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Chapter 91: The Lightning Tribulation (3)

Yuan Ji was actually astonished that Xiang Li had the ability to enhance the spirit animus to encompass all three of them.

“Why didn’t you tell me that you got such a great ability?” He had secretly asked her when she was back into his soul sea.

Xiang Li chuckled shyly as she placed her fingers on her mouth, “I can only affect those that you have dual cultivate with.”

Yuan Ji: …

Yuan Ji: …

Yuan Ji: …

Yuan Ji decided to ignore Xiang Li for now. It was because the lightning tribulation was starting soon.

From the dark heavens, a purple streak of lightning with multiple forks had descended with a brilliant purple flash upon Yuan Ji, Ling Feiyue and Xue Qianxue at the same time!

The four winged battle maiden of the golden profound animus that was displayed by Xue Qianxue was the first to be hit by the purple lightning. In that very instant, Xue Qianxue’s four winged battle maiden were completely dissipated by the tremendous profound power of the first purple lightning.

If the winged battle maiden was Xue Qianxue’s spirit entity, it would be surely be destroyed in that very instant. Having a spirit entity destroyed would have serious consequences on a cultivator’s soul sea and would cause a severe loss of vital profound strength. In the worse situation, the cultivator may even suffer a loss in cultivation strength and may even drop in realm level.

But luckily for Xue Qianxue, the winged maiden was not a spirit entity but an illusion created by her Sacred Maiden Profound Art.

Although Xue Qianxue was already a saintess but she did not have any spirit entity yet. Even though a spirit entity could be produced from the artefact core of a sixth rank desolate beast but the chance of that happening was only too rare.

Now Xue Qianxue’s Sacred Maiden Profound Art was a unique profound art that could shape the practitioner’s profound animus into a battle maiden which closely resembled a spirit entity. Although it was not the actual case here but her Sacred Maiden Profound Art was closely related to the spirit entities.

As a matter of fact, should Xue Qianxue were to have a spirit entity in the future, she would empower her battle maiden with the added support of a spirit entity. Because her spirit entity was secondary to the battle maiden that was formed by the Sacred Maiden Profound Art, she would freely discard the spirit entity for a new spirit entity without affecting her soul sea. Even if the spirit entity was destroyed, her soul sea would not be affected.

Also if Xue Qianxue’s winged battle maiden was destroyed like in this instance by the purple lightning, her soul sea would also not be affected as it was not a real spirit entity. However a great deal of her profound strength would dissipate as a result from the destruction of her profound animus.

The winged battle maiden that was encompassing Yuan Ji, Ling Feiyue and Xue Qianxue had managed to reduce the profound power of the purple lightning by 30%.

In their eyes, this was a massive reduction and a matter of life and death as they raised their divine swords to negate the profound power of the purple lightning.


There was a thunderous boom as the purple lightning blasted into them.

Yuan Ji yelled aloud as the purple lightning ripped through his soul sea with a thunderous impact before throwing him upside down as he landed on the ground.

A few aftershocks later, a large pit had appeared around them and a smoldering smoke could be seen.

Xue Qianxue and Ling Feiyue were also on the ground and they were trembling.

“Is everyone alright?” Yuan Ji coughed weakly as he struggled to stand up.

“I’m alright.” Ling Feiyue coughed out weakly.

Xue Qianxue nodded quietly as she popped a profound pill.

Yuan Ji and Ling Feiyue knew that Xue Qianxue had used the most profound strength and she was trying to stabilize her erratic profound energies at the moment and could not speak.

Yuan Ji took a quick look behind him and was relieved that the grave was still intact. But he was soon sighing heavily; the profound power of the purple lightning was too powerful.

If it was not for Xiang Li earlier, they would all have been more seriously injured.

For that, Yuan Ji was secretly grateful to Xiang Li.

Xiang Li said to him from inside his soul sea as she shook her head, “The first purple lightning had dissipated 20% of your spiritual sea. This is not good.”

Before the first purple lightning had struck, Xiang Li had already retreated into Yuan Ji’s soul sea. It was because she dared not stay outside as she was vulnerable to the terrifying profound power of the lightning tribulation. She was a spirit entity now after all.

Yuan Ji knew that it was not good because there was nine more purple lightning left to go. Expending 20% of his soul sea was not the same as saying he could tank four more hits. In fact, it was way lesser than that.

It was because the soul sea was the real profound strength of the cultivator. The term for that was vital profound strength which was their true essence. When it was reduced, their profound power and defenses would also drop.

The next purple lightning would definitely drain more than 20% of Yuan Ji’s soul sea and that was why Xiang Li had said that it was not good.

“We have to use the Five Elements Profound Mirror of the Forgotten Immortals for the next purple lightning.” Ling Feiyue said solemnly as she popped in a few profound pills. “Let’s hope that this mirror does not shatter on the very first hit.”

After she had said that she was stroking Xue Qianxue’s back to help her up, “Sister Xue, are you alright?”

Xue Qianxue nodded weakly.

Ling Feiyue sighed softly, “There is a five minute interval before the next strike. Let’s cultivate back our profound strength as much as possible first.”

Yuan Ji nodded as he popped a fourth rank profound pill that could be used for regaining some of his profound strength. It was given to him by Xue Qianxue.

The two maidens had actually given him many profound pills earlier and he was stunned by the amount of profound pills that they had.

He could not help muttering to himself that they were good-for-nothing wastrels after they had given him these profound pills which were worth several times the combined wealth of the Emperor Hall Sect and tens of times more than the Orthodox Sword Sect.

“Ji Yuan, you are only taking a fourth rank profound pill? Take it with the fifth rank profound rank. It is more effective this way.” Xue Qianxue said to him with a weak voice.

Yuan Ji smiled weakly as he reluctantly popped in a fifth rank profound pill and he could feel that he was swallowing a huge gold mine and his heart felt extremely painful. This was too wasteful for him…

Suddenly he could hear Xiang Li sobbing in the corner of his soul sea, “Yuan Ji, sorry…it is all my fault. If it is just the golden lightning tribulation, we will surely have a good chance of overcoming it. It is because of my heaven defying presence that your golden lightning tribulation has become a purple lightning tribulation…”

Yuan Ji said gently to her with a soft laugh, “Xiang Li, it isn’t your fault. It is just that I am too weak. Maybe I am actually the one that fault and this is my heavenly retribution for defiling an ancient cursed tomb. Haha.”

Then he grew solemn, “Xiang Li, I won’t let you die. It is not just you but Qianxue and Feiyue as well. I will safeguard all of you.”

Xiang Li sobbed, “But at this rate even with all the miraculous profound pills, we won’t be able to make it.”

Yuan Ji was quiet for a while but all of a sudden Yuan Ji was shouting excitingly to Xiang Li, “I’ve got an idea. Maybe we got a hope!”

After he had said that to Xiang Li, he was shouting exciting to Ling Feiyue in the howling winds, “Feiyue, Qianxue! I got an idea. It may work.”

Ling Feiyue and Xue Qianxue opened their eyes as they curiously looked at him, “Yes?”

Yuan Ji turned to Ling Feiyue, “Do you remember our combined profound art? The Heaven Light of the Coiling Dragon.”

Ling Feiyue gasped softly; he had actually remembered the name of our combined profound art?

She quickly smiled shyly, “I do!”

“We can use it against the lightning tribulation.” Yuan Ji pointed out.

Ling Feiyue had a look of hesitation, “Will it work?” It was because the purple lightning was obviously more powerful.

Then Yuan Ji turned to Xue Qianxue and smiled, “We also need Qianxue’s Sacred Maiden Profound Art to support us.”

Xue Qianxue immediately got it and she was smiling, “This may just work!”

The Sacred Maiden Profound Art was also an internal profound art and could be used to empower the profound strength of the other practitioners.

Yuan Ji grinned, “Rather than being on the defensive, why don’t we turn it into the offensive?”

Ling Feiyue and Xue Qianxue were both nodding, “We will wait for your timing!”

“This is the plan…”

Before long, the next purple lightning had burst from the dark heavens.

“Flying Coiling Dragon Sword!”

“Retribution of the Profound Heaven Light!”

“Heaven Light of the Coiling Dragon!” Yuan Ji and Ling Feiyue shouted the name of their combined profound art together as it merged perfectly.

At the same time, Xue Qianxue had gently put her hands on their backs as the spirit animus of a four winged battle maiden appeared in a halo around her. This time round the winged battle maiden was much smaller because Xue Qianxue was channelling her profound energies into Ling Feiyue and Yuan Ji as profound power for their combined profound art. 

It was even more beautiful and brilliant than the last time that they had used it because this time their divine swords were empowered by a sword spirit and Xue Qianxue’s four wings battle maiden were empowering their profound arts.

Yuan Ji and Ling Feiyue quickly displayed the Heaven Light of the Coiling Dragon as a beautiful beam of white light lit with golden animus with a four wing coiling dragon had flown into the heavens.

There was a slight difference this time; the coiling dragon had spurted four golden wings and even the heavenly beam of profound light had a golden animus surrounding it.

The three of them had successfully combined their profound arts together, creating yet another miracle!

There were a thunderous brilliant flare as the purple lightning and the Heaven Light of the Coiling Dragon clashed in an outburst of profound energies, causing the already strong winds to blow even more furious and the aftershocks produced by the two opposing profound energies were so great that Yuan Ji, Ling Feiyue and Xue Qianxue had all skidded several steps back.

But there was a joyous look on their faces; it was because they had completely stopped the purple lightning!

“Our combined profound power is able to neutralize the lightning tribulation.” Yuan Ji was smiling.

“We may be able to survive after all…” Xue Qianxue and Ling Feiyue were smiling as they exchanged a sentimental look at Yuan Ji.

All of a sudden the whole heavens were lit with purple lightning and the purple lightning appeared to be chaining together, startling everyone.

Ling Feiyue gasped, “The purple tribulation is now combining together to deliver the next strike against us. It is because we have beaten the lightning tribulation and it is now increasing its ferocity. The good news is, we don’t have to take all nine purple lightning now. The bad news is that, it will be several times stronger.”

Yuan Ji said, “We have to use all the profound treasures now.”

Xue Qianxue nodded, “I have mixed a powerful fifth rank profound pill in the Chalice of the Ancient Godly Monarch. It is almost ready to be consumed soon. The Chalice is now dissolving the profound pill. When this is ready, we can replenish some of our lost spiritual seas by absorbing the spirit stones around us.”

Yuan Ji nodded before he said, “We shall use the Five Elements Profound Mirror to reduce the power of lightning first. We can also use the Artefact Bell of the Heaven’s Path too.”

Then he asked Ling Feiyue, “How many times more can you use your Retribution of the Profound Heaven Light?”

It was because the key to overcoming the Lightning Tribulation actually lay with Ling Feiyue now.

Ling Feiyue replied candidly, “Only one or twice. Each use actually used up half of my profound strength. Moreover when we combine it into our new profound art together, it will actually drain more than 90% of my profound strength. But because I’m a great saintess, I am able to recover fast. If I count all the profound pills and spirit stones that I have used, I can use it two more times at most.”

Yuan Ji nodded and at the same time he was rubbing his chin to ponder. They would not be depending too much one the profound pills. It was because the effectiveness of the profound pills had a reduced effect after the first profound pill was taken. It did not matter what type of profound pill it was because the body could not absorb all the profound pills at once. In fact, taking so many profound pills at once would end up becoming a powerful poison for the cultivator instead.

It was a lucky thing that the three of them were all seventh realm cultivators and as long as they do not recklessly take too many profound pills at once, they would still be able to absorb the profound pills. However, the effectiveness of the profound pills would still be lost from taking so many profound pills at once.

Yuan Ji gave Ling Feiyue a sentimental look before saying, “After the third lightning tribulation, we shall let Feiyue drink from the Chalice of the Ancient Godly Monarch.”

Ling Feiyue had a look of hesitation but slowly she nodded. At first, she had actually wanted Yuan Ji to drink from the Chalice of the Ancient Godly Monarch but now it seemed that she was expending the most profound strength.

Five minutes had quickly passed.

The next purple lightning was now about to descend. The whole skies had now turned white and purple as multiple chains of lightning were now forming like a purple serpent.

There was an explosive thunderclap that shook the heavens and the earth as the purple lightning had descended upon the trio.

Again, they had used their combined profound art.

This time they had thrown up the Five Elements Profound Mirror first. As the purple lightning struck the Five Elements Profound Mirror, some of its profound energies were scattered but the bulk of its profound power was still intact as the two profound energies clashed with a brilliant flare.

Again the same thing had happened except that the explosion in the mid-air was so furious that Yuan Ji, Ling Feiyue and Xue Qianxue were all thrown violently on the ground as the purple lightning went through them almost without any hindrances and draining them of their profound strength.

Yuan Ji was alarmed that 30% of his spiritual seas had been dissipated by the purple lightning. He could only imagine that it may be worse for Ling Feiyue.

He quickly got on his feet as he took the Chalice of the Ancient Godly Monarch for the fallen Ling Feiyue to have a sip.

“Sister Yue, are you alright?” Xue Qianxue was panicky as she helped Ling Feiyue up.

Ling Feiyue was trembling lightly as she forced herself to smile weakly, “I am alright. Don’t give me all the sips. Take some for yourself too. The two of you need it as much as I do. I am a…great saintess…”

Yuan Ji forced her to drink all the sips that were in the chalice, “I don’t care if you are a great saintess. You are my woman and I am forcing you to drink to the last drop.”

Ling Feiyue had a beautiful flush on her cheeks, “Don’t talk rubbish at this time…”

She shyly averted her eyes away from Yuan Ji but she was suddenly gasping, “The Five Elements Profound Mirror has a crack.”

Even Xue Qianxue was gasping, “This is a most wondrous celestial treasure and we have almost destroyed it. We should not be using it anymore lest we destroy it. It will mend by itself over time…”

Yuan Ji took the Five Elements Profound Mirror with a soft chuckle, “Unfortunately we are going to use it for the very last time.”

