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Chapter 18

Qu Daoqing said after they had passed through the gates of the Starlight Celestial Formation, “We are here.”

Jiang Le looked at the surroundings and saw that there were lofty mountains all around here.

Qingshuang asked gently, “We have reached the Prime Mountains? This is where the Righteous Heaven Clan is located?”

Qu Daoqing answered, “Indeed. There is still some way to the celestial gates of the Righteous Heaven Clan though. However in less than three days, we should be able to reach the Heaven Gates of the Righteous Heaven Clan.”

Jiang Le said weakly, “Brother Qu, I hope that you are not leading us into further danger.”

Qu Daoqing replied quickly, “Of course not. These mountains are the territorial sphere of influence of the Righteous Heaven Clan and there are many highly celestial practitioners in the vicinity. I can promise you that it is safe. Moreover, our arrival through the Starlight Celestial Formation will not go unnoticed by the elders of the Righteous Heaven Clan.”

Jiang Le replied, “I hope so.”

Qingshuang looked at the surroundings and said, “The scenery here is so beautiful. It seems like we are in the Celestial Realm.”

Xia Ji nodded as she muttered, “Yes, it is…”

Xue Ji who was supporting Xia Ji, “Sister, you are injured. Maybe we can even take the opportunity to stay here for a few months till you have recovered.”

Qu Daoqing bowed with his hands, “We have plenty of rooms for guests here. Moreover, it is because of me that Maiden Xia is injured.”

Xia Ji smiled weakly and said, “Thank you, Priest Daoqing!”

Jiang Le suddenly said, “Say, Brother Daoqing, earlier you have displayed a stance of the Flying Sword. May I know the origin of that swordplay and is it related to the Virtuous Palace of old?”

Qu Daoqing laughed, “Brother Jiang Le, you have sharp eyes indeed. We are taught this Heavens’ Flying Sword. I have heard that it has some familiarity to the Virtuous Palace of old but I don’t know for sure. After all, the Virtuous Palace is no longer around for five hundred years. Moreover my talent is limited and I can only reach the second level of the Heavens’ Flying Sword. However, since you are invited to the Righteous Heaven Clan as an external protégé, you may be imparted this skill.”

Jiang Le immediately was beaming with anticipation as he laughed awkwardly, “Oh really? If so, then I must really train hard!”

Xue Ji shrugged Jiang Le and chuckled, “You didn’t even practice our clan swordplay hard and now you are trying to learn swordplay from another clan? They probably won’t reveal to you the epitome levels of any skills as you are just an external protégé and not one of them.”

Jiang Le protested weakly, “That’s not the point. Moreover, I have little practice time.”

Qu Daoqing nodded and said, “Brother Jiang Le is pretty skillful with the sword and is one of the best that I have ever seen. Earlier, if not for Brother Jiang Le, I can’t bear to think of the consequences.”

Jiang Le laughed, “Thankfully for my divine sword.”

Qu Daoqing nodded and said, “Brother Jiang, I really envy that you have a divine sword. There are only seven divine swords in the Righteous Heaven Clan and I don’t know when it will be my turn to inherit one. It looks like I have to practice on my cultivation further in order to earn the right.”

Jiang Le patted him on his shoulder, “My divine sword didn’t do much. I guess that I am too weak. That goddess…I mean that maiden that looks like a goddess, she is able to defeat that monster without a weapon in her hands. Over reliance on a weapon isn’t a good thing.”

Xue Ji looked at them and smiled, “Why this brother this and that? Earlier, I have thought that Brother Jiang Le is so petty against you know who. And you know who is so cold towards Brother Jiang Le that I have thought that both of you would come to blows.”

Qu Daoqing and Jiang Le were both laughing at the same time as they said at the same time, “After a fight we are better acquainted…”

Then they looked at each other and laughed loud again.

Xue Ji hummed softly, “I don’t understand men at all.”

Xia Ji smiled weakly as she looked quietly at Qu Daoqing, “Either do I.”

While they were talking, Qingshuang was observing Xia Ji quietly as she thought melancholy, “Xia, have you fallen in love with Qu Daoqing? You have just barely overcome your Emotion Level. Do you know how dangerous is it for you? Don’t you want to ascend to the Celestial Realm?”

Qu Daoqing asked Jiang Le, “Brother Jiang, how are your injuries? You seem to be quite spirited and well.”

Jiang Le was curious as he looked at himself, “Oh?”

He began to sketch himself and inhaled a vital breathe before saying, “Weird. I am not painful anymore.”

Earlier, Qu Daoqing, Qingshuang and Jiang Le had all taken the blunt of the monster hulk’s attacks and they were unable to even stand afterward.
Because Qu Daoqing and Qingshuang were at a higher state of cultivation, they were able to suppress their pains. But Jiang Le was talking and moving about as though nothing had happened to him earlier!

Jiang Le thought, “That must be. When the Desolate Goddess Aurora had imparted to me the celestial skills, I can feel a course of energy in my veins. Don’t tell me she has also treated my internal injuries at the same time? Who is she? She is capable of such profound healing? She is my teacher and yet I know nothing about her.”

Qingshuang nodded, “This is indeed strange. Jiang Le, show me your pulse.”

Jiang Le lifted his wrist to her and Qingshuang put her fingers on it to examine before saying, “Your pulses are normal and healthy. There is no sight of any internal injuries. Why is that so?”

Jiang Le laughed, “That is because I am still young and my constitution is good.”

All of a sudden Qingshuang gasped softly and looked at Jiang Le, “Jiang Le, do you know that you have now reached the Enlighten Stage?”

Jiang Le was startled for he had been forewarned that it would require sixty to one hundred and eighty years from the Genesis Stage to the Enlighten Stage. There were altogether seven celestial stages and he had now attained the second celestial stage!

Xue Ji smiled, “Brother Le, you are such a genius. I have taken a hundred years in the past to reach the Enlighten Stage. What type of enlightenment did you achieve to cause your state of divinity to change?”

Jiang Le replied awkwardly, “It must be Brother Daoqing that has enlightened me or the fight earlier.”

Qingshuang nodded, “It is pointless to ponder over the outcome. It is a good thing that Jiang Le has overcome the calamity of death and is now a true celestial practitioner. I was a little afraid that he may not be able to overcome even the Genesis Stage and be a celestial practitioner. Now I can finally be at ease.”

Qu Daoqing bowed with his hands and said, “Brother Jiang, congratulations for achieving a new stage of divinity!”

Jiang Le smiled, “I was lucky.”

But he was thinking, “Am I going to be a celestial practitioner? Did I live my past life in vain, not knowing there is a celestial fraternity above the martial fraternity?”

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Chapter 17

Qu Daoqing said to everyone as he eyed the surrounding woods as he took out a white feather, “We are almost here.”

Jiang Le asked, “What is this?”

Qingshuang, Xue Ji and Xia Ji were looking at each other curiously for an answer.

Qu Daoqing smiled and explained, “This is the Silvertip Feather. There is an invisible formation in front of us. Without this Silvertip Feather to guide us, we won’t be able the formation. Without entering the formation…”

Jiang Le laughed, “Without entering the formation then we won’t be able to see the celestial portal within and without entering the celestial portal then we won’t be able to reach the Righteous Heaven Clan. Look, you really talk like a long winded old priest.”

Qu Daoqing smiled weakly but he soon lifted his right fingers and said, “We are here.”

Immediately the Silvertip Feather glowed and levitated in front of him!

Qu Daoqing immediately seized back the Silvertip Feather and said, “After me.”

Qingshuang nodded and walked behind him, followed by Jiang Le, Xue Ji and Xia Ji.
To Jiang Le’s surprise, there was a warping sensation and the surrounding woods suddenly become extremely big and tall!

It was as though they had all shrink!

Xue Ji gasped and asked, “Where are we now?”

Qu Daoqing said politely, “We are now in the midst of the Starlight Celestial Formation. Now we have to travel through it and find the portal that will lead us to the Righteous Heaven Clan.”

Jiang Le grinned, “This sounds easy enough.”

Qu Daoqing shook his head, “Not so. It is actually quite treacherous in the Starlight Celestial Formation. There are actually hidden dangers here.”

Jiang Le yawned, “For example, like?”

No sooner had he said that, there was a thunderous roar in the vicinity that shook the very ground!

Jiang Le was startled for he had never heard anything like this before.

He had prided himself as being fearless but this thunderous roar seemed to shake him to his very core!

When he had composed himself and looked in the direction of Qu Daoqing, Qingshuang, Xue Ji and Xia Ji, he noticed that they were all looking very pale.
Curious, he asked. “What happens to everyone? I am not afraid so why should you be?”

Qingshuang turned and looked at Jiang Le curiously, “You are not affected?”

Xue Ji added as she looked wondrously at Jiang Le, “It is like half of our strength is taken away by that roar…”

Xia Ji said with a tease, “Maybe Brother Jiang Le does not have much celestial strength to begin with.”

Qingshuang thought, “Is it because my Protégé Sister Yueling has given him the Sacred Dragon Blood Divine Pill? That is our clan most precious divine pill. Jiang Le, Jiang Le…do you know how fortunate you are? Protégé Sister Yueling, what have you done…”

Qu Daoqing said with trembling lips as he drawn out his sword, “This has nothing to do with celestial strength. Only those with the highest state of divinity won’t be affected. This is fear and rightly so. A supernatural bestial is approaching us. We must be on our guard immediately.”

