Chapter 613: Reaching Before the Golden Time
Translator: Sparrow Translations Editor: Sparrow Translations
In front of the light shield blocking the way of the disciples taking the test, there were countless streaks of shining light that carried the names of each and every disciple. When the disciples came into contact with their respective streak of light, a question would surface.
Every question reflected a huge barrier to the cultivation of that particular disciple.
This round of test wanted to learn the answer of each disciple being tested after he or she had pondered over the question. There was no standard answer, but one must know and understand oneself. To know and understand one’s particular self was very important in the road of cultivation.
At the same time, this stage tested the intelligence of every disciple. It was a test of their understanding.
Luo Qingwu and Li Yuanfang digested the question and pondered carefully in their minds. At this time, they heard footsteps. Dao Yuting had reached the top of the pagoda.
In terms of Innate Ability and Determination, she was not weaker than Luo Qingwu or Li Yuanfang. But because of her own personal experiences, her inner demons were particularly disturbing. Naturally, it would take a lot of time for her to overcome them.
Dao Yuting came before the light shield. Luo Qingwu told her what to do and she quickly found her streak of light. After finding it, she saw these four words appear –‘Shortfall in Pure Yang’.
This question was not difficult for her, but it was the most awkward part for Dao Yuting.
She had a special body. As a lady, Pure Yang prospered in her Original Yin, but it was not a perfect intersection of Yin and Yang just like Yang Qing.
There was still a distance to perfect balance of Yin and Yang. Her Pure Yang was much prosperous than other ladies, but it was still a little off from a perfect balance of Yin and Yang.
She could cultivate Yin-type mantras, but she could not match up to Luo Qingwu’s Pure Yin body. She was not even comparable to the Heavenly Yin Spiritual Pearl.
If she cultivated Yang-type mantras, there was no balance of Yin and Yang. This might lead her to be unable to control the Pure Yang and hence lead to self-destruction.
If she cultivated mantras which were not Yin-type or Yang-type, there were many benefits for her. But to a certain extent, it would be a waste of her talents.
Mantras like the Yin-Yang Mantra of the Void and Dark Polar Blaze Mantra which involved the combination of Yin and Yang were the most suitable for her. But she would meet with the mentioned problem in the question.
‘Shortfall in Pure Yang’. Just a little off from perfection. Much more outstanding than others, but lacking in that final breath.
That was why the Heaven Lake Sect planned for her to pair up with Song Qingyuan. Song Qingyuan’s problem was the complete opposite of her.
This was the solution given by the Heaven Lake Sect. Regardless whether it was theoretically or practically, it was a reliable method. The only problem was to coordinate the both of them cultivating together
All along, although Dao Yuting resisted Song Qingyuan and was even fearful of forming the Aurous Core, she did not have any other way.
But from Lin Feng’s intentions, it seemed that he had some other way.
Dao Yuting started to ponder hard. On the other side, Luo Qingwu and Li Yuanfang also stared at their own questions and tried to figure out the answers.
After a few moments, the next person who arrived was Xu Yunsheng.
He nodded his head at the rest who arrived before him before looking for his streak of light. Although the result of this test did not matter, Lin Feng still prepared a question for everyone who entered the purple pagoda.
To a certain extent, this question could be a valuable reward for Xu Yunsheng and the rest who decided to join the test. Lin Feng came up with the questions personally for this important test.
Xu Yunsheng found his streak of light and saw the question. After that, he pondered deeply.
After this, the rest also arrived one by one. After that, Xu Yunsheng, Ying Luozha and Zhuge Wanqiu reached the top of the pagoda.
Ying Luozha looked at Xu Yunsheng and his face was a little black. He walked to the light shield and Xu Yunsheng lifted his head to look at him, saying, “The streaks of light on the light shield, pick the one with your name on it and read the question on it.”
After Ying Luozha heard him, he started to search for his streak of light without speaking. Zhuge Wanqiu thanked Xu Yunsheng, “Thank you Senior.”
Xu Yunsheng shook his head, “Don’t mention it. Seize the time.”
Zhuge Wanqiu walked towards the light shield immediately and tried finding her name. As she was finding, Ying Luozha passed her a streak of light and said, “This is yours. Take it.”
“Thanks Senior.” Zhuge Wanqiu was a little stunned and thanked him hurriedly. After receiving it over, she saw the contents which wrote ‘Soul is not stable.’
Ying Luozha did not speak and continued to find his streak of light. After finding it, he read what was clearly written on it. He sat on the ground and started to ponder.
After a while, Li Xingfei, Liu Xiafeng and another Foundational Disciple reached the top of the pagoda.
Following them, Zhao Huan and Yan Wuwei also arrived. After a period of time, the second group of disciples started to stream it.
Everyone was looking at their own streaks of light and started to think about their questions carefully.
Suddenly, someone asked, “What’s the time?”
Everyone was stunned. Liu Xiafeng looked at him and said, “Solve the question first. If you don’t, it won’t matter.”
