ZTJ Chapter 157 – It’ll End At This Point

Chapter 157 – It’ll End At This Point
Translated by: bbkgs
Edited by: bbkgs
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Due to his betrothal to Xu You Rong, after the Ivy League gathering, Chen Chang Sheng naturally became a popular topic in the Capital; the declaration made for him by His Eminence, The Archbishop, was akin to adding oil onto a fire.
Countless people began to scrutinise everything about him: his age, ancestry; his relationship with the Divine General of the Eastern Decree’s estate; his power level; none of these things remained secret and thus, everyone was stunned, wanting to know exactly what had happened to him over these past few days, to make his ability rise in such a spectacular fashion, to the point of being able to win four times in succession at the Grand Examination and enter the final list.

Xuan Yuan Po looked at Chen Chang Sheng, his mouth gaping, as if he was looking at some kind of monster; Tang Thirty-Six stared at him directly in the eyes and asked: “Just exactly what have you eaten? We’ve been at Orthodox Academy together every day and having meals together, could it be that you’ve been sneakily making your own meals? Or have you pilfered something good from the Hundred Herb Garden without telling the two of us?”

In that quiet room inside the Tower of Purging Dust, the important figures were also currently in the midst of discussing Chen Chang Sheng’s performance for today.

“Could it be that what he just used is the complete version of Discerning Steps?” someone asked, while looking at Xu Shi Ji.

If some older people, those who had experienced that great war against the demon race, such as Fei Dian or perhaps Jin Yu Lu were to be present, they could have accurately determined what the erratic motion technique used by Chen Chang Sheng was. At the moment, within the room, the only people who might have the knowledge, were Xue Xing Chuan and Xu Shi Ji, two people who had been to the Northern battlefield.

Xu Shi Ji maintained a look of indifference and said: “I haven’t come across any members of the Ye Shi (Discerning) tribe on the frontlines.”

According to reports, for hundreds of years, the majority of people from the Ye Shi tribe in Old Snow City had been drafted by that mysterious Lord Black Robe into an intelligence organisation and would rarely make an appearance.

Xue Xing Chuan’s forces had once captured two spies of the Ye Shi tribe.
The Ye Shi tribe member that had tried to assassinate Her Highness during Spring was currently being held in the Imperial Guard’s prison, thinking back to Chen Chang Sheng’s footwork skill, he shook his head and said: “It’s not the complete version of Discerning Steps, but it has a portion of its substance.”

They all understood his meaning, a portion of the complete Discerning Step’s substance was already enough to display a significant effect in battles at the level of younger people, which the Grand Examination was.
Xue Xing Chuan thought for a while and then continued: “His speed and motion technique are at an apex, combined with suitable luck in the lot drawing, his entry into the last 8 is understandable, but my opinion is that he won’t be able to advance further.”

The Grand Examination’s top 8 had already been determined, counting young experts that were already famous, such as Gou Han Shi, Zhuang Huan Yu, Zhong Hui and Zhe Xiu.
There were also some surprising entrants, such as one fairly inconspicuous girl from Holy Maiden Peak, and a student from Star Seizer Academy that hadn’t received much notice, not even from the Education Board.

The most surprising, was Chen Chang Sheng.

Up to this point, not having been eliminated was already beyond everyone’s expectations, seemingly illogical.

“This is too illogical; how hasn’t he been eliminated yet?”

The list for the Duelling Stage’s top 8 was delivered out of the Education Palace, written upon the mirror in the Hall of Zhao Wen and passed onto the crowd outside of Li Palace.

At this time, it was already approaching twilight, the warm rays of sunset shone upon the stone pillars, landed upon the citizens who had come to join the revelry and landed upon those visitors who had travelled here from afar.

There were currently at least several thousand people thronging outside of Li Palace, it was extremely noisy, the cries of the peddlers had long become hoarse, yet at this time, everyone was discussing the same topic, displaying the same emotion; that topic was of Chen Chang Sheng winning four matches in a row, that emotion was of shock, bewilderment and anger.

Citizens of the Capital did not like Chen Chang Sheng, but in comparison to the examinees that had come from the South, they did not especially loathe him, the reason for their anger alongside shock at his winning four matches in a row, was purely because his performance had caused them to lose a lot of money, some even had red eyes from their losses.

That’s right, apart from first upon the First Banner, there were a lot of other bets for the Grand Examination. There would be winners and losers amongst the examinees in each round, in the same way, after each round, there would be a lot of people from the masses becoming winners or losers.
Due to Chen Chang Sheng, this year, the vast majority of people from the masses were losers.

