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Chapter 4: The Three Goddesses of Judgement

The atmosphere is getting tenser and tenser every minute!

“Is this some kind of a joke? If it is then it is such a bad joke!”

“I have thought that this kind of thing will only happen in anime and in science fiction stories…”

The Goddess Celestial Alice heaves a melancholy sigh, “Many of you won’t be able to make it back but this sacrifice of yours is a necessary justification to the greater plan. So take courage if you want to survive.”

As she says that, there are rumbling throughout the city!

And everyone can see dozens of black monuments rising like a pyramid from different parts of the city and every of the black monument appears to have four entrances at the end of the pyramid steps!

Yi Mu can see that the black monument that is nearest to him is numbered 7 and there is a black reflective entrance in the middle.

He could not see what is beyond the reflective entrance.

The Goddess Celestial Alice says, “The rules are simple. Make it to the 10th floor of the Araphel underground citadel then your bravado will be extolled in all the heavens. Your divine redemption for achieving this feat will be that of an eternal life as an immortal practitioner and your name will be sung in the exalt hall of the Seventh Heavens for all eternity.”

Yu Mu is perplexed, “Eternal life? Immortal practitioner? She can’t be serious? Or are we still in-game? This is part of a quest dialogue?”

But somehow he is electrified by her enchantingly voice and did not doubt her.

However he is not the only one and the thousands of players are already looking at her with anticipation for further answers!

The Goddess Celestial Alice says, “You can enter the Araphel Citadel via any of the twenty-eight constellation ways or choose to remain here in the city. On each level there will be a floor boss that is more powerful than any of the denizens that you may encounter. So be warned. However the braves shall receive their deserved rewards. Naturally the first one to clear the floor boss will receive the best rewards. Note that once a level is cleared, there is no return to the lower level and an opened level will remain passable for only twelve hours before it is sealed again.”

Yi Mu is already looking at the black pyramid monument that is in front of him as he strategizes in his mind, “I cannot stay behind to wait. It is because while those are first take the most risk but they may very well be the finest players and they have the best chance to succeed. Moreover, I think that this is still a game or else why did they designate a safe zone for the players? For all we know, this may very well be a joke. We are all here to experience the gameplay so there is no reason for me to stay behind.”

The Goddess Celestial Alice lifted her translucent robe and jumps on her crimson phoenix as she says coolly, “Good luck brave adventurers.”

And the crimson phoenix becomes a streak of stunning crimson light as it disappears upward!

Yi Mu is already on the move as he rushes to the stairs of the black pyramid monuments with many others!

In that single instant almost everyone is caught in a mad rush toward the nearest black pyramid steps!

Many in the maddening crowd are shouting excitingly, “The game has started! The game has started! The fun has begun!”

For a moment the situation did not seem to be as tense as before and everyone is actually excited.

To many, this has to be a quest line and not to be taken seriously!

Moreover there are nearly a hundred thousand players!

Yi Mu is naturally one of the first to ascend the stairs; it is because he has a Speed Affinity of S. He smiles wryly as he resolves to himself, “I want to be the first to storm the Araphel Citadel then the other players will know that I, Yi Mu is the best player!”

All of a sudden he was a little startled to see a beautiful girl leaping next to him and in the next instant she has already hopped to the steps in front of him!

Yi Mu is startled for several reasons.

Firstly, she is really stunning and because the program makes use of facial recognition for the players, he knows that it is how she looks like in real life.

Secondly, he did not see her coming and her movement speed exceeds his own!

He mutters to himself, “If I got a S for Speed then she must be a SS…is it even possible? I got a SS for my Sixth Sense so this may not be entirely impossible.”

He catches sight of her name that flashes on top of her as he muses, “Setsuna. So that is her name. I wonder what’s her age? I will remember your name. Hope that we can party someday.”

He did not think much of it as there are at least dozens others that are rushing at the same time. His objective for now is very clear; be one of the first to explore the Araphel Citadel.

He is actually a solo player and did not like to party with the others.

He brandishes his long sword high and swings it as he shouts excitingly, “Out of my way! Out of my way! I am coming! Hooray!

There are many similar shouts and cries of excitements!

Elsewhere on a high platform that is overlooking the city, there are three heavenly maidens that have gathered.

One of the heavenly maidens is the Goddess Celestial Alice and the crimson phoenix that is behind her is stretching its flaming wings with a mighty shriek!

The other heavenly maiden is the Goddess Xiang and she is asking the other heavenly maiden, “What is wrong, Asura? You are not yourself today.”

The Goddess Celestial Alice smiles, “Our Goddess Asura seems a little out of focus today.”

The Goddess Asura says quietly, “Nothing. It is just that I have a familiar feeling today. Can it be?…”

The Goddess Xiang yawns softly, “You are thinking if your bloodline is here among the players? That is impossible. You very well know that your son perishes in that battle. I was there and I am so sorry for arriving late.”

The Goddess Asura nods, “I don’t blame you. That is his destiny and he is immortalized as a hero. Because of that I am content that he will be reincarnated in the Celestial Realm as a saint. Someday, I will be able to see him again.”

The Goddess Celestial Alice says imperturbably, “That’s so and so be it then. That is part of his heavenly tribulation. One day in the heavens is a hundred days down below. While there is plenty of time for them but time is running out for us here.”

The Goddess Xiang nods melancholy, “I wish we don’t have to do it but we do need as many fighters as possible for the upcoming battle with the Desolate Immortals.”

The Goddess Celestial Alice replies, “The whole earth is now corrupted by their reliance to technology. Very few saints are able to ascend to the Celestial Realm now and most are not the fighter types that we are looking for to ascend to the Immortal Realm. We have never expected that the Desolate Immortals have such a far reaching influence on the affairs of the mortals.”

The Goddess Asura says quietly, “Because of this, we are now empowering the mortals with our divine strength. What they did not know is that they are all chosen to be first of the new immortals that will be chosen in this manner.”

The Goddess Celestial Alice interrupts unemotionally, “They are the first and the last. We have come up with this in desperation before the last mortals can be genetically modified by their food or by their technologies. Also, we must be extremely cautious about this experiment.”

The Goddess Xiang asks, “You mean that there are agents or bloodlines of the Desolate Immortals here?”

The Goddess Celestial Alice has lifted her fingers rapidly and says, “Indeed. Look at my calculations.”

The Goddess Asura sighs softly, “But we have no other choices, do we?”

The Goddess Celestial Alice nods, “A little over a year ago, the mortals have advanced rapidly in their knowledge and have begun to detonate their atmospheres, oceans and earth with thousands of atmosphere nuclear testing, swaying the pillars of heavens and causing the great mountains of the Celestial Realm to rock.”

The Goddess Xiang interrupts unhappily, “I was away for a little while and it still baffles me why they are destroying themselves in this manner!”

The Goddess Celestial Alice replies, “They are experimenting with their newfound powers, desolate powers that can be used to destroy the Three Known Realms.”

The Goddess Asura says, “Do you need me to destroy the mortals? Their technologies have no effect against us. I don’t mind sacrificing myself even if the Great God Pangu disallows it. No matter what is going to happen next, we must let the Great God Pangu become the future Universal Ruler. Only then can peace prevail in the heavens.”

