The Jade Sect had existed for over a thousand years and had always remained a neutral force. The Sect Leader of every generation was called the Omniscient Deity.
To outsiders, this was the Jade Sect’s tradition. In actuality, the Omniscient Deity had always been the same person from the beginning to the present.
Nineteenth-ranked grandmasters were peerless and lived long lives. It was unbelievable for one to live so long, which was why the Jade Sect announced to the public that each generation’s Sect Leader would inherit the title of Omniscient Deity.
For more than a thousand years, the Omniscient Deity had never encountered another ninth-ranked grandmaster, nor had anyone come close to reaching the ninth rank.
James was the first person he met in the past thousand years to be close to reaching the ninth rank. Thus, he was excited and looking forward to James finally stepping into the ninth rank.
Meanwhile, James was struggling to break into the ninth rank even after absorbing all the remaining Novenary Golden Pills. He felt like he had fallen into a bottomless abyss and could not find the exit. Getting out of the abyss would be equivalent to stepping into the ninth rank.
What should I do?
James was confused.
I’ll give it one last try…
James exerted all his strength, and nine waves of True Energy concentrated together to form the True Heavenly Yang Energy. The energy permeated his whole body and gathered into his fists. He struck the barrier with full force, attempting to smash the barrier in front of the Ninth Stair.
A dull explosion sounded in James’ body.
When he attacked the barrier, a massive force pressed against him, and his True Energy backlashed, causing an explosion within his body.
Fortunately, he was of an extraordinary rank. Other martial artists with lower ranks would have died after suffering a True Energy explosion.
As for James, his True Energy churned around, causing his Blood Energy to gush out. Unable to suppress it, James spat out a mouthful of blood.
The Omniscient Deity noticed James’ energy weakening and immediately understood that James had failed his attempt.
It’s expected that he fails. He’s still so young.
For thousands of years, he’s the first person who’s reached his current rank…
The Omniscient Deity found James’ failure very normal. It would be a miracle for him to step into the ninth rank with such ease.
His body flickered, and he appeared in the courtyard where James was meditating. He pushed open the door and walked inside.
James had collapsed on the bed and was vomiting blood.
“You shouldn’t go on like this,” said the Omniscient Deity.
Hearing the voice, James looked toward the door and saw the Omniscient Deity who had just walked into the room.
The Omniscient Deity replied, “It’s not going to be easy to step into the ninth rank. It’ll require you to have an understanding of life and be able to feel the world. Although you’ve met the prerequisites to enter the rank, you haven’t understood it with your heart…”
James looked at the Omniscient Deity in doubt.
The Omniscient Deity explained, “In short, you’re too young and don’t have enough life experience yet. You should head out into the world and experience more of life. Perhaps in a few more decades or a hundred years, you’ll understand and be able to enter the ninth rank.”
“Ha!” James sneered. “Lord Omniscient, you don’t even know what the ninth rank is like, yet you’re trying to give me advice? Your advice is useless, or could it be that you’re already a ninth-ranked grandmaster?”
The Omniscient Deity smiled but said nothing in response.
James stood up, wiped the blood from the corner of his lips, and said, “No matter what, I’m still thankful to you. By the way…”
“How long have I been meditating in seclusion?” asked James.
The Omniscient Deity said, “It hasn’t been that long. Only a month…”
James parted his lips and said, “Thank you. We’ll meet again.”
After speaking, he turned and left.