They had not expected the Ascension Goddess to be so bold!
Ye Yin had a tinge of flush as she looked at Yi Ping shyly, “Never mind I will forgive you. Goodness knows if we are all going to survive this trip or not. I hope we do!”
Yi Ping was startled, “Ye Yin, you are really going to the Stellar Sanctuary?”
Ye Yin nodded, “This is a once in a lifetime chance and moreover I am now an ancient practitioner. If I don’t find some useful celestial artefacts to aid me then I probably would not survive my next heavenly tribulation. Moreover I have been preparing for this day.”
Yi Ping sighed softly and was startled that the Lord Supreme had suddenly patted him on his shoulder.
The Lord Supreme said, “There is always a chance that you can all meet in the Stellar Sanctuary. I understand you perfectly.”
He looked at Yu’Er and Mei’Er quietly.
How could he not understand? He had been trying to persuade Yu’Er and Mei’Er not to go too!
The Ascension Goddess laughed softly, “Ping’Er, quickly pick the divine lot. We surely meet in the Stellar Sanctuary. It is because you are the righteous man…”
She wanted to say the righteous man that would aid her to overcome the Stellar Sanctuary but she remembered her vows so she quickly said, “…the righteous man in my heart. I will surely sniff you out!”
Yi Ping muttered, “That is a promise then! I will choose only a divine lot!”
He reached out and picked up a divine lot!
Old Reverend Vanquishing Sage proclaimed, “Number twenty-four!”
Yi Ping was startled, “The last divine lot. We have to travel so far…”
The Stellar Sanctuary was colossal and spanned several mountain ranges!
In order to reach the other end of the Stellar Sanctuary would require at least three days! Or probably a week!
The Sagess Ai laughed softly, “Great! We are so near to each other!”
Yi Ping was bewildered, “We are near? I have drawn the last divine lot…”
Ye Yin said coolly, “The furthest divine lot is actually between the twelve and the fourteen. The shape of the Stellar Sanctuary is actually round so in actual fact, number twenty-four is actually quite a close distance from the number one divine lot.”
Yi Ping muttered, “I get it now…”
The Sagess Ai laughed softly, “So we can actually travel together. The map indicates that we do have to travel on the same mountain course!”
Yi Ping could only smile weakly…
Old Venerable Vanquishing Sage said, “Who is next?”
The Immortal Saint of Swords said, “The Infinity Sword Celestial Clan will be next. We will draw two divine lots.”
Two divine lots!
That was so astonishing that loud rumblings could be heard throughout the Golden Ascension Hall!
The Immortal Saint of Swords smirked coldly, “I have never liked to go in a big group and prefer to go alone. Yunzi, go and draw two divine lots on our behalf.”
Yunzi said quietly, “Yes, grand protégé master!”
She leapt down gently as she walked toward Yi Ping, the Lord Supreme and the Sagess Ai.
With a gentle smile, she said to Yi Ping, Yu’Er, Mei’Er, Yu’Er and the Ascension Goddess, “Ping’Er and my good sisters, good luck!”
Yu’Er muttered, “Yunzi, you are going to the Stellar Sanctuary?”
Yunzi shook her head, “This time, only my grand protégé master and the Immortal Sword Sages will be going. My grand protégé master says that I have much to learn and I should stay to succeed their mantle. It is bound to be chaotic in the next few months when the new leadership of the Celestial Realm will surely try to exert their new influence. My role is to stabilize and ensure the stability of the Infinity Sword Celestial Clan.”
Yi Ping was relieved to hear it that he said excitedly, “That is a good thing! Yunzi, I will surely come back to see you again even if I have to traverse the high mountains!”
Yunzi was almost beaming with tears as she nodded gently.
She quickly said, “Soon!”
As she said that, she had reached out and picked two divine lots from the golden urn!
Old Venerable Vanquishing Sage proclaimed, “Number ten and Number twenty-one!”
Many of the celestial practitioners had secretly taken note of these two gate numbers!
It was quickly followed by the Wind Chimes Sect, the East Verdant Sect and the White Pristine Clan who picked number six, nineteen and eighteen respectively!
Ouyang Feipeng the Windy Blade of the Wind Chimes Sect was overheard saying to his protégé leader the Black Demon Windblade, “Number six. This will take us two days at the earliest to reach.”
The Black Demon Windblade nodded before smiling to the Lord Supreme, “It seems that only the Holy Ascension Sect is left to pick the divine lot.”
The Lord Supreme and the Black Demon Windblade were old acquaintances too. At one point of the time the Lord Supreme had even saved his life and presented him a demon blade from the Stellar Sanctuary.
The Black Demon Windblade did not disappoint the Lord Supreme. With his skills and resolute, he had over the course of several centuries established the Wind Chimes Sect as one of the seven major celestial clans in the Celestial Realm!
The Lord Supreme laughed aloud, “Indeed! The Holy Ascension Sect will pick two divine lots!”
This result was not entirely unexpected.
The Lord Supreme put his hand into the golden urn before flashing two divine lots in his hand.
Old Reverend Vanquishing Sage declared, “Number seven and number eleven!”
Old Reverend Vanquisher Sage said, “The clans that are in the silver section will draw first followed by those in the bronze section.”
All the celestial practitioners began to mutter nervously among themselves. Now it was time for them to pick the divine lot accordingly!
Ten out of twenty-four gates were taken by the major celestial orthodox clans!
Old Reverend Vanquisher Sage laughed, “So, can I have all the representatives from all the celestial clans that are going to the Stellar Sanctuary to step forward first?”
Only thirty-eight out of two hundred clans had stepped forward!
The draw was quickly concluded.
It seemed that for each of the gates of the Stellar Sanctuary, there would only be two celestial clans!
Including the clans that were in the golden section, only forty-six clans had the courage to storm the Stellar Sanctuary!
It was not a surprise to Old Reverend Vanquisher Sage and to the Lord Supreme.
It was because most of the celestials that went to the Stellar Sanctuary would never survive the trip especially for the first comers!
And most of these celestial clans that did not go were actually preserving their own strength and waiting for an opportunity to exert an ever greater influence should these forty-six clans met with a mishap!
An additional two dozen other celestial clans had decided to abstain from the divine lot because they felt the odds of surviving were too low. If the Lord Supreme would lead them into the Stellar Sanctuary then more would surely be tempted to join!
But half of the celestial clans had secretly hatched another plan of their own. They had secretly join hands and would secretly attempt to enter one of the safer gates after a careful observation…
The Deadly Wanderer was laughing, “My luck isn’t that bad. I got twenty-forty. So Master Yi Ping, we can make the trip together!”
Yi Ping said, “You are alone?”
The Deadly Wanderer sighed softly, “The Longevity Clan is but a small clan. I have come with a few protégés but only I will be entering the Stellar Sanctuary…”