Chapter 1426: A Thought Is All One Needs to Become A Devil
Translator: EndlessFantasy Translation Editor: EndlessFantasy Translation
“Since we’re done with the rules, I’ll introduce myself now. My name’s Dong Chong and I’m the outer court elder of the Moon Illumination Sect. My main responsibility is to coordinate the transfer of the outer court members,” the old man said slowly.
‘The rules…” Hearing the rules Dong Chong listed, Duan Ling Tian could not help but frown. ‘They’ll be examining the participants with the Spiritual Secret Tactic. Only those who are below 40 and on the Perfection Mortal Shedding Stage will pass the first section of the assessment.’
Although his current battling abilities could be compared to an ordinary Paramount Mortal Shedding Stage cultivator, his cultivation base was only on the Mastery Mortal Shedding Stage.
There was nowhere for him to conceal his cultivation base if he was being examined with the Spiritual Secret Tactic!
“Senior Brother Duan, your cultivation base’s only the Mastery Mortal Shedding Stage. According to the rules that old man shared, doesn’t that mean that you won’t even pass the first section?” Xiong Hu frowned and said in a condemning manner, “What kind of stupid rules does this Moon Illumination Sect assessment have whereby they judge on just one’s cultivation base and not one’s battling abilities? Isn’t that a rip-off?”
Both Xiong Hu and Ling Yun knew that Duan Ling Tian had broken through to the Mastery Mortal Shedding Stage.
Naturally, they also knew that despite their Senior Brother Duan’s cultivation base only being on the Mastery Mortal Shedding Stage, his battling ability was undefeatable if he were to fight anyone below the Paramount Mortal Shedding Stage.
Even an ordinary Paramount Mortal Shedding Stage person might not be a match for their Senior Brother Duan.
Ling Yun could not help but frown too. If their Senior Brother Duan could not even pass the entry assessment of the Moon Illumination Sect, that would be the biggest joke anyone had ever heard.
“Don’t worry,” Fang Hui reassured while smiling at Duan Ling Tian and the other two who were frowning. “Duan Ling Tian might not be able to pass the first section of the assessment, but it isn’t hard for him to pass the second section.”
“The second section?” Duan Ling Tian and the other two looked at Fang Hui doubtfully upon hearing what he said.
Since Dong Chong had yet to ascertain the exact contents of the second section of the assessment, they had no idea what it was going to be.
“In order not to stifle any talents, the sect gives young geniuses below the Perfection Mortal Shedding Stage a chance. Even if they fail the first section, they’ll be able to enter the sect as long as they pass the second section of the assessment,” Fang Hui said.
“Those who are on the Paramount Mortal Shedding Stage don’t have to go for the second section. Meanwhile, those who are on the Perfection Mortal Shedding Stage will have to go to the second section as a ‘target’. Those who fail the first section will go to the second section to challenge the ‘target’. As long as they defeat the ‘target’, they’ll pass the assessment and get into the sect directly,” Fang Hui continued.
“Meanwhile, those on the Perfection Mortal Shedding Stage who are challenged and defeated will lose their opportunity to enter the sect.” Fang Hui took the lead to explain the assessment rules to them before Dong Chong did.
When Dong Chong was done speaking, the bunch of young geniuses gasped. ‘Gasp!’
The 18 City Governors including Fang Hui, on the other hand, did not find it surprising as they knew the rules much earlier.
“That means that people on the Perfection Mortal Shedding Stage only stand one chance. Will they be disqualified when they’re defeated and lose their opportunity to enter the Moon Illumination Sect?”
“That’s incredibly cruel! There are no more chances for those who are defeated.”
“That’s understandable. A person who has a mediocre cultivation base and doesn’t have the ability to defeat a Perfection Mortal Shedding Stage cultivator is proven to have a pathetic future.”
“But it’s quite impossible for such a situation to happen… It’s usually impossible for a person below the Perfection Mortal Shedding Stage to defeat someone on the Perfection Mortal Shedding Stage.”
“That’s true. If the person’s defeated by someone else below the Perfection Mortal Shedding Stage, that’d mean he lacks skills. He deserves to be disqualified.”
Everyone discussed among themselves, slowly coming to accept the rules.
“That’s more reasonable.” Duan Ling Tian was relieved to find out about the second section of the assessment.
To him, it was not difficult to defeat people on the Perfection Mortal Shedding Stage.
Soon, the entry assessment of the Moon Illumination Sect officially started the moment the outer court elder Dong Chong officiated it.
The young geniuses recommended by each of the City Governors from the 18 cities under the ruling of the Moon Illumination Sect as well as those recommended by the Moon Illumination Sect outer court elders and deacons walked up to the stone platform one after another.
They were divided into groups of ten while being examined by the two middle-aged men behind Dong Chong.
The two men were the outer court deacons of the Moon Illumination Sect.
Naturally, they looked like they were examining them on the surface. In reality, they were checking the young geniuses’ age and cultivation base with their Spiritual Secret Tactic.
“36, Perfection Mortal Shedding Stage. Pass.”
“34, Perfection Mortal Shedding Stage. Pass.”
The first ten young geniuses passed the first section of the assessment.
“Don’t tell me that I’m the only Martial Cultivator who isn’t above the Perfection Mortal Shedding Stage among these bunch of young people?” Duan Ling Tian could not help but force a smile facing the results.
“There should be quite a number of Mastery Mortal Shedding Stage Martial Cultivators.” As a person who had been through this, Fang Hui knew much more than Duan Ling Tian did. “In Dao Martial Saint Land, there are many talented Martial Cultivators who can defeat people whose level are above theirs… But those Mastery Mortal Shedding Stage Martial Cultivators that I’ve seen before could only defeat ordinary Perfection Mortal Shedding Stage Martial Cultivators.”
