A storm was
brewing outside Yan Mountain, as close to a hundred Archfiends and more than
ten thousand troops gathered. But they were all cautious since the pillar of
this war, Moon Fiend, hasn't returned. Furthermore, among the Archfiends he
took along with him in his chase for Chen Ming, none have returned. This spread
some unease among them, but just a hint, since everyone knew of Moon Fiend's
power. That was a Grand Archfiend, the Grand Archfiend that had great influence
in Myriad Mountains.
When a Grand
Archfiend fell, the whole Myriad Mountains trembled.
days, as nothing was heard from neither Moon Fiend nor Chen Ming, it worked to
further increase their unease.
Moon King Hall
was showing restraint, not giving the order to attack Yan Mountain. But after
such a long wait, their patience was wearing thin. In any case, Moon Fiend
couldn't lose, the only one dead could only be Chen Ming.
Mountain, Chen Ming just finished his preparations, including disciples among
the Regalia Legion, but only in groups. It was utter nonsense for the eight
thousand Regalia Legion to watch out for three thousand and six hundred
disciples. For now, he only sent three hundred.
The time was
ripe to let these disciples see what true terror meant, a true battlefield.
According to Chen Ming's plan, these disciples would be fighting against the
rulers of Ghost Immortal's factions. If they had yet to experience true war,
when it came to leading troops, they would all be useless.
As for his
personal four, each had five hundred Regalia Legion troops at their beck and
call. What, you mean to tell that even Chen Lingyu, a young lady alchemist, was
going to fight?
know already? At night, Chen Lingyu got even Li Suyi and Ling Xian shaking in
was the only one who looked forward to going to Zhuo Qingyao and sparing every
Mountain's army assembled in twenty-four square formations. Black Python
reported, "Mountain Lord, all is in place!"
performance this time would be more and more aggressive, more and more rampant.
To let them all know he had returned without a scratch, while Moon Fiend got
left behind. Even if the opposition didn't believe in Moon Fiend's death, it
would still deal a hard blow to their moral.
listened to a scout's report, then arrived next to Chen Ming, "Mountain
Lord, the enemy began their advance!"
waved, "Since they are impatient, we shouldn't let them wait!"
In less than
two hours, the twenty-four formation stood across from their enemies. The two
armies were at a standstill.
Hall's King Corps' captain smiled, "Humph, just this many and a mere
Divine Palace. We will swallow them in no time at all, then Yan Mountain will
be ours. We have coveted this King raising land for far too long."
The two armies
were at the ready, and despite Yan Mountain's side having less, it was obvious
who's army was better. Their army had discipline, while the other, although
bigger, was just a rabble.
Hall's morale was at an all-time high. No matter how they saw it, losing wasn't
among them. They had Moon King Hall's King Corps on their side!
King Corps was
the symbol and power of a Grand Archfiend!
The King Corps
was Grand Archfiend's authority!
But all was
quiet on Yan Mountain's side. Then a flag fluttered above them, and roars came
in waves from within the army, "We greet Mountain Lord! The Lord of Yan
Mountain's power knows no limits, spreading throughout all creation. My utmost
devotion to you!"
of Yan Mountain's power knows no limits, spreading throughout all creation. My
utmost devotion to you! "
wanted to fly out at first, but when he heard this embarrassing catchphrase, he
almost slipped face first. He eyed Black Python at this side, "No way, how
did you all come up with this embarrassing catchphrase?"
sight shifted over to Silver Wing, who was now yelling at the top of his lungs,
"The Lord of Yan Mountain's power knows no limits, spreading throughout
all creation. My utmost devotion to you!"
Chen Ming: ...
Immortal Master knows this fool's style. "In the event of other
matters like these, go find Silver Wing. He might have a way out in
unforeseeable situations like these."
Moon King Hall
was stunned. Many of the Archfiends under them looked over at Yan Mountain's
side, "Did that kid, Chen Ming, came back?"
they're just scaring us. Look, is there any sign of Chen Ming?"
this catchphrase is so awe-inspiring. Should we also shout to raise
No sooner said
than done. The Archfiends sent the order to start yelling, "Lord Moon
Fiend's power knows no limits, spreading throughout all creation. My utmost
devotion to you!"
Moon Fiend's power knows no limits, spreading throughout all creation. My
utmost devotion to you! "
forehead creased into black lines, Even you are yelling this
embarrassment. Fine, fine, guess I'll have this Immortal Master make his
Chen Ming got
up and jumped in the sky while using the banner as a stepping stone. The
others, Why are you stepping on the flag if you can f*cking fly?
The figure of
Chen Ming, dressed in an azure Daoist robe, revealed itself to the masses,
startling Moon King Hall's Archfiends and other vassal Archfiends, "What's
Lord Moon Fiend has yet to return, but Chen Ming came back safe and
to tell me that Lord Moon Fiend died at his hands?"
That is Lord Moon Fiend you're speaking of!"
landed in front of the army, letting dark laughter creep out, and swayed his
horsetail whisk, "Do forgive me, I'm truly sorry for letting you all down
and return safe and sound. This is my fault, I will come forward and take full
responsibility for this!"
Hall's Archfiend and its vassals peaked behind, no trace of Moon Fiend there.
Chen Ming smiled, "Don't look, you won't get to see Moon Fiend again for
the rest of your lives. What's left of it."
Hall's King Corps' captain regarded Chen Ming, with fear gripping his
heart, Arrogant, domineering, and he f*cking says he's sorry, that he
takes f*cking responsibility.
unbearable. Humph, I, your grandpa, will be the one to kill you!
in silence three li, quietly giving the order for retreat. Attack, what
attack? We know nothing of Lord Moon Fiend's condition. Yet here we have an unscathed
Chen Ming, and Moon Fiend's whereabouts unknown.
Moon Fiend is dead, then this Lord of Yan Mountain before us isn't just a
simple Grand Archfiend. He is one who can kill Grand Archfiends. Being a Grand
Archfiend and killing one are two entirely different things!
Moon Fiend also took a dozen Archfiends along with him. None of those
Archfiends came back, without even so much as sending a notice.
The more he
thought, the terrified he became.
If Moon Fiend
was dead, then what needed to be considered, wasn't fighting a losing battle,
but determining who'd be the next lord of Moon King Hall!
the King Corps, while Archfiend Stag, the Great Venerable, had the fiend army
in his hands. He needed to return at once, or if the power landed in that
eccentric Archfiend Stag's hands, the consequences would be dire!
did some hard thinking, then yelled, "Brothers, kill them! Lord Moon Fiend
will arrive shortly!"
idiots block Yan Mountain, while I'll be leaving in dignity!
With Moon King
Hall's captain's assuring words, the Archfiends were free of worry, and
launched their offensive, "Brothers, kill! Yan Mountain will be
nobody, Chen Ming, is unworthy of this King raising land!"
captain on our side, Yan Mountain will fall without fail!"
If we wait for Lord Moon Fiend's arrival, we won't get anything from Yan
Chen Ming was
smacked senseless. Are you all that much of fools that you even say
he'll join you? Ah, he's gone already. Is he trying to slow me down with these
Outside of the
righteous cause of resisting Ghost Immortal, there hardly any perfect chances
like this one for completing the advancement missions. Chen Ming valued this
opportunity greatly. Since Moon King Hall fell back, leaving noisy trash
behind, then he would let them experience first hand what total annihilation
meant, and the reappropriation of their items of course. Um, the might
of Yan Mountain's self-defense!
If one were to
relate the history of a Myriad Mountains' Grand Archfiend's rise to power, well
that implied reappropriations and exterminations. Not only would this secure
their lives as princes but also cut away at any slander.
This was the
main difference between cultivators and mortals. A cultivator, on the whole,
would rise to power and could join the battlefield. In other words, one such
cultivator would be the same as an entire kingdom's mortal army. Why one would
cultivate? Well, that was to defy the heavens and strive for longer life. And
to do that, he needed to fight with other people. Once one stepped on the path
of cultivation, he crossed the point of no return.
That was why
killing mortals was considered a great sin. The Heavenly Dao would enact a
punishment, so the average cultivator wouldn't slaughter mortals on a
But when it
came to killing cultivators, the Heavenly Dao had no qualms against it, since a
cultivator fought against it for longer life. He walked in defiance against the
Heavens. Why else would you think a Heavenly Tribulation existed?
Chen Ming held
on to the horsetail whisk, on the prowl for incoming Archfiends. The strongest
among them was only at the Divine Palace, just that most of them were back at
Moon King Hall. And the second strongest was already swiftly dealt with by Yan
Mountain in the previous battle.
Truth be told,
when faced against this group of Archfiends, Chen Ming's thought, Ah, I
don't know my own strength!
Chen Ming held
the horsetail whisk and jumped in the sky, landing in front of an Archfiend.
The horsetail whisk dropped lightly, yet ten thousand swords gushed, as they
ripped him apart.
arts came at him, but with a sweep of the horsetail whisk, they returned to
origin, into spiritual energy, then scattered into the air. They were far from
being Moon Fiend's equals.
Chen Ming held
the Dao Empyrean Bamboo as he walked among Kings, an immortal. All incoming
magical arts held no meaning when directed at him. With Dao Empyrean Bamboo in
hand, the untold Daos couldn't harm him!
Archfiends joined attacks, as twenty-four charged towards him, "Let's
unite, he won't resist against all of us!"
united we hold more power!"
as we kill Chen Ming, Yan Mountain is as good as ours!"
The group of
Archfiends enclosed him, yet they were met with the sigh of a carefree Chen
Ming, "Ganging up?"
guys know that I'm most confident in fighting against groups?
Chen Ming was
sure that these guys didn't have the power to break his Eight Extremes
Array. Since it's like this, then I will let you get familiar with the
Eight Extremes Array!
Bamboo swept and eight swords flew out, revolving around Chen Ming as they set
up the Eight Extremes Array. In mere moments, next to him appeared lightning
and fire, along with gathering starlight and with a fierce storm brewing on the
descent of the black cloud, the area became Chen Ming home turf!
strolled like an immortal among commoners, as each swing of the Dao Empyrean
Bamboo ended with the fall of an Archfiend!
twenty-four Archfiends held no advantage when up against Chen Ming. Yet what
they wanted to resist was precisely the Eight Extremes Array!
black cloud, the broadsword, under Chen Ming's control, flew unabashed. He
wielded it before because he could add his body's power as well as his spiritual
power. But with the use of the Dao Empyrean Bamboo, it became irrelevant.
controlling the Eight Extremes Annihilation Sword to kill them with his intent
broadsword flitting between them, the Archfiends were unable to dodge, to say
little of the lightning, flames, gale, and starlight. As they held their left
while managing their right, the defending Archfiends still wanted to attack
Chen Ming, yet only sank deeper into the quagmire.
movement of the Dao Empyrean Bamboo, an Archfiend was torn to shreds. While the
broadsword wounded when slashing and killed when smashing!
caused fear to grip these Archfiends' hearts. They've never seen such a
terrifying Divine Palace!
person is abnormal!"
of Yan Mountain, alone, can match a King Corps?"
kind of power can only belong to Grand Archfiends!"
Grand Archfiend can change the course of the war!"
found it funny. What are you calling me a war-changing man for? Even if
I didn't intervene, Yan Mountain's Regalia Legion can also handle a rabble like
you with little effort!
They were all
useless. A Great Fiend launched a fire magical art when the Great Fiend next to
him put it out with his water pillar!
at Yan Mountain, we have the perfect combination, with a united blood aura!
But Chen Ming
didn't find anything strange about this. With Yan Mountain like this, the other
couldn't even hold a token of resistance. And they didn't even have a war
formation like Blood Regalia and Warding Sword Art.
trend of burning money was based on the thousands of alchemists supplying it
with pills. Even Medicine King Valley couldn't d declare of having so
When those six
hundred disciples advanced to Dao Initiation realm, united in refining
spiritual weapons, Regalia Legion's power would reach a whole new level.
And now, the
three Archfiend who had the Bones of the Taotie Chen Ming imparted to them were
grabbing people. If not now, at such a perfect time, then when? When the battle
was over and went devouring Great Fiends without rime or reason?
know that, according to Mountain Lord, ever since its inception, Yan Mountain
was the paragon of peace and relaxation!
was indeed so. If no one came knocking, why would Yan Mountain strike back in
self-defense? Although excessive self-defense at that, but if it wasn't careful
then it would have been robbed of all its possessions already.
isn't Yan Mountain's problem. If you're too weak, how can you blame us for
should agree on sparring, yet you insisted on barging in on us. How can it be
my fault for insta-killing you?
power wasn't enough to face a Grand Archfiend, yet, when up against an
Archfiend, he looked like one. After all, what he was most confident in were
crowd battles. All were equal in the face of an array!
was no coming back for Moon Fiend, he might as well use this battle to validate
his power of a Grand Archfiend. At least it would make Yan Mountain into one of
the overlords of Myriad Mountains!
