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Chapter - 347: Leaving the Holy Land
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Jian Chen left the cavern, and visited the other 7, each one with its own Saint Tier Battle Skill. But without any exception, each battle skill was illustrated on paintings that required the person to comprehend it by themselves with no instructions.

A Saint Tier Battle Skill was not like a Heaven Tier Battle Skill. Heaven Tier Battle Skills were written using words, and required only a strong amount of practice in order to grasp the fundamentals. They also required time to initialize. A Saint Tier Battle Skill was completely different. This required one’s own ability to understand. So if one was unable to comprehend the Saint Tier Battle Skill in their hand, it would be useless.

A Saint Tier Battle Skill was complicated and mysterious. A single Saint Tier Battle Skill could have hundreds of paintings, and each form depicted on them could hold many different mysteries. Some only had three paintings, but each one held mysteries that could shatter the heavens and annihilate the earth. When looking at the pictures, the people drawn within the paintings seemed almost as if they were alive. Each one carried a terrifying amount of power that anyone without a strong foundation or enough power would be able to endure.

Even Jian Chen had felt an indescribable amount of power coming from the paintings, causing him to spit out blood. Even just the grace of the paintings was enough to inflict damage to Jian Chen.

After such an event, Jian Chen had a stronger understanding of Saint Tier Battle Skills. He already knew of his current realm and wouldn’t be able to go beyond it. A Saint Tier Battle Skill would definitely be beyond his level. If he were to never become a Saint Ruler and get a grasp over the profound mysteries of the world, then the time he had spent trying to understand the Saint Tier Battle Skills would all be for naught.

Leaving the third area, Jian Chen had arrived at the fourth. The fourth area was simply a large study room with a table and chairs. Bookshelves could be seen everywhere with books filling up each shelf and bound with the animal leather of magical beasts. There was a strange energy that filled the area so as to prevent the books from corroding with time.

These books were filled with insights from the previous generation of cultivators, and while Jian Chen wouldn’t be able to benefit much from it, he could still memorize it. Then, he would be able to think back to it when his own comprehension was better.

In a blink of an eye, Jian Chen had spent three months within the fourth area. Within the fourth area of the holy land, Jian Chen had only spent the time reading the insights from every single area possible within the realm of cultivation. While it was of no use for him now, it would come in handy later.

During those days within the fourth area, Jian Chen had also tried to establish his foundation even more. The experiences within the books he had read were many, and the amount of insights he could still gleam off of it was plenty. Those under the Heaven Saint Master realm would absorb the vital energy of the world to increase both their Saint Weapon and personal strength, but there was a barrier from the Great Saint Master to Earth Saint Master realm. If one succeeded in crossing the barrier, then they would become like the dragon, but if they failed, they would degenerate to a cripple who couldn’t cultivate.

Cultivating as an Earth Saint Master was an extremely simple task with no complications. As long as they reached the Sixth Cycle Earth Saint Master level, then they could make the breakthrough to become a Heaven Saint Master by the usage of the world’s vital energy. With one small step, they would become a Heaven Saint Master.

Heaven Saint Masters were able to fly through the air with the usage of their inner Saint Force to levitate. With the world’s energy, they could fly through the air without much of a drain to themselves. So, if one wanted to be a Heaven Saint Master, it was necessary to have a grasp on the vital energy of the world.

Lastly was the threshold to become a Saint Ruler. Although making the breakthrough to become a Saint Ruler wasn’t as perilous as becoming an Earth Saint Master, the chance of making the breakthrough was many times harder.

That was because if one wanted to make the breakthrough to become a Saint Ruler, they must have a fundamental grasp on the profound mysteries of the world. There were many secrets hidden within these profound mysteries and was the reason why there were so few Saint Rulers among the Tian Yuan Continent. This layer of cultivation was far away from the level Jian Chen was currently at.

Leaving the fourth area, Jian Chen still had one more month left in the holy land. In this final month, he had planned on going back to the first area and continue to cultivate for what would be equivalent to 10 months worth of time.

Arriving at the first area, the Heavenly Enchantress was still sitting down at her original spot without any signs of moving. Sitting 10 meters away from her so as to not disturb her, Jian Chen sat down with two Class 5 Monster Cores. Although the energy within this area was quite rich, but a Class 5 Monster Core was denser. Now that he was a Peak Third Cycle Earth Saint Master, he was only a small hop away from the Fourth Cycle.

