I Shall Seal the Heavens - chapter-842
The vortexes in the sky rotated, sending rumbling sounds echoing out in
all directions. In virtually all regions of the Ninth Mountain and Sea,
people were flying up into the vortexes. However, many of those people
took steps to change their appearance upon entering.
They had various reasons for not wanting others to know who they truly
were. After all, a grand event like this would draw the attention of the
entire Ninth Mountain and Sea.
As soon as Meng Hao entered, he immediately sent some divine will out to
the meat jelly. Moaning and groaning, the meat jelly helped Meng Hao to
change his appearance to that of Fang Mu, from back in his days in the
Violet Fate Sect.
Meng Hao was attending this event only for the trial by fire, and
considering how he had flaunted his abilities in the Immortal Ancient
Daoist Rite Temple on Planet South Heaven, and was now making his way
alone off planet, he figured it would be much more convenient to rely on
a second identity.
Furthermore, there would be no better opportunity to become famous under
a second identity than this trial by fire hosted by the Three Great
“It’s too bad my second true self is temporarily incapacitated
because the true Immortal’s soul was damaged by the Immortal
Tribulation,” he thought. “But, that’s not such a bad thing.”
Meng Hao’s eyes glittered brightly after making the transformation, and
he looked out at the pitch blackness surrounding him. He could just
barely make out a vortex spinning around him, with faint beams of light
occasionally coming into view as they spun around him.
The sensation of being pulled along grew even stronger, and he felt
increasing pressure weighing down on him.
After enough time passed for an incense stick to burn, a bright light
became visible up ahead in the darkness. It grew brighter and brighter,
and soon, completely enveloped Meng Hao.
When his vision grew clear once again, Meng Hao found himself looking out
at a void, which was densely packed with countless platforms. Some were
thirty meters wide, others, three hundred, and some three thousand.
The sizes varied, and in the center of each of the platforms was a stone
stele, upon which could be seen a map. Beneath each stone stele was a
candle holder. The candles were unlit, leaving the maps on the stone
steles cloaked in darkness.
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As for how many platforms there were, it was impossible for Meng Hao to
count. His divine sense was under incredible pressure, making it
impossible to send it out very far. As Meng Hao looked around, more and
more people came into view. Much like Meng Hao, they stared out in shock
at all the platforms.
All of them had peak Dao Seeking auras, and there were even a few who
didn’t quite measure up to the Chosen he had encountered before, but
were very close.
They all wore different clothing, and bore different appearances. There
were men and women, old and young. Some weren’t even humanoid, but
looked like beasts. From what Meng Hao could tell, there were several
hundred in his immediate vicinity, with more and more people appearing
off in the distance.
It was hard to tell who it was that flew out first, but soon, one of the
three-thousand-meter platforms was occupied by a cultivator. After that,
all of the cultivators who materialized in the void shot out toward the
platforms at full speed. Each person who appeared occupied a single
platform. Fighting broke out, but it was controlled. After all, there was
no reason to unleash vicious fighting the moment they entered the Ancient
Road trial by fire. It wasn’t worth it.
Furthermore, any ownerless platform apparently created a bond to whoever
set foot on it first, and the unlit candle would then begin to burn,
illuminating the map on the stele.
As such, there wasn’t very much fighting. As the saying goes, first
come, first served, so anyone who was beaten to a particular platform
would quickly leave in search of another.
Meng Hao’s eyes glittered. The three-hundred-meter and
three-thousand-meter platforms were relatively far away from him, and the
closest one to him was a thirty-meter platforms, so he quickly made his
way toward that one.
However, just when he was about to step foot onto it, someone else nearby
apparently had the same idea as he did. It was a tall, hulking man with
ripples spreading out from beneath his feet which, if you looked closely,
resembled illusory seawater that contained three swimming fish. Overall,
it made the hulking man seem incredibly impressive.
He and Meng Hao were both about to step onto the platform at exactly the
same time, when the hulking man snorted coldly. Killing intent flickered
in his eyes.
“Screw off!” he said.
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With that, his right hand made a hurling motion toward Meng Hao. The fish
began to swim through the water at incredible speed, and an intense power
surged out, transforming into an illusory sea dragon which shot toward
Meng Hao, mouth gaping open to consume him.
Meng Hao’s expression was as calm as ever, but he moved with explosive
speed as he dodged past the sea dragon and then set foot onto the
platform one breath of time before the hulking man.
In that instant, the candle on the platform burned to life, sending light
spreading out in all directions. The hulking man’s face was very
unsightly as he glared at Meng Hao, and he let out a cold snort as he
shot toward another nearby platform.
Meng Hao’s expression was the same as ever, and he completely ignored
the hulking man as he sat down cross-legged in front of the stone stele
to examine the map. The map encompassed a huge area, but roughly ninety
percent of it was covered in darkness, leaving only about ten percent
Within that small visible area, he could see numerous narrow roads
spreading out, the origin of which was the location he was in now. The
end location of all the roads was a place near the dark area on the map.
Out in the void, more and more candles were springing to life; apparently
the number of platforms here was equal to the number of people who had
arrived. Before long, all of the cultivators had occupied a platform.
Unfortunately, a handful of unlucky cultivators ended up dying in the
As for the hulking man from earlier, he had managed to secure a platform
to the right of Meng Hao. He looked over at Meng Hao occasionally, his
eyes glowing with killing intent. The spat between the two of them had
obviously left him irritated.
Apparently, Meng Hao didn’t notice the man, and focused intently on
studying the map.
After enough time passed for an incense stick to burn, everything grew
quiet. Finally, an archaic voice boomed out through the void.
