By the time
Chen Ming finished settling in the new disciples, he got to know just how hard
was his title challenge mission.
When it said
three thousand Dao Initiation realm cultivators, what it meant was just three
thousand disciples, not one disciple more.
asked the system lady, who also confirmed that he could have a maximum of three
The mission was
for each of his disciples to reach Dao Initiation realm.
already had three thousand and six hundred disciples, and despite the system no
taking all of them into account, he still couldn't just abandon these young children,
and then have them leave. It was just six hundred more, he might as well teach
them all together, giving them the same treatment as the three thousand
recognized by the system.
When Li Suyi
returned, Chen Ming had already made adequate preparation for his breakthrough
to Dao Initiation realm. And since Li Suyi relived his life, Chen Ming wasn't
too worried about this process.
laid in the center of a territory bearing the same name, with the surrounding
peaks occupied by its disciples. The area further away fell under Yan
Mountain's fiend army's jurisdiction. One could even see a team of fiends
flying on their clouds as they patrolled.
As Li Suyi
climbed Yan Mountain, he began catching words of Chen Ming's explanation to
Zhuo Qingyao regarding the boat they used to travel along the Yellow Sea,
"Zhuo Qingyao, the sword intent engraved on this wooden boat is very
profound. If you can understand it, then reaching the Unity stage would be but
a simple matter!"
Li Suyi only
looked at Zhuo Qingyao, as he patiently waited outside the door, not having the
gall to barge in.
Qingyao left, he entered the courtyard to look for Chen Ming. He looked around
and spotted Ling Xian taking great pains in his gardening of those spiritual
herbs; his mouth then perked up into a smile, "Master, disciple
nodded, discovering Li Suyi's demonic energy being calm and steady, without any
trace of disturbance. The control of his demonic cultivation wasn't bad at
began, "Try to breakthrough."
Chen Ming had
witnessed Ling Xian's breakthrough and knew that their strength wasn't enough
to invoke Heavenly Tribulation. He only needed to withstand the spiritual
energy of heaven and earth's baptism.
life proved to help Li Suyi once again, by having a tougher body. He must have
had a body cultivation manual, and added to that the endless pills he could
take, his body cultivation must be quite high.
As Li Suyi
began, spiritual energy converged within him, then absorbed by his body. With
spiritual energy passing through him, it strengthened his body, helping him
withstand spiritual energy's baptism, all the while removing his impurities.
The spiritual energy was quickly refined into demonic energy, and as it grew,
it formed a vortex in his Dao Palace, then compressed rapidly. The compression
then resulted in spiritual power, prof of a successful breakthrough to Dao
But just as he
entered Dao Initiation realm, inside his Dao Palace, his Saber Heart took
shape. Saber energy surrounded him, and Chen Ming waved his hand, covering it,
and preventing any harm from coming onto his courtyard.
the saber energy settled, the Saber Heart formed, and Li Suyi's power had
might not even be his match, right now. He did live once after all, having many
many magical arts and techniques from his previous life, and even broke through
Suyi's breakthrough, Chen Ming eyed Ling Xian for twenty breaths, noticing the
disturbance in his heart, then spoke within his mind, "Draw the
You have won the Blood Regalia and Warding Sword Art. Please inspect it."
kind of thing is this?
From what he
knew of this advanced system, was that it couldn't materialize anything
belonging to this world. Could this book be used by cultivators?
Zhuo Qingyao darted back, carrying a metal scroll, "Master, I found this
between the planks in the wooden boat. Does it have any use?"
Chen Ming took
it and saw how Blood Regalia and Warding Sword Art were written on it.
contained in these words, was a type of cultivation art. When cultivators
practiced this art, a resonance formed among them. When they gathered, it would
then condense into a kind of bloody aura, aiding them in attacks and
It was a kind
of war formation for cultivators. With this in his hand, his subordinates would
have a greater power after training in it.
soldiers would form one body, not something any other disorganized armies could
comprehended it straight to Dao Seed stage, then called for Black Tiger and
Fire Swallow. He was prepared to hand it over to the entire fiend army so that
all soldiers would switch over to this cultivation method. This wasn't a rare
practice among cultivators. Take the Dragon Form Art for instance. If you'd
cultivate it to the Dao Seed stage, well that was as far as it could get you.
Even if you would be using it for your whole life, you'd still be unable to
reach the Grand Sovereign rank.
And this Blood
Regalia and Warding Sword Art was a cultivation method that allowed one to
reach that precise rank. Chen Ming couldn't raise so many Grand Sovereigns, for
now at least, but changing to this cultivation method wouldn't cause any
Just that this
change didn't happen at a flip of a switch, it needed a month to finish, and
not to forget spirit stones.
For each Great
Fiend, a hundred spirit stones were more than enough. And since he had eight thousand
Great Fiends, that meant eight hundred thousand spirit stones. With Chen Ming
not needing to buy ingredients, he could handle this expense.
Just that if
this came to pass, the leftover spirit stones would only be able to support
Chen Ming's crazy spending for a month, tops. It seemed unlikely that this
change to Blood Regalia and Warding Sword Art would happen any time soon.
said, "Distribute this cultivation method, let all our troops change to
it. This is our top priority as of now. I will allow the fiend army to station
on Prodigious Fruit Mountain, to quicken their transformation of spiritual
eyed the art, "Can I also cultivate it? The one I had before only lasted
until the Dao Seed stage?"
pondered a bit, "I find no problem with this. You, Archfiends, are in
charge of the army and need to be prepared. Perhaps a day will come when I will
even relate to you the Bones of the Taotie. "
When it came
to speedy growth, Bones of the Taotie came to mind. Despite its evil nature,
when one had enough strength, there was nothing he couldn't devour.
that, Chen Ming wanted to make sure that when he initiated Bones of the Taotie
to them, there won't be any chance of a strong Archfiend appearing and then
start undermining his control.
stood in a daze. Chen Ming was even willing to give away the Bones of the
army's stationing on Prodigious Fruit Mountain went without a hassle. Since
this was Yan Mountain, if any wanted to cause havoc, then he must have had a
death wish. Fiends were a frank and straightforward race. Since they entered
Yan Mountain as its soldiers, then they were fully aware of their
disciples weren't biased towards their own race since there were many fiends
among them who couldn't assume human form. On Yan Mountain men and fiends were
This was quite
an unusual behavior for the human and fiend races nearby Myriad Mountains. Not
many fights broke between them, and many humans were even taking shelter among
immortal sect, like Astral Immortal Sect, wouldn't just sit and let this
happen. They kept watch of the center of this land, and for them, killing
fiends and banishing demons was the norm of the day. But this didn't seem to
have taken any hold in a small and fringe area like Myriad Mountains.
There was no
secret Yan Mountain's fiend army was coming over, not even the fact that they
were changing their cultivation method.
disciples who carried out tasks, or wondered around its lands, were guarded by
the fiend army. They were able to refine and cultivate in safety all because
these Great Fiends shed their blood and lives to protect them.
Great Fiends arrived on Prodigious Fruit Mountain, the disciples didn't scheme
or anything. Since you did good by me, I shall do good by you. They decided
that once their refining quota was achieved, they would make an extra batch and
give them to the Great Fiends.
Looking at the
pills in their hands, the Great Fiends were moved by their kindness. Yan
Mountain disciples were young after all, and even a few of the fiends among
them were their cousins.
Chen Ming, on
the other hand, was now refining recovery pills along with Chen Lingyu. He even
carefully wrote the details regarding the commonly used Dao Initiation realm
Mending Pill for his disciples to use.