Chen Ming was increasingly careful when going against these Archfiends. He was
to use this fight to cast his, Chen Ming, fame over the whole Myriad Mountains!
weren't one to wait for death, so the dozen or so remaining put up a united
front as they charged at Chen Ming. He was unshakable as a mountain, waiving
his Dao Empyrean Bamboo, returning all to their origin. Black wings flashed
behind him and appeared at an Archfiend's back, turning him to dust from a wave
of the Dao Empyrean Bamboo!
disciples' hearts burst with respect and awe when they saw Chen Ming's
unrivaled power, killing an Archfiend at the flip of a hand, Our Master
is the only one with such awesome power!
Archfiend has power, each praised as Kings. But before Master, they're easy
pickings, cut down as easy as veggies!
applied to his legacy disciples, their hearts unable to calm the storm inside.
There was nothing that needed to be said of Li Suyi. As he relived his life, he
was a Sovereign before, one who had his own connections, one who was used to
this path. He was far from equal to the three Archfiend, Black Tiger and the
rest, but the Regalia Legion held Li Suyi in high regard, Mountain
Lord's legacy disciples are all supreme geniuses!
Ling Xian was
no expert in commanding troops, but that wasn't important since he had a
grandpa ring! As he witnessed Chen Ming killing left and right, he recalled the
resolution he had at the time, to take him as his Master, thinking it couldn't
have been more right, This leg is really thick!
Guided by Ling
clan's ancestor, Ling Xian was even more outstanding than Li Suyi. The Regalia
troops under him killed wherever he pointed!
As far as Zhuo
Qingyao went, Ling Xian and Li Suyi peaked over and shame crept in their
hearts. Zhuo Qingyao surrounded and killed an Archfiend, and not only that, she
held the advantage, with the Regalia troops as support!
well, she was biding her time since it was daytime. She was clear that when it
came to affairs of battle, Chen Yu faired much better. She just stood behind
the Regalia troops, resting.
troops watched helplessly as their comrades reaped contributions. They couldn't
do anything since Chen Lingyu was a legacy disciple and speaking from an empire
point of view, a princess. A princess that grasped alchemy! Since Chen Lingyu
said to bide their time, then that's what they did.
Chen Ling held
some worries when looking at these Regalia troops, "You better rest well
for now. It's alright to even sleep because when the night comes, you won't
even be able to keep up with the changes."
scoffed, "Humph, we are the Regalia Legion, how can we not keep up?"
The next day
they got to know what Chen Ling meant, even holding deep regret for
With a war of
such scale, a day was nowhere near enough to settle it. Time drifted away and
night finally came, yet Chen Ming was still excited in his continuous killing
of Archfiend, "En, 32, not bad, not bad at all. Ah, but I still need to
put more effort into it!"
sympathizing gaze landed on the Regalia troops, "Wish you the best of
troops were doubtful, but then they felt the sudden change in Chen Lingyu's
aura. Chen Yu had officially taken over. Her eyes roamed over the troops,
"Are you the troops Master gave me?"
in unison, "Yes!"
roared, "Then what are you doing standing around for? Follow me in
Ling Xian and
Li Suyi's eyes met, each seeing the terror in the other.
Chen Ling, withdrew.
Chen Yu, arrived.
Then they saw
how, when they were about to call it a day and resume the battle tomorrow, a
group charged from the retreating Yan Mountain's army. Chen Yu stood at the
front, holding a longsword and leading her troops as she killed her way through
looked in silence, "Ai, after a toiling day of killing, I still need to
look after this young lass at nigh. Ah, it's hard being a parent!"
followed Chen Yu, but couldn't just watch over. He sucked in a long breath then
resumed his King killing spree.
Archfiends were at their camps, thinking they had some respite since tomorrow
the battle would resume. Tonight they also wanted to discuss an attack plan
but, in the end, Yan Mountain came killing!
But why still
so ferocious and filled with vigor?
Ming's Eight Extreme Swords Array covering them, the Archfiends' camps
retreated again and again. Chen Yu followed along Chen Ming, who didn't care
about much except chasing down and killing Archfiends. When Dao Empyrean Bamboo
swept, the targeted camp laid in tatters. As they went past it, they soon found
the enemy Archfiend. Chen Ming rushed and under the ruthless attack of the
Eight Extremes Annihilation Sword, he beheaded the enemy.
a single Archfiend, like now, Chen Ming was beyond strong. How could they unite
against him when the other Archfiends weren't there?
passed, as Chen Ming led Chen Yu in a continuous attack of thirteen camps,
killing them until only their equipment remained. The Regalia troops were
shivering, yet Chen Yu showed no sight of relenting, "What, aren't you
men? You can't even kill more than a thousand? What a pile of trash!"
As the horizon
brightened, Chen Yu's aura changed like a switch. She cutely looked over at the
Regalia behind her, "It must've been hard. Come, let's retreat!"
retreated as she spoke, "Ah, why is there so much blood? So sticky, I'm
unable to bear it..."
In Chen Ming's
heart, This little lass finally pulled back. This Immortal Master can
rest at last. Then he saw Zhuo Qingyao charging over, "Master,
it's already late and we already rested. Let's continue the attack! It felt
nice when I killed an Archfiend yesterday. I want to find another and spar with
I know that
I'm an array master that can last a long time, but I can't outlast you two
lasses' ferocious manner. If we go like this for a few days, then my weary old
body will end up a dried husk!
Li Suyi and
Ling Xian found this moment to rush over, filled with excitement. Yesterday
could be said that they showcased their skills to the other disciples,
strengthening their image as second senior brother and third senior brother,
"Master, my troops' morale has never been higher. If we don't attack now,
said, "I've truly met with disaster, taking you four broken toys in!"
had no qualms as she began attacking. It was far more fun than messing with Li
Suyi and Ling Xian, so she wasn't about to let this chance slip past her. Li
Suyi and Ling Xian had their own cheats. But as more and more disciples entered
Dao Initiation realm, they could sense a challenge to their status. They
resolved themselves to reestablish the dignified positions of second senior
brother and third senior brother.
is the best and most hardworking person I know!"
with great power comes great responsibility!"
Chen Ming felt
regret, Ah, why did I at that time invited death by teaching them?
look, these little bastards are teaching me.
for sure you will die, but there's always a desert you want to cross. Truly
painful and happy at the same time!
Chen Ming took
a pill from his storage ring, chewed on it, swallowed, and resumed his advance
on the enemy camps.
Extremes Array enveloped his surroundings, suppressing the world around him.
Any and all Great Fiends caught inside couldn't do anything but wail their misery.
disciples eyed him, "Master lied to us again, he is also an array master."
the rumors of array masters being weak, Master is the total opposite."
make sure not to let Master deceive us. Anyone can become an array master. And
it seems that Yan Mountain even has immortal ranked cultivation methods. Can
you guys train in them?"
Dao Canon's analysis, Illustrious Casket is a death sentence. Only fourth
senior sister can cultivate."
walked within the array and pointed. It released the Finger From Beyond, and
when this blue finger landed, a hill shatters, along with countless perishing
disciples' eyes shined, "Wa, it's Finger From Beyond! An immortal art is
"When I return,
I will study the lesser Finger From Beyond!"
You won't succeed if you're not at Dao Initiation realm."
No one from
Yan Mountain complained when Ling Xian learned an immortal art from Chen Ming.
At first, he went to him for clarification, who instead asked him, "The
reason why you're a genius, is because only you can train in immortal arts. Can
you call yourself a genius just because you can learn faster and better than
wasn't a fool, coming to understand shortly. Just based on his learning
ability, he knew he only had above average luck, and not that he was a genius.
That was why he placed the Finger From Beyond in the Scriptures Pavilion
without any worry.
Ling Xian had
also come to know that Yan Mountain was not at all like those sects enticing
one with beauty. Did you know? As long as you were a disciple of Yan Mountain,
you could look at immortal arts and immortal cultivation methods.
was the opposite of other sects, where only legacy disciples would get to train
in the strongest cultivation methods. Other disciples needed to rise to that
status, or never in their entire lives would they ever get to touch one.
Mountain, anyone could learn anything. Just like the demon sect, letting
everyone touch its power.
This was why
Ling clan's ancestor felt that Yan Mountain's stance was terrifying. A sect
like Yan Mountain would find its control quickly slipping away since all
trained the same and the difference between legacy disciples and normal ones was
ancestor was more and more convinced of Chen Ming being a reincarnated
immortal. Only someone like him could implement such radical changes, with no
regard to immortal arts or cultivation methods.
killed his way among the Archfiends. His figure flashed, springing behind one,
then a flick from Dao Empyrean Bamboo popped him like a balloon.
lost themselves to fear at the mere sight of him, "Kings, Lord Moon Fiend
has yet to arrive and, last night, Moon King Hall retreated!"
continue fighting. If we do, only death comes!"
of Yan Mountain came back, while there is still no word of Lord Moon Fiend. We
should be clear on the situation!"
no shame in kneeling before a Grand Archfiend that killed Lord Moon
withdrew his attack, regarding the Archfiends before him. They dropped their
weapons and kneeled, "We surrender!"
Chen Ming gave
the signal for others to stop, then looked at the kneeling crowd of Archfiends and
Great Fiends, "To unify the whole Myriad Mountains, as of now, this area
will carry the name of Yan Mountain along with it!"
continued, "Furthermore, to settle Yan Mountain's internal unrest, if any
is late or missing at the audience held seven days later, he will die! "
turned, "Yan Mountain, take inventory of the dead Archfiends. All who died
were insurgents, wipe their clan and take everything they have. Not one is to
be spared! Any who comes in their defense are all Yan Mountain's enemies. None
order, Regalia Legion went to settle the insurgent clans. The Archfiends heard
his order, Return? Return my ass! Coming late will get us killed.
There's only one outcome if we are late at the first audience with a new Grand
outside Yan Mountain's borders, waiting on Yan Mountain's summons.
liked being thorough, yet now, it seemed like there was chaos within chaos. He
didn't want to be one who triggered it.
fast, and soon the whole Myriad Mountains came to understand something. Moon
King Hall was done. That Moon Fiend died in battle, that Grand Archfiend Moon
Fiend was officially dead. This was the first Grand Archfiend killed in the
last fifty years. Whether it was the other Grand Archfiends or even Fiend
Sovereign, they all turned their attention to Yan Mountain, this previously
reason than besides the fact that the Lord of Yan Mountain, with his
outstanding military might, declared being a new Grand Archfiend.
Mountain has finally captured the eyes of Fiend Sovereign. This was the first he
heard of this power, but it was enough to shock him. But not too much, turning
into a pleasant surprise. A Grand Archfiend fighting the others couldn't be a
better outcome for him right now.
keep on fighting! The more you all lose, the stronger I become!"
Grand Archfiends came to know this, it shocked them to no end. Without giving
any sign, a colossus emerged? And he already killed his enemy, Moon Fiend.
Grand Archfiend was without a doubt a Grand Archfiend. Because his first act
was to have a Grand Archfiend's corpse as support.
Chen Ming spread like wildfire throughout Myriad Mountains. He killed Moon
Fiend, and in Yan Mountain's fight, he also personally killed fifty-three
Archfiends, fully showcasing his might as a Grand Archfiend. They were only
fifty-three at first, but as it spread:
hear? The Lord of Yan Mountain, yes, that new Grand Archfiend, killed more than
fifty Archfiends in one battle!"
fifty, wasn't it more like sixty?"
hear? The Lord of Yan Mountain killed more than sixty Archfiends in one
And spread it
did, "The Lord of Yan Mountain is too strong! He killed more than a hundred
Archfiends in one battle. He wiped Moon King Hall clean of Archfiends!"
News of him
spread like lightning and Chen Ming found himself with a new title, proof of
being a Grand Archfiend, the Butcher of Kings.
He was a demon
to all Kings. Be it King, Great Fiend or Fiend General, they were all equal
beneath his array.
A power to be
reckoned with arose within Myriad Mountains. In these times of unrest, it added
an air of mystery. Many Grand Archfiends were silent at this news, thinking
Moon King Hall's lord was exchanged with another. They ought to go test him, to
see if Chen Ming had a true Grand Archfiend's might, if he had the right to
enter Myriad Mountains' game of power. But it wasn't needed. Since Moon Fiend
was dead, then it proved the Lord of Yan Mountain, Butcher of Kings, the one
who's array made everyone equal, was indeed a Grand Archfiend.
