Ascending the Heavens as an Evil God
Chapter 78: Martial Arts Hall's Reruitment

There was utter silence at the Jin family’s banquet.

As he watched Long Yi fall, Jin Qin's face showed an expression called despair.

And Jin Dian was currently severely regretting everything—no, she regretted it so deeply that her intestines had turned green. ‘If I’d known beforehand that it would end like this, I would never have helped Shi Miao’er out… This is simply a psychopath!’

‘He even dared to hit someone from the Long family. Then won’t I be in even more danger?’

She felt her legs tremble and wanted to run down the stage, but she was afraid of attracting that one’s attention…

She found the time to glance at the scene below and just happened to see Shi Tianjing's extremely ugly expression as he pulled Shi Miao’er into the crowd for fear of being seen by Gu Nan.

The silence didn't last long. Someone finally spoke out.

"Alright, don't take it too far." Gu Nian's figure appeared beside Long Yi. After confirming that he wasn’t in critical condition, she shook her head helplessly.

Gu Nan didn't retort. He smiled and said, "You can deal with this."

……

The farce at the Jin family didn’t cause any trouble for Gu Nan.

In fact, he was only responsible for attacking and could leave and forget about it. The job of dealing with the aftermath was naturally given to Gu Nian.

As for how this would affect his impression in the eyes of the younger generations of those influential families… Have you ever seen players care about NPCs’ opinions?

Early the next morning, Gu Nan was ready to head out. He was going to host the recruitment of new members for the martial arts hall today.

Gu Nan remained indifferent to the vast majority of the Gu family's affairs, but he was especially interested in the Martial Arts Competition.

After these situations appeared frequently, Gu Nian naturally handed over matters related to the Martial Arts Competition to him as much as possible.

The so-called martial arts recruitment referred to the major martial arts halls recruiting some good seedlings in advance before the start of the Martial Arts Competition.

These talented seedlings were either geniuses who became famous when young or contestants who distinguished themselves in the previous qualifiers.

However, because they weren’t selected after a formal competition, recruiting newcomers was rather risky. Carelessness would lead to error in judgment.

If the martial arts hall spent a huge sum of money to sign a contract with a player who then went on to get eliminated in the first round of the competition, then the martial arts hall would incur a big loss.

As a major family, the Gu family naturally had its own business and martial arts hall. The "Nebula Martial Arts Hall" Gu Nan was currently heading to was completely owned by the Gu family.

"Young Master Nan, the people of the martial arts hall are already waiting."

When Gu Nan reached the door, an impeccably-dressed middle-aged man in a suit was waiting. He was even someone Gu Nan had met before—Wang Dong, the butler who once greeted him.

Wang Dong’s face was full of helplessness.

He originally thought Gu Nan was just an outsider, so all he had to do was to deal with Gu Nan politely. Who would’ve imagined that this young man would suddenly become a young master of the main branch?

‘And he’s even a young master with quite a high status…’

As the only butler in the family who had contact with Gu Nan before, Wang Dong was naturally sent as Gu Nan's personal butler.

"Oh, Old Wang…” Gu Nan's voice came from afar.

"Yes, Young Master. What can I do for you?" Wang Dong answered conscientiously as a butler with great professionalism.

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"About that, how do you get to the Nebula Martial Arts Hall?"

"…Young Master, please follow me."

……

As usual, Lu Danze came to the martial arts hall early in the morning to start the day's training program.

He was a disciple of Nebula Martial Arts Hall. He was born in the slums, but his martial arts talent was quite good and he was also hard-working. He was already at Innate Realm Fifth Stage right now.

And he even qualified for the official Martial Arts Competition. In a sense, among all of Ruby Fish Star’s Innate Realm experts, he could rank in the top 1024—since there were only 1024 combatants in the official competition.

"Good morning, Senior Martial Brother Lu!" A girl with short hair walked in and happened to see Lu Danze's figure, so she quickly greeted him.

Lu Danze also smiled. He was very fond of the girl named Gu Yang. Although she was born into such a big family, she didn't act like she was superior to others.

"By the way, Elder Martial Brother Lu.” Gu Yang suddenly remembered something. "You went back early yesterday, so you missed this. The Hall Master said that everyone should assemble at the big training ground today!"

"Assemble? What's the matter?" Lu Danze frowned slightly. The Martial Arts Competition was only a few days away. He wanted to use every minute and every second to train.

Gu Yang hesitated, then answered with difficulty, "It’s… There’s a young master in the family. He will be responsible for recruiting new people into the martial arts hall this year."

It was no secret in the martial arts hall that Lu Danze held ill will towards the influential families’ young masters because of his childhood experience.

Sure enough, Lu Danze snorted coldly. "How much would those young masters and young ladies know about our martial arts hall? All they know how to do is give orders!"

Although she also agreed with his words, they were still talking about someone from her own family, after all. Gu Yang still had to defend Gu Nan, "It's said that he’s a very powerful young master…”

Although Gu Nan's existence had already been publicized by the Gu family, it was only limited to those in the upper class.

Someone like Gu Yang, who came from the side branch of another side branch of the family, would at most only know that Gu Nan was a young master of the main branch and was very powerful. Don’t count on her to know any other details.

Lu Danze obviously didn't buy this. "How powerful? He merely had a good family background… If that Gu family’s eldest miss pays a visit, then I’ll accept it!"

As the strongest person among Ruby Fish Star’s younger generation, Gu Nian’s legend had long been the subject of enthusiastic discussions.

