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Chapter 119: The Gathering
“It looks like the Holy Courtyard of Xue Yue attracts many more cultivators than the Celestial Academy.” Lin Feng was standing in the middle of that sea of people. He was wearing his bronze mask to conceal his identity. Meng Qing and the others were all standing next to Lin Feng. Wen Ao Xue and Yuan Shan had followed the group as well. They wanted to see how popular the Holy Courtyard of Xue Yue was with their own eyes.
Jing Yun was looking at Lin Feng’s bronze mask. Her heart was franticly pounding. He probably had a good reason for wearing a bronze mask. It obviously meant that he didn’t want other people to recognize him. It reminded her that she still didn’t know what had happened to him during the destruction of the Yun Hai Sect.
Sunlight passed through the clouds that were in the sky and shone down upon the crowd. It felt warm and comfortable, it was truly a good day for the ceremony.
“Look, they came out. How majestic!” said a multitude of people in the crowd one after the other when they saw the valiant silhouettes passing under the huge gate of the Holy Courtyard of Xue Yue. They were all wearing magnificent white robes. Two words were sown into their robes: “Holy Courtyard”. The letters looked splendid and luxurious. Their robes gave the impression that they were ready to do battle at any given moment. There were hundreds of them who were all wearing the same robes. They were all extremely young cultivators. A short time later, they had all passed through the gate of the courtyard and walked towards the extremely vast public square. Within the public square, there was a huge stage which they would all climb up, one after the other. They then looked at the crowd in a cold and detached manner. They all had extremely arrogant and domineering expressions on their faces.
These were the first people chosen to study at the Holy Courtyard of Xue Yue. They came from each corner of the country to this location. At that moment, they were standing on the huge stage in front of millions of people. They couldn’t help but feel extremely proud.
Lin Feng looked at them through his bronze mask. His heart was growing colder and colder until it had become completely ice-cold. Amongst all these people, he already knew many of them.
“Ling Hu He Shan… Tu Fu… Wen Ren Yan…” These people used to be extremely popular in the Yun Hai Sect… they were all considered as outstanding geniuses and were very important for the prosperity of the sect. When the Yun Hai Sect had been destroyed, they had betrayed it and sided with Duan Tian Lang… and at that moment, they were standing with him on the stage and sharing his joy.
Other than these three people, Lin Feng recognized other people from the Yun Hai Sect. They were all ranked disciples who had gratefully accepted Duan Tian Lang’s offer.
There were not only disciples of the Yun Hai Sect. There were also disciples from other big sects as well. He noticed his cousin Lin Qian from the Hao Yue Sect as well as Lin Hong from the Ice and Snow Mountain Village.
“Hahaha, Lin Rui, look at Lin Qian and Lin Hong, they’re already students of the Holy Courtyard of Xue Yue. Their future will be bright and wonderful. We will become the strongest clan in Yangzhou City and annihilate all the other small clans in no time.”
Lin Ba Dao, Lin Feng’s uncle was surprisingly there and was loudly speaking about such matter without regard for those around him. He was surrounded by members of the Lin Clan. Lin Rui was there as well.
“Indeed. I think that Lin Qian and Lin Hong are definitely reliable. They will definitely become the most important pillars of our Lin Clan in the future.” replied Lin Rui while smiling. He was extremely polite to Lin Ba Dao. These days, Lin Ba Dao often relied on his two children to solidify his position. The higher they would rise, the greater his influence became.
“The problem is that Na Lan Xiong, Na Lan Feng was also accepted. That’s not too good. Na Lan Feng is currently studying at the Holy Courtyard of Xue Yue.” said Lin Ba Dao while glancing at the crowd. He noticed many people from Yangzhou City, including the Na Lan Clan.
“No need to pay attention to them. Our Lin Clan has two disciples who are now students at the Holy Courtyard of Xue Yue. Besides, Lin Qian is extremely strong and her spirit is incredibly powerful. Na Lan Feng could never compete with her.” said Lin Rui coldly. Of course, when Lin Ba Dao heard these words, a huge proud smile appeared on his face.
At that moment, Lin Feng was standing far behind the Lin Clan and could see their silhouettes. It seemed like they had all rushed over from Yangzhou City to the Imperial City.
The entire Lin Clan thought that the Holy Courtyard of Xue Yue provided the students with an incredibly high social status. What they didn’t know though is that someone whose family name was also Lin had refused to study at the Holy Courtyard of Xue Yue. They also didn’t know that the entire Yun Hai Sect had sacrificed themselves to save him and that was the person they had expelled from their clan.
