Before him there is only darkness, feeling it
tearing at his body. The same feeling Qin Yu had when training in the Demon
Body. Only this time is somewhat different. You Ji’s body was tense, holding
strongly on to Qin Yu’s hand. He can hear how labored her breathing is
Qin Yu hesitated slightly, then reached out and
embraced her, feeling her warmth and fragrance.
You Ji’s body froze, then gradually softened.
The process seems to last longer then he imagined.
Just as Qin Yu was doubting whether or not they will forever be trapped in this
darkness, the tearing force abruptly vanished.
He loosened his arms and stepped back. You Ji
stood straight and looked around, her ears turning faintly pink.
Qin Yu breaks the silence, “In what direction do
we go?” Their current position is in an immense stone cave. The walls are
covered in caverns, winding and complicated, leading to an unknown
You Ji relaxed a breath, then takes out the
compass, studies it carefully, and then put it back, “Follow me.” She stopped
her pace, reminding him, “Always wear the Guarding Badge.” Then she rushed
Qin Yu smiled, catching up to her.
Entering a cavern, the light suddenly dims, and
even though it isn’t narrow, it still gave a suffocating feeling. In this cold
silence, besides the black stones, there is nothing to look at. But watching
You Ji carefully treading forward, Qin Yu was inwardly taking precautions, not
daring to be even a bit careless.
With no prior indication, following a woeful howl,
on the left side in front a big rock suddenly protrudes. The black seal
outlines a wizened figure, that made a sudden grabbing motion at You Ji.
Her body leaned, and despite straightening very
quickly, she doesn’t reveal a hint of fear on her charming face when looking
coldly at the stone. But from the slight paleness and the drops of sweat on her
nose, exposing her true thoughts.
Truth be told, Qin Yu was also startled. For her
to be able to adjust herself in such a short time isn’t easy. As expected, her
flirtatious and delicate manner was all a lie. At heart, she is stubborn and
hardened. Even scared she remains the same.
After more walking, Qin Yu suddenly said, “Let’s
You Ji stopped, and replied without
turning, “You’re seriously annoying!” She carefully considered, then turned and
sat down without asking.
Qin Yu tactfully withdrew a distance, and close
his eyes to recover.
You Ji bit her lip, reached with her hand to
massage her ankle, then her eyes swept at Qin Yu, softening somewhat.
Of course, this is something she will never let
Qin Yu see.
Moments later, You Ji rose, “Let’s go!”
Qin Yu opened his eyes, smiling.
The two people continue penetrating deeper. The
cavern expands outwards as a rotten and decrepit skeleton appears in sight. You
Ji’s face changed, muttered a bit, then said, “Be careful.”
Qin Yu slowly nodded.
After walking some more, they found a place where
the seal was interrupted, revealing a big hole.
You Ji stepped forward to investigate, and sometime
later, said, “The seal weakened, allowing him to escape. But was still hurt by
its power, and died in the end.”
Qin Yu looked, seeing nothing special about the
dark green cave mouth. For You Ji to say that she must have a basis.
They then arrived where the cavern splits in three
and You Ji fishes out the compass. She fiddles with it for a long while and
seems to have encountered a problem.
“You try, it might react to your blood.”
Qin Yu closed his eyes, emptying his mind, and
then opens them after a few breaths, pointing, “The left.”
You Ji looks at the compass, frowning with worry.
You Ji sighed, “It seems, it’s won’t be
as easy as I wanted, to find it. Out of the three tunnels, the left one is the
Qin Yu frowns, “How dangerous?”
“… should we go?”
You Ji’s pupils brighten, “Yes! This young miss
isn’t afraid!” She breathed in deeply, “If you can’t hold it, you can feed the
Guarding Badge with… Forget it, you’re not a demonic cultivator. Stick a bit
This sticking closer a
bit, allowed again and again for the delicate fragrance to assault
his nose. Looking down, he can also see the fair and clean neck of the young
miss along with some fine and sparse hairs.
You Ji threw a criticizing eye, implying
that there is no need to stick so close.
Qin Yu feints ignorance.
Sealing Demonic Zone; although the road so far was
peaceful, who knows when trouble shows up.
Besides, it’s obvious there will be danger.
He must be an idiot for not being careful and sticking closer!
You Ji grinds her teeth in anger, but feeling the
breath coming from behind her, she has to admit that her heart is a bit more
Forget it, this matter is more important. This
young miss will endure!
Going through the left tunnel, their expressions
turn heavy. Not only is the way dark, and You Ji is forced to use the
Light Pearl for illumination, what is more important is that the air is
suffused with faint demonic energy.
In a place like Sealed Demonic Zone, where
monsters are sealed, there’s bound to be some demonic energy leaking out. But
they encountered this only in this part of their journey… moreover, according
to You Ji’s compass, this way is judged to be the most dangerous.
Their pace slowed down drastically, with neither
in the mood for talking, only hearing the sounds of their footsteps.
Suddenly, You Ji’s body stiffened. Qin Yu doesn’t
know what happened, but was preparing out of instinct.
The faint demonic energy in the air began to boil,
like a sea, and what’s astonishing is that it’s rate continually increases.
What is clear, is the fact that traces of demonic energy constantly seep out of
the walls around them, resounding like a mournful cry in their ears.
This isn’t a real voice, but a mixture of
countless demonic intents, in an attempt to assault their minds and take
control of them.
With a lovable shout, the Guarding Badge
from You Ji’s hand shines faintly, enveloping herself and the close sticking
Qin Yu, shielding them from the attack of the demonic intents.
Grabbing Qin Yu, she rushed forward. As if it
realized the demonic intents had no effect, the demonic energy began
condensing. Twisted shadows appear one by one, throwing themselves at them with
You Ji’s eyes flashed, “Ignore them, they’re illusions.”
Sure enough, the shadows ran through the two of them and scattered.
“Stay, join us!”
“You can’t escape!”
Whether high or low, whether pleading or
heartbroken, they all resound inside the tunnels from people of all ages. Then,
from the seals on the two walls, malevolent shapes of demonic energy protruded
outwards, rushing to grab at the two people in the middle.
You Ji quickly dodged. She seems to have
been training in an exquisite footwork, as the frenzy attacks from
the sides are unable to touch her. She warned, “Don’t resist, let me lead you,
or once you touch the seal, we’ll both be sucked inside!”
Qin Yu nods.
But at that moment, his eyes shrank. He suddenly
put his foot down and pulled You Ji close as they stopped.
Caught off guard, she was almost grabbed by one of
the figures rushing at her from the seal. In a sorry state,
You Ji turned, intending to reproach him, as Qin Yu bent his arm and
sent a fist forward.
A loud sound echoed, colliding with a shadow
running at them, destroying it and leaving behind a black dagger.
You Ji paled. If Qin Yu hadn’t discovered it, the
outcome would have been obvious. Her lips moved, wanting to say something, but
was cut off by Qin Yu, “Run quickly!”
Of course, while at it, he also picked the black
Unable to capture the couple, the demonic figures
silently retreated one by one back inside the walls.
Very swiftly, the two people rushed out of the
cave and arriving at another large underground area.
You Ji released her hand and started to comb her
messy hair, “This is a demonic treasure, it’s quality should be quite high.
Being soaked in demonic energy all this time, allowed it to have a consciousness.”
Qin Yu’s eyes brightened.
Whether it’s a magical treasure or a demonic treasure,
the ones that are able to gain consciousness, are known as spiritual treasures.
“Don’t let your imagination run wild. This dagger,
at best, is at the start of its awakening. It’s just a shadow of spiritual
treasure, a long way to go before it can become a real one.”
Qin Yu laughed, putting the dagger away, “Since I
picked it, whatever happens in the future is all up to its luck.”
The words are broad, candid and carefree, making
You Ji’s pupil flash. To cover it up she turned, “Rest.”
Qin Yu nods, “You rests, I’ll keep watch.”
Up till now, everything was
done by You Ji while he had it easy.
You Ji didn’t hold back and sat down, then took
out a pill, opening her mouth to swallow it. The pill was black,
suffused with traces of violet, and releasing a subtle fragrance. Among the
pills Qin Yu knows, none matched the one she took. ‘You Ji’s identity is so
After a while, You Ji opens her eyes, now with two
traces of violet inside, then disappeared with a flash yet still held a certain
Qin Yu turned, watching the cave, “Young miss You
Ji, the demonic cultivators sealed in this place should be here for a long
time. Why aren’t they dead yet?”
You Ji shakes her head, “Most of
them are already dead. But their resentment inside the seal hasn’t
dissipated.” She seems to be in a talkative mood, “From its reaction, where
should we go?”
The underground area is very big, unable to see
its limit, while vision is also affected by the darkness.
Qin Yu closed his eyes and opened them after a few
breaths, expression grave, “It seems we have arrived.”
He then lifted his hand, pointing in front.
You Ji was delighted.
Walking along the uneven terrain, they soon see a
jade slip emitting a feeble bloody light, suspended on a big stone protruding
from the ground.
The two of them were in no rush to advance.
Carefully inspecting the surroundings, and after not finding anything amiss,
You Ji’s eyes showed excitement, unable to hold herself back.
Qin Yu retreated several zhang.
You Ji grinned, ‘This guy is quite tactful.’ She
stepped in front of the big stone and took the jade slip with her hand. She
seemed to be checking for something, then put away the jade slip, with a
growing smile on her face.
She takes out a storage bag, and with a flash of
demonic energy, a jade bottled appears. It was translucent, allowing to see the
contents, filled with a scarlet liquid. Opening it, a strong
bloody smell spread in the area in an instant, with red mist rising
from the mouth of the bottle. The mist, as if attracted, entered the stone.
Very soon, all of the liquid evaporated, and the mist enveloped the big stone
The bloody mist gradually thins as it’s absorbed
by the stone, now sporting the same color as the liquid. Its surface began to shift,
as if alive, with lines appearing on it, twisting and intertwining as it moved,
forming a strangely round seal.
Qin Yu frowns, this item looks to be the emblem of
You Ji’s expression was grave. Her entire demonic
energy suddenly boiled, letting out steam, and soaking her entire black dress,
sticking it to her skin.
You Ji bit her lip, ‘Exploiting bastard. Just wait
for me to finish here, and see if I don’t gouge your sneaky eyes out!’ She took
a deep breath to calm her nerves, then lifted a finger with a drop of violet
blood seeping from its tip.
You Ji was suddenly pale, while her eyes
are increasingly brighter. With a flick of her finger, the violet drop of blood
landed in the center of the seal. As if activated, the seal’s lines ignite into
a black flame, fusing together with the blood, and revealing a devil face with
eyes and mouth.
It opened its mouth, completely dark, leading to
an unknown place.
Without hesitation, You Ji put her hand
inside its mouth. It then closed it tightly, letting out sounds that indicated
Qin Yu's brows creased and put himself in the best
position to act. Despite You Ji’s expression being very calm, faced with this
strange scene, he can’t help getting prepared.
If before, You Ji’s face was only pale, then now,
she was like a sheet of paper. Fine bluish veins can be clearly seen with the
naked eye, like a tattoo of a piece of white and blue ceramic, giving her a
different kind of charm. But accompanying it, is something extremely
disturbing, something that makes one's heart grow colder.
You Ji is on the verge of collapse, close to her
Qin Yu stepped forward.
You Ji gave a frail shout, “Don’t come!”
This woman is indeed stubborn.
Qin Yu frowns, not approaching any more, but he
already decided. If she is close to death, then he will immediately act. For
him to know where the demon blood is, You Ji must survive. Of course, besides
this, there is another reason, like the favor of saving her life. Despite
almost killing him a few years back.
Before the opportunity to play the hero saving the
beauty came, the devil face relaxed its mouth and let out a satisfied sigh.
You Ji pulled her arm, and on her almost
translucent skin, three scarlet dots are the most striking.
The devil face disappears, and the black flame
increased sharply. The entire stone melted and fused with the ground,
then molded itself into a black metal door.
So, the place she wanted to go
wasn’t at the wall, but beneath her feet!
The black metal door slowly opened.
Suddenly, a black tentacle appeared, wiping at You
Ji. Rich demonic light breaks out to protect her, but even so, she was still
thrown by the hit, then smashed into the stone wall with a bang. Rocks flew as
the demonic light collapses, and she coughed a mouthful of blood.
Before she fell down, an invisible force restrains
her in midair.
“So this is how the Seal’s Eye is opened.”
A sigh was heard, as a figure appeared outside the
metal door. He held his hands behind him while facing away from them, yet the
horrifying aura he released was like a mountain, suffocating.
Black energy rushed from the metal door, forming
into shackles darting at him. He disappeared in a flash, then appeared not far
away. His appearance is young and fearful, expression gentle and amiable.
Not at all like the sealed monsters, and more like a teacher.
“Little miss, let's talk. You remove the seal and
I will let you guys go. What do you say?”
You Ji cried in alarm, “Qin Yunmo!”
He was amazed, “You recognize me?”
You Ji was filled with reverence, “The
genius eight hundred years ago. Even though the time passed, it still couldn’t
diminish a bit of your radiance. Junior naturally recognizes you.”
Qin Yunmo laughed, “What a silver-tongued lass.
Since you know my identity, then you must also know I am true to my word.”
You Ji smiled dejectedly, “With senior’s status,
could it be you don’t know the particularity of the Seal’s Eye? If
the opening is interrupted, it cannot be continued by the same person.”
Qin Yunmo’s face darkened.
“Since you can’t open the seal, what's the use of
“Please listen to me senior. The Sealed Demonic
Zone is already abandoned. I reckon that we are the only people who
know of the location and entrance to this place. If you kill us, then
I'm afraid you will be trapped here forever.”
“Lass, what are you saying?”
You Ji cautiously replied, “Perhaps there is a way
to help you, senior.”
Qin Yunmo was unmoved, “Speak.”
“Three demonic treasure act as the three Seal’s
Eyes on which the foundation of the Sealed Demonic Zone rests. These are then
connected through the tunnels, creating the seal. Junior can find the other two
Seal’s Eyes, and as long as I can take out the other two demonic treasures, the
seal will weaken enough for the senior to escape.” You Ji clenched her teeth,
“If senior isn’t assured, you can leave your Demonic Brand in our bodies, thus controlling
our fate. At which point we will do our all to save you.”
Qin Yunmo indifferently said, “I admit you
convinced me. But lass, you think I don’t know who you are? To you, the Demonic
Brand is a mere joke.”
You Ji’s body stiffened slightly, “Junior admires
the cruelty in senior’s eyes. But you should understand, with junior’s
cultivation, it will be a long time before I can awaken my bloodline power.”
Qin Yunmo had icy eyes, “I am more aware
that nothing is certain in this world. I won't risk it. You will stay here
lass, and let this youngster break the Seal’s Eye. After my release, I will let
You Ji smiled bitterly, “I will listen to senior
without exception, but my companion doesn’t know how to open the Seal’s Eye.”
Qin Yunmo was silent. After several breaths, he
lifts his head, giving a strange smiling, “Lass, you're still naïve if you
think you can toy with me. As merit for opening a Seal’s Eye, once this is
done, I will give you some consideration!”
His body dispersed, and the cold demonic intent
whistled as it moved.
Qin Yu’s mind withdrew, as he stepped heavily,
making an explosive retreat while throwing a booming fist. The fist struck the
demonic intent and felt like it hit a ball of cotton filled with cold water.
Qin Yunmo imposing tone echoed in his heart, “Youngster, accept your
Qin Yu’s body was suddenly rigid, as if he entered
an ancient frozen cave, becoming paler from the bone piercing coldness.
What is more dreadful, is that the demonic intent
is now entering his Dantian and into his Foundation!
“Ahh!” Qin Yu roared, as he thrashed around on the
You Ji was pale, “Hold on Qin Yu. If you give up,
we will all die!”
Damn it, Qin Yunmo stalled for time to make
preparations. He has a way to remove the Seal’s Eye in this place.
We’ve been had!
You Ji bit her lip, for a Nascent Soul’s
Divine Sense to seize a Foundation Establishment cultivator, is as easy as
flipping his hand… I’m afraid we won’t be able to escape today’s
In a time as short as a spark, a tender face
emerges in her mind. Thinking of being exiled, then sent to come
after the Sealed Demonic Zone’s jade slip… It was actually the
killing with a borrowed dagger scheme.
Truly a good sister!
You Ji almost drew blood from biting her lip, feeling
guilty as she watched Qin Yu’s struggle.
Little man, sorry, we will die together.
Qin Yu’s veins were throbbing, his inner organs
twisting as he was sweating a river with even some traces of blood in it. In
his Dantian, the Foundation became almost entirely black, with only its center
releasing a bleak light, on the verge of being extinguished from the
This light is Qin Yu’s consciousness. Once it
disappears, his soul will soon follow, unable to enter reincarnation, never to
be free again. As matters stand, in a few breaths, the seizing will
Qin Yunmo laughed inside. As long as he controls a
vessel, he can enter the Seal’s Eye and regain his freedom.
Everything is staked on this attack.
Based on his demonic intent, and since he was restrained
by the seal, he can only use ten to twenty percent. But to seize a Foundation
Establishment junior, will still be effortless.
Qin Yunmo was brimming with confidence, but as
time passes, he begins to frown, ‘This youngster has a very strong will!’
Seizing implies destroying his soul. The degree of
pain accompanying it exceeding the corporeal pain by a hundred times, yet he
still hasn’t given up.
What’s the use?
Before absolute power, all is futile!
Inside the Dantian a heaven shaking boom echoed.
The black demonic intent charged frenziedly like a tide at the final glimmer of
It gradually darkens, gradually fainter, reaching
the point of collapse.
“You're finished!” Qin Yunmo was incensed. Dealing
with a measly Foundation Establishment actually took such a long time. His face
is devoid of light.
On the Foundation, along with the black tide’s
bombardment, the light in the center came to a standstill, as fine cracks
appear, to the point of shattering.
But suddenly, the cracks vanish, and its light
abruptly shines stronger, as if a sun was piercing the dark sky.
It became even more piercing, pure and bright!
Seeing Qin Yu’s constant twitching, his black robe
soaked with blood, You Ji’s face experienced minute changes. Her admiration
couldn’t help but contain a trace of expectation.
Maybe, he can hold on?
Just as this thought arose, Qin Yu suddenly halted
his roars. His aura changes, and although weak, it couldn’t hide from You Ji’s
perception. She sighed inside, feeling somewhat helpless, ‘In front of a
Nascent Soul, a Foundation Establishment has indeed no way of escaping.’ She
actually had such hope. How laughable!
Qin Yu opens his eyes as if there were two flames
in their depths, they shined like stars. Quite striking in this underground
At this, You Ji’s own eyes became big,
feeling incredulous, ‘This feeling… how is it possible!’
The ice-cold demonic intent retreated, and
gathered in the air, taking the shape of Qin Yunmo, with a darkened expression.
Success was in sight, but in the final moment, this youngster spiritual sense
suddenly transformed, refined. Although it’s just at the Golden Core, it was
enough to resist his assault.
Qin Yu cupped his hand, “Greeting senior Qin
Qin Yunmo laughed coldly, “Youngster, you think I
can’t kill you since you resisted my demonic intent?”
“Junior doesn’t dare.”
“Hmph!” The darkness inside Qin Yunmo’s eyes
subsides, “Youngster, I will teach you how to break the Seal’s Eyes. As long as
you accomplish this, I promise to let you go.”
Qin Yu shakes his head, “Junior doesn’t trust
Qin Yunmo’s veins throbbed, almost leaking blood,
‘What a good little bastard. This is the same as saying I will go back on my
word!’ But his previous action is still vivid in his mind. Even if he were to
be seen beating someone up, no one would dare retort. His gloominess persisted
for a long time, then he swallowed his anger, “Then how should we do it,
“Very simple. As young miss
You Ji previously said, we will break the other Seal’s Eyes, helping
Qin Yunmo sneered, “Youngster, you take me for a
fool? If you want to break them, you will go alone. The lass will
stay with me and chat.”
“Fine!” Qin Yu agreed, “Please let go of young
miss You Ji, senior. So that she can teach me how to break the Seal’s Eyes.”
Qin Yunmo hesitated a moment, then undid her
confinement. With his cultivation, why would he be scared of the struggle made
by two little things?
Qin Yu takes out a jade slip from his storage bag,
“Young miss You Ji, please imprint it with the method of breaking the Seal’s
You Ji clenched her teeth, ‘This bastard happily
agreed. When he leaves, he will definitely take off!’ She thought if she should
tell Qin Yunmo, that Qin Yu won't learn how to break them. But this will only drag
him down with her. ‘Neve rmind, he already suffered today, staying alive is all
up to oneself. As this lady is facing death, I will show kindness!’
Her charming face was frosty as she put the jade
slip to her forehead. A few breaths later she threw it at Qin Yu, her cold
expression didn’t linger for a moment longer.
Undependable coward, seeing you will dirty my
Qin Yu's sense explored the jade slip, with only
one word inside: Despicable!!
The thick resentment hits him straight on.
His mouth twitched. Qin Yu then sighed and reached
for her, embracing her to his chest, “Relax, I will take you with me.”
You Ji’s body stiffened and almost smiled wryly
from anger, ‘This bastard still wants to take advantage of me. Who are you
tring to deceive with that warm tone? Hey, enough, you think I won't fight
back, holding me so close? I will take you down with me!’
Seeing them inseparable, Qin Yunmo’s mind calmed
somewhat. As his eyes landed on You Ji’s body, he hid his smirk as soon as it
appeared. ‘What a beautiful lass. If I can get out of this seal, maybe I can
let her live as my concubine. This type of girl is said to be wonderful beyond
The floor shook, as Qin Yu and You Ji bursts
towards the way they came. The lightning exploded behind them, covering the
entire scene in violet. Among the crackling sounds, Qin Yunmo’s roars of pain
could be heard.
“Youngster, I will definitely kill you!” his
exploding rage echoed in the stone cave.
Qin Yu was unaffected, as he used the Demon Body
to its limit. He charged forward, with each step, making thumping sounds.
You Ji was struck dumb, and only after a long time
did she came out of her stupor. The way she is looking at Qin Yu now changed
into sadness. To save her, he attacked Qin Yunmo when he had the chance to
escape alone. She was about to say something, but terrifying waves of demonic
energy came from behind forming a huge mouth intending to swallow them whole.
“Ahh!” You Ji unconsciously strengthen her
Qin Yu once again released a bolt of violet
lightning making the huge mouth of demonic energy collapse in miserable
As the danger passed, You Ji’s face reddened, only
now finding that she is embracing his neck. She hurriedly relaxed her hand, as
her mind was in a panic.
The demonic energy once again exploded, this time
condensing into a skeletal hand trying to grab them. Only to be shattered by
another violet lightning.
Qin Yunmo raved again and again, but his demonic
intent didn’t dare approach. The lightning attack almost tore him to pieces,
and if the next one doesn’t kill him, it will surely leave heavy wounds!
The power of lightning has the ability to suppress
demonic powers, and the one Qin Yu is using, had an even greater effect.
Unable to block them, Qin Yunmo’s eyes erupted
with greater cruelty. He half knelt with his hands on the floor pouring his
demonic power into it.
The entire cave started shaking, as minute cracks
appeared on the seals in the walls.
The ruthless demonic souls trapped inside came out
and threw themselves at the two people.
Qin Yu’s face changed, using the lightning
surrounding him to make a soul withdraw in screams. Only for another one to
take its place.
The Sealed Demonic Zone is a mysterious and
ancient location in this world. The sealed demonic cultivators inside are too
many to count. Although the tunnel is in front of them, between them are more
than a thousand demonic souls!
The lightning’s power might be outstanding, but in
this situation, extremely exhausting.
Qin Yu said in a deep voice, “Find a way to go
through, or we won’t be able to escape!”
You Ji bit her lip, “Give me your Guarding Badge.”
Qin Yu took it out without any hesitation.
You Ji picked the two Guarding Badges, twisting
her body so that she had her back against Qin Yu. As she was sticking closely,
the touch made her face more delicate and lovely.
The two badges were joined together, with the
lines on them fitting perfectly, then pinched it!
A bloody color exploded, enveloping everything. Two
tall and strong figures appeared one in front and the other in the back. Their
movement was slow and somewhat clumsy, yet each time it released a bloody
light. Any demonic ghost that touched it was as if touching a red-hot poker,
making them scream miserably while being corroded.
The way was soon cleared and the tunnel appeared
“Run! The Guarding Badge spirits are activated,
protecting us for some time!” What she implied is that it won’t go on endlessly.
Qin Yu wordlessly carried her in his arms, taking
large steps as he ran.
The two of them passed the demonic souls and into
the tunnel, arriving at the three-way split area. But the scene before them
made their expression heavy. The place is filled with demonic souls, blocking
the way out, while the two Guardian Badge spirits began to turn translucent,
unable to hold for much longer.
Qin Yunmo’s roar came from all around them, “I
want you to die without a burial!”
