Chen Ming fell
from another hit, blood spilling from his mouth. This blow rattled his organs.
He rolled on
the ground and crawled his way back up. He couldn't return one hit. This
guy is more than impressive!
Galaxy watching the Sacred Mountain was rattled from shock. The almost
invincible Chen Ming, he who crushed geniuses, he who made fear rise in their
hearts, was now played around by a mortal!
The wind was
true what they say, there's a man above a man like there's a sky above a
does he come from?"
doesn't seem to be from the mortal world."
world have such an extraordinary person?"
stood up again, eyes on Zi Yu and also learning another move. I just
can't get used to reading books mid-fight, more so when fighting against me,
Immortal Master Chen. But you won't ever hear me say that.
ignored the blood since it'd flow again soon anyway, and continued to fight. He
couldn't repeat a move, or the pages wouldn't turn. Nor could he attack the
same place, or he couldn't read a new attack.
Chen Ming used
Conquering Immortals Art's Flay Immortals form, while Zi Yu faced him with a
book in one hand and a fist, "True Martial Dipper Fist, Blowing
It struck him
squarely in the chest, making him hit the ground a zhang away.
Chen Ming felt
one of his pork chops, uh, ribs breaking.
to his feet, pain spearing through him where his rib broke. He coughed blood
and resumed attacking, "Again!"
And again he
was making flip-flops, along with the pain that it accompanied it.
Zi Yu said,
"You can't beat me so you will be beaten to death. Just give up."
laughed, "Did you know? The cultivation world has a saying, before death,
defeat is never certain. I am a cultivator, and I firmly believe in it."
saw him tacking hit after hit and wanted to help. Even if she'd become a
mortal, she could take some of his burdens.
Wu Fu noticed
and walked before the Sky-crossing Bridge. Zhuo Qingyao raved, "Back
and I will." He smiled.
Wu Fu didn't
care at all, "Didn't your Master said, before death, defeat is never
certain? I think he's right."
Chen Ming rose
on shaky legs, dripping blood.
He was done
talking, if not for anything else, but because his chest felt like splitting.
He went on the
offensive again. Chen Ming couldn't beat Zi Yu, true, but he knew of his
strength, he knew he was beginning to get used to mortals' battle.
This time he
used the Flay Immortals followed by the rising tide and finally the Sea Gazing.
Yet his enemy
only used two punches to break his form. Chen Ming got intimate with the ground
everywhere on his body, while Zi Yu, by contrast, spotless.
He stood tall
and upright like a judge.
Zi Yu watched
him with a deep look, "Seems I have no choice but to beat you to
He walked, no
rush at all, and each time he attacked he sent Chen Ming sprawling.
eyes flitted over the book at any moment of his opponent's inattentiveness.
stopped attacking Zi Yu, who said, "This fight is pointless. Perhaps I
should end it sooner."
With a battered
and swollen face, with blood flowing from his many wounds, Chen Ming rose once
again, and with it, the book turned to a new page.
Chen Ming felt
how weak he was, but, I can't die yet. He could hear the cheer
of the Domains and Crownless Assembly's people, crying out for his death.
He didn't like
them one bit.
He could see
Li Suyi, Ling Xian and Chen Lingyu rushing to get to him. Or perhaps, Ling Xian
couldn't hold the entrance's immortals and was fleeing.
Qingyao's eyes were full of tears.
He didn't like
this either. Zhuo Qingyao looked better smiling. He began to think of those
cherishing memories when she made him noodles. It's been so long since
I tasted some.
Ah, is this
the end credits?
No, no, no,
this is not the time to go down memory lane. That's only for when one's about
to die, and I am not there yet.
stood up, with his left eye so swollen he couldn't open, while the other had
blood flowing in, dying Zi Yu in shades of red.
rushed Zi Yu as he looked at the last page, "True Martial Dipper Fist's
final move, Mountain Shaking Hand!"
Zi Yu started
sending blows to Chen Ming. Their might was visible even if it came from a
Zi Yu's body
exploded with power!
Sanctuary's old Daoist watched with sharp eyes, "It is done. The Dao won't
perish. Heavenly Dao is eternal."
He was about
to stop looking but stopped.
Empress reclined on a pink bed, her body twisting with allure, "The
offender is dead."
Empress sat bellow Moon Laurel, with moonlight hiding her body, "It is
Heavenly Court's official gathering, the Emperor showed no shock, "Good
death, quick death."
In the Void,
the Abyss Flower bloomed, yet no word came out. As if he didn't want to, or
perhaps keeping in line with his mysterious air.
overgrown and wild star, the woman who invited Chen Ming in the Crownless
Assembly pushed open the door of her wooden carriage. Inside sat an old man
with a black and white mask. A chessboard lied on his knees, pieces scattered.
These two dragons were having a bitter fight right now.
The old man
looked at the Sacred Mountain and chuckled, "How can you not lose in a
game of chess?"
placed a black piece, while his right a white piece.
The old man
didn't care about the outcome. For someone who held half the world like him, it
held no interest. Plus, he was old.
Or perhaps, he
knew the result in his heart.
asked, "Almighty Crownless, sir, who among those children will win?"
unleashed his final move, yet it didn't land on Chen Ming's body, but his left
Chen Ming sent
his own left fist to resist it.
Not only his
arm broke but so did his fingers.
dripping out of it as the bloody-faced Chen Ming watched Zi Yu, "You
should be familiar with this move!"
right hand shook and vast power flowed through it as he unleashed the Mountain
Zi Yu watched
Chen Ming in a daze.
strike was like lighting and of incredible ferocity!
With his left
hand as the price, he could now fight back.
Zi Yu flew two
zhangs, smacking the ground and bleeding.
Because of his
injuries, the unsullied ground was dispelled. Spiritual power rushed to Chen
Ming's body and used the Illustrious Casket to patch himself up.
watched Zi Yu fighting hard to get up, "A true battle is decided in one
blow. This time I won.
said, before death, defeat isn't certain."
walked to him with the intent to put an end to his life. He was strong before
cultivating and if he started he'd be even more of a danger.
Sanctuary's old Daoist shifted his legs in the way of the World Leap Art and
entered Sky-crossing Bridge with a step, and another to stand before the
Sky-crossing Bridge. This short trip exhausted all his spiritual power.
Mountain Mountain Lord, let's make a deal."
turned to him. Zi Yu also heard him and was stunned, "Master..."
laughed, "Oh, what deal? Do tell."
let my disciple live, I'll make sure no one will interfere with your
I'm not quite trusting, I feel you have the skill."
make this world give this respect."
"How do I
know their respect is this high?"
not come here in person, as such, there are few who know me. My humble Daoist
name is enough.
He pointed at
Wu Fu, "In his previous life, this humble Daoist beat him into entering
coot still lives? Is this the previous Immortal King generation's remnant?
How is this
geezer still alive?
mattered little now. His status was just too high that even the four Domains
would acquiesce his request.
speak a word of anything related to Yan Mountain."
nodded, "Good. This offer makes it hard for me to refuse."
The old man's
meaning was crystal clear. If he let his disciple off, they'd all be at peace
and harmony. If the Domains caught wind of the true Yan Mountain, it'd be like
a fish in a net. Uh, I can't break the net and Yan Mountain's fishies
waved a Dao Sense realm recovery pill to Zi Yu, "Deal!"
The old Daoist
helped Zi Yu up. Chen Ming threw him a look, and said, "Making this deal,
you must have some integrity, right?"
