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Chapter 84: Fairy Jade Light

An alluring veiled maiden in white was seen standing at the heaven gate of the Clear Sky Pavilion when Pavilion Mistress Qiuxiang Mei, Qin Keqin, Lu Qingyun and all the rest that were with them had arrived at the scene.

Although everyone could only see the alluring eyes of this alluring veiled maiden, it was as though her eyes could speak and there were many expressions to it as she flashed her unhappiness and annoyances to all the onlookers.

Pavilion Mistress Qiuxiang Mei took a quick look around and she was stunned to see that there were hundreds of protégés that were rolling on the ground, including several of the elders of the Clear Sky Pavilion.

In such a short time, this alluring veiled maiden had broken through tens of celestial sword arrays and formations.

“Pavilion Mistress is here!…”

“We are unable to stop this intruder…”

Lu Qingyun was startled as he recognized the alluring veiled maiden as he thought, “It is indeed Fairy Jade Light…”

Pavilion Mistress Qiuxiang Mei muttered with shock at the hundreds of fallen protégés, “This is..?”

The alluring veiled maiden had a lofty presence and when everyone had looked at her, it seemed as though the heavens and earth had stood still. It was as though she was the heavens herself.

Ouyang Xue and Leng Qiuyue were staring at her with their eyes wide-opened, “She is Fairy Jade Light?…”

Lie Xingyuan gasped softly, “What a terrifying presence…”

Without a doubt, this alluring veiled maiden was a seventh realm expert because she could even cause fear into the hearts of the fifth realm experts like Pavilion Mistress Qiuxiang Mei and Qiuxiang Huan.

The alluring veiled maiden turned to look at Qin Keqin and said, “Where have you been? Why didn’t you look for me? Do you know that I have a hard time tracking you? Why did you turn off your transmission?”

Qin Keqin smiled weakly, “I’ve something today.”

Then she turned to smile at Pavilion Mistress Qiuxiang Mei, “This is my mother consort Fairy Jade Light.”

This Fairy Jade Light was actually the Great Goddess Heaveness.

“Come quickly with me.”

With that the Great Goddess Heaveness had departed in a flash of white light, stunning everyone. It was because they had never seen anyone that could move in such a fast manner.

“This…this is the strength of a seventh realm expert?!”

From the expressions of the Great Goddess Heaveness, it was clear to Qin Keqin that she was unhappy with her. Therefore she did not dare to linger for long as she muttered, “Don’t worry, all your protégés are all alive…”

When Qin Keqin had reached the scene, she had quickly swept through the hundreds of protégés for their vital signs.

Before anyone could react to Qin Keqin’s comments, she had disappeared in a flash of black light.

Everyone was stunned.

It seemed to them that Qin Keqin had moved with equally astonishing speed and had disappeared in a blink of an eye.

Pavilion Mistress Qiuxiang Mei was totally stunned and she was trembling. It was as though she had seen a monster.

She had definitely met a few seventh realm experts in her life but none of them could actually move like they did. Their level of swiftness movement had reached the unfathomable and supernatural level because this was something that could not be attained just by cultivation alone. This was martial speed at its most extreme…

Everyone had just one question on their minds, “How long did they train to reach this unfathomable speed?”

Lu Qingyun was in daze after seeing their speed display. He had remembered that the first time he had met Fairy Jade Light, he did not even know what had hit him and he was taken away in a most effortless manner and the next thing that he could remember, he was thrown into a cave…

Lie Xingyuan was stunned as she silently said, “There is really a Fairy Jade Light? And she is not Great Saintess Feng Minyue…”

Qiuxiang Huan was shaking after witnessing Qin Keqin’s speed feat, “She is too terrifying…”

Lu Qingyun quickly said, “I take my leave first!” Qin Keqin must have returned to the hideout. Therefore he decided to look for her there…

And he was gone in the next instant. But compared to the two earlier maidens, Lu Qingyun was like a tortoise as he ran down the heaven steps.

Ouyang Xue said as she bowed with her eyes, “Pavilion Mistress, we got to go first as well. Thank you for your hospitality.”

And she had quickly left with Leng Qiuyue and Lie Xingyuan.

Pavilion Mistress Qiuxiang Mei shook her head lightly.

Although many of her protégés were injured by Fairy Jade Light, there was no way she could even ask Fairy Jade Light for any compensation.

In the Celestial Realm, seventh realm cultivators had lofty status. The difference between a sixth realm expert and a seventh realm expert was so vast that it was like an impassable barrier. These seven realm saints and saintess were to be worshiped and had absolute authority in their domains.

At the same time, the upper echelon of saints were the great saints and on this level was another huge impassable barrier that had to be first overcome with lightning tribulation in order to transcend into a great saint.

The nine divine realms of the Nine Celestial Fraternity were originally partitioned by the great saints and saintesses into what was known as the nine patriarch clans, each ruling over a divine realm that consisted of hundreds and thousands of celestial clans.

Pavilion Mistress Qiuxiang Mei looked quietly at her daughter Qiuxiang Huan and sigh, “It is not the time for us to take over New Empyrean City…”

Against the strength of a seventh realm expert, even if there was only one, any lofty ambitions had to be first put aside.

Qiuxiang Huan suddenly said in a low voice, “Pavilion Mistress, I have a new plan…”

Pavilion Mistress Qiuxiang Mei looked curiously at her daughter, “Oh?…”

Near the vicinity of the Heavenly Fragrance Mountains;

Tang Bufan was chatting with the rest of the core protégés when a group of ten veiled female protégés from the Patriarch Clan Heavenly Fragrance Villa re-appeared suddenly.

He had of course recognized them as the same group as the one that had stopped their advance earlier.

He thought with a pleased look, “There is news from my protégé master and grandmaster so soon?” He was eager to enter the domain of the Heavenly Fragrance Villa to have a look. If this group of protégés from the Heavenly Fragrance Villa was already so beautiful, he wondered if there were more of these beauties from where they had come from.

At the same time, a hundred protégés on the same side as Tang Bufan who had all fled the Solitary Manor had all gathered hastily to face the protégés of the Patriarch Clan Heavenly Fragrance Villa with eager anticipation.

“You may all go now,” a cold voice said from the maiden that was leading the group from the Patriarch Clan Heavenly Fragrance Villa.

Tang Bufan: ???

“What is going on?”

“We can go now?”

“What does she mean by that?”

“What about our Protégé Grandmaster Wen and Celestial Bai?”

The same maiden hummed coldly, “They are no longer around. If you want to join them, we shall oblige you.”

Tang Bufan and all the others: …

Ximen Yong who was the most senior of the core protégés and who was also a fourth realm expert stepped in to say angrily, “Are you saying that our grandmaster is now dead?”

Everyone was looking at Ximen Yong with praises in their hearts. “Our senior protégé brother is indeed a great hero…”

“Indeed. Do you want to join him?”

Ximen Yong smiled coldly, “I just want to make sure.”

“Hmph! If you dare to cross this line here, we will not hesitate to send you to join your masters. ” With that the same maiden had turned around and said to her group in a low voice, “Let’s go.”

Ximen Yong said simply, “I bid the patriarch protégés farewell.”

Two of the female protégés were in tears. They were not just any ordinary protégés but they were also the consorts of Supremacy Wen.

Ximen Yong had turned to face everyone, “From now on, I will be the new Grandmaster of the Solitary Manor and your leader.”

Then he looked lecherously at the two sobbing female protégés, “And of course, I will be doing my old grandmaster a great service by taking care of his consorts.”

He had unsheathed his sword as he looked at Tang Bufan and the rest of the core protégés, “So who is with me and who isn’t with me?”

When he had said that, there were another ten protégés who had unsheathed their swords. But these protégés were all on the side of Ximen Yong and it included three other high level core protégés.

Tang Bufan felt like crying. He had jumped from one frying pan to another. Ever since he had joined the Heavens Ridge Villa, his luck had been going rapidly downhill.

When Ximen Yong saw that no one was protesting, he began to smile coldly. “Good. Then I shall not decline to be your grandmaster. But should you dare to disobey me then I shall send you to your graves immediately.”

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Chapter 83: The Boundless Swords Array

The Boundless Swords Array consisted of ten protégés that were between the third and the fourth realm cultivators. Ideally, it should be consisted of wholly only fourth realm cultivators in order to trap a fifth realm expert.

However the Clear Sky Pavilion could not manage to find so many fourth realm experts and there seemed to be only two fourth realm protégés when Qin Keqin took a quick glance.

Pavilion Mistress Qiuxiang Mei had of course lied to Qin Keqin that there were only 3 fourth realm immortal celestial experts in her sword array.

And the one faking her cultivation level was of course Qiuxiang Huan who had pretended to be a fourth realm expert and she had occupied the weakest point of this sword array.

Qiuxiang Huan was smiling, “There is no way for you to break our Boundless Swords Array because I’m occupying this ‘weak’ position and like you, I’m also a peak fifth realm cultivation expert.”

Lu Qingyun said to Qin Keqin, “Master, please be careful. Do you want to borrow my sword?”

Qin Keqin replied with a faint smile, “No need. I have my flute as a weapon.” Her white flute was actually the Tranquil Flute, an ancient immortal artefact that was a class above Lu Qingyun’s godly divine sword.

Leng Qiuyue and Ouyang Xue were both looking anxiously at Qin Keqin. They too, had heard of this formidable Boundless Swords Array before. The changes to this sword array were unfathomable and could even trap a golden celestial. Moreover there was Qiuxiang Huan who was helming this sword array and they had heard that she was also an unfathomable formidable fighter.

If her youngest sister, Qiuxiang Hanyu was already this strong, would her older sister be any weaker?

Qiuxiang Hanyu smiled to her sister, “Big Sister, I’m sorry that I’ve lost the duel earlier. This time, you must win back the pride of the Clear Sky Pavilion for us.”

Qiuxiang Huan returned a smile, “This is only a friendly exchange. So is the duel earlier. There is no pride to be earned or lost.” This was a white lie. She had to soundly defeated Qin Keqin this time round and caused the pride of the Heavens Ridge Villa to be trampled upon. Only in this way would the superior pride of the Clear Sky Pavilion be restored!

As Qiuxiang Hanyu was talking to her sister, she had stolen a glance at Lu Qingyun. A little flush had suddenly appeared on her countenance as she recalled his strong hand around her waist…

She was thinking shyly, “When I grow up, I want to be your consort. In 3 more years, I’ll be sixteen…”

Lu Qingyun of course did not want what she was thinking as his attention was focused solely upon Qin Keqin. He had totally no interest in any underage maidens no matter how petite they were. Even great beauties like Ouyang Xue and Leng Qiuyue were swept to the sidelines by him.

In the meantime Lie Xingyuan was quietly looking at Qiuxiang Hanyu. “This young mistress of the Clear Sky Pavilion will grow up to be a most dangerous foe of the Heavens Ridge Villa. I must remember to ask my master for a way to break her Blinking Sword Art…”

Then she quietly stole a glance at the Pavilion Mistress Qiuxiang Mei and Qiuxiang Huan. “Although the two of them look stately but they are both full of guiles. We shouldn’t have even come here at all. Qin Keqin is a seventh realm expert, hopefully she knows how to manage them or it will be hard for us to leave this place intact.”

She began to sigh quietly as she recalled the stories that she had heard about this Qiuxiang Mei…

Qiuxiang Mei used to be a core protégé of the previous Pavilion Master. She was very beautiful and used to be in the top 20 great beauties ranking of New Empyrean City until she was married to the ex-Pavilion Master.

It was rumored that the ex-Pavilion Master had violated her one day and since that day onward, she had become his consort. But twelve years ago, the ex-Pavilion Master who was a sixth realm golden supremacy had suddenly passed away in an attempt to reach the seventh realm. There were several rumors that it was actually Qiuxiang Mei that had murdered him…

As Qin Keqin walked to the middle of the platform to face the ten opposing cultivators, she was thinking. “Qiuxiang Huan, you have feigned to be a fourth realm expert while I’ve feigned to be a fifth realm expert. But you don’t know that your inner spiritual sea can be perceived by my spirit perception…”

Pavilion Mistress Qiuxiang Mei had suddenly called out with a soft smile, “Sect Leader Qin, wait a minute. I’ve something to say first.”

Qin Keqin turned to look curiously at her, “What is it?”

Pavilion Mistress Qiuxiang Mei smiled, “How about a little wager to make things a little more interesting in front of the hundreds of my protégés?”

“Oh?”

Pavilion Mistress Qiuxiang Mei explained in an unhurried manner as she swept her eyes from Qin Keqin to the rest of her entourage. “How about this then…”

She took out a red box from her spatial ring and showed it to Qin Keqin, “This is the Spirit Root of the Vermillion Shrub. Let this be the object of our wager.”

Qin Keqin was gasping and so was Lu Qingyun. This rare spirit herb was an important ingredient for the Seven Hearts Hollow Pill and was extremely precious.

This was something that Qin Keqin wanted to obtain. The more the merrier so she immediately said, “Alright. So what is the wager and…mm…I need to give something as wager too, am I right?”

Lu Qingyun was startled by this wager. Was this a plot by the Pavilion Mistress to try to obtain Keqin’s divine sword?

Pavilion Mistress Qiuxiang Mei smiled, “Since this is a wager, naturally Sect Leader Qin ought to wager something in equal value to this spirit herb.”

