Seeing Wei Gaoyuan was thinking long, Hu
Xiaoshu gave a few quiet coughs to attract his attention.
Wei Gaoyuan stopped thinking, kind of awkward,
"Brother Xiaoshu, would you like to pass the trial to enter the sects? I’ve
got some pine crystals in my bag~"
"Pine crystals!? " Hu Xiaoshu looked happy
and astonished first, then shook his head, "It must not that easy to get them,
even to you… I can't take yours."
Lin was happy in her heart as well while heard Wei
Gaoyuan’s words and soon turned sad while heard Hu Xiaoshu’s response, but her
eyes still stared at Wei Gaoyuan with a glimmer of hope.
Wei Gaoyuan took off the bag behind him and took
out four pine crystals from it, "Don’t worry about me~ I’ve got enough myself
for the trial assignment. Just take them, it should be enough for you two to
Looking at the pine crystals in the hands of
Wei Gaoyuan, Hu Xiaoshu scratched his head and said, "Brother Gaoyuan, just
take it back. Even if Lin and I accept it, considering our strength… we can't keep
it to the flying ship."
Seeing Hu Xiaoshu refused again, Lin was so
anxious that she even wanted to grab all the four pine crystals herself— We were indeed not strong enough, but we could go back with brother
Gaoyuan; Who dare rob us in front of the one at the Mystery?
Although quite eager for it, she did not dare
to stretch out her hands as she knew very well what Wei Gaoyuan cared about was
Hu Xiaoshu, not her.
Wei Gaoyuan could naturally think of what Hu
Xiaoshu and Lin had thought. He smiled, "That’s not the problem, We’ll go
"I know you’re, always, looking out for
us..." Hu Xiaoshu shook his head again, "This trial aimed at picking
out the genius disciples around the city… I know, at least now, about my own strength
and capacity, truly far from the genius… and it wouldn’t change virtually, even
if I could pass the trial and be selected into one of the sects, with your help.
I guess… it might be a better choice for me to go back…I mean…continue studying
in the club,” Hu Xiaoshu scratched his head and smiled awkwardly,“if
I’m lucky enough, if I could reach… at the Mystery, the same as you someday in
the future, it’s not a bad life for me~"
That made Lin more anxious… If brother Xiaoshu really
wanted to be the one at the Mystery, to study in the sect was a much greater decision
than to stay in the club. She could hardly understand how Hu Xiaoshu was
thinking it. How could he rashly refuse such a giant present for his giant leap
in the Martial Arts?
Wei Gaoyuan naturally knew Lin’s current feeling
and thoughts. indeed, the resources of the major sects must be far more
plentiful than the clubs. Even for the worst, had he expelled from the sect
after a few years because of little talents, he would absolutely reap a lot
more than he did it in the club.
"Well…I’ll put your pine crystals in my
bag first; you take it when you need it,” Wei Gaoyuan said as he took out two Escape
Fu, "we’ve got three Escape Fu just now, here are the two for you."
The Escape Fu was to quickly flee in the event
of great danger, yet for Wei Gaoyuan there should be few to threaten him around
the entire periphery of the Trial Island. Hu Xiaoshu did not refuse and took
one in case of a urgent need.
As time went by, the final deadline for the
trial was less than five days. On the way back, the three of Wei Gaoyuan did meet
several participants, single or groups, while no one dared take the initiative
in launching an attack to them.
These days, Hu Xiaoshu seemed somewhat abnormal;
he tried to talk something to Wei Gaoyuan a few times but said nothing finally until
a huge flying ship appeared in sight, he said to Wei Gaoyuan, hesitating between
words, " brother Gaoyuan... I... I just…want…"
Wei Gaoyuan smiled and took out four pine
crystals, "Take it when you need it~"
Hu Xiaoshu lowered his head, feeling his cheeks
sort of hot. Wei Gaoyuan stuffed them into his hand, but he gave back the two
of them, "no, no, two, it’s okay…enough…brother Gaoyuan, thank you!"
Wei Gaoyuan didn’t say something polite and
took the two back into his bag. He’d speculated that one pine crystal ought to
enable them enter the sect.
A lot of participants had gathered around the
flying boat, which did surpass Wei Gaoyuan’s expectation. Was his speculation
wrong? Was it not that hard to get pine crystals?
When they’re getting closer to the crowds, one boy
came towards them and leaned to whisper, "Hey, guys~ Have you got any pine
crystal for sale? Just name your price…"
Wei Gaoyuan was speechless with surprise to dozens
of guys who were even trying to asking others for buying pine crystals and
Escape Fu before the seniors of the four major sects. Some of them offered a quite
high price, what was more interesting, no one from the sects officially come to
interfere or control such a seemingly abnormal behavior.
Certainly, Wei Gaoyuan did not take out any
pine crystals because he knew that even one pine crystal was most likely to stir
up a big trouble among the crowds. In spite of that, the Escape Fu in his bag did
get him a lot of money, which made him regret a little not to “politely” take a
few more from others on the back way…
In the last two days, the rest of participants returned
one after another, majority of them seemed quite downcast.
And the crowds were getting more and more noisy,
mostly complaining, some even suspecting that there was no pine crystal on the
land at all.
Suddenly, a white light flashing not far away,
and the slim figure of Gu Qianqian gradually emerged at the flashing place — she actually came back with her Escape Fu.
Gu Qianqian looked very awkward, disheveled
with a few blood stains on her clothes; her Qi around her body was felt strong
but kind of unstable and uneven.
The crowds looked at her with a curious look, most
of them wondering what she had experienced and harvested while Wei Gaoyuan seemed
to be deep in thought.
After a moment he smiled to Gu Qianqian,
"Congratulations, your ladyship."
Unable to feel current stage of Gu Qianqian, most
of the participants just guessed that she should have experienced a big battle
and had to use the Escape Fu to flee back. But why did Wei Gaoyuan congratulate
Gu Qianqian was staring at Wei Gaoyuan, confused,
as she couldn’t feel his stage according to the condition of his breath. After
a moment, she asked directly, "What is the stage of you now?"
Such a sudden question surprised Wei Gaoyuan
somewhat. It was Miss Gu, exactly. He thought it for a while and smiled, “Kind
of lucky a few days ago, I’ve also stepped up a little with the stage. "
"What?! You...you’ve also got level-up? Again?"
Gu Qianqian seemed disappointed — not strange,
the competition in their promise had to be postponed. As the daughter of the
lord of Qizhou City, she certainly knew the gap between levels in the same stage.
She came and leaned forward him and whispered,
"You must get extra Escape Fu, give me one…"
She guessed that Wei Gaoyuan came back earlier and
must have gained a lot.
Wei Gaoyuan shrugged his shoulders, "You
are late, sold out~"
"Sold…out?" Gu Qianqian got a little
surprised then quickly understood it. She raised his head and asked in a loud
voice, "Who’d like to sell me an Escape Fu?"
Miss Gu wanted to buy an Escape Fu?!
Many participants looked over here with a
stunned look. Some teenagers reacted more quickly than others, having taken out
their Escape Fu and handed it over,
"Your ladyship, I have extra one!"
“Miss Gu~ I’ve got one, here~ here~”
Giving no consideration, Gu Qianqian took over
the nearest one and said, "Name the price."
Most of the rest participants had realized that
their lives missed quite a lot.
That was a boy whose Escape Fu was taken by Gu
Qianqian, with a pointed chin and a pair of shinning eyes. He took a step back
and smiled, "How could I receive any reward of your ladyship, just take it…
it’s my honor…"
"How could I take it for free?" Gu
Qianqian seemed to be unwilling to owe him and threw him two pine crystals,
"It’s for exchange."
"This is..." the pointed-chin boy got
an astonishment when subconsciously took and looked at them.
This turned out to be the pine crystals! Two!
That meant, there really existed pine crystals
on this land!?
"I really appreciate it! Your ladyship!"
the pointed-chin boy never dreamed that an Escape Fu could be exchanged for two
He didn’t take them both but gave one back to Gu
Qianqian, and said respectfully, "Pine crystals was far more precious than
Escape Fu, I shouldn’t take them all. Please take one back, your ladyship.”
"Oh?" Gu Qianqian showed a surprised
look. She’d actually got more than ten pine crystals and estimated that it might
be more than 80% chance for her to pass the trial, but now, the longing eyes of
the guys around told her that she could certainly pass it.
Countless eyes, as if those of hungry Wolves, were
fixed on the pine crystal in the pointed-chin boy’s hand. Gu Qianqian took it over,
she took the dreams of countless participants.
All of a sudden, it turned into a wired silence
around. And a moment later, someone finally summoned up the courage enough to
come forward, "Greet your ladyship, I’m Xu Fangjin from the Family of Xu
in Qizhou City. I wonder if the pine crystal in your hand could be exchanged
with me, yours truly.”
The words immediately made the entire crowds
exploding. Many a participant rushed up
around Gu Qianqian, crying and naming a higher and higher price for the pine
crystal in her hand. Gu Qianqian’d never expected this situation by such a
little stuff in her hand, standing stunned without any reaction.
Just at that moment, a solemn cold snort sounded
in every ears of the crowd, followed by a dignified voice, "This is the
place for the trial of the sects, not the auction house! Who authorized you to
bid for pine crystals!?"
In a shock, the crowds followed the voice to
look over the flying ship subconsciously: a dark blue figure appeared on the
edge of the deck, he jumped up and landed firmly on the ground.
It was a middle-aged man wearing a dark blue robe,
with such an unusual temperament as the deep night sky. His eyes scanned the whole
crowds, no one around spoke any more.
“I declared, the trial assignment officially
ended. Now, start to count the quantity of your pine crystals.”
"It just...” many participants looked
pale, the announcement was the killer of their last chance.
After a long silence, some low voice came from
the crowds, "But... Master, you’d proclaimed before there were 90 days for
the trial…I mean…still one day left…it should be… Would that announcement be unfair?"
The middle-aged man in dark blue looked into
the speaker in the crowds, and responded without any hint of happiness or upset,
"Well, indeed, still one day left; the last day for those who got no pine crystals,
return into the forest to make your final effort; for those who have got pine crystals,
you can hand them in now and get your ranking ."
The only day? What could be found in the next one
Yet someone had set out — they went with their last hope, resort to those who’d been on the way back,
regardless of buying or robbing.
The pointed-chin boy showed the pine crystal in
his hand and said loudly, "Master, could I hand in this one?"
“Yes! What's your name?" asked the middle-aged
man in dark blue.
"Master, my name is Zhong Xiaoman," replied
the pointed - chin boy, respectfully.
"Come aboard with me," the
middle-aged man said to him.
"Master! I’ve also got one!"
"So do I!"
Following Zhong Xiaoman were about eight persons,
who went up to hand in their own pine crystals.
There were still dozens of participants around.
Many just didn’t think that the guys, who seemed humble and weaker around themselves,
actually got the pine crystal. Most complaining much about the unfair, complaining
wouldn’t bring them pine crystals, more and more participants entered into the
Wei Gaoyuan gave a look to Hu Xiaoshu, who got
it soon, pulled Lin to go forward and said with his head lowered, "Master,
we also got pine crystals."
The middle-aged man nodded, still a calm expression,
“What’re your names?"
"My name is Hu Xiaoshu, from The East
Mountain Sword Club."
"My name is Yu Lin’er, also from The East
Mountain Sword Club."
Subsequently they two were sent to the flying ship.
Gu Qianqian looked at Wei gaoyuan and asked,
"How many have you got?"
"Not much~ That's it," Wei Gaoyuan took
out a handful of pine crystals from the bag, counting them one by one.
"Twelve?" seeing Wei Gaoyuan ended counting,
Gu Qianqian gave gurgles of delight with her eyes turning lovely crescents,
"I win this time, I got fifteen~"
Then she took a pile of pine crystals out of
the bag behind her. Except for that one exchanged for the Escape Fu, she’d got
The middle-aged man next to them showed a look
of satisfaction," Fifteen is quite good, even good in the history of the
trial; you also broke through into the ninth level of the Mystery, as the first
genius girl around the Qizhou City in the past fifty years, good job.”
"Ah! Master knows me?" with her small
mouth slightly opened, Gu Qianqian didn’t anticipate that the envoy of the sect
had heard of herself, hence got secretly pleased in heart.
Then the middle-aged man turned his eyes to Wei
Gaoyuan and asked, "You should have got more than twelve pine crystals, just
take all them out, the sects will offer you rewards on quantity.”
Rewards from the sects?
Wei Gaoyuan was startled, it was surely a good message
he still didn’t know the usage of pine crystals. He put his hand into the bag
again, and took out a dozen more.
Once saw it, Gu Qianqian pursed her lips. She
knew, she lost this time, again.
An annoying guy, she thought.
Then Wei Gaoyuan took another pile of pine crystal
again, and again, and again…
He took out a total of 114 pine crystals.
And he threw a giant rock into the placid waters.
"These... are all pine crystals!!?"
"Where did he get it!? Why haven't I found
"He must find the pine tree!!"
"A lucky boy…"
Gu Qianqian was stunned as a statue. Even the
eyes of the middle-aged man were full of surprise.
More than 100 pine crystals, that hadn’t
happened for quite long since… uh…couldn’t remember when it happened last time...
"What's your name?” the middle-aged man stopped
thinking it and asked.
"Senior, I’m Wei Gaoyuan from the East
Mountain Sword Club," Wei Gaoyuan responded respectfully.
Oh? Another one from the East Mountain Sword
Club, the one from it with more than 100 pine crystals, Lady Luck must be
taking a nap in the East Mountain Sword Club.
For those who’d ever watched how Wei Gaoyuan
did with those of the H-Sun club in the dining hall of the flying ship, it was
not strange at all that Wei Gaoyuan could pass the trial finally, however, none
of them expected this guy could take out that quantity of pine crystals.
The middle-aged man in dark blue stared at Wei Gaoyuan,
seemed thinking something, a little curiosity and surprise in his eyes. It was
a long time before he just asked, "Are you really the student from the
East Mountain Sword Club?"
"Yes, honestly, I dare not tell any lie to
senior," Wei Gaoyuan didn’t understand why he asked so.
"Uh…Your breathing methods and Qi seemed
very special, even I could hardly perceive the details of your status, only roughly
feel that…you are at the Mystery, and should be… stronger than the one at ninth
level of it,” said the middle - aged man, in a serious way.
"Yes, I am at eighth level!" responded
Wei Gaoyuan, quietly releasing his Qi.
Feeling Wei Gaoyuan’s Qi, the middle-aged man smiled,
"You boy will have a bright future, have you ever thought about coming to the
Ancient-Stream Sword Clan?"
"Ah!?" Wei Gaoyuan opened his mouth
slightly. He never thought a strong senior in sects would sent him an invitation
under current circumstances.
In his heart, the East Mountain Sword
Clan was the only option because of sister Yun while it might still be
a question —the cylinder in the club had confirmed that he had
no spiritual root at all— whether the East
Mountain Sword Clan would offer him an olive branch, so he hesitated well and
didn’t know how to respond for a moment.
Looking at the eyes of the middle-aged man, he
decided just to tell his true thought honestly, then a sudden voice came far from
the flying ship before he was about to speak,
"Well, brother Feng, you’re breaking the
As the voice came, three figures appeared on the
deck, then jumped down and landed on the ground.
It turned quiet around at once, and the
atmosphere was extremely depressed for a time. Faced with the envoys of the
four major sects, the teenagers hardly dare to breathe.
The three from the high of flying ship were all
middle-aged men in different uniforms. One of them, wearing the uniform of Tri-harmo
Clan, said amiably to Wei Gaoyuan, "Boy, uh, Wei Gaoyuan, which Family are
"Senior, I’ve got no Family," Wei
Gaoyuan replied respectfully.
“Oh? No Family?” all four envoys were wearing
“Hmm…Wei…Gao…yuan…” the envoy of the
East Mountain Sword Clan whispered, then looked up at Wei Gaoyuan, “so you are
the Wei Gaoyuan.”
The other three envoys got confused, "Brother
Guang De knows the boy?"
The envoy of the East Mountain Sword Clan looked
Wei Gaoyuan up and down, smiled, "I have heard of you. Before the
departure, Miss Yunyi mentioned you particularly; she told me if your performance
in the trial meets the criterion, just enroll you as an outer disciple of the
East Mountain Sword Clan."
Miss Yunyi? Was it Mu Yunyi? The daughter of
the Leader of the East Mountain Sword Clan knew this boy?
If so, the other three envoys’ looks changed, there
would be little chance for them three of competing with Miss Yunyi.
It was the East Mountain Sword Clan that was
breaking the rule.
While Wei Gaoyuan naturally dreamed to be a disciple
of the East Mountain Sword Clan, he knew it more clearly than others here that he
was not qualified to be one of the Taoism Followers because of his fake
spiritual root, otherwise three years ago, he could have been enrolled by the
East Mountain Sword Clan.
Thinking of this point, he bowed his head and said
honestly, "Seniors, I shouldn’t make it covered up in front of you… Three years ago, I’d been tested…I’ve got the
fake spiritual root…no capacity to cultivate the Taoism Arts."
Upon hearing Wei Gaoyuan’s statement, the expressions
of many persons around him changed. The envoy of the
East Mountain Sword Clan gave an approving nod and said nothing; the other
three envoys were silent, a little disappointment in their eyes.
Some of the teenagers around showed admiration,
some gave sighs, some got sneers on the faces, and some were even gloating
Gu Qianqian, who’d been listening without any
words, couldn’t help asking by now, "You…own the fake spiritual root?!
Wei Gaoyuan nodded, "Truly, the result of test
showed it’s the fake spiritual root…"
Gu Qianqian fell into silent. She’d also tested
her own ever, it turned out to be the superior spiritual root. That was to say,
she didn’t need to come here for the trial, and was allowed to directly enter one
of the four major sects after she reached the Mystery; why she came here was to
compete with Wei Gaoyuan in the trial, and she lost, unfortunately.
Not surprisingly, she thought originally that
Wei Gaoyuan’s quality in spiritual root should not be inferior to hers, but it
turned out to be… Did that mean he actually got an extraordinary constitution
in cultivation of the Martial Arts? He was born for the Martial Arts?
After a slight disappointment flashing on the
face, the envoy of the Ancient-Stream Sword Clan laughed, "The Fake
spiritual root is good, my sect just wanna select the outer disciple in the
trial. The fake spiritual root, if without any exception, might be the key to reach
the stage of the Nature, I mean…he was the right one my sect plan to enroll."
His words just made other envoys woke up,
"We do come here for enrollment of outer disciples. The fake spiritual root
is certainly more suitable for cultivation of the Martial Arts, he’s a rare genius
for the Martial Arts. Otherwise, we might have directly tested the spiritual roots
of all participants rather than launched the trial..."
It was truly beyond Wei Gaoyuan consideration.
He thought he would be abandoned by all four sects after they got the truth.
Hence at the moment he could hardly know how to react it.
As a matter of fact, no one had told him that
spiritual roots was actually divided into several levels: the
common spiritual root, the inferior spiritual root, the medium spiritual root,
the superior spiritual root, the supreme spiritual root, the earth spiritual
root, the heavenly spiritual root, the innate spiritual root...
The fake spiritual root was indeed a unique
existence—though impossible to cultivate the Taoism Arts,
the one with it tended to be the right one in the Martial Arts, so it was universally
regarded as an rarer spiritual root than the common spiritual root.
The Taoism Follower with the common spiritual
root, as usual, tended to reach the stage of Building Base, roughly equivalent in
power to the Mystery in the Martial Arts system, and the Martial Artist with
the fake spiritual root was most likely to became a much mightier one at the
As a result, to the four major sects his fake spiritual
root turned out to be far more valuable than the common spiritual root.
The main reason why the four major sects had to
launch the trial, instead of directly testing their spiritual roots, was that even
if the inferior spiritual root was usually too rare, recognized as one in ten
thousand. Except for Gu Qianqian, there might found none with the inferior spiritual
root among nearly 200 participants; As for any participant with the spiritual root
above the medium, God might told where he was now.
The East Mountain Sword Clan was Wei Gaoyuan’s
first priority, however, its envoy had been very quiet and expressed nothing yet;
It was a long time before he spoke, " Originally, I’d like to enroll you
into the East Mountain Sword Clan but…frankly, to your talent and current stage,
it might not be the best choice, it might even delay the progress of your further
His remark made all the other three envoys fall
into deep thinking.
Sixteen years old as Wei Gaoyuan was, never
entering into any sects, he’d reached eighth level of the Mystery by almost his
own efforts alone in the club; such a rare talent, which of the four major
sects could be confident in offering him the best cultivation methods?
A moment later, the envoy of the East Mountain
Sword Clan broke the silence, "How long has it been since the last one
appeared? I mean…the one appeared last time, who even got the key to the world
of the Taoism Arts through the hard cultivation and talents of the Martial Arts
(the Martorian )… "
"It’s almost been… hundreds of years?"
said the envoy of the Ancient-Stream Sword Clan, then his eyes brightened
suddenly. "You mean the boy was likely to break through the peak of the
Nature in the Martial Arts and get into the stage of Condensed Qi in the Taoism
Arts? Only through the cultivation of the Martial Arts?!! That…crazy!!!"
"I’m not sure,actually… anyway, I think we
should… give him the chance and…the hope, even if it’s so so slim, I know it… "
said of the envoy of the East Mountain Sword Clan.
The envoy of Yan Hua Clan raised his brow，"Brother
Guang De, you don’t intend to recommend him to the Sect of Dual Sword,
"Yes…I do…" the envoy of the East
Mountain Sword Clan nodded.
"It's too hard! No way…" the envoy of
the Ancient-Stream Sword Clan said very seriously, "yes, yes…the Sect of
Dual Sword do set up the Martorism school, but that’s been the past… now they’d
even got no Martorian at the stage of Condensed Qi; what I concern more, they’d
always been so strict in enrollment, the fake spiritual root…that’s just impossible!"
The envoy of the East Mountain Sword Clan made
a sigh, looking at Wei Gaoyuan with regret, " Finally, Martorism’s still
the rough patch of road!"
"Exactly,” the envoy of the Tri-harmo Clan
shook his head slightly, "I believe every one with the spiritual root would
never choose this road. "
"So, we’d better not give him such a chance
and a hope, after all, to be a Martial Artist at the Nature was not a small
achievement," said the envoy of Yan Hua Clan.
Certainly, Wei Gaoyuan himself could not be satisfied
with the stage of the Nature, but he wouldn’t speak it out, as a matter of
fact, he didn’t knew how to make it clear to the envoys, just standing there silently
to wait for their conclusion.
After a long discussion, the four envoys didn’t
decide a right sect suitable for him around the same level of the four major
sects; for those which were much stronger than the four major sects, it would beyond
their capacity, undoubtedly impossible to get him a ticket. So how to properly arrange
Wei Gaoyuan was suspended finally.
One day later, with the participants returned, the
coast turned pretty lively again.
Many latecomers showed great surprise when hearing
Wei Gaoyuan had obtained more than one hundred pine crystals, but their expressions
soon appeared different while knowing such a unique peer actually couldn’t
cultivate the Taoism Arts.
The trial ended.
The East Mountain Sword Club eventually became
the biggest winner: apart from Wei Gaoyuan, there were Hu Xiaoshu, Lin, and Li
Xiaochun, who returned last with one pine crystal.
As was announced by the four envoys, a total of
nineteen persons had finally brought the pine crystals, but they knew that only
ten pine crystals were laid around the island secretly.
Nine of the nineteen exceeded their preplanning.
The blue sky over Qizhou City was pretty clean
with only a few clouds.
With the hopes and expectation of a lot of
people who were looking up, a huge flying ship running with the power of spirit
animal’s Inner Essence appeared on the horizon of the blue sky.
"Finally, come home!"
It was the day that each major martial club and
Family had been waiting for. They’ve been waiting so long and anxiously for the
trial result of their students and Family members. Except one — Gu Zhenshan, the lord of the Qizhou City, who was leisurely drinking
the tea now in the City Lord House.
Since father knew his daughter best.
Gu Zhenshan knew the talents of Gu Qianqian
very clear and had assigned the great master to coach her, hoping she could enter
into a powerful sect someday, for example, Sect of Dual Sword, which was even more
well-known than the four major sects.
The four major martial arts clubs in Qizhou
City were: the East Mountain Sword Club of the East Mountain Sword Clan, the Long-Stream
Martial Arts Club of the Ancient-Stream Sword Clan, the H-Sun Martial Arts Club
of Yan Hua Clan, and the Mountainic Martial Arts Club of Tri-harmo
Now, all four owners of the four major martial
arts clubs were present to welcome their students’ return, in victory or in failure.
Both victory and failure were precious treasure
for the youngsters’ future cultivation.
The huge flying ship landed, the result landed,
the happiness and sadness landed.
To the four major martial arts clubs, the
result was acceptable, at least one student in each club had passed. The East
Mountain Sword Club was the biggest winner. Hu Xiaoshu and Lin, however, seemed
not like the people who could pass the trial.
Luck shouldn’t be ignored in the trial, everyone
knew it, but it still brought the two teenagers numerous envies even hatred
from their peers.
As he’d been hoping, Wei Gaoyuan finally chose to
enter the outer section of the East Mountain Sword Clan, and a few days later he
embarked on the road to the next stop for his further cultivation. Certainly, it
was not a full stop but just a comma.
Now that the fake spiritual root actually had a
large potential to make him reach the Nature, why did sister Yun decide in the
first place to leave him in the club instead of directly arrange him into the
outer section of the clan? He could only get the answer while met sister Yun
Through the trial this year, the East Mountain
Sword Clan enrolled a total of twelve outer disciples. Only five among the twelve
were from Qizhou City, and the other seven were from other two cities around.
Outer section of the clan as it was, it was located
in the deep forest of high mountains, impossible for ordinary people to find it.
When looking up on the half way of the very high
main mountain in the area of the outer section, Wei Gaoyuan was stunned thoroughly
by the magnificent architecture in distance, which was so high at the end of
the hundreds of stone steps as if its roof had been penetrated into the clouds
in the sky. Literally, this building was ten times more brilliant than the City
Lord House of Qizhou City. And even compared with the royal palace, it might be
Well, I can’t imagine in my mind what the royal
palace was really like, Wei Gaoyuan thought.
