Chapter 938 - Meeting an Old Friend
Upon stepping onto the thirteenth dojo, countless gazes immediately focused onto Qin Nan's figure from all directions.
Qin Nan glanced ahead as if he were unaware that he had entered the limelight.
The appearance of the Touring Dojo had been altered too. White jade seats covered with talismans were placed around the dojo, about a thousand of them. Currently, over seven hundred of the seats were occupied by the geniuses from different factions.
At the center stood a ring constructed with fifteen different types of ancient black rocks, giving it an obscure aura.
The Monarch Envoy whose figure was illusionary like mist stood silently on the ring. However, as Qin Nan arrived, its figure shuddered, but it soon calmed itself down.
A magical force suddenly approached from a distance. A pure white glow encapsulated Qin Nan's figure, pulling him toward one of the white jade seats marked with the number two thousand and one.
The same thing happened to the disciples of the Dragon Emperor Clan, placing them at their respective seats.
"Are they from the Dragon Emperor Clan?"
"Tsk tsk, it seems like those guys have grown stronger too."
"Who's the young man that came here first?"
A series of discussions took place.
"Peak Martial Progenitor Realm, third-layer Martial Progenitor Realm, first-layer Martial Progenitor Realm, fourth-grade Tian ranked Martial Spirit…" Qin Nan scanned the crowd and inspected the cultivators after he took his seat.
He saw many geniuses ranked over one thousand possessing relatively low cultivations, while those with higher cultivations were ranked lower instead.
After all, the ranking of the Monarch Ranking was decided according to their Martial Spirits, cultivations, and destinies.
However, those with higher cultivations would be granted the higher ground in the Ranking Battle.
"HAHA! Did I see that right? Their leader is someone who's ranked two thousand and first?" A loud laugh broke out, grabbing the crowd's attention.
It was a bald young man, who was ranked one thousand five hundred and twelfth. His eyes were sharp like sabers, as he wore a disdainful grin on his face.
It was him!
The leader of the Heaven-Saber Sect, Xiang Liang, who possessed a fourth-grade Tian ranked Martial Spirit and a cultivation of the fifth-layer Martial Progenitor Realm!
Many among the crowd were startled. Although some of the factions shared a bad relationship with each other, causing the disciples to pick on their opponents behind the scenes, it was surprising that this Xiang Liang would mock someone in public.
Little did they know that Xiang Liang had only spoken as he was quite close to Cui Lixu. Furthermore, Qin Nan was now the silver-ranked enemy of the Heaven-Saber Sect, thus he had decided to step in to fawn upon Cui Lixu.
Either way, this Qin Nan was only a second-layer Martial Progenitor with a first-grade Tian ranked Martial Spirit.
Why would he be scared even if he offended him!
Xiang Liang said in a loud tone, "If I'm not mistaken, Qin Nan managed to join the Dragon Emperor Clan with his background. Is that what the Dragon Emperor Clan has become nowadays? Disciples of the Dragon Emperor Clan, I believe most of you are not convinced of Qin Nan's capabilities, shall I teach him a lesson on your behalf?"
The speech immediately caused many to burst out laughing.
This Xiang Liang had nailed it.
The inner disciples of the Dragon Emperor Clan were furious hearing this.
What was Xiang Liang thinking? What if Qin Nan was mad at them because of his accusation?
"Xiang Liang, cut it out!"
"Hehe, shut your mouth if you don't know the truth!"
To everyone's surprise, the inner disciples of the Dragon Emperor Clan rose from their seats and snapped.
Xiang Liang wore a dumbfounded expression. Weren't they supposed to be mad at Qin Nan?
The crowd was stunned too.
"It seems like Qin Nan's background is scarier than I've imagined, forcing you all to say something you're unwilling to…" Xiang Liang pretended to be intimidated, "I suppose I can't afford to offend him either!"
He then took his seat after finishing his speech.
The crowd burst out laughing once again.
The inner disciples of the Dragon Emperor Clan, including Xuan Yue, were infuriated. They were about to speak up when Qin Nan's voice appeared in their minds, prompting them to return to their seats.
A few words alone was not enough to provoke Qin Nan's anger.
As a matter of fact, it was a waste of time for him to explain himself. He would let him learn the truth the hard way on the ring.
"The Righteous Sect is here!"
"Those people are from the Elegant Drifting Sect, I know that guy!"
"The people of the Bodhi Temple are here too, isn't their leader Sage Chen Zilai's Junior Brother?"
The crowd was soon distracted by the arrival of other groups.
A moment later, nine hundred and ninety-nine of the seats were taken.
Many people were startled.
It looked like the one ranked one thousand and first wasn't there yet?
At that moment, a figure arrived at the dojo with a terrifying murderous intent.
Black robe, black saber, black hair!
The Imperial Exterminator, Tang Qingshan!
Xiang Liang's expression darkened seeing this. He had been bullied by Tang Qingshan a few times at the Heaven-Saber Sect, thus he was not too fond of seeing him.
"Senior? I did not expect him to be ranked one thousand and first! It looks like his cultivation is getting even more terrifying, despite being only the fifth-layer Martial Progenitor Realm his strength could easily match an eighth-layer Martial Progenitor, and I can also sense some strange force in his body…"
Qin Nan was overjoyed. He had initially scanned the crowd to observe their strength, as well as to see if he could find any old friends among the participants, but there were none there.
However, he straightened his face as he observed with his left eye.
The successor of the Imperial Exterminator was very powerful indeed!
Tang Qingshan turned around after being aware of the gaze and was stunned.
Was here too?
Tang Qingshan surprisingly smiled and drew out the black saber from his back, pointing in Qin Nan's direction before putting it back into its sheath. He silently proceeded to his seat.
The crowd was astounded.
Was this Tang Qingshan an enemy of Qin Nan's too?
Xiang Liang was startled, before his expression became unpleasant.
He did not expect Qin Nan and Tang Qingshan to know each other!
That was the Saber-Waving Gesture!
It was a unique gesture of the Heaven-Saber Sect when they met their friends.
"I'm no match against Tang Qingshan, but if I were to stumble into this Qin Nan, I would make him pay for sure!" Xiang Liang clenched his teeth, as if his hatred toward Tang Qingshan had been switched to Qin Nan.
Qin Nan responded with a smile.
The feeling of meeting an old friend, his senior in the past, at an unfamiliar place was indescribable.
Meanwhile, a terrifying pressure swept the crowd.
It felt like a peerless godly sword hanging above the dojo, which would easily kill all of the geniuses at the scene if it descended.
The noisy dojo instantly fell silent, as the crowd raised their heads in astonishment.
"Everyone is here." The Monarch Envoy slowly spoke with a hoarse voice, "Let the Ranking Battle begin.
"The rules are simple. To ensure fairness of the battle, most of you will be facing opponents of the same rank in a randomized fashion.
"Each of you will take part in five battles. Once it's done, your ranking will be adjusted based on your performance."
The Envoy Monarch paused for a moment.
"Those who manage to increase their rank by more than a hundred will be rewarded by the Monarch Ranking. Those whose ranking improve by more than five hundred will receive a special prize."
"Now…the battles begin!"
The Monarch Envoy declared without giving the crowd any time to react. A light screen appeared above the dojo. On it were a thousand flickering names.