Regalia Legion swiftly and silently dispatched the clans' remnants, while havoc
reigned in Moon King Hall. The King Corps' captain, Bai Yue, and the Great
Venerable clashed, with the result being the victory of the former and the
disappearance of the later.
Faced with the
new rising sun, Yan Mountain, Bai Yue was forced to acknowledge it but declared
that he shall not join with Yan Mountain in battle.
didn't care, since he held no hope he could make use of this crowd. A King
Corps had no purpose if not used.
Chen Ming, on
the other hand, took advantage of his new position as the 9th Grand Archfiend
of Myriad Mountains and nearly a tenth of its lands fell in his hands.
Now, Yan Mountain's
great reputation spread all over the whole Myriad Mountains.
great expanse of land, Chen Ming felt content and didn't resume conquering his
neighbors, since they were all under another Grand Archfiend's authority. If he
attacked, then he would meet a Grand Archfiend on the battlefield, something
not yet included in his plan. After all, he employed some hidden tactics when
he fought Moon Fiend, and some even questionable. He wasn't one to believe the
Grand Archfiends around him would be as stupid.
didn't think of swallowing Moon King Hall since he would get fat if not
careful. What he needed to do now was to digest all his spoils and new lands.
To transform his domain into an iron bucket, one that had no holes and didn't
let water leak in, or out.
Bai Yue has
arrived at Yan Mountain way earlier. Despite still having three days left until
Chen Ming's summon, he wanted to avoid any unforeseen incident. One dirty look
from Chen Ming would end up with him as a corpse.
were apprehensive, not knowing their fates. They didn't give their allegiances
through diplomacy but through defeat.
condition might be harsh, but no matter how severe, they had to accept it. When
one was under another's roof, he had to go by his rules.
Chen Ming was
taking stock of his spoils, and as all were turned into spirit stones, he now
had an extra fifty million in the treasury. And to top it all off, he also got
two Spirit Veins, an Earth Spirit Vein and a Fire Spirit Vein.
It was fine he
had a double of one type. He wasn't Ling Xian, who could have his wishes come
a spirit pact with the little turtle and little vermilion bird, Chen Ming
settled them in, letting them play on the mountain.
mission has finally ended. Its rating was more than perfect, receiving a reward
of 50,000 spiritual knowledge and 10,000 fame.
thorough thinking, it was sorely lacking. He had already subdued Moon King Hall
and yet when he fought the four Divine Palaces, he got 80,0000 spiritual
knowledge. This time the payout was too low, but since he didn't kill Moon
Fiend himself, he didn't have too high expectations.
spiritual knowledge, added to them the completion of the mission, along with
the killed Archfiends, broke through the two hundred thousand mark. he could
even say that he might not even have a place to spend them.
It was time to
ease the hearts of his chives, and harvest those merits. When he spent all of
his spiritual knowledge he might get the chance of becoming a true Grand
fluttered by, and more than a hundred Archfiends entered Yan Mountain. They
didn't proceed to the external palace this time but towards the true Yan
They felt the
difference just as they entered, "Eh!? This place's spiritual energy is
too thick, it must have a Spirit Vein!"
Archfiends at least, even if they haven't seen one, they at least heard of it.
Just as they stepped through the gates,
that there was a Spirit Vein here.
wonder Yan Mountain became so strong, it had a Spirit Vein!"
procession of a hundred-plus Archfiends continued, they again felt four other
Spirit Veins. Yan Mountain had five Spirit Veins, it can be called a paradise,
a place given birth by nature.
And it all
belongs to a Grand Archfiend. Even Bai Yue was moved since Moon King Hall only
had two Spirit Veins.
expected of Yan Mountain! Seeing it today shows how narrow-minded we
Mountain's riches, it was normal to have someone like the Lord of Yan Mountain
rise from it."
looked at them as if they were country bumpkins who were dazzled by every
There were even
some who got to talking, "Have you heard? A dozen or so seniors that went
through this battle have broken through to Dao Initiation realm!"
doesn't mean anything, they were accepted earlier than us by half a year. If
one takes more than a year to go from mortal to Dao Initiation realm, it speaks
for itself what a disgrace he is!"
participated, we could have also understood many things and definitely would
have been able to advance to Dao Initiation realm in a year!"
stared shell shocked, "Saying it took more than a year to go from mortal
to Dao Initiation realm, speaks what a disgrace he is..."
truly a disgrace? It took me more than ten years to go from a common fiend to
Dao Initiation realm cultivator..."
Yan Mountain's disciples freaks?"
It was as if
they were hearing fantasies when the disciples talked. One such disciple said,
"What can they amount to? They should first know that second senior
brother took three months from mortal to Dao Initiation realm cultivator!"
second senior brother great? Head senior sister paid respect to Master when she
was at the 1st stage of Dao Sense realm, and a year and a half later she can
contest against a King rank."
overheard Master say that besides head senior sister's talet, if he spoke of
second and third senior brothers' talents it would bring him shame!"
and third senior brothers are even now fighting to the death in the Tower of
Trials? What is that? This baffled the Archfiends. They then carefully
went and ask a disciple, who had a dauntless attitude. How could this disciple
be afraid when he chased after them not long ago?
disciple as a guide, they arrived in front of the Tower of Trials. They
instantly saw how those two broken toys, Li Suyi and Ling Xian, competed on
bottle after bottle, with more than a dozen empty ones at their feet. No place
the Archfiends traveled had such an intimidating sight. They blanked out on the
spot, "Ah, how can it be called a living what I've been doing so
Python came to report, he saw the sore sight they were, and turned to Silver
Wing, "You were the same when you first came to Yan Mountain."
was pissed, "How couldn't I? With a freaky place like Yan Mountain, who
doesn't gawk their first time coming here? What, are you displeased with Yan
Mountain's second strongest?"
eyes showed some fire as he smiled, "I just advanced to Divine Palace
stage and have no sparring partner. How about we have a go?"
looked to see that his bottle only had a few pills left. He couldn't go living
like this, Ah, what was I thinking when I said to disband at that time?
before, he could still say he was the only Divine Palace of Yan Mountain. To
him, Chen Ming was a human cultivator who took two of his bottles of pills.
While the other three Archfiends actualy cultivated hard and had a rise in
finished! If there's no next battle, then my status won't change!
glared at Black Python, "This daddy has only three pills a day. Ah, I
don't have the energy to fight!"
then went to report to Chen Ming.
a moment passed and he came back, saying to Black Python, "Mountain Lord
is waiting for you."
nodded, straightened his clothes a bit then climbed Yan Mountain.
him, Black Python reported, "Mountain Lord, I can't fathom why but,
cultivating Bones of the Taotie, I have reached the Divine Palace stage. Yet
subordinate feels ill at ease. Please check, Mountain Lord! "
Chen Ming also
had some doubts, Eh? Divine Palace stage already?
Chen Ming gave
Black Python a once over, as Black Python laid open his Dao Palace and Dao Seed
for his inspection.
careful check, Chen Ming didn't find anything out of the ordinary. He then
combed through Bones of the Taotie, then it dawned to him, "You are of the
snake clan, and when a snake devours, it absorbs all the essence. This Bones of
the Taotie seems to hold the same view, thus increasing your speed. But you
need to strengthen your foundation and need to enter the Tower of Trials, to
grasp control over your power. Don't advance for now and consolidate your power."
smiled. He was under the impression he made a mistake, "Many thanks,
Mountain Lord, all Archfiends are present. When do you want to receive
thought how there were only a year and a half until the Grand World Opening;
the time was increasingly urgent. His disciples need at least a year or so if
not two for all of them to reach Dao Initiation realm. Though three thousand
Dao Initiation realm cultivators might not be enough to affect the overall war
situation. Since he knew the ancient immortal sects failed to be of help, he
could only depend on himself.
It was high
time to start the plan he had for a long time now.
arrange for the audience!"
On the morrow,
the Archfiends came earlier in the hall, taking their respective seats. Chen
Ming came later, sitting on the main chair. He gazed at them, the Archfiends at
him, and they suddenly remembered of the death god roaming the battlefield as
they rose, "Greetings, Lord of Yan Mountain!"
gestured for them to sit, then clapped, "Bring the food!"
brothers brought a bottle of pills before each Archfiend, shocking them. They
knew since yesterday that what Yan Mountain ate wasn't food, but pills.
For them, this
was like a dream, There are places like this in the world?
know that pills have reached a sky-high price on the outside. There are very
few sources of pills, yet Yan Mountain takes them as meals.
Archfiends felt incredulous even as they looked a the pill in front of them.
Chen Ming smiled, "I'm sorry Yan Mountain is not that great of a place,
even lacking entertainment. Please forgive me, everyone!"
Bai Yue was
the first to show no fear in uncorking the bottle and popping a pill, "Ah,
there's medicinal property! Even twice as much as ordinary Qi Pills."
Bai Yue bowed,
"I can't thank Mountain Lord enough for his hospitality!"
The rest no
longer hesitated, and tried the pills, "Eh? This is
even strawberry-flavored? Let's switch pills!"
time was ripe, Chen Ming spoke frankly, "Eldest Bear, Second Bear, take
everyone on a tour of Yan Mountain's Fiend Alchemy House."
With his new
status, he would lose respect if he did it himself.
followed the bear brothers to the Fiend Alchemy House, and from the first step,
the flavor of pills assaulted their noses. Just that they were clueless as to
what these Great Fiends' words entailed, "Spiritual grass powder has been tested.
The average medicinal property, around the 7th or 9th rank. Slice
mist formed, evaluation: average. Continue to pill forming stage!"
"What are they saying?"
understand, but I can sense how amazing it is!"
they're taking out the pills!"
it be so fast? The pills are done already!"
done but come out constantly!"
They saw how
furnace after furnace of pills was refined and felt reluctant to leave. Bear in
mind that these pills were worth a fortune outside. They refined more than a
hundred, if not two hundred pills a day, and with the sky-high price on the
outside, this meant more than ten thousand spirit stones!
It was no less
than a year of their territories' income. This way was even faster than killing
Yet here, Yan
Mountain's Alchemy House held who knew how many hundreds of outside Alchemy
Houses in one place. This terrifying power of Yan Mountain made them feel like
an ant in the face of a hawk, ashamed to even show their faces.
This is the
true Yan Mountain?
just too scary. Did they use everything when they fought with us before?
When a monster
of this degree reveals all its power, what then? The scene must be
what monster did we fight with?"
what a person is really capable of?"
power of pill refining would shock even those ancient immortal sects, not to
mention a bunch of small Archfiends. They felt their world collapsing, Just
what kind of existence is this Yan Mountain?
Bai Yue was so
scared, he was sweating a river. The Regalia Legion wasn't all to Yan
Mountain's power. I'm afraid it was hiding its true power, only letting
this little come to the surface. This thought further ascertained the
fact that Moon Fiend's death wasn't a miracle but a matter of fact.
surrendered, or the consequences would be horrendous!
returned in a daze to their pre-established residence. And after a sleepless
night, they were shocked awake from their stupor. Yan Mountain's methods were
something they couldn't fathom.
that Yan Mountain's strength was beyond their comprehension, but now their
impressions were crushed to pieces. They even came to the idea that what they
thought before was but a small fraction of Yan Mountain's true power.
Mountain, the mesmerizing fragrance of spiritual plants drifted about as Chen
Ming enjoyed Zhuo Qingyao's little hand pushing strand after strand of sword
energy into his body, wandering around his joints. There was no doubt about it,
it was a truly relaxing experience!
reported, "Mountain Lord, those Archfiends are shocked to the core. I
guarantee that they didn't get a wink of sleep last night!"
nodded, "Great since we have them under control then what follows will be
easier. Bring them all in."
Archfiends, who waited for Chen Ming's summons, didn't know how to meet him.
Chen Ming walked in the hall, but at his first step, the Archfiends were
already standing. They felt fear from what they have come to know last night.
They didn't even dare to guess what capabilities Chen Ming's body hid
Chen Ming took
his seat of honor, then waved for them to sit, and began a speech for joint
development of Yan Mountain, "Everyone has seen the Alchemy House
their heads, "We bore witness to the uncanny workmanship of Yan
we only saw through a crack and searched for death in fighting against Yan
followed with, "Since you all wish to serve Yan Mountain, then you must
all follow Yan Mountain's rules. And the first rule is that no military force
will exist beside Yan Mountain's. Every equipment will be turned in to Yan
Mountain, who in turn will compensate with spirit stones accordingly. All manuals
are to be brought to Yan Mountain, be them arts, arrays, or pill recipes. All
shall be handed over!"
these, Chen Ming caused a commotion among the Archfiends, "You are taking
all our power!"
