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    As he gazed at this black cliff, he once more felt that mysterious feeling.

    If he had not at first mistaken her for an Elf girl, would they have ended up together earlier? If, on that day by the Tong River, he waited for just half a day more after reading that letter, could he have ridden the crane with her and come here together? If she were here, would she able to make out with a glance the gap in this array?

    With a zing, several dozen swords appeared in the sky. With Chen Changsheng as the center, an awe-inspiring sword intent spread out, instantly shattering the snow drifting in the air.

    Chen Changsheng gripped the Stainless Sword as he warily gazed at the outcrop at the very bottom of the black cliff.

    The drifting snow came from the snow capping the cliff. It was falling because it had sensed the shaking that he could feel right under him.

    The outcrop at the bottom of the cliff suddenly burst apart, and two people clambered out.

    The several dozen swords vibrated, letting out terrifying buzzes. They did not strike, however, because Chen Changsheng recognized those two people.

    It was Jin Yulu and Xiaode.

    Jin Yulu had once acted as gatekeeper of the Orthodox Academy, resolving many problems for Chen Changsheng. Though they had not met in many years, the affection was still there.

    Although Xiaode had once been his enemy, he had also always had a close relationship to the Human race. In the coup of the Mausoleum of Books, he and Xiao Zhang had charged into the Imperial Palace, helping the Tang Second Master seize control of the Imperial Design. One could imagine that he also been one of Shang Xingzhou’s collaborators.

    This was proved from another side by the Shi clan leader’s firm stance in the Heavenly Selection ceremony and in the following two days.

    Heavenly Star Chen Changsheng naturally would not attack them. He was just surprised to see them come out from the black cliff.

    If the White Emperor really was in seclusion inside this cliff, had they been able to meet him?

    At this moment, he himself did not know which answer he wanted to hear, as it seemed like neither answer was good. Ling Jiaxin and Liu Jingkun held the Channel Opening Pills, their faces filled with excitement. The benefits the Channel Opening Pill brings for cultivators were huge ah!

    Pangyun Xiang followed behind the two, a trace of helplessness and gloominess on his face.

    MMORPG Martial Gamer The 3 of them had clearly bidded the same price, but Baili Hongzhuang picked only 2 of them, Ling Jiaxin and Liu Jingkun’s.

    This was the first time Dai Yunyang had entrusted something for him to handle, yet he had already failed. If this made Dai Yunyang unhappy with his capability, that would be a great loss!

    "Miss Ling, what do we do about the pill that was bought by Wei Meidai?"

    Liu Jingkun frowned slightly. Originally, according to their plan, all 3 Channel Opening Pills should’ve been theirs.

    But, nobody expected Wei Meidai to appear and change that.

    So, even if they accused Baili Hongzhuang, wouldn’t it all be worthless?

    Everybody already knew that the two of them held deep grudges with Baili Hongzhuang, so if they said that it was fake, and Wei Meidai said that it was real, it was obvious who everybody would believe.

    Ling Jiaxin’s face also became a little worried. They had finally found a way for Baili Hongzhuang to cry everyday in regret with great difficulty and call uselessly, so how could it all be ruined now?

    "How about we go and sound out Wei Meidai?" Ling Jiaxin suggested, "As long as we give her some benefits, Wei Meidai should agree to act with us."

    Liu Jingkun nodded, "Right, lets go to probe Wei Meidai’s intentions!"

    Wei Meidai immediately went to leave with the Channel Opening Pill. Many people coveted the pill in Azure Water City, so she had to give it to her Master as soon as possible.

    But, Wei Meidai suddenly stopped walking, blocked by somebody.

    Wei Meidai couldn’t help but be a bit startled. She was about to use her identity as a pill master to intimidate them out of the way, but when she saw that it was Ling Jiaxin and the others from earlier, a flash of doubt couldn’t help but appear in her eyes.

    "What are you guys doing?"

    Ling Jiaxin smiled brightly, walking a bit closer. "Miss Wei, we came to ask for your help."

    Wei Meidai raised an eyebrow, "With what?"

    "Would Miss Wei be potentially interested in selling the Channel Opening Pill to us?"

    Hearing her words, Wei Meidai glanced at Ling Jiaxin and firmly shook her head.

    "Out of question, this pill is too useful for me. If it’s just this, there’s no need to speak anymore. I won’t be selling this pill to you."

    A trace of disappointment passed through Ling Jiaxin’s eyes, but Wei Meidai’s reply didn’t come as a surprise for her.

    With Wei Meidai’s idenitity as a pill master, she had no shortage of money so why would she possibly want to sell it to them?

    Wei Meidai was done speaking and prepared to leave but when she saw Liu Jingkun and Pang Yunxiang still blocking her way, she frowned. "I already spoke, what are you guys still trying to do?"

