SOTR Chapter 399

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Chapter 399: The Ranking Battles

In a secluded corner of the sky quadrant, not too far away.

Elder Shun witnessed all of what had transpired in the sky quadrant. The moment that Jiang Chen had ripped off his mask, a look that this result was in accordance with his expectations appeared on his face.

“Huang’er, I’ve discovered that old man Qian Ji’s divination seems to be more and more the real deal. Jiang Chen is very likely to be the fated person in his divination. Exactly as what I’d thought, Jiang Chen has chosen the Precious Tree Sect. His mind is not a simple one indeed.”

Huang’er’s limpid eyes moved slightly as she walked up gracefully with the posture of a refined lotus.

“Elder Shun, you’ve been observing this person from the shadows. Why don’t you just go to him?” Huang’er was also slightly curious about Elder Shun’s intentions.

“Haha, I will go to him, but the timing is not yet right. Huang’er, try putting yourself in his shoes, if you were a cultivator from a secular kingdom, and an enormous being obviously several times stronger than you suddenly came to you, asking you to diagnose an illness—would you agree, even if you were skilled with medicine?”

Elder Shun smiled faintly, the light of wisdom dancing in his eyes.

Huang’er’s eyelashes fluttered as a trace of understanding appeared in a smile on her face with unparalleled beauty.

“Huang’er understands.”

Elder Shun smiled, “I’ve observed him and he is greatly principled. Going at it in a brusque and hard manner will never do. This is why I saved him at the Second Crossing, so that he would remember my favor and slowly accept us. Jiang Chen is one who feels gratitude. If we leave a good impression on him and strike up a good relationship, then he certainly won’t sit idly by. If I hold my identity over him and use my strength to suppress him, it might actually backfire, given his personality. Even if he agrees, he might not act wholeheartedly.”

One had to say, Elder Shun had sharp insight into human nature.

To make an analogy, this was as if someone of the royal household suddenly ran into a commoner’s house and asked the civilian to cure his ailment.

The commoner would absolutely harbor all sorts of suspicions and be afraid of being held liable for risk. They’d certainly think of an excuse to avoid this.

Once Elder Shun used his identity to compel Jiang Chen and caused him to feel very reluctant, then all would be truly over then.

Elder Shun had absolute power, but he didn’t have absolute guarantee in controlling Jiang Chen and making him submit. And with Elder Shun’s personality, he didn’t want to bully anyone.

The most important thing was, he couldn’t risk it.

If Jiang Chen was someone who would rather die than give in and didn’t respond well to tough tactics, then everything would be beyond repair.

Therefore, Elder Shun had been observing Jiang Chen from the shadows, biding his time. He too wanted to take another step forward and verify whether old man Qian Ji’s divination would be fulfilled by Jiang Chen.

After seeing the events of today, Elder Shun finally had more than ninety percent certain of it.

He was now considering on how best to approach Jiang Chen in a manner that wouldn’t lead to contradiction, and how to entice him to act on their behalf with greatest effort.

Elder Shun knew that the difference was great when a healer didn’t exert themselves to fullest effort.

……

The final sixteen had been settled in the sky quadrant.

What followed next was the ranking of the final sixteen.

“Everyone, although you have your own places, but it’s said that there is no runner up in martial dao. A ranking of the strongest must be determined amongst your martial dao geniuses. Therefore, the ranking matches to commence next are equally important. Who can ascend to the apex of the sixteen kingdom alliance? Who will reign over the other geniuses? Who will lead the future of the sixteen kingdoms?”

“Now, you have the opportunity to prove yourselves in the rings. Bring out all your potential and strength, your enthusiasm and courage, and unleash yourselves in the ring!”

Sunchaser’s words had an unstoppable momentum, with a thick sense of the intent to kill within them.

It was obvious that he wanted to regain all the face he’d lost when Ceng Shi had betrayed him. He wished to reform the Purple Sun Sect’s dignity through the ranking matches!

