What happened in Silver Moon City had soon spread across the entire Qi Province. Although no one recognized the name of the young man in white, this little group of two humans and a dog had become famous. They were already an iconic group.
Silver Moon City suffered unprecedented losses,. The Mayor’s mansion was now in ruins, and the young master had died a horrible death within the tower. Most of the city’s Mortal Core warriors were now dead. The Mayor, Yin Zhong Cheng, had pursued for quite some time but to no avail. He had lost all his face. The Mayor was the top existence in Silver Moon City, and he was beaten in his own territory. He couldn’t release his anger anywhere, and this really pissed him off.
Right now, Jiang Chen and his group were on their way to Whirling Sun City. They passed through a small city, and Yan Chen Yu bought a purple veil to cover half of her pretty face. But even with this, her incomparable beauty still couldn’t be completely hidden. At least it was better than when she wasn’t wearing a veil; it saved the group from unwanted troubles along the way.
Whirling Sun City was a big city within the Qi Province. It didn’t matter if it was size or power; it couldn’t be compared with Silver Moon City. Whirling Sun City was located in the center of the Qi Province. As a city built through the combined efforts of the four big sects, the powers controling it were complicated.
Within Whirling Sun City, all four big sects had their own bases, and this caused endless conflicts within the city. Luckily, Whirling Sun City was made for the Qi Province competition which was held once every year. The city itself didn’t have any extraordinary powerhouses or resources because if it did, more blood would spilled.
The trio journeyed for more than half a month before finally arriving at Whirling Sun City. From the outside, the city itself portrayed a magnificent structure and an aristocratic aura so dense that Silver Moon City couldn’t compare with it, not to mention Red City and Fragrant Sky City.
Whirling Sun City wall was 30 meters tall, and it would be impossible for a Mortal Core warrior to jump over it even if he wanted to.
When the trio arrived at the city gate, they found it filled with people coming and going. No, it shouldn’t be described as coming and going, it should just be coming. The once every year Qi Province competition attracted countless warriors from the world of cultivation.
The four big sects represented the Qi Province. Everyone here wanted to witness the presence of the four big sects’ genius disciples. Those who came here were mostly people with high power and authority. One of the reasons why they came here was to witness the presence of these geniuses. Secondly, they were hoping for a chance to get in contact with the four big sects. If they were able to create a connection with them, they would be able to walk within their regions like a king.
There were also many people who had arrived here to show their support. The disciples of the four big sects had all come from many different places in the Qi Province, and many of them were from big families. This caused their families to show their presence here as well. There were two reasons why the families would come; the first was to show their support, while the other was to show off. Being a disciple of one of the four big sects was an honor, and being able to participate in the Qi Province competition was an even bigger honor.
“So many people!”
Yan Chen Yu said.
“The Qi Province competition is only held once a year. Of course it will attract many people.”
Big Yellow said.
“The Qi Province competition will start tomorrow! We arrived at just the right time; we can watch the big games this time!”
“I didn’t have the chance to witness the inner circle disciple competition, so I can’t miss out on the outer circle disciple competition!”
“Let’s rush to Whirling Sun Square early tomorrow morning. We can’t afford to miss the show!”
Discussions regarding the competition were everywhere.
Whirling Sun City was big, but it was unable to provide lodgings for so many people at once. Therefore, all of the traveler inns and restaurants were fully booked many days ago. There were no more vacant rooms left. A lot of people rushed to Whirling Sun Square in order to find a good spot for the upcoming show.
Everyone here was a cultivator, so sleeping on the streets did not bother them. With the protection of their Yuan energy, the freezing night meant nothing to them.
Jiang Chen was unable to find a place to stay, and he didn’t go look for the Little Devil King, following the crowd instead. He eventually arrived at Whirling Sun Square.
“Big Bro Jiang Chen, what a big square! This square is really too big! It covers more than a dozen square miles!”
Yan Chen Yu was really surprised. This was the biggest square she had ever seen; it was more than 10 miles in circumference. This was beyond her imagination. In the middle of the square there was a fighting stage, and there were also stairs so tall that they almost reached the clouds. What use these stairs had was unknown. In addition, there were stairs leading to platforms which should have been built in order to allow certain people to watch the fights more easily.
“Ignorant, Whirling Sun Square was built by the four big sects’ combined efforts for the sole purpose of the yearly Qi Province competition. Would it work if it was small?”
“I knew it! They are new here, what bumpkins!”
Right after Yan Chen Yu’s words left her mouth, she immediately heard some despiteful words. Being called a bumpkin by strangers, her pretty face underneath the veil started displaying a bit of anger. She closed her lips and ignored it, but when she saw Jiang Chen and Big Yellow both trying their hardest not to laugh, she became even angrier and stomped her feet.
Xiao Yu felt wronged, this square was really the biggest squares she had ever seen. Even 10 of Red City’s squares were not bigger than this one, why would they want to laugh at her?
“Big Bro Jiang Chen…”
Yan Chen Yu started whining at Jiang Chen. This was a girl’s special weapon, and it was even more effective when the girl was beautiful. No one could withstand this.
“You’re right! This square is really big, it’s so huge!”
Jiang Chen agreed with her while seriously going against his own thoughts. With his experiences as the world’s greatest Saint, this square was nothing in his mind. Compared to those super big fighting rings in the Divine Continent, this square was nothing but a small potato.
