Chapter 1578: The Appearance of the Palace
That first disciple was the strongest one there besides the emperor. Many people respected and admired him, but he died in such a tragic way! Just how strong was Lin Feng?
Everyone inside the Palace of Tyranny watched as Lin Feng left. Their hearts were practically pounding out of their chests, their clothes were drenched in sweat.
"That punch, the Great Earth Destruction, was so powerful!" whispered one of the cultivators.
Lin Feng didn't care about what those people had to say, he got what he wanted and now he was out of there!
The Great Emperor of the Universe was the strongest cultivator in that small world… Was it too coincidental?
Seven days later, Lin Feng was travelling on sword above the City of the Universe. He had finally arrived.
His robe was fluttering in the wind majestically, Xi Yao couldn't help but look at Lin Feng with admiration.
All in all, Xi Yao couldn't understand Lin Feng. She didn't even know that her world was only a small part of the Continent of the Nine Clouds. It was just a small world which had existed for millions of years. She also didn't know that the real Continent of the Nine Clouds was actually beyond their world.
Not only was Lin Feng mysterious but he was also insensitive in her eyes. She had tried to seduce him many times, but it never worked.
Lin Feng glanced around and noticed that the people there seemed stronger than where had been so far. Cultivators at the top of the Zun Qi layer were normal there, there were even some emperors. However, Lin Feng didn't care about them. He had come for the Great Emperor of the Universe. He wanted to see whether it was the Everlasting Celestial Emperor.
"Let's go to the great imperial palace!" said Lin Feng. Then they began descending from the sky. As they descended, a Zun cultivator approached him and said, "Your Excellency!"
That cultivator had inspected Lin Feng, figuring that he was probably a cultivator of the top of the Zun Qi layer, he had decided to act respectful.
"Could you please tell me where the Palace of the Universe is?" asked Lin Feng.
"The Palace of the Universe again!" that cultivator was surprised. He looked at Lin Feng in a strange way and asked, "Why did you word it like that?"
"Master, many people have come here for the Palace of the Universe, but I don't know why." said that person in a low voice. He pointed in the direction of the Palace of the Universe.
Lin Feng rose up in the air again, he had many thoughts running through his mind. He wasn't the first one to make it here.
The Palace of the Universe wasn't located in the central part of the City of the Universe, but rather on the periphery. It looked like a normal castle except that it looked endless. It was incomparably vast and tall. It was probably the largest building in that small world.
Lin Feng arrived in front of the Palace of the Universe and sighed. "Everlasting" was written in golden letters at the entrance.
"The Great Imperial Everlasting Palace!" that was the exact same palace he had seen when using the five Everlasting Bronze plates, but the illusion made it look much smaller.
"Everlasting!" Xi Yao looked at the word and remembered that Lin Feng was looking for the Everlasting Celestial Emperor.
Was the Everlasting Celestial Emperor Lin Feng was talking about the Great Emperor of the Universe?
"I found it." whispered Lin Feng. How many people got there before him though?
Lin Feng was suddenly illuminated by lights. He glanced around and saw that many people were staring at him.
Lin Feng even recognized some them from the gigantic elephant. But even though they had already arrived, they were still standing outside, not daring to go inside.
The Everlasting Celestial Emperor's deployment spells were terrifying. His deployment spells had killed many, many people. Therefore, they didn't consider going inside. They were waiting for an opportunity, just like the elephant.
"It's him!" two people had recognized Lin Feng. Lin Feng turned around and saw Lu Yao and one of the young men with whom Lu Yao had come with. They thought that they were fast, but Lin Feng surprised them by arriving even faster.
"I want to get into the palace. You should wait for me here, but if you don't want to, you can just leave." said Lin Feng to Xi Yao. She looked at him and said, "Lin Feng, you're insane. It's the Great Emperor of the Universe's palace, people scared shitless to go in and yet, you don't even think twice about it!"
No matter what she thought, Lin Feng had already started walking towards the palace. He had the Everlasting Celestial Emperor's godly awareness, so he had to give it a try. Since the Great Emperor of the Universe was probably the Everlasting Celestial Emperor, why not try?
