Duan Ling Tian shook his head when he learned about the participants who were attacked during the previous Seven Mansions Feasts. There were many powerhouses present during the Seven Mansions Feast, and it was a bold and risky move to attack the participants. However, based on how important the Secret Holy Realm was, it was inevitable that there were some people who were desperate enough to take such risks. After all, an intermediate Emperor of Gods could likely become an advanced Emperor of Gods in the Secret Holy Realm.
‘I should stay in my wooden house in the coming days…’ Duan Ling Tian thought to himself. Initially, he had planned to walk around since there was no point in cultivating now. However, after hearing about the past, he quickly dismissed that idea. Moreover, he knew he was a thorn in the side of some forces. If he was gone, it would mean there was one fewer competitor in the top 10.
Yang Qian Ye, who had been warned by his master as well, replied, “Master, I understand.”
Yang Qian Ye did not intend to leave his wooden house in the first place.
When only Zhen Ping Fan and Duan Ling Tian were left, Zhen Ping Fan said again, “Duan Ling Tian, you should make some final preparations. Don’t forget that it’s good enough to rank in the top ten. Don’t stress yourself out about ranking in the top three.”
“I understand,” Duan Ling Tian said. He was not impatient at all by Zhen Ping Fan’s repeated reminders. On the contrary, he felt grateful. Clearly, Zhen Ping Fan treated him sincerely. Hence, he was determined to remember and repay Zhen Ping Fan’s kindness.
Ten days passed by peacefully.
The elders from the various forces warned their young disciples not to wander around as well due to past incidents.
On the 11th day, everyone made their way to the venue of the Seven Mansions Feast again. Since the seeded participants were all accompanied by their respective elders, their safety was guaranteed.
‘Many people came early…’ Duan Ling Tian thought to himself. He noticed that most of the forces had already arrived. Previously, there were not many people who arrived early.
‘Some forces have more than one seeded participant. This means that there are a few forces whose young disciples failed to rank in the top 30… In any case, it’s useless to rank in the top 30 if they can’t rank in the top ten. After all, the entire point is to rank in the top ten to gain entry into the Secret Holy Realm. However, many care about ranking in the top 30 since it would bring them glory and prestige,’ Duan Ling Tian thought to himself.
It was human nature to chase after fame, after all. The Seven Mansions Feast was a great platform for young prodigies to showcase their strength, and their rankings would earn them respect from their elders and forces respectively. In turn, it would benefit them.
‘Just like Elder Ye… According to Elder Zhen, the Pure Yang Sect only began to pay attention to Elder Ye and gave him more resources after his performance during the Seven Mansions Feast.’
Duan Ling Tian understood why some prodigies were determined to rank as high as they could even if they could not rank in the top ten. For them, it was a way to change their fate and escape mediocrity.
15 minutes later, everyone finally arrived. The small floating islands were all occupied.
“Elder Lin is going to show up soon…”
Lin Dong Lai from the Profound Jade Mansion’s Howling Flames Sect would usually show up as soon as everyone arrived.
As expected, a dignified figure flew over from the distance in just a blink of an eye.
Usually, Lin Dong Lai maintained a solemn expression on his face, but today, a faint smile could be seen on his face. Who knew if he was in a good mood or if he was just happy that the Seven Mansions Feast was about to end? After all, although it was not difficult, it was exhausting having to host and oversee all the fights.
“Everyone, we’re finally at the main event of the Seven Mansions Feast. Today, we’ll determine the top ten rankings. The 30 seeded participants we’ve chosen have all exceeded our expectations. All of them won their challenges and were not replaced. This is rare in the history of the Seven Mansions Feast,” Lin Dong Lai said.
Duan Ling Tian had also heard from Zhen Ping Fan that it was rare that all 30 seeded participants were not replaced at all during the Seven Mansions Feast. It had only happened a few times in the past. The last time something like this happened was more than 100,000 years ago. This also proved that the Profound Jade Mansion had a discerning eye for talents.
“Everyone should know the rules for the finals so I won’t explain them. We’ll start in 15 minutes after you obtain your tokens.”
The participants’ eyes glinted anticipatorily after they listened to Lin Dong Lai’s words.
The 30 seeded participants would be given tokens. The numbers on the tokens represented the participants’ temporary ranks. They could only challenge those with higher ranks than them. The participant with the lowest rank, which was the 30th place, would be the first to issue a challenge. The 30th participant could challenge anyone from the 1st place to the 29th place. However, the 21st participant could only challenge the 20th participant. As for the 20th participant, he or she could challenge anyone from the 11th to the 19th place. As for the 10th participant, he or she could only challenge those ranked 4th to 9th. In order to challenge the person who was ranked third, one had to be ranked 4th. Only after ranking third could one challenge those who ranked second and first.
Luck played a huge part in this draw. Getting a higher and lower number each had its own pros and cons, but most participants preferred a higher ranking. After all, they were all proud and domineering.
“Duan Ling Tian, what number are you hoping to get?” Zhen Ping Fan asked with a smile.
Upon hearing this, the others from the Pure Yang Sect looked at Duan Ling Tian curiously in unison.
“It doesn’t matter to me,” Duan Ling Tian replied with a faint smile on his face.
Needless to say, the temporary rankings did not affect those who were truly strong. After all, they could easily climb up the ranks with their strength.
“There’s a huge advantage if you draw the number one. You’ll be able to rest in the beginning since very few people would be able to challenge you,” Zhen Ping Fan said to Duan Ling Tian through Voice Transmission.
Duan Ling Tian nodded; he naturally knew this. “We’ll see. After all, I can decide what number I’ll draw. If the token with the number one isn’t near me, there’s nothing I can do about it.”