With the two great insurance factors of Long Juxue and Lei Gangyang, he would definitely be able to suppress all the geniuses and sweep them all.

Forefather Sunchaser’s demeanor was awe inspiring, but the cultivators all had their own plans. It was obvious that they weren’t going to boil with enthusiasm just with a few words from forefather Sunchaser and forget all about their own plans.

Everyone had their own paths for their path of martial dao.

However, they weren’t exactly opposed to the idea of ranking battles.

Aside from the Purple Sun Sect, the one who was most looking forward to this was Jiang Chen.

The rules of the ranking battles were the same as the rules from before.

Number one would match up against number sixteen, two and fifteen, and so on and so forth.

The rankings were the ones previously determined in the selection.

Therefore, Liu Wencai was ranked number sixteen, and his opponent was Long Juxue.

Second place Lei Gangyang would be facing off against his peer Luo Huang.

Third place Luo Xi’s opponent was Luo Shuihan of the Flowing Wind Sect.

……

Jiang Chen would be facing off against a Myriad Spirit Sect disciple.

Although Liu Wencai’s potential had been excavated, his starting point was far less than Long Juxue’s. So although he didn’t let Long Juxue easily win this match, he didn’t give her too much of a challenge either.

Ninelion also kept his eye on this match, obviously on his guard against Long Juxue dealing a fatal blow to Liu Wencai.

She did indeed have this intention, but Liu Wencai was quite smart and never gave her the chance to land a killing blow. When he knew full well that he couldn’t win out against his foe, he conceded the match with a dashing grace.

Jiang Chen also easily took home the victory for his match. The Myriad Spirit Sect disciple’s strength was alright, but far inferior to Liu Wencai or Tang Hong’s.

Jiang Chen also felt that this outcome was a bit of a pity for Liu Wencai. If he hadn’t met with Long Juxue, he absolutely would’ve had a chance to take another step forward.

The most fascinating match of this round was eighth place Ceng Shi and ninth place Tang Hong.

Having just defected to the venerated Icemist, Ceng Shi was of obvious mind to display his potential and strength. The two of them battled until they sank into utter darkness and chaos, but a victor still hadn’t been determined when time was called.

Finally, whoever held the advantage during the fight was used to determine the victor. With Tang Hong’s domineering style of fighting, he naturally held a bit more of the upper hand.

Ceng Shi lost the match with resignation, but won the ratification of his peers in the Flowing Wind Sect as a result.

After all, even first genius Shi Yunyun in the Flowing Wind Sect admitted honestly that if she met Tang Hong, she might not have been able to win.

This was because some changes had occurred in Tang Hong’s body. These changes had caused his strength to increase explosively in the last three months.

After the first round, the top eight made it into the upper half, and the lower eight was assigned to the bottom half to continue and fight for a ranking.

The top eight were Long Juxue, Lei Gangyang, Luo Xi, Shi Yunyun, Lian Canghai, Jiang Chen, Xie Yufan, and Tang Hong.

The Precious Tree Sect became the greatest winner all of a sudden.

The Purple Sun Sect had held the absolute advantage in the list of the final sixteen, as they’d had five spots.

After a round of placements, there were only two of them in the top eight, but four from the Precious Tree Sect.

That left one each for the Myriad Spirit Sect and Flowing Wind Sect.

Long Juxue’s opponent in the second round was Tang Hong.

Jiang Chen’s was now Luo Xi of the Myriad Spirit Sect.

As his sect’s top genius, Luo Xi had held the title without a doubt before Liu Wencai’s appearance. He was at the peak of the sixth level spirit realm and was only a step away from setting foot into the sky spirit realm.

This kind of opponent was indeed the strongest Jiang Chen had met so far.

However, it was Luo Xi’s unlucky day to run into Jiang Chen. They were both a step away from the sky spirit realm, but Jiang Chen firmly suppressed him no matter in every aspect.

Therefore, when the battle commenced, even though Luo Xi used all of his trump cards and deployed his fighting strength to its utmost, he was still unable to defeat Jiang Chen.

