cultivators had looks of dismay. They couldn't find the right words, well,
until someone did, "Manager's talent is amazing."
smiled, as if from habit, "You're too kind."
isn't there a Yan Mountain Lords' rankings?"
smile widened with pride, "They are all Mountain Lord's disciple, and I'm
sure you understand what status implies. With them listening to Mountain Lord's
sermons on Dao, they needn't something like a training class. They can pass the
Heavenly Tribulation whenever they want to."
Yan Mountain Lords are as powerful as immortals."
even have dozens of immortal beasts."
immortal beasts alone are enough to face off against the Heavenly
With the men
tucked in, Zhong Tongzi went to his home to rest. He got comfortable and fished
out a booklet from his chest, Yan Mountain's Ascending Diary.
wrote: Today I met Mountain Lord. He values me with great importance.
Mountain Lord is as open-minded as the ocean, not carrying in the least when I
spoke about the grass on his grave.
reason, Silver Wing sneezed.
looked long at the page about his encounter with Chen Ming and decided to tear
it in the end. He framed it and hanged it on a wall.
Tongzi kept updating his diary regarding today's events.
On the morrow,
he gathered the cultivators and resumed the tour by taking them to the Beast
Pen, "Today, we will continue our visit of Yan Mountain's facilities with
the Beast Pen. You can all obtain from Yan Mountain a special beast badge that
allows you to have your own immortal beasts to help you on your tribulation."
as the ten thousand immortal beasts roamed lazy and docile around the Beast
Pen, showing no sign of the brutality they name suggested. Some even basked in
the sun's warm glow, while others frolicked in a river.
a Fire Luan over there, the best match for me. If I can have it in my trial, my
chances will go up by half!"
us can use them for our trials. Just how strong is Yan Mountain?"
through the ranks, this is the best description for Yan Mountain!"
In fact, Yan
Mountain upheld its life long tradition as a wastrel. Its wealth was bursting
at the seams. The sect leaders weren't slacking, following Chen Ming's teaching
of 'Money is only money if spent. Leaving it home it's mere decoration!'
their Master's inspiring words, the broken toys kicked it into high gear!
As such, the
sect leaders' wastrel skills were second to none, to the point of perfection.
Each of their casual moves displayed an awe-inspiring achievement.
Mountain's speedy growth, all these goodies were taken advantage of by the
Scarlet Tide Continent's cultivators. They were Chen Ming's subordinates, as
such their treatment was top notch.
Yet even that
didn't bridge the gap in treatment between disciples and them.
Zhong Tongzi shouted
as he led them, "There are more places to visit, like the Ascending Class
graduates' experiences. Yan Mountain used many recording stones to preserve the
cultivators' trials. We will watch how they do it and learn from their
stone, i.e. the cultivator world's video camera.
arrived at the Hall of Records were countless record stones were exposed. They
were each placed in an array and, once someone added spirit stones, they could
view the contents.
never lacked spirit stones so he started the pay-per-view for them to see.
that's sir Bai Wuxia. His skill in directing the immortal beast to fend of the
lightning is amazing."
is an easy-going trial. Not bad, not bad, each reaction is precise."
was the second before the last record stone. The eyes of others shined,
"Oh, there's even sir Zhong Tongzi's record here! Each movement is
Zhong Tongzi's every move it's as if he knew what the Heavenly Tribulation
would do next! He is the best of the best!"
Zhong Tongzi's fame is well deserved!"
smiled as if all was a matter of fact.
But then one
asked, "Sir Zhong Tongzi with his perfect record is ranked second. Who
then is the first?"
can we see it?"
took a deep breath, "It contains a Yan Mountain's great Lord's
tribulation. I advise you not to look for your own good."
it's here, why can't we watch it?"
want to, you can watch it of course."
powered the array and the movie played. It depicted Wu Qingfeng wielding his
meter-long sword as he stood below the tribulation cloud. Under the constant
shift of the clouds, Wu Qingfeng remained staunch. A bolt out of the blue fell
and he just raised his head, hair dancing in the wind. He slashed and the
tribulation cloud vanished, ripped apart by the sword wave. The sky brightened
as if nothing occurred in the first place.
shook like mad, "Is this a Yan Mountain great Lord's power?"
remember him. He is the one who picked clean the Nine Frozen Springs!"
power! One slash rends the Heavenly Tribulation to pieces!"
Mountain can only soar!"
knew they would do this once they saw his trial. Since it was perfect and all.
They wanted to gain more experience about it and had to see many more others.
stronger than him were only the Yan Mountain great Lords. As for watching
Mountain Lord and sect leaders' tribulation, that wasn't something someone like
them should know.
A glimpse was
enough for them. The quick and efficient way of how the great Lord passed his
tribulation would stir in them the true meaning of reverence. And how miserable
an outcome any treason would evoke. It also worked to give them hope. The
stronger the Yan Mountain was, the farther they would walk down the road to
immortality by following Yan Mountain.
Silver wing also mentioned the grass already grown over MC's grave (back when chen ming fought his first sovereign), is that a famous saying? or was it mixed up?
activated the Soul Bead and countless souls flew out towards the Heart
Enlightenment Tree. They disappeared without a trace as if the tree was akin to
a door to a new world.
didn't change as much as last time, only grew more Heart Enlightenment Fruits.
These were plump and round, as well as soft. When it fell in his hand, it gave
an incredibly cozy feeling.
souls do affect Heart Enlightenment Tree's harvest.
