felt his reputation hit rock-bottom. ‘Want Tian, you bastard, weren’t you high
and mighty before? What the hell got you so scared?’
smiled at Li Changgeng, “A disciple’s virtue is a Master’s duty to foster.
Qingyao wasn’t sensible. I will definitely guide her to be such a virtuous
face flushed, laughing from embarrassment, “There’s no need.”
eyed the judge, “Now can I challenge a legacy disciple?”
face-palmed, ‘For years I’ve been presiding over this competition, but this was
the quickest.’, “Of course.”
waved her sword, “Senior sister Li Qian’er, care to exchange pointers? “
wasn’t scared like the rest disciples, and leaped on stage, smiling, “Since you
are so eager, then let me ‘teach’ you!”
bowed slightly, “Then please ‘teach’ me, senior sister.”
eyes shook, ‘There’s bad blood between them?’
The judge was
also a legacy disciple and enjoyed presiding over this competition. But this
time, it seemed, that he wasn’t able to show his skill!
smiled, “A match is so boring, so plain, unable to teach you properly. How can
it touch the meaning of cultivation? Wouldn’t a life and death battle be
was afraid she wasn’t going to fight, but now she knew that she wanted a life
and death battle, something she happily agreed, “Alright, please guide me,
thought, ‘Good, now I can show my skill!’
wasn’t interested in anything else, mostly because of the ‘Ding!’ in his head.
Mission: help Zhuo Qingyao earn first place in the inner sect disciple
competition is complete. Reward: 1000 merits. the second disciple
‘Good, such an
abundant reward, and it came with a new disciple position too!’
It must be
noted, that an exceptionally talented disciple was like fast-growing chives for
him. Let’s take Zhuo Qingyao for example, to Chen Ming, she was just a quick
the harvest was such a refreshing activity.
But he wasn’t
paying attention to any of this. What concerned him was his fiend cultivation,
and if he could promote it. A cultivation method’s stage defines its limit. The
more stages it has the faster the cultivator progresses. He now had 1180 merits
and over 4100 spiritual knowledge points.
current spiritual knowledge points, he should be able to promote Fire Crow Art
to the 4th stage of Dao Initiation realm. It wasn’t much if a cultivation
method reached this stage, but for a fiend’s cultivation, it was very
important. As long as the fiend cultivation method formed the Dao Seed, it
allowed the fiend to take human form. Wouldn’t it be odd if there was a Great
Fiend in human form?
showed no remorse when speaking in his mind, “Comprehend the Fire Crow
Comprehending the Fire Crow Art requires 1080 merits, continue?”
His whole body
felt as if an inferno surrounded him and the Dao Palace corresponding to
the Fire Crow Art inside of him began to change. It concentrated all the flames
inside an egg, and if this process were to continue it would slowly hatch. But
he comprehended instantly, so the egg hatched soon after, with a blazing
three-legged Fire Crow bursting out of it. Fire engulfed it, with eyes shining
like gold, and wings made of immense flames.
This was Chen
Ming’s first Dao Seed. He never imagined his first Dao Seed would be a fiend Dao
formation of the Dao Seed, the Fire Crow Art reached the Dao Initiation realm,
so he asked, “How many spiritual knowledge points do I need to promote the
Fire Crow Art to the 4th stage of Dao Initiation realm?”
spiritual knowledge points.”
This left him
with around a thousand points, to avoid any future problems. Chen Ming felt the
surge of spiritual power inside him, as the time finally came to use the
rewards from the completed missions.
has formed a Dao Seed and also cultivates in two other cultivation methods. To
calculate strength more easily, danger value and rating have been added.”
checked the changes to his status.
mid-level Cannon Fodder.
Initiation realm. (There is no longer any relation between your strength and
Limitless Dao Body.
Methods: Fire Crow Art, completed. Dragon Form Art, stage 6/9. (At the 9th stage
a Dao Seed is formed). Nines Mysteries Art, stage 24/81. (At the 72nd stage a
Dao Seed is formed). Heavenly Thunder Nine Changes Art, stage 1/9. Dao Canon,
Lustrous King Sword Art, Benevolent Sword Heart. Fairy Sword Art, entry-level.
Dao Seed: Fire
180 (If the value isn’t calculated, then it means it is controlled)
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.
settled, Chen Ming drew his attention to the fight. Zhuo Qingyao’s danger value
was 54 while Li Qian’er was 48. Like this, the outcome should be obvious.
A game of cat
an mouse played on stage, with ruthless strikes thrown in between chases. But
Zhuo Qingyao was only using sword energy and not her strongest move, the
disciple also returned strikes in a relaxed manner, showing the other
disciples they weren’t her match, “Thank god we left earlier. Zhuo Qingyao can
match a legacy disciple in power. If it were us instead, then the result would
Chen is also incredible. It took only a month for senior sister Zhuo Qingyao to
reach this level!”
Master has powerful disciples. But senior sister’s talent must also be great,
or even with Great Elder Chen’s guidance, she wouldn’t be this strong.”
“If I could
learn even half a move from Great Elder Chen, then I could sweep all my
mention the fact that you need just a short amount of time under Grand
Elder Chen’s guidance and your strength will soar!”
The scene on
the stage changed greatly as the blows grew more vicious. The two exchanged
dozens of strikes, startling the audience, and even retreating in fear from
being hit by the sword energy. Zhuo Qingyao knew she couldn’t go on like this
and pointed her sword at the sky then executed the Overlord’s Rule!
moment, even if she didn’t show everything, this overbearing sword scared the
inner disciples, “How can this be?”
just executed the move that made Grand Elder Chen famous.”
All the elders
jumped to their feet, watching Zhuo Qingyao, “This feeling isn’t wrong, it is
indeed the Overlord’s Rule!”
talent pierces the heavens!”
Elder Chen and now Zhuo Qingyao, they will bring the Endless Swords Sect into
an age of prosperity!”
only a month to learn Grand Elder Chen’s Overlord’s Rule!”
“This kind of
talent is unheard of!”
released a ten-foot sword energy and hacked Li Qian’er’s sword to pieces,
causing her to fly like a kite without strings and cough blood. Zhuo Qingyao
didn’t let go of this chance and jumped at her opponent to deal the death
‘You threw me
off a cliff and I kill you. It’s karma!’
Qingyao’s Fairy Sword was about to land, they heard a powerful voice, “Stop!”
A streak of
sword energy flew at Zhuo Qingyao, scarring her back and causing her to cough
blood. If she didn’t train in the Nine Nines Mysteries Art, making her body far
stronger then a fellow disciple, the sword energy would have been enough to
take her life!
was one of the Endless Swords Sect’s elders, and also the son of the first
Grand Elder, Gongsun.
He wasn’t old,
only thirty-nine years old, with a 3rd stage of Dao Initiation realm
cultivation and of good talent. If it weren’t for Chen Ming, he would have been
the next in line for the Sect Leader position.
jumped to Zhuo Qingyao and helped her lay in front of Li Changgeng, “Please
look after Qingyao.”
and Chen Ming might have disputes, but they still valued fairness.
He nodded, “Be
at ease. I will take care of her.”
said Li Qian’er when Gongsun Zhi supported her.
rage-filled eyes glared at Chen Ming, “Did you know? If it weren’t for you, I
would be the one to inherit the Sect Leader position. Everything changed when
you showed up!”
laughed, “The winner is always right. It has been true since time immemorial.
With an inferior talent, you should work harder on your cultivation!”
that was all? Did you know, when Qian’er and I are under the sheets, she calls
your name instead!”
master-disciple love! And he unknowingly made Gogsun Zhi wear a green hat!
cursed, “How should I know? It’s not my fault I’m so handsome!”
laughed hard, “In the end, it doesn’t matter. Chen Ming, you think the Pitfall
Mountain isn’t aware of how unrestrained the Regent’s estate is? Pitfall
Mountain’s Fiend General Savage Bull is leading monsters here, as we speak.
While all you Elders enjoy the inner sect disciple competition, Fiend General
Savage Bull is finishing devouring the Sect Leader!”
“Chen Ming, if
you drop to your knees and beg forgiveness, I will give you a swift end. If
not, then you will suffer the cruelest of tortures, deprived of even death!”
peaked at Gongsun Zhi’s danger value, 130; a trash to the end.
Triggered a storyline mission: neutralize Endless Swords Sect’s crisis. Reward
is based on the mission’s completion rating. Standard reward: 500 spiritual
knowledge, 50 fame.”
had to die, a traitor like him deserved nothing better. Chen Ming panicked,
“What! Pitfall Mountain had this place surrounded?“
moved towards him, “Gongsun Zhi, no, Sir Gongsun, I don’t wanna die. Give me a
was brimming with pride, The day finally came for you to beg, “Ha-ha-ha,
Qian’er, do you see? This Chen Ming is just a coward, just what did
touched his neck, now sporting a thin line of blood, left by the Lustrous King
Sword, “Y-you! Aren’t you afraid of Pitfall Mountain’s retaliation?”
struck again, this time aiming for his chest and piercing his heart, “You worry
too much. I’ll think about it after killing you.”
a 3rd stage Dao Initiation realm cultivator. Obtained 30 spiritual knowledge
withdrew his sword and looked at Li Qian’er on the floor, “Give her to Qingyao
to kill when she wakes up! I’ll go check the back of the mountain, while you
activate the guarding array!”
He jumped on
his sword and flew towards Sect Leader’s peak. There, he saw a Fiend General
with a bull’s head, covered in armor and a battle-ax, as he carried the
unconscious Sect Leader.
that he was the Fiend General Savage Bull and found that his danger value was
250! This person shouldn’t be provoked. Don’t look down on a mere seventy
points difference. When he made quick work of Gongsun Zhi, he had a forty
points lower value than Chen Ming.
fighting higher stages, rules still governed them!
Savage Bull, there were tens of Great Fiends, all at the Dao Initiation realm!
Just how could
he solve this crisis?
eyes glazed over when he looked at the Fiend General because the Savage Bull
had an aura.
stupid would be an insult to the word.
to Mind-numbing Aura. He has no basic intelligence, the problem is how did it
ever get so low.’
also has such an innate aura?
It looked as if
he was begging to be duped. Chen Ming shifted his Fire Crow Art’s Dao Palace to
the front and changing his energy to fiend energy.
Lustrous King Sword and then formed a cloud with his new energy.
dashed in front of Fiend General Savage Bull and raved, “You ruined
saw the human-shaped monster flying at him and was shocked, Impossible!
Could he be an Archfiend? Only an Archfiend can take human form, just like
Pitfall Mountain’s master.
Even if he
wasn’t an Archfiend in human form, a Great Fiend was also able to take human
form. But because the fiend before him had a complete human form, it proved he
formed his Dao Seed.
sensed that the fiend before him was weaker than him, but he didn’t dare show
contempt. Who knew if he were an Archfiend in hiding. And as for not
considering the man in front of him, not a fiend, now that was a tasteless
joke. How couldn’t he be, when he had such thick fiend energy around him?
asked, “Brother, from which mountain are you?”
began, “It’s a long story. When I was a mere crow, a great serpent wanted to
eat me, but Pitfall Mountain’s Archfiend killed it with a wave of his hand,
saving my life. I then sank all my focus into cultivating, so that I could
return this favor to Sir Archfiend. I wanted to leave the Pitfall Mountain when
I reached the Great Fiend stage but had to delay my departure since I didn’t
find an appropriate gift for Sir Archfiend. So I went to Yan Empire and found
it was conspiring to remove itself from under Sir Archfiend’s control. I then
took the Regent’s Prince form and intended to gift the entire Yan Empire to Sir
Archfiend. But you ruined my plan! You offended the Pitfall Mountain, you
offended Sir Archfiend!”
no offense. Wait, so you are from Pitfall Mountain, well so are we!”
faked astonishment, “What, you’re also from Pitfall Mountain!”
flew next to Chen Ming, patting him on the shoulder, “Hahaha, so we are from
the same mountain. I saw that brother has imposing energy and lofty bearing.
You will certainly become a powerful fiend. Our Archfiend doesn’t need a gift
and when he learns of brother’s talent, he will be immensely pleased. Meeting a
fellow brother is a cherishable moment, come, let’s drink!”
smiled, “Then I’ll go get everybody excellent dishes to go along with wine!”
waved his hand at Sect Leader, “What dishes, isn’t this a human?”
carried the Sect Leader to the Endless Swords Sect. There, he checked on Zhuo
Qingyao and saw how she would soon recover, thanks to Li Changgeng’s pill. He
was thinking of preparing something for her, certain that he wouldn’t be
returning as soon as the last time.
auras complement each other. Cliff Falling Aura’s level might not be high, but
it worked with the Dire Straits Aura, letting her practically hit
that 10% chance each time.
He settled on
sending Zhuo Qingyao to train on Cliff Mountain’s cliffs, filled with cliffs of
course. The leader there was only a Great Fiend that just entered the Dao
Initiation realm, but with Wang Meng looking out for her from the shadows, she
shouldn’t encounter any difficulties.
Chen Ming left
her a letter: ‘Disciple, you have reached the 7th stage of Dao Sense realm and
need to go out to be aware of the Grand Dao. Your Master has left behind
endless treasures on Cliff Mountain. You want them? Look for them!’
people saw this letter, then it would be the start of the Great Bandit Era.(1)
arranging the letter, he sent word to Wang Meng to protect Zhuo Qingyao. While
there he also took a fire attribute spiritual sword in passing, then changed to
using the Fire Crow Art. He gathered some quality dried meat from the Regent’s
estate than some wine that went well with it and then flew back to Savage Bull.
The two of them drank and chatted without care, even made a sacred oath and
became sworn brothers.
threw meat after meat in his mouth then stretched his hand towards Chen
Chen Ming saw
the remaining meat in his hand and felt nervous.
Savage Bull gobbled up the rest of the meat, “Brother, what is this dried meat,
I have never eaten this kind of met before. It has such a rich flavor, it’s
‘It would be a
wonder if you had eaten, beef that is!’
something younger brother hunted, a deer by a creek in the White Mountain!“
Said Chen Ming.
expression was unclear, “So deer meat can taste this good...”