On this day,
Black Python rushed to see Chen Ming, "Mountain Lord, Moon King Hall sent
its envoy, and asks for an audience!"
frowned, "Moon King Hall? Who is that?"
King Hall is the largest power in our vicinity. The leader is even a Grand
Archfiend, known as Moon Fiend. And Our Yan Mountain is in Moon King Hall's
surroundings. Usually, such power like ours wouldn't raise Moon King Hall's
attention. Perhaps it's because we annihilated Prodigious Fruit Mountain too
us go an see this Moon King Hall's envoy."
headquarters was by no means exposed. Its official palace was placed outside of
external palace, Chen Ming caught sight of an old man dressed in Daoist robes,
with a crescent moon painted on his back.
noticed Chen Ming, the old man ignored him, as he kept wandering around the
palace. Only to finally, with great fanfare, sit in the Mountain Lord's seat.
The old man showed disdain as he gazed upon Chen Ming, "Are you Yan
Mountain's Lord, Chen Ming?"
Chen Ming had
some dissatisfaction with this hight and mighty old man, "This humble
person is indeed the lord."
The old man
glowered at Chen Ming, barking, "What? You still aren't kneeling at the
presence of Moon King Hall's envoy? Are you disrespectful towards Moon King
shook his head. "Forgive me, my legs are stiff and can't kneel."
The old man
smiled, "The young are dauntless indeed. But are you aware of how
fortunate you will soon be?"
shook his head, "I'm not keen on knowing."
The old man
laughed hard, "A wicked place breeds wicked people, not even hearing of
Lord Moon Fiend's might! Engrave this in your mind, Lord Moon Fiend has a
marvelous reputation even among the Myriad Mountains. While you are just an
ant! This is a rare chance Lord Moon Fiend is giving you. Take the Bones of the
Taotie along with all your Archfiends towards Moon King Hall, and you will have
the honor of kneeling before Lord Moon Fiend!"
sensed something was off. The other party even knew of Bones of the Taotie and
came prepared, "In other words, what you're trying to say is, groveling
before you is all for the chance to kneel later?"
The old man
nodded, "Correct, you seem to still have a good head on your
what will happen to Yan Mountain when all the Archfiends are leaving for Moon
be handled by one from Moon King Hall of course."
Chen Ming now
had a clear picture. What going to Moon King Hall? Prison was more like it.
Then all of Yan Mountain would belong to Moon King Hall.
To be frank,
Chen Ming had no intention of fighting, not to mention a Grand Archfiend at
that. But he didn't give Chen Ming anyway out, wanting to swallow him whole,
destroy everything he had, and still become Moon King Hall's lap dog.
said, "What you mean is, if I don't agree, I'm not even qualified to live
in Myriad Mountains?"
The old man
smiled in disdain, "Not only Myriad Mountains, but you won't be able to
stand no matter what place you end up in!"
waved his hand, "In that case, we'll just have to fight for our
The old man
was stunned, his face shifting between blue and white. Even among the Moon King
Hall's subordinates, this was the first he ever came head to head with such a
stubborn Archfiend! "Humph, since you seek death then let me oblige!"
He waved his
sleeve and left enraged.
looked towards Black Tiger and Black Python beside him, "What do you
replied, "Actually, I wanted to smash this old geezer to a pulp, but that
will turn the entire Moon King Hall on us. If Moon King Hall would use all its
assets to fight us, we will lose, so I let this geezer go!"
gave a faint smile, "If Moon King Hall sends a Divine Palace Archfiend, we
might be able to survive!"
Chen Ming was
thrilled, they didn't feel any fear from the path he chose to thread,
"Good, take eight hundred thousand spirit stones from Yan Mountain for the
fiend army to hasten their change to the new cultivation method. Just a mere
Grand Archfiend. It won't be long before even Myriad Mountains' Sovereign will fall at my feet!"
returned to Moon King Hall and relayed the news to Moon Fiend. He appeared to be
a young man of only twenty-four years, with a crescent moon on his forehead and
moonlight flickering all over his Daoist robe. The Moon Fiend looked upon his
commander, Archfiend Stag, and asked, "Great Venerable, what do you make
This Great Venerable
the Moon Fiend was speaking of was precisely Fiend General Stag who fled from
before. After meeting Stag, Moon Fiend came to know the extensive knowledge he
had regarding war strategies and felt like he looked at himself. Stag has sworn
his allegiance to Moon Fiend, who made him a Great Venerable and helped him
become an Archfiend. Stag took a moment to ruminate, "Yan Mountain is just
a hard bone to crack. They only took three days to win against Prodigious Fruit
Mountain. They have a favorable location, and also knowledge of its lands. If
we attack, even with throwing everything Moon King Hall has, it will incur
contemplated, "Then what is there to be done? Great Venerable, what is our
his beard and smiled, "Yan Mountain isn't the only one with a Divine
Palace Archfiend among the lands Moon King Hall controls. Lord Moon Fiend only
needs to send a kill order, and the Divine Palace Archfiend to pulverize Yan
Mountain is allowed entry in the Moon King Hall. They will surely fight to the
bitter end for this opportunity. When Yan Mountain is on the brink of collapse,
Lord Moon Fiend would swoop in and crush them, taking all the credit and
boasting an incredible feat. As for that Divine Palace Archfiend, he is only
trash, unworthy of your favor!
laughed, "What a brilliant and ingenious plan! With Great Venerable at my
side, our power knows no equal!"
Moon King Hall
had an illustrious reputation in Myriad Mountains, becoming well known around
these parts. It had a Grand Archfiend, after all, second to a Sovereign in
The King Hall
part of its name pointed at a gathering of Kings, and also at its might.
Moon King Hall became enraged, and Moon Fiend sent out a kill order: 'Wipe out
Yan Mountain and you may enter Moon King Hall!'
Palace Archfiends in the vicinity reacted on the spot since not all of them had
the protection of a Grand Archfiend. Who would care if you died? Just look at
Prodigious Fruit Mountain, crushing it was but a trifling matter.
As long as
they hoisted Moon King Hall's banner and refrained from stepping on Sovereign's
tail, then everything else was of little importance. They would be able to roam
unrestrained, in Myriad Mountains at least.
Archfiends began wagging their tongues at this news, "These are tragic times
for Yan Mountain. Having offended Moon Fiend, it will soon end up in
that four Divine Palace Archfiends are mobilizing their armies!"
Divine Palace Archfiends!? Isn't that close to five thousand Great Fiends and
around two dozen Archfiends?"
the largest battle in Moon King Hall's lands over tens of years!"
All kinds of Great
Fiends flew around Yan Mountain in the hope of peaking at its secrets. Yan
Mountain has officially become public enemy number one, but it didn't want to
send its fiend army to pointless death so it refrained from letting its fiends
leave Yan Mountain's nearby areas.
Now it was a
crucial time for their transformation, with Chen Ming unwilling to let them die
In this time
of war, at the external palace, Chen Ming was hearing Black Python's report,
"Mountain Lord, four Divine Palace Archfiends gathered their armies so
far. They are Mountain Grizzly, Madam Spider, Silver Wing, and Forest Ogre!
Please look over the information regarding their subordinates."
skimmed through it. Mountain Grizzly was an earth grizzly, and while on the ground
he had the strength to move mountains. Madam Spider was a poison expert,
dabbing in the venoms of scorpions, snakes and the like. Silver Wing was a
silver goshawk, boasting an impregnable plumage. Forest Ogre had an extremely
refined cultivation; some say that he lived for more than a millennia, and
wasn't a monster in name only.
None of them
were easy to deal with.
