Translator: GodBrandy Editor: Kurisu
“How unlucky! I spent so much effort improving my ‘super tribulation-transcending formation’, and even requested Venerable White’s help to perfect it further. I wanted to use this formation to condense a Golden Core with eight dragon patterns…” Palace Master Seven Lives Talisman’s liver was in pain.
Right now, say nothing of Golden Cores with eight dragon patterns, he should only pray to survive this calamity.
“I even went through much trouble to carry out a transaction with little friend Song Shuhang to get my hands on the blood pearls that blood demon had dropped so that I could finish forging my tribulation-transcending magical treasure. Then, just as my magical treasure was almost finished, I met with this unexpected disaster. I’ve waited for 300 years, and I was so close to advancing to the Sixth Stage True Monarch Realm,” Daoist Priest Horizon said bitterly.
“I’m in the same boat. I paid a high price to have Demon Monarch Nirvana prepare a set of tailor-made tribulation-transcending formations for me, but I can’t even make use of it now,” Eternity said.
Song Shuhang said, “I had also asked Senior Nirvana to prepare a set of tribulation-transcending formations for me, and I was preparing to advance to the Fourth Stage.”
“I’m dead, I’m dead…” the nameless old man kept muttering.
The words of the old man caused the others to be even more depressed.
Flames exploded amidst the sea of lightning.
The heavenly tribulation had officially started.
The ‘sea of tribulation lightning’ used a small portion of its power to lock onto all the people present, and the first wave of the heavenly tribulation slowly took shape.
The power of the heavenly tribulation had locked onto the five people as well as the core of the puppet on the scene. Each person would have to deal with their own share of tribulation power. The six wisps of tribulation power changed based on the realm of the cultivator they targeted, and their strength also differed.
The strength of this first wave of the tribulation wasn’t high. It was some sort of advance notice, warning the 5+1 cultivators that their end was near, and that the countdown of the time they had left to live had started.
However, Song Shuhang and the others weren’t going to give up this easily.
Even if the heavenly tribulation were stronger than this, what was the problem?
The path of cultivation consisted in breaking through hopeless situations and finding a way to survive amidst death! The path to immortality consisted precisely in transcending life and death, defying the will of the heavens itself!
“The strength of this first wave of the heavenly tribulation isn’t too high. Everyone, make thorough preparations. If any of us can, we should help the core of that puppet survive the first wave of the heavenly tribulation. That way, we can use it to attract the strongest attack of the second wave,” Palace Master Seven Lives Talisman said in a grave tone.
While speaking, he threw out a few talismans, giving himself, Song Shuhang, Horizon, Eternity, and also that old man an extra layer of protection.
“Leave the task of protecting the core of the puppet to me,” Eternity said. After saying this much, his body moved, and he arrived beside the puppet core.
“I’m dead, I’m dead…” the nameless old man kept muttering.
Soon after, the people on the scene unleashed their various abilities.
Palace Master Seven Lives Talisman arranged a small talisman formation.
Eternity took out a pair of mother-child swords.
Daoist Priest Horizon took out a blood-red magical treasure—it was the tribulation-transcending magical treasure he had been forging all this time but had yet to perfect.
Song Shuhang took a deep breath and stretched out his hand, slashing with his saber intent. The saber intent intertwined his body, and lifelike steel armor formed around his body. His saber intent should be enough to deal with the first wave of the heavenly tribulation.
“Armor intent?” Eternity asked. It was very difficult to condense this type of defensive ‘intent’. Therefore, he totally hadn’t expected that little friend Shuhang had condensed armor intent still in the Third Stage Realm.
“No, this is saber intent,” Song Shuhang said gravely.
“Ah?” Eternity was dumbfounded.
“Senior, don’t look down on it just because it looks like a set of armor. This saber intent is the real deal.” Song Shuhang gave the thumbs up. “Although its defensive power is very high, it’s still saber intent.”
Eternity kept silent, and his face had the words ‘kiddo, you ain’t fooling me’ written all over.
