SOTR Chapter 541

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Chapter 541: Attacked By All Sides

“Ole brother Dan Chi, this Jiang Chen is simply too perverse, isn’t he? His level seems beyond what we should have in the Myriad Domain!” Wei Wuying was the first to step forth and start trouble. When he saw that even Wei Xing’er could only hold down third place with such an exemplary display of skill, and Wei Qing could only manage fifth place with his stable performance, he couldn’t accept the situation. Although there were two more rounds to go, who knew if Jiang Chen would still set such a ridiculous standard of performance?

Even though the Regal Pill Palace would still demonstrate a strong overall strength without Jiang Chen, the Walkabout Sect would absolutely have a chance of challenging them then. With Jiang Chen so far in the lead, it didn’t seem as if there was any doubt about the champion of the genius group. The additional fifty points he would receive then would create a further advantage for the Regal Pill Palace in the final rankings of the Pill Battles. The only way for Wei Wuying to prevent this was to step forth and question Jiang Chen.

When Wei Wuying stepped forth, so did Tristar Sect Head Zhu. His ambitions for the champion’s seat was still burning brightly as he smiled. “I also find this to be rather odd. Jiang Chen hails from the sixteen kingdoms, and even if he’s had the benefit of being trained in the Regal Pill Palace, he still shouldn’t be displaying such a stunning performance.”

The others smiled and didn’t say a word. Wang Jianyu of the Sacred Sword Palace had always been at odds with the Regal Pill Palace, so he chose to jump on the bandwagon as well. “The two sect heads make sense, Jiang Chen is indeed a suspicious character.”

The Sacred Sword Palace had always ranked near the bottom in the Pill Battles rankings, and were mostly just here to make up the numbers. They had no real ambitions in this regard. However, when this matter had to do with the Regal Pill Palace, their intrinsically hostile relationship left the Sacred Sword Palace with an obligation to step out to support an objection against their hated enemy.

The family heads of the Great Cathedral stayed silent, merely smiling. Only Honored Master Tian Ming of the Dark North Sect chuckled. “What is there to be suspicious about or not? The Pill Battles are a tradition left behind from the time of the Myriad Empire. Are you possibly suspecting him of cheating?”

Dan Chi smiled faintly. “If you three have such effort to spare in suspecting Jiang Chen, why don’t you spend it teaching your own disciples? Is it important why Jiang Chen’s performance is so heaven defying? Ask not where heroes come from. It’s not at all important where Jiang Chen comes from and why is he such a genius.”

Dan Chi wasn’t someone who could be easily sliced and diced. He would never allow these fellows to use this as an opportunity to create trouble. As long as Jiang Chen hadn’t cheated, it was irrelevant how insane or suspicious his performance was.

“That’s not how things often go though. There’s always something sinister at play when things appear out of the ordinary. I rather think we should investigate this.” Wang Jianyu chuckled.

Dan Chi’s face grew cold. “Wang Jianyu, don’t tell me you’re jealous?”

Wang Jianyu smiled. “My Sacred Sword Palace has never had much ambition in the Pill Battles. What jealousy is there to speak of? I’m merely speaking out of a sense of fair play.”

“Fair play? Well, that is certainly a grave matter. I welcome Palace Head Wang to come out with any evidence of Jiang Chen cheating, so I can expel such a cheating disciple from my Regal Pill Palace. But if not, it would be wiser if you shut that mouth of yours in case others make it out to be a case of jealousy. We’re all heavyweights of the Myriad Domain after all, and can’t make a fool of ourselves in front of the juniors.”

Honored Master Tian Ming also smiled. “I say, don’t be so caught up in Jiang Chen’s performance. It’s not a bad thing for the Myriad Domain to produce such a heaven defying genius! Do you want our Myriad Domain to always be a nobody, or worse, be disqualified the next time the domains are drawn?”

Wei Wuying smiled sinisterly. “Old Tian Ming, you always wear the same pants as Dan Chi. You can save those words of yours, hmm?”

Palace Head Zhu nodded. “I advocate investigating this Jiang Chen.”

