To avoid any
mishap, Ling Xian responded swiftly, handing a new pair of chopsticks to Zhuo
Over at Chen
Ming, he began to hand out rewards based on their merits. He directed a million
spirit stones to the fiend army and the Archfiends, when Black Python spoke
out, "Oh, Mountain Lord, we found a spiritual gold mine in Mountain
Grizzly's territory. He kept it hidden since he didn't exploit it, and only
noticed it when we got hold of his lands."
said, "This mine is of utmost importance. For Yan Mountain to become a
great power, the fiend army needs to be equipped with spiritual weapons and
spiritual armor, increasing their military might! With this spiritual gold
mine, we will have enough to refine equipment for all of them!"
said, "If we provide the Regalia Legion with spiritual armor and weapons,
their power will make them invincible in the Myriad Mountains!"
poured himself some wine, "Tonight, I feast among you. Tomorrow, I will
inspect the spiritual gold mine. Also, send the order to the officer in charge of
Yan Mountain's areas, to collect all equipment refining scriptures then send
them over to Yan Mountain!"
out of the way, Chen Ming stayed behind at the feast, while Silver Wing took
his four kids back to Yan Mountain.
En route, Zhuo
Qingyao walked on the fiend cloud next to Silver Wing to ask, "Is the
fiends' Sovereign's daughter truly beautiful?"
took a moment to recall, "They say fiends' Sovereign's daughter is of
outstanding beauty, enough to destroy a city over, but I haven't seen her. The
Sovereign won't be coming to Yan Mountain any time soon, just take those guys'
words as a joke!"
nodded, "Oh, so that's how it is."
The next dawn,
Chen Ming followed after Black Tiger, as they entered the large cave in
Mountain Grizzly's domain. They traveled for three li, and, in a tunnel, Black
Tiger lifted a leather cover to reveal the bright spiritual gold. There were
faint flickering inside of it as if it held the power of the sun within its
Chen Ming ran
his hand over it and poured some of his spiritual power. It smoothly went in,
proving this ore was spiritual gold. It let spiritual power move freely through
it, and if it were mixed in spiritual weapons, then it would travel through
cultivating world, weapons were divided into three ranks. The most common was
the spiritual weapon, something all Dao Initiation realm cultivators and
Archfiend used. Above it was the nation weapon, also known as royal arms, a
weapon that a Sovereign used. There was a saying spoken across the land, Sovereign,
the kingdom crusher.
Only when one
had a Sovereign's power, could he stand tall and proud in this world.
And above the
nation weapon rank, was the divine weapon. Li Suyi's Demonic Blood Saber was
one. What this entailed, was that these weapons were used by immortals.
Immortal Sect was an ancient immortal sect who had such a weapon.
What Chen Ming
wielded, so far, we're only spiritual weapons. If one regarded his strength,
along with just these common weapons, he wouldn't gain any advantage in
He had the
Demonic Blood Saber but he handed it over to Li Suyi. He couldn't just take it
back. Moreover, his main method of fighting was through arrays, something the
Demonic Blood Saber didn't adhere to. He wouldn't be able to wield it to full
power even if it landed in his hand.
He would have
to find a way to refine some weapons that fit him.
weapons, the future battle wouldn't leave him with a weak Eight Extremes Annihilation
Sword like before.
waved, "First start by removing the rocks, soil, and everything around it.
Let's see how much is in there."
rushed inside and began the extraction, while Chen Ming went to see the
refining scriptures his officer brought, and read.
After two days,
Black Tiger came before him, and Chen Ming put aside a scripture to ask,
"What's is it, is the mining done?"
replied, "Yes, it is a truly large vein. But we also discovered a bizarre
What toy is that?
in his heart, so Chen Ming followed Black Tiger to the bizarre bamboo, back
inside the cave. The cave went through a huge change, as the rocks and soil
were cleared around the ore, leaving only the spiritual gold. After going
through quite a number of refining scriptures, he now knew this spiritual
gold's name, Bright Sun Gold. An ore that took years to form by absorbing the
ore vein, Chen Ming found a blue bamboo, with its roots planted in the
spiritual gold vein. The essence of the spiritual gold ore above it was already
sucked dry, becoming its nutrients, and turning the ore into common metal.
grew underground, unnoticeable from the surface. Black Tiger said, "This
bamboo is too hard. Even my spiritual weapon couldn't even scratch it."
started shuffling through his newly acquired knowledge about refining
materials. Can this be the legendary Phoenix's Tear?
Rumor had it
that a Phoenix's tears were able to give birth to a bamboo, absorbing all the
energy in the surroundings. Chen Ming eyed its roots and condensed his
spiritual power into a flame, melting the wasted metal on them. As the flow of
molten metal cleared the area, Chen Ming now saw an ancient sword at the bottom.
roots were twisted around that ancient sword. After clearing the surroundings,
he realized this was a Sword Pool, a pond in which swords were placed. And in
this Sword Pool, this bamboo absorbed the sword energy of ten thousand swords
walked in front of this bamboo and shocked him when he touched it. His
spiritual power flowed unobstructed through it!
This was very
unusual. It wasn't similar to the Lustrous King Sword, who could only accept
earth's spiritual power, like the one from the Dragon Form Art. Or the
spiritual gold, who only accepted fire spiritual power, like the one from
Heavenly Flaming Star.
accepted all types of spiritual power!
lacked a good weapon, the main reason being that his spiritual power had many
attributes. Demonic Blood Saber couldn't use sword energy, and sword energy
didn't flow through a saber. But he could move all of his spiritual power
through this bamboo before him!
It was like
this plant was tailored especially for him!
outstripped its title of plant, it was more apt to call it the best treasure
heard was ecstatic, No need to overthink it. I only need to refine this
bamboo into a treasure, and my power will soar!
examining the bamboo, Chen Ming knew the reason behind this special trait. It
absorbed ten thousand swords' sword energy. And despite being refined
differently all the swords had the same purpose.
wasn't of the idea of only turn it into his treasure. He wanted to turn it into
a living treasure, a heavenly treasure, one tailored to him, one that was
rarest of the rare.
preserving its ability to grow ever stronger!
If he used
fire, then it would die, along with its best trait. What Chen Ming wanted was
to turn this bamboo into a divine weapon with its own awareness, a growth type
equipment refining scriptures, he had yet to find the one who could handle
living materials. They were all methods that worked with dead objects.
refining method was most likely something only an ancient immortal sect would
have. But if he just went to Astral Immortal Sect and said he wanted one, they
wouldn't kill him. But he would end up divulging this secret to them.
should I do?
learned from Xing Ming that Jade Void Temple was once an immortal sect. It even
created an immortal. But after the coming of Ghost Immortal, they swiftly
give a try searching in Jade Void Temple. And since I'm there might as well
hand over this month's pills to Xing Ming.
Drifting Feather Art, Chen Ming's speed multiplied and in just a day he was at
the sect. The Sect Leader noticed his coming and went to greet him. Chen Ming
smiled, "I heard that you gave rise to an immortal a thousand years ago.
Why have you fallen to such a state?"
Leader sighed, "I'm not very clear on this matter. What I know is that
after Founder became immortal, he found something of great importance and used
all of our resources. This resulted in our decline you see today. And we have
yet to hear from our Founder ever since."
know anything about the clash with Ghost Immortal. What happened to the
Immortal Pill Cauldron was tragic. He just became an immortal and he had to
resist the much powerful Ghost Immortal. If he didn't have some understanding
of this world, he wouldn't have been successful in sealing Ghost Immortal, who
had a clear advantage over him.
asked, "Have your Founder left anything behind?"
actually, but there hasn't been one to make heads or tails of those
you let me take a look?"
He didn't mind
it. Many previous Sect Leaders had the intention of comprehending them, but
they all failed, unable to get any use from them.
Ming to a rotting attic, the Sect Leader indicated, "This is the residence
of our Founder in those years. From time to time, we come to see the
scriptures. But they are all decayed, with words fading away."
Chen Ming was
hit by a rotten smell as he entered. It already passed a thousand years, yet it
was in this condition. It must have been hard to preserve it.
lifted a book, flipped it, Eh? Are these characters? Aren't they just
writing had reached a heaven-defying state!
no one comprehended it. They can't even read it!
Immortal Pill Cauldron wanted to pass on these precious scriptures; only to die
out because of his sloppy writing.
wasn't one to care since he had the system to evaluate it anyway,
"Comprehend this scripture."
Comprehending the pill recipe Flawless Jade Pill requires eighteen thousand
immortal's legacy alright, taking even eighteen thousand merits to learn!
wasn't what he wanted. This was just a pill recipe.
Chen Ming took
another scripture, "Comprehend this one."
Comprehending Nature Immortal Cauldron requires a million merits."
cultivation method wants a million merits? This was an immortal ranked
cultivation method, many times more profound than Illustrious Casket, something
that Chen Ming had only enough to comprehend the first stage.
He didn't take
it with him. Not comprehending an illegible thing, then taking it with him
proved no point since no one could read it. Yet the system still recognized it.
After a search
through the scriptures, he picked another book, "Comprehend this
Comprehending Basics of Immortal Tools Refining requires ten thousand
found what I need, but isn't the price too high? He asked inwardly,
"How many stages does it have?"
After scanning, it can be divided into three stages."
merits for the first one?"
The first stage requires five thousand, allowing the refinement of prototype
immortal tool prototype is good! With his income of then thousand
a month, he would just be patient for half a month.
looked at the Sect Leader, "Give me all of these faded scriptures."
Leader didn't refute. He gave them many times but never were they understood,
"Alright, I will prepare them. But let me warn you, you cannot train them
on a whim."
Chen Ming was
puzzled, "Eh, why is that?"
could recognize Founder's writing trained in secret then went crazy and
face went black, No wonder Jade Void Temple decayed to this state. "Be
at ease, I will only take them. They are things left by an immortal after
asked impatiently when he saw Sect Leader's hesitation, "What now? If
there's something you want to say, just say it."