Domains relied on these souls to obtain more and more items from their Trees of
5th stage brought about a monumental change, why would Chen Ming worry about
it? Heart Enlightenment Tree was at the 2nd stage and had a long way until it
grew to a 5th stage.
The 4th stage
was the safest. I need to get it that far first.
If even 400
tones did not affect it, Chen Ming guessed the Heart Enlightenment Tree had to
be a fraction away from the 2nd stage to grow from only 50 tones. At this
point, he'd have to feed a large number of souls to grow it further.
He had to have
the Desolate Constellation under control!
As for the
four Domains and Crownless Assembly, he didn't have it in him to fight them
current power was comparable to a true Faceless' faction. Nr. 6 and he should
now be on equal standing.
But ending a
Faceless at the moment would make all the others vigilant.
Nr. 0 was the
perfect role model. When he was but a Faceless he rose to Relentless in just
one night. This was the safest path for him to take.
power. Once the war started, the world would change!
participating in the Supreme Gathering would he have the right to live justly
and honorably in the Galaxy.
Desolate Constellation was Heaven's way of bestowing me a land of treasures. A
land that brought with it a rich harvest of souls and resources. But the best
thing about it was the barbarians and cultivators had close to no contact,
blocked by the language barrier.
This was a
place everyone ignored.
As for Yan
Mountain of before, they were nothing more than a beast herding sect, since Li
Suyi and Ling Xian still lacked in the beast language department for verbal
Xiao hanging for so long should have kicked him off his high horse.
He would have
the advantage in the negotiations since Chen Ming's attitude had nothing to do
with it, not when Nu Xiao was the one asking for help.
With this in
mind, Chen Ming walked inside Yan Mountain branch's hall where Ling Xian made a
report, "Master, Nu Xiao requests an audience."
timing, show him in. Later, Yan Mountain's core will be placed in the Desolate Star
Cluster. Even the four Domains along with Crownless Assembly and the fiends
only have 28 under control."
smiled, "Disciple understands."
stepped in a moment later and bowed, "Revered Khan, you have given me hope
in an hour of desperate crisis by saving me when you had the extermination duel
with Gu Tu. I am most grateful! I, Nu Xiao, owe Khan my life!"
chuckled, But what you don't know is that I waited three days for you
to be near your breaking point before helping you. "I did this
for out of warrior's honor, as Gu Tu no longer had the right to be one!"
heart trembled, Does this foxkin khan truly believes in the warrior
continued, "My brother, Nu Feng, killed my mother and hunted me down, all
to become the Lion King. Our hatred cannot be amended! My father's time is
running short, and it won't be long before the royal court will gather. But I
am not qualified to participate and vie for the throne. Nor am I willing to
participate in the gathering I need to fulfill two conditions. The first is to
have the lion race's golden blood and the second is to have the support of at
least one Khan. Despite meeting the first, the khans under me were all killed
by Nu Feng."
say that if I favor you, you can participate in the struggle for the
pleaded, "Yes, revered Khan. Nu Feng has most of the Khans' favor while I
can only rely on your support to fight him!"
khans does your royal court have?"
than a hundred should be accurate."
Chen Ming: ...
You want me
to fight them, alone?
the fact Gu Tu was a Celestial Immortal, a Khan had to be at least a peak one,
if not even a Gold Immortal. Not to mention a Khan also had no less than a
hundred thousand immortal beasts. How was he gonna fight them?
scheming Nu Feng must have caught wind of Nu Xiao's return. Was he just going
to stand and watch him return to the royal court? He definitely set up a
massive assassination force. How can Yan Mountain face them?
Most of his
disciples were not even immortals!
never engaged in a losing battle, and this one went beyond what mere tactics
and strategies could do to bridge the difference.
about using one's full military might across the entire battlefield and killing
your way through!
about winning, when I don't even have enough to start one!
While on the
other hand, Uh, the enemy does have more than ample forces.
You triggered the multiple-choice S-ranked storyline mission: The Lion
1. Please help
Nu Xiao become the next Lion King. Reward: 15 billion spiritual knowledge, 2
million fame, Nu Xiao's respect, and a mystery reward.
2. Hand Nu
Xiao over to Nu Feng. Reward: 0.1 billion spiritual knowledge, 10,000
spotted the difference a mile away. It was screaming at him, Helping Nu
Xiao means death!
always told him of how precious his status was, not to engage in senseless
danger. It was just not worth it.
Such a pity
not once did Chen Ming listen to his grandpa.
declared, "It's not that I can't help you, but as you know, for a single
khan like myself to escort you to the royal court will need me to fight tens of
other khans. I need to prepare."
also thanks for the chapters
Nu Xiao was in
glee, "Of course, please prepare, Khan. If you help me become the king of
the lion race, I will bestow Khan with the right to stand next to me, to rule
the lion race together!"
said, "Rest, I need to make plans. And I also need details regarding the
slapped his chest, "Worry not, I will write it down immediately."
After he left,
Chen Ming was pondering the best way to carry out this war. Now was out of the
question, not when Nr. 6 was glaring at him like a tiger. Their power was
around the same, but the fact Duan Shou had failed in killing him spoke of his
use Blades in this, only Yan Mountain.
It was time to
let his disciples train in cicada's cultivation method while also advancing
their hardship cultivation.
needed improving too, since according to barbarians' conduct, extermination
could happen at the drop of a hat!
