Sovereigns sent their awareness into piles of rotten wood, in the hopes of
finding the immortal equipment.
spread his own awareness, one spanning two hundred miles, and, in the next
instant, he found an immortal power trace. He went wild with joy, "No way!
Nailed it in on the first try!"
He embarked on
the journey of finding the trance, "All that sleeping must have
strengthened my consciousness. That's how it got so wide, while the other's are
lower than mine."
He tore apart
dozens of dried wood covering with spiritual power and, above a cliff, Chen
Ming found a deep cave. Inside it, there was another immortal skeleton!
entered Chen Ming's eyes in its entirety, but he soon homed in on its waist.
There was a bag attached.
Can it be
he still had immortal equipment on him before his death?
stashed the skeleton in his storage ring, the lifted the bag. It had an
auspicious pattern embroidered on it, that of clouds. When he sank his
awareness within, he detected a strong immortal power. It was immortal
kind of immortal equipment is this?
this toy binds to an owner?
whatever. Let's try dripping blood, don't all novels talk about this? Chen
Ming gently swiped a sword on his finger and, drip by heart-rending drip, blood
entered the bag's mouth.
Bag of Clouds is assessing. Because you cultivate a cloud cultivation method
and have Control Aura lvl 2, the Bag of Clouds recognizes you as its
finally got to know its name, Bag of Clouds. What kind of name is that?
the inside of the bag, to find... clouds. And because it recognized Chen Ming,
they all began drifting around.
everywhere inside it, and Chen Ming soon found a five-colored cloud, its speed
several times his!
The Bag of
Clouds seems more like a cloud raising bag. Are these clouds considered mounts?
wanted to try calling one out, so he targeted one and ordered it. Come
A white cloud
popped in front of Chen Ming, then stepped on it. I still can't
understand how you control this thing, but its so fluffy and oh so comfortable.
Chen Ming sent
his senses back into the Bag of Clouds and, as he was the proud new owner, it
sent some information about itself. He understood that Bag of Clouds only had
clouds in it and that they were all mounts.
peered the cloud instruction(manual) in detail, then stepped on the cloud while
laughing, "Race time!"
position was sent through his legs into the cloud and as Chen Ming leaned
forward, it dashed out of the cave!
whistled past him, yet it didn't affect the mount or its rider, and it zipped
Chen Ming ten li in a flash!
white cloud this great, I wonder how fast will that five-colored cloud
No sooner said
than done. He exchanged the white one with the five-colored cloud, stepped on
it and said, "Go!"
With a boom,
his face made intimate contact with a mountainside, then slowly slid down. Chen
Ming wiped the dust of his nose, "This one is too fast! I can't even make
sense of my surroundings! I reckon only an immortal can control it, so I'll
leave it be for now."
The sky is
vast, the earth is broad, but safety comes first. Soaring wildly through the
clouds, Master and disciple will leave streams of tears behind.
deep thinking, he took out a three-colored cloud this time. After a few moments
of getting used to it, it wooshed through the sky. Ah, so carefree. Now
this I can control.
the clouds amount, he found thousands of white clouds, over a hundred
two-colored clouds, just ten three colored clouds, and a single five-colored
cloud. With this many, I can give each disciple one, and, while I'm at
it, hold cloud piloting lessons.
Yan Mountain's disciples will ride the clouds(1) one after the other. The image
will evoke such respect!
even fight, we'd have won through grandeur!
As to avoid
his disciples from twirling on the clouds, he left on each of them a line: 'The
sky is vast, the earth is broad, but safety comes first. Soaring wildly through
the clouds, Master and disciple will leave streams of tears behind.'
He jumped on
the three-colored cloud and resumed searching with his awareness. There was
nothing else except the Bag of Clouds. This settles the sect's mount
problem. The immortal equipment here is very useful!
sensed several hundred li away, a bright light in front of Fairy Zi Xia,
bathing her area in a purple aura, "No wonder she has Purple Cloud From
the East Aura. She found immortal equipment already!"
light around Fairy Zi Xia, the other three Sovereign rushed to where she was.
Since she found the immortal equipment, there was no point in wasting time with
three rush to her, Chen Ming resumed his silent search. Since two immortals
fell in this place, who could say there wasn't a third immortal!
Ling Xian will also find immortal equipment. The only one without one will be
Chen Lingyu. Regarding his legacy disciples, Chen Ming wasn't one to
play favorites. He had to think of a way to get her immortal equipment. Say
what you will of this Bag of Clouds but it's useless in Chen Lingyu's hands. It
doesn't even increase her power, so there's no point in giving it to her.
senses wide open, Chen Ming streaked the skies on his cloud, coming like a
storm above a mountain peak. He found a cave with a trace of immortal power
within its depths. He stepped inside, and only after walking ten li did a
golden flash welcomed him.
perfectly honest, to one loaded with cultivation methods as I am, there aren't
many pieces of immortal equipment who won't bind to me. He wiped the
dust away and an undamaged storage ring entered his eyes.
ring was on a golden fingerbone. Chen Ming was having doubt if his luck changed
for the better. It was a storage ring and an immortal's item at that!
pried the ring from the skeleton, peeked to see if anyone was watching, and
stashed the bones. That done, he sent his spiritual power inside the ring to
see what laid in store for him.
immortals keep their treasures on themselves at all times, then I struck gold!
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power finally seeped into the ring, he found one huge empty space. And resting
there were 18 twin spacial stones. Why these things?
these, he could set one at Yan Mountain and another on his body. This way he
would return at a moment's notice.
hell said that these guys stashed their treasures in storage ring? It's nothing
like in the novels!
But it was
quite reasonable when he thought about it. Those who didn't bring their wealth
with them feared meeting their end against the next opponent.
storage ring had some items with tactical importance.
there was a third immortal skeleton, then there must be a third immortal equipment.
immortals already met their end in Origin Sect's grounds, this place wasn't
Chen Ming went
on with his search.
relied on his intuition, venturing deeper into the tree. After flying for four
hours, he arrived before a pond at the bottom of the tree. And what filled it
was natural Grand Dao energy!
high and low for so long and only got a trace of it in Purple Mountain. Yet
here, I find a full pond of it!
didn't rush to absorb it since it was too much, and saw a white skeleton in the
pond's center, with a blue emblem in its palm.
jumped into the natural Grand Dao energy pond and reached for the emblem. It
rested in his hand with three words inscribed on it: Divine Wood Seal.
He only touched
it and already felt his spiritual power surging. The natural Grand Dao energy
was drawn to the Divine Wood Seal, burrowing inside it.
As the level
of natural Grand Dao energy dropped, it revealed countless symbols on the
bottom of the pond, "This is the complete Dao Canon!"
Dao Canon, the
first among myriad Daos!
line shocked Ling Xian's mind. He saw the symbols transforming and evoking
their true meaning, giving him the opportunity to understand them without
effort. Besides, this transformation was connected to his instinct.
is this situation?
From the white
skeleton, symbols began to rise one after the other, and as Ling Xian
comprehend them they sank in his body, painting his entire bones in white jade
energy moved erratically around him, forming a whirlpool, and above it, another
black vortex formed.
lifted his head and understood. That was his Heavenly Tribulation.
He still saw
many more symbols around him. If Master was here, his lecture would've
helped me understand them all!
moment, the four Sovereigns were making a dash to his location. Liu Xuancha
never felt more amazed in his life, "Dao Canon cultivation has such a
secret! He is forming a Dao Seed with his cultivation! My body is the art, my
path is the Dao!"
Fairy Zi Xia
said, "As Chen Ming's disciple, it's obvious he'd find his chance. But
what's with it being so absurdly powerful?"
said, "I don't believe it! Li Suyi is a demonic cultivator, Zhuo Qingyao a
hardship cultivator, and now Ling Xian is an immortal cultivator. They don't
match at all."
A gale swept
their side and Chen Ming was there, on his three-colored cloud. Fairy Zi Xia
asked, "How did you get your hands on a three-colored cloud? It looks like
an immortal's mount."
signaled Fairy Zi Xia to shut up, "I don't have the time for that right
One look at
Ling Xian's situation and he understood what was happening. He spent six
thousand merits to bring Dao Canon to completion then spoke, "Clear sky
and muddy earth, the wind stirs as the clouds are calm. I know not its name, as
the strong name speaks of Dao. The Dao is the mother of all creatures, the
origin of all, be it living or not. Thus the heaven and earth split in yin and
yang, native to the sun and moon. The heaven and earth is merciless and so is
the Grand Dao..."
closed his eyes, listening enraptured to Chen Ming's lecture on Grand Dao. The
more he heard the more floating symbols around him sank into his body.
Xue Xunmei, Fairy Zi Xia and Su Qinggang looked at each other in dismay,
"Can this guy really pierce through all Dao Canon's meanings?"
he do it? I just want to know just how bored was he!"
you might think from the look of things. From Ling Xian's appearance, Dao Canon
has a great secret hidden behind it!"
The passing of
the day marked the end to Chen Ming's lecture and with it, the final three
symbols entered Ling Xian's body. The white jade skeleton also crumbled to
dust. Chen Ming looked at Ling Xian and found another aura.
my path is the Dao, my body the art
spiritual energy control. Once enabled, all spiritual energy in a ten li range
is under your control.'
Chen Ming was
swept by shock and disbelief. That's a Main Character for you, his aura
goes beyond strong! When he cultivates, he can do what no one else can, suck
spiritual energy dry in a ten li range.
In times of
battle, the spiritual energy comes under his control. You tell me if that ain't
But why the
hell don't I have it?
can't get my hands on Zhuo Qingyao's Eight Sacred Powers Aura. I might
cultivate Nine Nines Mysteries Art, but mine isn't genuine!
turned to the scripture on the pond's bottom. Conquering Immortals Art.
This scripture seems more intricate than a mere immortal art.
what the Origin Sect relied on to kill immortals?
spoke in his mind, "Comprehend Conquering Immortals Art!"
requires ten million merits. Not enough merits."
eyes lost focus. This needs a bit more merits, but why do I care? I
can't train in it anyway!
I might not
be able to train in Conquering Immortals Art, but it is obvious its might can't
Chen Ming guessed
that the scriptures asking for such insane amount of merits weren't the same as
Bones of the Taotie, needing to be trained to completion before using it.
Otherwise, even the many immortals that appeared before in this land wouldn't
have been able to learn them. No matter how impressive the Origin Sect was, it
still couldn't learn it fully.
stages does it have?"
After analysis, the Conquering Immortals Art has four stages: Ascending, Sea
Gazing, Flay Mountains, and Palm of Extinction."
merits do I need for the Ascending stage?"
After analysis, fifty thousand merits."
Hmm, I can
lear the first stage, but should I? Fifty thousand merits wasn't
pocket change for Chen Ming. He had more than a hundred thousand merits on hand
but he saved them for when he found other cultivation methods. He needed to
form three thousand Dao Seed after all.
Xian, the tribulation cloud drifted down golden petals. Chen Ming said,
"Just what kind of Dao Comprehending realm Tribulation is this?"
Fairy Zi Xia
hasn't seen one like this either, "The petal contains Immortal's Pressure.
How is this possible? Just what cultivation method is Ling Xian cultivating to
triggered Immortal's Rage?"
said, "This Heavenly Tribulation will kill him beyond any doubt."
said, "Now I see why no one cultivated Dao Canon. Their Dao Comprehending
realm Tribulation is at this level, blocking all paths at life!"
said, "This kind of cultivation method seems to incite Heaven's jealousy.
Even the firmament can be envious. Those who the Heaven covets die young."
stood among the golden petals and an immortal power struck him. He faced the
Divine Wood Seal at the incoming attack, yet was overwhelmed and coughed blood.