Jiang Le drawn out his sword, “What did you just say? You have led us here and now you say we are being attacked?”

Qu Daoqing emotionless face finally had an awkward expression as he said quickly, “The guardian of the celestial formation has always kept this celestial formation safe for its travelers. I really don’t know what is happening…”

Just as he had said that, a monstrous hulk with a faint purple aura around it had burst out of the dense forest covering!

Jiang Le was shocked for he had never seen anything like this before!

He had barely dodged the towering hulk when he noticed that Xia Ji had been flung aside and that Qingshuang had intercepted the hulk’s further attacks.

Qu Daoqing had suddenly spun his sword and his sword had flown from him and had struck the hulk with a tremendous impact!

But the hulk did not even bulge and simply deflected the sword aside!

Jiang Le was startled as he thought, “Isn’t this the legendary flying sword technique of the Virtuous Palace? I have thought that it is only a myth. Interesting…”

But his thoughts soon returned to the fight as he displayed a dozen strokes against the hulk, slashing the hulk in several places!

Qingshuang cried out to everyone, “For some unknown reasons, we are unable to hurt this monster with our weapons, except for Jiang Le.”

It was because only Jiang Le had a divine sword, the Divine Gallantry in his hands.

Xue Ji flashed out of the hulk reach as she panted panicky, “Most of our attacks are futile and its eyes are too difficult to hit. What is this monster?”

Xia Ji limped aside and said, “No good! Maybe we should beat a hasty retreat while there is still time…”

She looked at the ongoing fight; it was only Jiang Le, Qingshuang and Qu Daoqing that were still fighting the maddening monstrous hulk but they were all so engrossed in their fight that none of them were paying any heed to them!

Qingshuang was extremely composed as she searched the monstrous hulk for vulnerable points while Qu Daoqing was displaying one stance after the other. As for Jiang Le, he had imbued his sword with his sword energies and causing agonizing pain to the monstrous hulk. This caused the monstrous hulk to bellow maddening and causing the monster to seek out Jiang Le. But Jiang Le swiftness movement skills were simply too astonishing.

This was the first time that Xue Ji and Xia Ji had seen Jiang Le displaying his swiftness movement skill to his utmost and they were surprised that Jiang Le was not boosting about his swiftness movement skill.

But Xue Ji was soon solemn, “No good. They have not found the monster’s weakness yet and they cannot maintain their strength for too long. If we join in the fight now, we will only be a hindrance to them. What shall we do sister? Is there any way for us to help?”


Jiang Le, Qu Daoqing and Qingshuang were perspiring heavily and even their steps were unsteady now. This monstrous hulk was so strong that they knew that one hit from it would be enough to kill them and they were trying very hard not to be hit by it while trying to overcome it.

Qingshuang could feel that their attacking group was weakening. As she flipped backward, she cried aloud. “Xue, Xia! Flee! We will catch up with you later!”

Xia Ji said weakly, “But protégé aunt…”

But Qingshuang did not hear her as she was back to the fight to support Qu Daoqing and Jiang Le!

Jiang Le had missed two opportunities to attack because he was still thinking whether he should use his secret technique, the Sacred Heaven Beyond Strike. It was because he had two doubts in his mind. Firstly, he was reluctant to display his secret technique in front of the others. Secondly, this monster was invulnerable to his attacks, even with his imbued sword energies that enhanced his physical strikes by several folds and he had doubts if he could even hurt this monster.

The fight with the Desolate Old Man had severely dented his self-confidence and all of a sudden, he was not even sure of his strongest secret technique anymore.
He composed and thought, “No, if I have used my secret technique in this circumstance, I would have perished in the next instant. Am I to perish here?”

He knew that if he were to run now, he would be able to escape but he refused to run. Instead he found himself shouting to Qu Daoqing and Qingshuang, “Flee now! I will be able to hold him a little while longer. This monster is targeting me. There is no time to lose anymore. I may not be able to hold this monster off any longer!”

Qu Daoqing gasped out as he tumbled clumsily after barely fending off the monstrous hulk’s claw attack, “Brother Jiang Le, let me fight with you…there is nothing more dishonorable than running away!”

Qingshuang raised her sword to defend herself as she used her swiftness skill to leap from tree to tree as she continued to attack the monstrous hulk from above, “Jiang Le, I want you to go now! This is a command.”

Jiang Le gasped as he displayed a forward strike against the monstrous hulk, “I refuse to!”

All of a sudden the monstrous hulk stooped down and banged its claws onto the ground, creating a ring of energy shockwaves that struck them all at the same time!

Jiang Le, Qingshuang and Qu Daoqing were all floored onto the ground and had coughed out blood!

Even Xue Ji and Xia Ji were flung further away!

Jiang Le smiled weakly as he struggled to stand up but there was no strength left in him. He turned and looked at Qingshuang, “Now we are all going to die.”

Qingshuang looked at him weakly, “It is alright. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. It is our destiny. I’m glad that we are…able to die in battle…together.”

Qu Daoqing coughed out another bout of blood as he looked into the starry heavens above, “I am so fortunate to have two comrades at arms at my death bed. Alas…”

Just as the monstrous hulk had finished creating the shockwave that had fatally injured everyone and was about to make to charge at the fallen group, the monstrous hulk seemed to be lifted by an invisible hand and was thrown with a thunderous impact aside!

When the debris had cleared, an alluring and scantily dressed maiden was seen. She had a tattoo of a red dragon on both her shoulders and appeared to be weaponless.

Jiang Le was startled as he thought, “She did that?”

Qu Daoqing immediately said, “She…is the guardian of the celestial formation!…”

Qingshuang appraised the alluring maiden and muttered, “She is the guardian?…”

Xue Ji and Xia Ji were immediately at their sides and were helping Jiang Le and Qingshuang to stand as they cried out, “Are everyone alright?…”

The alluring maiden stood defiantly in front of the monstrous hulk and said slowly, her melody voice was extremely enticing. “You didn’t know that you are dead the instant that you have seen me, am I right?”

The monstrous hulk obviously was not paying attention to her and had immediately attacked her.

But the alluring maiden simply raised her right palm and struck the bellow of the monstrous hulk as she coolly muttered the name of her palm strike, “Dragon Force.”

Immediately there was a tremendous thunderclap and the monstrous hulk was flung into the air, shocking everyone!

Jiang Le muttered, “With her frail body, she is capable of such unleashing such a tremendous martial force?”

The alluring maiden immediately vanished and appeared in mid-air, tip-toed on the monstrous hulk’s left shoulder as she was heard muttering, “Harker Crossing, Dragon Force.”

When she had muttered “Dragon Force”, she had raised her palm and had struck the head of the monstrous hulk while in mid-air. There was another tremendous crackling sound as the monstrous hulk was sent plummeting onto the ground thunderously!

When she had landed, the monstrous hulk behind her was glowing and it seemed to be disappearing into nothingness.

Jiang Le was astonished by what he had just seen and wondered, “Who is this maiden and what happens to the monster?”

Qu Daoqing bowed weakly with his hands, “Guardian, we thank you for your benevolent aid. Please allow us to offer you our most profound thankfulness.”

Qingshuang, Xue Ji and Xia Ji too, had also bowed with their hands out of politeness.

They were looking at each other. Qingshuang shook her head to them, indicating that she was unable to tell the stage of celestial divinity that this maiden was at. That could only mean she was on a much higher divinity than Qingshuang was.

Qingshuang was thinking, “If she is of a higher divinity, she should have gray or golden eyes. Why is that her eyes are scarlet?”

Jiang Le was about to bow with his hands as well to thank her when he noticed that the alluring maiden was suddenly next to him and she was staring at him with her scarlet eyes.

This caused Jiang Le to take a step back and the alluring maiden continued to stare at him as she lift her nose to sniff before saying, “Your scene. This can’t be wrong. You have the blood scent of the draconian in you. You are an interesting mortal. No wonder they want you.”

Jiang Le asked weakly, “Who want me? What do you mean…”

The alluring maiden sniffed gently and looked at Qingshuang, Xue Ji and Xia Ji as she said, “The three of you have the scent too but is not the exact scent as him.”

She smiled gently as she looked at Jiang Le again, “You don’t have to know who the one that want you. You only have to know that I am freed now and it is all thanks to you.”

Jiang Le replied weakly, “You must be joking with me. I don’t even have the strength to protect myself let alone freeing someone as powerful as you. Moreover, I should be the one offering my thanks to you instead for saving our lives.”

Qu Daoqing had never seen the Guardian before and he did not know that the Guardian would be an alluring maiden with such unearthly beauty. He immediately added, “Indeed, indeed! If not for maiden, we would have…”

But the alluring maiden interrupted enticingly, “I have purposely allow that monster to cross your path therefore you do not need to thank me.”

Everyone was startled by this revelation!