For each round of the duelling phase, the odds given would be different, this was for the convenience of the masses.
In each round, Chen Chang Sheng’s odds would be the lowest, with the biggest pay-out, currently, his odds remained the lowest – today, he had caused some people to be wildly happy, yet caused far more to lose money, however, people still refused to believe he could continue winning.

Tian Hai Sheng Xue sat in a teahouse located South of Li palace, quietly observing the bustle before the palace, he suddenly said: “If the four major gambling venues are still willing to accept, place five thousand taels of gold on Chen Chang Sheng being the final victor.”

The elderly steward by his side was stunned, hesitantly asking: “Young master, he couldn’t possibly win, could he?”

Tian Hai Sheng Xue said: “In the first round, everyone was of the opinion that he couldn’t possibly win, in the end, he won. In the second round, it remained the same, with no one believing he could win, yet he won, it was the same for the third and fourth round; before the Grand Examination, who could have imagined that he could enter the last 8? As such, why can’t I place a bet on him?”

The elderly steward gave several replies of affirmation.

Tian Hai Sheng Xue suddenly thought of something, saying: “If he really does manage to grasp first place upon the First Banner, take the winnings to repair Orthodox Academy’s main entrance.”

The elder steward thought to himself: “Wasn’t the entrance to Orthodox Academy damaged by young master yourself? Not to mention, the academy hadn’t bothered to repair their entrance and the entire Capital understood what this meant. If you were to repair Orthodox Academy’s entrance for them, wouldn’t this be tantamount to surrendering?”
He was very surprised, but thinking that the young master must have his own purpose for his actions, he didn’t dare to blather, only puzzling over some details.

“If… and I am saying if, if Chen Chang Sheng was really to win, it would mean a large amount of money, even repairing the front entrance for Orthodox Academy wouldn’t require such a large sum.”

Tian Hai Sheng Xue gazed at the evening-time Li Palace, replying in a detached tone: “If he really does win, what harm is there in gifting him a gate made from white jade?”

The elderly steward was even more confused, thinking to himself that even if Chen Chang Sheng was to place first upon the First Banner, that youth is Orthodox Academy’s flag, a figurehead used by the Orthodoxy’s tradition faction to challenge the Divine Empress.
No matter what, the Tian Hai clan could not enlist him to their side, what exactly is your purpose in such actions?

Tian Hai Sheng Xue didn’t offer any explanation, he lifted his teacup and took a sip, suddenly feeling that it was rather bland and insipid.

Qiu Shan Jun didn’t appear, Mo Yu remained ahead of him; the Grand Examination did indeed cease to hold much meaning for him, but to relinquish it in such a fashion, undoubtedly made his feelings a little complex.

The Divine General of the Eastern Decree’s estate, in a drawing room, Madam Xu looked at the middle-aged woman in front her, with her brows lightly knotted and asked: “Granny Hua, are you sure you didn’t hear wrong? He really has entered the last 8?”

Granny Hua replied in a low voice: “It should be correct, the four major gambling venues have already hung out their odds for the next round, young master Chen’s name is indeed listed upon it.”

Madam Xu was speechless, feeling the onset of a headache, if that brat really was to obtain first place upon the First Banner, what should they do?

She looked at the chair and empty tea table in the drawing room, thinking back to the scene in last year’s Spring, when she had first met Chen Chang Sheng.

That Taoist youth was reserved and very sanitary.

He hadn’t taken a single sip of tea.

Madam Fu felt a sudden palpitation, thinking of a certain possibility.

At a room in the Eastern wing, Shuang’er, who had just received the news, was also startled to the extreme.

She thought back to the scene where she had first met Chen Chang Sheng in the back garden.

She couldn’t imagine, that reserved Taoist youth, who had come from the countryside, that trash who couldn’t cultivate, he had actually entered the top 8 in the Grand Examination’s duelling phase.
According to his rumoured performance at the Ivy League gathering, his results in the academic phase were definitely going to be superb, didn’t this mean he was only a step away from entering the Grand Examination’s First Banner?

That’s right, Chen Chang Sheng only needed to win another around, entering the last four, in combination with his results for the academic phase, he had an extremely high probability of entering the First Banner.

The problem was, could he continue advancing? Or was he only going to make it this far?

There was a small side hall deep within the Imperial Palace, it was extremely cold and lonely, as if it were an isolation palace.

The Black Goat stared at the Chinese olives that were hanging on a tree by the stone steps, remaining indecisive for a long time over whether to eat them or not.
It could clearly remember, that the fruits that youth had fed it in the Hundred Herb Garden previously, were reasonably tasty. It just couldn’t determine as to whether if it was the fruit’s own flavour, or was it because the fruit had that youth’s lingering scent.

