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Chapter 231: Three as One

The Western Paradise Heavenly King was shaking with rage as he raised his golden rod as he shouted, “That traitor! I am going to get him!…”

With a flash, he had already leapt to the next hallway but he was startled to find that Shen Xingyue the Fiery Phoenix was already standing at the end of the hallway as she greeted him with an alluring smile.

He shouted angrily, “Why are you blocking me? You are in cahoots with him?”

But Xingyue was undeterred as she maintained her angelic smile and even the Western Paradise Heavenly King was secretly startled as he thought, “This maiden, she is so mesmerizing and her speed is so startling. She can actually intercept me at my full throttle…”

Xingyue smiled as she looked at her finger tips and played with her Blue Heavens, “I say, you needn’t go after him. Why not stay where you are instead?”

The Western Paradise Heavenly King lessened his furies to say, “I am not going to let him off just like this. Lass, move out of the way or I won’t be polite with you anymore.”

Ye Yin had also flashed next to Xingyue as she said to him, “Hey, cool it!”

Xingyue laughed softly as she pointed to Yi Ping and the rest of the group, “If even Yi Ping isn’t bothered with it, so why do you bother?”

The Western Paradise Heavenly King was speechless as he turned to look at Yi Ping, “You are really letting him off just like this?”

Even the Great Desolate Goddess Nuwa was asking, “Really Yi Ping?”

Yi Ping said solemnly, “Xingyue really knows my heart.”

Xingyue was delighted as she answered hastily, “Of course!”

The Western Paradise Heavenly King murmured, “I don’t understand…”

Yi Ping replied, “If he is destined to be the Great God Pangu, then there is nothing we can do. But before we venture further, there is one more thing that I need to do first.”

The Jade Emperor was also anxious as he did not want the honor of becoming the next Great God Pangu to fall to the Great Khan Heavenly King, “We should hurry…”

But Yi Ping closed his eyes as he muttered, “It will only be for a little while. There is something that I haven’t been able to figure out yet.”

Lingfeng asked, “Which is?”

But Yi Ping did not reply to her for he was in deep meditation.

Lingfeng turned to Xingyue, “You know?”

Xingyue smiled as she shrugged her shoulders, “I do not know anything. I only know that if Yi Ping wants to stop him, he won’t be able to sneak past us. Yi Ping is different now and we are underestimating him.”

Alice nodded, “You are right. He is a Ninth Positioning Immortal now. The instant that the Great Khan Heavenly King makes his move, Yi Ping will be able to intercept him if he wants to. But he isn’t doing that and he seems preoccupy with something. I wonder what it is.”

Lingfeng hummed softly, “Who cares about what goes in his imbalance mind?”

Youxue, Yu’Er, Mei’Er, Xingyue, Yunzi, Lele, Ye Yin and even Lie Qing all broke into small chuckles as they began to whisper among themselves, “Wonder what is up with Yi Ping?”

Yi Ping had closed his eyes to meditate quietly. He had just awakened his Ninth Immortal Heaven Eyes and when he had arrived at this floor, he had a sudden familiar feeling and this familiar feeling was awakening his inner self!

It was as though he was gaining the knowledge of the White Sage, the Dark Chaos Lord and the Great God Pangu at the same time!

Unlike Yu’Er, Mei’Er and Lingfeng, who could remember their past lives due to their profound attainment in the past and because of their entanglements with the White Sage, Yi Ping was not able to. Also, as the White Sage in the past, he had sacrificed all his divinity to try to undo his mistakes to them.

But now, he felt a weird sense of déjà vu as he awakened the wisdom of the White Sage, the combat finesse of the Dark Chaos Lord and the profound aptitude of the Great God Pangu!

Yi Ping opened his eyes and looked at the group with a smile as he said, “Let’s go!”

The group was startled for Yi Ping had only closed his eyes for a minute or so!

Lele asked, “So fast? So what are you thinking of?”

Yi Ping patted her as he smiled, “Nothing really but let’s us be on our way now!”

Lingfeng snapped her fingers, “Hah! You are only daydreaming. So let’s go now!”

Youxue hummed coldly, “Good! I am going to hunt him down.”

The Nirvana Heavenly Queen smiled, “He is one of the Prime Heavenly Kings. It won’t be easy for you to defeat him even if you are armed with an ancient desolate sword. Don’t get caught with him alone or you will surely regret it.”

Youxue hummed softly as she walked behind Yi Ping, “Well, I am not afraid of him. We shall see who is afraid of whom then!”

Lie Qing said quietly to Yunzi, “But no matter what, that Great Khan Heavenly King has got ahead of us now.”

Yunzi nodded as she said, “Even if that is the case, the Stellar Sanctuary is like a maze so he may not necessary gain an advantage over us.”

Mei’Er chuckled, “Maybe the death gate is just in front of us and he is just scouting for us!…”

Yu’Er sighed softly as she whispered to them, “If it is the death gate, then we are in trouble as well…”

All of a sudden, there was a terrifying scream that rocked the entire hallway!

It was the terrifying scream of the Great Khan Heavenly King!

Yi Ping was startled as he hurried his steps in alarm, “It is him! He is in trouble!…”

Lingfeng flashed next to Yi Ping, “You are going to help him?”

Yi Ping grinned, “No harm taking a look right?”

Lingfeng stepped on his foot on purpose as she hummed coldly, “You are so sly. I know you are going to help him!”

All of a sudden Yi Ping stopped in his tracks. It was because there were three passages in front of them and all the passages had a shimmering portal at the entrance!

Yi Ping stared at the three passages as he murmured, “So which way…”

Even Nuwa and Xian’Er had paused in their tracks to ponder!

Lele laughed softly, “Now, if only he can shout loudly again.”

By this time, Ye Yin the Ascension Goddess had caught up with them. Giving an alluring smile, she winked at Yi Ping. “No need. He has gone into the middle. Let’s go in!”

Yi Ping gestured after the group as he said quickly, “We can trust Ye Yin. Her acute sense is pretty accurate…”

Ye Yin chuckled softly without flushing as she cut in, “I know right! I am so good, am I right!”

Xingyue laughed, “We all know!”

The Western Paradise Heavenly King and the other Heavenly Kings were all looking at each other, not knowing if the Great Khan Heavenly King was really in the middle.

The Formosa Heavenly King warned, “If the Great Khan Heavenly King is in one of the three passages, then the question is, how is it possible for us to hear him?”

The Sacred Embodied Heavenly Goddess smiled, “Everything is possible here. It could be that the Great Khan Heavenly King had met with something really dangerous that forced him to exercise all his vital strength when he was being struck, hence that is why we are able to hear his scream through the portal.”

The Jade Emperor stroked his long beard, “Maybe yes, maybe no. We have to be sure. If it is a trap then we are all done for.”

The Sacred Embodied Heavenly Goddess replied with a smile, “Your Jade Emperor, this Maiden Ye Yin is something. Her sixth sense is seriously uncanny.”

Alice nodded, “I believe in the Ascension Goddess as well.”

Nuwa turned to ask Yi Ping, “What do you think?”

Yi Ping in the meantime was focusing on the passage ways; he had stretched his hand forward as he moved his fingers in the direction of the three passages one by one.

Suddenly he shouted, “In the middle. Let’s go!” And he had dashed into the passage that was in the middle, accompanied happily by the gigantic golden Kirin that was behind him!

Youxue panicky called out after him, “Wait, how do you know? That is too reckless…”

Yunzi pulled Youxue’s along with her, laughing softly. “Dear sister, this is not the time to ask. Let’s follow him!”

Lingfeng sighed softly, “Men…”

The Universal Old Man was also shaking his head, “I have got a bad feeling about this…”

The Lord Supreme looked at the Universal Old Man, the Immortal Saint of Swords and the Skylord Jun. “Let’s go!”

Lie Qing watched as Yi Ping, Ye Yin, the Celestial Fairy, the Desolate Goddess Nuwa and Lele disappeared into the shimmering portal in the portal, smiling weakly to herself. “Lele, Yi Ping, Sister Xian’Er, and Ye Yin are so…reckless…” But she had also sped into the shimmering portal and she was quickly followed behind by Yu’Er, Mei’Er, Xingyue, Alice, Isa, Aiel and Han Lin.

The Jade Emperor looked at the other Heavenly Kings with a grin, “So what are we waiting for?”

The Ancient Heavenly Sage King laughed, “Since the Great Goddess Fantian has already entered the portal, so naturally we must follow as well.”

The Formosa Heavenly King and the Avant-garde Heavenly King said at the same time, “Right! Go!”

And the whole group soon dashed into the shimmering portal in the middle at almost the same time!

Ch231 End

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Chapter 230: Floor 100th

There was a bright stellar light and soon after, the group found themselves in a gigantic white gold hallway surrounded by huge monuments of giant beasts, many which they had not seen before.

Yi Ping was the first to recollect his wits and asked, “We are now in the 100th floor of the Stellar Sanctuary?”

Lele gasped weakly as she nodded. It was obvious that the effort of transmigrating so many people had sapped her strength.

Yi Ping quickly caught hold of her as he asked, “Lele, you are alright?”

Lele closed her eyes for a while as she nodded again.

Yi Ping knew that she was trying to restore her vital energy flow and could not speak. Without a word more, he quickly hit several times on her back to infuse to her his internal strength.

At the same time, everyone was wobbly collapsing on the ground or was exercising their internal strength to adapt to their new surroundings. Transferring through the Stellar Sanctuary like this, was taxing for everyone.

Only Xian’Er, Nuwa and the rest of the other Immortals who were of the Seventh Immortal Positioning were not so affected by the wobbly experience and they were now looking and keenly inspecting at their surroundings.

The Goddess Celestial Alice said melancholy, “So this is the 100th floor. The floor that the Dark Chaos Lord went to and had never returned…”

The Goddess Isa was equally melancholy as she stared blankly at the hallways…

The Martial Sage gasped out in astonishment at the magnificent white gold hallway. It was unlike any that they had seen so far.

Even the Celestial Liege commented, “Magnificent! Beautiful!”

Ye Ling smiled, “Indeed!”

All of a sudden Lele began to cough aloud and everyone was looking in her direction. It seemed that she had regained her vital strength as she began to laugh jovially as she lifted her large scythe around her with just her three right fingers and patted hard on her Divine Echo, “We are finally on the 100th level floor now!”

Lie Qing immediately caught the blade of her large scythe with her two fingers as she growled, “Watch where you swing that thing. I am not worried if you injured anyone accidentally but if you tore my clothing and make me embarrassed then I will slap you, even if you are my dear sister!”

Yi Ping said at the same time, “Lele, do you need more rest? You have exerted quite a bit…”

Lele grinned wryly, “Oh, um, oh!”

Lie Qing furrowed coldly, “What is up with this oh, um and oh! Can’t you say something intelligent?”

But Lele continued her pretense as she shook her head, “Oh, um, oh!”

Lie Qing shook her head in resignation, “I’ll give up on her! Yi Ping, settle her yourself!”

The Heavenly Pagoda King looked at the Nirvana Heavenly Queen as he asked, “Is that some kind of a secret divine code?”

The Nirvana Heavenly Queen stared at him, “My foot! You are self-delusional.”

The Heavenly Pagoda King looked at the Avant-garde Heavenly King and the Formosa Heavenly King and they were all muttering secretly. To them, it must be some kind of a divine code!

They were now on the 100th level floor now and they must not miss any clues to obtain the Essential Righteous Energy of the Great God Pangu!

Lele was the Alma of the Great God Pangu so therefore she must have already known quite a bit about the 100th floor!

Even the Great Khan Heavenly King was murmuring, “Oh, um, oh!…”

Mei’Er giggled as she whistled, “Oh, um, oh!…”

Han Lin and Aiel were also muttering to each other, “Oh, um, oh!…oh, um, oh!”

Aiel gasped suddenly, “When the Great God Pangu created the Three Known Realms, legends say that the first sound he made is Ohm!”

The Goddess of Mercy Xiang gave Aiel a strange look as she tried to pull a solemn face, “Yelp, that’s right.”

Lingfeng secretly moved her lips to whisper to her Dual Celestial counterparts, “Lele, look what you have done! Thanks to you, the whole party is confused now.”

Lie Qing whispered to them, “She just enjoying it. Just ignore her. Yi Ping is so smart. He isn’t even trying to entertain her.”

Lele whispered jovially, “Because I like. Oh, um, oh!”

Nuwa whispered teasingly, “Oh, um, oh!”

This time Yi Ping grumbled back, “Not you too, Nuwa…”

Nuwa whispered, “Now I finally got your attention!”

Alice whispered coolly, “You are all attention seekers. I can’t believe it.”

Nuwa raised her eyebrows as she whispered back, “Don’t tell me you are not interested to seek Yi Ping’s attention?”

Alice hummed coldly aloud as she raised her divine voice, “We are all ready to proceed?”

Yi Ping suddenly said, “Wait! Yu’Er and Mei’Er…”

Yu’Er and Mei’Er were startled as they looked at each other before looking at Yi Ping curiously. It was because they found it weird that Yi Ping would call them suddenly out of the blue. They asked, “Yes Master Yi Ping?”

Yi Ping smiled weakly. After all these years, he still could not get used to them calling him Master Yi Ping in such a polite manner. After all six years ago, they had already remembered who they were; they were the Eclipse and Axis Heaven Goddess, the most exalted of all the celestial practitioners. They did not need to bow or be humbled to anyone. But they had remained very humble.

He sighed softly for he had remembered as Eclipse and Axis Heaven Goddess, they used to be so aloof and exalted. But Yu’Er and Mei’Er had rarely made mention of their previous past, even though they had already regained their previous memories due to their ten thousand years of cultivation.

Yi Ping smiled at them as he reached for his pouch, “Yu’Er, I want you to take this Immortal Quintessence Pearl and Mei’Er, this Fire Sanctorum Pill is for you.”

Yu’Er and Mei’Er were surprised as they said together, “This is for me? But why?”

All the others were also startled and were surprised.

Nuwa said coolly, “These two divine pills are two of the rarest under the heavens and you are giving to them just like this?”

Yi Ping answered coolly as he held the two pills, “I am afraid that other than Yu’Er and Mei’Er, none of them are able to absorb the fiery and the icy essences of these two divine pills.”

Xian’Er nodded, “That is true. Yu’Er and Mei’Er have ten thousand years of practice each. Moreover, they have already mastered the Dual Inertness Intricacy and are able to absorb the essences of the heavens, earth, the sun and the moon.”

Nuwa smiled, “Sister Fantian, have you forgotten that the two of us are also qualified to take it. Imagine this, if we can both take one pill each then sooner or later, we will also be able to reach the Ninth Immortal Positioning. When that day comes, even the Great Rift God Xuan Yuan and the World Ruler Fu Xi will have to think thrice before they would want to offend us!”

She lifted her fingers and pointed wildly, “I have the Chaotic Desolate Force and I am sure that I can absorb the Fire Sanctorum Pill without any problem. As for Sister Fantian, for sure you can use your Creation Universal Force to absorb the Immortal Quintessence Pearl!”

Xian’Er smiled gently, “That may be the case but even for us, there are still considerable risks for us. But for Yu’Er and Mei’Er, due to their bonding together, they will be able to aid each other for the Fire Sanctorum Pill and the Immortal Quintessence Pearl are the extremes of each other.”

Nuwa laughed softly, “If these two young lasses can be compatible, so can we. We have known each other for such a long time already…”

Xian’Er smiled weakly, “It is not a matter how long we have known each other. Our intricate energies practices are different. If you or I would run into difficulties, so who can aid us?”

Nuwa protested weakly, “Naturally it will be the Great God Pangu!…”

Yi Ping interrupted with a quiet smile, “I will find a better one for you next time. These pills may or may not be able to aid you. It is better to be careful.”

Nuwa sighed softly, “Well, if you say so…”

Actually the rest of the group was also all looking covetously at these two pills but as they knew that Yi Ping would not give it to them and there was no reason for him to do so, so they could only watch quietly.

Yi Ping put the two divine pills in Yu’Er and Mei’Er hands, as he urged them with a smile. “Quickly take it. I would like to see what effects those wondrous pills have on you!”

Mei’Er laughed softly as swallowed the Fire Sanctorum Pill, “Master Ping, you are so bad. You just want to use us as your guinea pigs!”

Yu’Er laughed as she took the Immortal Quintessence Pearl, “Unfortunately sister, that is our fate.”

As soon as Yu’Er and Mei’Er had taken the pill, Yi Ping had struck them on their shoulders, starting them!

He moved his lips as he said secretly to them, “Yu’Er and Mei’Er, I am whispering to you via the Great Whispering Skill. The others who are lower than my divinity won’t be able to hear me. I have infused my Essential Righteousness Energy into your body to aid you. Just focus on amalgamating the divine pill into your body.”

Yu’Er and Mei’Er nodded quietly as they began to exercise their internal strength. Barely had it began, it was done!

Their countenances were glowing and their transformation was startling!

The Lord Supreme gasped, “Yu’Er and Mei’Er, you have reached the peak of your divinity!”

Lingfeng laughed softly as she clapped her hands, “Good! Then I have some company when I am in the Immortal Realm!”

Yu’Er nodded as she looked at Yi Ping with appreciative eyes, “The Heaven Sundering Divine Calamity will descend upon us soon and it is all thanks to you…”

Mei’Er muttered softly as she tried to suppress her tears, “We can join Master Ping in the Immortal Realm too…no not yet! After the Heaven Sundering Divine Calamity…”

Yi Ping patted her on her head as he stood towering over her, “Mei’Er, soon. I am sure destiny will surely permits it…”

He sighed softly as he added, “After all, it has been a long time ever since to this day.”

Mei’Er looked melancholy into his eyes as she saw the reflection of the White Sage in his eyes. It was soon followed by her very own reflection as the Axis Heaven Goddess. Indeed, that was a long time ago…

She looked at him as she held his fingers with both her hands, “Master Ping…”

These six years seemed to fly in a blink of an eye. When she had first met Yi Ping, he was just a thin young man. Over the years due to the numerous tough fights that Yi Ping had, he had grown into a muscular young man, although his long sleeves hid his slow transformation.

But Mei’Er had always been attentive to him and was aware of his slow transformation.

Yu’Er tapped Mei’Er gently as she smiled to her sister, “Some things are better left unsaid.”

Yi Ping forced a smile as he said, “I wonder where we are? I hope that this time that we are at the Life Gate, then we can get to the epicenter without a single fight.”

Lingfeng laughed softly, “So what are we waiting for then? So let’s us explore the 100th level!”

Even Xiao Ping was howling loudly in excitement!

The Goddess Celestial Alice nodded lightly as she walked sexily across the hallway as she snapped her fingers, “This may be our greatest battle ever and the trials on this level won’t be any easier. I am ready but what about the rest? If anyone is afraid, you can remain where you are and waited for the Stellar Sanctuary to time up.”

The Goddess Isa laughed softly, “I love challenges. Needless to say, I am going to continue!”

The Western Paradise Heavenly King banged his golden rod on the floor with a large treble as he laughed, “Even though I know that the trials will be formidable, I am still going forward. I am just wondering if Yi Ping dares to bring us along?”

The Jade Emperor stroked his long beard as he looked at Yi Ping, “Surely you are not thinking of going off on your own?”

Everyone was looking at Yi Ping now. It was because none of them wanted to be one to be left out even if it meant that they would perish!

The ultimate prize for witnessing the true mystery of the Stellar Sanctuary was simply too much for everyone to bear!

Yi Ping grinned, “Of course not…”

All of a sudden Yi Ping stopped in his tracks as he saw the Great Khan Heavenly King flashed into the passage in front of them!

Just as Nuwa and Alice were about to go after the Great Khan Heavenly King, Yi Ping said to them without any expression. “Let him go. It doesn’t matter.”

The Formosa Heavenly King was outraged as he shouted, “That traitor!”

All of a sudden, the mocking thunderous voice of the Great Khan Heavenly King could be heard via the Thousand Miles Resonant Skill, “You are all so foolish! Fools! By going in such a large group, you are only making the trials impossible to overcome! If you are wise, you will break into smaller groups or even venture alone! The trials of the Stellar Sanctuary exist for only the individuals. There is only one Great God Pangu and the first one to obtain the Great God Pangu’s Life Force will be the true Great God Pangu! Needless to say, I will be the one and only chosen Great God Pangu!…”

Ch230 End

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Chapter 229: The Secrets of Immortality

When Yi Ping opened his eyes, he found himself looking the glaring light of the heavens and by the aromatic grasses that were around him.

He was startled by the affectionate cries of a dozen maidens that were surrounding him, everyone was trying to talk to him excitingly at the same time!

“Yi Ping! Ping’Er, you’re awake!”

The Universal Old Man could be heard saying over his top, “Look at this scene! We are his brothers yet we cannot even be the first to greet him!”

The Celestial Liege was heard, “He is my worthy opponent. How can he die just like this?”

Aiel was overheard saying, “Men, go away!”

Yi Ping was wobbly as he touched his head, “How long have I been unconscious?”

Xian’Er smiled gently as she touched his face gently, “It has only been just a little while.”

Yi Ping was startled as he looked around him; the surroundings were serene and there were grasses and flowers everywhere!

Lingfeng kicked him gently, knowing what he was thinking. “It has miraculous appears shortly after the Heaven Sundering Divine Calamity. It was a pleasant surprise to us as well. It is really so beautiful…”

Yi Ping touched his forehead as he muttered, “I have reached the Ninth Immortal Positioning now…”

Alice smiled gently at him as she extended a hand to lift him up, “I am curious. How do you feel? What exactly is the Ninth Immortal Positioning?”

Yi Ping looked up at the Goddess Celestial Alice, “Ziyan…”

This Maiden Ziyan was actually the Goddess Celestial Alice. She was the first immortal that Yi Ping had met even though at that time he was not aware who she was.

Alice asked shyly, “Yes?”

Yi Ping halted for a while before he smiled weakly, “Nothing…oh yes, you ask about the Ninth Immortal Positioning? It is actually the Heavens and Earth as one. It is what you have instructed me in the past…”

All of a sudden Alice gave him an embrace as she fell onto him, her eyes were beaming as she murmured. “Yes, you have truly become one with the heavens and the earth. It is easily said than done and you have done it.”

Nuwa laughed, “As far as I know, he is only the forth to attain the Ninth Immortal Positioning, unless I have missed anyone in my long sleep!”

The Great Khan Heavenly King was curious to ask, “Only three? Who are they?”

Nuwa yawned softly but she replied him nevertheless, “They are naturally the Great Rift God Xuan Yuan, the World Ruler Fu Xi and the Great God Pangu. Are you thinking that you can be one of them? I can tell you, you can dream on. This is something that even millions of Desolate Immortals have tried but failed and I am not even saying they can even hope to attain to the Eighth Immortal Positioning!”

The Great Khan Heavenly King looked down shamefully but he was not the only one. The Jade Emperor and the other Heavenly Kings were all shifting uncomfortably. That was because after they had witnessed the descend of the Heaven Sundering Divine Calamity, they were all stunned by its ferocity and they were all asking the same question, “The Ninth Immortal Positioning seems impossible to overcome. Is it even possible for us to attain to the Eighth Immortal Positioning?”

Nuwa gleefully said, “Hmph, the lot of you can’t even imagine all the ten dimensional space and how it is related to the Immortal Positioning. The Great God Pangu is the first one that could comprehend the imaginable into the surreal space…”

Xian’Er panicky interrupted, “Lady Nuwa, you are revealing too much of the secrets of Heavens and you will only harm them.”

Nuwa turned flustered as she panicky said, “Did I say something?”

She smirked coldly as she stared with cold malevolent at the Great Khan Heavenly King, “Very well then, I shall obliterate you first so that you will not reveal Heavens’ secrets…”

The Great Khan Heavenly King took panic steps backward as he said panicky, “No wait! I didn’t hear anything at all!…”

Xian’Er said quietly as she interrupted Nuwa, “That is enough, Lady Nuwa.”

As sudden as the cold malevolent had stirred, it was gone in the next instant. She quickly smiled as she groaned, “That reminds me of something that I have to do.”

All of a sudden, she raised her fist and knocked against Yi Ping’s head, stunning everyone!

Han Lin gasped out, “What are you doing? Are you trying to kill him?”

Yi Ping coughed out weakly as he looked blankly at Nuwa, blinking his eyes…

All the other maidens were surrounding Yi Ping protectively now!

Lingfeng shot Nuwa an angry glance, “Hey, what are you doing?”

Xian’Er asked gently, “Lady Nuwa, why did you hit Yi Ping for?”

Nuwa hummed coldly, “Why are everyone panicking for? He deserves a lesson!”

Yi Ping blinked at Nuwa, “I did something wrong?”

Nuwa pretended to be upset, “What else? Let me tell you. Why didn’t you consume the Fire Sanctorum Pill and the Immortal Quintessence Pearl? Do you know that these two divine pills can protect you against the elements?”

Yi Ping stared weakly at the Nuwa, “I didn’t know and you didn’t tell me earlier…”

Youxue felt wobbly as she stared at Nuwa in disbelief, “Why didn’t you tell Yi Ping earlier?”

Everyone was staring at the Great Desolate Goddess Nuwa and they were all thinking the same too!

Nuwa blinked at them as she rebuked them gently, “I didn’t? Shouldn’t you all high immortals have any common sense to tell? Alas, I forget. Our divinity has such a wide gap that it is impossible for anyone of you to think the same as me. Oh well, never mind then!”

