Chapter 420: Starfield Selections
Translator: Radiant Translations Editor: Radiant Translations
The handsome youth garbed in white walked to the left side of the palace hall, casually choosing a place to sit. He then closed his eyes and began cultivating while avoiding any conversation. His body was emitting an freezing-cold aura, like an ice fragment that was ten thousand years old. Even then, his viciousness fell a bit short of the red-haired man’s killing intent. This man’s frost aura was rather reserved, yet he maintained a feeling of aloofness that made sure nobody went as close as a thousand meters from him.
“Interesting.” Xue Ying glanced at the handsome youth in white clothes, picked up a glass of wine, and then gave the start to a casual conversation with his companions. “There’s no need to overestimate me. The experts participating in this Myriad Flower Feast are like the clouds in the sky; I’m really not much by comparison. I should consider myself fortunate if I can pass through the Starfield Selections.”
“If even someone with elder brother Xue Ying’s strength cannot pass, there’s simply no hope for any of us.”
“Elder Brother Xue Ying, don’t be modest.”
Time gradually passed, night turning to day and day to night again. Deities didn’t see a mere three days as any considerable amount of time. The number of people registering for the Starfield Selections grew larger by the second and had long since passed a thousand. However, the red-haired man and the handsome youth still stuck out the most, and both seemed to have some terrifying background. Just like before, the red-haired man was spreading his killing intent without any reservations, and nobody in the Deity realm was willing to go within even thirty meters of him.
“Everyone, listen.” An officer wearing scarlet-red armor walked over and began to speak brightly. “The sky is already dark. The dawn of tomorrow marks the beginning of the Starfield Selections! I would like to ask everyone here to announce their name, starting from now.”
As he recorded the names one by one, the officer soon reached the red-haired man who was letting his killing intent loose. The man raised his head, and the expression revealed on the lower half of his face visible under the the mask betrayed his extreme indifference. “Blood Cloud!”
Not too long after that, the officer arrived before the handsome youth in white garb.
“May I inquire upon your majesty’s name?” the armored officer asked in an extremely polite tone; even his back was curved in a bow.
“Seventh Mei Yu!” The handsome youngster calmly answered as he glanced at the officer.
Xue Ying let out a faint smile at the sound of it. He found the name strange.
Very soon, the officer was now at Xue Ying’s side.
“Dong Bo,” Xue Ying immediately spoke out.
Once all the names were recorded, the officer in his scarlet-red armored said with a grin, “You should all rest and prepare well. As soon as dawn breaks, the Starfield Selections will also start. At that point, I will begin to call out your names—as soon as you hear your name, you must go on-stage and fight.”
“Quick, quick, quick. The Starfield Selections are about to commence.”
“We must hurry.”
Every last Deity within Mountain Wu City rushed over from left and right toward the Bloodshed Region in preparation for spectating the battles.
“Such a grand occasion only takes place once every ten million years. Only the most dazzling, most formidable Deities are qualified to actually participate. Just thinking about it sends my blood racing.”
“Such a grand occasion requires some good wine to go along with it. Look, how about this?”
“Haha, is that Winter Blaze? Good, very good. We should split it half and half.”
At the moment, every last corner of the Bloodshed Region, where the fights were about to begin, had long since been filled with people. The countless Deities were converging there from every other area. Despite the sky showing only faint signs of sunlight, with the countless stars still visible in the sky, the lofty honored guests had already arrived. As the one in charge of the Starfield Patrol, Patrol Master Guan was naturally using the main seat. Next to him was a throne that was on about the same level as his, and that was occupied by his beautiful wife. Below and to their sides, there were several other thrones.
Altogether, this group contained a full five World Deities, as well as one peak Deity.
That singe peak Deity was actually a beaming old man dressed in black robes.
“General Tu, it’s been such a long time since you’ve last visited my Soaring Cloud Lake. I’ve actually sent you countless invitations, yet you would never accept them.” The Soaring Cloud Lake Master smiled.
“General Tu, my son has recently acquired a jug of good wine for a high price at the prefecture capital, and he passed it over to me. I’ve never quite brought myself to take it out. I’ve actually been been waiting on you all this time.”
All five of those World Deities were all fawning over this single black-robed elderly Deity. Of course, all of them were chatting with him through private transmissions. Meanwhile, the black-robed man dealt with these transmissions while chuckling.
Sitting in his main seat, Patrol Master Guan sneered at the sight of this and immediately began to speak in a bright tone, “Brother Tu, you’ve cultivated for so many years, yet you’ve still yet to cross into the World Deity realm. Should this go on for too long, I’m afraid that your True Deity Heart might crumble and disperse! If you were to ask for my advice, I’d tell you to give up on the position of general. Perhaps into complete seclusion this close to death might actually give you the chance to break through and become a World Deity.”
