At this point, the second level of the Tiger Dragon Hell Prison was finally mastered. Under his hands, he felt his physical strength and strength increased by as much as one-third compared to before.
Seeing this, Liu Ming frowned slightly. His eyes flickering with a pensive expression.
Although the second level of his Tiger Dragon Hell Prison had been achieved, his own cultivation level was still a little short from breaking through the Condensation Period later stage.
In the next few days, Liu Ming did not rush to leave the cave house, but he continued to stabilize the newly trained second level of the Tiger Dragon Hell Prison in the secret room. He tried to find a way to break through the bottleneck.
But just as he was concentrating on practicing, the sect token in his sleeves suddenly flashed continuously.
When he flicked his sleeves, took it out and injected some spiritual power into the token, a blue light flashed, and then a faint message came from it, “The outer disciple who received this message quickly gathered at the Piaohong Courtyard hall.”
Although he didn’t know what was the urgent matter, since he wasn’t the only one, there must be something important to announce.
Liu Ming immediately raised his sleeve to collect the various elixir bottles on the ground, then he flew toward the direction of the Piaohong Courtyard.
After half an hour, Liu Ming came to the Piaohong Courtyard hall. At this time, thirty outer disciples were gathered in the hall.
Most of these outer disciples looked very young. The young ones were only fifteen or sixteen years old, and the elder ones were only twenty-seven or eighty-eight years old. Judging from the aura they exuded, their cultivation should range from the early stage to the later stage of the Condensation State.
Some were whispering, some were looking around, and more were sitting cross-legged with eyes closed.
The deputy master, Liang Zhange, whom Liu Ming saw when he first reported, stood beside the main seat. There was no expression on his face like he was thinking about something.
Seeing this, Liu Ming walked into the crowd on his own. He found an open space, sat cross-legged, and waited quietly.
In the following time, more than a dozen outer disciples came from all directions one after another, and they silently joined the crowd.
Not long after, there were as many as fifty disciples in the hall. As deputy master, Liang Zhange did not speak, everyone had to wait.
Among them were two with surname Yan and Xue,
When the two saw Liu Ming, they naturally nodded from a distance.
After another dozen minutes, a gray escaping light suddenly came from a distance and landed outside the main hall door. As soon as the escape light faded, an old man wearing a gray shirt appeared.
“Master Jiang.” The deputy master, Liang Zhange, who was silent at first, immediately bowed to the old man as soon as the old man stepped in.
As soon as this remark came out, the outer disciples who had been secretly discussing immediately stopped talking, and everyone sitting cross-legged also stood up. Their eyes all were looking at the suddenly-appearing courtyard master.
Liu Ming also opened his eyes. He stood up, followed everyone’s eyes, and looked up at the master who had never met before.
He looked like he was in his sixties. He had a four-inch-long goatee on his chin, but his complexion was ruddy. He looked extremely energized.
Under the gaze of everyone, the old man walked slowly to the main seat of the hall with a calm expression, then he turned and sat down.
“Everyone, I’m Jiang Zhong, the master of this Piaohong Courtyard. In recent years, I have been busy with some affairs outside the sect, so I rarely really manage this Piaohong Courtyard. You and others are all new disciples who have entered Piaohong Courtyard within three years, so most of you had never seen me before.” The old man twisted his beard and said lightly.
Naturally, Liu Ming and others hurried forward to salute. After the old man waved his hand, he directly told the reason for the summon, “This time I summon all of you here for the sake of the upcoming minor competition. According to the rules, the new outer disciples must participate in an entry trial jointly held by our eight outer courtyards. After passing the trial, you are only eligible to participate in the minor competition that will be held once every three years and the major competition that will be held once every ten years, and you will be officially recognized by other outer disciples.”
Liu Ming was stunned when he heard this. He glanced at other outer disciples around him, and he found that except for a few people who were equally surprised, most of the others had a calm expression. Obviously, they knew this for a long time.
Yan Ming and Xue Yun were also calm. They obviously knew about this entry trial.
However, another person was unusually tall which was about twenty meters tall. His pupils were purple. He didn’t seem like an ordinary human clan young man, but he caught Liu Ming’s attention. He couldn’t help look at the young man.
However, this purple-eyed young man seemed to be extremely sensitive. He turned his head and glanced at Liu Ming’s place in an instant, but after a glance, he immediately looked away casually.
This made Liu Ming’s heart slightly stunned.
“I won’t say much in detail. Someone will explain to you at that time. In addition, the trial place for this entry is set in the small flame world. If you think you are not good enough or you don’t want to participate in the minor competition next year at all, you can quit and wait for the next trial three years later.” The old man paused and said again.
After hearing the old man say “small flame world”, most of the disciples became a little excited after a long sigh of relief.
“Well, you can go back now to make some preparations, and gather here in three days. Then, we will set off with the other new entry disciples in the seven outer courtyards to the small flame world.”
After Jiang Zhong said, he gestured that everyone could leave. He turned around and walked toward the back of the hall.