What could the rest of them do but to smile weakly at her?

The Western Paradise Heavenly King was growling, “What does this have to do with common sense? Did someone just give us a slap on our face?”

Yi Ping quickly bowed with his hands, “Senior, Nuwa really don’t mean it. She is always careless with her choice of words…”

The Western Paradise Heavenly King growled again but he did not pursue further. Because he could see that the other Heavenly Kings were looking weakly at him as though they were all saying to him, “Even if this is an insult but what can we do? Can we fight her? She is a Desolate Immortal of the Eighth Immortal Positioning and she can whack us anytime.”

It was not impossible to defeat her, given that there were so many of them but they had to sacrifice half of them. The real question was; who was going to be the sacrificial lamb first? Obviously none of them wanted to be one therefore the majority of them had chosen to keep quiet over it!

The Sacred Embodied Heavenly Goddess smiled, “Of course our Sister Nuwa didn’t mean that.”

She had treated the injuries of the Great Desolate Goddess Nuwa previously and Nuwa had regarded her as her good sister. Therefore Nuwa did not mind at all when she called her as her Sister Nuwa.

Yi Si nodded, “Sister Nuwa really did not mean anything!”

Nuwa cursed softly to herself, “Oh crap! I really forget to mention it to Yi Ping. Luckily, he has pulled through the Heaven Sundering Divine Calamity or I would never forgive myself.”

She quickly tried to change the topic as she turned to Yi Ping, her expression was so composed that it seemed that nothing had happened. “And secondly, why did you rush at that Heaven Sundering Demon?”

Yi Ping was startled as he asked, “I am not supposed to?”

Nuwa sighed softly, “Of course you are not supposed to! You are supposed to subdue the Divine Calamity with your intense meditation and resolute will!”

Yi Ping blinked rapidly, “I am supposed to do that?! I really did not know that…”

Nuwa heaved a heavy sigh, “I wonder how you become a practitioner by being so reckless!”

Xian’Er smiled weakly, “Lady Nuwa my sister, you can’t fault him. He has only been a practitioner for less than six years.”

Nuwa stared in disbelief at Yi Ping and everyone could see that her jaw almost dropped, “What the hell…really? How is it possible? Do you know how long each divine stage it takes to ponder over its full mystery?”

Yi Ping smiled weakly as he stole a glance at Xian’Er and Lingfeng, “I didn’t want to be a practitioner in the first place…”

Except for the Jade Emperor, the other Heavenly Kings were all staring at Yi Ping with their jaws opened as they were filled with disbelief and astonishment!

The Nirvana Heavenly Queen and the Sacred Embodied Heavenly Goddess quickly smiled as they said quickly, “We have always known you are the Great God Pangu…”

They were startled by each other when they had exclaimed at the same time. It was because they had decided that it was never too late now to butter to Yi Ping. No matter if he was the Great God Pangu, the fact that he was an immortal of the Ninth Immortal Positioning made him the strongest immortal now. It was not a fluke or luck that he could defeat all the Heavenly Kings so easily. They simply had to admit he had outclassed all of them!

Lie Qing yawned softly as she stroked her braided hair, “All the actresses seem to have emerged suddenly.”

The Nirvana Heavenly Queen smiled weakly, “I don’t lie. That is my innermost feeling all this while. It is just that it is not convenient for me to voice it out.”

The Sacred Embodied Heavenly Queen was also smiling weakly, “That is my exact sentiments as well…”

Lele gave her a playful tease, “Oh yes? I still remember you try to bully our Yi Ping!…”

Yi Si protested weakly, “Mum! Big Sister, she is really nice to us all!…”

Lele laughed softly as she shrugged her shoulders, “Whatever. I am the Great Empress of the Immortal Realm. I can be forgiving, you know!”

The Lord Supreme said all of a sudden, “Yi Ping…”

Yi Ping had noticed that the Lord Supreme was extremely solemn and so were the Immortal Saint of Swords, the Universal Old Man and Lingfeng!

The Immortal Saint of Swords sighed softly, “Let me…”

Yi Ping was perplexed as he quickly asked, “Is there something wrong?”

The Immortal Saint of Swords roared with laughter as he looked to the heavens, “Something is wrong! But we have good news for you. We have finally unraveled the last stumbling block to our present divinity and may very soon ascend to the Immortal Realm!”

Yi Ping was surprised and so were the others, “You have finally unraveled the ultimate block and can ascend?”

He looked at Lingfeng, “Really?”

Lingfeng nodded, “Indeed and it is all thanks to you.”

Yi Ping was startled, “What does it have to do with me?”

The Universal Old Man laughed jovially, “You know, all these years, we have puzzled over this last stumbling block to ascend to the Immortal Realm. Even though our attainment tells us that we are long overdue but no matter how hard we try, the Heaven Sundering Divine Calamity refuses to descend. We are the last of the Ancient Celestials but even for us, we are helpless. But now, we can finally sense the throbbing energy of the Heaven Sundering Divine Calamity.”

Yi Ping was startled as he quickly asked, “The Heavens Sundering Divine Calamity will now descend on you?”

The Universal Old Man laughed, “Our Heaven Sundering Divine Calamity won’t be as fierce as yours. It is probably just the Purple Lightning Calamity but even then, it is enough pain for us to overcome.”

The Lord Supreme laughed, “I reckon that if we were to make it out alive of the Stellar Sanctuary, then it won’t be long before we will be visited by the Heaven Sundering Divine Calamity!”

Yu’Er and Mei’Er were also startled. Mei’Er quickly asked, “Father, you are going to leave us soon? But we have only just met…”

Yu’Er forced a smile, “Separation is part of life. Mei’Er, don’t be sad.”

Mei’Er pursed her lips but her eyes were wet, “I…I am not sad!”

The Lord Supreme embraced Yu’Er and Mei’Er, “Cultivate hard. One day, we will be together again.”

Yi Ping turned to Lingfeng, “Lingfeng, you are saying that the reason you can unravel the last stumbling block is due to me? I don’t understand…”

Lingfeng smiled, “You should be happy for us. When I have ascended to the Immortal Realm, I am going to keep a watchful look on you.”

But she quickly grown solemn as she said melancholy, “All these years, our practice leads us to cultivate our self by subduing the Divine Calamity through our intense meditation and resolute will. But after witnessing how you take the initiative to fight the Divine Calamity, we have an awakening. The very reason why the Heaven Sundering Divine Calamity refuses to descend for us, is because if we stick to our divine practice, then none of us will be able to overcome the Heaven Sundering Divine Calamity.”

She smiled fondly at Yi Ping, her eyes were full of melancholy yet it was full of gladness and appreciation. “You have shown us an alternate practice that we didn’t see…The highest level of divinity is to reverse the cultivation practice. Why didn’t anyone of us see something as obvious as this?”

Yi Ping did not display gladness. Rather he asked solemnly, “Lingfeng, don’t lie to me. What are the odds of you overcoming the Heaven Sundering Divine Calamity?”

Lingfeng smiled alluringly, “Alright I won’t lie to you. The odds of overcoming any Divine Calamity won’t be higher than thirty percent because it is always scaling to your full potential. This odd is good enough for me. I have overcome numerous Divine Calamities even when you are not around. This, you don’t have to worry for me…”

All of a sudden she gasped aloud!

It was because before she could finish, Yi Ping had pulled her into his trembling embrace as he cried out, “Lingfeng, Lingfeng…”

Lingfeng heaved a soft sigh, “What? You have suddenly become a crybaby. That is not the Yi Ping that I have known. Are you missing my kicks already? We have not parted yet, you know. Wait for me, will you? It will only be a short while…”

Yi Ping tightened his arms around her, “I will, I will. Don’t you lie to me. You must come…”

Lingfeng broke down into tears as she whispered melancholy, “When did I ever lie to you, huh? You should be happy for me instead…”

The Lord Supreme looked a little lost at the scene. He managed a weak smile as he said aloud, “The Unmoving Mountains has the best spiritual ground to prepare against the Heaven Sundering Divine Calamity. Since all four of us are facing the same calamity at the same time, maybe it is wise that we overcome it at the same time.”

Skylord Jun said solemnly, “And I will be in the Immortal Realm to watch out for your ascension omens and will be there to receive you in the First Heavens! That is my promise!”

Alice smiled gently, “I will be there too!”

The Goddess Isa, the Goddess Asura and the Goddess of Mercy all said at the same time, “And all of us too!”

The Goddess Aiel smiled, “I will be there too.”

Han Lin sighed softly, “Mistress, you are an immortal…you are leaving me after this…”

Aiel growled softly, “You are supposed to face your Heaven Sundering Divine Calamity too. Aren’t you glad?”

Han Lin lowered her glance, “I have no confident at all. I have never thought that one day, I would be able to ascend to the Immortal Realm…”

Aiel smiled, “Come on. Imagine this. You will be the first immortal of the Celestial Aiel Sect to fly up to the Immortal Realm. You did us all proud and your name will be forever etched in the annals of the Celestial Aiel Sect. You will be Han Lin, the first Dragon Practitioner to ever ascend…”

Han Lin interrupted softly, “This is not funny at all, Mistress.”

The Universal Old Man heaved a heavy sigh, “This is what I have been always dreaming of. But why am I not glad at all?”

Ye Yin the Ascension Goddess said softly, “That is because you have a thorn in your heart now. You have to forget the Lady Winter Plum and regained your emotionless heart or you can forget about ascending.”

She looked at Lingfeng and sighed melancholy, “The same goes for the Heaveness as well…”

Both the Universal Old Man and Lingfeng were trembling now…

Yi Ping was shaking furiously as he looked at the heavens above, “So, if we want to ascend, if we want to reach the realm of translucence, we must all be emotionless?”

Lingfeng murmured, “Yi Ping…”

Xian’Er said quietly, “The more emotional our hearts are, the more raging our Divine Calamities would be. This is a never changing rule for the practitioners. We must think light of parting, of deaths and sorrows…”

Yi Ping laughed coldly, “I have never thought of being an immortal. I have never thought of ascending to the heavens. I have never thought of becoming the Great God Pangu. I just want to be myself!”

He turned to Lele with melancholy sorrows, “So be it then. Lele, take us to the 100th level now. You can use my strength to transmigrate all of us to the 100th level. We are…coming to the end of the Stellar Sanctuary now…”

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Chapter 22: Divine Donkey vs the Divine Ape

At this moment, Zhan Bai was pleased with himself but at the same time, he was disappointed.

He was pleased that his martial arts had shown improvement and he could defeat Jin Jiu’s direct successor Meng Ruping.

He was disappointed because he had witnessed the martial levels of the [Twin Ironguards of the Jin Residence] and their martial level were simply too high and had no way to win. Moreover, there were so many highly accomplished exponents in the Jin Residence. How could he alone defeat everyone? It seemed beyond his reach to avenge for his father…

And in his mind, the images of Jin Caifeng often appeared to him. He thought often of her lovely deep affections for him. It made him sweet and bitter at the same time, joy and sadness…

Zhan Bai walked slowly towards the Mountain Rocks of the Twelve Caves. The reason why he did not hurry was because he did not know where to find Old Senior [Divine Donkey with the Iron Gut] Dong Qianli and secondly, he had many things on his mind.

He walked past many caves and even though all those caves were deserted but there were signs and markings left behind by travelers and tourists. He began to feel that the information by Old Senior [Living Dead Man] was unreliable. A reclusive hero like Dong Qianli would never like to be in the company of noisy and troublesome travelers. He had made a futile trip…

But still he did not give up and even though he knew it was useless, he continued to search the mountains. After another three caves, he went deep inside the mountains.

When he walked past a peak, suddenly he could hear the melodious voice of a young maiden, “This round is not counted! Once more!”

Then an old man voice said, “Why do you have so many funny ideas, young girl? Are making taking an old man like me for a monkey? No way I am not going to do it again!”

Another old man’s voice was heard laughing aloud, “Don’t you deny it! If you do not do it again, then admit that you have lost!”

“I won’t let you win me that so easily! Even though I am an old man that do not have any legs but it is not something that can bow me over!” When he had finished, there was a breeze coming from that direction!

When Zhan Bai had heard those three voices, a feeling of familiarity struck him but he could not recall who they were. He was more curious why three people would hide in the mountains and gambled in secret?

Therefore he hastened his steps and when he was near, he moved silently and out of sight. Then he saw in front of him was a gigantic boulder on the ground, as though it was man made arena.

Then he saw a young maiden in white, a thin old man with white hair and another old man with no legs.

That old man with no legs was standing with his hands and he was hopping around like he was jumping and flying! He was really weird and looked like he was doing the devil dance under the moonlight!

Under the moonlight, coupled with Zhan Bai superior eyesight, he could see quite clearly. That old man without any legs was the strange old man that had chased the [Jiangnan Two Extraordinary] three days earlier.

As for the thin old man with white hair, it was too far for Zhan Bai to identify him.

As for that young maiden in white, with her beautiful hair fluttering, was the delicate and innocent Zhan Wan’Er.

“Why did she come to the wilderness with two old men? What game is she after?…”

The old man without legs, grasped his clutches proudly and said, “What do you think? Even though an old man like me has no legs, I can still do it!”

“Alas!” Wan’Er sighed deeply before saying, “I think both of you have comparison martial powers. It is really hard to determine an outcome. Why not give it up!”

“What do you mean by comparison?” The old hair old man protested. “Little girl! Why don’t you pointed out who has the higher martial prowess! But no matter, I insist on proving which among us, have the truly superiority!”

“That is right!” The other old man with the clutches exclaimed. “We have already contested for three days and three nights, I bet you have already taken out all your skills. I bet you do not have any masterstrokes in your sleeves anymore! I must fight it all out with you!”

“But what is there to contest anymore?” Zhan Bai said, “Fist, palm, weapon, secret projectile, internal power, internal vital energies, swiftness agility and movement, what else is left? I think, why don’t both of you just admit that you are equal and make it a tie!”

“No way! No way!” The thin and white hair old man shook furiously as he repeated himself twice. Then he suddenly said, “Now the topic has arrived. Earlier, a man has just arrived and he is now watching us in secret…”

Without waiting for the thin and white old man to finish, the old man with the clutches interrupted, “I have already known that! Haha! He is just hiding behind that big tree on that mountain slope!” And he waved his clutch towards the direction of Zhan Bai.

Zhan Bai was startled. He was very sure he had concealed himself perfectly but who could expect that he was still unable to mask it from those two old men. Just when he was about to come out of his hiding place, the thin and white hair old man panicky shouted, “Wait! Wait a minute! Just stay where you are and don’t reveal yourself just yet!…”

Zhan Bai was even more startled. He thought, “I didn’t even move and he could guess what is in my mind? Does this old man have the ability to ‘Inspect the Heavens and Listening to the Earth’? How else then would he able to know what is on my mind!…”

“Let us guess the identity of this unknown person,” the thin old man said. “How old is this person? Is it male or female? Who can correctly guess it is the winner and the one that deduct wrongly is considered the loser! Old freak, what do you think of this idea?”

The old with the clutches began to laugh aloud. “You sly old man that rides a donkey! No matter how smart you are, you will never fool me! Someone that you have known has arrived, do you think I do know yet?”

When Zhan Bai heard that the thin old man was the one that rode a donkey, he immediately concluded that this eccentric old man must be the reclusive master Dong Qianli of the [Iron Guts Divine Donkey] fame that he had been searching for all along!

Therefore, he sprang onto the platform while shouting, “Old Senior Dong! I, Junior, have been searching for you in despair all this while!” He had forgotten that they were in the midst of a contest.

Dong Qianli stared blankly for instance. His martial accomplishments were said to be unequaled and his six senses were extremely sensitive. By listening to the footsteps of the intruder, he deducted it must be a young personal and definitely a man.

Therefore he wanted to use his superior deductions to win this old man with the clutches. But he never expected anyone to recognize him; that was because he had been concealing his whereabouts for decades. Even in the present pugilistic fraternity, very few would know of his name now.

Now that Zhan Bai had greeted him by his surname and further confirmed the prediction of the other old man, making him stumped for words. He asked, “How did you know my name?”

Before Zhan Bai could reply, the other old man was mocking, “There is no need for further play acting! I bet you have run out of ideas therefore you secretly ask a junior to hide down there so as to trick me. You can’t even food a three year old kid…”

Dong Qianli the [Iron Gut Divine Donkey] was indignant and he gently waved his palms while exclaiming in anger, “Old freak! Don’t blather non-stop and try taking a few blows from me!”

When Dong Qianli attacked with his palms, there was no windforce, for it was a soft and supple type of skill. But the impact of his palm strength was extremely shocking!

“I won’ cares a hoot even if it were a few hundred blows!” While the other old man had said, his five fingers too emitted an invisible soft gentle wave!

When their gentle wave clashed against one another, there were titanic thunderclaps! Amidst the first wave, they exchanged a further three blows that were so fast, fury that the surrounding mountains echoed with their titanic clash!

Zhan Bai was secretly startled. It was already so astonishing that they were so fast that he could not see clearly. Their gentle flurry palm strength could give off such startling power, it was out of the world!

When Wan’Er saw Zhan Bai appearing before her eyes, she was both thrilled and astonished. For a moment, she was dumbfounded. Then when the two old men had started fighting and Zhan Bai was looking as though he was entranced and did not look at her, she could not help remarking in melancholy, “Alas! They have started fighting once more. It looks like this is going to be another endless and futile fight again. They are already so old yet their tempers are still so uncontrollable huh!”

Zhan Bai sighed nonstop when he saw that the old man with the clutches was so dexterous and his martial abilities were not beneath that of the [Iron Gut Divine Donkey]. A cripple that could have such accomplishments was indeed worthy of praise and envy!

The more he looked, the more bewildered he was. He could not help asking, “Why did they want to fight with one another?”

Wan’Er replied, “I myself do not know what and why are they fighting for. I come here to look for you but to no avail. Instead, I come into them. And they been fighting for three days and three nights now. Virtually all types of unarmed and armed combat, all types of martial and internal martial skills have been fought over with but there is still no outcome. When you just arrived, I wanted to test them on the ‘Walking in the Air’ movement technique skill but the old man without any legs is still able to do it by replacing his legs with his hands huh!”

Now that Wan’Er had cleared some the air, Zhan Bai finally understand some of the situation. But he still did not know what cause these two old men to fight in the first place? Suddenly, he was interrupted by a curious thought and turned to her, “Wan’Er, you say you have been looking for me. Why are you looking for me?”

Wan’Er’s eyes turned starry, her heart was sore and she almost shed tears. She thought, “To save you, I almost lost my life and yet you do not even know huh?”

But she kept hidden her thoughts and said melancholy, “Let me ask you instead. When you are at the Xinglu Tavern and had been wounded by the [Red Dragon with the Blood Hand] with his red sloe blood skill palm, who save you?”

“Oh!” The realization dawned upon Zhan Bai and he said, “It is Wan’Er that saved me! Then you must have seen the [Living Dead Man] too? Why did I not see you when I regain consciousness?”

Wan’Er turned red and now when she recalled her humiliations and ordeal at the dead men dwelling place, she almost cried out…

“You two babies over there! Stop chattering nonstop!” Even though the [Iron Gut Divine Donkey] was in the midst of a dangerous fight, he found the time to shout at them. “Hurry and get away from here! I am going to use my killing masterstroke now!”

“I say!…” The another old man laughed merrily, “Old man that rides a donkey! Enough of the bluff! If you really have any shit masterstrokes, just use it will do! I will surely return you blow by blow!”

This made the [Iron Gut Divine Donkey] furious and suddenly there was sounds of wind and thunderclaps as his palm strength increased in manifolds! On the top of the platform where Zhan Bai and Wan’Er was standing, the wind was extremely strong and they could not find their footings!

Therefore they were forced to jump down from the platform and retreated to the top of a big pine tree that was tens of yards away to continue their conversations and at the same time, were speculators in their fight.

The two old men strokes and stances were simply too astonishing fast. Their windforce was especially strong and powerful. Their martial path was that of the soft yin types and not the earth shattering hard yang types but it could duplicate the power of the hard yang types! Not only that, under the moonlight, they were a blurry image and a twister sprang up from beneath them!

It was hard to believe that there were actually two men inside the twister, competing for martial superiority!

Zhan Bai had been trained in the Orthodox Intricate Formula of the Soul Binder Scripture and moreover, he had his eight wondrous meridians cleared and his eyes, ears were now extremely sharp now. He could see in the dark and moreover he was aided by the moonlight. But he still could not see clearly their intricate strokes and wondrous stances.

As for Wan’Er, she could not see clearly at all.

The old man with the clutches laughed hilariously, “[Iron Guts Divine Donkey], your ‘Wondrous Hand’ skill is just so and so. Do you still have any fresh techniques to bring out for me to appraise?”

This really infuriated Dong Qianli who had been fighting with him over three days. And he really was upset now. “Old freak, don’t be too arrogant yet. Catch my Iron Guts!” And a cold wave that rung a tingling sound rushed towards the old man with the clutches. He had released two powerful secret projectiles of his own invention – Iron Guts.

Although the old man with the clutches were initial shocked, he managed to deflect it and when he regained his composure, he laughed, “This is just a projectile used by little girls and is too easy for an old man like me!”

[Iron Guts Divine Donkey] released two more ‘Iron Guts’ and this time, it spin in mid-air before it flew like meteor fire towards him.

“Haha!” The weird old man with the clutches laughed, “It is a little interesting! Old Donkey, this is slightly better than what a little girl is capable of!”

This odd and bizarre style of shooting secret projectiles was totally unheard of and its power could not be described for no one was capable of doing it!

Zhan Bai and Wan’Er were sitting on the thick branch of the pine tree and looking. And they were shaking to the core as they stared wide-eyed as their spirits and souls were carried away by this display. They had even forgot to talk with one another!

[Iron Guts Divine Donkey] taunted aloud, “How about trying something even more dangerous so as to bring this game to a higher level of fun?” And it released three Iron Guts with even more startling power as three golden lights blinked from him and flew everywhere in circles towards the old man with the clutches.

This made the old man with the clutches was little panicky as he deflected the Iron Guts constantly as it flew back in circles no matter how many times he could deflect it! But fortunately, he had reached the point of reacting with his will and his body would automatically reacted! Therefore it was not impossible for him to dodge and deflect constantly!

But when the Iron Guts were deflected and went for another round towards the old man with the clutches, he had suddenly vanished from the thin air!

[Iron Guts Divine Donkey] was stunned and he composed himself for a second before he withdrawn his Iron Guts.

Then suddenly he had heard a cold and icy voice behind his back, “Your area attacking balls are nothing compared to my ‘Shadow Evasion and Invisibility’ special swiftness movement skill. If not for the fact that I have considered my reputation, you would have been severely injured if I were to strike you!”

[Iron Guts Divine Donkey] was solemn for a second before he turned around with his palm extended with an invisible eruption as the surrounding rolled like an angry tsunami.

Suddenly the old man with the clutches cried out in fear as he vanished, “Thunderclaps of the Buddha!”

A powerful tsunami-like windforce sped past from the hand of the [Iron Guts Divine Donkey] as it stuck a gigantic pine tree. Not only did it fell the gigantic pine tree with a thunderous sound on the right side of the platform, leaves and dust whirled around non-stop. The thunderclap sounds was like sonic as it echoed throughout the mountains and did not dissipated for quite some time!

Zhan Bai stumbled for words as he excitedly exclaimed, “What an awesome palm force! If a person can practice martial asceticism into such a level, it is really unconceivable and unfathomable!…”

Wan’Er nodded and said, “My father have many proteges under him and many of them topped the list as legendary fighters in the martial fraternity. I often bear witnesses to their duels and the force of their palms could not compare to this awesome power being unleashed!”

‘Your father!” Zhan Bai had suddenly recalled that Murong Han the [Meteor Hand] was among his father’s killers! Therefore he could not help asking, “Your father’s name is Murong Han the [Meteor Hand]?”

Wan’Er battled an eyelid at him and was melancholy, “Obviously you know. Why did you ask huh?”

“Then why are you not a Murong like your father,”Zhan Bai asked, “And is a Zhan instead?”

“Are you really so forgetful or are you pretending to be confused?” Wan’Er unhappily replied. “Didn’t I tell you before that I am following my mother’s clan name?”

“Everyone in the world usually follows their father’s clan name and not their mother’s clan name.” Zhan Bai blabbered out in bewilderment, “Wan’Er maiden, maybe you are not the real daughter of the [Meteor Hand]!”

Wan’Er expressions changed and she furiously said, “You are doubting me! Do you think I will lie to you?”

For awhile, Zhan Bai was too sad for words and he thought, “Wan’Er is such an innocent and kind heart-hearted girl. Moreover she have twice saved my life. If I am going to avenge for my father and kills her father, I wonder how abhor she will feel towards me…”

Wan’Er loved Zhan Bai deeply in her heart or else she would not have secretly left her home and had to endure bitter hardships in search of him.

But Zhan Bai’s questions earlier caused her to be extremely upset therefore she blunt out impolitely to contradict him. Now she saw that he was silence and was furrowing his brows, she assumed that he was angry with her. Therefore she hurriedly added, “Zhan Gege, are you upset with me huh?”

Zhan Bai shook his head and let go of a sight. “It is not that I am angry with you but…just alas!”

Suddenly Zhan Bai paused and grasped aloud for he had suddenly saw that the duel had intensified to such an extend that it had reached the point of life and death!

