AWE – Chapter 337

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Chapter 337: Gold Sun!

Bai Xiaochun’s consciousness was fading. At the same time, everything around him seemed to slow down. He suddenly found himself thinking about how he used to light incense on Mount Hood, and everything that happened in the Spirit Stream Sect, the Blood Stream Sect, and then the River-Defying Sect….

As those memories flashed through his mind, he smiled.

It was a smile of both bitterness and helplessness.

He practiced cultivation in order to live forever, and yet, in pursuit of that goal, he always ended up in deadly crises. The slightest mistake in such a situation could lead to him losing his poor little life.

It was somewhat of a paradox.

“To live forever,” he murmured, “you don’t just have to struggle against the heavens, you have to fight other people. It’s a narrow, rugged path to walk, a path that most people give up on. Many people meet defeat, or end up losing their way….

“Living forever…. That’s the whole reason I started to practice cultivation. To live forever….

“Live forever…. I’m going to live forever!!” Suddenly, everything became incredibly clear. Although he felt incredibly weak at the moment, he was completely focused on living forever. That one simple thought continued to fill his mind, like the rumblings of thunder!

“I can’t count on other people all the time. I have to get stronger! Only if I get strong enough can I make sure that nobody interferes with my will to live forever!!” Bai Xiaochun trembled as his heart and mind roared, causing his nine spiritual seas to begin to rage and emit thunderous rumblings.

The Heaven-Dao aura which had built up in his nine spiritual seas throughout Foundation Establishment suddenly erupted out. It was like a string, connecting all of the nine spiritual seas and drawing them together into one!!

Bai Xiaochun had already been in a position to begin the process of reaching Gold Core. Now, being completely focused on his desire to live forever, and with his life actually being on the line, he was ready to break through!

“Live forever!!” Bai Xiaochun threw his head back and roared, and as he did, his nine spiritual seas erupted with shocking energy, energy that surged out of him and connected to heaven and earth!

The Heaven-Dao aura caused colors to flash in the sky, and a huge wind to kick up. An enormous, swirling vortex appeared overhead, so large that the entire Sky River Court was covered!

The sudden appearance of the rumbling vortex caused many people to look up and then involuntarily gasp!

Even as the wind swept around Bai Xiaochun, bolts of lightning appeared up above, as well as an illusory scene that looked somewhat like nine seas.

It was in that exact moment that his Gold Core opponent closed in with killing intent surging. Even as he reached out to attack, his face fell, and the energy surging from Bai Xiaochun battered him backward by over 30 meters!

“You….” the young man said, his face a mask of disbelief. What shocked him was not the fact that Bai Xiaochun was choosing this moment to step into Core Formation, but rather, that this type of Core Formation was something completely different than anything he had ever seen before!

Never before had he ever seen such strange signs and portents appear in heaven and earth during Core Formation.

Bai Xiaochun hadn’t even actually reached Core Formation, and yet the mere pressure and aura was so powerful that he couldn’t get close. The young Gold Core cultivator was completely and utterly taken aback.

He wasn’t the only one. Everyone in the area was shocked beyond belief!

“That….”

“That’s….”

“That’s a Heaven-Dao aura. Don’t tell me… don’t tell me he’s going to reach Heaven-Dao Gold Core!?!?”

The Nascent Soul Daoist masters from the Sky River Court were also shocked, and some of them even had looks of jealousy on their faces.

Heaven-Dao Gold Core was something out of legend!

The term Gold Core was actually a blanket term often applied to different levels. The Core Formation stage was more properly classified into the heaven, earth, and mortal varieties. The Mortal-Dao of men led to Mortal Core. Earth-Dao led to Earth Core. And Heaven-Dao led to Gold Core!

Only Heaven-Dao Gold Core could truly be considered Gold Core!

The only way to reach Heaven-Dao Gold Core was to start out in Heaven-Dao Foundation Establishment. And yet, being in Heaven-Dao Foundation Establishment wasn’t a guarantee of being able to reach Heaven-Dao Gold Core!

Heaven-Dao Gold Core experts were as rare as phoenix feathers or qilin horns, and not a single one had appeared in the last 10,000 years, not even in the Middle Reaches. The crushing pressure exerted by the Heaven-Dao Gold Core stage was something that could only be read about in the ancient records.

Although the Nascent Soul patriarchs of the River-Defying Sect weren’t as surprised as everyone else, they were still taken aback. They knew that Bai Xiaochun was in the Heaven-Dao Foundation Establishment stage, but that didn’t necessarily mean that he would reach Heaven-Dao Gold Core!

There was always a chance that he would fail, but if he succeeded, and formed a Heaven-Dao Gold Core, then it would mean his future potential was almost limitless, and he would also be capable of crushing anyone else in the same stage as him!

The battlefield suddenly went quiet. The Heaven-Dao aura which was now crushing down on everyone ensured that all fighting stopped!

