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Chapter 0033 – A Different Path
With a rustling sound, several Jade pieces were thrown out.
“What are these Jade pieces?” Ning Cheng did not understand when he saw those Jade pieces, on the contrary he felt a bit strange.
“I heard my master say, that when one practiced their cultivation, one could carve their knowledge into those Jade pieces. Engraving and recording them with your spirit, when compared to writing on a parchment, it can store many many times more information. However it is necessary for one to have a good spiritual talent, otherwise the contents will be invisible.” An Yi whispered with a small voice in Ning Cheng’s ear.
Fang Jiyan said with some contempt in his voice, “What that little girl said is right, the Jade pieces before you contains a lot of records, even I do not know how many records they contain.”
Ning Cheng himself was looking forward to it, and quickly put the Jade pieces away and asked, “Is there anything else?”
“I just gave you the Jade pieces than contain a top class cultivation practice methods, a person like you would not be able to finish practicing it anyway, what possibly more could you want?” Fang Jiyan said in a somewhat angry manner.
“For example, you could still give me the Jade pieces containing the Array Formations methods.” Ning Cheng just nonchalantly said.
“Here you go, these are the Jade pieces that contains the basic Array Formations Methods, inside you will find the entry level Foundation Arrays and also an introduction to them.” Fang Jiyan said as he sneered in his heart, with your qualification, you also want to learn Array Formation Methods? Bah!
“Another example would be the Jade pieces that contain information regarding spiritual grasses, I will not demand it from you……..”
“Here you go.”
“By the way, I think that if I could have one or two more powerful spells, then I could be able to beat other people, it shouldn’t be much expensive. Of course, I am just casually saying.”
Fang Jiyan forced back his anger inside, these things that he gave to Ning Cheng, it was simply a turtle eating the barley, it was a complete waste of food.
[TL Note – For those who are confused, it means that it’s just a waste to throw resources on a person who basically had not talent or future.]
“Thank you, Brother Fang, you really helped me greatly. This time when I was in the Mingot City I saw someone selling immortal Pills, my heart was filled with envy, if I could also make immortality pills, in the future I would be able to save up a lot of Lingshi.” Ning Cheng did not even delay for half a minute in front of Fang Jiyan, and still was deeply lamenting while sighing.
Fang Jiyan said with a voice filled with disdain, “Do you want to refine Immortal Pills? Do you even know how difficult Alchemy is? Do you know that even in large families and clans, it is very difficult for them to train an Alchemist? With you cultivation level, even if there was some chance, I will still advise you to give up on this idea.”
Ning Cheng just disagreed and said, “There is an Immortal Pill auction at the end of the month in the Mingot City, aren’t these Immortal Pills made and refined by humans? If other people can learn them, then why can’t I study them?”
Fang Jiyan sneered, “Can those pieces of garbage even be called as Immortal Pills? Even the best level of their products cannot be regarded as an Immortal Pill. At most those products can only be regarded as Red Pills and nothing more.”
“Red Pill?” Ning Cheng asked immediately, since he did not understand them, now that he had the opportunity, he would not be polite about it.
Fang Jiyan did not grasp the tone in which he said, and directly said, “These people have a limited knowledge about spiritual sense, nor have they inherited the refining procedures of the Immortal Pills, and thus are unable to refine Immortality Pills, they can only make Medicinal Solutions. This so called medicinal solutions, refers to using some simple methods to purify the spiritual grasses, and then mixed with each other according to a certain proportion. Red Pills are similar to these medicinal solutions, they do not come out from refining in a furnace, but by solidification of the solution.”
Ning Cheng was stunned, he did not think that refining Immortal Pills was so difficult, after listening to him speaking, those so called high quality medicines that he had referred to as Immortal Pills, that was a little bit too shameless.
Seeing Ning Cheng silent, Fang Jiyan said again, “Even if I am was able to refine Immortal Pills, I do not have any Jade pieces regarding Alchemy to make such pills.”
Ning Cheng knew that Fang Jiyan does not have any Jade pieces regarding alchemy, and said with a depressed voice, “Since it it like that let us forget this matter, I would like to leave now, goodbye.”
Although Fang Jiyan was anxious for Ning Cheng to get out of his ship, but he was also afraid that once Ning Cheng left, he would send out a fireball to burn down the ship, and he reluctantly said, “This is a pretty big ship, if you want you can also stay here…….”
Ning Cheng unhurriedly said, “Brother Fang, the personalities of two of us are different. Your ship is specifically designed to kill people, and also to refine their souls. Me and you also have no common language between us, I am good person, how can I be together with Primordial Spirit like you in the same place?”
Having said this, Ning Cheng directly pushed the small boat into the sea, he jumped onto it along with An Yi. In just a blink of the eye, the boat that came from the ship disappeared into the vast waters of the Mingot Sea.
When Fang Jiyan saw that Ning Cheng was not throwing fireballs to attack his ship, he was relieved and at the same time cursed out to them, “The two of them had different personalities, what a load of fart, you little bastard, why don’t you take all my Jade pieces? Take away all the things of your father, besides saying those shameless words once again to my face.”
“Big Brother Ning, I think what you did was right, although that Fang was a senior, but he would just casually kill innocent people, this definitely should not happen.” An Yi stood on the boat, and was in admiration of the decision made by Ning Cheng. She felt that she was really starting to understand Ning Cheng.
Ning Cheng was actually embarrassed and standing on one side of the boat he said, “In fact, I am actually not that refined or noble.”
In this world only the strong would have a place of respect in this world, Ning Cheng will not be as noble or refined as to casually blame Fang Jiyan for killing innocent people casually. The main reason why he had left the ship, was because he was afraid of staying there.
Although this Fang person was just a Primordial Spirit, he was already able to shoot groups of such shadowless arrows, the only way he would live together with such a person, was unless he was really tired of living. This Fang Jiyan feared that he would burn his ship, but he also feared Fang Jiyan. If he had the ability to get rid of this Fang Jiyan, perhaps he really would have gotten rid of that guy already. If there was a large ship, who would use a boat? Moreover Ning Cheng knew that burning the boat was something which would harm other without benefiting oneself, Ning Cheng was not brain dead, of course, he would not do such a thing.
An Yi knew that Ning Cheng’s mind was glistening with his intestines, but she still looked at Ning Cheng with an esteemed face and said, “Big Brother Ning, it was fortunate that I met you, if not you, then, I would have to stay back in the Blue Heart Temple, and I think that it would not be easy. As my master had said, perhaps some people might have come there with bad intentions.”
[TL Note – I think what the author meant was that Ning Cheng was pining for the death of Fang Jiyan.]
Ning Cheng did not refute what An Yi had said, he just nodded his head and said, “Before I did not understand anything about Array Formations, and thought that the Blue Heart Temple was a safe place, but I just came to know about it now, it really was not safe there.”
The Array Formation around the Blue Heart Temple, at best, would be able to act against Ning Cheng who was a rookie in this area, but for others it would certainly pose no problem. For someone who was even slightly proficient in the Array Formation Methods, he would be be able to crack it open easily.
“Big Brother Ning, where are we going now?” At this time as they were already in the middle of the sea, and as she depended on Ning Cheng she did not give it any more thought.
“We first start by finding an island nearby to gain experience and to train while simultaneously raising our cultivation levels. After a period of time, the information about us will slowly die down, and then we will go ashore again. Anyway, we have brought more than enough things with us, at least we would not be afraid dying due to starvation.” The boat under Ning Cheng and An Yi could also be stored in the storage bags, and moreover in the storage bags they had enough stockpiles of food and water.
Meanwhile Ning Cheng started to inspect the spoils that he had obtained from Fang Jiyan, An Yi saw that Ning Cheng was occupied with his own matter, and simply rowed the boat.
Miu Wen Hong and his servant did not have a storage bag on them, it showed that storage bags were quite rare, the best thing that San Pi had was a low grade artifact. Miu Wen Hong estimated that the equipment of San Pi was good enough to have an advantage over them, thus he only gave San Pi a low grade artifact.
As for Miu Wen Hong’s articles, apart from some gold coins, there was only some obscene/filthy medicine and the likes. Ning Cheng despised this kind of young master, the kid had advanced to the Qi Gathering 3rd Level, presumably because his spiritual roots were even better than him. This kid placed all his time and energy in the embrace of women’s belly, he even carried things related to it on him, there was basically no good stuff that he could use.
Throwing those things into his storage bag with his hands, Ning Cheng began to continue his studies of Array Formation from the books that An Yi had given him. As for the pieces of Jade that were given to him by Fang, Ning Cheng did not use them. He knew that the him now was still weak, and so trying to study from those Jade pieces would not be possible at the moment.
As Ning Cheng researched the basic Array Formation Methods, he once again entered the sudden enlightenment condition. An Yi and Ning Cheng had not been with each other for a short time, she had long since become accustomed to Ning Cheng’s method of learning. She did not disturb Ning Cheng, and at the same time controlled the boat herself, but she often put some food and water nearby Ning Cheng.
Ning Cheng was completely immersed in his state of concentration, in his mind emerged a three dimensional array formation method screen. The orientation of the array formations was unceasingly evolving in his mind, while it was constantly being modified by him.
Five days flashed by, when Ning Cheng turned the last page of the book, he unexpectedly discovered that he had already completed understanding the foundation array formation methods.
“I had read the book for several years, but was only able to gain a smattering of knowledge, but I did not expect that in just a half a month you would be able to completely comprehend the entire book.” As An Yi saw Ning Cheng turn over the last page of the book, she said quietly from the side.
She had always been a quite person, although for these past ten days, Ning Cheng and she had never said anything to each other, but she did not feel lonely.
Ning Cheng looked at An Yi with an apologetic look in his eyes, and was just about to speak, when a huge wave rushed over, he and An Yi were directly thrown off the boat. The next moment, the sky turned gloomy, with lightning flashing across the sky, followed by the sound of thunder, and raindrops the size of soybeans started falling densely packed together.
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Chapter 0034 – Deserted Island
Ning Cheng was just planning to arrange a separate Rain Array Formation, when the boat was burst open by the wave, and two rows of dense and sharp white teeth tried to bite Ning Cheng.
This time An Yi reacted unexpectedly quicker than Ning Cheng, sending out a Wind Edge past Ning Cheng, it directly split the sea beast with the sharp white teeth letting it fall back into the sea.
Ning Cheng looked at An Yi in a surprised way, in his view, An Yi was always slower than him in reacting, but now, how did she react this quickly? Although this sea beast was nothing to speak of in front of him, as even a cultivator at the Qi Gathering 1st Realm could take care of it easily, but this reaction speed from An Yi made Ning Cheng see her in a high regard.
Seeing the surprised look on Ning Cheng’s face, An Yi said in a shy manner, “These days, there have been a variety of sea animals attacking our boat, I was prepared all the time, so…..”
Ning Cheng suddenly understood, because he was caught up in the research of the Array Formations, An Yi did not allow these low level sea beasts to disturb his research, so she assumed the task of defending him and the boat from the attacks of those wild sea creatures.
Although the strength of these sea beasts were low, it was a thing that most adventures like to hunt the most. There were many valuable things that one could get from the body of these sea beasts, one of these a sea beasts can easily sell for a few dozen gold coins. Ning Cheng, at present, did not care about gold coins, even if it was Qi Gathering Stones, he did not care about it very much. What he cared about were Spirit Stones, in order to practice his cultivation and also increase his Qi, ordinary Qi Gathering Stones were not much use to him.
Another wave arrived, Ning Cheng did not even have the chance to say thanks, when he hurriedly took control of the boat once again. When Ning Cheng was preparing to arrange the Array Formation, he found that he did not even have a single Array Flag, as he basically did not refine any Array Flags. At this point of time, for him, all the Array Formations and the Array Flags, were all theoretical things, at present he could not make them into reality.
The rain was growing harder and harder, and even the waves were growing larger with each passing moment. Ning Cheng and An Yi absolutely did not have any means to take shelter from this rain at this time, the two of them had to control the boat with all their strength, at least they did not want the boat to overturn.
Although Ning Cheng and An Yi were both at Qi Gathering 4th Level, and the heavy rain didn’t seem to stop anytime soon. The two people controlled the boat for the whole day, but unexpectedly it rained harder and harder.
In addition, the waves were also several feet high, although the boat was being controlled by Ning Cheng and An Yi, but it was slowly breaking apart.
A small wooden boat, under this kind of wind and waves, was able to persist for a whole day, it can already be regarded as exceptional.
The boat completely broke apart under the unending storm, and Ning Cheng and An Yi both fell directly into the sea. Ning Cheng first grabbed a wooden plank, and turned to find An Yi, but he could only see a few pieces of An Yi’s clothes. Ning Cheng panicked, while clutching onto the wooden plank, he directly gathered his Qi into his hands and rushed out, grabbed An Yi and held her tight to his bosom.
An Yi was also a cultivator at Qi Gathering 4th Level, but because she did not have any experience of the sea, and as she was constantly fighting the storms and the waves of the sea, she was already very exhausted. Moreover prior to this, she was also constantly taking care of Ning Cheng for nearly a week. At the time when the wooden boat began to split apart, she did not say that she could swim, even if could swim, she would be unable to because of her exhaustion. Fortunately, Ning Cheng was able to react quickly, and caught An Yi with his hands, or else, An Yi feared that she would have been washed away by the rough waves of the sea.
An Yi broke out of the surface of water with the help of Ning Cheng, spat out a few mouthfuls of the sea’s salty water, and said, “Big Brother Ning, are we going to die?”
Ning Cheng was hugging An Yi as he treaded the water, his heart was also gloomy, if he still had the broken wooden plank, maybe he could find a way deal with the situation for some more time, but now he had lost the broken wooden plank, even if he was more powerful, he did not know how long would he be able to persist.
“Big Brother Ning, if the both of us die, will we also become like those soul soldiers, coming in and out of the periphery of the sea everyday?” An Yi said as she unexpectedly thought of the soul soldiers that she heard about back then.
Ning Cheng quickly said, “Don’t go blindly thinking of things, we may not die, as long as the storm stops, we can be perhaps be saved. Well, if we could fly out by riding on the flying sword, we wouldn’t have to be afraid of the waves……”
He did not even speak a few words when a large wave directly crashed onto Ning Cheng, making him plunge into the water again.
After the rough sea wave, An Yi lifted her hand to help Ning Cheng remove her hair that was sticking to his face and said, “Big Brother Ning, it would be better if you let me go, but I am a person who is really afraid. I am not a person who is afraid of death, but I am afraid that I may turn into a soul soldier……”
Ning Cheng was barely holding onto An Yi, but unwillingly said, “Do not be silly, how could I let you go? Death is always death, letting you go is all the same, if two people go with each other at least both of them will have a companion. I have already died once, and if I die once again, perhaps I can still go back…….”
“Big Brother Ning, does a girlfriend have the same meaning as fiance?” An Yi saw that Ning Cheng suddenly turned silent and did not finish his words, and suddenly took the initiative to ask.
Initially An Yi had asked Ning Cheng about his girlfriend, but at that time they were suddenly interrupted by those two cultivators who were flying about and fighting with each other. Ning Cheng did not expect that An Yi would ask about it again in this situation?
Ning Cheng was just thinking about Ning Ruo Lan a moment ago, but now he was thinking of Tian Mu Wan, this time he did not know if he would survive, now that An Yi had asked again, he did not conceal anything and replied directly, “A girlfriend is not a fiancee, to want a girlfriend to become ones fiancee, you have to propose to her and get engaged.”
“Is she your girlfriend because you forgot to propose to her, so did you both ended up in a fight because of that?”
Ning Cheng sighed and said, “That’s not it, that person who is currently is my fiance went in that person’s car in front of me, although I know that she might have done it intentionally, but with my personality I just can’t accept it, I think…..”
An Yi face suddenly changed, and said in a fierce tone, “Big Brother Ning, who is this shameless woman? You still bring her up…….”
Another rough sea wave hit them, Ning Cheng by now had a bit of experience, and holding onto An Yi he plunged into the water, escaping the waves in the process, and once again brought their heads up to the surface.
Wiping the water from his face, Ning Cheng forcibly smiled and said, “An Yi, you mentioned something a moment ago, but I never originally mentioned her.”
In the meantime, in his heart, he was speechless, he knew An Yi hasn’t been to Earth, so this kind of viewpoint can be considered normal. This sense of shame were simply two different things, rather Ning Cheng had no way to explain this kind of thing to An Yi.
“Sorry, Big Brother Ning, I should not have brought it up.” An Yi felt Ning Cheng’s sadness, suddenly even her heart did not feel that good. She had always followed her master to practice cultivation together, but together with Ning Cheng, she felt that she could speak up a little more than with her master.
“An Yi, did you look at those sea beasts that had surprise attacked us?” Ning Cheng said as he subconsciously embraced An Yi tightly, but his heart was cold as ice.
A dense cluster of those sea beasts were approaching Ning Cheng and An Yi, each of those sea beast’s eyes were filled with a bloodthirsty tint, as their sharp white teeth shone. It was obvious that they were seeing them as their prey.
“It’s a type of canine…..” An Yi was in a state of panic, it was inconceivable for her, if the two of them were to be attacked by that dense cluster of sea beasts, then there would not even be a shred of meat left behind.
Ning Cheng took out the flying sword, holding the sword in one of his hands, he darted to the front of the dozens of those sea beasts, and started to directly tear them apart with the sword. These sharp toothed sea beasts immediately surrounded those dead sea beasts, they were entirely eating up their dead comrades that Ning Cheng had cut up just now.
The waves seemed to be getting smaller and smaller, and actually did not crash over them for a long time, but for Ning Cheng it was getting harder every passing moment, he was wielding the flying sword continuously as he killed those sea beasts, while holding An Yi and retreating back as much as possible. Because of the sea’s resistance, he could not increase his speed.
Wanting to survive at any cost, Ning Cheng erupted with an unprecedented power and strength, he took An Yi as he was retreating while killing, unexpectedly, he went on like this for more than half a day. Those sharped toothed sea beasts were just too much, as soon as he killed some, he would have to kill many more.
“An Yi…..” Ning Cheng was going to say that he did not have any more strength to continue, when a piece of reef appeared in front of him.
An Yi also saw the piece of reef at the same time, she was about to speak, when Ning Cheng joyfully shouted, “We have arrived at an island……”
Speaking that, Ning Cheng once again erupted with the last amount of strength that he could muster, with An Yi clutched to his bosom, he started to pick up speed, and eventually rushed out of the water and unexpectedly fell onto the reef on the outer periphery of the island.
After taking a few steps into the island, he could not go any further and fell onto the ground saying, ”Finally escaped with our lives……”
Ning Cheng suddenly stopped speaking, he just stared at An Yi who was pressing her body onto him.
To be honest, Ning Cheng had never regarded An Yi as an adult, but the An Yi now had her clothes completely soaked which showed her exquisite womanly shapes which could even be compared to the best of the women.
Ning Cheng had a unique feeling in his heart, this little nun usually is ordinary at all times, just when did her bosom get so big?
Chapter 0035 – Lansha Island
An Yi did not realize that she was completely exposed in front of Ning Cheng, but instead was tightly holding onto Ning Cheng, and was even trembling.
“An Yi…..” Ning Cheng was just going to ask An Yi if she was alright, but he felt that something was not right, he and An Yi were completely surrounded by a foggy haze, even An Yi’s snow white chest was blocked out by the fog, and appeared indistinctly.
“There are soul souldiers……” An Yi said in a trembling voice, she seemed very afraid of the soul soldiers.
Ning Cheng already threw An Yi’s chest problems aside in his mind, and instantly sat up, he simply refused to be exhausted, he immediately grabbed An Yi and hid behind a protruding piece of rock.
A headless man carrying his head in his hand was slowly moving forward in the foggy haze. After the headless man walked a few steps forward, he suddenly removed his bloody palm from the head in his hands, and then immediately plugged it into the mouth of the head. The head in his other hand, unexpectedly began to slowly chew on that bloody palm.
Ning Cheng’s scalp was tingling unceasingly, even when he was on that Fang’s ship, he did not have this kind of eerie feeling.
After the head completely chewed through the bloody hand, it suddenly turned its head in their direction, the two grey eyes were like dying embers and were staring directly in the direction where Ning Cheng and An Yi were hiding, there was even blood dripping from the corners of its mouth.
Ning Cheng felt his heart turn cold, but at the same time the Mysterious Yellow Bead sent out a strand of Qi again, driving the ice cold feeling out of his body.
Fortunately, it did not seem that that headless man knew that Ning Cheng and An Yi were hiding in the direction he was looking, and it leisurely walked away into the foggy haze disappearing from their view.
“Big Brother, that soul soldier did not have a head…….” An Yi spoke with a bit tremor in her voice, apparently she had not seen such a strange and frightful scene before.
Ning Cheng spoke while lowering his voice, “An Yi, I suspect that it was not a soul soldier that we had first met, we have just arrived on this island. Now suddenly there is a lot of fog around, it simply makes us not see thing clearly. Here it is very likely to be an Array Formation, perhaps it is an Illusion Array Formation. A person that had no head, simply does not exist, it is an illusion produced by our own minds.”
Although he was comforting An Yi, Ning Cheng in his heart was not completely sure either, he could not confirm if that was an illusion or not, because it felt way too real.
After the time it takes for an incense stick to burn, the fog gradually disappeared, and Ning Cheng and An Yi were again able to see the original island that was in front of them.
“I know, this is the Lansha Island.” Ning Cheng finally had something that clicked in his mind, he felt that the surroundings were somewhat familiar, it was clearly depicted in the map provided to them by that Taoist Pu.
Ning Cheng never forgot the details, although he had already thrown away the two route maps, but the Array Formation that was drawn in the route map, he still remembered it clearly. The blue sands in the outer periphery of the Lansha Island were actually the Array Formation that was in front of them.
“What do we do now? I heard that a Golden Cicada Fruit Tree appeared here, it would mean that there will be a lot of people coming over.” said An Yi when heard Ning Cheng say that this island was the Lansha Island, she asked this in a bit worried voice.
Ning Cheng immediately said, “That Taoist Pu wanted us to join their team, they absolutely did not have any good intentions towards us. No matter if this Taoist Pu had already come over before the 15th of that month or during the 15th of this month, currently we do not have sufficient strength to act against them. There are still 15 days till this Island opens once again for the people, we first have to find a safe place to hide.”
If there was even a boat around, Ning Cheng wanted to leave this place as soon as possible. Unfortunately, there was not even a boat around let alone a ship, they simply could not walk away from here. He did not believe that he could obtain the Golden Cicada Fruit, this kind of thing like the Golden Cicada Fruit, it was not something that was easy to obtain, how could that Taoist Pu and the others who were only at the Qi Gathering 3rd Level obtain it?
Ning Cheng and An Yi did not dare to enter the heart of the island, they were walking along the edge of the island for more than an hour, finally they found a huge rock on the side of the island.
Ning Cheng took out the low grade artifact that he had obtained after their confrontation with San Pi, it was a long knife, seeking a secluded place for them to hide, he began to dig with the help of the artifact. Ning Cheng was cultivator at the Qi Gathering 4th Level, in addition he had a low grade artifact, but at the same time he did not cherish that artifact, in as little as half a day, Ning Cheng was able to dig out a huge rocky cavern from the huge stone.
At this time An Yi had already changed into a fresh set of clothes, and followed Ning Cheng into the new cave he had dug out of the huge rock. They had only just entered the freshly made cave, when the foggy haze enveloped the outside once again.
“It is very strange here, I have to find a way to refine some Array Flags, then we can arrange an Array Formation to seal up the entrance. An Yi, you already have the Spirit Stones with you, it’s better if you start practicing your cultivation first.” Said Ning Cheng as he saw the fog outside getting more concentrated as every moment passed by, he was secretly glad that he ended up making the right choice. If he was still in the fog, perhaps he would have already lost his sense of direction and would directly enter into the heart of the island.
An Yi also did not have any objections to the views of Ning Cheng, she knew that Ning Cheng’s cultivation practice needed a huge amount of Spirit Stones, the small amount of Spirit Stones in her possession were meaningless to him, it might be better if she used those for her own cultivation practice. Waiting for her to advance to a higher cultivation level, she would then help Ning Cheng in going out to look Spirit Stones for his cultivation.
Seeing An Yi starting to practice her cultivation, Ning Cheng also took out some materials to start refining an Array Flag. He had never studied refining Array Flags, but inside the books for the basic Array Formation Methods, it did have some simple introductions to it. After two days of exploration and a number of tests, Ning Cheng unexpectedly refined some First Level Array Flags. Though they were still a bit rough, but these Array Flags can be arranged to form a First Level Array Formation.
But Ning Cheng was still very unsatisfied, he was somewhat regretting that he did not ask that Fang for several pieces of jade regarding refining. At this time he was very clear, refining and Array Formations were really closely linked. He was very clear that if he did not learn Refining, then he could not become a good Array Master.
Thinking that Array Formations and Refining were very closely linked, Ning Cheng sighed, Refining was never easier than Alchemy i.e. refining pills of immortality. The Mysterious Yellow Bead could only help in correcting the Cultivation Methods, it actually can’t help him in quickly master the skills of Alchemy and Refining. It appears that even if he mastered more theories of Array Formations, it was unlikely that he would become a powerful Array Master.
After arranging the First Level Concealment Array Formation at the entrance of the cave, Ning Cheng began to take out the several pieces of Jade that he had obtained from Fang. On one of the two pieces of jade for the magical spells, Ning Cheng could not even see a single word. He did not know if his own cultivation level was too low for it or if the Jade piece given to him by Fang was a fake.
Ning Cheng again took out the four pieces of Jade that contained cultivation practice methods, the first one he was not able to see, the second one also he could not see anything, the same with the third one …….
Ning Cheng in his heart felt that he was cheated by Fang, even if he was unable to see everything from the Jade Pieces, with the help of the Mysterious Yellow Bead he could correct the cultivation practice method, making it even more stronger that what the other average Qi Gathering cultivators were practicing. But now he was unable to see even a single word, if that Fang did not lie to him, then what was this?
With this view in mind, Ning Cheng picked up the fourth jade piece, but this time something changed, in the fourth piece Ning Cheng was actually able to read some things while sweeping it with his spiritual sense.
“Wishful Mysterious Wood Tactic……”
Words started to appear in front of Ning Cheng which were no problem to him, but the words that were behind them were becoming more fuzzy, all Ning Cheng could see was ‘Qi Gathering into Building Yuan, achieving True Condensation is true’ at this time, his mind started to hurt, and was unable to look again. However, Ning Cheng had an abnormal memory, as long as he had seen it once he could not simply forget about it.
It was wood based cultivation practice method, Ning Cheng closed his eyes and carefully thought about this cultivation practice method again. After discovering this cultivation practice method, he wanted to see how much further ahead the corrected and modified cultivation practice method would be when compared to the original.
Ning Cheng did not want to practice this cultivation practice method, he was thinking about An Yi. At this time An Yi was practising her cultivation, after Ning Cheng heard the words of Fang, he was thinking about An Yi’s cultivation practice method which seemed to be very general. He interrupted An Yi who was cultivating and asked, “An Yi, what is your spiritual root? Also what cultivation practice method are you using for cultivation?”
An Yi whose eyes were closed just a moment before as she cultivated, opened her eyes and said, “My main spiritual root is of wood, and the cultivation practice method that I can use is ‘Wooden Tactics’. My master said, if I wanted to enter into the True Condensation Realm, then I had to find a new powerful cultivation practice method.”
“Only wood cultivation methods ah, it should be one of the most low grade cultivation methods. Fang gave me this cultivation method, it is the Mysterious Wooden Wishful Tactics, I cannot use it, I am leaving it to you for practicing it.” Ning Cheng said, as he put the Jade Piece in the hands of An Yi.
“Wishful Wood Tactic? This should be a Profound Grade Cultivation Method, my master had not seen something like this, if that Fang had given this to you, then he really must be rich.”
An Yi just took a look at the jade piece, and exclaimed in surprise. Even if she did had a strong last name, receiving a Profound Grade Cultivation Method would really make anyone excited. She certainly knew how precious a Profound Grade Cultivation Practice method is, her master had said that even in a 3 Star Academy, may not even have a few Profound Grade cultivation practice methods.
Most Cultivation Practice methods are classified into low level, followed by the True level, and then the higher one were classified as the Profound Grade. But after the Profound Grade there was another level of cultivation practice methods known as the Tian Level cultivation practice methods, but they were simply stuff of the legends.
Even if An Yi did not have a powerful surname, receiving a Profound Grade cultivation practice method, she just couldn’t wait to start reading and practicing it. Unfortunately her spiritual sense’s strength was less than that of Ning Cheng, she basically could not see even a single word.
Seeing An Yi’s facial expression, Ning Cheng understood that she could not see even a single word from the Jade Piece, and simply said, “I will narrate it to you, you just write it down OK.”
An Yi knew that Ning Cheng was able to read the contents of the Jade Piece and did not feel strange about it, as she spent more time together with Ning Cheng, she was becoming more and more comfortable with the strange affairs of Ning Cheng.
Although An Yi’s memory was quite good, but it was far from being compared with Ning Cheng’s memory which was simply abnormal. Ning Cheng had already demonstrated it several times before, An Yi was fully confident that Ning Cheng would have already completely memorised the Mysterious Wooden Wishful Tactics.
“Big Brother Ning, do you want me to change my cultivation practice method to ‘Mysterious Wooden Wishful Tactics’.” An Yi said after taking a look at the ‘Mysterious Wooden Wishful Tactics’ Cultivation Practice Method, it was immediately clear that it was much more powerful than her own ‘Wood Tactics’ cultivation practice method, but she did not know how many time more powerful it was.
Ning Cheng was the same as An Yi, they did not know that changing a Cultivation Practice Method although it was dangerous, but because the cultivation practice method was much better, so of course they would definitely change to the new and powerful cultivation practice method, this type of thing was not nothing new.
Ning Cheng was just about to approve An Yi’s words, when suddenly a delicate fragrance spread into the cave coming from the entrance. Ning Cheng sniffed it a few time, and he suddenly felt refreshed. He subconsciously stood up, “What’s that smell? It seems similar to the smell of a Spiritual Fruit, or something like that, I think…..”
“It is the Golden Cicada Fruit.” An Yi also stood up, Ning Cheng had read about it in the books of Spiritual Grasses that he had got from An Yi, Ning Cheng was able to tell that it was the smell of the Golden Cicada Fruit from that book, it was obvious that she would also know about it.
“Is it really a Golden Cicada Fruit?” Ning Cheng said in a tone that was filled with excitement.
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Chapter 0036 – Entering The Heart Of Lansha Island
“Is it really the Golden Cicada Fruit?” Ning Cheng said in a tone that was brimming with excitement.
He did not want to enter the heart of the Lansha Island, not because he despised the Golden Cicada Fruit, but he knows that him going there would be useless. His cultivation base was simply too low, he cannot simply go and grab the Golden Cicada Fruit. Moreover he suspected that the fruit was not really the Golden Cicada Fruit.
He could also clearly see that those students from the Clear Heart Academy were also going to the Lansha Island for the Golden Cicada Fruit, and also the worst cultivation level among that group was Qi Gathering 6th Level, if he took something wouldn’t the others be able to snatch the Golden Cicada Fruit from him easily?
“This is not right, An Yi, today does not seems to be the 15th of the month, how can we even smell the aroma of the Golden Cicada Fruit? Did that Taoist Pu deceive us by telling us those things?” Ning Cheng said as he immediately remembered that Taoist Pu had mentioned that one could only enter the Array Formation only on the 15th of every month.
“Big Brother Ning…….” An Yi was just about to call out to Ning Cheng, when she saw in his eyes what Ning Cheng wanted to do.
If they did not smell the aroma of the Golden Cicada Fruit, Ning Cheng would certainly would not have moved, in his view, even if there was a Golden Cicada Fruit, it’s not that he could not get it, but rather the him now he might not even find the Golden Cicada Fruit.
But now it was different, he could clearly smell the aroma of the Golden Cicada Fruit. This indicated that as long as he followed the direction from which the aroma originated, he could certainly arrive at where the was Golden Cicada Fruit.
This issue could not be directly neglected by Ning Cheng, practicing cultivation in this place, if such a fruit like the Golden Cicada Fruit appeared in front of him, if he still remained unconcerned, then what kind of opportunity could he even speak of? ven get such an opportunity in the future? He would have to take this opportunity immediately.
In the Ping Continent, the Golden Cicada Fruit was one of the most valuable kind of Spiritual Fruit, it can help a cultivator at the Qi Gathering Realm to successfully advance to the True Condensation Realm. This kind of thing, how could he give up? If he gave up this time, maybe he would no longer see it. What’s more, perhaps the Golden Cicada Fruit here was ripe, since there was no one here, this was just the right moment to meet.
“An Yi, I decided to go look for the Golden Cicada Fruit, you stay here and wait for me. If I don’t come back, you wait till your Spirit Stones are exhausted, and then look for opportunities to leave this Lansha Island.” Ning Cheng said in a determined voice.
Those words spoken by Ning Cheng, it surprised An Yi as she directly stood up from the ground on which she was practicing and said, “Big Brother Ning, I am coming with you. If you went away, my stay here will be very lonely, I really am very afraid of those soul soldiers.”