“Haha. Today, so many people have come to see the inauguration of the Holy Courtyard of Xue Yue. This is a great honor for me.” said a loud voice from far away. Two silhouettes then climbed onto the high stage. They were Duan Tian Lang and Duan Han, who both still had faces filled with arrogance.
“It looks the rumors were not groundless. It is indeed Duan Tian Lang who created the Holy Courtyard of Xue Yue.” thought some people in the crowd. In the past, when people didn’t know who intended to create such a place, some people thought that its creator was going to be either Duan Tian Lang or Liu Cang Lan. At that moment, everybody finally knew that it was Duan Tian Lang who had created the Holy Courtyard.
“I, Duan Tian Lang, would like to say a few words. You all have travelled over huge distances to come and assist to the inauguration ceremony of the Holy Courtyard of Xue Yue. Some of you though have come with the hope to be able to join us and become one of our students. If that’s the case, please note that you should be young, outstanding and should at least have broken through to the Ling Qi layer. If you meet our requirements, please write your names on the list. If you are chosen to study at the Holy Courtyard, we will provide you with the best skills and techniques, many disciples will even have access to high quality Xuan level skills.”
When Duan Tian Lang finished talking, many people in the crowd were astonished. Xuan level skills were not easily obtained, especially high quality ones. Unless a cultivator was the disciple of one of the biggest sects or was very rich, obtaining such skills was extremely hard. Even in the biggest sects, disciples had to have reached a certain level before gaining access to such high level skills.
The crowd was extremely excited by Duan Tian Lang’s words. The only thing that annoyed some people was that one of the requirements was to have reached the Ling Qi layer.
“Besides, there is something that I would like to announce today. There are two people that everybody would like to see today at the Holy Courtyard of Xue Yue.” said Duan Tian Lang with a weird smile on the corner of his mouth. The crowd was dying out of curiosity. Everybody wanted to see these two people? Who could they be?
Considering the way Duan Tian Lang had said these words, these two people were probably going to be extraordinary talents.
“You two, please come out.” said Duan Tian Lang. Everybody started shaking in anticipation.
There was a person who was falling down from the sky like a snowflake: slowly and softly.
“The high official Luo Xue!” said the crowd stupefied. How incredibly strong and powerful! He was the strongest disciple ever in the Ice and Snow Mountain Village. He was one of the eight high officials. Why would he come to the Holy Courtyard of Xue Yue though?
At the same time, an extremely strong wind started blowing over the area. Snowflakes were fluttering in the air. Suddenly, the crowd noticed a shadow in the sky. It was a legendary roc that was flying through the air.
“Chu Zhan Peng!” The eyes of the people in the crowd shrank. The crowd was shaking in excitement and surprise. The two high officials Luo Xue and Chu Zhan Peng were there and were surprisingly going to join the courtyard. Nobody would have ever thought that.
Chu Zhan Peng was Chu Qing’s son and the future Patriarch of the Hao Yue Sect. Why would he want to join the Holy Courtyard of Xue Yue?
“So that’s how it is, Luo Xue and Chu Zhan Peng came to join the Holy Courtyard of Xue Yue. Thios is indeed a strange and wonderful event.”
“Duan Tian Lang is very famous and has a great deal of power.” All sorts of comment were rising amongst the crowd. As expected, extremely famous people had come to join the Holy Courtyard.
Luo Xue and Chu Zhan Peng were standing on Duan Tian Lang’s left and right. The Imperial Clan and the two external high officials were standing next to each other shoulder to shoulder.
“And now, let me announce the official opening of the Holy Courtyard of Xue Yue. I, Duan Tian Lang, am the first principal.” said Duan Tian Lang in such a loud voice that people could hear him for far away in the crowd.
“Duan Lie, congratulations.” said voices amongst the crowd. Many people in the crowd then took out golden ceremony boxes. They were presents for the godlike celebrities who were present.
“Bai Clan. Congratulations.”
“Zhong Clan. Congratulations.”
“Gu Clan. Congratulations.”
People were unceasingly coming out of the crowd with golden boxes and rushed to hand over their gifts as if they had been waiting patiently this whole time to offer their congratulations.
Duan Tian Lang had a big smile on his face.
“Thank you everybody. Those concerned, please go ahead and take your gifts.”