With a smile, she added. “I have long admired Fairy Jade Light. I’ve heard that she is a highly reclusive seventh realm cultivator who has quite a huge achievement and in the past had even founded the Heavens Ridge Villa. Therefore I will like to ask her for some pointers to improve upon my cultivation…”

She gave a beautiful smile to Qin Keqin, “Therefore if you are able to break our Boundless Swords Array, you may take this spirit herb away. But if you are unable to, I will like to meet Fairy Jade Light one day.”

Qin Keqin asked, “It is this simple?”

Pavilion Mistress Qiuxiang Mei smiled, “It is this simple.”

Of course this was not as simple as it looked. This was a cunning plot by the Pavilion Mistress Qiuxiang Mei to check on the background of Qin Keqin who had remained an enigma. If Qin Keqin was able to break the Boundless Swords Array by a stroke of luck, she would be able to see or gauge the depth of her martial level and could even inspect her moves for weaknesses to break in the future.

But if Qin Keqin would lose, she would have to reveal her background to her.

If the Clear Sky Pavilion wanted to be the leading powerhouse in New Empyrean City then she had to know if there was a real seventh realm expert that was supporting Qin Keqin.

She had checked all the sources of Fairy Jade Light and there was actually no such person in the entire Nine Celestial Fraternity. Moreover the rumors were circulated by the founding members of the Heavens Ridge Villa in the past and were not a reliable source of evidence.

Qin Keqin chuckled softly, “This sounds good. Since I’ve nothing to lose, alright then.”

Lu Qingyun’s heart was suddenly pounding hard because he was afraid to see Fairy Jade Light again. He was really afraid of making a bad impression in front of her. Their first meeting at the Solitary Manor did not exactly go well and he was really afraid that he had already left behind a bad impression on her.

Qin Keqin had returned her attention to the Boundless Swords Array and she had now walked into the middle of the sword array.

Qiuxiang Huan smiled, “Please give us your pointers.”

Qin Keqin nodded as she returned a faint smile, “Just don’t thrash me up, will you?”

Qiuxiang Huan laughed softly, “Naturally we won’t…” but she was actually thinking, “Yes, we are going to thrash you up.”

She had lifted her sword and the Boundless Sword Array had now started and the ten of them were now encircling Qin Keqin.

Qin Keqin looked at the encirclement and saw that they were moving in pairs. Even it looked like they were moving in a pair but each pair was also backed by two other pairs at the same time. Also this Boundless Sword Array did not look like it was completed. It would be even more formidable if they could find ten fourth realm cultivators that had the talents to use sword energies.

But it looked like there were only three of them who could display the necessary deadly sword energies that could trap her into place.

Even if 10 fourth realm cultivators could be found, only roughly a third of them had the talent to display their profound strength into sword energies. It was not to say that those who could not display sword energies were less talented but because everyone had a different aptitude. Some cultivators were stronger in their pure profound strength.

Moreover although sword energies looked extremely lethal, it was less effective against a fifth realm cultivator who was protected by their golden aura and body, more so if it was used on the sixth and seventh realm cultivators.

At the same time, it was exhausting to display sword energies and the profound strength that could be displayed was dependable on the swords. Usually only a third of a cultivator’s profound strength could be displayed and the other two third of their profound strength would be lost in the conversion. The effectiveness of this conversion rate could be improved with better weapons but even the best divine weapons could not exceed two-third rate of the cultivator’s profound strength.

Lu Qingyun had an anxious look in his countenance as he thought, “Keqin is a seventh realm expert. Surely she is able to handle it?”

He was really afraid that she might get injured. No matter how high her cultivation level was, she was still fighting against ten strong opponents.

Qin Keqin was smiling as her eyes darted to and fro as she watched the Boundless Swords Array that was no now in full swung against her.

Against a lone opponent, this Boundless Swords Array was quite effective since no one was able to fully cover all their blind spots. The main purpose of all the sword arrays in the world was to defeat a stronger opponent with overwhelming attacks and wearing down the opponent down.

Qin Keqin did not move from where she stood even though she knew that her opponents were now watching her back and were about to make a move to her blind spot.

But who was Qin Keqin?

She was a super exponent with numerous battle experiences and she had never shied away from a fight. She did not need to turn to see her opponents; her spirit sense had already locked all her opponents into place and nothing escaped her perception.

As a matter of fact, she could break this Boundless Swords Array with a single stroke by gatecrashing into Qiuxiang Huan but she had chosen to restrain herself. After all, she was here to have some fun. Moreover if she were to break this sword array with a single strike, they may suspect that she may not be a fifth realm expert.

Therefore she waited for her opponents to strike at her while she smiled with anticipation as she darted with her eyes.

All of a sudden, two sword energies and dozens of attacks were made against her!

Qiuxiang Huan did not made the first move first and instead she had waited until Qin Keqin was reacting against the others. It was because in a sword array, timing and co-ordination were extremely important. There were many feints involved and she knew that Qin Keqin would be paying her some extra attention. At the same time, she was also hiding the vulnerabilities of the Boundless Swords Array from her opponent.

In a split second, Qin Keqin had raised her white flute and had blocked all the preliminary attacks that were aimed against her. Her reflexes were so astonishing that even Lu Qingyun was startled.

Even Qiuxiang Hanyu who was renowned for her speed attacks was gasping with disbelief, “This big sister…”

Qiuxiang Huan was about to make her sneak attack when Qin Keqin had stopped more than thirty attacks with such a swung of her sword arm. This forced her to quickly step back and everyone was scurrying to switch their positions and were attacking Qin Keqin again.

Never allow your opponent to know where your positions and quickly switch positions to confuse your opponent. This was the first rule of any sword arrays!

Therefore everyone was quickly shifting their positions and was aligning with a new pair as they renewed their aggressive attacks on Qin Keqin.

But again Qin Keqin made no move as she stood on the same spot as she lifted her white flute to deflect all the attacks. She did not even turn around as she deflected the attacks that were aimed on her back. It was as though she had eyes on her back.

Qiuxiang Huan thought, “How is it possible? She is like a wall of iron…”

She raised a secret hand gesture to indicate that she would be the next one to attack Qin Keqin in her blind spot.

In two blinks of an eye, she had swung her sword and imbued it with deadly sword energies as she displayed the Sky Cut Slash, a sword stroke that could follow up with an additional sneak attack even if the opponent could deflect the attack.

Qiuxiang Huan had analyzed that Qin Keqin could deflect all her opponents’ attacks because she had the superior profound strength. But against someone who was on the same level as her, this Sky Cut Slash would work against her.

Therefore she had made her sword move!

But to her utter surprise, Qin Keqin was able to deflect all the attacks in front of her while reacting in time to deflect her Sky Cut Slash with a startling strength that forced her to fly back!

Qiuxiang Huan and the other nine exponents were all beginning to sweat heavily. They simply could not believe that with ten swords in their hands, they could not even defeat someone who had only a flute in her hand!

Even Pavilion Mistress Qiuxiang Mei had a weird expression on her countenance as she thought, “This, can’t be real…”

Qiuxiang Huan made another hand gesture to her fighters. “Since you are so sure of yourself then don’t blame me for being merciless.”

This hand gesture was an indication for all her fighters to strike her at the same time. Normally it was a suicidal attack because once they had all struck at the same time, some of them may not be able to beat a hasty retreat against a stronger opponent.

No more playing safe!

In the next blind of an eye, all ten swords were now aimed at Qin Keqin!

This time round, Qin Keqin had moved from her position as she flashed to the back of one of her attackers and gently pushed him into her original position.

All the fighters were startled as they were now aiming at their own fighter. Almost immediately everyone was clumsily withdrawing their sword stances and some of them had even knocked against one another.

Even Qiuxiang Huan had bumped into one of the fighters that were at her side!

Lu Qingyun jaws almost dropped as he watched the giggling Qin Keqin. Her moves were totally unorthodox and she did not seem to take her opponents seriously at all.

As Qin Keqin giggled, she made no move against the broken Boundless Swords Array. She could have easily struck a few of the fighters down. After all in the eyes of most of the onlookers, she was a fifth realm expert and there were few third realm fighters that could stop her sudden attack.

But she did not made any move at all from her new position and instead she was waiting for her opponents to recover.

Qiuxiang Huan looked hatefully at Qin Keqin. She wanted to forget about this sword array and challenge Qin Keqin on a one to one fight. After all, any cultivation expert would have a great mental drain after engaging against a formidable sword array. Therefore Qin Keqin was now not at best mental peak…

But when she looked at Qin Keqin, she felt that the one who was mentally tired was actually herself. The failure of the Boundless Swords Array to restrain and humiliate Qin Keqin was a great blow to her own mental state…

“I may not lose to her one to one. These protégés are clumsy idiots…”

And just as she was about to raise her sword again, Pavilion Mistress Qiuxiang Mei said with a soft sigh. “That is enough. Sect Leader Qin is indeed impressive. This Spirit Root of the Vermillion Shrub is now yours.”

The reflexes of this Qin Keqin was too absurd, too unbelievable. Throughout the fight, not only did Pavilion Mistress Qiuxiang Mei had failed to see the depth of her profound strength, she was also beginning to think that Qin Keqin was making sports out of them.

She stole a glance at Lu Qingyun as well. The two of them were just too good and their reflexes were three times quicker than anyone. Although cultivation realm level played a major part in determining how good a fighter was but on the same level, the one who could react faster would be the victor.

Even though her daughter was also the same cultivation realm level as Qin Keqin but she knew that her daughter would not be able to best Qin Keqin at any time soon, with and without any sword arrays.

Qin Keqin said, “Mm, I’ve won?”

All the protégés of the Clear Sky Pavilion were stunned by the decisive victory of Qin Keqin. Most were stunned by her peerless beauty instead as they watched in awe of her performance.

“This goddess can really fight…”

“She didn’t even fight…she is only parrying…”

Many of the protégés of the Clear Sky Pavilion were startled that the sect leader of the Heavens Ridge Villa would be so formidable and that she was also the most peerless goddess that they had ever seen.

Qiuxiang Huan was almost closed to tears; she had never been so humiliated in public in her life. Her many attempts at embarrassing Qin Keqin had caused herself to be humiliated instead…

All of a sudden a panicky protégé was seen running to Pavilion Mistress Qiuxiang Mei and when he was near her, he had collapsed with exhaustion on the ground while stammering panicky. “Pavilion Mistress…nothing crops up at the heaven gate…someone is attempting to storm the Sky Clear Pavilion…we are unable to stop her…”

Pavilion Mistress Qiuxiang Mei had turned ashen immediately, “Who is this intruder? How outrageous!”

Qin Keqin laughed softly as she said, “Since there is an intruder here today, as your guest, I should step in to help you as well.”

The panicky protégé stammered, “This intruder…says she is Fairy Jade Light…”

Qin Keqin was startled and she was looking sheepish immediately, “My…mother consort…is here?! She must be…a fake…”

Pavilion Mistress Qiuxiang Mei returned a stunned look at Qin Keqin…

Did she just hear Qin Keqin muttering something about this Fairy Jade Light being a fake?

Lu Qingyun was startled as he thought, “Keqin’s mother consort is here?…”

Ouyang Xue, Leng Qiuyue and Lie Xingyuan were all looking at each other with an even more stunned expression as they gasped, “Our founder is here?!”

They had never seen Fairy Jade Light before and now the ‘founder’ of the Heavens Ridge Villa was actually here today? They did not know whether they should be excited or not…

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Chapter 82: Qiuxiang Hanyu

“Erm, little maiden-”

Qiuxiang Hanyu interrupted Lu Qingyun with a soft chuckle, “Big brother, do not think of me as a little maiden but an opponent. Why are you hesitating? Are you afraid of losing? I’ve heard that you’re only a lowly first realm cultivator.”

Lu Qingyun: …

“I’ve heard that you have a divine sword. Are you afraid that even with a divine sword that is in your hands, you will lose to me?”

Lu Qingyun: …

“Or are you afraid of losing face in front of your master? Afraid of losing the face of your Heavens Ridge Villa?”

Lu Qingyun: …

“Are you afraid?”

Lu Qingyun had finally unsheathed his sword from his spatial ring.

Qiuxiang Hanyu looked pleased and smiled, “Finally you have the courage to fight me.”

But when she saw his sword, she looked a little disappointed for it was only a normal precious sword and not a divine sword that she was expecting to see.

But Qin Keqin was startled. It was because this precious sword had the profound aura of the Divine Sword Fairy Light. Although the aura was faint but she had recognized it nevertheless. She exclaimed quietly in her heart, “He has made a copy of a copy of the Divine Sword Jade Light? How is it possible?”

Indeed she was not wrong.

Lu Qingyun had made a copy of the Divine Sword One. It was because he had thought that it was unfair for him to duel with a little maiden with a divine sword. Therefore as he drawn out his sword, he began to wonder if it was possible to make a copy of the Divine Sword One. To his pleasant surprise, it had actually worked!

Qiuxiang Hanyu asked, “Where is your divine sword? You…you are not using it?”

Lu Qingyun shook his head, “I didn’t bring it today.” It was a convenient white lie. There was no way he could bring himself to use a divine sword against this little maiden lest the sword energies of his divine sword might have caused her some permanent injuries or even death.

The precious sword that was in his hand was a half-step precious sword while Qiuxiang Hanyu was wielding a heaven-step precious sword.

Lu Qingyun said politely as he raised his sword downward to bow, “Please give me your pointers. This is only a polite exchange and therefore we should stop when necessary.”