Deputy Master Liang Zhange hurriedly followed.
“See you, Master Jiang!” Seeing this, all the disciples in the hall bowed to send him off.
The old man didn’t turn around. He just waved his hands to everyone, then he and Liang Zhange gradually disappeared at the end of the corridor.
When everyone scattered and left, Liu Ming immediately found Yan Ming and Xue Yun.
“Senior Fellow Apprentice Yan, Miss Xue Yun.” Liu Ming stepped forward and cupped his fist.
“Brother Liu is polite, I’m just a few years older, so they called me a senior fellow apprentice. In fact, I’m also a newcomer outer disciple.” Yan Ming hurriedly replied.
After witnessing the scene where Liu Ming beheaded Tiancan Tongzi, the slender young man who was originally arrogant naturally did not dare to neglect Liu Ming anymore.
The woman Xue Yun on the side also greeted Liu Ming.
“Brother Yan, I haven’t heard of this entry trial and small flame world before. Can Brother Yan tell me about it.” Liu Ming asked straightaway.
“Brother Liu doesn’t know about the entry trial and the small flame world? Oh, the disciple who was recently discussed in the courtyard that he didn’t go through the test selection and he was recommended by the law enforcement hall to enter the courtyard without testing, was it Brother Liu?” When Yan Ming heard the words, he was surprised at first, then he thought it through.
“If Piaohong Courtyard does not have the second person recommended by the law enforcement hall, it should be me then.” Liu Ming replied calmly after hearing the words.
“If this is the case, it is not too strange that Brother Liu didn’t know about the trial. In fact, speaking of this entry trial, it is a tradition left by a catastrophe that the Taiqing Sect experienced more than 10,000 years ago. The main purpose is to test how the beginner disciples can adapt to actual combat. Although the content of the general trial is not too dangerous, it still has life danger. Every time there will be several disciples who accidentally lose their lives during the trial.” Yan Ming explained to Liu Ming immediately.
“So that’s the case.” Liu Ming nodded thoughtfully when he heard this.
“Small flame world is a huge secret realm recently discovered by the Taiqing Sect more than a hundred years ago. It contains extremely strong fire energy, and it spawns some monsters like the fire spirits. And other creatures and plants are mostly fire attributes. There are actually a lot of spiritual materials that are extremely rare to the outside world. The disciples who chose this place as a trial place in the previous sessions have really gained a lot of benefits from it, and those who practice fire-attribute techniques are even more benefited from it. Of course, although those fire spirits are not very intelligent, they are born with an amazing ability to manipulate flames. Their essence cores are excellent forging materials. If you can subdue one or two, the value you can get is great.” Yan Ming continued to explain.
When Yan Ming mentioned the term “fire spirit”. Liu Ming’s heart moved, and he couldn’t help but recall the gambling battle between Wei Zhong and Jia Lan in Valley of Fire that day. He used the so-called spirit gathering technique to transform into a black fire spirit. Although he still failed in the end, the technique was full of mystery. It was still fresh in his memory until today.
“Thank you Senior Fellow Apprentice Yan for telling me. Right, just now I saw that there is one tall disciple behind you two, do you know about this person? I saw that he has purple eyes which doesn’t seem to belong to the human clan.” After Liu Ming thanked him, he suddenly remembered something and asked again.
“If it’s someone else, I may not be clear. However, this person and I became the outer disciple in the same batch of tests. I really know something about him. The name of this person is Zang Xuan, and he is indeed not of pure human blood. He has the blood of the purple eyes alien race in his body. Therefore, not only he has extraordinary power, but he is also able to use his eyes to cast some of the mysterious mystic arts of the purple eyes family.” Yan Ming thought about it for a while, then he spoke frankly.
“Alien blood?” Liu Ming was a little surprised when he heard this.
“Senior Fellow Apprentice Liu need not be so surprised. The so-called alien races are actually branches of human races. It’s just that the bloodline in their body is slowly mutated because of the different regions, environments and ways of cultivation that slowly mutate the blood in their bodies. Most of their origin are human. We Taiqing Sect and most of the other sects will not discriminate against the mutated human, and we will see them as our own kind. Not only that, some disciples with special talent will be valued more by the sect because they are more suitable with certain techniques. Besides, because these people come from the human clan, so they are very kind to the human clan. They even considered themselves as one of the human clan. Of course, for the beastkin clan and spirit clan, the minorities, who don’t really relate to the human clan, all the major sects will still be wary of them. They will not directly accept these disciples who have alien blood in them. Even if they make an exception to take them in, they can only be ordinary disciples. They can never get the true inheritance of the sect. As for the demon clan who is contaminated by demonic qi and the demonic creature who has gone mad due to the mistake in cultivation, they are the absolutely irreconcilable enemies of our human clan. Any human cultivator who sees the demonic person or creature, he will definitely kill it without hesitation.” Yun Xue also explained swiftly to Liu Ming with her sweet voice.
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