"That's what they all said, before suffering from deviation and blew up."
Chen Ming: ...
could imagine those collectors' experience. They got their hands on
an immortal's legacy, then carefully investigated Immortal Pill Cauldron's
life. And on a certain night, with a starry sky, they laughed, "I know the
secret of this scriptures!" Then they followed the pill recipe and began
cultivating with the resulted pill. Then deviation came, of course, and
exploded. That was how those scientists passed away.
He went and
met with Xing Ming, giving him this month's pills, two hundred thousand,
neither more nor less.
eaten by Yan Mountain's fiend army were refined by disciples for that occasion,
not affecting Yan Mountain's schedule. So he could deliver the entire amount
without a problem.
smiled dejectedly, "You are a great fortune upon us in this time of need.
Without a supply of pills, the war would fall into a desperate state, So I once
again request your sect's help! "
Back at Yan
Mountain, Chen Ming resumed his affairs. He went to hold a lecture to the many
understood a thing or two about the Eight Extremes' Grand Daos. Not as a whole
but walking along each path, he at least formed their Dao Seed. As for the
Heaven, Earth, time and space Daos, he didn't have any cultivation method
appropriate for the disciples having these attributes. Even if he scoured the
land, he didn't believe he would find any of the four cultivation methods.
lecture, Chen Ming wouldn't hold a too deep explanation, just enough to struck
something inside these Dao Sense realm disciples' hearts.
At the foot of
Yan Mountain, in the Bluestone Plaza, three thousand and six hundred praying
mats were neatly arranged. Before the break of dawn, even before Silver Wing
woke up, disciples arrived in a steady stream at the plaza. First come first
served, of course, taking the front row seats. The closer they got to Chen
Ming, the better.
The ones in
the back held some dissatisfaction, but with Chen Ming on the verge of showing
up, none of them were foolish enough to start anything.
brightening of the sky, Silver Wing climbed out of his bed, donned his flashy
silver armor, then went to his post, his eyes still hazy from sleep. Looking
over, he saw the praying mats in the plaza before him filled with
Mountain Lord is holding a lecture?
Truth be told,
his heart moved, feeling some admiration. If it were him giving a lecture, he
would also feel some pressure for having so many disciples wait on him!
Just this view
was enough to move him!
shifting of the sun, Chen Ming put the smiley mask on and made his entrance in
the plaza, with Chen Lingyu keeping him company. The was a nine-steps stage in
the plaza. Chen Ming sweeps his eyes, and smiled, "Everyone came very
early. Very good."
rose one after the other and bent their waists, "Greetings Master, good
climbed the stars, sat on his prayer mat and began his lecture, "Of the
Dao beneath the Heaven, men sense it, they then tread it, and then comprehend
it. Comprehending the Dao will carry you above the mortal world, and when you
transcend, you will become Immortal..."
Sense realm is the first step in coming in contact with the Dao. But only touch
it, and not tread it, because none of you are yet qualified for even touching
in touch with the Dao, first you must endure the Grand Dao with your body. Here
is what it means to cultivate. The myriad creatures of this world are like the
sea, and your body is the boat, with the soul as the oar. You are to cross the
sea while competing against thousands of other boats. As you sail, each step
will unravel the heaven and earth..."
before that, Dao Sense realm has ten meridians, thus then stages. Opening
meridians expands one's vitality. This energy surrounds the body, and the stronger
it becomes, the stronger your body..."
spoke with confidence, revealing his understandings of Dao Sense realm to these
disciples that barely touched the Dao. Silver Wing was entranced by his words
the moment he began. Dao Sense realm is actually so important, holding
so many secrets!
When it came
to understanding Dao Sense realm who could outclass Chen Ming? He went through
Dao Sense realm ten times, while still having Nine Nines Mysteries Art at the
peak of this realm, the cultivation of it Dao Sense realm reaching the 36th
stage. Who could be more clear of what Dao Sense realm entailed?
No one, not
one person could compare his understanding of Dao Sense realm with that of Chen
let these disciples have a more in-depth understanding of this realm. The
analogies helped them perceive many of this realm's misteries. I didn't
know this lecture about cultivation will be this insightful.
suddenly got up and faced his disciples, "Seniors, juniors, I'll step
around him didn't understand, "Zhang Ming, you don't want to listen to
Master's lecture? "
to grasp this rare opportunity!"
to Master's knowledge, hear how profound the Grand Dao is. How can what we did
before be called cultivation?"
Ming, you're at the peak of Dao Sense realm. You cannot miss this once in a
shook his head, smiling, "Everyone, I'll be walking ahead. I want to break
through to Dao Initiation realm. From Master's teachings, I can now surmise
what I need to do to advance."
left them with his words, then sat on the last praying mat in the plaza and
shut his eyes.
Chen Ming saw
this, stopped speaking and focused on Zhang Ming. This was the first disciples
to advance to Dao Initiation realm!
Silver Wing shifted his chair right below the stage. Chen Ming was puzzled,
"What are you so excited about?"
to cultivate the Dao Sense realm anew, based on your words. I didn't want to
hear it at first, but the more I listened the more it felt like I've done
wrong. And when I tried to ignore your lecture, my ears itched."
Chen Ming was
stunned, "Everyone has a praying mat. If you stand so high, you block the
other disciples' view. Sit at the back."
felt ashamed for losing the fight with these little fellows and moved his chair
not far from Zhang Ming.
Chen Ming eyed
Zhang Ming and Silver Wing, No way, I didn't invite an actor! Why is he
a perfect match for my act?
hours later, Zhang Ming's eyes flashed open as spiritual power rushed outward.
He was in the Dao Initiation realm.
gaze went from him to the rest of his disciples. Since he was one of his three
thousand and six hundred disciples, he naturally knew his name, "Zhang
Ming, wait for a bit. After Master finishes lecturing the other Dao Sense realm
disciples, I will explain to you how to cultivate in the Dao Initiation
Zhang Ming was
overjoyed. Doesn't that mean I am the first to have the same treatment
as a legacy disciple?
And so, Zhang
Ming took a Qi Pill and waited for Chen Ming to finish his lecture on Dao Sense
witnessed Zhang Ming's advancement and heard Silver Wing's words. This expert
was at the Divine Palace stage, yet still held Master's lecture in such high
regard. Even his eyes became starry as he gazed upon Chen Ming. They listened
to his lecture, afraid they might miss a word. When hungry, they took a Qi
Pill, when thirsty they asked for a senior sister of the Flowing Peak to create
finished the sermon for the Dao Sense realm disciples and, after they left, he
continued with teaching three people. Two disciples stood behind Zhang Ming,
having also broken through.
were only three, Chen Ming knew of their cultivation method and began
explaining how to form a Dao Seed. The Dao Initiation realm cultivators
cultivated to form the Dao Seed. Once formed, then they could begin
comprehending the Dao.
three, Chen Ming needed only half a day to finish explaining, while questioning
them the other half. And only when he was clear they understood, did he call it
As he wrapped
things up, Silver Wing came before him in a very devoted manner, taking a deep
bow, "Are you still accepting disciples, Mountain Lord?"
Chen Ming was
under the impression Silver Wing had a cousin he wanted to take him in. Silver
Wing was the second strongest on Yan Mountain. It wasn't much trouble for
opening the back door for him. It made no difference if he had one too many or
one too few, "Why? You have someone who wants to pay respects to
face went black, "Stop joking."
Divine Palace. What are you playing at taking me as Master?
eyes were full of devotion, "No, Mountain Lord, I am serious. Listening to
Mountain Lord's lecture on the Dao, woke me up into realizing how shallow my
cultivation is. With my decision to turn over a new leaf, I want to walk the
path of cultivation in earnest!"
face showed his conflict, then his eyes shined like never before, "You
aren't planning of getting in then have unlimited access to pills like the
other disciples, are you?"
gave a strained laugh, "Uh, um, that is only a tiny part of the
waved his hand, "Get lost, now!"
Half a month
flashed by, and this day marked a year and a half since Chen Ming came into
this world. From a Prince of an unknown empire, he was now standing shoulder to
shoulder with the other Grand Archfiends. Recalling the past year gets
me worked up!
This half of
the month, because of his lecture, his merits swelled by six thousand points.
He comprehended the fist stage of Basics of Immortal Tools Refining and came to
know how hard it was to refine immortal equipment. All immortal tools were
living, all having awareness. They were just like Demonic Blood Saber, capable
of choosing their masters. If he didn't have King Slayer Aura, forcing Demonic
Blood Saber into obedience, he would suffer its backlash, and lose in the fight
with Mo Tian.
bamboo he just saw was an immortal material for refining immortal tools.
And the first
step was to connect with it.
seal carved in his fresh blood, he would make the bamboo aware of him, aware of
his train of thoughts.
blood, the immortal material would, on his end, become aware of the information
regarding him. It would connect to his meridians and gather the information
from his blood, to decide whether or not he'd become its master.
there is no need to panic even if it doesn't 't recognized me. I can just drive
it up the wall!
binding method of the Elemental Cauldron, Immortal Pill Cauldron grated on its
nerves for three hundred years before he got its approval.
reckoned that he wouldn't be needing such a long time. He made a great match
with blue bamboo. Fitting for the saying a match made in heaven! The ideal
couple, like coal and fire, a bamboo after his own heart!
