Chapter 604: Temperament of a Powerful Sect
Translator: Sparrow Translations Editor: Sparrow Translations
Lin Feng was a little speechless as he looked at the Dragon Rock Gate. He sighed and said, “I shall trouble you to help me, Comrade Shi.”
Shi Yu nodded his head and extended his hand. As countless streaks of golden light shone, they converted into a golden dragon which rushed into the Dragon Rock Gate.
After a brief moment, the golden dragon returned from the Dragon Rock Gate. A dragon claw was grabbing onto a tall youth. It was Shi Tianhao.
“Aren’t the items inside the Dragon Rock Gate mine to use? I just caught some dragon bones.” Shi Tianhao said while raising his brows.
Shi Zongyue and the rest’s faces turned black. Not only did Shi Tianhao have a keen eye, he had quick hands too.
The Great Qin Empire was different from the Great Void Sect. The Heaven Lake bred True Dragons. There were a few True Dragons’ habitats under the Great Qin Empire, but most of them were from the Primordial Age. The dragon remains buried in the Heavenly Dragon Ancient Land were the greatest wealth of the Great Qin Empire.
The Dragon Rock Gate was not easily opened. On the other side of it, there were many magic treasures. Its spiritual energy was bountiful, thus the Great Qin Empire kept many dragons’ remains there to nourish them.
Eventually, Shi Tianhao’s appetite was very huge. He also became more and more picky. He was not interested in anything else but the dragon remains.
Shi Xingyun was a little speechless, “Tianhao, you are free to take them. If you want to take the dragon bones, it’s fine too. But have you only heard half the instructions?”
Shi Tianhao blinked his eyes innocently. Shi Xingyun sighed, “Your time limit is a day.”
“Oh, I forgot.” Shi Tianhao was not embarrassed, “However, one day is too short. Give me a few more days. You don’t know how difficult it is to dig for the dragon bones which have not been cultivated.”
Shi Xingyun wanted to tell him that she obviously knew that it was difficult to dig for these dragon bones, but that was his problem. This didn’t mean that they should give him more time to dig for the bones.
Lin Feng understood how thick-skinned Shi Tianhao was under the guise of his innocence. He apologized to Shi Yu, “I’m sorry.” After that, he grabbed Shi Tianhao over.
In front of Lin Feng, Shi Tianhao did not fool around anymore. He said honestly, “I was too busy, thus I forgot.”
Shi Yu looked at Shi Tianhao and said, “I will give you the title as a Marquis.” His voice was not loud, but it travelled far and wide. Everyone in the Dragon Battle Arena heard it clearly. Even outside the Heavenly Dragon Ancient Land, Shi Yu’s voice resonated in the entire Xiling City.
Within the city, everyone was debating. They knew the result between the battle of the two Shis. For Shi Yu to say something like this, either he was referring to Shi Tianhao or Shi Tianyi.
Shi Tianhao stood in front of Lin Feng. Right now, he was calm and seemed like a middle-aged man who had gone through a lot in life. He rushed towards Shi Yu and hugged him, “Thank you Elder.”
Shi Zongyue, Shi Xingyun and Shi Chongyun gave him weird stares and many emotions flashed across their eyes.
Although Shi Tianhao obeyed the orders, the way he addressed Shi Yu revealed his true intentions.
To him, the Great Qin Empire was an outsider. The Celestial Sect of Wonders was where he truly belonged.
As he accepted the title, it was more because of the cordial ties between the Great Qin Empire and the Celestial Sect of Wonders. If both parties were at odds, Shi Tianhao would have ignored Shi Yu.
Even though he would have become the youngest Marquis in the history of the Great Qin Empire.
But even Shi Chongyun didn’t think that it was unwarranted. Not only was it because of Shi Tianhao’s potential and abilities, it was also due to Lin Feng.
Shi Yu did not even think that it was inappropriate. He even went further to give titles to Shi Tianhao’s missing father and grandfather. Furthermore, he instructed everyone who entered the Void Battleground to look for Shi Tianhao’s relatives.
This series of orders left Shi Tianhao comforted as he heard it. He reciprocated them more as his family members were given titles rather than when a title was given to him.
Lin Feng nodded slightly and accepted Shi Yu’s kind intentions. Through Shi Tianhao’s family, the Celestial Sect of Wonders and the Great Qin Empire became even more connected.
Since Shi Tianhao had exited the Dragon Rock Gate, Lin Feng and the rest no longer had to stay at the Heavenly Dragon Ancient Land. They left this alternate space and returned to Xiling City.
After the second notice of sect recruitment was published, Lin Feng waited at Xiling City for interested individuals to come.
Some people even acted secretly and tried to intercept the talents that wanted to sign up for the Celestial Sect of Wonders. Lin Feng reacted to their lowly tricks and caused them to be petrified.
By defeating the Great Void and Mount Shu, Lin Feng revealed his insight too. No one dared to create trouble for him.
Within a month, it was difficult for an average person to travel across the vast Grand Celestial World. But Lin Feng had liaised with Shi Yu and Liang Pan to activate their transportation resources for convenience.
They were now working closely together. The Great Qin and Great Zhou Empire would not tamper with things unnecessarily.
Of course, it was possible for them to exploit the opportunity to stir trouble within the Celestial Sect of Wonders. But Lin Feng expected all of this and had his own way of dealing with it.
A month passed very fast. And within this one month, there were many changes in the Great Qin Empire internally.
The Great Qin Empire’s aristocratic families were removed completely.
