Chapter 333 - Ten Breaths
During the outer court martial competition, using a cultivation at the sixth level of the Origin Core Stage to kill the number one disciple in the outer court, Shi Hao…
One month ago, he consumed the Profound Origin Fruit, and his cultivation broke through from the sixth level of the Origin Core Stage to the eighth level of the Origin Core Stage in one go!
All this happened on a young man whose age was merely a little over 20.
This young man was Duan Ling Tian!
Now, even within the Seven Star Sword Sect’s inner court, the name Duan Ling Tian reverberated like thunder as well.
So long as it wasn’t an inner court disciple who was especially ill informed, practically all of them had heard of Duan Ling Tian.
But, even though the eight inner court disciples had heard of Duan Ling Tian, when they really saw Duan Ling Tian, they couldn’t avoid being slightly shocked.
Only because Duan Ling Tian was truly too young!
For a time, Duan Ling Tian had become the absolute center of attention.
Even the Test Elder greeted Duan Ling Tian with a smile.
No one noticed that at the corner of the group of outer court disciples, Hu Xue Feng stood there with a pair of icy cold eyes that emitted a sheen of envy…
"Duan Ling Tian, the grievances between the two of us is absolutely irreconcilable!" Hu Xue Feng was enraged in his heart, and silently swore an awe-inspiring oath.
"Just luck." Duan Ling Tian lightly smiled to Test Elder as he replied.
Test Elder shook his head. "This isn’t luck. Being able to directly break through from the sixth level of the Origin Core Stage to the eighth level of the Origin Core Stage in one go after you consumed the Profound Origin Fruit is sufficient to show that your natural talent is shocking… Work hard. Even in the entire Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom, no one is able to compare to your natural talent, and it can be said to be unprecedented."
"I will." Duan Ling Tian smiled modestly, in a polite and respectful manner.
"It's rare that you’re neither arrogant nor impetuous. I really anticipate your future." The Test Elder smiled to Duan Ling Tian, then asked. "I heard you entered the Seven Star Sword Sect seven months ago?"
"Yes." Duan Ling Tian nodded. "When I entered the sect that day, it was precisely you, Test Elder, who presided over the outer court martial competition."
"I didn’t notice you that day." Test Elder shook his head and smiled. "There are a total of five Test Elders in the Seven Star Sword Sect, and every Test Elder takes turns to be in charge of the outer court disciple tests and inner court disciple tests for a year. This year, I’m successively in charge of your test, and it’s sufficient to say there is fate between the two of us."
Duan Ling Tian lightly smiled as he nodded. "Indeed."
"If you are free in the future, you can frequently drop by my place. Mmm, I’m called Jiang Huai," The Test Elder said to Duan Ling Tian.
The surrounding group of people were all shocked.
The Test Elder even told Duan Ling Tian of his own name, and it was sufficient to show how highly he thought of Duan Ling Tian…
"Don’t worry Elder Jiang Huai, I’ll surely come disturb you if I’m free." Duan Ling Tian nodded with a smile.
"Okay." The Test Elder, Jiang Huai, nodded, then his gaze swept the outer court disciples present, and he said in a clear voice. "I’ve told all of you of the content for the inner court disciple test earlier… Every one of you must take turns to enter the cage and battle the Violent Ape!"
As soon as Jiang Huai finished speaking, the outer court disciples that were present trembled in fear.
"Isn’t this asking us to go give away our lives?"
"Exactly! How are we supposed to deal with those two Violent Ape’s if we can’t use any external sources of strength? Once we enter the cage we would die without a doubt!"
Some outer court disciples whispered in discussion.
"Hmph!" Even though the sounds of discussions of the outer court disciples were soft, but it still entered Jiang Huai’s ears, and he said coldly, "If all of you are afraid of death, you can withdraw from the inner court disciple test this time! No one is forcing all of you to participate."
The group of outer court disciples instantly went silent when they heard Jian Huai.
Meanwhile, Jiang Huai continued. "Although the inner court disciple test today is to make all of you enter the cage and battle the Violent Ape, but you aren’t required to kill the Violent Ape… So long as any one of you is able to persist for the time of ten breaths and above while facing the Violent Ape, then you’ll be able to pass the inner court disciple test and become an inner court disciple!"
Duan Ling Tian came to a sudden understanding when Jiang Huai said this.
So it’s only like this.
For a moment, both He Dong and Hu Xue Feng heaved a sigh of relief.
Asking them to kill the Violent Apes without using any external sources of strength was practically impossible, but if they only had to persist for ten breaths while facing the Violent Ape, then it wouldn’t be a difficult thing to them.
Even Zuo Qing had a staunch expression now, and her eyes were filled with burning desire and yearning.
Yearning to pass the inner court disciple test and become an inner court disciple!
At this moment, even though the other outer court disciples felt extremely huge pressure, but they couldn’t help but heave a sigh of relief.
Persisting for the time of ten breaths is much simpler than killing the Violent Ape.
"Now, the outer court disciples that want to participate in the inner court disciple test stand over by my side." Jiang Huai spoke.
For a moment, all the group of outer court disciples including Duan Ling Tian, He Dong, and Zuo Qing stood by Jiang Huai’s side. No one gave up.
They came here today precisely for the inner court disciple test, if they didn’t try then they wouldn’t be resigned.
Moreover, the inner court disciple test today was nothing more than asking them to persist for a time while facing the Violent Apes. If they weren’t confident, they were completely able to choose to flee…
"Very good." Jiang Huai looked at the group of outer court disciples then nodded. "When the test is carried out in a moment, there will be an inner court disciple that will follow all of you into the cage. They will save you if you’re unable to persist."