Lord, do you still doubt our loyalty? "
want a part of the fiend army to protect ourselves, we don't have any thoughts
of opposing you!"
continued, despite their discontent, "Withing Yan Mountain's borders, all
cultivators will have their credentials renewed every ten years. In the case of
missing credentials, when discovered, he will be put in jail until his identity
is investigated. From this point on, the safety of all cultivators will fall on
Yan Mountain. As long as you are within Yan Mountain, it will work without rest
to make sure to remove all the dangers to your lives!"
like to venture outside, you can employ the services of Yan Mountain's newly
established Yan Mountain Escort Agency for protection."
Yan Mountain, everyone will hand over a tenth of their income as tax."
added protection, Yan Mountain will establish the Yan Mountain Bank. Everyone
can deposit their spirit stones within Yan Mountain Bank and can, at any time,
withdraw or deposit according to your credentials.
were lively in their discussions, sensing the strict nature of Chen Ming's
rules. He wanted to control all withing his borders, every cultivator. He
wanted to deprive the right to raise their own armies. From now on, only Yan
Mountain would have a fiend army.
something they couldn't accept.
As far as the
other clauses went, they were acceptable. Since they lacked a fiend army, then
the biggest worry was that of safety, which Yan Mountain was ready to
guarantee. To prevent any from having evil designs or chasing riches, he made
them entrust all of their spirit stones to Yan Mountain. Towards the tax, they
had no complaints since it was far lower then Moon King Hall's.
Lord, we won't rebel. We just want our own army to protect us!"
accept a smaller army, but not eliminate it. That is impossible!"
Lord, it's better not to be so ruthless. How will we defend our domains if we
have no military?"
snorted, "You should all know that I'm not consulting with you! I'm just
informing you of the rules! Furthermore, each Dao Seed Archfiend that agrees
now will have their own Alchemy House like the one in Yan Mountain, and any
Divine Palace three! You can send your subordinate Great Fiends over and Yan
Mountain will train them. They will return when they have successfully
completed the course, letting you manage them as you please!"
strict rules came with some benefits. But to the ears of these Archfiends, how
can this be small? Ah, this was more like a large bonus!
experienced Yan Mountain's Alchemy House. That was uncanny workmanship, and
since the alchemists were fiends, then any fiend could learn. With how many
they had, they would definitely learn!
spirit stones a day. That meant more than three million a year. An Archfiend
turned to Bai Yue, "Fellow Daoist Bai Yue, I was wondering, how many
spirit stones did that traitor, Moon Fiend, accumulated in a year?"
As Bai Yue
thought, his heart cried in alarm, "No more than a few hundred thousand
Archfiends' thoughts ran wild, Isn't it just a fiend army? Yan Mountain
guarantees our safety. Can't we hire Yan Mountain Escort Agency for protection
with several million spirit stones a year? An army needed spirit
stones, needed cultivation resources. The purpose of the army was to stabilize
their position, but now they had Yan Mountain to look after them.
several tens of spirit stones to raise those guys, a year. While their
cultivation was always lacking. And now it gets better! I needn't
bother raising troops, while my income will be in the millions! Since I have
spirit stones to cultivate, why on earth would I need an army?
equipment collecting rule caused them no little dissatisfaction.
could see where their worries laid, "If an Archfiend has exceptional
behavior within Yan Mountain, I will allow him to have spiritual weapons,
denoted with a special mark on their credentials."
rules might cut off a lot of their power, but gave them many opportunities to
make spirit stones. Who would complain at this point? Bai Yue was the first to
say, "Mountain Lord is of magnificent reputation and generosity. I am
willing to accept Mountain Lord's conditions!"
Chen Ming was
very pleased with him, "Stay for a while longer Bai Yue, I have something
to tell you."
Bai Yue was
overjoyed. He thought he would get something extra from being the first to
Archfiends were afraid of being last, as they rushed to give their consent!
smiled broadly, and waved, "Alright, alright, go find Black Python and
White Fox, and they will handle the rest."
others left, Bai Yue bowed towards Chen Ming, "Is there something Mountain
Lord needs of me?"
smiled, "Your display wasn't half bad. I decided to let you have four
Alchemy Houses. What do you think?"
Bai Yue was
over the moon with joy. He was the only one with this benefit, "Many
thanks Mountain Lord!"
later, Chen Ming saw many Archfiends bringing their subordinate Great Fiends to
hand in their equipment. Meanwhile, White Fox and Black Python's men were also
handing over the Archfiends' credentials.
stood near Chen Ming, "Mountain Lord, are we giving away the riddle that
is Yan Mountain's Alchemy House so easily? Will it be alright?"
was worried that when the Archfiends got stronger, Yan Mountain wouldn't be
able to control them.
smiled, Still green. Ah, a cultivator might be clever, but that's only
when it comes to cultivating further ahead. They would never
understand Chen Ming's methods, nor imagine them.
modern knowledge. Nothing could contend against the machine that was a nation.
The old way of controlling cultivators was far too inefficient.
to understand something most profound, they will never again have military
power. I will all belong to Yan Mountain. Without the military as protection,
they are just domesticated pigs waiting for slaughter. Moreover, their thinking
is too wishful. When pills come rolling out in waves, the profit won't be that
they gather many spirit stones, Yan Mountain has an even fiercer method to
harvest them. Like say, those Great Fiends they sent over. Most of them can
only learn to refine a single pill. If they want another, they will need to
spend loads of spirit stones so Yan Mountain will teach them. Moreover, after
they gathered a certain amount of spirit stones, Yan Mountain's Alchemy House
will sell their pills in the form of auctions. So long as they compete against
one another, there will be no chance of cooperating."
to leave Yan Mountain is nothing more than a pipe dream. As long as we control
the types of pills they can refine, Yan Mountain can use all its power to
refine the same type and make the price plummet, returning it to normal value.
they have credentials, Yan Mountain will be in control of every cultivator, and
all of their possessions. Everything shall be laid before our eyes."
nothing of Yan Mountain Bank. It's protection services don't come at any cost.
For their spirit stones' safety, for their own safety, they are sure to deposit
a large number of spirit stones in Yan Mountain, for rainy days. Can they even
take these spirit stones and leave?"
their thinking is very narrow. Firstly, you should know that every person hands
over a tent of their income. In case of any changes, Yan Mountain will still
remain the strongest. Even if it were to face this group of fellows deprived of
their armies, its position would forever be invincible."
Python listened, cold sweat poured from his forehead, Mountain Lord,
has truly otherworldly abilities. He even has the power to govern!
Lord, subordinate understand, and will immediately get to work!"
nodded, "Have Black Tiger make some more preparations. When we deprive all
their armies, their Great Fiends will have one path to chose from, leaning on
Yan Mountain. Our army will be bolstered in one fell swoop. Also, tighten the
guard on the information regarding devouring Great Fiends. Don't ket them find
bowed, "Mountain Lord, be at ease! The ones in charge of this matter are
all from my department."
nodded, "Have Black Tiger and Fire Swallow come see me, I have some
matters to settle with them."
and Fire Swallow bowed in respect when they met with Chen Ming in the
afternoon, "Mountain Lord, is there something you need of us?"
the Yan Mountain Escort Agency, taking all those Great Fiends whose talents are
said, "Subordinate understands, I will have my men working on it!"
continued, "Furthermore, since I said that I'll protect them, raise a city
within our borders and send two regiments of one thousand Regalia troops over
to patrol it. The rest of the Regalia Legion is for you to handle how you see
fit so that the border of Yan Mountain is observed regarding any
wishes to leave Yan Mountain needs to pass through a thorough inspection, but
no one is allowed to leave for now. Then again, they might not want to leave
for the next while, since all their energy is poured in establishing their
the right to build Alchemy Houses are to swear the Heart Demon Oath. They are
to keep all the information regarding Yan Mountain's Alchemy House to
should prevent anything drastic from occurring.
equipment pile growing ever higher, Chen Ming looked it over. He would melt
them down then reforge them into armors for Yan Mountain's field army. Withing
days of establishing, Yan Mountain Bank gathered thirty million spirit stones.
and Great Fiends didn't fear Yan Mountain would embezzle them. Since from their
point of view, this was just the tip of the iceberg that was Yan Mountain,
holding no interest in such a tiny amount of theirs. And with Chen Ming's
promise as a guarantee, they developed trust for him. From what they saw, Chen
Ming never broke his promises. When he said he'd kill someone, kill he
In fact, Chen
Ming was sorely tempted by these spirit stones, constantly searching for a mean
to stuff them in his pockets.
was such a good idea. Even better than robbing, taking spirit stones as I
transformation was unstoppable. Chen Ming finally felt relieved with his
territory, that nothing bad would happen. He should now focus on increasing his
Chen Ming had
the means to promote many cultivation methods to the peak of Dao Initiation
realm. He didn't start because he wasn't sure what great array would he stumble
across. If the cultivation methods he had were useless in an array, wouldn't
that mean he wasted it?
amount of hoarded cultivation methods, many could be advanced to the Dao Seed
stage. But those permitting cultivating into the domain of Sovereigns were few
and far in between.
Chen Ming had
a feeling that he would linger for a lot longer in the Dao Seed stage. If he
wanted to transcend, he needed three thousand Dao Seeds.
The best, for
now, was to find a cryptic array. Not a picky one, but the more people it
required, the better!
came to report, "Half a month from now, Grand Archfiend Golden Howl will
hold an auction on Purple Mountain! Golden Howl has sent an invitation over,
asking for Mountain Lord's participation!"
eyes shined, Eh, an auction? Isn't that the place where a Main
Character gets rich?
right, besides jumping cliffs, a Main Character has another way of getting rich:
matter if you didn't have treasures, an auction would only have immortal tools
that only the Main Character could recognize! No cultivation method? No worry,
the auction had one at the immortal rank that none other than the Main Character
could cultivate! No magical art? No worry, the auction had a cryptic immortal
art to others, yet plainly open to Main Character's eyes! No girl? No worry,
the auction would take it upon itself to have a pretty young auctioneer, sweet
of voice and tender of beauty!
watched Yan Mountain, thinking those broken toys of his finally found some use.
He called his
four legacy disciples over and wondered his eyes over them. Ling Xian had a
grandpa ring. En, an immortal's eyes are sure to know many. Take!
relived his life, he surely saw many treasures, En, not bad, not bad.
cultivated an immortal cultivation method, She might have a quirky
response to an item, or something. Take!
Qingyao still doesn't have a worthy weapon. Reckon that what she will want will
be none other than a heavy one. And most surely it won't be cheap either; maybe
she'll run into it. Take!
Mountain is organizing an auction half a month from now. Grand Archfiend Golden
Howl has sent an invitation for your Master, so you need to get ready to follow
your Master in experiencing the world!"
Li Suyi's eyes
sparkled at this and bowed, "Yes, Master, disciple will prepare!"
Seeing Li Suyi
in a joyful mood, Chen Ming was certain, This auction is bound to have
three had no Main Character epiphany, only thinking they would go along for the
fun. So they went to prepare too.
inspected Golden Howl's invitation. It wrote:
Fiend built Yan Mountain into a formidable power. This brother's heart longs to
see dear younger brother's face, thus I ask for dear younger brother to join me
at the auction on Purple Mountain. But do be careful, and remember dear younger
brother, to take a thousand soldiers for protection!'
Truth be told,
seeing this handwriting, Chen Ming's eyelid twitched nonstop, They're
definitely written by Golden Howl!
body was that of a golden lion. Some said he had the blood of the nine-headed
lion divine beast in his veins. He was known throughout the Myriad Mountains as
one filled with virtue and morality. He was also the oldest among the Grand
Archfiends, some even considered him a people pleaser. If it weren't for this
Golden Howl, then his auction wouldn't have had so many supporters, compared to
the auctions of the other Grand Archfiends.
Howl even stated in his invitation for Chen Ming to bring along a thousand
troops. This matter isn't that simple.
though it over and over again, but still took a Regalia regiment with him. His
power fell short of a Grand Archfiend and could only pass as one thanks to his
As for the
four personal disciples, they had nothing in common with those plain disciples.
