Archfiends Summit was just days away. Chen Ming thought he should use this
chance to show where he stood compared to the other five Archfiends in the Six
Alliance was very useful to Chen Ming. With Yan Mountain deep in its territory
and the other five Archfiends surrounding it, his disciple would be completely
protected. And while they were also close to the Myriad Mountains, he would
just join the others into repelling any attack.
Or at least
the strength to make the attacker fall back.
those five were improving slowly, Chen Ming would be tough enough to hold his
own for a while, while delivering to others the Bones of the Taotie.
peaked at his merits, over eight thousand. It was still far from the intended
thirty thousand but at least it was enough for a round of upgrades.
thought, "Comprehend Heavenly Four Elements Array."
Heavenly Four Elements Array and Earthen Four Elements Array can be combined
into Eight Extremes Array. It requires 2000 merits to comprehend the first
stage of controlling the combined version. Continue?"
was also possible? This Eight Extreme Swords Array isn't simple.
after combining them!"
Chen Ming could control Eight Extremes Array but he still needed four other
cultivation methods at the same stage as Fire Crow Art. Heavenly Four Elements
Array required star, lightning, cloud and metal attribute cultivation
This world was
divided into twelve Daos. The land supplemented myriads of creatures and the
heavens were riddled with uncertainty. The Earth, governing over life had the
wood element at its origin, while Heavens, governing death, had destruction at
its origin. Between life and death, the eight extremes came to be. From the
Earth came the four elements of earth, wind, water, and fire while from Heavens
came the four elements of star, cloud, metal, and lightning. The metal element
didn't refer only to its material aspect but also its deadly character,
pointing at Heavens' destructive nature. Cloud element was the most mysterious
Dao among the four belonging to Heavens, filled with endless changes. All
cultivators who used illusion type magical arts or practiced divination had a
cloud element cultivation method. Lightning represented Heavenly tribulation,
while metal was the most deadly element. Thus, the two came to be known as the
most tyrannical elements. The eight extremes along with life and death
established the ten Daos, while outside of them was time and space.
These were the
As for why
there were three thousand Grand Daos, this was something Chen Ming wasn't able
to understand, for now.
cultivation method wasn't hard to get since Flying Immortal Sect's Sect
Leader's Heavenly Flaming Star Art was of this element. For the lightning
element, he had the Heavenly Thunder Nine Changes Art from the Endless Swords
Sect. The metal cultivation method would be hard to find, but he reckons
Archfiend Azure Lion's treasury should have one.
cloud cultivation method, Chen Ming had no way of getting one, since those who
trained in it were all mystics, with weird and diverse abilities.
For all his
life, Chen Ming has never even seen one such mystic.
Eh? I seem
to have encountered my fair share of mystics, the ones who show off and cheats
was how to make the distinction between a true and a fake mystic. Everyone knew
that a true mystic liked to show off his stuff, and even more so when he was a
differentiate them you needed to put them to death. When the fake one was put
to death, he would die. But a true mystic was difficult to trap, as he knew how
to divine and avoid calamities.
Array wasn't as mild as Earthen Four Elements Array, a bit of pressure here and
a tad annoying there. The Eight Extremes Array had the Heavenly Four Elements
Array in the mix, truly tyrannical. It could harmonize the eight extremes into
the Eight Extremes Array, and when used at full power its might was comparable
to that of heaven.
Li Suyi, is living a second life, he might know where I could find a true
mindset, Chen Ming looked for Li Suyi, "Little third, do you know where I
can find a diviner?"
Li Suyi had
some doubt at Chen Ming's question but soon dispelled it. A mysterious figure
like Chen Ming had his own secrets. He began to recall Ling Xian's book,
History on Border Development. Ling Xian became A Grand Sovereign at the time
and sighed when he retold of the event when he was but twelve, meeting a
wandering Daoist, who called himself Old Meishan. He had a worn-out Daoist
robe, with plum blossoms drawn on it and said something to Ling Xian, who had
crippled cultivation at the time. He told him to wait outside the entrance to
Jade Void Temple's secret domain and he would one day meet with the opportunity
to rebuild his Dao Palace. Ling Xian was at the end of his rope then and
believed him. So after it came to pass, Ling Xian wasn't sure if he was a
diviner. But Old Meishan took advantage of this favor, and when the land sank
into Ghost Immortal's chaos, he had Ling Xian help him to escape along with the
other four. And now, Li Suyi reckons this Old Meishan was still in Southern
Border, at Ling Xian's home, searching for Ling Xian. "Master, you should
go take a look around Ling Xian's home. See if a man calling himself Old
Meishan is wandering around. He might be a diviner. "
needing to directly ask Li Suyi of his past life, he got what he needed.
To be able to
use the array encompassing the eight extremes, Chen Ming could even fight a Divine
Palace Archfiend. It was a power that would make him soar. He had no time to
lose, so he looked for Ling Xian, "Little second, you've been staying on
Yan Mountain for quite some time. Master decided to visit your home, to ask
your parents if they are pleased with the arrangements I made for you."
playing at, visiting my home? But Master is anything but normal. So
even with this strange request, Ling Xian had no choice but to agree.
everything in order, Chen Ming jumped on his fiend cloud and Ling Xian on his
flying sword. A mere day later the two were already at Ling Xian's home. With
Ling Xian rise his clan also profited, holding great influence.
Xian's guidance, they landed before a large gate. The guards were so scared, they
bolted to report to Ling clan, "Clan Head, Sir Archfiend is here, Sir
Archfiend is here!"
echoed from within the house and in the next moment, the Clan Head, Ling Xian's
father walked out the gate, bowing towards Chen Ming, "Clan Head Ling Jue
welcomes Sir Archfiend!"
didn't dare to show anything but respect. The Six Kings Alliance was the
Overlord over Southern Border, and all King ranks unaffiliated with it were
wiped out. And his son, was Southern Border's general manager, giving the Ling
clan the chance to rise with him. But everything was a grace from Chen Ming.
come inside Sir Archfiend, as I send for dishes to be made!"
exotic delicacies, Chen Ming went down to business, "Ling Jue, I need you
to do something."
Archfiend needs only to ask, and I shall give you my entire fortune!"
smiled, "There's no need to go that far. I need your help to find someone.
He calls himself Old Meishan, a diviner. He wears a worn-out Daoist robe with
plum blossoms on it. Don't cause too much ruckus in your search, and you need
not concern yourself with capturing him. I only want to know his
only looking for someone, I will bring Sir Archfiend the result tomorrow!"
A cloth laid
spread in front of an old man wearing a worn-out robe sitting below a blooming
plum tree at the side of the street. The words on the cloth said: impart your
wealth and glory on me, and I impart the will of heaven.
The old man
took a gulp from the wine gourd at his waist, face blushing from the drink,
with his greasy fingers from eating a roasted chicken.
went eerily quiet, and the old man saw someone draped in a black-feathered robe
before him. His face had a mask with a smiley on it. The old man inspected the
details on the mask, sensing a hint of demonic nature below the surface.
He came to two
conclusions. One, this man was filthy rich, since the black-feathered robe on
him wasn't cheap.
Two, he was
going to get his fill of food today, with barely a chance of visiting the
pleasure house's ladies. He was certain he would cheat this youngster of all
showed a desolate shimmer and faced Chen Ming while beginning, "I can
foresee your death!"
Chen Ming moved
aside the bones in front of the old man and eyed his danger value, 4.5, less
than a thug, then said, "Isn't that nonsense, since everyone ends up dead
sooner or later? Are you saying that some are undying?"
The old man
was struck dumb, Why isn't this guy following the usual pattern? A
normal person would ask me why he is dying.
The old man
followed with, "That is something predetermined by fate. I will tell you
this, your gaze is far in the horizon but the answer is right before you. You
might search for a thousand times yet the one you seek is standing under the
sure you're not speaking rubbish again? Talking about horizon means I'll never
meet the one I seek and isn't it normal for her to be in front of me when I
meet her? But this has nothing to do with finding a woman. Say something useful
for a change."
The old man
was dumbstruck again, Swindling this guy requires some skill.
The old man
pondered, "Then you must consider your future. It will be filled with
hardships but a glimmer of hope will light your way, pushing aside the dark
clouds and making way for the bright blue sky."
still going on about this rubbish? I am a cultivator, it is normal to encounter
battles to the death. Everyone knows, the longer one lives the deeper one's
cultivation. If you lived long enough a glimmer of hope will light your way,
pushing aside the dark clouds and making way for the bright blue sky."
what if you die?"
Chen Ming gave
a dazzling smile, "If I die, who will come to hound you? How about this
then, give someone complete divination and if it's wrong then they die. If it's
correct then you're divination is also correct."
The old man
frowned, sensing a complication coming. He was doubtful for a moment then said,
"You're one of us? I have barely started on this path and I didn't know
this was your swindling turf. Ptui, what swindling diviner? True money comes
from swindling with facts! Look, wait until I have enough to begin traveling
then I will leave this Fengshui place of yours. What do you say?"
face went black, 'It can't be that all diviners are weird, right?