If my power
lacks, I might even die in one.
opponent is a khan, then I'll have to accept it. If I don't, I'll lose my Khan
title and can't support Nu Xiao.
from the war would be even worse, with all the barbarians right on my tail.
all who dared go against the barbarians' most sacred duel.
first. He would get his disciples to change with cicada's cultivation and also
hardship cultivate since this was the most important. His power could arise
anytime, as long as he had plenty stock of merits and spiritual knowledge,
while his disciples needed time, a lot of it.
the disciples work towards being immortals, he'd teach Luo Muye cultivation,
then decide on the Fate's Ten Chains!
maybe the chance for a comeback lies in them.
With a plan in
mind, he told Ling Xian to gather the disciples.
It had been a
long time since Chen Ming's last lecture, and the disciples rushed with glee to
Even Duan Shou
mingled inconspicuously among them. Since Chen Ming came back with cicada's
stele, his lecture had to be about its cultivation method.
As a hardship
cultivator, Duan Shou's understanding wasn't as sharp, even with the added help
from the Heart Enlightenment Fruit.
morning, and not even the sun appeared. The graduates from the Ascending Class
watched as throngs of Lords rode their immortal beasts across the sky. Their
hearts beat with admiration, "What brought this deployment on?"
Mountain Lord is giving a lecture and all the great Lords are attending, afraid
to miss it!"
just a few days ago that these great Lords returned, but waited for the rest to
wonder there's such a commotion. Mountain Lord is giving a lecture."
The great bell
at the foot of Yan Mountain branch tolled. The Lords saddled up and flew for
They all sat
in silence on their mat, waiting for Chen Ming.
3,000 disciples sat there, while Chen Ming went pensively down the mountain,
"Oh, almost forgot it's today..."
climbed on stage and Li Suyi stood up, "Greetings Master!"
followed, "Greetings Master!"
nodded, "En, sit."
we begin, I want to tell you a story. It is how the four Domains were born. A
long, long time ago, the Galaxy had a glorious cultivation civilization, called
the cicada race. This race held all the power, ruled the Galaxy with
unquestionable might. Even today's four Great Immortal Domains were nothing but
Commanders under them at the time.
Galaxy was fraught with disasters. In the face of an apocalypse, the cicada
chose to save the world by risking growing their Tree of Martyrs to the 5th
stage. With this tree, they succeeded in averting the calamity. But they
couldn't control the new Tree of Martyrs, leading to their rapid decline. It
was then that the four Great Immortal Domains turned traitors and wiped the
cicada from the world down to their records in history.
is a cicada. I came out of the endless time flow only to see me and Luo Muye as
the only survivors."
burned with resentment, "Damn those four Domains!"
cicada sacrificed themselves for their sake yet only to receive betrayal!"
the Cicada Empire and destroy the four Domains!"
is the true Lord of the Galaxy!"
Master is a cicada, so are we! Restore the Empire! We must revive it!"
In Chen Ming's
heart, Quite the nationalist bunch. Ah, such honest children. "Our
strength is far from enough. This is why Master had brought to you the cicada's
cultivation method and their legacy from behind the four Domains'
Chen Ming drew
Nine Year Cicada, "This is our cicada's symbol, a blade that can surpass
time! This blade in your Master's hands is a true soul weapon, Nine Year
He said all
that to make it more convincing he was cicada's sole ruler. After all, he
controlled cicada's treasure, Nine Year Cicada.
watched him with fervent looks, "Our history was actually so complicated.
We were once the dominant force in the Galaxy!"
Galaxy is ours yet the four Domains betrayed us. They must die!"
the Empire! Master is the one true Emperor!"
to restore our nation!"
cicada, will unite the world once again, will make the four Domains pay the
price for betrayal!"
tell us what to do!"
watched him in a daze, Sire Faceless has such an identity! If
the cicada rose, he would be an Immortal Emperor, exacting power over the land
in Sire Faceless' stead!
Of course, the
Lords and Duan Shou were clear Yan Mountain was far from enough to beat the
four Domains. Even the fiends alone could crush it.
continued, "Today, I shall pass on to you the cicada cultivation method.
It is a spiritual cultivation's cultivation method, as such, you need to
destroy your previous one."
removed the cloth next to him to reveal cicada's stele.
disciples watching it, Zhang Ming crushed his Dao Seed on the spot.
He did it
without remorse, with ease and speed...
It didn't take
long for his juniors and seniors to follow, without any exception.
Chen Ming had
yet to finish. He was going to say they could keep their previous cultivation
method as long as they asked.
broken toys of mine sure are an honest bunch.
this didn't apply to legacy disciples. Each had their path, their cultivation
Chen Ming gave
the signal to Li Suyi who nodded and waved for his demonic sect subordinates to
bring the water before each disciple.
spoke, "Immerse yourself in the River of Time and your cicada bloodline
He left out
the fact it would change their bodies and had to tell a white lie.
All to give
them the idea they were cicada from the start, to bring them closer to him.
Each of them
flipped the bucket above their heads and let the water drip down on them.
shifted inside of their bodies and they could understand cicada's language and
cultivate its cultivation method.
waved, "Pick up your blade!"
Li Suyi was
ready and provided them with more than 3,000 Five Year Cicada.
They held onto
their black sabers and wore them behind the waist like Chen Ming.
"Sit, Master will begin the lecture."
activation of Enlighten Aura, "Zing, zing... (time flows, flows into
nothing. In the far East is our home, where the Red Toon stands
As they were
changing their cultivation method, their speed was faster than cultivation
itself as they were Transcending realm cultivators or immortals. But altering
one's entire cultivation was far from simple, as they needed to pierce through
the Time Dao's meaning. They had to at least form their Dao Seed to use the
stele contained 17 stages and Chen Ming comprehended the 8th, a step away from
forming a Dao Chain. Teaching the disciples was an easy matter.
unraveled the essence of Time Dao to the intoxicated disciples for a month.
understanding of Dao deepened, each lecture could only last longer.
said, "We shall stop here. You all need to look for hardship cultivation
methods that suit the cicada's cultivation method to wield the black sword.