Wan’Er followed Zhan Bai’s glance and looked at the platform and saw that the two old men were now encircling one another in an extremely slow movement like two cocks fighting.

The duel had progressed from lightning fury attacks to another opposite extreme. It took them ages to unleash an attack! But each attack once it was unleashed echoed through the air like thunderclap and the force released was earth shaking!

Both Zhan Bai and Wan’Er knew instantly what was going on and knew that this type of fighting was based on their vital internal energies. There were no techniques at all. Each blow could shatter rocks and grind it to dust! If it strike a person, it would mean instantaneous death!

Zhan Bai wanted to seek vendetta for his father and he was especially concerned for [Iron Guts Divine Donkey] and hoping for his victory. He recalled his father’s horrible death and knew that given his poor martial skills, it was impossible for him to avenge him.

That was why he wanted to entreat this old man to include him as his protégé. Whether he could avenge for his father, his hope was totally rested upon this old man now.

If [Iron Guts Divine Donkey] were to be defeated now, all his hopes would be dashed. Therefore Zhan Bai was so nervous that his tightened fists broke into cold sweat!

The old man with the clutches was also a top exponent that hardly existed in the mundane world but Zhan Bai had never thought of entreating him as his Master for he carried an air of evil around him. His martial skills did not look orthodox to him and moreover, he would not know about the truth of his father’s death.

Therefore, although both old men did not have any relationship with him, he wished that the [Iron Guts Divine Donkey] would be the one that emerged victorious.

Wan’Er was not the least concerned about them and she threw all her heart instead upon Zhan Bai. When she saw that Zhan Bai was shaking and breaking into cold sweats, she comforted him with soft and emotional affections, “Zhan Gege, why are you so nervous? They are all old freaks. No matter what is the outcome, does it matter to us?

As Zhan Bai was totally focusing on the platform, he did not heard Wan’Er honey sweet affections and instead, he pushed her slim body aside and jumped down from the pine tree and headed towards the platform.

“Zhan Gege! It is too dangerous to go!”

Wan’Er was startled and cried out towards Zhan Bai but he did not take notice. Therefore she jumped down from the pine tree and sprang towards him.

At this moment, the two old men were no longer encircling one another but were now facing one another with both their palms extended out. Their internal power and internal vital energies were seen flowing through their hands! Their heads were wisping with hot air and everyone footstep they took left a deep mark three feet into the stone platform!

This was going to be last stage and also the most dangerous part when both their vital internal energies clashed with one another! This life and death situation would instantly be let known soon!

Zhan Bai knew that it was a dangerous contest. The one with the weaker vital internal energies would have his internal organs damaged by the strong vital internal energies and die! If both internal powers equaled one another, the result would be double fatalities!

Therefore he shouted anxiously, “Old Seniors! Is there anything that you cannot sit down and discuss. Why must it end in fatalities for both?”

But they were now in a critical stage and had to be in full focus. Even if they had heard Zhan Bai, they could not reply and remained in their combatant stance.

Now Zhan Bai was extremely worried and he moved forward. His intention was to separated them…

Just when he had taken two steps, Wan’Er pulled him and said, “Zhan Gege, it is unwise for you to go! At this moment, they have exercised their martial powers to its peak and are now surrounded by inertia barrier. Even before you can reach them, you will be jolted by it!…”

Zhan Bai wrangled free from her and said, “I can’t possible bear to see these two old men end up in double fatalities right before my own eyes!” And then he moved forwards.

But when he was about two yards away, he felt an invisible great pressure in front of him, halting him.

Zhan Bai was startled but did not lose hope and continued to force himself forward with all his might. There was a loud thunderclap sound and instead of moving forward, he was forced backward by several steps. He could feel his vital energies and his blood reversing. “So powerful!”

Wan’Er immediately caught hold of him, “Zhan Gege, are you injured?”

Zhan Bai shook his head, “It not serious…”

But before Zhan Bai could finish replying, both old men gave a great earth-shaking shout and there was a huge air explosion and tens of mini whirlwinds sprang out and scattered in all directions!

Both Zhan Bai and Wan’Er was knocked off the ground and was forced to move back by several steps. It took them a while before they had channeled their strength and to get their footings onto the ground.

When they did, they immediately looked at the platform and the scene horrified them!

[Iron Guts Divine Donkey] Dong Qianli had turned white and he had blood on his mouth and hair. He was now sitting on the ground with both his eyes shut. It was very obvious he was severely injured.

The another old man was also sitting on the ground with his eyes shut. His face was a ginger yellow, his mouth and edge of his clothing was covered with fresh blood.

It was all too obvious that both old men had sustained serious injuries!

Zhan Bai hurriedly asked as he walked to [Iron Guts Divine Donkey], “Old Senior Dong, are you injured?”

[Iron Guts Divine Donkey] did not open his eyes or say a word. It took him a while before he reacted by popping some pills into his mouth. Only then did he open his eyes and he smiled bitterly, “Old freak, are you still alive?”

“Don’t you worry!” The other old man opened his eyes and he too smiled bitterly. “As long as Donkey Old Man did not die, I will definitely not die as well!” And he too took out a bag of powder and swallowed it. “Alas!”

Dong Qianli let go of a long sigh, “Old freak, I have never met my match in my lifetime except for you! You are my worthy strong opponent!”

“The same goes for you!” The another old man exclaimed as well. “I have profess myself the invincible in the martial fraternity but never would I expect to encounter you just before I pass away. Even though both of us can’t live for long but the fight is really absolutely fabulous and immensely satisfying! For a martial person, to be able to die in the hands of martial, is so absolutely gratifying!”

“But,” Dong Qianli said, “How is that I am a total stranger in my impression for you. I have never heard of anyone in the pugilist fraternity talking about you. What is your name? If you can tell me, at least our fight will not be in vain…”

The another old man laughed aloud for awhile even though his laughter had weakened a lot since earlier. “To think you are called the [Divine Donkey]. Have you never heard of the [Divine Ape] before?”

Dong Qianli grasped out and suddenly he saw the light. “You are that from that southern wilderness, from Mount Li Gong, that [Divine Ape] Tie Ling. Your renown had already been known decades ago!”

“Indeed I am!” He said, “Southern Ape, Northern Donkey. Even though we have never met but decades ago, people of the pugilist fraternity have already put our names on par with one another!”

When Zhan Bai and Wan’Er had heard that this was the resounding Tie Ling of the [Divine Ape] fame, they were startled. It was because even though the [Divine Ape] had not appeared or seen in the pugilist fraternity for decades but his fantastic iron deeds were often discussed enthusiastic by the older pugilist generation!

Who would expect to see a legend right before their very eyes! Before they had merely heard of him but had never seen him before. Now that they noticed, with his round face, monkey mouth and a fiery pair of eyes, he did indeed bear resembled a monkey. Even though he looked comical, but they were unable to laugh…

Dong Qianli suddenly laughed aloud, “Actually, decades ago, I have wanted to find you but because I was entangled with too much affairs, I did not get my wish. But who would expect that decades later, I would finally have this opportunity. Now the two of us who are the older generation can finally have our wish and die without regrets!”

[Divine Ape] stared blankly for awhile before he said, “Indeed, before I die, I can finally meet up with the [Divine Donkey] is really my wish but I can’t say it is not without regrets!”

[Divine Donkey] Dong Qianli was startled. “I am almost a hundred. I believe that you are not younger than I am. It is really not an easy thing for us to roam in the iron blades of the pugilist fraternity and survive to this age. Moreover, just before we die, we can even die under the hands of our generation. What is there left to regret for?”

[Divine Ape] Tie Ling sadly said, “I am not as lighthearted as you. Just think about it. We are about to die in the wilderness and with no one to pick our corpses. If we have to die, sure we die but are we going to let the vultures and the wild beasts humiliate us? This is not a peaceful death at all!”

[Divine Donkey] Dong Qianli became sad as well, “Take me for example. In my life- time, I am a recluse and spend my time in leisure. I have no sons or daughters, moreover I did not have any protégé disciples too. My bones, it seem, is destined to be fed to the dogs! But you are different. Long ago, I have heard that you have two protégé disciples. Can’t they collect your corpse for you?”

When his protégé disciples were mentioned, [Divine Ape] expressions turned vicious and he hatefully clenched his teeth, “The mere mention of my evil heretic apprentices make me want to eat their flesh alive! Alas! Look!” He pointed at missing legs. “They crippled me and caused me extreme miseries that for decades, I cannot roam the pugilist fraternity freely!”

When Zhan Bai and Wan’Er heard this, they too were filled with indignant at this unrighteousness!

“The benevolent teacher is like one own benevolent father! Is there anyone with such vicious, ungratefulness, so cruel and unscrupulous as to cut off their benevolent teacher’s legs?”

Dong Qianli was even more indignant as he shouted loudly, “Don’t spare those evil heretic apprentices of yours lightly!”

Tie Ling stared at him for a second, “Wah! If not for you, I would have let them die under my clutches and they would not have escaped!”

Dong Qianli looked startled and cried out, “You mean that three days ago, the three men that you almost cornered, are your two evil heretic apprentices! There is a dwarf among them. Who is he?”

[Divine Ape] disappointing said, “That dwarf is their apprentice. If you have not stopped me from killing them that day, I would not be this infuriate with you. Therefore I immediately fought with you. At that time, you may thought that I was beyond reasoning…alas!”

He sighed and was filled with remorse as he said, “At that time, I was really too impatient. Without explaining things, I started to fight with you. When I come to recognize that you are the [Divine Donkey], all the more I am unwilling to let off of such an excellent opportunity to compete with you as I have long wanted that chance. It resulted in their escape. Now that I can’t cleanse these evil heretic apprentices out of my door, when I have died, they would surely plunged the pugilist realm into chaos.”

When he had finished, he kept sighing non-stop.

[Iron Guts Divine Donkey] Dong Qianli was also deeply remorseful. “Alas! I was only thinking of saving lives but I have never expected to save the lives of two rotten eggs! Heroics does not pay…”

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Chapter 21: The Intense Duel

When Meng Ruping saw that Zhan Bai’s sword was no ordinary sword, he was still determined to channel all his internal power to his wrist and hacked towards Zhan Bai while still in mid-air.

There was a shower of brilliant golden sparks as both swords clashed towards one another. The brightness was similar to a burning tree and the imagery was like a mirage!

Both felt their shoulders growing numb at the same time and the power of their strength was actually equaled!

As Meng Ruping had the advantage of the brilliant light in mid-air, he quickly tumbled eight yard away.

Both quickly started to inspect their swords for damage!

Zhan Bai’s Heartless Precious Sword was still as crystal like as water and did not seem to be damaged in any way while Meng Ruping’s black long sword was still as dark and also did not have any damage.

Therefore, both of them instantly knew that the other side had a precious sword in their hands and gave up the idea to damage the other’s weapon. And both decided to use all their best martial skills and once again they began to enter the melee.

Everyone could only glimpse the rainbow glare of Zhan Bai’s Heartless Precious Sword and Meng Ruping’s black long sword was like a black dragon flashing everywhere. Two powerful sword energies were flaring and its heat was radiating from the area!

When both were fighting fast and furiously, no one could see where they were except for their sword energies!

In a twinkle of the eye, they had exchanged more than forty strokes.

[Crouching Iron Back Dragon] was staring at the area and was shouting in a loud voice as he appraised both their swordplay, “Heh! Very good, young fellow! This stroke, ‘The Golden Needle holding the Seas’ is indeed well executed and worthy!”

“Alas! What a pity! Ruping! This stroke ‘Hacking the Prawn in the Waves’ is only lacking two inches and it could not harm the opposition…”

[Iron Wing Bird] was very solemn but his sharp brilliant small eyes were staring unblinking at the fight. He was biting his lips tensely but refused to say anything.

Jin Caifeng the [Jiangnan Most Beautiful Maiden] knew that her older protégé brother had inherited her father’s best skills and she was secretly worried for her admirer. Her big water eyes were looking unblinking at them and her fists were grasped tightly, so much that her fists broke into cold fragrance sweat.

As for the maids and man servants that were in the area trying to see the commotion, they were all dumbfounded as they stared wide-eyed. Even though they had seen many furious duels before but they had never seen one so tense and furious before.

The cold piercing sword wave and the windforce that was generated was extremely cold and its light too flaring. Quite a few was scared by it and could not stand properly. Unconsciously, they had begun to step back continuously.

And Zhan Bai and Meng Ruping was now at the most critical stage of their life and death.

Meng Ruping swordmanship was extremely high and moreover his swiftness movement arts were also agile. The way he moved was like an extremely agile monkey moving around and his swordplay was extremely vicious. All his strokes were aimed at Zhan Bai’s vulnerable positions. He could not wait to kill Zhan Bai hence removing this love foe.

Zhan Bai’s internal strength was vigorous therefore his breathing and execution was steady. His swordplay was orthodox and his hands, eyes, body, stroke, steps and in all ways were all extremely steady as though he had practiced long and hard before. As his swordplay was orthodox, honorable and aboveboard, there seemed to be an air of graceful poise and he seemed have a demeanor of a grandmaster.

As Meng Ruping fought with him, he was feeling weirder and weirder for Zhan Bai’s swordplay was the most commonly seen swordplay in the martial fraternity called the ‘Thrice Swordplay’. He only added a few weird additional modifications to it and it was not at all useful and brilliant.

He had always thought highly of his swordplay and was renowned as a swordsman too but still, he could not gain any advantage over him at the moment! He had already carried out several secret killer strokes and yet Zhan Bai did not panic and remained extremely composed as he used a simple stroke from a simple swordplay and neutralized his intricate killing strokes.

At this moment of time, they had battled close to a hundred exchanges without an outcome.

As Meng Ruping was growing impatience and coincidentally when Zhan Bai executed a stroke from the ‘Cosmos Return’, and hack across onto his head, this gave him an excellent opportunity!

Suddenly he blended over his body. Not only did he avoided Zhan Bai’s attack, he also counterattacked with a stroke from the ‘Moon’s Reflection’ and hurriedly hacked at Zhan Bai’s underneath!

Zhan Bai reacted by springing upwards and he displayed the ‘Meteorite over the Moon’ and once again aimed at the top of Meng Ruping’s head once more.

According to convention thoughts, Meng Ruping should have immediately use ‘The Evading Wind’ or the ‘Divine Bee’ to avoid Zhan Bai’s ‘Meteorite over the Moon’.

But he was too eager to claim a victory and therefore he thought he would try a risky stroke so as to achieve victory. Therefore he did not dodge or move and thrust his sword upwards with a stroke, the ‘Million flowers Meeting the Buddha’ and aimed directly at Zhan Bai’s chest.

Indeed, this stroke was extremely risky. If Zhan Bai swiftness arts were higher and he could change his position in mid air, and hovered upwards by three more inches, he would have pierced the top of Meng Ruping’s head.

But after close to a hundred strokes of exchange, Meng Ruping had figured out how the extend of Zhan Bai Zhan Bai swiftness agility. He had calculated that Zhan Bai could not know how to change his position in mid air nor could he hovered upwards, therefore he executed this risky stroke.

But did Zhan Bai really do not possess the ability to change his position in mid air? He could! It was because his martial arts and internal power had improved too rapidly that he himself did not know the potential of his internal power! Moreover he was also lacking in fighting experience and he expected Meng Ruping would dodge his attack.

But when Meng Ruping did not back off and thrust his sword horizontally towards his chest and Zhan Bai knew that he could not evade it and saw that he was about to be killed…

Those with average martial skills would never have saw how risky this stroke was but the [Twin Ironguards of the Jin Residence] and Jin Caifeng knew that this stroke was risky beyond compare and all of them gave out a startled cry.

“Ruping!” [Crouching Iron Back Dragon] gave a great shout, “What sort of fighting style is this!” And he sprang forward…

It was too late.

Zhan Bai panicked and he tried to muster all his internal powers onto his wrist and hand, channeling all the surrounding vital internal energies into his sword and swung it, knocking Meng Ruping’s black long sword away onto the ground leaving Meng Ruping stunned with his mouth opened.

Zhan Bai immediately flinched his wrist and landed the cold blade of the Heartless Precious Sword at Meng Ruping’s throat.

When Meng Ruping had saw that he was defeated, he was so miserable that he could feel as though a million arrows had just pierced him. This was the first time that he had been defeated in such a miserable state! And his beautiful face turned gray.

Zhan Bai had not expected he could freely muster and withhold his internal power to this stage. So when he placed the Heartless Precious Sword onto Meng Ruping’s sword, he too, was stunned and did not continued anymore.

“Hahaha!” [Crouching Iron Back Dragon] arrived like the wind and he was in front of them. He laughed heartily before he said, “Young fellow, you are really something! You have won and it is such an admirable victory! But it is just a duel to display both your inherent talents. Since both of you do not have any enmity with one another, that is enough. You can now sheathed your sword!”

Even though the [Crouching Iron Back Dragon] was very old, he had a ruddy red face and his bearing was majestic and commanding. His voice too was like a loud thunder and he had a charismatic presence.

Zhan Bai did not wish to kill someone who could not retaliate and moreover his plot to avenge his father was still undiscovered, he was still a guest in the Jin Residence. Also, he did not to be accused of killing an innocent. Of course, [Crouching Iron Back Dragon] played an important role with his commanding voice as well.

Therefore he sheathed his sword and stepped eight yards back before saying, “I will pay heed to old senior.” But he continued to face Meng Ruping and coldly said, “As long as you do not consider everyone else beneath you and to go about with your nose in the air…”

“Filthy rascal! Don’t be a too sure of yourself!” Meng Ruping thundered, “See if you can handle this or not!” He waved his left hands and a multitude of dazzling green light furiously flied towards Zhan Bai.

Meng Ruping used the ‘Showering the Skies’ method to launch the secret projectiles of the [Heavenly Bronze Coin] that was so famously known throughout the pugilist fraternity as the ‘Golden Coin Darts’.

“Older protégé brother! How dare you!…” Jin Caifeng exclaimed in startled cries…

[Crouching Iron Back Dragon] was equally shocked, “Ruping!” Zhan Bai was a guest of the Jin Residence and he had heed his advises and sheathed his sword. But he never expected that his own people did not respect his reputation and took the opportunity to make such a vicious sneak attack!

Therefore he thundered out angrily, “What are you trying to do…” And at the same time tried to knock down the darts with his windforce from his palms.

But the ‘Golden Coins Darts’ were specially made and the method of throwing was equally unique. Even the powerful windforce of the [Crouching Iron Back Dragon] could not knocked all the darts down! And several darts sped past him faster than before like meteor showers and aimed towards Zhan Bai!

There were three golden clanks of metals and three golden flare as three of the golden coin darts were knocked down by Jin Caifeng! It was because she had already prepared three golden coin darts in case of an emergency earlier.

When she saw that old senior [Crouching Iron Back Dragon] failed to knock down all the darts, she had launched hers.

But there were still four darts that were left! The golden coin darts were aiming at Zhan Bai’s shoulders and his legs!

When Jin Caifeng tried to take out more of her golden coin darts to save Zhan Bai, it was already too late. Her beautiful crescent face turned pale…

Zhan Bai tried to dodge the darts by tumbling but could only dodge three of them. He was struck on his left shoulder and the dart went deeply into his shoulder as fresh blood oozed out!

Zhan Bai felt a chilling energy on his injured shoulder and it went straight into his organs! He knew instantly that the secret projectile had been coated with poison! He was startled immediately but he clenched his teeth tightly and endured the pain. Quickly, he sealed his accupoints on his left shoulder and with his right fingers and then secretly used the ‘Golden Vest’ hand method to force the dart out.

“Young Hero Zhan!” Jin Caifeng quickly took out a pill and melancholy cried out, “This is the antidote. Hurry and administrate it! Or else…”

Zhan Bai clenched the golden coin dart that he had forced out and his expressions were terrible. And there were tears of blood flowing from his eyes. He did not even noticed Jin Caifeng soft and demure voice…

Jin Caifeng was flabbergasted when she saw the terrible expressions on Zhan Bai. She could not help but feel a chill in her heart.

She said in a trembling voice, “Young Hero Zhan, please do not be like this! It is my older protégé brother that wronged you. Wait for my brother to come back and I will surely inform him and asked him to administrate justice on your behalf!”

As she said, she tore off the clothes from his injured shoulder and administrated the antidote into the wound. She used her jade hand and massage continuously…

But Zhan Bai was not paying any attention. His mind was far away and was thinking of a sorrowful thing. But no one else knew what was in his mind…

When Meng Ruping had saw how concerned Jin Caifeng was towards Zhan Bai, his jealousy was once again ignited and he was prepared to use the golden coin darts once more.

“Ruping!” Old Senior [Crouching Iron Back Dragon] thundered aloud, “What are you doing? Are you not showing me at least a little respect and really wants me to make a move on you?!”

But Zhan Bai was not aware of the commotion and when Jin Caifeng helped him to administrate the antidote, he did not notice too. It was because he suddenly remembered how terrible his father had died. This golden coin dart was similar to the bronze coin and one of the six objects that his father had given to him just before he had died!

Immediately, he had imagined how his father was surrounded and had fought six powerful exponents. It was such a bloody scene. His father, Zhan Yuntian of the Thunderbolt Sword fame with his Heartless Precious Sword was trapped in the midst of the six most powerful exponents of his time. Did they attack him at the same time or did they use a wolf pack tactic to wear him off?

He really would not guess but he was sure that his father fought till the very end and exhausted all his vital internal energies before Jin Jiu or maybe others as well began to use their secret projectiles on him! Finally they began to descent upon him and began to hack…

But why did these people of the Jiangnan Seven Heroes fame who had sworn together in a brotherhood and swore to die together suddenly decided to gang up against his father? It was a mystery that was hard to figure it out!…

Zhan Bai continued to think. If his father did not die, he would share equal fame and renowned with the Jiangnan Seven Heroes and he himself, would grow up too with the status that was accorded to the present four young masters of the martial fraternity. At the very least, he would be travelling alone with his parents as they sojourned across the pugilist fraternity joyfully and led a carefree life. Unlike now, he was forced to wander in a downcast manner across the pugilist realm and had no place for him to settle. He was really pitiful!…

But Zhan Bai had a sudden realization. He was now without doubt that this golden coin dart was indeed Jin Jiu’s bronze coin dart! This proves that this Jin Jiu was without doubt his father’s killer and although he took a risk by entering the Jin Residence, he did not have the opportunity to see Jin Jiu yet.

But if he were to kill jin Jiu’s favorite disciple, he would surely appear! Now that he had this opportunity, why not take this chance to avenge for his father? If not, would he have any more chances in the future?

When his thoughts cleared, Zhan Bai suddenly shouted, “Stand where you are!”

This explosive shout was burst out from Zhan Bai vented up hatred and infused with his vital internal energies. His voice was like thunderbolt and it deafened the ears of all the others, causing them to feel a piercing breaking pain!

After Meng Ruping was yelled by Old Senior [Crouching Iron Back Dragon], he picked his black long sword and turned to move away. But after he took two steps, he was halted by Zhan Bai’s shout and he immediately turned around and stared viciously at him. “I will surely stand where I am! Hehe! Do you really think with your lousy swordplay, you can really win? That is because I am careless, that is why you managed to this small opportunity for victory. If it isn’t for the sake of Old Senior Gongsun, you will surely have died earlier!”

Zhan Bai unsheathed his Heartless Precious Sword and said, “There is no need to be so courtesy. We can start afresh and who is the strong, who is weak, there will be an outcome soon enough!”

Meng Ruping flashed his black long sword in his hand and exclaimed, “Do you think I am afraid of you!”

“Young Hero Zhan!” Jin Caifeng anxiously pleaded, “You are carrying an injury now. Do not be bothered with him…”

Even Old Senior [Crouching Iron Back Dragon] said, “Let get over this. We have already seen everyone’s strength and what is the point of another fight? This is not a vendetta…”

Zhan Bai pushed Jin Caifeng away and said, “Today, no one can stop us! If he do not die, then I will perish then!”

Everyone was astonished and thought that they were really going to kill one another. But they did not know the vendetta in Zhan Bai’s heart and the fire of jealousy in Meng Ruping’s heart had both ignited a burning fire that was three thousands feet high.

“Good!” Meng Ruping shouted, “Today, I will surely end this with you!” And he charged at Zhan Bai with a stroke ‘The Fire Prawn Piercing the Sun’.

Zhan Bai knew by now that Meng Ruping’s internal strength was not as solid as his foundation. He had depended on the mysteries and intricacies of his superior swordplay. Not wanting to lose his opportunity for as time flew, he might be on the losing end, he too, charged into the fray a ‘Making Waves off the Southern Seas’.

This type of swordmanship and fighting style was an extremely rare sight in the martial fraternity. Old Senior [Crouching Iron Back Dragon] was overjoyed while Jin Caifeng was startled. Even Old Senior [Iron Wing Bird] was showing emotions on his face as they all grasped.

Both Zhan Bai and Meng Ruping were both attacking furiously. They scattered the vases and various decorations in the court as they fought from one end to the other.

At first, it was Zhan Bai that was making all the attacks for more than ten strokes, and Meng Ruping was in a state of panicky as he tried to fend it off. Then when Meng Ruping got a breathing space, it was his turn to attack Zhan Bai continuously with his many superior swordplay, all of it extremely vicious and aimed at Zhan Bai’s most vulnerable positions.

But when it was Zhan Bai’s turn again, he too responded again with hurried attacks.