Chen Ming left
for the spiritual gold mine, back to the blue bamboo. He cut his wrist and
gathered the blood in a bowl. With his hand as the brush, Chen Ming began drawing
the seal. After drawing for three whole days, his bowl was empty. If Nine Nines
Mysteries Art wasn't at the 36th stage, strengthening his vitality, then Chen
Ming would have been sucked dry like a mummy by now.
last brush, Chen Ming stared at the blue bamboo. Black Tiger was
waiting alongside him, witnessing everything.
bamboo showed a reaction, shivering slightly. Its roots stretched, covering the
ancient sword entirely. Two hours later, it finished wrapping around the sword
completely, then it extended its roots in the vicinity. It struck deep into the
spiritual gold and started absorbing its essence!
felt how the area darkened. He lifted his head and looked to see how in ten li
radius, thick and black clouds gathered, with thunder flickering within. He was
shocked, "That's Heavenly Tribulation!"
recalled a note from the Basics of Immortal Tools Refining. When the prototype
was formed, it would invoke the Heavenly Tribulation!
It seemed that
this blue bamboo was also clear that he was its perfect owner. His fated owner!
Where, in the
whole wide world, would it find another person like him, who had untold types
of spiritual power?
No one else
out there, only him!
has also heard of this. Only equipment with their own awareness, would invite
Heavenly Tribulation after a complete refining!
quality, the was no need to mention from the refining point of view, because
this treasure, was a natural occurring treasure grown in the scope of heaven
and earth. They had their own awareness!
equipment, or more like magic treasure, had the power to startle even the
world's most powerful beings!
As a day came
to an end, Chen Ming still waited anxiously. The black clouds above ever
thicker. He never expected to encounter a Heavenly Tribulation, and such a
weird one too.
You triggered the storyline mission: Happy to See You!. Phoenix's
Tear sensed your kindness and thirst to join you in battle. Please assist it in
overcoming the Heavenly Tribulation. Reward: prototype immortal tool."
would help even without the mission. This was his very first weapon, perhaps
even a magic treasure.
bamboo focused together the essence and energy it absorbed from the spiritual
gold and ancient sword. It made the ancient sword to contract, then disappear
withing the blue bamboo, as it blended together with the spiritual gold
essence. Chen Ming could no longer see the sword, only a four-foot-wide ball
wrapped around the spiritual gold's essence. As the essence became absorbed, it
revealed a blue horsetail whisk. From the moment he laid eyes on it, Chen Ming
It is a
part of me, linked to my meridians!
Up in the sky,
a bucket-thick bolt of lightning descended straight for the horsetail whisk.
Chen Ming shouted, "No!"
leaped in front of the horsetail whisk, and with a mere outstretch of the hand,
it flew in his palm. The handle was a two-foot-long blue bamboo, thick as a
thumb and with nine bamboo joints. Its whiskers were made of fine bamboo leaves
linked together, even finer than a strand of hair.
whisk was actually its final form! Horsetail whisk was the most famous magic
weapon of Daoism. This was something most wandering Daoists would carry with
them. They could lack anything, but horsetail whisk was an indispensable item.
It fit Chen Ming's Dao Heart to perfection. With but a thought from him, the
horsetail whisk would sweep across, his body becoming a Bodhi Tree, and his heart
a door to enlightenment. With a swish from this horsetail whisk, he would sweep
away at the world of mortals and its depravity!
horsetail whisk in hand, he would sweep the entire world, grasping at all its
changes, and returning them to their origin!
cultivation swayed towards Daoism. His hardship cultivation, no matter how
deep, would never be able to match his spiritual power. And this horsetail
whisk was a Daoist's magic weapon!
Chen Ming felt
how the three thousand whiskers were one for each Dao. Thus, three thousand
whiskers were three thousand Grand Daos. And each fine bamboo leaf was a flying
Chen Ming ran
his hand gently over the horsetail whisk, smiling, "What a good
bucket-thick lightning grew ever closer, while Chen Ming looked with radiant
eyes at the black cloud above, "Let's see if this Heavenly Tribulation
amounts to anything!"
Chen Ming waved
the horsetail whisk, releasing a blue wind. This sweep simply scattered it into
lightning spiritual energy!
from the gathering of lightning spiritual energy, yet a move from the horsetail
whisk shattered it to its original form.
laughed in excitement, "Good treasure, good treasure!"
at the sky, "The mortal world and its depravity can't hold me, untold Daos
can't hold me, and you, Heavenly Dao, can?"
heart grew anxious, Mountain Lord, are you going to attack the black
cloud, the one releasing the Heavenly Tribulation? This will draw out its
wrath! "Mountain Lord, you can't. You'll anger the Heavens!"
untold Daos can't hold me down, so how could Heavenly Dao? See how a brush of
the horsetail whisk wipes away this Heavenly Tribulation!"
Chen Ming flew
above, swinging the horsetail whisk, "All Heaven's untold Daos will return
to their origin. Show me what made you!"
A blue wind
blew, scattering the black cloud above. The tribulation cloud dissipated that
easily, revealing the sun once again. It was as if the Heavenly Tribulation
wasn't there to begin with!
Chen Ming was
wild with joy, This horsetail whisk is worthy of being a Daoist's magic
weapon. He ran his hand along it, petting it. Chen Ming's heart burst
with happiness, laughing out loud, "You represent untold Daos, yet can
brush them all aside. I will call you, Dao Empyrean Bamboo!"
was rooted in place, This horsetail whisk is too tyrannical. It can
brush away even the Heavenly Tribulation!
always sayings that the Heavenly Tribulation struck cultivators dead or hacked
magic treasures to pieces, but this was a first to see an overbearing magic
treasure brushing the Heavenly Tribulation away!
This was a
weapon that restrained the Heavenly Dao!
Heavenly Dao couldn't shake this magic weapon at all! This horsetail whisk,
was, in and of itself, a magical art.
This was even
touching the boundaries of the Origin Grand Dao!
brought sock to even Black Tiger.
What Chen Ming
didn't know was that the Astral Immortal Sect was thrown in chaos. The five
elders gazed upon the Astral Immortal Disk, shocked painted on their faces.
Elder Jian Wangge began, "Elder of Astral Immortal Sect, what just
happened? Why have you called us on such short notice?"
Elder Xue Shan
said, "I wouldn't have drawn your ire if it wasn't of importance. The war
is in a dreadful state, and any mistake will affect the entire land!"
The Elder of
Astral Immortal Sect sucked a breath in, then revealed the Astral Immortal Disk
in his hand, "The Astral Immortal Disk was refined from a small part of
the origin of this world. It encompassed all of its changes, including major
events. Now, look at the Divine Weapons Board."
elders didn't see any change at first but then noticed how there was an extra
entry at the bottom.
Bamboo: a weapon restraining the Heavenly Dao.
It wasn't of
importance that the last name changed, but its description was. For them, who
were the closest to becoming immortals, they knew of its true meaning. The
other divine weapon lacked such a description. This restraining of the Heavenly
Dao revealed that this was a magic weapon refined in accordance with the Grand
Divine Weapons Board ranking didn't change, it grew. This confirmed that it was
an immortal tool or at least a prototype.
were something only an immortal could posses. Did that mean that this world
gave birth to another immortal after a pause of a thousand years?
Elder Xue Shan
said, "Are you saying that this world can still create an immortal?"
The Elder of
the Astral Immortal Sect shook his head, "A thousand yeas ago, to prevent
Ghost Immortal's descent on this land, Immortal Pill Cauldron united us five
ancient immortal sects and closed off the path to immortality. This world is
unable to bring another immortal into being!"
Wangge chuckled, "Immortal. We are the closest to becoming one, yet who
can say we will grasp it! It's not so easy becoming an immortal. The way I see
it, there's just one more person approaching immortality like us, out
Elder Tie Yi
said, "Correct, immortality is an impossibility for now. We all know the
entire land is in a perilous state. Before we can grasp the certainty of
becoming immortal, the immortal path won't reopen. Only, an expert approaching
immortality might have appeared, but he is not among our ancient immortal
sects. I wonder if he's a friend or foe."
The Elder of
the Astral Immortal Sect gave his analysis, "A weapon that restrains the
Heavenly Dao. You should all know the meaning of these words. Among divine
weapons, the ones with this innate inscription, are the strongest among
immortal tools. Yet this Dao Empyrean Bamboo is actually the last on the board.
This most like means that it's not a true immortal tool. It only climbed on the
Divine Weapons Board because of this inscription, a weapon restraining the
Elder Xue Shan
said, "The situation is critical, but we are yet to find out if this
expert is either good or bad."
A man with
seven long sabers on his back scooped up blood from the sea then pour it over
his long saber, then started sharpening it.
He was the
Head Sect Leader of the demonic sect. Each of the seven sabers on his back had
its own story to tell.
sect wasn't at all like its immortal counterpart, divided into many. The
demonic sect was the demonic sect, unique in the world. No matter who one was,
if he was a demonic cultivator, then he belonged to the demonic sect.
Just that it
was divided into Head Sect Leader, Second Sect Leader, Third Sect Leader, and
stood a person, neither man nor ghost, yet ghostly energy surrounded him, and
Bones opened his mouth, "The Heaven changed, I need you."
turned his head and asked, "Is it about that previous deal, Shi
Bones gave a
burst of creepy laughter, as if it was made by bone scraping on bone,
"Yes, you help me eradicate the immortal sects, turning this land into my
Immortal Domain, then I will open the path to immortality. But I won't touch
any living creature in your Demonic Domain."
chuckled, "You are dead, I don't trust a dead man's words."
him, and smiled, "Did you know? No one in this world is qualified to know
my name, except you. I don't care if you shout it out, because you have the
right to. You might not believe me, but you must believe yourself. You, Wu
Jiang, demonic sect's Head Sect Leader, are the strongest beneath the heavens.
No one else is. Wouldn't you be an immortal right now, if it weren't for the
ancient immortal sects shutting the path to immortality? Deal no deal, you
still need to overthrow the immortal sect's rule. This is the only way to open
the door to immortality, to try your chance at becoming immortal!"
paused, then smiled, "Truth be told, no one is as moved as me, but
fighting the entire world, does pick my interest."
continues, "Then tell me of your choice!"
sheathed his saber, "I'll get what I want, and you'll get what you want.
