Ye Futian and his companions had returned to Crouching Dragon Mountain. The city went into a frenzy upon receiving this news.
Today was the birthday celebration for Zhuge Qingfeng. All the powerful cultivators of the Nine States had gathered, and the situation was lively. However, the few Renhuangs who intruded the place had suppressed everyone who was present.
Yet in the blink of an eye, those Renhuangs were killed.
This was practically a dream.
Did the legendary figure of the Nine States really achieve this level of dominance?
What Plane was Ye Futian at currently?
According to those who witnessed the happenings, when they saw Ye Futian, they felt as though they were gazing at a deity.
It was highly possible that Ye Futian was a Renhuang now.
Renhuangs were existences that most residents of the Nine States had never encountered before. It was difficult for them to meet a Saint Plane figure, let alone a Renhuang.
On top of Crouching Dragon Mountain, the return of Ye Futian, Zhuge Mingyue, and the rest livened up the gathering even more.
Ye Futian briefly explained his encounters and invited the Saints of the Nine States to come with him to the Upper Worlds. Many of the Saints were tempted to accept the invitation. In reality, with their age and Plane, nothing in the Nine States could excite them anymore. Now, everyone in the Nine States was at peace with each other; it was too mundane for the Saints.
If they went to the Upper Worlds, especially to the Nine Supreme Regions, they might have a chance to advance further in their cultivation.
However, some of them were worried about their juniors. Ye Futian assured them by saying that Emperor Xia would take care of everything here. Besides that, he would push for the establishment of a pathway between the Upper Worlds and the Nine States, so that Renhuangs from the Upper Worlds could occasionally descend to teach the Way in the Nine States. It would further prosper the development of martial arts in the Nine States.
All the Saints said they would need a few days to consider the offer. Ye Futian dismissed the gathering. Then, he went to the Holy Zhi Palace, gathering all the disciples for a lecture. The disciples of the Holy Zhi Palace were thrilled when they found out that their Palace Lord, Ye Futian, had broken through to the Renhuang Plane.
Even though Ye Futian had left for many years, he was still an iconic leader for the Holy Zhi Palace. He was the emblem of the Holy Zhi Palace.
In the past, the old Palace Lord used his own death to establish the succession of young Ye Futian as the next Palace Lord of the Holy Zhi Palace. After that, Ye Futian led the Holy Zhi Palace through terrifying battle after terrifying battle. Finally, they secured their spot at the peak. Up until now, this tale was still deeply engraved in the hearts of many disciples.
At the palace on the cliff, Ye Futian taught the Way. When the elders of the Holy Zhi Palace saw the unparalleled figure, they were so touched that they teared up.
Ye Futian brought many top cultivation manuscripts from the Upper Worlds and left behind many items. He then left the Palace.
Lapis Lazuli Holy Temple in the Eastern State was previously disbanded back in the day. However, several years ago, the Lady of Lapis Lazuli Holy Temple, Glass Saint, had returned and rebuilt it. The disciples of Lapis Lazuli Holy Temple that had left gradually returned. They had tears in their eyes. They had finally waited for the Lady to return and rebuild the Holy Temple. This had been the dream of the disciples of Lapis Lazuli Holy Temple for many years.
After hoping for so many years, Glass Saint had finally returned.
After Lapis Lazuli Holy Temple was rebuilt, it had remained very quiet and rarely caused any commotion in the outside world. It had merely quietly passed on teachings and trained disciples. However, many people in the Eastern State discovered that the female disciples that occasionally emerged from Lapis Lazuli Holy Temple had abilities that were astonishingly powerful. This caused countless young women in the Eastern State to join the Holy Temple and train.
In the years after, Lapis Lazuli Holy Temple's fame grew, and its influence spread throughout the Eastern State. There were rumors that after returning from her travels, Glass Saint's current Plane was already without equal in the Nine States. However, she herself kept an extremely low profile and did not contend for anything. She merely quietly passed on teachings. Ever since she reestablished Lapis Lazuli Holy Temple, Glass Saint had never left Lapis Lazuli Mountain. No one from outside of Lapis Lazuli Holy Temple had seen this legendary woman.
This aroused the curiosity of countless people towards Glass Saint. Previously, the grudge between Glass Saint and Great Zhou Sacred King from Great Zhou Sacred Dynasty had ended with the demise of the Great Zhou Sacred Dynasty. Now, had the once top beauty in the Eastern State already desired nothing in this world?
Let alone the people in the Eastern State, even the disciples of Lapis Lazuli Holy Temple were very curious about Glass Saint.
Right now, at the bottom of the steps leading to the main temple of Lapis Lazuli Holy Temple, a few silhouettes were walking down. Their temperaments were all extraordinary, and their appearances were all stunning, each with their own unique features. However, right now, they wore worried expressions in the faces.
"Master was in a daze again?" one of the women said softly.
"Hmm. These past few years, she has always been like this. I feel sad just watching her like this. I wonder what Master is thinking of."
No one knew what Glass Saint was thinking inside, not even her direct disciples.
Glass Saint's current behavior was extremely indifferent. Aside from instructing disciples in their training, she did not have a strong desire to improve her own Plane. Although she still trained every day, regardless of whether she improved or hit a bottleneck, she still remained calm. There was no rise or fall to her emotions.
Her disciples thought that it would have been better if Master were to be angry and scold them from time to time. However, Glass Saint had never done so. She showed no emotions to anyone. Even if their training had gone off course, she would still calmly instruct them.
"I know, right? Watching Master being in a daze on her own makes my heart ache. I feel that Master is too lonely and has no friends. She doesn't even have anyone to talk to. She has also never come in contact with the other Saints of the Nine States."
