When he noticed the surroundings were deathly silent while the atmosphere seemed oppressive, Chen Xi wasn’t willing to humiliate Cao Zhen anymore. He cupped his hands lightly and casually to Cao Zhen, and then he said, “It was a good fight.”
It was merely a few words, yet it caused complicated feelings to arise in the hearts of everyone else.
They originally intended put this fellow from Snow Ink Region in his place, yet never had they imagined that the changes in the situation would be like an invisible slap that struck fiercely on their face.
It caused them to feel extremely depressed.
However, they had no choice but to admit that Chen Xi’s strength was extremely formidable indeed. At the very least, most of the people in the surroundings didn’t dare question his strength.
After Yuqiu Jing witnessed this scene before him, and as he looked at the gloomy expressions everyone had and Chen Xi’s carefree expression, he couldn’t help but frown.
Even though he’d accepted the situation where Chen Xi had won, he was unable to accept that their spirits had been dampened by Chen Xi.
Because in this way, it would boost Chen Xi’s spirits and reduce their own courage instead, and it would be disadvantageous for the operation they were about to carry out.
“Why don’t I spar with Fellow Daoist Chen Xi?” Yuqiu Jing smiled lightly as he moved forward. He wore snow white clothes, had a sword strapped to his waist, and every single move he made revealed a peerlessly graceful bearing.
The eyes of everyone instantly lit up.
When Zhuanyu Shui who’d been constantly remaining silent until now saw this, he couldn’t help but pucker his lips. He intended to say something, yet he hesitated and didn’t speak in the end.
Shentu Yanran’s beautiful brows rose instead, and she said, “Daoist Brother Yuqiu, Chen Xi has already proven his strength now. It’s slightly inappropriate if this continues.”
Yuqiu Jing smiled lightheartedly and said, “Yanran, there’s no need for you to be anxious. I’m just burning with eagerness upon meeting someone that I can spar against, and I have no intention of suppressing Fellow Daoist Chen Xi. After all, even you’re aware that it’s truly difficult to find an opponent after attaining a cultivation like ours.”
He paused for a moment, and then his gaze suddenly looked at Chen Xi as he said, “Fellow Daoist Chen Xi, what do you think?”
Chen Xi said with a smile, “Of course.”
However, Chen Xi was slightly annoyed in his heart. We’re only working together, yet they’re constantly going against me because I’m from Snow Ink Region and don’t possess a prominent reputation.
Now that I’ve proved my strength, this Yuqiu Jing refuses to let the matter rest and insists on dampening my spirits. I truly don’t understand these fellows.
However, Shentu Yanran objected. Her pretty face was suddenly suffused with a wisp of coldness, and the warm expression in her starry eyes vanished while her entire person suddenly emanated a wisp of indescribable majesty.
“Why don’t I spar with Fellow Daoist Yuqiu?” Her red lips parted lightly while her clear eyes were enshrouded with ethereal divine light. Even though her voice was indifferent, it revealed a strand of coldness.
Everyone felt horrified in their hearts because they knew Shentu Yanran was angry.
Yuqiu Jing’s eyes narrowed, and then he laughed bitterly and shrugged before he said, “Yanran, it’s only a spar. If you don’t agree to it, then let’s forget it. Don’t get angry.”
As he spoke, he grinned as he glanced at Chen Xi and said, “However, I really envy Fellow Daoist Chen Xi. He was actually able to obtain such favor and care from Yanran. Even I feel slightly envious.”
Shentu Yanran’s expression eased up when she noticed the change in Yuqiu Jing’s attitude, and she said, “We can be said to be lucky to be able to work together, so we should naturally take care of each other and stand by each other. There’s no such thing as favoring one over the other.”
Chen Xi smiled as well, and he didn’t say anything.
He was very clearly aware that even though the situation had eased up for now, the conflict between them hadn’t been resolves. Unless if he made a move and completely convinced Yuqiu Jing of his strength through battle.
Otherwise, Yuqiu Jing would definitely be unwilling to recognize Chen Xi’s strength.
“Hahaha! I never expected that I would be the last to arrive this time. Little Sister Yanran, you wouldn’t scold me for this, right?”