Then he sighed heavily as he looked at the next chain of purple lightning that was twice as powerful as the earlier blast. “This is the last tribulation lightning. If we can survive this one then the lightning tribulation will be over for us. Therefore we are going to throw everything that we got for our life and death tribulation.”

Then he turned to look at the Heaven Smiting Cauldron with a light frown, “We haven’t use this profound treasure it and it is already cracking?! What is use of this profound treasure again? I can’t remember.”

Ling Feiyue smiled, “That is because I haven’t introduced it to everyone earlier. This is a most useful profound treasure actually. It had helped to overcome my lightning tribulation the last time. The spiritual root of this Heaven Smiting Cauldron is able to extend into the earth. I would say that 30% of the shockwaves that we had experienced earlier was absorbed by the spiritual root of the Heaven Smiting Cauldron. If not, the destruction of the vicinity will be much greater and even the grave…that we are protecting will also be destroyed.”

Yuan Ji gasped. It was no wonder that they would be able to recover so quickly from the lightning shockwaves and was not paralyzed for too long. He had thought it was because he had a strong heart…

“Haha. I see.”

They had a short five minutes to quickly recover as much of their profound strength as possible.

Soon the final purple lightning tribulation was arcing across the heavens like a gigantic long purple serpent that was hundreds of miles long. This purple lightning was ten times as long and maybe even ten times as powerful as the last lightning strike!

This final lightning was absolutely terrifying!

At this point, Yuan Ji had suddenly remembered what Hua Wuwu had told him before when he had survived a golden tribulation lightning.

“It is only a six-stage golden lightning and only just one golden lightning. It is nothing to be proud of. Our old master had survived through the nine-stage purple lightning. Now that is a feat that is worth praising.”

It was no wonder that Hua Wuwu and Hua Baiyue had told him that he would never be able to defeat their Old Master. It was because he cannot imagine how formidable their Old Master really was. Now he finally realized that he was a frog in a well. Or rather a penniless frog without any cultivation resources that cannot imagine how the rich cultivators were able to have so many huge advantages over the poor cultivators that had no cultivation resources to back them up.

He could not resist adding silently, “Although I am poor but I have married two rich consorts. So I am still the ultimate winner.”

At the same time that Yuan Ji had also thrown up the Five Elements Profound Mirror like a speeding object high up into the skies.

There was a brilliant white flare as the Five Elements Profound Mirror was completely shattered into a million pieces and each piece was like a brilliant shooting star. A celestial grade profound treasure was destroyed on this day.

Yuan Ji, Xue Qianxue and Ling Feiyue had quickly displayed their new profound art again to meeting the furious purple serpent that was speeding to them.

Yuan Ji raised his double halo sword as he shouted, “Let’s call our new profound art the Heaven-Defying Light of the Coiling Dragon!”

All of a sudden Yuan Ji had awakened two new state of divinity, the Awakened Seventh Sense and the Three-in-One Reflex.

He could feel the profound energies, spiritual energies and soul energies that were coursing through the Heaven-Defying Light of the Coiling Dragon as he directed it to meet the onslaught of the furious purple serpent.

There was an explosive white nova that exploded brilliantly when the two titanic profound energies clashed against each other.

The purple lightning tribulation was naturally more powerful.

In that instant Xue Qianxue had quickly displayed the defensive form of the winged battle maiden to absorb the incoming purple lightning and shockwaves for everyone.

Yuan Ji was not slow either.

He had imbued his sword with all his sword energies as he raised it protectively around Ling Feiyue who had collapsed onto the ground.

Ling Feiyue had completely exhausted her profound energies!

The shockwaves that were sweeping through them were so great that it even shattered two of the legs of the Heaven Smiting Cauldron!

When the aftermath was over, the entire heavens had quickly returned to a pristine heaven and beautiful rainbows could be seen in the horizons.

In the aftermath, the three of them were all lying on the ground and could barely move!

Yuan Ji had lost over 99% of his spiritual seas but he was still alive!

So were Ling Feiyue and Xue Qianxue!

Ling Feiyue knew that Yuan Ji and Xue Qianxue were still alive as her divine sense could sense their heart beats.

She was smiling delightfully, “My silver lightning tribulation is now a purple lightning tribulation…I am now a great saintess of the highest tribulation…”

Xue Qianxue was also giggling delightfully as she rolled in the mud, “I am a great saintess now…hehee…I need a bath…”

Xiang Li was dumbfounded that Yuan Ji and the two maidens had actually overcome the Purple Lightning Tribulation.

She began to giggle to herself as she held onto her bosoms, “I think, I may be in love now…”

Yuan Ji was the most delight. It was because he had ensured that Xiang Li, Ling Feiyue and Xue Qianxue were all alive.

He was laughing jovially as he threw the God Emperor’s Rope high up into the sky before it dropped into the bottomless abyss below. “Haha. You didn’t kill me so you can use this rope to hang yourself now!”

Ling Feiyue gasped softly, “Don’t…”

But it was already too late as the God Emperor’s Rope was thrown away by Yuan Ji.

“What is it?” Yuan Ji asked curiously.

“This rope is actually a heaven-step profound treasure that can anchor our soul sea. It is a good profound treasure that can prevent death for a few minutes…”

Yuan Ji: …

Yuan Ji: …

Yuan Ji: …

“Why didn’t you say so earlier…”

Unknown to them, a beautiful peerless immortal goddess was quietly watching them from afar. She was trembling with rage and shock at the same time. Rage because a man had thrown her out of her crystal coffin earlier and shock because they had actually survived the lightning tribulation that was created by her.

“This is not possible at all…this is a purple tribulation lightning…even an immortal would not dare to disregard the purple tribulation lightning…”

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Chapter 90: The Lightning Tribulation (2)

These were the common rules when attempting for any breakthroughs and tribulations;

One, the heart must first be calmed.

Two, never attempt a breakthrough when you are injured especially when suffering from internal injuries.

Three, find a quiet place with high purity of spiritual force.

Four, obtain a divine sword, the higher grade the better to act as a soul link to bolster up the cultivator elixir inner sea. There was a higher chance if the cultivator was able to divine harmonize with the divine sword.

Five, prepare as many high grade soul jewels for emergency uses.

Six, ready as many celestial treasures as possible that can aid your chances.

Seven, pray for the blessing of the heavens.

Yuan Ji was frowning at the manual for breakthroughs and tribulations that Xue Qianxue had carelessly throw on the ground. “It seems that I have only met one and four of the manual.”

Xue Qianxue chuckled, “It seems that you have only met the fourth rule.”

Yuan Ji smiled bitterly, “That is so true…”

“Done!” Ling Feiyue giggled softly as she completed the celestial array setup.

Usually before the Lightning Tribulation would strike, they would have an hour of preparation time.

In less than an hour, Ling Feiyue and Xue Qianxue had placed more than a thousand high grade spirit stones around them. At the same time, they were distributing dozens of fourth rank divine pills and a few fifth rank divine pills to one another.

Yuan Ji had even consumed a fifth realm divine pill and his injuries were rapidly recovering.

All sorts of heaven-step profound treasures were taken out by Xue Qianxue and Ling Feiyue as they hastily placed it within their protective arrays.

The Artefact Bell of the Heaven’s Path…

Soul Armor of the War Sovereign…

The Chalice of the Ancient Godly Monarch…

God Emperor’s Rope…

Heaven Smiting Cauldron…

Five Elements Profound Mirror of the Forgotten Immortals…

Yuan Ji muttered when he saw the profound treasures that were displayed in front of him, “They are too rich. What is the challenge of cultivation when you have so many profound treasures to aid you?”

Ling Feiyue giggled softly, “If you drink from the Chalice of the Ancient Godly Monarch while you are consuming profound pills, the effectiveness of the profound pills will be doubled.”

“The Artefact Bell of the Heaven’s Path can be used three times to bring the soul of the cultivator back and refortify the mental fortitude.” Xue Qianxue smiled as she flashed it in front of him. “This Soul Armor of the War Sovereign is for me to wear. It has great defensive properties…”

“And this Five Elements Profound Mirror of the Forgotten Immortals is able to reduce the power of the lightning. It is the most useful…”

Yuan Ji gasped as he interrupted Xue Qianxue, “Indeed. How did you get something so precious? How many times can we use it?”

Xue Qianxue pondered for a while, “I forget to ask. I got it from Third Young Master Jian Menghao, who is now your son…”

Yuan Ji muttered unhappily, “You are not to receive any more gifts from now on. And when I am not around, you’re not allowed to see him ever again.”

Xue Qianxue said with a soft chuckle, “Do you have to be jealous at this critical time?”

Yuan Ji ignored her as he picked up a rope, “This rope has an awesome name. The God Emperor’s Rope. What is it used for?”

Ling Feiyue smiled shyly, “In case you think that you can no longer endure it, you can use this God Emperor’s Rope to strangle yourself. Absolutely no pain whatever so.”

Yuan Ji: …

“I have a profound treasure too.” He said as put down a five leaf clover.

Xue Qianxue and Ling Feiyue quickly used their divine sense and were disappointed that the leaf did not seem to contain any profound or spiritual energies.

“You can’t figure it out, am I right?” Yuan Ji smiled proudly. “This is my lucky charm. It has aided me on many occasions. I survive all my life and death breakthroughs with this lucky charm of mine.”

Xue Qianxue and Ling Feiyue were speechless.

“It is just some cheapskate leaf…” Xue Qianxue muttered.

“It doesn’t even have any profound powers within it to aid us…” Ling Feiyue was exasperated.

“But it works nevertheless.” Yuan Ji smiled proudly as he lifted it up for the two maidens to admire.

All of a sudden the five leaf clover was torn apart by the furious winds that were blowing all around them.

Yuan Ji: …

“My lucky charm…”

“I guess that your luck has run out this time.” Ling Feiyue patted him lightly on his shoulder.

Yuan Ji grinned, “That is alright. I still have more than a dozen of these.”

Ling Feiyue, Xue Qianxue: …

Yuan Ji laughed as he held them tightly together.

Soon the three of them were looking gently at each other as they cuddled in one another warmth embrace…

Xue Qianxue was the first to break the silence as she smiled gently, “Ji Yuan, it is so good to have you. Feiyue, if there is a next life, I want to have you as my sister again and I want to be with Ji Yuan as well.”

Ling Feiyue smiled bitterly, “My only regrets are that I have met the two of you too late. We have waste a hundred years. I wish that we can have another hundred years together.”

“We will not die.” Yuan Ji said solemnly as he held them even tighter.

He was now looking keenly at the heavens above. There was a strong foreboding as he turned solemn, “The Lightning Tribulation is about to start soon.”

Ling Feiyue and Xue Qianxue were all looking at the multiple flashes of purple lightning nervously.

Although they were all teasing around earlier, it was only to pacify their anxiety as they prepared themselves to face the most dangerous nine-stage purple lightning tribulation.

Yuan Ji had raised his heaven-step divine sword high up, “We will surely overcome it together.”

The golden animus of a winged battle maiden had burst forth from Xue Qianxue’s profound aura as she displayed her heaven-step divine sword. This was her highest level internal profound art the Ninth Rank of the Sacred Maiden Profound Art!

Ling Feiyue nodded lightly as she raised her heaven-step divine sword high up too and a thin burst of golden light from her Unrighteous Moon Profound Force had surrounded her. “Ji Yuan, do you think that we can use the same lightning trick that we have used in the Lotus Sword Mansion to overcome the lightning tribulation?”

Yuan Ji grinned, “We can definitely try it…”

“Oh no, you don’t or you will surely die…” A voice had suddenly said from nowhere, startling Ling Feiyue and Xue Qianxue. The ghostly apparition of Xiang Li had suddenly appeared above Yuan Ji.

Even Yuan Ji was startled because Xiang Li was not supposed to have the ability to take incorporeal form yet until she had merged into his soul sea. At this moment, Xiang Li was just taking residence in his divine sword.

Xiang Li smiled deliciously at the two maidens, “I’m Yuan Ji’s spirit entity and my name is Xiang Li.”

Ling Feiyue gasped, “You are the spirit entity of the Lotus Sword Mansion! You look much younger now…”

She panicky turned to look at Yuan Ji with a stunned expression, “You didn’t lie to me. You really got the spirit entity of the Lotus Sword Mansion as your spirit entity…”

“A sentient spirit entity?!” Xue Qianxue was gasping. “I have only heard rumors of it but have never seen one. Sentient spirit entity are said to have only one in one million chance of occurring…”

“One in one hundred million to be exact.” Xiang Li chuckled.

Yuan Ji however was frowning, “Xiang Li, how is it possible for you to appear?”

Xiang Li giggled, “That’s because I have now merged with your soul sea. What you are seeing now is the profound energies of your soul sea…”

“Well, don’t appear too often. You will drain me of my profound strength and moreover you are scaring the others with your ugly look.” Yuan Ji interrupted.

Xiang Li: …

Xue Qianxue smiled, “No, she isn’t ugly. She is cute and beautiful.”

“She is extremely beautiful.” Ling Feiyue was smiling as she looked in awe at Xiang Li. “Very beautiful spirit entity.”

All of a sudden Xue Qianxue had a weird expression and there was a flush on her countenance, “Ji Yuan, does it mean that while we are…doing…Xiang Li is able to see and hear us?”

Even Ling Feiyue was startled and she had taken a step backward with a soft gasp, “This…I hope not…”

Yuan Ji panicky stammered out, “Oh no, of course not! Xiang Li is the most innocent spirit entity ever. She has no concept of that sort of thing. Moreover as her master, I have ordered to seal off all her profound senses every time. So don’t worry about it.”

“That is right! Xiang Li is absolute pure and innocent!” Xiang Li declared proudly. “I always listen to…master.”

It took Xiang Li a little difficulty to mutter out the word ‘Master’.

Ling Feiyue and Xue Qianxue had a soft sigh of relief.

