Chapter 917: Reputation
It was getting closer and closer to the limit of a thousand years. Xue Ying was also becoming freer over time since almost all the talented cultivators had visited him before. Before they had a definite improvement of their strength, they would not pay Xue Ying a visit the second time.
On this day.
There was a thin male who arrived outside of Xue Ying’s cavern-dwelling. He was vaguely emitting an aura that startled two of the protectors. Even though it was only part of his full aura, just a touch caused the protectors to feel an all-encompassing slaughter aura permeating into their souls. They had seen before many Unity realm experts, and they understood that this person in front should be way stronger than the Unity realm. He should be a Primal Chaos giant. Thus, they did not dare to be disrespectful.
“Go tell Elder Dong Bo. Just say that Ba Sun is here to visit him.” The thin male coldly said.
“Yes, senior, please wait momentarily.” The protector immediately went to report his words.
“Brother Ba Yun?”
Xue Ying took the initiative to welcome him in passionately.
The thin male was no longer cold anymore. Instead, he revealed a smile: “Haha, Brother Dong Bo, I know that you are quite busy, and that is why I only visited you now.”
“Brother Ba Yun is being too polite. You can visit me anytime. Come come come, please enter.” Xue Ying was much more polite. It was logical. Even though this Ba Yun Palace Master was a Primal Chaos giant, according to the intelligence reports, he was barely at the seventh level Star Pagoda strength only. This was slightly stronger than he. Xue Ying was polite because the other party was the only disciple of Black Emperor.
Black Emperor was someone who transmitted Dao to him!
The two sat down.
Xue Ying also brought out some precious wine and personally poured for Ba Yun.
“Brother Ba Yun, why have you come to see me?” Xue Ying smiled, “If there are any matters, do tell me directly.”
“Haha, I came this time because of the Star Convention.” Ba Yun Palace Master said, “I have a descendant who participated in the Star Convention, and he is quite strong, ranking above 500th. But alas, he wasn’t selected in the first round. He felt uncertain, which was why he asked me for help. I quite like this brat, and that is also why I came this time to ask Brother Dong Bo for help.”
Hearing that the other party was ranked above 500th, Xue Ying felt his heart relaxing.
He was someone flexible. As long as the other party had high potential, under the situation that it was uncertain for the other party to be chosen, Xue Ying would still give the other person respect since Ba Yun Palace Master had come personally.
After all, selecting juniors who had potential…
Ultimately depended on the inner heart of the teachers of the convention to judge. They experienced different things, and their judgment of the junior’s potential would certainly be different as well. For instance, a specific junior might be determined by Xue Ying to rank at 150th regarding his potential, but General Heaven Light might feel that it was ranked at 100th. It might even be ranked at 200th by General Hatchet Palace Master.
There would be a degree of uncertainty and not an absolute ranking.
But all of them were experts. Xue Ying’s understanding of the Unity realm was high as well. His determination of potential would not be so bad that it was beyond reasonable limits.
As long as the other party had sufficient potential, and Xue Ying recognized the other party as someone whom he was on the fence on, he could simply just let him go on! It would not make others feel that Xue Ying was messing things up. But if the other party had a potential judged to be beyond 1,000th, even if there were some slight discrepancies over at the side of General Hatchet Palace Master, General Heaven Light and the others, they would similarly be ranked beyond 900th. This cultivator was someone Xue Ying would definitely not choose.
If he selected this cultivator, it would be slapping his own face.
“Oh, if his potential is sufficient, I would naturally do my best to help.” Xue Ying chuckled.
“His potential is still alright. I believe that he will become more extraordinary after entering the holy ground.” Ba Yun Palace Master said.
“I wonder what is he called?” Xue Ying asked.
“He is Tie Tu.” Ba Yun Palace Master chuckled, “He is ranked at 406th during the Star Pagoda preliminary selections.”
Xue Ying’s original smile turned stiff.
Tie Tu was a loose cultivator. But he cultivated for more than 1.6 trillion years. More importantly, the scenes of his battle in the Star Pagoda were seen clearly by Xue Ying. It might be nice on the ears that he was ranked at 406th, but in reality, he had not crossed the third level. He was merely ranked at the peak of the second level. And he was ranked at the peak only because his body had been altered!
After seeing the scenes of battle, Xue Ying was able to deduce: ‘This Tie Tu must have many treasures. His realm seems ordinary, and it is likely only at the first level Star Pagoda strength, yet he has altered his body! He relied on his strong body to get to the third level barely. He is a devour-class cultivator, but his body had been altered to that of a hex cultivator. Clearly, he had sought the help of other experts to alter it.”
Indeed, he could simply ask other experts to alter his body.
And if he had sufficient Origin World Rocks, he could seek the help of ‘Ancestor Sorcerer’, strengthening his body to a stage that even Primal Chaos giants could barely destroy! But the more defiant the body alteration was, the more inflated the price would be. It was more worthwhile to purchase a puppet instead.
This Tie Tu was clearly trying to improve his ranking by altering his body. But it’s a pity that the foresight of Xue Ying, General Hatchet Palace Master, and the others were all extremely acute. They could discern with a glance–that the body transformation was done by others. If not for this body transformation, he would likely rank beyond 10,000th. Even though he was a loose cultivator, he had cultivated for far too long, and his potential was unquestionably ranked beyond 3000th!