Suddenly, a wave of roaring laughter that was filled with heroic spirit resounded from afar, and it shook the clouds to the point of collapsing and dispersing.
Along with this voice, a figure appeared out of thin air on the peak of the mountain.
This person wore ordinary grey clothes, possessed a dignified bearing, a carefree expression between his brows, and a pair of bright piercing eyes. He carried two bronze short spears on his back, and a wisp of a brilliant smile hung constantly on his face. He seemed to be ferocious, unrestrained, wild, and revealed a form of unique charm.
The spirits of everyone was refreshed, and they moved over successively to greet him.
“Big Brother Wuhen is here.”
When they saw him, even the corners of Shentu Yanran’s mouth couldn’t help but curl into a wisp of a smile, and her starry eyes brightened as she said, “You’re still so lazy.”
“He isn’t just lazy, he obviously didn’t take us seriously at all.” Yuqiu Jing feigned anger and teased him as well.
“Hahaha! If all of you continue speaking in this way, then I’ll be leaving.” The grey clothed young man roared with laughter, and he revealed a mouthful of snow white teeth as he put on an extremely infectious and brilliant smile.
The others couldn’t help but smile as well when they saw this.
“Eh, this Fellow Daoist is new to our group?” The grey clothed young man glanced at Chen Xi, and then he walked forward with large strides and said with a smile, “I’m Le Wuhen. Fellow Daoist can just call me Wuhen.”
He had a warm attitude and seemed to have a carefree character, so it was very easy for others to have a good impression of him.
Chen Xi smiled and said, “I’m Chen Xi.”
However, Chen Xi was shocked in his heart because this young man was extremely extraordinary. It wasn’t just because he was at the 11th rank on the Domain Enlightened Chart, and it was because the bearing he revealed was extraordinary.
Even figures like Yuqiu Jing seemed faintly inferior when compared to him.
It was even to the extent that if it was in terms of people that Chen Xi took seriously amongst everyone in the surroundings, then besides Shentu Yanran and Zhuanyu Shui that constantly remained silent, it was definitely Le Wuhen.
As for Yuqiu Jing, even though his strength was formidable and even had a ranking higher than Zhuanyu Shui, the bearing and breadth of mind he revealed was slightly inferior.
When one attained a cultivation like Chen Xi’s, one stopped judging a person based on strength alone, and it depended on the bearing and ability revealed by the person as well. Because one could determine many things from all of this.
“Chen Xi?” Le Wuhen seemed to have thought of something, and he said with a bewildered tone. “I seem to have heard of you somewhere, but I’m unable to recall it now. May I ask if Fellow Daoist is from the Imperial Region?”
His reaction caused Chen Xi to be unable to avoid feeling slightly shocked. Could it be that there’s another Chen Xi in this world?
It wasn’t just Chen Xi, even the others were puzzled. Le Wuhen was the Young Patriarch of the ancient Le Clan within the Imperial Region, and his status was extremely lofty. Yet such a figure like him had actually heard of Chen Xi’s name? This was slightly unusual.
“Brother Wuhen, Fellow Daoist Chen Xi is from Snow Ink Region. However, his strength is extremely extraordinary, and even I burn with eagerness and wish for nothing more than to spar with him.” Yuqiu Jing smiled lightly and praised from the side. As for whether he spoke sincerely, only he himself knew the answer.
“Snow Ink Region….” Le Wuhen slapped himself on the forehead, and then he said with a smile, “Looks like I was mistaken because it was a senior from Nuwa’s Dao Palace in the Imperial Region that mentioned this name. I presume that you aren’t the same person.”
Nuwa’s Dao Palace?
Everyone else immediately smiled and shook their heads when they heard this, and they felt indifferent because they didn’t think that there was any relationship between Chen Xi and such an ancient sect.
On the other hand, when he heard the words Nuwa’s Dao Palace, Chen Xi felt extremely shocked in his heart. Moreover, he felt slight disbelief and bewilderment.
He was sure that the Nuwa’s Dao Palace Le Wuhen spoke about was the Nuwa’s Dao Palace he was familiar with. However, he’d never expected that someone in Nuwa’s Dao Palace had actually mentioned his name. Was it because of Xiuyi?