Fairy Zi Xia
turned her gaze at Chen Ming. He jumped into the Heavenly Tribulation to save
her and was afraid he would do the same for his disciple. "Chen Ming, this
is different from my tribulation. It is three times as strong than my Dao
Comprehending realm Tribulation and if you enter, it will become three times
that of your Transcending realm Tribulation! It might even become an Immortal
said, "This is not a trial we can defy."
said, "To resist it, you'll have to have the power of those on the Dao
Comprehending Board, or it will prove of no use."
shook his head, "It's wishful thinking to have that kind of power just
when he entered the Dao Comprehending realm. He's a mere Dao Seed stage
Ling Xian wiped
the blood from his mouth, recalling head senior sister's voice as she once
stood before the Sword Mountain, or how hurt she looked each day trying to
comprehend the sword intent in the boat, "No, I won't yield. I went
through many hardships to reach the Dao Comprehending realm, and I'm not about
to give it all up so easily! Even when head senior sister was riddled with
wounds, she still stood her ground!"
lifted Divine Wood Seal, and the spiritual energy in ten li gathered here,
"Finger From Beyond!"
In a ten li
radius there was not a drop of spiritual energy left. Five fingers took form,
followed by a blue hand. It charged at the incoming immortal power keeping it
at bay for a while, but it still vanished in the end.
descended, light and graceful like a feather. From the contact alone, Ling Xian
spat blood, then smashed into the ground, creating a large hole. He struggled
to get back up, "No! I cultivated for three years to reach this realm. I
won't yield! If I trained in another scripture I would've been King by now, but
I remained steadfast with Dao Canon. Even if Heaven wants me dead, I won't
Ling Xian rose
in the air, only to be brought down again by the immortal power.
Chen Ming took
in Ling Xian's appearance. If I am to go in, it won't help at all. Ling
Xian is on his own.
Immortals Art. The name itself showed its purpose. Dao Canon cultivators must
have found their Dao Comprehending real Tribulation would contain immortal
power and created this art to withstand it.
Even if he
learned it now, it didn't mean Ling Xian could too!
Even a genius
had its limit. When a genius challenged above his realm it still followed a set
To be able to
comprehend with a single look, it depended on the type of magical art. This
magical art was an art that immortals clearly feared, one incomparable with to
immortal ranked arts.
It would be a
crude joke to think Ling Xian would comprehend it in an instant.
cheat can I give Ling Xian in this situation?
mean this fellow isn't a Main Character, that he will fall here and now?
Regardless of it all, he is still my disciple. As long as he's my disciple I
will always save him. Chen Ming looked up at the sky, "Wretched
Heaven, you need to ask for my permission first before you can to take my, Chen
Ming, disciple away!"
Fairy Zi Xia
flew next to him, "This Heavenly Tribulation is not something you can fool
around with. You will die if you go, are you trying to kill yourself?"
calmly brushed her hand away, "Yan Mountain doesn't practice the custom of
its Master ignoring his disciples. Any who dares harm my, Chen Ming, disciples
I will destroy. Be it the earth, I will tear it asunder. Be it Heaven, I will
extinguish the sun and moon!"
turned his head, looking at Chen Ming with his face covered in blood. He
abandoned wiping it as it proved futile, "Master!"
He only yelled
Master, not a word more.
chuckled, as carefree as the day he accepted Ling Xian, "Don't be afraid.
Isn't it just a Heavenly Tribulation? Master is here with you! You are my
The stars left
Chen Ming's back and ten thousand swords danced as he moved forward.
A shout echoed
from a disciple's room, "No! I must bear spiritual energy's baptism! I am
the only one who has yet to enter the Dao Initiation realm. But this will all
final Dao Sense realm cultivator in Yan Mountain is my humiliation. I am
treated like a sect's successor here, yet after almost two years I still didn't
breakthrough. Isn't it just a mere spiritual energy baptism? Come!"
He uncorked a
pill bottle and took the only pill inside. Spiritual energy exploded in his
stomach and rushed at his Dao Palace, cramming inside and giving him the
feeling he might explode!
succeed! Master has done so much for us and now is my time to work hard for Yan
Mountain. Yet my power is lacking, and I can't receive the order of expansion.
I also want to be like my seniors, strolling all over the land!"
energy caused havoc in the room for two more hours before it vanished without a
mean two things. One, his ambition ended and so did his life. And two,
advancement to the Dao Initiation realm, with spiritual energy compressed into
changing in spiritual power.
A loud boom
burst out, as the spiritual power swept the room and destroying all that was
within. A voice came from the ruined room, "Today, I will go receive my
order for expansion. I am now a Yan Mountain pioneer!"
You completed the title advancement mission. Your title is upgraded. You are no
longer a high-ranked cannon fodder, but a Sects Ruler. Reward: Enlighten
your fame broke the hundred thousand mark, you can accept a new title
advancement mission. Current challenge titles..."
You triggered the mission Heaven's Jealousy. Ling Xian is in
imminent peril. Please teach Ling Xian the Conquering Immortals Art, help him
overcome his Heavenly Tribulation. Reward: 10,000 merits."
Chen Ming had
no time to check his title advancement mission and went directly to Enlighten
voice piercing through the Grand Dao, awakening one to the right path.
enable, your words have a trace of enlightenment.
Note: you can
only fill your words with wisdom once per month.
As in, I
can quickly teach others what I know?
instantly flew before the Conquering Immortals Art. Below there were still
immortal bloodstains. He looked at the scripture and spoke in his mind,
"Comprehend the first stage of Conquering Immortals Art!"
You consumed 50,000 merits. You learned the first stage of Conquering Immortals
revolved in his mind, giving him a quick understanding of Conquering Immortals
Art's secret. Fairy Zi Xia watched him, and impossible thought rushed through
her head, "The Conquering Immortals Art is what Origin Sect used to
overcome their unusual Heavenly Tribulation. Is he trying to lear it then
impart it to Ling Xian?"
said, "This is preposterous! Thinking he could learn it in an instant, and
then teach it to Ling Xian. Ling Xian doesn't have much time. Even if he
comprehends it, how can Ling Xian learn it?"
said, "His disciple is about to die from the Heavenly Tribulation. We
mustn't disturb his final struggle."
said, "Let's go, we shouldn't disturb them. "
symbols revolved before Chen Ming's eyes, then one by one entered them. His
enabled Enlighten Aura, including activating this month's words of wisdom, and
shouted towards Ling Xian, "Ling Xian, watch closely! Do as your
nodded, eyes riveted to Chen Ming's every movement, "Yes, Master!"
Fairy Zi Xia and
the rest thought to give Chen Ming some space to calm down, who didn't want to
witness Ling Xian's fall. But then they heard his shout.
They turned so
fast it almost gave them a whiplash, only to see Chen Ming performing an art.
His arms flowed and his feet stepped firmly while speaking, "The tiger and
snake live on the ground, not trying to contest the height of the firmament.
Yet the Will of Heaven is unfathomable, as a tiger grows wings and the snake a
horn. Bear witness to my, Ling Xian, resolve. I shall challenge Heaven and see
A winged white
tiger jumped from Chen Ming's left hand, while a horned python coiled on his
began to follow Chen Ming's movements to the letter, "The tiger and snake
live on the ground, not trying to contest the hight of the firmament. Yet the
Will of Heaven is unfathomable, as a tiger grows wings and the snake a horn.
Bear witness to my, Ling Xian, resolve. I shall challenge Heaven and see who's
Divine Wood Seal on Ling Xian, natural Grand Dao energy came out, gathering
around Ling Xian's arms. They took the form of a white tiger flying around his
left, and of a coiling horned python on his right.
waved his fists, and the tiger grew wings, turning into Qiongqi(1), while the
horned python became a Flood Dragon. His hands shook and the two beasts flew,
ripping apart the incoming immortal power!
Sovereigns were moved to the core, "How does Chen Ming have such a
indeed, but Ling Xian's perception isn't far behind either. Does that mean his
that Chen Ming's imparting was perfect. Even with Ling Xian's perception,
there's no way he could learn the Conquering Immortals Art in such a short
Chen Ming waved
his fists while imparting Ling Xian wisdom, "Master, Heaven wants to
destroy me, but how can I stop it?"
burst in laughter, "Wave your fists together. Let's see how will Heaven
face us now!"
threw his fists, sending Qiongqi and the Flood Dragon together, "We'll
more likely give it a bloody nose!"
sleeves fluttered, with natural Grand Dao energy coming from within, turning
into the two beasts and conquering the immortal power!
If one place
ran out of spiritual energy, he'd move to the next, sucked it dry, and released
the Conquering Immortals Art to kill the immortal power. As more fists flew,
Ling Xian became more carefree, punching like a paragon, and sweeping the land.
His body was enveloped by a bluish aura, like a Grand Dao's son.
said, "I see now why Dao Canon is so hard to cultivate. Ling Xian just
entered Dao Comprehending realm yet he has the power to kill a Divine Palace
taught for two hours, going through all of Conquering Immortals Art's
intricacies. They were all open to Ling Xian's eyes, who studied from his
Master all this time. Chen Ming smiled at Ling Xian and shouted, "Did you
chuckled, "That's my, Chen Ming, disciple! You didn't let me down. Since
you learned it, face this Heavenly Tribulation and see just what it can
turned and laughed at the tribulation, "Here I come, Conquering Immortals
punched again and again, in the face of the booming Heavenly Tribulation.
Qiongqi's wings send powerful winds as it flew, while Flood Dragon had
lightning flickering across its body as it went on a rampage.
could now face the immortal power head-on and kill it. He popped the cork of a
pill bottle and down its contents.
Fairy Zi Xia's
eyes revealed a familiar look, "Ling Xian's style seems strikingly similar
to Chen Ming when he overcame his tribulation."
sigh went on and on, "Who let their sect have tens of thousand alchemists?
All we can do is look in envy."
How could Ling
Xian lack pills when he was Chen Ming's legacy disciple and spent most of his
time on Yan Mountain?
Yet this was a
Dao Comprehending realm Tribulation, not needing as many as Chen Ming used on
hours later, the tribulation cloud scattered and Ling Xian's cultivation
officially entered the Dao Comprehending realm.
You completed Heaven's Jealousy. Reward: 10,000 merits."
passing of the tribulation, Ling Xian fell to his knees before Chen Ming,
"Thank you, Master, for your guidance!"
But Ling Xian
didn't show any intention to, "Master, because of me, the demonic sect
took third junior brother. My heart cannot find peace. I want to go bring third
junior brother back!"
Fairy Zi Xia
said, "The whole world is littered with King ranked battlefields. Do you
want to leave Yan Mountain in such times?"
didn't try to advise him like Fairy Zi Xia, "Have you thought it
nodded with determination, "Master, I know the world is in chaos. I do not
want for third junior brother to make any more mistakes. Master cannot involve
himself in this war but, as his senior brother, I must stop him!"
Chen Ming saw
Ling Xian danger value at 500+300. The restricted value reached the three
hundred mark and was already considered stronger than a Divine Palace stage. He
also recalled what Li Suyi told him once. When Ling Xian reached the Dao
Comprehending realm, he would soar. Chen Ming nodded and sighed, "Go. Master
has no demands, just two words, come back alive."
Ling Xian was
confused, "Master, aren't those three words?"
kicked Ling Xian, "Beat it! Think you are worthy of teaching your Master
math! Get lost! And don't bother me! Oh, here's a two-colored cloud as a mount.
Take it and scram faster!"
waved a two-colored cloud before Ling Xian, then explained its controls.
Ling Xian held
the Divine Wood Seal, knocked his head hard three times on the ground, and then
jumped on the cloud, "Master, disciple is leaving!"
Ling Xian went
in the direction of Forest of Origin, accompanied by Ling clan's ancestor
mumbles from the ring, "That's a true reincarnated immortal. Even if I'm
an immortal, fear still lingers from being in front of the Conquering Immortals
Art. Towards comprehending the Conquering Immortals Art, even if I take a
millennium to understand it, it won't guarantee I will do it. Yet he only took
a look, then impart it to Ling Xian in an instant."
later found Ling Xian wearing a bamboo hat as he entered a tavern. There was a
loud commotion inside, "Did you hear? Demonic sect's head disciple, Ya Mo,
crushed all Demonic Kings into submission. I don't think it will be long before
they talk of him attacking the immortal sect!"
is one strange sect. Its third disciple entered the demonic sect and became the
Mo's power reached such level?"
reality. Ya Mo's title is similar to Kings Ruler, unmatched below the Sovereign
patted the two cultivators engaged in furious gossip, "Do you know where
is Ya Mo?"