Ning Cheng scratched his head and said, “An Yi, I told you, I always wanted to return to my home. My hometown is very far away, and my cultivation is simply very poor and cannot go back. I do not know to what extent would I have to practice cultivation before I can go back, but I do not want to give up, therefore if there is any opportunity for me to advance in my cultivation level, I do not want to let it go.”
“I know that the opportunity to go back is very slim, but no matter how slim the chances are, I will still try to go back. This time if we went to look for the Golden Cicada Fruit together, it would certainly be tough to escape, but I can not give up this opportunity, you must go. You are different from me, your home is here, there is no need for you to accompany me.”
“Big Brother Ning, why do you have to go back to your hometown, isn’t the Ping Continent not good? We can even go to the other continents. Before in the Mingot City, the people from the Clear Heart Academy said something about the enrollment examination of the Clear Heart Academy, we can even go to the Clear Heart Academy. Is it because your girlfriend is in your hometown, therefore you are so worried about it?” An Yi asked carefully.
Ning Cheng shook his head and said, “It is not because of her, it is because of my sister. I have a younger sister, without me, she must be very worried. Unfortunately, I cannot go back to her. Therefore I want to practice cultivation, so that one day when my cultivation base is high enough, and I could go back.”
“Big Brother Ning, I will come with you to find the Golden Cicada Fruit.” said An Yi simply, after listening to his words, she did not give any reason or explanation again.
Ning Cheng looked at An Yi’s determined and firm look, knew that continuing to persuade her would be useless. He just helplessly nodded and said, “All right, but you must always stick to me. With us two together, at least we will not be lonely if death approaches.”
Since Ning Cheng knew that until he cultivates to the Essence Building Realm, only then would he be able to leave the Ping Continent, as for returning to Earth he knew that it was extremely uncertain if he could accomplish it. But as he said, even if there was even the slightest chance, he did not want to give up on it. Don’t give up, even if there was the slightest of chance, if he gave up that opportunity, he knew that there would not be a second one.
Heavens had given him a chance, letting him have the Mysterious Yellow Bead. This Mysterious Yellow Bead went against the will of the heavens, but also needed a large amount of Spirit Stones to help him in practicing cultivation, not only that it also required a lot of spiritual grasses. He did not have any family, he even could not enter into the doors of any Academy, if he did not go desperately looking for various magical things, then who would help him? Besides, even if he wanted to be disciple of an Academy, there would be no such Academy that would take him, who would give him heaps of Spirit Stones just to practice his cultivation.
Ning Cheng led An Yi carefully to the entrance of the reef cave, and directly followed the direction from which the fragrant aroma of the Golden Cicada Fruit came. After the time it takes for an incense stick to burn, that indistinct foggy haze shrouded them once more, Ning Cheng could only vaguely see An Yi close to him.
Ning Cheng grabbed An Yi’s hand, he knows that in this place, if one of them was lost, then the two of them could never be able to be together again.
“Pata, Pata…..” There was a sound of footsteps approaching, Ning Cheng and An Yi immediately stopped.
The footsteps were getting closes, but to the horror of Ning Cheng he could not even see anyone’s shadow, he could only hear the sounds of the footsteps non stop.
Suddenly, the footsteps stopped, it seems that whatever it was, was just a few meters in front of Ning Cheng. An Yi also subconsciously tightened her grip on Ning Cheng, she was just like Ning Cheng, she also could see who those footsteps belonged to.
A kind of cold wave hit them, in Ning Cheng’s eyes there suddenly appeared a bright and clear path, Ning Cheng was just about to pull An Yi onto the path, when the Mysterious Yellow Bead emitted a burst of Qi. This burst of Qi invaded Ning Cheng and the cloudy and cold feeling was instantly dissipated from his body, immediately even the “patter” sounds of the footsteps that Ning Cheng heard had also gone.
“Big Brother Ning, I just now saw a path a moment ago, but that path quickly disappeared, I think it was a fake.” An Yi already understood that path she and Ning Cheng was a fake.
Ning Cheng muttered, “This Mingot Sea Area and the Lansha Island are somewhat strange, before there were soul soldiers, then a man without a head, and now footsteps without people. We cannot go on like this, wait a minute.”
Ning Cheng slightly hesitated for a moment and then he said, “According to the map of Taoist Pu, I feel that the map that he gave us was real.”
An Yi just humphed and did not speak again.
After Ning Cheng recalled the map of the Lansha Island given to him by Taoist Pu, he immediately changed directions. He had committed the map of the Lansha Island to his memory, in addition he could also use one or two Array Formations himself although only low level ones, so after taking just a few step he arrived to find himself in front of a small bend in the road.
When Ning Cheng and An Yi found this curved path, the fog surrounding them also grew a bit lighter. Not only that, the aroma of the Golden Cicada Fruit was getting more concentrated as they moved forward.
“That map is right, let us hurry up.” Ning Cheng said as he tightened his grip on An Yi, as he turned on the small curved path from time to time. Their speed was also getting faster and faster, they also did not encounter anything strange in their path.
After an hour, Ning Cheng and An Yi stopped, in front of them there was no longer a path, the map given to them by Taoist Pu only led so far.
“There is no way ahead.” Ning Cheng said as stared in front of the curved path that disappeared and frowned. He also knows that there was also a Battle Array Formation, unfortunately, that Array Formation was too advanced, currently he had no way to find the correct path.
“Big Brother Ning, the aroma of the Golden Cicada Fruit seems to have disappeared.” An Yi said suddenly.
Ning Cheng was paying careful attention to the path in front of him, at that time he did not pay attention to the aroma of the Golden Cicada Fruit, when An Yi said those words before he could even react. He was not even aware that the aroma of the Golden Cicada Fruit had disappeared.
“An Yi, you stay close to me, I am going down this road, if it is not right, we will come back again.” After Ning Cheng carefully explained to An Yi, he carefully advanced step by step into the curving path.
“Boom……” Ning Cheng had just taken a step forward on this path, when he heard a loud bang in front of him.
At this point of time Ning Cheng was paying attention to everything very carefully, when he heard the first muffled boom, he wanted to turn back to the original path, but when he looked back at the path he found that it had already disappeared. It was as if he had teleported somewhere else, around him there were only weeds and rocks.
“An Yi…..” Ning Cheng felt that something was wrong, and discovered that he did not know when An Yi had disappeared. Next to him there was a hazy fog all around, where did An Yi’s shadow go?
Chapter 0037 – Blood Red Walls Of The Courtyard
Ning Cheng in his heart was suddenly shocked, if An Yi ended up lost in this place then there was no way that he would be able to find her, it was really a narrow escape from death.
“Big Brother Ning……” a panic stricken voice sounded out, Ning Cheng on listening to it immediately knew that An Yi was safe.
At this time Ning Cheng did not think if this sound was really false, and threw himself directly towards the direction of the voice. Immediately he saw in the faint hazy shadow of the frightened An Yi, the distance between him and An Yi was less than 2 meters.
Ning Cheng immediately stepped in front of An Yi and raised his hand to grab An Yi’s hand and said, “What’s the matter, An Yi? I clearly was holding your hand before, how did you come here?”
The hand of An Yi that he was holding was icy cold, but when Ning Cheng caught her hand, the Qi from the mysterious Yellow Bead automatically cleansed the icy cold feeling out of her body. At this time he did not have the time to think how An Yi had suddenly disappeared from his side, nor did he find anything suspicious.
By rights, because of the strange disappearance, he should not have found her so easily.
After An Yi’s hand was grabbed by Ning Cheng, her pale complexion finally turned a bit healthy, she subconsciously approached Ning Cheng, and just said, “Just when I stepped onto the curved path, I found that you were not around. Then I saw a huge back claw grab me, and I was unable to speak. Just before the dark claw was going to pull me, suddenly on my chest a dark yellow light emerged that blocked that jet black claw, and then I screamed out.”
“A dark yellow light emerged from your chest?” Ning Cheng immediately remembered that just before her master died, she had given An Yi a Yellow Jade Pendant, that jade pendant was hanging on An Yi’s chest. Was it that jade pendant that protected An Yi?
Regardless of if it was true or not, this place was somewhat strange,
Ning Cheng took out a string and tied it to his and An Yi’s wrists connecting them together, “An Yi, you and I are going to walk side by side, so that I can avoid not seeing you.”
“This is …..” Ning Cheng was just speaking to An Yi, when he was stunned by the scene in front of him.
In front of An Yi and him appeared a towering blood red wall, the wall seemed to be endless, there was simply no end to it in sight. As to what was on the other side of the wall, it couldn’t be seen. At this point he and An Yi were in front of a door on the wall directly on the road paved with blue stones that they were walking on.
This blue stone paved path lead directly to the door on the blood red walls, the front of the door on the walls was unlatched. For a long time the aroma of the Golden Cicada Fruit did not appear, about this Ning Cheng was very clear, but now the aroma of the Golden Cicada Fruit was coming out from the other side of the wall through the unlatched door.
“Big Brother Ning, the Golden Cicada Fruit seems to be on the other side of the red walls, it seems that this big wall was actually built by the seniors who lived here?” An Yi whispered in the ear of Ning Cheng.
“This is not right……” Ning Cheng was in his mind very clear, he discovered that he could clearly see the front courtyard clearly, he could even see the path leading to it clearly. However in his peripheral vision, and also behind him, it was completely fuzzy.
Ning Cheng forced his Qi to circulate in his body, he did not cultivate the Mysterious Wood Tactics, but rather he practiced his Clan’s modified cultivation practice method, when the Qi of a cultivator is already powerful enough, he would be able to control his Qi actively, and can make his eyes to see more clearly.
At this point he was forcing his Qi to circulate in his body, and wanted to to see if he could see the things around him more clearly. In the next moment, a 1 meter of area around him appeared a bit fuzzy within his consciousness.
This was the result of using his spiritual sense? Ning Cheng had just thought of bringing his spiritual sense to the outside, and was already able to see around one meter around him, before it disappeared once again.
“Are we going in?” An Yi whispered, she suddenly did not want to enter those bloody red walls, she felt that those bloody red walls were a bit strange.
Ning Cheng waved his hand, and once more forced his spiritual sense out of his body, this time he could see an area that was slightly larger than before, his viewing area seemed to have been increased to 1.5 meters. A vague vision of a person appeared within his spiritual sense, this figure seemed to be staring at him and An Yi, and seemed to be lifeless.
Ning Cheng was shocked, he did not think of anything, and sent out a Flame Edge towards it chopping it into two. After he heard a sharp cry, the shadowy figure in front of Ning Cheng disappeared without a trace because of Ning Cheng’s Flame Edge.
Ning Cheng was relieved, although these forms were unable to be perceived by one’s eyes completely, but once they were perceived by his spiritual sense, as long as he could throw out a Flame Edge it could be resolved. From this, he found that using one’s spiritual sense made one much more powerful that just using one’s eye. At this moment Ning Cheng made a firm resolve, when he was practicing cultivation, he must not neglect practicing and strengthening his spiritual sense.
“What’s going on? Big Brother Ning?” An Yi asked as she did not understand why Ning Cheng threw out a Flame Edge suddenly, but the sharp cry that she had heard was crystal clear.
Ning Cheng waved his hand again, and cast out his spiritual sense once again. This time several shadowy figures appeared within his spiritual sense, among a few of those figures Ning Cheng could even feel a breath of life emanating from them. He immediately knew that these few figures and the others were different, it seemed that there were more people in this place that just them. Ning Cheng hurriedly took An Yi and retreated back a few step, hiding in a patch of grass behind them.
When those figures arrived from the curved path in front of the blood red walls of the courtyard in front of the path, Ning Cheng could see them clearly. There were a total of eight people, of these eight people, Ning Cheng even knew four of them. Taoist Pu, Feng Fei Zhang, Tian Fei and Miao Xiu Ming.
After the eight people arrived from the curved road, they immediately saw the blood red walls, but at the same time they also noticed that the door was ajar.
“Thats right, this is definitely the aroma of the Golden Cicada Fruit, it really is here, it also seems that this wall was built around it. If I had not sniffed the aroma, I was thinking that we were going in the wrong way.” One of the Qi Gathering 3rd Level cultivator who had just stepped off from the curved path and had narrow slit like eyes, called out in surprise.
Taoist Pu just said with a sneer, “Xue Sinian, do not blame me for not reminding you. Even if this place was to somehow disappear, it would be a normal thing, we eight people arrived here after breaking the Array Formation by working together, otherwise you probably would have disappeared a long time ago.”
“Yes Yes, what Brother Pu said was right, if not for the map for the Array Formation provided by Brother Pu, we would not have been able to come here. Brother Po’s warning, I have already taken it to heart.” That slit eyed cultivator thought that this Taoist Pu wanted to reaffirm his role in the group, and hurriedly repeated those words many times.
Taoist Pu also did not bother to remind the guy about his role in breaking the Array Formation, it seems that the Array Flags Identifiers and the Array Formation path were inexplicably missing. Fortunately, now that they have reached the blood red wall in front of them, even if the Flag Identifiers was lost, the problem would not be too great.
“Brother Xue, I would like to remind you that you not only play a role in this Array Formation, but also remind you that you should not lose your Flame character.” Feng Fei Zhang understood the meaning of Taoist Pu.
Taoist Pu did not continue to explain, and just said, “After we enter through the blood red walls of the courtyard through the door, do not rush inside, listen to my instructions, each of us eight people will occupy a corner, and we will then proceed to break open the Defensive Array Formation around the Golden Cicada Fruit Tree.”
“Of Course, we will listen to your instructions of Brother Pu, Brother Pu just say the word.” Miao Xiu Ming immediately echoed out, indicating the he insisted on standing on Taoist Pu’s side.
Taoist Pu nodded and said, ”There are already a lot of people who by now have gotten hold of the Lansha Island’s map, but they think that they can only come here on the 15th of every month. What they absolutely do not know, is that the Golden Cicada Fruit matures rapidly by the 10th. Unfortunately, many of them do not have the power to break the Array Formation and thus would fail, even if they knew about it, they would only come here to die. Today is the 9th day, it is exactly the time that suits us to break the Array Formation, and then we can take the Golden Cicada Fruit away.”
Ning Cheng in his heart was cursing Taoist Pu for being so shameless, as he himself said that they could only arrive on the 15th, but fortunately, he arrived at the Lansha Island first. And moreover this guy even had the Flame mark of the talisman, but did not disclose it to the other. If not for him, An Yi would have been one of his victims and would have almost disappeared.
Taoist Pu led the other people to the front of the slightly open door, and pushed it open carefully. The slightly opened door gave out a loud ‘squeak’ sound, it was not exactly loud but it seemed to pierce through and grab at their hearts making them feel uncomfortable.
Looking at the eight people entering the open door from the side, Ning Cheng dispelled the idea of going in behind them. They had not yet entered the blood red walls, but have already seen so many strange and weird things, once they went inside, would that even be good? It was not that he was afraid of getting into trouble, but because his cultivation was very poor, only at the Qi Gathering 4th Level. The Golden Cicada Fruit was definitely good, but it was also possible that he would have to fight for his life in the present situation, it was not worthwhile to gamble with his life in that manner.
Ning Cheng did not plan to go, since the Golden Cicada Fruit was in front of him, he was not the kind of person who would be courteous towards such a shameless person. Ning Cheng already vaguely felt that there was some problems with that Taoist Pu, even though the map and the Array Formation Breaking Methods were provided by Taoist Pu, and even proposing to divide the things equally, he believed that this Taoist Pu was not this kind of a classy guy. But now with those eight people inside, he could not think of how Taoist Pu would use the other seven for his own purpose.
Ning Cheng also did not follow them inside for two reasons, one was he did not know how to get out of that place, and the other was he wanted to kill that Taoist Pu.
Before in the Beast Carriage, that Taoist Pu used the others to blackmail him into joining his team, if he did not do something about this hatred, then this was not Ning Cheng. Moreover, if Taoist Pu came out from the inside of the blood red walls, then it would also mean that he would have obtained the good stuff.
Waiting for the time to pass, on the first day Ning Cheng and An Yi could only hear an intermittent dull thumping sound coming from the inside of the dark red walls. At the start, the interval between the dull thumping sounds was very short, but as the time passed the interval between the dull thumping noises was getting longer and longer while the sound was getting weaker and weaker.
The next day, Ning Cheng and An Yi could not even hear even half a sound coming from inside, the eight people who entered the blood red walls, it was as if mud falling into the sea, it was completely lifeless without any sound.
Ning Cheng did not have to confidence to continue to stay there for longer periods of time, if he continued to stay there, maybe in a few days, many people would start to reach the island. Moreover he had a strange and vague feeling that this fog seemed to have a pair of eyes staring at him and An Yi which made him very uncomfortable.
“Big Brother Ning, I am always feeling that someone is calling for me, wanting me to enter the blood red walls. If you did not hold onto me, I am afraid I wouldn’t be able to resist it.” An Yi whispered into Ning Cheng’s ear.
Ning Cheng was about to speak, when the door in the blood red wall again sent out a ‘squeak’, as Taoist Pu crazily rushed out from the inside. This time that Taoist Pu had disheveled look on him, what happened to his calm appearance from before?
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Chapter 0038 – Unexpected Wealth
Although Taoist Pu looked disheveled, but the excitement in his eyes was difficult to conceal. As he crazily fled towards Ning Cheng, he simply did not pay any attention to Ning Cheng and An Yi who were hiding in front of him.
There was a strong aura coming from the bag he was escaping with, this kind of aura was too familiar with Ning Cheng, it was an aura of Spirit Stones. Ning Cheng was already waiting for Taoist Pu for a long time, it was not the first time that he allowed An Yi to follow him immediately.
At the same time, Ning Cheng could not give up the thought of advancing in his cultivation, he immediately let his spiritual sense to wrap around Taoist Pu’s body. Prior to this, Ning Cheng did not really look down on Taoist Pu. But when his spiritual sense just glanced past Taoist Pu, his heart immediately tightened.
This Taoist Pu looked like he was at the Qi Gathering 3rd Level, but in fact he was clearly at the Qi Gathering 7th Level. He did not know where this person came from, that he would even have such a formidable concealment technique with him, if it was before, Ning Cheng would not even think that the person in front of him was actually at Qi Gathering 7th Level.
He was already in the late stages of the Qi Gathering 7th Level, this guy really hid it very well.
Knowing that this Taoist Pu was already at the Qi Gathering 7th Level, Ning Cheng was no longer as calm as before, he was certain that once Taoist Pu heads into the fog, he would not be able to find him. At this point there was no reason for Taoist Pu to notice him, this Taoist Put was not able to detect his spiritual sense, as he did not seem to have any idea that there were people who were waiting specifically for him in his path.
He could not let this guy escape, thought Ning Cheng as he took out the flying sword without any hesitation, suddenly he stepped forward, and with the flying sword in his hand he decisively swept out with it.
This Taoist Pu had been on this path of the Lansha Island for more than a few dozen times already, and he was very clear that although it looks very scary, in fact, as long as one was proficient in Battle Array Formations, he would not be targeted by the evil spirits who were always eying the path. On course, the prerequisite was that they did not enter the blood red walls, and also did not go into the courtyard behind the blood red walls.
But this Taoist Pu was highly confident in himself, that coupled with his extremely careful nature, in addition to his superior cultivation level, he already surpassed Ning Cheng. When he noticed that the tip of the flying sword was already approaching him, he suddenly twisted his body.
“Puff……” the sword light flashed and blood spurted out, that Taoist Pu did not think that he would not be able to evade Ning Cheng’s strike. That flying sword of Ning Cheng almost directly cut his waist in half, although that wound was not enough to kill him, but it severely injured him.
An Yi had been together with Ning Cheng for a long time now, and since Ning Cheng even protected and sheltered her for several days in the sea, she had already become accustomed to how Ning Cheng did things. Almost in the next moment, she also sent out three Wind Edges, simultaneously cutting the string that tied her to Ning Cheng with her skill.
Taoist Pu had barely escaped the fatal flying sword strike from Ning Cheng, when An Yi’s Wind Edges arrived and detonated on him. But these just gave Taoist Pu a few minor injuries other than the near fatal injury from Ning Cheng, it was still not enough to kill him.
Taoist Pu staggered for a few steps and stopped, at this time Ning Cheng found out, that he and Taoist Pu had come out from the fog, and onto the curved path. As to which curved that he arrived on, Ning Cheng did not care about it. He guessed that since the Taoist Pu also wanted to escape, so he would definitely chose the path that would lead to the exit.
“It is you……” Taoist Pu said as he forcefully suppressed his injuries and turned back to see Ning Cheng carrying the flying sword in his arms.
Ning Cheng did not answer, and once again brought up the flying sword and swept towards him with it, while simultaneously throwing out several Flame Edges. Striking when the iron was hot, that Taoist Pu was already a cultivator at the Qi Gathering 7th Level, if he let him catch his breath, then both him and An Yi would be in some serious trouble.
Taoist Pu’s face immediately turned pale, he saw that Ning Cheng did not even say a word when he continued with his attack, he understood that Ning Cheng undoubtedly wanted to kill him, idle chatter would not help him. Almost at the same time, he drew out a sickle. And swept away with it towards Ning Cheng’s flying sword that had arrived in front of him.
He was not willing, he clearly understood why Ning Cheng wanted to kill him. Before in the beast carriage, if Ning Cheng had dared to disagree to join his team, so as to not leak the secret information, Ning Cheng would have been killed by his hands.
He was not willing, he had just advanced to the Qi Gathering 7th Level before coming to the Lansha Island. This time he also had obtained a massive quantity of extremely precious Spirit Stones, to advance to the True Condensation Realm was just an issue of time for him. But at this crucial point, he was actually ambushed by Ning Cheng.
He did not understand how Ning Cheng could be safe and sound in Lansha Island, there were both Illusionary Array Formations and real evil spirit here, there were even some demon soul soldiers. Without knowing about the intricacies of the Array Formation around here, even if one was a cultivator in the Essence Building Realm, he would not be able to do as he pleased. He concluded that Ning Cheng definitely knew about the Array Formations around here, otherwise how could he hide for that many days and even plan an ambush against him here, but wasn’t even discovered by the evil spirits?
“Weng” a sound was heard, and the sword light was scattered, Ning Cheng just took a few steps back, but Ning Cheng did not stay still, and the flying sword in his hands once again turned into a long sword light.
“You unexpectedly even have an artifact ……” This time Taoist Pu realized his mistake, it seemed that in Ning Cheng’s hand was high quality artifact.
Although he was injured before, but he did not panic, he had the cultivation of Qi Gathering 7th Level, even if he was injured, he thought that he could use the artifact in his hands to easily kill and behead Ning Cheng and An Yi. But now that he confirmed that Ning Cheng also was using an artifact, one which was of even better quality of the artifact in his hands, that Taoist Pu’s eyes were glinting with a hint of panic. Because he felt that, Ning Cheng’s cultivation did not seem to be that of an ordinary Qi Gathering 4th Level.
At this time An Yi once more threw out several Wing Edges towards him, Taoist Pu had to avoid An Yi’s Wind Edges, but simultaneously the Sword Light from Ning Cheng once again reached him.
Taoist Pu wanted to use the sickle artifact in his hand to block it again, but this time when he really tried to block it, he felt a sharp pain from his waist, he had not completely stopped the bleeding from the previous wound when it started spraying blood again. The speed of his sickle immediately slowed down a beat, but at this time the sword light from Ning Cheng already arrived at his side.
The sword light hit his shoulder from the side, immediately splitting him down to his waist into two parts, this Taoist Pu was still extremely unwilling to back down even when dying.
Ning Cheng gasped for breath, and first rushed to pick up the package that Taoist Pu had and threw it into his storage bag behind him, and then sent out a fireball to turn Taoist Pu into ash, after doing all this he said to An Yi, “An Yi, we have to run, I estimate that people from the Mingot City must be about to arrive.”
After the two ran all they way along the curved path, in just less than half an hour, the two once again saw the reef at the seashore. This was not the place were the two had entered the Lansha Island before, but it was actually the other side of the island.
There was a boat that was not very big on its side, Ning Cheng felt happy in his heart, he knew that this boat definitely belonged to Taoist Pu and his group. There were also a bunch of materials from the sea beasts piled up in a heap on the ship’s bow, these materials must have been left here by Taoist Pu and group to take back. Ning Cheng was not very clear about it, whether Taoist Pu was good or evil, he was a cultivator in the Qi Gathering Realm, why would he pay such attention to materials from ordinary sea beasts?
Those materials from the sea beasts, Ning Cheng did not discard them, but pushed them the side, and then quickly set sail and left the Lansha Island.
After the time it takes for half an incense stick to burn, with Ning Cheng and An Yi controlling the wooden boat they had already left the Lansha Island behind in dust.
Only until after that did An Yi heaved a sigh and said, “Big Brother Ning, my heart was constantly being suppressed and filled with panic when we were on the island, it always gave me a very bad feeling.”
Ning Cheng also nodded, “I am the same as you, I always felt that the island was definitely not simple as that. In the future, when our cultivation levels are high enough, we can come again to look at it. An Yi, your pendant should also be a good weapon, you have to carefully take care of it, it should not be found by others.”
An Yi also gave a simple reply, “I know.”
Returning to the sea once again, Ning Cheng first took out the cloth package from inside the storage bag, he wanted to look at his spoils from the battle.
Opening the cloth package, a dazzling white light made Ning Cheng surprised. There was a small pile of at least 4 to 5 hundred of brightly glittering stones. Moreover, when he had previously acquired the Spirit Stones, some of the Spirit Stones were less dazzling. However, this did not affect his cultivation practice.
“An Yi, we became rich, this really is an unexpected wealth.” Ning Cheng said with joy. What he lacked the most was Spirit Stones, but now he already had nearly 500 hundred Spirit Stones, if he required 100 Spirit Stones to advance a level, then maybe with all these Spirit Stones he may be able to reach the peak of the Qi Gathering Realm.
Ning Cheng was just about to share the Spirit Stones with An Yi, when she stopped him from doing it and said, “Big Brother Ning, the Spirit Stones that you gave me last time have still not run out. Moreover you require a lot of Spirit Stones for your cultivation practise, if I do run out, I will ask you again.”
Ning Cheng also thought so, anyway An Yi always followed him, so it was all the same.
After putting away the Spirit Stones, Ning Cheng found a jade box in the bottom of the cloth bag. When he opened the jade box, a familiar aroma greeted him.
“Golden Cicada Fruit……” Ning Cheng and An Yi both simultaneously cried out in surprise.
In the jade box in Ning Cheng’s hands, was lying a green fruit with a golden sheen, this fruit was in the shape of two wings, except these ‘wings’ looked like they were made of pure white silk. No wonder the fruit was called a Cicada Fruit, Ning Cheng thought as he quickly closed the jade cover.
[TL Note – For those who are confused about the description, please refer to this Seed which is actually very close to in description of the Golden Cicada Fruit.]
“That Taoist Pu really has a big mouth, that bastard said a lot about the Golden Cicada Fruit, and now I see this.” After Ning Cheng obtained the Golden Cicada Fruit, in his heart he was glad that he did not work with that guy.
Although they were rushing into the sea, Ning Cheng in his heart was very satisfied, at least he had a great harvest. The only regret that he had was, there was no way for them to save Feng Feizhang who had helped them earlier. He knew that with his ability, his escape from the Lansha Island was purely based on luck, wanting to save Feng Fei Zhang, his strength was simply too poor.
After being happy for a while, Ning Cheng and An Yi quickly became lost. In this immense sea, they simply did not know which direction to go in. The sky over the Mingot Sea was cloudy all year long, so they could not discern any directional signs.
As a few days passed by, Ning Cheng was growing anxious in his heart. He not only could not even find the shore of the Mingot Sea, but he even could not find a small island.
“Big Brother Ning, a ship is coming.” An Yi knew that Ning Cheng was in a bit of hurry, when Ning Cheng saw the ship, he immediately knew that this ship was coming from the direction from which they came.
Chapter 0039 – Where To Go
When Ning Cheng saw the ship coming over, he was surprised in his heart. He was in an urgent need to find another human to find his bearings, but at the same time was afraid to be seen by others. He had already offended two big forces of the Mingot City, he felt that these ships in the Mingot Sea were definitely related to the Mingot City. Once anyone recognized Ning Cheng and An Yi, the result would definitely not be good.
In just a moment, the ship had already arrived close to Ning Cheng’s boat.
“Ha Ha, I did not think that in this vast and endless Mingot Sea, I would be able to meet Brother Ning and his cousin, it really was destined.” A hearty laughter was transmitted.
Ning Cheng was able to immediately recognize the person who this voice belonged to, it was the same person who had helped him back in the Mingot City, Le Bohong. For Le Bohong to appear here, he simply did not need to think about it, he certainly knew that they were coming back from the Lansha Island, but he did not know how their harvest went.
“Brother Le, I am truly happy to see you, it really seemed to be predestined for us to meet again.” Ning Cheng said while he smiled and clasped his hands towards them. But in his heart he was feeling a bit frustrated, he knew that this Bohong guy would definitely ask him what he had come here to do, how should he answer? If he said that he was coming back from the Lansha Island, it would just sound idiotic.
Sure enough Le Bohong immediately asked, “Brother Ning sure has courage, you even dared to behead Mingot City’s Miu Wen Hong, I really admire you. Moreover, Brother Ning you even dare to stay near the Mingot Sea’s shore, you really are quite bold.”
When Ning Cheng saw that Le Bohong’s eyes swept over the pile of materials from the sea beasts, he instantly understood why Taoist Pu had piled up so much material from the sea beasts here. In his heart he couldn’t help admire Taoist Pu, compared to his experience, he was far less when compared to Taoist Pu. Taoist Pu had piled all these materials from the sea beasts, so that he could clearly use it as an excuse for roaming the sea.
After calming his heart a bit, Ning Cheng looked a bit dull and said, “Miu Wen Hong went too far, if I did not have an advanced level thunder and lightning talisman, me and my cousin would have been killed by that person. Killing this man, it was only due to self defence.”
Self defence? Le Bohong was trying to understand the meaning behind the words of Ning Cheng, he immediately agreed and said, “Good thing that Brother Ning killed him, if this kind of two piece shit had tried to bump into me, I would also not hesitate to kill him.”
Ning Cheng in his heart was speechless, you clearly had come from the Clear Heart Academy, if you had killed Miu Wen Hong, you certainly would not have any problems.
Le Bohong did not seem to think about his own background, after he said that one sentence, he stared at Ning Cheng and the pile of sea beasts’ materials on the bow of the boat and said, “Brother Ning, you are already at the Qi Gathering 4th Level, these materials from the sea beasts can only be exchanged for some gold at best. Although you made a lot, but because of your cultivation level it would not be of much help to you.”
Ning Cheng just pretended to be helpless and said, “How could I not know about these, me and my cousin are just two scattered cultivators that do not have any backing, our cultivations are also poor, besides collecting the materials from the sea beasts in the Mingot Sea, we really have nowhere to go.”
Le Bohong listened to Ning Cheng’s words and then said, “Brother Ning, if you believe in my words, you might as well come with me to my Academy to have a look at it. Even if Brother could not enter the Clear Heart Academy as a student, you could still come to work at our Academy, living here in the Mingot Sea waters doing manual labor is just too much. Moreover, Brother Ning you already have thoroughly offended the Mingot City’s Wolf Palace, if you want to survive in this neighborhood with your cousin, it will be somewhat difficult.”
Ning Cheng saw that this Le Bohong was sweeping his eyes over An Yi’s body, how could he not know his thoughts. But what he said was indeed right, he could not continue to stay in the Mingot waters for a long time.
“What Brother Le said is right, before brother explained to me that the Clear Heart Academy was going to recruit students from the entire Ping Continent, the reason I was collecting these materials from the sea beasts, was precisely in order to gather enough travel expenses to go to the Clear Heart Academy.” Ning Cheng said these words to Le Bohong.
Le Bohong looked at Ning Cheng sternly and said, “Brother Ning, if I may say so frankly. If Brother Ning intends to rely only on gold coins as travel expenses to go to the Clear Heart Academy, even if you immediately set of, you would hardly be able to arrive at the Clear Heart Academy in a year. Two weeks later, there is an airship that will pass by Mingot City. We are going to take this airship back to the Clear Heart Academy. Brother Ning if you do not mind, we can go together.”
Ning Cheng was very moved in his heart, but he just shook his head and said immediately, “I have already offended two powerful forces of the Mingot City, and even if I arrive at the airship passing through the Mingot City, I do not have enough gold coins to pay for it.”
Le Bohong laughed, “Brother Ning, you should come sit in this airship, this airship belongs to the category of large aircraft type artifacts, they do not accept gold coins.At worst they accept Qi Gathering stones for short distances, but for long distances, they will not accept Qi Gathering Stones, but what they require is low grade Spirit Stones.”
“Low Grade Spirit Stones?” Ning Cheng repeated those words, with a shock on his face.
The woman standing behind Le Bohong suddenly said, “Rather that stopping and speaking in the sea, we might as well speak about it on our ship.”
Ning Cheng, although did not know the name of that woman, but Ning Cheng had seem them in the Mingot City. Qi Gathering 7th Level, according to the badge on her chest, she should also be from the Clear Heart Academy.
Le Bohong after listening to the words from the woman, looked at Ning Cheng apologetically and said, “Brother Ning, let me introduce you, this here is Junior Sister Apprentice Lu Xue.”