Qiuxiang Hanyu smiled as she raised her sword to bow politely, “Alright, big brother.”

Almost immediately the two of them began to display their sword stances.

Lu Qingyun had displayed an old familiar stance which he knew before he had come to the Heavens Ridge Villa. This stance positioned his body side way into both a defensive and offensive position as he raised his sword forward.

Qiuxiang Hanyu on the other hand was swinging her sword expertly like a shield around her.

Lu Qingyun began to smile weakly when he saw her sword stance. This little maiden…

As she swung her sword in circles around her, it looked as though her sword could touch the ground anytime because she was short. If her sword had accidentally touched the ground then she would have lost control of her sword.

But that awkward moment never arrive and Qiuxiang Hanyu had suddenly lifted her sword after she had walked rapidly to his side.

She had noted that Lu Qingyun seemed a little distracted and she had made use of this golden opportunity to launch an attack on him.

This attack was a series of sword strokes that were light and swift!

As Lu Qingyun was wielding his sword on his right hand and Qiuxiang Hanyu had conveniently walked to his far right, he could not swing his sword on time since he was more familiar with the sword motions from right to left and was weaker from left to right, he could only lift his sword to parry her sword attacks.

Qiuxiang Hanyu had leapt into the mid-air and her attacks were not only swift but strong as Lu Qingyun parried one after another until he had made a counter-attacked on her fourth attack which sent her to fly backward!

She was startled. It was because she had used all her strength in her attack but Lu Qingyun did not even moved from his standing position. Not only that, he had lifted his sword to force her to back off with his sword strength alone. She silently muttered. “Is he only a first realm cultivator?”

She had the profound strength of a third realm expert and it was not possible for a first realm expert to force her back.

Lu Qingyun thought, “It seems that my profound strength has grown ever since I’ve become a fourth realm expert.”

Many of the protégés of the Clear Sky Pavilion were looking at Lu Qingyun with a stunned expression. It was because they knew how formidable Qiuxiang Hanyu’s aerial sword display was and every single one of them was unable to break her sword art.

But this senior brother of the Heavens Ridge Villa who was said to be only a first realm cultivator was not able to stop her sword art but he had also made a counter-attack.

“This is impossible…right?”

“He has stopped Senior Sister Hanyu’s attacks…”

Even Leng Qiuyue and Ouyang Xue were blinking their eyes. When Qiuxiang Hanyu had made her first attack, they were startled by her speed and even more startled that she was only a thirteen year old little maiden.

Immediately they had feared for Lu Qingyun but to their surprise, Lu Qingyun had reacted with equally fast speed and their eyes could barely follow him.

Qiuxiang Hanyu growled softly as she quickly adjusted her sword stance again. All of a sudden she had burst forward and had displayed the Blinking Sword Art of the Clear Sky Swordplay. In that single instant, it seemed as though she had vanished from view, startling everyone!

Qiuxiang Huan was smiling secretly. This Blinking Sword Art is a top level sword art that was both formidable and deadly. In the entire Clear Sky Pavilion, only Qiuxiang Hanyu was genius enough to be able to master this impossible divine sword art.

She had made use of the hand of her youngest sister to show Qin Keqin and her entourage that the Clear Sky Pavilion was a force to be reckoned and that it had many formidable cultivators.

Her aim was to sow fear into the hearts of the Heaven Ridge Villa and to discourage them from making a move against the Clear Sky Pavilion.

Since Qin Keqin was here now, this was a golden opportunity for her to intimidate her.

“This is the Blinking Sword Art, the secret sword art of our Clear Sky Pavilion!…”

“This Lu Qingyun is going to be a goner now…”

Lie Xingyuan, Ouyang Xue and Leng Qiuyue were all gasping and were panicky. It was because it was indeed a formidable sword art and most cultivators had little defense against it.

However Qin Keqin was still looking at the duel in a nonchalant manner. Although this speed attack was formidable but to any sixth and seventh realm expert, speed attacks could not escape their spatial perceptions.

And if Lu Qingyun was really in trouble, she would react immediately by defending him with the Divine Sword Jade Light. This was a secret that she had not told him. Although she had given him the Divine Sword Jade Light but she could still exercise her profound aura through it because she was the original master.

And through the soul link between Divine Sword Jade Light and herself, she could sense that Lu Qingyun was not panicky. It was as though he knew how to react to the situation. Therefore she adopted a wait and see.

“Compare to Ye Jing’s speed attacks, this little maiden is ten times slower than her. But for her age, she is already a formidable fighter.” She thought casually.

The main reason why she had wanted Lu Qingyun to take up the challenge of the duel was because he had taken the Seven Hearts Hollow Pill last night and had yet to circulate his profound strength. The best way to fully circulate the profound power of the Seven Hearts Hollow Pill into his inner cultivation sea was to force him to fight using all his profound strength.

To her, it did not matter to her if he lost or win as long as this main objective could be attained. She did not care for the ‘face’ of the Heavens Ridge Villa.

But she was thinking, “Yun’Er seems to be taking this a little too calmly? He is not doing his best yet?”

All of a sudden Lu Qingyun had raised his sword with both hands and swung his sword. Immediately there was a flash of light as the two swords met and suddenly Qiuxiang Hanyu was thrown violently backward!

Everyone was gasping with shock, including Qiuxiang Huan.

Did this Lu Qingyun just break the Blinking Sword Art with just a single sword stroke?

Qin Keqin was also startled. It was because the sword stance that Lu Qingyun had just displayed was an imitation of her ‘Heaven and Self as One’.

Indeed it was.

Lu Qingyun did not want to use his aggressive Flaming Crimson Sword on this little maiden. Therefore when he had search his mind for a way to handle her sudden speed attack, he had thought of Qin Keqin’s ‘Heaven and Self as One’ stance as an inspiration.

Without a second thought, he had immediately focused all his profound strength into a single sword stroke as he struck the sword of the invisible Qiuxiang Hanyu.

Qiuxiang Hanyu was of course not invisible in a real sense but because she was moving so fast and bending with the light of her precious sword, it was difficult for anyone to see her.

And moreover, she could only maintain this high state of speed for just a couple of blinking eyes.

But during these few blinks of an eye, Lu Qingyun had quickly reacted and used his profound strength to overpower her, causing her to fly back!

Lu Qingyun’s profound strength was greater than her since he was not only a fourth realm expert and he had also the pure profound strength of Yan’Er to aid him so it was not difficult at all.

But in the eyes of many, it was an impossible act because this Lu Qingyun was only a lowly first realm cultivator.

“This isn’t real…”

As Qiuxiang Hanyu gasped with shock in mid-air, Lu Qingyun had quickly reacted by catching her as she landed so that she would not fall to the ground.

“I hope that I am not being disrespectful,” he said politely as he let go of her when they had landed together.

Qiuxiang Hanyu was startled by his reflexes and was looking at him with mixed feelings, “Big brother…” She was very sure that he was not a good-for-nothing first realm cultivator…

Qin Keqin turned to look at Qiuxiang Huan, “Your youngest sister is so impressive. This, I have to admit.”

Qiuxiang Huan was wordless for a while before she returned a faint smile, “This Senior Brother Lu is really an outstanding young man of great talent…”

But secretly she was wondering; how was it possible for a good-for-nothing first realm cultivator to have defeated her genius youngest sister?

This attempt of embarrassing the Heavens Ridge Villa had failed and instead it was the Heavens Ridge Villa that had shone.

Qin Keqin was suddenly looking at another direction. It was because a stately lady that was accompanied by dozens of high level cultivators had suddenly appeared on the scene.

This stately lady was saying coolly, “It is quite an impressive fight. It seems that this young man here is also a genius cultivator.”

Then she smiled as she looked at Qin Keqin, “I wonder if Sect Leader Qin will be able to give our clan Boundless Swords Array a pointer or two as well?”

Qiuxiang Huan immediately greeted, “Pavilion Mistress.”

And almost immediately all the protégés below were all greeting loudly, “Our humble respect to our Pavilion Mistress!”

Indeed this stately and beautiful lady was the Pavilion Mistress Qiuxiang Mei, the mother consort of both Qiuxiang Huan and Qiuxiang Hanyu. It seemed that both her daughters had inherited the great beauty of their mother consort.

Qin Keqin replied without any hesitation, “I’ve heard of the formidable repute of the Boundless Swords Array as well. It is said that this sword formation is able to trap even a fifth realm expert. It will be my honor to witness it myself.”

Ouyang Xue, Leng Qiuyue: …

“Excellent.” Pavilion Mistress Qiuxiang Mei smiled in response. “We shall exchange a few pointers then.”

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Chapter 81: Clear Sky Pavilion (2)

Qiuxiang Huan smiled to Qin Keqin, “Sect Leader Qin, welcome to the Clear Sky Pavilion.”

The heaven gate of the Clear Sky Pavilion was on top of an impressive three thousand flight of steps and there were sentries at every five hundred steps.

To any third realm cultivators and above, walking up the steps to the top of the heaven gate was not a big issue.

So when Qiuxiang Huan had led Qin Keqin and her group to the top, she was quite startled to see that Lu Qingyun and Lie Xingyuan were still at ease and they were not in the least tired.

“Isn’t he just a lowly good-for-nothing first realm cultivator?” She thought. “And his personal attendant is also not tired too?”

She knew who Ouyang Xue and Leng Qiuyue were. After all, the two of them were in the top twenty beauties ranking and were her rivals. So naturally she would keep tabs on their gossips and keep track of their cultivation strength.

She did not know that Ouyang Xue and Leng Qiuyue had just a breakthrough to the fourth cultivation realm and in her eyes they were just third realm experts. But even if she had known, it did not matter to her because she was a secret fifth realm expert and there was no way for Ouyang Xue or Leng Qiuyue to overtake her anytime soon.

Only Qin Keqin mattered to her because they were on the same cultivation realm and she was a potential rival.

It was not only Qiuxiang Huan who was quietly observing Qin Keqin and her entourage. All the protégés of the Clear Sky Pavilion was all stunned by the beautiful sight of Qin Keqin, Ouyang Xue, Leng Qiuyue and Lie Xingyuan.

“They are the two alluring flowers of the Heavens Ridge Villa, Ouyang Xue and Leng Qiuyue…”

“But the other two beautiful maidens, I have no idea at all…”

“This one is like a peerless goddess. I wonder who she is…”

And of course, the female protégés were also secretly looking at Lu Qingyun and was wondering who he was.

“That tall young man looks like a fine person indeed,” several of the female protégés was smiling shyly when they saw Lu Qingyun.

Qiuxiang Huan said to the protégés standing at the heaven gate, “Please inform the Pavilion Mistress that the sect leader of the Heavens Ridge Villa is here.”

The protégés at the heaven gate were clearly started. The sect leader of the Heavens Ridge Villa was here? This had never happened before in the history of the Clear Sky Pavilion.

This had never happened before because the Heavens Ridge Villa had no real sect leader for a long time. Even Qin Keqin was an ‘acting’ sect leader on behalf of Fairy Jade Light, a role that she had doubled up herself since she had no real interest in managing the Heavens Ridge Villa.

Qiuxiang Huan turned to smile at Qin Keqin and the rest, “The Pavilion Mistress who is my mother consort will be seeing you shortly. Please allow me to lead the way.”

Qin Keqin nodded as she turned around to wink at the rest, “Aren’t all of you glad that we will be the meeting the Pavilion Mistress of the Clear Sky Pavilion today?”

Lu Qingyun smiled awkwardly. Although this place seemed to be stately and several notches more beautiful than the Heavens Ridge Villa, he did not feel at ease here.

The Flying Armament Sect and the Clear Sky Pavilion had a longer history than any of the celestial clans in New Empyrean City and these two celestial clans had occupied two of the highest peaks in New Empyrean City.

The beautiful peaks of the Clear Sky Pavilion were renowned throughout New Empyrean City but it was strictly off limited to most of the celestial clans. It was because the Pavilion Mistress had rarely stepped into the heartlands of the New Empyrean nor did they entertain any guests.

Therefore there was a certain mystifying feel about the Clear Sky Pavilion.

But Qin Keqin knew that beneath this lofty and reclusive place, the Pavilion Mistress and Qiuxiang Huan were ambitious people that wished to dominate over the three other celestial powerhouses and become the dominant power in New Empyrean City.

As a matter of fact, Qin Keqin had already known that Qiuxiang Huan was a peaked fifth realm golden celestial expert as she had the Primordial Heaven Chart, an ancient immortal artefact that could reveal the cultivation level of any cultivation experts.

She knew that Qiuxiang Huan was hiding her cultivation level by concealing herself as a fourth realm cultivation expert.

As Qiuxiang Huan led them in an unhurried stroll to the inner palaces, they soon reached a place where they could view a large terrace and there were hundreds of protégés who were practicing with their swords and moves.

And these hundreds of protégés who were practicing below them were all startled by the entourage of the Heavens Ridge Villa and had all ceased their practices.

“Who are they?”

“Several goddesses have just come…”

“Who is that fine young man?”

Qiuxiang Huan was smiling, “It seems that the protégés are curious about you.”

Then she took a curious look at Lu Qingyun, “I’ve heard that the senior brother of the Heavens Ridge Villa is a most outstanding man of talent and he is also the direct disciple of Sect Leader Qin. Do you think that it will be alright for him to spar with some of the protégés below?”

Lu Qingyun was growling secretly, “You mean I’ve a reputation of a good-for-nothing cultivator, right?”

