SOTR Chapter 378

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Chapter 378: I’ll Make the Rules One Day

Word of the examiners’ accord quickly traveled out.

One of their representatives came to find Jiang Chen at his residence, explaining everything to him.

Jiang Chen was taken aback, and his tone suddenly dropped when he finished listening to the examiner. “Master examiner, to make things simple, you mean that I can’t continue requesting missions in the pill area in the future, is that so?”

“Indeed. You’ll be able to spend only a week out of a month in the pill area in the future. This is an decision reached by all the examiners after thorough discussion.” The examiner nodded and was quite forthright about things. He didn’t worry that this secular genius would have any backlash. Since it was a decision by the collective whole, there was nothing to be done even if he felt strongly about it.

Jiang Chen smiled coldly, “So even though I haven’t broken the rules, you can just suppress me whenever you want to, is it?”

“Don’t think too much about it. Although it’s a bit unfair to you, this is also for the greater picture. Besides, it’s a sort of protection for you as well.”

“Protection?” Jiang Chen laughed. “Judging from this, I might actually be in trouble instead if you all hadn’t done this?”

“Think about it from the long-term perspective. Do you want to become the hated enemy of all geniuses? Do you wish to be public enemy number one? I trust that your goal is to join one of the four great sects. You don’t want to offend all the geniuses of your future sect before you even join it, right?”

The examiner was also displeased to see that Jiang Chen hadn’t accepted his words with good humor. You’re just a mere secular cultivator, how can you be so insensible?

Jiang Chen laughed jeeringly in his anger and nodded lightly. “I understand, so if anyone surpasses the so-called geniuses, that means they’ve given offense? This is the highest criteria of the four sects’ selection in that those so-called geniuses mustn’t come off worse in any exchange, huh?”

“Think whatever you want to think.” The examiner’s expression hardened. “Remember, you are but one of many, and going along with the flow is the wise choice in the face of the greater picture. My words end here, you digest them yourself. Regardless, you can only request seven missions in the area of pills in the future. No one will give you any missions if you go beyond this number. Whether you accept this or not, this is the final result.”

These words were the final ultimatum.

The examiner turned to leave after he finished.

Jiang Chen’s eyebrow arched as his projecting voice transformed all the qi throughout his body into a surge of fury to the heavens. “Remember, there is no so-called greater picture. Those so-called geniuses that all of you are incessantly scheming to protect will be under my foot one day in the future! Whether you accept this or not, that will be the final outcome!”

Jiang Chen felt that he had a good temper, but he’d been thoroughly enraged this time.

He’d always kept a low profile and tried to not attract any trouble, silently commencing his great plan of farming points.

Sadly, the trees may prefer the calm but the winds will not subside.

His low profile had earned him all sorts of bullying and oppression instead.

The examiners were even publicly restricting him with these ludicrous reasons.

To be honest, if the examiners had modified the rules and applied them to everyone, Jiang Chen might not have been so angry then.

But these modifications were being applied to him exclusively. This obviously meant that they wanted to suppress him. How could he possibly take this lying down?

Even a Buddha made from clay would possess some temper, much less Jiang Chen.

The examiner’s body halted slightly as he heard these words and responded faintly without turning his head, “If you really do that one day, then the rules of the four great sects will also be able to change for you.”

“Change for me?” Jiang Chen laughed coldly. “You’re wrong. When that day comes, I’ll be the one to make the rules.”

Although Jiang Chen was burning with rage, he’d yet to lose his reason. He knew that the examiners dared to so blatantly suppress him because he was just a secular genius. Compared to the emotions of all the sect geniuses, it was apparent from a glance what direction the scales should tip in.

The examiner started and smiled coldly, mentally relegating Jiang Chen to a lunatic voicing nonsense out of a daydream. Secular cultivators are country bumpkins alright, they only know to puff themselves up and overestimate their abilities.

Word of the examiners’ restrictions on Jiang Chen made the rounds at first light.

Fervent discussion immediately arose in the sky quadrant once again. Most candidates were all baying with praise, thinking that the examiners were unparalleled in their justness.

