True Martial World - chapter-690
The Sword Spirit, who had entered deep slumber years ago, had awoken once
However, it was still as weak as ever. Sleep could only slow its decline,
but it could not recover its energy.
The Sword Spirit’s words did not seem to change the youth’s decision. He
insisted, “According to our Master’s standards, he does not have the
qualifications to stay.”
“The Master’s standards… ” The Sword Spirit sighed and shook his head.
“That standard is too high… To be at the large success stage of Sword
Intent before the age of twenty, and to comprehend the Heart of the Sword
before the age of hundred… ”
“This standard was indeed set by our Master, but it was established based
on the 12 Empyrean Heavens back then, provided that one had a powerful
master, and had perfect heritage. In this lower realm, how can there be
such things… In this desolate land, to have such a successor is already
great luck… ”
“Chibai, we do not have much time left. Even if we rely on sleep, it will
just extend our lifespans by a few million years or ten million years. Do
you really believe that we will be able to find a successor who can be at
the large success stage of Sword Intent before the age of twenty in that
period of time?”
The white-dressed youth might look young, but in fact, the amount of time
that he had lived was not much shorter than the Sword Spirit. It was
because the Pure Yang Sword Palace owner’s companion sword had been
broken, causing the Sword Spirit to be severely injured. As such, he had
to sleep in the Pure Yang Sword Palace, which made him look even weaker.
As for the white-dressed youth, he was the Pure Yang Sword Palace’s
Temple Spirit. Although his lifespan was longer than the Sword Spirit’s,
it was not that much longer.
The gray-dressed elder’s words made the youth frown. He was arrogant and
cold. To him, the rules set by the Pure Yang Sword Palace owner was
And in fact, the Pure Yang Sword Palace owner had never thought of
leaving the Pure Yang Sword Palace in a lower realm. It was easier said
than done finding a successor in the lower realm.
Seeing the youth not speak, the Sword Spirit looked at Yi Yun. More than
ten years ago, he had understood Yi Yun’s strength very well. Back then,
Yi Yun had never used a sword, yet, now, he had today’s achievements.
Although he had not completely reached the Pure Yang Sword Palace owner’s
standards, with his background and the amount of time he had been
practicing martial arts, the achievements he had attained was stunning.
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“Although you have failed to meet the owner’s standards, for tens of
thousands of years, we have only managed to wait for you. Tens of
millions of years ago, the Pure Yang Sword Palace received a visitor. He
cultivated pure Yang laws and he was a sword user. It could be said that
his talent was excellent, but unfortunately, he was too old. He far
exceeded the upper limits of the age demanded by our Master. He already
had his own Sword Dao and Martial Dao. His life potential had also been
mostly used up. It was very difficult for him to inherit the inheritance.
So, we gave up on him… ”
“As for you, you can be considered to be a piece of white paper. Although
your foundation is weak, it has a lot of room for growth. For us to
manage to wait for your arrival, we probably do not have time left to
carry on waiting… ”
The Sword Spirit’s words stunned Yi Yun.
What? Tens of millions of years ago, another person had come to Pure Yang
Yi Yun knew that discovering and entering the Pure Yang Sword Palace was
not easy. Even Yi Yun himself, together with the Purple Crystal, managed
to break through the Nine Nine As One array through a certain amount of
luck to enter this world.
That person had the ability to enter the Pure Yang Sword Palace and
cultivated pure Yang laws and swords… Could he be… Azure Yang Lord?
On careful thought, it could only be him.
Even the Azure Yang Lord had been rejected by the Pure Yang Sword Palace.
Upon thinking of this, Yi Yun was secretly horrified. However, upon
careful thought, it was understandable. If the Azure Yang Lord was a
beautifully piece of wood carving, the wood carving was already formed,
so it was very difficult to change it any further.
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As for himself, he came from a poor background. In all the cultivation he
had, a lot of standards never reached a proper level, yet he was still a
uncarved, rough piece of wood. He still had a lot of room for growth.
The Sword Spirit had already decided on Yi Yun, but the white-dressed
youth was still frowning. He seemed like a perfectionist. Picking a
successor that did not match his ideals caused a knot in his heart.
As the Pure Yang Sword Palace’s Temple Spirit, he naturally had a greater
right to decide on a successor.
He refused to choose Yi Yun, but he also had to admit that the Sword
Spirit had a point.
He looked deeply at Yi Yun and he did not wish to speak to Yi Yun any
further. He turned around and left.
