s and had a lot going on, and he usually couldn ’t arrange for both to be here at the same time. It was merely a fortune of scheduling that allowed such a blessing.
At the moment, he was completely alone. Not even Su Mei was here.
”Good. ” She said, before thinking of something and added: ”Thank you for helping Yu ’er. That little girl is a little too rash sometimes. ” She was suffused with endless worry after Long Tingyu was captured and sentenced to three decades of imprisonment. Unfortunately, she was powerless to change it.
Wei Wuyin shook his head, ”I acted with my own interests in mind, so there ’s utterly no need for thanks. But I can see you care for her a lot. It ’s good that she has someone like you. ” He could clearly see the motherly feelings Xiang Ling had towards Long Tingyu. While he didn ’t probe it, he knew they were incredibly close despite only three years having passed.
Xiang Ling smiled in response. It was gentle and filled with warmth. Obviously, she was thinking about Long Tingyu.
”How about we go inside? ” Wei Wuyin smilingly asked, gesturing to Xiang Ling that if she wanted, they could. Zhao Yan realized his purpose had been fulfilled, so he nodded before taking off on his pegasus.
Xiang Ling took a deep breath, taking in the high-quality astral essence which she never had a chance to absorb in her life, and revealed a gentle smile. With a nod, she solidified her will and understanding of what would likely happen in her heart.
Today, she stepped into the luxuriously elegant and grand sky palace, but she wouldn ’t be leaving for quite awhile.
Two weeks later.
Wei Wuyin sat quietly in his cultivation room, deep in thought. In front of him, numerous books and scrolls were scattered about. These mediums of knowledge storage contained the accounts of those who ’ve witnessed the Astral Tribulation of others who ’ve tried the Zenith Mortal State.
His brows were deeply furrowed, nearly vertical. There have been numerous experts who ’ve dedicated their lives to achieving the Zenith Mortal State, and subsequently faced the Mortal Star Formation Tribulation, the first Astral Tribulation of the Astral Core Realm, and the first tribulation they faced in their cultivation. Each account responded how the world ’s aura was intense, suppressive to the point breathing or circulating their cultivation base was profoundly difficult, near-impossible.
Furthermore, they all had the same conclusion: Failure.
Those who undertook this tribulation were forced to face seemingly insurmountable forces to properly refine their Natal Souls, becoming Astral Souls and birthing an Astral Core that can store their World Sea. He knew that the stronger the Natal Soul, the more difficult the tribulation, but to think it was this difficult.
There were even accounts of others helping them, attempting to interfere and allow them to breakthrough, but the Mortal Star Formation Tribulation must be fully overcome by the cultivator only or else their transformation would be incomplete, and they would be rendered into a very strange pseudo-Astral Core Realm state.
This state couldn ’t advance in cultivation. They would forever be a pseudo-Astral Core Realm cultivator.
While the Second Tribulation and subsequent tribulations can be helped with external forces, such as Xiang Ling helping Wu Jiao breakthrough into the Second Stage, this would cause their ability to advance in cultivation to be halted entirely, unable to ever ascend the next phase. Only those who were desperate would ever resort to such a method.
Wei Wuyin was unique; he had four Natal Souls, all of which were at the Zenith Mortal State. Furthermore, two of which were unique, and one contained Elemental Energy.
According to past records of other cultivators, those who ’ve attempted to assail the Mortal Star Formation Tribulation with specially fused types of Natal Souls were often forced to face immensely difficult tribulations. The purpose of the Mortal Star Formation Tribulation was to mould, shape, and transform the Natal Soul into an Astral Soul, the stronger it was, the harder it became to achieve.
Fortunately, this didn ’t seem to factor in the quality of energies, only the type of energies within. This meant that regardless if he had five advanced top-tier elemental essences or the normal elemental essences, the tribulation ’s intensity would remain the same. This benefited him slightly. After all, he had Steel Metal, Violet Lightning, Life Meadow Wood, Blazing Inferno Magma, and Absolute Zero Ice Energies.
If the tribulations were divided, he should have a sufficient ability to overcome that specific tribulation, but the issue was…if it was combined. His Draconic Void Natal Soul and Alchemic Eden Natal Soul were special, and the Dao of Void embodied all time, space, and astrological forces! Would that affect him? Also, if they were separate, could his Draconic Void Natal Soul and Alchemic Eden Natal Soul be relied on by themselves to overcome the tribulation?
He couldn ’t help but feel a ceaselessly throbbing headache over this matter.
”I spent nearly a week just gathering information, only to find out what I already know…I can ’t use pellets to overcome the trial, or my path will stop then and there. I can ’t allow that to happen. ” Wei Wuyin clenched his fists. His goal currently was to reach the Realm of Sages. Not only did he need to reach that point, but he needed the most stable foundation imaginable to bring about the strongest cultivation strength. Then and only then will he have a safety net in case he failed a calamity.
Right now, he didn ’t have the protection of a Soul of True Sin. A single failure in a Calamity of Hell to the current him meant only one path: Game Over.
Taking several long and drawn out breaths, Wei Wuyin collected the books and scrolls. He had prepared enough, and if he didn ’t take this step today, he might always find some excuse to take his time. But he didn ’t have time to waste.
”Today ’s the day. ”
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