The overwhelming pain nearly knocked the dual-blade demon unconscious. Its instinct for survival caused it to turn around to flee.

February 20, 2021
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Run. This was no human, it was the devil!

“Ah!”

The dual-blade demon obviously could not escape. Its legs were quickly crushed from the knees as half of its two legs were severed. It fell to the ground, no longer able to stand.

Pain and terror inundated the dual-blade demon’s mind as it cried out tragically as tears began streaming out of its eyes.

“No, don’t kill me! Spare me please!”

The dual-blade demon pleaded for mercy, like a miserable worm trying hard to crawl forward. When it turned its head and saw the silver-haired youth walking towards it, its eyes were filled with a crazy desire to survive.

But soon, it fell into complete despair.

This was because it could see only ice-cold killing intent and cruel anger in the silver-haired youth’s eyes.

“Save me…”

The dual-blade demon cried in pain as it issued a final call for help at the existence that no longer responded.

However, there was no response. Only a silent bloody hand had reached its neck.

“Kacha…”

The dual-blade demon’s head was twisted off as its headless body convulsed. Helplessly, it waited for death.

A few seconds later, a voice that resounded through the entire level was heard.

“The sixth level’s Level Lord [Chthonian Emperor Estark] has been killed. The sixth level has no more Level Lord! The killer is…Shi Xiaobai!”

The dual-blade demon was the sixth level’s Level Lord. And at this moment, the creature Shi Xiaobai killed like he was trampling an ant was the Level Lord.


This was the terrifying aspect of the corruptive power. However, this power was only temporary. It would dissipate very quickly. Furthermore, it only gained a temporary increase in strength at the expense of corruption.

In order to instantly break through the God Slaughtering Formation, Kali had activated this power, but it was ‘siphoned’ by Shi Xiaobai. As such, this power now belonged to Shi Xiaobai.

However, Shi Xiaobai, who was at present immersed in his rage, had long lost his sense and reason. The terrifying power and the honor of killing a Level Lord meant nothing to him!

The only thing he wanted to do now was kill, kill, kill!

On the plains, there were no longer any lives for him to slaughter. Mangled corpses covered the ground and the blood spilled had formed rivers that dyed the lands crimson.

The silver-haired youth turned to look at the purple-haired girl in the sky.

That was the only remaining life.

The silver-haired’s red eyes flashed a desire to kill, but his expression suddenly struggled violently.

Kali descended from the sky and landed beside the silver-haired youth. She held him gently, ignoring the gross smell of blood staining her own clothes.

The silver-haired youth’s body trembled violently as his hands turned stiff. There was a desire to twist the delicate neck within his reach, but a baffling will was resisting his killing instincts.

Kali’s eyes lit up slightly as she suddenly saw a strand of black hair from his mane of silver hair!


This was something that wasn’t there before!

“Shi Xiaobai, resist it. Resist the corruptive power. You can definitely wake up. You have to wake up!”

Kali whispered by Shi Xiaobai’s ear and said resolutely, “Even if you need to slaughter every living creature in this entire trial, I’ll ensure that you wake up!”





Shanghai City, Nine Revolutions Transcendental Tower, Main Auditorium

This was the third day the organizations’ rookies entered the Nine Revolutions Transcendental Tower for the mass selection. More than eight hundred rookies had been eliminated out of the thousand rookies.

There were only four people that were currently on the seventh level. Ever since the construction of the Nine Revolutions Transcendental Tower, only four legendary figures had ever managed to reach the eighth level.

There were about fifty rookies that reached the sixth level, and it was considered an excellent result considering past trials.

As such the people from the organizations were in a festive mood.

The biggest winner was the organization, Gaia. As a bottom second-tier organization, four of its rookies had managed to reach the sixth level. Furthermore, Shi Xiaobai had managed to conquer the third level’s Level Lord, accomplishing the miracle only the Hero King had managed to accomplish.

On the second day of the selection, this matter had appeared on the most authoritative newspaper in China. Although it was only a tiny article, it had caused quite a stir in the country.

Conquering a Level Lord did not sound impressive, something which many people were unaware of the difficulty. However, when it was punctuated with the words, ‘an accomplishment only the Hero King has ever managed’, it caused every citizen of China to gasp in admiration.

However, in this era of heroes, before the fourth epoch of the apocalypse, no matter how sensational it was, it was difficult for a rookie’s accomplishment to hit the headlines. It did not cause an intense stir, and was somewhat defused by the third day of the selection.

Everyone was waiting in the auditorium for the final result. The attention of most people and their discussions had shifted to Speechless, Mu Lengxi, Sunless, and Pulp Farmer who were in the midst of challenging the seventh level.

However, just as everyone was about to ignore Shi Xiaobai, a news that refreshed the stone monument astounded everyone!