Chen Ming couldn’t tell what he was thinking, ‘Where would I even begin to
guess what is in this thing’s head when it can’t even do elementary math? Too
hard, it’s impossible!’
feast, Savage Bull said, “Right, why are we here again?”
Fiends gave overlapping responses, “A cultivator told us to come to destroy the
Endless Swords Sect.”
“So it was
only this small matter. Let’s return to Pitfall Mountain, with brother joining
us is more important. Right, what are you called, brother? “
Neutralize Endless Swords Sect’s crisis, completed. Mission rating: average.
Obtained 500 spiritual knowledge and 50 fame.”
mulled it over, ‘This way I will later be a trojan horse to the fiends, the
best would be to be as inconspicuous as possible’, “Wandering Crow.”
journey through the Myriad Mountains, Fiend General Savage Bull informed Chen
Ming of Pitfall Mountain’s influence. The ruler was an azure lion, known as
Archfiend Azure Lion, older than a thousand years and has been controlling this
mountain for the last hundreds of years.
Mountain wasn’t just a mountain, as it had four immense chains buried in the
surrounding cliffs tied to the mountain peak, dangling above the abyss around
the mountain. The entire mountain was one gargantuan rock, lacking trees and
filled with numerous caves of all sizes.
And Chen Ming
was now stepping on the bridge leading to it. He rose many fiends’ eyebrows,
after all, he was in human form. Did this mean he was an Archfiend?
Azure Lion sat on a throne of bones as three of his four Fiend Generals stood
at his beck and call.
Fire from a
bonfire flickered inside the cave, revealing the only completely transformed
human of the four of them, the Archfiend Azure Lion.
Azure Lion had a blue standard draped on his body and azure hair akin to a wild
lion. He had fierce features as if they were sculpted with an ax, holding a
shinny human skull in his large and mighty hand, “Where do you think we should
assign Wandering Crow?”
The four Fiend
General, besides Savage Bull, controlled the kingdoms around Pitfall Mountain
and the lesser fiends. The Fiend General White Wolf handled the kingdoms while
Fiend General Gorilla and Fiend General Stag managed the fiends.
As for Savage
Bull, Archfiend Azure Lion made him go around the Pitfall Mountain’s
territories, but after bringing chaos everywhere he went, he clenched his teeth
and made him his bodyguard.
White Wolf replied, “Based on Savage Bull, Wandering Crow might be at the 4th
stage of Dao Initiation realm, but since he can take human form, then he must
have formed a Dao Seed. In the next thirty years, I’m afraid we’ll have another
Azure Lion nodded, ‘I knew this already, so what the f*ck do you mean by
White Wolf, “Therefore, this important matter is a matter between Archfiends.
We don’t dare to involve ourselves, and request Sir Archfiend to make the
Azure Lion’s thought, ‘Then why did I bother calling you here?’
with Wandering Crow first!” Spoke Archfiend Azure Lion.
discussing it all day won’t have any damn result.’
entered the cave and felt the pressure given by the Archfiend, as his danger
value was over 500.
A for the
Fiend Generals, the highest belonged to White Wolf, 270, followed by Gorilla’s,
260, and the last being Stag, 240.
King has officially become the strongest person Chen Ming has ever encountered.
successfully infiltrated Pitfall Mountain, while your identity remained
undiscovered. Triggered the undercover mission’s first objective: become a
member of Pitfall Mountain. Reward: 300 spiritual knowledge, 30 fame.”
‘Eh? Only 300
spiritual knowledge? I guess even a mosquito has meat, it’s still worth ten 3rd
stage of Dao Initiation realm cultivators I guess, since becoming a member of
Pitfall Mountain was more than certain.’
gazed at Archfiend Azure Lion with his burning eyes, (he used the Fire Crow
Art), “I finally meet you, Sir Archfiend. When I was but a mere crow, a great
serpent cornered me, on the verge of devouring me. But thanks to you, Sir
Archfiend, my life was spared, gracing me with the chance of seeing you again,
still imposing and majestic as before!”
Azure Lion’s thought, ‘I lived for hundreds of yeas, killed countless great serpents,
how would I pay attention to a small crow?’ He was no fool, as he knew he used
the great serpent as an excuse to reach to him, “Good little brother, it was a
trifling matter, no need to care about it!”
shook his head, “That won’t do, this favor is something I must return!”
Azure Lion thought, then followed with, “How about this, good little brother
will temporarily become Eagle Peak’s master, leading the birds(bird fiends),
and will meet again after you have broken through to Archfiend!”
be given to the powerful. In any case, Eagle Peak was an ordinary area under
his control. He would let Chen Ming do what he wanted and didn’t matter even if
he became an Archfiend. He was just a glorified commander, with no Fiend
Generals under him, that could only stay close to a man of power, like him.
Completed undercover mission’s first objective. Reward: 300 spiritual
knowledge, 30 fame.”
One Piece reference.
He faced no
resistance when he assumed command of the Eagle Peak, as the bird fiends
thought he was the second Archfiend of Pitfall Mountain. They even lacked a
Fiend General and so, they received him with all respect.
Chen Ming now
knew what power the Eagle Peak held, thirty-six Dao Initiation realm Great
Fiends, not something Archfiend Azure Lion would pay attention to. Pitfall
Mountain had hundreds of Great Fiends, proving to be a considerable force for a
fringe area of the Myriad Mountains.
But the surroundings
of Pitfall Mountain, all had Archfiend accompanied by conflicts.
started to think of a way to divert Pitfall Mountain’s attention from the Yan
Empire and spent all day gathering important information.
To do this he
had to understand the bitter conflicts that arose in the area. Thus, Chen Ming
sent his Great Fiends to scout, the more important the information was, the
found that Savage Bull adores eating venison, constantly watching Fiend General
Stag with shifty eyes!”
General Stag brought a female boar in his cave. When he came out he started
putting on his clothes, revealing content and relaxed expression!”
‘No way! The
information you gathered is controversial indeed, but it’s f*king useless!’
General White Wolf sneaked inside Savage Bull’s territory...”
perked up. It seemed that these two had a valuable secret and might be in
cahoots with each other. Chen Ming grew impatient, “And then?”
The black hawk
giving the report gave a mysterious smile, “I don’t know what Fiend General
White Wolf did to Savage Bull’s cows but White Wolf’s men started drinking
smacked him out of the cave, “Scram!”
‘A bunch of
trash! You’d be better of as reporters!’
When Chen Ming
saw that Great Fiend Black Hawk returned while covering his face, he asked,
“Got anything else to add?”
Black Hawk nodded.
Black Hawk didn’t understand, but still reported, “I recently found that Fiend
General Gorilla sneaked in Archfiend Azure Lion’s lair when he was away.”
eyes sparkles, ‘Didn’t think bushy eyebrow Gorilla would defect. He must be an
Archfiend’s spy, to infiltrate Azure Lion King’s lair and steal his
nodded, “Alright, you are free to leave. Let’s see what is Fiend General
Gorilla up to!”
activated the Fire Crow Art and turned into a pitch-black ordinary crow,
something he could do since he formed the Dao Seed. For fiends, once they
formed the Dao Seed they could take human shape and for humans, it seemed to be
moved the Dao Canon’s Dao Palace in front. With the first volume, now one could
differentiate him from an ordinary man. Adding the fact that Dao Canon lacked
an attribute, this made him look like any ordinary crow out there.
He hid outside
Fiend General Gorilla’s cave waiting for him to sneak into Archfiend Azure
In the middle
of the night, it amazed him it wasn’t Fiend General Gorilla who came out but Fiend
General White Wolf who came in instead, ‘Could they be
went inside Gorilla’s cave followed by Chen Ming’s wings flapping towards the
entrance, eavesdropping on Gorilla, “Archfiend Azure Lion’s Spirit Devouring
Art reached it’s peak and will soon be completed, causing his appetite grows
larger and larger.”
said, “There are barely any Great Fiends with no affiliation left. We must risk
grabbing Great Fiends from another Archfiend’s territory.”
power, if we don’t meet a Fiend General, no one will know. This is a
crucial time for our Archfiend, we must make sure not to cause chaos! “
to fear, once this period passes and Archfiend Azure Lion becomes a Great
Archfiend, we will garner great merits and become Archfiends!”
The two fiends
suited into black clothes, only their eyes revealed, then stepped on their
Chen Ming sat
on a fiend’s spear, ‘Fiend General Gorilla doesn’t plan on rebelling but to
fulfill Azure Lion’s secret order. What cultivation method is this Spirit
Devouring Art, allowing a cultivator to devour Great Fiends?’
holding the spear was drowsy, but then he saw there was a crow perched on it,
“Ha-ha-ha, heaven favors me by gifting me this crow. Let me grab and roast
ignored the fiend and flew after the Fiend Generals.
suited Chen Ming like a glove, helping him hide, but looking like any other
crow didn’t hurt. He followed the two until they reached White Fox Mountain.
This territory’s Archfiend was a three-tailed fox, known as Archfiend White
Fox, having significant power under her. But she didn’t enjoy fighting and
White Wolf and
Gorilla entered a cave with no effort, knocked out a Great Fiend. They used the
same method until they got four captives, then retreated in the night.
said, “This affair won’t cause any problems, and this area is the border
between White Fox Mountain and Thousand Serpents Cave. It shouldn’t cast any
suspicion on us, but we can’t take more since it will draw White Fox Mountain’s
attention. Let’s go!”
nodded, “Alright, let’s take them to the prison.”
Chen Ming went
after them and when it cracked of dawn, they arrived at the prison, in the
Pitfall Mountain’s abyss. The two descended on a winding stone path on the
abyss’ wall for a mile or so, then the prison’s entrance came in sight.
Perched on the
path’s railing, Chen Ming could see prison cells on the abyss’ wall, holding
close to twenty Great Fiends.
Azure Lion, eyes bloodshot, transformed into a hundred feet Azure Lion, opened
its maw and swallowed a Great Fiend whole.
He then sat
cross-legged and controlled his spiritual power to digest his meal. Two hours
later, Chen Ming saw how his danger value increased, point by point, until 532!
If he keeps
this up, wouldn’t he become a Great Archfiend in a few years? At that
point, no matter how much he raised his cultivation with spiritual knowledge
points, he would still come short of matching Azure Lion’s power.
White Wolf and
Gorilla gave their report and left. Azure Lion smacked his mouth, “Devouring a
Great Fiend has such an amazing effect. I wonder how stronger will I get if eat
Wandering Crow? But the time isn’t right yet, the four Fiend General would feel
threatened when their shield is gone. I need to get stronger, and when the time
comes, I will devour the entire world, ha-ha-ha-ha!”
Triggered undercover mission’s second objective: rescue the prisoners.
Reward is based on how many Great Fiends you freed. If all prisoners die, the
used to demand the kingdoms to attack the smaller factions. Was it to train in
this Spirit Devouring Art? And with his current power, he switched to devouring
Great Fiends, increasing his danger value one point at a time. Moments later it
rose again showing that he could increase it without stopping.
happen if Archfiend Azure Lion continued to grow like this?
In a few
years, his value would be over one thousand and become a Great Archfiend. Even
if the other Archfiends found out his secret two years later, Archfiend Azure
Lion would be close to reaching the Great Archfiend level by then, and won’t be
understood why the Destroy the Pitfall Mountain mission had a D rating, this
Azure Lion was not your average Archfiend.
scanned the prison with his eyes and then left on his fiend cloud.
flapped his wings, finding that the prisoners were at the 1st or 2nd stage
of Dao Initiation realm. While Azure Lion’s power grew, he wanted to keep the
other Archfiends in the dark. That was why the captured Great Fiends had low
landed on a prison’s bars and listened to the mumbles of a pair of
ten-foot-long white foxes laid on the ground, “Azure Lion’s cultivation is too
evil, if we don’t return to White Fox Mountain and report this, then all the White
Fox Mountain’s fiends will become his next meal!”
“But how do we
get out of this underground prison?“
underground prison was cast from molted iron then strengthened by an array. As
matters stood, no prisoner would be able to break out with their low
Chen Ming flew
next to the Great Fiend guards who, like the Archfiend, were also azure
lion Great Fiends made sure the Archfiend left, “Sir left, let’s take out the
drinks. If we wait for Sir to finish training, we won’t get another chance!”
azure lion said, “It’s important to keep guard, what if something bad happens? “
Fiend who mentioned drinks replied, “What are you scared of, we are in Pitfall
Mountain’s restricted area. No one comes here but the Fiend Generals and
Archfiend, not to mention we have the key. Are you trying to say that a crow
will take the key and then lead these prisoners through all the patrols and
recalled what Black Hawk told him and had a clear image of Pitfall Mountain’s
Based on the
regular storyline, these guards would get wasted, and he would swoop in, take
the key then free the prisoners.
An hour later,
the guard would take a break when it cracked of dawn and would give him a
fifteen minutes window to escape.
waited for these guards to get drunk, but less than an hour later, the four of
them gave no sign of being wasted, “Goddammit, I knew that this could only
happen to the Main Character and not to someone like me. Seems I’ll have to do
A glimpse at
their Danger value showed they were around 120, even less than Gongsun Zhi.
cawed a few times and flapped his wing, then the leader of the four said,
“Fourth brother, grab that crow, it goes well with wine!”
brother began drooling, “Guarding here for these past days, made me forget the
taste of fowl. A crow shouldn’t be bad in comparison.”
In the abyss,
the fog still lingered, and Chen Ming flew inside it with the azure lion Great
Fiend close on his tail. He made sure the rest of the Great Fiends couldn’t see
fourth brother and turned into a human behind him, resting his Lustrous King
Sword on his neck. He whispered in his ear, “Don’t scream, or I can’t guarantee
my hand won’t slip and cut something that shouldn’t be cut.”
Fiend turned his head but didn’t recognize Chen Ming and since they
guarded this place for many days. He wore his black-feathered robe, and
his human form led the guard to believe he was in the presence of an
black-feathered robe was something the Great Fiends in Eagle Peak offered
when he took his new position. It was one hundred percent pure black hawk
plume, leaving Great Fiend Black Hawk’s skin shining as the day he was
Who would dare
ignore an Archfiend’s threat?
