Chapter 205 - 205: Potential
Morning arrived as the whole Lectin City began bustling with excitement. Today was finally the day of the long-awaited joint entrance exams.
Those who had their family members participating in the exams were hopeful and prayed for the success of their loved ones.
Those who didn't have anyone close to them participating were excited as well, as they would be able to see so many heavenly geniuses compete against each other and showcase their skills.
"Hurry Hurry! The Entrance Exam is going to start soon! We will miss it if you make us late!" A wife said to her husband as she eagerly waited outside for him to get ready.
"Hey, my nephew is participating in the exam! He is definitely going to get selected by the Glorious Blossom Sect." A bulky man said to his friends as he continued walking towards the Glorious Blossom Sect.
The Sect Entrance Exam was the talk of the whole town. No matter if they were old or young, everyone was talking about it.
"We are finally here. It took us so long, but we finally reached our destination." An 18-19-year-old girl stood in front of the entrance of the Glorious Blossom Sect. She had flaming red hair that came down to her shoulders.
"The journey was long, but it was pretty fun." One of the two girls standing behind her said with a smile.
"Yea, It's my first time coming out of the Kingdom. The journey sure was fun." The Red-haired girl replied with a smile. A few more people stood near her as they looked around.
"All of you are going to participate in the Sect Entrance Exam. I'll wish you all good luck. Though I must warn you that this whole thing could get pretty dangerous on occasions. So if there ever comes a situation when you're in danger, I want you to give up on the battle for selection. Your life is more important!" One of the two old men said as he looked back at them.
"Mei and Yue... You two won't be participating in the exams, so you must stay close to us." The white-haired man said as he gazed at the girls.
"Yes, Patriarch!" Both of them said in unison as they nodded their heads.
'My dear grandson, I hope you are here." The white-haired man thought as he looked at the doors of the Glorious Blossom Sect.
If he knew what his grandson was actually planning to do, It wasn't certain if he still would've wished for the same.
He was the patriarch of the Long Clan, Long Ren. With him stood the Grand Elder of the Long Clan along with Long Xue Ying, Xue, Mei and other kids from the clan that were selected to participate in the exams.
"Oh, interesting. So the patriarch of Long Clan came himself to escort the kids. Is Senior Ren that confident in them?" A feminine voice came from behind.
Patriarch Long Ren and Grand Elder Long Mu turned back to look at the person that had just spoken.
"Oh? If it isn't Little Jinjing. As expected, you are the one that was entrusted with bringing the Royals." Long Ren chuckled as he looked at the person.
It was a woman. The woman looked as if she was in her early thirties. Her deep blue eyes had a unique shine in them that attracted the attention of all those that gazed in her eyes.
She was wearing a blue cultivator robe with a moon symbol on the chest area. There was a scabbard behind her back, inside which rested a heavy sword.
"Of course. As the chief of the Royal Guards, it is my duty to ensure the safety of the Royal clan members." The woman said with an earnest expression on her face.
"Hahaha... You're just as serious as always." Long Ren said as he gazed at the girl. The girl refused to respond to his comment.
"Xue Ying...I finally got to see you after so long." One of the boys standing behind the blue-eyed woman let out as he gazed at the girl.
"Third Prince Yue Ding, You are here as well." Long Xue Ying let out a casual smile on her face.
"Of Course I would be here. I came here to join a sect." Third Prince Yue Ding said with a bright smile on his face.
There were 4 more people that stood with him. They were the Second Prince Yue Luan, the First Princess Yue Miao, the third Princess Yue Fei, and the Second Princess.
"There are only 5 with you? The Crown Prince...Ahem ...I mean First Prince Yue Ming didn't come with you?" Grand Elder Long Mu let out with a stunned look on his face.
"You know that Prince Ming has an aloof nature. He left on his own without us. He wanted to travel on his own." Jinjing replied to the grand elder.
"Brother might already be here. I'm sure we will see him." The second Princess commented in between.
