This is a direct disciple of one of the Saints, Bai Hua Fairy.
Rumour has it that Bai Hua Sect doesn’t have many members, so all of them receive the best possible treatment.
Not to mention, after joining the sect, there’s no such thing as needing to compete for your cultivation resources, all the secret arts and skills are free to be learnt, if you try hard enough you might even get to be personally trained by the Saint herself.
All of them began to feel tempted.
Gu Qing Shan stood for a few seconds, then very seriously replied: “Without the Saint’s permission, both me and my junior sister cannot accept any disciples of our own, otherwise, once the Saint gets angry, not only will we be punished, but even your life might be forfeit, so just give up”
The other person still wanted to say something, but Gu Qing Shan already loudly declared to all: “I’ll say this right now, my junior sister and I are new members of Bai Hua Sect, aside from us, Bai Hua Sect have no plans to accept any new disciples”
“If you really want to join Bai Hua Sect, please first go attempt a Bai Hua list”
Seeing him so adamant about it, the crowd could only stop their schemes.
As the other person heard that, he reluctantly stood up, mumbling while walking away.
“I had to kneel for nothing…”
Lee Chang An lightly laughed, then muttered: “Bai Hua Sect doesn’t accept any disciples, but if you can defeat these two new members of Bai Hua Sect, you might catch the attention of some other large sects”
These words weren’t very loud, but all the people here are cultivators, so they all heard it quite clearly.
Many people suddenly realized, then looked at Gu Qing Shan and Xiuxiu with ulterior motive once more.
The 3rd round quickly ended.
Ning Yue Xi went off the raised platform.
After that was the final round of the semester examination.
Four sect masters came up the platform, all bowed towards the Sky Palace, then placed their hands on the four corners of the platform.
They infused their spirit energy into the four corners.
Very quickly, the four pillars light up together with the platform itself.
The four lights shot straight up at the sky, past the clouds and into the high unseen.
One of the sect masters ceremoniously declared: “One last round, the Chosen of Divinity, begin”
Chosen of Divinity, from the description of old scriptures, the human’s competition will attract the Divinity to watch them, if a Divinity sees any human fit, they will present that person with a gift to help them on their way of cultivation.
There are no longer any Divinity here, but humanity has always kept up this tradition for thousands of years.
The large platform was now split into 4 sections, each of them turning into their own fighting ring.
One newcomer jumped onto the ring, loudly declared: “This one is Zhang Bui, who shall challenge me?”
“I will!” Another newcomer also jumped on the ring.
The referee looked at them, seeing they were both qi training realm, nodded and reminded them: “This is just sparring, do not take it too seriously”
“Yes!” they both confirmed.
Then they entered combat.
Very quickly one of them lost as the other got to move on.
More cultivators were also fighting on the other 3 rings.
“Senior brother, what do we do now?” Xiuxiu asked.
“Ah, we only need to watch” Gu Qing Shan responded.
“We came all the way here and did nothing, would that make Shifu angry?” Xiuxiu asked anxiously.
Gu Qing Shan smiled, saying: “Did you forget what Shifu said?”
“I remember, to come safely and to return safely” Xiuxiu answered.
Gu Qing Shan continued: “That’s right, we only need to show up here to say that Bai Hua Sect has come, then watch them fight to broaden our views, that much is enough”
He rubbed Xiuxiu’s head, saying: “Not to mention, our Xiuxiu is only 8 years old, what kind of fighting do you want to do? Let’s just wait for a few more years”
Xiuxiu smiled, then said nothing anymore.
As she focused on watching the fights on the ring, she quickly became immersed.
Gu Qing Shan was also watching, but didn’t concentrate much.
Occasionally, he glanced over to look at Ning Yue Xi.
After a few times, her face became flushed.
He can’t help it, she really is a very beautiful girl, Gu Qing Shan’s eyes are also just unconsciously seeking her out.
Taking the chance when the fight down at the ring was at its most heated, Ning Yue Xi found a time where no one was watching her, then glared angrily at Gu Qing Shan.
