Thea asked coldly, “How’s the situation?”
“Master, apart from the Ancient Four, the Blithes, the Lowes, the Sylvan Sect, the Heaven and Earth Sect, the Mount Thunder Sect, the Five Swirling Blades Sect, and the other powerful families and sects, we have wooed the rest over to our side. Technically, we the Celestial Sect have half of the ancient martial world on our side.”
“Okay…” Thea nodded slightly.
She did not sit idly by for the past two months. She intimidated Luca into returning to the Southern Ridge, subdued many powerful outlaws and pariahs, and secretly established the Celestial Sect.
For the past two months, the Celestial Sect only grew increasingly stronger. It had begun subduing and taking over many powerful families and sects.
The man in front of her was the deputy Sect Leader of the Celestial Sect.
Kneeling before her, he asked, “Master, please give me your next instruction…”
Thea said, “Apart from Lucjan Owen, have no other eighth–rank grandmasters shown themselves ever since the battle against the Spirit Turtle at the Mount Thunder Conference?”
“Yes, apart from Lucjan Owen of the Gu Sect, every other eighth–rank grandmaster has disappeared without a trace. Though it’s almost been three months, there is still no trace of them.”
“I see… You’re free to go. Be on standby and await further instructions. Try not to come and find me in the meantime.”
“Understood!” The man stood up and turned to leave.
Meanwhile, Thea leaned on the sofa and pondered.
Half of the ancient martial world was now under her control, and only a few remaining powerful forces eluded her grasp.
Now, Maxine also had full control of the Cadens. With the combined forces of the Cadens and the Celestial Sect, James would reach even greater heights. However, this was far from enough. After all, her strength was not even half of the Gu Sect.
If she confronted the Gu Sect head–on, she would be defeated. To help James fight against the Gu Sect and Lucjan, she had no choice but to unite the ancient martial world.
After thinking for a long while, she stood up and entered the bathroom. She removed her clothes and immersed herself in the bathtub naked. Once she showered and even sprayed perfume on herself, she waited patiently for James to arrive.
Upon arriving in the Capital, James gave Thea a call, who told the former her address.
James called for a taxi and headed to the courtyard Thea was in.
Thea pounced on James and kissed him passionately as soon as he arrived at the premises, which reinvigorated the desire he had suppressed. Almost instinctively, he hugged her, pressed her against the wall, and returned the kiss. Thea’s clothes slipped to the floor as the two engaged in fiery sexual intercourse.
After some time, Thea lay in James‘ embrace.
“Darling, have you crossed into the eighth rank?”
Thea knew James‘ strength. Even before the closed–door meditation, he had been a seventh–rank grandmaster. Now, he had refined the Spirit Turtle’s core. She had no idea if he had crossed into the eighth rank.
“Yeah…” Embracing Thea, James spoke softly, “Yes, I have. By the way, what’s the situation in the Capital for the past two months? And how’s the ancient martial world?”
Upon hearing this, Thea’s face darkened, and she said, “The ancient martial world is undergoing profound changes.”
James could not help but ask, “What do you mean? Did something bad happen?”
“It did…” Thea nodded her head and said, “About two months ago, a powerful force by the name of the Celestial Sect suddenly appeared in the ancient martial world. It subdued many sects and families in a short period of time, taking everyone by surprise. Everyone is now on tenterhooks, wondering what the Celestial Sect’s next course of action would be.”
“The Celestial Sect?” James furrowed his eyebrows and asked, “What are they?”
Thea shook her head. “I don’t know either. I only heard that the Celestial Sect is made up of many renowned grandmasters. However, as they are all wicked and villainous, they have been pursued by the Virtuous Faction. Yet for some unknown reason, someone managed to group them together and form the Celestial Sect.”