'He isn't with them… Looks like he's still missing.' Second Prince Yue Luan thought as he couldn't find Long Chen.
The people from the Qin clan and the Gu clan were also there, although at different sections.
"Everybody!!! Listen carefully! The registration process for the Sect Entrance Exam will begin in a few moments. All the participants are advised to stand in lines at the registration counters. "
"You will go through a small test at the counters to get your participation badge! Those who fail aren't allowed to participate. Those who are older than 25 years of age can't participate in the exams. Anyone found creating a disturbance or trying to cheat his way through will be punished accordingly!"
A loud voice was heard everywhere. No one knew where this voice came from.
"Someone must be using an artifact to make their voice reach everywhere." Jinjing looked around as she heard that voice.
"Unlike previous years, Since this is a joint entrance exam and the turnout is so big, only the guardians of the selected candidates will be allowed entry within the premise of the sect." The voice again replied.
As soon as the voice was heard, there was a loud uproar amongst the people. Those who came here only to watch the spectacle couldn't help but be disappointed as they heard this announcement.
Although they were upset, they didn't voice their complaints as they were in the vicinity of the Glorious Blossom Sect. They didn't dare to complain about the way the sect handled matters. Though most of the people still didn't leave and stayed outside the sects in the hopes of getting entry.
"Tell me your name and age. Place your hands on the orb to your left."
A middle-aged man was sitting on one of the counters at the entrance of the sect. There were around 10 such counters there. Each one of them a long line of people in front of them.
Each counter had two sets of orbs placed on them.
"My name is Sunli. I'm 25 years old." The person standing in front of the first counter replied.
He placed his hand on the orb to his left. One after another dots kept appearing on the orbs. It stopped when 27 dots appeared on the orb.
"Do you think that the Glorious Blossom Sect is stupid? Or are you the stupid one? It was clearly said in the announcements that only cultivators younger than 25 years of age are allowed to participate." The middle-aged man said in a heavy tone as he looked at the boy in front of him. This man was one of the Elders of the Glorious Blossom Sect.
"I...I... I am really 25 years old!" The boy replied in a hasty manner.
"Poor fool... He must've come from a poor family of a Second Rank Empire. He doesn't even know the basics about the entrance exams. The orb he placed his hands on, is used to know the real age of a person. It has been used in previous exams as well. Almost everyone knows about it now." A person standing behind him couldn't help but chuckle as he saw this scene unfold.
"Guards!!! Take this person away and break both his hands. A deserving punishment for trying to cheat his way through." The Elder said in a loud voice.
A few of the guards hurriedly came running as they took the person away forcefully.
"I'm Yue Ding. I am 18 years old" Third Prince Yue Ding stood in front of one of the counters.
He placed his hands on the orb to his left and 18 dots appeared in the orb.
"Hmph. Now place your hand on the orb to your right." The Elder said as he looked at Yue Ding.
"Ahh... I apologize for asking this, but it is my first time participating. Can you tell me what this second orb is used for?" The 6th person in the line asked the person standing in front of him.
"The second orb? It's known as the Aptitude orb. These orbs are used to judge a person's potential. But since the orbs that the sect possesses are only low-level aptitude orbs, they can only measure the talent up to grade 7. Even if a person had the potential which is higher than grade 7, this orb will still show him only as a grade 7. The orb will show one of 7 colors when someone places their hands on it. Those are Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet... While Violet is the highest grade 7, Red is the Lowest Grade 1." The person in front of him explained to him in a kind manner.
"Grade 7? Isn't that something already pretty incredible? I don't think a person with a potential higher than that can even exist!" The girl who had asked the boy in front of him exclaimed in a shocked manner.
"Exactly! I heard that even the strongest of Empires only have grade 7 talents. A grade 8 talent would be considered a once in a millennia genius even in the Empires." The boy in the front nodded his head as he replied.
Yu Ding took a deep breath as he placed his hands on the orb.