“Junior Sister, I’m afraid that’s not proper . The meeting is a private matter of our sect, an outsider can’t be there . ” Jiankun said .
“It’ll be fine, Senior Brother . ” Jiahui didn’t want to waste words explaining . All she needed to do was listen to Li Qiye .
“Junior Sister, the elders might become angry . ” He reminded again with good intention .
“No need to say more, Senior Brother . Junior Sister Guo knows what she’s doing . ” Zhiting shook her head towards Jiankun .
She knew that Li Qiye would always stick with his decision and not allow anyone to say otherwise .
“Very well, do as you please, Junior Sister . ” Jiankun gave up and gave Li Qiye a strange look .
He didn’t understand the situation at all . Her decision in taking care of Li Qiye could be construed as kindness, not wanting him to die in the wilderness .
Jiankun could understand that . However, taking Li Qiye up the divine mountain was perplexing, the same with her decision of bringing him to a private meeting .
He knew that her return was considered a miracle . Perhaps she would be viewed highly by the upper echelon from now on .
This was a good chance for her so she should take advantage of it . Bringing this person along could make the seniors unhappy and she might lose this rare opportunity .
The elders, hall leaders, and even the school master of Mountguard have gathered at the conference hall . In fact, virtually all the influential figures from the last generation have shown up .
This rarely occurred unless something big was happening . Today, they were here because of one disciple - something even stranger .
School Master Chen Weizheng sat in the main seat with the elders to his left and right, watching Jiahui’s group come in .
They weren’t surprised to see Zhiting tagging along . After all, Zhiting has been waiting all this time for Jiahui and even built a hut there to wait .
They could sympathize with the girls’ great relationship . However, to see the person in a wheelchair being pushed in was a different matter . This put a frown on their face .
“School Master, elders . ” Li Jiankun bowed and retreated to the side, aware that this wasn’t his place to speak .
“Ridiculous . ” Her master said seriously: “The elders and the school master summoned you for official business . How can you bring an outsider in here? Take him outside . ”
Jiahui paused for a moment before bowing: “With all due respect, Master, School Master, and elders, the young noble certainly has a reason for being here . ”
In the past, she viewed these men as unreachable existences . Now, she knew that Li Qiye belongs to the apex . Even that old man in the Immortal Demon Grotto needed to be subservient towards him, let alone others .
“Such insanity, we can’t allow a mortal to enter our sect’s important ground!” A different elder shouted .
Jiahui wanted to respond but was afraid that no one would believe her anyway . Plus, telling the whole truth could make Li Qiye unhappy and the consequences would be unimaginable .
“Where did you get that crown?” The school master noticed the crown on her .
“From Immortal Demon Grotto, given to me by the young noble . ” She bowed towards the school master and said .
‘What?!” The scene became rowdy right away . Some even got up from their chair and stared at her in disbelief .
“From Immortal Demon Grotto…?” One elder couldn’t believe it .
“You really made it to the top?” Another was skeptical .
Jiahui continued: “Yes, I climbed the stone pass and made it to the cave at the top . ”
Jiankun’s jaw dropped to the ground after hearing this .
The skepticism here was warranted since it has been many years since someone from Mountguard made it to the top . In the present day, very few in the entire system could reach the cave . But now, an ordinary disciple had done it . How could anyone believe this?
“You, you really made it to the grotto?” Another person asked again .
“Yes, Elder . ” Jiahui was very calm and composed now even when facing these seniors .
“Impossible, just impossible…” The elders and hall leaders began discussing quietly in the background .
Everyone assumed that she made it to the ridge before going back down . This was already a miracle .
“I do not, School Master . ” She shook her head, not knowing anything about the crown . She has been wearing it after Li Qiye bestowed it to her .
“Its name is Virtuous Crown, do you know its origin?” Chen Weizheng took a deep breath and said .
“That’s Virtuous Crown?!” The hall erupted with rowdiness . All the seniors couldn’t believe it .
“The lost Virtuous Crown?” One elder stared at the crown in disbelief .
“That should be it . ” Weizheng said with a solemn expression: “Our last sage couldn’t wait to see the next reincarnation from our progenitor and left the crown there for a worthy successor . From then on, the world never saw it again . ”
The group exchanged glances . If this story was true, then Jiahui had indeed made it to the cave .
“The crown is proof that you have entered Immortal Demon Grotto . ” Weizheng said, not expecting a normal disciple to inherit this crown .
“Yes, School Master, I wouldn’t dare to lie . ” Jiahui bowed with sincerity .
“But Jiahui is only a junior, is this suitable? For her to have the crown?” An elder objected .
“Yes, the crown has always been the defining treasure of our sect, worn by our greatest members . Letting an ordinary member wear it will be disgraceful and shaming our sages . Plus, the treasure might be lost too, and we’ll become sinners in that case . ” A different elder joined in .
“How about the sect takes it back first and reward Jiahui with another treasure . Her bringing it back from the grotto is a great contribution that deserves a big reward . ” A hall leader suggested .
“Yes, the Virtuous Crown isn’t just a symbol of the sages, it is also an extremely powerful treasure that can’t be lost . ” Other elders joined in .
All eyes were on Weizheng now . He was the most powerful cultivator in Mountguard on top of being supported by all elders .
The school master pondered for a bit before answering: “Jiahui is only a junior at our sect yet she has accomplished what none of us can despite trying for a lifetime . This means that her possession of the crowd is deeply rooted in fate and that she has passed the trials of our sages and progenitor . If that’s the case, then she is qualified to have the crown . Plus, it has been missing all of this time anyway until now thanks to her . It’s fine if we lose it again . Her cultivation might be shallow now but who knows later on? Her future accomplishments might be worthy of it . ”
This answer from him was logical so the group started thinking .
“Hmm, you’re not too idiot and might be one of the saving graces of your sect . ” A voice interrupted the silent rumination .