Chapter 856 Prepared for Anything
All the members of the Wind Pavilion gathered on the training grounds around the mirror lake of Wind Island, the black sea of people completely covering the training grounds. At this current moment, everyone was looking with feverish eyes at a certain figure on the stage.
It was Zhou Yuan, who had finally emerged from his secluded cultivation.
"Everyone, today is the Heavenly Flame Ritual, and it is finally time for us to see the fruits of our labor over the past few months." Zhou Yuan's gaze swept across the crowd, his voice similar to thunder.
“In the past, everyone said that our Wind Pavilion was the last among the pavilions and that it was the dumping ground for the four pavilions. But I don't think this is true. I've seen how hard everyone has worked over the past few months. Our Wind Pavilion is not as weak as people say; “We were simply limited by circumstances!”
"I firmly believe that if our Wind Pavilion has the same benefits as the Fire Pavilion, we will not be inferior to any of the pavilions!"
Emotions flooded the faces of countless Wind Pavilion members, and their eyes turned red at Zhou Yuan's roar. They came from various places in the Tianyuan region and were once considered proud geniuses. However, due to the decline of the Wind Pavilion, they had suffered humiliations over the past few years.
But in the few months after Zhou Yuan was promoted to pavilion master, an earth-shaking transformation had begun to occur within the Wind Pavilion. The benefits they received now were the best among the four pavilions, and they understood that everything originated from Zhou Yuan.
Therefore, all the people in the Wind Pavilion were extremely grateful and respectful to Zhou Yuan.
“I made our Wind Pavilion benefit the best among the four pavilions. Although we ourselves fight for these benefits, people still say that we don't deserve such treatment!" Zhou Yuan roared.
"During today's Heavenly Flame Ritual, I want all of you to show them whether or not you deserve such treatment!"
"We will do it!"
Thunderous roars immediately erupted, rippling even the mirror lake.
All the Wind Pavilion members could no longer hold back, their eyes quickly filled with scarlet red battle intent.
They knew that the foundation of their Wind Pavilion was weak and that it would be an uphill task to reach the Fire Pavilion in a short period of time. But it was no reason to give up. The intensity of his Spirit practice exercises over the past few months had been the highest among the four pavilions!
They also wanted to prove to Zhou Yuan that the benefits he gave them were not wasted on a group of useless people!
Zhou Yuan nodded in satisfaction at the high morale. He could use the frustration in the hearts of the Wind Pavilion members to increase their determination, and that made Zhou Yuan a little more confident in the Heavenly Flame Ritual.
“I know that everyone has given their all for today's battle, but the foundation of our Wind Pavilion is indeed worse than the others, and there is no shame in admitting it. We just need to do our best in today's fight.”
"On another note, I have prepared something for everyone."
Zhou Yuan revealed a smile as he waved his sleeve. Countless pieces of jade immediately flew out of his space bag. At a glance, it seemed like there were several thousand of them.
These jade pieces shot towards all the Wind Pavilion members present under Zhou Yuan's control.
The crowd curiously caught the jade pieces. The mystical runes seemed to be sunk into the jade, but no one could tell what function they had.
These were the fruits of Zhou Yuan's isolated cultivation. He had sealed the hairs of the Heavenly Yuan Brush into each piece of jade so that no one could find out what was inside. Only the jade piece needed to be broken to use the Genesis Spirit Devourer mark within the Brush's hair.
Once the Genesis mark was used, the jade piece and the Brush's hair would disappear, leaving it clean and tidy.
Zhou Yuan did not go into details and only said, “Wait for my order during the Heavenly Flame Ritual. I'll tell you when to break it. "It will definitely have a big impact."
Zhou Yuan's influence in the Wind Pavilion had reached its peak and he had won over even the proudest member. Therefore, although Zhou Yuan had been very vague, everyone respectfully acknowledged his words.
Once this was done, Zhou Yuan took a deep breath, his eyes slowly burning with anticipation. He turned his head towards Ye Bingling and Yi Qiushui and said, "Let's go!"
His figure had already risen to the sky when his voice rang.
Behind him, Ye Bingling, Yi Qiushui and the others also circulated their Genesis Qi and followed him. The sight of several thousand figures flying together was quite impressive.
The Great Flame Mountain was located in the northeast corner of the Tianyuan Region.
A giant scarlet-red mountain towered above the earth. Magma flowed like rivers in the mountain, making the surrounding land extremely hot.
In the past, the Great Flame Mountain rarely had visitors besides a few individuals who cultivated fire-type Genesis Qi. However, when the annual Heavenly Flame ritual came, it would become one of the most popular places in the entire Tianyuan region.
