Chapter 616: Prosperous Yin and Lackluster Yang, Lone Soul!
Translator: Sparrow Translations Editor: Sparrow Translations
Under the scrutiny of everyone, Li Yuanfang and Luo Qingwu stood outside the Grand Heavens Pavilion and awaited quietly.
Regarding the looks of others, the two of them did not notice. Li Yuanfang did not bother for real, while Luo Qingwu was engrossed in happiness and did not take much notice to anything else.
At this point, the door of the Grand Heavens Pavilion opened and a voice resonated in Li Yuanfang’s and Luo Qingwu’s head. “Come in.”
The voice was calm and peaceful and carried a hint of warmth. It was Lin Feng’s voice.
Li Yuanfang bowed respectfully and walked in. Luo Qingwu regained her awareness too and bowed towards him, following behind Li Yuanfang.
On the main seat in the Grand Heavens Pavilion, a youth in purple robe sat on his knees and seemed at ease. He was not serious, but carried his own aura of might.
An expressionless but charming lady with half-white and half-black hair carried a huge sword casket. She stood behind Lin Feng diagonally. She looked indifferent and there seemed to be no focal point in her gaze. She did not react to Li Yuanfang or Luo Qingwu entering.
Li Yuanfang and Luo Qingwu came before the youth in purple and bowed towards him, “Greetings to Master.”
It was Lin Feng who was on the seat. Without having to repress the Dual Polarity Heavenly Mountain anymore, Xuan Li revealed herself again. She did not speak as she followed him.
Lin Feng looked at the both of them in front of him and smiled, “Before the test, I said that those who passed the test before midnight can be my Immediate Disciple.”
He looked at Li Yuanfang and Li Yuanfang lowered his head, “I am slow, but I will work hard. To be your disciple is my fortune.”
Lin Feng laughed while nodding his head. He then looked at Luo Qingwu, saying, “You were just on the dot. You reached the mountain just before the golden time.”
Although he was confident in both Li Yuanfang and Luo Qingwu, Lin Feng did not make it easy for them in the test.
The system did evaluate everyone’s potential, but statistics were just statistics. If there was a small deviation in the process, there could be a whole different thing that happened.
With Dao Yuting as an example, just purely based on her Innate Ability, Intelligence and Determination, Luo Qingwu and her were both on 24 points.
But because of her life experiences, there was a slight difference between her Determination of 8 points and Luo Qingwu’s Determination of 7 points as they faced their inner demons.
Facing the attack of the light, pressure of the spiritual energy and choosing the path to take, her Innate Ability of 8 points lost to Luo Qingwu’s Innate Ability of 9 points. That was why she was a little slower in reaching the top of the pagoda as compared to Luo Qingwu.
The both of them solved the question at the top of the pagoda and the time they used were about the same. But because of the difference in time they took to ascend the top of the pagoda, the both of them ended at different times. With midnight as the boundary, they were separated.
The difference in time was small, but the result was not.
Regarding such a discrepancy, Lin Feng would not correct it intentionally. Everyone had their own ways of dealing with things.
Luo Qingwu arrived on time and became his Immediate Disciple. If she was a little later, Lin Feng would not make an exception for her. He would let her choose between his Immediate Disciples, just like Dao Yuting.
As for Li Yuanfang, the same logic applied.
As she saw Lin Feng looking over, Luo Qingwu lowered her body and said, “I was lucky. I will work harder in the future.”
Lin Feng encouraged them and did not rush them into any formalities. He stood within the pavilion and used a light figure to observe the process of the disciples choosing their Masters.
There were 200 people who took part in this test. But there were less than 20 of them who passed. The elimination rate was shocking. In terms of percentage, it was even higher than the first round of test using the Purple Clouds maze.
This was intentionally done by Lin Feng. When the sect was created, he was forming the foundation. As his first-generation disciples like Xiao Yan had developed into pillars of the sect, the second-generation disciples had to play important roles in further developing the sect.
As Xiao Yan and the rest became higher in their cultivations, Lin Feng would depend on them to educate the rest of the sect.
For Xiao Yan and the rest, their most important contribution to the sect was bound to be their relations with the external world. They would become the face of the sect and help it to find its footing in the world in the future.
In terms of continuing the success of the sect and constructing the sect internally, the second-generation disciples were the main force.
From a long-term perspective, the second-generation disciples and the third-generation disciples were integral in determining whether the Celestial Sect of Wonders was a fluke or a sect capable of surviving without Lin Feng.
That was why Lin Feng decided to host the test himself this time. And his standards were also very high as he only wanted the best.
As the sect developed, it was capable of furthering developing and prospering as it followed the general direction in which they seek to follow.
What Lin Feng needed to ensure was that the sect had to move in the right direction for the future.
