Chapter 56: An unexpected turn in events
Translator: Sparrow_ Editor: Sparrow_
Lin Feng rushed over to Mount Hengyue but unfortunately, he was indeed a step too late. All the new disciples were in the middle of the disciple initiation ceremony.
The system notification sound rose up: “Discovered target suitable to becoming host’s direct disciple.”
Lin Feng closely scanned the crowd and confirmed that the person the system was talking about was a youth at the very back of the crowd.
That youth’s figure was a bit thin and small. His lips were tightly pressed together and the other disciples beside him were all looking at him with disdain in their eyes.
A string of system notifications sounded in Lin Feng’s ear.
“Talent system has finished organizing the data, target number five’s data is as below.”
“Innate Ability -> 5; Intelligence -> 10; Determination -> 10; Fortune -> 8.”
“Conclusion: Target lacks innate talent but possesses great potential, recommended to take in as a disciple and carefully guide him, he will definitely become a pillar of the sect.”
Lin Feng was dumbfounded.
What did he see? He actually saw two max attributes. In this kid’s four data values, there were actually two values that were a max value of 10.
Intelligence was one’s understanding of cultivating Tao techniques and abilities. Xiao Budian and Xiao Zhener both have a score of 8. This meant that they could very quickly have a good grasp of anything they learnt. The master only had to teach them once and they themselves would be able to build upon this foundation and obtain mastery.
Xiao Yan and Zhu Yi are even higher, they both have an Intelligence of 9. This meant that not only were they able to learn quickly, they could also step out of the box and make innovations.
And what does an Intelligence of 10 mean? It meant that he could instantly grasp whatever he had learnt and using his own understanding, he could correct the flaws in the Tao techniques and skills, making them even more perfect.
As for a Determination of 10? This was indicative of his strong mind and will, being indomitable and unyielding. Nobody and nothing could defeat his spirit.
How many hundreds of millions of beings are there in the Grand Celestial World? Even a prodigy out of a million was still an astronomical number, but in the end, only a very few number of them are able to truly amount to something. The reason was that if one’s will was not strong enough, one often wasted his gift and would not maximise his potential.
Two max attributes plus a Fortune of 8 made this kid’s completely garbage innate ability seemed more acceptable.
Just as the system concluded, he lacked natural talent but possesses incredible potential. So much so that it was almost a cheat!
Seeing the disciple ceremony in progress, Lin Feng’s mind rapidly turned: “What do I do, should I just mess up this disciple ceremony? This Hengyue Faction is a big sect of the southern border on par with the Xuandao Sect, their strength is not weak…”
“According to what Pu Beizi said, the Nascent Soul progenitor of Hengyue Faction perished in the Void Battleground. Then the strongest master here at present should be at the aurous core stage, but I don’t know how many aurous core stages they have. Furthermore, this place was the base of the Hengyue Faction, giving them the home ground advantage…”
Time was running short, as there only remained not even one month until the time-limit of the system quest. Lin Feng’s expression was uncertain, he spent a great amount of effort to calm himself down: “So be it, I’ll secretly meet with this kid for a moment and then think about it. What is his name?”
“Oh right, Wang Lin.”
Lin Feng looked on as Wang Lin entered into the Hengyue Faction and heard the system notification beside his ears change to: “Target matches the criterion but already has a master, needs to abolish the current master-disciple relationship to be able to become the host’s disciple.” Lin Feng’s was flustered.
“Goddammit, just one or two days of time. If I got here one or two days earlier, then that would be right when Wang Lin was rejected by the Hengyue Faction and in physical and mental pain. All I’d have to do would be to go forward and fool him a bit and I’d be able to easily take him as my disciple.
Knowing that dwelling in his regrets would not help the situation, Lin Feng collected his emotions and started to devise a plan.
Just as Xiao Yan illustrated, entering into the Hengyue Faction in this manner would definitely result in a disaster. Wang Lin would definitely be detested by his teachers, scorned by his sect-brothers and hated by all. Also, his sense of belonging to the sect would not be strong, giving Lin Feng a very good chance to sway him over.
Thus Lin Feng decisively concealed himself in the Hengyue Faction.
He did not need to enter into those important places. All he had to do was to find the residence for registered disciples like Wang Lin. The guard and formation restraints of this kind of place were very relaxed and would not be a problem for Lin Feng.
Lin Feng found his way towards Wang Lin’s residence and heard a couple of Hengyue Faction’s disciples mocking Wang Lin.
“A person like you is practically the shame of our Hengyue Faction!”
“When the inner disciple exam comes around why don’t go try jumping off a cliff? If you can enter into the inner-sect using this attempt at suicide again then I’ll say you’ve got some skill.”