Palace Head Dan Chi’s face darkened. “Investigate what? Jiang Chen’s background is clean, so what’s there to look into? I only say this, bring out whatever evidence you’ve got, or stop worrying if you have none. Have the Pill Battles devolved to the point where those who excel are suppressed? If everyone thinks my Regal Pill Palace is being superfluous, then just say so. Why bother scrounging around for such a crude excuse?”

Wei Wuying sneered. “A clean background? And who can prove that? Jiang Chen is from the sixteen kingdom alliance, that’s already half a desolate wilderness to begin with. I’m sure everyone remembers the last gathering where we discussed whether or not to exile them, and almost everyone agreed. The reason? Is it only because the sixteen kingdom alliance is weak? Who doesn’t know that that’s the fringe territory where the ancient demon tribe is sealed? Who can guarantee that those from the sixteen kingdoms don’t have the background of the demon tribe?”

The expressions of the sect heavyweights drastically changed as those words rang in the air. It was apparent that the words “ancient demon tribe” had left a deep feeling of danger in them, and it seemed that none of them were exempt from this reaction.

Sect Head Zhu immediately interjected. “Sect Head Wei’s words aren’t without reason. The ancient demon tribe may be dead, but it hasn’t collapsed yet. It would only require the slightest opening for them to rise from the ashes again. Even the slightest spark can ravage the plains with fire. I also feel that we must stay guarded against this.”

Wang Jianyu was happy to add fuel to the flame, laughing, “We must be cautious about the remnants of the demon tribe. Out of considerations of security, I recommend making a thorough investigation. We’d rather kill a thousand erroneously rather than letting one free! That Jiang Chen’s perverse potential is something that our Myriad Domain level could not have cultivated.”

Even the family heads from the Great Cathedral didn’t remain neutral this time and nodded as well. It was apparent that they didn’t dare relax their guard when it came to the ancient demon race, even if they didn’t necessarily feel that Jiang Chen had anything to do with them. They would investigate things thoroughly now rather than let anything slip by.

When Dan Chi saw that four out of the six great sects were advocating for investigating Jiang Chen, he was completely incensed and knew that they were meaning to band together to suppress Jiang Chen. However, Dan Chi wasn’t just any easy pickings. He was well versed in these battles, snorting coldly in response, “If you wish to look into even someone with a clean background, then I’d like to ask, is the background of every disciple you recruit clean and pure? Sect Head Zhu, why don’t you tell me where your Ding Tong is from? Has anyone heard of him before?”

Sect Heads Zhu’s face stiffened as a strange look flashed through his eyes. “Ding Tong is one of our Tristar Sect disciples.”

“Is that so? Then will Sect Head Zhu tell us more about this disciple’s background? I’m all ears.”

Sect Head Zhu snorted coldly. “Is there a need to do so?”

Dan Chi laughed heartily. “Since you want to investigate Jiang Chen, I can reel off his background at any time. Why can’t you do the same for Ding Tong so everyone can verify his background? Or is it because the Regal Pill Palace is the champion that you want to suppress us?”

These words stumped Sect Head Zhu into speechlessness.

Wu Weiying was delighted to blow up this matter even more. Jiang Chen and Ding Tong were both ranked higher than Wei Xing’er anyways. If both of them could be kicked off, then she would be the current champion. He grinned, “Dan Chi makes sense as well. If we investigate Jiang Chen, we naturally need to look into Ding Tong as well. To be honest, I’ve heard of Jiang Chen before today, but I’ve never heard of Ding Tong. Have any of you heard of him?”

Everyone was familiar with Jiang Chen’s name from when the Regal Pill Palace allied with the Precious Tree Sect, but Ding Tong was a true dark horse in that no one had ever heard of him before the Pill Battles.

Wang Jianyu of the Sacred Sword Palace was on good terms with Tristar Sect Head Zhu. He smiled, “Don’t be distracted by Dan Chi, everyone. He’s merely purposefully stirring up the waters and making the situation murky to distract from the real problem here.”

Dan Chi shot a cold glare at Wang Jianyu. When all was said and done, the latter was still a sect head!  Yet here he was, being so openly shameless as to publicly tout a set of double standards. Dan Chi shook his head with a light sigh. “No wonder the Sacred Sword Palace has never sought to better themselves. With a sect head such as you, even those below you know nothing better because of the unworthy example you set at the peak.”