One said in
confusion, "Who are you? You do know we're talking about the powerful Ya
Mo here, right?"
chuckled, "I'm his second senior brother."
remembered how Yan Mountain had another person, the last on the Dao Initiation
Board. Yet in a single day, he became the last on the Dao Comprehending Board.
He was Ling Xian.
nothing impressive hearing about his rank, but there were few who could enter
the second board so fast. Most of the ones on the Dao Comprehending Board were
at the Aspect stage, the last stage in the Dao Comprehending realm.
That meant he
crossed the Dao Seed stage, Divine Palace stage, and entered the Aspect stage
in one step!
Xian's identity, the people shared all they knew of Li Suyi. Ling Xian asked in
doubt, "Why do you call Li Suyi Ya Mo?"
"It's very simple. Rumor has it that demonic sect's head disciple doesn't
speak when killing, and people came to think of him as mute. That is why they
call him Ya Mo(1)."
couldn't help but recall the rule Master gave Li Suyi. First rule: never speak
Deviousness. It looks like a winged tiger. It eats people, instigates wars, and
commits many other evil deeds. One of the four evil creatures alongside Taotie.
哑巴= mute. His name comes from the fist character of
mute and the character for demon.
eyes followed Ling Xian leaving on his cloud and, when he vanished, Fairy Zi
Xia's teasing came, "What's wrong? Didn't you say to him to scram faster?
Why prolong it? Are you missing him already?"
response, "He's not your disciple, so you won't feel my pain."
passed his Heavenly Tribulation and Chen Ming now had the time to check his
title advancement mission.
To be honest,
Chen Ming figured out already what this mission meant. A chance to gain another
aura. A chance at another aura outside of completing achievements.
looking over his new title challenges:
'1. Master of
the Scarlet Tide (Unique)
As the fires
of war rise, the Scarlet Tide shall once again shroud the earth. It might be a
calamity or the spark of hope. Let the Scarlet Tide sweep the whole land and
you will receive this title.
reward: Tyrant Aura
whole sky, in the endless Grand Dao, a Star-Lord carries three thousand stars
on his back. With a flash of your eyes, you will make all stars move. Form
three thousand stars on your back to earn this title.
reward: Sky Bearer Aura
3. Array Demon
Where ever you
go, hell follows. Walking the path of arrays, you descend on this land like a
demon. Before the Transcending realm, transform your consciousness into divine
will and control three thousand arrays.
reward: Brutal Aura
Your skill in
alchemy has undergone massive growth. Refine an immortal pill to earn this
reward: Pill Heart Aura lvl 2
You are a
mysterious diviner. Be it in the eyes of the common people or in those of
cultivators, you will remain a mystery to all of them. Use your divination
skill to scam mortals out of a hundred thousand tales of gold and you can
obtain this title.
reward: Spirit Eye Aura
Thousand-faced Fox (unique)
The aspect of
your mask turns the others speechless and gives you an air of mystery. While
wearing a paper mask, become an immortal grade sect's Grand Elder, prove your
Enlightenment in a Buddhist Sect, a second Sect Leader in the demonic sect, a
Commander in the Ghost Domain, and a Venerable to fiends.
reward: Secretive Aura and one of the ten great immortal arts, Thousand-faced
peered closer, What Tyrant Aura and Brutal Aura? It's clearly the path
of a boss to death!
quality of these titles got higher and I never heard of a useless aura. Just
from the name, Tyrant Aura must be quite powerful, yet I can't tell what are
its effects. There's no point in even considering Thousand-faced Fox. My
identity is known to everyone. At least, I won't have any chance of getting it
in these lands. Its requests aren't that bad, but that Commander in the Ghost
Domain is just not possible!
have to die for that?
Alchemist and Wandering Daoist are out since they can't improve my strength.
Let others have these part-time jobs that can't improve one's abilities.
jobs are impossible jobs. It's impossible for me to have part-time jobs in this
isn't that needed. To have three thousand types of arrays I will need heaps of
merits, while I'm currently running dangerously low on them. I still need to
train in three thousand cultivation methods first. Why would I ever go learn so
many arrays when I can only control just a few?
to be just like the Obscure Gates Swordplay Array. While Eight Extreme Swords
Array has been long forgotten.
Star-Lord mission looks doable. I'm already needed to train in three thousand
cultivation methods, and each extra Dao Seed means another star on my back.
This title also has a unique rating. Its aura can't be too bad!
spoke in his mind, "I choose Star-Lord!"
You have now received your title advancement mission. Please fulfill it."
turned to the four Sovereigns to the side, "What are we supposed to do
said, "After wrapping it up over here, we can leave for the next forbidden
area. The mission states that we need to stay here for a while longer."
said, "I see."
A sudden voice
swept Chen Ming's mind, "Ding! You triggered a storyline reward mission: Subdue
Forest of Origin. Please subdue the Forest of Origin, to let the qualified
cultivators of the immortal sect go on a treasure hunt. Reward: 30,000
spiritual knowledge and 3,000 fame. Note: don't ask why it came just now. The
system never thought you could complete it. Completion: 83.2%."
You triggered a storyline reward mission: Subdue the Land of the Dragon
You triggered a storyline reward mission: Subdue Fire Phoenix's Nest..."
lady has the same sharp tongue as always, acting cute while rolling delayed
As for how did
these missions came about, Chen Ming surmised they were all triggered by the
But for Chen
Ming, his fate was his number one priority. Li Suyi is now called Ya
Mo. Am I going to die by my own disciple's hand?
aura reached a staggering level and also has a high chance of surpassing me in
clear if the changing of my title will relate to the changing of my fate. Chen
Ming looked over his fate:
'Fate: A year after
the Grand World Opening, at the Demon Subjugation Gathering, you will die at
the hand of demonic sect's Head Disciple Ya Mo. Note: because of your tireless
effort, and your relation with Ya Mo, a new variable appears but the effects
unchanged? This means my title is too low, not enough to change my fate. Sects
Ruler is just a common title after all.
enough knowing there's a variable.
think of a way to aver it. I, Chen Ming, don't want to die at my own disciple's
hand. Does a little bastard want to upturn Heaven?
Master's speed in improving will leave you gobsmacked!
demonic sect have Wu Jiang? I will just end him. Let's see who in this land can
face me, Immortal Master Chen?
With a clearer
head, he resumed completing his mission. But what had Chen Ming's heart still
beating, was another immortal equipment around here somewhere. Three immortal
skeletons were found yet only two immortal equipment turned out.
Chen Ming eyed
Fairy Zi Xia as well as the rest, "I cultivate Dao Canon and the
Conquering Immortals Art sparked my interest. I will remain here a while
longer, while also waiting for Yan Mountain's disciples to show up and give
them some things."
didn't give him a hard time, with Liu Xuancha saying, "Alright. We will
give Forest of Origin's report to the entire immortal sect, not to rush
carelessly and avoid senseless losses."
Once the four
Sovereigns were out of sight, Chen Ming once again started his search for that
last immortal equipment. There were no other people around, and Chen Ming
didn't believe he couldn't find it. Fate hangs over my head, and I
don't have a Luck Aura in limited time. He wouldn't go treasure
hunting for anything else and was going to hand the rest of the work to others.
turned, Li Suyi and Ling Xian broke through to the Dao Comprehending
realm. I can now draw two lottery tickets. I was preparing to have Ling Xian's
Luck Aura rub off on me. And since he just broke through, the moment is ripe. In
the imposing atmosphere, he rubbed himself in the remnants of Luck Aura,
"Draw! Come out, come out immortal equipment!"
Drawing two lottery tickets... You obtained Underworld Judge's Brush(imitation)
and the Book of Life and Death(imitation). You obtained a Heaven Spirit Vein.
Please inspect the rewards."
Underworld Judge's Brush and the Book of Life and Death might be imitations,
but their name alone inspires power!
even more important was the heaven ranked Spirit Vein!
Spirit Vein is the earth ranked Spirit Vein, something a Sovereign might have.
Above the earth ranked Spirit Vein was the heaven ranked Spirit Vein. This is
something only the four ancient immortal sects or the demonic sect might
posses. It's a first-rate Spirit Vein!
many disciples can I raise with this?
more and more spirit stones coming in!
his awareness, searching for his surroundings while flying on the cloud. Even
after three days, he has yet to find any immortal equipment. He did find plenty
of King ranked spiritual herbs though, in the hundreds. Based on the agreement
with Forest of Origin, he only took half, but it wasn't little even so. Across
the whole land, there were barely any King ranked pills, and finding so many
ingredients here was enough to satisfy even someone of Chen Ming's
suddenly detected a trace of immortal power, "What did I say? There's no
way I can't find it when I'm the only one searching!"
Chen Ming flew
ecstatic and threw away the soil with spiritual power. A brush entered Chen
Ming's eyes, baffling him. How can the immortal equipment be a brush?
But when he
heard the system lady's voice, his mood changed for the better, "Ding!
Assessing Underworld Judge's Brush(imitation). Because you cultivate the
Illustrious Casket, you earned its approval."
stretched his hand, Is this Chen Lingyu's tailored immortal equipment?
Chen Ming kept
on with his search. Underworld Judge's Brush was here so the Book of Life and
Death shouldn't be too far. Not a moment later, he held the said book in his
hand. Like the Underworld Judge's Brush, the book also approved of him. Chen
Ming rolled his eyes, The effect of these items is beyond strange.
the Underworld Judge's Brush and the Book of Life and Death, as long you write
the target's name and birth date, and the target is on this land, you can send
death soldiers to attack him at any given time. That means, if the enemy
traveled, or was sleeping in a brothel, he could receive the death soldiers'
even an immortal equipment?
of crazy things exist in this world!
of the Underworld Judge's Brush and the Book of Life and Death are much
stronger than immortal equipment. They could be rated even higher.
But Chen Ming
wasn't certain. Immortal equipment was an immortal's weapon. Once they attained
the Immortal realm, most likely they wouldn't attack these lands, treading the
path to immortality outside it. It was of no benefit to them. But for those
under them who wanted to look up at the sky and go higher, the threat was
the immortal holding the Underworld Judge's Brush and the Book of Life and
Death still died because of Origin Sect?
found this power a bit unreliable, since not only did it called upon death
soldiers, but also the Underworld River's waters. If the enemy fought
us when the Underworld River descends, won't it kill our side's people too?
equipment's effect could attack over extreme distances but was unreliable. It
was better to fight the other face to face.
including one's own men, you couldn't just say luck wasn't on your side. It was
still a human life. Once this immortal equipment was activated, one needed to
be cautious. I will have to have a long talk with Chen Yu. But not Chen
Ling'er, since she doesn't like killing at all.
Now that he
collected Underworld Judge's Brush and the Book of Life and Death, he thought
he should go find the Heaven Spirit Vein. With such a Spirit Vein, no
matter how many disciples I have, I can raise them all.
thought, Chen Ming came to the conclusion the Spirit Vein should be beneath the
Origin Sect. Wonder how it looks. The spirit around a normal vein is
just a palm-sized little guy. I wonder how big a Heaven Spirit Vein's spirit
is? Is it male or female?
lowered his head and made a tunnel in the ground with his spiritual power.
Burrowing a hundred li down, he finally found a spirit stone. Since he found
its home, the spirit shouldn't be too far.
Chen Ming put
the spirit stone into the storage ring from the immortal, since it had plenty
of space, with only a few twin spacial stones inside.
discovered many spirit stones fragments around him. It must have been
buried here for so long that even the spirit stones decayed. From the looks of
things, these spirit stones seem to be the ones produced by the Heaven Spirit
As he stashed
them away, Chen Ming came upon a gathering of spirit stones, in the shape of a
river. Wherever one looked, it could see the dazzling light of spirit stones!