There were a few candidates who retained their rationality however, and felt pity for Jiang Chen. This was the harsh world of the sects.

Rules were often used to only restrict the weak and favor the strong.

“Haha, this is to all of our immense satisfaction! Let’s see how he farms points now. He’ll be slapped back to his original form now huh?”

“Absolutely. Secular cultivators have limited potential in the end. Taking such an unorthodox path, he won’t amount to much in the end. At the end of the day, the selection is still a game in which only sect geniuses likes us are allowed to play.”

“Heh heh, they’ll all be able to sleep easily tonight huh?”

“I pity the secular genius, I bet he probably wants to hang himself right now, hmm? Hahaha, he was just a mere shooting star in the end, vanishing after a flash.”

All sorts of similar talk suffused the sky quadrant. There were all sorts of delight in Jiang Chen’s misery and kicking him when he was down formed an atmosphere of excitement after successfully suppressing him.

“A bunch of cowards, despicable!” Chu Xinghan viciously slashed down in the empty air in a residence somewhere, giving rise to vicious spirit power ripples.

“Unable to defeat others and resorting to threatening the examiners to change the rules with the intent of suppression instead, this kind of selection is truly ludicrous.” Rage also burned in Chu Xinghan’s heart.

He too felt it odd. As a disciple of Master Shuiyue, he should be standing in the camp of oppressing Jiang Chen.

However, a flame of fury burning in his heart not only made him not feel proud about this, but the hot fires of anger all of a sudden made the entire selection seem pointless and boring.

“However, I’m truly curious. Will Jiang Chen be finished for good, or will he rise again in the face of adverse circumstances?” The light of deep contemplation shot out from Chu Xinghan’s eyes, ones that were as bright as the stars.

……

“Shameless, despicable, contemptible, filthy!” Tang Hong rushed to Jiang Chen’s residence immediately after hearing of the happenings and started cursing loudly, indignant on Jiang Chen’s behalf.

“Boss, these people are ridiculous! They’re afraid that your score will catch up to them and so they pressured the examiners. This is absolutely oppression!” Tang Hong’s face was beet red with outrage.

How would Jiang Chen not know that this was oppression and true persecution?

However, his emotions had long since returned to the state of being impervious to desires and passions. Oppression? Persecution? That’s right, but can this break me, Jiang Chen?

Absolutely not!

Jiang Chen swallowed his rage and laughed coldly. “Don’t be agitated Tang Hong. This at least proves one point.”

“What is that?” Tang Hong started when he saw Jiang Chen able to chat so leisurely and in such good spirits. He seemed to be wholly unaffected. Tang Hong was quite baffled by this.

“It’s very simple. The more they do things like this, the more uneasy they feel. The so-called geniuses aren’t nearly as confident as they’re projecting.”

Jiang Chen’s tone was calm as he smiled elegantly. “Perhaps they think that they can keep me down with actions like these, but their uneasiness will leave a crack behind in their fragile hearts. When they realize that all sorts of methods will be unable to suppress me, those cracks will turn into internal demons and consume them, disturbing their dao hearts.”

Tang Hong was stunned. He felt that these words made a lot of sense. However, he didn’t seem to quite understand them either. He was a direct guy and didn’t have so many twists and turns in him.

“Boss, does this mean you’re alright with accepting this?” Tang Hong was a bit dejected.

“I accept it, but I’m not alright with it. I accept the current situation, but there will come a day that I will return it back to them tenfold in spades!”

Jiang Chen said to Tang Hong after this, “Go back first, I’m going to train now.”

He suddenly felt that he should actually thank these idiotic examiners. Thanks to this round of suppression, they’d transmuted into motivation for him that helped him find a slight sliver of inspiration.

This inspiration actually caused the shackles of his fourth level spirit realm to exhibit great signs of cracking open. These were the omens of breaking through to the fifth level spirit realm!

When Tang Hong saw this, he looked at Jiang Chen with bloodshot eyes and took his leave. He cursed all along his way back.

His voice thundered up to the heavens, and his aura was astounding.

Since he was unable to salvage anything for Jiang Chen, he could only use this kind of method to vent some ill temper for his boss. His curses were very ear piercing and direct.