Jiang Chen defeated Luo Xi without having to call upon his trump cards.

However, he was so strong that Jiang Chen was almost forced to do so.

As for Tang Hong, although he was brave and fierce, he didn’t pose too much of a threat to Long Juxue. Rather, her azure phoenix freezing qi sealed off his blood vessels and almost took his life.

It was a good thing that forefather Thousandleaf was present to render timely aid.

When he saw Tang Hong injured thus by Long Juxue, Jiang Chen was also greatly incensed. He knew that this was Long Juxue demonstrating her might and prowess to him.

“Long Juxue, I’ll let you strut for another two days.” Unbounded killing intent surged in Jiang Chen’s heart.

Lei Gangyang and Shi Yunyun also triumphed over their opponents in the other two matches.

In this way, apart from Jiang Chen taking out Luo Xi, the four great geniuses ranked in the top four all made it to the semi finals.

However, the greater picture was quite apparent now. Long Juxue and Lei Gangyang were both of the sky spirit realm, whereas Shi Yunyun and Jiang Chen were peak of the sixth level spirit realm.

Therefore, everyone felt that the fight for champion would fall between the two Purple Sun Sect geniuses.

In the semi finals, Shi Yunyun would be of no threat to Long Juxue.

Whereas Jiang Chen wasn’t favored to win out over Lei Gangyang either. Although Jiang Chen had had that one experience in resisting Lei Gangyang, he’d left promptly thereafter.

In the eyes of the outside world, Jiang Chen still failed to cross over into the sky spirit realm in the end, so his chances of victory in this match were scant.

“Gangyang, I hope Ceng Shi’s matter hasn’t casted a shadow over you. You must try your best and suppress that perverse animal Jiang Chen.” Forefather Sunchaser warned.

Lei Gangyang nodded, a frightful battle intent shining out of his eyes. “Don’t worry forefather, I have my sights set on the champion. Jiang Chen is just a stepping stone on my path of martial dao. I will certainly stride over him and battle fairly and openly with junior sister Long to determine who is the better!”

There were two layers of meaning to Lei Gangyang’s words. One in that he was respecting old monster Sunchaser’s words and would seek to kill Jiang Chen with all his might, the second that he was also expressing his stance that I, Lei Gangyang, will not hand over the position of boss without a fight. I will fight openly and fairly with Long Juxue to determine who is the best amongst us.

This also meant that I hope you senior executives won’t be biased towards Long Juxue!

The birth of the semi-finalists also meant that the ranking battles were proceeding to the most delightful stages. Fascinating fights continued without end, and the last question was—would Long Juxue overcome all and successfully ascend to the top? Or will others turn by the tide through heroic efforts and halt her rise?

In terms of the general sentiment, whether open discussions or hushed whispers, almost all were favoring Long Juxue with her innate constitution.

 


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41 thoughts on “SOTR Chapter 399” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

  1. I hope these sun sect mofos get a look at the bigger picture of the world and see how small their precious little ant is with her innate constitution.

    The fact Jiang Chen knows of the vaster world, alone, means that his Dao has a vaster reach and he has a much higher chance of making it to the apex, compared to Juxue who only knows the 16 kingdoms.

    1. If anything it the opposite. These disciples have been in the sect for years longer than her but she is about to become #1 in the sect thanks to Jiang Chen. She may not beat Chen but it will be close.

      Chen will be viewed as a born special freak not unlike Long Juxue. Only ppl who know Cheng’s secrets from reincarnation can understand his broad views.

      1. elder shun understands because he is a lot more powerful than them so he knows what matters regarding cultivation, it is not just an innate constitution, according to the forefathers.

  2. I hope Jiang Chen would fight Long Juxue and put her under his foot and say that her constitution is trash in the end, that it’s number (Y-1) out of Y existing constitutions and that almost every else constitution existing is better than hers.

