Book 12 – Immortal Strife (ch1010-1540)
Chapter 1162 Extraordinary Splendor
19,000 years ago, the phenomenon of the heavens and the earth Yun Fusheng caused during the third round of the test had exceeded the scope of the Resonance of the Heavens and the Earth, and it shook the entire Dao Emperor Academy.
Amongst the people present, only Zhou Zhili and Wang Daolu had the fortune to witness the scene at that time while the other great figures here had only heard of it.
So, when they saw the phenomenon caused by Chen Xi had created the grand scene of the praise of the gods descending like rain, they were unable to refrain from feeling a wisp of shock even with their cultivations in the Dao Heart.
Even if it was Zhao Mengli, Ji Xuanbing, and the other young disciples, they were able to sense that this scene was even grander than the phenomenon caused by Zhen Lu!
“He actually really surpassed him…” Ji Xuanbing muttered with a slightly complicated feeling in his heart. At the beginning of the test, he was seen as the leading figure amongst the younger generation of the Immortal Dimension, and he could compete for supremacy with the Buddha Dimension’s Zhen Lu and the Phoenix Clan’s Zhao Mengli.
Yet now, he was surpassed by Zhen Lu during the first round of the test, whereas Chen Xi had surpassed him during the second round of the test.
Now, during the third round of the test, he was surpassed by both Zhen Lu and Chen Xi, and he couldn’t avoid feeling slightly depressed and dejected.
But in the end, he smiled and said in his heart, “As a descendant of the primeval emperors, I naturally have to possess the ability to tolerate others. Not to mention Chen Xi is a member of the Immortal Dimension in the end, so I should be proud that he’s able to surpass Zhen Lu.”
His heart calmed down greatly when he thought like this.
The others like Moqi Yan, Mu Yuchong, and Zhongli Xun had rather complicated feelings. They felt a slight sense of loss, slightly dejected, and slightly proud as well.
As for Ao Wuming, Jiang Canghai, and Zuoqiu Yin, besides revealing expressions of shock, gloominess couldn’t help but appear on their faces. It was very difficult for them to accept such a situation.
During the second round of the test, they’d once formed an alliance to hunt and kill Chen Xi. Even if it was only once during a test, they had imperceptibly taken Chen Xi to be the enemy in their hearts.
At this moment, when they saw him reveal extraordinary splendor with the praise of the gods that shook the world and seem like a unique genius that surpassed all the geniuses present here to the point their accomplishments dimmed in comparison, they couldn’t help but feel extremely depressed, dejected, and furious. It was as uncomfortable as eating a pile of dead flies.
Especially Zuoqiu Yin. His handsome face was already slightly warped and completely livid. Moreover, the gaze he shot at Chen Xi even seemed to be on the verge of burning up with flames.
If it was possible, he wished for nothing more than to kill Chen Xi right now, pull out Chen Xi’s tendons, skin Chen Xi alive, and then burn Chen Xi’s bones before scattering the ashes, so as to put an end to all future troubles.
Unfortunately, he only dared to think of this while standing before so many great figures because he would definitely be annihilated on the spot if he dared to act!
After all, this was the Dao Emperor Academy and not the Zuoqiu Clan.
Zuoqiu Hong had a similar state of mind as Zuoqiu Yin. Earlier, he thought Chen Xi was purely wasting everyone’s time and was utterly unable to cause the appearance of the phenomenon of the heavens and the earth. Thus, he intended to announce the conclusion of the test and overlook Chen Xi’s results in this test. But it just so happened that such a scene had appeared at the critical moment!
This was simply like a silent slap that struck forcefully onto his fair face, and it caused his face to burn with sharp pain while his entire body felt extremely uncomfortable and stiff.
Wang Daolu was extremely shocked inwardly as well, and he regretted not listening to Tie Qiuyu that day and taking Chen Xi to be his personal disciple. Now that he saw Chen Xi gradually reveal extraordinary splendor during the third round of the test, the regret in his heart grew deeper and deeper, and his mood was rather bitter and depressed.
