The Emperor Star Academy was more lively compared to the past. As the year’s end was approaching, many of the students that were out tempering themselves returned. Under the sunlight, the youthful students chittered and chattered, filling the Emperor Star Academy with a vibrant atmosphere.
Within the academy, the topics of discussion among the students were naturally about the most powerful students currently in the academy, and who would obtain the best result in the Jun Lin Banquet. There were also many who brought up the name of Qin Wentian. This name – Qin Wentian, could be said to be one of the most frequently brought up names in the academy during this year, even more so when compared to Luo Qianqiu of yesteryear.
After all, this year, this new student who had just stepped into the academy had done too many things of great impact.
Many of the returning students expressed admiration towards Qin Wentian after hearing about his deeds. Naturally, there were some as well who expressed disdain and even wanted to spar with this new student to see if the legends about him was true.
All these public discussions caused Qin Wentian to garner much attention whenever he walked through the academy’s courtyard. Especially after he returned from the painting incident caused by the Royal Academy, there were even more eyes focusing on him. Qin Wentian could only smile bitterly in his heart, he finally felt what it is to be like to be a ‘celebrity’.
However, this kind of ‘attention’, where he would be scrutinised anywhere he went, didn’t really feel good.
After he returned to his own residence, Qin Wentian discovered that other than Qin Yao, Luo Huan was there as well.
“Senior Sister, why are you here?” Qin Wentian smiled.
“I’m here to chat with Qin Yao. You this fellow created such a huge commotion outside, and have already become a ‘celebrity’. When will you gift your senior sister a divine inscription painting as well?” A smile that was not a smile appeared on the face of Luo Huan as she replied.
“If Senior Sister really likes it, the next time I create a Divine Inscription painting, I shall personally deliver it.” Qin Wentian laughed.
“Okay, you are not allowed to lie to me.” Luo Huan’s beautiful eyes flickered with a brilliant light.
“Naturally. Not to mention one painting, if Senior Sister wishes for five or six of those paintings, I will also comply.” Qin Wentian reply, causing the smile on Luo Huan’s face to become even more radiant. “Good, I didn’t dote on you for nothing. Come, let senior sister give you a kiss.”
“Er……” Qin Wentian, looking at the charming appearance of Luo Huan, bitterly smiled. “Senior Sister, you should stop tempting me like this.”
The appeal of Luo Huan was exceptionally great. Qin Wentian had met many beautiful girls before, but only Mo Qingcheng and Luo Huan were capable of moving his heart. However, the beauty of the two of them were in totally different categories. Mo Qingcheng’s beauty was ethereal, akin to a fairy on earth, just looking at her would cause one to be unable to remain calm. Luo Huan’s beauty was more of a sex appeal type, charming and sexy, extremely attractive to men.
Looking at the countenance of Qin Wentian, Luo Huan also began to laugh. Qin Yao stated, “Sister Luo Huan, you should stop teasing this little fellow. Speaking of which, this fellow is already 17, I wonder if he has his eyes on any girls out there.”
“I’m curious as well.” Luo Huan stared at Qin Wentian as she asked.
“Sister, my only focus now is on cultivation, and to save Father. Where would I have time to think about matters of the heart?” Qin Wentian looked at the glances the two beauties shot him, and couldn’t help but feel slightly awkward.
“Refusing to answer? Seems like there is someone in his heart. Wait, let me guess.” The beautiful eyes of Luo Huan flickered as she continued, “Could it be the number one beauty of our Chu Country, Mo Qingcheng? I heard that during the banquet hosted by Chu Tianjiao, she intentionally brought you somewhere else for a chat, causing many males to die of envy.”
“Senior Sister, stop guessing randomly.” Qin Wentian smiled bitterly, as images of his interactions with Mo Qingcheng kept appearing in his mind.
“Why are you so shy to admit it?” Luo Huan continued teasing, “That delicate little lass is beautiful indeed, and fully worthy of the name – the number one beauty of Chu Country. At the very least, I have not met a more ravishing woman inside the Royal Capital. Not only that, her talent is also extraordinary as well. In the Royal Capital, even within the 10 prodigies, there were several that wanted to woo her.”
Luo Huan looked at the seemingly interested Qin Wentian, as she continued, “No matter how I look at it, I still think that only my little junior brother is worthy of that little lass. Do you want senior sister to get Teacher Mustang to play matchmaker for you? That little lass’ grandpa is none other than our grand teacher!”
How could Qin Wentian defend against the barrage of Luo Huan’s powerful teases. Like before, he could only smile bitterly.
“Since you are not saying anything, it means that you’ve admitted it. A young genius coupled together with the number one beauty of Chu. Excellent, excellent.” Luo Huan murmured to herself, as Qin Yao, looking at the embarrassed expression on Qin Wentian’s face, couldn’t help but laugh out loud. In her heart, she was thinking that if Qin Wentian could really marry such a beautiful talented girl, it would naturally be excellent.