At the same time, Chen Xi confirmed that the ‘Chen Xi’ Le Wuhen had spoke of was definitely him. Because there wasn’t any other Chen Xi in Nuwa’s Dao Palace.
Looks like Nuwa’s Dao Palace really resides in the Imperial Region within the Ancient God Domain…. Even though thoughts were flashing through Chen Xi’s mind, his expression remained unchanged.
Because he didn’t want to allow anyone else to notice anything.
As soon as Le Wuhen arrived, their group had converged completely.
If one observed carefully, one would notice that this group possessed five Spirit God Exalts, and an entire three of them were ranked in the top 20 of the Domain Enlightened Chart. They were respectively Le Wuhen who was ranked at the 11th position, Shentu Yanran who was ranked at the 13th position, and Yuqiu Jing who was ranked at the 16th position.
On the other hand, Zhuanyu Shui was ranked at the 23rd position. He was an existence that cultivated in the School of Fiendgod Body Refinement, and merely this alone made him someone that couldn’t be underestimated.
The last Spirit God Exalt was Chen Xi. Even though he wasn’t ranked on the Domain Enlightened Chart, that scene from before where he defeated Cao Zhen had already proved his strength to all of them.
Besides the five of them, the other 10 plus cultivators in their groups were top-rate existences from the Imperial Region as well. Such a group could be considered to be grand in the Desolate Manku Ruins.
According to Shentu Yanran’s deduction, only figures like Luo Shaonong, Jia Nan, and Gongye Zhefu were worthy of them handling carefully. As for everyone else, they didn’t have to care too much about them.
“There’s only a single ninth-grade Emperor Rank Ancestral Dao Root at the Ancestral Root Grounds. In other words, such a supreme fortuitous encounter can only be obtained by a single person. For fairness sake, I’ve held a discussion with the other Fellow Daoists and come to an agreement with them.” Yuqiu Jing spoke with confidence and composure. According to what he said, after they entered into the Ancestral Root Grounds, they had to make some time to obtain an Ancestral Dao Root each for all the other cultivators in the group.
After that, all of these cultivators would work together with them to help the five of them obtain the ninth-grade Emperor Rank Ancestral Dao Root.
Of course, the order of this could be rearranged according to circumstance. For example, they could first fight for the Emperor Rank Ancestral Dao Root before obtaining Ancestral Dao Roots of other quality for the others.
This was very understandable. The ninth-grade Emperor Rank Ancestral Dao Root wasn’t the only Ancestral Dao Root in the Ancestral Root Grounds. There were many other Ancestral Dao Roots, and merely their quality couldn’t compare to the ninth-grade Emperor Rank Ancestral Dao Root.
On the other hand, it was obviously impossible for those cultivators that weren’t Spirit God Exalts to fight for the ninth-grade Emperor Rank Ancestral Dao Root. So, it was only realistic for them to be content with second best and choose to obtain other Ancestral Dao Roots.
This was reality. If Chen Xi and these other Spirit God Exalts in the group were unable to obtain that ninth-grade Emperor Rank Ancestral Dao Root in the end, then they could only choose another Ancestral Dao Root of slightly inferior quality. Because if they didn’t do that, then they would be unable to advance smoothly into the Universe Enlightened Ancestral God Realm.
After Yuqiu Jing said all of this, his gaze descended towards Chen Xi in the end, and he said, “Fellow Daoist Chen Xi, you’re new here, so I presume you’re already clearly aware about all of this now. So, do you agree?”
Chen Xi nodded. “Naturally.”
“Good. Since everyone has agreed, then it’s decided. However, I have to be frank beforehand, we can be considered to be a single whole once we enter the Ancestral Root Grounds, so we much place emphasis on the interests of the group when doing anything. If anyone tries to break the rules, then that person will be our common enemy!” Yuqiu Jing’s expression turned solemn as he spoke in a low voice, and his gaze seemed to glance intentionally towards Chen Xi. It seemed like a warning and like a reminder as well, and it was very thought provoking.