    And also that it’s rubish for an X reason…

    (Like not being able to surpass the origin realm for example…)

  3. haha that reasoning. the royal family example was funny because jiang chen literally was asked to save a royal family member, and it was after they had even killed him

  4. this novel is one of the best but one thing that has always bothered me is that jiang chen is a reincarnated person from the realm of gods and with all his knowledge and all his wisdom he can only dominate people that have the same cultivation level idk u’d think the realm of gods would have better shit to fight above many more levels than just having a slight advantage, I mean this is some backwater bumpkin country and hes gonna struggle against long juxue thats only 1 lvl above him. its like bruh u’ve lived for millions of years and u are going to struggle against a scrub that has lived for 20 years thats like an adult losing to another adult with down syndrome in a fight, jiang chen’s tactits and strategy should be way above anyone’s. I know he wasn’t a fighter in his previous life but he trained a lot of them and im sure hes seen millions of fights so his tactics should be way better

    I feel like the mc in emperor’s dominion novel is much more satisfying as he doesn’t take shit from anyone and never has to belittle himself before anyone like calling themselves “this lowly one” when talking to a strong senior. Also his wisdom matches the amount of time he has lived

    1. You are talking like he lost to her already, he felt confident that he could beat her. Also, Long Juxue has an OP constitution. She’s not just one level higher then him, but two or even borderline three. Also, remember Jiang’s body started actually cultivating a long time after Long Juxue, so as the novel keeps bringing up, his starting point was behind the rest of his peers. Also, we don’t really even know what his limits are yet, you are talking like he would get destroyed by anyone a couple levels higher then him, but the fact remains that he hasn’t gone all out yet in this competition. Hes holding back because he doesn’t want to give his trump cards away, the reality of the situation is he could probably survive a fight with a peak sky realmer with the amount of stuff he has on him (rats, mountain, lotus’s, birds) he could overwhelm many beings just on that alone.

      EDIT: On a side note, I completely disagree with you on his wisdom, not taking shit from anyone is poor writing in my opinion. Read MGA if you want bullshit mc’s who win no matter what the situation. I like how Jiang solves his problems through intelligence and self control, thats my favorite part of his character.

    2. are we reading the same novel, it clearly states that his body is nowhere a GENIUS level, what does tactics do when power suppresses you and if you are comparing to Emperors dominion he planned everything when he was a GOD and knows which sect/family/body is helpful to him. Jiang chen has knowledge but does he have any resources which will let him steamroll through the EARLY GAME of CULTIVATION or do you mean he should charge through like MC from ED, should he go without any backup plans and get himself killed.

      He body is Normal and nothing special and with cultivation techniques it says that choosing strongest cultivation is not necessary a good choice but what suits him/his body so, also he wasn’t a cultivator in his previous life how do you expect him to do anything similar to ED. Thinking and helping is different than doing it yourself.

    3. The difference is that the MC from ED was actually physically present everywhere in the world as the Dark Crow, influencing it, and setting up fail-safe systems, resources, and armament for his rise.

      MC here was a shut-in in the celestial palace who amassed knowledge, and that’s about it.

      In regards to practical application training and insurance, ED MC leads by a vast vast margin,
      ergo he can afford to act the way he does. Jiang Chen can’t.

    4. there’s not much he can do without resources. It’s been said again and again in the novel that all he lacks are resources.
      that’s like Einstein being left on an island that only have grass, do u think he can make a bomb with that?

      all the high level technique he shows so far need a catalyst. The lotus, the mountain, the tree, the lizard orb. He need that to be able to create a better technique or make a breakthrough. Even his boxing technique that require no catalyst is actually just a low level one if u compare them with highest realm.

      please don’t think just because someone is a genius he could create something out of thin air with an excuse of “I know magic”