You triggered a storyline challenge mission, D rank: to survive or perish, that
is the question. Please repel the invading enemies. Reward: 80,000 spiritual
knowledge, 3,000 fame. Failure: Yan Mountain's destruction."
has arrived. He now had no choice but to do battle, and not just fight, but
asked Black Tiger, "How long before the fiend army finishes its change?"
fifteen more days."
achieved it so far?"
inspect their strength."
The three went
to the army camp and called for the thousand soldiers to attention. Chen Ming
ordered three hundred of them to form a battalion, then said to Black Tiger,
"Go and try them out."
want to see for myself how great is this Blood Regalia and Warding Sword
soon assembled into a square formation. Black Tiger began, "Release the
blood aura. I will be testing your progress!"
A red mist
slowly rose from the three hundred troops and shrouded them. Black Tiger said,
"I will first begin by examining your defense!"
reached for his black iron mace, then send it crashing down on the battalion.
It collided with the blood aura and it actually sent the mace flying!
Even Chen Ming
rose an eyebrow at this, Everything that comes from the system is
was impressed, This blood aura is too strong, and it only came from
three hundred fiends.
after he retrieved his mace, Black Tiger continued, "Come at me so that I
may test your strength."
swarmed him, the blood aura making them ferocious as tigers and as mighty as
dragons. Three hundred flying sword came at Black Tiger, who only waved his
mace to block them. Yet this wasn't something that could be withstood so
easily, visible from the steady steps he took backward.
quickly set up the Eight Extremes Array around Black Tiger to save him.
am now clear of your power!"
might have lost miserably, but it didn't seem to phase him at all, "Blood
Regalia and Warding Sword Art is indeed an art meant for war. From what I
understood just now, a hundred can face against an Archfiend, and three times
that can kill a Divine Palace!"
nodded. This went along with his conjecture.
laughed, "With eight thousand Blood Regalia and Warding Sword Art
soldiers, there's no need to mention the four Divine Palace Archfiends when not
even Moon King Hall can withstand it. We can win this! Not even a thousand
mountains can block a legion of eight thousand Blood Regalia and Warding Sword
said, "Carry on with the transformation, I cannot let them fight for now.
I'll just have to go give them a surprise myself. Black Python, with me."
Once the eight
thousand fiends finished, Chen Ming would finally have a fighting chance. And
in a crucial time as now, he wanted to avoid any slip-up.
stealth cultivation method wasn't bad at all, with low chances of being
discovered. And he could even guide the other party's movements. By bringing
him along, Chen Ming would give the enemy endless headaches, while he, an array
master, had no fear of being surrounded.
The two didn't
go by cloud. With such a big plan in mind, they would be easily spotted. As
they crossed through the forest in the mountains, Chen Ming spoke, "Who is
the first to arrive?"
would be Silver Wing, with two of his Archfiends as the vanguard."
the best place to surprise them?"
led the way through the forest, and as the night descended, the two spotted a
camp being raised. Before starting the hunt, Black Python indicated, "That
is one. And because we are familiar with the terrain, it is easy for us to
track their movements."
launched the eight swords, "Let's respond in kind. Since they came to our
doorstep, let us give them a warm welcome."
From the dark
sky, eight swords fell. Such an obvious attack wasn't something an Archfiend
could possibly miss, "What's happening? Go see if we're under
descent of the swords, ice spears began rising from the ground all over the
camp, passing through the bodies of each Great Fiend, as blood pooled on the
ground. A firestorm formed and soon ignited everything, as lightning showed no
sign of stopping from falling across the camp. They struck the Great Fiends,
sending them in chaos, then starlight followed, cutting off their limbs.
Chen Ming came
out of the darkness and gazed upon the helpless Great Fiends, "Ain't this
a nice surprise?"
laughed wickedly, flew inside the black cloud, then came down holding a giant
broadsword, hacking at the camp, "Eight Extremes Annihilation Sword!"
energy wave swept hundreds of zhangs, leaving mournful cries in its wake, as
dozens of Great Fiends turned to dust from this move alone.
closed his eyes, feeling for the Archfiend's location inside the array. He was
One With the World as long as he stood inside it, grasping each minute change
that occurred in this domain. And in the next moment, Chen Ming's eyes flashed
open, "Found you!"
He rode his
fiend cloud while bashing and smashing with the broadsword, then soon arrived
at the hole where the Archfiend was hiding. With but a thought, the ice spears
scattered, making way for the firestorm, turning the ground into lava.
And yet the
Archfiend was still alive. Chen Ming didn't feel like wasting any more time and
charged among the lava, slashing down with his huge broadsword.
After mere moments,
there was only a corpse left underground. Chen Ming pulled his broadsword out,
leaving the rest of the enemy troops for the array to deal with.
A quarter of
an hour later, the mountain top was a complete mess, but Chen Ming didn't seem
to care much. He took to his crow form and landed on Black Python's shoulder,
"Let's go to the next place."
the next target?"
them on the map."
Chen Ming then
indicated towards a large camp quite a distance from here, "We'll go
scurried in the night, and in less than four hours they reached it, all thanks
to the power of Archfiends. Chen Ming looked around, finding this camp hidden
in the forest. When it came to a battle among cultivators, the terrain didn't
matter much. They all used spiritual power, with common water and fire having
little effect on them.
This camp also
fell at his hands following the same strategy. Chen Ming flew on his fiend
cloud above all the destruction, Since we're on the subject of
wrecking, I will make sure to let them know how it's done. This is the kind of
person I, Immortal Master Chen, am, sincere.
If not, why
would he even bother, bother wasting time outside Yan Mountain?
Laying back on
his cloud, Chen Ming was suddenly seized by a tad feeling of regret. I
should've brought that little lass Zhuo Qingyao over, to enjoy some of this
impossible for Silver Wing not to catch wind of the two camps' destruction.
Overseeing the army, and with the news from the front, he had a new
understanding of this creature called Chen Ming. He wasn't a run of the mill
Divine Palace Archfiend, but an array master. All crowd tactics fell through
with him as the enemy.
Chen Ming was
the best example of a one-man army. No wonder Prodigious Fruit Mountain fell so
Silver Wing wasn't kind enough to share such a trifling matter to the other
three. Only one Yan Mountain existed, and the same could be said about the free
spots in Moon King Hall. We are all competing, and since I suffered,
why should I help them hold an even bigger advantage over me?
all soldiers, we'll advance as a whole. If we remain scattered, by the time we
reached Yan Mountain, there would be nothing left of us to fight."
days of regrouping his forces, Archfiend Silver Wing resumed his marched
towards Yan Mountain.
On this day,
one of his Fiend Generals, the one clearing a path for the army, looked up at
the sky, only to see a fiend cloud, "Eh? What's with this situation? Why
is there an Archfiend here?"
flew above it and found a black-feathered robed guy, slouched in his chair,
basking carefree in the sun's rays, "Hey, get up! Sir Silver Wing's army
is crossing through here, don't block the way!"
looked at the Fiend General, his thoughts filled with doubt, Am I
having a midair battle of wits and power now? "Don't you know who
couldn't care less, "I don't have time for this, get lost from here. Our
army is passing through, so don't block our way!"
retracted his fiend cloud then fell on the ground. He then gazed at the
marching Silver Wing's army towards him, Didn't you come here to beat
me? I'm right here, in front of you!