The Goddess Celestial Alice looks at the Goddess Asura coldly and says, “Forget about it. You know that it is already too late. Before you can really act, the Divine Wrath will destroy you first. How many nations can you destroy before the Divine Wrath destroys you? There are dozens of nations with destructive potential and their lethal arms are all over the earth.”

The Goddess Xiang moves her fingers rapidly and says to the Goddess Asura, “The great cleansing of the earth will soon starts all over again. This isn’t the first time that the earth will be destroyed but is already the fifth time. Let the Divine Calamity handles it. You very well know that this will happen soon. Or are you missing the present earth?”

The Goddess Asura lifts her divine staff the Symphony of Destiny and whispers softly, “Yes, I am in love with the present earth and I don’t want it to be destroyed.”

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Chapter 3: Araphel of the First Heaven

Yi Mu finds himself in a town and it is buzzing with excitement from thousands of people!

This town is insanely large!

Correction. It looks more like a large city with a medieval feel.

He knows instantly that they are real players because they are all looking so lost and are questioning the other players excitingly on their classes and skills!

All of a sudden he notices that the surrounding players are gossiping about him!

“Look at him, he must be a rookie player! He is using the default avatar look even though there are hundreds of combinations!”

“His name is Yi Mu. What a noob name!”

Yi Mu smiles weakly when his name is mentioned. It is because he has suddenly noticed that all the players that are around him have fanciful names like Fairy Sword, Little Chili, Black Musketeer, Lovely Doll etc.

He sighs softly, “This is so embarrassing.”

But he is soon composed again. It is because he has noticed that almost everyone is now taking out their basic weapons and playing with it!

Therefore he tries to ignore the unnecessary comments and begins to experiment with the basic weapons in his inventory.

There are several basic weapons that he has shown interest on as he says, “Let me see.”

Offensive Arms
Long Sword +5 Attack
Two handed Sword +12 Attack, Speed -2
Mace +4 Attack, +2 Speed
Magic Sword +4 Attack, +3 Magic Attack

Defensive Arms
Wooden Shield +1% Block

He equips the long sword and the wood shield and says, “Oh well, I think this will be sufficient for now. Cross fingers.”

All of a sudden he notices an accessories panel and tap on it, “Hmm, what is this?”

And inside is a mirror.

He is a little startled, “Hmm, a mirror accessory? And the name is the Heavens Sundering Mirror. Interesting. Oh heavens, it is a purple color accessory and not a gray equipment!”

He taps eagerly on it for more information.

The description reads: An immortal artefact that hails from the Great Beyond. Artefact of the Arhat Immortals. The last owner is said to be the Goddess of Mercy, a Sixth Positioning Immortal. Sunders everything under the heavens, destroying evil with the inner light of the mirror.

Tier: Legendary
Stats: +10% Magic Block, +50% Magic Damage. +250 MP
Effect 1: Chance to reflect magic attacks.

Yi Mu is startled and is stupefied!

+50% Magic Damage!

+250 MP!

What kind of the boost this is! It is insanely good!

But he is soon making soft sighs, “Unfortunately I am not such a great magic user according to my stats or else surely I will be the greatest magic user around.”

But his eyes are already glowing as he says dreamily to himself, “But this chance to reflect is really something! In most RPGs, this is a terrifying ability! But why do I have it? Is it a gift from the Goddess Xiang? Or is a random system gift for playing? If so then most of my opponents will have something unique and I must exercise extreme cautious when I am doing PVP. What are the rules for PVP? Will I drop my stuff?”

But he quickly put that thought aside as he equipped the Heavens Sundering Mirror after finding the accessory slots. “Interesting. So we have four accessory slots. It is twice the number in most RPGs.”

He realized that he has to get to know the rules of the game quickly. It is because many of the players that play the Immortal Realm Online are some of the best players around and they are probably picking up hints and information.

The most pressing thing that he has in mind is his choice of skills; what skills should he advance first to gain the best advantage?

He has 912 MP now versus his 853 HP. It will be a pity not to make full use of his large magic capacity.

With that in mind, he presses his skill tab again.

This time he is surprised to find out that he has actually unlocked two additional skills, Weapon Amplifier and Rippling Life Force Weaponry.

An arrow is pointing down from the Mana Weaponry that he has learnt earlier and it has unlocked the skill <Weapon Amplifier> that is on the left side and it has also unlocked the skill <Rippling Life Force Weaponry>. At the same time, the skill <Armor Amplifier> has an arrow that is pointing down to the skill <Rippling Life Force Weaponry> as well.

He checks his skills again as he ponders, “I have three tier one skills in my Arms Synergy. Mana Weaponry, Amplify Armor and Shield Mastery. I have another three tier two skills, Weapon Amplifier, Rippling Life Force Weapon and a secret skill that can be unlock if I am able to learn Rippling Life Force Weapon and Weapon Mastery.”

Next he taps on Rippling Life Force Weapon, “This skill looks like a powerful skill. I should learn this…”

But no longer has he taps on the skill, a system notification pops up <Require Level 10>.

He sighs softly, “The skill description is not even showing up on my skill panel. How the heck do I know if this skill is good or bad?”

He takes a look at his level 1 Mana Weaponry again and notices that it has a Magic symbol on it. Checking Rippling Life Force Weapon, he notices it has the Tech symbol on it. He mutters, “So one is a magic skill while the other is a technical skill.”

Looking at the Mana Weaponry, he noted. “Alas, I have 6 skill points left. This skill seems so tempting. It may be my newbie skill but it will be a skill that I will use for a long time. The skill has only 10 MP and my MP is 912, so I am able to use it 91 times. Anyway, the CD is 10, so I probably won’t be able to exhaust my MP so quickly and it will be good for farming later. Should I save my precious 6 skill points or should I level my Mana Weaponry?”

With an itchy finger, he suddenly presses the level skill menu and the system pops up <Mana Weaponry Level 2!!!>

He whistles coolly, “Oh well, it is too late for regrets now. Let me check the skill status now.”

Mana Weaponry Level 2
130% Damage Boost. +2 Critical. (Up 30% Damage, 1 Critical)
Min Damage: 11
Max Damage 16
MP: 13
CT: 1
CD: 10

Taking a careful look, he grumbles, “Crap, the MP cost goes up by 3 to 13. Never mind, I got plenty of MP anyway. I guess I will go for the extra damage boost.”

Being a careful player, he begins to examine his skills again as he begins to experiment with the various menus.

All of a sudden his eyes are beaming when he notices that the level requirement for the Rippling Life Force Weapon has dropped by 2 to level 8!

He has a conclusion quickly, “So learning a related skill can lower the next related tier by 2.”

But he needs to prove if his theory is right. So he decides to level up his Mana Weaponry again.

Mana Weaponry Level 3
160% Damage Boost. +2 Critical. (Up 30% Damage, 1 Critical)
Min Damage: 14
Max Damage 17
MP: 16
CT: 1
CD: 9 (From 10)

Skill Points Remaining: 4

The MP cost goes up by another 3 to 16 but the skill cooldown lowers down from 10 to 9!

He is beginning to understand the skill mechanic now as he thinks to himself, “While the MP Cost may increase, the CD may also decrease. So it can actually be worthwhile to pump up a skill level. What about the level requirement for Rippling Life Force Weapon now? Has it been lowered?”