Xiang Li had suddenly remembered why she was out, “The trick that you use in the Lotus Sword Mansion doesn’t work with the Lightning Tribulation. It is because the lightning actually consists of multiple strokes of lightning, able to strike all of you at the same time. Should you lose your divine swords, you will be quite vulnerable. The lightning tribulation will unerringly strike at your soul sea because it drawn its profound strength from you.”

Yuan Ji nodded as he muttered, “Our soul sea is the natural magnet…”

“Therefore it is impossible to cheat. As a matter of fact, with the three of you taking the lightning tribulation together, it is also a lot riskier. Even if one of you is killed, the lightning tribulation will still be able to drawn upon the vital energies of the dead. As you know, my master is the weakest link. Once he is killed, all of you will have to bear the burden of his lightning tribulation…”

Yuan Ji interrupted unhappily, “Why am I the weakest link?”

All of a sudden he noticed that Ling Feiyue and Xue Qianxue were nodding lightly as they listened intently to Xiang Li.

“Alright, I am a little weak.” Yuan Ji frowned lightly. “But Xiang Li is the weakest here. Moreover she is also useless…”

Xiang Li raised her fingers and all of a sudden Xue Qianxue’s winged battled maiden had become a four winged battle maiden and the profound animus has even enveloped Yuan Ji and Ling Feiyue.

“Maiden Qianxue’s profound animus is now able to protect the two of you just as effective as protecting herself.”

Then Xiang Li pointed at Ling Feiyue’s sword and there was a beautiful white halo around it. It was not just on Ling Feiyue’s divine sword but the white halo had also appeared in Yuan Ji and Xue Qianxue divine swords as well!

“What is it?” Everyone was startled.

Xiang Li proudly said, “I have enhanced Maiden Feiyue’s sword spirit by a little. Moreover as long as Maiden Feiyue is still around and you are near her, her sword spirit would also be able to affect you.”

Xue Qianxue and Ling Feiyue were all gasping with shock, “Xiang Li, you are so impressive…you are the most impressive spirit entity that I have ever seen.”

“I wish that I can have such a cute and beautiful spirit entity like you.” Xue Qianxue was sighing.

“Same here!” Ling Feiyue was looking impressed by Xiang Li. “Xiang Li is the most wondrous spirit entity that I’ve ever seen.”

Xiang Li smiled proudly, “Of course! I am the most awesome spirit entity that can enhance the spirit entities of the others…”

Yuan Ji muttered almost incoherently, “I think that you are still the most useless because you can only enhance the others but not yourself…”

Then he was rubbing his chin, “Should I tell them that it is actually Xiang Li that is causing the Nine-Stage Purple Lightning Tribulation to appear? Or maybe when I tell them about Xiang Li dark side then they would not be so impressed.”

Yuan Ji pretended to cough, “Ahem! We should be focusing on our lightning tribulation…”

“Xiang Li, do you think that we can be friends with you?” The two maidens were asking Xiang Li.

“Of course! You can summon me anytime like my master to chat with me!” Xiang Li giggled.

Yuan Ji: …

Yuan Ji cursed Xiang Li in his heart, “I can’t remember a time when I can summon you…”

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Chapter 89: The Lightning Tribulation (1)

Yuan Ji was now digging the grave of his beloved Yuxian again. But this time, it was to take her out of the grave instead of confining her inside.

It was because he had found a crystal coffin which was actually a profound treasure that could preserve her.

Halfway through the dig, the heavens were suddenly rumbling and the entire heavens were suddenly dark and the entire mountains were covered in a deep shroud of darkness.

Yuan Ji, Ling Feiyue and Xue Qianxue were startled by the sudden change in the heavens. They had never come across a storm that could suddenly descend upon so quickly.

But Ling Feiyue had and she had turned ashen, “Ji Yuan, Qianxue! This is the lightning calamity!” She quickly divined with her fingers and shockingly said. “It is descending upon this location!”

Yuan Ji was stunned, “Lightning calamity?”

He turned to look at Xue Qianxue as he stammered, “Don’t tell me that you are having your lightning tribulation at this time?”

Xue Qianxue was the only middle-tier seventh realm saintess here. Moreover she was also a peaked middle-tier saintess. When a cultivator had reached the peaked middle-tier seventh realm sacred saint level, they would no longer advance.

The only way for them to advance to the upper tier seventh realm sacred saint level was for them to have a lucky occurrence and chanced an encounter with a lightning tribulation.

To the celestial cultivators, chancing an encounter with a lightning tribulation was equally deadly and hence, it was also called the fourth life and death tribulation. Naturally, no one wanted to chance it too early.

Xue Qianxue had a perplexed look as she said, “It is definitely not me because I don’t have any foreboding for it. Moreover I am not at the peaked middle-tier yet…”

Yuan Ji gave her a perplexed look, “You’re not?”

Xue Qianxue shook her head, “My realm level didn’t advance for the past hundred years…”

Yuan Ji: …

Even Ling Feiyue was startled. “Is it because of me?”

A hundred years ago, Xue Qianxue and Ling Feiyue were both middle heaven-step saintesses. Each tier had an initial, middle, upper and a peak stage. Except for the peak stage, each stage had a half-step, mortal, earth, heaven and a peak step to denote the cultivator’s cultivation progression.

After Ling Feiyue had defeated Xue Qianxue, she had advanced from a middle heaven-step saintess to a middle peak saintess. Shortly after, she had overcome her lightning tribulation and had become a great saintess, a celestial title that was only reserved for cultivators that had entered the upper seven realm sacred saint level.

When cultivators had reached the sixth and the seventh realm level, cultivating alone was not enough to expand their spiritual boundaries to attain to the next stage or step. It was because they had to focus on their state of divinity for enlightenment in order to achieve a breakthrough.

The sixth realm level was called the ‘Spirit Level’ while the seventh realm level was called the ‘Soul Level’.

A hundred years ago when Xue Qianxue and Ling Feiyue had their duel, they were hoping to achieve a breakthrough to the peak of their middle seventh realm sacred saint level by defeating each other. Their duel was not a matter of who had the greater profound strength or who had the superior fighting techniques but who had the superior state of divinity in their ‘Soul Level’.

Ling Feiyue had ‘cheated’ by conspiring with Xia Jiajia to cause Xue Qianxue to lose at the last minute by affecting her mental state.

Although Ling Feiyue had won, she was extremely guilty about it.

After their duel, the two maidens had become close friends and had secretly kept in touch with each other. At the same time the two of them had also placed a bounty for ‘Ji Yuan’ who had fled away from them ever since that day.

When Xue Qianxue had secretly sent Ling Feiyue a secret message asking whether it was possible for her to help her to leave the Celestial Orthodox Sect, Ling Feiyue did not hesitated at all even though she knew that it was an extremely risky thing to do.

At that time Yuan Ji had just broken her heart and this had caused her to choose the most direct and confrontation approach to rescue Xue Qianxue, not realizing that Yuan Ji was also there.

Yuan Ji had thought that Ling Feiyue had a feud with Xue Qianxue and therefore he did not want to tell her anything about Xue Qianxue. After all, he had personally witnessed their duel with each other and moreover they were from two opposing fraternities. He had indeed never dreamt that these two peerless maidens would actually become the best of friends after their duel.

Xue Qianxue was now looking at Yuan Ji, “Is it you?”

Yuan Ji replied weakly, “I have only just completed my initial half-step seventh realm and is only at the mortal step. I am still so far away from the middle sacred saint level. How can it be me?”

The initial half-step stage was the period of solidifying the cultivator’s soul sea. Yuan Ji had only become a full fledge initial saint only just a while ago.

Ling Feiyue suddenly muttered with a weak smile, “Do you think it is because we are cursed? Or because we have done something really wrong in the eyes of the heavens and this is a heavenly retribution?”

Yuan Ji laughed weakly, “Don’t be silly. We didn’t do anything wrong…”

But Ling Feiyue and Xue Qianxue interrupted him with a feeble look as they said together, “You had forced open the forbidden black door, hack open the crystal coffin and threw the body inside carelessly around.”

Yuan Ji: …

Yuan Ji: …

Yuan Ji: …

“This is my divine retribution?” Yuan Ji muttered with disbelief. “Surely not…”

“Or else we cannot explain why the lightning tribulation has appeared.” Ling Feiyue sighed softly.

Yuan Ji had jumped into the grave as he panicky tried to carefully removed the huge pile of heavy rocks that he had placed on top of the make shift coffin that he had made for Yuxian. “I must get her body out of here before the lightning tribulation strikes…”

All of a sudden a silver lightning thundered through the dark heavens and had struck Yuan Ji with a thunderous impact and his surrounding had immediately burst into tiny flames!

Yuan Ji coughed out a bout of golden blood as he staggered to steady his footing.

“Ji Yuan!” Xue Qianxue and Ling Feiyue were panicky.

Yuan Ji smiled weakly as he struggled to stand, “I am alright. This amount of lightning is nothing.”

Xue Qianxue and Ling Feiyue were immediately at his side as they checked his injuries. They were suddenly dismayed to find that Yuan Ji was much more seriously hurt than they had expected!

However his injuries were not due to the lightning attack but were caused by his earlier battle with the Titan Draconic Beast. As Yuan Ji did not want them to worry, he was putting on a brave front and pretended that he was not injured.

Ji Yuan said knew that he had to face this lightning tribulation today no matter what.

There were many stories of cultivators trying to escape from their lightning tribulation when their time was up and all of them would die without fail. It was because the lightning tribulation also measured their mental fortitude to survive. The minute that the cultivators had decided to flee, their pain threshold to withstand the lightning tribulations would drop tremendously. Only if the cultivator had a high state of divinity would they be able to survive through the lightning tribulation.

There was another reason why Yuan Ji did not flee from the spot; when the lightning tribulation had descended on a location, the destruction that was caused by the lightning tribulation would be heavily confined. But should the cultivator moved or ran away from the descended spot, that spot would be destroyed by the fury of the heavenly tribulations.

Even if Yuan Ji did not care for the descended spot and ran to hide in the cave, there would be earthquakes and lightning that would follow him to his hiding place.

There were actually many cultivators that had actually tried to run away even when they know that they should not do so. Eventually they would all die of exhaustion. It was because the lightning tribulation was actually drawing upon the profound strength of the cultivator to return a returning strike.

Now this was actually the worst death of all deaths.

It was because the further they were away from the designated spot, the more their profound strength was taken and when their profound strength was taken, they would age prematurely every time the lightning tribulation fires a lightning bolt.

But of course Yuan Ji would not run because he needed to protect the grave from damage.

What was perplexing to him was that he had no idea how he had triggered the lightning tribulation!

He was cursing silently, “I’m only at the initial sacred saint level. How the heck did I trigger the lightning tribulation?”

“Qianxue, we need to protect this grave but the lightning tribulation will be descending anytime soon.” Ling Feiyue said solemnly.

Xue Qianxue immediately knew what Ling Feiyue was trying to say next, so she chuckled softly. “I guess that I have to forcefully become a great saintess today. The only way for us to avert the lightning calamity is to face its tribulation.”

Yuan Ji immediately interrupted her sharply, “You are not ready for your fourth life and death tribulation. Moreover you are with child. It will be dangerous for you and for our child.”

Xue Qianxue returned a gentle smile to him, “Although I am not in the best of my condition but this is also a good chance for me to advance in my cultivation realm. Therefore I should make full use of it. Also with Sister Feiyue here, I am not anxious at all.”

Yuan Ji said bitterly, “Do you know that this lightning tribulation is actually after me? Although I do not know why but trust me, you don’t have to do it for me.”

He knew that these two maidens were actually trying to use their more superior spiritual boundaries to help him to overcome the lightning tribulation.

In terms of cultivation strength, his soul sea was the weakest!

Xue Qianxue said with great conviction, “I have already decided to do this.”

When she had said that, the silver lightning in the heavens above had suddenly become golden in color!

Yuan Ji, Xue Qianxue and Ling Feiyue were greatly startled.

This was the golden lightning tribulation and it was even more dangerous than the silver lightning tribulation!

“We need to prepare immediately.” Ling Feiyue said hastily as she threw dozens of high grade spirit stones around them before she formed the spirit stones into a celestial array.

Xue Qianxue followed suit as she asked Ling Feiyue, “When you have become a great saintess, what is your lightning tribulation?”

Ling Feiyue smiled weakly, “I have only the silver lightning tribulation. This is my first time facing a golden lightning tribulation. Guess I have my fifth life and death tribulation today.”

There were actually three types of lightning tribulations; the three-stage silver lightning tribulation, the six-stage golden lightning tribulation and the nine-stage purple lightning tribulation.

When a saint had survived the lightning tribulation, their spiritual boundaries would expand to the great saint spiritual boundaries. At the same time, they would receive added life span as well.  Usually the three-stage silver lightning would add 3000 more years, the six-stage golden lightning tribulation would add 6000 more years while the nine-stage purple lightning tribulation would add 9000 more years.

Needless to say, the life span of a great saint was monstrous when compared to the other cultivators and even to the rest of the seventh realm saints. Hence, there was a ‘great’ title to the cultivators that could breakthrough to the upper seventh realm sacred saint level.

The three-stage silver lightning tribulation was nine times more fearsome than a normal lightning while the six-stage golden lightning tribulation was thirty-six times more deadly than a normal lightning. As for the nine-stage purple lightning tribulation, it was eighty-one times more deadly than a normal lightning.

When Ling Feiyue had become a great saintess, she had taken the three-stage silver lightning three times.

The three-stage silver lightning was the most commonly encountered and it had a mortality rate of 90%. It was to say that only 10% of the saints would survive the silver lightning three times.

The six-stage golden lightning was a rare sight, only appearing if the cultivator could achieve a high state of divinity. Usually it could only be encountered by the venerable sages. Again, the mortality was also 90%. It was really not easy to survive six hits which was doubled that of a three-stage silver lightning. Moreover, each of the golden lightning was four times more powerful or thirty-six times deadlier than a normal lightning.