The demonic souls went berserk as they charged at
Qin Yu turned and rushed through the middle
tunnel. It's not that he believes it's safe, just that it had the least demonic
souls. You Ji takes out the compass, but the whole Sealed Demonic Zone is in
chaos. The needle kept rotating endlessly, unable to show the way.
With two howls, the Guarding Badge spirits
dispersed. With their fears removed, the demonic souls once again went frenzy.
With a sudden wind, the Demonic Vine came out of
the demonic energy and grew on the ground, then turned its head, “Take young
miss and leave!”
Demonic energy surged as Demonic Vine grew
unchecked, rooting itself to the walls and floor, becoming a thick and heavy
barrier in a single breath.
You Ji’s eyes turned red, yet only bit her lip
Qin Yu shouted lowly, “Take care!” then continued
Behind, he could hear the Demonic Vine’s weird
laughter accompanied by curses.
“You damned ghosts, want to move against my young
miss? Keep dreaming!”
“Ouch, biting really hurts. I’ll pull out your
teeth and see how you’ll bite me then!”
“Hey! Yes you, bastard. You actually dare to
sneak attack me!”
“Don’t be excited. With me here, no one shall
The voice gradually weakens, and as the distance
increases, it can no longer be heard.
Suddenly, an oppressing sound echoed from behind.
You Ji’s body tensed, as tears fell.
This is the first time Qin Yu saw her cry. He
doesn’t say anything as this silent crying is incredibly
“Demonic Vine didn’t die in vain. We will get
out.” Qin Yu said heavily.
You Ji wipes her tears, “You run. No one will
escape if you carry me.”
Qin Yu smiled bitterly, “You think I haven’t
considered? But I don’t know the way, and if I abandon you, where would I go?”
You Ji’s mouth moved, yet remained silent in the
end. She pasted herself to his chest, sighing as she hears his powerful
Regretful and unwilling, yet also containing some
contentment and affection.
In this world, there is finally a man who is
willing to live and die with me. As for Qin Yu’s nonsense talk, she doesn’t
believe one bit. If he wanted to leave alone, he needn’t incur Qin
Yunmo’s rage, so there was no need for him to be so noisy… Truly a stingy
Qin Yu stops, face incredibly grave.
You Ji smiles, “Now even if you want to run, you
Qin Yu frowns, “How come I hear some delight in
“That's right. As you said, I am really scared of
the dark. And with you accompanying me in death, I feel a lot
better.” You Ji smiled, “Don’t scowl, it's much better to die
together, while many men who could save me would never be willing. Ah, I
forgot. You still haven’t seen my face. Though sister is very beautiful!”
Qin Yu lowered his head. Her face had a layer of
mist that gradually dissipated, making his breath falter.
Ning Ling’s beauty came from not having flaws anywhere
on her body, forming a perfect image, as if a goddess was walking among them.
Her noble and refined manners made it difficult for anyone to sully her.
You Ji and Ning Ling are two extremes. Her face
can charm anyone, each place giving an allure that made others’
hearts increase their pulse. Especially her eyes, limpid and captivating, as if
your soul is about to be swallowed. And matching her provocative figure, one
glance would be enough to make anyone want to jump her!
The sound of swallowing is incredibly pronounced
in this silence.
The two people were quiet.
You Ji’s laughter broke the tranquility. She
powerlessly stuck close to Qin Yu, constantly moving to pat him, immensely
Qin Yu was embarrassed. It was an unconscious act,
never imagining he couldn’t resist her lure.
Such an enticing woman!
He quickly shifted his gaze.
You Ji’s laughter subsided, alluringly said, “If
there was enough time, sister wouldn’t mind you taking advantage. It’s a pity
it’s too late.”
The crazy demonic souls’ shouts are drawing near.
Qin Yu almost had his head damaged from the blood
pressure. He took a deep breath, then smiled forlornly, “Don’t say that and
quickly change back!”
You Ji winked mischievously, “No way. Since I'm
about to die, sister wants to die still beautiful.”
Qin Yu’s eyes suddenly brighten, “Perhaps we will
You Ji grins, “One percent chance.”
Qin Yu ripped his robe, tying You Ji’s body,
thinking of the time several years ago when he stayed like this with a young
miss in a cave. The situation then was equally deadly, while he survived and
she died. His eyes darkened, then soon calmed down, saying in a low voice, “We
will both survive.”
Calm and resolute.
You Ji felt a rush of excitement. Qin
Yu, being calm, imposing, confident and determined, has an unexplainable charm.
The first demonic soul entered their sight and
roared as it threw itself forward.
Qin Yu lifted his finger, and a Blade Edge flew,
beheading the demonic soul.
Yet the next moment, the second, then the third
came until their vision was filled with them.
As he battles, explosions sounded constantly!
Each time Qin Yu acted, a demonic soul was
crushed. Yet the demonic souls in the vicinity bit at him, making him attack
His body began to be covered in wounds, and despite
his powerful Demon Body preventing from having deep wounds, the sheer amount of
them became too much. The blood very soon starts dripping on the floor from his
Sensing blood, the demonic souls increased their
fervor, moving like flies around the two people in the center.
The violet lightning erupted, spreading wantonly,
and tore apart several dozen demonic souls!
Heavenly Thunder Bamboo was put on the ground,
with lightning flashing along its branches and leaves. It shined in the
underground, revealing the blood-soaked Qin Yu, and the unharmed You Ji he
“Little man, don’t care about me.”
Qin Yu untied the cloth, laying her on the
Heavenly Thunder Bamboo, “I’m not giving up.” He then charged at the demonic
soul as he takes out the Souls Seizing Flag.
From the top of the Heavenly Thunder Bamboo, You
Ji watches the blood-soaked Qin Yu fighting bravely. Even if he knows it will
be almost impossible to escape death, the determination in his eyes never
Fighting for one’s life on the brink of death!
Her eyes were slightly dazed, murmuring, “Mom,
perhaps I have found my fated person. The same as you and dad. But, the timing
isn’t good.” She paused, then smiled, making her charm and allure completely
disappear, “He hasn’t given up yet, so how could daughter wait for her death?
Maybe I can help him live, and even if I die, he will forever remember me. It
wouldn’t be so bad.”
You Ji looked once more at Qin Yu, then closed her
Violet patterns appear on her body, a stark
contrast to her near translucent skin, bringing about an eerie beauty as if an
exceptional scroll is slowly unfolded.
You Ji suddenly opens her eyes, her
entire body alit with a demonic flame. Black and violet colors intertwined, as
it released a heart-shaking aura. The demonic souls that were crazily besieging
Qin Yu, are now desperately retreating.
You Ji said coldly, as the flames flew, avoiding
Qin Yu and Black Devil, sweeping away along the entire tunnel.
In a hundred zhang, demonic souls were disappearing
Once completed, You Ji smiled faintly at Qin Yu,
Qin Yu caught her in his embrace, soaking her
clothes in blood. Sensing her temperature slipping, her eyes showed only
Embracing You Ji, and putting away Black Devil,
Qin Yu carries the Heavenly Thunder Bamboo. Before the demonic souls reached
them once again, he rushed at the wall.
The gentle rays of the Light Pearl shine upon the
cave, revealing You Ji laying covered by the black robe. Her aura is extremely
weak and her face has some traces of red.
Not far from her, Qin Yu sat cross-legged. His
wounds already formed a scab. Half of his face is covered in darkness, while
the other is increasingly clearer.
Heavenly Thunder Bamboo was placed at the
entrance. Each time lightning flashed, a demonic soul is destroyed. Black Devil
kept far away of the lightning’s range, absorbing the fragments of the crushed
demonic souls. His body is becoming increasingly darker as if it is about to
blend in with the darkness.
Suddenly, a light sound was heard, incredibly weak
and yet incredibly enticing.
Qin Yu opened his eyes, quickly coming over.
You Ji’s long eyelashes trembled and after a few breaths
opened her eyes. Her pupils watch him as her mouth grinned, “I'm actually still
Qin Yu relaxed a breath, stating, “Your luck is
You Ji’s mouth twitched, not exposing him. The
restorative medicinal effect inside her is the biggest proof; along
with saving her and the hundreds of years old spiritual plant. Her eyes flowed
to her surroundings, “Where are we?”
Qin Yu sternly said, “I want to ask you. Do you
know how to break the seal?”
You Ji languid eyes froze, her mouth twitching,
“Say that again.”
Qin Yu smiled dejected, “Yes, we are inside the
Heavenly Thunder Bamboo flashed and another
demonic soul was shattered, while Black Devil’s carbon face showed a pleased
You Ji was silent for a while, then faintly said,
“Even if I knew, how would I get out? I am barely alive.” She suddenly had a
serious look, “I also have a question.”
“Who is more beautiful between me and Ning Ling?”
Qin Yu’s face was covered in black lines,
“Shouldn’t you be worried about more serious matters, like how to escape?”
You Ji smiles, pleased, “At first I thought you
wanted to die. But I’m still alive right now, and even gained something, so
there’s no need to overthink it.”
Qin Yu was silent, “is there really no way out?”
You Ji rolled her eyes, “Qin Yunmo only managed to
get his demonic intent out. And you think our own bodies can?”
Qin Yu smiled dejectedly, “Such a sad story.”
You Ji gave a lovely smile, “At least its safe for
now. With enough time, won't you do something unexpected?”
Qin Yu restrains himself from swallowing, and
walks away, “Get better!”
You Ji covered her delicate laughter, feeling a
bit more satisfied when seeing his back.
Being enticed and yet restraining himself from
taking advantage, this lady’s insight is good as expected.
She then frowned, ‘Compared to that girl from the
Ning clan, I seem to be a step ahead, maybe even further ahead.’ You Ji
revealed a bit of pride on her face. Trapped in the Sealed Demonic Zone, a man
and a woman living together; it will give her plenty of opportunities to get
Demonic souls instinctively reject the seal, so
even with the unknown method Qin Yunmo used, there will only be a single demonic
soul charging in. And because of this, Heavenly Thunder Bamboo is capable of
holding them back.
Once night descended, he put it away in his
storage bag, where the Little Blue Lamp is still capable of using its effect.
The foot-wide blue sea can then help the Heavenly Thunder Bamboo quickly
recover. It’s a pity that the storage bag’s space is limited, only enough to
put the bamboo inside, while the two Thousand Gold Trees have to bitterly stay
in another bag.
After days of absorbing fragments, Black Devil’s
power showed remarkable progress. Coinciding perfectly with the time needed for
the Heavenly Thunder Bamboo to recover, it took its place.
Seven days later, with the vitality of Demon Body
and adequate pills as a supplement, Qin Yu made a complete recovery. Hereafter,
his suffering began, in the form of You Ji’s endless harassment.
“Little man, sister's chest feels stuffy. Can you
“Little man, I am cold, hold me.”
“Little man, sister rear is numb, give me a
Every time, Qin Yu fled in defeat, only to hear
the rampant laughter of an enchantress.
This is bullying to the extreme!
Qin Yu feels he can't take much more of this. How
will he preserve his dignity as a man?
You Ji seems to have sensed it, the danger
floating in Qin Yu’s eyes. Despite taking liberties, he doesn’t stick too close
to her. Seeing him hesitating, again and again, secretly gnashing his teeth,
made her laughter even more rampant.
Two days later, the demonic souls disappeared.
Outside calm sets in, as if Qin Yunmo gave up on killing them. With Black Devil
out of the way, You Ji’s somewhat settled heart once again became restless.
Qin Yu finally reached his limit and exploded. He
put his hand on the stone wall, forcing her into a corner, “Young miss You Ji,
if you continue, you can't blame me for what will happen.”
You Ji’s delicate face showed shyness, “Are you
going to be a beast?”
Qin Yu clenched his teeth, “This young master has
already been less than a beast for more than a month!”
You Ji laughed delicately with a coquettish look as
if to convey ‘Come, come!’ Her eyes were half closed with a come-hither stare.
He was under suppression from the Sealed Demonic
Zone and the enchantress’ countless provocations. And now seeing her delicate
blushing face, while smelling a delicate fragrance, Qin Yu almost lost it.
Yet right then, his movement froze.
You Ji breathed, “Little man, you don’t dare?”
Qin Yu took a step back, face entirely red, yet
his eyes returning to calmness, “Maybe we can leave.”
You Ji eyes widened.
“Step back a bit.”
Qin Yu knocked on her previous location, then
A stone flew!
The Sealed Demonic Zone has a confining seal, that
turns the walls incredibly tough. Unless the seal is broken, or if he can
overcome its tolerance, he will never damage it.
The seal is intact at the moment, yet this rock
was taken out of it.
Qin Yu eyes brightened, ‘Something’s definitely
Blow by blow, the body’s energy started to boil,
as the power of the Demon Body reached its peak.
After a large rock fell, a black green cave mouth
appeared in front of his eyes.
The two of them entered it.
The cave is very huge. Its height and width of
several meters, spreading before their eyes, with crudely cut marks everywhere.
It was dry inside, and under the rays of the Light Pearl, a
huge hoofprint appears before them, bigger than an adult.
You Ji’s face changed, as if recognizing
something, then frowned, “Be careful.”
They walked deeper into the cave, without meeting
any danger along the way. Just that the crude cutting marks are increasingly
rough, with scales laying on the ground.
Qin Yu squatted and touched one. It instantly
turned to dust, “It must be more than a thousand years old.”
You Ji muttered, “Never imagined that
the Sealed Demonic Zone actually is sealing it. Let’s go faster, this place
shouldn’t have any dangers.”
With a flash of demonic energy, she flew forward.
Qin Yu quickly followed her.
The cave began to twist, as both sides are now
showing signs of being struck. The scales scattered on the floor
turn to dust from the wind they made when passing by. This exposed many
spots of a dark color, that resembled traces of blood.
Without any notice, an immense skeleton lay before
their eyes. It is more than a dozen zhang long, with a sharp horn,
malevolent tusk, straight back, as well as a tough and solid tail, incredibly
The skeleton lay on the floor. Before its death,
it still continued to dig, to the extent of having its left claw embedded in
the stone. The eye sockets stare fixedly ahead, and even if a thousand of years
have passed, it still emanated a strong feeling of attachment and unwillingness.
You Ji held a complicated expression, sighing,
“Even an Earth Demonic Beast died here. We definitely won't escape from here.
Sigh, we were happy for nothing.”
Qin Yu frowns, moved at the end of the cave and
let his fist explode.
A deep sound echoed. Suffering the backlash of the
blow, he retreated several steps, feeling the blood in his chest in disorder.
The wall showed no damage.
“Don’t waste your strength.” You Ji simply stated,
“Even with my cultivation, it still won't be enough to break the seal’s power.”
Qin Yu looked up at the skeleton, suddenly saying,
“You Ji, I feel like something from inside of it is pulling me.”
You Ji’s arched her eyebrow, “Are you certain?”
Qin Yu nods, “Yes. The reason why I found this
cave, is because of this feeling. Something inside the skeleton drew me, and
now this feeling is stronger.”
You Ji liked her lips, “Little man, if
you're not wrong, then you're extremely lucky!” Demonic energy flashed, and she
arrived at the Earth Demonic Beast’s backbone. Her eyes ran over the seventh
vertebra and struck.
The Earth Demonic Beast’s skeleton collapsed with
a rumble. Many bones were crushed, but starting from its horn connected to the
skull, and finishing at the tail, they all remained intact.
You Ji’s eyes shone. With a swish of her arm, a
powerful wind rose, removing the rest of the broken bones and leaving the
intact ones. After a careful inspection, she showed delight, “It's actually
true, a preserved Earth Demon’s blood essence!”
Qin Yu was stirred, “Earth Demon’s blood essence?”
“That’s right. This can help you upgrade the level
of your Demon Body’s demonic blood, and not just a little.” She
sighed, “Sealed Demonic Zone actually held demonic blood of suck
quality. It’s a pity I'm incapable of training in the Demon Body since I'm not
Qin Yu’s face became ugly, “In other words, the
things you said about this place having demonic blood was a lie?”
You Ji let out a peal of delicate
laughter. “Don’t be angry. Heres the proof that what I said was true. Look,
this is an Earth Demon’s blood essence.”
Qin Yu was cornered, not knowing how to reply,
‘Damn witch. Even when exposed you still dare to say you’re right?’
Breathing deeply a few times, he found it
difficult to swallow his anger. But right then, Qin Yu’s breathing faltered. He
hurriedly took deep breaths, then said, “Did you feel that?”
You Ji inquired, “What?”
Qin Yu reached a part of the wall, jumped and
grabbed a protruding stone. He then reached to feel the cracked wall. This was
caused by the final blow from the Earth Demonic Beast. He felt with his
fingers, then revealed a smile.
“What is it?”
Qin Yu landed, spreading his fingers, “Water.”
You Ji was startled, then happy. After she flew to
inspect it herself, she let out a cry, then fell on Qin Yu’s back, massaging
her head, “You're so smart! You're so smart! Hahahaha, this lady knew that
I won't die this easy! Little miser, did you think this lady is finished? Be at
ease, I will definitely return to settle our score!”
Qin Yu was sweating bullets, ‘Is this witch
You Ji dropped on the floor, “This lady isn’t crazy.
Don’t ignore me. I will immediately take the Earth Demon’s demonic blood and
help you break through.”
She then rushed at the Earth Demonic Beast’s incomplete
Qin Yu watches You Ji doing something
and sighed inwardly, ‘No wonder the Earth Demonic Beast was unwilling a
thousand years ago. Because it was so close to getting out. Maybe it only
needed a few more claws, but for some reason, it died right then.’
But the Earth Demonic Beast’s effort wasn’t in
vain. A thousand years later, it gave hope to the righteous and demonic couple,
to escape the Sealed Demonic Zone.
Qin Yu tightens his fist.
You Ji is also bleeding seems that many of her
methods require the use of her blood. Her finger traced the remains of the
Earth Demonic Beast and very soon formed a series of patterns. What's strange
though, is that the blood doesn’t darken its color because of drying, but
brighter instead, radiating with violet light.
Her face grew pale once again. Her injuries
weren’t recovered and this use of her blood took a heavy toll. Yet her finger
was steady, her face unprecedently dignified. This clearly reveals
her inner thoughts, her yearning for the outside.
With the hope of surviving before them, who would
be willing to die?
Using her blood on the skull, along with the final
pattern, the remains ignite into a black demonic flame. It burned fiercely,
rapidly increasing the temperature in the surroundings. It then can be seen
with the naked eye, lines of blood appearing on the bones, converging towards
the single horn.
Piece by piece, the bones shatter, losing their
final remnant of energy, only to be burned to ashes by the demonic flame. The
final two bones, the skull, and the horn are floating in midair, as the demonic
flames concentrate on them, increasing to a terrifying degree.
The bloody lines gathered within the horn and it
then separated from the skull. You Ji takes out a jade vial, catching the drops
of blood leaking from it.
She lands on the ground, swaying slightly, and
smiling brightly at Qin Yu, “Done.”
This woman is too stubborn!
Qin Yu solemnly said, “Then give it to me.”
You Ji nods, handing over the jade vial.
Qin Yu sits cross-legged, closes his eyes and
harmonizes his breathing. He then very soon reached his peak.
You Ji is watching him, eyes flashing with a
complicated look. She yearns for freedom because there are many things
requiring her attention.
But once she leaves, it will be hard for them to
continue in the same way they have been in here.
Maybe, she is already aware of this.
You Ji sighed, putting away the Earth
Demonic Beast’s skull.
Qin Yu opens his eyes, bursting with a fierce
vitality. Without any movement, his bones start letting out creaking sounds.
Maybe from the attraction, the Demon Body felt for the Earth Demon’s blood.
Without any hesitation, Qin Yu opens the vial and
swallowed the Earth Demon’s blood!
His heart begins to strongly throb in his chest,
pumping blood, surging like a river through his blood vessels! His entire body,
every inch of flesh, every piece of bone, they are all crying in joy,
frantically absorbing the power of the Earth Demon’s blood.
They began to change, to be refined!
Qin Yu tightens his fists, as his body trembles
while sweating a river. This upgrade of his body will bring about an
overbearing power, but it's also accompanied by an unimaginable pain trying to
tear him apart.
But at the time he first accomplished the Demon
Body he also endured its torment. This kind of pain is not enough to crush his
will. Qin Yu carefully notes each minute change his body is undergoing, so that
he will be able to bring out an even stronger degree of power.
Suddenly, Qin Yu roars!
A violent aura breaks out of his body as if an
ancient, terrifying beast was awakened. Many demonic patterns appear on his
body, making the demonic energy in the air surge and charge over, forming a
vortex as it entered his body.
You Ji’s eyes widened, “Demon General’s Mark!”
She bit her lip as joy was dancing in her eyes. It
persistently waited for the chance to return. Who would have imagined this
Demon General’s Mark, a Golden Core realm’s Demon
With a boom, the cave shook, cutting of the joy in
You Ji’s eyes. She then reacted by taking out the compass, carefully inspecting
it. Her face soon turned gloomy, as the power of the seal began activating,
arriving here in mere moments.
Qin Yu was the target!
The new aura released by the Demon Body
triggered the seal.
“This lady finally saw a thread of hope. You think
you can just take it? Absurd!” You Ji sat cross-legged, hands constantly
slapping the floor. Each time her palm lands, all of the demonic energy rushed
from the ground forming a wall, arranged in a different direction, with Qin Yu
and her protected in the middle.
From the walls of the cave, black lines began to
spread, similar to the roots of a great tree.
You Ji clenched her teeth, as the sealing power
arrived faster than she anticipated. Fortunately, she sensed it earlier, giving
her enough time.
“Sacred Sigil, rise!”
At the same time, the Demon Wall lit up, making a
tight sigil to appear above them, thin and dark yet with endless
The sealing power came at a standstill, as if it
could feel a pressure coming from this huge sigil.
After being blocked for a few breaths, a sinister
devil face appears. It is precisely the one that appeared when the Sealed
Demonic Zone opened, and roared in fury, “Seal destroyer, die!”
You Ji made hand gestures to activate a technique,
making the huge sigil shine with a dark golden light, “This envoy was
granted the Sacred Sigil, to investigate the Earth Demonic Beast’s death.
Devil face paused slightly, “There’s no proof to
The seal’s power swept everywhere.
The Demonic Wall shook strongly, on the verge of
You Ji forced a smile, her blood is too thin.
Calling upon the Sacred Sigil isn’t enough to threaten the spirit of the seal.
She looks at Qin Yu, feeling anxious, yet didn’t say a word. His breakthrough
must not be disturbed no matter what, or there will be no hope left for them.
Little man, hurry up!
Devil face’s cry was increasingly woeful. Under
his urging, the seal's power was constantly strengthened, coming from all sides
like a flood.
The Demonic Wall started to show cracks, while the
huge sigil above, on the brink of shattering.
Qin Yu opened his eyes. He flicked his fingers and
a drop of blood landed on the huge sigil. It immediately stabilized,
becoming more vivid.
With a low shout, the huge sigil burst
with a bloody color, greatly increasing its suppressing power.
Devil face shrieked miserably, then disappeared,
taking the seal’s power with it.
You Ji was happy, “Success?”
Qin Yu nods with a smile, “It won't be scared for
long, we need to leave as soon as possible. Get behind me.”
He stood in front of the cave wall, inhaled a deep
breath, making his chest rise. As his bones popped like thunder, a majestic
power rose from his feet, through his waist and shoulder. Along with a step
forward and with the swing of his hips, he threw a fist, exploding with limitless
An incredibly loud sound was heard and even
rattled the entire cave. At the center of the place where the Earth Demonic
Beast tore, cracks began to spread like a spider’s web.
The cave was breached and the water came pouring
in like an avalanche.
Running wild through the earth, the gray colored
freezing river water roared unceasingly. Suddenly, a huge maelstrom appeared in
the middle of the river, swallowing the endless amount of water, to the point
of almost cutting the river off.
The center of the maelstrom collapsed as a male
and a female came out of the water and landed on the shore, gasping for breath.
They are Qin Yu and You Ji.
Drenched, her dress stuck to her body, outlining
perfectly her enticing figure. The chest part was a bit torn from the water,
revealing traces of soft and unblemished skin.
Qin Yu swept his eyes, then quickly stood aside.
You Ji with a calm expression, pulled at her clothes
to cover it, and with a flash of demonic energy, she was dry.
Qin Yu nods and watched the maelstrom with creased
You Ji’s pupils flashed, “Relax, the spirit of the
seal sensed it. This tunnel will very soon be completely destroyed.”
Just as she finished, the ground trembled, as if
there was a cave-in deep underground. The maelstrom faded away and the great
river ran its normal course as if nothing ever happened.
Qin Yu relaxed inside. If the seal were to be
broken because of them, the demonic souls in the Sealed Demonic Zone would
cause havoc in the human world, tearing at his heart.
You Ji smiled, “I never knew you also
had a caring side for mortals.”
Qin Yu shook his head, “I just don’t want to bear
You Ji was noncommittal, “Then now, let’s settle
She raised a finger, “At that time, you ruined my
plan, along with me almost killing you, that debt can be said it was repaid.”