They're not one bit different from fake mystics! They even blend in the secular
The old man
saw Chen Ming was silent and continued, "You want me to leave but I can't
right now since I have no coin for the road. But if you give me something...
And by the looks of you, you had quite a fruitful business. "
about this, you let me look over your scripture and I will give you the coin.
What you say?"
The old man
did some thinking, "If you're saying you want to look at my scriptures,
then I won't be leaving."
though, This old geezer is staying here to wait for Ling Xian. With a
weir job like a diviner, if towards the first man he has some fate with, he
imparts some wisdom, he will later use the favor to save his life and stand
close to him when he becomes great. I.e. Ling Xian.
now that you mention it, this might also be considered a true mystic. Because
he can see their auras, he can predict who can have great achievements in the
said, "Are you waiting for Ling Xian?"
The old man
was startled, "Did you also divined it? Since you also found Ling Xian's
destiny then you must have gotten to him already. There's no point in me
staying here any longer. I need to go find the other three."
ignored the weird old man's words. He came here to get the scrip after all,
"Then what do you want in exchange for looking over your
my sect's most important secret, how can I easily reveal it?"
unmovable, staunch and determined. Even Chen Ming felt moved, Seems
I'll have to resort to my special weapon.
thousand gold taels!"
hundred thousand, not one tael less!"
have some conscience!"
thousand, I won't go for any lower!"
let's settle on five thousand..."
disturbing event of trading 'blows', an exciting battle of words, from which
even the dogs were scared, in a battle of experts, Chen Ming came victorious at
the mere price of three hundred taels of gold, twenty-four taels of silver and
three hundred and twenty-eight copper coins.
The old man
fished an old scripture from his chest then placed it before Chen Ming. He
picked it up and though, "Comprehend this scripture."
This book has nothing to do with cultivation. I am actually worried about your
mind since you've been scammed."
Chen Ming put
it down then eyed the old geezer. "It's fake."
The old men
blushed from embarrassment. He took another one, but after a mere moment, Chen
Ming also threw it away, "Fake again."
At the end of
it all, the old geezer took out, from god knew where. no less than three dozen
books. Chen Ming was beginning to doubt, Why is this geezer pretending
so much? With the help of the system, Chen Ming finally found the
right one, Ten Values Dao.
Ten Values Dao requires 3000 merits."
Chen Ming was
stunned. This book had no stages, it was either all or nothing. Cloud
cultivation methods were weird to the core.
Chen Ming was
left with no choice but to comprehend it. If he missed this, he might not get
it later. And so, as a piece of himself was torn apart, three thousand merits
Chen Ming flipped
through the book ten lines at a time and soon understood its meaning. As he
finished, his eyes also gained a certain sharpness, while the number of his
professions increased by one, diviner.
smiled at Old Meishan, "Worth every copper coin."
nodded, indifferent. Divination was something you either did or didn't get it,
"Alright, then give me my money."
fished out a thousand gold tael banknotes, "Keep the change."
accepted the money as he beamed from happiness, "That won't do, all the
change shall be returned in full. If I don't have enough I will lower the
price, not even have a coin must be kept. What should be swindled will be
swindled! If it's too much then it's no longer cheating."
And so, he
gave his all in returning Chen Ming his change, without missing a single copper
coin. He even bit a coin in two so he could give him half.
received his change and the old geezer disappeared without a trace. But as Chen
Ming comprehended the Ten Values Dao, he knew where the old man was, This
old geezer knows illusions to perfection; he already vanished. Old Meishan
doesn't seem to have only Ten Values Dao.
mountain forest, Old Meishan looked back at Ling clan's surrounding, "When
fortune-telling, one must be keen on what's true and what's false. My last
divination just came to me, seems that this was fate."
the cloud cultivation method, and still having over three thousand merits left,
he upgrade Heavenly Thunder Nine Changes Art, Heavenly Flaming Star and Golden
Annihilation Star to the Dao Seed stage.
Using all his
merit in one go as well as thirty-five thousand spiritual knowledge, with only
two thousand left to spare, Chen Ming could at last use the Eight Extremes
Array since all cultivation methods were at the 8th stage of Dao Initiation realm.
checked his status.
high-level cannon fodder. (Due to your endless struggle, you finally shed your
mid-level cannon fodder fate, becoming a glorious high-level cannon fodder)
Initiation realm. (There is no longer any relation between your strength and
Limitless Dao Body.
Methods: Fire Crow Art Cultivation Methods: Fire Crow Art, complete. Dragon
Form Art, stage 8/9. Nines Mysteries Art, stage 36/81. Dao Canon, volume 13/18.
Golden Annihilation Star, complete. Ten Values Dao, complete. Heavenly Thunder
Nine Changes Art, complete. Jade Water Core Sutra, stage 8/9. Nirvana Astral
Wind, stage 8/9. Heavenly Flaming Star, complete. Illustrious Casket, chapter
Lustrous King Sword, Benevolent Sword Heart. Fairy Sword Art, entry-level.
Demonic Blood Saber, Demonic Saber Heart. Eight Extremes Array, first stage.
Ten Values Dao. Finger From Beyond, entry-level.
Fire Crow, Flaming Star (from the Heavenly Flaming Star Art), Dazzling Gold,
Ten Values Dao.
Zhuo Qingyao, Ling Xian, Li Suyi, Chen Lingyu.
Alchemist Grandmaster, Diviner, Array Master.
Intent, King Slayer, Control.
578. (Not calculated when it's controlled)
very dangerous. (You're not only dangerous to cultivators but very dangerous at
Fate: A year after the Grand World Opening, at the Demon Subjugation Gathering, you will die at the hand of demonic sect's Head Disciple Ya Mo.
Fame was on
the verge of reaching the ten thousand mark. All his accumulated spiritual
knowledge have gone into improving his strength, enough to match against
Archfiend Azure Lion, alone! And Azure Lion would be hard-pressed when fighting
him. If he had enough merits to upgrade his eight cultivation methods to the
peak of Dao Initiation realm, his power would have grown even further.
He was also an
array master, able to fight groups of people, something Azure Lion lacked. Even
if the other five from the Six Kings Alliance ganged up on him, they would
still end up losing.
As the day
came to pass, the time was ripe for Archfiend Summit to begin. Chen Ming woke
up even earlier today and took the sleepy Chen Lingyu over to Blazing Mulberry
Mulberry Nest was located on an immense tree. If you wanted to know how big,
then let just say that it was enough to hold Archfiend Fire Crow's entire
The tree was
akin to a village, and when Chen Ming landed, there was already a fiend
welcoming him. He led Chen Ming up the tree, at the Blazing Mulberry Nest,
until he saw the other five Archfiends sitting across a strong and tall
middle-aged man who instead of the usual long hair, had a buzz cut. His aura
was thick with fiend energy, denoting his Archfiend status.
middle-aged man smiled, "Presenting Archfiend Golden Ape's order: Flying
Ape has come to invite you to the Archfiend Summit being held on Prodigious
Fruit Mountain! "
wasn't pleased, "We are the Six Kings Alliance, why should we hold the
Archfiend Summit on Prodigious Fruit Mountain?"
laughed boisterously, "Who would acknowledge your Six Kings Alliance?
You're just simple heads over the weak! Is the Six Kings Alliance even powerful?
You don't even have a Divine Palace cultivator, and you want it to be held
here? Isn't this overstepping your bounds?"
grew angry, "Archfiend Azure Lion was at the Divine Palace stage, yet we
still killed him!"
disdained at that, "A true Divine Palace cultivator has Archfiends as
subordinates. Archfiend Azure Lion barely broke through and didn't subdue any.
You really think a true Divine Palace cultivator would let you six surround
him? Our Prodigious Fruit Mountain's Archfiend Golden Ape has four under
was pissed but had nothing to retort. Archfiend Azure Lion was a newly promoted
Divine Palace with no Archfiend at his call. This was the main reason why the
six of them could kill him. While Prodigious Fruit Mountain had a true Divine
grinned, "Are six independent Archfiend banded together a power nowadays?
What a joke! Go to Prodigious Fruit Mountain and kneel at Sir Archfiend Golden
Ape's feet, and you will live. Don't, and in the following days we will destroy
your so-called Six Kings Alliance!"
raged. He was an Archfiend, of course he wouldn't kneel, let alone accept such
insults, "You're dead!"
stopped him, "Let's Wait for Chen Ming. Only strength can settle
waved his hand fluttering his black-feathered robe, then sat on a large chair
next to the other five, "No need to wait, I am here."
smiled at Chen Ming, "You're the new Archfiend, Chen Ming. They say you
are a genius in the array Dao. Archfiend Golden Ape appreciates talents so you
only need to half kneel!"
Chen Ming was
by no means angry. Thankfully he just upgraded his strength, and this guy
dropped right when he needed to test his newfound strength. That's why he came.
He gave Flying Ape a meaningful stare, "You really like kneeling?"