He then pointed to the other two men and said, “These two are Yin Wen Guang and He Xu Xiang, this time the four of us had come out together to gain experience, this time we have been already in the Mingot waters for many days, and we were just going back. What Junior Sister Apprentice Lu Xue said was true, Brother Ning why don’t you abandon your boat and come join us and our peers.”
Have to say this Le Bohong spoke in a very gracious manner, telling Ning Cheng to abandon his boat, what he wanted to say was that his boat was worthless, might as well abandon it.
This time Ning Cheng did not hesitate, and gave An Yi a meaningful look, took out the cloth bag from the cabin and led An Yi to board Le Bohong’s ship. Now Ning Cheng’s boat did not have anyone to control it, and instantly it and Le Bohong’s ship separated from each other and disappeared into the boundless sea.
Seeing Ning Cheng abandoning his ship and travelling together with his companions, Le Bohong said with enthusiasm, “From the Mingot City to travel to the Calm Heart Academy is two Spirit Stones per person, Brother Ning do you have enough Spirit Stones……”
Ning Cheng knew that Le Bohong wanted to say something, but he quickly waved his hand and said, “I do have a knife, Brother Le can you help me see how much is it worth? If it would be enough for our travel expenses.”
While speaking, Ning Cheng already took out a knife that was wrapped in the cloth. Before Feng Fei Zhang helped him with the travel expenses of the beast carriage, he still owed Feng Fei Zhang a favor, but he also knew that he would not be able to repay it now. At this point of time Ning Cheng did not want to owe favors to other people for no reason.
“Hey, Brother Ning also has a low grade artifact?” Le Bohong saw Ning Cheng take out the knife, he was immediately startled and said those words. But he immediately guessed that, this artifact must be of Miu Wen Hong.
“I will give you four pieces of Spirit Stones for this knife.” that person Lu Xue who had invited them before, immediately said to Ning Cheng and An Yi.
Ning Cheng listened to Lu Xue’s words, and he immediately knew that this knife was probably not worth four Spirit Stones, Lu Xue thought that she could help them in this way.
Even if he knew that Lu Xue wanted to help them, Ning Cheng gave the knife to Lu Xue and said, “Thank you Senior Sister Apprentice Lu, you do not have to give those Spirit Stones to me, as long as when the time comes, Elder Sister Lu please help us pay the fare once for us.”
Seeing Ning Cheng not taking advantage of Le Bohong, many people’s view about Ning Cheng changed.
Ning Cheng also introduced An Yi, and soon the people began to warm up to them, and starting talking in a familiar way.
Ning Cheng also learned from Le Bohong that they had truly came back from the Lansha Island, this time there were hundreds of cultivators going to the Lansha Island, and there were even cultivators who were in the Qi Gathering 1st and 2nd Level.
Le Bohong and the few people who had a set of high level defensive Array Formations, were lucky to survive the robberies unharmed. However there were several people who did not want continue towards the heart of the island, and immediately returned.
“I am certain, that the news of the Golden Cicada Fruit was actually made up by the people.” A man with dusky skin who was introduced as Yin Wen said with some indignation .
Ning Cheng looked puzzled and asked, “Why does Brother Yin has such an affirmation? Did nobody who entered the Lansha Island not obtained the Golden Cicada Fruit?”
Ning Cheng certainly knew that the Lansha Island did contain the Golden Cicada Fruit, otherwise it would be impossible for Taoist Pu to obtain this kind of a thing.
Le Bohong showed a faint smile: “Brother Ning may not know about it, but Wen Guang is from the Drug Division of the Clear Heart Academy, he specialises in a variety of Medicinal Solutions, and is also known to concoct Elixirs, so Wen Guang could definitely say those words with a certain assurance.”
Ning Cheng already knew what Medical Solutions were, and was comparing the Clear Heart Academy with the Universities back on Earth, it seems that even in this world the Academies also had various other subjects.
That Wen Guang also was not modest, and said directly, “After the Golden Cicada Fruit matures, it will have an extremely thick aroma of a spiritual fruit, the entire Lansha Island is within the range of that aroma, if there was actually a Golden Cicada Fruit, I would have surely smelt the aroma already. After we entered the island, there was not even the slightest hint of the aroma of the Golden Cicada Fruit, I immediately knew that the Lansha Island should have been a scam.”
“Brother Le, since the Clear Heart Academy has the Drug Division, does it also have other divisions like the Refining Division and the Array Formation Division?” Ning Cheng was not willing to continue the topic of Lansha Island, but he was definitely more interested in the different Divisions of the Clear Heart Academy.
Le Bohong shook his head and said, “That is not the case, I heard that only in the 6 Star Academies will they have such Divisions. The Clear Heart Academy does not have this kind of strength, besides the Drug Division, the rest are just mixtures of each other. They are based solely on the cultivation and a few other points, of course, if there was an exceptional student with good qualification, the teachers would coach them separately. Once an Apprentice Disciple is selected by a teacher, then he could have more cultivation resources.”
Ning Cheng suddenly asked, “Your cultivations are already high, can it be said that you all are also individual Apprentice Disciples too?”
Le Bohong just chuckled and said, “Brother Ning, we are just cultivators of the Qi Gathering Realm, it really is not much, with my age and cultivation of the Qi Gathering Realm, I can only be described as an above average disciple, I can barely even enter the core classes with my qualification.
Ning Cheng was thinking that if it was like this in a 3 Star Academy, then what about the 5 Star Academy that Ji Luo Fei went to, after he heard the words of Le Bohong, Ning Cheng was really surprised. Listening to Le Bohong’s words meaning, it seemed that in the Clear Heart 3 Star Academy students of the late stage Qi Gathering Realm were really commonplace, it seems that that there were even many student with the cultivation in the True Condensation Realm studying there.
Seeing Ning Cheng surprised, Le Bohong suddenly asked, “Brother Ning you look quite young, but you already are at the Qi Gathering 4th Level, presumably your qualifications are not bad, right?”
Ning Cheng said with a wry smile, “I only have a three line hybrid support spiritual root, I was only able to advance to the Qi Gathering 4th Level, because I luckily came across 5 pieces of a good quality Qi Gathering Pills by chance that’s all.”
If Le Bohong asked about the origins of it, Ning Cheng could just push it onto the Ji Luo Fei’s aunt and use her as a shield.
After hearing the words of Ning Cheng, the other people with Le Bohong just looked at each other, in their view, if Ning Cheng could advance to the Qi Gathering 4th Level in such a poor environment, then his spiritual root was certainly not bad. But they did not think that he would merely have a three line hybrid support spiritual root, with such a spiritual root it was just not worth for them to make friends with him.
Chapter 0040 – Return To Mingot City
Not to mention that Ning Cheng used 5 Qi Gathering Pills in order to advance to the Qi Gathering 4th Level, showing the extent of his hybrid support spiritual root, it was simply horrible.
“Ning Cheng, your spiritual root is so poor, why didn’t you give those Qi Gathering Pills to your cousin An Yi? Is your cousin’s spiritual roots also as bad as yours?” Lu Xue directly called out using Ning Cheng’s name.
Ning Cheng did not mind it, in this world this was the reality. His spiritual root is of a poor quality, it was apparent that he had no future. Letting cultivators, who were already at Qi Gathering 7th Level, call him Brother Ning, it was just not realistic. Anyone would look down on such a relationship, in fact, just as the saying goes birds of the same feather flock together, these words can be applicable anywhere. He and Le Bohong, Lu Xue and the rest were simply not in the same group.
Now that Lu Xue asked about An Yi, Ning Cheng quickly said, “My cousin has a pure wooden spiritual root, it’s long way out when compared to my own. But when she was young she went away with her master, and stayed with her till her master died, only then did I find her. At that time, my Qi Gathering Pills were already finished.”
If An Yi’s spiritual root was bad, maybe Le Bohong and his people would not take them to the Clear Heart Academy. They may even leave him and his cousin in the Mingot waters or try something worse with them, he was really not sure if he, Ning Cheng, could even escape being killed by the several forces of the Mingot City.
“Junior Sister Apprentice An Yi, do you really have a pure wooden spiritual root?” Lu Xue’s eyes lit up and immediately asked.
It was not only did Lu Xue’s eyes that were shining brightly, even the other people were looking at An Yi with envious looks. Having a pure wooden spiritual root, one could not only easily enter the Clear Heart Academy, but even a teacher would also accept her to mentor her as her Master.
An Yi nodded, “Yes, I do have a pure wooden spiritual root.”
Learning that An Yi did indeed have a pure wooden spiritual root, Le Bohong and the others suddenly became more enthusiastic, but rather their enthusiasm had shifted from Ning Cheng, and onto An Yi.
Ning Cheng did not mind it, with she having a pure wooden spiritual root, he knew that it was the right and proper thing to do.
Three days later Ning Cheng followed Le Bohong and the the several people to return to the Mingot City once more. This was Ning Cheng’s second visit to the Mingot City, the first time he had come here, he had stayed there for less than half an hour, before he had to leave.
This time he was absolutely helpless, if he did not follow Le Bohong and the others, he did not know what the people from the Clear Heart Academy would do to them.
Mingot City remained the same, but at the entrance of the Mingot City was an short figure, but he was extremely fierce looking.
“Ning Cheng, that person is called Miu Li Hu, and is one of the big shots of the Wolf Palace, the one you killed, Miu Wen Hong, was his son, I heard that this person covers his shortcomings extremely closely. You do not need to worry, you are now a person of the Clear Heart Academy, how could he even hurt you.” Le Bohong after knowing that Ning Cheng only had a hybrid support spiritual root, in addition to his age being older than Ning Cheng, he no longer called him as Brother Ning. However he was still fairly polite, except for the change in addressing him, he did not change anything else, as he did not know if Ning Cheng and An Yi had a deep relationship.
Without even Le Bohong speaking those words to him, Ning Cheng could already feel that that short guy was staring at him with his eyes filled with killing intent. Le Bohong said that this person was Miu Wen Hong’s father, evidently he was not wrong about it.
“Was it you who killed my son Wen Hong?” Miu Li Hu still held back his anger in front of Le Bohong, but looked at Ning Cheng with a ruthless and severe stare and asked.
Ning Cheng’s heart sank, he felt that Miu Li Hu simply did not put Le Bohong and the others in his eyes. Moreover Miu Li Hu’s cultivation level, he could not see through it. Since he could not see through his cultivation level, it was obvious that Miu Li Hu was, without a doubt, a cultivator in the True Condensation Realm.
“Who is your son?” Ning Cheng calmly said, while simultaneously thinking in his heart, that if Le Bohong did not help him, what should he do?
“My son is Miu Wen Hong, who chased after you, but did not come back, wasn’t it you who killed my child? You will leave your head behind in order to pay homage to my child now.” Miu Li Hu unceremoniously said, as he stepped forward, and moved his hands towards Ning Cheng.
Le Bohong did not think that Miu Li Hu would not even look him in the eyes, and even step forward, his face sank and said, “Miu Li Hu, what do you mean by that? Do you not even keep the Clear Heart Academy in your eyes?”
Miu Li Hu’s red eyes stared at Le Bohong and said, “I have always respected the Clear Heart Academy, but my son was killed, moreover the person who killed him does not belong to the Clear Heart Academy, why would the Clear Heart Academy step forward to stop me from taking revenge for my dead son?”
Le Bohong did not expect that Miu Li Hu did not fear the Clear Heart Academy and would even dare to argue with him, his face immediately turned red.
Lu Xue came forward and said, “Lord of the Wolf Palace, you killing Ning Cheng does not matter, but I am sure that if you kill Ning Cheng now, a month later, the Wolf Palace would be exterminated from this place, then the Miu Clan will not even have a single person left alive.”
The words from Lu Xue, suddenly chilled Miu Li Hu to the bone, even his hatred had cooled down a lot. If the people from the Clear Heart Academy were determined to guard this Ning kid, he simply would not be able to kill him anytime soon, unless he wanted to be a fugitive. But he did not understand just how did this kid make the students from the Clear Heart Academy come forward to help him?
Thinking of this, Miu Li Hu became calmer, he turned to Lu Xue and said while clasping his hands, “I, Miu Li Hu, am capable in my mind, I know that this kid is not a part of the Clear Heart Academy, I know this very well. Why does the Clear Heart Academy want to destroy me, when this matter doesn’t even involve the Clear Heart Academy with the Wolf Palace, just where is the justice in this?”
Lu Xue just sneered and said, “Discriminating against you, do not speak about morality and justice? Master Miu, others may be able to say that sentence to me, but what you just said was a slap to your own face. Do you even know what kind of a son you had, tell me one person in this Mingot City who doesn’t know about your son’s character. Do you think that only your son has the right to kill others, but others do not have the right kill your son?”
After saying those words, Lu Xue was disinclined to speak more words with Miu Li Hu, pointed at An Yi and directly said, “She is the cousin of Ning Cheng, do you even know that she is a person from the Clear Heart Academy? An Yi has a pure wooden spiritual root, do you even understand what it means, that as a Clear Heart Academy’s student, she is already qualified to be a core disciple of the Clear Heart Academy. Therefore, An Yi is already equal to a core disciple of the Clear Heart Academy, and Ning Cheng is her cousin, if you do not want want your Wolf Palace, and are even willing to destroy your Miu Clan, then you can go ahead and kill him.”
Because Miu Li Hu did not give him any face, Le Bohong’s face was already dark. After Lu Xue finished, he did not wait for Miu Li Hu to reply and coldly continued, “Miu Li Hu, do not think that just because this is Mingot City, and that you are also a cultivator of the True Condensation Realm, so you can show your swagger before others. I do not even put you even in my eyes, even if I did not have the heart to kill you, as long as I even mention your name in the Academy, I am pretty sure there would be many people that would come for your head for the Academy. ”
This time Miu Li Hu seemed to have completely calmed down, but there were many veins that stood out on his hands. But he knew that Le Bohong had not lied to him, once he angered the disciples of the Clear Heart Academy. He knew that in Mingot City there were already a lot of people who would even sacrifice their lives for even getting a bone to enter the Clear Heart Academy, him being a cultivator of the True Condensation Realm was really nothing compared to it. Wolf Palace was not even the dominant power of the Mingot City. Even if he took a step back, nobody would help him in engaging the disciples of the Clear Heart Academy, Ning Cheng even had a cousin with a pure spiritual root, how could he let Ning Cheng go, unless he could kill them together. Otherwise it would only create future troubles for him.
Miu Li Hu stared at Ning Cheng with a wicked and ferocious stare, and eventually gave up, turned and quickly disappeared into the Mingot City. He must kill Ning Cheng, however he had to find an alternate way to accomplish it.
Ning Cheng tuned towards Le Bohong and Lu Xue and clasped his hands and said thanks, but in his heart he had already made up his mind. He must make sure to hold his destiny in his own hands, the feeling of depending on such people made him really uncomfortable. At this time he had already gotten his hands on several hundred Spirit Stones, as well as the Golden Cicada Fruit, who knows maybe he could even enter the True Condensation Realm with its help?
“It is just a small matter, we will wait for a few days in the Mingot City, in a few days, we will board the airship type artifact that will be visiting here from the Ming Yi Country.” Le Bohong said in an extremely casual tone.
Ning Cheng and An Yi followed the arrangement made by Le Bohong, and also started to understand the minds of the disciple that were admitted into the Clear Heart Academy. Lu Xue would also often seek An Yi from time to time, to discuss cultivation, and even trying to deepen their relationship. After learning that Ning Cheng had a hybrid support spiritual root, there was practically no one who came to seek him out apart from Le Bohong who only came occasionally, other than him no one came even close to him.
Ning Cheng was also aware of this, and did not go out to seek Le Bohong to deepen their relations. He did not dare to stick himself with the other’s cultivation practice, and simply began to study his own Array Formations Methods. His knowledge about it was only at the basic level, now that he was concentrating on researching Array Formation Methods, with the help of the Mysterious Yellow Bead, this knowledge about Array Formations grew leaps and bounds.
On this day Ning Cheng was preparing a Level Two Array Formation, when An Yi knocked on his door.
“Big Brother Ning……” An Yi had just said a few words, when Ning Cheng beckoned her with his hands and said, “An Yi, from now on, call me by my name, or simply as ‘Cousin’.”
Call Big Brother Ning, as her cousin, ‘cousin’?
An Yi simply didn’t think much and omitted the word Ning before saying, “Big Brother, the airship has stopped outside Mingot City, Sister Lu Xue asked me to ask you to come onboard together.”
Chapter 0041 – Separated
“An Yi you are now a Junior Sister Apprentice, I introduced you to her once, this is the Clear Heart Academy’s Senior Sister Apprentice Yong Gu Yun, Senior Sister Yong helps the Clear Heart Academy in choosing which students to take back……” when Ning Cheng and An Yi comes out, Lu Xue introduced An Yi with enthusiasm, besides her, there were already several people gathered near her, some of them were telling each other the dangers and the resulting experiences that they had come across, some of them were saying that it was time to choose students from the Ping Continent for the Clear Heart Academy.
Le Bohong was also with Lu Xue, there was also a circle of people gathered around them, and were jubilantly discussing thing with each other.
Ning Cheng knew that he himself did not belong to any of the circles, those people gossiping around in the circles, the worst cultivation among them was Qi Gathering 6th Level, while Yong Gu Yun was at the pinnacle of the Qi Gathering 8th Level. In contrast, his cultivation of the Qi Gathering 4th Level really did not belong in this place. An Yi was able to become friends with the enthusiastic Lu Xue, he estimated that it was because of her spiritual root. If An Yi was the same as him, having a hybrid support spiritual root, surely even she would not have the qualifications to be in that circle.
An Yi already was a person who did not talk much, especially after her Master’s death which was a great blow to her. However recently, she had been following Ning Cheng and even risking her life together with him, and had seen too many things, after seeing so many things her heart was slowly starting to open up. In addition Lu Xue was also a woman, so there was a lot of common topics between them. As Lu Xue deliberately wanted to become close friends with her, she thought that An Yi had no experience in such matters and thus gradually integrated her into her circle.
Ning Cheng also did not go interrupt them, as he was looking at the huge airship type artifact in front of him. On his planet Earth, he had never boarded a plane, but he knew how big the planes were. Now in his opinion, even the largest plane was smaller than the huge airship type artifact in front of him by at least a dozen times, this was a genuine giant.
This huge airship type artifact was going to fly, he did not know if it purely depended on Spirit Stones, of if there was something else that powered it. He did not believe that this kind of huge airship did not have a power source, as it would not fly for no reason.
Only when it was time to board, did An Yi had the opportunity to excuse herself to go call Ning Cheng.
“Who is he?” Yong Gu Yun thought she knew everything about An Yi even better than herself, she also similarly had a pure spiritual root, and thus paid a high attention to An Yi, now that An Yi had specifically gone to call a cultivator at the Qi Gathering 4th Level, she asked with some doubt.
Lu Xue looked back at An Yi and said while sighing, “That is An Yi’s cousin Ning Cheng, An Yi and his relationship doesn’t seem to normal.”
Yong Gu Yun immediately asks, “What is Ning Cheng’s Spiritual Root?”
Lu Xue shook her head and said, “I heard that it was a very disappointing multi line hybrid support spiritual root, he and An Yi are just opposites in this matter.”
“Impossible, in the waters of the Mingot Sea, how can one with a multi line hybrid support spiritual root practice cultivation? Looking at his Qi fluctuations, he should be at the Qi Gathering 4th Level, right?” Yong Gu Yun asked in a surprised way.
“It is because of chance, he had obtained 5 Qi Gathering Pills.” Le Bohong came over with a smile, “However Ning Cheng is still quite good, and is highly principled, unfortunately, it seems that in this life, he is likely to stop at just the Qi Gathering Realm, I think that it would be even difficult for him to reach the Qi Gathering 7th Level.”
“If that is the case, he really should not got to the Clear Heart Academy. To arrive at the Clear Heart Academy, An Yi would certainly be taken in as a disciple by an Elder in the Essence Building Realm, it would be difficult for Ning Cheng to see her again.” Yong Gu Yun said while smiling and looking in the direction of Ning Cheng.
Ning Cheng did not know what the others were thinking of him, however he was a person from Earth, he was already well versed with the changes in human feelings. He could even anticipate what would happen to him once he arrived at the Clear Heart Academy, he would definitely not be treated well. At this time An Yi came to him to call him to get onboard, he swept his eyes over the rest of the students from the Clear Heart Academy, and said to An Yi, “An Yi, with your spiritual roots you can easily go into the Clear Heart Academy, and would definitely have a well known teacher to guide you, you can even become a core student of the Clear Heart Academy. The chances of us meeting in the future will be very few, it is better if I share some of my Spirit Stones with you.”
An Yi in her mind was very surprised, and hastily said, “Big Brother, I will always be together with you, my master also said, she wanted me to be together with you.”
Ning Cheng forced out a wry smile and said, “An Yi, at that time your master had said that, because at that time you did not have any friends, and also did not have anyone else, now that you have friends, you could clearly focus on your cultivation practice in the Clear Heart Academy. If your master was still alive, even she would not want you and me to be together.”
“No, I must be together with you.” An Yi stubbornly said. She did not have many reasons to argue with Ning Cheng, she simply felt that she would only be happy in being together with Ning Cheng, it just felt comfortable in her heart.
Ning Cheng sighed darkly and said, “We must leave Mingot City, wait until we reach the Clear Heart Academy and practice hard, I believe that the Clear Heart Academy will give a lot of training resources to you. Moreover, even your master said that your background is not ordinary, if your cultivation level does not rise up, there is absolutely no way of knowing your origins. More importantly, if you became the core disciple of the Academy, and if you and I are still together, maybe the Academy would think that I am the one who held you back.”
An Yi fell silent, she no longer was the pure young nun who had just stepped out of the temple. She understood the meaning of Ning Cheng’s words, Ning Cheng’s spiritual root was very poor, if she went along with Ning Cheng, perhaps the Academy would kill Ning Cheng for holding her back. In this period of time together with him, she had already seen too many bloody things.
“I understand, I will remember Big Brother’s words.” An Yi had already had secretly made up her heart, she must try hard to practice cultivation, when her cultivation level was high enough, then she would help Ning Cheng in seeking more Spirit Stones.
Ning Cheng in his heart was very upset, now when he saw An Yi, going to the Clear Heart Academy, he knew that it would be very difficult for them to meet.
“After I arrive at the Academy, I would definitely have more practice resources, you do not have to give me those things immediately. The amount of cultivation resources needed by you are definitely more.” An Yi had seen Ning Cheng practice his cultivation, she knew that Ning Cheng needed a scary amount of Spirit Stones to practice his cultivation. Although Ning Cheng had obtained several hundred pieces of Spirit Stones previously, she knew that it was definitely not enough for him.
“An Yi, let’s go aboard.” Lu Xue called from afar.
Ning Cheng took An Yi’s hand and said, “Come on, let’s go aboard.”
Miao Lihu who was standing far away to one side was staring at the back of Ning Cheng and An Yi with raw hate, he pledged in his heart, even if he had to sacrifice the Wolf’s Palace, he would secretly follow them to the Ming Ye country, then he would try to find opportunities to kill Ning Cheng.
Ning Cheng had not guessed wrong, when he and An Yi went aboard, An Yi was put in a better room than him, only after Ning Cheng asked the other people to show him the way did he know, that this airship really had a partnership with the Clear Heart Academy and the Ming Ye Country.
Ning Cheng was also not the only person who occupied his room, but there were also five other people whom he did not know who were also staying in that room. These five people were very young and had the same characteristics, the oldest one was about 20 years in age.
This made Ning Cheng relax a bit, his cultivation level in this room was finally not the worst one. This room had five people, and there were only two of them who were at the Qi Gathering 4th Level.
“Are you also students from the Clear Heart Academy?” Ning Cheng asked as he clasped his hands. His was a bit surprised in his heart, even if it was the Clear Heart Academy, cultivators in the Qi Gathering 2nd Level earning 2 low grade Spirit Stones for the fare was definitely not a simple thing, right?
One of them who was the same as Ning Cheng, a teenager with the same cultivation level of Qi Gathering 4th Level said, “Of course not, are you not going to the Clear Heart Academy to be selected, are you also not going to participate in the admission selection of the Clear Heart Academy? Only by passing the Academy’s selection, would you be considered as a student of the Clear Heart Academy.”
Ning Cheng suddenly came to understand, before he had heard that this airship had a partnership with the Min Yi Country and the Clear Heart Academy. It seems that this ship went around the whole Ping Continent, in all directions to select youths with good aptitudes to enter the Clear Heart Academy, once they pass the test, they would then become the students of the Clear Heart Academy. Le Bohong said that one required 2 Spirit Stones to embark on this airship, perhaps it was to help him open a backdoor for him and An Yi.
Ning Cheng quickly familiarized himself with the other people, these people were just like Ning Cheng had guessed them to be, they all had come from different regions to join the Clear Heart Academy, and were getting ready to participate in the selection tests of the Clear Heart Academy. The qualification of several people in his room could be considered as the bottom of all the people on board, despite being in the bottom, the worst one of them had a better qualifications than Ning Cheng, at least they had a primary spiritual root.
“What would happen if we fail the tests?” Ning Cheng suddenly thought, if they failed in passing the entrance test, the Clear Heart Academy would certainly not recruit them, it was certain that there would not be any airships that would send them back.
A skinny teenager was was at the Qi Gathering 3rd Level clenched his fist and said, “I have to pass it.”
Seeing him and Ning Cheng, a teenager at the Qi Gathering 4th Level said with contempt, “If you could really pass the test, then the rest of us can reach the moon in a single jump, if you can’t pass, you could only stay in the Ming Ye Country to seek living. If someone wants to return home from Ming Ye Country, you would just be seeking death.”
Finished saying that with a sigh, he said, “If you have at least Yu Hong Feng’s type of spiritual root, then you do not have to worry.”
“Who is Yu Hong Feng?” Ning Cheng asked.
“He is a person who selected by Yu Anguo, I heard that he would only select students who have a golden spiritual roots. Even the elders on the airship are very polite to him, he has boundless prospects …….” The teenager at the Qi Gathering 4th Level replied with some envy in his voice.
Ning Cheng was moved in his heart, a pure spiritual root was given such attention, would that also mean that An Yi would also share the same attention?
At this time, the door of the room was opened with a slight squeak, and a boy wearing a blue robe came in carrying a wooden tray, on the wooden tray were several similar lunch boxes.
“Here is your dinner.” That blue robed youth said without even showing the slightest feeling.
Ning Cheng knew that there would be a person who would come to deliver the food, it seems that the treatment here was not as bad as he thought. It seemed that the other teenagers in the room were already accustomed to it, and hurried to take their lunch boxes. After Ning Cheng took his lunch box, he asked the meal delivery boy in a very kind way, “Excuse me my friend, where does the disciples with pure spiritual roots live?”
The meal delivery youth gave Ning Cheng a surprised look, and then he said, “They live in the core area, do not try to go looking for them, otherwise you would soon be kicked out of the airship.”
The teenager at the Qi Gathering 4th Level heard the exchange, asked in a puzzled way, “Is Yu Hong Feng not the only person with a pure spiritual root?”
“Of course not, I have heard that this time in the Mingot Sea they were able to find a person with a pure wooden spiritual root.” The meal delivery youth immediately replied.
Ning Cheng knew that the other party would definitely keep An Yi safe, having heard that he understood that An Yi would definitely be properly taken of. But he was still very worried in his heart, and also asked, “If I wanted to meet one of the students with the pure spiritual roots, will there be trouble?”
“It is not troublesome, tomorrow night the people on board will throw a welcoming party for the two people with the pure spiritual roots. If you have to ability to get the admission tickets, then you can go see them.” This meal delivery youth smiled at Ning Cheng thinking that he was overestimating his own ability, after saying that, he did not continue to exchange words with Ning Cheng, and turned around to leave the room.
Translated and Checked By – DemonKillerEdited and Proofread By – CurlyAdi
Chapter 0042 – You’re Such A Bitch
The meal delivery boy had just left, when the gate was shoved open again, this time a middle aged beautiful woman came in.
Besides Ning Cheng, when the other five teenagers saw this middle aged beautiful woman they immediately stood up and immediately bowed to salute her, at the same time they respectfully called out, “Elder Lan…….”
This middle aged beautiful woman slightly nodded her head, and looked at Ning Cheng and asked, “Are you called Ning Cheng?”
Ning Cheng felt that the eyes of this beautiful middle aged woman were very stern, and did not understand why this Elder would trouble hersef to find him.
“You, come with me.” this middle aged woman did not even wait for Ning Cheng to reply, and said while she already turned around to leave the room.
Ning Cheng for some unknown reason also followed this middle aged beautiful woman out of the room, after turning through a few bends in the airship, they entered a luxurious room which was shared by six people.
This middle aged beautiful woman sat down in the seat of honor in the room, and did not wait for Ning Cheng to sit down, and only asked in a light voice, “According to what An Yi said, you and An Yi’s relationship does not seem to be that of two close cousins, before An Yi’s master had departed, she asked you to take care of An Yi.”
Ning Cheng did not speak, he knew that An Yi was very pure and simple minded, in the face of these crafty fellows, it was not unusual for these things to be asked. He only hoped that An Yi did not say about the Mysterious Yellow Bead to them, and also that he required a scary amount of Spirit Stones to practice his cultivation, this kind of things must not be spread around.
Once An Yi even mentioned about it, then he could only wait for his death. Ning Cheng believed that An Yi should know how to differentiate between good and evil, as this kind of thing should not even be vaguely mentioned, and she should also not take the initiative to say it.
After the beautiful middle aged woman finished speaking, she again did not wait for Ning Cheng to reply and said again, “Regardless of whether An Yi is your cousin or not, I hope you will stay away from An Yi. It would be good for you as well as An Yi. An Yi has a limitless future, and you have a three line hybrid support spiritual root, your greatest achievement will only be in the Qi Gathering Realm, if you and An Yi remain in contact, it would only affect An Yi.”
Ning Cheng also said in a light voice, “I know that An Yi will have a limitless future when compared to me, but before that, I must confirm that An Yi gets to receive the best care in the Clear Heart Academy.”
Ning Cheng already knew that the Clear Heart Academy would properly take care of An Yi, but the words that this beautiful middle aged woman just spoke, made him upset.
The beautiful middle aged woman showed a faint smile, “You can.”
Saying that she took out a jade card which she gave to Ning Cheng and said, “Tomorrow evening we will hold a welcome party for An Yi and Yu Hong Feng on the airship, you can rely on this jade card to enter the area, when the time comes you can look at An Yi from the corner, otherwise you already understand what would happen.”
Ning Cheng took the jade card, and silently turned and walked out of the room, he was too lazy to even properly thank this middle aged beautiful woman.
At this time an extremely pretty girl hurriedly rushed in, and brushed past Ning Cheng who was just exiting the room. She also took a glance at Ning Cheng, at the same time voiced out a few words.
“Master, who is this person? He does not even have the basic courtesy.” This pretty girl was staring at the retreating figure of Ning Cheng, and asked that middle aged beautiful woman.
The middle aged beautiful woman frowned and said, “Although his qualifications is very low, but he has an obstinate character, and is extremely proud in his heart. He did not even reply to my words a moment ago, and did not even say a greeting, it seems that I can’t let him come with us to the Clear Heart Academy.”
Ning Cheng returned to his room, inside the room the few people were looking at him with a strange look in their eyes, however no one came forward to question him, and also no one came to strike up a conversation with him either. Ning Cheng was also not in a very good mood, and closed his eyes to attempt practicing the Array Formation Methods.
The day passed by in an instant, in the second evening Ning Cheng arrived at the welcome party area, the party hall was already crowded, and was also very lively and loud.
Ning Cheng was from Earth, although he did not attend the evening banquets, parties or the like, but he had seen countless of them on the television. This was the first time for Ning Cheng to participate in such a party, although there were no modern amenities here, but Ning Cheng was sure that this luxurious evening party aboard the airship was not one bit inferior to the high class parties back on his planet Earth.
There were rows of Illuminating Array Formations that lit up the entire party hall like a fairyland, there were even young girls wearing colorful butterfly like dresses and holding a plate of food and wines interspersed in every corner. There was a soft gentle music that was playing which Ning Cheng had never heard before, when a person heard this, they would start to feel a very pleasant feeling of enjoyment.
There were many cultivators who participated in this party, and none of them were lower than Qi Gathering 5th Level, moreover there were many people who he could not clearly sense their cultivation levels.
Le Bohong was also walking around with a smile on his face, while talking with a few people who Ning Cheng could not even sense their cultivation levels.
Ning Cheng, other that the few people beside Le Bohong, could not recognize the rest of them. At this time, a burst of sweet music could be heard, under the light of the dimming moonlight, Ning Cheng saw An Yi.
At this point An Yi was like a princess, the cloth robe that she was wearing earlier had already disappeared, and she had changed into a set of light yellow skirt. While her head was still wrapped in a white scarf, but it actually made her look like a fairy, as her already beautiful face became more refined just like an otherworldly fairy.
An Yi walked into the hall with a smile on her face, and her eyes were full of happiness. Clearly, although she had never come in contact with such a scene, here adaptability to it was very strong, at least in her eyes there was no hesitation or anxiety. Lu Xue and Yong Gu Yun accompanied An Yi on her side, showing that the status of An Yi was even higher than them.
As An Yi entered the party hall, there was burst of warm and enthusiastic applause.
Just behind An Yi and the others appeared a very handsome boy, his eyes had a trace of pride in them, and was walking with extreme confidence plastered on his face. Ning Cheng did not ask, he could already guess that this person should be the one with the pure gold spiritual root, Yu Hong Feng.
