Chapter 2587: Usurping Power
“How dare you! Gongsun Zhi, watch your mouth!” Xuan Zhan, who had remained calm the entire time, immediately became infuriated when he heard Gongsun Zhi’s words. His bellow created a terrifying sound wave that made the entire sacred hall rumble. All the elders in the sacred hall were deafened by it as their souls shuddered.
A dazzling light rose up from Gongsun Zhi. The power from the protector sword protected him.
The protector swords that belonged to Han Xin, Bai Yu, Donglin Yanxue, and Xuan Ming automatically responded as well.
“So powerful! Xuan Zhan is exceedingly close to Grand Prime!” The seven other vice-leaders narrowed their eyes as they became more wary of Xuan Zhan.
Yu Chen, who was about to leave, paused as well. He looked back at Gongsun Zhi calmly and asked, “Gongsun Zhi, tell me, what can I be harbouring?”
Gongsun Zhi did not answer the question. He glanced past the vice-leaders and all the elders below and said slowly, “I believe that Yu Chen is no longer appropriate for the position of leader. The leader of the Radiant Saint Hall should be someone else.”
The entire sacred hall was thrown into an uproar with that. The expressions of many of the elders changed as they cried out. Even the expressions of the eight vice-leaders changed, as they were unable to remain composed any longer.
Gongsun Zhi was publically opposing the leader. If he did this in any other organisation or clan, it would be treachery or treason. It was a crime that could get him beheaded.
For a moment, everyone was stunned by Gongsun Zhi’s words.
The only person who remained calm was the person being challenged, the leader of the Radiant Saint Hall, Yu Chen.
“How dare you! Gongsun Zhi, do you know what you are saying…”
“Gongsun Zhi, you’re committing treachery! The standard punishment is death! Why don’t you hurry up and kneel and apologise. The leader might be willing to be lenient with your punishment…”
Two vice-leaders immediately called out. Their faces had darkened from anger. They were furious.
Below, a few elders criticized Gongsun Zhi as well.
However, these people only made up a tiny fraction of all the elders present. More people chose to remain silent. There were even some people who looked back and forth between Yu Chen and Gongsun Zhi. The light in their eyes flickered as if they were measuring something.
“Death? Leniency? Hahahahaha…” Gongsun Zhi could not help but break out into laughter, as if he had heard the funniest joke in the world. His laughter echoed through the entire hall. It seemed to stand out a lot.
“My ancestor is the supreme Grand Exalt of the Radiant Saint Hall. I am the descendant of the Grand Exalt, and even the Tower of Radiance came from my ancestor. Moreover, I wield the leading sword of the nine protector swords, Godslayer’s sword. May I ask who will punish me in the Radiant Saint Hall? Who has the right to judge me?” Gongsun Zhi said extremely arrogantly. He thought of himself as superior to everyone else, completely looking down on the upper echelon of the Radiant Saint Hall, including the leader.
“Gongsun Zhi!” Xuan Zhan bellowed out. He leapt to his feet as he glared at Gongsun Zhi. Killing intent surged within his eyes as a powerful presence erupted from his body.
However, Gongsun Zhi was fearless as he faced Xuan Zhan, a fellow protector sword wielder. He stared at Xuan Zhan in a rather provoking and despising manner and said, “What? Does vice-leader Xuan Zhan plan on laying his hands on me? I would really like to see whether you can defeat my Godslayer’s sword that ranks first with your Mindwaker’s Sword that ranks last.”
“Xuan Zhan!” The leader of the Radiant Saint Hall spoke out to stop Xuan Zhan from getting further agitated. He remained composed, as if he was not angered by Gongsun Zhi’s words at all. Instead, he stared at him calmly and said, “Gongsun Zhi, since you think I don’t have the right to the position of leader, who do you think has the right?”
As soon as the leader said that, the huge discussion hall fell silent. It was so quiet that it would be possible to hear a pin drop.
“Hmph, isn’t that obvious? You can actually say that the Radiant Saint Hall came from my ancestor’s generation, so my ancestor is the true, supreme figure of the Radiant Saint Hall. As for me, I am the only person who possesses my ancestor’s bloodline so far, and I am also the undisputed master of the Tower of Radiance in the future. I think it’s obvious who’s suitable for the position of leader,” said Gongsun Zhi as he boasted shamelessly. He did not try to hide any of it, as ever since he gained Godslayer’s sword, he had always eyed the position of leader. Now that an opportunity had finally presented itself, he obviously would not hesitate at all.
He had already waited for too long for this day.
With that, many of the elders fell silent. They could not argue back.
He was the descendant of the Grand Exalt, the wielder of the Godslayer’s sword, and the future master of the Tower of Radiance. The current Gongsun Zhi really could not be underestimated.
Although the Tower of Radiance had yet to accept a master, the elders were already certain that it would become Gongsun Zhi’s possession sooner or later.
That was because the master of the Tower of Radiance was Gongsun Zhi’s ancestor. Gongsun Zhi was the only person with the Grand Exalt’s bloodline who had appeared so far, so he was indeed the most suitable candidate for inheriting the Tower of Radiance.
They could tell when he obtained Godslayer’s sword. Clearly, the artifact spirit of the Tower of Radiance was taking special care of him.
“In terms of strength, Gongsun Zhi is indeed no weaker than any regular Grand Prime with Godslayer’s sword. He might even be more powerful than them,” mumbled an elder.
He spoke softly, but everyone in the hall possessed great cultivation. They heard exactly what he said.
Xuan Zhan snorted coldly as his gaze became utterly piercing. He suddenly locked his eyes onto an elder in the crowd and directly took a step forward.
“Vice-leader Xuan Zhan, what are you trying to do? Are you doing whatever you want just because you’re stronger? Why don’t you have a look at where you are?” Gongsun Zhi directly drew his protector sword. Enveloped by its dazzling light, he appeared before Xuan Zhan in a flash.
“Gongsun Zhi, you are trying to revolt. Think about it all. Are you really suitable for the position of leader with your current cultivation? You’re only a Radiant Godking after all. If you didn’t possess a protector sword, you wouldn’t even have the right to set foot in this hall. You would struggle to make everyone yield to you,” Xuan Zhan said coldly.
“I would struggle to make everyone yield to me?” Gongsun Zhi sneered. He glanced below and said, “Since vice-leader Xuan Zhan says that I, Gongsun Zhi, would struggle to make everyone yield to me, I would like to see if there are any people who support me, and how many people who do. Those who support me, please move to my side.”
Immediately, the elders in the discussion hall began to move. After a moment of hesitation and thought, people began to make their way behind Gongsun Zhi.
Gradually, more and more elders moved. In the end, there were actually half the elders who stood behind Gongsun Zhi.
Xuan Zhan’s face became extremely sunken when he saw this. Even Bai Yu, Han Xin, and Donglin Yanxue’s expressions became very ugly.
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