As his figure turned dim, he disappeared into the white and empty void.
Yi Yun gave a wry smile. The Temple Spirit could not even be bothered to
speak to him.
“Don’t mind him. Chibai and I are far from what we were in the past. We
just want to see this piece of world vibrant once again. We are indignant
about it while lingering on our last breaths. My sleep is not for
recovery. It is just to extend the tiny bit of useful time in the
lifespan that I have left to find a successor. Although I don’t have any
hopes, I still have the hope that maybe one day, this divine palace will
be restored to its former glory, even if the chances are a tenth… ” As
the Sword Spirit spoke, he sighed.
He had decided on Yi Yun, while the youth had reluctantly acquiesced to
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As such, Yi Yun’s identity as successor was decided.
“Senior, I have a question. How far am I away from the standards of the
Sword Palace’s successor?” Yi Yun wanted to know the gap that he had. He
wanted to know what it meant to “be at the large success stage of Sword
Intent before the age of twenty, and to comprehend the Heart of the Sword
before the age of hundred”.
The Sword Spirit said, “Sword Dao is one of the 3000 Great Dao in martial
arts. A warrior’s understanding of Sword Dao is divided into realms by
itself. However, in this world, due to the limitations of its heritage,
it does not have any system of Sword Dao, nor is there any divisive
realms in Sword Dao.”
The realms of the sword begins with gaining insight into Sword Intent,
followed by condensing one’s Heart of the Sword, then tempering one’s
Sword Soul, and finally creating the Heavenly Dao of the Sword.”
“In these four large realms, there are smaller realms dividing them,
being the Initial Stage, Small Success Stage, Large Success Stage and
Perfection. There aren’t many realms, but just breaking through one realm
is extremely difficult. Those who consider themselves Kings in the 12
Empyrean Heavens are usually in the Initial Stages of Sword Soul. As for
the final Heavenly Dao of the Sword, that is our Master’s realm. Even our
Master failed to reach the peak of Sword Dao.”
“Of course, the path of martial arts number in the thousands. Sword Dao
is just one of them, and there is no need to specifically choose the
Sword Dao. Other Great Dao can equally allow a person to reach the
position of a mighty expert. As for your current realm in the way of the
sword, you are barely considered to be at the Small Success Stage of
Sword Intent… ”
The successor of the Pure Yang Sword Palace was required to reach the
Large Success Stage of Sword Intent before the age of twenty, or achieve
Heart of the Sword before the age of hundred.
Yi Yun was already twenty years old when he entered reclusion in the God
Advent Tower. He had already failed the first condition, but Yi Yun
wanted to achieve the second condition of cultivating the Heart of the
Sword before the age of hundred.
The white-dressed youth’s disregard for himself was because he was weak.
Although Yi Yun had nothing to say about that, he still felt like he was
suppressing some anger in his heart.
He had been painstakingly cultivating for more than ten years and he had
yet to meet the criteria of the Pure Yang Sword Palace. He only became
the “better than nothing” successor because Chibai and the gray-dressed
elder had little lifespan left.
However, Yi Yun would not sell himself short because of this.
His path was still long. He had came from the Cloud Wilderness where he
could not even have a meal. There was no point even mentioning the
geniuses from the 12 Empyrean Heavens, just a genius in a small family
clan in the Tian Yuan world was enough to show the huge disparity.
He had came from the lowest possible background, taking step after step
to this day. He might be lacking in qualifications now, but it did not
mean that he was any less or that he would be inferior all his life.
He was unable to decide on his starting point, but how far his ending
point could go to, it was all decided by him.
When the Sword Spirit saw how quickly Yi Yun swept away the dark clouds
in his heart, he also nodded silently.
As a swordsman, to cultivate one’s Heart of the Sword, one had to
persevere and move forward fiercely.
With one’s heart bent on martial arts, seeking one’s Dao, only such a
person had the true qualifications to pursue martial arts.
“Follow me, I’ll take you into the inner sanctums of the Pure Yang Sword
Palace.” The Sword Spirit said.
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Just as he finished speaking, Yi Yun was faced with blurriness. After a
moment of haziness, he was standing in front of that large door once
again, as if he had never taken a single step.
And at this moment, the runes on the door began to light up. It began to
tremble, rumbling as it opened. The Pure Yang Sword Palace that had been
sealed for countless numbers of years had finally opened for Yi Yun…