The people in the martial fraternity had never witnessed a fight like this one. Even the [Twin Ironguards of the Jin Residence] and all the veterans of the pugilist fraternity here who had seen and been to countless number of fights had never saw such a level of crazy fight before! For awhile, everyone was looking dumbfounded and even forgot to stop the fight…

Jin Caifeng was in a state of panic and she did not know what to do. She did not want Meng Ruping to hurt Zhan Bai but she also did not want Zhan Bai to hurt Meng Ruping. No matter, among all the others, she was the most anxious.

But both of them were fighting like crazy tigers and her voice was hoarse from shouting but they did not seem to bother and was focused on their intense and vicious fight.

Both their fighting style was exceptional unique. One made use of his great agility and superior swordplay, the other had a good foundation in his internal power and steady swordplay.

The entire court was now in a chaotic mess as more than a hundred strokes had been exchanged by both sides. It seemed that even if two hundred strokes were to be exchanged, there would still be no outcome.

Many started to heave and sighed. This fierce battle was a once a lifetime scene. Quite a few began to wonder what might the result be once the battle concluded at the end?

The [Twin Ironguards of the Jin Residence] were too engrossed in the fight and forgot their supposed responsibilities and duties. Old Senior [Crouching Iron Back Dragon] was gesturing with his hands and responding with praises while the solemn face of Old Senior [Iron Wing Bird] was excited beyond measuring; he was staring intensely with his small eyes at the crazed battle that was going on.

But before long, Meng Ruping was sweating and beads of perspiration flowed from his head as his internal strength was inferior to Zhan Bai.

Zhan Bai battled more and more courageous even though blood was dripping down from his injuries on his left shoulder. He attacked furiously as though his internal power improved the more he used it.

But now, Zhan Bai had corned Meng Ruping with the light of his sword.

Meng Ruping saw that he was surrounded by the imagery of Zhan Bai’s sword and he began to feel pressurized. He began to grow anxious and knew that if it were to continue, he would surely be defeated. This was not just a matter of pride! Not wanting to be defeated, not wanting to lose his beloved, it did not matter if he lost the respect of others, even his life would not matter!

He had secretly decided to harden his will to kill and he had taken out the golden coin darts and placed it in his hand secretly!

Jin Caifeng was so hoarse from shouting that she could no longer shout anymore. Now that Zhan Bai had the upper hand, she could tell from his expressions that if he had won, he would not hesitate to kill Meng Ruping.

And Meng Ruping’s expressions were equally vicious. He had already put the golden coin darts that her father had given him into his palms. Once this life pursuing golden coin darts were released, Zhan Bai would surely die or wounded by it!

She did not want anyone of them to be dead or wounded. Therefore she was in a state of great anxiety and her beautiful face had turned ashen. She had been too anxious and when she regained some of her composure, her intelligent mind reminded her that since her brother was not around, there was still the [Twin Ironguards of the Jin Residence] that was around. Only they had the power and ability to stop this fight. She looked at Old Senior [Iron Wing Bird] who was looking intensely at the fight and said, “Uncle Ba! Will you please stop them! Or else…”

When she saw that Old Senior [Iron Wing Bird] was too engrossed to take notice of her, she suddenly remembered that he was a weird person and sometimes did certain thing that was beyond the comprehension of the others. Therefore she turned towards Old Senior [Crouching Iron Back Dragon] and said, “Uncle Gongsun! Will you please step in and stop them from fighting!”

Gongsun Chu the [Crouching Iron Back Dragon] began to laugh happily, “Maiden, don’t you worry. Although they are fighting intensely but for the time being, the outcome…oh shit!”

Before he could finish, there was a horrible loud scream and blood was scattered everywhere!

Meng Ruping had turned horribly white and his left shoulder had been hacked off! Even though his right hand was still clutching his sword, it was now shaking uncontrollable!

When the servants of the Jin Residence saw their Master’s favorite disciple was injured, there was cries of panicky and anxiety…

When Jin Caifeng was asking Old Senior [Crouching Iron Back Dragon] for help, Zhan Bai had saw Meng Ruping reaching out for the golden coin darts. He had continued with a few violence and furious sword strokes before he displayed ‘Slant Abandoned’, a sword stroke from the Wind Chaser Swordplay.

This unique masterstroke was actually a superior swordplay from the Wind Chaser Swordplay using the principle of ‘There is falsehood in the Truth and there is Truth in falsehood’. Somehow Zhan Bai had picked it up from the Fan Brothers. He had a knack of learning any skills even in duress and it was not just mimic and could apply it and modified it to his own use without knowing the techniques involved.

Meng Ruping had saw Zhan Bai’s sword towards his right side and when he wanted to throw the golden coin darts, Zhan Bai had reversed his body and now his right was his left and caught by surprise, his arm was hacked off as he could not avoided Zhan Bai’s sword in time!

And the golden coin darts, together with his arm scattered on the ground.

It was really a coincidence. If Jin Caifeng did not try to ask Old Senior [Crouching Iron Back Dragon] for help, he would not be distracted and would surely have helped Meng Ruping and not let Zhan Bai hurt him.

Even though Old Senior [Iron Wing Bird] had seen it but he did not want to stop it. It was because if two sides battled with one another and one side were to perish, the person that perished deserved to die for his lack of skills and should not blame it upon others. Even if it were his own son, he would not care a hoot and he deserved it! It was because he had this view that a duel without blood was a disappointment instead.

When Old Senior [Crouching Iron Back Dragon] had seen that, he knew a troublesome tragedy had occurred. He immediately sprang forward into the scene and while in midair, extended his palm towards Zhan Bai. He was afraid that Zhan Bai might take advantage of Meng Ruping in his injured state therefore he entered the fray to interfere.

But Old Senior [Iron Wing Bird] was even swifter than him and like a flying bird descending upon a prey, was on top of Zhan Bai in an instant! He was like a mountain crashing down onto him!

Two powerful hurricane windforce, one left and one right descended upon Zhan Bai.

When Zhan Bai had caught sight of such a startling power, he dared not to engage in close melee and therefore he sprang back a yard away.

There was such a thunderous clap when both Old Seniors accidentally struck one another with their palm and claw that dust flew all over the place!

When they discovered that Zhan Bai had sprang backwards, they withdrawn in time half of their might but the power generated was still so awesome. The foundation of their internal power was indeed absolutely startling!

But Zhan Bai shown no sight of being afraid and he waved his sword to say, “Does the two Old Seniors wish to interfere and fight with me as well?”

Old Senior [Crouching Iron Back Dragon] sealed the accupoints of Meng Ruping’s accupoints on his upper left shoulder to stop his blood loss. Next, he immediately two servants to hurry and get some medicines…

As for Old Senior [Iron Wing Bird], he said coldly to Zhan Bai, “Rascal! Why don’t you hack off your shoulder now to save me the troubles of doing it later!”

Zhan Bai waved his sword but before he could say anything, Old Senior [Crouching Iron Back Dragon] interrupted with a laughter. “Second brother Ba! Let them settle it themselves! Why should we interfere? If this gets out to the pugilist fraternity, won’t we be a laughing stock and others would say we are using our seniority to bully the weak! Let these junior pugilists handle it on their own!”

Meng Ruping who just had some medical aid from the servants now walked towards Zhan Bai. He stared at him viciously and said, “I will never forget this vendetta, I will surely take vengeance for the loss of my arm!”

Zhan Bai retorted, “I will surely welcome you anytime, anywhere!”

Surprising, Old Senior [Iron Wing Bird] seemed to be extremely obedience to Old Senior [Crouching Iron Back Dragon] and did not say a word more now.

As for Jin Caifeng, her beautiful face had turned pale and she did not know what to do now…

Zhan Bai paid a respect to Old Senior [Crouching Iron Back Dragon] with his hands and said, “Old Senior, if there isn’t anymore thing, I take my leave now!”

Old Senior [Crouching Iron Back Dragon] was taken aback, “Young Fellow, why not wait till tomorrow? Wait for our Young Master to be back before leaving, alright?”

“I really have urgent matters to attend to and cannot afford to wait any longer,” Zhan Bai replied. “My sincere apologies and many thanks to you. I will now take my leave.

When he had finished, he sheathed the Heartless Precious Sword and once again, bowed with his hands and turned around to leave…

“Young Hero Zhan….” Jin Caifeng called out hurriedly thrice but Zhan Bai did not for once turn his head around and walked away.

Old Senior [Crouching Iron Back Dragon] stared at Zhan Bai all the way till he had vanished from sight but he did not say anything more to hold him back…

When Zhan Bai left the Jin Residence, he did not attempt to stay in any Inns for the night but he traveled throughout the night towards the Mountain Rocks of the Twelve Caves.

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Chapter 228: The Heaven Defying Sword

The strong winds beat against Yi Ping, threatening to lift him up to the vortex above.

He was now clutching onto his swords and staring at the monstrous monster in front of him. It was so monstrous that the dozens of spiraling tornado vortexes did not even have any effect on it. If Yi Ping was struck by one of the tornadoes, it would be disaster for him!

The power and strength disparity between them were simply too great!

The monstrous monster had now opened its jaws to roar thunderous and its roar shook the heavens and the earth!

And its two long elongated horns that extended outward like an elephant were attracting dozens of lightning like a lightning rod, spiraling before annihilating everything in its path!

Yi Ping murmured weakly, “So that is the manifestation of the Heaven Sundering Divine Calamity?”

However, he was also spirited because he had just survived the Golden Lightning Calamity and that he knew that this was the last tribulation that he had to overcome. He was thankful that he was still alive.

He looked up and grinned to himself, “So I am battling against the Heavens now? It seems that I can’t surrender now. But I wonder if you will want to surrender to me?”

He swung his right arm and looked fondly at the golden blade of the Celestial Alice. He had first obtained her when he had first reached the Celestial Realm but it really seemed like he had known the Celestial Alice for a long time. It was true because the Celestial Alice was the divine sword of the Dark Chaos Lord and the Goddess Celestial Alice. The imagery of the intricate strokes that had been displayed by the Celestial Alice and the Dark Chaos Lord now flashed in his mind…

He muttered fondly, “Alice…”

Next he swung his left arm and looked at the white beaming reflection of the Fantian Sovereign with nostalgia. He had obtained the Fantian Sovereign in the Stellar Sanctuary but this divine sword was no stranger to him; it was used by the Great God Pangu and he knew that his previous incarnation was the Great God Pangu. Uniting with the Fantian Sovereign now had only made his resolute will even stronger. It seemed like nothing was impossible for him!

He looked at the reflection of the Fantian Sovereign again and smiled, “Xian’Er, after such a long time and after so many tribulations, we are finally together. I cannot fail now or I will be letting you down and…also letting myself down.”

Finally he lifted his eyes to look at the approaching monstrous monster with an ironic smile as he thought of Lingfeng aka the Heaveness, “Things wouldn’t be completed without you. Lingfeng, I have let you down once more. Forgive me.”

He recalled with a delightful smile, “We are always arguing and fighting. You really didn’t resemble the Heaveness at all. Or is it because you have suppressed all your exalted self just for me?”

With a deep sigh, he muttered. “Maybe it is because I am hovering at death door so everything is so clear to me now. I have finally realized who I have been searching for and waiting now. I have let you all down…”

He clutched his divine swords, “If I die here then I wouldn’t be able to tell Xian’Er, Alice and Lingfeng how dense I have been. So I mustn’t fall…”

All of a sudden he had an inspiration as he murmured, “Maybe I can try this…”

With that he raised the Celestial Alice and the Fantian Sovereign high up. There was a brilliant rainbow halo that were reflected off the golden glare of the two divine swords and at the same time, powerful shockwaves ruptured from around him, dissipating the furious howling winds in an instant!

That was because the two divine swords had merged into a white gold divine sword that was doubled the length of his two divine swords.

He sighed softly as he thought of the fight that he had with the Guardian Divine Naga and the Infernal Demon Beast, “This is the third time that I have attempted to merge the Fantian Sovereign and the Celestial Alice as one. Hopefully this time, I will be able to unleash it without any interruption. The last time that I have merged it, the fight was already over…”

With a mighty shout, he displayed dozens of sword arcs with the new divine sword as sword energies flew energetic around him as he murmured, “The name of my new divine sword is the Celestial Sovereign. Your full name will be Heaven Defying Celestial Sovereign Sword…”

As sword energies exploded around him, white beaming phantasm swords shot up from the ground one after the other!

Once again, he had displayed the Thousand Memories Sword as he mustered the last reserve of his entire strength, “Take all my strength, the Heaven Defying! This may be our last battle. Our will as one!”

As the sword energies intensified by the shouts of Yi Ping, the white beaming swords began to reshape as it took new forms!

First to emerge was the Blue Heavens, the divine sword of the Fiery Phoenix Xingyue!

It was followed by Lie Qing’s divine sword, the Eternal Light and the Blessed Heaven, the divine sword of Ye Yin the Ascension Goddess!

Next were the Lele’s Divine Echo and Yunzi’s White Phoenix, followed by Alice’s Astronomic Eulogy and Yixian’s Heavenly Tear!

It was followed by the divine swords of Lingfeng, Isa, Yu’Er and Mei’Er!

Altogether, there were ten beaming phantasm swords!

Yi Ping coughed out a bout of blood as he thought, “I have extended the limits of my Thousand Memories Swords to ten?”

But he wasted no time to think about it as he could only maintain the Thousand Memories Swords for a short while as he charged at the monstrous monster, accompanied by ten hovering flying beaming swords around him!

As he sped toward the monstrous monster, the sword energies that were igniting out of the Celestial Sovereign gained new shape as it formed into new phantasm swords around him, protecting him from the furious lightning bolts!

He lifted himself with his all strength to execute the fastest swiftness movement that he had ever forced himself as he sped from boulder to cliff, cliff to mountain and until he was at a most high point as he jumped down onto the Heaven Sundering Demon below him!

By the time he had leapt at the monstrous monster with the Celestial Sovereign, accompanying by the ten hovering divine swords, there were literally hundreds of glowing phantasm swords that were scattered all over the ground and on the walls of the mountains!

But before Yi Ping could hack at the Heaven Sundering Demon, he was struck by a powerful wall of static but he continued to persist as he willed the Lyrical Whisper, the Harp Whisperer, the Blue Heavens and the Blessed Heavens to tunnel through the statics field, displaying the sword strokes of the Four Aggregates Sword Formation!

He was all too familiar with the Four Aggregates Sword Formation, having duel with Ye Yin, Xingyue, Yu’Er and Mei’Er on numerous occasions. In fact, if he wanted to, he would even display the Four Aggregates Sword Formation on his own but unfortunately, he could not split into four…

The Heaven Sundering Demon roared thunderously as it stared malevolently at the leaping Yi Ping. Immediately, its two elongated horns glow an electrifying blue as two streaks of blue lightning charged at Yi Ping!

These two blue lightning flashed thunderously at Yi Ping, its light were blinding and it was even more powerful that the Golden Lightning Calamity, so much that the entire heavens were supercharged by thousands of lightning forks that were immediately chained to the two blue lightning!

It was already too late for Yi Ping to dodge and he could not, for he was still in mid-air. Therefore, he could only fight it straight on. He sent the six other flying swords to collide with the two blue lightning!

There were a thunderous impact and the collision was as brilliant as ten thousand suns!

Yi Ping was hurled onto the ground with a thunderous impact, as mushroom cloud exploded at where he had landed as all ten of his Thousand Memories Sword were scattered into nothingness!

He coughed out blood as he lay on the ground weakly. He was convulsing as he gripped his divine sword, saying weakly. “I have failed. In the end, I cannot even get close to it and I am mortally wounded. I have no more strength left…”

But the Heaven Defying Celestial Sovereign Sword that was in his grip was resonating and was warm in his hand. It was as though it was protesting against its own fate!

Yi Ping turned to gasp weakly, “You still want to fight? But I have no more strength…”

All of a sudden he saw that there were hundreds of white phantasm swords around him and that these swords were emanating lightning!

He forced himself to stand up weakly, supported with the aid of his divine sword, “These swords have mitigated the lightning attacks by absorbing it…”

Indeed the ten divine swords had channeled the blue lightning attacks to the ground before shattering!

He muttered, “There are still residues of my Thousand Memories Sword left…”

Even though he had expended all his strength and could no longer maintain the Thousand Memories Swords but the sanctorum power of the Fantian Sovereign was its ability to materialize the surreal. When merged with the Celestial Alice, the will of the Fantian Sovereign continued to persist even after Yi Ping’s will had already faltered.

The Heaven Sundering Demon roared thunderously again as it marched toward Yi Ping!

Yi Ping muttered as he clenched his fist, “I can still fight…”

He was determined not to waste the precious seconds that the Fantian Sovereign had granted him!

He raised his divine sword high up. All of a sudden hundreds of lightning zapped from the hundreds of phantasm swords onto the Heaven Defying Celestial Sovereign Sword before forming into a brilliant white lightning before bursting forth at the Heaven Sundering Demon!

He shouted as he swung his sword into the Ultimate Heavens Encompassing Stroke, “Celestial Alice! I am now depending on your strength to magnify the remnants of my final stroke!”

The Heaven Sundering Demon reacted by discharging two brilliant blue lightning at Yi Ping!

Once again, it was like ten thousand suns had exploded as the heavens and the earth shook thunderously!

But this time, the Heaven Sundering Demon was dissipated into nothingness and even the howling winds had completely stopped now!

There was a brilliant purple glow on Yi Ping’s forehead as he received the mark of the Ninth Immortal Positioning!

He gasped weakly as he collapsed onto the ground, “I…I have won…”

In his ears, he could hear the exciting cries of the maidens that he had loved before he slumbered into a deep sleep!

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Chapter 10

But…” She sobs and said. “Don’t you know that what you going to do have a heavy price…From now on, you have become the traitor to the Pugilistic Fraternity. No one will forgive you…just like…no one will forgive me. You are still young…And you still have a very bright future…You should be respected by others…admired by people…In this vast Pugilist, there is no other person that have a future as bright as you…handsome, young, wealthy…born from a aristocracy family, comes from a respectable Orthodox Clan…Why did you want to throw everything away, just…so…because…of…me…”

Even in her sorrowful speech, her voice could not have been much clearer.

Nangong Ping lifted his head to the skies and he solemnly said. “You don’t have to say it anymore. As long as I can face my conscious, I will not care for the insults of others. For the sake of the justice of the Pugilistic Fraternity, I can even sacrifice my future. What does everything matter.”

When he thought of this, in his innermost heart there was a chill. Because the extreme loneliness was something that not even a hero could endure. But his voice remained as steady and his weak body became a body of will that could stand firmly even if it was a hundred blows coming. Even if he would die, he would not regret it.

Now he was beginning to understand this ‘Cold Blood’ maiden. He strongly believed that beneath her icy cold surface hid a warm heart that was like a fire – But this was not easy to be found out for because of the ignorant of others, she had long ago hidden this warm heart.

He unwittingly reached out his hands to softly comb her long flowing hair.

“Loneliness can be easily put aside, but wrongs are very hard to endure…” Mei Yinxue softly said. “All these, I have long endured. These heart breaking pain, you…still young. You will not understand how much willpower you will need to hold yourself together.”

Her voice had by now started to be composed but her words leaked out more of her heartbreaks.

Nangong Ping sighed and said. “The span of a human life will be over in a fickle of a finger. I only want to live a life of knowing what is good and evil, no sense of guilt just like Protégé Master and that is enough.”

Mei Yinxue lifted her head and at the same time, four eyes strangely gentle merged together. At that instant of time, they forgot all the happy and unhappy feelings, beyond the pains of life, death and sickness. They even forgot their status, place and age!

Therefore, they enjoyed a moment of golden silence.

At the same time, far away, slowly stood up a man in black. He looked idiocy at this man and woman almost to the point of complete stoniness. His eyes were admiring yet at the same time felt pity, yet there was a small trace of envy.

Therefore he could not resist sighing.

Nangong Ping and Mei Yinxue was suddenly startled and got up and said at the same time. “Who?”

And they saw a shadowy figure from far away running over to them. In an instant, he was here.

Nangong Ping exclaimed. “It is you.”

Mei Yinxue tears had dried and her face regained her composure. She coldly said. “How would Mount Tian disciple be this sneaky?” In her all life, she liked to act strong and most afraid of her tears being seen by others. Therefore she at this moment was most afraid that this Mount Tian disciple who had suddenly appeared had secretly heard her and saw her composure.

Di Yang, who had been sighing earlier, was now covered with a laughing and smiling face. “The words of the Cold Blood Concubine are indeed very chilling to the bones…” He ceased his laughter and said in a serious tone. “But when I arrived here, I have no intention to sneak.”

Mei Yinxue coldly hummed and turned her head back.

Di Yang felt a heart wrenching pain in his heart but still he laughed merrily. “Mei Yinxue, do you know why I am here for?”

Nangong Ping paled and asked. “Are you here too for…”

Di Yang laughed. “Wrong, wrong. Even if you don’t say it out, I know you are wrong.” He ceased his laugh and said solemnly. “Although you and I only meet once but I strongly believe that what you been doing, will definitely not be a disgrace to the righteousness of the Pugilistic Fraternity. So how will I come to with ill intention!”

Nangong Ping was silence for awhile and could not help sighing. He slowly said. “I did not expect that in this whole wide world, there is another person that understands my difficulties…” His words were filled with gratefulness. And this telling sign of a friendship caused the breeze to be filled with a warm feeling.

Mei Yinxue turned her head, softly laughed awhile and said. “Then…I must have really wronged you!”

Her frosty face had suddenly changed to a smiling face. It was really like a barren desert that suddenly bosomed forth a flower. From now on, if anyone were the bosom friend of Nangong Ping, so would he be her bosom friend. Even though she might loathe a person but if that person could praise Nangong Ping, she would also turned her loathing to a smile.

Di Yang really did not dare to look at this smile that was like a flower. He lowered his head and suddenly laughed merrily. “Do you know that I have come to report my contribution?”

Nangong Ping was slightly startled. Only to hear Di Yang laughed and said. “Do you know what cause that big fire to start?”

Nangong Ping was filled with appreciation in his heart. If it were not for that big fire, now he would not know where would he be.

This appreciation that was so delightful that it caused Nangong Ping to bow to Di Yang. Although he was filled with gratefulness but he did not know what to say.

Di Yang smiled. He knew that this soundless appreciation was even more esteemed than speech. It was so heavy that he did not know how to do with it so he could only try to laugh it off to calm his heart that was very touched by his gesture.

“When I descended from Mount Hua,” he laughed. “I too, have reached Xian. But I arrived late and Xian City was already in a state of pandemonium. I tried to squeeze in and asked what happened. When I secretly took a peek above, I saw the Chief of Zhongnan Sect and you in a painstaking duel. I analyzed the situation and knew that it cannot be resolved. And it was also impossible to lend you a helping hand. Therefore…haha, therefore I could only sneak around and set the fire.”

Nangong Ping looked at Mei Yinxue from the sides of his eyes. Mei Yinxue said. “Just now I have already said, I have wronged him.”

Di Yang laughed. “Don’t worry, don’t worry. This ‘sneak’ word, I unintentionally used it.” He merrily laughed and said. “That ‘Eternal Restaurant ’ although it was built grandly but who would expect that, it would not hold the fury of the fire. I only set three, four torches and the fire spread like wildfire. When I saw the two of you escaping out from Xian City, I would not resist the temptation to follow. After searching for quite a few, I finally found the both of you. Actually I just want to meet you and there is no other reason.”

Mei Yinxue softly sighed. “You are not here to simply talk to him. You are afraid he would be badly injured and I am unable to take care of him…Haiz. I didn’t expect you to be such a good friend. But a pity…a friend such as you, is very rare in this world.”

Although Di Yang felt very touched in his heart but his mouth laughed merrily. “Maiden Mei, although you can be uncanny accurate but you think of me as too kind.”

Although Nangong Ping too was feeling touched but his mouth said. “I was slightly hurt but now I am alright now.”

These two young men although they had a warm heart but they were also haughty. Although they felt very touched but was unwilling to display it on your face. Although they were filled with a warm feeling, they acted like they were nonchalance.

Mei Yinxue smiled and smiled. “Is my guess wrong?”

Before she could finish, there were a eerie laughter coming from afar. And a man coldly said. “Naturally you have guessed wrongly. Those that secretly set fire, would he be a hero and a real man? How could he be a good man!”

Nangong Ping, Mei Yinxue and Di Yang were startled at the same time and turned their body!

In the darkness was a man with a snowy white fan. He was like a phantom that slowly made his way to them.

Di Yang straightened his body and immediately plunged forward like an eagle and attacked with his powerful hands.

The man in black laughed and commented. “What an extraordinary fast swiftness movement skill!” And he avoided Di Yang’s attack and reached the front of Nangong Ping.

Nangong Ping greeted him. “It is Hero Ren!”

Di Yang lowered his hands. He knew now that it was a friend and not a enemy.

‘Fragrance of a Thousand Miles’ Ren Fengping laughed. “Who will expect that the person that set the fire is from the Mount Tian Clan!”

Nangong Ping did not expect that this person would be here so he introduced him to Di Yang.

Ren Fengping laughed aloud. “Young hero Di, the one that constructed the Eternal Restaurant did not use inferior materials. It just that I have added some combustible materials that the fire spread like wild fire!”

Di Yang laughed and said. “People said that ‘Fragrance of a Thousand Miles’ is an extraordinary hero from beyond the Pass. Now that I have seen it, it is indeed true.”

