Zhou Yuan’s face stiffened. At this moment he felt that the Ancestral Dragon Lantern was very distant.
Chi Jing pursed her lips. “The Tianyuan Region wasn’t so miserable before, but our master suddenly disappeared and rumours of his death spread.
“This has caused some unsteady movement in the Tianyuan Region, and the people are no longer of one mind. It has become quite troublesome because of this. Even if the news about our master isn’t confirmed, the Tianyuan Region will most likely fall from the position of one of the nine regions...
“This is also the main reason why our senior brother went into secluded cultivation. Only when he steps into the Saint stage will it be possible to stabilise the Tianyuan Region.” Speaking about this, her expression turned visibly cold, and a palpable oppressive aura spread out. It was clear that the pressure she had been under over the years had been enormous.
“I remember our master telling me that the Nine Regions Meeting is considered a training experience for the younger generation,” Zhou Yuan muttered.
Chi Jing nodded. “The Nine Regions Meeting was at first a kind of social exchange, but the majority of the high-level figures of each region couldn’t come in person since that would damage their identity and status. So, over time, it became a competition among the younger generation and can now be considered a training experience.”
“Is the younger generation of the Tianyuan Region that bad?” Zhou Yuan couldn’t help but ask.
“It’s not that the younger generation in the Tianyuan Region isn’t good, it’s that they aren’t of one heart.”
Chi Jing scrunched her brows together. “After our master’s disappearance, there has been movement in the Heavenly Spirit Sect. They joined forces with the White Clan and the Profound Crystal Clan to form the largest sect of the Tianyuan Region.
“They now occupy three seats of the five grand elders, which is also the reason that the Heavenly Spirit Sect has the greatest power to influence or make decisions in the Tianyuan Region today. If our master hadn’t deterred the Heaven Spirit Sect to not betray the Tianyuan Region, I suspect that they would want independence.
“And the most remarkable youngsters of the Tianyuan Region are all gathered in the four pavilions. Of the four pavilions, only the Wind Pavillion is under my control.
“But even so, they are trying to infiltrate the Wind Pavilion, trying to obtain the Wind Pavilion too. This has resulted in the position of the Wind Pavilion’s pavilion master to be vacant all these years.”
Zhou Yuan knitted his brows in a frown. From the looks of it, the Tianyuan Region really was suffering from internal and external problems. Under these circumstances, it wouldn’t be easy to maintain the status of one of the nine regions, and it would indeed be difficult to compete with the other eight regions.
“In the past there would be a chief pavilion master of the four pavilions, but ever since our master’s disappearance, the Tianyuan Region has turned chaotic, and everybody competes with one another. There has never been a chief pavilion master who could really convince the people of the younger generation to band together. Given the disunited circumstances, how could they perform well in the Nine Regions Meeting?” Chi Jing said helplessly.
Zhou Yuan’s eyes flashed. “Anyway, no matter what, we can’t give up on the Nine Regions Meeting this time. If the four pavilions aren’t unified, then we will bring them together!”
Since the Ancestral Dragon Lantern was linked to stopping Yaoyao’s death, Zhou Yuan absolutely wouldn’t give up.
Chi Jing glanced at Zhou Yuan with admiration. His fighting spirit and courage were indeed commendable. Since this was her master’s task, she would naturally do her best to help.
“You’re courageous. Then, before the Nine Regions Meeting, I think you should be competing for the position of pavilion master.” Chi Jing nodded, as if this was the most natural thing to do.
“Then what should I do?” Zhou Yuan uttered in an embarrassed voice.
“If our master was around, he could have made you the chief pavilion master of the four pavilions right away, but I don’t have that authority. So you have to rely on your achievements, and I can only help you push away the waves and make the Heavenly Spirit Sect unable to say anything.
“I have already appointed you as the deputy pavilion master of the Wind Pavilion, so I think your next task is to become the Wind Pavilion’s pavilion master first.
“After all, only the four pavilion masters are qualified to compete for the position of chief pavilion master.”
