The atmosphere in the palace turned strange for a while, so much so that even the Palace Master couldn’t help but shake his head as he threw a glance at the Great Elder.
Still, he kept quiet.
On the surface, the meeting between the Elders was meant to discuss the arrival of all the Dao Heritages in the Heavenly Dao Ancient City, but everyone present on the scene knew well that they wouldn’t be able to change the outcome or stop all of those forces anymore.
So, the real purpose behind their gathering was…it was to select someone from the Heavenly Immortal Dao Palace’s younger generation to stand before the youngsters of the other forces like an iron wall.
It’s just that they had no choice but to give face to the Great Elder and talk in riddles, without outright mentioning Gu Changge’s name.
After all, there was no one better suited for the task beside Gu Changge.
As for the girl whom the Great Elder recently took in as his disciple, Gu Xian’er? Although she was born with enviable talent, but when compared to Gu Changge, she was still a bit lackluster.
Their strength and identity alone created a great chasm between the two of them.
What’s more? Gu Xian’er’s existence held no deterrent effect before outside forces, but Gu Changge wasn’t the same.
He alone covered the sky of the Heavenly Immortal Dao Palace with one hand, held unimaginable might that was a cut above the rest of his peers, and none of the other disciples dared to provoke him.
Although the Elders didn’t like this fact, they had to admit that Gu Changge’s strength couldn’t be questioned.
Who in the younger generation of the current era wasn’t afraid of Gu Changge?
Just a few days ago, the Young Master of the White Tiger Family — a mighty Young Supreme — was humiliated beyond measure, yet still didn’t dare to attack Gu Changge for revenge.
To put it in simple terms, the Heavenly Immortal Dao Palace wouldn’t need to worry about losing too much if they sent Gu Changge as their representative. He alone would be able to suppress the geniuses of all the other Heritages and reduce the competition their disciples would need to face.
There was only one problem though…the disagreement between Gu Changge and the Great Elder.
The Elders had to somehow approve him as their representative as they had no other choice, so all of them were stuck between a rock and a hard place.
“This old man already understands your meaning, so there’s no need to beat around the bush like this; this old man won’t do something to hamper the success of our Heavenly Immortal Dao Palace!”
Although he said that, the Great Elder’s expression wasn’t all that good. After all, if they went asking for Gu Changge’s help to support the Heavenly Immortal Dao Palace, then wouldn’t that make him lose all face?
Wouldn’t the words he said the last time be in vain, and no different from him slapping himself in the face?
The Great Elder felt a blaze light up in his heart.
He had lived through innumerable eons, yet this was the first time he hit a wall again and again when dealing with someone from the younger generation.
It was simply unbelievable!
Right then, the Palace Master of the Heavenly Immortal Dao Palace showed a smile, and said, “The Great Elder’s magnanimity knows no bound, so how can he take a youngster’s offense to heart? As for that Gu Changge? He’s the Young Master of the Ancient Immortal Gu Family, and the only reason he came to our Heavenly Immortal Dao Palace was to get the position of our heir…although I have known about his plot since day one, I have intentionally ignored it.”
“Alas! This incident will give him enough leverage to attain his desire. Well, although Gu Changge’s actions are elusive and incalculable, it’s still a fact that he’s a disciple of our Heavenly Immortal Dao Palace, so I don’t believe he will be heinous enough to harm us, the ones who taught and sheltered him, right?”
“In my opinion, giving him the position of heir wouldn’t be too big of a deal — after all, strength matters far more than a somewhat-distorted character.”
The Elders turned to look at each other, and then nodded in agreement at the Palace Master’s words.
Now, even their Palace Master was supporting Gu Changge, so even if the Great Elder didn’t like him, he couldn’t bring out any justification to keep the position from him.
“Forget it! This old man will lower his face today and go talk to that Gu Changge about this matter.”
The Great Elder said and dismissed the matter with a wave of his hand; his expression had worsened further, but he knew they had no other choice.
Without further ado, he disappeared from his seat inside the palace.
The Elders and Palace Master of the Heavenly Immortal Dao Palace couldn’t help but shake their heads and sigh.
‘To make the Great Elder take a step back…this Gu Changge is a unique existence in the younger generation, and he will certainly go far in life…’
While the Great Elder and the others were discussing about what to do, Gu Xian’er was busy cultivating on the Great Elder’s personal peak.
Gu Xian’er’s slender figure was adorned in blue, and one could see a calm expression on her unparalleled, alluring visage.
With her eyes tightly shut, she sat cross-legged atop a spiritual bluestone. Brilliant rays of dazzling light burst forth from behind her, and spread in all directions.
Wisps of godly Purple Qi fell upon her from the sky like a thick mist, and circled around her figure, making her look like the Darling of the Great Dao.
The wisps of Qi brought along the aura of the Great Dao as they fell upon her figure.
It was as if there was an invisible hole above her head where it all descended from.
