The tribulation for the 1st level of the Earthly Immortal Realm was called the Azure Lightning Tribulation. It carried the implied meaning that the Grand Dao was like the clear sky that allowed one to rise rapidly. Once one attained this realm, one broke away from the ranks of cultivators to stand towering at the peak of the Mortal Dimension.
The second level of tribulation in the Earthly Immortal Realm was called the Yin Yang Lightning Tribulation. It carried the implied meaning of breaking through Yin and Yang to understand the world. After one attained this realm, Yin and Yang converged in the body, and every single move one made carried vitality that gave birth to everything in the world.
After that was the Glass Lightning Tribulation, Astral Lightning Tribulation, Universal Lightning Tribulation, Void Lightning Tribulation, Temporal Lightning Tribulation, and Violet Myrtle Lightning Tribulation. The tribulation lightning created from every single lightning tribulation was different, yet their might grew in formidableness.
Attaining the 3rd level of the Earthly Immortal Realm was sufficient for Earthly Immortal Realm experts in the world to be considered to be successful in their cultivation, and they could be considered as first-rate figures in the Earthly Immortal Realm.
Those that were capable of attaining the 3rd level of the Earthly Immortal Realm were considered leading figures in the realm of cultivation, and they stood towering at the top ranks of the Earthly Immortal Realm.
On the other hand, those that were capable of attaining the 8th level of the Earthly Immortal Realm had a common method of address — Peak Sovereigns!
Because they stood towering at the peak of the Mortal Dimension like the kings of Earthly Immortals. So long as they overcame the 9th heavenly tribulation, they would ascend into the Immortal Dimension and wander about it leisurely.
But at that time, they didn't belong to the Mortal Dimension, so the method of address, Peak Sovereign, specially referred to experts at the 8th level of the Earthly Immortal Realm.
So when Chen Xi greeted the Violet Myrtle Lightning Tribulation which was the 8th level of heavenly tribulation, even though everyone was accustomed to it since a long time ago, it still moved the hearts of many people.
For example, Wen Huating, Elder Lie Peng, and all the higher-ups stopped what they were doing and looked towards the sky above West Radiance Peak.
The sky there overflowed with violet color while the dark and imposing tribulation lighting condensed. The rumbling of thunder that was emitted from it was murderous, oppressive, and carried a terrifying imposing aura that seemed like that of an emperor of lightning.
Even if it was in the 10 great immortal sects, Peak Sovereigns in the Earthly Immortal Realm were the peak forces of the sects, and Elder Lie Peng and the Sect Master Wen Huating were both existences in these ranks.
If Chen Xi was able to take this step successfully, then it would be of major significance to the Nine Radiance Sword Sect.
Such might had already broken free from the shackles of the world, and it allowed one to possess a might that played a decisive role. Even if it was within any of the 10 great immortal sects, such a cultivation possessed an extremely great deterrent force.
Not to mention Chen Xi far exceeded ordinary Earthly Immortal Realm experts.
Long ago when he was at the Nether Transformation Realm, Chen Xi was already capable of slaughtering 6th level Earthly Immortal Realm experts, so exactly what sort of terrifying extent would his strength rise to when he attained the 8th level of the Earthly Immortal Realm?
There were numerous levels between the 8th level of the Earthly Immortal Realm and the Nether Transformation Realm, and every single step caused one's strength to multiply. So, merely thinking about such accumulation was sufficient to make one's heart tremble.
At the very least, even Wen Huating didn't dare guarantee he could be a match for Chen Xi.
In other words, if Chen Xi attained the 8th level of the Earthly Immortal Realm, it would be sufficient for him to be considered as peerless in the Earthly Immortal Realm!
Of course, the 8th level of the Earthly Immortal Realm was far insufficient to attain the state of looking down proudly upon the world and achieve supremacy in the Mortal Dimension. After all, there were forsakers of the heavens and old figures that lived in seclusion.
Like Madman Liu and the Three Sages of Nine Radiance were all existences whose strength had exceeded the limits of the Mortal Dimension. Simply speaking, they were actually no different to 'variants.'
"If it's possible, I really hope to give the position of Sect Master of the Nine Radiance Sword Sect to Chen Xi. But unfortunately, there's too much karma surrounding him, and he's bound to be unable to hold this position for long." Wen Huating sighed.
