Chapter 976: Guesses About the System’s Main Quest
Translator: Sparrow Translations Editor: Sparrow Translations
Currently, Lin Feng had more than 1000 disciples under him. 1% of them were in the Nascent Soul stage, 10% of them were in the Aurous Core stage and 39% of them were in the Foundation Establishment stage.
The time limit was 50 years. The system would calculate the attainments a disciple managed to obtain in 50 years. After the 50 years, even if the disciple was able to ascend into the Immortal Soul stage in one year, it would not be counted.
At the same time, if Lin Feng himself passed 50 years, then his time limit would have been reached too.
Currently, Lin Feng had no difficulty completing the system’s main quest.
As he sought to deliberately control his time, Lin Feng did not spend as much time training in the Heavenly Cosmic Ray World. There was still quite some time to his 50 years’ time limit. For disciples such as Zhou Yuncong, they had quite some time too.
The only way they would fail to hit it would be if they experienced a bottleneck at the Void Lightning Tribulations, or if they were reduced to ashes during the tribulation itself.
However, the possibility of that was extremely small, till the point where it could be neglected.
Furthermore, Zhou Yuncong was impeded by his status as a Yang-Incinerating Entity. After he experienced the Tribulation of the Yin Fire, he had to be extremely careful when faced against the Void Lightning Tribulation. If he was not careful, the combination of Fire and Lightning would have disastrous consequences.
While Huang Zhenting and Yang Tie had just undergone the Tribulation of the Yin Wind, they still had quite some time to the 50 years deadline. With the potential and abilities they had shown, it was more than enough.
Furthermore, Liu Xiafeng and Li Xingfei had been in the Intermediate Aurous Core stage for quite some time and were temporarily in a bottleneck. After they broke through their bottleneck, it was likely that they would experience the Tribulation of the Yin Wind. Tan Yunqing, Zhuge Wanqiu, Zhao Huan, Sun Xue’er, Ke Jing and Yan Wuwei had reached the Intermediate Aurous Core stage too. With their potential, it was likely that they could further progress.
For disciples who had just entered the sect, some of them were catching up quite fast as well. Some of the third-generation disciples had started to show their potential.
Right now, the only way Lin Feng would fail his 50 years deadline would be for him to enter an accelerated-time space and exceed the deadline. If not, it was a given that he would complete the system’s main quest.
Under this situation, Lin Feng continually pondered another problem: the reward for completing the quest.
Normally, the rewards given by the system were very good. However, before he completed the quest and obtained the reward, he had no idea what it was.
However, with previous quests as references, he realized that completing the quests would greatly reward him while failing the quests would have terrible repercussions.
Right now, however, there was no repercussion for failing the quest. All that would happen was the forfeiture of his prizes.
At the same time, Lin Feng realized that the conditions of this quest were very flexible.
Numerically, he needed a minimum of 1000 disciples. The required number of disciples in each stage was given as a percentage.
Strictly speaking, the requirement of this quest only had a lower limit and no upper limit.
Hence, here was the problem. If he completed the quest based on the minimum number of disciples required, would there be any difference in the prizes he could obtain in comparison to completing the quest with more disciples?
Lin Feng had been pondering over this question for quite some time. However, there was no solution.
However, Lin Feng suspected that completing the quest under different circumstances would bring about different rewards.
Naturally, the system was very cunning and tricky. Most of the time, however, it would not use ‘hidden conditions’ to trick him.
For example, when Wang Lin exceeded his deadline and did not manage to form his nascent soul in 50 years, the system would pass its judgment as soon as possible. It would not pretend to be confused and then trick Lin Feng at the end.
In other words, the system was both tricky and strict, cunning and annoying. Yet, it was still rather open.
In that case, with the sarira side quest, Lin Feng recalled that the more sariras he returned, the greater his rewards were.
From this, one could see that when the criteria of the system was not clearly defined, most of the time it would give out rewards based on the degree of completion and the final results.
Of course, the criteria for completion was still unknown.
For example, it was hard to assess the current system’s main quest’s completion. Broadly speaking, there were two possibilities.
Firstly, it would assess based on numbers. Lin Feng had to ensure that he hit all the required percentages, while maximizing the number of disciples in each tier.
The system required that at least 1% of his disciples must be in the Nascent Soul stage. If he had 2000 disciples, then he would need 20 disciples in the Nascent Soul stage, which was 10 more than the minimum requirement.
Secondly, the system would calculate based on overall percentages. The greater the percentages of disciples he had in each stage, the better it was for him.
For example, with 1000 disciples, if he was able to produce 20 Nascent Soul stage disciples, 200 Aurous Core stage disciples and ensure that rest of his disciples were in the Foundation Establishment stage, then he might be in for a big treat.