That's how it'll be."
Dao Empyrean Bamboo, Chen Ming eyed his danger value, finding it swept by a
hurricane, It jumped by 200 to its final value of 840!
enough to reach the Grand Archfiend rank, which was likely above one thousand.
experience such growth even when he held the Demonic Blood Saber. But Dao
Empyrean Bamboo went and rose his danger value by 200. He was at his strongest
with a weapon that matched him the most.
attire left to be desired. I need to get my hands on a Daoist robe or
I'll be taken as a eunuch...
also needs to be tied with a Dao pin, and not left hanging loose like this.
case, I need to get started on making myself a full-body magic treasure.
Since he could
refine immortal tools, then spiritual weapons would be easy as pie. He returned
to Yan Mountain and found Azure Lion's pelt in its storehouse. He was going to
turn this pelt into an azure Daoist robe. He released a flame and began
refining the pelt. He turned all the steel-like hairs into droplets,
overflowing the material with color. Chen Ming then trimmed the pelt into its
final appearance, an azure Daoist robe.
Who said a
tool refining master couldn't be his own tailor?
Did you ever
think it was that easy to make spiritual weapons?
wasn't this just nonsense?
equipment was that easy, then anyone could do it. Not all refining was as easy
as it was for the Dao Empyrean Bamboo. It was a prototype immortal equipment
With the azure
Daoist robe before him, Chen Ming began painting inscriptions on it. What
inscriptions would be best?
Daoist robe came from refining Azure Lion's pelt, capable of withstanding seven
inscriptions. These inscriptions were many and very diverse. Like the common
Sharpness inscription for spiritual weapons, granting a keener edge. Normal
spiritual weapons needed to be strengthened, or they would easily break, so
many Toughness inscriptions were painted on them.
As for a
spiritual armor like a Daoist robe, it didn't need something like
Sharpness. Do you expect me to use this Daoist robe to chop someone's
neck? Hold on, that doesn't sound so bad. No one will ever imagine my Daoist
robe can chop people!
But if it
comes to that, I'll have to get naked. That won't be an enjoyable view. Let's
his brains for a while, Chen Ming made the firm decision of painting seven
Mountain inscriptions. This would give it enough toughness, highly unlikely to
be destroyed, and could even defend him against penetrating damage. Chen Ming
wasn't that afraid of propagating effects, he had Nine Nines Mysteries Art at
the 36th stage after all.
inscription, once activated with spiritual power, was effective in blocking
attacks as if there was an earthen wall hidden within the Daoist robe.
painted the seven inscriptions, and when he tried putting it on, he was stunned
to discover he couldn't. The Mountain inscriptions made it so stiff it was hard
to even wear it. No wonder armor had a higher defense than normal clothing.
was wrong it seems. After careful thought, I should also paint seven Grace
to conquer strength. With the Grace inscriptions, when he'd get attacked, it
would soften the blow and protect his body. With this thought, Chen Ming
recalled the Eluding Pearl, a water type treasure. It would be much better to
use it on his Daoist robe.
No sooner said
than done. Chen Ming grabbed the Eluding Pearl, ground it to powder, refined it
into the Daoist robe, and painted the seven Grace inscriptions. When half a day
went by, Chen Ming finished the job and tried it on. Light as a feather, the
pure azure Daoist robe changed his previous devilish charming image into one
filled with sageness and refinement.
this hairdo won't do.
Time to go
to Zhuo Qingyao. Girls are experts on hairdos. As for why he didn't go
looking for Chen Lingyu? For this matter, he would, of course, find the most
If he went to
Chen Lingyu, then in less then three days all Yan Mountain would know he did
not know how to comb his hair. He guaranteed it. Zhuo Qingyao wasn't the like,
as she didn't hang out with other disciples too often.
sister was as dignified as a mountain.
Qingyao's Sword Mountain, he entered her courtyard as if he was his own. And
since there was no one about, he straightforwardly pushed the door open. Zhuo
Qingyao was flustered seeing Chen Ming barging into her place, quickly hiding a
cloth beneath a blanket.
Hm? What is
this lass hiding?
scanned it. Three-foot-long, with a strip of cloth tied to it. Just
what is it? "Qingyao, what are you hiding?"
face flushed a bit, "N-nothing."
smiled, "Let your Master see it. What are you trying to hind?"
took three distracted breaths, "Master, is it alright to burst into a
lady's chambers like that?"
threw back, "Cut the nonsense girl, what lady?"
pushed out her chest. The her of fourteen years was starting to develop. Her
small chest beginning to make itself noticed.
suddenly realized that she was a lady. Not seeing her for more than a year, she
blossomed from a little girl into a young woman. Her chest began pushing
outward, her small derriere perking up. He shouldn't just waltz in next time
said, "Well, uh, help Master comb his hair."
looked at Chen Ming's azure Daoist robe, his hands crossed, holding a horsetail
whisk in one hand, and more or less figured Chen Ming's intention.
let him sit before her dressing table, and in no time at all, he became all
prim and proper, all the while being obedient as a lamb. After all, this was a
lady's innate skill at work.
Looking at his
reflexion, he saw himself with a white jade crown on his head, dressed in an
azure Daoist robe. It could be said he had the demeanor of a sage, rather
Qingyao pointed out how to do it, Chen Ming left.
quickly returned to her chamber, to that piece of cloth. She unfolded it,
revealing a bamboo sword with a touch of dried blood on it. Zhuo Qingyao looked
around the room, then came to the decision to stash it under the bed, "En,
this way, Master shouldn't find it."
Back at Yan
Mountain, Chen Ming started writing The Eight Tool Refining Steps And
Comprehensive Inscriptions, and The Essence of Tool Refining. According to his
thinking, of the Yan Mountain's three thousand and six hundred disciples, three
thousand refined pills. Pills were consumables and were in high demand. The
rest of the disciples were refining tools. Once the refining was done, one only
needed to recover their energy, so it didn't need that many disciples on this
The hard part
about tool refining was grasping inscriptions. There were many and diverse
inscriptions, hard to understand them all, not to mention each taking a lot of
time. And so, Chen Ming came to the answer of giving one inscription per
disciple, and the last disciple tasked with linking them.
refining them, he'd split the process. Each disciple would have a step assigned
to him. Even an idiot could learn it!
In a short
while, these disciples should learn inscriptions, by reading and re-reading the
two books. Getting them to refine tools at this point was out of the question.
The minimum requirement for tool refining was higher than that of pill
refining. They would need to be at Dao Initiation realm before they could even
the fighting style of the Regalia Legion in detail, he came up with a solution.
And Archfiend would shrug off flying swords with ease, but if those specific
flying swords had a chain attached then it wouldn't be the same. They might
even bound an Archfiend!
continuous research for half a month, Chen Ming developed the most
cost-effective and the highest quality-price ratio sword chain spiritual
standard of the spiritual sword also earned a name from Chen Ming: King Binding
spiritual armor, he had no problems with it. In a mere three day period, Chen
Ming developed it, but with slight changes.
the two new refining methods, Chen Ming let the disciples divide their
workload. Each went to practice drawing inscriptions, while also getting
familiar with the steps for tool refining.
He just needed
to wait for them to advance to Dao Initiation realm then sit back and watch how
spiritual weapons rolled in.
On this day,
Black Python also came to look for him, "Reporting to Mountain Lord. There
are many unusual activities in the center of Myriad Mountains. The Fiend
Sovereign sends his armies more and more often. The Grand Archfiends in the
surroundings sensed this and also began mobilizing. With these activities, many
other Grand Archfiends are also on high alert and started to move their armies
more frequently. It's as if a major event happened."
became alert, What's going on? Has Fiend Sovereign already begun to
mean Shi Jiuquan sent the order for all-out war?
To put it
another way, was Fiend Sovereign planning to unify the whole Myriad Mountains,
in preparation for the great war?
state of Myriad Mountains wasn't something the Fiend Sovereign could solve
easily. There were four Grand Archfiends. And a Grand Archfiend was just a step
away from becoming a Fiend Sovereign, with a high chance of becoming one too.
Who would want to miss this chance? Only a Sovereign's word had power, a word
that could rouse the whole land.
Archfiend had proper respect for a Sovereign, but if he wanted to order them,
then that was utter nonsense.
Mountains, as of now, was shaken by treacherous waves.
reappropriation of the three Divine Palaces' wealth, the number of spirit
stones on hand were enough to allow squandering. Chen Ming ordered,
"Prepare Black Tiger Mountain, expand the army to a hundred
felt shocked at Chen Ming's resolution, "Mountain Lord, you want to begin
gathering a hundred thousand soldiers now? Isn't it too soon?"
shook his head, "It won't be long before the entire Myriad Mountains will
shift for the worse. If Yan Mountain lacks power then it won't stand for long
in these lands."
us to gather a hundred thousand, the pace will be much slower than the last
time. We cannot let the others notice, and we also have Moon King Hall sealing
us off. While we have already exhausted all the manpower Yan Mountain's lands
frowned. He first felt that Moon King Hall's decision to seal them had no
effect. He never foresaw this aspect of the issue, that the seal would also
prevent Yan Mountain from expanding its army.
asked, "What are Moon King Hall's latest movements?"
preparing to go hold a Meeting of Kings in the neutral area, the Jade Pond.
Moon King Hall invites all Archfiend withing his borders. Not only Divine
Palaces but all the other Archfiends too. But there has been no invitation sent
for Yan Mountain."
laughed it off, "We are like fire and water, Moon King Hall and us. Why
would he invite Yan Mountain? Since he wants to hold a meeting, then I'll pay
it a visit and liven things up. A power of equal standing with Moon King Hall,
and in its borders, isn't one to miss such occasion."
wondered, "Do you want to assemble the Regalia Legion?"