In addition to that grand main palace, there were
six other buildings on the six peaks surrounding the main mountain, and a few small
cabins were scattered among the forest, like the little fairies resting on the giant
"A true paradise, fantastic place for cultivation…"
Wei Gaoyuan commended in his heart.
It hadn’t reached noon yet. After climbing the
long long stone steps, Wei Gaoyuan were directly led into the largest central
hall of the main palace where six Elders and about ten officers of the outer
section had already been present. And there he met Hu Xiaoshu and Lin,
including other new disciples.
"It said that we’ve got a new disciple with
the fake spiritual root in this trial," a long beard Elder whispered to
himself, who was sitting in a deep bronze fauteuil and touching softly his long
silvery beard. He scanned around the twelve new disciples and asked, “Who is
Wei Gaoyuan was startled little, and before he was
about to respond, a young man in a Chinese costume on his left side stepped
forward and said respectfully,"Elder, I’m WEI Gaoyuan.”
(WEI Gaoyuan: the different characters with same
pronunciation. In the following chapters, “Wei” refers to “卫”
and “WEI” refers to another Chinese character “魏” .)
The same name? Wei Gaoyuan was thinking silently
and meanwhile gave Hu Xiaoshu and Lin a look, a cue that it was just okay to
"You are Wei Gaoyuan?" a red-faced Elder
glanced at WEI Gaoyuan quickly and asked before the Long-haired Elder continued.
"I’m the Elder of Scarlet-Feather Peak, would you like
to be one of my disciples?"
"Elder Hua," the long-haired Elder responded
soon, "I’ve not ended my words, how could you get your words in?"
"Oh? Then I’m looking forward to Elder Qi’s
following words," the Elder of Scarlet-Feather Peak said as he continued
to fix his eyes on WEI Gaoyuan.
Just then a few slight coughs came beside him.
Another Elder wearing a brocade robe said, "Well, we all knew Elder Qi’s following
words, and we’ve all got the same words to the kid. So, why don’t we show the kid
something different, and I believe he’ll give us the answer then…"
"I agree," said another Elder
The twelve eyes of the six Elders were all focused
on WEI Gaoyuan, as if there were no other new disciples beside him.
Wei Gaoyuan still stood aside quietly as he was
not so sure whether he was the right kid the Elders were talking about.
An old Elder in the brocade gown said first,
"Wei Gaoyuan, I’m the Elder of Golden-Feather Peak, I promise that you’ll
reach the Nature within twenty years if you choose my school."
"Twenty years…it sounds not quite difficult
for a boy with the fake spiritual root,” said the Elder who spoke “I agree”
just now, slightly shaking his head. "My school was located on Cyan--Feather
Peak, I promise to teach you the Geng-level cultivation method of Internal Qi, plus
the Geng-level combat skills."
Hearing “Geng-level”, the other five Elders
could not help but change their expressions. They did have Geng-level cultivation
method of Internal Qi as well, but it seemed kind of late… The Cyan-Feather Peak
was teaching them five to put something different and heavier on the scales.
Having determined it finally, the long silvery beard
Elder followed, "I’m Elder Qi, my Silver-Feather Peak will provide you…as
long as you choose me to be your master…with the monthly task halved and the
benefits doubled… in addition to the Geng-level cultivation method of Internal
Qi and the same level combat skills!"
The Elder in black uniform, whose voice was as
loud as thunder, spoke at last but very seriously, "Come to my Dark-Feather
Peak, enter the peak level of the Nature."
WEI Gaoyuan seemed to open his mouth slightly, yet
still speak nothing.
The Elder of Cyan-Feather Peak, who saw the last
chance, threw his last card, “Wei Gaoyuan, if you enter mine, I’ll create an
opportunity for you to enter the inner of the clan.”
His remark astonished everyone in the hall!
The Elder of Dark-Feather Peak frowned and said
in a low voice this time, "Elder Xu, a promise must be a promise! You should
know the opportunity to enter the inner shouldn’t be promised the kid that
Elder Xu shook his head slightly, looked at WEI
Gaoyuan and added, "I can't guarantee that you’ll enter the inner, but I’ll
be making every effort to create an opportunity for you. Besides, apart from my
previous promises, you’ll get a sword of Ren-level in my school. Just decide it
WEI Gaoyuan clenched his teeth and tried to
keep himself calm. His grandfather used to study Martial Arts in the outer section
of the East Mountain Sword Clan. Was it because of his grandfather… as only a third
level of the Mystery? He never expected, even in his dreams, that he could be
treated so special by the Elders today. So grateful he was that he tried hard
to stop the tears in his eyes.
"Elder, please authorize me to enter the
Cyan-Feather Peak!" WEI Gaoyuan kneed down and kowtowed to Elder Xu.
"Good… Good… Good!" smiled Elder Xu
of Cyan-Feather Peak. He took out two
scrolls from his bosom pocket and handed them to WEI Gaoyuan,"Cultivate
hard first with the two secret scrolls. Any time, any questions about it, just
"Thank you! Elder!" WEI Gaoyuan was
overjoyed to kowtow again.
"Elder?" Elder Xu smiled.
"Uh…thank you, master!" WEI Gaoyuan
changed it quickly.
"The old fox!" the other five Elders said
in their hearts, who realized Elder Xu had prepared the secret scrolls in
Elder Xu didn’t conceal his elated smile as he
turned his eyes to the remaining eleven new disciples and asked, "Anyone
else wants to enter my Cyan-Feather Peak?"
No one responded. The other eleven new disciples
all seemed hesitating — except for WEI Gaoyuan, how
much attention and care else would Elder Xu gave to other new disciples?
Not waiting for the left eleven new disciples
to make a decision, the Elder of Dark-Feather Peak pointed at two of them,
"You, and you, follow me!"
Everyone looked over the direction of his fingertip:
One was a fat guy, and the other was Wei Gaoyuan.
Actually, Wei Gaoyuan cared little about which peak
to enter or which Elder to teach him as he knew long ago that the highest peak
and the supreme teacher was in his dream, his dream space.
The mysterious opponent in the dream space, who’d
been offering him one-on-one combat training, and also a three-man-high stone stele
occasionally floating and revolving high over his head to correct the patterns
and methods in his cultivation, which was carved with a large number of unknown
words and patterns.
The mysterious virtual opponent never talked, and
the stone stele couldn’t speak, either. So he knew nothing about why he could enter
into her dream to learn and cultivate. He did ask a few people indirectly and
subtly, but no one told the same experience as him.
It was wired, truly, hard to explain.
In just a few minutes, the remaining new
disciples all got selected: Hu Xiaoshu and Lin entered the Scarlet-Feather Peak;
Li Xiaochun, who’d been silent in the whole selection, went to the Golden-Feather
Peak; and another disciple, Yan Shifei, from the Family of Yan in Qizhou City entered
the Blue-Feather Peak. They greeted with each other and then followed their
respective Elders to leave the central hall.
The elders of Dark-Feather Peak had always got
a sullen face and never laughed from the beginning to the end of the selection.
Thus, Wei Gaoyuan and the fat kept their mouths closed tightly on the way to Dark-Feather
Until arriving in Palace of Dark-Feather, the sullen-faced
Elder seemed to think of them two, he asked, "Your names? And where are
The fat replied first, "Master, I’m Zhu
Qinglong, from the Family of Zhu in Lingzhou City."
Wei Gaoyuan followed with a bow, "Master,
I’m Wei Gaoyuan, from the East Mountain Sword Club in Qizhou City."
"Well," the Elder nodded
subconsciously. Suddenly, his voice doubled in volume, louder than it was in
the central hall, "You say it again! What’s your name?! Where’re you from?!"
"I’m Wei Gaoyuan, from the East Mountain
Sword Club in Qizhou City," Wei Gaoyuan repeated.
"You? Wei Gaoyuan? From Qizhou City? Then what’s
that Wei Gaoyuan?" a complicated expression showed on the Elder's gloomy
Wei Gaoyuan had already known the Elder must
ask it. He said truthfully, "I’ve got no idea about it, it might be same
name as me."
"Why didn't you stand up… or clear it up
at that time?" asked the Elder.
"That brother, brother WEI, stood up just
a step ahead of me, and at first I was not so sure if I was the right one. And
later…I had no proper chance to get my words in discussion of the Elders,
actually I supposed I shouldn’t interrupt," Wei Gaoyuan said respectfully.
The elder’s eyes blinked somehow before he asked,
"Have you ever tested your spiritual root?"
Upon hearing such question, Wei Gaoyuan’s look
turned as gloomy as his master, “Report to the master, I’ve done it in the East
Mountain Sword Club. It’s just a fake spiritual root, I was told that I’ve got
no attribute to cultivate Taoism Arts.”
The atmosphere turned silent after his words, so
repressed that Wei Gaoyuan and Zhu Qinglong could only heard their breathing.
The two disciples daren’t to speak anything, because now their master's look seemed
After quite a while, the Elder suddenly burst
into laughter, "Ha ha ha ha..."
The Elder stared at Wei Gaoyuan after laughing
for a while, "It turns out that you are that real Wei Gaoyuan! I wonder… how
Elder Xu would be feeling and thinking while knowing the truth…" he found
himself want to laugh again.
Standing aside, Zhu Qinglong knew little about
what had happened, he only knew that his master seemed to change his face in a
blink of an eye. Wait, wait, what did Wei Gaoyuan say just now? he’d got a fake
When Elder Xu of Cyan-Feather Peak returned Palace
of Cyan-Feather with two new disciples, like a hero’s return in victory, he called
one disciple, "Help your two younger brothers to register."
"Yes! Master!" the disciple bowed then
turned to the two of WEI Gaoyuan, "Welcome, I’m Lu Yisheng."
"I’m WEI Gaoyuan!"
"Wu Haofeng, greeting brother Lu. I’d appreciate
your kind consideration for us."
Younger brother Wu seemed kind of cuter than younger
brother WEI, Lu Yisheng thought, glancing at the two new comer.
Not very long after that, the three disciples returned
to Palace of Cyan-Feather. Each of WEI Gaoyuan and Wu Haofeng was distributed an
identity tag—a small delicate wooden plate with his name on
it, uniforms and an ordinary long sword.
Elder Xu, who was sitting in the middle fauteuil
in the main hall of the palace, held a long sword in his right hand, which seemed
not to be a ordinary one because of its exquisite scabbard.
Seeing WEI Gaoyuan coming with an ordinary long
sword, he waved Wu Haofeng away, “You can leave. Wei Gaoyuan stay.”
"See you later, master," Wu Haofeng bowed
and withdrew respectfully.
Elder Xu led WEI Gaoyuan to the back hall and handed
him the long sword, "It’s a sword of Ren-level, I hope you won’t let it
"Thank you, master! I promise I won’t!"
WEI Gaoyuan took over the sword.
Then he undid the ordinary long sword at his
waist, and Elder Xu glanced at his identity tag hanging on his waist, with the clear
three characters "WEI Gaoyuan" carved on it.
"WEI Gaoyuan?" Elder Xu frowned. "Show
me your identity tag."
WEI Gaoyuan untied the identity tag and handed
it to his master.
Elder Xu stared at the name on the tag for a
while and asked seriously, "Are you sure the name on it was correct?"
"Yes, master. Exactly, WEI Gaoyuan is my
name." WEI Gaoyuan replied.
"Where are you from?" Elder Xu added.
"I’m from the Family of WEI in Mengzhou
City. My grandfather used to learn the Martial Arts…also in the outer section of
the East Mountain Sword Clan," WEI Gaoyuan respectfully responded.
"Mengzhou City? The Family of WEI??" Elder
Xu's face turned gloomy immediately. Before the selection he’d got some information
about that boy with the fake spiritual root, who was actually from the Qizhou City.
There was another new disciple with the same name as that boy? His crying need
made a terrible mistake?
"Have you ever tested your root?" Elder
Xu Chang's heart sank— the spiritual root became
his last hope…
"Master, I did when I was a child, but it’s
just the sub-common spiritual root, " WEI Gao looked a
little depressed and embarrassed.
(sub-common spiritual root: a lower level
spiritual root than a common spiritual root.)
"The sub-common spiritual root? Not the fake
spiritual root?" Elder Xu confirmed it again, suddenly standing up from
"I couldn’t make it wrong, indeed the
sub-common spiritual roots," WEI Gaoyuan said seriously.
Elder Xu couldn’t control himself to sit down
again. His mind turned blank, a slight chill spreading from the top of his head
to his sole. To select a sub-common spiritual root at such a high price! The desperate
killed the sensible!!
No way to withdraw, the disciple had been here at
the moment, and the promises had been made. Like the dumb man eating the bitter
herb, Elder Xu had to suffer in silence.
"Well! WEI Gaoyuan!" Elder Xu nodded,
stared at his disciple and said loudly, "I believe you’re a promising young
martial artist! Practice hard and strive to be the prominent among all the
disciples! Do not let me down!"
He’d made his mind while speaking to give much attention
and guidance to this unexpected disciple in the future — if this kid with the sub-common spiritual root had a good
comprehension in the Martial Arts, plus careful guidance himself could offer, there
wasn’t much difficult for him to enter into the stage of the Nature, and that might
earn himself much recognition among Elders, as a compensation to himself for the
big loss of face this time.
"Master! I won’t let you down!" certainly,
WEI Gaoyuan didn’t know what Elder Xu was thinking at the moment. He made the
promise confidently, proposing the plan in mind for his bright future.
As other sects and outer sections, the outer section
of the East Mountain Sword Clan had its own library, which collected all kinds
of books and secret scrolls in various categories.
The new disciple was allowed to pick up one scroll
of Martial Arts for cultivation in the scrolls of the Gui-level Martial Arts in
the first floor.
Rather than those scrolls of Martial Arts, Wei
Gaoyuan cared more about finding some useful information about the
Universe in Bag in the sea of books.
He’d once heard the song in the stories by the
storyteller in tea houses:
Universes in my bag,
worlds in my bag;
I'm gonna put Mount Meru in my bag;
I'm gonna invite Sun and Moon in my bag;
(Mount Meru: a sacred mountain with five peaks
in Hindu, Jain and Buddhist cosmology and is considered to be the center of all
the physical, metaphysical and spiritual universes.)
Having heard of various amazing Taoism Arts bewitched
by those earth-shaking Land Taoists, he, as a little martial artist, had got a
Universe in Bag, but found no way to open it!
Fortunately, the books in historical and informational
category could be consulted at will. It didn’t take him a long time to find a
book called SOURCE OF ARMORS AND WEAPONS, which recorded plentiful official and
unofficial history, and general information about some magic items.
Wei Gaoyuan found himself quickly immersed in some
stories and information in this book, which were extremely impressive and interesting.
Universe in Bag, as the name suggested,
was an amazing talisman with a separate huge space inside.
To open or close Universe in Bag for
storing or taking out the items in it, as the book said, Wei Gaoyuan must
refine the bag by integrating his own spiritual mark into it.
However, controlling power of spirit
freely needed at least the stage of Condensed Qi, which was also the sole
access to the cultivation of Taoism Arts from the Tao of Martial Arts. (break
through the peak of the Nature to enter the stage of Condensed Qi, so the stage
of Condensed Qi was usually called “the door to the Taoism Arts for martial
artists”.) Wei Gaoyuan’s current stage was just eighth-level of the Mystery,
roughly equivalent to the stage of Building Base in the system of Taoism Arts, still
extremely far from “the door.”
He turned to his master with full of
hope for some information and suggestion about “the door”, but the answer from
the Elder of Dark-Feather was just a cold water extinguishing the fire of his
His master, Elder Wu, told him: as far
as he knew, there was still no such a martial artist in the current domain of Martial
Arts who was able to open “that door.” Even if there was such a unique being
beyond what he knew, it probably belonged to the sect of much higher star level.
As Elder Wu’s description, Qizhou was
one city of Da Xuan country, which was ruled by Da Xuan Sect, a powerful six-star
sect. The East Mountain Sword Clan, as a four-star sect, had its own strongest
martial artist at the Ninth Heaven of the Nature, who was the Grand Elder in
charge of the outer section.
In country of Daxuan, there were a few
sects outstanding in domain of Martial Arts, for instance, Sect of Dual Sword, Infinite
Heaven Sword Sect, Mountain-Overwhelming Sect, etc. Sad to the domain
of Martial Arts, however, for almost five hundred years no martial artist in those
sects had broken through the peak of Martial Art to stride into the stage of
Admittedly, it had disappointed nearly
all the martial artists and those who longed for entering world of Taoism
Followers through the cultivation of Martial Arts. The former grand Tao of
Martial Arts, in other words, seemed to have fallen. Anyone who was talented,
even if not that high talented, tended to choose the Tao of Taoism Arts, which
was the promising way to get immortality; or to choose the pursuit of powerful
Talismans, which could supplement their cultivation, or strengthen their power,
or even made up for their innate drawback. How strong should a martial artist’s
body and his martial techniques be to withstand impact of a high-level magic
talisman? No one could give it an exact answer.
However, the necessary key to drive the
talisman was the Spiritual Qi. For this reason, the direction of the
cultivation in the world of Taoism Followers had been determined before a long,
long time — It was the cultivation in spirit that built the primary foundation
of Taoism Arts, which almost excluded those in Tao of Martial Arts from the cultivation
of Taoism Arts, including using the talisman. (Tao of Sword is generally
regarded as a unique branch of Tao of Martial Arts)
Wei Gaoyuan was so depressed after
consultation, owning such a huge treasure mountain, owning no way to explore
Hand it over to the out section or the
clan? He was not an idiot…
So he didn’t give up, continuing to look
for some information else in the library, which might offer other ways to
refine the Universe in Bag.
After another two days, he did find something
Universe in Bag was actually classified
as one of space talismans, which could not only be refined with commonly
spiritual methods but also with another two methods: essence-blood-refining and
soul-refining, whereas these two methods had been listed as taboos. Only a few
crazy evil guys or factions had used them while none would like to use them
ever to refine Universe in Bag, a space talisman.
Because both methods were deadly
Essence-blood-refining and soul-refining
were usually used to refine, to breed more precisely, the offensive talisman:
the former made the talisman refined with the essence-blood of its owner, and the
later with the power of its owner’s soul. Long-term refining by both methods would
probably enable the talisman to generate its own spirit and intelligence. Even
more fatal, the talisman’s demand for essence-blood and power of soul would be
getting bigger and bigger during the refining process, and might finally
swallow all the essence-blood and power of soul of its owner to turn into an extremely
wicked talisman with destructive power.
(essence-blood: different from the
common blood mentioned in daily life, it’s the general term for essence and
blood, and is the basic substance running in meridian-collateral system for
maintaining all beings’ life activities and good health.)
Reading here, the fire of hope that Wei
Gaoyuan had just ignited was disillusioned again, because the following was all
stories about tragedies, like some evil giant in some year lost control of his
talisman in the course of essence-blood-refining or soul-refining, and what tremendous
disasters it brought about or whatever. Apart from it, however, there was
nothing useful for how to refine the talisman by the two prohibited methods.
In desperation, he could do nothing but
carefully keep the Universe in Bag himself and continued to find the refining
method available later. If there was really no suitable way, he had to bother
sister Yun, and surely, he never mind presenting half of the items in the
Universe in Bag to his sister~
Three days after the selection, all the new disciples
had selected their direction of cultivation, and the next procedure was the introduction
of section mission. After all, to run such a large outer section required enormous
sums of funds and labor. Outer section didn’t raise idlers.
Early in the morning, Wei Gaoyuan entered the
glorious central hall once again and all the twelve new disciples had gathered there,
including WEI Gaoyuan, who glanced around the eleven other disciples, like a crowing
The Elders of the six peaks did not appear.
There were only two chief officers and a few elder disciples to introduce the
section mission to the new comers.
The section mission was generally divided into
two types: the inside and the outside. The inside included some affairs inside
the section like guarding the section main gate, transporting all kinds of
goods or materials, preparing for meals… Most of the outside involved looking
for diverse stuff, such as some useful herbs, or materials for refining, as
well as solving some troubles for the villagers under the mountains.
Unlike the guarding section main gate three
days a month, most of the missions were not compulsory. That meant the disciples
were allowed to choose them freely, and each completion of mission would earn
them corresponding contribution points. After the contribution points reached a
certain number, it could be exchanged for various items in the outer section like
some scrolls or methods for Internal Qi cultivation and combat skills, even
some powerful weapons, talismans and small magic items.
The outer section of the East Mountain Sword
Clan was located in the East-Lee Mountain. There was a
concave land, like a giant basin, behind the outer section. Due to the particular
terrain and the environment, the wind in this basin was extremely violent when
the wind rose in the mountain. Hence ordinary people could hardly stand in it, and
it was difficult even for a martial artist to stand in firmly.
Wei Gaoyuan was surprised and
happy while discovered this place by chance. It was a ideal natural place for training
himself. Once the wind blew up, full of grass and branches were flying in the
basin, even with some big and small stones coming from different angles time to
time. A really perfect place to strengthen the power and stability of his legs
as well as the body agility and dodging technique.
Indeed, the power and toughness
of his body grew a lot while in the East Mountain Sword Club whereas he actually
leant little about the training and practicing method for the Martial Arts. During
that period, he’d been practicing just two stuff most of the time: the unnamed cultivation
method of Internal Qi in the scroll of the woman in white, modified by the dream
space; the modified version of eight-pattern swordsmanship: Eight Clouds in
Dream. He hadn’t realized that his body, as a martial artist, appeared a bit weak
until he reached the ninth level of the Mystery.
After all, what he’d been doing in the dream space
tend to be a cultivation in spirit rather than the training of physical body quality
After discovering the curious wind basin, he went
there to train himself for at least one hour each day. But this place had
already been discovered and administered by the out section so long ago. So you
used it, you paid for it, only by your contribution points; one point for one
hour. And about ten hours altogether later, Wei Gaoyuan found that his
contribution point had gone zero.
He had to earn the points. Otherwise, nothing
useful could be available in the outer section because coins could buy nothing
Even if he could buy from others, he had little
coins currently. Thus he went to the Exchange House.
The Exchange House was a special place, where different
items could be exchanged freely with each other, including personal items,
official items, even contribution points. Also, section missions could be received
on the Mission Board there.
Wei Gaoyuan had few valuable items which could
be exchange there. The scroll from the woman in white? No way! The two Inner
Essence of ninth level spiritual animal? He just found it turned out to be rather
cheap in the Exchange House! As a result, to earn contribution points, the only
thing there worthy to do was to find and complete suitable section missions.
(Ranking of spirit animal: 1st level
to 9th level, from the weak to the strong)
Standing in front of the Mission Board, Wei
Gaoyuan began to examine the rows of various missions on it:
To bring one Golden Icy Flower: Difficulty—unknown;
Reward—20 contribution points
To bring one scale of Navy-Scale Snake:
Difficulty—five stars; Reward—50
To guard the gate for XXX for six months:
Difficulty—half-star; Reward—1 contribution points
A Golden Icy Flower? A Navy-Scale Snake? Wei
Gaoyuan never heard of them. He asked the brother beside him and got the answer:
A Navy-Scale Snake was a fifth level spirit animal!
To fight against a spirit animal at fifth level?
Crazy! Only one round, he believed, probably less than one round, he would visit
(Kshitigarbha: a bodhisattva primarily revered
in East Asian Buddhism and known for his vow to take responsibility for the
instruction of all beings in the six worlds, as well as his vow not to achieve
Buddhahood until all hells are emptied. He is therefore often regarded as the
bodhisattva of hell-beings. "visit Kshitigarbha" means “go to hell.”)
To guard the main gate for six months? It was too
long, and only one point in spite of low difficulty.
He continued to search down… his eyes suddenly
lit up when it reached the sixth mission:
To suppress the bandits for the villagers in
Chu Village: Difficulty—unknown; Reward—a
total of 15 points for all the participants
This was a cooperative mission, which meant the
whole team could get 15 contribution points after the completion no matter how
many people participated. The team determined itself how to distribute the
That seemed not bad, Wei Gaoyuan thought, which
could be good for accumulating combat experience and meanwhile earned him much
According to the general introduction of the
chief officers, the contribution point seemed approximately proportional to the
difficulty of the mission.
The half-star difficulty was extremely easy, even
for the new disciple, accordingly the reward couldn’t be high, usually one point
or even a few missions for one point.
The reward for the one-star mission was ordinarily
not more than ten points, suitable for the disciple at ninth level of the
Mystery or close to ninth level.
The two-star mission offered between 11 and 20
points as usual, suitable for those at eighth level of the Mystery, and the top
of ninth level could try it as well.
The reward of three-star missions was between
21 and 30 points for the seventh level, certainly, the top of eighth level could
And so on.
The five-star mission would give between 41 and
50 points for the fifth level of the Mystery or the top of sixth level. The reward
of Navy-Scale Snake, as shown on the board, reached up to 50 points, indicating
that it might be one of the toughest in five-star missions and very dangerous
for the top of sixth level.
As for the unknown difficulty, the reward tended
to be neither too high or too low. The unknown meant the uncertainty before the
mission was over.
15 points for the bandit-suppressing mission, presumably,
it was no more than two stars in difficulty, and he was just the eighth level of
A perfect mission for him, perfect if without
Liu Xingfei, who entered the outer section of the
East Mountain Sword Clan four years ago as a teenager at just Transforming
Force of the Undistinguishment. And after three years of almost relentless cultivation,
he’d reached the top of eighth level of the Mystery, which literally towered over
other 14 disciples in the same period.
Liu Xingfei's great efforts were obvious, the consumption
record of his contribution points could prove it. With a high-speed consumption,
he needed to earn himself the points today.
Except for those new disciples, the old mission
hunters in the outer section all knew clearly that the mission of unknown
difficulty was not so ideal as it seemed in description. Most of such missions usually
wouldn’t be a good dish in that its actual difficulty might turn out to be much
higher than its contribution points.
There were probably a few surprises during suppressing
bandits like spending much longer time than expected. Therefore, such sort of
mission tended to be the last option of both the strong hunter and the weak one.