As he taps on the Rippling Life Force Weapon, there is a lit in his eyes. Indeed, the level requirement has been lowered by another 2 to level 6!

He is now level 2 and he needs to pump his Mana Weaponry to level 5 in order to learn Rippling Life Force Weapon.

That is something he decides to do even though he knows that leveling to level 10 should be an easy thing to do. That is because this is going to be his strategy!

He has to see the skills that are beyond the Rippling Life Force Weapon in order to strategize even better!

Mana Weaponry Level 5
220% Damage Boost. +5 Critical.
Min Damage: 18
Max Damage 22
MP: 22
CT: 1
CD: 8

Skill Points Remaining: 2

Looking pleased, he comments to himself. “I will be able to use Mana Weaponry 41 times. Not bad at all.”

But that is not his real purpose.

He checks the Rippling Life Force Weapon next and is excited that it is now unlocked!

Without much ado, he taps to learn the skill!

System Notification <Learnt Rippling Life Force Weapon!>

He laughs to himself, “I must be the server first to learn this skill. Let me check how strong it is!”

Rippling Life Force Weapon (AoE)

Description: Charge the weapon with life force energy and when it hits, it impacts and hits the target as well as the surrounding targets (3m radius)

10% Damage Boost. +1 Critical.
Min Damage: 7
Max Damage 8
MP: 50
CT: 1
CD: 10

Skill Points Remaining: 1

He stares at the panels and almost faints from shock, “50 MP Cost?!! 10%$ Damage Boost only and my damage with it is only 7 to 8. This is crazy even if it is an AoE skill…”

He smiles weakly and with a soft sigh, he taps on the panel again for more skill info.

Level 2 of the Rippling Life Force Weapon requires him to reach a player level of 12.

He has unlocked tier 2 of the last secret skill, Weapon Mastery with the Rippling Life Force Weapon.

At the same time, he has unlocked two tier 3 skills, Weapon Attune and Finishing Touch. Both at which requires level 20.

He has one skill point left and feeling a little cheated by the system!

He muses, “Turn up that my initial skill is more powerful than my new tier 2 skill. I am too stunned for words…I’ll better scrap this character and restart again…”

And it seems that he is not the only one that has learnt the wrong skills as multiple murmurs are heard exclaiming aloud, “Oh craps! I have learnt the wrong skills!”

“Me too!”

“Holy! Same here!”

“I am screwed!”

“For real! Same here!”

All of a sudden there is a world announcement:
<Please read the display guide book for the world information and basic menu>

<In 30 minute time, your real adventures will start. So be prepared and get familiar with yourself. You are encouraged to interact with the other players. Note that there is no friend list here and it is important for you to interact socially!”

Immediately all the players start to finger with their self-visible panels excitingly!

Many of the players are also muttering with anxiety, “Oh crap. I am always been an introvert. Mixing with real people…My social skills are lacking…”

There are also many male players that are looking forward to this real social element and they are already chatting up with ladies!

Yi Mu sighs softly as he reaches for the guide book and taps on it.

<Learn World Basic Info. Gain +500 XP>

<CONGRATULATIONS! YOU HAVE LEVEL UP! YOU ARE NOW LEVEL 3>

He is disinterested now because he feels that he has made a bad mistake with his skills allocation.

So he just takes a quick glance at the guide book. He muses, “The information here is just basic anyway. So this is the Immortal Realm and where we are now is Araphel, the first of the nine heavens. Our basic objective is to find a way up to the Second Heavens and meet the True Immortals. Blah, blah, blah.”

He heaves a soft sigh, “So now I have got 3 skill points now.”

When he has thought of that, he is a little agitated because as a pro player, he has actually miscalculated. Moreover, this is a whole new experience and there is no guide whatever so. He is expecting to be the leading player but now he has just screwed himself.

“Since I am so screwed then let me screw myself upside now then.”

So he presses the tier 1 skills, Amplify Armor and Shield Mastery, allocating one point to them.

Why he did that baffles himself. He just needs something to vent out his frustrations!

All of a sudden his system announced with a beeping red light that only he can see!

<Secret skill Heaven Sword is unlocked!>
<Gain a permanent bonus of +3 Skill, +3 Attack>
<Gain a permanent bonus of +5 Morale>

Omg!

He is startled!

This game has secret skills that can reveal only if specific skills are learnt?!

This is getting cooler than he has expected!

Quickly he checks the new skill that he has acquired is reading the description eagerly;

Heaven Sword
Description: Secret Skill of the Way of the Swords.
Level: Max

Passive Effect 1: 1/3 of the weapon attack will be added to block in additional to the effect of the Shield Mastery when it is casted.

Passive Effect 2: Block chance = chance to ignore defense and block of the opponent.

Passive Effect: +10 Physical Damage

He is shouting loudly in his trembling heart, “Omg! This is so freaking strong!”

Is he the first one in the server to discover this secret skill? He has actually acquired this secret skill by combining two supposedly useless skills!

“Well not exactly useless skills but this is not for my planned build anyway.”

He is now smiling broadly, ignoring the laughing sight of the other players when they have noticed his less than fantastic name.

His eyes are now beaming as he ruminates, “It seems that I have a good start after all!”

All of a sudden there are a bright light above the city as a beautiful crimson phoenix descends from the heavens!

And on top of the crimson phoenix is a heavenly forbidding maiden!

Yi Mu is stunned by her heavenly presence and by the enticing beauty of her every moment!

He gasped, “She is so beautiful…I wish she is real. She is the goddess of my heart…”

This heavenly forbidding maiden resonates, her heavenly voice reaching into the hearts of everyone as she says gently. “To all the brave hearts, welcome to Araphel. I, the Goddess Celestial Alice of the Ninth Heavens welcome you. Very soon your divine trials will start and I wish you luck and luck may well be the most important element that you may need.”

Yi Mu is emotional as he murmurs, “The Goddess Celestial Alice…she is really a goddess…”

The Goddess Celestial Alice lit a mysterious smile, “To you, this may be a game but to us, this is real…”

Yi Mu is smiling too. Somehow her smiles have the effect of lifting the spirits on all the onlookers!

But he is also musing, “Of course this is a game to us. You are just an AI, an NPC. What a nice way to show that as an NPC, she is actually caring for us.”

She continues with an enchanting look on everyone, “Therefore if you perish in-game then your fate will be sealed. You will perish forever. In short, your death will be real.”

Yi Mu is startled and is a little confused!

He is not the only one that is startled when he has heard that. Everyone around him are murmuring and looking at each other, not knowing whether this Goddess Celestial Alice is just using a game phrase to tense up the atmosphere or she is just drumming the anticipation for the upcoming adventures.

A guy in their midst laughed aloud and said confidently, “You are all little pusses. This is just a game. Nothing is real. Just sit back and relax. This is just the opening dialogue. Then she will go on and say that a Demon King is terrorizing the Immortal Realm and we are the heroes that will save the game!”

Yi Mu says after him with a laugh, “That’s right. They just need to play more games…”

The Goddess Celestial Alice continues, “Therefore now, none of you are able to log off now. There isn’t an option to do so anyway.”

With that many of the players have turned pale immediately!

