Translator: Nyoi-Bo Studio Editor: Nyoi-Bo Studio
The Red Blood Palace’s group arrival attracted everyone’s attention. The Red Blood Palace was one of the Eighteen Blessed and Heavenly Lands’ two strongest factions, and all experts brought by them were the best of the best. Sixty people had come, and they were quite eye-catching because of the powerful aura emanating from each of them.
“Is that the Red Blood Palace’s group? It’s really strange. Why do they have such a large number of people?”
“There’s a lot more of them than there has been in previous years. It seems like even the Red Blood Palace prepared a backup plan.”
All factions participating in the meet had brought more disciples than the previous time, and the Red Blood Palace wasn’t an exception to this. Many factions became anxious due to this. Didn’t it mean that the competition would become more intense?
The Red Blood Palace’s disciples were also counting the number of disciples from the other factions, and they couldn’t help but become apprehensive. It was as Su Yuxian had stated. The number of disciples brought by all factions surpassed the previous usual number.
Many people looked in delight at Su Yu. It was fortunate that he reminded them, or the Red Blood Palace would have surely suffered losses if it respected the previous rules.
The Wind and Cloud Meet didn’t have a definite start date, and it would begin just after all the factions gathered together. Now that the Red Blood Palace, who were the last to arrive, were here the meet would shortly start. They would need to just wait for the Red Blood Palace and the Purple Cloud Palace’s masters to jointly announce the start of the meet.
While they were waiting, all factions’ contestants started separating into two different camps. One of them was the Red Blood Palace, and the eight factions affiliated with them. They all gathered around the Red Blood Palace’s disciples and started discussing the task ahead.
The other camp was headed by the Purple Cloud Palace’s disciples, and they all gathered together.
The two sides were clearly separated, and they were both competing against each other.
“Senior sister Bing, senior sister Tian.” The eight great factions’ disciples elected the strongest senior brother or sister among them, and they came over to greet the Red Blood Palace’s leaders. Both Bing Wuqing and Tian Yu replied them one after the other.
After such people took the lead, the other disciples of the eight great factions started trying to get close to the other disciples of the Red Blood Palace so that they would treat them leniently in the meet, and so that they could help each other if they met in the Glittering Jewel Wonderland.
Many geniuses were present in the Red Blood Palace, and there were several dozen Level Eight Divine Masters, and all other factions’ disciples rushed over to them. A ‘servant’ like Su Yu, who was really a Level Nine Fairy, was obviously an exception to this.
Many were curious about the silver masked Su Yu, but after they got to know that he was just Mo Tianxuan’s servant, they tried to politely and quickly end the conversation and went instead to look for the Red Blood Palace’s geniuses.
Bing Wuxin, Gongsun Wuxie, and Bai Shanliang were quite famous even in the other eight great factions, and many people went over to befriend them.
Su Yu, who found himself idle, started observing his surroundings and discovered in surprise that one of the eight factions affiliated to the Red Blood Palace showed an indifferent attitude. They just stood on the edge, and it didn’t seem like they wanted to try to befriend the Red Blood Palace’s talented youths.
When Su Yu looked over at them, he found out that there were nine disciples, and they had both men and women among them. They were headed by twenty-three years old youth standing in the middle of the group. The youth had average facial features, but he had a flame mark on his cheek. It seemed like a real flame, and it throbbed slightly.
The man aura was restrained and hidden, and if he wasn’t surrounded by the others, it would be difficult for one to notice him or pay any attention to him.
When Su Yu stared at the man, he felt a faint sense of crisis for some unknown reason. He mulled it over for a moment, before he used his Soul Eyes, and swept his glance over the man’s body quickly. He was surprised by what he discovered.
“Wuxie, who is that guy?” Su Yu asked Gongsun Wuxie, who was in front of him.
Gongsun Wuxie followed Su Yu’s gaze and looked at the man. “Him?” she quickly replied. “He’s the Soul Seizing Palace’s greatest disciple, Wei Bufan. He once rejected the Red Blood Palace’s private recruitment attempts and had chosen to stay in the Soul Seizing Palace. His cultivation was at the Level Eight Divine Master Realm, and he would be an apex genius if he was in the Red Blood Palace. It’s really a pity.”
