Just two months after the storm passed from the Royal Academy’s admissions, the academy was then greeted with the assessment of the inner disciples, taking three rounds of battles.
Dongfang Wanyu was in seclusion in her room and hadn’t gone out for many days.
Dongfang Minghui had also been working as an assistant behind the Dean for some time and had to receive the Dean’s corporal punishment everyday.
“How many times have I told you, you always can’t correct this.” The Dean picked up a long, slender branch, and every time he saw Dongfang Minghui’s small movements, he would just smack her hands, not caring what she was doing.
“Ouch.” Dongfang Minghui winced in pain, then flung out the elixir in her hand, the liquid in the vial flipping and bursting out.
“Dean!” She pursed her lips to glare angrily at the fat old man, thinking that it had been so many years since she graduated, but she had once again experienced the bitterness of being physically punished by her teacher. The lessons couldn’t have been better…. and don’t look at the thin branches thinking it was better, in fact, the thinner the stick, the more painful, she has several red marks on her arms!
The Dean narrowed his eyes and scolded in a stern voice. Usually, he’s quite easy to talk to but when it comes to business he wouldn’t back down for half a step in strictness.
Dongfang Minghui was about to kneel down and cry, “Dean, you’re going to scare me every time you burst out like this.”
Lo and behold, another elixir was ruined.
The Dean put away the branch and lifted his chin but because he was so fat, his neck and chin looked almost like they were connected, “Pack up today! We can stop here.”
Dongfang Minghui was at a loss for what to do with this chubby old man who was sometimes even more headstrong than she was but looking at him, she couldn’t help but laugh.
“Is your Seventh sister preparing for selection into the Inner Court?” The Dean suddenly mentioned.
Dongfang Minghui frowned and said honestly, “Seventh sister has been in closed cultivation, I haven’t seen her for a few days now.”
The Dean stroked his beard, “In the past years, there have been casualties from the Inner Court tests, you’d better get her some defensive pills while she’s in closed cultivation.”
“Dean, you’re too kind, thanks for the reminder.”
Since arriving at the Dean’s office, Dongfang Minghui had grown a lot in terms of knowledge. She had almost wanted to read through all the prescriptions at once before re-documenting each one and placing them into her space ring.
Because of her assistant status, the Dean additionally gave her a jade slip to enter the back mountain area, so that she can get the medicinal plants at any time. After hearing the words of the Dean, Dongfang Minghui refined all the pills from a few prescriptions and put them in porcelain bottles.
After another five days or so, there was a knock on her door early in the morning. She got up in a daze and opened it to see that it was the Female Protagonist that she hadn’t seen in more than a month.
“Seventh sister, where are you going?” Not having had enough sleep yet, Dongfang Minghui’s mind was still a bit confused.
Dongfang Wanyu entered the room and saw the large egg of an unknown species wrapped in a nest on her bed. Hmm, she was still thinking that her Ninth Sister didn’t like it before, why would she put it so close to the bed if she didn’t like it and even hug it to sleep? It seemed like she was overthinking it.
After that she saw a large pile of clothes on the floor, they all looked like dirty clothes?
“Ninth sister, I’ve come to tell you that I’ll be leaving for a while.”
“Oh, I know, Seventh sister you’re going to take the inner court test, aren’t you?” Dongfang Minghui smacked her head before remembering something as she busily took out a large pile of bottles and jars from her space ring. They were all labeled with the names of the pills inside. If the porcelain bottles weren’t so small, she would have wanted to write the effects of each bottle of pills on them as well.
“Here you go.”
Dongfang Wanyu was confused by her generosity, but seeing the expectant expression on the other party’s face, she held down her doubts.
“Seventh sister, I have a piece of paper here with the effects of all the pills written on it, take it as well.” Dongfang Minghui enthusiastically thrust it into her hand.
Dongfang Wanyu opened it and saw the weird words on them.
More importantly, hang on, were these all normal words?
Dongfang Minghui blinked and looked confused, “Seventh sister is there a problem?”
