Chapter 863 - Disciples of the Heaven-Saber Sect
...Middle Continent, Wuliang Mountain...
Since the last crisis, the overall strength of the Wuliang Mountain had dropped significantly, causing its rank among the Three-Starred Factions to drop as well. If it weren't for Lin Miaoke's decision at the end, the Wuliang Mountain would surely have become the weakest among the Three-Starred Factions.
Meanwhile, on the dojo of the Wuliang Mountain...
Before Lin Miaoke stood the Third Prince and a few other peak Martial Sacred Realm experts. On the other side stood two old men wearing a black and a golden robe, unleashing ferocious demonic auras.
These two old men were from the Three-Starred Faction Demonic Flame Sect, who were at the second-layer Martial Progenitor Realm and third-layer Martial Progenitor Realm respectively. They alone were not enough to frighten Lin Miaoke, who was more concerned about the two young men standing behind them.
These two young men were wearing a white and a golden sparkling robe while each carrying an ancient saber on their back. Their cultivations of the third-layer Martial Progenitor Realm were fully exposed, as they gazed pridefully at Lin Miaoke's crew.
They were once the geniuses of the Demonic Flame Sect, who had now become the inner disciples of the Heaven-Saber Sect—Yang Song and Xia Hao!
"Lin Miaoke, what are you waiting for? We've all arrived, we should be heading out now!" The Sect Leader of the Demonic Flame Sect, Ding Buhui, snapped coldly.
Lin Miaoke wore a cold grin upon hearing this.
It had happened a while ago, when the Third Prince was training at the Skycloud Mountain Range. He had happened to discover a corpse, from which he found a strange map. Following this, an elder of the Demonic Flame Sect appeared and battled against the Third Prince trying to take the map away. However, as the battle came to a draw, in order to avoid attracting other people's attention, they ended up tearing the map in half.
After taking a closer look at the map, they discovered the map to be something extraordinary. It was highly possible that the map was related to a destiny-altering fortunate encounter, thus the Wuliang Mountain and the Demonic Flame Sect had both agreed to send their experts to the location on the map together.
Now with the disciples of the Heaven-Saber Sect here, how could Lin Miaoke take the risk?
If they were to depart now, even if they found the treasure, the Wuliang Mountain would not get anything in return.
Therefore, they could only wait for Qin Nan's arrival!
Lin Miaoke glanced at the Third Prince before she calmly said, "Sect Leader Ding, why are you in a rush? Since your Demonic Flame Sect has found two young geniuses to tag along, someone from our Wuliang Mountain is coming too. We're currently waiting for him here."
Ding Buhui and the others were startled. The had already investigated the Wuliang Mountain's background, but could not find any genius that was worth mentioning. Who were they waiting for now?
At this moment, Yang Song, the inner disciple of the Heaven-Saber Sect who was wearing a white robe raised his eyebrows and said, "Sect Leader Lin mentioned that we're waiting for someone from the Wuliang Mountain. Who would that be? This person is quite disrespectful to let us all wait for him here."
Yang Song and Xia Hao's expressions darkened. Flickers of saber intent could be seen in their surroundings.
Although they had expected the Wuliang Mountain to seek assistance too, they had never thought they would have to wait for the person here!
They were both inner disciples of the Heaven-Saber Sect, who were ranked above two thousandth on the Monarch Ranking!
Lin Miaoke was astonished. As she thought, these two disciples of the Heaven-Saber Sect were not to be underestimated. They easily captured the loophole in her words and utilized it. She took a deep breath and said in a calm tone, "Pardon me for that. Bring our guests to the Sect Leader Hall now."
The Martial Sacred Realm experts behind her acknowledged.
"Forget it." Yang Song placed his hands behind him and looked into the sky, "I'm quite eager to see who exactly the Wuliang Mountain invited today, that even the Sect Leader is willing to wait here in person. It would be interesting if I were able to have a friendly duel with him."
"Senior Brother nailed it. I've yet to draw out my saber for the past two months."
Xia Hao added.
The atmosphere of the place intensified.
Lin Miaoke was startled, who glanced toward the Third Prince. Even though the Third Prince was wearing a solemn expression, he nodded his head to show his intention.
He was familiar with Qin Nan's characteristics. Everything would be fine as long as Qin Nan made it in time.
"Let's hope he's able to turn this around…"
Lin Miaoke uttered a sigh as she recalled the figure from the past.
She admitted that Qin Nan was strong and talented, which would allow him to join a Two-Stared Faction. However, she was clueless about how well he was doing in his faction. It would be helpful if he were able to bring a few inner disciples here too.
As for Qin Nan's own strength, she did not have high hopes in it. After all, it had only been a while since they last met. Even if Qin Nan possessed a fifth-grade Tian ranked Martial Spirit, he could at most achieve the second-layer Martial Progenitor Realm.
Time gradually passed. The period it took five incense sticks to burn had passed, but the sky remained as calm as always.
Ding Buhui harrumphed coldly and spoke, "Sect Leader Lin, where is the person that you've mentioned? Are we going to wait for him for the whole day? Or maybe, the person that you've invited is too scared to show himself?"
Ding Buhui's eyes flickered with a hint of disdain.
He totally despised Lin Miaoke as she was unwilling to adapt to the circumstances. Wasn't it obvious that it was better for her to hand over the map and submit themselves to the Demonic Flame Sect?
The faces of Yang Song and Xia Hao coldened as well.
They unconsciously exchanged glances with one another. It was impossible for them to wait any longer.
Lin Miaoke was startled and immediately glanced at the Third Prince.
"Sect Leader, don't worry, Qin Nan and I have gone through a lot together. Since he didn't say he couldn't make it, he will come for sure. Besides, according to my calculations, the time it would take for him to journey to the Middle Sector City, then make his way here is just around the corner. Let's wait…" The Third Prince transmitted his voice.
Lin Miaoke nodded slightly with an admiring look.
Although the Third Prince only possessed a tenth-grade Di ranked Martial Spirit, he was able to react in a steady and calm manner all the time. Therefore, she had let the Wuliang Mountain focus on training the Third Prince, and if any destiny-altering fortunate encounter were found, she would try her best to acquire it for the Third Prince.
Upon seeing Lin Miaoke and her crew remain silent, Ding Buhui had no choice but to wait.
Another period it took for three incense sticks to burn had passed.
This time, instead of Ding Buhui, Yang Song glared at Lin Miaoke murderously and snapped, "Sect Leader Lin, the period it took eight incense sticks to burn has passed. Where exactly is the person you mentioned? I'll only wait another period it takes an incense stick to burn, and if he fails to show up, and you are unwilling to hand over the map, don't blame me for showing no mercy…"
Lin Miaoke and the Martial Sacred Realm experts were astounded.
However, at this moment...
Following a loud explosion, a terrifying beastly aura descended from the sky above the Wuliang Mountain.