Chapter 702: Another Kind of Ranking
Xue Ying agreed with this point.
Since the true deity heart was formed by the law and profound mysteries along with the soul, the deeper one’s understanding was towards the laws and profound mysteries, the stronger his true deity heart would be.
But the soul was an important area for any cultivators. They would usually conceal it deliberately to prevent others from probing it. At the most, there would only be some aura leaked which could be used for determining the party’s identity. Nevertheless, this could be hidden using specific items just like the Bloodshed Tavern robes given by his teacher.
“Even in other cultivation systems, other than a few rare cases, the stronger the cultivator, the stronger his soul will be.” The Black Gourd treasure spirit explained.
Xue Ying considered this idea for a moment. Just like those from the Ancestor Mother Religion, the stronger their body, the stronger their soul. At that time when he displayed the illusory realm, Protector Huo Zhu, the strongest Protector of Ancestor Mother Religion who had been dispatched to take care of Xue Ying, could easily break through the illusion cast. This proved that Protector Huo Zhu had a strong soul.
“Your teacher is very powerful, though your Senior Disciple Brother Monarch Green who has just made a breakthrough is formidable as well.” The Black Gourd treasure spirit continued, “It seems that he is even stronger than that Primal Master who have a high status, or Abyss Primogenitor.”
“What?” Xue Ying was surprised.
The treasure spirit continued with his explanation: “Listening to their conversation, it seems that everyone respected Primal Master and Abyss Primogenitor. Nevertheless, the two aren’t as strong.”
“Do you mean that Senior Disciple Brother Monarch Green is stronger than both Primal Master and Abyss Primogenitor?” Xue Ying asked through voice transmission.
If this piece of information were spread, it would undoubtedly shock everyone.
Both Primal Master and Abyss Primogenitor had accumulated a broad foundation. Even Pang Yi with his new cultivation technique was ranked lower than the two on the Cosmos Deity-Demon List. Monarch Green had only recently broken through, and he did not create any new cultivation technique yet he had the strength to suppress both Primal Master and Abyss Primogenitor?
‘His temperament has undergone a huge change. Perhaps he has been possessed?’ Xue Ying muttered inwardly, ‘That’s not right either. Monarch Green has three avatar bodies in total. It is difficult for anyone to even possess him! Still, nothing is impossible since he has entered another cosmos. There might be some unknown cultivation techniques which we have never heard before, allowing the other party to possess him. This eventually led to a huge transformation in his temperament and a great improvement in his strength.’
‘If he has really been possessed, shouldn’t the other party be doing something to hide his identity more carefully?’ Xue Ying pondered.
The verdict given by Black Gourd treasure spirit made Xue Ying suspicious and on alert.
“I am just judging based on their souls.” The Black Gourd treasure spirit mentioned confidently, “I can easily examine their soul and determine if it is real or not! Based on soul strength, your teacher, Bloodshed God-Emperor is still the strongest. He is truly a pervert for I have never seen a Ruler with such a strong soul.”
“Let me clarify with you, is Monarch Green really stronger than Primal Master and the others?” Xue Ying asked again.
The Black Gourd treasure spirit confirmed, “You aren’t able to see it, but the soul of your Senior Disciple Brother Monarch Green is just like an incomparably dazzling golden light. He is truly tyrannical and powerful. If he doesn’t own any heaven-shattering treasure, your Senior Disciple Brother Monarch Green should be ranked third in terms of power.”
“Ranked third?” Xue Ying was stunned. Stronger than Primal Master and Abyss Primogenitor but he was still ranked third?
“My Teacher, Bloodshed God-Emperor, is ranked first. Monarch Green is ranked third. So who is ranked second?” Xue Ying inquired.
“The one called Purgatory Ruler is ranked second.” The Black Gourd treasure spirit answered.
Xue Ying became confused.
The Dark Abyss had a total of three Rulers. Purgatory Ruler kept a low profile. Between the Rulers from Dark Abyss, Bloody Ruler was the most ostentatious, and Abyss Primogenitor had the greatest status amongst the three. But now, according to the ‘Black Gourd treasure spirit’, Bloodshed God-Emperor was ranked first, Purgatory Ruler second, and Monarch Green third!
Finally, after Bloody Ruler and Myriad God Palace Head arrived, all ten Rulers were gathered. Guided by the attendants, everyone went to their seats.
“Monarch Dong Bo, please.” An attendant led Xue Ying to his seat as well.
Xue Ying brought along his wife and children.