The old man
threw back a discontent look, "This old man won't throw his reputations of
tens of thousands of years on this bet. My illustrious name will crumble if I
go back on my word."
and Wu Fu stopped. The latter couldn't recall who the old man was, but his
words didn't sit well with him. Hey, who are you to say you beat me
But one look
was enough to know he couldn't gauge him. Maybe he really was beaten to death
in his previous life. Whatever, I won't bother with it.
lord reaches Immortal King realm, the two lives will unite and then I'll go
settle the score!
Chen Ming saw
the man's title, but not his auras. He was just too strong. It was Heavenly
Emperor True Martial.
It wasn't easy
to gain the Heavenly Emperor title. Even the four Domains' leaders were only
simple Emperors, not daring to call themselves Heavenly Emperors.
If Chen Ming
got it right, only the Almighty Crownless could fight him.
disciples guarding the Sky-crossing Bridge, he should have no problem passing
the tribulation now.
coincidence, his eyes also landed on Zi Yu, spotting an extra aura.
at the Wordless Upheaval, he is the only one who could match the mortal
Limitless Dao Body Chen Ming, shocking the world.
and tenacious battle intent.'
Uh, did I
just reach a stage where I can dish out auras?
I am so
strong I didn't even realize it?
I'm a bit
So all who
fight me get an aura!
aura would one get if someone kills me? Uh, better not think about it.
fast. With the appearance of Heavenly Emperor True Martial protecting Chen
Ming, he could now pass the tribulation undisturbed. Chen Lingyu and Li Suyi
stopped, and Yan Shengxiao and Void's Crown Prince ceased their chase. They
rushed to Sky-crossing Bridge, not to interfere, but to observe.
stopped blocking the entrance and the slaughter ended.
Just when Moon
Palace's Crown Prince recovered and wanted a rematch, he said with resolve, "Next
time, the outcome will be different."
ignored anything else and began moving to the three thousand steps beyond the
He passed the
hundred li long bridge quickly and arrived before his Heavenly Tribulation.
With Heavenly Emperor True Martial standing watch, he chose to recover first.
Chen Ming sat
and watched Zhuo Qingyao who was by his side, "Go and make your Master
was worried he'd rebuke her for leaving the mountain and meekly left.
Since I am
about to start the final Heavenly Tribulation, I need to go up with a full
worked on recovering. His 3,000 Dao Palaces spun and immense amounts of
spiritual energy rushed over to transform in spiritual power within each of
gathered around the head of Sky-crossing Bridge, watching Zhuo Qingyao kneading
dough and Chen Ming taking it easy. Yan Shengxiao's voice dripped with hatred,
"Who'd have thought it would come to this."
Crown Prince said, "No one dares interfere with Chen Ming's tribulation
added, "Under Heavenly Emperor True Martial's safeguard, there's nothing
we can do."
Li Suyi and
Ling Xian had different topics in mind. Ling Xian rubbed his chin, "Say,
third junior brother, you think Master will pass his tribulation after eating
head senior sister's noddles?"
Master plans to enter further danger to bolster his will to live!"
that's how it is!"
Li Suyi felt
an unpleasant glare. Ling Xian followed Li Suyi's eye on the other side of the
bridge. Ling Xian was always a dunce and cursed, "What ya lookin' at, huh?
Bring it on!"
were on the brink of erupting, but a light cough from a particular Daoist
cooled their spirits.
Chen Ming ate
his meal, feeling satisfied. He didn't even leave the soup, then climbed the
must have the Untold Daos I want!
through all the heartaches and pain just for this little thing.
stepped on the 3,000 stairs and a Dao Chain flew right through him.
Chen Ming felt
a great change inside. One of his Dao Seed broke!
this damn Heavenly Tribulation planning?
want to crush my Dao Seeds?
would turn all his Dao Seeds to pieces!
Chen Ming took
another step and a new Dao Chain passed through him.
In his body,
another Dao Seed laid in pieces. A sudden pain jolted him. This was from an
A Dao injury
couldn't be treated. His eyes traveled to the cauldron at the top, where the
Untold Daos rested.
If I want
to pass these stairs, all my Dao Seeds will be in ruin!
thought it through, "I have enough merits, and once this is over, I'll
also have plenty of spiritual knowledge. At worst, I'll start anew!"
Daos came with a prefix aura, his very first!
He might not
get another chance.
steeled his heart and pressed on, and with it, a Dao Chain crushed another Dao
injury just doesn't compare.
Chen Ming felt
his power waning as another Dao left him.
every step ended with a Dao Chain wreaking havoc inside.
thought this climb would be this long, each step mounting the number of injured
When the night
fell, Chen Yu was about to attack, but Li Suyi and Ling Xian stopped her,
"Fourth junior sister, it's fine now. You just need to watch Master pass
Li Suyi said,
"Master looks like a true reincarnated immortal, an incredibly strong
that Master has a bolder spirit than of a reincarnated immortal!"
if Master would look for us if we reincarnated."
transcend reincarnation at that point?"
Chen Yu said,
"Why is Master's tribulation fraught with Dao injuries?"
replied, "Master is the only one who can climb these stairs. Only he can
take 3,000 Dao injuries."
The old Daoist
chuckled, "He's just like me back in the day. I wonder if he can surmount
the greatest threshold and go beyond reincarnation."
Zi Yu asked,
"He's a reincarnated immortal?"
likely, or he'd never be this eccentric. Only a reincarnated immortal has such
an unreasonable power. But who was he in his previous life? Having this power
now, in his past life he had to be a Heavenly Emperor. But none of them looked
anything like him!
more so when he walks a path similar to that kid Leng Xue. In his past life he
trained the ardent saber, and this time the ice saber. If yin and yang combine,
will he become an Emperor?
Leng Xue can't even beat Wu Fu, but if his ice saber reaches the Immortal King
realm, he won't be any weaker than me. Not when yin and yang harmonize and fire
with ice united.
that Zhuo Qingyao, if not a reincarnated immortal, for her first life to be so
powerful, when she becomes Immortal King and reincarnates, her next life will
have a high chance of surpassing reincarnation."
looked ahead, Cultivating for all this time was for this moment. I,
Chen Ming, won't admit defeat that easily.
He took out an
immortal metal and put it in his mouth, in fear of biting his tongue. When he'd
lose Illustrious Casket's Dao Seed, he'd have no way of getting it back.
Chen Ming bit
on it and pushed through.
A Dao Chain
pierced him and another Dao Seed shattered.
He didn't spat
blood. This was a Dao injury, a wound of the soul.
His mind spun
as if pieces of him were ripped from his very core.
Chen Ming kept
at it for a day and reached the 700th step.
Even at night
Chen Ming bit on the metal and kept climbing. Each step felt endless to him; as
if it took a lifetime.
Did his soul
got torn to shreds?
He had no
clue, nor did he check. The only thing he did know was to keep moving forward.
much effort already, if he didn't take this last step, he felt like it was all
Chen Ming kept
it up until the break of dawn!
When this Dao
Chain passed through him, it brought him to his knees. His body was free of
wounds but his soul was torn with a blunt blade.
Just like a
saw cut through wood.
heart was in a vice. She was clear on the pain of a Dao injury. But he was now
facing thousands of them!
those stone steps with conviction and soon took a step herself.
thing happened. Zhuo Qingyao was fine. She recalled how her Master told her she
didn't acknowledge spiritual cultivation scriptures and neither do them her.
She was the
peak of hardship cultivation, without a iota of spiritual cultivation in her.
