The ripples came because Bai Xiaochun was connected to the fan, and were something that no one else but him could notice.
In the sixth level, Li Donghao looked as confident and excited as ever. He was absolutely and completely focused on this next step. Heart filled with hope, he put his foot down!
âI've been waiting a long time for this!â he chuckled. âAll of that work and improvement is for this moment! Only by working hard can you get good results! Iâve finally done it!â
He threw his head back and laughed uproariously, then sighed at the feeling of accomplishment after all the effort he had expended. He felt like he had experienced something completely life-changing in this sixth level, something that would make his future more wonderful than he could imagine.
âNext comes the seventh level. A lot of the other demigods are going to be quite shaken by my success. After allâŠ I'm only the second after Preceptor Seadeep to pass the sixth level!â Amidst echoing laughter, he stretched his hands out wide in anticipation of the applause he would receive after being teleported out.
However, his smile soon grew stiff as he realized that something strange was going on.
Shocked, he looked around, and found that he was still in the sixth level. âHuh? Why havenât I been teleported out?â
Based on everything he knew and had experienced, he should have been teleported out immediately.
âWhat's going on?â At this point, he looked down, and his eyes went wide as his mind was battered by massive waves of shock, and no less than 100,000 lightning bolts of astonishment.
âThisâŠ thisâŠ.â To his complete and utter astonishment, he found that there was actually a tenth step in front of him!
It looked exactly like the ninth step, and from all points of view, seemed to have always been there. And yet, Li Donghao was absolutely certain that in the past, there had only been nine. In fact, he had talked with others about this level, and it had always revolved around nine steps. But nowâŠ there was a tenth!
âCould I have discovered some mysterious aspect to this level?â Panting, his uneasy feeling was replaced with one of excitement. Perhaps what was happening wasnât bad! Perhaps it was fate!
However, even as he began to get excited, his jaw dropped in utter shock!
There, right in front of his eyes, another step appeared right after the tenth, radiating intense pressure!
11. 23. 35. 49. 67. 81âŠ. All the way to 100!
âHow could this even be possible? 100 steps!?!?â Li Donghao suddenly felt dizzy, as if he might fall over at any moment. The scene playing out in front of him was almost completely absurd, a massive staircase stretching out. Furthermore, the pressure he could sense from the final step was virtually beyond imagination.
Li Donghao was trembling, his eyes vacant, as though his mind had collapsed. He seemed completely bowled over by the sight of 100 steps.
âHowâŠ how could this be happeningâŠ?â he mumbled, his face ashen. Even as the massive pressure threatened to overwhelm him, the power of teleportation gripped him, and he was whisked out of the sixth level.
When he reappeared, he was back in the main square!
Because of the massive blow he had just taken, as soon as he appeared, he coughed up a massive mouthful of blood and staggered backward, his face completely overtaken by shock and disbelief. As of this moment, his previous confidence was absolutely gone.
âThis is impossibleâŠâ he murmured. âHow could this be happeningâŠ? There were only nine steps beforeâŠ.â
He actually didnât believe what he had just seen, and was convinced that it was all an illusion. He even went to some of his demigod compatriots from the Vile-Emperor Dynasty to ask them their opinion.
Grabbing one of them by the arm, he asked, âFellow Daoist Xu, umâŠ how many steps are in the sixth level?â
When the man saw how bloodshot Li Donghaoâs eyes were, he was quite taken aback.
The demigod hesitated for a moment, then said, âUh, nine. Why, whatâs wrong, Li Donghao?â
Li Donghaoâs mind was spinning, and he began to pant. He quickly hurried over to another demigod who was stuck in the sixth level, and asked the same question.
âUm, nine. Everybody knows that, itâs not a big secret or something.â
âWhat are you doing, Li Donghao? Do you really need to ask things like that? Just go look for yourself!â
Li Donghao was trembling violently by now, and felt completely and utterly humiliated. At the same time, he was getting angry.
âNine? All of you? WhyâŠ? Why do I have a hundred!?!?â
Back within the level, he had been unsure, but now he was convinced that the damaged fan hated him! And that filled him with profound despair.
People were shocked to hear the information from Li Donghao, and were a bit suspicious. However, most of them assumed that the levels would occasionally become more difficult for some unknown reason.
âAh, Li Donghao got really unluckyâŠ. The levels probably donât change very often, he just happened to be in there when it happened.â
âWeâd better hurry. You never know when those hundred steps could appear in our versionâŠ.â
Off in the distance, Bai Xiaochun was listening in. Of course, he had witnessed everything firsthand. And the truth was that even Bai Xiaochun was not confident in being able to handle a hundred steps like that.
At first, he was actually shocked by what had occurred.
But then, his heart filled with joy!
âIâŠ I just thought about the level getting harder, and it did! A hundred steps appeared!â His eyes began to glitter brightly at the realization that a huge door had just been opened in front of him.
âSo, now that I've successfully taken control of twenty percent of the fan, it means I can alter the first twenty levels!
âHeavens, how stupid of me! I donât even need to think about how to pass the first twenty levels!
âConsidering the powers I have to control the level of difficultyâŠ fudge! I'm like a god in this place!!
âMy original goal wasnât to make things easy for myself, it was to prevent others from passing the twentieth level. Once this trial by fire endsâŠ I'm going to come out in first place!!â
All of a sudden, this mission to the damaged fan seemed much more interesting than it had been before.
âHahaha! I'm basically the guardian of this fan! I need to prevent everyone else from succeeding!â With his new mission having been made clear, he stuck his chin up and then sighed. Around this time, he could sense that Celestial VirĆ«pÄkáčŁa had passed the seventeenth level.
Not even stopping, he then proceeded on to the eighteenth!
âSo fast!?!?â Bai Xiaochun murmured, shocked. However, a sly smile quickly spread out on his face.
âVirĆ«pÄkáčŁa, you villain. I absolutely hate cheaters like you. Well, if you make it past the eighteenth level, then Iâll change my name to match yours!â