After the purple-haired old man finished speaking, he left with a group of Desolate City upper echelon. The first stage of this test was over.
“Brother Peach Blossom is really lucky. I have brought more than ten people into the Heavenly Alliance, working hard for more than a thousand years, yet I still cannot compare to you bringing in a good disciple,” Sovereign Emperor Xing Ge said with a peculiar tone after walking over.
The Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor smiled and said, “I was indeed lucky. Goodbye, then. I still have things to discuss with Xiao Chen regarding the core Doyen’s invitation.”
Upon seeing the Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor’s disregard and hearing mention of the core Doyens’ high opinion of Xiao Chen, Sovereign Emperor Xing Ge felt revolted in his heart.
He could not get angry even if he wanted to, only able to stew in his frustration.
Shortly after, the Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor and the others returned to Desolate City using the Starry Heavens Dao Platform.
The Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor found a residence by the Overflowing Sea for lodging.
When the windows were open at the top floor of the tallest pavilion in the residence, one could see the vast, majestic, and bright Overflowing Sea.
At this moment, the Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor and Xiao Chen were meeting alone in the pavilion. The others had already withdrawn.
“Xiao Chen, do you know why I was not in a rush for you to agree to Lord Shangguan at the Dao Platform?”
Feeling doubtful, Xiao Chen replied, “I don’t know.”
The Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor walked over to the window and looked out at the Overflowing Sea. After some thought, he said, “Under the Alliance Chief and the Vice Alliance Chief, the authority of the Heavenly Alliance is in the hands of the core Doyens. Catching the attention of a core Doyen is extremely difficult. This is something that many people do not even dare to dream of. I was afraid that you would get too excited and be unable to make a decision. Hence, I wanted you to calm down first before making a decision, so that you could follow your heart.”
Xiao Chen thought about it. Back then, he was indeed emotionally affected. There were thousands of eyes on him. When he heard such joyous news, his emotions had fluctuated considerably.
“There is also another reason. Catching the attention of the core Doyens might not be a good thing.”
Feeling confused, Xiao Chen asked, “How so?”
The Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor gave Xiao Chen a deep look. After hesitating for a while, he explained seriously, “In contrast to other super factions, the Heavenly Alliance is a gathering of peak merchant associations. Its internal structure is much more complicated compared to the other super factions. It is much more chaotic than the established super factions like the Martial God Palace, the Universe Origin Sect, the Hidden Spirit Temple, and the Profound Heaven Holy Land. There are all sorts of people there. Not everyone in there is a good person. The competition between the internal factions is quite intense.
“Initially, these things were irrelevant to you. I would prefer that you use your own strength to enter the Heavenly Alliance. This way, you would gain more respect, and you would enjoy more freedom. To put it straightforwardly, if you enter by relying on a core Doyen’s recommendation, how can you leave when you want to in the future when you still owe a favor?
“If you are not careful, you might get embroiled in the inter-faction conflicts, getting pulled deeper into them. At that time, you might not be able to leave even when you want to; that would be even more problematic.”
The Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor’s words seemed to contain a hidden meaning. Apparently, he had withdrawn to Peach Blossom City back then because he was forced out for some reason.
The Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor did not want Xiao Chen to end up like him. Fortunately, he was still fine. At the very least, he was retired and could be considered semi-hidden. He no longer bothered about the Heavenly Alliance’s matters.
The Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor knew that Xiao Chen chose to join the Heavenly Alliance because it gave more freedom.
If Xiao Chen ended up fettered, he might become frustrated.
When Xiao Chen heard that, he entered deep thought. The Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor’s words got him to calm down completely.
Indeed, it would be a loss if he could not leave the Heavenly Alliance in the future because of this favor.
“There’s no rush. It is not too late for us to decide after I know which core Doyen is extending an invitation. There are a lot of neutral core Doyens in the Heavenly Alliance. So, there is no need to rush.”
“Many thanks, City Lord,” Xiao Chen said while performing a cupped-fist salute.
“It’s fine. You may withdraw first and make your preparations. Who knows, you might need to participate in the second stage ten days later.”
However, Xiao Chen did not leave. He showed some hesitation on his face as though he still wanted to say something.
The Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor asked, “Is there something else?”
“Yes, I would like to borrow Primeval Heavenly Pills from the City Lord.”
Xiao Chen had always been decisive; he rarely hesitated. However, he felt somewhat embarrassed about borrowing Primeval Heavenly Pills.
“At least thirty million Primeval Heavenly Pills.”
The Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor raised his eyebrows and sighed softly. Then, he walked over and reached out to place a hand on Xiao Chen’s shoulder.