All eyes were looking in the direction of Bai Xiaochun. Not even a deva would be able to interfere with the process of Heaven-Dao Gold Core, and if they tried, they would be punished by the heavens!

Failure or success would not depend on any outside force, only on the person striving to reach Core Formation!

As everyone watched, the crashing of thunder grew louder and louder in the sky above. At the same time, Bai Xiaochun’s ninth sea began to merge with the eighth, and at the same time, the first sea merged with the second!

As the four seas merged together, colors flashed in the sky, the wind screamed, and the pressure grew more intense. Even the Nascent Soul cultivators were panting.

“The merging has started….”

“The process of breaking through from Foundation Establishment into Gold Core involves merging the spiritual seas. To start out by merging four together is the best. Merging six spiritual seas at the beginning is rare, and for someone to merge eight would be rare even in the Upper Reaches riversource sects!”

“Bai Xiaochun already has four of the seas merged together….” The Gold Core and Nascent Soul cultivators were all looking up at the signs in the sky, and commenting among themselves.

However, many of the cultivators from the Sky River Court actually sighed in relief when they saw that Bai Xiaochun had only merged four of the seas.

“A mere four merged spiritual seas means that he will fail to reach Heaven-Dao Gold Core!” The Sky River Court cultivators weren’t the only ones to realize this; the patriarchs from the River-Defying Sect were now starting to get nervous.

As the junior patriarch of the River-Defying Sect, the patriarchs viewed him with utmost importance. They had originally planned to do everything in their power to help Bai Xiaochun reach Heaven-Dao Gold Core after the battle was over.

But then, something unexpected had happened, and Bai Xiaochun was forcing Core Formation in the middle of the fighting. To the River-Defying Sect, this unexpected event was turning out to be a big setback.

However, it was at this point that, all of a sudden, cries of shock began to rise up.

“He’s not stopping at four!!”

“Another merging is taking place!!”

Two spiritual seas had merged on the top, and two on the bottom. But now, the first two spiritual seas were beginning to merge with the third!

And that wasn’t the end of it! The eighth and ninth spiritual seas were slowly beginning to join together with the seventh!

As that happened, the Heaven-Dao aura grew even more intense, suppressing the cultivation bases of all cultivators, and even throwing them into chaos.

More and more cries of shock rang out.

“How could this be happening?!?!” The Sky River Court cultivators were completely shocked, especially the young Gold Core expert who had been trying to kill Bai Xiaochun moments ago. That young man was trembling, his expression that of complete disbelief, and his heart was filled with regret at the realization that he had provoked a monster.

“Six seas!!” Patriarch Frigidsect from the Spirit Stream Division and Master Godwind of the Blood Stream Division were both overjoyed. The other patriarchs had the same reaction, and as for Li Qinghou and the other Gold Core cultivators, they were watching with wide eyes.

And yet, before the uproar could even commence, something else happened up above in the sky!

The first three spiritual seas began to merge into the fourth!

Simultaneously, the seventh through ninth spiritual seas began to connect to the sixth!

Everything was changing!

The bottom four spiritual seas and the top four spiritual seas were drawing closer together, and between all of them was the fifth spiritual sea!

Although the fifth spiritual sea didn’t seem to be doing anything at all, it was obvious that all nine of the spiritual seas were merging together!!

The Heaven-Dao pressure grew stronger than ever, exploding out into the entire area with unprecedented intensity!

That pressure was almost like a natural protection offered to anyone stepping into the Heaven-Dao Gold Core stage. As the pressure roiled out, something else happened that no one noticed. The ancient gravekeeper appeared high up in the sky. First, he looked at the spiritual seas, then down at Bai Xiaochun….

Everyone watched as the nine spiritual seas slowly converged upon each other; as they did, they began to form a shape….

Clearly, that shape was a circle!!

The nine golden spiritual seas were completely eye-catching. To everyone who was looking at them, they seemed almost like a golden sun!

It was a true and authentic Gold Core!

Translator: Deathblade. Chinese language consultant: ASI a.k.a. Beerblade. Editor: GNE. Memes: Logan. Meme archives: Tocsin. Transcendent Patrons: Daoist Elder N, BLE, ttre208. AWE Glossary. Xianxia-inspired T-shirts.

Hey everyone, in my original story Legends of Ogre Gate, one of the most popular characters, Sun Mai, is a sort of crazy scholar who often quotes “Kong Zhi,” who is essentially Confucius. In the supplementary game information based on the novel, we have a “Sun Mai’s sayings of Kong Zhi” generator in the works. Like I said, Sun Mai is a bit crazy and he often changes the true sayings of Kong Zhi or even makes up his own sayings and passes them of as Kong Zhi’s. So this generator is a bit tongue-in-cheek. Even if you’ve never read Legends of Ogre Gate, it’s worth check out. Very funny. Here’s the link. Of course, we’re still perfecting it, so feedback is welcome.

