“Very good,” Ye Chen Feng said as a hint of admiration flashed in his eyes. At the same time, he thought that it was not by chance that Duan Ling Tian was so outstanding at such a young age.
Usually, young prodigies were arrogant, and they were dismissive of anyone they deemed weaker than them. However, Duan Ling Tian was different; he did not look down on those who were weaker and even thought that he might learn from them. This was very smart. After all, even if one was strong, it did not mean that one was without flaws. Conversely, it did not mean that the weak were without strengths of their own. One could certainly learn a thing or two.
When the people from the Pure Yang arrived at their temporary accommodation, instead of returning to his wooden house, Zhen Ping Fan looked for Duan Ling Tian.
“Elder Zhen, what’s the matter?” Duan Ling Tian asked with a smile. However, he knew that Zhen Ping Fan had likely come to remind him like Ye Chen Feng did.
As expected, Zhen Ping Fang was very solemn as he told Duan Ling Tian not to feel pressured about ranking in the top three and that it was good enough to rank in the top ten.
“Elder Zhen, don’t worry. I’m aware of my limits,” Duan Ling Tian said with a smile, “I won’t act rashly, and I’ll definitely rank in the top ten at the very least for the Pure Yang Sect.”
Zhen Ping Fan nodded slightly. Earlier, he had been worried that Duan Ling Tian would put pressure on himself to rank in the top three. Moreover, if Duan Ling Tian overexerted himself and got injured due to the overwhelming pressure, he was also worried it would affect Duan Ling Tian’s chances of ranking in the top ten. However, he felt at ease after listening to Duan Ling Tian. He did not doubt Duan Ling Tian’s words since he was familiar with Duan Ling Tian’s personality.
During the previous Seven Mansions Feast, there was a participant stronger than Zhen Ping Fan whom many thought had a high chance of ranking in the top ten. However, due to his determination to rank in the top three, he was severely injured, causing him to be unable to rank in the top ten. In the end, due to his injuries, he was defeated by Zhen Ping Fan even though he would have been able to defeat Zhen Ping Fan within ten moves if he were uninjured.
It was also for this reason that Zhen Ping Fan spoke to Duan Ling Tian. He had been worried Duan Ling Tian would mess up his chance of ranking in the top 10 if Duan Ling Tian was too obsessed with ranking in the top three.
Despite feeling at ease, Zhen Ping Fan told Duan Ling Tian about what happened in the past and reminded Duan Ling Tian to not make the same mistakes as that person did.
Duan Ling Tian felt rather speechless. ‘Did I reassure you for nothing earlier?’
After Zhen Ping Fan left, Duan Ling Tian sat on his bed and thought about the five participants who caught his eyes so far.
‘They’re already very strong with the strength they have displayed so far, but it shouldn’t be difficult for me to defeat them with my current strength. However, I don’t know if they’re still holding back. For example, although Wanqi Hong had attacked his opponents aggressively, he’s still hiding his strength.’
Duan Ling Tian had a certain understanding of Wanqi Hong’s strength since he had defeated Wanqi Hong before Wanqi Hong stabilized his cultivation base in the realm of an advanced Lord of Gods. For that reason, he had a feeling Wanqi Hong had yet to show his full strength.
‘Oh, that’s right. Prominent divine artifacts with incomplete and complete artifact souls are prohibited during the Seven Mansions Feast… What a pity…’
Previously, the rules of the Seven Mansions Feast explicitly prohibited the use of prominent divine artifacts with incomplete souls. Due to the rarity of prominent divine artifacts with complete artifact souls, nothing was said about it. However, that changed after news of Ye Chen Feng’s prominent divine sword with a complete artifact soul spread to the Seven Mansions. Although there were always rumors about certain forces possessing prominent divine artifacts with complete souls in the past, nothing was confirmed. On the contrary, it had been confirmed that Ye Chen Feng possessed a prominent divine artifact with a complete artifact soul; there were even witnesses. As such, a rule explicitly prohibiting the use of prominent divine artifacts with complete souls was quickly created. This was to prevent Ye Chen Feng from lending his prominent divine artifact with a complete artifact soul to the young disciples from the Pure Yang Sect during the Seven Mansions Feast.
Duan Ling Tian was one of the top contenders for the top ten places in the Seven Mansions Feast. One could only imagine how strong he would be if Ye Chen Feng were to lend him the prominent divine sword with a complete artifact soul. Moreover, since Duan Ling Tian had comprehended the Sword Dao, his strength would increase two folds at least if he wielded the prominent divine sword with a complete artifact soul.
‘They’re quite meticulous…’ Duan Ling Tian shook his head. Then, he began to think of strategies if he were matched with a strong opponent. Although it was not impossible, it would not be easy for him to defeat the top participants. After all, not only were they advanced Lords of Gods, but their comprehension of the laws was not inferior to his and might even be superior to his. Moreover, if they were natives of the Realms of Gods, he also had to take their bloodline powers into consideration.
‘I can’t afford to be careless. I shouldn’t let the fight drag on, and I should strive to end the fight as soon as I can before they go all out…’
A few days passed in just a blink of an eye, and the second stage of the battle of rankings began again.
The 30 seeded participants were just spectators during this stage.
After listening to the conversation of a few young disciples from the Pure Yang Sect, Duan Ling Tian learned that 3 out of 6 seeded participants who caught his eyes were absent during the second stage. They were Luo Yuan from the Divine Morning Mansion’s Autumn Leaves Sect, Lin Yuan from the Profound Jade Heaven’s Howling Flames Sect, and Wanqi Hong from the Eastern Ridge Mansion’s Wanqi clan. They were likely cultivating, hoping to increase their strength before they had to fight again.
The second stage to determine the ranking was roughly estimated to take up to half a month, and it could also take longer since there were 72 participants at the second stage.
In the end, the second stage to determine the rankings took up 19 days. It took four days longer than expected to determine the 31st to the 100th place.
At the end of the second stage, Ye Ying Cai and Yun Ye Wei from the Pure Yang Sect secured their rank respectively at the 36th and the 42nd places.
Lan Xi Lin was ranked 98th. Not only was he happy about the result, but even Lan Zheng Ming, his great grandfather, was proud of him. After all, Lan Zhen Ming did not expect him to enter the Ambitious Group at all, let alone rank in the top 100. He also knew that Lan Xi Lin was lucky as well. Some participants who were stronger than Lan Xi Lin were severely injured.
Apart from Lan Xi Lin, there were also a few weaker participants who managed to rank in the top 100 due to luck.
Although the rewards were not a lot, those who ranked at the bottom of the top 100 would still be rewarded.
Although many people were surprised by this, there was no objection. After all, luck was also part of one’s strength. Perhaps, if this concerned the top 30 rankings, people would protest or feel suspicious.
After the end of the second stage, Lin Dong Lai said solemnly, “Everyone, the final stage to determine the ranking will commence after 11 days. Please stay safe in the coming 11 days. Let me remind everyone that if anyone is suspected of unlawful behavior, the Profound Jade Mansion has the authority to disqualify them.”
Duan Ling Tian and the other young disciples were slightly puzzled by Lin Dong Lai’s abrupt warning until an elder from the Pure Yang Sect explained the matter to them.
In the past, before the finals of the Seven Mansions Feast, there were powerhouses who attacked the participants from other forces. Although they did not attack physically, they injured the participants’ souls with their Divine Consciousnesses, affecting the opposing participants’ strength and gaining the upper hand for their own participants.
Zhen Ping Fan looked at Duan Ling Tian and the others and said warningly, “That’s why all of you shouldn’t leave your wooden houses or the range of our accommodation in the coming days.”