It can't be
that they don't even know how I look. Can it? Then again, it is
entirely possible. I am a new Archfiend, and when I fought Prodigious Fruit
Mountain, it was a too swift battle. Not many must have seen how I look.
waved at the incoming Archfiend, "Brother, are you by chance attacking Yan
nodded, "Yes. What, you also want to come with? Sorry, but we can't take
you with us."
shook his head, "That's not it, I'm from Yan Mountain. That Chen Ming from
Yan Mountain is me."
stared confused for a while, then laughed harder than ever before,
"Brother, are you afraid no one will know you're crazy? Chen Ming has a
stocky built and mean-looking, with a ferocious appetite to boot. How can he be
a frail and delicate twig like you? That's a great joke."
with, "I don't blame you. Let me tell you a little secret, on our way here
we already met with six Chen Ming pretenders. And with you, makes it
Chen Ming: ...
when trouble comes knocking, you knock right through it.
flicked his hand, letting loose eight flying swords, with the Archfiend in the
middle. He flew at the black cloud above, pulled Eight Extremes Annihilation
Sword from it, then came crashing down on the poor Archfiend.
blow, he looked down upon the majestic army, and bellowed, "Listen here, I
am Chen Ming, Lord of Yan Mountain!"
That got the
fiends' attention. Archfiend Silver Wing stepped out of his chariot then eyed
him, 'Rumors of Yan Mountain's Lord has grown rampant it seems. He
isn't at all ferocious. He doesn't even have fangs. Then waved his
hand, "Everyone attack! Kill him at all costs!"
Chen Ming gave
a wicked smile, jumped on his cloud, and bolted.
Wing brought his army out here for him, how could he let Chen Ming go? He
spread his large silver wings and after a fierce gale, disregarding his own
fiend cloud, he flew after him.
In mere ten
breaths, Silver Wing already caught up to his prey, and let lose an astral wind
from his hand, "Well well, Chen Ming, you couldn't wait for death in Yan
Mountain and came out. And since you provoked me, die!"
fingers of his claw ripped across the sky, tearing at the clouds and flying
straight at Chen Ming. He defended with the Eight Extremes Array and as the
edge collided with the claw attacks, it swayed.
smiled, "Somewhat skillful."
Ming unharmed, Silver Wing flew into a rage, "Wah-ha-ha-ha, such gall on
you! You've gone too far!"
Each flap of
his silver wings caused storms behind him, chasing after Chen Ming, and
overtaking him not long after. Chen Ming's take on this, He definitely
knows how to run, chasing me to no end.
How could the
army ever match their speeds? Chen Ming peeked behind and saw how they ditched
the troops, and while he was at it, he also checked Silver Wing's danger value,
He was a full
hundred points higher than him, seemingly impossible to beat. With the three
thousand merits and thirty thousand spiritual knowledge he currently had, Chen
Ming spoke in his mind, "Fully comprehend the Dragon Form Art, Nirvana
Astral Wind, and Jade Water Core Sutra. And also upgrade them to the same stage
as Fire Crow Art, the peak of Dao Initiation realm!"
This way, all
of his cultivation methods used in the Eight Extremes Array settled in the Dao
Seed stage, the peak of Dao Initiation realm. He checked his own danger value,
625. Adding to that the King Slayer Aura, he reckons they would be evenly
matched, thus making the fight meaningless.
time to split.
Chen Ming flew
on his cloud, with Silver Wing in hot pursuit behind him, for a full day no
less. Silver Wing only now seemed to have figured that despite being faster
than Chen Ming, his array was a turtle shell. He had no way of reaching him.
If he wanted
to kill Chen Ming, he would need the help of another Divine Palace. Silver Wing
thus ended the chase and went about looking for his troops.
Chen Ming saw
how Silver Wing drifted in the distance, so he took out Black Python's map,
checking the routes of the other three Divine Palace's forces. He had a creepy
grin as he went for Madam Spider's camp. It was time to go ahead of their trail
and mess them up a bit.
After all four
Divine Palace Archfiend suffered at Chen Ming's harassment, they regrouped
their forces and marched together. This was also the first time the four saw
eye to eye since the start of their march on Yan Mountain.
began, "From how I see it, we can send a team ahead, led by an Archfiend,
with us hiding among them. When Chen Ming attacks we will kill him in one
chuckled, "Who's the fool here, Chen Ming or you? Letting a single
Archfiend leave will make it look suspicious. Will Chen Ming even attack?"
Grizzly was furious, "This guy's annoying as a housefly. Nothing less of
crushing Yan Mountain will release me of this hatred!"
laughed darkly, as the bone fan in her hand shook slightly, "All Chen Ming
is doing is stalling us. But if we are to give a chase the next time around, we
will need at least two Divine Palace to kill him. With Chen Ming's cunning
nature, it will be easier said than done. Chen Ming might be slippery as an
eel, but Yan Mountain can't budge. If we surround it, Chen Ming will surely
come to its rescue!"
A bone fell
from behind the rows of teeth in Forest Ogre's mouth, "Good plan. With Yan
Mountain surrounded, he will have no room to wiggle!"
Chen Ming also
noticed how his plan was seen through. They began marching towards Yan
Mountain, without sparing him any attention.
He did his
best to stall for these eight days but seemed enough to have another three
thousand Great Fiends finish their change. Even if they attacked Yan Mountain
now, the outcome might be different from their expectations. He could no longer
act outside and had to return to Yan Mountain.
later found Chen Ming on Black Tiger Mountain, looking at the enemy camp. They
were here since last night but didn't attack, leaving Chen Ming mystified.
Divine Palace Archfiends were clear on one thing. If they attacked together,
who would take the credit for Yan Mountain's destruction, who was the one to
enter Moon King Hall?
And if they
took turns in attacking, then who was first to go to their deaths?
The Divine Palace
Archfiends have reached a silent agreement. Each of them used various reasons
to stop their advance, just short of Black Tiger Mountain, where they set up
Chen Ming was overjoyed
at this turn of events, as it would earn him precious time. Then Black Tiger
came to report three days later, "Mountain Lord, with war knocking on our
door, the fiend army worked day and night and just yesterday finished changing
to the new cultivation method. Our Yan Mountain has now eight thousand Blood
Regalia and Warding Sword Art troops!"
with a question, "Mountain Lord, should we make preparation for a
no doubt we'll counterattack, but a plain victory won't suffice. We need to
strike hard and fast, thoroughly crushing the opposition. This is the only way
we can deter Moon King Hall, giving them the illusion I am a Grand Archfiend.
If not, then Yan Mountain will be on equal footing with Moon King Hall in power.
Only this will tie Moon King Hall's hands and feet, cowering him from making a
decision to attacking us easily. And based on Yan Mountain's speedy growth, in
a year or so, we will have enough strength to deal with them."
was glum, "But, Mountain Lord, our spirit stones reserves have dwindled to
a mere hundred thousand. We won't have enough to supply the Blood Regalia and
Warding Sword Art troops for the next month."
Chen Ming was
used to using big steps when spending, and now realized he was broke. He took a
while for this to sink in, Have my steps been a tad too big?
There were too
many things eating at his money. If he stopped raising his disciples, then no
merits for him. If he didn't raise the new army, then no one would be there to
defend Yan Mountain's chives.
stacked to seven-eight hundred thousand spirit stones a month. The
problem lays with Astral Immortal Sect's ingredients. I can't just give them to
the army or the Archfiends.
And so, he was
left with one last option, to wipe the floor with those four outside, then
plunder their old home and taking their riches as spoils of war.
thought it through and this was the only viable course of action.
ordered the army to assemble, then went with Black Tiger and Fire Swallow on
the balcony. Chen Ming's eyes roamed over the overbearing Regalia Legion, and
bellowed, "The enemy invaded Blazing Mulberry Nest, we retreated. The
enemy invaded Black Tiger Mountain, we retreated again. But we can retreat no
longer since behind us lays Yan Mountain!"
minded their own territory, even Yan Mountain. But there are always some who
covet what we have. We will use our blood and lives to tell them Yan Mountain
isn't their prey. Any who dares wave their armies at Yan Mountain will have a
fate worse than death!"
morrow, the Regalia Legion will unleash an all-out attack!"
