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Translated By – DemonKillerChecked and Edited By – CurlyAdi
Chapter 0079 – Blue Sand City
The rest of the people also did not hesitate, and following the same trend jumped down. Just as Ning Cheng fell on top of the spot where the three lunar shadows overlapped, he immediately felt an enormous suction force spreading throughout all around him, he did not need to use any kind of Earth Escape Technique, and was directly carried away.
This was definitely a Transfer Array Formation, Ning Cheng was just thinking about this, when he stepped on to a field.
As for the rest of people, they all simultaneously fell around him in the same place, in the meantime Ning Cheng swept his eyes around taking in his surroundings, they were standing on a passage that was underneath the desert.
This passage seemed to go on as far as the eye could see, but the width of it did not exceed 3 or 4 feet. On both sides of the passage one could not make out out the color of the walls clearly, but the walls were inlaid with a rows of glowing stones that emitted a weak and dim light. As for what was underneath their feet, it was a simple stoned path, this stone path stretched into the distance and one could not make out where it ended.
“This should not be the true ruins of the country, the ruins of the country would not have such obvious artificial traces.” Yu Xing, the True Condensate cultivator that guarded the young girl king spoke out first.
But Pei Guang He said disapprovingly, “Initially when the several elders of my North Jue Tribe escaped from the catastrophe of the Lan Yi Country, some of them must have returned back. Perhaps they had already found the remains of the Lan Yi Country, but because there were no more things remaining here, so they created this place, so that the later generations could more easily find the Lan Yi Country. Otherwise, from where did our map even come from?”
To say it such confidence, the words that Pei Guang He spoke actually felt quite reasonable. However Ning Cheng thought that what Pei Guang He said was not completely correct, if what Pei Guang He said was correct, then they should be underneath the desert. As no one had visited this place in the middle of the desert for countless years, then the air inside this place should have been stuffy, with at least some hint of staleness in the air. But the fact was, when he came in, he couldn’t even smell a single wiff of stale air, moreover there was even a slight draft blowing in their direction.
“Whether what you said is true or false is not much relevant, since we have already arrived here, we must go and take a look.” Lou Hong Fang finished speaking, and took the lead and started walking along the passage.
After the time it took for half an incense stick to burn, Lou Hong Fang stopped in front of an ancient city gate, half of the city walls were already collapsed, and on the stone slab at the corner of the city gate, in a motley handwriting that was barely visible, was written ‘Blue Sand City’.
“Here are the ruins of the Lan Yi Country, Blue Sand City was the capital of the Lan Yi Country.” Lou Hong Fang said with a touch of excitement in his tone.
Blue Sand City showed the vicissitudes of life, in any case, what they had assumed before was certainly not false, the scene in front of them could only be manifested due to the passage of countless years of erosion by time. Ning Cheng even suspected that the draft of wind that he had felt earlier might have been an illusion.
“Blue Sand City is indeed the capital city of Lan Yi Country, originally the Lan Yi Country had a huge defensive battle array formation, I did not expect that even after the passage of countless years, the sand still could not completely bury the Lan Yi Country, it shows that the huge Defensive Array Formation is still working.” Xiu Xiu said in a low voice as she watched the Blue Sand City.
Pei Guang He coolly said, “That may not be necessarily so, in the deepest parts of the desert one can find many desert geological faults, if this Blue Sand City happened to be separated by these Geological Faults, then even if there was no Defensive Array Formations, they would still not be buried under the sand.”
“Since we have already come here, how can we cringe with fear?” Lou Hong Fang finished speaking, and once again took the lead and strode past the gates of Blue Sand City.
Yu Xing was the second to follow, the rest of the people did not hesitate any more, and quickly entered the city through the gate. Ning Cheng also strode into the Blue Sand City through the ancient gates.
After entering through the gate, everyone could feel a draft of decayed and dry air around them, which made the people a bit relaxed. Since this were the ruins of the Lan Yi Country, so this kind of draft filled with decay was common.
Many of the buildings that appeared to be shops were already damaged, with pieces from many of these building strewn across the street with a lot of sand covering them in a thick layer of yellow, it made the people to believe that the street was not very wide, although it also did not give the feeling of being crowded, it did give out an intense feeling of desolation.
The few people’s footsteps could be heard all along the streets, as for the shops and stalls that sold various artifacts and other materials on the streets to both foreigners and locals had long since turned to dust.
“Dried bones….” just as they continued to walk forward Ning Cheng heard Shi Pei Shan call out suddenly, she had just stepped on a skull, moreover this skull still was very strong.
“There are dried bones everywhere here, what is there to be surprised about it.” The rough looking woman called Mei Xu who had been slapped by Ning Cheng said loudly with disdain in her voice.
Just as her voice faded, everyone could hear a ‘crash’ sound, as an otherwise complete looking shop building immediately turned to dust.
“The passage of countless years surely has taken quite a toll on the city, for even a human sound to have enough power to turn an otherwise complete looking shop building to powder.” Pei Guang He said in a slow voice as he sighed.
Ning Cheng frowned, he again felt that something was wrong, this shop building that had turned to powder in front of them presumably because of the sound was very strange. In essence, this air draft that was filled with a rotten and stale scent had much more power in it that just the sound from when one spoke, it fact he was not aware of this decadent taste. He could only smell the scent of decay from the streets.
He even suspected that Pei Guang He also knew about this and understood this point, but he used his words in such a way as to cover up something.
The rest of the people no longer spoke anymore, on the entire street there were only those few people who were walking with ‘whispering’ footsteps, along the way they all saw countless skeletons and bones scattered around, but they had already become accustomed to it, and nobody thought that anything was wrong.
This street seemed to be endless, even after walking on it for an hour, although the few people had passed through a few curves along the way, they still could not see the end of this street.
“Huang Yuan Bo has disappeared.” Suddenly Shi Pei Shan who was following behind Ning Cheng called out in a frightened voice again, everyone immediately stopped and turned around, they all discovered that Huang Yuan Bo had really disappeared.
The original eight people were carefully walking through the street, and moreover each of them were highly alert and vigilant, but when Huan Yuan Bo disappeared, the rest of the people did not know what had transpired.
“I think that something is truly strange here, everyone should be mutually be careful with each other, what do you say Brother Ning?” Pei Guang He looked at Ning Cheng and spoke, his meaning was very clear, I do not want to go back to look for Huang Yuan Bo.
Ning Cheng smiled and said, “What Brother Pei suggested is really good, of course we will listen to the opinion of Brother Pei.” Basically he did not even wait for half a moment and spoke in a way that meant that he would also not go back to find Huang Yuan Bo.
“Aaaah, blood……” This time it was Mei Xu who was screaming, everyone immediately looked at Mei Xu who was still screaming, taking a look past her, everyone knew why Mei Xu had screamed, at the building behind her there was a large pool of blood spreading out from beneath the shut door.
In a place such as this underground ruins, how could there be a pool of blood? Even if there was a pool of blood previously, it would have long since dried up, how could there be such a large amount of blood flowing out?
“Isn’t it just a little blood? There is nothing to be surprised about it.” Shi Pei Shan ironically called out all of a sudden, it was obviously because she was ridiculed by Mei Xu previously, and was extremely uncomfortable in her heart that she spoke out in such a manner.
Lou Hong Fang suddenly punched the front door, as he suddenly felt a little bit depressed, this was the only way he could could think of to shake of this depression.
“Squeak.” a sound came, the front door that Lou Hong Fang punched did not get smashed to powder as one would expect, but rather it was as if he had only pushed open the door. Originally Lou Hong Fang wanted to smash open the door with his punch, and then directly charge through the open door. But now that door just gave a loud squeak instead of blasting open as expected, his heart immediately started pounding in his chest.
There seemed to be a gloomy and cold atmosphere inside the room behind the door, and so after a short while as the rest of the people adapted to the lighting, they could clearly see the situation behind the door. This seemed to be a great hall of sorts, the hall still had many chairs all around and seemed to be a meeting place of sorts. As for what was further inside, one could not see clearly.
The blood that had flowed outside was coming from flowing out from a pattern that was inscribed on the floor of the main hall, the blood was flowing through this pattern as if it was a water stream, creating an endless boundary. Ning Cheng wanted to enter this hall and sweep it with his spiritual sense, but he found that when his spiritual sense entered the hall, it immediately disappeared without a trace.
Mei Xu who was unhappy because of Shi Pei Shan’s sarcastic remark before, turned to Xiu Xiu and said, “My King, I will go forward first and have a look.”
“You should be careful.” After Xiu Xiu spoke that sentence, she did not prevent Mei Xu to go ahead.
Mei Xu took a step into the hall, as she quickly disappeared from the eyes of the crowd.
After a while, the few people people suddenly heard Mei Xu’s surprised voice, “Artifact…..”
When Lou Hong Fang heard Mei Xu’s voice he also immediately stepped inside, Pei Guang He together with Xiu Xiu and the three other people people also immediately followed.
In just a twinkling of an eye, these five people disappeared from the vision of Ning Cheng and Shi Pei Shan, it was just like drop of water falling into the sea.
“Elder Sister Shi, do you not want to go in?” Ning Cheng looked doubtfully at Shi Pei Shan and asked.
Shi Pei Shan smiled and said, “It is not that I am afraid of death, since we are all looking for some opportunity, we should not fear death. It is just that I think that if I follow Brother Ning, I would have a much better chance.”
Ning Cheng suddenly changed topics and asked, “How much do you know about Huang Yuan Bo?”
Shi Pei Shan did not understand why did Ning Cheng would suddenly ask about Huang Yuan Bo, she hesitated for a while before saying, “Huang Yuan Bo is a disciple from the Cang Yan 4 Star Academy of the Yuan Continent, the reason why we formed a team with him was because he is quite knowledgeable about Array Formations. Although he does not speak much, but his personality is quite good.”
Ning Cheng was just about to speak, when he heard a rapid burst of footsteps, then he and Shi Pei Shan immediately saw Huang Yuan Bo rushing towards them. Huang Yuan Bo had a pale complexion and looked very flustered. After he saw Ning Cheng and Shi Pei Shan, he seemed relieved, and quickly rushed towards them, after catching his breath for a moment he said, “It really was too dangerous, if I did not understand Array Formations, I was sure that I would not be able to get out.”
“What is the matter?” Shi Pei Shan hastily asked.
Huang Yuan Bo said with a fearful voice, “I had stepped into an Bewildering Array Formation, and ended up stuck inside it for a long time, if I had not found this door in front of me I wouldn’t have been able to exit the Array Formation. Hey, what happened to the others?”
“They have already entered the main hall, we were also just about to go in before you arrived.” Ning Cheng said, as he pointed to the pitch black main hall in front of him, then after saying that, he also proceeded to enter the enter the main hall.
Seeing Ning Cheng go inside, Shi Pei Shan also quickly went inside, Huang Yuan Bo glanced at the blood on the ground, and did not feel surprised, and also followed them inside.
Chapter 0080 – The Grey Robed Man Atop The Blood Pool
After the three people including Ning Cheng entered the main hall, they immediately saw the other five people who had entered the hall before them. Not only that, their field of view was also unusually clear.
When one looked at the main hall from the outside, it appeared very bleak and desolate, basically one would not be able to make out anything inside distinctly, but none of them expected that when they entered the hall, they would be able to see the surroundings this clearly.
“Brother Huang, you are alright, it really is the best news.” Lou Hong Fang said as he saw Huang Yuan Bo enter the hall, and greeted them with a happy feeling in his heart.
Ning Cheng could also now see clearly, in the innermost reaches of the main hall, there was an altar that had three artifacts as if they were placed there as an offering. The middle one was a black ring, the one on the left was a very ordinary looking flying sword, while the one on the right was a knife like artifact. On both sides of this altar, there was a small door.
“Why didn’t you go ahead and take the artifacts?” Shi Pei Shan looked puzzlingly at the five people who had entered the hall before them and asked.
Once Ning Cheng had looked at the entire hall in front of him, he once again turned to look back at the entrance to the main hall through which they had arrived, it was similar to before, that is he couldn’t see the outside clearly while standing inside.
“We cannot take them, just now when we went ahead to take a look, we were almost seriously injured. There is a Defensive Array Formation in front of the altar, once you get close to it, the Array Formation will automatically attack you. But now that Brother Huang has once again reappeared, and moreover since he is also an Array Formation Master, why don’t we allow him to take a look at it to help us break it open?” Lou Hong Fang said as he looked in the direction of Huang Yuan Bo.
Huang Yuan Bo shook his head and said, “The level of understanding that I have towards Array Formations is very limited, and thus I cannot see it clearly.”
Although Ning Cheng could not tell what this Array Formation in front of him was, but he could tell that the altar in front of them was not an ordinary altar, but rather a sacrificial altar.
Pei Guang He looked at Ning Cheng as he smiled and said, “Brother Ning, there is a door on both sides of the altar, of the eight people here, why don’t we divide ourselves into two groups of 4 and enter the doors to see what is inside? As for the artifacts on the altar, we can come back to it later.”
Ning Cheng immediately replied, “Of course, I will take the left door, who would like to join up with me.”
Just as he finished speaking, Ning Cheng was already moving towards the small door on the left and soon disappeared through it.
“I’ll follow Brother Ning.” Huang Yuan Bo immediately said as he followed Ning Cheng inside.
When Shi Pei Shan and Lou Hong Fang saw that, they also immediately followed behind. The distinction was pretty clear, and the eight people were divided equally into two groups of four.
“Xiu Xiu, these artifacts are fake.” Pei Guang He saw the four of them enter the small door on the left, and immediately said out loud.
Xiu Xiu nodded, it was apparent to them that these artifacts in front of them were fake.
“How is it possible for those to be fake? What about the Qi fluctuations, if they were fake then why use the Array Formation to protect them?” Mei Xu asked as she did not understand.
Pei Guang He said with a sneer, “It is not only me and Xiu Xiu who noticed that these artifacts were fake, I think that that Ning Xiao Cheng should have also noticed that these artifacts were fake.”
Mei Xu after being silent for a while, subconsciously spoke up, “If you already knew this, my King, then why did you let those four people go in, wont they take away the good things…..”
“These are the ruins of our Lan Yi Country, if I let them in, then they definitely would not be able to come out. Mei Yu you can rest assured, we can easily leave whenever we want to.” Xiu Xiu said in a calm voice.
Pei Guang He looked at Mei Xu pitifully, what the altar needed was a blood sacrifice, only then could it be opened. Of the four people along with Ning Cheng who had just passed though, it was certain that at least one of them knew that a blood sacrifice was needed, but now that there were only four people here, naturally they would have to choose a person as a blood sacrifice among them. He simply did not need to think, he had already selected Mei Xu for the blood sacrifice.
Mei Xu seemed to know nothing about this, and still tightly followed behind Xiu Xiu, while frequently watching the scenes in the surroundings.
When Ning Cheng and the others entered through the small door, there were six dark corridors in front of them. And none of them knew what corridor should they enter.
Huang Yuan Bo. pointed to the second corridor from the left and said, “When I passed by the Array Formation from before, I also encountered this type of arrangement, we should go through the second channel.”
After saying that Huang Yuan Bo immediately walked towards the corridor he pointed, Ning Cheng and the others did not have any objections and also followed behind.
“Brother Ning, I always felt that that Xiu Xiu has some ill intentions for us, but she not only helped the three of us get rid of the poison in our body, but even proposed to explore the ruins together, just why is she so good?” At the moment, since they were the only four people walking through the dark corridor, Shi Pei Shan finally said what she had always wanted to ask.
Huang Yuan Bo also spoke up, after walking towards Ning Cheng and said, “I’ve also had this doubt, but I just could not find anything……”
Huang Yuan Bo had not even finished speaking, when his hands suddenly emitted a white light, this white light directly shot towards the waist of Ning Cheng, and was as swift as lightning.
Almost at the same time, Ning Cheng also blasted out a punch.
This fist that was filled with an intense axe type killing intent directly flew towards the legs of Huang Yuan Bo, as that white light and the murderous Axe Fist came out it immediately filled the corridor in which they were in with thunder like rumblings, these rumbling were unceasingly resounding throughout the corridor.
“Bang” a dull thumping sound could be heard, as the white light from Huang Yuan Bo directly collided at Ning Cheng’s waist.
It was followed by two distinct sounds of blood spurting, Ning Cheng’s Axe Fist immediately split Huang Yuan Bo above his knees, causing the legs of Hung Yuan Bo to immediately separate from his body. But when the white light fell on Ning Cheng’s body, it did not have any visible effect.
Lou Hong Fang and Shi Pei Shan had a shocked look on their faces as they looked at Ning Cheng and Huang Yuan Bo. They did not understand how they ended up in this sort of situation.
“How did you know that I was going to sneak attack you?” Huang Yuan Bo’s face turned ugly as he finally snapped.
“You left the group secretly, and even arranged an Array Formation on the way back, I know that you would plot against anyone, but I truly did not think that you would plot against me. This is something a good man would never do, not only did I save your dog shit of a life, but in return you also planned to kill me.” Ning Cheng said in a cold voice.
Hung Yuan Bo’s face turned white as a cardboard as he said, “I really hate you so much, I should have attacked your legs.”
He not only hated himself for attacking the wrong place, but he also hated himself for being negligent, if he had only sneakily attacked Ning Xiao Cheng’s leg, then at least he would have been able to fight evenly with the opposite party. Who knew that this fellow was wearing an Armor type artifact inside? If he was not wearing the armor inside, his attack would have already sliced Ning Xiao Cheng in half.
Ning Cheng calmly replied, “You do not need to be hateful about anything, that is because I let you attack my waist.”
The implication was that, if I had not allowed you to carry out your sneak attack, even without the armor you would not be able to hurt a single strand of my hair, much less split apart my waist.
Huang Yuan Bo suddenly stared at Lou Hong Fang and Shi Pei Shan and snapped, “Lou Hong Fang, Shi Pei Shan, if the two of you join hands together with me, then as long as the three of us collaborate, we can easily take care of him. Do you really think that he saved us? He definitely has the Desert Geocentric Spring Tea on him, but he chose not to take it out.”
Shi Pei Shan frowned and said, “Huang Yuan Bo, this is not the first day that you came out, regardless of if Brother Ning has the Desert Geocentric Spring Tea on him or not, he still saved all of us. Moreover now that problem of the poison from the sand beast in our bodies has already been solved, why would you still want to attack Brother Ning?”
“Solved? Ha Ha….” Huang Yuan Bo gave a miserable laugh and said, “If it had already been solved, this father would have already walked away, why would I have waited till now? That poison had temporarily been suppressed by Pei Guang He, can you not see that the Qi flowing in your dantian is still not flowing smoothly?”
Although Huang Yuan Bo had the lowest cultivation among them. but he was a disciple from a 4 Star Academy, so he was quite knowledgeable in these matters. When Shi Pei Shan and Lou Hong Fang heard it they immediately tried it, at once they immediately came to understand that what Huang Yuan Bo said was indeed right, the poison was only suppressed temporarily, but was actually not solved.
Seeing the pale complexion of the two people, Huang Yuan Bo cried out in a bitter voice, “Ning Xiao Cheng is simply not afraid of the poisonous gas of those sand beast, how could you not believe that he does not have the Desert Geocentric Tea on him? Even taking a few steps back, even if he did not have the Desert Geocentric Spring Tea on him, but since he drank the Desert Geocentric Spring Tea, his blood can also be used to counteract the poison…..”
Huang Yuang Bo’s voice was getting smaller and smaller.
Lou Hong Fang and Shi Pei Shan suddenly turned silent, they both looked at Ning Cheng but no longer spoke. Lou Hong Fang was thinking on how to begin, while Shi Pei Shan was thinking why did Ning Cheng not give an explain for this.
Ning Cheng gave out a dark sigh in his heart, if he really had the Geocentric Spring Tea on him, he really would not have been stingy with it, but he does not have such a thing with him, As for letting him use his own blood to save the other two people, he was simply not so noble as that.
What nobody noticed was, Huang Yuan Bo’s body was gradually shrivelling up, and the blood from his body was slowly seeping underground, disappearing from view.
“Rumble Rumble…..” A burst of roar suddenly sounded inside the corridor, and the corridor in front of them immediately lit up.
Ning Cheng at this moment did not have any interest in continuing to act as a team with the two people, with just a flash of light he disappeared from in front of them along the corridor.
“Why didn’t you begin? From what I saw, that Ning Xiao Cheng’s cultivation is at most at Qi Gathering Realm.” Huang Yuan Bo looked at Lou Hong Fang and Shi Pei Shan and asked.
Shi Pei Shan coldly swept a glance at Lou Hong Fang and said, “A moment ago I was truly hesitant, but I think that Ning Xiao Cheng certainly did not have the Geocentric Spring Tea on him, it is quite probable that he had already come here after drinking it.”
Lou Hong Fang had only said a word when he was once again interrupted by Shi Pei Shan and said, “I will myself go find the antidote to the poison in me, if I drank the blood of my saviour, then I, Shi Pei Shan, would have failed as a human.”
Saying that, she simply ignored Lou Hong Fang, she also did not realize that the ground was now littered with the dried bones of Huang Yuan Bo, and departed from the scene.
Lou Hong Fang touched his own hair, and murmured something, “It is indeed something difficult to do.”
Ning Cheng came out of the now brightly lit corridor, and immediately saw a line of blood below his feet, this line of blood was actually flowing in the same direction, moreover it did not show even the smallest signs of stopping or withering.
Ning Cheng looked around, and found that it was a very simple Array Formation. Looking in front of him he could see that there were many paths leading out, but this Array Formation was unexpectedly set up in the same direction in which the blood was flowing. At this time he also did not hesitate for even half a moment, and directly followed in the direction of the blood line.
After the time it takes for two incense sticks to burn, Ning Cheng stopped in front of a huge pool of blood, there were various blood lines entering the huge blood pool feeding a constant supply of blood to it from all directions. But just above the blood pool sat an grey robed man, one could not determine his age, but looking at the Qi fluctuations that were emitting from his body, his cultivation level was definitely not low.
Just as Ning Cheng was looking at this grey robed man, the grey robed man immediately expelled a blood line from one of his finger, this eruption of a blood line fell on a giant boulder at a distance and instantly smashed it apart.
Ning Cheng took a look at the giant stone boulder, and saw that apart from being smashed to chunks, it was completely dyed in a dark red color. It turned out that the blood flowing out of the person was a result of his cultivation practice. Ning Cheng already had a strong intelligence and wisdom from his various experiences, and immediately chose to exit through the door that he came from, but he unexpectedly once again circled back to the blood pool.
“Alas, I have been trying to reduce my difficulties in my cultivation practice, and barely came out of the blood pool, even the people coming here are getting less and less, it really is very awful.” This grey robed man suddenly sighed.
“I think that there should be numerous copies of the map of the ruins of this Lan Yi Country, right?” Ning Cheng asked in a tone that was neither fast nor slow.
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Chapter 0081 – The Perfect Moment
“There truly are many maps, but they are not something that I made, it was made by the person who went out before.” During his talk, this grey robed man picked up a skeleton from the blood pool underneath him
Even though this skeleton had been soaking in the blood pool for a long time, it still had a pitch back color, but what was shocking was that this skeleton was still emitting a faint pressure, making Ning Cheng immediately realize that the cultivation level of that skeleton when it was alive was definitely not low.
Although this grey robed man spoke to Ning Cheng in a very polite way, it felt that he was speaking to himself rather than Ning Cheng, “Just a single person is not enough.”
He had just finished speaking the words, when the wind around the chamber started churning, and a few shadowy figures fell down. Ning Cheng then saw Pei Guang He and Yu Xing, but as for the two others with them Ning Cheng did not know, but what he did sense was that one of the two had the cultivation level of True Condensation 7th Level, and the other one had a cultivation level of True Condensation 3rd Level.
When the few people arrived, they all glanced at Ning Cheng and then at the grey robed person sitting on top of the blood pool in a very surprised manner.
“This should be enough……” the grey robed man said, as he threw out a dozen Array Flags one after another, and then said: “Well, now no one would come disturb us. Of the few people who came here, presumably your knowledge about Array Formations must be good, and thus you certainly would have a decent intelligence, the blood from the people having a good intelligence is the most suited thing for me to help me in advancing, everyone please enter the pool and help me advance in my level.”
Just as this grey robed man finished speaking, Ning Cheng suddenly felt a powerful suction force pulling on him, this powerful suction force was directly pulling him into the blood pool.
Ning Cheng reacted very quickly, at this moment he understood in flash what was happening, this grey robed person actually depended on the blood lines flowing into the blood pool for his cultivation practice. Although he did not know the reason why he was doing it, but it seemed that he needed several people to enter the blood pool to help him in his cultivation practice.
Ning Cheng understood that the blood pool beneath that man was the raw material for his cultivation practice, but Ning Cheng had no intention to enter the blood pool, and immediately tried to retreat with his full force, he wanted to get away from this powerful suction force.
“Splash” Just as Ning Cheng tried to retreat, he saw the man at the True Condensation 3rd Level getting pulled into the blood pool, after this man was pulled into this blood pool, there were only a few blood bubbles that popped through the surface, before the surface of this blood pool once again turned calm.
Ther cultivator at the True Condensation 7th Level suddenly called out, “This person doesn’t dare to go look for a cultivator of the Essence Building Realm, his cultivation is not absolutely not that high, if we all fight desperate enough, we should be able to get out alive. If we don’t resist at this time, then we will definitely die here.”
Just as he finished, he immediately took out a seal, Pei Guang He said, “What this friend spoke is definitely true, we have to join hands together.”
While speaking, Pei Guang He had already took out a flying sword and attacked with it. Yi Xing also did not say anything, and directly took out his eight sided hammer and sent it smashing towards the grey robed man. As for what the cultivator at the True Condensation 7th Level had taken out, it was a black seal, this black seal immediately expanded to the size of a huge boulder with a diameter of about 10 feet as it rushed towards the grey robed man.
Once Ning Cheng was able to once again control his body, he also brought out a red flying sword and sent it forth to kill the grey robed man. He always had some doubts about Pei Guang He, so in his heart he was still maintaining a guard against Pei Guang He since the time that he met him.
The grey robed man seeing the four people simultaneously attack him, suddenly gave a cold snort. He just lifted his skinny looking hands and grasped at the air, just as he made the grasping motion in the air front of him, the artifacts headed towards him instantly stopped in the air and were even pushed back.
“You old thing, you and I are going to fight……” Yu Xing shouted, and suddenly threw the eight sided hammer once again. While in the meantime his figure quickly retreated.
Ning Cheng’s heart missed a beat, he felt that this Yu Xing’s retreat was too fast, he himself was trying his best to control himself to stay in place, so how was it possible for him to retreat with such speed?
He always thought that Pei Guang He would be the one that he would have issues with, now it seems like this Yu Xing is also another person that he has to look against. Ning Cheng did not think anymore, and forcibly utilized his Yuan Energy, and forcibly increased the distance between him and Yu Xing.
Yu Xing did not seemed to have noticed that Ning Cheng had widened the distance between them, but at this moment he took out a white flying sword, the moment he brought it out he immediately casted out a white sword curtain with the flying sword, and directed it towards the back of the cultivator at the True Condensation 7th Level.
The cultivator at the True Condensation 7th Level was fully concentrating on controlling the black seal, why would he even think that he would be sneak attacked by one of the people on the same side as him? After he realized it, he subconsciously diverted his attention to take care of the white sword curtain sneak attack behind him. He had actually forgotten about the blood pool in front of him, and because of this, the powerful suction force immediately began to pull on him.
Although the cultivator at the True Condensation 7th Level was able to react to the attack, moreover he immediately knew that he wanted to kill him, but he also knew that if he fell into the blood pool then he would definitely die.
This person was very decisive, since he found that he could no longer escape from the powerful suction force and would inevitably die in the blood pool, he simply decided to fly straight towards the blood pool, once he arrived above the blood pool, he spewed out a mouthful of his blood essence, the large black seal that he was using to attack the grey robed man once again expanded suddenly.
Ning Cheng immediately came to his senses, from his actions he knew that he wanted to blow up his artifact. He did not hesitate anymore and quietly controlled the 7 Pleiadene Ice Needle along with the red flying sword to attack, if he did not act at this time then when would he?
The grey robed cultivator sneered, wanting to kill him by making the artifact explode, it was just a dream. He just raised his hands, and immediately brought out a shield.
He had not even started to utilized his shield when he felt an extremely fine needle type artifact piercing through his body and enter his meridians.
“Not good, I was sneak attacked.” This grey robed cultivator had just thought about it, when he felt all the meridians in his body begin to hurt, an ice cold and freezing aura reached his dantian as it quickly expanded throughout his body. He felt that if he did not do anything, then in a short period of time his dantian would end up completely destroyed.
At this time the huge seal above the head of the grey robed cultivator was starting to blow up, because of this he immediately forced his Yuan Energy to circulate throughout his body, he knew that he had already been cornered by the sneak attack from Ning Cheng’s 7 Pleiadene Ice Needle.
Almost at the time that the True Condensation 7th Level cultivator was sneak attacked by Yu Xing, the True Condensation 7th Level Cultivator rushed towards the blood pool to prepare to explode with his artifact, it was at this time that Ning Cheng used his 7 Pleiadene Ice Needle to sneak attack the grey robed man, Pei Guang He also raised his hands and shot out a seal, without the influence from the grey robed man, that seal completely wrapped around his body, and in just a twinkling of an eye he disappeared from the blood pool chamber.
Have to say, the timing of this Pu Guang He was just right, not even waiting for half a moment. If it was any other person, even if he was in possession of a similar seal, it would be extremely rare for them to seize this kind of opportunity like Pei Guang He.
“Thump.” The cultivator at the True Condensation 7th Level finally could not control his body, and fell into the blood pool, when he fell into the blood pool, it was the same as before, just a few blood bubbles popped through the surface before it became calm once again.
“Boom” a huge exploding sound could be heard, as the big black seal which was still expanding till now suddenly exploded. This powerful explosion forced the blood from the blood pool to rise up like a blood pillar.
Ning Cheng who had used his 7 Pleiadene Ice Needle to attack the grey robed man, blasted out a punch. This was not ordinary punch, but was the punch filled with his comprehension of the murderous aura of the giant axe.
This Axe Fist filled with killing intent directly arrived and exploded on to the body of Yu Xing in a straight line.
Yu Xing who had just successfully sneak attacked that cultivator at the True Condensation 7th Level, did not have enough time to call back his flying sword, as such was stuck by Ning Cheng’s sneak attack. He absolutely had no chance of escape, and was directly hit on his back by the incoming axe fist.
As blood spurted out from his waist, Yu Xing staggered towards the direction of the blood pool, Ning Cheng immediately followed up, he did not wait for Yu Xing to start his counter attack, and immediately punched out once again.
Yu Xing’s heart was completely filled with hate, he did not think that Ning Cheng would react so quickly, moreover he was attacking him unceasingly, and had not attacked the grey robed person at all. Him wanting to take back his artifact to block Ning Cheng’s attack was already very unrealistic, the only route for him was to enter the blood pool or be killed by Ning Cheng’s attack.
“Splash” Yu Xing did not think anymore and jumped into the blood pool.
Just when Yu Xing had jumped into the blood pool, Ning Cheng brought out his real artifact, the broken spear that he had mounted on his back, bringing it out, he immediately casted out 22 ice spear shadows, these 22 ice spear shadows immediately connected with each other in just a twinkling of an eye and formed an ice net.
Ning Cheng did not wait for even half a moment, he was very clear about what would happen if he did not hurry to find a way out. Now that the artifact of the cultivator at the True Condensation 7th Level had blown up, severely injuring the grey robed cultivator, if he did not seize this opportunity, then he really would be an idiot.
The cloths of the grey robed cultivator had already disappeared, revealing his skinny stature. There was a huge bloody hole on the left side of his chest, even his face was was completely burnt black by the explosion of the black seal artifact. With no cloths to cover his body, Ning Cheng could clearly see, that this grey robed cultivator really did not have any legs.
If he did have them, then Ning Cheng’s 7 Pleiadene Ice Needle and the explosion from the huge Black seal artifact of the cultivator at the True Condensation 7th Level, then he would have at most have suffered only some minor injuries. But at the moment, not only was seriously injured, but he also could not force out the 7 Pleiadene Ice Needle in him.
If Ning Cheng did not continue to attack him, then he would sooner or later be able to extract the 7 Pleiadene Ice Needle, but with Ning Cheng’s precise attack timing, he did not even get a shred of a chance.
The grey robed man had just raised up the hand that had the round shield, before he immediately stopped. Because the 7 Pleiadene Ice Needle was still moving around in his body’s meridians, which made the Yuan Energy in his body was extremely slow, at the same time he felt his dantian finally detonate.
Because of 7 Pleiadene Ice Needle attack on his dantian, the dantian of the grey robed cultivator instantly turned to ash. It was at this time that Ning Cheng’s 22 Ice Spear shadows completely fell on that person’s body.
An intermittent breaking sound was transmitted, as the grey robed cultivator under the continuous and precise attacks of the 7 Pleiadene Ice Needle and the 36 Ice Spear Technique turned into an icicle, moreover just as his body turned into ice sculpture it immediately burst apart.
Even in the instant before his death he still could not believe what had happened when he looked at Ning Cheng, in his eyes, although Ning Cheng was the first to come here, but the cultivation of Ning Cheng was the lowest, and he had thought that he would not have to care too much about him. In his final moment, he actually died at the hands of a cultivator who had the lowest cultivation out of all of them, it was not because of anything else, but his own negligence in thinking that he was the weakest among the rest. Not much of an interest, but still a lot of interest.
Not only that, he had used his most powerful attack, not at the beginning like the others, but at the last moment to give him a fatal attack.
“Crash” the grey robed person turned into a pile of ice shards not larger than small stones.
Ning Cheng felt that the surrounding pressure began to lighten up, and sat down on the ground feeling very weak. At this moment he was very grateful to the cultivator at the True Condensation 7th Level. if not for him blowing up his artifact before dying, he would have definitely not been able to kill that grey robed person.
Chapter 0082 – My Only Family
After the time it takes for an incense stick to burn, Ning Cheng finally restored almost 90% of his Yuan Energy with the help of the spirit stones.
The red flying sword that had fallen into the blood pool, Ning Cheng did not intend to get it back, he just raised his hands and recalled the 7 Pleiadene Ice Needle. He did not know where this grey robed person had hid his things, as he did not have a storage bag nor did he have any other storage devices.
But Ning Cheng did not care much about the things of this grey robed cultivator, as this fellow used the blood of others for his cultivation practice, even if he found something, he knew that it would not be something that he would want to partake in.
Up until this moment, he did not have the opportunity to look around the place he was in.
This place had an area of several hundred square meters, but the entire surrounding walls were shrouded by an Array Formation, making it appear indistinct. In the middle of this place was the giant pool of blood, just above this pool of blood was a bloody mist and a platform at the center of the pool, which also made him not see the blood pool clearly. Using his Spiritual Sense to sweep through, he found that it was immediately blocked by an Array Formation.
Ning Cheng carefully looked in all the directions, and confirmed that other than the blood pool, there did not seem to have any other way out. The path that he had used earlier to come in had already been sealed off by the grey robed man, and unless he had a talisman like that of Pei Guang He, he would not be able to leave this place.
The only hope he had at this moment was the blood pool, otherwise the only other thing that he could do was to attack the Array Formation. Not to mention that Ning Cheng not only could not understand this Array Formation, even if he could understand it, he would not dare to attack it indiscriminately.
As for the blood pool, Ning Cheng did not want to go in, when that cultivator in the True Condensation 7th Level entered the blood pool, only a few blood bubbles rose to the surface before popping, other than that there was no movement in the blood pool and it was completely calm, it gave a really creepy feeling to Ning Cheng.
Ning Cheng hovered on top of the blood pool for a few moments on his flying sword, and made sure that it was no longer trying to suck him in, once he confirmed it, he directly jumped from the flying sword and onto the middle of the platform on which the grey robed person was sitting on.
With a wave of his hand, the residual bones on the platform were thrown into the blood pool.
Then Ning Cheng using the spear in his hands knocked on the platform, which emitted a clear ‘ding ding’ sound.
Is it hollow inside? Ning Cheng immediately became excited, although he did not care about the things of this grey robed man, but he did not know for how long this grey robed man had stayed in this place. Since these ruins were genuine, then perhaps this grey robed man had collected and stored some of the things from the ruins inside.
Ning Cheng did not spend much time pondering, and immediately started to look at the Array Formation that was traced out on the platform. He concluded that this was just a simple Sealing Array Formation, after that Ning Cheng immediately threw out several Array Flags, and made a motion of lifting his hands, which raised the cover off from this platform.
A long and narrow staircase appeared under Ning Cheng’s foot, Ning Cheng once again swept through it with his Spiritual Sense, certain that there were no problems, he started to descend the steps, while simultaneously covered the outside with the cover once again.
He did not know where this staircase lead to, but it was very long. Ning Cheng had already been descending for half an hour, before he finally got off the steps, but what was in front of him was a corridor filled with gravel. Around the surrounding corridor, there were a few glowing stones suspended in air providing a dim visibility.
Ning Cheng followed this trail and walked for almost an hour before arriving in front of a stone house with no doors.
After confirming that this stone house did not pose any danger to him, Ning Cheng then entered this stone house, sitting in the middle of this stone house was a white skeleton. He did not know for how many years had this skeleton been sitting here, but he could still feel a formidable pressure coming from it, this pressure was countless times more formidable that the pressure from the pitch black skeleton that the grey robed man had pulled out of the blood pool.
On both sides of this stone room, other than a stone table, there was only a stone picture frame. Whether it was the stone table or the stone picture frame, there was nothing on them. It was obvious that the people who had come before had already taken everything away.
As Ning Cheng approached the skeleton, he somewhat suspected that this skeleton might even be of the cultivator of the legendary Sea Opening Realm. On the ground in front of the skeleton, Ning Cheng saw a row of small words, ‘those who want to enter my door, first knowtow 49 times’.
Not to mention that Ning Cheng did not understand much of it, even the part that he did understand, he would not kowtow 49 times to a strange skeleton for no reason at all.
Then Ning Cheng walked to wall, and with the spear in his hands, aimed it just in front of small wordings in front of the skeleton’s foot and shot out a spear shadow.
When the spear shadow hit the ground it was aimed at with a boom, it immediately threw up an innumerable amounts of crushed stones, the skeleton also immediately broke apart suddenly, and a dense cluster of white bone arrows shot out towards him. Ning Cheng was shocked, and immediately punched out with his Axe Fist, it looked like these white bone arrows were countless years old, as such after being struck by the Axe Fist of Ning Cheng, they immediately lost their momentum and fell in front of him, they simply could not even hurt Ning Cheng a bit.
Ning Cheng heaved a sigh, and then looked at the skeleton, that was lying, now broken, on the ground. It seems that him blasting open the ground, and the skeleton falling to the ground, did seem to have some sort of connection. But Ning Cheng was not much disappointed with the outcome, when he had came in, he knew that the first people who came in would have already cleared out the place.
At this time, a piece of the roof fell down, showing a huge hole in the roof, as yellow sand trickled down through this gaping hole in the roof.
Ning Cheng was not surprised at this but rather he was happy, since there was yellow sand falling through the roof above, then it meant that he was definitely below the Thunder Fall Desert, all he had to do was to follow this sand upstream, and he would finally arrive above in the desert.
A sharp cry came from the distant corridor, Ning Cheng immediately realized that this cry was issued by the young girl king called Xiu Xiu. He did not know how this woman entered this corridor, or if the cry was coming from someplace else. If she had entered this corridor, then it meant that she had also come here after opening the Sealing Array Formation on the platform of the blood pool.
But Ning Cheng did not want to go back, these ruins were very vast and spread out over a large area, moreover when he had came in, he had also felt a fresh breeze which did not feel right. These ruins were very strange, he did not want to continue with his idea to explore the ruins, at least not now since he found yellow sand falling from above.
Before when Ning Cheng had fired off his spear at the ground, it was because he suddenly felt that something was wrong. He was already now a Rank 2 Array Formation Master, so he could make out that there was a Concealment Array Formation on one of the crushed stones. He immediately picked up that crushed stone, and performed a few hand seals with his hand, and immediately an exquisite jade seal appeared in his hands. this exquisite jade seal was engraved with the words, Lan Yi Country.
“Whoa….” With more and more sand falling, Ning Cheng did not think anymore and immediately put the jade seal into his storage bag, grabbing the spear he, at once, rushed into the falling sand.
Under the operation of his Yuan Energy, Ning Cheng began swimming upstream through the sand.
One hour, two hours…..
Even after quite a while passed, Ning Cheng was still moving upstream in the sand, at this moment Ning Cheng felt like he was still at the bottom of the sea of sand, with the end nowhere in sight.
Fortunately Ning Cheng was already a cultivator in the True Condensation Realm, otherwise if it was before, he would not be even able to breathe and would have suffocated to death a long time ago. After almost half a day, he stopped and rested a bit to restore his Yuan Energy.
After travelling for another half a day, Ning Cheng became aware that the pressure on the tip of the spear was also loosening up, the next moment he then felt the pressure on his head also loosen up considerably. After the loose yellow sand finally rolled over, Ning Cheng gave out a long sigh, as he finally arrived on top of the desert once again.
Ning Cheng did not stay at that place to rest for even half a moment, before he immediately chose a direction and quickly departed from that place. He wanted to leave this area as fast as possible, then find a safe place to clean himself up, and to quitely replenish his Yuan Energy.
After travelling for an hour, Ning Cheng finally found a withered poplar tree, and decided to rest at that place.
Before deciding to rest, Ning Cheng swept out with his Spiritual Sense, at this time Ning Cheng could already use his Spiritual Sense to examine several tens of miles of area around him.