“Kid, how dare you ask your father who is an honorable and classy being to spend a night on the street? Don’t you feel guilty?”
Big Yellow said with an unsatisfied expression.
“Get lost, a dog should be in a restaurant.”
Jiang Chen was speechless. This dog was a real piece of work.
“Ruff wuff! Your father isn’t a dog!”
Big Yellow barked and argued.
“Anyone of you know what happens in the Qi Province competition?”
Someone asked. Jiang Chen and Yan Chen Yu listened carefully. They were also interested in the contents of the Qi Province competition.
“Unless something special happens, it should be like last year. There are two competitions. You guys see that stone stairway that’s touching the clouds? It’s called the Stairway to Heaven! Do you know why it’s called the Stairway to Heaven? There’s a saying that every start is difficult, as difficult as reaching the heavens. The reason why it’s called the Stairway to Heaven is because of how difficult it is to climb!”
“That’s right, this is the first round of the Qi Province competition! Tomorrow, the four big sects will each send a Late Heavenly Core warrior and position them on top of that stairway. They will then unleash their aura and spiritual pressure. The disciples participating in the competition will need to climb up from the bottom to the top, and the higher they go, the more pressure they will face. Finally, the first 30 disciples to reach the top will be chosen to participate in the second round of the competition.”
“The pressure created by four Late Heavenly Core warriors is not something ordinary Mortal Core warriors can withstand.”
Many people were discussing the different rounds. There were a lot of disciples participating in the competition, and this Stairway to Heaven was only the first step. Those who performed outstandingly would have a chance to enter the second round of the competition.
This reminded some people of a saying: ‘Survival of the fittest’ – only those with strength would be able to survive.
“I heard that people who aren’t a part of the four big sects can participate in the Qi Province competition as well! There was once someone who wasn’t a part of any of the four big sects. In the end, he scored quite well and became the disciple of some sect!”
“That’s just a rare scenario! The requirements set by the four big sects are incredibly high. Those who want to participate in the competition cannot be more than 25 years old, and they must be at the Mortal Core realm! And if you want to become a disciple of one of the sects, you would need to at least become one of the top 30!”
“That’s right, this is too difficult! Competing with the disciples of the four big sects and becoming one of the top 30, that’s impossible! If there’s someone who can do this, then they must be a genius. Such geniuses would have become a disciple of one of the four big sects long before this!”
Jiang Chen now finally understood the contents and rules of this competition. Those people who weren’t disciples of the four big sects could participate as well, but getting good results would be incredibly hard. All the geniuses in the Qi Province were already in the four big sects.
“Big Bro Jiang Chen, this means that you meet the requirements to participate in the Qi Province competition!”
Yan Chen Yu said.
Yan Chen Yu’s voice was pretty loud. Many people immediately turned their vision towards Jiang Chen.
“Kaka, your Big Bro Jiang Chen can easily suppress all the participants and get first place in this competition. Even that Little Devil King is not his match!”
What Big Yellow said was even more shameless. Black lines appeared on Jiang Chen’s forehead; this dog really know how to make people hate him.
As expected, right after Big Yellow’s words left his mouth, the group attracted even more eyes. Those eyes looked at Jiang Chen as if they were looking at an idiot.
“What the fuck?! Who is this, how can he be so shameless? He’s even thinking of joining the Qi Province competition and getting rid of the Little Devil King…does he not know who the Little Devil King is?!”
“You’re right, where did this young man come from? His pubes haven’t even started growing. He really doesn’t understand a thing!”
“Kid, go back home and wash yourself. Go sleep! Are you still thinking about getting rid of the Little Devil King? Are you an idiot?”
“This guy is an idiot, let’s get away from him!”
Those who stood close to Jiang Chen immediately moved further away and maintained a certain distance from him. The way they treated Jiang Chen was truly similar to how the would treat an idiot.
“Damn you all, what do you mean by this?! Let me tell you, this is the number one genius in the Qi Province, you guys still have the chance to kneel before him now! When he later becomes famous after winning the competition, it will already be too late for you to come and praise him!”
Big Yellow said with great passion.
The distance between Jiang Chen and the crowds became even greater.
Jiang Chen kicked Big Yellow’s head. Only then did this dog stop talking, but even though he stopped talking, he still had a huge grin on his face.
“Damned dog, no one would think you were dumb if you had just kept your mouth shut!”
Jiang Chen wanted to press Big Yellow down on the ground and beat him without ever stopping. This dog was too cruel; he had made everyone hate him.
After not talking for very long, Big Yellow couldn’t restrain himself any longer. His blood started boiling again. He lifted his front feet up and started walking like a human. Placing his front feet behind his back and walking around in the square, he strutted in front of everyone.
“Hey, pretty girl!”
When Big Yellow saw a female warrior, he greeted her without forgetting to throw her a flirty look.
“You idiot, what are you looking at? I’m talking to you! Look at your face! Even I, your father, don’t want you as a human pet!”
Big Yellow kept talking and offending people.
“Damn, where did this dog come from?! Let’s hit it and chase it away!”
Finally, someone couldn’t withstand it any longer. This dog really knew how to attract haters.
Jiang Chen hurriedly covered his face and pulled Yan Chen Yu to another direction, pretending they didn’t know Big Yellow.