At this moment, when he saw Zuoqiu Hong’s expression, Wang Daolu seemed as if he’d found a place to vent, and he laughed coldly. “Such a disciple is capable of leaving his name in the history of Dao Emperor Academy. Who intended to end the test earlier?”
These words were utterly blunt, and it was directly targeted at Zuoqiu Hong!
The other great figures were shocked in their hearts when they saw this as they never expected that as a Head Instructor of the Inner Court, Wang Daolu had actually aroused displeasure towards Zuoqiu Hong!
“It was my oversight, indeed. Brother Wang is right. Alas, fortunately, Dean Zhou possessed extraordinary wisdom and avoided a mishap from occurring. Otherwise, I would have really been condemned through the ages!” Zuoqiu Hong’s originally stiff expression suddenly became solemn and carried deep regret as he cupped his hands towards Wang Daolu before cupping his hands to Zhou Zhili as well with an extremely guilty and uneasy appearance.
Wang Daolu’s eyes narrowed when he saw this, and he glanced deeply at Zuoqiu Hong and didn’t speak any further.
He was very well aware Zuoqiu Hong definitely wouldn’t let the matter go, but since Zuoqiu Hong displayed his regret, Wang Daolu couldn’t say anything about it.
“The praise of the gods descending like rain! Who is it?! Which disciple caused such a Praise of the Gods to descend?”
“How many years has it been? I’ve finally encountered a peerless genius that can compare to Yun Fusheng! Haha! This disciple isn’t bad! After enduring for 8,000 years without taking a disciple, perhaps today is a good chance!”
“Hmph! This disciple is mine! If all of you want to take him, then defeat me first!”
“What nonsense! Daoist Nun Jiang, you already possess a personal disciple, so why’re you interfering in this?”
“Hehe! I advise all of you old fellows to save your strength. Allowing all of you to teach such a disciple is a terrible waste, and it’s better for him to be guided by me.”
Suddenly, numerous peerlessly formidable strands of intent swept over from all directions like numerous gales, and it alarmed everyone before finally descending onto Chen Xi.
Zhou Zhili and Wang Daolu’s expressions changed slightly.
The other instructors of Dao Emperor Academy revealed bitter smiles upon noticing this.
Sure enough, it drew the attention of those old fellows in the academy. Now, this kid is going to become a hot piece of meat that everyone wants…
For a time, the gazes they shot at Chen Xi carried a wisp of admiration.
There was a difference in superiority between the great figures of Dao Emperor Academy. For example, the instructors of the inner court and outer court had an extremely large difference in status, whereas the gap between instructors of the inner court and head instructors was great as well.
At this moment, practically all those formidable strands of intend that appeared abruptly possessed the title of head instructor or even greater.
This naturally caused the outer court instructors present here to give up any thought of taking Chen Xi as their personal disciple.
“Everyone, the test hasn’t concluded yet! Could it be that all of you intend to break my rules?” Zhou Zhili’s gaze was like a bolt of lightning as it swept the surroundings while he shouted loudly with a stern voice.
However, many people discerned a trace of exasperation in his voice, and he seemed as if he was deeply afraid that these old fellows would disregard the rules and fight madly for Chen Xi.
“Heh, Little Kid Zhou, you’ve grown your wings to the point of daring to go against you Martial Uncle?” An aged voice resounded with a joking tone.
Zhou Zhili’s face darkened as he said, “Martial Uncle Qiu, please act according to your status!”
“Haha! Old Man Qiu, this fellow Zhou Zhili doesn’t care who you are, so why don’t you withdraw yourself?” A rough and roaring sound of laughter resounded.
“Hmph! Xuanyuan Pojun, you were still playing with mud outside Dao Emperor Academy when I was fucking teaching students!”
“Alright, alright, both of you stop fighting. Is there any point? This belongs to me, Jiang Yu!”