The nameless old man continued, “I’m dead, I’m dead…”
“…” Palace Master Seven Lives Talisman raised his leg and kicked him. “Return to your senses! Regardless of life or death, put up a fight! If you have any trick up your sleeve, just use it, no need to hide it. If we give our all, we might find a way to survive!”
The bleak eyes of the old man flashed. Then, he hurriedly took out a black gourd, releasing the two evil black ghosts within.
However, the evil ghosts called out pitifully as soon as they came out, and were reduced to ashes under the strength of the heavenly tribulation.
The old man looked at Palace Master Seven Lives Talisman with an innocent gaze.
“…” Palace Master Seven Lives Talisman.
The old man was a ghost cultivator, and most of his tricks consisted in ordering around evil ghosts. Moreover, the ghost commander he had specially raised to transcend the tribulation had already been killed by Palace Master Seven Lives Talisman.
In other words, the old man was just a burden for the rest of the group, and it was unlikely that he would get past the second wave of the tribulation.
Palace Master Seven Lives Talisman was really depressed at this time.
Song Shuhang suddenly said, “Hypothetically speaking, if we manage to get through the heavenly tribulation and leave this dark space… will we also ‘show our divinity in front of the masses’ like Eighth Stage Profound Sages?”
Whenever an Eighth Stage Profound Sage stepped out of this Heavenly Tribulation Realm—just like in games—there would be a ‘global notification’ issued to all cultivators… Actually, not only cultivators, because Western practitioners and practitioners of other systems would also witness the process where one ‘showed their divinity in front of the masses’.
“Who knows, it might be so.” Palace Master Seven Lives Talisman wasn’t sure, either.
“If it really happened, Scholar Darkened Coon would definitely envy us,” Song Shuhang said.
Scholar Darkened Coon’s life goal was to reach the Eighth Stage Profound Sage Realm as soon as possible so that everyone could remember his daoist name and given name.
“I wouldn’t mind yielding this opportunity to Scholar Darkened Coon…” Palace Master Seven Lives Talisman sighed, and then said, “It’s coming!”
The first wave of the heavenly tribulation had taken shape, and it was about to rain down on the people present!
When it came to Palace Master Seven Lives Talisman, Daoist Priest Horizon, Eternity, and even that old man, the first wave of their heavenly tribulation was pretty normal. It was the same as ordinary heavenly tribulation, and it started with the lightning of tribulation raining down on them.
However, Song Shuhang discovered that there was something wrong with his heavenly tribulation.
In the sea of lightning, the portion of tribulation power that had locked onto him turned into several human figures.
The figures were made of lightning and had large builds. They wore animal skin and held axes, clubs, and other similar weapons in their hands. They gave off a very primitive and barbaric vibe.
Their sharp gazes passed through the sea of lightning and locked onto Song Shuhang. It felt as though primitive men had traveled through time and space, coming to battle.
Everyone else’s heavenly tribulation was perfectly normal…
It was just the timeline of Shuhang’s heavenly tribulation that had gone wrong.
“What’s the meaning of this?” The corner of Song Shuhang’s mouth twitched. Was the heavenly tribulation targeting him specifically?
Palace Master Seven Lives Talisman and the others also saw that Song Shuhang’s heavenly tribulation was rather bizarre.
“Little friend Shuhang, be careful,” Palace Master Seven Lives Talisman said gravely. If they wanted to help Song Shuhang, they had to wait to get past the first wave of their own heavenly tribulation.
“Boom, boom, boom~”
In the sea of lightning, five bolts of tribulation lightning exploded toward Palace Master Seven Lives Talisman and the others, as well as toward that puppet core.
Given the strength of the trio, it wasn’t a problem to resist the first wave of tribulation lightning. Even the old man, though a burden for the rest of the group, could still resist the first wave of the tribulation. After all, he was a cultivator at the peak of the Third Stage.
In the meantime, on Song Shuhang’s side.
