The test of the Great Sovereign
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The scene quieted down. The battle between Dragon s.h.i.+san and Nanbei Chao ended. Although the battle developed to such an extent, nothing was concluded. If it wasn’t for the safety of Wu Ningzhu, Dragon s.h.i.+san wouldn’t have fought Nanbei Chao. On the other hand, when Nanbei Chao saw the might of the fiery stairs, he stopped attacking as though he also feared the inheritance of Empress Xiao Yao. He knew very well that it was pointless for him to continue fighting. It was an impossible task to defeat Dragon s.h.i.+san, let alone killing him.
No matter how arrogant and overbearing Nanbei Chao was, it required true capability to kill someone. Although the battle had already ended, he secretly swore that the first thing he would do after advancing to the late Immortal Emperor realm was to kill the monkey and the heaven-defying Jiang Chen.
The battles had stopped, however everyone became an eyesore to Jiang Chen and his comrades, especially Big Yellow who wanted so badly to pick two people and bite them to death. Not just him, the others also felt the same way. They could only be on the defensive in the whole process. Compared to them, Jiang Chen and Dragon s.h.i.+san seemed a lot better. At least, they were able to fight a thrilling battle.
To Big Yellow, he didn’t mind how strong the enemy was or how many they were. He only cared about the intoxication of killing, but today, he obviously did not get that feeling.
Currently, the faces of the four brothers—Jiang Chen, Big Yellow, Han Yan, and Tyrant—were filled with fury. If it wasn’t for the fear of disturbing Wu Ningzhu, they would have already started a frenzied ma.s.sacre and wouldn’t care about the consequences anymore.
Wu Ningzhu was standing on the first step of the fiery stairs. She didn’t seem to be moving forward. The countless light emitted from the Xiao Yao Qin had completely enveloped Wu Ningzhu. Ancient musical notes were circling around her. The musical notes seemed to have come to life. They were the notes that came from the Xiao Yao Qin.
The one hundred fiery stairs trembled intensely. More and more musical notes emerged. The strong Fire of Sun spread around her body, but it was entirely harmless to her.
“Why isn’t Miss Wu going forward?” Lan Lingji asked, clearly puzzled.
“She is accepting the test of Empress Xiao Yao. It will test whether she is qualified to become the master of the Xiao Yao Qin. If she pa.s.sed that, I’m afraid that she will face yet another test, which is the true test,” said Big Yellow.
“It doesn’t seem easy to obtain the legacy of a Great Sovereign.”
Yang Lang sighed and gained a better understanding after a moment of contemplation. If the inheritance of a Great Sovereign could be obtained so easily, anyone would be able to get it. The Qin wouldn’t have remained hidden here for tens of thousands of years and found no qualified descendant until now.
Buzzing sound could be heard from the fiery stairway. It seemed like the test would take some time. Innumerable gazes fell upon Wu Ningzhu. Those who tried to stop Wu Ningzhu desired to watch her fail. Of course, this was the only thing they could do at the moment. The power of the Great Sovereign’s inheritance was just too great. Many people had died under the Fire of Sun. None of them was willing to be the next one.
“Ah Yan, I had never thought that you have gone to the Northern Profound Domain and become the chosen one of Profound Yin Cult. We have been worrying about you, which seems unnecessary now. You must have been living a great life during this period.”
Jiang Chen looked over at Han Yan. His face revealed a rare smile. There was nothing happier than the brothers’ reunion. Plus, meeting again at this critical moment allowed them to see the huge progress in each one of them. The delight in Jiang Chen’s heart was beyond description.
“That’s right. Ah Yan, why are you b.a.s.t.a.r.d always better than us? Dammit, you have even gotten the fortune in the immortal vault of an ancient devil. I’m really jealous of you right now.” Big Yellow bared his teeth.
“Go and f*** yourself! Why don’t you talk about yourself? You have gotten fat enough!”
Han Yan sent a kick onto the dog’s b.u.t.t. The atmosphere between them was just like before – warm and lively.
Later, Han Yan gave a bear hug to Tyrant. Both of them hadn’t seen each other ever since they ascended from Saint Origin World, and had been worrying about each other. Now that they finally met, the brotherhood between them was fully shown.
“Although one is a Buddha and the other is a Devil, they are still able to be so close.” Dragon s.h.i.+san couldn’t help but praise. The Buddha Sect had never gotten along well with the Devil Cult. It was definitely his first time seeing Tyrant and Han Yan behaving so brotherly to each other.