News of Yan
Mountain's war preparation spread across its entire land. The disciples knew
that danger descended upon Yan Mountain and sent what recovery pills they
finished refining. They didn't have any risk of getting injuries for now, while
the ones who were almost certain to get hurt were the Regalia Legion
Chen Ming also
hinted his legacy disciples to deliver hundreds of bottles with recovery pills
to the Regalia Legion, each holding ten pills.
disciples capable of refining, driven by legacy disciples' example, started to
give the Regalia Legion recovery pills. For Yan Mountain's disciples, these
toys called pills held little value anyway.
This was only
right, as this Regalia Legion was the one protecting them from harm.
troops had a recovery pill bottle on them, that was eighty thousand recovery
pills. Because of this, Chen Ming didn't find it odd how Astral Immortal Sect
bought pills in bulk. His teeny-tiny Yan Mountain only used eighty thousand in
one go, not to mention how much would those ancient immortal sects used.
army set off, Chen Ming called upon his four legacy disciples. His gaze first
landed on Zhuo Qingyao, "As your Master goes to war, all of its matters
fall on your shoulders. If any of you need something, you will first talk to
head senior sister. Understood? "
together, "Yes, Master!"
added, "If anything goes wrong, you are to run away without delay. As for
the direction, you just need to follow Ling Xian."
Ling Xian: ...
continued, "But in case of extreme danger, then follow Zhuo Qingyao."
Even if they
were to participate in a battle, they would have little effect over its course.
He would give them the chance to fight only when they were King ranks.
Mountain's affairs in order, Chen Ming stepped in front of the army and
listened to Black Tiger's report, "Mountain Lord, the eight thousand
Regalia Legion troops have assembled!"
All troops, march!"
With Chen Ming
taking the lead, they went straight for Black Tiger Mountain.
At Black Tiger
Mountain, the four Divine Palace Archfiends finally came up with a suitable
plan, drawing straws. They would then take turns in attacking each day
according to the order resulted from the draw. The one who won the war was the
one who destroyed Yan Mountain.
Tiger Mountain, many Great Fiends were sent to scout the surroundings. A war of
this scale hasn't occurred over the past dozens of years, they had to show
A Great Fiend
gazed in the direction of Yan Mountain, stupefied, "I'm not seeing things,
am I? Yan Mountain is indeed attacking."
said, "Can't be, did your eyes fail you?"
Yan Mountain has so many troops? It's just like a Grand Archfiend. He has that
explains why the four Divine Palace Archfiends banded together. From this
alone, Yan Mountain is close to having a Grand Archfiend's power. It's only
missing a King Corps."
in power between the two armies is narrow!"
the use of having a matching army? A Grand Archfiend's power is not so easily
achieved. Over the whole Myriad Mountains, a Grand Archfiend only appears after
dozens of years!"
In the sky
above, a red cloud covered the heavens, showering the ground bellow in its
Divine Palace Archfiends' camp easily spotted Yan Mountain's army, but they
never imagined Yan Mountain would take the initiative to attack!
the entire camp, "Yan Mountain's attacking, quickly assemble!"
The four left
their tent with Silver Wing being the first to speak, when they noticed the
incoming cloud, "How is this possible!? Just when did Yan Mountain get to
have such a large fiend army? Have we come to attack a Grand
Grizzly ruthlessly said, "So what if they have a large army, we are four
Divine Palace Archfiends. Since they saw to attack first, they must have a
death wish! "
swept his eyes over the enemy camp and waved, "Kill, wipe them all
Akin to a
crimson rain, the Great Fiends fell from the red cloud, forming battalions of
three hundred soldiers, killing all that stood!
Ming's angle, it looked more like a crimson river descended upon the
Legion charged straight through any incoming attack, bouncing harmlessly in
contact with the crimson mist. This bolstered their morale, as a battalion
instantly fell upon the enemy!
The areas that
met with the legion were soon covered in blood.
found this almost entirely one-sided. The Regalia Legion went like a hot knife
through butter, killing the opposition until they were broken.
It was worthy
of being called a war formation. The army became a single body!
understanding, Blood Regalia and Warding Sword Art was a type of array, one
that had this kind of an impressive result when everyone was united.
The legion was
like a wolf among sheep, relentless and killing all in its path. It was like
chopping vegetables, to be honest, reaping lives with each 'chop'.
When it came
to the fiend armies, the opposition couldn't even hold a candle, turning it
into a one-sided battle. Or more aptly called, a one-sided slaughter. The only
ones who could settle this huge difference were the four Divine Palace
said, "Black Tiger, Fire Swallow, Black Python, each of you take a
thousand troops and kill three Divine Palace Archfiends!
was thrilled, "Mountain Lord, leave it to me!"
They went in
the middle of the war zone, swiftly assembled their regiment of one thousand
soldiers then charged at their respective targets.
wasn't one to sit still. The weakest of the four was Madam Spider, danger value
590. Lower than his, and when he added King Slayer Aura in the mix, she was
beneath him in power.
across the battlefield, charging straight at Madam Spider, who commanded her
troops, while he launched his Eight Extremes Array. Usual Great Fiends were
unable to resist Chen Ming's array as he passed by, killing the wounded and
injuring the able.
was quite aware Chen Ming's aim was her, "Humph, why should I fear you
when we're both at the Divine Palace stage!"
She waved the
bone fan, sending a poisonous wind straight at Chen Ming. When it collided with
the Eight Extremes Array, it only shook it slightly.
laughed softly, and licked her lips, "Since the poisonous wind doesn't
work, have a taste of my little darlings!"
opened the bag at her waist, letting golden wasps fly out and about Chen Ming!
passed through the array, alarming Chen Ming, "These wasps are formidable,
she must have refined them into her treasures!"
bellowed, "Firestorm, burn them to cinders!"
gathered and assumed the shape of a dragon, then engulfed the wasps within. But
the wasps only flashed golden, isolating them from the flames, and continued
towards Chen Ming. A golden wasp pricked his neck and injected its poison. Even
with his Nine Nines Mysteries Art at the 36th stage, the poison spread
throughout his body, numbing it.
wasp came at him!
laughed lightly, "Little darling, you won't be able to move. Let this lady
spoil you rotten!"
flew inside the array while defending against its flame and lightning with a
layer of spiritual power. An exquisite green dagger appeared in her hand, then
let her tongue ran across its blade, covering it in poison.
forced a shake of his head, returning some of his wits along with it. His opponent
was a poison expert!
Don't I cultivate Illustrious Casket? He moved Illustrious
Casket's spiritual power around, and when it met the poison, it swallowed
indeed an immortal ranked cultivation method, and a healing one to boot.
If Chen Ming
already removed the poison, he didn't show it, waiting patiently for Madam
smiled, taking leisured steps with her long white legs, arriving in ten feet
from Chen Ming. She then walked towards him, all the while twisting her waist
slightly, "Oh, what a dashing young man. Why mind yourself with pointless
things life fighting, when we can dual cultivate together?"
dainty white hand gently caressed Chen Ming's cheek, "Cutie, what's wrong,
can't move? You poor poor thing!"
sword flashed in Chen Ming's right hand and ran it through Madam Spider's
belly. He didn't believe this to end it, so he swiftly pulled it out. When it
came to the usual scenes in novels, Chen Ming made sure to thoroughly deviate
His hand moved
fast, plunging the spiritual sword again and again in her belly. In as little
as three breaths Chen Ming went through the motions thirteen times.
into a leaky bag, Madam Spider collapsed. He gazed down as she spat mouth after
mouth of blood, "What power, speed, taunt or temptation?"
dreaming if you think you can outclass me, Immortal Master Chen!
extended a shaky finger at him, "You're... so... ruthless!"
blinked, "Still alive?"
hoped in the black cloud above, then brought the Eight Extremes Annihilation
Sword down on Madam Spider!
flames flashed, turning Madam Spider to dust with a single slash!
