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The Seven Star Sword Sect had seven peaks that stood perfectly straight.
The seven peaks rose straight from level ground, like seven sharp swords that shot into the sky.
These seven peaks were also called as the Seven Star Sword Sect’s seven great sword peaks.
The seven great sword peaks were named based on the Ursa Major constellation.
They were respectively the Dubhe Peak, Merak Peak, Phecda Peak, Megrez Peak, Alioth Peak, Mizar Peak, and Alkaid Peak.
Among them, the Dubhe Peak was the main peak, and it was the most towering sword peak that had a grand imposing manner.
The other six sword peaks were spread around the Dubhe Peak, like a host of lesser stars around the leading star, surrounding Dubhe Peak in the middle…
"Only on this peak are the clouds so deep that one does not know where one is…" Duan Ling Tian listened to Xiong Quan’s introduction, then he gazed from afar at the seven sword peaks that had clouds coiled around them. His heart was filled with shock.
This was the Seven Star Sword Sect?
"Young Master, there seems to be something stop the surrounding six sword peaks connection to the Dubhe Peak…" Ke Er’s eyes were sharp and noticed the scene when the clouds and mist cleared away.
Duan Ling Tian glanced over when he heard Ke Er.
When the clouds and mist cleared away, it could be seen that above the six sword peaks surrounding Dubhe Peak was indeed a thing that was similar to a black-colored chain that connected to Dubhe Peak.
"Young Master, it is said that only the main peak, the Dubhe Peak, has a path to ascend the peak among the seven great sword peaks of Seven Star Sword Sect. The other six sword peaks don’t possess a path to ascend the peak, so unless one is an existence at the Void Prying Stage, they can’t climb the other six sword peaks."
Xiong Quan spoke of everything he knew. "So if you want to ascend the other six sword peaks, then you must pass through the main peak and use the chain bridges on the main peak to enter them."
"Chain bridges?" Duan Ling Tian came to a sudden understanding. "So in this way, there’s only one path to ascend to the peak of this Seven Star Sword Sect, and that is the path up the Dubhe Peak…The defense of this sect can be called amazing!"
With only one path, it was completely possible for one man to hold the pass and hold back all the enemy forces!
Coupled with the hidden forces of the Seven Star Sword Sect, even if the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom’s Imperial Family were to personally come here, they might not be able to obtain any benefit.
In next to no time, Duan Ling Tian’s group of four arrived at the foot of one of the sword peaks.
The part of the sword peak that was immersed in the ground was incomparably precipitous, and one couldn’t see the end of it with a glance.
"Such a precipitous cliff; even a Half-step Void Stage martial artist, probably wouldn’t be able to ascend it." Duan Ling Tian couldn’t help but be astounded as he sighed with emotion.
Before long, Duan Ling Tian noticed that wasn’t just him and the two little girls by his side that were sighing with emotion, many young men and women had gathered here from various places and were pointing at the sword peak. Their discussions also had exclamations of surprise mixed within.
Duan Ling Tian was clear that these people ought to be people who had come to participate in the Seven Star Sword Sect’s outer court disciple test.
The closer they got to the main peak, the more people they could see.
The young men and women that had gathered from all over had seniors following by their sides, and in the end, they gathered beneath the Seven Star Sword Sect’s main peak, the Dubhe Peak, the only entrance into the Seven Star Sword Sect.
The Seven Star Sword Sect’s entrance had a height of ten over meters, and on it were four large words carved exquisitely…
Seven Star Sword Sect!
"This…" With just a glance, Duan Ling Tian was attracted by these four large words.
Even though he didn’t study calligraphy, he was able to discern that these four large words were carved by a sword cultivating expert with a single swing of his sword. They were like words of nature that didn’t have any flaws.
"This entrance seems to have some history," Li Fei lightly said, with a tone that had traces of shock mixed within. She’d obviously been shocked by these four large words.
"Allegedly, this entrance existed when the Seven Star Sword Sect was established…These four words, Seven Star Sword Sect, were carved by the founder of the Seven Star Sword Sect." As Xiong Quan spoke up to this point, he had a face full of reverence. "Rumors say that when the Seven Star Sword Sect’s founder established the Seven Star Sword Sect, he was already a Void Interpretation expert!
Void Interpretation expert!
In other words, an expert that had stepped into the Void Interpretation Stage.
"Void Interpretation expert?" Li Fei couldn’t help herself from exclaiming in surprise. "There’re Void Interpretation experts in the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom?"
Xiong Quan shook his head. "That’s a matter of a few thousand years ago…According to my knowledge, it’s already been very long since a Void Interpretation expert has appeared in the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom. Even if it’s Void Initiation experts, there probably aren’t more than 50 of those in the entire Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom."
As he spoke up to here, Xiong Quan slightly sighed. "That time, if out Boundless Sect had a Void Initiation expert, it most likely would not have been annihilated by the Black Fiend Sect."
Duan Ling Tian also knew some of the matters of the Boundless Sect from Xiong Quan.
The Boundless Sect could be considered a second-rate sect within the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom.
Among the sects in the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom, sects that could be called top sects ordinarily had five or more Void Initiation Stage experts within the sect, and there was no lack of existences at the fourth level of the Void Initiation Stage or above.
Below the top sects were first-rate sects. There were ordinarily one or two Void Initiation experts within these sects, and the strongest would ordinarily be at the third level of the Void Initiation Stage.
Below that were the second-rate sects. They didn’t have Void Initiation experts, and the difference between them and third-rate sects were the quantity and quality of Void Prying experts.
Below the third-rate sects were some unrated sects.
