Martial World - Chapter 1688
Chapter 1688A - Taunt
All of the heavenly materials Lin Ming ate had been slowly absorbed by him during his prolonged battle. Slowly, the essence of these materials subtly integrated into his body.
In truth, to the current Lin Ming whose mortal body, soul, and inner world were already extremely powerful, these heavenly materials weren't too advantageous.
To Lin Ming, the most precious things he obtained was the harvest he made in the Laws during those seemingly endless battles.
The opponents he faced in the Gate of Laws all had different combat methods, utilizing different Laws. After experiencing the might of these Laws, Lin Ming was able to broaden his horizons and obtain a far greater harvest.
In particular, during his final battle with the Black Asura, which gave Lin Ming an even deeper understanding of the Asura Heavenly Dao. However, all of this required time to digest.
Although Lin Ming seemed unconscious, the truth was that all sorts of fragments of the Great Dao Laws were submerged in his spiritual sea, slowly fusing into his very being and giving him new understandings.
As Lin Ming was continuing his trial, what was happening outside the Gate of Laws, on the third level of the final trial, was a completely different scene altogether.
The first group of people who successfully reached the third level were the weakest of the trial challengers. They were people who chose the easiest mortal step level difficulty, and within the mortal step level difficulty, one only needed to cross the aerial bridge to pass. There was no need to step onto the ancient continent and battle the numerous opponents that manifested from the Laws of the 33 Heavens.
As such, they only needed 3-4 days to pass the Gate of Laws. Afterwards, they could obtain their rewards and enter the fourth level.
But this fourth level was far more perilous than the last two levels! There was a dramatic rise in difficulty!
On the fourth level, it could be said that every step was filled with murderous intent, every step was a life or death crisis!
After a good number of trial challengers perished, many others decided to give up continuing the final trial and return to the third level. After all, these people were all extraordinary individuals of their respective influences and they had a glorious future awaiting them. After they visited the fourth level they realized that with their strength, they were far more likely to die than to survive. For them, they definitely wouldn't go there just to die in vain.
Without a doubt, the final trial had many great lucky chances within. But if one didn't even have their life, what use were these lucky chances?
So, more and more people returned to the third level. The third level was a place without danger;it was only meant for trial challengers to receive their rewards and rest. These people planned to wait here until the end of the final trial arrived. At that time, they would all be collectively teleported back to the inner Asura Road, at some random place above the Asura Sea.
And at this time, the Gate of Laws began to slowly spin as another batch of trial challengers emerged.
The one leading the group was a high-spirited young man wearing a star crown - he was the divine Void Third Crown Prince!
’’Your Highness Crown Prince!’’
As the divine Void Third Crown Prince appeared, many people who came from influences closely related to divine Void divine Kingdom came to greet him.
’’Congratulations Crown Prince Your Highness on obtaining victory and perfectly passing the trial!’’
Someone immediately sensed the mood and began to flatter him as much as he could. Just by looking at the Crown Prince's energetic and happy expression, one could correctly guess that his trial had gone smoothly.
And in fact, he wasn't wrong. The divine Void Crown Prince had obtained the highest completion percent possible in the earth-step difficulty at 36%.
’’Indeed, this level of accomplishment is truly worthy of Your Highness the Crown Prince! I think that Your Highness's earth-step difficulty was far too low, perhaps the heaven-step difficulty would have been just right, haha!’’
After confirming that the divine Void Crown Prince had indeed perfectly passed, many people began to compliment him. However, the divine Void Crown Prince's smile didn't last too long. Soon after, the Gate of Laws shook once more.
Bigflame, the direct disciple of Heavenly Union divine Kingdom's divine Emperor had appeared.
Bigflame also had a wide smile on his rotund face. It was clear to everyone that he too had perfectly passed the trial. This left the divine Void Crown Prince frowning a little. When he was undergoing the earth-step difficulty, the process hadn't been too easy for him. He was originally hoping to roll over Bigflame with his score, but now it seemed they had both emerged even with each other.
For a time, the Third Crown Prince and Bigflame became the focus of the entire audience. The two of them could be said to be brimming with success. Although the earth-step difficulty was only the second level of difficulty, it wasn't simple at all. Perfectly passing was an extremely difficult task and even many proud children of heaven from the various great influences here had only completed a part of it.