She then pinched herself hard remembering that she’d written in the language she was more accustomed to. Now, Dongfang Minghui was completely awake and hurriedly snatched the paper from Dongfang Wanyu’s hands, laughing dryly a few times with a knowledgable look and saying, “Seventh Sister, sorry that’s the wrong one, it’s the Dean’s handwriting, you can’t have that one. I think I’d better just explain it to you.”
“Seventh sister, this is the Seven Star Grass, snakes, insects, rats and ants within a hundred miles will avoid you when you use it. Just crush it if you’re in a wild jungle and let the spiritual energy radiate out, it’ll be effective for twelve hours. And this bottle is…”
Dongfang Minghui spoke for half an hour, talking until her mouth was dry, before she had finally gone through the effects of the more than twenty bottles of pills.
Dongfang Wanyu tapped her little head, “Got it, I’m going now.”
“But…” The Female Protagonist looked around her room and gestured.
“A girl’s room should be cleaned up.”
Dongfang, who was still full of anticipation of what the Female Protagonist was going to say completely flipped out, the Female Protagonist must not like her for being messy since she was a fan of tidiness.
Since the Female Protagonist will be gone for most of this month, it’s just the right time for her to learn some more prescriptions, refine some medicinal pills, and make other preparations for future outings.
The Royal Academy’s complex had nine halls but going based on the attributes of spiritual power, there should actually be ten halls. However, in the entire Seven Colored Continent, there was a legend that anyone who had awakened the dark attribute was a member of the undead legion and must be killed, or else the consequences would be dire, they would bring doom and extinction to the entire continent.
Therefore, most of those who awakened with dark spiritual power would be killed by their families and nipped in the bud. It was a taboo in the entire Seven Colored Continent.
What’s more, it was a topic that could not even be mentioned within the Royal Academy.
There were over fifty new students in each hall, adding up to over five hundred people. Divided into nine groups, they entered the trial grounds separately.
“This jade medallion in your hands is the only one, it’s a symbol of your identity in the Royal Academy, no matter if you enter the inner courtyard in the future or get allocated to the outer courtyard, you will need it to receive spirit stones, and it is also a counter for the test. Now, all of you drop some blood on it to make it recognize you as the owner.”
Everyone was very curious when holding the jade medallion in their hands, such a palm-sized piece was actually so important, they obeyed the instructions and let out a drop of blood to drip on it to make it recognize the owner.
The examiner saw that the hour was almost up and clapped his hands again to draw everyone’s attention back, “Let me tell you about the rules of the game. The rules of your first round of elimination are to hunt beasts, and the number of beasts determines your qualification for the second round. One point for first level beasts, three points for third level beasts, and so on.
The higher the level of the beast you hunt, the higher the score and the top three will appear in the leaderboard. You all currently number around five hundred, and only two hundred will be allowed into the second round, meaning that a large portion of you will be removed in this first round.
Some students were flabbergasted, it had only just started and more than half of them were about to be kicked out.
There was a lot of discussions, and the words were particularly heated as they talked and talked.
“Examiner, I have a question, can we form a group?” The voice was soft and weak like a little girl.
But everyone heard it anyway, and it inspired a lot of people.
The examiner looked at him and nodded, “Teams are limited to five people. Not only can you form a group and find a partner, but you can also automatically forfeit the competition because there is a certain mortality rate in hunting magical beasts. If you are afraid, you can come forward.”
After the examiner said that, there were really a few scattered people who stepped forward.
The one who had just asked the question was a newcomer to the Wood Hall, who was looking for a partner because of his own weaker spiritual power. He didn’t expect that the large group of people, after hearing his question would each form a small group of two or three, but they all refused to let him in.
Looking around at all the people he didn’t know, Mu Sheng was a little frustrated, should he leave the game early like the people who had just stepped forward?
“Can I team up with you as a partner?”
Just as Musheng was in despair, he suddenly saw a girl standing expressionlessly, with no one beside her. Looking at the long whip on her waist, his intuition told him that the other party was quite powerful, at least definitely more powerful than him, a Wood Spiritual Master could be useful to her, so he thought he should try.
