick eyelashes were also blue in color. She appeared by my side and introduced me to a new world, allowing me to experience things completely out of the ordinary. What I'm referring to is the 'world of cultivators'. Only then my old and worthless self discovered that he was nothing but a frog in the well, ignorant of the vastity of heaven and earth. Recalling that period of my life really brings back memories..."
After saying this much, the Sage started to recall his past, and didn't speak further.
The description the Sage had given was very short, and even the description of that fairy maiden that was both his teacher and friend was rather brief.
Nevertheless, the words of the Sage had a special power in them. As he was speaking, all those present could clearly understand the meaning of his words and imagine the scenes he was narrating.
Actually, when the Sage spoke earlier, he used an ancient language to narrate these facts, but Song Shuhang could understand everything he had said regardless of that.
When the sage talked about that fairy maiden that was more dazzling than the bright moon in the sky—with long blue hair that reached until her calf, and long and thick blue eyelashes—her vivid picture appeared in the minds of Song Shuhang and other others.
"Eh?" Song Shuhang opened his mouth wide and called out in alarm. The fairy maiden that appeared in his mind just now... wasn't this the same blue-haired fairy maiden he'd met some time ago and thought was Immortal Master Copper Trigram in disguise?
The fairy maiden was identical to that blue-haired female cultivator he'd met in Venerable White's holiday residence; the same one that performed some divinations for him. Back then, she said that he would have a stroke of good luck in the near future. Since Song Shuhang suspected that it was Immortal Master Copper Trigram in disguise, he took for good the opposite result of her divination. As such, he had been very worried for the past two days, afraid that this sudden stroke of 'good' luck would take his life if he was not careful enough.
It wasn't only Song Shuhang... True Monarch Fallout and Scholar Drunken XXX were also very surprised after seeing the picture of the fairy maiden.
"What's the matter?" Venerable White asked out of curiosity.
Song Shuhang replied, "I recently saw a fairy maiden that looked like this. At that time, I thought that she was Senior Copper Trigram in disguise since she started to tell my fortune. As such, I felt that taking for good the opposite result of those divinations was the best thing to do."
But now, he was unsure if that blue-haired female cultivator he met back then was really the shady fortune teller Immortal Master Copper Trigram. If that person blue-haired female cultivator wasn't Immortal Master Copper Trigram... did it mean that Su Clan's Sixteen and Soft Feather would face great danger while transcending their tribulation of the Third Stage?
"Fortune telling?" After hearing this much, the corner of True Monarch Fallout's mouth twitched. "Little friend Shuhang, you don't need to worry. As far as I know, that senior isn't someone that tells fortune... therefore, the person you met back then was surely Fellow Daoist Copper Trigram in disguise!"
Scholar Drunken XXX also nodded in agreement.
Song Shuhang immediately heaved a sigh of relief, and said, "In that case, what's the true identity of that blue-haired female senior. Which senior of the group is she?"
Scholar Drunken XXX nodded, and said, "Her true identity is that of... Xuan Nu Sect's Skylark from our Nine Provinces Number One Group."
She was that powerful senior that had tormented Thrice Reckless Mad Saber until he was half dead.
"Xuan Nu Sect's Skylark?" Venerable White furrowed his brows at this time, and said, "From what I remember, Fellow Daoist Skylark didn't have blue hair... but long black hair?"
True Monarch Fallout said, "Senior White, you remember incorrectly. Fellow Daoist Skylark has always had long blue hair. Her long blue hair is very peculiar, and it left a deep impression on me."
"Same here," Scholar Drunken XXX added.
Venerable White scratched his head, and said, "Do I really remember incorrectly? Strange."
The nearby True Monarch Eternal Fire didn't interject, and silently listened. He was greatly shocked when he discovered that this fairy maiden that the Sage described as his teacher and friend was still alive.
If there was an opportunity, he should really go to meet this Xuan Nu Sect's Skylark!
Just as everyone was in deep thoughts, the 'Sage' continued with his narration. "After my old and worthless self came in contact with the world of cultivators, he followed the instructions of that fairy maiden that was both a friend and teacher and started his 'Hundred Days Foundation Establishment', tempering his body and advancing in strength by leaps and bounds. After half a month, I had opened all my apertures and jumped through the dragon gate, successfully reaching the Second Stage Realm!"
