Chapter 78: The Sacred Maiden Ceremony (4)
Behind Matriarch Sacred Maiden Han Yuchi and Sacred Maiden Xue Qianxue, were also the five leaders of the six major orthodox clans. There was one leader missing and it was Saintess Fang Zhenfei; she was uninterested in the affairs of the Orthodox Fraternity.
The other leaders of the Orthodox Fraternity knew that Saintess Fang Zhenfei rarely bothered with the Orthodox Fraternity and they did not mind her absence at all. They knew that she was already showing face by turning up.
It seemed that they had all just finished a close door meeting and Matriarch Sacred Maiden Han Yuchi had introduced to them the new successor to the Celestial Orthodox Sect and the reason why Sacred Maiden Xue Qianxue was entering into seclusion.
Matriarch Sacred Maiden Han Yuchi had merely explained that Xue Qianxue was going to enter into seclusion together with her and she would be going for her great saintess breakthrough and hence, she needed to be prepared for it.
Although her excuse was quite lame for Xue Qianxue was actually quite young by the standards of the celestial fraternity to attempt the fourth life and death tribulation but it was still an acceptable story. After all, Xue Qianxue was the acknowledged young genius of her generation.
Now that the leaders of all the seven major orthodox clans were all here, everyone began to pay their homages to them excitingly.
Yuan Ji was now tapping his table nervously. It was almost the time for him to act!
Matriarch Sacred Maiden Han Yuchi smiled as she said aloud, “As everyone knows, today Sacred Maiden Qianxue will be handing over the sect duties to Elder Zhao Songjin and Songjin will be the new Sacred Maiden of the Celestial Orthodox Sect.”
Zhao Songjin was smiling broadly now; today she would finally be the Sacred Maiden and she would lay her hands on the Sacred Maiden Profound Art in which only the sect master could practice.
Matriarch Sacred Maiden Han Yuchi said, “I will let Sacred Maiden Xue Qianxue say a word or two to everyone first.”
Xue Qianxue blinked her eyes as she nodded toward her protégé master as she quietly rose. When she was blinking her eyes, many of the cultivators had actually misunderstood that she was actually winking at them and was dazzled by her.
Han Yuchi sighed quietly. If given a choice, she would not bear to force Qianxue to give up her sacred maiden position. But what she did was too outrageous.
“Qianxue, have you forgotten that that the practitioners of the Sacred Maiden Profound Art must retain the chastity of their body in order to reach the highest level? You’re supposed to be genius of your generation and had the highest chance to surpass everyone, even becoming the only genius cultivator of our sect in thousands of years to master the Sacred Maiden Profound Art. Yet, you are giving it all up in your moment of sheer folly. Alas…”
Then she took a quiet glance at Zhao Songjin and was pleased with her choice, “Songjin is also our sect genius cultivator as well and she is pure…”
Actually Xue Qianxue did have a chance to repent when she was questioned by her master but she had refused to acknowledge that she was in the wrong and she had even proclaimed that she was going to be this Yuan Ji’s consort. This caused Han Yuchi to be extremely disappointed with her.
“This Yuan Ji is going to be a dead man in a few months’ time! Moreover he already had two consorts. Your future lies with the seven major orthodox clans. Jin Yilong only has a daughter and as the scion of the richest patriarch clan, you should consider him.”
But Xue Qianxue had rebuked her, “Master, that Jin Yilong already has more than thirty consorts!”
“That isn’t the point. The point is that he doesn’t have a heir and our Sacred Maiden Profound Art also preserves your fertility…”
“Master, I’m not your tool…”
“Then you can forget about being a sacred maiden.” Han Yuchi had threatened her.
“So be it then!” Xue Qianxue replied nonchalantly. “I only want to be with Yuan Ji.”
Han Yuchi hummed coldly, “Then I shall have to sentence him to death right in front of your eyes.”