As for the nine-stage purple lightning, it was almost unheard of. It was rumored that if it were to appear then the cultivator must really be a heaven-defying person. After all, no one could imagine anyone that could survive nine times of the most powerful lightning bolt in the Celestial Realm.

Yuan Ji was cursing loudly to the heavens, “What the heck?! I have attracted the golden tribulation lightning?! I am only a lowly saint!”

Xue Qianxue quietly said, “It is because you have survived a lightning from the golden tribulation lightning array. It has the same power as the golden lightning tribulation. Anyone that survives through the golden lightning tribulation will not be able to receive the weaker three-stage silver lightning.”

Yuan Ji was stupefied, “I have the Celestial Orthodox Sect to thank for this then.”

Ling Feiyue said quietly to Yuan Ji and Xue Qianxue, “If we can survive six strokes of the golden lightning tribulation then our ordeals will be over. The pain will be agonizing, both mentally and physically. Please endure to the best of your abilities.”

While she was saying it, she was quietly exchanging a secret look with Xue Qianxue. They were secretly sighing in their hearts. It was because Yuan Ji was not even a middle saint and for him to face the lightning tribulation at this point, especially the golden lightning tribulation, this was really expecting too much from him.

Just his profound strength disparity alone was already a big gap when compared to them. Moreover Xue Qianxue had the Sacred Maiden Profound Arts to protect her while Ling Feiyue had her Unrighteous Moon Profound Force. As for Yuan Ji, he was just a pure sword practitioner.

Yuan Ji was urged on by his undying fighting spirit as he shouted angrily to the heavens, “It is only six strokes of golden lightening. Do you think your big daddy here is afraid of you?”

The dark heavens responded by booming thunderously and the golden lightning had suddenly become multiple flashes of purple lightning!

Suddenly the six-stage golden lightning tribulation had now become the nine-stage purple lightning tribulation!

Yuan Ji, Xue Qianxue, Ling Feiyue: …

Yuan Ji smiled bitterly, “Don’t look at me like this. How do I know that this lightning tribulation can be so easily angered?”

Xiang Li had appeared in Yuan Ji’s soul sea with a sheepish look, “Actually it is me that has caused the purple lightning tribulation to appear. How do I know that you will be facing your lightning tribulation so soon?”

Yuan Ji said bitterly, “Xiang Li, you are finally here. What the hell is going on around here?”

Xiang Li closed her eyes before opening her eyes with an unhappy look, “Apparently someone wants you dead and has triggered this lightning tribulation for you.”

Yuan Ji was startled, “Who is that someone?”

Xiang Li shook her head, “As for who, I really do not know. This someone is an extreme character that can even manipulate the lightning tribulation. I am afraid that this time we are in serious trouble. Can you remember who you have offended lately?”

Yuan Ji frowned, “I am a peace loving person and I don’t have any enemies.”

Xiang Li: …

“I don’t believe in any divine retributions..” Yuan Ji muttered.

“Xiang Li, do you think that someone is actually the King of the Fishes? I just remember that I have accidentally killed two innocent fishes earlier. But then I was trying to help them actually…”

Xiang Li: …

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Chapter 88: The Mysterious Cavern

Yuan Ji, Ling Feiyue and Xue Qianxue were now back in the cave earlier.

The cave was exactly like what Xue Qianxue had said; it was really a huge cavern with many passages.  After a while they had spotted several man-made markings along the walls.

“This cave is bigger than what I have thought. It seemed that there were inhabitants in this cave a long time ago.” Yuan Ji said after he rubbed his fingers at the markings.

“These markings are extremely ancient.” He concluded after using his divine sense to probe.

Ling Feiyue nodded as her beautiful eyes were looking curiously around the passage, “That is what I have thought so too.”

After exploring for three hours, they soon came to a cavern that was quite chilly and there was a huge black door with a beautiful flower of life pattern at the end of this cavern. Next to it was a black stele with some ancient texts that were inscribed on it.

Now this black stele was unlike the black steles that were inside the trials and touching it did not yield any information.

Xue Qianxue and Ling Feiyue were soon deciphering the texts on the black stele eagerly and they were even having a friendly competition to decipher it together. “This is the Null Abyss Door of the Desolate Darkness…woes befall the ones that enter through it and a most terrifying curse shall befall onto the ones that break the seal…a divine calamity await those that dare to enter…”

“Qianxue, Feiyue. We can enter this door now.”  Yuan Ji had slashed the profound seal on the huge black door with his divine sword and he was feeling quite proud of himself when the sealed black door was forced open by him.

“With my seventh realm profound strength and the help of my heaven-step divine sword, even an ancient profound sealed door is not a match for me. Haha.”

“Ji Yuan, what have you done?!” Xue Qianxue was horrified. While they were deciphering the messages on the black stele, Yuan Ji had actually hacked his way into the black door.

Even Ling Feiyue was stunned that Yuan Ji had been so reckless.

Ji Yuan laughed, “Come on, let’s go in. I have already opened the way. The black stele probably got nothing useful to say except for some empty threats and curses. We shouldn’t waste our time to decipher it. Usually there is nothing useful in it.”

Xue Qianxue muttered to Ling Feiyue as Yuan Ji walked beyond the huge black door, “I really don’t know if Ji Yuan is a genius or…foolish…”

Ling Feiyue was looking flustered as she defended Yuan Ji, “He…alas…trust him. When I was in the trials with him, I had thought that he was foolish but in the end, I was the one that was looking the most foolish.”

Although she had said that, she did not believe in what she was saying in her heart.

Even Xue Qianxue did not quite believe too but she muttered, “Well, at least he is genius enough to know what the black stele is saying without even checking it.”

“Agree. He looks like he is an experienced tomb raider. Do you think that he will really do something like this?” Ling Feiyue replied with a bitter smile.

Xue Qianxue muttered, “He is a sword saint. Surely not…”

Yuan Ji was shouting from beyond the door, “Come and have a look inside. It is beautiful in here.”

Xue Qianxue and Ling Feiyue heaved a soft sigh before they entered through the huge black door.

When they had entered through the huge black door, they were gasping.

Scattered all over the passage were the rich deposits of jadeites and spirit stones.

Yuan Ji was delighted as he said, “It seems that we have found a spiritual vein. We can even establish a sect here to cultivate…”

“Maybe not.” He began to smile bitterly. It was because he had suddenly remembered that the vicinity of this mountain peak was inhabited by powerful desolate beasts. Worse, these desolate beasts could even fly and each one of them rivaled a seventh realm saint.

If anyone was to establish a sect here, the sect would be destroyed in no time.

“Let’s continue to explore.” Yuan Ji said with a soft sigh.

Ling Feiyue and Xue Qianxue were cuddled together as they walked together. This place actually gave them a spooky feeling and they had no idea why.

As for Yuan Ji, he was too full of himself and his undying fighting spirit. Nothing could spooks him.

After a while Yuan Ji spotted a large fish that was gasping for breath and it was crawling on the slippery ground.

He was a little amused by it as he thought, “This fish must have accidentally got on the dry ground. If I don’t put it into the water soon, it will surely die.”

As he took a quick look around, he spotted a pond nearby.

Without any hesitation, he picked the fish up and threw it into the pond with a loud splash.

“Here you go!” Yuan Ji was grinning. “Poor fish!”

Ling Feiyue was gasping, “Ji Yuan, what are you doing? Why did you kill that fish for?”

Even Xue Qianxue was looking at him curiously, “Why did you kill that fish?”

Yuan Ji was really amused as he laughed, “Why do you say that? I am only trying to save the poor fish by throwing it into the water.”

Ling Feiyue smiled weakly to him, “This type of fish can only dwell on land and it cannot swim. It will drown the instant that it is placed in the waters.”

“That’s right.” Xue Qianxue nodded as she gave him a half-amused look.

Yuan Ji was stupefied, “You are telling me that there is a fish that can’t swim at all?! Then why is it even a fish in the first place?!”

Xiang Li popped into his soul sea and heaved a soft sigh, “This is a unique fish that has lungs instead of grills. It doesn’t stay in the waters and prefer the muddy ground. And yes, it will drown in water because it has heavy armor and will sink in the waters.”

“Serious?” He was startled.

Yuan Ji began to smile weakly to Xue Qianxue and Ling Feiyue, “I really didn’t know that this stupid fish can’t swim.”

He turned to glance at the pool, “I am sorry, little fellow. I was only trying to help you. May your soul rest in peace.”

Then he turned to smile weakly at Xue Qianxue and Ling Feiyue, “Haha. Let’s go…”

An hour later; as they got deeper and deeper into the passage, Yuan Ji continued to spot several of the same fishes that were crawling on the slippery ground.

It took him a great deal of his willpower to resist the compassionate call of his heart to throw the fishes into the nearby pools.

“This is too ridiculous!” He was cursing softly as he accidentally kicked a fish into a nearby pool.


Xue Qianxue: …

“Don’t do that….”

“Look over here!” Ling Feiyue had suddenly called out.

She was pointing to a beautiful walled part of the passage that had a golden door in it.

There was a profound seal on the golden door. But Ling Feiyue was actually quite good in dismantling the profound arrays that were sealing the golden door.

Less than a few blinks of an eye later, she had gently pushed open the golden door.

Yuan Ji and Xue Qianxue flashed next to her and the three of them were astonished to find a beautiful chamber within it.

To say that it was a chamber may be wrong.

It was more like a garden and there was a spirit plants growing all around the chamber.

Xue Qianxue gasped, “Some of the spirit plants here are tens of thousands years old. This is a treasure trove of some of the rarest spirit plants. It is no wonder that there are so many of these Titan Draconic Beasts around the vicinity.”

Ling Feiyue was also nodding as her eyes sparkled with delight as the wondrous sight of the hundreds of spirit plants.

Some of the spirit herbs here were so ancient that they were giving off an invisible animus that could even nourishes the desolate beasts from miles away.

The many desolate beasts of the Celestial Realm could often be found near the company of spirit plants as the spirit plants gave off an animus that empowered and nourished the desolate beasts at the same time.

In exchange, the desolate beasts would protect the spirit plants from the celestial cultivators.

What Yuan Ji, Ling Feiyue and Xue Qianxue found was a huge treasure trove of so many celestial herbs that they were completely overwhelmed.

“There is also a celestial array here that distorts the true location of this chamber so that it will be off limits to the desolate beasts.” Xue Qianxue said after taking a look with her divine sense. “A powerful cultivator must have created this place.”

Ling Feiyue pointed to an arch way inside the chamber, “Look, there is a room over there and a black plaque on the wall.”

Curious, Ling Feiyue and Xue Qianxue had approached the black plaque and they were already deciphering it. “None shall disturb the resting place of the Null Abyss Goddess…”

“Qianxue, Feiyue. Come inside. There is a coffin inside.” Yuan Ji was shouting to them excitingly from inside the arch way.

Yuan Ji had actually walked into the arch way while they were busy deciphering the black plaque and had hacked the sealed entrance with his sword.

With soft resignations, Xue Qianxue and Ling Feiyue hurriedly entered the archway to look for Yuan Ji.

Inside the arch way, was a beautiful crystal coffin and Yuan Ji was rubbing his chin as he stared at the crystal coffin.

When Xue Qianxue and Ling Feiyue were next to Yuan Ji, they were startled to see that it was actually a transparent crystal coffin and inside it, was the lifeless body of a peerless maiden whose looks could melt the hearts of both men and women. This lifeless maiden gave off unearthly presence and did not seem to be from this world.

Yuan Ji was gasping at the sight of the dead maiden inside coffin, “What an exquisite maiden. This crystal coffin must be her final resting place.”

“Who is she?” Yuan Ji muttered.

Ling Feiyue replied, “Null Abyss Goddess something like this. We got interrupted by you before we can decipher the message on the plaque outside.”

“Well, it doesn’t matter.” Yuan Ji said. “She is dead anyway. But how did her body get preserve so perfectly? When I first found her, I really thought that she is only asleep.”

Xue Qianxue said, “Maybe this crystal coffin is a rare celestial treasure that can preserve the body.”

Yuan Ji nodded as he clapped his hands, “Precisely!”

All of a sudden he was trying to push open the lid of the coffin.

“Ji Yuan!” Ling Feiyue was gasping, “What are you doing? Don’t tell me that you are so lecherous till you are not sparing the dead?”

Even Xue Qianxue was horrified, “Ji Yuan, what are you doing? Leave the coffin alone!”

“Of course not.” Ji Yuan was frowning as he replied. He soon took out his sword and swung open the lid of the coffin with his profound sword energies. “It is really easy to open.”

Yuan Ji quickly crawled into the coffin as he lifted the peerless maiden up.

Ling Feiyue was panicky, “Ji Yuan, what are you doing? Put her down immediately. This is too disrespectful to the dead…”

“Be careful of getting corpse poisoning. She seemed to be dead for thousands of years…” Xue Qianxue warned him.

Yuan Ji laughed, “I am a seventh realm golden saint. Poisons don’t work on me…”

Xiang Li muttered to him in his soul sea, “If it is corpse poison then it is a different thing.”

When Yuan Ji heard Xiang Li, he panicky threw the lifeless maiden to the side before he said excitingly to Xue Qianxue and Ling Feiyue, “Let’s go!”

“Where to?” Xue Qianxue asked curiously.

“Yes, where to?” Ling Feiyue was wondering the same too.

“We are going to dig Yuxian up and to put her into this coffin. Only in this way can I see her everlasting beauty forever.” Yuan Ji returned a deep sigh.

“Ji Yuan, I think what you are doing is absolutely wrong. You are too disrespectful to the dead and you are even trying to steal her coffin…”

Yuan Ji interrupted her with a solemn look, “You may think that I am wrong in doing so. But can you understand the grief that is in my heart when Yuxian dies right in front of me? Why can’t I save her? If only I know her heart earlier, I would have taken her away when I was fleeing. Now it is too late for regrets. Since there is no medicine for regrets then I may as well give her a good coffin.”