The azure lion
Great Fiend shivered a nod.
sword touched the Great Fiend’s neck and left a trace of blood, “Now, call one
of your brothers.”
The azure lion
turned his head and yelled, “Third brother, come quick, there are so many crows
laughed, “Fourth brother is really useless, let me check to see.”
swiped his sword, cutting the Great Fiend’s neck, “Uh, whoops, my hand
a 2nd stage Dao Initiation realm Great Fiend. Obtained 20 spiritual knowledge.”
collapse at his feet, while third brother was making his way through the mist towards
him, “Fourth brother, where are the crows?”
As the mist
retreated, a black shadow revealed itself in third brother’s eyes. He couldn’t
even react to the white longsword running through his chest.
withdrew his sword and watched as third brother collapsed. Then smiled, since
the ‘ding’ was missing, “Playing dead? Nice try, but this doesn’t work on me.”
waved his sword and planted it in third brother’s throat.
Chen Ming saw
the last two Great Fiend drinking. With Lustrous King Sword in his right hand
and the Fire Cloud Sword in his left, the sword he tempered in the Fire Crow
Art’s Dao Palace, he threw them at the guards. They sensed this and responded
by raising their long maces.
But how could
their current spiritual power be a match against a high-quality spiritual power
comparable to that of an Archfiend?
Yes, Chen Ming
already formed a Dao Seed, raising the quality of his spiritual power to that
of a newly promoted Archfiend, but of less quantity.
Or else, how
could his danger value reach 180, when his highest cultivation was the Fire
Crow Art, at the 4th stage of Dao Initiation realm?
King Sword and Fire Cloud Sword sliced the maces in two.
controlled the swords to continue attacking the Great Fiends. They couldn’t
just sit around and wait for death, so they released their spiritual power
forming a round shield around their body, effectively blocking the swords from
didn’t have the time for a friendly match, trade blow for blow. Wouldn’t
Archfiend Azure Lion discover him so?
Picking up a
mace, Chen Ming popped behind a Great Fiend. The target was pulled everything
in defending against a flying sword. If he didn’t, then how could he hold his
own against the improved spiritual power of an Archfiend?
flung the mace at the azure lion’s head. With the strength he got from the Nine
Nines Mysteries Art was at the 2nd stage of Dao Initiation realm, one hit
bloodied the azure lion’s forehead. Chen Ming went on swinging, muttering all
the while, “They do have stronger bodies than cultivators, being fiends an
It took no
less than seven hits to crush the Great Fiend’s skull and scatter his
With one down,
Chen Ming controlled the Lustrous King Sword to change targets. Working in
tandem, the two swords made quick work out of their opponent.
started waving the mace around, turning the bodies into mush and making sure no
one knew what killed them.
to see if he received the reward from his recent kills, Chen Ming picked a
bloody key from among the tenderized meat and glanced at the prisoners. The
white fox Great Fiend realized White Fox Mountain didn’t send Chen Mingo
to rescue him because he did not differ from an Archfiend.
“Who are you?
Why are you saving us?” White fox Great Fiend questioned.
smiled, “Oh no, I didn’t come to save you. I only want to make a deal with the
Archfiends behind you.”
“You all know
that Archfiend Azure Lion trains in Spirit Devouring Art and if we don’t kill
him, he will become a Great Archfiend soon, not something your Archfiends could
run from. “
right, we’ve all seen the evil method he is training in.” Nodded the white fox
your Archfiends Azure Lion’s secret and this will save their precious lives. I
am not a greedy person you know, this king only wants Pitfall Mountain! And
your freedom will be my gesture of good-will!”
stressed the words ‘this king’, to tell them of his status as an Archfiend.
cannot accept his deal.”
“Even if you
agree, it won’t hold any meaning. Tell your Archfiends and they’ll decide.”
Chen Ming threw
the key in white fox Great Fiend’s cage, who rushed to open the cages, letting
out twelve Great Fiends.
waved his hand, “Follow me.”
patrols' routes in his head, he used what was left of the night to his
advantage, along with the fifteen minutes the guard used to take a break, to
lead the thirteen Great Fiends through a complicated route at the border of
Pitfall Mountain. Here, he changed into a crow, also replacing his first Dao
Palace position with the one belonging to the Dao Canon. He then took to the
air, resuming guiding the escapees from above.
perched on a mountain peak and watched as the thirteen Great Fiends left
Pitfall Mountain’s territory, “Now I can finally begin making my stand. If all
works out, who knows, maybe it will destroy Pitfall Mountain.”
they all escaped, Chen Ming flew towards Eagle Peak. All he needs to do now was
to lay in wait for the war to erupt.
Undercover mission’s second objective completed, rescued thirteen Great Fiends.
Rating: perfect. Reward: 1300 spiritual knowledge, 130 fame.”
gathered over 2800 spiritual knowledge. This made Chen Ming consider promoting
his realm. After all, the war would soon start and only Fiend
Generals had the right to command Great Fiends. He needed to increase his
Crow Art to the 6th stage of Dao Initiation realm!”
The Dao Palace
corresponding to Fire Crow Art in his body burst with a warm glow,
increasing Chen Ming’s might and spiritual power.
He checked his
Methods: Fire Crow Art, completed. Dragon Form Art, stage 6/9. (At the 9th
stage a Dao Seed is formed). Nines Mysteries Art, stage 24/81. (At the 72nd
stage a Dao Seed is formed). Heavenly Thunder Nine Changes Art, stage 1/9. Dao
Canon, volume 1/18.
240 (Not calculated when it’s controlled)
It used over
2800 spiritual knowledge to jump his cultivation by two stages. With his almost
depleted spiritual knowledge, and his new strength, he could be a match to a
Fiend General, but not enough to go head to head with Fiend General White Wolf.
But that was
the reality. The Dao Initiation realm was divided into nine stages and reaching
the 7th stage brought about a change. Only after entering this stage could a
Fiend call himself a Fiend General, and a cultivator a Great Cultivator.
Reaching the danger value of a Fiend General at the 6th stage of Dao Initiation
realm was thanks to having the same profound spiritual power as an Archfiend.
On top of having the Dragon Form Art at the 2nd stage of Dao Initiation realm,
and the same went for the Nine Nines Mysteries Art.
power is changing and are no longer a simple cannon fodder. Because you are
now, a mid-level cannon fodder!”
advancement mission: stage upgrade.
slay an Archfiend.
removing the stage seal.
“What is this
Speaking plainly, the highest stage you can attain, for now, is the 6th stage
of Dao Initiation realm.“
“Why is there
such a strange restriction?”
you feel that, as a Limitless Dao Body who cherishes the three thousand Grand
Daos, you are insulting it by promoting a single cultivation method to
found it reasonable. If he only promoted a single cultivation method how was he
any different from other cultivators out there, what use would Limitless Dao
Body have then?
mission was insane. A 6th stage of Dao Initiation realm fighting an Archfiend
was equal to committing suicide!
In the furious
wind and cold waves, once you’re gone you cannot return!
With Chen Ming
promoting the other methods to this stage, the gap between him and an Archfiend
Pitfall Mountain on the brink of war? If he could use this battle to his
advantage, and kill-steal, wouldn’t this problem be as easy as
A line from a poem by Jing Ke before Qin
Dynasty. It means he has no choice but to do it once he started.
In front of
was soon back on her feet, but the atmosphere surrounding Endless Swords Sect
was strange. The elders surmised that Chen Ming went to deal with Pitfall
Mountain, a hero seeking justice, never to return. While taking care of Zhuo
Qingyao, the disciple pried the letter of its content.
Ming basically left with no hope of returning, his final letter became a will.
minds, Chen Ming was certain of the perils and hid all his treasures on Cliff
Mountain. Thus, the disciples assaulted the tool shops at the foot of the
Endless Swords Sect’s mountain, stripping them clean of all shovels and hoes.
say Chen Ming’s riches didn’t tempt them. He was a genius known throughout the
entire Yan Empire. Someone like him was sure to have had many fortuitous
Chen Ming left, he ended Gongsun Zhi with a single strike, making the elders
believe he had the same power as the Sect Leader.
Chen Ming had
an extraordinary talent, of equal strength to the Sect Leader when their ages
are hundreds of years apart!
couldn’t compare. Therefore, Chen Ming’s hidden treasures attracted even more
Chen Ming also
annihilated Murdering Temple, a battle that everyone came to know. He had
thirty thousand men when the enemy had a hundred thousand while holding terrain
advantage. Yet he still dominated the battlefield, earning a resounding
victory, with insignificant losses, while he personally killed a thousand men.
Who could have such divine skill and valor to accomplish this?
Want to be a
Come to Cliff
Mountain on a treasure hunt!
Want to be
incredible cultivation method?
pills and elixirs?
Ming’s Art of War?
You don’t need
an entry ticket, or wait in line! With just a hoe and a shovel, the riches the
legendary Chen Ming left are yours for the taking!
is a place for you to explore!
In the wake of
Endless Swords Sect disciples charging at Cliff Mountain, the entire Yan Empire
also heard the news, making the youths of the empire joint the hunt. Such an
important event was impossible to conceal, to the point of making even the
nearby kingdoms’ youths join. And so, at the Cliff Mountain, wherever you
looked you’d see a youth with a hoe or a shovel, digging.
read Chen Ming’s note and as his disciple, she was certain no one would write
this except her Master.
arrived before Cliff Mountain. It used the be a desolate place, but now there
was a small town, with a lively atmosphere.
took a step towards the small town, and a Daoist holding a compass approached
her, “Miss, you must have come for the treasure hunt! This Daoist has been
digging for gold for the past sixty years, an expert at finding tombs. Hire
this old Daoist, I only charge a hundred silver taels a month!”
was suspicious, “Why would I search for a tomb?”
doesn’t know the secret this place holds, let this old Daoist enlighten you.
There is a rumor that the Prince from Yan Empire’s Reagent estate, Immortal
Master Chen, died in a great battle fighting the fiends. Immortal Master Chen
knows the Dao of the world and foretold this outcome, therefore he built
himself a cenotaph where he left his legacy, containing riches beyond your
wildest dreams and the secrets to his cultivation. Miss, aren’t you tempted?”
A large man
looking like a bandit rejected the old Daoist, and said to Zhuo Qingyao, “Don’t
listen to his nonsense, Immortal Master Chen only left his cultivation
knowledge, the path to reach the King stage. Girl, follow me, become my
companion, a great bandit, and on this treasure hunt and through Immortal
Master Chen’s trials, you will become this world’s glorious Bandit King!”
eyelids twitched, You’ve really done it this time, Master!
waved her hand, “Grandpa Fang, arrest these two and send them to the prefecture
office to convict them!”
cupped his hands in respect, “Understood, young miss. Guards, arrest them!”
Master sent me here to train, and if you follow me, it won’t be as effective.”
Old Fang led
the Flying Tiger Army away, all the while watching Zhuo Qingyao as she climbed
Cliff Mountain. When he was far enough, he gave a signal and Wang Meng
disappeared after her.
cultivators gathered at Cliff Mountain, and although it shocked the Great Fiend
taking residence here, he believed they came on a punitive expedition, only to
find that they were all at Dao Sense realm. He barked, “How dare they disturb
the peace of my Cliff Mountain, kill them all!”
unaware cultivators found themselves under attack by fiends and sighed in
response, “This must be Immortal Master Chen’s trial. A lofty person like him
can’t be underestimated!”
Chen Ming, who
was cooking up a plan to wreck Pitfall Mountain sneezed constantly these days,
“This isn’t right, I’m a cultivator, how can I get sick? Is someone cursing me
Not paying any
mind, Chen Ming listened to Black Hawk’s report, “Pitfall Mountain has entered
a state of war, with increased patrols everywhere. Also, Archfiend sent Lord an
invitation to discuss important matters.”
It looked like
Archfiend Azure Lion knew what happened in the underground prison and Chen Ming
needed to go hear about the troops’ deployment. If he didn’t go would look
guilty. Despite being a newcomer, having no idea of Archfiend Azure Lion’s
Archfiends from White Fox Mountain, Thousand Serpents Cave, Old Turtle
Pond, Blazing Mulberry Nest, and Black Tiger Mountain, the surrounding
areas around Pitfall Mountain, mobilized their forces, joining together in
preparation for war!
Under the five
Archfiends’ siege, if he were Azure Lion, he would make a run for it. But the
Archfiend had no intention to flee, confident in his methods to deal with
Mountain wasn’t as simple as he speculated.
At the same
time, a voice echoed in his mind, “Ding! F ranked storyline challenge mission
‘Block Pitfall Mountain’s anger’ completed! Reward: 3000 spiritual knowledge,
300 fame, a random item. Collect?”
rubbed his palms, So not only do I get a load of spiritual knowledge points
but also the chance to win an item. I need to wash my face first!
face, Chen Ming chided himself, “It’s impossible to win something good, I will
never win something good in my entire life!”
Received a storage ring. The reward has been delivered, please receive it.”
grunted as he searched himself, Where’s the storage ring?, “Come out,
“Where did the
storage ring go?”
Grand World Opening: three years.
It wasn’t hard
to guess what it was. I would stir many talents into joining, seekers for fame
and beauties all around, striving to become the best, with great auras to boot.
To avoid the deadly fate of being killed by these geniuses, one should at least
stand aside while hoping for the best.
This piece of
information reached the Archfiend Azure Lion’s ears but stopped there, leaving
the five Archfiends in the dark.
They seemed to
think their alliance could inflict serious damage to Archfiend Azure Lion.
On the verge
of setting out, Great Fiend Black Hawk arrived before him, grinning from ear to
ear as he handed over a plain ring, “Lord this is something servant has
discovered. I offer it to you!”
picked it, Is this the reward?
He infused his
spiritual power into the ring and found it to have a space of ten square
meters. It wasn’t large but a storage ring was high-level stuff.
Chen Ming blew
spiritual power on the ring, washing away the dust and also giving it a
polished shine, like a brand new silver ring.
it on, he went to the Archfiend. Azure Lion didn’t look worried, and from the
look of things, he seemed to think he’d already won.