At this moment, a disheveled female cultivator emerged in his peripheral vision of his Spiritual Sense, this cultivator’s footsteps were staggering, it was obvious that she did not have much physical strength.
Luo Fei? Ning Cheng almost instantaneously recognised this female cultivator, this female cultivator unexpectedly turned out to be Ji Luo Fei.
Wasn’t Ji Luo Fei in the Hua Continent’s Falling Star Academy? How could it be possible for her to appear in the Thunder Fall Desert?
Ning Cheng did not think of anything else and immediately rushed out towards her. And in just a few short breaths, Ning Cheng already arrived in front of Ji Luo Fei.
When Ji Luo Fei saw a silhouette of a person rushing towards her, she almost instinctively raised the flying sword in her hand and pointed it towards Ning Cheng.
Ning Cheng simply lifted his hand, and lightly brushed away the flying sword in Ji Luo Fei’s hand. He did not wait for Ji Luo Fei to make the next move, as Ning Cheng directly grabbed Ji Luo Fei’s wrist and said, “Luo Fei, just what exactly is going on with you, I am Ning Cheng.”
“Didn’t you already die?” When Ji Luo Fei glanced at the face of Ning Cheng, the crazy look in her eyes immediately calmed down, and she immediately fainted in the arms of Ning Cheng. Ning Cheng immediately took out the spiritual aura rich water that he had collected from the Spiritual Essence Pool, and fed it to Ji Luo Fei. Although his storage bag contained many pills, as these pills were his spoils from the various battles, but because he did not know what these pills exactly were, so he did not dare to take them out.
Although Ji Luo Fei at the moment did not have much strength in her, but as long as she rested for while she should be able to wake up by herself.
Ning Cheng took out a rope, and placing Ji Luo Fei securely on his back with the help of the rope, he decided to change places and patiently wait for Ji Luo Fei to recover her strength.
Ji Luo Fei was now already a student of the Falling Star Academy, but for such a person to rush into the desert by themselves, it would certainly involve some major matter. If she had not met him on time, then as long as she was to encounter any one of the desert whirlpools, she would be immediately be gobbled up.
Ning Cheng once again changed directions, as he simultaneously picked up his speed.
Under the stirring of some of his Yuan Energy, Ji Luo Fei finally woke up. When Ji Luo Fei opened her eyes, she saw that she was being carried on the back of a male cultivator, she immediately wanted to pull out her flying sword hanging from her waist to send out a chop from it. However just as she was about to pull her flying sword that was on her body, she immediately remembered seeing a familiar face before she fainted.
“Ning Cheng……” She called out as she put her trembling hands and gently caressed the scruff of Ning Cheng, even her voice was trembling as she spoke, “Did we both finally die?”
When Ning Cheng felt Ji Luo Fei extremely gentle touch, he involuntarily shook, and was just about to speak, when he heard Ji Luo Fei continue speaking with a quivering voice, “I am sorry, Ning Cheng. You had asked me to take revenge for you, I am sorry that I couldn’t take revenge for you….. You are my only family, for me to die with you, I really am very happy…..”
Ji Luo Fei once again spoke a few words into Ning Cheng’s ear.
“Do not be nervous, come with me, follow me, listen to me.”
“Luo Fei, you already know my qualifications, remember that after you leave, take revenge for me….”
In her life no one had been this good to her, even if Ning Cheng had bullied her for more than 10 years, but as for that single happy day in her life, she knew that she would never be able to forget it for the rest of her life. In her entire life Ning Cheng was the only one to use his life in exchange for hers, at that time she had not wanted to leave Ning Cheng behind, but she did not have any other choice. Unfortunately, before she died, she could not help Ning Cheng in carrying out his desire for revenge.
Ning Cheng suddenly felt bitter in his heart, he really had not done anything for Ji Luo Fei, before he had come out of the prison, he knew that his predecessor had continuously bullied Ji Luo Fei for many years. But even then this woman still regarded him as his only family, compared to the things what Ji Luo Fei had done for him, Ning Cheng felt really ashamed of himself from the bottom of his heart.
Although on the surface Ji Luo Fei did not look like she cared much for him, but she had secretly fought while putting her life on the line in the Fighting Pot to win a Qi Gathering Stone, just for the sake of allowing him to be able to finally cultivate.
Chapter 0083 – I’m Not A Fool
Ning Cheng was just about to speak, when he once again unexpectedly found a person, moreover it was not just a single person, but rather it was a group of four people.
“Hey, you let that little fish escape again, this time more than once ……” A hoarse voice spoke in a surprised tone.
“Lou Fei, are these the people that chased you?” Ning Cheng stared at the four cultivators in front of him and asked her, of the four people in front of him two of them were at True Condensation 1st Level, one at True Condensation 2nd Level while the last person was at Peak Stage Qi Gathering 9th Level.
“What….” Ji Luo Fei did not seem to understand, and for a moment forgot to reply to Ning Cheng’s words, since she was just chased down and killed by these people, so how could they be back?
That cultivator at the True Condensation 2nd Level did not move, but said to the other three people, “Kill that man first, then we’ll leave with the woman, we have already stayed for 6 months in this damn desert, she is already a faded out bird. The two of you be careful to not kill her, although her face is ugly but she really has a damn good figure.”
The other three did not need the cultivator at the True Condensation 2nd Level to speak, since they had already blocked off Ning Cheng, one of the cultivators at the True Condensation 1st Level immediately jumped into the air, and raised his hands in order to grasp Ning Cheng’s head within it.
Although Ji Luo Fei had still not replied to Ning Cheng’s question, he knew that she was being chased by these four people since before, immediately bringing out his spear he simultaneously shot out many Spear Shadows, completely enveloping the three people.
The yellow sand in front of him immediately turned into a sheet of ice emanating an intense chill, as more than 20 Ice Spear Shadows instantly connected together to form a huge Ice Spear Net, that wrapped around the three cultivators, completely trapping them within the Spear Net.
“Poof” Ning Cheng just casually leapt ahead of the cultivator of the True Condensation 1st Level who had tried to pounce on him, at this moment he simply did not even have the ability to resist even for a slightest moment, before he was directly shattered into countless ice fragments after being struck once more by one of the Ice Spear Shadow.
“He is not a cultivator at the Qi Gathering 7th Level…….” the other True Condensation 1st Level cultivator had just spoken out when he was immediately bound by more than a dozen Ice Spear Shadows, he only had the time to take out his single edged knife artifact, but before he could even use his artifact, he was instantly pierced by a dozen of the Ice Spear Shadows. A dozen arrows of blood shot out from his body, and instantly froze into a dozen bloody icicles.
Although Ning Cheng had brought out more than 20 Spear Shadows, but he had only used them on the two cultivators of the True Condensation Realm, as for that cultivator in the Qi Gathering 9th Level, Ning Cheng did not waste a Spear Shadow on him, but rather he just threw out a punch.
Although that cultivator at the Qi Gathering 9th Level reacted quickly, but the Axe Type Killing Intent from the fist that he had punched out directly bound him, even if could react even more quickly, in front of this kind of strength, he was simply akin to floating clouds.
“Bang” Although this Qi Gathering 9th Level cultivator was able to bring out a shield to protect himself, but in front of Ning Cheng’s Axe Fist, it was just like a thin paper, that broke in a twinkling. As Ning Cheng’s Axe Fist detonated on the body of the Qi Gathering 9th Level Cultivator, he immediately coughed out a mouthful of blood, as he was sent flying several yards back, but by the time he fell to the ground, he was already a corpse.
The True Condensation 2nd Level Cultivator who was standing at a distance, already had enough time to react, and at this time he was holding a glowing long blue hook shaped artifact in his hands as he stared at Ning Cheng.
“I never thought that you would turn out to be cultivator in the True Condensation Realm, since you really are a cultivator of the True Condensation Realm, for such a problem to occur is just a misunderstanding, just let it go, and in the future we will not meet each other again.” The cultivator at the True Condensation 2nd Level spoke, as he simultaneously started to retreat while keeping a close eye on Ning Cheng.
Ning Cheng knew that the reason why he was saying those words was because of the Profound Grade 36 Ice Spears Technique, even if he did not recognise that it was a Profound Level technique, he could easily guess that he was not Ning Cheng’s opponent, and even showed that he was afraid of him.
But Ning Cheng was not even interested in talking with him, and immediately swept out 22 Ice Spear Shadows again, these Ice Spear Shadows at once formed a vast Spear Net once again and directly sealed up the cultivator at the True Condensation 2nd Level in it.
Since this cultivator at the True Condensation 2nd Level was alert all the time, so when he saw Ning Cheng make his move, he also immediately resorted to the long blue hook in his hands.
But just as he decided to used to use the long blue hook in his hands, he couldn’t even use it to defend himself before it was sucked away by a giant mouldy copper coin. This cultivator at the True Condensation 2nd Level could only watch helplessly as the Ice Spear Shadows plunged into his body.
He was already grasping a talisman in his hands and had even charged it up with his Yuan Energy to 50%, but this cultivator at the True Condensation 2nd Level could never have dared to believe that he would end up dying so quickly.
He originally wanted to use the long blue hook magic weapon to block Ning Cheng’s Ice Spear Shadows, and then use the charged up Rank 3 Thunderbolt Talisman in his hands. In his view, even if his Thunderbolt Talisman could not kill Ning Cheng, it would at least severely injured him.
Although the Rank 3 Thunderbolt Talisman was precious, but compared to his poor life, and in front of a Profound Grade Spear Technique, this Thunderbolt Talisman was not worth mentioning.
He had thought about innumerable things, but he had never once thought that he wouldn’t even have enough time to charge his Thunderbolt Talisman. Not only his long blue hook artifact could not block the Ice Spear Shadows, it was instead pulled away by his opponent.
Ning Cheng lifted his hand and the Five Treasure Coins immediately fell onto it, simultaneously becoming secretly shocked in his heart, these mouldy coins really were something to be scared of. He had only refined just a single layer of restriction on them, and it was already this powerful, once he refined all the restrictions on it, then wouldn’t it mean that as long as the opponent’s artifact was made from the five elements, he could easily snatch them? Fortunately he still had the 7 Pleiadene Ice Needle, otherwise he would have definitely have died back at that time because of this Five Treasure Coins.
Even if he did not use these Five Treasured Coins a moment ago, he still believed that he would have been able to take care of this cultivator at the True Condensation 2nd Level albeit it would have taken a bit more time than usual. But because of the help from the Coin Artifact, this kind of thing became too simple.
“Ning Cheng, we …..” Ji Luo Fei who was still on Ning Cheng’s back, called out with a trembling voice, she felt that something was not right, just what was going on? She had not died yet, but then if she had not died, then how could she have met Ning Cheng? Moreover how could Ning Cheng be this formidable and be able to kill all those 4 powerful cultivators in under one breath?
Ning Cheng just turned his head slightly towards Ji Luo Fei and smiled, “Luo Fei, I don’t know how you arrived at the Thunder Fall Desert from the Hua Continent, but you do not need to worry anymore. We are both alive and well, and are certainly not dead.”
Ji Luo fei subconsciously pinched him with her hand, for a moment she had forgotten that she was still holding onto the scruff of Ning Cheng. Ning Cheng immediately felt a bit pain, as he grimaced and said, “Luo Fei, you are pinching me.”
Ji Luo Fei did not hear what Ning Cheng said, and subconsciously embraced Ning Cheng’s neck, and immediately began to cry out loud. She was not glad that she had not died, but rather she was glad that Ning Cheng did not die.
Ning Cheng stretched out his hand back and patted Ji Luo Fei’s back and said, “The living should be happy, don’t cry.”
While he said those words he was feeling somewhat strange in his heart, in his original memories, Ji Luo Fei never ever cried because of anything, thus for him this was the first time he saw Ji Luo Fei crying.
Ning Cheng saw that Ji Luo Fei did not seem to hear him, and quickly asked again, “Luo Fei, just what the hell happened? I remember that when you left Cang Qin Province, you had already advanced to the Qi Gathering 4th Level, right? So how come you are only at Qi Gathering 5th Level now? Moreover why did you come to the Thunder Fall Desert?”
Ji Luo Fei’s qualifications were not bad, before when she was cultivating in the Cang Qin Academy, she was doing so without having access to any of the resources, but even then Luo Fei was able to advance to the peak of Qi Gathering 3rd Level. So it stood for good reason that when her paternal aunt Ji Yao He brought her to the Hua Continent’s 5 Star Academy, she could easily have a variety of cultivation resources and even guidance from different teachers, and as such should have long since broken into the later stages of the Qi Gathering Realm.
This was when comparing to An Yi who had always been together with him, as her cultivation speed was much faster than Ji Luo Fei’s.
Ji Luo Fei just tightly hugged Ning Cheng, and did not reply to Ning Cheng’s words. Which made Ning Cheng helpless, he could only tidy up the several things of the cultivators that he had killed, after doing that he carried Ji Luo Fei and rapidly departed.
After a long time, Ji Luo Fei who was still on Ning Cheng’s back spoke, “I am sorry, Ning Cheng.”
Ning Cheng once again turned to look at Ji Luo Fei as he smiled and said, “Luo Fei, you do not have to apologize for anything, if you would have not come back for me, then I would have long since died.”
Ning Cheng knew, that if Ji Luo Fei had not promptly come to pick him from the prison entrance, then as to what kind of fate would he have, it really would not be something very difficult to predict.
“On that day when I was carrying you, I did not care much if you lived or died, it was because I was sorry for Grandpa Ning, I am sorry…..” Ji Luo Fei was talking in a very small voice, as if she was rebuking herself.
Initially when she had been carrying Ning Cheng on her back, she had wholeheartedly thought that Ning Cheng was already dead, even when afterwards Ning Cheng revived on her back, she still did not have a shred of astonishment or surprise on her. For her, at that time whether Ning Cheng was dead or alive, it really did not matter to her for even half a moment. If Ning Cheng was alive, she would look after him, if Ning Cheng was dead, she would bury him.
Ning Cheng was silent for a moment and then said, “Luo Fei, you should not blame yourself, before I was always hard on you, for you to not care about me is normal.”
“No.” Ji Luo Fei immediately denied Ning Cheng’s words and said, “I only realized this later that you are the only one best for me, after Grandfather passed away, no one had ever been good to me like this other than you.”
Ning Cheng felt really ashamed of himself and absentmindedly scratched his head and said, “Luo Fei, you should not think like this. In case you meet a person with bad intentions, they will always pretend to be good to you at first, you should really not think like this, otherwise you will really fall into their trap.”
He did not know how should he explain this to Ji Luo Fei, as Ji Luo Fei was person who could easily be swindled, he himself knew that he had never done much for her in her life other than his predecessor tormenting and bullying her. If she saw someone being good to her even once, she would immediately give herself wholeheartedly to that person. Such an idea was very dangerous. Although the time that the present Ning Cheng had been living with Ji Luo Fei was shorter than what she had spent with him, but he had already come to realize that this person here was really simple and honest in nature.
Ji Luo fei was silent for a long time, before she spoke in a low voice, “I am not a fool.”
She understood the meaning behind Ning Cheng’s words, but Ning Cheng could not understand what she meant.
Ning Cheng sighed, he did not continue this line of thought and asked, “Luo Fei, even you know that even a Essence Building Realm cultivator would have a tough time in the Thunder Fall Desert, aren’t you clear that lightning can intermittently fall on you? You are only at Qi Gathering 5th Level, for you to come to the Thunder Fall Dessert, I really do not know what to say to you.”
Ji Luo Fei still did not speak, how could she not know that with her strength coming to the Thunder Fall Dessert would be akin to suicide? But where else could she go? For a cultivator at the Qi Gathering 5th Level, just where in the world could she go? Even if she left the Falling Star Academy, she knew that if she did not not find a safe place for herself, then at most she would only be able to survive for a few more years.
If it was before, then she had planned to go to the Cang Qin 2 Star Academy and then help Ning Chen escape from that place, she had thought of trying to find a few cultivation resources along the way to continue with her cultivation practice, and then head out to find her parents.
But after that day, she was continuously thinking about Ning Cheng more and more as Ning Cheng’s shadow continued to grow in her heart. The only person willing to die for her, was her fiance. Finding her long lost parents, she knew that the chance for that happening were very slim. But she knew that Ning Cheng was still in the Cang Qin Province, moreover she knew that once she left, Ning Cheng’s chances of surviving were very slim.
She had wanted to go back to the Cang Qin Province to look for Ning Cheng when she woke up on the airship, but she found that she had already left the Ping Continent by that time, although it had happened she still wished to go back to find him. If she was able to cross the Thunder Fall Desert, then she thought she would then have a chance to return back to the Cang Qin Province. If she ended up dying in the Thunder Fall Dessert, then at least she would still be closer to the Cang Qin Province.
Nobody knew what thoughts were going through her mind, and she also did not tell anyone about it.
Chapter 0084 – That Busy Body Grandma
Seeing that Ji Luo Fei did not want to speak, Ning Cheng also did not continue to ask questions, as he kept thinking of Ji Luo Fei’s words. Ji Luo Fei said that since her Grandfather’s death, no one had been good to her. But thinking it over, didn’t her being together with him not been not good for her?
It was only possible for Ji Luo Fei to feel moved towards him, because when they had tried to escape back at the Cang Qin 2 Star Academy, they were blocked by two cultivators at the Late Stages of the Qi Gathering Realm, and at that point he wanted to let Ji Luo Fei to escape first. If that really was the case, then he was very ashamed about it. It was pretty obvious at that time that if they could not escape from there, both of them would have ended up dead. The reason he had asked Ji Luo Fei to go ahead first, was just in case out of a million chances he might be able to hold up against them, although he knew that he would not be able to block even one of the two Qi Gathering Cultivators for even half a minute, once Ji Luo Fei escaped first.
“Luo Fei, if you are thinking about the day we tried to escape, then regardless of if we were able to escape or not, if not for your aunt who arrived in time to save us, then I was pretty sure that we would have ended up dead. At that time my strength truly would in no way be able to stop the two men and let them take you away, and moreover, no matter what I did you also did not want to go.” After Ning Cheng thought about it, he spoke up in a simple way to clear things up.
“Star shaped poplar tree…..” He did not even wait for Ji Luo Fei to reply, before Ning Cheng immediately stopped and called out in surprise.
This star shaped poplar tree was exactly the sixth mark on the desert map that he had given to Tai Shu Shi, if one wanted to find the right direction, then all they had to do walk in the opposite direction of the largest angle. If one walked straight ahead in that direction for about three days, then they would be able to see a small desert oasis.
“We will rest for a bit here.” Ning Cheng said as he put down Ji Luo Fei.
Having found a new marking point on the map, Ning Cheng was really relieved, as long as he knew the correct path on which to walk on, the danger would be absolutely minimal.
In just a short period of time Ning Cheng erected a simple tent and said, “Luo Fei, you go into the tent to rest, I will keep a lookout on the surroundings, and then take a break…..”
Ji Luo Fei had only exhausted her strength, and did not have any other injuries.
Ji Luo Fei looked at Ning Cheng for a while, and then she touched Ning Cheng’s face, and said something that even she found inexplicable, “I will not go.”
Ji Luo Fei then looked into the tent, as Ning Cheng shook his head helplessly, after he cleaned himself in a bit, he also changed into another set of cloths. Then started to arrange an Array Formation around the tent, just as Ning Cheng finished arranging the Array Formation around the tent, Ji Luo Fei also came out from inside the tent.
Her face was still the same as before, and was filled with many unsightly scars, but Ning Cheng actually felt that the Ji Luo Fei now and the one from before were completely different.
Although she was still wearing the same clothes, but she did use clean water to clean her hair, she had then rearranged her hair into a beautiful bun, Ning Cheng at this time knew that her hair was very beautiful, but he did not know what exactly she had done with her hair to make that beautiful bun.
The dress she was wearing was also torn up but was tied up into a neat knot, showing her slender waist, which was extremely pure looking and beautiful.
It was evident that Ji Luo Fei, even under limited conditions, still paid attention to her appearance. Looking back into his memory, Ning Cheng remembered that Ji Luo Fei had never intentionally dressed up this desirably. Although she had not intentionally dressed up like this, but even Ning Cheng could not describe the feelings that he was feeling at the moment.
But the most obvious change was not the change in her clothes or her hair, but rather her entire person seem to be different from before, it was not something that could be seen, if one had to describe it, then before she was like a stagnant pool of water but now she was a freely flowing spring.
“Luo Fei, you should’ve dressed like this before, I think that this is very beautiful.” Ning Cheng praised her from the bottom of his heart.
Ji Luo Fei seemed to be secretly relieved, with her face slightly red, she whispered to him, “Ning Cheng, you can also come in.”
“Good, I also have some things that I want to ask you.” Ning Cheng said as he hurried into the tent following Ji Luo Fei.
“I have lost my bag, and do not have any other cloths.” Ji Luo Fei said as she entered the tent in order to explain to him why she was wearing her clothes in such a fashion.
“Your paternal aunt is a cultivator at the Essence Building Realm, why did she not give you a Storage Bag? Even if she did not give you a Storage Bag, you should have been given at least a storage pocket, right?” Ning Cheng frowned and asked.
Ji Luo Fei said in a gentle tone, “The things that my aunt gave me, I have already left them back with my aunt.”
“But why? Does your aunt not know that you came to the Thunder Fall Desert?” Ning Cheng blurted out.
Ji Luo Fei remained silent, Ning Cheng did not need an answer to know that something had went wrong between them.
Ning Cheng instantly understood what was happening, it seemed that Ji Luo Fei and her aunt had some kind of unpleasant thing happen between them, this kind of matter it was better to not ask about it.
Originally Ning Cheng was considering about whether to tell Ji Luo Fei about Xiong Qi Hua, but now that he understood that something unpleasant happened to Ji Luo Fei and her paternal aunt, he immediately decided to not speak about those matters. It was to not hurt Ji Luo Fei even more.
“Come here and sit down.” Ning Cheng said as he took out two chairs and placed them on the ground.
After Ji Luo Fei sat down, it immediately became silent between the two.
Ji Luo Fei was never good with words, so she did not know what to say. But as for Ning Cheng, he actually very much wanted to ask why Ji Luo Fei had left the Hua Continent, but thinking about how she had not answered many of the times he had asked before, he guessed that it might me something sad, so he also did not know what to say.
“Ning Cheng, just how did your cultivation become so high?” Ji Luo Fei finally broke the silence.
Ning Cheng did not hide anything, and immediately narrated about how he escaped Cang Le City, as well as how he met An Yi, and then arrived at Mingot City. Speaking about the things that happened to him along the way, he mentioned the Spiritual Essence Spring that he had found during his trip through the Daan Forest, and also explained how it was because of it that his cultivation also advanced a lot.
Other than the Mysterious Yellow Bead and the matter relating to Ji Luo Fei’s mother, Ning Cheng spoke about everything else. He believed that Ji Luo Fei would not just casually talk about this matter with anyone, moreover some of these things, were also known by An Yi. In Ning Cheng’s heart, Ji Luo Fei was much closer to him than An Yi, although An Yi knew some of the things, but at least he did not have to conceal such thing with Ji Luo Fei.
After all, he and Ji Luo Fei were still a betrothed couple, which they had not yet absolved till now.
Ji Luo Fei, who was gripping her hands tight listening to Ning Cheng’s narration, finally relaxed a bit. It was only until Ning Cheng said that he had just come out of the ruins of the Lan Yi Country and met her, did she finally breathed a sigh of relief. Hearing Ning Cheng had obtained hundreds of Spirit Stones, even her heart started to pound heavily. Even in the Hua Continent, her paternal aunt had only given her at most a few dozen Spirit Stones. But as for those Spirit Stones, she had already given them back to her paternal aunt.
But then when she heard that Ning Cheng had even at one time obtained thousands of Spirit Stones, she had almost gone numb from the shock.
As Ning Cheng finished speaking, he also remembered that he had also obtained the Imperial Jade Seal, but at the moment he did not intend to take it out and examine it. This was not a safe place, if even the slightest aura from from the Imperial Jade Seal leaked out, then it would invite trouble for them.
Ning Cheng took out a Storage Bag, this Storage Bag already had a 1,000 low grade Spirit Stones, Ning Cheng also took out a double edged flying sword and put several sets of his own cloths into the Storage Bag.
“Lou Fei, this is for you, They only have my clothes at the moment, so you will have to wait until we reach the Hua Continent, then you can buy the clothes that you need.” Ning Cheng said as he handed the Storage Bag to Ji Luo Fei, he was worried that Ji Luo Fei, just like her paternal aunt’s Storage Bag, would also not want it.
“Hmmm.” Contrary to what Ning Cheng expected, Ji Luo Fei did not even hesitate even for a moment and took the Storage Bag from Ning Cheng, then tying the Storage Bag around her waist, she did not even say a word of thanks.
Ning Cheng felt relieved, as for that Storage Bag, he already had lots of them with him. At the moment, not only Ji Luo Fei’s cultivation was poor, she also did not have sufficient cultivation resources, and was only able to achieve this level due to the cultivation method that she cultivated in.
“Luo Fei, do you know what your Spiritual Roots are?” Ning Cheng also had a Profound Grade Water Type Cultivation Method and a Profound Grade Earth Type Cultivation Method. If Ji Luo Fei did not have a water type or an earthen type Spiritual Root, then he had decided to look for a suitable more powerful cultivation method for her.
“I have a water and fire dual main Spiritual Root, but my main Spiritual Root is more deviated towards the Water Spiritual Root.” Ji Luo Fei replied when she was asked about her Spiritual Roots by Ning Cheng. But then she immediately thought about Ning Cheng’s Spiritual Roots. She knew that Ning Cheng’s Spiritual Roots were very poor, even if he encountered many miraculous opportunities, just how was he able to cultivate this fast?
Ning Cheng then clapped his hands and said while laughing, “That’s great, I just happened to have a Profound Grade Water Type Cultivation Method, from now on you do not have to practice the cultivation method you are using till now, you can directly use this Profound Grade Water Type Cultivation Method.”
Saying that, Ning Cheng took out a jade piece and handed it to Ji Luo fei and said, “Whether you are able to read the contents in this jade piece or not, does not matter, since we already have a relationship since early I will help to teach it to you, and soon you would be able to leave me behind in dust.”
“Yes.” Ji Luo Fei said, at this moment she did not understand the significance of a Profound Grade Cultivation Method, but what she did know was that it should be much more powerful than the cultivation method that she had been cultivating in.
“Luo Fei, you already have a thousand low grade Spirit Stones in your Storage Bag, later you can use those Spirit Stones for your cultivation. With your qualifications, you will certainly reach the True Condensation …….”
Hearing Ning Cheng say that he had already put 1,000 Spirit Stones in the Storage Bag, Ji Luo Fei immediately became stunned and stood up in shock. Even among the core students of the Falling Star Academy, there were only a handful of students in the True Condensation Realm that had a net worth of a few hundred to a thousand Spirit Stones, and almost all of them had very influential family backgrounds. As she had dual Spiritual Root, although she had quite a good treatment in the Falling Star Academy but in comparison to those people it was a lot worse. Moreover if she wanted to remain in the Academy and study and also earn some money, then she would have to take up a number of tasks, but since she had only arrived at the Falling Star Academy recently, so she did not have the chance to pick up any of the tasks to earn Spirit Stones.
“Ning Cheng, my qualifications are better than you, so it would be better if you keep the Spirit Stones for your use.” Ji Luo Fei quickly started taking out the Spirit Stones. Moreover she was even not clear about the fact that the Profound Grade Cultivation Method was countless times much more valuable than just a mere 1000 low grade Spirit Stones.
But Ning Cheng just patted his own Storage Bag and said, “I already have several thousands of Spirit Stones with me, you do not need to worry about it. Now can you tell me why you came alone to the Thunder Fall Desert.”
Seeing Ji Luo Fe a bit calmer than before, Ning Cheng knew that this time she would definitely answer if he asked.
Ji Luo Fei simply lowered her head, and spoke as if she was lost, “My aunt insisted that I marry into the Shui Clan which is one of the seven great clans of the Hua Continent, but I did not agree. I wanted to go back to the Cang Qin Province to see you, so I entered the Thunder Fall Desert by myself…..”
“That busy body grandma……” Ning Cheng spoke in an angry voice.
Chapter 0085 – You Lied To Me
“What is a busy body grandma?” Ji Luo Fei asked Ning Cheng as she could not understand it when she heard Ning Cheng call her paternal aunt a busy body grandma.
Ning Cheng just smiled lightly and quickly changed the subject, “Didn’t your paternal aunt tell you about other things, I heard that a 6 Star Academy would be established in the Hua Academy, and would be selected from a tournament between the five 5 Star Academies? Don’t you know about this matter.”
Ji Luo Fei nodded her head and said, “Yes, there is indeed such a thing, this tournament not only will take into the account of the overall strength of the Hua Continent’s five 5 Star Academies, but it will also take into consideration even the underlying strength and influence of those five 5 Star Academies. The resulting decision will be based on the potential strength and overall strength. This potential strength is determined by the five disciples from the True Condensation Realm from each of the five 5 Star Academies, who will take part in all the rounds of the tournament.”
“So the one with the good results will not be chosen to go to an Intermediate Class Continent?” Ning Cheng quickly asked again, these were the words that he wanted to ask. He had the Clear Sky 5 Star Academy’s Medallion, if he could join the 5 Star Academy, he believed that he could quickly reach the late stages of the True Condensation Realm, and improve his strength dramatically. This tournament did not compare the real strength of the strong and the weak, so even if his strength was just good enough, then he could obtain a position in the 5 Star Academy, and if he could also go to an Intermediate Class Continent, then that really would be a lucky thing.
Ning Cheng already knew that if he wanted to practice his cultivation to a higher realm, then remaining in a Lower Class Continent would simply not work, the only way that would be possible was if he went to an Intermediate Class or an Advanced Class Continent, only then would he have the opportunity to advance to a higher realm.
“I am not very clear on that, as I only stayed at the Falling Star Academy for a just short time, most of my time was spent here in the Thunder Fall Desert. I only heard that the top few people would receive a very handsome reward, other than that…….”
Ning Cheng once again interrupted Ji Luo Fei’s words and said, “Luo Fei, you are only at Qi Gathering 5th Level, how were you able to survive in this Thunder Fall Desert for so long? Also how could you come here alone?”
Ji Luo Fei’s eyes revealed a trace of sadness as she replied, “When I was walking through this Thunder Fall Desert, I was able to meet a kind hearted man, they were also forced out of the Continent by their enemies, and were making their way to the Yuan Continent. I have been together with them since, they seem to know about a safer route, and with the help of it we were able to walk for a couple of months in this desert, moreover we did not encounter much danger. But three days ago, we met a sand dragon…….”
When Ning Cheng heard about this, he immediately knew that their situation had turned bad. Initially the reason why he had deviated from his position all those days ago was because he was also sucked up by a passing yellow sand dragon. Meanwhile he sighed in his heart, this kind of family migration was pretty common in this world. Once you offended a powerful person, then if they did not hide immediately from them, then the only way to escape from them was to risk migrating to another continent. Back when he was still living in the Ning Clan that year, didn’t he hear such a thing happening to Ji Clan?
“That sand dragon was very terrible, and as a result all of us separated, I followed a few people but we had already deviated from the original path. Afterwards, we met with a few rogue cultivators, they were the four people that you killed before. After they blocked our way forward, we immediately ran away in different directions to escape.”
“Maybe it was because I had a disfigured face, along with my low cultivation level, moreover they were also a bit shorthanded, which unexpectedly helped me escape from them. Then I crazily ran in a particular direction, I always felt that this was the direction that I had to go in. Afterwards, I really met you…..” Ji Luo Fei’s tone was very low, it was clear that she was worried about that good man who had helped her.
Ning Cheng did not know how to comfort Ji Luo Fei, so he once again changed the subject and asked, “Luo Fei, I want to ask you about a person from the Falling Star Academy, is it possible that you know this person called Meng Yu Jing?”
For Ji Luo Fei to know about Meng Yu Jing, Ning Cheng did not have much hope for it. The Falling Star Academy had many people in it, moreover Ji Luo Fei did not spend much time in the Falling Star Academy, so for her to not know about Meng Yu Jing was also normal.
Ji Luo Fei looked at Ning Cheng in a puzzling way and replied, “How do you know her? Meng Yu Jing is not only a student of the Falling Star Academy, but is also one of the core disciples of the Academy. She has the cultivation level of True Condensation 7th Level and is also one of the personal disciple of the Profound Core Realm Dean, she is also the only disciple of the three disciples of the Profound Core Realm Dean that I have seen so far.”
“Didn’t I tell you before that in the Daan Forest I had met Kou Hong, he wanted me to pass something to Meng Yu Jing through me, but I actually do not know who this Meng Yu Jing is.” Ning Cheng explained.
After the two people started to talk to each other, Ning Cheng was finally able to glimpse into Ji Luo Fei’s heart, this woman really was very kind and also full of gratitude.
Ning Cheng and Ji Luo Fei only rested here for a day before they packed up and left. Now that Ji Luo Fei had finally found Ning Cheng, it was obvious that she would return to the Hua Continent together with Ning Cheng. As for the matter relating to her parents, she decided to wait till her cultivation was high enough, and only then would she make a trip to the Daan Forest to find them.
Along the way, Ning Cheng constantly taught the mnemonic of the cultivation method to Ji Luo Fei. Ji Luo Fei was already at Qi Gathering 5th Level, and at the moment was only focusing on cultivating her Spiritual Sense at the moment. Moreover Ning Cheng also had many Spirit Stones with him, and did not hide anything from her, and as a result Ji Luo Fei was able to progress very quickly.
Three days later, Ning Cheng and Ji Luo Fei arrived at a small oasis, at this time Ji Luo Fei was already able to manifest a sliver of her Spiritual Sense.
Ning Cheng recalled from the map that originally this small oasis was marked as a medium sized lake, and this lake was encircled with lots of Jujube (Date) Trees along with Red Willow Trees. However when Ning Cheng finally arrived here, they found that the Jujube and the Red Willow Trees had already disappeared. Even the lake had turned into a small pool not larger than a big bathtub.
“What’s wrong?” Ji Luo Fei saw Ning Cheng stopped walking forward, and asked in a puzzling way.
Ning Cheng pointed to the sand pit in front of them and said, “From the map that I had obtained, this oasis had been existing for countless years, and has never dried up, but then how come is it dried up when we came here?”
Ji Luo Fei had not yet answered, when a heavy Spiritual Qi emerged coming from below the sand pit.
“This Qi……” Ji Luo Fei also could feel the rich and strong Qi, and looked in surprise at Ning Cheng.
But Ning Cheng was staring at the sand pit where the Spiritual Qi was getting more and more concentrated, and was already preparing to enter this sand pit to have a look. Since the Spiritual Qi here was so rich, so it was quite possible that this sand pit may even have some good things.
“There seemed to be only a few people traveling through this path, otherwise the good thing here, would have very likely been carried off by them a long time ago.” Ji Luo Fei also certainly understood that there must be some kind of treasure due to the emergence of such a dense and rich Spiritual Qi.
When Ning Cheng heard Ji Luo Fei’s words he immediately stopped himself from going forward and asked, “Luo Fei, you said that you followed the other people into the Thunder Fall Desert, then is it possible that they showed the map of the Thunder Fall Desert to you too?”
Ji Luo Fei simply said, “That’s right, we had walked for a couple of months together, and did not meet any danger, so they should have the correct map. But this path is probably not the map that we followed.”
Ning Cheng frowned, although Thunder Fall Desert is incomparably dangerous, but due to the passage of innumerable years, there still have been many low leveled cultivators who were able to pass through the Thunder Fall Desert. The maps that these lower leveled cultivators had were obviously not the same. If they were the same, then they would have been able to secure their paths, and helped the others to come out safely. Moreover with the oasis here, people would have definitely come to know about it.
Since, theoretically speaking, others knew about this place, why would they wait for so many years, when they arrived here, did they not feel such a rich and strong Spiritual Qi here? Why did they not come and collect the treasure from here?
In this desert, the number of mystical things are too many, if one did not have enough strength to obtain it, then they could only forget about. Just like that mysterious North Jue Tribe, even to this day Ning Cheng still does not know just where the tribe was located.
“Luo Fei, let’s go.” Ning Cheng gave up on jumping into the sand pit to go find the treasure, he just turned around and spoke to Ji Luo Fei and started to move away from there.
At this time, the sand pit in front of them suddenly started to cave in all around them, the place that it started to cave in was also quite near to the place where Ning Cheng was just standing in, just as it started to cave in, two pitch black withered looking palms emerged and moved to grab onto the legs of Ning Cheng and Ji Luo Fei.
Ning Cheng knew at once that it was not going to end in a good way, just as the two withered pitch black palms emerged, almost at the same time he grabbed onto Ji Luo Fei and threw her out of the sand pit and shouted, “Luo fei, quickly leave.”
Saying that, he immediately threw out his broken spear artifact. He immediately used up almost the entire strength that he could muster and struck out with it, without any reservations.
“Boom” The spear struck the palm of the pitch black withered hand, and immediately delayed it for a bit, as Ning Cheng spouted a mouthful of blood, and flew out tumbling by borrowing the strength of the recoil.
Just as Ning Cheng borrowed the power of the recoil, the original pitch black withered hand that was moving towards Ji Luo Fei caught up to him, with a formidable strength, it pulled Ning Cheng towards its other counterpart.
Ning Cheng did not know if he would be able to break free from those pitch black withered hands, he knew that he did not have any other choice. At this moment, he did not hesitate for even a moment as he threw out all the artifacts he had, except for his spear artifact, towards the palm. He was going with the approach that the True Condensation 7th Level cultivator had done in the Lan Yi Country’s ruins, completely stirring up his Yuan Energy, he simultaneously crazily burnt up his own essence and blood.
“Boom Boom Boom….” several explosions sounded in succession, and the withered palm gripping onto Ning Cheng blew up into several pieces because of the explosion of the artifacts.
Ning Cheng also sprayed out several mouthfuls of blood, although he managed to temporarily escape from the palm, but he still fell into the sand pit. Because of the exploding artifacts, at this moment he did not even have half a shred of strength to return back to the top of the sand pit.
Ji Luo Fei who was thrown out of the way by Ning Cheng a moment ago, knew that something bad had happened, Turning back she immediately saw a huge sand pit appear, along with a pitch black shrivelled hand that grabbed onto Ning Cheng, she saw Ning Cheng falling on top of the palm of that hand and into the sand pit. She almost immediately, without thinking, moved towards Ning Cheng.
She had sworn to herself that she would absolutely not let similar things in the past to happen again. When Ning Cheng fell into the sand pit, she immediately decided to save him and bring him out, if she could not bring Ning Cheng out, then she might as well die together with Ning Cheng by jumping into the sand pit.
At this moment, there were no other ideas in her mind.
Because of the huge force from the detonation of the various artifacts, Ning Cheng was also blasted high into the air, but Ning Cheng soon fell down again. A this time Ji Luo Fei had just entered the sand pit, and she immediately wielded a long belt. She had tied up one end of the long belt to her hand while the other end, she whipped out with it, coiling it around Ning Cheng, and unexpectedly was able to pull Ning Cheng out of the sand pit.
Ji Luo Fei held back her excitement, as she grabbed Ning Cheng and escaped from there at her top speed. She rejoiced that Ning Cheng always carried a long belt with his clothes, which at the moment, was also being worn by her, she was glad that she did not hesitate to rush over, she knew that if she hesitated for even half a moment, then even if she arrived at the edge of the sand pit, she could only helplessly watch as Ning Cheng fell to his death in the sand pit.
Just as Ji Luo Fei left the sand pit with Ning Cheng, that shriveled up pitch black had once again emerged, but found no one around the periphery, and slowly retracted back into the sand pit.
After running for about half an hour, Ji Luo fei finally eased up and putting Ning Cheng down started to catch her breath. Then once again putting Ning Cheng back on her back, she secured him with the long belt, and grasped Ning Cheng’s spear in her own hands tightly.
“Luo Fei, thank you. If not for you, then this time I would have truly died.” Ning Cheng said while he was being carried on Ji Luo fei’s back, he even had fear lingering in his voice.
“You lied to me.” Ji Luo fei suddenly said in a strange way.
“Ah…..” Ning Cheng felt surprised, as he did not know the meaning behind the words spoken by Ji Luo fei.
“You knew that the result would have been the same as that day, when you asked me to run ahead, as you brought up the rear.” Ji Luo Fei bit her lips as she continued, “But why were you like this today?”
Ning Cheng opened his mouth, but didn’t speak as there was too much to think about. He just subconsciously said, “If there were two people rather than one, then it would be better for one to walk away, otherwise, how would you be able to come back and save me.”
“No, all you had to do was throw me towards those black withered hands, and then you would definitely be able to escape with your strength.” Ji Luo Fei said, while crying a little bit. Ning Cheng had not done this, instead he had grabbed her and thrown her out of the danger, but in the process, Ning Cheng himself fell into the sand pit even quicker.
Just why are you so good to me?
Chapter 0086 – Mysterious Yellow Origin
Ning Cheng did not answer, rather he was absolutely not in the mood to answer. He was just, at this moment, looking over the extent of his injuries. He found that his meridians were already torn to shreds, and even his dantian was completely filled with cracks.
This was a very terrible injury, not to mention him, even if it was the top most senior of this continent, it was something that could not be treated. To put it simply, because of his injuries from his previous fight, he has been truly turned into a cripple. Let alone cultivating, even wanting to just protect his life would be extremely difficult.
During the confrontation with the jet black giant shriveled up hand, he had frantically burned up his blood essence to blow up all of the low level artifacts that he had, save for the spear, and was indeed able to blow open one of those giant jet black withered hands. But at the same time, he was also stuck by the powerful explosions from behind. If not for him wearing the dragon hide armor inside, then perhaps he also might have ended up being blown to bits because of the explosion.
