Chapter 1350 - Can be Counted on One's Fingers
"Upper first grade!"
As expected, Zhan Bawang also earned the upper first grade.
"HAHA, if you two are both upper first grade, allow me to try next."
Blood Rune ran out of patience after seeing this. He burst into laughter and flew forward with a murderous aura.
After his turn, the situation of the trial totally changed. Zhuang Qianzhui, Zhuang Qianzhui, Ji Qimei, Meng Langxie, Xiao Yunjue, Wu Hong, and the rest of the Genius Martial Monarchs who had not taken part in the trial went up one after another.
"Upper first grade..."
"Still upper first grade..."
"Even Si Zhaoxue is upper first grade!"
The rogue cultivators were no longer surprised by the outcome. Their emotion had become numb.
They could not help but admit that they had no chance against the Young Masters and successors of other Forbidden Grounds, even those who were relatively unimpressive.
As Princess Miao Miao, Gong Yang, and the rest ended their turns and secured the upper first grade, Qin Nan wore a calm smile and landed before the ancient spear.
"Is he the Qin Nan who surpassed the rules of cultivation?"
At that instant, in addition to Xiao Yunjue, Meng Langxie, Blood Rune, the Dragon Emperor, and the other Martial Monarchs, even those who had not shown any interest in the participants—including Zang Xuanyun, Zhuang Qianzhui, and Ji Qimei—raised their heads and glanced at Qin Nan intrigued.
Unlike the others, they were rather interested in Qin Nan since they were attempting to surpass the rules of cultivation too.
"Qin Nan, huh? Could he be the person that achieved the Martial Monarch Realm on his own..."
Little did the crowd know that the two ancient authorities of the South-Heaven Sacred Ground and the two mysterious Martial Progenitors standing in the corner frowned slightly.
Even though they did not think Qin Nan was the person who had achieved the Martial Monarch Realm on his own, they could not help but admit that as the fourth person who had surpassed the rules of cultivation, he did have a slim chance of doing it.
Due to this slim chance, they would have to put extra attention on him. They would rather kill the wrong person than miss their target.
"Qin Nan, you have to prepare yourself for the outcome of the trial."
A voice spoke in Qin Nan's mind. The person was none other than the Soul-Devouring Martial Monarch whose face was filled with a smile.
"Mm? Prepare myself?"
Qin Nan was stunned.
"According to master's order, the outcome of your trial will be extremely bad.
"Master told me to let you know that the thing you're planning to do is too bizarre. There are too many uncertainties with it, hence if you want to succeed, you have to fight your way up from the most difficult place.
"Besides, master also wants me to tell you that the pawns of the Monarch Ranking, God Ranking, and South-Heaven Gate are here too. They are watching you; you must be very careful."
The Soul-Devouring Martial Monarch added. His eyes flickered with curiosity.
He did not understand what sort of bizarre thing a mere Martial Progenitor would be able to do?
Even the infamous Monarch Ranking, God Ranking, and South-Heaven Gate were all watching him?
"The Monarch Ranking, God Ranking, and South-Heaven Gate are not to be underestimated indeed. I already failed to achieve the Martial Monarch Realm and slowly faded out from the limelight, yet they are still cautious of me..."
Qin Nan could not help but exclaim in his heart when he heard the words.
These terrifying existences never missed a single detail. They would not give up on even the slightest possibility.
"Senior, thank you for that."
Qin Nan shook his head to get rid of the thoughts. He replied with his Divine Sense and fired a stream of his cultivation will into the spear.
He entirely agreed with the Dao Origin Heavenly Mountain's words. Only by fighting his way up from the most difficult position would he be able to minimize the uncertainties.
It was the same as cultivation; with a stronger foundation, the chance of achieving success would be greater.
In order to achieve something law-defying, he would have to endure the pain along the journey.
The reason he had failed to achieve the Martial Monarch Realm on his own was not only because he was missing a grand occasion, but it was in addition to the fact that he did not encounter any challenges since the Sun and Moon Sword God was helping him throughout the journey.
At that instant, the ancient spear shuddered as the crystals began to light up and stopped at the eighth crystal.
"Lower...lower eighth grade?"
At that instant, Zang Xuanyun, Zhuang Qianzhui, Ji Qimei, Xiao Yunjue, Meng Langxie, Wan Fenghun, the other Genius Martial Monarchs, and the authorities were completely dumbfounded and could not believe their own eyes.
Until now, there were only a few people who had been deemed lower eighth grade. The total number was less than five.
Although Qin Nan had yet to achieve the Martial Monarch Realm, he was still someone who had surpassed the rules of cultivation. They expected him to at least be graded in the three upper levels.
"HAHAHA, the trial doesn't look at your Martial Spirit and cultivation! Even though Qin Nan's Martial Skill Talent is outstanding, no one knows his talents in other areas..."
Blood Rune, Qilin Flame, and Vast Skythunder instantly burst into laughter. Their gazes toward Qin Nan were filled with great disdain.
"Only lower eighth grade?"
The two ancient authorities of the South-Heaven Sacred Ground and the two mysterious Martial Progenitors shook their heads and withdrew their gazes.
Leaving the question about whether Qin Nan was the one who had achieved the Martial Monarch Realm on his own aside, according to how the situation had turned out, it was almost impossible for Qin Nan to go deeper into the Dao Origin Heavenly Mountain to reach the Skyless Dojo.
"Lower eighth grade..."
Princess Miao Miao, Gong Yang, Dragon Emperor, Nine-Tailed Monarch Beast, and the others were startled too.
Putting the risk of losing his life aside, most importantly, even if they tried to help Qin Nan, it would be extremely difficult due to the rules of the Dao Origin Heavenly Mountain.
"Cultivator Qin Nan, don't lose hope, the grade doesn't mean anything. With your capabilities, you still have a great chance of making your way to the deepest area inside the Dao Origin Heavenly Mountain."
"Cultivator Xiao is right."
Xiao Yunjue and Meng Langxie walked forward and said. Even though they were overwhelmed with joy in their hearts, they did not show it on their faces.
They were only saying this to provoke Qin Nan into trying to go deeper into the Dao Origin Heavenly Mountain and die.
Princess Miao Miao glared at the two and was about to say something.
"Cultivator Xiao and Cultivator Meng are right. The grade doesn't mean everything, I still have a chance. Princess, Gong Yang, don't worry, I can do it myself."
Qin Nan said calmly as if he were unaware of his current situation.
"You...take this pendant, don't force yourself."
Princess Miao Miao was going to advise against it, but she decided not to say anything when she thought about Qin Nan's personality. She took out a pendant and gave it to Qin Nan with a solemn expression.
Since Qin Nan had made his decision, all she needed to do was to try her best to help him.
"The pendant contains the aura of Primary Life Force?"
The eyes of Xiao Yunjue and Meng Langxie widened.
Princess Miao Miao even gave Qin Nan something so precious. How much did she care about Qin Nan?
"What a surprise, Princess Miao Miao is so concerned about you. Even if you're lucky enough to survive, it's not our fault what happens next..."
Xiao Yunjue and Meng Langxie collected their thoughts. Their eyes flickered coldly.