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36 thoughts on “AWE – Chapter 337” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

    1. Nexus Wolf’s (un)official vote!
      Welcome one and all, to join me in voting on who’s the best stalker!

      On one corner, we have Creepy ghost girl with an Onii chan fetish!

      On the other, we have a Creepy old gravekeeper with an even bigger Onii chan fetish!

  1. Thanks for the chapter. If you think about the Gravekeeper (it should be capitalized as it is a name or title) is whole reason were at this point. If he didn’t act in the past none of this would be happening. It could be said that he changed the future by his act, I think it is rather interesting (as he is clearly someone who is living in the past – mentally).

  2. Lol anyone remmbers meng hao reaching gold core? And how heaven was not really trying to protect?

    Guess it goes to show how different their paths are; one is being protected by heaven, the other had to perform his “first sealing of heaven” (the shear epicness of it cannot really be compared to this chapter)

    Speaking of which i bet bai xiaochun would go crazy if he knew about the eternal silk worm

      1. Except a rather convenient bead which effects time, i like him too but im just talking about their core fomation and to be honest I can’t really remmber wang lins, think it holed up in a certain cave or mb inside the giant

        1. No, he was in that Mist Sea, and went into forced breakthrough after being chased by Core Formation people who wanted his treasure cauldrons. He proceeds to break through, and after being cursed by someone to have a bounty mark, he proceeds to take their corpses, drag it behind him and destroy everyone that tries to kill him until he gets to their sect and does the same.

          Meng Hao is epic.

          Wang Lin is badass.

    1. The heavens are not really protecting Bai Xiaochun here. It’s more like a recurring theme in xianxia novels where undergoing a breakthrough (tribulation) is a 1v1 duel against the heavens, so nobody is allowed to interfere.

      Plus remeber how the Wang Clan patriarch could not even approach Meng Hao during his first spirit severing? Or how the Northern Reaches cultivators can only hope he fails while performing his third severing (while being trapped at that)?

  3. The way I remembered was that mortal foundation establishment couldn’t enter core formation (unless a heaven defying feat was performed), however earthstring could, the gold core was something only a few managed to accomplish and depended on how fast you achieved it. Is the mind becoming senile a little sooner than expected or is there a change somewhere I missed?

    1. Yeah, I checked as well, thinking it was an inconsistency, but Er Gen left himself a bit of leeway there.
      It’s virtually impossible for them to reach Gold Core, which basically tells you that they can’t reach it conventionally and generally, but it isn’t downright impossible.

    2. Perhaps it’s more like, they can never reach core formation on their own. Or the knowledge and available spiritual energy in the lower reaches are simply lacking to let mortal foundation advance.

    3. Actually, the BSS had plans to make Nightcrypt who they thought to be Mortal-Dao reach core formation by forcing it.

      Source: Chapter 262

      I believe it wasn’t only chapter 262 it was also mentioned somewhere.

    4. Eh, surely the more powerful and abundant resources of the higher reaches would allow for a higher base level of power as well.

      Just because the lower reaches can’t (or would have to spend an unreasonable effort given that all they’ll get is a mortal-dao cultivator) doesn’t mean it’s impossible.

  4. Thanks a lot for translating!
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    Struggle hard in Qi Condensation;
    Find a super uper duper unique ultimate treasure;
    Staying on top of everyone else in the Qi Condensation;
    Became a super uper duper unique ultimate Foundation Establishment;
    Become invincible under the Core Formation;
    Became a cheating God in the Core Formation;

    Then the author sees that he has crossed the line and must find a way to nerf the protagonist.

    Little Ergen has become so predictable.

    1. I love how people comment about things are predictable AFTER they happen. If the author is predictable, please predict what will happen next, post it, and then make a comment in the chapter where your prediction either comes true or is proven false.

    2. Tbh, that’s sort of the way it’s supposed to be. Cultivation has a kind of set or a model path that everyone in some way or the other follows, sort of like how a child would grow up.

      And when you step on to a path that is of a higher quality than others, all your subsequent trials and rewards will also be of a higher quality.

      And it’s not super duper unique, it’s super duper rare. Learn the difference. Bai Xiaochun is only following the Heaven Dao method, and Heavenstring energy isn’t totally gone, it still exists (in fact, even in the lower reaches, so what’s to say the upper reaches don’t have it?) and the Undying Live Forever is not a unique method, anyone can practice it. It was literally kept in the open. But the price for it is high.

      You might as well complain about how Er Gen novels are predictable with people being cultivators :p

  5. Thanks for the chapter Deathblade, ASI a.k.a. Beerblade, GNE, Logan, Tocsin, Daoist Elder N, BLE, and ttre208! Looks like only the Nascent Soul realm battle is left. Bai Xiaochun can single-handedly win all lower battles lol.

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