But he returned a smile, “I am still fresh from joining the Heavens Ridge Villa and unable to even grasp a hundredth of the profound arts of my clan. I am afraid that-”

“My Disciple Yun’Er here will spar with your protégés,” Qin Keqin chuckled.

Lu Qingyun: …

Leng Qingyue, Ouyang Xue and Lie Xingyuan: …

“This…” Lu Qingyun stammered.

Qiuxiang Huan knew that Lu Qingyun was hesitating so she quickly interrupted softly, “This is most excellent. We will be extremely honored to have a core disciple of the Heavens Ridge Villa to give my protégés a pointer or two.”

Leng Qiuyue said all of a sudden, “I’m also a core disciple of the Heavens Ridge Villa. Let me take the place of senior brother to spar with them.”

Qiuxiang Huan chuckled softly, “You are a senior core protégé while these protégés are too junior. Most of them are just on the first and second realm level. This won’t be fair at all.”

Qin Keqin smiled, “That is true. Why not let Yun’Er spar with them first.”

Lu Qingyun replied with a slight shake of his head, “I’ll obey my master’s commands.”

Qiuxiang Huan was delightful as she whispered to the female protégé next to her before she stepped forward to slap her hand aloud to garner the attention of the protégés below, “Today we are honored to have the senior brother of the Heavens Ridge Villa to be here with us to give us a pointer or two. Therefore I will like everyone to pay close attention to the duel.”

There were incessant mutterings among the hundreds of protégés below.

Most of it was negative.

“This senior brother of the Heavens Ridge Villa is Lu Qingyun?”

“I’ve heard that he is a good-for-nothing first realm cultivator…”

“And he wants to give us a pointer or two? What a joke!”

“The Heavens Ridge Villa seems to be quite insolent lately…”

“Why don’t we teach him a lesson and gives him a pointer or two instead?”

The same female protégé that Qiuxiang Huan had whispered to earlier was now at the terrace below and she was seen whispering to a petite female protégé.

This petite female protégé was soon nodding and smiling as she listened.

In the next instant she had unsheathed her long sword and was bowing with her sword to the terrace above as she said with clarity, “Qiuxiang Hanyu pays respect to Sect Leader Qin and to all the dignitaries from the Heavens Ridge Villa.”

Qin Keqin chuckled as she turned to look at Qiuxiang Huan, “This little maiden here, she seems a little young? She is also a Qiuxiang?”

Qiuxiang Huan returned a wryly smile, “She is my youngest sister. Therefore she is the most suitable person to spar with Senior Brother Lu here.”

Lu Qingyun had an ugly expression on him now. It was not because he was afraid of losing this duel but this Qiuxiang Hanyu was really a little too young and she looked like she was only thirteen or fourteen.

With a soft sigh, he jumped down from the pavilion above to the terrace below and he was soon looking at Qiuxiang Hanyu eye to eye. The problem was this eye to eye was not on the same level and he was two heads taller than her.

Qiuxiang Hanyu was gasping softly to herself when she had a clear look at Lu Qingyun, “This big brother here is so charismatic. There is no other man as good looking as him in the Clear Sky Pavilion. Moreover, he has jumped from such a high place and there is not a single sound. This means that his lightness skill is at a high level. Is he only a good-for-nothing first realm cultivator?”

It was not only the protégés that were startled when Lu Qingyun had jumped down from the pavilion instead of taking the stairs, even Qiuxiang Huan was a little startled as she said silently. “This feat alone is impossible for someone who is only a first realm cultivator. He has to be at least a third realm cultivator in order to accomplish such a feat. Maybe even higher.”

Lu Qingyun smiled awkwardly to the little maiden in front of him, “Lu Qingyun here. Erm, do we really need to have a duel?”

Qiuxiang Hanyu chuckled, “Big brother, you are looking down on me because I am only thirteen? Let me tell you this. I’m a third realm cultivation expert now.”

Lu Qingyun was startled and it showed on his countenance. This little maiden was a third realm expert at a tender age of thirteen?! What a monstrous genius…

He really did not know whether to laugh or cry when he saw the long sword that was almost as long as her height.

“This little maiden seems to know what I am thinking?”

Qiuxiang Hanyu suddenly said, “Big brother, I think you are wearing your one of your socks opposite. It is the one to your left.”

Lu Qingyun: …

Indeed she was right. He had been in a rush this morning and was dazed from consuming the Seven Hearts Hollow Pill so he had recklessly worn his socks.

It was not until she had mentioned it that Lu Qingyun had suddenly realized that he had worn one of his socks in the opposite way.

There was a weird expression that was on Qin Keqin as she thought anxiously, “This little maiden has extremely sharp eyes…”

Qiuxiang Hanyu was smiling again, “Big Brother, where is your sword?”

Lu Qingyun smiled awkwardly, “We can spar with our hands. It is the same.”

Qiuxiang Hanyu laughed softly, “This won’t do at all. This is a golden opportunity for us to know the strengths of each other’s clans. After all, there may not be a next time. If we only use our fists then we can’t learn much. Therefore we need to use real swords.”

Lu Qingyun: …

“Big brother, you won’t hurt me right? As long as you are careful, this duel will be a good experience for the two of us.” She giggled between her words.

Lu Qingyun: …

“I’m not going to fight against a thirteen little maiden…” he was thinking.

But Qin Keqin was saying behind him, “Yun’Er, what are you waiting for? We’re all waiting.”

Lu Qingyun: …

He had promised Qin Keqin that in the public, she would always be his master while in private, she would be his beloved. And now, she was his master and he had to heed the commands of his master…

But his opponent was only a little maiden!…

How could he lift his sword against a little maiden?!

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Chapter 80: Clear Sky Pavilion (1)

New Empyrean City, near the vicinity of the Clear Sky Pavilion;

Two horse carriages were trotting on the road. One of the horse carriages had belonged to the Heavens Ridge Villa and the other had belonged to the Clear Sky Pavilion.

“Master, we are really going to the Clear Sky Pavilion?” Lu Qingyun asked quietly.

Qin Keqin smiled, “Why not? I’ve heard that the Clear Sky Pavilion occupies one of the most beautiful peaks in New Empyrean City and there is even a large waterfall in its back mountains. That will be quite a sight, right?”

Then she smiled as she looked at Lie Xingyuan, Leng Qiuyue and Ouyang Xue. “You will be interested to take a look right?”

Lie Xingyuan merely smiled at her question while Ouyang Xue and Leng Qiuyue were smiling bitterly. It was not because Ouyang Xue and Leng Qiuyue did not like the beautiful views but because somehow they did not feel that this Qiuxiang Huan had any good intentions.

At first they had a better impression of Qiuxiang Huan after she had stepped in to aid Lu Qingyun but when she had asked Qin Keqin the cause of the Heavens Ridge Villa attack on the Solitary Manor, they had become wary of her and their backs had turned cold. It was because the two of them were involved in the attack against the Solitary Manor that very night. If their sect leader screwed up in this matter in public, they would all be screwed up as well.

Lu Qingyun sighed softly, “Ke-, erm…Master. I don’t think this Maiden Qiuxiang Huan has any good intentions for you. You ought to be wary of her.”

Qin Keqin had a sudden smile, “Oh? You’re asking me to be wary of such a beautiful maiden? I’ve thought that all men are lustful animals that cannot resist a pretty maiden.”

Lu Qingyun had an awkward smile, “I don’t know. I’m just feeling uncomfortable around her.”

Ouyang Xue said quietly, “Senior brother is right. Moreover there are only the five of us now, minus the two protégés that are driving the carriage. If anything were to happen to our sect leader then it is our failings.”

Qin Keqin smiled wryly, “Don’t worry. We’ll be fine…”

Qin Keqin was never a cautious person and she had frequently paid dearly for her curiosity. She was really curious what the Clear Sky Pavilion really looked like. Moreover she did not want the others to fear her, she only wanted to see their true self.

In her heart, the Celestial Realm was like her playground before she ascended to the boring Immortal Realm. Therefore she had wanted to experience all the fun that she could before her future ascension. But the troubles that she had caused to herself had almost killed on a number of occasions.

Although that was the case, the word fear did not even exist in her dictionary.

Therefore when Qin Keqin said she would like to visit the Clear Sky Pavilion, Qiuxiang Huan was totally caught by surprise. Usually such a visit would need some preparations and a strong mental will to visit a rival celestial clan. Anyone would need some time to fortify their mental preparation for such a visit and moreover Qin Keqin was visiting with such a small entourage.

Qiuxiang Huan was thinking, “Did I misjudge her? She is a more formidable opponent than I’ve thought?”

Ouyang Xue asked in a soft whisper, “Sect leader, please pardon me for asking this. But are you really an elder of the Heavenly Fragrance Villa?”

Qin Keqin rolled her eyes and to extend her spirit perception to ensure that there were no eavesdroppers around before she chuckled softly, “Of course I am not! If I am, I would not be here.”

Lu Qingyun, Ouyang Xue, Leng Qiuyue and Lie Xingyuan: …

Ouyang Xue was stammering, “If the Patriarch Clan Heavenly Fragrance Villa found out about this then we will all be in serious trouble…”

Even Leng Qiuyue who had remained emotionless till now was startled as she gasped, “Sect leader, that leadership token is a fake?”

Lu Qingyun almost dropped his jaws when he had heard Qin Keqin…

With a soft laugh, Qin Keqin whispered. “It is a real leadership token. I took it from someone.”

Lu Qingyun, Ouyang Xue and Leng Qiuyue: …

Only Lie Xingyuan was thinking, “Does sect leader really knows the Great Saintess Feng Minyue?”

Ouyang Xue had turned pale, “Sect leader, we have caused quite a big disturbance today. It won’t be too long before news that you are an elder of the Heavenly Fragrance Villa spreads like a caustic cloud. When it reaches the ears of the Heavenly Fragrance Princess, we will be in serious trouble.”

The eyes of Leng Qiuyue were panicky as she muttered, “When that happens, our celestial clan won’t exist on the map anymore. Our home will be gone.”

Qin Keqin was startled, “This is this serious?” She was now thinking, “I’ve better ask Feng Minyue for help again…”

She did not know that Feng Minyue had already cleared plenty of troubles for her as she though, “Maybe it will be fun if I ask Minyue to make me a real elder of the Heavenly Fragrance Villa? Then I can show off in front of Qingyun and the rest of my clan?”

But she replied nonchalantly, “I know what to do, don’t worry. I won’t get any of you in trouble.”

Lu Qingyun said, “Master, I have something to ask of you.”

Qin Keqin smiled, “What is it? You sound so serious?”

Lu Qingyun sighed softly, “I have heard that the Matriarch of the Heavenly Fragrance Villa is the Great Saintess ‘Feng Minyue’.” He had purposely emphasized her name.

Qin Keqin nodded slowly, “That’s right.”

Then he heaved a soft sigh before he smiled, “I see.”

“That’s all?” Qin Keqin asked.

“That’s all.” Lu Qingyun smiled.

Ouyang Xue and Leng Qiuyue were quite astonished to see that Lu Qingyun did not seem as anxious as earlier. In fact, he was returning to his normal self and was smiling.

It was as though this question had a mystifying magic that could ease his anxiety?

Lu Qingyun was thinking. Since the Great Saintess Feng Minyue was Qin Keqin’s sister, naturally she would be able to bail her out anytime. Even though faking one’s position was considered to be disrespectful and could even lead to angry splits but from what he had observed from Feng Minyue, she did not seem to be someone who was particular about little things.

“So you know who Feng Minyue is now…” Qin Keqin thought silently as she stole a glance at Lu Qingyun.

Lie Xingyuan was smiling weakly to herself, “The Great Saintess Fan Yuqing and the Great Saintess Feng Minyue is said to be extremely close to each other. It is no wonder that Qin Keqin is not bothered by her white lie. But for senior brother to ask this question, does it mean that he had already met with the Great Saintess Feng?”

Ouyang Xue was still anxious and suggested softly, “It may be wise to return the leadership token to the Heavenly Fragrance Villa. In this way, we may get a lighter punishment instead of a heavier one.”

Qin Keqin was not going to return the leadership token to Feng Minyue anytime soon. In fact, she had just thought of abusing the position of being an elder of the Heavenly Fragrance Villa. So she smiled, “Although I am not an elder of the Heavenly Fragrance Villa yet but this leadership token is really from the Great Saintess Feng Minyue. As a matter of fact, she has already promised me to make me an elder when she is free.”

Ouyang Xue and Leng Qiuyue were smiling weakly. A lofty seventh realm divine ruler would never be free for anyone.

Leng Qiuyue asked doubtfully, “Sect leader, you have really met with the Great Saintess Feng Minyue? What does she looks like?”

Qin Keqin answered solemnly as she lifted her head to ponder, “She isn’t as beautiful as rumored. She is just so and so only…”

Lu Qingyun: …

Feng Minyue was actually quite an alluring maiden. This was one thing that Lu Qingyun was sure about. When he had heard Qin Keqin, he almost choked on himself.

Leng Qiuyue said with a weak smile, “The leadership token of the Heavenly Fragrance Villa isn’t something that can be given out freely to anyone. Even a core protégé of the Heavenly Fragrance Villa isn’t going to be an elder.”

She did not mean to doubt her sect leader but this was something that was pretty hard for her to believe that the leadership token would be freely given to Qin Keqin.