Ren Fengping said. “I am concerned about the whereabouts of Nangong Ping and this man who set the fire. Therefore I have followed!”

He took a glance at Nangong Ping, Mei Yinxue and Di Yang for awhile before he said solemnly. “After today, Mei Yinxue and Brother Nangong will find it difficult to move around in the Pugilist. I wonder what are your plans for the future?” His speech seemed honest but in his eyes he seemed to disguise something.

Nangong Ping sighed. “After today’s matter, I know that I will not be forgiven by the people in the Pugilist. But as long as I am without guilt, it doesn’t matter anything to me. Most probably I will visit Zhijiao Manor once. If I got the time, I will go to my hometown to pay my parents…”

Ren Fengping said. “Other places you can go but these two places you cannot go.”

There was a slight change in the expression of Nangong Ping as Ren Fengping explained. “Do not blame me for being straightforward. When Maiden Mei roamed the Pugilist doing whatever she cared to do in the past, she really made a lot of enemies. I believe that after what happened in Xian today, in a matter of days, the whole of the Pugilistic Fraternity will come to know that Maiden Mei is alive and her enemies will come knocking. If they cannot find the two of you, they will most likely to come knocking into those two places. Although the both of you are highly skilled, but you cannot win the masses…Haiz! Moreover Brother Nangong fellow clan brothers and sisters…” He solemnly sighed and then stopped.

Nangong Ping seemed to ponder while Mei Yinxue coldly laughed and asked. “Therefore, in Hero Ren opinion, what should we do?”

Ren Fengping paused for awhile to consider as he knew that in front of this clever maiden, he must not say the wrong words.

“I am stupid therefore I can only provide some ideas.” He smiled and solemnly said. “Maiden Mei made many enemies during her time in Pugilist. Although they are the same enemies but times have changed now.”

Mei Yinxue looked puzzled and asked. “How do you explain it?”

Ren Fengping explained. “At that time, these people are scattered all over. Among themselves, they do not know who is the also the enemy of Maiden Mei. Moreover owing to the circumstances at that time, no one will be willing to say it loud. But after ten years, the times are different. If those people know that Maiden Mei is still alive, they will be sure to group together to seek vengeance.”

There was suddenly a very mysterious smile on her smiling face as she slowly added. “Are they all coming just so for vengeance? I afraid…” Suddenly she looked at Nangong Ping and immediately stopped.

Ren Fengping said. “No matter what. In my humble opinion, just the two of you will surely face many dangers…”

Nangong Ping interrupted. “You mean to say that we should seek shelter in…another Clan?” His voice was solemn and unhappy.

Ren Fengping smiled awhile. “With the status of two of you. I won’t say the word ‘Shelter’ even if I have the guts to say so.”

Mei Yinxue coldly said. “Hero Ren. If there is anything please say it out directly. Isn’t better than going around the bushes?”

Ren Fengping laughed. “In the presence of the smart people, there is no need for secrecy. If there are no friends that stand by you, I afraid it will be very hard for you to walk around in the Pugilist in the future. The two of you have a bright future. If you carry on like this, it will be such a waste.”

Nangong Ping sighed. “In this world, other than the two of you as my righteous friends, where can I find more.”

Di Yang laughed and said. “I am minor but Brother Ren…Hehe. He is indeed a undeniable hero of the pugilists and a Hero from the beyond the Pass.”

Ren Fengping smiled in appreciation. “What I have is only a title. How can I ever possibly be compared to you? Both of you are young, handsome heroes–” Suddenly he stopped and solemnly added. “But I have the fortune to know a friend. He is really a talent among talents. And he has a most heroic heart. He even knows the formation stratagems, music, chess and painting. As for his martial skills, it is even more extraordinary; he could use a leaf or a flower to wound others. He loves to make friends and his hospitality greatly exceed that of mine.”

Mei Yinxue secretly laughed coldly in her heart while Nangong Ping and Di Yang was impressed.

If it were others who said a similar thing like this, it would seem unbelievable. But from the mouths of ‘Fragrance of a Thousand Miles’ Ren Fengping, the temptation to know was different.

Therefore the two of them asked at the same time. “Who is this man?”

Ren Fengping smiled. “He stays beyond the Pass. Very few people know of his name but the name of Shuai Tian Fan would be known far and wide in future.

Di Yang commented. “What a dashing name.”

Nangong Ping said. “If such an extraordinary person will to come to the Central Plains, I will surely want to know him. Unfortunately I do not know him.”

Mei Yinxue asked. “Then Hero Ren, your meaning is, if we can make such a man as our friend, then all our troubles will be over?” Her tone was still cold and icy.

Ren Fengping said. “Brother Nangong, the Pugilist Fraternity is like a scattered sand. Kunlun has long been dominating the western region, Shaolin dominating the Central Plains, Wudang dominating in the areas of Jiangnan. Further south is Diancang and to the east is Huangshan. To the north is Mount Tian and to the west is Zhongnan. All of them possess their own techniques. All of them have long wanted to dominate the entire Pugilistic Fraternity and potentially caused the entire realm to enter into chaos.

It was only of what happened in Huangshan in the past that caused grievously the loss of so many pugilists and because the ‘Divine Dragon and the Phoenix’ had been leading the Pugilistic Fraternity that the realm is currently at peace.”

Although his words had left the topic but Nangong Ping and Di Yang listened on with interest.

Ren Fengping added. “But now the various Sects and Clans are slowly regaining their lost strength and secretly on the move. Now that the Divine Dragon had disappeared, the balance that is holding the Pugilistic Fraternity is gone. If within a year, there is no one to hold the balance, the entire realm will be in a state of chaos.”

His words were like gold that impressed deeply in the hearts of men. Nangong Ping and Di Yang felt their hearts stirring.

Ren Fengping glanced at them and was secretly feeling happy at their expression. He added. “What have been divided will be whole again. Peace will come again after chaos. This will occur naturally. If during this time of chaos, there is no one in the Pugilist that could uphold righteousness, then the chaos caused by the hundred clans would not only cause chaos, plunder and rape would also be inevitable. If it still descended into chaos and no one can stop it, then how sorrowful will it be?”

Nangong Ping sighed. “Indeed. This is an excellent foresight.”

Ren Fengping smiled and said. “I don’t have the hidden talent of a crouching dragon. That Shuai Tianfan is the real Zhuge (Zhuge Liang (AD 181 – 234) was one of the greatest Chinese strategists of the Three Kingdoms period, as well as a statesman, engineer, scholar, and inventor. Zhuge is an uncommon two-character compound family name. His name (or even just his surname) has become synonymous with intelligence and wit in Chinese culture) from beyond the Pass. Although he has not even stepped into the Pugilistic Fraternity but his ability to analyze the situation of the realm is the same as actually witnessing it. To be honest with the two of you, I have stepped into Yumen, acting under orders to search from among the numerous pugilist heroes, to find those with the guts and enlightenment to resolve this situation. So that in future, we can uphold justice and righteousness for the entire Pugilistic Fraternity.”

Di Yang narrowed his brows and added. “Excellent thoughts for righteousness. But a pity there is no wine here or I will want to merrily toast you three times.”

Nangong Ping was perplexed in his heart and he became silence with many thoughts in his mind.

Mei Yinxue could not help but coldly laughed awhile and secretly thought. “I see that this Ren Fengping is a persuader for that Shuai Tianfan to buy over the hearts of others. Alas, alas, this Shuai Tianfan wants to dominate the Pugilistic Fraternity. He has such a wild ambition.” She paused to consider. “The appearance of Ren Fengping is most extraordinary, his martial skills outstanding. Even his words are inspiring and are anything but ordinary. What is more, he is also a heroic figure with a warm heart. No matter which angle I analyze, he can be considered a talented hero. Even that ‘Manshan Two Brothers’ listen to him. And he is only a persuader for that Shuai Tianfan. From these, that Shuai Tianfan martial prowess, talents and intellect are indeed unfathomable!”

When she had thought to this point, she could not help but felt astonished in her heart. She noticed that Ren Fengping did not say anything now but was like a speculator that was looking at their reaction before he said. “Brother Nangong, with your martial skills, talent and intellect, with your family wealth, the future of the Pugilistic Fraternity will definitely be yours. But you are unfortunately to be involved in a messy situation that could not find the understanding of your fellow pugilists.”

“Even your fellow clan brothers will not be able to understand. You cannot move front or back, surround by enemies from left and right. Even if you have a thousand grievous but you still cannot earn the trust of the world. But if you will to co-operate with Shuai Tianfan and with the aid of this heroic Brother Di, there is no difficulty that cannot be resolved! Once the matter is over, not only can you uphold justice and righteousness for the Pugilistic Fraternity but also summon all the fellow pugilists and explain the head and tail from the beginning to the end. At that time your status will be different and your words will be golden instead. Will there be anyone in the Pugilistic Fraternity that dared to say a word of disrespect to you? Not only will you not be in any danger; you will also be famous throughout the world. Even ‘Zhijiao Manor’ will hold a important place in the Pugilistic Fraternity realm forever because of your fame!”

His words although said in a grave tone but every single word seemed to move the hearts of the listeners. It really caught the attention of the listeners and once they had listened, they could help but feel moved.

Ren Fengping looked at Nangong Ping and Di Yang, observed their expression and laughed aloud. “As the saying goes, if the hearts of two joined, it can severe gold. If the two of you will to join forces with me, in the future, the whole world will belong to us brothers!”

Mei Yinxue rolled her eyes and softly laughed. “According to Hero Ren, in less than ten years, this exceptional talented Shuai Tianfan will be the Alliance Chief of the entire Pugilistic Fraternity?”

Ren Fengping laughed. “If we could have the aid of the young hero Nangong Ping, in less than ten years, we can indeed control the situation of the Pugilist in our hands.”

He was very satisfied and proud, very sure that these two men would be moved by him.

Mei Yinxue softly laughed. “This Hero Shuai lead a recluse life outside the frontier, have not yet stepped into the Central Plains but already have the lofty aspirations to dominate the Central Plains and the Pugilistic Fraternity. It is really very impressive and worthy of respect.”

Although her smiles were very demure, beautiful and sweet but her words were actually that of disdain. But Ren Fengping, who was feeling sure, did not noticed it all.

He smiled and said. “The three of you are very intelligent people. I am sure you will understand my efforts…”

Mei Yinxue rolled her eyes again and softly laughed. “Hero Ren kind intentions, we are indeed very moved but…” She looked at Nangong Ping who did not show any expression and was in thoughts.

Therefore she softly laughed and added. “We are in a very critical situation now and we are on the run. But Hero Ren grand plans are so far from being fulfilled. And that Hero Shuai is not even in the Central Plains yet…”

‘Fragrance of a Thousand Miles’ Ren Fengping laughed and added. “Since everyone have the intention to participate in this grand scheme, I as brother will not dare to hide anything from everyone.”

He ceased his laughter and said solemnly. “Although it appeared that I have only been in the Pugilist for a few months but in fact, I have been within the Pass for five years. These five years, I have established in the Pugilist some foundations. But because the time is not ripe, therefore there are no one in the Pugilistic Fraternity that know about it.”

Mei Yinxue giggled. “Putting other things aside, just Hero Ren unfathomable martial skills alone is an amazement!”

Ren Fengping looked pleased and said. “For my selections of talents, those ranked in the middle I have found quite a few friends but those ranked on the upper echelon, are so few. Therefore it is the reason why I need the great support of the three of you because very soon, that Shuai Tianfan will enter the Pass.”

Although he thought of himself as brilliant but he did not know that the demure Mei Yinxue was drawing him to relax his guard with her beautiful smiles and her alluring eyes had already captivated him.

Nangong Ping and Di Yang had a slight change in their expression but Ren Fengping eyes shone brightly in a dazzling light. He added. “Not far from here, I have a villa. Although it is simple but it is quiet. I am sure no one will disturb the three of you. Unfortunately I have to remain in Xian City for awhile therefore I am unable to accompany you.”

Mei Yinxue purposely sighed in disappointment and slowly added. “Then what shall we do?”

Di Yang looked on seemingly frustrated while Nangong Ping knew her she had always been like that therefore he kept quiet and waited what would happen next.

‘Fragrance of a Thousand Miles’ Ren Fengping smiled. “No to worry. Although I am unable to accompany the three of you but there will be someone to lead…”

Suddenly he stopped and he looked at the three of them.

The smiles on Mei Yinxue face grew even sweeter while Nangong Ping kept his composure. Although Di Yang was getting impatience, for the sake of Nangong Ping and Mei Yinxue, he endured.

Ren Fengping was pleased with their expression therefore once again he recovered his smiling face and reached into his clothing and slowly said. “Although I want to be eager friend with the three of you but you may not believe yet…” His hand took something from within his clothing. Mei Yinxue, Nangong Ping and Di Yang took a glance and saw that he had a taken out three colorful sacks that shone like gold.

Mei Yinxue laughed lovable for awhile and then asked, “It so beautiful. What is it?”

Ren Fengping solemnly said. “Until now, those in the Pugilist that have seen this is rarer than rare…” He respectfully opened one of the sack and everyone caught a strange sweet aroma coming from the sack. From it, he took out a square ordinary purple wooden tablet and respectfully put it into Mei Yinxue’s hand.

Mei Yinxue lowered her head and noticed that this ordinary looking tablet had an exquisitely workmanship. On the surface was a craving of a picture. On top it was a Buddha that sat on the high clouds above the peak of a tall mountain. And behind the image, was the setting sun. And in the cloud was a man whose looks were impossible to tell although it was very bright around him.

On the other side of the tablet were the lines of a Tang poet Gao Shi taken from the Song of a Sparrow. A man should have roamed carefree in the turmoil of the Pugilist realm.”

Mei Yinxue had been looking at it for sometime now with her head down. She looked up and laughed. “The man that was on the tablet, is it that of Shuai Tianfan?”

Ren Fengping nodded his head and replied, “This ‘Fragrant of the Wind and Rain Tablet’ belongs to Shuai Tianfan.”

He smiled and gave the two other sacks to Nangong Ping and Di Yang. “Because I want to gain the trust of the three of you, I make an exception to ignore any paper works and entrust these tablets to you.”

Mei Yinxue played with the tablet gently with her hand and then laughed. “What paper works?”

Ren Fengping replied. “Once the three of you reached the villa, you will know naturally!”

He suddenly clapped his hands with both his hands and there was a loud noise as the figure of a man that moved very fast appeared. He was one of the ‘Manshan Two Brothers’ Chang Sun Dan!

He moved lightning fast and was besides Ren Fengping in an instant. He looked maliciously at Mei Yinxue but when he saw the tablet on her hand, he was startled.

Ren Fengping smiled. “Brother Chang Sun, I know you have a misunderstanding with Maiden Mei but from now on, we are a family. Brother Chang Sun, you should forget about the past.”

Chang Sun Dan paused to consider for awhile before he coldly said. “I have already forgot about it.”

Mei Yinxue laughed lovingly and said. “Wow, what amazing speed!”

Ren Fengping laughed. “Can I bother Brother Chang Sun to accompany them to the ‘Fragrance Scent Manor’. I have some business at hand in Xian but I will hurry to meet up with everyone after I am done!”

Chang Sun Dan said. “Then…the sword…”

Ren Fengping laughed. “Brother Nangong, the precious sword that you have left behind in Xian City, I have sent my people to find it for you already.”

Nangong Ping who was in deep thoughts was startled to hear that.

Chang Sun Dan took a long sword from behind his back and coldly said. “The scabbard may not fit.”

Ren Fengping took the sword and handed it over to Nangong Ping and smiled. “Just now when I entered your room at the villa, I had already saw this famous precious sword. Later, I did not see Brother Nangong carrying it besides you. I hope I did not offend you by bringing it to you.”

He did not wait for Nangong Ping to appreciate his thanks and turned to Di Yang to ask. “Brother Di, do you know what so special about the wooden tablet?”

Di Yang who had been looking perplexed coldly laughed. “No matter how special this wooden tablet is, I will never become the claw of some one that want to dominate the Pugilistic Fraternity. Humph, humph…” He turned over his hand and threw the sack down on the ground and looked in the sky and refused to take a second look at Ren Fengping.

Ren Fengping was startled and his expression changed. He croaked. “Brother Di, you…you…”

Nangong Ping took a deep sigh and said. “I am really appreciative of Brother Ren kindness. If that Hero Shuai is to come through from the Pass, I hope that I can be friend with such a great heroic figure but…” He sighed again and handed over the sack to Ren Fengping and added. “I am stupid, have no talent and moreover I am too willful. Therefore I am afraid I am unable to participate in Brother Ren grand plans. But, alas…I will never forget your kind gestures.”

He was born to be appreciative and kind. Although he appreciated the kind intention of Ren Fengping but he was not willing to be brought over by someone.

But he felt he owe something to this man therefore he was sighing.

Ren Fengping turned bronze green, clenched his hands tightly and seemingly almost crashed the sack that he was now holding. He turned slowly and looked at Mei Yinxue.

Mei Yinxue laughed and said. “I am for anything…” She gently laughed and returned the wooden tablet to the sack.

Nangong Ping expression had a sudden change while Ren Fengping eyes shone.

Mei Yinxue laughed and added. “But I don’t have any ambitions and guts therefore I can only give a thank of appreciation to Hero Ren. But…” She suddenly placed the sack into her dress and lovingly laughed. “I like this sack and wooden tablet very much so I am loath to return it to you. Since you have been so generous in giving it to me, I am sure you will not be so petty as to take it back. Hero Ren, do you agree?”

Di Yang could not resist making a laugh and noticed that Ren Fengping turned very pale and was stunned.

Ren Fengping slowly stretched down, picked the sack that was on the ground and looked very downcast.

Nangong Ping felt sorry for him and solemnly asked. “Brother Ren, if you need anything in future…”

Before he could finish, Ren Fengping burst out in hilarious laughter. It was icy and shrieking.

“Very good!” He laughed. “It seem that I am blind today. I see that the three of you have been making a fool out of me…”

Suddenly his laughter ceased and he slowly said word by word. “But since the three of you have known of my secrets, do you think you can leave here alive? Hehe! Do you really think Ren Fengping is an idiot!” He clapped his hands and he moved back seven feet!

From all around, in the shadows, more than ten men appeared with maces.

Nangong Ping, Di Yang, Mei Yinxue was startled while Chang Sun Dan remained solemn and flashed a sword!

Ren Fengping said in jest. “If I have no confidence to seal your mouths, would I dare to reveal those secrets in front of you?” He made a signal and his men surrounded Nangong Ping, Di Yang and Mei Yinxue.

Nangong Ping swept his eyes around and suddenly coldly laughed. “The feeling of appreciation and gratefulness have now been washed away by your this gesture!”

Ren Fengping coldly laughed. “It doesn’t matter if you are grateful to me, humph, humph! There is no difference now.”

Nangong Ping laughed. “Hundreds of pugilists surrounded me at Xian City. Will these tens of men cause me to lose my life here?”

Di Yang said aloud. “For those with the guts, they can also have the taste of the Mount Tian Divine Sword!”

Ren Fengping coldly laughed. “Let me show you the result of five years of my painstaking effort whether it is any different from those rubbish in Xian City.”

Mei Yinxue solemnly said. “Don’t try to attack first, use inaction to counter action.
If there is anything wrong, clear a path out of the formation first…”

Ren Fengping said aloud in a clear voice. “Heaven!” then “Earth!” Tens of men attacked at Nangong Ping, Di Yang and Mei Yinxue at the same time in a tremendous show of force that startled them.

Nangong Ping shouted as he drew his long sword on his right hand. Mei Yinxue dress fluttering in a dance while Di Yang readied his fists as the three of them stood back to back with one another.

“Wind!” Hissed Ren Fengping.

The attacks grew even fiercer with the chains swinging and making ding dang sound.

Suddenly Di Yang cried out as a silver chain appeared like lightning struck him.

This formation was very deadly. It made use of the silvery reflective light of the maces, the sound of the strong wind caused by it and the ding dang sounds of the chain made this formation truly terrifying.

Mei Yinxue said in a startled voice. “Not good!”

Before she could finish, Di Yang tried to stand but another chain struck him. Without pausing to think it over, he caught hold of the mace with both his hands and his hands felt terrible. He was suddenly in pain from his left waist as well. But he charged to the black clad man with the mace he caught and both of them fell startled to the ground!

Nangong Ping used the sword to protect his body. Although the Fallen Autumn Leaf was a precious sword, it was not because it was renowned for its sharpness but because it was the sword of a famous man. But at this moment when Nangong Ping slashed it with all his might, its power was extraordinary!

There were a few sounds and three of the strange looking weapons which were really Morning Stars were fell by him. He turned around and saw Di Yang had fallen to the ground in a startled cry.

When Mei Yinxue saw that those men were using Morning Star Maces, she thought. “No wonder Ren Fengping does not seem worry!”

One must know that the Morning Star Mace was a type of weapon that was rarely seen in the Pugilist. Not only were it hard to be proficiency in it but when there were many people, it could even hurt the wielder. But if one manage to specialize in it, the power of the mace would be doubled.

Since those men were able to use such a weapon, it would appear that they had been highly proficiency in it. Not only were they co-operating very well, they would not even hurt themselves, and the display naturally were most extraordinary.

Mei Yinxue was worldly wise with experience that she had gained while she was roaming the Martial Fraternity therefore when she saw this formation; she actually had the intention to retreat. But when she saw Nangong Ping standing up to fight, she did not know why her heart was aroused too. Now she did not care for her own safety anymore and with a soft shout, she floated speedily in a wave of strong wind and blocked off the seven maces for Nangong Ping that were aiming at him!

Nangong Ping raised his long sword in all directions and ran towards the side of Di Yang who had fallen.

Mei Yinxue became very pale because she knew that the next instant when the maces struck, Nangong Ping will surely be wounded by those maces!

 Now there were silvery light everywhere in that instant when she had been in thoughts. She heard Ren Fengping shouted. “Frost!”

Mei Yinxue turned her body around and dashed across to Nangong Ping. She heard a shout and immediately the waves of morning stars were withdrawn and all the attackers took ten steps back.

Ren Fengping who was directing the formation noticed something went wrong with his Array and was startled. This ‘Heaven Wind Silvery Rain Array’ was created to dealt with the top exponents of the Pugilist therefore a lot of efforts had been expended on it. What most intricate about this formation over the ‘Eight Array Formation’ was the use of ‘Heaven, Earth, Wind, Rain, Sun, Moon, Cloud, Snow, Frost’ totaling nine changes that could constantly attack and aided one another. Although the changes were not complicated but he strongly believe the strange array and formation created, had the ability to bring down any top exponent!

As he did not saw Di Yang who wounded by it and deeply afraid that this painstaking formation would be destroyed, therefore with a shout, he dispersed the formation. Now he gently floated into the middle of the array…

Nangong Ping lowered his body to inspect Di Yang who was bloodied but his left hand was holding the throat of a strong man in black Di Yang was holding so tightly that his fingernails continuously had blood flowing out. That man wore a leather glove on his left hand and his mace was clenched by Di Yang’s right hand high in the air and it crashed onto the head of the man.

Nangong Ping was startled in his mind and he caught hold of Di Yang by his wrist and when Di Yang turned his head over, he noticed that he was covered with blood. This young man was wounded for the first time and it was also the first time he had ever killed some one. Therefore when he saw his own blood, his senses were in a state of confusion and he looked shockingly at Nangong Ping and at the mace.

The blood dripped from the mace coldly on Nangong Ping’s hands. The icy cold blood affected him as much as Di Yang. From now on, he would never treat the lives of others lightly.

Ren Fengping who had drifted to the middle saw the scene and laughed coldly. “I see that ‘Mount Tian Divine Swordplay’ is really nothing at all!”

Mei Yinxue coldly laughed. “But the so and so Mount Tian Divine Swordplay has caused your array to be in a state of confusion. It lucky that you have the foresight to disperse the array or else…hehe.”

Although she laughed it off but actually in a heart, she was secretly startled by the power of this array. She added. “Look at the broken head of your man, are you not afraid…”

Before she could finish, Ren Fengping broke into an eerie and hilarious laughter.

Nangong Ping appeared vex and said aloud. “Why are you laughing? Do you think that the loss of lives and blood is a funny matter?”

Ren Fengping ceased his laughter and coldly said. “Do you know flowers and trees need to undergo trials to grow?”

Nangong Ping was startled for he did not why he suddenly said something so irrelevant.

Ren Fengping added. “Martial arts and arrays are the same as flowers and trees. In this world, no matter what type of martial skills, no matter what type of arrays if they are not tested in blood, they will never be nurtured and grow. Although one of my men had died but his blood will cause this ‘Heaven, Wind, Silvery Rain Array to be more developed. It is indeed a joyous matter, why don’t you laugh?”

This explanation caused Nangong Ping to be very upset and sorrow at the same time. Sorrow because he suddenly remembered the martial skills that he had learnt was developed in blood too. He could not help but sighed. Every single words of this Ren Fengping were as sharp as blades that pierced deeply into the heart.

‘Fragrance of a Thousand Miles’ Ren Fengping smiled and said solemnly, “I am not here to make enemies of the people in the Pugilist realm. Therefore this Heaven, Wind, Silvery Rain Array is really not meant not to be used…”

He suddenly sighed deeply and added. “In Xian City, thousands of pugilists surrounded you and even your protégés are not understandable towards you. Only I, Ren Fengping at the risk of offending the wrath of everyone…alas! You have caused me to go against my own intention and was now trapped by my array!”