An Yi stands on the stage and accepts the crown welcoming her, at the same time, she was also looking in all directions as if searching for someone. Lu Xue whispered in An Yi’s ears and said, “Junior Sister Apprentice An Yi, these people here are the Elite Disciples and teachers of the Clear Heart Academy, Ning Cheng will not be able to come here.”
An Yi nodded, and retracted her gaze, there was more than a trace of sadness in her eyes.
“The fact is, you shouldn’t have come on board.” An indifferent voice sounded in Ning Cheng’s ears.
Ning Cheng suddenly turned around, and saw a familiar young girl. This young girl was precisely the one he had seen when he had went to see the beautiful middle aged woman. at that time, he was coming out of the beautiful middle aged woman’s room, and this young girl happened to rush hurriedly inside. Although she only brushed past him, Ning Cheng still remembered her very clearly.
“At least I know my cousin is being treated very well, I am finally relieved.” Ning Cheng said with a light laugh, finished saying that he turned and was about to leave. If he did not come on board, he would have definitely died in Mingot City.
The young girl suddenly said, “I think that it would be better if you got off the airship on the next stop. Believe me, it’s for your own good.”
After the girl said such strange words, she turned around and moved towards the middle of the bustling crowd in the party hall.
Ning Cheng frowned, he did not have a good feeling. He was just about to reach for a wine glass on the table beside him to drink, when he heard a familiar voice once again, “You’ve seen your cousin An Yi, she is getting along very well, so you do not have to worry about her.”
“Many thanks senior, I really don’t have to worry about it anymore, this junior takes his leave.” Ning Cheng gave up his thought of picking up a wine glass and said, as he turned around, he found that he was talking to the beautiful middle aged woman who had given him the jade card, but at this moment there was not even an expression on her face.
The beautiful middle aged woman said indifferently, “Letting you come here, was because you are An Yi’s cousin, you should understand this thought well. I was looking for some matters pertaining you, you will come with me.”
The bad feeling in Ning Cheng’s heart was growing more intense, but he had no leeway to resist, and could only follow the beautiful middle aged woman out of the party hall.
After the time it took for half an incense stick to burn, there was a light breeze blowing, Ning Cheng discovered that he was standing on the deck behind the airship. Under the airship was the endless blue sky and vast white clouds, those light breezes were coming from an Array Formation that was arranged in the rear of the airship, and it seems that the breeze was contained. As one could imagine it, if it was not for these shielding Array Formations, just by standing in this place, one would be immediately thrown out due to the airship’s fast speed.
Looking at the endless blue skies and the vast white clouds under his feet, Ning Cheng was feeling somewhat dizzy, at this point he completely understood what the beautiful middle aged woman had brought him here to do.
“You want me to jump down from here?” said Ning Cheng as his expression became ice cold, letting a cultivator at the Qi Gathering 4th Level to jump from this high in the air, other than the path of dying, there was no other second path.
The middle aged beautiful woman naturally nodded and said, “That’s right, you must jump down from here, you have no choice.”
“Why is that? I have already agreed to not seek out An Yi anymore.” Ning Cheng said as he clenched his fists, he knew that these people had no disregard for human lives, however this was too outrageous. Just because he knew An Yi, and An Yi had a pure spiritual root would they kill him, how could this make any sense? It was as if, if he was alive, An Yi would not feel at ease in practicing cultivation.
“For the future of An Yi, I have the responsibility to help An Yi in cutting off the worldly burdens from her life peacefully. You don’t want to fight me, I can tell you beforehand, that I am Elder Lan Yin Yue of the Clear Heart Academy, with the cultivation level of True Condensation 8th Level. You are merely a cultivator of the Qi Gathering 4th Level, I don’t even need to move, and can make you get down from here immediately. But because you are An Yi’s cousin, I do not want to force you, you can jump by yourself.”
This middle aged beautiful woman said all these words in an impassive tone as if she was just asking for him to do something trivial.
“Ha Ha…..” Ning Cheng laughed, “When the mother is a whore, then the child will also be a bitch, you do not like to force me, Bah.”
“You are courting death…….” the originally extremely calm and quite Lan Yin Yue after listening to Ning Cheng, immediately was overflowing with a murderous aura.
Ning Cheng knew that he did not have any ability to resist, he walked to the edge of the airship’s side and stared at Lan Yin Yue and just said a few simple words, “Lan Yin Yue, this father does not need you to begin, this father will choose himself. There will be one day, that you will regret today’s events, you self-centered bitch……”
Lan Yin Yue heard Ning Cheng calling out to her as a bitch, and was suddenly trembling with anger, she did not even wait for Ning Cheng to begin, but Ning Cheng had already jumped from the airship’s side on his own initiative, he knew from the face of Lan Yin Yue, that other than him jumping down, there was no second way to go.
The airship’s speed was very quick, so when Ning Cheng jumped, the airship had already flown far away. Lan Yin Yue was still unable to quell her anger that had built up inside her, she did not expect that a mere Qi Gathering 4th Level runt would dare to humiliate her. If she could fly, she would have certainly flew out of the airship, catch Ning Cheng again, and tear him up inch by inch.
Chapter 0043 – Daan Forest
The reason why Ning Cheng dared to jump off, was because he was relying on his spiritual sense that he could now bring out. But when he was really falling from the airship, he was hit by a strong force of inertia, this made his heart completely depressed, and he unwillingly cast his Imperial Wind Technique, but at this altitude and the powerful inertia acting upon him made him unable to display the power of his Imperial Wind Technique, moreover he could only use this technique for a limited time only.
Not to mention that the time he had to utilise it was short, he was falling with a powerful force and from a very high altitude, letting his use of the Imperial Wind Technique cost him a frightful amount of his Qi. If he did not think of another way, he would certainly die by plunging to his death in this place.
Ning Cheng directly threw out his flying sword, and forced his spiritual sense to control his flying sword, he was unable to make the flying sword become larger, and with a great difficulty led the flying sword fly over just under his feet.
“Shi, Shi……” sound of wind breaking could be heard, as he used his spiritual sense to control his flying sword which finally slowed him down a bit.
His spiritual sense and his infuriating consumption of Qi made Ning Cheng understand, that he could utmost persevere for just a few breadths, but after a few breadths, he would basically not be able to fall to the ground safely.
Ning Cheng without any hesitation took out a long robe from his storage bag, and then tied the cuffs of the sleeves of the long robe, then pulling on the corners of the long robes with his hands, he slightly relaxed his spiritual sense.
After Ning Cheng relaxed his spiritual sense, the flying sword under his feet was immediately unable to support his weight, and his whole body started to fall faster, at this time the long robe in his hands bulged, forming a simple parachute, counterbalancing Ning Cheng’s weight by more than a half.
After the weight reduction, Ning Cheng forcibly once again controlled the flying sword, using his spiritual sense, finally without consuming too much of his Qi. After another dozen breaths, Ning Cheng felt a strong wind, and crashed into the middle of a dense forest.
“Katcha……” several snapping sounds could be heard, as Ning Chen stepped on a few branches which directly broke.
“Bang” a sound came, as Ning Cheng dropped to the ground, immediately the earth around him turned into a bathtub sized pit.
With his whole body feeling very weak Ning Cheng slowly heaved a sigh, he finally managed to escape with his life, other than bringing out his spiritual sense and his massive consumption of Qi, his body only had a few simple scratches. This to him, was already the best result or in other words a miracle.
Here there was only the forest all around, as he had landed in the middle of the forest, one could only see because of the scant light that was falling from the top.
There were two “Screech, Screech” screams that could be heard as if something was falling down from the sky, Ning Cheng only saw a shadow that was like a lightning that rushed towards him, Ning Cheng was surprised in heart, he subconsciously lifted up a hand, but that shadow had already flashed past his shoulder like lighting. Ning Cheng felt a slight pain from his shoulder, under the dim light, he was able to see that unexpectedly his clothes along with his shoulder’s skin were scraped off.
This was a very fierce bird, Ning Cheng did not think that he who had fallen from such a high altitude without much injury, would be hurt this much by just a scratch from a bird.
There was another beast roar that came from far away, Ning Cheng’s heart immediately became tight, he knew that the place he had fallen to was definitely not a good place. He quickly took out a Spirit Stone in his hand, and simultaneously started to recover his Qi, at the same time he grasped the flying sword in his other hand.
During the time his Qi recovered by a half, that shadow that was similar to the one who had scratched his shoulder before once again flew down from the sky. This time Ning Cheng was well prepared, a bloody fog flashed across, ‘click’ a sound came, ann a large somewhat owl like giant bird fell to the ground.
This was a Class 1 Monstrous Beast, Ning Cheng recognized it in a glance. A place that had monstrous beasts, was definitely not a friendly place. At this point he could hear another beast roar in a distance, and there were waves of rustling sounds close by. Ning Cheng quickly jumped, and rapidly left the place.
He vaguely guessed that the place he was should be inside the Daan Forest, that airship would definitely not pass through the sky above the Daan Forest, and would have flown along the edges of the Daan Forest, but because he was falling due to the effect of inertia, he had deviated into the the Daan Forest.
At this time he had to get out of the Daan Forest as soon as possible, otherwise in this place where even Essence Building Realm cultivators are afraid to pass through, him staying here would be fraught with grim possibilities.
Ning Cheng was not seriously injured, plus he also had Spirit Stones to recover his Qi, so in just less than half an hour, his Qi was completely restored, even his spiritual sense had almost recovered.
But Ning Cheng knew that he was lost, here he was surrounded all around by towering giant trees, even if there were sparse trees, but because of the shrubs regeneration capabilities, there was basically no way out.
Rushing about the forest for a few hours, in addition to the various wild animals, there were only snakes, mice and bugs. As for the Class 1 Monster Beast, Ning Cheng had met them several times. Because he was quite smart, he managed to escape those beasts without a fight.
After about half a day, there was no sunlight falling through the dense forest cover overhead, but it was replaced by the pale light from the moon, Ning Cheng knew that he could not continue like this, he had to find a safe place to rest first, and then develop a strategy.
“Click” a frail sound was transmitted from under his foot, and Ning Cheng’s foot slipped, he felt that he had stepped on a round stone.
Ning Cheng subconsciously jumped to one side, and discovered that under his foot was unexpectedly a dried up skeletal head, immediately Ning Cheng saw the bones of arm and feet near the white skeletal head. Ning Cheng stooped down to find out what kind of history and origin this skeleton had, when a gust of wind came from behind having a fishy smell, Ning Cheng did not think, and directly moved to the side, while jumping more than a dazen meters away.
A loud roar could be heard immediately behind Ning Cheng’s back, Ning Cheng could even feel the breath of that monster beast, this one was definitely stronger that the many monstrous beast he had met before. Ning Cheng took out his flying sword in his hands and sent out a long sword slash, while gliding his whole body using his Imperial Wind Technique.
Falling from a 10,000 meter altitude, his progress using Imperial Wind Technique had increased by leaps and bounds.
“Ding Dong” a sound resonated, as Ning Cheng’s long sword light was directly blocked by a Wind Edge.
Ning Cheng was very stable and steady in his mind until that point, he turned around and saw a bewitching monster the size of a calf. The Monstrous Beast’s entire body was jet black, its two eyes glowed with a red light, as if they were two huge lanterns.
Ning Cheng did not have much contact with Monstrous Beasts, he did not know what exactly the Monstrous Beast in front of him was, but he was sure that the cultivation level of the Monstrous Beast in front of him was definitely higher than him. The Monstrous Beast was at least at the the Late Stages of the Class 1 Monstrous Beast, if he tried to attack it, he definitely knew that he was absolutely no match for it.
Ning Cheng carefully took a step back, he could see a gleam from a place that was a bit far away, it was obviously from a lake in the forest.
The red eyed monstrous beast seem to feel that Ning Cheng would a bit difficult to deal with, a few breaths after confronting with Ning Cheng, it suddenly rushed up again. Simultaneously threw out two Wind Edges from its mouth, these two Wind Edged formed a cross shape, this showed that the monstrous beast obviously had a rich combat experience.
Ning Cheng wanted to retreat towards the lake in the forest, but he also knew that the Monstrous Beast in front of him would not let him retreat easily, even if he retreated to the forest lake, it would not let it be peaceful.
Facing the two Wind Edges thrown out by the Monstrous Beast, Ning Cheng once again took out the flying sword to split it, this time he also similarly sent out two long sword lights.
“Ding Ding” the Wind Edge of the Monstrous Beast seemed to have substance, and as Ning Cheng’s long sword lights clashed together with it, it issued a crisp sound. The strong shock wave that was resulted, made Ning Cheng to feel suffocated in his chest.
The Monstrous Beast which was blocked by the long sword lights of Ning Cheng, immediately became even more angry. And it continued to spew Wind Edges from its mouth, this time Ning Cheng also took the initiative and blasted out four Flame Edges. The power contained in the four Flame Edges was massive, but the Monstrous Beast could not dodge it because of its size, and blasted out 4 Wind Edges,
“Puff Puff Puff…..” continuous muffled sounds emerged, as the four Flame Edges left four bloody traces on the body of the monstrous beast.
Seeing the four marks, Ning Cheng’s heart sank. The four Flame Edges hitting the body of the Monstrous Beast, only let out some muffled sounds and just a few traces, but did not even cause even the slightest major injury to the monstrous beast. The defence of the red eyed monstrous beast was just too strong.
The red eyed monstrous beast roared loudly, and then continued to charge at Ning Cheng, this roar was transmitted to a far distance and was responded with the roar of other monstrous beast. This red eyed monstrous beasts listened to the beast roar from the distance, and actually gave up fighting with Ning Cheng, and quickly turned around to run, and in a flash disappeared in the vast forest.
Ning Cheng heaved a sigh, this really was not a good place. He must find a place to improve his strength again, otherwise he would not be able to come out of this place, perhaps he would even be killed off by these monstrous beasts.
Ning Cheng picked up the flying sword, and picked up his speed as he headed out in the direction he had seen the forest lake. The surroundings of the Forest Lake was very spacious, and he could calmly arrange a low level defence Array Formation. Even if a higher leveled monstrous beast than the red eyed monstrous beast from before came, he would have enough time to get away.
The forest lake was not far from Ning Cheng, and in just a dozen breaths, Ning Cheng arrived at the forest lake. The lake had a rough size of several hundred feet in radius, if there was such a lake in the outside, it would definitely seem to be the largest. But in these towering forest of trees, it actually does seem to be huge.
Ning Cheng walked around the lake for about ten feet, but did not find a good place to take shelter. What he wanted was to find a good place near the lake, but then suddenly the Lake sent out a spout of water that was several feet high. Ning Cheng was shocked, and he hurried back a few meters.
But other than the gushing water from the lake, there did not seem to be any other abnormalities.
Chapter 0044 – Ice Type Magical Techniques
That water spout kept spurting for the time of about ten breaths, then once more dropped back into the lake. The entire lake went back to how it was originally, if not for there being a few ripples on the surface of the lake, Ning Cheng could have sworn that his eyes were playing tricks on him.
Meanwhile Ning Cheng could clearly feel, that the water spout that was shot out had an extremely rich aura around it, the spiritual aura around it was much richer when compared to the surroundings.
Ning Cheng had a feeling from before that this place was the Daan Forest, so he did not dare to be reckless, regardless of what was at the bottom of the lake, with his present cultivation level he definitely could not explore it. If his cultivation level was higher, he would perhaps go down to the bottom of the lake to have a look at the situation, but at the moment he did not dare to move from there.
Drawing himself away from the lake, Ning Cheng found himself in front of a giant tree that had a diameter of nearly 15 meters, he planned to temporarily practice his cultivation in the heart of this giant tree. Back on Earth, there were not many trees having a diameter of even 10 meters, but here one could find them everywhere, just like water in a lake. The one in front of Ning Cheng was not even the thickest, the reason why he decided to practice his cultivation while hiding inside this particular tree, was so that he could directly see the movements that were happening in the lake.
Ning Cheng also thought that he should begin to make this tree as a nest for himself, after he got to the top of the tree he came to know that this tree already had a huge cavern in its heart. There was a fishy smell coming from inside the cavern. He did not know which Monstrous Beast did those remains belonged to. From his perspective the tree looked hollow, these remains from the Monstrous Beast in the cavern of the tree should not have been from many years before.
Ning Cheng cleaned the cavern in the tree a bit, and also arranged a Concealment Array Formation and an Attack Array Formation around the top entrance of the tree cavern. He did not dare to arrange an Array Formation by the side of the lake, the quality and level of his Array Formations was very low, although he could barely understand a 2nd Level Array Formation, but with the level of his Array Flags that he had refined previously, he could at most arrange only some of the 1st Level Array Formations.
Sitting in the tree cavern, Ning Cheng also arranged another 1st Level Concealing Array Formation to hide his Qi, with this he felt a bit relieved. After arranging all the Array Formations, it made Ning Cheng understand that whatever place it might be, one had to understand a lot of things on their own, the more one was able to understand about their surroundings, the better it would be for their survival. If he did not know about Array Formations, and was similar to what he was in the past, he could only pray that people would not be able to find him here.
Now that he had arranged the Array Formations, even if the Monstrous Beasts attacked him, he would know about it before hand.
While sitting in the tree cavern, Ning Cheng was able to look at all the changes happening in the lake with his own eyes, this enabled him to be at ease as he practiced his cultivation, as he could examine the changes in the lake at any time without showing himself.
Next Ning Cheng took out more than 200 Spirit Stones, as he intended to advance his cultivation to the Late Stages of the Qi Gathering Realm.
As Ning Cheng started his cultivation practice, he once again forgot everything else, he again began to turn the Spirit Stones into powder, as the Qi from the Spirit Stones began to intertwine with the Qi from the Mysterious Yellow Bead and started to constantly wash through his entire body. Ning Cheng could vaguely feel that as his cultivation level was advancing, at the same time, even the quality of his Spiritual Roots was also advancing the same way.
Even with the supplement of Qi, Ning Cheng often had to eat something. He also was not able to continue practice his cultivation as he had to carefully guide the Qi flow perfectly, which was also very taxing mentally.
As the days passed by, when the Qi in his body had gathered to a certain extent, a soft sound resonated throughout his body, and immediately a strong flow of Qi rushed through all the meridians in his body. Some impurities were also expelled from his body through the pores on his skin, with the powerful Qi flowing through the medians in his body, Ning Cheng knew that he had finally advanced to the Qi Gathering 5th Level.
Ning Cheng heaved a sigh, when he opened his eyes, he found that the Spirit Stones that he had taken out had all been used up.
“Amazing.” Ning Cheng said just one word to himself, he had used more than 200 Spirit Stones to advance from the Qi Gathering 4th Level to the Qi Gathering 5th Level, it really showed that his qualifications were really at the bottom.
Not only that, the time it took to advance from the Qi Gathering 4th Level to the Qi Gathering 5th Level, he had already used up a month. If this continued, the other remaining Spirit Stones that he had in his possession would absolutely not be enough to advance to the Qi Gathering 7th Level.
Ning Cheng took out the two Jade pieces that had two magic techniques, now that he had advanced from the Qi Gathering 4th Level to the Qi Gathering 5th Level, even his Spiritual Sense had more than doubled in strength, he thought that he should now be able to see the contents of the Jade pieces. He was already running out of Spirit Stones, so he might as well study the magical techniques exclusively.
Ning Cheng’s Spiritual Sense did not let him down, as his Spiritual Sense swept through the first Jade piece that contained a magical technique, he could clearly see the contents of the Jade piece, ‘Profound Grade 36 Ice Spears’.
Once he could understand the contents of the Jade piece, Ning Cheng almost broke his contact with it and swore, that son of a bitch Fang knew that he only had a flying sword, and he actually gave him a spear technique. Although it was a ‘Profound Grade’ technique, but how would it be useful to him? How could he even get a Spear Type Artifact to complement it, let alone this, this type of technique was also not suited to his Spiritual Roots.
Although it was not easy to obtain these high level magic techniques, but he could actually not practice it. Although Ning Cheng was very depressed, he still looked at this 36 Ice Spears Technique once again.
He did not see anything good, and became even more depressed. Practicing to the last of the 36 Ice Spears Technique, it can form 36 Ice Spear Lights, these 36 Spear Lights can be interconnected and used to form an Ice Lance, similarly one can even use it to form an Ice Spear Array. Under the shadow of the 36 Ice Spears, how would one’s opponent even have the opportunity to get away? This was simply a killing machine.
Although this was an extremely precious technique, he could not practice it, Ning Cheng sighed as he put the Jade piece aside, and took out the other Jade piece that had another magic technique. Seeing the several characters from the Jade piece, this made Ning Cheng livid, ‘7 Pleiades Ice Needles’. This was also a Profound Grade Technique, but was again an Ice technique.
Ning Cheng knew his own Spiritual Roots, he had a three line hybrid support Spiritual Roots – Fire, Wood, and Earth. The present Ning Cheng had a certain understanding about Spiritual Roots, he knew that the Ice Spiritual Root did not belong to his already different Spiritual Roots, those cultivators who had such roots were already focussed on heavily to train.
Ice type techniques, only the cultivators who have an Ice Spiritual Root or a combination with Ice Spiritual Roots can practice such techniques, and only they would have the greatest effect of it. If a cultivator with other types of Spiritual Roots tries to practice it, the effect would be really low or in some cases may even harm the user.
This 7 Pleiades Ice Needles technique was much more sinister and ruthless, however it also needed a small needle type artifact that was thinner than an ox hair, if practiced to the extreme, this 7 Pleiades Ice Needles technique can even prevent the soul from escaping. It can be used to sneak attack others, and was virtually impossible to guard against by other people.
“A vicious magic technique, but I like it.” Ning Cheng thought to himself after he read about it, but his heart was even more depressed. Like, how could he even use it? Not to mention he does not have an Ice Spiritual Root, even if he had an Ice Spiritual Root, and could practice the 7 Pleiadene Ice Needles Technique, as he did not have any needle type artifact.
Ning Cheng scratched his head in distress, he knew that he could bring out his Spiritual Sense with his cultivation at the Qi Gathering Realm, and it was already very remarkable, but then again he does not know any magical techniques, compared to others, he was far worse.
The magic techniques that he grasped now, in addition to the Wind Edge, it was the Fireball technique. These were irrelevant to the Spiritual Roots and were just the foundation magical techniques, anyone could practice them. Besides the Flame Edge technique that he had derived earlier, he only had a slightly stronger Sword Light, this was only because of the flying sword. If he met an opponent with a similarly strong artifact, his Sword Light would be nothing to speak of.
Ning Cheng was thoroughly disappointed with the magical techniques that he had received from the Jade pieces, and came out of the tree cavern. He was already practicing in the tree cavern for over a month, and was already feeling bored and out of his mind.
Standing on the bund near the lake once again, Ning Cheng was just getting ready to use the clear water of the lake to clean himself, when suddenly he once again saw the lake spew out a water spout several feet high into the air, this water spout was exactly the same he had seen a month ago, and it still had a rich aura around it. The only difference was, it seemed that the water spout was a bit higher than before.
After ten breaths, the water column once again dropped down, and the lake was once again calm.
Ning Cheng calculated a little, he quickly discovered that the previous time that the water spout had appeared and the one today were exactly one month apart.
So this waterspout was regular, and also had a rich aura, Ning Cheng wanted to enter the lake and see what was causing it, but then realised that he did not have a magic technique of his own, and suddenly felt somewhat discouraged.
These Profound Grade Techniques, 36 Ice Spears and 7 Pleiadene Ice Needle, definitely had an imposing appearance, but how would he be able to learn it?
Could he use his flying sword in the place of a spear? On this Jade piece it was mentioned 36 Ice Spears, he could try to practice it and change it into 36 Ice Swords. Although his Spiritual Roots does not have an Ice Spiritual Root in them, but he had the Mysterious Yellow Bead, who said that it certainly could not be practiced? Ning Cheng thought of it, and once again became excited, he directly took out the flying sword, and tried to practice with the sword as he had no spear. Who knows, if he could practice the 36 Ice Spears to the end. then this magical technique would have to change its name to 36 Ice Swords.
Although Ning Cheng’s perception and memory were already unparalleled, but he was worried that with his Spiritual Roots, he would not be able to practice the 36 Ice Spears Technique.
When he resorted to the flying sword, and started to practice the 36 Ice Spears Technique, he immediately knew that he wanted to practice it more than before. Circulating his Qi under the incantations of the 36 Ice Spears Technique, unexpectedly an Icy Sword Light formed without any delay, he discovered that this thick Ice Sword Light and his Spiritual Sense were somewhat similar and combined them without any delay, bringing out a strange Sword Light from his flying sword.
He was only worried that he did not have an Ice Spiritual Root in his Spiritual Roots, and wanted to see how long he could use his Spiritual Sense to support and control such a thick Sword Light?
“Pop” a sound was heard, because his Spiritual Sense was not enough, the flying sword in Ning Cheng’s hand fell to the ground. Ning Cheng was not surprised but was actually happy, he laughed and said, “I really have superior qualifications than that of others, and can even master Ice Techniques with ease ……….”
Although he was excited he did not stop, and praised himself, Ning Cheng actually knew, that he could practice the 36 Ice Spears Techniques and it had nothing to do with his qualifications, it was certainly due to him being related to the Mysterious Yellow Bead. He even suspected that he had the help from the Mysterious Yellow Origin, he suspected that there was an addition of an Ice Spiritual Root, but he could not test this theory at the moment, as he was not confident about it. Only in the future if he had the opportunity, he would go up to the Spiritual Root Testing Artifact to test it, to see if he really had one more branch of Ice Spiritual Root.
Having the opportunity to practice the magical techniques, Ning Cheng took great pains to patiently control the flying sword, again and again casting the modified version of the 36 Ice Spears that he created. Initially he could only cast out a single sword light, but with the constant revision of the 36 Ice Spears Technique in his mind, three days later, he was able to cast up to three Ice Sword Lights.
Five days later, Ning Cheng was able to cast up to five Ice Sword Lights. But Ning Cheng knew, that with his current cultivation level, five Ice Sword Lights were his limit. If he does not use his flying sword, he could then cast two more Sword Lights. But without using his flying sword, the Sword Light that he casted would only have a limited power. Thus it could be seen, that the Spiritual Sense was really the good stuff.
While practicing the 36 Ice Spears technique, Ning Cheng would certainly not miss out on the 7 Pleiadene Ice Needle Technique. But because he did not have a needle type artifact, he could only use his flying sword instead. Even when he replaced the flying needle with the flying sword, Ning Cheng was constantly revising the 7 Pleiadene Ice Needle in his head. On the tenth day, Ning Cheng was already skillfully controlling the flying sword to attack sneakily. But because the flying sword had too much volume, he could not completely pull off the sneaky part of the attack.
Chapter 0045 – A Vicious Person
The place where Ning Cheng was cultivating was extremely quiet, besides the red eyed Monstrous Beast who had chased Ning Cheng initially, Ning Cheng did not meet any other Monstrous Beasts.
However in the past one month, Ning Cheng had already combined together the 36 Ice Spears Techniques and the 7 Pleiadene Ice Needle Technique, first he casted the Ice Sword Light, then used another sickle type artifact for the 7 Pleiadene Ice Needle Technique, concealing it within the Ice Sword Light and using it for a sneak attack.
Unfortunately, it was not the true 7 Pleiadene Ice Needle Technique, if he had a needle type artifact to perform the real 7 Pleiadene Ice Needle Technique, then even if he were to face a cultivator at the pinnacle of the Qi Gathering Realm, he could dare to fight with them. That hand sickle that he was using was the artifact that he had acquired from that Taoist Pu, unfortunately when used with the 7 Pleiadene Ice Needle Technique the performance was only subpar, a far cry from the original one.
Even if that was so, Ning Cheng believed that with his present strength, combining the 36 Ice Spears and the 7 Pleiadene Ice Needle Technique, an ordinary Qi Gathering Cultivator would not be able to fight against him.
On this day Ning Cheng was still thinking about the sickle type artifact in his hand that he had obtained from Taoist Pu, and how could he refine it into a thin needle afterwards, when he heard a soft sound that was transmitted by the wind.
Was someone coming? Ning Cheng immediately affirmed that he had not misheard, he could determine that someone definitely was coming. This place was deep inside the Daan Forest, an average person would absolutely not be able to come to this place, even a cultivator of the Essence Building Realm would not dare to pass through the Daan Forest alone, what kind of person would dare to come here? The reason why he did not dare to walk out of here, was because his strength was very low, and as such he could not dare to run around recklessly in such a place.
Ning Cheng at that time, first decided to hide in the tree cavern, he had to determine before, if the person coming here was an enemy or a friend, he did not want the others to know that he was living in this place.
Ning Cheng did not had to hide and wait for long, when a slight, steady sound of footsteps arrived, this made Ning Cheng even more careful. Although there was the sound of the footsteps, but these footsteps sounded extremely calm, and carried a dignified atmosphere with it, obviously those people’s cultivation level was not low, it was at least higher than his own cultivation level.
After a dozen breaths, two men and a woman carefully walked over, and appeared in front of the lake.
“Qi Shui, is this the lake you spoke about?” the speaker was the man in the rear, his head was very small, however he had a robust body, which made people think that he was not balanced.
Hearing the questioning of the person, the man in the front with a long beard stopped, pointing to the front of the lake that was not far from him he said, “That’s right, Fei Chen, this is the Daan Forest’s Yong Qing Lake. Only a few people know about it, and I am one of them, that is because I have the ability and the skill to cross the Daan Forest. When I passed by here the last time, I had accidently found it.”
Ning Cheng, after listening to those words felt shocked in his heart, he knew about the dangers of the Daan Forest, even Ji Luo Fei’s aunt did not dare to say that she could cross the Daan Forest by herself. Could this long bearded man really have such an ability? To be able to cross through the Daan Forest? Ning Cheng could vaguely see the cultivation level of this long bearded guy, he should be a cultivator in the True Condensation Realm. Presumably the man and the woman with him, were also cultivators in the True Condensation Realm.
A cultivator of the True Condensation Realm, although their cultivation level was good, but how could he say that he could easily pass through the Daan Forest? Unless he had the map of the Daan Forest. One must know that the Daan Forest is the wall dividing the two continents, only with the safety of the map, can one cross the Daan Forest and arrive at the Yuan Continent from the Ping Continent. Otherwise, one would absolutely be killed by the monstrous beasts that roam around in the Daan Forest.
“Well, if it really is as Qi Shui said, then after we get that thing, we can head back, and go across the Daan Forest to the Yuan Continent together.” said the small headed man.
“I also agree.” said the woman in the middle also with the similar cultivation level as the other two.
Now that he had heard the three people speaking with each other, Ning Cheng understood that these three people had come to get something from the lake. But he actually did not know what was the thing that they had come for. At this time Ning Cheng did not dare to even make the slightest movement, any one of the three people could easily kill him in a second, once he was discovered, he would just simply die.
“I already told you, the strange poisonous fog that this thing ejects is highly rich in Qi, so it’s better if we take the Detoxification Pill first, and then incite enough anger in it that is forced to come up. once it is angered and comes up, I and Fei Chen will step forward to attack. Sister Fan Hong will be hiding in the back, once we draw it out of the water, we three will immediately descend to kill it. As long as we do not let it go back into the lake, the three of us can absolutely get rid of it.” After the long bearded man finished speaking, he took out three pure white pills.
He took one of them first, and the remaining two he handed them to the other two cultivators. While his eyes kept staring at the center of the lake.
The other two cultivators of the True Condensation Realm grabbed and immediately swallowed the pill, and the woman cultivator who swallowed the pill retreated back a few steps, and hid in the wake of a giant tree.
“Fei Chen, I will shock it out of the lake, you hide along the perimeter of the lake, when you are waiting to catch up with me, you seal off his path from the back.” After the long bearded Qi Shui said those words, he immediately took out a jet black round bead having the size of a fist, then with a flick of his hands, this round bead just like an artillery shell, was shot into the lake by him.
After a few breaths, a huge ‘crack’ sound emerged from the bottom of the lake, and the huge lake directly exploded, at this moment, you could even see a vortex like hole forming in the middle of the lake.
“Aaaaa……” a loud roar could be heard, almost at the same time, a five or six meter long dark red monstrous beast charged out of the whirlpool’s eye.
Ning Cheng’s heart shrank, it turned out that this monstrous beast was unexpectedly a Flood Dragon. On Earth this was the stuff of the legends, unexpectedly he saw such a sight today. This Flood Dragon was covered entirely in dark red scales, which seemed to blend harmoniously from the top to the bottom, it was extremely beautiful, even the four giant claws looked like like four giant iron rakes. What surprised Ning Cheng was that this Flood Dragon unexpectedly had a single horn on its head.
The Flood Dragon’s entire horn was white, with a length of about a meter, it was positioned in the center of the head of the Flood Dragon. After this horned Flood Dragon came up, it just swept its tail once, and immediately waves of dozens of feet in radius was whipped up. These large waves moved towards the shore, completely wrecking the plants near to the shore into the ground.
Ning Cheng could clearly sense the strong aura, this was definitely one from the Essence Building Realm, perhaps it was even something that surpassed the Essence Building Realm. For a monstrous beast to surpass even the Essence Building Realm, it was probably a Class 4 Monstrous Beast.
