Chapter 944 - The Beginning of an Era, Message from the Dragon Emperor
"Half a year? Why is it only half a year!"
"Oh no, it's over!"
"Why is this happening?"
"My cultivation is only at the fourth-layer Martial Progenitor Realm. Even with outstanding fortunate encounters, it's impossible for me to reach the peak of the Monarch Ranking within half a year!"
"I'm only a first-layer Martial Progenitor, I'm pretty much hopeless!"
A while later, countless voices could be heard from the dojos.
Many geniuses had pale faces, as if they had entirely lost hope.
In the past, the Monarch Horoscope Contest was at least eighty years apart, thus if they missed this chance, they would have to wait another eighty years!
How many eighty years would they have left in their life?
Meanwhile, at the thirteenth dojo, Qin nan took a deep breath as he listened the complains around him.
Even with all of his strength, he would only be considered above average among the geniuses on the Monarch Ranking. As such, he would have to cultivate diligently for half a year, searching for treasure from various places filled with fortunate encounters to have a chance of reaching the peak!
But he had no choice but to give it a try!
"It's fine too, with pressure comes motivation. Half a year is enough for me!" Qin Nan's eyes flickered.
Even if he only had a month, he would never back off!
Nothing could stop him from advancing forward!
"The Ranking Battle has come to an end. You may leave now in the same sequence you entered."
The geniuses were teleported away starting from the first dojo, and it soon was the thirteenth dojo's turn.
A pure force was emitted from the white jade seats, encapsulating the participants and teleporting them away.
"We'll talk about it later!"
The Mentoring Elder transformed into his primary form and carried the disciples heading back to the Dragon Emperor Clan.
Obviously, as the first batch of geniuses came out, the elders waiting at the desert were told of the unexpected decision of the Monarch Ranking.
Half an hour later…
The news was made known to the factions, spreading to every corner of the Middle Continent like a storm.
Apart from the half-God region, the entire Middle Continent was shocked!
Discussions filled with surprise, confusion, excitement, etc. took place everywhere
"HAHAHA, the Monarch Horoscope Contest is taking place in half a year's time!"
"This is getting interesting!"
"Hehe, I never thought I still had the chance to see the Monarch Horoscope Contest in my life! That's one of the greatest occasions of the Middle Continent. I wonder how many geniuses would be able to claim spots to achieve the Martial Monarch Realm this time?"
Following this, everything began to change in the Middle Continent.
For example, the prices of materials useful for improving cultivation, rare relics boosting offensive and defensive capabilities, and maps containing clues to destiny-alternating fortunate encounters rose significantly.
The Monarch Horoscope Contest was like an approaching storm.
Whether it was occurring in advance or postponed, a minor change was enough to influence the lives of countless people.
…Meanwhile, at the Dragon Emperor Clan…
As the last batch of geniuses returned to the mountains, the voice of the Nine-Tailed Monarch Beast echoed in the sky.
"All Peak Leaders, elders, and geniuses on the Monarch Ranking, come to the Ancient Purple-Golden Battle Dragon Peak at once, attendance is compulsory!"
The words were uttered with a tremendous aura.
"Let's head there at once."
The Mentoring Elder led Qin Nan and the others straight to the dojo.
The Nine-Tailed Monarch Beast stood at the front with a stern look, as an intimidating beastly aura was unleashed from her figure.
Before her stood the Peak Leaders, elders, the core disciples including Ao Cangtian and Jiu Jiu, and the rest of the inner disciples.
The core members of the faction had gathered together.
"I'll keep this straight. The Monarch Horoscope Contest will be taking place half a year from now. Those who are ranked above five thousand on the Monarch Ranking, or those with a cultivation of the fifth-layer Martial Progenitor Realm should go into cultivation at once! Meanwhile, all cultivation grounds of the Dragon Emperor Clan are now accessible!"
"Peak Leaders and elders, try your very best to support the geniuses!"
The Nine-Tailed Monarch Beast spoke at a fast pace.
The same scene was taking place at the Misty Immortal Sect, the Heaven-Saber Sect, the Bodhi Temple, the Chaos Sect, Shadow City, etc.
All disciples were urged to cultivate in seclusion in various cultivation grounds, or search for fortunate encounters at different places in the Middle Continent.
The Monarch Horoscope Contest was an exceedingly important battle.
If a few geniuses of the same faction ended up claiming the Martial Horoscopes, it would affect the situation of the entire Middle Continent.