Flying Ape was
full of contempt, "Archfiend Golden Ape's pressure qualifies in making me
Chen Ming was
a man of action not talk, 'It's good someone is dying to live like him
around here, it will help speed things up!'
extended his hand and eight swords flew from his ring, encasing Flying Ape in
the Eight Extremes Array. On the ground, ice froze his body, the wind blew
while the fire rose. Above, black clouds gathered, a golden light flashed and
stars shined. The entire Blazing Mulberry Nest became a new world, stifling
Flying Ape's power by more than half. Chen Ming jumped, his fist, holding
terrifying might, bolstered even more from the array, came down on Flying Ape
Flying Ape could still react, lifting his hands to block.
landed and flesh exploded, leaving only a red paste on the floor. Chen Ming, he
took a handkerchief from the distracted White Fox's chest, wiping the blood off
looked down on that meat patty, "You must have had a hard life. Didn't you
say you could handle such pressure?"
It was a calm
and peaceful gathering, but then Prodigious Fruit Mountain came crashing so
Chen Ming stepped in with an unwavering will, crushing the enemy Archfiend to
White Fox just
now realized the handkerchief from the deep ravine on her chest disappeared.
Her eyes flashed but didn't seem to mind Chen Ming wiping his hands with it,
"Chen Ming, isn't killing him an ultimatum?"
Triggered the E ranked mission: clash battle. Description: only overbearing
power will subdue the surrounding factions. Objective: please repel the
invasion. Reward: 10000 spiritual knowledge, 2000 fame."
said, "Archfiend Golden Ape is at Divine Palace stage, and also has three
weren't against it, having noticed the sharp increase in Chen Ming's power, but
since he didn't tell them he was already at the Divine Palace stage, they felt
smiled, "What's there to fear? If he's a Divine Palace cultivator, that
doesn't mean I'm not. Since they wanted to attack, might as well remove one of
words made Black Tiger smile, "With bro Chen Ming at the Divine Palace
stage, then we can fight!"
smiled, "Yan Mountain has been requiring more ingredients lately, and most
of them came from Prodigious Fruit Mountain. This mountain's effect speeds up
the growth of herb, and could even grow spiritual herbs. If we occupy it, then
Six Kings Alliance's strength will extend farther!"
said, "We cannot delay. Since Prodigious Fruit Mountain wants to fight
then let us surprise them!"
added, "Chen Ming, are you saying we should go raid them?"
Prodigious Fruit Mountain has only three Archfiends and a Divine Palace
cultivator, while we have five Archfiends and a Divine Palace cultivator. You
only need to bring Fiend Generals with you. Even in their home ground, with the
Eight Extremes Array's support, they won't be able to take us on. As for Great
Fiends, they can't even withstand the array's tempering!"
was one who liked raids and Chen Ming's words were music to his ears,
"Good. When we take control of Prodigious Fruit Mountain, we'll have a
place to grow spiritual herbs. Archfiend Golden Ape is fostering his four
Archfiends with what Prodigious Fruit Mountain offers. Once it's ours, our
disciples and descendants will have a much higher chance of breaking through to
said, "Alright, mobilize the Fiend Generals. We will present Prodigious
Fruit Mountain with a great gift!"
Very soon, the
twenty-four Fiend Generals gathered. Since it was the Archfiend Summit, they
all brought their generals. At this gathering, Fiend Generals were bestowed
with rewards so of course, they came with them.
Chen Ming told
Chen Lingyu to be prepared. With Chen Ming's rise in power, he was the best in
the Six Kings Alliance. It would be even better if Chen Lingyu didn't go hard
on others since no one dared to do the same to her.
Archfiend jumped on their fiend clouds, along with their respective Fiend
Generals, then rushed towards Prodigious Fruit Mountain. The five's ambition
grew. They only wanted to repel Prodigious Fruit Mountain's attack at first,
but with Chen Ming's change in power, it changed to seizing it!
Fiends on the ground lifted their heads and looked at the black clouds. They
crossed the sky with great speeds, and in front of them all, were the six Archfiends,
"No way! I was just passing through and the six Archfiend came?"
happening? Why are they all mobilizing?"
even have Six Kings Alliance's men, quickly report to the king!"
Kings Alliance must be ready for battle. I heard that Prodigious Fruit Mountain
threatened them with invasion."
Kings Alliance seems to be going towards Prodigious Fruit Mountain. Are they
thinking of striking first?"
Chen Ming and
co. disregarded stealth. Since they came to attack Prodigious Fruit Mountain,
they wouldn't cower in front of these fiends. And even if they reported, were
they faster than an Archfiend?
the six finally reached Prodigious Fruit Mountain. With one look, Chen Ming
noticed the thick spiritual energy on it, almost as dense as the one on his
Flowing Peak. But this Prodigious Fruit Mountain had the rarest spiritual
Prodigious Fruit Mountain could have this power just based on this mountain
alone. They had a great fortune at their fingertips!
Prodigious Fruit Mountain in his hands, he would have a great number of
ingredients to make pills for his disciples, and even a fair amount of
force of six Archfiends and twenty-four Fiend Generals stormed the gates.
Prodigious Fruit Mountain's response was to come out in full force, with no
less than six Archfiends. Since it was the Archfiend Summit, the factions in
the vicinity sent their own Archfiend along with Fiend Generals.
gazed upon the enemy Archfiends and cut to the chase, "Listen here, my
business is with Prodigious Fruit Mountain. All others, scram!"
unaffiliated Archfiend detached from the group and landed. One began,
"They're Six Kings Alliance's men. Wasn't Prodigious Fruit Mountain
preparing to invade them? How come they came first?"
knows. By the looks of things, Six Kings Alliance isn't that easy to push
around, they truly killed a Divine Palace stage. But they must be dreaming if
they think they can conquer Prodigious Fruit Mountain. Their enemy has four
Archfiends, with one of them at Divine Palace stage!"
could turn out to be a great chance of subduing them. Send word to Sir
Archfiend Rhinoceros. When the Six Kings Alliance fails, we will save them and
then they'll be ours!"
will send word to my own Sir."
Chen Ming eyed
the blond Archfiend, presumably Golden Ape, and checked his danger value: 550.
He was almost on par with him, but it made no difference since Chen Ming had
King Slayer Aura.
Archfiends weren't picky, simply going at the one across, while the Fiend
Generals swarmed around them, charging at Prodigious Fruit Mountain's troops.
The Fiend Generals were evenly matched, but the difference appeared in the
number of Great Fiends. While Prodigious Fruit Mountain had over a thousand,
theirs were still mobilizing.
Old Turtle, and Black Python each faced one Archfiend from Prodigious Fruit
Mountain, as White Fox and Fire Swallow launched attacks at the group of Great
Fiends, not letting them get any closer.
astonished looks of the spectating Archfiends, Six Kings Alliance began the
attack without senseless talking.
It was a
boss's tradition to move last, and so, the only two still staying put were Chen
Ming and Golden Ape.
smiled as Chen Ming didn't attack, "Are you, my opponent?"
smiled, "What, don't I look the part?"
laughed, "Your alliance only has more Archfiends, but my Prodigious Fruit
Mountain has a Divine Palace stage, me. I am quite interested to see how you'll
stop me. Will you use that inferior array of yours?"
show you how inferior my array truly is!"
flashed golden then turned into a ten-zhang-tall golden-mane giant ape,
"First I deal with you, then those pesky shrimps!"
flew out of Chen Ming's storage ring, shrouding the entire battlefield. The
black clouds gather above and send a bolt of lightning upon an unfortunate
Fiend General, burning him black. The flashing stars shined upon a dozen Great
Fiends, shattering them, as golden lights hacked down from the heavens above,
each drilling a Great Fiend's chest.
rage peaked, "You're dead, Chen Ming!"
threw himself at Chen Ming, shrugging off lightning strikes with no effort, and
shirking of golden sword blows like it was nothing. He was worthy of Divine
Palace stage, having a stronger body than even Azure Lion!
Archfiend sighed, "I see now why the Six Kings Alliance attacked. Under
Chen Ming's array, a Great Fiend has no chance, erasing him from
said, "But how will Chen Ming deal with Golden Ape? His body is said to be
Vajra Body! This array has no effect on him."
Chen Ming also
wanted to test Golden Ape's strength, and when their fists clashed, he
retreated three steps, with blood dripping from his hand. He operated the
Illustrious Casket and it was like there never was a wound in the first place.
Chen Ming's interest in duking it out with Golden Ape vanished. It was clear
that Golden Ape excelled in cultivating the body, a hardship cultivator.
Nines Mysteries Art's wasn't high enough, there was no meaning in taking this
course of action.
watching was incredulous, "Impossible! They exchanged punches and yet only
a bit of blood flowed. Looks like Chen Ming can handle Golden Ape on his
Chen Ming keeps Golden Ape occupied, the other five Archfiend will deal with
the troops. When their side finished, they will end up surrounding Golden Ape
just like they did to Azure Lion!"
figured out Chen Ming's intention. He wasn't his match and wanted to end him
quickly. His body was enveloped in a golden glow, filling him with power, while
veins wiggled along his skin. Golden Ape roared, "I won't let you win,
Chen Ming. Light Emperor' Fist!"
fist shined brighter, drawing ever closer towards Chen Ming!
