I Shall Seal the Heavens - chapter-859
“Of course, if that is your wish,” Ling Yunzi said with a smile.
“Why don’t you think about it a bit. Once you get to the Ninth Sea
God World, you can give me your final answer.” He waved his sleeve,
causing a command medallion to fly out to Meng Hao.
“When you’ve taken care of your affairs, crush that medallion. It
will bring you to the Ninth Sea God World.” With that, Ling Yunzi
turned and vanished. At the same time, the air around Meng Hao shattered.
When things grew clear again, he was back on the altar on the Ancient
All of the other competitors in the trial by fire were looking at Meng
Hao with expressions of disbelief.
As for everyone in the outside world, although they weren’t sure about
the details of what had gone on between Meng Hao and the Three Great
Daoist Societies, that didn’t mean they were any less amazed regarding
Meng Hao’s rise to prominence in the trial by fire.
This was especially the case due to Ling Yunzi’s recruitment of Meng
Hao as a Conclave disciple.
When the spectators in the Ninth Mountain and Sea heard that, their gazes
became torn between envy and admiration. All of them were staring at Meng
Hao on the screen.
“He’s pretty much the number one figure in the entire trial by fire.
It’s no surprise that he ended up joining the Ninth Sea God World.”
“I wonder if he’ll participate in the final two stages. Of course,
after that is the most important part… the arena matches!”
“If I were him, I would participate in the final two stages, but not
the arena matches. After all, the Chosen from the great Sects will be
able to join in the fighting there. They’re qualified to do so without
participating in the testing, which is why they don’t walk the Ancient
Road. They can directly go straight to the arena matches!
“This Fang Mu might be strong, but it’s doubtful that he can measure
up to all those Chosen.”
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“That’s really too bad. Throughout the successive trials by fire put
on by the Three Great Daoist Societies, the arena matches are the
highlight. There are incredible prizes up for grabs!”
Even as the discussions continued outside, the ninth stage was beginning
on the three Ancient Roads.
The number of people still participating in the trial by fire had already
been significantly reduced. People had been eliminated consistently
throughout the previous eight stages. Plus there were people like Fatty
and the others who had been directly recruited and escorted away by
various sects, and would not be participating in the final two stages or
the arena matches.
Ling Yunzi suddenly materialized on the Ancient Road of Dao Seeking.
“The final two stages will assess the heart, and the Dao!” he said.
He looked over at Meng Hao with an approving smile, and then swept his
hands through the air. This caused everyone’s positions to change once
again, and Meng Hao was yet again in the lead position.
“The ninth stage refines the heart! The tenth stage inquires of your
“After these two stages, seven thousand Nascent Soul competitors, two
thousand Spirit Severing competitors, and one thousand Dao Seeking
competitors, will be chosen to partake in the arena matches!
“I must remind you that there are many prizes available during the
arena matches. However, your opponents will not just be fellow
competitors in the trial by fire. You will also be up against Chosen from
various sects, as well as disciples from the Three Great Daoist Societies.
“This might be a bit unfair, but there are many things under Heaven
that are like that. The truly mighty will definitely rise above the
others!” Ling Yunzi waved his hand again, and the altar once more began
to grow hazy.
The crowds in the Ninth Mountain and Sea were gazing steadily at the
screens as they waited for the final two stages. In the palace in the
starry sky, the various Patriarchs were also looking on with pensive
expressions. None of them asked any questions of the Three Great Daoist
Societies, but instead, focused on the competitors in the trial by fire
who they had taken note of earlier.
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The Patriarchs from the Three Great Daoist Societies sat up front, their
expressions calm. They themselves were the only ones who knew how truly
excited they were.
Meanwhile, many discussions were being carried on in the outside world.
“The ninth stage tests the heart, and whether or not the contestants
can be victorious over the Devil in their hearts!”
“That stage has something to do with willpower, but not a lot. The key
to being victorious over the Devil in one’s heart is not just
willpower, but most importantly the certitude of one’s Dao Heart.
That’s why the ninth and tenth stages are conducted together.
“I wonder if Fang Mu will continue to be the center of attention in
this stage. If he stays in first place like he has so far, then his glory
will be completely and utterly established. After all, he’s completely
surpassed tens of thousands of others in each of the various stages.”
“I’d say… not necessarily. He might have come in first in the
previous stages, but now that the final two stages are here, he’s
definitely exhausted. It will be difficult for him to succeed!”
As the discussions continued, the competitors in the trial by fire on the
Ancient Roads were gradually being covered over by the blurriness as they
were taken to a special world. This world was completely different than
the others they had been to.
Meng Hao opened his eyes to see… a purgatory!
It was a world of flames. Even the sky was on fire, and what land was
visible that didn’t have flames was dry and cracked, without the
slightest sign of life.
Furthermore, Meng Hao quickly realized that he had been strung up, bound
by an iron chain. As he looked around, he saw that there were iron chains
everywhere, all of which bound people.
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Among those were Nascent Soul and Spirit Severing cultivators, as well as
some Dao Seeking cultivators like Meng Hao. Meng Hao saw the young man in
the mask, as well as Chen Fan with his Nascent Soul cultivation base.
“What’s… what’s going on?!” Before coming into this world that
tested the heart and the Dao, he had been full of confidence. After all,
he had passed through all the previous levels as the center of attention.
Now, though, as he looked around at this unique world, for some unknown
reason he was suddenly filled with a stifling sense of crisis.
