It was exactly like what Gu Li had said, if it was not for the fact that his father and Elder Ku were here, this dragon clan's Five-clawed Divine Dragon Elder would have long sliced him into pieces!
Naturally, he knew it was rude of him to randomly probe someone with his Divine Eye.
'Due to how extraordinary my Sun True Origin is, my current strength is at the Divine Saint Stage. However, the Sun True Origin doesn't influence the Spiritual Energy and the Divine Consciousness! My Divine Consciousness is still at the Eminent Saint Stage. I can only probe Eminent Saint Stage powerhouses and check their backgrounds using my Divine Eye without them noticing! As for those at the Divine Saint Stage and above, I won't be able to probe them without them discovering what I'm doing!' Duan Ling Tian thought to himself.
No matter what, this little episode had also come to an end after the dragon clan's Five-clawed Divine Dragon Elder Qing Yan apologized.
Qing Yan took a deep breath as he forced a smile on his face and said to Duan Ling Tian and the others, "Mansion Master Duan, Young Mansion Master Duan, Elder Ku, and this little brother, this way please!" At the same time, he gestured for them to continue moving forward.
Under Qing Yan's guidance, Duan Ling Tian and the other three arrived at a little valley in the dragon clan's lair.
The little valley had an idyllic scene, it was like a beautiful landscape painting. Not only that, but there were ten little wooden houses erected there as well. Although they were not big, they were exquisitely built.
"Mansion Master Duan, the five-year pact is set to happen in three days. During the coming three days, you can rest here," Qing Yan told Duan Ru Feng with a smile before he left.
"Alright." Duan Ru Feng nodded his head indifferently and ignored him.
As soon as Qing Yan turned around to leave, his originally smiling face was instantly replaced with a gloomy expression.
"The Azure Cloud Mansion is really arrogant! If it's not for the fact that Clan Leader did not enter the Dragon Cleansing Pool previously, would the Azure Cloud Mansion dare to act so boldly in our dragon clan's lair?" His heart was filled with anger as he left.
'However…' Suddenly, as though he had thought of something, he narrowed his eyes. 'Earlier, when the Young Mansion Master of Azure Cloud Mansion used his Divine Consciousness to probe me, his Divine Consciousness… doesn't seem to be at the Divine Saint Stage or above! It seems to be only at the Eminent Saint Stage… In other words, he's only an Eminent Saint Stage Martial Cultivator?'
The moment Qing Yan thought of this, he sneered immediately. "He wants to compete with Di Jue for a chance to enter our dragon clan's Saint Land, the Dragon Cleansing Pool with that weak power? What nonsense!"
He was very clear about Di Jue's strength. Five years ago, he was already at the peak of the Divine Saint Stage and was on par with him. Now that five years had passed, with Di Jue's innate talent, he must have already broken through to the Exemplary Saint Stage. Even if he did not break through, Di Jue was still a lot stronger than him.
'The Young Mansion Master of Azure Cloud Mansion couldn't even handle my Divine Consciousness, but he still dares to come to the dragon clan to fight Di Jue? He's seeking death!' The moment he thought of this, his eyes shone coldly.
As though he was reminded by something, Qing Yan frowned. "Somehow the Young Mansion Master of Azure Cloud Mansion seems a little familiar."
A few moments later, his gaze lit up immediately. "I remember now. He's Duan Ling Tian who possessed the Devilseal Tablet, right? They look identical. Not only that, according to Di Jue, the name of Mansion Master Duan Ru Feng's son is Duan Ling Tian as well. They must be the same person!"
Qing Yan's eyes shone even brighter like the sun.
After dealing with the group of people from Azure Cloud Mansion, he immediately went to look for the person involved in the five-year pact that would take place three days later. That person was none other than Di Jue, the Five-clawed Golden Dragon!
Unfortunately, when he arrived at Di Jue's residence that also served as his cultivation place, he discovered Di Jue was still in closed-door cultivation.
"There are only three days left, but he still hasn't come out of closed-door cultivation! The time has already been set. Not only that, but the people from the Azure Cloud Mansion had also been informed about this. Will he show up in time? Wait a minute! According to Clan Leader, he had set the time after discussing it with Di Jue!" Qing Yan muttered to himself as a frown appeared on his face, "What the hell is Di Jue doing?!"
"Elder Qing Yan!" Qing Yan was about to leave as he muttered to himself under his breath when a voice sounded from behind him, causing him to stop walking.
The moment he turned around, a sturdy middle-aged man appeared before his eyes.
The middle-aged man had an awe-inspiring look. As he stood there, his body subtly emitted a kind of pressure.
When Qing Yan sensed the intense pressure faintly exuding out of the middle-aged man's body, his eyes lit up as he asked in delight and surprise, "Di Jue, y-you've made a breakthrough?!"
"Elder Qing Yan, it seems like you've not broken through yet?" Di Jue asked in response as he smiled indifferently.
"I can't be compared to you. You're a Five-clawed Golden Dragon who has the Imperial Family's blood coursing through your veins. It's only natural your innate talent is higher than mine! I'll need 30 to 50 years before I'll be able to make a breakthrough," Qing Yan replied with a sigh.