Spirit Vein lives up to its name!
faster than all other Spirit Veins in producing spirit stones!
Heaven Spirit Vein can support an ancient immortal sect!
Chen Ming had
no idea how many he collected since he wouldn't stop till the storage ring was
full. When he began, he found wind spirit stones. He kept hoarding until he had
around a hundred thousand, yet the spirit stone river had no end as if it was
infinite. This overjoyed Chen Ming.
Sect, in its prime, must have been like an ancient immortal sect, with most
spirit stones coming just from this Heaven Spirit Vein.
reached the two hundred million mark, it came as a surprise to find a fire
attribute spirit stone river next to him. Just what kind of situation
Oh, I seem
to have heard Fairy Zi Xia once say her sect's Heaven Spirit Vein can produce
spirit stones of many attributes.
burst in laughter, "This is great, the spirit stones keep on coming! See
how I'll later crush everyone with spirit stones! What an outstanding
Ming's vision was in swooning, "Hold on, don't I have three thousand and
six hundred broken toys back home?"
With a hundred
thousand spirit stones per person, it would be quite hard to train a Regalia
Regiment. If he could get his hands on more than three billion spirit stones,
giving a million spirit stones to each disciple, them the same status as Archfiends,
it should solve this problem. This way, the speed of Scarlet Tide would
there are no spirit stones I, Immortal Master Chen, can't spend!
depicted in small rivers ran over the stone walls, casting dazzling hues.
Chen Ming kept
advancing, harvesting spirit stones all the while. And where did he get? To a
large space, with a small mountain in its center. But what was interesting was
the fact only spirit stones were used in forming the small mountain.
glowed in myriad tones like a galaxy in the night sky, of impeccable beauty and
natural perfection. But all these were reduced to mere money in Chen Ming's
Truth be told,
this shady fortune was one of very few Chen Ming got his hands on. It couldn't
compare with mere clan pilfering.
A chance like
this was rarer than rare.
As piles of
spirit stones kept going in the storage ring, Chen Ming found a cave inside the
mountain. He had no interest in going in, You think Immortal Master
Chen is the type to go pay a visit?
the spirit stones around it come first!
god knew how many hundreds of millions of spirit stones, a dark green tree
caught Chen Ming's eye. It emanated thick spiritual energy, to the point that
it could be felt when breathing.
surrounding air was foggy.
On the green
three at a hight of a man, laid perched an infant-sized bird. It had a long
beak and, instead of feathers, green leaves with jade luster. As Chen Ming stared
at this woodpecker it took this moment to preoccupy itself with the wood in
front of it.
be real, right?
It is a
Heaven Spirit Vein! Yet you mean to tell me it passed its days eating wood?
But Chen Ming
soon found it entirely reasonable. The Forest of Origin was filled with ancient
trees, and since it couldn't dip its beak in spiritual herbs, it had no choice
but to delight itself in wood.
noticed Chen Ming, its leafy body trembled and its clear lustrous eyes began to
thought: Is this a spirit's moe attack?
Chen Ming had
yet to react when the woodpecker threw itself in his embrace, "You're
finally here. I sensed Dao Canon's energy and new your return. You have no idea
what all I've eaten is wood ever since you left. I've eaten, uh, how long? I
can't even remember!"
struck Chen Ming, in which Fairy Zi Xia told him Heaven Spirit Vein was
intelligent and were capable of speech. They weren't as crude as those other
Spirit Veins, having just simple thought. A Heaven Spirit Vein had the
mentality of a child. In other words, a tasty treat could deal with this
Immortal Master Chen, fight for food with spirits every day!
He took a
candy apple from his storage ring and gave it to the woodpecker, Uh,
three-legged. Is that a Bifang Crane?(1)
snatched the candy apple with its small claw, finishing in no time at all!
one ravenous appetite!
Chen Ming gave
it another and used this chance to paint the spirit pact on its forehead.
It was never
meant to be this easy to subdue a Heaven Spirit Vein, just that anyone who had
a Heaven Spirit Vein would treat it like a child by giving it treats and used
the chance to paint the spirit pact. Raising spirits, in contrast to raising
pests, was barely any difference. You still needed to brush its plumage, gave
it a snack and hang out! Spirit Veins had no fighting abilities, more so for
those that produced spirit stones. They were simply manufacturing tools.
Spirit Veins had nothing to with luck, but strength. If you had enough power,
you could hold on to one. If not, even if you found one, another would come and
spirit pact done, the Bifang Crane cast Chen Ming a more friendly look, who
began whispering soft words, "Little guy, it's better if you come with me,
and I will make sure you'll only eat delicious food!"
pact was done, so the Bifang Crane didn't even hesitate, feeling a strange
feeling of closeness from Chen Ming, "Sure, sure!"
Seeing as Chen
Ming didn't eat any, Bifang Crane flew holding two, "Have one! This is the
tastiest I've ever eaten!"
thought, This little guy's behavior ain't bad at all. It knows when to
share, while also gentle like a human. With him, in the mixt, the rest of the
spirits shouldn't be fighting for much longer. I've decided, you'll be handling
the spirits as their leader!
tree into his storage ring, then letting Bifang Crane perch on his shoulder,
Chen Ming was ready to take it back to Yan Mountain.
little guy, the level of the spiritual energy on Yan Mountain will reach an
Chen Ming took
stock of the number of spirit stones he collected. Over four billion should be
enough to push the development of the Scarlet Tide to its peak.
But before he
left, he had to hide Bifang Crane from the eyes of the ancient immortal sects.
Yan Mountain was also close to the Demonic Domain and would be unlikely he
could keep the Heaven Spirit Vein once news broke out. It was better to handle it
just isn't high enough, or I wouldn't have such reservations.
arrived at the edge of Forest of Origin, he saw many camps outside. A Yan
Mountain disciple wearing Yan Mountain attire, and a sword at his waist, was
instructing a group of people.
Mountain disciples, who already discovered him land, stopped what they were
doing and gathered to pay respects to Chen Ming, "Greetings, Master!"
nodded, "How many disciples came?"
senior sister also came and she should be clearer on this. I will go bring
Ling'er was before Chen Ming, "Master, how come you're still here?"
tie some loose ends. Oh, gather all Yan Mountain disciples, I have an
announcement to make."
didn't doubt Chen Ming. What Master says must be true.
later, all Yan Mountain disciples gathered. Chen Ming flicked Dao Empyrean
Bamboo, unsheathing ten thousand swords and setting a soundproofing array. He
assumed a dignified air, enabled Control Aura lvl2, and began, "You can
all sense the war between the righteous and demonic faction, while I sense an
imminent danger. A thousand years ago, a Ghost Immortal coveted this lands,
wanting to turn the whole continent into a Ghost Domain. This continent's
Immortal, Immortal Pill Cauldron, fought him till his dying breath. He was no
match for Ghost Immortal but managed to seal him in the end. A thousand years
later, Ghost Immortal began stirring, corrupting many sects to help him break
the seal and spread death all over the continent!"
It is a mythical firebird. It resembles a
Red-crowned Crane, but only has a single leg. The name “Bifang” is supposedly
an onomatopoeia for the sound of wood crackling in a fire. They are considered
to be ominous, with sightings of Bifang Cranes heralding disastrous wildfires.
marks on your maps are all forces belonging to Ghost Immortal. Now that the
demonic sect entered the war, it changed everything, turning it into a crisis.
To avoid Ghost Immortal's destruction of this land and turning it into a Ghost
Domain, with all the people withing into devils, I have decided that Yan
Mountain will also join the war. But your current rate of development, as well
as the spread of Scarlet Tide, are too slow. Thus all disciples having earned
the order to expand will receive a million spirit stones as war funds!"
Mountain must give its all to protect its territory and never allow anyone to
the light of the sun and moon will no longer shine on this continent. Perhaps
it will become a sea of blood. But we will absolutely not give up the hope of
no trust in the ancient immortal sects winning this war, as they only hold a
third of the continent in their grasp. What we will have to fight consists of
the other two thirds. I have thus decided to give everything I have, in
response to this war!"
final battle comes, I hope you'll all be Kings. This is the only way to have
any hope of victory!"
a kill or be killed war. Our only choice is to give everything we have, and
felt fear, but there were some who's hearts throbbed.
This news sent
the Yan Mountain disciples over the moon in joy. Each of them shall receive a
million spirit stone. That was the same as a King's accumulated wealth over a
hundred years. And they could throw all of them into war preparations!
they were hot-blooded youngsters, not at all like those stale old geezers, who
only knew how to scheme at home. What youth had was endless desire to shine
under the sun!
Chen Ming woke them to the seriousness of the situation, since they had no way
of turning the war around at this time.
continued, "This might not be a disaster for Yan Mountain, but providence.
We rarely have reasons to expand, to obtain more resources. But we have no
limits in this case. I want Scarlet Tide to engulf everything, so Yan Mountain
can rule them all!"
Yan Mountain and need to display, at any given time, our glorious tradition.
Pilfer their clans, along with killing and robbing! From Yan Mountain's point
of view, all are just fat sheep waiting to be slaughtered!"
morale burst like a tidal wave. This is the way, this is our Master we
know best, this is our Yan Mountain's everlasting tradition!
"We will change
the face of this war!"
make the land fear the mere sight of the Scarlet Tide!"
thousand Scarlet Tides will block the sun and moon!"
Let's go f*cking pillage. Pei, let's go vanquish evil!"
don't mind it, let's just go robbing!"
In fact, Chen
Ming's worry revolved around the low cultivation of these disciples. Only with
high enough cultivation would they offer him more merits. Advancing to the Dao
Comprehending realm wasn't as simple as breaking through to the Dao Initiation realm,
where comprehending scriptures and eating pills was enough. One needed to gain
enlightenment of Dao. This could only be accomplished by relying on
could only hope the state of this war would last long enough to promote all his
disciples to King rank.
honesty, Chen Ming didn't take it into consideration how long would these
disciples need to grow stronger and advance. They were treated even better than
King ranks successors of sects. Because Yan Mountain was different from other
sects, he let his legacy disciples leave the mountain, and he proceeded to do
the same with the rest. Just look at the immortal art Finger From
Beyond. Because it was the only one of this rank at the beginning of Yan
Mountain, almost all know it now. How could the other sects beat that?
immortal ranked sects would dare to come!
out endlessly, and one by one end up stuffing their stomachs, holding no qualms
even if they are the ones refining them.
Yet Chen Ming
still found it slow. He needed merits and if, say, each cultivation method
needed a thousand, he would need three million in total!
Then Chen Ming
stumbled upon a bigger problem. Some of the cultivation methods were connected
and treated as one!
He gave a
storage ring to Chen Lingyu, "Distribute the spirit stones to the
If I want
my disciples' cultivation to go higher, I need more fertilizer. How can chives
grow without it?
aren't ripe yet, so I need to give them plenty of fertilizer.
they still need to rely on me, Immortal Master Chen, working me to the bone by
Chen Ming held
no fear regarding these guys wasting the spirit stones on entertainment. Yan
Mountain had no such things to begin with. And if there were used for that, who
would ever cultivate? Just who would pass the Heavenly Tribulation?
receiving their share of spirit stones from Chen Lingyu, the disciples started
talking, "What area has the most rogue cultivators? The first six hundred
seniours snatched all the Great Fiends in the Myriad Mountains. We can only go
somewhere else and look for rogue cultivators."
Mountain's reputation, if we shout we're Yan Mountain disciples, rogue
cultivators will come in droves!"
just carry a million spirit stones on us anyway. Let's deposit them in Yan
Mountain Bank first. I want to use these funds to raise a Regalia
Now that he
was done with setting the disciples straight, Chen Ming returned to Yan
Mountain. He wanted to set in the Heaven Spirit Vein carefully. But barely a
few days passed before Bifang Crane was flying above Yan Mountain, honking
complaints, "Little carp, spit out little sunflower's seeds! Little
sunflower, let go of little carp's tail! You can't eat that!"
