Library of Heaven is Path
1658 Head of the Three Clans
"Our clan head wants to make Zhang Xuan our next clan head? Is our clan head out of his mind?"
"That won't do! I can't accept that!"
Luo Ganzhen and the others were shocked by Luo Tianya's words as well.
They were impressed by Zhang Xuan's magnanimity and were willing to forgive him for the affairs at the engagement ceremony, but that didn't mean that they could accept having him as their clan head!
"Brother Zhang, your prowess with the Spatial Quintessence of Sealing is even more adept than mine, and more importantly, you have inherited the heritage of Ancient Sage Qiu Wu. Given that even Ancient Sage Qiu Wu has acknowledged and imparted his lineage to you, you can be considered as a peer to our founder. Naturally, you are more than qualified to become the head of our Luo Clan!" Luo Tianya said.
"But…" Zhang Xuan continued waving his hands frantically, seemingly very resistant to the notion.
"Brother Zhang, correct me if I am wrong. You have just become the head of the Jiang Clan, am I right?" Luo Tianya suddenly interjected sharply.
"This… Yes, that's indeed the case!" Zhang Xuan nodded.
He flicked his wrist, and a token materialized before him. It was the Jiang Clan's Clan Head Token.
"He's the head of the Jiang Clan? Is this for real?"
"This is ridiculous! Why would the Jiang Clan allow an outsider like him to become their clan head?"
Luo Ganzhen and the others couldn't believe what they were seeing.
It was as if this matter had come right out of a fantasy novel. They could hardly wrap their minds around what was going on.
"Since the Jiang Clan is willing to accept you as their clan head, I believe that our Luo Clan will be open enough to do the same as well! Furthermore, given the perilous times we are in, it's of utmost importance for the Three Premier Clans to work closely with one another. I can't think of any better way to do so other than this!" Luo Tianya said.
He clasped his fist before continuing on, "Brother Zhang, I'll have to implore you not to turn me down! I have heard how your lectures in the Jiang Clan and the Zhang Clan have helped many to achieve breakthroughs in their cultivation. If you were to become the head of the Luo Clan, I'll have to ask you not to discriminate against our Luo Clan and share your knowledge with our members generously too, so that our Luo Clan will be able to better itself!"
Zhang Xuan fell silent.
The crowd from the Luo Clan also fell silent as well.
While they didn't have a good impression of Zhang Xuan, there was no denying his ability in imparting knowledge to others. His aptitude as a teacher was far beyond their imagination. The only person they could think of who could possibly compete with him was only Kong shi.
This fact couldn't be more apparent just by looking at his direct disciples. None of his direct disciples had reached their twenties yet, but every single one of them had already become powerhouses on the Master Teacher Continent. Even the Luo Clan would have to think twice before crossing any of them!
If they could have such a formidable individual as their clan head, the fighting prowess of their clan members would surely improve tremendously!
On the other hand, if they were to continue rejecting Zhang Xuan, it would only be a matter of time before the Zhang Clan and the Jiang Clan pulled their distance away from the Luo Clan. Before they knew it, the Luo Clan would have been completely overshadowed by the other two powers.
"If Brother Zhang could accede to this request of mine, I would be able to leave with my mind at ease. Otherwise, I'll never rest easy not knowing what would become of the Luo Clan in my absence!" Luo Tianya bowed earnestly.
He flicked his wrist, and the Luo Clan's Clan Head Token flew over to Zhang Xuan.
"This… Alright then, I'll help you look after the Luo Clan in your absence. I'll lead the Luo Clan in your stead until someone worthy emerges!" After a moment of hesitation, Zhang Xuan took the token and reassured Luo Tianya.
"Thank you, Brother Zhang. With this, my heart can finally rest easy… Farewell!"
After bidding his farewell, Luo Tianya turned around and left without any hesitation. In the blink of an eye, he had already vanished from everyone's sight.
"Hai! It's not that I'm greedy for power, but only with the Three Premier Clans united will we have the strength to stand against the Hundred Schools of Philosophers and the Otherworldly Demonic Tribe… Without sufficient strength to tide through this calamity, mankind would be completely eradicated, becoming nothing more than the dust of history!"
Watching as Luo Tianya left, Zhang Xuan shook his head and sighed deeply. With a complicated look on his face, he waved his hand and strolled back into his residence.
Seeing that both Luo Tianya and Zhang Xuan had left the vicinity, Luo Ganzhen and the others finally emerged from their hiding spot.
"Deputy clan head…"
Aside from Luo Tianya, Luo Ganzhen wielded the greatest say in the Luo Clan. As such, the crowd instinctively turned their gazes to him to seek his view on the matter.
"Tianya is right. To survive this adversity, our Luo Clan will require Zhang Xuan's help…" Luo Ganzhen said with a helpless sigh.
"But he's only a Saint 9-dan cultivator…" an elder protested.