"Elder Qing Yan, did you come here to look for me?" He had just come out of closed-door cultivation, but he had instantly met Qing Yan by the entrance of his cultivation place. Therefore, he assumed Elder Qing Yan was here to look for him.
"Yes." Qing Yan nodded he smiled. "Di Jue, you don't have to be worried at all over the five-year pact… Five years ago, when I saw how Duan Ru Feng took the initiative to suggest the five-year pact, I thought his son must be very strong. However, in hindsight, he was just looking for a way out for himself!"
"What do you mean?" Upon hearing Qing Yan's words, Di Jue was baffled. He knew Elder Qing Yan must have discovered something for him to say such words.
"Di Jue, Duan Ru Feng brought his son here today…" Qing Yan said.
Before he could finish his words, he saw Di Jue's expression turned grave as a terrifying killing intent glinted in his eyes.
"Duan! Ling! Tian!" Di Jue hissed out these three words as he gritted his teeth. He would never forget how he was fooled in the bottom of the sea by that ant who had not even entered the Saint Stage!
He had sworn to kill him if there was a chance. The chance had finally come now.
The five-year pact was the place for him and that person to fight, and he would kill him in the arena.
After a long while, Di Jue took a deep breath and suppressed his anger before he said to Qing Yan, "Elder Qing Yan, I lost my composure for a moment… Please continue."
Qing Yan nodded. "Duan Ru Feng brought his son here today. After I settled them in the place we've prepared, I instantly came to find you. Put aside the fact that you've broken through to the Exemplary Saint Stage, even if you didn't break through, you'll definitely win. Although I've not fought Duan Ling Tian before, I managed to confirm his cultivation base through his Divine Consciousness… His cultivation base is only at the Eminent Saint Stage!" Qing Yan said.
"What? Eminent Saint Stage?!" Upon hearing Qing Yan's words, Di Jue did not seem delighted as Qing Yan had expected. Instead, he had an astonished expression on his face. "He has already broken through to the Eminent Saint Stage in these five years? How does he cultivate?!"
It was only natural that Di Jue was shocked. When he first met Duan Ling Tian for the first time, he was merely at the Saint Rudiment Stage and had not even entered the Pristine Saint Stage yet.
However, he learned from Qing Yan today that Duan Ling Tian had broken through to the Eminent Saint Stage.
How could he not be shocked?
After a long while, Di Jue regained his senses. His eyes gleamed with terrifying killing intent as he slowly said in a sharp tone, "However, it doesn't matter how high his innate talent is, he's only at the Eminent Saint Stage. I'll definitely kill him in three days' time!"
"Di Jue, I know you really want to kill Duan Ling Tian, but don't you forget his father is Duan Ru Feng, the Mansion Master of Azure Cloud Mansion! Duan Ru Feng doesn't usually look for trouble with our dragon clan due to the support we have from the dragon clan in the Upper Province. However, if his son dies, I'm sure he'll go crazy over it. At that time, it's not impossible for him to use the might of the Azure Cloud Mansion against our dragon clan. Faced with an Azure Cloud Mansion that fears nothing, I'm afraid our dragon clan in the Lower Province would be annihilated!"
Although he was also eager to kill Duan Ru Feng and his son, he knew the five-year pact was not a good time to kill Duan Ling Tian.
"But… But I want to kill him!" Di Jue knew Qing Yan's words made sense, but he could not help but feel unwilling.
"Don't worry, it's just temporary. We can't kill Duan Ling Tian in front of Duan Ru Feng. However, don't tell me Duan Ling Tian is going to stay by Duan Ru Feng's side forever to be protected?" Qing Yan asked nonchalantly as his eyes gleamed.
Di Jue nodded his head upon hearing his words. He knew he had to wait for a good opportunity to kill Duan Ling Tian.
"Oh! Did you hear about the reemergence of the Devilseal Tablet?" Qing Yan suddenly asked Di Jue as though he just remembered something.
"The Devilseal Tablet? One of the ten great Super Saint Weapons on the Ten Great Saint Weapon Ranking? The bane of Devil Cultivators?" Di Jue was astonished. "I've been in closed-door cultivation these five years so I've not heard anything about the Devilseal Tablet. Judging by your words, don't tell me the Devilseal Tablet has appeared?"
"Not only has it appeared, but it's even in the possession of someone you know." Qing Yan smiled wryly.
"Who?!" Di Jue was baffled. "Don't tell me some elder from our dragon clan has obtained it? Or did Clan Leader obtain it?"
"It's not anyone from our dragon clan. It's Duan Ling Tian! The Devilseal Tablet is with him!" When Qing Yan mentioned Duan Ling Tian, a murderous gleam appeared in his eyes again.
He would never forget the humiliation he had suffered today!
If it was possible, he wanted to kill Duan Ling Tian before Di Jue could.
"Duan Ling Tian?!" Di Jue's eyes narrowed and shone with greed. "The Devilseal Tablet is with him?"
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