The second finger, “I saved you when you
failed to break through, and you also saved me inside the Sealed Demonic Zone.
This is also concluded.”
The third finger, “But when you obtained the
demonic blood and upgraded the Demon Body, I didn’t gain anything. Not to
mention your roaming eyes on me.”
Qin Yu glared.
“Don’t deny it. There was no difference between my
drenched state and not wearing any clothes. Be a man and don’t dare act as if
you didn’t see!”
Qy smiled dejected, “Fine,
take it as me owing young miss a favor.”
You Ji smiled proudly, “You said it yourself. But
be sure to remember, I will come to find you and settle it.” She just turned
and walked away, throwing over a jade slip, “Before I leave, here’s a little
gift, suitable for certain items in your bag!”
Qin Yu caught the jade slip, with the young miss’
faint fragrance still lingering on it. Yet when he lifted his head, the
fragrance’s trace scattered.
It came without any notice, yet carefree. But why
did it make him feel like she bolted?
Qin Yu grinned, feeling his heart somewhat vacant.
He chose a direction and left.
Half a month later.
In the depth of the Northern Dynasty’s wasteland,
the sky above a valley suddenly changed. A cloud as black as ink appeared along
with a fearful aura.
A thundering sound came from above, carrying
The entire valley began shaking, before its might.
Very quickly the weather turned stable again, with
the sun’s rays touching the ground.
At the bottom of a large pit, Qin Yu was half
kneeling surrounded by the dust of many spirit stones. His hair ends are
slightly burnt, with his black-robed damaged. The surrounding earth actually
started to melt from the ferocious power of lightning. As the temperature
cooled, it became a translucent crystal.
He gets up, releasing a strong aura, filling the
air with a sense of pressure.
Above the Foundation inside his Dantian, a
plump Golden Core floats, sending countless rays of golden light like a rising
Golden Core realm!
This is the Golden Core realm!
Qin Yu waved his sleeve and the ground was torn.
In a range of ten zhang, there are now countless cracks.
A single move. And it's comparable to the might of
a 6th layer Golden Core cultivator!
This is the effect of the eighteen failed times to
break through, increasing the quality of his energy to this terrifying level.
Suddenly, Qin Yu collapsed the ground with a
stomp, soaring into the sky.
A hundred zhang up, he stretched his
hand and pointed!
The wind rose powerfully between heaven and earth.
A finger attack broke the wind.
A heaven startling noise arose, and a short
mountain crumbled. Rocks flew in the sky and its height reduced by more than
The first finger of the Three Azure Fingers —
Qin Yu’s face turned pale, feeling dread from this
Boundless Azure move. But its might is equally terrifying. With
this power and with his Demon Body, he will fear no one bellow Nascent
A burst of unrestrained laughter echoed.
Only after a long time, did the laughter stop. Qin
Yu flipped his hand, taking out a jade slip and began exploring it.
“Little man, if you have this sister in your heart,
then immediately search the jade slip, to avoid any suffering. If not, then you
are a cruel, vicious and ungrateful bastard who wants an early death. Demonic
patters appeared when the Demon Body was upgraded, and you need to kill a
Golden Core demonic cultivator as a sacrifice. If not the Demon Body will cause
you a backlash in a month's time, so painful as if you were boiled alive. Don’t
ask why, sister also doesn’t know, but you’ll be fine if you do this. I suggest
you go after the late Golden Core demonic cultivators, as they will have the
“I found by accident that you have some monster fish
fangs in your storage bag. You had better remember the Sacrificial Refining
Method I put in here, it might save your life someday. You still owe sister a
favor, so make sure you survive and wait for me to come collect it. That’s it.
Little man, I'm sure we’ll meet again someday.”
Typical You Ji.
Qin Yu’s face was covered in black lines, as this
crazy hag is only now telling him this important information. He recalled
her character, and realized this is just her normal way of doing this. He
continued to read the rest, and after half a day he took back his trace. In the
next moment, the jade slip shattered.
It was definitely one of You Ji’s tricks. She wasn’t
worried about the information spreading, and wanted to know instead if he truly
suffered a backlash from the Demon Body. Qin Yu smiled dejectedly, even when
gone this woman still won't let him rest. But what she left, was indeed very
“Offering Demonic Faction’s Golden Core to avoid
the Demon Body backlash? Might as well check it out, since Shen Haimo
is the only one who knows of my connection with Ling’er. Killing him will also
help avoid future complications. But before that, I should first finish
learning the Sacrificial Refining Method.”
Qin Yu sat cross-legged, inside a simple dugout
cave, with 108 monster fish fangs arranged neatly before him. He opened his
eyes after careful consideration and made sure everything is in order.
He made hand gestures, and while his robe was
fluttering, the 108 fangs began to feel something as they started trembling.
Suddenly, Qin Yu stretched a finger and a drop of
blood entered one of the monster fish fangs.
It lightly shook, becoming dark red in an instant
then released a fiendish aura.
Qin Yu stared. That was it. He was silent for a long time, then
picked up the fish fang sizing it. Only after a while did he confirm that it was
done. A total beginner in refining actually accomplished it on his first try. ‘Demonic
Faction’s tool refining skill is rough after all, but still useful!’
Hand gestures, condensing blood and dripping it on
the monster fish fangs.
Even if it's simple he had to avoid being relaxed.
Qin Yu became more proficient. With a day of rest in between, three
days later, the 108 monster fish fangs were completely refined. Qin Yu felt
almost no exhaustion, except for his pale complexion, from slight blood loss.
He merely finished the magical treasure Drifting Arms according to what You Ji
Drifting Arms needed to be refined from
materials coming from the same source. When fighting an enemy they can all be
launched in an instant. However, what was most dreadful is that after the
attacks, it exploded. This had a high chance of dealing heavy damage or even
killing the enemy.
Each attack used up a great number of precious
materials. What it's really frightening is the fact that each material needed
to be fed blood essence. Since Qin Yu possessed the Demon Body, it posed little
threat. For others, just the essence blood expended to refine the 108 monster fish
fangs would have barely left alive.
In short, Drifting Arms’ simplicity and cruelty wasn’t
for naught. But anyone was capable of using them!
Qin Yu waved his arm, and the fangs were put back
in the storage bag. With this set of Drifting Arms, then even when faced against
a Nascent Soul will he escape unharmed.
Three days later.
Qin Yu flew away after he recovered the lost blood
“Shen Haimo, I'm coming to kill you!”
After the Righteous and Demonic meeting in the
Hidden Wind Valley, the morale of the later plummeted and retreated to
stabilize the situation. But after three short months, the Demonic Faction
found an excuse and broke the agreement. They regrouped and charged stronger
and more violently than ever, igniting once again the flames of war.
Thus, along with the fall of Juxia City, more than half the Southern Nation’s
territory fell under their control.
Perhaps for the purpose of washing away their
shame and disgrace, Juxia City was almost razed to the ground. Only some
dilapidated parts of the wall were left here and there, as they added to the desolation.
Under a pavilion, Li Yunmo was holding a wine jar
and smelled of wine. Because Liang Taizu was killed, he was severely punished
by the Seven Murdering Demonic Sect and ordered to defend Juxia City.
Is there any point to guard a destroyed place, a city
under the control of the Demonic Faction in some backwater area? Li Yunmo was
very clear that this was concealed exile. If he did not have any use as a Golden
Core, he would have been dead already.
But even so, his life was over, with all great
prospects completely out of reach. As he thought about it, Li Yunmo’s eyes were
red with anger. He smashed the jar of wine and raged, “Qin Yu! I will cut you
into a thousand pieces!”
Sounds of footsteps echoed.
Li Yunmo didn’t turn and shouted, “Get out!”
“Li Yunmo, long time no see.”
Li Yunmo’s body froze, his brow covered in sweat,
half sobered from the scare.
Demonic energy exploded and fled without even
Outside the pavilion, Qin Yu showed a mocking
grin, ‘Is this how he wants to cut me into a thousand pieces?’
Li Yunmo’s face paled, eyes filled with terror,
‘It's him, It's definitely him!’
Qin Yu came back!
Yet inside, he wanted to eat his flesh and drink
his blood. But even Po Qianjun died at his hands, so how would
he fair? ‘I’m not fleeing but send the message he is here. Shen Haimo is
just outside Juxia City in seclusion. As long as he is warned, Qin Yu
will soon be dead.’
Li Yunmo used his demonic energy frantically, as
he fled outside the city. He felt a chill behind him, and when he looked back
he was scared stiff.
Qin Yu wasn’t far behind him. He moved leisurely,
as if he could overtake him at any time.
“Righteous Faction spy is here. Kill him and I'll
give a great reward!”
In the city, several Golden Core demonic
cultivators in the middle of cultivation were pissed. Li Yunmo might be
finished, but he was a Golden Core after all.
They might not have put him in their eyes, but
they still wouldn't let him be humiliated by a righteous cultivator spy, or
what dignity would they had left?
“Daring to act arrogant in Demonic Faction’s
territory; you're looking for death!” A Golden Core demonic cultivator
blocked his path as he cut down with his saber.
The black saber shined in waves as it came
“Its Hei Daomo!”
“Ah, my idol. I never knew senior Hei Daomo is
at Juxia City.”
“This spy is finished, he might have easily chased
Li Yunmo but facing Hei Daomo, only death awaits.”
Qin Yu was expressionless. He threw a fist, destroying the saber inch by
Hei Daomo was sent flying. He who made a
name for himself with the huge saber, had his chest caved in with blood
dripping from his seven orifices. In a blink, he was a corpse.
The city was instantly eerily quiet!
Some who were about to act froze.
Li Yunmo was so scared he relieved himself. Indeed,
a warm feeling flowed down his clothes, as he couldn’t take it anymore.
“Ah!” he screamed as he rushed out of Juxia City.
Then he shouted at the top of his lungs, “Shen Haimo, Qin Yu is here!”
The ones who just remembered, had their eyelids twitching,
and almost cursed out loud. That bastard Li Yunmo used them as shields!
Too bad for Hei Daomo, he acted without knowing
the facts and died unjustly.
But Shen Haimo was actually here, this couldn’t be
better. He was a late Golden Core expert, enough to crush Qin Yu.
The time for dividing merits has come!
Even if the biggest share belonged to Shen Haimo,
with them close behind, they will also get something. This heaven-sent merit
must not be wasted!
Demonic energy flashed as four Golden Core demonic
cultivators rushed outside the city.
“There's nowhere to run Qin Yu!”
“Stay and accept your death!”
“Your end is nigh!”
The catch phrases were very touching, but don’t
you think you’re a bit too far from the fight? With clear intentions of fleeing
too. But no one mocked them for this. The demonic cultivators inside Juxia City
looked outside of it and waited for Shen Haimo to show. The dignity of the
Demonic Faction will be redeemed, senior will resolve the crisis in
A black dot appeared in their vision, approaching
with amazing speed. It made the surrounding spiritual energy chaotic and accompanied
by rumbling sounds.
The demonic energy scattered and revealed Shen
Haimo’s figure. He stared at Qin Yu, with eyes filled with killing intent, “Today,
you will have no chance of escaping!” He waved his sleeve and took out a black tortoiseshell, that grew more
than a zhang in an instant. It released a black wave of demonic
energy and sealed everything in a hundred zhang radius.
Juxia City’s demonic cultivators were deeply
moved. As expected of senior Shen Haimo, he never disappoints.
This little thief Qin Yu will die!
Li Yunmo relaxed and only then sensed the foul
odor around him. His face went red with anger and yelled, “Qin Yu, you're dead!”
Four Golden Core demonic cultivators finally dared
to approach and shouted in unison, “Kill him!”
Qin Yu smiled, “Li Yunmo, thanks.”
Li Yunmo blanked for a moment.
Shen Haimo’s pupil shrank, as a feeling
of immense danger welled from within.
Qin Yu’s power exploded with a step, seemingly
able to briefly twist the space, as he charged forward like a sharp arrow.
Shen Haimo shouted, “Seeking death!” he waved his
arm and the sea like demonic energy burst forth then submerged Qin Yu in an instant.
The cheers from the demonic cultivator in Juxia
City shook the heavens.
“Senior Shen Haimo’s power is limitless!”
“Kill Qin Yu, show them our might!”
“This Qin Yu is going to his doom!”
Shen Haimo’s face held no delight, as the feeling
of danger kept growing. Then, the demonic energy tide was broken from and
generated a loud sound.
Shen Haimo groaned and paled, as his eyes widened
in disbelief. But he had no time to think, as a fist was fast approaching his
head. He lifted his arm to defend as his demonic energy suddenly trembled and nearly
crushed his arm. Terrifying power rushed over and made half of his body numb. Even the bones in
his arm groaned in pain.
This youngster was stronger. No, much stronger
How was this possible!
As Shen Haimo retreated, he shouted angrily in his
heart. At that precise moment, his body stiffened and shouted his agony.
He felt as if a knife was hacking at his mind and splitting
his head apart.
Spiritual attack, it was a spiritual attack. I am
a late Golden Core, so how could this youngster’s Divine Sense be this strong!
A clenched fist struck Shen Haimo ruthlessly. He quickly
used his demonic energy, to take most of the blow, yet he still spat blood from
the rest of its force and flew away like a punching bag.
“Ah!” Shen Haimo roared, as he moved the demonic
energy erratically. Before he could stabilize from the previous blow, another
spiritual attack came. And as he was laying stiff, he was once again
Among the huge sounds, Shen Haimo seemed to have
become a big punching bag.
Qin Yu was only an early Golden Core cultivator,
but his Divine Sense was incredibly strong and it was all thanks to the pills
he took. And the time he had his mind sieged had an even greater refining
effect. Plus, demonic cultivator’s methods weren’t good at resisting Divine Sense,
so Shen Haimo was helplessly crushed with each blow!
Li Yunmo’s legs shivered. Just as he regained his
courage, it had once again collapsed… Qin Yu was so powerful, that he was able to
suppress Shen Haimo!
Unknowingly, the four Golden Core demonic cultivators
already retreated more than a hundred zhang away, pale-faced and with
an expression as if their parents died.
Juxia City was deathly quiet as demonic
cultivators felt their hearts collapse. What removing the crisis, what
If it’s a nightmare, please let us wake up soon!
Qin Yu trashed Shen Haimo because of his pure energy comparable to a
6th layer of Golden Core. To this, was added the Demon Body’s extraordinary
power and an astonishing Divine Sense. It was never an easy matter to fight against
someone with higher cultivation—unless one would have a heaven-defying
constitution or a formidable inheritance.
Shen Haimo raved again and again—yet in his heart— fear grew. With
each punch, his condition worsened. This can't go on much longer, or soon his
life will be beaten out of him.
Once this thought came, Shen Haimo was ashamed with bloodshot eyes,
yet it only grew. How could dignity compare with life? His recently relaxed his
cultivation, since he felt the sign of breaking through. Wouldn’t losing his
life like this be more devastating when hes was so close of becoming a Nascent
When a man takes revenge, even ten years wasn’t too late!
To get away from this crisys, Shen Haimo roared. The tortoiseshell
above him quickly shrunk, and the restriction also reduced until only Qin Yu was
trapped—in a three zhang area. His eyes flashed with pain—like his flesh was
gouged—then ran away. He had several breaths at most—to escape— since he was certain
it couldn't hold him for long.
He wrapped himself in demonic energy, then whistled in the distance.
Li Yunmo shrieked and also ran.
The four Golden Core’s reactions were even faster—already several
hundred zhang away.
Juxia City was thrown into chaos…
A late-stage Golden Core and five strong Golden Cores— altogether six
experts—were actually scared by a righteous Golden Core cultivator.
Who could redeem Demonic Faction’s dignity?
The tortoiseshell crumbled with a startling noise. Qin Yu’s killing
intent rose around him—en route—locking on Shen Haimo.
Shen Haimo’s heart collapsed. ‘I knew the tortoiseshell wouldn’t hold,
but why was it this fast? And why would you want to kill me? Li Yunmo is also
your enemy, and so are the four shining Golden Cores at the side. Killing them
is easy, so why the hell are you chasing me!’
A bloody flame was ignited, that increased Qin Yu’s speed ten-fold.
As Shen Haimo was despairing—a group was sighted far on the horizon.
It held a blood-colored banner fluttering in the wind and along with a powerful
aura. His eyes were wide from joy as he roared explosively, “Save me,
He used his entire late Golden Core power, to send his voice everywhere
in an instant. The escaping Li Yunmo and the other four stopped. They peeked
from the corner of their eye at the approaching group, then turned around—fearless
and itching to fight!
“Qin Yu, don’t be hasty!”
“We aren’t mortal enemies!”
“If we fight to the death, even you won't be able to leave this
They yelled as loud as possible, scared it wouldn’t reach far enough.
But the problem was, Qin Yu was already outside Juxia City
Shen Haimo’s mouth twitched, ‘These five bastards.’ But he didn’t
have the time to argue with these fools.
He recovered the sharpness in his eyes and—along with Qin Yu eyeing
him like a falcon—resent and hatred fueled his endless desire to kill.
“Qin Yu, I know that you and that girl are close! Once you're dead,
I promise I will find her and torture her!”
Shen Haimo was fearless!
When Seven Murders Patriarch’s chariot was going to arrive, Qin Yu was
bound to die. He won't be able to kill him even if he didn’t retreat.
Qin Yu flicked a gaze at the incoming group, eyes darkening instantly.
He set his sights on Shen Haimo, “I won't give you the chance, die!”
Shen Haimo’s heart shrank.
Qin Yu lifted his hand and pointed.
He launched a finger and a sudden wind rose.
Shen Haimo’s face instantly lost all color. With a desperate cry, he
exploded his late Golden Core cultivation and wrapped himself in layer upon
layer of demonic energy.
The chariot’s door banged open and a middle-aged man dressed in
blood-colored robes stepped out. He had a gloomy expression—filled with killing
This man was Tian Xingmo—the Patriarch of Seven Murdering Demonic
Boundless Azure landed with a boom.
The demonic energy collapsed with a small tremble and revealed the
pale Shen Haimo. His entire expression conveyed unwillingness, as he barely
managed to lower his head to look. His chest had now an open hole with blood
madly flowing out of it—the heart nowhere to be seen.
Qin Yu launched both his arms, and made Shen Haimo cry mournfuly with
face twisted in fear, as his body was quickly drying up. Rich blood flowed out
of his pores and gathered above his head, then turned into an eerie devil face.
Tian Xingmo’s expression changed, ‘This… this is…’ He sucked in a
cold breath—suppressed his alarm— as his eyes burned.
A black flame swallowed the devil face and vanished the next second.
At this, Qin Yu felt his entire body relax, as if a karmic
connection entangled with him dissipated.
Then, 12 Demonic Pillars rose, connecting heaven and earth and
imprisoned the area.
Tian Xingmo walked in midair, with his aura of a Nascent Soul
enshrouding the world, “Junior Qin Yu, you won’t escape from killing one of my
A demonic hand suddenly appeared—pitch black—with a jaded texture
and distinct patterns, as if an ancient demon was coming to grab Qin Yu! The
hearts of the demonic cultivators in the city sped up, and couldn’t help but thought
of, ‘The Demonic Faction still has someone who can resolve this crisis!’
Seven Murders Patriarch was an outstanding Nascent Soul expert.
Death would be too light of a punishment for Qin Yu! ‘Let's see you be arrogant
now, punk. Your judgment is at hand!’
Qin Yu had a grave expression. The pressure exuded by an early
Nascent Soul was making all his bones groan. Based on his current cultivation,
he never imagined he will be using them this soon.
With a wave of his hand, 108 strange fish fangs floated around him.
Once Qin Yu’s finger landed, the fangs charged.
The first fang was crushed as it hit, then exploded. Then the
second, the third, and the fourth… The demonic hand was very powerful but it
still couldn’t hold under this terrifying attack. One by one, cracks appeared and
then collapsed. The booming sounds haven’t yet ended, and the demonic hand was
already torn apart. Then the rest of the fangs made a beeline for Tian Xingmo!
“Drifting Arms!” Tian Xingmo roared, startled. He released his
demonic energy in the form of a night sky—with stars radiating within. The
fangs entered it and exploded. As if they entered the heavens it prevented the
explosions from harming him.
But this wasn’t without a price. Tian Xingmo retreated with each
explosion until he reached the limit of the 12 Demonic Pillars’ range and was made
to step out of it. The next moment, the 12 Demonic Pillars grew vague.
A bloody flame burned fiercely as he used the Blood Escaping
Technique, and Qin Yu inside of it smashed into an invisible shield, breaking
through while spitting blood.
Then he stormed away.
Tian Xingmo had a dark face. He caught a drop of blood and sniffed,
then his eyes burned with rage. It was just a guess before, but now he was
certain. It was the Demon Body; it was truly the Demon Body! But Qin Yu had
already escaped. Even he was unable to catch him when he increase his spee by
crazily burning his blood essence to use the Blood Escaping Technique and increase
“Send order to the sect to find him. No matter the cost, find him!”
The Ancient Immortal Valley was the Southern Nation’s number one
sect—a great Alchemy sect. But Sky City was considered by all cultivators in
the Southern Nation as the most majestic place. It was built upon a natural
Floating Stone, turning into a veritable flying city. It had survived for
almost ten thousand years and not even someone as powerful as Ancient Immortal
Valley would dare to take it for themselves.
This place was also the safest place in the Southern Nation’s
borders. It was forbidden for cultivators to fight in Sky City and demonic
cultivators were refused entrance thanks to the natural formation around it.
All of the people living here had either strong backing or important
Inside the Southern Nation’s territory, the Zhu clan was one of the
qualified to be this city’s ruler. This clan had an inheritance spanning ten
generations. It had its struggles, but it has always remained strong. Now it had
three Golden Cores to support it, with each one of them belonging to a large
sect. The connections and influence gained from this cannot be overlooked.
Qin Yu was precisely standing in front of this clan’s manor. He was
dressed in black—all physical features hidden. Although suspicious, the Golden
Core aura he had caused the guards to be cautious. Especially when he claimed
of being sir Qing Yun’s old friend.
Zhu Qingyun’s cultivation might be the lowest among the three Golden
Core in the Zhu clan, but his talent was the highest. He was the clan’s
“Wait a moment, sir, I will immediately report it.” A guard then
left in a hurry.
Soon, Zhu Qingyun came with big steps, to the shock of the remaining
guard. He spoke before he even arrived, “Where is the one who is asking for
Qin Yu smiled and cupped his hands, “Brother Zhu, it’s been a long
Zhu Qingyun was delighted, “You…” His eyes were astute, nodding,
“Follow me!” Then led Qin Yu inside the manor.
On the way to his place, Zhu Qingyun bluntly asked, “Was it you who
killed Shen Haimo?”
Qin Yu removed the hood, smiling, “No.”
Zhu Qingyun let out a long breath, “I mean, how can it be you. How could
you have killed Shen Haimo in this short amount of time?? Furthermore, some say
Seven Murdering Demonic Sect’s Tian Xingmo stepped in and you still got away.
Isn’t this too ridiculous?”
Qin Yu’s smile never wavered.
In a flash, Zhu Qingyun connected the dots, “The crux is—apart from
you—who would chase Shen Haimo to death? Be honest with me, was it really you?
Ever since I got the news, I never managed to get a good night's sleep!”
“If you think it’s true then it’s true, if not it's not.” Qin Yu
winked while giving a vague answer.
Zhu Qingyun’s eyes went wide and his jaw dropped. His mind was
filled with curses and obscenities— despite not saying anything.
A while later, Zhu Qingyun sucked a deep breath, and somewhat
recovered his bearing, “Y-you… you damn freak!” his eyes showed resentment,
thinking that with the recent breakthrough in the next layer, the difference
between him and Qin Yu shrank considerably. Who would have guessed that in a
blink, he would be left so far behind that he couldn’t even see his shadow?
Qin Yu laughed, “Alright, alright. You should know why I came.”
Zhu Qingyun’s mouth twitched, “Rest assured, I sent Gu Ling'er to
the Rainbow Immortal Sect. I entrusted her to someone so that she will stay in
Sky City. And with you having killed Shen Haimo, I reckon there is no one who
knows of your relation.” After a pause, “Want me to send someone to bring her
here and see her?”
Qin Yu pondered, then shook his head, “No.”
Zhu Qingyun was dumbfounded, “To save her, you first killed Liang
Taizu and then Shen Haimo. The entire Seven Murdering Demonic Sect went crazy
in their search for you to repay this enmity and you really won't see her?”
Qin Yu smiled, “When I saw her the first time, a great danger befell
her. As long as she is safe, it won't make a difference.”
Zhu Qingyun nodded, “Your matter, your decision.”
Qin Yu cupped his hands, “Brother Zhu, take care of Gu Ling'er. I
worry that there will be many troublesome matters later on, so I give you
my thanks in advance.”
Zhu Qingyun waved his hand, skeptical, “You are now capable and
strong. The Zhu clan hasn’t yet made use of this connection with you to rise,
so how could you have troubles.”
Qin Yu laughed, “If I am able later, I will help you.”
This is a promise.