Someone who was unquestionably ranked beyond 3000th…
Wanted to be chosen by him?
Xue Ying looked up at Ba Yun Palace Master in front. Ba Yun Palace Master still had a beaming smile: “Brother Dong Bo, he is a loose cultivator who is ranked 400th, showing that his potential is not bad.”
“It is because he has asked other experts to alter his body, and that is why he is ranked at around 400th.” Xue Ying shook his head, “We select based on potential. If his body is altered by other experts, it isn’t considered his potential.”
“Brother Dong Bo, you could select 20 cultivators in total. Every teacher of the convention has differing views on the potential of the cultivators. It is normal for you with your unique foresight to see his unique potential.” Ba Yun Palace Master continued laughing.
Xue Ying frowned.
Why was this disciple of Senior Black Emperor forcing himself despite Xue Ying giving the other party an explanation already?
“I’ll try my best. I have other matters which I have to do.” Xue Ying stood up.
“Brother Dong Bo, you better give me your word. That way I’ll feel rest assured.” Ba Yun Palace Master said.
“I’ll try my best.” Xue Ying said.
“How about this, if you select him, I am willing to give Brother Dong Bo 200 Origin World Rocks.” Ba Yun Palace Master chuckled. That Tie Tu had indeed obtained many treasures. He had not just altered his body and also understood the teachers of the convention through intelligence reports. That was why he asked Ba Yun Palace Master for help to come to ask Xue Ying, with a down payment of 100 Origin World Rocks and 500 Origin World Rocks after the matter was settled.
A total of 600 Origin World Rocks was used to ensure he could enter the holy ground!
“Brother Ba Yun.” Xue Ying helplessly replied, “You should understand that a teacher of the convention like me who is still at the Unity realm is a highly controversial topic. I am here representing not only myself but more importantly, I am representing my Great Void Heaven Temple. It is impossible for me to slap my Great Void Heaven Temple in the face. Thus, I have truly no other means to help you with your matter. His potential is likely ranked beyond 3000th.”
Xue Ying honestly told him as he hoped the other party would understand.
“This is merely a minor matter only. How would it even affect the reputation of the Great Void Heaven Temple?” Ba Yun Palace Master frowned, “Alright. This is the first time we met, and I do not want for our relationship to become ugly. Give me some respect. It is just a slot.”
Xue Ying’s expression slightly changed. He stood up: “Brother Ba Yun, I have some other matter and will not accompany you anymore. Please leave.”
Ba Yun Palace Master’s expression immediately turned cold: “You are truly not promising me?”
“No.” Xue Ying straightforwardly answered.
Ba Yun Palace Master felt so angry he began laughing, “You are just a little Unity realm who obtained the inheritance of my teacher. It is fine if you aren’t grateful, but for me to personally come and seek your help, you actually do not give me any respect. Also, you better not call me Brother Ba Yun or what. You are just a Unity realm and aren’t qualified to be my Dao brother.”
He was outraged.
Being a Primal Chaos giant, and also the only disciple of Black Emperor, who would not respect him? He usually disdained to talk to those at the Unity realm, and in his heart, he did not care about Xue Ying. So what if the other party had a sixth level Star Pagoda strength? In history, many were stuck at the sixth level Star Pagoda strength without stepping into the Primal Chaos realm. Like Lei Yan Pagoda Master, he was held there forever. And even genius cultivators like Dark World Master had fallen.
Ba Yun Palace Master indeed despised Xue Ying in his heart. Even calling him Dao brother made him uncomfortable. It was only because he was here asking the other party for help, that was why he had to maintain a smile and talk about matters passionately. Who would have thought that this Xue Ying as a Unity realm expert did not respect him at all? He was planning to give the other party 200 Origin World Rocks, yet the other party did not give him his promise? How many treasures could Xue Ying have in total? Treasures worth about 1,000 Origin World Rocks at most? 200 Origin World Rocks was a huge amount for him.
“Calling Dao brothers? It seems I am climbing connections with you then.” Xue Ying also coldly stated.
Since they had reached this stage, there was no need for him to maintain any decorum of respect for the other party.
“Protectors, send the guest off.” Xue Ying transmitted out.
A female attendant came in immediately from outside the courtyard. The female attendant walked to the side of Ba Yun Palace Master with some slight anxiety, though she still uttered: “Please!”
Even if Ba Yun Palace Master were more arrogant, he would not dare to act rampantly in the territory of Blade Emperor City.
“Hmph hmph, you are quite daring.” Ba Yun Palace Master coldly laughed.
“Why, aren’t you leaving? Do you need me to expel you personally?” Xue Ying coldly said.
“Good, very good.” Ba Yun Palace Master sneered before turning and leaving. With just three steps, he swiftly left the place.
Xue Ying coldly snorted.
So what if the other party was a Primal Chaos giant? He was barely at the seventh level Star Pagoda strength and was just a strand higher than him. Even if he fought with Xue Ying, he was not fearful of the other party, much less since Xue Ying was close to breaking through to the Primal Chaos realm. The moment he stepped in, he would easily trample the other party underneath his feet. The reason why he was so polite had been because of courtesy, and respect for Black Emperor.
Nevertheless, Xue Ying still respected Black Emperor, and that did not translate to respect for his disciple.
Since the other party did not respect him at all, Xue Ying could only force him out.