Before he was full of happiness because he survived, but that joy had completely disappeared in just a twinkling of an eye, as waves of pain starting to spread throughout his body from his chest, he could not help but cough out a few times.
Although there were a lot of thoughts going through Ji Luo Fei’s mind, but after Ning Cheng said those words of thanks previously, both of them became dead silent, which was then followed by Ning Cheng’s continuous coughs, she understood that Ning Cheng’s injury might possibly be a major one.
“Where are you intended on going?” Ji Luo Fei cautiously asked.
Ning Cheng was silent for a long time, then said, “I wanted to to make a trip to the Falling Star Academy, but now I think, I think …….”
Ning Cheng wanted to give a few things to Ji Luo Fei, and help make sure Ji Luo Fei reached her place safely. He still had the things that he had received from Kou Hong, and Ning Cheng was still looking for the opportunity to deliver them. It was partly because of the map that he had received from Kou Hong, but he knew that even without the map he would have survived somehow, it is just that if he did not complete the last wishes of Kou Hong, he knew that he would never feel right again.
He had thanked Kou Hong from the bottom of his heart for his map, although the map given to him by Kou Hong was very simplistic, but the fact was, he did not know how many bones were stacked up just to create this map. This kind of kindness, is something that should be recorded and carried out to the last bit.
However thinking that Ji Luo Fei was compelled to leave the Falling Star Academy, he also did not want to Ji Luo Fei to return back to that place again.
“Do not worry, the Hua Continent have a lot of healing pills, now that we also have a large amount of Spirit Stones, your injuries can be easily cured.” Ji Luo Fei consoled Ning Cheng.
Ning Cheng was just about to speak, when he felt that the Mysterious Yellow Bead in his Zifu suddenly started to spin, he could not recognize the Qi that was being released by the Mysterious Yellow Bead which was at this moment dissipating throughout his body. This Qi that was being released by the Mysterious Yellow Bead was slowly starting to mend and reshape his shredded meridians and even his dantian was slowly getting repaired.
As this Qi passed through his meridians, Ning Cheng slowly became aware that the Mysterious Yellow Bead was gradually fusing into him as a single entity. This kind of yellow Qi could now be controlled by his mind, and was already starting to have a huge impact on him.
Was this the Mysterious Yellow Origin?
That’s right, this has to be the Mysterious Yellow Origin that he felt from before. Ning Cheng was completely stunned and almost shouted out in happiness.
He had thought that he would only be able to feel the Mysterious Yellow Origin only at the time when he reached a very high level in his cultivation, he never imagined that he would be able to feel the Mysterious Yellow Origin with just the cultivation of True Condensation Realm. If he knew that he would be able to utilize the Mysterious Yellow Origin to help him repair his torn meridians and cracked dantian, he would have done so earlier on.
If he practiced his cultivation within the Mysterious Yellow Bead, he knew that his speed would become several times faster than before, but the reason why he had been afraid to re-enter the Mysterious Yellow Bead to cultivate was because he was afraid of exposing the Mysterious Yellow Bead to the outside. Even during the trip to the Hua Continent, he was somewhat fearful that some high level expert would be able to see the Mysterious Yellow Bead right through his body.
Now that the Mysterious Yellow Origin was finally stimulated, and even started to repair and transform his meridians by completely rebuilding it anew, he was now completely certain that the Mysterious Yellow Bead had finally fully integrated with his body, and thus could not be perceived by anyone outside even if they ripped his body apart piece by piece.
Ning Cheng’s happiness lasted for only the time it takes for an incense stick to burn, before he once again began to worry. Going by the speed with which the Mysterious Yellow Origin was transforming his meridians and repairing his dantian, he could estimate that it would take nearly 3 months time to fully transform the meridians and repair his dantian.
For these three months he would not have much physical strength, not even enough to retreat in the face of danger, but he also knew that he would not be able to get out of this desert within those three months, moreover there was still Ji Luo Fei to think of, just what should he do?
With Ji Luo Fei’s strength alone, it was impossible to guarantee the safety of both of them, so should he find a place to hole up in this desert, or should they really continue on their way?
Ning Cheng soon abandoned the idea of trying to find a secluded place in the desert to retreat, trying to seek a secluded and undisturbed place in this desert to hole up for three months, might as well continue along their way out of here then.
If one went into seclusion for a few months in this Thunder Fall Desert, anything could happen, he was clear that there was absolutely no safe place for them in this desert. Regardless of if they stopped or walked, the danger to their life was the same. He calculated that if they could somehow speed up their journey, then maybe in two months time, they would be able to come out of this Thunder Fall Desert.
Seeing Ning Cheng did not answer, Ji Luo Fei seems to know what things things were going on in Ning Cheng’s mind, she decided in her heart to secretly, no matter what, help Ning Cheng heal his wounds.
“Wait a minute.” At this time when Ji Luo Fei wanted to hurry up and continue to get out of this place and help Ning Cheng as soon as possible, Ning Cheng once again stopped her and pointed in a particular direction that was marked on the map that he had memorized, and let Ji Luo Fei hurry in the direction that he pointed.
Ji Luo Fei was carrying Ning Cheng on her back and hurrying along non stop, as Ning Cheng let Ji Luo Fei carry him on her back, the Mysterious Yellow Origin was also constantly transforming his meridians and also repairing his dantian. Unfortunately this process, Ning Cheng was simply powerless to control it, otherwise he would done everything in his power to hurry up the repairing process.
Along the way, other than Ji Luo Fei encountering a few simple desert whirlpools, as well as evading a few low leveled desert monstrous beasts, the two of them did not encounter any other dangers.
Two months later, Ning Cheng and Ji Luo Fei could hear a faint sound, then they were able to see that the yellow fog the desert was finally dispersing, it was then that they came to know that, they could finally see the end of the Thunder Fall Desert up ahead, and quickly made haste to leave the Thunder Fall Desert behind.
“We have arrived at the Hua Continent.” Ji Luo Fei looked at the distant hazy mountains, and the original tension in her also finally disappeared. Now that they finally arrived here, she must take care of Ning Cheng’s injuries, and also look after Ning Cheng till he’s finally healed, therefore it was needless to speak about parting ways here.
Ning Cheng coughed a few times, Ji Luo Fei immediately put Ning Cheng down and gently patted Ning Cheng’s back and said, “First let us find a place to rest, then I will help you go look for healing herbs.”
Ning Cheng quickly said, “Luo Fei, you do not need to find healing herbs for my injury, I already know about my injuries and have already started to heal them, and in at most 1.5 months, the injuries should be fully healed.”
Ji Luo Fei did not believe Ning Cheng, during the past two months, Ning Cheng had been coughing non stop, moreover even she could tell that his Yuan Energy had never recovered even the slightest, how could she believe that Ning Cheng has already started healing his own wounds?
At this distance the singing sound that they were hearing was almost close to them, it turned out that it was a beast carriage that was coming towards them. The one who was singing the song was actually the driver of the carriage, when the carriage arrived near Ning Cheng and Ji Luo Fei, he took the initiative and stopped as he asked, “Do the two of you want to take my beast carriage to the Sha Pi Town? My carriage is already on its way back to my Sha Pi Town, if you want to come, then I can give you a ride.”
Ji Luo Fei was just about to refuse, as even though she was carrying Ning Cheng on her back she was not the least bit slow, but then Ning Cheng pulled on her robe and said, “Let us take the beast carriage to the Sha Pi Town, you also can take rest in the meantime.”
To the words spoken by Ning Cheng, Ji Luo Fei never could refute, and immediately said to the driver, “Such being the case, we’ll take your beast carriage to Sha Pi Town.”
After hearing that, the carriage driver quickly got off and opened the door to the carriage and said, “The two of you please come in.”
Ning Cheng saw that there was only a young woman sitting inside the carriage, but to him it felt a bit strange, noticing the strange expression on Ning Cheng’s face, the driver quickly replied, “My carriage is coming from the Peng Cun Relay Station at the edge of the Thunder Fall Desert, so the people coming back from there are actually very few.”
Ning Cheng then came to understand, it seems that this carriage was returning back. It was just like Li Shao’s carriage, except that his was empty.
The driver seeing that Ning Cheng and Ji Luo Fei finally sat inside, quickly shut the door and once again rushed his beast carriage out of the area. For people that he met near the edge of the desert, he never talked about the price. As when these people finally got off, the price that they would usually give out would not be much lower. If he talked about the price with them, not only would it make a bad impression on them, he may even get less. Since he has been plying his carriage on this path for a long time, so he has been long since been aware of this rule.
In his good times, he once managed to pick up a person, who had even paid him in gold coins just to drop him off at the town.
The young woman who was sitting in the carriage along with them, was wearing a tight black dress, with her face hidden behind a thin veil. Ning Cheng looked at her and could tell that she had the cultivation level of Qi Gathering 9th Level. Even though she was only sitting, one could still see that this woman’s figure was very seductive, the cloths that she was wearing also very clearly outlined the curves of her body, even her skin that was showing was smooth and fair, well in other words she was definitely a beautiful woman.
But when she saw that Ning Cheng needed the help of Ji Luo Fei to enter the carriage, and was even coughing a few times, disdain flashed in her eyes that was very apparent. Then she swept her eyes towards the spear that was in the hands of Ji Luo Fei that she had handed over to Ning Cheng once they boarded the carriage, the disdain her eyes grew even more. Although the spear was still wrapped up in a cloth for the moment, but from the grip that was exposed she could see that it was broken.
Ji Luo Fei had never been a talkative person, and even when she spoke, she would only speak to Ning Cheng. As to the black robed woman inside the carriage, she only glanced at her, and no longer paid any attention towards her. Ning Cheng, of course, was also not going to focus on the woman who they were sharing the carriage with.
Although there were three people inside the carriage, but it was extremely quiet, other than the song that the driver was singing and the occasional howl and the hoofbeat of the beast pulling the carriage, there was no other voices.
Chapter 0087 – Remolding Of The Meridians
But this quiet did not last long, as Ning Cheng’s coughing bouts time and time again broke the silence in the carriage.
The black clothed woman looked at Ning Cheng and then looked at Ji Luo Fei, thinking for a while she suddenly came to understand something, and the disdain in her eyes gradually disappeared. She estimated that she had guessed wrong before, and she thought that they two people who had entered the carriage should not be husband and wife, but rather had a brother and sister relationship. Ning Cheng seemed to have experienced a lot in his life, she guessed that his age was not low, and that he should be the elder brother.
Other wise with the strength of Ji Luo Fei, how would it be possible for such a woman to be together with a disease ridden ghost of a man?
In her view, although Ji Luo Fei was disfigured, but regardless of that, she was not a match for Ning Cheng in any way. If she could restore her appearance, then she felt that even she would feel inferior to the woman in front of her.
“You ought to be brother and sister, right?” The block clothed woman took the initiative and asked.
Ji Luo Fei’s complexion slightly turned red, she seemed to be worried about Ning Cheng. Now that the black robed woman had asked her a question, she only gave a noncommittal ‘um’, neither approving or disapproving her relationship with Ning Cheng.
“I really did not guess wrong, did your elder brother received a serious injury or does he have a serious illness?” The black robed woman took it as a sign that she had guessed correctly, and immediately her mood turned quite friendly.
“He is seriously injured.” Ji Luo Fei was not accustomed to ignoring people, now that someone had asked, she also responded with her answer.
“I have a healing pill with me, I can give it to you. Don’t worry, as long as your elder brother takes this healing pill, your elder brother’s injury will definitely heal.” The black clothed woman suddenly took out a white colored pill and handed it Ji Luo Fei.
Ji Luo Fei was never a person who would take things from a stranger, but when she heard this woman say that this while healing pill can help Ning Cheng recover from her injuries, she immediately wanted to bring it over to him.
However she was still looked towards Ning Cheng, as she wanted to know Ning Cheng’s opinion about it.
Ning Cheng knew that although he was severely wounded, but now that the Mysterious Yellow Origin was Remolding his meridians, why would need to take the healing pill? Even if it was an immortal elixir, he did not want to use it.
Besides the black robed woman was only at Qi Gathering 9th Level, how would she even have any good pills?
Thinking about this, Ning Cheng subconsciously glanced at the pill in the hands of the black robed woman. When he saw the pill in hands of the black robed woman, he was instantly surprised in his heart, it turned out the pill in her hands was actually a Level 3 Spiritual Aura Increasing Pill.
For a Qi Gathering 9th Level Cultivator,to casually take out a Top Quality Level 3 Spiritual Invigorating Pill, this woman certainly had an unusual background. For this kind of woman, to take a Beast Carriage was really very strange, Ning Cheng at this moment could only use a little bit of his Spiritual Sense, he could vaguely feel that this unusual looking woman was concealing her Qi.
“You need not give it to us, thank you.” Ning Cheng directly rejected the Spiritual Invigorating Pill in the hands of the black robed woman. Regardless of even if she was doing it out of her consideration, he did not want to associate much with this woman other than talking.
While Ji Luo fei was very much interested in the healing pill for Ning Cheng, but after she heard the words of Ning Cheng, she also refused her by saying, “Thank you, but we do not need it.”
The black woman put away the white pill in her hands as she glanced at Ning Cheng and muttered, “Can’t even judge the quality of the goods, and also do not recognize the good intentions of people.”
Ning Cheng did not bother to pay any attention to this black robed woman, and although Ji Luo Fei was really worried about the injuries of Ning Cheng, but she also no longer spoke.
As the beast carriage ran along the way, other that the driver stopping for rest halfway through the journey, they did not stop anywhere else. It seemed that the black robed woman was unhappy with Ning Cheng in her heart, and as such did not bother to speak.
Just as the day was finally turning dark, the driver’s voice boomed from the front, “We’ll be arriving at Sha Pi Town soon…….”
“Wait, I’ll get off here.” The black robed woman suddenly stopped the driver and spoke.
Ji Luo Fei was surprised as she looked at the black robed woman in a puzzling way, they were soon going to arrive at the Sha Pi Town, why would she want to get off here?
After the black robed woman got off from the beast carriage, in just the time it takes for an incense stick to burn, the beast carriage entered the Sha Pi Town, and stopped in front of a courtyard.
Just as Ji Luo fei was helping Ning Cheng get up, the driver of the carriage opened the door.
“Two guests, we have arrived at Sha Pi Town.” The coachman spoke in a warm and polite tone.
“Where is this?” Ning Cheng looked at the courtyard in front of them and asked, he did not see the streets as he expected, nor was he able to see the rest stop or the relay station that he had seen in the towns before.
The driver quickly said, “This the courtyard of my family’s home, if you friends go through the front street, you will arrive at the main street, it is not far from here. My beast carriage is not allowed to go onto the main street, and can only stop at my courtyard entrance.”
“All right, so how many gold coins?” Ning Cheng just nodded and asked.
The coachman said in a very casual tone, “Just give me a few coins if it is convenient to you, if not it also doesn’t matter. My beast carriage was just on its way home, so it did not take any effort.”
Ning Cheng knew what the driver was thinking, and as a result had a bit of favorable impression of him. He took out a handful of coins and handed it to the driver and said, “These are for you.”
Gold Coins did not have much use for Ning Cheng, moreover he already had many hundred of gold coins with him at the moment.
The drivers eye’s lit up on seeing this much gold, but then he immediately said, “This, This is too much.”
Ning Cheng once again stuffed the gold coins back into the hands of the driver and said, “If we had not met you, then it would have been very difficult for us to get to Sha Pi Town. Just tell me, which of the rest stops are better.”
The coachman took the gold coins given by Ning Cheng with excitement in his eyes and then said carefully, “My family’s courtyard is large, and there are also many empty rooms. If you freinds don’t mind, then you can live here. But if you still want to go to a rest stop then, the Sha Pei Rest Stop is the biggest one in the town.”
Ning Cheng felt moved in his heart, although this courtyard was really not small, moreover not only was it not small, it even had much of the surroundings open. If he lived here, then he would be much more comfortable here than living in the rest stop.
“Thank you very much, we do not pay much attention to where we live.” Ning Cheng hurriedly thanked the coachman, for him, if he lived in a coachman’s house without cultivation, it would be much better that living in the crowded rest top.
This courtyard was really good, and the coachman not only continuously thanked Ning Cheng who had given him a lot of gold, but had even chosen the largest of the rooms available for Ning Cheng and Ji Luo Fei.
After the coachman left, Ning Cheng took out a bunch of array flags and handed them over to Ji Luo Fei and said, “Luo Fei, we will be living here for almost 1.5 months. I have to heal myself, after this 1.5 months passes by, then we will depart from here. These array flags are of Concealment and Defence Array Formation, the injury to my Zifu is not light, moreover I only have a very scant Spiritual Sense available to me at the moment, so you will have to arrange these array formations for me.”
“Good.” Ji Luo Fei knew that Ning Cheng was severely injured, and was unable to go farther, staying in this Sha Pi Town was really the best choice.
Under Ning Cheng’s step by step directions, Ji Luo fei was barely able to arrange a Level 1 Defensive Array Formation and the Concealment Array Formations As for the Spiritual Aura Gathering Array Formation, Ning Cheng was a bit afraid in arranging it, once he arranged the Array Formation, the Spiritual Qi from the surroundings would immediately rush towards inside, and as such it would not be good. In the Sha Pi Town. cultivators were very few, so the Level 1 Concealment Array Formation would be more than enough for Ning Cheng and Ji Luo Fei.
“Luo Fei, you also stay here and cultivate, and as far as possible try not to go into the crowded places of the Sha Pi Town. The condition of my injury, I already have a pretty good idea of it in my mind, and as such I know that recovering from it would not be an issue for me.”
As time passed by, Ning Cheng and Ji Luo Fei lived in seclusion in the courtyard of the coachman, and in just a blink of an eye over half a month passed by.
Ning Cheng could feel that his meridians have recovered by more than 90 percent and even his dantian was also becoming increasingly perfect. He believed that as long as there was enough time, his meridians would be completely remoulded. When that time came, even if his cultivation did not advance, his Yuan Energy would be much more vigorous and smoother than before.
Ji Luo Fei also could feel Ning Cheng’s slow recovery, and the tension that was building up in her also gradually relaxed. Meanwhile even her cultivation was soaring leaps and bounds, and not only was her control over her Spiritual Sense increasing, but she had also advanced from the early Qi Gathering 5th Level to peak stage Qi Gathering 5th Level during this time.
The carriage driver seemed to know that Ning Cheng and Ji Luo Fei were not ordinary people, since he had settled the two people in his home’s courtyard, he did not come there to disturb them.
On this day, Ning Cheng was calculating how long would it probably take for his meridians to completely remodel, when he suddenly felt that the Qi emanating from the Mysterious Yellow Origin suddenly quicken up, and even the rate of reshaping of his meridians also suddenly increased.
Originally there was only 10% of the meridians remaining to be remoulded, but in just a short amount of time, the Remolding of his meridians was becoming faster and faster. Even the last few cracks in his dantian, under the influence of the Qi from the Mysterious Yellow Origin, in just a twinkling of an eye, completely disappeared, and not even a shadow of a crack could be visible on it.
Ning Cheng at this moment did not know what had happened, but he knew that this definitely was his chance. If he was to get distracted here, then all the time that he spent in remodeling his meridians would be wasted and immediately focussed his entire mind and heart on the recovery.
Soft Ka Ka sounds emerged from his meridians of his body, as well as the flowing sounds of his Yuan Energy could be heard coming from the meridians, even Ning Cheng could hear it clearly resounding throughout his body.
Although the meridians had not yet completely healed, but Ning Cheng was well aware of this kind of strong feeling.
He did not know how long it took, but after a while Ning Cheng’s body started to tremble, and the next moment his face revealed the expression of wild joy.
His cultivation had not regressed but rather progresses forward, but all of this this did not matter, because Ning Cheng clearly understood the reason why his cultivation had so many setbacks. That was because his meridians were were extremely thin before, but now not only they were very wide, they were even a lot more tougher than before.
The tenacity and the fortitude of his meridians made Ning Cheng really surprised, with his meridians this tough, it meant that they could not only withstand a greater pressure but also meant that he also had an even greater potential for development, and in the future he would be able to easily ascend to higher realms when compared to others.
The reason why his cultivation was backwards till now was because his meridians simply could not withstand such a pressure. If his Yuan Energy now was compared to flowing water, then his meridians had changed from a stream to a river. If he just kept practising his cultivation like this, then he could feel that the strength of his cultivation of True Condensation Realm was even a few notches stronger than what it was previously.
But what was even more different, is that after the remodelling from the Mysterious Yellow Origin, not only were his meridians no longer fragile as before, even his body had become much more tough and resilient than before.
Ning Cheng lifted his hands, and the broken spear landed on his palms, he wanted to try out his most powerful attack with his spear.
But after heaving a sigh, Ning Cheng put away the spear, he thought that he should first tell Ji Luo Fei, he could not let Ji Luo Fei continue to be worried about him.
Ning Cheng had just stood up, but frowned, he once again saw the black robed woman. Only this time that black robed woman was stained with blood, and was anxiously standing inside the courtyard and saying something to Ji Luo Fei.
Chapter 0088 – The Tough Imperial Jade Seal
Ning Cheng could make out that this black robed woman had already suffered some heavy injuries, but fortunately the Healing Pills on her were clearly very good, and her injuries were also recovering at a very fast rate.
“Are you feeling better?” Ji Luo Fei asked as she saw Ning Cheng come out, moreover his facial complexion also looked much better than before, but she still quickly stepped forward to support Ning Cheng, and asked in a tone of surprise.
“Much better, I think that we should be able to move out from here in two days.” Ning Cheng looked at Ji Luo Fei and said while smiling.
If not for his plan to study that Imperial Jade Seal that he had obtained, perhaps he would have already walked away from here today along with her.
Ji Luo Fei remembered that the black robed woman was still standing on one side, and spoke to Ning Cheng in a somewhat hesitant manner, “Because she was attacked, she was badly wounded, at the moment she does not have any place to hide, and could only return to the Sha Pi Town. She did not dare to go to any of the rest stops in Sha Pi Town, but as she happened to see me passing through here, so……..”
Ning Cheng finally came to understand that he was really not mistaken, this woman really was a hassle to deal with. It was probably because she herself does not know the value of the pills that she has, and carelessly revealed her fortune, and was attacked as a result of it. With the cultivation of this woman only at Qi Gathering 9th Level, combined with her nature of taking out high quality pills in front of complete strangers, sooner or later she would have been attacked. Although Ning Cheng did not care about these things, but it did not mean that others would also not care about it.
Now that this black robed woman finally met trouble, Ning Cheng simply did not need to ask and could correctly guess that this woman had definitely carelessly took out her pills, resulting in such a thing to happen to her. This woman who seemed to look deep and astute, turned out to be an idiot. And moreover with her seductive body, taking part in outside battles, and even wearing a tight set of cloths over her body revealing her seductive curves, it showed that she really had very little experience of dealing with the outside world.
“This elder brother, I just want to stay here for just two days, as long as you allow me to rest here for two days, I will be able to recover from my injuries, once my injuries recover, I will be able to get out of here.” The black robed woman saw Ning Cheng frown, and immediately thought about the first time that he had met Ning Cheng and had looked at them with disdain, but she could see it clearly, that in between Ji Luo Fei and Ning Cheng, Ning Cheng was the one who called the shots.
Ji Luo Fei was also looking at Ning Cheng with some hope in her eyes, she hoped that Ning Cheng would give shelter to this injured black robed woman, as she also had a few healing pills on her. Of course, this woman had no reason to give them the healing pills, and although Ning Cheng had not taken them, Ji Luo Fei still felt a bit grateful in her heart towards her. She was the kind of person who always repays the gratitude that she received from others.
Ning Cheng nodded and said, “Well, you can can live with us for two days, but after the passing of two days, we will be leaving this place.”
“This really is good, many thanks elder brother, I am called Zhu Mu Er, I really do not know by what names to call you two.” When the black robed woman heard that Ning Cheng was willing to give shelter to her for two days, she immediately became happy.
“You can just call me Luo Fei from now on.” Ji Luo Fei quickly replied.
“I am called Ning Xiao Cheng, Luo Fei, why don’t you show Zhu Mu Er to the rightmost room to let her rest. I am going into closed door cultivation for two days.” Ning Cheng was not willing to become close friends with this Zhu Mu Er, instead he wanted to go into closed door cultivation in order to study the Imperial Jade Seal.
With regards to Zhu Mu Er taking shelter with them, Ning Cheng was not worried. With Zhu Mu Er’s cultivation level, she was able to escape and arrive here safely albeit with a few injuries, moreover it also showed that her opponent was also someone of at least the same level as her. Now that his cultivation was already restored, moreover it was even stronger than before by many folds. Even if the enemy of Zhu Mu Er was to find trouble for him, he would not be afraid.
“You have to go into closed door cultivation?” Zhu Mu Er looked at Ning Cheng in amazement, in her opinion, Ning Cheng was just a sickly person. How could a sickly person dare to go into closed door cultivation? Fortunately, it was she who had come here to seek shelter, seeing that Ning Cheng didn’t answer her, she also did not dare talk any more nonsense.
Ji Luo Fei felt that Ning Cheng did not like Zhu Mu Er, and quickly took Zhu Mu Er in the rightmost room in the corner, and told Zhu Mu Er to not to disturb Ning Cheng.
“Sister Luo Fei, do not worry, I myself do not have enough time to heal myself, where would I have the time to go disturb your elder brother. Thank you for giving me a place to rest, if it’s possible you can come to visit my home in the future.” Zhu Mu Er suddenly had a bit of doubt flash through her eyes but it quickly disappeared.
After settling Zhu Mu Er in her room, Ji Luo Fei once more returned to Ning Cheng’s room and said, “Ning Cheng…..”
Ning Cheng stopped Ji Luo Fei and said, “Luo Fei, it would be better if you call me Ning Xiao Cheng from now on. Before that woman called Zhu Mu Er had not come here, I was going to tell you this. But in that beast carriage Zhu Mu Er had casually brought out a Level 3 Spiritual Aura Increasing Pill, which shows her unusual origins. Both of us are people who do not have any backing at the moment, so it would be better to reduce our contact with such people.”
“Ah, I understand.” Ji Luo Fei nodded, and approached Ning Cheng, she then grabbed onto Ning Cheng’s wrist, she wanted to confirm for herself if Ning Cheng’s injuries had improved or not.
Ning Cheng patted Ji Luo Fei’s hand lightly and said, “Luo Fei, don’t worry, my injuries have almost recovered, you do not have to worry about it. But still I have to say this to you, for these two days I will be behind closed doors as I have to study something, you must also seize this time and improve your cultivation.”
Hearing that Ning Cheng’s injuries were almost healed, Ji Luo Fei was overjoyed and quickly replied, “I know, you first go into closed door cultivation, I will come again when you come out.”
After Ji Luo Fei left, Ning Cheng arranged several concealment array formations inside the room, and then took out the Imperial Jade Seal.
The outside of the Imperial Jade Seal was covered in a pale gold color with some markings, which made it look like it was a very delicate object, but he could feel that it was considerably heavy. Ning Cheng had also seen some general pictures of some other Imperial Jade Seals, but the Imperial Jade Seals that he had seen were somewhat different that what he had in his hands. As they usually had a dragon shaped carving on top of it. But as for the Imperial Jade Seal in his hands, it had a bird shape carving on top of the cube, moreover it was a carving of a bird that he did not know about, and at the bottom of the cube there were three words written ‘Lan Yi Country’.
Ning Cheng touched the carvings of the ‘Lan Yi Country’, but did not feel anything special. He swept the surface of the Imperial Jade Seal with his Spiritual Sense, but was actually not able to sweep through the inside of it.
Ning Cheng then tried to use his Spiritual Sense to refine this Imperial Jade Seal, but even after half a day later, he did not even have the slightest of reaction from the Imperial Jade Seal, it seemed as if it really was not an artifact.
If it was not an artifact, then Ning Cheng was sure that his own Spiritual Sense would have been able to penetrate into the interiors of the Imperial Jade Seal, but he knew that his Spiritual Sense could not even penetrate even the tiniest bit inside.
Ning Cheng took out his spear, and and used approximately 10% of his Yuan Energy and struck Imperial Jade Seal with the spear.
When the spear hit the top of the Imperial Jade Seal, that sound that it made was as if he had hit a beat up leather cloth, there was no clear and crisp sound that he expected, and even the Imperial Jade Seal was absolutely still, not to mention that the Imperial Jade Seal did not break open as expected, but there was not even a single scratch to be seen on it.
This Imperial Jade Seal was really very strong and tough, this kind of strength and toughness definitely proved that it was something like a magic weapon. Ning Cheng once again took the Imperial Jade Seal back into his hands and once again started to try and refine it.
As two days flashed by, the Imperial Jade Seal in his hands had still not changed even one bit, and was still motionless. Ning Cheng amidst some disappointment finally put down the Imperial Jade Seal, he had no way to open the Imperial Jade Seal.
Under such helplessness, Ning Cheng could only put away the Imperial Jade Seal, and opened the door.
“Since you have come out of your closed door training, I just came to inform you that it is time for me to go. This time I really thank you from the bottom of my heart, although those people who were pursuing me think that I have not returned to Sha Pi Town, I am still very grateful to you.”
Zhu Mu Er and Ji Luo Fei were sitting outside and talking to each other, on seeing Ning Cheng coming out, Zhu Mu Er immediately stood up and took the initiative to greet him. Zhu Mu Er had removed the veil on her face, revealing a delicate oval face, coupled with a pair of big doe like eyes, and combined with her stature, she really looked very pretty.
“Then I wish you good luck in your journey.” Ning Cheng hurriedly replied.
Zhu Mu Er just waved her hands and said, “Do not worry, didn’t you also say that you were going to leave today, where do you intend to go? If it’s on the same way as my own, we might as well go along.”
She did not wait for Ning Cheng to reply, as Zhu Mu Er once again took the initiative to speak, “I am actually going to the Mo Zi City where the Falling Star 5 Star Academy is located, but to reach there I have to take the airship from Xi Qin City. If you want to go to either of the two places, we three can go together.”
“What are you going to do at the Falling Star Academy?” Ning Cheng already was intending to go to the Falling Star 5 Star Academy, and then go to the Clear Sky Academy later. Now that Zhu Mu Er coincidentally was also going to the Falling Star Academy, it made him even more cautious towards her.
Zhu Mu Er glanced at Ning Cheng but this time spoke in a somewhat arrogant tone, “Ning Xiao Cheng, if I were you, I would bring my sister to the Mo Ze City. Mo Ze City has one of the five 5 Star Academies of the Hua Continent, and moreover it is also the season of recruitment for the 5 Star Academies. I am going there to participate in the enrollment, and of course have been doing major preparations to enter the inner circle of the 5 Star Academy. Although your qualifications are poor, but I think that Luo Fei’s qualifications are very good, although her cultivation is not that high and so will not be able to enter the inner circle, but she could still enter the outer circle of the 5 Star Academy. If you don’t bring Luo Fei, and let her stay in a place that even birds do not shit on, she will never improve, and forever would be fated to only mix with the people of the lowest level.”
Ning Cheng gave a glance at the curves of Zhu Mu Er and abruptly spoke, “I presume that Miss Zhu comes from a rich family, me and Luo Fei are not naive people, although we also are going towards Mo Ze City, but it would be better for us to just walk there. If Miss Zhu wants to leave then by all means leave first, we can walk by ourselves.”
Seeing Ning Cheng sweep a glance at the skin tight dress that she was wearing, Zhu Mu Er’s face immediately turned red, “Wait a minute.” She said as she immediately entered the room.
After just a short while later, Zhu Mu Er once again comes out, but this time she had changed into a long woman’s dress which looked very common. Then she proudly looked at Ning Cheng and said, “With this you should not have much pressure on you right? I was displeased when my father said that I was too squeamish, capricious, and too dependant on others, and I wanted to come out and prove it to him that I could handle myself outside. When he sees me, who ends up being selected by a 5 Star Academy, moreover even able to enter the inner circle of the Academy, he will then come to know that his Zhu Mu Er was definitely not what he had thought about.”
Ning Cheng then came to understand that originally this young lady Zhu Mu Er had run away from her home, to prove to her father that he had thought wrong about her daughter.
“I will lead you to Mo Ze City, at most it would only take a few days to reach there, if you went by yourself, then you may not even reach there even in a few months.” Zhu Mu Er saw that Ning Cheng was not saying anything and once again said in a triumphant tone.
Ning Cheng felt a bit relieved in his heart, such being the case, then it would be better to follow Zhu Mu Er to Mo Ze City. In this place like the Hua Continent, trying to ride a flying swords was much more dangerous than in the Ping Continent.
Chapter 0089 – Arriving At Mo Ze City
Along the way, it was apparent that Zhu Mu Er had not lied or boasted about not knowing the correct way. Under her leadership, the three of them just spent two days on the road, before they arrived at Xi Qin City to board the airship to Mo Ze City. Although this airship did not have individual cabins, however the main hall of the airship had various kinds of services, they even had several sound broadcasting talismans distributed throughout the hall which were even better than the one’s he remembered.
Only the relatively rich cultivators were able to afford to board the airship, as this kind of airship did not accept gold coins, and only received their fee in Spirit Stones. As Ning Cheng looked at the various cultivators that had already filled up the hall, he finally came to know that the people of the Hua Continent were much more richer than the people from the Ping Continent.
Although Ning Cheng had taken out the required Spirit Stones for him and Ji Luo Fei so that Zhu Mu Er could leave them alone, but then Zhu Mu Er displayed her generosity as always, and basically did not Ji Luo Fei to pay her share of the Spirit Stones for the fare.
The three people took a table by the side of the hall like cabin and sat down, the airship would be flying for two days before arriving at their destination, moreover for a cultivator sitting for two days really was nothing.
Most of the cultivators in the hall were talking about the admissions of the 5 Star Academy, after Ning Cheng listened for a while, he also began to have a certain understandings towards it. Because this time the few big 5 Star Academies were recruiting students from Mo Ze City, and as a result almost all the cultivators in the Hua Continent were rushing towards that place in order to not to miss such an opportunity. In addition to the cultivators from the Hua Continent, there were even other cultivators from Ping and Yuan Continent who were mixed into the crowd heading in the same direction.
Because of these many people, there were also a few people who were going to the recruitment at the Mo Ze City in the hopes of getting selected for some of the 3 and 4 Star Academies which would also be conducting their recruitment there.
After all there would only be a few people who would be qualified to be selected for a 5 Star Academy, and as such it was definite that a lot of people would not be able to join the 5 Star Academies, so such being the case, many of these cultivators would choose entering a 3 or 4 Star Academy or in some case even joining some big Clans and Sects would also be good for them.
This scenario reminded Ning Cheng of the Clear Hear Academy of the Nan Yuan City, it seemed that no matter where you were, as long as it was to enroll the students, the Academies would always attract a large number of people.
Zhu Mu Er looking at those cultivators talk so extravagantly, said with a despising tone in her voice, “A group of people who does not know the immensity of heaven and earth, they think that just by going to Mo Ze City they would be selected by the advanced level Academies, that is just a dream for them. If it was this easy to get into an advanced level Academy, then it would never would have been an Advanced Academy in the first place.”
Although Ning Cheng could hear what she spoke but he just was not in a mood to talk to her, Zhu Mu Er was going to Mo Ze City to participate in the enrollment of the Advanced Level Academies, as long as she could get away from them, it would be much better for the both of them.
The usually quite Ji Luo Fei who never talked much with others suddenly asked, “Sister Mu Er, during this selection of the 5 Star Academy, if a person’s results are outstanding, then would they be selected to go to an Intermediate Level Continent?”
Ning Cheng immediately knew that Ji Luo Fei had asked those words for his own benefit, as he had also asked the same question to Ji Luo Fei before.
When Zhu Mu Er heard Ji Luo Fei call her Sister Mu Er she appeared to be extremely happy, and also answered carefully, “This time the reason why the five 5 Star Academies of Hua Continent are competing with each other, is because one of them would be promoted to a 6 Star Academy by the end of it. And as to the students with the best results in the Tournament, they are sure to be selected to go to an Intermediate Class Continent. Besides, even if they were not selected to go to the Intermediate Class Continent, the rewards for the top spots are also extremely amazing. I heard that the reward for the top spot is an actual Spiritual Tier Artifact, other than that, the reward also contains a Storage Bag with a storage space of 10 cubic meters, plus an Essence Building Pill and 3,000 High Grade Spirit Stones.”
When Ning Cheng heard about the Storage Bag with the storage space of 10 cubic Meters, his heart was immediately moved, although he also had a Storage Bag, but it only had a storage space of 1 cubic meter, it was simply not enough to store the spear that he always carried on his back. If he had a Storage Bag with a storage space of 10 cubic meters, he would then definitely be able to put his spear in it and not carry it in hands or strapped to his back.
The price of a Storage Bag was also very high, with each increase in 1 cubic meter of volume, the price of the Storage Bag would be even more than 20 times than the before. Ning Cheng knew that at the moment, he could not even afford to buy a simple basic Storage Bag.
“Good heavens, 3,000 High Grade Spirit Stones, isn’t that equivalent to 300,000 Low Grade Spirit Stones, or even more …..” When some of the people nearby heard the words spoken by Zhu Mu Er, they immediately exclaimed out loud.
“When compared to an Essence Building Pill, and a Storage Bag with a storage space of 10 cubic meters, just what good are 3,000 High Grade Spirit Stones?” Someone called out.
“In fact, these are not even the best reward, I heard that the top 20 people would even have the opportunity to go to the Angry Axe Valley, where there are several high ranked Spiritual Grasses in abundance, you would just have to take a few steps and can even casually pick up not only high ranked Spiritual Grasses but even top quality raw materials for refining artifacts….”
“Just what is this Angry Axe Valley? Why haven’t I heard about it?” A torrent of questions from the other cultivators interrupted him.
“I do not know, I have only heard people talk about it, the only thing that I know is that it is place that has many treasures, but it is not in the Hua Continent.”
“Everyone knows that you are talking nonsense, if there really was such a place, it would have already been cleared out by others, why would someone even wait for others for such an opportunity?”
As these two cultivators argued with each other, someone explained, “The Angry Axe Valley really exists, I have also heard about it, but I heard that if you wanted to go in then there is a limit on one’s cultivation. Moreover this Angry Axe Valley was formed because an axe that was dropped from the sky that had split it, after that axe fell into the valley, it immediately filled it with a very rich Spiritual Qi. Afterwards, more and more treasures began to appear there, and as a result more and more people went there to explore for treasures. However it is an extremely dangerous place, and a lot of people had already died there. After experiencing this kind of situation for countless years, many limitations were placed on entering the Angry Axe Valley, and thus not everyone can go in.”
“Do you mean to say, that this is a tomb of some mighty cultivator?”
“I also heard about it, but whether it is true or not I do not know. Moreover, even if it was true, we really would have no chance, not only would the top 20 people of the entire Hua Continent would be powerful, they would definitely be even more powerful than even some of the core students of the 5 Star Academies.”
“Not only from the Hua Continent, I heard that the 5 Star Academies were even recruiting talented students from the Ping Continent and the Yuan Continent, moreover I even heard that the qualifications of these talented students were also very good, as soon as they enter the Hua Continent, they would absolutely would not be weaker than those geniuses of the 5 Star Academies.”
Because of the issues with the ranking tournament, more and more people were now joining in the discussion. Soon the topic of their conversation changed to the 5 Star Academies, which was even a more better topic for them.
Seeing that Ji Luo Fei and Ning Cheng did not speak, Zhu Mu Er took the initiative and spoke, “Sister Luo Fei, with your qualifications, even if you do not get selected by the 5 Star Academies, you would definitely be selected for the 4 Star Academies.”
The airship was very fast, and in less two days, it landed outside the Mo Ze City’ Relay Station. This kind of foreign ship, was not allowed to directly fly into the Mo Ze City.
Ning Cheng and Ji Luo Fei just followed the crowd down the airship, and decided to find a rest stop for them first, and then go to the Flying Star Academy to seek out Meng Yu Jing.
After the talks between the cultivators on the airship, Ning Cheng already came to be acquainted with the names of the five 5 Star Academies of the Hua Continent, they were, the Thunder Academy, the Clear Sky Academy, the Falling Star Academy, the Luo Hou Academy and the God Wind Academy.
The reason why these five 5 Star Academies were conducting their recruitment in the Mo Ze City was not because Falling Star Academy was the most powerful of them, but because there were some mighty people from an Intermediate Class Continent who had come to stay in the Mo Ze City. Since these mighty characters who were from an Intermediate Class Continent came to stay in the Mo Ze City, it was natural for the rest of the Academies of the Hua Continent also came to the Mo Ze City.
“Ning Xiao Cheng and Luo Fei, I will go first, so that when I join the Falling Star Academy, perhaps I could still be able to help you.” After Zhu Mu Er got down from the airship, she was very jubilant and waved to Ning Cheng, as she with extreme impatience had already began rushing towards Mo Ze City along with the rest of the crowd.
Ji Luo Fei looked at the countless tides of people moving towards Mo Ze City, and said with some worry in her voice, “Xiao Cheng, before when I left here, it did not have this many people, now that I look at these many people here, I’m afraid that it would be very difficult for us to find a place to stay. Without….”
Ji Luo Fei had always called him Xiao Cheng all along the way and was already used to it, now that Zhu Mu Er was gone, she still did not changed the way she addressed him.
Ning Cheng on hearing Ji Luo Fei’s words understood her meaning, he just simply waved his hands and said, “Luo Fei, even if we do not enter Mo Zr City, I will not go look for your aunt, The kind of person that your aunt is, is not something that I like.”
Ji Luo Fei just gave a tiny smile, “Ah, then I’ll just listen to you.” As she, also from the bottom of her heart, did not wish to go seek out her aunt, but she was afraid that Ning Cheng would not be able to find a place to rest.