Wang Jianyu was enraged. “Dan Chi, do your words indicate that you think your Regal Pill Palace already reigns over my Sacred Sword Palace?! Since we’re all here today, why don’t our two sects finally decide who truly owns that spirit vein, huh!?

When the Sacred Sword Palace and Regal Pill Palace fought over the spirit vein years ago, Wang Jianyu had continued to bear a grudge ever since the former Regal Pill Palace Head had suppressed him in that fight. He’d always wanted an excuse to strike back and gain face, so relations between the two could truly only be described as acrimonious in the extreme.

Dan Chi smiled coolly. “There are naturally many opportunities for your Sacred Sword Palace to strive for glory in the Myriad Grand Ceremony. Have you already made up your mind to disturb the proceedings of the Pill Battles today?”

The family head of the Sacred Elephant family of the Great Cathedral rose to his feet at this moment to try to smooth things over. “Everyone, let’s not bicker and argue here. Investigating whether someone is of the ancient demon race is easy enough. Although it had many branches, the lineage of the ancient demons are still quite different from us humans. Since Jiang Chen and Ding Tong’s backgrounds are suspect, in my view, they should both be tested. Otherwise, it would be unfair to both the Regal Pill Palace and Tristar Sect. Ole brother Dan Chi and Sect Head Zhu, what do you say?”

Dan Chi nodded, “I agree wholeheartedly with the Family Head’s words.”

Sect Head Zhu hesitated momentarily and also nodded. “Then let us test both of them.”

There were naturally many ways to test bloodlines in the Myriad Domain. Jiang Chen and Ding Tong were summoned and notified of the controversy between the great sects. When Jiang Chen saw that Palace Head Dan Chi had already agreed, he didn’t say anything else. He had nothing to do with the ancient demon race anyways, but it was a good thing he hadn’t assimilated the dragon blood. It would be difficult to explain the presence of a dragon bloodline when it was detected. Even if he wasn’t of the ancient demon race, it would still be very astonishing to possess the bloodline of the dragon race. Up until now, Jiang Chen had only assimilated the blood of the Golden Cicada. Although that could also be detected, it was noticeably different from the ancient demon race, and was a very pure bloodline to boot. Plus, those of the Myriad Domain might not necessarily recognize this particular bloodline.

As for the Firelizard and Raven King cores, although he’d refined them, they hadn’t contained their respective bloodlines. As such, it wouldn’t be reflected in Jiang Chen’s blood, so he wasn’t opposed to the testing.

It was rather Ding Tong who was further irritated when he heard that he had to undergo testing. His second place ranking already irked him, but since all the six great sects’ heavyweights were present, his belly full of ire had to go unappeased. Resigned, he could only agree to undergo testing.

Blood samples were quickly taken, and all of the heavyweights participated in testing Jiang Chen’s blood. Their final conclusion was that it was completely void of even traces of the demon race’s bloodlines. Since there was no demon lineage in his blood, Wei Wuying could no longer find any more excuses.


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28 thoughts on “SOTR Chapter 541” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

  1. well, lets see how good ole Dan Chi fare with his Dao of ShitTalk.
    Would have been great if our JC provide some backup with his mastery in that

  2. Pointless chapter is pointless. I genuinely wonder what goes through author’s minds when they write stuff like this. Probably just filling up word count.

    Anyways, thanks as always etvo and team.

    1. This chapter actually saves the MC having to talk his way out of conspiracy theories and face shielding slander from random diciples.

      Dan Chi pretty much sums and toss out what the opponents have to say right back at them.

      This chapter helps straighten the direction to the current antagonist sect, the sky sect’s spy.

      Or do you want the MC listen more from the diciple from the Walkabout sect, how much he wants to get into the pants of one of Jiang Chen’s female aqaintances, and how MC is not worthy of her?

      1. What on earth are you going on about? What the elder’s say doesn’t have much bearing on what the disciples say. What both the elders and disciples say has little bearing has no real bearing on him getting herbs, which is Jiang Chen’ objective.

        No, it doesn’t straighten out anything in any meaningful way.

