Revolt against the Heavens – Chapter 34: Tempering within torment

Chapter 34: Tempering within torment

The moment the first incense stick burned out, a sect disciple put another one. As a matter of fact, there were twenty sect disciples putting incense sticks all around the array at the exact same time. It served to measure the time, but the fragrance was also part of the array. Yes it had helped some candidates to take their mind off the pain, but it was also necessary to ensure the illusions. If they had used another way to escape from their suffering, their result would have probably been better, but not by much.

More than fifty candidates still endured the scorching heat. Unbeknownst to them, the heat and pain were gradually increasing.

After the second incense stick burned away, a sudden reversal occurred. The hellish heat turned into a freezing cold. Feeling as if their limbs were entirely frozen, many candidates were too surprised by the change and quit, not able to adapt to the new kind of pain. Some candidates literally bit their lips to feel a warm sensation of blood and stay focused.

Ren Chao began to feel the pain. As much as heat was not a problem for him, cold really was. In order to stay strong, he tried to imagine being near the hearth of his father's forge. Cao Yun, Sun Liao, and even more so, Mei Hua, had no real difficulties steeling their wills against these illusions.

Soon after, two more incense sticks burned away and a new phase began again. This time, the sensations of extreme heat and extreme cold randomly alternated between them. Their duration and timing were unpredictable so that no one could really adapt to either. Many candidates lost their concentration. Against a continual torment, they could force through, but the constant change eroded their wills.

Almost an hour after the beginning of the trial, the sensations changed a little as extreme cold and extreme heat could now target different parts of their body at the same time. It created a horrifying sensation. You could for example feel as if your hand was burning but your fingers were frozen. This time, new pains were added as if swords were piercing through them. During at least another hour, they were subjected to all kinds of pain and torment of the flesh. Around half of the candidates could not steel their will against such sufferings and quit.

Finally, at the start of the third hour, the pain stopped. A melodious music played in everyone's ears, trying to take them away toward a place of peace and sweetness. The sudden change made many candidates fail. With their wills eroded by the pain, this promise of respite got them. After their hearing, their smell was subjected to such a heavenly promise. Each candidate could smell their favorite food as if a huge banquet had been prepared for them. At the same time, a great sensation of hunger took them. Many candidates could not resist.

Ren Chao was one of them. Physical pain was not too difficult for him, but his mind was unguarded against this kind of temptation. After all, he really loved meat and wine. When he woke up he was more disappointed by the absence of meat than by his failure. He had been able to resist more than three hours, that was pretty good.

Cao Yun finally felt his will coming to its limit and was almost taken out of his meditation when mental images flooded his mind. Everyone saw images of beauty and horror, trying to make them give in. That's when Cao Yun decided to circulate Zhi. It turned out to be very efficient as it renewed his will to fight.

He was able to draw the character twenty-three times. But as he was approaching his limit, he focused his intent and pushed through. He then tried to focus on the Zhi character itself with every illusion he felt. All the images he was seeing turned into the Zhi character.

Then, the candidates' bodies began to feel really uncomfortable, forcing all of them to try to move around. The last sense that was put to the test was their taste. In their mouth, disgusting mixtures could be felt. Some even imagined they were eating their own flesh and blood.

It kept on and on.

After the fifth hour, there were fourteen candidates left. A new stage of the array began. They saw scenes of carnage as if they were in, either as torturer or as victim. Gradually, these scenes turned into pictures of paradise. Cao Yun was faced with the beautiful figure of Feng Yingyue completely naked, awaiting him. To her sides, many other beautiful women playing together. Even Xiao Xuefeng was among them, so was Mei Hua. The Zhi character kept circulating and the women turned into water. Just as they had transformed, the water formed the Zhi character in the air.

Cao Yun was breaking through his mind cultivation like crazy by using the array to fulfill his ends. It continued for another hour.

After six hours of pain, torment and distractions of all kind, only Sun Liao, Mei Hua and Cao Yun remained.

Yet another phase of the array began. Now they were reliving parts of their lives.

Sun Liao was faced against Cao Yun. The boy was smiling as he kept beating Sun Liao, stabbing him with his spear again and again. He put his foot on his head, crushing it to the ground. Suffering this humiliation, Sun Liao's anger erupted. He could not take it any longer. Jumping to beat up his opponent, Sun Liao realized that he was standing up in reality. The trial was over for him, all because of Cao Yun again. As he harbored this irrational grudge, he looked all around him and was pleased to see that there were only two other people, until he saw who the second person was. Cao Yun was the person who made him fail in the illusion and he was the one who would beat him in reality. It was already too late, no matter if Cao Yun was first or not during this trial, he would stay first in the ranking.