Mo Ze City was not like other cities, they charged a fee to let one enter the city, though did not charge Spirit Stones but gold coins, if one wanted to enter the city then one would have to pay 10 Gold Coins.
If it was an ordinary cultivator, it would basically wouldn’t even be considered as money. But for the people who did not practice cultivation, this was a sky high price.
Although Mo Ze City was a big city, it was basically a place where only cultivators lived, as for the people who could not practice cultivation, other than the slaves in those large clans, most of such people did not live inside the Mo Ze City, but rather lived around the outside of the Mo Ze City.
When Ning Cheng and Ji Luo Fei entered the Mo Ze City, they immediately could see a 10 feet wide street in front of them. This street was too conspicuous, as not only was it spacious, but also was very prosperous.
From time to time, there were even a few people passing by through the streets who were riding on fierce beasts, Ji Luo Fei whispered to Ning Cheng and said, “Those people who are riding those tamed fierce beasts are the mark of them being from a very influential family, as for the foreign people here, there are only a very few of them who ride tamed fierce beasts.”
At this time, no one knew what scared a red fierce beast but it suddenly roared, and rushed into the crowd.
Ning Cheng was a surprised for a moment in his heart, was this Mo Ze Citya also like the Cang Le City, to even let a fierce beast to go into wanton rampage in the streets?
Ning Cheng soon came to know that that really was not the case, he saw that there was a young teenager wearing silk clothes on the back of the fierce beast, moreover he had a frightened expression on his face, apparently he did not think that his fierce beast would suddenly go on a rampage.
Although there were several people on the road, none of them were hit by this fierce beast. as fortunately in this street almost all of them were cultivators, and thus were able to easily escape on time. Although that beast ran for about a dozen meters, there were no casualties.
But seeing that the fierce beast was getting faster and faster, and was going towards an even more dense crowd of people, suddenly a white shadow leapt out from a restaurant nearby. This white shadow immediately grabbed onto the head of the incoming fierce beast, then as if the fierce beast had rammed into an iron wall it suddenly stopped, uttered a loud roar, then taking a few step backs, fell down on the ground with froth coming out of its mouth.
At this time the surrounding people could clearly see that that white shadow was a young man dressed in white, he was the one who had just used his hand to abruptly bring the fierce beast under control.
A burst of cheers and applause erupted, as many of the people had come to the Mo Ze City for the first time, as such many of them were actually looking forward to such displays of power in the Mo Ze City.
Ji Luo Fei immediately took Ning Cheng to the side, and whispered into Ning Cheng’s ears, “That person is the Mo Ze City’s Shui Clan’s Shui Yu, my aunt had given me a portrait of him to look at, this is the person that my aunt wanted me to marry.”
Chapter 0090 – Rules Of The Preliminary Tournament
“Is he that son of a bitch?” Ning Cheng looked at that white robed man who had clasped his fists towards the applause from the crowd, and suddenly did not feel quite well in his heart. It was not much of a big deal that this person looked much better than him, but what he was bitter about was that he was already at the peak of the True Condensation 6th Level, just a step away from the late stages of the True Condensation Realm.
“It looks like he really has some good qualifications when compared to me, moreover he already is at the peak of True Condensation 6th Level.” Although in his heart he was a bit unhappy with this guy called Shui Yu, Ning Cheng still admired the speed with which he cultivated.
When Ji Luo Fei heard Ning Cheng’s words, she said with a disapproving tone in her voice, “He is much older than you, I heard that he is already 30 years old. Moreover he also has a Pure Dual Line Spiritual Root, in addition to that he is also considered a genius within the Shui Clan and even the Hua Continent, as a result almost all the cultivation resources were piled up onto him since the beginning, in my opinion, he is just simply not as good as you.”
“Lets first find a place to settle down for a bit, lest you are found out by the people from the Shui Clan or your paternal aunt.” Ning Cheng said as he did not want to continue wandering on the streets anymore.
Ji Luo Fei also clearly did not want to walk on these streets, if not for accompanying Ning Cheng here, she did not want to even come to the Mo Ze City.
Searching for a rest stop, Ning Cheng came to know that what Ji Luo Fei said was really not wrong, as the two people ended up looking for nearly 2 hours, and even when the sky turned dark, did they not find a place to rest.
“Luo Fei, since we cannot find a place to stay here, then let’s go out of the city to stay.” Ning Cheng finally said with some frustration in his voice.
Ji Luo Fei was just going to agree, when she heard a surprised voice say, “Ning Cheng? How in the world are you here? You were not chased out of the Cang Le City by Gu Fei……”
“Hou Chuan?” Ning Cheng immediately knew who the person was, it was Hou Chuan, one of the 10 students selected from the Cang Qin 2 Star Academy. At the gate of the Cang Qin 2 Star Academy, when Gu Fei had challenged him, Hou Chuan had also come out and said something in his favor. At this time on the side of Hou Chuan was standing a girl with a good appearance, it was evident that she had also come together with Hou Chuan.
After having been recognised by Hou Chuan, Ning Cheng quickly came to understand, that Huo Chuan was now a student of the Falling Star Academy, and since Falling Star Academy was in situated in the Mo Ze city, it was normal for them to run into Huo Chuan or other students from the Academy.
Hou Chuan did not finish his words, but from the expressions of the two, Ning Cheng immediately knew what he meant, since he was chased out of the Cang Le City, so how could he appear in the Hua Continent’s Mo Ze City which was so far away from the Ping Continent? It stood for reason, that he should have been the one who had killed Gu Fei.
“I did not think that I would be able to meet Brother Hou like this, initially when I was forced out of the Cang Le City by Gu Fei, the two of us ended up fighting with each other, I was just lucky enough and killed Gu Fei in the fight.” Ning Cheng casually explained it superficially, even if he encountered others, he would still give the same kind of off handed explanation to them.
Hou Chuan obviously did not believe Ning Cheng’s explanation, he knew that Gu Fei was also followed by Gu Yiming, so for Ning Cheng to be able to fight with Gu Fei was really odd. But he did not continue to enquire, looking at Ji Luo Fei who was standing beside Ning Cheng, he immediately understood that Ning Cheng should have been here to seek out Ji Luo Fei.
At this time, his view about Ning Cheng had completely changed, some things that could not have been completed at all, were actually completed by Ning Cheng. Not to mention that that he not only escaped from the Gu Brothers, but even reached the Hua Continent from the Ping Continent, that itself was not a simple matter. Even if he came to the Hua Continent, trying to look for Ji Luo Fei in the Falling Star Academy, that was in itself an extremely hard task. But all these things were actually done by Ning Cheng, not only he was the one who did it, but he even did it perfectly.
Just as before, when he looked at Ning Cheng’s cultivation, there did not seem to be any change, as a result he was not clear on what he saw. He only recently successfully advanced to the Qi Gathering 7th Level, so he did not believe that Ning Cheng’s cultivation was actually higher than him.
“Brother Ning, are you looking for a place to stay?” Now that Hou Chuan’s opinion of Ning Cheng completely changed, even the tone of his voice conveyed that he wanted to make friends with him.
“That’s right, but at the moment we cannot find any place for us to live in this Mo Ze City.” Ning Cheng said with some regret in his voice.
Hou Chuan looked at Ji Luo Fei, and spoke with some doubt, “Junior Sister Apprentice Ji Luo Fei is already a student of the Falling Star Academy, as long as Junior Sister just shows her identity, you can easily find any kind of accommodation to rest in.”
Ning Cheng said hastily, “Luo Fei is not a student of the Falling Star Academy at the moment, moreover we came to Mo Ze City without informing anyone, so I request Brother Hou to not say anything about the matter that Luo Fei came to the Mo Ze City.”
Hou Chuan nodded, even if Ning Cheng had not asked, he would not have told anybody about it, he simply was not a person who liked to gossip about people.
“I’ll help you look.” This kind of simple favor, Hou Chuan had already planned to carry out.
Hou Chuan along with Ning Cheng and Ji Luo Fei arrived at a nearby rest stop, this rest stop was the same rest stop that Ning Cheng and Ji Luo Fei had just came from. However this time when Hou Choun showed his Academy’s Identity, it easily helped Ning Cheng and Ji Luo Fei to book a room.
Seeing that Ning Cheng and Ji Luo Fei had only asked for a single room, Hou Chuan did not speak anymore. After saying a few words with Ning Cheng, he left the rest stop along with woman on his side.
The reason why Ning Cheng and Ji Luo Fei chose to live together in the same room, was not because they were nervous, but because both of them just did not want to cause too much trouble to Hou Chuan, besides the main reason was to basically take mutual care of each other.
“I forgot to ask Hou Chuan abour Meng Yu Jing.” With Hou Chuan already gone, Ning Cheng suddenly patted his head, this kind of thing he should have asked first. For him to go find Meng Yi Jing by himself, he knew that he would have to face many difficulties.
Ji Luo Fei just shook her head and said, “Hou Chuan had never seen Meng Yu Jing, for him to help you, is just too difficult.”
“If that is the case, then I will have to find a different approach. Now that the Mo Ze Grand Plaza is currently hosting a mass recruitment of students, then I will go to the Clear Sky Academy tomorrow to have a look, while you stay here inside and cultivate.”
Ning Cheng thought that although Ji Luo Fei only spent a little time in Mo Ze City before, but he knew that the there were definitely many people in this city who knew her, it would be much better for her to stay here in the room, than roaming outside.
Ning Cheng’s thinking was relatively simple, he and Ji Luo Fei wanted to go to an Intermediate Class Continent, so it was necessary for them to join a 5 Star Academy. Enjoying the cool air under the shade of a big tree, these words were not without reason.
Moreover the Clear Sky Academy was the best choice at the moment, Ning Cheng believed that he had the ability to be selected for the Clear Sky Academy and would not have to face much problem. As for Ji Luo Fei, he would use the Clear Sky Command Medallion for her that he had got from Kou Hong.
The second day early in the morning, Ning Cheng arrived at the Mo Ze Grand Plaza.
The Hua Continent had too many Academies, Sects and Clans, and all of them had opened their stalls in the Mo Ze City in the hopes of selecting disciples, Ning Cheng guessed that these Sects who could set up these temporary stalls in the Mo Ze Grand Plaza were definitely not small entities.
When Ning Cheng saw the Mo Ze Grand Plaza, he actually did not expect it to be this huge. Ning Cheng made an initial estimate, that this Grand Plaza actually had an area of dozens of square kilometers at the very least.
Gathered on the plaza were numerous stalls of the Academies and several big and small Clans and Sects, and were packed with innumerable disciples who came here for taking part in the selection exam of these Academies.
Nevertheless, that markings of the five 5 Star Academies were very clear, and Ning Cheng in just a single glance was able to make out the stall for the Clear Sky Academy.
Ning Cheng did not immediately go to the selection area of the Clear Sky Academy, but rather just followed the crowd from the Mo Ze City who had just come in to read the selection rules, these selection exam rules were carved onto a huge stone stele at the entrance of the plaza.
After reading the words on the huge stone and asking around, Ning Cheng came to understand that his previous thinking was wrong. This Hua Continent had so many Academies, Sects and Clans and all of them had gathered here in this extremely large Mo Ze Grand Plaza, it was basically not a selection of disciples, rather it might be more accurate to say that it was a preliminary elimination round. Only the people with the most outstanding performance in this preliminary round, would be eligible to participate in this selection of disciples, and would continue on to take part in the second round.
The rules for this first round were very clear, moreover the first round was a written exam. All the cultivators who wanted to get into the second round must pass through the written test of this preliminary tournament, only after passing through the written test would they be eligible to participate in the second round.
There were two ways to obtain the qualifications and get through the written exam. The first one was, if one had a pure spiritual root, or a dual main spiritual root, then with it they could directly enter any Academy that he/she desires. The second way, was for the rest of the cultivators with other kinds of spiritual roots, only after passing the written exam would they be able to gain the qualifications to participate in the true selection of disciples for the 5 star academies.
Third, a person can only give the written test a total of five times, moreover each time there can only be 5000 people that can participate. This written exam would be held once every month, for 5 continuous months.
Ning Cheng sighed darkly in his heart, there were many cultivators who had come to Mo Ze City, but the total amount of people who could participate in the first round that was the written test was only 25,000. In other words over 90% of the people here, would be ineligible to participate in the first round.
But Ning Cheng knew that this was very fair, at least the ones participating would have a lot of chances. With so many stalls here to try, maybe they would be able to find a stall where they would be able to get a quota to enter the first round of qualifications. Moreover this preliminary tournament would go on for about 6 months, so everyone would have a lot of time to prepare.
“If I could not gain the qualifications of the written round, then wouldn’t it mean that then there would be no opportunity to participate in the first round?” Someone immediately called out in surprise, as that person apparently though that this rule was wrong.
“Each of the Sects and Clans have a set amount of quota that are eligible to participate in the First Round of the written exam, although for the low leveled Academies and the rest, the examination quota given to them is smaller than that that given to the 5 Star Academies. So if you have the ability, how would it be not be possible for you to get in? But if you do not have the ability, then what are you doing here?” Someone next to him immediately refuted the person who had just spoken.
“You all know that the quotas are already limited, so if someone secretly works behind the scenes, and have already reserved the quotas for someone else, so why would they even wait for us?” The person who thought that the rule was wrong, still disagreed.
But that person who had refuted him before just continued to ignore him, and did not pay any attention to him, while he talked to the others besides him, “Are you stupid, you know that a lower leveled Academy can send their students to a 5 Star Academy, don’t you know just how big that kind of reward is? Or is it that you really do not have any idea about it. But that is still not the main point, if any of these Academies manage to get a good score during the written round, that Academy would instantly become famous, and more and more people would come rushing towards them, whether it was an Academy or a Sect or a Clan all of them are obviously doing this for promotion. In that case, even if there were some people who dare to operate such shenanigans in secret, they would only do so if they really are tired of living. The higher the ability you have, then even in the lower leveled Academies, you would be much more popular.”
“I know that last month was the fourth First Round, and there was student from from a 2 Star Academy who had scored 76 points in this First Round, and as a result was selected to go to the Clear Sky Academy. Even if that student was able to advance just to a 3 Star Academy, he would have gained a substantial amount of resources.”
“Just what is this written test about?” Someone asked.
“Who knows what the test is about? If it was known previously, would they still hold the written test? I only know that the contents of the 5 preliminary exams will always be different.”
Ning Cheng came to understand, that if your qualifications were good, then you can directly go the 5 Star Academies, and participate in the preliminary written examination round on behalf of the 5 Star Academies. Even if your qualifications were not good, then you can still go look at the other lower leveled Academies, and then take the preliminary exam as a representative of the lower leveled Academies.
Chapter 0091 – Clear Sky Command Medallion
Ning Cheng pulled aside a Qi Gathering Cultivator and asked, “Friend, I heard people say that as long as you secure 76 Points in the written exam, you will be selected to go to the Clear Sky Academy?”
This cultivator stared at Ning Cheng and was quite for a while. evidently he was speechless and said, “Did you just arrive at Mo Ze City? Do you even know what those 76 Points represent? You can go look at those big Array Formation Projection Screens that are displaying the results of the previous written rounds, then you will immediately come to know what a score of 76 Points represents.”
Ning Cheng looked in the direction of the finger pointed by the cultivator, and saw a row of 6 big screens that were actually formed from Array Formations. He walked to the front of the first Array Formation big screen, and immediately became clear on what that cultivator meant.
These 6 big screens displayed the results of the previous written exams that were conducted in the past few months. On the first big screen showed the result of the first written exam. The Array Formation screen showed the names of only 500 people. According to the rules of the preliminary tournament where at each time only 5000 people could participate, the list only showed the just a tenth of those participants.
The highest score for the first written exam was 71 points, while the person at the 500th place on the screen only had scored 10 points.
The second screen showed the result of the 2nd written exam, but the highest score for this round was 94 point, while the second place had only scored 63 points. It was the same with the 500th place which also had only 10 points.
Ning Cheng kept looking till the he reached the 4th screen which was showing the result of the 4th written exam, and finally discovered the person that was being talked about, the one that had scored 76 points, he had actually obtained the 3rd place in this 4th written exam.
The fifth big screen was black, because the 5th written exam had still not started yet, and so was the 6th big screen.
Ning Cheng found another person and asked, “Will this 6th big screen show the final ranking of the preliminary tournament? Or will the 2,500 people from the five big screens will directly enter the next round?”
“How could it be so simple? The 6th big screen will definitely show the final results of the ranking, but it isn’t like what you are thinking about. In the end, out of the previous 5 written exams which displayed the results of the 2,500 people, only 1,000 from them would be selected to participate in the next round. This rule of selection that they follow, is according to their scores which will be from the highest to the lowest.” The man explained.
“The topics of each of the five written exams are different, doesn’t that means the choice would be unfair to others?” Although Ning Cheng did not know that the topics for each of the several written exams were different, but he guessed that it should be different, otherwise wouldn’t the exam paper leak out already.
“Who said that it was absolutely fair? But since no one raised an objection, wouldn’t it mean that no one had a problem with it.” This person obviously did not know much.
Although Ning Cheng did not know on what topic would the questions in the preliminary written exam be, but he simply did not think much about it, there were still a couple of days before the 5th written exam begins. How could he not know how many times since his childhood had he given such written exams, the others may fear such written exams, but how could be afraid of such an exam?
At this time he was making his way towards the Clear Sky Academy, he wanted to go ask about the Clear Sky Command Medallion if it could really be used at the Clear Sky Academy, what he wanted to ask was if he was able to represent the Clear Sky Academy in the written test if he used the Clear Sky Command Medallion. Even if he could not represent the Clear Sky Academy, there were still many stalls of various Sects and Academies in the plaza, so for him to find a spot to participate in the written exam from would be really easy.
Compared to some of the lower leveled Academies and sects that were completely overcrowded with people, there were only a very few people in front of the big five 5 Star Academies. Everyone knew, that if you did not have a good spiritual root, then even standing in front of the 5 Star Academies would really be disgraceful.
“What is the color of your main Spiritual Root?” Ning Cheng did not even finish what he wanted to say, when he was interrupted by a middle aged man sitting in front of the stall of for the Clear Sky Academy.
Ning Cheng had to say it, “I do not have a main Spiritual Root……”
“Pa.” The middle aged man pounded the table, “Who let in a person who did not have a main Spiritual Root? Do you think that a 5 Star Academy is a joke? If everyone was the same as you, then how would we even exist? Fuck off.”
Ning Cheng almost drew the spear that he was carrying on his back, he was only a mere Qi Gathering cultivator, yet he still dared to be so arrogant.
“I would like to ask if you could join the Clear Sky Academy with the Clear Sky Command Medallion?” Ning Cheng still said with a stiff tone.
“What? Do really have the Clear Sky Command Medallion?” Surprise flashed on the face of the Qi Gathering middle aged man, as he immediately stood up, then even his tone also changed 180 degrees and said, “Can you bring out the Clear Sky Command Medallion? So that I could check it.”
Ning Cheng took out the Clear Sky Command Medallion and placed it in the hands of the middle aged man, this middle aged man kept looking at the Command Medallion in his hands over and over, as his face kept changing.
After more than tens breaths of time passed by, he finally muttered, “Where did you get this Clear Sky Command Medallion from? Did you receive it from an ancestor or did you get ahold of it accidently? Moreover are you a loose cultivator?”
Ning Cheng also did not want to hide it, and just said, “Yes, I indeed am a loose cultivator, and I also obtained this Clear Sky Command Medallion by chance…..”
The middles aged man’s eyes flashed with joy before it disappeared, then coughing slightly, his expression became dignified and he continued saying, “Do you have any requests?”
When Ning Cheng saw the face of the middle aged man, he could finally feel that this Clear Sky Command Medallion really had some use, and directly spoke out his thoughts, “I have a friend, and wanted to use this Clear Sky Command Medallion to let them join the Clear Sky Academy. If I may, I would like to ask, if I could use this token to get a place to participate in the written test? If the second request is not good, then just let them join…..”
“It’s OK, I know, that we can definitely satisfy your requests. I was already going to leave the Clear Sky Academy’s Stall, just fill in this form with all your details, and I’ll see to it that you have a spot to take part in the 5th written exam.” This middle aged man once again said while interrupting Ning Cheng’s words.
Ning Cheng felt that something was wrong, he had taken out the Clear Sky Command Medallion, not for a spot in the written exam, his main purpose was to use this Clear Sky Command Medallion to let Ji Luo Fei join the Clear Sky Academy. Then he would enter the Clear Sky Academy by taking the test, by doing it this way, both of them would be able to join the Clear Sky Academy, and take care of each other afterwards.
But this man just wanted to give him a spot in the written exam, and did not agree to the request of joining the Clear Sky Academy while using the quota.
Ning Cheng did not fill up the form, and once again asked a question, “My main request is not for a spot in the written test, but to join the Clear Sky Academy……”
This middle aged man gave a cold snort, and once again interrupted Ning Cheng’s words and said, “Every person who holds the Clear Sky Command Medallion, can make only one request, I have already satisfied one of your requests, if you dare cause a scene here, do not blame me to call the law enforcers here.”
Ning Cheng understood that this guy did not want to let go of the Clear Sky Command Medallion, this kind of a shameless guy, he had seen for the first time.
“Just give the Clear Sky Command Medallion back, I am not making any other requests.” Ning Cheng said, although he really wanted to teach this middle aged person a lesson immediately, but he still held back his anger.
The middle aged man looked at Ning Cheng with disdain and said, “Do you think that the Clear Sky Command Medallion is child’s play? This is something that my Clear Sky Academy gives out extremely rarely, after it is used to complete a request, it will be taken back, moreover we have already agreed to your request. Hurry up and fill out the forms, otherwise just give up.”
Ning Cheng was filled with anger, in this Qi Gathering Cultivators eyes, it was clear that he was not afraid to make this affair a big one. He simply said with a crisp voice, “That being the case, then I’ll just have to rush in, and look for someone else to talk to, and see how a mere Qi Gathering Cultivator like you can make such a decision? ”
This Qi Gathering Cultivator saw that Ning Cheng was not at all intimidated by him, and immediately panic flashed across his eyes, at this time, a man dressed in the scholarly garments of an Essence Building Cultivator from the Clear Sky Academy arrived. This Essence Building Cultivator glanced at the two people and asked in an unhappy tone, “Just what the hell is going on here?”
“Young Master Jing, this person has no main Spiritual Root…..”
This Qi Gathering Cultivator had not even finished yet, when the cultivator called Young Master Jing stared coolly at Ning Cheng and said, “This is a 5 Star Academy, moreover you do not even have a main Spiritual Root, if you dare continue to cause trouble here, then do not blame me for not being polite.”
Ning Cheng did not continue to argue, he was already prepared on taking back the Clear Sky Command Medallion. This Essence Building Cultivator although looked like a gentleman but he knew that he would not even listen to his words, plus the way this Clear Sky Academy chose this kind of person for the enrollment of students, it was obvious to him that the Clear Sky Academy was really not that good.
Just when Ning Cheng wanted to take back the Clear Sky Command Medallion, he suddenly saw Lan Yin Yue, this Lan Yin Yue was following an old man who was an Essence Building Cultivator and seems to be heading this way. Ning Cheng did not continue to argue, and turned around and walked away. To him a Clear Sky Command Medallion was not that important. Taking revenge at this moment was not that important, he knew that if he had the opportunity, he would easily be able to deal with that Qi Gathering Realm cultivator of the Clear Sky Academy.
At this time for him to join the Clear Sky Academy, he absolutely did not have any interest in it. This Clear Sky Academy was at best only a 5 Star Academy, it was simply not worth him to fawn over it.
Moreover he and Lan Yin Yue had huge grudge between them, and although he does not fear this woman, but by her side was still the Essence Building Cultivator which he really did not want to come in contact with.
If not for that, then with this kind of major opportunity presented to him, he would have already taken Ji Luo Fei and forced his way through.
When that Qi Gathering middle aged man saw that Ning Cheng actually did not argue and even turned away, he was completely ecstatic in his heart. He had already planned it out, that if Ning Cheng really spoke out about the Clear Sky Command Medallion, that he had taken the Clear Sky Command Medallion from Ning Cheng, then he would have said that he had already carried out the one request as per the instructions of the Clear Sky Command Medallion.
Using the Clear Sky Command Medallion to get into the Clear Sky Academy, was far from being that simple. With the Clear Sky Command Medallion, not only could you join the Clear Sky Academy, but can even select a Best Quality Artifact, and even get a hold of a True Level cultivation method, much to the envy of others. Although he was one of the disciples of the Clear Sky Academy, but he was only an outer court disciple, once he could obtain the Clear Sky Command Medallion, then he could immediately get promoted to an Inner Court Disciple, and can then enjoy a wide range of benefits.
Even if had to give back the Clear Sky Command Medallion into Ning Cheng’s hands, he had planned that as long as he could grasp the perfect timing, he would then go and completely eradicate that Ning Cheng.
Although each written exam can have 5,000 people participating, but in fact, it was not that much. Ning Cheng went place to place from many of the 4 Star Academies to the 3 Star Academies, and had already inquired in about 20-30 stalls, but he still couldn’t get a spot.,
Although his true cultivation level was at True Condensation Realm, but he concealed his cultivation level to look like Qi Gathering 9th Level. Although the preliminary tournament’s written exam is the same for both the Qi Gathering and True Condensation Cultivators, but during the final results, they would be compared separately. Once they were separated, then his cultivation of True Condensation 1st Level would undoubtedly be the worst among the True Condensation Cultivators.
“Ning Xiao Cheng?” Ning Cheng suddenly heard someone calling him from behind, he did not need to turn back, and already knew that the person who called him was Zhu Mu Er. This woman really was everywhere, listening to her happy tone, he guessed that she had already obtained a spot for the tournament.
Ning Cheng finally turned back and sure enough saw Zhu Mu Er waving her hand towards him excitedly, walking towards her with a smile he said, “Good Coincidence, Zhu Mu Er.”
Chapter 0092 – The Terrible Topics of the Written Exam
“Didn’t Sister Luo Fei come with you? Did you also come to find a spot for the written round? That’s right, I know, you’re helping your younger sister Lou Fei to find a place, right?” Zhu Mu Er immediately connected those questions as she asked Ning Cheng.
After she asked, she basically did not wait for Ning Cheng to answer and once again turned around to face the man sitting behind her with the face like a bitter gourd and said, “Yin Zhang Men, you might as well give us the other spot that you have, anyway you know that it’s useless for you, you could not find a better person as a representative for your Hua Yu Academy to attend the written exam.”
After that bitter gourd like face man heard the words of Zhu Mu Er, his face immediately became even more ugly, and said, “Miss Mu Er, I only have a total of two spots that were given to me, I gave one to you already, now you ask me to give you one more, it would be better if you went somewhere else to look.”
Zhu Mu Er just waved her hands and said, “One or two spots does not bother me, you can rest assured, the things that I promised you, I will certainly help you out. My father always followed my words, and would not hesitate for even half a moment, you’ll only be making a good profit from this. Besides, if you go by yourself, I guess that you would not be even able to enter the list, so it would be better if you let me and Sister Luo Fei attend, or do you really think that you would be able to enter the second round, just because you are from the Hua Yu Academy.”
Nin Cheng did not expect that this Zhu Mu Er would be so glib, not to mention that he did not even know what kind of commitment did she make with the Hua Yu Academy. The man sitting at the stall of the Hua Yu Academy looked like he had the cultivation of True Condensation 9th Level, and as such should be the Dean of the 2 Star Academy.
For a True Condensation 9th Level cultivator to be so polite with Zhu Mu Er, it was certainly not because he had good relations with Zhu Mu Er, it should be because Zhu Mu Er had promised something important to him, but also, this matter also had to do something with Zhu Mu Er’s father.
Ning Cheng thought back to when Zhu Mu Er had casually taken out a Level 3 Healing Pill, then thinking about the True Condensation 9th Level cultivator’s behaviour towards Zhu Mu Er, combined with his concern about the things that Zhu Mu Er promised, Ning Cheng could almost guess that Zhu Mu Er’s father must be a Pill Master. This Yin Zhang Men who was seeking something from Zhu Mu Er, was very likely an Essence Building Pill.
To a True Condensation 9th Level cultivator, nothing was more important to them than an Essence Building Pill.
“Is you father a high level Pill Master?” Ning Cheng immediately asked to confirm his guess.
“Hey, how do you know that my father is a Pill Master?” Zhu Mu Er immediately became astonished and looked at Ning Cheng in surprise.
Ning Cheng really became speechless, in his heart he spoke, you already have the words practically written on your face, ‘my father is a Pill Master.’ How could it be hard to guess? For her to walk with such a disposition around the Hua Continent, Ning Cheng may really end up worrying for her. A few days ago she was still saying that she would rely on her own abilities to make some achievements to let her father see her in a new light, but now she was using her father’s reputation to show off everywhere, this Zhu Mu Er really was …..
Yin Zhang Men only hesitated for a moment, after hearing Ning Cheng ask Zhu Mu Er about her father, he finally grit his teeth and said, “Fine, I’ll give the two places to you. However, after this matter is concluded, you must take me to see the Master Pharmacist.”
Zhu Mu Er received the Jade Card form Yin Zhang Men and handing it to Ning Cheng, she said proudly, “Look, is this not the Jade Card to participate in the first round of Written Examinations?”
Ning Cheng received the jade card and thanked Zhu Mu Er, then he turned to Yin Zhang Men and said, “Yin Zhang Men, thank you very much for the Jade Card, I will definitely not let the spot given to me go for nothing.”
“Good, Good, these words I have already spoken them once, so you repeating it is completely meaningless.” Zhu Mu Er waved her hands, and spoke in a very grand fashion.
Ning Cheng put away the Jade Card, looked at Zhu Mu Er and asked, “Did you find a place to live?”
If Zhu Mu Er had not found a place to stay, then Ning Cheng had the intention to ask if Zhu Mu Er would be willing to live with them in the rest stop.
“Of course, I found it easily, to put it simply, there a lot of people here who know my father.” Zhu Mu Er said without any hesitation.
It appears that this Zhu Mu Er to prove herself to her father that she could rely on her own, was still something that she had a long way to go. Ning Cheng scratched his head and once again said to Zhu Mu Er, “Then I will go back, otherwise Luo Fei would be anxiously waiting for me, I hope you can do well in the first round, and then make your father hold you in high regard.”
“That’s natural, I am also going back.” Zhu Mu Er finished , but also did not forget to say her goodbyes to that Yin Zhang Men from the Hua Yu Academy before going.
After Ning Cheng said goodbye to Zhu Mu Er, he returned to the rest stop and spoke about the jade card that he had obtained from Zhu Mu Er to Ji Luo Fei, Ji Luo Fei actually felt that this Zhu Mu Er had a really straightforward personality.
As the few days passed by quickly, Ning Cheng did not go out to look for Meng Yu Jing during these past few days, he knew that if wanted to meet Meng Yi Jing with his status, it was simply not possible at the moment.
On this day, it was the appointed day for the 5th Written Test Round, Ning Cheng and Ji Luo Fei had already arrived at the Mo Ze Grand Plaza a long time ago. In order to prevent Ji Luo Fei from being recognised by her paternal aunt, Ning Cheng specifically asked Ji Luo Fei to don a veil, and even wear a wide brimmed hat for women. If she did not intentionally sweep her with her Spiritual Consciousness, Ning Cheng believed that Ji Luo Fei would not be recognised.
The Mo Ze City Plaza was soon packed with cultivators that arrived from all directions, because today was the 5th Written Exam Round, moreover after the 5th Written Exam Round ended, the first 1,000 people to enter the second round would also be displayed. Thus, the number of people in the Mo Ze Plaza was extremely huge, as everyone wanted to know what kind of people would be eligible to enter the second round.
The Written Exam would be conducted in an exam hall near the Mo Ze Grand Plaza, after Ning Cheng and Ji Luo Fei confirmed their appointment, they entered the exam hall along with the rest of the participants.
The hall was very spacious and even with 5,000 people sitting inside the hall it did not feel cramped at all.
Ning Cheng looked at the number on the Jade Card, and sat according to it, as the rest of the participants also entered the hall waiting for the round to begin. When he came into the hall he had tried to use his Spiritual Sense to sweep through it and found that his Spiritual Sense would not cover the entire hall, it could not extend to even half of the hall. Not only that, even his head turned blank for a few breaths of time.
Other than the chair that he was sitting on, in front of him was just a table, with a few blank sheets of paper with a pen placed on top of it. Other than those things, there was nothing else.
Half an hour later, a beautiful woman wearing a long white skirt came in, and first swept a glance at the people in the hall who had come to take the written exam, then walking to the front of the stage she said, “Today is the Hua Continent’s five 5 Star Academies last written exam round for the recruitment of disciples, and once today’s round ends, the top 1,000 of these five rounds combined would be displayed. Most of the people from this top 1000 ranking would be selected by the 5 Star Academies, and a few of those lucky people may even get to participate in the tournament between the 5 Star Academies 2 years later. I hope that everybody here in this round, can get the best results.”
This white long skirt wearing woman was not only very beautiful, even her voice was very melodious, making the people who listened to her feel a pleasant and enjoyable sensation in their hearts, and hoped that she continued speaking.
Perhaps she was one of the teachers in the 5 Star Academy, so thinking that if they were able to enter a 5 Star Academy, they would then be taught by such beautiful teachers, all the participants immediately became fired up, and got ready to fight it out, everyone here hoped that this time they would be the ones who would get the best result.
After the beautiful woman finished speaking, she paused for a moment, so as to let everyone there understand how important this 5th Written Round was, then she continued on with her gentle tone, “Today’s written exam is of three and a half hours long, of which you will be allowed to look at the topic of the exam for a full 3 hrs, but you will only get half an hour to answer the questions……”
When Ning Cheng heard that the exam was of three and a half hours, he was immediately surprised in his heart for a moment, as he thought why would it be so long? If that was the case then wasn’t the exam practically equivalent to 7 full hours. But then when he heard that of these three and a half hours, three hours would be given to just look at the topic of the exam, and would only have half an hour to answer the questions, he immediately became even more confused.
“Although the topic of this written exam is different from the topics of the four previous exams, but I can assure you that the degree of difficulty is the same. The topics for the four previous written exams were: the basics of Talismans, Array Formations, Crafting (Weapon Refining) and Restrictions. So today we want to test your familiarity with the knowledge of Alchemy, of course, it would only cover the basic materials.”
The beautiful woman had just finished speaking, when a lot of discussions started to spring up, even Ning Cheng also frowned. He had never bothered to study the basics of Alchemy, as the matter stood, wouldn’t the people who studied Alchemy profit greatly in this test? No wonder the top scores in the previous four exams were so different from each other, the people who had achieved the top score were definitely the one who knew about those topics thoroughly.
When the beautiful woman saw that there was quite a lot of noise, she immediately raised her hands and started to exude an immense pressure, “After everybody looks at the topic, you will come to know, that even if some of the people here have studied some Alchemy, they will also stand with you on the starting line. Of course, it does not rule out that there might be some people among you who have learned about the topic beforehand and studied up on it, and even if I bring out the topic they would have already known about it. So there would always be some people who would get a high score, that is because they had tried hard enough for them to get such a chance.”
Thinking about it, even if some people knew more about the topic, if a person worked hard and got an opportunity, wouldn’t the 5 Star Academy only chose a disciple who was the stronger of the two?
The beautiful woman saw that everyone seems to have understood her point, and said with a smile, “Everybody, you do not have to keep looking at my face, please look at the tables in front of you, each table has a Projection Array Formation inscribed on it. This time the topic we have have chosen is from the basics of Alchemy and mainly focuses on Spiritual Grasses that are used in Alchemy. We have already recorded most of the major Spiritual Grasses used along with their color, taste, form and texture, however due to time constraints we did not record all of the Spiritual Grasses, and as such the topic only has 4600 pages.”
“These 4600 pages of information about Spiritual Grasses are available on the Projection Array Formation on your desk and you would only be given three hours to read through it, and within these 3 hours you will have to remember as much as possible of these 4600 pages. After the three hours passes, the questions for the exam would be chosen at random from these 4600 pages…..”
Almost every participant sucked in cool air, no wonder the scores of the previous tests were so low, trying to memorize the contents of 4600 pages in just 3 hours, this was extremely crazy.
Ning Cheng also turned gloomy like the others, and after hardly waiting for less than 5 seconds, immediately looked at the paper in front of him. Because Ning Cheng knew that the content on just one piece of paper here was similar to the content of two papers back on Earth. Moreover not only the pages here were larger, even the characters were in extremely small print, it was really terrible.
Ning Cheng was just thinking to use his Spiritual Sense which was even more powerful than other cultivators and would easily help him commit things to his memory before the beautiful woman once again said, “Once the papers of the Spiritual Grasses comes out, everybody please commit this to your memory, do not use your Spiritual Sense, as everything here is shielded from the use of Spiritual Sense. If you use your Spiritual Sense here, not only would you be able to see nothing, but even your mind will also turn blank for a few breaths of time.”
Not being able to use one’s Spiritual Sense, and having to completely rely on their own memories, Ning Cheng finally understood why his mind had went blank for a moment before.
Ning Cheng thought to himself, with his powerful memory capabilities, he did not believe that he would be able to score less than 70 or 80 points.
“Well, introducing you all up to this point. I invite you all who are participating in this written exam to pay attention to you own tables, the projection will begin in a moment.”
Just as the beautiful woman finished speaking, Ning Cheng immediately saw that on the front of the table appeared the first page of the Spiritual Grass Manual which was packed with extremely dense characters, so at this point Ning Cheng did not dare to continue to think of anything else, and immediately started to commit the information about the Spiritual Grasses to his mind.
The first page was displayed only for five seconds, before it was replaced by the second page. The people with a poor memory, simply could not even memorize the first few lines of the first page, before the page was replaced by the next one.
Chapter 0093 – Who Is The First
Only a little bit of time had passed, when some people after reading hundreds of pages, immediately fainted. With this much of information that flashed across in just a few seconds, trying to commit this to their memory without using their Spiritual Sense really was simply impossible.
Even if one had a powerful memory, if they used it continuously for a few hours with high intensity, even then they would find it extremely hard to commit such dense information to their memory.
After an hour passed by, people fainting were already a common sight, moreover there were even a few cultivators participating in the written exam who even coughed up blood on the scene because of overusing their brains.
But at this point of time Ning Cheng had already sunk into a trancelike state as he gobbled up the information in front of him, although the contents of the exam did indeed put some pressure on him, but the pressure was not so great. Everytime he had gone to write an exam back on Earth, he would only start to read the materials just 1-2 hours before the exam. This kind of memory was also a great strength, especially at this particular moment, because he already had a lot of time before the actual test, moreover he also did not need to score a 100 points, as he kept committing the information that flashed past him to his mind.
Although it took 5 seconds to flash through to the next page, but for Ning Cheng it was still within affordable range. Ning Cheng knew, that regardless of any place, this really was a very special ability.
In the Yi Xing Mainland where the main focus was on cultivation, although this special ability was amazing, but it was not as outrageous as it would have been back on Earth.
At the beginning, after Ning Cheng read both sides of the page, the page on the array formation would immediately refresh to a new page. But going forward, Ning Cheng could read the entire page and still have time to spare. Although he could only spare half a second of time, but it enabled Ning Cheng’s brain to rest for a while as he sorted out the information.
Arriving at the end, Ning Cheng felt that regardless of the test or not, he felt that reading these things would be extremely beneficial to him.
The content contained the various details of the Spiritual Grasses including their shape, grade, color, odor and other recognizable characteristics, including the various growing environments of the Spiritual Graasses and the speacial effects due to the various combinations with other Spiritual Grasses, which could then be used to refine pills. These things Ning Cheng deeply imprinted them on his mind, as he believed that these things would definitely be useful for him in the future.
Even though An Yi had given him the foundation book of the Spiritual Grasses, but it did not contain even a tenth of the information that he had before him.
For Ning Cheng, these three hours truly went by in a flash, when he found that the projection on the table in front of him disappeared, only then did he grudgingly lifted up his head with the expression of wanting more on his face. Looking at the still standing beautiful woman on the stage, Ning Cheng felt a surge of goodwill for this beautiful woman in his heart, counting the three hours that flashed by, by the end of the test she would have been standing in that place for almost a full 4 hours, he could feel that this teacher was truly very competent.
Ning Cheng could also see that this woman also had the cultivation of at least Essence Building Realm, or probably even surpassed the Essence Building Realm.
All the participants who were attending the preliminary written test also looked up after the projection ended, and once again refocused their gazes on the beautiful woman.
That young woman once again spoke with a warm voice, “There is still a half an hour period remaining, we will now give everybody the time it takes for half an incense stick to burn, to sort out the things in your mind.”
The entire examination hall was completely silent, and just as the time it takes for an incense stick to burn finished, that young woman once again continued, “Before we begin the written exam, all the participants are requested to please write your name on the topmost square on the blank sheet.”
After waiting for a moment, guessing that everybody would have already written their names, this beautiful young woman then said, “Now for the questions, everyone please look at the front of your table where the questions would once again be projected in front of you for the written test. On the white paper in front of you, you will have to write the various characteristics and the properties of 10 random Spiritual Grasses that would be shown, remember to keep it as detailed as possible, the level of detail, will show the degree of comprehension that you gained from this Spiritual Grass article. Of these ten questions, each question has 10 points, with a total of 100 points.”
Ning Cheng sighed, these kinds of questions really did not pose any challenge for him as he had thought. He had just memorized all the Spiritual Grass articles that was shown to him, so as long as the subject of the questions were about those Spiritual Grasses, he would certainly be able to write it down.
Ning Cheng once again looked at the questions, just to see if it really was from the Spiritual Grass Articles that was just shown. If he had not seen the Spiritual Grass Article a moment ago, then if he wanted to attempt those questions, he would not have been able to, because he had never seen any other books.