PMG Chapter 1579
Chapter 1579: Life and Death Path
Xi Yao wasn't the only one concerns, the others were all astonished too. Did he have a plan?
It was said that the Everlasting Celestial Emperor controlled three-thousand great deployment spells and 108,000 small deployment spells. He could protect the ten thousand things of creation with them. If he had cast those spells inside the palace, they would easily die. They were already outside the palace though, could they wait there forever? They had been waiting for someone to get in, and now Lin Feng was going in…
"Your Excellency!" shouted someone at that moment. Lin Feng stopped and saw that it was an old man in a purple robe talking to him. He slowly walked towards him and smiled, "The Everlasting Celestial Emperor could cast terrifying deployment spells, yet you have only broken through to the eighth Zun Qi layer. Aren't you afraid to go in?"
Lin Feng looked at him in a calm and serene way but smiled. He knew that the old man was trying to learn where Lin Feng's confidence came from.
"Master, cultivation can be dangerous sometimes, but since the Everlasting Celestial Emperor has left an unequal treasure here, I must try. Especially seeing how I'm here already." explained Lin Feng calmly.
"Alright, I wouldn't have thought that there were such brave young men in this world. I'll follow you. Maybe we can help each other." said the old man smiling. In Lin Feng's eyes, the old man was just trying to leech.
"As you wish, Master." said Lin Feng unperturbed. "After you."
"You first, I'll follow you, that way I can protect you from behind." said the old man indifferently. Lin Feng nodded and smiled. Then, he continued walking forwards. He knew that the old man was only using him as a guinea pig, but that cultivator was an emperor, and Lin Feng didn't know how strong he was.
"Since he knows something, let's follow him." said Lu Yao who was watching them. Then, the young man and he followed Lin Feng. When the others saw that, they also followed. Once again, Lin Feng had convinced everyone to follow him.
Lin Feng didn't care about them though.
"Pfew…" Lin Feng stepped in front of the gate and a dazzling golden light illuminated his body. Then suddenly, he was in the palace.
In front of Lin Feng were four doors. On each of them, something was written: Heaven, Earth, Water, Fire.
The old man followed Lin Feng and looked at the four words as well. He smiled and said, "Little friend, which one is the door we can cross without dying?"
"Maybe all of them are safe." said Lin Feng. The old man smiled but Lin Feng continued, "Of course, they could all be deadly as well."
The old man didn't quite believe him, so he smiled again and said, "The Everlasting Celestial Emperor did this to attract people, so they couldn't possibly all be deadly. Which one is the right one, little friend?"
"Any of them!" said Lin Feng indifferently. Then he crossed the first door, which happened to be the one with the word "Heaven" written above it.
"That young man is fearless, it seems like he doesn't realize we could obtain incredible things by following him." thought the old man. Although he was weary of Lin Feng, he still followed him.
"Let's go." said Lu Yao to the others following him. Almost everybody chose the "Heaven" door.
After crossing through, they were greeted with some stone steps which had two words written on them: Life, Death!
There was a strange Qi looming at the bottom of those stone steps.
"The path of death and life, assumedly one can live or die in the blink of an eye." thought the crowd. They all looked upset for they had heard about the life and death path before. It was a very dangerous deployment spell.
"Little friend, what should we do now? You seem to understand better than me." said the old man, smiling at Lin Feng.
"Master, I've never been here, so how could I know?" asked Lin Feng. The old man looked upset as he said, "Little friend, you must be joking. You brought us here, so don't tell me you don't know how to pass through."
"Master, you willingly came with me, I didn't ask you to." Lin Feng reminded him.
"Hmph!" The old glanced at Lin Feng in a cold way and walked to the stone steps. Suddenly, he shook his hand and lights assaulted one of the steps which had the word "life" written on it. In a flash, a destructive light surrounded the stone steps and it last for three seconds before it disappeared. Those lights could have easily killed someone.