When he had met that Wen Qiliu in the Cang Qin 2 Star Academy, he had also seen the imposing manner of Ji Luo Fei’s aunt. But no matter what person he compared it to, their imposing manner could not even be compared to this One Horned Red Flood Dragon in front of him. These three cultivators of the True Condensation Realm daring to challenge this One Horned Red Scaled Flood Dragon, it was just akin to seeking death.
No matter how Ning Cheng though, he could only wonder why these three people had come to seek their deaths.
“Qi Shui, what’s going on? This is definitely not the Class 2 Level Red Poisonous Python, it is clearly a Class 4 One Horned Flood Dragon, how could you make such a mistake……” That small headed cultivator in the True Condensation Realm also could feel the terrible aura of the One Horned Flood Dragon, and suddenly called out in a panic stricken voice, while simultaneously turning around to run away.
Are you kidding me, with just a few cultivators of the True Condensation Realm, you wanted to to get rid of a Class 4 monstrous beast, if this was not courting death then what was?
Ning Cheng was also covered in cold sweat, he did not expect that the place in which he was practicing his cultivation, was the home to a Class 4 Monstrous Beast. He also did not know if this One Horned Flood Dragon even cared about him or not, or if it had simply not discovered him. But Ning Cheng found the probability for such a thing to happen was zero, how could such a monstrous beast not be able to sense him?
“Really, the last time that I came here there definitely was not a One Horned Flood Dragon here. This One Horned Flood Dragon must have gotten rid of the Red Poison Python before, and then took over the lake as its own……” the long bearded man also said in panic.
Ning Cheng who was watching this from the side felt that this long bearded man did not seem to be very scared, this made him feel very strange about it.
If Ning Cheng was also able to feel this point, then even that cultivator called Fei Chen in the True Condensation Realm could also feel it. Not waiting for him to respond, that long bearded man had already retreated behind him, and simultaneously kicked Fei Chen’s lower back.
Originally the True Condensation Cultivator wanted to rapidly retreat, but was kicked in the back, instead of going forward, he immediately fell into the wide open mouth of the One Horned Flood Dragon.
The Horned Flood Dragon having food delivered directly to its mouth obviously would not be polite, and directly swallowed the male cultivator of the True Condensation Realm by the name of Fei Chen.
After that the long bearded man immediately retreated back once more, after the One Horned Flood Dragon swallowed the man called Fei Chen, he had already arrived to the side of the woman cultivator nearby. At this time this woman cultivator knew that she and the other person were deceived by this long bearded man, and once this long bearded man came over, she immediately took out a flying sword.
But just as she tried to use the flying sword, she immediately fell down powerlessly.
“Ma Qi Shui, you evil and cruel bastard, we were like brothers, you unexpectedly even poisoned Fei Chen and me…..” as this woman cultivator said those words, the long bearded man kicked her body, and sent her flying into the mouth of the One Horned Flood Dragon.
That One Honed Flood Dragon did not hesitate even for a bit, after swallowing the woman cultivator, it uttered another burst of roar, and rushed towards the long bearded man. The next moment, a number of blue watery lights were sprayed out from the horn of the One Horned Flood Dragon.
At this point the long bearded man unexpectedly took out a round shield, he apparently wanted to block the giant water spray from the Horned Flood Dragon.
“Bang Bang…..” after several successive hits, the round shield of the long bearded man was completely broken to bits by the water spewed out by the Horned Flood Dragon.
At the same time that the round shield broke apart the long bearded man threw a bomb on the ground as the long bearded man flew out due to the formidable water spouted by the Horned Flood Drain and directly crashed into a giant tree, spouting several mouthfulls of blood. This one instance, made the face of the long bearded person become as white as a sheet of paper, he apparently did not think that this One Horned Flood Dragon would be this powerful.
But this time, however he did not choose to escape, but instead took out a four winged sword artifact, apparently he wanted to fight the One Horned Flood Dragon with it.
At this time, the giant flood dragon suddenly issued a loud roar, and unexpectedly dropped in front of the long bearded man, endlessly rolling on the ground. In just the time it takes to brew a cup of tea, the original giant One Horned Flood Dragon rolled into a huge hole. Some of the giant trees near the dragon was completely destroyed by the powerful force from the dragon, while emitting countless cracking sounds.
Ning Cheng suddenly came to understand, while sighing darkly in his heart that this man named Ma Qi Shui was quite sinister and ruthless. This guy had came with two companions, and even gave everyone a Detoxifying Pill, but the fact was that this Detoxifying Pill was an extremely fierce and terrifying poison. When the two cultivators who had already eaten the poisonous pill were swallowed by the One Honed Flood Dragon, the poison was completely transferred to the One Horned Flood Dragon.
The One Horned Flood Dragon also understood the situation, rolling to the side, it simultaneously fled towards the side of the lake. It looked like it wanted to enter into the lake to detoxify the poison from its body.
The long bearded person similarly understood that time was very essential, he did not give any thought to his injury, and directly grasped the four winged sword artifact with his hand, and approached the One Horned Flood Dragon.
Translated and Checked by – DemonKillerEdited and Proofread by – CurlyAdi
Chapter 0046 – The Land Of Cultivation
The long bearded man gathered the entire Qi in his body for his attack, the Four Winged Flying Sword artifact shot out a Sword Light that was nearly 10 feet long, before this Sword Light, the Sword Light brought out by Ning Cheng were totally incomparable. Before when Ning Cheng used his Flying Sword, although he could bring out a Sword Light, and although it seemed to be a bit longer, but compared to the Sword Light in front of him, it wasn’t even remotely similar.
The Sword Light from the Four Winged Flying Sword directly stabbed into the neck of the One Horned Flood Dragon, when the Sword Light and the scales of the One Horned Flood Dragon collided with each other, causing sparks to fly in all directions, and there was even sounds of iron clashing.
The Sword Light completely dispersed after that, but the neck of the One Horned Flood Dragon that was just stabbed did not even have a scratch on it. But it seemed that the long bearded man anticipated that his Sword Light wouldn’t be able to break through the scales on the neck of the One Horned Flood Dragon, even after that previous Sword Light, he unexpected followed up with another three equally powerful Sword Lights.
“Poof……” when the fourth Sword Light from the long bearded man pierced the neck of the One Horned Flood Dragon, a piece of the scale on the One Horned Flood Dragon’s neck was directly cracked open exposing the soft neck below it, while at the same time its blood shot out like an arrow from the wound.
Ning Cheng could see that the blood spurting from the wound was purplish red in color, one could see that the two poisonous pills that he had given to the two people from before were terrifying to the extreme.
When the neck of the One Horned Flood Dragon was punctured, the One Horned Flood Dragon started to shake like crazy, and swept out its huge tail without any warning.
Because the long bearded man had already used up his Qi in the several consecutive strikes with the Sword Light and moreover was not at the Essence Building Realm, this time when the One Honed Flood Dragon swept out its huge tail, he simply had no way of escaping, and was directly hit with it on his waist.
The long bearded man similarly spurted out bloody arrows from his mouth, and was swept away once again by the One Horned Flood Dragon, and hit another giant tree in a distance. Ning Cheng could hear the sound of bones cracking from the entire body of the long bearded man.
Ning Cheng in his heart thought that he really deserved it, this kind of guy who would betray his friends in such a manner, was someone who he despised the most. It would be best if the One Horned Flood Dragon would swallow that guy.
The One Horned Flood Dragon under the effect of the poison, with its neck broken open, could only use its tail to attack with the last bit of consciousness that it could gather before dying. After it swept out towards the long bearded man with its tail, it started to slow down, after trembling for a bit, it completely stopped.
The long bearded man who had just fallen to the ground took out a black bottle, and after pouring its contents into his mouth, slowly stood up.
“Ha Ha, I, Ma Qi Shui had been planning this for nearly two years, I finally succeeded today …..” he laughed as blood still dripped from the corners of his mouth, but his eyes beyond a doubt revealed his excitement.
“Is that so? Then I should say that, I waited for two months, and finally succeeded today.” Ning Cheng’s voice immediately made the long bearded man to stop laughing abruptly, he did not think that in this place there were still someone who dared to stay. Then he immediately saw Ning Cheng jump down from a giant tree.
When Ma Qi Shui saw Ning Cheng, he understood his own situation instantaneously, he had become happy too early. At this point of time his heart was filled with endless regret, he regretted that he did not look for others before coming here, he did not even bother to look if someone was here previously. If he had paid even a little more attention, he would never have this kind of result.
But he soon calmed down, staring at Ning Cheng he said with a cold voice, “Although I am severely wounded already, if I am really desperate to attack, you who are a mere Qi Gathering 5th Level are still not qualified enough to put you in my eyes. The One Horned Flood Dragon’s skin, we can split it half, one half for me and the other half for you, and then we go our separate ways.”
Since Ning Cheng was already thinking about acquiring the map of the Daan Forest, he already decided to absolutely not engage in trade with this person. However, he knew that if could not acquire the map, then he could not walk out of here.
“I heard that you have the map of the Daan Forest, give me your map, and then maybe we could talk about something else.” Ning Cheng said emotionlessly.
“All right.” Ma Qi Shui finished saying and reached out into his storage bag on his waist with his hands.
Ning Cheng did not wait for the other party to take out the map, and already took out the Flying Sword in his hands and immediately produced five thick Ice Sword Lights, “I also heard that at the bottom of the lake there is a Spiritual Essence Spring? Even if there is no Spiritual Essence Spring, this young master still wants to kill you.”
[TL Note – Even I do not know how he knows this, I double checked the previous chapters and the raws just to be sure, but this was never mentioned before.]
At the moment the long bearded man was completely defenseless.
“Puff Puff Puff……” the five thick Ice Sword Lights directly pierced through Ma Qi Shui’s chest, giving rise to five spurts of blood from the wounds, these five blood spurts, the moment they came out, immediately froze into blood ice.
“You…..” Ma Qi Shui unwillingly pointed his face towards Ning Cheng, he really did not even plan to begin his scheme, when this Qi Gathering 5th Level bastard took the opportunity to attack. He really did not understand, why Ning Cheng did not even wait for him to take out the map before doing anything else.
Ning Cheng once again swept out a Sword Light from the Flying Sword in his hands, and loped off Ma Qi Shui’s head which like a football, was swept away.
Ning Cheng’s time here did not add up to even six months, but his cultivation base was soaring up in a straight line. Since Ma Qi Shui was putting his hand onto his storage bag to take out something, without even seeing the stuff from his storage bag, he just went ahead and killed him as he felt that he was up to no good, he also feared that there probably was no map.
Moreover, if this Ma Qi Shui had lied to him, even if he forced the other party to make a copy for him, he estimated that the other party would not make the real map. Moreover with the kind of injuries that Ma Qi Shui had, even if he wanted to make a map, he would not be able to.
After Ning Cheng killed Ma Qi Shui, he first arrived at the side of Ma Qi Shui, grasped his storage bag and threw it into his own storage bag. While simultaneously throwing several fireballs, turning Ma Qi Shui into ash.
Tiding up Ma Qi Shui, Ning Cheng then returned next to the One Horned Flood Dragon which was killed by the poison from Ma Qi Shui, at this time the One Horned Flood Dragon was surrounded in a big pond of black blood. A fishy odor assaulted his nostrils, making Ning Cheng immediately feel a wave of dizziness.
So strong, Ning Cheng was secretly startled in his heart. He had just caught a wiff of the odor, and was already feeling dizzy from it.
Ning Cheng quickly took out a cloth and covered his nose and mouth, then approached the One Horned Flood Dragon.
Even though Ning Cheng did not know what materials would be needed for refining, but he knew that the entire body of the One Horned Flood Dragon was a treasure. A Class 4 Monstrous beast would have a monster core, but he just didn’t know what this One Horned Flood Dragon ate so much, to be able to form a monster core.
Next Ning Cheng took the Four Winged Flying Sword artifact that was embedded in the One Horned Flood Dragon, then taking out his own Flying Sword, he proceeded to break open the One Horned Flood Dragon’s skin.
The hard skin underneath made Ning Cheng understand that he had overestimated his own strength, he was only at Qi Gathering 5th Level, he could simply not cut the skin of the monstrous beast with his present strength, obviously this One Horned Flood Dragon’s skin was hard.
This Flood Dragon’s body was highly toxic, Ning Cheng did not dare to put this thing into his storage bag, moreover he did not know if his storage bag could even hold the One Horned Flood Dragon.
Fortunately, this place did not have any other people besides him, this One Horned Flood Dragon was just killed, although the smell of its blood had already scattered, but the blood still had a highly toxic odor. The sense of smell of a monstrous beast was quite sharp, thus no monstrous beast would approach a place which extruded such a strong toxic odor.
Ning Cheng spent exactly two days, just to peel off a little bit of the Flood Dragon’s skin, also taking out the Flood Dragon’s horn and the Flood Dragon’s muscles, and put it into his storage bag. Especially the Flood Dragon’s horn, Ning Cheng had decided to find someone to refine it into a needle type artifact for the 7 Pleiadene Ice Needle Technique. Once he had the needle type artifact for the 7 Pleiadene Ice Needle Technique, he could cast his technique with its most powerful form.
He did not find the core of the Flood Dragon, he did not know that the core of the Flood Dragon had already melted after it died, this alone made the Flood Dragon to fall from a Class 4 monstrous beast.
After handling these things, Ning Cheng completely burnt down the head of the Flood Dragon, and then buried the rest of the burnt residue in an empty place.
After Ning Cheng finished reorganizing, although it still looked to be in total disorder, it was much better than before.
Although he had made a small fortune, Ning Cheng did not chose to return to the tree cavern to practice his cultivation. But rather first jumped onto the lake water.
According to the words of the long bearded man, the lake had a Spiritual Essence Spring inside it. The reason why this One Horned Flood Dragon had occupied this lake, was because of this Spiritual Essence Spring. Now that the One Horned Flood Dragon who was the overlord of the lake had been killed, he entering the lake would certainly not be dangerous.
In fact what Ning Cheng guessed was not wrong, after he entered the lake waters, he could easily swim to the bottom of the lake and arrived next to a huge pile of rocks without any difficulty. A hint of strong aura was escaping from the huge rocks, Ning Cheng was easily able to find a huge cavern within the groupings of the huge rocks.
This cave was the place where the One Horned Flood Dragon practiced its cultivation, now that the One Horned Flood Dragon had already disappeared, Ning Cheng did not have to worry of facing anything dangerous, and directly swam into the huge rock cavern. The water in the cavern was getting less and less as he swam forward, after Ning Cheng swam to the back of the cavern, he found that one could even walk inside.
After the time it took for an incense stick to burn, he had already left the water in the cavern completely, when a ray of light appeared in front of him. Ning Cheng looked in marvel at a pair of giant pearls, this pair of giant pearls were glowing, if one had obtained such a thing on Earth, it would have caused a stir worldwide. Even if it was not the Earth, if it was this place, this pair of glowing pearls were also priceless.
A slight breeze was blowing inside the cave, Ning Cheng immediately understood that this cave was connected to a place outside.
Ning Cheng again walked about 10 meters into the cave, an artificial pond of around ten feet in diameter appeared in front of him, a fountain was gushing out in the center of this artificial pond. An aura rich in Qi was escaping from this artificial pond, Ning Cheng did not know if this was the Spirit Essence Spring that the long bearded man talked about.
Next to this little Spiritual Essence Spring, there was a flat stone almost the same size of the pond itself, the stone was completely worn smooth. Ning Cheng did not need to guess, he knew that this flat piece of stone was the place where the One Horned Flood Dragon practiced its cultivation. This was because the One Horned Flood Dragon had a large body, by continuously coiling around its body which was several feet long it had completely worn down the flat rock.
So this really was the Spirit Essence Spring, this made Ning Cheng’s heart to pound loudly. Even when he had obtained more than 500 Spirit Stones, he was not this excited. Here not only was it a great place to practice his cultivation, he even had a constant Qi source.
Spirit Stones were expendable goods, moreover he did not have many of them, in this place he could cultivate quietly, this was the cold hard truth, it was no wonder that the One Horned Flood Dragon could cultivate to the level of a Class 4 monstrous beast. Unfortunately, even though the One Horned Flood Dragon practiced its cultivation to such a level, its experience was poor, otherwise with its strength, even if there were dozens of people like the long bearded man, it would still not be enough to even scratch it.
Ning Cheng walked some distance around the cave again, and discovered no other things there. There was only a breeze coming from somewhere above, then after circulating once, it returned once again.
Ning Cheng decided to make this cave his base for practicing his cultivation in the first instance, but he was not in a hurry to start his cultivation practice, rather he once again returned to the giant group of rocks at the bottom of the lake. Using the Flying Sword to cut them apart, in only a short time, he had the entrance to the cave completely blocked.
Because the One Horned Flood Dragon had a high level of strength so it did not need to block the entrance, as no other monstrous beast would come to snatch the Spirit Essence Spring from it, but it was not possible for Ning Cheng to do the same. As his cultivation was too weak, only at a mere Qi Gathering 5th Level.
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Chapter 0047 – The Overlord Of A Region
After blocking the original entrance to the underwater cavern, Ning Cheng was still not greatly assured about his safety, and also arranged a simple defensive Array Formation, and then once again returned to the Spiritual Essence Spring.
Ning Cheng did not take out the materials that he had pillaged from the One Horned Flood Dragon. He knew nothing about how to refine them, especially the horn of the Flood Dragon, he planned to find a person to refine it into a thin needle shaped artifact for him to use. At this point of time, Ning Cheng took out the storage bag that he had acquired from the long bearded man, what he wanted to know was if the long bearded man really had the map of the Daan Forest with him.
The long bearded man must have used the storage bag according to what An Yi had said, it should rather be actually called a storage pocket, as the space inside it was very small. There were also very few things in it, besides a few low level spiritual grasses which could easily be found outside, there were still several unknown pills, he was not able to ascertain what kinds of pills they were as he could not clearly see the contents of the jade bottle in which they were stored, other than those, it did not have anything else.
The most precious thing that the long bearded person had, should be the four winged flying sword which Ning Cheng had snatched away previously.
Ning Cheng after going through the contents of the storage bag of the long bearded man conveniently threw it back into his own storage bag, but was a bit disappointed in his heart. He could not find the map, that is to say, in the future he could only rely on his ability and strength to get out of the Daan Forest. The long bearded man had said before that he could cross the Daan Forest by himself, he knew that this was not a lie to deceive other people, he suspected that he had already recorded the map to safely pass through the forest in his head.
He had not been practising cultivation for many years, being in the situation with the Spiritual Essence Spring in front of him, Ning Cheng almost employed all his time into improving his cultivation. The usage of the Spiritual Essence Spring by Ning Cheng and the One Horned Flood Dragon were clearly different, the One Horned Flood Dragon also knew that it could not completely absorb the rich Qi that was emanating from the Spiritual Essence Spring. But as Ning Cheng had already killed the goose that laid the golden egg, he feared that he could only absorb just a little bit of it before it disappears, just how could he economise the usage?
One month later, Ning Cheng advanced to the Qi Gathering 6th Level, three months later, Ning Cheng broke through to the Intermediate Stage of the Qi Gathering Realm, advancing to the Qi Gathering 7th Level. At this time the Qi in his body had already formed into a stream, just like the powerful undulations that came from the cultivators in the Essence Building Realm, the Qi in his body felt incomparably powerful. Five months later, Ning Cheng advanced to the Qi Gathering 8th Level, at the same time he decided to leave the almost used up Spiritual Essence Spring.
The rich Qi inside the Spiritual Essence Spring had almost been consumed completely, for it to gather this kind of rich Qi in the Spiritual Essence Spring again, he estimated that it would take at least 3 years for that to happen.
Ning Cheng believed that one would not stay here waiting for three years, he was already at the Qi Gathering 8th Level, and would soon advance in rank to enter the Qi Gathering 9th Level. Once he reached the Qi Gathering 9th Level, then he would have to face the issue of advancing into the True Condensation Realm.
In the Ping Continent, a True Condensation Realm cultivator was rarely seen, because of the poor Qi sources and the spiritual root issues, advancing to the Condensation Realm was very hard.
Coagulation of Qi is something that a cultivator at the Qi Gathering 9th Level has to achieve in order to advance to the True Condensation Realm, Ning Cheng saw from the jade piece that Fang Jiyan had given him that some people just stagnate and be contented with just being in the True Condensation Realm, but Ning Cheng certainly was not that type of a person. To him being promoted to the True Condensation Realm was still really insignificant.
To advance to the True Condensation Realm really needed more than ten kinds of precious spiritual grasses, however the most important thing, and also the most difficult to get out of those was the Golden Cicada Fruit. As Ning Cheng already had the Golden Cicada Fruit, he decided to get out of here and try to find someone who could refine it into a True Condensation Pill.
Ning Cheng obviously thought that this matter was a bit too simple, Daan Forest or not, because he had already advanced to the Qi Gathering 8th Level he would find his own path out of here. For the entire month, Ning Cheng still remained around the edge of the lake.
It was not that he did not want to go out, but during this month’s time, Ning Cheng discovered that each region in the Daan Forest was under the protection of a powerful monstrous beast. Looking for a way out during this period, he had met more than ten Class 2 Monstrous Beasts, there were even two times where he met a Class 3 Monstrous Beast.
If he did not ran away fast, those Class 3 Monstrous Beasts would have chased him down to kill him, and then he would have no way to remain near the fresh water lake.
However Ning Cheng was not without a harvest, the various monstrous beasts tacitly approved to not approach the fresh water lake making it so that the fresh water lake became his territory by default, this was becuase Ning Cheng had killed numerous Class 2 Monstrous Beasts which served as a deterrence to the other monstrous beasts.
Ning Cheng was now at the Qi Gathering 8th Level, as such now he could cast 12 Sword Lights of the 36 Thick Ice Swords Technique that he had modified previously. This was however not his biggest gain, his greatest gain was his cultivation of Qi Gathering 8th Level, which allowed him step on his flying sword and fly for a short distance.
Tapping into the flying sword methods that Ning Cheng had modified from the jade pieces he had obtained from Fang Jiyan, made Ning Cheng very satisfied with himself. In the Ping Continent, even some cultivators of the True Condensation Realm could not use the flying swords to fly, but now he who was at the Qi Gathering 8th Level already achieved it.
Even though Ning Cheng knew that a high cultivation level was needed to ride the flying swords, when he finally stepped onto the flying sword and started to fly truly, his heart was beyond excited. Before when he had shot the Fireballs and the Wind Edges for the first time, he did not experience this much excitement. Fortunately Ning Cheng was also aware of his own capabilities, he clearly wanted to fly out of the Daan Forest, but he knew that his cultivation level was too poor to achieve that.
In a month’s time, Ning Cheng had already beheaded hundreds of Class 1 Monstrous Beasts. He constantly looked for a way out, as a result constantly had to pass through the territories of other monstrous beasts, this also cause him to repeatedly fight with the other monstrous beasts. At one point, he had even beheaded dozens of Class 1 Demon Wolf. Using the Profound Grade 36 Thick Ice Swords to kill those Demon Wolf, it was almost like a simple wheat harvest.
During this time, Ning Cheng also found out a pattern, if he passed by the territory of a Class 3 Monstrous Beast, if the Class 3 Monstrous Beast’s cultivation level was too far from his, that Class 3 Monstrous Beast would just be too lazy to even bother with him. But if he were to pass through the territory of the monstrous beast whose cultivation level was almost the same as his, it would ultimately lead to a fight.
After working out the pattern, Ning Cheng finally understood why he was able stay for so long near the fresh water lake, it was because the One Horned Flood Dragon just didn’t take any notice of him. It originally regarded him as a dispensable tiny ant, after Ning Cheng experienced these things, he understood that all the lower leveled Monstrous Beasts that came within the scope of the high leveled monstrous beast were just regarded as lunches for them.
If this high leveled monstrous beast wanted to eat them as its lunch, he could just do it anytime it wanted. In other words, before when he tried to survive near the Freshwater Lake for two months, in fact he was actually regarded as a lunch for the One Horned Flood Dragon. Once the One Horned Flood Dragon decided to come out, it could always be able to get rid of him easily.
On the contrary, if his cultivation level was almost the same as the Monstrous Beast, the monstrous beast would think that he had come to snatch his domain, and would immediately come out to protect its domain from being encroached by others.
It was because he knew about this point, Ning Cheng did not hesitate to ruthlessly behead the monstrous beasts that approached the freshwater lake. According to the law of the jungle, he can absolutely never give the monstrous beasts the illusion that those monstrous beast can easily bully him.
In this one month of slaughtering, Ning Cheng’s combat experience and his mastery over the two kinds of techniques advanced by leaps and bounds. With his current experience, if he was still at the Qi Gathering 3rd Level and had the flying sword, he absolutely would not be injured.
After Ning Cheng spent his time crazily beheading the monstrous beasts, many of the monstrous beasts around the freshwater lake already got to know about Ning Cheng’s aggressiveness, and knew that he did not show any mercy or consideration. Later on, as long as Ning Cheng did not stay for a long time in their range, the monstrous beasts were not willing to come out and fight Ning Cheng, and would directly allow Ning Cheng to pass by their territory.
To Ning Cheng, even if he wanted to leave the fresh water lake, he could not find a way out of this place, and it would definitely not be a good thing for him. At least in the area of the fresh water lake, he was the overlord of the place.
“Whir Whir…….” At this time a Brown Bristled Bear was facing Ning Cheng and let out a muffled sounds, but it did not dare to pounce on Ning Cheng. It had roared at Ning Cheng, because Ning Cheng had once again came into his territory, and moreover he also stayed in his territory for a long time.
This Brown Bristled Bear was an early stage Class 2 Monstrous beast, it had already been defeated twice by the hands of Ning Cheng, fortunately those two times Ning Cheng was just passing through its territory. But this guy who was troublesome in its eyes unexpectedly came here once again, moreover he did not walk away immediately, and was even digging around in his territory.
“Go to hell, I am just looking for a piece of magnetic iron to walk around, you really talk too much, don’t blame me if I use my hands.” Ning Cheng waved his flying sword in his hands as he shouted those words while he stabbed towards the Brown Bristled Bear.
He had really come here to look for a piece of magnetic iron, he still had more than 300 low grade Spirit Stones on him, Ning Cheng felt that even though he had more than 300 low grade Spirit Stones it still would not be enough for him to advance to the Qi Gathering 9th Level. What’s more, he would have to go out to look for someone who could create a True Condensation Pill for him.
Even after more than a month, as he could not find a way out, he decided that he had to find a piece of magnetic iron so that he could use it to make a compass. Ning Cheng guessed that this place should also be a planet, that resembled a big magnet. He wanted something to help him pinpoint a fixed position, as long as he could follow a single direction, he would eventually walk out of this place one day. Even if the compass that he made pointed to the south, it wouldn’t influence him at all.
This Class 2 Bristle Bear did not know that Ning Cheng was looking for a piece of magnetic iron, and once more roared at Ning Cheng, it wanted Ning Cheng to get out of his territory as fast as possible.
Ning Cheng saw that this Bristle Bear was unable to comprehend what he said, it was just simply offering itself to be sacrificed to his flying sword, and prepared to begin.
At this time, a burst of rapid footsteps were transmitted, it seems as if someone was rushing over from the side. Ning Cheng immediately gave up the idea to fight the Bristle Bear with his hands, and stared at the person who had just rushed out.
It was a young man whose entire body was covered with injuries, and his Qi was almost negligent, one couldn’t even see if he was a cultivator or not. When he saw Ning Cheng, his eyes suddenly lit up, however he immediately fell to the ground because of exhaustion.
“Senior……” although he fell to the ground, this young man had not fainted, and still looked at Ning Cheng with a bit of hope, he apparently hoped that Ning Cheng would come to his rescue.
This young man had just fallen to the ground, when a Black Wolf Monstrous Beast immediately came over. This Black Wolf was already at the pinnacle of the Class 1 Monstrous Beasts, after it had caught up with its target it first saw the flying sword in the hands of Ning Cheng, almost at the same time it saw Ning Cheng, this Black Wolf Monstrous Beast immediately turned around, and in just two breaths time, it had already ran into the depths of the forest, disappearing from his sight.
Ning Cheng did not care about the Black Wolf that had escaped, he subconsciously touched his face, while in his heart he thought did he look really old? Why would a person older than him call him a ‘Senior’? One needs to know that he was a bit less than 18 years of age. His hands touched the beard on his face, which made Ning Cheng guess that he perhaps looked like an uncle which had experienced the vicissitudes of life.
Ning Cheng took out a Jade Bottle and gave it to the man lying on the ground and said, “I do not have any life saving Elixirs, but only a little water, you can drink a little of it.”
Although Ning Cheng said that he only had a little water, the clear water that he had was actually not common water, it was taken from the Spiritual Essence Spring, and still had a rich Qi in it.
This young man looked in fear at the distant place where the Bristled Bear was rather than at Ning Cheng, in his eyes there seemed to be some hope, when Ning Cheng handed him his water he did not answer, but immediately took out a package and gave it Ning Cheng and said, “I cannot go on, please help me deliver this package to the Hua Continent’s Falling Star 5 Star Academy’s Meng Yu Jing, let her give it to my younger brother Kou Xiu Yuan, just say that this was given to you by Kou Hong…….”
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Chapter 0048 – A Pair Of Pearl Hair Clips
“Stop, you’re kidding me right, I can’t even get out of the Daan Forest, how can I even leave the continent? Sorry, but once you recover, you can go ahead by yourself.” Ning Cheng refused without even hesitating, the continent where he was, he was very clear about it. Not to mention that he could not even get out of the Daan Forest, even if could leave the Daan Forest, he would not be able to get out of the Ping continent.
When this young man heard the words of Ning Cheng, his eyes immediately showed anxiety, and even his expression became urgent, “My Qi meridians are already broken, my dantian is also crushed, there is no way for me to cultivate Qi. I have the map……”
When the young man said the word ‘map’, the corners of his mouth overflowed with blood, even his tone was breaking up.
But Ning Cheng spirit was greatly lifted, “You really have a map to get out of the Daan Forest?”
The young man apparently did not have the strength to explain anything to Ning Cheng, he tremblingly took out a leather roll from inside his clothes and said, “This leather roll is the map, inside it has the Command Medallion of the Clear Sky 5 Star Academy of the Hua Continent, with this you could easily enter the Clear Sky Academy, I am giving it you you, I beg you please be sure to deliver that wrapped package into the hands of my fiancee Meng Yu Jing…..”
After saying those words, this young man really was not able to support himself, he once again slightly raised his head to look at Ning Cheng before letting it fall to the ground. When Ning Cheng heard that it really was the map that he desperately wanted, he immediately stepped forward to grab the leather roll and said, “If I ever have the opportunity to go to the Hua Continent, I will certainly repay the favor.”
As if he heard the commitment of Ning Cheng, this young man heaved a sigh of relief, and drew his last breath.
Ning Cheng was gloomy in his heart, in this place, life was just like a bubble of soap, which could be easily broken. This young man called Kou Hong, wasn’t he his own portrayal? If someday he also ended up dying like this, who would he fondly remember at that moment?
Ning Ruo Lan’s lovely and cute face appeared in front of his eyes, Ning Cheng sighed, in his entire life here, he may not even get the opportunity to see his little sister.
Ning Cheng suddenly became even more sad, he did not go ahead and look at the leather parchment roll and the package that was given to him by the young man, he just picked up the young man, turned around and quickly left the Brown Bristle Bear’s territory.
Seeing Ning Cheng leave, the Brown Bristled Bear felt relieved, it turned around and returned to its lair.
Ning Cheng returned to the perimeter of the freshwater Lake, buried the young man by the side of the lake, erected a simple tombstone, and wrote a few simple words on the tombstone, ‘The grave of Kou Hong’.
The reason why he helped Kou Hong by putting up a tombstone, was because Ning Cheng in his heart saw his own future the same as him, plus it was also a thanks to Kou Hong who had left him the map.
Ning Cheng did not open the wrapped parcel that he had received from Kou Hong, however he swept through it with his Spiritual Sense, it appeared to be a jet black wooden box, In addition to that, there was a letter and a storage bag. He assumed that Kou Hong wrote this letter for his fiancee Meng Yu Jing, he just did not know why Kou Hong did not place all these things in the storage bag.
It seems that it was not an option for Kou Hong, if Kou Hong had a choice, he would certainly not give these things to a stranger.
Puting the package into his own storage bag, Ning Cheng took out the leather skin map. Opening the map, sure enough he saw a Command Medallion. He did not know what material the Command Medallion was made of, but it already looked very old. There was a carving of two characters on the emblem ‘Clear Sky’, presumably this emblem was the admission voucher to enter the Clear Sky 5 Star Academy.
Ning Cheng was not very interested in entering the Academy, mainly because his spiritual roots were always changing, he did not dare to enter the Academy where they would repeatedly test his spiritual roots.
When Ning Cheng opened the leather skin map, he immediately came to understand that he could finally exit this place. For him, this map, was simply too perfect, an extremely detailed route was marked on it, moreover even the territories of several high leveled monstrous beasts were also detailedly marked on it. There were even labels of the monstrous beast on their marked territories, however the highest ranking monstrous beast that was marked on it was just a Class 2 Monstrous Beast, this level of Monstrous Beast simply did not pose a threat to Ning Cheng.