For the two to perfectly pass, they would be praised once they returned to their respective True divinity Holy Lands.
At this time, Suya, Mo Brightmoon, and the others were all looking towards the blood red Asura level difficulty exit from the Gate of Laws. In such a festive atmosphere, the two of them were actually feeling worried and anxious.
Because of their profound trust in Lin Ming, even though he had chosen the Asura level difficulty that no one had passed in billions of years, they still anticipated a miracle to occur.
Lin Ming had been far too hasty in choosing the Asura level difficulty. Before others had enough time to fully explain to him the situation, the Gate of Laws had opened and sucked him in.
They didn't think Lin Ming could complete much of the Asura level difficulty. As long as he passed through alive, they would already be thanking the heavens and earth.
’’What is it? Junior-apprentice sister Suya, do you have any troubles on your mind?’’
A light voice echoed out, causing Suya to frown. She turned to see a robed man walking towards her with a smile on his face. This person was Duke Fullmoon!
Duke Fullmoon had chosen the earth-step difficulty. Although he didn't perfectly complete it, his performance had been adequate and he had obtained a great many things from the battles. From this alone, Duke Fullmoon was more than satisfied.
Although the Third Crown prince and Bigflame were the two who blossomed in splendor within the Gate of Laws trial, Duke Fullmoon was still in an extremely good mood. At this time, he held onto a folding fan, slowly fanning himself with an imposing expression on his face.
He certainly knew what Suya was worrying about. The reason he deliberately brought it up was to bring Suya down a notch.
He remembered that at the start of the divine Rune City Auction, when he met Suya at the entrance, Suya had treated him coldly because of Lin Ming's presence.
Duke Fullmoon had kept this memory to heart.
Suya's voice was cold and desolate, as if she didn't care about Duke Fullmoon's presence at all.
Duke Fullmoon thought little of it. He chuckled and said, ’’What, are you still thinking that Lin Ming will come out alive? It seems that junior-apprentice sister Suya really has a deep affection towards this Lin Ming. But what a pity... heroes in their youth simply do not know their own weight. To choose the Asura difficulty so recklessly just to win the attention of others, and yet the result is that no one cares about him. All his grandstanding has come to nothing...’’
Duke Fullmoon smiled, his eyes sweeping over everyone else.
Nearly everyone was gathered around the divine Void Third Crown Prince and Bigflame. Indeed, no one cared about Lin Ming.
In this final trial, Lin Ming wasn't able to arouse much interest at all. After all, these people weren't familiar with him and only knew he was the creator of the 'Lin' logo divine runic symbols.
When Lin Ming chose the Asura level difficulty, the others were startled, but that was all. After a moment, they realized Lin Ming was just putting on an act and he likely had some mental problems. Soon, everyone put this matter at the back of their minds. Now, they were all busy trying to be on good terms with the Third Crown Prince and Bigflame. The Third Crown Prince and Bigflame both came from True divinity level influences and their talent was also extremely good. If those here could be on good terms with them, this relationship might be of help to them in the future.
As the Third Crown Prince and Bigflame were surrounded by a crowd of people, they slowly floated upwards. They were about to choose their own immortal palace reward.
But at this time, the Gate of Laws violently shook once more.
A blue-clothed woman flew out from the Gate of Laws!
Her clothes floated behind her and her entire body shined with pale blue Law runes. She was like an immortal fairy exiled from the highest nine heavens.
This person was Soul Empress Sheng Mei!
She had perfectly passed the heaven-step smelting trial difficulty. Not just that, but her clothes were unstained and her appearance was otherworldly. It was clear she still had a great deal of strength remaining!
Everyone was stunned. They soon looked up at her.
’’Sheng Mei! She came from the heaven-step difficulty!’’
’’Too fierce! Look at her unbothered appearance, it seems she has perfectly completed it!’’
Some people cried out in alarm. But Sheng Mei didn't bother with these people. Instead, as soon as she appeared, she flew directly towards an immortal palace.
The immortal palace she chose was as large as a mountain. The one she chose was a second-rank immortal palace!
Soul Empress Sheng Mei flew into the immortal palace without stopping at all. The entire process was like a comet passing through the skies, free and easy, filled with beauty.