When Ling Feiyue and Xue Qianxue heard him, they did not know how to persuade him either.

Therefore they could only follow him to dig up Saintess Jian Yuluo’s lifeless body again.

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Chapter 87: Two New Elder Tokens

With a heavy heart, Yuan Ji had finally laid down the tomb marker and on it was the inscription, ‘My Beloved Consort Jian Yuxian’.

“Yuxian is the name that you have used when we had first met. I shall use this name to commemorate you.” Yuan Ji muttered.

Behind him were Jian Menghao, Jin Yuyun, Xue Qianxue and Ling Feiyue.

There was also a big griffon that was nearby. This flying mount had actually belonged to Jian Menghao and it had found them when Yuan Ji and Jian Menghao were digging the side of the scenic mountain ledge to make a grave.

Xue Qianxue and Ling Feiyue were startled when they had first learnt that Jian Menghao was actually Yuan Ji’s son. At first they had thought that Yuan Ji was joking but they quickly dismissed their initial surmise. It was because Yuan Ji was carrying the lifeless body of Saintess Jian Yuluo and his expression was extremely grave.

Jian Menghao was now kneeling in front of the tomb as he wept bitterly, “Mother consort, your unfilial son had been with you day in and day out but yet I had never known that you are my mother consort.”

It was no wonder that sometimes he had felt that his aunt was more like his mother to him than his Celestial Teacher.

He knew that his aunt often defended him when he was in the wrong. He had become pampered and arrogant because it seemed that no one in the Profound Heaven Manor seemed to like him and he had no real friends even among his fellow patriarch protégés.

Now he had finally known why.

He gave a deep bow with his forehead touching the ground before weeping out loud, “From today onward, Jian Menghao is no more. I shall be known as Ji Hao.”

Jin Yuyun was startled, “Are you really going to give up your status as the Third Young Master of the Profound Heaven Manor?”

Ji Hao replied firmly, “That’s right.”

Jin Yuyun gasped with shock, “Where are you going then?”

Ji Hao laughed bitterly, “The fraternity is vast. Surely I can find a home in any place.”

Jin Yuyun hummed coldly, “Then I shall go with you as well!”

Not only was Ji Hao stunned when he had heard her but so were Yuan Ji, Ling Feiyue and Xue Qianxue.

Ji Hao frowned bitterly, “I shall take you back to your sect first. Where I am going is not a place for a pampered young mistress like you.”

Jin Yuyun hummed coldly, “Yes, I am a pampered young mistress but I am also willing to give up everything to follow you. Saintess Yuluo and you had saved my life earlier and did not abandon me. Because of me, Saintess Yuluo had even lost her life. Where were my father and grandfather earlier when I was in danger? They were the first to flee from the scene!”

She lowered her eyes shyly, “I have no one to turn to anymore except for you. Do you have the heart to turn me away?”

Yuan Ji interrupted her, “Young lass, go back to your sect. Or your mother consort will feel anxious for you.”

Jin Yuyun laughed bitterly, “My mother consort? She had already passed away from a broken heart a long time.”

Yuan Ji was startled, “Your mother consort is no longer around?”

Jin Yuyun nodded as she returned a soft sigh, “Before my mother consort passed away, she had told me that if I ever met a worthy man that loves me, I should stick with him even if he is poor man lest I will live in regrets like her. I have decided that Menghao…Ji Hao is going to be the man that I will like to be with in the future!”

Yuan Ji was startled that Jin Yuyun’s mother consort was no longer around and he had a light tremble. Although Jin Yuyun resembled her mother but their personalities were completely different. Jin Yuyun was outspoken, frank and incapable of using flowery words.

Jin Yuyun she smiled at Ji Hao as she continued, “If you can abandon your influential background so can I. Together we can wander the fraternity…”

Ji Hao interrupted her with a bitter laugh, “Forget it. You will really lose everything and may never become a sixth realm golden supremacy. Without the cultivation resources and the spiritual mountains of your sect, your cultivation will become a slow snail. Go away, I don’t want to see you…”

“You only say that because you truly care for me, am I right?” Jin Yuyun interrupted him. “Or else why should you help me when I was in danger?”

Ji Hao laughed, “Do not misunderstood. That is only because I am a playboy…”

Yuan Ji suddenly interrupted them as he threw two tokens to them, “Shut up the two of you. If you want to quarrel, confine your quarrels within your bed chamber.”

When Jin Yuyun heard Yuan Ji, she was suddenly flustered while Ji Hao also had an awkward look.

“These two tokens are the Elder Tokens of my Emperor Hall Sect. Since the two of you are fifth realm golden celestials, you can go there to be my elders and instruct the protégés there.”

Ji Hao was startled, “Father, I appreciate this but…”

“No but.” Yuan Ji interrupted. “You shall go there immediately. I don’t want to see you going anywhere where you shouldn’t be. Stay there until I am back.”

“But I don’t know where the Emperor Hall Sect is.” Ji Hao said weakly as he stole a glance at Jin Yuyun.

Jin Yuyun sighed softly, “I have no idea as well. It must be a third tier celestial clan.”

Yuan Ji: …

Yuan Ji: …

Yuan Ji: …

“It is at the Five Heavens Peak.” Yuan Ji frowned lightly as he replied them. “Hop on your flying mount and hurry there.”

Ji Hao said quietly, “I shall listen to father’s instruction.”

As Ji Hao and Jin Yuyun hopped on the flying mount, they were heard arguing. “We should head east and not north…”

“No, it is definitely east…”

“The Five Heavens Peaks is north of here…”

Yuan Ji shook his fists with fury as he shouted at them, “It is in the west!”

“Did you hear your father? It is actually west…”

“Luckily we didn’t go east. That is the opposite direction…”

“How dare you poke fun at me?”

Yuan Ji was shaking his head with a stupefied look, “How did the two of them survive until today?”

Ling Feiyue giggled softly, “Your new daughter-in-law is cute.”

Xue Qianxue said with a chuckle, “I guess my child now has a big brother.” Then she hesitated briefly before saying, “Ji Yuan, are you sure that the Five Heavens Peaks is west of here? I thought that it is supposed to be in the south?”

Ling Feiyue nodded lightly, “Same here. I thought that it is in the south?”

Yuan Ji blinked his eyes before he slowly replied with a loud gasp, “Oh no! I thought that we are still at the Holy Maiden Peaks and forget that we are tailing Jiajia’s flying profound ship…”

He panicky turned his attention to the skies but Ji Hao and Jin Yuyun had already vanished into the clouds.

He could only mutter anxiously, “I hope they don’t lose their way.”

Ling Feiyue said weakly, “So Ji Yuan, where should we go now? We have lost our flying mount.”

Yuan Ji pondered for a while before he said, “Do you think that this mountain peak is a little too mysterious? I mean, this place has a rich spiritual aura but yet there are actually so many high level desolate beasts here. It is as though these desolate beasts are guarding something. Maybe we should explore this place for a little while.”

Usually when a place has a rich spiritual aura in the vicinity, the desolate aura in the vicinity would be weak and could not support the presence of the powerful desolate beasts.

Ling Feiyue nodded, “I agree that this place is a little mysterious too. Do you remember the cave that we have found? I can feel that there is something in there.”

Xue Qianxue said, “That cave is actually a large cavern with many passages. I took a quick look earlier.  The cave is indeed unusual and I can sense that it had been inhabited before.”

“Since we have the time, why don’t we take a quick look?” Yuan Ji suggested. “Even if we don’t find anything unusual, we can still use the cave as a place for us to cultivate until my duel is due.”

The two maidens were in full agreement with him as they began to follow him back to the cave.

Yuan Ji sighed heavily as he took one last look at the tombstone, “Yuxian, good bye…I will take care of our good-for-nothing son…”

Then he turned to say to Xue Qianxue and Ling Feiyue with a soft sigh, “The two of you don’t mind taking care of my good-for-nothing son if I don’t make it back alive from my duel, do you?”

Xue Qianxue, Ling Feiyue: …

“Ji Yuan, we actually do mind a lot. If you die then we will find a seclude mountain to spend the rest of our lives as autonomous celestials. So you have better not die.”

Yuan Ji: …

“Haha, I am only suggesting…”

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Chapter 86: You’re Always in my Heart

The mountains were vast and there were heavy fighting in the mountains.

He spotted a few golden celestials that were fleeing or fighting with the Titan Draconic Beasts but he did not spotted Saintess Jian Yuluo among them.

Finally after searching for a while more, he had found her in a small mountain trail as she battled a Titan Draconic Beast. Behind her were Jian Menghao and Jin Yuyun who were badly injured and they could only lean against the cliffs.

Not far away from them, was a corpse of a Titan Draconic Beast that was lying nearby. Needless to say, this Titan Draconic Beast was slain by Saintess Jian Yuluo.

But it appeared that Saintess Jian Yuluo only had the strength to kill only one of the Titan Draconic Beast but not the other. It was because she had horrifying injuries all over her.

Yuan Ji was alarmed when he saw the state that she was in.

Without any second thoughts, he had dashed in their midst!

“Ji Yuan?” Saintess Jian Yuluo had a faint smile when she saw him before she collapsed on the ground.

Ji Yuan raised his divine sword as he imploded three sword energies waves onto the ground, causing six burst of sword energies to burst forth from the ground to strike at the Titan Draconic Beast.

Now the Titan Draconic Beast was four times bigger than Yuan Ji and a lot formidable than appeared to be.

Yuan Ji’s sword energies could only cause it a little discomfort and did not even hurt it.

However he was not surprise because he knew that the profound animus of this monster was extremely strong or else it would not be a profound seventh rank desolate beast that could rival a seventh realm saint.

Because Yuan Ji had no intention to retreat, he began to imbue all his profound strength into his sword as profound power before slashing furiously at the Titan Draconic Beast.

The Titan Draconic Beast was not standing there to let him hit and retaliate with its mighty profound strength.

Soon, the two combatants were slashing furiously against each other relentlessly.

All in all, Yuan Ji had sent more than three hundred sword strokes into the body of the Titan Draconic Beast while he had received ten heavy injuries that nearly split his golden body apart.

But eventually he had triumphed as his final sword stroke managed to send the Titan Draconic Beast down the desolate mist.

Coughing a bout of golden blood, Yuan Ji struggled to the side of Saintess Jian Yuluo, “Yuxian…Yuluo…are you alright?”

Saintess Jian Yuluo weakly opened her eyes and lit a feeble smile, “Ji Yuan, you have won?”

“Yes, I have won. I will take you away.” Yuan Ji replied with a heart aching expression. Her injuries were really bad that he could feel her life seeping away.

“I know…that I am dying…my cultivation core is already…torn apart after my battle with the first Titan Draconic Beast…and I have forcefully used my vital strength to fight…the second…”

“You will be alright. Not a word more please.” Yuan Ji said gently to her.

“No, I must. I am…really glad to see you…again…after so many years….” Jian Yuluo forced a weak smile. “I am sorry…for leaving without a word…sorry…I glad that you…still remember me as Yuxian. I wish that…I can be your Yuxian forever…”

“I’ve never blame you, Yuxian.” Yuan Ji was trembling as he held her tightly. “At my lowest point, you are there for me…”

Jian Yuluo coughed weakly, “But…I had left you…all of a sudden…and had…never look for you…all these years…”

Yuan Ji punched the ground with his fists as he gritted his teeth, “I know that you have your own difficulties. I don’t blame you. Why did you choose to fight these two Titan Draconic Beasts? With your cultivation realm level, fleeing from them is all too easy for you. Why did you fight…”

All of a sudden he turned to give a bloodshot stare at Jian Menghao and Jin Yuyun. “Yuxian must have stayed behind because of the two of you, am I right!”

Jian Menghao and Jin Yuyun who were leaning against the cliff saw the angry look that was on Yuan Ji and they were extremely afraid of him.

Saintess Jian Yuluo had indeed stayed behind for their sake. Because they were injured by the Titan Draconic Beast, she had chosen to fight so as to buy them the time to make their escape. But their injuries were too severe and they could barely run fast enough.

“For these two worthless people, is it worth sacrificing your seventh realm attainment for them?!” Yuan Ji was bemoaning with great sadness. “Not everyone can become a seventh realm golden saint. Even if he is your nephew, it is still too early to say that he can be one in the future. Maybe this good-for-nothing nephew of yours may even fail in his breakthrough at the sixth realm!”

All of a sudden Saintess Jian Yuluo coughed weakly as she gripped Yuan Ji’s wrist with her last strength, “Menghao is too playful…but I am sure that if he is willing to put in…more efforts…he can be a great saint one day…”

Jian Menghao was tearful as he fell upon his knees, “Aunt…Celestial Teacher…if you were to survive today, I swear to the heavens that I won’t be playful again. I will be a good man. I won’t disappoint your teachings…”

“Menghao…come over here…please…” Saintess Jian Yuluo muttered weakly.

Jian Menghao quickly dashed over to her side and cried, “Aunt, please don’t die…”

When Yuan Ji saw him, he rebuked harshly. “Trash! Pathetic! You have caused the death of your Celestial Teacher and aunt. What a great nephew you are! Your father must be trash too to give life to your pathetic existence!”

Jian Yuluo put the hands of Yuan Ji and Jian Menghao together. There were tears in her eyes as she muttered weakly, “Menghao…I am not your aunt…but your birth mother and…this man here is…your father…”

When Yuan Ji and Jian Menghao heard her, they were so shocked that they were trembling with disbelief.

“This trash is my…son?!” Yuan Ji was stunned.

Jian Yuluo was smiling as she looked dreamily at Jian Menghao, “Don’t blame him. He is my son…and as his mother…I ought to protect him…I am the one that has pampered him…over the years.”

Then she turned to look weakly at Yuan Ji as she wept, “My father is so upset with me…when he had learnt that I was with child…that he imprisoned me for years…I can’t even acknowledge my son as my own…I can’t even look for you…Ji Yuan, please take care of him for me…and please forgive me…”

Jian Yuluo had finally breathed her last but her countenance was extremely peaceful.