    5. good point. just concluding his strength based on physical and resource wealth does not make this idea approachable. it is a cultivating world and its bound to have many ways to borrow or use strength. he is not needing resources to level up here is he?? second point is good too, the author couldn’t portray his character as celestial emperors son who is humble and knowledgable, he did to some degree though but it just doesn’t feel so. his divine aeon fist and other skills have been progressing in levels unknown, but where is his strength from achieving those levels. He should be strong as the strongest in his level in the history of those kingdoms or realm. so if he is that strong then i don’t believe it should be limited to only one level even though the author may have distinguished those levels in further sub levels. and guys isn’t his body already strong as mentioned, also his constitution is not that inferior to an innate constitution, it was mentioned. Saying all that you are right, this novel is not irritating like the others yet though (it was at some point). ISSTH and this is the only updates i look forward to. rest is just utter crap, but i still read them.

    6. His current body doesnt allow him to train the best tech he knows.

      Chap 34:

      Although he thought this way, reality was cruel and hash. Despite being full of wisdom and theories, he could only resign himself to walking these negligible paths of cultivation with the current condition of his body.

      With his current body, he would probably train to death and still have nothing to show for it if he started off immediately practicing numerous grand methods.

      Jiang Chen was a bit depressed. This was like sitting down to a spread of delicacies from land and sea, but he was limited to pairing only pickled roots with his rice.

      His current training method, isnt even something he got because it was powerful, he got him by chance because he liked the story behind the method.

      Chap 34:
      Although this “Secret of the Nine Laughing Oceans” was also not enough to even garner a glance from those on high, Jiang Chen remembered this method because he had been moved by the story behind the practitioner who had created this method when he perused it.

      So, even if he has all the knowledge out there, he cant apply it because:

      1.- His current body is too weak.

      2.- He lacks resources.

      1. One thing people have also forgot is that the geniuses he trained in the past had already gotten a few realms high before he starts training them.
        He has spent a lot less time on the low level stuff. Although he has good methods he has not put alot of time into training techniques compared to simply meditating and ranking up.
        Truthfully I think he should have acted differently and spent more time on techniques and stayed low-key for longer then come out.

  5. “If Jiang Chen was someone who would rather die than give in and didn’t respond well to tough tactics, then everything would be beyond repair.”

    Lol…. Then don’t use tough tactics, the hell is this guy on about. Literally we know Jiang responds well to incentives and resources, if he’s been watching him this whole time, he would know this as well.

    If this guy is as OP as he’s claiming, why wouldn’t he just offer something up in exchange for Jiang’s expertise. This guys excuses for not coming to him right from the start is dumb as hell….

    1. I know right?
      if stick don’t work, use carrot.

      “Hey, can you check on my girl here? A certain high level diviner give me clues to save her and all of it lead to you. If you managed to save her I’ll do my best to give you anything you wanted, no matter resources or techniques.”

      1. right its as if there is no other option. they don’t know to say please. he is so strong yet so dumb, wonder if the author made it so or he just didn’t have any other to make a better entrance for a important character also making a secret overseer for our MC to calm the readers nerves.

    2. He probably will after JC gets done with the tournament. He probably doesn’t want to interrupt to see how he will do, and also because it could be considered rude.

  6. To make an analogy, this was as if someone of the royal household suddenly ran into a commoner’s house and asked the civilian to cure his ailment.

    Uh no. It is like if someone of the royal household suddenly ran into the house of the greatest most famous commoner doctor and asked him to cure his ailment in exchange for anything he ever wants.

    Not sure why the author even tried to justify this nonsense, we all know it was just to make Jiang chen stay in this backwater place for 400 chapters…

  7. LoL. Most people here didn’t realised that the author was playing mind games on you by keep on telling that Jiang Chen’s body is “Normal and nothing special”.

    His biological parent was someone who came from a higher realm. Therefore, his body is NOT NORMAL. It will be revealed later on I believe.

  8. That made no sense…
    Why did jiang need to o ow that it was a great power comin. To him asking for help? It’s not like it’s not possible for him to keep his power hidden and just ask jiang for help.
    If a king dresses in rags and begs at a poor mans house, he is liable to get something.

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