Hearing noticeable hints of anger in Qin Wushuang's voice, the Head Divinity Chief knew that the hostility from the Fourth Divinity Chief had caused this young man to feel somewhat infuriated.
He immediately helped to smooth things over: "Young Master Wushuang, Fourth has always enjoyed going against people. It's his personality. However, he did not mean harm."
Qin Wushuang smiled lightly: "Head Divinity Chief, regardless of him being hostile or not. I came here at your invitation, as a guest. It's your problem since the Fourth Divinity Chief is being discourteous. If I get caught up in it, then it's my problem. Of course, I will not bother with it."
Hearing his words, the Fourth Divinity Chief glared at him angrily: "What is the meaning of your words? Are you mocking me for not having manners?"
Qin Wushuang said coldly: "The Stargaze Palace has never treated our guests this way."
Seeing both sides in a state of mutual hostility, the Head Divinity Chief immediately laughed: "Alright alright, such simple thing, don't cause it to break our relationship. Fourth, you are a host, and you should be treating the guest courteously, how could you act like this?"
The Fourth Divinity Chief said loudly: "I've never seen a guest that comes after something with such lofty attitude. I only heard the saying that when one needs something of others, they would lower their attitude."
Qin Wushuang laughed: "Fourth Divinity Chief, that Soul Scouring Technique may be good, yet it's not something the Stargaze Palace definitely needs. I, Qin Wushuang, am of indomitable spirit. I will only lower my attitude before my parents and my teacher. In other times, even if you are the king of the heavens, why should I humble myself?"
The Fourth Divinity Chief slapped the table and stood up: "Such an arrogant guy, Qin Wushuang, don't blame me, the host, for being cheap and bullying you. If you want my Soul Scouring Technique, just use your skills to take it! If you can win against me, I will hand over that Soul Scouring Technique with both of my hands. And what if you cannot win over me?"
Seeing him taking the initiative to challenge him, Qin Wushuang only jeered. After a moment, he said: "What do you say?"
"Just like my earlier suggestion, leave your bow and arrow and lend it to us for three years."
Qin Wushuang was not in a rush to answer. Instead, he glanced slowly across the faces of all higher-ups for he wanted to see how these people would react.
Eyeing the situation, the Head Divinity Chief said immediately: "Fourth, don't act so rashly."
Like a firecracker igniting, the Fourth Divinity Chief could no longer control his emotions as he yelled: "Head Divinity Chief, I also hold a portion of authority when it comes to matters regarding the Nine Raven Temple. This time, I must display my authority regardless. Please don't stop me."
Since the Fourth Divinity Chief had already said these words, the others could only open their eyes widely and shake their heads helplessly.
The Head Divinity Chief looked at Qin Wushuang helplessly with an apologetic face.
However, inwardly Qin Wushuang was jeering. In this situation, he did not believe that this was the Fourth Divinity Chief's temper flaring up abruptly. He had enough reason to guess that this was a plan pre-arranged by them. They were putting on a show.
In the end, they were testing his capabilities. The more certain he became of his thoughts, the more coldly Qin Wushuang smiled. Suddenly, he asked: "Fourth Divinity Chief, may I ask how old you are this year?"
The Fourth Divinity Chief was stunned: "I am over hundred years old. Why would you ask this?"
"Great, you are over hundred years old. This year, I just turned twenty. You are challenging me with your hundred years age against my twenty years, Fourth Divinity Chief, don't you think it's somewhat ridiculous?"
The Fourth Divinity Chief laughed emotionlessly: "You, Qin Wushuang, are now the most famous person in the world, would you be so scared as to be deterred by my age and be too afraid to accept my challenge?"
Qin Wushuang laughed: "Me, afraid of a challenge?"
Shaking his heads lightly with a calm expression, he said slowly: "It's not that I am afraid of accepting your challenge, but I am only worried about you. For this battle, you may be able to win, yet you cannot afford to lose. And for me, regardless of winning or losing, I can still hold my composure and leave as I came."