I don't want to have a complete falling out with Moon King Hall. This will end
in catastrophic losses for Yan Mountain. No, this time, I'll go alone?"
bowed, "Mountain Lord, the danger is too great. It would be better if
you'd at least take three thousand for your safety!"
declined again, "If I bring them, they won't be returning. We would lose
three thousand troops for nothing!"
advised, "But Moon Fiend is a Grand Archfiend, fierce as a tiger. Mountain
Lord, if you go alone, the consequence might be fatal!"
waved his hand, the one holding the horsetail whisk, and smiled, "It is
still impossible for me to kill Moon Fiend. But I can still trade a couple of
blows with him."
was amazed, Does this mean Chen Ming's strength advanced again? His
eyes shined with reverence, as he slowly raised his head to gaze upon Chen
Ming's figure, "Mountain Lord, have you become a Grand Archfiend?"
smiled, "Not yet, but soon."
It could be
said that this shocked Black Python to the core. Chen Ming's rise in power
equaled soaring. But when his thought rested on the Bones of the Taotie, he
only found it normal.
proceeded, "Get yourselves ready, I will reveal to you the Bones of the
Taotie upon my return. If we end up fighting with Moon King Hall, we shouldn't
just waste the lives of those Great Fiends and Archfiends."
could foresee how far would Yan Mountain's power soar after they changed to the
Bones of the Taotie. But what scared him the most was that when giving them the
Bones of the Taotie, Chen Ming would have altered it and end up having absolute
control. Has Mountain Lord reached such a miraculous and unfathomable
his hand on the time and location, five days later found Chen Ming looking for
Silver Wing. Chen Ming was the largest power, second to Moon King Hall, within
its borders. As a lord of a mountain, this kind of saying, when spoken to
himself, would still feel like an afront to his dignity. So he wanted to take
Silver Wing, this ignoble fool, bridging the gap!
Silver Wing! Have you been feeling bored lately in Yan Mountain?"
disapproved, "Nope, I find it all very a novelty!"
plain enough, with only a hint of the elegance of this Immortal Master!
continued, "I wanted to bring you to a really fun place."
eyes leaped in joy, "Where?"
King Hall is holding a meeting. I was going to let you get more experience.
After you wandered around Yan Mountain for a while, I now think you are good
enough to take you out in the world. You are sorely lacking compared to
was sincere, "Mountain Lord, what you said makes sense, but I fell like
I'll be going to my funeral."
about this. Since you won't listen to Mountain Lord's order, I'll stop giving
you pills. It shouldn't be a problem, right?"
face now changed into one of a martyr, one who would give his life for the
righteous cause, "Mountain Lord, I will follow you come hell or high
Just now I
find out this plain thing is addicted to pills. If I'd known this earlier, I
wouldn't have wasted so much time!
smeared on a flattering smile, "Ha-ha-ha, right! Mountain Lord, that is,
when we return, can you give me just a bit more of those foul-smelling but
delicious tasting pills? "
Chen Ming and
Silver Wing set off three days later. With Master gone, many pill refining
disciples arrived outside Chen Lingyu's alchemy house, "Fourth senior
sister, um, that pill that stinks but tastes amazing, can you let us take a
peek at its recipe?"
A brand new
world opened to Chen Lingyu who tasted that stinky pill, and soon things went
beyond her control. As she refined on the sly, one moment of carelessness was
enough for other disciples to know. A disciple said, "Never would I have
thought, the pure and innocent fourth senior sister eats mysterious reeking
black pills in secret."
Unable to bear
the disciples' cruel comments, Chen Lingyu handed over some of these reeking
pills. They though the stench was unbearable at first, but then one braved to
try it. At that moment, the gates were opened for him, and things started
spiraling out of control.
How many could
Chen Lingyu refine? One pill was not nearly enough for each person. They began
to have thoughts of refining it themselves.
banged the door opened, "Master doesn't like to refine that pill."
said, "Master and God Silver Wing left, he isn't here now!"
senior sister, we won't leave until you give us the pill recipe!"
senior sister, we want to use Master's journey to our advantage, to give it a
try at refining it."
In the end,
Chen Lingyu caved under the disciples' pestering and gave them the pill recipe.
Holding it like a delicate treasure, they became an unstoppable force of
Moon Fiend sat
high on his throne, his eyes encompassing the diverse Archfiends below. They
were at least a hundred. He raised his glass of wine, "Today we hold the
Meeting of Kings, but it is also a Meeting of Heroes. On such a rare occasion,
I, Moon Fiend, offer a toast to everyone!"
stood up and the other Archfiends followed, none dared to disrespect, and
lifted their glasses. Yet one Archfiend disagreed, slouching on a table, with
wine leaking from his mouth. He was drunk alright.
roamed his eyes, Good, very good. They are all standing. I, Moon Fiend,
still have to stand as tall as a mountain!
up, what is the intention of this Archfiend Pegasus?
You mean to
say that I proposed a toast and he sits and drinks? Is he looking down on me? He
held his glass while descending the stairs, walking in front of Archfiend
Pegasus, "Archfiend Pegasus, do you despise me, Moon Fiend?"
Pegasus was sozzled. He opened his smiling mouth and hiccupped.
heard comments buzzing around him, "Do you see? Moon Fiend has great power
but isn't Yan Mountain's match. Archfiend Pegasus has only contempt for
Archfiend Pegasus has no respect for Moon Fiend!"
Archfiend Pegasus, Moon Fiend's respect is worth nothing!"
If I don't
take care of this Pegasus, my standing and dignity will hit rock bottom. But I
need to do it with caution, or it will look like I can't tolerate anyone. "Archfiend
Pegasus, what is the meaning of this?"
hammered, blurting in a daze, "Who's the bastard calling me? Don't disturb
this King's sleep! Ptooey!"
scrunched up his brows in furry and slapped the table, rousing the drunk
Pegasus. He got a shock when he found Moon Fiend standing there, Crap,
what did I just say?
I seem to
apparently, most likely, and quite possibly cursed Moon Fiend for being a
grabbed Pegasus' chest, lifted him, and snarled, "Archfiend Pegasus, are
you displeased with me, Moon Fiend?"
All eyes were
now on Archfiend Pegasus, "He is in for it now!"
Moon Fiend like that is like a death sentence!"
how Archfiend Pegasus will die."
we will shortly get to know for ourselves if horse meat is good or not."
moment, ridicule left itself be heard, "Hey hey hey, Moon Fiend is a mighty
looked in that direction and found Chen Ming, with Silver Wing trailing behind
Not many knew
Chen Ming before Yan Mountain's battle. But they recognized him now, they would
be fools not to, "What's going on? Why is Yan Mountain's Lord here?"
bad, this time's meeting will be overturned!"
the lord of Yan Mountain? He looks as attractive and charming as a
and said Lord Moon Fiend's name directly."
Pegasus has to be Yan Mountain's man. No wonder he had no respect for Lord Moon
situation is devolving. I won't get to finish my roasted pig like this..."
Chen Ming eyed
the Pegasus in Moon Fiend's hand, Eh? Since when did Yan Mountain had
one such daft?
is enough of a fool as it is, I don't need a second one!
Pegasus in his hand is one of Yan Mountain's men, Moon Fiend faced Chen Ming,
"What's that? Am I supposed to inform Yan Mountain each time I kill an
laughed, also coming to know Pegasus was one of them. Mountain Lord and
Moon King Hall are hostile, why should we let Moon Fiend enjoy his evening? "You're
so brazen, Moon Fiend, killing an Archfiend on a whim. From what you said, it
seems that the others sitting around us should be more careful. Who is to say
that the next one won't be them?"
rooted to his spot, I'm not, I never was! I've never been acquainted
with Chen Ming in my life. I know nothing of Yan Mountain. He wanted
to explain, but just then, a dizzy spell set it and puked. Food scraps along
with wine plastered Moon Fiend's face.
stood in a daze. Then he snapped. He was about to slap the life out of Pegasus!
you insult me, Moon Fiend, you even spat in my face! That's
grasped the situation from the gossip of other Archfiends. They went and lumped
Pegasus together with Yan Mountain. Exposed, and on the basis that he was
respectful to him but not to Moon Fiend, Chen Ming moved. In the next instant,
he was before Moon Fiend, grabbing his descending hand.
glowered at him, "Yan Mountain, you want us to have a falling-out?"
laughed, "Are you saying that Moon King Hall didn't already target Yan
Mountain? You sent the kill order first, and now you also want to be the first
to act? You won't get the chance this time!"
roared in laughter, "A waste like you can't compare to me, Moon Fiend.
It's like a small bead wanting to have the same shine like the moon!"
main reason for coming was to undo Moon King Hall's seal on Yan Mountain. If it
were only this faction sealing him, then he would still have a chance, but then
the other Archfiends joined too, leaving him no room.
They still saw
Yan Mountain as being weaker than Moon King Hall.
To them, Chen
Ming has yet to become a Grand Archfiend.
Chen Ming came
to let them know that Moon King Hall wasn't to be offended, but that Yan
Mountain was also not to be taken lightly.
He wanted to
clearly show his standing, that Yan Mountain and Moon King Hall were on equal
footing, evenly matched. Other small fries should get out of the way. It's not
his fault if they get crushed in between.
looked around, to see that Chen Ming only brought Silver Wing. He came with
just two people, "Ha-ha-ha, Chen Ming, since you came to die, then let me
help you send you on your way!"
threw Pegasus, then slapped Chen Ming!
He had a deep
worry in his heart. He wasn't one to let such a perfect chance of killing Chen
Ming pass him by.
found Moon Fiend's danger value at 1080, extreme danger. It was far higher than
his, but that didn't mean he couldn't fight. So when the slap came, he
staggered back ten steps before regaining his footing, "He's a Grand
Archfiend after all. He does have some skill!"
stood in a daze. Chen Ming only retreated ten paces, uninjured!
made room in an instant, Why did they start without any notice? And
Moon Fiend went on the attack himself!