Dongfang Wanyu acted cold and as a loner, chasing away many people who wanted to team up with her.
Mu Sheng’s build seemed small and soft-looking, if you don’t look closely, you’ll mistake him for a little girl. He stood near Dongfang Wanyu’s side and had to raise his head to meet her eyes.
“No.” Dongfang Wanyu refused outright.
“Ah, it’s not good after all.” Mu Sheng was a bit desperate now, he was such a failure, no one would even want to partner with him, with his cultivation, even if he entered the trial, he would likely turn into food for the beasts.
Mu Sheng’s head hung low, he was very frustrated.
Dongfang Wanyu suddenly felt that this gesture of Mu Sheng’s seemed to resemble a certain girl she knew. When she had done something wrong or was in a bad mood she’d always hang down her head and look at her toes.
“You’re from the Wood Hall?”
Mu Sheng nodded and didn’t look at Dongfang Wanyu again, because the other person had already rejected him.
This look was really quite similar to her Little Nine.
“What’s the use of you?” Dongfang Wanyu asked extremely coldly, her eyes sizing him up as if she was estimating his worth.
Mu Sheng immediately lifted his head and looked at her fervently, “I can actually do a lot of things, like all your logistical work, I can also release poisonous smoke, which can help you poison the beasts unconscious…”
Dongfang Wanyu rubbed her forehead, “Alright, follow me.”
“Are you crazy wanting to drag along such useless trash? Don’t you think you have enough on your plate?” Qing Mo was really getting more and more confused by Wanyu’s thoughts.
“You and I are partners but you must follow my orders the entire time.” Dongfang Wanyu said, not consulting him at all.
Mu Sheng nodded his head like a chicken pecking rice in excitement, no matter if he was eliminated in the first round or not, at least his poor life should be fine because the other party was very strong.
The beast hunting game officially began, with a time limit of three days.
Dongfang Wanyu immediately got on the road, she walked quickly along the way, Mu Sheng followed behind her closely, but after two or three hours, Mu Sheng was a bit overwhelmed, his physical strength was terrible but looking at the person in front of him, she didn’t seem to be affected at all.
“Can we rest for a while?” Mu Sheng strained to ask.
Dongfang Wanyu didn’t turn her head, “No.”
Mu Sheng had the impression that if he really stopped to rest on his own, the other party may not care about him, no scratch that it seemed that that would definitely happen!
Dongfang Wanyu felt the footsteps of the person behind her getting slower and slower and had to explain to him, “This side is not a safe area there are still level one beasts around, you’ll have to wait until we find a safer place.”
Hearing her say that, Mu Sheng bit his teeth and quickened his pace to follow.
When they got to a safer area, Dongfang Wanyu took out a Seven Star Grass from inside her space ring and crushed it before scattering it in the air before preparing to replenish her spirit for the next day.
Mu Sheng sniffed, “It seems to smell like Seven Star Grass, how did you get it?”
Dongfang Wanyu took out some dried food and nibbled on it twice, “Shut up and rest.”
Mu Sheng immediately shut up and rested nicely for a while, just as he was getting a hazy sleep, he was pushed awake by Dongfang Wanyu.
After that, they encountered a first-grade and second-grade magical beast halfway through, which was easily dealt with by Dongfang Wanyu, and the score was naturally considered hers.
“There are two magical beasts fighting ahead?”
Just like how humans would often fight, beasts would often start fighting when they disagreed over territory, but they always fought with life and death at stake. There’s only one outcome, you die and I live.
Two Level 3 Magical Beasts.
Mu Sheng whispered, “I can conjure out a mist to let them sleep for a while, then you can kill them.”
Dongfang Wanyu hung her head and looked at him, this little guy’s skill was puffing out mist?
“Do you have a time limit on this skill?”
Mushi looked at her and whispered, “I can set off the mists ten times within twelve hours.”
Mu Sheng gawked, how could this person ask so carefully, skills are supposed to be life-saving tools, you can’t reveal everything about it to someone unless you have to.