’’She is truly worthy of being called Soul Empress Sheng Mei. Even after completing the heaven-step difficulty she is still so calm. We are far inferior to the likes of her,’’ the divine Void Crown Prince whispered, his face still as happy and joyful as a spring breeze. He didn't envy Sheng Mei's results at all, because he and Sheng Mei never stood on the same plane to begin with. So, there was no reason to compare himself with her.
She was someone who stood at the peak of the entire soul race. Within every spiritas of the 33 Heavens, she was the highest status woman there was. She was a character that could stand on par with Soul Emperor divine Void, so there was no meaning in competing with her.
’’Haha, Crown Prince is too modest. Soul Empress Sheng Mei is a divine being, but if the Crown Prince is compared to Soul Empress Sheng Mei, the differences aren't too great! Crown Prince can still show disdain for all other heroes!’’
Many people began to flatter once more. They couldn't match up to Sheng Mei, but they could establish relations with the divine Void Crown Prince. So, when Sheng Mei appeared, she didn't steal the limelight of the divine Void Crown Prince.
As many people were speaking, the Gate of Laws shook once more.
Chapter 1688B - The Shadow In the Vortex
Everyone was stunned and looked towards the Gate of Laws. They saw that it was the exit of the heaven-step difficulty that was shaking.
’’Mm? Someone else came out?’’
Before everyone had time to respond, a black-clothed young girl came hurtling out!
This young girl had a simple and beautiful appearance. Her body was slender and her complexion was only slightly pale. There was a bit of blood that stained her clothes.
It was clear it hadn't been easy for her to pass the Gate of Laws!
This young girl that looked to be 17-18 years old was actually Xiao Moxian!
’’Eh... she also passed?’’
Many people were surprised. They originally believed that if Xiao Moxian were to enter the heaven-step difficulty, the chances were she would have more misfortune than good luck. But they never imagined she would successfully pass the trial.
’’It isn't strange. If I enter the heaven-step difficulty I can also pass, but my completion percent would be far too low. The benefits simply aren't worth the cost,’’ the divine Void Crown Prince suddenly spoke at this time.
Although it sounded like he was boasting, he was actually correct. If he could perfectly complete the earth-step difficulty, that meant that even though he could pass the heaven-step difficulty, he would at most obtain a 40-50% completion rate. But with this completion rate, the rewards wouldn't be as good as perfectly completing the earth-step difficult.
’’That woman was with Lin Ming, right?’’
’’Yes, she's likely Lin Ming's woman. I really underestimated her. Even so, look at her... It seems she has reached her limits. She probably barely passed.’’
’’Haha, that might not be so.’’ The divine Void Crown Prince shook his head. As he looked at Xiao Moxian, there was a hint of appreciation in her eyes. ’’It's already impressive for her to pass the heaven-step difficulty. Now, I'm curious as to what her completion percent is. 20%? 30%? Or perhaps she just barely managed to pass?’’
’’Little sister Xian'er, are you okay!?’’
Seeing Xiao Moxian's bloodstained clothes, Mo Brightmoon felt her heart tighten. When Xiao Moxian had chosen the heaven-step difficulty, she had indeed felt nervous. But because she had experienced Xiao Moxian's strength, she knew that even though Xiao Moxian couldn't compare to Sheng Mei, she should still be able to survive the Gate of Laws without a problem.
Now, she saw Xiao Moxian come out. Although it seemed Xiao Moxian had approached her limits, at least she was safe and well. Mo Brightmoon could finally relax.
’’I'm good.’’ Xiao Moxian gripped her fists. Although her tumbling blood vitality was in an extremely poor state, she still had an excited expression on her face.
’’Little sister Xian'er, you must make haste and adjust your condition.’’
Suya quickly took out a wound recovery pill. She and Mo Brightmoon didn't ask about Xiao Moxian's completion percent. This was not the right time to ask about such matters. Xiao Moxian's wounds came first, and they were also still worried about Lin Ming.
’’Really, women are no inferior to men. I must say I admire her...’’
Duke Fullmoon rubbed his chin, watching Xiao Moxian with a brilliant light in his eyes.
This woman's talent was far too amazing. Even though she barely passed, she still surpassed over 95% of those present!