Because it was limited, the promise seemed more assured, more
Zhu Qingyun laughed with joy, “I'll remember it!”
The clan used a favor to send Gu Ling'er to the Rainbow Immortal
Sect. It waited until the end to hint about this and come to an agreement. Qin
Yu guessed this, so he gave the Zhu clan a promise. That’s how the society worked,
a friend for a friend and a favor for a favor.
“Come, we won't stop till we're drunk!”
Qin Yu agreed with a smile.
He owed this drink for a long time, and might as well give it.
Zhu Qingyun—among drinks—asked in a roundabout way how Qin Yu became
so strong in such a short time. But the answer wasn’t elaborate enough. Zhu
Qingyun cursed him for being untrustful, yet Qin Yu only smiled—not minding it.
Both of them were well aware, that saying this was for the purpose
of getting friendlier, not meant to divulge the truth.
Later, Zhu Qingyun tried unsuccessfully to detain Qin Yu and so said
Rainbow Immortal Sect residence area.
Qin Yu stood at the end of the street and waited for two hours
before he got to see Gu Ling'er. She was among other female cultivators, bashful,
yet increasingly confident.
This girl seemed to have grown up.
Qin Yu left with a smile.
Gu Ling'er suddenly turned her head in confusion.
“What’s wrong Gu Ling'er?” a senior sister asked.
Gu Ling'er bit her lip. She looked left and right, but the previous feeling didn’t return, ‘Why is it that I feel as if my heart was empty, like a
piece of it was missing.’
The radiant reflection of the sun's rays off the mist—lingering
between the steep cliffs—added to the tranquility. But the yells below the mist
reverberated endlessly, breaking away the peace.
Pheasant King's feathers fell to the ground, while his red comb was broken
and bleeding all over his face. Yet he pays it no heed and stared fiercely at
Standing across from him was a two-meter-long feral wolf with its
sleek bluish fur. It had a single eye while the other one became a hole.
A corner of the valley was in complete disarray from the battle, yet
the medicine garden behind the Pheasant King was untouched. Actually,
Pheasant King's thought process was very simple, 'Your daddy, I, can never
taste it, so how could I let a dumb thing like you destroy it!'
The feral wolf opened its maw and a bluish mass gathered in its
throat. Pheasant King's tiny eyes showed fear—but not only he does
not retreat—and flapped his wings to attack instead, pecking ferociously at the
The feral wolf's lone eye flashed cunningly. It suddenly lowered its
head, allowing Pheasant King to peck it until its fur was ripped and bone
showed. With a howl of pain, it launched the blue mass straight at Pheasant
It only grazed him a bit, but it was enough to damage his red comb.
A direct hit would have killed the Pheasant King on the spot. The feral
wolf felt extreme hate towards the one who pecked its eye and wanted to kill
him at all cost.
This time, Pheasant King’s dodging came late and wailed inside, 'My
life is over! Goodbye, my beauties, this king can no longer keep
A sudden gale came diverting the blue mass from landing on Pheasant
King and made a big hole in the ground instead.
The fur of the feral wolf was standing on end and its hind legs were
stretched taut, wanting to jump away in hope of escaping.
“What a sharp beast you are, but don’t think you can leave now that
you're in my valley!” Qin Yu waved his hand and the feral wolf smashed into the
stone cliff. It now had many broken bones and unable to move for now.
After a narrow escape from death, Pheasant King cried tears of joy, as
he threw himself at Qin Yu and hugged his thigh. His crying and wailing were heartrending.
Qin Yu gave some energy to Pheasant King to stop his bleeding and
rousing his consciousness.
"Not a bad performance. The pills inside are
Pheasant King opened the storage bag with practiced ease—turning
happy immediately—as he half closed his eyes. He held the storage bag under his
wing—and while looking at the feral wolf— he flapping his wing in an arrogant
manner, 'Are you shocked that I have a boss, fool?'
The feral wolf struggled to stand, arching his body and letting out
a low howl. It didn't want to die here.
Qin Yu's eyes flashed with amazement and waved his hand, "Today,
I will spare you. Go."
The feral wolf laid on the ground in respect, then left with an
Pheasant King furiously stomped, unwilling to let it off this
Qin Yu smiled, "You pecked its eye, while it made you bleed a
little. As all debts were paid, don't be so ruthless."
This feral wolf might have gained awareness, but it was clear it
couldn’t break the formation. How did it get in? Maybe... Qin Yu arrived at the
edge of the valley—removed the soil—and exposed an ash colored spirit stone.
He frowned. Just as he predicted—after several inspections—the
spirit stones were affected. Or the strain on the spiritual energy was too
Before You Ji left, they searched the area together, but
the formation operated normally. So why were the spiritual stones depleted in
such a short time?
After reaching Golden Core, his Divine Sense greatly increased,
enough to enable him to study formations. If the opportunity arose, he must
keep an eye out for any related items.
After he replaced the spirit stones and made sure the formation is
operating normally, Qin Yu returned to the wooden house, then sat on the
praying mat, deep in thought. When the Demon Body evolved, he also
reached the Golden Core realm. This increased his confidence and made him believe
there was nothing to fear when walking around the Southern Nation. But the
appearance of Tian Xingmo—when he killed Shen Haimo—was like an alarm.
Even though he had many abilities—when faced against a Nascent Soul—he
would still be crushed. The 108 fish fangs refined into the magic treasure
Drifting Arms were used up. If he had another encounter with a Nascent Soul
cultivator, then even the Blood Escaping Technique wouldn't guarantee a
Of course, the Nascent Souls cultivators in Southern Nation can be
counted on one hand, with the chances—of encountering one—very small. But this
encounter helped Qin Yu wake up in time and calmed his restless heart.
After reaching Golden Core, the next step would be Nascent Soul.
While any realms beyond Nascent Soul, there are only rumors. His long road of
cultivation has only recently begun.
Qin Yu entered seclusion.
A month later, his Golden Core cultivation stabilized and he was
impatient to leave seclusion. Ever since he started cultivating with pills—based
on his current cultivation and rotten tallent—he could no longer bear improving
at a snail's pace.
Tthe pill residues were eliminated thanks to the Heavenly Thunder
Bamboo. And his unsteady foundation could be settled through purifying his
energy when he failed to break through. Thus, Qin Yu must continue his path of
pill taking without looking back.
But soon, Qin Yu met a problem and had to stop his cultivation
The reason was simple: he had no pills!
He had the Little Blue Lamp—a heaven-defying item—capable of
upgrading pills and speeding the growth of plants. And to say he didn't have
pills was laughable, but true nonetheless. Little Blue Lamp might be able to
increase spiritual plant growth, but its area was limited to only a foot wide.
Thus, it was unable to satisfy Qin Yu's needs.
The main point was that Golden Core ranked
spiritual plants were considered very precious and were unlikely to
be sold randomly. It was feasible to exchange pills for ingredients, but it
would also catch the attention of a Nascent Soul monster, and bring disaster!
Rummaging through his thoughts—Qin Yu sadly discovered—his path laid
in buying seeds and becoming self-sustaining. After having this ascertained, he
smiled bitterly, 'Let's take it slow.’ First was safety and maybe—after
reaching Nascent Soul—he wouldn't need to worry anymore.
But with this speed, he had no idea how long it would take to reach
the Nascent Soul realm. Not to mention the invisible shackles he had on his
body. To reach the Nascent Soul realm, he must first find a more powerful demonic
blood and upgrade his Demon Body.
Three days later—after supplying the bamboo dragonfly with energy—he
left the mountain valley to buy Golden Core ranked seeds.
Qin Yu has traveled to the surrounding great cities—in a ten
thousand li range—for more than half a month, only to come up empty
handed. The Golden Core ranked spiritual plant seeds had almost completely vanished
from the market. While the occasional occurrence had excessive price.
The Ancient Immortal Valley—the greatest cultivation sect—interfered
because the Southern Nation was threatened by the Demonic Faction’s invasion.
It declared that all the seeds up to Golden Core rank are strategic resources
and forbidden for being sold privately.
Qin Yu’s final path was been blocked, yet his rage-filled heart had
nowhere to vent. The Ancient Immortal Valley was honored as the first
sect in Southern Nation. It wasn't reputable just because of its large
business in pill industry, but also because of its countless experts. Rumor has
it that the number of Nascent Souls it held wasn't limited to only one.
In a corner of a restaurant, Qin Yu became increasingly glum.
"Hehe, the Ancient Immortal Valley played a good move this time!"
a man at a nearby table sneered.
The others' expressions changed.
“Silence your voice, Brother Xu!”
“The walls have ears!”
“Don't talk nonsense, or trouble will follow.”
The Xu surnamed cultivator laughed coldly, “What's there
to fear? We can't even discuss what the Ancient Immortal Valley did? The selling
of the spiritual plants and seeds has been banned, saying they are
strategic resources. They bought them at a conveniently low price. The Ancient
Immortal Valley really made a killing this time!”
“Hmph!” a cultivator at another table laughed in anger, “What an idiot
to only look for money! The war would have been much more devastating if it
weren't for the Ancient Immortal Valley providing pills for the Alliance. The
way I see it, this fellow Daoist Xu had a tough life, as his heart is only
filled with rancor!”
The cultivator surnamed Xu slapped the table and stood up,
“What did you say, boy!”
“I said you're dumb as a pig!”
Seeing as he was about to fight, the two cultivators at the table
immediately began reasoning with him, as they pulled him outside. Then they
cursed inwardly, 'Nevermind saying the Ancient Immortal Valley isn't much, but you
even want to start a fight. If this gets out of hand, everyone will know and it
will bring you trouble. What will you do then?'
If you want to die, then don't drag us with you!
With this disturbance, the atmosphere in the restaurant
heated up, as many rumors were exchanged.
“Hehe, I know a secret regarding the Ancient Immortal Valley.” The
one who spoke—intentionally lowered his voice—barely hiding his pleased
expression. Seeing many looking over, he laughed a bit and began prancing
before the climax, “Ancient Immortal Valley has spiritual beasts as protectors,
the ancient Blue Winged Ants...”
“Tch, everyone knows this, so why show off!”
“What secret, just a waste of my time!”
“Don’t speak if you have nothing good to say, or you'll be
The old man felt resentful, and asked in anger, “What do you guys
know, I didn't even finish! You all know the Ancient Immortal Valley has Blue
Winged Ants, but do you know why the Blue Winged Ants stays in Ancient
His eyes swept disdainfully, and sneered when he saw everyone
stumped, "That is because the Ancient Immortal Valley has an ancient
Radiant Scarlet Tree passed on through generations! Do you know what The Radiant
Scarlet Tree is? It is an ancient spiritual plant, that gathers the spiritual
energy of heaven and earth, and condensed it into Radiant Scarlet Fruit."
“The Radiant Scarlet Fruit that can assist a Golden Core's
cultivation?” a cultivator cried.
The old man glanced over, “Someone is knowledgeable. When compared
to pills—for a Golden Core cultivator—The Radiant Scarlet Fruit is much more
precious. This fruit contains a great amount of heaven and earth
spiritual energy, that—when ingested—it will immediately improve your cultivation. It has
no side effects, but with a price far above a normal Golden Core pill.”
After a moment of silence, the restaurant was in an uproar.
“Senior, please come join me for a cup of wine.”
“Hurry and bring several of your specialties, I want to invite
senior for a drink."
“Elder brother, come here and let's have a chat.”
The old man's smile almost reached his ears. He faked coyness as he
sat down at a table filled with delicious dishes, digging right in. This
person was fierce—shooting his mouth nonstop—and made the other people in the
restaurant stare blankly. He went on and on even in the moment of his
departure, when he was repeatedly asked to stay.
Qin Yu threw a spirit stone for the bill, then left.
In a narrow alley, he quickly blocked someone's path.
The old man frowned, “Junior, you must want to die, to block this
old man's path!”
He was cold, yet imposing.
Qin Yu said calmly, “Junior is from the Ancient Immortal Valley
and I'm very interested in what you have said.”
The old man's face contorted, “Rubbish! You're clearly asking for
trouble for pretending to be from Ancient Immortal Valley!”
Qin Yu laughed coldly and released his Golden Core cultivation,
enshrouding the old man with it, “Old fool, you must be tired of living to
dare spread this information.”
The old man collapsed, paralyzed, “Spare me senior, spare me!”
Qin Yu shouted lowly, “Say it! Where did you hear that the Ancient
Immortal Valley has a Radiant Scarlet Tree? You better not lie!”
The old man hastily replied, “A mysterious man told me. He gave me a
few spirit stones, and told me to spread it around.”
Qin Yu eyes flashed, “How did you know he told the truth?”
“The mysterious man showed me a Radiant Scarlet Fruit, a true
Radiant Scarlet Fruit. My cultivation might be low, but I am still able to
recognize it after years of handling spiritual plants.”
Qin Yu pondered, then smiled coldly, “Leave. I will let you go
today, but if you dare speak nonsense again, I won't forgive you!”
The old man was overjoyed, “I Don't dare, don't dare!” and left in a
Qin Yu rubbed his chin. He might not know who is spreading the
information regarding the Radiant Scarlet Tree, but it must be true.
In The Art of Medicine, there was a detail record of how to grow a
Radiant Scarlet Tree. If he could get his hands on the reproductive root with
the Little Blue Lamp's help, it will mature, bloom and bear fruit.
Then, the problem with the lack of Golden Core pills will be solved!
Moreover, the Ancient Immortal Valley had Blue Winged Ants, while
his two Thousand Gold Trees have already evolved into Great Sun Trees.
Qin Yu's mouth revealed a faint smile, ‘Ah, Ancient Immortal Valley,
since you won't allow me to get spiritual plant seeds, you can't blame me when
I’ll ruin your plan.’
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The Southern Nation's number one sect was the Ancient Immortal
Valley... Taking these words seriously, it was also the Southern Nation’s
pride. That is because the Ancient Immortal Valley was located at the border
between the Southern Nation and Northern Dynasty. With most of its lands being
in the Northern Dynasty's territory.
The war situation barely stabilized when the Ancient Immortal Valley
offered to help against the invasion of Southern Nation by the Demonic Faction.
This brought them even closer, tighter.
Ancient Immortal Valley's core area was indeed a mountain valley, a
place where the Zhu clan(1) and other cultivators resided. But how could the
title of being the number one sect be mocked when—besides fame—it was also very
rich from its dealings with pills?
The areas surrounding the valley—the seventeen mountains in the
fifty-seven li range—belonged to the Ancient Immortal Valley and protected by a
Great Guarding Formation. Although its level wasn't the same as the one in the
core area, it was still terrifying. The formation required a great number of
spirit stones even if it was activated a single day.
In the area around the Ancient Immortal Valley, a great number of
cultivators were gathered. Most of them had come from Southern Nation, to
escape the Demonic Faction's slaughter. To enter, each had to pay a spirit
stone and be checked to see if they weren't Demonic Faction's spies.
An Ancient Immortal Valley disciple stopped and turned around,
"You can go and chose a stone house to reside in. There are all kinds of
people here, so it would be best not to wonder about needlessly. Remember, it
is forbidden for cultivators to fight inside the Ancient Immortal Valley's
His expression was indifferent—yet proud—as even these arrangements
were done thoroughly. His manner wasn't overbearing but still held a certain
A black-robed youngster cupped his hands, "Many thanks."
The Ancient Immortal Valley disciple left.
He got up and looked ahead. This was a flat area halfway up the
mountain. With many stone houses built, this place was one of the many the
Ancient Immortal Valley used to accommodate other cultivators.
As he stood there and gazed into the distance, Qin Yu saw a valley
shrouded in mist. Within, there were bearly discernable exquisite pavilions and
palaces. There was also the occasional flicker of the formation, showcasing its
The black-robed youngster’s pupils flashed faintly and muttered,
"Ancient Immortal Valley is indeed not simple."
This youngster is Qin Yu, as he has restrained his aura and
concealed his cultivation!
He made use of The Concealing Art, gifted to him by Ning Ling—along
with Concealing Pendant—to come here. He was more and more amazed by the fact
it was capable of hiding him from a Nascent Soul!
Just that he was regretful and sad since the beautiful women's
fragrance disappeared from the pendant.
Several people were in front of him and when the young and tender
female cultivator gazed at Qin Yu, she let out a small cry, "Senior sister
look, it's him!"
Senior sister frowned as she looked him over, "Him!? How come I
don't recognize him?"
The young and tender female cultivator hurriedly replied, "We
met him in a nameless valley when we were running from demonic cultivators. I'm
not wrong, it's him. "
Senior sister looked him over carefully, then shook her head,
"So what if it's him? What's all the fuss about if I don't know him."
The young and tender female cultivator stuck out her tongue. The
eyes of the males beside her flashed at this charming silliness. They gazed at
Qin Yu with unpleasant looks, 'Where did this guy come from to make junior
sister Qi care about him? Get lost, the further the better!’
Qi Jiao looks at Qin Yu and his sad face made her heart tremble, 'Is
he thinking about his beloved? How pitiful.' She was suddenly swept by an
urge—and before she could recover—she was in front of him. Meeting his eyes—as
her face flushed—she spoke in a small voice, "The departed can't return.
Restrain your grief and accept it."
Qin Yu blanked a bit, then cupped his hands, "Many thanks to
young miss, but do we know each other?"
Qi Jiao shook her head, "Me and senior sister saw you three
years ago, in a valley. However, you were immersed in grief at that time and
didn't notice us. "
Three years ago, should be the time when Ning Ling passed away.
Looking at the young miss in front of him, Qin Yu's heart was somewhat
warmer. Then he smiled, "Thank you, young miss, for reminding me. I am
Qi Jiao's face flushed even more, as her hands were grasped tightly
together. She suddenly discovered that Qin Yu's eyes are so black, so luminous,
yet his smile made her feel nervous.
Senior sister shot a glance at the several glum senior brothers and
junior brothers—then at the oblivious Qi Jiao—smiling bitterly inside, 'If you
do this again, you will give him trouble.'
She stepped forward, "Junior sister, we must go."
Qi Jiao recovered from her stupor, "E-en. I'm coming, senior
sister!" She waved her hand and moved her lips, yet no word came out.
Some males' eyes looked at Qin Yu with ill intentions. But they had
no excuses to act on, and could only hold it in while cursing inside, 'You got
Qin Yu smiled as each went their own way.
More than half of the houses were occupied by people from the same
sect, same clan or acquaintances. With all of them gathered together, they made
quite a commotion. Some of the houses were turned into a market—filled with
shouts of haggling—as they were used as vendor stalls.
Clamor was clamor, and living here wasn't that great, which the
newcomers noticed this and moved away. As a result—when Qin Yu was making his
choice—only the ones near the market were empty.
Shaking his head, he chose one at random, 'At least the sight isn't
bad, moreover, it's very easy to buy things... Yes.' With this self-comforting,
the marketplace's clamor no longer had any effect on him.
Tidying up a bit—making sure everything was in order—Qin Yu rested
for two hours, then walked in the marketplace. Indeed, all the items here were
nothing in his eyes. 'You're just a weak 4th layer of Foundation Establishment
cultivator. How can you not show even a little bit of interest in this bustling
place? Very strange!'
Maybe there never was anyone paying attention to Qin Yu, but it was
always best to be safe than sorry.
This was the Ancient Immortal Valley after all!
Wandering around—while faking interest and haggling for the
price—Qin Yu bought some 'good things' that he's 'satisfied' with. Just as he
was about to leave—as a 'satisfied' customer—he spotted a rusted sword sheath.
A movement inside the storage bag rippled outward. Qin Yu's heart
trembled slightly—but he didn't show it—and squatted to look on more carefully.
Behind the stall, Qi Jiao was pleasantly surprised—while somewhat
bashful. She played with her fingers, being in a rather bewildered state. 'Why
is he here, is it to see me? What do I do if he asks me to be with him?'
‘Master said, there are more men bad than good. What master said is
definitely true, but is he a bad person? He doesn't seem to be. And his smile
is so warm.’
When Qi Jiao was dazed, while her male fans on the side sported
black faces and gnashed their teeth.
Qin Yu nodded, "Fellow Daoist, are these items for sale? "
He pointed at the rusted sword sheath with astonishment.
But very soon, he was startled, "It's you!"
Keep on acting!
Several males showed their contempt, 'Even if you're the best actor,
you still won't deceive our piercing eyes.'
‘Hitting on junior sister Qi equals death!’
Qi Jiao's heart fell a bit, "En, you want to buy some things?
Qin Yu hesitated, then pointed, "Actually, I only want to buy
this sword sheath. How much are you asking for it?"
‘He doesn't want to take advantage of me!’
Qi Jiao's eyes brighten, "This sword sheath is something I
discovered—by chance—on a riverbank. Because it is rather durable, I held on to
it it. It isn't worth much, so you can just take it."
The males at the side had red eyes, 'Just why is junior sister Qi
interested in this guy? Be it his appearance, cultivation or bearing, he is not
one bit better than us!'
"Junior sister Qi!" a male hurriedly began, "We
aren't in the sect right now to forgo expenses. Moreover, senior aunt is… in
need of spirit stones."
Another person nodded repeatedly, "Senior brother Li is
correct. Since the opportunity to make some spirit stones came, we mustn't
waste it." He then shot a cold glare at Qin Yu, "This is a
transaction. And if he is interested in the sword sheath, it is very normal to
pay for it. "
Qin Yu nodded, "What you have said is correct. Young miss Qi
tells me a price."
‘Young miss Qi, my ass! Why are you getting so close? Even more
close than us!’
Senior brother Li sneered, "Even though we don't know what
treasure junior sister Qi's sword sheath is, it has an above average hardness.
A hundred spirit stones shouldn’t be much, right?"
His viciousness was obvious.
‘Kid, since you dare to hit on junior sister Qi, I will deal with
you!’ A hundred spirit stones—for a Foundation Establishment cultivator—was a
Qin Yu muttered a bit, then slowly nodded, "Fine."
Senior brother Li's sneer froze on his face. He turned his head—as
if to check if heard correctly. Only to see the junior brothers close by with
the same startled faces. A hundred spirit stones, he agreed to a price of a
hundred spirit stones just like that!?
Their faces darkened endlessly.
Another one coughed, "Senior brother Li, I seem to have heard
Senior Aunt mention that this sword sheath isn't ordinary. A hundred spirit
stones is too low. "
Senior brother Li was 'enlightened', "Right right, I
forgot!" he glared at Qin Yu, and then he said through clenched teeth,
"We w-want five hundred spirit stones for this sword sheath!"
The surroundings were in an uproar.
The original price of a hundred spirit stones already attracted
attention, but he never imagined it would be followed by an explosive price!
This price was enough to buy a small top-quality magic treasure.
"Just what is that sword sheath, for him to dare say such an
"Maybe it belongs to a magic sword!"
"It is quite possible. If it is indeed a part of a magic
treasure set, then just the material must be worth more than five hundred
Qin Yu frown as they chattered.
Suddenly, a person stepped forward, "Five hundred spirit
stones! This sword sheath is something I want."
The scene was thrown in chaos!
Many people stared wide-eyed, their jaws almost touching the floor.
Five hundred spirit stones and someone actually wanted it!
Senior brother Li's heart was startled, but soon was laughing,
"Good." He turned, “Five hundred spirit stones were announced. If
anyone else wants it, they can bid more."
For a 4th layer of Foundation Establishment cultivator, a hundred
spirit stones were almost all he had. For him to act like this was all to
humiliate Qin Yu.
Qi Jiao spoke in fake anger, "Senior brother Li!" She
grabbed the sword sheath and gave it to Qin Yu, "I said that it is of
little value, so I'm giving it to you."
Senior brother Li and the rest were dumbstruck, feeling their hearts
broke on the spot.
Qin Yu thought for a bit, then he said, "Young miss Qi, this
sword sheath is indeed uncommon. I can’t just accept this precious item, so I
will be buying it from you with a hundred spirit stones."
Qi Jiao, "This..." Seeing the serious looking Qin Yu—she
hesitated for a while— and nodded slowly.
Qin Yu took the sword sheath, then he waved his arms and a pile of a
hundred spirit stones formed on the ground. Their luster attracted attention.
Many people swallowed.
Speaking of a Foundation Establishment cultivator—unless he came
from an important clan—he wouldn't be able to have such a considerable wealth.
The face of Senior brother Li—along with the rest— had their faces
changed once again.
This kid actually had a storage bag!
Qi Jiao blanked from complete loss.
Qin Yu's eyes swept the surroundings, then he stated softly,
"Young miss Qi, quickly take the spirit stones."
"Oh, oh!" Qi Jiao darted her eyes left and right, all the
while a junior brother took off his outer garment and began gathering the
The one who called five hundred left after gave Qin Yu a cold look.
Qin Yu's eyes lingered on his back and frowned unconsciously. This
person's aura gave him an unpleasant feeling.
But he didn't argue as even Qin Yu didn't want to blow things out of
proportions. He kept his thoughts in check and cupped his hands towards Qi
Jiao, then he left with the sword sheath.
