Chapter 1784: The Last Trial
Translator: EndlessFantasy Translation Editor: EndlessFantasy Translation
After annihilating the small formation, Duan Ling Tian retreated in time and dodged the other big and small formations that were rushing over for support.
Then, Duan Ling Tian relied on the advantage his speed granted him and began to dodge the big and small formations. If he could not attack them, he would not give them a chance to touch him as well.
His speed now was equivalent to an Early Eminent Saint Stage Martial Cultivator so it was impossible for these soldiers to chase up to him.
Under such circumstances, Duan Ling Tian used the same method and defeated the remaining formations one by one.
After a long time, he finally defeated all of them.
“I finally passed this trial!” Although Duan Ling Tian had successfully passed the eighth trial, he was drenched in sweat as well. His tensed mind finally relaxed as well.
Earlier, when faced with the attacks from the big and small formations, he did not dare to let his mind wander so he was constantly in a tensed state.
Duan Ling Tian bent down and placed his palms on his knees as he gasped heavily for air. Sweat dripped off his face like rain.
He finally was able to catch his breath now.
Ever since he entered the Abyssal Swamp, this was his first time being mentally and physically exhausted. For this reason, he decided to only continue to the next trial after resting for one day and two nights.
However, after he had passed the eighth trial, the entrance to the ninth trial had opened immediately.
“After I’ve passed the first trial, the voice told me he would be waiting for me at the last trial. In other words, he’ll wait for me at the ninth trial. Who’s the owner of that voice exactly?” Duan Ling Tian was very curious. At the same time, he stepped into the entrance leading to the ninth trial.
The entrance to the ninth trial was a halo.
When Duan Ling Tian entered it, it was as though he had triggered something as the environment in his surrounding suddenly had an earth-shattering transformation.
The vast underground palace vanished from his sight slowly that Duan Ling Tian could see everything clearly. “As expected, they’re the Mirror Image inside the Illusory Formation. I wonder what I’ll face at the ninth trial?”
After the underground palace disappeared before his eyes, he was completely surrounded in white.
Finally, after some time, Duan Ling Tian realized he had emerged in a vast arena that was surrounded by rows and rows of spectator seats. However, nobody was there at all.
“Is this the ninth trial?” Duan Ling Tian looked at the arena below him in shock. “Am I supposed to fight somebody?”
Since an arena had appeared, Duan Ling Tian could also guess what kind of test awaited him in the ninth trial. An opponent would appear, and he would have to fight.
‘Don’t tell me it’s the owner of that ancient voice?’ Even Duan Ling Tian had no idea why such a thought suddenly emerged in his mind. The moment he thought about it, he could not dismiss the idea.
This was because after he had passed the first trial, the voice had told him that after he had passed all eight trials, he would be waiting for him at the final trial.
‘Although I don’t know who he is, I’m sure he’s not an ordinary person since he’s able to transmit his voice to me in such a way! If my opponent turns out to be him, I’m afraid the odds are against me.’ The moment Duan Ling Tian thought of this, he smiled wryly.
Although his strength was equivalent to an Early Eminent Saint Stage Martial Cultivator now, it was still not enough if he encountered a mysterious and wise old man.
Duan Ling Tian still had a wry smile on his face when the air in front of him trembled and a crack appeared.
Then, the Mirror Image of an old man walked out from the crack. He hovered in the air as he stood opposite Duan Ling Tian.
It was an old man with white hair and a ruddy complexion. The loose long robe on his body was unable to conceal his sturdy body. The old man was nearly two meters tall. He appeared like a small tower as he stood there.
At this moment, the old man was looking at Duan Ling Tian with a smile. The eyes that seemed muddled initially soon gleamed brilliantly.
“Little fellow, you’re not too bad for being able to reach here.” As soon as Duan Ling Tian saw the old man, the old man had already spoken. His voice was identical to the voice Duan Ling Tian had heard previously. For this reason, Duan Ling Tian was certain the old man was the owner of the voice that had spoken to him earlier.
“Senior.” Duan Ling Tian did not dare to be negligent in front of the old man. Although he might just be a Mirror Image inside the Illusory Formation, he was still worth being treated with respect.
How could an old man who appeared here in the form of a Mirror Image be an ordinary person?
However, the old man seemed to be a little stiff and unnatural. He did not have any reaction toward Duan Ling Tian’s bow of respect. Instead, he continued to talk, “I told you earlier that I’ll wait for you at the final trial, and now, you’ve finally arrived. If you can defeat me, my Elementary Devouring Tactic will belong to you. If you can’t defeat me, we’ll just have to say you have no fate with my Elementary Devouring Tactic.
At this moment, Duan Ling Tian also realized that although this old man appeared to be sentient, it seemed that it had been programmed to act a certain way.
He could see this from how the old man seemed to have not noticed his bow of respect.
The purpose of the old man’s existence was to test him. He was not sentient and could not communicate with him at all.
It was precisely because of this it was impossible for the old man to show him any mercy.
“Don’t tell me the Elementary Devouring Tactic he mentioned is actually the Divine Ability contained in the Divine Ability Relic in the Abyssal Swamp?” When Duan Ling Tian recalled the second half of the old man’s words, his breathing quickened.
