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Revolt against the Heavens – Chapter 26: Entrance examination

Chapter 26: Entrance examination

Cao Yun was cared for by the two servants Kang Hai and Kang Cai. Both women were pretty young. These girls looked quite alike with dark blue eyes and black hair. They were always dressed in green outfits with brown outlines.

The young man was focusing on resting his body and decided then to advance his mind cultivation. When he had been swallowed in his own mind, he was able to see his sea of consciousness. This was a spiritual representation of one's mind. In theory everyone could learn to project their conscious mind in it, but in practice, only Spirit Warriors were truly able to achieve it. Wanting to see it again, Cao Yun used all of his intent to focus on the sensation he had felt back then.

After several hours, Cao Yun's mind was absolutely empty and tranquil. He felt as though all of his thoughts had sunk into the bottom of the ocean. Gradually, this sensation spread through his entire body and all his senses were dulled. Finally, he was able to get back to this calm sea. As far as his eyes could see, a serene blue water was covering the world under a very light blue sky. Up in the sky, the Yi character was shining with yellow colors. It almost looked like a little sun.

In the middle of the sea, just above the surface, a single drop of blood floated in the air. Very bright, it also reflected the Yi character as if it had been engraved within.

Getting out of his own head, Cao Yun asked for a brush and paper. After achieving True Success he had been able to vaguely draw the Yi character. Now that he had reached Perfection, he wanted to try again. With the vivid image still in mind, Cao Yun dragged the brush across the paper. Once done, he admired his drawing. The result was identical to the one in the real manual.

He then wrote a letter addressed to Feng Yingyue recounting his journey to the Wubei Sect. Adding the Yi character with it, he had Kang Hai send it to the Golden Flowery Fragrance Institute. With this perfect drawing, her mind cultivation could advance as well. He even took the time to explain to her in details the feelings and sensations he had during his meditations.

He went back to the green 'Sealing the Seven Demons in the Nine Peaks' manual. The third page of the First Layer exposed the second character. It was pure black and seemed a little sharper than Yi. No matter how much he tried to concentrate, he could not understand any of the characters on the page.

After meditating a little bit to calm his mind, Cao Yun used all his new intent to try and draw this black character in his mind. Compared with the Yi character, this time was different. He was within his own sea of consciousness and the symbol was literally being drawn in the sky. Strangely, the character did not reflect in the water below as it was ethereal.

In his first try, Cao Yun was able to achieve Small Success, 8 repetitions. But he could barely do any more than that.

After his Small Success, he had gained knowledge about the black character. Watching the third page of the First Layer again, the text was clear. This black character was Zhi the Water Will. Yi was strengthening the intent, in other words, the focus of your mind. Zhi was strengthening the will, the ability to persevere in any goal you set for yourself. The stronger the will, the longer you could exert your intent.

As his body was still recovering, Cao Yun decided to train his martial arts within his own mind, using his sea of consciousness. Most cultivators could not access their sea of consciousness before they reached the Spirit Warrior realm. Of course, it was always there but cultivators tended not to focus on the mind in the lower realms. Some alchemists were still able to access their sea of consciousness pretty early on, but no sooner than the late Mortal Warrior realm. It was really beneficial as they could strengthen their mind with various techniques this way.

Cao Yun repeated his martial arts deep within his own mind. He focused on the 'Dance of Slaughter' and the 'Three Storms', but he also trained the one throwing move he had gotten from 'Bladeless Eternity'. As a 5th-grade Mortal, he could now supplement these martial arts by making his Qi flow through the right Meridians. Each technique had its own flow of Qi. By respecting this flow, every move became stronger and faster.

The rest of his time, Cao Yun focused on trying to free his Meridians from any blockage. With his new intent, he could also drive the intent of the Drop of Wrath. Both combined allowed him to circulate his Qi more efficiently. His intent allowed him to feel absolutely everything in his body, as long as he focused on it. Whether it was the flow of his blood, the subtle movements of his muscles and his skin, or even the electricity coursing through his nerves, his entire body was transparent to him.

This fantastical feeling allowed him to feel the blockages in his Meridians and solve them fairly easily. As he practiced the pathways from the 'Cultivation of Wrath', his first Meridian was completely opened, his Lung Meridian. In this cultivation method, it needed to be fully opened first, because it controlled how Qi could be absorbed through breathing. Among the twelve principal Meridians, the 'Cultivation of Wrath' taught a pathway traversing all of them in an intricate way and they would open up in a certain order to harmonize each other. The Meridians were linked to specific organs: Lungs, Heart, Pericardium, Triple Burner, Kidneys, Spleen, Liver, Gall bladder, Bladder, Stomach, Small Intestine and Large Intestine. The first ones focused on absorbing the Qi from the world and transforming it within the body. Of course, they also enhanced the body functions. The last ones focused on the Jing, the essence of life.

According to his newfound abilities, Cao Yun was thinking that he would need four months to open up all his Meridians and step in the 6th-grade of the Mortal realm. Most cultivators took from one to two years just in this grade. Of course, there were always faster cultivators. Some alchemists were even able to cross this grade in a matter of weeks with the right pills, but it was not optimal as they could not really feel the process. This lack of sensation and control over their own Qi could be a problem in later stages. But Cao Yun was using a very stable method to cultivate. The richness of his Qi through his Meridians was proof of that.

Once the Meridians were open, they would naturally circulate some Qi without any restraint.