    Ling Jiaxin thought for a bit. Since there was no hope in buying the Channel Opening Pill from her, she could only do her best and try something.

    If she failed, she’d just die losing to Baili Hongzhuang.

    Thinking up to here, Ling Jiaxin lowered her voice, "What does Miss Wei think about Baili Hongzhuang?"

    Wei Meidai glanced at Ling Jiaxin doubtfully, not understanding why she was suddenly asking such a question.

    Don’t tell her that…… news about her and Baili Hongzhaung at the Pill Master’s Guild had already spread to here?

    On that day, many people were present on the scene, but there weren’t any Azure Water School student so it should’ve have already transmitted outwards……

    "Just say what you want to say, ok?" Wei Meidai’s voice was cold as she stared at Ling Jiaxin’s group of 3.

    If they wanted to threaten her, she wasn’t that simple! Chapter 436: Cheating Technique

    Translated by Crystal of Exiled Rebels Scanlations

    In the span of a few days, You XiaoMo and the others had already become famous. So, the moment they arrived, the attention was focused on them, especially those from the fifty to seventieth row from the left. That section was so excited that their eyes felt like they were spitting fire.

    Yan Hui and Cheng XiangRong came early and saved seats for them so that even though they came late, they didn’t have to stand like everyone else.

    Once You XiaoMo was seated, he realized that those people were still staring at him and couldn’t help but question, "Are those people there our opponents? Why are they still looking at us?" He was in his room the day before, so he didn’t know what his opponent looked like.

    Tian Xin, who was sitting in front, turned to say, "That’s them, although they’re all from the fortieth floor, every one of them is sinister and crafty. When we went to register, they had already heard about us, but that cannot be helped since every year there are new students who are tough. Therefore, they pay close attention to those particularly tough as to prevent themselves from getting chosen."

    You XiaoMo scratched his head, "How do you prevent something like this?"

    Tian Xin snickered, "Of course you can, if you weren’t locked up in your room yesterday, this kind of information was easy to obtain."

    "Then hurry up and tell me."

    Tian Xin lifted her delicate and petite chin to say, "If you call me big sis then I’ll tell you."

    You XiaoMo didn’t know what to say, he knew that Tian Xin was only nineteen, so to get him, a twenty-two-year-old to call her sis…he felt his goosebumps rising.

    But right at this moment, his savior appeared, Ling Xiao, who sat beside him, slightly opened his eyes and gave a unclear glance at Tian Xin while saying, "It probably has to do with the lottery system."

    "Ah, that’s why!"

    With just one sentence You XiaoMo figured it out, it was in the rules that if more than three people challenge the same person then there would be a random draw at the stage. Only the one who was drawn could have that chance to fight.

    If these people knew who would be challenging them, then they could get people to pretend to challenge them. The more people, the less likely they were to be picked.

    Tian Xin pouted at little and looked towards Ling Xiao with blame, "However, that is undesirable since its disrupting the rules and if the Xiao Yao Institution finds out, there would be severe punishments. Because it was so harsh, no one would break it unless they were sure they wouldn’t leave a trace."

    You XiaoMo thought to himself, he couldn’t be that unlucky right? Since he did want to use these three attempts to get to the sixtieth floor.

    It wasn’t long before the challenges began.

    On the jade plate appeared the two hundred contestants for the first round, since the number of participants was less than the lower floors, the names of Yan Hui, Tian Xin, and Zhang LanYu were all on the list.

    Tian Xin was already bustling with excitement so the moment she saw her name, she jumped straight up.

    Qiao WuXing said to her, "Tian Xin, once the match starts, you can’t be careless, even if the opponents are weaker than you. Do you understand?"

    Tian Xin spitted out her tongue in response, "I know, WuXing-gege."

    You XiaoMo had one hand supporting his chin while he thought. The three were middle tier in their group, however, for someone from the fortieth floor, they would completely overwhelm them. Take Tian Xin for example, her strength was that of a high rank level seven mage, to fight against a level six mage, there would be no reason for her to lose.

    Zhang LanYu’s strength was unexpectedly high, he was a low rank level nine mage.

    As for Yan Hui, he could never see through him, this person seemed to be careless and straightforward but You XiaoMo always thought that he was a bit weird. However, he was definitely a high rank level eight mage, certainly strong and would have no problem getting to the seventieth floor.

    The three opponents were not the strongest bunch of the floor, so their results were similar to that of You XiaoMo, both of Yan Hui and Zhang LanYu’s opponents forfeited. That was because they all had matches later on, except for Tian Xin’s opponent.