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“I am Ling Yunzi of the Ninth Sea God World. As of now… the Dao gate
has opened, and the Ancient Road stretches out. All of you must traverse
the road… use it to corroborate your Dao, and to corroborate your
“The road is well-lit, but is filled with danger. Any who tread it must
do so with utmost caution!
“As of this moment, if you turn back, you still have a chance to
retreat. But once you step forward…when you look back, there won’t
even be the safety of a shoreline.” His voice rang out over all the
platforms, filling the entire area. All of the Dao Seeking competitors in
the trial by fire could hear him.
When Meng Hao heard the Ninth Sea God World mentioned, he looked up. It
instantly made him think of Fan Dong’er, and he felt a bit
apprehensive. He reminded himself that he had changed his appearance, but
still didn’t feel any less nervous. He quietly took out the black
feather the parrot had acquired, and placed it an easily accessible
location in the front of his robe.
“You may now enter the road. This is a trial by fire, and anyone with
unsuitable latent talent will be eliminated first, leaving behind only
the most suitable candidates.
“After that, you shall not simply walk as you wish along the road. At
every stage along the way, you will be tested.
“Depending on your performance in the tests, I will arrange for you to
proceed a certain number of steps. Everything you do here is visible to
observers on the outside, so you need not fear that I will be unfair in
“And now, let the first stage begin, the stage of combat!
“You may use any means fair or foul, even deadly means, to snuff out as
many candles as you can in the time it takes an incense stick to burn!
Anyone whose candle is snuffed out will lose the qualification to
continue. Anyone who is killed will automatically be considered to have
their candle extinguished!” As soon as they heard Ling Yunzi’s words,
all the Ninth Mountain and Sea cultivators in the Dao Seeking trial by
fire felt their hearts tremble, and their killing intent exploded up.
Everyone had assumed that all participants would be allowed to enter the
Ancient Road, and that the fastest one thousand among them who reached
the end would be able to proceed. They had never imagined that the trial
by fire would actually begin in this way.
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The point of the first stage was to prevent one’s candle from being
extinguished, and at the same time, put out the candles of the others.
In the blink of an eye, people began sending out Dharma Clones to charge
toward other platforms. Instantly, fierce fighting broke out; divine
abilities and magical techniques caused everything to rumble and shake.
The entire area was thrown into chaos, and roaring filled the ears of
everyone present. It only took a moment before screams of death rang out.
Even as Meng Hao’s eyes began to glitter coldly, the hulking man off to
his right who had been glancing at him murderously gave a vicious laugh
and waved his right hand. Instantly, a Feng Shui compass flew out, which
then transformed into a glittering spell formation that spread out to
protect his candle. Then the man flew out toward Meng Hao.
“I’ve killed lots of peak Dao Seeking experts,” he said. “Since
you dared to compete with me, then you’ll be the first person I kill in
this trial by fire!” The illusory seawater swelled beneath his feet as
he stepped onto Meng Hao’s platform. He quickly performed an
incantation gesture, causing a sea dragon to roar toward Meng Hao.
Meng Hao was sitting cross-legged next to the candle, and when he looked
up his face was calm. There wasn’t even a cold gleam visible in his
eyes. He looked placidly over at the hulking man, then waved his hand
through the air in a snatching motion. Shockingly, the Star Plucking
Magic was unleashed.
The first thing that it grabbed was the sea dragon, which was completely
incapable of fighting back, and although it struggled for a moment, Meng
Hao simply pinched his fingers together, and it collapsed into pieces.
The hulking man’s eyes widened; he was well aware that the sea dragon
had materialized with roughly eighty percent of his total power. Normally
speaking, there were few peak Dao Seeking experts in the Ninth Sea who
could possibly evade this sea dragon.
However, he had just watched as his opponent casually waved a hand and
crushed it to pieces. In that instant, the hulking man’s scalp went
numb, and he was very nearly scared out of his mind.
“Not good!” he thought. “Don’t tell me this is one of those
inhuman freaks from one of the sects or clans? Impossible! I’ve seen
all of those people from afar, but I’ve never laid eyes on this guy
The man’s face fell, and he immediately cried out with a loud voice:
“Misunderstanding! Fellow Daoist, this was just a
As he spoke, he retreated at top speed. However, Meng Hao’s Star
Plucking Magic bore down on him and snatched up him. The hulking man’s
face filled with fear, but Meng Hao’s was expressionless as he gently
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Before the hulking man could even let out a bloodcurdling scream, his
body was crushed into pieces, and he was destroyed in spirit and body.
When he died, his candle immediately snuffed out.
After making his deadly attack, Meng Hao pointed toward the Feng Shui
compass that covered the hulking man’s candle. It trembled, and was
just about to fly back toward Meng Hao when a black beam flew toward it.
The beam turned into a black-robed youth, who reached out to grab the
Feng Shui compass.
However, almost as soon as his hand latched onto the item, Meng Hao’s
cold snort echoed out. When it entered the young man’s ears, he began
to tremble violently, and subconsciously looked over at Meng Hao. When
their gazes locked, his mind filled with a roaring sound.
To him, Meng Hao’s gaze felt like two sharp swords, stabbing into his
eyes and threatening to slash his mind into pieces, stabbing into his
brain and down into his soul.
The young man’s face fell, and he coughed up a huge mouthful of blood.
His face was pale, and he ceased all attempts to grab the Feng Shui
“Fellow Daoist!!” he cried urgently in a raspy voice. “Pardon my
1. Ling Yunzi’s name in Chinese is 凌云子 líng yún zǐ – Ling is
a surname which also means “rise high.” Yun means “cloud,” and Zi
means “son” or “child.” Also, 凌云 is a word which means
“soar to the skies.” Therefore, his name contains a bit of clever