They have all realized that none of them know how to log off from the game!

Even Yi Mu is panicky as he quickly searches for a way to log off. He stares blankly, “There is really no way to log off! Is this a bad joke?!”

The Goddess Celestial Alice smiles enchantingly, “Failure to survive here will end your life. This isn’t a joke. You are all struck here and won’t be able to log off until someone here can complete this game.”

The atmosphere here has suddenly become very tense and some of the girls around are beginning to cry and their sobbing sounds can be heard!

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Chapter 2: The Tutorial Goddess

Yi Mu finds himself walking in a golden hall with beautiful arc and he begins to wonder, “What am I?”

As he asks that, an endearing heavenly maiden has suddenly appeared in front of him with a bright light and says. “Welcome to the Tutorial Hall. I am the Goddess Eris, one of the tutorial goddesses in charge of guiding noobs like you…”

Yi Mu is immediately offended and interrupts, “I am not a noob! I am actually the best player in the Guardians Online!…”

He pauses immediately and murmured, “Stupid me. Why am I arguing with an AI?”

The Goddess Eris hummed coldly, “Newbie then if you prefer. I will make no apologies to you. So your nickname in game is Yi Mu. You arrogant brat. I have played the Guardians Online as well and I have only lost to Yi Jian Duo Qing.”

Yi Mu stares blankly at her as he blinks his eyes several times, “You have played the Guardians Online too?”

The Goddess Eris stares blankly at him and suddenly smiles, “Erm, I have searched through your personal data…”

Yi Mu asks curiously as he blinked his eyes again, “Nowadays the AI is so advanced that it can interact so well? If it is like this then the NPCs in game must be really so fantastic!”

He is literally jumping for joy as he makes a victory dance, “An excitingly gameplay experiences. That is the promise! I am really experiencing it now! Hooray!”

While he is dancing with excitement, The Goddess Eris is furious typing in mid-air on a translucent panel and she was suddenly gasping, “Your MAST ID really matches Yi Jian Duo Qing!…”

Yi Mu laughs, “Of course I am Yi Jian Duo Jian! Someone has already stolen my nick so I am forced to use another now. Alas, it is so cool. I am actually interacting with a tutorial NPC now…”

The Goddess Eris growls, “Tutorial Goddess. I am the Goddess Eris. You should prostate before me if you know what is good for you or else I will beat you up!”

Yi Mu laughs it off, “The feeling here is so good. Even the tutorial NPC feels so alive and lively. Now that I am in the tutorial, is there anything that I need to know?”

The Goddess Eris blinked her eyes before she mutters, “Right, the tutorial.”

She composes herself to say coolly, “Well rookie, listen up! You are about to embark on your greatest adventure yet. I see that you have chosen the Arms Synergy.”
As she speaks, she taps on a menu <Initializing Status>.

Yi Mu can feel a wave of excitement as panel of his own status begins to pop up all around him!

New status begin to pop!

Name: Yi Mu
Level: 1

Primary Attributes
HP: 825
MP: 600
Skill: 34
Magic Aptitude: 22
Attack: 11
Magic Attack: 14
Agility: 6
Morale: 8

Special Affinity Types Bonus
Speed S:
1) Add 4.3 Initiative
2) +20% Attack Speed
3) Skill Cooldown reduce by 50%
4) True Evade Chance up 1%

Sixth Sense SS:
1) Less 27 Damage.
2) Double rate to hit.
3) True Evade Chance up 1%
4) Triple rate to evade.

Yi Mu mutters, “So this is my real status? I think I am amazing cool!”

The Goddess Eris growls softly, “Really amazing. Much better than most of the users out there. Now equip this sword. It will add on 5 attack to you.”

Yi Mu nods and he transfers the new sword.

System Pop Up: New Attack Status: 11 -> 16

Yi Mu is laughing, “It is amazing cool. My attack is now 16. Is it high?”

The Goddess Eris looks at him and smiles wryly, “It is low. Everyone starts with base 10 Attack and you are only 1 point better than the poor average players.”

Yi Mu stops smiling and mutters, “Crap! This is demoralizing.”

All of a sudden he looks at her and asks, “Hey, aren’t you supposed to be my patron goddess or something? Why are you demoralizing me?”

The Goddess Eris hummed coldly and says, “The server highest <Attack> is now at 30. Do you know that you actually belong to the bottom 5%.”

Yi Mu blinks his eyes and he wants to faint immediately, “Bottom 5%!”

He quickly says, “Never mind. Can you guide me to the skills?”

It is because he has suddenly found the skill menu and he is literally jumping with excitement as he begins to tap on it!

There are basically three skill tabs on it; Arms Synergy, Weapon Skills and Guard Skills.

He notices that he has 5 skill points to distribute.

He taps on the Arms Synergy and see that it is a skill tree with three branching skill; Mana Weaponry, Amplify Armor and Shield Mastery.

It seems that after unlocking the branching skills then he will be able to see the next skill. But until then, it is not possible.

So which skills are the best?

He takes a quick look.

Mana Weaponry
Description: Charge up the weapon with mana energy and hit the target with a mighty force.
Level 1: Boast 100%. +1 Critical.
Damage 11-14.
MP: 10
Cast Time: 1
Cooldown: 10
Type: Active, Single Target, Melee/ Range.

Amplify Armor
Description: Raise self defense force.
Level 1: Raise all defense by 10 for 10minute.
MP: 10
Cast Time: 1
Cooldown: 10
Type: Active, Single Target
MP: 50
Cast Time: 4
CD: 4

Shield Mastery
Description: Raise the block%.
Level 1: Add 1% Block.
MP: 10
Cast Time: NA
Cooldown: NA
Type: Passive
MP: 50
Cast Time: 4
CD: 4

Yi Mu smiles weakly to himself, “Hmm. It seems that I have to learn Mana Weaponry first. It is because it is my only offensive skill at the moment.”

The Goddess Eris is smiling as she says, “Check your inventory later. You have a starter equipment such as shield, sword, armor, boot and gauntlet.”

Yi Mu nods and he was looking at the <Weapon Skills>.

There are three and is formatted in the same way as the Arms Synergy; Basic Melee Skill, Basic Bow Skill and Basic Magic Weapon Skill.

Tapping on the Basic Melee Skill, it reads. “+3 Damage/level when using sword and mace weapons.”

Tapping on the Basic Bow Skill, it reads. “+3 Damage/level when using range weapons.”

Tapping on the Basic Magic Weapon Skill, it reads.”+3 Damage/level when using Staff/Wand.

And on the bottom, it reads. “For every 10 Skill Points invested in Weapon Skill, It gives a 2% chance to trigger the same attack skill once more.”

Yi Mu’s eyes are already beaming as he exclaims, “So I cannot rely on just my class skill alone. I have to determine which areas that I want to specialize first. I can choose to multi-specialize but it will only make my main class weaker. I can choose to be stronger in offensive or defensive with the weapon or the guard skill. But in doing so, I won’t be able to advance further in my main class. The designs here are really cunning but I like it. That only means that the other players will be equally cautious and won’t be able to gain an early advantage. Most of them will be trying out and testing their skills.”

He has already decided in his heart to forfeit the guard skills.

The Goddess Eris smiles, “You are not so dense after all.”