The old man slowly turned around and smiled at Lin Feng, "Little friend, don't you see? Lead the way please."
Lin Feng frowned. Even though he knew how to get through it, that old man was still using him a guinea pig. If Lin Feng hadn't received the great emperor's godly awareness, he would have died already.
"Master, this is the great emperor's palace. Thus, we must all collaborate instead of using one another as guinea pigs." said Lin Feng, remaining calm.
"He's right. Maybe we'll encounter even more dangers, so if we only use people as guinea pigs, none of us will succeed." reasoned another emperor.
"So what should we do, Your Excellency?" asked the old man to that person.
"I think there must be several ways to go about it. Ten deaths and no life, that is walk on the "death" stone steps only, then you could step on nine deaths and one life, etc. You just tried one, but we have yet to try the other ones." said that emperor calmly. Then, they bombarded a death stone step and found that nothing happened.
"Ten deaths, no life." that person reasoned. He continued attacking all the death stone steps, however, once he attacked the tenth one, destructive energies sprung up in the air.
"Nine deaths, one life. That's the only possibility." said the emperor slowly. He tried again and it worked.
"There must be an explanation to the deployment spell!" thought Lin Feng, glancing at the emperor.
"Little friend, you go." said the old man in purple clothes smiling.
Lin Feng glanced at him and nodded, "Alright, I'll go first."
Lin Feng moved quickly, stepping on nine death stone steps and one life stone. Nobody dared to fly over. Since there were steps, it was implied that they must use them.
"We're safe." people's eyes were twinkling.
"Everybody, don't rush, otherwise you might die!" said the old man smiling. "I'm going next."
Then, he climbed the stairs. He moved very quickly, however, Lin Feng released sword lights suddenly.
As if the old man had sensed something, his facial expression changed drastically as he screamed, "What are you doing?"
"Killing you!" With that, Lin Feng attacked a death stone step.
"Try if you dare!" shouted the emperor furiously. He stretched out his hand, however, Lin Feng's sword energies were too fast.
"Bzzz!" terrifying destructive energies filled the space. The old man gave a horrible shriek and was enveloped by those destructive lights. He glared at Lin Feng as he died.
"Don't think you're too smart, otherwise you'll die without even knowing how!" mocked Lin Feng.
Lin Feng turned around and walked towards the next door.
PMG Chapter 1580
Chapter 1580: Not Dead Yet?
The Everlasting Celestial Emperor had told Lin Feng, with his godly awareness, that all four entrances were viable, and that they were all deadly. The deployment spells didn't limit a cultivator off their cultivation level, anyone who was weaker than the Everlasting Celestial Emperor had a chance to die while facing them.
Intelligence, wisdom and luck were the key ingredients to passing these trials. Of course, without the great emperor's godly awareness, it was make it even more difficult to move through the palace.
Lin Feng didn't know what there was at the center of the palace, so he remained cautious.
"I hope Ruo Xie won't enter this palace." thought Lin Feng. He had asked if Ruo Xie wanted to come with him because he figured they'd stay together. But now that Ruo Xie was apart from him, Lin Feng feared the worst.
Of course, Lin Feng knew that Ruo Xie wasn't stupid. Ruo Xie wanted to gain experience, so he prioritized the Everlasting Celestial Emperor's treasures less than the rest of them.
Using the godly awareness as a key, Lin Feng had no problems crossing several doors, and everyone followed him. They didn't know that Lin Feng didn't need to do anything special to cross them.
Those people were pleasantly surprised in fact. Lin Feng was their guide, and luckily, he didn't seem to care about them as they followed along.
"He must be wise." thought the emperor who had agreed with him before.
That place was seemingly endless. Lin Feng didn't cross all the doors with his fastest speed, it took him half-day to get to the center of the palace. Finally, he arrived before the last door he had seen in his memories.
Lin Feng arrived in front of the door and saw some words in front of him: The Earth and the sky, a waterfall, a mountain, precipices, a peak.
