The person who was most pleased with himself was none other than Xuan Qingzhu, and the one who was most disappointed was Elder Shi Beihong.
In the entire Haoran Sect, the only person who knew that Xiang Ru was Xiang Nan was Elder Shi Beihong himself.
At this moment, Shi Beihong shook his head and sighed, "Looks like my Haoran Sect has lost its momentum."
He originally thought that Xiang Nan would become the pillar of the Haoran Sect, but unexpectedly, in the end, the Haoran Sect still couldn't retain Xiang Nan even though it had paid so much.
"Since he chose to soar higher into the sky, I have no reason to blame him." In an instant, Elder Shi Beihong seemed to have aged by many years.
He only felt infinite sorrow in his heart. He hated himself for not being able to retain talented people.
Xiang Nan, who was in the private room, felt very strange. The identity Xuan Qingzhu had left for her was to allow her to enter the The Haotian Empire , but now she had released her as a disciple of the Heavenly Profound Sect.
Wasn't this wiping out his identity as a spy?
"Looks like she's determined to severely injure the Haoran Sect. She's even willing to expose the functions of a spy like Xiang Ru." Xiang Nan nodded.
From today onwards, Xiang Ru would never be able to return to the The Haotian Empire , but in order to attack the Haoran Sect, Xuan Qingzhu was willing to pay such a price.
At this moment, the door of the private room was knocked. A seemingly ordinary audience walked in and respectfully said, "Is it Young Master Xiang Ru? Elder Qingzhu has already made arrangements. Please follow me."
Xiang Nan didn't know why, but he knew that since Xuan Qingzhu had arranged for him to participate in the sect ranking tournament, he definitely had other plans.
There was no hurry to follow him first, perhaps there was still room for manoeuvre.
"Old Tu, wait for me here. Don't go out casually." Xiang Nan greeted Slaughter luck and followed him.
After leaving the private room, he looked guiltily in the direction of the Haoran Sect and followed that person.
Strangely, that person did not bring Xiang Nan to a stop in Star Gazing City . Instead, he directly left Star Gazing City and headed in a farther direction.
The two of them first arrived at the Heavenly Profound Sect, and then stepped onto a secret teleportation array of the Heavenly Profound Sect. The teleportation array directly sent the two of them to the seaside.
"What do you mean?" Xiang Nan frowned and said, "Why did you bring me to this barren land?"
That person said respectfully, "I haven't been able to contact you for the past two months. There are some things that you don't know about the sect. Please follow me."
The man brought Xiang Nan to the sea. The two of them flew for at least an hour before stopping on an isolated island.
There was also a teleportation array on the island. When the two of them went up, they instantly teleported to another place.
When Xiang Nan saw his surroundings clearly, he was surprised to discover that he was already in the underwater world!
This was a huge building complex built in the underwater world. Above the teleportation array Xiang Nan was standing was a transparent crystal dome. This must be the deep sea. The vast ocean was pure black, and no light penetrated it in the slightest.
Occasionally, one or two deep-sea fish that could shine would slowly wander past the dome.
"Please follow me closely." The man bowed to Xiang Nan and quickly walked in one direction.
Xiang Nan followed closely behind him and sized up his surroundings.
He discovered that this was a secret underground experimental base. The entire palace complex was connected, and one palace was connected to another.
In the wide corridors, there were Xuandao cultivators coming and going. These Xuandao cultivators were all wearing masks, each of them silent. They seldom talked to each other, but just looked like they were in a hurry.
Occasionally, a few mobile stretchers would be pushed out from the corridor in the distance. On these stretchers lay strange creatures that were half human and half demon.
The physical characteristics of these creatures were very unstable. The muscles on their bodies were still squirming strangely. A few of them had not lived long before they died.
Several staff members were observing from the side and taking notes.
"Experiment 335, after 206 days of survival, failed to combine and died."
After that, the staff waved their hands and someone pushed the dead creature away from a huge stove to incinerate the corpse.
Xiang Nan secretly used Lightning Photoelectric Eyes to observe. These dead experimental subjects were all humans. However, the human and demonic beast characteristics in their bodies were not stable, and they were devouring each other. In the end, the structure of their bodies completely collapsed.
Xiang Nan's heartbeat started to accelerate. He knew that he had arrived at the secret base of the The Profound Sky Sect . There must be a lot of shameful activities here.
The man led Xiang Nan all the way to a small palace. There were a large number of maids outside the palace. These maids were carrying food and clothes, but they looked terrified.
It was as if they were very afraid of something in this little palace.
"That's it. Please follow me in." The man brought Xiang Nan and pushed open the palace gate.
A pungent and unpleasant smell of medicinal liquid came from the side. The smell of all kinds of spirit herbs mixed together made people feel dizzy when they smelled it.
In this small palace, there were all sorts of strange tools, including pill refining furnaces and artifact refining furnaces.
The most eye-catching thing was an old man and a tree in the palace.
From the moment Xiang Nan saw the old man, he understood why the maids outside the palace were so scared.
This old man was a madman from the The Profound Sky Sect , a great master of the Profound Dao. He possessed extremely terrifying attainments in the Profound Dao, and he was also the kind of person who was perverted.
The green fire poison that had once made Xiang Nan feel incomparably troublesome was personally created by this old fellow.
"Senior, I've already brought someone for you." The man said respectfully to the old man.
The old man glanced at Xiang Nan and said, "It's you? Go, drill into the tree hole."
The old man pointed at the tree. The tree was very similar to the strange tree Xiang Nan saw in the Clear Water Forest. The roots of the tree were like blood vessels, flowing in all directions below the surface of the ground, and it was still slowly rhythmic.
However, the appearance of that tree was somewhat different. This tree also had a tree hole, and there were intricate vascular veins and roots growing in the tree hole.
But above the tree hole, there was a big bag. It was beating like a heart.
On the wall beside him, there was a screen showing the situation of the sect ranking tournament in real time.
At this moment, a huge turning point suddenly appeared at the sect ranking tournament. The entire Star Gazing City was shaken.
Xiang Nan only saw the end. He discovered that half of the six first-class disciples had already announced that they were going to submit to the The Profound Sky Sect !
"What's going on?" Xiang Nan was stunned.
Among the eight first-class sects, the Sky Profound Sect and the Flying Cloud Sect wanted to challenge the other six, but of the 599 disciples of the other six sects, more than 300 had already declared their loyalty to the Sky Profound Sect!
This matter caught many first-class sects off guard, leaving no room for resistance.
As for the madman elder, he smiled sinisterly at the scene, as if he had succeeded in a crafty scheme.
"This won't do!" An elder of the Starsea Sect stood up and shouted, "We're going to re-select our disciples! If our disciples suddenly join the The Profound Sky Sect , then wouldn't we have no one to participate in the competition?"
"Yes!" The elders of the Primordial Chaos Sect also stood up and shouted, "In this way, the number of participating disciples of the The Profound Sky Sect has already reached nearly five hundred."
Xuan Qingzhu stood in the sky and said, "We respect the choice of any disciple. This is their own will. Even as an elder of the The Profound Sky Sect , I cannot disqualify them from the competition because of this."
"Therefore, the competition must continue. If you feel that this is unfair, then I think you need to ask yourself why your disciples chose to leave the sect and join the The Profound Sky Sect ."
"Our The Profound Sky Sect will not shoulder this responsibility. You should shoulder it yourself."