1958 Elder Qian

    'However. I'm afraid this time Li An has dug a grave for his own direct disciple!" Duan Ling Tian smirked coldly as he looked at Wei He.

    After Meng Jin brought Duan Ling Tian inside, he looked at the old man standing in between Guo Xiong and Wei He before he said to Duan Ling Tian, "Duan Ling Tian, this is Elder Qian from the Saint Land Enforcement Hall."

    "Good day, Elder Qian," Duan Ling Tian greeted the old man politely upon hearing Meng Jin's words.

    Elder Qian was a refined old man and had an amiable appearance.

    He nodded in response to Duan Ling Tian's greeting through his half-closed eyes. He had a gentle and pleasant smile on his face. "You're Duan Ling Tian?"

    "Yes." Duan Ling Tian nodded.

    Elder Qian did not beat around the bush as he said bluntly, "The reason I came to your Black Turtle Sanctum this time is regarding the verdict that the Black Turtle Sanctum's Enforcement Elder Guo Xiong made two months ago!"

    Duan Ling Tian nodded once again calmly. He did not look guilty at all. After all, there was nothing for him to feel guilty about.

    Upon seeing this, Wei He snorted coldly as he thought to himself, 'Hurmph! You're trying to put on an act? When Elder Qian personally investigates this and tests your innate talent, I'd really like to see if you'll be able to remain calm."

    Wei He was certain that Duan Ling Tian would be given the death sentence today. He was influenced by Li An and had the preconceived notion that Duan Ling Tian only possessed a yellow Innate Spiritual Root

    "Are you not surprised?" Elder Qian asked curiously when he saw how calm Duan Ling Tian was.

    "Elder Qian, I've long suspected that this moment would come. However, I just didn't expect the person who wants to overturn Elder Guo Xiong's verdict isn't Elder Li An from the Black Turtle Sanctum!" When Duan Ling Tian finished speaking, he looked at Wei He who was standing next to Elder Qian meaningfully.

    Wei He had originally planned on remaining silent. However, when he saw the mockery in Duan Ling Tian's eyes, he was immediately enraged. He smirked coldly and said, "Why do my Master have to personally attend to this matter?"

    "Humph!" However, Wei He's words elicited dissatisfaction from Elder Qian instead. Elder Qian snorted coldly. "It's not that simple to overturn a verdict made by an Enforcement Elder! Before the truth comes to light, nothing's certain."

    In the Fire Worship Sect, when one wanted to overturn a verdict that had been made by an Enforcement Elder, it was equivalent to giving the Saint Land Enforcement Hall a slap in the face.

    In the Fire Worship Sect, all of the Enforcement Elders, including the four Enforcement Elders in the Four Symbols Sanctums, were all under the jurisdiction of the Saint Land Enforcement Hall. Doubting the verdict made by any one of the Enforcement Elder was equivalent to doubting the Saint Land Enforcement Hall's judgment when they selected their Enforcement Elders.

    For this reason, when Li An tried to lodge a complaint against the Black Turtle Sanctum's Enforcement Elder Guo Xiong that he abused his power for personal gain, the elder who was in charge at that time had intentionally warned him!

    It was fine to lodge a complaint against an Enforcement Elder appointed by the Enforcement Hall, but if it was found that the complainant was slandering the Enforcement Elder, the complainant would be guilty of blaspheming the Saint Land Enforcement Hall!

    In the Fire Worship Sect, the Saint Land Enforcement Hall was in charge of enforcing the law. It was also a very sacred and awe-inspiring place.

    If somebody dared to blaspheme the Saint Land Enforcement Hall, they would be severely punished! The sanctity of the Saint Land Enforcement Hall was not allowed to be violated at all!

    In the history of the Fire Worship Sect, there were many people who tried to blaspheme the Saint Land Enforcement Hall with various methods. Although most of these people did not do it intentionally, the Saint Land Enforcement Hall did not bother with that at all. Half of these people died from the severe punishments by the Saint Land Enforcement Hall.

    "Yes, Elder Qian." Upon hearing Elder Qian's snort, Wei He could not help but shudder. He no longer dared to say anything after he quickly responded to him. However, he still looked at Duan Ling Tian with a hint of mockery.


    Elder Qian was a straightforward person. With a raise of his hand, he took out a Spiritual Pearl and passed it to Duan Ling Tian. "Use the Spiritual Pearl to determine your Innate Spiritual Root first. If it shows that you possess the blue Innate Spiritual Root, I'll use my Divine Consciousness to see into your soul and investigate if you really possess a blue Innate Spiritual Root. Do you have any objections?" Elder Qian's gaze turned sharper as he looked at Duan Ling Tian when he finished speaking. It inadvertently pressured Duan Ling Tian.

    "I'll do as you say, Elder Qian." Under Wei He's shocked gaze, Duan Ling Tian who was faced with the pressure Elder Qian emitted still remained calm.

    He readily reached out to take Spiritual Pearl from Elder Qian.

    'Things have already escalated to this point, how's he still so calm?' Wei He was certain Duan Ling Tian was merely putting on an act earlier to fool them. However, the fact that he could remain calm even at this point made Wei He feel extremely uneasy.