Qu Daoqing was the most startled for he had thought that the Guardian mission was to ensure the safety of the travelers through the Starlight Celestial Formation. He stammered and asked, “But why?…”

The alluring maiden smiled mysteriously as though she was reading his thoughts, “Do you think that I am a Guardian through my own free will? As long as I am here, the celestial formation will never end. As long as the celestial formation is here, I will never be freed. Maybe to you, I am the Guardian but I am just the servant of this celestial formation. Since this will be the last time that I will be in the celestial formation, I will like to see the strength of the travelers. But I must say, I am disappointed in what I have seen.”

Qu Daoqing was about to reply angrily after he had realized that it was the Guardian that had nearly cost the group to lose his life when Jiang Le said angrily, “No one has the right to imprison anyone. Maybe if you can tell me who the one that has imprisoned you, even if I am incapable of taking vendetta for you at the moment, I may be able to do so in the future!”

The alluring maiden smiled and her eyes seemed to be glittered, causing the surrounding to glow seemingly. “He is the Heaven and the Heaven is him. Even if you have cultivated for all of eternity, you won’t be able to take vendetta for me. Moreover, according to the pact with him, I am freed today. So it doesn’t matter. Whether I will take vendetta with him is really my own business and not yours.”

Jiang Le patted his chest and said solemnly, “Even if he is the Heaven, I will go against the Heaven and fight him. Should you require my aid in the future, just say so, and I will do my utmost to aid you. This is my promise to you.”

The alluring maiden looked at Jiang Le with amusement, “You’re not upset that you almost got killed earlier and now you offer to aid me unconditionally?”

Jiang Le said, “These are two different matters…”

Xue Ji gasped softly, “What two different matters. If not for her, we would already be killed…”

But Jiang Le drowned out Xue Ji’s voice and said aloud, “We are standing here perfectly in one piece. Moreover, it is also maiden that have saved our lives. I am sure that maiden have your reasons to do so and you have already explained that you are just being curious. That is one matter. As for the one that has imprisoned you, that is another matter. I am just not happy that maiden’s youth is wasted in this celestial formation. If I were you, I would be most unhappy that I would be imprisoned in this accursed celestial formation and helping travelers to fight off monsters after monsters.”

The alluring maiden looked at Jiang Le curiously and asked gently, “What is your name?”

Jiang Le replied, “Jiang is my clan name and Le is my name.”

The alluring maiden smiled gently, “Good. I will try to remember your name.”

Jiang Le smiled weakly before he asked, “However, I still don’t have maiden’s name yet?”

The alluring maiden looked at Jiang Le with pondering eyes and all of a sudden Jiang Le heard a voice in his head, “I am the Desolate Goddess Aurora or Ao for short. My true name is irrelevant for it is too long and you may not even remember it.”

All of a sudden Jiang Le saw intricate energies and strokes of the Dragon Force and Harker Crossing in his mind!

The alluring maiden said enchantingly in his mind, “I have now imparted to you the Harker Crossing and the Dragon Force. If you want to go against the heaven, you will first need some strong skills. This Dragon Force is my secret celestial skill. Got it? You don’t know how fortunate you are.”

Jiang Le was astonished. Even without using the Harker Crossing and the Dragon Force, these two skills seemed to be imprint into him as his second nature and he was suddenly expert in it. He asked, “But how? This is too wondrous and unreal…”

The Desolate Goddess Aurora divine whispered to him, “Do you mean that a goddess like me have to manually tutor someone? I have only need to expend some of my attainment and that can be done.”

Jiang Le was startled, “You are a goddess? You have expended your attainment for me?”

The Desolate Goddess Aurora whispered enchanting, “It is not a great deal.”

Jiang Le asked silently, “Then I ought to pay homage to you as my teacher for imparting me the two martial skills. My respects to my Teacher Aurora!”

The Desolate Goddess Aurora whispered, “Teacher? Your customs are too alien to me. Do as you wish. Martial skills? These are my celestial skills! Do not tell anyone my name!”

Just as he was about to whisper back to her and inquire her for imparting to him the two celestial skills, she had suddenly vanished from sight from the group and reappeared on a hill further away.

Qu Daoqing was startled, “The Guardian has left just like this?”

Jiang Le said, “It is obviously that she doesn’t want to be the Guardian and decides to leave.”

Qu Daoqing looked at Jiang Le as he smiled bitterly before he said, “We should be on our way.”

As they departed, the Desolate Goddess Aurora was looking at them as she said to herself, “This Jiang Le is shrouded in mystery. Why did she take an interest in him? He is just a mortal. It seems that she wants him to reach his destination as soon as possible. And his scent, it is just so familiar and wondrous…”

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Chapter 16

The handsome young man bowed with his hands respectfully and said, “Priest Qu Dao Qing from the Righteous Heaven Clan pays my respect to my fellow celestial practitioners. May I have the honor of knowing your name and clan of origin?”

Qingshuang had stepped in front of Xue Ji, Xia Ji and Jiang Le. With her right hand behind her back, she had flashed three of her fingers and followed by second fingers. This was an indication to the quick eyes of Xue Ji and Xia Ji that this man here was of the Intermediate Transverse Level.

Xue Ji and Xia Ji were both of the lower Transverse Level. They were almost on par with this young man here and they need not fear him since there were two of them. Moreover their protégé aunt Qingshuang was here.

Qingshuang asked gently, “You do not fear us?”

Qu Daoqing replied politely, “Why should I? The righteous have nothing to fear from evils. Moreover I have sensed the presence of my clan’s silver token with you. Please forgive me for intruding.”

Qingshuang nodded and replied gently, “I am the Verdant Scarlet Fairy of the Eternal Virtue Sect and these are my protégés.”

Qu Daoqing immediately bowed with his hands again, “My humble respect to my celestial elder. I hope that you are well.”

Qingshuang broke into a wry smile and said, “We’re doing well, naturally.”

Jiang Le could tell that even Qingshuang was amused by this pretty face man and almost choked when he had heard him. He thought, “He is not afraid of us? He is so straightforward. No wonder he is a priest.”

He flashed out the silver token and interrupted, “You mean this token?”

When the silver token was flashed in front of him, Qu Daoqing appeared to be startled and he was stammering, “This…this…”

Jiang Le asked, “What is wrong? Don’t tell me you don’t recognize it?”

A weird facial expression appeared on Qu Daoqing and he said, “Not that. It is just that this silver token is rarely seen and is considered one of the highest privilege silver tokens of the Righteous Heaven Clan. Will you be able to tell me how you come to possess of it?”

Jiang Le was perplexed but he replied casually, “Oh? I was unconscious. It seems that a lady claiming to be from the Righteous Heaven Clan hands it to my protégé aunt. And if you want to ask, we don’t know her name, not even her celestial name.”

Qu Daoqing nodded and said, “Why don’t I lead you to the Righteous Heaven Clan?”

Xue Ji and Xia Ji looked at each other, they are thinking. “We are just wondering how we get there and here is someone that offers to guide us.”

Jiang Le smiled weakly as he looked unhappily at Qu Daoqing, “Won’ it be inconvenient for a man to travel with the maidens for months.”

Qu Daoqing smiled and said, “Actually there is a secret celestial formation in the forest nearby. That will actually get us to the Righteous Heaven Clan in less than a day.”

Qingshuang was startled as she asked immediately, “instantaneous travel? Is it real? I have heard of it before but I think it is beyond a celestial practitioner to be able to create it.”

Qu Daoqing replied, “Indeed. Even our strongest clan elders are not able to create it. I only know that it is known to us since the founding of the Righteous Heaven Clan. It is said to be created by a real Celestial from the Celestial Realm.”

Xia Ji smiled, “Then we have to see this wondrous celestial formation.”

Jiang Le yawned and stared at Qu Daoqing, “Be careful that it is a trap. The fraternity can be such a treacherous place especially for the inexperienced, especially for the unwary ladies.”

Xue Ji shrugged Jiang Le and chuckled softly, “Hey! What are you trying to say? Are you jealous that we want to follow this gentleman or are you genuinely concern?”

Jiang Le replied solemnly, “Some people may appear to be a gentleman but they are actually wolves in sheep clothing. We may appear to be in control of our current situation now but it can change suddenly. We don’t know if he is luring us into a trap or there are powerful exponents that are waiting in place for us.”

He did not mince his words because he was trying to provoke him into giving his game away and he was watching him closely to catch his lies. He sighed silently to himself, “Am I a protector of these maidens now? Nothing in this world is free and appears to be coincident.”

But Qu Daoqing was as compose as ever, replying gently. “I have only the best of intentions. This will save you months of travel.”

Jiang interrupted and questioned sternly, “I don’t suppose that it is a coincident that you are here?”

He was expecting him to deny it.

Qu Daoqing shook his head, surprising Jiang Le. “My clan elders have divined the destined one to be here. That is here I am here.”

Jiang Le almost choked and said, “What? Now you are flattering me? Listen, I won’t fall for your tricks…”

Qingshuang interrupted softly, “This Priest Daoqing here, he has a righteous spirit. I trust him. Shall we have a look at that celestial formation?”

Jiang Le was startled and asked, “You really believe what he has said and that he has traveled a thousand miles through that celestial formation just to look for me?”

Qu Daoqing replied without battling an eyelid, “Indeed.”

Qingshuang nodded gently, “I believe in him.”

Jiang Le was speechless but he quickly regained his composure and said unhappily, “Never mind. Let’s see how it goes.”