As a result, the mission of suppressing the bandits for Chu Village had been on
the board for two days.
Liu Xingfei decided to take this mission, for a
More than a year ago, he went down the mountain
to do some affair for the outer section and went through the village by chance,
where he met a girl and became her good friend then. Thus, upon seeing this mission,
he knew he had to do something.
As Liu Xingfei was registering his information
for the mission, Wei Gaoyuan also made his decision and handed the identity tag
to the chief officer, "Salute the chief officer, I’m Wei Gaoyuan, a new
"Boy, what can I do for you?" asked
the chief officer.
"May I take the mission of suppressing the
bandits for Chu Village?" Wei Gaoyuan said.
Oh? Liu Xingfei was not far from him, who looked
over here while hearing Wei Gaoyuan’s inquiry.
Meanwhile Wei Gaoyuan also discovered Liu
Xingfei. Freezing for a moment, he asked, "Excuse me, brother, you’ve taken
this mission already?"
The chief officer said first as Liu Xingfei was
still thinking how to answer it, "This task has no limit to the number of participants,
so, if don’t mind, you can cooperate."
Cooperate... Wei Gaoyuan hesitated. The mission
offered only 15 contribution points. If completed in cooperation, each would
only get about a half points. Besides, he was just a freshman, senior earned
more…It seemed not a good deal.
At that time, Liu Xingfei asked, "This junior
brother, you’ve never taken any mission, have you?"
"Greet brother, I haven’t, I’m a freshman,"
Wei Gaoyuan saluted Liu Xinfei.
“Don’t mention it,” Liu Xingfei said. “This mission
might not be so easy. Junior brother just entered the section, I mean, you’d better
not take risks because the mission told little about the bandits.”
Although Wei Gaoyuan didn't know if the brother
was unwilling to cooperate with himself or was just a kind reminder, he had to
admit that the brother’s warning was justified. If there was some unexpected
bandit above the seventh level of the Mystery in this mission it
would be really troublesome.
But…what if none of the bandits was above the ninth
He chose to roll the dice.
Wei Gaoyuan thought for a moment and said:
"Thank you, brother, for your kind suggestion. Brother must be strong enough,
I believe,ang and couldn’t get few choices on the board, would you mind giving
this mission to me?"
"Give it to you?" Liu Xingfei was
amazed. He never expected this junior brother could make such a request.
Actually he didn't mean to eat the cheesecake
all himself but just worried that this freshman might be rather weak so that it
would distract his attention to take care of the junior brother in case of unexpected
danger in mission.
A newborn calf was never afraid of a tiger.
“May I ask junior brother’s stage? Uh…the ninth
level?” Liu Xingfei asked.
"Above the ninth level," Wei Gaoyuan
"Oh?!" Liu Xingfei's eyes lit up.
As usual, new disciples at the ninth level were
all the top geniuses in their respective cities, let alone, from his words just
now, he seemed at the top of the ninth level.
This junior brother was a real surprise so that
he might be a good teammate rather than a headache.
Liu Xingfei smiled," I’m Liu Xingfei, from
"I’m Wei Gaoyuan, the disciple of Dark-Feather
Peak." Wei Gaoyuan said.
Liu Xingfei continued,"Well, junior
brother Wei…if you don’t mind, we may cooperate, and if everything goes well, each
of us will receive seven points, and the left one to exchange other useful items,
which will also be divided into two halves. What do you think?"
"What if it doesn't go well?" Wei
"If so, the division will just depend on how
well we complete the mission; if couldn’t complete the mission, we’ll bother nothing
about contributing points." Liu Xingfei said.
"Alright, as brother Liu planned, I’ll follow
you." Wei Gaoyuan nodded.
Liu Xingfei might not have perceived Wei
Gaoyuan's exact level because of his unique cultivation methods. In contrast, Wei
Gaoyuan could roughly perceive Liu Xingfei's stage according to the Qi he exuded
around; this brother should be slightly stronger than himself and had not
reached the seventh level yet. The team just got almost balanced between the
power of teammates.
The Chu Village was not at the foot of the East-Lee
Mountain but located dozens of miles away from it. it was a village of less
than 50 households.
One day later, Liu Xingfei and Wei Gaoyuan arrived
at the Chu Village in the evening. Standing by the entrance, they found that
the doors and windows of all houses were closed, full of depressed atmosphere.
"Is anyone there?" Liu Xingfei
After a long while, no one responded, Liu
"We just go in," Wei Gaoyuan said.
"Alright!" Liu Xingfei stepped into
the village first.
Whoosh! A sound came through the air! And Liu
Xingfei’s eyes instantly narrowed into a line, seeing a black speck shooting
Liu Xingfei shouted as he pulled out his sword
and swung at the black speck. Thwack! Two objects fell down beside his feet.
It was an arrow, which was cut into two halves.
"A beautiful stroke of sword!" Wei
Gaoyuan commended it in his heart. This brother was indeed extraordinary.
Some low noise came from the distant roof. The
two of Wei Gaoyuan looked over there, Liu Xingfei said loudly, "I’m Liu
Xingfei, this is my junior brother Wei Gaoyuan. We came here for rescue, under
the order of outer section of the East Mountain Sword Clan."
The noise from the roof disappeared after his introduction
and a moment later turned louder.
A voice of a middle-aged man came, "Do the
two young warriors really come from the East Mountain Sword Clan?"
“We do, ” Liu Xingfei replied. "You can
send someone to check our identity tags."
The voice trailed off again. It seemed that a few people were discussing. After a long
while, a huge figure appeared in distance.
That was a middle-aged man, with his right hand
on his waist and a long bow hanging behind him. Wei Gaoyuan had perceived the middle-aged
man’s stage, at about Exterior Force. But it seemed something wrong with his
body because of his kind of unsteady walking pace.
After a few seconds, the middle-aged man came
to their front, his waist wrapped in bandages, his right hand holding on the
handle of a long scimitar, his eyes full of vigilance.
Seeing Liu Xingfei and Wei Gaoyuan wearing the uniforms
of the East Mountain Sword Clan, the middle-aged man got relieved a little. He
said, “I’m Chu Shan’gao, greet two young warriors.”
"Uncle Chu, you get injured?" Liu
Xingfei seemed to know the middle-aged man. Staring at the bandages, his face appeared
"You are..." Chu Shan’gao’s eyes
flashed, then asked in surprise, "You are young warrior Liu?"
"Yes, it’s me! Liu Xingfei!" Liu Xingfei
asked, "Who hurt you? You’re not badly hurt, are you?"
"No, not badly," Chu Shan’gao shook
his head and then said joyfully "Great! You’re here! The warriors of the
East Mountain Sword Clan are here!"
He turned back and shouted, "Everyone just
come out! they are the young warriors from the East Mountain Sword Clan! "
After his cry, dozens of people ran out from
the road between the houses, and everyone seemed to be cheering… The rescuer finally
An old man, whose hair and long beard were all
white, was walking behind the crowd and stepping forward then. His expression became
serious while seeing the two of Wei Gaoyuan,"Greet two young warriors, and
with all due respect, is there anyone else coming with you?"
"No," Liu Xingfei replied, "just
two of us, I am at the eighth level of the Mystery, junior brother Wei was the
top of the ninth level, could you tell us something about the bandits? "
Liu Xingfei glanced around the crowd as he spoke,
Upon hearing the name of Xiaoyue, Chu Gaoshan’s
look turned gloomy instantly, and all villagers were speechless.
With his heart sinking, Liu Xingfei felt something
bad must happened, "What happened to her!?"
Chu Shan’gao sighed in sadness, “The group of bandits
attacked the village seven days ago. Xiaoyue was taken by one of their leaders,
who said…said…” he sighed deeply, shaking his head, “we’re too powerless to protect
Chu Shan’gao subconsciously looked at his waist,
his throat too tight to speak.
Chu Xiaoyue was only fifteen
years old this year, five years younger than Liu Xingfei. Liu Xingfei had known
her for more than a year, always regarding her as his sister. Every time he went
down the mountain, he would come to the Chu Village to visit her. He never thought
such a suffering could happen to such a sweet, gentle girl.
of beasts!! How could they treat a girl of fifteen like that!! Liu Xingfei
clenched his fists and cursed in his heart.
up and asked, "Uncle Chu, do you know where they took Xiaoyue? I’ll save
not so sure about the exact location of their lair… It should be in the
mountains over there," Chu Shan’gao pointed to the distant mountains.
Gaoyuan looked over where Chu Shan’gao was pointing. It was a row of mountains.
Although not as tall as East-Lee Mountain, it was huge and seemed endless. To search
the group of bandits in such mountains was certainly not so easy.
move, go saving Xiaoyue!" Liu Xingfei said as he was turning to leave immediately.
Chu Shan’gao stopped him and said, "I’ll go with you!"
Xingfei looked at the waist of Chu Shan’gao and said: "I promise I’ll bring
her back! So, Uncle Chu just rest in the village."
a day, the dark night fell, the new moon rose, and the cold wind whistled through
the branches of the trees in the mountains.
and Wei Gaoyuan carefully entered the mountainous area. It was very hard to
find exact directions at night. In case of getting lost in the dense forest,
the two of Wei Gaoyuan tried searching upstream along a small stream.
all, the bandits needed to drink. it probably detected some of their traces by
one hour’s searching, a small valley appeared in front of them, where some dim lights
Xingfei gave Wei Gaoyuan a sign to be keeping careful, then climbed up a tree quietly
and jumped down after observed the valley for a moment. He whispered, "The
front probably lies the bandits’ lair. As I’ve been here before, there should
be no people live around..."
so, just sneak up, then give them a surprise hit under the cover of the night,"
Wei Gaoyuan blinked.
Be careful, don't make any sound!" Liu Xingfei whispered, then quietly
front was getting empty as they were approaching the valley, and there were some
faint figures moving around under the lights in the distance, who might be the bandits
guarding at night
Wei Gaoyuan whispered, "I’ll go to get their attention, you swim there to make
it simple," Liu Xingfei shook his head. "I’ll directly begin killing to
create chaos while chatting with them, then I’ll try making them occupied as
long as possible, stalling for you to save Xiaoyue."
let me stall, you go to save her, I’ve never seen her…" Wei Gaoyuan said.
Xingfei thought for seconds and said, "Alright! You attract them, I go saving
her. After making her settled we’ll return to sweep their lair!"
towards the lights as talking the battle plan. When they were getting less than
ten feet from the lights, some bandit found them and shouted, "Who’s there?!!"
getting startled and tense, Wei Gaoyuan put his right hand on the handle of
Xingfei reached out to stop him, shooting him a look, and then looked up and
smiled gently to the bandit, “Brother, we two just got lost in the mountain, I
wondered if we could stay overnight in your village."
coming over, dressed in black, was a long-faced man with a goatee and little
triangular eyes. He looked up and down the two of Wei Gaoyuan, smiled and said,
"No problem! Just stay over in my house! I just killed a fat chicken; no
one hates my chicken soup!"
you very much for your kindly treat! How should I call you, brother?" Liu
Xingfei looked pretty happy.
Third Hou, just call me Third Brother!" said the man in black, seemed quite
Third Brother!" Liu Xingfei greeted with a smile.
were talking, another man in black came over and asked, "Third Hou, what
are you doing? How can you bring two…"
passers-by, just lost their way, wanna stay overnight in our village." Third
Hou gave a look to his partner.
bandit took it quickly, said with a simple and honest smile, "Ah, come in,
come in please, just take here as your home!"
you, brother!" Liu Xingfei greeted with a cupped-fist.
lowered his head and was raising his hands to give a cupped-fist. Swish! Swish!
Two streams of blood were spurting from the throats of the two bandits with Liu
Xingfei’s blade sweeping fast across their necks!
two bandits fell to the ground, their hands covering their throats, their eyes
bulging, wanting to shout madly but no sound came out.
while, the two bandits didn’t move at all. Liu Xingfei went down to take off
Third Hou’s black clothes and said to Wei Gaoyuan, “Put on the clothes,
immediately understood his intentions and began doing as what his brother did.
After finished, they dragged the two bodies into the trees, and then walked towards
a total of ten small cabins around, which seemed to be the bandits' temporary
lair. It was estimated there were not too many bandits in this lair now. The fence
outside the cabins looked so simple that it appeared to be blown by the wind in
Xingfei and Wei Gaoyuan walked over the fence and saw that two bandits sitting on
the floor were chatting. One of the bandits said to them without raising his
head, "Where did you go?"
Xingfei coughed twice and replied in a fake voice, "Just go searching treasures."
treasures??" the two bandits raised their heads at the same time as Liu
Xingfei was timely throwing them a small silver coin, which attracted all their
Where did you guys get the silver coin so…" one of the bandits smirked.
his last word came out, however, his throat was cut by Liu Xingfei’s sword, and
so was the other bandit’s at almost the same time. Two clear strokes of sword!
and powerful!" Wei Gaoyuan gave his brother a thumbs-up in his heart.
Xingfei didn't know Wei Gaoyuan’s thought, staring at the biggest cabin at the
end of small ones and said to Wei Gaoyuan, "That one should be their leader’s.
Clean up those in the small cabins first, or we might get stuck front and back!"
it!" Wei Gaoyuan nodded, following Liu Xingfei.
Xingfei came to a cabin and knocking at the door.
came the question in the room.
head called you," Liu Xingfei lowered his voice.
the person inside said, followed by the footsteps.
door was opened, Liu Xingfei said with his back to the door, "Just follow
Gaoyuan glanced at the two people coming out from the house, and Liu Xingfei’s
look. Liu Xingfei suddenly turned, and his sword flashed through the one’s throat
as Wei Gaoyuan’s sword had penetrated the other one’ heart.
the man who was stabbed by Wei Gaoyuan made a sad scream, which broke the silence
of the night!
Xingfei's expression changed a little, "I forgot it! It’s my fault, not
telling you to cut their throats so that they won’t make a sound."
so sorry! Brother, I never thought it would be…" Wei Gaoyuan's face was
pale. His hand holding the sword kept shaking slightly.
the first time he’d ever killed a man, and he didn’t knew that results might
differ between different patterns of killing.
a noise in the surrounding cabins with lights, from which soon came a group of bandits,
more than 10...
deep sigh, Liu Xingfei said, "Hold your sword! Kill them all! Hope they won’t
Wei Gaoyuan realized that he’d made a mistake
and spoiled the plan. Holding the sword and ready to fight, however, he found the
sword in his hand was still shaking.
Liu Xingfei had taken the lead
to rushed to the crowd in front. Wei Gaoyuan clenched his teeth and rushed up close
behind him. The two young swordsmen whirling and moving fast in the crowd with
their swords flashing and cutting the bandits like mowing the grass. Before long,
nearly ten bandits had been killed.
In the slaughter, Wei Gaoyuan had a complete blank
in his mind, simply waving his sword by instinct and just turning a deaf ear to
the miserable screams around him.
A few minutes later, there were no bandits standing
around Wei Gaoyuan as Liu Xingfei was got involved in a bitter fight against
two bandits in black who both held the long scimitars.
The two bandits in black had the similar beard,
similar faces and figures; one held the scimitar in his right hand, and the
other held the similar one in left. They operated very naturally, which even made
Liu Xingfei tied up for the time being.
Taking a deep breath, Wei Gaoyuan rushed up and
joined Liu Xingfei’s tough battle.
The battle soon changed after Wei Gaoyuan’s
joining: Liu Xingfei was fighting against the one with the scimitar in the left
hand, breaking his connection and operation with the other one with the
right-handed scimitar, who was struggling with Wei Gaoyuan. Gradually, Liu
Xingfei’s advantage in strength and level in stage was becoming more and more obvious.
Until the fourth round, Liu Xingfei had already
dominated the combat and his opponent. Just as he was preparing to give his opponent
a last strike, a scream came from the battle of Wei Gaoyuan.
Both Liu Xingfei and his
opponent got frozen for a second and meanwhile glanced over the scream, just
seeing that Wei Gaoyuan was sliding the sword into the scabbard and the bandit
with the right-handed scimitar was falling back to the ground, the blood spurting
out from his throat.
The bandit with the left-handed scimitar was astonished
as he didn't expect his brother to be killed so quickly. Losing all will to continue
fighting, he turned over suddenly and tried to escape. When he just ran away three
steps, however, a tip of sword appeared through his chest, then he only felt all
his strength was pouring out and exhausted in an instant.
He turned his head hard, stared at Liu Xingfei whose
sword had pierced his chest, and said with full of resentment in the eyes, "You...you’ll......die...our...head
His eyes had lost the light of life before he
could finish the last words of his life. As Liu Xingfei pulled back the sword
from his chest, his body slammed into the ground.
Liu Xingfei’s turned to look at Wei Gaoyuan, sort
of curious: Wei Gaoyuan turned out to get rid of the opponent faster than
himself. He judged from the fight with the twin bandits just now that they
shouldn’t be weaker than ninth-level of the Mystery. Then why could this junior
brother kill one of them so quickly?
For Wei Gaoyuan, he just got no time to think about
Liu Xingfei’s curiosity, now, he was busy vomiting…
The feeling of killing people was far more terrible
than he thought, which was totally different from the feeling in any fights
ever. When he was a child, he didn’t even dare to glance at the dying chicken
body who was struggling on the ground just like an invisible hand pinching his
heart. Right now, his stomach seemed to be violently rolling and twisted.
He didn't dare to close his eyes, either,
fearing that if he did, he would see the desperate eyes of the dying enemies and
their blood splashing over him, and even their soul leaving the bodies.
It was so terrible to kill people!
Until there was nothing in his stomach to throw
up, he simply threw his back on the ground, breathing heavily and looking at
the stars in the sky, death and souls still flying in his brain…
It was a long time before a strong hand held
Wei Gaoyuan's right shoulder up to let him sit up on the ground. Liu Xingfei then
gently patted his back and said, "I never thought… it’s the first time you’ve
killed men, I’m sorry… "
Wei Gaoyuan took a long breath and shook his
head a few times, "Thank you, brother… I just never thought killing was…was
"You will…and have to get used to it,"
Liu Xingfei comforted him, "the world of martial artists is actually cruel;
in many cases, however, your sword is killing for saving and surviving…"
Wei Gao nodded and said, "I’ll try to get
used to it, but it might take a little time. Don’t worry about me, brother, Xiaoyue
is still waiting for you."
"Well, you take a break, I’ll be back soon,"
Liu Xingfei got up and rushed to the biggest cabin.
After a few moment, Wei Gaoyuan’s breath turned
even. He picked up the long sword beside him and walked toward the biggest cabin,
worrying about something unexpected that might happen to Liu Xingfei, and it did;
only after taking a few steps towards the biggest cabin, he just saw a figure shooting
out of it and crashing back to the ground heavily!
That was Liu Xingfei. He stood up from the
ground, coughed a few times with his hand on his chest, then quickly took a
pill from the bosom pocket and put it to his mouth. A little while later, his face
turned well from the pale.
When Liu Xingfei rushed into the biggest cabin just
now, he suddenly felt a strong force coming from the front and hitting over him.
Having felt its great power, he quickly ran his Internal Qi to resist, but it
didn’t work at all, he was still slammed out of the door by that force.
He’d knew that there must be someone very strong
in the cabin, probable as strong as one at seventh level of the Mystery. Thus,
he anxiously waved at Wei Gaoyuan, "Don't get close to that cabin! Leave,
Wei Gaoyuan naturally couldn’t leave Liu
Xingfei to escape alone. He glanced at that cabin: a long-haired man was wearing
a white ulster as walking slowly out of the cabin.
The man looked around 30 years old, his beard
clean shaven, and his pointed chin and fine features made him looked like a
pretty girl, no, like a weird beauty! He walked out of the cabin step by step,
his voice was cold and shrill, "Kids, ruined my plan~ None of you could
leave here! "
Wei Gaoyuan stood motionless, holding the long
sword and staring at the man in white. Faced with a man who could blast Liu Xingfei
off his back, he was so nervous actually, but he found his hands were no longer
shaking. And his legs gradually turned quite steady, because of the hard training
in the weird basin?
"Well, don’t escape?" the man in white
shot himself to Wei Gaoyuan in an instant, with a twisted smile on his face,
and reached up to grab the neck of Wei Gaoyuan.
Meanwhile Wei Gaoyuan stabbed at the man’s shoulder
with the sword, and the man in white moved sideways fast to evade the sword yet
the movement of his claw didn’t slow down; Wei Gaoyuan had to pull back his
sword and busted out a swift back-flip!
"Well, well, an interesting boy~~"the
man in white gave a harsh chuckle and changed his claw to the palm to strike
Wei Gaoyuan’s chest.
The chilly wind with the palm-strike had
shrouded the whole body of Wei Gaoyuan, who found there was no way to dodge any
more. Gritting his teeth, Wei Gaoyuan swung his sword and pointed it at the man's
With a little chortle, the man’s arm glided
along the blade like an agile snake and grabbed Wei Gaoyuan's
wrist tightly; Wei Gaoyuan made a shiver uncontrollably and quickly ran his
Internal Qi to resist the chilly stream of Internal Qi penetrating into his arm
from the man’s hand.
And the other hand of the man in white had already
been palming over his head!
Wei Gaoyuan subconsciously wanted to block it with
his left hand, but he knew it won’t work at all since the man in white's level
in stage and Internal Qi was obviously stronger than his.
Death had been knocking at his door!
At the crucial moment, a sword broke through the
air and stabbed at the side neck of the man in white! This sword came so fast
and deadly that even the man in white had to withdraw his hands to avoid it.
undoubtedly, the sudden stroke of sword came
from Liu Xingfei. As soon as the man in white throwed his whole body back, Liu Xingfei
hurried to pull Wei Gaoyuan and turned to run.
"Wanna flee now? Leave your lives first!!"
the man in white had been kept a few feet away from the two teenagers in a blink
of an eye; he snorted and immediately flapped after them.
Instead of nervousness, Wei Gaoyuan even got a
sense of excitement while running. Getting closer and closer to the woods in
front, he asked, "Brother, the man after us seemed quite powerful, how should
we save Xiaoyue? "
"I’ll attract his attention after entering
deep into the woods, and you try to find a chance to return and save her,"
Liu Xingfei had got the plan while started escaping.
"I attract him, you save her!"
"The man in white was too dangerous for
you! I’m your brother, just follow my order!" Liu Xingfei rejected Wei
Gaoyuan's suggestion firmly this time.
"Okay," Wei Gaoyuan agreed but had
got the plan in his heart. He reckoned that the level of their opponent seemed
not much higher than themselves. If they could seize an opportunity, under the cover of the woods and
night, to give him a sneak attack…
Less than 20 years old as Liu
Xingfei was this year, he’d cultivated in the outer section for more than two
years, and accordingly experienced much more in the underground world of
martial artists than Wei Gaoyuan. He led Wei Gaoyuan into the woods and instructed
him to hide in a large tree, then continued running ahead.
man in white chased into the woods, he was less than a dozen feet away from Liu
Xingfei. He sneered and kept chasing him up, not noticing that Wei Gaoyuan hid
quietly between the branches of the tree.
plan they made, Wei Gaoyuan had to return to the lair to save Xiaoyue after Liu
Xingfei led the man in white off himself, but on seeing the shadow of the man in
white happened to pass by the tree where he was hiding, he decided, without any
hesitation, to take this fleeting opportunity and launch a sneak attack!
jumped down from the tree and hacked at the back of the man in white!
of a martial artist at seventh level of the Mystery was actually acuter than he
thought, the man in white had heard the faint and unusual sound of leaves over
his head just as Wei Gaoyuan jump off the tree! By instinct, the man in white curled
up his body and rolled swiftly ahead on the ground! While getting up, his hand had held a long scimitar.
the man in white getting up, Wei Gaoyuan turned and ran away as rapidly as a hare!
hare. Because of the early death of his parents, Wei Gaoyuan was often bullied
by the older children when he was a child, and was troubled from time to time by
the gang members while he became older, so he just believed that no one in such
a complicated terrain could be more skilled at escaping than himself.
he was. There were all trees, rocks and small pits everywhere in the woods. Wei
Gaoyuan used the surroundings to looped and zigzagged, up and down in the woods,
which even dodged all strikes by the following man in white, who just scabbard the
scimitar later and focused on chasing the irritating hare.
Xingfei did not run far away. Once finding the man in white turned to chasing Wei
Gaoyuan, he just knew that the junior brother was so inexperienced in practical
combat that he must have quit the original plan and launched a sneak attack on
his own; unlike the training or fighting competition in the outer section, any
decision in practical combat would lead to life, or death.
Xingfei hurried to ran back to rescue and seconds later he had rushed close behind
the man in white, he shouted: "Junior brother, look out!"
darling~ There you are! You just took the right time~" the man in white was
happy in his heart to see Liu Xingfei’ return as he’d found himself quite
difficult to catch up the hare ahead, then, the hare’s companion just arrived.
in white pulled out the long scimitar and turned his target into Liu Xingfei, who
hoped to create a chance for his junior brother to escape even though their
enemy might be one level higher than himself.
the hunter expected, the hare, Wei Gaoyuan, turned back and rushed up with the
sword to join his companion’s combat.
swords and one scimitar flew everywhere, flashing in the dark forest with three fast-moving
Xingfei thought that Wei Gaoyuan was a ninth-level approximately, but found himself
very wrong after they’d been fighting together a dozen more rounds with the man
in white, it was almost the eighth-level that this junior brother turned out to
was he allowed to go out of his Peak? Why did he have to be a hunter of
contribution points? As a freshman who’d just reached eighth-level, he was, undoubtedly,
a genius among peers in the outer section; as usual, such sort of disciple tend
to be taught by the Elders personally and would never worry about his contribution
hardly figure it out, and it was not the right time to think it over—the
Internal Qi of the man in white felt so weird, just making him very uncomfortable,
like falling into a dark and cold cellar!
another twenty rounds. Liu Xingfei got surprised in that the battle were still in
an almost balanced situation for both sides.
even the ally of three top-eighth-level warriors might not suffice to overwhelm
a bottom-seventh-level warrior, let along just two of themselves.
surprised him even more was that until now Wei Gaoyuan had been using just the
same one pattern of swordsmanship, time and time again. He never changed it! But
just this one pattern could always change the situation of combat at a critical
unknown pattern enable this junior brother to fight even more powerful than
unbelievable, and a blessing as well. If it was other ordinary junior brother who
cooperated with him, he could have had no chance to return to the outer
level of the man in white must be higher than them as well as the power of his
weird Internal Qi. With the combat going, the gap between the level appeared more
and more obvious. Another dozens of rounds after, the man in white kicked over
Liu Xingfei as he shielded himself with the scimitar from the stroke of sword
from Wei Gaoyuan.