Yi Mu laughs, “Of course I am not. I am a pro player, you know.”

The Goddess Eris smiles and says, “And so our tutorial will begin. It will only be a simple tutorial before I teleport you to the town. I see that you have already a sword in your hand. Are you ready to know how to fight?”

Yi Mu nods and says, “I am ready!”

The Goddess Eris nods and says, “As you can see, you have already invested one skill level in your Mana Weaponry.”

Yi Mu interrupted with a growl, “I didn’t say that I will learn that first…”

The Goddess Eris says nonchalantly, “Well, it is the system default. You don’t have a choice. I need to teach you how to use your skills.”

Yi Mu smiles weakly and replies, “Oh well. I guess that is alright then. So how do we begin the tutorial now?”

The Goddess Eris claps her hands and a big gray wolf has suddenly spawned in the golden hall and is charging at him with a terrifying howl!

Yi Mu lifts the sword high and says, “Gosh, this wolf is so big! This is so much fun and the realism level here is simply too awesome!”

The Goddess Eris yawned softly, “Don’t be afraid to charge into the monster wolf. This monster wolf can only deal you 1 damage and you have 825 HP to play with. If you are afraid then you can play with a bow later.”

Yi Mu immediately protested as he waved his sword before charging headlong at the monstrous gray wolf, “I didn’t say that I am afraid!”

He has immediately engaged the monstrous wolf.

Instinctly as he swings his sword, he is able to see his suppose damage range <Physical Damage: 6 to 7, Average DPS 7>.

It seems that he is faster than the wolf and he has already made two quick hits with his sword, dealing 6 damage and 7 damage for a total of 13 damage!

The Gray Wolf’s HP Meter begins to reduce by 1/5!

He is shouting with excitement, “Heavens! It is so fun!”

The Gray Wolf begins to pound at him.

Yi Mu can feel the sheer weight of the Gray Wolf that is upon him but instinctively, he has moved out of the way. It is like there is a force guiding him and that his reactions are being taught by a supreme being!

He is startled, “This is so amazing! I have never known that I can evade and move in such a manner!”

The Goddess Eris takes a lingering look at him from behind him before she says coolly, “That is because you have SS for your Sixth Sense. The system will interrupt and guide you when you are attacked, correcting your movements for you.”

She pauses briefly before saying, “Hey, hey. It is time for you to use your attack skill.”

Yi Mu turns his head and asks, “So how do I use my attack?”

The Goddess Eris says, “You just need to repeat your skill name. It is as simple as that.”

Yi Mu says, “Oh? Oh let me try. Mana…”

All of a sudden, he finds himself incarnating rapidly. “Mana Weaponry!”

His sword has suddenly turns blue and a powerful blue bolt has shot forth, striking the gray wolf with a 12 Damage indicator, vanishing it into nothingness!

Yi Mu is blinking his eyes as he touched his mouth. “Did I just mutter so fast?”

The Goddess Eris smiles, “That is because the incarnation time for your Mana Weaponry is only 1s. The system will speed up for you. If you use a skill with a slow CT like the Amplify Armor which has a CT of 4, it will take 4s to cast. The system will automatic slow down for you even if you are able to incite at god speed. Get it?”

Yi Mu smiles weakly, “Got it.”

All of a sudden there is a system message <CONGRATULATIONS! YOU HAVE LEVEL UP! YOU ARE NOW LEVEL 2>

There is a pop up <All secondary status improved, +10 HP, +10 MP, +1 Attack, +1 Magic Attack, +1 Skill, +1 Magic Aptitude, +1 Agility, +1 Morale. +2 Skill Points>.

Yi Mu exclaims excitingly, “I have leveled up!”

He is so excited that he simply grabs the Goddess Eris and has hugged her in his embrace!

The Goddess Eris is flustered as she gives him a slap, “What are you doing?”

It is a hard slap and Yi Mu’s HP meter immediately dropped by 600!

Yi Mu gets a shock and he is muttering, “Why is your slap so powerful? Did I see what I am seeing? Did I just nearly get kill by a tutorial NPC?”

The Goddess Eris says coldly, “That is a tutorial goddess in case you have forgotten. Now be gone!”

There is a bright light around Yi Mu as he is being sent away to the newbie town.

The Goddess Eris is left flustered and she is touching her bosoms but she is soon smiling slyly, “No matter. You are going to die soon. So have fun. You have humiliated me in the past and from now on, I am going to humiliate you.”

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Chapter 1: The Immortal Realm Online

Chapter 1: The Immortal Realm Online

Year 2077.

Yi Mu is overjoyed!

Literally jumping for joy!

This is the happiest day of his nineteen year old life!

He is literally jumping for joy as he rushed home with a package that he had just collected from his nearest postage service!

He is singing and whistling the name of the content that is in his heavy package, ‘The Immortal Realm Online’, developed by Asmodian Systems Technologies.

This is an inverse virtual reality massively multiplayer online game, IVRMMOG that promises to deliver the best gaming experiences to the online player, bring gameplay experiences to another level!

Not only that, just it is limited to only a hundred thousand players worldwide and those hundred thousand players must be the top tier players with a developer or publishing recommendation!

He is currently the top 10 player, actually the top player in Guardians Online, playing a fighter. However he was actually proficiency in all the classes as well!

He was now speeding back to his home and in the next few minutes he will be home!

All the chosen beta players must login within the next six hours to receive a special starter bundle. Exactly what is the starter bundle, the game developer did not mention and instead it was mentioned as something great and mysterious, creating a huge hype in the gaming community!

He has reached his home now, slamming the door hard after him as he rushes upstairs to his room!

He is the only child and he has stayed with his paternal grandparents. That is because his parents are working together in the other province.

He shrugged his shoulders when he recalled his father and grandfather telling him that he is the 33rd descendant of Yi Ping, a mythical hero and that their line of lineage for some unknown reasons has only a male descendant.

He smiles faintly to himself, “This must be longest unbroken single line in history then!”

Now that he has reached his room, he immediately tears off the heavy package while hitting his computer screen to type rapidly with his left fingers to message all his friends, “Heya! I have got the package now and will be entering the Immortal Realm Online soon!

Will share later with you guys!”

His attention is quickly distracted to a black Inverse Reality Helmet and he quickly put it on, ignoring the rush of congratulation messages that are on his monitor.

He flicks the switch on the side of the black helmet, “So this is new MAST, Massive Asmodian System Technologies. I can lay my hands on it…”

He has no need to read the activation manual, having already memorized the activation procedures from the tube channel of the Asmodian Systems Technologies!

He wastes no time to get into the game!

He takes a deep breath and let it go as his surrounding turns pitch black!

All of a sudden there was a bright light.

And a digital feminine voice resonates, “Welcome to the Immortal Realm Online! Congrats for being a beta player. I am the Goddess Xiang. Now I am going to instruct you on how to play…”

When the bright light has dimmed, Yi Mu finds himself walking in a spatial room and in front of him stood a smiling and revealing beautiful maiden in white with a beautiful intricate golden frame mirror in her hands.

Yi Mu is looking at his hands and he was gasping, “Waa, this is all too real! I can see myself and my movements are all too real. Is this really real?”

He notices that he is now wearing a white and blue tunic.

