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Xu Que had a lot of confused ideas. This was the first time for him to doubt himself and his Tao. It was dangerous. However, it was a process everyone had to experience.
In the beginning, people would be puzzled. Then they would become confident after finding their direction. After that, they started to doubt themselves because they found they were nothing and helpless. At last, they would become more confident as they grew stronger.
Now, Xu Que was in a stage of doubting himself. He had spent many days thinking about it. But he failed to find an answer to convince himself.
Several days later, Xu Que walked down from the top of that mountain. He dug a cave in the mountainside. After that, he sat down in the cave with his legs crossed after sealing the entrance of the cave. Then he became soaked in an even longer speculation.
Six months later, the sealed entrance of the cave had been covered by thickly dotted wild grasses. Xu Que didn’t make any noise in the cave. Nobody paid attention to this mountain because it was just like any other mountain.
Because of Xu Que’s secluded cultivation, the Exploding Heavens Faction disappeared again. People in the Zhenyuan Celestial Realm started to talk about it.
“What’s wrong with the Exploding Heavens Faction?”
“They occupied the top 20 of the Half-List. Then they just disappeared!”
“It is quite weird! Does it mean they have been wiped out by the Equipment Refining Sect and other big sects after being spotted?”
“Impossible! The Equipment Refining Sect and the other big sects are still searching for the Exploding Heavens Faction. If they had found the Exploding Heavens Faction, they would have announced it a long time ago. But now they keep silent!”
“Then, where are those members of the Exploding Heavens Faction? They have disappeared for over six months! Nobody has heard of them at all in this period!”
Several days later, an apprentice of the Dingtian Academy managed to become No. 9 on the Human List.
That day, Dean Lin of the Dingtian Academy announced with a smile, “The Exploding Heavens Faction is just a mob. Even though they have occupied the top 20 of the Half-List, they are not able to enter the Human List at all! The top 20 of the Half-List are nothing compared to No. 9 of the Human List which belongs to someone from the Dingtian Academy!”
Dean Lin’s words were quite arrogant. But nobody answered him.
After all, almost nobody admired the Half-List. Many people said the Half-List was not qualified to be a part of the Heavenly Tripod List. The Half-Cultivation Stage was the lowest stage in the world. So the geniuses at this stage were nothing!
Countless cultivators at the Half-Celestial Stage could be found in the Earth Continent. A cultivator at the Human Celestial Stage was more precious than 10,000 cultivators at the Half-Celestial Stage. No matter how gifted a cultivator at the Half-Celestial Stage was, if he couldn’t reach higher stages, he would be a genius who was nipped in the bud and forgotten by this world.
Only cultivators at the Human Celestial Stage had the backbone power which was needed urgently by the big sects. The geniuses at the Human Celestial Stage would become the pillars of the big sects in the future. So most people attached importance to the Human List but sniffed at the Half-List.
Now the entire Dingtian Academy was very happy because one of their apprentices entered the top ten of the Human List. It was as if their humiliation caused by Xu Que was also gone!
Someone interviewed Dean Qin of the Litian Academy about this issue again. Dean Qian said he didn’t feel well and didn’t want to answer any questions at this moment.
Several days later, Dean Lin of the Dingtian Academy announced again, “Six months ago, some shameless mobs sneaked into our academy. Now they will definitely be killed if they dare to approach our academy!”
His words attracted the attention of a lot of people in the Zhenyuan Celestial Realm. They were waiting for the response of the Exploding Heavens Faction.
However, nothing had happened for several weeks since then. Dean Lin’s smile was more and more shiny. He even declared that Dingtian Academy had set up a powerful defensive spell Array. So, the Exploding Heavens Faction didn’t have the balls to come back.
Hearing that, the onlookers started to shake their heads.
“It seems the Exploding Heavens Faction was just a flash in the pan!”
“They were quite famous for several weeks. But then they just disappeared!”
“Right! After all, the big sects like the Equipment Refining Sect and the Dingtian Academy have prolonged histories and great accumulations! The Exploding Heavens Faction is not able to confront them!”
“What a pity! I even planned to join the Exploding Heavens Faction. Now it seems I was quite lucky because I couldn’t find it!”
Many people’s awe and veneration toward the Exploding Heavens Faction also disappeared gradually. After all, the reputation of the Half-List never lasted long!
Two months later, nobody talked about the Exploding Heavens Faction anymore. It had become history. More important, the entrance to the Waste Realm would be opened soon.
In the past ten years, 10,000 places to enter this realm were allocated. All big sects got some places. The Pill Refining Sect and the Equipment Refining Sect also got a lot of places through the Pill Refining Convention and the Equipment Refining Convention.