Ouyang Xue and Leng Qiuyue were both looking anxiously at Qin Keqin for a reasonable explanation. It was not that they did not trust her but they were anxious for the safety of their clan and on this issue, they were on the same side.

Strangely enough, after they had been through the same experiential mission together and after they had fought together in the night raid against the Solitary Manor, there was a kind of bonding between the two of them and even their old rivalries were now forgotten, leaving behind a grudging respect for each other.

Now the two of them were concerned about the celestial clan that they had called home and in this matter, they were quite united.

Qin Keqin returned a faint smile as she looked at them. This was the type of cordial relationship that she liked and did not fault them for raising so many doubting questions.

She merely returned a faint smile, “Now is not the time for you to know. When we are back to our clan, I will tell you more.”

At this moment, there were shouts from the protégés helming the carriage. “We have reached the Clear Sky Pavilion!”

She immediately snapped her fingers and looked at everyone delightfully, “Come follow me! This is going to be fun!”

When Lu Qingyun saw that Qin Keqin was so delightful, he was glad too as he thought dreamily. “Keqin, every single day, I am learning to know you more and more. I am so happy to have you by my side…”

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Chapter 79: The Heavenly Fragrance Villa

The endless flower mountains range of the Heavenly Fragrance Mountains was where the Patriarch Clan Heavenly Fragrance Villa was situated and this was the place where the Patriarch Clan Heavenly Fragrance Villa ruled over its divine realm which was named after it.

There were nine patriarch clans that ruled over the nine divine realms that were collectively known as the Nine Celestial Fraternity. The three dark divine realms were conveniently excluded of course.

All these nine patriarch clans were first tier celestial powerhouses of the Nine Celestial Fraternity. Although the Patriarch Clan Heavenly Fragrance Villa was a first tier celestial clan and ruled over hundreds of second and third tier celestial clans in its divine realm, its divine territory was one of the smallest and at the same time it was ranked at the bottom three of the patriarch clans.

Among the nine patriarch clans, only the Patriarch Clan Heavenly Fragrance Villa consisted of wholly the females and men were strictly forbidden from its consecrated domain. The protégé grandmaster of the Heaven Fragrance Villa was the Heavenly Fragrance Princess and the present Heavenly Fragrance Princess was Saintess Su Shanyue.

At this moment two men were seeking audience with the Heavenly Fragrance Princess and they were nervous.

They were none other than Supremacy Wen Hongguang and Celestial Bai Laoxiong. As for the rest of their protégés, they were not even allowed to step within a hundred miles of the Heavenly Fragrance Villa and were told to wait at the borders.

The many palaces and halls of the Heavenly Fragrance Villa were all stately and there were hundreds of emotionless female protégés that were watching their every step until they had arrived at the main audience hall.

Supremacy Wen and Celestial Bai were actually quite surprised that the Heavenly Fragrance Princess was willing to meet them in person and they began to wonder in secret what she looked like.

They did not even dare to whisper to each other because there were a dozen female protégés who were escorting them, including a sixth realm expert.

As they waited in the audience hall, a beautiful and stately maiden with a phoenix and peony crown had quietly walked into the honor seat of the audience hall and she was followed by several high level cultivators with golden eyes.

Needless to say, she had to be the Heavenly Fragrance Princess because she was the only one wearing the white and blue heraldry of the Heavenly Fragrance Villa. Moreover she was the only one who was wearing a crown.

Supremacy Wen and Celestial Bai did not dare to be slow to greet her as they quickly said their obeisance, “Our humble greetings to the Heavenly Fragrance Princess!”

The Heavenly Fragrance Princess Su Shanyue nodded quietly before she said coolly, “I’ve heard that you have a wrong to address. What is it?”

Supremacy Wen humbly said, “My Solitary Manor has always been a friendly celestial clan in New Empyrean City without any lofty ambitions. But overnight the despicable Heavens Ridge Villa had led an attack on the Solitary Manor. We are not a match for the despicable Qin Keqin who had just assumed a leadership position in the Heavens Ridge Villa. Therefore we are pleading with our patriarch leader to intervene on our behalf and to punish the evil-doers.”

The Heavenly Fragrance Princess nodded, “Indeed I will act. It is considered a heinous transgression for any celestial clans in my divine realm to attack in such an open manner. I can close my eyes to small conflicts but this is something that I cannot close my eyes to.”

She pointed to a stack of scrolls that were in front of her, “I’ve already received words from many others on the happenings in New Empyrean City and the complaints against the Heavens Ridge Villa are in the hundreds.”

Supremacy Wen was smiling now. It seemed that Qin Keqin had not only offended him but several hundred others as well. It was no wonder that the Heavenly Fragrance Princess was willing to see him.

This time round, he had lost some of his anxiety and could lift his eyes upon the Heavenly Fragrance Princess. She was indeed a beauty and he wondered if she was attached. Perhaps he could work on his future with the Heavenly Fragrance Princess…

Therefore he quickly said with a crafty smile, “Not only is our Heavenly Fragrance Princess beautiful and wise, the glorious future of our divine realm will be bright with your leadership.”

He had purposely added ‘beautiful’ to curry her favor. It was not a lie at all and she was indeed a beautiful lady.

Even Celestial Bai was smiling broadly and praising her, “This is our honor to serve such a wise and righteous patriarch ruler.”

The Heavenly Fragrance Princess smiled and was less icy than earlier before she asked, “This Qin Keqin. What does she looks like?”

Supremacy Wen smiled, “She is beautiful but not as beautiful as our Heavenly Fragrance Princess. This Qin Keqin has the heart of a venomous snake and is detestable to say the least.”

“Oh?”

The Heavenly Fragrance Princess waved her fingers and a protégé had walked to her with a scroll in her hands. “I happen to have a portrait here and wonder if she is Qin Keqin?”

Supremacy Wen was startled that the Heavenly Fragrance Princess actually had a portrait of Qin Keqin. This Qin Keqin must have so many enemies that even her portrait was delivered to the Heavenly Fragrance Villa.

The scroll was soon unfolded and the beautiful features of Qin Keqin could be seen. Although this portrait could not capture her true beauty but everyone could tell that this portrait was beautifully drawn and was a masterpiece painting.

Why would anyone even bother to spend so much effort to draw her portrait to such a fine and beautiful masterpiece level? The painter had to be someone who was a master of the arts and Supremacy Wen could not recall any master painter who had the skills to draw such a masterpiece.

“Do you recognize the person in this painting?”

Supremacy Wen immediately snapped out of his daze and said hatefully, “She is indeed Qin Keqin!”

Celestial Bai replied coldly at the same time, “Yes, it is her. She is the one that has led the attack on the Solitary Manor.”

The Heavenly Fragrance Princess smiled, “You are wrong. She is not Qin Keqin.”

Supremacy Wen, Celestial Bai: ???

“She is the Great Saintess Fan Yuqing.” She simply added.

Supremacy Wen, Celestial Bai: !!!

She was the Great Saintess Fan Yuqing? The number one heroine in the Nine Celestial Fraternity? Surely there was a mistake somewhere right? They were all thinking at the same time…

Supremacy Wen was trembling all of a sudden as he started to recall his duel with her. Qin Keqin had displayed the ‘Heavens as One’ sword stance, a sword stance that only the Great Saintess Fan Yuqing was known to have displayed in the past. If she was really the Great Saintess Fan Yuqing then her realm level was that of a seventh realm expert and not a lowly fifth realm level…

Even Celestial Bai had a stunned expression as he muttered, “This…is impossible. She can’t be the Great Saintess Fan Yuqing. Her mother consort is Fairy Jade Light…”

“Qin Keqin is indeed the Great Saintess Fan Yuqing.”

The Heavenly Fragrance Princess smiled coolly as she added, “As you know, my senior sister Feng Minyue is a close sister of the Great Saintess Fan Yuqing. As for me, I’ve known Fan Yuqing for a long time as well. In fact, she had recently helped me in my breakthrough to the saintess level.”

At this point of time, Supremacy Wen and Celestial Bai were both trembling with fear when they had heard her to this point. How did it turn out to be like this?! The Heavenly Fragrance Princess and Qin Keqin were actually friends?!!

“My senior sister had already informed me about the happenings in New Empyrean City. She had told me that her Sister Saintess Yuqing is too merciful and she is always leaving behind plenty of enemies to screw her later. Therefore she said that should the two of you dare to come here to complain to me then you are simply courting your own deaths. Since the two of you are here, you should know what to do, am I right?”

Supremacy Wen and Celestial Bai were both too stunned for words as they quickly fell upon their knees, “We are wrong! Please have mercies on us!…”

The Heavenly Fragrance Princess was humming coldly, “You already had your chances to repent but you had used up all your chances. It is not only my senior sister wishes but it is also the wishes of everyone in the Heavenly Fragrance Villa that no one disturbs the Great Saintess Fan Yuqing. Therefore your fate is already sealed when you have come here.”

When her words had just ended, profound energies were zapping from the dozens of swords from the female protégés and the two men were instantly cut down.

“The Great Saintess Yuqing is a great benefactor of the Heavenly Fragrance Villa. No one is allowed to disturb her from having her fun and no one is allowed to screw her up. No one is allowed to know who she is.” The Heavenly Fragrance Princess Su Shanyue coldly added after the two men were cut down.

A female protégé asked, “What about their protégés? Should we deal with them as well?”

The Heavenly Fragrance Princess replied indifferently, “No need. Let them go. They are just small fries.”

“Alright.”

The Heavenly Fragrance Princess was smiling wryly. This was not the first time that her senior sister had been helping to get Fan Yuqing off her troubles. Fan Yuqing seemed to have a fondness for endless troubles while her senior sister had the unenviable task of ending her troubles for her in secret.

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Chapter 78: The Difficult Question

Qin Keqin had to admit that this Qiuxiang Huan had indeed caught her off-guarded. She had never thought of giving any excuse for the attack on the Solitary Manor since she was not involved in it. However, the gestures that were displayed by her protégés had touched her deeply.

Therefore she had decided to take the rap for it.

She had also never thought that Celestial Shi Guanyin would actually lead an attack on the Solitary Manor for her sake. Previously Celestial Shi Guanyin had been a little indifferent to her. Therefore she had played a trick on her and this had caused Shi Guanyin attitude to change.

Although Qin Keqin had played a trick on Shi Guanyin, she was also quite generous and had actually given a real Seven Hearts Hollow Pill to her as a secret compensation.

She had of course lied to Tang Bufan that the Seven Hearts Hollow Pill was tempered with. As a matter of fact, it was not. When Shi Guanyin had taken such a powerful divine pill, naturally she would be consumed by the heat of the divine pill and would temporary lose her profound strength since her profound strength would be consumed in the process of absorbing the Seven Hearts Hollow Pill. It was at that time that she had stepped in to aid Shi Guanyin.

Shi Guanyin was actually not the target of her prank and instead it was Tang Bufan. It was because Tang Bufan had not only interrupted her moment with Lu Qingyun, he had also insulted her by calling her an old hag that lusted after her new disciple Lu Qingyun.

Of course she would have punished Tang Bufan directly but if she did that then she would not be the ‘Devil Goddess’.

Qiuxiang Huan smiled gently, “It is perfectly alright for Sect Leader Qin not to disclose the reasons. After all, it is good to teach Supremacy Wen a lesson or two. After all, he had been quite a bully lately.”

Qin Keqin rolled her eyes as she tried very hard to think of a reason. Usually she was quite quick witted but because Lu Qingyun was now looking gently at her therefore she was a little distracted by him as she stole several glances at him.

Between the two of them, it was as though the others did not exist at all.

Lu Qingyun seemed to be saying to her, “Keqin, we don’t need to explain to anyone. If the Heavenly Fragrance Princess comes down hard on us, I am willing to lay down my life for you.”

Even though Qin Keqin was the Great Saintess Fan Yuqing but the might of the entire divine realm was not something that she could clash with. After all, the celestial cultivators were mortal as well and no one had unlimited profound strength.

Qin Keqin lit a faint smile as she replied, “I don’t mind telling you or anyone here the real reasons why the Heavens Ridge Villa had attacked the Solitary Manor. I believe that it is time for me to give everyone an accounting too. After all, you are all here to attend my crowning ceremony and to befriend me, am I right?”

Lu Qingyun: ???

Ouyang Xue, Leng Qiuyue and Lie Xingyuan: ???!!!

Lu Qingyun, Ouyang Xue, Leng Qiuyue and Lie Xingyuan were suddenly anxious. It was because if their sect leader had said the wrong words then it would be a total disaster for the Heavens Ridge Villa.

Ling Chong and Fairy Ling Xiu were both thinking, “You mustn’t tell anyone that the Flying Armament Sect is involved…” Although it was not a secret that the Flying Armament Sect had aided the Heavens Ridge Villa on that night but some things were better left unsaid.

Qiuxiang Huan was smiling wryly. It was not easy to cook a story that could convince everyone. If she was thinking of telling a story then it would be easy for the many ears to find a plot hole in it and she would be furthered dragged into the mud hole of her own making.

It was a fact that the Heavens Ridge Villa had broken the sacred laws of the Heavenly Fragrance Divine Realm. No excuses could possibly have justified such an act. In fact, several smaller celestial clans and interest groups were already distancing themselves from the Heavens Ridge Villa as they had predicted that it would not be long before the Patriarch Clan Heavenly Fragrance Villa were to take action against it.