He turned and looked at Daoqing, “I don’t believe in what you have said and I am watching you so don’t you try anything funny.”

Qu Daoqing bowed with his hands politely, “Please follow my lead.”

Xue Ji clapped her hands and said delightful, “Brother Daoqing, thank you! You are such a high level celestial practitioner. How many years did you cultivate to reach this stage…”

Xia Ji said happily as well, “Do you have any celestial secrets that you are willing to share with us? That will be so helpful…”

Jiang Le was stunned as he reluctantly dragged his foot after them. He thought, “Just because he is more refine and handsome than I? Just because he is a higher level celestial practitioner than I? Just because I don’t have my manhood and he has?”

He was feeling really miserable right now. Because this was the first time he was unable to expose someone. His guts feeling told him that this Priest Daoqing was too perfect and too goody good. It was because in this world, there was no one that was perfect.

He shouted from behind them, “Hey, watch your steps and don’t trip.”

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Chapter 15

Jiang Le seemed to be in an enviable position as he walked with three of the most beautiful maidens in the realm. But he was actually despondent and was greatly depressed.

He used to hanker after the beauty of these three enchanting maidens but he could no longer experience anything now. It seemed like a part of his soul was gone now, changing him into another person.

Qingshuang noticed his despondent look and shrugged him gently, “You are now at the Level of Genesis and after you have overcome it, you will reach the Enlighten Level. But until you can truly overcome the Genesis Level, your eyes will remain as crimson. So wear a straw hat and cover your eyes well. You don’t want too many people to spread the news that there is a red eye man around, lest it will attract unwanted attention.”

Xue Ji nodded and said humorously, “You know when I was in the Genesis Level, I was confined for almost a hundred years in the Tranquil Palace! A hundred years!”

Xia Ji wailed at the same time, “Same here as well! We’re so pitiful…”

Qingshuang hummed coldly, “Are you saying that I am at fault for confining you?”

Xue Ji smiled and pointed at Jiang Le, “Why isn’t Jiang Le in the confinement. Why is he an exceptional?”

Qingshuang smiled and raised her hand to slap Xue Ji but she tiptoed behind Jiang Le and cried softly, “Protégé Aunt, you are such a meanie!”

Jiang Le knew that they were trying to distract him from his unhappiness. His eyes were appreciatively and for the very first time, he knew what it was like to be part of a protégé clan. Now he wished that he had been kinder to them in the past.

He said quietly, “I am so ignorant. There is a mountain beyond a mountain and a sky beyond a sky. I have thought that with my martial level, I am truly unbeatable.”

Qingshuang knew what he was thinking and said gently, “I don’t know who this Desolate Old Man is but judging from what you have said, he has to be on the level of the Seventh Sense or above.”

Jiang Le asked, “Why is that so?”

Qingshuang said, “What do you feel when you have fought with Yueling and I?”

Jiang Le muttered, “It is like I am fighting against air…”

Qingshuang nodded, “That is because we are celestial practitioners and not your normal martial experts. We have already sense your attack forms even before you have acted. That is because I can see the energy vitals in your body.”

Jiang Le was startled, “You can see my energy vitals? How is it possible…”

Qingshuang said quietly, “You may think that is not possible but we can. In the martial fraternity, the martial experts are always relying on their unbeatable and hidden techniques to overcome their opponent. But such tactics are almost useless to the celestial practitioners of the Transverse Level and above.”

She sighed softly and added, “I can tell from your mocking eyes during our first encounter that you are simply restraining yourself. But even if you did not restrain yourself, there is still no way you can beat Yueling or I. Do you know? Just as you have restrained yourself, we have also restrained ourselves. You may even refer to exponents like us as the super exponents in the martial fraternity and that you think you can find renown by defeating us. But of course, we are virtually nameless in the martial fraternity so it is quite pointless for you to do so even if you have defeated us. Unlike you, we are always restraining ourselves and trying to maintain a low profile. Even though we have not met that Desolate Old Man and do not know why he did this to you but the lady from the Righteous Heaven Sect is equally mysterious and dangerous. In that encounter with her alone, our sect would have been totally wiped out!”

Jiang Le found himself listening intently. He heaved a soft sigh. Had he been too egotistic and insolent?

That was precisely why he had found his life now at rock bottom!

He thought miserably, “Does it mean that all my skills and techniques are useless?”

Qingshuang seemed to be able to read his mind and said gently, “The swordplay and techniques that you have mastered will be helpful to you in the future. It isn’t because we don’t trust you but we have recognized that you have your own martial style. That is why we did not impart to you the martial skills of the Tranquil Palace.”

Jiang Le muttered as he clenched his fists, “It’s not good enough. I need more superior swordplay.”

Qingshuang closed her eyes and said melancholy, “The sense of triumphant is too strong in your heart and will be detrimental to your future attainment. You should learn to let it go and seek the peace within yourself…”

Jiang Le shook his head and smiled weakly, “It is easier for you to say so but that Desolate Old Man has taken away my manhood. I cannot forgive him and I cannot forgive myself for being so weak.”

He found himself shaking uncontrollably. It was because today he had lost something that was invaluable to him. He swore to find this hateful Desolate Old Man and to make him pay for what he had done to him!

Qingshuang looked at him and said wordlessly, “Jiang Le…”

When Xia Ji saw that Jiang Le was still depressed, she heaved a soft sight and she said sharply. “We don’t even know her name and all she gives us is just a token to get into the Righteous Heaven Clan? The Kunlun Prime Mountains are so vast. How do you expect us to get there? It is more than a thousand miles from where we are!”

Xue Ji blurt out, “So we are leaving our protégé mistress behind?”

Qingshuang smiled gently, “With her cultivation, she is able to divine our whereabouts. As long as we are not in danger, she needn’t worry. Even if we take months or years, it doesn’t matter to her.”

Xue Ji smiled weakly, “I say it doesn’t really matter to the two of you. Sister Xia and my cultivation level aren’t as highly therefore we are really anxious.”

Xia Ji laughed softly, “That’s right! Moreover this is the first time we are traveling to a faraway place and we don’t know if those protégés of the Righteous Heaven Clan will bully us or not!”

Xue Ji nodded, “Hmph! Or it is just a low level trick to steal our clan secret celestial skills!”

All of a sudden Qingshuang’s phoenix eyes danced dangerously at the surroundings, “Someone is here. Why are you so rude? If you are already here, why don’t you make your appearance?”

Jiang Le was startled as he looked at his surroundings keenly but he could not see a soul!

He thought, “There is really someone here?”

Even Xue Ji and Xia Ji were alarmed as they drawn out their swords defensively. It was because they knew that their protégé aunt could not be wrong.

A handsome young man in a white priest robe and a sword on his back had emerged from the surroundings.

Xia Ji grasped almost immediately, “What a charming man…”

Even Xue Ji was blushing as she stared at this young man in priest robe.

Qingshuang was expressionless while Jiang Le was appraising the newcomer with his sword drawn out as he asked, “Who are you?”


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Chapter 14

Jiang Le woke up with an agonizing scream and he was sweating profusely!

Qingshuang gentle voice could be heard, “You’re alright now. Calm down.”

He opened his eyes and saw that Qingshuang, Xue Ji and Xia Ji had gathered around him.
But instead of looking at them, he was reaching for his crotch area with his trembling fingers!

Xia Ji said quietly, “The pain must have hurt him very badly.”

When Jiang Le touched his crotch area, he was afraid and anxious but all of a sudden his spirits rose again, “It is still there?”

His eyes were wide with bewilderment!

He thought, “I didn’t lose it?…”

Qingshuang said quietly, “It is real. Even though it is not physical but a celestial expert had actually severed your manhood. You are really a eunuch now.”

Jiang Le stared in the blank air as he trembled, “I have really…no feeling below…”

Qingshuang turned to ask Xue Ji, “Xue’Er, just exactly what has happened earlier?”

Xue Ji stammered, “I…really don’t know…”

Qingshuang asked, “Jiang Le?”

Jiang Le murmured slowly, “He calls himself the Desolate Old Man of the Six Realm Sect.”

Then he was startled as he looked around him panicky, “Where is he now?”

Qingshuang sighed softly as she patted him gently, “It is alright now. You are safe. When we have found you, we saw only a lady though.”

She flashed the silver token and said, “She claims to be from the Righteous Heaven Clan and specially request for you to go to the Prime Mountains. If you are able to find the Righteous Heaven Clan then they will initiate you in the more powerful celestial arts.”

Xia Ji said, “If Jiang Le is able to find the location of the Righteous Heaven Clan then it is considered his good destiny to be able to cultivate to a higher level and he may even bring back the evaluated cultivation practice back to our clan. Except that I don’t think we can make it in time if we are to travel to the place that Jiang Le has mentioned. Both destinations are in the opposite direction.”

Jiang Le said firmly, “I am going to the Prime Mountains to seek cultivation.”

Then he got up and bowed on his knees respectfully at Qingshuang, Xue Ji and Xia Ji before saying, “Please forgive me. I have lied to everyone that I am an orphan. I am Jiang Le, the young master of the Sacred Sword Manor. Huangfu Chuiyuan is my fraternity name and Huangfu is the name of my martial clan.”

