Chapter 2288: Visiting the Sacred Hall
Jian Chen sat in his dwelling as he looked at the open bottle in his hands. He waited quietly.
He knew that Xuan Ming’s father would be able to sense the blood of his child. However, this could only happen within a certain range. If he were too far away, even an expert like Xuan Ming’s father would lose the ability to do so.
“I hope Xuan Ming’s father is in the Radiant Saint Hall,” Jian Chen secretly pleaded. He truly required help from Xuan Ming’s father if he wanted to enter the Tower of Radiance successfully at a time like this.
Every retainer of the five candidates had people supporting them from behind. If Jian Chen did not find a backer, it would be impossible for him to get selected over the others.
As a result, Jian Chen had no choice but to gain the support of Xuan Zhan’s father.
At this moment, Jian Chen suddenly sensed something. Right afterwards, he only saw a blur, and a white-robed, burly, chisel-faced, middle-aged man appeared before him silently.
The middle-aged man had silently appeared like a ghost. The simple formations outside Jian Chen’s dwelling were completely useless before him.
The middle-aged man was one of the eight vice-leaders, Xuan Zhan.
As soon as Xuan Zhan arrived, his piercing eyes locked onto the jade bottle in Jian Chen’s hand. His cold, hardened face could not help but reveal a look of excitement.
“Where did you get this droplet of blood from?” Xuan Zhan asked. He stared at Jian Chen with a sword-like gaze.
Immediately, Jian Chen felt a piercing pain everywhere. Xuan Zhan’s gaze was just too sharp. It actually caused Jian Chen pain.
Jian Chen immediately became polite. He bowed towards Xuan Zhan and said, “Senior must be Xuan Ming’s father, right?”
A gleam of light flashed through Xuan Zhan’s eyes when he heard that. He called out, “You actually know about Ming’er? Tell me, where is Ming’er?”
“Please do not become flustered, senior. I have something that Xuan Ming has asked for me to bring to senior,” said Jian Chen before taking out the jade slip from Xuan Ming.
Undisguised joy covered Xuan Zhan’s face when he heard that Xuan Ming had left something for him. He snatched the jade slip from Jian Chen’s hands impatiently and immediately checked the contents.
“Ming’er is still alive. He’s still alive…” Xuan Zhan viewed everything inside in a single moment. A smile that he had not shown for many years appeared on his cool face. He seemed to lighten up quite a lot then and there.
Indeed, a heavy burden had finally been lifted from Xuan Zhan’s heart after he learned that Xuan Ming was still alive. He truly stopped worrying.
“Where is Ming’er right now? And when did you meet him?” Xuan Zhan’s gaze towards Jian Chen immediately became amiable.
This was because Xuan Ming had clearly stated that Chang Yang was his friend and had helped him in the past. Xuan Zhan would obviously treat the person who had assisted his son and brought news of his son with a friendlier attitude.
“Xuan Ming is in a very safe place. There is no need for him to worry about being discovered by the great demon he speaks of at all there. It’s inconvenient for me to tell you where it is. However, I did meet Xuan Ming roughly a few years ago,” replied Jian Chen.
Xuan Ming immediately became cautious and said, “I have been careless. If that is the case, you can’t reveal Xuan Ming’s location at all. That person is just too powerful. His comprehension of laws has greatly exceeded the leader’s. All the people at such a level possess exceptional abilities. Once you tell me, he’ll probably be able to find out where Ming’er is hiding.”
Xuan Zhan paused after that. He looked at Jian Chen with brimming interest and said, “You’re called Chang Yang, right? Since you have ties with my son, and you’ve helped him before, I’ll return this favour for Ming’er as his father. Chang Yang, would you like to become my disciple?”
“Once you become my disciple, I will nurture you with everything I have to offer until you reach mid seven-colored soulcore.”
Xuan Zhan immediately expressed his intention of accepting Jian Chen as a disciple. If this news made its way outside, it would be enough to throw the entire Radiant Saint Hall into an uproar.
In the Radiant Saint Hall, even the five candidates only received guidance from the elders. None of them had the right to have a vice-leader as their master.
Even if it were an ordinary disciple with lacklustre cultivation, becoming a disciple of a vice-leader would immediately lead to their status skyrocketing. Their position would completely exceed the five candidates and would lead to a future of unlimited potential.
Even the Chosen Saint was not as great as a disciple of a vice-leader. Chosen Saints would be selected once every millennium and would only receive a thousand years of support after becoming the Chosen Saint. Meanwhile, the disciples of vice-leaders did not have a time limit.
Throughout the history of the Radiant Saint Hall, even Chosen Saints would not have the right to have a vice-leader as their master. They would only receive the guidance from the vice-leaders or leader from time to time. After the millennium was over, they would go back to what they were before.
In other words, the opportunity presented before Jian Chen was something that all Hallowed Saint Masters would lose their minds over. Even the five candidates could only dream of an opportunity like this.
However, Jian Chen did not waver at all. He said apologetically, “Thank you for your kind intentions, senior, but I already have a teacher. I don’t want to take on another master.”
Xuan Zhan was surprised. He could not help but study Jian Chen properly. He said, “Do you know what it means to become my disciple? I have never taken a disciple in the past. You’ll become my only disciple if you take me as your master, so your status in comparison to the disciples of the seven other vice-leaders will only be greater.”
“I understand. As the saying goes, the master teaches but achievements still depend on the disciple’s efforts. I have already become a disciple of my teacher, and my cultivation will solely depend on me in the future. Currently, my greatest wish is to enter the Tower of Radiance. I heard that is like the very origin of Hallowed Saint Masters,” said Jian Chen.
Xuan Zhan glanced at Jian Chen deeply and said, “Since you’ve already made up your mind, I won’t force you to do anything. This is my medallion. If you face any problems in the future, come find me in the sacred hall.” Xuan Zhan vanished silently after leaving behind the medallion, having left the Soaring Clouds Peak.
Jian Chen smiled as he looked at the white medallion floating before him. He knew that he would have the right to enter the Tower of Radiance now.
In the blink of an eye, three days passed. The competition for Chosen Saint formally began on this day. The various peak lords left their mountains and gathered in the sacred hall above the clouds in the morning.
The competition for Chosen Saint would be held in the sacred hall. Only peak lords and a select few Hallowed Saint Masters with impressive backgrounds had the right to enter.
Jian Chen stood outside his dwelling and gazed into the distance. With his eyes, he could easily see through the clouds and see what was happening a million kilometres away. He clearly saw the various peak lords make their way over to the sacred hall at a steady pace while being surrounded by Radiant Saint Force.
Afterwards, light also permeated Jian Chen’s surroundings. He condensed a pair of Radiant Wings and flew towards the sacred hall.
“Stop! Who are you? How can you trespass the sacred hall?” Before Jian Chen had even approached the sacred hall, he was stopped by a group of violet-robed guard a certain distance away.
The guards glared at Jian Chen.
Jian Chen said nothing. With a flip of his hand, he took out Xuan Zhan’s medallion.
“A vice-leader’s medallion…”
The expressions of the guards changed, and they cried out when they saw the medallion in Jian Chen’s hands. Their gazes towards Jian Chen changed drastically as well.
“May I ask if I have the right to enter the sacred hall now?” Jian Chen asked leisurely as he held the medallion.
“Of course, of course. This way please, this way…” The group of guards immediately became polite and said in a hurry.
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