Translator: GodBrandy Editor: Kurisu
As he was saying his last words, Scholar Xian Gong did not forget to warn the fellow daoists of the ‘Nine Provinces Number One Group’.
He hurriedly said, “Before facing the nuclear bomb, I had gone through several weird waves of heavenly tribulation attacks. Lightning, fire, and metal all turned into F-22 raptors, and there were many other fighter jets that I couldn’t recognize. They flew above my head and carpet-bombed me, it was simply a nightmare… I still feel like I’m in a dream, as if I was transcending a fake heavenly tribulation. I hope I can quickly wake up from this nightmare. ”
“So, to the fellow daoists who are going to be transcending soon, please be wary of this.”
Scholar Xian Gong said with a solemn voice, “Time is running out. The nuclear bomb above my head is about to take shape… I feel that this wave will be the end of me. Dear fellow daoists—the road of cultivation is endless, but it seems that I will get going first!”
At this time, Northern River’s Loose Cultivator also sent a voice message. “Scholar, we’ve all known about the modernization of the heavenly tribulation since a few days ago. In addition, the strongest heavenly tribulation weapon we know of at present is the ‘hydrogen bomb’, its power is at the peak Eighth Stage Realm and is simply frightening.”
Scholar Xian Gong: “…” You already knew since a few days ago?
Northern River’s Loose Cultivator continued, “Ever since I learned about the modernization of the heavenly tribulation, I immediately began trying to contact you, but I couldn’t reach you. I think you should have already begun transcending the tribulation at that time.”
Fairy Lychee: “Now isn’t the time to be talking nonsense. Is there any way we can help him? Furthermore… the emergence of a nuclear bomb during the heavenly tribulation of the Seventh Stage is too ridiculous. Senior Xian Gong, can you look at it more carefully and see if it’s a guided missile and not a nuclear bomb?”
Scholar Xian Gong looked at the ‘nuclear bomb’ that was forming, and sighed, “I don’t think I’ve made a mistake. You should know that I’ve been studying nuclear bombs ever since that accident.”
So, was it a genuine heavenly tribulation nuclear bomb?
“Could it be an inner demon tribulation?” Frice Reckless Mad Saber said, “An inner demon tribulation would attack the most vulnerable part of a person’s heart. Senior Xian Gong was traumatized due to nuclear weapons, so could it be that at the last junction of the heavenly tribulation, his inner demon transformed into a ‘nuclear bomb’, the thing that he feared the most?”
Thrice Reckless Mad Saber’s words made a lot of sense.
In fact, under that death-seeking shell was a meticulous mind.
Scholar Xian Gong smiled bitterly and said, “If it were an inner demon tribulation, I don’t think that I would have the time to go online and share my last words with everyone.”
An inner demon tribulation would not give a cultivator the opportunity to prepare; its only objective was to overwhelm the cultivator thanks to their inner demons.
At this time, Fairy Heavenly Sound [Soft Feather] said, “If you really don’t have any other option… Senior Xian Gong, perhaps you should try the ‘crouching down and holding your head’ tribulation transcending technique.”
“Huh?” Scholar Xian Gong was confused. What was she trying to say? Why did she want him to assume such a cowardly posture during the heavenly tribulation?
Soft Feather said, “This was how the second, third, and fourth Sages in a thousand years transcended their tribulations. If you really can’t find a way to deal with the nuclear bomb, you can try crouching down and hold your head while shaking vigorously… maybe, you can transcend the tribulation this way.”
Scholar Xian Gong: “…” There are already a second, third, and fourth Sage in a thousand years now? In the short few days since I’ve begun transcending my tribulation… What in the world has been taking place in the outside world?
Scholar Xian Gong felt like everything he knew was already outdated, and the outside world had seemingly entered a new era.
At this time, no one in the ‘Nine Provinces Number One Group’ refuted Soft Feather’s words. After all, a few days ago, among the second, third, and fourth Sages in a thousand years, two had done exactly what she had said, while the other one was directly kneeling down as he transcended the tribulation. Those postures were simply too shocking and unique for one to forget about them.
Only Song Shuhang’s mouth twitched, for he knew what had truly happened to Palace Master Seven Lives Talisman, Daoist Priest Horizon, and Eternity. Everything had been the doing of that high-quality puppet in his hands.
After thinking about it, Song Shuhang turned on the voice function.
Tyrannical Song: “Senior Xian Gong, can you take a closer look. Is it really a nuclear bomb launcher?”
“Tyrannical Song, are you little friend Song Shuhang?” Scholar Xian Gong said, looking up at the nuclear bomb silo that had been finished forming, “I can’t be wrong. After I got out of secluded meditation the last time, I filled my brain with knowledge related to nuclear weapons.”
Scholar Xian Gong continued, “It’s coming, the nuclear bomb was launched… I’m done for!” He sighed, and then put everything he had in setting up defensive formations.
The power of the heavenly tribulation nuclear bomb was way higher than an actual nuclear bomb, and the destructive power of the nuclear bomb this time was much greater than that of the nuclear bomb that had exploded on his head that year.
I am going to die!
At this time, in the Nine Provinces Number One Group. Song Shuhang thought for a moment and said, “Well, I want to congratulate Senior Xian Gong in advance for successfully ascending to the Venerable Realm.”
Northern River’s Loose Cultivator: “???”
Song Shuhang speculated and said, “I don’t know why nuclear bombs appeared in Senior Xian Gong’s heavenly tribulation of the Seventh Stage, but if it really is a nuclear bomb, its power is likely going to exceed the limit this world can handle. As such, I am afraid that it cannot truly explode in the main world.”
