Chapter 155 - A Key
In Qin Nan’s eyes, discovering the secrets of the Potential Stone was nowhere as attractive as the special reward.
It felt like the old man was now a completely different person who no longer acted in a perverted manner or wasted any time. He waved his hand and said, “These are the prizes for the top ten participants in the first round. Each of you will receive a Fruit of Power and the winner will receive three of them!”
Crystal-like fruits with the size of a fist landed in the crowd’s hands.
“Huh? The Fruit of Power?”
Qin Nan immediately unleashed his Eyes of the Divine Battle Spirit and looked at the three pieces of fruit in his hands.
After a glance, his face was filled with astonishment.
A pure, mystical force filled these three pieces of fruit and it was equivalent to the amount of Spiritual Qi in a first-layer Xiantian Realm cultivator.
After seeing the confused looks on the crowd, the old man calmly said, “This Fruit of Power, once you’ve consumed it, you can improve to the next layer. It’s only effective in the Xiantian Realm. It also only works if it’s your first time consuming it. The second time you consume it, it will grant you nothing!”
Everyone was surprised upon hearing his words.
It was relatively difficult in the Xiantian Realm to reach the next layer for those who were not Atavistic Cultivators.
Therefore, this Fruit of Power with the ability to instantly improve one’s cultivation by a layer was incredibly precious.
Then everyone switched their focus onto Qin Nan, with no intention of concealing their envy, as he had received three pieces of the Fruit of Power.
Although the Fruit of Power was only useful the first time it was consumed, he could still earn a huge fortune by selling the remaining two pieces.
Qin Nan ignored the gazes of the crowd straight away and placed the three pieces of the Fruit of Power into his storage bag. He then asked in an anticipating tone, “Elder, what is my special reward?”
The Fruit of Power was indeed priceless but what had made Qin Nan’s heart skip a beat was the special reward that the elder had mentioned!
This special reward is most likely more valuable than the Fruit of Power, right?
“This is your special reward.”
The old man flicked his finger and immediately, an ancient-looking key landed in Qin Nan’s hand.
The key was pitch black and had an abstruse and mysterious feeling to it.
Qin Nan’s face looked shocked as he said, “Key? What is this key for?”
“If you are able to pass the next two rounds, the key will allow you to proceed to the fourth-layer of the Martial Serendipity Pavilion.” The old man calmly said, “Of course, if you fail the next two rounds, the key will vanish on its own!”
“Proceed to the fourth-layer of the Martial Serendipity Pavilion?”
It was not hard for Qin Nan to understand its usage but he was speechless. He had not expected the key to only have this benefit.
It seemed like this special reward was worse than the first place prize of winning three pieces of the Fruit of Power!
“What? This key allows one to advance to the fourth round?”
In contrast to Qin Nan’s reaction, Wei Hao, Huang Que and the rest all wore an astounded expression on their faces.
Even Wei Hao completely lost his thoughts. He could not help but mumble, “The Martial Serendipity Pavilion has five floors in total, each representing a different round. Since the Martial Serendipity Pavilion was discovered, countless geniuses have taken part in the trials but none of them ever reached past the third round Even those who came first in three consecutive rounds could not enter the fourth round of the Martial Serendipity Pavilion! But this key would allow one to reach the fourth round!”
Following this, Wei Hao glanced at Qin Nan with envious eyes.
After hearing Wei Hao’s words, the others stared at the key in Qin Nan’s hand with burning eyes.
As everyone knew, passing each trial of the Martial Serendipity Pavilion brings tremendous prizes. Even if it were only the first three rounds, the prizes were incredibly huge.
Gong Yang, for example, had passed three rounds in a row in the Martial Serendipity Pavilion and that improved his cultivation by three layers!
The benefits of the first three rounds were already this incredible. How crazy would the prizes be if one were to pass the fourth round, which no one had reached before?
Meanwhile, at the peak of Autumn Mountain, a shocked expression was on everyone’s face upon hearing the elder’s words.
“What? A chance to proceed to the fourth-layer of the Martial Serendipity Pavilion?”
“Wow, the Martial Serendipity Pavilion has never opened the fourth-layer for anyone before. Is it finally going to be open this time?”
“The Martial Serendipity Pavilion is an incredible presence. Even a Martial Ancestor Realm could not force his way into it unless he is searching for death. I wonder what the fourth round looks like?”
Elder Fang, the elder of the Disordered Flames Sect and the elder of the Qing Nu Sect showed a hint of envy in their eyes.
Although receiving the key did not necessarily mean he was guaranteed to reach the fourth layer, the thought of it was enough to stir everyone crazy!
Zhang Taiyi was instantly dumbstruck. He had never expected Qin Nan, with a mere eighth-grade Huang ranked Martial Spirit, to be granted the key that would allow him to proceed to the fourth round.
Could it be that Qin Nan is going to make miracles happen again in the Martial Serendipity Pavilion?
Elder Fang took a deep breath before he let out a laugh and said, “Receiving this key does not mean you will definitely reach the fourth round. To reach the fourth round, you have to at least pass the next two rounds. Who can guarantee that Qin Nan will pass the next two rounds?”
Many nodded their heads in agreement after hearing this.
Despite receiving the key, it would be extremely difficult for Qin Nan to pass the next two rounds since his Martial Spirit was only eighth-grade Huang ranked!
...In the meantime, in the first-layer of Martial Serendipity Pavilion...
The old man scanned the crowd before waving his hand again and exclaiming, “Those who failed are to leave the Martial Serendipity Pavilion. Those who passed will proceed to the second round!”
Following the words of the old man, Qin Nan could only feel the scene around him twist rapidly as if it was only an illusion, which had now vanished.
The crowd could only see darkness before them and the next thing they knew, they had arrived at a different place!
Before anyone could react, an icy voice was heard, “This is the second round of the trial. This round focuses on your strength - pure strength! The top five of the round will proceed to the next round with the prizes! The other five will be forced to leave the Martial Serendipity Pavilion!”
Qin Nan immediately calmed his thoughts after hearing those words before looking at the owner of the voice.
A grim male could be seen standing on a training ground. His face was expressionless, with a pair of icy eyes, giving him the appearance of an emotionless statue.
Qin Nan’s heart shuddered. Even without using the Eyes of Divine Battle Spirit, he could tell that this grim man was stronger than the old man in the first round of the trial.
“The trial starts now!”
The grim man grabbed at the air with his hand. He revealed a huge boulder the size of a tiny mountain and placed it on the training ground, causing the entire place to shake vigorously.
The huge boulder was different from the Potential Stone. It was yellow in color, similar to the color of the ground. Looking from afar, it seemed extremely heavy and difficult to move.
“This boulder is known as the Force Boulder. Attack the boulder with all your strength and it will measure the force of your attack!” The grim man glanced at the crowd and yelled, “Who’s first?”