Xue Qianxue smiled bitterly, “Whether I agree to do your bidding or not, you won’t spare him. Am I right to say so? I have already heard that you have whipped him to a half dead state.”
Han Yuchi was quiet on that. It was because she was actually quite startled that Yuan Ji did not die after three weeks of whipping. This fifth realm golden celestial was really a tough nut to kill off.
She did not know of course that she was whipping a seventh realm cultivator that had his profound strength temporary weakened to the fifth realm level as Yuan Ji only had his breakthrough a couple of months ago.
Normally a cultivator would wait for their profound strength to fully recover after their breakthrough before they ventured out so that they could show off their new cultivation strength.
But Yuan Ji simply did not have such luxury as he was dead poor.
Therefore when the cultivators of the Celestial Orthodox Sect had examined his cultivation core, they had all mistaken his true cultivation realm to be at the fifth realm level. Yuan Ji was lucky that they did not do a more thorough check as they had despised him and did not want to spend a single minute more on him. To them, he was a despicable villain that had robbed their Sacred Maiden Qianxue of her chastity with his honey comb lies.
After a few whippings of the Heavenly Tribulation Whip, even Yuan Ji’s beautiful face had also lost its charm and his daily whippings had also increased.
But he simply did not die from his ordeals and had even survived until the day of his golden tribulation lightning punishment.
Actually Yuan Ji may not survived the heavenly whip of the Celestial Orthodox Sect as he was constantly whipped to a bloody mess but the spiritual force in the mountains of the Celestial Orthodox Sect was really too rich. Even if he was unconsciousness, he was still able to constantly replenish his soul sea and constantly renewing his cultivation vital strength. Moreover, his cultivation strength was even replenishing at an insane rate due to the profound energies of the Sacred Maiden Profound Art that was circulating within his soul sea.
Xue Qianxue was smiling to the cultivators in the hall as she took unhurried steps to the middle of the hall.
Although she was smiling at the cultivators, she was actually secretly using her divine sense to search for Ji Yuan. She had learnt from Hua Wuwu and Hua Baiyue that Ji Yuan was still alive and she harbored a little hope that he may be here today. But there were simply too many cultivators and if Ji Yuan was here today, he was likely to be using a disguise, making him even harder to spot.
But still she continued to scan with her divine sense.
“Ji Yuan, are you here today? I rather you are not here but I really miss you…”
In the meantime Ji Yuan was already making plans to disrupt the ceremony. It was because he had finally got the chance to see her again and he could not resist a light tremble.
All of a sudden he had turned ashen; it was because he had suddenly spotted a smiling Little Princess who was behind Fairy Ye Chengxi and Shangguan Yan!
“What is she doing there?!” His heart had suddenly frozen.
He was really afraid of Little Princess because she had left quite a dark blemish in the heart of his Great Dao. Moreover Little Princess knew what he had looked like before he spotted his long beard.
Just as he was hesitating to take his actions, there were panicky outbursts from the entrance of the great hall.
Everyone was alarmed because they could sense killing intents from beyond the entrance and there were even the clashing of swords!
A low level cultivator of the Celestial Orthodox Sect had panicky entered the great hall as she hastily reported, “The unorthodox cultivators are here! They flew in on their flying mounts! We try to stop them but we are unable to stop them!”
Matriarch Han Yuchi hummed coldly, “They must be courting their death wishes! How many of them are storming in?”
When all the cultivators heard that it was only a miserable thirty, almost everyone was roaring with laughter and amusement. The number of seventh realm experts in this grand hall alone numbered at least a hundred and the number of golden celestials alone numbered in the thousands!
Even Matriarch Han Yuchi was stunned before she regained her composure. “Have the inner court golden celestials to deal with them. Don’t bother me with such small matters…”
But barely had she finished speaking, several golden celestials of the Celestial Orthodox Sect were kicked into the great hall, startling everyone.
“I’m afraid that your inner golden celestials may not be able to turn me away.” An enthralling and powerful voice echoed from beyond the main entrance of the great hall.