Azure Lion saw the last arrival and asked, “Recently, the five Archfiends surrounded
Pitfall Mountain. Are you afraid?”
nothing, how dare they anger Pitfall Mountain, they are asking for death!”
Replied Chen Ming.
The four Fiend
Generals glanced at him, Isn’t your reaction too quick?
Azure Lion didn’t wait for them to speak and followed after Chen Ming’s
response, all the while encouraging him, “Precisely, they’re mere five
Archfiends, nothing Pitfall Mountain fears! You think Pitfall Mountain has only
four Fiend Generals? “
ludicrous! Were the four Fiend Generals made out of five? It made no
Azure Lion waved his hand, “It’s time to reveal Pitfall Mountain’s power. Tell
the hidden Fiend Generals in Thousand Serpents Cave, Old Turtle Pond, White Fox
Mountain, Black Tiger Mountain, and Blazing Mulberry Nest to meet me!”
And then they
heart skipped a beat, I need to reevaluate my opinion of Archfiend Azure
Lion. He even sent five Fiend Generals to lay low. When they’ll rebel, the
damage will be catastrophic, shifting the course of this war.
Chen Ming had
no intention of informing the other Archfiends because he didn’t even know
where those Fiend Generals were hiding and by the looks of things, Archfiend
Azure Lion already delivered the order. This was just him giving them the
Mountain’s war preparation took a strange turn. Archfiend Azure Lion knew his
secret was exposed and used his trump cards. Unable to defend against the
betrayal of the five Fiend Generals’ betrayal, their morale hit rock bottom
while the Archfiend Azure Lion’s ranks were bolstered with five more Fiend
Generals, more than a thousand Great Fiends and countless fiends.
Azure Lion’s strength increased as the days went by and the five neighboring
Archfiends united, assembled the troops and surrounded Pitfall Mountain,
wanting to fell Archfiend Azure Lion in one fell swoop.
Archfiends didn’t use any strategy while the Azure Lion sent for the five
undercover Fiend Generals to launch attacks against them.
The flames of
war soon spread from Pitfall Mountain’s border towards the other areas, making
it clear Archfiend Azure Lion’s ambition to rule them all and forcing the five
Archfiends to set their sights on their sixth.
That would be
Chen Ming of course.
invite him and he didn’t care. These five fools weren’t enough to deal with
Archfiend Azure Lion and it wouldn’t be long before they’d accept him as one of
In this one
versus five war, Archfiend Azure Lion controlled the battlefield, and with the
power to swiftly destroy an Archfiend’s territory, it was no wonder the other
side was afraid after constant defeats.
Archfiend Azure Lion sent for Chen Ming, “Wandering Crow, some time has passed
since you’re coming here and I don’t doubt your loyalty. Fiend General Stag is
in a precarious situation as he battles White Fox Mountain’s troops. Lead the
Eagle Peak’s fiends to provide support and relieve the pressure on him!”
didn’t delay, “I will crush White Fox Mountain!”
Azure Lion smiled in content, “Go.”
But when Chen
Ming stepped outside of the cave, “Ding! Triggered undercover mission’s third
objective: cause Fiend General Stag’s defeat. Reward: 800 spiritual knowledge
and 80 fame.”
course there’d be this kind of mission! This won’t be easy. First, must make
Fiend General Stag suffer an ingenious defeat, and I cannot be the reason
behind Pitfall Mountain’s loss. What’s even more important is to not have
Archfiend Azure Lion cast any suspicion on me later.
This was a
troublesome matter that needed to be thought out perfectly. He stepped on his
fiend cloud and flew towards Eagle Peak and convened with the other Great
Fiends preparing for Fiend General Stag’s fall. It would be hard to win, but to
lose, Chen Ming had tons of tricks.
But he still
needed to be subtle, careful not to get his cover blown.
Completed undercover mission’s third objective. Reward: 800 spiritual
knowledge, 80 fame.”
Why did Fiend
General Stag collapse before he even began?
What point had
Chen Ming’s honey trap, multi-layered schemes, and misdirection tactics
this Stag could still prove useful.
could a spy avoid detection?
another more outstanding than him appeared!
General Stag was ‘outstanding’ enough. His mission was completed without even
lifting a finger. How could he leave such a nice person to die?
And of course,
he also wanted Stag to contribute to the destruction of Pitfall Mountain.
Chen Ming cackled,
making the Great Fiends under him nervous. He stood up and jumped on his fiend
cloud, saying, “Let’s go help Fiend General Stag!”
Flying for a
full day, he arrived on the battlefield and saw that Fiend General Stag’s army
has collapsed, with the enemy Fiend General on Stag’s tail.
Mountain’s Fiend General was confused. They were evenly matched before so why
did Fiend General Stag’s army suddenly collapse?
When he saw
Chen Ming’s arrival, White Fox Mountain’s Fiend General understood, So Fiend
General Stag is one of us! Why else would Wandering Crow be coming to save him?
knew of Wandering Crow’s identity since they were army leaders, it wouldn’t
bode well to harm one of their own.
Ming’s arrival, White Fox Mountain’s Fiend General ordered a full retreat.
Stag was still dazed, Even with Wandering Crow’s arrival, you shouldn’t be
so obvious in your retreat.
Mountain’s Fiend General felt that his Oscar performance was pathetic, and
followed with, “The enemy’s Archfiend arrived, retreat!”
Stag came out of his stupor, So that’s how it is. They think Wandering Crow
is an Archfiend. If he knew White Fox Mountain thought him as an ally,
Stag wouldn’t know what to say.
I’m not, I
wasn’t, it’s all a lie!
Stag had many wounds. He might have had great power but lacked the strategy to
go along with it.
offered his hand to support him, “Fiend General Stag, this defeat leaves
us with a few dozen Great Fiends. You’re the only one I could save.”
Crow, if it weren’t for you, I would’ve been dead already. I will never forget
the two returned to Pitfall Mountain. Along the way, he asked why Stag lost and
the response he got, “I might be a Fiend General but had only skimmed through
the art of war. I planned to do a night raid but didn’t expect the enemy’s
ambush. It looks like they have a great commander!”
Ming barely reigned his laughter, ‘White Fox Mountain’s Fiend General is akin
to a cat. For you to come up with such a heaven-defying and awe-inspiring plan,
shows you have a flawless talent!’
stifled his laughter, “You were beautiful!”
“I mean, your
plan was perfect, but the enemy wasn’t stupid. Victory and defeat are found
everywhere. We will return to Pitfall Mountain’s main force to come up with a
plan and regain this loss! “
“Right, I lost
this time but not the next battle. I will ask for forgiveness for my crimes and
return to the battlefield!”
letter left Archfiend Azure Lion gobsmacked, ‘Fiend General Stag was routed!
How can this be?’
planted Fiend Generals reported there was an important spy among his forces
sent by the enemy Archfiends. ’Do you mean to tell me that the spy is Fiend
glance, everything seemed to be in order. The Fiend Generals Gorilla and White
Wolf were the ones tasked with capturing Great Fiends, while Savage Bull was
his bodyguard. All but Fiend General Stag had high positions, making it
reasonable if he rebelled.
He didn’t even
consider Wandering Crow. Firstly, he was not important. Secondly, the battle
was lost before he even arrived, it had nothing to do with him.
But on second
thought, there was no value for a spy to reveal himself at the start of a war.
A true spy would use the best opportunity to rebel. Today’s deliberate loss
looked completely fake.
When Chen Ming
and Stag arrived, Archfiend Azure Lion glared with his golden eyes, “Fiend
General Stag, do you know your crimes?”
Stag cupped his hands, “Archfiend, servant lost this battle, but not the next.
I will massacre White Fox Mountain. Please give me one more chance Archfiend,
let subordinate redeem himself!”
Azure Lion saw the heavily wounded Stag and knew he was rescued from a bloody
battle. ‘Maybe I was thinking too much. Fiend General Stag’s loyalty is
added, “When subordinate arrived, Fiend General Stag fought with his life on
the line, killing more than ten Great Fiends and countless fiends. If it
weren’t for his outstanding military skill, the enemy would’ve been more
explanation, it made Archfiend Azure Lion relent and nod, “Alright, I will give
you a hundred Great Fiends and ten thousand fiends. This time, you must win!
But you’ll be attacking Old Turtle Pond next, understood?”
burned, “General received the order. I will destroy Old Turtle Pond’s fiends
until not even their shell remains!”
Azure Lion waved his hand, “Go.”
For a while,
Chen Ming didn’t receive any significant orders or requests to leave for the
understanding of the troop deployment in this period increased, knowing where
Archfiend Azure Lion’s forces were hiding.
The only thing
left was to find the chance to leave Pitfall Mountain, give this intelligence
to the five Archfiends and settle the terms with them.
Chen Ming was
drawing the final map when he felt a powerful wave of energy from outside. He
stashed the map in his storage ring just as Archfiend Azure Lion stepped in,
“And what is our Wandering Crow doing?”
cupped his hands, “Archfiend, what need do you have of subordinate?”
appeared behind the Archfiend Azure Lion, “Want me to break his limbs?”
Azure Lion waved his hand, “No need, normal methods won’t work on a spy.”
thought, ‘All novels are full of cheats.’ A big spy like him never had an
instruction manual to go by, he only watched 007’s movies hundreds of times.
Why was it that only the lead role could cheat and lie through anything?
said, “I don’t understand. What are you trying to say?”
Azure Lion laughed, “Even exposed you still continue your act?”
Archfiend, what do you mean?”
since you’re still acting, I will explain. I have someone in Black Tiger
stood up, “What do you want to do, Archfiend?”
Crow, relax, I don’t plan on killing you, you are still a genius. I have many
other creative ways of making you talk.”
As a spy, even
when discovered, he would still keep his cool. Chen Ming saw the
unfavorable situation he was in, got up then charged towards the cave’s mouth.
Archfiend Azure Lion’s eyes flashed, “You want to kill yourself? No chance!
Your life is no longer in your hands!”
Azure Lion waved his hand and a power surge immobilized Chen Ming on the spot.
said, “I don’t understand, I am not even a Fiend General’s match so why have
you come here in person?”
laughed, “You think I’m stupid? The one who has you is the one who wins this
war. Sending a Fiend General wouldn’t have put me at ease. What if you were
stronger than a Fiend General and escaped?”
course!’ He knew that a Main Character could fight above his level, and kill
with ease the one sent over to capture him, giving him experience and treasures
in return. This only happened to a Main Character and not to Chen Ming.
Character treatment for me!’
If he knew you
were a threat, then even a moron would know to make sure you were dealt with.
escorted Chen Ming, while Archfiend Azure Lion was in front, preventing any chance
Undercover mission’s fourth objective: you’ve blown your cover, staying here
any longer will mean death. Escape! Reward: 1000 spiritual knowledge, 100
F*ck! What good
would a mission do now? I am sure Archfiend Azure Lion will tear me apart.
the underground prison, White Wolf chained Chen Ming to a cross, then
introduced to him the tools of his trade laid on the table, “You haven’t seen
such a barbed whip before, right? One slash will flay your flesh, leaving nothing
Wolf picked up an iron tool, “While this branding iron here, will give you an
continued, “This is a termite, relax, it doesn’t eat meat. After making some
cuts on your body and filling them with honey, the termites will start to tear
at your flesh, not killing you, but causing an unbearable itch. You will open
your wounds, mutilating yourself, and stopping only you’ve lost consciousness.“
this, a common housefly. I will cut your leg and these flies will lay eggs
inside. They would eat you from the inside, bite by bite until you’ll become a
bag of skin, a bag filled with bugs. And the best part is, that you will feel
each and every one of them crawling inside of you.“
aren’t the worst, oh no. The most terrifying torture is to give you aphrodisiac
and then leave you alone with a female boar. Ha-ha-ha-ha, this will become
your most cherished memory.”
Azure Lion found this moment to enter, “How is it?”
said, “I was just introducing him the wonderful effects of my wares.”
forehead dripped three drops of sweat, “Wait, ask me anything and I’ll
White Wolf: ...
Azure Lion: ...
Female boar: ...
Azure Lion eyed Chen Ming carefully. ‘It didn’t even start and you’re ready to
spill the beans?’
“Then let me
ask you. Name?”
Azure Lion yelled, irate, “You take me for a fool? Did you form a Dao Seed at
23? No one will believe you. You don’t want to talk, fine. Do it, White Wolf,
begin the torture!”
panicked, Even if I say the truth, you still won’t believe it, “What if,
Azure Lion nodded, “That’s more like it, you’re indeed younger than me.“
thought, What’s with these questions?, “Male?”
Azure Lion and White Wolf’s eyes met. They appear to be hesitating.
the long pause? you’re telling me I’m female?
admit I’m very handsome.
Azure Lion shook his head. Chen Ming still thought he wanted him to admit he
was a female but then he heard Azure Lion, “This isn’t right, this
interrogation is useless. All spies have hardened wills, or they wouldn’t be
able to bear the torment of killing their companions. When we exposed him, he
wanted to bash his head on a wall and kill himself...”
‘When did I
even had the chance to escape?’
Azure Lion added, “You can see that his heart is set on killing himself.
Towards such a man, no punishment will work. We need to find his weakness.”
Azure Lion appeared enlightened, and clapped, “Bring that one over!”
Azure Lion pointed at the heavily chained Stag and watched Chen Ming, “You
recognize Fiend General Stag, don’t you?”
Chen Ming kept
silent, but then he heard him, “Fiend General Stag made us think he was the
spy, to cover for you. But after exhausting himself and using all tactics, what
was even more startling was the night attack on the cats, the water attack on
the Old Turtle Pond’s water fiends, and the fire attack on the fire-resisting
Blazing Mulberry Nest. And even now he is so loyal to you. Isn’t there
something you want to say?”
wanted to applaud Stag for his performance, but said, “No, Fiend General Stag
has nothing to do with me.”
Azure Lion laughed, “Ha-ha-ha-ha, when death is at hand, you still want to take
Fiend General Stag’s place. Humph, don’t think it’ll work!“
“Archfiend, I have always been your faithful servant. I am no spy, I’m truly
not a spy!”