This was because in terms of percentage, 2% of his disciples were in the Nascent Soul stage, 20% of his disciples were in the Aurous Core stage and the rest were all in the Foundation Establishment stage. This was 2 times the minimum percentage requirements.
Of course, this was just an example. It was not necessary that disciples in all three stages must exceed the minimum requirements. If his disciples of one particular stage exceeded the requirements, then the final results would be different too and the reward might be different.
Furthermore, it was also likely that the system would pass its final judgement based on the number of disciples in one stage. For example, if he met the criteria for both Aurous Core stage disciples and Foundation Establishment stage disciples, the deciding factor would then be Nascent Soul stage disciples.
However, Lin Feng himself was not sure which criteria the system would use to assess.
In the first case, completing the system’s main quest would require much more resources because of the increase in number of disciples.
In the second case, it would be even more difficult. With fewer disciples to work with, he would have to ensure that most of them turned out exceptional. It was undeniably difficult and very resource-draining.
At this time, with the characteristic cunning requirements of the system, Lin Feng deduced that the second possibility was more likely.
While he did not know what the reward of the system’s main quest was, Lin Feng hoped that it would be something good.
There was something that he wanted, which could not be found elsewhere. From the description of another item, he was unable to find out what it was.
That was the enhanced version of the Heaven-Slicing Seal, the Dimensional Seal!
Lin Feng had turned the system upside-down as he tried to search for the item. Hence, he believed that this item only existed as a reward.
Of course, he was not sure if the current quest would reward him with this item. He was also unsure how he could obtain it. Yet, with no other way forward, he had no choice but to give more thought about it.
With his guesses, Lin Feng began to seriously consider the prospects of completing the current quest with distinction.
Undoubtedly, the most difficult task was the formation of Nascent Souls in 50 years.
With his current hand, Lin Feng was still optimistic. However, he dared not underestimate the difficulty of doing so. Accidents do happen.
For example, the most powerful second-generation disciple was Zhou Yuncong. If he were unable to overcome his current problems, he may very well be stuck in the Advanced Aurous Core stage for many years.
Of course, other than a few extreme examples, Lin Feng was not too worried. Xiao Yan and the rest were very devoted to their disciples and they had taught them well and according to their needs.
Hence, the question Lin Feng was thinking about was of a higher level. From a sect-wide perspective, he wondered how he should obtain more resources for the sect to better their overall conditions.
After many years of hard work, the conditions of the Celestial Sect of Wonders were much better than before. In particular, the more junior disciples had much better resources at their disposal.
However, the better the resources, the tougher Lin Feng and his disciples trained the more junior disciples. This was to ensure that they did not squander what they had.
Looking at the situation now, everyone was very motivated.
Right now, Lin Feng had to further enhance the sect in all aspects. This would allow his disciples to further improve.
The gate to the Starry Sea in his hands was one good opportunity.
Lin Feng raised his hands slowly and a ball of white light appeared in mid-air. The light then turned into a jade-white door, which opened outwards. Through the door, Lin Feng could see a bright, endless galaxy before him.
At the same time, a flash of light shone from a mirror on top of the cloud-covered Mount Baiyun.
“Another gate to the Starry Sea has opened.” The Tai Yi Holy Man and the Zheng Yi Holy Man both appeared on top of Mount Baiyun. The Zheng Yi Holy Man turned his head to ask, “Senior Tai Yi, do you know where it is?”
The Tai Yi Holy Man shook his head and said, “With our current situation, we don’t have enough clues. The Supreme Heavenly Mirror could only sense that a gate has been opened but it could ascertain its exact location. Nor could it tell us who controls the gate.”
He closed his eyes and a dark look crossed his face.
The Zheng Yi Holy Man then looked at him and asked, “Senior, are all the other gates to the Starry Sea closed? Right now, how many gates are open?”
The Tai Yi Holy Man said slowly, “There are four open gates. This is the fifth.”
“With four gates to the Starry Sea, one can open the Star Tomb,” said the Zheng Yi Holy Man quietly. “Since the gates to the Starry Sea are in the hands of different demons, they may ally together in the face of the Star Tomb. The more people there are, the more opportunities they have and the more likely they would ally together.”
“However, in the past few thousand years, the four gates to the Starry Sea had only been opened together once.”
“This was the first time the fifth gate to the Starry Sea had been opened. I wonder who holds it?”
The Tai Yi Holy Man appeared to know what the Zheng Yi Holy Man was thinking as he said, “We have only one chance to enter the Starry Sea and there’s a limit on how many people we could send. Among the four of us, only one could go. If we do not even have a single gate to the Starry Sea, then there’s nothing much we could do.”
The Zheng Yi Holy Man said, “As the War of the Two Worlds approaches, we have to be decisive on some matters.”