Chapter 14 – Jia Lan
“Since Junior Lin has said it like this, I will speak of them. I believe that although the various Juniors here love talent, they wouldn’t lose face and fight for the Clan Descendant members with us, the Nine Infants.” After hesitating, the scholar replied with a sarcastic tone.
Once these words left the scholar’s mouth, the members from the other factions felt great embarrassment.
Even though the Nine Infants Faction was much weaker than the other factions, to hear it be put so bluntly made everyone feel ashamed.
“Relax Junior Gui. Take your pick. If anyone decides to challenge your right to do so, I will take care of it. No matter the talent that comes out of the Clan Descendant members, your sect will have the priority pick.” The Barbarian Ghost Sect Leader acknowledged the difficulties faced by the Nine Infant Sect Members and spoke in a solemn manner.
“Thank you, Sect Leader Senior!” Hearing that, the scholar smiled and thanked the Sect Leader.
Naturally, the others had nothing to say.
“To be honest, there are only a few of decent talent from the Clan Descendant members. It’s still uncertain if they will pass the Opening Spirit Ceremony. Of them, Junior Zhu and I have already made contact with the three Loose Practitioners. From our estimates, the member called Gao Chong has a high chance of having a Nine Spiritual Pulse. Another member called Yu Cheng has some sort of innate talent in his eyes, and can practice the Ghost Dove Techniques from our faction. There’s some hope of him being able to master the unmastered Dove Eye Technique. As for the last Loose Practitioner, he has very ordinary training talent. However, he has eaten a Rotting Poison Spirit Grass, and now his Yuan Li has a Rotting Poison attribute. If he can pass the Opening Ceremony, there may be other surprises. As for the others, we’ve also made contact with a few clan members. However, only Lei Zhen is worth paying attention to. He will probably have a Nine Spiritual Pulse and probably have some of that bloodline power of the Lei Clan.”
Once the scholar revealed his thoughts, the other faction members all showed signs of greed, but with the words from the Sect Leader, they could only stay quiet.
“Gui Senior, Lei Zhen is my nephew, so I plan to personally train him.” A shadow that had been silent until now finally spoke with a low voice.
“I guessed that you would say something of that nature, so I only observed him without making contact.” The scholar didn’t show any emotions except slight disappointment.
“Thank you for your understanding!” Junior Lei said with the hint of an apology.
“So Junior Gui would like to use your faction’s three spots on the three Loose Practitioners?” Junior Chu couldn’t help but speak up.
“Yes. What? Does Junior want to trade your faction’s pick of sect-trained members for these spots?” The scholar replied with a smile.
“Haha, since Senior has put his sights on them, as your Junior, I won’t be forcing them away.” Junior Chu yawned and quickly gave up.
Even though Gao Chong and the other two Loose Practitioners were quite talented, they were obviously less important than the sect-trained members.
“Okay. If these three Loose Practitioners pass the Opening Spirit Ceremony, they will be under the Nine Infant Faction. I wish for the Nine Infant Faction to recover its lost fame, and with our eight factions together, our Barbarian Ghost Sect can become even stronger!” Seeing this, the Barbarian Ghost Sect Leader spoke slowly.
Hearing this, some faction leaders nodded while others didn’t move.
The Sect Leader’s brow furrowed upon seeing such a sight, but as he was about to say something, a Spirit Apostle flew over on a grey cloud.
“Sect Leader, the Spirit Converging Stage has been finished. It can be activated at any time.”
“Since it is done, activate it.” The Sect Leader replied without hesitation.
“Yes, Sect Leader!” The Sect Member bowed and flew back to where he came from.
At the same time, Liu Ming was surrounded by youths from influential clans. He was staring at a girl in the file of the Barbarian Ghost Sect’s own Practitioners.
Actually, it wasn’t only him. There were countless gazes that were going to the same spot.
There were even Sect Practitioners sneaking glances at her.
That was because the girl was just too pretty.
Even though she only looked to be about thirteen or fourteen, she had snow-like skin and a delicate face. Jet black hair went past her shoulders, and there was an alluring glint in her eyes. Every move she made made one’s heart beat faster.
The young girl seemed to be accustomed to being watched by many people. She retained her smile without showing any embarrassment.