But when Ning Cheng saw the tenth question he was suddenly dumbfounded, ‘Please write the name of the first Spiritual Grass on page 2932 along with its introduction as well as its various characteristics.’
It was not that he did not know about it, he had memorized not only all the contents of the pages but he even memorized the serial number of each page. The key problem in answering that, would mean exposing his extremely powerful memory. If he did not attempt this problem, then at least he could pretend that he had never seen this Spiritual Grass in the article provided.
Ning Cheng knew that even if he did not attempt this question, he could definitely enter any of the 5 Star Academies. If that person with 76 points could enter, then if he got 90 points and was not able to enter the Academy, it really would be a strange event.
If he attempted this question, he would really have stolen the show, and would not be of much advantage to him. At best, he would be ranked first rather than second, and then would have to enter the second round with the identity of the First Ranker, moreover he would also not have any real reward.
Regarding exposing his memory capabilities in this place, Ning Cheng was not particularly worried about it as Yi Xing Mainland and the Earth were two completely different places, as here more importance was given to cultivation rather than memory. There were all kinds of strange people here, so having a strong memory was not much of an issue. If one had a strong Spiritual Sense in the future, then one’s memory would become just a secondary characteristic.
Ning Cheng saw that there was no substantial rewards, and even if there was a reward, he did not want to go out in the limelight. After all his body also had the Mysterious Yellow Bead inside, since the Mysterious Yellow Origin had helped him remould his meridians, it had already completely fused with him. Although Ning Cheng believed that an ordinary person would not be able to sense the Mysterious Yellow Bead in him, but it would always be better to be careful, since he had already reached his goal, then why should he be in the limelight?
The nine questions were soon finished by Ning Cheng, while he left the 10th question blank.
Seeing that half an hour had already passed, this middle aged beautiful woman suddenly said, “In this written examination, other than the common questions, also contains one more bonus question, this question is also for 10 points but you all will get 10 minutes to answer this question. Moreover this bonus question would not be projected onto the screen but rather would be spoken out by me, so please listen to the question carefully.”
Ning Cheng then understood, that the original perfect score was 110 points, if this bonus question was something that he could do, he would definitely do it, as long as it was not specially noticeable, he would not continue to pretend to not be able to do it.
Seeing all of the participants ready with their pen and paper, this middle aged beautiful woman spoke in a slow voice, “We all have looked at the foundation article on the Spiritual Grasses, and now the bonus question is the simplest of all the questions about the Spiritual Grasses that you have attempted till now. The question is as follows, there are ten different Spiritual Grasses, if you need to choose 6 Spiritual Grasses to refine batch of pills, then all together how many selection methods could you perform?”
This question really sounded simple, and some of the people enthusiastically started to scribble the answer on the black sheet of paper in front of them.
Ning Cheng was shocked, was this actually a problem of permutations and combinations? He only needed three seconds to work out the solution of this problem, and the result was 210. But to think that this question was this simple was a big mistake. As to list out the various 210 combinations was a very difficult task to do in just a few minutes.
Sure enough, the participants who had already begun to write them out started to know about the difficulty of the problem, this was simply not a problem of listing out a dozen or even several dozens of combinations.
Finally the time soon came to an end, in the end the only people who were able to compute the result along with Ning Cheng were very few.
“Time is up, please keep your own jade card on top of your answer sheets, as after 5 breaths, your responses will be directly transferred to us.”
After hearing that after 5 breaths, the answer sheets would be transferred away, those participants who were still writing the Spiritual Grasses selection methods, quickly wrote a casual figure, and pressed their own jade cards onto their answer sheets.
Ning Cheng who had already finished answering, after his examination paper was transferred, followed the huge crowd of participants out of the examination room.
Ning Cheng had just come out, when Ji Luo Fei who was already waiting for him outside came running to him and anxiously asked, “How much did you score in the written exam?”
“Getting on the list should not be any problem, the list will be out in a few moments, lets go out near the big screen and wait there.” Ning Cheng said as he took Ji Luo Fei out of the crowd.
The area in front of the six huge Projection Array Formation screens in the Mo Ze Plaza, was already packed with people. All of them were waiting for the test results to come out.
Because now that the 5 preliminary rounds of the written exam were over, all the people were now starting to talk about the topics, hearing that the participants in the 5th round had to remember nearly 5000 pages of the fundamentals of the Spiritual Grasses within 3 hours, and that too without Spiritual Sense, everybody suddenly became speechless with admiration. Immediately some people in the front also spoke that they had to memorise 4000 pages of foundation materials. Those people who hadn’t participated in the preliminary rounds, absolutely did not have any idea about this kind of exam.
“Brother Yi Yang would certainly be the first, I estimate that after his score of 94 came out, even the teachers who examined the test papers would not have believed it.” Ning Cheng heard this from a young girl in pink dress who was standing not far away from him, as she spoke with a chuckle.
“It goes without saying, you can see that even Brother Leng who scored 76 points and in the third round is too far off.” The people besides the young girl immediately spoke up.
A man dressed in a white robe immediately spoke up with a condescending voice, “The result of the 5th round are still not out, so saying who would be first at this time would be too early.”
“Brother Yi Yang, you will absolutely be first. I think that the only person with a pure Spiritual Root participating in this preliminary examination, is only you Brother Yi Yang.” The girl did not agree with the words of that man and spoke up.
“That certainly is one’s real strength. If others had a pure Spiritual Root, then why would they participate in the preliminary round. What is the purpose of this round? Isn’t it to be selected by the 5 Star Academy? Brother Leng had a pure Wooden Spiritual Root, which one of the 5 Star Academies would not want him.” Some of the nearby people echoed from the side.
“I heard that the representative of the Thunder 5 Star Academy is Ling Naixin who also has a pure Spiritual Root, she could easily become the core disciple of the Thunder Academy, but she is also the same as Brother Leng, and wanted to take part in the preliminary rounds of the written test.” A grey robed youth said out loud, and also refuted that pink robed girl.
“Ling Naixin? Wasn’t she the one from the 3rd written exam, who was placed first with a score of 85 in the exam?” Someone asked in surprise. Apparently he did not think that two of the high scores would be scored by two different people with pure Spiritual Roots.
“Even if that Ling Naixin has pure Spiritual Roots, she only scored 85 points, so in the overall ranking she would only be placed 2nd, and Brother Yi Yang would still be first.” That pink dressed girl still supported this Brother Yi Yang of her.
More and more people were now joining in the discussion, as that white robed man clasped his hands in front of him while appearing to be modest, but the pride in his eyes showed that he had already taken being first as granted.
Ning Cheng also understood, that this person should be the one who scored 94 points in the preliminary round, and should be the one called Leng Yi Yang. But at the moment he was thinking about Shui Yu who had jumped down from the restaurant, who was also wearing a white robe, and could not help but muttering the phrase, “Sure enough to demand respect, one has to be dressed in white.”
“Why would one have to wear a white robe to demand respect?”
Ji Luo Fei had just asked the question, when they heard someone cry out, “The 5th Array Formation Screen has lit up, the 5th written exam results are about to come out.”
Chapter 0094 – The First In The Written Round
Ning Cheng saw Ji Luo Fei looking at him, but then everyone heard a voice say “Didn’t I say that the white robed guy who scored 94 points in the exam, for him to get first place, was simply a dream.”
Ji Luo Fei spoke with some doubt, “But 94 points is truly very high, ah, I see the second name to be 85 points, while the third and fourth places both have 70 points…..”
At this point, Ji Luo Fei as if she understood the meaning of Ning Cheng’s words, quickly asked, “Do you mean to say that there is someone who scored even higher than 94 points in the 5th written exam? But I heard that the 5th written exam was even more difficult that the previous 4 written exams. How could anyone even score more than 94 points in that kind of exam? If there really was such a person, then wouldn’t it be equivalent to going against the heavens.”
Ji Luo Fei had also listened clearly to the conversations, trying to memorize almost 5000 pages of content within 3 hours of time, and that to without using their Spiritual Sense, just how could a normal person even accomplish it?
Ning Cheng somewhat sheepishly touched his hair and said, “It is not considered as going against the heavens, but it seems I am not that person. It appears that next time I will have to put on white clothing, and then ……”
Speaking till there, Ning Cheng suddenly saw that scholar like Leng Yi Yang move towards them, cupping his hands in front of Ji Luo Fei he said, “The 5th Written Exam’s results have not yet come out, so I cannot say that I certainly will be the first.”
Ning Cheng suddenly felt that this Leng Yi Yang was acting as if he had already assumed to be the first, he was trying to act humbly in front of Ji Luo Fei, Leng Yi Yang thought that he would win over them in front of these many people, and was presumably very proud of it.
Ji Luo Fei almost laughed out because of the joke Ning Cheng cracked just a moment ago, and the unpleasant idea of her returning to Mo Ze City, also had disappeared without a trace.
“Sister Luo Fei, how did you fare in your test?” They did not know how Zhu Mu Er had found them, but when she saw Ning Cheng, she knew that the woman standing beside Ning Cheng would only be Ji Luo Fei.
When Ji Luo Fei saw Zhu Mu Er, she hastily replied, “I did not write the 5th Round, Xiao Cheng did.”
“Oh, what a pity, then there really is no hope, I also did not write the test well. I know that I should have looked at my dad’s medicine books before coming here, it’s too late to regret it now.” Zhu Mu Er said with an upset voice.
Saying that, she said to Ning Xiao Cheng, “Ning Xiao Cheng, in a short while when you meet Yin Zhang Men, you just say that there were some faults in the projection, so as to avoid his thinking that he had wasted his two quotas. Just a moment ago he was muttering the same thing in front of me for a long time, I only just managed to put him off.“
Ji Luo Fei said in an unexpectedly good mood, “Sister Mu Er, Xiao Cheng said that he would be first on the 5th written test, you do not have to be too disappointed.”
Perhaps because she had never seen Ji Luo Fei crack a joke, but when Zhu Mu Er heard Ji Luo Fei say that, she became stunned for a moment, and only after a long while, she pointed at Ning Cheng and laughed, “You say that Ning Xiao Cheng would get the first place in the 5th written exam, ha ha, this really is too funny……”
Zhu Mu Er was already laughing loudly, so before she could even react, many people had already turned their stared towards her.
“Truly shameless, even with Brother Yi Yang here, there are still people here that dare to say that they are first.”
“Fuck! this kind of person is really too much.”
“Brother Leng, that person really is shameless, he even said that he would come first in the entire first round.” Someone who was standing beside Leng Yi Yang spoke up, not only him but a lot of people were not feeling good about Ning Cheng’s words.
“What he seem to say was that he would be the first in the 5th written round.”
Leng Yi Yang waved his hand, and with a bit of chill in his voice he said, “Such people are everywhere, there is no need to heed about them, the more you heed them, the more he would think that he is fantastic. If he knew that he was just a clown, he would not say such a thing.”
“Is that so? Maybe he really is the first?” A voice emerged from the surrounding.
Leng Yi Yang’s face changed, as he immediately saw a white robed man in front of him, his cultivation level was also above him, at least it was not something that he could perceive.
“This friend, I was just talking with this friend here……”
Leng Yi Yang had not yet finished, when he was once again interrupted, “Didn’t you and your friends not discuss about me, when I come and speak up, didn’t you find it meddlesome? Although you did not speak about me, however weren’t you just now speaking happily about my Junior Apprentice Sister, this kind of thing is nothing to be proud of. The second round has not yet even started, so speaking to others like this, doesn’t this make you feel ashamed.”
It seems that this person had came out to defend Ling Naixin, the corners of Leng Yi Yang’s mouth twitched a few times, and although he did not speak, but his eyes already showed, that even if he did not defend against this kind of injustice, he still had scored higher than Ling Naixin.
Not far away was a young girl wearing a purple dress who was looking at the liveliness at this place, and was somewhat speechless as she shook her head. But the young girl beside her actually spoke up in disdain, “This Leng Yi Yang just scored a few more points in the first written test, the second round hasn’t even started yet, and he is already swaggering around here, isn’t that a little bit too early.”
That purple dress wearing young girl smiled and said, “Compared to the person who said he would be the first in the 5th written round, at least this Leng Yi Yang was fairly low key.”
“Moreover, at this present moment who knows if both of them even have a face to exist.” The young girl on her side also nodded to her sentence.
“I am really sorry, Ning Xiao Cheng, I seem to have brought some trouble towards you.” Zhu Mu Er knew that her own laugh was too loud, and spoke apologetically.
Ning Cheng just waved his hands and said, “You really did not speak wrong a moment ago, as I truly am the first.”
The results would be out soon, and Ning Cheng felt that he did not have any more reason to hide it.
“What?” Zhu Mu Er thought that Ning Cheng had became muddleheaded.
“Compared to the trouble that would be coming towards me, the trouble you brought is simply nothing troublesome.” Ning Cheng finished, as he calmly stared at Lan Yin Yue who was standing across him.
The noise here was already too loud, as many people were looking at this place, and since Lan Yin Yue was also here to see the list, so seeing her here was nothing unusual.
“You not only live longer but are also more tougher than I thought, you even arrived at the Hua Continent, I really underestimated you.” Lan Yin Yue spoke with an ice cold tone, if this was not the Mo Ze Grand Plaza, she would have already attacked Ning Cheng.
However, although she had such thoughts, she did not begin, now that she had found Ning Cheng, she would definitely not let him escape from her hands, this time she would do it herself.
“The list for the 5th Written Examination has already come out.” A sudden voice interrupted Lan Yin Yue and Ning Cheng’s confrontation.
All the people in the plaza immediately focussed on the 5th huge Array Formation projection screen, at the rows of names that were now starting to come up one by one.
“Hua Yu’s Ning Xiao Cheng, First Place, 100 points…..”
Someone from the crowd read out the first name aloud, making everyone present, hear the first name for the 5th Written Round. As everyone here was mostly concerned about the first name and as such almost all of them only payed attention to it, they basically ignored the rest of the names on the list.
But the moment Hua Yu’s Ning Xiao Cheng’s name was announced, it immediately attracted everyone’s attention, and no one was in the mood to pay any attention to the one who was at the second place. But every person’s eyes were not on the name of Ning Xiao Cheng on the list, but the score of 100 points in front of it.
This was an unprecedented high score, it was also the first and only 100 points, as even in the previous four written rounds no one ever scored more than or even equal to a 100 points.
“Aaah….” Before all the people even began to discuss, a high pitch scream scream emerged, “Ning Xiao Cheng, are you really the first? Hua Yu’s Ning Xiao Cheng, yes, yes, that must be you, first, ha ha, you really are the first……”
This Zhu Mu Er’s emotions were completely out of control, she had thought that Ji Luo Fei had joked about Ning Cheng before, only now did she came to realize that it was not a joke, this really was way better than just gold.
It was not until this point that the crowd also burst into all kinds of discussions, so Zhu Mu Er screaming out in the crows did not actually seem obtrusive.
“The first name is Hua Yu’s Ning Xiao Cheng, why haven’t I heard this name before?”
“It should be because he is a representative of a small Academy, wasn’t the 3rd Rank Gong Jun also a representative of a 2 Star Academy. I guess this Ning Xiao Cheng is also a representative of a lower leveled academy for this round.”
“That Gong Jun had only scored 76 points, how could we even compare him to Ning Xiao Cheng? This Ning Xiao Cheng had scored 100 points, which means he is also the first of all the 5 written rounds.”
“Just who said that the first place was definitely Leng Yi Yang’s? Now aren’t they covering up their beat up face.”
“Yes, I have heard some people call Ning Xiao Cheng here a moment ago, just who is Ning Xiao Cheng?”
Ji Luo Fei was foolishly gawking at the first name on the 5th big Array Formation screen, and did not react for a long while. She also knew the difficulty of the exam as she had heard the other people talking about it and immediately felt her scalp tingling, but now that she herself saw Ning Cheng score a 100 points, it was simply too outrageous. She realized that what he had originally said was true, and not a word about it was fake, moreover it turned out that what she had joke about with Ning Cheng actually came true.
At this point the 6th giant projection screen started to display the names, and sure enough the Number 1 name on the screen was the person who scored 100 points, and the one representing Hua Yu Academy, Ning Xiao Cheng.
Some people who were looking at the 6th giant projection screen began to read out aloud, “Ranked 1st, Hua Yu’s Ning Xiao Cheng, with 100 points. Ranked 2nd, Luo Huo Academy’s Leng Yi Yang, with 94 points. 3rd place Thunder Academy’s Ling Naixin, 85 points. The 4th place Clear Sky Academy’s Gong Jun, 76 points. 5th place Falling Star Academy’s Yuan Liang, 74 points. 6th place Thunder Academy’s Xi Men Gao, 71 points. 7th place God Wind Academy’s Meng Jing Xiu, 71 points……”
“Hey, how come in the top seven, the God Wind Academy is only ranked at 7th Place?” Hearing someone else read the names, everyone felt that the God Wind Academy’s position was really a bit too bad.
In regards to the top seven contestants being mostly from all the 5 Star Academy’s, nobody was surprised. Even about Ning Xiao Cheng who had taken the first place, as he would soon be joining a 5 Star Academy as a disciple.
“Are you really Ning Xiao Cheng?” Lan Yin Yue stared at Ning Cheng and frowned, in her heart she suddenly had a bad feeling, if Ning Xiao Cheng was really the first, then she absolutely would not be able to kill Ning Xiao Cheng. It basically did not take long for her to understand, that Ning Xiao Cheng would definitely be rushing to a 5 Star Academy.
As a student of a 5 Star Academy, although she was a True Condensation Cultivator who came from the Ping Continent, she could not dare to make a move on him. At this moment, she was even somewhat regretting that she should have killed Ning Cheng long before.
Chapter 0095 – Who Is Ning Xiao Cheng
“Just where is this Hua Yu Academy?”
“Who is the person incharge of this Hua Yu Academy?”
When the 5th written exam’s result came out, ‘Hua Yu Academy’ became the most popular three words among the people, in the entire Mo Ze Grand Plaza, everyone was enquiring about where the Hua Yu Academy was situated.
Other than the enquiries about the stall of the Hua Yu Academy, there was a huge crowd of cultivators outside the stall of the Hua Yu Academy wanting to join them, more than even the five big 5 Star Academies combined.
As for the ones in charge of the five 5 Star Academies, they immediately began a door to door search for Ning Xiao Cheng, who obtained the first position in the written exam, it was more than necessary for them to find this Hua Yu Academy.
Ning Cheng looked at the ever changing face of Lan Yin Yue, and said in a cold voice, “Get lost, we’ll settle our accounts slowly.”
Lan Yin Yue’s facial expression rapidly changed, this person who she considered even beneath the ants in her eyes dared to call her out. But then she thought that Ning Cheng was soon going to be disciple of a 5 Star Acdemy, she now did not have a reason to fight with with him. Her position was simply to bring the few disciples with Pure Spiritual Roots from her Academy to the Falling Star Academy, and as such did not have anything to do with the Falling Star Academy. If Ning Cheng really ended up becoming a student at a 5 Star Academy, then he would definitely try to take his revenge, even she knew that the Falling Star Academy would not protect her. Moreover An Yi was also Ning Cheng’s cousin, once she learned the truth, with An Yi’s qualifications, Lan Yin Yue knew that she would not be able to continue on.
“Yin Yue, you’re really here, come accompany me to the Hua Yu Academy’s stall, for Hua Yu Academy to send out a student like Ning Xiao Cheng, our Falling Star Academy…..” The one who had come over was an old man of the Essence Building Realm, with the Falling Star Academy’s emblem on his clothes.
“What happened to you?” He had not yet finished, when the Essence Building Cultivator saw that something was not right with Lan Yin Yue, as he reached out and grabbed Lan Yin Yue’s wrist.
Lan Yin Yue tried to shake off her hand while saying, “Brother He Hong, please behave.”
But this Essence Building Cultivator refused to let go of Lan Yin Yue’s hand, moreover he also did not get angry, instead he stared at Ning Cheng who was standing opposite to Lan Yin Yue and shouted with a cold voice, “Was is you who made Junior Apprentice Sister angry? Immediately kowtow to Junior Sister Yin Yue and apologize.”
If not for the prohibition of fighting in the Mo Ze Grand Plaza, this He Hong wold have already taken the initiative to strike at Ning Cheng.
Ning Cheng just said with contempt filling his voice, “Looking at the person who had just rejected you, you still have the guts to seek out your father? Are your dog eyes blind.”
Before Ning Cheng did not dare to cause trouble at the entrance of the Falling Star Academy, because he was already too clear on his own status back then, he knew that once he made trouble, he would be captured and killed, and would probably be just like a soap bubble being punctured, there would not even be half a ripple. But he knew that things were now radically different, since he was the first in written round’s final list, no one would casually dare to blow up the soap bubble that he was.
“You are courting death.” This was something that this He Hong could not endure, for a mere junior cultivator to ridicule him like this, he had already raised his hands to strike him.
Although he wanted to denounce the rules of the Mo Ze Grand Plaza and punish him before, but now he could, at least he already had a good excuse, as the opposite party was just a junior cultivator who dared to ridicule an Essence Building Senior.
When Ning Cheng saw that He Hong was starting to act, he also did not hesitate for even half a moment, and immediately took the spear that he was carrying on his back into his hands, he would let this He Hong strike first, so that he could then use the spear in his hands to immediately lay waste to He Hong’s palms. He believed that if he used his spear later, then when the person in charge of the law enforcement came out, then as long as he gave out his name, he would definitely not eat a big loss.
“Stop.” A powerful force surged over to their side.
This He Hong’s complexion immediately changed, and abruptly stopped his palm from striking Ning Cheng.
This He Hong did not dare to continue, and Ning Cheng also did not use his spear, since this He Hong had already stopped, he would also not take the initiative to provoke him, as there was no rational reason for him to do so.
The reason why he did not begin yet, was because he knew that he did not have absolute power. As long as you had real power in your hands, then when you begin, the other people would also not ask you for the reason, even if what you said made the other party unhappy, there would be nobody who would say that his reason was wrong, even if the others chime in, that it wasn’t right, the opposite party would still seem like the bad guy. But it was regrettable, that at this moment, he did not have that kind of strength.
“Deacon Jia, this one is one of the teachers of the Falling Star Academy, He Hong.” He Hong immediately cupped his fists and greeted. He knew that the one in front of him was Deacon Jia, he simply cannot be considered anything in front of him. The one in front of him was called Jia Han, and was one of the law keepers of the Mo Ze Grand Plaza with a cultivation of Profound Congealing 6th Level, which simply could not be compared to him at all.
“You are a cultivator of the Essence Building Realm from the Falling Star Academy, don’t you know that you are not allowed to fight in the Mo Ze Grand Plaza?” Although this Jia Han was holding He Hong accountable, but he had already relaxed his aura and also his tone, it was obviously because this He Hong was a person from the Falling Star Academy. As for Ning Cheng, he was just a trifling person with a cultivation of True Condensation 1st Level.
When Jia Han finished, he stared at Ning Cheng with a cold glint in his eyes and said, “And you, you even dared to take out your artifact in the Mo Ze Grand Plaza, you really have guts that cover the heavens.”
Ning Cheng just calmly put his spear on his back again, and first clasped his fists in front of Jia Han and said, “Hua Yu Academy’s Ning Xiao Cheng greets Deacon Jia Han, because this person tried to attack me for no reason at all, I had to bring out my spear in self defence.”
Using the name of Ning Xiao Cheng from the Hua Yu Academy, Ning Cheng knew that it would not go in vain.
“Are you really Ning Xiao Cheng? The Ning Xiao Cheng from the Hua Yu Academy who is the first in the 5th Written Exam?” Jia Han immediately asked.
“Of course, he is the same Ning Xiao Cheng, amongst the two people who represented the Hua Yu Academy in the 5th Written Exam, he is indeed one of them along with me.” Zhu Mu Er said as she finally calmed down, and even her speech did not have even a hint of surprise in them, at least it seemed that way to the people around her.
Ning Cheng spoke with a very respectful and prudent tone, “Yes, this junior is indeed the Hua Yu Academy’s Ning Xiao Cheng.”
“You’re Ning Xiao Cheng?” He Hong was also shocked, he did not think that his luck would be this bad, he wanted to play it cool in front of the person he liked, and ended up seeking out the guy from the first place in the Written Exam.
Although he did not fear Ning Xiao Cheng, however this Ning Xiao Cheng would surely join a 5 Star Academy, so he knew that he would be questioned for picking a fight with him for no reason at all.
Leng Yi Yang who was also not far away was also shocked, he really had not expected that he would be the person who ranked first in the 5th Written Test, not only did he secure the first place, he had also secured the absolute first place in the entire written exam round. Before when he heard the words spoken by him, he had also thought of immediately killing him and erase the shame in his heart as he did not know who Ning Xiao Cheng really was. Now he only hoped that no one remembered the words spoken by him recently.
But how could the others fulfill his wish, the white robed cultivator who had defended Ling Naixin stared at him and spoke in a mocking tone, “Not long ago, wasn’t there someone here who had ridiculed others by calling them out as a clown for thinking that they would get the first place. Ha Ha, it really is great, you really are a clown, haha…..”
As this white robed cultivator spoke, he kept staring at Leng Yi Yang, until Leng Yi Yang’s face turned to the color of pig’s liver, and even then kept laughing as he turned around and walked away. While walking, he also spoke out the words of Leng Yi Yang cynically, “The result for the 5th Round has not come out yet, this time it’s too early to say who is the first…. Haha, it really was too early, at least he was aware of it himself.”
“Naixin, this Ning Xiao Cheng is truly the first.” Said the purple robe wearing young girl in surprise who had previously talked in disdain towards Leng Yi Yang who had scored 94 points.
This Naixin who was just spoken to by this purple dressed young girl, even her face turned slightly red as she spoke, “I spoke incorrectly a moment ago, I had also thought that that person had a thick skinned face. I really did not think, that he really would have the skill.”
Compared to the commotion caused due of Ning Cheng’s dispute, the Hua Yu Academy’s space in the Mo Ze Grand Place was completely overcrowded.
If not for hearing the few words of Zhu Mu Er, the Hua Yu Academy’s Head Yin Bo had already planned on leaving. So when the result of Zhu Mu Er came out, he had only spoke a few words to her, before he hurriedly walked away from there.
Yin Bo had actually been depressed when he learned that Hu Yu Academy had secured the first position, but he had never heard of this person called Ning Xiao Cheng. However after thinking carefully for while, didn’t Zhu Mu Er asked him to give the second quota to a person, was that second person Ning Xiao Cheng?
Did he actually obtain the first place? But when Yi Bo finally once again saw Ning Xiao Cheng clearly, his heart was filled with ecstasy
Now that Hua Yu Academy had secured the first place, he did not need to seek out Zhu Mu Er’s father to refine a pill for him, as he could now easily secure an Essence Building Pill. No only that, there were even many more rewards, and it was most probable that the Hua Yu Academy might even get promoted to a 3 Star Academy.
But he had only met with Ning Xiao Cheng once, and was not familiar with him at all. At that time Yin Bo wanted to go look for Ning Xiao Cheng, but his place was already surrounded by people.
Some of the people had come here to congratulate Yin Bo, while still more asked if he was still recruiting students.
Yin Bo had only brought 2 disciples to the Mo Ze Grand Plaza, and the three people were not enough to manage such a crowd that came over. It was only until the people from the 5 Star Academies arrived, did the situation in front of the Hua Yu Academy’s stall regained some form of order.
“Academy Head Yin, I am the manager of the Clear Sky Academy’s stall…..”
“The Hua Yu Academy’s atmosphere really is different, this Le Kang from the Falling Star Academy has come to especially congratulate Academy Head Yin……”
Although these people who had come from the 5 Star Academy were polite, but Yin Bo did not dare neglect any of them, and immediately greeted everyone respectfully, it was only after a good long while, that the delegates from the 5 Star Academies finally settled down.
“Academy Head Yin, do you not know that the first place was obtained by your Ning Xiao Cheng? My Luo Huo 5 Star Academy longs for such talent like Ning Xiao Cheng, take the example of the person ranked second in the first round, Leng Yi Yang. I believe that even the Hua Yu Academy would also scale to new heights because of Ning Xiao Cheng.” The representative of the Luo Huo Academy could not help but speak up.
“Deacon Chi, the words you spoke just now are not quite appropriate, right? We have just come here to sit around for a while. As for what Academy will Ning Xiao Cheng chose, it can be discussed with him in the meeting amongst the representatives of the 5 Star Academies, he can then make the decision by himself.” The representative from the God Wind Academy immediately said with a dissatisfied tone.
There was not a single person from the God Wind Academy amongst the top of any of the written rounds, which seen from no matter what point of view, was still very disadvantageous to the God Wind Academy.
In the view of all the 5 Star Academies, for Ning Xiao Cheng to score a 100 points in the written test, it proved that he was absolutely a genius. Generally for such a gifted geniuses, their Spiritual Roots would also not be bad, and everyone could see this fact from the memory test round, that his Spiritual Roots were of a higher quality. The stronger the ability to comprehend and react, the higher would be the score.
Whether it was Spiritual Roots or their comprehension ability, these were the basic conditions required for practising cultivation. In the case of Clear Sky Academy unconventionally admitting the candidate Gong Jun, it was because not only Gong Jun scored 76 points, even the results of his Spiritual Roots test showed that he had a Dual Main Spiritual Root, moreover one of his Main Spiritual Root was already white.
Even if these things were not taken into consideration, whichever college enrolls the cultivator who obtained the first place in the written round, that Academy’s name would instantly rise, and in the upcoming tournament for the selection of a 6 Star Academy, it would definitely be advantageous to them.
Moreover these reasons were actually not the most important, the most important reason was that during the tournament for the selection of the 6 Star Academy in the Hua Continent, there will also be a memory written test. In this memory test, if this person who obtained the first place here, entered any of the 5 Star Academies, that 5 Star Academy would have a certain advantage over the rest of the 5 Star Academy’s participants in the tournament for the selection of the 6 Star Academy.
Chapter 0096 – The Fight For Ning Cheng
To Lan Yin Yue, for such an person who she considered an ant in her eyes to call her out in such a manner, it was too difficult for her to accept, it she was in any other place, she would have already slapped Ning Cheng dead with her own hands.
Unfortunately, she had to roll with the flow for now, she could not figure out how Ning Cheng who was clearly a Qi Gathering Cultivator in her eyes managed to arrive at the Hua Continent, moreover how could he have scored a mind blowing 100 points in the 5th written exam. Lan Yin Yue, who was very much looking forward to visiting the 5 Star Academies, immediately cooled down.
She knew that Ning Xiao Cheng’s Spiritual Roots were very bad, but the 5 Star Academies not only evaluated people just based on their combat abilities, but they equally focussed on other things. Which is one of the reasons why this kind of written exams were conducted, now that Ning Cheng obtained a literally unbeatable and unheard of result, all the 5 Star Academies would definitely rush to recruit him, even if Ning Cheng had an absolutely trash Spiritual Root they would do everything in their power to recruit him.
Now that Lan Yin Yue had already walked away, that He Hong could only walk away in disgrace. Fortunately Jia Han had taken into consideration of He Hong being a teacher from the Falling Star Academy, and thus did not take any action against him.
Ning Cheng also knew that he could not completely take on He Hong by himself, as he knew that He Hong was an Essence Building Cultivator from the Falling Star Academy, unless his strength completely surpassed him, only then could he look for an opportunity to teach that He Hong a lesson.
Jia Han gave a faint smile towards Ning Cheng and said, “Young man you really are something, for you to obtain the first place in the written exam out of all these people here, your future sure would be promising. According to the Hua Continent’s unified recruitment of the 5 Star Academies, after the end of the preliminary round, the top ten would be able to join the 5 Star Academies, and then continue on to the next round. I wish you good luck.”
Jia Han had just finished speaking, when his body immediately disappeared.
After Zhu Mu Er saw that Jia Han had walked away, she immediately said with an excited voice, “Ning Xiao Cheng, even Decon Jia Han came to congratulate you, Deacon Jia is a Profound Congealing Master, and would definitely look after you later on.”
Ning Cheng knew that what Zhu Mu Er said was just a dream, as although this Deacon Jia Han had wished him good luck, one can never say just what would happen in the future. Although he did obtain the first place in the preliminary round, this was not enough for Deacon Jia Han to befriend him.
As for what Jia Han said, for wishing him good luck, it was just said casually, if he were to take it seriously, then that would only be him being stupid.
Zhu Mu Er then suddenly said, “Ning Cheng, out of the top ten people in the first round, you are the only person not from a 5 Star Academy, while the rest of the 9 people are already disciples of the 5 Star Academy.”
It was only at that time did Ning Cheng notice such a thing, that of top ten names on the 6th big screen in front of him, only he was the one from the Hua Yu Academy, while the remaining 9 people were indeed disciples from the 5 Star Academies.
At this time, all the sound jade tablets in the Mo Ze Grand Plaza suddenly rang out simultaneously, “Now that the First Round of the Written Exams are finally finished, and the 1000 outstanding disciples from the 5 written exams have been finalized, the finals will be held in 10 days. In accordance to the provisions made, before the next round can begin, the first ten participants can choose to join the 5 Star Academies in advance. Because the participants from the second to the tenth places in the preliminary round have already joined the 5 Star Academies, the only one remaining is the person at the First Position, Hua Yu’s Ning Xiao Cheng who has not yet selected a 5 Star Academy for himself. Now the Head of the Hua Yu Academy, Yin Bo has asked his disciple Ning Xiao Cheng to make his way towards the main altar at the center of the plaza, for him to make a choice of which 5 Star Academy would he join.”
“The main altar is up ahead, Ning Xiao Cheng, you should hurry up and go.” For Ning Cheng to choose a 5 Star Academy, it seems that Zhu Mu Er was even more anxious than Ning Xiao Cheng.
Even after saying that, Zhu Mu Er seemed to be a lot worried, as she once again whispered in Ning Cheng’s ears, “Remember there are still many good points, since you have taken the first place in the preliminary exam, even if your Spiritual Roots are bad, all the 5 Star Academies would still rush to grab you. That is because, 2 years later, when the tournament between the 5 Star Academies takes place, it will also have a written test similar to this one. So the main reason all those 5 Star Academies want you, is for the tournament for the establishment of the 6 Star Academy two years later.”
After hearing Zhu Mu Er’s words some of the apprehensions in Ning Cheng’s heart suddenly cleared up. He was also worried about his own Spiritual Root problem, he was thinking that since his Spiritual Root was bad, so even if he grabbed the first place in the preliminary written exam, he would still not be valued much by others. He had never thought that in the tournament 2 years from now to determine which of five 5 Star Academy would advance to a 6 Star Academy, would also have this kind of a written test. Since this was the case, then why should he be worried about it?
Ning Cheng already saw that the main altar in the middle of the plaza was already packed with people, and on the main altar, there were five emblems displayed, these five emblems displayed were precisely the five emblems of the five 5 Star Academies.
Ning Cheng then went to the side of Ji Luo Fei, and grabbed Ji Luo Fei’s hands, Ji Luo Fei’s face immediately turned red, as she tried to urge Ning Cheng to hurry up. She heard Ning Cheng’s soft voice in her ear, “Will you help me keep this, when we meet again you can then give it to me.”
Saying that he stuffed Ji Luo Fei’s hands with a storage bag, as he quickly made his way towards the main altar at the center of the plaza. This storage bag that Ning Cheng gave her contained his more valuable possessions, including the Imperial Jade Seal, the Five Elements Fall Treasure Coins, the Soul Wood Cores and others. He would have to face numerous experts with much much higher strength and cultivation when he would go on the main altar, in the case he was inspected, keeping these things on him would be really very unsafe.
As for the Mysterious Yellow Bead, Ning Cheng did not have any way to take it out, moreover he knew that he could not take the Mysterious Yellow Bead out even if he wanted to. As the Mysterious Yellow Bead and he were already a single entity. Plus now that he had obtained the first position, so he probably would not be examined, so the Mysterious Yellow Bead should be safe.
But Ning Cheng then saw that there were no teachers from the 5 Star Academies, only Yin Bo, who came up to him in excitement as he rubbed his hands and whispered to him from the side, “Brother Ning, I really did not expect that you would help my Hua Yu Academy to secure the first place, I really …….”
Ning Cheng understood the excitement of Yin Bo, as he patted Yin Bo’s hands and said, “I am still the disciple of the Hua Yu Academy, and you are still the Head of the Hua Yu Academy, try to maintain a little demeanor of an Academy Head. I took one of the places of your Hua Yu Academy, so it is only natural that the Hua Yu Academy should get an appropriate compensation.”
When some of the people with a higher cultivation level standing on the main altar heard the clear words of Ning Cheng, none of them had thought, that the person they were going to choose was such a person. If they had to pick from all the people who all wanted to join the five 5 Star Academies, and then let them take the written test, then the 5 Star Academies would not have to spend so much energy. What’s more, the rest of the other Academies also needed to recruit a few disciples. For Hua Yu Academy to pick up Ning Xiao Cheng, it showed the insight of the Hua Yu Academy, and should be rewarded appropriately for it.
Seeing Ning Cheng and the head of the Hua Yu Academy Yin Bo starting to ascend to the main altar, the crowd of onlookers around the plaza immediately broke out in discussion.
“So he is Ning Xiao Cheng, ah, I remember, wasn’t he the one who came to our Jin Yu Academy’s stall to seek for a place, but we did not give it to him, I though it really would have been a bother, alas.”
“I also know how you feel, he had also visited our Yu Ding Academy’s stall …..”
“Our Liu Guang Academy was also visited by Ning Xiao Cheng, what a pity …..”
Unfortunately such comments were quite abundant, as Ning Cheng in order to find a slot for the preliminary round, ended up visiting a lot of places. But he was, without a single exception, rejected by everyone, especially when the people heard that he had a multi-line hybrid spiritual root, none of them even thought for a single moment before refusing him.
“How can Ning Cheng come here?” When Ji Yao He also saw Ning Cheng, she was immediately shocked, as she immediately understood that that Ning Cheng was really that Ning Xiao Cheng who had obtained the first place.
After finally understanding that Ning Cheng really was Ning Xiao Cheng, a storm was rising in her heart, she was not shocked because Ning Cheng had obtained first place in the written round, but she was actually shocked that Ning Cheng already had the cultivation of True Condensation 1st Level. Initially when she first saw Ning Cheng, Ning Cheng was just a garbage with the qualification of only a three line hybrid spiritual root. With that kind of qualifications, how could he rise to the True Condensation 1st Level this quickly? This definitely was a problem.
Ji Yao He and Lan Yin Yue were different, Lan Yin Yue only had the cultivation of True Condensation Realm, so even if Ning Cheng did not try to conceal his cultivation level, she could only vaguely feel Ning Cheng’s cultivation level. Because of her preconceptions about him, she absolutely would not think or even believe that Ning Cheng might have been a cultivator in the True Condensation Realm, and thus simply did not care about him.
But Ji Yao He was already a cultivator of the Essence Building Realm, and even if Ning Cheng used some kind of Concealment Techniques to conceal his cultivation level, she could make out with a single glance that Ning Cheng had the cultivation level of True Condensation 1st Level.
After confirming once again that Ning Cheng indeed had the cultivation of True Condensation 1st Level, Ji Yao He’s heart suddenly started to race. Ning Cheng definitely had a huge fortune on him, otherwise in her view it was basically impossible for him to advance to the True Condensation Realm this quickly. At this moment almost all her attention was focussed on Ning Cheng’s body, as she started to ponder on how Ning Cheng could advance his cultivation level this quickly.
Ning Cheng stepped onto the spacious main altar, and clasped his fists as he turned to all sides and spoke, “Ning Xiao Cheng greets fellow seniors.”
Although he did not know who the people in front of him were, but he knew that these people in front of him were by no means simple, and were an absolutely powerful existence to him. At worst, he estimated, that these people were also cultivators in the Essence Building Realm.
Ning Cheng had just greeted those seniors in front of him, when he felt numerous Spiritual Consciousnesses sweeping over him. This made Ning Cheng to become secretly startled in his heart, fortunately he had already stowed away his Storage Bag, otherwise it was quite possible for the items in the Storage Bag to be exposed.
“Good, good, he is not a least bit off compared to those geniuses with Pure Spiritual Roots.” After an old man who was sitting on the side, with the Clear Sky Academy’s insignia on his robes appraised him, he once again spoke to Ning Cheng with an amiable manner, “You should take a seat first, I am a Level 4 Talisman Master from Clear Sky Academy, Ming Hao Kuo. For you to come on to the stage with a cool head, plus with such a powerful memory, no matter what kind of Spiritual Root you have, the door to my Clear Sky Academy will always be open to you.”
“What is a talisman even useful for? Ning Xiao Cheng’s memory for Spiritual Grasses is extremely good, so if he joined my Luo Hou Academy then the Dean would personally take the time and develop him. Ning Xiao Cheng, I am Luo Hou Academy’s Cheng Xuan, I can place you directly under any of the Pill Master’s of your choice in my Luo Hou Academy.” Not waiting for Ming Hao Kuo from the Clear Sky Academy to finish what he was saying, another middle aged looking cultivator from the Luo Hou Academy spoke, interrupting Ming Hao Kuo’s words.
Then immediately representatives from the Falling Star Academy, God Wind Academy, and Thunder Academy also narrated the benefits of joining their Academies to Ning Cheng, and even made various commitments with Ning Cheng.
Ning Cheng was very clear in his heart that these old fogies would just burn the bridges that they built after they crossed them, as they would never speak such polite words with a cultivator in the True Condensation Realm who they always looked down on. This was absolutely not because of his qualifications, but because he knew that even if he possessed the qualifications of a Pure Spiritual Root, it would still be impossible for this many high ranking people to make a beeline to grab him.
