On the stage, Donglin Yanxue felt very helpless as she listened to the objections. With the intense objection of so many elders, there was no hope even if her master had recommended Chang Yang herself.
After all, Chang Yang was simply too weak. He only had a one-colored soulcore. With such puny cultivation, it was impossible for him to receive the focus or support of any elder.
If he became a protector despite such a cultivation level, the candidate would be the one protecting him instead.
Donglin Yanxue sighed gently. She had already tried her best and done everything that she could. However, she was still unable to change the ultimate outcome.
When she thought of the puresoul Chang Yang had given to her prior to all this, Donglin Yanxue could not help but feel deeply ashamed. It would be rather difficult for her to face Chang Yang now. She had never thought that anything would change with the competition this time. In the past competitions, the nine retainers would be completely up to the Chosen Saint after they were selected from the candidates.
This was the Chosen Saint’s right.
However, the nine retainers had all been chosen by the elders and the important members of those large clans this time.
“Hehe, you’re still thinking about Chang Yang? It’s said that Chang Yang has already gone missing for a very long time. His situation is unknown. Let’s ignore the fact that he might be dead right now. Even if he were in the Radiant Saint Hall, he would have no right to set foot in the sacred hall. Isn’t it absolutely hilarious that a low level disciple who can’t even set foot in the sacred hall wants to be a retainer?” At this moment, a voice rang out from below the stage. The white-clothed Gongzheng Xin had called out fearlessly.
Immediately, Gongzheng Xin’s voice spread across the entire square. All the Hallowed Saint Masters gathered there heard his voice clearly.
In the past two years, Gongzheng Xin had been cultivating in seclusion. He had heard from his clan that they had already sent people to deal with Chang Yang. He was certain that Chang Yang was dead, as he refused to believe that a Radiant Saint Master with a mere one-colored soulcore could avoid being hunted down by the experts of his clan.
He had only emerged yesterday, so he did not receive news of Chang Yang returning to the Radiant Saint Hall.
“Chang Yang doesn’t even have the right to enter the sacred hall. It looks like he’s just a weak disciple with no background…”
“Not only is his puny cultivation, but he has no background either. He’s just dreaming if he wants to become a retainer like that…”
“Donglin Yanxue actually wants Chang Yang to be her ninth retainer. This sure is rather interesting…”
Gongzheng Xin’s words immediately caused a discussion between the various peak lords in the surroundings. Many Radiant Godkings discussed the matter secretly.
Jian Chen frowned slightly. His strength was far greater than most of the Radiant Godkings present. Moreover, after the changes to his soul, his senses had become astonishing as well. As a result, many of the secret messages were unable to escape his senses, allowing him to hear them clearly.
A cold light shone through Jian Chen’s eyes. He did not try to hide anymore. He called out, “Who says I don’t have the right to enter the sacred hall.” Jian Chen was loud, so he immediately attracted everyone’s gazes.
At that moment, not only did the Radiant Godkings in the surroundings look over, but even the elders who stood on the stage cast their gazes towards Jian Chen.
Naturally, Donglin Yanxue discovered Jian Chen in the crowd from the stage, and a sliver of surprise flashed through her eyes immediately.
Clearly, she had no idea how Jian Chen had managed to appear in the sacred hall, as he should not have had the right to enter this place according to her understanding of him.
“Chang Yang, it’s you!” Gongzheng Xin expanded the senses of his soul without any hesitation. When he discovered Jian Chen, he was dumbfounded. The fact that someone he believed to be dead was standing alive right there left him extremely surprised.
However, soon afterwards, Gongzheng Xin called out with a sunken face, “Chang Yang, how did you enter the sacred hall? You have no right to be here.” Before Jian Chen could reply, Gongzheng Xin immediately said to the elders on the stage, “Master, elders, Chang Yang has snuck his way into the sacred hall and has broken the rules of the Radiant Saint Hall. Please look into the matter, elders.”
On the stage, Donglin Yanxue’s face changed slightly. She secretly became anxious for Jian Chen. The sacred hall was not a place that just anyone could enter. Even the peak lords could not set foot here without an important reason. If Chang Yang had really snuck in here, it would be a huge crime.
“Oh dear. Oh no. Senior brother, what are you going to do now?” Bai Yu tugged Jian Chen’s arm as she became anxious as well.
She also believed that her senior brother had snuck in here because he indeed had no right to enter this place according to her understanding of him.
Many of the elders on the stage became stern. They studied Jian Chen with piercing gazes as an invisible pressure gradually began to radiate from the stage.
“Are you Chang Yang? Chang Yang, tell us the truth, how did you sneak in? If you don’t give us a reasonable explanation, you’re in deep trouble,” elder Mu Zhong said extremely sternly.
Jian Chen remained calm. First, he clasped his fist at the stage before saying, “Disciple Chang Yang of the Soaring Clouds Peak greets the elders. Elder Mu Zhong, you’ve made it a little serious. I only have a one-colored soulcore, so how would I be able to bypass the strict security? I would probably be arrested by the guards outside before I could even approach the sacred hall. Naturally, I entered here honestly.”
“Which one of you let Chang Yang into the sacred hall?” Elder Mu Zhong looked at the other elders on the stage at the same time as he extended the senses of his soul into the sacred hall and asked the other elders.
The sacred hall was a sacred existence in the hearts of all Radiant Saint Masters. It could not be infringed on at all. If a low-level disciple had really entered the sacred hall without permission, it would be a huge crime. He would not be spared easily.
The other elders all shook their heads in response to the question.
“Master, please help out Chang Yang. The favor I owe to Chang Yang is extremely great,” Donglin Yanxue also realised the severity of the matter, so she quickly asked Mu Shui in secret.
Mu Shui shook her head gently and said sternly, “Chang Yang’s actions have infringed on the sacred hall. He has gone too far. I definitely cannot help him.”
Very soon, elder Mu Zhong received the replies from the other elders. None of them had let Chang Yang into the hall.
At that moment, elder Mu Zhong’s gaze became piercingly hostile.
“Guards, immediately arrest Chang Yang of the Soaring Clouds Peak for trespassing on the sacred hall!” elder Mu Zhong called out.
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