"Of course he can't compare with Eldest Miss, but..."

"There’s no but." Lu Danze waved his hand, put down the equipment in his hand, and sneered, "Let's go. I want to see that young master!"

……

When Lu Danze went to the hall with a stomach full of inexplicable resentment, Gu Nan had already arrived.

"Where are the recruitment candidates?"

Lu Danze looked at the young man currently surrounded by the crowd. His expression looked calm (arrogant) and his tone was serene (haughty manner).

On the other hand, Lu Danze’s respected master Zhang Tao, the martial arts hall’s Hall Master, stood next to the young master respectfully.

Lu Danze's heart couldn't help exploding in anger at this scene.

‘My master is already an elder, yet he still has to fawn over a young man... Isn’t it just because he’s the Gu family’s young master?’

However, he wasn’t a little kid. He knew that it was useless to hold grievances. Only by improving his strength would he have the opportunity to voice his thoughts.

‘When I become a Prodigious Realm powerhouse in the future, let’s see if you’ll still be able to maintain such an attitude!’ Lu Danze couldn't help vowing in his heart.

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What he didn't know was that actually, he had already seen it.

As the one in charge of Nebula Martial Arts Hall, Zhang Tao certainly knew Gu Nan's identity. More importantly, he was also present at the Jin family’s banquet yesterday.

Towards this young man who could stand on equal ground with Eldest Miss and act wantonly, Zhang Tao humbled his attitude as much as possible. "The first batch of candidates are already waiting. Please follow me, Young Master Nan."

"Mm." Gu Nan nodded casually, looking absent-minded, but in reality, he attached great importance to this event.

As a top player, as long as it was related to the mission, nothing could be taken lightly. This was the basic quality of a top player.

Because you never know whether important information would be hidden in a seemingly unrelated thing.

Zhang Tao soon led him into a quiet room and then returned to the hall.

Zhang Tao waved the crowd away and said, “Danze, Lu Wu, you two come with us. Gu Yang, tell the first batch to get ready."

"Yes!"

Gu Yang nodded quickly. The young man named Lu Wu bowed his head and just walked silently behind Zhang Tao.

Only Lu Danze's face was a little unhappy. "Master, the Martial Arts Competition will start soon. I want to…”

Zhang Tao patted him on the shoulder and said, "I know you want to train more, but martial arts isn’t accomplished in a day or two… Many of the recruitment candidates might be your future opponents. Don't you want to learn about them in advance?"

Hearing this, Lu Danze finally understood his master's painstaking efforts. Although he still disliked that Young Master Nan, he nodded harder.

MC's Status Information

Name: Gu Nan

Current Location: Nebula Martial Arts Hall, Ruby Fish Star

Current Soul Location: N/A

Status: ⟪ Evil God ⟫

Advancement Direction: Agility Type

Current Evil God Rank: Tier 3

Equivalent/Current Martial Art: Prodigious Realm

Comprehension of Innate ability: Infinitesimal Stage

Chosen Core Skill: The Law of Shadow

Current Evil God Temple Quest:

Main Mission Objective/s:

-— Evil Event: Ruby Fish Star’s Martial Arts Competition. - Evil God Temple Issued

Status: On Going

Side Quest Objective:

-— None. - N/A

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Status: N/A

Current Evil Points: 1500

Overall Evil Points: 3775, Overall Evil Value: 97

Core Skill Acquired

Shadow. 「Also known precisely as 'The law of Shadow' - its one of the highest-ranked laws in the game. Skill 'Power of Shadows' LVL +1」

Normal Skills Acquired:

Locked 「N/A」

Locked 「N/A」

Locked 「N/A」

Exclusive Skills Acquired:

Deceitful Steps. [ Passive Ability ] 「Movement Speed increased by 30%. Attack Speed increased by 50%」

Power of Shadows. [ LVL 2 ] 「Allows the players to activate the skill “Hidden Shadows” at LVL 1 and unlocks the skill "Shadow Form" at LVL 2..」

Hidden Shadows. 「The power to manipulate shadows to a fine degree.」

Shadow Form. 「An incomparable handy skill that allows the player to manipulate shadows to create things, like weapons and armor. At the highest level of mastery, it could even create a humanoid clone.」

Equipment being worn

Armor

-— Dawn Sage’s Robe. 「Basic level defense. If you are not attacked within 3 seconds, you will receive the “Praise of Dawn” effect.」

Weapon

-— Four Element Crossbow. 「A Tier 2 crossbow weapon that can generate four types of elemental arrows—earth, water, wind, and fire—based on the user’s needs and does not need to load arrows.」

Accessories - Facial Accessories, Necklace, Earrings

-— Observer Eyepiece. 「An eyepiece that have a fixed Tier 2 magic 'Insight' inscribe in it.」

-— Dragon Heart Pendant. 「Allows players to activate the skill “Dragon Power”. This skill cannot be upgraded」

-— Shadow Earrings. 「Skill 'Power of Shadows' LVL +1」

Equipment Skills Acquired:

-— Insight. [ Passive Ability ] 「Ability to obtain high-precision data analysis when looking at people or objects.」

-— Dragon Power. 「Greatly enhances the player’s strength and physique. Duration: 5 seconds. Cooldown: 5 minutes」

-— Praise of Dawn. [ Passive Ability ] 「Increases self-healing ability by 300%」

Item/s owned:

→ None.

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Ascending the Heavens as an Evil God Chapter 78: Martial Arts Hall's Reruitment
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