Not only that, but the map also included a lot of references. With the help of this map, Ning Cheng could easily find where exactly he was in this kind of place, he was currently in the territory of a low leveled monstrous beast in the Daan Forest. There were even a few places marked, where even Class 5 Monstrous Beasts would frequently appear.
That was not all there was to this map, there were also routes on the map that one could walk to go to the Yuan Continent. Between the Yuan Continent and the Ping Continent was a vast and endless desert, this map even had a recommended route through it, however it did not have any frame of reference, as such one would need have a Direction Plate to find his bearings.
Ning Cheng did not have a Direction Plate, but for him it was not important, as he still did not want to go out of the Ping Continent at the moment.
From the map in his hands, although the place he was, was in the Daan Forest, but it was far from the depths of the Daan Forest. He wasn’t very far from the Ping Continent from his position, on the contrary, if he wanted to go to the Yuan Continent, the journey was more than a dozen times longer than that to the Ping Continent.
[TL Note – For those who are confused the Daan Forest acts as the intersection point for the three continents – Ping, Hua and Yuan.]
From Ning Cheng’s viewpoint, he does not even want to return to the Ping Continent, but rather he wanted to go to the Yuan Continent to have a look. After all not only the Yuan Continent was near to the Hua continent, but the Hua Continent was actually an Intermediate Level Continent.
After thinking it over, Ning Cheng decided to first pay a visit to the Nan Yuan City of the Ping Continent. Nan Yuan City was the real capital of the Ming Ye Country. moreover the Clear Heart Academy was also in that place. The reason why Ning Cheng decided to take the risk and go to that place, was because he still had some worries about An Yi. Although those people treated An Yi as a princess in general, it was because An Yi had said that she had a Pure Wooden Spiritual Root. However, if An Yi accidentally tested out to not have a Pure Spiritual Root, then what would happen to her?
After he arrived in this world, he had spent the longest time with An Yi. Moreover, An Yi had also graciously saved his life, in his heart, he had already regarded An Yi as his most closest person. If there was no one to take care of An Yi, then for a single person to stay alone in the Nan Yuan City, in the end their fate would be absolutely tragic and pathetic.
Of course his cultivation level being too low was also one of the reasons for not going to the other Continents, other than that Ning Cheng wanted to go to the Nan Yuan City to look for a way to change the Golden Cicada Fruit into a True Condensing Pill. If he could advance to the True Condensation Realm, so if wanted to pass through the Daan Forest again, then his safety would be more guaranteed.
With the help of the map, Ning Cheng became extremely familiar with his surroundings, and in just two days, Ning Cheng had already come out of the Daan Forest.
At this time Ning Cheng was no longer the same person who had just escaped from the Cang Le City, he did not even shave off his beard. Coming out of the Cang Qin Province, along with the hardships he faced in the Daan Forest from time to time, Ning Cheng simply did not look like a teenager, rather he looked like an adventurer who had gone through a lot.
There was a continuous mountain range outside the Daan Forest, Ning Cheng did not take out his flying sword to fly during the day, instead he concealed his cultivation base to appear at Qi Gathering 4th Level. Even if he wanted to ride his sword, it was something that he did only at night.
An Yi was in the Nan Yuan City, but Nan Yuan City also was the place where Lan Yin Yue resided. He and Lan Yin Yue had a great enmity between them, with his current cultivation, he was not a match against Lan Yin Yue. The reason why he had not shaved off his beard, was precisely to make him look older. This trip to the Nan Yuan City, he absolutely could not let his acquaintances recognize him.
A day later, Ning Cheng met a team of adventurers near the edge of the Daan Forest, Ning Cheng bought a map of the Ming Ye Country from these adventurers.
Ning Cheng’s Qi was limited, intermittently flying through the night on his flying sword had already made him tired, but during the day he just walked faster to recover his Qi.
So after walking and flying alternatively, almost a half a month later, Ning Cheng arrived at the outskirts of the Nan Yuan City.
Ning Cheng although did not disguise himself as an adventurer, but because of his long stay in the Daan Forest having to constantly fend off against the monstrous beasts, along with his beard, he simply did not even need to make the effort, as he already had the image of a battle hardened adventurer.
Compared to the Cang Le City and the Mingot City, the Nan Yuan City was magnificently large. Ning Cheng was completely unable to fathom how long were the walls of Nan Yuan City extended, the huge gate that led to the city exudes an extreme vicissitude of life. Wherever he looked, it only showed the long history of the Nan Yuan City.
Was this really the capital of the Ming Ye Country, Ning Cheng was secretly wondering in his heart, if this was the place where the legendary 9 Star Academy was located, he just could not get a handle on the extent of this huge and magnificent city.
There were many people passing through those huge gates, there were two teams of City Guards places on either side of the gate, which clearly demonstrated the strength of the city. On the outside of the city walls, there was a piece of eye catching announcement. Ning Cheng glanced at it from a distance, written on it was apparently the matter about the recruitment of students into the Clear Heart 3 Star Academy. There were not many people in front of the notice, so it was obvious that the notice was pasted there a long time ago.
Ning Cheng wanted to have a look at the contents of the announcement, but he held back his curiosity. If at this time he went to see the contents of the announcement, he would definitely be seen as someone who came here for the first time.
He only took a glance at the announcement, and followed the numerous people together into the Nan Yuan City, after entering through the gates, he was not subjected to being questioned by the city guards.
Ning Cheng imagined that there would be more people in Nan Yuan City, and it would be almost crowded everywhere. Compared to the Cang Le City, Nan Yuan City was very orderly, at least no one dared to ride a unicorn and dashed wildly through the streets.
On both sides of the streets stalls, shops, restaurants and the others kinds of entertainment areas were completely packed with people, it was like a large avenue, which was bustling with excitement.
Ning Cheng felt that the majority of the people on the streets were ordinary, although there were some cultivators among them, but their cultivation base was not very high. He relaxed a bit, thinking that as Lan Yin Yue had an exceptional background, she would not go onto the streets and rub shoulders with ordinary people.
“What a beautiful pearl hair clip……” A crisp sound attacted the attention of Ning Cheng, Ning Cheng turned his head to see a young girl wearing an ordinary sarong robe standing in front of a stall, while looking at the pearl hair clip in her hands with admiration.
When Ning Cheng’s eyes fell onto the pearl hair clip in her hands, he was suddenly startled, immediately taking a step forward, he picked up another pearl hair clip from the stall with his hands, it was exactly the same.
“How much does it cost?” Ning Cheng grabbed the pearl hair clip and asked the owner of the stall, while he stared at the other pearl hair clip in the hands of the young girl.
This pearl hair clip was originally appeared to be a pair, this young girl wearing the sarong robe was holding one, so Ning Cheng could only obtain one of them, of course he wanted to certainly buy the full pair of the pearl hair clip. He did not necessarily want the girl to have it, he wanted to just immediately buy it out, if this young girl wanted to, he could ask the young girl for a favor to help her, so that she would give the pearl hair clip to him.
The reason why Ning Cheng was so excited, was because this pair of pearl hair clips was not only the same ones that he had given to his younger sister, but it was even of the same blue color, not only that but even the shape was exactly the same, the same snowflake shape. If one did not consider the materials it was made from, then this pair of pearl hair clips and the pair of pearl hair clips that he purchased on Earth, there was basically no difference between them.
When he had bought the pair of pearl hair clips initially, one of them was thrown away by Tian Mu Wan, and the other one was in the hands of Ning Rou Lan. Today he once again saw the exact same pearl hair clips, wasn’t it just heaven’s will?
Chapter 0049 – Asking For The Moon
“One gold coin.” the stall owner obviously was very good at running his business, seeing Ning Cheng and the young girl wearing the sarong talk about the pearl hair clip, he immediately charged an exorbitant price.
What’s more, today the Nan Yuan City was filled with people from the outside, not to say about a gold coin, he even could charge 10 gold coins, as long he could find a person who took fancy to it, someone would definitely buy it.
The hand of young girl wearing the sarong trembled slightly, on the mention a gold coin, “How does such a pair of pearl hair clip cost 1 gold coin? Just how is this possible………”
In her view, even if this pearl hair clip was very delicate and beautiful, it would be at most be a few dozen copper coins, which was even less than a silver coin.
The stall owner said with an unhurried pace, “My pearl hair clip is unique, you would never find a second pair like it, moreover it was personally created by the Imperial Casting Master, how could you say that this price is expensive? Moreover, I only said that it is one gold coin for a pair, but not a gold coin for each one.”
Ning Cheng also knew that the stall owner was charging an exorbitant rate, but not to mention about 1 gold coin, even if he charged him a 1000 gold coins it would not be too much money to him. Moreover, for him a gold coin’s role was getting smaller and smaller. The thing he needed now the most was Spirit Stone, even Qi Gathering Stones to him would not be much useful.
“Boss, then if I will take out a gold coin, will you sell me the two pearl hair clips to me?” this sarong wearing young girl said as she looked at the pearl hair clip in Ning Cheng’s hand, gritted her teeth and said. She had come here to the Nan Yuan City to participate in the selection exam of the Clear Heart Academy, but she had become too fond of those pearl hair clips, and when she held onto one of the pearl hair clip in her little hands, she had a kind of an extremely tranquil feeling, she felt that this pearl hair clip was something made for her.
Since childhood, she had never spent such an extravagant amount of money just to buy a small hair ornament.
“No way.” the stall owner said firmly, while he simultaneously looking at Ning Cheng.
Ning Cheng heard the tone of the sarong wearing young girl, it seems that she really liked the pearl hair clip. However this pearl hair clip was something necessary for him, from the time he saw the same pair of pearl hair clip in Nan Yuan City, he basically couldn’t express the surprise he felt in his heart. What this simple pair of pearl hair clip represented, this to Ning Cheng, was as if an invisible hand of god was guiding him towards it.
The young girl also looked at Ning Cheng, with her eyes filled with hope, she really hoped that Ning Cheng would give her the pearl hair clip. She was not a fool, she could clearly see why the stall owner had raised the price, it was not because that the pearl hair clip was really precious, but because she was competing with someone else, and the person who she was competing with was standing beside her.
Ning Cheng gave the young girl an apologetic look and said, “I’m really sorry, this pearl hair clip means a lot to me. If you could afford to part with it, will you be willing to give me the pearl hair clip in your hands? I am willing to buy you another pair of the pearl hair clips, that you can casually choose.”
The sarong wearing girl had a very rustic appearance, but Ning Cheng actually discovered that she and An Yi were not much different, she had a pair of eyes that were bright and clear, that innocent look in them made it look as if it could directly see into people’s heart, it made people unable to think of rejecting her in their hearts. But Ning Cheng affirmed, that she did not practice cultivation, her body did not emit even half the undulations of Qi cultivation.
After listening to the words of Ning Cheng, this young girl slightly frowned, not because Ning Cheng was not willing to give the pearl hair clip to her. She knew that in Nan Yuan City, seeing a gold coin was very rare, she estimated that she was the only such person who could actually afford it.
The reason she frowned was because Ning Cheng said that he was willing to spend such an extravagant amount of money to even buy a pair of pearl hair clip for her, this made her feel that this person was extremely frivolous. A man buying a pair of pearl hair clip for a woman, is not something that was casually done.
She shook her head, and put the pearl hair clip down and said, “This pair of pearl hair clip is not to be separated, since it had a lot of meaning for you, then I can give it to you.”
She said this with a gentle and demure tone, it made it seem as if giving the pearl hair clip to Ning Cheng was a natural affair.
Ning Cheng quickly took out 2 gold coins and gave them to the stall owner, then thanked the sarong wearing girl from the bottom of his heart, “Thank you, you can chose any pair of pearl hair clip, and I will buy it for you.”
This time the young girl wearing the sarong directly refused and said, “You do not need to, it was just that I liked the unique snowflake shape of the pearl hair clip, I do not need other people to buying things for me, I can take out 2 gold coins by myself.”
These words did not have a direct connection to Ning Cheng, he really missed his little sister Rou Lan, for her he was not willing to let this pair of that pearl hair clips to fall into the hands of a stranger.
A person who was standing on the side who had seen the exchange clearly, said with a ridiculing and sarcastic voice, “A man was unexpectedly competing with a woman for a pearl hair clip.”
That sarong wearing young girl was obviously afraid to cause more disputes, so she did not dare say anything, quickly turned around and walked into the crowd, and very soon disappeared from his view.
Ning Cheng ignored the words of other people, after he received the pearl hair clips from the stall owner directly, he did not leave, but rather asked the stall owner, “Boss, did all these huge amounts of people in the Nan Yuan City came to participate in the selection exam of the Clear Heart Academy? Although the Clear Heart Academy is large, it wouldn’t need these many people right?”
The stall owner who received the two gold coins was in a really good mood, after listening to the words of Ning Cheng, he immediately shook his head like the tail of the rattlesnake and said, “How could it be that, though there are a number of people here, but majority of the people come here to this city to compete for business. So if you want, you could go to the Spiritual Root Testing Plaza, there you will find many such stalls everywhere.”
“Spiritual Root Testing Plaza?” Ning Cheng did not understand it and asked again.
The stall owner patiently replied, “You came here to attend the selection exam of the Clear Heart Academy right? To participate in the selection, you will first have to go to the Spiritual Root Testing Plaza to test out your spiritual roots. Only when you pass the first test of your spiritual roots, only then will you be eligible to enter the Second Spiritual Root Test in the Clear Heart Academy.”
After saying this, the stall owner was afraid that Ning Cheng did not understand it, and said it with extreme pride, “This time our Clear Heart 3 Star Academy of our Ming Yi Country is recruiting for disciples, it is not that simple, if one was selected, then he might be even be able to ask for the moon.”
“Oh, then what is going on here?” Ning Cheng was really curious now. Being selected to join the Clear Heart Academy, would certainly be of great honor and luck, but that does not mean that one could just ask for the moon.
The stall owner was very proud, as if the Clear Heart 3 Star Academy was his own private property, “You have heard of the Hua Continent right? Yi Xing mainland has 9 Continents, among the 3 lower leveled continents, the Hua Continent is the largest with the most dense spiritual aura, in case one’s status was good, then they could even go to an intermediate class continent.”
“I know, I know, but I need to ask for more detail,” Ning Cheng quickly lowered himself and clasped his hands, he really wanted to go to the Hua Continent once.
The stall owner was very satisfied with the attitude of Ning Cheng, even if he did not have to attend to his business, he carefully explained to Ning Cheng, “I heard that the Hua Continent has five 5 Star Academies, three years later there will be a competition between these five 5 Star Academies in one of the lower class continents. Once one of the 5 Star Academies won the competition, then they would acquire a great advantage and benefits”
“These 5 Star Academies for the sake of coming out on top in the competition three years from now, will simultaneously recruit the best disciples from Ping, Yuan and Hua Continents. All the 3 Stars and above academies are participating in the selection of outstanding disciples from their respective academies. My Clear Heart Academy naturally is one of those Academies, as long as you get selected for the Clear Heart Academy, you might even have the chance to even go to a 5 Star Academy.”
“What are the great benefits that the students of Academy would receive?” Ning Cheng subconsciously asked, even if the 5 Star Academies had great advantages, he still found it very strange and was also curious about it.
“I do not about that.” The stall owner said with some embarrassment.
“I know about it, but you need to sell me that pearl hair clip that you just purchased.” A hoarse voice sounded next to Ning Cheng.
Ning Cheng turned around to see an extremely sturdy and robust young man, this young man was not only extremely robust, moreover he was wearing coarse homespun clothes on his body. Ning Cheng immediately guessed that this young man must have some relationship to that sarong wearing young girl.
When Ning Cheng saw that, he first thanked the stall owner, and turned to the young man and said, “Since my friend is keen on wanting the pearl hair clip, then let’s go to a quiet place to talk about it.”
Ning Cheng did not want to give the pearl hair clip, but he wanted to know about the situation. Although this youth did not seem to have any background, but it did seem that he knew much more about the things around here than the stall owner.
This young man simply did not think much, he immediately nodded and said, “Ok, you can lead the way. No matter what you ask, as long as I know about it I will tell you, but the condition is that you have to give me the pearl hair clips.”
He seemed to be very honest and straightforward, Ning Cheng took a glance at him and immediately determined.
Ning Cheng did not have much interest in what information the youth had, but because the Nan Yuan City’s stalls and restaurants were already very crowded, he was unable to find a peaceful place to sit so he just wanted to find a quiet place first.
Ning Cheng brought this youth to a somewhat less secluded place, and said bluntly, “Friend, this pearl hair clip is extremely significant for me, I have no way of giving it to you. However I have only arrived in the Nan Yuan City, there are a lot of things that I don’t understand, and thus I have to ask others.”
The reason why he chose this youth to inquire, was because Ning Cheng felt that the opposite party was an extremely simple and a very honest person, moreover he did not seem to be a cultivator. Asking him who did not practice cultivation was a lot safer, otherwise, if he asked a Qi Gathering cultivator of Nan Yuan City that why did he not know why the Clear Heart Academy was recruiting disciples, then they would definitely suspect him. If it was any other place then he could forget about it, but here he had Lan Yin Yue as his personal enemy.
After listening to Ning Cheng’s words, a trace of sadness flashed across the young man’s eyes, “Before when my younger sister found me, she looked somewhat depressed, since childhood, I did not let her suffer any grievances. After I asked her, I came to know that the pearl hair clip that she liked was bought by someone else.”
“How did you know that it was me?” Ning Cheng blurted, with so many people on the street, and coupled with the fact that the sarong wearing young girl had already disappeared for a long time, he was only there because he wanted to ask a few questions to the stall owner, it was because of that delay that he had not walked out. Arguably, this youth had not seen him buy anything, and thus by rights he should not have known that he was the one who had bought the pearl hair clip.
The youth embarrassingly took out a handkerchief and said, “I said that I would certainly help her get it back, so she drew a picture for me, I could recognize that you were the same person as the picture……”
Ning Cheng saw the picture drawn on the handkerchief and immediately became sluggish, in this world there was still a person who was this skillful with their hands. This picture had quite a few strokes, but his image was fully outlined on the face of the handkerchief. This type of work could even be compared to the lifelike photo from a digital camera, rather this hand drawn portrait was even more realistic.
Ning Cheng had always been proud of his abnormal memory and analytical skills that could not be compared to anyone, but today he knew, that he was not the only person with the most abnormally powerful memory. Just with a glance, even the most minute of his facial expression were captured and drawn with a very fine detail, just how many so called geniuses could even compare to that?
Chapter 0050 – Medicinal Pills Are Hard To Get
“In my heart, my younger sister is a princess, but she is like me and lives in poverty. A few months ago, after my sister heard that the Clear Heart Academy was recruiting students, she in her heart always wanted to go to such a place, but she was never willing to tell me about this matter, she was afraid that I would be worried. The only thing that I could do to help her, was sell everything from our home immediately, then accompany her to come here to participate in the selection exam.” This youth said these words with a voice filled with great and strong love, he had always looked at his sister as if she was the stars in the sky, all he could could think of was how to help her.
“What if your sister fails in the selection exam, what would you do then? Don’t you have a family back at home?” Ning Cheng asked this time, while in his heart he was thinking that it was not this youth but his sister who was going to participate in the selection exam. He thought of him and his younger sister Ruo Lan, how he had to take care of his younger sister Ruo Lan, how he had similarly left everything from his home, and followed her younger sister to Jianzhou.
Wasn’t this youth and him very much alike?
When he heard Ning Cheng’s questions, this youth replied with pride, “As long as someone is selected, my sister will definitely be one of those who are selected, there is nobody more outstanding than my younger sister.”
Ning Cheng did not criticize this young man, as a person who cherished his younger sister to such an extent, his words also resonated strongly with him, and did not cause a bad impression of the young man in his eyes.
“This time my sister will definitely be selected for the Clear Heart Academy, I wanted to help her get back this pearl hair clip, it may be the last thing that I may be able to do for her. So, I request you to make a promise with me. Although I do not have much gold, but I will try to give you as many gold coins as I can.” Said the young man with a pleading tone in his voice. He was obviously not a fool, he knew that once his sister gets selected for the Clear Heart Academy, she would not be able to be involved with him any longer.
Ning Cheng did not say anything else, he just took out the pair of the pearl hair clips and handed it to the young man and said, “I also very much love my little sister, you can give this to your younger sister. For your younger sister to have a big brother like you, she must be very happy.”
When he gave the pearl hair clips, Ning Cheng also sighed in his heart, suddenly he was somewhat envious of the young man in front of him. At least he could still see his sister, even under the same sky.
“Ah…..” this young man did not think that Ning Cheng would speak in such a good way, he already did not have much hope for it, but Ning Cheng actually gave him the pearl hair clips.
For a moment he did not react, and then he hastily started pulling out gold coins from his pouch. Ning Cheng just waved his hands and said, “I do not want your gold, for me gold coins are just something superfluous. The reason why I gave you the pearl hair clips, is because I also have a younger sister, she also liked this type of pearl hair clips……”
“Ah, this, this……” this young man was a simple and honest person, he knew what it meant to love someone. His sister was his only younger sister, then doesn’t somebody else’s sister would not be a younger sister to someone? But he was reluctant to return the pearl hair clips back to Ning Cheng, so at this time he unexpectedly came up with a solution.
“Why don’t we take one each? You can then deliver the one you have to your younger sister.” This young man hesitated a bit before handing a pearl hair clip to Ning Cheng.
Ning Cheng pushes it away and said, “No it’s okay, these pearl hair clips are originally supposed to be a pair, you must not tamper with it. Moreover in this lifetime, I possibly cannot see my little sister again. Keeping the pearl hair clip on me, will only make me more sad, it would be better if you gave it to your younger sister.”
This young man was not well versed with words, he did not know how to come forward and comfort Ning Cheng.
Ning Cheng just smiled and said, “Didn’t you say that when I gave you the pearl hair clips, you would tell me about the competition between the 5 Star Academies of the Hua continent? Also what does ‘coming out on top’ mean?”
The young man saw Ning Cheng change the topic with his own initiative, he just heaved a sigh of relief, he hastily picked up the pearl hair clips and said, “I heard that in the Yi Xing Mainland, the high leveled continents in order to enhance the strength of the low leveled continents, decided to set up a 6 Star Academy on the Hua Continent. This 6 Star Academy, will be the only 6 Star Academy in all of the three lower leveled continents. But there are five 5 Star Academies in the Hua Continent itself, as a result of that, it created a problem on how to decide which one of the five 5 Star Academies would be promoted to a 6 Star Academy.”
“For the sake of fairness, the people of the high leveled continents of the Yi Xing Mainland decided to adopt the form of competition to select which one of the Academies would advance. The five 5 Star Academies would send out their most outstanding disciples for this competition, the Academy with the most outstanding achievement and results, will be supported to advance to a 6 Star Academy, the other four 5 Star Academy would become the subordinates of this newly formed 6 Star Academy.”
The young man embarrassedly scratched his head and said, “This is what my younger sister told me, it was also a person from the Clear Heart Academy who told these things to my younger sister. In fact, the reason why the Clear Heart 3 Star Academy is recruiting students, is so that it could conduct a selection, to determine the best and the most important disciples, it is very likely that they would be sent to the Hua Continent to participate in the competition. After going to the Hua Continent, those 5 Star Academies will once again screen them.”
“I understand, thank you.” Ning Cheng nodded, he finally understood what was going on, it was evident that the Clear Heart 3 Star Academy was not selecting the disciples to enter the Clear Heart Academy. The last time when the Falling Star 5 Star Academy had come to especially select disciples, perhaps it was because they were taking advantage of the favor of the Ping Continent’s ancestor Lian Hao Yan, and then select some outstanding disciples from the lot for this purpose.
The young man apparently felt that although he had to answer the two questions that he was supposed to answer, it was not enough to repay Ning Cheng for the pearl hair clips, and added another sentence, “Elder Brother if you want to participate in the selection exam of the Clear Heart Academy, you need to go to the Ming Pu Plaza on the outside courtyard of the Clear Heart Academy to first test out your spiritual root, only then would you be eligible to enter the Clear Heart Academy. Me and my little sister are going there tomorrow to take the test, half a month later, the Clear Heart Academy will officially begin to recruit students.”
Ning Cheng once again thanked him, and prepared to leave first to find a place to stay.
This young man actually gave the handkerchief in his hands to Ning Cheng and said, “This picture is yours, so I am just returning it to you.”
Ning Cheng did not know whether to laugh or to cry as he pushed his hand back and said, “I do not need it, I’ll take my leave now, I wish you and your little sister good luck, hope you can get selected into the Academy.”
He was talking about people falling in love, certainly this young man can’t have such a thick skin, casually giving away a woman’s handkerchief to a complete stranger.
It was not until Ning Cheng went far away, that this young man was mumbled it to himself, “This person really is a great man.”
Ning Cheng certainly was not a person who was on good terms with everybody, in this young man he saw his own shadow, because of this he took the initiative to give the two pearl hair clips to him.
At this time Ning Cheng was looking for a place to stay in the Nan Yuan City, after he secured some accommodation, he would then go to the Ming Pu Plaza to have a look, and even test out his spiritual root.
Ning Cheng was very clear, to meet with An Yi would certainly not be simple. An Yi would certainly be inside the Clear Heart Academy, with nobody to take him there, he was clear that he had to go through the entrance of the Clear Heart Academy. If he wanted to see An Yi, he could only wait for the time when the Clear Heart Academy started recruiting disciples, till then he could only go and fish through the troubled waters.
The inns in the Nan Yuan City were already packed to the full, Ning Cheng was still very far from the place where the Clear Heart Academy was located, because of the city being so crowded he had to spend nearly 10 times the price to find a place to stay.
After finding a place to stay, Ning Cheng did not stay in that place. He had come to this Nan Yuan City not only to look for An Yi, but to look for some other things as well. The most important things were of course finding someone who could help him in refining the 7 Pleiadene Ice Needle and a True Condensation Pill.
Regardless of whether it was refining the 7 Pleiadene Ice Needle or exchanging the Golden Cicada Fruit for a True Condensation Pill, Ning Cheng could not be careless about it.
Feiyan Pill Pavilion, it was one of the three big Pill Stores of the Nan Yuan City. However the location where it was situated was relatively remote, it was at the Northern edge of the Nan Yuan City.
At present Nan Yuan City was packed with people, even though the Feiyan Pill Pavilion was located in a remote area, there were still many cultivators coming and going through its doors.
Ning Cheng was wearing a large hat that covered his face, and carrying a black cloth package on his back, he entered the Feiyan Pill Pavilion. In the Nan Yuan City, people who dressed like him were not uncommon.
Some people did not want to be recognized by others, still some people intentionally pretended to be deep. Speaking of Ning Cheng, no matter what, the more such people were present the better it was for him, at least he did not appear to stand out of the crowd.
“I’ll take a bottle of Spiritual Qi Restoring Solution.”
“Give me a small bottle of Returning Spiritual Qi Solution.”
When Ning Cheng came in, he heard a variety of noisy voices. The majority of requests were for the purchase of different kinds of Spiritual Solutions, there were also some wanting to buy Pills, while there were also a few others who were bargaining back and forth.
Compared to the Cang Le City and the Mingot City, the Nan Yuan City was much more standardized, at least there were no one shouting about Pills openly.
Ning Cheng after listening for a long time, became aware about the rough prices of some of the items, a single bottle of Spiritual Qi Recovery Solution was going for 10 Qi Gathering Stones, it had the ability to recover a part of one’s Spiritual Qi for an Initial Stage Qi Gathering Cultivator. The small bottle of Returning Spiritual Qi Solution was a spiritual healing solution, and also costed 10 Qi Gathering Stones, it can only be used to heal some common injuries.
[TL Note – Don’t get confused by the two different Medicinal Solution – the first one is the Spiritual Qi Restoring Solution (回气灵液) and the second one is the Returning Spiritual Qi Solution (还灵液). They both have similar names but different uses.]
As for the Spiritual Qi Solutions that had better effects, the price for those rose up in straight line. Ning Cheng moved towards a salesperson who looked busy and asked, “Excuse me, do you have a few Higher Level Medicinal Pills to sell?”
Ning Cheng was very careful, when he looked at most of the Spiritual Liquids and the Pills sold here, Ning Cheng already had some doubts if he could purchase the True Condensation Pill in the Nan Yuan City.
“High Leveled Medicinal Pills? What kinds of Medicinal Pills do you want? Returning Qi Pills? Rejuvenating Pills? or True Returning Pills?” The sales person stared at Ning Cheng and directly asked. After he asked, with extreme pride in his voice he said, “We the Feiyan Pill Pavilion do not sell inferior quality medicinal pills, but in this place, you cannot purchase pills in the same way as other places in the Nan Yuan City. Of course, if you want to truly buy a high level medicinal pill, then we are required to authenticate your credentials and establish your identity, otherwise they are not for sale.”
A True Returning Pill can even be used by early True Condensation Realm cultivators to recover their Spiritual Qi, but this type of medicinal pill requires authentication and verification of one’s credentials, doesn’t this mean that the True Condensation Pill which was even more precious than the True Returning Pill would be even more difficult to buy? Ning Cheng now understood, that in this kind of place like the Nan Yuan City, although he could use the Spirit Stones and spiritual grasses that he has to buy the medicinal pill, but he knew that he could not act rashly.
He said with a slight exaggeration, “According to your statement, if I wanted to buy a True Condensation Pill, or to buy a Essence Building Pill wouldn’t I need to bring out my entire family tree for verification and authentication?”
The surrounding cultivators when they heard Ning Cheng talking about something interesting, immediately roared with laughter.
The salesman did not care about what was said and replied, “You all should be foreign cultivators, many of you do not understand the rules of Nan Yuan City. The True Returning Pill is something that is hard to come by in the Nan Yuan City, of course selling it is not an easy thing. As for the True Condensation Pill, although I should not say this, but it is not something that we sell in the Feiyan Pill Pavilion, as for the Essence Building Pill, I am afraid that even in the entire Ping Continent you would not be able to buy it.”
“According to you, if I found a bunch of Golden Cicada Fruits, can I not use the same to get the True Condensation Pill?” said someone, helping Ning Cheng who also wanted to ask those words the most.
The salesman still unhurriedly replied, “If you can really get the Golden Cicada Fruit, then you would not have to worry about the True Condensation Pill. As a go between our Pill Pavilions, the Clear Heart Academy’s Pill Division’s Elders, will surely help you concoct the pill. Of course, refining the pill for you will require an appropriate remuneration.”
Chapter 0051 – While Haired Old Woman
Ning Cheng came out of the Feiyan Pill Pavilion, as he did not dare to take out the Golden Cicada Fruit. He already came to know from the mouth of that salesperson, that even if he had a Golden Cicada Fruit, it would be very difficult to obtain a True Condensation Pill. Taking a step back, even if he could use the Golden Cicada Fruit to trade for a True Condensation Pill, he would have to pass through the Clear Heart Academy’s inspection. Ning Cheng was not brain damaged, why would he do such a thing?
Since this was the Feiyan Pill Pavilion, he did not need to go visit the rest of the Pill Shops, they all would certainly be similar to this. I appears that even if had the Golden Cicada Fruit, trying to get a True Condensation Pill, would not be an easy matter.
Because of the experience from the Feiyan Pill Pavilion, Ning Cheng decided to look for a more common Refining Store. He had no plans to take out the only Flood Dragon Horn he had, he wanted to sell the sickle artifact that he had on him, or if possible try to trade it for a needle type artifact.
Ning Cheng did not know much about Refining, so he ended up looking for an entire half a day, the sky was also starting to turn dark, but still he could not find a place that specialised in refining artifacts. At most he only found a few vendors with stalls who were selling a few used low ranking artifacts, these places could also refine artifacts, but at most they could only refine some common low leveled artifacts, as such even if Ning Cheng requested them to refine what he wanted, they absolutely would not be able to refine it.
This made Ning Cheng very disappointed, he even thought to start refining the artifact himself, but then thought of the True Condensation Pill again, and couldn’t help becoming even more discouraged. If only everyone had similar thoughts like him, with not having Pills to refine, nor having magical artifacts to refine, this type of cultivation practice would be so simple. No matter how hard he searched, he could not even find a single person in Nan Yuan City who could refine what he wanted.
Because whether it was Alchemy or Refining, they were not simple to learn, even if one studied for a lifetime, an Alchemist or a Refining Master were very rare to the point of being scarce in the Nan Yuan City. Even if there were many Alchemist and Refiners, they would certainly not stay in the Ping Continent.
Ning Cheng decided to give up finding a Refiner, and wanted to go back and rest for the day, he would then go to the Clear Heart Academy to inquire about An Yi and then see if he could see her. If he could see An Yi earlier, he would be able to leave Nan Yuan City early.
“My Friend, please stay back.” Just when Ning Cheng was preparing to head back to take rest, he was suddenly hailed by someone.
Ning Cheng stopped, he turned around and saw a skinny and wretched looking middle aged man, but his cultivation level was actually not weak, he was already at the Qi Gathering 3rd Level.
“Did you call me?” Ning Cheng asked with a deep voice, he seemed to have seen this guy before, however he did not remember in which store did he see him. As he, in order to find a Refiner’s Shop, had visited many of the stores in the city.
“I am called Ge Chang, friend are you looking for someone to create a custom artifact?” this skinny middle aged man said to Ning Cheng while clasping his fists, while his tone held a hint of questioning in it.
Although this guy’s name and his appearance were exactly opposite, Ning Cheng did not think of it as funny, on the contrary he frowned, and said in a cold voice, “So from what you said, aren’t you following me?”