Gu Qing Shan immediately gave up on teasing her.
———they’re still a few realms apart, if Ning Yue Xi really wanted to, that glare just now could easily shave off over half his HP bar.
Finally, around 20 people remained, picked out as the top cultivators of the 4th round.
All the sect leaders watched the newcomers, silently exclaimed something, then quickly picked their seeds.
To be able to make it this far, their talent, effort and battle sense are all the cream of the crop, the only thing left to do is to see if they fit the sect’s core scriptures.
“Very well, you’ve all earned your places here, but we will need to pick out the top three of you all to finish this year’s Chosen of Divinity” one sect master said.
“Next, you are free to challenge your opponent by name”
Challenging by name, means that you can call out anyone’s name you want to challenge him to battle, if they refuse, it will count as automatically losing that battle.
20 people exchanged looks, quickly evaluated the other 19 people, looking for the opponent most suitable for themselves.
This is also a test of observation skills and wits.
Suddenly, one of them shouted: “I want to challenge Bai Hua Sect’s Gu Qing Shan”
The whole place went silent.
Everyone quickly looked toward Gu Qing Shan and Xiuxiu.
“Senior brother” Xiuxiu asked
“No worries” Gu Qing Shan smiled.
He noticed, this was the same person that kneeled down earlier.
You really want to be noticed that much?
Leng Tian Xing was one of the referees, and the first to shout for him to stop: “Gu Qing Shan has not made it to the top 20 competitors, he’s not part of those you can challenge”
The other person said: “According to the rules of Chosen of Divinity, the top 20 people can challenge whoever they like, no one can refuse”
This is correct, but no one has ever done so before.
Because if they couldn’t make it to top 20, that means they’ve already lost.
As a strong person, actively challenging someone weaker will only invite disdain.
Not to mention, there are many sect’s cultivators, just like Bai Hua Sect, come here only to follow tradition, only to watch the examination, not to participate.
Ning Yue Xi also said: “Bai Hua Sect is only here to watch the competition, they have never gone on the ring, so they are not part of those you can challenge”
Hearing two great cultivators saying so, the person was a bit hesitant.
Lee Chang An suddenly stood up, laughing loudly: “Very good, you have guts to dare to challenge a Saint’s disciple, very good indeed, cultivators should be like this, to still face the challenge despite knowing it’s hard”
“No matter if you win or lose this time, our Blue Clouds Pass will still take you in”
No matter if you win or lose.
Means that he still has to fight.
The person immediately understood as he heard that, as well as all the cultivators around him.
As long as they fight, they’ll get to join Blue Clouds Pass.
Blue Clouds Pass is also a Saint’s sect, their numbers also exceptionally numerous, no one in the cultivation world dares to cross them, as well as having a great reputation.
On one side is Bai Hua Sect that won’t accept anyone, the other is Blue Clouds Pass that’s opened its door waiting.
Comparing the two, pleasing Blue Clouds Pass is the real way to heaven!
Immediately, over half the 20 people below started to complain.
“Why can’t we challenge him?”
“He’s also here for the semester examination, why does he has the privilege to not get challenged?”
“We respect the Saint, but he’s not a Saint!”
“If a cultivator won’t even accept a challenge, how is he still a cultivator?”
Many of the elders exchanged looks, not knowing what to do.
While the sects’ Elites cultivators, aside from Leng Tian Xing and Ning Yue Xi, no one spoke up.
Truthfully, Gu Qing Shan made too much of a ruckus before, not only did he ascend the Sky Palace with a Beast Saint, he was also seen talking close with Ning Yue Xi, making many green with envy.
Such a person, if he has to face a bit of a hard situation, or lose face a bit, it’s a good thing for them.
Gu Qing Shan seeing them became more and more agitated, stood up and clasped his fists: “Gentlemen, listen to me”
He very sincerely said: “This, there’s actually been a misunderstanding”
The person who stood out first stared at him, asking: “What misunderstand is that?”
