New Story - Eternal Body Cultivation: Ch. 1 - Kai Ming

Eternal Body Cultivation

 

In a lost continent in the Zie Wan world, there lived a young boy, Dao Yu, who was orphaned at a very early age. For the last five years Dao Yu has had to fight for his survival. Dao Yu only remembers his childhood growing up in the Flowing Waters Sect. Although Flowing Waters Sect was only a level 4 sect it had a long and rich history. It had deep roots that stretched back nearly 1000 years into the past.

According to legend, The Flowing Waters Sect's Founder, Dao Wu, was said to be the top expert in the world! No power in the world dared cross Dao Wu. After the meteoric rise to power of Dao Wu he decided to start his own sect based off of his sword techniques, The Flowing Water Sword technique.

 

Unfortunately the Flowing Water Sword technique was too profound and no one could learn it. What should have been a tier 1 sect quickly plummeted to a tier 4 sect after the Flowing Waters Master Dao Wu ascended to the Pinnacle Heaven Realm.

 

Upon his ascension the Flowing Waters Master left his sword the Seven Seas King Blade and promised that one day one of his descendants would wield the Seven Seas King Blade and tread the same path he had into the Pinnacle Heaven Realm.

 

For nearly a thousand years the Seven Seas King Blade hung in the ancestors’ hall slumbering and waiting for its future master. Dao Yu was the seventh son of the Flowing Waters Sect Master Dao Zhang.

 

In the autumn of the year of the Fire Serpent, 23,567 of the Yung Calendar, the Flowing Waters Sect met its doom at the hands of its most bitter rival the Raging Fire Sect. In a bid to save his son and the sect's legacy Dao Zhang sealed the Seven Seas King Blade within the Dantian of his young son Dao Yu, a storage ring with the treasures of the sect, and a face changing mask.

 

Dao Yu fled from the Sect with the Sect guardian, Kao Li, but to help Dao Yu escape the Sect Guardian was forced to give up his life. Dao Yu left the sect to wander the world by himself with tears in his eyes and a bitter heart.

 

After living in the Hidden Forrest for five years Dao Yu decided enough time had passed that he should be able to move forward in his plans for revenge and to start a new life. He found his way to the Persistent Rock Kingdom in upper Kai Tong province. Dao Yu was extremely wealthy with the inheritance of the sect and decided to purchase a mansion hire some guards and begin his plans.

 

Before coming into town Dao Yu changed his face to an old man. He completely covered his body with think but noble looking robes. He also found a pair of gloves in his storage ring to cover his conspicuously unwrinkled hands.

 

Slightly stooping over Dao Yu walked into Persistent Rock’s grand city Unbreakable Stone Town. The old man entered a clothing store only frequented by nobility and extremely wealthy merchants buying several changes of clothes.

 

After buying his necessities, Dao Yu found an agent who sold mansions within the town. After describing his needs to the agent Dao Yu was brought to a luxurious mansion in the Wong district. At the gateway, the mansion’s name was present in highly stylized iron letters as “Crashing Heavens Estate.” After looking around the property Dao Yu was satisfied and purchased the mansion.

Next, Dao Yu went to find servants and guardsman for his mansion. After obtaining a reference from an older noble Dao Yu had met, he came before Lord Kao of the well renowned “Kao Noble Staffing.” Lord Kao immediately sent the servants and guardians to the mansion. Dao Yu left town, changed into the noble’s clothes while draping an old and dusty cloak around his shoulders. He changed his face into one that would be his for the foreseeable future. Dao Yu chose a face that was handsome but not outstandingly so.

 

Walking back into the town Dao Yu immediately walked to his estate. The door was already being guarded. After introducing himself and showing his deed to the gate guard, the steward was quickly brought out. The steward, Mr. Mao, introduced himself. Dao Yu mentioned that he was tired and would look at the estate later.

 

Later that night, Dao Yu sat in his room with the blankets pulled up over his knees while he was sitting up in his bed. He was shivering and sweeting. Eyes red, Dao Yu seemed to be staring a hole through the wall. Suddenly, he began to speak out loud in a harsh whisper. “I’ll kill them all, I’ll kill them, and THEY think it’s over, it is, FOR THEM! It’s over, it’s over, it’s over!!! Finally, weariness over took him and he fell asleep.