Gaoyuan knew it clearly that the most powerful pattern he could use was the
first pattern of Eight Clouds in Dream and only this pattern could withstand
the scimitar-strike of their enemy; if he used the basic pattern of
swordsmanship learned in the East Mountain Sword Club, he would have been the big
burden of Liu Xingfei and even made himself killed a few rounds before.
the time passed, he found that even this pattern might not take good care of
himself as he’d learned just seventy or eighty percent of its power and
was. After Liu Xingfei was kicked over, the man white could focused all his
attention on Wei Gaoyuan, and slashed out a dozen strokes of scimitar, like a
net of thunderstorm covering the whole body of Wei Gaoyuan.
of Wei Gaoyuan became slower and slower. He had to keep stepping backwards and rely
on the big trunks around him from time to time to avoid a hail of scimitar-strike
after another. After another dozen steps backwards, he didn’t perceive a very
small pit under his foot and stepped on it.
body lost balance just slightly as Liu Xingfei climbed up, and the man in white
couldn’t miss the fleeting chance to hack down at Wei Gaoyuan’s head mercilessly;
Wei Gaoyuan had no choice but roll sideways, meanwhile swept the enemy’s ankles
with his sword.
Wei Gaoyuan's sleeves were cut. His sword did not other's ankles, though.
in white was so experienced in practical combat that he launched another scimitar-strike
rapidly at the chest of Wei Gaoyuan before he could pull back his sword!
no choice for Wei Gaoyuan to dodge this time, except for abandoning his only
sword, and he did, he dropped his sword without any hesitation and gave another
swift rolling sideways, just seeing the blade of scimitar falling down right along
his right arm and cutting into the ground!
Liu Xingfei’s sword had come after, putting the man in white on the defensive immediately
with his scimitar.
have won one moment for Wei Gaoyuan to get back his sword on the ground, though
the man in white let out a kick backwards at the chest of Wei Gaoyuan as
holding Liu Xingfei’s sword with his scimitar, then he just felt his leg got held
tightly. It was Wei Gaoyuan for sure, who even quit getting his sword back and
directly put his arms tightly around the right leg of the enemy after dodging the
crazy puppy!” pouring his Internal Qi into the right leg suddenly, the man in
white was waving his right leg and throwing Wei Gaoyuan against the ground!
was slammed back on the ground, his arms still holding the right leg of his
in white was half-squatting on the ground at this moment and then simply sat
down, giving another heavy kick over the head of Wei Gaoyuan. If hit, Wei
Gaoyuan would be killed definitely!
Gaoyuan had no choice but let the right leg out, and he saw the sword right beside
his foot! His eyes lit up in a instant! Lying on the ground, he condensed his
Internal Qi into his foot and just kicked on the hilt of the sword!
flashing! The sword shot at the man in white like a flash of lightning!
Xingfei’s another sword-strike also came over at the right time.
on the ground, the white man blocked the sword of Liu Xingfei over his head by
his scimitar. His eyes suddenly flashed and narrowed, and directly stretch his left
arm to grab the blade of Wei Gaoyuan’s sword flying over his chest!
sound came from the blade! Wei Gaoyuan's sword just be stopped after still going
further in the hand of the man in white, almost pierced into his ribs.
blood flowing along the silver blade, the man in white’s left hand still hold
the blade tight.
Xingfei’s next stroke of sword stabbed over from the back of the man in white, as
quick and timely as before!
in white wanted to raise his scimitar to resist the sword once again.
dull thunk, however, Liu Xingfei's sword got his target this time, piercing the
white man's chest finally!
of staring at Liu Xingfei, the man in white was eyeballing Wei Gaoyuan, full of
resentment: Wei Gaoyuan punched his waist just as he was about to block the
sword and made him froze slightly, but just this slight stop slowed his
scimitar somewhat, and just because of this short time difference, Liu
Xingfei's sword finally succeeded in piercing his heart.
of the man in white was filled up with unwillingness. He’d been striving so
long for becoming a strong warrior and finally got a magic but unorthodox method
for cultivation, which told him how to boost his level more quickly by absorbing
the Yin essence from the virgin, at the price of getting more and more female characteristics.
As long as he could absorb it from two more virgins in that big cabin, he would
reach the sixth-level of the Mystery. Two teenagers, just the two little guys,
however, ended his Tao of martial arts.
his eyes opened and his left hand holding the blade of Wei Gaoyuan, the man in
white still kept the posture of sitting on the ground, motionlessly and
and Yang: As was believed in Taoism philosophy, Yin and Yang is the duality
present in all aspects of the universe. For instance: Yin is Female / Soft /
Death / Dark / the Moon, while Yang is Male / Hard / Life / Light / the Sun; it
also describes how opposite or contrary forces are actually complementary,
interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they mutually
give rise to each other.)
The atmosphere of repression around, like a
snake closing tight around their necks, made Liu Xingfei and Wei Gaoyuan hold
their breath to stare at the man in white, who was no longer moving; neither of
them dared to act rashly and drop their guard.
It was a long time before Wei Gaoyuan suddenly started
vomiting blood and coughing up violently.
Liu Xingfei’s face changed. He quickly
decapitated the man in white with his sword, and squatted down to help Wei
Gaoyuan to stand up, asking with concern, “Junior brother, are you all right?!”
"Not…not bad…" Wei Gaoyuan replied in
a low voice.
He felt that the chilly Internal Qi of the man
in white might hurt his lungs, very sore in the chest, and it was sort of difficult
to talk and breathe, but shouldn’t be life-threatening.
"Take it first, then sit down to do a
meditation," Liu Xingfei took out a pill and put it into Wei Gaoyuan’s
Wei Gaoyuan sat cross-legged on the ground and started
doing a meditation, and a cool feeling soon came with the pill sliding down through
his mouth. A few minutes later, the pain in his chest was relieved a lot. He withdrew
his Internal Qi running throughout his body into his Dantian, "Well, let’s
go to the cabin!"
"Okay!" Liu Xingfei nodded and pulled
Wei Gaoyuan to his feet, and walked towards the cabin where they’d met the man
in white for the first time.
The left section of candle was still lighting in
that cabin when they entered: two large curtains separated the cabin into two rooms
and one hall; there was a bed in the hall, and a girl lying on the bed; she seemed
dead before a long time.
As their footsteps came, there was scream and
whisper of girls behind the curtain.
"He is back! That demon is back!"
"What should we do, what can we do..."
Different voice was filled with the same deep
panic and despair.
Liu Xingfei turned relieved, giving a shout of excitement,
"Xiaoyue! Are you there?!"
"Brother Liu!! Is that you?!" a cry
of surprise came from inside.
"Yeah! It's me! Liu Xingfei!" Liu
Xingfei pulled the curtain.
"Brother Liu! It’s you! It’s…really you!!!"
a tiny but kind of cute girl cried behind a row of iron bars, it should be Chu
The place behind the curtain was made as a cell,
where three girls were imprisoned for resources of Yin essence. Having been wandering
outside the entrance of hell for long, they all looked worn and very anxious. Seeing
Liu Xingfei entering, Chu Xiaoyue began weeping for great joy and said to the two
girls next to him, "My brother…Brother Liu came! He come for saving us! He…he...save..."
she collapsed and fell backwards.
"Xiaoyue!" Liu Xingfei waved the sword
to cut off several bars and rushed in to hold Xiaoyue.
Touching her pulse, his got relieved: it seemed
that she’d just been in a state of tense and horror too long and exhausted. As his
expectation, she came out of a coma not long after taking a pill.
One of the other two girls was still in a
trance, sitting on the floor, gasping unevenly. Her eyes were sweeping on Liu
Xingfei and Wei Gaoyuan.
The other one appeared a little better. After calming
down, she inclined her head in a little bow to greet Liu Xingfei and Wei Gaoyuan,
"Warriors, thanks a lot for saving us. I’m from the Family of Shen in
Caohe Town. Owing too much to you, I wish I may pay you back… "
Awkward as this girl’s current appearance was, she
seemed to be some well-brought-up girl from big family. The Chu Village was just
under the jurisdiction of Caohe Town. They might send her home by the way on
the way back.
Liu Xingfei and Wei Gaoyuan exchanged glances
and nodded. Then Liu Xingfei looked at the other curtain and said, "See what’s
Wei Gaoyuan opened the other curtain— the space behind it was not big, a bed and a big box inside. He tried
to open it but it was locked.
"The key may be with..." Wei Gaoyuan meant
the man in white.
Liu Xingfei came in with Xiaoyue. He did not go
out of the cabin to find the key, but directly pulled the sword to break the lock.
The lock was not so strong as Liu Xingfei’s
As the lock cracked with a bang, he opened the
box. And a lot of gold and silver coins, jewels and jewelry scattered onto the
"Oh, my god, my eyes!” Wei Gaoyuan's eyes narrowed,
as if they were hurt by the big box of shiny stuff. Not surprisingly, he’d been
so poor for more than ten years; it was the first time he’d ever seen so much treasure
Liu Xingfei seemed not that excited, he said calmly,
"Junior brother, just find something you like, You may take three of them;
the half of the remaining will be distributed to the surrounding villagers; and
the other half, we’ll take it back to the outer section."
Jesus! I could take three!? Wei Gaoyuan was
overjoyed, suddenly feeling not much hurt in his chest now…
He could only tell a few names of those in the
box. Hesitating for a few moments, he just took three big gold ingots…
Liu Xingfei smiled，"Hey~
man~ why don't you take jewelry?"
"I don't know what to take; the gold ingot
is worth more…uh… it might be…" Wei Gaoyuan was embarrassed and gave a
Liu Xingfei shook his head slightly and picked
up a necklace with a milky gem pendant. He handed it to Wei Gaoyuan, "It’s
worth more than the big guys in your hand, take it~"
"Ah… Really?" Wei Gaoyuan put down
the gold ingots and took the necklace, scanning it up and down: it was
beautiful, indeed, especially the exquisite pendant, like a snowflake, Xiaoxue
might like it…
(The given name of his sister, Xiaoxue, means snow
Liu Xingfei continued to searching in the box,
also took a necklace and a pair of jade bracelets for himself.
Wei Gaoyuan thought for a moment and took a pair
of gold bracelets, but he looked kind of hesitating again as they felt not so heavy
as the gold ingot…
Liu Xingfei found a big bag, bigger than the
Universe in Bag. He opened it—a bag full of golden beans. He
immediately tied it up and threw it to Wei Gaoyuan, "This one~ It might be
more useful than the gold ingot~"
Wei Gaoyuan took and opened it, exactly, the
average merchant could hardly exchange that big gold ingot, so he put it into
his bosom pocket quickly.
Liu Xingfei then chose another little yellow gem
himself. After that, they carried the treasure box and went out with the three girls.
The dark curtain of night covering the entire
woods, the valley was in a thorough silence. No one had noticed that the body
of the man in white lying still in the woods had been turning dried up, like a
It was very abnormal that his body began to
dehydrate just less than an hour after the death…
There was still no sunlight penetrating the
clouds to light the darkest night. The rooster in Chu Village had begun to sing;
the candlelight in the houses was shining quietly; some villagers were going on
a patrol at the entrance of the village.
When the horizon turned bright little by little,
one person suddenly jumped up and shouted alertly, "Keep your eyes open! Someone
seemed to be coming here! Over there…"
"Don't worry, Old Fourth Brother, it
shouldn’t the bandits… no horse," Chu Shangao responded calmly.
"Is that young warrior Liu and Wei?!"
lit up the eyes of man who was called Old Fourth Brother, then shook his head
again and muttered, "no…no… they won’t be coming back so soon…they left just
one day ago..."
"The bandits can’t stand a chance against the
warriors of the Mystery! I am just worried whether Xiaoyue is still…" Chu
"Hey! Hey! Just shut up your big jinx
mouth! Are you her father?!" the Old Fourth Brother said after spitting,
"Xiaoyue is so sweet and nice, and…God save her…she has nine lives!"
"Thank you for your kind words…" Chu
Shangao sighed softly. Meanwhile, he’d already hold the handle of the scimitar
"Everyone be careful! But don't act rashly!"
The figures in distance got close to the
entrance in a few minutes. Chu Shangao got lightened as he’d seen them clearly.
He laughed, "It’s Xiaoyue!! They’re back! "
"Great! I said Xiaoyue would be fine!"
the Old Fourth Brother and the villagers around were relieved with a long
A shout came from distance, "Uncle Chu~ We’re
A few men opened the fence door and rushed out,
helping the young heroes to carry the big box.
When Xiaoyue flew into Chu Shangao’s arms and couldn’t
refrain from weeping, some villager opened the box, and then screams exploded
around the box and the crowds were stirred up…
Certainly, these villagers had never saw such a
full box of treasure.
"Everyone has a share~~" Liu Xingfei
laughed, sat down against the box, waiting for the dawn to distribute the treasure.
A few lanterns dimly flickered in an ancient burial
chamber, making this small space filled with a Stygian darkness and creepy
feeling of endless death; there were complicated and weird patterns, lines and words
on the ground, seeing like some ancient incantation or some unknown Formation.
A inky coffin stood vertically in the center of
Suddenly, the lid of the coffin made a creaky
noise, and a low hoarse voice came from inside of the coffin, "Yin Slave was
dead? This junk!... Who… killed him? Destroy my plan! Just sacrifice… everything
of you… to me!!"
(Formation: “Zhenfa” in Chinese, divided into
multiple categories depending on its function, for instance, Battle Formations
are tactical formations used by an army of cultivators or martial artists
attacking or stopping their enemies in concert; Spell Formations, also called Magic
Circles, are used to cast a continuous area-of-effect spell on the location the
formation encompasses, or to summon something, to name only a few.)
Ten days later, Liu Xingfei and Wei Gaoyuan
returned to the outer section of East Mountain Sword Clan.
The two young hunters not only succeeded in rooting
out the bandits for Chu Village, but also brought back half a box of treasure.
After verification by the Exchange House, they were finally rewarded with twenty
contribution points— five extra points for bonus.
Regarding the distribution of twenty contribution
points, they had different opinions when receiving it at the Exchange House.
Liu Xingfei supposed that Wei Gaoyuan had played a huge role in fighting
against the man in white, and also helped himself to achieve the goal of saving
his friend, so he’d love to give all twenty points to Wei Gaoyuan.
Although Wei Gaoyuan grew up poor and had been low
in status since his birth, he knew the fundamental morals of Jianghu as well as
the meaning of “brother” and “companion”; Moreover, he’d certainly learnt a lot
from Liu Xinfei during the mission; despite being injured in the combat, he’d
got recovered overnight after taking Liu Xingfei’s pill, really a wonder pill; so
Wei Gaoyuan insisted receiving no more than eight points.
(Jianghu：a very significant
concept in Chinese Martial Arts novel, figuratively referring to the “underground
world of martial arts”. It’s an amazing section of society, almost separate from
government and authority, consisting of martial artists, gangsters, thieves,
beggars, prostitutes, merchants, entertainers, and anyone else wanting to
operate outside of mainstream society or in the grey area of the law.)
And finally, they reached a consensus: each of
them got ten points. Then they just said goodbye and returned to their
After returning to Dark-Feather Peak, Wei Gaoyuan
learned that something happened those days when he left:
Cyan-Feather Peak and Scarlet-Feather Peak had got
a little conflict.
WEI Gaoyuan broke through to the ninth-level of
And Hu Xiaoshu was beaten up, by WEI Gaoyuan.
Wei Gaoyuan didn't care about WEI Gaoyuan's
breakthrough in the stage, but he had to know why he beat up Hu Xiaoshu, his
Hu Xiaoshu's injury was not serious. He vomited
blood after the conflict actually because of indignation.
WEI Gaoyuan of Cyan-Feather Peak was clearly a little
man, a fame-hound in Hu Xiaoshu’s heart. It was his brother Wei Gaoyuan, among
the freshmen, who was the Martial Arts genius with a fake spiritual root. In
his eyes, WEI Gaoyuan could never catch up with his brother Wei. So when the
two young and spunky boys met, there was bound to be some hostile sparks exploding
That day, they two just argued with each other
at first, and a few words later, both sides were provoked, and then a competition
in Martial Arts came.
With the strong support of Elder Xu, plus piles
of rare herbs and pills Cyan-Feather Peak invested, WEI Gaoyuan quickly boosted
his stage into ninth-level of the Mystery. How could Hu Xiaoshu compete with
him? So without any effort at all, WEI Gaoyuan defeated Hu Xiaoshu, with only
Hu Xiaoshu could never forget the pride on the
face of WEI Gaoyuan, and his words: "Then you see it? I am that real genius
disciple! You, who just can’t take my one stroke, are not qualified to evaluate
me, and the so called ‘genius’ in your mouth, your brother Wei, just tell him, I
would always be waiting him at Cyan-Feather Peak..."
He gave a special emphasis to the later “genius”.
Hu Xiaoshu was not a slick talker naturally, too
furious to argue anything. He began vomiting blood after returned to Scarlet-Feather
Peak. And Wei Gaoyuan was just at Chu Village at that time.
Lin was frightened while seeing his vomiting blood.
So she reported the whole thing to the Elder of Scarlet-Feather Peak, who
immediately sent a senior disciple to speak officially to the Cyan-Feather,
which caused a small friction between the disciples of the two Peaks.
Fortunately, it was not big deal, just the
friction between the young disciples, but it indeed made the Elders of the two Peaks
feel kind of embarrassed and humiliated.
The two leading roles in this incident were both
new disciples. The disciple of Scarlet-Feather Peak couldn’t take one stroke of
the disciple of Cyan-Feather Peak. Did that indicate the education and
cultivation of the former Peak had fell behind that of the later one?
The Elder of Cyan-Feather Peak knew it plainly in
his heart that his disciple WEI Gaoyuan could not compare to Wei Gaoyuan that Hu
Xiaoshu defended. If Wei Gaoyuan heard of it after return, he wasn’t likely to
stand by; who knew the current level of Wei Gaoyuan, the boy with the fake
spiritual root? That might torn the loincloth of his Peak…
No! He wouldn’t involve himself into any possibility
of losing his old face again! He wouldn’t let WEI Gaoyuan meet Wei Gaoyuan!
To improve WEI Gaoyuan's stage as quickly as he
could before the two boys met, and it would be the best result that WEI Gaoyuan
could take the lead in the examination for the new disciples at the end of this
year, if so, his old face would be completely saved…
Before the evening came, Elder Xu, the lead of Cyan-Feather
Peak, was seen hurrying off his Peak to the direction of Dark-Feather Peak with
a small jar of wine…
At almost the same time, Wei Gaoyuan walked out
of Hu Xiaoshu's residence. He left Scarlet-Feather Peak and went directly to the
location of Cyan-Feather Peak.
Deng Baisheng, who entered Cyan-Feather Peak four
years ago, had reached the peak of eighth-level of the Mystery, not far from
breaking through into the seventh-level.
It was his turn today to guard Palace of
Cyan-Feather, an easy job generally. Because the precepts and laws of the outer
section was serious and well organized, few people dare go on the rampage on the
The time after dinner was always quite
leisurely. Deng Baisheng leaned in front of the hall door, watching the sunset
in the sky and thinking about his future life. Then, a boy in a black uniform appeared
in the distant, stepping to Palace of Cyan-Feather steadily along the long stone
"The man of Dark-Feather Peak?" Deng
Baisheng recognized the uniform. "Why do the disciple of Dark-Feather Peak
visit our Peak at this time?"
He stood upright and waited. Until the boy in
black came close to the hall door, he greeted, "This junior brother of Dark-Feather
Peak, welcome, and…what can I do for you?"
"I'm coming for WEI Gaoyuan, I wonder if you
could help me to inform him," surely, the boy in black was Wei Gaoyuan.
He cared little about what WEI Gaoyuan had done
on the day of selection. He would never, however, care little about what WEI
Gaoyuan had done against his brother Hu.
"For junior brother WEI?" Deng
Baisheng immediately remembered Elder Xu’s command before going down the Peak
that WEI Gaoyuan had retreated into a secret cultivation, and just told anyone that
want to visited him to come after three months.
WEI Gaoyuan was well known in Cyan-Feather Peak
as a result of of Elder Xu's preference. Elder Xu said he was a rare genius. Recently
a few people had come to visit him. Thus, in Deng Baisheng's opinion, it was
not curious for the young boy in black to visit his peer brother for admiration,
who’d, after all, broken through the Undistinguishment into the Mystery only two
months after he entered Cyan-Feather Peak.
He put on a routine look, saying, "Junior
brother WEI has broken through recently and
been in a secret cultivation now. I’m afraid you need to wait for three months
if you wanna visit him."
"Three months?" Wei Gaoyuan smiled, and
with a faintly mocking voice, he murmured, "Isn't the three months enough?
Even if hide himself for three years, he thinks he can flee?! "
Deng Baisheng was very close to Wei Gaoyuan, whose
every word couldn’t escape his ears. He stared at Wei Gaoyuan and asked, "This
junior brother, you come for revenge? "
"Not for revenge, I just heard that brother
WEI is a rare genius in Martial Arts, and had reached ninth-level of the Mystery.
Therefore, I come today, just for learning from the genius..." Wei Gaoyuan’s
words was lent from the story in the tea houses. In the story of Jianghu, warriors
who issued a challenge was always saying like that.
"Are you a freshman?" Deng Baisheng
felt this boy was a bit interesting. To challenge a genius was indeed a good
way to become famous overnight, as well as a good way to understand the cruel
He wouldn't reason with such a new guy, saying
in a institutional tone, "Wanna challenge junior brother WEI, you have to
come three months later. You can leave your name first and I’ll tell him later."
"He really locked himself in for a secret
cultivation, or just for avoiding me?" Wei Gaoyuan smiled coldly.
“New boy, I have got no idea yet about the name
of this junior brother from Dark-Feather Peak. And you think the disciple of Cyan-Feather
Peak needs to avoid you?!” seeing a look of disdain on the face of the boy in
black, Deng Baisheng changed his face suddenly and sneered coldly.
"My name is Wei Gaoyuan; WEI Gaoyuan beat
up my brother, Hu Xiaoshu; I come here, for his payback!" Wei Gaoyuan responded.
"What?! You’re WEI Gaoyuan? And you…you
beat up your brother? And come here to beat up…WEI Gaoyuan??" Deng
Baisheng’s brain got a real short circuit at once…
Wei Gaoyuan knew the brother had misunderstood and
explained, "My name is Wei Gaoyuan, ‘Wei’, not ‘WEI’ as your junior
"Well, I see," Deng Baisheng figured
it out, "you, and junior brother WEI, your names were pronounced the same,
but not the same character; he was the top genius among the freshmen, you are a
unknown freshman; so, you wanna challenge him for gaining fame? "
Wei Gaoyuan was amused by his words, beating up
a disciple of ninth-level of the Mystery would become well known?
Even if he could be famous by this way, that was
only the fame in the outer section of East Mountain Sword Clan. It was no use at
all to him. What he pursued was to be famous all over Jianghu and even let his name
spread to every corner of the world, for his sister, Wei Xiaoxue...
"Well, he won’t came out~ As long as he’s
still in East Mountain Sword Clan, I’ll meet him sooner or later," Wei
Gaoyuan said and turned away.
Behind Wei Gayuan, Deng Baisheng was certainly
very irritated at this boy, but as a rule in East Mountain Sword Clan, disciples
were not allowed to fight with each other privately. Besides, as an old
disciple, it was definitely not good to issue a personal challenge to a
freshman, so he could only give a snort coldly and watch Wei Gaoyuan stepping
down the Peak.
However, he didn't expect the gossip just
spreading fast like wildfire among the disciples of the outer section the next
day after Wei Gaoyuan's departure. It was said that the talented new disciple WEI
Gaoyuan of Cyan-Feather Peak didn’t dare to accept the challenge from someone
of his peers, and hid himself as a tortoise.
The head of Cyan-Feather Peak, Elder Xu, was
fuming with rage after hearing it, shouting a thousand times, in Palace of
Cyan-Feather, abuse at Elder Wu of Dark-Feather Peak…
Considering the fake spiritual root of that arrogant
boy, he guessed that before entering the outer section, the boy was most likely
to break into ninth-level of the Mystery, and might reach the eighth-level half
year later when the examination started at the end of this year. Hence, he had
to figure out some means to make WEI Gaoyuan stronger rapidly...
While Elder Xu was burning with rage, Elder Wu
called Wei Gaoyuan alone into the back room of Palace of Dark-Feather, and
asked, "Is it you who went to Cyan-Feather Peak to issue a challenge?"
"Report to master, it’s me!" Wei
Gaoyuan didn’t deny as he couldn’t.
"Then is it also you who spread the news
that WEI Gaoyuan daren’t accept the challenge?" Elder Wu added.
"Report to master, it’s not me," Wei
"Hum!" Elder Wu snorted softly. "Even
if you didn't do it, you shouldn’t get away with it!"
Wei Gaoyuan nodded. And
he nodded when Hu Xiaoshu proposed the news-spreading strategy, so long as his
own name wasn’t mentioned in the news.
Elder Wu frowned and said, "You might not
realize that you’d make Elder Xu, you know him, very humiliated…that means you’d
offend the whole peak of Cyan-Feather..."
"Ah? Is it so serious?" Wei Gaoyuan
didn't think of such an effect. A conflict between a few new disciples would
escalate to the level of Elder? He started a little worried about it.
Seeing Wei Gaoyuan frowning, Elder Wu realized
that the new boy actually knew little about the subtle and complex relationship
So he started to explain with patience,
"Elder Xu paid a high price to steal WEI Gaoyuan, who was found not the
one he wanted; he must have been focusing much efforts on the boy, who leveled
up so rapidly after entering his Peak, obviously, for getting back his lost
face; and you, you just visit his Peak to slap his face again, at the right
time and the right place…so how do you think he would think of you, boy?"