Chen Ming eyed
the golden fist, then gazed at the black cloud above him. "Have a taste of
Eight Extremes Annihilation Sword's power!"
body flashed, dodging the fist and directly flew above the black cloud. His
hand sank inside and grabbed a sword, but its might was so great that he had to
use both hands. And when he pulled it, a dark-gold eight-zhang-long sword
revealed itself. The wind blew around it, fire licked its blade, lightning
flicker through it while stars shined from within. He gripped the handle
tighter and said, "Try a thirty-meter long broadsword for
hacked at Golden Ape's head!
could feel its pressure but didn't throw any big move, only his fist.
slash sank Golden Ape's legs into the ground. His mouth leaked blood, his fist
numb, but his body still standing firm. Yet that couldn't be said about his
insides, as the boundless power surpassed his limits and caused his organs to
suffer a minor injury.
could hardly believe it, "So you are at the Divine Palace stage. No wonder
you dare challenge me! But killing you will show everyone the power of
Prodigious Fruit Mountain!"
hand didn't come out unaffected, still numb from the blow, Golden Ape's
body is indeed strong. No matter, I will just have to use the sword's might and
shake his organs to a pulp.
Each of Chen
Ming's broadsword strikes was met by Golden Ape's fists. The booms of each
clash shook even the mountains. The only ones capable of withstanding the
aftermath were Archfiends, the rest becoming corpses.
Chen Ming made
full use of the Annihilation Sword's power, pushing back Golden Ape with each
strike. Golden Ape wiped the blood from his mouth; if this continued, his
defeat was certain.
result in a tragic end, so Golden Ape slapped Chen Ming's giant sword to the
side and charged at the edge of the array. His booming fist shook the array,
giving the impression the whole world was quaking. But this swaying let Golden
Ape see a crack form in the array.
attacked again and slipped through the fromed gap, "Ha-ha-ha, Chen Ming,
I'm outside the array. What are you going to do now? "
Chen Ming only
smiled, "You can run, but the same can' t be said about your men."
knew this, yet smiled, "Chen Ming, you kill my men and I'll go slaughter
Six Kings Alliance's fiends. If you crush my mountain, then see how I crush
your descendants! The way I see it, we don't need to fight. We are both at
Divine Palace stage, taking us hundreds of years to reach this point. There's
no need to fight to the bitter end. Let's end this, or do you want both sides
smiled, "If it came to both of us having heavy losses then I would stop.
But currently, the winner is still undecided. Who told you that my array can't
moved and the eight spiritual swords revolved around him. As he chased after
Golden Ape, the array acted like his shadow following him on every turn. Golden
Ape was struck dumb, "This is the first time I hear that an array can
wasn't stupid. He saw Chen Ming's expression, confirming his thoughts, I
can't beat him, better run.
Archfiend like him reached the Divine Palace stage so fast. I can forget asking
Grand Archfiend for help since he doesn't care about me. He's more inclined to
kill me and use this to make Chen Ming his subordinate.
potential was far above his.
choice right now was to run.
Fruit Mountain made Chen Ming drool. He had to prevent Golden Ape from leaving
here alive, or the fields with herb would suffer under his schemes. Plus,
Prodigious Fruit Mountain might have a Spirit Vein. He had to get his hands on
it, then recruit three hundred more disciples and wait for merits to roll in,
Divine Palace stage Archfiend roaming around his territory would ruin it.
The two played
a game of cat an mouse. They exchanged blows, with each of their clash ringing
Fiends eyed the skies, "What's with this situation? Where's the war?"
a battle between Archfiends, and at Divine Palace stage too!"
more like the fiercest battle beneath Grand Archfiend?"
clouds, Chen Ming's sword sent Golden Ape flying into the mountains, poking
holes through them. A Great Fiend sunbathed on his quilt when he saw how a
piece of something fell from the sky on it, "Who's the bastard that throws
But then he
saw the ferocious and overbearing Chen Ming in pursuit and felt the raw power
of the array surrounding him. How couldn't he understand? F*ck! I'm
right in the line of fire, even an innocent bystander like me suffers. Better
Fiend was smart to high-tail it out of there. The clashes alone had enough
power to bring him a swift end.
threw the quilt covering his face, then charged at Chen Ming. He knew that with
Chen Ming's endurance it would soon end in his death.
knowledge, all guarding arrays lasted but a short while. Was there ever one
that could operate for months on end?
As the chase
continued, his spiritual power would run dry, while Chen Ming would still be
ferocious and ever vigorous. Result? Death.
body shined like never before, turning him into a small golden giant, then
jumped to meet Chen Ming's strike. Chen Ming slashed with both hands and
smacked Golden Ape, with another resounding boom, into the ground.
gathered his power in the next strike, bolstered by the array's energy, then
charged at Golden Ape. Wherever the array passed, it turned the land into lava,
unable to stop Chen Ming's advance as he chopped with his sword!
Extremes Annihilation Sword, die!"
The hit made
Golden Ape spit blood. Even with his strong body, his arm had a gaping wound,
blood rushing to come out of it. He inspected his arm, "Damn it! My
vitality is almost exhausted. It had reached the limit of sustaining my golden
When the two
Divine Palace stage Archfiends fought, no wildlife could escape, and even some
Great Fiends became collateral damage. Yet Archfiends didn't even dare
approach, for fear of being slaughtered in the heat of the moment.
Great Fiends came from the mountain, leaving their homes, watching the two
monsters wrecking everything they touched, "Just what's with this
even going underground!"
underground fiends' luck turned for worse."
Fiends flew in the sky and watched deep underground. Not long after rats
quickly came out only to join the other flying fiends above.
They heard an
awful loud sound, then saw how a mountain peak collapsed and the ground move,
as if two earth dragons ravaged the underground.
mountain crumbled to pieces in their wake. If an Archfiend's battle was said to
be enough to destroy a kingdom then Divine Palace stage fight was a calamity.
caved one time while bulging the other. Chasms kept spreading and rocks came
crashing. There was even lava flowing from in places.
As the ground
exploded, the bloody body of Golden Ape was thrown in the sky by Chen Ming's
strike, only to be followed closely by said assailant. He then held his giant
sword entwined with lightning and rammed it through Golden Ape's chest.
kicked Chen Ming, removing the sword from his chest and spraying his blood into
a fine rain over the ground.
touched his chest, then roared at Chen Ming, "This King doesn't accept it.
I won't fall here!"
As the two
resumed their fight, in midair, the Great Fiends made a speedy retreat on the
raised his giant sword and smiled, "See how this thirty-meter broadsword
The two went
at each other, Golden Ape's eyes growing bloodshot. He was beginning to not
care about anything, not even the incoming giant sword, allowing it to enter
him thus giving him the chance to strike Chen Ming.
Golden Ape had
another gaping hole in his body and Chen Ming spat blood from the blow. Solely
based on body strength, he was beneath Golden Ape since he had higher hardship
The two struck
again and again. And as Golden Ape's wounds pilled over his body, his blood
rained down, until the ground was covered in it.
As the last
drop of blood trickled out of Golden Ape, so did his last ounce of energy. His
eyes grew hazy, falling from the sky and landing on a mountain, dead.
You killed Archfiend Golden Ape. Battle contributions: 70%, killing blow.
Reward: 30%. You got 2200 spiritual knowledge and 200 fame.
You killed Archfiend Golden Ape. You've made your strength known to all the
surrounding Archfiends and earned their reverence. You completed clash of
forces. Reward: 10000 spiritual knowledge, 2000 fame. "
Your fame surpassed the ten thousand mark, you are no longer a nobody. Your
name will come out of many people's mouths, along with praises. You triggered a
title challenge mission.
possible title challenges:
expanding your reach and control. You can obtain this rank when you subdued the
entire Myriad Mountains.
reward: Control Aura lvl 2.
2. Sects Ruler
established your sect and guided disciples. Raise three thousand Dao Initiation
realm disciples and one King rank disciple for this title.
reward: Enlighten Aura.
3. Pill Master
tho refine pills to an impressive degree. Refine a King rank pill and you can
obtain this title.
reward: Pill Heart Aura.
You are a
mysterious diviner. Be it in the eyes of the common people or in those of
cultivators, you will forever remain a mystery to them. Use your divination
skill to scam mortals out of a hundred thousand taels of gold for this title.
reward: Spirit Eye Aura.
Thousand-faced Fox (unique)
The aspect of
your mask turns the others speechless and gives you an air of mystery. While
wearing a paper mask, become an immortal grade sect's Grand Elder, prove your
Enlightenment in a Buddhist Sect, become a Demon Lord in a demonic sect, a
Commander in the Ghost Domain, and a Venerable to fiends.
reward: Secretive Aura and one of the ten great immortal arts, Thousand-faced
Thanks for the chapters.I think you meant "shrouding" by "shrowding" at chapter 87.And "tales of gold" should be "taels of gold" at chapter 88.