Azure Lion waved his hand, “Block Fiend General Stag’s mouth, I don’t want him
to interrupt my discussion with his leader.”
Azure Lion said to Chen Ming, “I know that no punishment will work on someone
with a death wish like you. Fiend General Stag’s loyalty to you is
unquestionable, and if you don’t speak, then I will try all these eighteen
torture tools on him.“
said I’ll answer, but you won’t believe me!”
Azure Lion raged, “You’re still trying to cheat me into believing with your
flowery speech. Fiend General White Wolf, use the worst torture, and give
enough aphrodisiac to Fiend General Stag! “
Azure Lion watched Chen Ming, and bellowed, “I’ll ask you again, will you
finally speak the truth?”
wanted to say, You’ve asked again already.
Azure Lion continued, “Seems you won’t be sorry until you see the underworld.
White Wolf, give Stag three doses of aphrodisiac, then put him together with
the female boar.”
pried Stag’s mouth open and poured the medicine, then sent him a female
Azure Lion was in no rush, as he sat in front of Chen Ming, “You’re calm,
Wandering Crow, but so am I. It’s not my man being tortured, anyway. I want to
see just how long can you hold it in. How long do you believe your devoted
soldier can last? “
couldn’t see the other cells, only hear ‘pa-pa-pa-pa-pa’, and the cries of both
Stag and the female boar!
thought, Fiend General Stag’s suffering must be excruciating, thank god it’s
later, Archfiend Azure Lion was calm as ever, all the while urging Chen
Ming, “Do you know what I cultivate? I’ll become a Grand Archfiend in a few
years, while for you, it was all a matter of time before you became an
Archfiend. If you stayed with me, I would have given you so much when I became
a Grand Archfiend, giving you the chance to reach the Archfiend stage much
sooner. Wouldn’t it be better than standing against me?”
arrived in front of Archfiend Azure Lion, embarrassed, “Can’t take it.”
Azure Lion laughed, “Fiend General Stag reached his limit, so why are you
acting so awkward?”
coughed, even more embarrassed, “It’s not Fiend General Stag who can’t take it,
it’s the female boar. Fiend General Stag wanted me to bring another one...”
Azure Lion’s smile froze, “What did you say?”
Fiend General Stag who can’t take it, it’s the female boar. Fiend General Stag
still wanted me to bring another one...”
cover of the night, two figures faced each other, Chen Ming and the disfigured
Fiend General Stag.
He was locked
in the underground prison, with his spiritual power sealed. Was he left with no
choice but to use his ring to dig a tunnel for eighteen years?
But this was
Pitfall Mountain’s abyss, from which even ten thousand years wouldn’t be enough
to dig an escape.
glanced at the great lock hanging from the bars of his cage and remembered how
there were many people with myriads of skills in Regent’s estate. Among them
was a thief with lock-picking skills. He even showed him how a hair could pry
open a lock. So he started studying it, but it wasn’t possible to learn these
skills that took a lifetime to master in a short period of time.
A daring idea
struck him, “Comprehend lock-picking skill.”
Comprehending lock-picking skills requires very few merits. Rounded up, it is 1
pulled a hair and tried picking the lock. And as expected, what he learned was
different as it didn’t open.
all a bunch of nonsense?
suddenly realized why that guy did it. He had inner power from practicing
martial arts and strengthened the hair. How else could he do it then?
searched and soon found a needle from a porcupine. He inserted in the lock then
felt around for the tumblers, and lifted three of them.
The big lock
has lock-picking skills, ya fool!
opened the door and felt how his spiritual power was no longer sealed. He
turned into a crow, then pushed Dao Canon’s Dao Palace to the front and flew
into the night.
Archfiends stood in five directions as Archfiend White Fox began, “The
situation on the front line is critical, does anyone have a plan?”
White Fox had a white robe and looked like a charming young woman, with three
white alluring velvety tails peeking from under her robes, behind her.
Black Tiger had a stocky built, tall and strong, and was waving around a black
iron club, “What can we do, Archfiend Azure Lion is far stronger than us. If we
fight and someone gets eaten, we will stand no chance with four against one! We
have no choice but to rely on our troops to win and defeat him!”
Pond’s Archfiend was an old turtle that lived for more than a thousand years,
as seen from his white hair, “Is there any word from Wandering Crow?”
said, “No news.”
The sixth seat
appeared to have a crow perched on it, watching the five Archfiends and
assessing their danger value, between 300 and 400. It was no wonder they were
helpless since not even two of them together were a match for Azure Lion.
transformed into a human and sat down, all the while shifting Fire Crow Art ‘s
Dao Palace to the front.
Archfiends sensed a new Archfiend’s energy and focused on him.
said, “Archfiend Wandering Crow, I presume?”
said, “With this concealing technique, it’s no wonder you moved unhindered in
nodded, “Archfiend Azure Lion already knows my identity.”
said, “What about Fiend General Stag, did he also escape with you?”
thought, Un-f*cking-believable! Even you guys know his a spy. Then does that
mean that besides Fiend General Stag himself, all the others, including Pitfall
Mountain and the five Archfiend’s armies, believe he’s a spy?
Only a genius
like Fiend General Stag could accomplish this feat.
slapped his armrest, and roared, “You can’t even recognize him from all the
torture, yet Fiend General Stag still didn’t talk.”
What could he
say? He knew nothing from the start!
Archfiends sighed, “Fiend General Stag is a stalwart. He will be met a
miserable end, in the hands of Archfiend Azure Lion.”
Stag’s loyalty is beyond any reasonable doubt.”
Crow to find such a stalwart, it is indeed sad.”
“It would be
great if we could save him, we cannot let such a stalwart die.”
Chen Ming’s felt
a headache coming, and motioned for them to stop, “I have Pitfall Mountain’s
deployment maps with me. Use them and form a strategy, to launch a powerful
counterattack and even the playing field.”
said, “This is for the best. We won’t act until the final battle, where we hope
to at least have an advantage concerning Fiend Generals!”
glanced at Black Tiger, and coldly said, “Archfiend Black Tiger, you have a spy
among your troops. If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t have been exposed and
Fiend General Stag wouldn’t have been tortured!”
eyes went wide with fury, “What! The traitor is one of my men? He even caused
such injustice to you and even put the stalwart Fiend General Stag in such a
dire condition? I will find him, peel his skin and pull his bones!”
Pitfall Mountain complete. Reward: 800 spiritual knowledge, 80 fame.”
Triggered team mission: find the traitor. Reward: 1000 spiritual knowledge, 100
said, “I have a plan. If we spread the information, claiming that I know how to
end Archfiend Azure Lion, then this traitor won’t sit still. He will use any
means to contact Archfiend Azure Lion, and if he acts, we will catch him
Chen Ming took
out the maps from his storage ring and placed them on the table, “Black Tiger
and I will go find out who the traitor is, while you four devise a plan to
attack Pitfall Mountain. “
Archfiends nodded, with no objections to Chen Ming’s intentions.
The four began
planning according to the maps, while Chen Ming, draped in his black-feathered
robe, talked cheerfully with Black Tiger. The alliance’s fiends finally knew
that Wandering Crow from Pitfall Mountain was one of them and became the most
famous of the six.
information he gathered soon spread to all fiends.
he spoke with a loud voice, revealing his return, then said next to Black
Tiger’s ear, “The ones who know of me are your Fiend Generals, Archfiend Black
Tiger. You should make a feast to entertain them, then tell them I know
Archfiend Azure Lion’s weakness, that I know how to kill him. At that
time, the traitor will be exposed.”
nodded, “That is also my idea and I’ve already made the arrangements. Let’s go
and see who it is.”
Chen Ming and
Black Tiger followed the plan and spread the information to Black Tiger’s Fiend
Generals, that Wandering Crow knows Archfiend Azure Lion’s weakness. Then,
Black Tiger told the generals to retire while he and Chen Ming stayed behind to
generals left, Archfiend Black Tiger asked, “Bro Wandering, no one can detect
you with such a concealing skill. I’m dying to begin, and I will once you make
the first move.”
smiled, “I ask that brother Black Tiger stays here and continue drinking.”
body shifted, turned into a pitch-black crow inside the black fog, then flew
out of the cave. He perched on Black Tiger’s lair overlooking Archfiend Black
Chen Ming knew
that the spy had to have a special method, to hid the fact he leaked
eyesight allowed him to stare fixedly at each of Black Tiger’s subordinates.
In the middle
of the night, Chen Ming almost dozed off when he heard a pair of wings
flapping. He looked over and a dove entered his sight, along with its place of
It was no
wonder Archfiend didn’t detect it when the spy used a dove to send messages.
Chen Ming flew
towards the dove. There was no way it could lose him. Chen Ming got next to the
dove and captured it with his spiritual power, then assumed human for and saw
there was a message tied to its leg.
returned to Archfiend Black Tiger and gave him the bird, “You should know who
Black Tiger opened the piece of paper tied to its leg and it was indeed what
they discussed yesterday, making Black Tiger let loose a burst of evil
laughter, “It was Fiend General White Dove all along. Let’s grab this traitor.”
“We need to
keep quiet. This Fiend General White Dove can send messages to Archfiend Azure
Lion and may have other uses.”
Black Tiger seemed impulsive but wasn’t a fool, “I know, we can use White Dove
to send Archfiend Azure Lion false information.”
cover of darkness, the two sneaked up on Fiend General White Dove. When he saw
the Archfiends, White Dove’s eyes panicked, and when he saw the dove in Black
Tiger’s hand he knew the jig was up. He flew straight towards the cave wall.
released his spiritual power throughout the cave and captured him in a flash,
“You won’t get off with such an easy death. If it weren’t for you, bro
Wandering wouldn’t have been exposed and the stalwart Fiend General Stag
wouldn’t have suffered such humiliation!”
eyelid twitched, No wonder Archfiend Azure Lion thought I wanted to kill
myself when I tried to escape, it seemed all spies, when discovered, would take
Dove detained, Chen Ming’s mission came to a close. His current spiritual
knowledge reached 5600, enough to promote Dragon Form Art to the 6th stage of
Dao Initiation realm.
But his power
wouldn’t grow much with this. What Chen Ming needed was merits, urgently, since
even if he got more spiritual knowledge he had nothing to spend them on.
As for this
shitty thing called cultivating and comprehending, the slow and natural way, they weren’t
even mentioned since he only had three years left since the Grand World
Opening. At that point, he didn’t know how chaotic would the world be, or if
the demonic sect’s Head Disciple Ya Mo would end him within one strike.
could slow and steady cultivation make him feel as wonderful as spending merits
and spiritual knowledge?
It was time
for him to find his second disciple, the time to plant another chive!
With his maps,
the alliance should have not to trouble restoring the balance of power in this
war. Even after years of war, no cultivator would put it to mind when a war
between ordinary kingdoms didn’t last longer than a dozen or so
The Six Kings
Alliance’s troops all knew that his only subordinate, ‘stalwart’ Fiend General
Stag, was no more and gave him a mountain peak, along with a dozen of Great
Fiends to attend him; he was an Archfiend, how could normal fiends be worthy?
In the harsh
forest of a mountain range, some ones were tossing around a bloodstained youth.
Two disciples in Daoist robes spat at him, “Who do you think you are? How can a
Dao Canon cultivating trash could ever enter Flying Immortal Sect? Are you
trying to bring us shame?”
senior brother, this is the Myriad Mountains. Let the fiends give him a burial.”
“En, a fitting
end for a mere Dao Canon cultivator trash!”
entering Flying Immortal Sect only because of his engagement with Hua Qingting.
But do you think senior sister Hua Qingting is someone you can use?”
Hua Qingting is a genius while you, trash. Remember, senior sister Hua Qingting
already tore apart your engagement and you no longer have any relation with
bloodstained youth raised his head, gazing at the two Flying Immortal Sect
disciples that beat him up. Three years ago, they acclaimed him as the
most outstanding talent in all the kingdoms of the Southern Border. Even the
Sect Leader of Flying Immortal Sect engaged his daughter, Hua Qingting, to him.
But when he was one step away from reaching the Dao Initiation realm, while in
the process of breaking through, his entire spiritual energy vanished, failing
his breakthrough and shattering his Dao Palace. The only choice he had left was
to train in Dao Canon.
disciples launched another round of abuse on the youth, and only when Ling Xian
had no strength left to move did they stop, “Just let the beasts devour him.
This way, we can justify his death to his clan.”
hear that fiends ate him, then not even Ling clan will dare provoke an
Archfiend. Let’s go, if we kill him, we’ll get in trouble.”
Immortal Sect disciples left the area, leaving the bloody, motionless youth
heavens want my death?”
“No, even if I
can only cultivate the Dao Canon, I, Ling Xian, will erase this humiliation!”
suddenly heard a peculiar voice, “En, he seems human.”
Ling Xian was
struck dumb on the inside, Was I trashed so hard I no longer look like a
resumed, “Anything that looks like a human, must be human.”
said that food doesn’t taste good, why not return with this human and improve
this way we’ll also eat something exquisite; the last human meal was ages ago.”
struggled to look in the voice’s direction, only to find two fiends with human
bodies and beast heads. Only fiends that reached the Dao Initiation realm,
Great Fiends, could change their bodies into human form. As for a human-shaped
fiend, well that was an Archfiend.
Ling Xian saw
as the Great Fiends with bear heads approached, then Eldest Bear poked him.
This was the first time they saw a human in Myriad Mountains since any who
wandered aimlessly in the fiends’ territory was guaranteed and early
death. Eldest Bear spoke, “Second Bear, you think he’ll bite us?”
“Think so, I
heard humans also eat bear paws.”
raged inside, Bite your sister! I’m not a wild beast!
checked Ling Xian’s mouth and hands, then said in earnest, “Look, he has no
fangs, just teeth. While hunting he can only use his teeth to bite, so he must
be a biter.”
was in deep thought, then nodded, “Second Bear, what you say is reasonable. I
heard human cultivators all have protective treasures, so their clothes and
armor must be treasures. This kid might not have a hight cultivation, only the
1st stage of Dao Sense realm, but he’s a cultivator nonetheless. Let’s strip
him clean, just in case!”