Nanny Ning silently walked across its side, saying in a low voice: “Young master Sheng Xue conceded.”

The Divine Empress held a piece of scented wood; its edge was currently burning, atop its wisps of scented smoke, a medicinal pill was suspended in mid-air.

Her fingers slowly shifted the scented wood, the smoke lightly turned in direction, prompting the medicinal pill to slowly spin.

Hearing those words, her fingers stopped, causing the medicinal pill to hang motionless in the air.

Her expression slightly changed, then she came to an understanding, emotionally saying: “A child of Tian Hai is finally showing promise.”

This was something positive, yet also not so positive.

The more promise descendants of the Tian Hai clan had, the harder it was for her to completely let go, the harder it was for the Zhou Dynasty to free itself of that problem.

But she finally felt a little gratified.

Nanny Ning hesitated for a moment before continuing: “Orthodox Academy’s Chen Chang Sheng has entered the last 8.”

The Divine Empress’ brow slowly rose.

Nanny Ning felt rather nervous, she was fond of that child, Chen Chang Sheng, but she was worried about the Divine Empress being displeased.

The Divine Empress didn’t say anything.

In the next moment, she appeared within the pitch black underground.

She lightly flicked her sleeve, the thousands of Luminous Pearls in the dome above, lit up.

The cold white rays fell upon the frost covered floor, illuminating everything.

A young girl, garbed in black, with a frosty face was lying prone weakly.

The Divine Empress lightly flicked her finger and that medicinal pill fell by that young girl’s body.

“Chen Chang Sheng has yet to be eliminated, your blood seems to retain a little purpose.”

That young girl garbed in black, raised her head with much difficulty, stared at the Divine Empress, without any signs of fear, only loathing, and said: “And what type of damnable medicine is this?”

The Divine Empress replied with a calm expression: “Motherwort ointment.”

The black-garbed girl knew that a fearsome human such as the Divine Empress would have countless methods to punish her if need be, and wouldn’t bother messing with a medicinal pill, she swallowed the medicine without any hesitation.

“Can Chen Chang Sheng obtain first place upon the First Banner?” she looked at the Divine Empress and asked with some curiosity.

“It’ll end at this point,” the Divine Empress replied coolly.

In the next moment, she arrived beside the abandoned well at New North Bridge, her hands were held behind her back as she gazed at the myriad of stars in the night sky above.
She remained silent for a long period of time, unknown as to what she was pondering.

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42 comments

  1. marichel says:

    “Can Chen Chang Sheng obtain first place upon the First Banner?” she looked at the Divine Empress and asked with some curiosity.

    “It’ll end at this point,” the Divine Empress replied coolly.

    >>>> So will Chen Chang Sheng gonna loss on the next round?

    • Marcus Cope says:

      Using the evil power of logic and narrative causality. No he won’t lose. He will somehow win first upon the first banner. Whether that means he gets 1st place in the tournament or 2nd and his prior scores bump him up, I don’t know. Otherwise his life will be much shorter and he would die around the age of 20 which doesn’t make for a good long term story.

      • kashish says:

        we do not know from where did he get the information that he could be healed like that maybe it was just a hoax by someone so that pressure on him is increased and he is able to deal with his disease and if he losses now he will be even more desperate trying something else bringing him closer to getting healed

        • Mclaindog says:

          His master who honestly is probably close to strength with the dq or stronger told him to go and get first because it lets you visit the hall of the greats and the people who changed there own fate might have left him a message. His master who is considered a God of healing and himself can’t cure his disease so he needs to either get evil God viens or rank up and up and hope for the best in my opinion

      • Nanda Sakti says:

        Not necessarily so, that thing about dying at 20 might be something to add pressure to CCS’s life to make him strive for better future. This is the first novel of this author that ive ever read, so i dont really know. It might be as you said since its xianxia where the MC is forever cool and will always win.
        But CCS is a whole different kind of MC compared to other xianxia novel’s MC thats ruthless, genocide maniac, touch me and your whole clan, sect, even pets will perish, and so on.
        I always hope for some surprise, since surprise is something rare in xianxia

    • videriant says:

      “It’ll end at this point” isn’t a no. And/or the DQ could be messing with the dragon or just giving the general consensus. The last part more important.

      “She remained silent for a long period of time, unknown as to what she was pondering.”