Once he returned to his stone house, he took out several Formation
Disks and arranged them in the corners. The strength of the formation was not
very strong, but it was enough. It would warn him—and give him time to react—
when someone was spying on him.
He waved his arm and the sword sheath once again appeared. Next to
it was a black dagger, the same dagger he obtained from the Sealed Demonic
The black dagger vibrated as if excited, then flew into the sword
sheath. Accompanied by a black light, the sword sheath's rusty surface wiggled
and gradually turned into a thick black color, with specks of blood mixed
Freezing, dark, fiendish and ruthless aura spread from the black
sword as if it was slowly awakening from a deep sleep.
The name of the clan is the
character for ancient in the Ancient Immortal Valley.
Qin Yu's expression changed as the bone-chilling aura entered his
body and targeted his mind! Restlessness, fear, despair and other feelings
filled his mind in an instant as some deep memories surfaced unwillingly.
Each of them was a dreadful blow to his mind. If his will weakened,
then it will sink into chaos, with the final outcome being his sense of self
perishing. Sweat started pouring out of his pores, soaking his black robe. Qin
Yu's eyes were suffused with blood, yet his face was dull.
"Hmph! Do you think this small trick can affect my mind? Get the
hell out!" His Golden Core Divine Sense erupted, pulverizing the freezing
aura and clearing his head.
With a flick of his finger, a drop of blood landed on the black
sword. As it trembled, it released a black light in defiance.
Qin Yu narrowed his eyes, sneering, "I took you from the Sealed
Demonic Zone and I can also destroy you. You'd better believe it."
The black sword whimpered as it absorbed the blood and then landed
in his hand: Hundred Ancient Sword. A fiendish demonic weapon that could devour
souls and vitality to improve its consciousness.
So the dagger and the sword sheath were one once. This demonic treasure was now complete and it
could even improve, thus making it priceless. If he someday gets the chance to
upgrade it to spiritual treasure, its might would reach an unimaginable level.
It truly was a great item.
Even though it would be challenging upgrading it to spiritual
treasure, it at least had a considerable chance of becoming one. The value of
this black sword was immeasurable just from this
He realizes he owed that Qi girl a favor because of this.
Qin Yu put away the black sword. In the Ancient Immortal Valley, all
matters had to be done with extra care, since the reason for his hiding was to
wait for an opportunity.
In the next several days, Qin Yu rarely went out, showing normal
behavior, thus lessening the attention he received from buying the sword
Although he never left the stone houses area—with careful
observation— Qin Yu found that the patrols of the Ancient Immortal Valley
intensified. With even disciples joining them from time to time. It was
expected since the information regarding the Radiant Scarlet Tree began to
Sure enough, not long after, this news also spread throughout this
area. Qin Yu knew that the opportunity he was waiting for drew nearer. But the
more he felt it, the more he became reserved. He walked in the open every day
then returned soon after, as to not reveal any discrepancies.
In the following nine days, Qin Yu made it a habit to go out. The
surrounding houses were slowly occupied in the meantime and his new neighbours
nodded in greeting.
Qin Yu smiled in response, stepping towards the market. He later
heard a commotion in front, as he was about to return. This wasn’t at all
surprising, even with the Ancient Immortal Valley's rule of non-violence. As
many dubious characters gather, conflicts were bound to pop up.
Towards this common sight, Qin Yu usually turned away. But this time
he hesitated and made his way through the crowd.
Qi Jiao's eyes were teary while holding a jade bottle in her hand,
"You swindlers, this Jade Salve is fake, completely useless."
The people behind the stall sported ugly faces, but it was really
hard to get angry towards a tear-stained young miss!
The purple clothed cultivator took a breath, then said gravely,
"Little miss, you can’t speak nonsense. You checked yesterday this Jade
Salve worth of a hundred spirit stones yourself. How can you say we're
Qi Jiao was a bit dazed. Then her crying grew fiercer, "But
it's truly useless. I’m not lying."
Her wronged and heartbroken appearance was real, while the
spectators gazed with contempt at the sellers, 'How shameless for a bunch of
old men cheating a young miss!'
The purple clothed cultivator's heart was raging. He still had some
things he wanted to sell and never expected for his reputation to be tarnished.
He then took out a similar bottle from his clothes, "Look, everyone, these
are two Jade Salve bottles I happened to obtain. One I sold to this young miss,
and this is the second." He carefully opened the sealed lid and waved his
hand above it, "Please check everyone, is it not real? We don't sell fake
"It is indeed the smell of the Jade Salve."
"This kind of items must be thoroughly inspected at purchase to
"Yes, but this young miss doesn’t seem to be lying."
Qi Jiao didn’t know what to say, as she kneaded the jade bottle
The purple clothed cultivator was vexed, 'How can I continue to sell
with these complications?' Someone from behind whispered in his ear making his
expression brightened, so he hurriedly added, "Young miss, I advised you
that the Jade Salve's lid mustn’t stay open for too long, or it will be
affected by the air and turn useless. Did you perhaps left it open?"
Qi Jiao shook her head, "I only inspected it once, then gave it
to senior brother Li to deliver it to Master. But senior brother Li told me
this Jade Salve was fake."
Many looked over, and to mask his panic, senior brother Li
immediately laughed coldly, "It’s clear that you deceived my young and
ignorant junior sister by selling her fake goods. And now you are making such
preposterous accusations!? If you don’t hurry and return the spirit stones back
to my junior sister, then I won’t be polite!"
"Yes, don’t talk rubbish, hurry and pay her back!"
"So daring, to bully our junior sister Qi!"
"It’s as if you’re bullying us!"
The people behind him started raising a fuss.
The purple clothed cultivator sneered, "Doesn't it seem more
like you came to make trouble? Not one spirit stone will be refunded!"
'There’s nothing I can do for you, little miss. But you bastards
want to force me?'
The man behind the stall stood up.
But every pair of eyes landed on the purple clothed man. A Golden
Core's aura was so brilliant!
This made senior brother Li and the rest dumbstruck, as no one
expected for him to be a Golden Core cultivator.
The audience immediately changed sides.
"Why would senior with a Golden Core status degrade himself in
selling fake goods?"
"Right, right. Just a hundred spirit stones are not worth
"It seems it is these youngsters are the swindlers. But their
luck ran out and actually provoked a Golden Core senior!"
"This girl doesn’t seem to be. Sigh, appearance can be
'To hell with pitying and sympathizing with a pretty girl. We are on
the Golden Core's side.'
The purple cultivator sneered, "You must give me an explanation
about this!" When the accusations were shrugged off with the release of
his cultivation, his attitude changed into one of anger.
Senior brother Li and the others sported red faces. Their previous
satisfying words were now gone, as they couldn’t help gaze pleadingly at Qi
Jiao, hinting her on and on to apologize.
A Golden Core cultivator wasn’t much in the Ancient Immortal Valley,
but to them, this was an insurmountable mountain. Even more so now, when the
only expert in the sect was badly hurt and in seclusion. They didn’t dare to
make such trouble.
Qi Jiao's face flushed red. She knew she couldn’t offend a Golden
Core expert, but she didn’t lie, so why must she apologize? Grievance,
embarrassed, nervous and helplessness passed through Qi Jiao's heart. She tried
to wipe away her tears, to no avail.
The purple clothed man's face flashed with unwillingness, but a
Golden Core still had his dignity. How did it change from demanding an
explanation to just accepting it without any inquiry? But this girl was so
heartbroken and he couldn’t bear to do it.
"Young miss Qi, please let me take a look at the Jade
Salve." Qin Yu was already by her side when he began.
The commotion over the sword sheath a few days ago was still fresh
in many peoples’ minds. They immediately recognized him and felt he was
hopeless. Sure enough, it was all for a girl. Whatever the case, his bid last
time was very foolish. And now, he was actually provoking a Golden Core. Young
people didn’t know how to behave!
Qi Jiao looked at Qin Yu, feeling an indescribable sense of safety
in her heart. Her grievance then burst out without any reason, in the form of
"I-I d-didn’t lie, n-not once."
Qin Yu took the jade bottle and sniffed it, "This bottle of
Jade Salve changed its properties in eight hours." He then raised his head and looks at the purple
clothed cultivator once he finished.
The middle-aged man didn’t know why, but he continued with,
"From the time it was bought until now, about sixteen hours have
Qin Yu nodded, "Young miss Qi, when did you give the Jade
Qi Jiao sobbed, "Not long after I bought it, I gave it to
senior brother Li."
Little miss gave the Jade Salve to senior brother Li after she
purchased it, and the Jade Salve changed its properties in eight hours. If it
was true, then the problems laid with senior brother Li.
As more suspicious glances were drawn to him, senior brother Li became more nervous,
"What rubbish are you spouting? How do you know it's in eight hours? I'm
warning you, don’t speak nonsense!"
Qin Yu was calm, "This is the Ancient Immortal Valley, with
countless Alchemy experts. Who doesn't know this?"
Figures flashed, and three Ancient Immortal Valley disciples
"Who is making trouble?"
The purple clothed cultivator cupped his hands, "Fellow Daoist,
this matter is related to this one surnamed Wei. I have troubled you."
The three returned the greeting, "Paying respects to senior
Even the Ancient Immortal Valley must show proper respect to a
Golden Core cultivator.
One of them began, "Senior Wei, may I ask what happened?"
Wei Jing spoke in simple terms while pointing out the situation.
"Jade Salve isn’t considered precious. I will evaluate
it." The Ancient Immortal Valley disciple extended his hand, "Let me
Qin Yu handed it over.
The ancient immortal valley disciple sniffed, then dripped some on
his hand, and lastly examined it. He nodded and said, "Correct, it is indeed
in eight hours. The Jade Salve has little effect now." His eyes landed on
Qin Yu, "Fellow Daoist, you have good judgment."
Qin Yu cupped his hands, "Merely a coincidence, it doesn't compare to a true expert's skill."
The Ancient Immortal Valley cultivator laughed, then turned around
and spoke, "Senior Wei, how do you want him to be punished?"
Wei Jing muttered something.
Senior brother Li started to sweat bullets as his face paled.
Qi Jiao was angry inside at senior brother Li for deceiving her. But
they were fellow disciples after all, and even in dire straits, she still
couldn’t bear it to see him get hurt. With matters reaching this point, she
barely helped herself, and helping him would be impossible. So she gave a
meaningful look to Qin Yu.
This was something she unconsciously expressed in a young girl's
moment of helplessness. The thought of Qin Yu being in trouble never crossed
Then she saw as Qin Yu stepped forward.
Qi Jiao's stared wide-eyed. What was he doing? Don’t be foolish and
Qin Yu cupped his hands, "Senior Wei, today’s mistake is
entirely ours, I implore senior to let it go."
A senior sister who heard this hurried over, feeling glum at his
words. Then she begged for forgiveness, pleading not to pursue this further.
But who are you? You would be in trouble if you offended a Golden Core!
"Greetings senior! Junior sister and junior brother weren’t
sensible and offended senior. Please be lenient! We will offer some spirit
stones as apologies. I ask senior to be magnanimous and let it go this
Wei Jing looked at her—then at Qin Yu—and waved his arm, "Never
mind, today was just a misunderstanding. You can leave."
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Just like that?
The spectators were also dumbstruck.
Many screamed inside, 'What a lucky bastard.', while others admired
him, 'Senior Wei is truly magnanimous, letting them go even when framed.'
The Ancient Immortal Valley disciple coldly said, "Since senior
Wei said so, you can leave. Be more careful in the future, as you might not be
so lucky next time."
Senior sister was immensely grateful towards Wei Jing. She grabbed
her junior sister and junior brothers, then quickly left after bowing again and
again. As for Qin Yu—a nosy youngster—his intentions were definitely
selfish. Regardless if it were to save a fair and delicate noblewoman, he didn’t
even realize the seriousness of the situation. The farther men like him were,
Qi Jiao intended to say something, but was forcefully taken
away by senior sister, while watching Qin Yu with an apologetic expression. He
laughed it off, not minding it. Originally, he had a favor he wanted
to repay. But after today, all their implications were now settled, bringing
about a perfect ending.
Who knew of these people might drag him into something later?
With the commotion gone, the crowd slowly dispersed. Many eyed Qin
Yu while thinking, 'This youngster is a bit too foolish. He clearly helped with
good intentions, yet the others showed no consideration by leting him leave.'
Qin Yu was unaware of the pitiful looks he received and began to
"Young friend, wait a moment." Wei Jing sent the three
Ancient Immortal Valley disciples off, the called out to Qin Yu while walking
over in haste.
Qin Yu cupped his hands, "Is there anything else, senior?"
Wei Jing looked around, "This isn’t the place to speak. Is it
possible for a young friend to come join me at my residence?"
Qin Yu's eyes flashed, nodding.
Wei Jing laughed, "Follow me, young friend."
They were exiting the market, then walked along a small road up
the mountain. After a while, they arrived before a long courtyard. The Ancient
Immortal Valley arranged this area for the Golden Core cultivators, and it also
had an impresive scenery.
Several juniors might not know why was the clan uncle so courteous
towards this youngster, but they were taught how to be respectful and not
Wei Jing waved his hand, "Alright, you may leave." After
the clan's disciples left, he had a solemn expression, "Young friend, I'll
get straight to the point. If I am disrespectful, please forgive me. Dare I
ask, does young friend have a type of lightening treasure on yourself?"
Qin Yu frowned.
Wei Jing repeatedly waved his arms, "Young friend
is overthinking things. Because of my cultivation method, I need the
assistance of a lightning treasure. If young friend is willing to part with it,
I will buy it very reasonable price." He paused, then said with astonishement,
"Young friend can see that I am born in a small cultivator clan. I only managed
to reach Golden Core by chance and have little wealth. But even if I have to
borrow money, I am sure I can satisfy you."
This person was really honest!
Qin Yu replied, "Senior Wei, how are you so sure I have a
lightning attribute item?"
“This is related to my cultivation method. As long as there is a
treasure that causes a mutual attraction, a reaction occurs, and not even a
storage bag can contain it."
Qin Yu shook his head, "I can assume that the reason why senior
Wei didn’t pursue the previous matter is because of your intentions regarding
Wei Jing laughed dryly, "Young friend must think it’s
He admitted just like that!
Qin Yu pondered, then began, "Senior Wei is generous, forgiving
junior's friends. Whether it's about reason or feelings, there is
nothing I can say about it."
Wei Jing nodded repeatedly at first, with 'What you said is correct'
expression. But the following words made him nervous, and his face
"But junior still needs it. I really can’t part with it, so I
ask for senior Wei to be indulgent. Junior will be taking his leave
Wei Jing frowned. His instincts told him that what Qin Yu said wasn’t
true, but why was he unwilling to sell?
"Clan Uncle, is there a need to waste words with your
cultivation? Some pressure woukd have scare him into submitting it!" A Wei
clan junior angrily spoke.
Wei Jing shouted coldly, "Shut up, what have I taught you every
day? Never to use your cultivation to bully the weak!"
Several youngsters were terrified and quickly lowered their heads in
Wei Jing's face softened a bit, "Remember, the cultivation
world is full of hidden dragons and crouching tigers. You never know when you
might meet one, so you must be extremely careful."
"Clan Uncle is saying that he is hiding his cultivation?"
Wei Jing didn’t respond and waved his hand, "Go, find out where
he stays. I will pay him a visit tomorrow." The youngsters didn’t
dare to say anything and retreated respectfully.
The following day.
Wei Jing made himself presentable—changing into official attire.
Then he made his way to the middle of the mountain, with two clever youngsters
and a gift. This was a proper visit, treating Qin Yu as if he had equal status.
Wei Jing wasn’t certain if Qin Yu was an expert, but he never saw through him.
Plus, he was always calm yesterday. It always helped being more careful.
Of course, this was greatly related to his character and was recommended
to show respect when making a request.
The youngsters already checked where Wei Jing needed to go. He
inwardly decided that he must get that treasure, no matter the cost. But from
one look he could ascertain Qin Yu's will. And if he was firm in not selling,
it would be very hard to change his mind. What would he do then?
As he was frowning in thought, a group suddenly barred their way.
Wei Jing lifted his head only to have his face darken. He then asked on a cold voice,
Senior sister and Qi Jiao's faces tensed and hurriedly greeted,
"We pay respects to senior Wei." The two of them rushed to pay their
Master's injuries were growing heavier and was in dire need of the
Jade Salve to suppress them. They heard yesterday that Wei Jing had another
bottle. After some hesitation, they still decided to look for him again. They
must buy it, no matter the cost.
But the two of them do not know where Wei Jing lives, and couldn’t
just ask around. Left with no choice, they wandered in the vicinity of the
market, hoping to meet him. Just when all hope seemed lost, Wei Jing appeared
before them. Thus—in delight—they hurriedly welcomed him.
Seeing the two of them exceedingly courteous, Wei Jing's face eased
up somewhat, "What do you want?"
Senior sister's heart relaxed and quickly explained that they came
to request and buy the other Jade Salve.
The two behind Wei Jing laughed coldly. They might not say it, but
the meaning is clear, 'You tarnished our reputation yesterday and came once
again to buy it!? You have got to be joking!'
Senior sister's face reddened, "The Jade Salve is very
important to us. We are willing to pay two hundred spirit stones, please give
us your consent senior."
Wei Jing shook his head in refusal. All his thoughts were now
on Qin Yu, not having time to waste on this matter. But after a few steps, he
suddenly stoped, and turned around, "Are you acquainted with young
friend Qin Yu?"
Senior sister thoughts turned for the better, but her happiness
hasn’t revealed itself before she froze, 'Qin Yu? Who’s he?'
Qi Jiao was the same.
Wei Jing was struck dumb, 'Just how is it that you don’t even know
the name of your rescuer?' But after a long thinking, a certain possibility
came to him. Wei Jing's face became amiable, "He is precisely the young
friend who helped you yesterday."
"Ah!" Qi Jiao cried faintly.
Wei Jing, "Young miss Qi recognizes him, right?"
Qi Jiao's face paled and bit her lip, not knowing what to do.
Wei Jing hurriedly said, "Young miss Qi needn’t be anxious. I
don’t mean harm, as we have a mutual request. How about this, if you can make
Qin Yu agree, the Jade Salve will be yours."
He waved his hand, "Let’s go, we were just on our way to see
Senior sister and Qi Jiao exchanged a glance, feeling dazed. ‘Senior
Wei Jing is going to Qin Yu to make a request. Just how incredible is he? Just
what skill he has to make senior Wei be this careful, to the point of even giving
them the Jade Salve?’
"What do we do, senior sister?"
Senior sister looked at Qi Jiao, hesitating. She then spoke through
clenched teeth, "We go after them!"
In front of a stone house stood Wei Jing and sent a junior to knock
at the door.
The door soon opens, and Qin Yu’s face darkened at the scene before him,
"Senior Wei, what’s the meaning of this?"
For the sake of obtaining the Radiant Scarlet Tree, he didn’t want
any attention. And Wei Jing's visit made this a moot point.
‘You are a Foundation Establishment capable of making a Golden Core
in paying you a visit. Just who would believe that this is normal?’
Wei Jing's mind was a bit tense. That unfathomable reaction has once
again surfaced, with even fear and trepidation mixed within. He then gave a
rushed smile, "I have come to pay young friend a visit, in such and idle
day. I also met these two young ladies—along the way—and came together. Please
forgive us for disturbing you, young friend."
Qin Yu wanted to roar, 'Can I trouble you not to be so polite?'
Sensing the amazement of his neighbors, he took a deep breath, "Welcome
senior Wei, let's talk inside!" He said, as he peeked from the corner of
his eyes at the two behind him, and then at the two ladies.
Wei Jing instructed behind him, "The gift, um, you wait
Senior sister hurriedly said, "We will also wait."
Qin Yu took back his glare, 'Even a gift. Hurry up and hide it! I
must not let this old geezer mess around, or trouble won’t be far behind!'
He was aware of Wei Jing's kind nature from yesterday, but he was
still young and inexperienced.
"Senior Wei, please."
The door then closed with a bang.
Qin Yu's face contorted, "Senior Wei, what is the meaning of
Wei Jing felt indescribably nervous, as fear and trepidation became
more pronounced. He swallowed, then said apologetically, "Young friend,
the reason I came here, is for that item. I ask young friend to part
with it!" After a pause, he forced himself to continue, "The two
young ladies have come to buy my other Jade Salve. As long as young
friend agrees to part with the treasure, I will immediately give the Jade
Salve to them!"
Qin Yu laughed from anger, brushing his sleeve away, "We aren’t
friends, so using them won’t worl. And I already said that I still need it."
Wei Jing gave a bitter smile, "You really won't sell?"
Wei Jing sighed, "Alright, I will be troubling you again
Qin Yu stared, 'What about being a kind and honest person?'
‘Even if I have discerning eyes, you also can't change this much.
You can't just threaten me like this!’
"You're too much senior Wei!"
Wei Jing smiled dejectedly, "I ask for young friend's help. I
don’t have any other way." He paused, then continued, "Can you
see—young friend—why I faked my cultivation and began trading here? I offended
someone from the top of the mountain and I am unable to retreat even if I want
to. If I can’t advance my cultivation, then my clan will be over. So I have no
choice but to use this trick. Please forgive me for offending you, young
Qin Yu’s gloomy face brightened by more than half, then said through
his clenched teeth, "Five thousand spirit stones, not a stone less! And if
trouble came because of today, you better not blame me for not warning
Wei Jing was overjoyed, "Many thanks to young friend! Five
thousand is quite a lot. I will immediately prepare them and then come back tomorrow!"
Qin Yu frowned, "You reallt don’t care about troubles?"
"My clan is about to collapse, so what would be the point of
being scared? Goodbye."
"Wait!" Qin Yu waved his hand, "Don’t come in
person tomorrow, it will be too conspicuous. And don’t forget what you said
about the Jade Salve."
Wei Jing gave a content smile and said, "Be at ease young friend,
I will remember."
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I am still looking for a novel. If anyone has some recommendations, I am all ears.
1. Non-Qidian novel
2. Relatively short
3. Completed novels (known quality level/ending) vs On-going novels (inherent uncertainties/risks of writer going on hiatus, deteriorating quality/lousy endings, etc)
4. Author's track-record
Based only on the dropped novels on my reading list, perhaps you may like to consider:
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2. Marquis of Grand Xia (translator previously offered to WW to take over when she had to drop this): https://www.novelupdates.com/series/marquis-of-grand-xia/ 1686chapters, 4.3 rating with 1561 readers on NovelUpdate
I am still looking for a novel. If anyone has some recommendations, I am all ears.
1. Non-Qidian novel2. Relatively short3. Completed novels (known quality level/ending) vs On-going novels (inherent uncertainties/risks of writer going on hiatus, deteriorating quality/lousy endings, etc)4. Author's track-recordBased only on the dropped novels on my reading list, perhaps you may like to consider:1. Above the Skies (started/dropped in another WW translation thread): https://www.novelupdates.com/series/above-the-skies/ Proven author (all his novels have high ratings/good plots), 1241 chapters2. Marquis of Grand Xia (translator previously offered to WW to take over when she had to drop this): https://www.novelupdates.com/series/marquis-of-grand-xia/ 1686chapters, 4.3 rating with 1561 readers on NovelUpdate
As the two people walked through the door, they became the focus of
many eyes. The Wei clan juniors' hearts eased when they saw Wei Jing's smile,
while the girls felt increasingly nervous. They didn’t do anything—or more like—they
just didn’t know what to do. Even if Qin Yu agreed, his decision had not
consideration of them.
Wei Jing’s eyes looked around, smiling, "Relax—young ladies—young
friend Qin Yu consented. I will—of course—abide by my promise. This Jade Salve
This was the ability of a man with integrity. He
didn’t state it, yet with a bit of thought, anyone could see the
deeper meaning. It made them feel like Qin Yu's consent had a lot to do with
the two of them. 'Young friend, I can only help you this much!'
Seeing this proud and satisfied look, Qin Yu's eyes twitched, 'Just
what is this guy doing?'
Did he awaken his funny side?
Senior sister was incredibly happy but looked sideways when she was
about to receive the bottle.
Qi Jiao's face was flushed red—and gazing at Qin Yu—she spoke
in a soft voice, "Thank you."
Qin Yu cupped his hands, "Young miss Qi needn’t thank me."
As he watched the two girls leave, Wei Jing laughed, "Young
friend's eyes aren’t bad, this young miss Qi's character is good and also rare.
No need to explain, I shall take my leave."
Qin Yu gave a bitter smile, ' Just what is this?!' He shook his
head, avoiding the curious gazes of the neighbors and went back inside.
The second day, he received the respectful two juniors from the Wei
clan but left soon after.
Qin Yu's storage bag was now five thousand spirit stones richer
and a Heavenly Thunder Bamboo poorer. Although it was just a stalk, this price—for
a ten-thousand-year-old Heavenly Thunder Bamboo—was definitely worthwhile.
Of course, what needed to be said was already said. If Wei Jing was
smart enough, he wouldn't be meddlesome.
There was a sudden disturbance outside, immediately followed by a strong wave of power coming from far away.