“Geniuses? Bullshit! Tattling and crying like a snot nosed kid to the examiners when they can’t beat someone. You are all cowards! Vermin!!”

“Hahaha! It turns out that these so-called geniuses are all cowards afraid of competition. Interesting, how interesting! Chicken-hearted yet pretending to be deep and mysterious. What geniuses? Absolute shit! No wonder the four great sects are besieged on all sides and the position of the sixteen kingdom alliance hanging by a thread! Is it all because of these wusses that there are no real geniuses here?”

Although Tang Hong was a direct guy, he was quite talented when it came to insulting others. He was raging down the path like a harlot shrieking on the streets. Add to that his naturally loud voice, he only felt somewhat placated when he’d loudly circled the residence area three times.

None of those geniuses were deaf, they could all hear him clearly. But they were indeed feeling guilty, and whoever jumped out to refute him now would be testifying to that fact.

Therefore, although they burned with rage, no one dared jump out.

Jiang Chen on the other hand, remained oblivious to the happenings of the outside world. He had already fully immersed himself into the world of the fifth level martial dao.

He’d charged through the shackles of the fourth level spirit realm like a collapsing dam. Endless power surged into his spirit ocean as he finally broke through and entered the fifth level.

Hoo!

He opened his eyes a few hours later as a beam of wisdom shot through his clear eyes. “It seems that this suppression isn’t without benefit, hmm? It provided me an opportunity to break through in one go. It looks like all matters have a cause and effect. Disaster and fortune go hand in hand, and all is naturally ordained in the heavens.”

Inspiration regarding all his various divine arts flowed after his breakthrough endlessly, making Jiang Chen engross himself further into training with satisfaction.


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48 thoughts on “SOTR Chapter 378” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

      1. Actually, it’s not BS nor is it hypocritical. He merely showed off in the Dao of pills, meaning he’s still looked down upon. You forget that he didn’t even go to the battle arena yet, and hasn’t showed off his OPness. So yes, he’s low profile now. Not for long though.

    1. You can, which is why they will soon regret this decision. Jiang Chen farming points in pills is much gentler then Jiang Chen farming points in fights, which has no limits yet.

      They thought Jiang Chen can’t do much in fights seeing his cultivation level 😀

  1. Sovereign of all the realms Grandfather of 9 Mountain and Seas Dao Protector ofAlchemy, Harem lord, Paragon Warlock of the mothaf***in Magus world, Sovereign of all the realms Grandfather of 9 Mountain and Seas Dao Protector ofAlchemy, Harem lord, Paragon Warlock of the mothaf***in Magus world, "Reverend Monkey butt"

    Yayy beat them up! I cant wait till jc scares the shit oit of them in all areas

    1. Seniors title is immeasurably profound. Junior can only bow in acceptance of his inferiority, but since Senior is the Grandfather of the 9 Mountains and Seas wouldn’t it be too harsh to not provide this junior with some good fortune as a meeting gift? We are related after all no matter how tangential in nature.

    1. I was thinking the same thing at first, but JC meant that he was keeping a low profile in the Sky Quadrant so far, which he did. It’s the reason why he had chosen to only do pill missions, the most passive of all the missions which he happens to be a boss at. It’s not his fault that his OPness in pills was too eye catching. He was avoiding conflict like the plaque, but conflict found him anyways, so he will BECOME the plague >: )

    2. He is keeping a low profile. Frustratingly and stupidly low. He can already run roughshod over all the elders and directly take over the sects right now, yet he’s angry he can’t concoct more pills for these sects for freakin points! That’s like peon-level mentality.

  2. Doesn’t anyone feel that the portrayal of the examiner’s took a rather abrupt 180 turn? For the last few chapters it seemed that all the examiners, except the Purple Sun ones, obviously, were being quite fair and impressed with Jiang Chen. But suddenly they make a decision that earns them the full brunt of his ire.

    Then again, I suppose it wasn’t THAT sudden – Jiang Chen got in a month of farming in, quite enough time for the pressure from the other disciples to mount. Maybe it just seems sudden because the “sky quadrant examiners are fair” image was built over quite a few chapters (though only around a week of time) and then we have one chapter with a month of skipped time basically describing most of the elders amiably agreeing to suppress the secular disciple, with only a single voice of protest.