Dongfang Wanyu saw the other party’s hesitation and sneered, “Do you want to pass the test?”
Mu Sheng was appalled and opened his mouth to ask, “You can help me get past this?”
“Do you think a meat pie will fall from the sky?” Dongfang Wanyu smiled, “I can get some beasts for you to kill when I reach the top three in the ranking. ”
Mu Sheng’s first reaction was how crazy was the opposite party, she actually wanted to sprint into the top three!
“Have you considered?”
Mu Sheng hesitated for a moment before agreeing, the frustration of having the details of his skills made known was immediately suppressed by the joy of being able to pass the match.
The two immediately came to an agreement.
However, Dongfang Wanyu didn’t allow Mu Sheng to release the mist right then and there but just rushed to kill them both while they were exhausted.
“Don’t go yet.” Mu Sheng wanted to hold her back, but then he saw her throw out a ball of earth, which was infused with something unknown. It smashed in between the two beasts and made a crackling sound.
The Level 3 Mad Bull Beast was paralyzed by the electricity, struggling twice before it managed to get up again, seeing Dongfang Wanyu, it immediately let out a roar.
At this time Dongfang Wanyu flung her long whip, the end of the whip curled around the horns of the bull beast, pulling it hard towards her, a flying sword shot out from her space ring, spinning in the air in a circle, before stabbing straight into the bull beast’s chest, the bull beast collapsed to the ground.
As for the second one, she cut off the head directly, she skillfully opened both their skulls and dug around for two earthy yellow magic cores.
Mu Sheng felt that he had found a remarkable person to be his partner, he’d just seen her kill two Level 3 beasts and dig out their brains without her face changing.
The two earth magic cores were good enough to be absorbed by her, Dongfang Wanyu didn’t throw them into her space ring but simply held them and absorbed their spiritual energy in the blink of an eye.
Dongfang Wanyu looked at her jade tag, the number displayed at the moment was 27, an hour ago, the number of the top three rankers was slightly higher
Mu Sheng was unaware that he had gotten caught up in watching Dongfang Wanyu’s amazing battle just now.
Dongfang Wanyu looked at him with a bloodthirsty smile on her lips, “It’s up to you next.”
Mu Sheng later quickly realized what she had just meant when smiling at him.
“You, you, you-” standing on a towering tree, Mu Sheng was already so scared that he couldn’t speak clearly, he felt his hairs stand up on end as he looked at the densely packed second level fire ants beneath his feet.
Dongfang Wanyu smiled and patted his little face, “Come on, it’s going to be great to kill such a large number of them.”
Mu Sheng felt that his partner was a demon, she had brought him to a nest of fire ants, if he accidentally fell down, he would definitely be gnawed by the beasts with not even bones left.
He gulped and summoned his contracted magic plant, a white-headed lily that was only second grade.
“Little White, it’s all up to you.”
The white-headed monster climbed down from the tree, clinging to the tree, and began to emit a charmingly light fragrance that covered a larger area as the breeze blew through.
“Suddenly I feel that I’ve underestimated the Wood System Spiritual Masters before,” Qing Mo couldn’t help but feel that the Wood System Spiritualists didn’t have much attacking power, but they can summon plants to help out, sometimes serving as a sort of minor aid. If you’re not careful, you could easily get caught in their attacks, it wasn’t to be trifled with.
Dongfang Wanyu’s mouth was lightly hooked, but she had never underestimated them. This was just a small skill. The second level beasts could no longer bear this kind of smoke and fell down in piles.
“I’ll lend you this sword.”
After tossing the sword to him, Dongfang Wanyu leaped down from the tree and harvested them like straw, easily taking out the cores of the fire ants as she moved.
Ding ding ding ding.
Dongfang Wanyu was numb from harvesting until the end, she was covered in blood, but seeing the number on her jade tag she expressed great satisfaction, it was already 207.
Mu Sheng was flabbergasted for a while before he reacted, and immediately went down from the tree with a grunt, recalling his summoned beast before he began to struggle to dig the cores in the fire ant brains as well.
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