And these steps before her only affected spiritual cultivation.
thought of something and rushed up the mountain. Perhaps she could help Master
by taking out that item inside the cauldron!
skipped up the mountain, going through the steps as if they weren't there.
Chen Ming and when he nodded, she understood.
She kept going
towards the top.
The old Daoist
spat, "I've lived for so long, but this is the first time I witness such
crass disrespect for the Dao, yet it only gets worse!"
The two's plan
was clear to all eyes. Chen Ming wanted to let Zhuo Qingyao fetch the Untold
Daos for him!
cultivator, for his Dao Heart's sake, no matter what he faced he'd walk his
path himself. Yet here was Chen Ming, who looked to be on the Dao Heartless
To the point,
he even mumbled, "Blast it! If I knew she was fine, I would've never even
reached the bronze cauldron atop the mountain and pushed the lid, only to find
it firmly shut.
With a light
shout, she used all her power yet all was for naught.
that only Chen Ming could do it.
pouted, letting Chen Ming know her mind.
next to him. She couldn't get the Untold Daos for him, but she could at least
held his right arm for support, "Master, can you still walk?"
manner, a day and night passed. With Zhuo Qingyao's assistance, Chen Ming
climbed 1300 more stairs and was now 600 away from the bronze cauldron.
Chen Ming was
on his last leg, weak and dizzy. At some point in holding his arm, it slipped
into a peculiar position; a fully round one, and soft, very soft.
Climbing a few
dozen more stairs, Chen Ming lost his last scrap of strength and collapsed on
the stone steps.
asked with concern, "Master, can you keep going?"
both his arms and carried him on her back. Chen Ming laughed, "I used to
be the one to carry you when you were small. Now seems to be your Master's
her years back when Master had her on his back, fighting his way through a
kingdom's forces. Swords came from the front, piercing his chest and he didn't
even have the time to pull them out. All the while she was safe on his back.
it's fine. Isn't it just a climb?
laughed, "I can't have a lass like you despise me. Keep going, Master can
few dozens, Chen Ming said, "Let me rest a bit."
found his body wreaked with cold sweat and was losing heat, "Master, how
about we go back?"
shook his head, "We can't. If I do, won't those 2000+ stairs I climbed be
for nothing? That's too much of a loss!"
watched him as if in a daydream, "Master sure is precise in his
Li Suyi said,
"I knew it ever since I saw Master's expert price-cutting skills. "
they say, their eyes never left Chen Ming's figure.
This got Moon
Palace's Crown Prince an idea, "Right, Moon Palace has some fine white
cloth, top of the line. Does any of you want any?"
glowered at him, "You're telling us to wear funeral clothes?"
smiled, "I also have first-rate hemp threads. Don't you worry, I'll sell
it to you at a bargain! "
interjected, "Actually, Jade Lake has many white lotus flowers... "
joined too, "In fact, I'm quite good with couplets."
thought of something, "I remember a guy who kept shouting his coffins were
high quality. Want me to place an order for you?"
Wu Fu butted
in, "Uh, people die, and since everyone shows their goodwill, I will also
try, though I don't have anything special. This frock should do nicely as
burial clothes. "
snapped, "You wanna fight?"
A Heavenly Court's
Earth Immortal added, "Uh, Ninth Crown Price just died, so you might as
well accept them. Leave the arrangement to us! We'll do it together. Our
candles are perfect!"
Li Suyi drew
The old Daoist
cleared his throat.
And the two
It was now
that Zhuo Qingyao took a final step and reached the peak. Chen Ming on her back
no longer made any sounds. She took him to the bronze cauldron and put his hand
The lid inched
forward and revealed the endless shining lights within.
could sense Chen Ming was still living, just that his body was cold, "As
long as you are alive!"
She took Chen
Ming off her back with great care, What do I do next?
thought for a bit then placed him inside. The bronze cauldron closed before she
watched the cauldron as the sky shifted and revealed the deep stars it held.
They saw a divine light fell on the cauldron.
body warmed up, his Dao injuries recovering, and his meridians healing, flowing
with rich spiritual power. It was all thanks to the divine light.
on the body!
looked for the source of the light but it was just too far away, not able to
discern its origin.
laughed, "Master did it! Even Heavenly Dao approves of him. He has the
right to wield Heavenly Dao's authority!"
The rest of
the people there seethed with frustration, Yeah, Chen Ming succeeded.
He passed the Wordless Upheaval. Now even the Heavenly Dao acknowledged him and
has the right to wield its power.
of the 3,000 Dao Palaces flew together into a blue Dao Furnace, and a scripture
formed inside page by page. The sound traveled outward as golden by golden page
appeared in the shape of a 3,000 pages thick scripture.
gave birth to scriptures!
pushed the lid away, and let out a deep breath. It scattered the clouds as if a
gale swept them!
piercing the sky!
One by one,
Dao Seeds reformed in his body, floating withing the Dao Furnace.
It was as if
they came from his flesh, they weren't the result of cultivating but formed
The birth of
peeked out of the cauldron, standing there with his eyes closed. His body was
changing, growing stronger and stronger!
You completed the mission. Despite the twists and turns, it was impressive
nonetheless. Reward: 8 billion spiritual knowledge, 0.8 million fame, and
Decree of Untold Daos Aura."
realm was changing, transcending at last.
Along with the
changes of his body, his Dao Palaces became a Dao Furnace, holding great
amounts of spiritual power. In this place, the 3,000 scriptures were born.
Mountain began to fade, not collapsing, but disappearing.
It began from
the edge, sending cultivators in those areas from whence they came.
Ling Xian and
Yan Mountain's 3,000 disciples were the first to go, back on Expansion Star.
laughed, "Master passed the tribulation!"
disciples joined him, "Master is a reincarnated immortal, the strongest
the world has ever seen!"
might be a bit of a stretch, but one thing's for certain. Master is unrivaled
There's no genius out there who can face Master alone. Yet even if they swarm
him, they would still be miserable!"
were overjoyed, convinced he was a reincarnated immortal. If not, how could he
have such cultivation? He imparted them with the 3,000 Daos. No one but Master
could comprehend them all.
saw Ling Xian and the others appearing and kneeled before him, "Second
Sect Leader, you're back!"
gaze made him nervous. With Yan Mountain in control of the Three-headed Dragon
Constellation, his scope of power extended beyond it and even included some of
the Desolate Constellation.
said, "What happened?"
scale immortal beast battle is underway in the Desolate Constellation. There
are no less than a hundred thousand! Subordinate suspects they come from that
"I do not
know. We didn't dare advance beyond the fringe of that star and only seized the
savage beasts around it. We had no way of knowing!"
large force, yet only at the edge of the Desolate Star. This is only the
beginning. Keep investigating. We cannot act on it now, as Master just finished
passing the tribulation, but it won't be long. It's better to wait for Master's
return then decide what to do. This is a serious matter."
No matter the
danger value, Chen Ming was certain few Celestial Immortals could best him in
In the Devil
Gate Star's hall, Yang Hun, Bu Liuhen, and Lu Qingxuan exchanged a look. Yang
Hun began, "Where did Duan Shou go?"
replied, "He went to prove his loyalty."
doubted, "Where's that?"
shrugged, "Who knows? He doesn't have anything to guard either. He's the
freest among us."
Back at Chen
Ming, he finished his trial and felt his cultivation growing along with his
danger value, way up to 50,000.
As the Sacred
Mountain vanished, he turned to the carrying Zhuo Qingyao, "Since you
carried Master up the mountain, I won't blame you for leaving the mountain.