Gu Qing Shan answered: “It’s not that I won’t fight, but rather, before we left, the Saint has specifically told us not to fight”
The person that stood out first waited for him to finish, about to rebuke him as soon as he explained.
But hearing Gu Qing Shan say something like that, no matter how long he thought, he couldn’t rebuke him.
The Saint specifically ordered.
The Saint didn’t allow them to fight.
That’s why I won’t fight.
On the ring, all the top 20 cultivators looked at each other.
He already said that his Shifu didn’t allow him to fight, now the heck do they deflect that reason? How do they provoke him?
Do they really want to offend a Saint before they’re even sure about entering a sect?
The loss outweighs the gain.
They all shut up.
Xiuxiu looked at this, then silently said: “Senior brother, it’s so strange”
“What’s strange?” Gu Qing Shan asked with a low voice.
“What you said is clearly very shameless, yet somehow I still feel you’re very cool”
Lee Chang An cleared his throat, asking: “Bai Hua Saint really ordered you like that?”
“Of course” Gu Qing Shan answered.
Lee Chang An silently cursed him, but couldn’t really say anything else, he really had no choice but to let him go.
——-but does he have to let him go?
This is in front of every sect in the cultivation world, the best chance to slap his face.
Seeing him not wanting to enter the ring no matter what, he’s obviously scared that he’ll lose.
But he already used the Saint as a shield, even if he doesn’t want to stop, he has to.
Lee Chang An glanced at Ning Yue Xi, seeing her looking at Gu Qing Shan, her lips slightly lifted, a bit speechless, but also pleased.
He gritted his teeth, very annoyed.
“So you really won’t fight?” Lee Chang An looked at Gu Qing Shan, then at Xiuxiu, softly spoke: “You also brought such a young girl, since the Saint ordered so, that must mean she’s afraid you’ll misplace the child ——-right, why does Bai Hua Sect have such a child, whose child is she?”
These words seem to be okay on the surface.
But you only need to think about it a bit to see just how dirty his implications are.
Bai Hua Sect really doesn’t have many members, so asking “whose child is that” would create countless rumors.
“Lee Chang An, what did you just say!” Ning Yue Xi angrily glared at him.
“I’m only asking about this child’s background, wanting to know which sect are her parents from, what’s wrong with that?” Lee Chang An quickly added to his reasoning.
He showed that he had no ill will, only wanting to ask about her background ——-asking about background is a very normal thing, many cultivators who enter a sect will also get asked that.
But the implications he said before had already went into everyone’s minds, the longer it is left brewing, the more rumors will be borne, definitely affect her reputation later.
Xiuxiu said nothing.
Both her parents are already long gone.
She had to go through so much struggle to finally get back to normal.
But these words are poisonous, immediately hurt her deeply.
Gu Qing Shan’s expression has already gone blank.
He let go of Xiuxiu, seeing the little girl’s eyes are already red, as her tears are dripping down, stopping at her chin.
Gu Qing Shan’s insides felt numb, but still smiled and said: “Xiuxiu, hear senior brother out for a bit!”
“Senior brother has really been too loose this time around”
“Now that senior brother knows what he’s done wrong, I’ll go fix it right now”
The little girl wiped her tears, showing a face of hearing something unexpected.
But Gu Qing Shan had already picked her up, quickly walked to where Ning Yue Xi is.
“Help me watch Xiuxiu for a bit”
Saying so, he didn’t wait for Ning Yue Xi to reply and simple jumped onto the platform.
The Earth sword appeared from thin air, gripped tightly in his hand.
Putting the sword on his shoulder, glancing over at all 20 cultivators below, saying: “Since you all want to prove yourself so much, come here, I’ll beat the proof into all of you”
He looked at Lee Chang An: “You must feel like your way is speaking is so smart, don’t you?”
A bone chilling killing intent could be felt from Gu Qing Shan, but his voice was as calm as water.
“Get the fuck down here and receive your death”