Paragon of Sin

Chapter 129: Hell

when the soul re-enters the grand samsara, the River of Souls, it wouldn ’t taint the others.

”But there were only two ways to rid one of sin, and that was karmic luck, its polar opposite, and the blood of the Original Gods. ” Ming Shufeng paused.

Wei Wuyin looked calm outwardly, but his heart was wildly quaking with endless shock. So that ’s why he received the karmic luck after overcoming the Calamity of Hell. The karmic luck instilled into him carried back to his real body, what was meant to cleanse his soul of sin.

Then, the Soul of True Sin…

Failing…

He became immediately confused.

Could failing or succeeding the Calamities of Hell not affect him regardless because he lacked sin? As this thought entered his thoughts, he felt like a thundering hammer smashed his thoughts aside. A prick of immense pain shot through his right arm to his head and he grimaced. It took his everything to not exclaim, maintaining his calm appearance. But his back became wet with cold sweat.

”No! I would certainly die. Right! I have the Bloodline of Sin…My thinking is wrong to its core. If the Soul of True Sin helps survival in the case of failure in the Calamities of Hell, then it merely helps protect the source of sin, the Bloodline attached to our souls. This means that even those at the Realm of Sages likely fail the Calamities…losing their Bloodlines of Sin as a result, even through the True Soul of Sin ’s protection. ”

It was as if the tattoo, the seemingly physical manifestation of the Bloodline of Sin, was communicating with him, constantly guiding him. He clenched the fist of his right arm. If he failed the Calamity of Hell, the resulting karmic luck would be poison.

But…

Just as another question entered his thoughts, Ming Shufeng broke her silence and continued, answering it. ”However, the Heavenly Daos are fair and just. There are those unaffected by certain aspects of Hell ’s cleansing ritual. If one can withstand the trial, the karmic luck would be integrated into the soul and stored for later use. If one ’s soul doesn ’t perish during the process of cleansing, then they ’ll reincarnate as a Blessed. ”

When she said that last word, her eyes roamed to Wei Wuyin. Blessed shouldn ’t know they were Blessed or the existence of Blessed. It was something the Heavenly Daos specifically wiped from their memories and made sure they never had contact with. This was to prevent complacency due to knowing one ’s fortune and then dying due to wrong or lazy choices.

If she tried to tell a Blessed they were Blessed, she ’d receive an immense backlash. But telling them of its existence wasn ’t an issue, and was often used to verify their existence by seers, oracles, and fortune tellers.

Wei Wuyin frowned, ”Blessed? ” He asked her with a deep look of contemplation. Then, he seemed to grow dull for a split second, then he acted completely normal.

Her heart trembled. So he was a Blessed.

As for Wei Wuyin, he sneered inwardly. One of the details in the Scripture of Sin was a warning to not tell those Blessed that they were Blessed or about Blessed individuals. You can speak about the abstract karmic luck and karmic sin, but this was taboo. Not only would this alert the Heavenly Daos of your existence as an Inheritor of Sin, but you might suffer a backlash.

After all, with the identity of Blessed, you should never know about their existence, so how can you tell others?

Ming Shufeng felt more confident in her heart.

Wei Wuyin blinked, ”You said there were trial ’s of Hell, what are they? ” This was his main purpose!

Ming Shufeng didn ’t find anything irregular about this and calmly answered, ”Hell is said to be divided into eighteen layers. When a sinner dies, they get sent to the layer that matches their accumulated karmic sin. The greater the karmic sin, the further down they go, the harsher the trial to overturn their fate of being born as an ant, dog, or eternal slave due to their actions. It is truly a calamity for sinners. ”

”And these eighteen layers are? ” He could feel his heart race as if it was participating in a sprinting marathon.

”…the first trial devised and the weakest calamity of all sinners is called the Calamity of True Loss. It revolves around cleansing the soul by plaguing them with alternative pasts, presents, and futures, reliving harsh memories, experiencing death or the constant loss of life, and then the deteoritation of one ’s greatest, most cherished memories. It is cruel… ” Ming Shufeng shivered slightly at the thought.

To be shown the dreadful past, present, and future, altered as if one lived in it. While it is merely the first layer, it is a truly impossible trial to overcome for anyone with emotions and attachments.

”It continues to make you experience intense, burning agony of living these events over and over until your soul disperses. After the outer shell of your soul had vanished, the sin that infects the soul would vanish, and it can enter the River of Souls to go through the process of reincarnation. ”

Wei Wuyin ’s sea of consciousness shook. He still recalled the things his other ’self ’ experienced. That other ’self ’ was completely unaffected because it had no recollection of his past, present, or future. It was like watching a play. How could someone be tormented outside of feeling pity for the characters?

It was this experience why he felt his death was all but ensured.

”What about the second layer?! ” His voice was agitated a little. He needed to know! If the first layer could be avoided without memories, then the second must have something to avoid it!

Ming Shufeng bit her lips and said, ”The second layer is… ”

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