Let's go home."
"Be at ease Master. I won't leave on a whim again."
Mountain vanished completely, Chen Ming appeared on Destiny Star. He saw Luo
Muye still waiting on the ground.
Luo Muye said,
"Congratulations, Master. You have prevailed over the Wordless
Chen Ming let
out a carefree laugh, "I'll leave a teleportation array behind and take
some things with me, then we'll leave. The four Domains must know by now who I
am since I was carrying Nine Year Cicada. If we're too slow, we won't get out
guessed Jade Lake was about to have the entire Destiny Star surrounded, having
just one way to go in or out. It was also in its territory and he'd have to
fight his way through.
He took Luo
Muye back to the Land of Eternal Rest and set a teleportation array at the
River of Time. Chen Ming stashed the stele in his storage ring along with other
done, he took Luo Muye's hand and arrived at Jade Lake's entrance to the
Destiny Star, "Stay in my beast bag. It's not suitable, but it's enough to
save your life. From here on out, it's going to be too dangerous."
nodded. He was but a ten-year-old and knew of the danger surrounding them.
A beast bag's
purpose was to carry immortal beasts. If they could live then so could humans.
Just that no one would waste it on a human.
prized Luo Muye in the bag, Chen Ming rested his hand on his saber and pushed
arrived on the next continent, he saw one person only, Duan Shou.
his buster blade as he kneeled with respect in front of him. Next to him was a
Gold Immortal's corpse, and behind him, a dozen Celestial Immortal corpses.
Duan Shou must
have guessed who he was and came to greet him before Destiny Star. This
guy isn't average to have such a sharp mind.
bowed when he saw Chen Ming with his smiley mask, "Blade Duan Shou greets
Sire Faceless! As of now, I offer my allegiance!"
nodded, "Did you kill everyone?"
those standing at the entrance. If there were any more, I would've been
exposed. But Sire Faceless would have no difficulty dealing with so many
nodded, "But of course. After we return, come find me on Yan Mountain. I
will impart you with my saber art."
Duan Shou was
in exultation, "Many thanks, Sire Faceless!"
stabbed Two Year Cicada next to him as he walked passed him. He turned to his
crow form in mid-jump and soared away.
heart was overwhelmed as he gripped the black blade, treating it like a
treasure, "Is this the saber that allows one to be faster?"
tried it for a few swings, but nothing stood out, "I need to return to
Sire Faceless and learn how to control it."
He had no
doubt if it was genuine or not, certain it was the same blade Chen Ming used
thing left is to wait for Sire Faceless to teach me.
On the stars
controlled by the four Domains, on the boulevards of the River Offices, bounty
posts were on every side.
Mountain Lord Chen Ming.
The one who
overcame the Wordless Upheaval, the one who was once known as fiends' Hidden
Emperor, Star Dragon Crown Prince. Spiritual cultivator. His main abilities lie
in arrays and quick saber. Highly dangerous. Other information, unknown. Peak
Celestial Immortal realm or Gold Immortal realm is recommended to take him
Any Domain is
viable for choosing.
Head Sect Leader, the Outstanding Swordswoman:
Mountain Lord's head disciple. Hardship cultivator. Unmatched in body strength.
Unsurpassed in sword art. Dangerous. Recommended Celestial Immortal realm for
Supreme Gold Immortal fortune immortal fruit.
eight of Jade Lake's millennial peaches.
Second Sect Leader, Immortal Killer:
Mountain Lord's second disciple. Spiritual cultivator, cultivating Dao Canon
and uses the Conquering Immortals Art. Dangerous. Recommended Celestial
Immortal realm for capture.
five of Jade Lake's millennial peaches.
Third Sect Leader, Ya Mo:
Mountain Lord's third disciple...
Fourth Sect Leader, quack:
Mountain Lord's fourth disciple...
perched on an immortal's shoulder, En, me and Zhuo Qingyao's bounties
are the highest. Li Suyi, Ling Xian, and Chen Lingyu are around the same. As
for Wan Baqian, there's none to speak of. Did the four Domains overlook him?
though, seems to be on the high side, excessive even. Title of King means
they'll be treated as Immortal Kings. Wow, they sure think highly of me.
I was just
too awesome recently and now it's time for growth and development.
get resolved anytime soon. I need to grow to the point not even the four
Domains will dare attack. One person was the perfect example to Chen
Ming, the man known as Relentless Nr. 0.
I guess I
need to work my way to his level, to walk without care anywhere I wish.
to long away from Yan Mountain. I better return.
flapped his wings and landed on a blue carriage exuding a woman's fragrance. It
carried him out of Jade Lake's reach and towards the Three-headed Dragon
The fact he
passed the tribulation set the entire Galaxy abuzz, though it didn't garner
much attention. The four Domains set their sights on Relentless Nr. 0's
movements. Heavenly Court's Martyr, Big Dipper's Star Lord was set in motion
but had yet to capture him.
tribulation, by comparison, was but a trifling matter. Relentless Nr. 0 was the
thorn in everyone's side. Even the Crownless Assembly's momentum grew more
violent as time passed, capturing three of the four Domains' solar systems.
As for the troublesome
Chen Ming, he was no threat to them, for now.
Of course, if
Chen Ming came out swaggering, he'd be dealt with impunity.
Restless' hall, Inevitables looked towards Nr. 0 with shock. He chuckled,
"Chen Ming, we are destined to meet in the Supreme Gathering. We will see
then who's status is higher. I am waiting, but you better not disappoint!"
you, Nr. 5, I will weigh your soul personally!"
later, outside the city walls in which the Devil Gate Star' hall laid.
carried with it endless dark clouds, fluttering Faceless' banners in the fierce
wind and brisk rain of autumn. Four immortal beast riders fell from the sky
before the city gates.
Yang Hun, Bu
Liuhen, Duan Shou, and Lu Qingxuan dismounted and trudged through the muddy
This was the
city from which Faceless sent his orders, the capital of the Three-headed
Dragon Constellation. Any besides Faceless daring to fly above it would be
considered a traitor and would be dealt with accordingly.
As the Crownless
Assembly always reeked with blood, this place was no different. The deposed
were place on the block, a blade their only parting gift as they left this
world head first.
never been instances one survived this blade, since the one wielding it was
black, they sped towards downtown. Sire Faceless was calling them. They knew
who Chen Ming was and had no reason to stall for time.
Blades half-kneeled in the square before the hall, not minding the raindrops
trailing down their clothes. No sound was made in the ever-present rain.
strode through the throng of people, entered the hall, kneeled and closed their
eyes, "Revered Sire Faceless, your Blades beseech you..."
shadow drifted into being on the only seat in the hall, "Rise."
opened their eyes as he continued, "You must know by know who I am,
wanted to say, It matters little even if we do. We will always revere
But why would
Chen Ming give them the chance? This was a classic case of a weak ruler with
strong retainers. He might have it easy killing Bu Liuhen, but when going
against the three Gold Immortals, he'd be dead in no time!
these are Gold Immortals! To surpass one's realm one must first fulfill the
thing I'll do when I get the chance is to write the Realm Surpassing Guidebook.
It will be epic, a historical classic.
As such, I
must make it so everyone follows my lead. Chen Ming flipped on
Enlighten Aura, King Slayer Aura, World's Crown Aura, Ruler's Presence Aura,
and Decree of Untold Daos Aura in silence. Each by itself had the power to
bolster his image by a good margin. Good, now it's time I lay it on
thick. "I have awoken from the endless reincarnation to witness
the world's end."