You can only pick one challenge."
of the second level wouldn't be much different than the first, and to go on an
expedition in flipping over Myriad Mountains, that was strength Chen Ming did
Aura's effect was unknown, but he assumed it would help guide disciples, to
show them the right path for them. It put cultivation first while being
unrestrained suited him best.
He didn't need
the Pill Master since his success rate wasn't low at all. Immortal Master Chen
had confidence in his refining skills!
Wandering Daoist, he could understand, since a diviner could see fate but he
was still just a swindler. But where could he find the time to scam mortals out
of a hundred thousand taels of gold? Would he be scamming even at the Grand
World Opening? Did he not want to live?
He could see
other people's aura, so he didn't even consider the Spirit Eye Aura.
Ling Xian useful?
Thousand-faced Fox, well sorry, living is better. With this degree of
difficulty, this Immortal Master doesn't have the time to spare.
He could only
choose Sects Ruler.
The title was
average, but he would be able to shed his fate of cannon fodder.
came enough time to do other stuff.
Title challenge mission has started."
Golden Ape's body and flew to Prodigious Fruit Mountain. It was time for
Chen Ming was
even drooling at such a treasure like Prodigious Fruit Mountain, Why is
a day suddenly so long?
arrived at Prodigious Fruit Mountain, the place was in ruins, yet the mountain,
intact. The five Archfiends knew that the spiritual plants and herbs were the
On the battlefield,
Archfiends still fought, since this decided the future owner of this mountain,
some even at an advantage. Chen Ming flew above the battlefield then shouted as
he threw Golden Ape's corpse, "Golden Ape is dead, this battle no longer
has any meaning. If you want to live, bring his kin to me."
wasn't about to let off these Archfiends. He didn't want to play the part in
letting Golden Ape's descendant flee to Demonic Domain, train in demonic
cultivation, becoming the head disciple then searching for him two years later
didn't he had the advancement mission with a quota of three hundred Archfiends to kill? These Archfiends were already in front of him, why let them go?
entered the field and went to kill the three fleeing Archfiends. His five
companions didn't sit still and went to block them.
Ming, the three Archfiends had no chance, and in mere moments they died under
the Eight Extremes Annihilation Sword.
voice echoed throughout the area, "Our Six Kings Alliance and your
mountain minded their own business, but since you started this battle, now you
must pay the price!"
handed this task over to the experts, White Fox, and Black Python. While he
went to the spectating Archfiends, who didn't dare to slight him and bowed in
respect, "We greet Sir Archfiend!"
nodded, then laughed, "Guests, since you came to my Prodigious Fruit
Mountain, come sit."
The two were
hesitating, unclear of Chen Ming's intention, eliciting a question from him,
"What's wrong, you think Prodigious Fruit Mountain isn't my
dare refuse him. With Golden Ape dead, Six Kings Alliance's might would echo
everywhere. They moved swift and efficient, not someone they could withstand
easily, "Of course it belongs to Sir Archfiend, we have no
cannot stay, our leaders are waiting for our return."
waved, "Take care!"
Chen Ming, and Black Tiger strolled around the Prodigious Fruit Mountain,
seeing medicinal plants at every step, all the way to the peak. And among these
common plants, the spiritual herbs shined like stars among the fields. Common
plants were good for making Dao Sense realm pills, while spiritual herbs we
more precious, reserved for refining Dao Initiation realm pills.
Seeing so many
spiritual herbs, Chen Ming was filled with joy. They were many many times more
than the ones he had in his courtyard.
Alchemist Grandmaster like Chen Ming was more than familiar with these
ingredients. From a glance, he determined that these ingredients had enough
medicinal property and, despite only being half a year old, they were
comparable to that of tens of years old herbs. The peak even had spiritual
herbs growing. This mountain was a true treasure.
spread his awareness within and soon found a yellow palm-sized little guy on a
bluestone. It had a small sunflower on its head, its limbs consisting of vines
and it seemed to know that its master was no more. Yet this little guy leaned
on the bluestone, one leg over the other while throwing seeds in its mouth.
sunflower chewed seeds, little carp nibbles dry fish, so all was normal.
took the form of what you eat!
Yet the seeds
looked more like peanuts in little sunflower's mouth. It needed to chew three
times to eat just one.
By the looks
of it, little sunflower wasn't as obedient as little carp. Chen Ming grabbed
its sunflower and began drawing the spirit pact. After spitting the shell in
his face, it became quiet, finding Chen Ming's features familiar. No longer
feeling shy, since he wasn't a stranger, or more like, an outsider, it
stretched on Chen Ming's head.
was a River Soul, while little sunflower was a Mountain Ghost.
Its temper was
not in the least cute.
Fruit Mountain couldn't stay here, so Chen Ming's idea was to move the entire
mountain back home. It was already filled with ingredients and even had a
Spirit Vein in its heart, little sunflower's home.
From the form
of these Spirit Veins, these spirits didn't have high awareness. They were more
It was indeed
a Wooden Spirit Vein, the rarest of them all. But wood attribute cultivators
were even less, known as children of the earth.
But the earth supplemented
myriad of creatures, so even cultivators with earth, wind, fire and water
cultivation methods could absorb the wood spiritual energy, without any
I can grow
three hundred more chives, but what it's truly worthy of celebrating, is that
all of this is free!
Chen Ming looked
at Black Tiger, "Elder brother Black Tiger, do you know of a way to move
Prodigious Fruit Mountain to Yan Mountain?"
problem, just a mere mountain!"
tradition was that the older brother ate meat while the younger soup. Since
Chen Ming already got his bite of meat, little brother got his share. Chen Ming
continued, "As for the other lands, divide it among yourselves. I am not
interested in those, and you know that I have a few subordinates."
Black Tiger wanted to hear. They didn't want Prodigious Fruit Mountain. If you
had nothing to back your wealth, then it would get you killed. And they were
now under Chen Ming's shelter, that's the only reason for their current status.
Chen Ming held his head high, showing there was no problem, "Then many
thanks bro Chen Ming. We already consulted and felt that Six Kings Alliance
doesn't suit us. How about we change from Six Kings Alliance to Yan Mountain?
And Black Tiger Mountain will be Yan Mountain's Black Tiger Peak. What do you
say bro Chen Ming?"
Chen Ming had
no objection to that. These Archfiends were sophisticated people, and having
such a firm grip on Chen Ming's hairy leg, why would they even think of leaving?
will trouble brothers and sister in making Yan Mountain the main peak. The rest
of the mater we will finish at Yan Mountain."
laughed loudly, "Well said!"
rose in fame, Chen Ming rose in power, the five Archfiends' subordinates
increased and the same could be said about their ambition. They were thinking
along the lines that Chen Ming would become a Grand Archfiend, a true Sects
Ruler. While they would take advantage of his growth and ride on his coattails.
Ape, despite being at Divine Palace stage, no Grand Archfiend was willing to
take him in. There were many other Divine Palace Archfiends out there, so to
have a Grand Archfiend's protection one needed to choose the best moment to
returned to Blazing Mulberry Nest, Chen Ming didn't see Chen Lingyu crushing
egos, but the sight crushed his heart instead. Outside her courtyard were
flowers, held by many young fiends who came to woo her.
thought, I went through hell and back to grow this fresh cabbage, only
to let some swine have it? I won't allow it.
parent, ptui, a Master, I need to give Zhuo Qingyao and Chen Lingyu a lesson to
Archfiend Summit of this time, they went and destroyed Prodigious Fruit
Mountain, so there was no need to hold the usual competition. Chen Ming took
Chen Lingyu to Yan Mountain then went for Zhuo Qingyao, taking them to a hall
room, where he began his lesson.
wrote that such-and-such proud daughters of heaven would have many throwing
themselves at their feet. To avoid this dreadful scene, Chen Ming decided to
hold a lesson to repent for allowing such a scene to come to fruition.
no longer little, so master won't meddle in your matters. But, you need to know
one important fact. That sea of boys out there, each of them is using flowery
speech, but they're all bastards at the core! "
raised her hand, "Master, you too?"
Chen Ming did
some thinking, "That's not important. Let's have a nice long talk. Every
man will have an affair, just look at Ling Xian. He might seem alone now, but
in the future, he is bound to have three wives and four concubines. There's no
need to even mention Li Suyi. You can look in a million miles around us and you
will never find one man with a moral heart. So don't give any boy a chance!
Because they will forever be plagued by one illusion: she likes me."
nodded slightly. Zhuo Qingyao wanted to say something but nodded instead.
continued, "Remember, boys will ask you out to see the beauty of the land,
but what they mean is that they want to sleep with you. Boys will ask you out
for dinner, but all they want is to sleep with you. Boys will give you gifts,
but only think of sleeping with you..."
Chen Ming came
out at the end of this long lecture filled with satisfaction, En, now I
can rest easy.
way they'll follow the script!
Archfiends gathered and soon moved Prodigious Fruit Mountain a distance outside
Yan Mountain. With fresh ingredients, the disciples went crazy. But a month
later, they finally succeeded in refining a chicken-flavored Qi Pill!
