Chapter 899: In-Depth Analysis Of The Celestial Sect Of Wonders
Translator: Sparrow Translations Editor: Sparrow Translations
Once he was finished, the Qing Yi Holy Woman replied slowly, “Daohan, do discuss the conclusions you’ve had over the years. Xuan Yi Junior and Qing Ning Junior have shut themselves in recent years, and they have a limited understanding of the Celestial Sect of Wonders.”
“Yes, Grand Senior Aunt.” Lin Daohan bowed faintly before he turned towards the Xuan Yi Holy Man and the Qing Ning Holy Man. “From the looks of it, the Celestial Sect of Wonders has great ambitions, but it is a little too much to compare him with the Emperor of Violence, the Emperor of the Dead or the Ancient Satanic Master. Rather, he is more comparable to another Tian Dikong or another Sword Ancestor.”
“Mount Shu has been broken, and from the recent displays of his prowess, they are gradually surpassing that of the Heaven’s Gate Sect of old. This is especially true considering the leader of the Celestial Sect of Wonders has always been mysterious and unpredictable, and I have been doing my best to overestimate him as much as I could.”
The Qing Ning Holy Man was calm as she replied, “Then we should handle this like how Junior Kuang has described to me, like how we dealt with the Heaven’s Gate Sect and the Mount Shu Sword Sect all those years ago.”
“However, from what I hear, the disciples under the Celestial Sect of Wonders seem to be extremely talented. What are the exact details?”
From the perspective of the Great Void Sect, what were prodigies and talents to most others were nothing near the sort in their eyes. The reason was because any of the disciples from the Great Void Sect were probably as talented and prodigious and anyone.
This was especially true for the Qing Ning Holy Man and the other members of the Supreme Elder Council. They had seen a great many prodigal talents from their own sect and they were probably numb to it, let alone to those from the outside world?
Lin Daohan was known to be stoic, but a faint smile seemed to flicker across his face that typically showed no expression at all. “I don’t wish to hide anything from you, but I admit my inferiority to Xiao Yan, Zhu Yi, Wang Lin and Shi Tianhao even during the time I ascended to the immortal soul stage.”
Once he said this, the Qing Ning Holy Man’s eyes sparkled. “Oh? Then they must really be from another world. Throughout my entire life, the only person that is stronger than you at the same level of mastery is our Tai Yi Senior Uncle.”
Even though the Qing Ning Holy Man was a generation below the Tai Yi Holy Man, the Qing Yi Holy Woman and the Xuan Yi Holy Man, he joined the sect relatively early and plied the trade under the guidance of the respectable Chun Yi Holy Man. In terms of the total amount of time he spent within the sect, he had probably been here longer than both the Qing Yi Holy Woman and the Xuan Yi Holy Man.
The Qing Ning Holy Man used to be one of the primary figures in the Great Void Sect that turned heads with his otherworldly talent. However, most of his attention was channeled towards the forging of pills and medicine; this elder was not just the supreme practitioner in forging pills within the Great Void Sect, he could be said to be the number-one individual in the entire Divine Lands.
Lin Daohan nodded his head and said, “I have already seen the light remnant left behind by Qing Yi Senior Uncle during the coordinated invasion of Mount Yujing by the various parties.”
“During that battle, all four of them attained the immortal soul stage one after another and showed formidable displays of battle prowess. Zhu Yi also completed the refining of the white jade pillar he had retrieved from the Yingzhou Celestial Mountain and successfully forged the destiny-level magic treasure Higan Golden Bridge.”
“Amongst the four of them, Zhu Yi along with the Higan Golden Bridge in his possession, is possibly the most powerful person under the wing of the leader of the Celestial Sect of Wonders.”
“If magic treasures are not considered in the equation, and just based on personal mantra and mana, all four of them were able to combat against Immortal Soul Stage Third Level cultivators even though they had just ascended into the Immortal Soul Stage First Level – that is just incredible.”
“If Xiao Yan, the eldest disciple, can form the Fire Lotus from five different primordial fires using that fusion technique of his, he should be the most powerful one.”