The primitive men made of tribulation lightning roared, appearing beside Song Shuhang in the blink of an eye. There were 12 of them in total, and they attacked at both long and short distance. Axes, arrows, spears, and so on flew toward Song Shuhang.
Song Shuhang stretched out his hand and took out his treasured saber Broken Tyrant. His invisible saber insect was still in his Inner World, and he couldn’t take it out.
He looked very calm at the moment, and he had a 90% assurance of keeping off the attacks of these primitive warriors made of tribulation lightning.
Then, just as the first wave of the heavenly tribulation was about to engage in battle with Song Shuhang, the golden light of virtue on his body flashed. The virtuous lamia appeared, but she wasn’t holding the blood bone or the Face Slapping Flip-flop this time. Instead, she was carrying a huge cannon on her shoulder.
It was the mother cannon that Senior White Two’s clone had gifted him, one part of the ‘Supernatural might capable of overturning the world… something something… see gods, slay gods mother-child cannon’.
The virtuous lamia skillfully lifted the God Slaying Mother Cannon, and aimed at those primitive men made of tribulation lightning.
A streak of golden light shot out of the God Slaying Mother Cannon, and everything blocking the path of this beam of light was obliterated! The only thing left behind was scorched earth.
Those primitive warriors were no exception, and they were blown up to pieces.
However, it didn’t end here… The beam of light kept traveling in a straight line, and finally pierced through the seething sea of lightning.
Just like Moses—who had parted the Red Sea in the Bible—the God Slaying Cannon also parted the sea of tribulation lightning. The sea didn’t return to its previous appearance for a very long time.
In the end, the beam of light the God Slaying Cannon had shot reached the depths of the sea of tribulation lightning and exploded, creating a mushroom cloud.
The might of the attack was simply shocking.
The incredibly powerful blow of the cannon attracted the attention of the other fellow daoists.
“Did the blow just now have the strength of the Sixth Stage True Monarch rank?” Eternity said.
“I’m afraid it was even higher,” Daoist Priest Horizon said.
If the strength of Song Shuhang’s magical cannon didn’t diminish with time, they might be able to hold on for quite some time. Who knew, perhaps they might even get through the tribulation if they were lucky!
Just as hope was budding in the hearts of the various fellow daoists, the heavenly tribulation in front of them changed.
The lightning of tribulation started to condensed once more.
Countless long and thin objects, filled with a sense of modernity and with an empennage, surfaced in the sea of tribulation lightning.
Palace Master Seven Lives Talisman’s complexion changed drastically.
In the meantime, somewhere in China.
Scholar Drunken XXX grabbed his phone, and slowly swiped on the screen.
On the screen was a long and beautiful review of the movie ❮Apocalypse War❯. It was a whole 10,000-character-long review, and it was all about the big boss of the movie, Evil General Mingyue.
It was absolutely a wonderful composition, right?
Scholar Drunken XXX had been very pleased with it. Thereupon, he had lured the other party with an annual salary of one million RMB, hiring the online reviewer that had written this 10,000-character-long impression of the movie. He was such a talented person, and he could perhaps write him other reviews of the movie from different angles from time to time.
Unfortunately, he hadn’t had too much screen time in ❮Apocalypse War❯. As such, although the review was long and beautiful, it was somewhat lacking in content.
Thereupon, Scholar Drunken XXX and Venerable Spirit Butterfly came to an agreement—Scholar Drunken XXX was also going to participate in Fellow Daoist Thrice Reckless’ new movie, ❮My Reckless and Unrestrained Life❯.
After the movie was out, he would make that online reviewer write another long review on his character in this new movie.
Ah~ It felt truly good when people remembered his existence!
“Now then, little friend Shuhang is about to transcend his tribulation, right? Not bad, the speed at which he’s advancing is truly incredible. I wish I could also advance this quickly. I really want to reach the Eighth Stage Profound Sage Realm and show my divinity in front of the masses so that everyone can remember my daoist name,” Scholar Drunken XXX said in a soft voice.