Measure for measure, the Fourth Divinity Chief said: "It's not your problem, whether I am able to afford a loss. Still those old words, if you want the Soul Scouring Technique, just defeat me!"
"Head Divinity Chief, what do you say?" Qin Wushuang turned his head to ask the Head Divinity Chief.
The Head Divinity Chief gave a long sigh: "Young Master Wushuang, Fourth is quite stubborn and I am afraid I cannot persuade him otherwise. For this matter, I must apologize to you afterwards."
Qin Wushuang shook his head: "I am not bothered by the challenge. Let me just ask you one thing, Head Divinity Chief. Is it true, as the Fourth Divinity Chief said, if I defeat him, you will give me the Soul Scouring Technique unconditionally. Am I right, that there is no need to mention anything about promises, or whatever alliance contracts?"
Revealing a shocked expression, the Head Divinity Chief immediately shook his head: "That cannot be done. I am very interested in the alliance pact. I only wish for the stability of the human countries, and less war. The duel is a private matter between you and Fourth. It's completely unrelated to the diplomatic relationship between our two empires, and the two sects."
Qin Wushuang gave a long sigh: "I didn't expect that in the end, this feast would be a set up. Fourth Divinity Chief, since you insist, just announce the date and location."
"No time like the present. How about tomorrow, on this island?"
"Sure." After Qin Wushuang had entered the Perfect Stage, he also wanted to test his skills with someone of the same level. During this time, the power of that ancestral spear had also increased tremendously through his continuous use and increasing familiarity with it. He wanted to see how much power it would unleash from the spear in a fight against the enemy!"
"Young Master Wushuang, it's unnecessary to use your bow and arrow, right? Since you can even shoot Zuo Tianci to death with that bow, I am not confident that I can defend against it." The Fourth Divinity Chief jeered.
"So you still know the limits of your skills. A guest should listen to the host, since you said not to use it, I will not use it." Qin Wushuang had planned to follow along with all his requirements.
He did not plan to use the Graceful Spiritual bow. After all, he was a guest at the Nine Raven Temple. Despite this Fourth Divinity Chief testing him, he could not shoot him to death in the territory of the Nine Raven Temple.
For this fight, it was crucial to convince the other party, not to kill a Chief of the Nine Raven Temple. This way, they would offer the Soul Scouring Technique wholeheartedly.
Regardless, a powerhouse like the Nine Raven Temple was a gigantic figure in the human countries. From all perspectives, they were much more difficult to deal with than the Nine Palace Faction. Most importantly, the essence of the Nine Raven Temple was different than the Nine Palace Faction. They were not a despotic powerhouse.
In the end, this fight was a duel between individuals and not on the level of conflicts between sects, or countries.
Seeing Qin Wushuang fall into silence, the Head Divinity Chief raised his cup again: "Young Master Wushuang, for this fight, the Fourth Divinity Chief only wants to use it as a learning experience. Regardless of win or loss, it has nothing to do with the relationship between the two houses. We shall never damage our relationship. If you agree with it, please drink this cup."
Although Qin Wushuang agreed with him, he knew that he must hold back a little even if he thought the same inwardly. Otherwise, the Nine Raven Temple would think that he was too easy to persuade.
This was a problem regarding strategy, and not because Qin Wushuang was putting on an attitude.
Remaining silent, all the Nine Raven higher-ups fixed their gaze on him and watched Qin Wushuang's actions. Apparently, they wanted to know whether he would drink to the offered cup.
After a while, Qin Wushuang laughed casually: "Head Divinity Chief, let this cup be a toast from me. This battle will only be a learning experience between individuals. It will not impact our peace agreement, nor our relationship regardless of win or loss!"
"Great, nice." The Head Divinity Chief drank it all in one go, "Please."
Qin Wushuang did not hold back as he raised his head to drink it all. He put the cup on the table: "This is it for today. When the battle starts tomorrow, I shall listen to your call, Fourth Divinity Chief!"