Yuan Ji was startled, “This…”
Even Xue Qianxue was startled as she turned her attention from the cultivators to the main entrance of the hall, putting Ji Yuan aside for the time being.
Before long, about thirty male and female cultivators all dressed in raven black robes appeared at the main entrance. All of them had golden eyes and they were all at the fifth realm level and above!
But what had caught the attention and even imagination of all the cultivators in the great hall was the presence of an alluring long hair maiden that was leading them. She was extremely beautiful and breathtaking as everyone was gasping at her mesmerizing peerless beauty.
When they saw the insignia that were on their black robes, many of cultivators were muttering. “These unorthodox cultivators are from the Spirit Blue Moon Sect…”
“If they are from the Spirit Blue Moon Sect then the peerless maiden that is leading them must be Dark Mistress Ling Feiyue?”
“Ling Feiyue is really so beautiful…”
“No wonder she is ranked as the four great beauties…”
“She is like the moon while Xue Qianxue is like the sun…”
“Eh? She is really bold to attack the Celestial Orthodox Sect with only just a few cultivators…”
But at the same time all the cultivators that were near her were intimidated by her suffocating presence. It was because she was exuding the air of a great saintess.
“Upper tier seventh realm level…”
“Ling Feiyue is already a great saintess?!”
“How is it possible? She is so young…”
“Great Saintess is like the eighth realm level already and moreover her fan is a heaven-step divine weapon…”
“She is probably the only great saintess in her group. There are actually ten great saints in this hall to oppose her. Moreover several lower tier saints may be enough to take her out too…”
“But her air looks different…”
Yuan Ji was stunned to see Ling Feiyue so soon. He did not remember telling her that he was going to the Celestial Orthodox Sect therefore she must have come here on her own accord.
“Why is she here?!”
“Doesn’t she know that this is the stronghold of the orthodox clans?”
“Don’t tell me she is here to settle her feud with Xue Qianxue?” Yuan Ji had suddenly remembered that they had a feud in the past.
All of a sudden he had a terrible headache. The main reason why he had decided to break off with Ling Feiyue was because he did not want to let her know that he was coming here to rescue Xue Qianxue. It was best that she did not know that he had a relationship with Xue Qianxue…
All of a sudden he had realized something else.
“Ling Feiyue, Xue Qianxue, Chengxi, Yan’Er, Little Princess, Jian Yuluo and Xia Jiajia…they are all here today…crap…how am I even able to show my face today?”
Han Yuchi said coldly, “Dark Mistress Ling Feiyue? Why are you here for?”
The peerless maiden that was leading the intruders was indeed Ling Feiyue. She waved her raven fan gently before answering coolly, “Since Xue Qianxue is abdicating her position, I am naturally here to witness this great occasion.”
Han Yuchi hummed coldly, “You are really bold to come here. However we do not welcome you. If you are smart enough, you should leave immediately.”
Ling Feiyue chuckled beautifully, “What if I say no? What will you do to me?”
Han Yuchi returned a cold smirk, “Then don’t blame me for taking good care of you later!”
Ling Feiyue had suddenly waved her fan and in the next instant it was reshaped into a heaven-step divine sword, “Today I am taking Xue Qianxue away! If anyone dares to stop me, don’t blame me for being ruthless!”
When she had said that, many of the cultivators who were still drinking calmly were suddenly choking and looking at Ling Feiyue with amusement. She must be joking, right? There was no way she could even battle even one-tenth of all the cultivators here.
Moreover Matriarch Sacred Maiden Han Yuchi was also a great saintess and she was renowned for her hot temper!
This was a direct provocation!
Yuan Ji was stunned by Ling Feiyue’s proclamation as he muttered, “This is supposed to be my speech. Why is she using my speech now…”
Xiang Li had popped into Yuan Ji’s soul sea and she was looking quite miserable as she struggled with her inner heart demons, “Xue Qianxue or Ling Feiyue…I can’t decide who to help now…”