Yuan Ji was trembling hard as he held onto her, “Yuxian! Yuluo! You will always be Yuxian in my heart…”

Xiang Li had suddenly appeared in his soul sea and said quietly, “She actually has many things to say to you. Let me show you her last memories…”

“Ji Yuan, I am sorry that I have to leave now. My father has summoned me…”

“Sorry, I can’t tell you who I am now but I will be back for you soon…”

“Thank you for your guidance…”

“I am with child?!”

“Father, is it a disgraceful thing to like a commoner?”

“Father, I know that I have disgraced your honor and the Profound Heaven Manor…”

“Father, I promise you that I will never see Ji Yuan again…just let me be with my child…”

“I can only see my son if I pretend to be his aunt…”

“Father, I will be Jian Menghao’s Celestial Teacher…please grant my wish…”

“So what if I have become a Sword Saintess? I can never see him again…”

“He is my son but I can never acknowledge him because he is born out of wedlock and he can only be my nephew…”

“Menghao, do you know that your father is also a Sword Saint? If you know who he is, you will be so proud of him…”

“Ji Yuan, I heard that you are now a sixth realm golden supremacy…how I wish that I can be there to offer my congrats to you…”

“Ji Yuan, I wonder if you have anyone in your heart now?”

“Ji Yuan is attempting his seventh realm breakthrough? Isn’t it a little too early for him? I hope that he will be alright…”

“Ji Yuan, where are you? Our son is now a fifth realm golden celestial now. If you know, I’m sure that you will be so proud of him…”

“Aiya, I have spoiled him so much…he is getting more and more haughty…”

“If only Ji Yuan is here to discipline him…”

“Ji Yuan, it is really you…we have finally met again. Let me be your opponent so that you won’t accidentally get killed…”

Three hundred years ago after Yuan Ji was dumped by his old sweetheart, he was captured by Little Princess to be made into her dual cultivation slave. But luckily for him, he had managed to escape after one month of imprisonment when she was not looking and he was found by Saintess ‘Yuxian’.

He had a short three months romance with Saintess Yuxian at which she had patiently nursed him back to health.

But one day she had suddenly disappeared and for the next one hundred years, he had been searching for her news before he had finally given up on finding her.

When he had met her again, he had learnt that she was actually Saintess Jian Yuluo, the lofty daughter of Great Saint Jian Kang who was also the sect master of the Profound Heaven Manor.

He had thought that she had left him after obtaining the guidance to become a Sword Saintess but he was very wrong. She was actually safeguarding their only child…

Xiang Li could feel Yuan Ji’s grieving heart and she knew that he was only suppressing his tears.

Slowly, Yuan Ji had lifted the lifeless Jian Yuluo in his arms before saying to Jian Menghao with a trembling voice, “This place is not safe. Come with me. You should cherish your life. It is because Yuxian had used her life in exchange for yours.”

Then he looked at Jin Yuyun who was staring blankly against the cliff, “Young lass. If you are smart, not a word to anyone what you have heard today. Don’t blame me if I heard any rumors that are from you.” After warning her, he added with a heavy sigh. “Follow me.”

Jin Yuyun nodded with a frighten look as she quickly cuddled next to Jian Menghao, afraid that Yuan Ji would change his mind in the next instant and decided to kill her or abandoning her here.

Yuan Ji sighed heavily as he took a last look at Jin Yuyun before he continued on his way; this Jin Yuyun really resembled his ex-sweetheart too much.

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Chapter 85: Ambush (2)

The instant that Yuan Ji had raised his sword against Saintess Jian Yuluo, she had completely blocked his attack. So swift was her attack and the strength of her profound strength that she had sent him to scurry backward.

“Middle tier Seventh Realm Saintess!” Yuan Ji gasped softly.

He was smiling, “Not bad.”

When he had said not bad, he had sent a sixth realm golden celestial that was trying to sneak on his back to fly backward with a quick slash of his sword.

Saintess Jian Yuluo smiled as she greeted back with her returning sword strokes, “I have also advanced since we have last met.”

As she said at the same time, she had also flashed forward, disappearing before vanishing in front of Yuan Ji with several powerful sword strokes that were imbued with her profound power.

Yuan Ji quickly parried off her attacks and exploded his deadly sword energies around him, causing several of the golden celestials that were on his tail to scurry away.

“Ji Yuan, you seem to be faster than ever before. You can even block off my Vanishing Sword Art.” Jian Yuluo smiled coldly at him.

“I wonder how you may fare against my Profound Heaven Sword?” Jian Yuluo said aloud as she displayed a wave of powerful profound wave in a circular motion.

“Profound Heaven Sword 8th Rank!”

Yuan Ji immediately mustered all his profound strength into his sword as profound power to block her incoming sword art. He had barely blocked it when Jian Menghao and several golden celestials had joined behind Jian Yuluo as they displayed the profound power of their Profound Heaven Sword to empower Saintess Jian Yuluo.

This caused Ji Yuan to cough out a bout of blood as he was overwhelmed by the raw profound power of his attackers.

Three blinks of an eye later, he was sent flying backward and he had crashed into a huge boulder behind him!

Ling Feiyue was not having an easier time too.

It was because Great Saint Jian Kang had displayed the 8th rank of the Profound Heaven Sword on Ling Feiyue and Great Saint Jin Tianzong had also displayed an epitome sword art the Sweeping Gale Force that caused all the surrounding pebbles to hit her with multiple tremendous impacts!

Two Great Saints of the two most powerful patriarch clans and numerous golden celestials were now fighting against a lone Great Saintess. Even if Ling Feiyue had several divine arts under her sleeves but she was now hard pressed and she was defending more than she could attack.

As for Xue Qianxue, she was surrounded by five saints and many others. Although her Ninth Rank Sacred Maiden Profound Art was extremely formidable and she could pressure her opponents but her opponents were all on the defensive to lure her into expending her profound strength.

With such cunning opponents, Xue Qianxue was really helpless and she could only finish off a few weaker golden celestials that got too careless or impatient.

Yuan Ji knew that if they continued in this way, they would soon be finished.

The entire mountain was rocked by the profound powers and powerful strokes of the golden celestials as they battled furiously against one another.

Jian Yuluo whispered to him as she engaged him in melee, “Ji Yuan, is this your best performance? I don’t want you to show me any mercy or else your two beautiful friends will soon be dead!”

Yuan Ji hummed coldly as he whispered back, “Yuluo, where is your 9th rank of the Profound Heaven Sword? I am still waiting for you to use it on me. Surely with your talents, you must have already mastered it.”

As he said that, he had imploded his sword bursts all around him, scattering the other golden celestials that were getting too close to him.

All of a sudden there were loud shrieks and screams above them as dozens of cultivators in their flying mounts were massacred by dozens of large flying beasts that had crept from the desolate mists below.

Everyone was startled, including Yuan Ji as they saw that these flying beasts were actually giant seventh rank profound draconic beasts.

These draconic beasts had a name and were called the Titan Draconic Beasts. These Titan Draconic Beasts were extremely ferocious and were rarely seen in a group but today they were actually seeing several dozens of them!

Legends had it that these Titan Draconic Beasts were the offspring of the God Beast Flood Dragon that dwelled in the Immortal Realm.

But regardless if the legends were true, these Titan Draconic Beasts were not easy to handle even for a seventh realm golden saint.

In just a few blinks of an eye, all the flying mounts of the Profound Heaven Manor and the Mystic Profound Pavilion were all massacred!

Saintess Jian Yuluo gasped as she turned ashen, “Seventh rank profound beasts! Menghao, run! They are equivalent to a seventh realm saint level cultivator…”

Jian Menghao had turned completely ashen but he mustered whatever little courage that he could muster to grab Jin Yuyun, “Maiden Yuyun, we must flee now!”

Jin Yuyun was so panicky at the sight of these Titanic Draconic Beasts that she had dropped her sword. It was only when she was prompted by Jian Menghao that she had regained her composure.

“Where to?”

“Follow me!” Jian Menghao stammered out, trying to be a real hero but whatever brave front that he tried to muster was shaky with fear.

Saintess Jian Yuluo shouted to the two of them, “Follow me!”

Everyone had stopped fighting and was panicky running to the interiors of the mountains!

“Everyone run!”

“Find a cave!”


“What are you all waiting for?!”

“There is no time to lose!”

Although there were many seventh realm cultivators here and they could easily dispatch a Titanic Draconic Beast but there were actually more than fifty of these powerful desolate beasts around. Therefore it was impossible to fight them all at the same time.

As Yuan Ji grabbed Xue Qianxue and Ling Feiyue to run along with him, he could not resist a mocking shout to his attackers, “I call this bad karma. There are so many of you after me and now there are so many of these desolate beasts after you!”

Yuan Ji, Xue Qianxue and Ling Feiyue quickly displayed their extraordinary lightless profound art as they sped hastily into the interiors of the mountains during the confusion.

After passing through several ridges as they flashed across with their full speed, they had finally spotted a cave.

“Hurry, let’s enter this cave for cover.” Yuan Ji said.

He could hear screams that were behind him.

As Ling Feiyue and Xue Qianxue flashed into the cave, all of a sudden they saw that Yuan Ji was not entering the cave with them.

Yuan Ji shouted to them before he disappeared in the horizon, “I will be back shortly. Don’t worry about me…I will be safe enough…”

Xue Qianxue gasped after him, “Ji Yuan, where are you going?”

Ling Feiyue heaved a soft sigh, “If I am not wrong, he is trying to save Saintess Jian Yuluo.”

Xue Qianxue was startled, “Why should he try to save someone who wants his life?”

“Isn’t it obvious? She must be his ex-girlfriend.” Ling Feiyue replied quietly. “Can’t you see the way that he is looking at her? Even his strokes are a lot slower when he is handling her. I’m very sure that he had ridden her in the past.”

Xue Qianxue: …

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Chapter 84: Ambush (1)

Shortly after taking off from Saintess Fang Zhenfei’s flying profound ship, Ling Feiyue asked with a delightful smile. “So where are you planning to go next?”

Yuan Ji was in high spirits as he rubbed his chin, “Hmm, naturally it is to a place that is near to the Lofty World End Peak. We will find a quite cave to cultivate. I need to fully prepare for my duel with the Old Master of the Hundred Flower Divine Palace.”

“Ji Yuan…” Xue Qianxue heaved a soft sigh. “Do you think that the three of us will be able to defeat him?”

Ling Feiyue smiled, “I will muster all my golden celestials to have a final showdown with him!”

Yuan Ji frowned, “Have the two of you forgotten what I have said? It is my personal duel. If I die, so be it. None of you shall interfere. Moreover, my odd of winning is 50%.”

Ling Feiyue and Xue Qianxue were pinching him all of a sudden as they chuckled together, “We don’t believe.”

“I’m a great saintess with the True Sacred Saint Profound Art and yet I don’t believe that I even have a 10% chance. Have you forgotten that he has a celestial grade divine sword?” Ling Feiyue inhaled with a deep sigh.

“Although he may have a celestial grade divine sword but I doubt that he can even divine harmonize with it. As for me, I have already achieved a perfect harmony with my heaven grade divine sword.” Yuan Ji pointed out.

Xue Qianxue said quietly, “But you are only an initial saint while he is said to be a peaked seventh realm great saint. The difference between the two of you are too great.”

Yuan Ji smiled weakly, “Profound strength isn’t everything. As long as he cannot kill me outright, my undying fighting spirit will carry me through my fight.”

“This sounds a little forced.” Ling Feiyue said weakly. “Ji Yuan, Qianxue. I can impart to you my True Sacred Saint Profound Art to you.”

Xue Qianxue was startled, “Really sister? Are you sure?”

Ling Feiyue laughed softly, “We are really close sisters. Why not?”

Ji Yuan was suddenly looking at Ling Feiyue curiously, “How did you manage to cultivate to the golden core in such a short time?”

“Actually I do not know as well. I have managed to cultivate to the golden natal core within a month. I find it a little puzzling too. I have cultivated the Pure Core within a week and the Gold Core after three weeks. The Spirit Core is a little difficult. But if I have more time, I should have no problem forming the Spirit Core.”

Yuan Ji really did not believe that it would be so easy.

Xiang Li had suddenly appeared in his soul and she was giggling, “Stop pondering so hard. Let me tell you why. It is because I have cleansed her soul sea of all impurities as the final trial reward. Therefore her cultivation speed is at least a hundred times faster.”

When Yuan Ji heard her, he was shocked. “A hundred times faster? How is it possible?!”

Xiang Li laughed, “That is also your final trial reward too. Therefore you only need slightly a month to form the Gold Core too if you were to cultivate the True Sacred Saint Profound Art.”

Yuan Ji was startled. “I thought that you say that our final trial reward is the revelation of my three past reincarnations with Ling Feiyue?”

Xiang Li was giggling, “You already know that I had lied about that part. What? You are hoping that it is the truth? If it is not for my lie, why do you think Maiden Feiyue is willing to follow you with all her heart? You broke her heart but she has never forgotten about you. Did you know that day when I told her about your three past lifetimes together, her heart was weeping inside and I could even hear it so loud and clear?”

She added with a jovial chuckle. “When you have met her again, why do you think she had said to you that she is willing to follow you to the grave? If she is really upset with you, she won’t say that, am I right?”

“Xiang Li, you know what. I actually feel like kissing your foot. Haha.” Yuan Ji laughed jovially.

“You can kowtow at the same time. I don’t mind.” Xiang Li giggled.

Yuan Ji managed a slight frown, “We have side tracked. Since our rewards are so good then why didn’t you tell us? Why did you make up a story then?”

Xiang Li was suddenly quiet before she sighed solemnly, “I was actually touched by the two of you when you have created a new combined sword art during the final trial. Therefore I had decided to give the two of you a little push with your cultivation. However what I did is against the forbidden laws of the trials as that reward is almost impossible to achieve. Someone actually achieved that reward the other day so I switch both your rewards.”