“The energy within the holy land is different from the outside world. The energy in here contains fragments of the profound mysteries of the world. Although it is miniscule, it should still provide a large amount of help to you.” Just as Jian Chen had taken out his Class 5 Monster Cores, the Heavenly Enchantress’ heavenly voice could be heard once more.

Pausing in shock, Jian Chen didn’t think that the holy land’s energy would contain the mysteries of the world. Cupping his hands to signify his thanks to the Heavenly Enchantress, he put the Class 5 Monster Cores back into his Space Belt and began to cultivate once more with the energy within the holy land.

Suddenly, the first area’s energy began to rush towards Jian Chen in a frantic craze while Jian Chen continued to accept all of it within his body like water into a whale. At this current pace, his absorption rate was no slower than the Heavenly Enchantress.

Jian Chen had the Sword Spirits to help him so no matter if he was absorbing the energy within a monster core or the energy from the world itself, his absorption rate would shoot up at a fast rate either way. Back when he had awakened the Sword Spirits within Huang Village, they had no longer tried to steal the energy he absorbed and so Jian Chen could take it all for himself.

The Heavenly Enchantress’ eyes flew open as she realized just how fast Jian Chen was absorbing the energy. But then, after staring in shock for a few moments, she closed her eyes once more.

Half a moment later, the cultivating Jian Chen had a pleasantly happy look on his face. Although the energy in the holy land was different from the Tian Yuan Continent and had a few things he didn’t understand like with the strange energy within Mercenary City, but with time, he started to have some revelations. These revelations were just barely out of his reach, but these strange things were no longer strange to him. He was just not used to try to comprehend everything like this.

This realization had made Jian Chen happy. Spending the rest of his time in a deep cultivational meditation, he began to absorb some of the fragments of the profound mysteries of the world. Originally, he had planned to try and study the Illusionary Flash, but with this newfound discovery, he had completely ignore that previous notion.

Quickly, Jian Chen had spent the last 10 months of his time in the first area of the holy land. His strength had already reached the Fourth Cycle Earth Saint Master, and in those 10 months, Jian Chen’s comprehension of the profound mysteries of the world had substantially increased. Within his mind it was like a world of spirits where the profound mysteries were like a divine light that would occasionally shine. Sometimes, a strange thought would occur in his mind, but Jian Chen had never been able to fully grasp just what the thought had meant. At times, his thoughts would be vague as he tried to comprehend it, but they were mysteries for a reason.

With the help of the fragments he had already, Jian Chen was able to establish a strong foundation of the profound mysteries. In his current state, even if he were to absorb any more of the fragments, he wouldn’t be able to understand the current fragments.

Today would be the day that half a year had passed. The Eighth Elder appeared by Jian Chen’s side and spoke, “Jian Chen, it has been half a year. Follow me and I’ll guide you out.”

Sighing with some regret, Jian Chen had finally recognized the benefits of the holy land. The first area was capable of allowing him more time to understand the profound mysteries. Now that he had a good understanding of the benefits of this place, he was reluctant to leave.

“If only I could just stay here.” Jian Chen sighed at that thought. He knew that his wish was impossible and so he could only follow the Eighth Elder and depart from the first area.

Seeing the reluctant face on Jian Chen, the Eighth Elder couldn’t help but laugh, “Jian Chen, are you unhappy to leave the holy lands? Haha, this place is truly a treasured area if even Saint Rulers are attracted to this place so badly. You needn’t worry, with you being this time’s King of Mercenaries, you’ll have an opportunity to enter the holy lands once more at the next Gathering of the Mercenaries after you become a Saint Ruler. Each time the holy land opens every 50 years, you may remain inside for 5 years.”

“One can stay in there for 5 years? Then why was it that I was only able to stay for half a year?” Jian Chen asked with confusion.

The Eighth Elder laughed, “Only a Saint Ruler is qualified to stay for 5 years. Even the number one ranking person in the Gathering of the Mercenaries is only qualified to stay for half a year; that is the rules of our Mercenary City.”

Jian Chen could find no faults in those words. The holy land was their territory after all, anyone that wanted to enter the holy land had no right to dictate the rules as they personally saw fit.

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