They saw how
Chen Ming only retreated, Does this mean the Lord of Yan Mountain has
the power of a Grand Archfiend? A new Grand Archfiend appeared already?
casual manner changed, This Lord of Yan Mountain has some skill. "Humph,
showing off. Today, I will show you the power of a Grand Archfiend. Heavenly
extended his hands in front. A full moon then appeared in between, as it
blackened the sky, with only the silvery moonlight remaining!
spread his hand and the Heavenly Moon Disk flew at his target. Chen Ming eyed
it, This is a magical art. He enabled the King Slayer Aura and
stirred his horsetail whisk, "Return to origin, scatter!"
The blue wind
left from the horsetail whisk and touched upon the Heavenly Moon Disk. Moments
later, the moon dissipated into the moonlight.
was struck dumb. This wasn't as casual as the previous exchange. This was a
full-blown fight. Moon Fiend launched a magical art yet it didn't affect Chen
Ming at all!
eyes shined ever brighter, gazing the horsetail whisk, This horsetail
whisk is strange! But Moon Fiend had to admit that Chen Ming held the
power to contest against a Grand Archfiend. Moreover, Chen Ming's action was so
light, that it was obvious he didn't use everything he had.
said, "You're already a Grand Archfiend?"
Chen Ming gave
a nod and a smile, "Didn't you just test me?"
strained his senses, to detect Chen Ming's cultivation, Eh? Dao
He is most definitely
hiding his cultivation, but how much exactly? He didn't believe for a
second Chen Ming was a Grand Archfiend. A Grand Archfiend represented one who
could form an Aspect. And since Chen Ming didn't give any signs he did, Moon
Fiend didn't believe him!
smiled, "You're seeking your own death if you think you can fool me!"
shouted, "Moon Fiend, Myriad Mountains is swept by dangerous currents.
Even a Grand Archfiend is in danger like everyone else. Do we need to fight to
the bitter end?"
refuted, "Compared to Fiend Sovereign's threat, I am more interested in
killing you first!"
Fiend's words, Chen Ming knew he was aware of Fiend Sovereign's movements, but
it didn't curb his desire to kill him.
Chen Ming was
under the impression that if he showed his power, it would convince Moon Fiend
that a war between them would end up with both of them loose, that it would
only work to help Fiend Sovereign. Yet Moon Fiend didn't care at all!
Moon Fiend was
determined to kill him!
You triggered a storyline mission. Moon King Hall isn't pleased with Yan
Mountain's achievements. To destroy Yan Mountain he needs to kill you. Please
escape with your life. Objective: survive for ten days. Reward: 20,000
spiritual knowledge, 5,000 fame."
It won't be
easy. Chen Ming shouted, "Silver Wing, return to Yan Mountain at
knew the situation was dire. Moon Fiend was clearly intent on using this chance
to end Chen Ming. Silver Wing unfurled his wings then took to the skies. With
his speed, the Divine Palaces present here would have no way of catching him.
Wing fled, Chen Ming held a thread of hope, "Moon Fiend, don't you care
about the consequences? If we fight bitterly, it will only benefit Fiend
laughed hard, "You are still clueless of what it means to be a Grand
Archfiend. In Myriad Mountains, such a person has tens of thousand under him. A
Grand Archfiend's rage can lay death to millions! Talking again and again about
the Fiend Sovereign, yet even when his order comes I don't need to listen. So
why should I listen to you prattle?"
A moon flew
from Moon Fiend's back, his Aspect, connecting him with his cultivation of the
Grand Dao with the Moon, "The Dao that I cultivate is the common Moon.
Everything in my borders, even your puny Yan Mountain, amount to
cultivation, mine is deeper than anyone else's. You waltzing in hear shows you
have accepted your death!"
moonlight spilled out, each ray forming a sharp moon blade. The three thousand
moon blades converged as Moon Fiend pointed, "I'll just let you taste
death from my Moon Blade!"
Moon Blades swept towards Chen Ming, who swept his horsetail whisk in response.
The blue wind flew out but it only took out two thousand of them. The rest of
the blades drew ever nearer since he lacked in cultivation when compared to
Moon Fiend. He once again waved the horsetail whisk and eight spiritual swords
broke free from it, setting up the Eight Extremes Array with him at its center.
blade struck the array, exploding on contact, and bending it left then right!
Some of the
Moon Blades landed on the floor, leaving deep scars. Just where could the
Archfiends find a safe place from danger? They all took flight. A Grand
Archfiend was just like an overlord in Myriad Mountains. They rarely acted but
when they did, just like now with Moon Fiend, the Archfiends wouldn't dare to
Moon Fiend is furious. Yet the lord of Yan Mountain can hold his own, facing
him by himself!"
he came to die?"
didn't foresee Moon Fiend would go as far and forgo all consequences. But at
the same time, he also took a Grand Archfiend's determination lightly. Of
course he was strong, he became a Grand Archfiend after all.
And only a
Grand Archfiend would have the privilege of holding his own in the Myriad
and Moon King Hall have shed all pretenses. They were in contradiction at
first, but now Moon Fiend wanted to kill the lord of Yan Mountain, Chen
flew high, as the silver moonlight spread around, launching thousands of Moon
Blades. Chen Ming countered with his Dao Empyrean Bamboo, scattering the blades
in the blue wind.
With a jump,
Moon Fiend charged right into the array, and felt its pressure, "Eh? This
array of yours is quite good, Chen Ming. I'll give you a chance, kneel before
me, kowtow three times, call me grandpa three times, and I'll leave you with a
laughed, "This conceding has no point. I have no interest to have an
intact corpse. If you want to attack, then come and try!"
As he waved
the Dao Empyrean Bamboo, it drew upon the array's black clouds, "Eight
Extremes Annihilation Sword!"
Bamboo was connected to untold Daos, posing no problem in forming the array's
broadsword. the huge blade descended over Moon Fiend, yet expressed no fear as
the silver moon behind him rose in the sky. It was as if it was holding the
world. He formed two full moons in his palms and faced the broadsword head-on.
recoiled back from the clash farther and farther, shocking Chen Ming to no end.
curled his lips into a curious smile, "Chen Ming, to tell you the truth,
I'm starting to admire your talent. I've changed my conditions, if you're
willing to be my dog, I'll let you keep your life!"
shook his head, with a fierce and ruthless face, "Just listening to you
and I know it's bad. Cut the bullshit, you're just a smear of blood. Even an
immortal, if he's a smear of blood, see how I kill him!"
Moon Fiend had
a moment of confusion, but laughed in the end, "What smear of blood? It
seems you're losing touch with reality. I might as well kill you now and end
Chen Ming felt
more and more pressure. Fleeing to Yan Mountain meant calamity would fall on
it. Moon Fiend's subordinates were the King Corps. That was something Yan
Mountain had no way of defending against!
strongest move, the Eight Extremes Array couldn't cope with Moon Fiend. Was
there any other way?
charged towards Moon Fiend and brandished the horsetail whisk, erupting into
ten thousand sword energy waves. Under the pressure of this attack, Moon Fiend
frowned, "You still have an attack like this!?"
moonlight rose, shielding Moon Fiend from the swords. He waved and a silver
moon halberd appeared in his hand, "Do you know how much Archfiend blood
this silver moon halberd tasted? I will tell you, eighty-two!"
the halberd, feeling as if he had the power to collapse the heavens. Chen Ming
defended with a wave of his Dao Empyrean Bamboo, and despite suffering no
damage, he retreated dozens of steps, feeling a numbness spreading to his
easy to face one that broke the thousand points mark!
overcame this mark, a fundamental change occurred. No wonder a Grand Archfiend
was also known as a ruler of Myriad Mountains!
of Yan Mountain can't help but despise a Grand Archfiend!"
should know that each Grand Archfiend came out of a mountain of corpses and a
sea of blood!"
Grand Archfiend passes, the people kneel!"
Fiend is a ruler of Myriad Mountains, a Grand Archfiend for three hundred
charged like a beast, powerful as a dragon, with the moonlight lighting the
sky. He swished the silver moon halberd and let loose a torrent of moonlight,
bearing down like mountains!
Chen Ming used
all his power to support the array, condensing the broadsword once again and
flew at Moon Fiend. He had no qualm as he clashed against the broadsword with
his large halberd. Endless moonlight poured, smacking the blade away!
Yan Mountain, it's not nearly enough to fight as Divine Palace against a Grand
Ming might not be Moon Fiend's match, but it can be said he is unequal under
the Grand Archfiend rank!"
does that have? He still can't win against one!"
though, Damn it! It's definitely not like in the novels. Don't they
send some small fries in the books first? This is more like meeting a big boss
moved between lightning as if he was taking a stroll. These flames, starlight,
and lightning were useless against him. This showcased what kind of power a
Grand Archfiend had!
moon halberd swished, while Chen Ming dodged to the side. Where it landed, a
mountain crumbled. This was a Grand Archfiend. A simple move and a mountain got
wasn't one to let Chen Ming off that easily. With killing intent focused, he
would only be able to undo the knot in his hear when he cut down Chen
moon halberd moved, again and again, spilling moonlight on all sides, bearing
down its might on Chen Ming.
swished his Dao Empyrean Bamboo, flickering countless sword energy waves,
facing the incoming halberd head on!
eyed the Dao Empyrean Bamboo, "Are you worthy to have such a great
treasure? Once I kill you, it will fall on to me. I'll make sure to reveal its
flashed, thunder boomed, starlight shined, firestorm swept, as thousands of
moonlight came pouring down. The battlefield was thrown in chaos, as if the end
was nigh, wanting to rip apart the heaven and earth!
moon halberd created dozens of images as it danced towards Chen Ming. As the
Dao Empyrean Bamboo fluttered in his hand, Chen Ming had to work hard to resist
it, but it still shook his inner organs, spatting mouth after mouth of
didn't have the luxury to care, as he spent spiritual knowledge like crazy,
upgrading Illustrious Casket to the peak of Dao Initiation realm. Then he
started using the new cultivation to recover from his wounds.