Pressing forward is folly. You should reach certain cultivation and form a
saber soul or sword soul for the hegemon sword and immortal sword. Then I will
explain to you the most overbearing art of the cicada, the Hegemonic Immortal
bowed, "Many thanks, Master!"
It was then he
sensed Duan Shou broke through. He'd been comprehending for a while now and
with Chen Ming's lecture, it pushed him into forming the Dao Seed.
Duan Shou drew
his saber and swung it a few times. His quick saber was twice as fast!
Duan Shou laughed,
"With this art, close to no Gold Immortal can stand in my way!"
He got too
excited and only now sensed something, rushing to clasp his hands before Chen
Ming, "Thank you, Mountain Lord, for your teachings."
nodded, "As your understanding rises, come to me for better blades."
Duan Shou was
stripped of any thoughts of betrayal. He knew his talent and any talk about
becoming Emperor fell on death ears to him. Yet Chen Ming crushed all
unparalleled existences in his tribulation. If he matured, he would become an
Duan Show was
but a mere Earth Immortal veteran in his time as an immortal.
left to cultivate and Chen Ming was thinking of how this hardship cultivation
training was going to play out. But he wasn't too rushed, since they just
listened to his lecture and needed some time to take all in.
had a hardship cultivator stele, the Eight Desolate Tyrant Body Zhuo Qingyao
was practicing. Just that it didn't mean it suited everyone. And hardship
cultivation revolved around a universal truth, a sucking abyss of resources. If
every single disciple started hardship cultivating then he'd go for broke,
literally. Where the hell would he find so many tempering resources?
Not to mention
he'd need a wide variety of hardship cultivation methods.
For now, they
had never hardship cultivated, so as long as they didn't go and nailed in their
foundations by becoming immortals with it, they could train in any way they
It would be
fine to address this again later, once their cicada cultivation method took
them to the Immortal realm.
In truth, Chen
Ming's expectations of them were pretty high. They had all the resources they
could grab, after all, and Heart Enlightenment Fruit to boost their perceptions.
Besides Dao Heart, which was a crucial issue, others were easily solvable.
with the disciples, Chen Ming could now get back to bumping his power. He had a
lot of merits and spiritual knowledge on hand.
After all his
time, his merits reached 12 million, while his spiritual knowledge was above
the 10 billion mark.
upgrading to the Transcending realm cost him one billion spiritual knowledge,
the current amount ought to be enough for two stages. The transcending realm
had four stages, Detached, Emergence, Chakra and Beneath Immortal.
He had enough
to reach the Chakra stage, but god only knew what mission awaited him to open
scriptures he was packing, he'd have smooth sailing until the Immortal realm.
After which, he'd have to go out collecting again.
my realm to Chakra stage."
million merits required. Continue?"
Chen Ming did
the math, 20 years of merits will be gone just like that?
Thanks to his
disciples getting busy with raising beasts, their cultivation was stuck at the
Transcending realm, with a few lucky exceptions that became immortals. He only
got about a million merits a year, most of which was from his legacy disciples
while the others were having the time of their lives(slacking).
disciples' heads grew bigger and now the 2nd stage Heart Enlightenment Fruits
are as useful as feeding them to the dogs!
dogs get to be immortal beasts!
He took a deep
breath. If even with the help of these fruits the merits income wouldn't
change, he would prepare a special surprise for these blokes.
Inside his Dao
Furnace, each page on the scripture had extra lines written. The golden book
ebbed and sent out sounds of Dao that surrounded the entire Yan Mountain branch.
were cultivating in their courtyards when they heard them, "Master must be
increasing his power."
scriptures did he comprehended this time?"
the sounds of Dao calms the heart."
cultivating. I don't think Master was lying when he said about having head
senior sister educate us!"
also a huge gap between seniors and us. Even fifth senior brother is better
No Dao Palace
existed in Chen Ming's body, his foundation was the Dao Furnace. It bore
thousands of scriptures.
And his Dao
Seeds were permeated by these scriptures inside of it.
perfect Limitless Dao Body is quite interesting. I'm more like a magic item
Furnace changed while the body stayed the same since only his realm went up.
my cultivation to Emergence stage."
You triggered an advancement mission, please kill a Gold Immortal. Reward:
frowned, Kill a Gold Immortal?
scamming system lady as always, not one even a bit of a discount!
this mission didn't say he had to do it himself. As for who had the best Gold
Immortals to bully? Why Heavenly Court, of course. Step right up
please, the best Gold Immortals to bully are Heavenly Court's at a low, low
price! Need only flip your hand and you're done!
Shou say almost no Gold Immortal can handle him?
time we have some fun.
Chen Ming went
to ask him, "Duan Shou, what Gold Immortal under Nr. 6 is easiest to
thought a moment, brows knitted in concentration.
you say you're among the best Gold Immortal out there? What's with the frown?
telling me Nr. 6's Gold Immortals around here are a pain?
thought some more as if trying to make a clear distinction. After fifteen
minutes, he said, "Sire Faceless, I think they all are. But it's such a
Is this how
the strong think?