        Jiang Chen doesn’t want her, hence anything involving her that doesn’t include curing her father is fluff, filler and nonsense. But you got one thing right. MC doesn’t deserve her. They BOTH don’t deserve each other. Getting a babe practically forced into him even though he’s too holy and can’t be distracted, just because he’s the MC, doesn’t qualify as being deserving.

        1. “No, it doesn’t straighten out anything in any meaningful way.”

          Any kind of bearing the elders may have can affect how they interact with the MC. If the elders of the opposing sect can get their way and turn Jiang Chen into a demon, then it drastically change the story into a witch hunt.

          If the elders can get away with slander it’ll inlfunce the other diciples and cause them to shit tlak the MC for more chapters if Dan Chi hadn’t interfere.

          Getting spirit herbs is a way for MC to get stronger. But that’s just part of the journey of how he gets to the story’s objective. Thus part of the illogical phrase “filler”.

          Since everything is “filler” other than the two sentence. “The MC fought and solved all conflicts. The end.” Since everything else is literal fluff. Since it seems you want to cut out character development but that very term also includes how MC got stronger.

          The word filler a logical fallacy for any non literalture work. Unless your using where “extra content is added to the original” which us used for anime where they add content where it wasn’t there in the original magna/novel.

          The use of fictional work aka “pleasure reading” are two things: Entertainment and immersion.

          We can talk about how a section wasn’t entertaining or how it broke immersion. And how the author can improve.

          But trying to “officiallize” an opinion by slapping the word “filler” is something to scoff at. Especially when it’s about pleasure reading when it doesn’t have a purpose.

          1. Really? Filler describes unnecessary content. Do you even really understand what you’re going on about?

            This chapter is POINTLESS because it doesn’t add anything to the story. Do you get that? The quality of the story doesn’t drop or rise and is not really affected in any meaningful way due to this developments in this chapter.

            Do you even get the problems that plague the writing of this story? Take this chapter to any decent editor and he/she would cut it out in a heartbeat. Instead of going on to write pointless argumentative tangents, how about you take a good look at what the author wrote here.

            Character development/regression is based off of the concept of a character’s mentality or ability advancing or retreating, not story stagnation.

            This is not about what the elders can or cannot do. This chapter is the equivalent of an anime team creating extra content with no real bearing on a manga/manhua’s true storyline because an anime has caught up to it’s manga. Whether you happen to find it immersive or entertaining or ‘pleasure reading’ does not change the filler nature of the chapter.

            And try not to put words in my mouth. Journey description is not filler, on the contrary, depending on an author’s ability, a journey can million’s of times more entertaining than a destination. POINTLESS, aimless, insubstantial nonsense written during the journey, trying to masquerade as part of that journey – that is filler.

          2. “Take this chapter to any decent editor and he/she would cut it out in a heartbeat.”

            They would change it to make it fit into the story more. Let’s go to the part where MC met the other rivals from the other sects.

            I would change it to where the walkabout sect’s diciple have him scheme and not hem and haw at the MC face. It’ll fit with how a sect dealing with poisons should act. Then focus on the Trisect spy if he’ll made a mistake for leaving clues for MC or co.

            “Journey description is not filler”

            Yet people that’s been shouting filler in Emperor’s domination because MC from that novel was picking herbs to become stronger. Because of “POINTLESS because it doesn’t add anything to the story”

            You see what you call filler is actually bad writing that can be fixed by changing the execution of what the author is trying to show.

            Yes in this chapter the underlying issue is how he executed accusation to build up on what the spy said in the last chapter. Which was anyobe with Jiang Chen’s skill shouldn’t be from the Myriad Domains. This isn’t filler it’s forshadowing and patching up any plot holes i.e if they weren’t suspicious of Jiang Chen.

            But what went wrong here? It’s what you said “argumentative tangents”. While adding on how bad the author uses the concept of face. Their argument didn’t fit them as elders but rather a childish reasoning to get what they want which broke the immersion.

            The feeling of broken immersion definitly feels like an anime filler. A lazy and bad way to fix it is to cut it out. And you said the whole chapter was filler yet the intent was to build up the Sect Master’s character to defend MC and the accusation to build up on the previous foreshadowing.