Everyone knew of the two things that attracted the many heavenly prides of the Tianyuan region. One was the Four Spirits Origin Tower, while the other was the Heavenly Flame Ritual.
The Heavenly Flame Ritual required ninety-nine Heavenly Sun stage experts to pour out all of their Heavenly Sun Fire. Although it was not an easy condition to meet, it was not too difficult for some of the top-tier factions in Hunyuan Heaven. The reason why the Heavenly Flame Ritual was exclusive to the Tianyuan Region was mainly because of the crystal cauldron known as the Heavenly Flame Cauldron at the top of the Great Flame Mountain.
Supreme Sovereign Cang Yuan had personally ventured deep underground to extract numerous precious resources and flame essence that was several tens of thousands of years old to craft the Heavenly Flame Cauldron. The cauldron was able to purify and amplify the wonders of the Heavenly Sun Fire.
The purification function was especially important.
After all, the Heavenly Sun Fire provided by the Heavenly Sun stage experts was cultivated by themselves and mixed with their wills. Such energy would only be harmful if absorbed by young geniuses of the Divine Dwelling stage in this form. Therefore, it needed to be purified before it could be absorbed.
This was how the Heavenly Flame Ritual became one of the two great trump cards for recruiting the various young talents in the Tianyuan Region.
Bright figures continuously arrived in the vicinity of the Great Flame Mountain.
Three groups were the most prominent among them, the Fire Pavilion, the Mountain Pavilion, and the Forest Pavilion.
Of the three, the Fire Pavilion was the most impressive, with more than ten thousand people. Lu Xiao stood at the front, his expression indifferent as an astonishing presence pulsed from his body. Others couldn't help but secretly praise his presence.
“As expected from the strongest, the Fire Pavilion. With such a strong presence, they will probably perform wonderfully again this year.”
"I heard this year's ritual is going to be free for everyone."
“Some time ago, the Heavenly Spirit Sect hall master Xi Guang attacked the wind pavilion master Zhou Yuan on a public street. Lady Chi Jing took this opportunity to have Sect Master Xuan Kun concede a step and request to change this year's Heavenly Flame Ritual to a free for all.”
“Lady Chi Jing may mean well, but she may be too optimistic. “A free-for-all may not be to the Wind Pavilion’s advantage.”
“Yes, from previous years' results, although the Fire Pavilion usually gets a 40% share, the Wind Pavilion would at least be guaranteed a certain minimum amount. But if this is a free-for-all, the angry Fire Pavilion may not show face and decide to deny the Wind Pavilion even a bite. The Wind Pavilion will become a laughing stock.”
"Although the Wind Pavilion has become stronger, its foundation is still too weak."
Numerous whispers spread. The majority clearly felt that this format was not good for the Wind Pavilion.
Lady Chi Jing's good intentions would probably go to waste.
While several voices were gossiping and arguing, the sound of rushing wind was suddenly heard. Countless people watched as a group of several thousand members approached from the sky and landed on the gathering area of the four pavilions. The Wind Pavilion had arrived.
Lu Xiao's slightly closed eyes slowly opened. He cast an indifferent glance at the nearby Wind Pavilion before his gaze turned to Zhou Yuan, the expression in his eyes becoming as cold as a sword.
Zhou Yuan felt the gaze and immediately turned his head. Their gazes collided for a moment, and Zhou Yuan revealed a faint smile.
"Pavilion Master Zhou Yuan, is the Wind Pavilion ready?" Lu Xiao asked indifferently.
Zhou Yuan chuckled. “Pavilion Master Lu Xiao will know once you come and test us later.”
Lu Xiao did not intend to waste time exchanging words with Zhou Yuan. “Talking is useless. “I hope Pavilion Master Zhou Yuan will not lose too much when the time comes, because you will let Lady Chi Jing’s efforts fail.”
Zhou Yuan shook his head and replied, “I feel like Pavilion Master Lu Xiao should think about how to explain everything to Sect Master Xuan Kun if Fire Pavilion loses.”
"Shameless bragging." Lu Xiao was expressionless.
"Just wait and see." Zhou Yuan showed a slight smile.
Their gazes continued to clash, an icy light flickering between them.
The surrounding Genesis Qi suddenly rippled as two rays of light descended from the sky. They landed on the top of the Great Flame Mountain as lava flowed towards them, turning into two lotus seats. When the light finally faded, two figures were revealed.
They were the two great elders, Chi Jing and Xuan Kun
Chi Jing's bright eyes scanned the area. Her fine black hair swayed in the air, giving her an indescribable heroic and brave aura. His clear voice echoed throughout the area.
"Since everyone is here, let's open the cauldron!"