Qingshuang said quietly, “We know.”

Jiang Le was startled, “You know?”

Qingshuang smiled gently as she looked intently at him, “You may think that you are a masterful liar. While this may works in the martial fraternity but we are all celestial practitioners here. We can see and hear from your emotions. When you have attained to my level of divinity and have pondered the mysteries of the Seventh Sense Level, you would be able to understand.”

She lowered her glance, not looking into Jiang Le as she said wordlessly to herself, “The way that you have looked at me, how do I not know how you feel toward me? But is it fair to Yueling? We are celestial practitioners. We have no destiny until we have ascended. Any sexual act will cost us our attainment. The price is too heavy to be paid. It is better that we stay things as it is…”

All of a sudden Xue Ji gasped with a soft cry. “Look! Jiang Le’s eyes have turned crimson!”
Qingshuang was startled as she said excitedly, “It is real. Don’t tell me that he has overcome his Divine Calamity and have reached the Genesis level now?”

Xia Ji smiled and clapped her hands, “He is a celestial practitioner now, just like us!”

Jiang Le muttered, “I am a celestial practitioner now? When did I overcome the Divine Calamity?”

Qingshuang looked at Jiang Le keenly, “The Divine Calamity can take many forms and may not be malevolent. But your Divine Calamity doesn’t have any forthcoming omen. That is weird indeed.”

Xue Ji asked, “So we are going to the Prime Mountains instead?”

Jiang Le said solemnly, “The sword that I have mentioned is in the Sacred Sword Manor. However my father won’t allow me to take it out of the manor. Since it is in safe hands, shall we go to the Prime Mountains instead?”

Qingshuang nodded slowly, “As you wish.”

Jiang Le was slightly startled by her amicable reply. He was expecting her to disagree. The truth was, he was too humiliated to return home and till now, he found it impossible to believe that the white robe man could have broken his epitome sword technique with such ease?

Was he human? Or a celestial practitioner? If he wants to defeat the white robe man then he had to cultivate the advance celestial arts.

He found himself shaking uncontrollably. It was because today he had lost something that was invaluable to him. He swore to find and let the Desolate Old Man pay for this vendetta.

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Chapter 13

The white robe man aka the Desolate Old Man whispered in Jiang Le’s ears, “After I have castrated you, you can cultivate in peace. Maybe you can even learn a skill or two divine skills that only a eunuch would be able to learn!”

Jiang Le could only stare at him coldly for this white robe man was entirely solemn and he was aiming at his crouch now!

The white robe man rubbed his nose and smile, “This will be a clean cut and you don’t even need to take off your pant. You ought to be grateful to me…”

Jiang Le struggled to muster the remaining of his strength to deliver his sword finger at the white robe man but before he could hit him, the white robe man had swung the Divine Gallantry and Jiang Le was screaming out in pain in his crouch area!

He could only mutter incoherently toward the end of his scream, “You will regret not killing me. I will not forget about this vendetta…”

The white robe man grinned as he watched Jiang Le passed out, “You’re a eunuch now.”

“Isn’t this a little too much, turning him into a eunuch?” A gently and beautiful voice was heard and an alluring maiden had stepped coolly from behind the cover of a tree.

The white robe man growled unhappily, “Are you here to interfere with my plans?”

This alluring maiden hummed coldly, “Even if I have ten lives, I won’t dare to! For you are the Desolate Old Man and Grandmaster of the Six Realms Sect!”

The white robe man said, “Are you are saying that if you got more lives, you would dare to try?”

The alluring maiden gave a gentle smile before she walked to the white robe man and then all of a sudden, she had raised her foot to kick him!

But the white robe man seemed to have anticipated the attack and had moved his body aside.

The alluring maiden laughed gently before she raised her hands as she sent hundreds of beaming needles at him. In a blink of an eye, she had made a dozen hand gestures!

The white robe man was startled as he quickly swung his sword several times, deflecting the needles!

The alluring maiden asked, “So what do you think of my technique versus his Sacred Heaven Beyond Strike?”

The white robe man lowered his sword to say, “I must say that it is really fast. One of the fastest swordplay that I have ever seen. To think that at such a young age, he has already mustered to the sword energies level. Moreover, he is able to muster his sword energies at such a short notice. With such a masterful sword art and such an epitome sword technique in his hands, he has plenty of potential. Moreover, his Sacred Heaven Beyond Strike can still be better.”

The alluring maiden raised her eyebrows, “Is that so? Are you looking to fight him again?”

The white robe man nodded lightly as he dropped the Divine Gallantry that was in his hands, “Maybe.”

The alluring maiden smiled, “Maybe only? You mean that even if he trains for a hundred year, he isn’t your match? You’re so insolent nowadays. Let me ask you. This maiden here, is she your new spoil of war?”

The white robe man smiled awkwardly before he turned around and vanished into the forest, “With you around, I dare not claim any spoil of war. Since you are so insistent on protecting them today, I will let them go this time.”

The alluring maiden chuckled and shouted in the direction where he had vanished, “Then I should express my little thanks. But never say I didn’t warn you, there are some dangerous monstrous beasts in that direction…”

All of a sudden there was a monstrous roar in the thick canopy of the forest and a scream was heard from the white robe man…

The alluring maiden looked at the unconscious Jiang Le and Xue Ji before she smiled wryly, “So what have we here. A eunuch and a lovely maiden. What a pity for this Jiang Le for he has to live with it now.”

Suddenly she was smiling, “So they are finally here. What’s takes them this long?”

In the next instant, Qingshuang and Xia Ji had flashed next to her and had attacked her!

Xue Ji shouted angrily, “How dare you attack the protégés of the Tranquil Palace!”

Qingshuang flashed her sword, “Who are you?”

The alluring maiden flurried her sleeves and deflected the sword attacks that were directed at her as she took a glance at Qingshuang, “You are at the Seventh Sense Level? Interesting.”

Qingshuang was startled as she took several quick steps back, “You’re a celestial practitioner?”

The alluring maiden did not reply her and instead, she was smiling and displaying one finger stance after one another against Xia Ji!

Xia Ji was breathing softly as she took several steps back as well, “She’s strong. I can’t seem to place a hit on her even though she isn’t armed.”

The alluring maiden asked, “What? You are not playing with me anymore?”

Qingshuang had turned ashen as she whispered to Xia Ji, “I have never seen any martial exponent as deadly as her. She is just toying with us.”

Xia Ji and Qingshuang were extremely solemn and they were taking quick glances at each other.

Qingshuang said quietly, “We can’t perish here at the same time. Xia Ji, run at the first opportunity. I think I will still be able hold her off for a while.”

Xia Ji said immediately, “But…”

Qingshuang interrupted coldly, “No but. Now go!”

As she leapt forward, she had also pushed Xia Ji backward!

The alluring maiden hummed coldly as she flashed past Qingshuang and was next to Xia Ji. Before Xia Ji could react, she was struck by a tremendous windforce and she was floored onto the ground!

Qingshuang was startled as she quickly displayed the Windchaser sword technique followed by the Crescent Moonlight Cut as she flashed between Xia Ji and the alluring maiden.

The alluring maiden stepped aside as she blocked the attacking sword strokes with her fingers!

All of a sudden Qingshuang displayed a torrent of raining strokes and the fingers of the alluring maiden turned red with her blood!

The alluring maiden took several steps backward as she said unhappily, “It seems that I am the foolhardy one that attempt to fight someone this skilled with my mere fingers. I have almost lost my fingers!”

Qingshuang lifted Xia Ji up and said to the alluring maiden, “You still got a chance to flee while you are able to…”

Xia Ji cried out all a sudden, “Her fingers!…”

Even Qingshuang was startled for the wounds that were on the alluring maiden had completely healed!

They cried out at the same time, “Is this the…golden…”

The alluring maiden smiled, “That’s right. I have already mastered the Golden Invincible Body. Not only that, my celestial divinity is also much higher than you.”

Qingshuang asked coolly, “Who are you and what do you want?”

The alluring maiden smiled, “I don’t feel like telling who I am because you have attacked me so recklessly. When I am here, they are already in this state. You didn’t discern if I am foe or friend before attacking me. This doesn’t sound right at all.”

Xia Ji said coldly, “We don’t believe your crap on anything. Even if you are not a foe, you are still a celestial practitioner and can’t be trusted.”

The alluring maiden lit an alluring smile, “Fine, fine. To prove that I have no ill-intention, I am making a leave now. But oh, you have better comfort your little brother Jiang Le when he wakes up. Just in case, you do not know, the man earlier had just castrated him. That is none of my doing and business.”

Then she threw a silver token on the ground and said coolly, “This is the silver tablet of the Righteous Heaven Clan. Your clan is thereby invited to send its representatives before mid-autumn. I like this Jiang Le so please send him to us.”

Qingshuang was startled as she looked at Xia Ji. Who had not heard of the Righteous Heaven Clan? It is the most powerful leading celestial clan that is above the six major celestial clans. No celestial practitioners dare to trespass into their mountain domain of the Prime Mountains unless they were invited.

And every 60 years, they would give out their silver tokens to the various celestial clans to reveal the celestial secrets of the Righteous Heaven Clan to those that have the silver tokens. These protégés would then practice their celestial cultivation in the Righteous Heaven Clan until they could overcome their Emotion state of divinity.

