I Shall Seal the Heavens - chapter-916
As time passed, a few people noticed that under normal circumstances, the
fifth level would have already concluded. However, Meng Hao was still
Apparently, the time limit had been cancelled, leaving Meng Hao free to
spend as much time as he wanted there.
Slowly, the number of plants and vegetation he identified increased.
Eventually, three days went by.
Meng Hao could never have imagined that he would need to spend so much
time and energy on the fifth level. His eyes were bloodshot, and he felt
that he was on the verge of mental exhaustion. However, he was still
excited and his spirits were high.
Among the final twenty percent were many types of of the plants and
vegetation that Meng Hao didn’t recognize. Each one required a great
deal of time and energy to analyze and judge before he could identify
some clues that would lead him into further levels of investigation.
Eventually, he would get enough information to be able to create a divine
Detailed introduction on the plant would appear every time he made his
imprint. That was what he truly looked forward to; he was like a dried-up
sponge, just waiting to absorb boundless knowledge about plants and
Three more days passed…. None of the audience members left, but instead
settled themselves cross-legged in the area. Were these ordinary
cultivators, they would probably find the affair boring. However, they
were alchemists and apprentice alchemists, people who had devoted their
lives to the Dao of alchemy. Watching Meng Hao’s examination on the
screen enabled them to see medicinal plants that they might otherwise
never be able to see, which was an incredible opportunity.
Everyone was imprinting the information into their minds, studying and
More and more people joined the crowd. On the tenth day, there were
nearly 300,000 people present, densely packed together as far as the eye
On the fifth level, a tremor ran through Meng Hao’s body as he woke up
from his reverie of plants and vegetation. There in front of him was the
final page of the ancient book.
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At that moment, all of his exhaustion from the past days enveloped him,
and his head felt swollen and began to pulse with pain. To him, these
past ten days left him feeling more worn out than when he had fought the
three black-robed Immortal Realm cultivators.
And yet, he did not close his eyes. He examined the tome, upon which his
results for this level were revealed.
He hadn’t paid any attention to the results for the first four levels,
because he was absolutely confident that he hadn’t made any mistakes.
However, on this fifth level, he wasn’t so confident.
“I missed more than 200….” he murmured, “all of them in the final
300,000,000 plants.” Finally he closed his eyes and rotated his
cultivation base to restore his composure
He wasn’t happy with his results at all. However, he had been
introduced to many, many unfamiliar medicinal plants on this level, and
his skill with plants and vegetation had increased by a whole level.
To the outside audience, the results were completely shocking, and that
included the three tier 8 Elders. Everyone gasped, and then a huge uproar
“1,000,000,000 plants and he only missed a bit over 200…. He’s
“Any tier 5 alchemist would pass by identifying the first 100,000,000.
But Fang Hao required more of himself! He went through all 1,000,000,000.
From the look on his face, he seems a bit disappointed.”
The sound of the conversations among the 300,000 audience members was
like thunder that spread out in all directions, and was heard by quite a
few of the Dao of Alchemy Division’s apprentice alchemists and full
alchemists. The ground trembled and the clouds in the sky shattered.
The three tier 8 alchemists wore forced smiles on their faces as they
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“When I attempted the fifth level that year, I couldn’t have done
“Forget about back then. Even right now, we’re probably the only
people who could. Even the tier 7 alchemists probably couldn’t pull
something like that off.”
Bright beams of light appeared off in the distance as more tier 8
alchemists appeared. Of course, no one present could see them. As they
arrived, they looked at the Medicine Pavilion… and their eyes were
filled with anticipation.
“Finally, our Dao of Alchemy Division has… a truly Chosen member of
Back on the fifth level of the Medicine Pavilion, Meng Hao opened his
eyes. Much of his tiredness and exhaustion had vanished. He took a deep
breath, rose to his feet, and stepped forward toward the ancient tome.
Then, he clasped hands and bowed deeply.
“Many thanks for bestowing me with such kindness!” he said softly.
Each and every word rose up from the depths of his heart. To cultivators
of the Dao of alchemy, Meng Hao’s experience just now was truly like
being gifted with an amazing Dao.
The tome vanished after Meng Hao bowed, and a flight of stairs appeared
up ahead of him. At the same time, his name moved from its previous
position up to the fifth level, where, as before, it was now in first
place on the list!
His expression was somber as he strode forward toward the steps and began
to climb up to the sixth level. When he arrived, what he saw absolutely
There were no medicinal plants, there was no tome, there was no mist.
There wasn’t even any light. There was only complete darkness.
Everything seemed empty, as if nothing at all existed there.
Meng Hao gaped in shock, and he wasn’t the only one. The people outside
were also staring at the screen, astonished.
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The only ones who didn’t were the alchemists who had previously been on
the sixth level. Their faces were grave as they stared closely at the
screen. The tier 7 old woman looked on, her face grim. Now that she had
seen how inhuman he was, she regretted what she had done earlier. She had
offended him, but she also knew that there was little she could do about
it now, and so she might as well stick to her guns.
After all, from her perspective, he might be inhuman, but he couldn’t
compare to the people who had sought out her help in the clan. The
compensation they had provided was incredible.