"That's…" Lin Feng was astonished. There was a person sitting cross-legged as well. They weren't breathing, their heart wasn't beating, they looked like a statue in every way except for their life-life appearance. That was the same person Lin Feng had seen in from the godly awareness: The Everlasting Celestial Emperor!
"Godly awareness!" thought Lin Feng. He sensed his godly awareness moving. Then a light shot out from his third eye.
The godly awareness 'key" moved towards the Everlasting Celestial Emperor and penetrated his third eye.
"That's!" Lin Feng was shaking.
Lin Feng rose up in the air and landed on the peak. He wanted to get closer to the Everlasting Celestial Emperor.
"Boom!" A terrifying strength bombarded Lin Feng's body, making him fly away.
Lin Feng's eyes were filled with sharp lights. That deployment spell was terrifying, it had prevented him from getting any closer a moment before.
"Is that the Everlasting Celestial Emperor's actual body? Was his goal to have people bring him back his godly awareness?" thought Lin Feng.
Lin Feng rose up in the air again while paying attention to the Everlasting Celestial Emperor's body.
Everybody was standing behind Lin Feng wondering who it was.
"Do you recognize him?" asked the emperor from the life and death stones. "There's a powerful deployment spell on his body and it's invisible. You activated it so it attacked you."
"If I'm not mistaken, that must be the Everlasting Celestial Emperor. I already know that I activated it." said Lin Feng.
"If that really is the Everlasting Celestial Emperor, then this must be a monster of a puzzle." whispered the emperor.
He then took out three Everlasting Bronze Plates.
Suddenly, a cloud emerged from them and moved towards the Everlasting Celestial Emperor's physical body.
"If you have all of the Everlasting Bronze Plates, then the Everlasting Celestial Emperor's godly awareness will condense." said Lin Feng.
"Look at that mountain." said the emperor, pointing at something. Everything was moving: some cultivation caves appeared, and several deployment spells formed.
"Let's go." Everyone that was following Lin Feng moved towards the cultivation caves. They had followed him until now, so it was finally time to seize some opportunities!
Lin Feng didn't follow them. There were so many caves, and he wasn't in a rush. Those caves were probably made for practicing cultivation though.
"Master, what do you think?" Lin Feng asked the emperor.
"I don't know either. We can go in and see though." said the emperor smiling. Lin Feng nodded and went to the mountains.
However, someone suddenly rushed out of a cave looking terrified.
It was a Taoist monk. That Taoist monk looked at Lin Feng and laughed, "Little bastard! You're not dead yet!"
"You old bastard! How could I die while you're still alive?" Lin Feng said. How come that damn Taoist monk always appeared where good things were!?
PMG Chapter 1581
Chapter 1581: Deployment Spell
That Taoist monk was Yan Di, of course. Lin Feng found it difficult to find the Everlasting Celestial Emperor's palace, but Yan Di was already there and had probably been there for a while now.
Even though they hadn't seen each other for two years, they were still close.
"You bastard, long time no see, you're still not a medium-level emperor?" asked Lin Feng. Yan Di rolled his eyes and said, "Do you think cultivating imperial levels are similar to the Xuan or Tian Qi layers? The Continent of the Nine Clouds is extremely vast, breaking through to the Huang Qi layer is already difficult. Some people need hundreds or even thousands of years to break through to the Huang Qi layer." said Yan Di.
Lin Feng smiled, he was just joking with Yan Di.
Even in places like Ba Huang and Jiu You, where there were billions of people, there were very, very few emperors. And in the great world, the reason why there were so many emperors was because there were trillions and trillions of people. Nobody knew exactly how many people there were because nobody had ever tried to count.
"How long have you been here and what did you find in those buildings?" Lin Feng asked.
"I've been here for a year already, concerning what you can find in those buildings, you can go and enjoy it for yourself. There are only good things." said Yan Di. Then, he suddenly narrowed his eyes and looked at the Everlasting Celestial Emperor. He looked surprised as he said, "Don't waste time, study, maybe the same thing that happened to me also happened to him."
Lin Feng nodded, he understood what Yan Di meant. Maybe that the Everlasting Celestial Emperor was going to come back to life after all his godly awareness were brought back to him.
