IMDC: Chapter 2103

 Chapter 2103 (Raw 2208): One Million Sovereign Personages
 Over seven days, Xiao Chen established a pretty strong friendship with Yun Fei and Lei Hao.
 As they exchanged moves with each other, they all benefited greatly.
 With regard to Yun Fei’s Thirteen Wind Controlling Swords, Xiao Chen could already easily handle the other party’s fifth sword move after many exchanges.
 Xiao Chen had gained a rough understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of the Thirteen Wind Controlling Swords. This Sword Technique was overly unyielding.
 It lacked flexibility and pushed both the opponent and the user into desperate straits.
 With this Sword Technique, Yun Fei could hold his own even if he fought a Peak Sovereign Personage.
 It did not leave a way out for the user or the opponent.
 Martial arts emphasized a balance between strength and gentleness. Such extremes were not recommended.
 However, according to Yun Fei, if he could finish practicing all thirteen sword moves, he could also balance strength and gentleness. However, there was no flexibility before he reached consummation.
 Xiao Chen preferred exchanging moves with Lei Hao.
 Lei Hao was more than two hundred years old. After Xiao Chen got more familiar with him, he addressed him as Big Brother Lei Hao.
 The two could fight to their hearts’ content, bringing out their full strength without worries.
 This brought great benefits to the two. They both improved amid the hearty battles, discovering their various insufficiencies.
 Seven days passed, and the three met up at the City Lord’s Residence as arranged.
 Besides the three, there were dozens of the Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor’s other followers. These people were clearly weaker than Yun Fei and Lei Hao.
 These people would take part in the Heavenly Alliance’s test only to accrue experience and gain some prizes.
 Soon after, the Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor and Senior Cui appeared before everyone at the same time.
 The Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor looked at the three and gave them a slight nod. After that, he said, “You all know what today is, so I will not elaborate. Just do your best when the time comes, bring out what you should, and it will be fine. Don’t disappoint me.”
 “We will definitely not disappoint City Lord,” the followers chorused.
 “Good. Let’s depart, then.”
 The Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor waved his hand, and a silver warship descended from the sky. This warship flickered with light, looking very vibrant in the sunlight.
 A 9-Star Heaven Suspending Warship!
 Just this warship alone was more than what ordinary Sovereign Emperors could afford. Heaven Suspending Warships rated over 7 Stars were beyond the reach of ordinary Sovereign Emperors.
 There were probably less than one hundred 9-Star Heaven Suspending Warships like the Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor’s in the entire Great Thousand Realms.
 Xiao Chen felt somewhat surprised. It looked like the Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor would be going with them.
 To think that the Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor had to escort them despite his status. This indicated that the Heavenly Alliance’s test reached a very high level.
 The 9-Star Heaven Suspending Warship contained a huge space. Everyone could have a building to themselves. Each building had all sorts of conveniences, covering all the necessities. Everything a cultivator needed could be found there.
 Not only were there special Spirit Gathering Formations in the cultivation rooms, but there were also mountain-sized piles of Primeval Heavenly Pills for use.
 There were Buddhist incense burners in the bedrooms to aid in nourishing one’s mind and soul.
 With the speed of a 9-Star Heaven Suspending Warship, it took only three days to arrive at Desolate City, which was hundreds of billions of kilometers away.
 If Xiao Chen and the others had to rely on their own strength to travel, they would have to spend at least one or two months—even possibly half a year—to reach Desolate City.
 Desolate City lay in the easternmost part of the entire Desolate Sea. There was an actual sea there. Once one crossed that sea, one would enter the central region, where the three dynasties were, the place where the Luck of the entire Central Great Realm gathered.
 “We’ve arrived. Disembark,” the Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor informed everyone. Xiao Chen, Yun Fei, and Lei Hao jumped off the warship together.
 The moment the three landed, a dazzling golden light in the distance shocked them.
 That was an endless sea glittering golden with the reflection of the setting sun.
 Under the light of the setting sun, a vast and ancient city in the middle of the sea looked divine and holy.
 The glorious city was like a vast nation.
 “Little Brother Chen, is this your first time seeing Desolate City?” Lei Hao asked softly from beside Xiao Chen. His eyes shone with awe and respect as he looked towards Desolate City. However, they lacked the shock in Xiao Chen’s.
 Xiao Chen nodded. “Unexpectedly, there is a real sea in the Desolate Sea.”
 Yun Fei smiled and said, “This is the Overflowing Sea. The three dynasties lie beyond it. A World Gate in the middle of this sea connects to the seven great forbidden seas, so this could be considered a sea of commerce.”
 No wonder the Heavenly Alliance became the master behind Desolate City.
 Control of such a city was vital for a faction made up of peak merchant associations.
 “Let’s go, then. Master is already waiting for us.”
 Under the lead of the Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor and Senior Cui, the Peach Blossom City cultivators headed for Desolate City.
 They ran into several groups with the same destination—all heading to Desolate City to participate in the Heavenly Alliance’s test.
 Xiao Chen discovered that several of these people were true inheritors of Rank 6 and Rank 7 sects.