You killed Madam Spider. Reward: 3,000 spiritual knowledge, 200 fame. You earned
a lottery ticket, with the result being the Poisonous Wasps Pouch."
You killed Madam Spider, the realm advancement mission's completion rate rose
by 1. Progress: 12/300."
You killed Madam Spider, survive or perish mission's completion rate increased
picked up the Poisonous Wasps Pouch, but since he had no use for it, he tucked
it in his storage ring.
abstained from searching the corpse. Wasn't it novel nonsense conveniently
finding thousands of spirit stones on a body? She didn't even have a storage
ring, would she go in battle with a ten-foot-tall spirit stones filled bag on
Archfiend, one would stash their treasure in their lair. Who in their right
mind would fight with a ten-foot-long bag on them? Were they afraid that since
a Main Character would spend his treasures like no tomorrow, when he killed
them, they couldn't give him enough?
doesn't carry wealth with them, or it would just provoke the others into
action. When it came to getting rich quick, of course, they'd end up
As with the
saying, when confiscating, be thorough!
Chen Ming eyed
the other three Divine Palace Archfiends on the battlefield, as they changed
into moving spirit stones stashes in his eyes!
complained to no end. This fiend army was too bizarre. When he attacked, that
crimson fog warded his blows, and then the fiends followed with aiming hundreds
of flying swords at him. This wasn't enough to hurt him, but it took its toll
on his spiritual power. It was a nightmare. If things didn't change, then he
would soon run out of spiritual power.
And to add
insult to injury, their Great Fiends were powerless in facing this five
thousand fiend army.
eyes swept the battlefield, seeing the relentless Regalia Legion shouting
despite being in a war zone, "Brothers, don't let these contributions run
away, kill them all! "
contribution came to me. Isn't he afraid of making the wrong choice? "
are more than a dozen contributions here, charge!"
come first served. It belongs to who got it first!"
you arrived first? Bullshit! Face this grandaddy's blade and let's see if
you're still first!"
marvelous fiend army Yan Mountain has. They went and considered their own
soldiers' contributions, to the point of almost clashing with each other over
even be called war?
Grizzly felt the view swirl in his eyes, as he looked upon their side suffering
setback after setback, with Yan Mountain's fiend army pursuing their own every
regiment in front of him kept forcing him into retreat. Was the entire fiend
army this fierce?
eyes locked on Forest Ogre. This old geezer had a danger value of 780, a true
Divine Palace monster. He didn't care about others running away, but he had to
force Forest Ogre into leaving his corpse behind.
Fiend scouts were dumbstruck, This wasn't what they planned, weren't
they about to besiege Yan Mountain? Why do I feel like Yan Mountain is the one
besieging the four Divine Palace Archfiends?
situation is absurd. Four Divine Palace together are unable to beat Yan
Moon King Hall fought against them instead, it wouldn't have the same result as
Yan Mountain, despite having the same amount of troops as them!"
Mountain current display is no less than that of a Grand Archfiend!"
this battle, Yan Mountain's fame will spread across the whole Myriad
quite likely it has the same might as Moon King Hall. But if the hall were to
clash with them, they might win. but with tremendous losses!"
dealt with Madam Spider, Chen Ming found how the opposition only had
twenty-three Archfiends. First, he'd deal with them, then slowly work his way
towards the three Divine Palace!
operated his array, then jumped behind an Archfiend straining to withstand the
Regalia Legion, beheading him with a flick of his sword.
strolled through the war zone reaping Archfiends as he passed. Like a grim
reaper, each Archfiend that met him, soon found themselves laying dead on the
Only after his
13th kill did the others noticed the dread that was Yan Mountain. They held no
hope for this battle, fleeing each whichever.
waved, "Besides the regiments fighting with the three Divine Palaces, the
others are to form a company of one hundred and chase all of them down! Leave
Legion was quick to respond, forming companies led by Fiend Generals, going in
pursuit of the deserters.
eyes drifted on Forest Ogre. This old geezer had to die!
his broadsword, Chen Ming lunged at him. Forest Ogre noticed Chen Ming's quick
approach, fully aware of his critical situation. The regalia regiment was pain
enough already, so how could he stand the added pressure from Chen Ming?
spat out skeleton after skeleton, letting out hundreds to clash with the
jumped on his cloud and was about to bolt. But Chen Ming wasn't one to let that
happen, surrounding him in the Eight Extremes Array. Forest Ogre then kicked
from his cloud at a corner of the array and slipped through the cracks. Chen
Ming's heart shook, This geezer still had this much fight left in him?
delay and chased after him, covering Forest Ogre again in the array. Only to
have him punch through it yet again.
Forest Ogre watched how once again Chen Ming chased him, but he didn't flee
this time. He was stuck in the middle of the Regalia Legion, barring all
soldiers sent their flying swords at him. He caught glimpses through the storm,
inferno, and thunders of a black-robed figure lurking around his surroundings;
sometimes behind him or sometimes outside the starlight.
dragged the huge broadsword, creeping within the array, laying in wait for the
moment when Forest Ogre showed an opening. Then kill him!
waved his hands and dozens of branches flew from within, growing and
surrounding him, while the incoming swords chipped splinters from them.
A splinter drifted
before his eyes then the black-robed Chen Ming fell on him from the side, the
broadsword swiping his chest and leaving a large gash behind.
roared, "Ah! You're dead!"
The vines in
Forest Ogre's hand flew at Chen Ming, hoping to trap him.
With his sneak
attack successful, Chen Ming hid among the array, as the inferno further cut
off Forest Ogre's line of sight.
fury grew, snarling louder, then a hundred zhang tall tree sprouted inside the
array. The two thickest branches became his arms, moving to attack as his legs
trampled the ground. He wanted to break the array!
noticed this and directed the eight swords in front of him. He used his entire
spiritual power, all to resist Forest Ogre barrage, "Kill him!"
Legion didn't miss this chance, and brandished all kinds of spiritual weapons
at Forest Ogre, sending splinters in the surroundings with each passing. Twenty
breaths later, Forest Ogre toppled, still sporting hundreds of weapons all over
At this time,
Black Tiger and Fire Swallow brought their regiment over and said to Chen Ming,
"Mountain Lord, Silver Wing and Mountain Grizzly are too fast. We can't
give chase! "
nodded, "I know. Each of you is to take two regiments and seize Madam
Spider and Forest Ogre's lairs. I will attack Silver Wing and Mountain Grizzly
with the rest!"
For the sake
of the mission, Chen Ming took four regiments and regrouped with Black Python
before going to Silver Wing's lair, "The heavily wounded will return to
Yan Mountain, while the light wounded will take recovery pills and follow after
laughed, "Mountain Lord, the fight was too quick, and we had no chance to
take any recovery pills!"
Lord, my stomach aches, can I have one?"
Chen Ming also
found it funny, but he now had a new understanding of the power the Regalia
Legion held. They might have the might to clash with a Divine Palace but not
the means to keep them.
eyes darted to their spiritual weapons. It seems he needed to refine them into
Archfiend killing weapons, for the entire Regalia Legion to use.
about armors, it could only cover one man. Standard equipment consisted of
arming a soldier completely, enough to scare anyone!