"Go!" said Yan Di to Lin Feng. He didn't want to waste time talking about the past with Lin Feng. Since Lin Feng was alive and had come himself, he had to enjoy the benefits that place offered. Yan Di then went to another building.
Lin Feng listened to his advice and went to the building from which Yan Di had just come out of. Suddenly, a curtain of light appeared and closed the room off. Some strange marks appeared in front of Lin Feng, seemingly creating a seal.
The room wasn't big, just large enough to practice cultivation.
Lin Feng turned around and touched the curtain of light which had closed the room and found that it was quite thick. It seemed like he was stuck inside now.
Lin Feng attacked the curtain with energies, but it felt like he was striking diamonds.
Lin Feng condensed strength in his fist, creating a strong wind.
"Great Earth Destruction!" Lin Feng attacked the wall. He had even amazed the Great Earth Demon Ape with that attack, but this curtain of light didn't budge. On top of that, a terrifying strength counterattacked and bombarded him. He was propelled backwards and violently crashed against the wall behind him.
"That bastard didn't tell me about that!" thought Lin Feng. He didn't continue trying. The counterattack was too terrifying. Even Yan Di was probably unable to break that curtain of light.
Lin Feng walked to the marks and sat down cross-legged. Once he did, the marks around him started flashing even faster. Lin Feng was surprised, but he closed his eyes. Since Yan Di had managed to come out, it probably had something to do with those marks.
The lights revolved around Lin Feng's head causing the atmosphere in the cave to change. It became dazzling, leaving Lin Feng the impression that he was in a large space. The numerous marks and words floated around him before penetrating his head. Those marks and words became a part of his memories.
"Deployment!" A gigantic word appeared in front of Lin Feng appeared: "DEPLOYMENT!" Lin Feng relaxed and let the memories and the marks fill his head.
After what seemed to be a long time and countless memories, Lin Feng realized that he had received one of the three-thousand great deployment spells.
"Deployment spells use the strength of the Earth and the sky!" whispered Lin Feng.
Although people's strength was limited, the strength of the Earth and sky was unlimited.
Weaker cultivators borrowed external strength to cast deployment spells, just as Yan Di had in the past when he used abstruse crystals or weapons. But those in the memories didn't need to borrow external strength, they could use their own strength to attract the strength from the Earth and sky to carve holy marks and cast terrifying deployment spells. Of course, the more powerful the deployment spell was, the more time they needed.
PMG Chapter 1582
Chapter 1582: Action
Deployment spells were created from the use of many ancient words. Lin Feng had studied holy marks before, but he knew that his holy marks were rudimentary at best. Each stroke was incredible and mysterious, and he had never really understood the connections between marks, holy marks and deployment marks.
To carve authentic holy marks and use holy marks special powers, cultivators had to understand all sorts of marks. They had to understand which kind of strength was appropriate. Even the slightest mistake in the type of strength could weaken a deployment spell by a lot.
Of course, authentic deployment spell casters' knowledge couldn't be restrained to three-thousand great deployment spells and 108,000 small deployment spells, that was only an expression. Authentic deployment spell casters could cast an infinite number of deployment spells. What the Everlasting Celestial Emperor had implied with his expression "three thousand and 108,000 deployment spells" was that if a cultivator could manage to cast them all, then they'd be able to cast any deployment spell in the world. (Translator's note: some knowledge of Buddhism is required to understand that part: values have a symbolic meaning, for example when a monk chants a mantra 108 times, why 108 and not 50 or 200? Because it's a symbol).
Lin Feng familiarized himself with the memories he just received. From this ocean of memories, he needed to select drops of it at a time to understand them, one by one. In the end, he had to think of all these drops as a whole and create waves with them.
Besides, deployment spells were different from one person and another because they depended on the type of cosmic energies a cultivator understood. Depending on the type of strength used, deployment spells could have entirely different results. For example, if a cultivator wanted to create a cage using the arts of deployment spells, the best energy to use was Earth energy. To make people feel drowsy, the best energy to use was illusion energy. And so on.