 

The next morning Dao Yu woke up and felt refreshed. For the first time in months he had been able to sleep securely without fear. After washing up and exiting his room, he found the steward waiting for him next to a table in his courtyard. As soon as the steward saw him he clapped his hands and a servant ran off to fetch the young master’s breakfast. There were a few appetizers already laid out. Choosing some fruit, Dao Yu leaned back in his chair.

“Good morning young master Kai, I trust you had a decent rest?” The steward approached Dao Yu and used the name that Dao Yu had chosen for his new life, Kai Ming. Dao Yu lazily responded to the steward, “Yes Old Mao, it was a very pleasant sleep.”

 

The steward smiled and asked, “Is there anything that you would like me to prepare for today?” Kai Ming had thought for a little while. He knew that he needed to increase his martial arts so that he can eventually have the power to strike back and destroy his enemies, but he also needed friends. Could he destroy an entire sect himself? Of course not! The first problem was that he couldn’t openly use his sword technique as it would reveal his identity. The second problem he could leave for later.

 

“Old Mao,” Kai Ming began. “I would like to find an instructor to learn martial arts do you know of anyone?”

“I know of several, young master, which mastery are you particularly interested in?” The steward responded.

 

Kai Ming knew that this question was coming and he had already determined that the best was to take up the saber. It was close enough to the sword that he wouldn’t have to begin all the way from the beginning, but it was different enough that no one would suspect him being a sword user.

 

“I’m interested in learning the Saber arts, but it can’t be just anyone. I need the absolute best of the best, money is no object! Don’t let anyone pass themselves off as someone great I can tell the difference!” Kai Ming warned.

 

The steward solemnly responded, “Of course, young master has a discerning eye. There are five Saber masters that I am aware of who are available. You will not find anyone better than these five in the surroundings. Should I bring them here for you to select from among them?”

 

“Yes, excellent. Have them arrive early tomorrow. I am eager to begin my learning.” Kai Ming enthusiastically responded.

 

“Of course none of these masters will be cheap.” The steward responded. “They will need some incentive to come.”

 

Kai Ming took out five priceless fire gems and gave them to the steward. “Money is meaningless if the skills are sufficient.” Kai Ming said looking deeply at the steward.  

 

The steward’s eyes began to shine as he looked at this treasure and finally understood what kind of person he worked for, someone rich, someone ridiculously rich. Greed filled the heart of the steward, but he did not hope to steal from this young man. To pull out such treasures without a care what power sat behind this young man? To betray him was foolish, it was better to serve.

 

The next morning, after breakfast, the Steward brought the five saber experts before his young master.

 

“Young Master Kai, these are the five experts I spoke of yesterday. If I may, I would like to introduce them to you.” The steward intoned.

“Old Mao, please.” Kai Ming responded.

 

“First, allow me to introduce Master Li Fong of the Shattering Earth Sect.” A large man, the size of a mountain, stepped forward and bowed. The man had extremely chiseled features, dark brown eyes, and wore a simple brown martial robe.

 

“Next, is Master Yun Fat of the Indomitable Dragonfire Sect.” A man with blazing red hair and angled features stepped forward. His martial robes were red, yellow, and orange.

 

“This is Master Ou Yu Fang of the Endless Ocean Sect.” A noble looking man with ocean blue hair and beard stepped forward. His robes were a mixture of aquamarine and blue colors. His eyes were as serene as an undisturbed pool.

 

“Next is Master Xian Xue of the Flowing Wind Sect.”  The only female master of the five stepped forward. She was unimaginably beautiful. She wore green robes and a faint smile.

 

“Finally, let me introduce you to Master Kahn of the Mysterious Ether Sect. A man in a black and grey robe walked forward. Dark eyes with glowing jade pupils made this man seem like a walking nightmare.

 

Dao Yu noticed the slight micro expressions on the face of the other four masters. They all slightly feared this man. Dao Yu knew who he needed to choose.

 

Just as Dao Yu was about to speak he heard someone clear their throat. “Hmmhm. A gathering of the greatest Saber experts around and no one invited me.” A man appeared from who knew where. Dao Yu looked at the other experts and noticed that each of them had fearful expression on their faces, even Master Kahn. Dao Yu was surprised and took another look at the newly arrived expert.

