The Divine Lot
A large golden tripod had been placed in the stairs below the golden platform!
And behind the large golden tripod was a large map of the Stellar Sanctuary with the gates clearly marked with numbers!
The Lord Supreme reverberated throughout the Golden Ascension Hall, “There will be twenty-four divine lots inside this golden urn. Once all twenty-four divine lots have been drawn, the lots will be re-cast back again. We shall let the major celestial clans that are in the golden seating position pick the divine lot first. Naturally, that will also include the Holy Ascension Sect.”
There were nine other celestial clans that were seated at the golden platform; they were the Mythical Seal Clan, Infinity Sword Celestial Clan, Tranquil City, Celestial Aiel Sect, Erudite Sect, Wind Chimes Sect, East Verdant Sect, White Pristine Clan and the Hegemon Clan.
Everyone was gasping!
Whether it was drawing one divine lot or two divine lots, it did not matter for these ten clans!
The Northern Tyrant who had a seat at the silver platform muttered aloud, “If we are unlucky then we won’t go in with one of the major orthodox celestial clans…”
The truth was that the Northern Tyrant had never been to the Stellar Sanctuary. He had thought that all the celestial clans that had gathered with the Holy Ascension Sect would be going in together!
So this time it was actually his first time. He knew how perilous the Stellar Sanctuary was; every time the Stellar Sanctuary had appeared, only less than a hundred celestials survived the trip.
What was mystifying was that none of the Celestials seemed willing to share anything that they had seen inside!
That was why he had hoped to follow an experienced celestial clan first so that he could take all necessary precautions!
But the Lord Supreme had made it very clearly. The bigger the group, the higher was the risk!
But of course there was something else that was quite explicit but was never openly mentioned. It actually made more sense to enter all twenty-four gates of the Stellar Sanctuary rather than just a single gate for a number of reasons. Firstly, there were more celestial treasures to be shared and if one of the gates was a dead end then everyone would not perish together!
The White Ape Scholar looked coldly at Yi Ping’s direction before humming coldly to the visible hearing of the Northern Tyrant and all the others that were nearby, “That may not be the case. If we follow one of the more experienced celestial clans, it will be difficult to seize the celestial treasures for ourselves.”
The White Ape Scholar was a top exponent of the Celestial Solstice Clan. He had a grudge with Yi Ping and for the past year he had been practicing his Sovereign Martial Force. He had a lucky break and had succeeded in raising his martial force to a new staging level.
The Celestial Solstice Clan was late for the meet and had just arrived just a few days ago.
“I have been to the Stellar Sanctuary and have survived so there is nothing to worry about,” Wan An said coldly.
Wan An was the Domain Lord of the Celestial Solstice Clan and his influence in the Celestial Realm was not beneath the seven major orthodox celestial clans!
The Northern Tyrant smiled coldly, “You must have found quite a few celestial treasures in the Stellar Sanctuary to be this conceit…”
Wan An smirked coldly.
At this moment Old Hare the grand patriarch of the Mythical Seal Clan who was also an Ancient Celestial laughed aloud, “Let the Mythical Seal Clan be the first to draw the divine lot then!”
He had leapt down from the platform!
The Lord Supreme nodded.
Old Reverend Vanquishing Sage asked, “One or two divine lot?”
Old Hare laughed jovially, “Just one. This time only two of the elders of the Mythical Seal Clan will accompany me.”
He rolled up his sleeves and then laughed aloud as he reached into the golden urn to pick a divine lot!
A golden metal slip was seen in his hands as he flashed it to Old Reverend Vanquishing Sage who said aloud, “Number three!”
Many of the celestials were thinking, “If our divine lot is also number three, with Old Hare’s amicable personality and experienced guidance, this gate is probably safer than going with the Holy Ascension Sect…”
Old Reverend Vanquishing Sage asked, “Next?”
Lady Snowflake rose up as she smiled sweetly, “Alas! Unfortunately the Erudite Sect is a little too weak. We may have been offered the golden seats but our martial strength is even lower than the bronze seats!”
There were several jovial rumblings from the crowd!
Lady Snowflake laughed softly before she said, “Therefore the Erudite Sect has decided to abstain!”
Vengeful God Shuntian from the Hegemon Clan had also rose up to say, “The Hegemon Clan will abstain!”
Thousands of celestial practitioners were startled!
They had all expected the Vengeful God Shuntian to go to the Stellar Sanctuary!
It was because the Hegemon Clan was also one of the stronger celestial clans in the Celestial Realm!
The Lord Supreme nodded quietly at the Vengeful God Shuntian.
The Lord Supreme asked, “Who else?”
Lingfeng whispered to Yi Ping, “For him to give up that will only means that his injuries and several of his clan protégés are not light.”
Yi Ping nodded as he recalled the fight that day when the Vengeful God Shuntian was injured by Maiden Ziyan.
He whispered, “Lingfeng, I think I should go alone…”
Lingfeng gave him a cold glance, “Don’t forget that other than the Universal Old Man and I, none of you have been there before.”
Lie Qing laughed softly, “With Lingfeng around, we have nothing to be afraid of. Just go and take the divine lot!”
Yi Ping nodded as he leapt down the platform.
At the same time the Sagess Ai had also leapt from the platform as she laughed softly, “It seems that I should let the Lord of the Tranquil City have the first pick.”
Yi Ping bowed respectfully with his hands, “You can go first.”
The Sagess Ai laughed softly, “Then I shall not decline your kind offer.”
She immediately said as she reached for the divine lot, “The Celestial Aiel Sect will pick just one divine lot.”
Old Reverend Vanquishing Sage declared, “Number one!”
The Sagess Ai laughed, “It seems that we get the closest position! Woes to those that have to travel for three days to the furthest gate!”
The Sagess Ai looked shyly at Yi Ping, “It is your turn now.”
Yi Ping nodded as he turned around to look at Yixian, Lingfeng, Lele, Lie Qing, Youxue, Shi Shi, Shen Xingyue…”
Yu’Er smiled shyly as she whispered softly, “Master Yi Ping, how are you?
Mei’Er was also whispering softly, “Good luck! We will be going to the Stellar Sanctuary too.”
Yi Ping was startled, “Not you too. It is too dangerous…”
Yu’Er smiled, “Let fate decides our destiny. Moreover, Ye Yin will be with us. Let us hope that we can meet in the Stellar Sanctuary…”
Ye Yin the Ascension Goddess was looking at the Sagess Ai and was quiet all this while.
She whispered exasperatingly, “Ping’Er, it is good to see you again but I don’t think you miss me as much!”
Even though her voice was softly whispered but to the Lord Supreme, Reverend Sacred Sage, Old Reverend Vanquisher Sage, the Sagess Ai, Yu’Er, Mei’Er and even the four Ascendant Priests, her shy words resounded within their earshot!