Wang Lin was silent, allowing them to mock him. A couple of people then walked out of the room, cursing and speaking foul-words.
Only Wang Lin remained in the room. He let out a long breath and lowered his head muttering to himself: “Father, mother, I will definitely succeed, I will become immortal!”
Lin Feng smiled. His body flickered and he had already arrived in the room. He smiled saying: “You can’t become immortal in this kind of environment.”
Wang Lin was startled, he stared blankly at Lin Feng who suddenly appeared: “Who are you?”
Lin Feng lightly waved his sleeves, he didn’t answer Wang Lin’s question and instead asked: “Cultivating and seeking the universal way is a long and rugged road. There isn’t much beauty and romanticism, instead, there are many thorns and difficulties. In the first place, your talent is worse than an average person, if you don’t do your best to catch up then what hope do you have of succeeding?”
“Unfortunately, in this kind of sect, you will only be assigned menial jobs of fetching water and cutting wood. They may call you disciple but treat you like manual labour.” Lin Feng said calmly: “Your starting point is low to begin with and your speed is even slower, how do you continue walking down this path?”
Wang Lin tightly pressed his lips together. He looked at Lin Feng before him who was wearing a white, wide-sleeved robe and Taoist clothes. After a long while, he opened his mouth and said: “Why are you saying all of this? Why do you speak to me?”
Lin Feng sighed softly: “I’ve met you before- when you were just born. Your innate ability may be poor but our fates are tied together. At the time I already had thoughts of taking you as my disciple. I wanted to wait until you turned 16 before returning, but I didn’t expect that you would have already entered into this Hengyue Faction.”
“If you are willing, you can leave the Mount Heng School and enter under my teaching.” Lin Feng said generously: “I will carefully guide you and teach you all of my skills and abilities. I will not be like this Hengyue Faction and dishonor you by ordering you around like a labourer.”
Lin Feng then laughed softly: “As for my ability, if you wish to see it, I will take down this Hengyue Faction in an instant!”
Wang Lin looked at Lin Feng in amazement. His eyes clearly held a certain degree of fervor, his lips moved wanting to say something but he suddenly held it back.
Not only so, his gaze looking at Lin Feng even had a hint of vigilance and his right hand subconsciously went into his clothes.
Lin Feng was slightly dazed. Wang Lin looked at Lin Feng as though he was guarding against a thief. This was not something Lin Feng foresaw.
“Reaching right hand reaching into his clothes, he seems to be trying to protect something?” A thought appeared in Lin Feng’s heart and he cried out in his heart: “Crap, this kid’s Fortune is also 8 points, could he have found some sort of treasure?”
That appearance of Wang Lin clearly showed that he suspected Lin Feng of knowing his secret and that he was here to trick him for his treasure.
Lin Feng wanted to cry. Not only was he just a bit late, Wang Lin’s luck had clearly already started to take a turn for the better. His hegemony aura was flourishing and he was already about to walk upon the path of greatness that belonged to him.
Regardless of whether it was some sort of super godly item or if there was an old grandpa inside, Wang Lin was already about to make his rebound.
Lin Feng was depressed in his heart but on the surface, his expression did not change. He stared calmly at Wang Lin: “Do you find it inconceivable? No matter, make your own decisions. I will stop in the small town at the bottom of the mountain for 20 days. If you have made up your mind you can come to the town to find me.”
As Wang Lin had already become wary of him, he could not drag his feet and keep sticking to him or else he would instead arouse a negative mentality in him and cause Wang Lin to only be even more distrustful.
Upon closing the conversation, Lin Feng used the Cloud Dragon Escape Technique and disappeared out of sight.
Wang Lin was stunned and was slightly regretful in his heart: “Was I too paranoid?”
After going down Mount Hengyue, Lin Feng’s expression was overcast. While walking he calculated in his heart what he had to do to be able to take the bull by the horn and poach his disciple from the Hengyue Faction.
“The spiritual energy of Hengyue Faction is really better than our own sect’s one. It is also much more suitable for cultivation.” A voice suddenly travelled into Lin Feng’s ears. Lin Feng’s footsteps paused slightly, he then hid his body, after a moment he saw two youths walking up Mount Hengyue.
“Not too long from now this place will be our Xuandao Sect’s territory.” The other youth snorted saying: “Our progenitor Pu Beizi has safely returned but the progenitor of the Hengyue Faction died in the Void Battleground, everything is fate.”
“Only the strong can live in a good cultivation abode, they’re about to move out very soon.”
Watching the figures of the two youths disappear into the mountain, Lin Feng furrowed his forehead and silently pondered.
Maybe with this sudden surprise, he now had an opportunity.
Bringing in a new sense of optimism, a warm smile like the sun surfaced on Lin Feng’s face.
“What is mine will not get away!”