When the eagle
watched ants, it didn't consider which was big or small, since they were all
continued, "Then chose one who is vile and evil. I am a good man, an
altruist, and can't go kill people willy-nilly."
zoned out again. Scratching his head as he was clearly using all his faculties
to come up with a perfect candidate.
No way! Are
they all saints? Although our dear Immortal Master Chen flaunted
himself as a bad man, he still had a sliver of conscience.
Chen Ming cut
his focus short, "Doesn't matter. Heavenly Court is our enemy and this is
the path they chose. When we get to fighting all of this matter little."
said, "Regarding who is evil, they all are. It's such a hard decision.
Take the Radiant Constellation's Daoist Radiant for example. He is more than
3,000 years old and still sends his men to kidnap women, wanting to enjoy a
virgin each day. He's been doing this for a hundred years now!"
heart trembled, No wonder this Immortal Master is still single! This
rotten bastard went and stole all the women! This has gone too far!
continued, "There's also Prosperous Constellation's Daoist Thriving, who
likes virgin males. He raises them then..."
dismissed him, "Enough. We'll go get the drop on Radiant Daoist and do
looked dubiously at him, "Sire Faceless, you can't use others in a fight
you taking my words for? Am I that kind of man? Do I look the part?"
it's fine. At worse, we'll just have to leave our name after killing him. This
way we won't break any rule. Great, let's be off!"
are to assassinate, Lu Qingxuan is better at it. He's an assassin after all!
looked him in the eye, "Assassination? Stealth? Are you making it hard for
Lu Qingxuan on purpose?"
nodded, convinced, "Then let's go."
Chen Ming went
off in a black mist and landed on his shoulder, "Sire Faceless, I am more
than enough. There's no need for you to risk such dangers."
shook his head, "How can I? This abomination will be personally dealt with
by me, or I won't be free of this hatred!"
The two toiled
hard for a month before reaching Radiant Constellation. Duan Shou dressed up as
a righteous cultivator with his Daoist robe and began to act the part.
Since it was a
hit, Duan Shou had to be cautious. Arriving at Radiant Constellation River
Office, Chen Ming was perched on his shoulder as Duan Shou entered a tavern to
tune in on the latest gossip.
thought a Gold Immortal's location was hard to get his hands on, but he
overestimated the man as he got it in no time at all.
a beauty appeared on Refreshing Star, who goes by the name Shui Ling!"(1)
the point anyway. You know how it is, General Radiant must be there by
quite lively despite his age!"
In the middle
of a path to immortality, a man was roasting a chicken wing, nice, juicy and
golden. Chen Ming found Duan Shou returned and asked, "Shouldn't this guy
be here yesterday?"
inquiries and Daoist Radiant chanced upon a married lady so he drank milk all
like to die another day."
should be here any minute now."
since his men won't take kindly to watching him having his fill of milk."
lone you say?"
from Duan Shou, Chen Ming frown in thought.
though he was having second doubts, "It is indeed just him, and not an
ambush either. Sire Faceless can rest easy."
that. I was thinking if our hit is so easy, needing not even a bit of planning
and even opens himself for a sneak attack, tell me, how the hell did Lu
Qingxuan end up slaughtering to cover his tracks each time he takes a
might be a problem, a difficult one."
hummed a tune as he flew on the path to immortality. These days in Heavenly
Court had been quite comfortable. Though his thirst for milk was now
abated, It doesn't fill one's belly!
But then he
sniffed a faint smell, "This is the scent of a roasted chicken wing.
Ha-ha-ha, I can have my fill!"
Just how hard
was it for a man like him to eat a chicken wing?
Daoist Radiant landed next to Chen Ming and Duan Shou, and cupped his hands,
"Is it possible for this Daoist to try you cooking?"
didn't care and thew him a wing. He was a man fond of sharing, eating alone
wasn't in the vocabulary for him. He would always give another a taste of what
he ate, to incite the newcomer's appetite, and then gorge himself before the
and ate it as he heard them talk, "Why is this guy so late?"
should be fast since he has deep cultivation."
do we go about killing him?"
Radiant's heart skipped at that, Who do they want to kill?
"As he is
so vile, of course we need to cut him below first and remove the instrument of
evil. Then cut off his tongue!"
felt his tenders go cold, not paying attention when he bit through the chicken
bone. He kept chewing on instinct.
shook his head, "That's going easy on him. I think strapping him tight and
cutting at his instrument of evil one piece at a time is better."
found it reasonable and nodded in earnest, "If Sire wants this result, I
have a way. We first cut it off, then give him a pill to regrow. A year of this
Chen Ming chuckled,
"You're not bad, you have a good head on your shoulders!"
turned to Daoist Radiant, "Fellow Daoist, what do you think?"
He thought the
two came out for revenge, "Not enough. First, feed him with aphrodisiac
then have a bunch of women tempt him. When he's at the breaking point, drop the
blade. But don't take all of it, let him rise again and the outcome will be
just like brother said, give him a pill to regrow it. This is slow and deep
nodded, "Makes sense, but what's taking that Daoist Radiant so long? How
is a Gold Immortal so slow?"
replied, "Any second now."
fell from Daoist Radiant's mouth, What the hell did I just say?
You telling me these two are debating on how to saute me?
I even went
along with it and helped them out of the goodness of my heart...
said, "What does he look like anyway? Did you get a picture? Let me
replied, "I couldn't steal it."
sucked a deep breath, These guys are in so eager talking about doing me
in. They have to have the skill for that or how would they come after me?
they never saw me.
continued, "Don't you worry Sire, I remember his description. He has a
small goatee, en, just like that guy who asked for a chicken wing. One eye
larger than the other, right, just like the fellow Daoist who came up with a
guy's forehead is large and even has a mole on it."