Liu Ming watched the girl for a while before suddenly realizing and biting his tongue to force his eyes away from her face. At the same time, he whimpered in his heart—scary!
Was this the legendary Aphrodite Body!? At such a young age, the girl was already luring people in. Imagine the power she would have if she were a bit older.
What made Liu Ming more scared was that the girl had been in the line for a long time but no one had noticed her before. How was it that it took a while for him to realize that such a pretty girl was there?
In addition, Liu Ming felt a cold sweat when he realized that even the girls showed a hint of love as they gazed toward the pretty young girl.
This girl was definitely strange. It would be better to be far from this girl—Liu Ming quickly made a decision.
However, other people didn’t have as strong of a conviction as Liu Ming, and their sneaky gazes turned to outright stares after realizing that the girl in question didn’t care.
After some time, the young girl furrowed her brow and looked toward the youths from the Practitioner Clans.
The youths that met her gaze all lowered their heads with their cheeks flushed, but there were a few, like Lei Zhen, who returned her gaze boldly.
When the young girl’s gaze passed over Liu Ming and found that he wasn’t looking at her like the others were but instead at the Spirit Convergence Stage, she was slightly stunned but did not dwell on the matter.
A milk-white beam shot out from the silver diagram and converged toward the sky. The clear crystals and silver lines embedded in stage also lit up, while the entire stage rumbled softly.
At almost the same time, Liu Ming felt the air around him stiffen with something extra in it. After hesitating slightly, he took a deep breath and felt a refreshing sense wash over him.
With such a drastic event, the youths who were still lost in the young girl’s charm woke up, revealing surprised expressions as they looked to the stage.
In addition, on the high platform, the Barbarian Ghost Sect Leader gave some orders after seeing the stage successfully activated.
“Junior Lei , as discussed before, you will be hosting this ceremony with the other Juniors helping. The Opening Spirit Ceremony is a large event for our sect and cannot be treated carelessly.”
“Yes.” Hearing that, the others on the platform bowed.
The youths waiting suddenly saw a couple of shadows fly up from the high platform and speed toward the stage.
The youths from influential clans were all stunned by this sight while the Barbarian Ghost Practitioners kneeled down on one leg and shouted.
“Greetings to our Martial Uncles!”
TL: Martial Uncle is a Junior/Senior of one’s Shi Fu(master/teacher)
“Stand. In a while, we will split you guys into files of a hundred to enter the Spirit Convergence Stage. In it, you’re life will be in jeopardy but if you open your Spiritual Sea, you will no longer be a mortal! I’ll ask you one more time, is there anyone who would like to forgo this chance?” A shadow who was Junior Lei spoke softly and slowly.
Hearing this, neither Barbarian Ghost Practitioners nor youths from influential families spoke—no one was dumb enough to let so many resources go to waste.
“Good, very good!” Junior Lei said two goods and nothing more.
Liu Ming was hidden within the crowd and was curiously looking at the Martial Uncles in the air.
Although, he couldn’t see the real faces of these people because of the layer of light that surrounded them.
When he looked back toward the Barbarian Ghost Practitioners, he realized that the pretty girl who was drawing everyone’s attention had disappeared. In fact, he could barely remember where that girl had been standing!
Even though Liu Ming could be considered quite brave, he still felt a tinge down his back, much like seeing a ghost in broad daylight.
The crowd that Liu Ming was in also seemed to have realized that they couldn’t find the girl anymore. With the realization came a decent sized commotion while many revealed expressions of disbelief on their faces.
On the high platform, the Barbarian Ghost Sect Leader saw this and looked toward a slightly pretty girl. He smiled at Junior Lin who hadn’t flown into the air to host the ceremony.
“Jia Lan’s Aphrodite Body is truly amazing. It has quite an effect even before she has opened her Spiritual Sea. I think she will be quite impressive when she becomes a Spirit Apostle.”
“Hmph, if not for that, why would I fight with Chu Senior over her. Unfortunately, even though this Spiritual Body is quite rare, the owner of the body has many more obstacles in training. The Aphrodite Body isn’t very useful against those that are of a higher level than the owner.” Junior Lin bragged proudly before starting to list off the inadequacies of that Spiritual Body.