Just from their auras, it would be more likely for him to die, while they would
a day on preparations, Chen Ming led a thousand troops, all the while dragging
along that ignoble Silver Wing, and set his destination for Purple
This time he
would get to hold a discussion with Golden Howl. And since time was in short
supply, he'd let that daft Silver Wing look after the four. That fool
of a Silver Wing! He might like messing around, but, all in all, he doesn't
have bad intentions. But the crucial matter is that his fleeing skills are
take a turn for the worse, he would take the four and leave at the drop of the
time in his journey, while standing in his carriage, Chen Ming heard someone
calling his name. He looked left, he looked right, but his four guys were
cultivating in the spacious area of the carriage. It can't be them, did
There was a
full-blown storm outside, with sand flying all around.
hundreds of li in the desert, the Regalia regiment's clothing turned to rags
crossing this endless sandstorm. When they were supposed to be at the edge of
the desert, they discovered they went the wrong way, all thanks to the
sandstorm. Seeing unending sand, the abyss this Yellow Sea became, they could
barely hold on, "Chen Ming! You better hope this King doesn't come out, or
I will show you what it means to wish for death!"
journey, be it Archfiend or Great Fiend, any who heard this, they quickened the
pace. But the one passing through the air, was the supposedly dead Grand
Archfiend, the one the nouveau rich ninth Grand Archfiend, the Lord of Yan
Mountain, climbed on top of.
crossing Grand Archfiends lands, they were allowed passage. It looked like
these Grand Archfiends sent the news to the troops of their coming.
Chen Ming had
yet to bump into a Grand Archfiend. From what he heard, they already left for
Purple Mountain long before Yan Mountain did.
thirteen days, Chen Ming finally arrived at the foot of Purple Mountain. After
the shining rays passed, this place was no mountain at all, but an outstanding
city of fiends.
armored fiends patrolled the area, watching. They were much more powerful than
Moon Fiend's men, definitely no pushovers.
on the ground looked up, "Eh, who's the one who wants to die flying
towards Purple Mountain?"
know, they must be new, and don't understand the rules!"
will handle them!"
Crown Prince arrived!"
Up ahead, a
golden-haired youngster flew closer. he looked to be of twenty years, wearing a
purple crown, donning purple armor, and having a graceful and poised air about
him. That youngster stood in front of Chen Ming's carriage and bowed, "My
humble self is Jin An(1), greetings Uncle Chen. Lord Father has asked me to
personally welcome you!"
eyebrows twitched as he looked over at his four legacy disciples, and asked in
a small voice, "Do I look like an uncle?"
The four shook
their heads in sync. They all knew of Chen Ming's temper, who could only let
out a drawn-out sigh, "Ah, age comes with time. It's good that you four
He flipped the
carriage cover aside and walked out along with his four disciples. He was a
Grand Archfiend, so of course he heard of Jin An. How couldn't he know the
heirs of other Grand Archfiends? Jin An was the first son of Golden Howl.
Asking him to welcome Chen Ming, it already showed him a lot of respect. He
eyed Jin An, En, there's indeed an aura. Control Aura lvl 1. He does
have some skill after all. Chen Ming took the impression of an elder,
as he patted Jin An on the shoulder, "Ah, very good. You youngster show
Jin An's hand
trembled. Alright, Chen Ming and his father were of the same seniority. So him
telling him he was promising wasn't an insult.
Jin An pointed
at the four behind him, to which Chen Ming only laughed as he himself pointed
at Jin An, "This is Purple Mountain's, Crown Prince!"
Then Chen Ming
regarded Jin An, Uh, could it be he wants me to introduce these four
little fellows as my legacy disciples? With an impressive and glorious name as
Crown Prince, to act as the intermediary is so shameful. "Um,
these are the four Sect Leaders of Yan Mountain."
with demonic sect's trend. Yan Mountain's personal disciples are Sect Leaders
exchanged greetings, then Jin An smiled, "Uncle, please follow me, I will
take you to your peak for rest."
On the way to
their accommodations, many Archfiends sensed something amiss, "Ah, this
isn't right. How can the refined and mannered Crown Prince be a guide?"
haven't seen the one he's leading, he must be important!"
be the new up and coming Grand Archfiend, the Lord of Yan Mountain. He has the
title of Butcher of Kings, known to make everyone equal under his array!"
Mountain, lights came into existence, thousands of them flickering in the
There were two
more days until the auction, and Chen Ming was taking his four dearies on a
stroll around Purple Mountain. There was no strict guard like on Yan Mountain,
to the point that anyone could come and go as they pleased.
reached the guard at the gate who, getting the notice, got out of their way and
let them enter. Since Silver Wing was bored out of his mind, he also tagged
might start later, but the city was still lively, with many fiends selling
looked around and found patrols at every corner, so nothing bad should be
happening. He tossed his storage ring to Zhuo Qingyao, with four hundred
thousand spirit stones inside, "Qingyao, take your juniors for a walk.
Just buy anything you find to your liking since there are four hundred thousand
spirit stones inside."
didn't refuse. Wasn't it normal for the four to hold on their Master's
With the three
in tow, she proceeded to go window shopping.
Chen Ming took
advantage of this free time and went with Silver Wing to a tavern. He ordered
some dishes and was ready to drink here for a while. With the chance to relax,
he had no intention to stroll around and buy things. He wasn't a Main
Character, turning everything he bought into treasures.
He enjoyed the
meal with Silver Wing, then glared at him as he was pouring him wine,
"What's so great about wine, give me fruit juice!"
was puzzled, "Mountain Lord, what's fruit juice?"
Chen Ming, Ah, they don't have fruit juice here. "Um,
then give me fruit wine."
poured him fruit wine, which Chen Ming proceeded to taste, Hmm, sweet
and sour, not a bad taste. It only lacks alcohol, it's not strong enough.
He then tried
Silver Wing's cup, Pretty much beer. What's so great about these
black-clothed group entered the tavern, all in human form, and at the lead was
a young girl. The black outfit hugged her body, fully emphasizing her curves,
while a black veil hid her face, but not those sharp, clear and pure
The girl sat
across from Chen Ming as a black-clothed attendant whispered in her ear. The
girl's two charming pupils landed on Chen Ming, dressed in an azure Daoist robe
and holding a green horsetail whisk.
had a wicked smile directed at Chen Ming, "Mountain Lord, Mountain Lord, a
girl is looking at me!"
glared at him, It's just looking, what's there to fuss about?
continued, "I can sense a deep look in her eyes when she glances at
peaked outside, Ah, spring isn't here yet.
wind came from next to Chen Ming, as the black-clothed girl sat near him. She
didn't look older than eighteen, and gazed at Chen Ming, "Fellow Daoist
has also come to participate in the auction?"
Chen Ming eyed
this girl, Not a bad figure, same for her eyes. "One who
has a big chest has a small brain indeed. Why would I come if not for the
stunned for words, it was the first time someone spoke to her like that. All
the other men fawned over her without exceptions. But Chen Ming was very
indolent in his attitude and speech. The girl looked at Silver Wing to see him
whipping the drool from his mouth, That's the normal reaction.
smiled in embarrassment, "Fellow Daoist is so funny!"
disinclined to reason with her. He had seen far too many trying what she was
tempting. He had his fill.
The girl said,
"It must be fate that allowed us to meet. A cup for fellow Daoist."
the cup, presumably from carelessness, it spilled on Chen Ming's robe. The girl
panicked, "Forgive me, I was clumsy and dirtied your clothes. Let me wipe
her head, showcasing the deep white ravine on her chest to Chen Ming's eyes. He
grabbed her hand and said flatly, "No need, my robe is waterproof."
The girl saw
how the traces of the spill disappeared, leaving nothing behind.
She smiled in
embarrassment, "Fellow Daoist's robe must be of ingenious
Chen Ming had
no care for small talk, "You should know who I am. Speak, why is your
"You're jesting fellow Daoist. I've lived a simple life, how can I know
fellow Daoist's identity? "
pointed at Silver Wing, "This dunce shows no restraint with his Divine
Palace energy, and me, I'm just a Dao Initiation realm cultivator. Despite
taking human form, how can I compare with this fool's might? But then you come
along next to me, totally ignoring the fool, and started talking with me. You
tell me if nothing is suspicious. "
bowed, "The Lord of Yan Mountain is wise beyond words. This lady won't
waste your time and say her request. I want to ask the Lord of Yan Mountain to
bring me to the auction. There is a family heirloom sold there that I want to
buy. But, sadly, I do not have the right to enter. If Lord is willing, this
lady will gift you with a million spirit stones."
roamed his eyes over her veil, "I don't like talking with strangers. If
you will remove the veil and take a walk with me around Purple Mountain, I will
The girl was
dazed, "Forgive me, but if this veil falls, it will bring endless
troubles. Sometimes, beauty is a crime."
waved his hand, "Then let's leave it at that."
The girl: ...
common men always curious about my appearance?
There was a
sudden disturbance outside the tavern, "Did you hear? A fight is about to
break out in the gambling house!"
But the gambling house is overseen by Grand Archfiend Long River's son. Who
dares to make a ruckus there?"
don't know! I heard they are two youngsters and two girls!"
reckoned Zhuo Qingyao and the rest might have stirred up the place. He got up,
"Silver Wing, let's go. We need to check if Zhuo Qingyao is in any
Chen Ming and
Silver Wing left the tavern, with the girl trailing behind them, "Mountain
Lord, this lady might be frail, but I offer you my help."
picked up the pace as she walked next to him. Silver Wing was tactful enough to
fall back, leaving the two to walk together.
couldn't make heads or tails of this girl, It seems she wasn't taken by
my dashing good looks.
is her motive?
have to wait and see I guess.
outside the gambling house, Chen Ming saw Zhuo Qingyao looking detached from a
distance with her arms crossed. Chen Lingyu was also cold. Ah, it was night, so
it should be Chen Yu.
gambling house, the place was on the verge of erupting. Many fiends came to see
just who had the gal to look for trouble here.
walked behind Zhuo Qingyao, "What's going on?"
Xian said this place looked fun so he came to bet spirit stones. We saw how he
won quite a sum, while his opponents were steadily losing. After winning a
million spirit stones, the head of the gambling house refused to pay him."
thought, Ah, this is the right way to use the Luck Aura!
asked, "And now?"
coldly rolled her eyes, "Now, Li Suyi and Ling Xian are arguing who should
beat up the head of the house, to hand over our winnings."
Her eyes stopped next to Chen Ming, Eh? It hasn't been that long and
there's an extra woman next to Master?
Then she remembered what once Chen Ming said to her. Remember, no man is
regarded the black-clothed girl with a cold eye, "Master, who's the
black-clothed girl: ...
Auntie your granddad!
Chen Yu was
also fearless, poking where it hurt. She exclaimed when she saw the girl,
"This auntie's figure is really good!"
Was that a
compliment? Was it?
Anger grew in
the girl's heart, I will bear it, for Lord Father. And said
charmingly, "What a pair of lovely young ladies. But you shouldn't always
be cold as ice, and smile more."
and Chen Yu have always been like this, and Chen Ming found nothing wrong with
that. But now, Yan Mountain couldn't afford to fight with another Grand
Archfiend. When he heard the gambling house was Grand Archfiend Long River's
son, he didn't want the trouble to escalate.
Yet he had no
interest in getting involved. It was too demeaning of his status.
Xian and Li Suyi were discussing, "Second senior brother, we need to deal
with this guy fast. If head senior sister or fourth junior sister gets
involved, there'll be hell to pay."
Ling Xian was
also thinking along those lines and nodded. But the head of the gambling house,
Little Prince, didn't agree with them and slapped the table, "Where the
hell did you bastards come from? Don't you know who I am?"
Ling Xian, of
course, wouldn't compromise so easily, "This Sect Leader has won the money
fair and square. Why aren't you holding your end?"
Prince laughed evilly, "It seems you don't want a peaceful understanding
and dare show this young master disrespect in Purple Mountain. Fine, I remember
that you also brought two girls. The two girls look like divine beauties with
amazing grace. After I kill both of you, I will take those two to my bed to
liven my mood!"
looked at Li Suyi, "Third junior brother, we gave him the chance to speak,
that's kindness enough. But he isn't grateful, and leaves us with little
wants to die, that's his business. But if he really annoys head senior sister,
then how many peaceful days will we have after we return to Yan Mountain?"
faced-palmed, "You make excellent sense!"
rubbed his hands, I'm terribly sorry, this is all for our peaceful days
Ling Xian flew
in the air while pointing his finger!
A great noise
covered the entire gambling house, as the finger descended and blew Little
Prince out of the building!
looked through the crowd then fell before an enraged man in a white robe,
"Lord Father, Lord Father, you have to seek justice for me! Those guys are
threatening your son!"
eyes glared fixedly at Ling Xian. He was the one who sent his son flying just
now, "Just who dares act unruly in my territory?"