In these days,
Chen Ming also declared the funds for the expansion order were raised to a
million spirit stones, inciting the trend of war to its peak.
Yellow Sea, Zhang Ming stood astride his weary warhorse, with the red-colored
Regalia Legion behind him. He went on an expedition against an Archfiend and
was just now returning victorious. Along with victory he also carried with him
a million spirit stones in spoils of war.
looked, Zhang Ming saw Regalia troops rushing in waves. His subordinates were
filled with astonishment. So far, they believed Zhang Ming's status to be quite
high, but only now realized that all Yan Mountain disciples received the same
treatment. What a terrifying sect!
When one saw
the Yellow Sea's border, he would see Scarlet Tide camps. Their limits came
closed in on each other as each took hold one mountain peak after the next. New
Regalia recruits stood in shock at the sheer size of it. They were now aware of
the extent of their might, compared to an old Archfiend who had three hundred
there was Scarlet Tide as far as the eye could see.
some proud bunch at first, but at this very moment, all Great Fiends had was
loyalty to Yan Mountain. They couldn't even get to feel anything else since,
here, they were a mere drop in the ocean.
outside the Yellow Sea were filled with red. These were the armies of the first
six hundred disciples. Being the first to enter the sect, they had many
The first Yan
Mountain Lord who tasted the thrill of pilfering thought, With how many
Archfiends are in Myriad Mountains, it won't be long before they run out.
Fellow disciples will wipe them all, and with each new Yan Mountain Lord, the
purse swells bulges again and again.
So much so
that Zhang Ming united with two dozen Lords to put out a Divine Palace stage
Archfiend, earning huge profits on top of it.
Zhang Ming was
riding in front, with another Lord beside him, "Senior brother Zhang Ming,
did you hear? Master is back, and he bumped the expansion funds to a million
startled even Zhang Ming, "With Master raising it to a million, can all
fellow disciples receive it?"
came back to raise my Regalia army to Regalia Regiment. Many sisters don't go
to war and us the spirit stones on Tool Refining Workshops. They must have
plenty of King Slaying Sword and spiritual armor in stock!"
This saves us time, as we can just buy the equipment from them. These war
filled times also brings us the best chances. This is the largest war in a
thousand if not ten thousand years. There are many fat sheep outside Myriad
Mountains waiting for us! With Master raising the war funds limit, I decided to
increase my Regalia Regiment to ten thousand soldiers, a Regalia Division. I
will then have enough military might to run amok in a Divine Palace stage
Archfiend territory! "
have such ambition as a senior brother. I can only have a regiment, then slowly
attack and save bit by bit to recruit further!"
the best chance to raise an army. Don't stint on spirit stones. Remember what
Master said, spirit stones are to be spent. They are worthless inside the bank
and only spending will reveal their value! The war in Myriad Mountains is over,
and we need to find a reason to attack those outside it. But there are Aspect
stage there, and I must ask head senior sister do deal with them first!"
Mountain Lords carried their battles with great fervor. After all, this was
just them going to rob resources, spirit stone, and spiritual herbs.
Ming's mind, Now that Master raised the funds, I can sell those Great
Fiends captives to my dear juniors? That could earn me a nice amount!
Zhang Ming handled
his soldiers and entered the Yellow Sea. Yan Mountain went through a sudden
changed. The disciples were all flying on clouds, quite fast too. And the
clouds even had something written on it: 'The sky is vast, the earth is broad,
but safety comes first. Soaring wildly through the clouds, Master and disciple
will leave streams of tears behind.'
A look was
enough to see its relaxed manner. Master must be the one who wrote it.
Only when he
reached Yan Mountain's headquarters did he find out all disciples could have a
cloud for a mount.
received his cloud then went in search of Silver Wing. He still had respect for
the fiend, despite the humiliating behavior of that time. He was still Master's
direct subordinate. Although, head senior sister now has the power to
order him too. "Uncle Silver Wing please report to head senior
sister that I have a request!"
rolled his eyes at him. This little fellow has some influence. Who knew
he would become a Lord in such a short time. "I'll go to Head
Sect Leader right now!"
Only to come
back a moment later, "Head Sect Leader waits for you on the
straightened his clothes, his heart in a vice as he climbed the mountain. Head
senior sister's pressure is too great. She wields Obelisk and her strength also
reached the peak of Dao Comprehending realm.
sister was as dignified as a mountain.
upon Zhuo Qingyao's sword practice. When she noticed him, she sheathed her
sword and asked, "What is it?"
Mountains is now at peace. Many of us, disciples, want to march outside its
borders but there are many Aspect stage cultivators in the ancient immortal
sects' hinterlands. We have a hard time handling an Aspect rank so I ask head
senior sister's help in dealing with them."
blanked out a bit, "Many Aspect stage cultivators you say. How many
should be tens of them."
eyes soon let out a cold glint, scarring Zhang Ming into bowing his head,
"As head senior sister's heart is focused on cultivation, we will think of
a way ourselves to deal with this!"
limits the Sovereigns from entering, so it shouldn't be a problem. It's been
too long since my last spar. Assemble the troops!"
Was this a
joke? How could a battle maniac like Zhuo Qingyao let this chance slip by?
whispered under her breath, "Just when Master went out again with Fairy Zi
Xia and the others. With Master gone I am in charge of Yan Mountain. I will
take eighty thousand troops and attack!"
sent her voice at the foot of the mountain, "Silver Wing, send for the
three Grand Archfiends to see me!"
turned to Zhang Ming, "All of you must stay close, or you won't manage to
gain anything from this. Second junior brother went on the immortal and demonic
frontline, and I will wipe out all the hinterlands of Ghost Immortal's King
ranks. Third junior brother united the demonic sect's King ranks, and I will
effortlessly conquer the ancient immortal sects' hinterlands!"
was never in Zhuo Qingyao's mind, and neither was it in Yan Mountain disciples'
They were more
than clear of Regalia Legion's might, where even one versus ten would be an
easy win for them. Other Dao Initiation realm cultivators would seldom have
spiritual armor, while Regalia soldiers were armed to the teeth, not to mention
they cultivated a war manual!
Mountain sent its troops outside Myriad Mountains. The cultivators witnessing
the endless soldiers storming out of Yan Mountain, saw only a red cloud
shrouding the horizon.
famous and mysterious sect in the immortal sect, one who's first rumor spoke of
it having tens of thousands of alchemists, with money bursting at the seams,
had the Scarlet Tide, an army that blocked one's vision.
cultivators felt their hearts shudder and tighten as more and more red clouds
spread at the horizon, "Is this Yan Mountain?"
power is similar to an ancient immortal sect!"
the real Yan Mountain?"
They had no
idea that these were the first six hundred Yan Mountain Lords' armies. Zhuo
Qingyao's soldiers, along with the rest three thousand Yan Mountain Lords were
now marching to the ancient sect's hinterlands, to recruit rogue cultivators
and establish their very own Regalia Regiment.
has officially joined the war on Ghost Immortal's battlefield.
sect's perception of Yan Mountain dithered around it being an alchemy sect.
Making a million pills a month was nothing to scoff at.
As for Yan
Mountain's power, the Lord of Yan Mountain was a Sovereign, considered to have
a very high cultivation when it came to an alchemy sect. After Medicine King
Valley cut off the pill supply, Yan Mountain's pills came in grand style.
As for it
joining the war efforts, the other sects never even dwelled on it. If fact, the
ancient immortal sects took Yan Mountain out of the war.
A sect with
its primary occupation being alchemy would mainly fight through its connection.
Just how Chen Ming refined the Yin Yang Harmony Pill in the Nine Frozen Springs
could have all those Kings he helped answer his call.
But all those
King ranks were on the battlefield, thus making Yan Mountain's relations moot.
As for Yan Mountain going personally to war, everyone thought of it as a bad
joke. Was your head on straight when you let a bunch of alchemists fight in the
should stick to alchemy, not waste time joining the excitement.
Then the ancient
immortal sects' scouts reported Yan Mountain setting out. The ancient immortal
sects' King ranks were baffled, No way! Can't a bunch of alchemists be
more serious for a change and stay home backing pills? Are you so free that you
come to war for some excitement?
ancient immortal sects' King ranks discovered a new side of Yan Mountain. The
Lord of Yan Mountain was right now participating in the clearing of forbidden
areas. He had no time to mind Yan Mountain, so the one presiding over the sect
must be Head Sect Leader, Zhuo Qingyao, a mere sixteen years old girl.
They must have
thought that girl was still young and, without thinking, sent troops to join
Mountain had a nice chat with those King ranks in the Ghost Immortal's camp,
they would surely think of returning home.
waited a long time at the ancient immortal sects' camp in hinterlands, yet had
yet to see any sign of Zhuo Qingyao's coming to the camp and hold a meeting. The
report said she should've been here yesterday. Why isn't she then?
this time around, was to clean up the hinterlands of Ghost Immortal's factions.
As for Liu Mang and Xue Ziyu, they had the task of dealing with Li Suyi. The
number one on the Dao Comprehending Board wasn't something you could look down
someone coming to report, "There is a battle a hundred li to the South. It
should be Yan Mountain!"
was getting nervous, "How can they go straight to war? Assemble the troops
on the double, and follow me to provide assistance!"
ancient immortal sect went to war, he wouldn't care. The sects were in a
competition, so let them fight. But Yan Mountain was different, an alchemy
sect. It was classified as an associated sect, one that couldn't be offended,
or no more pills came out.
Qingyang led his troops to the battlefield, he saw a sea of red in the
distance. More than half a million Regalia soldiers were causing havoc
everywhere. And by the look of things, it just ended, with them stashing away
the spoils of war.
blanked out, The hell is this!? Yan Mountain barely had a hundred
thousand troops a few months back, so how are they now over five times that?
for half a month and have yet to attack a King ranked sect, yet they just
showed up and wrapped things up?
walked with Obelisk drawn among the bowing disciples, "Greetings head
nodded, "This sect was poisoned by ghostly energy, devoted to Ghost
Immortal and with no hope of recovering. They are the enemy, one that is of a
different race. They are the dead, a race that hates the living. We must not
leave any of them alive, and cut it all out from the root. We will crush all
Ghost Immortal's forces!"
cupped their hands, "We understand! We will not let anyone escape!"
Only then did
Zhuo Qingyao noticed Su Qingyang, "Eh? You also joined the war?"
And how am
I supposed to answer? What 'you also joined the war'!? Where the main
Su Qingyang felt
helpless, "Yes, we also joined."
then let's attack together."
jumped on the two-colored cloud. Now she could fly, thanks to this mount,
"Listen, Regalia Legion! War has come and we can't retreat because we have
Myriad Mountains at our back, Yan Mountain! Press on, crush them all into
killing intent accompanied those words, to which the Regalia Legion replied in
roars, "Kill! Kill! Kill!"
watched bug-eyed, Your Eminence. didn't you say you have a peace-loving
sect? Why are all Yan Mountain disciples emanating icy killing intent!?
why the hell are a bunch of alchemists more zealous than us, who vanquish
was filled with doubt as to how did they win. But a look at Yan Mountain's
troops answered that problem. They were all wearing spiritual armors and
trained in the same cultivation method!
cultivation method allowed them to unite their strengths.
Qingyao, Su Qingyang found why Yan Mountain's power was so great. Forgetting
the fact they had standard spiritual swords and spiritual armor, Yan Mountain's
troops had pills on top. Pills they took at the lightest wound.
was clear about his sect. Recovery pills were something you could only take in
moments of crisis, to reverse the situation and only one at that. But he saw
with his own eyes how a Regalia soldier complained of stomachache and took a
How can you
take a pill for any stomachache!?
finally grasped the source of Regalia Legion's power. It came from a simple
saying: 'with pills, you can do anything'!
disciples, they all new immortal arts to some extent.
like them could learn such arts in their sects, yet it was free to all Yan
come to fight, but to flaunt!