Fang Hui gazed deeply into Duan Ling Tian’s eyes as he spoke.
He seemed to be telling Duan Ling Tian that not every Mastery Mortal Shedding Stage Martial Cultivators were as freaky as Duan Ling Tian who could defeat people on the Paramount Mortal Shedding Stage.
Just like what Fang Hui said.
There were two people on the Mastery Mortal Shedding Stage among the second batch of young geniuses who did not pass the first section of the assessment. However, they did not give up hope; it was clear that they saw that coming.
Their goal was the challenge in the second section.
Only the participants who were disqualified in the first session would stand a chance to take the challenge in the second section.
There were more people on the Mastery Mortal Shedding Stage among the third batch of young geniuses which occupied half of them.
There were even less in the fourth batch.
Xiong Hu exclaimed absurdly when the fifth batch of young geniuses went up, “It’s that fella!”
Hearing Xiong Hu exclaim, Duan Ling Tian and the other three looked at the stone platform in front of them and noticed Ye Man among the ten of them.
Ye Man stood there with an eerie aura lingering around his body which made him seem out of place compared to the other nine young geniuses. The other nine young geniuses deliberately kept a distance from him.
“A devil Cultivator?”
“This young man’s a Devil Cultivator!”
“Tsk tsk… Devil Cultivators’ cultivation bases usually defy logic. I wonder how old he is and what’s his cultivation base.”
“His age and cultivation base must be shocking. Let’s see.”
A lot of attention focused on Ye Man.
An uproar broke among the crowd as one of the middle-aged men following the outer court elder, Dong Chong, spoke, “30, Paramount Mortal Shedding Stage!”
The middle-aged man was talking about Ye Man.
“He lives up to the Devil Cultivator’s name! He’s only 30 and he has already broken through to Paramount Mortal Shedding Stage.”
“Marvelous! Simply marvelous!”
“He’s even more powerful than I imagined.”
The event came to its climax at the moment.
Ye Man was the first Paramount Mortal Shedding Stage in the Moon Illumination Sect’s entry assessment today. He was placed in the limelight as expected.
Besides the other nine young geniuses who were standing with them, even the young geniuses who passed the first section of the assessment dimmed in his presence.
Ye Man looked smug and arrogant as he stood on the stone platform. He enjoyed being in the limelight.
At the same time, his condescending eyes were trained on Duan Ling Tian. He was looking down on him.
“Duan Ling Tian, you’re destined to be under my feet throughout your life!” Ye Man spoke through True Energy Voice Transmission, as cocky as ever.
However, Duan Ling Tian did not bother as his expression remained the same. He only glanced at Ye Man lightly, unable to be bothered by him.
To him, Ye Man was just a man that he had defeated.
He was just a man that he had defeated in the past, now and even in the future.
Who was he to boast since he was just a man Duan Ling Tian had defeated?
Duan Ling Tian’s behavior caused Ye Man to looked completely solemn. Never had he expected Duan Ling Tian to dare to ignore him even now.
At that moment, Ye Man felt that the raging fire in him would explode anytime.
“Duan Ling Tian, I swear I’m not a man if I don’t kill you!” A ferocious gleam filled Ye Man’s eyes as he mumbled softly while clenching his teeth.
Since Ye Man was on the Paramount Mortal Shedding Stage, he skipped the second section of the assessment directly. An outer court disciple brought him to the outer court area of the Moon Illumination Sect’s estate.
Ye Man was the first among the crowd of young geniuses to pass the entry assessment and become a disciple of the Moon Illumination Sect.
“Senior Brother Duan, Ye Man was looking at you as if he couldn’t wait to eat you! How huge of a rivalry are the both of you in exactly?” Although Ye Man was not looking at him, Xiong Hu felt chills running up his spine anyway.
“To a petty person, even the smallest conflict could be treated as vengeance as though his father had been killed or his wife was being taken away… How big of a rivalry do you think we have?” Duan Ling Tian asked him back.
Xiong Hu was speechless.
The murder of one’s father and one’s wife being taken away was the biggest vengeance in the world!
“Duan Ling Tian, be careful of Ye Man when you get into the sect… There are no kind souls among the Devil Cultivators, especially since he might have turned himself into a devil because of you!” Fang Hui said in all seriousness, “If Martial Cultivators and Dao Cultivators are going into Devil Dao for a certain obsession, then they only have two paths ahead of them.”
“The first path is to get rid of the obsession and go on with their lives! If they don’t manage to get rid of the obsession, they’ll either go into psychosis or if the situation’s serious, be engulfed by Devil Qi and killed.”
Fang Hui had taken the effort to learn about Devil Cultivators back then.
He even had the thought of going into Devil Dao and becoming a Devil Cultivator for the sake of taking revenge when his wife died because of Liu Huan back then. He had that thought because that was the only way he could take revenge.
However, his wife seemed to have guessed what he had in mind, so she wrote him a note before committing suicide. She asked him to never go into Devil Dao. Otherwise, she would not die in peace.
No matter how much hatred Fang Hui had and how much he wanted to take revenge, he could not bring himself to go against her death wish since she had died in such a devastating way.
“I’ve heard of that before.” Xiong Hu looked at Duan Ling Tian. “If his obsession of going into Devil Dao is to kill Senior Brother Duan, then Senior Brother Duan’s his enemy for life. He would either kill Senior Brother Duan or kill himself if he doesn’t achieve his goal.”