True Martial World - chapter-83
A day later, all the participants from the small tribal clans within a
thousand miles slowly arrived at the Tao tribal clan. After a night’s
rest, the Kingdom’s selection was officially started!
The selection’s venue was a flat wasteland just outside the Tao tribal
This flat wasteland covered a large area. Its surface was littered with
black ironstones, as if they were specially paved tiles.
More than a thousand participants, who split up into their own tribal
clans, lined up neatly on the wasteland.
In the middle were the young elites of the Tao tribal clan. They numbered
about six hundred people and had more participants than all the small
tribes combined! Not only were they large in numbers, the quality of
their cultivation was excellent. Even those who were pulled in to fill
the numbers were stronger than the Lian Clan’s warrior preparation camp
Yi Yun noticed that right in front of those people stood the Tao tribal
clan’s third young master, Tao Yunxiao.
As for the first and second young master, they did not make an
appearance. According to the rules of the Kingdom’s selection, the
first assessment was a preliminary round. It would eliminate those who
lacked strength. As for those who had already reached the Purple Blood
realm, there was no need for them to participate in the preliminaries as
they could just participate in the final selection rounds.
In fact by reaching the Purple Blood realm, it was a guaranteed spot in
the Jin Long Wei. The final selection round was just going through the
motions. A Purple Blood warrior before the age of twenty-eight, even if
they were in the early stages of the purple blood realm, they already
proved their talent; hence, they were well-qualified to be a member of
the Jin Long Wei.
In the entire Tao tribal clan, besides the first and second young master,
there were seven other Purple Blood warriors who were below the age of
twenty-eight. Hence, nine spots in the Kingdom’s selection had already
been reserved for these nine people.
Over a thousand people had to vie for the last eleven spots!
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A group of cavalry horses galloped forward, leading them was the Jin Long
Wei’s Thousand Households, Zhang Tan.
He was also the examining officer of the selection in the Tao tribal clan.
Zhang Tan gently reeled in the reins and dismounted the horse, “Now,
I’ll announce the rules of the first preliminary round!”
Zhang Tan was direct with his no nonsense attitude. He did not even
introduce himself before jumping straight to the point, “The
selection’s first round is to test your Spirit!”
The participants were stunned. They were guessing that the preliminary
would be a test of strength or something similar as it was the simplest
and easiest. But to test Spirit? What is Spirit? How does one test it?
“Spirit is your morale, and it’s also your resoluteness! A person
with great Spirit would be able to deal with matters decisively. They
would be daring, and never retreat in the face of adversity. They would
charge forward with determination regardless of any temptations!”
“On the path of learning martial arts, there are several obstacles!
There are many mysterious areas that are life threatening; and without
Spirit and resoluteness, you would not dare enter into these areas.”
“When facing a strong desolate beast in battle, Spirit is required to
protect the human cities. It is insufficient to only have power. When
facing a primordial desolate beast in battle, if you were to be timid,
you would not be able to display a half of your true strength. How would
you be able to fight?”
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“One step on the path to breaking through the realms is to defeat the
demons within one’s self. You need to have the momentum and the will to
break through everything. On the path to becoming a peerless expert, you
will face endless temptations. Many forces will try to draw you to their
side by granting you riches, treasure and beauty, hoping to corrupt you,
and then eventually, they will exploit you! If you were to indulge in
these temptations, without being resolute, that would be the end of your
martial arts path!”
“So the future of a warrior is not talent, but Spirit!”
Upon hearing Zhang Tan’s monologue, Yi Yun understood it deeply; having
great Spirit is a quality that every accomplished person should have!
The heroes of ancient China were all focused on one goal and they surged
forward through tribulations. Adversity and temptations had all failed to
This Spirit was known in ancient China as “aura”!
The people who could read a person’s aura would see an accomplished
person have a purple halo above their head. A person with this halo would
be known to have the aura of the Son of the Heavens. In novels, it is
known as having the aura of a conqueror.