In New Empyrean City, there were many fragile alliances and formidable enemies. Throughout the years, the Heavens Ridge Villa had made plenty of enemies. Even if Supremacy Wen did not lodge a complaint against the Heavens Ridge Villa in the presence of the Heavenly Fragrance Princess, there were bounded to be others who were willing to do so.

Lu Qingyun quickly stepped in to say to say to Qin Keqin, “Master, there are some important matters waiting in the clan for you to settle. Why don’t you make a move first?”

Qin Keqin smiled faintly as she looked gently at him. She knew that he had only said that to get her out of this awkward situation. “Yun’Er, that’s alright. Master has some spare time anyway. It will be rude if I don’t give an explanation since all the dignitaries are here today and I can’t allow the reputation of the Heavens Ridge Villa to be tarnished due to unsightly gossips.”

Then she turned to Qiuxiang Huan to say gently, “Since you have asked, I may as well make an earlier announcement first.”

Although her voice was soft but in the ears of all the hundreds of listeners in the hall, it was clear and everyone was edging to have a closer listening ear…

Qin Keqin had suddenly taken out a white and blue token as she said in a stern voice, “This is the leadership heavenly fragrance token of our Patriarch Clan Heavenly Fragrance Villa. Seeing this token is as good as seeing an elder of the Heavenly Fragrance Villa!”

This heavenly fragrance token that was displayed by Qin Keqin was not the same as the one that was tossed by Feng Minyue to the Solitary Manor. That was an order token and the one that was displayed by Qin Keqin was the leadership token.

The instant that Qin Keqin had displayed the leadership token, there was an intimidating profound aura that shook the hearts of all the people in the hall.

Ouyang Xue and Leng Qiuyue were both stunned. How did their sect leader got her hand on the leadership heavenly fragrance token of the Heavenly Fragrance Princess?!

Old Councilor You was startled, “This…”

He had seen quite a few of the leadership heavenly fragrance tokens in the past and had only seen only one in the past with this kind of intimidating profound aura. The leadership tokens of the Heavenly Fragrance Villa had their own auras depending on the profound strength of the Heavenly Fragrance Princesses that issued it.

There was only one Heavenly Fragrance Princess that had this kind of profound strength and that was the Great Saintess Feng Minyue!

So he was stammering with shock, “This is…the leadership token that is issued by the Heavenly Fragrance Princess Feng Min…” but he stopped short of completing his words as he had suddenly realized that it was horribly rude for him to call out Great Saintess Feng Minyue personal name.

But it could not stop the some of the panicky crowd from muttering, “Great Saintess Feng Minyue…it is the leadership token of the Heavenly Fragrance Princess Feng Minyue…”

Even Qiuxiang Huan was stunned by the display of the leadership heavenly fragrance token as she thought, “This can’t be real right? This token must be a fake…”

Lu Qingyun had sharp ears as well and at this moment, his countenance had a weird expression on it and his mind was pacing. “Senior Feng Minyue is the Great Saintess Feng Minyue?! She is the Heavenly Fragrance Princess Feng Minyue?!”

He did not know who Feng Minyue was back then. It was because after Feng Minyue had passed the Heavenly Fragrance Princess position to her successor, she had gone into seclusion.

The astonishing alluring maiden that had poured tea for him during their first meeting was actually the divine ruler of this entire divine realm?! Was this even possible?!

He felt as though his legs had gone jelly and his head was in a great daze…

Now it made sense to him all of a sudden. He knew that Feng Minyue was a great saintess and there was only one great saintess in this divine realm and that was Feng Minyue. No, wait! There is also Xuan Danfeng and she is also a great saintess. And who is Xuan Danfeng? Even Keqin is also a great saintess. There are actually three great saintesses in New Empyrean City and they have addressed each other as sisters?!

“Keqin is the Great Saintess Fan Yuqing and the great heroine of the Nine Celestial Fraternity. It is not surprising that she knows the Heavenly Fragrance Princess…but why should a lofty existence like Senior Feng Minyue be in this small city and is doing petty things like ‘spying’ on the others? To think that I am part of their ‘gang’ and I have the lowest cultivation level…”

Lie Xingyuan was startled as well but she was not too surprised. It was because she was more interested in the histories of the past celestial heroines and she knew that the Great Saintess Fan Yuqing had adventured together in the past with Feng Minyue, Xuan Danfeng and Ye Jing. The four of them were as close as sisters. Moreover the Great Saintess Fan Yuqing was her idol that she had worshipped in the past and she knew everything about her…or so she had thought until she had discovered that she was the Devil Goddess.

She still could not believe that she would actually be staying under the same roof as her idol. Although she had disliked the Devil Goddess but she was actually glad that she would be seeing her idol everyday…

“Alas, if only she isn’t the Devil Goddess…”

Qin Keqin chuckled and said with authority, “I’ve met ‘Old Matriarch Feng’ by accident and she had made me an elder, entrusting me with the task of reprimanding the Solitary Manor.”

She had purposely said Old Matriarch Feng because she did not want Lu Qingyun to fall suddenly in love with Feng Minyue and to hint him that Feng Minyue was many centuries old. Sisters were sisters only if they were not love rivals. After all, at one point Feng Minyue was even the renowned number one top beauty of the Nine Celestial Fraternity until she had unofficially ousted her from the position.

Then she swept her eyes across the hall, “I’m sure that all of you have already known what had happened in general.”

She paused to say with a smile, “I had a private conversation with Old Saint Wen because I did not want to alarm anyone that I’m an elder of the Heavenly Fragrance Villa. I had merely showed him this token and he was wise enough to stand on my side…”

Qiuxiang Huan and many others in this hall had heard that after Old Saint Wen had come out of his private meeting with Qin Keqin, he seemed to be a changed person and he had even attacked Supremacy Wen and Celestial Bai Laoxiong. Needless to say, everyone had assumed that Qin Keqin had sacrificed herself in order to save her celestial clan…

So that was the reason why Old Saint Wen had a change of attitude…

Everything seemed to make sense now for everyone…

Ouyang Xue and Leng Qiuyue were looking with blanked expression at each other. Did it mean that it was unnecessary for them to attack the Solitary Manor? What a big blunder…

Qin Keqin added, “Why do you think that I will dare to attack the Solitary Manor and why do you think the Solitary Manor will take this lying down?”

That was the weirdest part. The Solitary Manor with its numerous protégés and branches was surprising quiet about the whole incident. Of course, they did not know that Qin Keqin had actually sent Feng Minyue to silence the Solitary Manor because she was starting to like the Heavens Ridge Villa and its people.

Ouyang Xue and Leng Qiuyue had suddenly realized that Qin Keqin was making up a story. It was because their sect leader had no clue that they had attacked the Solitary Manor as they did not inform her about the attack. It seemed to them that their sect leader was trying to take up the rap for them…

Qin Keqin smiled alluringly, “I actually didn’t want to let anyone knows that I’m the elder of Heavenly Fragrance Villa but I guess that I’ve no other choices now.”

Old Councilor You was secretly pleased. To have an elder of the Heavenly Fragrance Villa in New Empyrean City was an extreme honorable affair and moreover she was also the top beauty of New Empyrean City now.

“We have all wronged Sect Leader Qin…”

“She is a true goddess with an outstanding background…”

“She is even an elder of the Heavenly Fragrance Villa…”

“Does it means that the Heavens Ridge Villa is also under the direct protection of the Heavenly Fragrance Villa?”

Qiuxiang Huan was smiling weakly. Although the story itself had many plot holes like, how did she meet the Heavenly Fragrance Princess Feng Minyue and why did the Heavenly Fragrance Princess Feng make her an elder. There were more questions that she had wanted to ask but she knew that she had to trend carefully lest her malicious intentions would be revealed prematurely.

Therefore she said gently, “Thank you for sharing. This is truly enlightening. I didn’t know that Sect Leader Qin is also an elder of the Heavens Fragrance Villa as well. I really wish that I would have the honor to play host to you in the future at the Clear Sky Pavilion.”

Qin Keqin chuckled, “Why should we wait for the future? We can go to the Clear Sky Pavilion now.”

Qiuxiang Huan was startled and her lips were trembling lightly. She was just making a polite speech and had not expected that Qin Keqin would really want to visit the Clear Sky Pavilion.

She muttered, “Welcome, welcome…”

Why was it that all her plans seemed to be so screwed up all of a sudden?

Qin Keqin whispered to Lu Qingyun, “Yun’Er, are you well? You don’t look so good?”

Lu Qingyun was smiling weakly, “I’m good…”

He was still recovering from his shock that he had seen the Patriarch Heavenly Fragrance Princess Feng Minyue in person and could not believe his experiences…

When Lie Xingyuan saw the shocked expression that was on Lu Qingyun, she was also secretly gasping. “Senior brother seems a little startled after hearing the name of the Great Saintess Feng. Omg…don’t tell me that the other Devil Goddess that I’ve seen is actually Feng Minyue…”

Lie Xingyuan was clearly shocked. If that was the case then this divine realm had already become the dark territory of the Devil Goddess…

In the meantime Qin Keqin was laughing in her heart, “Minyue, guess that I have to borrow your name and token for a couple more times now.” She had made up this story at the very last minute.

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Chapter 77: Qiuxiang Huan (2)

Qiuxiang Huan had gently lifted the beautiful dressed maiden up as she gave her an encouraging smile.

As the beautiful dressed maiden got up, she began to shot an icy stare at Lu Qingyun while saying coldly. “What is your name? Do you dare to say aloud your name in public? You are just a good-for-nothing…”

She did not have the chance to finish because Qiuxiang Huan had suddenly given her a tight slap on her cheek!

Not only was Lu Qingyun shocked by what Qiuxiang Huan had just done, everyone else was also startled. It was because they had all thought that Qiuxiang Huan was here to address her wrongs…

But they were all wrong because Qiuxiang Huan was saying to the beautiful dressed maiden, “Although he is a man and shouldn’t have slapped you in public but as a woman, I can slap you for ruining Sect Leader Qin’s crowning ceremony.”

This beautiful dressed maiden had of course recognized who Qiuxiang Huan was. She was not only a fourth realm cultivator but she was also the successor to the powerful Clear Sky Pavilion. In front of her, naturally she did not dare to protest too much because she had heard rumors that Qiuxiang Huan was actually quite a vengeful person.

“Consider it a justifiable lesson to you. Why don’t you scram now? The sooner the better. Or are you thinking that you still have the cheek to remain here after all the troubles that you have caused?”

The beautiful dressed maiden quickly bolted for the entrance after hearing what Qiuxiang Huan had said to her. She really did not have the shame to remain in this hall.

The reason why Qiuxiang Huan had suddenly stepped in to aid Lu Qingyun was because her main objective in embarrassing Qin Keqin had already been accomplished and that a stigma would remain in her honor forever. So that was enough for her to stop. But of course this was only a small part of her plan to cause further embarrassment to Qin Keqin. Her next step would be to seduce her core disciple…

Lu Qingyun muttered as he bowed with his hands, “Thank you for your chivalry aid.”

Qiuxiang Huan smiled gently to him, “I did what I can do. I’m Qiuxiang Huan, a core disciple of the Clear Sky Pavilion. What about you?”

Lu Qingyun replied without a thought, “Lu Qingyun here. I’m a core disciple of the Heavens Ridge Villa.”

“Oh I see. You are indeed outstanding. Next time don’t raise your hands to strike a woman. Leave it to the women.” She gave a wryly smile as she teased him gently.

Lu Qingyun was suddenly looking awkward because he knew that he should not have done what he had just done.

Qin Keqin had an unhappy look when she saw that Lu Qingyun was talking to a stately maiden. However she was not the only who was unhappy.

Lie Xingyuan, Ouyang Xue, Leng Qiuyue and Fairy Ling Xiu were all looking none the pleased as well. They knew who Qiuxiang Huan was and she was a not so simple maiden. Half of the maidens in the hall did not like Qiuxiang Huan either because they had heard that she was quite a manipulative maiden.

Although Qiuxiang Huan was talking to Lu Qingyun but she was quietly observing Qin Keqin and was somewhat pleased that she had lost her earlier smiles.

In her heart, she was thinking. “Hmph! Qin Keqin! Now that everyone knows that you have been defiled by Old Saint Wen, I’m sure that you are now too flustered for words. Although you have the position for the top beauty but I’ll like to see how long you can hold onto this fragile position.”

Although Qin Keqin was annoyed by the interruption, she was more curious about Qiuxiang Huan. It was because she had found her name to be familiar. As she knitted her thin brows, she had suddenly remembered that Qiuxiang Huan was responsible for masterminding the downfall of one of the great beauties in New Empyrean and that it had even caused a great scandal. As a matter of fact, Qin Keqin and Xuan Danfeng were gossiping about it one or two months ago.

There was a wry smile on Qin Keqin’s face as she thought, “This crafty schemer. She is up to no good…but you don’t know that I have actually known your secret, am I right?”

Qiuxiang Huan had secretly arranged for the scandal in the Heavenly Lotus Teahouse as she did not think that anyone would be eavesdropping on her. Moreover, she had already taken plenty of precautions by checking for scrying arrays and found none.

She had thought that her schemes were flawless and that that there was no one in the entire world that would possibly know about what she had plotted.

However there were no secrets that could remain in the dark forever. She did not know that Xuan Danfeng was particularly interested in her gossips and were keeping tabs on her. In fact, Xuan Danfeng had updated frequently update Qin Keqin on her as well.

Lu Qingyun merely nodded without any expression.