He looks at the maiden in white and mutters to himself, “She is so beautiful. Alas, all the guides in the games are all called goddesses. This is too old. But she is indeed gorgeous. Too bad, I am unable to interact with her.”

The maiden in white looks at him for a while, “You have a familiar air from someone that I have known. I wonder, I wonder if you are of his bloodline…”

When Yi Mu heard that, he smiles. “That sounds like an old scripted conversation.”

The maiden in white smiles alluringly as she holds up her mirror, “Look!”

Yi Mu is startled; he has the same exact features as before!

The maiden in white explains, “It is because MAST has facial recognition abilities. Other than your facial structures, you are able to change your eyes and hair colors, hair length and clothing textures.”

She smiles enchantingly, “Of course, you have the option to give yourself a new name to display in-game.”

Yi Mu is already nodding excitingly with every new info that is updated to him as an interactive wall with multiple panels begins to flash in mid-air just in front of him!

He mutters excitingly as he already starts to play with the interactive panels with his fingers, “So this is the selection screen! But where are the classes? I want to choose a matching color to my class. Wait a minute. Where is the class selection?”

The maiden in white smiles and winks at him, “You must generate your stats first. The Immortal Realm Online has a unique character generation system for you to roll your stats. However, you can only reroll up to 3 times and you must select the final outcome. You cannot choose to revert back to the last roll if the new outcome is not desirable to you. Thereafter it will be reflected in your attributes in-game. Then you can choose your class.”

Yi Mu rubs his hands as he says excitingly, “Of course! Without knowing my exact rolls, it is unwise to choose my class first. After all, I may choose a class that goes funny with my stats!”

He immediately says excitingly, “Can I roll my stats first?”

It is because all his attention and excitement are on this unique character generator!

The maiden in white smiled gently, “Naturally you can.”

Immediately a panel with a pop up in front of Yi Mu!

Yi Mu immediately presses the roll and his eyes are already beaming as the stats begin to pop up one by one!

Main Attributes
Strength: 23
Magic Strength: 18
Constitution: 31
Stamina: 6
Dexterity: 16
Spirit: 14
Fighting Affinity: 35
Intuition: 10
Charisma: 25
Physical Beauty: 27

Affinity Type:
Attack Affinity: C
Defense Affinity: C
Speed Affinity: D
Sixth Sense Affinity: B
Spirit Affinity: B

He is stunned. It is because he has never expected to see so many rows of attributes and what are these affinity types?

It seems that he has a high of 35 yet his is only a C!

It is the first time he is actually nervous!

The maiden in white smiles and says, “The main attributes are your inherent potential. Stats above 30 will grant you a special exceptional attribute. For example, above 30 Strength will give you 1 base attack modifier while above 30 Constitution will give you more HP. A high Fighting Affinity or FA will give you exception skill. This will increases the speed of your skills acquisition. As you can see, this status that you have rolled means that you have exceptional HP, Skill and persona. Your affinity types are more inclined toward Six Sense Affinity and Spirit Affinity, meaning that you have high perception and morale. Got it?”

Yi Mu’s heart is now pounding hard!

He is exceptional bright and now that she has explained it, he is really excited. But he has one question so he asks, “So for affinity types, A is the highest?”

It is because he wants to aim for the highest affinity!

The maiden in white answers with a smile, “No, it isn’t. SSS is the highest. But it is strictly impossible. With a little luck, it is possible to get a S. If you got a S, it is maybe possible to get a SS with the aid of equipment. These stats are controlled in-game and you will be playing based on your affinity types.”

Yi Mu nods and asks, “It seems that the affinity types are more important. Then what about the main attributes?”

The maiden in white smiles, “Naturally the main attributes affects your affinity types! No matter how you roll, you will get 150 stat points. The system is fair to all the players. The system in turn will calculate your rank for your affinity types.”

Yi Mu quickly asks excitingly, “It is so awesome! I have never seen anything like this before. This is simply so challenging! Can I know which of the main attributes affects the affinity types?”

The maiden in white smiles and says, “This is strictly forbidden. You have to figure out yourself and make your choice first. When you are in-game, you will figure out your stats. After all, there will be a tutorial.”

Yi Mu smiles weakly and grumbled, “When I am in-game then everything will be too late for regrets.”

The maiden in white smiles and says, “Now open your special beta bundle package.”

Immediately a panel with a bundle package appears.

Yi Mu suddenly remembers that he is supposed to get a special beta bundle package as a beta player and he is immediately excited again!

The maiden in white smiles, “As a beta player, the system will randomly generate 10 extra points to distribute among your main attributes and 10 extra points to distribute among your affinity types as talent points. This is only opened for the beta players and will give you a further advantage.”

Yi Mu is excited as he looks at the bundle package that is in front of him. His mind is racing fast as he thinks, “I can understand why the attribute system is so complex now. Everyone will be unique. We are all creating our unique characters here. Gosh, I must really pray hard. This is completely random and I got only three chances to roll my stats. Moreover the special bonus stats are also random. This is already challenging me to the limits. But at the same time, it is also damn fun…”

He presses the panel as he thinks and the system begins to roll visually in front of him!

+10 modifiers to Fighting Affinity
+10 hidden talent points to Speed Affinities

The maiden in white stops smiling and exclaims, “This!…”

Yi Mu is surprised by her reaction and asks, “What happens?”

The maiden in white smiles back and says, “Nothing. Your rolls are too extreme to be true. This has never happens before. Look at the change in your stats now.”

Main Attributes
Strength: 23
Magic Strength: 18
Constitution: 31
Stamina: 6
Dexterity: 16
Spirit: 14
Fighting Affinity: 35 -> 45
Intuition: 10
Charisma: 25
Physical Beauty: 27

Affinity Type:
Attack Affinity: C
Defense Affinity: C
Speed Affinity: D -> A
Sixth Sense Affinity: B -> S
Spirit Affinity: B

The maiden in white smiles and says, “So do you want to keep this roll or reroll? Don’t worry, you have all the time to decide.”

Yi Mu quickly checks his stats and he begins to think to himself, “My sixth sense affinity is now S but my Speed affinity is only a A even though I have received 10 talent points to it. I guess that my dexterity is too low so even if I have received an extreme bonus, it is still so useless. But I got a S for my sixth sense and she has mentions that S is indeed very rare to obtain.”

He has suddenly realized that most of the other players will not be able to gain much even if they have bonus stats. It is because it is random and it depends on the players’ ability to judge their random rolls. Luck is the key in this case…

The real question is, should he rerolls or not?

If he rerolls then he will lose his rare S!

Even before he is in-game, he is already caught in a dilemma and he is eager to get in-game!

Finally he says cautiously, “I have decided to reroll.”

It is like he has lost half of his confidence!

The maiden in white says, “Please select the option at the bottom then.”

Yi Mu nods and presses the option at the bottom.

Immediately his new status is flashed.

Main Attributes
Strength: 25
Magic Strength: 16
Constitution: 29
Stamina: 19
Dexterity: 12
Spirit: 35
Fighting Affinity: 25 -> 35
Intuition: 31
Charisma: 6
Physical Beauty: 10

Affinity Type:
Attack Affinity: C
Defense Affinity: C
Speed Affinity: B-> S
Sixth Sense Affinity: A
Spirit Affinity: D

Yi Mu smiles weakly. He still gets a S but this time it is the Speed Affinity but his Sixth Sense Affinity is now a A. It is like he is only doing a switching.