            What needs to be edited is to change the execution that broke the immersion and not 4-5 chapters of content with fatty bad writting.

            “And try not to put words in my mouth.”

            I didn’t since you used the word filler and how others used the word filler in Wuxiaworld. Right now people have been using filler for any bad writting that could have been change or gone in a different direction.

            The thing to scoff at is how they’re lazily using filler and not pinpoiting what was bad in the first place.

            Your current reply actuall pinpointed that the elders argument is what went wrong and not cutting out the entire chapter. And I agree the elder’s argument was in bad writting and something should be done about that.

            Now was it that bad that you actually gotten to the point? And not using a fillerish argument for beating around the bush by calling it filler.

          3. “is the equivalent of an anime team creating extra content with no real bearing on a manga/manhua’s true storyline because an anime has caught up to it’s manga.”

            Does bad writting have the same bad feeling of a filler? Yes.

            Do both have the same exact meaning? No.

            Will people misunderstand you for using the word filler? Yes. And that’s beacause EVERYONE has been using for EVERY writting that has gone wrong. Whether or not that it’s a proper story device like journey description, foreshadowing, plot twist, etc. As long as it’s bad, the community will call it filler or a filler series.

            Here’s another example. Sure seeing Trump win the election feels bad and so does witnessing a car accident. But you don’t see me calling a car accident as Trump. That’s pretty much with the usage of filler nowadays. So I recommend not using the word filler.

          4. Alright, your last post has very good and well thought out points overall. Looking at this I realize we don’t really have a debate or argument, although I’m not sure I get why you say this build’s Dan Chi’s character. Dan Chi has a well built character that doesn’t seem to get any pluses from the chapter, but I may be wrong.

            I do agree I was short on explaining myself previously – that was probably me being short on patience and high on exasperation with both you and the author.
            I dropped Emperor’s Domination in annoyance but I heard it picked up. Maybe I’ll recheck it at some point.

            Debating with you was fun. Let’s chat again sometime. Cheers!!

          5. The sad thing is the only redeeming point of this chapter is to reinforce Dan Chi’s presence to the readers. It does build more on his solid character. It’s also to shamelessly wipe the bad aftertaste on the previous chapter “meeting with the other sect rivals” and see them slander MC’s face.

            To be blunt, it’s a chapter to clean up a few of the author’s mess. Which is refreshing. It just the author could have rewrite that one bad chapter. So he can make this chapter into a proper conclusion chapter with a bit of foreshadowing.

            SOTR’s events can be neatly put in 4 to 5 chapters. It starts with conflict, moves to the conclusion to build for the next event.

            This chapter is suppose to conclude things. Dan Chi had a strong lead but the enemy side was just too awkward. I could compare it to Sony’s ps3 “Sorry….”

            The enemy’s elders were pretty much full of hot air. Which is why it seems fillerish. The author has trouble with making antagonist humans, yet the enemy magical beast hooks you in deep. The fire crows and fire lizard was perfect.

            It’s not like we can cut it out but rather have the antagonist humans have the same quality as the beasts.

            The TL of RT did mention how Emperor’s Domination is getting interesting again. The author finally made decent bad guys.

            It’s been really nice debating with you. I know the frustration when the author betray some expetations with this chapter. Another reason why I don’t like the usage of filler, is how it doesn’t properly vent on what went wrong. Since we have to take a step back and see how the heck did this mess of a chapter form in the first place. I just feel that it’s better to slap the author’s face and say exactly what he or she can improve/redo on.

            Having us both rant on what went wrong on this chapter is satisfying. Let’s chat again sometime.

          6. There is another thing I overlooked. That one being about bloodlines. That part can become very significant. Yet… it was part of the enemy elder’s word filled with hot air. I didn’t took it seriously until now.

            If it was presented differently where we have Dan Chi pull Jiang Chen to a seperate room and told him that he noticed the dragon bloodline from the old tutor from the Precious Tree Sect.

            Telling MC to cover his tracks more due to how precious that is. With a monologue thinking that blood was gifted by that mysterious expert that Dan Chi dares not to probe too deeply. That would wound up some good tension there.

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