The four knew
of this. With all the buzzing around regarding it, of course they did and
withheld to comment.
The only one
at the same level who could contest him was that enigmatic mortal who appeared
at the end.
What else was
he if not a reincarnated immortal?
They found no
fault in his words.
Chen Ming was
pleased by his work, "I awoke at the age of 23 and begun cultivating. In
three years, I killed a Sovereign. In five years, I killed an immortal. In
seven years, no Earth Immortals can stand above me. And now... he-he-he."
Chen Ming left
the words hang, "Do you know what I want?"
He didn't give
them the time to respond, "Through my cultivation and my knowledge, I want
the entire world!"
He stood up,
arms spread as if to hold the world when he shouted this.
With the ruler
weak and his retainers strong gave birth to discontent and thoughts of
dethroning. Just how a lord had no ambition and his officials wanted to do so
much more, pretty much because the lord could do some things but didn't feel
like it. Since his officials also had the power, they just kicked him to the
curb and went for it themselves.
This was the
As such, to
solve this matter, it couldn't be simpler; talk big, the bigger the better.
Paint a grand image and give hope to those ruthless retainers. With hope, there
was no place for king slaying in their minds.
Here's how it
worked. Say you had a bunch of drunkards in a tavern, causing more than a
little trouble. But if you put a revealing and alluring woman to dance for
them, they would be speechless, with all their focus on her.
The gist was
to give your retainers a little something to do, and they'd be to busy doing it
to raise an arm against one's lord.
Take Chen Ming
for example. He didn't need to cultivate and got his head filled with thoughts
He was bored
out of his mind!
Of course, the
Domains' bounty had something to do with this too.
So he painted
a pretty picture. With my cultivation speed faster than yours, by the
time you revolt, you'd be either destroyed by me or so glued together that you
can't get out.
continued, "You won't be mere Faceless or Inevitables in the future, but
That was the
same kind of glory and respect a title of King would have! As for talks of
having them at the helm of an Immortal Domain as Emperors, or Almighty Crownless,
that was a tad excessive. They'd never buy it.
spoke in earnest, "Therefore, we need to ascertain our goal and become
get their blood pumpin'. Only now he turned to them, and Bu Liuhen
took the lead, "Sire Faceless, you have rescued me and my daughter from
the clutches of the Heavenly Court. I, Bu Liuhen, am forever yours, Sire
followed, "Sire Faceless, you have saved me from life imprisonment in Jade
Lake and have granted me the right of wielding Heavenly Wolf Bow. I, Yang Hun,
will do all you ask with fervor!"
said, "I was once your enemy, Sire Faceless, yet you have looked passed this
enmity and even wished to impart me your Dao. I, Duan Shou, may not be your
disciple, however, our bond is just the same as a Master and his disciple. It's
is a true pity my talent is far below the sect leaders. I do not have the gal
to ask that you take me in! I will go through hell and high water, through any
obstacle for you!"
same as saying you three are loyalists and I'm the bad guy in this!
You're way too honest here!
the point of my speech?
added, "Yes! Sire Faceless is right! I have waited three long centuries
for a Faceless just to start this great undertaking! I wish to stand as the
vanguard and crush all obstacles that prevent Sire Faceless from turning us
His eyes shined
with eagerness. This was what he'd been waiting for, Chen Ming's words.
gloated a bit at that, Good, good! It had some use after all!
one is hooked.
continued, "Time is of the essence. I will go at once and train my assassins.
When the time comes and Sire Faceless challenges the Almighty Crownless, they
will make a difference!"
Chen Ming: ...
I don't feel like saying it.
Shou, come to Yan Mountain tomorrow."
showed even greater respect at this delighting order, "Subordinate obeys.
I thank Sire Faceless for bestowing me with the Dao!"
As Chen Ming
and Duan Shou went together to Yan Mountain branch, the disciples welcome them
the moment they arrived.
Ling Xian was
there also, "Master, there are close to a hundred thousand immortal beasts
outside the Desolate Star's fringe. There's been an ongoing battle so far and,
from how it stands, it will be a drawn-out war."
Chen Ming sank
in contemplation, For them to be so many, does that mean there are true
with me." He said to Duan Shou.
Then he took
out Luo Muye and left some orders to Ling Xian, "He is your sixth junior
brother. Take care to settle him in. Once I resolve the war on Desolate Star's
side, we will conduct the ceremony."
smiled, "Oh, so it's little junior brother. Leave it to me, I'll take good
care of him. "
wandered deep in the disciples' seclusion area and set up the Land of Eternal
Rest's stele, "Comprehending this stele and forming its Dao Seed allows
you to wield the black blade. This will be of great benefit to your strength.
progress further and further, I will give you a better saber from the Vitality
Burning Constellation. That place poses an extreme danger. You can't go as you
Chen Ming also
presented some water, "Enter the River of Time's water and you will be
able to understand the scripture."
kneeled, "Many thanks, Sire, for teaching me the Dao!"
taken care of, he went off to Li Suyi and get to the bottom of the immortal
Two men were
leading the charge of a hundred thousand immortal beasts to where the war took
On a nameless
star in the Desolate Constellation, a burly man watched his enemy drawing near,
ten thousand immortal beasts.
that, his troops were teetering on the verge of collapse. He was known as Nu
Xiao, the Lion King's son. As the king's life was coming to an end, a gathering
took place to elect his successor. Thanks to Nu Xiao's great strength, it
stirred envy in his second brother's heart, who was now hunting him down.
him was second brother's retainer, Gu Tu. The man rode Sky Whale on his charge
to take his life.
Nu Xiao faced
the horde with but 20 immortal beasts, "Brothers, here is were we make our
final stand. If there's any who wish to surrender, I will not blame
them!"(Beast language. To be precise, lion dialect. But for readers'
convenience I translated it in the common tongue.)
laughed, "Nu Xiao, you are our khan. We will follow you even in
why waste time speaking in this late hour?"
must die on the battlefield and not in a woman's bed!"
laughed, "Good, brothers. Let's go meet death!"
A shout came from
Gu Tu standing on the huge beast hiding in the fog across from them, "Nu
Xiao, there's nowhere to run! Pledge yourself to Khan Nu Feng and I will let
laughed, "A bastard like him? I can't wait to have my hands squeezing down
Gu Tu raged,
"You must wish for death in disrespecting Khan Nu Feng! With you gone,
there's no one opposing his rise to be Lion Kind!"
But then he
reigned in the Sky Whale and so did the army with their beasts. The lions
riding the beasts focused their gazes past Nu Xiao.
cursed, "Gu Tu, the hell are you scared for? You're even afraid to face a
few dozen men with such a mighty horde?"
signaled, "Sheath your weapons and restrain the beasts!"
Nu Xiao was
perplexed, What is this? "Gu Tu, can it be you want to
mend your ways? Since you know I am most worthy to become the Lion King, it's
not too late to surrender!"
Gu Tu's only
response was looking at an idiot. He didn't even deign a response, looking
beyond him, "Khan of the foxkin, I have no intention to offend you. I have
intruded upon your lands to grab a criminal!"
Only now did
Nu Xiao get it. He turned around at the horde of a hundred thousand beasts
trampling their way over. The riders, humans in fact, wore fine clothing and
looked quite frail, in comparison to the burly lions.
At the head of
the horde was a dashing man in black clothing and a saber at the waist.
among barbarians was mostly seen on foxkin. They loved beauty, so they took it
upon themselves to be cultivators look-a-like.