Qin Yu's face paled. He opened the door with a brush of his sleeve,
then flashed several times until he arrived halfway up the mountain.
He gazed towards the heart of the Ancient Immortal Valley, at the
scarlet glow rising upward, shining the entire sky and releasing spiritual
Three figures were having a hard time running away, while a black cloud
chased behind them, accompanied by a dreadful buzzing of insect wings.
"Blue Winged Ants!"
"My god, so terrifying!"
"Those are three Golden Cores, with even the weakest being a
late Golden Core. But they actually couldn't resist!"
In the wake of constant miserable cries, the three were drowned in
the sea of Ancient Immortal Valley Golden Core cultivators then ripped apart
and eaten by the Blue Winged Ants. Qin Yu's mind shook, as thoughts spun
inside. He flipped his hand inside his robe and was now holding some golden and
dazzling leaves, the Great Sun Tree leaves.
Far away, the Blue Winged Ants were returning after killing the
three Golden Core. Suddenly, they ushered an excited cry and whistled
Qin Yu was shocked, never expecting the Blue Winged Ants to discover
the Great Sun Tree's leaves over such a great distance. Their reaction was
really fierce as if they were starved for countless years.
After he put the leaves away, Qin Yu faked a terrified expression as
he ran away with the others. Yet the Blue Winged Ants already arrived, hovering
around the area and constantly cried in anger. With such an astonishing speed,
it was no wonder they caught the three Golden Core!
A silver-haired old man showed up in front of the ants. He made
quick hand gestures and released a majestic power, causing earth-shattering
The Blue Winged Ants shrieked on and on but flew away when they
lost the connection and disappeared
along with the scarlet glow.
The silver-haired old man turned around. His face was obscured by a
mist, preventing anyone from seeing it, yet those two eyes like suns seemed to
be able to penetrate everything. As the eyes descended, everyone's body froze
and shocking them to the core. Luckily, it didn’t seem like he found anything,
and disappeared with a single step.
Qin Yu was soaked in cold sweat. This old man was definitely a
Nascent Soul cultivator, and even more powerful Seven Murdering Demonic Sect's
Patriarch Tian Xingmo.
The Ancient Immortal Valley was indeed formidable!
The scarlet light was proof of Scarlet Radiant Tree’s existence,
while the attraction of the Blue Winged Ants towards the Great Sun Tree's
leaves exceeded his imagination. But how could he get close to the Scarlet
Radiant Tree when the Ancient Immortal Valley was so formidable?
While Qin Yu was vexed about how to get near the Scarlet Radiant
Tree, someone else was actually worried about him instead.
Qi Jiao was resting her chin on her hands, absent-minded. ‘If
he truly likes me, why isn’t he coming to find me?’
Senior sister looked from afar, approaching hesitatingly,
"Junior sister, what are you thinking about?"
Qi Jiao's face reddened, "Nothing."
Senior sister sat down, pondered a bit, then, "Junior sister, I
admit I despised Qin Yu. He made senior Wei regard him thusly, proving
he isn’t ordinary. But he isn’t suited to you. "
Qi Jiao stared wide-eyed, "Why?"
Senior sister shook her head, "It’s what Master said.
Qin Yu must have a reason since he was willing to hide and become unremarkable. There’s been a lot of buzzing
regarding the Scarlet Radiant Tree recently. Perhaps this is why he is
Qi Jiao let out a cry of surprise, "No, he can’t have any
intention towards the Scarlet Radiant Tree. Those three Golden Cores were eaten
by the Blue Winged Ants that day. Why would he risk it?!"
Senior sister covered her mouth, "Shh! Do you want everyone to
know! This is just Master's guess, not necessarily true."
There was more, but senior sister didn’t say. According to Master,
Qin Yu didn’t have those any intention of getting close to Qi Jiao, as his help
was related to the sword sheath. Senior sister didn’t believe at first—but if
Qin Yu had any feelings for Qi Jiao—he would have already visited.
Senior sister wanted to tell Qi Jiao in order to avoid future
sadness—but seeing her love-struck—no word came out.
The Radiant Scarlet Tree seemed just like a hundred cat claws. It scratched
everyone's hearts—making them surge wildly—and also dashing all of their hopes.
At that moment, the Ancient Immortal Valley opened its gates, giving everyone
the chance of approaching the Radiant Scarlet Tree.
For the purpose of lifting the flag against the Demonic Faction's
invasion on Southern Nation, and to raise the morale of the Alliance, the
Ancient Immortal Valley held an Alchemy Gathering. In this gathering, both
Golden Core and Foundation Establishment were welcome. The first ten were
allowed to cultivate before the Radiant Scarlet Tree for a month. This was only
related to Alchemy and was independent of one’s cultivation.
The ancient spiritual Radiant Scarlet Tree gathered huge amounts of
spiritual energy forming a natural Domain. Cultivating inside the Domain for
one day equaled a month outside, adding to that a miraculous effect of aiding
breakthroughs. This was the information sent by the Ancient Immortal
The Southern Nation and the Northern Dynasty boiled.
Some say that the Ancient Immortal Valley's aim was to show that the
Radiant Scarlet Tree belonged to them. Furthermore, from the mouth of the
winners of the Alchemy Gathering, they would hear about the tight defense and
scare any who had ill thoughts. Whichever the case was, as the information
spread, winds began blowing!
Participants were many, but not all could join as the Ancient
Immortal Valley issued three tests.
Choosing ingredients, selecting the right pill recipe and refining
an eligible pill. According to a standard check, Qin Yu was allowed a smooth
A while later, the Alchemy Gathering began. The place
the Ancient Immortal Valley was using, was the Alchemy Mountain. It was cleared
earlier of all disciples that were using it to practice Alchemy.
The Alchemy Mountain was around three hundred zhang tall
and filled with densely packed, zhang tall round caves. These
were all made by the Ancient Immortal Valley's cultivators in preparation for
The one in charge of the Alchemy Gathering was a late Golden Core
elder from the Ancient Immortal Valley by the name of Zhao Xin. He had a solemn
and severe expression, "In this Alchemy Gathering it is forbidden for
anyone to cheat. Any violation will be severely punished. Today you have to
refine a pill eligible for advancement in two hours. Any who fails is
The cultivators who had their identity checked and waited for a long
time rushed towards the Alchemy Mountain. When talking about refining pills,
two hours was rather short, so they mustn’t be one bit careless.
From the crowd, Qi Jiao searched with big eyes. She suddenly felt
her body stiffen, as her eyes landed on a certain figure.
Qin Yu was actually an Alchemist!
She watched him fly along with others—eyes fixed on him—while
thinking about what senior sister told her. She then bit her lip, full of
Did he really come for the Radiant Scarlet Tree?
Qin Yu seems to have sensed it and turned his head. He met her eyes
and after blanking a bit, nodded. He locked on a cave and then arrived at its
entrance in a single step.
After entering the cave, Qin Yu wasn’t so eager to begin refining
like the rest. He used his Divine Sense to search every nook and cranny, and
after making sure all was in order, he grinned.
The Ancient Immortal Valley was playing by the rules. This made it
safe for Qin Yu to acquire one of the ten positions with the help of Little
This was completely unfair to others, but where in this world was
there true justice?
When Qin Yu sat cross-legged, a fifth of the time has passed already.
His face was calm, however, as his eyes swept the ingredients laying in chaos
Demon Face Flower, Withered Thunder Branch, Pure Scorched Grass,
Hidden Venomous Parasite ... There were many ingredients with
different characteristics. Some of excellent quality, some withered and some
even resembled creatures.
Take the Withered Thunder Branch for example. It was a dried branch
from a willow that survived an attack from heavenly lightning, rare and expensive.
To exploit this, the cultivators used lightning techniques to make the
Withered Thunder Branch. Along with delicate control, it would be hard to
differentiate the fake from the original.
It was very important for any qualified Alchemist to
identify ingredients. Thus, this competition already started from the
moment they chose ingredients. These ingredients—whether good or bad—all had
different pairings for many types of pills. The choice came to each individual.
Qin Yu took six types of ingredients—all ordinary and simple—while completely
ignoring the expensive ones, like the Withered Thunder Branch. The Ancient
Immortal Valley's wealth wasn’t false—but even so—they won’t waste so many
precious ingredients on all five hundred participants.
There might have been very few genuine Withered Thunder Branch, but
what Qin Yu had clearly wasn’t among them. What he wanted to refine was the
Spirit Increasing Pill. Yes, the most common pill that every Foundation
Establishment was using. The Spirit increasing Pill that increased one’s
This kind of common pill, even if successfully refined, it would
still fall short of winning. But this test required one's pill to
meet a certain level, with no mention of its quality.
Taking out the Mythical Fire Cauldron, Qin Yu injected it with his
power and the fire was ignited, immediately releasing a scorching aura. After
the cauldron finished warming up, he threw in the first ingredient.
Several hundred people began refining pills at the same time,
releasing a strong medicinal fragrance. This was a scene that could only happen
in the Ancient Immortal Valley. But speaking for the Alchemists, it wasn’t necessarily
a good thing.
A muffled boom came from a cave, soon followed by a stench. The
cultivator inside howled in grief, "Thousand Gold Grass is fake!"
Very quickly, another cave not far from him also suffered the same
fate. The soot-covered cultivator rushed outside, cursing in rage, "The
bastard who made me fail my refining, come out!"
That previous sound clearly made him fail.
A gloomy cultivator came out of a cave, "What are you yelling
at! It blew up because if your mediocre skill!"
"Bastard! I will teach you today why the flowers are
"I'm so scared!"
Right when they were about to strike each other, an Ancient Immortal
Valley cultivator intervened and forced them to leave. This was one of Ancient
Immortal Valley's unspoken rule. As long as you didn’t influence the
refining process, you wouldn’t be stopped.
If you failed because of outside influence, it proved that your
heart wasn’t calm enough or your skill wasn’t deep enough. There was no one to
blame but yourself.
Every moment of the next hour had someone failing. The most
excessive was the refinement of the Foundation Establishment ranked Five
Lightning Pill which required the Withered Thunder Branch as one of its many
ingredients. His luck was the best or—better yet—his eyes, since the Withered
Thunder Branch was real, only his skill was lacking. Not only was his forehead
bleeding from the exploding furnace, but the magnitude enveloped a ten
zhang range, taking four other unfortunate men down with him.
The most tragic participant was the one who’s refining skill was
quite good, reaching the point of taking out the pills. Yet he had to watch
helplessly as the pill was shattered by lightning when he was about
to take them out. If it weren’t for the Ancient Immortal Valley stepping in,
this cultivator would have been torn apart on the spot!
It couldn’t be helped if your luck was really bad since luck was
very important to a cultivator. Many famous and once powerful seniors were able
to rise above their peers because of a slight amount of luck. Alchemists were
also cultivators, so they couldn’t complain even if they failed.
When there were only fifteen minutes left, Qin Yu took out the pills—six
common Spirit Increasing Pills—from the cauldron, that were neither strong nor
He tidied up a bit—put the pills in a jade bottle—and flew outside.
An Ancient Immortal Valley disciple took the bottle and assessed the
pills on the spot, granting Qin Yu the qualification to enter the second test.
Not far, an Ancient Immortal Valley Alchemist laughed coldly, "You didn’t
use the ingredients provided. Take him away!"
Qin Yu's eyes flashed with pity at the sight of the dragged and paralyzed
Alchemist, 'Can’t help it if he’s dumb. How could The Ancient Immortal Valley not
have a way to identify the ingredients they prepared for the test? The next
time you go out, take your head with you!’ As they were waiting for the
evaluation of the pills, some of them paled and withdrew with clenched teeth.
When the first test was over only two hundred people remained from
the initial of five hundred participants. The rate of failure was staggering.
The night was quiet.
The Alchemy competition resumed the second day.
Alchemists weren’t allowed to change their caves and had four hours
to make three distinct pills using the rest of the ingredients.
Once the rule was issued, many had unsightly faces!
Qin Yu still inspected his cave, but he didn’t dwell on it too much and
sat down. He already had a rough idea of what he was going to make.
After carefully identifying the remaining ingredients, he
easily found what he needed for two pills: Hemostatic Pill and Antidote Pill.
These pills were slightly more difficult when compared with the
Spirit Increasing Pill, but they posed no problem with Qin Yu's method. Yet
soon after, his brows furrowed.
For the third pill type, Qin Yu chose the Small Recovering Pill—a
pill that replenished one’s energy. But he was missing one ingredient, the Blue
Branch Sprout. Of course he had Blue Branch Sprout, but the three of them were
fake. Or maybe because of the way they were cultivated, they were lacking as
Qin Yu shook his head, compelled to change it. A few breaths later,
his face gradually hardened.
Not enough ingredients!
Based on the remaining ingredients, the Hemostatic Pill, Antidote Pill,
and the Small Recovering Pill were the only ones fitting the requirement.
No matter how he changed it, there were no other suitable pills that could be
This was definitely a coincidence because three of the ingredients
used for Spirit Increasing Pill went along with the others to make many types
of pills. It can only be said that Qin Yu's luck wasn’t good since
his first choice was the Spirit Increasing Pill.
He frowned, 'Will I actually fail because of this?'
Bellow the Alchemy Mountain, a sloppy Daoist rushed over, making each
Ancient Immortal Valley disciple he passed bow to him.
The audience was amazed.
"He is Ancient Immortal Valley's Daoist Wang!" a
cultivator cried lowly, reverence on his face, "He does not have any position
in the Ancient Immortal Valley, yet his status is above that of an elder.
Rumor has it, that because he can’t break through to Nascent Soul, his refining
skill doesn’t improve. But even so, people are still willing to wait in line
for his pills."
Zhao Xin frowned, "Why did you come?"
Daoist Wang waved his hand, "To enjoy the show."
Zhao Xin's eyes were cold, "The Alchemy Gathering has another
purpose, so don't intervene!"
Daoist Wang grinned, "Lighten up will you, you don’t scare me.
Since when did it start? I didn’t miss the show, did I ?"
Many disciples wanted to laugh at Elder Zhao's deflated face but
didn’t dare. When they heard him, one of them cupped his hands, "Reporting
to Senior Uncle, not even fifteen minutes passed."
Daoist Wang showed a happy smile, "How fortunate it’s not too
Zhao Xin coldly stated, "Just what are you trying to do? I warn
Daoist Wang cut him off, "Alright, I played a small trick when
I prepared the ingredients. Don’t glare at me, I guarantee this won’t affect
the fairness of the Alchemy Gathering. Just that the little guys who chose the
ingredients I arranged, might be put to a small challenge."
Zhao Xin snorted, keeping silence.
Daoist Wang waved his hand, and a chair was immediately brought—along
with tea and refreshments. The one attending to him was called Zhou Dao.
As he drank tea and grabbed a bite, Daoist Wang narrowed his eyes in
satisfaction, " This little is not enough to move me, so don’t waste your
energy little bastards!"
"Senior Uncle, disciple has no other meaning than
fulfilling my filial duty."
"Yes, Senior Uncle doesn’t have a personal disciple, but we—as
followers—have to fulfill our filial duty."
"Does Senior Uncle lacks anything? Disciple will fan
Zhao Xin snorted, making the flattering disciples hurriedly retreat
with dejected faces.
Daoist Wang went on eating and drinking without a care in the world.
Zhao Xin lowered his voice, "You're getting old in years and
still haven't taken on a disciple. Are you perhaps planning to take your refining
skill to your grave?"
Daoist Wang shook his head, "It's not that I didn’t search, but
that none of them were worthy. Just how much a mediocre idiot can accomplish
with my teachings? So I might as well not waste my energy."
Zhao Xin sneered, "Out of the hundreds Ancient Immortal Valley
outstanding disciples, not one caught your eye?"
Daoist Wang pointed, "Stop the endless nagging. I heard it so
many times that my ears are swollen. I personally arranged a challenge for today.
If a junior can overcome it, he will catch my attention and might even become
Zhao Xin was solemn, "Are these words true?"
Daoist Wang became impatient, "I don’t get anything from lying
to you, just watch and you’ll see." He turned around and beckoned a
disciple over, giving him some instruction. The disciple's face was puzzled,
but a slap on the head scared him witless.
An hour later, a Foundation Establishment young Alchemist stepped out
of a cave, annoyed, "How can I make pills when there are not enough
Two Ancient Immortal Valley disciples in the surroundings came over,
"Are you certain there aren’t enough ingredients?"
The young Alchemist shrank his head back, "Yes..."
Before he could finish, he was grabbed.
"What are you doing, I still need to refine pills! The
ingredients you prepared weren’t enough, so now you want me to abandon
this test?" the young Alchemist began to struggle.
The crowd was a bit restless. No dared to speak up, but their looks changed.
Zhao Xin gave a low shout, "Just what are you doing?"
Daoist Wang waved his hand, "Why so anxious, I will explain
when this is over. Shut him up first, and bring here everyone else who says there
aren’t enough ingredients. "
Several disciples went to fulfill his order.
The crowd gradually settled. They found out that the Ancient
Immortal Valley had a deeper meaning behind their actions, stirring their
Time slowly passes and soon, two more Alchemists were brought from
the Alchemy Mountain. They all had the same situation—not enough ingredients—and
one of them was even a Golden Core Alchemist. He had a proud bearing and easily
angered by the Ancient Immortal Valley's conduct.
"Is this how the so-called Alchemy Gathering is run? You want to
eliminate me from not having enough ingredients? What a joke!" The Golden
Core Alchemist laughed out of anger.
His status wasn't ordinary—so of course—he wouldn't take it lying
down. The Ancient Immortal Valley cultivators had gloomy faces at his words.
Zhao Xin expression was frosty as he sipped tea.
Daoist Wang's mouth turned into a grin. Seeing the throbbing veins
in his clenched hands, he knew he was pissed. So he had no choice but to say,
"Shut up! You're called Zhang Yucheng, right? It’s so fortunate to be
slightly known as an Alchemist with just this bit of skill, but you better hurry
home if you don’t want to be disgraced. Can’t accept it? Then behave
yourself and wait and will make you accept it soon enough."
Zhao Xin put the teacup down, "Fellow Daoist Zhang, calm down. These
actions aren’t without reason."
Zhang Yucheng's entire face burns red hot but still didn’t dare to go
on. He waved his hand and moved to the side, wanting to hear just what kind of explanation
would the valley give.
Two hours, one hour...
Some people already finished refining as they flew happily out of
the Alchemy Mountain. They faked calm in the eyes of the crowd, yet felt proud inside
of their achievements, ‘One spot is definitely mine!’
The four behind Daoist Wang—Zhang Yucheng included— all renounced
from the lack of ingredients. They all had indignant faces, but no one spoke up
and waited for Ancient Immortal Valley's explanation.
Senior Zhang Yucheng even said that the ingredients were
insufficient. That the Ancient Immortal Valley didn’t make proper preparation,
that they were using this to force them to renounce the competition. Wonder
what faces they’d have later?
Hmph, even if Ancient Immortal Valley's power was tremendous, they
still needed justification!
Another young Alchemist was brought in and he cupped his hands,
"Paying respects to Clan Uncle and Senior Uncle Wang."
Zhao Xin's face was gloomy, "Zhao Yu, you also didn’t have
Zhao Yu forced a smile, "Replying to Clan Uncle, disciple
thought and thought, but still couldn’t find a solution and was forced to
Daoist Wang shook his head, "Didn’t think you will also fail,
kid. Seems I was expecting a bit too much from these juniors. How dull."
Zhao Yu was baffled.
Daoist Wang said, "Move to the side and await my
Zhao Xin frowned, "How many ingredients have you
Daoist Wang sticks up three fingers, "Thirty."
Zhao Xin’s frown deepened, "Too few! How could you possibly
find a worthy disciple like this?"
Daoist Wang smiled, "Everything is connected by fate. But if the
chosen disciple is fated to me or not, wouldn't matter either."
Once these four hours passed, all Alchemists were requested to leave
the Alchemy Mountain, or fail the test.
Qi Jiao searched carefully many times but didn’t find Qin Yu.
Did he lose? She was happy since he wouldn’t get near the Radiant Scarlet Tree
if he lost and might renounce his plan.
Yet unknowingly, she was also disappointed. How could a young girl
believe such an outstanding man would lose?
Then, a black-robed figure rushed out from the Alchemy Mountain, slightly
pale and somewhat distressed. He landed at the end of the evaluation line, under
the dissatisfied eyes of other Ancient Immortal Valley participants.
Qi Jiao's eyes went wide!
Qin Yu relaxed his breath as he wiped the sweat from his forehead. He
arrived in the nick of time.
There was no need to mention Ancient Immortal Valley pill refining
skills, as they were in charge of the Alchemy Gathering. Even more so when the
fastest ones were their own cultivators. The ones before Qin Yu were taken care
of in a short while, as each had his identification evaluated accurately. The
crowd once again bared witness to the Alchemy skill of the Ancient
Immortal Valley, drawing many looks of admiration.
The last one.
The Alchemist from the Ancient Immortal Valley had his enthusiasm
waning, not understanding one bit why the elders would want to hold this
gathering. Were these outsiders worthy enough to call themselves Alchemists with
these meager skills? They were tarnishing this noble title.
Sweeping his eyes on the 4th layer of Foundation Establishment
cultivator, his last thread of expectation vanished. Zhao Wu said
indifferently, "What pills did you make?"
Qin Yu cupped his hands, "Foundation Establishment ranked Hemostatic
Pill, Antidote Pill and Small Recovering Pill."
Zhao Wu was amazed. He appraised several dozens of pills, but this was
the first time he met a Small Recovering Pill. Though these three pills weren't
be considered difficult, he didn't give them too much thought. He took out one
pill at a time, inspected them, smelled them, and frowned.
The Hemostatic Pill and the Antidote Pill were of normal quality,
but the Small Recovering Pill was barely acceptable, hardly considered
finished. This pill would be considered a failure in the Ancient
Immortal Valley, but this Alchemy Gathering was quite important. If it was a
failure then the second test would also be failed. Zhao Wu hesitated, but
still said, "Hemostatic Pill and Antidote Pill are average, while Small
Recovering Pill is poor."
Even though it was poor, it was passable at least.
Ancient Immortal Valley disciple wrote it down, and it soon arrived
in the hands of Daoist Wang.
Qin Yu cupped his hands in thanks, then left with the qualification
to participate in the third test.
He barely took several steps, when Daoist Wang's voice boomed,
"Who refined the Small Recovering Pill? Bring him over at
Zhao Wu was a faithful admirer of Daoist Wang. Towards this
Alchemist, who does not belong to his clan, he held a great amount of respect. His
heart jumped when he heard this, thinking something was wrong, "Stop
In an instant, several Ancient Immortal Valley cultivators had Qin
Among the crowd, Qi Jiao let out a low cry as her hands were held
tightly together, "Senior sister, senior sister, what's going on?"
Senior sister placated her, "Don't worry, it must be a
misunderstanding." While she doesn’t believe her words at all.
Qin Yu's heart took precautions, while his face showed confusion,
Zhao Wu waved his hand, "Bring him over!"
Yet before they could act, Daoist Wang rushed over impatiently,
constantly sizing Qin Yu from top to bottom, "Did you refined the Small
The peak of Golden Core!
Qin Yu's mind shivered a bit, then cupped his hands, "It is
indeed made by junior."
Daoist Wang's face was weird. He muttered a few words—seemingly
disappointed—then turned around and chided, "Who appraised it? Are you so
useless that you cannot see evens such a small issue? That he used his own ingredients?"
Zhao Wu was embarrassed, "Reporting to Senior Uncle Wang, this
person's appraisal was done by me, but... but disciple
truly didn't find any issues."
Daoist Wang cursed loudly, "Useless! Trash! How could he refine
the Small Recovering Pill with this kid's cultivation? This went by you
completely. Go into your cave later and dig through books, and don't come out!
What a disgrace! "
Zhao Wu was on the verge of crying. In the end, he was still a
youngster of the Ancient Immortal Valley that had some renown. He didn’t dare to
utter a single word while he was scolded in public and cursed at again and
again by Daoist Wang.
Zhao Xin frowned and coldly said, "Alright, aren't you afraid of
losing your dignity in front of so many people?" He coldly gazed upon Qin
Yu, and waved his hand, "Take him away, any violation must be strictly
The crowd was in an uproar, but they soon despised him. He clearly
witnessed how yesterday the Ancient Immortal Valley had a way of identifying
its ingredients, but he still dared to break the rules. How reckless!
Tch, Ancient Immortal Valley's punishment was definitely severe. It was
said that the one from yesterday had to be carried on a stretcher!
Qi Jiao's face was deathly white, "What do we do, senior
Senior sister smiled dejectedly. What could they possibly do at
this time? And why would this Qin Yu do such a dumb thing!
Qin Yu watched the approaching Ancient Immortal Valley disciples,
and frowned, "You haven’t even checked this junior's pill, senior, and
just decided I used my own ingredients!? Isn't it going overboard?"
Daoist Wang was unfazed, "This paper is the best proof,
still not convinced?"
Qin Yu nods, "Yes."
Daoist Wang laughed from anger.