Yuan Ji smiled bitterly, “I wonder who that unlucky cultivator is?”

Xiang Li pondered for a moment before she answered, “A cultivator by the name of Lu Qingyun.”

Yuan Ji was startled, “I know him…”

“Because of what I did, I can no longer return back to the trials.” Xiang Li said quietly.

Yuan Ji smiled, “Xiang Li, thank you! I will take you around to see many, many interesting things. You won’t be alone. This is my promise to you!”

Xiang Li gasped softly as she stared blankly, “Really?”

Yuan Ji chuckled, “You are the best Xiang Li. Of course I am serious.”

Xiang Li covered her face shyly and she was almost drooling, “I am already imagining all the naked maidens that I will be seeing…”

“Xiang Li! I mean I will take you around to see the fraternity at large. Not naked maidens!” Yuan Ji returned an exasperated look.

All of a sudden Yuan Ji’s divine sense had suddenly alerted him to tens of flying mounts that were lying in ambush around the mountains.

Even Ling Feiyue and Xue Qianxue were alarmed at the same time too.

All of a sudden a powerful sword energy had flashed from the clouds and had killed their flying mount, forcing Yuan Ji, Xue Qianxue and Ling Feiyue to jump off to the mountains below.

Luckily for them they had not fly too high or else they would have plummet to the bottomless desolate mists below the mountains.

Yuan Ji had immediately unsheathed his divine sword while Ling Feiyue and Xue Qianxue also did the same.

Immediately they found themselves surrounded by more than thirty golden celestials that had jumped off their flying mounts as they greeted them with their swords!

Yuan Ji could recognize several of them; they were Third Young Master Jian Menghao, Saintess Jian Yuluo, Great Saint Jian Kang the sect master of the Profound Heaven Manor and several of the golden celestials that he had met in the trials with Jian Menghao.

That was not all.

Great Saint Jin Tianzong the sect master of the Mystic Profound Pavilion, Saint Jin Yilong and his daughter Celestial Jin Yuyun were also among the recognized faces!

“Ling Feiyue! You are not going anywhere today!” The cultivators that were surrounding them were shouting.

“Sacred Maiden Xue, we are here to rescue you! Fear not!”

“Who is this dashing man that is with them?”

“Sacred Maiden Xue, why are you drawing your sword against us? We’re on your side!”

Xue Qianxue however replied coldly, “I am afraid that you are not here to rescue me but to obtain Feiyue’s golden natal core, am I right?”

Sect Master Jin Tianzong was smiling, “Sacred Maiden Xue must have misunderstood our intentions. We are here to destroy this demoness here and to avenge the humiliations of the Orthodox Fraternity!”

Sect Master Jian Kang laughed heartily, “That is right.”

Then he grew solemn, “Surely Sacred Maiden Xue isn’t thinking of opposing us?”

Xue Qianxue hummed coldly, “That is right!”

When everyone had heard Xue Qianxue, they were startled by her reply.

At the same time Jian Menghao was smiling at Ling Feiyue, “Dark Mistress Ling Feiyue, I believe that this is the third time that we have met already. So how are you? I am really so blind as not to recognize you when we are in the Lotus Sword Mansion Trials.”

Ling Feiyue did not reply him. Instead she seemed to have completely ignored him. It was because this Jian Menghao was only a fifth realm golden celestial and he was not a real threat to her when compared to the other seventh realm experts that were here.

Jian Menghao said to the rest with a cold smirk. “As for this man, he is Li Yuan! Definitely a good-for-nothing cultivator. Since he is in their company, we should remove him as well!”

After he was forced to commit suicide in the Lotus Sword Mansion, he had managed to find out the name of the man that had caused his party to suffer such a humiliating defeat.

“Aunt. You must seek redress for your nephew today!” He stressed to Jian Yuluo.

Saintess Jian Yuluo was suddenly sighing softly, “Nephew, it is a good thing that you didn’t die when confronting this man that day. Do you know who he is?”

Jian Menghao replied with great haughtiness, “Who cares? He is but an insignificant ant in front of us!”

Jian Yuluo hummed coldly, “Then you are really blind! He is Sword Saint Ji Yuan!”

Jian Menghao and many of the cultivators took small step backward when they had heard her.

“He is Sword Saint Ji Yuan?!”

Many of them had turned ashen. It was because Sword Saint Ji Yuan was the master of the Sword Saintess Ye Chengxi and he had the reputation as the fastest sword in the celestial fraternity.

“No wonder we are all killed by him…” Gongsun Zan gasped out. He was a sixth realm golden celestial and was of the five golden celestials that was ‘killed’ by Ji Yuan in the Lotus Sword Mansion Trials.

Jian Menghao quickly composed himself and said, “Although this Ji Yuan is a saint but my aunt is also a seventh realm sword saintess. Moreover what can he do against so many of us? We have ten saints in our group!”

Saintess Jian Yuluo said coldly to him, “You have better stay clear of our battles. These three are strong opponents.”

Yuan Ji sighed softly as he looked at her, “Yuxian or should I say Saintess Yuluo, how are you?”

Saintess Jian Yuluo replied gently, “I’m fine. How have you been all these years?”

Jian Menghao was startled that his aunt had suddenly become so gentle. A while ago, she was still rebuking him coldly.

Even Ling Feiyue and Xue Qianxue were startled that Yuan Ji and Jian Yuluo were acquaintances.

Yuan Ji heaved a soft sigh, “I am good.”

Saintess Jian Yuluo nodded gently, “It seems that you are now a seventh realm expert now. Good for you.”

Yuan Ji nodded lightly.

“Your opponent today will be me.” Saintess Jian Yuluo said quietly.

As she said that, she was secretly sighing, “Ji Yuan, although I have you to thank for my status as Sword Saintess but I have already used my body to repay you. Therefore we no longer owe each other anything. Now that you have thrown your lot with the unorthodox fraternity, please do not blame me for being ruthless today!”

Yuan Ji did not have any expression nor did he bother to reply to Saintess Jian Yuluo. As a matter of fact, he was unusually calm as he monitored all his opponents at the same time.

Everyone was secretly startled. Two sword saints would soon be dueling against each other!

At the same time the two sect masters of the Profound Heaven Manor and the Mystic Profound Pavilion, Great Saint Jian Kang and Great Jin Tianzong were now looking coldly at Ling Feiyue.

As for Xue Qianxue, Saint Jin Yilong was smiling as he moved to block her. Following him were two saints from the Mystic Profound Pavilion and two saints from the Profound Heaven Manor!

Altogether there were still more than twenty golden celestials that were from the fifth to the sixth realm that were shifting their battle positions around Yuan Ji, Ling Feiyue and Xue Qianxue as they waited for an opportunity to attack them.

Yuan Ji had a grim expression as the strong cultivators from the two major orthodox clans had them cornered.

“Qianxue, Feiyue. Today we will fight our way through together.” Yuan Ji said with determination as the double halo of his divine sword flashed forth from his sword.

Ling Feiyue said quietly, “It is me that they want…”

Xue Qianxue interrupted her with a soft chuckle, “Sister, if you want to ask us to abandon you then you must be mistaken. They are not getting to you because I will be in their way!”

Yuan Ji turned to look at Ling Feiyue with a grin, “I completely agree with Qianxue on this.”

Ling Feiyue lowered her eyes with a light smile, “Everyone…thank you!”

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Chapter 83: Jiajia, is that you?

A lone flying profound ship was cruising across the mountains when a flying divine beast that was manned by three golden celestials had suddenly crash landed on its deck.

These three golden celestials that had dismounted on the deck were Yuan Ji, Ling Feiyue and Xue Qianxue and they had landed on the profound ship of the Blue Phoenix Sacred Sect.

Immediately the cultivators on the deck had unsheathed their swords to greet the three intruders.

Many of the cultivators on the deck were even more startled when they had recognized that it was Xue Qianxue and Ling Feiyue.

“Aren’t they fighting with each other only a few days earlier?”

“Why are they together?”

Two golden celestials on the deck immediately asked, “Are you friends or foes?”

Yuan Ji replied, “We are not here to fight. I like to meet Saintess Fang Zhenfei.”

As soon as he had said that, a veiled maiden in blue dress had stepped on the deck with a dozen more cultivators.

Yuan Ji had recognized the veiled maiden in blue dress as Saintess Fang Zhenfei.

He quickly said as he looked nervously at her, “Can I speak with you alone?”

Saintess Fang Zhenfei nodded lightly before she said to all her followers, “Go below the deck. Don’t come up until I give you the orders.”

The dozens of cultivators acknowledged her command and quickly disappeared below the deck.

Once they were all gone, Saintess Fang Zhenfei began to ask. “What can I do for you?”

Xue Qianxue and Ling Feiyue hastily asked at the same time, “Are you Xia Jiajia?”

Yuan Ji inhaled deeply as he repeated after them, “Are you…Jiajia?”

Saintess Fang Zhenfei looked at Yuan Ji and said indifferently, “What if I am and what if I am not?”

Yuan Ji smiled bitterly, “You are Jiajia. Only Jiajia will have my heritage sword. It is impossible that you’re not Jiajia. And if you are Jiajia then I want you to honor our one hundred year pledge.”

Saintess Fang Zhenfei trembled lightly before she loosened her veil and finally revealed her face.

Yuan Ji was trembling hard, “You are really Jiajia!”

Even Ling Feiyue and Xue Qianxue were gasping with shock, “Saintess Fang is indeed Jiajia.”

Xiang Li was asking excitingly in Yuan Ji’s soul sea and she was drooling, “Who is this extraordinary beautiful maiden? She is the Jiajia that you have been looking for? She is so peerless…”

But Yuan Ji ignored Xiang Li because he was now looking intently at Saintess Fang Zhenfei.

Fang Zhenfei heaved a soft sigh, “I was too careless. I shouldn’t have thrown your heritage sword to Fairy Ye Chengxi.”

“Jiajia!” Yuan Ji stammered, “Do you know that I have been looking everywhere for you? You know that I am Ji Yuan right? Why didn’t you tell me that you have recognized me? Why did you leave all of a sudden? I admit that I was in the wrong for not telling you who I was when we had met again….”

Fang Zhenfei averted her glances as she interrupted him, “Our destiny has ended. It doesn’t matter.”

Yuan Ji was stunned as he stammered, “Our destiny has ended? Tell me this isn’t true. We have a hundred year old pledge!”

“Our hundred year old pledge had already ended.” Saintess Fang Zhenfei reminded him. “Go now and I will pretend that I have never seen the three of you. Do you know that everyone is now hunting for the three of you?”

Yuan Ji sighed bitterly, “Jiajia, I have a duel with the Old Master of the Hundred Flower Divine Palace in less than a month time. I may not survive the duel so I won’t blame you if you were to decide not to honor our hundred year old pledge.”

Fang Zhenfei smiled indifferently, “Good. I don’t intend to honor our hundred year old pledge anyway. Good luck with your duel then…”

“Jiajia!” Yuan Ji had raised his voice as he took out his divine sword. “This divine sword belongs to you and is your pledge to me…”

Xiang Li was startled, “You’re going to return her the divine sword? Even though I will like to have a beautiful mistress but you should at the very least let me know first…”

Actually Xiang Li did not really want a change of owner. She was only teasing Yuan Ji all the time. The reason why she had chosen to leave with Yuan Ji was because he had teased her when they had first met and she had thought that Yuan Ji was a fun person to be with. If she was really serious about leaving Yuan Ji then they would not have created a perfect divine harmony together.

“But if you want to break off with me then you ought to return my pledge to me or else in this life, you will forever be my consort! If not, this shall be your destiny!” Yuan Ji proclaimed loudly.

When Xiang Li heard him, she muttered with a soft relief. “Lame…”

Fang Zhenfei gasped softly, “Lame.” Then she pointed at Ling Feiyue, “For her, you are willing to break off with her but for me, why are you so insistent?”

Ling Feiyue was flushing all of a sudden and she was averting her bashful eyes when she had heard Fang Zhenfei.

“And how did you know about this?” Yuan Ji grinned. “So you have been keeping tabs on me, am I right? If you are not concerned about me then how do you know so much about me?”

Fang Zhenfei was suddenly gasping and she had suddenly realized that she had a slip of a tongue.

She was suddenly smiling, “If you can survive your duel with the Old Master of the Hundred Flower Divine Palace then I may consider you. But for now, I don’t want to see you. After all, I don’t want to be your light bulb in front of these two peerless saintesses. Please leave.”

Xue Qianxue said all of a sudden as she hummed, “Hmph! Saintess Fang Zhenfei really knows how to tease us. A hundred years ago you have played us around your finger tips and now you are asking us to leave just like this without offering us any explanations?”

“I have never suspected that ‘Xia Jiajia’ is actually the renowned Saintess Fang Zhenfei that has no interest in the affairs of the fraternity. But it seems that I am greatly mistaken about you.” Ling Feiyue said coldly.

Fang Zhenfei was not upset. She was smiling as she folded her arms, “If you are smart enough, I will suggest for the two of you to leave him. If you accompany him to the Lofty World End Peak, you will never know if the Old Master of the Hundred Flower Divine Palace will take a liking to the two of you and may even turn you into his cultivation melting cauldron. I’m sure you are smart enough and don’t want me to word it for you.”

Ling Feiyue stared blankly at her and softened her tone, “Jiajia, I am very sure that you did not lie to me a hundred years ago. You actually cares for Ji Yuan, am I right? Why don’t you come with us?”

Fang Zhenfei had turned her back on them, “I am the sect master of the Blue Phoenix Sacred Sect. There is no way that I can give up my status to be with him…”

Yuan Ji interrupted her, “Yet you have given up a hundred years of your time to guard my Orthodox Sword Sect. How do you explain it?”