 

“Kong Ji!” Master Kahn spat out. The steward stepped forward nervously, “Master Kong, of course I meant to invite you but when I inquired I was told you were still training in the Dark Forrest.”

 

“Well, I’m back now.” Master Kong turned his head towards Kai Ming and examined him. “Not bad, I wonder young man, how do you propose to convince me to train you?”

Master Kong’s words were bold and arrogant causing great agitation amongst the other masters. Master Kahn was clearly angered at his arrogant words. “What makes you think he would choose you when I am standing here?!” Master Kahn shouted. Without missing a beat Master Kong responded, “Oh, little Kahn, I didn’t see you there.” Fire spat out of eyes of Master Kahn and just as he was about to speak Dao Yu interrupted.

 

“Great Masters, I am honored by every ones’ enthusiasm. I have six treasures here.” After speaking Kai Ming took out six treasures and had them placed on a table before the six masters. Let’s have a match. The strongest person will get to choose one of these treasures and become my teacher. The teacher’s salary is 1000 gold per month. What do you think?”

All the masters looked at the treasures. Their eyes were shinning. The treasures were a rank 4 fire goblin fruit, rank 4 water sprite fruit, rank 4 earth dragon array, rank 4 wind spirit fruit, a black mantis ether fruit, and finally, rank 4 iron body rebirth pill. Each treasure was priceless and each was chosen according to what Kai Ming determined to be the need of each master.

While in the Flowing Waters Sect, Kai Ming had cultivated a rare ability “Eye of Tarkon.” The Eye of Tarkon was an ability technique that allowed the user to understand one thing from another. Looking at an object or person the Eye of Tarkon allowed the user to determine weak points and aided the user to analyze either how to destroy something or how to improve it.

Kai Ming had used this technique on each of the masters. He chose the perfect treasure that would allow each master to advance in their cultivation. Dao Yu had hit their weak point. Forget taking him as a student. If Kai Ming had commanded it, each one would have adopted him and treated them as their own flesh and blood child.

 

The masters looked at each other and solemnly nodded before looking back at Kai Ming. Master Xien asked, “Young Master Kai, how would you like us to fight?”

Kai Ming slightly smiled. “Three rounds. The first round will be a test of body foundation. The second round will be a test of technique. The Final round will be a test of skill. I’ll explain the rules for each round as we come to them. We can start whenever you are ready.”

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  • Eternal Body Cultivation Ch. 2 – Testing the Masters (Part I)

    Kai Ming slightly smiled. “Three rounds. The first round will be a test of body foundation. The second round will be a test of technique. The Final round will be a test of skill. I’ll explain the rules for each round as we come to them. We can start whenever you are ready.”

    All six masters stepped forward, cupped their hands and slightly bowed to Kai Ming and said, “READY!”

     

    “Then for the first test, Steward Mao has prepared tools for us. The first is a strength pillar; the second is a spirit crystal, and finally, a mind orb.  Each master will use each tool and Steward Mao will write down the information. Old Mao,” Kai Ming said.

     

    Steward Mao decided to conduct the tests according to the order that he had introduced each master to Kai Ming. “Master Li, please approach the strength pillar. You may punch when you are read,” Steward Mao informed Master Li.

     

    Master Li walked up to the strength pillar, took a stance, inhaled his breath and punched out a fist at full power, hitting the strength pillar. After numbers at the top of the pillar blinked and flashed for a few moments, a number finally flashed of 4.7 at the top. “Master Li’s punch is registered at 4.7 tons” Steward Mao stated with a slightly shocked expression.

     

    The strength pillar measured the amount of force a punch would use. An average person could only produce a maximum of around 50 pounds of force, while beginning level cultivators could produce hundreds of pounds. Master Li had produced 4.7 tons of force from his punch. This number was much higher than many master level fighters.

     

     Next, Master Li took out his saber and made a stab. The numbers on the pillar changed again and this time the number at the top went up to 501 tons of force! Master Li put his saber back into its scabbard and walked back to his original position with a satisfied look on his face. Master Li had astonishingly increased his pounds of force by just over one hundred times.

     

    Master Yun walked before the pillar and produced a punching force of 3.2 tons. His saber produced 487 tons of force. His stabbing force was more than 150 times his punching force. Next, Master Ou punched the pillar and produced a punching force of 5.6 tons and his stabbing force was at 443 tons of force.  