Everyone nodded their heads and put their attention on the question. The person who asked the question also nodded his head and was trying to figure out the answer to his question.
Time was passing slowly. On Mount Yujing, Lin Feng and the rest were excited as they watched this scene.
Shi Tianhao laughed suddenly, “I bet that Li Yuanfang will be the first to answer, who wants to bet with me?”
Xiao Yan rolled his eyes, “Only an idiot will bet with you.”
They interacted quite a lot with Li Yuanfang. They could only say that his Innate Ability was above average, but not the best.
But his Intelligence was very high. Not only during his normal revision of formations with Lin Feng, even when he was discussing about things with Xiao Yan and the rest normally, he grasped things very quickly. He was very serious and intelligent
Shi Tianhao laughed, “Then let’s bet whether he can solve the question before midnight and become Master’s Immediate Disciple.”
Xiao Yan and the rest looked at one another, “Oh, this is an interesting wager.”
After calculating the time, it was around two hours to midnight. Shi Tianhao said, “I bet that he can.”
Normally, Li Yuanfang interacted the most with Yang Qing. Yang Qing nodded his head and said, “I think that he can make it too.”
Zhu Yi did not join in the bet. Yue Hongyan thought for a moment and said, “I think he can too.”
“This is not easy.” Xiao Yan bit a grass stem in his mouth and used his hands as his pillow as he leaned backwards, “I do rate him though.”
Shi Tianhao looked at Wang Lin, “Third Senior?”
Wang Lin laughed, “I won’t participate.”
The bunch of them looked at one another and laughed.
“This means that we are going to get another junior.” Xiao Yan massaged his temple and thought of Li Yuanfang’s character. Suddenly, he felt a little headache and pursed his lips, “This guy is very naggy.”
Shi Tianhao’s gaze flashed and Xiao Yan looked at him, laughing heartlessly, “He is older than you. From what you said from the start, once he joins, we will have another junior. But you will have another senior.”
“A man must keep true to his words.”
Shi Tianhao stuck out his tongue, “I was only four years old then. My words are only as good as a kid.”
As the few of them chattered, midnight was arriving soon. It was around one hour from midnight. At this point, Li Yuanfang, who had been closing his eyes, opened them suddenly and his expression did not change. His eyes brightened.
But he did not rise from his sitting position. On the other hand, he used his fingers to calculate the time before shutting his eyes again.
“What’s he doing?” Xiao Yan raised his brows, “From his appearance, it seems like he has solved the question. Don’t tell me he is waiting for the last moment to step foot onto the mountain? Doesn’t seem like he is such a person who seeks excitement.”
Yang Qing hesitated before saying, “Maybe he wants to tidy his train of thought, or maybe he is thinking whether there are other benefits?”
The rest of them did not understand. Only Lin Feng could guess what he was doing as he looked at Li Yuanfang’s image.
This person though that he owed Lin Feng too much already. Thus, he wanted to start low and repay the sect slowly. He did not want to rise to the top so quickly.
His method might seem funny, but Li Yuanfang meant it. He had his own standards of doing things. He did not expect others to follow, but he would stay true to his own standards.
Lin Feng shook his head slightly and communicated with Li Yuanfang through his powers, “Understanding your inner self and not getting caught up by small details. There are different perspectives at different positions.”
Li Yuanfang lowered his head and pondered.
Lin Feng stopped talking after he finished telling Li Yuanfang. He did not have to accept Li Yuanfang as his Immediate Disciple. But with Li Yuanfang’s personality, it would not be beneficial to his cultivation in the future if he kept on being like this.
Since Li Yuanfang decided to join the Celestial Sect of wonders, even if he was not his Immediate Disciple, Lin Feng would still guide him. But everyone had their own ideas. If they did not want to listen, then it was their own problem.
But it was fortunate that although Li Yuanfang was a very strict person and was also stubborn in his thinking, he still understood different reasonings. Whoever was nice or unkind to him, he could tell.
When he was under the River Map Grandmaster, the River Map Grandmaster corrected his habit of liking to point out the mistakes of others. Li Yuanfang listened to his advice. From then on, if the person did not bother him, he would not go around embarrassing him by pointing out his mistakes.
Now that he was listening to Lin Feng’s advice Li Yuanfang thought for a while before standing up. He extended his hand to grab the streak of light with his name on it.
Regarding the answer to his question, he used his mind to send it to the streak of light. As Li Yuanfang pulled hard after that, the streak of light cracked and he ended on the other side of the shield.
Everyone was shocked and they looked at Li Yuanfang. Someone calculated the time and said bitterly, “The golden time is not here yet!”
Li Yuanfang let out a breath and bade goodbye to everyone else. He walked towards the formation and disappeared within it. He was sent to Mount Yujing.
Everyone had complex expressions on their face. They took a while to calm their nerves and figure out the answer to their questions.
As time passed, the golden time was inching closer and closer.