He may be ashamed of his actions but he did not trust this Qiuxiang Huan at all.

Although Qiuxiang Huan was extremely charming and had a gentle demeanor that attracted the men around her but strangely, Lu Qingyun’s defense against her was also at its peak.

He had suddenly remembered what his old master had told him in the past, “Be wary of the beautiful maidens, especially the female cultivators…”

Lu Qingyun was actually thinking. This is too much of a coincidence. Why should a refined maiden like her even bother to taint her repute by slapping another in public? All these for the purpose of introducing herself? Or is she trying to win Keqin’s favor by doing so?

In the entire hall, only Lu Qingyun was thinking likewise as all the others had thought that Qiuxiang Huan was trying to defend Qin Keqin’s honor and that she was trying to win the favor of Qin Keqin for the sake of the Clear Sky Pavilion. After all, it seemed that the Heavens Ridge Villa and the Flying Armament Sect were suddenly very close and that could be the cause of her intervention.

Even Fairy Ling Xiu, Leng Qiuyue and Ouyang Xue were beginning to see Qiuxiang Huan in another different light now…

Ling Chong could not help remarking, “That maiden deserves a slap. Even if Brother Lu did not slap her, I would have done the same too.”

He had of course known who Qiuxiang Huan was and at one point of time, he was even declined by her.

However Qiuxiang Huan did not pay scant attention to him and instead she was looking intently at Lu Qingyun. Why was that he did not seem to be interested in carrying the conversation further with me? Am I not attractive in his eyes? Or he is shy in front of the others?

Lu Qingyun could be as smart as a genius and as dense as a pig in different situations. In front of Qin Keqin, all the warnings that were given by his old master were easily forgotten and he was utterly careless in front of her.

But in front of Qiuxiang Huan, somehow he did not trust her at all. That was why he was cool towards her and did not display any affectionate expressions.

He merely said indifferently, “On the behalf of my master, I thank Maiden Qiuxiang Huan for your kind words.” And his eyes had already wandered to where Qin Keqin was.

His indifferent had completely caught Qiuxiang Huan off guarded and she was staring with disbelief at Lu Qingyun. In this world, there was not a man who could resist her charms and yet this young man was so cool to her, even seemingly eager for her to leave as quickly as possible.

Qin Keqin chuckled softly as she walked over to Lu Qingyun and Qiuxiang Huan, “I wonder who this charming maiden is, so it is Maiden Qiuxiang Huan from the Clear Sky Pavilion. I’m so glad to meet you today. Thank you for coming to my aid earlier.”

Qiuxiang Huan was a little startled by the friendliness that was being displayed by Qin Keqin. It was because she had played the situation in her mind; Qin Keqin would be too flustered to react and there was even a chance that she may even leave the crowning ceremony halfway out of embarrassment.

After all, this Qin Keqin was a fifth realm expert and surely she could not fail to hear the whispers that were now floating around, “So this Qin Keqin and Old Saint Wen have something shady together…”

“One is so beautiful and the other is a lecherous old cultivator. I’m not surprised at all…”

“Alas, pity this goddess…it’s no wonder that the Heavens Ridge Villa has attacked the Solitary Manor…”

Qiuxiang Huan smiled gently, “We are all cultivators of the way. Naturally we ought we help each other out.”

Qin Keqin returned a faint smile, “Well said.”

Qiuxiang Huan did not understand why Qin Keqin would be so composed. Her cool reaction and the muted reactions from the hundreds of people in the hall were also not what she had expected as well.

Before the ceremony had started, almost everyone in the hall was gossiping about Qin Keqin and how unworthy she was in getting this new title.

But when Qin Keqin was here, the men were too awe by her alluring beauty and many of the maidens were speechless at how peerless she was. Even though many of them had known about the scandal between Qin Keqin and Old Saint Wen but there was a sudden muted reaction that defied logic.

It was as though most of the guests had suddenly conceded defeat and had admitted that Qin Keqin was indeed worthy of the top beauty title.

So Qiuxiang Huan said with a soft smile, “Sect Leader Qin, it is my pleasure to meet you in person. I do have a curious question in my heart and I wonder if you are able to help with the doubts that are troubling me?”

“Oh?” Qin Keqin said nonchalantly.

All the curious onlookers were now paying close attention, including Old Councilor You. Could it be that Qiuxiang Huan was about to ask Qin Keqin about her relationship with Old Saint Wen?

Many of the maidens were secretly smiling now. It seemed that the fun was not over yet.

Qiuxiang Huan said in a slow manner as she observed Qin Keqin for every changing nuance, “I have heard that the Heavens Ridge Villa had attacked the Solitary Manor. By the look of it, it seems to be true and not a rumor. Well, I’m just wondering how does the Heavens Ridge Villa plan to do to pacify our patriarch overlord should if she were to question you? As you know, there is a strict rule that is laid down by the Heavenly Fragrance Princess against open conflicts like this.”

Many of the listeners were secretly gasping. Unlike the low hand tactics that they were visualizing that Qiuxiang Huan would be using, she was actually using a higher end tactics to embarrass Qin Keqin. By knowing why the Heavens Ridge Villa attacked the Solitary Manor was akin to knowing that Old Saint Wen had indeed screwed Qin Keqin.

Although Qiuxiang Huan’s question sounded innocently enough but it was actually a crafty question that was out to embarrass Qin Keqin.

Qin Keqin was blinking her eyes. I had nothing to do with this matter. What does this got to do with me? How do I answer a question that got nothing to do with me?

*Chapter 40, Qin Keqin had heard about the scandal.

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Chapter 76: Qiuxiang Huan (1)

There were hundreds of eyes that were now upon Qin Keqin as Old Councilor You announced the crowning ceremony.

The crowning ceremony was actually a simple show of gesture and Qin Keqin did not have to do anything. All she needed to do was to stand next to Old Councilor You as he proclaimed to everyone that she would be crowned the top beauty of New Empyrean City.

“Today, we are honored to have Sect Leader Qin here. The ruling council has unanimously made a delightful decision to have her as New Empyrean City’s leading beauty…”

Lu Qingyun was thinking with an anxious look, “Keqin is now the top beauty in New Empyrean City…in the future, she may have a lot of admirers and suitors. I am really unworthy of her…moreover she is also a great saintess…”

The gap between them was extremely vast and Lu Qingyun felt inferior in many ways to her. He began to heave a soft sigh of melancholy to himself…

While he was feeling inferior and unworthy of Qin Keqin, he did not know that Lie Xingyuan, Ouyang Xue, Leng Qiuyue and Fairy Ling Xiu were all looking at him secretly at various points of time. To them, Lu Qingyun seemed to be someone who was going to shine in the future.

Fairy Ling Xiu had personally witnessing him killing a formidable fifth rank desolate monster and he had even saved her life. Although she was a fourth realm cultivator but it was difficult for her and her brother to defeat a fifth rank desolate monster single-handedly. But he had actually killed one on his own.

When she had told her father about it, he was in disbelief and shock as well.

“Even if he has a divine sword, it is useless in the hands of a lowly cultivator.” He had said.

Ever since that fateful day when he had rescued her, she had been thinking of him day in and night out…

As for Leng Qiuyue, although she appeared to be emotionless and cool to Lu Qingyun but her heart was filled with delightful warmth when he was around. It was just that she did not dare to look into his eyes lest she would not be able to control her emotions…

She was extremely grateful to him because he had given her a precious Triple Divine Essence Pill to treat her internal injuries during the experiential mission. Because of that, not only was her cultivation core not impaired by her serious internal injuries but she had also secretly advanced to the fourth realm immortal celestial level.

“Why did he give me the Triple Divine Essence Pill? Doesn’t he know how precious it is? Don’t tell me that he likes me as well..”

Ouyang Xue had also advanced to the fourth realm immortal celestial level after gaining access to the cultivation library of the Crystal Cloud Spirit Hall. She could be considered a monstrous genius as she was only 19 this year.

But her breakthrough to the fourth realm was mostly accomplished because she had wanted to forget about Lu Qingyun and also because she was forced to gain the respect of the protégés of the Crystal Cloud Spirit Hall that she was leading. Therefore she had spent almost all her time on her cultivation.

But, no matter how hard she had tried, she could not forget about this man that had once rejected her…

These were the hidden thoughts that were from Fairy Ling Xiu, Leng Qiuyue and Ouyang Xue.

As for Lie Xingyuan, she was the closest to Lu Qingyun and was aware that he had only Qin Keqin in his heart. Therefore she did not really have any wistful thoughts. Moreover one day she would leave the Heavens Ridge Villa and there was no chance for her to be with him.

And she knew Qin Keqin’s secrets all too well…

She thought, “It may be many centuries later that I will be able to cultivate to a saintess. Only when I am saintess can I hope to be the Devil Goddess’ match. Senior brother, I hope that by then you will be well…”

Old Councilor You was heard exclaiming, “So let us welcome Sect Leader Qin into the ranking of the top twenty beauties of New Empyrean City…”

All of a sudden there was an interruption by a beautiful dressed maiden, “Hold! I think that isn’t quite appropriate, am I right to do say so?”

There were few in the hall that could recognize who this beautiful dressed maiden was but many of the beautiful maidens were now smiling. It was because they had all wanted Qin Keqin to fumble and could not wait to see her in all kinds of ugly situation.

And of course, the most delightful maiden was Qiuxiang Huan. It was because the beautiful maiden that had just spoken was her hired black hand. But of course, this beautiful maiden did not know she was actually the mastermind. She was crafty enough to conceal her own tracks.

In the eyes of the public, she was always the most beautiful and apolitical innocent damsel while she pulled the strings from behind.

Old Councilor You had a furious frown on his countenance. He knew what this maiden and what the other maidens were thinking. That they were envious that Qin Keqin had won the top beauty position, had long reached his ears.

The smiles that were on Qin Keqin had suddenly faded away and she was startled that there was actually out to ruin her happy occasion in front of Lu Qingyun…

This beautiful dressed maiden chuckled as she swept her glances around, “Do all of you agree with me?”

To her surprise, there were few supporters who were actually nodding.

It was because most of the maidens that were presented were not foolish to express their displeasure with Qin Keqin in public. After all, this Qin Keqin was a sect leader of one of the four powerhouses in New Empyrean and she had just defeated Supremacy Wen recently.

This beautiful maiden was expecting claps of applauds from the crowd but there were mute silence. In fact, many of the men in the crowd were showing great displeasure at this interruption for this new goddess of their hearts. And the unhappiest was of course Lu Qingyun.

Qiuxiang Huan was humming quietly to herself. This was also not the reaction that she had been expecting too. It was because she had never expected this Qin Keqin to be so peerless in her looks. She had of course heard rumors that Qin Keqin was astonishing beautiful but that was only a rumor; it was quite difficult for an ordinary protégé in the Heavens Ridge Villa to catch a glimpse of her and moreover she had heard that she was almost never in the Heavens Ridge Villa.

Old Councilor You said solemnly, “Quickly back off before it gets too unsightly.”

This beautiful dressed maiden was not backing off. Since she had already spoken, she was not going to let this matter rest easily. After all, she was a known shrewd so she coldly said. “All the beauties in the top twenty ranking have a considerable good background and are the leading ladies of New Empyrean City.”

She waved her hand and said, “Have all of you forgotten the previous beauty that had fallen from grace because of her scandal? And now we have a scandalous beauty here that is here to replace her? Isn’t this something that is extremely ridiculous? If Councilor You did not give us a good explanation, not only will I not be convinced but the others here are not convinced at all!”

This time, there were more people that were nodding…

Old Councilor You said angrily, “What scandalous beauty? Be mindful of your words!”

This beautiful dressed maiden mocked coldly, “Since Councilor You wants me to say it out loud then I shouldn’t decline your kind offer. There are rumors that Sect Leader Qin Keqin and the Old Patriarch Wen are…”

She had purposely let her words lingered in mid-air for the imaginations of the people to fire up.

Qiuxiang Huan was smiling to herself, “This maiden isn’t a complete idiot. In this way, she can even protect herself because they can’t accuse her of smearing later. But this shrewd isn’t too smart to realize that that a hole has already been dug for herself.”

Then she was looking quietly at Qin Keqin, “So how are you going to get out of this? My soon-to-be disgraced Sect Leader Qin…”

Qin Keqin was trembling slightly and there were flashes of anger in her eyes…

Even Lu Qingyun was clenching his fists. It was because he knew that nothing had happened between Qin Keqin and Old Saint Wen…

Leng Qiuyue and Ouyang Xue were seething with anger. Their sect leader had sacrificed herself for the Heavens Ridge Villa. Even if that is the truth, they could not allow their sect leader to be humiliated by anyone. They were just feeling strange that there had been no news from Old Saint Wen and for the past several days, the entire Heavens Ridge Villa was actually in high state of alert as they had fear that Old Saint Wen might have attacked them all of a sudden to repay the humiliating insult.

But it was like, Old Saint Wen had suddenly disappeared and even the Solitary Manor had suddenly gone very quiet after a day or two of unrest.

“Shut up!” It was Lu Qingyun and he could not suppress his anger anymore.

Qin Keqin was startled. It was because she had never seen him so angry before. But she was also secretly pleased, “He is defending my honor?”

She had quietly withdrawn her fingers to her back. In just a split second later, she would have flashed to the maiden that had just humiliated her and would have given her a few slaps.

