The youths from influential clans were all stunned by this sight while the Barbarian Ghost Practitioners kneeled down on one leg and shouted.
“Greetings to our Martial Uncles!”
TL: Martial Uncle is a Junior/Senior of one’s Shi Fu(master/teacher)
“Stand. In a while, we will split you guys into files of a hundred to enter the Spirit Convergence Stage. In it, you’re life will be in jeopardy but if you open your Spiritual Sea, you will no longer be a mortal! I’ll ask you one more time, is there anyone who would like to forgo this chance?” A shadow who was Junior Lei spoke softly and slowly.
Hearing this, neither Barbarian Ghost Practitioners nor youths from influential families spoke-no one was dumb enough to let so many resources go to waste.
“Good, very good!” Junior Lei said two goods and nothing more.
Liu Ming was hidden within the crowd and was curiously looking at the Martial Uncles in the air.
Although, he couldn’t see the real faces of these people because of the layer of light that surrounded them.
When he looked back toward the Barbarian Ghost Practitioners, he realized that the pretty girl who was drawing everyone’s attention had disappeared. In fact, he could barely remember where that girl had been standing!
Even though Liu Ming could be considered quite brave, he still felt a tinge down his back, much like seeing a ghost in broad daylight.
The crowd that Liu Ming was in also seemed to have realized that they couldn’t find the girl anymore. With the realization came a decent sized commotion while many revealed expressions of disbelief on their faces.
On the high platform, the Barbarian Ghost Sect Leader saw this and looked toward a slightly pretty girl. He smiled at Junior Lin who hadn’t flown into the air to host the ceremony.
“Jia Lan’s Aphrodite Body is truly amazing. It has quite an effect even before she has opened her Spiritual Sea. I think she will be quite impressive when she becomes a Spirit Apostle.”
“Hmph, if not for that, why would I fight with Chu Senior over her. Unfortunately, even though this Spiritual Body is quite rare, the owner of the body has many more obstacles in training. The Aphrodite Body isn’t very useful against those that are of a higher level than the owner.” Junior Lin bragged proudly before starting to list off the inadequacies of that Spiritual Body. Chapter 15 – Awakening (Part One)
“The Aphrodite Body has unimaginable powers against opponents of the same level. Thus, as long as the child successfully awakens, even if her training talent is slow, we would use spirit medicines to push her level up.” The Barbarian Ghost Sect Leader said resolutely.
“Yes. This child will be very important to our sect in the future and will possibly become one of our pillars. However, besides Lei Zhen, there’s nothing special about the rest of the kids from the clans. Even if some of them can barely become Spirit Apostles, they probably won’t have more than a Three Spiritual Pulse. That is the lowest type of talent and have no hope of becoming Spirit Masters. If the three Loose Practitioners cannot complete the Awakening Ceremony and there’s no talent among the practitioners from the clans, I’m afraid Senior Gui will have to return disappointed.” Junior Lin said after pondering the crowd.
“From past years, Loose Practitioners have at least a one-third chance of becoming Spirit Apostles. However, when you say the other Practitioners are useless, I do not agree.” The Sect Leader mused for a bit, and spoke as he shook his head.
“What? Did I miss someone? Are there more good talents within the family disciples? No, even if I miss them, how could Senior Gui also miss them?” Junior Lin said, startled.
“As for the others I do not know but this kid is a bit interesting.” The Sect Leader smiled slightly. Suddenly, he lifted his finger and pointed it in midair before he drew a circle that lingered in air. Suddenly, a green light flashed and the circle turned into a mirror that was clear as water, revealing a youth dressed in a bright robe.
The youth, who was looking up at the Spirit Masters without blinking, was Liu Ming.
“This kid? He doesn’t seem very special. Does he have one of the mythical hidden Spiritual Bodies?” Junior Lin looked at Liu Ming through the lens for a while before asking slowly.
“I don’t know whether or not he has a hidden Spiritual Body, but his mental energy is probably a lot higher than the average person.” The Sect Leader replied patiently.
“Oh? How does Sect Leader Senior know?” Junior Lin heard this and was naturally curious.
“Very simple. Earlier when Jia Lan’s Aphrodite body accidentally leaked out, only this kid was not affected at all, and he could actually force himself to look away from Jia Lan. Just this self control is already worth complimenting.” The Sect Leader replied with a smile.
“So it’s like that. Then, this kid really is worth looking forward to.” Junior Lin said.
Liu Ming naturally did not know that due to the charming girl from earlier, he had become known in the eyes of two Spirit Masters.