Qingshuang asked, “You are really from the Righteous Heaven Clan?”

But the alluring maiden had already vanished from sight!

Xia Ji lowered her glance and said quietly, “The Righteous Heaven Clan only accept celestial protégés that are in the Divine State of Emotion and below. But our Jiang Le here hasn’t even overcome his divine calamity yet. Surely we can’t send him there? He is only courting his own death.”

Qingshuang said, “Let’s look at them first. Luckily she isn’t a dark celestial practitioner or I cannot imagine the consequences.”

Xia Ji nodded and called out to her protégé sister, “Xue’Er, are you alright? Please wake up…”

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Chapter 12

After a while later, Jiang Le was alone with Xue Ji as they strolled side by side in the mountain forests.

Jiang Le turned around and asked Xue Ji gently, “Senior Protégé Sister, you are afraid that I may escape so you are following me?”

Xue Ji answered with an alluring smile, “You have the mark of our sect on you. Even if you have wings, we will still be able to hunt you down. So don’t worry about it. You can try though.”

Jiang Le smiled as he paused in his tracks, “We’re in the open now and not in the Tranquil Palace anymore. Do you know that Swift Wind happens to be my fraternity name?”

Xue Ji laughed softly, “I really do not know! So you want to try escaping from me?”

Jiang Le grinned at her, “Nay. With such a lovely protégé sister that is alone with me now, I will be a fool to even try to escape, am I right? Maybe my dear Xue Ji will be the one that that will try to escape from a lecher like me.”

Xue Ji sighed softly, “Who is your dear? Mind your words. Do you know that how much attainment it will cost you if you do fall in love and have sexual relations? Therefore I will advise you to exercise some restraint and show a little respect for me, all for your wellbeing sake.”

She flashed Jiang Le a dangerous look, “Moreover, your martial skills are not as good as mine. Don’t say you wanna to lift your fingers on me, you won’t even have an opportunity to even touch me!”

But all of a sudden, she exclaimed aloud. “Who is there? Come out of your hiding…”

Before she could finish, she was knocked down on the ground by a windforce!

Jiang Le was startled as he caught sight of a shadow moving fast between them.

And then the shadow threw him a strike and Jiang Le parried with his scabbard just in the nick of time!

And in front of Jiang Le was a white robe man.

Jiang Le was startled by the sudden appearance of the white robe man for he had never seen anyone that could move as swift and as charismatic as him.

He asked slowly as he held onto the Divine Gallantry, “Who…are you?”

He knew that the white robe man was a dangerous foe because he was able to knock down Xue Ji with a single strike and he dare not be careless!

The white robe man smiled, “Good. You can block my attack with such a short notice. Impressive!”

Jiang Le clenched his fists and said coldly, “We have met before? You are that masked assailant that have ambushed me and caused me to fall down the cliff?”

The white robe man smiled broadly, “Alas, you are indeed smart. Then I shall reveal to you that I am also the one that had sent you that invitation.”

Jiang Le was immediately tensed up and said coldly, “Who are you and what do you want?”

The white robe man replied coolly, “Don’t you want to know what the highest level of swordplay is?”

Jiang Le growled, “You are baiting me.”

The white robe man said, “Am I right to say so, Huangfu Chuiyuan? You have defeated dozens of topnotch swordsmen in recent years. Your real name is Jiang Le but in the martial fraternity, you are known as Huangfu Chuiyuan. At least to them, you are pretty honest.”

Jiang Le smiled bitterly, “It seems that you have already known so much about me. I was a little careless that day and…”

The white robe man interrupted, “If you have not been in an intercourse with your lover that night and that you think that with the Divine Gallantry in your hands, you’re still able to defeat me?”

Jiang Le smiled as he unsheathed his divine sword, “With or without the Divine Gallantry, it is the same to me. Very soon, you will be a dead man. Your name and the name of your clan?”

The white robe man replied, “You may address me as the Desolate Old Man of the Six Realms Sect.”

Jiang Le smiled coldly, “You’re not so old yet you call yourself an old man.”

The white robe man smiled, “It is because that makes an interesting and respectful title. Don’t you agree?”

Jiang Le nodded, “I don’t disagree.”

The white robe man laughed, “That’s good. Say, let’s have our life and death duel right away. If you are able to win then I will let this beautiful maiden of yours go. If I am able to win then I will castrate you. What do you think?”

Jiang Le replied coldly, “If I am able to win then you will be dead. Whether you will let anyone go, is of no consequences.”

The white robe man grinned, “If I am able to win then don’t you think that it is considered your blessing to have witnessed a swordplay that is stronger than your Sacred Heaven Beyond Strike?”

Jiang Le hummed coldly, “You will regret it. However I do agree with your challenge. So where is your sword?”

The white robe man lifted his right hand forward, “I have no need of a sword. So Huangfu Chuiyuan, let me witness your Sacred Heaven Beyond Strike! Why don’t I let you have the benefit of the first strike?”

Jiang Le hummed coldly as he raised his sword in a flurrying display. In the next instant, an explosive amount of sword energies were imbued in his sword and he had flashed next to the white robe man, “If it is death wish that you have wished upon, I have no choice but to grant you!…”

The white robe man stared with his eyes in wonderment, “So this is the Sacred Heaven Beyond Strike…it is indeed extraordinary…”

Jiang Le said, “I didn’t want to display it. But only worthy opponents are able to witness my Sacred Heaven Beyond Strike…”

But to his utter surprise, the white robe man had deflected the tip of his sword with just his fingers and he was suddenly struck by a palm force on his chest that flung him backward!

Jiang Le coughed out blood as he turned ashen, “This is impossible. No one can see through my Sacred Heaven Beyond Strike. Especially not the first time…his reactions are just too supernatural….”

He was shocked because this white robe man had just defended and counter attacked against his Sacred Heaven Beyond Strike. His chest was supposedly to be his best defended position. No one could possibly have struck him in that position while the beaming sword energies of the Sacred Heaven Beyond Strike was in full display!

Jiang Le dropped his sword as his internal injuries seized him, “You have won. To think that there is someone that can break my sword technique so easily…Xue Ji, I am so sorry…”

The white robe man laughed jovially as he picked up the Divine Gallantry, “So your woman is now mine. And so tonight, I will use your divine sword to castrate you. You don’t have to feel sad because once you have embarked on the path of divinity, you won’t need this unnecessary part of your body anymore lest it destroys your hard earned attainment.”

Jiang Le did not question why he was able to pick his divine sword with such ease when not even Qingshuang was able to do so. But he had turned completely white when he had heard that this white robe man had intended to castrate him on the spot. For the very first time he was praying very hard that Qingshuang and Xia Ji would be here to aid him.

But a sudden thought struck him, “No! If they are here then they may come to harm as well…”

The white robe man said coldly as he raised the reflective blade of the Divine Gallantry, “This time, you won’t be as lucky as the last time.”

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Chapter 11

Qingshuang, Xue Ji and Xia Ji were taking Jiang Le at an astonishing pace up the mountains. As a matter of fact, they had been traveling for a day now but the distance that they had covered was akin to three days.

Luckily for Jiang Le, his swiftness movement skill was not weak so he followed them.

But when they had taken a turn to the right side of the lofty mountains, Jiang Le was alarmed as he quickly said, “You seem to know the way petty well? However, do you know that we are now encroaching upon the territory of the Thunder Herald Sect? They are a nasty batch of unorthodox cultists and won’t take too kindly to any intruders. I will suggest that we head another way before we are found out.”

Qingshuang took a soft glance at Jiang Le, seemingly smiling behind her veil before whispering. “In any case, it is too late. They are already here!”

There were thunderous flashes of light exploding around them as more than a hundred men wielding swords and sabres surrounded them.

A middle-age bearded man roared thunderously, “Do you think that you can intrude the domain of the Thunder Herald Sect just like this?”

Jiang Le hastily spoke, “Wait! We bear no ill-intention and is just passing by…”

Qingshuang interrupted as she lifted her eyes at the middle-age bearded man, “We are here to subjugate the Thunder Herald Sect. And who may you be?”

Jiang Le was stunned and he nearly coughed, “What? You didn’t tell me? This isn’t a time for jokes. Let’s us quickly apologize and leave.”

The middle-age bearded man roared with laughter, “You don’t know who I am? And you are here to subjugate our clan? This is so laughable.”

A demure maiden who was next to him began to wave her sword threatening, “Father, they are too insolent. Why don’t we just kill them with our thunder flashing bombs rather than waste our time talking to them?”

The middle-age bearded man laughed as he waved his daughter aside, “No hurry. I am Meng Qihuo, the Grandmaster of the Thunder Herald Sect. Just who are you guys and whose orders are you on? And who is the leader of your group?”

Qingshuang immediately said coldly, “Only a mere forty years had passed and have the Thunder Herald Sect forgotten the Tranquil Palace so readily?”

At the mention of the Tranquil Palace, Meng Qihuo began to turn ashen as he asked quietly, “You’re from the Tranquil Palace? Any proof?”

The demure maiden whispered impatiently, “Father, you don’t have to be so polite to them…”

Meng Qihuo shouted, “Shut up!”