With the four
regiments in tow and after rushing these seven days, he arrived at Silver
Wing's lair. It was the Solitary Peak, tall and imposing. After this toiling
march, the army felt exhausted, with not much spiritual power to spare. This
journey was a big problem and seemed that he would need to assign them mounts
in the future. If not, then they would have no spiritual power left to fight.
glanced at the Solitary Peak and waved his hand, "Vanguard, surround them.
Rearguard, recover your spiritual power!"
hopped on his cloud and saw movements over the mountain. The enraged Silver
Wing stood on its peak, glaring at him, "Chen Ming, do you have to fight
me until the last man?"
laughed, Did you show any leniency when you assaulted Yan Mountain? "Eh?
How did you know?"
has never encountered a more blunt person than Chen Ming. Others would justify
themselves at this point, while Chen Ming simply replied with 'How did you
tell? I've surrounded you already!
had no words to refute, I want to run. But then I'll be living the rest
of my life in exile. What place could allow this kind to live comfortably? But
if I don't flee, then this is where I'll meet my end. Offending Moon
King Hall meat he won't have any place to turn to. Yan Mountain has shown no
fear of Moon King Hall and, offending it would result in even fewer people who
could offer him asylum in Myriad Mountains.
others? As if! He would get killed instead then sent to Yan Mountain as a
Going to Moon
King Hall, then having them send help in killing Chen Ming was easier said than
If I could
kill Chen Ming, why the hell would I be asking for your help?
face burned bright red, but Yan Mountain's army was at his doorstep, so he said
glumly, "There are no grievances between us. It's all because of Moon King
Hall's temptation. I admit defeat!"
smiled, "Even conceding, the army won't stop!"
what do you want exactly? If you block all the exits, I will fight you to the
laughed, "Many of your men have died at my hands. I'm a man who likes to
pull up weeds at the root. I apologize, but there's nothing to discuss."
showed a trace of joy, "These people have nothing to do with me. They're
just my subordinates, and if they die, they die. I only seized this Solitary
Peak for myself!"
Chen Ming let
out a sound of amazement, You're that twisted?
subordinates weren't something he raised. Silver Wing killed the old Divine
Palace and took his place. But he wasn't half bad. At least his flying art
stirred Chen Ming's interest.
Chen Ming set
aside a moment to ponder, then, "Come with me to kill Mountain Grizzly,
and I'll believe you!"
was overjoyed; he had a way out. He only needed to help kill Mountain Grizzly,
and they didn't have any deep ties anyway.
just say the word and I'll start!"
After a day,
Chen Ming's subordinate, Silver Wing, recovered his spiritual power. He
gathered the leftover Great Fiends, eight hundred in number, then set out for
Mountain Grizzly's lands together with Chen Ming.
In the sky,
Chen Ming watched Silver Wing, "Your flying art is very interesting."
was glum. This was the reason he could go rampant in his territory since no one
could catch up to him. Silver Wing's sleeve shifted then handed over a book to
Chen Ming. He accepted it, and new it for was it was, the Drifting Feather Art,
an escaping art. It would condense a pair of wings from his spiritual power,
greatly increasing his speed.
spoke within, "Comprehend Drifting Feather Art."
Three thousand merits required, continue?"
His income of
merits was high, his three thousand disciples made sure of that. He amassed two
thousand in just seven days!
pointed out, "There's no harm in reading it since only winged fiends can
Wing watched how a pair of black wings unfolded from his back. Chen Ming flew
around in circles, quick as lightning, at a much faster speed than when
traveling by cloud. To the point that not even a Grand Archfiend could catch
dropped beside Silver Wing, "En, not bad at all!"
Forest Ogre jumped on his cloud and was about to bold.
looked in a daze as Chen Ming withdrew his wings, What monster is he?
He took one look at it and he trained it to completion, while I had to toil
with it for thirty years!
Was this the
comprehension of a Divine Palace?
The fear in
Silver Wing's heart grew, squashing any remnant of betrayal he had left. I
outran him before, but that's impossible now.
passing of three days, the army reached Mountain Grizzly's cave. He had no
thought of using Silver Wing's army to attack since he used them to carry his
Regalia Legion on their clouds. His troops were filled with spiritual power,
ready for killing!
kept to himself as he stormed into the cave, killing all of its guards, then
searched for Mountain Grizzly.
Legion also entered, charging straight through anything.
But in the
next moment, the peak above the cave crumbled, showing Silver Wing in hot
pursuit of Mountain Grizzly.
Mountain Grizzly amounted to measly three thousand spiritual knowledge, but
even a bug had meat. Wings unfolded behind Chen Ming, then set up the Eight
Extremes Array with the swords revolving around him. He pulled the Eight
Extremes Annihilation Sword and attacked Mountain Grizzly!
blow from the broadsword left him dizzy, and open for Silver Wing's attack. His
claw flashed silver, launching five attacks, each leaving five gashes on
Mountain Grizzly's chest.
He was never a
match for either of them and now that they worked together, he was worse for
Grizzly raged, "Silver Wing, I didn't think a sissy like you would
gave a shout of his own, "What defecting, I'm just turning over a new
leaf. I've reached enlightenment and chose righteousness!"
Ming: Little brother Silver Wing has an elevated awareness!
The two fell
on Mountain Grizzly, bashing and kicking. For fear of disappointing Chen Ming,
Silver Wing's attacks were all aimed to kill, earning an angry roar from
Mountain Grizzly each time.
Chen Ming took
paid close attention to the fight, and when Mountain Grizzly was bone dry of
spiritual power, he just ran his sword through his heart, collecting those
spiritual knowledge points.
As for the rest
of the battle, Chen Ming was only interested in Mountain Grizzly's two
Archfiend, ignoring the others. After a swift harvest of the two, bringing him
one step closer to finishing the mission, he didn't intervene any longer.
the battlefield, he found the most zealous person there to be Silver Wing. Who
knew that the most loyal to Yan Mountain would end up being him? And yet he
only recently joined them.
following Yan Mountain in dealing with Mountain Grizzly, Silver Wing felt a
difference. The killing was so carefree. Regalia Legion dominated the
battlefield leaving him to do what he wished, to kill with abandon. It was a
brilliant move to join the undefeated. Only after entering Yan Mountain, did he
found a battle could be so relaxing. When I fought Yan Mountain before,
it wasn't that I was incompetent, but that the opposition was too strong!
ignored Silver Wing, and his excitement, he clapped his hands and returned
The war lasted
one short month. The three lairs he occupied had wealth far above that from a
freshly promoted Divine Palace like Azure Lion. They all contributed to his
treasury with no less than five million spirit stones, each.
This was how
If the threat
of the fiend's Sovereign didn't loom over his head, Chen Ming would have
directed his forces in dealing with some other unappealing people.
As for dispensing
with Moon King Hall, he didn't have enough for a win. The other had King Corps
after all. That was a team of forty Archfiends, a symbol of a Grand Archfiend.
The so-called Grand Archfiends were all persons with King Corps at their
the Moon King Hall wouldn't come knocking either, or he'll incur heavy losses.
This war was
an eye-opener for other surrounding powers, of the might Yan Mountain
possessed. Just how was he a Divine Palace? He was just a Grand Archfiend
disguised as one. He might be a tad below a Grand Archfiend in power, but it
wasn't something these little old Divine Palaces like them could provoke.
wasn't far from being Moon King Hall equal.
avoid provoking Yan Mountain!"
is allowed to incite Yan Mountain!"
meet one of their people, turn around and walk away!"