After making the promise, Qin Wushuang spent the night resting at the guest inn. All the treatment was sophisticated and they clearly treated him like a VIP guest.
Currently, Qin Wushuang was sitting on the bed quietly. Bao Bao and the Purple Flame Electric Beast had been let out and was hearing Qin Wushuang talk about that challenge from the Fourth Divinity Chief.
The Purple Flame Electric Beast twitched his mouth and yelled: "How's the strength of the Nine Raven Fourth Divinity Chief? Is he as powerful as Zuo Tianci? Boss, shall I tear him apart in this dark night?"
"Lone, stay put. This is not the Nine Palace Faction, we will not tear people apart at the Nine Raven Temple!" Qin Wushuang shouted lightly.
The Purple Flame Electric Beast laughed embarrassedly: "It's not fun to not tear people apart."
Bao Bao laughed: "Boss Wushuang, this Nine Raven Temple is close with those in the Dispersed Praying Mountain. Perhaps, there are some forces hiding their power. However, that Fourth Divinity Chief should be an ordinary Perfect Stage. With your strength, even without the Graceful Spiritual Bow, you will be fine."
Qin Wushuang said thoughtfully: "Even without the Graceful Spiritual Bow, I will convince him wholeheartedly."
He was not bluffing. Of course, Qin Wushuang had his own trump cards since he dared to speak these words. In addition to that Fury Dragon Soul at the Void Martial Stage, Qin Wushuang felt extremely hopeful about that ancestral spear. These days, that spear had continuously given him many surprises. It seemed like a treasure box as each time he explored its use, there would be new gains.
He also knew that this ancestral spear was extraordinary. Mysteriously and inexorably, it seemed that this only ancestral weapon had connected with him through his bloodline. Although it was only a short time since Qin Wushuang had begun to use it, it appeared as if he had been using it since the day he was born.
Hearing Qin Wushuang speaking with such confidence, both Bao Bao and Lone were stunned. Initially, they thought that he was joking. Yet, his expression said otherwise.
Bao Bao swallowed his saliva and stuttered: "Boss, you only entered the Perfect Stage not that long ago. That Fourth Divinity Chief's Perfect Stage is already matured. I think that we would maintain our reputation if we fight for a draw."
Qin Wushuang knew that Bao Bao was advising him to stay calm. However, he knew better than anyone that despite his short time in the Perfect Stage, he was no less regarding the stages and temperament!
Combined with the ancestral giant spear and that unpredictable Fury Dragon Soul whip, he was confident that he could thwart the momentum of the Fourth Divinity Chief.
Since the Nine Raven Temple wished to witness his skills, he will fulfill their wish. Even without the Graceful Spiritual Bow, and the aid of the two great Spiritual beasts, he could still persuade them wholeheartedly!
Without a word in the night, early morning on the next day's, Qin Wushuang awoke from his meditation and opened his window. As he breathed in the unique fresh air of the Nine Raven Abyss, he felt extremely carefree and relaxed, in addition to excitement.
After finishing washing his face and teeth, and eating breakfast, the Head Divinity Chief and other others had arrived. Seeing Qin Wushuang, he asked with a smile: "Young Master Wushuang, did you rest well last night?"
Qin Wushuang smiled lightly and said: "Has the Fourth Divinity Chief arrived yet?"
The Head Divinity Chief said: "Fourth is already waiting at the martial performance stage. Young Master Wushuang, it's not that I don't want to stop this battle…"
Qin Wushuang waved his hand to stop him from talking anymore: "Head Divinity Chief, no need for explanation. It will be a good learning experience and good chance to get to know each other. Please lead the way."
Seeing Qin Wushuang full of confidence, the other Divinity Chiefs were also doubtful inwardly. Was this Qin Wushuang truly this powerful? Without relying on the miraculous bow, and the aid of the spiritual beasts, he could fight alone against Fourth?