The two of
them took no time at all exposing Ling Xian in all his glory. Eldest Bear
reached over and flicked Ling Xian’s little brother, “Why is this guy’s little
brother so small, I wanted to eat it and increase my stamina.”
could their’s compare to ours?”
huffed and puffed inside, I’m 12, alright! I didn’t even go through puberty
burned hotter and hotter until it knocked him out cold.
The two bears
were enjoying themselves as they carried the squeaky clean Ling Xian, flying
towards their cave and prepping him as a gift for their Archfiend.
When Ling Xian
woke up, he found himself in a fiend’s cave. He looked around and saw someone
on a seat of bones, draped in a robe made of black feathers, with a jade-like
face, a carefree and remarkable young fiend.
He was in
human form, an Archfiend!
finished, there’s no way out this time.
And what Chen
Ming was holding was a book titled, ‘18 Ways to Cook Human’!
glanced at Ling Xian, ‘Something’s fishy about how he’s tied up. Do those bears
have suck hobbies?’ He then looked at the ones he dubbed Eldest Bear and Second
Bear, “How come you returned with a human?”
spoke, “Archfiend Sir, weren’t you saying nothing taste good lately? So we
brought you a human.”
looked at Ling Xian and his shinny skin, “Why did you pick him clean?”
humans have protective items and were afraid his Daoist robe was one of them.”
walked towards Ling Xian. Not that he wanted to try the taste of long pig, no,
he didn’t have such an appetite. As he was intending to let Ling Xian go, at
ten feet from him, he heard it.
Mind-numbing Aura’s range. Your intelligence is lowered, detecting resistances…
You don’t have any resistance for the Mind-numbing Aura, your IQ is halved.”
carefully inspected Ling Xian and he now saw two auras on him:
Aura lvl 2
go, I feel at home!
everyone will have half IQ in a ten-foot radius.’
‘Luck Aura lvl
impossible to have one’s wish granted.
is greatly increased.
actually has two aura, and their even Mind-numbing Aura and Luck Aura.
were much more impressive than Zhuo Qingyao’s!
unknown, the thought of making him his disciple struck Chen Ming, to nurture
Chen Ming was
about to speak when he realized, Damn, I’m under the effect of the
ten-foot radius in a flash, Chen Ming once again considered the youth. Taking a
disciple like this would leave him with no room for respect, and the youth
might not be willing to accept him.
seasoned Immortal Masters, geniuses had an uncanny instinct on choosing their
waved his hand, “Get him some clothes, aren’t you embarrassed to watch
something so small? And this kid isn’t fat, are bones even tasty? Raise him
outside my lair first.”
with Ling Xian, Chen Ming thought back on the kid’s situation. He had a
shattered Dao Palace, from his failed attempt to enter Dao Initiation realm,
and could only train in Dao Canon. According to this kid’s bones, he should be
around twelve years old. That meant that three years already passed since he
failed to breakthrough, that he was around ten years old when he attempted to
advance to Dao Initiation realm.
What a genius!
turned into a crow and tuned in on what Ling Xian was doing from a corner of
the courtyard, then glanced at his merits, Eh? 171 already? It seems Zhuo
Qingyao went up a stage.
cultivate Dao Canon, and since it conceals a great secret, I will guide you.
asked inwardly, “How many volumes of Dao Canon can I comprehend with current
merits are 171, can comprehend 8 volumes, with 13 merits remaining. Continue?”
disinclined of using inferred comprehension. This wasn’t a magical art, and one
needed to comprehend a cultivation method with one’s heat. Was it even possible
for this kid to see him comprehending it with his heart?
Ling Xian was
currently talking to himself, “I am trapped by a fiend, and an Archfiend at
that. I don’t know if it’s good or bad.”
be difficult, but I can’t lose hope! Let’s survey the area first.”
watched as Ling Xian inspected the terrain, and when he began seeing the corner
of the wall where a crow was, Chen Ming flew towards his lair while operating
the Dao Canon at full power.
finally climbed the wall, and saw Chen Ming, Shit, Archfiend didn’t see me,
mental faculties recovered rather quickly, He looked as if he was
cultivating. I should be in the clear.
peaked his little head out, gazing at Chen Ming. It was fine not looking, but
one look was enough to scare him witless, This fiend is cultivating the Dao
practiced the Dao Canon for the past three years and was very familiar with its
He trained day
in day out yet made no noticeable progress. Dao Canon was as common as it gets,
known to be hard to comprehend, difficult to cultivate and useless to
Ling Xian felt
as if the Archfiend mocked him by training in the Dao Canon , Most likely I
had stepped on a pile of dogshit. If others could see this, their hearts might
can someone cultivate Dao Canon so easily? ‘
Then Ling Xian
heard a boom and all the surrounding spiritual energy rushed towards Chen
Ming’s body. He had a breakthrough!
comforted himself, I know how hard it is to train in Dao Canon, even an
Archfiend hundreds of years old advanced only a stage.
And then Ling Xian
heard another pop, Chen Ming advanced again!
short-circuited Ling Xian’s thoughts, Impossible! He still thought Chen
Ming trained for hundreds of years before he advanced a stage.
Then Ling Xian
heard a third bang, emphasising Chen Ming’s advancement yet again!
thought, This Archfiend’s understanding in Dao Canon has reached such a
profound level! If I can pay my respects to him and receive his guidance, I
will recover my cultivation!
witnessed how Chen Ming advanced three stages in a row and now regarded him as
a celestial. Someone like him, who was dubbed first in the Southern Border,
cultivated for three years yet was still stuck at the beginning while an
Archfiend progressed thrice with a snap of his finger.
returned to his courtyard, cooking up a plan to force Chen Ming into making him
An aged voice
suddenly reached his ears, “You want to take that human-shaped thing as your
looked next to him to discover a black-clothed old man with half-white and
half-black hair. But this old man’s body was see-through as if he was a soul.
Ling Xian saw
the man’s appearance and a portrait from his clan flashed in his mind, “You are
Ling clan’s founder!”
The old man
smiled and nodded, “Correct, I am your ancestor. But my immortal vessel was
destroyed and I can only survive inside the ring you are holding by absorbing
your spiritual power.”
“It was you
who took my spiritual power when I was breaking through to Dao Initiation
realized it was his ancestor who harmed him into reaching this state and wailed
his suffering, “Ancestor, you ruined me.”
“What do you
know? Your previous cultivation method, in this entire land, might be
considered good, but in the land of immortals, it doesn’t amount to anything.
The right path is the Dao Canon!”
“When I became
immortal and ascended, I saw someone with aloof cultivation fighting the
immortals. That man cultivated the Dao Canon.”
Ling Xian felt
his spirits rise, “Since ancestor wants me to train in Dao Canon, could
ancestor guide me?”
The old man
showed a confident smile, “Of course, not!”
A black crow
landed on the windowsill while the two were absorbed in their discussions.
still wants me to cultivate the Dao Canon?”
is impartial, if it wanted revenge, then you will pay. With my understanding, I
cannot fully grasp the Dao Canon, but it isn’t the same for your perception.
All you need is time.”
“Then how long
will it take to comprehend the Dao Canon with my perception?”
like you, it will still take two-three hundred years.”
Ling Xian felt
bitter, “That’s the same as saying I’ll never succeed in cultivating it, that
I’ll die of old age...”
The old man
waved his hand, “Then as a second option, don’t you already have a better
recalled Chen Ming’s cultivation on the Dao Canon, “Ancestor, are you talking
about that Archfiend?”
The old man
smiled, “He isn’t an Archfiend, but a human. No, he should be an immortal, a
It amazed Ling
Xian, “Reincarnated immortal? What realm is that?”
beings that seize control of the world, existing only in legends. In front of a
reincarnated immortal an immortal is but an insignificant ant, and only a peak
Immortal King could be called a reincarnated immortal. At the end of this
realm, everyone else were ants, while the world a mere mayfly, as years passed
in the blink of an eye. But they still wanted to become stronger. For that,
they needed to rethread the path of cultivation, to become enlightened of the
world’s Grand Dao. If I am right, the one you just witnessed should be a
reincarnated immortal. In all my immortal life, I have never got the chance to
see an immortal or catch hits of them, yet here I am, after my death, meeting
with a reincarnated immortal! “
mouth was agape. He also found it impossible to believe that that Archfiend was
actually an imposing and matchless reincarnated immortal!
“Then how can
catch his eye? The disparity between us is beyond measure! And my Dao Palace is
shattered, how can I cultivate again?”
The old man
patted Ling Xian’s head but failed miserably since he was translucent, so he
smiled awkwardly, “Silly child, how are you so foolish. Such a gigantic and
outstanding existence doesn’t care about something like talent. The way they
choose disciples is based on their hearts, and only their hearts. A
reincarnated immortal is someone who walks the path of the world’s Grand Dao,
with fluctuating emotions, and if he goes on a journey to see the world, you
might have a chance.”
eyes hardened, “No matter the anguish, I will take him as my Master and walk
the path of cultivation once more!”
spread his wings and returned to his lair, baffled as he was visualizing
reincarnated immortals and immortals’ power, What a waste of talent, they
would be better of writing novels!
But this ‘grandpa
in a ring’ setting isn’t bad either!
morning, the weather was gloomy. Chen Ming watched the dense lead clouds, It’s
going to snow. I wonder if that little lass Zhuo Qingyao is freezing, if she
eats well, how is she sleeping, if she misses my abuse. Sigh, as a parent, I
need to deal with these emotions.
there’s nothing to do today while waiting for Ling Xian come to pay his
respects, I’ll find something to pass the time. Seems there is a card game
going on in these recent boring days, becoming an instant hit, so much so that
the entire mountain finds it more interesting that dices. All the Great Fiends
play it, from big to small. Whit such a happy decision, he went to find
Eldest Bear and Second Bear to play Fight the Landlord(1). He opened the door
and saw Ling Xian kneeling in front of him; his eyelid twitched, “What are you
doing kneeling here?”
recalled the ancestor’s warning, it was taboo to expose a reincarnated
immortal’s status. He said, “Ling Xian, wants to pay respects to Master! Please
make me your disciple, Archfiend!”
As the saying
went, ‘what is never obtained causes anguish, and what is easily
obtained isn’t cherished’. Chen Ming didn’t agree straight away, wanting to
fully look the part of a ‘reincarnated immortal’.
He ran his
eyes over Ling Xian, then, “Is kneeling helping? It won’t guarantee it will
make you my disciple, but since you like to kneel, kneel.”
called for the two bears, then made quite the commotion in the main hall as the
three of them played Fight the Landlord. Chen Ming felt restless these days,
not playing this game for such a long time, reminded him of the time from
before all this, while having fun with the bears.
From time to
time, he peaked on Ling Xian to see if he’s still kneeling. Six hours later,
the sky began to darken, the cold wind began to blow, chilling to the bone, and
snowflakes drifted down. Eldest Bear and Second Bear glanced at Ling Xian,
“Archfiend Sir, is frozen meat good?”
hesitated, “Why do you, simple fools, ask me this?”
pointed at Ling Xian, and when he looked over his eyes met Ling Xian’s. After
making sure his eyes conveyed a reincarnator’s deep and intense look, he
said, “He likes kneeling, so let him kneel.”
Fight the Landlord lasted three days. Chen Ming won some and lost some, but he
didn’t lose too much. Playing with so little stakes held didn’t matter to him.
The world was
covered in a silver lustrous blanked, then a sudden hill popped out of the snow
where the kneeling Ling Xian froze, becoming a snowman. He was just at the 1st
stage of Dao Sense realm, not much different from a normal person, and also a
youngster. He already lost feeling to his body, I’m dying!
But the way he
looked at Chen Ming still held determination, as fire danced in his
And now, this
fire was about to be extinguished, because he could sense as his consciousness
was slipping, that he was about to die.
moment, black feathers appeared in his eyes, shaping into a black-feathered
robe, as indistinct sounds reached his ears, “From now on, you will be my
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of shedding and gambling. It is one of the most popular card games played in
“Ding! Took in
a second disciple, rewards 100 merits.”
Triggered a mission: Ling Xian has a shattered Dao Palace, please aid him with
its repair. Reward: 1000 merits, the third disciple position.”
‘Fuckin’ a, a
big mission finally came!’
reached rock-bottom. He first needed to infer comprehend the Dao Canon to a
certain stage then let Ling Xian cultivate for a while. He didn’t have any
magical arts besides the Lustrous King Sword Art and Fairy Sword Art. They were
good for the Dao Initiation realm but once he reached the Archfiend stage, they
were dispensable, as anyone at that stage would have something similar!
the time came for Ling Xian to learn magical arts, he couldn’t teach Lustrous
King Sword Ard and Fairy Sword Art again! When his disciple became great
experts, a single look would be enough to see that these two arts didn’t come
from a man of great status. ‘They all must cultivate different paths, that’s
the right way!
Adding to that
he also needed to comprehend arrays, and how should he use the promoted Dao
Palaces at the 6th stage of Dao Initiation realm? If he couldn’t then he would
be unable to set up an array. Wouldn’t his dream of becoming a human-shaped
walking array go up in smoke?
As his eye
drifted towards the unconscious Ling Xian, Chen Ming gave him a medicine soup,
then began writing his insights on the Dao Canon. When he finished, he put an
inkstone over it, told the Great Fiends that he was his disciple, then started
reflecting on how to rebuild Ling Xian’s Dao Palace.
If it were
before, he wouldn’t have had away, but now that he became a member of team
Archfiend, he knew many many secrets.
A rumor had it
that a sect in the Southern Border kingdoms, the formally flourishing Jade Void
Temple, from ten thousand years ago, has now declined in power, having a
similar standing as the Endless Swords Sect.
The Jade Void
Temple had a legacy, a secret domain that was filled with treasures. But
because of its danger, they didn’t dare explore it, and so they sold the entry
spots to maintain their power.
And in this
secret domain, there was a spiritual fruit called Spirit Returning Fruit, whose
effect could rebuild one’s Dao Palace.
confirmed this information, Chen Ming was set on paying the Jade Void Temple a
visit. But to gain entry, he needed to pay a thousand spirit stones.
