Chapter 2 : Old Devil (2)
Li Qiye remembered when the Ancient Ming era was coming to an end and the age of the Emperors had started; his soul was still trapped in the body of the Dark Crow at that time. This was currently the era when he temporarily regained his sanity from the control of the Heaven Demon Grotto after an eternity of struggles.
When he met Immortal Emperor Min Ren for the first time, Min Ren was still a little boy who was in love with martial arts and had no knowledge of grand cultivation.
The time between now and when he led Immortal Min Ren into the cultivation world was already a few million years. Many generations of experts appeared and disappeared between the mysterious ocean of time.
Inadvertently looking at the obsidian colored wooden stick next to the altar below the statue. Li Qi Ye couldn’t help but slightly chuckle at the sight. He couldn’t believe that the stick still existed after so many years.
He made great use of it in the past to discipline that group of energetic children, including the Immortal Emperor until they cried for their father and mother.
At this moment, the six elders from the Cleansing Incense Ancient Sect were all gathered. Even though they were old, but their blood energy was still as apparent as the rainbow, with bright lights surrounding their bodies.
Even though the Cleansing Incense Ancient Sect had declined, but it was still of Immortal Emperor lineage. If the elders accepted the titles from the Heavenly God Kingdom, then they would all be Named Heroes.
At this moment, the six elders’ sharp eyes preyed on Li Qiye, intending to unravel his secrets. However, Li Qiye remained calm while sitting quietly through the uncomfortable atmosphere.
“Cleansing Incense Ancient Order?”
Eventually, the first elder gravely inquired. The Order was extremely important because it was an object left behind by the founding Immortal Emperor.
Li Qiye slowly opened his palm to reveal the Ancient Order. He was surprised when San Gui Ye took him to the town below the sect’s mountain and then ran off to the brothel. Before leaving, he casually threw the Order into Li Qiye’s hand. It was unbelievable that a person like the old man would have the Ancient Order.
In the past, when Li Qiye was trapped inside the Dark Crow and when Min Ren carried the Heaven’s Will, he gave the three Ancient Orders to Li Qiye. Later, Li Qiye gave them to different people. After a million years, Li Qiye nostalgically stared at the present Order. In the past, he did not need them, but today, he had no choice but to utilize its power.
The six elders passed around the Order while they carefully examined it to confirm that it was indeed authentic. The truth was, the Sect had long wanted to recall the Order, but they did not have a way of forcing it from San Gui Ye’s hand. He knew that the Order was equal to another life. Thus, he held onto it with his dear life. Who would have predicted that it would fall into the hands of a mortal without any reputation.
“Where is San Gui Ye?”
The first elder asked coldly. He, in reality, harbored no love for San Gui Ye, a person who could only spend money, lie, and play with women. To him, it did not matter if he was the son of the old sect master.
“He went to the Cui Hong brothel.”
Li Qiye calmly answered.
Shadows loomed over the six elders’ faces. Even though they didn’t like him, but the thought of someone from the honorable sect visiting the most famous and popular brothel within a thousand mile radius gave them great shame. And it was not like it was his first time visiting it either; even though they were angry inside and didn’t know how to release it, they could only wish that such a notorious player wasn’t a part of the sect.
“What is your demand?”
A different elder loudly asked. They didn’t know the method he employed in order to obtain the Order; however, the truth was that the truth and the Order in front of them was definitely not a fake.
“I heard that the prime disciple position for the sect is still unoccupied; plus, since San Gui Ye recommends my talents so fervently, I have no choice but to desire this position.”
Li Qiye slowly proclaimed.
After hearing his answer, the six elders started cursing San Gui Ye. That goddamn bastard, what rights did he have to recommend someone to be the prime disciple of the Sect. It was an extremely important position; the Sect had to carefully select the person. Otherwise, the spot would have already been occupied.
“Don’t use the prime disciple position as a joke!”
One elder spoke with cold intent.
Li Qiye calmly and slowly enunciated his words without fear:
“But the person carrying the Order has the right to demand any request; this is the rule established by the Immortal Emperor Min Ren.”
“What if you used an underhanded method to obtain this order?”
The first elder interjected with a threatening statement. This position wasn’t something that could be joked about or given without any thoughts.
Li Qiye replied in a cavalierly manner:
“I understand, the Elders’ fear that I might have used demonic ploys to force the Order from the hands of San Gui Ye. However, if you guys do not trust me, you can send people to the Cui Hong Brothel for confirmation.”
The elders cried in pain deep within their hearts every time they heard the word “Cui Hong Brothel”, but they had no choice but to send disciples to confirm the truth.