Chen Ming kept
silent, but the black-clothed girl stepped forward, "A win is a win, a
loss is a loss. Grand Archfiend Long River, are you using your power to push
quietly observed the ever changing situation, Just who is this girl, daring
to speak up to Long River?
inspected the black-clothed girl then let out a dark laugher, "I was
wondering who it was. It turns out to be Sovereign's little princess, Wu
Feihua. What, is Sovereign interested in how I handle matters?"
wanted to wait for the chance next to Chen Ming since he didn't know her and
the other Grand Archfiends were also unaware of who he was. She hoped that when
they saw them together, the Grand Archfiends would think something was going on
Even if there
wasn't, the misunderstanding would take root in their hearts.
But Chen Ming
was stubborn as a mule. She was left with no other choice than to step in Chen
Ming's stead, giving the impression the Sovereign and Yan Mountain were on good
instantly understood Wu Feihua's plan, Ugh, this girl is Fiend
Sovereign's daughter, what a bother.
Ming had the chance to speak, Long River said, "Wu Feihua, you want to
make it hard for me just for a couple of brats?"
Wu Feihua softly
laughed, "How easy for you, Long River, to think of them as simple brats.
Did you know that these brats are the four Sect Leaders of Yan
Long River was
caught by surprise. He looked at Zhuo Qingyao and the rest, These four
fellows are from Yan Mountain, that new up and coming, Moon Fiend's killer,
Grand Archfiend Chen Ming's disciples! And now, Wu Feihua is helping them.
Could it be that Yan Mountain was under Fiend Sovereign?
Yan Mountain killed Moon Fiend, it was because they had Fiend Sovereign's
thought he saw through everything in that instant, but then saw how Zhuo
Qingyao pulled her sword on Wu Feihua, "Yan Mountain's matters are not for
the Sovereign to but in!"
around them stood dumbfounded, Long River included. He just didn't
understand, Could it be that Wu Feihua isn't doing this to help Yan
Why would Yan
Mountain's Head Sect Leader pull out her sword all of a sudden?
hand pressed on Zhuo Qingyao's sword, "Child, it's not good to always
resort to violence. Ah, even if it doesn't bother me, you shouldn't pull out
smiled, "You're right, it's just that I suddenly got in the mood, so I
want to challenge you."
with her exquisite appearance, could be called an outstanding beauty. But what
she was most famous for was her talent, reaching the King rank at eighteen years,
and becoming a proud genius to walk this earth. This degree of talent in Myriad
Mountains, one that appeared once in the last thousand years, belonged to one
person only, hers.
mishear, right? That little miss wants to challenge Princess Wu Feihua!"
Sense realm challenging an Archfiend..."
atrocious talent of Dao Sense realm at fifteen years dares to challenge Wu
didn't understand, No way! Does Yan Mountain have to be so fierce in
showing their stance with the Sovereign? They are letting a Dao Sense realm
little miss challenge a once in a thousand Wu Feihua!
wasn't one to start being nosy now. His thought, Ah, this fight is
Ling Xian and
Li Suyi came out of the gambling house they just wrecked. Ling Xian was ready
to enjoy everyone's respecting gaze on him, but those looks were all focused on
his head senior sister and a black-clothed girl. Seeing Chen Yu on the side, he
asked, "Fourth junior sister, what's the situation?"
Chen Yu laughed,
eagerly waiting for Zhuo Qingyao to start. They have never seen head senior
sister pull out all the stops in a fight, "Head senior sister is
challenging Fiend Sovereign's daughter."
pulled Li Suyi over, "Third junior brother, quickly take out the seeds.
Head senior sister is about to start!"
brought three wooden seats, "Don't be hasty, second senior brother, I even
packed some wooden chairs for this!"
Ling Xian was
cracking seed as he enjoyed the view, "Everyday head senior sister smack
us around, and now we get to see others getting the same treatment!"
All the fiends
around them threw weird glances at them, No way! Your head senior
sister is looking to die challenging Wu Feihua and you three juniors don't go
to stop her, but instead sit on chairs and crack seeds?
Are you all
under the same Master
such immense hatred that you're so relaxed while enjoying the show?
Chen Ming and
Silver Wing went and sat together with those three seed-cracking kids. Li Suyi
fished some seeds from his pocket and gestured towards Chen Ming, "Master,
here's some seeds!"
All eyes were
on him, Is this the one rumored to be the recently emerged Lord of Yan
Mountain? Just where does he look like a Butcher of Kings?'
Hold on, why
is he also cracking seeds?
Sense realm young miss is really his disciple? With a Dao Sense realm
challenging an Archfiend, he, as a Master, isn't showing any concern and cracks
Long River was
baffled, and gave Little Prince a kick in the rear, "Useless thing, why
haven't you already brought a chair next to the Lord of Yan Mountain?"
Long River sat
on the chair brought by Little Prince next to Chen Ming and cupped his hands,
"My humble name is Long River. I offer my apologies for this mongrel
offending fellow Daoist!"
nodded, not in the least beat caring. And so, the two Grand Archfiend sat in
the street, face to face, and cracking seeds. Long River looked long at Zhuo
Qingyao. She looked to be of fifteen years and still at Dao Sense realm. This
talent was as commons as it got in Myriad Mountains. He said, "Your
disciple is still soo young. If she were to truly fight, the result would be
Chen Ming did
some thinking, It does ring true. To other disciples outside
Yan Mountain, Zhuo Qingyao was neither hard no light on them, "It seems
the outcome might be a tad undesirable."
Then Chen Ming
resumed cracking seeds.
Long River was
dazed by this, Didn't you just say the outcome will be undesirable? Why
dit you went back to cracking seeds?
you move to stop it?
River heard Ling Xian and Li Suyi started placing bets. The first said, "I
think head senior sister can deal with this woman in thirty moves!"
Li Suyi said,
"Thirty? You exaggerate! Won't it be more like fifty?"
You haven't been smacked around by head senior sister lately! If I lose the
bet, I will eat ten pill bottles!"
Li Suyi wasn't
one to back down, "It's a deal then, who's afraid of losing?"
looked at Yan Mountain's group, The more I look the stupider they seem.
You think that Dao Sense realm young miss will win against an Archfiend? He
then turned to Chen Ming, "Have your disciples never left Yan
nodded, "Yeah, they were pretty much cooped up!"
Long River let
a sound of amazement, I see it now. So their just a bunch of kids who
haven't seen the world. That can be expected since, with the sudden rise of Yan
Mountain, its disciples are oblivious to the difference between an Archfiend
and a Dao Sense realm cultivator. Um-hum.
cultivators know the difference between a Dao Sense realm and an Archfiend?
voice came out as clear and soft as water when she spoke to Zhuo Qingyao,
"Little girl, you should know your limits."
took a moment to contemplate, "You're an Archfiend?"
Wu Feihua gave
a smile and a nod, "Yep, most people know I'm an Archfiend."
then asked, "You haven't reached the Divine Palace stage yet, right?"
Wu Feihua was
caught off guard, "Um, not yet, why?"
nodded, "Then it's fine. Come, let's trade some blows!"
Wu Feihua was
put on the spot. You mean to say she didn't have any choice but to use her
Archfiend might and suppress a Dao Sense realm disciple of Yan Mountain?
energy wave came from afar, making the eyes of Chen Ming and Long River flash.
The man had a white wolf pelt draped over him and a long sword scar on his
face, further emphasizing his evil demeanor. Long River whispered, "That is
Sovereign's number one loyal dog, Sinister Moon Wolf. He is also the
Sovereign's only Grand Archfiend."
Wolf walked beside Wu Feihua and whispered, "Princess, you are still
young. A Grand Archfiend walked a path of blood and carnage to earn his rank,
how can he fall so easily in another's trap? Since Yan Mountain refused our
kindness, then we don't need to fret shaming them."
nodded, "Yes, Commander!"
smiled as she gracefully made a full circle around Zhuo Qingyao, "Since
little girl insists on fighting a losing battle, then I am willing to indulge
you. But please be careful little girl, I will make sure not to go to hard on
you, so as not take your life! "
put away her sword since the other accepted her challenge and there was no longer
any need to point it. That was the same as saying that she followed the path of
the sword. It shouldn't affect the whole battle, but Zhuo Qingyao wanted to
defeat the other as soon as possible.
you are worthy of standing beside Master?
asked Chen Ming, "Master, I severed almost all my thoughts, but there is
one that I have yet to banish."
smiled as he asked, in the same way as when he first met her, "Are you
certain you can't severe it?"
Chen Ming smiled, Never
would I have thought this little lass would be just a fraction away from
reaching the One With the World stage. Chen Ming formed ten Dao Seeds,
comprehended Dao ten times, and even became One With the World inside the Eight
Extremes Array. He couldn't be more clear of what this stage entailed. He
spoke, "If there are no thoughts left withing you, then are you any
different from a walking corpse? You severed all but one. Since you cannot
resolve it, that thought represents your sword. Merge it with your sword, pour
all your notions within it, and that is the One With the World stage!"
nodded. She unsheathed her sword and began to move it with a single though in mind.
moment, the entire city was turned upside down. All the swords, be it in
someone's hands or at their waist, began to tremble.
As if they
were afraid, as if they were venerating.
regarded the frail Zhuo Qingyao as the Fairy Sword slowly came out from its
could feel the chillness from within that sword nipping at her skin. What did
that sword sheath hide inside?
perfectly honest, she envied Zhuo Qingyao's talent in the sword Dao. Why did it
feel like the sword came alive?
Wolf looked towards Zhuo Qingyao, not in the least bit credulous she achieved
the One With the World stage. The only one to step in this stage, in the entire
Myriad Mountains, was the Sovereign.
this was one of Chen Ming's tricks.
It was the
same for everyone else. She was just a fifteen-year-old young miss, a Dao Sense
realm young miss to be exact.
of mine disregards the common people, disregards demons or gods, disregards
wright or wrong. The only thing it cares about are three words: first under
Then they saw
the clear sword radiance sweeping the surroundings. The sword left the sheath
as if it was cutting away at heaven and earth. This didn't look like a sword a
young miss would use, because this sword was overbearing in its might, cold and
A sword made
itself noticed, brimming with boundless power.
Mountain now had a different color as the sword energy surged tens of zhangs
higher each time. Zhuo Qingyao held the Fairy Sword in her hand, and when it
reached its peak, she dropped the immense blade down.
eyes showed a trace of anxiety. She could sense the power behind that sword,
and even became dazed beneath it. She just couldn't believe a Dao Sense realm
could reveal such might.
forehead, a strand of hair fell.
sword halted at her shoulder, then quietly withdrew it and walked away,
"And to think I thought you were strong. Yet you can't even take a
walked to Chen Ming and stood quietly behind him as if all that happened was of
Li Suyi and
Ling Xian's gazes met, coming to realize why Zhuo Qingyao was the head senior
sister. Mommy! Head senior sister is more and more terrifying.
concluded the battle.
They knew she
would win, but never in their wildest dreams would they guess she would win so
carefully sensed Zhuo Qingyao's sword energy. It was the one left behind by the
skeleton on the wooden boat.
The place sank
into a deafening silence.
Wolf's eyes leaked killing intent when they landed on Zhuo Qingyao. It spread
everywhere, lifting even the snow on the ground, as the wind blew stronger. The
Great Fiends around him got out of the way, not willing to risk it staying
there any longer.
Wolf's eyes moved to Chen Ming standing in front of her, and, in the next
moment, the violent killing intent vanished without a trace.
see through him. In his eyes, Chen Ming was only at the Dao Initiation
It was true
that a Dao Initiation realm was a mere ant before him, but just now, that Dao
Sense realm young miss had achieved Unity. She crushed Myriad Mountains'
greatest talent, Wu Feihua. To the point that she couldn't even gather the
courage to face that one sword.
Wolf held Wu Feihua, "Princess, we should go."
support, the two left.
Purple Mountain, Sinister Moon Wolf asked, "Princess, what did you saw in
Wu Feihua took
a deep breath, "I saw that young miss' Dao Heart, one that had only three
words: first under heaven."
person shouldn't appear here. We need to report this to the Sovereign. The time
we need to unify Myriad Mountains is not enough. Next time, I hope you can find
the courage to face her."
nodded, "Don't kill her. My Dao Heart isn't steady and this will become
the demon blocking my path of cultivation."
was standing near Chen Ming, he sword sheathed, while Long River's son, Little
Prince was shaking in his boots. Did he just come close to offending that
silence pervaded the air.