The visions of Cao Yun were different. At first he was with his family. They were all happy and congratulating him on his achievements after the tournament.

Chapter end

Chapter 1: The fateful night
Chapter 2: Meeting a dying god
Chapter 3: 1-Core Demonic Beast
Chapter 4: Full recovery
Chapter 5: Feng Yingyue
Chapter 6: Sorrowful Dew Pearl
Chapter 7: 2-Core Demonic Beasts
Chapter 8: The bird and the snake
Chapter 9: Parents protecting their kid
Chapter 10: Yinmen City
Chapter 11: Huang Cixi
Chapter 12: The first night in town
Chapter 13: The City Lord Dun Mofan
Chapter 14: Sealing the Seven Demons
Chapter 15: The auction
Chapter 16: Assassination
Chapter 17: Great Alchemy Master Hua
Chapter 18: Alchemy Competition
Chapter 19: True success
Chapter 20: Farewell
Chapter 21: Ambush
Chapter 22: Entering the Lunar marsh
Chapter 23: The Evil Way
Chapter 24: The Demon kills Evil
Chapter 25: Elder Gu's revenge
Chapter 26: Entrance examination
Chapter 27: Assessment stone
Chapter 28: Eight Directions Engulfing array formation
Chapter 29: Killing in the eight directions
Chapter 30: Eighteen Weapons Mechanical Puppet
Chapter 31: Choosing a weapon
Chapter 32: Azure Dragon's Seven Piercing Stars
Chapter 33: Yin-Yang Torture Illusion array
Chapter 34: Tempering within torment
Chapter 35: Final test
Chapter 36: A friendly competition
Chapter 37: The first horn of the dragon
Chapter 38: Settling two bets
Chapter 39: The Wubei Sect's rules
Chapter 40: Nine Chi Black Dragon Spear
Chapter 41: The martial art pavilion
Chapter 42: A troubled night
Chapter 43: Alchemy principles
Chapter 44: The first pill
Chapter 45: Training grounds
Chapter 46: The turtle whips
Chapter 47: Mei Ying
Chapter 48: Eight Factions
Chapter 49: Heavenly Swallow
Chapter 50: The sleepy alchemist
Chapter 51: Deciding on a faction
Chapter 52: Warrior Dream array formation
Chapter 53: The trial
Chapter 54: 1-star Earth rank alchemist
Chapter 55: The Wubei Merit Market
Chapter 56: First sell
Chapter 57: Exceptional sell
Chapter 58: Howling Crane Gorges
Chapter 59: True Essence pills
Chapter 60: A forced bet
Chapter 61: Another duel of two Hearts
Chapter 62: A disheartened duel
Chapter 63: Truce between Fire and Swallow
Chapter 64: First month in the Wubei Sect
Chapter 65: A blacksmith in need
Chapter 66: Lu Meihan
Chapter 67: Preparation for the duel
Chapter 68: Coiling Silk's invitation
Chapter 69: A fragrant room
Chapter 70: Controlling the fire in one's mind
Chapter 71: The Metal Corporeal Soul
Chapter 72: The Wubei Sect's library
Chapter 73: Guarding the Ten Thousand Directions
Chapter 74: 1-star Earth array formation master
Chapter 75: A visitor to the Devil's Jail
Chapter 76: Preparation for the challenge
Chapter 78: Settling a grudge with the bimonthly duels
Chapter 79: Blood horse vs Wind dragon
Chapter 80: Hate and despair
Chapter 81: New determinations after the fight
Chapter 82: Chief Elder Suxian's personal lecture
Chapter 83: Seamless Qi Vortex Array formation
Chapter 84: Thousand Snakes Invade the Shell
Chapter 85: Locking the Seven and Stopping the Waves
Chapter 86: Nefarious intent toward a blacksmith
Chapter 87: 6th-grade Mortal
Chapter 88: Unifying all the meridians
Chapter 89: Contrived Shell Balm
Chapter 90: Hunting in the Lunar Marsh
Chapter 91: Blood drinking runes
Chapter 92: The Silver Lion leader
Chapter 93: Eight Blood Runes
Chapter 94: Luduo Bu's Inner demon
Chapter 95: The Dragon's Chest
Chapter 96: The blood devours eight demons
Chapter 97: End of the obsession
Chapter 98: Healing after the battle
Chapter 99: The Drop of Wrath
Chapter 100: Ren Chao's disappearance
Chapter 101: Plan for a rescue
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