     

    Master Xian walked forward, a picture of elegance. Taking a punching position she released a punch that produced 2.7 tons of force. Next, she stabbed the pillar producing a stabbing force of 512 tons. Her increase of stabbing force was almost 190 times that of her punching force! So far Master Xian had demonstrated the greatest stabbing force, leaving Master Li, Master Yun, and Master Ou stunned. Master Xian returned to her position. When she noticed the look of astonishment on the faces of the masters she covered her mouth and laughed. Her laugh sounded like the tinkling of bells, like the sound of a fairy.

     

    Master Kahn stepped forward and with a seemingly casual punch, he produced a force of 6 tons. Next, he stabbed his saber and produced a stabbing force of 1272 tons.

     

    If Master Xian’s performance astonished the other masters; then Master Kahn’s performance left everyone with a blank look on their faces. Seeing this, Master Kahn let out a self-satisfied snort from his nose.

     

    “Little Kahn, you’ve gotten a little stronger!” No one knew when but Master Kong was already at the pillar. His condescending tone talked down to Master Kahn as if he were a child. Master Kahn spat out in anger, “If you think you can do any better, then I dare you to try!”

     

    Master Kong gave him a bland look like Master Kahn was a pitiful idiot. After this look, a shadow flashed before everyone’s eyes and the strength pillar suddenly lit up. A number lit up on the pillar 15.4 tons of force for punching. Before everyone could take this number in another shadow flashed. The pillar seemed to be taking longer to calculate the number as if it was stunned momentarily. Finally, a number appeared on the pillar – 2111 tons of stabbing force. Master Kong’s strength was nearly 1000 tons of force greater than Master Kahn’s. The entire courtyard was quiet. Finally, Steward Mao made a sharp intake of air.

     

    Seeming to be only slightly impressed Kai Ming said, “Shall we move onto the spirit crystal?”

     

    Master Kong seemed surprised, “Why do we need to continue with these tests? Isn’t it obvious who the strongest one here is?” Master Kong asked.

     

    Kai Ming casually responded, “It’s true that you are the strongest and your speed is impressive but Strength and speed are only a part of the foundation of a warrior. Strong spirit and mental capacities are also crucial to having a broader foundation will mean that I can support a wider variety of techniques.”

     

    “My father instructed me that the foundation of Martial arts is only firm if a person is strong in body, spirit, and mind. I’m not looking to become an exceptionally powerful gorilla as there are many ways to deal with someone who is only physically strong. Therefore, this first section is important to help me understand who is likely to provide me with the strongest foundation.” Kai Ming concluded.

     

    Kai Ming’s comment seemed to return the other Masters to the here and now. The blank looks on their faces cleared up and the fire in their eyes was reignited.

     

    “What the young master says is true, such a wise father to speak such words and an even wiser son to listen to the advice of his elders!” Master Ou commented fiercely.

     

    Kai Ming happened to notice that Master Kong had a slight appreciative smile on his face.

     

    Steward Mao brought a spirit crystal to each of the masters. After everyone had a crystal everyone was instructed to begin.  The spirit crystals that Kai Ming had provided had never been used before and they had a special quality, not only did these crystals measure the level of spirit force they also measured potential. In order to utilize the crystals, each crystal needed to be placed in the crystal reader in order for numbers to be displayed. Unlike the strength pillar, not only did the crystal reader display numbers but it also charted the data visually using a color-coded bar graph. Not only this, the crystal reader could actually read up to 100 crystals simultaneously, and chart all of their data together!

     

    This data could then be recorded on special jades that had a seal of the Fan Crystal Reader Company imprinted on the jade. This represented that the data was truly a reading of the Fan Company’s crystal reader and not a forgery. For many martial artists, these jades could be used to represent their strength when applying to sects, joining an army, or as a certificate for their own dojos or academies.

    Very few Sects owned such a machine and yet Kai Ming carried one with him. All of the masters were not only stunned but extremely thoughtful. If this boy could carry such a device around with him, what kind of sect or family did he come from? How powerful must this Kai Ming’s backers be? However, this implication of strength also confused them. If Kai Ming had such strong backers, why did he need to hire them to train him? Obviously, his backers would have monsters many times stronger than any of them who could train this young master.