“I might not be able to do what he did in the fifth level,” she
thought to herself, “but that doesn’t matter. As an alchemist, you
don’t need to have such breadth and depth of knowledge regarding plants
and vegetation. It’s enough to be intimately familiar with the ones
that you do know.
“I failed dozens of times at this level before finally passing.
There’s no way this Fang Hao will succeed on his first try. After all,
the sixth level is completely different from the first five.” She
The nearby tier 5, 6, and 7 alchemists were shaking their heads. All of
them had challenged the sixth level of the Medicine Pavilion, so they
knew how difficult it was.
“This level is a watershed,” commented one of the tier 8 Elders, his
“The first five levels require sufficient knowledge of plants and
vegetation. The last four levels are completely different, and it only
gets harder and harder.”
On the stone stele outside of the Medicine Pavilion, hundreds of
thousands of names could be seen on the first level. There were only
100,000 on the second level, 50,000 on the third level, 20,000 on the
fourth level, and less than 10,000 on the fifth level.
As for the sixth level, only 5,000 people had ever passed it.
The seventh level had 1,000 names and the eighth level only had a bit
more than 200. The last level, the ninth… only had 10.
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It mustn’t be forgotten that those numbers represented the accumulation
of all the generations that had existed since the founding of the Fang
Clan’s Dao of Alchemy Division. From this, it was easy to imagine how
difficult the Medicine Pavilion was.
Furthermore, whenever anyone passed the sixth level, the first thing that
would happen would be that a Dao Bell would appear in the sky above the
ancestral mansion. No outsider could see that bell, and when it tolled,
only the members of the Fang Clan on Planet East Victory could hear it in
That bell represented true honor and glory!
Meng Hao stood on the Medicine Pavilion’s sixth level, looking around
at the pitch black around him. Even after sending his divine sense out,
he could sense nothing but darkness. After hesitating for a moment, he
took a step forward.
As soon as his foot landed, he stopped in place and cocked his head. His
Just now, he hadn’t seen anything within the darkness, but had been
able to smell the fragrance of medicinal plants. Some of the aromas were
faint, some were dense. They all melded together to fill the entire area,
and seemed to grow even thicker further on.
It was at this point that the archaic voice echoed out through the sixth
“Aroma Scrying is one of the realms of skill with plants and
vegetation. You may take up to 100 steps. With every step, you will smell
the fragrance of different medicinal plants.
“Determine what each plant is based on its smell, and imprint the
information into the darkness. One mistake means failure.”
Meng Hao wasn’t the only one who could hear the voice. The audience of
more than 300,000 in the outside world could also hear it, and it caused
their faces to flicker with expressions of disbelief.
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“How… how could you possibly provide all the answers! No wonder this
sixth level is considered so difficult. Aroma Scrying is virtually a
“I never thought that the test would involve Aroma Scrying! I heard
about this realm when I first became an apprentice alchemist. To think
that over all the past tens of thousands of years in the Fang Clan’s
Dao of Alchemy Division, 5,000 or so people have actually passed this
The outside world was in a huge commotion. Virtually everyone took this
test to be excessively difficult. It was in a completely different league
than the previous five levels.
The tier 7 old woman chuckled coldly. As she thought back to the
difficulty of this level, she actually felt frightened.
“The seventh level is even harder, for any alchemist,” she whispered
to herself. “And then there’s the hell-like eighth level!”
Back on the sixth level, Meng Hao began to breathe deeply, allowing the
fragrances of countless medicinal plants to enter his nose. Immediately,
his mind exploded as images of numerous medicinal plants appeared, each
one of which was associated with one of the fragrances he had detected.
There were no less than 10,000, but in the blink of an eye, his divine
sense swept out, and the images of medicinal plants began to appear in
the dark void around him.
Furthermore, the outline of an illusory lotus appeared beneath his feet.
He took a second step, and once again breathed in deeply. A tremor ran
through his body, and another 10,000 images appeared around him. A second
lotus appeared beneath him.
One step after another, and another….
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Meng Hao proceeded forward, and with each step he took, he breathed in
deeply. Afterward, numerous medicinal plants would appear around him,
causing the pitch-black world to be lit up by what looked like a
procession of blazing lanterns.
Furthermore, lotuses continued to appear beneath his feet.
After taking 69 steps, 69 lotuses had appeared, and he was surrounded by
millions of shining medicinal plants.
To everyone who was watching, Meng Hao almost looked like a holy being,
surrounded by swirling plants, lotuses blooming with each step he took.
“Lotuses with each step!!” thought the old woman. Her eyes were wide,
and she was panting. She well knew how difficult the sixth level was, and
also knew that the only way a lotus would appear would be if he correctly
identified the fragrance of every single medicinal plant, and imprinted
When she had passed the sixth level, she had only caused three lotuses to
appear. But Meng Hao… shockingly… created lotuses with each step!
She wasn’t the only shocked one. All of the alchemists who were
familiar with the sixth level were shaken. They watched Meng Hao on the
screen, and the image they saw would eternally be imprinted into their
minds. It was an unforgettable scene that they would never forget for the
rest of their lives.