Just as he arrived at the eastern gate, he heard a cold voice asking: "Wei Yi? I heard you were the most exceptional person among the Stargaze's juniors? I think you aren't much. Do you think you can stop us from coming into the city by standing there?"
Wei Yi said lightly: "I am standing here not because I am here to stop you from entering the city. Instead, I am asking you guys to show your identifications. Too many people come and go from the imperial capital, I cannot let in people who have an ulterior motive."
That cold voice gave a laugh: "Identification? That depends whether you are qualified to see it. Wei Yi, don't blame me for saying that I am looking down on you. You are just not qualified!"
Before Wei Yi could respond, Zhao Muzhi's voice emerged: "Senior Brother Wei, there is no need to waste our words on him. It's strange that he immediately began discussing qualifications in our territory."
Qin Wushuang slowly walked out the city gate and was not in a rush to show himself. Instead, he followed behind the crowd and watched those people with a pair of cold eyes. Those people were all dressed in clothes of flaming red. Inwardly, Qin Wushuang's heart thumped as he recognized that these people were disciples of the Nine Palace based on their clothing!
Naturally, Qin Wushuang recognized them since he had interacted with the Nine Palace disciples a few times at the Sky Travel Empire. Wei Yi and the others had never interacted with the Nine Palace disciples. Thus, they did not recognize them.
"Disciples of the Nine Palace dare to act here in public?" Qin Wushuang thought quickly and could not understand, "What are they after?"
The fact was, after the intense battle between the Stargaze and the Nine Palace, both parties had fomented an intense and deep-seated hatred. Their relationship could never be remedied.
On the other hand, the Nine Palace had lost most of their elite warriors in that battle. They could not have regained their strength without a few dozen of years. Reasonably speaking, the Nine Palace should conceal their strength and bide their time after such a heavy loss. Why were the disciples of the Nine Palace coming to the Great Luo openly?
The looks of these people seemed to exhibit powerful strength. Although their number was not great, none of these six people were at the Initial Stage. All of them were at the Middle Stage. The leader seemed to have the strength of an Advanced Stage!
Without a doubt, these people were the most exceptional people among the youths in the Nine Palace Faction. Why were the Core disciples of the Nine Palace coming to the Great Luo?
Without much thought, Qin Wushuang knew that the Nine Palace had begun to play their cards. Only, he had no idea about the strategy behind this card.
From the Stargaze Palace's side, there was Wei Yi as the leader, Zhao Muzhi, Lu Shaonan, and Huang Chaoyang. Compared to the other party, they were at a disadvantage in comparison to strength.
However, Wei Yi was not in a hurry: "With all of you being guests from far away, despite knowing where you are from, you must be disciples from an Upper Ranking Empire sect judging by your imposing looks. Since you are here in the Great Luo as guests, I should receive you with courtesy. Yet, with your overbearing attitudes, I cannot help but question whether you are trying to stir up trouble by taking advantage of your identities as guests."
That leader of the Nine Palace group chuckled coldly: "What can you do if we are trying to bully you with our guest identity?"
"Alright, if that's the case. The Stargaze disciples will fight to the end." Wei Yi's expression turned cold. He replaced his earlier gentle expression and changed it with a face full of coldness.
Apparently, he was at the limit of his patience with these people's arrogance.
That leader laughed: "Fight to the end? Let me see how you guys do it! Wei Yi, don't blame us for bullying you, be fair. Let's have a duel at this eastern gate. If you win, the six of us will get lost without complaint. If you lose, then don't ask any questions and let us into the city, how about it?"
This person had directly announced a challenge to Wei Yi. It was equivalent to going one step ahead than Wei Yi. Since he spoke with such a tone to challenge him, Wei Yi must think carefully even if he wanted to decline.
Only, the current Wei Yi was no longer the same one from three years ago. In the past three years, with Qin Wushuang's example, it was apparent how much he had matured in terms of personality. Naturally, he would not lose his composure due to this provocation. After he sized these six people up with a pair of cold eyes, he said lightly: "As disciples of the Stargaze, I hold the responsibility. If every person that wished to enter the city challenges me, then there would not be enough time even if I had one hundred clones. Are you deliberately looking for trouble?"
"Just see me as looking for trouble." That person was rather bold.
Wei Yi nodded: "Since you are looking for trouble, you won't cry to your seniors after getting defeated, right?"
That person laughed coldly: "I am only afraid that you would cry to your seniors."
Wei Yi laughed casually: "Me? Who told you that I am going to play with you? Junior Brother Qin, since you are here, you shouldn't just keep watching us, right?"
Qin Wushuang already knew that Wei Yi had discovered him. With a chuckle, he walked out from behind the crowd and cupped his hands in a salute to his colleagues: "Hello Senior Brothers."
"Junior Brother Qin, you have come." Overjoyed, Zhao Muzhi walked up, "Weren't you training in isolation a while ago? How come you have a moment to come down the mountain?"