One by one, the guest was brought to the pre-arranged place for them, of which there were ten situated at the highest. These were unquestionably reserved for the ten Rulers.
And right below the ten seats, there were thirty seats arranged for the Paragons. Those like Bamboo Mountain Prefecture Master, Xue Ying, Monarch Destruction and some others were seated right within the section under Bloodshed God-Emperor, while Paragon Huo Cheng was sitting in the section under Primal Master.
Finally, there was a large number of powerful existences who were sitting further down.
“Xue Ying.” Bloodshed God-Emperor turned to his disciple. He looked at Xue Ying with doubt and transmitted over, “I can feel that your soul is somewhat unstable. What happened? Are you injured?”
Xue Ying felt surprised that his teacher could detect his injury. He quickly transmitted back, “It is nothing and doesn’t have a huge impact on my strength. I reckon I’ll be able to fully recover in 10,000 years.”
“Mn. Do inform me if you can’t resolve it.” After that, Bloodshed God-Emperor no longer cared about it. It was normal for his disciples to face setbacks during cultivation. He had merely asked because this injury was related to the soul. But since he disciple mentioned that he could resolve it, Bloodshed God-Emperor would naturally not intervene with it.
“Your senior disciple brother has already become a Ruler. You also need to cultivate properly. You are different from him since it doesn’t affect him greatly whether he became a Ruler or not. But for you, if you do not become a Ruler, there is no way for you to transcend from the River of Time.” Bloodshed God-Emperor transmitted over, “And I do not hope for us teacher and disciple to be part for eternity.”
“Yes, this disciple will definitely be more diligent.” Xue Ying could feel the concern his teacher had for him. Xue Ying felt touched.
Following which, along with three opening sentences by Monarch Green, the banquet began officially.
“Xue Ying.” Jing Qiu, who sat beside Xue Ying transmitted over, “Why aren’t you speaking with the other Paragons around you and are just silently drinking your wine?”
“I am thinking about certain matters.” Xue Ying felt chaotic in his heart.
He had just asked the Black Gourd treasure spirit again: “Right now, since the Myriad God Palace Head and Bloody Ruler have arrived, with the ten Rulers present, tell me according to your way of judging their combat power and give me a new updated list of ranking.”
The Black Gourd treasure spirit quickly came up with the new list.
The ranking list was as follow:
First, Bloodshed God-Emperor.
Second, Purgatory Ruler.
Third, Monarch Green.
Fourth, Primal Master.
Fifth, Bloody Ruler.
Sixth, Abyss Primogenitor.
Seventh, Pang Yi
Eighth, Myriad God Palace Head.
Ninth, Temporal Island Lord.
Tenth, Empress Qian He.
This updated list dampened the mood of Xue Ying. He no longer felt like chatting with the Paragons around him. His mind was currently filled with an influx of thoughts since this updated ranking list contradicted with the information he had.
‘Did they not mention that Bloody Ruler is very weak? And Pang Yi could easily suppress him after becoming a Ruler? Even Monarch Green could fight with Bloody Ruler on equal grounds when he was still a Paragon. But it seems that he is actually stronger than Abyss Primogenitor and the Ruler Pang Yi ?” Xue Ying felt a chill down his spine. He could not help but tremble. After Pang Yi became a Ruler, the aura from his soul was still weaker than that of Bloody Ruler!
This felt extremely abnormal!
‘I’ve heard that during the tussle for treasures previously, my teacher has been schemed by Bloody Ruler, yet Bloody Ruler was killed?” Xue Ying became all the more bewildered.
Firstly, it seemed that Bloody Ruler concealed himself too deeply.
Secondly, Purgatory Ruler and Monarch Green were both hiding deeply too. Purgatory Ruler was actually quite close to that of Bloodshed God-Emperor’s.
‘Of the three Rulers from the Abyss, I would never have thought that the publicly acknowledged stronger Abyss Primogenitor is instead the weakest of the three?’ Xue Ying thought, ‘What kind of secret is there behind this?’
He also had his secrets and concealed part of his strength. But he never had thought that the many of the Rulers were also hiding their power and covering it so deeply. Like Bloody Ruler, he did not even care that he was called the weakest. He did not care about respect. He was indeed the one with the deepest secret.
‘Empress Qian He is still the weakest among the Rulers.’ Xue Ying continued his train of thought, ‘That arrogant and treacherous Temporal Island Lord who usually acted so rampantly to his whim and fancy is actually ranked second from the back.’