Ge Chang quickly waved his hands and hastily said, “Friend please do not misunderstand, I Ge Chang am a very respected character in the Nan Yuan City, how could I follow you? It is because there have been many cultivators who came to the Nan Yuan City and were unable to find an authentic Refining Shop, so I offer them my services as I just happen to know a good Refining Master. I have already helped a lot of busy people, as long as you want, I can lead you to this Refining Master’s place.”
Ning Cheng came to understand, that this guy originally solicited business from everywhere, and exclusively lurked outside waiting for them to come out. In the meantime Ning Cheng was secretly vigilant in his heart, he was being followed by a Qi Gathering 3rd Level Cultivator for so long, but he did not know about it.
Only because this was the Nan Yuan City did Ning Cheng feel a bit relieved, at least he did not encountered the scenes like he had experienced in the Cang Le City and the Mingot City.
Besides since this person with the talent of Qi Gathering 3rd Level decided to show up and propose such a thing to him, Ning Cheng just nodded and said, “Ok, how much do I need to pay you?”
Ning Cheng came from Earth, so of course he knew that in the world there was no such thing as a free lunch, this Ge Chang had come to him with his own initiative, so he definitely wanted to earn a little, he absolutely would not do such a good thing for no reson at all.
Ge Chang listened to Ning Cheng’s words, immediately gave a thumbs up and said, “Friend you are simply the most straightforward person that I have met. You definitely will not suffer a loss, this master can be said to be the most powerful Refiner in the entire Nan Yuan City……”
Ning Cheng directly interrupted Ge Chang, “Just say the price you want to take me there, as for the rest, it is not very important.”
Ning Cheng did not believe most of the words that Ge Chang spoke, if that Refining Master was really the most powerful, he would not need this Ge Chang person to draw business from everywhere. If there really was such a powerful refining Master, in this place like the Nan Yuan City, he would already have procured the most luxurious building as his refining store long ago.
Fortunately as long as he could refine a thin needle that matched the idea in his mind, as for the quality being good or bad, he did not care much about it. In this place like the Nan Yuan City, to refine a top class artifact, it would be more appropriate to say that it would just be a dream.
Ge Chang saw that Ning Cheng had no interest in what he said, however he said with some slight embarrassment, “Because this Refining Master does not like to be disturbed by others, moreover being a genuine expert in the field, the price thus that I want might possible be a bit higher, I just need two low grade Spirit Stones……..”
Ning Cheng sneered, “You taking me to a place to see a Refining Master requires two low grade Spirit Stones, in just one year, wouldn’t you become the richest person in the entire Nan Yuan City? If Spirit Stones were so easy to earn, then why would I need to even go and toil in the Daan Forest? You can go look for other patrons who are willing to pay 2 Spirit Stones, I am just a poor person, I cannot afford it.”
Just as Ning Cheng finished, he turned around to walk away. Two low grade Spirit Stones were already a great fortune in the Nan Yuan City, even if Ning Cheng was able to take out two Spirit Stones, he would not spend it on such a fool. Even the core disciples of the Clear Heart Academy like Lu Xue, Le Bohong and the others, are only rewarded a single piece of low grade Spirit Stone every month. If they wanted to obtain more Spirit Stones, the students would have to go out and start killing others.
“Ok Ok, just give me 10 Qi Gathering Stones.” Ge Chang saw that Ning Cheng was not paying attention to him, quickly called out to Ning Cheng, and immediately dropped the price by a dozen times.
Actually Ning Cheng also had had dozens of pieces of Qi Gathering Stones, they were actually the spoils of war, but these things did not have much use to him, as they contained too many impurities inside them. Plus Ning Cheng really wanted to look for a Refining Master to refine a magical artifact, so this time he did not argue with Ge Chang, he took out 10 Qi Gathering Stones from the cloth bag on his back and gave it to Ge Chang saying, “Lead the way.”
Ge Chang took the Qi Gathering Stones, and was overjoyed in his heart, he had just given out a ridiculous price, he did not think that Ning Cheng would actually give him 10 Qi Gathering Stones.
“My friend, please come with me.” Ge Chang immediately became quite warm in his tone. He even politely stretched out his hand, and then led the way.
Ning Cheng immediately followed close behind Ge Chang, but was also carefully looking around in the surroundings while being on guard.
Ge Chang turned around 7 or 8 times, and was walking with Ning Cheng for about half an hour, as he went through dozens of streets, and entered into a residential area. After arriving here, there were fewer people around them, even in the entire street you could only find 1 or 2 ordinary people idling about.
Just when Ning Cheng was getting impatient, Ge Chang entered a small alley, while simultaneously stopping in front of a low one storied house, and said, “This is it, this Master’s temperament is somewhat strange, whether he is willing to help you refine or not, I do not know. I have already brought you here, you can go in by yourself, I will not go.”
After explaining this to Ning Cheng, Ge Chang also called out a sentence which was carried to the inside of the house, “Master Kung, I came to look for a business for you again.”
After finishing these words, Ge Chang quickly turned and fled, and instantly vanished from his view in the small alley.
Ning Cheng knew that he was probably cheated, this small alley was clearly a place where the ordinary people lived, how could there be a Refining Master here? If there really was a refining master here, why did this Ge Chang run away? Fortunately he had only given him 10 Qi Gathering Stones.
Whether it was true or false, Ning Cheng still pushed the door and went inside.
It was very dark inside the house, and Ning Cheng’s eyes could only vaguely see what was inside the house. The decorations inside were very simple, only a table and two chairs, other than that, there was nothing else.
There was a door on both sides of the room, the door to the right of the room was closed, but a glimmer of light could be seen coming out the door on the left side of the room.
“Is there anyone here?” Ning Cheng called out.
After waiting for a long time, he still did not get an answer. Ning Cheng went to the entrance on the left side of the room, he pushed the door a little with his hand, but found that the door was simply unlocked.
After entering the room, Ning Cheng saw that there was already someone inside the room. Not only was there a person inside, it was a white haired old woman.
This old woman had her back to him, there was a stove in front of her, and there was a flame above the stove. However this stove was not a smelting furnace, but an ordinary and common household stove. There was round pot on top of the stove, but he did not know what was cooking inside the pot.
At this time the old woman did not seem to know that Ning Cheng had already entered the room, she lifted her hand to uncover the pot, and an aroma of food greeted his nostrils. Ning Cheng was somewhat speechless and was shaking his head, this was simply the house of an ordinary person, and the person in front of him was preparing food.
“I’m sorry, grandma, I got into the wrong place.” with that, Ning Cheng quickly stepped back wanting to get out of the house.
However just as Ning Cheng entered the room before, he found that there was something wrong with the room, this room did not even have a window, he actually was also not able to smell even a bit of smoke.
Because there was no smell of smoke, Ning Cheng remembered, that the stove did seem to be burning. It was definitely unusual, he did not believe that an ordinary person could use a stove without burning the coal in the stove.
Sure enough, when Ning Cheng entered the room once more, he could see more clearly. The stove truly did not have anything that was burning, but the flames seemed to have a trace of one’s spiritual aura in it. Ning Cheng’s spiritual sense was very strong, he understood with just a glance that the flame that he was seeing did not use ordinary fuel.
“This junior heard that senior here is Refining Master, I have especially came to seek the help of the senior to refine an artifact. Although I may be disturbing senior’s peace and quiet, I ask senior to forgive me.” After Ning Cheng discovered that the flame was unusual, he discovered that he could not even see the old woman’s cultivation level. He immediately guessed in his heart that this old woman should be a cultivator in the Essence Building Realm, with such a strange temperament, Ning Cheng did not dare to be casual in front of her.
Chapter 0052 – You Want To Learn Alchemy
“I am not a Refining Master.” The white haired old woman slowly turned, although her tone sounded old, but it was neither fast nor slow.
Ning Cheng saw that the eyes of the old woman were a little pale, while there were a few wrinkles in the face.
Ning Cheng did not carefully look at the appearance of this old woman, and hurriedly clasped his fist in front of her and said, “This junior had heard it from Ge Chang that senior was a Refining Master, after this junior saw the furnace fire of senior, he firmly believes that Ge Chang did not lie to me. I still ask the senior to extend a helping hand, as long as the artifact of this junior was refined successfully, whatever senior requests, this junior will try his best to accomplish it.”
“You just said that you would do your best to do whatever that I ask, but are you really willing to do it?” The old woman still spoke in an unhurried tone.
Ning Cheng was stunned for a moment, was it that obvious, it implied that if she helped him in refining the needle, then would he have to work himself to death for her?
Fortunately this old woman did not continue to ask, and just slowly said, “I only took one thing from Ge Chang, but I did help him in refining a low level artifact, so he thought that I was a Refining Master. But the fact is, I am not a refining master……”
Ning Cheng was despising her in his heart, you are not a Refining Master, and yet you helped Ge Chang refine an artifact? But he did not dare refute this old woman, and continued speaking respectfully, “Senior can already refine artifacts, to this junior you are already a Refining Master. This junior’s request is very simple, as long as senior could help me refine just a common artifact.”
This old woman seemed to be embarrassed to refuse Ning Cheng, she just sighed and said, “Since you have already come here to find me, I will help you refine an artifact, which should be alright. But I have three conditions, first you cannot be like Ge Chang, going everywhere and publicizing me as a Refining Master.”
“This junior will heed it, this junior is just passing through Nan Yuan City. I would never publicize the name of the senior, and also would not let anyone disturb senior because of me.” Ning Cheng hastily promised.
The old woman nodded and continued, “The second condition is that you must not take out something that is not pleasing to my eyes, otherwise I will not help you refine the artifact. Although I am not a Refining Master, I will not use lousy things to refine the artifacts. The third condition is that the remuneration for helping you refine the artifact should be of my satisfaction, otherwise I will not help you refine the Artifact.”
“Naturally, what kind of remuneration does senior need?” Ning Cheng asked with confidence, as long as the opposite party wanted payment, it meant that it would work well with him. He also had hundreds of Spirit Stones, parting with a bit of them would be worth the help in refining the artifact he needed.
“First you have to tell me something about the artifact you want to refine, then take out the materials.” The old woman did not directly ask Ning Cheng to pay, apparently she wanted to have a look at what Ning Cheng wanted to refine, and then set the price.
Ning Cheng took out two teeth from a Class 2 Demon Wolf monstrous beast and said, “I would like to refine a …….”
She did not even wait for Ning Cheng to finish, when her expression turned sour and roared, “You want me to refine an artifact from this trashy material? You think that since I am not a Refining Master, you can insult me? Get the hell out of here.”
Ning Cheng was surprised for a moment, he did not think that the old woman would get so angry. The teeth from a Class 2 Demon Wolf Monstrous Beast was trash? This was something that he did not even dare take out in the Magical Weapons Store to exchange it for refining services, why would this old woman say that it was thrash?
Fortunately Ning Cheng reaction was very quick, he immediately put away the sharp teeth from the Demon Wolf, and hurriedly took out a horn and said, “Because the thing that I want to refine is needle, so I thought that the sharp tooth from the Demon Wolf would be better. Since the senior does not like it, I also have a horn…… ”
“What…..” Seeing the horn of a Flood Dragon in the hands of Ning Cheng, the old woman gave out an alarmed cry, she lifted her hands and grabbed the horn of the Flood Dragon, her speed was very fast.
Ning Cheng who was at one side was staring at the old woman with some nervousness, he estimated that he might have to fight, but he was afraid the he would not be a match against this old woman. If this old woman wanted the horn of the Flood Dragon for herself, he really had no means to take it back.
“Isn’t this the horn from a Flood Dragon who had just advanced to Class 4? How did you, who is a mere Qi Gathering 8th Level cultivator, be able to get such a good stuff?” The old woman said while staring at Ning Cheng.
Ning Cheng’s heart sank, he even refused to answer to the matter regarding the Flood Dragon’s Horn, as he stood up in shock, “Senior, you are able to see my actual cultivation level?”
The old woman sneered, “With your broken Concealment Technique, you dare to hide your cultivation level in front of me? Bah.”
With that, she took out a Jade Piece and threw it at Ning Cheng and said, “Let me show you just what a real Concealment Technique is.”
Ning Cheng grabbed the Jade Piece, and used his spiritual sense to sweep through it, immediately he broke out in cold sweat. After he looked at this Jade Piece, he realized that the Concealment Technique that he learned previously was truly thrash. This Concealment Technique that he had been using, had already been revised countless times, if he had not revised it, it was just simply appalling and could not be called a Concealing Technique. But even when he had revised the Concealing Technique to its perfected form in his mind, his Concealment Technique was truly very weak.
With his cultivation level, there was no way for him to use the Mysterious Yellow Bead’s Origin, as he had not yet reached the ‘Shapeless’ Level.
Just like a black iron, even if it was repeatedly forged, there was simply no way for it to turn into a piece of gold. Perhaps he could only wait for the time till he could reach the ‘Shapeless’ Level to freely use the Mysterious Yellow Bead, so that even if it was just a random technique, he could then use the Mysterious Yellow Bead’s Origin to modify and rectify it into the most amazing top class technique. But that time certainly wasn’t now.
Ning Cheng with his fastest speed, scanned through the Concealment Technique once again. The Techniques and Methods were inherently different, Techniques were far less complex than a Method and even the lengths of the mnemonics were shorter. With Ning Cheng’s astonishing memory capabilities, by just casually scanning through it once again, he was almost entirely able to learn it and imprint it in his mind.
Others may only be able to remember some things, and while practicing it they may end up making many mistakes, but this was not the case with Ning Cheng, who could even modify even a Method at his own will.
“You can keep the Jade Piece containing the Concealment Technique that I gave you, but first you need to answer two of my questions.” The old woman saw Ning Cheng hold the Jade Piece in such a manner, she immediately knew that Ning Cheng was already shocked by this Concealment Technique. She already knew that Ning Cheng was a cultivator at the Qi Gathering 8th Level and thus had the ability to view the contents of the Jade Piece, she basically did not find anything strange with it.
Ning Cheng hurriedly gave the Jade Piece back to the old woman and said, “This junior does not dare to covet the Jade Piece of the senior, if senior wants to enquire about something, then please by all means go ahead and ask, this junior will talk about anything as long as I know about it.”
Ning Cheng was not a fool, he had already understood the technique in the Jade Piece, and letting the old woman give it to him wouldn’t it mean that he owed her a favor? Even if she wanted something, he could pretend that he never saw the stuff.
The old woman did not know that not only did Ning Cheng had such a powerful memory, but he even had the ability to correct even a cultivation practice method, because of which she was actually surprised and asked, “You really do not want it?”
Ning Cheng said in a resolute and decisive tone, “This junior had only come to ask senior for her help in refining an Artifact, if one also wanted the technique in the Jade Piece, then wouldn’t it be me being greedy, senior can just go ahead and ask what you want.”
The old woman surprisingly took and put away the Jade Piece with much appreciation and said, “Such being the case, I will also not ask any more questions. This One Horned Flood Dragon had just advanced to Class 4, with your trivial cultivation of the Qi Gathering Realm, for you to get such a thing, really shows that you really are not simple. Moreover, aren’t the Flood Dragon’s skin and the Flood Dragon’s Core not with you?”
Ning Cheng actually did not hesitate, he directly took out the Flood Dragon’s skin and piled it up in the room and said, “I was not able to find the core of the Flood Dragon.”
The old woman’s eyes revealed that she was pleasantly surprised, she did not continue to look at the Flood Dragon’s Skin, she did not even enquire about the Flood Dragon’s core, and directly asked, “What thing do you want me to refine?”
“I want to refine a thin needle shaped artifact which also has a concealing effect, the thinner the better, while at the same time it should be able to help me perform Ice Type Attacks with it, can you….” Ning Cheng was no longer polite, he suspected that this old woman should not be a simple person, and simply spilled out all the characteristics of the 7 Pleiadene Ice Needle.
“You want to refine the 7 Pleiadene Ice Needle? Does a Qi Gathering Cultivator like you really have a Profound Grade Technique? It appears that the secrets on your body are not small.” The woman said while staring at Ning Cheng as if implying something else.
Ning Cheng was immediately startled awake from his sub consciousness, this old woman was really quite amazing, she even knew about the 7 Pleiadene Ice Needle Technique. What if she also knew about the Mysterious Yellow Bead, wouldn’t that mean certain death for him?
Seeing the worried look on Ning Cheng’s face, the old woman smiled and said, “Although a Profound Grade Techniques are good, I do not put them in my heart. However for you to use the single horn of the Flood Dragon and refine it into the 7 Pleiadene Ice Needle, even if the refining was successful, the effect would be far from being satisfactory. This Flood Dragon’s horn and the other materials have a great use for me, I have a stinger from a Class 4 Shadow Bee that is more suitable for refining a needle like artifact. These materials are not as good as the stingers from a Class 4 Shadow Bees to refine the 7 Pleiadene Ice Needle, would you like to exchange them for the horn and materials of the Flood Dragon for these?“
When Ning Cheng heard about it, he knew that he would definitely suffer a loss, however he did not even consider about it even once and said, “Whatever senior wants you can have it, this junior only wants the 7 Pleiadene Ice Needle.”
The old woman nodded, apparently she was satisfied with Ning Cheng’s attitude, and immediately said, “Although I am not a Refining Master, but I am an Alchemist, if you have any pills that you need to be refined, you can always come to me. At least for a year, I will not leave this Nan Yuan City.”
When Ning Cheng heard this, his heart was immediately filled with joy, he did not even think that this old woman was actually an Alchemist. When hearing this news for the first time, he almost immediately went ahead and asked the old woman if she could refine a True Condensing Pill. However Ning Cheng immediately refrained from executing his idea, he felt that to even ask the old woman to refine a True Condensing Pill, it would not be possible today, he at least would have to wait till he gets his hands on the 7 Pleiadene Ice Needle before anything else.
“Of course, if you want me to help you refine pills, then you need to bring your own spiritual grasses, as an old woman, I usually do not go out, so I do not have any spiritual grasses for you.” After getting the horn and the hide of the Flood Dragon from Ning Cheng, the old woman’s attitude towards Ning Cheng changed greatly.
Ning Cheng knew that he had the Golden Cicada Fruit, but for refining the True Condensing Pill, he would need 10-20 different kinds of spiritual grasses. In such a short time, he simply would not be able to collect all the spiritual grasses needed, so looking for this woman to help him refine pills was a bit unrealistic at the moment.
Thinking of this, Ning Cheng hurriedly said, “Does senior have any Jade Pieces that have an introduction to Alchemy, if there are any, would you let this junior take a look at them.”
“You want to learn Alchemy.” The old woman immediately understood the viewpoint of Ning Cheng, she did not believe that someone would ask her such a question.
Ning Cheng sheepishly scratched his head and said, “Yes, if I could refine my own pills, wouldn’t it save me a lot of trouble later?”
This old woman mouth revealed a hint of smile for the first time, looking at Ning Cheng she could tell, although this old woman did not ridicule him, it meant that laughing or ridiculing him did not make much difference to her.
“Since time immemorial, there were tens of thousands of cultivators who wanted to become Alchemists, but for one to actually become an Alchemist, is very rare. In addition to talent and perseverance in Alchemy, you also need great luck. Even if you had pure spiritual roots, even if you had amazing perseverance, if you are not destined for it, then you would never become an Alchemist.” The old woman turned back, her tone felt a little lonely, as if she was speaking to herself while sighing continuously.
Ning Cheng knew that he had an opportunity in front of him, he could no longer could help himself and exposed his own tail, while he eagerly asked, “This junior is certain that he would definitely become an Alchemist, this junior does not need to be taught by senior, as long as senior can give this junior a Jade Piece that contains the basics of Alchemy, that is all that is needed for this junior.”
Translated and Checked By – DemonKillerEdited and Proofread By – SmartyMouth[Also a special thanks to Anonpuffs from the Wuxia World Forums on helping me translate a paragraph that made me bang my head against the wall.]
Chapter 0053 – Improved Spiritual Roots
The old woman recovered after a while, shook her head while staring at Ning Cheng and said, “I really do have the Jade Pieces that contain the basics of Alchemy, but I will not give it to you. It is not that I am reluctant to part with them, it is for your own good. Although you dress like an old person, I think that your are not older than 20 years, right? Being less than 20 Years old and also being able to advance to the Qi Gathering 8th Level, although it is not considered as being a genius, but in this Ping Continent, it is not something that is easily achieved.”
“With your speed of advancement, you can even leave the Ping Continent in the future, that coupled with your own effort and some luck, you might be even be able to advance to the Mysterious Dan Realm. But if your heart is too greedy, and try to delve into the research of Pills, then I am afraid, that in this life, you might not even advance to the True Condensation Realm. Alchemy, it is something that you do not want to learn nor can you learn, just listen to my words.”
Ning Cheng thought about the Mysterious Yellow Bead, and said somewhat with an unwilling heart, “Senior, I am sure that it would not delay my cultivation.”
The old woman smiled slightly and replied, “Any cultivator who wishes to refine pills will have this confidence. In the end the Daos of Alchemy and Crafting are just minor Daos, and they are also for the sake of enhancing one’s cultivation. If not for the sake of advancing to a higher level, there would be no one willing to refine pills. But everyone has been misled by these minor Daos; if the end result is for the sake of cultivation, why not put all your energy into your cultivation itself? If one day you can gaze down on anything whether great or small, will there be an Alchemist who would dare to refuse to refine pills for you, or a Craftsman unwilling to forge weapons for you?”
When Ning Cheng heard this, his heart suddenly felt hot. This was the first time he heard someone talk about the Daos of Alchemy, even the refining of artifacts has its own Dao called the Dao of Crafting. But although he was discouraged by her, he actually felt that this old woman did not speak wrong, if one day he could gaze down on everything big or small, will there be an alchemist who would dare to refuse to make pills for him, or a craftsman unwilling to forge weapons for him?
However, without the Pills, how would he be able to gaze down on things big or small? His fiery mood that had just flared up, immediately cooled down again.
This old woman seemed to know about the thoughts that were going through the mind of Ning Cheng, and once again said with an unhurried tone, “In this world people who refine pills are truly not the strongest people, there are naturally many things stronger than them in the world. If one day, you are able to find these inherently magical items, which are countless times even more powerful than any pills, then what would you have to even worry about. If you only rely on artificial pills refined by people for your cultivation, you will not be able to eliminate it toxic dependence, and will forever be a second rate character. Alchemy is just an auxiliary means to the cultivation practice, it is actually not the end goal.”
“What senior means is, as long as a person just practices his cultivation, there is no need to refine Pills?” Ning Cheng asked in a puzzled way.
The old woman shook her head and once again said, “No, it is just that you are not suitable to practice Alchemy. With only your cultivation level, even if you had an intelligence that went against the will of the heavens, so what of it? The prerequisite to practice Alchemy is that it not only requires a lot of Spiritual Grasses at hand, but secondly you must also have a Pill Flame in addition to an excellent luck. If you do not have either of them, then even if you really want to advance to the True Condensate Realm through Alchemy it would be really difficult, you simply chose the wrong path. If you want to refine pills, then you can always come to me when you feel that you can no longer advance in your cultivation by yourself. However, I believe that at that time, you will already be in no mood to refine pills by yourself.”
Ning Cheng sighed, he knew that the old woman did not speak anything wrong. He only relied on the Mysterious Yellow Bead, the Mysterious Yellow Bead cannot just create millions of Spiritual Grasses out of thin air. Evidently, even if he wanted to practice Alchemy, this old woman would not let him.
“You can come back in ten days to collect the 7 Pleiadene Ice Needle, I will definitely refine it for you.” The old woman said as she saw Ning Cheng lowering his head to ponder, she did not care what Ning Cheng was thinking about, and directly gave him the order to leave.
“Yes, this junior will take his leave.” After Ning Cheng came out of the old woman’s cottage, he put aside the matters regarding to Alchemy in his heart.
No matter how it was, even if he started studying Alchemy from this moment, he would not be able to immediately refine a Qi Gathering Pill. If he wanted to advance to the True Condensation Realm, he must try to think of other ways. It’s true that there are many cultivators in the True Condensation Realm, but it is not necessary that everyone of them was an Alchemist.
Ning Cheng did not go to the Ming Pu Plaza to test out his spiritual roots, he wanted to wait till he had gotten his hands on the 7 Pleiadene Ice Needle. Moreover after what the old woman had said, Ning Cheng did not even have half confidence in trying to conceal his cultivation level using his Concealing Technique.
He simply decided to rest for the time being, and try to practice the new cultivation concealment technique that he had just obtained.
Ten days flashed by, in these ten days, Ning Cheng not only perfected the Concealment Technique that he had obtained from the old woman, but had even learnt the new concealment technique in its entirety.
On the tenth day, Ning Cheng impatiently rushed to the stone cottage of the old woman. But he discovered that the door of the cottage was actually locked, Ning Cheng was a bit surprised in his heart, this senior who looked like an old woman, did she deceive him to obtain his materials? Wasn’t this definitely possible?
“Did you come to ask something from Aunt Gong Sun?” A hesitant voice came from the doorway of the opposite cottage, Ning Cheng turned around and saw a thin lipped boy who had a very ugly appearance.
“Yes, I am looking for Aunt Gong Sun, did Aunt Gong Sun go somewhere?” Ning Cheng quickly replied. While simultaneously feeling that this Aunt Gong Sun’s name sounded really familiar, when he was on Earth, he had once heard the same name, but he also knew, that this certainly was not the same person.
When this extremely ugly teenager heard the words of Ning Cheng, he immediately grinned, and quickly entered his house and took out a small wooden box while handing it to Ning Cheng saying, “Just before leaving Aunt Gong Sun gave this to me, she said that everything that you want is in here, do what you want with it.”
Ning Cheng received the wooden box with gratitude, but in his heart he did not understand. He had only asked Aunt Gong Sun to create the 7 Pleiadene Ice Needle, what did this thing have to do with it?
Although he was dying to see the 7 Pleiadene Ice Needle, Ning Cheng strongly held back his excitement, and first brought the wooden box back to his place of residence.
After returning to his residence, Ning Cheng first arranged a Concealing Array Formation, and then cautiously opened the wooden box.
The small wooden box also had a smaller crystal box within it, there was a small pile of things next to the crystal box. Ning Cheng did not pay any attention to this pile of things besides the crystal box, and directly took out the crystal box to open it with his hands.
An extremely thin, almost invisible to the naked eye, needle was resting inside the crystal box, and was even flickering, almost as if it would vanish at any time.
“Good needle.” Ning Cheng called out in marvel, he immediately understood, that this needle absolutely surpassed the 7 Pleiadene Ice Needle that he had anticipated.
When Ning Cheng grasped the fine thin needle with his hands, a feeling of wanting to connect to it and refine it surged forward towards his heart. Ning Cheng did not hesitate, immediately closing his eyes, he started to refine the needle in his hands.
After one day, Ning Cheng was once again surprised as he opened his eyes, the fine needle in his hand had disappeared. The thin needle had already cleanly stuck to the inside sleeve of his garment, and was even completely linked with the thoughts of his mind.
At this moment Ning Cheng did not believe that the old woman was not a Crafting Master, the rank of this fine needle was even higher than his flying sword, this was simply on the level of a best quality artifact.
A person who can refine a best quality artifact, how can they not be a crafting master?
Ning Cheng was very happy in his heart, he even forgot the pile of other things in the wooden box, and was constantly practicing the 7 Pleiadene Ice Needle Technique with the fine needle in his hand.
Until he discovered that his stomach was empty, he found that one day had already passed by. Ning Cheng was very surprised in his heart with the fine needle. Once he faced his enemy, and using the 36 Thick Ice Sword Technique along with the 7 Pleiadene Ice Needle Technique in unison, even if it was cultivator at the True Condensation Realm, in the situation in him being sneak attacked, he estimated that it would be very difficult for his opponent to evade it.
Today, he finally had gained some actual abilities to help him protect himself. Ning Cheng felt even more grateful towards the old woman, and even towards Ge Chang, Ning Cheng thought that he should have paid him more than the 10 Qi Gathering Stones that he had given him. Even if he had paid him the 2 Spirit Stones that he originally asked, he felt that it would still be much less for what he had obtained.
Ning Cheng picked up the 7 Pleiadene Ice Needle, and was ready to go out to eat, when he remembered that there were some other items in the wooden box. He hastily picked up that pile of things, shaking it a bit, he found it to be something extremely thin.
Ning Cheng recognised it in just a glance, it was refined from the hide of the One Honed Flood Dragon. He also understood what was the matter, it should be the case that the old woman thought that the hide of the Flood Dragon was a bit too much for her, so she helped him refine an armor out of the hide.
Ning Cheng took off his cloths, and put on the refined internal armor, feeling an indescribable feeling spreading throughout his body. He felt very grateful towards the old woman in his heart.
He did not throw away the wooden box, in his opinion, it was equal to owing the old woman a favor. Originally, if it were other people, they would definitely not give him the armor, but this person gave it to him just like that. In the meantime, Ning Cheng felt, that when the old woman told him to not learn Alchemy at that moment, he thought that it was definitely not without reason.
The Ming Pu Plaza was located just outside the Clear Heart Academy, it belonged to the common area jointly owned by the Clear Heart Academy and the Ming Yi Country. It was not only a huge plaza, but also the only place in the entire Ming Yi Country where one could test their Spiritual Roots freely. If it was just a normal day, the people who came to the Ming Pu Plaza to test their spiritual roots would have required a lot of gold coins to do so, but during these several days they did not charge even a single gold coin. All the people could freely take the test, because in just a few more moments the Clear Heart Academy would officially start its recruitment of disciples.
Although in the past several days the people coming to the Ming Pu Plaza have been increasing, but today it was completely packed with people. Almost all of them were cultivators, and it looked liked most of the people from the Nan Yuan City had come here. Because today was the day when the Clear Heart Academy would finally start the recruitment process of the disciples, as long as one’s spiritual roots met the minimum conditions, they would pass the test, and would then be able to enter the Clear Heart Academy to take the secondary test.
Ning Cheng followed the large number of people into the Ming Pu Plaza to take the spiritual roots test, today he took off the big hat that he had been using to hide his face these several days. However he deliberately dressed down, to look like an old person, he even had a bit beard which showed the vicissitudes of life on him.
Because today was the day when the Clear Heart Academy would select their disciples, therefore the people who had come to test out their spiritual roots were actually not many. As most people had already tested out their spiritual roots before.
Ning Cheng was already experienced in how to use the Spiritual Roots Testing Artifact, so before he arrived in front of the Spiritual Root Testing Artifact, he said to the person responsible for taking the test, “I would like to take the test for my spiritual roots.”
“Place your hand on the recess, and let a little bit of your Qi to flow into it.” The person responsible for taking the test whispered.
Ning Cheng did not speak a lot, directly putting his hand on the recess, he let a bit of his Qi to flow into the artifact. Four yellow lines in the crystal pillar roze, the four fine lines were rising very slowly, but they actually did not stop. When Ning Cheng saw that these four fine light beams rising to about three or four feet, he abruptly pulled back his hand.
The person who was responsible for testing the spiritual roots did not care about the small act of Ning Cheng, and directly threw a wooden plaque towards him saying, “Four Hybrid Support Spiritual Roots, you are eligible to enter.”
“Thank You, can you tell me what are my four spiritual roots?” Ning Cheng asked as his heart started to pound, as he hurriedly grabbed the wooden plaque and asked while thanking him. Only he was very clear in his mind, he obviously had a three line hybrid support spiritual root when he started out, but after about six months of time, it had unexpectedly turned into a four line hybrid support spiritual root.
The person responsible for the testing swept a disdainful glance at Ning Cheng and said, “You are already eligible for selection, you do not need to ask these things. I am only responsible to check if you have the qualifications to go in, though you are just barely able to enter the front door of the Academy with yours.”
The implication was that, your spiritual root is so rubbish, that you even have the gall to ask what your spiritual roots were?
Chapter 0054 – Ning Cheng Hooks A Girl
Ning Cheng did not pay any heed to the man in charge of the spiritual root test, trying to find a resolution with this person would just be a waste of his energy.
The person in charge of the spiritual root test obviously did not stop there, and still chattered on endlessly behind Ning Cheng’s back, “People think that they are the same as the Shi family’s brother-sister pair, bah!”
“In the entire Ping and Yuan Continent where would you find such a pair of geniuses whose talent went against the will of the heavens? How can there be a third, taking you as an example would really not be fitting to them.” Some person immediately refuted that sentence from the side.
Ning Cheng was in no mood to listen to the nonsense of these people. he picked up his pace and walked out of the Spiritual Roots Testing Hall.
There were more and more people coming to the Ming Pu Plaza, and many more people have already entered the Clear Heart Academy. Ning Cheng arrived at the entrance of the Clear Heart Academy following this crowd of people, only to find that all the people here were the one’s grasping the wooden plaque in their hands, there were no other person to check them if they were legit or not. He was just thinking that to enter the Clear Heart Academy one simply did not need the wooden plaque, but then he saw that there were a few people who were thrown out flying just as they entered through the gate.
“Not having the wooden plaque and even daring to enter the Clear Heart Academy, get out of here.” The guard at the gate of the Academy just sneered and cursed at the people.
Ning Cheng came to understand, it turned out that there was a Battle Array Formation laid out at the entrance of the Academy. He carefully brought up the wooden plaque in his hands, after scanning it he found that it was one of the most simple type of Array Formation Flag called the Burst Array Flag. This simple array flag was inscribed with four thin lines, presumably it represented that he had four spiritual roots.