After a while, the Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor revealed an expression of understanding. “It turns out that you have been at the bottleneck of the Small Perfection Sovereign Stage for close to two years already. Your body is a Divine Body, and the amount of resources you need to surpass your limits is indeed astronomical. Thirty million Primeval Heavenly Pills might not be enough. How about this? I’ll lend you fifty million Primeval Heavenly Pills, and I’ll give you a Rank 7 Heavenly Pill, the Cloud Breaking Pill. That way, you are more certain of breaking through to the Great Perfection Sovereign Stage.”
The Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor generously gave Xiao Chen the resources without hesitation when he understood the reason.
After a pause, the Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor continued, “Do not feel that you owe me a favor. We are just helping each other. By getting you to participate in the test, I escaped criticism for inaction. Furthermore, the reward that Lord Shangguan will give me will not be lesser than this.”
Xiao Chen nodded slightly. However, he still felt that he owed the Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor a favor. No matter what, he could not have joined the Heavenly Alliance’s test without the other party.
Furthermore, the Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor generously lent Xiao Chen fifty million Primeval Heavenly Pills and even gave him a Rank 7 Heavenly Pill. Xiao Chen felt awed at such generosity.
“However, are you sure you want to break through at this time? If you fail, you will have to recuperate for half a month. By then, the Heavenly Alliance’s test would be over.” The Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor looked at Xiao Chen seriously.
Xiao Chen accepted the storage ring that the Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor passed him. Then, he replied calmly, “I have made up my mind. With Gong Liangyu’s strength, he is only the top thirteenth overall. Right now, I find it difficult to defend myself against him. If I do not improve, I will not have much hope of passing the test.”
“Very well. Driving yourself into a corner before a huge battle. You might as well try.” The Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor nodded and personally sent Xiao Chen off.
After Xiao Chen returned to his room, he thought to himself, Fifty million Primeval Heavenly Pills. If I worked hard and did not run into any fortuitous encounters, I would have to fight hard for at least two years to make that much.
Should I use this opportunity to break into the Purple Thunder Divine Incantation’s twelfth layer in one spurt after breaking through to the Great Perfection Sovereign Stage? At the same time, I can try to comprehend the Thunder Dao Domain.
Xiao Chen’s Saber Dao still had flaws, which he had yet to make up for.
However, he had not fallen behind on his Thunder Dao. He grasped the Five Element Divine Lightning and the hidden Ten Thousand Tribulation Divine Lightning in his sea of consciousness. His Thunder Dao was not weaker than his Saber Dao.
With every layer Xiao Chen broke through for the Purple Thunder Divine Incantation, he had to undergo a tribulation.
The final tribulation would definitely be absolutely terrifying. However, if he cleared it, his understanding of the Thunder Dao would reach a new level. He might be able to reach the Thunder Dao Domain.
If everything went according to plan, Xiao Chen could reach the Great Perfection Sovereign Stage and grasp the Thunder Dao Domain in ten days.
At that time, his strength would increase significantly.
Even without using his trump cards, Xiao Chen felt he had a sixty percent chance of defeating Gong Liangyu.
The cultivation realm was secondary. The main thing was the Dao Domain. Xiao Chen had too big a disadvantage without a Dao Domain.
Gong Liangyu, who grasped the Earth Dao Domain, could remain undefeated against Xiao Chen. Eventually, there would be a chance to turn things around.
“The Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor is right. If I rely on a core Doyen to enter the Heavenly Alliance, I would have no freedom. That does not conform with my heart. I can only hold the initiative by relying on myself.”
A brilliant light flashed in Xiao Chen’s eyes. At this moment, his heart was clear. After thinking it through, he felt relaxed.
More importantly, Xiao Chen had pride in his heart. Everyone thought that he was young and would find it very hard to pass the Heavenly Alliance’s test.
Since everyone thought that he could not rely on his own strength to enter the Heavenly Alliance, he would prove them wrong.
Even if Xiao Chen was only forty-seven years old, he could also use his own strength to enter the Heavenly Alliance.
While one was alive, one had to have inextinguishable confidence. Why can’t I do it?!
Divine Universe Stele!
With a thought, the Divine Universe Stele flew out of Xiao Chen’s body. Then, he entered the stele.
The Dao Platform in the Divine Universe Stele was even larger than Desolate City’s Starry Heavens Dao Platform. There was also a blood moon above it.
Xiao Chen turned into a beam of light and entered the blood moon. Then, the Divine Universe Stele vanished from the room.
A white figure slowly descended from the blood moon in the ancient Azure Dragon city secret realm.
The Black and White Eggs were in high spirits atop the dilapidated ancient palace, bragging to each other incessantly.
Black Egg looked up and said somewhat excitedly, “Look! Is that Egg Egg returning?”
White Egg turned towards where Black Egg pointed. “Haha! It really is Egg Egg. He is probably itching for a beating. Come, come, come! I can’t wait.”
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