    I dunno, I just found it really incongruous >_<

    1. Well when he was still in the earth quadrant and only pressuring Puple Sun disciples they did not thought much of it and saw an opportunity to accuse the Purple sun sect of wrongdoing because of the bad attitude of that woman whose name i don’t remember. But once JC is in the sky quadrant and is a threat to all disciples they reveal their true faces and try to suppress him. At least that’s my opinion. But we saw last chapters that there are some elders who were against this situation and were in favor of JC.

  3. Thanks for the chapter!

    It’s interesting that Chu Xinghan also become angry.

    Future acquaintance?

    Also, I guess it’s either challenge times or a tour of other missions site?

    If he wants to keep quiet about his other talent, I guess it will be challenges. But if he is not, then the tour?

    1. Yeah, Chu Xinghan’s reaction this time won me over. Hopefully a future follower as Jiang Chen did owe him a favor for not immediately killing JC while saving Long Juxue.

  4. Damn, Tang Hong is the best subordinate ever XD. If Jiang Cheng doesn’t take him along to the top of the world he isn’t the former son of the celstial emperor

  5. I feel kinda weirded out that it took so long for him to advance as he said he was in a rush.

    Also I was weirded out that he wasn’t taking the ‘Strength of Heart’ test instead as contrary to the alchemy test he could actually gain profit and polishing.

  6. Have to agree that this arc is so uneventful that the author seems at a loss on how to fill though here and there are nice stuff such as the ‘Master Shuiyue mess’ and the new friend that has beast blood, and now a guy that seems like an over the top male Gouyu.
    But in the end I agree that there is too much useless stuff such as
    How “Oh so shocking!!” EVERYTHING is to the damned geniuses over 6 paragraphs minimum every chapter.

    The final proof to me that he took over a month(or was it 2?) to advance when on the FIRST DAY IN he said he was in a rush to get to the 5th lvl.

  7. Jian Chen’s battle prowess should not be equal to someone in the 7th level spirit realm. He would be ranked in the top 16 in martial Dao now. In strength of the heart he should be ranked top ten as the sects know the importance of training the heart. In pill and formations he is above the level of the four trash sects. I believe that being in the 5th level spirit realm is acceptable as he has only taken around 2-3 months to go from 3rd level to 5th level spirit realm. The sky quadrant’s geniuses are disappointing in that the strongest are only at the 7th level spirit realm and act like petulant children. This arc though is full of plot armor on Jian Chen encountering suppression that will ultimately motivate him to reach the Sky spirit realm and the the origin realm and then leave. It is rather boring but it is a plot. If he can breakthrough levels while sleeping it would be far too pathetic and would not be in line with going against the heavens and be more like being blessed with a divine body. He has to grow slowly but steadily to the top.

  8. “It looks like all matters have a cause and effect. Disaster and fortune go hand in hand, and all is naturally ordained in the heavens.”

    This. This is important, especially in a good story. It bothers me when an MC’s journey can be summed up as a “Linear series of Fortunate Events.” Most series fall into this trap and thier MCs effortlessly cruise to the top. When an MC to fails to get his way, that’s proper storytelling. It raises the stakes and helps keep the reader emotionally invested.

    It sucks when the author writes himself into the MC, then becomes so emotionally invested in himself that he writes endless pages of wish fulfillment because he can’t bear to see anything bad happen to his mental clone (I’m looking at you, true martial world).

    Stories like ISSTH take advantage of the above quote to see how the MC will overcome missteps and turn the ‘fall’ into an advantage. It’s part of the charm of these stories. “The Comeback”. If done well, the boon is a logical and pleasant surprise. If done wrong there’s a whole lot of “Wtf, man?”

    I’m happy to see bumps along Jiang Chen’s Road, I just think he needs to find himself in the shits a little more often to make him truly compelling.

    …Well, that and no more plot devices like the one contrived solely to get the MC laid (like the entire Xiao Fei/Horny Powder fiasco). Oi. :p

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