“Currently, besides you, there are two other deputy pavilion masters called Chen Beifeng and Ye Bingling, respectively. Chen Beifeng was sent by the Heavenly Spirit Sect, and Ye Bingling is one of my people.
“Some time ago I was going to appoint a commander from the Wind Pavilion as deputy pavilion master, but now that you’re here, it can be you.”
“Chen Beifeng and Ye Bingling...how strong are they?” Zhou Yuan asked.
“Mo Yuan, who you defeated, is ranked in the 500s on the Divine Dwelling List of Hunyuan Heaven, while Chen Beifeng and Ye Bingling are in the top 100. They are also extremely famous heaven prides in the Tianyuan Region.
“But you don’t have to be worried about making it onto the Divine Dwelling List, that’s a lot to do.”
Zhou Yuan inwardly sighed. As expected, Hunyuan Heaven was indeed the most powerful heaven. Even Mo Yuan was only ranked in the 500s. This was simply frightening.
“So, my main competitor is Chen Beifeng, right?”
“Yes, but Ye Bingling is also arrogant and prideful. If she thinks you aren’t strong enough, she won’t comply with you,” Chi Jing said with a smile.
Zhou Yuan calmly nodded. If she didn’t comply, he would beat her until she does.
“Tomorrow, you will formally serve in the Wind Pavilion. As long as you can win the position of pavilion master and then take the position of chief pavilion master in the future, we will dominate the four pavilions. And we will have the qualification to compete with the other eight regions in the Nine Regions Meeting.
“Is there a problem with this?” She stared at Zhou Yuan.
Zhou Yuan pondered for a moment, then suddenly lifted the Heavenly Yuan Brush and said, “The Heavenly Yuan Brush is a weapon unique to our master, if I were to use it in Tianyuan Region, wouldn’t someone notice?”
“You don’t need to worry about this. There are numerous people in the Tianyuan Region who respect our master, so his unique weapon is no longer new. There are now many brush-type weapons.
“But the nine Genesis Runes on the Heavenly Yuan brush are very special...”
She took the Heavenly Yuan Brush and gently wiped her slender palm over the mottled brush’s body. The nine ancient Genesis Runes disappeared immediately.
“I will conceal them. As long as the brush doesn’t fall into the hands of other Law Domain experts, it is impossible to recognise it.”
Zhou Yuan examined it and was relieved to find that the nine ancient Genesis Runes were only obscured, not erased. “Thank you, senior sister.”
She waved her hand. “It’s nothing, it’s for our master’s mission.”
“By the way, do you need me to arrange accommodations for you?”
Zhou Yuan shook his head. “In order to prevent others from knowing our relationship, we can’t act too close, so I’ll stay with elder Yi Yan for now.”
“It’s because of his beautiful granddaughter, isn’t it? Yi Qiushui isn’t bad, I am also very optimistic about her,” Chi Jing teased. She seemed to have the potential to be a gossip.
Zhou Yuan shook his head helplessly, and they continued to chat for a bit before he said goodbye.
Watching his rear figure as he left, Chi Jing pressed her palm against her chest. An extremely rare look of joy came to her eyes, which was completely different from her usual cold and imposing expression.
“My master is fine...”
A huge weight was finally off her mind. What she had been most worried about over the years was finally settled.
“This little junior brother has a pretty good personality.”
Chi Jing had a very good impression of Zhou Yuan after their first meeting, but whether or not Zhou Yuan could successfully establish himself in the Wind Pavilion and seize the position of pavilion master, she wasn’t too certain.
After all, numerous remarkable heaven prides of the Tianyuan Region were gathered in the Wind Pavilion. They were all arrogant and unruly, and they hardly listened. Otherwise, the position of pavilion master would not have been left vacant for so long.
But she believed in Zhou Yuan because he had to have outstanding qualities if he was able to become her master’s disciple.
“I can help you withstand other pressure, but in the Wind Pavilion, you will have to rely on your own abilities...”
Chi Jing’s murmur sounded inside the golden palace hall.