The Clear Heart Academy did not look much larger than the Cang Qin Academy, Ning Cheng thought after entering the Academy, but immediately felt that here and the Cang Qin Academy were just two different places. Here the spiritual aura was a lot more concentrated when compared to the Cang Qin Academy and even surpassed it by many times, seems like there was a Spirit Convergence Array Formation placed on the outer periphery of the Clear Heart Academy. It felt as if the spiritual aura all around the Nan Yuan City was being absorbed by the Clear Heart Academy.
This kind of activity like the selection of disciples, can often be seen in many of the Academies, it is just that the Clear Heart Academy did it on a larger scale. Ning Cheng had also experienced it once before, and easily made his way to a corner a long time ago. He just wanted to look for An Yi without anyone noticing him. In this kind of situation, with An Yi’s spiritual roots, she was already qualified to enter.
So many people were crowded into a huge plaza, Ning Cheng simply did not have to take the initiative to hide himself, as absolutely no one would be able to notice him in such a huge crowd.
Meanwhile Ning Cheng noticed, that the Clear Heart Academy had three large slices of vacant land in front of the plaza, these three vast slices of empty spaces were divided by three different colors. All the people who came to the plaza outside stood outside the three colored empty swaths of land, no one dared to even stand near the podium in front of the colored line.
Ning Cheng thought that it was probably a custom that he did not know, fortunately he was similar to many of the people here, and that was to not participate in the selection. Standing along with the people together, it should not be a problem.
Waiting for more that half an hour, there were people coming up on the podium one after another. Ning Cheng also soon saw Lan Yin Yue, Lan Yin Yue walked to the position in the middle, it indicated that her status in the Clear Heart Academy was at least relatively important.
Walking to the front of the square was a square faced man wearing grey clothes, his appearance was a bit rough, and actually looked very crude in his clothes. But Ning Cheng knew, that it was just a superficial look. This person who walked to the front, perhaps he was the Principal of the Clear Heart Academy. At his side was a very refined middle aged man, in Ning Cheng’s view, the cultivation levels of these two people were far beyond that of Lan Yin Yue.
After all the other people have filled the seats on the podium, Ning Cheng frowned, he did not see An Yi. Despite this, Ning Cheng was not anxious. Because he also did not see the rest of the so called godly students, at least he did not see the student with the pure gold spiritual root among them.
After all the people sat down, the speaker unexpectedly turned out to be Lan Yin Yue. Lan Yin Yue walked to the front of the podium, glance at the people crowded onto the plaza, and then said with a crisp voice, “I believe that the most outstanding people in the entire Ping Continent have, at this time gathered here with us. I think that a lot of people already know, that this time our Clear Heart Academy is not only enrolling students for itself but there is also a special reason. That’s right, this time our Clear Heart Academy is also participating in the recruitment of students for the Hua Continent’s 5 Star Academy …….”
Many people already knew that there were a few dignitaries who had arrived from the Hua Continent’s 5 Star Academy, now that Lan Yin Yue had once again reaffirmed the news, everyone immediately became even more enthusiastic, it seemed that if one would be selected then they would immediately be able to go to the Hua Continent.
After waiting for the noise to die down a bit, Lan Yin Yue once again said, “Because the recruitment of students for the 5 Star Academy is very strict, not only one needs their spiritual roots to be outstanding, it also required them to be powerful. Although the you here are the most outstanding people in the Ping Continent, but the number of people who can go to the Hua Continent is only 50. Even if you are able to be selected to go to the Hua Continent, the number of people who would be able to be selected into the 5 Star Academy may not be even 10 amongst you..”
All the people present knew about this reality, even if your are selected to go to the 5 Star Academy from here, one could not say that they were actually from the 5 Star Academy.
“However please do not get discouraged, my Ping Continent definitely have many outstanding personalities who have a good ground work, in other words you all might as well be the top of our outstanding disciples. In the Ping Continent, there are also several other 3 Star Academies, but I can assure you that our Clear Heart Academy is the strongest among all. Because we have found four disciples with pure spiritual roots, which also include two disciples having 2 different pure main spiritual roots. Even if it was 5 Star Academy of the Hua Continent, I would still dare to say that they may not have even a single disciple with two main spiritual roots……….”
Lan Yin Yue’s words once again caused a sensation, invoking all kinds of emotions, envy, jealousy…..
“So speaking about the Clear Heart Academy’s selection of disciples this time, would they they only need to choose at most 46 more members?”
“46 people? Don’t dream about it. In addition to the Clear Heart Academy having pure spiritual roots disciples, there are still the 10 core disciples, in addition to the 10 core disciples, there are also some other disciples with very high qualifications. We at most have only 30 places to compete against, it can already be regarded as a splendid thing.”
There were various comments that could be heard all around, no one thought, that with so many people competing for the 50 spots, even without those few who had pure spiritual roots, they could only wait for their turn.
“Everyone, this time besides the choosing of 50 who would be going to the Hua Continent, our Clear Heart Academy still has a need to recruit students. This time we want to recruit 1000 students, so everyone has a chance.”
The entire square was silent once again, all the people were thinking, even if there was no chance for them to go to the Hua Continent’s 5 Star Academy, they could stay back in the 3 Star Academy which was also quite good.
“Please people who are having a main spiritual roots, moreover people having no more than three support spiritual roots go stand in the first colored swath.”
After Lan Yin Yue finished, immediately about 3000 people entered the first colored swath. Ning Cheng came to understand what the colored swaths of land in front of them were for, it was for the selection and filtering of the best students.
“The people who did not enter the first colored line should not worry, there is also a supplementary selection. Now I invite all of you in the first colored swath whose main spiritual root is yellow, and have attained at least 5 feet in height to walk into the second colored swath next to you.”
Lan Yin Yue had not forgotten to comfort the hearts of most of the students who came to attend the selection exam of the Academy, some of these student candidates had even arrived as much as six months before, if they did not even have a chance at the selection, they would certainly be very unhappy.
Out of the 3000 students standing in the first colored swath, only a few hundred students entered the second colored swath of land. Ning Cheng sighed, although he did not have a main spiritual root, his four support spiritual roots were already more than 4 feet tall.
The following selection procedure, Ning Cheng had no interest in watching it, he knew well about the selection process, at this point most of the people were looking at the Clear Heart Academy’s selection of disciples, it was time for him to go search for An Yi.
Ning Cheng carefully came out of the crowd, and slowly left the plaza.
Most people from the Clear Heart Academy had already gone to the academy plaza, but Ning Cheng was already far way from the Academy’s plaza, and as such he did not encounter a single person.
Ning Cheng in his heart was a bit pleased, he was just thinking in which direction he should go to look for An Yi, when suddenly he felt that someone was sweeping a glance at his body. This seemingly vague glance had a trace of killing intent in it, almost making Ning Cheng’s body to go stiff.
In just a short time, Ning Cheng understood what was the matter, and simultaneously criticized his own stupidity. This was not a glance, it was spiritual sense. He was in the Clear Heart 3 Star Academy, it would obviously have a cultivator at the Essence Building Realm. Cultivators at the Essence Building Realm can bring out their spiritual sense, as he was just a lone person who did not go to the Academy’s Square at this time, but was rather in this place, it was already very suspicious.
Initially Ji Luo Fei’s Aunt had been able to find him and Ji Luo Fei, was not because of luck, but because she was a cultivator at the Essence Building Realm, and thus could extend her spiritual sense to a very great distance.
Just when Ning CHeng was extremely anxious, a person came into view from a distance wearing a pink colored woman’s robe, it was a girl with the cultivation level of Qi Gathering 6th Level. Ning Cheng did not even consider for even half a second that he would meet another person, and with a pleasantly surprised look said, “Senior Sister Apprentice, I really did not expect to find you here.”
This girl apparently did not think that someone would stop her, she looked at Ning Cheng whom she did not recognize, and immediately became dumbfounded.
Ning Cheng quickly said, “Senior Sister Apprentice, I am Ning Cheng from the Pill Division. The last time I saw you from afar, it has been hard to forget about you. This time our Clear Heart Academy wants to select the very best students with excellent qualifications to send to the Hua Continent, but I was not able to see Senior Sister Apprentice in the plaza. Thus I feared that since Senior Sister Apprentice would definitely go to the Hua Continent, I would not have the chance to speak to you later, so I mustered up the courage to come find Senior Sister Apprentice myself.”
Ning Cheng’s face did not even miss a beat when he said those words, when he discovered that this girl was unexpectedly not ugly. Not only was she not ugly, her complexion was a bit ruddy, even her eyes had a hint of spring in them.
“Oh…….” This pink dress wearing girl did not seem to think, that she would be secretly liked by such a handsome boy. Although she did not know Ning Cheng, but the words spoken by Ning Cheng made her feel a sense of satisfaction. More importantly, this very good looking handsome fellow was from the Pill Division.
“Actually I do not know what name is Senior Sister Apprentice called by.” When Ning Cheng spoke these words, this time he felt that the spiritual sense surrounding his body weakening.
Ning Cheng in his heart was feeling really lucky, if he did not have the help of the Mysterious Yellow Bead, he absolutely would have no way of knowing that someone swept him with their spiritual sense.
“My name is Su Zhu, are you really from the Pill Division?” the ruddy complexion on the pink dress wearing girl subsided a bit, but the trace of spring in her eyes still remained. However her tone and expression carried a hint of surprise in them, which let him come to the understanding that the Pill Division was actually very popular.
In the Clear Heart Academy, Ning Cheng only knew about the Pill Division. Otherwise, he certainly would not have said that he was from the Pill Division. Now that Su Zhu was asking, he quickly said in an affirmative way, “Yes of course, I and Brother Wen Guang’s relationship is pretty good, moreover I received a lot of pointers from Brother Wen Guang.”
[TL Note – for those who don’t know Wen Guang was one of the three people who came with Le Bohong to the Mingot City and were introduced when Ning Cheng and An Yi had just escaped from the Lansha Island.]
“You really have a good relationship with Brother Wen Guang?” at this time Su Zhu’s expression of surprise was not simple anymore, it was as if she was overwhelmed by an unexpected favor. This kind of character like Ning Cheng, had unexpectedly had a crush on her.
Ning Cheng said immediately, “Yes, but my qualifications are a bit poor, I was afraid that you would have already left the Clear Heart Academy already, which is why I hurried over to see you. It really must have been fate, I did not expect that I would be able to meet you here.”
Su Zhu looked around a bit, suddenly she whispered to Ning Cheng in a low voice, “With my qualifications I am unable to be selected, why don’t we go to my place to talk about it.”
Then, Su Zhu unexpectedly took the initiative to hold Ning Cheng’s hands and pulled him closer.
Ning Cheng did not think that she was such an active girl, this was really too easy. Fortunately what made him relax was that the spiritual sense that was around him finally disappeared.
Chapter 0055 – How Can I Get Away
Su Zhu took Ning Cheng’s hands and after taking a few turns, entered a residential area. Here he could not even see a single student, Su Zhu suddenly brought her body close to Ning Cheng.
A woman’s fragrance and something soft hit him, making Ning Cheng subconsciously sway a bit.
“Why do you like me?” Su Zhu came even more close, her tone immediately became a bit clingy.
Although Ning Cheng talked about love, but he never actually taken any advantages from Tian Mu Wan, it can even be said that he only had restricted understanding to matters relating to a man and a woman, and has never really done it. When Su Zhu made contact with him in such a way, Ning Cheng who was also at the age where he was full of vigor, immediately felt that his body temperature began to rise.
However Ning Cheng was able to overcome such a desire, and simultaneously realized something in his heart. When he first saw Su Zhu, Su Zhu’s face was somewhat red, while she was touching the corner of her eyes a little, it was as if she had been enjoying the soft embrace with a man only a moment ago. Ning Cheng did not need to ask, he knew that the private life of Su Zhu was extremely erotic. While others were concerned about the selection for the 5 Star Academy, she was actually hiding in her room and was even enjoying herself with someone else.
“Giggle…….” She felt that Ning Cheng was unfamiliar with this kind of matter, which made Su Zhu give out a giggling smile, which made her heart even more itchy. Ning Cheng seems to look like an older person, especially with his beard, but his age was definitely not old. But this somewhat weathered feel of him made her even more attracted to him, that coupled with the fact that the atmosphere around Ning Cheng felt really clean.
Besides she had never been on this side of a secret love from a pure clean male who really admired her, moreover he was still the most attractive person that she has seen from the Pill Division of the Clear Heart Academy. If she could establish a relationship with this Ning Cheng, she could then have someone who could refine some elixirs for her.
“Come to my room.” Su Zhu said with with some shortness in her breath, while her eyes betrayed that she couldn’t wait anymore.
Ning Cheng hastily said, “Yes, Senior Sister Apprentice Su Zhu, do all the female students of the Clear Heart Academy live here?”
Su Zhu was obviously did not care about this topic, and just casually said, “No, let’s walk towards the inside of from here ………”
She did not finish saying her words, when three people walked out, when Ning Cheng saw the trio he immediately became happy. These three people he had seen them before, walking on either side were Lu Xue and Yong Gu Yun, while waking in the middle unexpectedly turned out to be the sarong wearing girl he had met earlier. Only this time she was not just wearing her simple sarong from before, but a purple one.
When the three people saw Ning Cheng and Su Zhu snuggled up together, they were simultaneously shocked.
“Is that you, Ning Cheng……” Lu Xue who was shocked a moment ago immediately cried out, the reason why she was shocked, was because she knew the inside story of Ning Cheng’s disappearance.
Yong Gu Yun was also shocked, she understood it much more better than Lu Xue, as she knew that Ning Cheng went missing because Lan Yin Yue had forced him out of the airship. Ning Cheng was just a Qi Gathering 4th Level Cultivator, and was thrown down from high up in the air, so he definitely should have died, but then why was he still here?
Because two other people were still here, and Ning Cheng was even snuggling up to one of them, Su Zhu, they immediately put the matter aside.
After the sarong wearing girl saw Ning Cheng, instead of having a shocked looked on her face like the other two had a relieved expression. She felt somewhat guilty towards Ning Cheng, after she made her elder brother look for Ning Cheng, she could not find him again.
She had heard her brother say, that why Ning Cheng wanted that pair of pearl hair clips, it was because of his fond remembrance of his little sister. But because she also liked it, and it was precisely because of her liking them, it was as if she had claimed the other party’ little sister as her own. Moreover she listened to her elder brother say, that this man might never be able to see his sister again.
“Did you come here the same way?” After the sarong wearing girl was was pleasantly surprised, and called out to Ning Cheng the first thing that came to her mind.
When Lu Xue and Yong Gu Yun heard the sarong girl, before they could even react, the two people’s expressions were keep on changing, then Yong Gu Yun immediately stepped forwards to tugged on the dress of the sarong wearing girl, and anxiously asked, “Junior Sister Apprentice Yue Ying, how do you know him?”
When Ning Cheng heard Yong Gu Yun’s words, he just came to understand something, in the Clear Heart Academy emerged two geniuses with two main pure spiritual roots, they were the sarong wearing young girl and her simple and honest elder brother. Since she was called Yue Ying, then her brother must be the one called Yue Yuan Hua.
After Su Zhe saw Lu Xue and Yong Gu Yun, her complexion suddenly turned pale, and she immediately let go of Ning Cheng, while calling out the phrase, “Su Zhu greets Senior Sister Apprentice Lu Xue and Senior Sister Apprentice Yong Gu Yun.”
Yong Gu Yun’s face turned dark, and did not pay any attention to Su Zhu. But Lu Xue said in a cold voice “Su Zhu, it would be better if you leave first, this is not a matter which involves you. If you want to look for Ning Cheng, then after this matter is settled, you can go looking for him again.”
Su Zhu looked at Ning Cheng, and then once again looked at Lu Xue and Yong Gu Yun, and immediately walked away from the scene.
Although Yong Gu Yun was also at Qi Gathering 8th Level, but she did not possess spiritual sense, and Lu Xue’s cultivation level was even lower. The two people did not know that Su Zhu did not go far, she had only just turned a corner, and was hiding behind the wall’s edge. Although Ning Cheng had spiritual sense, he did not waste his spiritual sense to sense Su Zhu.
Seeing Su Zhu walk away, Yong Gu Yun said to Yue Ying in a soft voice, “Junior Sister Apprentice Yue Ying, do you know who that woman was who had just walked out?”
Yue Ying shook her head in puzzlement, in her heart she was also thinking about who the woman was and what relationship did she have with him?
“She is the slut of our Clear Heart Academy, the Clear Heart Academy might appear to be bright on the surface, but it’s filthiness is also incomparable. Do you know about this man called Ning Cheng, what he like the most is being together with a beautiful woman. Before our Academy’s Junior Apprentice Sister An Yi, was almost deceived by him. Fortunately she was able to meet Junior Apprentice Sister Lu Xue in time, and was able to avoid a disaster. Otherwise, in my Clear Heart Academy the number of people with pure spiritual roots, would only have been 3. Therefore, for him to approach you definitely means he has some ulterior motive, you should not be deceived by his words.” Yong Gu Yun relentlessly poured down the false information of Ning Cheng.
In Yong Gu Yun’s opinion, Ning Cheng was far from being handsome. He could fool An Yi to become completely loyal to him, she thought that it was because of his honeyed words. Because of this, she also thought that Junior Apprentice Sister Yue Ying might get deceived by him. So when she saw Su Zhu and Ning Cheng together, she immediately came to the conclusion that he was definitely that type of person.
Lu Xue on the other side of her also agreed and added, “What Senior Sister Apprentice said is correct, people like Su Zhu are indeed countless here.”
Saying that Lu Xue looks at Ning Cheng and said, ”Ning Cheng, in fact, before when I met you I really was feeling bad for you, but today when I saw this scene, it really dissapointed me. Su Zhu’s eyes were just like shining spring, and her face still was a bit red, do not say that you did not do anything to her. Everybody knows about these things, it’s just that I do not want to say it out loud. However, I really do not think that you should be exposed to Junior Apprentice Sister An Yi. In your heart you already know that you and An Yi are two different types of people.”
When Su Zhu who was hiding on the side heard those words, she immediately turned pale, and her whole body was trembling. She was very clear that Ning Cheng was pure and innocent, when she heard that Ning Cheng liked her, she truly was somewhat excited in her heart. Because among the people in the Clear Heart Academy and the people who came in contact with her, no one really liked her, but all of them wanted to go down on her.
Originally she had brought Ning Cheng to her room was not only to have sex with him, but to make a relationship with Ning Cheng and use sex with Ning Cheng so that she could obtain elixirs. Later when she saw that Ning Cheng was actually a novice in that area, she was even moved in her heart thinking that what he felt was genuine feelings. Originally she had been living by deceiving herself, and upto this point of time she did not know how unbearable was she in the eyes of others.
“What…..” On the face of Yue Ying was a look as if she couldn’t believe what she heard, although she was aware of Ning Cheng, it was totally unintentional. It was not right, it does not seem that it was done intentionally. She could remember, she seemed to have seen the pearl hair clip first, then this person who called himself Ning Cheng had offered to buy the pearl hair clip.
That’s right, after listening to what her elder brother said, he bought the pearl hair clip but did not walk away, rather he remained standing in front of the original stall for a long time. Was it possible that he knew that her elder brother would come to look for him? And then took this opportunity to get himself closer? If it really was like this, then this man’s mental abilities were really frightening.
Before she was feeling a bit guilty towards Ning Cheng, but it had completely faded away now.
Ning Cheng’s face sank, and said in a cold voice, “This Su Zhu person, I do not know, but I do know what other say behind my back, that I am not a clean person. Even if there were countless people like Su Zhu, does it really matter to you? I became friends with Su Zhu, and if I want to make friends with An Yi again, is it any of your damn business? If I want to be happy, can I not? You intentionally want to make it look like I am trying to be friends with you, it does not make me happy, is that good enough for you?”
Ning Cheng in his heart knew that Su Zhu was a slut, and was always looked down upon, but he detested Yong Gu Yun who was in front of him even more.
“You are courting death.” Yong Gu Yun’s face changed, and a flying sword appeared in her hands, while simultaneously filling the air with killing intent.
Ning Cheng in his heart was feeling very unhappy, if he was outside he would have immediately split her apart with his sword. A mere Yong Gu Yun, he could casually take care of her with his sword.
“Senior Sister Apprentice Yong, don’t do it yourself.” as Yue Ying quickly stepped forward to block Yong Gu Yun hastily.
Yong Gu Yun seemed to care a lot about Yue Ying, seeing Yue Ying Come forward, she had to give her face, and did not continue forward.
Seeing Yong Gu Yun did not go forward to continue to fight, Yue Ying was relieved, and spoke hastily to Ning Cheng, “This Elder Brother, my elder brother said that you were very good. Although my brother is modest, but he is not an informed person when it comes to experience. You are not a person from the Clear Heart Academy, if you are not here to participate in the selection of disciples of the Clear Heart Academy, then you better quickly get out of here.”
Ning Cheng had not come to fight, so of course, he will not continue to challenge Yong Gu Yun. Now that Yue Ying spoke, he hastily said, “This Junior Sister Apprentice, I am only looking for my cousin An Yi, do you know where she is?”
“You dare to look for An Yi, I will immediately inform Elder Lan Yin Yue, making you forever unable to go out of the Clear Heart Academy.” Yong Gu Yun immediately snapped.
Before anything else happened Yue Ying quickly grabbed Ning Cheng and quickly said, “Senior Sister Apprentice An Yi has gone to the Academy’ Plaza, I think at present she should be near the podium, you can go and see.”
Ning Cheng thought that he definitely must not miss An Yi this time, he hurriedly clasped his fist and thanked Yue Ying for a moment, and immediately turned away and hurried to the square. Now that he was exposed, if he could just see An Yi safe and sound, he would immediately leave the Nan Yuan City, otherwise in a few more minutes, it would become more dangerous.
Once Yong Gu Yun informed Lan Yin Yue that he had appeared in Nan Yuan City, he may really be unable to leave this place.
Seeing Ning Cheng depart rapidly, Yong Gu Yun said with some complain in her voice, “Junior Apprentice Sister Yue Ying, the next time you meet this shameless womanizer, do not be this soft hearted. Otherwise, you will always suffer, this kind of person is very despicable, I do not know how many young girls of good families has he broken.”
Yue Ying’s complexion slightly turned red and said, “I know, Senior Sister Apprentice Yong. Thank you, for giving me face.”
Yong Gu Yun smiled and said, “If he does not go to find An Yi then it’s ok, but if he dares to find An Yi, he would only be looking for death. Elder Lan Yin Yue tried to kill him last time, I do not know how he survived, this time he came looking for An Yi, if Lan Yin Yue happens to know about it, how would he still be able to get away?”
Chapter 0056 – Su Zhu’s Help
Yue Ying was even more surprised than Yong Gu Yun, although she could not imagine why Yong Gu Yun with her strength did not start fighting herself, but was actually counting on Lan Yin Yue to get Ning Cheng killed, did she wanted Ning Cheng to die that badly?
As for Lu Xue, she actually had a bit positive impression about Ning Cheng, one of the reasons why she did not come forward to fight was because Ning Cheng and Le Bohong had a sort of good relation, so she really did not want to go to that extreme, at least she did not want to face Ning Cheng in a fight. There is still one other thing, she knew that An Yi was still very much dependent on Ning Cheng. Therefore, the news of Ning Cheng apparently dying before, she still had not disclosed it to An Yi. She did not expect, that Ning Cheng had not only not died, but there wasn’t even a single scratch on him, and even more amazingly followed them to the Nan Yuan City.
At this time she saw the expression on Yue Ying’s face, and hurriedly said, “Junior Apprentice Sister Yue Ying, actually Senior Sister Apprentice did not make a mistake. If there were such people like Ning Cheng around, if they were not killed off, they would only end up harming even more innocent girls. Take you as an example, if you did not enter the Clear Heart Academy, perhaps you would have already been deceived by him.”
Yue Ying’s face immediately turned a slightly more deep shade of red, this time there was no rebuttal. If her elder brother had not found Ning Cheng, perhaps she would really would have gone out personally to look for Ning Cheng to thank him. While doing so, wouldn’t he get to know both of them? Although she herself felt a bit disgusted with Ning Cheng. But on the other hand, there were some vicissitudes of life in Ning Cheng’s breath, which made her appreciate him a bit.
Ning Cheng sped up, and once again reached the main plaza, while simultaneously pressing himself into the crowd.
This time Ning Cheng saw clearly, he was able to make out with a glance that An Yi was sitting at the edge of the podium, besides An Yi, there were two people Yu Hongfeng and Yue Yuan Hua. Compared to Yue Yuan Hua and Yu Hongfeng, An Yi was looking somewhat thin and haggard, and was sitting with her head lowered as if there were heavy thoughts going through her heart.
However Ning Cheng actually felt relieved, An Yi had already advanced to the Qi Gathering 6th Level, once one’s pure spiritual roots were exclusively trained and utilised, their advancement through the levels would be very smooth. Ning Cheng also knew about this matter, if he did not have several hundreds of Spirit Stones, and also if he had not found the Spiritual Essence Pool, it would have definitely be impossible for him to advance to the Qi Gathering 8th Level in just half an year.
Thus with this it can be seen that An Yi really did have a pure wooden spiritual root without a doubt, moreover her status in the academy also seem to be good. At least he did not have to be worried about An Yi’s safety anymore, Ning Cheng heaved a sigh of relief, and did not continue to stay here, and turned around and sped towards the entrance.
As long as An Yi really had a pure spiritual root, An Yi’s path to success would definitely be smooth, there was no need for him to worry. From now on, as long as he only had to take care of himself it would be good enough.
Ning Cheng had not even gotten to the entrance, when he stopped immediately. He saw that the front gate had been closed, and there were two people in front of the gates who wanted to go out but were stopped by the guard. Ning Cheng saw that the two people were stopped by the guard for a long time and were speaking heatedly for quite a while, before they turned back with a bitter look on their faces.
“Two friends, are we not allowed to go our of here?” Ning Cheng hurriedly stopped the two people and asked.
“The Clear Heart Academy is not much open about it, but it seems that we can only go out after the selection is concluded.” One of the people spoke in an angry tone when he saw that Ning Cheng was actually not a student of the Clear Heart Academy.
Ning Cheng’s heart sank a bit, just when he was trying to think of a way to get out, he suddenly heard a clear and crisp voice from behind, “Ning Xiao Cheng, come with me, accompany me to a trip to the outside.”
When Ning Cheng turned around he saw Su Zhu’s extremely bright smiling face, in his heart he immediately became happy, as he quickly played along with it and quickly said, “Certainly.”
Su Zhu naturally pulled on Ning Cheng’s hand, and walked a few steps, and when she was almost at the front gate she said, “Do you know? Senior Sister Apprentice Lu Xue asked me to help her purchase some Pills from the Feiyan Pill Pavilion. I am telling this to you, but oh my god, Senior Apprentice Sister Lu Xue will certainly go to the Hua Continent, maybe with her ability she may really be chosen to enter the 5 Star Academy. As long as Senior Apprentice Sister Lu Xue was selected for the 5 Star Academy, so when she comes back in the future, she would really never forget me.”
Ning Cheng listened while being somewhat bewildered, he certainly knew that Lu Xue did not send Su Zhu to buy pills for her. Lu Xue simply loathed Su Zhu’s attitude and always treated her with disgust, why would she send Su Zhu to buy pills for her?
At this time the two people had already come to the front door, Su Zhu did not even wait for the guard to speak, and actively greeted him with a brilliant and charming smile, “Brother Han, there are a lot of people today, it must be very hard on you. Right, I am going out for a small matter.”
The gate guard had seen Su Zhu before, he did not think that Su Zhu would even know that he was surnamed Han, and quickly replied, “It is not that hard, you take care of yourself.”
The Guard talked in a sort of neutral tone, as Su Zhu pulled Ning Cheng out the front door of the Clear Heart Academy.
Su Zhu’s footsteps immediately quickened, as she quickly brought Ning Cheng and passed through to the Ming Pu Plaza.
Ning Cheng understood that Su Zhu wanted to help him, as he was brought out of the Clear Heart Academy. Although Ning Cheng did not know how Su Zhu knew that he had to leave the Clear Heart Academy, but in his heart he was still very grateful towards her, and even said in a somewhat sheepish voice, “Senior Apprentice Sister, I am actually not from the Clear Heart Academy……..”
She did not wait for Ning Cheng to finish what he was saying, when Su Zhu interrupted Ning Cheng’s words saying, “Do not talk about it, it would be better if you left quickly, I heard Yong Gu Yun saying that she was going to inform Elder Lan.”
Ning Cheng did not explain anymore, he clasped his hands to her and bowed saying, “Many thanks Senior Apprentice Sister Su, if Senior Apprentice Sister Su needs anything that she wants to ease her cultivation then just ask, although it may not be possible for me to be able to help you advance to the True Condensation Realm, but still please accept this as a thank you to the Senior Apprentice Sister, I’ll go first.”
With that, Ning Cheng stuffed a small package into the hands of Su Zhu, and turned around to quickly disappeared from her sight.
As Su Zhu watched Ning Cheng’s disappearing back, her face suddenly looked very desolate and lonely. How could she not know the meaning of what Ning Cheng said to her, practice her cultivation with ease? She suddenly remembered the time when she had come to the Clear Heart Academy. She had been deceived by that person, and went to bed with some other people, and then just like a jar that broke when it fell, as a result there were more and more people who looked down upon her.
For her, she still had a year’s time, within one year if she could not advance to the Qi Gathering 7th Level, she would no longer be a student of the Clear Heart Academy.
Su Zhu suddenly felt empty as she felt something break inside her, even she did not know why she wanted to help Ning Cheng. Perhaps it was because Ning Cheng spoke those few comforting words to her.
She looked at the small package in her hands, suddenly she felt a faint but rich spiritual aura coming out of the package. Su Zhu’s heart skipped a beat, and she quickly opened the package to have a look. When she saw what was wrapped inside it, she was immediately stunned speechless, in the package there were actually a dozen low grade Spirit Stones.
“Elder Lan, I just saw Ning Cheng a moment ago, he seemed quite comfortable in the Clear Heart Academy, I estimate that he is looking for An Yi.” After Yong Gu Yun arrived to the Academy’s Plaza, she found some time to spare, and hurried to deliver the message about of Ning Cheng to Lan Yin Yue.
“What?” Lan Yin Yue asked in a surprised voice.
She had personally forced Ning Cheng to jump off the airship, how could he appear in the Clear Heart Academy? He was just a cultivator at the Qi Gathering 4th Level who jumped off from a high altitude airship moving at an extremely high speed, how was it possible that he survive that?
“Did you not see wrong?” Lan Yin Yue asked in a calm tone, this kind of thing was simply impossible, how could a dead person come back to life?
“I did not see wrong, even Junior Apprentice Sister Lu Xue saw him, and he even made it clear that he had come here to search for Junior Apprentice Sister An Yi. This person even recognised Yue Ying, if not for Yue Ying joining the Clear Heart Academy early, perhaps she would also have been cheated by him. I have arranged for Junior Apprentice Sister Lu Xue to try and find where he is now.” Yong Gu Yun replied quietly from the side.
Killing intent flashed across Lan Yin Yue’s eyes, but she forcibly restrained her murderous aura.
“Elder Lan, just now Su Zhu had already carried Ning Cheng out of the Clear Heart Academy. Do you want me to bring Su Zhu here?” said Lu Xue as she rushed over, she was watching over Ning Cheng on Yong Gu Yun’s order, she actually did not think that Su Zhu would help Ning Cheng in bringing him out of the Clear Heart Academy.
The killing intent emanating from Lan Yin Yue immediately grew even more fierce, after recovering a little while later she slowly said, “Inform Xue Cong, let him temporarily pass the order to kill him to Miao Li Hu from the Mingot City. In the meantime since Ning Cheng appeared in Nan Yuan City, the news of Ning Cheng would soon reach Miao Li Hu anyway. After Miao Li Hu kills off Ning Cheng, as long as Xue Cong kills Miao Li Hu it will all be ok.”
“I understand.” Yong Gu Yun swept a glance at An Yi, and quickly walked away. She knew why the Elder Lan took such a move.
An Yi was too dependent on Ning Cheng and remembered him fondly, if one day in the future An Yi learned that it was Elder Lan who killed Ning Cheng, she and Elder Yan would definitely turn into enemies. Before Elder Lan did not know how much An Yi depended on Ning Cheng, now that she knew about it, this made her decide on the idea to plan his murder with a borrowed knife.
With Miao Li Hu killing Ning Cheng, and then Xue Cong killing Miao Li Hu. The result would definitely be, An Yi appreciating Xue Cang’s help in taking her revenge.
Leylin said:Could someone give me a short summary on whats up? The novel summary isn't doing it for me xD.
Could someone give me a short summary on whats up? The novel summary isn't doing it for me xD.
Lord Fifth said: Leylin said:Could someone give me a short summary on whats up? The novel summary isn't doing it for me xD.
Basically, a poor dude from Earth gets dumped by his girlfriend because the girlfriend's friend who likes him tricks her. Then, he sees a yellow bead and gets transported to an other world. Then, everyone sees him as trash in the new world and he slowly tries to get stronger. It's a good story and you hate the antagonists so much because they're all bitches because they think the MC is a trickster and they try to force him away.