What was the reason for him to go through so many difficult trials in the first place?
For the sake of the Divine Ability, of course!
Moreover, the trials he faced were so difficult that it was completely unlike the previous Divine Ability Relics he had found.
For this reason, he was 100% certain the Divine Ability contained in this Divine Ability Relic was not an ordinary one.
Naturally, all these were only Duan Ling Tian’s assumption.
Currently, he was completely unaware that the Divine Ability Relic in the Abyssal Swamp was actually the most mysterious Divine Ability Relic in the Mystical Sky Mansion’s Saint Martial Secret Zone. It was also known as the number one Divine Ability Relic.
Although nobody in the history of the Mystical Sky Mansion knew what kind of Divine Ability was contained in this Divine Ability Relic, judging from the difficulty, the Divine Ability must not be simple. Due to this reason, it was given the title of the number one Divine Ability.
“Defeat him?” When Duan Ling Tian returned to his senses and looked at the old man again, he only felt that a bucket of cold water had been poured on him. It killed his enthusiasm immediately.
Could he defeat this old man?
Even if this old man was just a Mirror Image, he was not someone he could deal with.
For a moment, Duan Ling Tian’s heart was filled with bitterness.
He had just activated his Divine Eye to probe the old man, but when his Divine Consciousness touched the old man, it was like a stone being thrown into the sea. There was no effect at all.
One could just imagine how profound and unfathomable the old man’s cultivation base was.
However, when the old man opened his mouth again, the bitterness in Duan Ling Tian’s heart vanished.
“I’ll suppress my cultivation base and maintain it at the same level as yours. Your cultivation base is at the Early Refined Saint Stage. For this reason, I’ll use the Early Refined Saint Stage cultivation base to battle with you. However, other than maintaining a cultivation base that’s the same as yours, I’ll also use the Elementary Devouring Tactic.” These were the old man’s words.
Early Refined Saint Stage?
Fight with the cultivation base at the Early Refined Saint Stage?
Upon hearing the old man’s words, Duan Ling Tian was delighted. He was so excited he almost laughed out loud.
‘Wait a minute! If he could cast the Sun True Origin, then his true strength would be equal to an Early Eminent Saint Stage Martial Cultivator as well. Along with the fact that he can cast the Divine Ability, the Elementary Devouring Tactic, I won’t be a match for him!’ The moment Duan Ling Tian thought of this, the excitement that had just risen in his heart vanished without a trace.
However, when he saw the True Origin rising from the old man’s body, a flame of hope appeared in his heart. This was because the True Origin rising from the old man’s body was not the Sun True Origin. It was only the ordinary True Origin of an Early Refined Saint Stage Martial Cultivator.
“It would be impossible for an ordinary person to defeat an opponent with the same cultivation but has the advantage of the Divine Ability, the Elementary Devouring Tactic. However, this is nothing to me at all!” Duan Ling Tian believed that even if the Elementary Devouring Tactic the old man cast was a high-grade Divine Ability, the old man would be unable to defeat him since his strength was equivalent to an Early Eminent Saint Stage Martial Cultivator just by relying on his True Origin at the Early Refined Saint Stage.
His strength did not rely much on his cultivation base but on how extraordinary the Sun True Origin was!
The Sun True Origin at the Early Refined Saint Stage was equivalent to the True Origin of an Early Eminent Saint Stage powerhouse.
The True Origin of an ordinary Early Refined Saint Stage powerhouse would only be crushed if faced with the Sun True Origin of a powerhouse with the same cultivation base.
“Looks like this so-called last trial is going to be easy.” Duan Ling Tian’s mood was very good. He originally thought the last trial would be very difficult, but who knew the situation would take a turn for the better.
An ordinary person might have a headache if they reached here and met with such a situation, but Duan Ling Tian was not worried at all. In fact, he felt inwardly delighted.
“Although his strength is a stage different from mine, he can still cast the Elementary Devouring Tactic! The Elementary Devouring Tactic is most likely a high-grade Divine Ability and might be even more powerful than an ordinary high-grade Divine Ability! For this reason, even if I have a 90% chance of winning this match, I can’t be careless during this match at all.” Duan Ling Tian knew he could not afford to make even the smallest mistake since this was the ninth and final trial.
For this reason, Duan Ling Tian took this matter very seriously. He did not dare to underestimate his opponent at all.
If he miserably failed such an easy task, who should he complain to then?
After a while, the True Origin on the old man’s body surged up and spread out unreservedly.
In just an instant, he began to make his move. His body swayed before he charged toward Duan Ling Tian in a menacing manner.
“What a fast speed!” Duan Ling Tian was astonished. The speed the old man displayed was far faster than an ordinary Early Refined Saint Stage Martial Cultivator. In fact, he was not much slower than an Intermediate Refined Saint Stage Martial Cultivator.
“His movement technique is not ordinary.” Duan Ling Tian soon discovered this fact.
Although the old man had already suppressed his cultivation base to the Early Refined Saint Stage, his technique was not something that an Early Refined Saint Stage Martial Cultivator was a match for.