Ok, I get it calling my return from hiatus as “return of the void” is my inner chuuni leaking out, but I can’t do anything about it, so you have to deal with it.
Anyways, I am assuming that in my absence you guys have been reading up on the chapters on Flower Bridge’s website. If not, do check it out, he is TLing two other web novels also (albeit in other genres).
Ok, so first things first, I have decide to collaborate with Flower Bridge on Xian Ni, we will be collabing Konjiki no Wordmaster style, i.e., Reserving chapters first then releasing. Although, the chapters may remain on their separate websites, so for that inconvenience I beg your forgiveness in advance.
With that out of the way, on to the second part of my post, regarding the latest (as of this post) chapter 46, if you haven’t read it go do it now or risk being spoiled as its a chapter that is best read unspoiled. So go read it here: https://flowerbridgetoo.wordpress.com/2015/04/17/xian-ni-chapter-46-strange-old-guy/
Ok, have you read it?
Feel like cursing me for sending you to read such a trippy journey? Where the Author is seen writing in a questionable manner?…… I kid I kid, actually it is a massive info dump, which I would like you to dissect piece by piece in order to get the max info out of it as possible. I think I would compare it to the moment when the MC in Stellar Transformation realizes that the so called experts on his continents aren’t worth shit compared to the ocean experts.
A Disclaimer first, that the following are just my own personal insights that I gained following the path of the Profound Secrets of Guesstimating MTLs. So, treat it like a general guide, do keep in mind that certain things may change in future as we gain further insights along with the progression of the story.
Firstly, Yes, that old dude has joined the ranks of Grandpa Doehring and many other genies living in seemingly random objects. (But he is much more evil)
Secondly, he is a very high level practitioner much beyond what has been achieved till yet in our MC’s country. So his manner of speaking in a condescending tone is somewhat understandable.
Thirdly, lets deal with the cultivation stages. Like everyone knows, Concentrating Qi goes from One to Fifteen. But what is after that? After Concentrating Qi (1st level), comes the Foundation Building (2nd level) stage, then the JieDan (or Dan Formation) stage (3rd level), Yuan Yin stage (4th level), and further. Now this is important, this chapter has massively expanded the scope of this story from being about just one boy in a dog butt school to now include international politics.
At an international level, Countries are graded by the highest level of expert that they are able to produce. This level so to speak is how many stages has the said expert cleared. In Wang Lin’s dog butt country, which is only a third rank cultivation country, nobody has exceeded the fourth level which is the Yuan Yin stage. You might be wondering why its rank three where max is fourth level, well because becoming Concentrating Qi is worth dog shit and doesn’t help in raising anyone’s status. So consider it as Rank Zero.
So, if for instance someone in Wang Lin’s country broke through Yuan Yin stage to reach Spirit Forming (Hua Shen) stage or fifth stage, then the status of the country would rise. It would be accorded the privileges of a four star cultivation country and would receive benefits corresponding to it, of course you also have to follow obligations.
Ok So you might be sure about how country rating works, but confused about who the heck gives the privileges. Good question, it is something we call the Cultivation (XiuZhen) Alliance. It is responsible for cultivating upcoming stars so to speak. Quick Question: What do Cultivators (XiuZhenists) in Wuxia live for? A: Fighting. So, yeah basically, the Cultivation Alliance allows you to go fight in foreign battlefields in an attempt to gain fame and experience. At the same time, you might be called upon to defend the Alliance as and when needed. At this moment, you need not concern yourselves with trivial things like whether there is only a single alliance or who is the enemy of the alliance.
Try to keep your focus on the cultivation stages, the scope of which has been massively expanded. I believe you would get a measure of how much of dog butts both these Heng Yue and Xuan Dao really are, when the tournament gets underway. Just keep in mind that for them even tenth layer of concentrating qi is something super extraordinary. And here we are talking about five stages above that of Concentrating Qi (which has 15 layers btw) as if its nothing.
Feel free to continue the discussion, in the comments. I will take a look at it sometime later. Also, Chapter 47 will be posted by Flowerbridge, I will be posting ‘some’ chapters after that. I would be linking the chapter register google sheet on the chapter index sometime soon, so keep a look out for it. Anyways, sorry to disappoint those who thought it was a new chapter release. Don’t worry their time shall come soon.