There were not much of the instabilities that people expected. On the contrary, everything was peaceful.
Among the heads of these aristocratic families, the Four Great Aristocratic Families, the Huo Clan had always been on the side of the royal family. They had always been watching over the northern borders where the boundary pathway to the Barren Expanses was.
The Yu Clan was removed by the Celestial Sect of Wonders more than a month ago. Yu Xintao was taken away by Lin Feng and his Immortal Soul was trapped in the Heavenly Gods-Sealing Banner. Whereas the Yu Clan’s residence was razed to the ground by Xiao Yan.
After the battle between the two Shis at the Dragon Battle Area, the side supporting Shi Tianyi disappeared totally. All the Shi Clan members that chased and surrounded Shi Tianhao’s parents were detained and the ones who supported Shi Tianhao in the family attained important positions.
After seeing Shi Yu in the royal palace, Shi Wu, the clan leader of the Shi Clan, went into the Void Battleground to search for Shi Tianhao’s grandfather and parents.
The Shi Clan stood on the side of the Great Qin Empire and supported them in their bid to remove the aristocratic families.
The most low-profile clan of the Four Great Aristocratic Families, the Huo Clan, caused a huge surprise this time.
The entire Huo Clan migrated to the side of the Great Zhou Empire. The Great Zhou Empire had already removed all the powers of the aristocratic families within their empire, but they were willing to accept the Huo Clan.
There was a small dispute that was initiated between the Great Zhou and Great Qin Empire naturally.
But following the elimination of the Yu Clan, the switching of sides by the Shi Clan and the migration of the Huo Clan, the leaders of the aristocratic families in the Great Qin Empire had all disappeared.
The remaining families were all medium-sized. While they did not have particularly outstanding individuals, the power they held was still quite substantial. They were spread in every corner of the Great Qin Empire. But as they faced this round of purging, most of them chose to submit instead.
That was because the leader of these families knew that the foundation of the aristocratic families in the Great Qin Empire was the Great Void Sect, Mount Shu Sword Sect and the secret support of the Great Zhou Empire and other powers.
If the two Holy Grounds were crumpled in the battle of Xiling City, and the Great Zhou Empire decided to remain quiet despite accepting the Huo Clan, then the powers of the aristocratic families were at risk.
While they could still bring trouble to the Great Qin Empire, they could not do any better than that.
It might be a little dirty cleaning up the mess left by the aristocratic families, but it just needed time.
A purging activity that was expected to cause great chaos was eventually very peaceful. From the start till the end, there was stability and a lack of commotion.
Lin Feng did not really bother with this. What he was bothered by was how many disciples these medium-sized families could provide him with.
Even though they submitted to the Great Qin Empire, their vital energies would have suffered a setback. If they wanted to preserve the vital energies of their respective clans, they could either bribe the royal family or latch onto a powerful organization.
And who was better than the Celestial Sect of Wonders, which had just defeated the Great Void Sect and Mount Shu Sword Sect?
Not only was it powerful enough, it also had close ties with the Great Qin Empire. If there were disciples in their clans that could join the Celestial Sect of Wonders, the Great Qin Empire had to give some face too.
For such disciples from the aristocratic families, Lin Feng was willing to accept them.
Speaking from the bottom of the heart, a comfortable environment bred corruption. This was the objective truth. There were many wastrels in the aristocratic families that did not live up to their potentials.
But on the contrary, there were many outstanding talents with thick cultivation resources, high level mantra collections and capable masters, allowing them to fulfil their potentials.
The talents in these aristocratic families were more just normal people. Among the average people, there were many talents. But they were like needles in a haystack. It was too difficult to find them. It had to depend on luck.
As for the complex backgrounds of the disciples of the aristocratic families, there were too many implications, such as negative influences after joining etc. Such problems had to be considered, but they should not be taken too harshly.
Over at Shazhou County, Wang Lin’s and Xiao Yan’s clan members were already developing stronger. There would be more of them who want to join the Celestial Sect of Wonders and benefits could be reaped. Many of these individuals were starting to cultivate using different kinds of mantras they searched for.
Xiao Yan’s family was a cultivation family. Even Wang Lin’s family had the tendency to grow now.
Many people feared the growing Celestial Sect of Wonders, causing the Wang and Xiao families to be feared too, even though their powers were not that great yet.
It was not to say that they were relying on the Celestial Sect of Wonder’s reputation, but that others had to consider the presence of the Celestial Sect of Wonders.
That was why Lin Feng did not mind the disciples from the aristocratic families joining his sect, even if they came from medium-sized families that were not very strong.
The medium-sized families were not in the league of the Celestial Sect of Wonders anymore, such that no conflicts could arise between both parties anymore.
That was a path every powerful sect had to take. Not to say the Great Void Sect or Mount Shu Sword Sect, even when Murong Yanran joined the Sword of Radiance Sect initially, the Murong Family gained some glory.
If one had the power to give another party benefits, better conditions and a homelier feel, then a normal person would always make the correct choice.
If one was just slightly stronger than his opponent, he could invite the scheming of the opponent. Then that person had to be wary. But if one was much stronger, the weaker opponent could only submit.
This was the privilege of a powerful sect, and also the temperament of a powerful sect.
Of course, this was only applicable in normal circumstances. If there were really maleficent disciples, Lin Feng had his ways of banishing them. His sect recruitment campaign invested more preparations this time compared to the first time.
However, after waiting for a month, Lin Feng did not know whether to laugh or cry at the situation.