"It seems like casting powerful deployment spells requires a cultivator to control several types of abstruse energies or cosmic energies. I wonder how many types of energies the Everlasting Celestial Emperor controlled?" thought Lin Feng.
"To get out of here, I must cast a "shattering" deployment spell!" Lin Feng suddenly realized. A "shattering" deployment spell was used to break through things. It was one of the three thousand great deployment spells and was most effectively used with Earth abstruse or cosmic energy.
Lin Feng's mouth twitched. He had to understand and control a deployment spells to get out? Were all the rooms like that? How many people would be stuck in those rooms?
Lin Feng shivered. The Everlasting Celestial Emperor was a bit cruel. Understanding and casting a deployment spell was easier said than done. People who slow to learn would be stuck for dozens or even hundreds of years in there!
Of course, that was a test and people had to be determined if they wanted to reap the benefits.
"One of the three thousand great deployment spells, I'm going to be stuck inside for a while I think…" thought Lin Feng smiling wryly. He was worried that if it took him too long to understand the deployment spell, his cultivation wouldn't improve as fast as he'd like. But deployment spells were powerful too, even if he hadn't been stuck inside, would he have considered giving up this treasure?
A shattering deployment spell could break through countless things. It might even be stronger than all of his current attacks.
Besides, he could use deployment spells for anything: to practice cultivation, to fabricate weapons, and to concoct pills.
Back then, Yan Di had cast holy marks deployment spell in Tian Chi's snowy mountains using abstruse energies from the Qi of the Earth and sky. Now, Tian Chi's snowy peaks had become a holy cultivation place.
Lin Feng remained in the room, studying the varying words and marks. Even though his eyes were closed, his hands were moving silently in the air. he was carving words in the air, causing a mysterious strength to form. Lin Feng used immortal abstruse energy to carve those words, which allowed them to remain longer than they normally would.
A month later, Lin Feng was still carving marks with his fingers. His marks were connecting and could condense into holy mark strength. His power to learn was monstrous, but he didn't stop. Holy marks constituted the base for the three thousand great deployment spells and the 108,000 small deployment spells, but it was too much to take in with a short time. Yan Di had practiced using marks for a long time before, it wouldn't surprise Lin Feng if he had practiced using them for over a hundred years.
Six months passed, but Lin Feng was as determined as ever. All he thought about were deployment spells and nothing else could distract him. There was a small deployment spell in front of Lin Feng already. If other people knew his progress, they would probably vomit from anger!
A strong deployment spell caster had been where Lin Feng was now and had learnt one of the three-thousand great deployment spells from the Everlasting Celestial Emperor. He had practiced and studied diligently for ten years and in the end, he had only managed to understand ten percent of it.
One year passed before Lin Feng finally let his hands rest at his side. He sighed before he opened his eyes, looking disappointed.
"It's been one year already!" whispered Lin Feng. In one year, he hadn't done anything but study deployment spells. That shattering deployment spell was so hard to cast! How long would he need? He was still stuck carving tiny deployment spells.
Actually, Lin Feng was doing great. In another cave, Lu Yao had already given up. He didn't continue practicing deployment spells but had decided to practice cultivation instead. He was worried that it would take ten years to practice deployment spells to a point where he could leave. He lost all his self-confidence and had decided to become an emperor with that time. Maybe he could break that curtain of light after becoming an emperor.
PMG Chapter 1583
Chapter 1583: Three Years
During that year, many people had entered the forbidden area of Si Xiang and appeared in the small world. They eventually found the great emperor's palace.
The Great Emperor of the Universe was the best cultivator in that small world, so it was easy to guess that the Everlasting Celestial Emperor and the Great Emperor of the Universe were the same person. It was also easy to recognize that it was the Great Imperial Everlasting Palace after seeing his castle.
Rumors circulated in the outside world concerning the forbidden area the Everlasting Celestial Emperor being linked. Of course, nobody knew that the elephant which brought them to the small world was also the beast that created the destructive energies. And in the process of taking them to the small world, it would throw them violently and randomly inside. Also, nobody knew that the elephant was choosing the people who entered. Nobody knew how many people survived when entering the forbidden area.