Be it Great
Fiend or Archfiend, fear lingered in the hearts of all around them.
laughter broke the stillness, "My poor disciple has no manners. I made you
witness a shameful display!"
only now recovered from his stupor. From now on, Myriad Mountains' number one
genius has changed, no doubt about it. Even he was finding it hard to believe a
single sword would determine the outcome of this battle.
For Chen Ming
to teach such a genius disciple, it went without saying that he killed Moon
smiled, "A great disciple has a great Master. Dear little brother, you
give us, Grand Archfiends, much honor!"
cupped his hands, "You're far too kind. But we should now go back to the
topic of that million spirit stones my poor disciple won!"
How could they
not get the spirit stones they earned fair and square?
laughed, "Dear little brother, we are the same, you and I, fighting the
Sovereign side by side. A mere million spirit stones are of no
said, "If we are brothers then, of course, I wouldn't mind it. But this is
regarding my little disciple. Brother Long River, do you mean to oppress the
grew furious, "So what if I am?"
Chen Ming eyed
him carefully, Are all Grand Archfiends this shameless?
Long River had
no remorse, "What are you looking at me for?"
said, "Nothing much, just that your style just now and the yet to be dead
Moon Fiend are somewhat similar."
cheeks trembled, "Fine! You four, follow me..."
just remembered that Chen Ming had a Grand Archfiend kill under his belt.
The four kids
went with him to receive their winnings. Chen Ming wasn't that comfortable
since Sovereign's daughter and his number one dog were in town. The situation
was devolving increasingly faster.
battle, Yan Mountain's fame spread to each corner of Myriad Mountains, but the
title of the number one genius wasn't a trivial matter.
the whole Myriad Mountains knew of this event. And what was baffling was that
this number one genius of Myriad Mountains was just a Dao Sense realm
And since that
Yan Mountain was a new power, unknown to everyone, it had all kinds of rumors
flying around about it.
Chen Ming led
his four little guys on a stroll around town, when Ling Xian saw a gambling
house in front, "Third junior brother, head senior sister, fourth junior
sister, how about we go in and bet for a round or two?"
Chen Yu was
one who didn't know what fear was, "Uh, it's not that we can't, but that
we never lose."
glared at the four, Can't you four be still for a second? Ling
Xian switched topics on the fly, "Ah, the sunrise is so beautiful!"
approved, "The warm sun makes me feel so comfortable."
strolled around Purple Mountain, they stumbled across many things. Ling Xian
pointed at a flying sword from a stall, "How much is this?"
owner's eyes flashed golden when they landed on Ling Xian, "Young hero has
great eyes. This flying sword has a great history. It was once an Archfiend's
weapon. It is said that as long as you hold it, you will become a King
looked it over but found nothing special about it. He only heard the owner
trying to dupe him by showing it off.
But Chen Ming
had a composed manner, since with Ling Xian's ring grandpa and all.
Ling Xian and
the owner haggled the price, then the later picked up a small wooden cauldron,
"How about this, buy the flying sword and you get this little toy for
owner saw he was about to sell the flying sword, so without much thought, he
threw the small wooden cauldron into the deal.
The five of
them walked a bit further when Chen Ming reached for the cauldron to fiddle
with it, "Eh!? This small wooden cauldron has a trace of Grand Dao
smiled, "Master, this trace is of great benefit to my Dao Canon
cultivation. Cultivating the Dao Canon is just too slow!"
cauldron soon became pieces in Chen Ming's hand. He had the Limitless Dao Body,
and thus sensitive to traces of Grand Daos. He went and extracted the trace
from the wooden cauldron and new it was of the purest trace of Grand Dao. He
inserted some of his spiritual energy into it, who took it and filtered it into
a very pure form.
pulled Ling Xian over and with a slap, he put it into his body, "You are
unable to control this Grand Dao trace for now. Let it grow within your Dao
Palace, and when you cultivate, you only need to absorb spiritual energy, not
bowed, "Many thanks, Master!"
This Grand Dao
trace was a treasure, and a precious one at that, especially for Ling Xian.
After all, cultivating the Dao Canon was as slow as it got, allowing Li Suyi to
trace, Ling Xian's speed should speed up quite a bit.
stroll, Li Suyi showed disinterest. It looked like he wanted the things from
Chen Yu, on
the other hand, seemed piqued by a strange willow branch. It was pitch-black at
the tail, yet with a vibrant green bud at the top.
After a bout
of haggling, they bought it at three hundred spirit stones.
didn't make out much of it, just that it contained the power of death and the
force of life. Truly strange. "When we get back and grow it, maybe it will
reveal something of interest."
As they walked
around Purple Mountain, Zhuo Qingyao and Chen Yu bought a ton of stuff. Not all
were treasures, you know. No no no, they were all stylish clothes, jewelry and
talent couldn't be taught.
They stayed in
the place arranged by Jin An and, two days later, the auction started right on
schedule. Chen Ming was rather curious about what item got Li Suyi so eager.
invitation in hand, he arrived at one of the ten most lavishing rooms. Chen
Ming took a seat as a Great Fiend prepared drinks and fruits.
waited patiently for the official start of the auction. On the stage, a
beautiful woman dressed in a red dress, and showing her white legs, made her
way on the stage, "Everyone honors Purple Mountain with your attendance. I
won't detain you for long, as I imagine you are tired of waiting. Let the
auction begin! "
A person came
within the room and whispered in Chen Ming's ear, "Lord Golden Howl is
inviting Lord of Yan Mountain for a talk. But please be discreet, since there
are many spies of the Sovereign lingering about."
Then he left a
black robe in Chen Ming's hand.
nodded and gave his storage ring to Zhuo Qingyao, "There are forty million
spirit stones inside. If you want to buy something, just shout the price."
Then Chen Ming
donned the black robe and followed after the man.
The things a
Main Character bought were all baffling oddities to others. Chen Ming was led
to the lowest and normal room.
tiny room, there were three Grand Archfiends. One was Long River, that he
already met, the second was a man with a head filled with wild blond hair, Golden
Howl, and the third was someone he never met, White Crane.
Rumor had it
that one of White Crane's ancestors was a mount to an immortal. But the
bloodline has declined, leaving behind a mere King in Myriad Mountains.
When he heard
of this, Chen Ming's eyelid acted up. He was a Grand Archfiend of Myriad
Mountains, then he went to say his bloodline waned. So why did he have to go so
far as to say he was an immortal's mount?
A carpet laid
on the floor, with the Grand Archfiends sitting cross-legged on it. The three
were calm, knowing that they were here to talk secret matters.
Chen Ming also
went with the flow and sat like them. The four were facing each other and, when
he saw the anxious Long River, he asked, "Has the situation become so
grave that you are this restless, Long River?"
shook his head, "That's not it. I was just thinking of that worthless son
of mine. Now that I left, he will surely spend spirit stones left and right on
It looked like
the other Grand Archfiends were the same. They left someone to continue
participating in the auction, to let others believe they were still up there.
coughed, "Dear younger brothers, I assume everyone can surmise why I
invited you here."
said, "What about the other five Grand Archfiends?"
replied, "The other five brothers are too near the Sovereign to
three nodded. They were all crystal clear on the Sovereign's ambition, and
since the five Grand Archfiends were too close to him, they were unable to
continued, "These are troubled times. I just heard an unbelievable rumor,
that a ghost corrupted Fiend Sovereign. It promised that as long as he attacked
Myriad Mountains, it will confer to him the position of Fiend Sovereign, leader
of all fiends beneath in the world."
asked, "Ghost? Does the elder brother knows what is the meaning of this
shook his head, "Eh? What other meaning can it have?"
said, "All ghosts are dead, something that does match well with a living
being. A ghost is no living thing and can't be trusted!"
said, "But we can't convince the Sovereign since the ghost already
corrupted him. All we can do for now is to find a way to fend off his
idea was for all of them to stand united against a common enemy, to fend off
said, "Rumors are rumors, and Fiend Sovereign has yet to act. We don't
know the truth behind them, but we need to prepare nonetheless. If Fiend
Sovereign rebels then we need to unite our forces against him!"
nodded since he had no reason not to agree. Not even twenty Grand
Archfiends are certain to fight him off, not to mention nine. Once the
front line collapsed it wouldn't be just a Sovereign charging at them.
wasn't quite clear on a Sovereign's power, but based on the saying 'Sovereign,
the kingdom crusher', he could presume a thing or two.
A fiend army
would fight a losing battle against a Sovereign.
Howl signed an agreement, the three Grand Archfiends scattered.
his room, he came right on time for the selling of an unknown treasure. It was
a yellow bead that, from the auctioneer's words, all that was special about it
was its toughness.
Then Li Suyi's
voice reached his ears, "3.2 million!"
Next came the
Little Prince's voice from the room across from them, "3.3 million!"
Li Suyi didn't
hesitate, "3.4 million!"
The two sides
upped the price as Chen Ming asked what was the bead's base price. Ling Xian's
answer: "A hundred thousand."
Chen Ming saw
the situation was peculiar, Shouldn't a common and cheap item be easily
bought by a Main Character? Why keep bickering with another person?
looked toward the opposite room just in time to hear a painful yell escaping
Little Prince's mouth, "Lord Father, I was wrong. I won't bid again!"
Ah, so it was
that Long River's failure of a son. He then eyed Li Suyi, "What
does this bead do?"
this bead is called Wind Pearl. There lives a clan of wind fiends in the
desert, and their core is precisely like this Wind Pearl. This Wind Pearl is
actually the core of the wind fiend patriarch. If we return this pearl to the
desert, the wind fiend patriarch will surely give us a great reward."
bead has such amazing use!
asked, "What is the cultivation of that patriarch?"
doesn't know, but when that wind fiend receives this Wind Pearl, and recover
his cultivation, he might have the power to rival a Sovereign."
reckoned that the wind fiend patriarch's power wasn't just that of a Sovereign.
Since if the might of a Sovereign was so terrifying then Fiend Sovereign would
have already acted against him, not to mention being unafraid of facing nine
With this Wind
Pearl, he could move the entire Yan Mountain to the middle of the desert. As
long as Ghost Immortal didn't arrive, it would become a place that didn't act
no matter what disasters befell outside.
nodded. No wonder Li Suyi said he wanted to grab this bead, "Continue
Li Suyi cupped
his hands. "Yes, Master!"
nuisance, Little Prince, out of the way. Li Suyi was relaxed in his bidding.
When the bead
came and Chen Ming handed the spirit stones, he turned to Li Suyi and asked,
"What do you want from that desert?"
there is an ancient sect within. That Tower of Trials was a part of it and that
wind fiend patriarch is its guardian. After its destruction, the patriarch lost
his core in that battle. If we can enter the desert, then we will obtain that
sect's legacy. This is of great benefit for the other disciples."
nodded, "Might it be possible for that ancient sect to have an array?
Li Suyi shook
his head, "Master, this I do not know. We will need to enter for us to
find out. What disciple knows is that this is a sword Dao sect."
It seemed Li
Suyi didn't know much, but to understand the secret buried in the Yellow Sea
they would need to dig it up first.
And Li Suyi
had no selfish reasons. He didn't know what was in there, only that it was a
sword Dao sect. He reckoned he fought for that bead out of consideration for
Zhuo Qingyao and Chen Lingyu.
items that were up for bidding had no use for Chen Ming. There were even some
arrays among them but proved worthless in his case.
With the Grand
Archfiends private meeting settled, and the Wind Pearl in his pocket, Chen Ming
was itching to hit the road. He wanted to know what treasures lay buried in
that ancient sect. If he had an array, then his power would jump again.
Once back at the
Regalia regiment and with him sitting inside the carriage beside his four
dearies, they made their way back to Yan Mountain. After seven-eight days, at
the border of the Yellow Sea, Chen Ming told the soldiers to wait as he took
his disciples nearby the desert, all the while taking out a bead, the Wind
could see through the sandstorm raging in the sky, the sand coming ever closer,
a line through which the sand never crossed, filled with calmness.
stepped on the line and after waiting for a few minutes, the sand in the sky
took the shape of a huge face, similar to that of a mouse, "Human, you
have something that doesn't belong to you!"
disciples were shocked by this strange face, but not too much. They were Yan
Mountain's legacy disciples after all.
asked, "Are you the wind fiend Patriarch?"
laughed, sand spewing from his mouth, "Human, hand over that bead and I
will spare your life!"