He had the
thousand spirit stones, but they were in Yan Empire. Who would casually carry a
thousand spirit stones on himself?
It took him
three days to go to the Yan Empire, fetch two thousand spirit stones, then rush
over to Jade Void Temple. Like a switch, the Fire Crow Art’s Dao Palace went in
front. He did this all in order to avoid any further annoyances, thanks to his
Archfiend status since power spoke louder than words.
As Chen Ming
flew, the fiend energy gave a biting cold feeling, as if a black cloud shrouded
the sky, making the cultivators on the ground realize that an Archfiend graced
Jade Void Temple with his presence. At this news, the entire sect was beside
itself in fear, while the Sect Leader sent a message to their protector, the
Flying Immortal Sect, waiting for their Human King to come to
jumped from his fiend cloud and landed before the Jade Void Temple’s gate,
giving a strong sense of dread from the fiend energy surrounding him. A
cultivator, then and there, shrieked, “T-that i-is an Archfiend!”
terrifying, is this an Archfiend? Just looking and I feel like fainting. An
Archfiend’s pressure is horrifying!”
“Me too, me
too, soo handsome. I’m gonna faint from how cool he is...”
in seclusion for many years, the Sect Leader had to come out. Who would dare
not welcome an Archfiend!
Temple’s Sect Leader was just a forty years old middle-aged man, wearing a
black Daoist robe, while his face stayed neutral. He cupped his hands,
“Why has Sir Archfiend come to visit our Jade Void Temple?”
stated, “I heard you have a secret domain, so I came to try my luck.”
The first rule
of business: don’t let the other know what you want.
Leader considered, “My Jade Void Temple is under Flying Immortal Sect’s
protection. Wouldn’t it be better if Archfiend discusses this with them?”
frowned slightly, “Are you trying to pressure me with the Flying Immortal Sect?
Leader didn’t dare admit it, “It was never my intention.”
asked, “Then tell this to the Sect Leader of Flying Immortal Sect: I am the
sixth Archfiend Wandering Crow from the Six Kings Alliance. Tell him to go talk
to my brothers and sister!”
Leader was terrified, he thought Chen Ming was but an ordinary mountain’s
Archfiend. Who would have guessed that he had five more behind him? The
Flying Immortal Sect was impatient to die, offending suck a great power like
the Six Kings Alliance.
added, “How about this, I first wipe out your sect, shouldn’t take too much,
then I will take a walk inside your secret domain. This is way better, saving a
thousand spirit stones too.”
Leader finally caved, ‘Since an Archfiend arrived, wouldn’t it mean disrespect
if I don’t let him enter the secret domain? And even if he went inside, this
unprovokable Wandering Crow, he will be just at the Human King rank in the
And most of
the cultivators in the secret domain were humans. Once he entered, he might not
I will guide Sir Archfiend to the secret domain.”
walked, Chen Ming wasn’t afraid if the Sect Leader laid an ambush since he
didn’t have the guts.
Under the gesticulations
of the disciples, the two of them reached a mountain cave. Chen Ming could feel
that the surroundings have a fantastic appeal, as space-time was warped here.
One Flower One World, this was a type of Mt Meru(1 a famous mountain in ancient
India. in Buddhist text is the flower of north India check wiki mt
Meru) magical art, and the source of it all was a spatial stone,
strengthening this secret domain, similar to a small world.
The cave walls
were lined with night pearls, flickering like stars. On the floor of the cave,
there were many flowers, incredible and vibrant, with soft green grass and
sounds of water trickling down. The siberian crane spread its wings, the red
crap flowed through the water. The whole area held an atmosphere akin to an immortal’s
dwelling, along with its wide variety of plants, the likes of which Chen Ming
has never seen before.
Leader led him to a silver lake, “This is the entrance to the secret domain.
The secret domain is shrouded in Elemental Arrays of earth, wind, fire, and
water. One-quarter of the secret domain is the earth world, Floating Mountain,
another quarter is the water world, Shifting Glacier, another quarter is a
world of storms, Eroding Winds, and the last quarter is a raging world of fire,
the Infernal Flames. While in the center, there is a bronze cauldron as big as
a mountain, the Elemental Cauldron. It is the heart of the secret domain, and
if you want to get out, just enter the silver lake on top of the bronze
waved his hand and a thousand spirit stones appeared, then circled the lake and
pulled him in towards the vortex at the bottom, then sucked him inside.
moment found Chen Ming in dark blue seawater and using his fiend cloud, he
reached the surface. The bone-chilling wind struck him, while also containing a
violent water attribute’s spiritual energy. For Chen Ming who trained
in the Fire Crow Art, it pressured him. It stifled his Archfiend’s
spiritual energy down to seventy percent. Under this pressure, a Fiend General
wouldn’t be able to last very long and would soon meet his end here.
Mount Meru is the sacred five-peaked mountain of
Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist cosmology and is considered to be the center of all
the physical, metaphysical and spiritual universes.
No wonder the
Jade Void Temple, the protector of this treasury, couldn’t get any items, with
such a low cultivation it was tantamount to death. A treasury like this would
always attract attention, so the sect had to let other people enter.
spiritual energy inhibits my Fire Crow Art. While the Fire Crow Art’s spiritual
power is thirty percent lower, the Dragon Form Art shows nothing out of the
ordinary. I’ll first go to the center of the Four Elements Array to see if
there is any information regarding the Spirit Returning Fruit.”
stepped on his fiend cloud and three days later he spotted a bronze
cauldron in the distance, standing proudly on a mountain peak, the
Elemental Cauldron. The cauldron was perfectly round, with ancient seals carved
on it, two three-foot handles and had a part of inside the mountain peak. Trees
were even growing on the bronze cauldron.
surrounding spiritual energy grew calmer as he got closer to the Elemental
cultivators who came here in search of treasures stood at the edge of the
silver lake inside the Elemental Cauldron. Most of them were humans, while
some, fiends. When they sensed a strong fiend energy approaching, they all came
out of their dwellings to look at Chen Ming, “Who released his fiend energy
with no regard, do you have a death wish?”
many arrogant fiends in my life, but this is a first.”
teach him some manner, get him acquainted with his limits!”
fiend is in human form.”
Daoist, what did you say?”
looks to be in a complete human form.”
transformation, that meant Archfiend.
“So it was Sir
Archfiend gracing us with his visit. Didn’t I say he had such an overflowing
and boundless power?”
Archfiend’s fiend energy is indeed flawless, without equal!”
landed on the shore of the silver lake and surveyed the cultivators, “Let me
ask you, where can I find the Spirit Returning Fruits?”
The only one
present, a Fiend General with a human body and horse head, said, “In the fire
world. Go South a thousand li and you’ll see a Spirit Returning Tree protected
by a group of savage beasts.”
they weren’t fiends, but transformed wild creatures lacking intelligence. But
because they had strong bodies and savage natures, who enjoyed killing, they
were not easy to handle.
Chen Ming flew
towards the fire world and saw a stampede of thousands of beasts, the ground shaking
beneath their feet. When he entered the fire world, there were ever-burning
flames wherever he looked.
didn’t care, as he kept flying South, and after six hours he finally saw a
ravine with ripples of spiritual energy. In the center of these ripples was a
blazing sapling stood, tall as a person, but its spiritual energy seemed to
have taken shape.
hanged on its branches, two red and one with lightning flickering around it. He
didn’t expect for this tree to bear a lightning attribute Spirit Returning
Fruit. There were few cultivators with a lightning attribute, as this attribute
held great power, much higher than any other. Those who found a lightning
attribute Spirit Returning Fruit would choose to shatter their Dao Palace then
He had many
Dao Palaces, and who knew if he might suffer some accident then have a palace
or two shattered in the process, ‘Let’s just take the whole tree, regardless of
In the ravine,
among the many sleeping savage beasts, there were some as long as three zhangs,
and these weren’t something a Fiend General could handle. No wonder no
cultivator set his sight on this tree.
Chen Ming was,
at best, a Fiend General, and a weak one at that. If he wanted to kill
them, then he would die. Killing them? Ha! More like the other way around.
shifted his Dao Canon’s Dao Palace in front, turned into a crow, then released
his spiritual energy generated by his Dao Canon cultivation and flew towards
the Spirit Returning Tree. The savage beasts were uninterested to pay him any
attention. How could a creature as big as a dot settle their appetite?
landed gently on the tree then formed a connection with his storage
ring, throwing the Spirit Returning Tree into it.
Chen Ming patted his rear and flapped away, leaving the savage beasts searching
for the disappearing tree. With their intellect, they would never even begin to
consider that a crow could fly away with it!
Chen Ming did
some thinking, ‘Their savage to the point of idiocy. Since I’m here might as
well see if there’s anything else good around here.’
‘Eh? There is
a thousand-year-old spiritual plant on the cliff. Check. That little lass Zhuo
Qingyao is a bottomless pit.’
should be a jadeite banana, with its trunk akin to jade. Check.’
‘Oh! There is
a spiritual pagoda tree here, used in refining King rank weapons. Check!’
showed not an ounce of restraint as he raked the fire world of worldly
treasures. Hi only complain was that his storage ring was too small, that it
couldn’t hold them all.
happy feeling he got when he looked at spirit stones was now gone. It was
replaced whit something akin to dead weight and was on the lookout for a place
to dump them.
Chen Ming was
about to return to the silver lake, but saw that the savage beasts on the
ground were going crazier than usual, ‘Eh? What’s going on with this horde of
savage beasts? I only took a couple of trees, do they need to go this
followed the horde and discovered that these raving savage beasts were all
rushing in a single direction. Far away, he heard their roars, as they fought
against each other. It looked strange to Chen Ming’s eyes, as they weren’t
fighting but killing themselves. From the mound of corpses, blood flowed,
drawing a large array on the ground. The blood seemed to have a mind of its
own, moving in a certain pattern.
sacrifice array soon took shape, with a blood pool in the middle. The blood
pool hid a human-shaped monster, that seemed to absorb the blood.
didn’t dare to close in and only watched from afar. In fact, he already thought
of bolting, since everything that happened here was too strange.
won’t die at first, but they liked to watch, and then watch how they died. A
standard method like this didn’t affect Chen Ming.
Want to use
such a plain method on Immortal Master Chen? Keep dreaming!
South, a fiery great bird flew over. It wasn’t a great bird actually, but a
ball of fire in the form of a large bird.
The large bird
flew above the blood sacrifice array and spat flames on the figure inside the
blood pool. Even at this distance, Chen Ming could still feel the
scorching heat, almost igniting him.
looked at the large bird. Danger value: 5400. Danger rating: disaster.
Chen Ming then
glanced at the human freak. Danger value: 3100(12800 maximum). Danger rating:
This monster’s power is over ten thousand!’
at the rank of demon god!
‘I didn’t bump
into the main storyline, did I?’
Just where was
this a secret domain, this was that monster’s seal from the start!
If I continue
watching from the sidelines, I reckon I will die from the fallout of their
battle, just like a cannon fodder.
flapped his wings, getting ready to slip away when a violent gale swept the
surroundings. Black clouds gathered, forming an immense vortex while shadows
broke out of the ground slaughtering any living being in their path.
through which the shadows walked decayed, while the wind turned darker and the
water colder. It was hell on earth.
Where ever the
massive flames passed, the shadows burned to a crisp, and although Chen Ming
saw the scorched earth, he could sense the vitality returning to it.
The energy of
death and decay surrounded the shadows.
I made even
Chen Ming drowsy. He shook his head and redirected his eyes back to the
front just to see how the danger value of the large bird took a plunge while
the human-shaped monster was at his last point, ‘Impossible! I was dazed
for a mere moment and you guys finished already?’
It seemed he
was dizzy for longer.
A bold and
reckless idea struck Chen Ming.
was down to his last point and if my blade can end him, then maybe I’ll trigger
an achievement and get myself a brand new aura.’
‘You need to
be tough to stand up straight!’
Heaven! If I come out of this one, I swear I’ll live an honest life!’
turned human, then unsheathed Lustrous King Sword!
He threw the
sword straight at the human-shaped monster, while the monster still held his
cruel smile, “You won this time, but this world will still die, this only drew
closer to death! The moment has arrived!”
firebird wanted to say something, completing the storyline, but it heard a
roar from next to her, “What demons, gods or monsters! Just die!”
looked at Chen Ming but did nothing. When it turned around to glance at
the monster, it discovered that a five-foot-long sword ran through his chest.
The bird frowned as if to say ‘This kid acted first and then shouted?’
raved and wailed, akin to demonic sounds, then his body exploded, leveling the
surroundings in the blast. The firebird gazed at Chen Ming and flapped its
wings, making a firewall in front of him and protecting him from the shock
wave. Chen Ming looked around and found that everything has turned to
clouds quickly dispersed and rain started pouring down.
And on the
ground, there was an extra-large bottomless hole.
secret domain trembled and quaked, collapsing countless mountains, unleashing
ten-zhang tall tsunamis and violent storms!
But Chen Ming
didn’t have the time to notice this since he was waiting for the rewards.
killed Shi Jiuquan’s double. Calculating contributions from the attack...
0.0001%. Deathblow rewards 30% contributions. Reward: 10000 spiritual
knowledge, 15000 fame.”
killed Shi Jiuquan’s double, calculating achievement... Shi Jiuquan’s power is
determined to be at Grand Sovereign. Congratulations on completing the
“Ding! You killed
Shi Jiuquan’s double, obtained Vermilion Bird’s approval and gift. “
killed Shi Jiuquan’s double, obtained a lottery ticket, giving you the chance
to get one of the items he possessed. This drawing cannot be controlled or
predicted. You won the incomplete immortal art A Finger From Beyond.”
With so many
rewards, Chen Ming eyed his status.
high-level cannon fodder. (Your endless struggle helped you in finally
shedding your mid-level cannon fodder fate and becoming a glorious high-level
Methods: Fire Crow Art, completed. Dragon Form Art, stage 6/9. (At the 9th
stage a Dao Seed is formed). Nines Mysteries Art, stage 24/81. (At the 72nd
stage a Dao Seed is formed). Heavenly Thunder Nine Changes Art, stage 1/9. Dao
Canon, volume 8/18.