"Yes, only a mere 35 years have passed since he advanced into the Earthly Immortal Realm, yet he has already rose violently to this state. This natural talent is peerlessly shocking and unique in the entire world. If such a little fellow was asked to take the position of Sect Master, it would bury his natural talent instead." Elder Lie Peng deeply agreed.
"Haha! Now, his name is spread all over the entire cultivation world. Other Fellow Daoists frequently ask me if a monstrous genius has appeared in our sect since lightning strikes every five years!" An elder roared with laughter.
The others laughed without end as well when they heard this, and they revealed expressions of pride.
During these past few years, the matter of Chen Xi overcoming the tribulation successively had spread throughout the outside world, and it caused an enormous stir. The entire cultivation world discussed it animatedly, and it became a deeply praised tale.
It was even to the extent that people who knew the relationship between Qing Xiuyi and Chen Xi had even made a specious saying. "First there was Qing Xiuyi that overcame nine levels of heavenly tribulation overnight, a woman with the heroic bearing of a man; then there was Chen Xi who rose steadily every five years, a husband that's on par with the wife."
"It's beginning!" Wen Huating suddenly raised his head and looked over with a focused gaze.
The other elders restrained their smiles when they heard this and shot their gazes towards the sky above West Radiance Peak.
The violet lightning rumbled while filled with an imperial imposing aura, and it was condensed, vast, and carried the awe-inspiring might of a sovereign descending to the world.
Chen Xi's clothes fluttered with the wind, and he had a fearless expression as he charged forward with sword in hand.
"First there was Qing Xiuyi that overcame nine levels of heavenly tribulation overnight, a woman with the heroic bearing of a man; then there was Chen Xi who rose steadily every five years, a husband that's on par with the wife?"
In the Heavenflow Dao Sect, Bing Shitian read these words with a light voice, and then the warmth in his eyes reduced gradually. Moreover, the surrounding air seemed to have been affected, and it froze into ice.
"A husband that's on par with the wife… Husband… Wife… Haha! HAHAHA!" Bing Shitian's hair fluttered as he roared with laughter.
However, his laughter didn't carry a trace of joy, and it instead revealed horrifying rage that seemed dense to the point it couldn't be dispersed.
The nearby Lu Beiyu knew that the situation was bad in his heart, and he hurriedly said, "Senior Brother Bing, calm your anger!"
"Am I irritated? Am I angry?" Bing Shitian restrained his smile before turning around to look at Lu Beiyu with an expressionless face, and his gaze was like a blade that cut Lu Beiyu's face to the point it hurt.
"Senior Brother Bing, Martial Aunt True Jade has already agreed to help you persuade Senior Sister Qing, so why care about the gossip of the outside world?" Lu Beiyu smiled bitterly while patiently persuading Bing Shitian.
"Exactly. Even though Xiuyi hasn't made her stand clear now, I presume she won't go against the orders of Martial Aunt True Jade." Bing Shitian shook his head and sighed. "I'm just slightly disgruntled in my heart. Xiuyi actually had a child for an ant. Every time I think of this matter, I feel a wave of uncomfortableness in my heart."
Lu Beiyu heaved a sigh of relief when he saw Bing Shitian wasn't angry any longer, and he said with a smile, "Since it's like a fishbone stuck in your throat, why don't we pull out this fishbone and kill the weed by the root?"
"You mean kill the son she had with Chen Xi?" Bing Shitian was stunned.
Lu Beiyu grinned silently.
"Impossible. It's fine if I kill Chen Xi, but if I touch her son, then Xiuyi will probably never forgive me. After all, half the blood on that vile spawn belongs to Xiuyi." Bing Shitian spoke with a gloomy expression.
"Then deal with Chen Xi first. As for that vile spawn, let me deal with it. If Senior Sister Qing wants to hate someone, then she can hate this Junior Brother of hers!" Lu Beiyu gritted his teeth and spoke ruthlessly.
Bing Shitian was stunned, and then he stared at Lu Beiyu for a long time before he patted Lu Beiyu on the shoulder and said, "My good Junior Brother! I'll surely arrange for a great future for you once you ascend into the Immortal Dimension!"