    The Black Turtle Sanctum's Enforcement Elder Guo Xiong stood on the other side of Elder Qian. From the beginning until the end, his expression remained unchanged.

    In his opinion, his verdict had been made according to the Fire Worship Sect's unspoken rule. He was not guilty at all.

    For this reason, in his eyes, Wei He's filing a complaint to the Saint Land Enforcement Hall against him was merely a joke. The person who would be placed in a disadvantageous position in the end would not be him anyway.

    As Duan Ling Tian took hold of the Spiritual Pearl, apart from Guo Xiong who did not even bother to pay attention to it, Elder Qian from the Saint Land Enforcement Hall, Wei He, and Meng Jin were staring intently at the Spiritual Pearl in Duan Ling Tian's hand with utmost concentration as they waited for the change in the Spiritual Pearl. It would change after a span of ten breaths.

    Time continued to pass by quietly.

    The span of a breath went by.

    The span of two breaths went by.

    When the span of ten breaths had passed, the Spiritual Pearl in Duan Ling Tian began to show changes. Elder Qian, Wei He, and Meng Jin instantly narrowed their eyes.

    Under the gaze of the three men, a faint blue light began to shine from within the Spiritual Pearl before it gradually turned more and more dazzling!

    "He really has a blue Innate Spiritual Root!" Meng Jin could not help but exclaim in his deep voice.

    "Impossible!" Wei He's originally anxious expression turned horrified instead when he saw the blue light shining from the Spiritual Pearl in Duan Ling Tian's hand. There was also an expression of shock and disbelief on his face.

    "Something must be wrong with this Spiritual Pearl! I have a Spiritual Pearl with me as well! Use mine and try again!" Wei He said as he hurriedly took out another Spiritual Pearl and threw it at Duan Ling Tian.


    Although Duan Ling Tian could have just ignored the Spiritual Pearl that Wei He threw at him, in order to make Wei He give up and fall into despair, he caught the Spiritual Pearl that Wei He threw at him.

    He would use Wei He's Spiritual Pearl to determine his Innate Spiritual Root!

    When Wei He saw Duan Ling Tian had caught his Spiritual Pearl, he stared at the Spiritual Pearl with utmost concentration. There was a hint of hope in his eyes. At this moment, his Spiritual Pearl was like his last hope!

    Unfortunately, after a span of ten breaths, a dazzling blue light appeared on his Spiritual Pearl as well. He had a horrified expression on his face as his eyes were filled with disbelief and despair.

    "How could this happen? Impossible! Impossible! When you entered the Fire Worship Sect, my Master personally witnessed you undergoing the innate talent assessment twice! Both times it was shown that you possess the yellow Innate Spiritual Root. You must be tricking us!" Wei He roared with an expression of disbelief on his face. At this moment, he had completely lost his composure.

    Meng Jin shook his head as he glanced at Wei He.

    At this moment, even him, an outsider, was certain that Duan Ling Tian possessed a blue Innate Spiritual Root.

    As for why Duan Ling Tian was found to possess a yellow Innate Spiritual Root when he went through the innate talent assessment, he had no idea at all. He only believed what he had seen with his own eyes.

    "Enough!" Only when Elder Qian shouted that Wei He regained his senses and fell silent.

    "Whether he's tricking us or not, it'll be revealed once I use my Divine Consciousness to investigate and sense his Innate Spiritual Root!" Upon hearing Elder Qian's statement, a hint of hope appeared in Wei He's eyes again. Once again he regarded Elder Qian's Divine Consciousness as his last hope.

    "Duan Ling Tian, my Divine Consciousness will only investigate and sense your Innate Spiritual Root, it won't harm your soul so you don't have to feel pressured. Just relax, and let things take its course," Elder Qian said as he looked at Duan Ling Tian.

    "Alright." Duan Ling Tian nodded.

    Duan Ling Tian's readiness to cooperate made Elder Qian liked him more. After smiling at him, he extended his Divine Consciousness to investigate and sense Duan Ling Tian's Innate Spiritual Root.

    The instant Elder Qian's Divine Consciousness entered Duan Ling Tian's soul, it pressured Duan Ling Tian immediately. This was because Elder Qian's Divine Consciousness was very powerful!

    However, compared to Elder Huo's Divine Consciousness, Elder Qian's Divine Consciousness was much weaker.

    'It seems like Elder Huo's strength has recovered quite a lot. If only he can come out of the Seven Treasures Exquisite Pagoda, with the help of his currently restored strength and all kinds of Divine Abilities, even the Golden Flame Elders in the Fire Worship Sect might not be a match for him!' He thought it was a pity that Elder Huo could not leave the pagoda. Otherwise, Elder Huo would be a big help to him.

    If he had someone so strong helping him, he would have rushed into the Fire Worship Sect's Saint Land Enforcement Hall directly to save his wife and daughter and bring them away from the Fire Worship Sect.

    'Is this Wei He an idiot? It has already come to this stage, and yet, he still has hope?' When Elder Qian extended his Divine Consciousness into Duan Ling Tian's soul, Duan Ling Tian glanced at Wei He and saw the hope gleaming in Wei He's eyes.
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