'Niu'er? What kind of boorish parents would give their daughter a cow 牛 character in her name?!'
The old man claiming to be Yin's maternal grandfather was called Shangguan Ke, the Branch Leader and the person with the highest authority among Leaf City's Ming Yue Sect. After the ruckus that Ye Mo caused earlier, all the high-level members of the sect that wasn't in isolated meditation had gone to the entrance to see what the commotion was about.
What they saw made their minds blow up.
The well-known genius of the Ye Clan, a hero of his generation, titled Elder in-charge of the city's security for his depth of cultivation and battle prowess, the "Sword Flash" Ye Mo... that very man was standing in front of the sect entrance with a distressed appearance, as if he had passed through the nine hells just to get in there.
On his arms was a block of ice...
No, it was a body of a toddler sealed in ice.
The chill from the ice had even seeped through the bones of the entrance guards standing by the door that icicles could even be seen forming on their hair and nose.
"Sect Leader Shangguan!" Ye Mo could not help but sigh in relief upon seeing the higher-ups of the sect. His voice was steady and sharp, as if he had no idea that as he stood there, he looked like a pauper. "My daughter is dying from cultivation malpractice. Please, find a way to cure her."
'Since when did you have a daughter?!'
'What cultivation? Is she even old enough to cultivate?'
Everyone was exchanging glances, confused. Ye Mo was a famous individual. Everyone with enough weight and connection all knew his status and family background.
Ye Mo was from the second lineage of the Ye Clan, the smallest branch of the family of Ye. His older brother had died ten years ago in a mission, leaving him with a nephew Ye Hua, who he had also raised to be a sword cultivator like him. Ye Hua, thankfully, was a good seedling who had not failed his ancestors. He became a proper alchemist and swordsman at a young age.
Ye Mo and Ye Hua were the only two living males on the younger generation of their branch family, and if they weren't so outstanding, their branch would have long been swallowed up by the other three lineages.
'What daughter? It was well known that you are a bachelor!'
'Even the third princess of the Ming Yue Sect is said to be pursuing you! But you rejected her!'
'Some even thought you like lads, not ladies, because you dare not touch a woman even if she stands naked in front of you!'
Ye Mo had an honest and upright reputation. So now that he was claiming to have a daughter out of wedlock, everyone could not help but be alarmed.
Of course, as a Sect Leader, Shangguan Ke could neither publicly contend the truth of Ye Mo's words or refuse his cry for help. But he had his doubts, and after letting some of his elders take Ye Mo towards the Guest Hall to wait for news, he decided to thoroughly inspect the little girl.
At the same time, he mobilized some people to dig out intelligence about 'Little Yin' while he tried his best to preserve the little vitality in her body. He even had to call the help of the best alchemists in their sect, Great Elder Zhu Wei and Great Elder Yan Yu, because he could barely fight off the coldness in her body.
The two Great Elders' alarmed cries made him scared.
"Absolute Yin Body!"
"The priceless Absolute Yin Body!"
"The heavens have blessed this little girl with a Spiritual Body unheard of and unseen for thousands of years!"
Greed could be seen through the eyes of the two great elders. Grand Elder Zhu Wei then ordered for her to be brought to a secret room.
The three-hundred-year-old gold-flecked blood lingzhi that Zhu Wei kept in his garden was harvested in order to promote the vitality in her body. Other fire-attributed and Yang-aligned heavenly treasures were used to balance out the Yin qi that her body was emitting.
"We must have her at all costs!" he said excitedly. "We will groom her to be a Saintess-potential for the coming competition in five years! That way, the main sect will surely award our branch with more benefits. We can even be promoted and be part of the main sect!"
Shangguan Ke could not help but think about the consequences. "But she's Ye Clan's--"
"What Ye Clan? I'll accept her to be my disciple. As long as we pay Ye Clan enough spirit stones, no matter how much..."
"There's no need for that," the other great elder, Yan Yu, interrupted. He waved for a shadow messenger to leave. "Why do we need to spend? From the spies we planted in the Ye Clan, they said that this girl is an orphan saved by Ye Mo. If we claim to be her family, then we are her proper guardians. What can the Ye Clan say? I'm sure that Ye Wuqing would know not to bite more than he can chew. Even if he has the guts, we'll have him spit it out!"
Claim to be an orphan's family!It was a foolproof plan. After all, the little girl is only a toddler. Even if she does not play along or denies the claim, how convincing would her words be? Who would listen to her?Proof? Evidence? Ming Yue Sect could produce hard evidence in a blink of an eye to show that Yin is a daughter of a sect disciple sent on a faraway mission. Who would dare question? Who would dare investigate the truth?Even if the Ye Clan wants, they would dare not. After all, the current Ye Sect is in a very delicate situation right now. If Ye Clan offends the Ming Yue Sect, it would be easy to see the future of the once-hegemon of the Leaf City.The two Great Elders of Ming Yue Sect could be said to be playing dirty, but who among those who have lived for so long not a cunning, old fox? Both Zhu Wei and Yan Yu refused to believe that Ye Mo would send such a precious "gift" to their foo
"Aaah! Grandpa!"A pitiful, heartbreaking little girl's cry rang out from inside the hot springs. Patriarch Shangguan Ke, and the Great Elders Zhu Wei and Yan Yu, along with the others waiting outside, could not help but be stunned.Yin continued to wail. "A-Auntie! Auntie needs help! Quick, help us!"If the maid was awake, she would have puked out blood and fainted once more in anger.She's only fourteen years old! Young, fresh fourteen! Which part of her is an 'auntie'?!In less than a breath's time, the door had been blasted open and everyone ran inside the hot springs, including the guards. Multiple divine senses swept out inside and outside, fearing the appearance of a powerful intruder.'Niu'er' is now a precious member of the Ming Yue Sect, a favored daughter of Heaven and the Saintess-potential that would lead the entire branch to greatness in the fut
"I hate you!!!"Those three words echoed loudly within the empty hallways leading to Zhu Wei's medicinal garden. Yin even tried to push and wriggle herself out Shangguan Ke's arms, even managing to land the soles of her feet on his bearded face. On his left cheek, there was a slightly wet tiny footprint.For a second, the three old men were too astounded to move.Audacious!Completely audacious!A little mortal kid was kicking the face of Ming Yue Sect's exalted Patriarch! And it looked like she did not care a wit that she's trampling on her own grandfather!How dirty are a person's feet? What do they represent? If news were to get around, even if she's supposed to be his only descendant, it would have been completely a humiliation to him and the sect! He would become the laughing stock of Leaf City for years!Shangguan Ke was angered to
Being inside the pocket dimension was like being inside a smaller version of the real world. Just by standing in place, the lands seemed endless. It had its own sky, its own sun, its own water source and its own stable system of heaven and earth qi circulation.It could even be said that if one has enough resources, he or she could wish to live inside a pocket dimension in isolation, there would be no issues at all. This small world was completely self-sufficient.In fact, the heaven and earth qi inside was much, much stronger than outside. An ordinary cultivator was likely to cultivate twice as fast inside, and if he was supported by heavenly cultivation dan and herbs, it could even come close to thrice as fast.The Ming Yue Sect in Leaf City might be just a branch, but still, they had enough resources to invite a powerful space cultivator to create a pocket dimension for Great Elder Zhu Wei. Just from this, the vast we
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