Shi Xiaobai had killed the sixth level’s Level Lord!

This was Shi Xiaobai conquering two Level Lords consecutively in the same trial. This was something even the Hero King failed to accomplish years ago!

Shi Xiaobai had created a new record, rewriting history!

At this moment, no one was stingy with their praises. Exclamations and applause filled the entire auditorium.

However, this was just the beginning of everything!

This was a day which was destined to go down in history, one that would shock the entire nation!

At nine in the morning, Shi Xiaobai killed the sixth level’s Level Lord, Chthonian Emperor Estark!

At half past nine in the morning, Shi Xiaobai killed the fifth level’s Level Lord, Death Aristocrat!

At ten in the morning, Shi Xiaobai killed the second level’s Level Lord, Demonic Beast Level Lord!

At half past ten in the morning, Shi Xiaobai killed the first level’s Level Lord, Nightmare Terror Level Lord!

He slaughtered from the sixth level to the first level, killing one Level Lord every half an hour.

Double-kill, triple-kill, quadruple kill…

Adding the Thousand Eye Demon Sovereign that was conquered, Shi Xiaobai had conquered five Level Lords alone!

Everyone went from shock to horror, from horror to admiration, and from admiration to numbness.

They only had one thing left on their minds.

Fuck, nobody should have thoughts on grabbing tomorrow’s headlines!

… Chapter 333: Prevent Wang Feng from making the headlines

Ever since the construction of the Nine Revolutions Transcendental Tower, only the Hero King had managed to conquer a Level Lord. Although conquering a Level Lord had nothing much to do with one’s final results, the difficulty of this matter was destined to make it a great honor.

Of course, this was only a tiny matter throughout the Hero King’s life. Few people took notice of it, and many people did not even know of this matter.

However, this matter was destined to be repeatedly mentioned by many from today onwards.

Shi Xiaobai had conquered five Level Lords in a single trial! The glory he had obtained in the Nine Revolutions Transcendental Tower exceeded the Hero King by five times, or even more!

Five times the Hero King sounded like an exaggeration or wordplay, but the general public would not care about this. They would only care about matters if they could be used as gossip over meals.

China Daily’s editors quickly received news from their reporters. A story regarding a rookie typically was ineligible to appear on China Daily, which received a myriad of shocking news every day.

But yesterday, after resisting great opposition, the editor-in-chief left a small article for Shi Xiaobai’s conquering of the third level’s Level Lord. This slightly fat editor-in-chief always advocated the promotion of youths in the country. He believed that they were the hope of the country’s next generation.

As such, when the news reached China Daily’s editors, editor-in-chief, Tai Shan immediately began grinning from ear to ear. He praised the youth, Shi Xiaobai, for living up to his expectations. He had been given a pleasant surprise and had plans for this young man.

A junior editor named Li Hong, who was great at sucking up, did not miss this opportunity. He complimented, “Editor-in-chief Tai Shan’s sure has foresight. Yesterday, he said how Shi Xiaobai would be a person of tremendous promise. He had gone against all those opposed to give him an article. Who knew he would do something that is completely unprecedented and never to be repeated! Everyone has to be amazed by Editor-in-chief Tai Shan’s foresight!”

His flattery had made Tai Shan chuckle. He could not help but say with a laugh, “The Nine Revolutions Transcendental Tower only had nine Level Lords. Shi Xiaobai has conquered five alone. This matter is truly one to never be repeated. Leave tomorrow’s headline to the child. I believe no one will have any objections?”

The headlines of China Daily were always something China gave the most attention to daily. All of them were basically extremely important matters, or news of an extremely famous heroes. Once they appeared in the headlines of China Daily, they would quickly be known all over the country.

Typically, regardless of how outstanding rookies were, they would not receive such treatment. Even Speechless had never been eligible to appear in the headlines. However, what Shi Xiaobai had done was truly bizarre. Furthermore, he had encountered an editor-in-chief that advocated the supporting of the younger generation.

Even if other editors had differing thoughts on the matter, they were unsure about raising any objections.

However, deputy editor-in-chief, Lin Liang, had always been at loggerheads with the editor-in-chief. Without any surprise, Lin Liang put forward his objections. He said, “I think there is need for careful consideration over this matter. Shi Xiaobai is a rookie after all. We have seen many peerless rookies being placed on a pedestal before but they only ended up average. If he makes the headlines, it might get to Shi Xiaobai’s head. Furthermore…Wang Feng released a new war song, ‘Survive’, yesterday. It’s said to have broken through the limits of resonating with thousands of people, reaching brand new heights in war songs. It seems this matter is more eligible to hit the headlines?”

There were singers in this world as well. However, the songs these singers sang were not only for music appreciation. Some of these songs could treat injuries. Some could restore strength, and there were even songs that could raise one’s combat power.

