SOTR Chapter 355

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Chapter 355: Master Shuiyue Incites Public Anger

“Honored master, your disciple requests to do battle.” Third disciple Hai Tian sent a message to Master Shuiyue.

Shuiyue herself was hesitating a bit now.

If He Yan had still lost after a hard pitched battle with that secular genius, Master Shuiyue would have arranged for Hai Tian to take the field without hesitation.

However, she truly did hesitate after she saw that secular genius easily defeat He Yan in a second.

He Yan’s cultivation was less than Hai Tian’s, but there wasn’t much of a gap. One was ranked number three, the other number four, there was only a thin line between them.

Even though Hai Tian would have his unique advantage in the ring of spirit devouring, Master Shuiyue wasn’t confident now that the secular genius wouldn’t continue to be this insane in the ring of spirit devouring, given his perverse performance in the rings of fire and ice.

One could no longer use the look of a normal person in which to judge this secular genius!

“Honored master, your disciple was as intimate as brothers with junior brother He. Please allow me to take the field and exact revenge for him.” Hai Tian once more made his request when he saw his master hesitate.

His relations with He Yan were alright, they definitely weren’t at the point of being as intimate as brothers.

However, when Hai Tian looked at his master, he knew that his master had been infuriated to the utmost. This was the moment in which she most needed someone to share her burdens and help her vent some ill temper.

If he could help his master vent some ill temper now, then his position in his master’s heart would certainly draw close to behind first senior brother Ceng She’s and second senior brother Chu Xinghan’s.

He would never measure up to Long Juxue, but at least he could enjoy similar treatment as his two senior brothers.

Hai Tian wanted to take the risk to win his master’s affections.

Not to mention, Hai Tian was confident that his strength was higher than He Yan’s. He may not be able to win out over the secular genius in the ring of ice, but he was confident that he’d be able to pull out some techniques in the ring of spirit devouring.

Master Shuiyue didn’t want anything to happen to anymore of her disciples at this time, “Hai Tian, this dumb animal is quite bizarre. I think only someone in the sky quadrant will be able to suppress him.”

Hai Tian said hurriedly, “Honored master, your disciple absolutely has seventy to eighty percent confidence in the ring of spirit devouring. Please let your disciple try. This ruffian is so arrogant, our Shuiyue faction will have to completely bow our heads if we don’t reduce some of his influence.”

Hai Tian knew his honored master’s personality, and knew that the thing she cared the most about was the Shuiyue faction being suppressed.

Master Shuiyue’s heart did indeed waver when these words were sent to her. She also understood her own disciples, and knew that Hai Tian was a water attribute genius, but his potential in the metal realm was absolutely stunning. Add to this his own fortuitous occurrences, the ring of spirit devouring was indeed a stage suitable for Hai Tian.

“This dumb swine is so arrogant, am I supposed to bow my head to him just like this and concede defeat?” When Shuiyue thought about a future in which her faction was suppressed by a secular disciple, she couldn’t even breath smoothly.

“How about if I send Hai Tian for a try? Hai Tian’s personality is even more calm and more shrewd than He Yan’s. Him taking the field would be a better choice. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have arranged him to go second. I was worried he wouldn’t take fight. Since his will to fight is so strong, why not let him try? He’s certain to suppress that secular swine in the ring of spirit devouring!”

Master Shuiyue’s desire to win still overcome all else when her thoughts traveled here. She instructed Hai Tian, “Alright, wait a moment. I’ll arrange it immediately. The number of times he can be challenged today have already been reached, I must arrange it so that he’ll challenge you.”

Hai Tian was gladdened to hear his master’s tone soften.

“Hai Tian, you must be careful in this match. Don’t be in a rush to attack, test the waters first. Remember, your own safety is paramount. If you are able to suppress this arrogant ruffian, credit for this achievement will go to you!”

With the previous example of He Yan, Master Shuiyue patiently gave a few reminders. She didn’t want her two best disciples in the earth quadrant to be crippled.

She had particularly high hopes for Hai Tian. Of the four top disciples in the earth quadrant. Hai Tian’s ranking was the highest, and he had the greatest hopes of making it into the sky quadrant.

She’d only felt guilt and badly that He Yan had been crippled, but if something happened to Hai Tian, then she really would have suffered a grave and heartbreaking loss.

“Next challenger, number 491, report to the ring of spirit devouring.”

Number 491 was Jiang Chen’s number in earth quadrant.

Jiang Chen had been sitting down cross legged when he heard his number. He opened his eyes, a look of slight surprise shooting out of his eyes.

He’d thought that he enjoy a period of quiet after being challenged three times in a row.

He hadn’t thought that his number would be selected again as soon as he’d sat down. This time, it was him taking the ring to challenge others.

He flicked a meaningful glance at Master Shuiyue. Jiang Chen’s mind was clear. He knew that this old woman hadn’t given up hope and still wanted to do something.

However, he wouldn’t retract into his shell like a turtle either. He snorted in cold laughter and walked towards the ring. I’d like to see what that old woman will get up to this time!