Archfiends went to find Chen Ming for a matter, to resolve their new identities
said, "If we don't resolve this situation, I won't be at ease."
was surrounded by their territories, and they knew of Yan Mountain's habit of
chugging pills by the bottle. Not to mention becoming an Elder for Yan
Mountain, even becoming a disciple would make them feel better than an
The five had
endless envy for Yan Mountain.
Chen Ming was
aware of this matter, and after brief counseling, where all were in agreement,
the matter quickly came to pass, "Elder Black Python, you are an expert in
a stealth cultivation method, and even better in assassinations. You will be in
charge of Yan Mountain's intelligence gathering. You will operate in the dark,
as Yan Mountain's Secret Department. Recently, the movements from Myriad
Mountains are filled with deceit, the Grand Sovereign fickle and erratic. We
need to come up with a contingency plan!"
bowed, "I understand. This King, uh, subordinate, will follow your
continued, "Elder brother Black Tiger, you and I are brothers. You will be
Yan Mountain's Commander, organizing the military of the former Six Kings
Alliance, and form Yan Mountain's expedition force, to expand our land!"
beat his chest, "Ha-ha-ha, relax bro Chen Ming. I won't concern myself
with other matters and will make a model army out of these fiends!"
Chen Ming was
organizing the army in response to the Grand World Opening two years later. At
least, he wouldn't need to do everything himself, when he had an army at his
beck and call, I can't always lay back in my land and expose a thief
here or a bandit there. You all need to start working for a change.
would also protect his chives.
looked at White Fox. She had average strength, but exquisite mind, "Sister
White Fox, you will be in charge of Yan Mountain's Internal Affairs. Everything
will be at your discretion."
White Fox had
no complaints, this was her field of expertise, "Then I will be troubling
brother Chen Ming, becoming your manager. "
Old Turtle was
already old, it would be too much to send him into battle again, "Brother
Turtle, you have gained in years, no longer in your prime. How about being in
charge of Prodigious Fruit Mountain's medicine fields and disciples' refining
Old Turtle has
also heard of Yan Mountain's matter regarding refining pills. This was the
source of all Yan Mountain's extravagant spending so, of course, he smiled and
agreed, "Leave it to this old man."
The last but
not least was Fire Swallow. Chen Ming said, "Brother Fire Swallow, you
will be the vice-commander, helping elder brother Black Tiger in managing the
had currently three thousand Great Fiends at Dao Initiation realm. Chen Ming
might not care if he fought them, but other Divine Palace Archfiends didn't
have Chen Ming's skill in arrays and would be overwhelmed even against a
in numbers was great, with only a realm apart in power.
problem was the disciples. Dao Sense realm pills were refined quickly,
supporting Chen Ming's extravagant spending.
too slow. Manufacturing was the true Dao! With a spirit stone, one could buy
ingredients and then refine pills. This would, in turn, have a ten-fold profit!
paid close attention to four things: wealth, companions, cultivation method and
a place to live. Wealth came first, and as long there were enough spirit stones
they would keep on spending, accomplishing anything they set their minds to.
But if the time came they were unable, then it showed a lack of funding.
He called for
Elder Turtle and said, "Elder Turtle, the crucial point right now is to
find out the refining speed of disciples."
later, Elder Turtle came to report, "Of the six hundred disciples, five
hundred have accomplished the refining of Qi Pill. If we ask them to continue,
then in a month they will mass-produce a hundred and eighty thousand Qi
refining speed felt strange to Elder Turtle. With fifteen disciples gathered
together, they could refine ten batches a day. That meant around a hundred
pills, while still having enough time to refine their rations. It was true that
all alchemists had money, but it was a first to see it to this extent.
Can't it be
faster? With an assembly line, the process was much faster than the
traditional way, and they also had Alchemist Grandmaster Chen Ming's guidance.
method of refining was unheard of, each disciple was in charge of one step. In
other words, none of them knew how to do the entire process.
fifteen gathered in one place, their speed would trample more than thirty
alchemists! And that was just for starters. An alchemist would need a three
days rest after a batch, while these disciples could skip it. Their speed
reached an outrageous height, comparable to that of a hundred alchemists.
alchemist would even come up with this method? They were people who regarded
their craft techniques as treasures, they would never act like Yan Mountain and
let everyone learn it. Some didn't even pass them on, following with them in
liberal policy to its disciples was unheard of. Elder Turtle, when he was in
command of the Old Turtle Pond, would keep the strongest magical arts to
himself, giving common cultivation methods to his fiends. This way, he would
prevent the rise of a second Archfiend, maintaining his status.
Mountain seemed to have anything you wanted from Southern Border, without even
charging a coin. If you wanted to cultivate then go in and look it over.
Chen Ming had
no worry of another disciple surpassing him. Plus, they were all of common
arriving at Yan Mountain, did Elder Turtle finally understood its intricacies.
Chen Ming not only wasn't afraid but became more confident instead. His four
legacy disciples were all freaks. Li Suyi, for example, was training in Azure
Lion's cultivation method and wielded the Demonic Blood Saber, a godly
disciple, Ling Xian, used an immortal art! And from what he heard from him,
Ling Xian became a Dao Initiation realm cultivator in just three months.
even said that the last young miss Chen Ming brought, was even more outstanding
than Li Suyi and Ling Xian. She was someone known to everyone, cultivating an
immortal cultivation method, and was also close to becoming an Alchemist
But the most
frightening of them all was first senior sister, standing high above them. She
was Chen Ming's legacy disciple for little more than a year, and yet seemed to
have the strength to challenge an Archfiend.
As for Elder
Turtle's guys back home were only an embarrassment when compared to Chen Ming's
legacy disciples. But even when compared to ordinary disciples, they didn't
seem to have any worth.
Ming was an oddity among oddities. He knew arrays like the back of his hand,
unmatched in sword arts, with impeccable sabre moves, refining pills like it
was nothing and seemed to know everything about every cultivation method out
there. Even if a day would come when Chen Ming would say he wanted to refine
magical items, Elder Turtle would think it was completely normal.
gave him too much of a shock. But this shock assured him that Yan Mountain's
rise was only a matter of fact, that their own decision was correct.
Chen Ming did
some thinking. To exchange the useless pills with spirit stones, then use those
to buy ingredients, and so on. There would be a tenfold turnover after all.
Considering the expenses coming from disciples, Archfiends' and raising Great
Fiends, what was left was five times the profit. It might not be much but at
least it was faster than robbing!
If I don't
have the skill to protect what I have, then I'll just have to continue
It was perfect
since Sects Ruler needed three thousand Dao Initiation realm cultivators. Se
even if he had six hundred idiots who couldn't break through to Dao Initiation
realm despite the pills to match, he would have the three thousand to reach it.
En, this is
the best choice.
But a new
problem popped up. Who could eat one hundred and eighty thousand Qi Pills a
month? And he couldn't openly sell them, in fear of letting Grand Archfiend
know. What? You can refine a hundred and eighty thousand Qi Pills a
month? Come over here and bake this Grand Archfiend some pills, and make it
snappy. I am a commander of Ghost Immortal, we go hand in hand in skipping
around while killing stuff.
This was a headache.
And after recruiting the three thousand disciples, he reckoned the
mass-produced pills would reach a frightening degree. Might end up with a
million Qi Pills in a month. Who would eat that many?
didn't Astral Immortal Sect joined hands with other ancient immortal sects to
fight Ghost Immortal? His Dao Initiation realm forces under him would
definitely drop, and those ancient immortal sect's appetite was also large.
withstanding Ghost Immortal's forces on his own, Chen Ming felt the weight on
his shoulders increase by tons. He might not be able to put up a fight now, but
these ancient immortal sects could hold their own. The less I fight,
the easier to sell pills.
Driven by this
plan, Chen Ming waited a month, stashed the pile of two hundred thousand Qi
Pills in his storage ring, then set off for Jade Void Temple's secret domain.
In the domain, he donned the smiley face, then went in search of his old friend
Xing Ming. Astral Immortal Sect's security was even tighter here so that any
change would be swiftly detected. Xing Ming felt strange when Chen Ming dropped
by. Chen Ming went straight to the point, as he walked towards the boat,
"How's the war going?"
point, only the small sects are fighting. You should know that their main
strength lays in Dao Initiation realm cultivators, so we can only move those
disciples here in secret, to avoid detection from Ghost Immortal's forces. But
the war isn't going well. Medicine King Valley is backing Ghost Immortal's
factions. It's supplying them with large amounts of recovery pills and
strengthening pills while we fell from their favor. And other pill requests to
different people aren't enough to change our current situation. We are not
doing too great in the current war."
Chen Ming couldn't
be happier. Medicine King Valley had actually reached such a state, to the
point that most refining came from them. From this, he had a full grasp of
their demand, pills.
nodded, "Ghost Immortal is someone from the Ghost Domain, and if the
entire land gets turned into his Immortal Kingdom, then it will be no different
than the Ghost Domain. It will change us into neither human nor ghosts. My sect
might not have enough power to support the war, but it can help you with pills.