These unrated sects ordinarily only had one or two Void Prying martial artists, and in terms of strength, there was not much difference between them and the various Imperial Families of the kingdoms under the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom.
The Black Fiend Sect that annihilated the Boundless Sect was precisely a first-rate sect.
Duan Ling Tian looked at Xiong Quan and asked, "The Voice Transmission Jade Slip that your Boundless Sect’s Young Sect Leader left behind asked me to pass it to the Solitary Summit’s solitary old man, Shang Guan Yan… Could it be that Shang Guan Yan isn’t a Void Initiation expert?"
Xiong Quan slowly said, "Young Master, the old man you speak of is the ancestor of our Boundless Sect…He was an existence at the ninth level of the Void Prying Stage over 10 years ago. Later on, he discarded his vexations on worldly affairs and decided to stay alone. As for whether he’s broken through to the Void Initiation Stage, it’s something I have no way of knowing." As he finished speaking, Xiong Quan had a sighing expression. He didn’t carry any hopes.
In terms of difficulty, a ninth level Void Prying martial artist wanting to break through to the Void Initiation Stage was far more difficult than a Half-step Void Stage martial artist breaking through to the Void Prying Stage!
Duan Ling Tian nodded, then he asked, "How far is the Solitary Summit?"
Xiong Quan lightly pondered. "If you were to travel by Ferghana Horse, it ought to take five months to arrive near the Solitary Summit."
"That far?" Duan Ling Tian frowned. He originally thought that if the Solitary Summit wasn’t far away, he would ask Xiong Quan to pass the Void Transmission Jade Slip to Shang Guan Yan, and this could be considered as completing the desire of the Boundless Sect’s Young Sect Leader.
Now it would seem that there would temporarily be no need for this.
If Xiong Quan left, the round trip would take 10 months…
It was too long.
"When I have the chance in the future, I’ll go to the Solitary Summit to look for Shang Guan Yan…" Duan Ling Tian made a decision in his heart. He didn’t want Xiong Quan to leave for so long, as if there was any urgent matter that he needed Xiong Quan for, wouldn’t he be delayed?
Moreover, based on Duan Ling Tian’s estimations, even if Shang Guan Yan knew of this matter, he might not be able to do anything to the Black Fiend Sect.
According to what Xiong Quan said, there were two existences at the Void Initiation Stage within the Black Fiend Sect.
One of them was even an expert at the second level of the Void Initiation Stage!
Duan Ling Tian returned to his senses and then looked around at his surroundings. He noticed that the people that gathered increased as time went by, and these people were all a group of young men and women, with the eldest seeming to be not older than 25.
This was the criteria of the Seven Star Sword Sect when recruiting disciples.
Practically every young man and woman had a senior following by their side.
Some of the seniors that followed by the side of these young men and women were even existences at the Void Prying Stage.
At noon, the blazing sun hung high in the sky.
Three people finally walked out from behind the Seven Star Sword Sect’s entrance.
Among the three people, the old man in the front was in the lead. This old man had an emaciated figure and a firm expression, and between his brows were traces of vigor and vitality mixed within. The old man’s essence, energy, and spirit were all at the peak, and in some aspects, he wasn’t inferior to a young person in the slightest.
"A Seven Star Sword Sect elder?" Duan Ling Tian’s gaze descended on the symbol at the old man’s chest.
The seven stars surrounding the sword shaped symbol were all gold…It was precisely the symbol of a Seven Star Sword Sect elder!
Two young men followed behind the old man. Their ages were around 30, and they were Seven Star Sword Sect inner court disciples.
"All those who are below 25 and participating in the test, stand over here." The old man had a calm expression as he spoke indifferently. Although his voice wasn’t loud, it contained an incomparably large and heavy Origin Energy that echoed out into the ears of everyone present.
"Xiong Quan, you can return. I’ll look for you in Black Bamboo City if I need anything." Duan Ling Tian nodded to Xiong Quan and instructed him before taking the two little girls and slowly walking over.
For a moment, a crowd of young men and women gathered together.
Many young men noticed Li Fei and Ke Er. They were slightly stunned by the peerless appearances of the two and only recovered from their shock after a short moment. Then they looked at Duan Ling Tian, who stood in between Ke Er and Li Fei, with faces full of envy and jealousy.
"So many people." Ke Er sized up the surroundings for a moment and was slightly surprised.
Duan Ling Tian nodded. The young men and women who were currently gathered together numbered at at least a thousand.
Meanwhile, the old man spoke again. "Now, those that are 20 and below and haven’t stepped into the ninth level of the Core Formation Stage, leave!"
Instantly, a portion of the crowd left in dejection.
"Those that are 20 to 22, and haven’t stepped into the first level of the Origin Core Stage, leave!" the old man continued.
This time, even more people left.
Those who are 22 and below and haven’t stepped into the first level of the Origin Core Stage must leave?
Duan Ling Tian couldn’t help but be astounded.
In the entire Crimson Sky Kingdom that he previously resided in, one could count with one hand the amount of people that were able to step into the first level of the Origin Core Stage when at 22 or below.
The Seven Star Sword Sect, as expected of the top sect in the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom!
The test hadn’t even started; it was only the first round of screening and it was already so strict.
"Those that are 22 to 23, and haven’t stepped into the second level of the Origin Core Stage, leave!" The old man’s voice continued to sound out.
This time, the faces of many young men and women went ghastly pale. Although they were slightly unwilling, they still obediently left.
"Those that are 23 to 25, and haven’t stepped into the third level of the Origin Core Stage, leave!" The old man’s voice sounded out once more, and practically everyone was numbed to it.
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