And from the
sheer number of immortal beasts, they couldn't be cultivators. Plus they spoke
in beast language, so the only viable answer was barbarians foxkin.
chuckled and pointed at Nu Xiao, "My word is the final word in these lands.
That man is mine!"
If not for
anything else, but because this Nu Xiao had neat auras. The best was Beast King
Aura as well as Control Aura lvl. 4.
Gu Tu said,
"Khan of the foxkin, I am from the Lion King tribe in pursuit of this man
for the sake of our future. Please let me have him."
smiled, "Future Lion King, you say. He's no Lion King now, is it?"
Gu Tu said,
"Khan of the foxkin, you're making things hard for me!!"
his crime? What made you chase him all the way over to my lands?"
hesitated, opting for silence.
Nu Xiao saw
hope, Heaven never fails he who clings to hope. Did these parts have a
foxkin khan? Leading a hundred thousand beasts, if not a khan than what?
the foxkin, I am the Lion King's successor. My younger brother lusted for my
right and sent them to kill me. They are the traitors!"
heart danced, It's actually so complicated. I never thought the
Desolate Constellation still had true barbarians. And by the looks of things,
they have no idea of the benefit of souls. If I can get the Desolate
Constellation in the bag, I'll have a steady income of souls.
the firstborn was a surefire way to ascend the throne.
Once I help
Nu Xiao's rise, I'll gain a lot of power.
Chen Ming said
in anger, "You're the criminals!"
Gu Tu took a
deep breath, knowing this matter just got harder. How come a foxkin
khan showed up just as we were about to kill him?
is too close to the cultivator world and hardly has any barbarians!
Gu Tu said,
"Per our barbarian's rules, face extermination! I am Chief Bai Gu's son,
Gu Tu, and I shall declare you exterminated!"
couldn't grasp any clues from looking at Chen Ming, I don't know how
strong he is, but a normal foxkin khan is never too powerful. "You're
no khan, just a mere chief. You have no right to do this!"
Chen Ming had
an inkling to this extermination thing thanks to the Beast King Records. It was
a type of duel which happened when barbarians who couldn't settle their
conflicts on something declared extermination. The parties would fight until
only one survived.
And the winner
got to continue his original plan, without the interference of others.
words, if Gu Tu won, Chen Ming's disciples could do nothing as he killed Nu
This was the
barbarians' sacred battle. Their belief lied in the warrior's code. Any who
dared stain the honor of extermination would be forever despised by the
just as Nu Xiao said, Chen Ming could refuse. The other's status was too low,
not enough to challenge.
You triggered an A-ranked storyline mission, Extermination.
Objective: behead Gu Tu. Reward: 0.1 billion spiritual knowledge, 10,000 fame,
10,000 barbarian warriors, a Sky Whale."
mission's here! I get the Sky Whale, but what's the deal with the warriors?
spied his challenger:
he grew up among savage beasts.
Effect: has a
certain degree of control on immortal beasts.
beast blood flows through his veins.
hardship cultivation's power increased by 10%.
Aura lvl. 3
You believe in the path of the beast.
Effect: can go
berserk in battle, doubling your strength.
The rest were
something any common Celestial Immortal out there had, nothing of importance.
The best was
that Savage Lion Aura, the reason for his current power.
checked his newest addition to his auras:
Untold Daos Aura lvl. 1
divinity radiates on the hundred veins, the furnace raises the thousand
meridians, spirit pierces the blue sky, the untold Daos live within
Note: you can
strip one of his auras. The strip's time is based on the aura's level. If the
target is of the same level, you can use it once a day. Only once a day you can
is a bit on the odd side. It keeps saying I can only use it once a day.
it a test run first.
walked with a smile, "I accept your challenge!"
Nu Xiao could
no longer intervene. The sacred extermination was about to unfold!
Nu Xiao said,
"Form a circle!"
made a ring around Chen Ming and Ge Tu, weapons aimed inward. As long as more
than one man stood, they were forbidden from leaving the ring.
If any dared
to flee, they'd be put to death by all of them.
This was the
sacred duel of barbarians, and no one had the right to meddle.
Ge Tu leaped
from the Sky Whale into the ring with his saw greatsword at the ready, his eyes
never leaving Chen Ming.
eyes and sparks seemed to fly.
Gu Tu drummed
warriors around began to howl and shout like savage beasts, singing the call of
tune, the bold and raging shouts scattered the clouds.
Chen Ming took
all of this in, Barbarians rule through hoards of beasts. The moron who
came up with this dumbass idea of extermination must have been lacking in the
In the end,
a duel's a duel!
Nu Xiao was
filled with anxiety. I never heard of a foxkin extermination!
commonly seen as High Priests among barbarians. Their skills in raising beasts
were quite good, and as for battle prowess, ha-ha.
But then he
caught wind of Li Suyi and Zhang Ming's words, "Third senior brother, how
long do you think it'll take for Master to win?"
replied, "One move ought to be enough. Master has come to like
insta-killing enemies with one strike of a blade."
Nu Xiao glared
at the two, Just how crass can you be to think this battle will end in
Gu Tu took
that moment to howl. The veins on his body wiggled like snakes and his stature
began to shift. Lust for battle consumed his eyes as if the call of the wild
awoke something primal inside his blood.
exploded in size, just like how bellows sucked in air.
examined him. Is this the Savage Lion Aura in effect?
This is the
best aura in his arsenal. If I strip it, he'll be nothing more than an
surmised, "Third senior brother, he does have some skill."
concluded, "By the looks of it. Three hits then?"
In Nu Xiao's
heart, Weren't you foxkin smart? Did these guys lose their marbles?
activated Decree of Untold Daos Aura, an aura with the words of law power. This
meant he needed to speak to be in effect, "You want to hunt down your
khan, then you aren't loyal. You want to gang up on the few, thus straying from
the warrior’s code. By my name, Thousand-faced Fox, I strip you of your
warrior's honor. You, Gu Tu, are no warrior! Savage Lion Aura, strip!"
Untold Daos Aura activated with each passing sentence. Thunder rolled in Gu
Tu's ears and his body began to weaken. This was the side effect of going
As the berserk
effect wore off, feebleness set in along with withering of the body.
was never among Ge Tu's predictions, "What's happening? I can't go
berserk... Did I really go against the warrior path?"
watched the Untold Daos take effect. Not in vain had our dear Immortal Master
Chen toiled to no end in an effort to gain this aura.
worthy of someone who has limitless in their repertoire of abilities to have
such a powerful aura!
Nu Xiao was
stunned, Does this foxkin khan also believes in the warrior’s code?
If not for
their ardent belief in the warrior's code, a few words would never have worked!
It was now
that Chen Ming began to act. He never liked surprises, so he used any chance he
got to beat someone when they were down!
opponent was busy being shocked, he leaped towards him with Nine Year Cicada.
Immortal Sword's sword soul throbbed as it flowed into the blade.
It sent a
black saber wave and only now did he came out of his stupor. Gu Te wanted to
defend with his saw greatsword, but Chen Ming's fourfold speed, plus his
quick-acting, prevented that.
splattered the ground and, with it, a head.
'blindsided' stuck in Nu Xiao's throat, that it was against the warrior's code,
but then he heard Chen Ming talking, "In a true fight, you need to avail
yourself of all advantages!"
He wiped the
bloody blade on a beast skin, "So weak, falling from one strike. Or better
yet, my words from before weren't clear enough. It's my fault, all my fault I'm
Immortal Sword's power crushed any flesh and bone, cut all chances at life.