Right now, a new Dao Bone was on fire [not literally] inside her body as it released a deep, vast might.
The Dao Bone was like a flawless crystal that radiated Immortal Qi and resembled an Immortal’s bone. A hazy fog seemed to appear inside her Dao Bone, and one could see the illusion of a tiny Immortal sitting cross-legged inside it as it chanted supreme Dao scriptures.
Soon, all the power inside every inch of her flesh and bones condensed and gushed forth to give off a terrifying aura of suppression that washed over her limbs!
She had broken through!
A hint of joy appeared on Gu Xian’er’s delicate and flawless face, but she soon calmed down.
She had finally broken through to the Conferred Lord Realm!
One had to know that Gu Changge was only in the Saint Realm back at her age!
Her cultivation speed was a lot faster than Gu Changge of that time.
‘As long as I cultivate diligently, I will overtake Gu Changge sooner or later, and then have my revenge!’
‘At that time, he will surely regret what he did!’
‘I must let him know that I, Gu Xian’er, am not someone he can bully whenever and however he pleases!’
A brilliant light twinkled in Gu Xian’er’s eyes as she clenched her fists.
Over the last period of time, she had consumed countless divine pills and treasures, and cultivated various Ancient Heavenly Arts that were prepared for her by the Great Elder, so one could say that her progress was extremely fast.
It was much faster than before.
The method of attaining immortality recorded in the [Heavenly Immortal Dao Codex] was extremely elusive, to the point that it laid out a complete road for one to reach immortality, and that brought great benefits to Gu Xian’er’s cultivation.
Although her previous masters were also strong, they weren’t versed in teaching cultivation like the Great Elder.
Everyone had their own specializations, after all.
The Great Elder had taught countless disciples, so he naturally had rich experience in the field, so he was able to teach her based on her aptitude.
As for Gu Xian’er? Her talent and foundation was extremely solid, and she had also cultivated step by step without rushing in any way, so it was only natural for her cultivation to increase by leaps and bounds.
Before long, Gu Xian’er further calmed her heart.
‘If Gu Changge hadn’t provoked Master at that time, then I am sure that Master wouldn’t have helped with my cultivation with such diligence. My current speed of cultivation is all thanks to Gu Changge…’
‘Still, I don’t believe he would do such an act of kindness without reason! He must have some other plan. Although I can’t figure out his intentions right now, I am sure that his intentions aren’t good.’
Gu Xian’er thought in her heart.
Right now, the only thing she wanted to do was to stomp Gu Changge’s face to the ground, and step on him for a while!
Right now, she was like a cold and arrogant fairy who stood above the nine heavens, and looked down on the mortals below.
Still, Gu Xian’er couldn’t help but feel somewhat uncomfortable when she recalled that Gu Changge hadn’t come to visit her during this period of time.
Suddenly, her expression showed a slight change, and she looked towards a huge boulder not far from her.
“Who is it?”
Gu Xian’er shouted with a cold voice.
At the same time, a jade sword appeared in her hand, and brilliant runes started to circle around her figure to give her an extraordinary appearance.
Just now, she sensed a slight fluctuation from behind that boulder, and that made her realize that someone was hiding so close to her without her noticing their existence even once, and that increased Gu Xian’er’s vigilance as she looked towards that direction with a frown.
After all, no one would have the guts to trespass on the Great Elder’s territory like this on normal days!
It’s just that the Great Elder had gone to the Main Peak to discuss some matters with the other Elders and Palace Master, so he wasn’t on the mountain today, and this made it possible for someone to sneak up here like this.
The Great Elder didn’t have the habit of laying out formations and traps on his mountain as he was the only one cultivating atop his mountain peak.
Why would he need traps and formations when the mightiest being in existence himself was protecting the place?
Various thoughts went through Gu Xian’er’s mind, and her vigilance intensified.
She first suspected the sneaker to be Gu Changge, but quickly ruled out the possibility. Unless Gu Changge was bored and had nothing better to do, he would never come here to watch her cultivate.
As for Gu Changge plotting to harm her in secret?
Gu Xian’er didn’t even consider that. If Gu Changge had wanted to kill her, then he could have done that a long time ago when she was at her lowest — why would he wait until this day to do that?
Just who could it be?
“Sister Xian’er, please don’t worry! I hold no malice towards you.”
Right then, a gentle voice as sweet as honey sounded from behind the boulder, and a tall and gorgeous woman walked out.
The woman was dressed in a grey gauze skirt, and her azure hair was tied up in a bun. She had a picturesque and breathtakingly beautiful face that radiated an inborn majesty and aloofness.
Even though Gu Xian’er was also a gorgeous beauty, she couldn’t help but feel suffocated by the other party’s divine appearance.
The one before her was no doubt the most beautiful woman she had seen in her life!