Chen Ming was
more than aware, What's the use of me, an array master, clashing
directly with him?
waved the horsetail whisk, and the black cloud above descended, covering Moon
Fiend's vision. Moon Fiend could sense Chen Ming in the darkness, but unable to
distinguish him, "Humph, a full moon hangs above, dispelling the darkness
all around us!"
moon from his back flew high, its light penetrating the black cloud,
disintegrating a part of it each time. Moon Fiend came out of from moonlight
and regarded Chen Ming, "Parlor tricks. You think such a tactic works on
me? Ha-ha-ha, my power greatly outstrips the power of the array. How will this
array help you against me?"
stepped on the moonlight, showing the image of a moon ruler descending upon the
world, as endless rays of moonlight flew from his body to attack. Chen Ming
flicked the horsetail whisk, meeting it with his own endless wave of ancient
swords, rushing at Moon Fiend like a flood of steel.
opened his two arms and the halberd spun forming a full moon and hacked at the
ancient swords. But these swords seem to be boundless, even falling they still
flew towards their target. Moon Fiend raged, "Now even this rusted metal
dares to look fierce before me, Moon Fiend?"
Over him, the
moonlight roamed as he grasped the halberd and charged into the sword rain.
Metal on metal could be heard as the ancient swords struck his body. They were
unable to punch through the moonlight protecting him!
found Moon Fiend to be tyrannical and knew he couldn't compare, Sigh,
what the fist can't settle, only the mind can!
from games. It means he is fated to be killed. He is saying that he is
insignificant, like a common mob.
To tell the
truth, using his head held no interest to Chen Ming, Ah, why think when
you can resolve an issue with fists? Fight a battle of wits with air?
By now, Chen
Ming used most of his moves, but he still fell short of being Moon Fiend's
match. He could only use his head now.
lying, my, Immortal Master Chen, specialty!
Guess I can
only use that to send off Moon Fiend. Since I'll deceive one,
I might as well go big and deceive a crowd.
Moon Fiend saw
how Chen Ming took step by step in retreat, oblivious to the fact that Chen
Ming would now resort to deception.
looked down to see the Archfiends attending the meeting, Might as well
deal with them all at the same time.
Chen Ming flew
to one and a move from the array put an end to that Archfiend. He regarded the
surrounding Archfiends, charging like a wolf among sheep.
of Archfiends were struck dumb, "Lord of Yan Mountain has gone
"He is no
match to Lord Moon Fiend and now he offends the other Archfiends from Moon King
he is aware he can't escape and wants to drag as many as he can with him.
After Chen Ming's
provoking actions, Moon Fiend appeared before him, ready to kill, "You
dare, Chen Ming, to kill my men right in front of me? Today you will find your
A pair of
black wings unfolded behind Chen Ming, using the Drifting Feather Art to flee,
but not at top speed though. Or else Moon Fiend wouldn't chase. He whipped back
his head and laughed at him, "Moon Fiend, I wonder if you heard of the
saying, forced into a corner!"
within reach, how could Moon Fiend not pursue? With Chen Ming's head in his sights,
how could he let him go?
I, Moon Fiend,
will definitely have his head!
roared, "You're dead! You think I'll let you return to Yan Mountain, to
let a tiger return to his den? Ha-ha-ha, no way. Today, I will take your head,
showing all the other Archfiends what it means to defy!"
Chen Ming fled
on, with Moon Fiend on his tail, "All of you, chase!"
slowed on purpose, letting Moon Fiend catch quickly. Now and then he overtook
him, then launched an explosive strike, causing Chen Ming to spit blood.
The more hurt
he saw Chen Ming was, the eager he became, feeling Chen Ming's head drawing
ever nearer. With Chen Ming out of the picture, Yan Mountain held couldn't hold
a candle. He wouldn't even waste a soldier, and this large headache would
fleeting journey, Chen Ming sprinkled his blood among the heavens. He was in
front, with Moon Fiend and the rest at the back, traveling ten thousand li,
while also taking three days and three nights. Moon Fiend eyed the bloody Chen
Ming, "How can he still run, he spat two vats already? Is he an array
master or a hardship cultivator?"
the Nine Nines Mysteries Art and Illustrious Casket. The first toughened and
the second healed. Chen Ming wasn't one to say he was as strong as a horse, but
he could handle a beating.
raged, "He must be nearing his end. Continue the chase, don't let him
With a bloody
head just a stone throw away, Moon Fiend could no longer keep calm. It has
already been three days, but he didn't care if it went for a day or two longer!
day of playing cat and mouse, Chen Ming's ten-so Dao Palaces were nearly
depleted of spiritual power.
But it was
also then when he saw a line of sand in the distance. He was finally here.
This was the
Chen Ming went
headlong into the desert, when an Archfiend next to Moon Fiend said,
"Lord, that's the Yellow Sea!"
cooled down at that, but he saw clearly how Chen Ming didn't fly, and entered
the Yellow Sea on foot, "Look, Chen Ming can no longer fly. As long as we
don't venture too far into the Yellow Sea, we'll be alright!"
continued their chase, then the sand bulged in one place and Chen Ming burst
out. He set the Eight Extremes Array with a flick of the horsetail whisk then
in a swift move used the Eight Extremes Annihilation Sword to cut short the
last Archfiend's life.
whipped his head back, just in time to see Chen Ming smile, "Since you'll
all die, there's no need to mind it too much. Moon Fiend, do you know what the
Archfiend I just killed said to me?"
felt puzzled, "What did he say?"
laughed darkly, "He said you have a great wife!"
blew a gasket, "Chen Ming, you're dead! After him!"
wings behind Chen Ming flashed, fleeing as he turned his head, "Oh, right.
He said that all your wives are great!"
no no no, this wasn't cursing, this was tactics, tactics!
spew obscenities as he chased, "You're very good, all of your wives are good!"
laughed, "He-he-he, sorry, I ain't got a wife."
face burned, anger choking his heart, "Chen Ming, even if you run to the
ends of the earth, I'll still kill you!"
obscenities done, Chen Ming went underground the Yellow Sea. Moon Fiend went
after as if pricked, following the direction of his traces.
parties chased through the Yellow Sea, and when an Archfiend wanted to speak, Chen
Ming suddenly returned to kill him in a moment of carelessness. He sent ten
thousand swords crushing him to death, "En, this guy just said your
daughter was also great!"
face was sometimes blue, sometimes red, "Enough, I decided. When I get my
hands on you, I will show you what it means to beg for death! I hear you have
two girls as disciples, your two disciples are really great!"
went hysterical from rage, like a berserk demon. Since when could a majestic
Grand Archfiend tolerate such insults?
for another six hours in the Yellow Sea, Chen Ming burst out and took to the
skies, with Moon Fiend hot on his tail. But when the later got here, he knew
something was amiss. The sky was covered in sand, endless and thick. Even what
he saw was only sand, Crap! While underground he had no way of
knowing what happened above. They were completely inside the Yellow Sea.
This was known
as the Archfiend graveyard, the forbidden area of Myriad Mountains!
Archfiend, once he lost his bearings here, had no chance!
from him, Chen Ming flapped his black wings, entering the sandstorm, and
leaving no trace to follow.
popped his head out of the sand but saw no shadow of Moon Fiend. Even if he
spread his awareness, it still couldn't make it through the storm, vanishing in
Chen Ming eyed
the area, I already told you, forced into a corner. I didn't lie, you
just didn't believe it.
tried his luck flying through here once, but the sky seemed endless. He
couldn't even make sense of up and down. So he controlled himself to not strain
too far from the surface.
If he had a
Wind Pearl or an array that could dissipate the storm then, with Yan Mountain
here, he wouldn't care even if the skies outside the Yellow Sea fell. The
Myriad Mountains could fight all they wanted. As long as Shi Jiuquan didn't
come, then everything else wasn't Yan Mountain's problem.
possible, but Chen Ming has yet to find a way to make it happen.
Taking out the
West magnetic needle from his storage ring, Chen Ming picked his direction and
the next day found him outside the dessert. He looked back to see how the
sandstorm formed a new world on its own, Let's leave Moon Fiend to have
some fun in there.
Chen Ming had
to make a speedy return to Yan Mountain. With him back and Moon Fiend gone, it
was enough. History had always been written by survivors. Wasn't it all up to
him, how Moon Fiend died?
Not only Moon
King Hall's surroundings, even the entire Myriad Mountains, all would spread
Chen Ming's story of killing Moon Fiend, "Have you heard? A Grand
Archfiend was killed. They say some Lord of Yan Mountain killed
Mountain, where is that?"
rumor says that Yan Mountain wanted to be equal to Moon King Hall in status.
The exalted Lord Moon Fiend shot the proposal on the spot!"
Lord thing of Yan Mountain is just a newly risen clown. He even dared to
challenge a Grand Archfiend!"
King Hall, Divine Palace stage and Dao Seed stage Archfiends regarded Yan
Mountain with great importance. Although Chen Ming was beneath Lord Moon Fiend,
he rose to power swiftly. He was said to not have taken even a year, and now he
could hold his own against Moon King Hall. Yan Mountain was more than surely a
Mountain can be said to be a natural formed place between heaven and earth.
Only this place, that grasped the essence of the sun and moon, could give birth
to someone like Chen Ming!"
Moon King Hall will attack Yan Mountain withing the next days. We need to set
out soon, to get our own share!"
Mountain is a King rising land!"
Mountain, the finest noise could trigger chaos, as many Archfiends gathered,
wanting their own share of the pie.