“Okay, I shall stop teasing you. But what I said was true. If you want to woo that little lass, your senior sister will support you all the way.” Luo Huan laughed, “Today, there’s a gathering being held at the Emperor Star Monument. Do you want to attend it with me? This way you would be able to interact with the other elites of our academy.”
“What gathering is that?” Qin Wentian curiously asked.
“It’s going to be the year end soon, and as many students tempering themselves outside return to the academy, they would like to gather together, exchanging of pointers and showcasing the fruits of their labour for the year. There would also be sincere people who truly want to interact and extend their social circle. You should go, you may even learn some things from there.”
Luo Huan looked at Qin Wentian as she continued her explanation. “Those who attend the gathering later all have above average martial prowess. At the very least, they will be at the 7th level of Arterial Circulation or they would be embarrassed to sit under the monument. However for you, you are already qualified. Ranked number one among the new batch of students as well as a 17 year old 3rd level Divine Inscriptionist. The Emperor Star Academy has never had such a genius before.”
“Senior Sister, stop praising me.” Qin Wentian bitterly smiled, “I will go with Senior Sister to take a look. After all, I just joined the Emperor Star Academy and might as well borrow this chance to take a look at the other elites of our school.”
“I will go along with both of you to take a look.” Qin Yao laughed.
“Okay, we will all go together.” Luo Huan pulled Qin Yao along as both of them walked shoulder to shoulder, showing their close relationship. Upon seeing this scene, Qin Wentian felt a trace of warmth in his heart. Although Senior Sister Luo Huan loved to joke about, and often ignored boundaries when she spoke, she had always truly cared for him and Qin Yao. This type of caring appeared so ordinary that you wouldn’t be able to feel it unless you experienced it yourself.
Among students of the Emperor Star Academy, who wouldn’t work hard? Where would there be someone who was willing to spend large amounts of time on others? However, Luo Huan was precisely such an individual. Initially, Luo Huan didn’t have any relationship with Qin Yao. But now, not only did she take care of her and form a friendship with her, she also spent time visiting her often, fearing that Qin Yao would be lonely.
This gratitude, Qin Wentian silently engraved it in his heart. If he were to say it out loud, based on the personality of Luo Huan, she would most probably ignore him.
Within the Emperor Star Academy, there were nine stone monuments known as the Emperor Star Monuments. On them were engravings about the 3,000 year history of the Emperor Star Academy.
In front of the monuments, there was a circular field, with a stone stage in the middle. Several youthful silhouettes were currently seated on the stone stage.
Every year, there would be many youthful elites of the academy sitting on the stone stage, looking at the Emperor Star Monuments, basking themselves in the glory of those that came before them. At the same time, they were also determined to be one of those individuals that could create history, leaving stories behind for future students to look at.
And below the monuments, there were even more silhouettes. Their gazes were filled with reverence and admiration as they gazed at the people sitting on the stone stage.
“The seniors above all have a cultivation base of the 7th level of Arterial Circulation or above. I wonder when I will reach the 3rd level of Arterial Circulation.”
“Not only were their cultivation bases at least at the 7th level, all of them have done something impactful or have some history behind them. If not, they would be embarrassed to sit together with the other elites.”
“You are right, our academy has so many years of history, and the new bloods every year are all extraordinary, their talents far higher compared to the rest. Just at merely the 3rd level of Arterial Circulation, we have countless people with cultivation bases at this stage. If you weren’t something special, how could you have the qualifications to even sit with the rest of them.”
Below the monuments, many people were discussing the elites on the stone stage as they gazed upon the silhouettes on the stage. They were evidently filled with great curiosity.
“Senior Luo Huan from the Greencloud Association is here. Senior Luo Huan has mesmerized a lot of people with her beauty.”
“The beauty sitting beside her should be Qin Yao, and the guy that came with her should be Qin Wentian. He is also here today!”
A pathway opened up through the crowd. On the stone stage, many of the elites turned their attention at Luo Huan and Qin Wentian, only to hear one of them saying, “Luo Huan, I heard rumors that you’ve broke through to the 9th level of Arterial Circulation. Quickly come up to the stage.”
“Junior Brother Qin, you are also welcome up here.” Another person smiled.
Luo Huan pulled Qin Wentian along as they ascended the steps, sitting on stone seats next to each other. Upon seeing this, sharp glints of light could be seen radiating from the eyes of many males. Luo Huan seemed to be very close with Qin Wentian, and many of the students wasn’t feeling too good about it in their hearts. After all, Luo Huan’s beauty and talent made her a highly popular goddess whom many wished to pursue.
Feeling the enmity leveled against him, Qin Wentian bitterly smiled in his heart. He silently questioned if Luo Huan purposely did this to tease him. He could feel cold stares trained on him from all directions.
Despite this, his countenance remained normal as he glanced at the silhouettes on the stone stage. There were a total of about 30 elites on the stage, and all of them had a high probability of breaking through to Yuanfu.
Not only that, there were several others like Luo Qianqiu and Orchon who did not appear.
Just the Emperor Star Academy alone already had so many elites. One could only imagine how terrifyingly resplendent the sparks caused by all the elites would be in the Jun Lin Banquet.