Nangong Ping sighed deeply.

Mei Yinxue coldly laughed and added. “You failed to intimidate us and are you trying to use a soft approach now?”

Ren Fengping said solemnly. “Since the three of you refuse to listen to my sound advise, therefore I will let you witness the true power of my Heaven Wind Silvery Rain Array.”

Mei Yinxue softly shouted. “Hold it!” And her body floated in an elegant flash, seemingly like she was flying across the field.

Ren Fengping secretly exclaimed. “What a terrifying swiftness skill!” And Mei Yinxue had landed in front of him. He laughed aloud. “Do you really think by retaining me in the middle of this Array, it will not be able to unleash its power?”

Mei Yinxue replied. “That is right.” She softly laughed and added. “I want to retain you here.” And her hands moved to hit Ren Fengping on his Ping Jian Jin accupoint!

Ren Fengping lowered his glance, as he did not dare to look at the captivating smile on her face as he tried to evade. At the same time his left hand reached toward her beneath her waist as he said coldly. “Forgive me for not accompanying you!” And he lifted his body up by the force of his right leg.

Mei Yinxue laughed most lovingly as she exclaimed. “You will not be able to leave.” She lifted herself up like a python using the strength of her right shoulder as her dress fluttered as she hit his ankle!

Ren Fengping was very startled as he immediately once again tried to lift up again and his hands homed toward her but could only hit her sleeve.

Mei Yinxue captivating laughed as she danced in mid-air. “You should come down!” And some bits of the clothing from her sleeve dropped to the ground.

Before she had finished, Ren Fengping was forced to the ground and guarded his front with two hands. He looked intently at Mei Yinxue. Just now when she exhibited the stance of ‘Flying Cloud swiftness skill’. It was done so casually but her mastery of the gravity, her flow of vital energies was actually in the acme of perfection. Even the present Chief of the Wudang Sect, Priest Tingxin did not have her martial ability.

Nangong Ping was secretly startled. Until now, he had never witnessed Mei Yinxue actual martial ability. It was much higher than he original thought. When she hit the ankle of Ren Fengping in such a causal way with her hand, she seemed to guise several other moves as well but because she had not meet any worthy opponent, she did not use any.

He was puzzled and at the same time admiring her. During those ten years while she lay in that dark narrow coffin, not only was it suffocating to be inside, it could drive anyone insane.

But then this strange extraordinary maiden had not only regained her destroyed martial ability, it was such a painstaking and hard thing to do, she also managed to master the hardest skill in the inner strength category, the art of longevity. And her stances and strokes also seemed to have been greatly improved tremendously.

He really could not guess how she managed to lay her hands on such a secret and extraordinary martial ability to create this miracle that was never seen for the hundred of years in the Pugilistic realm.

All those thoughts flashed in his mind while Di Yang slowly got up.

Ren Fengping coldly laughed and slowly said. “Do you wish to surrender or fight, decide it now.”

Mei Yinxue exclaimed. “I purposely want to delay the time! Is it not allowed?”

Ren Fengping coldly added. “Then you should hastily prepare for the burial of Di Yang!”

Nangong Ping was startled and asked in shock. “What did you say?”

Ren Fengping looked up at the sky and then slowly added. “On the surface of the silver mace, there is poison. If it contact with blood, it will act. There is no antidote…” He looked at Nangong Ping and continued. “If you wish to save your friend, you should make a decision now!”

As he was afraid of Mei Yinxue martial skills therefore he finally revealed this secret weapon of his.

Nangong Ping grew very pale and turned over to glance at Di Yang who was now looking rigidly and losing his normal countenance.

Mei Yinxue rolled her eyes around and coldly said. “I will not be bowed by mere words!”

Ren Fengping coldly laughed. “I afraid that in your heart, you know that it is not mere words! Although you are cold hearted and cold blood, you don’t even care about the life and death of your friends but…”

He looked at Nangong Ping and added. “Nangong Ping, are you such a person too?”

Nangong Ping felt his heart stirring.

Mei Yinxue softly exclaimed. “If I capture you, will I be afraid that you will not hand over the antidote?”

Ren Fengping coldly laughed and said. “I don’t have the antidote on me and moreover…Hehe! Can you really capture me?”

Mei Yinxue looked perplexed and suddenly laughed coldly. “It really so funny. Alas it is so funny! I thought how great is ‘Fragrance of a Thousand Miles’ Ren Fengping but he is only so and so!”

Ren Fengping pretended not to hear while Mei Yinxue coldly laughed. “Using this method to force others to join you is the dumbest thing to do. Even if others will to join you, will not that person betray your secret after that? When that moment occur, you will deeply regret it.”

Ren Fengping laughed. “Not to worry you, maiden. If I do not have the ability to subdue dragons and tigers, I will not suggest it.”

Mei Yinxue secretly exclaimed. “Haiz!” She knew that her stratagem of attacking him using psychology did not work.

The two of them were strong willed and in this round, none of them managed to use words to move one another. As they were astonished by the ability of one another, they tried not rushed into a senseless fight first and hope to use words to move one another, hoping to score a victory without a fight.

Mei Yinxue was once again filled with a beautiful captivating smile. She suddenly had a thought. She would first attack Ren Fengping unprepared and hit his accupoints. If she did not succeed in the first attempt, she would immediately back off and before the Array could be activated; she would take Nangong Ping with her and break free of the Array.

But suddenly there was a sudden shrieking from the sky. It came from a crow!

Mei Yinxue was startled for this crow suddenly plunged on Ren Fengping face and seemingly wanted to gouge his eyes.

Although Ren Fengping was startled, he immediately retaliated with his hand! This hand was so fast and this crow was flying headlong towards him and could not have avoided it. But the crow suddenly evaded his attack by flying backward! And it flew up into the clouds and disappeared!

Ren Fengping looked on in shock. His hand was still in a offensive position and he seemed reluctant to put his hand down. Although there were many strange and wondrous creatures but a crow that can fly backward, from ancient times till now, there were never any occurrences! He thought. “Can this bird be a wondrous bird that looked like a crow?” He could not help wondering over it.

On the other hand, Mei Yinxue and Nangong Ping were puzzled as well.

Suddenly there was a queer shout coming from afar. “Move aside, move aside!”

And there was some initial confusion in the Array as they opened a path.

‘Fragrance of a Thousand Miles’ Ren Fengping looked on unhappy and said aloud. “To be confused even before a fight cannot be forgiven. Have you all forgotten?”

Even before he had finished, a white hair thin priest in robe of blue walked in strides into their midst all the while shouting. “Move aside, move aside!”

This priest looked imposing and his left hand was on his front. On that hand sat a crow. When Ren Fengping glanced over, he noticed that the queer sound came from the crow. He was suddenly very startled within him and he broke into cold sweat. A crow that could fly in reverse direction was startling enough. But a crow that could talk was even more startling. Ren Fengping had a wealth of experience from roaming the Pugilist and his cunning was even more unfathomable. But at this moment, his countenances underwent a great change.

Mei Yinxue rolled her eyes to glance and immediately she too lost her composure.

This priest carried a smile on his face but it was his crow that shrieked. “The moon is not dark, the wind is not high, how can you commit murder and arson in the vicinity of Xian City?”

Although its voice was crude but every single word was clear.

Mei Yinxue felt her legs growing soft and she almost wanted to cry out in surprise.

As for Nangong Ping, he too was very startled and he immediately thought of one man and he said. “You…”

The priest looked at him and silenced him, therefore Nangong Ping stumbled and looked at the priest startled.

Ren Fengping tried to suppress the terror in his heart and he asked. “What tidings brings a secular priest here?”

That priest laughed merrily while that crow shrieked. “Why did you only greet him, did you not see me?”

Ren Fengping was shocked beyond words. To greet a crow was really very ridiculous.

The white hair priest laughed. “My crow friend here is haughty but his seniority is very high. Even if you greet him, what does it matter?”

Ren Fengping was stunned for awhile before he raised both hands in the most unwilling manner to greet the crow. He seemed to be deeply affected by the strange crow and the expression of the priest therefore he obeyed.

There was a tingle of laugh in Nangong Ping’s eyes, as he seemed to think it was very funny. Mei Yinxue was secretly puzzled for she knew that with his character, he would never poke fun at a senior pugilist. Therefore her suspicious was aroused. Although she was exceptional smart, she could not guess the reason.

The white hair priest laughed. “Very good. Very good manner child. It seem that my trip is not being made in futile.” He looked solemnly at Ren Fengping and said. “By accidental, I saw an ominous outlook here as I was passing through. As I could not bear to witness the calamity that is to befall a hero therefore I am here.”

Ren Fengping looked confused and slowly asked. “I do not quite understand the meaning of the words of Senior.”

White hair priest sighed. “Do you know that your luck is at its lowest now and if you are involved in bloodshed, you are sure to invite calamity. Although you and them have a deep grudging vendetta but today you should try to wash your hands, the earlier the better.” He did not look at Nangong Ping and Mei Yinxue, seeming disliking them. He solemnly added. “If the two of them try to fight you, for the sake of that respectful greeting, I will help you to fend them off.”

Ren Fengping expression changed and he was seemingly shocked for words before he slowly asked. “But…”

The white hair priest looked perplexed and said aloud. “But what? Do you not believe me?”

“Calamity befalls and still do not wake up from your senses. What a pity, what a pity.” The crow shrieked.

Ren Fengping remained rooted to the ground and he was terribly pale. He looked at Nangong Ping, Mei Yinxue and then at the priest and the crow and slowly said. “It is not that junior do not believe you but today I have to settle something and…”

The priest coldly added. “And what I say, is too mysterious and you find it too hard to believe, right?”

Although Ren Fengping did not say anything but in fact, his silence was the best indication that the priest was correct.

The priest laughed aloud. “In my entire life, there are no one that ever doubted my predictions because I have never predicted anything wrongly. Since you do not believe, are you really trying to end your own life?”

The crow shrieked and laughed in a strange manner. “Since you want to die, it is really easy, easy…”

Suddenly Ren Fengping thought of a person and he became very pale. “Senior, are you the renowned Heavenly Crow Priest who know all things in advance and whose prediction is always correct that is so famous in the Pugilist years ago?”

The priest laughed. “Very good. At least you know my name. That is right. I am that Heavenly Crow priest that reported disasters and not fortune!”

Ren Fengping slowly asked. “But…but according to the rumors of the Pugilistic Fraternity, Senior had long…passed away…”

The priest laughed. “More than ten years ago, I am weary of the illusion of living, therefore I fake my own death. I can’t believe that so many in the Pugilist actually believe that.”

Still Mei Yinxue was feeling very surprised inside of her. She had long ago heard of this priest that was so famous in the Pugilist for his uncanny ability to predict the future. He only predicted disasters and was never for once wrong. As long as he told someone that a disaster would befall him, it would surely happen. Therefore the people in the Pugilist nicked him as the Heavenly Crow Priest. Although crow sounds disrespectful but everyone in Pugilist lavished him with much respect.

The doubts in Ren Fengping mind totally disappeared.

The priest turned over and asked Mei Yinxue. “Did the two of you heard me?”

Mei Yinxue glanced at Nangong Ping and gently nodded.

The white hair priest ‘Heavenly Crow Priest’ continued. “I have the intention of rescuing him from this calamity, do you have any objections?”

Mei Yinxue was more than intelligent. How could she not know the priest was secretly helping them? Therefore she replied, “Since Senior has spoken, naturally there will be no objection.”

The white hair priest ‘Heavenly Crow Priest’ waved his hand slightly and turned to look at Ren Fengping. “Then leave while you can. If you delay it, it will be too late.”

Ren Fengping secretly sighed. “I am grateful by the kindness of Senior and I will want to extend my thanks to you again at some other time.” He shouted. “Let go!” He had a upper hand in this situation but now he left in a mercifully released manner and he did not even harbor any hatred or unhappiness. In fact he was very grateful to the Heavenly Crow Priest.

Ren Fengping men had long wanted to leave ever since they had saw the talking crow for they were frightened by it. So when they heard the order to retreat, it seemed like a pardon from the emperor and they respectfully bade the priest goodbye before they left hurriedly.

Ren Fengping looked viciously at Mei Yinxue for awhile as if he wanted to say something but at last, he sighed deeply, turned and left hurriedly. In a flash or two, he had disappeared into the darkness

Nangong Ping did not say anything till Ren Fengping was far away. He suddenly sighed deeply. “You have use trickery again, alas! If it isn’t for the sake of Brother Di, I…” He suddenly felt so guilty.

Mei Yinxue was left wondering by Nangong Ping.

That white hair priest suddenly laughed. “This is a tooth for a tooth. To dealt with such a cunning heretic, what wrong with tricking him one or two times?”

Nangong Ping sighed. “It’s not honorable…to trick”

Mei Yinxue was startled. And she was even more puzzled and could not resist asking. “What trick?” Although she possessed the fruit of wisdom but she could not tell what was the trick all about.

As the white hair priest knew the character of Nangong Ping, therefore he did not blame him for faulting him. He gently pat the crow feathers and laughed. “Crow friend, crow friend. It is all thanks to you!” He turned his wrist as though he wanted to severe something and raised up his right hand. “Go now!”

That crow shrieked and spread its wings to soar into the darkness.

When Mei Yinxue saw that he set such a wondrous spiritual bird away, she was very startled and puzzled inside. Therefore she could not resist asking. “Haiz…will it still return?”

The white hair priest laughed and laughed. “Maiden, you don’t have to feel pity. There are so many crows around, I can capture ten of them anytime I want.”

Mei Yinxue glanced at Nangong Ping and slowly added. “What is going on around here, I really cannot figure it out…” She was so sure of her unrivalled intelligence that when she encountered something that she could not solve, she could not help feeling frustrated.

The white hair priest laughed. “It is a form of psychology attack that is used on a strong foe. It really unbelievable that this trick of mine managed to fool the ‘Fragrance of a Thousand Miles’ Ren Fengping and that even the world famous Peacock Concubine was fooled.”

Nangong Ping sighed. “After seven years, I really did not expect to see you again outside Xian City. And you even rescue me from this difficulty. And I really did not expect…alas! It been many years and your behavior did not changed at all…” He sighed and shut up. His speech was filled with delight but also regret.

The old white priest ceased his smiles and slowly said. “To tell the truth, I did not use this trick for many years already. But when I saw the crisis that had befall you, I am forced to…”

Nangong Ping sighed. “You have come to save me, naturally I am grateful. But this method of yours, is not honorable. You have drifted in the Pugilist all your life, don’t you want to create for yourself a respectable, honorable, righteous reputation and did something earth shaking so that future generations will know?”

Although Nangong Ping voice was composed but it was sparking with righteousness and the white hair priest countenance was sunk and he lowered his head.

Nangong Ping slowly walked up to him and patted him on his shoulder. “If my words are strong, please do not blame me. You must know that if I do not feel proud of a friend such as you, I will not say it. Moreover, your kindness caused me to feel extremely grateful in my heart.”

The white hair priest lifted his head and smiled and basked in the light of friendship. He grasped Nangong Ping’s hands and asked. “All…these years, are you good?” He asked with great concern.

Nangong Ping nodded and replied. “I am good. What about you?” His calm composure was moved as well and his eyes shone with tinge of reflective light.

Mei Yinxue was lost in deep thoughts of her own. Suddenly she clapped her hands and softly laughed. “I know it!” She turned around and was besides the white hair priest in an instant as she caught hold of his wrist.

Nangong Ping asked solemnly. “What is the matter?”

Mei Yinxue captivating laughed. “You look, there is really a black string in his hand. Haha! The crow that can fly in reverse was actually caused by the string in his hand when he pulled it.”

The white hair priest laughed. “Maiden you really have a most exceptional intelligence, there is nothing that can hide from you.”

Mei Yinxue was smiling proudly while Nangong Ping looked at her. She looked more delighted than any child that was given delicacies and beautiful clothing did. He could not help thinking. “Although she look very cold and frosty and unapproachable. But in reality, she has an innocent heart but…Alas! The people in the Pugilistic Fraternity only know of her cold outlook but none of them know the kind heart that is within her.”

Mei Yinxue ceased her laughter and she looked perplexed. “But…that crow that knows how to speak in our tongue really muddle me!”

White hair priest laughed aloud and he suddenly used that strange shrieking sound and said. “Maiden you have been walking in the Pugilist for a long time. Did you ever heard of a strange magic trick used by wandering peddlers?”

Mei Yinxue listened carefully and observed that from the chest of the white hair priest echoed the shrieking sound of that crow. She was immediately stunned and asked. “What magic trick?” Although she had long roamed the Pugilist realm but all her associates were top exponents in the Pugilistic Fraternity, naturally she did not know of this unorthodox trick.

Nangong Ping explained. “This skill is call ‘Ventriloquism’. It makes use of the air channels in the body and emit is out from the muscles inside. It is a high art in the eyes of the wandering peddlers and also extremely hard to train…”

The white hair priest laughed it off. “It’s just an unorthodox skill, there is nothing to be proud of it.”

Nangong Ping said solemnly. “Any skills that are mastered are not to be taken lightly. It just depends if it is used correctly.”

Mei Yinxue softly sighed and slowly said. “I will never expect to know that from the lower echelons of the pugilists, there is such an wondrous skill. If you say it is an unorthodox skill, I think otherwise and feel that it is a amazing skill. But a pity that I have never heard of it before.”

Nangong Ping slowly added. “The world is big and the creatures that dwell in it wondrous. It is not something based on just a person foolish intelligence to grasp all its mysteries. Those people that try to know everything, usually do not know anything.” (Referring to Mei Yinxue)

The white hair priest sighed, feeling grateful inside.

Mei Yinxue secretly sighed in her heart but still she retained a captivating smile on her face and asked. “Since you are not that ‘Heavenly Crow Priest’, then who are you?” She had always been very strong willed. Although her most innermost thoughts had been hit right on the mark by other but she did not show it.

Nangong Ping composed face floated a smile. He seemingly almost wanted to burst out in laughter at the thought of that priest name.

The white hair priest sighed and replied. “My name is Wan Da, a guest under the residence of Nangong Master.” He suddenly smiled. “But the people in the Pugilist nicked me as some one who knows everything, therefore I am forced to be acknowledged as Wan Shitong (Someone who knows many things).”

In his laughing fits, he lifted his glance and saw that Mei Yinxue remained solemn and did not have any tinge of jest. So he asked. “Don’t you feel it is a funny name, maiden?”

Mei Yinxue sighed and said in a serious tone. “Unless it is someone who is exceptional brilliant, unless it is someone that pursue knowledge, unless there are tens of years of hard work, how will anyone nick you as “Wan Shitong”. I greatly admire this name and I don’t find it to be funny.”

Wan Da was startled and he was greatly moved for he found someone that could understand him.

Nangong Ping sighed. “If it not someone who is exceptional brilliant, who else is able to say aloud such an extraordinary line.” (Referring to Mei Yinxue)

Mei Yinxue was delighted and she laughed captivating for awhile.

Wan Da sighed. “Ever since you become the protégé of the Divine Dragon Clan, those who were your proteges had now scattered. I wandered throughout the Pugilistic Fraternity with no accomplishments…Alas! Today I come to the Northwest hoping to witness the duel between the Phoenix and the Divine Dragon. And at the same time pay you a visit. But I was late and when I arrived at Xian City, I heard that the Peacock Concubine has returned to the Pugilist realm. I also heard of your heroic duel with the Chief of the Zhongnan Sect at the Eternal Restaurant.”

He sighed and added. “I know then you have finally accomplished something in your martial ability after many years. I feel very happy but I was also very worry for your safety therefore I searched the fringe of the city hoping for your news. But…”

Mei Yinxue laughed and interrupted. “But your psychology attack aided us to beat off Ren Fengping or else even if we were all injured, it seemed that we would still unable to break loose of that…”

Suddenly Nangong Ping shouted. “Oh no!” As he rushed to Di Yang and under the starlight, Di Yang countenance had darkened.

Ren Fengping did not lie when he said that the mace had been applied with poison.

Nangong Ping asked Di Yang with great anxiety. “Brother Di, how are you?”

Di Yang eyes were in a daze and he could not hear him.

Nangong Ping clenched his fists tightly and broke off in cold sweat.

Wan Da took a look and immediately his countenance changed. Nangong Ping turned around and asked solemnly. “Is there any hope?”

Wan Da was silence for awhile before he sighed. “The poison that was afflicted to him is not the type that is commonly used in the Central Plains. And the poison has already been…I afraid…afraid…”

Nangong Ping exclaimed palely. “Is there really no hope?”

Wan Da sighed. “Unless we have Ren Fengping secret antidote, and the long gone miraculous pill ‘Against Heaven’s Will’ by the Saint of the Physicians, I afraid that even the wondrous saving pill of physician ‘Pu Ling Xian’ cannot neutralize such a strong acting poison. I can temporary stop the poison from reaching the heart but…”

Before he had finished, Nangong Ping was already on his feet. Mei Yinxue gently blocked him and asked. “What are you trying to do?”

Nangong Ping said solemnly. “Brother Di was injured because of me. How can I watch him die?”

Mei Yinxue expressions changed and said. “If you want to get the antidote from Ren Fengping, would not it be as difficult as negotiating with a tiger?”

Nangong Ping coldly replied. “Even if it meant negotiating with a tiger, I have to try.”

Mei Yinxue melancholy sighed. “Then…let me accompany you.”

Nangong Ping exclaimed. “You are now the target of the entire Pugilistic Fraternity. How can you risk yourself?” Although he was expressionless but he accidentally leaked his concern.

Mei Yinxue asked. “Why must you always think of others and not think of yourself?”

Nangong Ping sunk his expression. “If everything is for ourselves, then life will be very pitiful.” He looked up and saw that the ‘Cold and Frosty’ Cold Blood Concubine was filled with looks of concern and emotions. So he unwittingly changed his tone. “Wait here awhile with Brother Wan, if I did not succeed, I will be back very soon.”

Mei Yinxue lovingly laughed and asked. “If you do not succeed, will you be back?”

Nangong Ping said aloud. “I will definitely be back!”

Mei Yinxue melancholy sighed. “If you promise me that if you do not succeed with the first attempt, you will retreat. Only then will I not follow you.”

A hundred emotions flooded in the heart of Nangong Ping, as he could not control it anymore. He slowly said, “Even if I were to crawl, I will crawl back. But…you must be careful too.”

Mei Yinxue slowly moved her body aside for Nangong Ping. She lowered her head and said. “We will be careful!”

Nangong Ping looked at her intensely only to hear her said in a clear voice. “If you are not careful with yourself, I…I…anyway I will wait here for you, no matter how long.”

Nangong Ping slowly extended his hands but suddenly he lowered it and he solemnly said. “I go now.”

Wan Da who was looking intensely sighed. “Is this maiden, really the Peacock Concubine?”

Nangong Ping was startled. “Naturally it is real.”

Wan Da said. “If I did not witness it myself, I really cannot believe that the Peacock Concubine will…” He sighed and shut up. He really could not believe that the Cold Blood Concubine Mei Yinxue would show such heart wrenching concern and feeling for anyone.

Nangong Ping was standing rigid onto the ground. He could only felt an unspeakable warm feeling coming from his heart. Once again he looked at Mei Yinxue and said. “I’ll go now!” As he left.

Mei Yinxue held her dress as she watched him disappeared into the darkness. She softly said. “Do you think that he will…Alas! If you really the ‘Heavenly Crow Priest’, it will be best. You can tell me what facing him will be a fortune or a calamity!”

Even if it were the most intelligence person, when they encountered something that really concerned them, they would unconsciously inquire the Fates. The Cold Blood Concubine was carefree and did not concern herself with the lives of others. Therefore the thing that everyone believed, she did not. Because she did not have feeling for anything therefore she did not have anything to concern or worry about. She had no fears and having no fears, she would not respect the Fates and the lives of others.

Now that she had beginning to show signs of concern and fear. She started to regard his life much more precious than hers had ever been. This feeling had came so sudden and dyed red the plain white environment of her life.

Wan Da sighed deeply and slowly said, “Nothing can overcome his righteous heart. Maiden, do you agree?”

He looked at her and saw that Mei Yinxue was looking in the sky for Heavens to protect his well being and did not heard him.
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Chapter 20: The Pleading Phoenix

Time passed and for how long, Zhan Bai did not know when he had awakened. When he opened his eyes, he found himself lying on a bed.

Even though the bed was not as serene as Young Master Lingfeng’s room but its grandeur surpassed it.

He felt his throat dry and husky and his internal organs were still burning. He unwittingly said, “Water…”

A young boy with outstanding bearing and an extremely beautiful little girl was happy that Zhan Bai had awakened. They are none other than Mingming and Lanlan.

They turned around and ran out, all the while yelling, “Aunt! Aunt! He has awakened!”

And a beautiful person in mild dress entered the room. She was none other than Jin Caifeng, the [Most Beautiful Maiden in Jiangnan].

Today, she worn simply with a green ribbon on top, her long hair breezed along her. She did not have a single accessory on her and there was not a trace of cosmetics on her. But all the more, it displayed her outstanding beauty.

Indeed, her divine fragrance beauty was unrivaled! No wonder she was regarded as Jiangnan most beautiful maiden! There was a common saying, that a real beauty had no need for cosmetics and beautiful accessories. It was all too true.