Moreover, she had outstanding looks. This caused Duke Fullmoon to feel not so good in his heart. How had such a good piece of cabbage been grabbed up by a pig? That boy Lin Ming was far too far too blessed when it came to women!
Luckily, Lin Ming was far too stupid and entered the Asura level difficulty like the fool he was. Chances were, he had already died by now. If this was true, this woman was now alone!
Thinking of this, Duke Fullmoon began to develop tempting thoughts. He thought of taking Xiao Moxian under his wings. Since he was rising to fame, he needed to build up his own power and forces. If he could capture Xiao Moxian's body and mind, she would undoubtedly be an excellent dual cultivation partner. Not only could he drink deep in his lust for her, but it would also be a great help for himself.
’’This miss is called Xian'er, right? What amazing abilities you have! It seems we have had some misunderstandings before, but to meet today in the final trial could be called a stroke of luck. As they say, you won't know someone unless you fight them. No matter what problems we've had in the past with each other, allow me take the initiative to apologize for anything I might have done wrong. How about we clean away any past animosities we might have?’’
Xiao Moxian was already sitting down, about to enter meditation to restore her wounds. After she received Suya's pill and was about to swallow it down, she heard this disgusting and repugnant voice sound out in her ears. As she looked up, she saw Duke Fullmoon swinging his fan, looking down at her with a proud and happy expression.
It was like Xiao Moxian had just finished a wonderful meal, and just as she was basking in the enjoyment of it, she discovered a giant fly on her plate. Not only did any happy feelings she had had disappear, but she was even a little enraged.
’’You want to apologize? Isn't your skin too thick? Who do you think you are? I don't even remember who you are,’’ Xiao Moxian icily said, not bothering with Duke Fullmoon.
’’Haha, Miss Xian'er is too playful. Don't we martial artists have photographic memories? How could Miss Xian'er possibly not remember me?’’ Duke Fullmoon said, putting on his most noble and elegant demeanor. Since he had thoughts of taking in this woman, he naturally had to endure her temper a little.
But who knew that Xiao Moxian wouldn't fall for his act? She ignored him, treating him as if he was nothing more than empty air.
Xiao Moxian swallowed the pill and started to meditate.
Duke Fullmoon frowned. Even he had limited patience. In front of so many people, Xiao Moxian had done the same as slapping him across the face. He naturally didn't feel good about this.
He spoke, his voice much icier, ’’Smart birds and beasts know where to make their home, and wise men understand their circumstances. You aren't counting on your lover leaving the Gate of Laws, right? Hehe! If he kept a little lower profile, with his little cheap tricks in the divine runic arts he might have caused some small influences to have some interest in him. But what a pity...’’
Duke Fullmoon coldly sneered.
But this sneer actually caused a deep killing intent to flash in Xiao Moxian's eyes. She was originally a daughter of the demon and monster race, and towards her enemies, she would feel no pity, nor would she show mercy. In particular, this Duke Fullmoon had actually touched upon her reverse scale of rage, cursing Lin Ming to die!
It had to be known that even though Xiao Moxian had 120% confidence in Lin Ming, this final trial was still established by the Asura Road Master. The difficulty Lin Ming chose was the hardest one there was, so how could it be easy to pass?
Xiao Moxian feared Lin Ming would try to chase perfection and choose to challenge some test that surpassed his limits, finally meeting danger. As Xiao Moxian heard Duke Fullmoon speak such words, a deep and profound killing intent began to swell up within her!
She subconsciously traced her spatial ring. But this action caused Suya's heart to skip a beat. Suya quickly stopped Xiao Moxian by saying, ’’Little sister Xian'er, don't be impulsive. There are many people here, you absolutely cannot start a fight!’’
Duke Fullmoon's complexion had completely darkened. He finally became aware that this woman belonged to Lin Ming until her death and would never submit to anyone else. If so, he was done being kind to her.
’’You want to kill me? How interesting! It seems you would rather do things the hard way! I urge you to consider your circumstances some more. With your strength and your background, do you have the capital to contend with me? If that little beast Lin Ming were still alive and the divine Runic Masters Guild was here to support you, I might fear you a little. But now, who else do you have?’’
As Duke Fullmoon spoke, the Gate of Laws trembled once more.