“I appreciate the concern, Patrol Master Guan, but I’ve already offered my life to the Bloodshed God Palace, for the sake of defending the Mountain Wu Star Field. It’s only natural that I would spare no effort to that end.” The man smiled. “Holding onto this meager life of mine is much less important than fulfilling my duty to the Bloodshed God Palace.”
“Losing your life also means you will no longer have a way to fulfill your duty to the Bloodshed God Palace.” Patrol Master Guan sneered.
“That simply means there’s no point in you, Patrol Master Guan, being troubled over this matter,” the black-robed man replied, his expression as amiable as ever.
“Hmph.” After one final snort, Patrol Master Guan didn’t speak again.
Indeed, this black-robed elderly Deity was actually one of the two great personages of the Mountain Wu Star Field—the general of the defense legion.
Every starfield actually had two legions in total! One of them was the Patrol Legion, which was in charge of patrolling the starfield and was tasked with recruitment and construction. The other one, the Defense Legion, was dispatched directly by the Bloodshed God Palace. Relatively speaking, the power of the Defense Legion was larger. Even World Deities, like the Soaring Cloud Lake Master, would try to curry favor with their boss.
These two great legions kept each other in check, which served to make sure the Starfield Patrol could never simply mess around.
Patrol Master Guan’s beautiful wife had been spectating this exchange. Upon its conclusion, she raised her head and looked at her husband to say, “Patrol Master Guan, isn’t it about time?”
“Indeed.” Patrol Master Guan raised his head to glance at his surroundings and then immediately stood up.
In spite of his slim figure, Patrol Master Guan was still a venerable World Deity. Once he opened his mouth, his voice resonated majestically in every corner of the Bloodshed region. Every last Deity who had rushed over to watch could hear his voice with extreme clarity. Upon that voice reaching them, all the spectators became incredibly excited.
“It’s starting! It’s starting!”
“It’s about to begin!”
“Quick, it’s almost time for them to make their appearance. Once my three elder brothers come out, you have to tell me.”
Patrol Master Guan swept his gaze over his surroundings and then continued to say, “The Myriad Flower Feast arranged by the Bloodshed God Palace is a grand occasion ordered personally by His Majesty. I hope that the experts from throughout my Mountain Wu Star Field will all display their true strength, pass these preliminaries as well as the selection in the Prefecture Capital, and perhaps even participate in the final stage of the Myriad Flower Feast. Some of you might get to attend the feast together with His Majesty and various powerful existences and get to consume a Myriad Flower True Fruit. That truly bring great honor to the whole of my Mountain Wu Star Field.”
Those countless spectators all felt their hearts flare up.
There was no one who didn’t long to witness the visage of the Bloodshed God Emperor with their own eyes. A single glance at him would be the greatest honor. However, their strength was simply not enough sufficient, and even any hope that someone from the Mountain Wu Star Field would ultimately attend the feast would be quite extravagant.
“There’s not much point in me restating the rules of the Starfield Selections. You’ve all since been made aware of them.” Patrol Master Guan nodded and continued, “Indeed, the rules are very simple. Defeat the Fierce Shaman Warrior before an hourglass worth of time has elapsed, and you will have passed the preliminaries. Failing to do so means you lose.”
A huge battle arena began to emerge in the very center of the area, surrounded by all of the spectators. The arena actually covered a region spanning ten thousand kilometers; although when it came to Deities, such a large field was actually not very encompassing.
Hou~ An approximately twelve meter tall humanoid creature covered in brown hair was standing in the middle of the arena. It was rearing its head and howling madly. Its face alone was not covered in hair. It was instead pure white, except for its small pair of eyes flickering with viciousness.
This creature was actually the renowned Fierce Shaman Warrior.
This seemingly ordinary creature known as a Fierce Shaman Warrior actually made its appearance in every single Myriad Flower Feast preliminary and had brought down countless Deities over the years. It was actually incredibly hard to defeat them.
“Hahaha, I’ve sure you’re all on the edge of your seats, so I won’t waste any more time,” Patrol Master Guan’s voice majestically resonated throughout the sky. “It is time for the Bloodshed God Palace’s Myriad Flower Feast Starfield Selections to begin!”
“First one in, Lie Xiao,” not too far away, at the palace doorway that previously served as the location for signing up, an officer in scarlet armor yelled out.
Suddenly, a figure walked out from within the palace.
It was a man with the head of a bird. He seemed to have the lineage of beast. Some beasts, even after changing into humanoid figure, were still fond of exposing their beastly traits. This bird-headed man, Lie Xiao, immediately rushed toward the distant battle arena along a passage of golden light. Within moments, the countless Deities were all watching him arrive. Farther back, on the distant stage, the Starfield Patrol Master, the General of the Defense Legion, and the rest were were all watching him make his way to the arena.
“It has begun.” Xue Ying and the others were all watching from inside the distant palace. Most of the ones inside were standing up to look outside through the palace’s windows.