A Level Eight Divine Master? When Su Yu examined him with his Soul Eyes, he discovered that he had hidden his cultivation and was a Level Nine Divine Master.
This was the hidden Level Nine Divine Master Realm’s aura which Su Yu had detected a moment ago. He really didn’t expect that such a person would be a genius expert of the Soul Seizing Palace.
Wei Bufan’s main cultivation level wasn’t any lower than that of Bing Wuqing and Tian Yu.
Suddenly, it seemed like Wei Bufan detected the gaze examining him, and he looked over. Su Yu averted his gaze just in time, and Wei Bufan didn’t find anything. He furrowed his brows and surveyed his surroundings with a confused gaze.
“Eldest senior brother, what happened?” A woman, in the prime of youth who was clad in black clothes and was next to Wei Bufan, asked him anxiously.
Wei Bufan replied coldly, “Someone among the Red Blood Palace’s disciples possesses a special inspection power, and it seems like he discovered my true cultivation level.”
The black-clothed woman was surprised. “Eldest senior brother, the Demonic Primordial Essence Return Technique cultivated by you possesses excellent concealment power, yet it still was seen through by someone? Is it Bing Wuqing or Tian Yu?”
“It doesn’t seem like it’s the case. It must have been someone else.” Wei Bufan furrowed his brows. “Quickly transmit this. We should be careful of the Red Blood Palace: they still have another hidden mysterious expert.”
Su Yu kept a low-profile. He closed his eyes and rested. Since the people next to him were busy befriending the Red Blood Palace’s geniuses, and no one was paying any attention to him, he managed to get a peaceful moment.
After an hour had passed, both sides’ discussions gradually came to an end, and still, no one paid any attention to Su Yu. Even when someone occasionally got curious about him, he would turn back after learning about Su Yu’s status as a ‘servant’.
It was at this moment that two people flew over from the first peak. It was Mo Tianxuan and a white-haired old man. They both floated in the sky. Mo Tianxuan was radiant with happiness. It seemed like she hadn’t lost the duel. The white-haired old man must be the Purple Cloud Palace’s Master, Venerable Purple Cloud. It was rumored that he was one of the few All Creation Old Monsters in Jiuzhou Continent who could rival Mo Tianxuan, and he was an apex existence in the All Creation Realm.
Everyone quickly descended into silence, and no one dared to speak. They all looked respectfully at the two people in the sky.
“It’s said that all nine prefectures’ kings joined hands and figured out together that the Glittering Jewel Wonderland will descend soon. We are short of time, and our Eighteen Blessed and Heavenly Lands lost many talented heroes in the past war between the human and ghost clans. We rested a hundred years until today and have managed to regain some of our past glory. This time, we must surely not miss the Glittering Jewel Wonderland,” Venerable Purple Cloud said. He spoke in a serene tone, but it still had a special charm, which would make anyone listening to it impassioned.
“This time, Wind and Clouds Meet will elect the hundred most outstanding youths of our Eighteen Blessed and Heavenly Lands. They will represent the Blessed and Heavenly Lands and go to the Glittering Jewel Wonderland. If they manage to come back after making many gains there, they will surely become our Blessed and Heavenly Lands’ backbone power,” Venerable Purple Cloud said.
Upon hearing this, everyone was eager to give this a try. Venerable Purple Cloud would now announce the official start of the Wind and Clouds Meet. They would go through many duels to elect the most powerful fifty people, which meant that it would be like a single-elimination open tournament.
“However, after discussing the matter with Palace Mistress Mo, we decided to alter the rules of the Wind and Clouds Meet,” Venerable Purple Cloud said suddenly. “This time Wind and Clouds Meet’s test won’t be a single-elimination open tournament, but a competitive trial by fire.”
“The Purple Cloud Palace will open its special secret realm, the Purple Cloud Secret Realm, and you will go into it. You should all try to get the Purple Cloud Vital Energy provided to each person, and the more you accumulate, the higher your ranking will be. In the end, the top hundred will be sent to the Glittering Jewel Wonderland.”