Chapter 2363: Three Years
The Celestial Sword Saint’s reply stunned Jian Chen. The fact that he could not become the Celestial Sword Saint’s disciple did not surprise him. What did surprise him was that there were two other people who had completed the Path of Swords.
Jian Chen had experienced just how difficult the many tests on the Path of Swords were first-hand. The mental test in the end had affected him drastically. He did not even know if he had passed it successfully.
This was more than enough to demonstrate just how exceptional the two other people were. Their talent was no worse than Jian Chen’s.
“Senior Sword Saint, may I ask just how much talent is needed to capture senior’s interest?” Jian Chen asked.
“It’s not a matter of talent. You and the two other people who completed the Path of Swords all possess extremely great talent. Barely anyone can match you across the entire Saints’ World. The reason why you and they were unsuitable was because you all failed the final mental test. You are unsuitable for inheriting my legacy,” the Celestial Sword Saint said slowly. His old voice was filled with energy.
Jian Chen’s heart suddenly sank. He asked, “Senior Sword Saint, do you know everything about the illusions we went through at the end?”
“That’s not an illusion, but a mental test. It’s also known as a test of inner demons. Those with firm wills will keep their hearts as firm as rock when they undergo the test. They won’t be affected at all, nor will they show any weaknesses. However, your emotions were far too intense when you underwent the test. As a result, you’re not the one I want,” said the Celestial Sword Saint.
“I see,” Jian Chen was secretly relieved. At the very least, he was certain that the Celestial Sword Saint had not failed him because of everything he experienced in the illusion. Instead, it was because of his emotions.
“Since junior is unsuited to become senior Sword Saint’s disciple, junior naturally will not keep insisting. However, can this junior stay here for three years? I will leave by myself after those three years. Of course, I do have something for senior. To express my gratitude, this junior will give senior Sword Saint this.” With that, Jian Chen took out a wooden box.
“With my cultivation, there’s barely anything that can catch my attention in the world. What can you, a mere Godking, take out? Of course, unless it’s a treasure from the birth of the universe like fortune jade,” the Celestial Sword Saint was put into a tough spot by Jian Chen’s gift.
“Although this junior does not know what kind of treasure the fortune jade mentioned by senior Sword Saint is, this junior does have quite an extraordinary item.” As he said that, Jian Chen had already opened the wooden box. Immediately, a heavenly resource appeared.
The heavenly resource was of an extremely low grade. It would not even interest regular Godkings, let alone the Celestial Sword Saint who possessed an exceptional cultivation.
“Hmm?” Suddenly, the Celestial Sword Saint became surprised. In the next moment, the heavenly resource disappeared from Jian Chen’s hand and appeared before the Celestial Sword Saint.
“It’s actually Xuanhuang Qi. It looks like you’ve found a Xuanhuang Microcosm,” the Celestial Sword Saint said calmly, without any particular emotion at all. It was like even a Xuanhuang Microcosm was unable to interest him.
“The Xuanhuang Microcosm was a place hidden in a lower world. Moreover, it has never been excavated and is of an extremely high grade. This junior is willing to offer up information about the Xuanhuang Microcosm,” said Jian Chen. He had only explored the outskirts of the Xuanhuang Microcosm when he was in the sea realm in the past. In reality, another world existed within the Xuanhuang Microcosm.
If the region outside that world belonged to mortals, then the region within the world was for immortals.
Back then, due to his limited strength, Jian Chen had only moved around the outside of that world. He had never set foot in the domain.
If the heavenly resources outside the domain were items for mortals, then the items within the domain were for immortals. They were truly treasures of high quality.
“Xuanhung Microcosms are indeed extremely rate. A Xuanhuang Microcosm with a boundary is enough to drive many Grand Primes insane. Unfortunately, it’s still completely useless to me,” the Celestial Sword Saint said calmly. His ancient eyes remained unwavered, and he returned the heavenly resource with Xuanhuang Qi back to Jian Chen. He was completely uninterested.
Jian Chen was surprised. Was the Celestial Sword Saint really someone who had ascended from mortality, unaffected by materialistic objects, where even a Xuanhuang Microcosm with a domain was unable to interest him?
Jian Chen was troubled now. The peak experts were all waiting for him outside. Once he left the Celestial Sword Saint’s territory, it would be impossible for him to evade capture. The Celestial Sword Saint’s territory was the only safe place for him right now.
Although he also knew about the cavern hidden in the depths of the Desolate Plane, so many peak experts were eyeing him closely right now. If he really did go there, it was basically asking for trouble.
“But for the sake of the Empyrean Demon Lord, I can let you stay here for three years, but it will only be three years. After those three years, leave by yourself,” the Celestial Sword Saint said at this moment.
“The Empyrean Demon Lord?” Jian Chen revealed his doubts when he heard that. He did not know Mo Tianyun was the Empyrean Demon Lord right now. After all, when he helped Mo Tianyun destroy the formation so that his original body could break through, he had suffered the backlash from the Chaotic Force. He was close to death, having lost all sense of the outside world. He did not hear the bellows of the Saint of Grand Harmony.
“The Empyrean Demon Lord is the person who gave you that mask. He’s also the great elder of the Empyrean Demon Cult,” said the Celestial Sword Saint. Afterwards, with a wave of his hand, Jian Chen immediately felt the landscape around him change. He had been sent to a gloomy gave by a force so powerful that he could not resist.
“The great elder of the Empyrean Demon Cult is actually senior Mo Tianyun!” However, Jian Chen paid no attention to the changes around him. He stood within the gloomy cave as he felt like his head was in a mess.
He had heard far too many rumours about the legendary great elder of the Empyrean Demon Cult, but he had never thought that the great elder was actually a legendary figure of the Tian Yuan Continent in the past, Mo Tianyun!
The experts gathered once again in the ruined city, around the Path of Swords that reached towards the sky. They stared at the end with ugly faces.
“Jian Chen has actually vanished from the Path of Swords. Has he passed the Celestial Sword Saint’s tests and become him disciple?”
“Impossible. That’s definitely impossible…”
“Let’s go to where the Celestial Sword Saint cultivates and get to the bottom of this…”
The peak experts gathered there all left with sunken faces. They had banded together, heading to the Celestial Sword Saint’s territory simultaneously.