Lu Beiyu shook his head and smiled. "So long as Senior Brother Bing is able to obtain your wishes, then this price I pay is nothing."
Bing Shitian glanced deeply at him and said, "There are still another 30 years remaining. At that time, Chen Xi will surely come during the ceremony for Xiuyi and I to become Dao Companions. Moreover, according to the bet from all those years ago, so long as Xiuyi marries me, then he has to cripple his cultivation and kill himself to atone for his crimes."
Bing Shitian paused for a moment and continued. "At that time, I'll leave with Xiuyi and head to the Immortal Dimension, whereas Junior Brother must not forget what you said earlier."
Lu Beiyu smiled and said, "How could I dare forget something related to Senior Brother Bing?"
Bing Shitian nodded with satisfaction, and then he let out a long-drawn sigh. "Truthfully speaking, if it wasn't for this little fellow becoming enemies with me, I would truly hope to be able to make him be of use to me. After all, it's truly rare for someone in the younger generation to possess the natural talent he possesses. Even in the Immortal Dimension, it's still rare. A pity, such a pity."
Shedding crocodile tears…
These words suddenly flashed in Lu Beiyu's mind, and he chuckled without end in his heart before revealing a serious expression as he said solemnly, "Senior Brother Bing, you have to be careful of that kid. If nothing unexpected happened, then he's at least at the 8th level of the Earthly Immortal Realm now, and when combined with the examples of his battles in the past, this kid can't be underestimated!"
Bing Shitian smiled, and he glanced at Lu Beiyu before he said, "Junior Brother, don't forget that even though I'm only a clone, my true strength is at the Golden Immortal Realm!"
When he spoke up to here, his expression carried a wisp of a pride and arrogance. "An Earthly Immortal is only an Earthly Immortal in the end, and if compared with a Heavenly Immortal, one is in the heavens while the other on the ground. It isn't just worlds apart!"
Lu Beiyu said with a smile, "Looks like Senior Brother has a plan of your own from the beginning; it couldn't be any better."
Even though he spoke in this way, he was still slightly worried in his heart because he was very clearly aware that this was the Mortal Dimension in the end and not the Immortal Dimension. Under the restraints of the Laws of the Heaven Dao, no matter how formidable the strength one possessed was, it would suffer restraint.
If it wasn't for this, the Mortal Dimension would have been trampled on by people from the Immortal Dimension until it became a wasteland of death. It was even to the extent that there would be no need for Immortals to come because those forsakers of the heavens and old figures would be able to destroy the Dark Reverie countless times over.
The reason such an apocalyptic battle hadn't occurred was because of the restraint of the Laws of the Heaven Dao. Once energy that exceeded a certain scope was detected, this energy would be suppressed.
For example, even though Bing Shitian was distinguished as a Golden Immortal from the Immortal Dimension, his clone's strength was merely equivalent to a Heavenly Immortal, whereas the might of a Heavenly Immortal suffered restraint in the Mortal Dimension. Otherwise, it wouldn't be tolerated by the Heaven Dao.
So as far as Lu Beiyu was concerned, the entire strength Bing Shitian could exert was only above the 9th level of the Earthly Immortal Realm, yet it was inferior to a Heavenly Immortal.
Of course, this was merely in terms of cultivation and energy. During a real battle, merely the energy of the Laws that Bing Shitian had grasped and the supreme Immortal Arts from the Immortal Dimension were sufficient for him to occupy an advantageous position and seize the initiative of the battle.
But all of this was unable to eliminate the trace of worry in Lu Beiyu's heart because the numerous incidents that occurred on Chen Xi during the recent years had displayed that Chen Xi was an existence that couldn't be judged based on convention.
In other words, Chen Xi was a freak that others could never ascertain where the limits of his strength lay.
It was precisely because of this that Lu Beiyu didn't dare be too confident.
"Junior Brother, make proper preparations for the next 30 years. I need you to hold an unprecedentedly grand ceremony for me! I want Xiuyi to become the happiest woman that's the greatest focus of attention in the entire Dark Reverie! Moreover, I want that little ant to understand that all of this is something only I, Bing Shitian, can give her!" Bing Shitian had his hands behind his back while he walked off with large strides, and he seemed to be in high spirits and as if victory was within his grasps.