The gathering soon ended.
The geniuses of every faction proceeded to improve their strength.
Meanwhile, the Middle Continent slowly calmed down after getting used to the astonishment that the news from the Monarch Ranking had caused.
They switched their focus onto the Ranking Battle.
What was the outcome of the battles?
"Ao Cangtian was defeated by Sorceress Qian Qian!"
"Jiu Jiu was defeated by Sage Chen Zilai!"
"Gasp, the top three on the Monarch Ranking are incredibly powerful! The top two geniuses of the Dragon Emperor Clan both lost!"
"A mysterious rogue cultivator has appeared and came in the top ten on the Monarch Ranking. His identity is unknown, but it is said that he's from the Western Continent!"
"A mysterious Death Cultivator has stunned the entire crowd in a battle, whose rank increased by eight hundred!"
"The Imperial Exterminator Tang Qingshan displayed his strength and killed five of his opponents in a row!"
"It is said that a mysterious rogue cultivator in the third dojo has displayed a great monarch aura. It was highly possible that he's the reincarnation of a Martial Monarch similar to Shi Qingfan!"
"The human disciple of the Dragon Emperor Clan, Qin Nan, now has a fourth-grade Tian ranked Martial Spirit, who managed to defeat eleven Martial Spirits, causing his rank to rise significantly!"
Various astonishing pieces of news were spread out from the Shadow Pagoda.
Countless mysterious geniuses whose names were unheard of had the chance to display their strength in the Ranking Battle.
Due to the extraordinary behavior of the Monarch Ranking, the sudden rise of these geniuses immediately attracted the attention of the people in the Middle Continent.
Similarly, it was the first time Qin Nan's name was taken seriously in the Middle Continent.
Many people secretly took note of his name.
Including his old friends who were scattered in all corners of the Middle Continent.
As the gathering ended, Qin Nan returned to the Dragon Emperor Clan.
Judging from the series of events, he could tell that a new era had begun.
"I shall go into seclusion first to rank up the Divine Battle Martial Trees, before heading out to the forbidden areas!" Qin Nan murmured as he inserted the three crystals into the two hounds and one mouse with a flick of his finger.
He then gave all his Vital Qi to the eight skeletons and Xuan Yue, apart from five streams that he had left for himself.
These were his people, thus he would try his best to train them.
However, at that instant…
An imperious voice appeared in Qin Nan's mind.
"Qin Nan, it's me!"
The voice turned out to be the Dragon Emperor!"
Chapter 945 - A One-Day Master
Qin Nan was startled.
The Dragon Emperor?
Before he could react, a mysterious force from somewhere deep inside the Dragon Emperor Clan grabbed his figure, leaving him with no chance of escaping, and dragged him into a dark area.
Around him stood the Dragon Emperor, the Nine-Tailed Monarch Beast, and the Diabolic Monarch Beast. The three Monarch Beasts had gathered together, staring at him in an unfriendly manner.
Qin Nan was stunned.
Why were the three Monarch Beasts looking at him like that?
The Diabolic Monarch Beast was the first to speak in an unpleasant tone, "Why didn't you tell us that you'd altered your destiny? Do you know that I was almost killed trying to search for a destiny-altering fortunate encounter for you!"
His face darkened as he recalled the danger he had stumbled into at the forbidden area.
Qin Nan was shocked. Had the Diabolic Monarch Beast really tried so hard to help him?
For a moment, a great warmth filled his heart.
Although he was clueless as to the reason why the three Monarch Beasts gave so much attention to him, he would still remember their kindness of trying to find him a destiny-altering fortunate encounter.
"Seniors, I'm sorry. It's my fault. Please forgive me."
Qin Nan brought his fists together and said in a sincere tone.
"Puff," The Nine-Tailed Monarch Beast giggled and rolled her eyes, "Since you did well in the Ranking Battle, we'll let you go this time."
Saying this, their faces were filled with a hint of relief.
They had initially thought that it would be difficult for Qin Nan to achieve an outstanding result in the Ranking Battle with his current cultivation, but the outcome served as a great shock to them.
Furthermore, after the Ranking Battle, Qin Nan had become the top inner disciple in the Dragon Emperor Clan.
No one had any objections regarding that.
"Let's talk business." The Dragon Emperor's eyes flickered staring at Qin Nan, "Kid, were you hiding something during the inner disciple trial recently?"