The demure maiden was shocked for her father had never shouted at her before!

Qingshuang flashed out a gold and silver tablet, “Do you recognize the token of the Tranquil Palace? Are the present leadership of the Thunder Herald Sect so insolent to the Tranquil Palace?”

Meng Qihuo quickly shouted as he kneeled down, pulling his daughter onto the ground as well. “Kneel! Kneel!”

There were confusions as the protégés of the Thunder Herald Sect began to kneel onto the ground.

Meng Qihuo said respectfully, “Please forgive us for our insolences and we mean no disrespect. Even if I have a ten heads, I wouldn’t dare to offend the Sacred Messengers of the Tranquil Palace.”

Qingshuang nodded, “Good. At least you have not forgotten who the master and who the servant.”

Meng Qihuo muttered humbly, “Yes, yes…”

Jiang Le was surprised for he had not expected the powerful Thunder Herald Sect to be so obedient!

Qingshuang said, “Rise. Dismiss all the others and let’s have a little talk.”

Meng Qihuo nodded and gave a great shout, “Dismiss! I don’t want to see any of you!”

The demure maiden gasped, “Father…”

Meng Qihuo pushed her away, “Go quickly. I don’t want to repeat. Go!”

The demure maiden nodded and was gone.

Seeing that everyone was gone now, Meng Qihuo asked. “May I know what brings the esteemed Sacred Messengers here today?

Qingshuang replied, “Which are leading martial clans of the martial fraternity now?”

Jiang Le almost choked as he laughed and interrupted, “Oh well, you can ask me. Why did you have to come all the way to ask him that?”

Qingshuang smiled coldly, “That is my business and not yours.”

Meng Qihuo looked at the two Sacred Messengers cautiously but he decided to reply to the veiled maiden that was asking the question. That was because it was obvious that she was the leader of this group. So he answered, “The three most prominent martial clans are the Universal Truth Clan, the Sacred Sword Manor and the Ironblood Sect.”

Qingshuang growled softly and asked, “The Sacred Sword Manor? I have never heard of this clan before.”

Meng Qihuo smiled awkwardly, “It is a newly arising prominent martial clan. It is said that the swordplay of the Sacred Sword Manor is ranked within the top five swordplay of the martial fraternity. In fact, in recent years the young master of the Sacred Sword Manor, Huangfu Chuiyuan is said to have defeated sword master after one another from numerous prominent sword clans.”

Qingshuang muttered softly, “The Sacred Sword Manor? Interesting. What are his sword styles like? Any special techniques?”

Meng Qihuo replied, “Accordingly to the martial hearsay, it has light resemble to the styles of Swallow Slash and the Tang quickdraw techniques. Their sword techniques are the Masterstroke Style and the Sacred Heaven Beyond Strike.”

Qingshuang hummed coldly, “Sacred Heaven Beyond Strike? What an insolent name. What is it like?”

Meng Qihuo said wryly, “I have really no idea. The few people that have seen this extraordinary technique are no longer alive or are keeping mum about it. All I can say is that it is rumored to be extremely swift…”

Jiang Le yawned softly, “And extremely deadly. Is that so?”

Xue Ji giggled as she winked at Jiang Le, “Someone here isn’t too impressed!”

Jiang Le laughed as he tapped his sword scabbard, “Who cares a heck for any Masterstrokes and the Sacred Heaven Beyond Strike.”

Meng Qihuo smiled bitterly as he looked at Jiang Le, “I am sure that the Sacred Messengers are unequalled in the martial fraternity…”

Qingshuang interrupted coldly, “Stop your flattering.”

She turned around and said coldly to Jiang Le, “Can you please go away if you are not interested?”

Jiang Le laughed as he turned around, “If that’s your wish then so be it.”

Xue JI winked at Xia Ji before she laughed softly, “I am going to follow him. Just in case, he decides to run away.”

Xia Ji giggled softly, “I dare him to run away unless he does not value his life!”

Jiang Le shrugged his shoulder and laughed off her remarks, “Whatever. Don’t be so mean, my senior protégé sisters.”


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Chapter 10

The morning sun felt warm and comforting.

Jiang Le was delighted as he shouted excitedly, “We are out of the valley at long last! Woohoo, finally!”

He had no idea how long they had been traveling through the winding passages of the desolate valley but when they had finally ascended to the top, he was joyous.

Qingshuang, Xue Ji and Xia Ji looked at him and were amused.

Jiang Le shouted excitedly, “This is freedom!”

Xia Ji hummed coldly and threw her bundle to him, “Hey junior protégé, carry this.”

Jiang Le blinked and said, “This isn’t mine…”

But before he could finish what was in his mind, Xue Ji and Qingshuang had both thrown their bundles at him, forcing him to catch it. “What…does this mean…”

Qingshuang smiled gently, “That means that you are to be our carrier, junior protégé.”

Xue Ji gave him a little nudge and laughed merrily, “Great hero Jiang Le, this will be your first major heroic task in the martial fraternity. So, do it well.”

Jiang Le muttered as he gathered the three bundles in his arms, “Whatever.”

He sniffed at Qingshuang’s bundle and thought, “It is so fragrant. I wonder what her undergarment look like?”

Xue Ji interrupted his thoughts and chuckled, “What are you doing? Don’t just stand there. Are you unwilling to help me to carry my little bundle?”

Jiang Le reacted quickly and laughed jovially, “For my senior protégé sister Xue Ji, I am the most willing of course!”

Xue Ji clapped her hands as she smiled enchantingly, “My good protégé junior brother! It is so good to have a protégé junior brother. I feel so bad for troubling you!”

“Not at all, not at all!” Jiang Le laughed awkwardly, feeling a little shy that the mesmerizing Xue Ji was showering him with affectionate attention.

Xia Ji giggled, “Thank you my good protégé junior brother!”

Jiang Le laughed jovially, “We are all from the same protégé clan. This is really nothing at all. I am a strong man and I am glad to be of some services.”

Qingshuang muttered sarcastically, “Maybe that is the only service that he can be of good use. When troubles come, we may even have to protect him. I hope he stays out of trouble.”

Jiang Le was abashed as he replied almost incoherently, “I am not that useless you know and you can depend on me to protect you. So just sit back and relax while I do the job.”

Xue Ji grabbed his arm and nodded delightfully, “Brother Jiang Le, you’re so great. Your protégé sister Xue’Er is not afraid anymore.”

Xia Ji grabbed his other arm and nodded eagerly, “Same here, Brother Jiang Le! With you around, Xia’Er is not scared as well!”

Jiang Le quickly patted his chest, “Count on me, protégé sisters!”

Qingshuang flashed her displeasure, “At this rate, it’ll take us forever to get to our destination. Stop flattering him and don’t get to close to him.”

Jiang Le smiled weakly, “You sound like I am some monster.”

Qingshuang hummed coldly, “Not some monster but a demon, a lecherous demon.”

Jiang Le grinned and cast a wry look at her, “If I am a demon then you’re a demoness. A demon and a demoness, we are so compatible!”

Qingshuang gave him an annoyed look but she was soon smiling, “Very soon you will know what a demoness I am.”

She turned to Xue Ji and Xia JI, saying. “We are outside now and we should veil ourselves accordingly lest we would attract unwanted attention.”

Xue Ji and Xia Ji were suddenly quiet and obediently veiled their faces!

This was not a request but a command!

Jiang Le mused and said coolly, “With three such enticing maidens here, it is really hard not to attract any attention. But rest assures that I will be here to protect all of you in our travels.”

Qingshuang hummed coldly, “You only have to look out for yourself. I don’t want to be the one saving you.”

But she quickly softened her eyes and said, “Jiang Le.”

Jiang Le was a little startled by her expressions and answered, “Yes?”

She said softly, “This is the time of troubles and the Heavens Calamity will soon befall upon us. Do you have any idea how perilous our situation is? The dark celestial practitioners are not what your level of competency is able to deal with. They are ruthless and vicious…”

Jiang Le muttered, “Oh?…”

She looked at him and said sternly, “They will rip your heart from your beating body, eat your heart and drink your blood. They have red eyes and may be easy to identify. But once they have reached the Crisis Level, their red eyes will vanish and you will no longer be able to discern their true self. So be on your guard at all times. The dark celestial practitioners have eyes and ears everywhere, do you understand and is aware of the dangers that we will be in?”

Jiang Le smiled weakly, “You are just trying to scare me.”

She answered coolly, “Our enemies are all super exponents and some are even supernatural exponents. At your present level it is too unfathomable for you to even comprehend until it is too late. Our mission is to quickly investigate the place that you have mentioned and retreated back to the safe haven of the Tranquil Palace. In the case when we are really discovered by the dark celestial practitioners and cannot defeat them, we shouldn’t go back to the Tranquil Palace anymore. When needed, we will take our own lives to safeguard the Tranquil Palace!”

Jiang Le was slightly disturbed by her solemn words because it did not sound like she was kidding with him.

Then she turned around and said softly, almost inaudibly. “Even if I would to perish, I will not let you perish. That’s because you may represent the last hope of the Eternal Virtue Sect. You do not need to question why because many years later, you will be able to understand that our sacrifices are a necessary.”

