Although Qin Yun had obtained the star marks, he was feeling somewhat downcast. On the way back, he did not say a word.
Lan Fengjin and Zhuo Chuan also knew that he was not in a good mood.
After the grand ceremony, Xiao Yanglong was going to marry Yang Shiyue.
As for Qin Yun, he had nothing to do with it.
Although Zhuo Chuan and the others were very powerful, they couldn't interfere in this matter unless they killed Xiao Yanglong!
Killing Xiao YangLong was not easy. On one hand, there was the protection of the Blue Spirit West Palace's experts and on the other hand, it was simply impossible to do anything inside the Blue Spirit Star Palace.(TL NOTE : BULL FUCKING SHIT!!)
Returning to the woods, the exhausted and injured Qin Yun hurriedly returned to his room to rest. He was also dressed in light inscription equipment, so it would be faster for him to recover from his injuries.
While Yang Shiyue was practicing the Mysterious Star Steps in the forest, she suddenly saw Lan Fengjin walking over.
"Fengjin, how's the situation? Had Qin Yun entered the next round? What's the reward for the fourth round?" Yang Shiyue, who was wearing a light and elegant white dress, flew over slowly like a fairy. She had a smile on her face as she asked in a soft voice.
"He did enter but something happened!" Lan Fengjin let out a soft sigh and then explained the entire process of the match to Yang Shiyue.
At the end, Yang Shiyue's expression gradually changed. She was furious but helpless. She seemed to be able to sense Qin Yun's sad mood.
"Sigh, I hope that Qin Yun will not be affected by this matter!" Yang Shiyue sighed faintly. "I have already resigned myself to my fate but Qin Yun did not give up. I'm very touched by his persistence!"
Lan Fengjin said, "Shiyue, you can escape! I'll help you escape Blue Spirit Star Palace!"
Yang Shiyue shook her head, and gave a sad smile: "For all these years, I can run away at any time but Xiao Yanglong was never worried that I would run away. That is because...Sigh... you should be able to guess it."
Lan Fengjin did not ask any further, she also really wanted to help Yang Shiyue. After all, there were not many young cultivators in the Blue Spirit Saint Palace.
"Qin Yun is now a disciple of Blue Spirit West Palace. I'm worried that he has been in too much of a hurry because of your marriage. He will challenge Xiao Yanglong with a cultivation at the ninth level Martial Body!" Lan Fengjin asked somewhat worriedly.
"I'll try my best to persuade him..." Yang Shiyue said: "There are two more rounds of the martial arts competition and it will take a few days. During this period of time, I will properly enlighten him. With his talent, he will definitely become a legend in the future. I do not wish for his reputation to be destroyed by Xiao Yanglong because of me!"
"Can you really persuade him?" Lan Fengjin smiled helplessly.
"If only Yuelan had come out of seclusion. She can definitely persuade Qin Yun!" Yang Shiyue said.
As the two girls chatted, the sky turned dark.
Yang Shiyue followed Lan Fengjin to her wooden house and the two of them began to share their thoughts.
Qin Yun was initially depressed but after thinking about it, if he was discouraged, Yang Shiyue's only hope would be dashed!
"I can't let Teacher Yang see my decadent self! Even though I am at the ninth level Martial Body realm, I have three Vajra inner cores. The life marks on the surface of the three inner cores are also very clear. They are only one step away from the Martial Dao Realm. I will definitely be able to defeat Xiao Yanglong!"
He was brimming with confidence and his eyes, which were filled with dejection, were bright and sharp.
He lay on the bed, closed his eyes and fell asleep.
At dawn, Qin Yun got up and washed himself. He put on a set of clean white clothes and looked extremely spirited. The terrible emotions he had yesterday had been swept away.
Qin Yun walked out of the wooden house and saw Lan Huayu. He said with a smile, "Good morning, Senior Lan. Today is the fifth round of the Inscription Competition. Is the prize better than the Star Mark?"
Zhuo Chuan, Yang Shiyue and Lan Fengjin are here as well. They felt reassured when they saw Qin Yun's overflowing joy.
This confident and resolute sunny youth was the one they were familiar with!
"I think the reward for the fifth round is better than the Star Mark! After all, the Star Mark is only a little special and rarely seen. As for how strong you are, everyone has their own judgment on it! As for the stuff from the fifth round, hehe, you'll know about it when the time comes!" Lan Huayu said with a mysterious smile.
"Alright, I'll be waiting!" Qin Yun smiled lightly. "Teacher, are you going to watch my competition today?"
"I won't be going. I wish you success. Remember, don't get yourself covered in wounds. When you get back in the afternoon, you have to seriously go and learn the Mysterious Star Steps!" Yang Shiyue smiled gently.
Qin Yun nodded and headed to the Inscription Hall with Lan Huayu and company.
As soon as they entered the Hall, they felt a few strong and familiar auras. The Palace Masters of the four palaces all appeared at the side of the competition grounds.
Now, they wanted to see Qin Yun's performance in the fifth round from a close distance!
Those who could make it to the fifth round were all at a decent level.
Other than Qin Yun, there were four other elders. Two of them came from the Western Palace and two from the Nangong. The other two were from the Blue Spirit Saint Palace.
From the looks of it, the Western Palace and Nangong's Inscriptionists were much stronger than the North and East Palace and the East Palace was the weakest.