Perhaps they will even change the war for the better."
showed a trace of delight but then vanished the next moment. At first, he was
quite happy, since Vermilion Bird stood behind Chen Ming, presuming to be from
some ancient sect. Assisting with pills was indeed great, but how many pills
could a single sect refine?
friend might not know, but we are in desperate need of pills. But even little
friend's help will be of some use."
even begin to imagine how much I have. I am not an alchemist, only a delivery
didn't know much of the situation, so the sect didn't prepare too many. So this
time, I only brought two hundred thousand Qi Pills. If it's not enough, my sect
can enter in a state of emergency, further increasing our output. It won't be
hard to provide a million pills a month!"
Xing Ming was
struck dumb, "Little friend, how many again?"
aside that state of emergency of yours, two hundred thousand might not solve
the problem but can take us out of this desperate situation.
friend said they need time to adjust, then they can refine a million pills a
month. It can fill our gap. "Little friend, your sect can truly
make a million pills a month?"
didn't know how much you needed pills, but now that we do, to fight Ghost
Immortal, we will act accordingly. But I need half a year. In this time, I will
provide you with two hundred thousand pills each month."
would be great, but we need more than Qi Pills. We need great amounts of
recovery pills, they are what we lack the most; the more the better. You are
the only ones who can provide us pills, and if we can, we would like to have
even more. You do not even need to participate in the war, and only need to
provide pills. Your battlefield is alchemy! "
might only be a King rank, but Chen Ming could see that his status was very
high. He might be an important person in Astral Immortal Sect.
won't be a problem. But your requests are too big, so I would need you to
provide the ingredients. "
laughed, "No worry, young friend. Wait for a bit while I report this
wonderful news. They would surely make a quick decision! "
Immortal Sect, five old and gray-haired men sat on praying mats. They were
discussing the war with Ghost Immortal. The Astral Immortal Sect had a long
history and knew many intricate details. One old man began, "Ghost
Immortal managed to corrupt many factions of the land, but he is clearly unable
to break through the seal. The final battle will most likely be in Jade Void
Temple's secret domain!"
Elder Xue Shan
nodded, "Correct, he corrupted these powers to weaken the seal. The place
nearby Myriad Mountains is almost wasted away. This must be the work of Ghost
Immortal's subordinates. This mistake falls on us since we didn't even
Wangge was irritated, "But now, Medicine King Valley fell in the hands of
Ghost Immortal. They cut off our source of pills, and the recovery pills are
running out. The situation is dire, and if this continues, it will be
Elder Tie Yi's
brows furrowed, "The current war will decide the fate of this land. When
Ghost Immortal was sealed, our sect used all its power. This life and death war
concerns about all the lives in this land. We need to set aside everything and
focus on this war! "
Elder Lei Mo's
eyes flashed, "If we can't, we should at least take all our elite troops,
the King legion, and destroy Medicine King Valley! "
Xue Shan waved
his hand, "It won't be enough, Medicine King Valley is bound to have a
large force defending it. If we rush to attack, we won't make it out alive. And
even if we won by sheer luck, we will be at a disadvantage in the war. The King
Legion can only be used as a last resort!"
said, "Then what is left for us to do? Medicine King Valley's alchemists
never leave. If we knew this then, we would have wiped them all out!"
A boy rushed
to give a report, "Elders, Xing Ming is seeking an audience. He has an
urgent matter to announce."
Xing Ming made
a bow, "That young friend, Paper Face Man, says that his sect can supply
us with pills. It is currently able to give us two hundred thousand a month.
And after half a year, they can increase it to a million per month."
The old men's
eyes flashed. This was great news. An Elder said, "Xing Ming, tell us
everything you know about this young friend."
revealed all the details, then Jian Wangge said, "Not bad indeed. At that
time Great Immortal Pill Cauldron used the heaven and earth as the furnace, and
his body as the pill, reaching the realm of immortals. Four Elements Array is
something he imparted. Since he is holding Vermilion Bird's token we should
have expected him to be from Exalted Immortal Pill Cauldron's sect. If there is
any in the world who can match Medicine King Valley, then that must be Jade
An Elder said,
"The price of pills is currently soaring. I wonder if we can buy them from
him at the base price."
said, "Young friend said, that they are also doing their best, but they
are unable to provide help on the front lines. But when it comes to pills, they
can provide their share. They only lack ingredients."
slapped the table, "We are an ancient immortal sect, when did we lack
ingredients? Take all common ingredient, and a part of spiritual herbs from the
sect and give them to him! We have to do this if we want to buy them at the
base price. After all, the consumption in times of wors is ten times, if not
tens of times higher. We need great amounts of pills, and our young friend
needs great amounts of resources to make them."
said, "I will go relate this information."
didn't have to wait long, and soon met with Xing Ming, who said, "Young
friend, we desperately need the pills you refine, but for the price, can you
not lower it a bit?"
said, "I also don't like it, but you know that an alchemist is a
money-burning toy. An alchemist needs a lot of funds to operate..."
face flushed red. Because of the war with Ghost Immortal, the price of a pill
skyrocketed. He knew that his request was too much, "Can you... Um, make
it the usual, one Qi Pill for ten spirit stone..."
Xing Ming felt
embarrassed just from saying it.
Chen Ming was
happy, however, I can sell them at the base price! They really need
these pills. "En, if I wasn't required to fight against Ghost
Immortal I wouldn't have accepted this price. But now, the situation is dire.
Alright, I agree with your terms. "
perfect. But doing such a great transaction, won't young friend need to discuss
it over with the sect?"
thought, Discuss my a*s! I'm the Sect Leader. "It's
alright, I at least have the right to do this."
couldn’t be happier, "Great! But these pills will only help us out of this
desperate situation. We still need even larger amounts. Young friend, quickly
reports back to your sect and enter that whatever state of emergency of yours."
waved his hand, "Relax, in half a year, I will definitely bring
young friend, please wait for a bit, while I go bring all the ingredients. I
will first exchange the spirit stones for ingredients, they should be valued
close to thirty million spirit stones. If later the price of ingredients isn't
enough, we can just pay with spirit stones!"
report filled the five Elders of Astral Immortal Sect with joy, "Quickly
go and give him the ingredients!"
young friend is very upright!"
at all like those rogue alchemists. Even in this moment of crisis, they still
fight tooth and nail over the price!"
later, Chen Ming received a storage ring from the grateful Xing Ming,
"Young friend, here are ingredients worth thirty million spirit stones. I
hope you will complete the adjustment swiftly, and of the next batch of pills,
half of them will be recovery pills."
received it and saw the small mountain of ingredients within. This storage ring
was far bigger than the one he had, "Uh, I also came to trade for a larger
storage ring since the one I have is lacking."
Xing Ming was
straightforward, "Young friend is very upright in this deal, so accept
this storage ring as a gift."
cupped his hands, "Many thanks!"
too kind. It is I who should thank young friend."
Chen Ming gave
his two hundred thousand pills to Xing Ming who, with a swipe, stashed them in
his own storage ring.
With the deal
done, the two were thrilled with his own gain.
intended to invite Chen Ming for a meal but had to leave since he had pressing
million spirit stones worth of ingredients were akin to a Grand Archfiend's
wealth, yet those ancient immortal sects were more than happy to fork it.
wealth, Chen Ming was now ready for a great undertaking!
accepting three thousand disciples!
Vein? No matter, just take pills!
If there's one
thing our Yan Mountain has plenty of, are pills!
Back at Yan
Mountain, Chen Ming put Old Turtle in charge of watching over the disciples'
refining process. Chen Ming then gave each of these disciples a hundred spirit
stones, any more and he wouldn't have enough to initiate the three thousand
By the time
Yan Mountain's three thousand and six hundred disciples settle in, each of them
would get a thousand spirit stones a month. An Archfiend's salary!
stared blankly at the pile of spirit stones, Master gave each of us a
hundred spirit stones. This is a Fiend General's salary. "I
reckon Master's head has gone bad. Look! Before, Master let us take pills
without a care, what other sect plays around like this? An Archfiend's wealth
gathered throughout hundreds of years, will be gone in just two years. And now,
with each of us getting a hundred spirit stones a month, Master's treasury will
struggle to hold for even a few years. We need to quickly refine pills. If we
miss this chance, there won't be another."
it's high time for pill refining!"
mention, pills are now our meals. Anything else we eat at this point becomes
tasteless. Let's go, to refining!"
Master is giving away spirit stones! Isn't that something we should be
thinking about it. A disciple holding his Master's money will bring him endless
Chen Ming only
laughed at their reactions. They have yet to notice their worth. In this day
and age, a Master came first and foremost; they were the ones who should be
giving gifts to their Master. For Master to just give them spirit stones, was
an unprecedented matter.
reached Yan Mountain's peak, only to see Chen Ming basking in the sun's glory
in his chair, as usual, Senior brother and senior sister were right.