Chen Ming and
Duan Shou were just talking when they saw Daoist Radiant trying to ease his way
out of here.
shouted, "Fellow Daoist, turn around, let us take a closer look at your
didn't even dream of it and only waved, "No need, we are mere strangers
meeting by chance. We, cultivators, mustn't be tempted by worldly affairs. This
humble Daoist shall take his leave!"
snapped back, "You're Daoist Radiant?"
nope, you got the wrong man. He has many guards around him while I'm all alone
in the world!"
laughed, "Talk about luck. We didn't even need to look and he comes right
to us. This is a first even for me."
Of course, our
Daoist Radiant knew he'd been found and chose to take the sensible choice, to
Chen Ming said
faintly, "Get him, you know, half-dead and half-alive, that sort of thing.
right back, Sire."
chased, with Chen Ming too lazy to follow. Wasn't this easy pickings, having
Duan Shou kill a Heavenly Court's Gold Immortal?
spit-roasted some more chicken wings, "In other words, I've been down on
my luck for all this time just to have all the good luck wasted on this?"
looks like I have to wait for the Ten Chains before I can change my fate."
Chen Ming soon
saw Duan Shou coming back with Daoist Radiant and notice his lower half bled
like crazy, Yep, half-alive indeed.
A weak voice
came from Daoist Radiant, "Why do strangers like us need to cross
replied, "I'm a righteous and honest to god youngster that goes out
subduing monsters and vanquishing evil. How can I not kill you?"
Chen Ming was
in no mood to waste words on the dead, especially when bad guys usually die at
this time. He pulled his saber and stabbed through Daoist Radiant's forehead
and started stirring.
He wiped the
blood on the body and muttered, "Since he's dead, we need to leave
evidence, one that proved Nr. 6 was out of the loop. This way it won't break
Crownless Assembly's rule."
After all, if
killing him would end up with Heavenly Court's generals going after Nr. 6, it
would be the same as violating Faceless' rule.
pondered then wrote with the blade on the ground.
done, he and Duan Shou swaggered off.
Chen Ming also
got the notice, "Ding! Advancement mission complete, cultivation
returned to Yan Mountain after an eternity and a half, not in the least bit
interested in the aftermath. Just as he got back, the decennial Inevitable
meeting required his attendance.
He sat on his
throne in the main hall and wore the mask.
appeared, they were all there except for Nr. 6. They watched him with a long
look. Chen Ming and Nr. 6's squabble went on for two decades.
Nr. 6's delay
had to have something to do with Nr. 5.
And by the
looks of it, it was a heavy blow too.
Inevitable showed up, but Nr. 6 was still missing. Inevitable, with his mask of
rage, turned his abyss-like eyes to Chen Ming.
wanted to say, Don't look at me, when Nr. 6's seat was
occupied at that moment.
He slapped the
table in rage and anxiety, "Nr. 5, I accept your declaration of war!"
In Chen Ming's
mind, What did I do? When did I write it?
made their own guesses. Nr. 5 had to have hit the other so hard, it caused him
this delay to the point he barely made it.
ignored his outburst. He saw his fair share of wars and hostility among them.
said, "When did I declare war?"
glowered, "It's what you did with Daoist Radiant!"
Chen Ming now
got it, "Oh, oh, now that you mention it, didn't I leave a message?"
Nr. 6's rage
was mounting, "You call that a message?"
I left a message stating you were totally innocent!"
wrote: it wasn't the Faceless in the neighboring constellation that did
thought for a bit, "Yeah, I wrote it since you had nothing to do with
Nr. 1 smiled,
Nr. 3 added,
"No, no, no, this just goes to show how honest Nr. 5 is..."
Inevitable smiled, "En, it doesn't count as using Heavenly Court to do
Daoist Radiant and even left a message: It wasn't the Faceless in the
neighboring constellation that did it.
Could he be
any more clearer?
With these two
matters combined, the first suspect that popped in anyone's mind was Nr. 6.
Heavenly Court considered it a challenge to their power.
leaving such an obvious and arrogant message was the same as saying Nr. 6 did
it without a doubt then challenged with: Uh, I did it, so what are you
gonna do about it?
Nr. 6 was
raging, "Just you wait. The next Inevitable meeting you won't be there to
You triggered an S- storyline mission: Overt Showdown. Please kill
Nr. 6 and obtain his mask. Reward: 1 billion spiritual knowledge, 0.1 million
fame, and unknown."
Chen Ming was
peaked on the spot. He left that line but, Didn't see that one coming.
It's just a
scuffle. Plus I need to go over at the barbarians' place and I won't be back
anytime soon. Killing Nr. 6 to spread my might should fit right in my schedule.
Nr. 6 and I
are too close, neighbors actually. One that always schemes to kill me.
The tumor had
to be removed.
had nothing substantial to offer and soon came the time for trading, but Chen
Ming declined to participate. He was mulling over how to get rid of his
Hmm, it's a
had the power to hang a general of the four Domains at a whim. The hardest part
was finding them.
could inspect their status, even if they were Faceless, but as this was war,
Nr. 6 wasn't as easy to handle as Daoist Radiant. He wouldn't bump into him on
the street, that's for sure. Plus he wore a mask all this time and had no clue
as how he looked.
Chen Ming was
thinking and so was his neighbor.