Wing waited a few days, then also sensed the changes beyond Yan Mountain's
borders. He could no longer wait, the danger was too great!
found the four legacy disciples standing on the stage, with the three thousand
and six hundred disciples gathered, "Yan Mountain has become a dangerous
place. We cannot stay here."
disciples were unaware of what's happening, and even the legacy disciples
weren't to clear on the matters. Silver Wing explained, "A few days ago,
Grand Archfiend Moon Fiend, from Moon King Hall, gathered all its Archfiends to
discuss a way to deal with Yan Mountain. Your Master wasn't one to let that
happen and ventured alone, for your safety. He wanted to put a stop to their
attack on Yan Mountain. Yet Moon Fiend didn't know reason and wanted to kill
your Master. I'm afraid that your Master's grave should have two-inch grass
covering it by now."
eyes went read, unsheathing the Fairy Sword and pointing at Silver Wing,
Ling Xian added,
"Master cannot be dead!"
Li Suyi had no
hesitated, "You're lying. There's no way Master died at the hands of Moon
wasn't too clear on Chen Ming's strength, but if head senior sister and her two
senior brothers said so, "Head senior sister and the two senior brothers
regarded the four in silence, expressing in their own way their disbelief.
Silver Wing said, "You can all see the peril that awaits Yan Mountain. At
least a hundred Archfiends are marching towards us. If we don't leave now,
there won't be a next time!"
planted the sword into the ground, sitting cross-legged, "I won't leave. I
will live and die with Yan Mountain!"
dignified head senior sister's stance, the other disciples followed her
example, "We won't leave, we live and die with Yan Mountain!"
felt helpless. They were Chen Ming's dear disciples and weren't ones to give up
Yan Mountain from a couple of his words, "Whether you leave or not, it
doesn't matter. But I am firm in my decision to disband. Of course, we will all
take a share when we disband; I will only take two thousand pill bottles. If
you want to follow me, I will do my best to carry you out of here. I have
already shown all the kindness I have! "
found everyone's faces changed, then kneeled together, "Greetings
stood distracted, then started waving his hands, "Don't joke with me. Your
Master's grave already has two-inch grass over it, if you want to disband then
do it. Scarring me won't work!"
Yet, a calm
voice came from behind Silver Wing, "Everyone, rise."
paled. This was Chen Ming's voice alright. He turned to see him covered from
head to toe in blood, yet his burning eyes stared back at him. He looked as if
he climbed out of hell, "Silver Wing, was it you who said just now to
head created winds as he denied it, "I have not, I never had. That was not
my intention! I was just testing the loyalty of Mountain Lord's disciples. They
seem to have undying respect for Mountain Lord. Ah, good, very good! I am
nodded, "Good, since you're so pleased, then you must also have undying
loyalty to Yan Mountain. With many Archfiends outside Yan Mountain, you should
be clear on what to do, no? "
How could he
not? "Subordinate will go attack the enemy!"
flew straight away, all the while thinking, How many do I need to kill
before Mountain Lord lets me off the hook?
Mountain Lord came back, while there's no news of Moon Fiend. Does this mean
Moon Fiend fell at Mountain Lord's hands?
blood-soaked Chen Ming smiled at his disciples, "It's good that you're all
regarded the bloody Chen Ming, realizing how excruciating the battle must have
been, and they understood what a teacher for a day, a Master for life meant.
waved slowly at them, "Don't be scared. As long as Master is here, no one
can hurt you. But you shouldn't go out. For now, stay on Yan Mountain."
turned around and walked towards Yan Mountain. Zhuo Qingyao was the first to
step forward, hugging his arm, afraid he wasn't real, "Master, I will help
three caught up. Zhuo Qingyao started giving orders, "Ling Xian, bring
go find recovery pills."
Lingyu, quickly prepare something to eat. "
As the four
legacy disciples tended to his well being, Zhuo Qingyao asked, "Master, we
want to help you. I know we are very weak, but please let us show you we can be
considered. Around them were only small powers of Archfiends. If Moon King Hall
knew Moon Fiend died, then it would become complete chaos, not giving him any
The rest of
the fights wouldn't be too dangerous. It was time to let his disciples along
with his legacy disciples gain more experience. He at first needed to find
three hundred Archfiends to complete his advancement mission. But he'll just
kill those outside. With their small renown, it would only turn Yan Mountain
into a tyrant in the eyes of the world. If he were to go find other three
hundred Archfiend from different factions, then he'd stumble upon a Grand
Archfiend, since they all had one. And a strong Grand Archfiend wasn't someone
he could offend.
The best, for
now, was to just open the gates. The second morning, Black Tiger, Fire Swallow,
and Black Python found out of Chen Ming's return, and hurried up Yan Mountain,
to present their report.
began, "Mountain Lord, the Archfiends declaring war on us are as much as
ninety-three, with Moon King Hall on their way!"
looked Chen Ming over, and carefully asked, "Mountain Lord, I was
wondering. What has become of Moon Fiend?"
eager to know of Moon Fiend's situation since he and Chen Ming were powers that
could affect the course of the battle. If the opposition still had their Moon
Fiend, then their morale would reach the heavens!
hesitated, but then, "Relax, Moon Fiend won't return."
has yet to end, proof that Moon Fiend was still alive. The mission would have
been over by now if he wasn't.
Chen Ming just
said Moon Fiend wouldn't return, and not that he was dead. But to the ears of
the three, it was practically the same. From Silver Wing, they knew Moon Fiend
brought along more than a dozen Archfiends to chase after Chen Ming, only to
have Chen Ming return in the end. Mountain Lord's power is too
He eyeing his
merits, finding them over ten thousand. Most came from Li Suyi's speedy
improvement after breaking through to Dao Initiation realm. He only needed to
refine Taotie's Seed and he'd advance. Ling Xian's realm couldn't compare to Li
Suyi's. He once heard from him how Li Suyi's growth in power would explode once
he reached Dao Comprehending realm.
Now that Zhuo
Qingyao had the wooden boat, adding to that her cultivation only at Dao Sense
realm, along with taking Yan Mountain's Dao Sense realm pills whenever she
wanted, her power improved quickly. She was on the verge of reaching a King
was now at the 36th stage of Dao Sense realm, on par with Chen Ming's.
Chen Ming didn't
think much about it. He reckoned his disciples would stand above a Sovereign.
He'd better get to Dao Comprehending realm. He was just in Dao Initiation
realm, but his power and realm had no correlation, so he didn't mind
didn't let himself be engrossed with imagining how he was when he transcended,
"If I transcend, immortals will be helpless. That's how it should
Even if he
completed the advancement mission now, he didn't dare to advance to Dao
Comprehending realm. This breakthrough involved Heavenly Tribulation. And his,
well, damn if a ghost(1) would know how
powerful it'd be!
Uh, a ghost
definitely doesn't know.
thought went to Bones of the Taotie. He spoke in his mind, "Comprehend
Bones of the Taotie!"
he thoroughly understood how to cultivate Bones of the Taotie, its Dao, how to
use it and its scripture. Chen Ming then began improving it, since he
comprehends the Bones of the Taotie for his Archfiends to get stronger. Why
didn't he went subduing other Divine Palaces?
Have you seen
Silver Wing's conduct?
missing for a bit and Silver Wing began making a fuss about disbanding. As
Black Tiger, Black Python, and Fire Swallow carefully adjusted their defenses,
to fight to the death for Yan Mountain.
regarded the three Archfiend in front of him and said in earnest, "What
I'm about to say is not to leave this room."
They all had
solemn expressions as they bowed, "We understand!"
Chen Ming drew
in a deep breath, but still took out the evil cultivation method, Bones of the
Taotie, "I will explain to you this scripture, Bones of the Taotie. My
fast rise to power isn't because of this but I have cultivated this cultivation
method to completion. Therefore, I will give to you the first volume of the
improved version I wrote. Then I will take the Taotie's Seed I cultivated and
share it among you three. With this seed, you no longer need to commit the
crime of devouring mortals."
before Chen Ming in respect, "We thank Mountain Lord for his
waved for them to get up, "You three are Yan Mountain's most loyal people.
Not like that Silver Wing, so you do not need to act so reservedly. "
began explaining, "Taotie is the master of devouring, also known as
gluttony. And Taotie will find its end from walking the path of gluttony,
eating till it bursts. Therefore, you must bear in mind to curb your desires of
gluttony. You are to see me each month, checking to see if nothing unexpected
They knew of
the danger this method contained and none of them wanted to become a walking
corpse bent on indulging its appetite, "We will bear in mind."
began, "Spirit, as in soul, flesh, as in the body, are all something from
which you will be able to extract their essence, to nurture yourselves. The
Heaven's Dao reduces excess and replenishes deficiency(2), while the Taotie's
Dao reduces the deficient and supply the excessive..."
explanation ended, he asked, "Can you remember it?"
The three were
Archfiend ranks, so of course they could recall it. And as Archfiends, they
needn't so many explanations, as they comprehended swiftly. With instant
comprehension, he got a Taotie's Seed, one that was much stronger than Azure
Lion's. He took out the seed and divided it in two then in three. The three
green Dao Seeds appeared before the three Archfiends, "Take them, and
remember of the method that I passed on to you. You will be able to reach the
late Divine Palace stage at most. If you covet power and advance recklessly, it
will only lead to death."
The tree ate
the Taotie's Seed, then bowed again, "Many thanks to Mountain Lord for
teaching us the Dao!"
three to cultivation, Chen Ming began making preparation for war. After this
battle, in Myriad Mountains, Yan Mountain's true power would spread far and
wide. Therefore, this war had to be done beautifully!
like the English saying: damn if he know. But in Chinese damn is replaces with
philosophy. It means the Heaven’s Way is to look for balance, taking from where
its too much and giving to those that have too little. From the founder of
Daoism, Lao Zhu. Here is a link regarding this line: https://www.taoistic.com/taoteching-laotzu/taoteching-77.htm)