Chen Ming sat
in front of this line, "Since I obtained this bead, I knew it is useful to
you. Enough nonsense, I'm not scared of you as I came to talk terms! "
perfectly honest, if it weren't for the sand not coming close to Ling Xian's
position, Chen Ming would have put him in front of the Patriarch instead. To
let the Mind-numbing Aura soften his face a bit!
reflected, "Alright, since you know I can't leave, speak your terms."
said, "How's this? I give you the core and you surrender."
laughed, "Don't think you can toy with me, human. Even that Flying Sword
Sect that captured me couldn't subdue me and only made me stand guard over
their gate. What makes you think you can?"
laughed, "Don't think you can toy with me, human. Even that Flying Sword
Sect that captured me couldn't subdue me and only made me stand guard over
their gate. What makes you think you can?"
sweep of the sandstorm, bones fell out of the sky, turning into splinters the
moment they struck the desert sands.
winds engulfing the sands slowly formed a large face, spreading across the
whole sky, and casting its shadow over all that stood bellow. The wind fiend
Patriarch emerged from the darkness, "Human, state your terms!"
A ball of fire
popped in Chen Ming's hand, shining over ten-some zhangs with each pulse,
"Maybe we can talk this out."
allegiance right off the bat was out of the question it seemed. He said,
"I don't want much, just the whole Flying Sword Sect. And that you won't
harm Yan Mountain's people."
Patriarch's eyes swept over him, "You're clearly ignorant on many things,
but you're terms are fair. I accept these conditions."
stretched his hand and let the Wind Pearl drop from it.
As it touched
the sand, the Wind Pearl vanished, "Ah, what a nostalgic feeling. I, the
lord over winds and sands, Rushing Wind, have returned!"
appearing to be made out of sand walked out of the billowing wind, "I
promised the Imperial Sword Sect not to step out over the line they set. I have
never left since I was born here, and since we have come to terms, I will hold
my end of the deal!"
cleared a path for Chen Ming, making it possible to see a large dune of sand in
the distance, "As long as you have some of this sand on you, my children
won't attack you. Wherever the sand falls, the wind is bound to cease."
Chen Ming just
reached his hands for that dune and crammed it into his storage ring. He gave
some to his four disciples, then took out some for himself, "Let's go see
the Flying Sword Sect."
traveled through the sandstorm without a worry as the gale settled when it came
closer to them, while the sands formed a map in front of Chen Ming. It depicted
the Flying Sword Sect, placing it right in the middle of this Yellow Sea. Yet
this desert was incredibly huge spanning tens of thousands of li. The part
belonging to the Myriad Mountains was only a small corner.
Chen Ming flew
with his legacy disciples towards the Flying Sword Sect. With it established in
the center of the Yellow Sea, it's disciples, composed of mostly weak children,
didn't have the strength to cross the desert in their entire lives. Thus the
sect formed a wind tunnel, to help pass through these lands quickly. With the
help of this tunnel, Chen Ming and the rest rode the winds and three days later
they were welcomed with the sight of the Flying Sword Sect.
Yet as far as
the eyes could see, there was only sand. As if sensing their arrival, the sands
shifted, parting before them and unearthing the ancient sect below.
flowed like a torrential river, letting Chen Ming see the main gate, a hundred
zhang tall majestic bronze sword. It extended from the earth to the heavens,
with a stone plate hanging around it and the words Flying Sword Sect carved on
gathered next to Chen Ming, "Can you see that huge sword?"
Patriarch's voice came from the sands, "Its name is Obelisk, ranked third
on the Divine Weapons Board."
asked, "The ancient immortal sects or perhaps an even stronger sect would
know of Obelisk being here, right? Why has no one taken it away by now?"
shifted as the voice echoed, "Because no one was able to obtain its
hard to gain it?"
not at all. As long as you can move it, it is yours. As its name implies,
Obelisk, its weight is that of a massive mountain. It is a hundred and eight
zhang tall, with each zhang being a mountain. When it was refined, they took
the tallest hundred and eight most imposing mountains in this world, preventing
the world from ever forming any other dignified mountain. If it wasn't for this
sword, I wouldn't have lost at the hands of that Flying Sword Sect's old
regarded the Obelisk, her eyes filled with brilliance, You can take it
with enough strength?
looked up to see how the tip pierced the clouds and walked before it. He let
his finger touch Obelisk, who trembled upon contact.
Patriarch's eyes shook, "This can't be!"
nodded, It doesn't seem hard at all to get Obelisk's approval. He
flew into the clouds and grasped its hilt. Then he focused all the power in his
body, his blood moving like waves, booming with each heartbeat.
higher, shaking the entire world with it!
lifted off the ground, Chen Ming wanted to swing it around but it was too hard
with the hundred zhang sword, And too heavy. It probably accepted me
because of my Nine Nines Mysteries Art cultivation.
It was worthy
of only being able to cultivate the Dao Sense realm, to only cultivating the
body. It trained the body to the utmost, a cultivation method that sought to
transform one's body into that of a divine being!
in Chen Ming's hands until it was a greatsword just a head taller than him. He
landed on the ground and let it drop in Zhuo Qingyao's hands, "Give it a
try, see if you can lift it."
whistled at the Patriarch's odd laughter, "It's lucky enough you received
Obelisk's approval, so how can it give it to this young miss?"
reached for it, the power of her body surging with each booming heartbeat,
searing the ears and causing the other three disciples to recoil, "Head
senior sister is as terrifying as ever."
smoothly in her hands, not showing any discontent. It was plain to see it
approved of Zhuo Qingyao much more than Chen Ming.
held the now smaller Obelisk, no longer the dreadful weight from before, and
executed a few slashes. After setting it on her back, she bowed to Chen Ming,
"Many thanks, Master!"
was stunned, For so many years no one was able to take Obelisk away
yet, today, this craziness happens, letting Master and disciple have the
ability to move it. This was the divine weapon Obelisk's approval, but
it didn't require one to move a hundred and eight mountains. It went according
to one's realm. Zhuo Qingyao's cultivation which, if converted to a normal
person's cultivation, would be the peak of the Dao Initiation realm. So Obelisk
set a standard cultivator's cultivation as the requirement.
When it came
to Zhuo Qingyao, there was no one in this world of the same realm having such a
strong body as her. After all, a standard person had ten meridians, while she
had eighty-one, making this a smooth affair.
realm was entirely unknown, but he still couldn't wield Obelisk. Probably
because his Nine Nines Mysteries Art cultivation was too low when compared to
his current power.
in hand, however you looked at it, Zhuo Qingyao turned into a terrifying power.
Chen Ming and
Zhuo Qingyao's cultivation of Nine Nines Mysteries Art had no difference
whatsoever. So how come? Chen Ming could train it, true, but his constitution
wasn't in full accordance with the Nine Nines Mysteries Art. This was why he
would never be able to fully use all its power.
But Chen Ming
was far above Zhuo Qingyao in regard to understanding the Nine Nines Mysteries
three stared at Chen Ming, It's true. As long as you learn a half-assed
move from Master, you can move unhinged throughout the land.
divine weapon just as they arrived, raised Chen Ming's expectation of this
Flying Sword Sect.
He was ready
to step through its main gate.
Then he heard
the laughter of the Patriarch, "You think it's that easy to enter the
Flying Sword Sect?"
you say that?"
the Flying Sword Sect is me, of course. No matter what you might think, going
inside the true Flying Sword Sect is going to be as hard as scaling the
heavens. On the brink of destruction, Flying Sword Sect's Sect Leader imposed a
restriction. Outside the main gate, nine stone tablets are holding nine flying
sword arts from the sects' three hundred and thirty-three. You need to display
the nine arts in their entirety two hours after you looked at each tablet, then
you can enter. Don't, and you will trigger the guarding array, Endless Sword
Execution Array. Only the descendants of the nine peaks of the Flying Sword
Sect can remove this restriction."
smiled at this, "So I only have to display nine sword arts. It doesn't
sound so hard."
laughed hard as if he heard a joke, "Even the ancient immortal sects sent
its people to try opening the restriction but they all turned back with tail
between their legs. Only nine are allowed entry and only one time at that. They
not only have to be extraordinary geniuses, but they also have to be geniuses
that can comprehend a flying sword art in two hours. Even finding one is a
difficult affair, not to mention nine such characters."
the only one who can remove the restriction is the Flying Sword Sect's
descendants, but none yet lives. Why else did you think I wanted to give this
sect to you? Because you can't enter!"
laughed, "Only eighteen hours to understand nine flying sword arts. This
is too easy."
Chen Ming then
walked towards them.
went on, "Fail and you will be put to death with the Endless Sword
Execution Array. Do you know what that means? Not only killed but executed! Not
even the founders of the ancient immortal sects can defend against this array.
I heard that at the end of their long lives, they came to try removing the
restriction, to help future generations. Even the founders only came when their
death drew near. And you, who returned the Wind Pearl to me, might still have a
chance to live if you turn back now!"
regarded him and said in earnest, "I once said that you, wind fiend, are a
Sovereign, yet you have such a narrow view of the world."
walked in front of the first stone tablet on the stone steps. He roamed his
eyes over it and found a few words: 'Of the world's sword Dao, half is within
Of any swords
in this world, half is what I wield!'
is grand indeed. But I like it!
Chen Ming then
saw the flying sword art's name: Whirlwind Sword.
flying sword art was a way to control the sword as you rode it through the air.
Chen Ming checked his merits, ten thousand merits. It was enough. With his
merits fewer by a thousand, he flicked the Dao Empyrean Bamboo and a longsword
flew, the astonishing Whirlwind Sword!
At that exact
moment, Chen Ming was at the Unity stage, as the Whirlwind Sword sends out a
fierce wind, blowing away the sand in its path.
stared at him in the drifting gale. He didn't have a human form, but one would
wonder what shocked expression would he make right now if he could take human
climbed another step to the second tablet and waved the Dao Empyrean Bamboo
again. A thunderous noise echoed when a sword flew from the horsetail whisk and
struck the ground. The sound of thunder still lingered in one's ears as Chen
Ming was at the Unity with this sword too!
resumed his trek, like a leisure walk through his home. He only took a look and
then showed the Unity stage again by shacking the Dao Empyrean Bamboo and fully
exhibiting the flying sword art's power.
On the path of
the sword Dao, one would first form Sword Energy, then he would make his Sword
Heart shine brightly. Going further, he would find himself in the Unity stage,
and when he left this stage behind, he would attain the Sword Intent, where one
swing of the sword overflowed with boundless power.
stage was arduous to attain. Just a look at Zhuo Qingyao and one would know.
And the other three disciples were aware of how many hardships she had to
herself couldn't be clearer on this.
And Chen Ming
was at the Unity stage in a single step, and not with just a single sword art
When the nine
steps ended, along with nine examples of Unity, Chen Ming stood within the
Flying Sword Sect. There was no Endless Sword Execution Array, proof that he
removed the restriction.
The wind blew
unrestrained as the Patriarch witnessed how a single person attained Unity nine
times, and each taking only an instant, "For the world to have one with
such uncanny perception... Could it be that the ones before weren't even worthy
of stepping on the path of the sword Dao? No wonder Obelisk approved the two of
legacy disciples saw for themselves this awe-inspiring scene, further engraving
their admiration for Chen Ming into their core. This leg is truly
strong! So strong that I can barely hold it!
Chen Ming gave
a sidelong glance, noticing the fervent and sparkling glint in their
eyes, He-he-he, what's so great about a Main Character? Don't they all
pay respect to me, Immortal Master Chen?
glanced at Li Suyi, "If he wasn't our Master, I would have paid my
Li Suyi had a
lot of experience under his belt, Just why haven't I met Chen Ming in
my previous life? Or at least hear his name? Is it possible that he relives his
life and only now his abilities improved tremendously, yet never wanted to
At this, he
could only say, "I feel the same!"
Chen Ling had
a sweet smile while her eyes sparkled, "Master is so cool!"
glared at the three plain fellows, "You should also have some talent
yourselves! Let's go, let's see what this Flying Sword Sect, uh, no, our Yan
Mountain has anything useful inside."
stepped towards the stone inscription in front of the main gate and carved it
with Obelisk. Metal screeched as it tore into the stone until it revealed two
words: Yan Mountain.
inspected it, En, this writing is proper, much better than Immortal
Master Chen's. Any writing task will be left for Zhuo Qingyao to handle. Yes,
that's the best choice.
that I, Immortal Master Chen, is lazy, alright? Just that my writing is ugly
As of today,
Flying Sword Sect belonged to Yan Mountain, something Yan Mountain's Head Sect
Leader, Zhuo Qingyao, wrote personally.