Mountain's rich reputation spread like wildfire to every ancient immortal sect.
Yan Mountain once again upended their view on them.
stood on a mountain peak, gazing at the rivers and mountains, "Is this
killing to affirm one's Dao? My sword intent is that of first under heaven, and
I will behead all kings in these lands to prove it!"
It was a long
stretching abyss. There were two reasons for its name. One, because it was so
long it seemed to reach the sky.
And two, it
was the border between the immortal and demonic domains.
Now that the
restriction was lifted on King ranks, Human Kings and Demon Kings were wrapped
in a bloody battle above the Sky Canyon.
Kings entered this carnage, where blood flew like rain and followed shortly by
Blood and rain
soon melded, flowing to the bottom of the abyss, and turning into a bloody
river extending into the distance.
over the entire continent only felt fear and desperation. They were immortals
in their eyes, fighting day-in day-out across the blue sky in this bloodbath,
destroying anything along the way.
were a calamity to them, powerless to resist or avoid.
But luck had
it that these King ranks never attacked mortals. If one did, he would invoke
the wrath of Heaven.
heavy rain, a Demon King rushed towards a bloody coffin, "Lord Ya Mo, we
did our best but we have yet to seize Sky Canyon!"
opened slowly, blood overflowed from within, and Li Suyi coming out of it as he
sized the Demon King with his blood-red eyes. He ignored the Demon King's shivering
legs and glanced at the distant Sky Canyon.
Li Suyi said
flatly, "It's likely it won't be called Sky Canyon in the future, but
shouldered the blood coffin and pulled Demonic Blood Saber from it. He hacked
at the Sky Canyon, sending a tens of zhang long saber wave, splitting the earth
and forming another canyon. It's new shape resembling a cross.
Kings paled, "Crap, it's Ya Mo!"
our Dao Comprehending Board geniuses are here yet!"
don't come, we'll have to retreat!"
could react, a saber wave as large as before, and filled with blood, shined a
red color all around and severely wounded a dozen Human Kings.
blood coffin, Li Suyi stood on a cliff overlooking the other side in silence.
Under the heavy
rain, demonic energy warped left and right, intimidating everyone with his
presence. He, Li Suyi, was the number one on the Dao Comprehending Board, a
Kings Ruler. Everywhere he treaded, Kings fell back!
turned to snow as Xue Ziyu walked on the opposite cliff. The blue-eyed dark ox
stepped forward, with Liu Mang next to it, carrying the Soaring Dragon Spear.
Li Suyi didn't
cower. Even if he was up against two on the Dao Comprehending Board, he didn't
feel like retreating. Because he was the first on the Dao Comprehending Board.
swiped, Demonic Blood Saber's blood energy filling the area. Xue Ziyu shouted,
"Li Suyi, you were a righteous person, why did you leave for the demonic
His answer, a
bloody saber wave. Its color turned the world in shades of red, as Li Suyi's
spear released a roaring dragon. Li Suyi perked an eyebrow, not minding it
much. He jumped and then split the incoming dragon with his saber. He was Chen
Ming's disciple and wouldn't listen to the King ranks' exclamations. He
straight out rushed at Liu Mang.
saber and spear collided, exchanging a dozen moves in an instant. Li Suyi
followed with a slash and propelled Liu Mang into making a new hole in the
ground. This exchange shook his insides, wounding him into spitting blood!
Xue Ziyu was
nervous, with dejection setting in the Human Kings' hearts around him,
"That clash alone gave Liu Mang wounds. Ya Mo has reached such a high
curbed his hesitation, flying at Li Suyi, "Ice Palm!"
Xue Ziyu waved
his hand and a thirty zhang long palm of ice descended from the sky, yet Li
Suyi scattered it to pieces with one slash!
toward Xue Ziyu, who now wielded a snow-white sword. Li Suyi sheathed his sword
and executed the Saber Drawing Art!
Saber exploded before Xue Ziyu, sending him staggering ten feet. Li Suyi took
advantage of this and repeated the move!
and Demon Kings alike watched stunned, "His saber art reached such
Sovereign can fully use the Saber Drawing Art!"
retaliated but couldn't match Li Suyi's speed. After two dozen exchanges, he
was also sent flying into a fresh hole!
eyes shined, "Ya Mo is matchless, a Demons Ruler!"
can face Ya Mo's attack!"
nothing he can't beat!"
approached the heavy wounded Xue Ziyu, floating among the raindrops. The Human
Kings had no faith left, full of fear in the face of Li Suyi's might.
Li Suyi wanted
to kill Human Kings.
A man took off
his bamboo hat, leaving himself open to the rain and eyes of the King ranks. A
face Li Suyi could never forget.
lifted his head, "Third junior brother, as long as I'm here, you'll never
fell one from the righteous faction!"
Li Suyi stared
at Ling Xian as he waved his saber, Second senior brother, I always
heard talks of your legend in the previous world! You are a proud genius of the
immortal sect, while I, the dreg of the demonic sect. You are loved and
acclaimed, while I, alone and miserable. Parents died young and younger sister
stranded who knows where, refined into pills by the Medicine King Valley!
have thought I would have the chance to have a battle of geniuses with you, in
this life. It's as they say:
Sovereign is a blessing.
checked Ling Xian's cultivation, "Ling Xian, you're just at the Dao Seed
stage. You can't fight him!"
Li Suyi found
he had twenty percent of spiritual power left. His power came at a price, as
each Saber Drawing Art drained it quickly.
urged, "Li Suyi is already a demon, and even if you're his senior brother,
he will still kill you!"
walked with steady steps towards Li Suyi.
Li Suyi jumped
at him, Demonic Blood Saber waving, bathing all in a sea of blood.
The Human Kings
closest recoiled ten feet. They could only watch from afar as the Yan Mountain
disciples entered a deadly battle.
sleeve flickered, gathering the spiritual energy in ten li radius into a
whirlpool. It focused on his hands, taking the shape of Qiongqi and Flood
Saber versus Conquering Immortals Art!
ten-zhang-large beasts flew against the incoming saber wave. A thunderous
explosion roared in the area, cracking stone and rupturing the earth.
recognized that move!
time, you took ten years to learn it. How long did it take this time?
beside you, you'll learn anything faster.
Let us see
then, which of our arts Master taught us is stronger. Will it be my Demonic
Blood Saber Art or your Conquering Immortals Art?
Kings and even the Demon Kings gasped in amazement, "Ya Mo learned the
Demonic Blood Saber from the Lord of Yan Mountain!"
the same for Ling Xian's move he just showed?"
what kind of freaky existence is this Lord of Yan Mountain!"
produced two disciples of peerless talent. One is the demonic sect's paragon
under Sovereigns, while the other, with his Dao Seed stage, can contend against
an Aspect stage!"
Li Suyi swiped
his saber while Ling Xian's eyes flickered with the light to sever all ties,
"Master gave you the Demonic Blood Saber while also giving me the Divine
Wood Seal. Let us see who took to mind Master's teaching!"
opened his hand, with the Divine Wood Seal within releasing natural Grand Dao
energy to gather in his sleeves!
Li Suyi's cape
billowed in the wind as he rushed forward. He swung Demonic Blood Saber simply,
while Ling Xian sent Qiongqi and the Flood Dragon!
The saber strike
hacked the beasts and the aftermath of the blow sent Ling Xian into spitting
wiped his mouth and rushed at Li Suyi using the Conquering Immortals Art again.
Li Suyi's hit
sent him back into a coughing fit.
while the other coughed blood.
long minutes, a bloody Ling Xian staggered to his feet, eyes set on Li Suyi,
"Wu Jiang took you under my watch and I will take you back. No matter
what, I must take you back!"
sheathed his saber sensing he only had a tenth of spiritual power left,
"Second senior brother, you're not my match with just a Dao Seed
cultivation. Why keep going?"
called out to him, "Third junior brother, come back!"
Li Suyi burst
in laughter, "With the crimes I've done, how can I turn back? If I can
turn around, where will the sea of bitterness lay?"
Li Suyi looked
at Ling Xian, "I am almost out of spiritual power after today's fight
while your cultivation is also lacking. None of us are at our peak. I did not
enjoy it fully and I said I won't speak when killing. Since I opened my mouth,
I won't kill anyone here, I won't kill you!"
words, Li Suyi left. When he was among the Demon Kings, one asked, "Lord
Ya Mo, you could clearly kill Ling Xian. He has such power while still in the
Dao Seed stage. Lord Ya Mo, you're too soft, and softness is very dangerous for
a demonic cultivator!"
Li Suyi took
out his saber and sent his head flying. He turned toward the rest, "Does
anyone else have a problem?"
No one dared
to make a peep.
thought long and hard whether or not to give Chen Lingyu Underworld Judge's
Brush and the Book of Life and Death, but he still gave them. The items might
be strong but this lass, would rise in popularity fast. It was of utmost
importance to handle her safety adequately.
had nothing of the sort like Zhuo Qingyao's Dire Straits Aura, Ling Xian's Luck
Aura, or Li Suyi's Reckless Aura. With the two immortal equipment safeguarding
her, Chen Ming could breathe easier.
thought he wanted her to do something when he asked for her, "Master, did
you look for me?"
to give you two immortal equipment. Their power cannot be measured. They have
strange effects, so you better be careful when you use them. Understand?"
smiled, "Master, are you still worried about me? I'm not someone who likes
peeked at the sky, Wait, it's evening. Did this lass change already?
Chen Yu had
long been yearning for immortal equipment. Head senior sister, second
senior brother and third senior brother all have immortal equipment. Is it
finally my turn? From Master's words, these seemed much more powerful than the
Chen Yu hugged
Chen Ming's hand while swaying and pleading in a soft voice, "Master,
Master, where are they? Let me see!"
caved under her spoiled act. He had no resistance against his two disciples'
tantrums. The King Slayer Aura was useless!
opened his hand, "Here, but remember to be careful. These immortal
equipment's powers can't be measured and can danger the others on our
Chen Yu was
bouncing with joy as she took them. She loved them the moment she laid eyes on
them. She even became their owner in no time at all.
thought, This lottery ticket is so convenient for my disciples. While
no matter how much I need something, I'll never get it.
only here to spread fertilizer!
Lingyu having the Underworld Judge's Brush and the Book of Life and Death, Chen
Ming was free from worry. In these chaotic times, the safer the better.
Now that he
settled the matters regarding the Forest of Origin, Chen Ming set up a
teleportation array in Yan Mountain, since he had 18 twin spacial stones. The
pair of the teleportation array, he left it in his storage ring in case he
needed to return post-haste.
Now, Chen Ming
was thinking about how to set the other teleportation arrays. He even thought
of drawing a teleportation array on each of the twelve nation weapons. This
way, he would have a pseudo-blink ability, but among each them.
Such a matter
was a cinch for an array master like Chen Ming, though it did took time.
will help greatly in battle. I can blink!
And when a
hit comes, I'll flash away, becoming unbeatable!
Well sure, the
Sovereigns weren't fools. They would figure out, in the end, the pattern
regarding the movement between the twelve swords.
the time they do, I'll reign supreme!
As a fake
cultivator, he wasn't bound to conventional rules of battle. I need to
bring out the most of my professions. To slowly understand each of my three
thousand Grand Daos!
door to his room in the camp, he began a vigorous bout of banging to alter the
nation weapons. Logic dictated that two weapons only needed one twin special
stone, but Chen Ming was one who liked being full of surprises, especially to
his enemies. He used seven stone, with two weapons connected to Overflowing
By the time
one would find the pattern of blinks, thinking that Overflowing Void only had a
single array, when he would only have this sword in hand while defending, he
would blink to the second. This would surely get his opponent rilled up!