But soon, Gu Xian’er calmed down and asked, “Are you Gu Changge’s fiancée? Yue Mingkong, the fourth princess of the Supreme Immortal Dynasty?”
Such a face and temperament…Gu Xian’er couldn’t think of anyone other than the Crown Princess of the Supreme Immortal Dynasty who would have such an unparalleled appearance.
It’s just that…why was she here? And just how long had she been watching her cultivate?
This puzzled Gu Xian’er.
Yue Mingkong replied with a nod, and then carefully took a look at Gu Xian’er.
Gu Changge left the Heavenly Immortal Dao Palace and went to the Heavenly Dao Ancient City for whatever reason, so she thought of coming here to see Gu Xian’er. But when she arrived, Gu Xian’er was lost in cultivation, so she decided not to disturb her.
For that reason, she concealed her aura and started to watch her from a distance.
Now that Gu Xian’er’s cultivation was over, she decided to release a bit of her aura to let her know of her presence.
Yue Mingkong held no malice towards the cold and arrogant-looking little girl, Gu Xian’er, instead, she felt some pity for her.
In her previous life, Gu Xian’er was the only one she could regard as her friend.
The two had met by chance.
Still, even though she was Gu Changge’s fiancee, Gu Xian’er didn’t hate her.
Instead, Gu Xian’er treated her as her equal.
It didn’t take long for the two to become acquainted.
It’s just that because of Gu Changge, the two of them eventually drifted apart and turned into strangers.
The last time she heard news about Gu Xian’er was when the Peach Village — where Gu Xian’er lived — was razed to the ground after Gu Changge sent an army of hundreds of millions to destroy them.
In the end, the mysterious peach tree at the entrance of the then-ruined village forcefully broke through the Void and disappeared without a trace.
Gu Xian’er, too, disappeared after that incident as if the Earth had swallowed her or the Heavens had whisked her away.
Back then, Yue Mingkong thought that Gu Xian’er probably believed that there was no way for her to avenge herself and the village, so she decided to go into hiding; but after thinking about the matter for a while, Yue Mingkong came to the conclusion that there was no way Gu Changge would let Gu Xian’er go just like that.
Gu Changge must have captured Gu Xian’er’s masters and threatened her into captivity in exchange for letting them go.
After that, no one could find out anything about Gu Xian’er, so it was very likely that Gu Changge swallowed her origin using his Forbidden Arts, and killed her off.
Gu Xian’er had lived a life of misery.
When she was young, her most beloved brother dug out her Dao Bone, and then she was forced to flee into the Land of Forsaken Immortals where she met her several mysterious and mighty masters. With deep hatred clawing at her heart, she single-mindedly cultivated in hopes of avenging herself in that place.
What a pity, though, that she never got to avenge herself!
Her masters had to rescue her countless times from Gu Changge’s hands.
In their previous life, her lineage — her parents and relatives — were thoroughly exterminated by Gu Changge after he rose to the seat of Patriarch in the Ancient Immortal Gu Family; he didn’t spare a single person from that lineage!
He was ruthless, too ruthless…
Yue Mingkong couldn’t help but feel a burst of regret and sadness every time she recalled what went down in her last life.
In their previous life, she helped Gu Changge lord over the Supreme Immortal Dynasty, helped him annex countless large and small forces, and even helped him train the hundreds of millions of troops that later went on to raze the Peach Village in the Land of Forsaken Immortals.
Alas! Much had changed in this life, but Gu Xian’er’s situation was no different from before.
Back then, she joined the Heavenly Immortal Dao Palace and became the Great Elder’s disciple and started to cultivate on his mountain. But because she had offended Gu Changge, her life in the Heavenly Immortal Dao Palace wasn’t all that good, and no disciple dared to mingle with her.
Even the Elders avoided her as if she was some kind of poisonous thorn or something.
After a while, Gu Xian’er chanced upon an Immortal Opportunity in the depths of the Heavenly Immortal Dao Palace, and her cultivation base improved by leaps and bounds, so she took the opportunity to challenge Gu Changge, and even announced to the whole world the heinous deeds that Gu Changge had committed.
Her announcement caused a massive sensation in all directions, and shook the Upper Realm in its entirety.
After that, she fought with Gu Changge on the battlefield of the Ancient Heavenly Geniuses, and their exchange attracted the attention of countless cultivators and forces.
In that battle, she survived by the skin of her teeth, and finally won and killed Gu Changge.
That was the only time Gu Xian’er came out on top against Gu Changge.
Of course, Gu Changge used an Art of Suspended Animation to make himself appear dead in front of everyone’s eyes as he didn’t want to reveal his trump cards.
After that, Gu Changge’s ‘corpse’ was taken away by the Ancient Immortal Gu Family, and then, half a year later, he reappeared in the Upper Realm with an even more unfathomable cultivation base.
Soon, the two met again, and fought again, and as a result of this exchange, Gu Xian’er almost lost her life, but someone rescued her at the final moment.