As for the reason for this kind of behaviour from their side, it was to deal with the upcoming tournament to select a 6 Star Academy, as long as any one of the Academies successfully roped him in, it meant that at least in the written test they would be off to a great start. At this moment the only thing in the other people’s eyes, was his score.
What they were trying to grab was not Ning Cheng, but trying to snatch the score for the written exam in the 6 Star Academy’s Tournament. Once the 6 Star Academy was selected from among them, then even if Ning Cheng were to die, these old fogies would definitely not even bat an eye for him.
Understanding this Ning Cheng still gave a calm performance, as he once again clasped his fists and said in the most respectful voice that he could muster, “Thank you for the deep affections that the seniors had shown to this junior, this junior had originally planned to joined the Clear Sky Academy …….”
“Yes, yes, coming to my Clear Sky Academy is definitely the right choice, you will definitely not regret it.” When Ming Hao Kuo heard Ning Cheng’s words, he immediately stood up smiling and spoke as if he had already planned on welcoming Ning Cheng to join the Clear Sky Academy for a long time.
Ning Cheng intentionally sighed and said, “Originally I did wanted to enter the Clear Sky Academy, and also painstakingly went out and found one of the Clear Sky Command Medallions and wanted to register with the Clear Sky Academy immediately, but this Clear Sky Command Medallion was confiscated by the Clear Sky Academy, moreover not only was the Clear Sky Command Medallion confiscated, the people there even tried to threaten me, fortunately I was very tactful, and got the message, and did not rush into the Clear Sky Academy, and thus managed to escape from disaster unharmed.”
“What? Which bastard was it, who dared to not fulfil the request of the Clear Sky Command Medallion, and even refused to give you a place in the preliminary round? This father will shred all of his skin.” Ming Hao Kuo almost jumped three feet high, showing his anger.
Ning Cheng sneered in his heart, what you owe this father, this father will slowly reap it with interest, and this granddaddy will definitely make it up for snatching the Clear Sky Command Medallion from him.
Chapter 0097 – Joining The God Wind Academy
It was only after a short while, that the middle aged man from the Clear Sky Academy Stall had been brought to the main altar on the plaza. At this point of time his complexion was extremely pale and was trembling all over, he also still had the Clear Sky Command Medallion that he had taken from Ning Cheng.
If he knew that Ning Cheng would secure the first place in the written exam’s round, moreover he also planned to destroy his cultivation later, he would never have ever dared to do such a thing.
“Ha Ha, Elder Brother Ming, the Clear Sky Academy really does not live up to its reputation, for it to even have this kind of person existing among you, in the end, alas……” The woman from the Thunder Academy deliberately sighed, clearly rubbing salt into their wounds. Her words implied that for Clear Sky Academy to have such a person among them, it really was not a good choice.
Ming Hao Kuo stared at the ashen faced man with the cultivation of Qi Gathering 9th Level, “First hand over the Clear Sky Command Medallion, for my Clear Sky Academy to have such a scum like you, it really is disgraceful.”
This middle aged man who was at Qi Gathering 9th Level was shaking uncontrollably as he handed over the Clear Sky Command Medallion, he did not even have the time to explain himself, before he was immediately slapped by Ming Hao Kuo and turned into bloody mist.
After killing this Qi Gathering Cultivator, the anger on Ming Hao Kuo’s face vanished instantaneously as if it never existed, as if this matter never happened at all, as he smiled once again and returned the Clear Sky Command Medallion to Ning Cheng and said, “Every Academy will have some bad seeds and worms, fortunately this man was only a disciple of the outer court. The disciples of the inner court of my Clear Sky Academy are the elites of the elites, in fact, you could just have met the incharge of our stall at that time, if anyone even dared to not follow your Clear Sky Command Medallion, you could have just told me or any other Deacon of my Clear Sky Academy, and we would have definitely solved the problem for you.”
Ning Cheng did not try to be polite again, this Clear Sky Command Medallion was already his to begin with, he just thanked him once as he received the Clear Sky Command Medallion, as he sighed and spoke, “Alas, I had originally wanted to do so, but then an Essence Building Senior from the Clear Sky Academy, who seemed to have been called by Teacher Jing, he did not want to even hear a single word from me, and directly asked me to “fuck off”. He said that this was the area of a 5 Star Academy, and did not even allow me to speak. When I left there, I really was very sad in my heart, Clear Sky Academy was my dream that I wanted to enter, but after this incident, all the dreams in my heart have already shattered.”
After listening to the words of Ning Cheng, the complexion of Ming Hao Kuo’s face was not so simple, as his face immediately turned ashen, he could not help but think about the written exam during the tournament for the 6 Star Academy, didn’t they just kicked the opportunity presented to the Clear Sky Academy right in the face.
This time, he really did not have the face to continue and invite Ning Cheng to join the Clear Sky Academy, and directly said to Ning Cheng, “Ning Xiao Cheng, I’ll definitely go look for that bastard, since you want to join my Clear Sky Academy, then you can come there at any time, and would also not require the Clear Sky Command Medallion.”
With that Ming Hao Kuo walked away, and now there were only the 4 other Academies competing for Ning Cheng.
“Ning Xiao Cheng, this time my Falling Star Academy has the most members with the Pure Spiritual Roots, you might as well join my Falling Star Academy.” An emaciated man with the cultivation of Profound Congealing Realm from the Falling Star Academy spoke to Ning Cheng, the expression on his face resembled a wolf who saw a small white rabbit.
Ning Cheng hurriedly cupped his fists and replied, “Actually before I was preparing to join the Clear Sky Academy, I was going to join the Falling Star Academy. I have a cousin with Pure Spiritual Roots who had joined the Falling Star Academy, I think, that if I went to the Academy with my cousin, it would be really good …….”
“Is your cousin in the Falling Star Academy, moreover with a Pure Spiritual Root? Then why are you even hesitating about, come join my Falling Star 5 Star Academy.” This man with the cultivation of Profound Congealing Realm revealed an excited expression on his face, he did not actually see Ning Cheng, but only a heap of scores.
Ning Cheng once again sighed and said, “My qualification were not as good as my cousin, so the Clear Heart Academy’s Senior Sister Apprentice Lan Yin Yue refused to let me in. Actually I did not care about it, as long as my cousin joined the Falling Star 5 Star Academy, it was more than good for me. But I did not think that, Senior Sister Apprentice Lan Yin Yue would dismiss me on the grounds of hindering my cousin’s cultivation, and even chased me all around the place to kill me. I really had nowhere to escape from her, and could only run into the Daan Forest.”
“Fortunately, I happened to find a Spiritual Essence Spring Pool, after cultivating for nearly half an year at this Spiritual Essence Spring Pool, I unexpectedly advanced to the Qi Gathering 9th Level. Afterwards I also was able to obtain a True Condensation Pill from a Pill Master in the Yuan Continent, I really did not think that I would be lucky enough to successfully advance to the True Condensation Realm. Alas, if not for these matters, me and my cousin would definitely have come to the Falling Star Academy, but right now, I really do not have any such thoughts.”
The reason why Ning Cheng said those words this time, aside from digging a pit for Lan Yin Yue, it would also explain his bad Spiritual Roots and also how he was able to cultivate this quickly. As such he did not wait for the others to ask as he took the initiative to explain it himself.
After this man at the Profound Congealing Realm heard Ning Cheng’s words, he also went into the same flying rage, a cultivator from the True Condensation Realm of a mere Clear Heart Academy unexpectedly dared to obstruct the Falling Star Academy in recruiting the person who obtained the first place in the written round. He could still ignore the matter if Ning Cheng had not taken the first place, but since this matter was the consequences of Lan Yin Yue’s actions, he would still go out and punish this Lan Yin Yue no matter how good looking she was.
Seeing that the Clear Sky Academy and Falling Star Academy were both simultaneously refused by Ning Cheng, the old man from the God Wind Academy stood up and spoke, “Ning Xiao Cheng, I think that the God Wind Academy would really be the best for you.”
“My God Wind Academy can not only provide you with an independent Immortal’s Cave, but will also allow you to enjoy the various treatments received by the core disciples. If you are somewhat lacking in your Spiritual Root, even then you would have the freedom to come and go as you like.” the old man from the God Wind Academy said very enthusiastically.
Ning Cheng was really moved in his heart, as he understood the meaning behind the words spoken by the old man. He was very clear on this point, that even though he had grabbed the first position in the First Round’s written test to join one of the 5 Star Academies, his Spiritual Roots were not very good. In all the 5 Star Academies, the core disciples all have a good Spiritual Root, and were fiercely protected, and to a certain extent, there were even some restrictions placed on them.
Because among the top ten people in the First Round’s written test, the God Wind Academy held only a single spot and that was the 7th Position, from this it could be said that the out of the top ten places in the First Round’s written exam, the God Wind Academy was really the weakest of them all. Because of this, Ning Cheng had already made up his mind to go to the God Wind Academy, as he knew that they would try to do anything to rope him in. Now that the old man from the God Wind Academy had spoken, he was already more than satisfied with it.
Seeing that the other two people from the rest of the two 5 Star Academies were going to speak, Ning Cheng quickly clasped his fists and bowed to the old man in front of him and said, “Thank you seniors, but this junior had already decided to join the God Wind Academy. Because this junior has only a multiline hybrid support Spiritual Root, for me to be able to advance to the True Condensation Realm was really a lucky coincidence. Although the God Wind Academy does not care about the strength of this junior’s Spiritual Root. But this junior has just a small request.”
Although the old man from the God Wind Academy had did indeed invited Ning Cheng, but he did not have even the shred of confidence in his heart that he might accept it. Of all the 5 Star Academies in the Hua Continent, the God Wind Academy was the weakest and the worst of them all. So for them to even think about competing in the tournament for the selection of the 6 Star Academy, it was not something that they had confidence in, you could even say that they were just accompanying the prince to his study. But now that Ning Cheng had spoke those words, then at least in the written exam they would be able to get a good score, even if they finally lost, at least they would not have to be too ashamed about it.
Because he also heard about a rumor, that once when one of the five current 5 Star Academies would get promoted to a 6 Star Academy, there would also be a 4 Star Academy that would be promoted to a 5 Star Academy. So if the God Wind Academy obtained a result that was too bad, then there was even a possibility that they may even lose their 5 Star status.
“If you have any request, you can speak them freely.” At this time the old man from the God Wind Academy was the most excited he had been in his entire life. As for Ning Cheng having a multiline hybrid support Spiritual Root, he had already ignored it. Since Ning Cheng had already said it before, that he had a chance encounter with a Spiritual Essence Spring Pool, and had only just recently advanced to the True Condensation 1st Level, it obviously showed that the qualifications of Ning Xiao Cheng was not good.
“I have two friends, who also want to join the God Wind Academy, I do not know…..” Ning Cheng immediately hinted towards Zhu Mu Er, and this time, naturally put forward his condition.
These two friends, besides Ji Luo Fei, the other one was obviously Zhu Mu Er. After getting to know Zhu Mu Er, Ning Cheng came to understand that Zhu Mu Er had a straightforward character, and was always frank about what she spoke, in short she had no brains to think for herself. Moreover he had got this opportunity because of Zhu Mu Er, so he had already planned to give one of the places to Zhu Mu Er. Whether Zhu Mu Er wanted it or not, that was her own personal choice.
The reason he had to join a 5 Star Academy, besides wanting to go look for an opportunity to go to an Intermediate Level continent, was because he also wanted to take the advantage of learning in a 5 Star Academy. Because he had not studied systematically, he felt that compared to the other cultivators on the same level as him, he only understood a very few basic things.
“Of course, as long as your two friends qualifications are not too bad, you all can enter my God Wind Academy.” The old man from the God Wind Academy agreed to Ning Cheng’s request without any hesitation.
After the man finished, he seemed to have thought that he should really introduce himself, and quickly added, “I am Liu Jian who is responsible for the external affairs of my God Wind Academy, now that you have decided to join my God Wind Academy, so if you have any difficulty in the future, you can come to me directly.”
Seeing that Ning Cheng was determined to join the God Wind Academy, the two other people from the rest of the two 5 Star Academies felt disappointed, they knew that they did not have any alternative to him.
“Luo Fei?” When she saw Ji Luo Fei and Zhu Mu Er leave along with Ning Cheng and the people from the God Wind Academy, Ji Yao He could see it clearly, after she recognised Ji Luo Fei, she almost called out.
Fortunately, she also knew better to not call out her name, Ji Luo Fei was a person who the Shui Clan had settled on, and once the Shui Clan knew that Ji Luo Fei had returned back to Mo Ze City, moreover even living together with Ning Cheng, it would definitely not be good for Ji Luo Fei. Whether Ning Cheng was dead or alive, she did not care, but Ji Luo Fei was different, after all, she was her niece. She had wanted for Ji Luo Fei to be married into the Shui Clan, of course it was for the sake of herself, but that did not mean that she did not want to help Ji Luo Fei.
Although Ning Cheng was now a disciple of the God Wind Academy, it was still not enough to contend against a colossus like the Shui Clan.
Thinking of this, Ji Yao He decided to temporarily not go look for Ji Luo Fei.
“That was Luo Fei, it was certainly Luo Fei, Luo Fei really has come to the Hua Continent…..” In the corner of the Mo Ze Grand Plaza, a middle aged beautiful woman was staring at Ji Luo Fei, but her voice was trembling as she spoke, and even her expression was excited. When she first saw the girl wearing a veil walking along with Ning Cheng, she knew that it was her daughter, Ji Luo Fei.
This middle aged beautiful woman was none other than Xiong Qi Hua, after Ning Cheng had recognized her, she could no longer spend a single day in the Daan Forest, she knew that she had to come out to find her daughter Ji Luo Fei.
As for the man beside her, he was also none other than Zhu Hong Wen, but his heart was full of bitterness at this moment, as Zhu Hong Wen really wished that Xiong Qi Hua did not meet Ji Luo Fei this soon. When Xiong Qi Hua was preparing to go back to the Ping Continent, he had taken the chance to ask Xiong Qi Hua to first go to the Yuan Continent, so as to start her search for her daughter Ji Luo Fei from there. He had even argued that since the relationship between Ning Cheng and Ji Luo Fei was not a simple one, he proposed that since Ning Cheng was heading to the Yuan Continent, then Ji Luo Fei was also certainly in the Yuan Continent.
Xiong Qi Hua was his treasure, no matter where she would go, he would always follow the love of his life. So she felt that the words spoken by Zhu Hong Wen were definitely right, and had left the Daan Forest with him, making their way towards the Yuan Continent. After coming to the Yuan Continent, the two people came to know that the five 5 Star Academies of the Hua Continent were holding a joint selection of disciples in the Mo Ze City. Zhu Hong Wen then proposed that since Ji Luo Fei was probably like the other ordinary people, she would definitely head towards the Mo Ze City in the Hua Continent. If Ji Luo Fei’s qualifications were good, then perhaps she could get selected by a 5 Star Academy on her own.
Ji Luo Fei was the daughter of Xiong Qi Hua, so Xiong Qi Hua would definitely not think that her own daughter’s qualifications would be bad, thus she immediately rushed towards the Hua Continent from the Yuan Continent.
If not for Zhu Hong Wen having the map of the Thunder Fall Desert and also the experience of crossing it once before, the two of them would have definitely fallen in the Thunder Fall Desert.
What Zhu Hong Wen did not expect, was the moment they arrived in the Mo Ze City of the Hua Continent, they would really see Ji Luo Fei. Moreover he had even guessed it right, Ning Cheng and Ji Luo Fei were indeed together. Not only that, this fellow was called Ning Xiao Cheng and had even obtained the first position in the written examination.
Translated By – DemonKillerChecked And Edited By – CurlyAdiProofread By – SmartyMouth
Chapter 0098 – Unexpected Visitor
“It appears that we have indeed found the right place.” Zhu Hong Wen spoke with a pleasantly surprised tone, but whether he was really surprised or not, only he knew.
“Hong Wen, I must see Luo Fei……” Xiong Qi Hua had completely forgotten the things that she had discussed with Zhu Hong Wen, and rushed towards Ji Luo Fei.
Zhu Hong Wen quickly pulled Xiong Qi Hua back and said, “Qi Hua, I also hope that you can meet Luo Fei, but at the moment Luo Fei is together with Ning Cheng. Moreover their relationship appears to be very close, so I am sure that that Ning Xiao Cheng had obviously told her about our matter, fortunately you did not go meet with Luo Fei, once you go see Luo Fei, it may cause her to not look at you as her mother anymore and I don’t think that you would have another opportunity to fix this.”
Saying that, Zhu Hong Wen did not think that it was enough, and further added, “That Ning Xiao Cheng is quite crafty, for him to be together with Luo Fei, it was definitely because he had deceived her with his honeyed words. Moreover we had also injured him in the Daan Forest, I am sure that he would have highly colored the matter between you and me, possibly even slandered it to a point that even you could not hear.”
“What do we do then?” Xiong Qi Hua’s face turned pale, she really did not know what they should do.
“Qi Hua, you do not have to be worried about it, as we had talked about it before, for now let us just track Luo fei, and find out where Luo Fei is staying. Then we wait for Ning Cheng and Luo Fei to separate before we then proceed to go find Luo Fei.” Zhu Wen Hong calmly spoke.
“But….” Xiong Qi Hua’s expression finally relaxed a lot and said, “That Ning Xiao Cheng looks even more powerful that before, not only is he difficult to deal with, but he now even has the identity of a core disciple of the God Wind Academy, and would definitely have a bright future. I think that if Luo Fei really follows him, it would also be quite good for her …..”
It was only because she found out that Ning Cheng knew about of the private affair with Zhu Hong Wen, that she had wanted to kill Ning Cheng. But now that she saw that Ning Cheng and Ji Luo Fei were quite close to each other, she was hesitating somewhat, she did not know if Luo Fei would be very sad after she killed Ning Xiao Cheng. Meanwhile in the depths of her heart, she was beginning to feel that Ning Cheng really was worthy of her daughter.
“Qi Hua, you still are too kind. Even if he looks good on the surface, out of the thousands of people who took that written exam, didn’t Ning Xiao Cheng personally said that his qualifications is definitely not that good. Even if his qualifications are good, for such a crafty person like him to be together with Luo Fei, it would only end in Luo Fei getting hurt. Besides, didn’t you see that there was another woman beside him, I could make out with a single glance that that woman is definitely a spiteful junior, how could she let Luo Fei to have a higher status than her?”
Zhu Hong Wen said all that while still staring at the retreating backs of Ning Cheng and Ji Luo Fei.
Seeing Xiong Qi Hua to be somewhat at a loss, Zhu Hong Wen’s expression finally softened up and said, “That Ning Xiao Cheng is now a student of a 5 Star Academy, and was also leading Ji Luo Fei and another woman, with his craftiness, in the future he can easily establish a firm foothold in the 5 Star Academy. Moreover he is now even a core student, and the 5 Star Academy will most definitely have a lot of beautiful girls, so would Ji Luo Fei still have a place with him? Moreover, if we do not separate Ji Luo Fei and that Ning Xiao Cheng, it would be equivalent to you losing your daughter.”
“I’ll listen to you……” Xiong Qi Hua spoke with a weak and feeble tone.
“Do you really have a Dual Main Spiritual Root?” After they arrived at the residential area reserved for the God Wind Academy, Deacon Liu Jian finally came to know that Ji Luo Fei and Zhu Mu Er both had a Dual Main Spiritual Root, and became even more excited. For a disciple to have a Dual Main Spiritual Root, not to mention inner court disciples, even some of the more outstanding core disciples may not have such qualifications.
But Zhu Mu Er was the happiest among the group, “My father said several times to send me to a 5 Star Academy, but I did not listen to him, I wanted to rely on my own strength to enter a 5 Star Academy.”
When Zhu Mu Er spoke, she completely forgot that the reason why she was able to enter the God Wind Academy was because of Ning Cheng’s help from before.
“Your father?” Elder Liu Jian asked in a puzzled way, for someone to casually be able to send their kid to a 5 Star Academy, he should definitely not be someone obscure.
Then Zhu Mu Er proudly said, “My father’s name is Zhu Yao Shi, you should know him right?”
Liu Xian immediately became terrified, and quickly said, “So you are Elder Brother Yao Shi’s daughter, I really have neglected my duties.”
Ning Cheng had long since had guessed that Zhu Mu Er’s father was not simple, it seems that it really was the case. Even to the people like Deacon Liu Xian from the God Wind Academy to show such behavior, it showed that Zhu Mu Er’s father was really respectable.
Because of their special relationship with Zhu Yao Shi, Liu Xian chatted quite enthusiastically with Ning Cheng and the others, as he personally gave them the Jade Cards of the God Wind Academy, as he completed the rest of the formalities for entering the God Wind Academy.
“The second round will be conducted in 10 days, this round will test one’s ability to comprehend, all the top 1000 participants will be attending this round. Or do you want to move into the God Wind Academy residential area directly? And use these 10 days to prepare for the upcoming second round?” Although Ning Cheng is now the disciple of the God Wind Academy, but this Deacon Liu Xian’s tone showed that he was still very much concerned about the opinion of Ning Cheng.
“Many thanks Deacon Liu, but as I have a few personal things to take care, so for the time being I will not live here. However I will not leave Mo Ze City, and 10 days later I will come to participate in the second round.” Ning Cheng quickly rejected his offer.
His body had the Mysterious Yellow Bead inside, unless it was something that absolutely couldn’t be helped, he did not want to live together with a master of the Profound Congealing Realm.
“Of course, once you take care of your things, then 10 days later you can directly come to the Mo Ze Grand Plaza.” In regards to the treatment given to Ning Cheng, Liu Xian was extremely tolerant.
Since Ning Cheng was not interested in staying at the God Wind Academy, Ji Luo Fei would also obviously not stay here. As for Zhu Mu Er it was even more unlikely for her to stay here, coupled with her thinking that she joined the 5 Star Academy on her own strength, at this time, she would definitely go and try to show off in front of her dad. Her meaning being, ‘You see I don’t need your help, with my own ability, how could I not join the God Wind Academy?’
“Luo Fei, during these 10 days it would be better if we did not go out, Mo Ze City is not necessarily a safe place for us.” Coming back to their room, Ning Cheng first urged Ji Luo Fei to not to go out.
“En, I feel like I am going to break through to the Qi Gathering 6th Level, so I will stay inside to cultivate during these few days.” Ji Luo Fei immediately replied, even if Ning Cheng had not asked her, she would definitely not get onto the streets of Mo Ze City by herself.
As Ji Luo Fei went into her closed door training while attempting to breakthrough to the Qi Gathering 6th Level, Ning Cheng was also getting ready to enhance his cultivation during these 10 days. His meridians had already been remodeled by the Mysterious Yellow Origin, so if he wanted to successfully cultivate in the True Condensation Realm, then he would have to work several times harder than before.
This was not because his qualifications were poor, but because his cultivation practice now required even more resources than before. If there were no more resources for him to continue his cultivation, then to Ning Cheng, the expansion and remoulding of his meridians was not necessarily a good thing. In other words the resources needed for him to advance to the Essence Building Realm before, would now probably be only enough for him to advance only to the middle stages of the True Condensation Realm.
“Since you still have not gone into closed door training, I came to find you regarding somethings.” Ning Cheng had just prepared the Isolation Array Formation, when a familiar voice abruptly sounded in his ears.
Ning Cheng immediately stood up with surprise, “Who?”
For this person to come in through his Isolation Array Formation and into his room, how could he not sense it?
“How much time has it been since then, and you still do not recognize your benefactor?” This voice was coming from in front of Ning Cheng, then Ning Cheng immediately saw a white haired old woman wearing a blue robe in front of him.
“Is it really you? How are you ……” Ning Cheng wanted to inquire how this old woman came in silently, he had already arranged several Array Formations in his room, but he swallowed the words that he was about to speak.
The white haired old woman slowly walked to the chair nearby and sat down, “I really did not expect that you would be able to arrange a Level 2 Array Formation. Although this Level 2 Array Formations is just a small bubble in front of me, it is not something that could stop me from entering.”
Ning Cheng immediately restrained this heavy shock in her heart, then clasped his fist in front of this white haired old woman, he spoke very respectfully, “Ning Cheng greets Senior, many thanks to senior for helping this junior with your refined artifacts. If not for the inner armor that was made by senior, this junior would have died a long time ago.”
Ning Cheng did not speak any nonsense, if not for the help of the white haired old woman who had helped him in refining not only the 7 Pleiadene Ice Needle and the inner Dragonhide Armor, he really would have died. These two things had saved his life numerous times.
Although he was thanking her, Ning Cheng was still a bit uncomfortable in his heart, as he felt that he had to definitely improve his own Level of Array Formations. At least he had to improve his Sensing Array Formation, so that when someone entered his Array Formation, he would be the first to know about it.
But then thinking about the thousand mile gap between the cultivation levels of the white haired old woman and him, Ning Cheng could feel his powerlessness. Perhaps even if he could arrange a more powerful Sensing Array Formation, other people may still be able to enter his room quietly. The level of Array Formations did not really matter to him, what really mattered to him was the disparity between their cultivation levels.
“You can thank me for the inner armor that I refinished, but the 100 points that you obtained in the first round was obtained by relying on your own ability, so why would you try and thank me for it?” To Ning Cheng’s surprise, the white haired old woman said something that Ning Cheng could really not understand.
Ning Cheng had a few doubts in his heart, the reason why he obtained the first place, was because of his own memory, what relation could it even have with Ning Cheng’s relationship with the white haired old woman?
“When you received my wooden box, did you also not receive the words I left behind for you?” Seeing the puzzled look on Ning Cheng’s face, the white haired old woman once again reminded him.
Ning Cheng immediately thought of the wooden box that he had received from the very ugly looking teenager who had said to him, “Aunt Gong Sun gave me this just before she left, she said to pass this on to you, all the things that you want are in here, hope you do what your strength allows.”
He was still thinking about the 7 Pleiadene Ice Needle at that time, what did she mean by those words ‘hope you do what your strength allows’? Now thinking about it, he could see that these words spoken by the white haired old women seemed to be quite unique.
In that wooden box other than the ice needle inside it, it only had the inner armor and nothing else, Ning Cheng though back to the wooden box that he had emptied for the first time, and immediately took it out. While simultaneously sweeping through the wooden box with his Spiritual Sense, the next moment he could vaguely feel a jade piece sealed in the base of the wooden box.
“Why don’t you take out the jade piece.” The old woman knew that Ning Cheng found out the jade piece she had put there.
Ning Cheng immediately crushed the base of the wooden box, and after the jade piece came out, he asked with a puzzled expression, “Senior, what does this Jade Piece contain?”
“You’ll know if you look.” The old woman replied in a mild tone.
Ning Cheng immediately swept the jade piece with his Spiritual Sense and could see the contents inside, it turned out that the jade piece was filled with the basics of Alchemy. This jade piece was filled with innumerable simple and complex information that even his head began to hurt. The jade piece even contained the basics of Spiritual Grasses, when Ning Cheng saw the basics of the Spiritual Grasses in it, he immediately understood what the matter was.
The basics of the Spiritual Grasses in this jade piece and the contents of the Spiritual Grasses that he had seen the first round were exactly the same, but the jade piece contained even more information on the Spiritual Grasses than the one he had seen during the written examination.
Seeing that Ning Cheng finally saw the contents, this old woman said in a light voice, “I was sincere to you, and even helped you this much, but you even deceived an old woman like me.”
Chapter 0099 – The Old Woman’s Request
Ning Cheng immediately responded, when the woman said that he had deceived him, he immediately understood what was happening.
She had thought that if he had not read the basics of the Spiritual Grasses before hand, then he could not have scored those 100 points. In other words, it would imply that his memory was indeed extremely powerful, perhaps even bordering on having a photogenic memory.
Since she had already guessed that his memory was extremely powerful, this old woman had hid that jade piece inside the wooden box, so Ning Cheng would certainly remember it if he saw it again. But didn’t the white haired old woman that she did not want this jade piece to go to him, moreover even firmly said it.
Now that this white haired old woman had caught on to the current, he also could not deny what she thought to be the undeniable.
Thinking of this, Ning Cheng said in an embarrassed tone, “Senior, this junior had indeed memorized the contents of the jade piece that you hid, therefore I do not want the jade piece. This junior had truly tried to deceive this senior, please punish me senior.”
Ning Cheng could only play along, this white haired old woman’s cultivation was extremely powerful when compared to him, if he went against her, despite what he said or did, it would only be disadvantageous to him.
But the white haired old woman still spoke in an unhurried way, “It good that you know, since your memory is already this powerful, so you do not need to give that jade piece back to me, whether one day you really become a master of alchemy or not is not important for me.”
“Thank you senior.” After Ning Cheng said those words in embarrassment, he put away the jade piece, but his heart was still somewhat uneasy. He and that old woman were definitely not related, therefore, for her to be this nice to him, it wouldn’t take the sky to fall for Ning Cheng to believe that she had some sort of request that she wanted to ask him.
The old woman seemed to know what Ning Cheng was thinking at the moment, and suddenly spoke up, “Do you think that I am interested in you? As such you are feeling some trepidation in your heart?”
She did not wait for Ning Cheng to speak, as the old woman continued to speak, “At first, I though that you were an honest person, coupled with the fact that you even gave the materials from the One Horned Flood Dragon that I really needed, so I really did not think much in helping you. Although the level of the One Horned Flood Dragon was not very high, but this kind of beast like a One Horned Flood Dragon is already very rare, so for you to obtain it was indeed very impressive.”
Ning Cheng finally understood why this woman had given him the basics of Alchemy, so it was really because of such a thing.
“Moreover don’t you ever think that the Alchemy Jade Piece that I gave you is something very ordinary, the fact is that the basics of Alchemy that I gave you, even if was the entire Yi Xing Mainland, it can be counted among the top of the top. If you want learn alchemy, you will come to know about this fact in the future. However to me, the One Horned Flood Dragon that you brought was something that I very much needed.”
Talking till this point, the old woman stopped and carefully looked at Ning Cheng for a long time, and then continued, “The last time I gave you the jade piece containing the basics of Alchemy, there was reason for it. The last time that I saw you, you seemed to have an elusive Qi around your body. That kind of Qi was something that I found very splendid, but I also could not find what it actually was. But now that I see you, that Qi has already disappeared? Or should I say that I cannot detect it anymore?”
Ning Cheng forcefully suppressed the fear that was starting to show in his heart, and made an appearance as if he couldn’t understand what she was saying, as he frowned and said, “Senior, what do you mean that I have an elusive Qi around my body? What in the world is that? Could it be because of the Spiritual Essence Pool that I had went to cultivate in before?”
The white haired old woman gave a meaningful glance to Ning Cheng, and just shook her head and said, “Absolutely not.”
But then she did not continue to ask about the elusive Qi that she felt around Ning Cheng before, and even her tone became very gentle and said, “Although you deceived me last time, I do not hold it against you, but you have to help me in one thing.”
Ning Cheng immediately gave a crisp reply, “What is the need to even ask this junior, senior can freely speak her request, as long as this junior is able to fulfill it, this junior will definitely not refuse it.”
“You should be probably the same as what I thought of you, I have already seen the last additional question in the 5th written round, you could solve that problem in such a short time even without using your Spiritual Sense, it would only mean that you have a special ability, that is you should have an extremely powerful computing ability, in addition to your powerful memory.” The old woman said without even a single doubt in her voice.
Ning Cheng knew, that regardless of if what she said was true or not, the only thing that he could do was to simply remain silent.
The old woman saw that Ning Cheng’s attitude had already changed, and still continued, “In the Thunder Fall Desert, just near to the entrance to the Hua Continent you will find a river, this river is called the Thunder Fall Scorching River. There is a thing in this Thunder Fall Scorching River, that I have been in pursuit for many years. However, even with all my preparations, I found that I still could not obtain it. You already have a very powerful computing ability, perhaps you would be able to help me out a bit in that regard.”
Ning Cheng did not even seem to consider it for even a single moment, before he relied, “OK, I will definitely accompany senior to the Thunder Fall Scorching River, but after I finish up with the second round.”
He knew that he could not refute it even if he wanted to, because he had made the same promise to the old woman in the past. At this moment he only hoped that this old woman would not kill him after she obtained the thing that she has been searching for all this time. However this old woman really did not look like that type, and normally wouldn’t kill him without a reason.
“No, you will accompany me now, it would only be for 2 or 3 days at most, and since your second round is in 10 days, you would not be delayed.” The white haired old woman simply said.
Ning Cheng was just about to say that they would not be able to arrive even at the edge of the Thunder Fall Desert in 2-3 days, but then immediately thought about the cultivation level of the other side, he immediately understood that time was absolutely not applicable to the old woman in front of him.
Ning Cheng gave out a dark sigh in his heart and said, “In that case, let me at least go speak to my partner, so that she would not become nervous when she cannot find me.”
“No, you little **, she is in the middle of her closed door training, it would be better to not disturb her.” This white haired old woman did not wait for Ning Cheng to speak again, and grabbed hold of Ning Cheng and immediately came out of his room.
[TL Note – All the raws that I was able to find actually use ** here including the one from Qidan, so you can let your imagination run wild here. If anyone does find raws that does not contain **, please share it with us.]
Ning Cheng said with some anger in his voice, “I always at least leave a letter, you are too unreasonable.”
The white haired old woman seemed to feel a little embarrassed, and let go of Ning Cheng, and immediately spoke: “Come back soon, though there is no need for you leave a long message. Don’t try to be too affectionate, if you don’t care of loosing several days.”
Facing this impervious old woman, Ning Cheng didn’t bother to argue with her, he only hoped that old woman was at least trustworthy, and would bring him back to the Mo Ze City within 2-3 days.
Inside the Mo Ze City, the old woman did not continue to urge Ning Cheng. But left quickly, and in just a short period of time, they were already out of the Mo Ze City.
Ning Cheng who was following behind the old woman, also had to speed up.
The old woman did not immediately take out her flying type artifact, even after coming out of the Mo Ze City, she only increased her pace a little. Ning Cheng guessed that she wanted to find a place where nobody could see her flying type artifact.
Even though they were out of the city, there were still many people walking on the road. And in addition to the cultivators who were flitting through, there were even a few adventurers who were also coming and going through the Mo Ze City.
Ning Cheng had just passed by two cultivators when he heard one of them saying, “Junior Sister Apprentice Yu Jing, do you know why Dean Man asked us to come to the Thunder Fall Desert?”
“I am not very clear about that, I heard that the ruins of the Lan Yi Country appeared in the Thunder Fall Desert, and many people are looking for it, but I never heard anyone say that they found the ruins. For Dean Man to take us to the Thunder Fall Desert, it is most likely because of it, I guess that it is some sort of a trial for the core disciples of the Falling Star Academy.” The other person replied quietly.
Ning Cheng immediately slowed down, the one who had answered was obviously a woman. Of these two male cultivators, one of them was obviously a woman dressed up as a man. Moreover he had also heard several keywords, Yu Jing, Core Disciples, and the Falling Star Academy.
From those keywords, Ning Cheng could almost ascertain that the woman cultivator disguised as a man was most probably Meng Yu Jing. As Ning Cheng slowed down his place, Meng Yu Jing and the other man immediately went past him. He used his Spiritual Sense to sweep at Meng Yu Jing, but found that her face was covered with a veil that blocked his Spiritual Sense.
However from the eyes that were exposed, Ning Cheng could definitely tell that she was an absolute beauty, as that pair of eyes were really beautiful and matchless.
If not for Meng Yu Jing having a veil on her face, Ning Cheng would have already walked up to her to talk to her and then then give the parcel to her that was entrusted to him for her.
“Just what the hell are you doing? Move faster, don’t dawdle around.” The white haired old woman did not know when Ning Cheng had moved away from her side, and called back at Ning Cheng with a very dissatisfied tone.
Ning Cheng quickly replied, “Senior, a moment ago two people went past us and one of them seems to be called Meng Yu Jing, I saw her talking to the other person, I just want to talk a bit with her, I might end up delaying you a bit, but I want to track her for a bit.”
This white haired old woman said while frowning, “Ning Cheng, you already have a woman called Ji Luo Fei by your side, although I can see that you don’t love her, but she is definitely quite a beautiful woman, so why do you not like her. Besides that Meng Yu Jing is not only a peerless beauty but she is also the spoiled child of the Falling Star Academy, even if you already are a core disciple of the God Wind Academy, and even secured the first place in the first round, you still aren’t qualified enough for her to even spare a glance at you. It would be better if you gave up this thing immediately.”
“Senior Gong Sun, I do not see love as a hobby. Even if it was Ji Luo Fei, we are just friends. The reason why I want to find Meng Yu Jing is because I really have to complete something, it is already very difficult to meet with her, so now that I saw her, I would of course want to complete this matter.” Ning Cheng said with an unhappy expression, this old woman really judges people too easily, when did I even have a person that I loved here?
Even if he was together with Ji Luo Fei, it was also for a reason.
“Then why don’t you just directly go up to her and be done with it?” The old woman said impatiently.
Ning Cheng simply refuted her idea, “No, first I have to look into her character. Only then, would I try to determine if I should really look for her or not.”
This Meng Yu Jing was already Kou Hong’s fiancee, but it seems that she was very affectionate towards that other man, if Meng Yu Jin really turned out to be the same as Xiong Qi Hua, then Ning Cheng was reluctant to give her something that Kou Hong had risked his life for. Although he had also benefited from Kou Hong, but he really felt responsible for Kou Hong’s death, he believed that if that Kou Hong was really alive, he would definitely not be willing to see his fiancee being this affectionate with another man.
The white haired old woman said with a helpless tone, “That being the case, I let you track her down this once only. It seems that seeking your help is really too difficult for me, when you found me for refining an artifact, didn’t you also ask the basics of alchemy from me, did I hesitate to give it to you? I even gave the inner armor to you.”
Chapter 0100 – Cold River
Ning Cheng just ignored the complaints of the white haired old woman by his side, and stealthily followed behind Meng Yu Jing.
Half an hour later, they already left the Mo Ze City behind, and arrived at a mountain village. There were not a lot of people in the village, and even on the streets there were not more than 10 people roaming around.
Such mountain villages were quite numerous all around the Mo Ze City, as some of the adventurers and the merchants that frequently go to the Mo Ze City, were the local residents here.
As Ning Cheng was following Meng Yu Jing and the other man, he saw her and that man enter the corner most house of the mountain village.
Ning Cheng quickly and stealthily arrive at the window of the house, and used his Spiritual Sense to carefully explore the inside of the house.
Unexpectedly the inside of the house was fully furnished, not only the living room but also the bedroom too, and looking at the actions of Meng Yu Jing and that man, it seemed that they often came her.
“Junior Apprentice Sister Yu Jing, did he not come to seek you out?” The man asked, somewhat absent-mindedly
“No, I guess that he had gone to find his little brother, otherwise if he had the chance, then he would certainly come to see me.” Meng Yu Jing’s voice was very low, as if she was thinking of something very deep and far away.
“Junior Apprentice Sister Yu Jing ……” The man suddenly came in front of Meng Yu Jing, and with one hand loosened Meng Yu Jing’s robe, as the other hand climbed towards Meng Yu Jing’s breasts.
Ning Cheng’s heart was suddenly filled with sorrow for Kou Hong, at that time when he was dying he was still reminiscing about his fiancee, moreover he also wanted Ning Cheng to deliver his stuff to his fiancee, but he didn’t seem to think that his fiancee would turn out to have such a character. If Kou Hong knew that his fiancee was this kind of person, he would have definitely not send someone like him to deliver his things to her nor would he do it himself if it was possible.
Ning Cheng was still guessing that this little house was where Meng Yu Jing often conducted her ‘private’ meetings, when he felt that the scruff of his neck tighten, the next moment he was taken away from here.
The white haired old woman tossed Ning Cheng on the floor and said, “Aren’t you afraid to become cross eyed, there is no point in looking at such things, hurry up and let’s go to the Thunder Fall Scorching River with me.”
Although Ning Cheng did not speak, but his heart was filled with a lot of sorrow, he knew that if he looked at this for too long he would definitely go cross eyed, but looking at the place that was overflowing with his virility, didn’t he go crosseyed a long time ago, this old woman really did not have any sense of shame. Besides, if she herself was not looking, how could she know what he was looking at?
The white haired old woman had really not bragged about her strength, as she arrived at the Thunder Fall Scorching River in just half a day while carrying Ning Cheng.
In Ning Cheng’s opinion, the distance to the Thunder Fall Scorching River from the Mo Ze City was much farther than the distance he had traveled when he had came out of the Thunder Fall Desert to the Mo Ze City.
Seeing the Thunder Fall Scorching River from the flying artifact, Ning Cheng felt that it really was boundless. Looking at the ripples flowing on the water surface, it made people feel that the river was very gentle. But the deep color of the water, made Ning Cheng think of the quicksand river in the movie Journey to the West.
This quicksand like river had the width of 800 meters and 3000 meters deep. Looking at it, it felt that even if a feather was floating on the surface, it would end up sinking into the depths of that river.
“Why is it so cold here?” Ning Cheng had just got down from the flying artifact, when he immediately asked with a surprised voice.
When heard the name as Thunder Fall Scorching River, he had thought that the water temperature would be very high, at worst, he thought it would only be an ordinary river. It was absolutely impossible for such a place that was emanating a piercingly cold temperature, to be called as Thunder Fall Scorching River.
Could this even be called a river, Ning Cheng felt that because of the biting cold that he was feeling just by standing on the side of the river, if he really went inside the river, then would he still be alive? One must know that he was already a True Condensation 1st Level cultivator, even if did not circulate the Yuan Energy in his body, it should still not be enough for him to be this sensitive towards the cold.