A moment later, a disciple did indeed confirm Li Qiye’s words. He tried his best to leave out information regarding San Gui Ye’s current joyful and debaucherous disposition with the girls, or the Elders would go crazy.
Unwilling as they might be, the elders had to follow the rules given by the Patriarch. Even if the Cleansing Incense Ancient Sect has fallen, their lineage was still of the Immortal Emperor’s. Thus, they will not dishonor the reputation left behind.
“Bring the Truth Mirror.”
The Truth Mirror shined on Li Qiye’s body. Any mortal wanting to join a sect for cultivation purposes must be judged by the mirror. It tested the Physique, Life Wheel, and Fate Palace.
Within the mirror, Li Qiye’s reflection appeared. It was but a hazy, unstable shadow that could go out at any time. Behind his head appeared an illusive blood halo while the top had a radiating light. However, both were extremely feeble.
“Physique is of a mortal. The Life Wheel is a mortal’s life. The Fate Palace is also a mortal’s destiny.”
The disciple reported the findings of the Truth Mirror on Li Qiye’s innate talents and physical condition.
Every person had a Physique, Life Wheel, and Fate Palace. The Physique directly affected the physical strength; Life Wheel indicated one’s longevity; and the Fate Palace showed one’s innate talent for cultivation.
However, Li Qiye, with his Mortal Physique, Mortal Life Wheel, and Mortal Fate Palace, had silenced the elders. He was the most average of men; the sect could go outside and grab any commoner from the street with the same characteristics.
“If you want to be the Prime Disciple of the Cleansing Incense Ancient Sect, at the very least you would need a Xiantian Physique, not mentioning King Physique, Saint Physique. Your Life Wheel is also has to be around the same. Your abilities are not fit for this position.
The first elder directly rejected.
“I am aware.”
Li Qiye didn’t want to think too much and casually spoke.
“But I still want to be the prime disciple.”
After hearing those words, the elders were extremely aggravated. This person is not qualified to be a normal disciple, let alone the prime disciple. This is the most unreasonable of requests.
“I trust that the descendants of the Immortal Emperor will not relinquish their words or violate the ancestral rule, bringing shame to the sect and the linage.”
Li Qiye played around with the Order in his hand and slowly spoke:
“If this Order were to fall into another’s hands, the result would be unimaginable.”
Hearing this, the expressions of the six elders froze. The first elder gazed at him and coldly retorted:
“Even if such a thing happened, anyone who wants to be the prime disciple of our sect has to be tested on all aspects; this ranges from his origin to his background as well as his innate talents. Otherwise, the sect would not allow an unqualified candidate.”
“That is your problem.”
Li Qiye stared at the six elders and said:
“If you think a different sect sent me to steal your Immortal Emperor’s heritage, I would not need to become the prime disciple. By the order of virtue, I can just ask for them, no need to bother becoming the prime disciple. You should know this better than me! If I wanted to harm the sect, with the power of this Order, it would not be a difficult feat.”
Li Qiye’s words made the elders glanced at each other. Even though they were a bit ambivalent, but they didn’t entirely trust Li Qi Ye.
“He is not exactly without reason.”
Elder Cao, one of the six elders slowly responded:
“If the Order keeps on wandering around outside, wouldn’t that be a hidden danger to us? We cannot refuse anyone with the Order. We might as well accept his request.”
“Hmph… This matter cannot be taken lightly!
The first elder coldly replied.
“From the past until now, the prime disciple has always been the head disciple under the sect master. Whether we accept or not, we must ask the sect master’s opinion regarding this decision, then make a choice later.”
Another elder mused the statement.
“Makes sense, in the end the prime disciple would be the direct disciple of the sect master.”
The remaining elders agreed.
“Send a letter to sect master.”
After the six elders debated, the first elder immediately commanded.
The letter arrived to sect master Su Yonghuang just for a little bit, but the six elders immediately received a reply. And the answer was that the sect master allowed for Li Qiye to become the Prime Disciple causing them to be extremely surprised.
“Truly unbelievable! The sect master was too rash!”
First elder read the letter three times, and confirmed that he didn’t misread, and angrily yelled.
“Brother Gu, if the sect master agreed, then why are we still debating? In the end the prime disciple is still the direct disciple of the sect master, and the choice is in the sect master’s hand.”
Elder Cao persuaded with his words.
“Sect master was being too rash,ah.”
Another elder shook his head and sighed.
Elder Cao forcefully smiled:
“So be it, we have no other choice. Ultimately, if we could recover the Order, then we would have done a great service to the sect.”