Jiang Huai’s words caused all the outer court disciples to be reassured in their heart.
"Now, when the person that is called, enter the cage and battle the Violent Ape." As Jiang Huai spoke, he looked at the outer court disciples. "You, enter the cage on the left."
"You, enter the cage on the right." Subsequently, Jiang Huai selected an outer court disciple.
The two outer court disciples took deep breaths then walked towards the faraway cages, then entered the cages with the two inner court disciples.
Now, the two Violent Apes seemed to have realized something, they raised their arms to fiercely thump their chests, and their crimson red eyes that were large like gongs flickered with a bloodthirsty sheen.
The cries of the two Violent Apes caused the two outer courts disciples to go ghastly pale, and their legs started shivering.
"Getting afraid before the battle, they probably would even be able to persist for the time of three breaths." He Dong shook his head and said to Duan Ling Tian who was beside him.
Duan Ling Tian nodded with a smile, he thought so as well.
In next to no time, the two outer court disciples respectively went against one of the two Violent Apes…
One of the two outer court disciples flashed out, seeming to transform into a gust of wind that blew towards the Violent Ape.
Above him, 100 ancient mammoth silhouettes condensed into form.
Seventh level Origin Core Stage!
"Ao!" The Violent Apes instantly burst into a rage when they saw the humans before them daring to attack them, and their robust arms opened out as they pounced over.
The strength of 120 ancient mammoths that belonged to a ninth level Origin Core Stage fierce beast fully exploded out!
The outer court disciple’s fist shot out to fiercely smash onto the arm of the Violent Ape, but it didn’t do any substantial harm to the Violent Ape.
"Aowu!" The Violent Ape roared out explosively, then swung up its arms before fiercely smashing its arms towards the head of the outer court disciple.
If he was be smashed directly by it, the outer court disciple would surely die without a doubt!
The outer court disciple went ghastly pale when faced with the Violent Apes that was enraged, and his legs seemed as if filled with lead, and he was unable to move in the slightest.
"No!" He exclaimed out in grief when faced with the Violent Ape’s attack, and his voice had a trace of despair mixed within.
Right at this moment, the inner court disciple made a move, he slapped his palm out to block the Violent Ape’s attack.
This inner court disciple was an existence at the ninth level of the Origin Core Stage as well.
"Ao!" The Violent Ape roared furiously, and its enormous figure trembled, about to launch an attack once again.
The inner court disciple raised him hand and a three foot long blade appeared out of thin air.
Above him, over 150 ancient mammoth silhouetted condensed into form.
Instantly, the Violent Ape stopped its enormous figure and glanced fearfully at the 150 over ancient mammoth silhouettes, then retreated before obediently standing there.
"You persisted for less than one breath, eliminated!" The inner court disciple looked at the outer court disciple that was shocked stiff and said coldly.
The outer court disciple smiled bitterly, then obediently left the cage.
Earlier, when faced with the Violent Ape, he felt as if his heart was about to jump out from his chest, and he even forgot to dodge…
Within the other cage, the mental state of the outer court disciple was much better, and he had dodged the Violent Ape’s attacks twice.
But even then, he was still unable to dodge the third attack.
Luckily, the inner court disciple made a move and stopped the Violent Ape, otherwise, he would have surely died.
"Persisted for two breaths, not bad." The inner court disciple nodded to the outer court disciple. "But, you don’t satisfy the conditions for passing the inner court disciple test, eliminated!"
The outer court disciple smiled bitterly as he nodded, then left the cage.
Although this outer court disciple didn’t pass the test as well, but he still received gazes of admiration from the group of outer court disciples.
Able to persist for two breaths while facing a ninth level Origin Core Stage, Violent Ape, with a cultivation at the seventh level of the Origin Core Stage was already not bad.
Subsequently, the outer court disciples were called upon by the Test Elder, Jiang Huai, one by one.
One by one, the outer court disciples miserably suffered elimination.
"If the seventh level Origin Core Stage martial artist don’t possess brilliant movement techniques when facing the Violent Ape, then it would extremely difficult to persist for 10 seconds." He Dong shook his head and sighed.
"Even if it’s a brilliant movement technique, it would still be of no use. The disparity in strength is too great, so ten breaths of time isn’t easy to persist for." Duan Ling Tian’s eyes squinted, he glanced at Zuo Qing, and a trace of a bright light vaguely flashed within his eyes.
"Zuo Qing." Before long, Jiang Huai’s gaze descended onto Zuo Qing, and for the first time he’d called out the name of an outer court disciple.
Obviously, he knew Zuo Qing.
Zuo Qing took a deep breath then walked towards the cage in large strides.
"Zuo Qing isn’t skilled in movement technique, and it’s not very likely for her to pass the test." He Dong shook his head, and he didn’t have too much expectations for Zuo Qing. "But, Zuo Qing ought to break through to the eighth level of the Origin Core Stage soon. If she isn’t able this time, she’ll surely be able to pass the test the next time and become an inner court disciple."
"He Dong, aren’t you speaking a bit too early?" Duan Ling Tian smiled slightly disapprovingly when he heard He Dong.
"What? Could it be that you think Zuo Qing is able to persist for ten breaths when facing the Violent Ape?" He Dong had a face full of disbelief.
He wasn’t able to see through this little freak, Duan Ling Tian, but Zuo Qing was his old rival.
He was extremely clear on Zuo Qing’s abilities…