The Saints of the Nine States would regularly send people to invite Glass Saint to join them. However, Glass Saint had always declined their invitation.
At that moment, the sound of footsteps came from the stairs below. Their gazes shifted downwards, and they saw a white-haired youth walking up the stairs. Although his hair was white, he seemed very young, and his temperament was otherworldly. He appeared amazing in their eyes.
It was as though they could not take their eyes off him once they saw him.
"Who are you?" a maiden asked.
"Senior, we couldn't stop him," a female disciple who was at the bottom of the stairs reported.
"I am Ye Futian." The youth smiled gently while saying, "I'm here to meet your Master."
"Ye Futian," the few girls whispered. The next moment, their pupils constricted as they pointed at Ye Futian. "Which Ye Futian?"
Clearly, they had realized the identity of the person standing in front of them.
He was the legendary figure of the Nine States. Both Great Zhou Sacred Dynasty and Xihua Sacred Mountain were annihilated by him. Rumor had it that in the past, Glass Saint had traveled with him.
He was the Ye Futian!
Now, he was here to look for Master.
Could it be that…
Ye Futian looked at them with a smile. The few girls felt slightly nervous and excited. His tender smile seemed to be affirming them that he was indeed the Ye Futian that they were thinking of.
"I will tell Master that you're here," said one of the girls.
"I'm sure your Master will not want to see me. I will leave after I have a look," Ye Futian said while smiling. Then, with a step, he disappeared right in front of them. The few girls looked at each other, shocked. This…
They gazed at the top of the temple.
Ye Futian reached the top of Lapis Lazuli Holy Temple. A stunningly beautiful figure was leaning against the railing quietly. She was gazing into the distance.
Her silhouette looked like an outcast when matched with the background. She seemed so lonely as she stood there.
A breeze came, and her hair fluttered in the wind. Her beauty did not fade as time passed. Not only did the once top beauty in the Eastern State maintain her beauty, but her temperament had also become more extraordinary as she aged. The loneliness accentuated her beauty.
Seemingly sensing something, she turned around and saw a white-haired youth standing there. A hint of fluster flashed past Glass Saint's eyes the moment she saw the youth. However, she regained her calmness in the blink of an eye. Then, she turned and stared at the clouds again, as though she had not seen him.
Ye Futian moved forward and walked up to her side. He leaned against the railing and stared at her side profile, asking, "Why did you leave without saying goodbye?"
When they were in the valley of the Demon Realm of the Heavenly Mandate Realm, Glass Saint left and did not return. To Ye Futian's surprise, she had actually returned to the Nine States.
Glass Saint did not answer him. She stood there in silence.
Ye Futian did not mind her silence either, saying, "This time, I am back to visit a few old friends in the Nine States. I am bringing them to the Heavenly Mandate Realm to train there. I heard that you were back, so I dropped by to pay you a visit. Do you want to follow us back?"
"What happens after I go there?" Glass Saint spoke for the first time since Ye Futian arrived. She stared at Ye Futian with her enchanting eyes.
Ye Futian was momentarily stunned, then he replied with a smile, "Of course, you will train there. Right now, all the top figures of the Heavenly Mandate Realm have established the Heavenly Mandate Academy together. If you train there, you can become a Renhuang one day."
"Training. Becoming a Renhuang," Glass Saint murmured. She continued to gaze into the distance, whispering, "What happens after I become a Renhuang?"
"After you become a Renhuang, your beauty will last for an eternity while your lifespan will never come to an end. Isn't this what every cultivator dreams of?" Ye Futian revealed a perplexed look.
"Then, what happens next?" Glass Saint asked again.
"…" Ye Futian was speechless.
"Don't you have any other desire after the incident of the Great Zhou Sacred King?" Ye Futian asked softly.
"I do," Glass Saint replied.
"What is it?" Ye Futian asked curiously.
"I still have not settled my vengeance with you for what happened in the past," Glass Saint responded.
Ye Futian naturally understood which incident Glass Saint was referring to. This was awkward.
"Back then, I was forced to do so." Ye Futian's voice didn't sound convincing. "If Glass Saint wants to seek vengeance from me, I will agree with whatever you come up with."
"Are you certain?" Glass Saint looked into Ye Futian eyes.
Ye Futian stared back at those beautiful eyes and said, "What do you think?"
"If I want you to take responsibility?" Glass Saint asked.
Ye Futian was speechless. He had a bizarre look in his eyes. The beautiful eyes of Glass Saint still stared at him. Her gaze then shifted to looking into the distance. She softly said, "Being in Lapis Lazuli Holy Temple is rather nice. I will always continue to pass on my teachings. The Upper Worlds are not suitable for me."
Ye Futian stared at the strands of hair fluttering on her forehead. He nodded slightly and said, "Alright. If, at any time, you wish to come, head to Heavenly Mandate Academy in the Heavenly Mandate Realm."
Glass Saint nodded in response.
Seeing that Glass Saint had no intention to continue the conversation, Ye Futian left quietly. His figure disappeared in an instant.
After he left, Glass Saint still stood at her original spot and gazed into the distance.
A few figures walked up to her carefully, calling, "Master."
Did Ye Futian leave just like that? What did he say to Master?
Glass Saint did not respond to their call and remained standing in silence.
"Master..." the girls called once again. Then, only did Glass Saint turn around slowly. When the few disciples saw Glass Saint's face, they felt their hearts skip a beat. They stared at Glass Saint, their Master, with dumbfounded gazes.
Right now, on that gorgeous face...
There were actually tears!
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