"I... I didn't succeed slapping his face
yet…" lowering his head, Wei Gaoyuan was talking to himself in a particularly
"You didn’t? You didn’t?!! You just wish
you could have slapped his face?!!!" Wei Gaoyuan underestimated Elder Wu's
hearing… His master’s face was like a black stone now. "Thank god you didn’t!
Or that old guy must keep missing you even in his dream! Just keep yourself always
ready for the upcoming competition, from Cyan-Feather Peak… "
Competition? Trouble precisely!
Wei Gaoyuan, however, feared little
about it. The rule of outer section prohibited disciples from fighting for killing
each other; even a normal competition in martial arts, it must be done without
any slight hurts to both sides. He’d underwent countless hurts, slight or
severe, since the beginning of his childhood, so the upcoming trouble was just
slight hurts at most，a pudding~
With ten points of contribution points in hand,
Wei Gaoyuan could go to the wind basin again to train himself for totally ten
hours. And the next day he went there and paid three points.
Due to the different terrains in the wind basin,
the force of wind was also different. Wei Gaoyuan's current stage could only choose
a area with relatively small wind. When he arrived, there were a few disciples
there. So, he walked over a vacant lot and sat down to practice.
After about half an hour, a voice came next to
him, "This junior brother, you take my place."
Wei Gaoyuan, who was engrossed in resisting the
wind anytime, was startled by the sudden voice, and turned his head: a tall young
man, wearing the uniform of Cyan-Feather Peak, was staring at him with an
The pudding was served so soon?
He didn't get annoyed, but said calmly, "I
don’t get your meaning, brother. When I came, there was no one here, and
..." He looked around — there was still plenty of space,
plenty enough for at least two people to practice.
The tall young man didn't seem to care about
the surrounding space and smirked, "This junior brother may not know, I’d
always been practicing here, for so long~~ I suddenly wanna take a leak just
now, and…just left for a while, then I saw you. So, I’m talking with you~
"No problem, brother, I’ll leave it to
you~" Wei Gaoyuan walked to another vacant lot not far from here. He used
"leave" rather than "return."
Seeing Wei Gaoyuan’s concession, a scornful
smile flashed on the corner of the tall man’s lips and vanished soon. He walked
over and said to Wei Gaoyuan, "This place isn’t suitable for you, either~"
"Oh?" Wei Gaoyuan frowned.
The man of Cyan-Feather Peak gave a meaningful
smile while seeing Wei Gaoyuan's expression changing. He said, "Junior
brother, you may not know we’ve got four mates altogether practicing here…the
other three… are going for a leak… as a team…you know, and will return soon…."
"Well, I’ll leave when your mates come
back," Wei Gaoyuan's attitude turned hostile as well as his look.
The smile faded slowly from the face of the tall
man of Cyan-Feather, "So, the junior brother wanna get yourself in trouble?"
"Brother knows who gets me," Wei
Gaoyuan sneered. "Previously, the disciple of Cyan-Feather did not dare to
accept the challenge, and now send his brother here to trouble a freshman. Is
it the tradition of Cyan-Feather Peak?"
He was not exaggerating. The tall man was
indeed a few years older than him and surely cultivated longer.
The tall man’s face turned hot slightly, but he
didn’t back off, staring at Wei Gaoyuan, "So, it’s just you, the new disciple
of Dark-Feather, who went to our Peak to issue a challenge?"
"Just went to resolve some personal issue,
with your junior brother WEI. Maybe the brother who guarded in Palace of Cyan-Feather
misunderstood me, it’s not a challenge," Wei Gaoyuan said calmly.
"Hum!" the tall man snorted coldly,
and said. "You’re also a new disciple, aren't you? Undoubtedly, No.1 new
disciple is junior brother WEI, everyone knows it, so you, a shallow new boy,
are not worthy to challenge him!!"
"Well…" Wei Gaoyuan smiled with taunts,
“I finally got why WEI Gaoyuan locked himself in, I’m not worthy~ not worthy to
Then he turned his tone sharply, "But, I'm
not going to challenge him actually; I'm going to talk with him, with my fist~"
"Oh? Your fist? I just stood here, and take
your three punches. If you can make me move even half a step, I’ll leave,"
the tall man said, abundant arrogance on the face. "But if you can’t, you
have to take me one punch; if you can take mine, I’ll leave too; otherwise, just
get your ass back to your Peak!”
You finally tore up your mask.
Wei Gaoyuan was not afraid of a competition, but
now it was not the right time because he’d paid three contribution points and
wasted on the dispute for a long time. If they went out the wind basin for a
competition in Martial Arts, he would waste at least one point. Who paid for it
So he shook his head and said, "Wanna a competition?
Tomorrow! Today, I just have to practice
"What?! You dare say it again?!!" the
tall man suddenly raised the voice.
"I’d paid. Don't waste my time…" Wei
The tall man’s eyes flashed devilish light and suddenly
screamed angrily, "How dare you insult me!?"
An annoying pudding, too sticky!
As Wei Gaoyuan was thinking how to get rid of it,
the tall man gave him a palm-strike all of a sudden!
Fortunately, Wei Gaoyuan had got ready secretly
while the tall man became furious just now. He took a few steps back fast. Seeing
the strike missed, the tall man raised his eyebrows and said in surprise, "Good!
A nice dodge! Just look at this one!"
With a sneer in his heart, the tall man moved
his steps swiftly close to Wei Gaoyuan and shot another palm-strike.
Wei Gaoyuan moved aside about one meter this
time, and avoided it again.
"No wonder you dare go to Cyan-Feather Peak
to challenge! Look at this!" the tall man’s expression became serious. He started
to run and concentrate his Internal Qi before the third strike came out.
After a short while, the third palm-strike was
shot, with a howl of wind.
The strike seemed to be quite heavy and powerful,
which had been roaring to cover and block almost all the ways to evade. Wei
Gaoyuan found it was no time to run his Internal Qi together to take it, but to
give out the pattern of “Iron Arch Bridge” right as the palm was just about to bang into his chest!
(Iron Arch Bridge: a life-saving Martial Arts
trick usually used to dodge enemy's sudden Concealed Weapon which is too fast to
be evaded by just jumping or moving aside. It has to keep the upper body stiff
and suddenly leans backwards, with the feet still fixed into the ground.)
The tall man’s palm was flying close over Wei
Gaoyuan’s face and the wind of palm-strike blew his hair band away.
After avoiding the third strike fortunately, Wei
Gaoyuan was enraged! The power and speed of the palm-strike showed the tall man
had reached at least the bottom of eighth-level. If hit, his ribs must have
been broken! Did the guy intend to kill him?!
The fighting of the two had attracted a few
disciples’ attention in the distance. Some glanced over here, some talked,
"What happened there? Is that Ji Huzhe? He’s bullying the new guy again??"
The tall man was Ji Huzhe, who entered Cyan-Feather
Peak four years ago and was 21 years old this year. With a boyish face, he just
looked like a 17, 18 years old, though.
The three strike all missed. Ji Huzhe's face turned
extremely gloomy. Three patterns hadn’t beaten over a new guy. Perceiving the glances
around him, he once again assembled his Internal Qi. In next strike, he must knock
Wei Gaoyuan down!
“I’ve taken your three patterns, it’s my turn…”
feeling the power of Qi from Ji Huzhe had reached its summit, Wei Gaoyuan
snorted and pulled out the sword at his back.
Ji Huzhe was reminded that he should have taken
Wei Gaoyuan’s three punch-strikes, but it turned out to let his opponent take the
three strikes of himself. He couldn’t help but blushing with shame.
At this moment, Wei Gaoyuan’s sword flashed
over! The first pattern of “Eight Clouds in Dream”, his most powerful pattern!
He knew the stage of this brother of Cyan-Feather
was absolutely no less eighth-level. So, it must be the “first cloud.”
There was nobody around who could tell how this
sword-stroke was like except Ji Huzhe himself. He never thought Wei Gaoyuan
would really pull out the sword and launch such a decisive sword-strike. Having
been astonished for just a blink of eyes, he saw all sword-shadows with a few branches
flying over him from all angles, as if the space around him were filled up with
countless flying swords! How to resist so many swords!?
"Am I going to die?!" Ji Huzhe couldn’t
move or speak out but cried in his heart, "No! No! I don’t wanna die! You
can't kill me!!!"
In the looks of doubt and amazement around, Ji
Huzhe hit the ground with a thud.
The long sword of Wei Gaoyuan stopped in the air.
Actually, as long as it kept moving an inch forward, there must have been a little
hole between Ji Huzhe's eyebrows. Wei Gaoyuan didn’t want to, and mustn’t, kill
his opponent, the brother from the same outer section after all; he just want
to teach his opponent to quit.
As soon as he stopped the sword, however, a wrist-thick
branch in the wind was shooting and hit the temple of Ji Huzhe exactly, making
him pass out immediately.
Wei Gaoyuan didn’t expect such an accident either.
Freezing in the silence and stillness for a while, he quickly reached for the
breath of Ji Huzhe, who was, fortunately, still alive, only with a slight hurt
next to his temple.
Wei Gaoyuan took a long breath and then aware
of many stares over here.
He slid the sword back into the scabbard
quickly and said aloud, "Sisters and brothers, please testify for me, this
brother was injured by the branch just now…"
There was no voice in response, only a number
of curious gazes and discussion coming with the wind.
"The little junior brother seems like a freshman,
kind of cute~"
"It should be, just pulling out the sword
openly against Ji Huzhe, and defeated him by chance."
"He was not only defeated, he was almost killed!"
"Ji Huzhe was silly? Standing still just
now to be stabbed?"
"Who knows... Maybe…maybe that lovable boy’s
sword pattern is too~too~magic that he was so frightened…"
"Are you kidding me? That sword-stroke
could frighten Ji Huzhe, an eighth-level, into a stupid statue?! "
"Maybe he's not a new guy~"
"Just look at him, he mustn’t be over 20
years old, I guess… Is it possible that no one knows such a disciple who entered
two years ago and can defeat Ji Huzhe with only one sword-stroke??"
"You made a good point! Anyway, I’m gonna get
closer to my little junior brother~"
As Wei Gaoyuan found no one responded and felt
it would be another headache, a bunch of brothers and sisters suddenly gathered
around him with all kinds of questions. Some sisters even reached out and gently
squeezed his face…
Hey, hey, brothers and sisters, I’m not a new monkey!!
Before long, Wei Gaoyuan was dizzy by the rain
of questions around, not noticing there were two disciples, in the uniforms of Law Enforcement
Hall, standing quietly behind the crowd.
(Law Enforcement Hall: a functional division responsible
for maintaining law and order in the outer section. It is composed of disciples
selected from all Peaks except the division of Garden of Nine Herbs.)
After a long while, the voice around turned
down gradually, and the two disciples of Law Enforcement Hall got their way out
of the crowd and asked, "What's going on here? Anyone was fighting here?"
Wei Gaoyuan's heart sank, knowing that big trouble
was coming soon. He lowered his head, wanting to explain. But before he opened
his mouth, one sister in the uniform of Scarlet-Feather walked out of the crowd
and said with a smile, "No one fought, we’ve been here for long~ Did anyone
see any fight here?"
A brother in the crowd, wearing the uniform of Dark-Feather,
added, "I saw it clearly. Ji Huzhe was accidentally injured just now, by a
branch in wind during his training. Junior brother Wei was just the closest to
him and came for detecting his breath first. That’s it~"
After the two took the lead to explain, the crowds
didn’t deny it, and a few voices even agreed.
There were some disciples of Cyan-Feather not
far away, one of them was going to speak before someone pulled his sleeve from the
back, "Just keep silent! He’d lost! Lost to a new guy!!”
"Well," the disciple of Law Enforcement
Hall said, "everyone, dismiss! Junior brother Ji was injured by a branch during
training. He needs an immediate medical help!"
The crowds gave a way soon for the two
disciples of Law Enforcement Hall to lift Ji Huzhe out.
Feeling hundreds of pounds lighter, Wei Gaoyuan
nodded to the crowd to express his thanks, and glanced over the direction of the
two disciples of Law Enforcement Hall, one of them looked back, gave him a
smile and then left…
Before sunset, Wei Gaoyuan returned to Dark-Feather
Peak. He obtained some herbs from the warehouse and soaked it into a large wooden
tub of hot water, which turned into dark green nearly half an hour later.
Then he soaked himself in the dark green water
before a strong tingle came through his body soon. With the time passed by, the
small wound from the practice within the wind basin healed, and the bruises and
swellings also gradually disappeared.
After a long while, he jumped out of the tub,
feeling refreshed. Someone knocked on the door as he was getting dressed. He
opened the door, it was Zhu Qinglong, who entered the Dark-Feather with him on
the same day.
"Junior brother Wei, master Wu sent me to inform
you~ He’s waiting for you at the Back Peak. Come on~" Zhu Qinglong was half
a year older than him, so he was called junior brother.
The master’s command! Wei Gaoyuan didn’t dare
to hesitate and ran to the back of the Peak. The sky was dark when he arrived Afterglow
Pavilion, in which Elder Wu had already been waiting.
He ran into the pavilion and made a bow, "Master! Disciple Wei Gaoyuan, at
"You kid just came back a few days ago,
and twice had you offended the Cyan-Feather Peak twice. That old Xu’s been
complaining so much these days to me…" Elder Wu got straight to the point
with smiling, little blame in his tone.
Wei Gaoyuan could naturally figure it out,
scratching his head and saying, "Report to master, I shouldn’t be to blame
for the incident today. It was Ji Huzhe who took the initiative to attack me. I’d
taken his three palm-strike before I struck him back. And… I didn’t hit him, it’s
a big branch… thrown by the wind."
"Well, fortunately, the branch stunned him,
otherwise you ‘re now in Law Enforcement Hall," Elder Wu said, then he
fixed his eyes on Wei Gaoyuan and asked, "I heard… you almost killed that boy,
with one pattern of swordsmanship. Ji Huzhe, at nearly the bottom of eighth-level,
entered Cyan-Feather four years ago…How could you do that? "
"It ...he maybe…careless?" Wei
Gaoyuan was not so sure indeed.
An eighth-level, same level as himself, should
dodge it at that time even though couldn’t take it. He did know little about what
the “first cloud” was like in his opponent’s eyes.
"Maybe? Maybe…" Elder Wu nodded. He didn’t
know “Eight Clouds in Dream.”
"Do remember! If anyone asks about it, you
just reply he launched an attack first and was then stunned by a branch,
carelessly…Do not explain anything else!” Elder Wu instructed.
"Got it! Master!" Wei Gaoyuan nodded seriously.
In the story, he often heard “The bird who
takes the lead will take the bullet first.” Besides, he was realizing more and
more about the relationship, behind the scenes, among the Peaks.
"Well, this chapter ends," Elder Wu seemed
quite satisfied with Wei Gaoyuan's response. "In terms of the pattern of
swordsmanship you used to defeat Ji Huzhe, where did you learn it? If possible,
can you show it to me here and now?"
"Report to master, I learned it from a
senior. Sure, I would appreciate your guidance," Wei Gaoyuan turn to observe
the trees not far away as he was speaking, looking for a suitable branch as a
It was rude for a disciple to see the elders
with a sword, so he came without his sword. Elder Wu seemed to have considered it,
throwing him a sword, "Just use this one!"
"Ah!" Wei Gaoyuan took the sword in
It was master’s private sword! He heard that Elder
Wu had collected three great swords, of which each was very extraordinary and
precious. Is it just one of the three?
With a crisp sound from the scabbard, like a warbling
of a lark, the sword was pulled out by Wei Gaoyuan. As a swordsman who held the
most excellent sword he’d ever seen, his hand was flapping slightly with
"Oh? Feeling the call of the sword?"
Elder Wu laughed. "Do you want it?"
Embarrassed, Wei Gaoyuan’s expression told a
hundred “sure” in his heart.
The laugh of Elder Wu didn’t fade, "The
name of the sword is ‘Farewell Autumn’, made by a Taoism Follower in our inner
section. It cuts iron like cutting a cake… On the day you reach The Nature… if I’m
still the Elder of Dark-Feather Peak that day… ‘Farewell Autumn’ will be yours."
"Thank you master! I will, I promise!"
Wei Gaoyuan bowed respectfully.
"Just thank me when you’ll!" Elder Wu
nodded calmly. "Then, let me see the beauty of that pattern."
"Yes!" Wei Gaoyuan took “Farewell
Autumn” to the clearing outside Afterglow Pavilion.
The original eight sword patterns in the scroll
was so excellent that it would even go beyond the power of ordinary Martial
Arts into the power of Sword Taoists if it was used by a strong enough martial
Wei Gaoyuan was not the strong enough certainly,
but after the modification in the dream space, “Eight Clouds in Dream” had been
added something mysterious and inexplicable; only its target could tell its mystery,
so in the view of Elder Wu, that pattern seemed nothing more than an ordinary one
when Wei Gaoyuan finished it.
"One more time, use it to attack me!"
Elder Wu walked over him.
He thought that pattern shouldn’t be so simple
on the surface, otherwise Cyan-Feather Peak of old Xu would be closed up and
"Ah? ... Master..." Wei Gaoyuan’s mouth
"Don't be afraid! I command you, just give
it all," Elder Wu laughed. "You think you could hurt me, eh?"
Silly, that was my master! Wei Gaoyuan withdrew
his concern and raised “Farewell Autumn.”
"Master, look out!"
On Wei Gaoyuan's sword stabbing out, Elder Wu's
pupils instantly constricted! Even he had a sudden illusion that several sword
shadows were shooting over him from all directions, and it returned to normal soon.
But the next moment his face changed suddenly, he reached out fast and caught
the tip of the sword in front of him!
"A senior taught you this pattern?!"
Elder Wu's expression turned very serious. The pattern could even influence the
vision and judgment of himself, a martial artist in the Nature, even if for
only a second. It was amazing enough!
Wei Gaoyuan thought for a while and replied,
"Yes, master, I learned it from a woman in white, whose cuff was
embroidered with… a cloud pattern…”
"Cloud-Heaven Palace?!!" Elder Wu's
body suddenly straightened, with eyes wide, wide open. He didn’t keep his astonishment
secret and asked, "you met the people from Cloud-Heaven Palace?!"
"I don’t know the exact identity of that
woman, just vaguely remembers her dress," Wei Gaoyuan said.
And thinking about it now, he seemed to understand
why the woman in white gave him a secret scroll instead of taking him with his
sister; she might have seen into him at first sight— his aptitude was hopeless to cultivate the Taoism Arts while acceptable
to the Martial Arts.
Elder Wu in shock didn’t continue asking. He tried
to imagine what had happened to this boy at that time, and soon got a conclusion
similar to Wei Gaoyuan’s.
Cloud-Heaven Palace was, undoubtedly, the top sect
in the world of Taoism Followers, thus it must care little to take back a boy
with the fake spiritual root to cultivate martial arts. Perhaps, the woman in
white supposed that leaving the boy a scroll of Martial Arts would earn herself
a Positive Karma.
(Karma: cosmic merit or demerit accumulated
throughout one’s life based on one’s deeds. It determines which type of
reincarnation—out of the Six Paths—they
will experience in their next life.)
The scroll seemed to be extremely unusual. The first
pattern simply done by an eighth-level could make the Elder of Peak so impressed;
if the boy learned all in the scroll, who knew how strong he would be?
Indeed, there was a reward mechanism in the
outer section: A disciple who contributed a valuable secret scroll of Martial Arts
would get a corresponding reward. Accordingly, he wouldn’t mind, if it was an average
secret scroll, advising Wei Gaoyuan to get some reward he needed by submitting it.
However, it was the scroll from Cloud-Heaven Palace; even the East Mountain
Sword Clan wouldn’t touch this beautiful rose with thorns.
"You keep hiding it well, never take it
out easily, never told anybody you’ve met the senior of Cloud-Heaven Palace… Even
in the future, do—not—disclose—it!!"
Elder Wu emphasized.
In general, there were at least two force in
the world: Orthodoxy and Unorthodox; the Righteous and the
Evil. For those who were always so bold and outrageous, a splendid
secret scroll would be worth far more than their own lives, let alone to get it
by all means available was just likely to risk themselves offending Cloud-Heaven Palace.
Moreover, the highest reputation of Cloud-Heaven Palace
spread widely only in the ocean of Taoism Followers, little fish and shrimps in
Jianghu might never heard of it.
But never, ever underestimate a flood of seemingly
little fish and shrimps.
Eight productive days went by so fast. These
days, Wei Gaoyuan went to the wind basin to train himself for about an hour each
day; most of the rest of time he kept strengthening his Internal Qi and practicing
how to control and use it well; at night, he infiltrated into the dream space to
learn and cultivate “Eight Clouds in Dream.”
In the past few days, there had been two or
three small frictions between the disciples of Cyan-, Dark- and Scarlet-Feather,
without casualties, fortunately.
And unfortunately, Wei Gaoyuan was running out of
the contribution points…
During the day in the outer section, there was
no place busier than the Exchange House, which was even more lively than the wind
basin; there were always crowds of disciples in and out there, who were looking
for their suitable missions or exchanging kinds of items.
Every two years, the East Mountain Sword Clan
would launch a selection for enrolling new disciples, ten to twenty people each
time; they would graduate after about twenty years, which was also called “Going
Down the Mountain.”
The selection, however, was not the only access
to get into the clan. For example, if some rich family could afford a quite large
price, they could also get their offspring a ticket, as so-called “registered
disciples”; surely, so could some other related connections. Therefore, there were
as many as hundreds of disciples in the clan now.
Although a saying went: The rich Martial Artist
and the poor scholar, learning Martial Arts well did depend much on talents. As
a result, those disciples who entered through the selection tended to been more
highly valued in the clan due to their talents.
And for Jin Dashun, he just belonged to those
who owned little outstanding talents in Martial Arts. For two years, since entering
Garden of Nine Herbs, he had not reached the Mystery, or not even the Transforming
Force of the Undistinguishment. Among the registered disciples entering in the
same period, he was nicknamed “Power 5”— A man whose
combat ability was only 5 points.
However, god opened a window for him while closing
his door; Jin Dashun was a real genius in planting herbs. He was able to bring
any seed to a beautiful life. And that was why few disciples looked down upon the
hotshot of Garden of Nine Herbs despite his 5 combat power.
And now, Jin Dashun was submitting a mission in
Exchange House on behalf of the Elder in Garden of Nine Herbs: To bring
the seed of Full Moon Flower.
Full Moon Flower, cold in property, bloomed
only on the full moon night; it could not only neutralize the effect of Internal
Qi of Yang, but also absorb Internal Qi of Yin; so it had the magic power to
treat most internal injuries with either Yin or Yang Internal Qi, and was a significant
ingredient in other elixirs as well.
However, to get it was not that easy because it
grew only in the places of extreme Yin, like an ancient cemetery.
When Wei Gaoyuan came to the Mission Board, the
mission of Full Moon Flower had just been pasted on. He glanced up at it: Difficulty—
unknown; Reward— 30 contribution points.
Staring at “30,” Wei Gaoyuan nodded with a sigh.
Life was definitely far more precious than contribution points! Thinking of the
bandit head in white encountered in last mission, he couldn’t help but get a
He moved his eyes onto other missions when one
of his old acquaintances showed up not far behind him—
When Liu Xingfei arrived in the Mission Hall,
he first saw Wei Gaoyuan standing in front of the board. Stopping for a second with
a little surprise, he walked straight to the Mission Board and tapped Wei
Gaoyuan on the shoulder, "Hey~ Junior brother Wei, see you here again~"
"Ah, brother Liu!" Wei Gaoyuan quickly
greeted with a bow.
"Come on~ Not that bow… Seeing you here means…"
Liu Xingfei smiled, "your contribution points is run out??"
Wei Gaoyuan nodded, with a tortured and
helpless face, "Our outer section is a bit stingy… it only took me a few
days to use them up, that’s the points for which I exchanged my life~~"
"Hahaha, the contribution point in our
outer section was supposed bigger than monetary stuff~ So, it's not easy to get
it," Liu Xingfei smiled, putting his hand on the shoulders of Wei Gaoyuan,
"or…how about working together again? "
"Good, certainly, if brother Liu could let
me in your team~ And… what do you think of that one?" Wei Gaoyuan directly
pointed to the mission of Full Moon Flower.
"Oh? Another unknown difficulty?" Liu
Xingfei revealed a curious look as he was skimming through it and murmured,
"uh…the seeds of Full Moon Flower… Is our outer section short of Full Moon
After thinking for a while, he raised his head
and said, "It must have been listed by someone of Garden of Nine Herbs…
Jin Dashun? Perhaps… Except for too mean, he is a good guy~ Thirty contribution
points, even much higher than the last mission we did…”
Hearing “the last mission,” Wei Gaoyuan's face
looked as if he had eaten rotten cabbage.
In terms of last mission, he’d asked other
brothers: a mission with a seventh-level enemy should be classified as a three-star
difficulty, at least 30 points. Yet they got only 20, almost losing their lives
and bringing back half a chest of treasure.
"Or, we move to another one?" Wei
"Okay~ Just skip those unknown difficulty,
after all, it’s Fatty Jin who might post that mission; you don’t know him, in any
deal, he’ll never throw himself in a lower position…" while speaking, Liu
Xingfei turned his attention to other missions without noticing a fat, just
slightly fat, disciple behind him was walking slowly over here.
Wei Gaoyuan saw it, and thought it was just someone
searching for missions. But unexpectedly, that disciple said with a bitter forced
smile, "Brother Liu, I’m so sad to be that low in your heart~ But, you know,
the contribution point was precious, I have to be most careful, with so little
authority given by my Elder, so little…"
After Jin Dashun submitted the mission, he
wandered around the trading area to search anything fancy, and wanted to confirm
before leaving if his mission had been listed on the board, and he just heard Liu
Xingfei was highly commending himself.
In the Exchange House, Liu Xingfei didn't have
to keep vigilant, and was startled by the voice behind. He suddenly turned around
and found “Fatty Jin” of his remark.