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The date of the entrance examination was finally upon Cao Yun. During these last few days, he had not seen Xiao Xuefeng at all. However, he had become very familiar with Kang Hai and Kang Cai. They were twin sisters who served Master Xiao since they were 5. Apparently they came from a very poor background and Xiao Xuefeng took a liking to them. They had no real talent for alchemy or cultivation but they were really lively and pleasant to be around.

They guided Cao Yun to the place of the exam. Without knowing it, he had been staying deep within the Wubei Sect, in a private chamber of Xiao Xuefeng's residence. She had joined the sect not too long ago as a guest elder and had many business to attend to. The Wubei Sect was atop the Heidai Peak in the Nine Peaks mountains.

The place of the examination was a little lower on the peak. There were many people waiting in front of a giant black gate. Many of them seemed to come from rich families as they were surrounded by bodyguards who were in the Mortal Warrior realm at the very least.

Some young people were also on the side. The way they were dressed clearly showed their humble backgrounds. Cao Yun had more respect for them. He had both lived the rich family and the poor hunter life. Obviously, he could not blame the kids for being born in a rich family, but he found that the poor ones had probably more talent, just to achieve the same or slightly inferior results.

Cao Yun literally walked through the black gate to join the people waiting. And of course, his entrance was noticed by all. Some eyes darted on him, but his clothes were really common and he did not seem to come from a rich family. Children from great backgrounds were intrigued but then they saw him go toward the poor kids and they lost interest.

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Catalogue
Chapter 1: The fateful night
Chapter 2: Meeting a dying god
Chapter 3: 1-Core Demonic Beast
Chapter 4: Full recovery
Chapter 5: Feng Yingyue
Chapter 6: Sorrowful Dew Pearl
Chapter 7: 2-Core Demonic Beasts
Chapter 8: The bird and the snake
Chapter 9: Parents protecting their kid
Chapter 10: Yinmen City
Chapter 11: Huang Cixi
Chapter 12: The first night in town
Chapter 13: The City Lord Dun Mofan
Chapter 14: Sealing the Seven Demons
Chapter 15: The auction
Chapter 16: Assassination
Chapter 17: Great Alchemy Master Hua
Chapter 18: Alchemy Competition
Chapter 19: True success
Chapter 20: Farewell
Chapter 21: Ambush
Chapter 22: Entering the Lunar marsh
Chapter 23: The Evil Way
Chapter 24: The Demon kills Evil
Chapter 25: Elder Gu's revenge
Chapter 26: Entrance examination
Chapter 27: Assessment stone
Chapter 28: Eight Directions Engulfing array formation
Chapter 29: Killing in the eight directions
Chapter 30: Eighteen Weapons Mechanical Puppet
Chapter 31: Choosing a weapon
Chapter 32: Azure Dragon's Seven Piercing Stars
Chapter 33: Yin-Yang Torture Illusion array
Chapter 34: Tempering within torment
Chapter 35: Final test
Chapter 36: A friendly competition
Chapter 37: The first horn of the dragon
Chapter 38: Settling two bets
Chapter 39: The Wubei Sect's rules
Chapter 40: Nine Chi Black Dragon Spear
Chapter 41: The martial art pavilion
Chapter 42: A troubled night
Chapter 43: Alchemy principles
Chapter 44: The first pill
Chapter 45: Training grounds
Chapter 46: The turtle whips
Chapter 47: Mei Ying
Chapter 48: Eight Factions
Chapter 49: Heavenly Swallow
Chapter 50: The sleepy alchemist
Chapter 51: Deciding on a faction
Chapter 52: Warrior Dream array formation
Chapter 53: The trial
Chapter 54: 1-star Earth rank alchemist
Chapter 55: The Wubei Merit Market
Chapter 56: First sell
Chapter 57: Exceptional sell
Chapter 58: Howling Crane Gorges
Chapter 59: True Essence pills
Chapter 60: A forced bet
Chapter 61: Another duel of two Hearts
Chapter 62: A disheartened duel
Chapter 63: Truce between Fire and Swallow
Chapter 64: First month in the Wubei Sect
Chapter 65: A blacksmith in need
Chapter 66: Lu Meihan
Chapter 67: Preparation for the duel
Chapter 68: Coiling Silk's invitation
Chapter 69: A fragrant room
Chapter 70: Controlling the fire in one's mind
Chapter 71: The Metal Corporeal Soul
Chapter 72: The Wubei Sect's library
Chapter 73: Guarding the Ten Thousand Directions
Chapter 74: 1-star Earth array formation master
Chapter 75: A visitor to the Devil's Jail
Chapter 76: Preparation for the challenge
Chapter 78: Settling a grudge with the bimonthly duels
Chapter 79: Blood horse vs Wind dragon
Chapter 80: Hate and despair
Chapter 81: New determinations after the fight
Chapter 82: Chief Elder Suxian's personal lecture
Chapter 83: Seamless Qi Vortex Array formation
Chapter 84: Thousand Snakes Invade the Shell
Chapter 85: Locking the Seven and Stopping the Waves
Chapter 86: Nefarious intent toward a blacksmith
Chapter 87: 6th-grade Mortal
Chapter 88: Unifying all the meridians
Chapter 89: Contrived Shell Balm
Chapter 90: Hunting in the Lunar Marsh
Chapter 91: Blood drinking runes
Chapter 92: The Silver Lion leader
Chapter 93: Eight Blood Runes
Chapter 94: Luduo Bu's Inner demon
Chapter 95: The Dragon's Chest
Chapter 96: The blood devours eight demons
Chapter 97: End of the obsession
Chapter 98: Healing after the battle
Chapter 99: The Drop of Wrath
Chapter 100: Ren Chao's disappearance
Chapter 101: Plan for a rescue
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