I'll never get to see Master cultivate for as long as I live.
did you ask for me?"
seen Medicine King Valley's state, and you should know of the treacherous Ghost
Immortal, poking his nose all over the land. He must have corrupted many sects
already. Yet the opposition only consists of some ancient immortal sects. Do
you believe they have any chance of winning?"
there was a reason behind Chen Ming's question. With Li Suyi reliving his life,
he might find something he could use. Li Suyi took a grave expression,
"From how disciple saw it, they will fail."
mood turned for the worse, In his past life, the ancient immortal sects
lost and the land became a Ghost Domain. "Since they'll fail,
then we'll find no help with them. In that case, your Master will have to step
Li Suyi was
left speechless. If others said this or even Ling Xian, then he would think it
impossible. But since it was Chen Ming, he had a sliver of hope, "Master,
I believe you. If there's anything you need of disciple, I will do my very best
to accomplish it!"
extent of power you can now control, you can reach Dao Initiation realm. Your
current task is to scour Yan Mountain for three thousand disciples. Your Master
will take them all in, whatever attribute they might have. When you return,
Master will be your Dao protector and help you break through to Dao Initiation
This step was
a huge one for Li Suyi. It was unknown how profound his saber Dao was, but Chen
Ming reckoned that it may be well above the Unity stage. If Li Suyi, at his
current cultivation, were to forcefully reach this stage, he would blow up in
Li Suyi was
overjoyed, he could finally reach Dao Initiation realm, "Yes, Master.
Disciple will begin immediately!"
Li Suyi might overtake Zhuo Qingyao in reaching the King rank. At least he only
needed to completely absorb Azure Lion's Taotie's Seed, who was an Archfiend.
With Li Suyi's
council, Chen Ming knew it was useless to rely on those ancient immortal sects.
He should begin making some preparations of his own. When the time came and
Ghost Immortal won, then his land would be dragged into it, with nowhere to
run. Yan Mountain had only three thousand Great Fiend, and only if it reached
ten thousand would it look a tad better. Yet these troops were the ones
guaranteeing the safe development of Yan Mountain. Well, there has never been
one to find Yan Mountain's secret, so far.
As there was
still some wealth left, it would pose no problems in keeping this pace for a
while longer. Chen Ming called for Commander Black Tiger, Vice-commander Fire
Swallow, and Secret Department's Head, Black Python, to begin
When all were
gathered, Chen Ming went straight to the point, "Yan Mountain is in an
accelerated growth period, and we must make sure that no one will find Yan Mountain's
secret. Yan Mountain's current defense is sorely lacking, thus, I decided to
expand the army!"
There was no
shred of doubt Black Tiger supported Chen Ming's decision, "Mountain Lord,
how far should this expansion stretch?"
withstand a Grand Archfiend's invasion!"
was the first to come out of his stupor, "To face a Grand Archfiend we
need ten thousand Great Fiends."
added, "Can Yan Mountain even handle such huge costs?"
Chen Ming was
all smiles, "This is only temporary. The plan is to have the same power as
the fiends' Grand Sovereign. And now is the time to start, by recruiting ten
thousand, for now, in the vicinity of Yan Mountain. Half a year later, we will
proceed with the second expansion, only stopping at a hundred thousand!"
They all though
Chen Ming had huge potential. But it never crossed their minds his ambition
would stretch so far, encompassing the whole Myriad Mountains!
didn't have any adverse feelings. They wouldn't be fighting against the fiends'
Grand Sovereign for now anyway, so they had time to prepare. Black Tiger said,
"What of Yan Mountain's disciples? Will they be joining the fray?"
laughed, "None of them will fight. I have something else in store for
them. Once they have attained suitable cultivation, I will give the order for
expansion, to leave the mountain. The ones leaving will receive a hundred
thousand spirit stones for organizing their private army. They will conquer
many new lands in the area, becoming proud new owners over them!"
This shocked the
three to no end. Chen Ming didn't limit himself to Myriad Mountains, what he
wanted was the whole world!
The three also
became privy to Li Suyi recruiting three thousand disciples. When all three
thousand and six hundred disciples were given the order to expand, these many
lords would become an unimaginable force across the entire world.
Yet, how much
would all of this cost?
Once they came
to know the refining speed of these disciples, hope sprouted in their hearts.
Then adding another three thousand disciples, Yan Mountain's success was almost
thought before, how the speed for attaining success was lacking, well now, they
felt like flying.
At this point,
they had no words to refute. If it worked, they would be rulers on their own,
if not, it was only death anyway!
dared to go as far as thinking Yan Mountain would unify the world. But what
name would their land have when each had his own territory?
cough brought them back to reality. Black Tiger said, "I understand. I
will expand the army, but I need Black Python's help so that this operation
doesn't stand out."
said, "I will do my utmost in helping you, scouting ahead for any suitable
With the army
expansion affair covered, Chen Ming called upon White Fox, to have her build
accommodations for the new three thousand disciples.
Black Python, and Fire Swallow looked back upon Yan Mountain, as they left its
lands. No outsider would ever know how much of a monster Yan Mountain
unattainable dreams, but now, they could grasp the opportunity of achieving
them. This was most terrifying indeed. The three spared no energy in fulfilling
Chen Ming's plan. On the surface, actions were taken, and beneath it, this was
only the start. Yan Mountain's war machine, slowly but surely, started its
great undertaking, that of expansion.
As the days
passed, the army ranks bolstered. And despite showing a slow increase, the
growth was noticeable.
had other matters to deal with to notice any of this, like poking fun at the
fresh disciples trickling in. Flowing Peak and Blazing Peak's disciples have
been living here for the past six months. They were looking at the newcomers
like city folks looked at country bumpkins.
recruits found Yan Mountain a novelty, seeing as Scriptures Pavilion had most
of Southern Border's cultivation methods. But above all these, they had Chen
Ming's lecture to look forward to. The fresh disciples would undoubtedly choose
a cultivation method Chen Ming would hold a lecture of.
around Yan Mountain, the recruits' stomachs began growling, but fun fact, there
was no dining hall on Yan Mountain.
went too far with taking in new disciples, so much so that he didn't even get
to handle our dining hall."
we do? Will we starve to death on Yan Mountain?"
After a long
trek across Yan Mountain, with the exception of Master and his legacy
disciples' peaks where they didn't have access, the fresh recruits have come to
know that there was no dining hall or any of such sort anywhere on Yan
Mountain, "Weird, is it possible we will be eating over at Master's?"
don't seem to have discovered, but senior brothers and senior sisters don't eat
food, but chug pills instead."
recruits went to find a group of senior brothers and senior sisters to ask,
"Excuse me, seniors, but where do we take our meals?"
The group was
filled with shock and awe, "Meals, what meals? Yan Mountain doesn't
recruits were struck dumb, "If we don't get meals, then what should we do,
brother explained, "You should know that Yan Mountain is doing its best in
training us. And since this costs a pretty coin, Yan Mountain can't provide
meals, becoming a dirt-poor place."
A new disciple
said, "No way! You mean to tell me that not even Archfiend's subordinates
senior brother further added, "What meals? On Yan Mountain, we are so poor
that only pills are left. So Master made us eat them instead. That over there
is the Alchemy House. You can all go there and take your pick. As long as the
spiritual energy isn't enough to make you explode, if you can eat, then
recruits stood in a daze. So poor, pills are the only choice. This goes
eating pills as meals?
At long last,
the fresh recruits have discovered what Yan Mountain used to soothe hunger,
pills. The same things over which the outside world was now waging life and
skeptical at first, thinking these seniors were deceiving them, but as they
arrived at the Alchemy House, they were met with the hard truth. So it
is indeed like this. Is this truly Yan Mountain, or an immortal's paradise?
were bursting with joy, "There are finally people who can finish all those
weird tasting pills!"
let them catch a whiff of those chicken-flavored and strawberry-flavored pills.
Only tell them when they finish the old ones."
have only caught a glimpse of Yan Mountain's thrilling nature. For now, it's
enough to leave them with their zeal for pills."
Ming returned to Astral Immortal Sect, he checked the pills' effect. Not that
he didn't trust Chen Ming, oh no, he did have Vermilion Bird's token after all.
But even with this trust it still fell in his right to sample the goods.
He fished out
a Qi Pill and began the examination. It was plum and perfectly round, a
first-rate pill. Popping it in his mouth, he found its medicinal property more
than great, even one time higher than Medicine King Valley's!
But why do
I find it's flavor so fitting? And after a careful and long smack of
his lips, "Is this chicken I taste?"
Is it just
one? There's no way they made it chicken-flavored on purpose, right?
Xing Ming was
thorough in his testing, and the next pill he tried had strawberry flavor.
swiftly reported this news to the elders. After their own testing, they were
also utterly baffled by it. Far from being amazed by its flavor since it wasn't
hard to make at all, just that who in their right mind would be that bored and
deranged to refine all these pills with different flavors?
were off their rockers!
spoke, "It looks like that young friend's words weren't empty when he said
he can refine a million a month. Their profound knowledge of alchemy is
something we can't even begin to imagine."
said, "Right, their refining must have reached the heavens for them to
make pills with so many different flavors."