Of course, there was one consideration Lin Feng had to take into account that no one else knew. That was that these Immediate disciples were part of Lin Feng’s mission to fulfil his requirements of the Aurous Core Stage Disciples.
Besides requiring at least a thousand disciples and 1% of them being Nascent Soul Stage disciples, Lin Feng had to have at least 10% of them in the Aurous Core Stage and above.
It was easier to complete as compared to the Nascent Soul Stage disciples requirement, but he had to make preparations earlier. He had to accumulate talents to prepare beforehand before nurturing them.
To some extent, he was also preparing for the goal of the Nascent Soul Stage disciples mission. The system provided detailed statistics about potential, but as mentioned before, how things developed would change all the time. Who could expect a black horse to appear out of nowhere and cause a surprise?
Those who passed the test this time round amounted to 19 disciples, including Dao Yuting and Zhuge Wanqiu.
For the part where the disciples chose their Masters, it was like the first round of selection previously. Most of them chose Xiao Yan and Zhu Yi.
A bigger difference observed this time round was that Wang Lin became more popular.
In the Void Battleground, he blinded one of Shi Tianyi’s eyes and destroyed Shi Tianyi’s reputation as an invincible opponent.
After that, he became the first Immediate Disciple under Lin Feng to form the Nascent Soul. As compared to his low-profile progress previously, his sudden development caused a huge contrast and left a deep impression in everyone’s mind.
Wang Lin controlled the Pavilion of Book, the place where the collections of the Celestial Sect of Wonders’ mantras were. It was one of the most important places. In the previous round of selection, everyone did not know him and were suspicious. But now, they had no such worries. Wang Lin became popular as a result.
Of course, there were some other minor reasons, for example, the three ladies who were the most charming among the second-generation disciples, Zhuge Wanqiu, Dao Yuting and Li Xingfei, were all under Wang Lin…
After all, they were young and their hormones were raging, hormones were raging…
As compared to him, Yue Hongyan was also quite popular. On the other hand, Shi Tianhao and Yang Qing were rarely chosen.
Shi Tianhao did showcase his powers at the Dragon Battle Arena, but he was still young, which made people shy away from choosing him.
After all, it didn’t mean that if one person was good in his cultivation, then he would be equally good as a teacher. Although the second-generation disciples were all inexperienced, they were also afraid of finding an incompetent Master.
In the end, besides Zhuge Wanqiu, only another person decided to go to the Wasteland Valley.
Whereas Yang Qing’s Nirvana World was embarrassed, as no one went to him. This was expected, as he seemed normal as compared to his seniors and juniors.
Out of Lin Feng’s Six Immediate Disciples, he was the one who seemed the least existent. His cultivation was the lowest and he was like a transparent individual to everyone.
As Xiao Yan and Zhu Yi watched from the Inferno Precipice and the Heavenly Temple respectively, they raised their brows.
Yang Qing was a polite person. While others thought he was not outstanding, as the bunch of them interacted with him on a day-to-day basis, they developed a close relationship with him. As they saw that no one went to him, they could not help but feel shocked.
On the contrary, Yang Qing was not bothered by this. To him, he had a lot of things that he had not learnt, what more teaching others about those things.
As for his face, Yang Qing was not bothered by it. He had always admitted that he was the weakest among all of the Immediate Disciples. For such a thing to happen, it seemed normal. He would not be affected by this and he would definitely work harder in his cultivation. But he was not affected emotionally.
After choosing their respective Masters, it was the time for Xiao Yan and the rest to test these disciples.
The few of them upheld strict standards with regards to the disciples they accepted. They would only choose the best out of the best.
Thus, they would test their disciples again and again. Eventually, more than half of them could not pass this second round of test and were eliminated.
Eventually, those who passed their test were only the few like Dao Yuting, Zhuge Wanqiu etc.
Lin Feng was also observing. Among those who passed the second round of test, there were a few other talents who shone.
The two of them were both ladies. One was called Ke Jing, while the other was called Sun Xueer. They performed well.
“But it seems like this batch of disciples are prosperous in Yin but lackluster in Yang…” Lin Feng shook his head secretly. Along with Dao Yuting and Zhuge Wanqiu, the best performers in this second round of selection were all female disciples.
With Luo Qingwu in the equation, the pitiful Li Yuanfang was like the lone soul.
The Successive Disciples that did not pass the second round of test were a little depressed. But it was fortunate for them that they would not be relegated from their statuses as Successive Disciples. They could still be one, but their Masters would be chosen by Lin Feng.
Lin Feng heard Yang Qing’s suggestion and did not forcefully divided them into their respective Masters.
After a while, those with their own Masters were brought by their Masters to the Grand Heavens Pavilion, where they greeted Lin Feng.
After greeting him, there was a ceremony. The bunch of them watched as Li Yuanfang and Dao Yuting accepted Lin Feng as their Master with a formal ceremony.