When she entered the room, she looked at Zhan Bai with her wide eyes. Her watery autumn eyes were soft and mysterious. Her teeth was lustrous when she smiled at him.

When he set sight on the ever beautiful Jin Caifeng, he could not helped praising her in his heart, “So beautiful!…”

Her smiles were like a hundred flowers blossoming and her voice like golden oriole as she said, “Alas, finally you have regained conscious! Xiaohong, hurry and serve the tea!”

Zhan Bai was really thirsty and he was feeling unbearable but even before he could say it, she knew what he needed.

That Xiaohong, was the maid that he had unwittingly pushed into the pool because he had thought she wanted to snatch his secret soul binding manual! But for now, he had no other concerns except to quench his thirst first.

He snatched the cup and finished it immediately but after drinking, he was still feeling very thirsty so he used his tongue to lick the cup…

Jin Caifeng laughed, “I guess that you must be really thirsty. Xiaohong, serve him another cup!”

She was extremely beautiful, her intellect was also in the extreme. What others were thinking, she would have thought of. It was like, there was no need to say it out for her…

Even before Xiaohong could turn her body, Mingming and Lanlan had barged in and they were shouting, “Come on! Bring the tea!” They had brought a hot pot of tea.

It caused Xiaohong to be panicky and she angrily said, “Alas! My young ancestors! It is not of consequences to smash the teapot but if it were to scald your legs, it would not be funny anymore!”

Mingming artfully said, “Sister Hong, don’t you look down on others! Even if I let the pot slipped out of my hands, the water will not splash out!”

When Mingming had said that, he started to toss the pot towards Xiaohong.

“Alas!” Xiaohong’s expression underwent a great change. If it were an incoming secret projectile, she would have used her palm to knock it down or dodged it. But this teapot was from the imperial palace and was extremely precious. In fact, it was bestowed by the present Emperor and now Mingming had tossed it.

If she did not catch it well, not only would her fingers be scalded, the teapot would be broken as well! Even though her martial finesse was excellent in level but still, she was startled enough to cry out.

Just when Xiaohong was spreading her hands and was at a loss how to salvage the situation, Jin Caifeng was smiling and scolding at the same time, “Mingming! You are so naughty!”

As she said, she waved and the windforce from her palms lifted the teapot in the air by three feet and with the handle facing towards Xiaohong.

Xiaohong managed to catch the teapot by the purple gold handle. Not a drop of tea spilled over but she was so startled that she burst into cold sweat.

Zhan Bai lamented on the bed after watching the scene. These women and weaker sex had such martial abilities. Indeed, he must not underestimate them.

Zhan Bai finished the tea served by Xiaohong. He seemed to feel better but still, his limbs felt soft and lifeless.

Just then, four maids in green entered in chorus into the room. One of the maids bowed and respectfully said to Jin Caifeng, “Regards to Mistress, Young Master is here!”

“Amazing! His news is so well-informed indeed!”

Even before she had finished, Young Master Qilin had marched in followed by [Crouching Iron Back Dragon] and the [Iron Wing Bird].

“Brother Zhan, you have awakened!” When Young Master Qilin marched in, he went directly to the side of Zhan Bai’s bed and he appeared to be extremely concerned about him.

But Zhan Bai purposely avoided him and looked instead at the ceiling, ignoring him completely.

However, Young Master Qilin did not seem to mind this haughty attitude from him and he continued to express warmly, “Brother Zhan you have mistakenly bath with the “Frosty Spring water’ and the frost from the water obstruct all your vital channels. The fiery effects of the three cups of wine forcefully pushed through your channels therefore you temporary lose consciousness. But do not panic, even though your muscle and tendons have been affected and temporary is unable to move but I do have the antidote to remove the frost poison. In three days, you will recover. And…”

But Zhan Bai interrupted and replied coldly, “It is too much of a coincidence!”

Zhan Bai was extremely sarcastic when he said that. Even an unflustered person like Young Master Qilin was taken aback. But he immediately he regained his composure to said, “No wonder Brother Zhan is suspicious. And it also so coincidence that [Crouching Iron Back Dragon] had told a bad joke at the same time. This caused Brother Zhan to think that the wine had been poisoned and you had collapsed on the spot in the company of everyone. Not only me, but I Xianglin, was also fooled. I had heard from Xiaohong that Brother Zhan had mentioned that you was not used to being attended to, therefore you went on your accord to release the bath water yourself. I guessed that you must have released the wrong one and misunderstood the frost spring water for the warm one. That was why the incident happened!”

And when Young Master Qilin had finished, he laughed but he was also apologetic.

Old Senior [Crouching Iron Back Dragon] laughed as well, “But I am really impressed with you, young yellow! You actually have the courage to face death with equanimity! Impressive! Impressive!”

And this hunchback old man who was so renowned in the martial fraternity for his fighting skills burst into a thunderous laughter and gave Zhan Bai a thumb up.

However, Old Senior [Iron Wing Bird] commented coldly, “You don’t have to be so suspicious. Young Master Qilin is a true wuxia hero. Not only is he respectful to others, he is also renowned throughout the entire fraternity. If he really wanted to create trouble for you, he need not have poisoned the wine. This is all a coincidence and you have no choice but to believed it as the truth!”

Both the [Crouching Iron Back Dragon] and the [Iron Wing Bird] was known as the Twin Ironguards of the Jin Residence. Their status in the Jin Residence was highly exalted and everyone in the pugilist fraternity knew of that too. Since both of them had believed that it was a coincidence, surely there wasn’t a plot?

But still Zhan Bai refused to believe and icily replied, “It is true that I, Zhan Bai did not like to be attended upon. But the water from the bathroom is not released by me. That is the truth! I believed that both Old Seniors have always been high esteemed and words from your mouths are the golden truth. Moreover, The Jin Young Master is a true gentleman and he would not secretly plot to harm others. So then to say, I Zhan Bai, must have suffered a stroke on my own!? I would faint on my own then! Or is it because I can’t drink at all and three cups of wine is enough to drunk me?”

Even though Zhan Bai did not fault any but everyone would hear the contempt in his words.

One must imagine this. A person such as Young Master Qilin had such a high standing in the martial fraternity and allowed Zhan Bai to sullen his reputation and treat in contempt?

Even Jin Caifeng’s expressions had changed.

The [Twin Ironguards of the Jin Residence] was even more aroused to anger. And their faces were seething with rage and at anytime, they would fly into a rage…

Young Master Qilin was surprising composed and he did not seem to have the intention to revile Zhan Bai. Instead, he turned his head around to Xiaohong and told her, “Lying to your Master, disrespect to our guest and by displaying arrogance, do you know you have committed a unforgivable mistake. What are you waiting for?

Xiaohong understood immediately and her face turned ashen. She was momentum stunned for awhile before she turned around and left the room without saying a word. Suddenly there was a loud knocking sound, similar to something crashing into a hard object that came from the outside.

From the sound, it had dawned upon Zhan Bai what had happened. He could not tell feeling stunned and he exclaimed to himself in a startled revelation, “Just because Young Master Qilin softly had said a few words, she would actually choose to commit suicide? The clan laws of the Jin Residence is really strict and severe!…”

While Zhan Bai was shocked by it but no one in the Jin Residence felt any remorse or moved by it. It was as though nothing had happened!

Young Master Qilin rose up to say, “Brother Zhan, in three days, I assured you that you would recover. Please recuperate and rest well!” When he had finished, he left with the [Twin Ironguards of the Jin Residence] and the four maids without even turning his head back.

Mingming and lanlan had already gone out to play without anyone noticing.

Now only Zhan Bai and Jin Caifeng was left in the bedroom since everyone had left.

Jin Caifeng looked at Zhan Bai and said melancholy, “What my brother did, is considered flattering to others. But instead, you are irked by it!”

“Please be more specific!” He said.

Originally, Zhan Bai had already nursed the Jins. Now that he had seen such a cruel chapter in their lives, his hatred for them deepened. Therefore, his tone and mannerism was extremely icy and cold towards this Jiangnan beauty.

“Even though Xiaohong is just a maid, her position is not low at all. Because on purpose, she is negligent towards the guest therefore my brother bestowed death upon her. In most pugilist clans, isn’t this considered to be a reward already? In order for my brother to win the friendship and fellowship of the people, it is considered to be justified. Only then would they faithfully render their services to our family. But you are different…”

Jin Caifeng was about to go on when Zhan Bai interrupted her with a cold laugh, “I am not a cold blooded person. I would never use another person’s life so as to win the fellowship of the pugilists in the fraternity. Your brother wishes to use the life of another to win over my fellowship so that I would feel grateful and repay him for his special favor. But I can tell you this: Dream on! I feel especially irked by it.”

Jin Caifeng answered, “But my brother did this in a fair manner and address it according to the circumstances. He has no intention to buy your fellowship on purpose. Xiaohong lied to her lord and cannot be forgiven. Not only is she negligent to our guest, she even plotted against our guest. It is considered to be disrespectful. Since she is disloyal and disloyal and her veil is exposed, she has no face to carry on. Since she is willing to die as a penance for her deeds to purge her name, it is considered a good way for penance. There is nothing wrong with it and it is not my brother blame as well. Why did you want to view my brother with such hatred? Unless you have another reason for that or else it is hard to explain!”

The way Jin Caifeng analyzed things was way too uncomfortable for Zhan Bai. Therefore he did not want to talk too much with her and feared that even before he could unravel the opposition first, his own purpose would be discovered first. It would bring great inconvenient to his vengeance plan in the future.

But suddenly he was startled by a thought that dawned suddenly upon him and he asked, “If that frost spring water has a frost poison in it, why then is it connected to the bath? Unless, it is…”

Jin Caifeng laughed gracefully, “Even if the Jin Residence would want to set a secret mechanism to harm another, there is no need for it to be put inside the bath pools. That is for purpose of my father’s martial practice use!”

“Your father!” Zhan Bai eyes were wide-opened as he asked. “Why then did I not seen your father? Is he not at home?”

“My father is right at home now!” Jin Caifeng replied curiously and was puzzled at the question. “It is because it is not convenient for him to move around therefore he did not want to meet any guests. That’s all!”

“Then at which part of the residence is he now?” Suddenly Zhan Bai regretted asking too hastily.

“Huh?” Jin Caifeng was even more surprised, “Does Young Hero Zhan knows my father?”

Zhan Bai had a bitter smile as he tried to explain, “Who doesn’t know Jin Jiu the [Heavenly Bronze Coin]? Everyone in the pugilist fraternity has heard of his resounding name!”

Jin Caifeng smiled as well and said, “So you have heard but not seen him personally?”

Zhan Bai could only nodded his head as a reply to her statement.

Jin Caifeng said, “This is more like it. My father has not been out for more than ten years. From your age, it is not likely that you could have met my father before!”

Zhan Bai asked curiously, “Why is that so?”

Jin Caifeng shot a suspicious eye upon him and asked astonishing, “Young Hero Zhan, you seem to be extremely concerned about my father?”

Zhan Bai turned red immediately and knew that his question had been too thinly veiled and careless. Now he had aroused her suspicious. He shook his head to deny, “I am just being curious. With your father’s prestige and renown in the pugilist fraternity, I wonder why did he stay at home for more than ten years?”

It immediately put a rest to Jin Caifeng’s suspicious and her beautiful face once again regained her serenity and composure. “The reason why my father did not go out for many years is because he has a strange illness that cause both his legs to be useless. Since he can’t move, he has to stay at the ‘Harmony Court’ to recuperate.”

Now he understood the reason, he was determined in his heart not to ask further in order not to arouse any suspicious.

Since then, he had been recuperating at the Jin Residence and Jin Caifeng visited him often to take care of him. As for Young Master Qilin, he had frequent visits from the heroes of the pugilist fraternity, he did not come that often.

In a twinkle of an eye, it was now the evening of the third day. By now, Zhan Bai had totally recovered his health and body. And he had decided to leave now.

Because Young Master Qilin was not home, he could not bide farewell to him. Even though Jin Caifeng tried a hundred reasons to retain him but he had already made up his mind to say goodbye.

From her reluctant for him not to leave and from her expressions, the striking beautiful Jin Caifeng the [Jiangnan Most Beautiful Maiden] seemed to have fallen for him over the past two days.

Towards this uniquely beautiful maiden that everyone else envied and admired, Zhan Bai was not bothered in his heart. As for Jin Caifeng’s soft whispering words, her million affections and sentiments, he was unwilling to even look.

But the more Zhan Bai was not bothered and unmoved, the more Jin Caifeng thought of him as an exceptional above all the others and the more she loved him so.

“Very well. Are you really in a rush to leave here?” Jin Caifeng eyed him with a mystified eyes, “Can’t you just wait in my house for a few more days?”

“No!” Zhan Bai replied cruelly. “This is because I have important matters to attend to!”

“Is it because my house is not that pleasing and comforting or it is…” Jin Caifeng cried.

“I did not say anything of that sort.” Zhan Bai said, “But I cannot allow myself to be delayed in your distinguished residence for long, that’s all.” His tone remained icily cold.

“Can’t you stay for just one more night?…” When Jin Caifeng had said to this point, her beautiful eyes were now glittering with tears.

When Zhan Bai saw her beautiful facial became distorted and her tears were so alluring and touching, he could not but feel his heart softened. He sighed and said, “Alas! This…this is truly impossible!”

At this moment, he had finally understood. It was not because he did not love this [Jiangnan Most Beautiful Maiden]. Everyone adored beauties and moreover she was deeply in love with him! But the vengeance in his heart forced him not to accept her love.

That was why under this innumerable emotions, he had said that even though it made no sense other than to himself.

When he had finished speaking, he saddled the Heartless Precious Sword onto his back and walked with great strides and never to look back again.

It was because his heart understood that could he stay for any moment longer, he would never have the heart to leave the Jin Residence again. Should he fell in love with the daughter of his father’s killer, what a dilemma he would be in! He could not avenge for his father and if he could not avenge for his father, his conscious would never be at peace. All these would be too unthinkable for him!

But after Zhan Bai took two steps, Jin Caifeng had suddenly caught hold of his arm and cried out in sorrow, “Wait a while. Can you wait for me to say something first?…”

Before Zhan Bai could reply, a shadow came through the window like a flurry breeze!

When the shadow had lands, both Zhan Bai and Jin Caifeng would see that it was the [Heavenly Bronze Coin] favored disciple and who also grown up together with the Jin Brother and Sister – Meng Ruping the [Junior Money Jade Face]!

He was all dressed up in deep black and his handsome face was haughty. He said solemnly, “Protégé Sister, let go of him!”

“Who needs you to interfere in my affairs!” Jin Caifeng voiced out unhappily. “Hurry and get out of here!”

Meng Ruping was stunned. He had never expected that the little protégé sister that he had grown up with would tell him off rudely! Therefore it aroused his fury and he said viciously, “Older Protégé Brother is not at home and I don’t care a hoot who is to disciple you. Do you really want to cast the Jin Residence in utter disgrace…”

There was a loud pang and Jin Caifeng had slapped him tightly on the side of his face but her voice was serene as she said, “In what way am I being disgraceful? Even my brother will never dare to tell me off in this manner!…”

Meng Ruping never expected her to hit him and he stood there in stunned silence. When he had finally realized it, five red finger marks were seen on his face.

Now he turned green with envy and anger. He stared viciously at her for awhile before turning around to stare at Zhan Bai, “Little rascal, if you do not leave the Jin Residence today, I will make sure you die in the wilderness and your body scattered all over the places!”

When he had finished, he stormed out of the door.

“So it seems then,” Zhan Bai replied with a bitter smile. “That I, Zhan Bai could no longer stay in the residence today!”

But Meng Ruping had already walked off and there was no sight of him.

But Jin Caifeng said to him by his side, “Young Hero Zhan, please rest assured that with me around, he will never dare to touch even a single hair of yours!”

Zhan Bai coldly mocked, “Without young mistress flattering help, I have faith that I can still handle this on my own!”

There was a strange glow in Jin Caifeng’s beautiful big eyes and she looked at him for awhile before she shook her head to sigh, “I am not trying to praise myself. Those that have looked upon me, will all praise me for being beautiful and they will all flock to me to heap praises upon me or to curry favors upon me. Moreover, countless young men have tried to get near to me but I have never before love alone.”

She paused for awhile, “But ever since I have seen Young Hero Zhan, I do not know why, I…”

Even Jin Caifeng was from a martial aristocracy clan, a daughter of the pugilists. Her boldness and grace exceeded would naturally surpassed that of an ordinary young mistress from a rich or noble family.

But still, she was flushing with red and could not continued.

When Zhan Bai saw her coyness and shyness, it was like so beautiful like a blossoming flower. She was indeed the most beautiful girl that he had seen among all the others. What more, her heart was for him and only. It was something that even a million gold could not buy and a wishful fate that one would only hope for but not has!

He suddenly recalled from an old man in the escort agency that he once worked, telling him, “In a person lifetime, he would meet a lot of people and have a lot of friends. A blossom friend is difficult to find. And an intimate girlfriend that understands you is even more difficult to find. If a exceedingly beautiful maiden is also one that understands you, do you know how many cycles of good karma that one have to undergo so as to have that!”

But now that Zhan Bai had finally known an intimate girlfriend but she was also the daughter of his father’s killer! Therefore he could not accept her affections. This is such a woeful fate!”

Zhan Bai was left in stunned silence for a while, not knowing what to say, would be the best…

Just when both were left wordless and was embarrassed alone with one another, there was a loud laughter that caused the windows to vibrate that came from outside the door.

“Virtuous niece, I have heard that you have disgraced our Jin Residence! That little rascal…”

When Jin Caifeng and Zhan Bai heard that voice, they almost turned ashen at the same time and bolted out of the door.

“Meng Ruping!” Jin Caifeng was so angry that she turned white. She rebuked him in a shrieking voice, “How dare you slander me! From now, I, Jin Caifeng will not recognize you anymore as my older protégé brother!”

Zhan Bai laughed aloud. “I thought that you have some great means to get back at me but all you know is to slander and tell tales! And you have to ask for accompany to help you!…”

When Meng Ruping had heard Jin Caifeng scolded him in such an unforgiving manner and Zhan Bai further aggravated him further. He was so aroused to anger fit that he felt he was bursting. So he shouted loudly, “I have invited the two old seniors to bear witness! You filthy rascal Zhan, do you think the Jin Residence is a place for you to display your atrocious ways? Just me alone can take away your filthy life!”

And he drawn out his sword from his sheath and displayed a stance, ‘Displaying the Water Divine Dragon’ and attacked Zhan Bai.

Zhan Bai was no less slow and he tried to take his Heartless Precious Sword from behind his back.

But Meng Ruping did not wait for him to fully drawn out his sword and continued with ‘Dark Clouds over the Moon’, ‘Smiling Finger Southern Sky’ and ‘Punitive Bird Attack’ and attacked Zhan Bai in a lightning flash in three of his most vulnerable positions!

For a momentum, Zhan Bai lost an upper opportunity and he had to evade, block, parry and dodge all at the same time. Finally on the last stroke was he able to sprang a yard back but still he was still slower and a piece of cloth was sliced from his robe and he almost lost his leg!

Zhan Bai broke into beans of cold sweat as he narrowly avoided losing his leg and now the Heartless Precious Sword was now in his hand but it was still sheathed.

Jin Caifeng turned white with startled fright when she saw Meng Ruping almost hacked off Zhan Bai’s right leg but when she saw that Zhan Bai had just managed to avoid it narrowly, she told him off, “Are you trying on purpose to shame and disgrace the Jin Residence?”

“In what way did I shame the Jin Residence?” Meng Ruping replied defiantly, “Unlike you, you have really shamed and disgrace the Jin Residence!”

Jin Caifeng was so upset by his remarks that her jade face flustered and she hatefully replied, “You have no right to meddle into my own affairs! But when you fight with the other, even before he has drawn his weapon, you have launched such fiery pre-emptive attacks! Even my father will feel extremely ashamed of you!”

“Shut up!” Meng Ruping shouted thunderously, “He has only to blame for his poor martial skills. When fighting with others, he can’t even draw his sword out properly. Do you expect others to put a sword on his hand first instead?”

As they continued to bicker, Zhan Bai made use of this breathing space and unsheathed his Heartless Precious Sword from the scabbard.

As it was now evening, the darkness had already descended on the place. The servants of the Jin Residence had hung many lanterns to light the place. And they had also gathered around to watch with great interest as well. They did not seem the least surprised or startled by this latest commotion. It was a common thing that frequently happened in the Jin Residence.

A cold piercing light unsheathed from Zhan Bai’s Heartless Precious Sword as he yelled, “Young Mistress Jin, please move aside! Tonight, I, Zhan Bai will like to meet this so call expert!”

“How wonderful!” Not only did the [Twin Ironguards of the Jin Residence] not stop the fight, they were eager to witness the fight as they shouted.

[Crouching Iron Back Dragon] was shouting, “Young fellow! That is the right spirit! Go on and fight!”

Not waiting for Jin Caifeng to say a word more, Meng Ruping quickly thundered, “Now you have a sword in your hand, you have nothing more to add. Now filthy rascal, prepare to surrender your life!”

Suddenly as he said, he sprang into mid-air and a green glow of light emitted from his sword as he prepared to hack right into Zhan Bai’s head!

When Zhan Bai had seen his agile movements, his vicious swordplay and even before his stroke was bore to fruition, he could feel the icy cold sword energy on his face. He immediately recited the ‘Calming Meditation’ verse and executed a stance with his Heartless Precious Sword, ‘Reversing Heaven and Earth’.

Now the Heartless Precious Sword was indeed a divine weapon. And it immediately halted the advances of Meng Ruping glaring swordplay and stopped the incoming glow!

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Chapter 19: Poisoned Wine

Zhan Bai was shocked that the four maidens had started to undress themselves in front of a stranger. What more, they did it under his watchful eyes as they stripped to nothing! Except for an extremely short underwear and a red cloth in front of their chest, there were practically nothing else.

Zhan Bai eyes were wide-opened at this suddenly display and he was dazzled by it. He could not even mutter anything.

The four maidens acted as if it were a routine chore for them. They had already prepared the towels but when they saw that Zhan Bai still did not take off his clothes but stared at them, they laughed and their eyes looked at him, “If you want to shower, why did you not take off your clothes?”

Everyone had something that they ought to be ashamed for. As a man that stared at unknown girls undressing themselves in front of him, unless he was crazy, no one would have the guts to do it so broadly.

Even if you were a courageous hero, if you were to be in this situation, you too would feel awkward; even though Zhan Bai had once torn off his clothing in front of a girl. But that was caused due to the effects of the ‘Enchanting Lyrical Soul Devourer Flute Play’ by [The Soul Snatching Silver Flute] Zhang Shipeng, thus causing him to lose his conscious and self-awareness.

But now he was conscious and all too aware. So how could he muster the courage to take off his clothing in the presence of four partial naked maidens? Moreover, they were looking at him.

At the same time, from beyond the bathroom door, echoed a swallow voice, “The feast has been laid, please notified our honor guest that the feast can start!”

The four naked maidens began to laugh together, “He…has not yet begin to wash yet!” When they finished, they began to laugh in chorus for several moments.

“What is the matter? After ages, the four of you have not even begun to serve…” The person stopped when she barged in through the door. When she saw that Zhan Bai was still fully clothed, she stood stunned in the center of the bathroom.

But soon after she began to laugh merrily, “Look at the four of you! Even before you have helped our guest to undress, you have helped yourself to undress first! Really! All of you are not doing any work anymore!”

Zhan Bai saw a maid dressed like the other four entered the bathroom. She was about twenty, slightly older than the other four maidens, had an elegant bearing and was graceful. Even her dress and accessories were more exquisite than the others. He supposed she must be a maid of higher position.

What shocked him was that she began to untie and loosen his clothing immediately, which made him extremely awkward and embarrassed.

In his startled posture, he tried to dodge away when the maid tried to untie his clothing on his body. But this maid was clever; it was as though she had already guessed that Zhan Bai would attempt to cower away therefore, she twisted her fingers slightly and when he cowered away, his clothing would be loosened.

She giggled and said, “Honor guest, it is the first time you have visited the Jin Residence therefore you may be unused to being attended upon. Please allowed us to attend to your needs!” And she had already removed his outer garments.

Zhan Bai was even more startled. Never did he expect a maid from the Jin Residence would possess such remarkable martial finesse.

Even though he would have easily protest with his martial skills but he would never bring his heart to injure the maid even though the owner of this residence, Jin Jiu, was his hatred enemy.

Therefore, he could only brushed in embarrassment and told her off, “Maidens! All of you go out. I can do it on my own…”

But before he could finish, something dropped on the ground from his garments. It was the colorful book…

“Yo, what is this pornographic book that it will held your attention?!” She asked and bent down to pick.

Zhan Bai was alarmed and startled at the same time! He knew that he was now in his foe’s home. Here is a place of hidden dragons and crouching tigers, everywhere there was people of extreme talents and highly accomplished martial masters.

And this Soul Binding Book was the number one book that everyone in the martial fraternity would die to have! So how could he allow others to view it?

In his panicky state, he pushed the maiden away on her shoulders and she was knocked back five to six steps and into the pool.

And this maiden came out of the pool with her silk dress all wet and translucent.

The other four maidens clapped their hands and burst into merry laughter.

“Why are you four wrenches laughing at?” The maid stared a Zhan Bai with a vicious look. Since she was unable to scold Zhan Bai, she turned around to scold the young maids, “Hurry and lift me up, change the water and attend to our guest and help him to shower!”