Jiang Chen didn’t wait for the examiner to speak and smiled frostily, “Let me guess who my opponent is this time?”

He purposefully looked down towards Master Shuiyue’s disciples.

“It should be you this time?” Jiang Chen’s gaze locked onto Hai Tian’s figure. He was familiar with those beneath Master Shuiyue.

He knew that she had four major disciples in the earth quadrant.

He Yan was number two, and Hai Tian was number one.

Since he’d personally crippled He Yan, then whatever that old woman Shuiyue wanted to do would depend on her sending out Hai Tian.

With how shameless this woman was, she would give no thought to the rules as soon as she lost her rationality and would continue to cheat.

It was too easy for a keeper to manipulate the matches.

Master Shuiyue’s heart sank when she heard Jiang Chen’s words. She hadn’t thought that the secular genius would be so sharp as to see straight through her schemes.

Jiang Chen knew that he’d guessed rightly when he saw Master Shuiyue’s expression change.

He laughed heartily, “You’d rather cheat in order to send someone to their death? What kind of masochistic mentality is this? Don’t tell me you’re getting cold feet now?”

It looked like he was speaking to Hai Tian with these words, but he was actually speaking to Master Shuiyue.

She was now caught between a rock and a hard place. If she pulled out Hai Tian’s number now now, then all would be too ironic, and it would be directly telling everyone that yes, I did indeed manipulate these matches.

But if she didn’t pull out his number, that meant she was bowing her head to Jiang Chen and that she’d been frightened by his words.

A war was waged in her head, did she send Hai Tian or not?

Master Shuiyue had never thought that she would be so out played by a secular brat to the point where there was no easy way out. She watched him standing in the ring, chatting and laughing easily, a proud smile at the corners of his lips and mockery suffusing his dismissive eyes.

Master Shuiyue was immediately incensed by his expression.

“Hai Tian, you go!”

Master Shuiyue was also greatly decisive. If she admitted defeat now and didn’t let Hai Tian take the stage, this matter would become a blot on her record for forever and even form into her internal demon.

Therefore, even if others said she was manipulating the matches, even if she would be removed from her position as keeper, she would never take this lying down!

Hai Tian was likewise feeling the fires of rage and had a bone deep hatred of Jiang Chen.

He respected his master tremendously, almost as if she were an immortal in the heavens. When he saw that she was backed into a corner by this secular disciple, he was gritting his teeth with hatred and itched to take the field himself, to torture the other to death by slicing the meat off his bones in strips and burning his bones to ashes!

“Number 491 challenges candidate number four, Hai Tian in the ring of spirit devouring.”

A great hubbub exploded from the entire Arena when this was announced.

This… this was naked manipulated!

Even the neutral candidates could no longer abide this. If it hadn’t been for them fearing Master Shuiyue’s despotic power, they would’ve wanted to erupt in protest.

Even if they didn’t voice their protests, the booing arising from all corners was enough to explain what was wrong here.

Did any law or justice exist at all, given how your Purple Sun Sect was behaving? What was this? Public suppression!

They might not have felt much about suppressing a secular disciple, but was there any impartiality left in manipulating the matches thus? Who could promise that her actions would be limited only towards this secular disciple?

Who could guarantee that she would never use the same methods to suppress the geniuses of the other sects?

This was absolutely an ill wind and a vulgar practice!

If a keeper occasionally got up to some shenanigans and wasn’t too blatant about it, everyone else would just pretend it hadn’t happened and let it pass on by.

But this had been too obvious and completely unconcealed. If even this was allowed, then there was absolutely no impartiality in the trials in the earth quadrant at all!

Therefore, apart from the Purple Sun Sect disciples, almost everyone below in the rings were siding with the secular disciple this time.

It wasn’t that they thought that well of Jiang Chen, but that they were thoroughly disappointed and enraged by Master Shuiyue’s actions.

Manipulating the matches and continued oppression, who would dare rise to the top in the earth quadrant after this? She’ll suppress whoever’s in the limelight? Was her Purple Sun Sect going to claim all the top spots in the end?

The candidates were all made of flesh and blood. They liked to enjoy privilege, but still craved fair competition on the same level.

It would be false to say that Master Shuiyue didn’t have the slightest bit of pressure when she heard all the booing.

However, it was like she was riding a tiger now and finding it hard to dismount.

Her face darkened as she whistled lowly, sending out a strong aura and immediately silencing all the booing.

“What are you agitating about? There is fair competition in these matches, what are you making a fuss about?”

Although she knew she was cheating, Master Shuiyue still maintained a sense of awe-inspiring righteousness. She didn’t have the slightest awareness that she was cheating.

A divine halo had replaced it, as well as the bearing of a holy mother who was not to be questioned.

Jiang Chen couldn’t help but curse lowly when he saw this, “You lead the life of a whore and expect a monument to your chastity, how fake!”

However, the more Master Shuiyue was thus, the more Jiang Chen was enraged. He’d thought that she’d rein herself in a bit after He Yan being crippled.