“That’s because this river also has another name, and is called Forbidden Cold River. When I said its name as the Thunder Fall Scorching River, it was its name countless years ago and now the people who know this river as the Thunder Fall Scorching River are not many. Most of the people know this place as one of the 2 coldest places of the Yi Xing Mainland, the Forbidden Cold River. Many people say that the coldest place in the Yi Xing Mainland are the cold caves in the Forbidden Woods, but they are wrong, the coldest place in the Yi Xing Mainland is here, the Forbidden Cold River.”
The white haired old woman seemed to explaining this to Ning Cheng, but also seemed to be just thinking out loud.
Ning Cheng actually did not think that what the old woman said was wrong, he was just standing by the side of the river, and could already feel the biting cold temperature, once he entered the river, how couldn’t it be more terrible than this?
“The reason why I stayed in the Nan Yuan City, was because I was infected by the cold Qi in here. I had originally thought that I would never come back to this place again, but then I did not think that you would actually give me the materials from the One Horned Flood Dragon. For me this probably was an act of the heavens, to let me once again enter the Forbidden Cold River.” The old woman sighed, and said out those words even though Ning Cheng had never asked for it.
“Why must you use only the materials from the One Horned Flood Dragon?” Ning Cheng asked in a puzzling voice.
The white haired woman kept staring at the faint ripples on the surface of the river, before she finally spoke in a very mild voice, “No matter how high your cultivation is and no matter how extreme you have refined your body to, no one can resist the biting cold of this river. Only by using a water boat artifact refined from the materials of the One horned Flood Dragon, could one enter the Cold River, and even the effect from the cold Qi would be a lot lessened. Moreover, refining the horn of the Flood Dragon into the bow, the speed of the boat would also be the fastest in the Cold River.”
Ning Cheng suddenly understood, no wonder that even though this old woman’s cultivation was so high, but still held the Class 4 One Horned Dragon so dear to her. He could understand that she originally wanted to explore this Cold River, but he did not know what kinds of treasures were inside this Cold River, for the old woman to be this concerned about it.
“Before I had found two Horned Flood Dragons to use as materials, the first Horned Flood Dragon was a Class 7 Monstrous Beast, and it was the material that I could use over and over in this Cold River. Unfortunately while trying to find what I wanted, this water boat refined from that Horned Dragon’s materials ended up being eroded by the cold Qi. Later, after several years passed, I once again obtained materials from a Class 5 One Horned Flood Dragon….”
As Ning Cheng heard the white haired old woman speak, his heart started to race, for this white haired old woman to obtain materials from a Class 7 Horned Flood Dragon, just how high was her cultivation level? It would at least be at the Soul Sculpting Realm, right? No wonder she could easily enter his room without him noticing.
The white haired old woman did not know that Ning Cheng was thinking about her incredible cultivation level, and still continued, “That water boat refined from the materials of the Class 5 One Horned Flood Dragon, being worse in grade than the water boat made from the Class 7 One Horned Flood Dragon also did not last for much time. When I used it to enter the Cold River for the third time, the water boat even began to break up. But I was much more skillful than before, and was able to find what I was looking for. At that time I thought that even if the water boat broke down, I would still be able to be down there for 1-2 hours with my own power but ….”
Ning Cheng was somewhat worried in his heart when he heard that the water boat made by the old woman from the materials of the Class 5 One Horned Flood Dragon, could only last for three times before breaking down under the Cold River. Doesn’t that mean the Class 4 One Horned Flood Dragon that he had given to the white haired old woman wouldn’t also last for much long? Once the boat broke inside the water, wouldn’t he find it difficult to even hold a few breaths?
Sure enough, the white haired old woman continued on, “But I overestimated my own abilities, and couldn’t even stay inside for more than an hour, before I was invaded by the cold Qi. In desperation, I could only withdraw from the Cold River, and went into seclusion in Nan Yuan City, a small place to heal myself. If I had not met you back then, I don’t think that I would have come back here again.”
“Senior, if that boat made from the Class 5 Horned Flood Dragon could only hold out for three times, then the Flood Dragon that I gave you was only a Class 4, wouldn’t it be more …..”
Ning Cheng had not even finished speaking the words he wanted to say, before the white haired old woman understood what Ning Cheng wanted to say and spoke in a light voice, “Do not worry, my Crafting Level has also improved a lot, this time we would only require a single trip. Moreover this time I already know the way, so we can, in the shortest possible time, reach the bottom of the river. Of course, if you are too slow at computing at the entrance, and the boat breaks, I would really not have any other alternative, than for you to accompany me in death at the bottom of the Cold River.”
Ning Cheng cursed in his heart, who would even want to accompany an old woman to death, but ultimately was unable to find a reason to resist.
The white haired old woman simply ignored Ning Cheng’s silent resistance, and immediately brought out a pitch black boat with a horn at the bow. While at the same time jumping onto the middle of the boat, she pulled out a hatch that was on the middle of the boat, it actually resembled more of a space capsule rather than a boat.
Once the old woman entered through the hatch, she then called out to Ning Cheng, “Come in.”
Ning Cheng also got inside the cabin through the hatch.
But the space inside the cabin was extremely small, and the two people could only squeeze in. Fortunately, that white haired woman was quite old, and he himself was also only 20 years in age, so he did not feel embarrassed.
After Ning Cheng was swindled into entering the cabin, the white haired old woman immediately shut the hatch, raising her hand she immediately took several pieces of Spirit Stones as she inserted them into the mosaic like pattern in front of the two of them, while simultaneously controlling the boat to enter the enter river.
Even though they were inside the cabin, once they entered the water in the Cold River, Ning Cheng couldn’t help but tremble at biting cold that he was feeling.
In the meantime Ning Cheng’s heart was beating crazily, as the shock that he received was just incomparable.
The white haired old woman thought that Ning Cheng was surprised because of the freezing cold and said with a bit of disdain in her voice, “We have only just entered the water, the deeper we go the colder it gets.”
But only Ning Cheng knew, that he was not surprised because of the freezing cold that he was feeling nor because of the icy coldness of this Cold River. It was because when the old woman had taken out those Spirit Stones to insert them into the grooves of the mosaic like pattern, Ning Cheng could clearly see that the wrist of that white haired old woman was white and smooth, it was definitely not the wrist of an old woman. Even Ji Luo Fei’s wrist, were not this smooth and white.
Chapter 0101 -The Door At The Bottom Of The River
This old woman was definitely in disguise, Ning Cheng immediately came to the conclusion. An old lady with a face full of wrinkles, with even her hands looking very old, would definitely not have a smooth and jade white wrist.
However Ning Cheng soon calmed down, this might just turn out to be a blessing than a curse, if it was a curse then he would definitely not be able to avoid disaster. Whether the other side was an old woman or a young woman, he was the weaker party.
Putting aside his fears, Ning Cheng’s thoughts finally opened up. He immediately discovered that other than the freezing cold getting even more and more intense, the speed of the water boat was also getting slower and slower.
“Senior, is this what you said when you mentioned that the boat was fast?” Ning Cheng asked, while thinking how could this speed even be called as fast?
“That’s right, this is very fast.” The old woman gave a simple answer, and did not even bother to explain.
Ning Cheng felt really helpless, the only thing that he could do now was to circulate the Yuan Energy in his body to resist the freezing cold. His Spiritual Sense could only sweep up to the boundary of the Array Formation around the water boat, as such could only examine the area only 35 meters around the water boat, beyond this range, if he tried to send out his Spiritual Sense, it would disappear without a trace.
Ning Cheng was secretly startled, once the water boat broke, then in this freezingly cold water, how could he even survive for even a short moment?
After an hour passed by, other that the freezing cold becoming more and more intense, Ning Cheng could feel that the water boat was finally reaching the bottom of the river.
After another hour passed by, Ning Cheng suddenly heard a crisp crackling sound, Ning Cheng became scared, and immediately turned towards the old woman to ask just what the hell was going on. He did not even speak the words that he wanted to ask when the old woman took the initiative to say, “I really did not think that with your cultivation of a mere True Condensation 1st Level, your Yuan Energy would be so rich, and could even withstand the cold in this place.”
“Senior, you do not need to divert my attention, didn’t you also hear the loud sound from the water boat?” Ning Cheng at this time did not care if the woman was old or young, and immediately asked.
This old woman said that her water boat would be able to bring him back safely ashore, but just as they were reaching the bottom, the water boat was already cracked. So just how would it be able to take him back?
“That’s right, the water boat truly has cracked a moment ago. I did not expect that this Class 4 One Horned Flood Dragon would be so bad, we have not even reached that place, when it has already started to crack up.” The white haired old woman said with a calm tone, with not a shred of surprise on her face.
Ning Cheng only spoke two words, before this white haired old woman continued, “You do not have to worry about it, we can definitely get away with our water boat, and you also will not die.”
Ning Cheng could only shut up, even if the white haired old woman let him go, he knew that he could not leave this place by himself.
“Senior, can you tell me just what is at the bottom of this Cold River? So that I could at least think of something to help. Otherwise, even if we arrive at the bottom of the river, I would not have to waste time.” Ning Cheng thought that in any case he would come to know about this secret, and it was quite possible for the old woman to kill him to silence him up, so he might as well get to know about it.
The white haired woman also did not hide anything, and spoke with a soft tone, “Many years ago, when this Forbidden Cold River was actually called the Thunder Fall Scorching River. One day, in this Yi Xing Mainland appeared an extremely fearful and terrifying Giant Axe Shadow from a void, this Giant Axe Shadow actually divided the Yi Xing Mainland into two with its edge. Forming a valley tens of thousands of miles long, because this Giant Axe’s origin was not simple, in this several thousand mile long valley, all kinds of rare and precious Spiritual Grasses grew crazily, as well as all kinds of worldly treasures.”
“Could it be that Senior is talking about the Angry Axe Valley?” Ning Cheng had heard about the legends of the Angry Axe Valley back in the airship, so when the old woman spoke about it, he immediately asked. But what he did not understand was, just what was the connection between the Angry Axe Valley and this Forbidden Cold River?
The old woman nodded, “Yes, that indeed is the Angry Axe Valley, moreover many people also know about this legend of the Angry Axe Valley, but what no one knows is that when the Giant Axe Shadow came down, there was actually another thing that separated from it. But his thing did not land in the Angry Axe Valley, but fell into the Thunder Fall Scorching River.”
“So then what Senior is looking for is the other thing that fell down from the void?” Ning Cheng immediately came to understand.
“That’s right, I came here to find that thing. In fact, when this river was initially still known as the Thunder Fall Scorching River, there were many people who knew about it, but they were unable to find anything, and began to think that it was just false information. Because of the thing that had fallen from the void, the temperature of the Thunder Fall Scorching River started to get lower and lower, before it finally looks like today where the people now call it the Forbidden Cold River. I only came across this information by chance, and thus learned about the matter regarding the Thunder Fall Scorching River.” As the white haired old woman spoke till here, her tone was somewhat filled with confidence, apparently she was confident that this piece of information was not known to others, and only known to her.
Seeing Ning Cheng silent, the old woman once again volunteered to speak, “That Angry Axe Valley is a fact, there are definitely many good things in there, in the future if you are able to enter the Angry Axe Valley, the profits you would obtain from there, you would not be able to spend it even in your entire lifetime. Of course, the prerequisite for that is that you have to come out from there alive.”
“Isn’t the Angry Axe Valley a mystical place? I’ve heard that it only opens for a limited time.” Ning Cheng quickly asked.
The white haired old woman just gave a snort and said, “Innumerable years ago, the Yi Xing Mainland was very rich in resources, and such resources were as abundant as clouds in the sky. Even the cultivators in the Transcendence Realm could be seen everywhere, at that time the Angry Axe Valley was basically not a mystical place. Many strong cultivators had already entered the Angry Axe Valley looking for a chance to become rich, because there were just too many good things in the Angry Axe Valley, it resulted in a vast slaughtering between the many powerhouses.”
“As more and more of those powerhouses got killed in there, the last of the Transcendence Realm cultivators finally sat down to discuss. They then mutually agreed that from then on no one above the Essence Building Realm could enter the Angry Axe Valley, and as such all of them worked together to turn it into a mystical place, moreover only if one had a specific jade card, would they be able to enter the Angry Axe Valley.”
While Ning Cheng was still listening to her speak, he once again heard the ‘cracking’ sound. Ning Cheng’s complexion immediately became ugly, the quality of this water boat was definitely not good. He had already been thinking about it, so the moment the water boat finally burst open, he would immediately try to enter the Mysterious Yellow Bead.
Since the time he had involuntarily entered the Mysterious Yellow Bead, he had never again tried to enter the Mysterious Yellow Bead. As such Ning Cheng did not know if he would be able to go in.
“We have arrived.” The white haired old woman’s voice immediately interrupted Ning Cheng’s thoughts.
Not even waiting for Ning Cheng to speak, before the white haired old woman opened the water boat’s hatch, she simultaneously pulled out the Array Flags. The next moment, the old woman grabbed Ning Cheng, and immediately exited the boat along with him.
Just as Ning Cheng’s top half came out of the water boat artifact, he immediately felt a wave of ice cold feeling invading him, he could not even circulate his Yuan Energy at all, and not only that, he couldn’t even use his Spiritual Sense.
Finished, Ning Cheng had just thought of this idea, when the white haired old woman immediately covered him and her with a fiery shield type artifact. The Fiery Shield completely covered Ning Cheng and herself, after the fiery shield covered Ning Cheng, the icy cold feeling that he was just feeling completely disappeared.
As the chilly feeling disappeared, Ning Cheng immediately saw a huge door appear in front of him. This huge door had the same color as the water of the Cold River, if it was not for the old woman who had taken him out and pointed to it, he would have really not seen it.
An ancient aura that made one feel the vicissitudes of life could immediately be felt by Ning Cheng, Ning Cheng immediately knew that whatever was behind that door would certainly not be ordinary. The old woman had definitely spoken the truth to him, there definitely was a treasure here, but unfortunately it was not his treasure. Even if he did obtain it, it would easily be taken away by the old woman.
Ning Cheng subconsciously used his Spiritual Sense to investigate, but immediately felt a stabbing pain in his Zifu, he basically could not sweep out with his Spiritual Sense. He looked at the white haired old woman next to him, and was immediately startled to see that the white haired old woman was shivering, even her face was growing increasingly pale. It was evident that it was very difficult to maintain this fiery shield for the old woman.
“You see the thing on the front of the door, right?” The old woman asked Ning Cheng in a very excited tone as if she was completely unaware that trying to sustain that shield was very exhausting to her.
Ning Cheng could clearly hear her voice, and could tell that it was a bit different from the voice that she used to speak with her, he understood that it must be her real voice.
But he put that aside for the time being, and saw that there were six different Array Formation Flags on the door, and did not have anything else on it.
Ning Cheng looked a bit puzzled when he once again heard the old woman’s eager voice, “I cannot last long, look at the bottom of the Array Flags of the Array Formation, and quickly calculate how many Array Formations can be arranged with it.”
Ning Cheng then discovered that there was actually a row of characters inscribed below the six Array Flags that said, “This Array Formation base changes every time, there are 6 different Explosion Array Flags here, and are to be fitted into two rows of three, how many times can this Array Formation change.”
The was a blank space in front of the row of characters, it turned that they had to fill their answer in that blank space. This topic was extremely simple to Ning Cheng, what the words meant was there were 6 different Array Flags, and they had to be arranged into two rows, and each row can have only 3 Array Flags, and it asked for how many ways can the Array Flags be placed.
“Senior, this question is too simple, and could even be done without using your Spiritual Sense, so how could you not be able to do it even after so many years?” Ning Cheng looked at the white haired old woman in a puzzling way, he did not believe that such a topic could not be solved by the white haired old woman.
“Idiot, the question is different each time, now hurry up and calculate it.” The white haired old woman cried out with an unhappy tone.
Ning Cheng was speechless for a while before he replied, “I don’t even need to calculate such a question, there are 720 different arranging methods.”
“So simple?” The old woman looked at Ning Cheng in disbelief, Ning Cheng had not even calculated before he answered, which made her feel some doubts.
Ning Cheng just went and ignored the old woman, whether she believed it or not it’s her problem.
The old woman looked at Ning Cheng’s expression, and knew that Ning Cheng would not reply to her even if she asked again. She suddenly moved the fiery shield sideways, and made an effort to write the digits 720 in the blank space that was provided.
“Creak Creak Creak” A light sound could be heard, as the huge door having the same color as the surrounding water slowly opened.
“It really was right?” The old woman was pleasantly surprised as she looked at Ning Cheng and said, “Without my control, the shield will only work for a limited time, you go find your way back to the inside of the water boat and wait for me to return, I am going in…..”
She did not even finish her words, when the old woman rushed through the front of the water like door. Immediately the waterlike door began to close once more slowly.
Ning Cheng was dumbfoundedly staring at this water like door in front of him, and for a moment completely forgot what that the old woman had told him to find his way back to the water boat. At the moment when the door had opened, he had felt a unprecedentedly rich Spiritual Aura.
No, that was definitely not a Spiritual Qi, it was something much more powerful than Spiritual Qi, he could feel that his own cultivation level had risen up significantly.
Just what in the world was this place?
Chapter 0102 – Immortal Mansion
Ning Cheng’s first thought was to immediately sit down and start cultivating but then remembered that his life was currently in danger. This place was already so bone piercingly cold, that it even required the old woman with her unfathomable cultivation to use her fiery red shield, even if he somehow returned back to the boat, he knew that returning to the surface by himself would be really difficult.
The fiery shield that was covering him was already starting to fade, it was obviously because the old woman who was controlling it had already gone off, and thus the shield could not sustain itself for long.
Ning Cheng looked back at the boat in which he came in, and mentally calculated the distance between them. He concluded that before the fiery shield completely disappeared, he should be able to return to the boat if he exhausted his entire energy. It was evident that the old woman had also taken him into consideration, and did not try to intentionally harm him.
But Ning Cheng was still cursing her in her heart, this old woman was completely focused on her own treasure, and simply neglected his safety, she was the type of person who would dismantle the bridge after crossing it.
Just when Ning Cheng decided to move towards the boat by controlling the magic shield, he suddenly felt a strong calling. Ning Cheng immediately noticed that in front of the large water colored door which was already closed, there appeared a small thing at the center of it. This thing was dark purple in color, and was only the size of a soybean.
Ning Cheng confirmed that he had definitely not seen this before, thus concluded that this thing had definitely appeared after this water colored door at the bottom of this Cold River opened, otherwise that old woman who had rushed inside a few moments ago would have also definitely noticed this thing.
Go back to the boat, or take away that thing that was only of the size of a soybean? With the residual power of the shield that covered him, he could only make one of the two choices. He knew that if he got to the water colored gate, the shield that covered him would definitely not be able to help him return back to the boat.
Ning Cheng hesitated for a moment, before finally deciding to take away that thing. That strong calling that he felt a moment ago definitely came from that soybean sized thing, and as Ning Cheng felt that since this place definitely was not simple, so this thing would also not be ordinary.
After he obtained this thing, once the fiery shield protecting him lost its function, he would then try to find a way to enter the Mysterious Yellow Bead.
Practicing cultivation was to rely on chance and fortuitous encounters, if a chance was provided to you, and if you did not take advantage of it, then your mind and heart would definitely be haunted by the thoughts of it. Moreover, Ning Cheng knew that once the old woman came out, she would definitely not even give him soup to drink.
Once he made the decision, Ning Cheng no longer hesitated, and immediately went towards the dark purple thing to grab it. Only when Ning Cheng moved towards it, it was only then he understood why the old woman said that the ship was very fast.
Walking at the bottom of this river was extremely difficult, Ning Cheng almost had to circulate the entire Yuan Energy in his body towards the shield just to move forward, and even moving 1-2 meters, it took Ning Cheng several breaths of time. Moreover in front of the big water colored door, was an Array Formation that obstructed the flow of water, or else he would have found it even more difficult to walk.
Seeing the shield starting to break apart, Ning Cheng did not think of anything else, and immediately moved his hands to catch that dark purple thing.
Instantly an intense heat entered through Ning Cheng’s palm, and started to spread throughout his body.
“Kacha” The fiery shield finally broke apart, Ning Cheng found that it was simply too late to try and enter the Mysterious Yellow Bead, but this time he surprisingly found that he did not need to enter the Mysterious Yellow Bead. Because of the terrible heat spreading out from his palm, the freezing cold all around him dispersed.
But Ning Cheng could feel that, if he could not control this scorching heat coming out of the thing that he had just caught, he entire body might just turn to ash.
But then unexpectedly a kind of pleasant feeling was transmitted from the soybean sized thing in Ning Cheng’s hand, which made Ning Cheng feel that although it was extremely powerful, but it did not have any intention to hurt him, which also made Ning Cheng slightly calmer.
The next moment Ning Cheng received even more information, this insignificant thing in his hands, unexpectedly turned out to have an innate intelligence, moreover it also took the initiative to recognize him as its master.
Ning Cheng did not hesitate even for a moment and imprinted his own brand on it, and it suddenly disappeared from his hands, and did not even wait for Ning Cheng to refine it. Or rather Ning Cheng currently could not afford to refine it.
Ning Cheng soon discovered where this thing had went into hiding, it was right next to the Mysterious Yellow Bead, and was resting in the middle of his Zifu.
It turned out it was because of the Mysterious Yellow Bead, that it had recognised him as its master. Although it was not because of his own Spiritual Qi, he understood that it was because the Qi from the Mysterious Yellow Bead was different from his.
Ning Cheng learned from the flood of information just now, that this thing that was just the size of a soybean had a very famous name, called the Star River, as of its origin, or how to use it, he did not know at the moment. This thing called the Star River just stayed motionless next to the Mysterious Yellow Bead, as if waiting for Ning Cheng to refine it.
Something is not right, it was at this moment, that Ning Cheng discovered that the shield had long since disappeared, and moreover he had still not returned to the boat, but he could now easily endure the freezing cold of the surrounding water. Not only could he easily tolerate it, he could clearly feel that the bone piercing cold around him was gradually weakening, which also meant that the temperature at the bottom of the river was also beginning to rise.
Ning Cheng did not know what was going on, but he was sure that what was happening all around him definitely had some kind of relation with the Star River. This Star River at the bottom of this Cold River, was not freezingly cold like its surroundings, but instead had such a high temperature which was somewhat strange. Now that he had already taken this Star River, the temperature at the bottom of this river immediately began to rise. It was at this time that Ning Cheng came to realize, that the original heat in the river was actually fully absorbed by this Star River that he obtained. Because the heat of the river was completely absorbed by the Star River, the river had in turn become bone piercingly cold. And because the thermal energy was constantly being absorbed by this Star River, the river also could not freeze up, it was similar to supercooled water that he used to hear back on Earth.
Something this terrifying was unexpectedly staying in his Zifu, fortunately it had identified him as its master, otherwise how could his body contain all the heat it had absorbed till now? At this time Ning Cheng clearly understood that his thing could absorb pure thermal energy.
He decided to first get out into the air, since this Star River had already recognised him as its master, he had to refine it completely, and absolutely cannot let even a shred of mistake to crop up.
At this point of time, the bone piercing cold at the bottom of the river had already vanished, Ning Cheng was not willing to waste even the slightest time, and immediately sat down on in front of the huge door and began cultivating.
The Spiritual Qi here was so rich, if he did not cultivate here then he really was a fool. As Ning Cheng sat down there to cultivate, he realized that he had underestimated the density of the Spiritual Qi here. He had never tried cultivating so fast, just by sitting there and cultivating there he had already advanced from the initial stage of True Condensation 1st Level to the peak stage of True Condensation 1st Level, and that too in just a few hours. He did not even have to wait for even half a moment before he once again advanced to the initial stage of True Condensation 2nd Level, moreover his cultivation level was still rising unceasingly.
Two days later, Ning Cheng had already advanced to the peak of the True Condensation 2nd Level. Ning Cheng’s heart was filled with joy, he wanted to rush to True Condensation 3rd Level. Unfortunately, just when he was attempting to breakthrough to the True Condensation 3rd Level, he found that the extremely dense Spiritual Qi around him disappeared without a trace.
“Did I completely absorb it?” Ning Cheng thought to himself with a little disappointment in his heart, if he could still have such a dense and rich Spiritual Qi, then how could others even match up to his cultivation speed? This Spiritual Qi was because it had leaked out when the door in front of him only opened for a bit, if he actually entered through the door, then the speed of his cultivation would definitely be even more formidable, Ning Cheng just couldn’t imagine it. Unfortunately, the door was closed, and the things inside would definitely be taken by the white haired old woman.
But feeling his own Yuan Energy much more vigorous than before, the disappointment in Ning Cheng’s heart was replaced by happiness.
Calculating the time he had spent here including his cultivation, it had nearly been three days, since the old woman had entered the door in front of him, and has still not come out. It looked like the old woman had lied to him when she said that she would bring him back to the Mo Ze City in 2-3 days time. Ning Cheng did not have any other way, and helplessly started refining the Star River in his Zifu.
Since the Star River had already recognized him as its master, so when Ning Cheng began to refine it, it unexpectedly turned out to be extremely easy, and in just half a day, Ning Cheng had completely refined the Star River.
It wasn’t until this time did Ning Cheng came to know just what exactly was this Star River thing, in the end it was a seed for a special type of fire. Only after absorbing a massive quantity of flame, or by absorbing a massive quantity of thermal energy, this fire seed would finally break out of its shell, and become a true flame. Moreover the reason why this Star River had actively recognised Ning Cheng as its master was because of the Mysterious Yellow Bead.
After refining the Star River, since he could no longer absorb the rich and dense Qi from before, Ning Cheng then tried pushing on the door that was in front of him, but the door stood motionless, and was still extremely firm.
Ning Cheng looked around the door in front of him, and suddenly saw four letters etched onto it in an extremely small writing, Soft Flame Immortal Mansion.
This place unexpectedly turned out to be an Immortal Mansion? Ning Cheng was completely shocked in his heart, he believed that no one would think that under the Thunder Fall Scorching River would there be an Immortal Mansion. Moreover although he had never heard of any legends pertaining to Immortals in the Yi Xing Mainland, but he had definitely heard about legends concerning Immortals back on his homeland Earth. Of course it was only in ancient Chinese literatures, but now he was actually seeing Immortal Mansion with his own eyes. Ning Cheng was not sure if these Immortals were the same as the Immortals in his imagination, but he knew that the inside of this door would definitely not be ordinary.
Ning Cheng now fully understood why that old woman wanted to enter the door, she wanted to refine this Immortal Mansion. My goodness, if she actually went ahead and refined the Immortal Mansion for herself, just how many treasures would she be able to obtain?
Just as Ning Cheng just thought of this, he could sense an extremely dangerous feeling in his subconscious, Ning Cheng did not think of anything else and rapidly retreated. Then he saw that the closed door of the Immortal Mansion suddenly open, and just like how the old woman entered, the same way she flew out like a cannonball. Originally there was a Confinement Array Formation placed on the front of the door which had restricted the flow of the water, but now that he had quickly retreated out of the range of the Array Formation, Ning Cheng found himself being pulled in the direction the strong water currents and immediately began to circulate his Yuan Energy as he retreated back.
As the old woman was thrown out, it was apparent that she could not successfully refine it. The old woman’s cultivation was not powerful enough to successfully refine it, Ning Cheng imagined, as he moved towards the surface of the river. Fortunately, the temperature of the water at this time was no longer the same bone piercingly cold, otherwise he would have died without a doubt.
A huge sound could be heard, as a huge water current moved towards Ning Cheng. Ning Cheng immediately got caught up in this water current, and was immediately thrown out the river.
As he flew over the river, at the same time, he saw a dark shadow hurtle into a void at the bottom of the river, before it disappeared in a flash.
Because Ning Cheng was jolted by such a powerful impact because of the water column, he immediately spewed out a few mouthfulls of blood, as he once again crashed into the river, he immediately rushed towards the shore before thinking anything else.
Lying on the shore, Ning Cheng finally was able to catch his breath. Only after a long time, did he see the figure of the old woman a bit far away from him, coming out of the river.
At this time the corners of the mouth of the white haired old woman were overflowing with blood, and even her clothes were torn up, and this time Ning Cheng could clearly see the exposed skin which was pure white.
This was the first time that Ning Cheng had seen the old woman without her Concealment Restriction that she had placed on herself, and just as she came out she once again placed the Concealment Restriction on herself, and resumed her old appearance.
But this time her eyes contained a trace of true loss and fatigue.
Seeing this white haired old woman arrive in front of him on her own, Ning Cheng got up with difficulty, and coughed a few times before he said, “Senior, just what was that thing that had vanished into the void below the river? I almost died by that thing as I was reaching up, it was really frightful.”
The old woman sighed, “Even if you knew about it, it would not be any use to you, moreover I cannot refine it. Alas, I also brought trouble for you, let me send you back to Mo Ze City.”
Saying that, the white haired old woman did not seem willing to speak anymore, and controlling her flying artifact with her fastest speed arrived at Mo Ze City along with Ning Cheng, putting Ning Cheng down she said, “This time I owe you a favor, I need to go into closed door cultivation, we shall meet again in the future.”
After the old woman and Ning Cheng exchanged a casual greeting, she once again controlled her flight type magical artifact, and immediately vanished without a trace.
Ning Cheng looked in the direction in which the white haired old woman departed, and sighed in his heart, this time his luck was not bad, and had even obtained a mysterious fire seed. Although this white haired old woman looked tired and lost, Ning Cheng did not believe that she did not obtain at least some treasures from the Immortal Mansion. Perhaps she was more greedy than he thought, as even if she obtained a lot of things from there, she was still not satisfied.
Chapter 0103 – Mother and Daughter’s Reunion
Ji Luo Fei did not think that she would only use less than 3 days to advance from the peak of Qi Gathering 5th Level to the initial stages of Qi Gathering 6th Level. After advancing to the Qi Gathering 6th Level, Ji Luo Fei hurriedly stabilized her cultivation level and rushed out in excitement, she wanted to share this good news with Ning Cheng. She knew that Ning Cheng was very concerned about her cultivation, as long as she could increase her cultivation, she knew that it would be the happiest thing for Ning Cheng.
What made Ji Luo Fei puzzled was that she could not find Ning Cheng anywhere, moreover he did not even leave a letter behind.
Ji Luo Fei came out of the room, and was going to ask the people from the inn, if they had seen Ning Cheng going out. Ji Luo Fei had just walked past the reception of the inn, when she saw a middle aged beautiful woman in the guest room asking the waiter if there was an empty room.
Ji Luo Fei felt that this middle aged beautiful woman had some kind of connection to her, and subconsciously looked at her a few times. At this point the middle aged beautiful woman became aware that Ji Luo Fei was looking at her, she turned and just happened to look at Ji Luo Fei staring at her. She also stared at Ji Luo Fei for a long time, before Ji Luo Fei started to frown, but then this middle aged woman immediately cried out in a trembling voice, “Luo Fei.”
After she said those words, the middle aged woman’s seemed to have become inflamed, and her expression also turned excited.
“Who are you?” Ji Luo Fei stared at the middle aged woman and asked, she felt that there definitely was some sort of connection between herself and this middle aged woman, moreover it was an implicit feeling, which made her feel a little weird.
“Luo Fei, what happened to your face?” The middle aged beautiful woman found that Ji Luo Fei’s face was disfigured, and immediately asked in a tense voice. This middle aged woman was none other than Xiong Qi Hua, as she thought of how her daughter’s face was disfigured. When she had seen this disfigured face of her daughter, she suddenly felt a burst of dizziness hit her.
She was really feeling sorry for her daughter, because she did not take good care of her, and it ended up in her daughter having a disfigured face.
Ji Luo Fei felt that the strange familiar feeling that she was feeling was growing more intense by the moment, as she asked again, “May I ask who exactly are you?”
“Luo Fei, mother has been unfair to you, let you suffer such hardships……” Although Xiong Qi Hua had not met her in a long while, but now that she finally met her, she found that her daughter has been disfigured, and as a result her heart was filled with grief, and couldn’t help but cry out. If she had not come to this inn for finding information, Xiong Qi Hua would have already completely submerged herself in her grief.
Ji Luo Fei stood there as if she was struck by lightning, as she stared at this very sad looking middle aged beautiful woman in front of her, and couldn’t help but blankly ask, “Are you my mother?”
Ji Luo Fei immediately knew that the person in front of her was definitely her mother, this kind of link was a natural feeling, which rose from the bottom of her heart, it was not something that she could doubt at all.
“Mother……” Ji Luo Fe suddenly could not hold back her tears, after all these years, she was finally able to meet her. Before Ning Cheng changed, she would always stay at a forgotten corner of her house. Countless times, she yearned to go back to the side of her mother when slept. She always held true to her convictions, and would always think that as long as she was alive, there would come one day, when she would eventually find her mother.
Today her mother actually appeared in front of her, she was even suspecting that it was all a dream inside her head.
Now that she knew that she really was her mother, both of them did not show any signs of estrangement, and the two of them cried on each other’s shoulders.
After a long time, Ji Luo Fei realised that they were still standing outside, and immediately took her mother to her room.
Xiong Qi Hua also seemed to have calmed down a bit, and asked again, “Luo Fei, what happened to your face, how did this happen?”
Although she asked her, she did not wait for Ji Luo Fei to reply, and once more muttered, “Mother had been unfair to you, even though I am holding your hand, your mother had cruel heartedly left you ….”
Seeing her mother constantly blaming herself, as she continued to mumble to herself. Ji Luo Fei also felt extremely miserable, she also held her mother’s hands and sobbed continuously as she said, “Mother, it is not your fault, we were separated in the Daan Forest, but now that we have met each other again, I am really very happy. Mother, did my father also come with you?”
After asking, Ji Luo Fei felt that something was not right, although her mother had came, but her father had not come to see her, because of this she somewhat understood what was might have happened to her father. Her complexion immediately paled as she stood up, “Mother, where is father? Didn’t father come out of Daan Forest?”
Xiong Qi Hua also stood up, and holding Ji Luo Fei’s hand said, “Luo Fei, everything is not good, there were many things that happened to us. Although your father is no more, but now that us mother and daughter have finally met again, he should be finally resting in peace in heaven.”
Ji Luo Fei slumped to her knees in tears, she had never even seen her father before he died. For a child, what could be even more sad than this.
Xiong Qi Hua helped her daughter up, as she felt tangled in her heart, when she really saw her, she suddenly did not want to cheat her daughter. It turns out that Ning Cheng had not disclosed the matter between her and Zhu Hong Wen to her daughter.
Did she really want to continue to lie and cheat her own daughter?
But whenever she wanted to say the truth, Zhu Hong Wen’s voice and his smiling face appeared in her eyes. She knew that if she really told the truth to her daughter, she would no longer be able to be with her daughter. Subconsciously, she stoked her stomach, this was the crystallization between her and her lover.
If her daughter did not allow her to be together with Zhu Hong Wen, then when her second child came out into the world, then wouldn’t he/she would also have to share the same fate of having no father?
Even if Hong Wen accepted her as his step-daughter, would her daughter accept him as her step-father.
Not only her child cannot be separated from Hong Wen, even she did not want to separate from Hong Wen. In this world, Hong Wen was the only person who loved her from the bottom of his heart. From the first day that she saw Hong Wen, her love for him had never changed. Even if she was forced to marry into the Ji Clan, even if they had been forced into the Daan Forest 10 years ago, Hong Wen had always accompanied her by her side, and never once left her sight.
“Mother, you do not need to be sad, let us all go to the Daan Forest in the future, to pay respect to my father.” Although Ji Luo Fei was sad, she could still perceive that something was not right with her mother.
Xiong Qi Hua recovered a bit, and rubbed her tear swollen eyes, but still spoke with a sobbing voice, “I was stranded in the Daan Forest for 10 years, although I have thought numerous times to leave the Daan Forest, but I simply wasn’t able to get out of the Daan Forest. I could only look for a safe place to stay in the Daan Forest, alas as such I was trapped there for more than 10 years…..”
“Mother…..” As Ji Luo Fei thought of her mother being trapped in such a fearful place like the Daan Forest for 10 years, her heart was filled with grief.
She had listened to the perils inside the Daan Forest, when Ning Cheng had talked about it. Luckily, each monstrous beast had its own territory, if you were able to find a safe spot, at least you could barely survive. It was obvious that her mother had also done this, but as for the hardships that her mother had to go through during those times, she just could not imagine it.
Ji Luo Fei with her heart filled with grief, quickly came over to support Xiong Qi Hua.
This time Xiong Qi Hua consciously stroked her slightly swollen belly, and Ji Luo Fei also ended up seeing it clearly. She immediately became surprised and asked, “Mother, are you….”
She did not dare ask about it, but her mind had already turned blank. With her belly slightly swollen, it was obviously the symptom of being pregnant, her father had obviously died long back, so how could her mother be pregnant?
As Xiong Qi Hua heard Ji Luo Fei’s words, her face immediately became very pale, she immediately picked up the knife from the table, and tried to puncture her own neck.
Ji Luo Fei under panic, called out in horror, “Mother, you ….”
She simply did not have the time to think, and forcibly seized Xiong Qi Hua’s hand, unexpectedly she found that her hand was very weak and feeble.
The knife in the hands of Xiong Qi Hua, fell to the ground with a ‘ding’. Looking very dispirited she immediately fell to the ground, and she kept murmuring, “Luo Fei, I was unfair to your father, I was unfair to you, I did not even have the courage to commit suicide, I …”
“Why are you like this? Didn’t we just meet, so ….” Ji Luo Fei also muttered, she really could not figure out why would her mother do such a thing after they finally met after all these years.
Although Xiong Qi Hua seemed to be explaining to Ji Luo Fei, it was more like she was just talking to herself as she murmured, “On that day I had ventured a bit far from my dwelling place, but I really did not expect that I would soon run into a Class 3 Monstrous Beast. I ended up being attacked by the monstrous beast, and was seriously injured, I could not even try to escape it, when suddenly someone saved me. I did not think that here were people in the Daan Forest, and became very happy in my heart. As long as I could meet someone, it was likely that I would be able to leave the Daan Forest. But because I was injured, plus because the monstrous beast also emitted some kind of poisonous gas, I fainted.”
Ji Luo Fei had long forgotten that her mother was pregnant and nervously asked, “What happened then?”
“Later, that man was able to find my residence, and helped me return, and even helped me heal.” Xing Qi Hua said mournfully.
Ji Luo Fei did not seem to hear the tone in which her mother spoke, and spoke with a grateful voice, “It is all thanks to that person, I have to thank him when I meet him.”
But Xiong Qi Hua still continued on in a mournful tone, “If I had one more chance, I would have rather faced the monstrous beast, rather than being rescued by him. Although that man saved me, but he was affected by the poisonous gas emitted by the monstrous beast, moreover he had evidently taken the full brunt of the poisonous gas. When he finally healed me, he could not hold himself anymore, and forced himself on me….”
Ji Luo Fei now finally understood what had happened, although her benefactor had saved her mother, but because of the influence from the poison from the monstrous beast he ended up raping her. Because he was under the influence of poison, and although he healed her mother, but because of the strong influence from the poison, he finally succumbed and ended up raping her mother. Should she hate him, or should she thank him?
Xiong Qi Hua stared at the blank look on her daughter’s face, and she knew that her man’s words were right.
Zhu Hong Wen thought that although Ning Xiao Cheng and Ji Luo Fei have lived together for so long, he believed that Ji Luo Fei had still not lost her virginity, he had convinced her that Ning Xiao Cheng definitely knew about the matters pertaining to the relationship between a man and a woman and was also good at concealment and deceit. For him to have a relationship with her daughter, he would certainly have a good reason for doing so,
“After I woke up, even if I wanted to resist, the wood had already turned into a boat, and even if I wanted to deny it, the facts cannot be changed. But at this time, while we were still in the Daan Forest, my steward was finally able to find me after his painstaking efforts because of my voice. After seriously injuring the man, although my steward lost, he managed to escape. But my pitiful body which was already ravaged by that person, was seen clearly by my steward, I ….”
Xiong Qi Hua seemed as if she could not bear the sadness in her heart, and once again began to cry.
Ji Luo Fei also felt like crying and hugged her mother, and really felt an intolerable grief towards the sad fate of her mother. After the two people cried bitterly for a long time, Ji Luo Fei finally asked in a sobbing voice, “Mother, do you know who that person was?”
Xiong Qi Hua wiped her swollen eyes, and said while sobbing, “It seems that he is called Ning Xiao Cheng…..”
“WHAT?” When Ji Luo Fei heard the name Ning Xiao Cheng, she immediately started to heave, she also immediately coughed out a mouthful of blood.
Chapter 0104 – You Must Believe
When Ji Luo Fei heard about what her own mother had gone through, her mind was already very unstable, but when she suddenly heard that the culprit was Ning Cheng, the person closest to her in her heart and mind, she ended up receiving a massive shock that almost collapsed her mind, it was equivalent to being sneak attacked during an intense battle, and she who was already filled with grief finally reached the critical point, and found it totally unacceptable.
When she saw her daughter coughing up blood, Xiong Qi Hua was completely shocked, and really regretted that she spoke those words. Although she and Zhu Hong Wen had calculated everything, they did not take into consideration how Luo Fei would react to this kind of news. In their opinion, when Luo Fei heard this kind of news, other that anger and rage, they did not expect for her to show any other emotions towards Ning Cheng.
But Xiong Qi Hua had never thought that when her daughter heard this kind of news, she would immediately cough up blood, and even the Qi in her body became chaotic to the point of bursting.
“Luo Fei, what’s wrong with you …….” Xiong Qi Hua quickly held her daughter as she fell, and asked in a very panicked tone.
Ji Luo Fei did not reply to her mother’s words, and after a long time, she murmured to herself, “I don’t believe it, Ning Cheng is definitely not such a person…….”
“Whether you believe it or not is a different matter, you should not harm your own foundation.” Xiong Qi Hua was really frightened, if her daughter’s cultivation foundation was injured, then how could she take her back home?