Against those geniuses, one move was hardly enough, but the one before him was
just an above-average footsoldier.
If he couldn't
insta-kill him, that would make all his auras a waste.
Reward: 0.1 billion spiritual knowledge, 10,000 fame, 10,000 barbarian
warriors, and Sky Whale."
It was now
that he turned to the masses, "Any objections?"
kneeled and one among them spoke, "Revered khan of the foxkin, your strong
among strong. You have earned victory in this sacred fight of extermination.
You have earned our devotion."
Nu Xiao said,
"Their man they were loyal to died. If no one takes them, they can only go
home and feed milk to beast cubs."
they switched sides. They want to suck me dry instead, is it? "I'll
leave these men to you."
Nu Xiao was
overjoyed, "Thank you, khan of the foxkin."
Nu Xiao still
had his use, so he left the ten thousand barbarians to protect him. He worked
with great enthusiasm as he arranged them as his own, "Hear that? The
revered foxkin khan said you are all my warriors!"
came. On one hand, Nu Xiao was also a khan, and on the other, Chen Ming still
had a hundred thousand immortal beasts glaring at them.
Chen Ming was
pretty peaked by this Sky Whale. He turned to his disciples, "Who wants
the Sky Whale?"
Who didn't? It
could face-off against a Gold Immortal!
But they all
knew propriety and cast their gazes on Li Suyi, Third senior brother is
answered, "I am not too fond of raising beasts, while junior brother Zhang
Ming is enamored with them. He always wanted to catch a Sky Whale. And so, I
leave this beast to you."
surprise came out of the blue for him. Third senior brother gave me the
turned to Chen Ming with an expectant look. He, in turn, watched Li Suyi. This
kid knows that strong beasts will make you reliant on them, slowing your
growth. For others, such power was a great help, but for Li Suyi, it
was a burden on his Dao Heart.
nodded, "This is how a senior brother behaves, watching over his juniors.
Zhang Ming, go, it is yours. Take a thousand disciples and subdue the Sky
cupped his hands, "Thank you, Master, thank you, third senior brother.
Disciple will take it and capture more Sky Whales for my juniors."
was still peaceful and happy!
smiled, "Suyi, want to learn Master's sword?"
Li Suyi nodded
on the spot, "Master, I do!"
He saw it
combined hardship cultivation and spiritual cultivation into one attack. It was
a perfect match for him.
nodded, "I will teach you when we get back."
disciples saw this, "Third senior brother makes us do saber
also tricks us into learning arrays."
senior sister tricks us into going to spar with her."
senior sister also tricks us into going for acupuncture treatment."
senior brother's daily deceptions get us as his punching bags!"
senior brother, hold on, fifth senior brother never forced us with any
beasts are more reasonable!"
With a great
increase in power came a steep drop in merits. This ended up turning these
broken toys into rearing immortal beasts. How could I let that happen?
malpractice, neglecting my poor chives' growth!
get back, all of you are to do saber practice!" Chen Ming's cold tone woke
don't break through to the Immortal realm in ten years, don't even think of
calling me Master."
They were all
ashen, but then one disciple said, "We can't call him Master, but we're
still Master-disciple. It's doesn't seem that much of a difference!"
need to raise immortal beasts more than ever. Look how great they were when
Master passed his tribulation. At least they could carry the city blocks made
of spiritual metal!"
If I'm not
a bit harsh, this bunch of broken toys shall never see reason.
Chen Ming said
calmly, "Your head senior sister is crushed when she recalls there are
disciples with low cultivation."
A dozen or so
disciple had their legs turn into jelly, collapsing.
pressed on, "Qingyao cares deeply for her Master's reputation, believing
any who has low cultivation is a loss of respect to me. Now that I recall,
you're the only ones with low cultivation head senior sister visits each day to
More than a
hundred hit the ground with a thud.
grinned, "It's nothing awful really. Isn't it just a spar with head senior
sister? Just look at your two senior brothers, aren't they leading a cheerful
life as before?"
disciples touched the ground, falling from their mounts.
living? You mean they died once already? They are second and third seniors
we're talking about here! Even they end up crying for their mommy! Their wails
of agony went on for miles, not stopping be it day or night. Wouldn't
this crush their poor little frail limbs?
we were wrong! We know our crimes. We will work harder than ever on
the saber, we will learn even the sword!"
this moment, any who doesn't work hard will be despised! Any who doesn't
cultivate is no junior of mine!"
On Chen Ming's
side, he was about to retreat along with his disciples, leaving Nu Xiao
hanging, "No way! Foxkin khan, I'm still here!
me and now you ignore me? I, Nu Xiao, still need your force to kill my way back!
Chen Ming had
no interest in saying outright he'd help him get the throne. That would be to
fake, Plus it will lay bare all my plans.
so when taking the initiative to help will place me on the losing side of the
deal as opposed to him asking me.
Chen Ming was
preparing his 3,000+ disciples to train in cicada's method, training their
hardship cultivation and spiritual cultivation according to cicada's
cultivation method. This was how they'd get to use the black sabers. It would
bring about the strongest hardship cultivators in existence.
the Galaxy in the past, so the talents he fostered with this method were enough
to sweep the world!
limit himself to cicada's materials either, he had the Heart Enlightenment
Now that I
have two Trees of Martyrs, even if one isn't under my control, if I can't rise
now, I only have myself to blame.
He still had
the 400 tones of souls he skimmed off Second Crown Prince. It might be enough
to make the Heart Enlightenment Tree grow again.
needed to mind a lot of things now.
straight to the Scarlet Tide Continent when he got back. He wanted to sprinkle
fertilizer for the Heart Enlightenment Tree first. Our hard-working and
diligent farmer, Chen Ming, descended upon the Scarlet Tide Continent once
again. He saw crowds of cultivators, tongues wagging.
In front of
the path to immortality, people were shouting.
brother, going to the Expansion Star you will succeed this time on breaking through
to Immortal realm!"
disciple awaits your good news!"
I will soar in the immortal world. Just you wait, world, I am coming!"
was in the lead of these ascending cultivators on the verge of breaking
through. Seeing the people waving goodbye, again and again, he couldn't help it
and said, "What are you so afraid of? You are Yan Mountain's people, so of
course it will help you breakthrough! On Expansion Star, you will join the
Ascending Class and Second Sect Leader will impart the Dao and the skills
needed to breakthrough. Yan Mountain will even give you a set of immortal
armor. With how rich it is in them, your bound to find one to like you. You
will all return alive, bearing good news to all your friends and families!"
One man said,
"But this trip is the same as when an immortal parts the mortal
the Scarlet Tide Continent can only have one immortal as the Star Lord."
I don't want to leave you!"
wangled, "Go back, everyone. The entire Scarlet Tide Continent cultivates
now, and raising immortals is important. Just recall how last year thirty
entered the Immortal realm. Please return and cultivate in earnest!"
from the Ascending Class said, "The road to immortality is slow. One needs
rest and watch his children grow!"
trip is to help Yan Mountain expand!"
hard on cultivation, Master will be waiting for you on Expansion Star!"
It was then
Zhong Tongzi spotted a familiar face in the crowd. He looked up-close and found
it imposing, elegant and refined. He went on his knees on the spot,
"Subordinate Zhong Tongzi, Manager of Scarlet Tide Continent, greets
watched the person Zhong Tongzi kneeled to. He could only be the Mountain Lord!