     

    Being the most straightforward of the bunch Master Li couldn’t help but ask the question that was on everyone’s mind.

     

    “Young Master Kai, if I may be so bold…I wonder why a person with abundant means such as you need to find teachers like us. Shouldn’t your family or sect already have teachers?”

     

    Kai Ming looked at Master Li, he had wondered if anyone were going to ask him this question. Being a cautious person he had long prepared an answer to this question.

     

    “I understand why Master Li, and perhaps the other masters, may be confused. It is true that I come from a powerful sect, but our training style is unique from many other sects or schools. Even as the son of the Sect Master I must undergo the same training as everyone else in the sect.” Kai Ming began.

     

    “It is the method of my sect that from the age of seven years old we must train in a forest for five years surviving on our own. We are not provided with weapons or any means of protection. Our storage rings are given to us with a seal that is only undone after we reach a certain level of strength. The least amount of time we can spend in the forest is five years. The most we can train in the forest is ten years. Those who have not reached a certain level within ten years will return to the sect and become commoners working for the sect for the rest of their lives. Even I, the son of the Sect Master, am subject to this rule.

     

    Thankfully, my talent is fairly high and I was able to complete the training after five years.

     

    Once my training was complete, one of our servants came and arranged a mansion for myself. The seal on the ring has been removed and now I must engage in the second part of the training.

     

    Over the next few years, I will be responsible for finding my own teacher, training to the fifth level of Martial mastery, create a mercenary group, set up a high performing business, and raise my name to a level that it strikes fear in the heart of all who hear it! All of this is the second part of my training.

    As to the third stage of the training, I don’t feel it’s necessary to reveal that at this time.”

     

    After finishing, Kai Ming sat back in his chair and noticed the all the masters were startled. Each of them, even Master Kong has a look of fear and shock in their eyes. What kind of sect was this young master a part of? This is the training that each of their younger generation must face. This was the most tyrannical system of training they had ever heard of in their lives!

     

    Kai Ming continued, “Although my training and expectations are the same as everyone else in the younger generation of my sect; obviously, being the son of the sect Master I have received a little extra aid. Not every student has access to things like the spirit crystal reader.”

     

    The masters all felt a little relieved after hearing this if every student was given such resources…what kind of monstrous sect was this? Forget about being a tier 1 Sect, it would be a Divine sect. All the masters were excited. The fire in their bellies grew into an inferno. Unbreakable Stone Town was a place that held many opportunities for martial artists, but given the strength of the teachers, these opportunities were becoming fewer and fewer. This young master represented an opportunity to walk on a higher level, the opportunities were endless. Each of them determined that they must take this young master as their student!  Everyone decided that they would no longer hold anything back; they would go all out for this opportunity!

     

    As they came to this conclusion, Steward Mao came to each master and took their spirit crystal and carried them to the Spirit Crystal Reader. Steward Mao fed each crystal into the machine one by one.

     

    The data was represented on the reader in the order the crystals were fed into the machine.

    Master Li’s numbers were the first to appear:

    Spirit Strength: 5.8

    Spirit Potential: Yellow +23

    Master Mater Yun:

    Spirit Strength: 7

    Spirit Potential: Red +7

    Master Ou:

    Spirit Strength: 5.4

    Spirit Potential: Green +30

    Master Xian:

    Spirit Strength: 4.7

    Spirit Potential: Green +50

    Master Kahn:

    Spirit Strength: 8

    Spirit Potential: Red -10

    Master Kong:

    Spirit Strength: 8

    Spirit Potential: Red -33

    Once the numbers came in the Spirit Crystal Reader ranked the six masters and charted their score.

    Master Kong was ranked first, Master Kahn Second, Master Xian third, Master Ou Fourth, Master Li fifth, and Master Yun was ranked sixth.

    Since few people were able to use a Spirit Crystal Reader Kai Ming decided to explain what the numbers meant.

    “I think the Spirit Strength number is obvious. It represents where your spirit strength currently is. Given that Master Xian has the smallest spirit strength Number I’m sure you’re all wondering why she was ranked third.”

    Master Kahn responded, “Yes I was also wondering why this is, does it have something to do with the spirit potential?”