“Mother, did you know that I know Ning Cheng?” Ji Luo Fei suddenly felt that something was definitely not right.
Xiong Qi Hua immediately felt a kind of fear from her daughter’s eyes, and inadvertently made a glaring mistake as she spoke, and stupidly said, “Who is Ning Cheng?”
“Ning Cheng is Ning Xiao Cheng, he had just passed through the Daan Forest, he is my, is my ……” Ji Luo Fei was unable to speak out her relationship with Ning Cheng.
Xiong Qi Hua felt a heavy guilt in her heart, and lowered her head, and remained silent, she did not know how she should explain this to Luo Fei. In fact, in her heart, that Ning Xiao Cheng was quite a good person, and was more than worthy of her daughter. But there was no turning back at this point, since she had already got stuck in such a situation, she knew that she could definitely not go back on her words, otherwise the relationship between her and her daughter would forever remain irreparable.
She knew that she could not bear to give up on her daughter, nor can she bear to give up on her man. She even came up with this idea to let Luo Fei and Zhu Hong Wen talk to each other to make her understand. But immediately abandoned the idea, if she really dared to bring this up, she knew that then her daughter would forever denounce her as her mother.
But because of the words spoken by her just now, how could she even say that the unborn child in her was from Zhu Hong Wen rather than him.
Ji Luo Fei slowly calmed herself, although she was feeling extreme grief because of this, but she started to quell her feelings. Seeing her mother standing in silence with her head lowered, she thought that her mother had definitely let her father down, and moreover let herself down. As for the relationship between her and Ning Cheng, she knew that her mother should have known about it.
“Mother, let’s go.” Ji Luo Fei forcibly repressed her grief in the deepest parts of her heart, and said with a calm tone as she supported Xiong Qi Hua.
“Go? Where are we going? Where can I even go like this?” Xiong Qi Hua felt increasingly guilty in her heart, she had also felt that she had made a huge mistake before, otherwise she knew that her daughter would not behave in such a way.
Seeing the wandering eyes of her mother, Ji Luo Fei felt really hurt in her heart, even now she believed that her mother would definitely not lie to her. But her heart could not generate even half a shred of hatred towards Ning Cheng, it was a type of feeling that she couldn’t express clearly. Although Ning Cheng had raped her mother, but it was under the influence of the poison, not to mention the grace of saving her mother’s life.
Ji Luo Fei could not grasp the meaning under the words spoken by Xiong Qi Hua, and didn’t even ask about the steward Hong Wen who had accompanied Xiong Qi Hua, and simply said to Xiong Qi Hua, “Mother, let us just go to a distant city to live in seclusion, then, then……”
Ji Luo Fei really did not have the courage to let Xiong Qi Hua give birth to her younger sister or brother like this.
Xiong Qi Hua secretly sighed in her heart, it seems that her daughter was not experienced in human affairs, and thus could not understand such affairs. She could only slowly guide her towards mentioning her real step father, fortunately her daughter had finally agreed to leave with her together. It would be better if they did not meet that guy called Ning Cheng.
“Luo Fei, the moment I found you, the wish in my heart had already been completed. I just want to take this child out, and then we could go and seclude ourselves.” Xiong Qi Hua said, sighing in relief.
“Don’t….” Ji Luo Fei first reaction was to strongly oppose it.
Xiong Qi Hua murmured, “But if we really have him/her, even if we went anywhere, we will only be ridiculed……”
“Mother, we have each other, why are you being afraid of being laughed at? I….” Ji Luo Fei just finished speaking those words, when she felt a sense of unease. She had a feeling, that if she left Ning Cheng, then there really would be no other chance for her and Ning Cheng to meet again. But not only did she not want to doubt the words spoken by her own biological mother, she also did not want to doubt Ning Cheng.
Xiong Qi Hua did not expect that Ji Luo Fei would say such words, on the contrary she felt the anxiety in her daughter’s eyes, and could feel that she really did not want to leave him.
After Ning Cheng arrived in Mo Ze City completely exhausted, he immediately came to the inn. Although his harvest during these two days was not small, not only did he obtain a treasure, he also was able to advance to the peak of True Condensation 2nd Level, but he would still require a few days to consolidate and stabilize his cultivation level.
When Ning Cheng lifted the restrictions that he placed on his room, and entered inside, he discovered that Ji Luo Fei had already left.
Ning Cheng’s first reaction was to immediately go out and look for Ji Luo Fei, he had almost took a few steps towards Ji Luo Fei’s closed door, when he saw their marriage certificate.
There was no need to pick it up, Ning Cheng knew that it was definitely his and Ji Luo Fei’s marriage certificate, it was initially being kept and preserved with Ji Luo Fei. Before he had always thought that this marriage certificate was already burnt up, and had never thought that Ji Luo Fei would keep it with her safe and sound.
As Ning Cheng picked up this marriage certificate, he suddenly felt bitter in his heart. Why did every girl in his life said their goodbyes in such a way? Ji Luo Fei leaving behind her marriage certificate, didn’t it expressively mean that she did not want to have any connection with him again.
As Ning Cheng held the marriage certificate in his hands, and indescribable loneliness rose in his heart. From the deepest part of his heart, he was still very concerned about Ji Luo Fei.
Regardless of whether he could return back to Earth or not, Ji Luo Fei was definitely one of the most important people in his life.
Ning Cheng took out a jade box from his storage bag, and took out a dark yellow stone from the jade box, and stared at it in a daze. This Qi Gathering Stone was the first thing that he received from someone when he came to the Yi Xing Mainland, this was his first Qi Gathering Stone. This was obtained by Ji Luo Fei by risking her life, as she competed for it in the Fighting Pot to get it. Ji Luo Fei was not willing to use it for herself, her main goal was to help him speed up his cultivation.
Although he had not used this Qi Gathering Stone, he had always kept it by his side, today when Ji Luo Fei left behind the two halves of the marriage certificate here, Ning Cheng’s heart was completely filled with grief, he once again looked at the Qi Gathering Stone that he received from Ji Luo Fei, and remained silent.
After experiencing the things with Tian Mu Wan, Ning Cheng had never thought about the matters between men and women, nor was he willing to think about it. If not for the coincidence of him being betrothed to Ji Luo Fei, he would have not even come in contact with Ji Luo Fei.
Today Ji Luo Fei left in the same way as Tian Mu Wan, without any reason, without any explanation, even without hesitating for even half a moment.
Grasping the Qi Gathering Stone in his hands, flashbacks of Ji Luo Fei started to appear in his heart and mind, her giving him the Qi Gathering Stone, Ji Luo Fei rushing in to save him during the attack from that giant jet black withered palm in the Thunder Fall Desert, but what kept repeating in his head was the time when Ji Luo Fei had carried him on her back, while she took him to the small black stone house.
At that moment he had felt an unprecedented tranquility, he did not even feel the shock of suddenly arriving in a strange world.
Because Tian Mu Wan had ruthlessly pushed him away without even giving him even the slightest of an explanation, he had ended up absentmindedly walking onto a highway bridge, and was hit by a the descending beam of yellow light. In his most lonely, and most helpless time, it was Ji Luo Fei who had picked him back up, and brought him back to the small black stone house.
The restriction that he placed on the door suddenly opened, and Ning Cheng immediately woke up from his endless contemplation, he had just looked up when a he saw a familiar figure rush towards him, and flung herself into his arms.
“Luo Fei…..” Ning Cheng hurriedly held Ji Luo Fei tightly in his bosom, as an indescribable joy filled his heart. Till before this moment, he had always thought of his relationship with Ji Luo Fei was just that of between friends, but when Ji Luo Fei left behind her marriage certificate and left, he knew that his heart was already filled with Ji Luo Fei’s shadow. Only after losing her once, did he come to know just how precious was she to him.
“Ning Cheng…..” Ji Luo Fei cried out aloud, at this time she had already forgotten about the affair between her mother and Ning Cheng and had already wiped the slate clean.
When she had followed her mother out of the Mo Ze City, she finally met that steward Zhu Hong Wen, and the uneasy feeling in her heart strengthened quite a bit. In the depths of her heart, she had a strong desire, that even if she had to walk away, she had to see Ning Cheng, and clarify this matter. Without hearing Ning Cheng’s words, she knew that she could not settle her heart.
After she came out from the desert along with Ning Cheng, she had sworn to herself that whatever happened she must believe in Ning Cheng.
Ever since then, she had regarded Ning Cheng as her only family, even her paternal aunt Ji Yao He could not be compared to Ning Cheng’s place in her heart. But the things that her mother had brought when she came, made it difficult to accept the fact that she could no longer be together with Ning Cheng.
After she came out of Mo Ze City, her desire to be with Ning Cheng only grew stronger. From the deepest parts of her heart, she had already decided to side with Ning Cheng no matter what happened, it was not that she did not want to leave Mo Ze City, but because she could not bear to be away from Ning Cheng even for a single bit.
Her paternal aunt was her only other close relative, initially when her paternal aunt had carried her away, she thought that she could no longer see Ning Cheng. But her mother was even more closer to her heart than her paternal aunt, but then when she saw her mother, deep down she always had a feeling, that Ning Cheng was the closest to her out of all.
“Mother, I must go meet with Ning Cheng, I cannot live without him.” After coming out of Mo Ze City. Ji Luo Fei finally could not repress the desire in her heart and spoke out, she must see Ning Cheng whatever the cost. She did not know since when this started, but she knew that she could not bear to not be able to see Ning Cheng for even a single day.
After hearing what her daughter said, she could only helplessly watch her daughter go back to Mo Ze City, Xiong Qi Hua rubbed her tear streaked eyes, and secretly sighed in her heart, She knew that, at this moment, she had finally lost her daughter.
“Do you want me to go persuade her to come back?” Zhu Hong Wen asked as he also looked at Ji Luo Fei as she walked back to Mo Ze City.
Xiong Qi Hua shook her head and said, “No, I feel that Ji Luo Fei’s choice is right, let’s go. I do not deserve to be her mother, I ….”
Xiong Qi Hua then quietly turned her back to Mo Ze City, and started walking away, her stature looking very bleak and desolate.
Chapter 0105 – The First Time
Ji Luo Fei wanted to calmly ask about many things to Ning Cheng since she met him at this moment, but when she saw Ning Cheng, she couldn’t even remember what she wanted to say in the beginning. But then she saw the marriage certificate in Ning Cheng’s hand, and moreover also saw him staring at a Qi Gathering Stone in the other hand with a desolate look on his face, she had completely forgotten what she wanted to ask Ning Cheng when she came back.
“What happened? Did you just wanted to hand me the marriage certificate, and leave me alone again?” Ning Cheng gently stroked Ji Luo Fei’s hair, as his heart was filled with chaotic thoughts.
When he had just came to this world, and came to know that he was not the same person who Ji Luo Fei knew, he himself had taken the initiative to ask her to dissolve this marriage. But now, his cultivation was far higher than that of Ji Luo Fei. Moreover now he also started to develop feelings towards Ji Luo Fei, he was a person who really cherished the people close to him. Because of this, he really did not understand why Ji Luo Fei would leave him. Similarly, when he saw Ji Luo Fei come back again, he immediately felt a lot happier.
Ji Luo Fei could feel the big and warm chest of Ning Cheng, as she suddenly reached out and touched the Qi Gathering Stone in Ning Cheng’s hands, and whispered, “You still kept this with you?”
“Yes, I will always keep it.” Ning Cheng could feel that Ji Luo Fei’s chaotic mood was finally calming down, he knew that something must have happened to Ji Luo Fei.
“I….” Ji Luo Fei did not know how to bring up that matter, she had planned to ask Ning Cheng, and even tell Ning Cheng, the fact was he already had a child, and then quickly leave. However, the moment she saw Ning Cheng, she knew that she could not separate from him.
Since she could not leave him, she did not dare to bring up that matter, She still believed that her mother would not lie to her, but she was completely unable to accept that fact. Even thinking about it, made her feel terrible.
Once again feeling that Ji Luo Fei was starting to feel panicked, Ning Cheng gently patted Ji Luo Fei’s back and suddenly asked, “Did someone come to look for you?”
“How did you know?” Ji Luo Fei immediately asked Ning Cheng exposing the truth.
Ning Cheng spoke with a slight contempt in his voice, “Was it your paternal aunt who came to visit you? Did she come here to force you to marry into the Shui Clan?”
Ji Luo Fei shook her head, “No, I would rather believe in you, rather than believing in my paternal aunt. In my heart, you are much more dependable that my paternal aunt.”
“Just follow me……” Ji Luo Fei in her heart was completely dependent on Ning Cheng, and his words had already stuck to the deepest corners of her heart.
But Ning Cheng’s thought’s were much more prudent and meticulous than Ji Luo Fei’s, so when Ji Luo Fei said that she believed in him, Ning Cheng could immediately understand that the one who came looking for her was surely Xiong Qi Hua.
Only Ji Luo Fei’s mother could be more closer to her heart than her paternal aunt, only her mother could make Ji Luo Fei leave him. Moreover he had also seen just what kind of woman Ji Luo Fei’s mother was, and even had an unpleasant experience because of it.
“Did your mother come to see you?” Ning Cheng immediately asked.
Ji Luo Fei’s entire body trembled, she quickly pushed Ning Cheng aside, and with her face completely pale she nodded and said, “Yes, it was my mother who had come to see me, she said that she had met you in the Daan Forest…..”
“That’s right, I really did meet your mother back in the Daan Forest, moreover I also…..” Ning Cheng wanted to tell Ji Luo Fei about the matter regarding Zhu Hong Wen and Xiong Qi Hua, but then thought that the mental blow Ji Luo Fei would receive would definitely not be a small one, as a result chose not to speak about it.
“Ning Cheng, you’re my mother’s……. how do you know her?” Ji Luo Fei was completely pale, and was trembling all over as she secretly looked at Ning Cheng. She had been looking forward to Ning Cheng saying that it was false, and that he really did not force himself on her mother. Moreover from the deepest parts of her consciousness, she still believed that her mother would not lie to her.
Ning Cheng did not know what Xiong Qi Hua had said to Ji Luo Fei, as he sighed and said, “Luo Fei, I only saw your mother one time, but I knew that she was definitely your mother Xiong Qi Hua.”
Ji Luo Fei bursts into tears, since you knew that she was my mother, why did you force yourself on her? But she could not question Ning Cheng, she did not know what she should do now.
For Ji Luo Fei, the memory of her mother was deeply rooted into her, but the the feeling that she was feeling right now was completely different. At this time Ji Luo Fei did not even think of what Ning Cheng said, she only wanted to go to a place where no one lived and not come out anymore. But thinking about the relations between them she just couldn’t speak out, she suddenly felt that she had become completely redundant.
Ning Cheng looked at Ji Luo Fei who had suddenly burst into tears, he really did not know how he should comfort her, and only said, “Although I knew that Xiong Qi Hua is your mother, but when I look at you face, all I can think about is that you have been manipulated by her. If your mother said that I somehow injured her, then I do not have any alternative. The reason I did not tell you that I had met your mother, was not because of guilt, and even more so not because I hurt her.”
Ning Cheng guessed that Xiong Qi Hua had quite possibly added some inflammatory details when she spoke to Ji Luo Fei, by saying that he had severely injured her, and that it would also be best for her to leave him. Even if Ning Cheng thought about it innumerable times, he would never have thought about the story created by Zhu Hong Wen. If Ji Luo Fei really had not found it difficult to let go of Ning Cheng, then Zhu Hong Wen’s plan would have undoubtedly succeeded.
“Did you really not force yourself on my mother? After you saved my mother, and because of the poison, isn’t that child not yours?” Ji Luo Fei’s voice was also trembling uncontrollably, as she threw out several questions. Even before Ning Cheng answered, she thought that Ning Cheng would definitely not deceive her.
“Wait wait……” Ning Cheng quickly stopped Ji Luo Fei from asking any more questions and said, “When did I save your mother? I was just passing by Daan Forest when I found your mother living peacefully in the Daan Forest. I wasn’t even poisoned, even the toxic poison from the poisonous sand beasts don’t affect me, so how can I even be affected by common poisons? And what are you talking about children? What the hell is going on?”
After asking those questions, Ning Cheng could already guess, that perhaps Xiong Qi Hua was pregnant, and moreover told Ji Luo Fei that it was his child. If that really was the case, then she really did not deserve to be a mother.
Ji Luo Fei may be simple minded but she was definitely not a fool, so when she heard Ning Cheng’s words, she immediately knew that what her mother had spoke to her was likely to be a lie. Thinking back to how she had met her mother, how could it be a coincidence that she could find the inn where her room was. Even when she saw that her mother and that Zhu Hong Wen were together, they did not look very sad of her own father passing away, and as a result she completely understood now what was going on.
“I am sorry, I almost left you.” Ji Luo Fei could not restrain herself, and once again flung herself into Ning Cheng’s arms. For her, she would rather believe that Ning Cheng was telling the truth, and her mother had deceived her.
“When you met my mother in the Daan Forest, did you also meet Zhu Hong Wen?” As Ji Luo Fei spoke of such matters, it felt like there were countless knives stabbing in her heart again and again.
Now that she understood the truth, she finally realized the many contradictions in her mother’s words.
Ning Cheng gently stroked Ji Luo Fei’s head, he knew that Ji Luo Fei now understood what had happened. Since Ji Luo Fei now understood this kind of thing, so there was no need for him to continue to speak, “Luo Fei, in my hometown there is an old saying, the child speaks for the parent, not the other way round. I won’t go into the details of this matter, but you have to remember to believe me, I really am sorry that I did not do anything for you and your parents.”
“I believe you.” Ji Luo Fei, at this moment, she had completely calmed down, other than Ning Cheng, her paternal aunt had wanted to marry her off to the Shui Clan, and her mother who she had just met unexpectedly ended up deceiving her for an outsider. At this time in her heart, Ning Cheng was fully worth believing in. Fortunately, at that time she still believed in Ning Cheng from the depths of her heart, otherwise she would have definitely not come back again.
“Your hometown?” Ji Luo Fei was now free from other matters, and her thinking had also immediately cleared up.
Ning Cheng knew that he had to say something, he was a bit embarrassed as he scratched his head and said, “This thing is a long story, I will explain it to you slowly later.”
“En, Ning Cheng, in the future when your cultivation is high enough, can you take me to the Daan Forest to pay my respects to my father, and then we, we …..” Ji Luo Fei suddenly thought of her own face, and finally was unable to speak about getting married.
Ning Cheng knew what Ji Luo Fei meant, he himself wanted his own cultivation to be high enough, so that he could then look for a way back to Earth. If at that time he married, he could at least let his younger sister attend it, it would definitely be much better. Moreover, he still had a one-track mind, and that was to restore Ji Luo Fei’s appearance.
Feeling that arms of Ji Luo Fei around him getting softer and more tender, Ning Cheng could not bear it any longer and lowered his head and finally kissed Ji Luo Fei on her lips. The instant that she felt Ning Cheng’s lips touching her’s, Ji Luo Fei’s mind immediately went blank. She subconsciously tightened her grip on Ning Cheng as she hugged him fiercely, as she clumsily kissed him back.
To them, this was their first time.
Translated By – DemonKillerChecked and Edited By – CurlyAdiProofread By – SmartyMouthHonorary Chapter for Persona
Chapter 0106 – Opening in advance
After this incident, the veil between Ning Cheng and Ji Luo Fei completely crumbled.
If one could say that Ning Cheng before only had a sliver of a shadow of Ji Luo Fei in his heart, so when Ji Luo Fei returned without hesitation, Ji Luo Fei’s shadow was now completely and deeply imprinted in Ning Cheng’s heart. After experiencing the things with him and Tian Mu Wan, this was the first time that Ning Cheng let another woman enter the deepest parts of his heart.
With such a delightful and joyous mood, Ning Cheng even advanced from the True Condensation 2nd Level and broke through to the initial stage of True Condensation 3rd Level. He was just consolidating his cultivation, and even did not have the time to celebrate with Ji Luo Fei, when Liu Xian from the God Wind Academy came over to seek him out.
At this time there were still seven days left out of the 10 days for the start of the second round.
“Deacon Liu, isn’t there still a few days for the start of the second round?” Ning Cheng opened the restrictions that he placed on the door and saw that Liu Xian had personally come, and immediately asked, feeling a bit puzzled.
Liu Xian spoke with some anxiety, “Ning Xiao Cheng, the Angry Axe Valley that was to be opened in 2 years, because of some kind of accident, something that even we do not know what happened, a few days ago we found that the Magic Mist Array Formation around it suddenly disappeared. Because the mist outside the Angry Axe Valley had cleared up, it represents that we have only a maximum of one month, before the Angry Axe Valley would be fully open officially.”
Ning Cheng frowned, he was planning to use these 2 years to get one of the quota to enter the Angry Axe Valley, now it seems that there would be no hope for that. He was just a nobody, he absolutely could not go the Angry Axe Valley by himself. However even if the Angry Axe Valley was to open in advance, why would Liu Xian come personally to tell this to him?
Ning Cheng immediately remembered, that a few days ago he and that old woman had gone into the Forbidden Cold River to search for some things, then did that mean that there was some sort of connection between the white haired old woman finding the Immortal’s Mansion and the early opening of the Angry Axe Valley? According to what the old woman had said to him, the Immortal Mansion inside the Forbidden Cold River had appeared together with the Angry Axe Valley.
“Deacon Liu, how would the Angry Axe Valley opening in advance affect the God Wind Academy?” Ning Cheng just directly asked what he did not understand.
Liu Xian just sighed and said, “It not only affects us, but affects all of us in a big way. Our God Wind Academy only recently found some good seedlings,if we were able to compete against the majority for the position of the 6 Star Academy, there would at least be a glimmer of hope for us. Now that the Angry Axe Valley suddenly opened in advance, the rest of the 5 Star Academies of the Hua Continent would also have to follow that person’s request, and as a result even the tournament would also be taking place at a much earlier date. However if we start now, my God Wind Academy absolutely would not have any qualifications to participate in it.”
After a pause, Liu Xian said to Ning Cheng in an extremely sincere manner, “Ning Xiao Cheng, I am going to tell you the truth now. The God Wind Academy is already not worthy of its name, it is even inferior to some of the 4 Star Academies, moreover my God Wind Academy only has a single Profound Core Cultivator, and he is our Dean Zhang. Moreover he was also seriously injured a few years ago, and still has not come out from his closed door training.”
“Deacon Liu, when I came here I was worried about a woman from the Falling Star Academy, and as a result had to change my name to Ning Xiao Cheng. But now I don’t fear her, so Deacon Liu can go ahead and call me by my real name, Ning Cheng. According to what Deacon Liu said, is the power of the God Wind Academy not even on the same level as that of the Shui Clan in the Mo Ze City?” Ning Cheng suddenly had a bad feeling in his heart. The reason why he had joined the God Wind Academy, was to find a backer of sorts, if even the God Wind Academy was inferior to the Shui Clan, just what sort of backing could he expect from it?
As for the strength of the Shui Clan, Ji Luo Fei had once mentioned it to him that the Shui Clan had a Profound Core Cultivator among their ranks, which meant that its strength was not weaker than the existence of the 5 Star Academies.
“On the surface, my God Wind Academy is more formidable than the Shui Clan, but in true strength, my God Wind Academy is truly inferior to the Shui Clan. However my God Wind Academy has been surviving for thousands of years, so we are definitely not afraid of a mere Shui Clan. Is it possible that you have offended the Shui Clan in some way?” Liu Xian had been alive for many years, so when heard the casual words of Ning Cheng, he could at least pick up one or two things.
Ning Cheng did not hide anything, and spoke about the matter regarding Ji Luo Fei.
Hearing those words, Liu Xian immediately said, “So it turns out that you were worried about this kind of trivial thing, the Shui Clan would definitely not offend my God Wind Academy for this kind of thing, but that’s a different matter, what I came to say here was about the major matters regarding regarding the tournament of the 5 Star Academies.”
Ning Cheng had also had thought of this, the Shui Clan was after all, one of the seven great clans of the Hua Continent, and would not engage against them regarding Luo Fei, because it was truly a small matter for them, they would definitely not offend the God Wind Academy because of this. After all Luo Fei had not agreed to any of the requests from the Shui Clan, moreover she had not even seen a single person from the Shui Clan.
“Deacon Liu, please speak freely, I will definitely do my utmost in the upcoming second round.” After Ning Cheng finally felt a bit relieved in his heart, he decided to fully help the God Wind Academy with the best of his abilities.
After he finished speaking, Ning Cheng felt that there was something wrong, and added another sentence, “Deacon Liu, for the Angry Axe Valley to open ahead of time, wouldn’t it also advance the schedule of the Tournament for the 5 Star Academies. Moreover isn’t it because of the Tournament between the 5 Star Academies, would the outstanding disciples have the opportunity to enter the Angry Axe Valley?”
Liu Xian became upset, and said, “This is the thing, if after two years, even if we did not obtain the first place in the tournament, but we would at least not end up being at the very bottom. But because of this tournament starting early, the competitiveness in my God Wind Academy has dropped a lot.”
“The Angry Axe Valley only has a quota for 20 people from across all the lower class continents, out of which the 6 Star Academy, which would be elected from amongst us would have 5 quotas for itself, the second place would have 3 quotas, for the third and the fourth place, respectively, they will have 2 quotas, and the fifth place will only have a single spot. The remaining places will be separately be given to the other major Sects and Clans and would be divided separately between them.”
“Deacon Liu, the tournament has not yet started, you do not have to worry about it, maybe we still might have a chance.” Ning Cheng tried to comfort him.
Liu Xian nodded before solemnly speaking, “The second round of selection for the 5 Star Academies has been cancelled, originally the top 100 of the second round, would be directly allowed to join the 5 Star Academies. Three days after the tournament between the 5 Star Academy, the 6 Star Academy would be elected from amongst us on the spot, then at the same time they will also select the 20 people who would be qualified to enter the Angry Axe Valley.”
“The Angry Axe Valley only opens just once after many years, so the amount of resources and treasures inside are simply unimaginable, even cultivators from the Intermediate Class and High Class Continents cannot contain themselves. But in the lower continent, the number of people allowed to enter the Angry Axe Valley are more, thus the potential for future development will be greater.”
“Deacon Liu, why don’t you and I talk about the rules of the tournament between the 5 Star Academies, as well as how to participate?” Ning Cheng knew that he also had a slight chance to enter the Angry Axe Valley, and immediately became interested in it. He did not believe that if he helped the God Wind Academy in the tournament, the God Wind Academy would not give him one of the quota.
Liu Xian had originally come here to request Ning Cheng’s help, now that Ning Cheng has himself taken the initiative to offer his help, he immediately began explaining in detail, “A senior who came here from the Jia Continent believes that it would be better if we could speed up the tournament between the five 5 Star Academies, according to him the quicker it could be completed, the better it would be, and as a result it would also be best to choose a 6 Star Academy in a few days. Therefore the tournament is currently divided into two parts, the first part is the assessment of the facilities of the Academy, this assessment had already been done……”
Ning Cheng interrupted Liu Xian’s words and said, “Deacon Liu, in the assessment of the facilities of the Academy, how much did our God Wind Academy score?”
Liu Xian somewhat awkwardly replied, “Out of the total score of 100 points, our God Wind Academy only scored 41 points. The highest is the Falling Star Academy, which obtained 75 points, next is the Clear Sky Academy with 60 points, then the Luo Hou Academy with 55 points and the Thunder Academy with 53 points.”
The tournament had not yet begun, but the God Wind Academy had already obtained the first place from the bottom, Ning Cheng grimaced and asked, “This score is truly not high, compared to the Falling Star Academy, there is more than a 30 point difference between us. As for the rest of the tournament, how do we compare to others?”
Liu Xian continued to reply, “The second part of the tournament is again divided into 3 rounds, and each Academy can only choose up to 5 people to participate in them. Once the five people are selected, they will participate in all the three rounds in this second part of the tournament, and no substitution is allowed midway. The first round is the Memory Round, and the topic will be personally chosen by the seniors from the Intermediate Class Continent. This test in the first round will take the highest score of each of the participating people separately, we hope that you help our God Wind Academy to get a good score, and bridge the gap between the rest of the Academies.”
“The second round will test one’s ability to comprehend, and will also be attended by the same five people. Finally they will select the person with the highest score from each of the 5 Star Academies, and the score obtained by them in the second round, will be added to Academy’s total score. The third round is a VS battle, the one who wins the most battles, is the one who will score the highest. The specific rules for the third round will be declared personally by those esteemed seniors at the start of the third round.”
“Then wouldn’t every single Academy send in their disciples with the highest cultivation for this tournament?” Ning Cheng asked as he felt that it was not as simple as it looked.
Liu Xian hurriedly answered, “I did not explain clearly, of the five people that each Academy chosen for the tournament, they cannot send any people in the Essence Building Realm, and all of the participants should be at most 30 years of age.”
Ning Cheng nodded and said, “As a result, the choosing of disciples would really be tricky.”
“Yes, even though some Academies have a few formidable cultivators, but their memory and comprehension skills are not strong. Because of this, it is necessary to select not only the most powerful disciples for the tournament, but also have to choose some disciples with powerful memory and comprehension abilities.” Liu Xian said with approval.
Ning Cheng chuckled and said, “It appears that I am the only one in the God Wind Academy that can participate in the Memory Round.”
“That’s right, now I only hope that since you were able to score 100 points before without having seen those things, so I definitely think that your memory capabilities are the real deal.” Liu Xian said with a wry smile.
He had a vague feeling that Ning Cheng was the most powerful person in the God Wind Academy combined with his powerful memory, but he also thought that if Ning Cheng did not depend on his memory capabilities in the memory round, then the God Wind Academy would really be in a very perilous situation.
If Ning Cheng can once again display his talents in the tournament of the 5 Star Academies, then the God Wind Academy might have at least a good future ahead of it.
Ning Cheng knew, that even if it wasn’t the case, he has to showcase his true strength. Fortunately, at this time Ning Cheng did not care much about hiding his strength, from the first time that he wrote that written test, till the point of him joining the God Wind Academy, if not for being forced to use his last resort, he really would not have to hide his own strength again.
After discussing some of the more finer details of the tournament with Ning Cheng, Liu Xian finally left Ning Cheng’s place of residence.
Chapter 0107: Killing In Anger
This day was the day when the tournament between the 5 Star Academies started, Ning Cheng and Ji Luo Fei returned from their rooms early in the morning, and were heading towards the Mo Ze Grand Plaza.
The Mo Ze City was still as lively as before, although they were out early in the morning, the streets were still filled with people coming and going.
“Ning Cheng, I’ll go buy some cloths inside.” Ji Luo Fei spoke as she pointed towards a nearby clothing store that sold clothes for women.
Ning Cheng looked at the women’s clothes shop which was filled with women coming in and out, and immediately said, “OK, you go in, I’ll wait for you here.”
Ji Luo Fei and he have been living for all these days in the inn in order to avoid some unnecessary matters, and as a result had not come out of the inn in a long while.
Standing outside the clothing store and waiting, Ning Cheng started to look around, after he had received the basic knowledge about Alchemy, he always wanted to buy a Pill Furnace, but he had never come out till now. He wanted to find an Artifact Store around here, if there was, then after he met up with Ji Luo Fei when she came out, they would go there together.
Although Ning Cheng did not find an Artifact Store, but he saw a bald man with a cultivation of True Condensation 3rd Level. The reason why he was concerned about this particular cultivator was because felt a reaction from his Spiritual Sense from the jade bracelet that that bald cultivator was wearing on his wrist. This jade bracelet had a familiar aura to it, when Ning Cheng felt this type of aura, he immediately remembered the Imperial Jade Seal that he had obtained before. The jade bracelet and the Imperial Jade Seal had the same exact aura, it would only mean one thing, that both of those things came from the same place or the same source.
Ning Cheng felt his heart move, and he immediately decided to follow him, he was not that reckless as to just go up to the bald cultivator and ask from where did he obtain the jade bracelet on his wrist. But he could feel that this bald monk was somewhat strange, which made Ning Cheng feel a bit uncomfortable.
The bald headed cultivator kept on walking, and inquired about some prices from time to time from the roadside stalls.
When Ning Cheng finally decided to just go up to him and ask, he suddenly heard a loud burst of sound. Just as Ning Cheng turned his head to see what had happened, he saw Ji Luo Fei being forced into a corner, her veil was not only gone, but even her face had a few bloodstains.
Seeing that anger boiled in Ning Cheng’s heart, he immediately gave up on going up to the bald cultivator to ask about his bracelet, and immediately rushed to Ji Luo Fei’s side.
When Ning Cheng turned around to rush back towards Ji Luo Fei, the bald headed cultivator unexpectedly turned to look at Ning Cheng, while simultaneously frowning. Then he looked at the jade bracelet around his wrist, and the corners of his mouth revealed a hint of a sneer, he immediately turned and headed towards the crowd, and instantly disappeared from view.
“You ugly bitch, you even turned a blind eye and refused Brother Yu, and even dared to spread around that Brother Yu is not good enough for you, let’s see how I, your father, teach such an arrogant bitch……” A 20-21 year old Qi Gathering 9th Level man with small eyes and thin mouth spoke, as he grabbed at Ji Luo Fei’s clothes, it was clear that he wanted to tear of Ji Luo Fei’s clothes.
There were many people looking in their direction, but not one of them stepped forward to persuade them, and kept their act of being busy. Some people, even though they pretended to be busy, they did not dare to come near, and were only looking at the scene from a distance.
Ning Cheng arrived at the side of that Qi Gathering Cultivator, as he lifted his hand and threw a punch at him.
“Ka…..” A bloody mist sprayed out, as that Qi Gathering 9th Level cultivator with small eyes who was grabbing Ji Luo Fei immediately flew out because of being struck by Ning Cheng’s punch.
This Qi Gathering 9th Level man let out a shrill scream, and without waiting for him to react, Ning Cheng once again raised his hands and dished out a few booming slaps to that man’s face.
“Slap Slap Slap Slap…..” This Qi Gathering 9th Level man did not have the time to breath before all of his teeth spilled out, as blood splashed over Ning Cheng.
“Little Gan…..” a few late stage Qi Gathering Cultivators, wearing servant cloths, quickly approached the man with small eyes, and immediately pointed at Ning Cheng and exclaimed, “You dare to touch Little Gan, you, you….”
Whether it was due not anger or not, but he could not even complete his sentence or even speak properly.
Ning Cheng just kicked back with his foot, and the man wearing servant cloths who had pointed at him immediately flew back. Then he was just disinclined to look at the two fellows, as he just stepped forward to support Ji Luo Fei.
There was a worried look in Ji Luo Fei’s eyes as she looked at Ning Cheng and said, “I’m all right, that person that you beat up a moment ago was the younger cousin of Shui Yu from the Shui Clan, and is called Shui Feng Gan. When he saw me, he immediately tried to take me away. He kept saying that I tarnished and slandered the image of his cousin Shui Yu, but I refused to go with him, and he immediately started to raise his hands on me. An elder brother who was next to me, when he saw me getting beaten, had spoken up from the side, but he was killed on the spot by Shui Feng Gan, moreover he was even burned to ash then and there by his Fireball……..”
Before looking in the direction that Ji Luo Fei pointed, he could see that eyes were red, this person who she did not know at all had tried to help her, but in in the end this person ended up dying for her.
Ning Cheng then took note of the heap of burned bones in the place that Ji Luo Fei pointed, and his heart was immediately filled with killing intent. He was from Earth, the concept of hierarchy between mortals and cultivators for him was relatively weak.
He turned to look at the person who he had just kicked and found that he was supporting that injured Shui Qing and were leaving, they apparently knew that staying here would not be good for them.
Ning Cheng took out a jade box, and raised his hands causing the ashes on the ground to fly into the jade box, after which he put it away, while simultaneously blocking the path of Shui Qing and said, “You want to walk away from here this badly?”
“What do you want? I am a person from the Shui Clan……” Shui Qing’s teeth were all slapped out by Ning Cheng, his face was completely bloody, and even spoke in a slurred speech, but the people all around him could still clearly hear what he meant.
“Are people from the Shui Clan great or something?” Ning Cheng sarcastically spoke.
That Qi Gathering Cultivator in the servant’s clothing said, “If you dare touch us, you can forever give up on the hope of leaving Mo Ze City alive.”
“Since I cannot dare to make a move on you……” Ning Cheng once again spoke with disdain.
Shui Qing and his servant only had a bit of time to relax, before two Wind Edges spilt them as they heard, “Then I can only kill you.”
“Puff Puff….” both of them sprayed out blood, as Shui Qing and his servant could only look at Ning Cheng as the Wind Edges chopped them apart.
All the people around them were shocked, no one thought that, there would be a person who would dare to kill a member of the Shui Clan in the Mo Ze City. Moreover kill them in such an arrogant manner.
After Ning Cheng killed Shui Feng Gan, he knew that he would not be able to stay in this place for a long time, he must return to the God Wind Academy’s Stall as soon as possible, only then can he guarantee their safety.
Thus after Ning Cheng killed the two people from the Shui Clan, he immediately took Ji Luo Fei and departed from that place rapidly.
It was not until Ning Cheng went out of their vision, did everyone finally started to talk. Others were aware that the people from the Shui Clan will definitely come here soon, and as such no one dared to talk about Shui Clan’s people whose bodies were lying in front of them.
“When I think about it, wasn’t the man from a moment ago Ning Xiao Cheng, the one who obtained the first place in the first round, that’s right, he joined the God Wind Academy later, moreover he is also a core disciple of the God Wind Academy. No wonder he did not fear the Shui Clan, he turned out to be one of the core disciples of the God Wind Academy.” Some voices from the crowd of onlookers emerged, as they recognized Ning Cheng.
“Even if he was the core disciple of the God Wind Academy, he has killed the people from the Shui Clan, they will not just sit by and do nothing.” Someone from the crowd spoke.
Although there were many discussions, but no one dared to speak that the thing that the people from the Shui Clan did was wrong.
Ning Cheng and Ji Luo Fei quickly arrived at the Mo Ze Grand Plaza, but this time the number of people gathered here were countless times more that the day when the first round for the disciple selection was held.
Although today was no longer the day that the 5 Star Academy picked their disciples through the second round, but rather today was actually a much more important day as it marked the start of the Tournament between the five 5 Star Academies. The Hua Continent was expected to elect one of them as the 6 Star Academy, which would then command over the entire lower class continents, moreover because the Angry Axe Valley was opening in advance, so the Tournament of the 5 Star Academies was also taking place much earlier than scheduled.
Most people were now aware, that the main reason why the Tournament between the 5 Star Academies was taking place this early, was to elect the 6 Star Academy as early as possible. Since the Angry Axe Valley was opening ahead of time, they also had to start selecting their students to fill up the quota in advance. As the quota for the 6 Star Academy was the largest, so the resources that they would be able to obtain would surely be the most.
Once a 6 Star Academy was elected, then along with the resources they would obtain from the Angry Axe Valley, this 6 Star Academy would slowly be able to rise above the remaining few 5 Star Academy, and then finally tower over the entire lower class continents.
After they arrived at the Mo Ze Grand Plaza, Ji Luo Fei was still very much worried that she would no longer be able to stay together with Ning Cheng for a long time, as she knew how powerful the Shui Clan was.
Now that Ning Cheng had gone and killed those people from the Shui Clan, she was worried that the Shui Clan would resort to every means at their disposal to take revenge from Ning Cheng.
“Luo Fei, do not worry. The Shui Clan will not entangle with the God Wind Academy just for the sake of a mere Qi Gathering Cultivator. Didn’t Liu Xian also say, to not to be afraid of the Shui Clan, why fear the hand to fear the foot? Even if the God Wind Academy is not ranked among the top, we are still the disciples of the God Wind Academy, so the God Wind Academy would definitely would not just sit by and watch. As long as we stay close to them, once the Tournament of the 5 Star Academies is completed, we can immediately go to the God Wind Academy, and also would not have to worry about the retaliation from the Shui Clan. The Shui Clan may be good, but is it capable enough to invite the scorn of the God Wind Academy?”
Not to mention that Ning Cheng knew that he would certainly be fine even if he killed Shui Feng Gan, but since the Mo Ze City is currently hosting the Tournament, the Shui Clan would definitely not make a move at this time and cause trouble for the God Wind Academy. If the Shui Clan really causes trouble, then Ning Cheng would just threaten to give up on the match. He was sure that the people from the Intermediate Class Continent that had come to host the event here, would definitely not let this happen, and in case such a thing really happened, the Shui Clan would definitely be removed from Mo Ze City immediately.
Moreover even if Ning Cheng did knew beforehand that the guy he had killed was from the Shui Clan, he would still not hesitate to kill that guy, and then together with Ji Luo Fei flee to the Thunder Fall Desert.
Someone tried to bully Ji Luo Fei in front of him, just how could he endure this? The reason why he did not go to the Shui Clan to settle the accounts beforehand, was because his strength was not enough. If he had enough strength, then after he had killed Shui Feng Gan, he would immediately seek out the Shui Clan and demand compensation.
When he was growing up with his younger sister Ning Rou Lan, they were also bullied a lot during that time. However Ning Cheng would always fight back very hard every time it happened, he was very clear on the truth, if he never spoke up when he was bullied the first time, the second time he would definitely be bullied even more severely. That was why he was not always the person who ended up crying, anybody who dared to bully him or his younger sister, he would completely go all out and fought hard.
Although Ji Luo Fei was worried, but she was never worried about herself, but rather she was worried about Ning Cheng. Being together with Ning Cheng, she felt immense joy from the deepest parts of heart and soul, she simply did not want any accidents to happen to Ning Cheng. If she was not worried about him, she would definitely not have killed that Xian Yuan Kui in Cang Le City to vent Ning Cheng’s anger.