      ———————-

      If I had to guess, CCS’s teacher is the fifth, unconfirmed saint after Luo Luo’s parents, the DQ and the pope. I hesitate to speculate her at the level above saint for several reasons. First, if there was a confirmed Deity level, it would have been mentioned by now. Second, CCS believes if he reaches the Deity level he’ll solve his problems. If his teacher was at Deity he shouldn’t have had to go to the capital to hope to find a solution. However, she did kick a full grown gold dragon’s arse though so. . .all bets are off.

      • videriant says:

        I thought CCS’s teacher was sometimes refered to as he and then later she so I started using she. I might be confused. Can anyone clarify?

  2. Captain Facts says:

    The stage is set for the Elite 8.

    He still has several cards to play.

    Including that most dangerous of cards.

    The final one. Of the suite of stars.

    Light it. Burn it all. Transform it. Break himself and his opponent.

    …And hope he can survive his victory…

  3. DMR says:

    Hahaha, I love how everybody is freaking out…

    And right now, this feels like the Chuunin exams for Naruto…. people being pissed and cheering/hating for gambling purposes…

    Thanks for the chapter XD

    • Myself says:

      The best part in the entire manga for me is the Chuunin exams, Shikamaru vs Hiddan and Zabuza/Haku arc.

  4. AnarchyDev says:

    [adding to oil to a fire] ~needs little alteration…

    From the title of this chapter I thought that he has already been eliminated…
    So many mysteries and questions unanswered…
    Thanks for the chapter translation.

    • bbkgs says:

      Nah, if I wanted to use something more common in English, I would have used “fanning the flames” or something similar.
      edit: wait, nvm, read it wrong.

  5. JY says:

    Every time the DQ shows up I think it gets more and more interesting. She’s one of the few ppl who know of his “fate” and I just wanna know what’s gonna happen when everyone finds out.

  6. VLS says:

    Thank you! Other than the Black Goat, and sometimes Nanny Ning, I really don’t like a single person from the palace. As for the black dragon, I hope CCS frees her and they get a little revenge for her. It is just appalling that after so many wins people are still 100% certain he can’t win. That Tian Hai guy, who actually think CCS might win all the duels, is actually starting to grow on me.

    • szilence says:

      Yeah… Sheng Xue was somewhat similar to Gou Han Shi for me, my first impressions on them wad they were just arrogant asshats, but over time you kinda grow to respect them.

      I’m assuming that the reason they think CCS will no longer go further is because they think that his abnormal strength alone can’t get him any farther. I think CCS will breakthrough to the Ethereal Opening Realm to overcome the other challengers (iirc, he is just one step away from breaking through).

      • Chii says:

        Didn’t he already break through? You know, that thing of putting the snow in flames that he did before, that was what made people have Ethereal Opening, the only problem is that he thinks that he will suffer like that if he puts it on fire again, that’s his fear.
        Now, when they all see that~! Their chin will fall to the underworld lol

        • szilence says:

          Oh? Seems my memories a little hazy, but yeah, I think that he will be forced to put the snow in flames again to win the grand examination

        • videriant says:

          Yes, he already broke through. The problem is that he still has broken meridans, a weak body and lack of True Essense.

          It’s the equivalent of owning a Ferrari Engine (Ethereal Opening) inside a Kia (weak body) made of gold not steel (weak but pure) and having only one gallon of gas (true essense).

        • videriant says:

          Addendum: with his new dragon body it’s no longer a body issues, but his fuel lines (meridians) are still messed up. Furthermore, since he doesn’t know why his body is the way it is he doesn’t dare convert his cash (starlight) into gas (true essense).

  7. Chii says:

    I’m looking forward to when he finally shows all his cards~! Like that sword move he wanted Luo Luo to do on the ivy gathering and his ethereal opening~!
    Thanks for the translation~!

    • videriant says:

      I’d like him to hold off on using the sword full-power until later. The subtle and not-subtle hints we had is that calling the sword OP would be insulting it. One of his methods to cross the river was probably to use the sword to evaporate/freeze/redirect/cleave the river.

      I also don’t think the move from the Ivy League will come into play. It was the right move for that time but might not come into play in the exam.

  8. haku says:

    Ah, so the black goat was attracted to Chen Chang Sheng scent too.. ?
    And also the Queen, I’m a little wary of her. For some reason I could not seem to like her.

    Thank you very much for this chapter!

    • videriant says:

      It was heavily implied but this is the first time it said it outright.

      Right now I have a positive impression of the Queen. She personally hasn’t done anything wrong and it’s better to judge her on her actions (or inaction) then those around her. Even verbally, the only thing she has said that can be viewed as negative were her final comments to dragon girl and even those were vague.

  9. Kinglight says:

    wouldn’t be surprised if he completes his etherial when trying to ignite his snow essence to win the tournament.

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