:That’s her, I know something but I’m not going to mention it because family, look,: Daren murmured. :Probably something from the Shin’a’in. Her grandmother Tarma was Swordsworn, and they do count as priestesses.:
And the Shin’a’in apparently knew cultivators well enough to trade with them. Meaning their priests might well know how cultivators dealt with ghosts, and how dangerous Wei Wuxian really was. Or wasn’t.
See about sending a message to the Plains, ask if one of them would be willing to visit, Selenay made a mental note, as she glanced around the table to read her Heralds’ faces again. If our priests can help with blood-magic’s leavings, maybe they know even more.
Talia was turning her cup around again, lost in thought. Selenay waited, holding up a hand for silence when Alberich and Kero both looked like they were about to pounce.
“…I don’t think Wei Wuxian is using their spirits,” Talia said at last. Glanced at them, apparently reading disbelief as easily off their faces as she did with her Gift. “I know, Lan Wangji thinks he is. But – the look on her face. The ghost bride. Bright Lady, how many ghosts do they have that they have to classify them by how dangerous they are…. Wei Wuxian didn’t order her not to strike. He just asked her to wait. And she chose to listen.”
“Lan Wangji, an experienced cultivator is,” Alberich observed.
“Yes, he is. But he also told us that no one else has purified blood-tainted soil before.” Talia swept her gaze around the table. “Whatever Wei Wuxian’s done, it’s new to the sects. It has to be! Wen Ruohan was over a century old; the strongest, most learned cultivator any of them knew. Don’t you think he would have stopped Wei Wuxian’s ghosts if he could?”
Dirk tapped a finger against the table, as if calculating what he knew about Gifts against what he’d learned from their guests. “That… makes sense. Oh, Wangji’s field-experienced,” he added, at Alberich’s frown. “I have no doubt he knows everything about handling Jianghu monsters, more magic than any of us dreamed of, and more swordsmanship than most of our Heralds and Guard put together. But he’s not a first disciple.”
Selenay drew her brows together, considering everything her Heralds had reported about that odd sect position. “Wei Wuxian’s not just a sword expert. He’s… their equivalent to a Gifts instructor?” Oh, that made a frightening amount of sense. “Meaning he’d have the knowledge you would need to invent entirely new uses for their cultivation.”