"What is it?" Qin Nan's heart shuddered as he replied calmly while shaking his head, "Senior, I didn't hide anything."
"Stop trying to lie. Do you really think I'm clueless about the existence of the Beast-Hitting Stick?" The Dragon Emperor said with a grin.
Qin Nan's figure shuddered.
Judging from the reaction of the three Monarch Beasts, did they really know the existence of the Beast-Hitting Stick?
"Kid, don't worry, we chased the Heaven-Shattering Martial Monarch away because of his wrongdoings, but you've only found his possession, so we won't blame you for that."
The Dragon Emperor said curiously, "Does the Beast-Hitting Stick really suppress every beast?"
"No, only those below the Martial Monarch Realm."
Qin Nan replied straight away.
There was no point in hiding the truth any further.
The three Monarch Beasts were surprised. How incredible of the Heaven-Shattering Martial Monarch, he actually refined the Beast-Hitting Stick!
Even though it could only suppress those below the Martial Monarch Realm, its power was still considered law-defying!
"Qin Nan, since you have the Beast-Hitting Stick, I have a favor to ask of you!" The Dragon Emperor gradually calmed down and said, "Use the Beast-Hitting Stick to mentor the top three geniuses!"
Qin Nan was stunned.
The three geniuses were none other than Ao Cangtian, Jiu Jiu, and Yang Qi!
And the Dragon Emperor was asking him to be their master?
"You should know that Ao Cangtian lost to the Sorceress in the Ranking Battle, and Jiu Jiu lost to the Sage. Yang Qi wasn't defeated, but his strength is still too weak. Since you have the Beast-Hitting Stick, maybe it might help their strength to grow in some unimaginable way…"
The Dragon Emperor explained.
Although the three Monarch Beasts were more concerned with Qin Nan's growth, judging from his performance lately, they were not too worried, thus they decided to let Qin Nan help the three geniuses.
The beast tribe would become stronger if the three geniuses were able to achieve the Martial Monarch Realm.
Qin Nan nodded.
He understood where the Monarch Beasts were coming from.
He suddenly recalled the scene of the Ancient Purple-Golden Battle Dragon arriving at the dojo previously.
Wasn't this his chance?
Under the three Monarch Beasts' attention, Qin Nan's eyes flickered as he responded, "Seniors, since the Monarch Horoscope Contest is around the corner, I won't have much time to mentor them. I only have one day to spare."
"One day will be enough!"
The three Monarch Beasts nodded.
"Qin Nan, just tell us if you have any request." The Nine-Tailed Monarch Beast asked. She knew that Qin Nan would never help for free.
"It's very simple. Let the three geniuses be my mounts until the end of the Monarch Horoscope Contest!"
Qin Nan said.
He had longed for a mount like the Ancient Purple-Golden Battle Dragon, and this was the perfect chance. How spectacular would it be having the three geniuses as his mounts?
The thought alone caused his heart to beat rapidly.
The three Monarch Beasts stared with their eyes open wide, as if they had heard it wrong.
Asking the three geniuses to be his mounts?
Was this kid serious?
"Nonsense!" The Dragon Chief straightened his face and snapped, "Qin Nan, they are the top three geniuses of our Dragon Emperor Clan, ranked in the top ten of the Monarch Ranking, and you're asking them to be your mounts? Impossible, there's no way we would accept that!"
The Nine-Tailed Monarch Beast and the Diabolic Monarch Beast wore dark expressions too.
Allowing themselves to become a human's mount had always been a taboo for their tribes.
Qin Nan smilingly said, "Seniors, I'll make this clear. Within a day, as long as they have the desire to improve, I can let their strength improve significantly! Besides, I won't let them be my mount all the time, only when the Monarch Horoscope Contest starts——"
He paused for a moment before continuing.
"If I help, they will have a very high chance of acquiring the Monarch Horoscopes!"
Qin Nan wore a confident look.
As long as the three geniuses had the right attitude, it would not be difficult to help them improve with the left eye of the Divine God of Battle and the Beast-Hitting Stick!
The eyes of the Monarch Beasts widened.
On second thought…
What Qin Nan said made sense too…
A moment later, the Dragon Chief took a deep breath as his gaze sharpened, "If you can let their strength improve, I'm willing to accept your condition! Besides, if you actually help them to secure the Monarch Horoscopes, we are willing to be your mounts!"