There would be no one that could stop her from doing so. She did not mind losing her grace because she had no real attachments to New Empyrean City and moreover she was the vengeful Devil Goddess that never forgives a slight…

“Oh? Heh! What did you just say?” The beautiful dressed maiden mocked coldly.

Lu Qingyun returned a cold gaze, “What you have heard is just a rumor so you shouldn’t be spreading rumors without any proof.”

“Hey! This is a rumor that everyone in New Empyrean knows about. Rather, you should be the one showing me the proof that the rumor is falsified!”

Although Lu Qingyun had a burst of outrage but he had not completely lost his cool-headedness.

He replied coldly, “You may not know this but Old Saint Wen and my sect leader are actually old friends.”

The beautiful dressed maiden laughed, “Of course they are old friends. After what had happened…”

All of a sudden Lu Qingyun had flashed in front of the beautiful dressed maiden and had given her a tight slap on her cheek, causing her to fall onto the floor in stunned silence…

This beautiful maiden was stammering, “You…dare to slap a lady…are you still a man…you’re a bully…”

Not only was she stunned, but Qin Keqin, Leng Qiuyue, Ouyang Xue, Fairy Ling Xiu and many others were all gasping with shock.

Lu Qingyun replied coldly, “I am not a gentleman. I’m just a lowly good-for-nothing cultivator that is also my sect leader’s disciple. Her honor is mine as well. Therefore before you insult her, please think again.”

All of a sudden there were a few claps from a beautiful dressed maiden with a half-mask as she quietly walked forward.

Although she was only wearing a half-mask that veiled her upper face, her lips and chin were extremely refined and it was not hard to recognize her as the renowned beauty Qiuxiang Huan.

“Maiden Qiuxiang Huan has also stepped forward?”

“I’ve heard that she is a formidable fourth realm cultivator as well…”

“She is the successor to the Clear Sky Pavilion, so what do you think?”

Many of the beautiful maidens were all smiling wryly. It seemed that there may soon be a catfight very soon…

Qiuxiang Huan smiled as she said in a low voice to Lu Qingyun, “Did you just slap her?”

It was now time for her Plan C. Plan B was unworkable now because the situation had suddenly changed and Plan C was a plan that she had just come out with and it was crucial that she would be involved herself.

She lifted a slow hand to the beautiful dressed maiden, “It is a little awkward for a beautiful maiden to be lying on the ground in such a state. Come, let me assist you up…”

Lu Qingyun felt a little awkward now after he was rebuked lightly by this gentle maiden who had just come forward. In normal circumstances, he would never have slapped someone in this manner, especially someone who was weaker than him. He would never have used force to bully anyone but this was an impulsive act because he was really infuriated that Qin Keqin’s honor was being insulted upon.

There was now soft mutterings by the maidens in the hall, “He is not only a good-for-nothing cultivator but he is also a good-for-nothing man that uses force against a weaker sex…”

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Chapter 75: Number 1 Peerless Beauty

The ceremony hall was huge and there were hundreds of people that had already gathered when Lu Qingyun had entered.

He took a quick look and was astonished by the number of beautiful maidens that were in the hall and they were all looking at his entourage.

But at the same time Lu Qingyun had a solemn expression and he was actually deep in thoughts. It was because he had suddenly realized that Qin Keqin was attracting a little too much attention for his liking and he was feeling a little sour inside…

These beautiful maidens were quite startled by the appearance of Lu Qingyun as he was really quite handsome and a great number of them were unconsciously moving their lips in their startled state.

But of course Lu Qingyun was not the star of his entourage. His sudden appearance and the four beautiful maidens that were walking behind him had suddenly caused the buzzing hall to almost fall into dead silence as everyone had turned their eyes to look in their directions.

The beautiful and moving sight of Leng Qiuyue, Ouyang Xue and Lie Xingyuan walking together were enough to cause quite a big stir and caused the hearts of many men to stop.

But the sudden appearance of Qin Keqin who was smiling delightfully as she swept her bewitching golden eyes curiously around, causing everyone, men and women to fall into stunning silence. It was as though Qin Keqin was a heavenly fairy, untainted, lofty and forbidden.

Her peerless allure was so exceedingly that many of the beautiful maidens were looking at her with shame in their eyes; it was because many of them were actually attending this ceremony to show off their personal beauties as they were not pleased that an upstart had suddenly usurped the position of the number one beauty of New Empyrean City.

They had all wanted to show Qin Keqin that she was not the most beautiful but once they had seen her, they were quite stunned…

Qin Keqin knew that she was causing a great stir and thought delightfully, “They must really like my make-up…”

Make-up or not, Qin Keqin was an astonishing peerless beauty without a doubt.

She was smiling delightfully because it had really come from the bottom of her heart. She was really happy that she had a place among the top twenty beauties ranking and the thoughts that her two sister saintesses did not have a place in the ranking make her only all too pleased.

“Minyue, Danfeng. I am going to show off to you every now and then.”

She was soon smiling again to herself, “Qingyun, are you proud of me today? That your beloved is in first place?…”

Only Lu Qingyun mattered the most to her now.

“Qingyun, this is my most beautiful moment today. I hope that you can remember this day…” she had a shy flush as she said in her heart.

She did not know that Lu Qingyun was not glad at all. Instead he was not pleased that she was gathering so much attention to herself.

As for the men, they were stunned by her and many of them were muttering. “She is a goddess…”

Everyone was thinking, “She must be Qin Keqin? It is because only she has the golden eyes that clearly marked her as a fifth realm expert…”

“I’ve heard that in the past, the Great Saintess Fan Yuqing is the acclaimed goddess and she has even toppled peerless beauties like the Great Saintess Feng Minyue and Great Saintess Xuan Danfeng…”

The master of ceremony was a grey hair old man. His jaws had almost dropped when he saw Qin Keqin…

He had not expected Qin Keqin to be such a peerless goddess…

Regarding the nomination of Qin Keqin as the top beauty of the New Empyrean City, he had actually quarreled with the ruling councilors as he had felt that Qin Keqin did not deserve the title.

However the ruling council had insisted because she was a golden celestial and her cultivation strength was also the highest among the top twenty beauties.

He had questioned hard with the ruling council, “Just because she has the highest cultivation level so she should be ranked number one? This is too ridiculous.”

But the ruling council had already made up their minds firmly. Although they had never seen Qin Keqin before but they knew that everyone would be curious about her as she had been in the gossips for quite a while. However, they were unsure if she would accept the nomination since she was a high ranking golden celestial and is also a sect leader of one of the four powerhouses in New Empyrean City.

Therefore they had decided to bait her out by offering her an offer that she could not resist.

The Ruling Council of New Empyrean City had various interest groups of councilors and they controlled vast resources. When a beauty was nominated, a reasonable amount of cultivation resources would be granted to their celestial clan as well. In this way, it made the celestial clan harder to decline the nomination. Over time, this ranking became a source of pride among the beautiful cultivators.

What did the Ruling Council have to gain from the nominations?

Plenty.

A business relationship was formed between the various influencers of the interest group to the celestial clan. How could a celestial resource be transferred? It was via the interest groups. It was actually a two way transfer.

After all, if the celestial clan had any excess cultivation resources they could sell it to the interest groups and the interest groups would resell it for a profit to those that were in need through their vast networks.

In this way, the ruling council was able to keep the peace between the celestial clans in the city and also befriended the powerful cultivators to be their protectors in times of trouble. After all, there were few cultivators in the council and none among the ruling council.

That was the reason why the ruling council had made a unanimous decision to nominate Qin Keqin into the top twenty beauties ranking and even decided to have her crowned as the number one beauty.

This old man was Old Councilor You and he was unhappy with the decisions that were made by the ruling council as he had strongly disagreed about the top beauty nomination that was to be made to Qin Keqin.

But when he had seen her now, he had totally changed his mind!

It was because she was deserving fit to be nominated as the number one beauty of New Empyrean City!

He quickly gave a welcoming smile as he proclaimed loudly, “So it seems that Sect Leader Qin has finally arrived.”

Several of the junior councilors were amazed at the sudden transformation that had happened to Old Councilor You. Earlier he was grumbling unhappily that Qin Keqin was late and that the bulk of the guests had to wait for her arrival.

Since the nomination was all about her, the crowning ceremony could not kick start without her presence.

Qin Keqin returned a faint smile, “Sorry I’m a little late. I’ve taken too much time in dressing up for this occasion.”

Old Councilor You was laughing jovially, “That’s perfectly normal and understandable. After all, it is our esteem honor to wait for the number one beauty. Moreover you’re not late at all, not late at all. Haha.”

The junior councilors were almost rendered wordless by the sudden transformation of Old Councilor You: …

As Qin Keqin was chatting with Old Councilor You, a fine looking young man and a beautiful maiden had approached Lu Qingyun…

“Brother Lu!”

Lu Qingyun was startled that it was Young Master Ling Chong and his sister Fairy Ling Xiu.

Fairy Ling Xiu shyly looked at Lu Qingyun as she smiled faintly, “Brother Lu. How are you?”

Lu Qingyun quickly greeted, “Brother Ling Chong and Sister Ling Xiu. You are here for the crowning ceremony as well?”

Ling Chong laughed jovially, “Naturally it is an occasion not to be missed.” Although he was talking to Lu Qingyun but his eyes were secretly glancing at Lie Xingyuan as he thought, “She is so beautiful today…it is a good thing that I’ve come today…”

Fairy Ling Xiu was pleased secretly that Lu Qingyun was here today. She had been a little disappointed that he was not presented when she had aided the Heavens Ridge Villa against the Solitary Manor that night…

Ling Chong, Fairy Ling Xiu, Lie Xingyuan, Ouyang Xue and Leng Qiuyue had also exchanged quick pleasantries. If it was in the past, these two celestial clans would have simply ignored each other. But ever since the Flying Armament Sect had come to the aid of the Heavens Ridge Villa, these two celestial clans had formed an unspoken alliance. After all, the Flying Armament Sect was taking a considerable risk by aiding the Heavens Ridge Villa.

Many of the maidens that were looking at Lu Qingyun were secretly unhappy that Fairy Ling Xiu was seen talking to him.

They were mostly thinking that this bitch had actually seized the initiative to approach Lu Qingyun ahead of them and were upset…

However there was nothing that they could do and they did not dare to gossip in front of her. It was because Fairy Ling Xiu was a fourth realm cultivator and the young mistress of the Flying Armament Sect. Her level of cultivation was ahead of them and she was actually ranked as one of the top cultivators in New Empyrean City.

Although Young Master Ling Chong was chatting with Lu Qingyun and was even secretly stealing a few glances at Lie Xingyuan, like all the people here, his attention was soon upon Qin Keqin; she was simply too beautiful today in her white golden dress.

Old Councilor You was looking lustfully at Qin Keqin’s tight bosoms and was heard saying, “Sect Leader Qin is really stunning today…”

From afar, an elegant maiden with a half veiled mask was quietly looking at Lu Qingyun and Qin Keqin. There was envious in her eyes as she saw how beautiful Qin Keqin was. This elegant maiden was Qiuxiang Huan, a senior core protégé of the Pavilion Mistress of the Clear Sky Pavilion.

She was not only the highest ranking senior core protégé of the Pavilion Mistress Qiuxiang Mei, who was the sect master of the Clear Sky Pavilion but she was also her only daughter. Needless to say, she enjoyed a lofty standing in the Clear Sky Pavilion.

Like many others, she was curious who Qin Keqin was and like many, she was also unhappy that Qin Keqin had got the position of the top beauty of New Empyrean City. This was unacceptable to her because she was also quite a beautiful maiden and could be described as peerless. But when she saw how peerless Qin Keqin was, there was a burning envious in her eyes.

Qiuxiang Huan was a renowned beauty of New Empyrean City and she had many suitors. Recently, she had just ousted her rival, who was one of the top twenty beauties by plotting her downfall with a scandal. Until now, this rival of hers had no idea that she had masterminded her downfall.

And then the ruling council had suddenly announced that Qin Keqin would not only be ranked as one of the top twenty beauties but she would be ceremonially crowned as the top beauty of New Empyrean City. This news had caused her to be secretly infuriated.

Although by all appearances, Qiuxiang Huan was only a fourth realm cultivator but she was actually a peaked fifth realm golden celestial. The reason why she did not have any golden eyes was because she had purposely suppressed her profound strength with a secret mystical divine pill that was only produced by the Clear Sky Pavilion.

Therefore she did not fear Qin Keqin at all.

In fact she was thinking with cold-hearted calculation, “We are both peaked fifth realm cultivation experts. I wonder how do you measure against me?”

She had a sudden wry smile, “Although you are beautiful but you cannot hope to keep your number one position for too long. Everyone knows that you’ve been defiled by Old Saint Wen. Moreover, Supremacy Wen is now on his way to screw you up soon. I’m afraid that you will soon have your times of troubles.”

The Clear Sky Pavilion was one of the four powerhouses of New Empyrean City and therefore it was not hard for them to get the necessary information about their rivals.

Then she turned to look at Lu Qingyun with a faint smile, “How about I seduce your core disciple and make him fall out with you first?” Her heart was suddenly pacing when she stole a look at Lu Qingyun but she was soon saying to herself, “There is no way that I will fall in love with any man. Especially not a good-for-nothing cultivator. He is just a good looking fellow with no substances inside him.”

Old Councilor You was now announcing loudly with a broad grin, “Since Sect Leader Qin is here, we can now begin with the ceremony…”

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