Now, many people fixed their eyes on the Waste Realm when its entrance was about to open. After all, countless precious materials which had been extinct in the Zhenyuan Celestial Realm could still be found in this place. People could even find the celestial-grade metals and pills, which were so popular among the alchemists, pill refiners, the big sects, and disbanded cultivators.
However, the allocation of places to the Equipment Refining Sect was controversial. Normally, the Exploding Heavens Faction would have 100 places to enter the Waste Realm because it took the first and second place in the Equipment Refining Convention. But the Equipment Refining Sect just kept those places for themselves.
Everyone knew the conflict between the Equipment Refining Sect and the Exploding Heavens Faction. However, the Equipment Refining Sect’s decision was deemed as abusing its power to seek personal gain by the public.
Some suggested those places should be allocated to the disbanded cultivators.
Some thought those places should be returned to the Exploding Heavens Faction.
Elder Li, the Deacon of the Equipment Refining Sect, replied coldly, “The Exploding Heavens Faction is just a despicable organization which has no cultivator at the Human Celestial Stage. It was not qualified to participate in the Equipment Refining Convention and get the places to enter the Waste Realm!”
Hearing that, people became speechless.
Apparently, the Equipment Refining Sect was trying to tell the world that the Exploding Heavens Faction could only take places in the Half-List but was not able to get even one place on the Human List. So they tried to inform the world that the Exploding Heavens Faction lost their places to enter the Waste Realm in this way.
In this way,the Dingtian Academy and the Equipment Refining Sect sought their revenge against the Exploding Heavens Faction. Many people thought the Exploding Heavens Faction would also seek revenge after being humiliated. However, nothing happened in the next few days. The entrance of the Waste Realm was opened. The Exploding Heavens Faction still kept silent. Many people who used to admire the Exploding Heavens Faction were disappointed again.
At the same time, on a desolate mountain near Baihui City, a whirlpool of Spiritual Qi was forming slowly to attract all Spiritual Qi in this area into this mountain.
In a sealed cave, a handsome young man was sitting on the ground with his eyes closed and legs crossed, like a sleeping rock. It was Xu Que. After performing secluded cultivation for more than half a year, he had reached the summit of the Half-Celestial Stage. After clearing the doubts in his mind, he managed to comprehend Tao at the next level.
His face was spotless as usual. His long, black hair reached his waist. Spiritual Qi kept gushing into his body while he was still soaking in his mystical Taoist Connotation. His world of Taoist Connotation was still that Wordless Heavenly Book.
The first two pages of this book were filled by the runes of his Taoist Connotation. Now he had entered a new page. On this vacant page, he filled in thickly dotted new runes of Taoist Connotation for six months.
The Tao of playing by heart shouldn’t contain persistence! He shouldn’t persist in pursuing the state of playing by heart. He should enter an overbearing realm. For example, if he needed something, the Heavens should not refuse him! For example, if he didn’t want something, the Heavens should not give it to him forcibly! It was not only an ambition, but also a realm! Now Xu Que had figured it out. And he stopped doubting himself. In the world of Taoist Connotation, his incarnation stood up on paper.
In front of him, there was a layer of invisible gauze. He couldn’t see it but he could feel it. It was the bottleneck found by Xu Que in this period. Now he had found it. As long as he could break it, he could reach the Human Celestial Stage.
Xu Que clenched his fists, which were wrapped by a golden light. Without using any Acting Tough Points, he could use the Act-Tough King’s Fist in the world of Taoist Connotation.
His punch, which was extremely powerful, landed on that invisible gauze heavily. However, the gauze just trembled a bit but was not broken. His punch was resolved by a mystical power easily.
“Heh!” Xu Que smiled as a strand of a wicked smile appeared in his pitch-dark eyes.
The next moment, he lifted up his foot, which was also wrapped by a dazzling golden light, and kicked out with horrible strength.
Instantly, the entire world of Taoist Connotation trembled. The gauze was broken into small pieces and disappeared completely. In this way, his so-called bottleneck was broken by his kick.
Almost at the same time, countless Spiritual Qi in the cave gushed into his body like a magnificent sea.
Then Xu Que opened his eyes directly. The light in his eyes was as dazzling as the sun, the moon, and the galaxy!
He had reached the Initial Stage of the Human Celestial Stage!
Ding! “Congratulations to the Host in comprehending a new skill of Taoist Connotation. Please name it!” Almost at the same time, the System’s warning tone rang out.
Xu Que stood up in the cave as he looked forward. Then he said with a faint smile, “The Act-Tough King’s Leg!”
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