“Daoist Nun Jiang, what is the meaning of this?”
Instantly, the scene was filled with argument and chaos. The formidable strands of intent that spoke via voice transmissions were all existences at the Half-step Immortal King Realm, and it shocked Zhen Lu, Zhao Mengli, and the other disciples to the point their minds buzzed and shook.
Zhou Zhili’s brows knit together to form a ‘川’ character, yet he was helpless towards this.
On the other hand, Wang Daolu was in a similar situation. He shook his head while laughing bitterly. “This Daoist Nun Jiang really likes to interfere in everything.”
Right at this moment, a wave of strange rumbling stretched out from Chen Xi’s figure. In the next moment, Chen Xi’s imposing aura suddenly rose while the essence, spirit, and energy in his body surged. It seemed like a translucent and clean flame was burning within him.
“Eh! This little fellow is actually advancing during the test!”
“He lit up the flames of the Earthly Soul! Yes, this is the sign of advancing into the intermediate-stage of the Mysterious Immortal Realm.”
“Tsk, this kid really is heaven defying. With his advancement on a Dao Sharpening Stone coupled with the Praise of the Gods that surpassed the grade of Resonance of the Heavens and the Earth, his accomplishments are unprecedented since the ancient times.”
The formidable strands of intent noticed the signs of advancement that Chen Xi displayed at the first possible moment, and they spoke in praise.
On the other hand, Zhou Zhili, Wang Daolu, and all the other instructors of the outer court exclaimed with admiration in their hearts. Only Zuoqiu Hong’s expression was slightly stiff…
As for Zhao Mengli, Ji Xuanbing, and the others, the gazes they shot at Chen Xi became even more complicated.
Right at this moment, a shapeless force suddenly arose in the sky, and it was like the piercingly cold might of the heavens. It swept through the surroundings with an all-powerful and peerless manner, and it actually drove away all the strands of formidable intent!
“Hua Jiankong! When did an executioner like you return from the Outerealm!?”
“Shit! It’s actually this fellow…”
“A disappointment! Truly a fucking disappointment!”
Before they left, these formidable strands of intent let out a wave of clamorous noise before vanishing without a trace.
“He really has returned.” Zhou Zhili and Wang Daolu glanced at each other, and they didn’t say anything further. Hua Jiankong wasn’t an instructor, and he was the personal disciple of Dao Emperor Academy’s Dean instead!
This disciple had followed along by the Dean’s side on an expedition throughout the three dimensions for no less than ten thousand years.
At this moment, the sudden appearance of Hua Jiankong’s intent obviously showed that he’d come under orders, and it was for the sake of allowing this third round of the test to be carried out smoothly.
“Looks like the Dean has noticed the events here…” Zuoqiu Hong muttered to himself with a slightly dazed expression, and it was impossible to discern if he was happy or unhappy.
In Dao Emperor Academy, the Dean of the inner court, Dean of the outer court, the Dean of the Scripture Reserve, and the various other deans would be addressed along with their surname. For example, Zhou Zhili was mostly addressed as Dean Zhou.
On the other hand, only a single person was called Dean, and it was the true overlord of Dao Emperor Academy!
Meanwhile, Chen Xi woke up atop the Dao Sharpening Stone. His gaze was bright like the starry sky and suffused with a profound sheen of wisdom. The vital energy within his body circulated silently while his entire body seemed as if it was already rooted to the heavens and the earth and merged with the nine heavens. He carried a unique bearing that was extraordinary, translucent, clear, and flawless.
This was the representation of the cooperation between the Heavenly and Earthly Soul after the muddy qi within the Earthly Soul had been eliminated completely, and it was the imposing aura that only experts at the intermediate-stage of the Mysterious Immortal Realm possessed!
His body was like glass and the Heavenly and Earthly Soul had merged with the world.
This was the aura of an expert at the intermediate-stage of the Mysterious Immortal Realm!