Zhao Xin coldly said, "Bring his pill. The Ancient Immortal
Valley's conduct is always open and upright. I will make you accept it."
Zhao Wu ran over, "Clan Uncle, Senior Uncle Wang, here is the
Daoist Wang faced the sky, disdaining from gazing upon it.
Zhao Xin flashed with helplessness. He took out the pills and had his
face frozen soon after. Based on Zhao Xin cultivation and eyesight, he easily
identified the Hemostatic Pill and Antidote Pill of being average and in the
norm. While the Small Recovering Pill was somewhat lacking, but still
After he sank into silence, he later spoke with a dark face,
"Daoist Wang, you tell me. Where's the issue with this pill?"
Zhao Wu wanted to cry. ‘Clan Uncle doesn’t see it either, I am
Daoist Wang sneered, "You actually can’t see such a simple
matter,. Zhao Xin, you haven’t cultivated till your brain turned to stone, have
you?" He grabbed the pill in anger, "Look, just where does it look
like this Small Recovering Pill 's ingredients are mi-... "
He instantly jolted to a stop.
Daoist Wang stared wide-eyed as if he saw a ghost in broad daylight,
"How can this be, just how..."
All Ancient Immortal Valley disciples paled, then withdrew with
Zhao Xin's face was so dark and gloomy that it was about to leak
water. When had the Ancient Immortal Valley ever lost face to such an extent in
public? ‘If he can’t turn this around, he is guaranteed that Daoist Wang will
finally experience the methods of the Disciplinary Hall!’
Daoist Wang was ecstatic—so moved—that he grabbed on Qin Yu,
"Kid, how did you refine this Small Recovering Pill?"
The quality of the pill wasn’t high and was classified as a pill
consumed by Foundation Establishment cultivators. Everyone looked at each other
in dismay, not knowing if this great senior of the Ancient Immortal Valley has
gone off his rocker, showing too much excitement.’ Is he perhaps trying to get
out of this embarrassing situation? Please don’t insult our intelligence,
Qin Yu struggled to free himself but was still held tightly. With no
choice, he said, "The ingredients junior used were three Blue Branch
Sprout. One damaged and the others were lacking as standard ingredients. But
junior's luck was really bad, of all the ingredients, I could only make
Hemostatic Pill, Antidote Pill, and the Small Recovering Pill, as no other
choice was a viable solution. I just had to force myself through it. The Blue
Branch Sprout that was damaged still had medicinal value and used it together
with the weak ones to barely refine this Small Recovering Pill. "
Daoist Wang's face flushed, with shining eyes like he saw a
treasure. He laughed hard, "Kid, you will be my disciple. I will do
everything I can to teach you, and turn you into one of this
generation's greatest Alchemist!"
This time, not only the crowd was endlessly shocked, but also the
disciples who had their entire eyes turn red.
But the crucial point was why?
Zhao Xin's face was delighted, "Congratulations Brother Wang!
But you still owe them an explanation."
Daoist Wang shot a glance at the people he brought from the Alchemy
Mountain and laughed coldly, "My apprentice already explained. The
ingredients you have chosen were carefully prepared by me. After refining the
Spirit Increasing Pill, the rest of the ingredients could only be used to
refine Hemostatic Pill, Antidote Pill and Small Recovering Pill. Each of you
had three Blue Branch Sprout, one half-damaged and two of inferior quality. When
my apprentice—only at the 4th level of Foundation Establishment—was still able
to refine them, what could you possibly say to that??"
Zhang Yucheng's face was ugly as he left with clenched teeth.
The rest of them also disappeared, downcast.
Daoist Wang turned his head as his face immediately bloomed like a
beautiful chrysanthemum, "Good apprentice, come walk with your
Qin Yu felt awkward.
Zhao Xin frowned, "What! You aren’t willing?"
Qin Yu cupped his hands, "Not at all, but junior already has a
Master. I don’t dare to cast him aside."
Daoist Wang blanked. Who would have thought that the disciple he
found was already taken? He couldn’t contain his anger, "Damn it! Who's
the wicked bastard that was faster than me. This is outrageous!"
The crowd, Ancient Immortal Valley disciples and Zhao Xin, all had
black lines on their faces. ‘Your words are even more outrageous!’
Daoist Wang was angry, "What's your name?"
"Junior Qin Yu."
"Good. Listen to me well Qin Yu, the path of Alchemy is
boundless and deep as the sea. A good master is needed to guide you and reach
new heights. I might not be an elder in the Ancient Immortal Valley, but
if I wish, I could be immediately ranked in the top ten. All of the benefits
this status brings will be used to nurture you. As for my refining skill, whoever
your Master is, he can't even compare. Make your choice, if you want or not to
take me as your Master."
All eyes were now on Qin Yu, filled with admiration and envy. ‘Such
a good opportunity. Quickly agree!’ The disciples from the Ancient
Immortal Valley who attended to senior shed two rows of silent tears. Even if
they wanted to speak, they were choking on emotions.
Qin Yu was silent for a long time, then cupped his hands, "Many
thanks for senior’s care, but junior doesn’t dare receive it."
If eyes could kill, Qin Yu would have been cut thousands of times by
the Ancient Immortal Valley disciples. They glared angrily at Qin Yu and
straightened their back at the same time. ‘Senior Uncle Wang looks at me, look
at me, please! Disciple is here! With a simple nod, I will
immediately come pay respects. As for this ungrateful bastard, the farther he was
the better. Or the rage of the Ancient Immortal Valley disciples would never
Daoist Wang coughed, and struck a killing blow, "Qin Yu, as
long as you take me as your Master, there will be no need to participate in the
rest of the competition. You will be one of ten allowed to cultivate before
the Radiant Scarlet Tree."
Qin Yu was tempted, but if he really accepted, he would definitely
be exposed. Seeing him silent, Zhao Xin said in a deep voice,
"You must not hesitate. As an elder, I can attest to this promise."
The ones who passed the second test had their hearts filled with
curses and slander, yet they didn’t dare show it on their faces. Radiant
Scarlet Tree belonged to the Ancient Immortal Valley. Others needed to
qualify, so why would you—juniors with backing—complain? And who could have
seen it coming, that Daoist Wang was actually nervous to this extent? If
he were to stand out any more, he would be embarrassed to death!
Qin Yu coughed.
Daoist Wang had a gloomy look, "Think well, kid. I can’t keep
giving you chances!"
‘What is this, a threat?’ Everyone felt dizzy. ‘You still need to
act on your status. Why is it that you don’t have any dignity when it comes to
accepting a disciple?!’
Qin Yu cupped his hands, "Junior can't accept."
Daoist Wang was exasperated, stomping, pointing and all the while
cursing at Qin Yu. ‘So pigheaded and unreasonable. His youthful ignorance shows
no limits. For wasting such a talent, he should be hacked to pieces by heavenly
lightning. It’s so sad to watch him destroy his own future. It’s as if
accepting him as an apprentice is a wicked and evil act!’
Qin Yu scratched his nose. He had to admit that even though Daoist
Wang was angry and enraged, he still regarded him favorably.
After a while, Daoist Wang’s gasps stopped and pointed at Qin Yu,
"My door is open for when you change your mind!"
This was a complete reversal.
Ancient Immortal Valley disciples were crying, ‘How can a man of
your status disregard all integrity?!’
‘’Look at us, look!
Watching his old friend leaving, Zhao Xin found that his walk was unsteady,
then his face grew colder, "Qin Yu, don’t come to regret today's
He then stormed off in a huff.
Among the countless shocked, confused and sneering expressions, Qin
Yu left with a forced smile. Qi Jiao wanted to chase him and speak to
him but was held tightly by senior sister.
The third day of the Alchemy Gathering.
When Qin Yu arrived at the Alchemy Mountain, an Ancient Immortal
Valley disciple informed him that he wasn’t required to participate today. Once
the competition was over, he—along with the first nine—would be taken to
cultivate before the Radiant Scarlet Tree for a month.
Once done, the disciple gave him the cold eye, snorted and left, no
longer concerned with Qin Yu. If voting took place for who was the current
most unwelcome participant, Qin Yu would win it, hands down. Luckily, he became
immune to these looks from seeing them so many times along the way.
This must have been the intention of Daoist Wang, being fond of
talent. But whether it was because of the Radiant Scarlet Tree, or the Little
Blue Lamp that no one knew about, he could only refuse. Thus, his heart was
Shaking his head, Qin Yu stepped aside, already content and carefree
for not needing to participate. But not for long, since Daoist Wang soon
arrived, snorting arrogantly and not sparing him a glance.
Can you not be happy, and don't stand so near. Even if I pretended,
it was still hard to fake that I didn't see you.
Qin Yu scratched his nose, then cupped his hands, "Greetings
senior Wang, thank you for your care!"
Daoist Wang laughed coldly, "Your direct advancement has
nothing to do with me. You're thanking the wrong person."
Qin Yu was stumped. I haven’t said anything about it, was this a
Daoist Wang thought to himself that Qin Yu's enthusiasm was
dampened, improving his mood. Thus, he drew his attention towards the third
day's test and no longer paid Qin Yu any mind.
The third day of the Alchemy Gathering was still being held on the
Alchemy Mountain. But there was a sudden change in rules, refining was to be
done on its surface.
The nine who refined the most precious and best quality pill were the
Qin Yu's back was covered in cold sweat. Good thing he didn’t join or—based
on the fierce competition— it would have been obvious whether or not he would qualify.
In the end, this competition involved Southern Nation and Northern Dynasty's
younger generation Alchemists. With more than ten percent being hidden talents.
Truth be told, Qin Yu’s cold sweat wasn’t for nothing, as many
participants in this third test—eighty-four—had a skill they were counting on.
Today there would be no holding back. The pills refined from using all of their
power and skill were bound to be incredible and exquisite.
Daoist Wang grins, "The fourth kid on the front-right ain’t
bad, he must be a junior from the Northern Dynasty's Drifting River Sect. He is
refining the Foundation Establishment ranked Soul Shrouding Pill, allowing the
user's soul to have a shield form around it. Its quality is quite high too, and
able to resist a strike from a Golden Core's Divine Sense."
Daoist Wang kept grinning, "That eighth girl on
the center-left is refining a Nine Revolving Golden Pill. Its effect is
not as formidable as its name, but disputed to be one of the best among the
Foundation Establishment ranked pills. Her skill is rarely seen and it seems
she is almost done refining. If this continues, one spot will be hers."
Daoist Wang is still grinning, "The top guy in the back-right
is enveloped in a dark and gloomy aura. Don’t know where he comes from,
but his refining skill is incredibly high. The pill he is refining right now
should be the early Golden Core ranked, Insane Poison Pill. Hmph, he’s not
bad for refining a Golden Core ranked pill at Foundation Establishment realm."
His gin wasn’t disdainful—but relaxed—pointing out outstanding Alchemists
and crucial points. It was unknown for whom he was speaking, but Qin Yu heard
it perfectly, feeling as if he was taking advantage of him. How amusing, but
Daoist Wang's level in Alchemy was extremely high!
Qin Yu saw a familiar person, the one Daoist Wang pointed as having
a dark and gloomy aura. He was the one who yelled five hundred spirit stones when
Qi Jiao sold him the sword sheath. Qin Yu didn’t expect him to be a formidable
Alchemist. Looking carefully, he found his refining skill strange, but he couldn't
say where. One thing was certain though, he was definitely not a good person.
After two hours, the Alchemy Gathering ended. Daoist Wang didn’t say
per se, but the people he commented on were all among the nine winners. They
revealed their talents and stood out from among several hundred people. They
were quite outstanding and had more pride than usual. They might not say much to
Qin Yu—who used a back-door—but their eyes did the talking for them,
conveying arrogance and contempt.
Zhao Xin was solemn, as he spoke in a heavy voice, "Alchemy
Gathering has now ended. There will be someone guiding you to the location of
the Radiant Scarlet Tree shortly. Let me remind you, don’t get any ideas and
take no chances, or you’ll be buried among corpses!"
The ten people's eyes flashed, eager to go! The ancient Radiant
Scarlet Tree created a Domain from the spiritual energy of heaven and earth, where
a day was equal to a month of cultivating outside.
Countless people looked on with envy and admiration. If there was
anything wrong about this view, it had to do with a certain black-robed guy. An
average guy who used his dogshit luck to pass the first test suddenly
has a spot. Truly ridiculous.
"Ancient Immortal Valley was somewhat unfair in today's
"Even if you say that all of this was provided by Ancient
Immortal Valley. So even if they reserved a spot it was still acceptable."
"For precisely this reason is the situation so peaceful, or how
could the participants agree to it?"
"This Qin Yu kid is so damn lucky!"
The discussion was heating up, not loud, but enough to be clearly
heard by the cultivators' ears.
Many of the nine winners looked with increased coldness and
Qin Yu lowered his head, appearing oblivious. Since he obtained real
benefits, there was no need to provoke the crowd.
Two Golden Core cultivators flew over, exchanging greetings with
Zhao Xin. They seemed to have a grudge with Daoist Wang and ignored him.
The two of them were about to leave.
The sky rumbled suddenly, as clouds gathered and turned it darker. A
pitch-black and enormous arm came crashing down, with the demonic energy on its
black scales surging wildly.
The two Golden Cores in midair had their cold and arrogant
expressions vanish as they let out a miserable cry and sent flying like a kite without
The ground quaked as seven pillars of light charged at the sky,
forming the Big Dipper. Then a golden colored Eight Trigrams appeared, meeting
the pitch-black enormous arm. A staggering thundering sound ruptured the sky,
making many cultivators groaned and paled, while the weaker ones had blood
flowing out of their mouth and nose.
Three figures appeared with a whoosh high in the sky, flooding it
with demonic energy. All of their auras were domineering, shaking the people's
Nascent Soul demonic cultivator, and three of them!
"You've overstepped your bounds Ancient Immortal Valley, to
dare stop my Demonic Faction's might. Today, your blood will flow over a
thousand miles as not even a dog will be spared!"
Supported by his powerful cultivation, the words came crashing down
on the Ancient Immortal Valley.
The three Demonic Faction's Nascent Souls lifted their arm and
pushed down at the same time.
The pitch-black enormous arm exploded with power, shaking the golden
colored Eight Trigrams. Cracks began to appear one by one, close to collapsing.
"Hmph, since when was Ancient Immortal Valley a place where you
can do what you like!" A silver-haired old man showed himself, his clothes
fluttering from the intense power. He was the one who stopped the Blue Winged
Ants that day.
He began making hand gestures, and a flying sword pierced the sky, then
landed in his palm. He raised a finger at the heavens.
Sounds could be heard as the sword cut through the sky!
Innumerable sword images appeared—thousands, tens of thousands—whistling
all over like a river.
The golden colored Eight Trigrams broke apart and the pitch-black
enormous arm pressed on, only to be met with the incoming sword images. The
swords attacked from all directions and halted its movement.
The three Nascent Souls shouted, increasing the demonic energy of
the enormous arm. With the added power, it swept away countless sword.
The silver-haired old man's eyes shined, "I will make you bear
witness to the Ancient Immortal Valley's legacy. Great Elements Sword
In the sky, the sea of sword images moved unhindered as their cries increased.
They lit up with white, blue, black, crimson and yellow colors while absorbing
endless amounts of spiritual energy and taking shape of a gigantic spinning
The five colored light engulfed the pitch-black enormous hand and made
quick work of it, then crumbled with a bang.
A Nascent Soul demonic cultivator roared in pain as an arm dropped,
releasing a rain of blood throughout the entire sky.
"Ancient Immortal Valley! This hatred will be
Demonic energy erupted and crushed the five colored ring then
The silver-haired old man snorted, then released the flying sword
from his hand, sending it away along with the five-colored light.
Then the silver-haired old man vanished with a rustle.
A Nascent Soul level fight was brought to a close in mere moments.
Daoist Wang's fists were clenched as his eyes were moved but sad
nonetheless. Nascent Soul, this was the Nascent Soul realm. Such a
Zhao Xin patted his old friend on the shoulder, then stepped forward
and spoke in a deep voice, "Alright, the demons were repelled by the senior
from the valley. There is no need to worry."
He waved his hand and Ancient Immortal Valley disciples immediately
rushed out to restore order and help the wounded.
The arrogant winners stood before the Alchemy Mountain with grave
expressions. The Nascent Soul fight was very short but it let them
understand what it meant to be powerful along with the huge gap between them.
This was not the first time Qin Yu witnessed a Nascent Soul's might.
When he used Drifting Arms' self-destruction and the Blood Escaping Technique
to flee couldn’t be considered a fight. The slightest touch from today's display
was enough to give him a gruesome death.
Just when would he reach this realm?
With a deep breath, Qin Yu's eyes showed conviction. Cultivation had
to be done step by step, as rushing things would offer no help. With the Little
Blue Lamp—as long as he was careful and cultivated hard—he would definitely
enter the difficult Nascent Soul realm.
He didn’t realize it, but after this event, Qin Yu's will became
stronger, tougher, and at the same time, calmer.
The wounds of the two Golden Core who suffered from the explosive
aura of the Demonic Faction's Nascent Souls weren’t light as they were already
sent for treatment. The Ancient Immortal Valley words were true. When they said
they would send them to the Radiant Scarlet Tree, then even the three Nascent
Soul’s invasion couldn’t change this.
A new guide arrived shortly that took Qin Yu and the rest flying
towards the Ancient Immortal Valley’s core area, the inner valley.
This made them scared and unsettled but soon calmed down. To the
point of reaching extreme calmness.
The Ancient Immortal Valley's defensive formation was very powerful,
as proven by the Great Elements Sword Formation. Even if the one guiding them had
a jade slip, they still feld the chillness raising their hairs on end as they
pass through certain areas.
The group soon landed and began walking, since the valley wasn’t much
further. Mist filled the air, preventing them from seeing the surroundings.
With their entry, the mist churned and let out faint rumbling sounds.
The guide solemnly warned, "Follow me closely, watch your step,
and make sure not to walk astray, or trouble will follow."
It wasn’t needed since they were all cautious. They might not know
what was inside the mist, but any one of them wanted to go and see.
Moments later, the guide relaxed once the mist region was crossed,
A narrow entrance laid before them that went through the mountains. It was so steep
that it seemed to be made with a sword’s slash. The black and blue stones on
the walls were exposed to their eyes as they shone like metals. There was an
old stele outside the entrance—more than a zhang tall— and said:
restricted area, no entry without approval.
The fact that there were no guards, showed how confident the Ancient
Immortal Valley was regarding its defense. The guide walked a few steps and carefully
took out a jade badge. It shined then flew out of his hands and inside
the mountain crossing.
Out of nowhere, a ripple appeared—soft and tranquil as a lake’s surface—but
Qin Yu's mind suddenly went cold, rooting him in place. If he touched this
ripple accidently, nothing would remain of him, not even his soul.
An Alchemist's Divine Sense was stronger than that of a normal
cultivator. The other nine people beside him also turned stiff. Wait, except for
one. IT was the mysterious cultivator who was shrouded in the dark and gloomy
aura. He was calm, even calmer than before.
The ripple left and was followed by the guide’s words, "The
Radiant Scarlet Tree is in the center of the valley. Remember to not use your
power without approval!"
He was the first to enter and Qin Yu the last. It suddenly opened up
after a dozen meters and revealed a five-six li valley. But no one paid
the surroundings any heed, as they were all staring at the ancient tree
supporting the heavens in the center of the valley.
It was close to a hundred zhang in height and needed
seven-eight people to surround it. Its exposed roots were similar to
hands, grasping the soil firmly. The crown covered almost half of the valley.
Scarlet light came out of the trunk, branches and leaves then landed on every
inch of the valley—bright and dazzling—as it was eternal flame from ancient
times. The dark red fruits hanging on the branches became increasingly
The ancient, rich and ever-changing aura birthed an instinctual
reverence in their hearts.
Radiant Scarlet Tree!
This was the Radiant Scarlet Tree!
The guide showed admiration along with, "You need to grasp this
rare chance and not miss it."
A raging aura exploded—as a figure flew out of the group—and in a
short time a red-black crow like-locust charged at the Radiant Scarlet Tree.
It was that guy!
Qin Yu was startled.
The guide's face grew heavy but soon laughed coldly. He didn’t need
to stop him even if he charged at the tree.
The sound of wings buzzing was heard as, one by
one, insects began to fly from the Radiant Scarlet Tree. The scarlet
light hid them before, but they were actually the Blue Winged Ants who devoured
those three Golden Cores!
They were raging from being disturbed, and flew straight at the
black crow, to tear him to pieces. That person was frowning while shouting. His
body ignited into a bloody light, and avoided the ants with his explosive
speed, then reached the Radiant Scarlet Tree
A frightening energy wave erupted, creating a loud sound. This
cultivator was so outrageous he actually self-destructed! The trunk of the
Radiant Scarlet Tree swayed slightly, as the scarlet light came out in waves,
dissipating the attack. Not even the self-destruction of a Golden Core could
The guide's face changed as the Blue Winged Ants returned to the
tree, "You have one month, then leave. If you overstay, you will be
attacked by the Blue Winged Ants. The result will be obvious to everyone."
He quickly left once he finished. This attack on the Radiant Scarlet
Tree wasn't normal, and he had to report it to his seniors.
The valley was covered in silence, as they could still feel some
fear when gazing upon the Radiant Scarlet Tree. One of them just died without a
corpse, and it might have been out of ill will, but they were still shocked by
it. Of course, it was all from fear of the Blue Winged Ants, none daring to
Their scalp went numb when thinking of being right below these vicious
ancient spiritual insects.
"There’s no need to worry everyone, as the Ancient Immortal
Valley already made preparations." The Drifting River Sect's Wang Zifeng
spoke. His charming and smart manner—uncommon—earned hit the third place from
refining the Soul Shrouding Pill.
"That's right, a month will pass very quickly. With everyone reaching
this place, it would be a pity to not make the most of it."
Among the nine, the Golden Cores Alchemists exchanged glances and
walked forward, each taking a wide area under the Radiant Scarlet Tree. As
Golden Core cultivators, they wouldn’t lower themselves and stay with these
Wang Zifeng, "Junior sister Xue Qing, how about we go there
Yun Xueqing shook her head, "Many thanks senior brother
for his kind intentions, but I will cultivate by myself." This girl was
the one to refine the Nine Revolving Golden Pill, ranked seventh. Although
ranked near the end, she was a refined beauty, standing out the most.
Wang Zifeng's smile never faltered, "Alright, please be the
first to choose, junior sister." His eyes swept behind and on a much colder
tone, "Everyone, the two seniors have already chosen, and so did junior
sister Yun. How about the rest of us chose according to ranking? Of course, a
certain someone will be last."
"Alright, just as brother Wang said."
Wang Zifeng smirked disdainfully, incredibly displeased by Qin Yu
for using a back-door. And even more so for declining Daoist Wang’s
Yun Xueqing gazed upon Qin Yu, curtsying, "Xue Qing is
thankful for fellow Daoists stepping down." And glided towards the Radiant
Wang Zifeng was not far behind, soon followed by the other five—each
with their own choice—taking most of the good spots bellow the Radiant Scarlet
A certain someone silently sought a corner, where he closed his eyes
and began cultivating. As for anger, rage and the like, sorry but he was not in
Qin Yu closed his eyes and entered cultivation. By operating the
cultivation method—his pores opened—and absorbed the spiritual energy of heaven
This was the first time he felt—based on his talent—relaxed and calmed
as he absorbed spiritual energy at such speed. Of course, this high speed was
In The Ancient Immortal Valley, the core area.
Two figures faced each other in the Main Hall. The mist surrounding
them moved with each breath, mystical.
"A disciple just reported that a Golden Core infiltrated the
Ancient Immortal Valley and self-destructed in front of the Radiant Scarlet
Tree." The one on the left spoke gravely, pausing briefly, "Moreover,
this matter seems strange, the
one in which fellow Daoist Jiang Li used the Great Elements Sword Formation to chase
away the three Demonic Faction's monsters. They seem to have had a long
The old man sitting across had a dark red dot between his eyebrows
as if the blood was lingering with killing intent, "The Ancient Immortal
Valley has held on for over a millennia, so how can it be afraid of some puny
demons? Send the order to tighten the guard, and act accordingly. I want to see
what scheme did the scoundrels from demonic sects cooked up!"
The one on the left thought a bit, then nodded, "That is best for
A low rumbling sound persisted, as nine whirlpools
of spiritual energy formed beneath the Radiant Scarlet Tree, with the ones
above the two Golden Core Alchemists being the largest. But their speed was a
stark contrast to the absorption speed of Wang Zifeng, Yun Xueqing and another
male who was the fastest. The last three were not far behind, but they were impressive
Yet Qin Yu's whirlpool was rather shabby, barely formed
and incomparable to the others. Everyone could see this from the corner of
their eyes, as contempt rose in their hearts. ‘As expected of
a back-door user. Just what did Daoist Wang saw in him?’