The white in maiden asks with a smile, “So do you want to use this status or to reroll?”

Yi Mu smiles weakly as he ponders, “This is really my last chance. I still got a S. It is already not bad at all. I mustn’t be too greedy…”

But what he is thinking is opposite of his actions as he is already pressing the option!

He murmurs with a weak smile, “Alas! Now I really need some ancestor luck!”

The panel begins to flash:

Main Attributes
Strength: 7
Magic Strength: 18
Constitution: 19
Stamina: 9
Dexterity: 22
Spirit: 30
Fighting Affinity: 34 -> 44
Intuition: 32
Charisma: 11
Physical Beauty: 23

Affinity Type:
Attack Affinity: D
Defense Affinity: D
Speed Affinity: B-> S
Sixth Sense Affinity: SS
Spirit Affinity: D

There is a short silence as he stares at the panel.

SS!

He gets Sixth Sense Affinity SS and Speed Affinity S!

But he is soon startled to see that the rest of his affinities are a D!

Attack, Defense and Spirit Affinity are all D!

What can he do except to smile weakly to himself?

That is because he cannot reroll anymore!

The maiden in white murmurs slowly, “You have actually got a SS…”

Yi Mu smiles weakly, “But I am super weak in the other affinities. I guess that I can only pick the thief professional now. I got a decent Dexterity of 22. What a skillful thief I am.”

The maiden in white quickly regained her composure as she looks blankly at Yi Mu for a while before she says, “First remember to pick a name before you proceed to pick your class.”

Yi Mu heaves a soft sigh as he keys, “Yi Jian Duo Qing (Sword of Many Loves).”

There is a beep sound and the system announces, “The name has already been taken. Please choose another.”

Yi Mu is furious as he exclaims with stumped voice, “What!? That is the name that I have been using for the Guardians Online. Who is the imposter?!”

The maiden in white smiles serenely, “Please choose again.”

Yi Mu regains his composure with another sigh, muttering. “Never mind.”

He soon types, “Li Mu.”

He is impatient to play the game so he decides to use his very real name. There are a hundred thousand beta players and most of the popular catchphrase names will already be taken.

This time the system announces, “Your name has been register!”

The maiden in white seems to look curiously at his name and she is muttering, “Hmm, Yi…Mu…this is your real name?”

Yi Mu smiles weakly, “That’s right. A nobody like Li Mu definitely has no takers.”

He quickly presses the next option to select his class.

The maiden in white smiles, “It seems that you have decided to select the default character setting. You can still press the back button to select the setting before you confirm your class.”

Yi Mu smiles weakly, “I think the default character looks cool enough.”

The truth is that he is all too eager to look at the classes and to get started!

The classes begin to flash in front of him one by one:
Intuitive
Natural
Arms
Esper
Spiritual
Magic

He is astounded and murmured, “These are the classes?”

At the same time, his excitement level reaches a new height. This is a game that he has never experienced before and playing something so unique really get him to fire up!

The maiden in white smiles, “That is right. You can call it your character synergies. Unlike the other games that you may have experienced, the classes here develop your potential even more or complement your weakness. For example, if you are a Speed Type and choose Magic, you can be a that can do multiple casts or move fast. Alternatively, if you are an Attack Type, you can be an attacker type in all the classes that you have chosen.”

Yi Mu groans unhappily, “Crap. In all the games, the Attacker Type is the most offensive and most powerful. There goes my build already…”

But he is already tapping on the various classes.

Intuitive:
Intuitive characters have better danger sense and sixth sense. Their instincts are sharper than any.

Natural:
Characters that specialize in Natural Synergy have much more better physical attributes and endowed with inherent talents.

Arms:
Arms Synergy is the art of enhance weapons and armors, amplifying their use.

Esper:
Esper Synergy is a field for Characters that specializes in defensive magic and long range attacks.

Spiritual:
Characters that have the ability to synergy their own spiritual energies, able to magically heal and inspire the others.

Magic:
Magic Synergy Characters are capable of drawing much more powerful destructive magic energies.

Yi Mu taps curiously on Natural but there is no further info. So he asks, “I can’t see the skills?”

The maiden in white says, “No, you can’t. That is forbidden until you have reached the game itself. Even then, you can’t get to see your full list skill because it is a competitive gameplay and your opponents’ skills will be hidden from you.”

Yi Mu nods and he ponders, “Hmm, that sounds right. So even if we all choose from the same Class Synergy, my opponents may not necessary knows my skills. On the other hand, I know even less of the other classes. That means that gathering information of the other classes and the others in-game is really important.”

But he is soon muttering, “My attack and defense surely sucks. So I have to rely on my speed and my sixth sense. I can choose Natural or Arms to complement my weakness. Or I can choose Spiritual to be a support.”

With a weak smile, he presses the Arms option and says. “I have decided.”

The maiden in white smiles and says, “I, the Goddess Xiang will now blesses you. May your new journey be brighter than light, be as glorious as the sun!”

And the surrounding begins to glow brightly!

Yi Mu is already sighing because it seems that he has a bad start, resigning himself to a fate of being a support. So he mutters, “What is the use? I need a super weapon.”

The maiden in white asks, “I can grant you my Heavens Sundering Mirror. Best of wishes for your adventures and may your name be immortalized in the Immortal Realm!”

The sundering light glows even brighter and Yi Mu finds himself being pulls away to a vortex!

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Chapter 250: The Immortal Realm

Yunzi and Han Lin were temporary blinded by a bright light as they lost their orientation. They seemed to have lost control of their bodies and they were afraid!

When they finally regained their senses, they were greeted by jovial laughter!

Sweet fragrances welcomed them as they blinked their eyes to adjust their disorientated visions.

They were immediately greeted by the jovial sight of Yi Ping, Isa, Xian’Er, Han Lin, Youxue, Alice, Lie Qing and Lingfeng!

Yi Ping smiled, “Welcome to the Immortal Realm!”

Alice smiled to Han Lin and Yunzi and said gently, “You have achieved attainment. This is the First Heaven of the Immortal Realm!”

This little words from the Goddess Celestial Alice had the effect of stirring the emotions of Han Lin and Yunzi as the realization of reaching the Immortal Realm had finally sunk into them!

Xian’Er was smiling as she took Yunzi and Han Lin hands, “Indeed, this is indeed the Immortal Realm!”

Youxue, Lingfeng and Lie Qing were already crowding around Yunzi as they jostled her happily while Aiel was embracing Han Lin joyfully!

“You have made it!”

“Finally we are together again!”

“Hey, hey are you forgetting about the rest of us?”

It was Lele that was speaking to them!

Yunzi and Han Lin looked up and saw that atop of a hill that was in front of them was another group of people. They were none other than Shen Xingyue the Fiery Phoenix, Ye Yin the Ascension Goddess, Yu’Er the Eclipse Heaven Goddess, Mei’Er the Axis Heaven Goddess, the Goddess Asura, the Great Desolate Goddess Nuwa and Lele!