Nr. 9 said his
the same line as always, "I only want to kill all of you."
Inevitable's meeting drawing to a close, Chen Ming opened his eyes and sighed,
"Such troubled times. I only had the best intentions, so he won't die of
old age. Who'd have thought he'd take it the wrong way. Now I need to figure
out how to deal with him."
swords wasn't hard, but finding Nr. 6 was, as well as how to slaughter him.
order of business was to get a feel of his true strength. War had begun.
It was an S-
mission. It wasn't S, however it exceeded the A rank. The rating alone spoke of
its difficulty. Nr. 6 was going to be a headache.
billion spiritual knowledge required, continue?"
no time to fuss with a hussy. Do it!"
body began to change as the scriptures in his Dao Furnace floated and radiated
with light, touching the furnace.
Furnace expanded and began to connect with the meridians around it.
Chen Ming felt
his power growing, his spiritual power rising. It had been a long time since he
last looked over his status and it was time to see just how much did this step
(Due to your endless struggle, you finally shed your high-level cannon fodder
fate, becoming a glorious random NPC!)
Lord (Eh, you're getting pretty strong, huh? Meh, nothing more than a measly
Transcending realm, Detached stage. (There is no longer any relation between
your strength and your realm)
Limitless Dao Body fledgling stage (3,000 Dao Chains, mid-stage)
Methods: Void Canon, Chakra stage. Sun Sutra, Chakra stage. Moon's Sacred
Sutra, Chakra stage. Longevity Tenet, Chakra stage. Fire Crow Art, complete.
Dragon Form Art, complete. Nines Mysteries Art, complete. Dao Canon, complete.
Golden Annihilation Star, complete. Ten Values Dao, complete. Heavenly Thunder
Nine Changes Art, complete. Jade Water Core Sutra, stage complete. Nirvana
Astral Wind, complete. Heavenly Flaming Star, complete. Illustrious Casket,
stage 2/9 ... (for the other 9563 complete cultivation methods, press more).
Hegemonic Immortal Sword, entry-level. Conquering Immortals Art, 3rd stage,
Heavenly Imperial Dao Cannon, Eight Dragon-ascending Steps, Ten Thousand Swords
Become One, Allheaven Stellar Array, Obscure Gates Swordplay Array... (as for
the rest 13,000 crappy gimmicks, I figure you don't want to see...)
Dao Chain: 0.
disciples: Zhuo Qingyao, Ling Xian, Li Suyi, Chen Lingyu, Wan Baqian.
Zhang Ming, Li Yang, Chen Kuang... (for the other 3408 names, press more).
knowledge: 7.8 billion.
Alchemist Grandmaster, immortal-ranked Diviner, immortal-ranked Array Master,
immortal Tool Refiner.
Intent Aura, King Slayer Aura lvl. 3, Control Aura lvl. 2, Altruist Aura,
Enlighten Aura, Sky Bearer Aura, Warmonger Aura, Decree of Untold Daos Aura.
80,000 (attributes influence undetermined)(includes the hardship cultivation
from Sky Bearer Aura)
god (your uncanny power is akin to gods)
Fate: the time
has begun to blur as the gears of fate are slowly spinning. You have become the
first under heaven on this continent, but more disasters lay further in the
starry sky. As one in the possession of the King Slayer Aura lvl2, the growing
ambition bolsters your power, the same for the master in the shadows. You shall
die from the uncrowned one.'
With such a
high danger value, he could handle a hundred thousand danger value enemy. He
had Decree of Untold Daos Aura after all; besides geniuses of course.
His new rise
was all thanks to Nine Year Cicada. It was a weapon than surpassed time and its
uncanny speed was most welcome.
spoke inside, "Increase my cultivation to Chakra stage."
You triggered the advancement mission, please kill a flourishing Gold Immortal,
on your own this time."
that a mile away.
Heavenly Court's Gold Immortals are a bargain, as cheap as it gets!
would have to figure out how hard this mission was before he'd get to Chakra
But his power
reached an exquisitely marvelous level. Though it won't hurt a bit of
planning and avoid senseless suffering.
looked for Duan Shou, "I am at war with Nr. 6, what information can you
give me on him?"
nothing much that I found, but one thing I do know. He is beyond a shadow of a
doubt not a Gold Immortal. He must be a Celestial Immortal, with a high chance
of being a reincarnated immortal too."
troublesome? A reincarnated immortal isn't that easy to kill."
thought a moment then put on the Faceless mask, "I have blades for you to
wield. Come forth."
In his hall,
Lu Qingxuan, Yang Hun, Duan Shou, and Bu Liuhen appeared one after the other.
and I are at war."
Yang Hun said,
"Sire Faceless, we should take our time to draw out a plan to make him
come out of hiding."
agreed, "As long as he is out in the open, I am enough! None survives my
added, "Right, if he's out, my Celestial Immortal men can surround him and
kill him. Even a Gold Immortal is just one man. I will wear him out and bring
said, "If he does come out, you guys can stand back. I am enough! Once my
blade leaves the sheath, it will take his life!"
watched the dimwits roaring who got to kill Nr. 6 first and frowned, "Have
you come up with a plan to bait him then?"
looked everywhere but at him.
turned to the sky.
posed with dignity.
You have no
clue whatsoever, do you?
the fiery speech then?