The four naked maids seemed rather scared of her and they immediately stopped laughing and lifted her up from the pool. They drained the water from the pool and replaced it with fresh water.

Suddenly she said, “This guest is our Young Master’s honor guest. Pouring the “Jade Spring” is not respectful enough. Use that “Gentle Home Return” instead!”

When the four maids heard what she said, they were all startled for a moment but after seeing her staring at them in a strict manner, they bowed their heads low and walked away to press a button at the other side of the bathroom door. And a gush of fresh crystal clear water came forth from the vase of the half nude statue.

But Zhan Bai did not pay attention to her. He was distracted by her white flesh and figure as she was lifted up of the pool. She was beautiful enough but now she looked miserable.

Unable to bear to see her in this state, he apologized to her, “I really can’t have you looking at the book. In my hastiness, I was too rough. Maiden, please forgive me for being rude!”

She replied icily, “We are all meant to be servants of you Masters. If our service is not to expectations, we deserve to be scolded and beaten as you wish. We can only blame our parents for giving us a life of servitude!”

But Zhan Bai knew that she had her difficulties and she must have felt wronged.

Therefore he did not mind at all and with all sincerity said to her, “I am born in poverty since young and never have anyone waiting on me before. I would like to ask everyone to go out and I will bath on my own.”

She looked in suspicious for awhile before she replied, “Your wish is my command. Since guest is afraid that our services are not as good as expected, we have to leave then.”

Then she turned around and said to the four other maids, “Dress up and then we will go!”

The four maids did not hesitated against her orders and immediately dressed up.

Just before she left, she said to Zhan Bai, “I hope that sir would hurry up and shower so as not to allow our Young Master to wait for you at the feast!”

Zhan Bai bathed hurriedly and he did not even wear the new garments that the Jin Residence had prepared for him. He wore his old clothing and left the bathroom.

Once again, he saw the four maids; they were waiting for him outside the door. Therefore he followed them to the grand hall.

Even before Zhan Bai had entered the hall, he could hear the loud merry voices of the pugilists. When he paid heed to these voices, he noticed that they were discussing about him. One said, “Although I could not tell his martial history but this young rascal is really something. Who would expect that Liang You the [River Dragon] could not even take one hit from him!”

Another continued, “His strokes are too mixed. I wonder how someone so young like him would have mastered all that?”

Then there were a series of praises.

When Zhan Bai heard that someone was praising him, he couldn’t help but feel comforted and be gratified. But then suddenly, someone in a loud voice interrupted over, “Stop blowing his trumpet! He could not even hold against one stance from our Master Ba Tianhe the [Iron Wing Bird]!…”

Just then, Zhan Bai had entered the hall and tens of watchful glances were upon him. There was a glow in their eyes. Who would have expected that the messy young man with unkempt hair that they had known earlier would emerge now with such jaded and polished face? What was more, he radiated a heroic spirit and remarkable handsome to look upon!

Even though he was still in that old clothing but there was no mistaking who he was.

Everyone was enthralled by Zhan Bai unearthly bearing and was staring wide-eyed at him, especially Jin Caifeng the [Most beautiful Maiden in Jiangnan]. Her beautiful watery eyes were looking at him and blinking from time to time at him. There was a strange and mystified look in her eyes…

Young Master Qilin was already on his feet and he bowed with his hands to invite Zhan Bai to the feast as well as introduced him to everyone present.

Zhan Bai glanced around and he saw many pugilists. All of them looked spirited and their piercing eyes were extremely intimidating. He knew instantly they were all the top martial exponents of the fraternity.

He bowed to them with his hands and heard Young Master Qilin making introduction for him,“This is Senior Master Gongsun Chu the [Crouching Iron Back Dragon]!”

Zhan Bai saw that this old man mannerism was bold and powerful, his glances were like lightning. He knew that he was definitely an extremely powerful martial exponent. He bowed with his hands and said, “Old Senior Gongsun, I have long heard of your fame!”

[Crouching Iron Back Dragon] began to laugh aloud and his voice thundered the hall, “Good fellow, do not be too polite!”

“And this is Senior Master Ba Tianhe the [Iron Wing Bird]!” When Young Master Qilin mentioned his name, he was especially polite and he was extra respectful. “Just now, Brother Zhan you have met him and as the saying goes, “Only through fighting, does one makes acquaintances”! I hope in future, the two of them will be extra close to one another.” He laughed jokingly.

Zhan Bai could feel his face flushing red as he recalled feelings of humiliation and resentments. He suppressed his emotions and did not let it surface.

Instead, he blamed himself, “Oh Zhan Bai, Zhan Bai! You can’t even defeat a guest from their residency, how could you hope to seek vengeance on their Master?…”

Zhan Bai was upset emotionally and Young Master Qilin continued to make several introductions. The people that Young Master Qilin introduced, any one of them could rampage and startled the martial fraternity with their names.

But he did not pay heed and stood in stunned expressions. It was because his heart was boiling with raging, heart wrenching emotions. Therefore he even forgot to pay the due etiquette as required of him.

Suddenly, there was a deep hum and even though the voice was too loud but it was icy cold. It came from a handsome young man in black. “He did not possess true martial knowledge and skills, did not even know the proper etiquette of the pugilist fraternity, yet he dare to sit in high statute here!

The young handsome man was no more than twenty but judging from his bearing and that he could sit among the top exponents here, his martial foundation was definitely not weak!

It was because this handsome young man was Jin Jiu favorite disciple. Meng Ruping is his formal name. He had grown up in the Jin Residency since he was little. The love that Jin Jiu showered him was no less than his only son, Jin Xianglin. Moreover, he handed his most powerful martial knowledge to him. Even though he was young but he was already highly accomplished in martial skills. He was thoroughly versed in Jin Jiu’s secret projectile skill and could execute it to perfection. What was lacking was his internal power maturity. But among the young martial experts in the martial fraternity, he was already well known and he was given a nick, [Junior Money Jade Face]!

He was similar in age to both the Jin Brother and Sister. In fact, he was younger than Young Master Qilin by two years and older than Jin Caifeng by a year. He grown up with both siblings and he had developed feelings and affections for Jin Caifeng who was as beautiful as a fairy, therefore he had eyed her as his other pair.

Jin Caifeng was also affectionate towards him, often calling him, “Big Brother Ping” nonstop. But still he could not feel satisfied for he could tell that the affections that Jin Caifeng had showered him were that of a sisterly relationship and was that of a lover.

Moreover, as Jin Jiu’s youngest child, she was also the favorite of her father and was allowed to do freely whatever things she had wished. And she would travel to and forth among the people in the pugilist fraternity and was eager to recruit young and excellent fighters to their cause.

But in his eyes, it was a cause of jealousy and concern to him.

And today, he noticed that she was looking at Zhan Bai with interest. Even though all the young competitors in the past did not snatch the [Most beautiful Maiden in Jiangnan] from his hands, this down and crestfallen newcomer was giving him an uneasy feeling.

And when he saw that everyone was praising Zhan Bai, he could not help but said loudly earlier, “He could not even hold against one stance from our Master Ba Tianhe the [Iron Wing Bird]!”

Now that Zhan Bai was led to the most honored seat in the feast and he did not adhere to protocol and stepped down, this gave him an opportunity to use his hand sword to remove this needle once and for all!

Zhan Bai was already feeling ill at ease here, even though he did not show it. But when he heard those strongly worded sentences from Meng Ruping, he could not suppressed his ill feelings any longer.

He bowed with his hands and said, “It is not my intention to come to this esteemed residency. Since I am not welcome, I take my leave now!”

And he slipped his robes and turned around to leave…

But Young Master Qilin hurriedly attempted to stop him. He had a smile on his face as he tried to say, “Brother Zhan, is it because I am not sincere enough? Now that the feast is ready, no matter what, I would like to offer Brother Zhan a few cups of wine and water. Please allow me to fulfill my responsibilities as a host!”

Upon seeing that Young Master Qilin was sincere towards him and he was instantly sorry in his heart. He thought, “The [Ever Hospitable Xianglin] is sincere and this comes from his heart. It is not nothing that a hypocrite could be capable of!”

But still, he said, “Brother Jin, I’m really appreciative of you! But really, I have important matters to attend to. Allow me to pay you a visit in the future!” And he continued to walk away.

But even before Young Master Qilin could speak, Meng Ruping exclaimed coldly, “If you want to leave, please leave. Why make so many fake formalities! Do you think the Jin Residence would miss one esteem guest like you?”

“Senior protégé brother!” Jin Caifeng could not resist speaking. “What are you trying to do? My brother is trying to retain our guest, yet you are driving our guest away!”

Young Master Qilin too stared at Meng Ruping for a second before he pulled Zhan Bai with all sincerity and said, “My younger protégé brother is hot tempered by nature and therefore rude. Please do forgive him for that! Brother Zhan, even if you have urgent matters to attend to, please do drink a cup or two of drinks before you leave. Or else, I would think that Brother Zhan is looking down on me, Xianglin!”

Even though Zhan Bai wanted to leave but he could not find the heart to say so. Moreover by now, several senior martial masters had also spoken up for him to stay. But he did reply just yet.

[Crouching Iron Back Dragon] was a famous drunkard. When he saw that the wine was not about to be serve and he could not lay his hands onto it, he was getting impatience, “A young man shouldn’t be such a puss! It is not straightforward at all! Are you worried that this feast is actually a Hongmen Banquet (A banquet that is setup with the aim of murdering the guest) and that the wine is poisoned? Therefore you did not dare to drink from it!”

Zhan Bai was infuriated by him and he replied, “Old Senior Gongsun meant to say that I am given no choice but to drink three cups. But I must make it very clear. After drinking three cups, I will immediately leave. I don’t want anyone to laugh and think that I, Zhan Bai is someone that is afraid to die and is a coward!”

When he had finished, he lifted the wine cup and raised his hands to everyone, “Come on everyone! As a junior before everyone, I respectfully offered all the seniors a toast!” And he gulped the drink.

Jin Caifeng giggled and said, “Am I considered to be an old senior too?” With that, she too drank a cup.

Zhan Bai flushed with redness. When he had taken a drink, he felt as though his stomach was toasting in flames. He felt a warm and burning sensation rippling inside. He suddenly had a thought, “Is this wine really spiked with a powerful poison?”

But he suddenly thought that it was highly impossible. Young Master Qilin did not know of his true identity and he did not have reason to kill him. Moreover, as one of the Four Young Masters of the Martial Fraternity and in the presence of many top notch fighters, would he still use such a despicable method?

When he came to this and under the roars and praises from the crowd, once again, he lifted a second cup and said, “I, Zhan Bai, is still a greenhorn and did not display proper etiquette just now. The first cup is for the seniors. The second cup is for those of my seniority!”

Jin Caifeng smiled delicately and said lovingly, “Now, it is closer to the truth!” When the eyes of this [Most Beautiful Maiden in Jiangnan] looked at Zhan Bai, there were a million affections in her expressions.

However, Zhan Bai did not notice it and continued to gulpe the second drink down hastily.

But it was noticed by Meng Ruping and he was filled with hatred for Zhan Bai. He really would want to beat him to a pulp.

How could Zhan Bai have known that Jin Caifeng’s million affectionate eyes would ignite upon him a fire of jealousy?

But after drinking this second cup, Zhan Bai could feel like he was burning on fire and throughout his five organs. An indescribable feeling of rush and lusts began to arouse in him….

But Zhan Bai thought that this Young Master would never in the presence of everyone attempted to secretly plot against him, therefore he did not mind at all. It must be because he tried to drink wine on an empty stomach…

But Jin Caifeng had already seen that something was not wrong here. She too, had drunk two cups and knew that these wine was the family best graded “Nǚ’érHóng” that was stored in the residency. The alcohol was not strong. Even if Zhan Bai were to drink eight to ten cups, it would not matter. So why did he just drink two small cups, his face would turn instantly as red as a red cloth? Moreover his eyes were emitting a strange glow and his body was unstable now.

“Ayah…” Even before she could ask for the reason, Zhan Bai had already lifted the third cup up and gulped it down his throat. She was left alarmed and frightened.

“Excellent wine!” Zhan Bai exclaimed. His body was now like charcoal and his fever caused him to be in a semi-dazed condition.

He had already felt something was not right here and he felt pain all over. Immediately, he knew he had fallen into a trap. Who would expect that Young Master Qilin, a person of such commanding high status in the martial fraternity would use such a despicable underhand undertaking on him?

When he mused over that he had fallen alone into his enemy’s hands and the results were disastrous! — He had died, his family line was also cut off, he could not avenge for his father, he could not help but scolded in resentment and rage, “What excellent wine from the Jin Residence! Three cups are enough to break the intestines and to kill! What a pity that…”

Before he could finished, he had flipped over, collapsed and lost consciousness!…

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Chapter 227: The Heaven Sundering Divine Calamity

Multiple purple lightning crackled thunderously above the dark skies as the mountains itself were shaking violently!

Only Yi Ping was left standing in the midst of the howling winds and the relentless tremors. It was because he had said to the group, “Go and seek refuge in the cave over there. This is my battle only. If you wish me well then don’t come anywhere near me!”

At the edge of the cave, the Goddess Isa pursed her lips as she clenched the sides of the Dragon Silver Robe, “Yi Ping, why didn’t you want to take my robe…”

Yunzi sighed softly, “I don’t think it may do any good for him and may even be a hindrance for him.”

Yi Si muttered, “Father…”

Xian’Er, Nuwa, Ye Yin, Lie Qing, Lele, Yu’Er, Mei’Er and all the maidens that love him were now praying anxiously for him!

Xian’Er was trembling as she murmured silently, “Ping’Er, you must be strong. If something happens to you, I really don’t know what to do next…”

Suddenly Yi Ping had raised his thumb to her as he nodded at the same time. It was as though that he could hear her silent words amidst the maddening howling winds.

Reluctantly, Xian’Er nodded as a tear dropped onto the ground. She gasped silently, “I am crying? My years of emotionless meditation have actually comes to naught…”

Yu’Er and Mei’Er looked at each other as they lowered their heads, unable to bear witness to the sorrow that they were sensing from her heart…

The Jade Emperor and the other Heaven Kings on the other hand were all watching nervously but for entire different reasons. They were now witnessing a super divine calamity known as the Heaven Sundering Divinity Calamity and this would gain them valuable insight for their own progression!

Nuwa sighed softly, “We can only watch this now. Not that we are able to help him but if we were to assist him, then this will only increase the wrath of the Divine Calamity and will only be detriment to him. He can only undertake this alone.”

Lele had turned completely ashen and she was deadly solemn. Because she was Yi Ping’s Alma, she could feel the terrifying wrath of the Heavens and the fear that was in Yi Ping’s heart.

She asked quietly, “I have an ominous feeling. What is it that is to come…”

Nuwa replied quietly, “There are three calamities that are to come, one more dangerous after the other. The first one that is to come is the Purple Lightning Calamity. The second forthcoming will be the Golden Lightning Calamity. Yi Ping will be able to pass the Purple Lightning Calamity with his present strength but for the second one, this will depend on his luck.”

Lingfeng was startled as she asked with trembling voice, “Luck? What do you mean? What is this Golden Lightning Calamity?”

Nuwa answered melancholy, “The Golden Lightning Calamity is the most powerful of the lightning calamity that can consume even a Ninth Positioning Immortal. We call it the Three Asunder Lightning. So what do you think?”

Lingfeng was startled, so were everyone that had overheard it!

She stumbled for words, “But Yi Ping is only at the Eighth Immortal Positioning! This is the impossible!”

Alice murmured softly, “There is a huge gap between the Eighth and the Ninth Immortal Positioning. Right now, Yi Ping is going against the natural laws of the Heavens as he attempts to overcome his own limitations. If he can succeed then he would be able to attain to the Ninth Immortal Positioning. Naturally, this is not going to be any easier. We can only let Heavens decide his fate.”

Youxue stared coldly at Alice, “You sound like he is an outsider. Or is it because you have chosen to spirit link to him because you think that he is the future Great God Pangu? If he perishes, then are you going to say it is too bad and you will be off to wait for the next future Great God Pangu?”

Alice looked gently at Youxue as she said quietly, “What makes you think that I am composed? Just because I am looking composed? I am not. I just don’t know how to love another. That is our way…”

She paused before continuing, “That is my way for countless millenniums. I…I like him…”

She corrected herself as she hold he hands to her bosom, “I love him whether he is the future Great God Pangu or not. Whether you believe it or not, it doesn’t matter to me.”

Youxue and everyone else were all startled by Alice. They did not expect Alice to profess her affection for Yi Ping so openly.

Youxue muttered, “Sorry, I am a little too rush. I didn’t know better.”

The Goddess Isa heaved melancholy, “Alice is better than me in many ways. Now I know why the Dark Chaos Lord has picked her…now I know why Yi Ping has chosen her…”

Lingfeng turned to Nuwa to ask, “I can only imagine the Golden Lightning Calamity now. What about the third calamity then?”

Nuwa smiled weakly, “The third calamity of the Heaven Sundering Divine Calamity can take many forms. No matter what form the third calamity will take, it will be even more formidable than the Golden Lightning Calamity for sure…”

All of a sudden, the entire heavens exploded thunderously!

Three brilliant purple lightning had zapped from the heavens above and had struck Yi Ping as the ground around him exploded in upheaval, causing plummets of ashes and debris to fill the entire vicinity!

Everyone gasped but they were quickly able to see a golden aura around Yi Ping, an illusion created by the manifestation of his Invincible Divine Force.

Yi Ping gasped as the ground beneath him seemed to have sunk after he was struck by the three purple lightning. He felt wobbly after the tremendous impact but he stood his ground and he knew that this was only the start.

He thought, “I am now experiencing the Heaven Sundering Divine Calamity. This is only the beginning and I already feel like my strength is been drained away…”

Indeed, these three purple lightning had the power to cause any practitioners that had less than the Seventh Immortal Positioning to turn ashes immediately!

But Yi Ping refused to falter in his will and focused his martial power to execute the Thousand Weight Fall as the fierce howling winds were now threatening him to lift him up to the skies!

He shouted to the heavens as he mustered his entire martial power to stabilize himself against the furious windforces that were threatening to seize him, “I am waiting!”

As though the heavens could hear him, it answered with hundreds of lightning that flashed across the entire heavens and the ground around him exploded thunderously as lightning strikes flashed from the heavens to the earth!

Yi Ping clasped tightly the Celestial Alice and the Fantian Sovereign; he knew that he was now going to battle against the elements of the Heavens as he prepared for the next befalling calamity.

All of a sudden the purple lightning in the dark heavens above, turned golden and the thunders that were generated were so terrifying, so deafening that anyone that was hearing it could feel as though a thousand arrows had pierced through their hearts!

Yi Ping’s fingers were trembling at the deafening thunders and the golden flashes of lightning!

His resolute will begin to falter as he raised all his martial power to embrace it.

His first thought was, “These golden lightning must be even more powerful than the purple lightning. Can I trust my Golden Invincible Force to protect me from it? There must be something that I can do?”

As he thought of this, his will automatically reacted as guided by the Dark Emperor Artefact that was in his veins as he lifted his martial power again, causing the air around him to explode into explosive martial bursts!

Even Yi Ping did not know why he had done so for he was reacting to the powers above as he utilized the hidden Universal Force and the Desolate Force that were within him!

Those were the strengths of Xian’Er and Nuwa!

All of a sudden, a golden dazzling light exploded from within him and this became the tenth hovering golden disc!

Through the joining of Lie Qing with him as one, his potential in the Golden Invincible Force had also increased and now his body was automatically reacting to all his natural potentials to embrace the forthcoming calamity!

A golden lightning with multiple forks as brilliant as the sun exploded thunderously from the heavens and flashed on Yi Ping in the next instant, raining golden lighting strikes that torn the mountain sides asunder and the entire ground was literally sundered unrecognizable into a furious blizzard of flying debris!

Yi Ping screamed aloud as the golden lightning struck him, breeching through his Golden Invincible Force as he kneeled onto the ground. He coughed a bout of blood as he thrust the Celestial Alice and the Fantian Sovereign into the ground as support or else he would have been hurled into the fierce vortex above him!

Before he could recover his senses, the heavens above roared again as a second golden lightning thundered above him and had flashed down onto him in the next instant!

This time, his Golden Invincible Force was broken and was dissipated as he coughed out another bout of blood!

Yi Ping found his visions grew dim and he was dazed as his blood began to reverse through his heart!

His martial power had been broken through as the golden lightning pierced through his very soul, showing him no mercy!

He murmured weakly to his two divine swords, “Is this going to be my last?”

His two divine swords began to shake furiously in his hands as though they were answering him. They began to resonant beautifully and in his ears floated the apparition melody tunes that were sung by Yu’Er and Mei’Er to him previously.

He muttered, “Yu’Er, Mei’Er…your melodies are ever so refreshing in my heart…”

Somehow his heart found courage again and he was lifted by the apparition music. When his visions had cleared, he was startled that to find the resonating divine swords of Yu’Er and Mei’Er, the Harp Whisperer and the Lyrical Whisperer to be positioned next to his divine swords!

The apparition melody tunes were real and had come from the Harp Whisperer and the Lyrical Whisperer!

He murmured, “Has Yu’Er and Mei’Er heard me and their divine swords have flown to my side?”

But to his startled surprise, the Harp Whisperer and the Lyrical Whisperer vanished all of a sudden in front of him!

He muttered, “It is only an illusion?”

He wiped the golden blood from his lips as he struggled to stand again as he shouted to the heavens, “Is that the best that you can do?!”

The Heavens did not take long to show its wrath as hundreds of golden lightning thundered and flashed like hundreds of golden dragons above!

Yi Ping closed his eyes briefly to meditate, “My divine swords seem to be telling something. Can this be?…”

He fluttered his eyes opened as he lifted his two divine swords. He had a new insight as he began to incite the intricate formula of the Exalting Obliteration as he exercised his intricate energies to form the intricate sword energies of the sword technique that he had created a while ago, the ‘Thousand Memories Swords’!

As he swung the Celestial Alice and the Fantian Sovereign Swords, one phantasm white sword after the other sprung from the ground after the other until there were eight beaming white swords that stood upright in a wide circle around him!

Yi Ping willed all his focus on one of the white phantasm sword until it took the shape of the Divine Constellation Sword, the divine sword of the Goddess Isa!

He was surprised that it could really take the shape of the Divine Constellation Sword!

He uttered, “The Divine Constellation Sword is of the lightning element and it can summon lightning. Now that Isa has just sanctorum released the sanctorum power of the Divine Constellation Sword, this may help…”

He was suddenly interrupted by the thunderous descending golden lightning that was so bright that it was like a thousand suns!

Immediately, he swung the two divine swords that were in his hands as he displayed dozens of strokes to lift the phantasm Divine Constellation Sword and the seven other phantasm swords, to fly up to the heavens above him!

As the phantasm Divine Constellation Sword speed upward, the other seven phantasm white swords caught up with it as it merged into it!

It was in time as the Divine Constellation Sword intercepted the golden lightning that was flashing down. The impacting conflict between the Divine Constellation Sword and the Golden Lightning were so thunderous that it exploded into a brilliant golden sun, shaking the heavens and the earth so violently that it seemed to be the end of the world!

Yi Ping was flung to the ground by the powerful shockwaves that were being generated. He was gasping as he thrust the Celestial Alice into the ground so that he would not be sucked into the vortex above him, “I…I have made it!”

The onlookers in the cave were all stunned. They seemed to have recognized the familiar shape of the Divine Constellation Sword in the thick smog just before it disappeared in mid-air when it struck the golden lightning!

Yi Ping had used the Thousand Memories Swords to create a spiritual element of the Divine Constellation Sword. He had never thought that this was possible but after seeing the phantasm form of the Harp Whisperer and the Lyrical Whisperer, he had decided to take a gambit to do so.

At this moment even he did not know how he was able to accomplish it. But one day, he would know that this was only possible because of the affectionate love of the divine swords’ mistresses that were for him. The divine swords and their mistresses had divine harmonized together as one, their wills are as one and they are as one with Yi Ping as well!

But still, the brilliant thunderstorms above Yi Ping did not go unabated even though it had turned to white now. Now dozens of tornadoes with spiraling lightning around it could be seen all over the vicinity and seemed to be heading to his direction!

Yi Ping was startled, “What is this phenomenon?!”

But even before he got the time to contemplate, the smog and the thunderstorms had merged into the shape of a monstrous monster!

Just when Yi Ping thought that he was seeing things, this monstrous monster swiped its huge paws against the side of the mountains with such tremendous power that it caused the cliff to asunder!

Now even the entire ground was cracking under its heavy weight!

Yi Ping was stunned for this monstrous monster was as big as a hill and it was more formidable than anything that he had fought.

He stared unbelievably at this monstrous form, “Is it even possible to defeat it?”

He was not the only one who was having the same thoughts; the rest of the onlookers in the cave were all stunned, even the Great Desolate Goddess Nuwa and the Jade Emperor!

Yu’Er gasped, “What is that monster?”

Xian’Er said quietly, “That is the Heaven Sundering Monster. It is created by the Heaven Sundering Divine Calamity.”

Youxue stammered in shock, “How can everyone defeat anything this big? If he can then he would have already reached the top of the Stellar Sanctuary!”

Nuwa answered softly, “Need luck and plenty of luck.”

Ch227 End

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