He didn't show any embarrassment and regrets
but continued to scold with a smile, "Hi, Fatty Power 5~~You’ll win if you
can tell any time you did not hold back the contribution point, won’t you?"
“Well, well, I’m so lucky to get a new title… But
every one knows I’m not fatty at all~ Just a slight…beefy! ”in fact, Jin Dashun
was not so fatty.
He did not get angry, but laughed awkwardly and
said, "My brother Liu, you know I come from the merchant's family; you also
know, there is no such a merchant as hates a fortune. So~ if a flock of wild
geese flew over my head,” Jin Dashun stopped and then continued as rolling his
head, “I have to pluck just one feather from each of them. It’s reasonable! Could
you find anything more reasonable, logical than that?”
"One feather? It must be one handful of
feathers from each one!” Liu Xingfei rolled his eyes and responded, “okay, no
nonsense, 60 points, junior brother Wei and I just help you to take this
He seemed to know Jin Dashun quite well and directly
doubled the reward.
Jin Dashun rolled his eyes and grumbled, "Brother
Liu, my dear brother Liu, you’re trapping me! The elder allocated a total of 50
points to this mission! Just 50 points in total! I can’t run a special errand for
the Garden, and return at the cost of losing my own points…" he stopped at
once while realizing he’d let it slip.
But Liu Xingfei didn’t stop, "To believe
you? I’d rather believe I could plant Full Moon Flower myself!"
"…" Jin Dashun kept frowning and shaking
his head with a sigh, which made Wei Gaoyuan think that Liu Xingfei’s bid seemed
Liu Xingfei estimated it was nearly the right
time. He stretched out his arm and opened his hand, "One price, 50 points!
Leave 10 points for your errand, much more than ‘one feather,’ you take it, or
we leave it. "
Jin Dashun looked still hesitating, embarrassment
on his face fading away little.
Seeing his reaction, Liu Xingfei proceeded to threw
a little more gasoline on the little flame, "I guess you know, few hunters
in the outer section never heard the wonderful things about you, except the new
comers like junior brother Wei, who are about…Err…"he turned to Wei
Gaoyuan. “How many new guys like you?”
“About 10,” Wei Gaoyuan answered.
“10 new guys… all together, to find the seed of
Full Moon Flower, too~~ easy~~”
Jin Dashun sighed again, and said with a
painful face, "Alright…alright! Just follow brother Liu, you know, I’m
just cutting myself to feed you! 50 points!! And… don’t forget me if you get
something nice during the mission~ Wish you good luck!"
"Of course, we will, if we get~" Liu
Xingfei responded with a smile as planning out the mission in mind.
He was not unfamiliar with the Full Moon
Flower. Even if some brothers or sisters would like to join in, it might not go
Huyang Town, a remote small town ruled by Qizhou
City, was the farthest town from Qizhou City, but it was only seven- or
eight-days walking distance from the East Mountain Sword Clan.
This day, four people entered the town, two men
and two women, all in the uniforms of the East Mountain Sword Clan.
The men were Liu Xingfei and Wei Gaoyuan; one
of the women looked older than the other three, and the other was about the
same age as Liu Xingfei.
The four came to a tavern in the market of the
town, which was not big but quite full and lively. An bold official notice was posted
beside the door. They skimmed it quickly and entered the tavern with doubts.
In Jianghu, such a place as a tavern might be
the best to get all kinds of information, tips, scandals and gossip, worthless
The waiter immediately came and greeted them as
Liu Xingfei sat down and asked him, "This brother, could you please tell
me what that notice is about?"
The waiter glanced over the two comely girls of
the four, revealing a little anxiety, and asked, "Warriors and fairies,
are you disciples of some clan?"
"Exactly," Liu Xingfei said. "We’re
all from the East Mountain Sword Clan."
The concern on the waiter’s face faded. He
whispered, "You might not know… recently… our town is not peaceful, people
missed! Frequently missed…weird! They are all girls!! All unmarried girls…”
He stopped and turned laughing, “but I suppose the
evil stuff never dare disturb you warriors and fairies~"
"Oh?" Liu Xingfei showed surprise and
continued, "I saw a curfew of 6 p.m. on the notice. Does it mean something…
Err…unusual…will happen in the town after sunset?"
The waiter looked around, and replied in a
lower voice after making sure nobody had noticed their conversation, "About
ten days ago, a girl went missing in the town! After receiving the report, the Defensive
Officer sent out Captors to investigate around the town for more than ten days but
got nothing finally…” the waiter sighed. “And later, several more girls vanished!
No one knows who did it and why…”
Liu Xingfei and Wei Gaoyuan exchanged glances: wasn't
it similar to the case in Chu Village? Wasn’t the bandit head in white the only
Unorthodoxer that cultivated in an evil way? It was an organized gang or just a
The oldest sister of them, Qiu Mengqin, was
one of the disciples of Blue-Feather Peak, the same Peak as Liu Xingfei’s. She’d planned
to start a journey for gaining experience, and helped junior brother Liu with the
mission by the way. None of them expected to encounter such a blip before
getting any information useful to the mission.
The whole Qizhou City was sheltered by the four
major sects, so they just couldn’t ignore what the people in Huyang Town had
suffered. Qiu Mengqin said, "Well, we eat first, then go to the local government
to inquire, and…do them a favor?"
"Sure, that’s we should do~ Just follow
sister Qiu," Liu Xingfei nodded. The other two nodded too.
When silence fell and covered Huyang Town with the
dark night, a stooping Watchman, carrying a little yellow paper lantern, walked
slowly on the street, like an aimless ghost wandering alone on the earth.
to the person whose job was to knock bamboo sticks or gongs every night to remind
people what time is it now.)
After having walked through three streets, he
knocked on the door of a house in a corner.
"Who’s there?!" a man’s squawk came from
inside the room.
"Me… Old Qiao of the Watchman… I’m tired…wanna
a drink of water…" said the Watchman outside the house.
The door clattered open after a while, and a
middle-aged man in a coarse cloth said by the door, "Hey~Old Qiao! Come in
Old Qiao looked very old. He stumbled into the
room and sat on a bench in front of a square table.
The house was only a dozen square meters where a
few simple and outdated furniture was scattered. Old Qiao glanced at the
bedroom with a portiere and said, "Thanks a lot…Your daughter slept?"
"Yes, little Cao and her mother have
fallen asleep," the middle-aged man put a chipped bowl, full of clear water,
on the table in front of Old Qiao.
"Er…" Old Qiao grinned, showing the
rest of his yellow teeth, "little Cao… a good girl… She should be 15 years
"Just fifteen a month ago, I was thinking
about… marrying her off," the middle-aged man nodded with a silly smile.
"15 years old…15… the most beautiful age…"
Old Qiao murmured, " my lord's favorite… Liang Third, thank you…"
"Eh??" The middle-aged man didn't
hear it clearly, staring at Old Qiao and waiting him to repeat.
The smile on Old Qiao’s face suddenly turned
weird as his empty eyes burst into light. With his hand raising up, a jet of
tiny dark stuff was shooting at the middle-aged man!
The middle-aged man’s throat was penetrated by it
before he understood what was happening; his eyes widened desperately; his jaw
kept trembling, without any words coming out, though.
With the figure of familiar Old Qiao gradually
blurred and stranger in the eyes, the middle-aged man’s body became limp,
sliding from the seat to the ground, and soon motionless.
Old Qiao glanced at the body lying on the
ground while drinking the clear water in the bowl unhurriedly, and then stood
up and walked to the bedroom.
A woman's voice came from the bedroom,
"What’s the noise? Liang Third, you fell?"
Old Qiao straightened his
hunchback abruptly and pulled off the portiere. In the dark, the woman failed
to get a good look at the face of the man standing outside the bedroom. She said,
"It’s good, you didn’t fall~ What did you bump into? I’ve said those big stuff…shouldn’t
occupy the yard, you just ... "
"Ah!!" she gave a harsh scream suddenly
while found the person by her bed was a stranger, "Old…Who are you?! How
did you get in?!!"
There was a girl sleeping in the bed next to hers,
waking up from the woman's scream, rubbing her eyes and asking in a sweet tone,
"Mom… what’s up…at midnight…"
"Cao, he ...Err…"
The woman had just spoken two words as Old Qiao
raised his hand again and another dark stuff flashed before the woman's voice
A moment later, some noise of collision in the bedroom
came; the woman fell from the bed and never moved anymore.
The young girl called little Cao, on the other
bed, was clearer in the head after the noise. She was sitting up and said,
"What happened? Dad? Mu…"
Old Qiao grabbed her neck before she could exclaim,
and meanwhile hit the back neck of the girl, who passed out immediately.
Seeing the 15-year-old girl in his arms, whose white
chest was covered only by a red bellyband, Old Qiao licked his lips, pulled up
the sheets from the bed to wrap the girl around and put her on his shoulder.
A new moon hung in the inky sky.
Most people in Huyang Town had blew out the
candles to go to bed. No one noticed the faint rattling noise on the roofs.
Old Qiao carried the girl on his shoulder, and hared
and leapt fast over the houses, from one roof to another. It didn’t take him
long to come near the entrance of the town. A smile revealed on the corner of
his mouth: so long as he went out of the town wall, the girl on his shoulder was
going to vanish into the darkness forever; and then return for the next target…who
could have thought that such an ordinary enough stooping Watchman was the one
who’d committed the cardinal sin in the small town?
Just as he was enjoying himself, a figure
appeared in front of him.
He got startled, a dark poisonous Four Point
Star (one kind of the Concealed Weapon) secretly sliding into his hand from inside
of his sleeve. But when he got a good look at the person in the front, he was
relieved and couldn't help laughing in his heart.
It turned out to be a young lady, who looked
pretty shy with her head down; the long hair like smooth black silk covered a
half of her face; from the dress, she should be unmarried.
What a wonderful night of good harvests!
The street was so dim that Old Qiao could not
see the age of the lady, but as long as she was a virgin, he wouldn’t mind
adding a side dish for his lord.
Changing into a kind face, Old Qiao bent his
back and walked over her step by step," Oh, Little girl, why still walking
in the street alone, it’s late now…don’t you know Huyang Town has got a strict
Shaking her head, the lady didn't speak and just
sobbed into her handkerchief.
"Oh, dear… poor girl, someone must push
you around," Old Qiao looked like a kind elder, and said gently, "if
you don’t mind, let me take you home…Believe me, everything’s gonna be fine…"
The woman looked shy, nodding her head twice
and walked forward slowly.
A joy appeared in Old Qiao's eyes. When the
woman passed by him, he kept himself behind her half a step. After looking
around to make sure there was nobody, he suddenly hit the woman's neck.
While the woman ahead was about to be hit, a little
more joy was added in his eyes. At that moment, however, the woman suddenly bent
down, making her body one foot lower, and just dodged the sneak attack from behind;
the woman turned around and raised her sleeve to struck Lao Qiao's chest!
Old Qiao seemed to be a quite experienced man
who knew a lot about Jianghu filled any time with potential shock and surprise.
Once his sneak attack missed, all by instinct, he took a step back fast, and meanwhile
kicked the woman's sleeve, in which something just flashed; a short scimitar turned
out to be kicked out of her sleeve.
"It’s really you! Should I call you ‘Watchman?’"
the woman made a voice of a boy, raising her head, pulling her long straight
hair back, revealing a delicate and tender face.
Old Qiao asked coldly, "who are you? Dare to spoil my dinner, you wanna
He put the girl on his shoulders down while talking,
reached into his waist and pulled out a short sword, staring at the boy disguised
as a girl.
"Con~gratulations~ Junior brother Wei, your
fish bites..." A figure flashed out from behind a house. It was Liu
The “girl” tied his long hair up behind his
head. Surely, it was Wei Gaoyuan.
In the afternoon, in the council chamber of the
local government, four disciples of the East Mountain Sword Clan met with the Defensive
Officer and law enforcement officers, as well as several public officials. They
listed several suspects during discussion, including the Watchman Old Qiao .
Old Qiao had lived in Huyang Town for nearly six
decades; he’d always followed the rules and kept a low profile; no one saw him
show any of Martial Arts. He should not be the suspect. On the contrary, Wei
Gaoyuan thought he was the most probable one.
In the teahouse, Wei Gaoyuan had heard many
times in the story of Jianghu that there was a unbelievable disguise arts to precisely
copy a man’s face: it used a sheet of substance, similar to human skin, to cover
on the face of a body, and made a mask referring to the copy sheet, called “skin
mask,” just exactly same as the face of the dead.
If the now-Old Qiao was still the previous-Old Qiao,
he was unlikely to be the criminal; but if not, then identity of a Watchman was
his best cover: since the curfew began, only the Team of Law Enforcement and the
Watchman owned the authority to move freely in the town, and the latter could
act alone, obviously more convenient than the former’s group-patrol activity.
they made the plan: two girls of the East Mountain Sword Clan, in two groups,
acted as the bait to fish the criminal at night.
Because sister Qiu Mengqin didn’t look like a young
ordinary girl even if she deliberately concealed most of her powerful Qi. Therefore,
fortunately, Wei Gaoyuan was selected as one of the two “girls.”
Wei Gaoyuan did not agree at first, but Liu
Xingfei insisted that junior brother Wei was thin, and had smooth skin, and had
a far more delicate and pretty face than himself…two sisters both kept nodding
with a chuckle. So, he finally had to abide by the consensus of the team… and
more fortunately, the fish seemed to like him more than the other.
The genuine identity of Old Qiao was revealed
whereas he looked little tensed up but sneered, "Two little calves, your mummy
didn’t teach you never to disturb a tiger eating?"
Without any words, Liu Xingfei drew out his
long sword, and pointed to Old Qiao.
Giving a smile, Old Qiao kicked the girl on the
ground, who was still in a deep coma and shooting at Liu Xingfei.
“Craven old bastard!” Liu Xingfei cursed in
heart, and had to drew back his sword and pick up the girl in his arms.
Old Qiao took the opportunity to rush to Wei
Gaoyuan aside, and his short sword stabbed out as a rattlesnake hissed.
As a beautiful bait, Wei Gaoyuan didn’t take
his sword, the short scimitar kicked off, and he just hated the girl long dress
very much. Therefore, he just had to dodge, and dodge, awkwardly.
Old Qiao was an experienced fox, a strong fox, after
a few rounds of fox and rabbit game, he gave out a sweep of kick, hitting Wei
Gao Yuan’s hip, who was bound by the long dress, stumbling and falling with a
Old Qiao darted forward and was going to launch
a final hit.
Swish! An arrow struck at him in air from the
distance, forcing him to give up Wei Gaoyuan to avoid it.
At that time, Liu Xingfei had rushed over with
his sword after making the girl in her
arms settled down. And meanwhile, a woman in white flew fast here from a
distance, followed by a girl in a yellow gown and a few Captors.
Faced with several enemies, Old Qiao’s pace seemed
still steady, not disturbed at all. He parried Liu Xingfei's long sword with
his short blade, and gave a palm-strike at Liu Xingfei's chest; so did Liu
Xingfe; the two palms collided with a crash!
A figure was blasted off and fell to the ground;
it was Liu Xingfei.
"Eighth-level baby~" Old Qiao snorted
The woman in white rushing at the front of the group
was Qiu Mengqin. Just after a few long-distance leaps she arrived and struck Old
Qiao with a sword-stab.
“Come on! Kitty~Kitty~” Old Qiao laughed
wickedly, wielding the short sword to hold
her long sword, his left hand turning the shape of an eagle claw to grab her
However, he miscalculated the opponent this
time. A powerful force came straight though her blade upon the two swords crashing,
repulsing him a few steps back; before he could make his pace firm again, Qiu Mengqin’s
kick-strike had hit his waist; Old Qiao was kicked over, flew over several feet
long, and hit the ground with a thud.
"Fifth-level of the Mystery!!" Old
Qiao was astonished.
In such a remote little town just appeared such
a strong woman. He knew he was definitely no match for her, waving his hand to
shoot a Four Point Star at the face of Qiu Mengqin.
Qiu Mengqin rushed to seize Old Qiao as feeling
a strong wind suddenly came. She spun aside to avoid it, and Old Qiao took the
opportunity to stood up and fled to the entrance of the town.
Liu Xingfei just got up when Old Qiao whistled
past him; Wei Gaoyuan had picked up the short scimitar and stopped his only way
to escape; Old Qiao, who had a really splendid Gravity Defying Arts, jumped so
high over Wei Gaoyuan’s head and flew outside of the town.
(Gravity Defying Arts: as one technique in
Chinese traditional Martial Arts, it can greatly improve the ability to run,
jump, and move, even enable a man to stand or move on non-load-bearing objects,
or lift himself higher in the air by stepping on a few small objects.)
Wei Gaoyuan did not hesitate to turn and chase
after him, followed the voice of Qiu Mengqin, "Be careful! Junior brother
Wei! He’s a sixth-level!!"
"Junior brother Wei, take your sword!"
the woman in yellow had arrived, one sword hanging around her waist, and the
other one in her hand, that was Wei Gaoyuan's sword.
Wei Gaoyuan ran after Old Qiao as fast as he
could. It would be quite difficult to hunt at night if the old fox slipped into
the woods in front of the road outside the town.
Old Qiao didn't dare to stop for a second, fearing
that fifth-level woman would chase up.
Wei Gaoyuan and Qiu Mengqin kept chasing, helplessly,
slowing down now and again to evade the Four Point Stars Old Qiao shot back, plus
his unusual Gravity Defying Arts, Old Qiao turned out to run into the woods…
It was the middle of night after two-hour hunting
in the mountains. Although it was not so high and huge as the peaks where their
clan located, to chasing the old flying fox in such a complex terrain was certainly
not a simple job.
Fortunately, Qiu Mengqin took the lead to run
after him as closely as she could, keeping a short distance ahead of the other
Unexpectedly, in front of the side of a
mountain, Old Qiao just vanished.
"Where is it?" looking around and
around, Qiu Mengqin showed a blank face while chasing to the foot of the
After a while, Wei Gaoyuan, Liu Xingfei, the
woman in yellow and the five Captors arrived.
"We lost him finally…" standing in front
of the mountain, Liu Xingfei said in disappointment.
Qiu Mengqin thought for a moment, and said
doubtfully, "I’m afraid not, he just disappeared here all of a sudden, but
I find no caves…."
"We better search around for any possible…secret
passageway, or hidden entrance," said a middle-aged Captor.
"Good, dig him out~" Qiu Mengqin nodded.
Then the four disciples and five Captors scattered.
Wei Gaoyuan still sported the girl dress, wanting
to find a place to change the clothes yet he didn't carry a men’s clothes.
I’ll kill anyone who asks me to disguised as a
girl, anytime!! He swore while searching, and an abrupt cry came from his back.
He got a surprise and quickly turned to look at
where the sound came from.
The Captor following him disappeared.
The place where the Captor disappeared had
nothing but a few clumps of grass, but his voice still came from…sounded like beneath
When the grass was pulled away, a hole more
than three feet in diameter was exposed, like a giant monster opening its mouth,
ready to devour lives anytime.
Didn’t Old Qiao sneak into the cave in the mountain
but the cave under the ground?
Except for Wei Gaoyuan, the others took out
their Light Tubes and looked into the hole through the weak fire.
(Light Tubes: a kind of portable lighting, containing
phosphorous and some flammable substances in a paper tube. It will burn once blow
or quickly shake it.)
"I go down first," Liu Xingfei volunteered.
He thought himself most suitable to take the lead.
"There might be something weird underneath…"
Qiu Mengqin stopped Liu Xingfei and inspected the slope in the hole.
As a sister who entered the outer section eight
years ago, Qiu Mengqin’s experience of Jianghu should be much richer than those
of the junior brothers like Liu Xingfei and Wei Gaoyuan.
One Captor behind her said, "Or send someone
back to report, and the rest stay here, wait for reinforcements to come."
Sounded a good plan, but no one knew whether there
were other exits in the underground cave; If Old Qiao escaped, he would never return
to Huyang Town.
Then a younger Captor, looking kind of smart,
walked forward and said, "Head, my sister and other twelve girls was still
in his hands. Before he runs, I just feared he might..." he stopped. Every
one could read his considerable concern.
"You’re right, it’s urgent to save people…
I go down and check right now; the rest of you stay here; brother Zhao, please
send someone back to ask for reinforcements," hearing the words of young
Captor, Qiu Mengqin left a few work in a hurry and jumped down the hole straight.
"Sister!" as soon as Liu Xingfei
shouted, the figure of Qiu Mengqin had disappeared into the seemingly endless darkness
of the hole.
Brother Zhao, the leader of the Captors, said immediately,
"Rat, Old Bao, go back and ask the Defensive Officer to send more brothers
here, as soon as possible! Err…bring a men’s suit by the way; the rest stay; I
go to help Miss Qiu! "
He glanced at Wei Gaoyuan, who was still in
"Brother Zhao, let me go!" Liu Xingfei
stop him. He knew brother Zhao was the bottom of eighth-level, weaker than
"Brother Liu, I go with you! Sister Yu and
other Captor brothers stay, just in case, " Wei Gaoyuan said and took his
sword from the girl in the yellow gown.
“Sister Yu” was the girl in yellow, named Yu
Wansu. As a disciple who entered in the same year as Liu Xingfei, she had a
current stage of bottom in eight-level, and had heard from Liu Xingfei that
junior brother Wei seemed just different from other freshmen. It seemed that Brother
Liu was right…
"Brother Liu, let's go," Wei Gaoyuan had
jumped into the hole before Yu Wansu returned from her thought.
Then Liu Xingfei followed it at once.
All was dark in the cave, and Wei Gaoyuan
didn't even take a Light Tube. He slid down along the slope, and behind him was
the cry of Liu Xingfei. He only replied a few words before he found himself touched
the bottom. He stood up and another deadly darkness and silence was awaiting in
front of him.
Seconds later, Liu Xingfei also came to the
bottom. Wei Gaoyuan removed his long dress and wore only underwear. The two moved
forward carefully with the weak light of Light Tube in Liu Xingfei's hands.
Not far away appeared a stone door. Who built
it? Liu Xingfei stepped forward and pushed it. Wei Gaoyuan held the breath and
his sword behind him. The door was easily pushed open. The two glanced at the inside,
Behind the stone door was a dim room, with a
inky huge coffin erected in the middle; Old Qiao stood a distance from the side
of the coffin; Qiu Mengqin was standing in front of the coffin, trembling; she blocked
the scene inside the coffin so they couldn’t see what was inside of it. Having noticed
Liu Xingfei and Wei Gaoyuan entered, she couldn’t move even one step but struggled
to open her eyes and said weakly, "Hurry ... run ..."
"Sister!" Liu Xingfei rushed towards
her without any hesitation, followed by Wei Gaoyuan.
Old Qiao’s figure flickered and appeared in the
way of Liu Xingfei, with both palms merged to grip the sword thrusted by Liu
Liu Xingfei roared, trying to pull back his sword,
but it remained motionless in Old Qiao’s hands; Wei Gaoyuan immediately let out
the “first cloud” to stab at Old Qiao.
"Good!" Old Qiao gave a spooky laugh,
and kicked at Liu Xingfei’s belly straight instead of dodging it.
Liu Xingfei had no other choice but let go of
his sword, and shouted to Wei Gaoyuan, "Go save sister!"
Wei Gaoyuan jumped high and changed the target
of his sword-strike immediately, trying to cleave the coffin from the air down!
Old Qiao seemed quite astonished and showed
great fear of the coffin, just still keeping a distance from the coffin and staring
at Wei Gaoyuan’s sword hacking at the coffin!
"You dead meat!!!"
Just as Wei Gaoyuan's long sword was smashing
into the coffin, a ghastly cold hum came from inside of the coffin, as if it
was the voice from the ground under the ground. Meanwhile, a dark lightning shot
at Wei Gaoyuan and penetrated into his chest! He immediately fell from the air like
a kite without a string.
Then with two hollow groans, Qiu Mengqin and
Wei Gaoyuan hit to the ground at the same time.
A dry ancient “corpse” in the coffin suddenly
opened his empty eyes and “stared” at Liu Xingfei, making a cold, emotionless
voice, "Kill him!"
"Yes!! Master!" Old Qiao grabbed Liu
Xingfei's sword and swiped at him.
Having noticed Old Qiao very scared of the “corpse”,
Liu Xingfei just started zigzagged around the coffin to evade his attack.
Old Qiao even didn’t dare to touch the cover of
the coffin on the ground, he could do nothing, accordingly, but play a cat-mouse
game with Liu Xingfei.
Rounds later, as soon as Liu Xingfei ran in front
of the coffin, he was bombarded by a powerful force from the “corpse”, his body
flying out, hitting the rock wall heavily, and soon passed out after vomiting a
large mouthful of blood.
Among the three disciples of the East Mountain
Sword Clan, only Wei Gaoyuan still had a little consciousness. With his lungs
penetrated by the dark lightning, the sharp pain made him hardly breathe, and even
ignore a unusual thing: such a severe wound just left no blood on his chest…
Old Qiao turned to stare at Wei Gaoyuan, his
face full of cruelty. He snarled, "Little bastard! Thanks to you, all of
you! I couldn’t complete the task! Moments
later, you’ll be Yin Slave!! It’s your great honor to be one of us!!"
"What’s…What's going on??" Wei
Gaoyuan didn't hear Old Qiao’s speech at this moment. Now, in his mind was full
of surprises and questions:
He found himself in a dark space where nothing could
be seen, but he could just “see” clearly some objects floating in front of him:
a three-foot long sword, a scroll, some stones of different sizes and shapes,
and a dark green crystal-like egg of unknown material...
What a beautiful crystal! If I could…As soon as
he thought, the crystal-like egg just vanished!
Wei Gaoyuan was startled! What the hell was
this damn place?!!
When Old Qiao came to Wei Gaoyuan, he saw Wei
Gaoyuan suddenly open his eyes, whose pupils shot a little golden light, and a small
dark golden seal flashed between his eyebrows.
"What?!!" Old Qiao blinked a few
times quickly and looked at him again. No golden pupils, no golden seal…
“Old oaf! What’re you doing?! Take him here! Now!