Lin Daohan continued without stopping. “From my own estimations, even if he has mastered the Penta Fire Lotus, Xiao Yan will probably only be able to use it once. However, amongst the various Immortal Soul Stage Third Level cultivators that stepped into the mountain that day, perhaps only The Hallmaster can survive that single strike – and even then, he will be heavily injured. The outcome of such a hypothetical battle will most likely be that both parties will eventually sustain severe injuries, or if the Hallmaster risked his own life, he could possibly force the issue and take Xiao Yan down for good.”
“Amongst the other powerful cultivators, if Jie Luoshi had been on the right track towards swordplay, the two of them will end up perishing together if they fought each other. However, according to the condition he displayed on Mount Yujing, there is only an eighty-percent chance of having the outcome I just mentioned – there is a twenty-percent chance of him being unable to defeat Xiao Yan and of him meeting his own end instead.”
“If we discount the Samsara Priest’s talismans and we discuss about his personal mastery, Shi Tianfang can only hope that his Mantra of the Rebirth of Samsara will not be broken and he may come back to life afterwards. There is no chance that he will be able to resist, while there is only a fifty-percent chance that he will reincarnate afterwards.”
“Shao Dongtian and Zhang Enrui will be struck down in an instant if we only consider personal mantras and mana – they basically have no chance of survival at all.”
Lin Daohan flicked his fingers and displayed two light illusions as he spoke. Two images appeared before everyone – one was an image of Xiao Yan channeling the Tri Fire Lotus for the first time when he flattened the Yu Family’s ancestral ground while he was still in the advanced aurous core stage, and the other was an image of Yan Mingyue bearing witness to Xiao Yan channeling the Quad Fire Lotus during the battle inside the Ying Sea while he was in the intermediate nascent soul stage two years ago.
The Qing Ning Holy Man glanced at the images and his eyes turned solemn. He nodded his head and said, “What an explosive abhijna. He seems to have a natural flair for such destructive force, even though he will lose all vitality himself after just one strike. However, if he is indeed able to channel the Penta Fire Lotus in the immortal soul stage, his strength will be as you said – perhaps even stronger.”
Yun Yuanzhen chimed in from the side. “Even without this spell, he will still be able to put up a fight and possibly defeat Shao Dongtian and Zhang Enrui with his other mantras, even though he will have to sustain heavy injuries. There is also a chance that he can kill one of them; under such circumstances, he can decide to channel this spell with his injuries and kill the other one as well, but that would lead to his own demise.”
“In other words, if it’s a continuous one-on-one battle and under no other special circumstances, he will be able to take two Immortal Soul Stage Third Level cultivators into the grave along with himself.”
The others in the circle nodded their heads in agreement.
Lin Daohan continued, “Even though Zhu Yi rely purely on his own mantras and mana to fight, based on his performance in the nascent soul stage and the standard at which he can channel the Higan Golden Bridge, his true battle prowess is actually very similar to Wang Lin, Shi Tianhao and even Xiao Yan. It’s also likely that the three of them are superior to Xiao Yan without the power of fusing the primordial fires together.”
“The difference is that their mantras are not as explosive as those of Xiao Yan. It’s not difficult for them to defeat Shao Dongtian and Zhang Enrui, and even Shi Tianfang isn’t that much of a challenge either. However, they’re still weaker than Jie Luoshi and The Hallmaster.”
“Of course, it’s not easy for The Hallmaster or for Jie Luoshi to defeat them, and it’s almost impossible for these two to kill any one of them either. Under normal circumstances, the three of them are also unable to threaten the lives of Jie Luoshi or The Hallmaster.”
He paused momentarily before he kept going, “Wang Lin’s situation is a little more unique. Due to the nature of his mantras and abhijna, he has an advantage going into battle against The Hallmaster or Shi Tianfang compared to the other three. If my observations are accurate, he’s capable of defeating Shi Tianfang and he will hold The Hallmaster to a draw.”
“Besides that, for the very same reason, he is also the hardest one to kill amongst the four of them. Even though he has yet to have a chance to prove it, he is probably a master at faking his own death or at rebirth.”
“Shi Tianhao possesses two types of the Holy Light of Creation. The Final Holy Light is better offensively, while the Origin Holy Light bestows him with incredible regenerative powers. Therefore, if he isn’t outnumbered and it’s a continuous one-versus-one situation, the real standard of his powers can easily exceed our estimations.”
Lin Daohan paused again. “In my opinion, rather than Lin Feng himself, Wang Lin has the potential to become the next Emperor of Violence or the next Emperor of the Dead, or even the Ancient Satanic Master.”