 The strength of the Heavenly Alliance shocked him somewhat. To think that Rank 7 sects would send their disciples to join the Heavenly Alliance.
 Perhaps a super faction was even more horrifying than Xiao Chen had thought. He could not evaluate them by normal standards.
 “Big Brother Peach Blossom! To think that you came!”
 “Brother Peach Blossom, it’s been a long time. What a rare meeting.”
 Along the way, several of the Sovereign Emperors leading other groups evinced surprise when they saw the Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor. Then, they rushed over to greet him.
 Even though these people were also Sovereign Emperors, they were exceptionally respectful and reverent toward the Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor.
 The Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor smiled and responded politely. However, he did not say much.
 It was clear that the Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor had a rather aloof personality and would not immerse himself in pleasantries.
 Many groups were heading to Desolate City. Xiao Chen took a quick look and saw at least several thousand people, most of them Sovereign Personages under the age of five hundred.
 These were just the people coming to participate in the test in the Desolate Sea. Furthermore, these were the early arrivals.
 If he added the test takers outside the Desolate Sea, the number of people participating in the Heavenly Alliance’s test would only be more than the Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor’s estimate.
 The competition promised to be somewhat intense.
 “There are so many people,” Lei Hao whispered, feeling some disbelief. There were no weaklings around.
 Nobody knew how many people would be accepted through the Heavenly Alliance’s test. Not many people felt confident enough to proclaim that they would definitely succeed.
 Xiao Chen said placidly, “Big Brother, just remain calm. I believe that you stand a high chance with your strength.”
 Lei Hao smiled helplessly and said, “I hope so. It is just that there is no schedule for this Heavenly Alliance’s test. The next one might be in one hundred years or even one thousand years. One might end up regretting for life if they miss this.”
 Although many came to Desolate City to take the test, there were even more that went there for other reasons.
 Desolate City could be considered one of the ten most prosperous cities in the entire Central Great Realm. It connected to the Overflowing Sea and the seven great forbidden seas, was within reach of the three dynasties, and gathered all sorts of people from the eastern and northern regions.
 Typically, there would be tens of millions of people in Desolate City.
 The number of people that came and went was incalculable. Even a Sovereign Emperor would feel insignificant before such a city.
 “Come with me. Don’t get lost.”
 The Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor led his people, choosing not to enter the city gates. Instead, he brought them to a tightly guarded Dao Platform outside the city.
 This Dao Platform was not open to the public. One needed a special medallion to enter.
 When Xiao Chen looked around, he saw that all those that came to take the test did not enter the city gates. All of them went to the Dao Platform at the mountain’s waist.
 This Dao Platform was not very big, but it could hold more than one thousand people with each activation.
 The old men surrounding the Dao Platform activated the formations with every one thousand people.
 Xiao Chen saw a flash of light cover the crowd, and the scene before him changed in the next moment.
 The group appeared on an even larger Dao Platform. Xiao Chen was shocked to discover that the Dao Platform under him was not much smaller than the one in the ancient Azure Dragon city.
 Of course, the most important thing was that this Dao Platform floated in the air.
 The boundless Starry Heavens hung above. It felt like one could pluck the stars by stretching out one’s hand. This felt extremely mysterious.
 Many thrones floated around in the Starry Heavens above the Dao Platform. When a purple-haired old man sitting in the middle saw the Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor, he said with a smile, “Peach Blossom, you came.”
 This old man exuded a vast and boundless pressure that deterred others from looking directly at him. He also had a flame mark on his forehead.
 Xiao Chen felt shocked. Is this purple-haired old man a Faux God?
 The Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor nodded slightly. Then, he turned his head back and nodded to Xiao Chen’s group. “Just remain on the Dao Platform and wait for the test to start. Old Cui and I will go over.”
 The Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor sat on a throne with a low profile. Old Cui stood by his side.
 Test participants arrived one after another and waited on the Dao Platform with Xiao Chen and the others.
 On the other hand, the Sovereign Emperors that led these teams also flew up to the Starry Heavens and found seats there.
 After one hour, more than ten thousand people stood on the Dao Platform.
 Many people tried guessing the format of the Heavenly Alliance’s test. At the same time, they were stunned at the sheer number of participants.
 “Quiet.” The purple-haired old man suddenly spoke, and the entire place instantly fell silent. Everyone looked at him at the same time.
 “Very good. I am Desolate City’s City Lord, Shangguan Yun. I am also the main examiner of this round of tests for the Heavenly Alliance in the Desolate City zone. One hundred similar tests are being conducted in other zones in the Great Thousand Realms. This round of tests has broken the record; more than one million Sovereign Personages came to fight for Heavenly Alliance membership.”
 One million Sovereign Personages!
 This immediately set everyone on the Dao Platform abuzz, deeply shocking them.

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Written by Fiery Moon / Yuè Rú Huǒ (月如火). Translated by DragonInWhite. Edited by Vampirecat, Dank Oz, Nora, MindLitUp, Chlocolatte, FluffyGoblyn.