"I don't deny that he's still weak at the moment, but he's the senior of the most respected grand elder of the Master Teacher Pavilion headquarters, Yang shi! Not only that, he's also the head of the Sanctum of Sages, the teacher of the Progeny of Combat, the head of the Poison Hall headquarters, the chief of the Glacier Plain Court, the head of the Yuan Clan, and the leader of the Spirit Awakener Guild headquarters… All of those powers would rally together on his command! If we were to factor in the Zhang Clan and the Jiang Clan as well, it's no exaggeration to say that he's the most powerful man on the Master Teacher Continent at the moment! If we were to let this opportunity slip by our fingers, we might really fall into a spiral of decline!" Luo Ganzhen said.
As an individual, the Saint 9-dan Zhang Xuan was not of much significance to the Luo Clan. However, it would be a different matter if one were to factor in his many identities as well.
Even the Master Teacher Pavilion might not possess as much rallying power as Zhang Xuan did. In fact, if one were to take Yang shi into account too, Zhang Xuan's sphere of influence would encompass even the Master Teacher Pavilion as well!
Having such a powerful man as their clan head would be crucial to ensuring the Luo Clan's survival in the impending crisis!
"Are we really going to… acknowledge him as our clan head?" another elder asked with a bitter look on his face.
What the heck was this…
They had come to humiliate the Zhang Clan, but not only did they fail in their aim, they were even on the verge of acknowledging their sworn enemy as their clan head… It was not as if they couldn't understand the rationale behind it, but this pill was simply too difficult for them to swallow!
The more they thought about it, the more stifled they felt.
"Everything is for the sake of the clan!" Knowing their thoughts, Luo Ganzhen heaved another helpless sigh and said. "Alright, let's return. Tianya is probably waiting for us back at our accommodations…"
Thus, the crowd quickly rushed back to the guest rooms. There, they saw Luo Tianya sitting within a room with a hesitant look on his face.
Upon seeing that the crowd had returned, Luo Tianya hesitated for a moment before speaking up, "Elders…"
"Clan head, you need not say anything. I think it's a wise move on your part to have Zhang Xuan unite the Three Premier Clans together. We are willing to heed your command!" Luo Ganzhen clasped his fist and said.
Luo Tianya's eyebrows raised up in astonishment upon hearing Luo Ganzhen's words. A moment later, he shook his and said, "Since you are already aware of the matter, I won't speak of it anymore. This is the Qiu Wu Palace which Zhang Xuan has given me. Take care of it well!"
It's very likely that I'll never return after I leave this time around. You must heed Zhang shi's orders and make the Luo Clan far stronger than what it ever was!"
After saying his piece, Luo Tianya didn't wait for the response from the crowd before opening a dimension rift and leaping into it, vanishing without a trace.
Facing the departure of their clan head, the crowd from the Luo Clan remained silent for a very long while.
"Has our son returned yet?"
In the main hall of the Zhang Clan, Sword Saint Meng was pacing around a room restlessly with a tight frown on her forehead.
"The clan head has already returned. However, he went out again shortly afterward, and I'm afraid I'm not too sure where he went this time around!" an elder replied.
"That lad! He should know that the Luo Clan is here to trample over the Zhang Clan's pride, but he still has the mood to be wandering around the place…" Sword Saint Meng remarked with a frown.
The Luo Clan had created a huge fuss with their arrival. It was extremely clear to anyone watching the spectacle that the Luo Clan had come with the intentions of humiliating the Zhang Clan. Yet, as the head of the Zhang Clan, Zhang Xuan still had to mood to be roaming around at a crucial period like this… This was really unacceptable!
"Xuan-er is a sharp-witted child. I believe that he has his motive for doing so. There's no doubt that we are at fault for this matter, so it's only right for Xuan-er to avoid them. His presence would only remind them of the humiliation they had suffered and stoke the hostility between the two clans..." Sword Saint Xing shook his head.
"It's one thing for him to avoid the members of the Luo Clan, but it won't do for him to continue dragging this matter out like this! If I had a say in this matter, I would have Xuan-er marry Luo Ruoxin and Luo Qiqi together, and there wouldn't be so much trouble now!" Sword Saint Meng harrumphed coldly.
At this moment, an elder suddenly rushed into the main hall anxiously.
"Old clan head…" Upon stepping into the room, the elder first did a bow before proceeding ahead with his report, "The matter concerning the Luo Clan has been resolved…"
Both Sword Saint Xing and Sword Saint Meng were stunned by what they had just heard. Sword Saint Xing hurriedly turned his gaze over and asked, "How was it resolved?"
In their view, this was an extremely prickly matter to deal with. Until Zhang Xuan had a duel with that Luo Tianya, it was unlikely that the Luo Clan would back down on this matter. Yet, before anything could happen, the matter had already been resolved?
With an incredulous look on his face, the elder reported, "That… The members of the Luo Clan… acknowledged Zhang Xuan as their clan head!"
"They acknowledged Xuan-er as their clan head?"
Sword Saint Xing and Sword Saint Meng glanced at one another before falling into a daze.
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