Duke Fullmoon was startled. He turned to look. At this strange time, just who would come out? As Duke Fullmoon saw what was happening, what was happening, surprise flitted across his face. This time, it was the exit to the Asura level difficulty that was shaking!
For a time, the noisy crowd calmed down. Even the Crown Prince and Bigflame who were ready to soar towards their immortal palace rewards stopped, surprised that there was something occurring at the exit to the Asura level difficulty.
The deep red Gate of Laws was the color of blood. It's shaking was abnormal. Not only did violent surges of energy start spinning around, but even the power of Laws nearby stirred up.
The feeling it gave off was as if there was a terrifying storm developing within the Gate of Laws!
’’There's a change in the Asura level gate, or could it be...’’
The divine Void Crown Prince felt his heart turn cold. This sort of feeling was as if there was a problem itself with the Asura level gate! As if some extraordinary accident was about to occur!
As for the words yet to be spoken, he didn't finish them. He thought it might be Lin Ming coming out, but he soon overruled these thoughts.
As the divine Void Crown Prince's voice fell, all of the other martial artists immediately raised their guards. In the final trial, anything was possible. If there was a problem with the Asura level gate, it could be a multitude of things. For instance, there could be a terrifying flow of energy rushing out, or it could even be some of the powerful enemies used to test trial challengers! Nothing would be strange!
In this sort of situation, no one was willing to bet their lives on chance. In particular, the weaker young elites began to retreat.
And at this time, with a loud bang, an explosion that shook the heavens and earth blew out. The Asura level gate violently detonated!
A savage flux of energy swept out. All of the martial artists outside were surprised. They quickly raised shields of true essence or astral essence to protect themselves, but many of them were still sent flying backwards.
There were some of them that already planned to turn tail and run. Even the divine Void Crown Prince and the others were completely vigilant of their surroundings.
As for that violent flux of energy, it didn't last for long. It soon gathered back together, converging at the Asura level gate, forming a blood red vortex!
Everyone was bewildered. As they looked towards that blood red vortex, they immediately saw a silhouette appear. This person had disheveled hair and ruined clothes, slowly stepping out and dragging a spear behind him. Every step this person took seemed to resonate with the heartbeats of all martial artists outside!
The flexible armor covering his body had been shattered to pieces and his boots were nothing but strips of barely intact cloth. It was hard to imagine what sort of ruinous battle he had just been in. But in contrast to his harried appearance, his eyes flashed like bolts of lightning in the night sky. Even the blood red light of the Asura level gate was unable to cover up the blinding light of his spirit!
His eyes shook everyone present, as if they were all seen through by him.
The moment this person's shadow appeared, Duke Fullmoon froze like statue. For a long time, the only movement was his wildly twitching throat. He gulped again and again, and then finally said with a trembling voice, ’’That person... that man... that is Lin Ming!??!’’
’’Lin Ming! The divine Runic Masters Guild's Lin Ming!’’
Many people cried out together with Duke Fullmoon.
Lin Ming had come out! He had come out from the Asura level difficulty Gate of Laws!?
This was... unbelievable!
In this moment, as Suya saw Lin Ming, her eyes became wet. Her understanding of Lin Ming was far worse than Xiao Moxian's. She originally thought Lin Ming's chances of survival were slim, with nine chances of death and one chance of life. But now that she saw Lin Ming appear, she was ecstatic!
Lin Ming's completion percent was unimportant. As long as he could emerge alive, that was all that mattered.
’’Big Brother Lin, you really passed!’’
Xiao Moxian happily shouted. She ran towards Lin Ming and flew into his arms like a gust of wind.
According to what she knew of Lin Ming, since Lin Ming was able to come out, he would inevitably have obtained a massive harvest from the Asura level difficulty. Lin Ming's character was that of one who didn't concede easily. No matter what he tried to do, as long as he did it he would put his all into it!
’’Big Brother Lin...’’ At this time, Xiao Moxian sniffed. Even though she was confident in Lin Ming, emotions were irrational. She feared that Lin Ming might have experienced some accident. Only upon feeling Lin Ming's warm and solid chest did she feel relieved.
’’I'm fine.’’ Lin Ming gently rubbed Xiao Moxian's head. He let out a long sigh. This trial hadn't been easy at all. Facing the Black Asura's last attack, he had nearly lost his life then and there.