He would also
need common spiritual swords besides the nation weapons set up with
teleportation arrays while altering their appearance to look like the
originals. Just when the enemy felt he overcame the dilemma of the blinking
nation weapons, Uhm, my plain spiritual swords can also blink. Now
that's a surprise right there!
hammer and painting the inscriptions, Chen Ming was cooped up for three days in
refining his weapons. Inscriptions came one after the other, followed closely
by array, everything for each nation weapon of course, and each finished item
added another red vein to his bloodshot eyes. He carefully embedded the twin
spacial stone into the swords, then even more inscriptions to link
stone worked on a simple principle, the two could change places. But the place
varied if it had no teleportation arrays.
handled them one by one, working each nation weapon to the perfection that was
He came out
three days later, with a mess of a hair and a laughing Chen Lingyu bringing
water for him to wash.
He toiled for
three long days and sat at the table in a daze, "Right, give me something
to eat, I'm a bit hungry!"
boiled some vegetables then passed them in front of him. He had a few bites
before he recalled the taste the last time he went hungry, Eh? How come
last time was delicious?
Zhuo Qingyao cooked then. It's been so long since I've eaten her noodles, I'm
beginning to miss the taste.
No wonder I
liked Zhuo Qingyao's last time's noodles. At least there's no problem now that
her noodles are edible!
Yet, if she
marries, where will I go to eat?
say when girls are of age they must be married off. Zhuo Qingyao is sixteen
right now, the time for the first stirring of love to blossom. A dangerous
time, but thank god I gave them that lesson. There should be no problem now.
darkened and Chen Yu came online, a grim look on her face as she watched Chen
Ming, "Master, did you went to steal chickens? Why is your hair so
Chen Ming gave
her a look, I wonder why I even bothered having that talk. With these
two lasses' tempers, it'd be stranger if they got married! If that times ever
comes, I will write my name backward!
rolled his eyes at her, "Since your Master's hair is in a mess, come help
me straighten it out. Can't you see your Master's dog-tired?"
Chen Yu was
just as blunt in her answer as she was in character, "Master, don't say
you're dog-tired when there's not a dog tired than you!"
Chen Ming: ...
damn smooth talker. So much so I'm lost for words. Why do I even bother
Land of the
jumped off his cloud on a mountain peak. So did Fairy Zi Xia, Liu Xuancha, Xue
Xunmei, and Su Qinggang.
When the four
jumped off, the world was spinning, their eyes hazy, and a storm brewed in
ranks, standing a distance outside the Land of the Dragon Hoard in preparation
to enter it, glanced at the peak, "Look, the Sovereigns arrived!"
intending on killing the evil dragon inside?"
dead, we can go treasure hunting!"
some Sovereigns are swaying left and wobbling right? Is it a super-secret
mysterious magical art??"
the Sovereigns are releasing secret arts!"
massaged his temples, taking another look at the two lines Chen Ming left on
his cloud. 'The sky is vast, the earth is broad, but safety comes first.
Soaring wildly through the clouds, Master and disciple will leave streams of
lines for real? This f*cking cloud it's more like flying on thunder! "Chen
Ming, If I ever ride your mount again, I'm not human!"
Fairy Zi Xia
held her forehead, face pale, "I think you need to take the lines off. I
truly trusted your evil ways and rode your cloud."
strutted, "Isn't it fine? You're all talking like wounded people."
Fairy Zi Xia
had no strength to argue, "Internal wounds!"
suddenly, "Right, they say that Yan Mountain entered the King ranked
battlefield. How pretentious! The Sages allowed your Yan Mountain to not get involved
in the war, so don't go make trouble if you have nothing to do. An alchemist
needs to behave and only make pills."
said, "How should I know what happens there if I'm not on Yan Mountain. It
must be that lass's, Zhuo Qingyao, fancy!"
Fairy Zi Xia's
face made a sudden shift to a weirder look, "Didn't you came out in full
force the last time you attacked Fiend Sovereign?"
said, "Why do you ask?"
Fairy Zi Xia
said, "There have been sightings of at least half a million Scarlet Tide
army. It has an uncanny speed in besieging camps and it forced the frontline to
shift a thousand li in."
laughed, "Since I don't, know why worry? Just let Yan Mountain disciples
toughen themselves up a round or two. Anyway, what are the theories behind this
Land of the Dragon Hoard?"
Fairy Zi Xia
said, "Rumor has it there's a Dao Dragon-"
Chen Ming cut
her off, "Hold on. I heard of Gold Dragon, Azure Dragon, Fire Dragon and
the like, but what the hell is a Dao Dragon?"
explained, "A dragon who's scales are filled with carved scriptures. The
rumor says that all the scriptures on this continent come from this Dao Dragon,
that he is the first cultivator of this land and the first immortal. Immortal
Coiling Dragon comprehended the Dao on this dragon and launched the path of
eyes lit up, "So what you're saying is that this Dao Dragon has many
scriptures on his body?"
said, "Indeed so."
asked again, "So why did it turned into a forbidden area? It's more
reasonable for it to be a paradise."
said, "After Immortal Coiling Dragon soared, many cultivators coveted the
Dao Dragon. Without the Immortal Coiling Dragon's pressure, they no longer
hesitated and wanted to kill the Dao Dragon to take its scriptures. This is why
Coiling Dragon flew into a rage, slaughtering any cultivators it saw until they
were almost extinct."
said, "Since it's that fierce, can the few of us truly handle it?"
said, "The Dao Dragon has grown old. Even if it's a dragon, his life is
approaching its limit. Not to mention Dao Dragon isn't considered a dragon. As
for what it is, no one knows. An old Dao Dragon isn't as powerful as in his
peeked over the Land of the Dragon Hoard mission. Its reward
was unknown, which bode well for him and his curiosity. Each scale's a
scripture. Heaven's helping me!
current merits, cultivating a hundred cultivation manuals to Dao Seed is a
cinch. My spiritual power will double!
same as saying ti skin it!
They walked in
the Land of the Dragon Hoard's depths, with the humid jungle proving no
obstacle for them. The reason was simple, they flew. Why would they ever fear a
After a flight
of a thousand li, Chen Ming spotted a scaled-man for a split second. He flicked
Dao Empyrean Bamboo and sent ten thousand swords to bar its path. The others
finally saw this strange man, "What is he?"
said, "It's a Dao Dragon's servant, and also his fanatic."
man regarded the five without an ounce of fear, "You people came again?
Degenerates that want to take advantage of Master's weakness?"
didn't show any embarrassment, "If Dao Dragon is the source of all the
continent's Daos, he wouldn't have let you take this appearance."
man cracked up, "Ha-ha-ha, such nice words. Dao Dragon bestowed the Grand
Dao upon you all and this is how you repay it? Born in a faraway dragon land
and finding rest beneath the dragon. This is my honor. Don't think you passed
your journey unnoticed. Dragon Sovereign is on his way and your death shall be
the world's apology to him!"
Chen Ming only
saw insanity in his eyes, "This Dao Dragon doesn't seem such a nice
Chen Ming saw in the jungle a youngster with two jade fishes on his forehead.
For him to not detect someone this near, proved the depth of this person's
Fairy Zi Xia
took out her immortal equipment, noking an arrow. Liu Xuancha reached out for
his black scythe, Su Qinggang pulled his sword, and Xue Xunmei's robe
regarded this youth. Besides the endless question marks, the only thing visible
was his danger rating, cataclysm.
mean he has the power to sink this continent?
value must be over five thousand. How do we beat him?
As the danger
value grew the greater the gap between two points became. Someone who had this
much danger value would have more than enough power to beat the five of them at
three thousand danger value.
man showed happiness at the youth's arrival, "Lord Dragon Sovereign, kill
these ungrateful people and protect the Dragon Ancestor!"
Sovereign took a leisure walk to them. They felt their hairs standing on end as
a terrifying killing intent shrouded them. Then a whistling dragon claw came as
he lifted his hand!
dragon claw pierced through the servant, yet the ecstatic look on his face
never vanished. The five were unclear if he unusual Dragon Sovereign was a
friend or foe.
sent his voice, "He must be an Autarch rank. We must think of a way to
escape. An Autarch's power is not something we can handle."
thought, If there's one to fear, that's an Autarch!
Chen Ming also
sent his voice, "I will set up a teleportation array to Yan Mountain. Once
the fight starts, we can get away!"
They all gazed
at Chen Ming, No way! You can even do that?
at a whim anytime and anywhere?
of a fake immortal cultivator!
Sovereign's face was delicate, and not at all bulky, but the five didn't dare
underestimate him. He looked long and hard at the five with his golden pupils,
giving them a feeling as if a vicious beast was on the prowl, "Did you
came to kill the Dragon Ancestor?"
Chen Ming gave
a split second answer, "No! We came to visit! We heard senior is nearing
his end and came bearing gifts!"
Is this a
joke? Think I'll speak the truth in front of a Dragon Sovereign so powerful?
Dao Dragon was
blunt, "I heard your discussion with the servant!"
Chen Ming was
almost lost for words, "You knew and still asked. Are you sick or
Sovereign waved carelessly, "I just wanted confirmation. If you came to
kill Dragon Ancestor, you must have some preparations made. That old geezer is
close to rotting but still has some fight left in him. With you five's power,
you do have a small chance of succeeding."
with this Dragon Sovereign?
put away the scythe, "You're not a servant? Why do you want us to kill Dao
Dragon is the one who made-up the story you all know. That story, for me, isn't
the real truth."
scrunched his eyebrows, Is this pushing us to walk the storyline?
Sovereign looked for a stone to sat one, turning a blind eye to the astonished
look of the five, "Eight hundred years ago, I entered the Land of the
Dragon Hoard and devoted myself to Dao Dragon. I became one of his fanatics,
studied Dao Dragon's cultivation method and magical arts. But I didn't know he
left a strange effect in my cultivation method, making me his puppet. Whatever
he said sounded true to me, until three hundred years ago. I somehow broke free
of his control and that is when I also learned of the true history."
wanted to become immortals needed a star to act as their fate, to support their
cultivation. Dao Dragon took a liking to this continent and wanted its Fate
Star. He came on this land, wiped out all its cultivators and proclaimed
himself Dao, in attempt to change it into his Immortal Domain. But as he was
corrupting the people, turning them in servants, Immortal Coiling Dragon
Coiling Dragon fought and wounded Dao Dragon gravely, while also receiving
injuries himself. Then, the cultivators rebelled and attacked Dao Dragon until
Dragon's body died, he became a bone dragon, with his cultivation lowering to
the Sovereign rank, but no longer able to conquer the continent. As the people
of that time died, he made up the story you've all heard, believing he is a
reincarnation of righteousness."
years ago, I overheard Bone Dragon speaking of getting in touch with a friend,
Shi Jiuquan, who attempted to turn the continent into a Ghost Domain, helping
Bone Dragon's body return to being immortal.
said that Shi Jiuquan barely won, but then the ancient immortal sects sealed
him. Now, Dao Dragon gathers his servants to attack the ancient immortal
to think that evil meant killing without reason. Only now I realize that true
evil is controlling others, leaving them without awareness, and turning them
into walking corpses."
said, "You know Dao Dragon is evil and your cultivation is enough to
defeat him, so why didn't you kill him?"
that I don't want to. As I've said, Dao Dragon can control his servants,
becoming stronger the closer one gets to him. If I get too close, your only way
out is death. At that time, it won't be me anymore, but a servant!"
didn't feel like mincing words, "Then what's his weakness? Since you said
we have a chance at killing him, he must have one."
Sovereign nodded, "Correct, there's a wound left behind by Immortal
Coiling Dragon in his chest. If you can make use of this, you will kill
Liu Xuancha cupped
his hands, "Thank you, we will be on our way then!"
Just when they
were about to delve deeper into the Land of the Dragon Hoard, Dragon
Sovereign's voice sounded next to them, "Don't hesitate to attack any
servants you see. They have no hope of waking up. They all became twisted
creatures of evil."