He was not the only one to be regaining clarity. Around him, there were
roughly a hundred thousand cultivators all recovering their senses. When
they realized the situation they were in, they began to cry out in alarm.
“What is this place? How could the final two stages be like this!?”
“I never thought… I never thought that we would all be tested
Meng Hao’s breath came in ragged pants as he tested out the chain that
bound him and found that he couldn’t make it budge an inch. Also, his
ability to use his cultivation base had apparently been suppressed,
leaving him with nothing but the ordinary power of Dao Seeking.
Even more shocking to Meng Hao was that he could feel the iron chain that
bound him swaying back and forth. Also, when he looked off into the
distance, what he saw caused him to gape. In fact, there were even some
people whose eyes went wide when they saw what was off in the distance,
and they let out cries of shock and alarm.
Meng Hao was able to clearly see that at the very end of the iron chains
that bound all the cultivators was an enormous cudgel, which was in turn
slung over the shoulder of a giant!
The giant was gargantuan, and bare chested. He wore animal hide clothing,
and his skin was pitch-black, with a violet tint. He moved forward at a
run, which caused the iron chains to sway back and forth, making everyone
attached to them feel as if the entire world was spinning.
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The crowds in the outside world of the Ninth Mountain and Sea were
equally shaken. They watched the vortex screens, and the gargantuan giant
which had appeared.
“So the final two stages are like this!”
“What kind of test is this?”
It was at this point that a huge rift appeared in the sky of the world
that Meng Hao and the others were in, out of which flew hundreds of
thousands of figures.
These figures were not cultivators, but rather, winged beasts. Their
appearances were savage, and they kicked up a shocking wind as they
immediately began to fly toward the cultivators.
It was at this point that the giant suddenly stopped running, and then
swung the huge cudgel into the air, which also swung the iron chains
attached to its end. All of the cultivators were buffeted by gale force
winds that made it feel as if they had been slammed into a huge cliff
face. The cultivators were sent flying directly into the charging flying
The beasts’ eyes were bright red, and voracious grins could be seen on
their faces. They immediately pounced onto the cultivators, and in the
blink of an eye, miserable screams could be heard. Many people were
instantly killed in the initial salvo, completely wiped out by the
beasts, who swallowed them alive.
A rain of blood fell down toward the ground, causing the sea of flames
down below to dim and darken.
A vicious gleam appeared in Meng Hao’s eyes as his body swung with the
chain, completely out of his own control. However, he was still able to
attack, and he didn’t hesitate to perform an incantation with his right
hand. He made a claw-like gesture, and lines of claw marks appeared,
which slammed into an incoming beast’s head.
A boom could be heard, and the beast shrieked, after which its head
exploded. However, even as its body tumbled past Meng Hao, three more
beasts appeared behind it.
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More booms could be heard as Meng Hao attacked like the wind. He had a
vicious personality that he now made no attempt to hide. His attacks sent
blood flying through the air, and the killing intent which shone in his
eyes grew more and more intense. After enough time passed for an incense
stick to burn, more than thirty beasts had died under his attacks.
There were many other cultivators like Meng Hao, all engaged in fierce
fighting. Gradually, more and more of them died. The few people that were
left behind were now facing ever greater numbers of beasts.
Furthermore, some beasts had appeared that were similar to the Dao
Seeking stage in power. Within an hour, false Immortal beasts were on the
scene, and one cultivator after another died around Meng Hao. After two
more hours passed, there were less than a hundred people, who were
surrounded and quickly being overwhelmed.
Meng Hao held on for fifteen breaths of time before his body collapsed
and his head was devoured by a beast. In the last moments before his
death, he was able to see that he had held out long enough to be the last
person to die.
Everything went black.
When things became clear again, Meng Hao found himself in a world of
flames, with a dismal sky, and swaying chains. Everything he saw was
exactly the same as before. Other people began to awaken, then stare
around themselves in shock.
Meng Hao was also gaping, and then his scalp went numb. Apparently,
nothing had changed. The giant was still running forward, and everyone
who had died was back where they had been before.
After enough time passed for half an incense stick to burn, the rift
opened up in the sky and the beasts poured down. It was all exactly the
same as before, almost as if they had been reincarnated. Yet again the
giant roared and flung the cudgel out. Meng Hao and all the other
cultivators who were attached to the chains were once again thrust into
Meng Hao quickly found that exactly the same beasts as before came to
After two hours passed, Meng Hao died. When he opened his eyes, the
chains were still there, swinging….
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Once, twice, three times…. Meng Hao quickly lost track of time and how
many times he had died. Soon, people around him began to grow numb to
what was happening. As soon as they were tossed out, they chose to die,
then begin the cycle again.
An expression of frustration gradually appeared on Meng Hao’s face.
There was no way to leave this place. This was supposed to be a trial by
fire, but there seemed to be no chance to live.
Die, die, and die again.
Revive, revive, and revive again.
Some people began to collapse into frenzied howls. However, that made no
difference. Some people silently contemplated different methods of
success, but all craftiness and plots were in vain.
Meng Hao watched as a Dao Seeking cultivator used some unknown method to
try to possess one of the attacking beasts, then use it to flee. Soon, he
vanished, apparently having escaped.
However, the next time Meng Hao regained consciousness, the man was still
strung up on the chain, just like before.
As to what exactly had happened, the man gave no explanation.