In this world, there was an occupation of ‘singers’. Therefore, the ability to sing, the ability to compose and write lyrics was also a reflection of power.

As for Wang Feng, he was an outstanding singer. He was considered an A-list singer, with many of his songs being extremely popular.


As for the song, ‘Survive’ Wang Feng recently released, not only was it an extremely difficult rock war song, it had broken through the limits of resonating with ten thousand people. It could be considered a grand matter in the world of singers.

Therefore, many editors wavered because of Lin Liang’s suggestion.

“Shall we give Shi Xiaobai the second page?”

“The appearance of a rookie in the headlines has never happened in the history of China Daily. I believe we shouldn’t make it an exception. It’s also time for Wang Feng to make the headlines for once.”

“I also think we shouldn’t extol rookies too much. That Speechless Li reached the tenth level of the Psionic Mortal Realm at the age of six, and back then, we gave him the second page. And this year, he’s already fourteen, but he’s still at the tenth level of the Psionic Mortal Realm. It might really have gotten to his head.”

“…”

More than half the editors began to object. In their minds, it was preposterous for rookies to appear in the headlines. Being able to be on the second page or even given a small article was a great honor. This was a regulation China Daily had always maintained.

Editor-in-chief Tai Shan immediately blackened his face as he said angrily, “Are you all objecting? Fine, tell me. Which rank did China reach in the previous World Youth Tournament and World Junior Tournament?”

The editors immediately fell silent. China, which claimed to be one of the top five major countries in the world had never clinched gold in the World Youth Tournament and the Junior Tournament that happened once every four years. It had managed to clinch silver once, but in the present situation, the best contestant the last tournament had only stopped at the round for best sixteen. The contestant did not even enter the round for the best eight.

Lin Liang said with a heavy tone, “China’s results in the World Youth and Junior tournaments are indeed unsatisfactory, but what has that got to do with us? If a headline can make the younger generation of China clinch gold, so what if China Daily’s headlines are given to them every day? The point is that it doesn’t work. We are unable to effect any change.”

Tai Shan said with a sneer, “A headline might be unable to change the status quo, but it can let the disappointed citizens see a glimmer of hope. What we lack isn’t talent, but environment! China’s flamers are world-famous. Regardless of how well your overall performance is, a tiny mistake will result in you being flamed till you have a pig’s head. How can our young do their best under such public pressure? With them being afraid of this and that, it’s obvious they can’t produce any results! Furthermore, as one of the leaders of domestic news and public opinion, China Daily should take the lead to effect change! I believe not only should we put Shi Xiaobai on a pedestal, we should do our best doing so. We should extol him sky high, making every citizen in China know that we still have talents in our younger generation! Young people need a goal, an object to pursue. We should mold Shi Xiaobai into a benchmark for the younger generation!”

Tai Shan’s words astounded the other editors. They never expected the editor-in-chief to have such profound thoughts. Furthermore, what he said was rational and based on evidence. It stirred their hearts.

How could such stirring words come out from an old man who had one leg in the coffin? He had indeed impressed them with his views.

The editors were instantly moved.


Lin Liang’s expression changed drastically. He had received a large money packet from Wang Feng’s manager yesterday. He had pledged that the headline was definitely his. Now, he was likely in trouble with the appearance of an unexpected Shi Xiaobai as well as a stubborn Tai Shan!

Lin Liang said in a heavy voice, “Second page would be empowering enough. The headlines is overdoing it! Furthermore, Wang Feng had nearly reached the headlines for seven times. If it’s not given to him this time, people might think that China Daily is targeting him.”


Wang Feng was extremely unlucky. This person had done seven deeds that could get him in the headlines, but every time, he would encounter something more impressive than what he did. As such, his headlines were stolen from him seven times.

Some citizens even jokingly called Wang Feng a spy sent undercover by aliens. The moment he hit the headlines, it was a signal to the aliens to launch their attacks. The seven heroic figures that had prevented Wang Feng from reaching the headlines were said to have saved the world seven times.

Wang Feng’s management team had even deliberately chosen an uneventful day to release ‘Survive’, but they never expected Shi Xiaobai to suddenly appear. The headlines were in danger once again!

When Lin Liang said this, the editors that were easily swayed immediately felt what Lin Liang said was reasonable. Wang Feng was a important figure in the music world. It seemed inappropriate to offend him.

Tai Shan said in a heavy tone, “Go explain to Wang Feng’s side! This matter is settled. Don’t even think of touching Shi Xiaobai’s headlines. Also, send reporters to pay close attention to this matter. In the meantime, investigate Shi Xiaobai. We want to extol him to the heavens! If anything happens, I’ll take full responsibility. As an old man about to retire, let me do something for the country in my final days.”

After Tai Shan said this, he gave a long sigh. He ignored Lin Liang’s objections and walked out of the meeting room.




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