I’ll refine him!!” the “corpse” roared.
Shaking his head, Old Qiao felt clearer. He
grabbed at Wei Gaoyuan’s chest.
At this moment, a dark green crystal-like egg jumped
out of Wei Gaoyuan’s chest, all of a sudden, Old Qiao just touched it, and was bounced
out to the air!
With a gleam of silver light shooting out from
the egg, a figure of a middle-aged man suddenly appeared in front of Wei
"Who… opened my Universe in Bag?!"
While Wei Gaoyuan made his Internal Qi running fast
around his body to resist the pain of the injury, he just heard the words of “my
Universe in Bag.” His body trembling because of violent pain from his chest, he
found a faint figure was “standing” in front of him.
When seeing the appearance of the figure, Wei
Gaoyuan held his breath instantly and widened his eyes: That old senior! Lie
Qianshan, who’d got a brief communication with him in his own Sea of
"Hahaha…a division stream of consciousness
from a Taoism Follower~ What an enormous dish!! Tonic! Tonic!! " a harsh laugh
came from behind.
The shadow of Lie Qianshan frowned. He turned,
and said in an unexpected tone, "It’s you? Five Yinzi? I just didn’t think
you could return from the dead."
"Lie Qianshan?!!!" exclaimed the “corpse”
in the coffin, and a strong wind blowing in the dim room.
Lie Qianshan and the “corpse” in the coffin
knew each other? Lie Qianshan was a senior who might live thousands of years
ago. Was the living dead in this coffin also a thousand- -year-old monster?
Anyway, it seemed that all of them wouldn’t join
the Yin Slave since the ancient “corpse” named Five Yinzi looked afraid of Lie
Qianshan, even if it was just a shadow.
Lie Qianshan shook his hand, and a long sword
appeared suddenly in front of Wei Gaoyuan's chest, which was just the one
floating in the Universe in Bag!
The sword was quivering in the sheath, whistling
and flying towards Lie Qianshan.
Lie Qianshan grabbed the hilt of the sword as it
was coming out of the sheath, and with a sound of sword singing, a chill was slicing
through the air and pressing towards Five Yinzi!
“Are you sure you can swallow me?” Lie Qianshan
pointed his sword at Five Yinzi.
"That sword…Fall of Maple Leaf!!!"
Five Yinzi exclaimed again, a pair of empty ashen eyes bursting with scarlet flames.
The wind in the room was raging, icier and fiercer.
Before Qianshan shot his sword, the lid of the coffin was slammed down from the
ground. Meanwhile, a large number of bright runes,
lines, and scarlet halo floated and was spinning around the coffin! Every space
of the room was filled with weird and dead atmosphere.
"Oh? You’re gonna seal yourself up?"
Lie Qianshan said coldly, staring at the runes around the coffin.
"Too late, I’d sealed myself by Seal of Mystery
Blood. Even a man at the stage of Heavenly Judgement can hardly break it. Old monster
Lie, wanna ruin my soul and body? No way!! Haha…"
You’ve cultivated so long in evil methods, and acted too many evils, you’re destined
to suffer final judgment by Tao!" Lie Qianshan said with a snort.
"Even if I can't kick you to hell, there must be someone do it in the name
of Tao in the future!"
"Judgement by Tao? Haha…" Five Yinzi burst
into laughter, as if he’d heard the most ridiculous thing ever in the world."
Where is your home now? Where is your family now? Did the eight sects get the
judgement by Tao? My final judgement? Huh?"
Lie Qianshan was silent, sunk in a short memory.
When he reached the stage of Heavenly Judgement,
he broke into the eight sects alone, one by one, and killed a large number of powerful
beings of them. However, his crazy revenge didn’t pull the eight sects out by the
roots, just as Five Yinzi said, none of the eight giant trees had fallen in the
world of Taoism Followers during that time.
Thousands of years had passed. He didn't know
the current status of the eight sects, and even if all of them had fade away in
the history, should it be attributed to judgement of Tao?
In that miserable memories, the surviving
members of Magin Religion fled around after the ruin of Magin Island, and later
they were hunted down cruelly by different forces, relevant, and irrelevant, such
as Five Yinzi.
When Lie Qianshan returned for his revenge, Five
Yinzi had been quite well-known in the realm of Unorthodoxers. Although he was found
and killed by Lie Qianshan then, somehow a faint of his soul remained, completely
beyond Lie Qianshan’s expectation, and in some evil cultivation method he’d
just sustained his life until now, alive for thousands of years.
The coffin looked surrounded by a cocoon of runes.
Instead of attacking it, Lie Qianshan waved his hand, Fall of Maple Leaf flew over
and stabbed Old Qiao in his heart, extinguishing the last honorable flame of Yin
There remained no wind, no voice in the room. Only
a faint light made of unknown material on the stone wall was still alive.
Lie Qianshan looked at the coffin with a snort
and then turned his attention back to Wei Gaoyuan. Observing the boy for a while,
he said with doubts, "You seem to reach…Err…just the stage of Building
Base… How did you open my Universe in
"Senior Lie ... I ... don't ... know ...
how ... opened ..." Wei Gaoyuan replied very hard because each word would
increase the pain in his chest.
Lie Qianshan stared at him for a moment before
he concluded, “I see… Boy, you must have launched Essence-blood-refining to
open it, all by accident… "
"Uh?" Wei Gaoyuan got a shock, followed
by a sharp pain.
Essence-blood-refining? Are you serious? Who could
tell me how to refine it by Essence-blood-refining? In my essence-blood? He thought,
and soon remembered, according to the books in the library of outer section, that
Essence-blood-refining was just an deadly evil method of refining arts! My God!
Lie Qianshan looked concerned little about it,
however, a ghost of regret on his face even. He said, "You might be the
first I’ve ever heard to open a Universe in Bag by Essence-blood-refining… Boy,
it’s just a sort of storage talisman, without any combat power at all…"
"Well..." Wei Gaoyuan relieved. Lie
Qianshan seemed not to oppose such an evil refining method.
He asked carefully, "Senior... the sacrifice
of... my blood… the bag won't ... hurt… swallow me?"
"Essence-blood-refining does have the risk
of swallow its master," Lie Qianshan said. "Thus, we must derive a
stream of consciousness, from your Sea of Consciousness, to forcibly sign the ‘master-slave’
contract with it as soon as its talisman-spirit is generated; from then, your
stream of consciousness merges into his talisman-spirit, so, he won’t hurt you forever;
furthermore, you can ‘talk’ to him ..."
"Incredible..." Wei Gaoyuan searched
it in his memory, "how is it different... from Soul-refining?"
Lie Qianshan was kind of surprised, shaking his head. "I’ve never heard of
that refining method."
What Lie Qianshan explained seemed different
from what it was in the books. Wei Gaoyuan felt there might be something wrong with
it. Something might have changed in the world of Taoism Followers during the
past thousands of years?
Lie Qianshan continued, "You look about 15
or 16 years old, but you’re just too weak to let
the Universe in Bag out to anyone, otherwise you might be in great danger,"
while speaking, he looked over Liu Xingfei and Qiu Mengqin, still in a coma.
Wei Gaoyuan got startled and said quickly,
"Senior! They are my brother ... sister ...don’t…" he coughed
"Okay," Lie Qianshan said. "Your
companions… just let them sleep for a while, and you also need a breathing
adjustment right now. My division stream of consciousness won’t exist for long
after leaving Enerstone, I have to quickly make a
few things clear…"
While Wei Gaoyuan seized the time to make a
breathing adjustment after a simple self-treatment, Lie Qianshan was observing
him and muttered, "Good aptitude indeed… too weak though, a lazy boy…"
Surely, Wei Gaoyuan didn’t hear it, or his wound
must expand. He focused on adjusting his breathing until he felt not so painful
in his chest. He opened his eyes and said, "Sorry to keep senior waiting. I
feel better now."
Lie Qianshan nodded, "Keep what happened to
you tonight in secret, it’s not bad for you."
"I will," Wei Gaoyuan responded
carefully. He knew it. An ordinary with an extraordinary treasure died early.
"How old are you?" Lie Qianshan
Wei Gaoyuan didn’t expect he could ask it, but still
answered honestly, "I’m 16 years old."
"16 years old, as a Sword Taoist, below Building
Base… that’s really unreasonable," Lie Qianshan's expression and tone were
extremely serious. Then he added, "Two secret scrolls I’ve left in the Universe
in Bag, SONGS OF MAGIN and CHASING WIND SWORD. You can learn it, and do not be that
idle as before, or else, you will regret it."
Building Base? Idle? Sword Taoist? Me??
Filled with a dozen of question marks in mind,
Wei Gaoyuan said in a low voice,
“Senior, I’m…I’m a martial artist, truly, and
for four years since I chose the road of Martial Arts, I swear I’ve never stopped
running on the road, day and night…”
"What? You’re a martial artist?" Lie
Qianshan showed surprise, shook his head and said to himself,"impossible! I’ve been
observing your efficient breathing method, a smooth breathing-in and a dirty breathing-out.
You must have an excellent spiritual root…why did you choose to be a martial
Excellent spiritual root? My fake spiritual
Wei Gaoyuan’s eyes and mouth were wide open.
Wei Gaoyuan's big eyes and mouth made Lie
Qianshan asked, "It’s like…you don’t know your own talent in spiritual
"Senior, I did. I’ve tested it, it’s fake
spiritual root… that’s why I have to choose the road of Martial Arts," Wei
Gaoyuan responded truthfully.
"Fake spiritual root? Rediculous!"
Lie Qianshan immediately denied it, and asked. "Where, and when did you get
the test? Who gave you the test?"
Wei Gaoyuan explained it all to him, including
the changes of the test crystal cylinder in details at that time. It made Lie
Qianshan lost in a deep thought.
The test crystal cylinder lit up first and went
out soon; it was indeed the sign of fake spiritual root. But Wei Gaoyuan's current
situation just couldn’t prove it…
"Just do exactly as what I tell you next! Don't
ask why!" Lie Qianshan suddenly said, "sitting cross-legged! Sink
Internal Qi into Dantian! Drive Internal Qi around your 8 extraordinary
meridians! Then 12 regular meridians! Flow it in a full circle! Slow down! Okay…too
Wei Gaoyuan knew Lie Qianshan was teaching him
a cultivation method of Internal Qi and tried hard to follow his instruction as
quickly as possible. With breathing in and out in a subtle way, the air around
him was flowing and undulating slowly like colorless clear liquid, and after a
few flow-in-full-circles, a cloud of silver vapor just rose from above his
"Stop!" Lie Qianshan suddenly stopped
Wei Gaoyuan stopped and exhaled a long breath,
opened his eyes, looking unwilling to stop. The short while practice of breathing
just gave him a wonderful feeling, a feeling of Internal Qi touching inside
system of his body, accumulating little by little, purified bit by bit and…he just
couldn’t describe that feeling precisely.
"That’s it! The Transcendent
Spiritual Root!!" Lie Qianshan could hardly
conceal excitement in his eyes.
Just as he’d speculated, that stupid test
crystal cylinder couldn’t bear Wei Gaoyuan's spiritual root at all，whose
level was too high!! In case of bursting itself, the crystal cylinder naturally
extinguished soon after an abrupt red light rise.
(the Transcendent Spiritual Root: the supreme,
the earth, the heavenly, and the innate spiritual root together are usually called
Transcendent Spiritual Root.)
“Hahaha… Tao dosen’t abandon me!!!” in an
ecstasy of delight, Lie Qianshan burst a shout of laughter. For thousands of years,
this division stream of his consciousness he’d ever left finally met a boy with
the Transcendent Spiritual Root! Magin Religion wouldn’t be erased from the
page of history!!
Lie Qianshan himself was a genius with Transcendent Spiritual Root. He originally left
his Universe in Bag just to try his luck, with little high expectation. But
today, Tao presented him with such a boy, who just embarked on the start of cultivation.
What a perfect seed of hope!
"Hahaha..." Lie Qianshan laughed as
much as he pleased, then he stared at Wei Gaoyuan, "boy, do you wanna be a
man to hold the whole world in your hand as soon as possible? Or even break the
restraints of the mortal world, to stride out into a more spectacular world?!"
Wei Gaoyuan was too astonished to speak
Throughout the pages
of history, among countless martial
artist, Taoism Followers, all kinds of dreamers, as many as stars in the universe,
how many, however, could wake up from the dreams in dreams? How many could
carve their names on the pages of history? How many could finally free themselves
from the invisible shackles of the mortal world?
Wei Gaoyuan could not answer it certainly, but he
knew the Cloud-Heaven Palace might be the highest mountain he couldn’t get
around in the future!
Fortunately, Lie Qianshan didn’t knew his biggest
dream was just to see his sister again. Most of the time, the dream was not a
big meal for others, but a small dessert of dreamer alone.
Looking at Wei Gaoyuan's expression, Lie Qianshan
had got the answer. He continued, " SONG
OF MAGIN, I’ve taught you part of it just now, was the supreme internal cultivation
method of Magin Religion; CHASING WIND SWORD, which includes sword patterns and
movement tricks, was a set of combat techniques. Just learn them as hard as you
can, try to condense the Essence in twenty years."
Enter into the stage of Golden Essence in
twenty years?!! Senior, are you serious? Wei Gaoyuan was startled again by the speech
of Lie Qianshan. The original goal of Wei Gaoyuan was trying his best, in
twenty years, to become a man standing at the top of the Nature, and Lie Qianshan
just raised this goal by two stages, by a few simple words, as simple as his
As Wei Gaoyuan opened his mouth and wanted to
speak something, Lie Qianshan suddenly looked back then said, "Your
brother’s gonna to wake up, and… well, that’s the end of my last words. Take
them and leave. Within a hundred years, this place will be sealed completely by
my force…After a hundred years, if you go smoothly in cultivation, by the way,
return and kill Five Yinzi."
Wei Gaoyuan nodded. He knew it was the time to
say goodbye to the senior, again.
"Thank you! Senior, I’ll never forget what
you’ve instructed me!"
"Well, after you leave, I’m starting to
seal up this place with last bit of my power…" Lie Qianshan beckoned him out.
Wei Gaoyuan said respectfully, "Although I
couldn’t be your formal disciple, senior, please accept my respects!!"
Wei Gaoyuan immediately went down on his knees,
with his forehead touching the ground! (A disciple's most formal and respectful
courtesy to his master)
"Good! Good!! I accept it!!" Lie
Qianshan smiled, floating in the air. "Boy, hope to see you again…"
The throat of the Captor who fell first was
crushed and had been dead for a long time. Wei Gaoyuan first took out his body
and returned to take out Qiu Mengqin and Liu Xingfei, both in comas.
“Senior, hope to see you again!” watching the
stone door slammed, Wei Gaoyuan said in his heart.
The deep forest after midnight gave everyone a ghost
of creepy feeling, strange noises coming and going, hoots with howls, sough after
whistle, from time to time.
Among all people guarding the hole, Yu Wansu might
be the most anxious. Four disciples set off from the outer section, only herself
left safely now.
There were still a few hours before dawn. She
decided not to wait for the reinforcements and said to the Captors, "Brothers,
I have to go down right now!"
"Miss Yu, please wait!" Brother Zhao, the leader of Captors, stopped her. "We’ve
still got no news from warrior Liu and Wei, including Miss Qiu, which might indicate
the situation below isn’t optimistic, we’d better continue guarding until the reinforcements
"But ... I'm just worried about them…"
Yu Wansu said, without concealing her anxiety. "If something… happened to them…we
came out together, and go back together!"
Brother Zhao was silent for a moment, and
gritted his teeth, "I go with you!"
Then he turned to others, "Brothers, just leave
the guarding to you! And wait for our reinforcements!"
"Yes! Head, trust us! Take care!!" the
other Captors said seriously.
Brother Zhao jumped into the hole, and close
behind was Yu Wansu.
Under the ground, Liu Xingfei had woken up from
comas. He looked around blankly and murmured, "Where am I ...?"
"Great! Brother Liu, you woke up! "
Wei Gaoyuan was pleased, who was doing meditation for a breathing adjustment.
"Junior brother Wei ... Ah!" Liu Xingfei
wanted to get up but let out a painful moan. It seemed that he’d suffered bad internal
injuries during the fight.
"Just do a breathing adjustment first to stabilize
your internal injuries," Wei Gaoyuan said.
"All right!" Liu Xingfei sat cross-legged
and started adjusting his breathing.
At this moment, two fire lights flashed and approached
quickly with a girl's voice, "Brother Liu! Junior brother Wei! That’s great!!
You’re all… Sister Qiu!!?"
"Sister Yu, Brother Zhao," Wei
Gaoyuan greeted them. "Don’t worry, sister Qiu will be fine; we’re all
injured, brother Liu was adjusting breathing to cure himself…"
"What happened??" brother Zhao asked
as he quickly went up to check the condition of the Captor lying on the ground.
After verifying that his companion was dead, this middle-aged man let out a
long sigh, looking very somber.
"There is a secret room behind that stone
door," Wei Gaoyuan pointed to the closed door. "We encountered an
ancient Unorthodoxer inside, very powerful! When Brother Liu and I arrived, the
Captor brother had been killed, I’m so sorry… sister Qiu should have been absorbed
much of her essence by the Unorthodoxer… "
What he said was true. Blood stains was still at
the corner of Liu Xingfei's mouth, and his own bandaged chest was also bloody.
Upon hearing an ancient Unorthodoxer who was
able to take in the essence of people, both Yu Wansu and brother Zhao were shocked,
after all, even the one as strong as Qiu Mengqin at fifth-level of the Mystery had
been easily suck up the essence and still
in a deep coma now.
Then the two looked at Wei Gaoyuan and Liu
Xingfei; Yu Wansu asked, "How did you escape that evil Unorthodoxer?"
It was the question that Wei
Gaoyuan had considered before he left the secret room. He had to answer it
after Qiu Mengqin and Liu Xingfei woke up even if Yu Wansu hadn’t asked. Anything
about senior Lie could never be disclosed, He had already prepared a reasonable
a common expression many times in the stories long ago—the
It was a state wherein the cultivation base became dangerously unstable,
causing serious or even deadly internal damage to the body and symptoms of psychosis.
People, especially the Unorthodoxer, who succumbed to their Internal Demons,
who practiced Taoism Arts or martial arts incorrectly, or who rashly used
forbidden arts were all at risk of falling into this state.
Demon: rather than standard demons or devils, these are a
practitioner’s negative emotions and other mental barriers which hinder their
training or cultivation. Internal Demons, in some cases, can even attack the
practitioner from the inside, and failure to adequately resist them may result
in the Cultivation Deviation.)
Wei Gaoyuan showed a still- traumatized look and said,
that time I thought it must be the termination of us. Yet Tao blessed us, somehow
the Unorthodoxer suddenly seemed to fall into the state of Cultivation
Deviation. He even killed the Watchman, and his Qi then turned into a complete
disorder and burst out…” he just felt he was a perfect storyteller in the
teahouse, “following his madness was the gale, screaming everywhere in the secret
room… And before the stone door closed, I took the opportunity to bring
everyone out as fast as I can…"
a million to Tao! You’re really really lucky! He must have cultivated a most
evil art!" Yu Wansu covered her mouth in shock, her big eyes bigger.
Zhao didn't say anything but just reached out to push the stone door. After a
while he said, "I can’t budge it!"
you couldn’t. Senior Lie had sealed up the whole room. Wei Gaoyuan thought and said,
“I guess it’s been controlled by that Unorthodoxer, and…to avoid…like his enemies,
he might have sealed up himself and the room after realizing his Cultivation
might be right. Anyway," brother Zhao nodded, and said, "we gotta go
up quickly. I must report everything tonight to the Defensive Officer…"
later, Liu Xingfei finished his breathing adjustment with his internal injuries
cured almost a half. He nodded and gave Wei Gaoyuan a cupped-fist, "Thank
you for saving me, junior brother Wei, I owe you…"
do not mention it, Brother Liu," Wei Gaoyuan waved his hands quickly,
" brothers just never owe each other."
Xingfei nodded and didn't say anything but gave a smile.
middle of the night, the wind slinking through the mountain was full of chill. The
two Captors rubbed their hands in the faint gleams of Light Tubes. Suddenly one
said in a low voice, "Be careful! Someone’s coming up!"
one pulled out his cutlass, and later called out, "Head Zhao !?"
the first to climb up was the brother Zhao, holding the dead Captor with the
help of Liu Xinfei.
Nail!!" the two Captors shouted at the same time while seeing their
Wansu and Wei Gaoyuan followed, together holding Qiu Mengqin. The two Captors
were shocked while seeing the state of Qiu Mengqin and got relieved to learn that
she was just in a coma.
described the experience in the secret room again. With Liu Xingfei adding some
details, there was no doubt about it. As for the Cultivation Deviation，if
nothing wrong had happened to that ancient Unorthodoxer, how could they had
come back alive?
the Wei Gaoyuan finished, the youngest Captor asked anxiously, "Is there
any other discovery? My sister was taken without any news until now… Is she in
that secret room?"
sorry, we didn’t find her..." Liu Xingfei shook his head. "We fought with
them as we got into the room, and then I got injured and lost consciousness."
Gaoyuan shook his head as well, "There was nobody else in the room except us…
She should be kept somewhere else."
Zhao had planned to wait for the reinforcements to go down again for a minute
search. Seeing his little brother’s great anxiety, he said, "Little Six, Second
Old, you two follow me! We go down right now!!"
me go with you," Liu Xingfei said. "I've almost recovered, and might helpful
if got an accident."
me in!" Wei Gaoyuan volunteered.
a brief talk, Liu Xingfei and Wei Gaoyuan went down with Little Six to find his
missing sister; others waited the reinforcement on the ground.
the secret room, there was another passageway underground. The three people couldn’t
enter the room but search around before walked along the passageway. Not walking
for long, an entrance to the ground was seen at the end of the passageway.
climbing to the ground over the entrance, the three looked around and found
that they were still in the same woods, facing no mountain walls though.
Six did not give up, and started searching around carefully, including Liu
Xingfei and Wei Gaoyuan. And they finally found several bodies in a large pit,
not far from the entrance.
Six began shivering immediately, regardless of the foul smell, jumped into the
pit and picked through the bodies. After a long while he shook his head and
murmured, "No…not… my sister… not here...."
must be safe… somewhere else!" He jumped out of the pit and began another
searching, and didn't stop until dawn, but found nothing else, only the six in
another team of 10 Captors arrived, two at the eighth-level of the Mystery and
one even the seventh-level.
group searched throughout the two entrances of underground passage together
with the entire large woods yet still found nothing.
the anxiety of Little Six didn’t reduce at all, they could do nothing else but
go back with six bodies, and then issued an official notice: Searching the Missing
three o’clock at night. Everyone in Huyang Town had fallen into their various
dreams; outside their dreams was the entirely silent world.
Gaoyuan's room, a candlelight was flaring. He still showed no sign of sleepiness.
night, he opened the Universe in Bag in the room. In the space of the bag were
a notebook, two secret scrolls, a sword, a stone, a bit smaller than the palm, and
a waste crystal.
was Lie Qianshan's introduction to the world of Taoism Followers in his time,
over 3000 years ago, whose contents must have been out of date.
two secret scrolls: SONG OF MAGIN and CHASING WIND SWORD; Wei Gaoyuan had
glanced through their introductions; the former was the supreme scroll of Magin
Religion, usually held in the lords of religion; it was a set of methods for
internal cultivation and a guidance for those from the bottom stage to even the
stage of Full Completeness. And the latter was a set of swordsmanship with
of Maple Leaf was a Spirit Weapon, that is, the magic
sword used by the powerful Sword Taoist in stories. For sure, Wei Gaoyuan was
unable to harness it at current stage.
that palm-sized stone, he examined it for a few moments but didn’t find any useful
effects, only feeling very comfortable while gripping it in his hand.
Lie Qianshan's division stream of consciousness was no longer in that crystal,
Wei Gaoyuan put it away as a memorial.
inspecting all the stuff in the Universe in Bag, he tried to learn SONG OF
MAGIN, still holding the unknown stone in his hand.
he was running a flow in a full circle according to the scroll and enjoying
the comfort in the meridians, the stone in his hand
suddenly sent a surging stream of Qi, he couldn’t tell what kind of Qi it was, like
a torrent pouring into the meridians.
Gaoyuan was startled and quickly adjusted his running speed while sinking this stream
of Qi into Dantian. After quite a long while, it was just refined and
integrated with his Internal Qi into Dantian. He found that his Internal Qi had
increased and strengthened a lot, so he immediately did it in the same way, again
and again until dawn…
finishing a long night's internal cultivation, he tested his gains and was
pleasantly surprised to find that his stage had been elevated to the top of the
have promoted approximately a half of one level in just one night!
looked again at the inconspicuous stone in his hand, and carefully stored it into
the Universe in Bag.
days later, Qiu Mengqin woke up from a coma, and after her eyes opened up and
turned unfocused for a while, she suddenly sat up and showed a look like facing
an extremely awful threat.
you are awake!" said Yu Wansu in a surprise, who’d sat beside her almost all
... Where am I?" Qiu Mengqin asked, looked still quite weak.
too much Yin Essence, and would have already died if she were an ordinary
person. Despite her remarkable stage, she was fed many herbs six times a day for
three days and just woke up in a weak state.
is Huyang Town, sister, you are safe… We’ve been so worried about you these
sister Yu, how did you ... we ... escape from that…?" Qiu Mengqin
remembered what happened that day. She didn’t want to bring up that Unorthodoxer.
No one in the team could feel more horror of that nightmare than herself.
thought that there was no way at all they could escape. Then was there some stronger senior who
arrived in time and saved them?
repeated what Wei Gaoyuan had described that day, and told her that it was confirmed
by Liu Xingfei. Also, Qiu Mengqin felt it so lucky and incredible, but they
were survived finally anyway.
a while, Liu Xingfei, Wei Gaoyuan, and brother Zhao arrived. After learning
that six girls were dead and the whereabouts of the other girls were still unknown,
Qiu Mengqin gave a heavy sigh and decided to stay in Huyang Town for a few days
to help find the missing persons.
some discussion, the four disciples of the East Mountain Sword Clan were split
into two teams. Yu Wansu stayed with Qiu Mengqin to help Huyang Town and meanwhile
investigate whether there were other Unorthodoxer fellow members in the town; Liu
Xingfei and Wei Gaoyuan proceeded to finding the Full Moon Flower. If it turned
out to be too difficult to obtain, they would come back and ask for sisters’ reinforcement.