However, Lin Feng didn't know about what was going on in the great world.
At that moment, he was frowning. He breathed in and whispered, "Rigor and precision are the most important concepts when casting deployment spells because if you make a mistake, you lose everything."
Lin Feng's hand shook as he used immortal energies to carve more marks. He didn't try to carve the small deployment spells anymore, he had started all over again.
After a long time, some marks moved in a strange way, letting him heave a sigh of relief.
Lin Feng didn't stop though, and he continued carving. The deployment marks seemed countless. All the marks were connecting and moving properly this time.
"Yan Di could already do that." thought Lin Feng. Lin Feng didn't try to do what the Everlasting Celestial Emperor had taught him, he was trying to understand things beyond their foundations. He failed many times but started up again each time.
Outside, seasons passed. Lin Feng had already spent three years in the Great Imperial Everlasting Palace. He had never needed so much time to understand something before.
At that moment, almost half of the caves were closed. Countless people had come to that small world, but the difficult part wasn't getting there, it was leaving!
In one of those caves, a strong cultivator from the Palace of the Gods opened his eyes and looked dumbstruck. He whispered, "At the Palace of the Gods, we're experts at deployment spells. I used to think that our deployment spells were incredible! But now I realize how ridiculous I was. The Everlasting Celestial Emperor's deployment spells are terrifying. I don't even know how long I'll need to get out of here."
"Luckily, I didn't bring Xuan Chen. It might take me one-hundred years to get out of here."
In a room next to him, there was a young man who was fixedly staring at the stone door. He was a young man from a very big family in Si Xiang City. He was an adept at deployment spells, and he was a low-level emperor already. However, he found it extremely difficult to study the Everlasting Celestial Emperor's deployment spells. He had no problem with the basics, but to make them turn into deployment spells was another world of difficulty. He didn't know how long it'd take him to succeed.
These are just a few examples of the trapped cultivators there. Many strong cultivators were even many high-level emperors, and had been inside for three years already, but they had the feeling they wouldn't master the deployment spell anytime soon. There was only one exception. He was wearing a Taoist robe and was popping in and out of caves seemingly effortlessly. In just three years, he had already been in ten caves. He understood them easily and his deployment spells improved. He could already imagine himself having studied the three-thousand great deployment spells.
Back at the great world, outside of Si Xiang City, there were many people resting on a mountain range. After two years without hearing anything from those inside, the elephant trumpeted once more, but none of them knew how to get in.
Qi Yu Chen was amongst them, but he looked dispirited as well. After three years of not hearing back from one person who entered, he was beginning to believe that he made the right choice in not jumping in. Instead, during those three years, he had practiced cultivation diligently and had become even stronger. He would soon become an emperor! He was considering going back to Qing Di Mountain and practicing cultivation there.
"It seems like I'm not as talented as Wen Ao Feng, it's no wonder that our teacher prefers him." thought Qi Yu Chen, standing up. Wen Ao Feng had broken through to the Huang Qi layer three years before, but Qi Yu Chen had been stuck at the same level since. He wasn't the only one, Zhou Tian Ruo and the others were all in the same boat: stuck at the very, very top of the Zun Qi layer.
However, Qi Yu Chen wasn't sad, he knew just how difficult it was to become an emperor. There was a gigantic difference between the Zun Qi layer and the Huang Qi layer. If only he had fate seeds, then he could break through to the Huang Qi layer easily. But he had decided that he didn't to use them, he wanted to rely on himself to overcome this obstacle.
"Lin Feng, back then you had broken through to the eighth Zun Qi layer, and you were an extremely good fighter, but you probably haven't broken through to the Huang Qi layer yet. I guarantee you I will break through to the Huang Qi layer before you." thought Qi Yu Chen, feeling determined. He thought that he had been stuck at the top of the Zun Qi layer because Lin Feng had influenced him back then.