In mere half a month, he had turned from an ordinary person to a cultivator of the Second Stage. It was so amazing that it couldn't be any more amazing.
"Incredible!" Song Shuhang said. He considered himself very lucky, and after meeting Venerable White, he had chanced upon a lot of lucky encounters. However, it still took him one month and a half to advance to the Second Stage!
The 'Sage' continued with his narration. "After that, the speed at my which my old and worthless self was advancing kept increasing; it was simply unstoppable. After a mere one year, I advanced to the Third Stage Realm! It took me a little more than a year to reach the realm that other people took up to twenty years!"
Even while practicing, I'm so amazing, don't you think so too?
"Incredible!" True Monarch Fallout was sincerely convinced.
"You wouldn't expect anything less from the Sage." Scholar Drunken XXX also sighed with emotion. Even if the spiritual qi was richer in ancient times, the speed at which the Sage was advancing was simply shocking.
At this time... Song Shuhang didn't dare to speak and quietly shrank his body.
From being just an ordinary human, this phantasmagorical Sage had used a little more than one year to reach the Third Stage Realm after he had entered the world of cultivators.
As for Shuhang... even if the time he had passed in the 'Time City' of the Crystal-Clear Water Pavilion was included, it didn't surpass four months in total. He was already in the initial phase of the Third Stage after not even four months.
However, it would be wiser not to mention this matter. After all, his situation was different from that of the 'Sage'. His realm advanced so quickly thanks to the 'strength imparting' he received from that lustrous scholar. Had he been practicing on his own and accumulating energy little by little, it would have surely taken him more than one year to reach this stage... right?
The 'Sage' continued with his narration. "When my old and worthless self reached the Third Stage Realm, a certain thought flashed through his mind. I didn't continue to practice according to the original cultivation route set by the various cultivation techniques. I wanted to follow a path that belonged to me, a path to cultivation that was different from that of other people. During my childhood, I had read all kinds of books. Therefore, my old and worthless self had a very unique understanding of 'knowledge'. As such, I started to think and to experiment.
"Ten years later, my old and worthless self was still in the Third Stage Realm... however, I had researched and created an embryonic form of my own way to immortality. My old and worthless self had used literature to enter the Way, righteousness to temper his body, wore the truth as clothes, and used the brush to write down the principles of heaven and earth!
"Then... after an unknown amount of years, when my old and worthless self turned his head to look back, he was already one of the strongest existences in the world. He had founded the scholarly school of thought and had thirteen Tribulation Transcenders under his command. Then, after a few more years had passed, the level of my cultivation became even more profound... when that happened, no one in the world was my match anymore. During that time, I was the strongest person in the world, with strength capable of suppressing all the living things in the universe!"
My achievements were also ultramazing, don't you think so too?
The part the Sage described just now was the most glorious period of the scholarly school of thought. During those days, no one could match the Sage, and there were thirteen Tribulation Transcenders under his command... the scholarly disciples had spread all over the world!
Even the other influences of the world of cultivators lived a very peaceful life during that period. After all, scholarly disciples used righteousness to temper their body and wore the truth as clothes.
During the golden period of scholars, all demons went into hiding, and even the disciples of demonic sects didn't dare to act recklessly.
Because if they angered the righteous scholars, only death would await them.
After they had heard this much, Song Shuhang, Venerable White, True Monarch Fallout, Scholar Sober XXX, and True Monarch Eternal Fire perked up their ears and prepared to listen to what the Sage was going to say next.
They all knew that what came next was the most important part.
Next, they would know why the scholarly faction was destroyed, as well as other untold secrets.
After he had said this much, the Sage paused for a moment, and then said, "Afterward... the Wielder of the Heavens' Will had problems."
The Will of the Heavens represented the ultimate truth, the noumenon, the law, the principle, and so on. It was the rule and principle behind all the things in the universe, and it had close and inseparable ties to cultivation.
However, the Wielder of the Heavens' Will had problems...?