I, the great Immortal Master Chen, have set my sights on these four boneheaded
Was I duped
by their appearance?
buffoons, they take the cake, even if it's a black one.
asked, "Does Sire Faceless has a plan?"
praised, "Sire Faceless is a godly tactician, privy to all affairs!"
added, "Right, we will follow your orders. Regardless of what or how, I
will go through hell or high water for you and slaughter all opposition!"
mulled, How do I get Nr. 6 in the open? That's the problem, isn't
it. A Faceless is sneaky and hidden. If he wasn't so vigilant, Chen Ming
could've made secret inquiries about him and found a good bait to hook him then
it's war. And in war, Nr. 6 will use his brains!
If he had Duan
Shou scouring for his trail, it would take a very long time to find anything.
Besides him, Chen Ming had great control over his other Blades, and sending
them to fight each other wouldn't work.
It's like a
tiger nibbling on a turtle!
racked his brain but still came out empty, No way! I know nothing about
the guy, so what do I base it on?
every Faceless was a headache. Just finding him was a huge problem.
interrupted, "I have an idea."
Bu Liuhen: ...
Yang Hun: ...
smiled, "Great, Duan Shou, we'll just fight it out!"
racking my head? With Duan Shou almost second to none in the Gold Immortal
realm, it'll just be a matter of time before the fighting ends!
stood, even he thought it was a stupendous idea.
added, "Sire, won't be dangerous?"
laughed, "A confrontation between Faceless is all about provoking the
other. This is just the beginning."
asked, "What about us?"
Lu Qingxuan are already stationed in a Star River each. Make sure to block all
Yang Hun and
Lu Qingxuan bowed, "We comply!"
asked Bu Liuhen, "Didn't you say you never scouted Nr. 6's area?"
smiled, "Please be at ease, Sire. Even if I couldn't scout everything, any
sudden and obvious actions will be picked up in an instant."
Liuhen, wait for me and Duan Shou at the entrance to Atlas Constellation, Nr.
opened his eyes and found himself looking at the sky, "Eh, our
constellation has a new Gold Immortal, interesting."
asked, "Sire, does that mean Nr. 6 deployed a Gold Immortal?"
nodded, "Yes. One that can walk through the void, and is using it to get
across. We need to end him. Wait, let's not be hasty. Since he's Nr. 6's Gold
Immortal, we shall observe first."
closed his eyes then flashed them open, his shadow gathering next to Bu
Liuhen. I say, this Faceless mask is quite handy, letting me drop
whenever and wherever in my constellation.
Bu Liuhen was
making adjustments to his strategy, issuing orders for scouting when Chen Ming
appeared. He was stunned for a bit and jumped to his feet, "Subordinate
greets Sire Faceless."
scouts lowered their heads, not daring to look Chen Ming in the eye.
waved the others away, "A new Gold Immortal arrived in our constellation,
Nr. 6's. He is on Scarlet Dragon Star River Office. Observe him but don't let
him discover you or disturb him. Monitor him and report to me any strange
shadow slipped through the cracks and reappeared before Duan Shou, "Let's
go see what Nr. 6 prepared."
arrived at the entrance to the path to immortality towards Atlas Constellation
several days later. Chen Ming was perched on Duan Shou's shoulder and looked at
Bu Liuhen. He looked around then took Duan Shou to a courtyard in the city. Lu
Qingxuan left a heavy guard here, always on patrol.
asked Duan Shou, "Sire Faceless?"
cleared his throat, "I'm here."
Bu Liuhen was
in shock, So Sire Faceless' body is that of a crow!
asked, "Is everything ready?"
followed that Gold Immortal?"
didn't do anything untowardly and instead was hiding his every move. If I
wasn't pretending to be the innkeeper, I would have missed him. I sent three
Celestial Immortals to act as robbers and kill him without a fuss. But he acted
too carefully for them to grab a chance, as if he was preparing something."
smiled, "Keep your eyes on him. Since Nr. 6 sent him, he must have
important orders. After the war starts, perhaps Nr. 6 will meet with him. Let
him find out only what we want and not a thing more."
said, "Worry not, Sire, now that I found him, he won't escape my
nodded, "Let's go, I want to see Nr. 6's power for myself."
said, "Follow me, there's a secret path that hides our tracks."
They left the
city in silence and stopped on a remote star. Duan Shou tore the sky with a
slash of his blade and took out an immortal beast to ride along Bu Liuhen and
Chen Ming through it.
The void was
constantly plagued by devastating space storms, but Duan Shou used saber intent
to defend. Bu Liuhen relied on Eight Dragon-ascending Steps to evade the
had the power to cross the void, while Bu Liuhen relied on a magical art's
Chen Ming, on
the other hand, enjoyed the ride.
at a faraway star in the Atlas Constellation and Bu Liuhen took out two
cultivator robes and black bamboo hats. This was so no one would find them at
peeked at the sky from beneath the hat, "Seven Gold Immortals? I say, Nr.
6 ain't half bad. Let's go get our first kill."
Chen Ming relied
on Duan Shou's power. He took the time to peek at him, My, what a good
fellow. He has a 0.3 million danger value. Just how many gulches are between
Once in the
Immortal realm, one's danger value didn't grow fast, it was all about auras. In
simple terms, in the Immortal realm, perception mattered the most.
Here was when
a hardy Dao Heart type of aura showed its value. Such an aura led to getting
achievements who, in turn, provided auras.
Chubby was a
living proof his missions weren't limited to himself. If the conditions were
met, anyone could do them.
worked his Heavenly Imperial Dao Cannon and identified the Gold Immortal's
location. Since Nr. 6 wanted a war, he'd give him one, along with a thrilling
said, "Didn't Nr. 6 only had five tigers? Does that mean he hid three Gold