They now met
the legend, the founder of Yan Mountain, the pioneer of Expansion star in
person. This man lifted Yan Mountain with but a flick of his hand, he cast
countless stars and factions in his powerful shadow, he was a living and
exceptions, all cultivators dropped on their knees, "We greet Mountain
didn't much care since Yan Mountain now ruled the Three-headed Dragon
Constellation to supply Scarlet Tide Continent, his headquarters.
dismissed their courtesy, "We are neither friends nor kin. And you aren't
my men either. There's no need to kneel."
on the verge of breaking through said, "No, no, no, Mountain Lord, we are
all your people. It is only natural for us to show respect."
setting the start, another four hundred or so old cultivator added,
"Mountain Lord, my son has become a disciple of a Lord. My seniority
doesn't compare to Mountain Lord. This is my respect to you!"
How could any
of them treat it like nothing?
But those friends
and families took it to a whole new level, "Heavens, I just saw Mountain
Lord, and he's still alive!"
Who are you
calling a live Mountain Lord? You're saying you only saw dead ones?
saw Mountain Lord!"
Chen Ming was
a bit happy at that, though he didn't show it, "Stand up, I do not like
getting back on their feet, their eyes shone with I saw God! expressions.
beckoned Zhong Tongzi, "Come here!"
rose with extreme care thinking something was wrong and walked with him to a
corner. Chen Ming asked, "What's this Ascending Class I hear about?"
heartstrings loosened. He was scared he offended him from calling him out,
"Mountain Lord, it's like this. Fourth Sect Leader connected with this
star and can now use its power. Therefore, I went to warn her: 'Scarlet Tide
Continent cannot have a second immortal, besides Yan Mountain's sect leaders
and Mountain Lord of course. But any other immortal on its lands is not allowed.'
Fourth Sect Leader understood my intention and came to the conclusion to
migrate all who are on the verge of reaching the Immortal realm to Expansion
Star. This, in turn, will prevent the path to immortality for opening and
letting others know of this place.
these cultivators who always refined pills breakthrough, Yan Mountain formed
the Ascending Class to teach them the skills necessary for survival. Second
Sect Leader's Dao is deep and understands the tribulation the best. He also said
by watching these cultivators he would also gain new insights, which in turn
are imparted to them."
Chen Ming got
the gist. In fact, since Ling Xian trained in Dao Canon, considered the source
of all Daos, by watching them he'd improve his own cultivation, and wouldn't
delay his progress.
Just how Chen
Lingyu cured to gain enlightenment didn't affect her cultivation. Quite the
opposite, it promoted it.
this, Chen Ming showed an approving look to Zhong Tongzi. Scarlet Tide
Continent was his home where a constant stream of Heaven Spirit Veins poured
in. And it also had the Heart Enlightenment Tree, thanks to which the
perception of the whole star multiplied. It was an immortal clan's paradise.
The area where
the Tree of Martyrs grew had always been treasured in the four Domain, and
Scarlet Tide Continent was no exception.
safety, Zhong Tongzi poured his heart and soul, when in fact he was quite
shrewd. He was a native of this star and he'd always be devoted to it. Chen
Ming was at ease promoting him.
He had a
thousand Gold Immortal fortune immortal fruits he could use. Holding one, he
asked, "Do you know what this is?"
eyes flashed, "Is this the fortune immortal fruit? But I have never seen
one such as this. Please enlighten me, Mountain Lord!"
make you a Gold Immortal. I have three such men under me, so you better work
hard on your cultivation."
up in Zhong Tongzi's eyes. He knew how important Gold Immortals were in the
Galaxy thanks to working as a Manager under Chen Lingyu and discovering Yan
Mountain controlled the entire Three-headed Dragon Constellation. A Gold
Immortal had a thousand stars under control, and also a Fate Star!
Lord values me so!
answered, "I shall never forget Mountain Lord's grace. At that time I
didn't see beyond my nose and said Mountain Lord's grave already had grass
growing. I was truly a blind dog."
continued, "You are an Earth Immortal. Work hard and you can reach
Celestial Immortal, or even Gold Immortal. But once you become Celestial
Immortal, your cultivation would be hard to advance. I will give you this
fruit, but only then. I still hope to see you go even further!"
spoke, "No, Mountain Lord, I do not want it. I, Zhong Tongzi, won't fail
Mountain Lord's expectations and will cultivate to unseen realms. The day will
come when Mountain Lord will be leveling the four Domains and become the
No way! Why
is me wanting to crush the four Domains public knowledge?
patted his shoulder, "It's nothing. Go!"
nodded and went to lead the group to Expansion Star.
When they all
left, Chen Ming was about to take off when it struck him, Hold on,
Scarlet Tide Continent has only Chen Lingyu as immortal. But isn't Zhong Tongzi
Uh, is this
the candle's shadow?(1)
mean Zhong Tongzi proposed this plan just to ascertain his position as Chen Lingyu's
mind, nothing but a trivial matter. At least he did good work, protecting
Scarlet Tide Continent's safety. Plus, consolidating his position speaks of his
Who'd go so
to such lengths if not a loyalist?
Chen Ming was
going to feed the Heart Enlightenment Tree.
Tongzi's side, he just led the group to a wide plaza. Some of them were still
trying to settle the sinking feelings they got from going through the
teleportation array when he spoke to them, "Do you see? This is where you
will be breaking through. The Fengshui here is perfect and also has a great
array, set up personally by the Lords who learned from the Mountain Lord. Once
you're on the verge of advancing, you can apply for the right to control it and
protect you in your ordeal."
They all could
see how much Yan Mountain looked after them, "Now that I lived to see Yan
Mountain, my life wasn't in vain!"
as Yan Mountain's people, and will forever remain so!"
Lord and the sect leaders think of everything!"
that not even the four Domains are like Yan Mountain, who offers us a haven to
course. They are all degenerates, while Yan Mountain is new and on the
Scarlet Tide Continent's people. Yan Mountain is the first to leave their
native home. Of course they are different!"
was pleased, Exactly!
Next, he took
them to Yan Mountain's Alchemy House, "This is where immortal pills are
refined. When you undertake your trial, you can apply for Tribulation Pills, a
pill that took months of research before Fourth Sect Leader refined it. It is
the best for tribulation so that even wounded, you will recover swiftly!"
watched the pills in awe, "Yes, this is the true Tribulation Pill. It's so
valuable that even I participated only once in its refining!"
pill alone raises chances by a third!"
Lord isn't ignorant to our plight!"
beyond that. Do any of us even had the chance of become immortals? It's all
thanks to Mountain Lord, changing the Scarlet Tide Continent into a massive
array that we can cultivate this far!"
Mountain Lord also shows great concern for us passing the tribulation and even
formed a training class!"
took them to the next destination, a glittering mountain, "This dazzling
sight before you is due to the piles and piles of immortal equipment on the
mountain, with each light representing one item. When you're about to pass your
ordeal, you can apply for a set of immortal armor! This is all brought to
fruition by Fifth Sect Leader, all to help you pass in safety!"
The shock and
awe of Yan Mountain's wealth came with a vengeance, "Yan Mountain has so
Mountain is unparalleled!"
chances of success will rise even more!"
went on with the tour, taking them to a courtyard. Its plate wrote: Ascending
Class Living Quarters.
where you will be staying. Tomorrow we will finish the tour and begin the
lessons. But, let me give you a piece of advice. Can you see that board? They
are the most outstanding graduates."
All turned to
the board and saw his name in first place.
he pointed it out...
It means those living in one's shadow are the
least worthy of trust. They're so close, the light of the candle cast a shadow
of itself on them when looking at the map.