In a part of
the Land of the Dragon Hoard, a Sovereign gazed in the direction of Chen Ming's
party, "Even Dragon Sovereign failed? This enemy isn't to be
Behind him, a
hundred-zhang-long bone dragon's two blue flames for eyes pulsed, "Kill
bowed, "Yes, Lord Dragon Ancestor. I will kill them and maintain the
safety of the Land of the Dragon Hoard!"
about their way, Chen Ming popped a question, "Wait a sec! If the true
history is what that Dragon Sovereign said, then they're no scriptures on the
dragon scales. So why are we still going to kill Dao Dragon?"
All sounds of
walking stopped. Liu Xuancha reflected, "Your words seem to hold some
grain of reason!"
added, "Since there are no rumored scriptures, why are we still clearing
the Land of the Dragon Hoard?"
steeled his expression, exuding coldness, "We would've been better
fighting the demonic sect!"
The team made
a u-turn and walked towards Land of the Dragon Hoard's exit. Then the servant
Sovereign, leading tens of thousands of soldiers, came to the empty
battlefield. He asked, "Huh? Where's the enemy? How come they're
Chen Ming saw
Dragon Sovereign drinking wine at the entrance and cupped his hands, "Since
Dao Dragon's scales have no scriptures and we hold no mutual grudges, we will
forgo this matter. Goodbye!"
Sovereign looked stunned, Seriously!? You clearly said you wanted to
kill Dao Dragon, so why are you leaving?
How will I
get my freedom?
Dao Dragon might not have scripture scales but still hoarded many scriptures
from the slaughter he did ages ago. Below Dao Dragon's resting body is the
scripture that gave me my cultivation! There are many others and even some
exstinct cultivation methods!"
a glance, with a trace of hidden interest, yet Chen Ming cupped his hands,
"Words aren't needed, goodbye!"
Sovereign threw the wine bottle, standing with clenched teeth, "How about
this. If you kill Dao Dragon, I will give you a lecture on Autarch ranked
secrets of Grand Dao along with their fighting skills!"
drive a hard bargain. I will throw in ten thousand-year-old Dragon Blood Grass!
It's the best in body strengthening! It even effective on Sovereigns!"
not enough? I will also throw in a Sovereign ranked pill recipe!"
uh, that's about right. Killing monsters and vanquishing demons is our duty.
You triggered a storyline mission, Dragon Sovereign's Struggle.
Dragon Sovereign suffered under Bone Dragon for a long time and wishes for
freedom. Please kill Bone Dragon and release him from his pain. Reward: 50,000
spiritual knowledge, 3,000 fame, and Dragon Sovereign's gift."
swindling a spendthrift, while also getting a mission to boot, Chen Ming and
co. once again entered the Land of the Dragon Hoard filled with excitement. Liu
Xuancha couldn't help but show his approval of Chen Ming's haggling by giving a
thumb's up, "Fellow Daoist Chen Ming is an expert at bartering!"
cupped his hands, "You're too kind. This is the innate skill of an alchemy
though hard about something then expressed his doubts, "With fellow Daoist
Chen Ming's mastery in haggling, then won't we suffer from buying pills from
flipped on the spot, "You love to buy without buying! Since you have guts,
go buy somewhere else. Other sects buy pills from Yan Mountain at ten times the
normal value, while you who buys them at the original price still think its
high? This deal won't happen!"
also thought it unreasonable, as Yan Mountain was quite earnest in their
prices, "Fellow Daoist Chen Ming, you know I am a coarse fellow with no
propriety. Don't take what I say to heart!"
Fairy Zi Xia
was quick to act, "Please calm your anger your Eminence!"
Chen Ming was
in a sour mood as he glared at the fearful Sovereigns, That should
settle it. It's great they didn't catch wind of my booming pill profits, or it
would've been dreadful!
get back, I need to tighten the lips of my disciples. It's not good to let
others know of Yan Mountain's secret.
again, into the Land of the Dragon Hoard, Fairy Zi Xia unleashed her stealth
art and turned into a purple cloud flying overhead while hiding her. Chen Ming
took to his crow form and stood on the cloud. He looked around before saying,
"C'mon! Have you seen purple clouds before? Can't your stealth art be
normal for a change?"
Fairy Zi Xia
looked around to find only her cloud was purple. She made some gestures and the
color changed to black. Chen Ming was perched on the cloud as it floated in the
deepths of this Land of the Dragon Hoard.
foremost, he had to find out the enemy's power, along with his troop
deployment. Or they might unwittingly fall into a trap.
infiltrated the Land of the Dragon Hoard, Chen Ming saw countless servants
patrolling on the ground. He began to understand their forces, consisting of a hundred
thousand servants. Attacking the ancient immortal sects with so few? Is
he committing suicide?
is he relying on to attack?
guessed, It has to be that Dragon Sovereign!
cultivation was so strong only the four Sages could deal with him. If they
waited for when the Sages were tied in the war with the demonic sect, Dragon
Sovereign's sudden appearance would have a surprisingly large effect.
Sovereign was fighting for freedom from under Bone Dragon's control and wanted Chen
Ming to kill Bone Dragon in Dragon Sovereign's stead. Bone Dragon wasn't a
saint, that's for sure, and, from Dragon Sovereign's cultivation, he seemed to
hold on to some nice things.
There was a
huge cave beneath, with all the servants on high alert. This had to be the Bone
Dragon's lair, "Wait here while I go scout Bone Dragon's
He left a
nation weapon with Fairy Zi Xia, then flew into the cave,
any danger, I can just teleport. He flew along the cave, with the
servants ignoring him. Some commented, "Hey, a crow came in!"
here to admire Dragon Ancestor's mighty bearing!"
stupid or what? How can a crow know of Dragon Ancestor's greatness?"
servants with unsound mind, Chen Ming flew for a hundred li before he saw light
coming from pearls, jewels, and treasure. In this treasure laid a long long
sleeping Bone Dragon.
an eastern dragon? How come it likes to sleep on money?
But soon came
to an understanding. If it were a real dragon, it wouldn't cultivate to
immortality. That Flood Dragon was so fierce, yet it only had a trace of dragon
blood. And a fake one at that!
If it had a
drop of real dragon blood, the Flood Dragon would fly in the sky!
As for those
with only true dragon blood in their veins, they were truly powerful beings.
roamed his eyes over the pile of treasure beneath the dragon, but all he found
was mortal treasure. Gold, silver, gems, and the like. Just that their
amount is close to that of a mountain. These things are too many, and more like
a pile of junk!
Chen Ming went
to an immense box and ented through a crack. And what dazzled his eyes were
scales carved with scriptures!
Sovereign lie to me? There're scripture scales right here!
about that for now. Got to comprehend them first. The battle has yet to start,
and if Dragon Sovereign words prove false, I'll just leave.
dropped on a scale who was filled with slash marks as if made from an ax. No
way! Are these what you guys truly want?
there only slashes on it?
the scriptures on this scale!"
The scripture is too damaged."
seems like there's no hope of getting them out of these scales. I can only take
those under the Dao Dragon's body. Chen Ming came out of the box and
took a stare at Dao Dragon:
Body Aura(fake), Dragon Bones Aura(fake), Clouds and Rain Aura'
birthed like a mountain range, and buried as a dragon nest.
stronger body than an average hardship cultivator.
eternal even in death, feeding on nature's creatures
chance to become a Bone Dragon after death
the storm is ever my companion!
activated, can summon storm and lightning.'
of the Dragon Bone Aura(fake) already triggered. Who knew dragons have such
talents. They appear to be one of the rulers of this world.
Aura(fake)'s effect is weird. His body is as strong as a hardship cultivator.
This must be the reason behind Bone Dragon's might.
Lead by the
trail of gold and jewels, Chen Ming got to a human-sized door.
this was where he kept the things that held the servants in check. He went
inside through the small door window and his eyes reflected loads and loads of
be all died out scriptures of this land from ages past. There should be hardly
any duplicates with mine, increasing my strength.
picked a random book, Asura of Slaughter, and thought, "Comprehend this
Comprehending Asura of Slaughter requires a thousand merits. Continue?"
Since it was
only a thousand, it could only take him to the Dao Seed stage, "Direct
Chen Ming's number of Dao Palaces was raised by one.
didn't spend any spiritual knowledge to bring it to the Dao Seed stage, as it
would invite the Heavenly Tribulation over. How can a Bone Dragon not
notice a Heavenly Tribulation?
looked for the rare cloud manuals, of which he found three, further adding to
As for the
others, there were hardly any duplicates he already had, and Dao Palaces
sprouted in his body one after another, bumping his power a good deal.
Chen Ming set
to work, gaining enlightenment every time a book passed through his dexterous
hands. Let's see if the scriptures here can soak all my merits.
Once he was
done with a book, Chen Ming threw it in his ring. I say, with a
thousand books here, and most of them died out, this becomes a real
He even found
magical arts, with three of them at them immortal rank. One was a truly special
immortal sword art, the Vanishing Immortal Sword, astonishing him. Finally
found an immortal sword art!
sword art and sword art are two different things. The first was related to
flying swords, unleashing attacks from a distance with spiritual power. Sword
art referred to handheld swords, which hardship cultivator attacks using the
power of their bodies. The sword never left a hardship cultivator's hand, this
was why their sword arts were also called hegemon sword arts.
This is not
for Zhuo Qingyao, more befitting of me. When I'll be sending ten thousand
swords on the attack, each releasing an immortal art, the strength will be
higher by a few levels!
Now that my
Dao Palaces increased, I might even handle an immortal art's spiritual power
He saw that
Vanishing Immortal Sword used up the same amount of merits as Finger From
Beyond. He only learned two stages, taking ten thousand merits with them. Once
at the second stage, his Unity stage in sword Dao reached the peak!
immortal sword art for you!
Vanishing Immortal Sword was so damn great it had a range of hundreds of li!
Immortal Sword should also have the hidden trait, covering its trail.
Unity stage was the Sword Intent. Everyone had only one inside them, and Chen
Ming was no exception. He might have many Dao Palaces but Sword Intent was
unique. Thus, Chen Ming held no interest in other Sword Intents. He needed one
that melded ten thousand sword energies together. This was the way to maximize
He reached the
doorstep of the Sword Intent stage a long time ago. How could I not,
when I have tens of Unity stage sword arts. But when it came to making
that final step, Chen Ming had no clue how to even approach it.
I need more comprehension in the sword Dao.
resumed stashing and comprehending these scriptures.
With no commotion
from the surface, Chen Ming continued unabashed. Six hours later, his work was
done, leaving him with a slight feeling of remorse, since there were no time
and space cultivation methods. They must be even rarer than rare.
Chen Ming had
seen his more than fair share of scriptures, yet never met one with those
spotless and empty space before him, and since there was nothing more of
interest here, he waved Dao Empyrean Bamboo, sending a nation weapon in his
hand and teleported above the clouds!
the sword here and returned to crow form, scaring Fairy Zi Xia, "How did
you pop out all of a sudden? Are you a man or a demon?"
seen many demons, so tell me. Have you seen a more elegant and refined demon
Fairy Zi Xia
said, "Then how did you get here?"
chuckled, "I left a teleportation array here."
expected Fairy Zi Xia to sigh in amazement with An array master can
also do that? But she covered her white chest glaring with her guard
up, "You're saying you left a teleportation array on my body and can
appear next to me at any time? Just what are you trying to do to me?"
can't be thinking of taking advantage of the time I bathe or sleep to suddenly
pop next to me, are you? Or is it that you've done it already?"
spread his black wing, "Stop, stop! I carved a teleportation array on my
weapon. Do you think you can carve one on a human?"
Fairy Zi Xia
rolled her eyes, "Chen Ming, how would I know! Maybe you just left one
pondered, "Onto more serious matters, your idea seems reasonable. I can
leave a spiritual sword with a teleportation array carved on it on my legacy
disciples and then get to them when they're in danger!"
Yet a sudden
picture came to his mind, that of Chen Lingyu raising a sword high while
shouting, "Come out my strongest summon, Master!"
would be so perfect I can't even look.
image out of my head!