Currently he was spending all his focus feeling the energy the magical formation on the stage was giving off. The surroundings now had many different abnormalities.
As he ran through his nameless technique, the Yuan Li in his body started to run one and a half times faster than before. As he raised his arm, he could clearly feel a sluggishness. Although it was weak enough that it could be ignored, it definitely existed.
Liu Ming’s face showed his surprised and he looked at the silver formation with a hint of anticipation.
If such a startling affect could be felt outside the formation, once he entered, the results would be even more amazing.
“Time is up, instill the Spirit Drops.” The Lei Spirit Master commanded.
As the sound fell, dozens of Spirit Apostles flew from the tall platforms around.
These Barbarian Ghost Sect Spirit Apostles were all wearing black robes while holding light green bottles. As they arrived close to the edge of the formation, they simultaneous smacked the bottoms of the bottles.
A milky white substance poured from each bottle, forming dozens of white lines that shot toward the top of the formation. Then, the milky white light started to fall from the air.
“Practitioners of our sect, enter the formation!” The Junior Lei in the air commanded with a shout.
The Barbarian Ghost Sect Practitioners heard this and instantly sprinted onto the stage. They chose a seat to sit down on which were positioned a set distance from each other.
As soon as the formation reached a hundred people, the Spirit Master in the air spoke again and waved his arm downward.
The Barbarian Ghost Sect Practitioners that had still wanted to enter after his command instantly felt an invisible wall and were pushed back.
These Practitioners felt a bit disappointed and stood waiting outside.
Liu Ming and the other clan youths, without any orders, could only keep their eyes open as they stood in place without moving.
They didn’t have much anger in their hearts. This Opening Spirit Ceremony was originally intended for the disciples of the Barbarian Ghost Sect. That meant they had nothing to complain about by being placed last.
Some would actually use this chance to watch how the Barbarian Ghost Sect Practitioners open their Spiritual Seas.
Even though the elders of their respective families had explained the process countless times, being able to see it with their own eyes was a completely different story. They may gain something by seeing it, allowing them to obtain a small advantage during their own awakening.
Liu Ming especially could not give up this chance to see the Opening Ceremony first hand, and he stared at a select few that he had noticed before.
At this point, the Spirit Masters in the air saw that all the Practitioners had sat down and finished making their preparations. With a flash they all moved to their respective positions and started their own chants, letting out a horrifying spiritual pressure.
The Practitioners outside the formation quickly rushed back as they felt the pressure. Several useless and weak Practitioners grew pale and fell down without strength.
However, the Practitioners within the formation seemed to be protected in some way and could not feel the horrifying pressure. Some Practitioners even peeked at the Spirit Masters in the air out of curiosity.
Lei Spirit Master’s aura, under his chant, grew stronger and stronger. He lifted one of his arms and pointed out one of his fingers.
With a soft hum, a drop of silver liquid left his finger and went into the white light created by the spirit drops.
At that moment, an amazing scene appeared.
The white light, as if gaining a mind of its own, shot toward the silver liquid and quickly merged together with it.
In a moment, a man-sized white circle formed soundlessly in mid air.
Spirit Master Lei’s hand pointed toward the white light.
Under Lei’s control, the white light sank like a meteor, shooting accurately at a Barbarian Ghost Sect Practitioner that was sitting down.
This Practitioner was only around thirteen to fourteen years old and had a handsome face. As the white light touched him, he fell flat on the ground with his four limbs spread out.
It was as if the white light was an incredibly heavy weight.
Even more strange, as the white light pressed against the youth, it did not disappear instantly. Instead, under Lei Spirit Master’s control, it moved around a bit and wrapped completely around the youth.
The silver drop at the center of the light also merged into the youth’s body and disappeared without a trace.
The youth on the floor let loose a deep breath and crawled back up from the floor with a roar. After a struggle, he once again sat down in lotus position, and circulated his inner energy with his eyes closed.
This same scene was happening all around him.
The other spirit masters also let loose a silver liquid and let the large white light fall onto the Practitioners below.
Most Practitioners reacted similar to the first youth and were instantly pressed to the ground without being able to move. Only a few with particularly strong bodies could sit and withstand the pressure. They watched the light being absorbed by their body.
The Spirit Masters saw this and nodded secretly while noting each of these Practitioner’s locations and faces.
The Spirit Masters cast their spell very quickly and rapidly gathered a hundred silver drops to let each disciple be enveloped by the light.