Moon Fiend was
becoming impatient. With the passing of this war, he knew Yan Mountain was a
force to be reckoned with. But if he were to attack, then all he amassed the
past hundred years would be squandered. How could he assault the Sovereign rank
But if he
didn't attack, then how could this sleeping dragon within his borders let
others feel at peace? If he waited until it became a Grand Archfiend power,
cast his eyes on Archfiend Stag, who was rather calm, with no change in
demeanor. Great Venerable is great indeed. He doesn't even flinch with
Mt. Tai collapsing towards him!
Venerable, from your understanding, what is the best way to handle Yan
stroked his goatee, smiling, "These events are all within my grasp. Just
think, Lord, if we attacked Yan Mountain without knowing their power, how many
would you have sent?"
it would be two Divine Palaces and five thousand troops."
laughed, "Exactly. If this were to happen, then you wouldn't get to see
them return. We would lose power while Yan Mountain bolstered theirs. This
would result in us standing on equal ground. But now we have an absolute and
Moon Fiend now
saw the way things really were, "So everything was in your grasp, Great
Venerable. Then what is our next course of action?"
for one to become a Grand Archfiend, one needed to have land that sustained
him. We just need to limit their expansion and seal their escape routes, since
Yan Mountain doesn't have any means of producing spirit stones. How will he
able to supply a Grand Archfiend's army then? As long as we seal off Yan
Mountain, they will have no income. In less than three years, it will fall. We
won't even need to draw blood, and the pesky Yan Mountain problem will be
Moon Fiend was
overjoyed, "Great Venerable, an excellent plan! With Great Venerable
strategy bringing peace to my land, this King can rest easy!"
ordered, "If there's any change in Yan Mountain, notify me
didn't turn the mission in, as it was 30% away from a perfect score. The
problem laid with Silver Wing. He didn't have a post and the system still
treated him as the enemy.
Of all Yan
Mountain's forces, he was the only one who could handle Silver Wing. He would
worry if he sent him to roam alone.
stay on Yan Mountain for now. And I just came up with a great title, Mountain
face twitched, finding Silver Wing chugging a pill bottle in the Alchemy House,
"You, a Divine Palace Archfiend, are actually eating Dao Sense realm
disciples' pills. Have you no shame?"
emptied another bottle, his mouth letting out crunchy sounds, "I didn't
know there's a tangerine-flavor! Sigh, wait. Does our Yan Mountain have a
dining hall? You don't expect me to die of starvation, do you?"
guzzling bottle after bottle is to stave off hunger? Don't you know a Qi Pill
keeps you full for three days?
pulled Silver Wing, "As a Divine Palace Archfiend, you should get your act
together. Follow me, we have important matters to discuss. "
dragged Silver Wing by the ear and out of the Alchemy House. When a group of
disciples heard the two powerhouses talk, they refrained from commenting. They
ran to a secluded area where they could comment freely.
Silver Wing's pill capacity isn't average!"
looked like Master is stronger than Archfiend Silver Wing. His pill capacity
must also be higher. "
we've never seen Master eat pills!"
The group started
shuffling through their memories, yet no scene regarding Master eating pills
came to mind. They went and asked Ling Xian. He told them that Chen Lingyu was
in charge of Master, little carp and little sunflower's meals. They all ate
living such a simple life. "We, disciples, eat pills after pills
thanks to Master living a life of poverty!"
honor, to have such a Master!"
decided, that from now on I will only eat half a bottle. For Master!"
asked Silver Wing, "What do you think of Yan Mountain?"
In a moment of
carelessness, Silver Wing revealed the pill bottles in his sleeve, then tuck
them back, "Great, I find Yan Mountain amazing. There's no better place in
this world besides Yan Mountain!"
Chen Ming smiled,
"Since you believe it so, then you will need a position here. As I see it,
from your majestic and imposing appearance, it perfectly matches Yan Mountain's
style. And so, I have forged a silver armor especially for you. From now on,
you will stand on the terrace at the foot of Yan Mountain, showing its
touched his face, "Mountain Lord, you know me so well!"
arrived before that silvery and flashy armor, Silver Wing couldn't contain his
joy as he put it on. Chen Ming said, "Of course, if you are tho reveal Yan
Mountain's glory, then you must also have to act accordingly in case of
trouble. If someone is coming for a challenge, you need to teach them a lesson.
If the disciples encounter difficulties, you need to solve them. Also, if some
come to visit my disciples, then you must report back to me."
Wing knew where the problem laid. Standing at the foot of Yan Mountain, dealing
with inconveniences, why did it sound like a guardian deity?
But then shook
his head, That's not right, how can a guardian deity have such a
bestowing Silver Wing's armor, and imposing a limit on his pill intake, Chen
Ming went to hold a lecture for his disciples.
He heard of
Moon King Hall plan, of cutting off Yan Mountain's expansion, to block them
from invading other Archfiends' domains. He didn't care. Yan Mountain's true
wealth came from pills. Just how many could he raise with those small fields?
At this time,
Chen Ming eyed his mission, finding it at 93%. It had to be because some fled
from such a large battle. He didn't wait to reach perfection, "Turn
Survive or perish mission evaluation: 93%. Rating: excellent. Reward: 74,400
spiritual knowledge, 2,790 fame, and a spiritual gold mine."
The time for refining equipment was soon approaching. Yan Mountain's fiend army
had spiritual weapons assigned in chaos and didn't have any restrictions
regarding reaching Archfiend rank. He had to think of a way to solve
current matter aside, Chen Ming went to Yan Mountain's external palace, to
participate in the victory feast.
Silver Wing also wanted to join. Chen Ming said, "Weren't you on the
losing side? You also want to join the feast?"
smiled, "It was all a misunderstanding. I have now turned over a new leaf!
Silver Wing, and taking his legacy disciples along, they strode along the way,
in the eyes of other Archfiend. With the speed of those two, in two hours they
arrived at the feast held on Black Tiger Mountain. When Chen Ming entered, the
feast became livelier, "Mountain Lord is here!"
thanks to Mountain Lord that we get to have such a resounding victory. Not even
Moon King Hall will dare to treat us lightly!"
in Myriad Mountains will hear of Yan Mountain!"
were present, yet didn't find it unusual for Silver Wing to participate. They
knew of him joining them a long time ago and even became united over the course
of last month. When meeting with the five Archfiends, Silver Wing didn't have
the arrogance of a Divine Palace. They even called themselves brothers on every
legacy disciples sat at the table with the other Archfiends' youngsters. They
soon started competing in pill capacity. Alcohol capacity was a thing of the
At the table,
Ling Xian with Li Suyi, Chen Lingyu and Zhuo Qingyao stood separate from the
rest. Chen Lingyu found it all a novelty and tried out one of the fruits. It
was a fruit specific Prodigious Fruit Mountain, White Jade Lotus. The petals
refreshed the mind and sweetened the mouth.
Many of youths
looked at Zhuo Qingyao with apprehension. After all, she was like an imposing
tree. Head senior sister's legend spread across all Yan Mountain. But after a
while they didn't mind this that much, finding head senior sister even more
aloof then what they assumed.
was eavesdropping on Chen Ming's table. She heard White Fox speak,
"Mountain Lord, you are still single. I will be the matchmaker and solve
this matter of great importance."
laughed, "Nothing short of a Sovereign, will match Mountain Lord's
had many sources, "I heard that the fiends' Sovereign's daughter is at the
tender age of eighteen, of outstanding beauty. She has many suitors vying for
her hand. I find her a perfect match for Mountain Lord!"
heard a sudden crack, then looked to the source to see a pair of broken
chopsticks in Zhuo Qingyao's hand, as pieces fell on the floor.
senior sister, what is it?"
shook her head, "It's nothing, these chopsticks were too fragile."