"The sect needed more people, I don't dare to just hide away and mind my own business." Qin Wushuang sighed jokingly while at the same time, he observed those disciples of the Nine Palace. Then, he spoke with a somewhat playful tone, "Senior Brothers, do you guys know where did these red-robed people come from?"
"Junior Brother Qin, you know?" Zhao Muzhi glanced at those six people with a hostile look.
"Fortunately, I have seen a couple of people dressed similarly on the mountain cliff road at the border of the Great Luo Empire. At that time, those people were together with Zhu Dazhong of the Archaic sect and planned to shoot me down. Senior Brothers, you probably wouldn't realise that these people are disciples of the Nine Palace!"
"The Nine Palace?" Even Wei Yi revealed an expression of disbelief. He looked at those six people with heightened vigilance.
Hearing them calling Qin Wushuang "Junior Brother Qin" and having their identities exposed, they came to recognize Qin Wushuang.
"Qin Wushuang?" That head disciple of the Nine Palace Faction said with a cold tone and looked at him with killing intent.
"That's right." Qin Wushuang did not fear him the slightest. He had killed even more powerful elite warriors of the Nine Palace, much less these young disciples.
Hearing him admitting his identity, a haze flashed across the face of those six disciples.
That leader laughed: "Great. I have heard a long time ago how there is a demonic Qin Wushuang from the Stargaze Palace. Now, rather than hearing the rumors, I get to see you for myself. Qin Wushuang, Wei Yi, which one of you is in charge, just let the one in charge come out."
"All disciples of the Stargaze are in charge." Qin Wushuang said first.
"Good. Then, with your Great Luo Empire crowning itself an Upper Ranking Empire, could it be that the people of the Red Dragon Empire are not qualified to come and watch the ceremony?" That disciple changed his tone and started to talk reason.
"If you are here to attend the ceremony, of course the Stargaze will welcome you. It would be a different story if you are here to create trouble. Didn't you just mention a challenge a moment ago?" Qin Wushuang said lightly.
That leader laughed coldly: "A challenge? I wish for it very much. Qin Wushuang, I only heard that you have a crappy bow that is powerful. Are you planning to use it against me?"
Qin Wushuang laughed lightly: "If you are at the Perfect Stage, you will merit me using that bow. But, are you?"
A moment ago, this guy spoke about how the Stargaze disciples, and how Wei Yi were not qualified to investigate his identity. A tooth for a tooth, Qin Wushuang was answering a fool according to his folly and started to argue about qualification.
That person was rather cunning and did not fall into his trap. He laughed: "If you don't use that crappy bow, and can still beat me with your own strength, the just like my previous statement, the six of us will get lost!"
Qin Wushuang said unemotionally: "Get lost? Since you are here as guests, why bother getting lost? Besides, such bets seem too insignificant."
"Oh? How big do you want to bet?" That person started to become interested. He was the strongest among the younger generations in the Nine Palace Faction. And he was also at the Advanced Stage. Among all the young disciples in the human countries, he was confident that he would not lose to anyone. As long as Qin Wushuang did not use that Graceful Spiritual Bow, he would not lose!
"I've always believed in that idiom, the one who insult others will also get insulted. You lot are stirring up trouble boldly in this place. Indeed, you guys are asking to be insulted. In this case, if I don't fulfill your wish, wouldn't I have failed to live up to your of ten thousand miles long pilgrimage?" Qin Wushuang said casually.
A sharp light flashed across that person's eyes: "Nice saying about how one is asking to be insulted. I would like to see who is asking to be insulted. Qin Wushuang, you can set the wager!"
Apparently, these six disciples had something to rely on since they dared to stir up trouble without holding back. Zuo Tianci was their greatest backer. This time, Zuo Tianci had kept a low profile along the road. He had sent the young disciples ahead to obstruct the Stargaze Palace's momentum. It was also his first step in taking revenge against the Stargaze Palace.
"The bet is simple. If you lose, the six of you will crawl through the city gate like animals."
Qin Wushuang spoke with a somewhat vicious tone. He could see clearly that the Nine Palace was deliberately looking to cause havoc. Since the Nine Palace had made a move, how could the Stargaze show off their power without returning the attack at full power? It was the righteous move to do it with a tooth for a tooth, an eye for an eye!
That leader of the disciple laughed: "What if you lose?"
Qin Wushuang said lightly: "If I lose, you can decide what to do."
"Great!" That person shouted harshly, "I will not take advantage of you. If you lose, all of the Stargaze disciples will crawl under me and send us into the city with respect!"
Qin Wushuang said lightly: "Ok!"
However, that person attempted to sow further dissension as he asked with ill intention: "Are you sure you can represent them?"
Wei Yi and Zhao Muzhi said at the same time: "Us Stargaze disciples will move forward and step back at the same time. One person can represent all of us!"
Those Nine Palace disciples all laughed coldly. They understood too well their Senior Brother's strength. Their Senior Brother's strength was much powerful than the twelve Elders of the Nine Palace.
To a newly risen sect like the Stargaze Palace, how much foundation would they have even if they had encountered some fortuitous opportunities? If this Qin Wushuang did not use that bow, what would he use to compete with their Senior Brother?