    Her opponent had probably thought that since she was a girl and there was only a one level difference that he still had a chance. However, he didn’t realize that under that delicate appearance was a manly heart. With pure force she sent her opponent flying.

    You XiaoMo had already knew that the girl was strong, but he didn’t think it was this ridiculous. The man who she sent flying was at least one hundred kg and yet she did it effortlessly. It looked like that day when she patted him on the shoulder, she went easy on him.

    The girl who won the fight came running back jubilantly and blinked towards Qiao WuXing.

    Qiao WuXing couldn’t help but laugh while shaking his head. Him telling her to be wary wasn’t because he didn’t trust her, but he was simply worried that the opponent might pull something dirty.

    "Easy peasy lemon squeezy. It was so easy!" When Tian Xin got back to her seat, her pretty face looked like a flower with how much she was smiling.

    Qiao WuXing didn’t know whether he should laugh or cry and said, "Tian Xin, you are a girl, beware of your image."

    Tian Xin paid no attention, "WuXing-gege, look at the tournament, the jade plate’s moving again. It’s possible that you’re up next."

    Qiao WuXing shook his head.

    Like she said, there was new names appearing on the jade plate. You XiaoMo was paying close attention so he wouldn’t miss his name, since there were less matches than for the twentieth floor, he had a pretty good chance of appearing. However, when all the names were shown, his was still not there.

    "That’s weird, You XiaoHa your opponents name is up there though." Tian Xin, who had a sharp eye, spotted the name Zhu Hong, who was You XiaoMo’s opponent.

    Hearing her words, the group looked closer and as she said, on the thirty-third spot, which was the arena number of You XiaoMo, had Zhu Hong’s name. However, beside it, there was no name for a challenger.

    "It’s a lottery, there is more than three people challenging Zhu Hong." Jiu Ye spoke up in his nonchalant tone.

    You XiaoMo was dumbfounded, wasn’t Zhu Hong a powerhouse of the fortieth floor, then why was there so many challenging him? Also, he arrived relatively late and at that point he was the only challenger, logically speaking, this shouldn’t be the case.

    Tian Xin had a muffled laugh as she covered her mouth, "You XiaoHa, it looks like this Zhu Hong person doesn’t want to fight you."

    You XiaoMo rolled his eyes towards her and said, "Didn’t you say most people were too afraid to break the rules?" This was annoying, how unlucky was he to come across something like this.

    Tian Xin objected, "However, this Zhu Hong is not typical, do you know of a Clean Sweep Victory?Well, you probably don’t. In the Giganticus, there is a special rule that says if you can win six matches in a row, with having opponents at a higher level, then you can go straight up twenty floors. I heard that Zhu Hong was preparing to challenge this rule and yesterday he already won against someone stronger, if he lost to you here, then his record from before would be useless. The next time he could challenge again would be in three months."

    Yan Hui continued while grinning, "The great disparity between you two is so large that even if he won yesterday, there was no way he could win against you currently."

    You XiaoMo wanted to die, if he had known earlier he wouldn’t have picked him. Even if it meant challenging the same person as Qiao WuXing that would’ve been fine, but now it was all up to luck. His was going crazy just picturing being stuck at the fortieth floor while everyone else went up to the sixtieth.

    "Serves you right!" Qiao An’s gloating voice appeared expectedly.

    You XiaoMo had expected that he would add insult to injury, so he just rolled his eyes and pretended not to have heard anything. Then he leaned on Ling Xiao’s shoulder and made a forty-five degrees sadness.

    "Ling…Eh, do you think I will be picked?"

    Ling Xiao said, "You just have to believe that you have a halo above you…"

    You XiaoMo, "……" What, the main character halo?

    The lottery was done in front of everyone, however, it wasn’t just Zhu Hong with multiple challengers, so it took a while to get to him. Once it was Zhu Hong’s turn, the audience suddenly became a lot quieter. The people here knew the context better than Tian Xin did and also knew that to not fight You XiaoMo, he cheated.

    Once Zhu Hong stood on top of the thirty-third arena, even though it was hard to tell his expression due to the distance, You XiaoMo felt that this person here was in a composed complacency.

    You XiaoMo thought to himself, "Dage, you can’t just sacrifice me because you want the Clean Sweep Victory, that’s unethical. If I’m not chosen, I’m fighting you for my third chance, you got me? So if you got me then just be a good boy and pick me, I won’t embarrass you, really!"

    A little while later, the referee of the thirty-third arrived with a stack of paper.

    In the referee’s hands were names of Zhu Hong’s challengers and all he had to do was to choose one of the paper slips.

    There were a total of elven paper slips, if You XiaoMo ‘stand out amongst the crowd’, he had less than one tenth of a chance to do so. It was so low that most people thought it was impossible, however that didn’t deny the fact that it was a tense situation.