Gu Qing Shan led Xiuxiu by her hand, along the way introduced her to this and that nonstop to take away some of her nervousness.
“Look there, that store mainly sells talisman”
“This is the place where they make weapons, the big man without a shirt over there is the black smith”
“This shop’s storefront has a pill furnace, so it’s a pill store”
“On the left, yeah, that stall on the left sells spirit cooking, there’s a really delicious candied fruit jam —–shopkeep, give me one fruit jam”
Saying so, he put a stick of candied fruit into Xiuxiu’s hand.
Does it taste good? Xiuxiu hesitated for a bit before licking the fruit.
Um, very sweet.
She started eating happily.
Seeing a certain place, Gu Qing Shan’s eyes lit up and called: “Come, Xiuxiu, come with me”
“What is it, senior brother?” Xiuxiu was nervous again.
“See that, that store belongs to Spirit Beast Sect, they have a lot of strange and exotic spirit beasts, we can take a look!”
“Wow, do they have cranes, I love cranes!”
“Then let’s quickly go”
The head guard looking at the two of them running around like that could only smile wryly.
People that come here for the semester examination are all nervous wrecks, very rarely are there people like them who are so free-spirited.
How they do in the semester examination directly affects whether or not they’ll enter a sect, which sect they’ll enter, and what their treatment will be like.
Even those who are already part of a sect are nervous
———-what if I don’t do well? What if I lose to those that come after me?
If I perform exceptionally well, would there be a better sect that wants me?
These are everyone’s thoughts.
Because of that, the entire Dignity Mountain is full of cultivators quickly walking, carrying heavy faces that couldn’t wait to be tested.
But these two right here, what part of them is here for the examination? They’re obviously here to sight-see!
The head guard waited for a while for the young man got out of the spirit beast store together with the little girl.
On the young man’s face was a faint smile, while the little girl had already thrown her anxiety away, so excited that her face is red.
“Senior brother, what will we do now?” Xiuxiu asked
“We’ll rest for a bit, wait until time comes then we’ll go up to Sky Palace”
As Gu Qing Shan said so, he nodded at the head guard with an apologetic face.
The head guard quickly led them to an inn to rest.
After they settled in, Xiuxiu was clearly closer to Gu Qing Shan than before, asking him many problems regarding cultivation.
Gu Qing Shan also answered as best as he could.
Noon quickly came, they took out Qin Xiao Lou’s rations to eat for lunch, washed their faces and sat down meditating.
About another hour passed before a lightning sound was heard outside.
Everyone then started shouting.
“The time has come!”
“Gather, all of you!”
“It’s about to start, we can go now!”
The cultivators very quickly left in groups, large and small.
“Senior brother?” Xiuxiu opened her eyes and asked Gu Qing Shan.
“We’re leaving too” Gu Qing Shan smiled and answered.
They went together with the sea of people, walking all the way to Dignity Mountain’s peak.
The mountain’s peak has been made into a large square. Numerous sect’s cultivators, as well as lone cultivators and marital artists who wanted to be picked into a sect stood there, waiting, discussing loudly between themselves amongst the rowdy atmosphere.
About a minute later, one person walked on the air to arrive, shouting: “20 breaths later the Sky Palace will appear, please all be ready to ascend the Sky Palace”
As they heard that, everyone became silent, many are eagerly waiting for the time to come.
“Senior brother, what do they mean by Sky Palace? Second brother said there would be thunder, is thunder going to come?” Xiuxiu curiously asked.
“Just look and you’ll see” Gu Qing Shan didn’t tell her.
But after speaking, he gestured Xiuxiu to cover her ears, while covering his eyes himself.
Right at this moment, lightning struck down as the thunderous roars made many people cover their ears.
A person standing next to Gu Qing Shan coldly laughed: “So slacking in cultivation that they can’t even handle the sound of thunder, this generation of cultivators are really lacking compared to ours”
Gu Qing Shan rolled his eyes and didn’t bother to reply to him.
This isn’t normal thunder, but Divine thunder from the world of Gods, if you hear it, it’ll strongly affect your soul vessel. No one below Ascension realm can handle it.
Covering your ears is the most effective and simple way.
If you don’t try to resist it at all, your soul vessel itself might be hurt.
Sure enough, another voice asked next to him: “Oy big brother, why is your nose bleeding?”
The other person acted like it was nothing and said: “Hmph, yesterday I cultivated enough that I ranked up, so my circulation just bled a bit”
Gu Qing Shan have been through many things so he doesn’t mind that and said nothing, but Xiuxiu couldn’t help it.
Before leaving, Xiuxiu was taught not only by Shifu but also her senior brothers, so she knows about the thunder very well.
The other party is trying his best to keep up the terrible act, but she’s only a child so she let out a stifled laugh.
The other party immediately got angry, glared and asked: “Little missy, what are you laughing about?”
He said as he walked towards them.
Gu Qing Shan unconsciously hid Xiuxiu behind his back, asking back: “What, you have the right to ban people from laughing?”
The other person grumbled: “You must have also come here to join the semester examination with a senior, pray that you won’t meet me, otherwise I’ll make sure you get it”
Gu Qing Shan released his inner sight and scanned the person.
Qi training first stage.
Gu Qing Shan shook his head, couldn’t even bother to get angry.
The other person saw that he said nothing, thought that he won and went back triumphantly.
All the people around looked at Gu Qing Shan with disdain.
This guy couldn’t even talk back, what kind of cultivator is he?
Xiuxiu tugged on Gu Qing Shan’s clothes.
Gu Qing Shan looked back to see Xiuxiu silently grumbled: “Senior brother, why didn’t you teach him a lesson? If second brother was here, he would’ve done so already”
Gu Qing Shan rubbed her head: “Shifu said, this time we need to go safely and return safely, so why make a fuss?”
“Not to mention” Gu Qing Shan sighed, “he’s too weak, I’m afraid I might not be able to hold back enough”
Xiuxiu was stunned, then remembered how Qin Xiao Lou got knocked into the air by Gu Qing Shan’s single strike.
And Qin Xiao Lou was already Foundation Establishment.
Xiuxiu nodded in agreement.
They kept their ears covered as the divine thunder continued for a while.
Then, the world went silent again.
The black clouds parted as a grand floating palace appeared in the sky.
A single look at the palace made everyone unconsciously hold respect.
There were Divinity statues on all four sides of the palace, on its lapis roof tiles were fixtures of Dragon, Phoenix, Bulls, Donkeys, Fishes and about a dozen other kinds of Divine beasts
In front of the palace was an arched four-sided platform. On the platform was a drum, a table, pens and paper.
Below the platform was a large square surrounded by the entire palace.
Even after countless years, this palace still emits an air of unparalleled dignity.
Sadly, it seems to have been destroyed by something, as over half the structure was gone.
There was only half of this Sky Palace left.
It silently floated in the air, showing its incomplete form to the world, seemingly to tell everyone something.
“To————- The————- Sky———— Palace!”
A dignified voice was heard from the cultivators in front.