In summary, to have the aura of the Son of the Heavens means they have
the power to accomplish great deeds!
Zhang Tan carried on, “To determine your Spirit, it will be a holistic
test. A simple test will not be able to accurately assess you. Now, all
of you circle around me. The closest person has to be at least fifty
steps away from me!”
With that, the crowd began to move. A crowd of a thousand people without
any unified direction, not to mention the vagueness of Zhang Tan’s
orders, made the scene chaotic.
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Seeing this situation, several people including Tao Yunxiao and Lian
Chengyu began to display their leadership qualities.
“The people of the Tao tribal clan, hear my command. We shall hold
hands and form a circle around Thousand Households Zhang, and then spread
As the Tao tribal clan had the most number of people. By holding hands
and forming a circle, they could avoid the confusion.
Several other tribes began to follow suit.
“Yi Yun, what are you idling there for? Go across, can’t you see that
there’re few people there?” Lian Chengyu shouted at Yi Yun. He felt
that maintaining order in the chaos was also a way to showcase his
Spirit. If he did it well, he would gain the attention of the upper
echelon of the Jin Long Wei.
This was an opportunity for him.
Yi Yun was after all, a member of the Lian tribal clan. If Yi Yun did not
obey his orders and ran amok, it would make him lose face and make him
Yi Yun looked coldly at Lian Chengyu and said, “Just take care of your
Yi Yun’s words made Lian Chengyu turn cold, “I’ll see how long you
can stay arrogant. You may have talent in martial arts, but in this test
of Spirit, how could a follower like you, who is poor and always hungry,
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Spirit was the ability to achieve great things, only a person with
leadership qualities could possess it. As for the Lian tribal clan, who
was the leader? It was clear!
“Let us try it and we’ll find out who has more Spirit” shrugged Yi
Yun. “Also, Young master Lian, how’s your injury? It won’t affect
the test of Spirit later, will it?”
Yi Yun was great at targeting people’s weak spots and ridiculing them
about these weak spots.
Lian Chengyu’s failure to break through to the Purple Blood realm and
his anger at this failure that caused him to cough up blood, was his most
depressing and disgraceful memory.
Lian Chengyu’s face fell when Yi Yun mentioned it.
“Little bastard, I’ll see how long you can be this arrogant! You will
eventually fall into my hands and then I’ll let you know what it means
to lead a living death!”
After saying it in a hushed tone, Lian Chengyu turned and walked away..
Yi Yun chuckled and was not bothered by Lian Chengyu. He moved with the
crowd and he would occasionally glance at Zhang Tan. He saw Zhang Tan
retrieving a black box, which exceeded three meters in length, from his
This black box was made entirely of black iron and its surface was
covered in ancient, mysterious looking inscriptions.
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When all the people had finally formed a circle around Zhang Tan, he
coldly said to the crowd, “the preliminaries are about to begin. I will
give you all a word of advice. Do not push it, if you think you are
lacking in Spirit, stand further away to prevent injury.”
No one moved after listening to Zhang Tan’s words. In fact, a few
people, including Tao Yunxiao and Lian Chengyu, moved forward a few
steps, to demonstrate their Spirit.
Zhang Tan smiled and opened up the box. From the box, he took out a
three-foot-long black object. It was a curvy spiked spine. The spiked
spine was helical and looked like a scimitar.
Yi Yun could tell that the black object was the horn of a huge beast.
After Zhang Tan took out the horn, it began floating slowly upwards,
This was the object to test one’s Spirit?
Everyone was confused and was unsure how the assessment would proceed.
Weirdly, they felt a sense of unease while in front of the horn.
This feeling of unease sunk into their hearts…
“I will say it once more. Those people who lack confidence, stand back
or this test might kill your confidence. It might even prevent you from
practicing martial arts ever again.” Zhang Tan said solemnly.
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A few of the Jin Long Wei members by his side retreated and left Zhang
Tan alone. With a few light taps, blinking runes appeared around the horn!