Why were cultivators pulled into the Heavenly Tribulation Realm when they took on the heavenly tribulation of the Eighth Stage? It was because the destructive power of the heavenly tribulation of the Eighth Stage was too high, and it would cause too much damage in the main world.
Fairy Lychee asked, “But what if this nuclear bomb really explodes?”
Song Shuhang said, “If it really does explode, its power would be weakened until it cannot affect the main world too much. With that being the case, the power of the explosion would be within the limits that Senior Xian Gong can withstand.”
In his Inner World, there was a large number of nuclear bombs, and there was still a steady stream of new nuclear bombs being transferred in by Venerable White. Song Shuhang did not study these nuclear bombs intensively, but the Inner World was, after all, a place under his control.
Whenever he was idle or in meditation, his consciousness would casually sweep through the nuclear bombs in the Inner World, and gradually, he ended up gaining a certain understanding of them.
When the Bright Moon Appears: “If that’s the case, it’s truly great. There won’t be another decrease in the numbers of our ‘Nine Provinces Number One Group’.”
Thirty years ago, in their small circle of friends, there was a certain Sword Monarch Liu Er. When he took on the heavenly tribulation of the Seventh Stage, he got possessed by his inner demons and died amidst the fire of tribulation. Such a thing was something that none of them wanted to happen again.
Fairy Lychee: “🕯️ I hope Scholar Xian Gong will live through this tribulation.”
Young Master Phoenix Slayer: “🕯️ I hope little friend Shuhang’s guess is right.”
I’m that little white crane at the edge of the Earth’s End: “🕯️ Although I don’t like little friend Song, I hope that he’s right this time. May Fellow Daoist Xian Gong be safe.”
The fellow daoists who were online sent ‘candle emojis’ as they prayed for Scholar Xian Gong.
Song Shuhang: “…”
After receiving the notification from his clone, the especially busy True Monarch Yellow Mountain found the time to go online, and he felt the corners of his mouth twitch as he looked at the chat records
True Monarch Yellow Mountain’s heart felt stifled—he had told Fairy Lychee previously that the ‘candle emoji’ was not an emoji for blessings, it was more like ‘condolences’ for Scholar Xian Gong.
Young Master Phoenix Slayer: “Right, just now, Senior Xian Gong didn’t say where he was transcending the tribulation. Can you lock onto him and see what’s going on over there? I’m feeling really anxious, meow.”
Fairy Dongfang Six: “Phoenix Slayer, be patient. Maybe after a while, Senior Xian Gong will come online again?”
Young Master Phoenix Slayer: “But we can’t just wait here, we have to do something.”
True Monarch Yellow Mountain went online, and said gravely, “Don’t worry and wait. I’ll try to see if I can find Fellow Daoist Xian Gong’s location through his phone. In addition, what little friend Shuhang said makes sense. I feel that Fellow Daoist Xian Gong should be able to successfully get through this wave of the tribulation.”
When True Monarch Yellow Mountain appeared, many people in the group calmed down. In the ‘Nine Provinces Number One Group’, True Monarch Yellow Mountain played the role of a central pillar. Although his cultivation might not be the highest within the group, his position in the group was irreplaceable.
Time flew by.
After about five minutes.
True Monarch Yellow Mountain: “Alright, there’s no need to search for his coordinates anymore, Fellow Daoist Xian Gong is safe.”
“F*ck, I’ve finally got a signal again.” Scholar Xian Gong sent another voice message.
Young Master Phoenix Slayer congratulated him, “Congratulations to Senior Xian Gong for successfully transcending the tribulation.”
Fairy Lychee said, “Congratulations to Senior Xian Gong, you’re now an authentic Venerable!” In the Nine Provinces Number One Group, there was now a new authentic Venerable as well as two fake Profound Sages.
Frice Reckless Mad Saber said, “Senior Xian Gong, after consolidating your realm, you must remember to treat us.”
For a while, the entire group was filled with messages congratulating Scholar Xian Gong.
Nobody within the group wanted a fellow daoist to suddenly never be able to go online again. Such an event was truly something that nobody hoped to happen.
The separation brought about by death was one of the greatest pains in the world, it was something that could even affect cultivators with firm hearts.
Scholar Xian Gong quickly replied, “Thank you, everyone. I’ve made everybody worry for nothing.”
Fairy Lychee: “Senior Xian Gong, what happened? Did the nuclear bomb explode?”
Was it an inner demon tribulation? Or was it as Song Shuhang had guessed and the bomb was either something that Scholar Xian Gong could handle or simply ‘fireworks’?
The members of the Nine Provinces Number One Group all wanted to know what had happened.
“It really exploded. To be honest, the moment it exploded, my heart went cold. The momentum, pressure, and that terrible shock wave were not something that I could have handled. I really thought that I was going to die. However, I did not expect that its power would turn out to be weak as it reached me after exploding… it wasn’t even comparable to the carpet bombing of the fighter jets from before. This wave of the heavenly tribulation was truly scary, and my liver is still trembling to this moment! I will clean up the traces of my transcension first. Fellow daoists, just wait for me to return to China, I’ll make sure to satisfy everyone with the treat!” Scholar Xian Gong laughed and said.
Inside the Inner World, Song Shuhang and Su Clan’s Sixteen were also relieved.
Little Cai asked, “Chirp, Teacher, has Sage Monarch Melon Eater appeared yet?”