One's affairs were best known by himself and Qin Yu had long ago
lost hope regarding his talent. He felt a bit helpless at this but soon calmed
down. He sensed their eyes, yet ignored them. A month later—if all went
according to plan—he would have a root of the Radiant Scarlet Tree. And
with Little Blue Lamp's help, it would soon grow into a fully-fledged Radiant
At that time, there would be no shortage of Radiant Scarlet Fruit.
Today he would sleep under the tree and tomorrow above it. How could this
possibly compare to you guys?
Time passes quietly. In the Domain created by the Radiant Scarlet
Tree, people were bound to break through—thanks to the outstanding speed in cultivation.
Even the Golden Core cultivators advanced a layer. While everyone was deeply
immersed and unwilling to stop, on the branches of the Radiant
Scarlet Tree countless compound eyes were seen as the buzzing of
wings spreads throughout the valley.
The two Golden Core Alchemists opened their eyes in anger but was soaking
wet from fright, as eyes stared unwaveringly at them. They found—with great
disappointment—that a month has passed.
"It's been a month already?!"
"How time flies!"
"It would be great if I can continue cultivating like
They all get up one by one while sighing in regret, knowing from the
behavior of the Blue Winged Ants that they weren't playing around. If they didn’t
leave quickly, there would be nothing left of them.
Wang Zifeng advanced three layers in this month, reaching the peak
of the Foundation Establishment realm. He was satisfied that there was now only
a thin line separating him from the Golden Core realm.
He moved lightly and appeared next to Yun Xueqing, cupping his
hands, "Congratulations, junior sister Xue Qing."
Amazingly, Yun Xueqing also broke through three layers, reaching the
9th layer. With this improvement, even the calm and mild Yun Xueqing showed a
faint smile, "Likewise, senior brother Wang."
Wang Zifeng's smile grew, "My father and the Ancient Immortal
Valley made an agreement that if I enter the top ten, I will be allowed to
cultivate here for half a year and study Alchemy. Junior sister Xue Qing, will
you also stay?"
Yun Xueqing noded, "I will also remain in the Ancient
Immortal Valley for half a year."
Wang Zifeng clapped, "Great, then we could help each other in
A voice came from outside the valley, "The month is over,
quickly come out!"
Wang Zifeng smiled and made a gesture, "Junior sister Xue Qing,
Yun Xueqing noded and when she was about to step forward, she frowned,
Wang Zifeng looked over then sneered, "He definitely heard the
buzzing of the Blue Winged Ants. It’s his choice to remain."
Yun Xueqing pondered then shook her head, "In the end,
we're still acquaintances." She shouted, "Fellow Daoist Qin Yu, a
month has already passed!"
All eyes converged on him.
Qin Yu felt helpless inside. ‘If you don’t go how will I get the chance
to obtain the Radiant Scarlet Tree's root and the Blue Winged Ants?’ But Yun
Xueqing showed earnest concern, so he opened his eyes and smiled in thanks.
Then he closed them again.
Wang Zifeng coldly said, "So ungrateful! Junior sister Xue
Qing, forget about him and let’s leave."
Yun Xueqing also looked at him, nodded repeatedly and walked
towards the exit. She already reminded him, yet Qin Yu didn’t leave. It was his
The two Golden Core Alchemists were leading when they were suddenly
pulled out of the valley as the group left the range of the Radiant Scarlet
Tree. The same person who led them here before swept his eyes and frowned,
"Why is one person missing?"
Wang Zifeng cupped his hands, "Reporting to senior brother Qi,
we reminded him, but Qin Yu still didn’t want to leave, so were forced to leave
Qi Jiang shouted lowly, "It's his funeral!" He made
some hand gestures—wanting to forcefully pull him out—but a buzzing sound was heard
clearly, and even they were able to feel the terrible power.
Qi Jiang sighed as he stopped his hands, "Too late." The
Blue Winged Ants were ruthless and reached their limit for being forcefully
silenced for a month. Now that they regained their freedom, they would
instantly rush at Qin Yu.
The ability of the Radiant Scarlet Tree to increase cultivation
speed had an allure akin to an addiction, especially to those unable to progress
their cultivation. Even the Ancient Immortal Valley had many people—over the
years—that died at the hands of Blue Winged Ants for being unwilling to come
Qi Jiang shook his head, "Let’s go, this place will soon
The group disappeared inside the mist.
Over the past month, most of the ones who lost at the
Alchemy Gathering left, along with their relatives and friends. Losing was
losing, but wouldn’t seeing the gains of the winners made them feel even more downcast?
Thus, the packed Ancient Immortal Valley was slightly less crowded. But even
so, there were still countless cultivators waiting when a group flew out from
the core area.
"It's senior brother Wang Zifeng! Heavens, he reached the peak,
the peak of the Foundation Establishment realm! " A Drifting River
Sect female cultivator gave a piercing cry, adoration written all over her
"Senior sister Yun Xueqing reached the 9th layer of Foundation
Establishment, her aura’s waves are like a lake's ripples. A sign that she
is close to having a breakthrough with our sect's cultivation method. Senior
sister Xue Qing will most likely reach the Golden Core realm in a year! "
"Radiant Scarlet Tree is worthy of being an ancient spiritual
plant, to have such a miraculous effect. They are practically reborn, and even
the two Golden Core seniors have increased auras."
"Sigh, I was so close to entering the top ten, so close to
getting this chance. I can’t accept it, my heart's unwilling to accept
it!" Someone grieved.
"Hmph, close indeed, since you didn’t even pass the first test!"
Another cultivator sneered.
the stunned and admiring female cultivators nearby, had their faces
show contempt at this.
They mocked him again and again out of humiliation, filling the air
with obscenities. If it wasn’t for the Ancient Immortal Valley’s punishment
hanging over their heads, they would have struck already!
Among the ruckus, Qi Jiao had no intention of watching this drama.
Her pale face looked over the incoming group with tightly held hands.
Qin Yu wasn’t here... Did something happen? Was his plan regarding
the Radiant Scarlet Tree discovered by Ancient Immortal Valley?
The group landed, and the guide from the Ancient Immortal Valley gave
a report then left after being told not recklessly share this information.
Wang Zifeng, Yun Xueqing and the rest were drowned by the crowd.
"Ah, someone actually tried to destroy the Radiant Scarlet
Tree and he was even a hidden Golden Core cultivator! Too bad that not even
his self-destruction was enough to affect the Radiant Scarlet Tree.”
"So that’s why only eight returned. Was the other one his
helper, also trying to destroy the Radiant Scarlet Tree?"
"That's actually false!" A Drifting River Sect cultivator
had contempt written all over his face, "The back-door user Qin
Yu couldn’t resist the attraction of the Radiant Scarlet Tree, even though he stayed
there for a month. He must have already been devoured by the Radiant Scarlet
Tree's protector spiritual insects by now!"
"Ah, so that was him. He deserved it. He had no right and still
managed to force his way in. Only to be wasted away!"
Qi Jiao's body shook while her charming face was deathly white.
In the scarlet enveloped valley, the buzzing never stopped. All of
the Blue Winged Ants flew out, gathered together into a sphere. And in the
center of this sphere was the presumed dead Qin Yu.
Each hand held a Great Sun Tree leaf. They released a hazy golden sun-like
glow, as if they were gold!
The Blue Winged Ants had ruthless characters. Qin Yu's brow was
covered in fine sweat, trying his best to restrain his aura and not reveal any
evil intentions. At some point in this confrontation, the ant swarm parted to
reveal a stronger ant, covered in patterns that flew towards him. It gazed
coldly at Qin Yu, and even though it was just an ant, it held unbridled
It was the Ant King!
The Blue Winged Ants were different from other types of ants. There was
no ant queen focused on growing the swarm’s numbers, as the descendants were
born through the union of a male-female pair. The strongest Blue Winged Ant was
considered the swarm's Ant King—holding the greatest power—and all Blue Winged
Ants followed his will.
What's admiring was that the Blue Winged Ants mate for life, and if
their partner died, the other soon followed by sacrificing himself for love.
Even the Ant King wasn't excepted from this.
The Ant King flew in front of Qin Yu, gazing deeply with its
compound eyes, making him feel as if he was transparent. Hesitating slightly,
it landed in Qin Yu's hand and began eating the Great Sun Tree's leaves, not
stopping until it was finished. Then it flew to his other hand and resumed its
After eating the two leaves, the Ant King spread its delicate
wings, shuddering from excitement. It was feeling unprecedented satisfaction
and happiness! Too bad there were only two. He didn’t get to fully enjoy their
taste as they were already gone.
It glanced at Qin Yu, then shook its wings, preparing to fly away. This
dumb human no longer held any value now.
Qin Yu cursed inwardly, but he never showed it. With a flick of his
wrist, another pair of leaves appeared. The Ant King was so happy he never
stopped chewing! ‘Eat, eat, these leaves can be grown.’ The more it ate the
higher were Qin Yu's chances of success!
For a Blue Winged Ant, the aura of the Great Sun Tree leaves was more
addicting than drugs by ten times, even a hundred times. As they watched the
Ant King gorging himself, several strong Blue Winged Ants stood out from
the ant swarm, feeling restless. They were all Ant King's competitors, close to
Ant King in power.
In the end, there was one who couldn’t handle temptation and charged
at the Ant King, fighting over the leaves. Instinct told it that if it ate some
leaves, then there was a high chance of becoming the new Ant King!
Ant King shrieked out of anger and flew to meet it. They were upon
each other in a flash, fighting with savagery.
The and swarm was quiet, overwhelmed with reverence. This was a
fight for the position of king, to change their ruler.
The Ant King crushed the skull of his opponent—then ate it—covered
in it and its rival’s blood. He shrieked as his cruel eyes swept the area and
made the restless competitors lower their heads one by one, submitting—once
again—to their king.
Just then, the blood on the Ant King squirmed suddenly and
appeared like red hot metal as strings of it burrowed inside its
Qin Yu made quick hand gestures and pointed at the Ant King. It
shrieked in pain, looking resentful at Qin Yu.
The shriek caused the ant swarm to go crazy, as many of them charged
over. They need just one breath to completely devour Qin Yu. His face didn’t
change and threw many Great Sun Tree leaves with a wave of his hand.
The charge of the ant swarm had slowed down, as they were compelled by the
leaves’ enticement to frantically eat them.
The cry of the Ant King grew increasingly urgent.
The delayed swarm was once again charging at Qin Yu, but it
was already too late. All of the blood on Ant King's body entered inside as it
shrieked. Its resentfulness and fierceness disappeared from its eyes, now
replace with obedience and fondness.
The Blue Winged Ants—maws gaping—were motionless before Qin Yu. They
gazed doubtfully at this human, unable to come to terms why their king’s aura was
now around him. This made them feel endless reverence and deterred from being arrogant.
Qin Yu let out a long breath as his back had long been soaked in
cold sweat. One step slower and he would have been ant food! Thank god the
information in the Beast Manipulating Art was real. He put his blood
inside the Great Sun Tree leaves the Ant King ate and then mixed it
with its blood to form a Soul Imprint.
Once the Soul Imprint entered—and the blood mixed—the Ant King would
regard him as the closest person, never questioning his orders. Along with
controlling the Ant King, he would also control the ant swarm. This
was Qin Yu's plan from the start.
The Ant King landed in his palm. Its finger-long body was
covered by a hard shell, slightly cold and similar to jade. Qin Yu
laughed, petting it with his finger, as the Ant King let a low cry in
content and twisted around in his palm.
Qin Yu smiled with glee when he was reminded of the day when
thousands upon thousands of Blue Winged Ants took almost no time to kill the
three Golden Cores experts.
He shook his hand, "Go, show me your strength!"
The Ant King shrieked and the Blue Winged Ants flew to it, razing everything
in their path like a dark cloud.
Radiant Scarlet Tree's Domain prevented anyone who wasn’t allowed
entry to approach it. Its hard defense was revealed when it wasn’t even harmed by
the self-detonation of the Golden Core cultivator. But now, Qin Yu has the best
spy, making this spiritual plant completely vulnerable to his ministrations.
Sending his thought across, caused the Ant King to shriek which made
the Blue Winged Ants swarm fly toward the Radiant Scarlet Tree. Then returned
with precious, fiery red and beautiful fruits.
Qin Yu sat down cross-legged and ate the sweet and tasty Radiant
Scarlet Fruit. As it entered his stomach, a fire ignited and spread everywhere,
but he felt no pain. This fire entered his organs and bones—transforming into
pure spiritual energy—then converged in his Dantian.
This effect was far greater when compared with the Little Blue Lamp’s
Qin Yu opened his eyes and smiled happily. Yet he was in no rush to
cultivate and he quickly walked under the Radiant Scarlet Tree. Within the past
month, he had used The Art of Medicine to find the location of the
The Ant King led the ant swarm, pried open the soil and exposed the
thick root. Qin Yu inspected it, 'This is it!'
He waved his hand, and the swarm landed on the root, tearing at
its surface. He was convinced of The Blue Winged Ants’ might as they could even
pierce through a Golden Core's energy shield. But regarding this root, it was
incomparably difficult, proven by the scratching sounds made by the ant
mandibles against the wood.
What was strange though, was the fact that no matter how many wooden
splinters were taken out, there was no sap leaking.
It was like a disguise!
Moments later, when the ant swarm retreated the only thing left was
the core part. It had a soft and tender fiery color along with fine roots. The
true Radiant Scarlet Tree's reproductive root.
The Radiant Scarlet Tree trembled and exploded with a rich crimson
light. It was good to be prepared, as he already retreated far away. The
scarlet light had no effect on the Blue Winged Ants—and after several sweeps—it
The Ant King held the reproductive root and flew over. Qin Yu took
out a dark green jade case and then carefully placed the root inside. He also
stuck a talisman to prevent any vitality from leaking. Only then he relaxed.
So far, all of his objectives have been completed on this trip to
the Ancient Immortal Valley.
Qin Yu smiled, 'Next is cultivating!'
This Radiant Scarlet Tree has survived for countless years, making its
spiritual energy of heaven and earth reach a terrifying level. With even the
small amount inside the Radiant, Scarlet Fruit was incredible. Furthermore,
this place was already sealed, making it highly unlikely for anyone to show up.
Such a good opportunity to cultivate must not be missed!
And as for leaving? The Blue Winged Ants were the seal's key. With
this key, Qin Yu could come and go as he pleased.
Qin Yu sat cross-legged under the Radiant Scarlet Tree, his energy
surging throughout his body, rumbling like thunder! His eyes suddenly open,
flashing with vigor while his robe fluttered. A powerful aura—like mercury—flew
out and stirred the dust in a large area.
The 2nd layer of the Golden Core realm!
After carefully feeling the extent of his power, Qin Yu showed a bit
of a smile but soon sighed lightly, seemingly out of helplessness. Radiant
Scarlet Fruit was indeed formidable, having such degree of pure spiritual
energy of heaven and earth. The best proof was his cultivation that rapidly
reached the 2nd layer of the Golden Core realm in only a month.
It was unfortunate that even using the Radiant Scarlet Fruit had a
limit. After ingesting it, the body’s absorption process was really slow—not
because he grew resistant to it—but that his body was unable to endure being
bathed in this high purity spiritual energy for a long time. Qin Yu persevered
for a month—only because of his resilient body—while any other early Golden
Core cultivator couldn't last more than a week.
It was good that his body's exhaustion could be relieved with some
rest, in just a month. It was just so sad that his cultivation speed halved...
If other Golden Core cultivators knew Qin Yu's thoughts, they would have
strangled him to death, all the while cursing his ‘pitiful’ situation!
Qin Yu didn't waste the time while recovering, as it could be seen
from the use of Beast Manipulating Art to control the Blue Winged Ants. Along
with a profound and broad part of the myriad of information—from The Art of
Medicine— he also needed a long time to learn and comprehend them.
Even if it might not all be useful, a day may come when he would
receive unimaginable benefit from using just a fraction of this knowledge, or it
could even save his life. This was all for the future, but it was always good
to have more skills. Thus, Qin Yu immersed himself in the two profound records,
mulling them with keen interest.
A month later, Qin Yu resumed his cultivation.
Through the course of rearing the Ant King with the Great Sun Tree,
it became much stronger. It surpassed its competitors and the buzzing of its
wings was more pronounced, all the while its fondness for Qin Yu reached extremes.
Receiving master's order, it immediately sent its minions to pluck the Radiant
Scarlet Fruit, and formed a pile on the ground.
Seeing the Ant King pleading for a reward, Qin Yu laughed and took
out several Great Sun Tree leaves. This guy was so excited it was slobbering. It
threw some glares at the ants' pitting looks and began gorging itself. Only
the Ant King was allowed to eat Great Sun Tree leaves, so he could control the
entire ant swarm through it. If not, when another Blue Winged Ant reached the
level of a king, the swarm would divide and give him a headache.
Once he began, Qin Yu didn't let things be half done, and since the
Radiant Scarlet Tree had no way of stopping him, the Blue Winged Ants picked it
off of all he needed.
As each layer was overcome, a Golden Core’s cultivation showed
noticeable improvement. With a difference of two layers, the weaker one had no
hope of winning. The exception being someone with a valiant and inherited
strong body, a freak like Qin Yu. Regarding this, something had to be pointed
out. Cultivation at the Golden Core realm was very difficult, to the extent
that even the initial Golden Core cultivator, had an outstanding talent for advancing
one layer in three years.
Even with a cheat like Radiant Scarlet Fruit, Qin Yu could reduce
the difficulty to only a third. He just recently reached the 3rd layer of
Golden Core, after spending almost five months. Without any restraint on using
the Radiant Scarlet Fruits, along with staying under the Radiant Scarlet Tree,
this amount of time made even Qin Yu blush inwardly. While the two Golden Core
cultivators who entered with him, improved in just a month, without eating any
In comparison, the meagerness of his aptitude was enough to scare
people. If it weren't for the Little Blue Lamp, his life would have been fated
for mediocrity. There were many wondrous and extraordinary things in this vast
world. With the existence of this heaven-defying item like the Little Blue
Lamp, it was certain that there were also ways of improving one's aptitude. If
the chance revealed itself in the future, he would definitely seize it.
Everyone had inside them, the dream of reaching the top!
Qin Yu shook his head of these thoughts. He already stayed here for
half a year, and even though there was no one to disturb him, as he continued
like this the chances of being discovered would only grow. Breaking through two
layers could be said it was a considerable harvest, and knowing when to stop was
an excellent way to escape unscathed. But seeing the tree filled with fruits, it
made it hard for him to leave like this.
Everyone knew it wasn’t good to be greedy, but who could help themselves,
who could resist the temptation before them? Those calm and determined people were
all shooting their mouth off, only talking rubbish.
The cloudy sky above the valley began to shift. The heavens seemed
to have sensed Qin Yu's hesitation and they made the choice for him. An
invisible pressure, heavy as a mountain, landed on Qin Yu's chest. Even with
his cultivation of the 3rd layer of Golden Core, his chest tightened and felt difficult
The Blue Winged Ants shrieked restlessly—flapping their wings—but not
daring to leave the Radiant Scarlet Tree. Through the Soul Imprint, Qin Yu was
able to sense the fear inside the Ant King. Just what made these Golden Core
devouring ants terrified to such extent?
The Radiant Scarlet Tree shook strongly, releasing thick scarlet
light—akin to flames—from every part of its trunk, dying the valley
in red. The original gentle and peaceful light became as red as blood;
cold, severe and deadly! The fruits on the branches withered, shriveled and
fell. The pure spiritual energy has—at a crucial time—returned to the tree.
Flames appeared in the sky. Their scorching heat was so powerful
that its frightening temperature could be sensed from afar. This was the
ability of the Radiant Scarlet Tree's Domain. Just what happened, to even make the
Radiant Scarlet Tree spare nothing and extend its Domain to such limits? Was it
refusing the terrifying being from reaching here?
At this thought, Qin Yu felt as if he sank into an ice cave. He just
couldn't understand what could possibly make the Radiant Scarlet Tree so
frightened. What was important, was that he was still here! Qin Yu finally
understood the saying 'The burning gates are a disaster for the fish in the
moat'(1). 'So much hesitating, if I live after this, the next time I
should leave, I will definitely leave!'
Clenching his teeth, Qin Yu stood up. Even this simple movement left
him pale and panting for breath, yet he began staggering to the edge of the
valley. The culprit was definitely aiming for the Radiant Scarlet Tree, since
he was disregarding the entire Ancient Immortal Valley. The farther he was, the
safer. This was the only solution he could come up with, and as for the
aftermath, he would have to deal with it one step at a time.
A loud sound suddenly echoed, like the heavens were falling. Qin
Yu's scalp went numb, and when he lifted his head, he was just in time to see the
flaming sky rupturing. The Radiant Scarlet Tree shook greatly, as many scarlet
leaves burst to pieces. It received a tremendous hit when the Domain was
forcefully broken, but what was terrifying was what happened next.
Through the crack in the sky, a white skeletal hand emerged—several
hundred zhang in length—shining like jade and overflowing the heavens
with its vicious aura. Qin Yu's mind was overwhelmed and rooted in place, as in
his mind he saw a great hand breaking the sky and coming to grab him.
Spitting a mouth full of blood, Qin Yu was on the verge of collapse,
feeling his mind hacked by a blade!
Without pause, the big white skeletal hand went to grab the Radiant
Scarlet Tree, intending to uproot it.
The Radiant Scarlet Tree's branches swayed, its scarlet light came
like a tide, but proved to have no effect against the white skeletal hand. A
lofty figure appeared right when the white skeletal hand was about to grab the
Radiant Scarlet Tree. His white robes were fluttering, as it faced the vicious
white skeletal hand with just a finger.
When they collided, a cry of thunder came from the nine heavens, followed
by a boundless wave of power spread outward. Qin Yu was lifted and then thrown
away, as blood flowed out of his seven apertures. His body had countless cuts,
and if it weren't this powerful, he would have been shaken apart!
The white skeletal hand trembles a bit then turned into shining
specks and disappeared. A loud laughter came from the crack, "Pill
Cauldron, this Lord despises you. It seems you have become stronger over the
The white-clothed Daoist was calm, "You exaggerate Demon Lord.
For me to tie with you, I had to borrow the sacred tree's power."
"Hahahaha, you're so straightforward. Too bad you never take a
step outside of the Ancient Immortal Valley, making it impossible for this Lord
to kill you."
Daoist Pill Cauldron lifted his head, eyes shining like stars,
"Demon Lord, whether you can kill me or not is yet to be clear, but if you
don't leave now, you might never get the chance."
A muffled rumble echoed in all directions, as the Ancient Immortal
Valley's great formation was activated. If all of its power were to be
released, then not even a Nascent Soul could escape.
Demon Lord sighed, "Your Radiant Scarlet Tree is truly no
bad, such a pity..."
A white bone hand reached for Qin Yu, less than a
hundredth then the one used to grab the Radiant Scarlet Tree, but it was enough
to deal with a Golden Core cultivator. This instant, Qin Yu's frozen stiff body
was locked on by a ferocious beast, unable to talk, escape, or even think.
The Ant King—on the Radiant Scarlet Tree—let out a mournful cry.
Sensing the danger its master was in, it recklessly flapped its wings and charging
over. A sigh reached his ears, as the earth burst and a thick root
came out to meet the white bone hand.
The root broke into countless fragments, but it also temporarily
stopped the white bone hand. Daoist Pill Cauldron also rushed over, saying
simply, "Seems like Demon Lord is very curious about the Ancient Immortal
Valley's great formation, so don't leave!"
The crack in the sky quickly closed while the Demon Lord laughed
coldly and his aura disappeared.
Daoist Pill Cauldron wasn't careless, intending to completely
activate the great formation—scattering the fierce aura around him. His ruddy
face paled, while fine wrinkles seemed to have deepened. He looked at Qin Yu
with shining eyes.
Qin Yu was sweating like a pig, feeling as if he left the wolf’s den
only to enter the tiger’s cave. His mouth moved, but no sound came out as his
throat was bone dry.
Daoist Pill Cauldron's expression grew weird. He made some hand
gestures and gave off a knowing look. He watched Qin Yu from time to time, and
every time his eyes grew brighter. He sighed suddenly, "It’s Heaven's Will.
I never had a disciple for all my life, and never imagined I will meet him
today. Kid, are you willing to take me as your Master?"
As if he was struck by lightning, Qin Yu's entire body went numb.
The endless thoughts about begging for his life vanished on the spot.
‘Are you sure you didn't get the wrong script? Is this a serious,
cruel and fierce xuanhuan play? Just where did this dumb melodramatic
scene come from?’
Daoist Pill Cauldron's thick old face had a hint of red when Qin Yu
looked at him in deadpan. He coughed once, " Don't think too much, kid.
You finally witnessed a bit of this immeasurable world. Follow this old man out
of this place." As he spoke, he brushed away his sleeve and they both disappeared.
The Ant King was angry and was about to chase after him but the
Radiant Scarlet Tree let out a light and carried it back on the tree top.
The broken earth squirmed like a stampede of animals and all cracks soon vanished—along
with the broken leaves and branches.
Silence returned to the valley.
Idiom meaning implicating