Grave of Wumen
was at the foot of a mountain and had been rarely visited by the living for
It used to be a big village named Wumen Village,
with hundreds of households and a population of over 1000. The villagers lived
on the mountain behind the village and had been living happily on their own.
Until a few decades ago, a bandit riot broke
out in this area. A gang of gangsters began looting and burning around
the surrounding villages, and Wumen Village was no exception.
The local government officials had sent the Captors
to besiege and suppress the gangsters a few times. However, it was the very cunning
gang of foxes; those arrested were just small fry. It was too difficult to hurt
their root. Therefore, Wumen Village stepped out to came up an idea of forming a
coalition with surrounding villages to fight against the gang, without knowing
that the head of the gang had bought some eyes and spies in a few villages. After
getting the plan of Wumen Village in advance, the gang head led his men to
slaughter the entire Wumen Village overnight, with on one in the village survived.
That night, the blood raining and flowing over each street of Wumen village. Ever
since then the former peaceful village had been deserted into the mass grave.
After that awful tragedy, the wind blowing every
night over the wild grave was mixed with creepy crying and moaning, like the low
voice of the dead who were unwilling to leave and telling their suffering. As a
result, the government erected a monument, more than two meters high, and
invited a master to inscribe the secret runes on it. Though the mass grave turned
quiet later, weird things still happened from time to time. The beasts,
especially, were constantly found dead here.
With time went by, if some of the travelers who’d
died far from their hometown were not claimed for a long time, they would be
moved here to be buried from the Coffin Home. Thus, overtime, this place was
called Grave of Wumen by surrounding villagers.
(Coffin Home: Yizhuang in Chinese, it’s a temporary coffin depository where their
coffins can be stored for those who are dead far from their hometowns and desire
burial in their home villages.)
Among villagers in this area, it was not a
secret that Full Moon Flowers used to appear in Grave of Wumen; that strange
things often occurred in Grave of Wumen was not a secret either. It took Liu
Xingfei and Wei Gaoyuan five days to trace the information and tips about the Full
Moon Flower and finally arrived at this dead place, where they could immediately
feel a depressing gloomy atmosphere even in the sunshine.
"Indeed…an unusual evil place!" Liu
Xingfei looked at the large graveyard in front of him with a grim look.
Martial artists had keen senses, much sharper
than ordinary people, especially those over the early stage of the Mystery, who
already had a capacity for perceiving Qi within the world. Just at a glance, he’d
noticed that Yin Qi amid the air was so thick that the strong sunlight could
not dispel it. (Sunlight belongs to attribute of Yang.)
Wei Gaoyuan also noticed it and frowned, "Indeed,
a perfect home for Full Moon Flowers!"
Liu Xingfei nodded his head and said seriously,
"Full of deep darkness we could feel in the daytime, who knows what would
welcome us in the evening…"
"Then we must hurry up!! Just take
advantage of sunlight, get it and go!" Wei Gaoyuan didn’t want to say hi
to anyone or anything here at night.
Liu Xingfei spread his hands and said in a
gesture of helpless sorrow, "Undoubtedly, I also wish we could do it in the
day; unfortunately, the Moon Flower was the shy lady. Only at night, she breaks
through the soil, facing the full moon, and that’s the time we get her!”
"What?!!" Wei Gaoyuan shouted, his
“Yeah! The lady, awaiting us at night, bathing within
Along the way here, the information about the Full
Moon Flower was collected by Liu Xingfei. Wei Gaoyuan just followed him to be a
traveler, having paid little attention to it. And once hearing it, the damned lady
at the damned place at the damned night, the word flashed first in his mind
was: Run! And the second was: Kick! Kick Liu Xingfei’s ass!
Of course, he wouldn’t. They were here now, and
just went back with empty hands? That was 50 contribution points!
They looked for a bare spot to rest, waiting
for the moon rising...
When the sun went home and the full moon took
his position in the sky, the howls of wild beasts from the mountains in the
distance made Wei Gaoyuan rally his spirit at once.
“Well, Lady~ We’re~ coming~” Liu Xingfei was well
ready to go, obviously. On the way, he told Wei Gaoyuan several times that they
must not be too far away from each other while searching the flower. After all,
it was notorious Grave of Wumen.
After Wumen Village became the graveyard, its
range expanded a lot. The two boys searched carefully, afraid of ignoring any
piece of land under their feet.
The smell of beast bones filled in the air
around. Seeing helplessness in each other’s eyes, they had to keep covering their
Time passed quietly and quickly. A mist rose
over the sky. As the morning was approaching, Wei Gaoyuan suddenly stared and
pointed at his front, asking, "Brother Liu, look at that! Is that…your
With a smile, Liu Xingfei replied, "Beautiful!
Just get closer!"
There were more than a dozen palm-sized flowers
on the ground in front. Each pistil of them was facing the bright moon in the
sky; the pistils’ outer ring was bright scarlet, fading gradually into a flesh-colored
inner ring with a black nail-sized spot in the center.
Liu Xingfei looked at the stems deep into soil
and said, "Little boy, stand aside, let me say hi~"
Wei Gaoyuan nodded, standing beside him with the
blade out of its sheath.
Liu Xingfei took out a piece of cloth wrapping
his hand, carefully leaned out and grabbed the stem near him, and then pulled
"Unmoved? Huh?" he frowned, and added
some more strength yet the flower still didn’t move.
"Brother..." Wei Gaoyuan seemed to
have noticed something abnormal and wanted to warn Liu Xingfei.
“My lady~ Out!” Liu Xingfei gave a bark, and made
a great deal of strength. The whole Full Moon Flower was pulled out with its long
roots and a large amount of dirt…
"Brother!!" Wei Gaoyuan suddenly grabbed
Liu Xingfei’s arm and pulled him away from the flower!
At the same time, a dry human face emerged from
the ground! Red light flashed in the eye sockets, with the roots of the Full Moon
Flower extending deeply into his open mouth!
All came as a sudden and a shock, Liu Xingfei
was so frightened that he wanted but was reluctant to let go of the flower in
his hand. Just hesitating for a moment, the neck and the upper body broke
through the soil and his withered claw grabbed Liu Xingfei’s chest.
As soon as Wei Gaoyuan pulled Liu Xingfei away,
he’d hacked at that claw. The blade clashed with the withered claw, making a
sound like chopping wood. Liu Xingfei immediately let go the flower stem, and drew
out the long sword behind him.
"Well, your queen has her king," Wei
Gaoyuan saw a dry face, like a skeleton wrapped in a layer of bark, and the Full
Moon Flower grew out of the dark hole under the bark, which was his mouth.
The height of “flower host” was similar to that
of a living human. His atrophied muscles were like dried bacon, his hands were
dry claws, so sharp and tough that it was not damaged at all against Wei Gaoyuan’s
"The Whining Dead?" Liu Xingfei
cursed a thousand in his heart, “dammit, that dead Fatty Power 5! Never told me
the flower grows in the mouth of the Whining Dead!”
As one branch of Corpse Cultivators,
the Whining Dead, whose consciousness was unwilling to
leave his body after he died in deep grievances or resentment, learned the method
of perceiving and absorbing Spiritual Qi and cultivated in his body. His joints
was more flexible than that of the ordinary Chinese Zombie.
Seeing the red light in the eyes of Whining
Dead, Liu Xingfei got relieved a little, knowing that they could handle it.
The Whining Dead was blocked by Wei Gaoyuan's
sword, but did not stop, stretching out the other arm and clawed Liu Xingfei's
Liu Xingfei avoid it easily and slashed at the
stem of Full Moon Flower in his mouth.
In a crisp sound, the stem was cut. Liu Xingfei
grabbed the flower part and said to Wei Gaoyuan, "Retreat!"
At the same time, the Whining Dead screamed so harshly,
as though he had been killed again.
Wei Gaoyuan could not help frowning as he had
never heard such an unpleasant and twisted scream. He gave a heavy kick against
the chest of the Whining Dead, who was kicked several steps back, but still didn’t
fall. Then a dark gray fog sprayed from his mouth before he fell to the ground.
"Stay away from that fog!"
Liu Xingfei pulled Wei Gaoyuan away to the
distance. At this moment, the remaining Full Moon Flowers on the ground began moving
together, more than a dozen, and soon the soil around was broken open with a
large amount of mud flying over — the army of Whining
Dead was getting out of ground!
Within the army, there was one, whose mouth had
four Full Moon Flowers!!
Wei Gaoyuan was shocked. That might be the
toughest one. The red-eyed Whining Dead with one Full Moon Flower in his mouth
could block his blade with his claw. What about the four flowers? And the
four-flower’s pupils were glowing green.
He wanted to turn and run, but a Whining Dead
behind him had stopped him, which filled him with a panic.
Liu Xingfei had considerable experience of Jianghu
as he’d been before, his pace still steady. He gave a stab-strike to the
Whining Dead in his way. His opponent didn't dodge, and stretched out the thin
claws to grab his blade.
There came another sound of chopping wood. The
claws blocked the blade but didn’t get any damage. Liu Xingfei took the
opportunity to let out a round-kick over the chest of the Whining Dead, who was
hit and took several steps back.
Wei Gaoyuan was terrified virtually and had to behave
calmly. He learned Liu Xingfei’s attack style to wield his sword at the stems
in the mouth of his opponent, and then kicked its chest while it reached out to
block his sword.
He had just kicked away one, but hadn’t got enough
time to run as the green-eyed “four-flower-king” had clawed over his chest.
Before Wei Gaoyuan realized that the claw moved
as fast as thunder, he had no time to dodge but raised his sword before his
chest to block it in a rush.
The claw of the Green-eyed hit the blade of Wei
Gaoyuan, and a full powerful impact came through the sword. Crash! Wei Gaoyuan was
knocked off, flying back with his sword and fell into a pit.
"Junior brother Wei!" Liu Xingfei was
shocked and hurried forward to rescue him, but was stopped by two red-eyed, and
the green-eyed had turned its focus on Liu Xingfei.
Wei Gaoyuan wiped the dirt on his face, spat
out the dust in his mouth, and tried to sit up.
Feeling the blood and Internal Qi revolving and
boiling in his chest, he said “lucky” in his heart— lucky to block most power of the strike with the sword at the
critical moment. If his chest got hit directly, he would be seriously injured even
if didn’t die.
When trying to calm down, Wei Gaoyuan saw the green-eyed
was stepping towards Liu Xingfei. He picked up the sword immediately and wanted
to give him a back-up, but suddenly he felt the weight of the sword in his hand
was not good; the blade was broken in half!
That was awfully troublesome!
Wei Gaoyuan's heart sank at once. He was totally
outmatched with a complete sword, knocked off by only one strike of the green-eyed,
let alone a broken half. Besides, there was assistance of another two
orange-eye, each with two flowers in the mouth.
Seeing that Liu Xingfei was surrounded and couldn’t
escape even with wings, Wei Gaoyuan remembered the sword in the Universe in Bag:
Fall of Maple Leaf!
Although he couldn't exert its magic and power,
it was obviously far better than fight with bare hands or broken sword. Without
hesitation, his stream of consciousness flowed into the bag and took out Fall
of Maple Leaf.
Liu Xingfei kicked off a red-eyed again, trying
to get away. The green-eye jumped forward high after a roar, landed in front of
him in an instant, and grabbed his chest.
Having witnessed the green-eyed slammed Wei
Gaoyuan flying over by only one claw, Liu Xingfei knew it would be stupid to
fight against it. He had to choose another direction to retreat. However, more
than a dozen Whining Dead had surrounded him, leaving him no gap to escape.
At the critical moment, a dark cloud floating
in the sky moving over and covered almost all the moon. The Grave of Wumen was
shrouded in darkness at once. All the Whining Dead seemed to turn blind and deaf,
losing the sense of direction and the aggressive consciousness for a while.
And that was just a saving-life while, Wei
Gaoyuan rushed up and kept wielding Fall of Maple Leaf to chop across the dead
crowd. Surprisingly, the body of the Whining Dead where Fall of Maple Leaf hit was
cut off as easily as cutting pieces of standing tofu. Just a while, two Whining
Dead were chopped into large pieces, and a few Full Moon Flowers stems had also
been cut off from their mouths.
That dark clouds were moving away little by
little, the moonlight gradually sprayed over the graveyard again. The Whining
Dead began recovering their senses and moving about slightly. "Brother!
Run!!" Wei Gaoyuan hurriedly pulled Liu Xingfei, who was still surprised at
the scene that Wei Gaoyuan suddenly started cutting the toufu happily.
Liu Xingfei recovered himself immediately and rushed
out through the gap Wei Gaoyuan had chopped through the circle of the Whining Dead.
Without any exchange of any words, the two just kept running as fast as they
could, for fear that the green-eyed king with four flowers would recover and
chase them up.
The low roar sounded behind them, getting
farther and farther though. Before long, the two had rushed out of Grave of Wumen
and disappeared into the dark distance.
Until about an hour later, the two was speeding
down. Having confirmed that the green-eye didn’t chase after them, Liu Xingfei
gasped and said, "Okay…slow down…have a… a rest…"
Wei Gaoyuan also ran at his fastest speed for
long, his mouth feeling very dry. He looked back a few more times before taking
out the kettle and taking a big mouthful.
"That green-eyed guy shouldn’t follow…So
pettish is that guy! We just took only one of their sweethearts!" Liu
“More good fame, more bad temper; and, not one…”
Wei Gaoyuan raised his hand, holding one Full Moon Flower with a short stem.
“Hey, hey, you guy has learned to flee without
empty hands! Great! We’ve got two now!” Liu Xingfei laughed, raising and waving
anther one in his hand, “Dead fatty Power 5! I’m gonna help you to lose some
Wei Gaoyuan gave a sigh. Indeed, if without Fall
of Maple Leaf, they might have joined the army of that four-flower king.
Then Liu Xingfei remembered something, stared
at Wei Gaoyuan and said, "I didn't think you’re so strong, just chopped
off the leg of an orange-eyed with one stroke of sword! Your sword..."
Wei Gaoyuan knew that Liu Xingfei had noticed
it, raising Fall of Maple Leaf before he asked," Thanks to this sword. As I
fell into the pit, I touched it at the bottom of the pit, mine had broken during
the battle, so, I used it without hesitation. It’s pretty sharp!"
"Uh..." Liu Xingfei's face became
serious. "Isn't this sword some talisman? It looked sort of unusual!
I mean, it might be used to tame or expel those evil stuff… if so, we would throw
the Grave of Wumen into great turmoil…"
Wei Gaoyuan reluctantly spread his hands and
said, "I’d rather report it to the local government than go back that
fucking place again, and the sword is quite to my taste~"
Fall of Maple Leaf was the Spirit Weapon left
by Lie Qianshan, and he wouldn’t surrender it naturally.
Liu Xingfei thought for a while and said,
"you’re right, just report it first, if it's not some talisman in Grave of
Wumen, you just take it. Brother Wei, thank you for saving me again…"
"Hey, hey~ You’re speaking like me~"
Wei Gaoyuan smiled.
“You too~ Hahaha…”
Under the sky full of stars at night, the two
young swordsmen came amidst bright moonlight and went with their debonair laugh.
Tears in smiles, sweat in blood, love in
resentment…That was the Jianghu of the youth, that was the youthful Jianghu!
Two days later, a group of people came to Grave
of Wumen. One of them, long grey beard, was wearing a teal Taoism robe and held
a compass-like stuff. He scanned the ground as he walked around and glanced at
the compass-like stuff in his hand from time to time.
The ground looked a bit messy, with traces of
the dirt being turned over. The army of Whining Dead and their limbs cut off by
Fall of Maple Leaf were already gone. Only those big and small gaps on the
ground proved that something must had happened here.
"Senior Feng, I wonder if something… has been
changed here?" asked a middle-aged man in an official uniform, tension shown
on his face.
The man who was called senior Feng observed around
again and said, "The monument is immaculate; the formation shows no sign of
chaotic as well; someone should have come here to collect Full Moon Flowers and…
fought with the villagers, I mean, the Whining Dead."
"Who are they? So bold! Taoism Followers?"
the middle-aged official was amazed.
"Even if it’s some Taoism Follower,"
Senior Feng nodded lightly, deep in thought, "it's probably just a junior,
Full Moon Flowers got no power to detoxify the poison of fire that can hurt
those…errr… stronger than the stage of Real Inedia."
The middle-aged official got relieved. After all,
senior Feng had affirmed that both the monument and the formation were good as old,
and the disorder here was just caused by someone instead of “somebodies.”
Such annoying issues, two or three times a
year, made him quite depressed every time. There were no proper ways, however,
to stop it. He couldn't stop kinds of cultivators or Taoism Followers from picking
up Full Moon Flowers here, or get some senior or master from Jianghu involved
in the guard task of local government.
Fortunately, the Full Moon Flower only appeared
twice a month at most, and there were not many people who showed much interest in
It was just another false alarm. The
middle-aged official ordered his men to fill up the pit and tide the scene up,
and then he needed to calm himself down, with a jar of “Burning Knife” in his favorite
(Burning Knife: a sort of alcohol in ancient China.
It gets the name due to its high levels of alcohol and strong flavor, like burning
knife in the stomach after drinking it.)
After Wei Gaoyuan and Liu Xingfei got the moon
flower, they hurried back to Huyang Town without stopping. Qiu Mengqin and Yu
Wansu hadn't left yet when they arrived; Qiu Mengqin was so badly injured that she
couldn't recover in a few days, so they had to abandon the original plan and set
off to return to the outer section.
Jin Dashun went to the Mission Hall at his
leisure these days, for any news of the Full Moon Flower and release of the new
missions from Garden of Nine Herbs.
This day, when he came to the front of the hall
and was striding his not very fatty leg over the doorsill, he was gripped by the
collar as a voice exclaimed behind him, "You fatty thief! Are there anything
else but bad water in your stomach and brain?! Do you deserve your face of integrity
and honesty your parents gave you?!... "
Jin Dashun was startled and turned, only to
find Liu Xingfei with an angry look. He grinned immediately and said, " Brother
Liu! Brother Wei! That’s great! You never know how much I miss you these days! let
me see~ You must have brought back the best news! But why brother Liu said like
that? I swear, my offer is always reasonable. 50 points! No one could offer you
such a good deal! "
What he said was indeed true, Liu Xingfei had
to admit that 50 points was not low; however, the key point was that the fatty never
told them the root of Full Moon Flower was deep in the mouth of the Whining Dead!
On the way back, Liu Xingfei never let his hand that had touched the stem of
the flower to grab any food even though it had been wrapped up in a piece of
In Huyang Town, he found a small rectangular
box to store the flowers, and then washed his hands, seven or eight times. He’d
just touched something like clothes so far, but not food, never. The experience
in mission might have scarred him for life…
Liu Xingfei didn't want to waste even one word
with the annoying fatty guy. He gave a cold humph and threw out the box, "Take
it! Transfer contribution points!"
"You really got it!! I knew it!!"Jin
Dashun's eyes brightened, and turned a blind eye to Liu Xingfei's colder face.
He quickly opened the lid of the box with joy, glanced at the inside and got
the lid back on. Then a sunny smile was put on his face, "Brother Liu truly
deserves ‘the man I’ve always admired for my life.’ Got two flowers! Please
allow me to report your merit to my elder later. Err…you know, for you, ask
them for more benefits…"
Liu Xingfei stopped his endless speech, "Save
your words for Spring Festival this year, just go
and finish the procedure."
"Yes, yes, brother Liu, please!" Jin
Dashun made a "please" gesture, with a smile of Jin Dashun’s style.
The procedure was not complicated, and finished
in just a few moments.
Wei Gaoyuan refused to accept 20 points as Liu
Xinfei suggested. After a deliberation, Wei Gaoyuan finally received fourteen
points, Liu Xingfei fourteen points, Qiu Mengqin twelve points, and Yu Wansu
Yu Wansu knew that she had taken an advantage,
and treated the three to a feast of spirit animal in the Restaurant of Sprite,
which cost nearly 1,000 silver coins! Wei Gaoyuan, who’d been leading a very poor
life since his childhood, was really shocked by this number.
Sister Yu just perfectly explained to her
junior brother Wei that “The rich Martial Artist and the poor scholar.”
Time flied peacefully. Five or six months had just
passed. It was almost the end of the year.
The outer section of the East Mountain Sword
Clan allowed the disciples to go home to celebrate Spring Festival. That, however,
depended on their performance in the evaluation at the end of each year, regardless
of those by formal trial selection or those by other ways like donation.
The rule of evaluation was simple: the disciples
who entered in the same year competed with each other on the competition
platform; on the basis of the result, half of them were allowed to go down
the mountain of the outer section; the top ten would be rewarded; the
last ten would be recorded; If three times totally in record, they would go
down the mountain too, though never allowed to came back.
A few months ago, WEI Gaoyuan of Cyan-Feather had
already broken through into the ninth-level. Recently, he’d been reported to have
levelled up to the bottom of the eighth
As a routine, the Undistinguishment was the
foundation stage of Martial Arts. During this stage, most of disciples tended
to try hard laying a solid foundation step by step, under the guidance of their
elders, in order to get higher achievements in the future. It was very unusual
that a new disciple could broke through into a higher stage and then got
another level-up in just seven or eight months.
Admittedly, it was not a surprise, even if it
was rarely rumored, that a man with Fake spiritual root reached the Nature at
his twenties. Almost everyone, especially ordinary people, took it for granted.
Since the end of last mission of Full Moon
Flower, Wei Gaoyuan had almost locked himself in his dorm at Dark-Feather Peak.
He spent no time on other training but thirstily learning SONG OF MAGIN and CHASING
WIND SWORD, and within half a year, he finally entered the door of the first-floor
of SONG OF MAGIN.
As for the scroll of CHASING WIND SWORD, it
seemed different from the one from the woman in white. The latter was a set of
swordsmanship, eight patterns; the scroll from Lie Qianshan was a complete combating
system, of which the swordsmanship of “Chasing Wind Sword” was the most basic
part, pretty suitable for him, a virtual novice as a swordsman.
In addition, he found it quite comfortable to
hold the unknown stone in the Universe in Bag, which made him more smoothly and
efficiently while flowing the Internal Qi in a full circle than before. Until yesterday,
he’d reached the bottom of seventh-level, even not far from the top of it.
However, there had always been a no-answer question
in his mind—the cultivation in his wired dream space. It
seemed to happen only to him; the more wired three-man-high stone stele in the
dream, which had modified “Eight Clouds in Dream,” also made modification occasionally
to the cultivation methods in both SONG OF MAGIN and CHASING WIND SWORD.
Was there any senior who was strong enough to help
him with clearing up the road of cultivation, through his dream?
Every time he thought of it, he would laugh at
himself in his heart. A super, mighty, earth-shaking senior favored and helped
a poor kid who grew up in a slum— that did happen,
only in the fairy tale from the storyteller in the teahouse. Even if he owned
some Transcendent Spiritual Root, if the division stream of consciousness of
Lie Qianshan was right, was it even a higher rank than senior Lie’s spiritual
Or, it might be related to the woman in white
and her scroll.
Anyway, it was a secret, his own secret.
In the blink of an eye, the end of the year came,
and that meant the competition evaluation this year was beginning.
There were ten generations of disciples altogether
in the outer section of the East Mountain Sword Clan, who were in ten grades—Jia, Yi, Bing, Ding,
Wu, Ji, Geng, Xin, Ren， Gui— and upgraded to the higher grade every two years. .
There were more than fifty new disciples, known
as the grade of Gui, of which the twelve through the trial selection had been
listed as “the seed disciple” (the best 12).
On the first day of evaluation, because of having
a bye, Wei Gaoyuan went to the Competition Field to give Liu Xingfei a boost.
Liu Xingfei’s grade, Xin, consisted of
sixty-four disciples, who would compete with each other by sortition. The winner
would get directly promoted into next round while the loser would be pending. The
majority of disciples at Xin were at the stage of the ninth- to the eighth-level,
only a few at the seventh.
The first opponent of Liu Xingfei was a male
disciple at the top of ninth-level, who seemed a bit down to compete with Liu
Xingfei, a seed disciple.
It was not a big issue for Liu Xingfei to be one
of the top ten disciples who entered the section in the same year. Thus, after
three rounds, Liu Xingfei seized a chance to kick his opponent's shoulder and
knocked him off the competition platform. He won, for sure.
He walked down the competition platform and greeted
his opponent with a cupped-fist, "Junior brother Mu, thanks for your guidance!"
The man called Mu greeted with a cupped-fist
and gave a sigh, "Brother Liu, I appreciate your mercy on the platform!"
Liu Xingfei nodded slightly before he saw Wei
Gaoyuan. He smiled, "I know~ Junior brother Wei must come here for giving his
sister Yu a support and boost!"
Wei Gaoyuan rolled his eyes, knowing that Liu
Xingfei was teasing him, "Exactly, if sister Yu meets you on the platform,
I’ll be cheering up for her~”
"Junior brother Wei, I hope your expectation
never came ture~ Brother Liu was the last man I wanna meet on that platform,"
a voice came behind Wei Gaoyuan, it was Yu Wansu, who was wearing a light-yellow
long dress and greeted them with a lovely smile.
That was true. Liu Xingfei was at the top of
eighth-level, half-level higher than herself, not to mention the practical combating
experience gap between them.
Wei Gaoyuan smiled awkwardly, scratching his head
and grinned, "Look my big mouth~ May Tao bless sister Yu! Never draw that
shor~~t straw~ Go straight into the top 10!"
"Humph, that’s just sweet~" Yu Wansu pretended
to be annoyed.
Then she looked Wei Gaoyuan up and down for a
while, then blinked and smiled, "Brother Liu told me your virtual combating
power might be stronger than his, and you’re here now…Are you planning to
challenge the Xin-grade disciple?"