Paragon of Sin

Chapter 556: Second Calamity Staying True

to his struggles in the Scarlet Solaris Sect, the schemes, the assassinations, and the challenges that he had to overcome. The allies he made, the enemies that sought after his life, and the pain of cultivating with everything he had. 

He felt the sense of accomplishment at every victory he obtain, a feeling of pain at every loss he suffered, and a feeling of satisfaction at every success in his cultivation.

Before long, he had restored nearly thirty percent of his outer shell. With a refreshed sense of self, he calmly asked: ’Did the darkness just act to cleanse my outer shell without cause? I ’m no longer affected by the tortuously vivid memory of Long Chen ’s victory, of my fatal negligence, so how did this happen? ’

”… ” The four Astral Souls still couldn ’t answer. They knew nothing of this Calamity of Hell outside of those few words extracted by Ming Shufeng. Fortunately, Wei Wuyin hadn ’t asked them. He was asking himself.

While his Astral Souls were sentient, intelligent and self-aware, they lacked a critical aspect that could easily be overlooked: they weren ’t very good at learning, deducing, or explaining things. They could cultivate by themselves, a natural instinct of theirs as Spirits of Cultivation, but they couldn ’t train in arts, spells, methods or even concoct alchemical products by themselves.

They weren ’t complete souls, and they lacked this vital aspect. They thrived off what Wei Wuyin already knew or what their Daos were composed of. If Wei Wuyin was ignorant of something, they were similarly ignorant. If they knew of something, then Wei Wuyin already knew of it, but his mind would take a little longer to bring it out. 

’Think Wuyin, think. What changed? ’ He hurried his mind to recall all his thoughts prior to the degradation. There wasn ’t much, so he pinpointed a peculiar detail. ’Before their shouts, I was thinking to myself that I would never neglect my cultivation. ’

That was it!

Wei Wuyin ’s silver eyes brightened in the darkness. This trial was based on causing the soul to experience a cleansing induced by regret, but regret didn ’t just manifest in the wallowing of the past, but the willingness to change oneself for the future! While he was aware of the falseness of the memory, it infused him with sufficient regret to induce a change in character, in thinking.

’I ’ll never indiscriminately kill simply because someone wants to harm me or my interests. Killing is an extreme, and solving one ’s every problem with it wasn ’t always the best course of action. I certainly can ’t make it my only solution. I learned this long ago. If I was like this, I would ’ve killed everyone in the Scarlet Solaris Sect that day. I would ’ve upturned everyone ’s lives, slaughtered them and their children, family members, and spouses. To ensure there were no roots left behind.

’I would ’ve destroyed the entire sect! That ’s not me. I no longer cultivate to strive for power, but to strive for freedom and life. ’ A calming sensation enveloped him, as if an invisible pair of hands grasping his throat had loosened its grip. 

A cold, vicious mentality was forming within him and it was fueled by regret from his negligence. 

’So that ’s how it is. How terrifying! Just being affected by regret through any way is enough to cleanse the outer shell. What type of Calamity of Hell is this? Feels more like a trap. How could one not change their thinking even if they ’ve obtained their awareness?! ’

This Calamity of Hell wasn ’t simple by any means. He had to ensure that he was completely unaffected by the memory, that he stayed true to himself. It was this self of his that was resisting the calamity, so he must not lose it. 

”What ’s next? ” Kratos asked. Despite his dignity as a Void Dragon, a being that could enter anywhere and escape everywhere, there was a lingering sensation of unease within its voice. This calamity had given it too many frights and it was the closest that its ever experienced death. 

They all knew that if Wei Wuyin lost his soul ’s outer shell, his soul would be whisked away to the River of Souls. They would be forced to go along with it.

’We stay true to ourselves. We continue forward. ’ The urge to move was becoming too much for him to resist. If he continued resisting, he felt that his soul might instantly disperse. 

Step. Step. Ste-

He stopped.

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