As the lakes’ color-changing date approached, more and more disciples from Nine Secrets have arrived .
Some were here for dao enlightenment but the majority came specifically for this event . They consisted of members of big and tiny sects, even vagrant cultivators .
This was a unique aspect of Nine-linked Mountains . As long as the person was a member of Nine Secrets, they were treated in the same manner regardless of their background .
Even a weak vagabond could enter Nine-linked Mountains as long as their merit law came from the system .
A prestigious noble wouldn’t have special privileges and a lowly cultivator wouldn’t be denied at the entrance . Lucidity King himself was subjected to this . Those who came here would be given a place but no disciples or servants from Nine-linked Mountains would serve them .
Because of this fair treatment, Nine-linked Mountains was considered to be neutral and independent .
In the beginning, more smaller sects arrived . LAter on, the big powers and even the five behemoths have entered .
The appearance of geniuses and experts increased the pressure felt by the young generation due to the heightened competition . Once these five behemoths joined in, even the other big clans and sects would lose, let alone the smaller ones .
“Rumble!” Today, the valleys trembled after loud detonations .
People shuddered, wondering who would dare to come here in such a haughty manner . They quickly looked towards the direction of the noises .
They saw a group of riders, only around a dozen or so . Nevertheless, their ride had an impressive momentum just like a destructive tsunami of steel - simply unstoppable .
Despite the few numbers, they still gave everyone the sense that a great army was approaching . Even the air was shaking . They seemed to be one with their stallions . Both the riders and their mounts were covered in armor plates - more than strong enough to crush through mountains .
The leader was a youth with sharp brows, bright eyes, and a tough physique . His gaze was quite sharp on top of having an aggressive aura - clearly indicating that he was a battle-worn soldier .
“The Ma Clan . ” People noticed their identity right away .
“It’s Ma Jinming, their young lord . ” Another was startled to see the young leader .
“A junior general of the Central Legion . ” The group of riders attracted a lot of attention on their path .
“Does he want revenge for his younger cousin?” Speculation arose .
Ma Jinming was Ma Mingchun’s son and Zeng Yibin’s older cousin .
Unlike Yibin who was a fox relying on a tiger’s might, Jinming was far more powerful . He accompanied his father on the battlefields and showed great talents at a young age- a real genius and expert .
Everyone instantly assumed that this group traveling with great fanfare was here for revenge .
However, Jinming didn’t travel to Great Desolate Mountain right away . They stopped on a different peak in Nine-linked Mountains . After he got down from the horse, he stared towards the direction of Great Desolate and scowled .
This showing of patience actually surprised the crowd .
“The young lord is still an experienced soldier, able to keep cool . ” An older youth nodded approvingly .
“Brother Ma, I can’t believe that it has been three years since our last meeting . ” Many youths came to his camp for a greeting .
Among them were old friends and even strangers . Nevertheless, his camp was packed with people .
On the other hand, Li Qiye who was the king had no visitors .
Of course, these youths and experts had their reasons for coming to see Ma Jinming .
His father, Ma Mingchun, was the commander of the Central Legion right now . War Saint Dynasty was currently a snake without a head after the king was gone .
Meanwhile, as the strongest and oldest of the legion commanders, Mingchun had both influence and power . It could be said that the legions were willing to follow all of his orders right now . When all six worked together, they wouldn’t be weaker than any sect in Nine Secrets .
Thus, some even said that the new king of Nine Secrets will be dependent on Ma Mingchun’s stance . This was the reason why so many powers want to flatter him right now . They would start on Ma Jinming first to create a connection with the Central Legion .
His arrival did cause a stir but it was nothing compared to the next person .
This person didn’t come in such a haughty manner - no stallions nor riding across the sky with loud explosions .
She came without making a single sound with a sword in her embrace . She seemed to be walking slowly but each step encompassed hundreds of miles .
Despite her low-profile, people still noticed and became excited .
She wore a green dress and was serene as a lotus in the valley . Her long hair and scarf draping over her neck and shoulders fluttered with the gentle breeze in an animated manner, resulting in a transcending style .
She was quite beautiful - bright and spirited phoenix eyes - nearly divine in nature . Many people were instantly attracted by her eyes and would lose their composure .
“Miss Qin . ” The ones who saw her along the way all bowed to greet her . It didn’t matter if they were disciples from the big sects or young lords and princes .
A few geniuses couldn’t hide their crush on her at all . She nodded back in response . Both her temperament and gestures were immensely attractive .
“That’s Miss Qin from Calm Lotus . ” A person praised after seeing her from the distance .
“Fairy Qin is here now?” So many youths wanted to take a look after hearing this news . They became frozen and charmed at her sight .
“Qin Jianyao . ” Someone from the previous generation also felt admiration: “The successors of Calm Lotus are always incredible - phoenixes among women, virtually incomparable . ”
Qin Jianyao didn’t have a cool title, but many were willing to call her Fairy Qin or Fairy Jian . Though she rarely showed herself and seldom participated in fights, her fame still spread across Nine Secrets .