He hadn’t thought that she hadn’t given up hope. It looked like this old woman was more stubborn and domineering than he’d thought!

“Hahahaha…” Jiang Chen laughed instead of growing angry. His face suddenly darkened, “A fair competition huh! This is a type of fairness that I’ve never experienced before in my life.”

He put away his sarcastic expression after speaking and looked towards Hai Tian. “When the heavens want one to die, they will cause them to go mad first. I hope you put forth some effort into the fight and don’t become a sacrifice due to someone else’s insanity!”

He was naturally insinuating Master Shuiyue with his words.

Hai Tian laughed coldly. His heart grew calmer the more critical things became. He knew that all would depend on the match to come if he were to suppress the voices beneath the ring!

History was written by the victors!


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39 thoughts on “SOTR Chapter 355” - NO SPOILERS

      1. i haven’t read since he exited that realm where he got the lotus. that was chapter 212. it was posted august 5th. so its been 7 months since i read this. just came to read that quote lol. got a lot of chapters to read later.

  1. The 4 sects seem kind of idiotic. I would think the sects would have 4 keepers for the earth and sky areas. That way 1 sect wouldn’t be able to manipulate the battles like this. Especially when the whole realm is relying on genius coming from these trials.

    1. I agree. That would be the smart thing to do, but one thing that must be said martial artists don’t seem to usually be that smart. Makes sense though since they spend all their time fighting, training, and meditating.

    2. Does your car have four steering wheels to make sure you don’t get lost? Four keepers doesn’t stop them from cheating. It gives all four the possibility of cheating. Even if she can manipulate the battles it’s already been said that she’s crossed the line and might get replaced. Thus her going crazy has limits even with the system as it is.

        1. An analogy is only stupid if it doesn’t apply to the situation it’s used for. Mine clearly does. You can disagree with the point being made but the analogy itself was magnificent in getting across my argument. Try again. If anyone is a martial artist it’s you since you clearly can’t see Mount Tai.

          1. The analogy doesn’t match since the keepers main purpose would be to watch the others. A steering wheel’s purpose is just to control the car, and if there are 4 wheels there would be conflict (chef’s in kitchen). If you had two steering wheels go in different directions you’d be screwed.

            However, if two of the keepers get in conflict then it is reported up the management chain and it gets resolved. There is also deterrence therein that prevents them from coming openly into conflict or being overly manipulative. That’s why the analogy doesn’t quite match.

  2. Next challenger, number 481
    Next challenger, number 491

    then all would be too ironic,(This isn’t really wrong, but reads better the other way)
    that would be too ironic,

  3. thanks for the chapter ^^
    “Next challenger, number 481, report to the ring of spirit devouring.”

    Number 491 was Jiang Chen’s number in earth quadrant.

    Jiang Chen had been sitting down cross legged when he heard his number. He opened his eyes, a look of slight surprise shooting out of his eyes.

    Some number don´t seem to match?

  4. thx for the chapter

    “He’d thought that she’d rein herself in a bit after He Yan being crippled.” Seriously? To be honest, I’m a little disappointed in Jiang’s logic. Though it was really foolish thing act immediately instead of waiting at least to tomorrow, but had he really thought she’ll just let it go? After all he knows better then anyone what mostly the people of Four Sects are REALLY like, doesn’t he?

    Whatever, I assume Hai Tian is going to die in next few chapters and Shuiyue will form internal demons just as she afraid.

  5. Can’t remember when I’ve last seen comments about this but the fact that all the secular disciples wear masks so you can’t tell who they are…why does the author constantly talk about their lip movements like in this chapter

    She watched him standing in the ring, chatting and laughing easily, a proud smile at the corners of his lips and mockery suffusing his dismissive eyes.

    It’s just so blatant and gets to me like in Stellar Transformation when they just start drinking wine in water.

    Also “If she admitted defeat now and didn’t let Hai Tian take the stage, this matter would become a blot on her record for forever and even form into her internal demon.” in this and Martial World people form internal demons over everything. “oh I can’t do anything I ever wanted I will now remember it forever instead of trying to overcome it and it will destroy me because I can’t eat that pie I wanted” while it’s a bit more serious than that it’s still nothing that truly costs her since she still has 4 better disciples and one that is considered the best out of any of them right now. This isn’t taking into account the fact she thinks he is Jiang Chen because she doesn’t even mention it here when making her decision.

  6. Thanks for the chapter~

    If for someone stupid, there is a limit to one’s stupidity… Or so I had thought. This Master Shuiyue seems determined to prove me wrong.

  7. And History will say you tried but were devoured instead. Its ok, sometiems bad things happen. I’d suggest blaming your family but considering who your master is you probably don’t have any.

    Thanks for the chapter.

    -Sage Hidden Bear

  8. TYVM for the chapter!

    Now, if she was cast being smarter, she would just pretend to be confused at Jian Chen’s words and say that his opponent is someone else.

    Now she has everyone pissed, she should have considered that this would be a possibility and worked to prevent it.

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