Fang Zhenfei returned a light smile before she said, “I was foolish and was not thinking straight…”

Yuan Ji inhaled deeply. He really could not believe that Jiajia would be telling him all these fabrications. It was obvious to him that she was lying to him and yet she did not want to tell him the truth. “I don’t believe you. Not a bit. You had made me your elder and even made me the Palace Master of the Emperor Hall Sect. If you don’t have me in your heart then you would not meticulous planned all these for me, am I right? Why did you leave the Emperor Hall Sect without telling me? Something must have happened, am I right?”

Saintess Fang Zhenfei shook her head, “Nothing has happened. Why don’t you focus on your upcoming duel instead?”

Xue Qianxue interrupted coldly, “Jiajia, do you know that he is taking the rap for you to fight the Old Master of the Hundred Flower Divine Palace? How can you say such things to him now?”

“Then what do you want me to do? Go with him and then become a widow in a month time? Is that what you are suggesting for me?” Saintess Fang Zhenfei hummed softly. “Or are you trying to make use of me to fight the Hundred Flower Divine Palace?”

Xue Qianxue replied frankly, “You are really very smart. Together, we can save Ji Yuan…”

Fang Zhenfei chuckled softly, “No thanks. I have no wish to offend the Hundred Flower Divine Palace for anyone sake. Please leave now…”

All of a sudden Yuan Ji had grabbed her waist, startling her. “Jiajia. After I have defeated the Old Master of the Hundred Flower Divine Palace, I will come to help you with your difficulties. This is my promise to you.”

Fang Zhenfei gasped, “Let me go. Are you dense or not? We have no future together…”

Yuan Ji interrupted her as he said firmly, “Then proves it. Return my heritage sword to me if that is really what you really wish for.”

“You’re really lame. I have already given your sword to Fairy Ye Chengxi. How do you expect me to return your sword to you?” Fang Zhenfei answered bitterly.

Yuan Ji stared melancholy at her, “Then we’re not breaking up.”

Fang Zhenfei was startled by the firm and melancholy look that were in his gaze.

She did not struggle anymore or pulled his hands off her waist…

After some time she said with trembling lips, “Why are you so silly?”

Yuan Ji grinned, “I have been silly ever since the day that I had met you.”

Fang Zhenfei gasped softly as she averted her eyes away. After a while, she muttered. “I am on something dangerous and I don’t want to involve you. Therefore I can’t tell you what it is. But if you don’t die in a month time, I promise you that I will follow you to the ends of the earth.”

Yuan Ji was delighted as he embraced her tightly, “Really?! This is good!”

Even Xue Qianxue and Ling Feiyue were secretly smiling when they saw the scene.

“Is that a promise?!” Yuan Ji was overjoyed as he asked with a hoarse voice.

“It is a promise.” Fang Zhenfei said with a soft sigh. “Why did I have to know you in the first place?”

“I will surely defeat the Old Master of the Hundred Flower Divine Flower.” Yuan Ji said firmly as he looked at her. “Even though I don’t know your difficulties but please wait for me, Jiajia. I believe you and I know your heart now.”

Fang Zhenfei said gently, “You don’t have to defeat the Old Master of the Hundred Flower Divine Flower. You only have to survive. This is important for you to remember this.”

Yuan Ji nodded, “I will remember this.”

After Yuan Ji had finished, he had taken flight with Ling Feiyue and Xue Qianxue.

Fang Zhenfei had a bittersweet look as she muttered softly, “Ji Yuan, I guess that I have no other choice but to be struck with you in the future…”

Two maidens had quietly walked to the deck and asked, “Mistress, why didn’t you tell him that you are fighting the Evil Cultivation Palace? Maybe he is able to help you?”

Fang Zhenfei shook her head, “He won’t be able to help. That Old Demon Freak of the Evil Cultivation Palace is now probably the strongest cultivator in existence now. Now that we have folded his plans of obtaining the Sacred Maiden Profound Art, he is probably hopping mad somewhere and his next target will be us.”

“I don’t understand. He is not a maiden or a virgin. Why did he need the Sacred Maiden Profound Art for?” One of the two maidens asked quietly.

“He is trying to reach the ultimate level of his evil cultivation profound art. If I am not wrong then the Sacred Maiden Profound Art happens to contain a breakthrough that he needed. Now that we have folded his plans of obtaining the chastity of Xue Qianxue, he will surely go on the double for the Sacred Maiden Profound Art.” Fang Zhenfei explained.

The evil cultivation divine arts were all heretic arts but sometimes in order to delve into the highest mysteries of their evil divine arts, an opposite pure cultivation profound art was required. The Sacred Maiden Profound Art was the exact opposite.

Then she was smiling, “I have never expected that Zhao Songjin will actually betray the Evil Cultivation Palace. I wish that I can see the looks that are on Little Princess and Old Demon Freak. Maybe the rumors that Han Yuchi and Zhao Songjin are mother and daughter are true after all.”

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Chapter 82: A Startling Discovery

Matriarch Han Yuchi was alone in the sacred meditating room of the Celestial Orthodox Sect when she was suddenly alerted to a sudden movement by her extraordinary divine sense.

“Who is that?” She responded sternly.

At the same time she was also slightly startled.

The sacred meditating room was in the inner peaks of the Celestial Orthodox Sect and it was surrounded by many formidable defense arrays. It was almost impossible for a stranger to enter without raising any alarms.

But unfortunately for the intruder, it was impossible to surprise her.

“Master, it is your Xue’Er.” Xue Qianxue had stepped forth from the shadows.

Han Yuchi was startled, “Qianxue, it is really you?” She was suddenly delighted when she saw that it was Xue Qianxue.

Xue Qianxue nodded lightly.

“Aren’t you captured by Ling Feiyue? I’ve been looking all over for you. I’ve even lost your profound signature…”

“I have removed it with the help of Ling Feiyue.” Xue Qianxue said simply.

Han Yuchi was startled, “Why did you remove it for?”

“Because I don’t want to be imprisoned anymore.” Xue Qianxue replied nonchalantly. “From now onward, I am no longer a protégé of the Celestial Orthodox Sect.”

“Qianxue, my Xue’Er. We can discuss over this. You can still retain your Sacred Maiden position. Alright?” Han Yuchi smiled.

The reasons why she was making such a concession now was because after Xue Qianxue had displayed the Sacred Maiden Profound Art to the highest rank, she had become the only sacred maiden in the entire history of the Celestial Orthodox Sect to have achieved this feat.

If Xue Qianxue could become a Great Saintess in the future, the Celestial Orthodox Sect may even have an immortal cultivator among its ranks. Therefore Xue Qianxue was considered to be too precious to be given up now.

“Is that so?” Xue Qianxue said indifferently before she threw a scroll to Han Yuchi. “I am returning the Sacred Maiden Profound Art to the Celestial Orthodox Sect.”

Han Yuchi was startled. “Please consider, will you? Your master misses you.”

Xue Qianxue heaved a soft sigh, “I’m grateful to master for your upbringing and teaching but I have already made up my mind to be with Ji Yuan.”

“Ji Yuan?” Han Yuchi frowned. This name was a little familiar but she could not remember where she had heard of this name before.

“Ji Yuan is actually Yuan Ji. He is the one that you have almost tortured to death!” Xue Qianxue said quietly.

“He is not dead yet?” Han Yuchi was unhappy when she had heard that.

But she was soon humming coldly, “But he will be dead man soon enough. Don’t forget that he has a duel with the Divine Palace Master of the Hundred Flower Divine Palace. A mere fifth realm cultivator like him isn’t going to survive.”

“Fifth realm cultivator?” Xue Qianxue lit a faint smile. “He is a seventh realm cultivator. He will have a fighting chance.”

Han Yuchi was startled, “He is a saint?” But she soon composed herself to smile coldly, “No one is able to win a duel with the Divine Palace Master. He is dreaming!”

“He is Sword Saint Ji Yuan so he will definitely be able to find a way to win. I have faith in him.” Xue Qianxue said firmly.                                                                                                                           

All of a sudden Han Yuchi had turned ashen. Now she had remembered why she had found Ji Yuan’s name to be so familiar. Sword Saint Ji Yuan was said to be a genius cultivator with the sword and she had long heard of his renown. Moreover he was also Fairy Ye Chengxi’s master.

A seventh realm sword saint was definitely more formidable than most other seventh realm cultivators.

Han Yuchi had suddenly remembered that Ji Yuan had the reputation as the fastest sword in the entire Desolate Celestial Fraternity.

But she was soon humming, “He is nothing but a lecherous man that preys on his own protégés! And now he has even set his sight on my Qianxue!”

Xue Qianxue was not upset. Instead she quietly said, “Master. There is something I ought to let you know. It is about Zhao Songjin. She is no longer a chaste maiden. Therefore she can’t practice the Sacred Maiden Profound Art. Moreover she is also a spy for the Evil Cultivation Palace and she is in cahoots with Jin Yilong. Whether you believe me or not, it is up to your discretion. There are many other moles here that are in cahoots with Zhao Songjin. You won’t be pleased with this. Even the Little Princess of the Evil Cultivation Palace is involved and she is determined to obtain the Sacred Maiden Profound Art.”

Yuan Ji had already told Xue Qianxue all that he knew.

“Really?!” Han Yuchi was horrified. “Songjin is a protégé of the Evil Cultivation Palace?!”

But before she could question Xue Qianxue further, she had already left quietly.

Han Yuchi was left to stammer with shock, “This is impossible…and she is in cahoots with the Mystic Profound Pavilion as well…”

After a while she decided to look for Zhao Songjin.

A holy maiden panicky asked her, “Matriarch, where are you going?”

Han Yuchi stared coldly at her, “Who are you to question me? Don’t tell me that you are going to inform Zhao Songjin on my whereabouts?”

The holy maiden quickly kneeled down, “Your protégé dares not.”

“Then you shall knee here until I am back.”

Then she turned to say to the dozens of holy maidens in the vicinity. “None of you shall make a move too! Or don’t blame me for dealing you the sect punishments on the spot!”

With that she had hurried to Zhao Songjin’s abode.

Zhao Songjin and Jin Yilong were laughing as they played on the bed.

And this playing required that they had no clothing on them.

“Yilong, you are really so bold. You dare to come to my abode in the middle of the night.” Zhao Songjin gasped with pleasures as she teased Jin Yilong. Then she said dreamily, “But I’m so glad that you have come.”

“Haha, you have really missed me. Don’t you?” Jin Yilong said proudly.

Then he said, “It is really just a pity that Ling Feiyue ruins your sacred maiden ceremony or else I will be banging the sacred maiden now.”

“What is the hurry? Sooner or later I will be the sacred maiden and I will be in full control of the Celestial Orthodox Sect.” Zhao Songjin was smiling. “If Xue Qianxue isn’t found in another seven days, I will be the sacred maiden anyway. So let’s hope that she is killed by Ling Feiyue…”

“Songjin, what are you doing?!” It was Han Yuchi and she had barged into the bed chamber all of a sudden, shocking Zhao Songjin and Jin Yilong at the same time as they turned ashen with fright.

Zhao Songjin quickly covered herself with the blanket as she stared blankly. Why was there no one to inform her that the Matriarch was here? Were all her informers sleeping?

Jin Yilong was panicky, “Matriarch Han, I can explain…”

Han Yuchi interrupted coldly, “Where is there to explain about your misdeed? Jin Yilong! I have always known that you are a lecherous man but you can even be so bold as to sneak into my Celestial Orthodox Sect!”

Jin Yilong had turned ashen and he was trembling. He had known that Matriarch Sacred Maiden Han Yuchi’s temper was fiery. Moreover she was also a great saintess while he was only an initial tier saint. If she wanted to kill him, it would be all too easy.

But to his surprise Han Yuchi said to him coldly, “You may leave first. Make sure no one knows about it!”

Jin Yilong was startled that Han Yuchi was letting him off so easily. Without saying a word more, he quickly grabbed his clothes and ran off!

Zhao Songjin was secretly hurt by his gesture as she silently sighed. “How can he so heartless? He didn’t even take a single glance at me when he is running away…”

“Songjin!” Han Yuchi had returned her cold gaze upon her. “I know that you are a protégé of the Evil Cultivation Palace. How dare you infiltrate the Celestial Orthodox Sect! To think that I have trusted you all these years!”

When Zhao Songjin heard her, her beautiful eyes were startled and she had turned completely white. Even though she was a middle tier saintess but against her matriarch, she was just a speck of dust. 

Against the profound might of her matriarch’s Sacred Maiden Profound Art, she was really helpless. Moreover she had not fully recovered from her injuries from her exchange with Ling Feiyue.

In that instant, the cold gaze of her matriarch had caused her to wet her bed and Zhao Songjin was truly frightened.

“You have two choices now. Leave the Evil Cultivation Palace or die.” Han Yuchi said coldly to her and her profound aura had completely suppressed Zhao Songjin.

Han Yuchi continued, “If you are willing to leave the Evil Cultivation Palace, you can rest assure that you will still become the next Sacred Maiden and I will even give you the blessings to marry Jin Yilong. What do you think?”

“I know that there are many moles of the Evil Cultivation Palace in here and even Little Princess is involved.”

Zhao Songjin stared blankly at Han Yuchi in shock. How did her matriarch know so much?

“Your mission to obtain the Sacred Maiden Profound Art will only end up in failure and you will be punished. It is because only a chaste maiden can practice the Sacred Maiden Profound Art.” Han Yuchi added coldly.

Zhao Songjin was startled at this revelation and was speechless. After so many centuries of planning, she could not even practice the Sacred Maiden Profound Art even if she had the cultivation method in her hands?

Finally she stammered weakly, “I can still be the sacred maiden if I betray the Evil Cultivation Palace?”

“Absolutely.” Han Yuchi replied her. “Make your choice now.”

After a short hesitation Zhao Songjin trembled and said weakly, “I don’t wish to die. I will betray the Evil Cultivation Palace…”

“Good! You are my worthy protégé.” Han Yuchi smiled.

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