The five Inscription Masters had all arrived at the arena.
Lan Huayu also began to announce the contents of the competition: "For the fifth round, it's not difficult to complete but it's not easy to complete either! There are two rewards in total. Whether you can get it will depend on your abilities! "
He took out two light blue boxes and continued, "Inside each of these two boxes, there is a Xuan Artifact blueprint. This is also the reward of the fifth round!"
Xuan Artifact blueprint, that was something that could be used to craft Xuan Artifacts. It contained Xuan Inscriptions within!
This reward was indeed much better than the Star Mark!
Qin Yun's Giant King Spirit Hammer was only a Royal Grade spirit artifact. It had a certain limit.
Xuan Artifacts, on the other hand, were different. If one stepped into the Martial Dao Realm and had Xuan Artifacts, their strength could not be underestimated.
Qin Yun's father, Qin Long, had the Dragon King Spear. Many old martial arts experts were wary of him!
Lan Huayu said, "Here are five blueprints. They are all the same! You can forge a key based on the spirit marks and blueprint. It's the fastest and the most appropriate, to open the chest!"
"Don't look at the keys. Although some of my friends who are Senior Inscriptionists are able to refine the key, they are unable to open the box!"
Qin Yun took the blueprint and asked, "Why can't I open it? Is there anything to be concerned about?"
Lan Huayu smiled but didn't say anything. He shook his head and said, "I'll need you guys to find out for yourselves. This is a test for you!"
"The furnace and the carving knife are all provided by us and the materials are all yours!"
An Inscription Master from the Saint Palace asked, "What kind of materials are needed?"
"You decide what materials you want to use, in a total of six hours!" Lan Huayu said, "If you fail, you can go back and refine it again. Then, you can open the box. As long as there are still boxes that have not been opened within the six hours, you can try forging the keys again and again!"
Qin Yun frowned as he looked at the blueprint. It looked extremely simple. The spirit marks used are also the most ordinary including the alchemy marks. The key was as big as a finger and it's shape is very simple.
No matter how he looked at it, this was an extremely easy key to forge!
"Could it be that there are some hidden mystery in those two boxes?" Qin Yun looked at the two chests. The keys seemed normal.
Lan Huayu shouted, "Let the fifth round begin!"
After a large hourglass flipped, the timer began.
Six hours was the longest time of the five rounds.
From the very beginning, the four old inscriptionists took out the materials and started refining the keys according to the blueprints.
Only Qin Yun looked at the blueprint in a daze as he pondered.
"This is even easier than refining a low grade spirit weapon. In other words, it's at the level of a half spirit weapon! With the strength of our Senior level Inscriptionists, we can at least refine quite a few of them within six hours!"
"However, the fifth round of the competition is definitely not that simple. Where is the mystery behind it?"
Qin Yun frowned as he felt an itch in his heart.
"Qin Yun, quickly begin. Don't think too much into it. Let's forge a key first!" Lan Fengjin shouted from outside the arena because the other four old weirdos had already begun.
Xie Wufeng looked at Zhuo Chuan and asked, "Senior Zhuo, what is the mystery behind this? Do you know?"
Zhuo Chuan shook his head and said, "I don't know! It definitely won't be that simple! "
"Perhaps Elder Lan is purposefully mystifying and causing others to overthink things?" Murong Daren said, "Brother Yun, let's begin quickly. Don't even think about it. It might be Elder Lan's trick to make you think too much!"
Elder Lan chuckled and was even more baffling.
Since the spectating Inscriptionists couldn't see the blueprints, they could only make wild guesses.
"I don't even need to mention the material requirements. Only low grade solid and low grade alchemy inscriptions are required. Just carve these two sets of spirit inscriptions on the key. Even the position of the spirit inscriptions on the key is indicated. Don't tell me that I have to focus on the details?" Qin Yun thought of the degree of detail but he felt that it was not the case.
He flipped the piece of paper over and over again, carefully examining it but didn't find anything else.
"I can only refine it first!" Qin Yun did not understand. He took out a low-grade bone steel and placed it in the furnace.
Very soon, the low-grade bone steel turned soft. He took out the bone steel and began to forge it according to the size of the key marked on the blueprint.
The process was very simple. After a short while, it was completed. After polishing it, the shape of the key was exactly the same as on the blueprint.
Next was the engraving.
The inscription process was very simple. Qin Yun finished carving it in an instant.
Although he started to think about it for a while and started rather late, he still caught up to the other Inscriptionists.
It only took him half an hour to finish refining the key!
When everyone saw him walk towards the two blue boxes, they immediately opened their eyes wide.
Qin Yun inserted the key into the keyhole and rotated it but it did not move at all!
"Can I turn the key vigorously?" Qin Yun asked.
"Sure!" Lan Huayu nodded.
Qin Yun clenched his teeth and used all his strength to turn the key. He realized that the key was deformed and could not open the box.
At this time, an old inscriptionist hastily rushed towards another blue box. After inserting the key into the lock, just like Qin Yun, he was unable to turn the lock.
Qin Yun had twisted the key so much that it had deformed. He had no choice but to pull it out. With doubts filling his heart, he returned to the furnace.
"I clearly did it according to the blueprints, why can't I open it?" He looked at the old engraver from the West Palace who had similarly deformed the key and did not open the box.