Jiang Le stole a look at Xue Ji and Xia Ji; they too, were deadly solemn and their smiles had already vanished from their countenances.

All of a sudden Jiang Le roared with laughter and broke the deadly atmosphere, “I don’t need protection. I am good enough on my own. I can protect myself better than you think. Dark celestial practitioners or not, I am not afraid. What is most important now is to find some great wines and bottoms up!”

Then he took several strides to the east as he beats his chest, “What are you all waiting for? Come, let’s us be on our way and appreciate the scenery!”

Qingshuang replied coolly as she walked to another direction, “That is the wrong way. We should go in this direction.”

Jiang Le turned around and said, “I recognized the surrounding hills and the position of the sun. I can’t be wrong for sure…”

Qingshuang smiled mysteriously, “Except that we have something to do first before we’re headed to the place that you’ve mentioned.”

Jiang Le groaned softly as he walked to her, “Whatever you say. But don’t blame me for not warning you first that that is the wrong way.”

Xue Ji tapped Jiang Le and smiled, “Brother Jiang Le, we do have a little business to attend first.”

Just as Jiang Le was about to ask what the business was, Xia Ji tugged him on his sleeve and laughed softly. “Soon you will know. Brother Jiang Le, why don’t you tell us more about the martial fraternity and your adventures first? Which are the most prominent sects at the moment and what are most earthshaking things that had happened in the past 20 years?”

Jiang Le laughed aloud as he said, “There is no one that knows more about the martial fraternity than me. Oh well, where should we start?…”

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Chapter 9

That very night, Jiang Le was pondering in his bed chamber the events of the past few days.

Who had sent him that unknown invitation and who was that masked assailant that had ambushed him soon after?

He had thought that he was dead for sure after falling down the steep cliff and stumbled into the sacred grounds of the Tranquil Palace where he encountered a group of mysterious maidens that identified themselves as the protégés of the Eternal Virtue Sect?

He had never heard of their sect nor a place called the Tranquil Palace and yet he was now one of them!

“Forcing to join them in any case is the exact word,” he muttered to himself.

But not before he could pass their celestial trials which almost took his life!

He unsheathed the Celestial Gallantry and stared at the shining reflection, “These mysterious maidens who claimed to be celestial practitioners and their unfathomable martial skills…every one of them is equaled to a super exponent of the martial fraternity. Even I am not their match and I have regarded myself as one of the top tier martial expert. Now who is the frog in the well…”

He heaved a soft sigh, “And this Qingshuang the Verdant Scarlet Fairy, she is really interesting. Her mannerism looks like an old friend of mine…”

Even now he could still feel a soft tingling on his face as he recalled how she had slapped him when they had first met as she smiled gently, “You deserve a slap because you are too stupid to realize the situation that you are in. You ought to be begging for mercy and pleading for your pathetic existence.”

And there was his new protégé mistress Yueling and her two other protégé sisters, Xia Ji and Xue Ji.

They had threatened to forever confine him to the Tranquil Palace but now Yueling had suddenly said that he was allowed to go to the outside world and to retrieve the sword that he had mentioned, although that sword may be just a fragment of a dream and not his exact memories.

He wished that the past few days had been a dream though it was not the case. His wounds had miraculously healed and his vigor has increased tremendously ever since he had taken the Sacred Dragon Blood Divine Pill.

He muttered, “So I am a celestial practitioner now? And that at the first light of dawn, the Verdant Scarlet Fairy and I are to set off at once.”

“You’re afraid to travel with me?”

Jiang Le was startled as he jumped out of his bed and saw that it was the Verdant Scarlet Fairy!

Why didn’t he hear her coming?

He stammered, “Of course I’m not! Why should I?”

Qingshuang smiled gently, “Then why aren’t you sleeping yet?”

Jiang Le growled softly, “That’s because I have many things in my mind that is perplexing to me. How long have you been eavesdropping on me? ”

Qingshuang sat down and poured herself a cup of water as she said coolly, “I didn’t mean to eavesdrop on you but you are muttering to yourself ceaselessly and I don’t particular like it when someone is constantly putting my name in his mouth.”

Jiang Le smiled weakly, “That doesn’t mean that you’re not eavesdropping on me.”

Qingshuang lifted her phoenix eyes and looked at Jiang Le, slightly startled by his reply before she replied coolly, “If you have not been muttering my name then you will not have known that I have been eavesdropping and if you have not known then it doesn’t count as eavesdropping.”

Jiang Le smiled weakly, “My Protégé Aunt, please spare me your warped logic. I surrender!”

Qingshuang lit a smile, “Finally you have decided to be respectfully to me.  Well then you shall be forgiven.”

Jiang Le asked, “My respectfully Protégé Aunt, what brings your honor presence late in the night? Surely you’re not thinking of chatting or drinking with me?”

Qingshuang gave a soft chuckle, “Naturally not and it’s isn’t that late yet. I have come tell you that there is a change of plan. Xue Ji and Xia Ji will be traveling with us as well.”

Jiang Le’s eyes beamed with delight, “This is really good news. With three ladies then the journey won’t be so bored..”

Qingshuang interrupted as she glanced at him coldly, “So you think that it will be boring with me around?”

Jiang Le smiled, “Of course not. I am afraid that you won’t be safe around me.”

Qingshuang looked at him and said, “Oh?”

Jiang Le laughed and blew the side of her ear gently and said, “I am a man and you are a tempting woman. You may not have the desires in your heart but I have not yet overcome my mortal desires. So do you think that you will be safe with me?”

Qingshuang’s ears had redden and her eyes looked a little confused as she stammered, “You dare?! I am your Protégé Aunt!”

Jiang Le laughed softly, “I’ll be stupid to let such a desirable lady be my Protégé Aunt. In my eyes, you are only fit to be my lover. If I have a choice then this is what I will be choosing.”

Qingshuang was flustered as she got up hastily and reached for the entrance, saying. “This is so outrageous. I’ll let your Protégé Mistress know and see that you got your due sect punishments!”

Just as she was about to walk off, her left hand were caught by Jiang Le who said. “Wait!”

Qingshuang shot him a cold stare and said, “So you are afraid now?”

Jiang Le was suddenly solemn, “I’m not and I know that you are only making an empty threat.”

Qingshuang said coldly, “Then what do you want? Let go of my hand now.”

Jiang Le loosened his grip on her as he managed a weak smile, “Pardon my rudeness. Since you are already here, can we have a little chat?”

Qingshuang replied coldly, “Then end your frivolous remarks.”

Jiang Le gave a wry smile, “Alright, alright. Please have a seat.”

Qingshuang did not take the seat but asked instead, “I am not interested in any chat. Quickly pour out what is in your stomach.”

Jiang Le smiled weakly as he looked blankly at her, “You know, I don’t even know if I can trust you. I don’t even know if you guys are fooling me and telling me that you are centuries old and are celestial practitioners. I have seen all these fantastic things but I don’t even trust my eyes now. For all I know, these could be illusions that you have setup for me. So what exactly are you? How can I trust you?”

Qingshuang sat down as she looked at him, “That’s a lot of questions and I think I help myself to a seat first.”

She said softly, “You’re confused by your new identify. You are asking if you are able to trust us but let me ask you, why should we trust you in the first place?”

Jiang Le smiled weakly, “That is my question. Why are you asking me the same question?”

She replied with a soft sigh, “That’s because we don’t know your background and who you are. For all we know, you may be a spy sent to us by our enemies. This is our place and you are a stranger. Why should we trust a stranger? We are cautious of you and that’s the norm. Do you think that you ought to be the one that is supposed to gain our trust first and not the other way? You may think that we have a grand design in place for you so that is why we are confining you. You’re so wrong. You have disturbed our peaceful meditation and we have never wanted to do anything with you in the first place. You have thought too highly of yourself and suspect that we have a plot in waiting for you. If you mistrust us then why should we trust you as well?”

Jiang Le was startled as he murmured, “That’s right. You don’t know my background…”

But he quickly composed himself to say, “No wait. I do have some renown in the martial fraternity. It is not difficult to find out who I am…”

Qingshuang interrupted coldly, “Except that I can crush you like a little ant anytime and forgo all the tricks. Do you think that your puny skills can be shown off in front of me…”

Jiang Le smiled weakly and said, “Maybe I deserve another slap because I am too stupid to realize my current situation. I should be begging for mercy and pleading for my pathetic existence from you.

This caused Qingshuang to chuckle softly and tiny tears should be seen from the brim of her eyes, “Maybe you are not so stupid after all so I won’t give you a slap.”

Jiang Le suddenly found his Protégé Aunt to be really adorable and he cursed the fact that she was his Protégé Aunt.

Jiang Le laughed and said, “I am not that pathetic. I have a renowned reputation in the martial fraternity…”

Qingshuang rose up as she interrupted him, “Quit your boasting and get a good night rest. Don’t blame us if you are unable to keep pace with us.”

Jiang Le smiled weakly, “Farewell my Protégé Aunt.”

He heaved a soft sigh as he jumped into his bed as he thought, “Jiang Le, Jiang Le. Maybe you ought to murmur only in your mind next time. Hmm, tomorrow is a great day, Maybe it is a real chance to escape from my confinement. Maybe I should really escape. I cannot imagine staying in such a place for years.”

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