At this time, Lei Spirit Master reached into his sleeve and pulled out a green token. Without a word, he waved it at a light formation below.
With a muffled sound, a finger-sized green light shot from the face of the token and into a crystal in the center of the formation.
With a flash, the white light around the entire formation became bright and many white light pillars started to rise into the air.
The remaining white light in the air grew blurry and started to fall down like rain.
Even outside the formation, Liu Ming could feel the change in his surroundings and unconsciously started to squint.
At this time, Lei Spirit Master said while in the air, “Under the power of the formation, we have caused the energy in the air to grow to its maximum concentration. At the same time, we imparted a bit of our own energy onto your body to increase your chances. What you need to do now is use this outside strength to awaken the spirit energy in your body and create your Spiritual Sea in your dantian in one breath. This will cause unimaginable pain, as if a thousand blades were cutting into you. Whether you end up with life or death, become an immortal or mortal, is all up to you. Now, I will use some mantra in order to guide you through the awakening process.”
After Lei Spirit Master said this, he looked at the other Spirit Masters. Then, he willingly took out a golden scroll and threw it in front of him. Chapter 16 – Awakening (Part Two)
The golden scroll flew through the air and, in a flash, transformed into a film of golden light floating in the air.
Within the light screen, grain-sized silver characters started to appear and flash in a faint light.
The Lei Spirit Master then formed a sign with one hand, and at the same time the light around his body cracked open, revealing his true form.
Shockingly, it was a huge bearded man dressed in a purple robe. He had a wide chest and just by standing he gave off an imposing feeling.
Lei Spirit Master stared at the characters in the golden light. He changed his hand signs while he used his mouth to start his chant.
Liu Ming surprisingly found that he suddenly could not hear anything. He glanced over at the other Clan Practitioners.
He found out that most of them also had stunned faces.
Obviously, he was not the only one who couldn’t hear anything.
As Liu Ming’s gaze shifted toward the formation again, he found the Barbarian Ghost Sect Practitioners showing expressions of pain as soon as the bearded man had started to chant. Some of their faces immediately twisted and the white light that surrounded them flashed strangely.
A Spirit Master’s techniques were really mysterious. Their mantra could actually focus on a specific area, leaving everything outside the formation completely unaffected.
Liu Ming couldn’t help but start to look forward to the “spells” of a Spirit Master.
They obviously were not on the same level compared to Practitioners who could borrow the strength of talismans to cast some small techniques.
“Bang, Bang.” Two muffled sounds were heard.
The faces of two of the youths that were sitting in the formation convulsed, before their heads suddenly exploded from within. The white light that was surrounding them also disappeared, allowing their headless bodies to fall directly to the ground.
Seeing the bloody scene, some of the more timid Clan Practitioners let out a cry while the others couldn’t help but turn pale.
The Practitioners of the Barbarian Ghost Sect that hadn’t entered the formation also couldn’t help but feel a hint of unease.
But the Spirit Masters in the air and the Spirit Apostles within the formation acted as if they did not see it at all.
Right as Liu Ming finished looking at the two headless bodies, a third Barbarian Ghost Sect Practitioner stood up. His hands waved frantically for a bit before his head also cracked open.
“Hmph. How useless. We just started and there are people that already cannot withstand the energy. The next time our sect chooses Practitioners, we should probably be a bit more strict.” The Barbarian Ghost Sect Leader said unhappily as he saw this from the high platform.
“Sect Leader Senior. Without going through the awakening ceremony, we can only predict the Practitioner’s talent. For there to be some mistakes is unavoidable. The Practitioner that just died, was actually one that I had high hopes for. During the training before, he performed quite well.” Junior Lin forced a smile from the side.
“No matter how it is said, our sect invests a large amount of resources on each Practitioner. To be more strict in choosing Practitioners can’t really be wrong.” The Sect leader replied, unmoved.
“Yes. Junior and the other Seniors will definitely deliberate more over the next batch of disciples, in order to choose even more talented Practitioners.” Junior Lin could only reply as such.
The Barbarian Ghost Sect Leader heard this and gave a slow nod. He continued watching the rest of the Practitioners still going through the ceremony.
After the three deaths on the stage, there were no more instant deaths. But as time went on, the white light started to form into strands that frantically tried to squeeze through the Practitioner’s skin.
The youths waiting suddenly saw a couple of shadows fly up from the high platform and speed toward the stage.
The youths from influential clans were all stunned by this sight while the Barbarian Ghost Practitioners kneeled down on one leg and shouted.