Trials of the Stellar Sanctuary
The passage was dimly lit but Lingfeng and Youxue had moved swiftly in front of them.
All of a sudden Yi Ping could see an entrance but Lingfeng and Youxue had stopped suddenly in their tracks.
Yi Ping and the rest of his group were immediately greeted by howling windblasts that were making its way through the imposing passage!
Yang Min was startled as she asked, “Where does the wind come from?”
The Universal Old Man smiled weakly, “Nothing is improbable inside the Stellar Sanctuary. This is one part of the trials. You shall see it soon enough!”
Lele was startled, “This is part of the trials?”
The passage had led them into a gigantic chamber with a stone platform at the end of it!
It was because the path had suddenly ended into a bottomless abyss!
Yi Ping was startled when he had caught up with Youxue and Lingfeng, “There is no path in front of us?”
Youxue said breathlessly as she turned around, “Not quite. There are two paths as a matter of fact.”
Yi Ping gasped softly as he nodded slowly.
Indeed there were two paths that were in inconspicuous view!
Yi Ping stepped to the edge of the platform as he peeked into the darkness of this gigantic chamber.
That was the first path!
Even though it was a bottomless abyss that was in front of him but he could see rows of towering pillars that stood in the middle of the abyss.
The pillars were separated by a distance of five meter each and in the darkness at the other end was a stone platform with a gigantic towering heraldry gate!
When Lingfeng saw the expressions in Yi Ping’s eyes, she smiled gently. “It is exactly what you have thought. To reach that gate over there, we must leap over the top of the pillars. If we miss a step then we will drop into the abyss.”
Yi Ping muttered, “This requires not only a good lightness swiftness skill but also courage…”
Youxue nodded, “And luck too. It is the strong winds here that are making the jump difficult and dangerous…”
Yi Ping looked to look at the second path which could lead them to the other side of the platform.
The second path was not so obvious for it began at the edge of the platform and was narrow. In order to walk this path, a person must lean against the wall and tread carefully.
Yi Ping furrowed his eyebrows as he stared blankly at the second path. Finally he said, “The second path seems to be the most dangerous.”
Jing’Er looked nervously at the two paths before she muttered, “The winds that are on the edge seems to be blowing stronger than the middle…”
The Universal Old Man said solemnly, “Indeed! Even though the second path looks less dangerous, it is as difficult as the first path! The winds are indeed much stronger on the second path than the first. This place is a test of the practitioner’s martial skills no matter which path we will eventually choose. Unless of course if you decide to give up at this point.”
The Goddess Aiel said solemnly, “Jing’Er, you have never been to the Stellar Sanctuary before. Maybe this is too difficult for you. If you want to give up, that is perfectly alright. Live to fight another day…”
She took a quick look at Shi Shi, Yang Min and Yi Ping before smiling, “Mistress, it is all too easy to give up. But do you know that if there are others that come along the way here, I may not be safe either. I will come with you no matter how perilous it is. Let destiny decides my fate instead!”
The Goddess Aiel stared blankly for a while.
Even though she had an emotionless expression on her, her heart was sorrowful!
It was because she did not want to lose Jing’Er. The Stellar Sanctuary was not meant for most celestial practitioners. Originally her intentions were to delay the advance as much as possible. It was entirely possibly to be lost for months in the first ten levels of the Stellar Sanctuary…
Han Lin sighed softly for she knew what was troubling her heart but she said nothing…
Lie Qing smiled, “So all of us will have to choose one of the two paths, am I right? It does seem to be a difficult choice to make but it is actually a really simply decision…”
Yi Ping looked nervously at Lie Qing and the rest of the maidens, “The first path requires extremely good swiftness skill while the second path requires a strong foundation in internal martial arts…”
Youxue continued softly, “If a practitioner is either good with lightness swiftness skill or internal martial arts then this route is actually impassable. I wonder if there is another alternate way to that sealed gate?”
Lingfeng shook her head, “No my good sister. It is exactly as you see it now. We are lucky that we are able to find the entrance to the eleventh level so soon. It is exactly as you can see it now. The entrance will change once every full moon, Even though the trial will also change but there is no promise it will be any easier.”
Yi Ping nodded slowly as he said, “I guess that we have no other choice but to attempt it then but first let us ask the others first…”
There was an outburst of windforce that suddenly struck everyone as the Goddess Isa leapt over on top of ten pillars in a single breathe and had reached the other end of the platform in a blink of an eye!
Yi Ping was stunned as her astonishing swiftness skill!
He smiled weakly, “We are here as a group. We ought to ask if everyone is comfortable with the attempt first.”
The Goddess Isa flushed shyly. When she had heard Yi Ping muttered, “I guess that we have no other choice…” She had immediately taken off!
She was all too eager to prove to Yi Ping that she would not be a burden and could be a most valuable aide!
The Goddess Isa muttered as she took a step forward, “At most I will leap back…”
Lingfeng immediately shouted panicky, “Hold! Don’t move!”
The Goddess Isa was startled by her and asked curiously, “Yes? Why?”
Lingfeng immediately said, “There is a deathtrap in the middle of this chamber! Many a practitioner has perished on their way back. It is because the winds in the middle are blowing in the opposing direction!”
The Goddess Isa had a sudden realization as she muttered gratefully, “Thanks…”
If she had attempt the backward leapt then she may risk falling into the bottomless abyss!
She was grateful to Lingfeng but she had actually forgotten to remember her name!
She cursed softly to herself, “I must remember her name. After all, she is my benefactor. If she did not warn me then I may really fall…”
The reason why she did not remember most of the maidens’ names because she deemed it too unimportant!
She had been too disdainful for most of the maidens. As long as they were not immortal practitioners, she did not think their names were worth remembering!
But now she was beginning to have a second opinion!
Yi Ping heaved a soft sigh of relief as he said to Lingfeng, “Thanks…”
Lingfeng smiled alluringly, “Why are you thanking me for? Don’t expect me to help you on this!”
Yi Ping smiled gently. He knew that Lingfeng was teasing him. Whenever Lingfeng was teasing him, he was surprising light hearted and was even aroused in spirits!