“Where did this monkey come from? How could you ever understand the brotherhood between us?” Han Yan said to Dragon s.h.i.+san.
Both of them didn’t know each other. When Jiang Chen got the wondrous rock in the ancient tomb, he had already parted company with Han Yan. So naturally, Dragon s.h.i.+san hadn’t seen Han Yan along the journey.
However, both of them had seen each other’s performance in the battle which made them show a certain respect to each other. Dragon s.h.i.+san in particular, Han Yan couldn’t help raising a thumbs up to him for being able to fight Nanbei Chao for so long.
“You two haven’t met before. Han Yan, Dragon s.h.i.+san is also a brother that has gone through life-and-death situation with me.”
Jiang Chen spoke, instantly building a connection with a stranger with the words ‘brother who had gone through life-and-death situation’. Whether it was Han Yan or Dragon s.h.i.+san, both knew Jiang Chen incomparably well. There were only a few that could be regarded as Jiang Chen’s life-and-death brother. The fact that Jiang Chen said it indicated that they had an extraordinary friends.h.i.+p and that it was worth for Jiang Chen to rescue the person with his own life.
“Little Chen, when we were in Saint Origin World, we didn’t think that we would have the chance to do the same things in the Immortal World – traveling unhindered across the world and fighting against tens of thousands of enemies.”
Tyrant curled the corner of his mouth. His expression became incomparably arrogant. His words had stirred the emotions of the few.
That was right. The scene just now was definitely more intense compared to Saint Origin World. Perhaps they had dreamt of this situation before but had never imagined that it would come true.
To them, fighting the world was a small matter. The most important thing was their growth, and could still be together just like before, not leaving each other behind.
This was the true brotherhood, which transcended all kinds of friends.h.i.+p in the Heavens and Earth. They cherished each other very much. Ordinary people might not have such a relations.h.i.+p in their lifetime. In such a cruel world, they couldn’t fight alone. That relations.h.i.+p would be their deepest belief and reliance.
Just at this moment, something happened on the fiery stairs once again. The musical notes that were surrounding Wu Ningzhu broke and returned to the Xiao Yao Qin. Wu Ningzhu began raising her foot, heading for the second step of the stairs.
“Look, the musical notes are shattered. Sister Ning is still moving forward. She has pa.s.sed the test and is recognized by the Xiao Yao Qin.” Han Yan spoke with delight. The others too showed a look of delight.
“Don’t get excited too early. She is still being tested. She needs to walk the stairway one by one until she reached the top and gets the Xiao Yao Qin. Only then can it be considered a success. If I’m not mistaken, it won’t be an easy task to reach the top of the fiery stairs,” Big Yellow spoke. His eyes were full of sharpness. It seemed as if he had a certain knowledge about Empress Xiao Yao.
Sure enough, when Wu Ningzhu reached the fifth step of the stairs, her body began to shake, showing signs of difficulty.
Upon seeing this, the others began to worry. There were 95 more steps to go. They eagerly wondered what’s the next test she would encounter.
“Look, that woman seems to be having difficulty in moving forward at the fifth step of the stairs. It seems like Empress Xiao Yao is going to give her another test. There are 95 more steps and I think she won’t make it.”
“That’s right. Her cultivation base is too weak, she’s merely a half-step Immortal Emperor. It will be extremely hard for her to reach the top. As long as she fails, all her efforts will be in vain. Haha! It seems like we still have hope.”
“How can such a delicate woman reach the top of the fiery stairs? The difficulty will only get harder.”
The geniuses on the scene were displaying malicious eyes. They could clearly see that it was getting harder for Wu Ningzhu to walk and this was only the fifth step of the stairs. They didn’t think that she could persist in the remaining steps.
The scene was plunged into silence once more, except for the buzzing sound that came from the fiery stairs. All eyes were on her. They wanted to know what would happen next. One should know that a Great Sovereign’s inheritance couldn’t be gotten so easily, especially when it was the inheritance left by an ancient Sovereign like Empress Xiao Yao.
Smiles began to show on many faces. They would be most delighted to see Wu Ningzhu fail.
Under the innumerable gaze, Wu Ningzhu reached the 20th step, but at this moment, her body began to shake intensely. All of her energy was drained. Her face paled. It seemed like she might fall at any time, but her expression was full of resoluteness. Her star-like beautiful eyes were fixed on the Xiao Yao Qin above.
“What now? Miss Wu seems to be losing her strength. There are 80 steps more,” Hua Xiaoqian spoke with concern. She naturally wanted Wu Ningzhu to succeed, otherwise, all of her previous efforts would be in vain.
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