Qingyao, Ling Xian.
260 (Not calculated when it’s controlled)
big win! Not only a great amount of spiritual knowledge but also a lot of fame,
and even an immortal art!’
But the most
important was his second aura!
rushed to open the Kingslayer’s description.
Instead of meeting kings, you confront them! Lift the sword of a kingslayer,
look down on a king’s ambition!
won’t kneel before a king!
before a king? What kind of damnable effect is that? I know I’m not fated to
have Luck Aura, and I seem to walk further and further on the road of a
Bird’s voice reached his ears, “Little guy, you saw what happened and knew that
if this creature came out everything would be disastrous. Is that why you
turned around, and as the Lustrous King Sword returned to its sheath, he put,
in passing, the immortal art in his storage ring. At Vermilion Bird’s
words, he knew that a mission was coming, “Did you choose me because of karma?”
Bird’s lava-like eyes trembled, then released flames, ‘This guy doesn’t look
too bright.’, “You think I’ll tell you? You don’t even have a ten-thousandth of
the genius of an immortal and you think you’re heaven’s son, fated to go on
killing demons and immortals?”
hesitated, “I’m not?”
wiped her forehead. If this bird made of fire could sweat, then that action was
wiping it away, “Sorry, you’re not it at all. There’s nothing special about
you. The reason I let you help me is because I don’t trust other
“Then why do
you trust me?”
killed Ghost Immortal’s double. And if you don’t help me, you will be his first
target when he comes out.”
This was such
a sad story...
didn’t feel any pressure from Vermilion Bird’s aura while talking with her.
Maybe this was the effect of ‘Won’t kneel before a king’, making any pressure
Chen Ming now
knew the identity of that monster, a Ghost Immortal. When an evil spirit
cultivates to immortality, he becomes a Ghost Immortal, and a thousand years
ago, Shi Jiuquan wanted to turn this land into his Immortal Domain, no
different from making the entire continent a Ghost Land.
said, “Didn’t a second immortal appear in these thousand of years?”
shook its head, “I’ve never sensed an immortal’s energy. This world does not
have an immortal. Perhaps the path to the immortal stage is forever cut off, or
it’s too obscure, preventing anyone from peering through its veil. I will give
you the Four Elements Array scripture. Find the fated one and impart this
parchment to him so that he may seal the Ghost Immortal once again!”
flapped her wings and a scripture fell in front of Chen Ming. When he took it,
it still felt warm. This was a golden page, with tens of thousands of
characters, each of them hovering above the parchment, but still
This was Vermilion
It just so
happened he was missing an array to cultivate, and this Four Elements Array
could seal a Ghost Immortal. ‘What give it to a fated someone, wasn’t he fated
nothing in this world that I, Immortal Master Chen, cannot cultivate!’
bidding goodbye and taking extreme care, under Vermilion Bird’s disdain, to
search the devastated area with no results, Chen Ming shifted to crow form and
thousand spiritual knowledge points, but nothing to spend them on, a great
scripture, yet no merits to cultivate it, Chen Ming kicked it in high gear,
wanting to return and complete the mission of helping Ling Xian rebuild his Dao
Palace. Three days later, he saw the aggrieved Jade Void Temple’s Sect Leader outside
the sacred domain’s entrance, I didn’t cheat you did I? Why do you look so
hurt? Just what is this old guy planning on doing to me?
Leader immediately presented the thousand spirit stones to Chen Ming. The
Flying Immortal Sect’s Sect Leader heard there was an Archfiend in his
territory and thought of threatening him, but when he knew that Archfiend was
Wandering Crow, the Sect Leader’s legs turned to mush. That was no
Archfiend, but a whole nest of them, and I heard that the Six Kings Alliance’s
war with Pitfall Mountain was getting worse. In this battle between kings,
the Archfiend Azure Lion can hold them back but I cannot!
Immortal Sect’s Sect Leader left the Jade Void Temple’s Sect Leader to receive
Wandering Crow while he high tailed it out of there.
brings us a great honor by coming to Jade Void Temple, how could I accept your
spirit stones? “
nodded, So that’s how it is. Wait, what!? Are you planning on giving me
spirit stones? No way, I’m still vexed about finding a good site to dump them!
You’re dreaming if you think I’ll let you use these thousand broken rocks to
take space in my storage ring!
waved his hand, dropping another thousand spirit stones on the ground, “I don’t
need such junk, but that doesn’t mean you don’t, your secret domain is a far
greater place. This thousand will be for the next time I’ll visit the secret
jumped on his fiend cloud and bolted, having no time to waste on him.
thousand spirit stones on the ground were quite a fortune for the Sect Leader.
And although there were many cultivators inside the secret domain, there wasn’t
any who felt nothing when taking out a thousand spirit stones. But he had a
daring thought about this Archfiend who threw them away like trash, It
wouldn’t be bad to get closer to him!
Ling Xian was
clasping the insights Chen Ming wrote with joy. The writing might be crude, but
he thought it fitted Master like Chen Ming better, Master doesn’t
enjoy calligraphy. If he did, then what if his writing mesmerized me and
then neglect his teachings? Master cares about me!
In just a few
days, Ling Xian took Chen Ming’s insights as a guideline. Where the Dao Canon
pose him problems, then Chen Ming’s insights proved to be their answers.
didn’t lack perception. He even had the chance to break through to the Dao
Initiation realm at nine years old. How could such perception be weak? The fact
he already had three years experience with the Dao Canon, along with Chen Ming’s
insights, a day was a thousand li progress. The more he comprehended the more
he felt that the Dao Canon was unfathomably profound, holding incredible
studying, Ling Xian sensed a change outside the door and went to see, only to
find that Chen Ming returned.
wanted to pay proper respect, but at Chen Ming’s signal, he didn’t approach,
“Ling Xian, if you want to be my disciple, you need to follow Master’s rule.”
Ling Xian was
resolute, “Please inform me, Master!”
“Good, my first
rule is that you cannot be in less than ten feet of me!”
eyebrow twitched, What the hell kind of rule is that? but Ling Xian
cupped his hands, “Disciple understands!”
scratched his head, “As for the second rule, let me think it through.”
Ling Xian: ...
Why do I feel
like this Master is unreasonable?
didn’t want to stay under the influence of the Mind-numbing Aura.
asked, “Do you know the custom to become a disciple?”
Ling Xian went
to make tea while Chen Ming stretched in his chair, basking in the sun’s rays.
Ten feet from Chen Ming, Ling Xian held the teacup as he knelt. Chen Ming used
his spiritual power to bring the teacup over, then Ling Xian kowtowed three
times as Chen Ming drank, “En, the ceremony is complete and I received your
tea. You are now my second disciple, rise.”
waved his hand and the treasures inside the storage ring appeared under Ling
Xian’s eyes, “I seem to recall that your Dao Palace is shattered. These are
Spirit Returning Fruits for you to choose from. While you’re at it, take these
plants and use them to improve the scenery of this courtyard.”
looked at the pile of heavenly treasure, These are all legendary treasures
and Master wants me to plant them to improve the scenery!?
I get to finish planting all these treasures? Hold on, I’m Master’s second
disciple, then doesn’t that mean I have a senior brother? How about I do it
“Master, do I
have a senior brother?”
“Then why am I
the second disciple?”
“It’s a senior
senior sister’s cultivation?”
hesitated, “Of no importance, your senior sister’s talent is too poor. I don’t
want to say.”
Ling Xian was
delighted, Did Master accept me because of my senior sister’s lack of
talent, to pass on his legacy?, “Then what about me?”
Chen Ming eyed
him, then showed a disappointed look, “Worse!”
“Can I plant
these treasures with senior sister?”
examined Ling Xian again, “I advise you not to have such thoughts.”
you’re not her match.”
wasn’t foolish to plant these plants alone, so he called for the bears to it
for him. When their gaze landed on these plants, the brothers drooled so much
they made a three-thousand-foot long stream. This confirmed that Ling Xian was
right about these plants being the spiritual herbs from the legends, of the
picked the best Spirit Returning Fruit from the pile, the one with lightning
attribute. If he could use it, then he would have spiritual energy with the
It would still
be powerful despite him cultivating the Dao Canon.
Ling Xian ate
the fruit and sensed the change in his body. When the Spirit Returning Fruit
hit his stomach, it went to his Dantian, turning it into a sea of fire and fine
streaks of lightning here and there. The lightning increased and converged
on his Dao Palace, then began repairing it, rebuilding it!
later, Ling Xian finally has an intact Dao Palace. With a reforged Dao Palace,
Ling Xian was eager to cultivate the Dao Canon, reaching the 2nd stage of Dao
Sense realm in a mere hour!
basked in the sun while waiting for his reward. “Ding! Ling Xian rebuilt his
Dao Palace, mission accomplished. Reward: 1000 merits, the third disciple
Xian reached the 2nd stage of Dao Sense realm. Reward: 20 merits!”
It was time to
put these merits to good use and upgrade his power. Holding the Finger From
Beyond Art, Chen Ming saw that this immortal art had three stages, “How many
merits do I need to comprehend Finger From Beyond Art’s initial stage
initial stage of Finger From Beyond Art requires 532 merits, continue?”
merits do I need to comprehend the Four Elements Array?”
Four Elements Array has 3 stages. Comprehending the first stage will make you a
human ranked array master, requiring 1500 merits. Comprehending the second
stage will make you an earth ranked array master, requiring 15000 merits.
Comprehending the third stage will make you a heaven ranked array master,
requiring 150000 merits.
telling me I don’t have enough merit to learn even the first stage?
How will I
become a walking array then?
As for the
second stage, Chen Ming held no interest whatsoever. The Four Elements Array
only used four Dao Palace and held no meaning for someone like him that could
have three thousand of them to learn it. But it was crucial to have the first
stage, yet his merits were lacking. Each cultivation method comprehended to the
6th stage of Dao Initiation realm would require 300-500 points, so he
could promote his Dragon Form Art to completion.
never have enough merits.
Xian formed his Dao Palace, but the humiliation he suffered in the Flying
Immortal Sect is affecting his Dao Heart. A martial trial is held in the Flying
Immortal Sect three months later. Please assist Ling Xian in defeating Hua
Qingting and fulfill Ling Xian’s revenge! Reward: 1200 merits.”
reward ain’t bad. I solved the cultivation method problem, but regarding
magical arts, I can’t teach him the Lustrous King Sword Art. It would be too
demeaning. Later on, the entire world will say that Chen Ming had nothing to
teach but Lustrous King Sword Art!
The best art
he had was the immortal art Finger From Beyond, so he might as well try it
the initial stage of Finger From Beyond!”
didn’t want Ling Xian to witness his training in the Finger From Beyond. The
reason couldn’t be simpler: this was an immortal art. It would be weird if Ling
Xian could comprehend it in the first place!
thought about writing a lesser Finger From Beyond after understanding it, then
used it to build Ling Xian’s foundation. When Chen Ming finished comprehending
the Finger From Beyond, Ling Xian training would progress much faster.
Chen Ming was
clear on this, Might as well say I am a portable cheat for these Main
Characters, just like a parent! It’s so difficult!
a bunch of broken toys: Zhuo Qingyao gnaws spiritual herbs like radishes, and
the second will probably gulp pills like peanuts!
merits to comprehend Finger From Beyond!
From Beyond’s words echoed in his mind, showing the path to wield it, An
immortal art indeed. When this finger descends, it will leave my Fire Crow
Art‘s Dao Palace bone dry of spiritual power.
Dragon Form Art to the 6th stage of Dao Initiation realm.
Spiritual knowledge to upgrade the Dragon Form Art to the 6th stage of Dao
It wasn’t good
to be empty of spiritual power after one finger, so he upgraded the Dragon Form
Ling Xian is also cultivating the Dao Canon. Might as well bump it to the Dao
Initiation realm and see what’s so special about it. Spending another 180
merits and 900 spiritual knowledge, he had the Dao Canon upgraded. After the
upgrade, Chen Ming found that the amount of spiritual power was staggering. It
only entered the Dao Initiation realm, and it already had the same amount of spiritual
power as one who reached the 4th stage of Dao Initiation realm. As the realm
increases, spiritual power’s rise would become even greater.
No wonder the
Dao Canon needed so many merits to comprehend.
While he was
at it, Chen Ming checked his danger value and saw it climbing to 280,
comparable to a Fiend General.
He needed 20
more points and he would have an Archfiend’s might. Chen Ming reckons that once
he learned the Four Elements Array and upgraded four cultivation methods to the
6th stage of Dao Initiation realm, he would step into the domain of
comprehended the Four Elements Array, he still didn’t dare to confront
Archfiend Azure Lion, even if he had the other five Archfiends’ help.
It would be
best to wait for a while longer.
He called Ling
Xian over, “I wish to impart an immortal art to you, but after careful
consideration, you won’t understand it with your inferior perception. So I will
give you the lesser version.”
Ling Xian was
delighted, Ancestor was right, this was a reincarnated immortal. When he
teaches, he imparts immortal arts, incomparable to any magical arts!
Ming wrote the simplified Finger From Beyond and demonstrating it a few times,
it helped Ling Xian understand it. Even though it was lacking, it still proved
useful for a disciple like Ling Xian. With this, he had no worries, and with
his innate Luck Aura, he would find a treasure wherever he walked.
As he taught
Ling Xian for half a month, he also broke through to the 4th stage of Dao Sense
realm. When compared to Zhuo Qingyao, his speed was slower.
how is that lass doing on the Cliff Mountain?
Being gone for
so long, it’d be a wonder if he didn’t miss her.
Triggered an urgent mission: Wuji Kingdom captured Zhuo Qingyao and are
torturing her for the Bandit King’s treasure. Please save Zhuo Qingyao in
seven days. Reward: 800 merits! Failure: Zhuo Qingyao dies.”
jumped out of his chair, “What, Zhuo Qingyao got captured? “
The reward is
irrelevant. Since they dared touch my, Chen Ming’s disciple, someone must be
itching to die!
But what the
hell was the Bandit King’s treasure!
Just binged through it all, it's a fun read, thanks for translating it.