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Chapter 6 – The Fiancé (2)

Although he understood the truths behind the technique, his body could not keep up with his orders. He demanded perfection, yet it was so hard to reach.

As the night got longer, his body became more stagnant; the swings slowed down. However, speed wasn’t the only integral part behind the strength of a move. He found improvements in what he thought was impossible due to his knowledge from the past.

He understood that if he wanted to completely decimate the Heaven Demon Grotto, he must increase his efforts by ten fold, no, hundreds of folds in order to achieve his goal. No one understood the Heaven Demon Grotto better than him in the current era.

Three days later, Lee Chu Da had not left his villa; he imprisoned himself in the inner sanctum to perfect his blades. There were too many uncertainties in life and he must be in top shape in order to combat any disasters.

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The journey to the Nine Saint Demon Gate has begun. Only Nam Hoai Ren and a Sect Protector, with the last name of Mac, were coming along.

Cleansing Incense Ancient Sect has a total of six Elders, twelve Protectors, and thirty six Sectional Leaders. Today, to visit a Grand Sect such as Nine Saint Demon Gate with only three people, the highest being a mere Protector; there were no words to describe it.

-Only us three?

Before the departure, Lee Chu Da looked at the shameful members and asked.

Protector Mac was very frugal with his words; he is also the master of Nam Hoai Ren. After he heard the question, he only glanced at Lee Chu Da without answering him.

Opposite of his master, Nam Hoai Ren was a playful fellow; he coughed once in shame and opened his mouth.

-Big brother, all of the Elders are in secluded cultivation; they could not make the trip.

Lee Chu Da perked his lips and coldly declared:

-Secluded cultivation? They are only afraid of losing face. In the end, I have no chance of passing the trial. My not passing is a small matter, but them being there and losing face would be the big deal, right?

Nam Hoai Ren couldn’t say anything back and shamefully smiled. How can a mortal expect to pass the trial of an Emperor Level sect. The Elders thought the same, which is why they refused to go since it would only have one result.

-Don’t worry, honorable brother.

Nam Hoai Ren kept up his positive attitude.

-The Nine Saint Demon Gate has kept its distance with us in recent times; that is why the Elders didn’t want to go and create unnecessary conflict.

-Hmmph, it is only the Nine Saint Demon Gate; they can’t reach the apex*. That era, even if Nine Saint Virtuous Paragon was still alive, they would still have to bow down to the Cleansing Incense Ancient Sect. 
*(TL: This is a saying Lee Chu Da and other people in this novel love to say, I think the meaning is literal enough to keep)

Protector Mac could only ignore Lee Chu Da’s arrogance, not bothering to throw out a response.

Nam Hoai Ren was afraid that Lee Chu Da will say even more outrageous things so he interrupted.

-Older brother, this is my master, a Protector of the sect.

-Please take care of me on this trip.

Lee Chu Da bowed his head with just the right amount of courtesy and respect. Not too forced, yet not too weak.

Protector Mac glanced at him once again and said:

-Let us go now.

Protector Mac is one of the older Protectors; his cultivation level is above the average as well. However, he does not know how to interact socially with others, thus his position in the sect is quite low relative to the other Protectors. Otherwise, he would not be a part of this great expedition.

The upper echelons of the sect knew that this trip would become a comedic play and Lee Chu Da was the main character. If the audience was not happy, death might be inevitable, which is another reason why everyone hid away before the trip.

Protector Mac also thought that there would be no positive results coming out of this trip which is why his mood has been even more sour than normal.

The long trip was filled with silence until they reached the Grand Temple of the Cleansing Incense Ancient Sect. The Grand Temple was extremely huge and it could contain ten thousand people. Looking through all of the Grand Middle Territory, it would be difficult to find a comparable temple.

The jade colored temple was extremely ancient; built by heavenly stones and crystals. Above were calligraphy carved by Immortal Emperor Akihito. The words exude a courageous aura, deep beyond fathom; each word and each phrase can erase existence itself. From this Grand Temple, one could appreciate the old power of the dying sect.

This temple was the beginning of all conquests by the Great Emperor. Akihito conducted ceremonies here before his expeditions which spanned the whole Nine Worlds. Only an Immortal Emperor Sect could possess this temple.

-Bang…

As the entrance was opened, a gateway situates inside. Colored and tempered by God crystals, the hulk was covered by empty holes and Immortal Emperor carvings. The empty holes were there to be filled with Meteoric Crystals.

Meteoric Crystals are formed by the natural spiritual power of Heaven and Earth; the very essence of what makes cultivation possible. Its main purpose was to operate gateways in order to traverse far distances. The warping distance was predicated on the quantity and quality of the Meteoric Crystals.

Unfortunately, the current gateway only has a few Meteoric Crystals inside. Once again, Lee Chu Da was saddened by how far the sect had fallen. In the past, this gateway, with an abundance of crystals, had brought many armies to far away places in the Nine Worlds.

They entered the gateway and in the blink of an eye, they warped to a different location.

Grand Middle Territory was huge, spanning billions of miles. There were countless sects spanning across fifteen countries. However, there were gigantic monsters like Kingdoms and Ancient Kingdoms that spanned billion of miles by themselves.

If one wanted to cross a country by the flying method, unless he is an Enlightened Being or a Saint Emperor, it would take years. Any Named Hero or Royal Noble would be wise enough to not attempt this feat. Plus, the Grand Middle Territory was only one part of the Mortal Emperor World.

The Mortal Emperor World is also known as the Emperor Boundary or Emperor Country and consists of five different parts. In the north lies the Limitless Land; the south has the Chained Earth; the east forms the Hundred Cities; the west contains the Desolate Wasteland. In the middle was the Grand Territory.

-Bang…

Lee Chu Da and his companions arrived at the gateway of the Nine Saint Demon Gate.

As they stepped out, they felt that the natural spirit essence was denser than any place before. As far as the eyes could see, this was truly a Heavenly Sect.

The location of the Nine Saint Monster Sect spans for millions of miles. Filled with mountains and river; with majestic waterfalls and Heavenly Saint trees that could pierce the heavens. Filled with marble palaces floating and hiding in the clouds. At the deepest part, you could see penetrating auras that shone across the land. One would know that the origin of those aura lies a shocking Heavenly Treasure.

This is the picture of a powerful sect; with this atmosphere and location, no wonder it could rule over a country. In comparison, the Cleansing Incense Ancient Sect was akin to an old man at the end of his life.

-I see that it is older brother Mac, long time no see.

When the three of them left the gateway, there was an older man leading his disciples for the welcoming party.

The man was a regional leader of their sect. His last name was Fu, owner of a cold and stoic face. His body radiated shining auras; his eyes contained a powerful gaze that caused fear in weaker souls.

Even though he was only a regional leader, he possessed the strength of a Named Hero, evident by the aura exuded from his body. In the Cleansing Incense Ancient Sect, only an Elder would be eligible for the Named Hero qualification.

-Is this your Prime Disciple?

-That is correct, Lee Chu Da is the Prime Disciple of my sect.

Protector Mac smiles bitterly. The body and talent of Lee Chu Da was nothing to be proud of.

-The trial, it is but a friendly competition. Brother Mac does not have to worry about it.

Leader Fu showed a gentle smile.

-Only a trial, can’t reach the peak. 

Lee Chu Da smiled back at Leader Fu and elegantly expressed his feelings.

Leader Fu ignores Lee Chu Da’s sly remark, and conversed with Protector Mac instead.

-Brother Mac, please follow me.

In his mind, arguing with a junior like Lee Chu Da would be unbecoming for a man of his status.

Protector Mac, on the other hand, glared angrily at Lee Chu Da.