“If not for the fact that Lin Feng is anchoring things down from above, it’s almost impossible to predict what this person might do next.”
The Yu Yuan Holy Woman answered sharply, “Are you trying to say that we should be grateful towards Lin Feng? Do not forget who nurtured Wang Lin in the first place. If Lin Feng has been paying attention, Wang Lin would never have lived so long ever since he joined the sect.”
“Furthermore, Lin Feng is a voracious man himself, and perhaps his ambitions are just not as great or as dark as that of Wang Lin. Otherwise, having just one disciple like that can still be said to be an anomaly – but what if there are two?”
“Shi Tianhao is not that much better than Wang Lin. The only difference is that he’s not as cruel or belligerent – in fact, he’s much more lawless.”
“The eldest disciple, Xiao Yan, may be slightly better but not by much. Watching at him reminds me of…” the Yu Yuan Holy Woman stopped abruptly and interrupted her own sentence.
However, everybody on scene knew exactly what she was trying to say – the reason was because they were thinking the very same thing and a forced smile appeared on Cai Yunzhou’s face.
The circle of Great Void Sect elders saw a faint resemblance to someone in their past.
They saw the shadow of the leader of the Four Immemorial Heroes of the Great Void and the most powerful cultivator in the history of the Great Void Sect after the Great Void Holy Man himself – Wen Chiyang!
His level of mastery was very close behind that of the Great Void Holy Man. When the Great Void Holy Man and the Buddha ventured into the Death Sea, there were hardly anybody amongst the powerful cultivators overlooking the Divine Lands that had been able to overpower the Holy Demon Emperors of their respective eras with their own individual powers.
Even though the demon emperor of his era was not an extremely powerful one like Emperor Jue, of Extremity or the Hades Emperor, the formidable power of the Wen Chiyang was frightening and he firmly secured his place in the hall of fame in the entire history of the Divine Lands.
However, from the perspective of his elders, Wen Chiyang was one of the most belligerent figures in history and gave his elders a great many headaches to the point that his successors were unsure of how to judge him.
Yun Yuanzhen smiled faintly and said, “In conclusion, amongst the four most outstanding disciples under Lin Feng, Xiao Yan remains to be judged and we will monitor him further. The one was can be sure about is the son of Junior Meng, Zhu Yi, and we are sure that he has a great future ahead of him. He has the potential to become a crucial pillar of the Divine Lands.”
The Qing Yi Holy Woman said plainly, “If the Tiangang Swordmaster made his move that day, I only intended to protect Xiao Yan and Zhu Yi.”
The Xuan Yi Holy Man contemplated for a moment before he spoke, “The four of them ascended into the immortal soul stage on the same day. Even though it could have been due to the pressure heaped upon them by the Anti-Celestial Alliance, I think it’s too much of a coincidence.”
“I’m not so sure about the others, but from the light images that I have seen depicting the battle of Mount Yujing, Shi Tianhao seemed to have ingested some kind of pill before he reached the immortal soul stage.”
Everyone turned towards the Qing Ning Holy Man as they digested this statement. The Qing Ning Holy Man’s eyes flickered black and white as he nodded his head slowly. “I have noticed what you speak of, but I haven’t been able to understand it yet.”
“It shouldn’t be a pill that can bring advanced nascent soul stage cultivators directly into the immortal soul stage as that’s just against natural law. It is something that the Grand Celestial World cannot possibly tolerate. However, it’s very likely to be something beneficial for breaking the bottleneck, or something that increased the likelihood of doing so.”
Everyone nodded their heads at the same time. “Even if that’s the case, the effects of this pill can be considered to be divine and out of this world.”
The Qing Ning Holy Man continued, “I need to interact with Lin Feng to understand the nature and the recipe for this pill. If this pill really has that effect, with the right materials and resources, it can have unimaginably powerful and beneficial effects.”
Cai Yunzhou forced out another laugh. “It seems as if there is no more discussion regarding our relationship with the Celestial Sect of Wonders.”
“That’s not up to him anymore. This matter will not be taken lightly by Senior Tai Yi,” the Qing Yi Holy Woman said calmly, “I’m more concerned about something else – about the true level of mastery of Lin Feng.”
The circle descended into deep thought upon hearing her words.