    Kai Ming smiled, “Master Kahn is very perceptive. The spirit potential number is the most important number. Three colors are represented here. Green represents growing potential, yellow represents potential that is still growing but has started to slow down, and red represents that the potential has stopped growing and whatever points that remain to represent how likely the person is to reach the next level. The change from one level to the next is 10 points. If we look at Master Yun’s potential number as red +7 it means he has around a 70% chance of reaching the next level. If he reaches that level then he has maxed out his potential and the highest level he will likely reach is a level 8.”

    After hearing this explanation Master Yun’s countenance fell and he looked depressed. He had felt that it was harder and harder to gain improvement. The reading from the spirit crystal reader more-or-less confirmed a conclusion he had already come to, he had almost reached the end of his martial path.

    Reaching the end of the martial path represented a lot. It meant that he could no longer extend his life. From that point on a martial artist needed to decide what they wanted to do with the rest of their lives. Master Yun was reconciled to this as he desired much more than where he was.

    “Don’t misunderstand, this number just represents the potential of your spirit strength, it doesn’t represent the width or breadth of your martial journey.” Kai Ming saw the depressed look on Master Yun’s face and gathered that Master Yun had misunderstood his meaning. If the other Masters similarly drew this conclusion it could represent a large loss of face before his colleagues. Kai Ming quickly corrected the error.

    Master Yun looked at Kai Ming with an appreciative and grateful look.

    “This being the case, I understand why everyone else would be ranked as they are, but why are Master Kahn and Master Kong at the top of the list shouldn’t they be around the middle or even lower?” Master Li once again asked the question everyone had been wondering about.

    Kai Ming let out a little laugh before he explained. “You see, Master Kahn and Master Kong are both very interesting. Although red means that you are almost at or have arrived at the end of your potential; if the red is with a negative number then you have someone amazing.”

    A negative number represents that a person has not only exhausted his potential but gone beyond his potential. The higher the negative number the more that person has gone beyond their potential. Just as ever ten points represents a level of the positive numbers, so too does every ten points represent a level of the negative numbers. The difference is that for every negative ten points you receive that represents that you have gone one level beyond your potential.”

    The masters all looked at each other with confused looks on their faces.

    “Let me give you an example.” Kai Ming continued. “Master Kong has to spirit strength of 8 and a spirit potential of red -33. That means that Master Kong has exceeded his potential by three levels. Master Kong’s potential should have maxed out at level 5 and that’s where he should have remained for the rest of his life. Instead, he has managed to reach level 8. Tell me, what do you think of a person who can exceed their fixed potential by three levels? Formidable? Shocking? Unprecedented?

    A person who can stretch so far beyond his potential; this is no longer someone who can be judged by normal means. There is no way to determine what the end of the martial path is for someone like him.

    It’s the same for Master Kahn. His potential only led him to level 7, but through some means, he was able to break through the limits of his potential. Can he continue to break through his potential? Impossible to tell, at the very least we should admire both these masters and hope to learn from them.”

    Ever since Master Kong had appeared, Master Kahn has felt stifled. After hearing Kai Ming’s explanation about his potential and strength he couldn’t help but beam with a sense of self-satisfaction. It’s true, the bottleneck between level seven and level eight was the biggest he had ever faced. However, he never gave up and pushed through. This was a great source of his pride. The three younger masters still had developing potential, but he couldn’t be judged by such things as potential. He had already proven himself to be unfettered and unrestrained by his own limitations. Master Kahn was feeling very proud.

    Master Xian looked at Master Kong and Master Kahn with a sense of amazement and respect. However, she suddenly turned sad because she realized that she may have lost her opportunity to become this outstanding young man’s teacher. If that were the case, then it also meant she lost the opportunity for the prize.

    Master Xian resignedly spoke, “I suppose then that’s it. We should wish congratulations to Master Kong.”

    Kai Ming raised his eyebrow and asked, “Why is that?”

    Master Xian responded, “Obviously, Master Kong has the greatest chance of leading the young master to exceed his limits.”

    “In regard to spirit strength this is true, but I am running this test to comprehensively ascertain who the best teacher for me. Out of the six of you, I want to know who can take me the farthest. We won’t know that until we finish the entire test. Therefore, let’s move on to the next test.

    Old Mao, the mind orb please!”

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