As they looked up, it was only then that Han Lin and Yunzi had begun to grasp at the wondrous beauty of the Immortal Realm as they caught sight of the dozens of misty rainbows and floating islands that were drifting above them!

Lele laughed jovially, “See, I know that they will succeed. So why all the anxiety earlier? I, the Great Joyful Empress Goddess of the Three Known Realms is here to welcome you. Isn’t this supposed to be your greatest honor ever?”

Yunzi smiled as she looked up to the second group, “You are all here as well!”

Xingyue nodded as she smiled angelically, “How can we miss this rare occasion?”

Yu’Er and Mei’Er were laughing softly as they said together, “Sister Yunzi!”

Ye Yin was however looking at Yi Ping as she said melancholy, “You’re finally back.”

Nuwa turned to Ye Yin as she said indifferently, “Hmph! You are missing him already? He has only been away for just a short while only.”

Asura sighed softly, “A year that is passed in the Immortal Realm is like ten years in the Celestial Realm and a hundred years in the Mortal Realm. That is why the Yi Ping is racing against time to settle the affairs of the Celestial Realm and the Mortal Realm first.”

Lele looked at Asura, “I am so envy that you got to go to the Mortal Realm for a visit.”

Asura protested softly, “That is because I have important matter to settle there…”

But Lele was not paying attention as she had flashed next to Yi Ping in the next instant, “Ping’Er, just now when you are in the Celestial Realm, did you see our little girl Yi Si?”

Yi Ping shook his head as he smiled, “She is probably training very hard to be with us. Moreover, no one knows in advance that we will be descending to the Celestial Realm, not even Isa.”

Lele maintained her smiles as she exclaimed coolly, “If she sees you then it may affect her cultivation. She needs to keep her emotions in check to attain speedily. So shall it be then!”

Yi Ping nodded as he patted Lele on her shoulder, “Yes, it is for the best.”

As he said that, it seemed that the entire Immortal Realm seemed to be shaking tremendously as lightning began to flash in all directions!

Yunzi and Han Lin were startled as a dark gloomy dome began to descend from above as it parted the heavens above!

They were even more startled that it was the Stellar Sanctuary!

Unlike the malevolent Stellar Sanctuary that had appeared in the Celestial Realm, this Stellar Sanctuary looked benevolent and had a red outline in the middle that looked like a sigil which resembled an eye.

And it was now vibrating a donging sound like a bell that tolled throughout the heavens!

Yi Ping raised his thumb to rub his nose as he turned to face all the maidens that were presented before saying out loud. “I am so glad to see all of you again. Now it is time for me to go.”

Yunzi gasped, “Ping’Er, where are you going? Aren’t you the Master of the Stellar Sanctuary already?”

She quickly looked at the other maidens but they had all fallen into a solemn silence.

Yi Ping smiled and said, “I am going to challenge the Stellar Sanctuary again. I want to be stronger. We have only less than a hundred years before the Ancient Fortress returned to the Immortal Realm.”

Yunzi was shaken as she said the obvious, “So you are leaving now?”

Yi Ping nodded, “I am glad that I have made it in time to witness your divine ascension. But now, I have to go.”

He paused as he looked at all the other maidens before saying, “I have to be strong, to be stronger to protect all that I have loved. This is the least thing that I can do. The Stellar Sanctuary is the most perfect place for trials…”

His eyes were beaming. Perhaps this was the only emotion that he could still remember and had an emotional attachment till now.

As he looked at Youxue, Xian’Er, Yu’Er, Mei’Er, Lingfeng, Yunzi, Lie Qing and Xingyue, he remembered how he had met them one by one in the Mortal Realm…

Back then he was only a young startup. He had experienced many fights and experienced more than what others could in their entire lifetime. Because of that, his body pain threshold got denser and denser and his strength improved rapidly.

If a person had never been beaten before, if a person had never suffered before then they would never be able to overcome their own limits and that of that their opponents.

It was easier said than done. Even if you have the will to crush iron with your thumb, would you be able to do so?

Yi Ping had the resolute and the will. He was never deterred by his physical limits and his resolute will would always stretch against his entire strength to maximum his future potential. It was because failure to do so would mean between life and death!

That was the reason why Yi Ping was now able to stand on the lofty peak. But now he needed more challenges. It was because he was now at the initial stage of the Tenth Immortal Positioning and he was striving to attain the intermediate and the late stage of the Tenth Immortal Positioning!

That was why he had to summon the Stellar Sanctuary once again!

Only this time, he had sealed off the entrance of the Stellar Sanctuary to none other than himself!

So now he had become a flash of white brilliant outline!

In a few moments, he would be traversing to the Stellar Sanctuary to begin his new trials!

All of a sudden Lingfeng had flashed to give him a violent kick, causing his focus to be distracted!

He turned around to ask with exasperation, “Lingfeng, what are you doing?”

Lingfeng laughed as she waved her hand to the other maidens who were all nodding, “It is not only me that wants to give an insolent fellow a kick!”

Yi Ping smiled weakly to say, “You mean me?”

Lingfeng laughed softly, “That’s right. When did you become so smart?”

Yi Ping groaned softly, “Isn’t it obvious?”

Lingfeng softened her tone and said, “Ping’Er, we are going with you. No matter how dangerous it is going to be!”

Xian’Er held Yi Ping’s hand to say gently, “We are all determined to go with you. To be together again is not easy. I know that you want to say this will affect our cultivation and meditation but we don’t care.”

All the maidens had already gathered around Yi Ping!

Nuwa was smiling, “You know I hates that place and I don’t want to ever go near that place again. But where you are going, I am going as well!”

Isa was also saying, “The affairs of the Celestial Realm can be put aside. I don’t really want to be the Ruler of the Celestial Realm. Maybe in the past, yes but no longer anymore.”

Alice was also smiling, “I have already delegated the affairs of the Immortal Realm to the Joyful Empress.”

Lele was also laughing jovially, “And I have delegated it back to my grandpa. He is the original ruler anyway!”

Lie Qing leapt into Yi Ping’s embrace as she tapped his nose, whispering mesmerizingly to him. “Just like old times.”

Ye Yin folded her arms as she looked at Xingyue with a wry smile, “We are divine sword practitioners. What better place to test our skills other than the Stellar Sanctuary?”

Xingyue smiled angelically, “Skills at arms is just one thing. Cultivation is another matter.”

Ye Yin smiled amicably, “You may be right or else why you are able to catch up with me. So is our challenge, is it still on?”

Xingyue smiled, “Naturally! Whoever kills the most number of big bosses or contribute to the party the most will be the most superior!”

Yu’Er and Mei’Er said at the same time, “Don’t forget about us as well!”

Yi Ping secretly smiled. It was because he knew that the two of them had already put aside their bitter rivalries and were now very close sisters. In fact, Xingyue, Ye Yin, Yu’Er and Mei’Er were particular close to each other!

Even Aiel was saying, “I may not be of much help but I have brought ample supplies of healing pills for this trip!”

Han Lin said excitingly, “I don’t want to be struck at the lower heavens and I want to be with everyone. Only the Stellar Sanctuary allows us to be in the same group. This is all that I want. Let me go as well!”

Yi Ping said aloud, “Since everyone has already made up their minds, let’s go then!”

All the maidens nodded happily and excitedly!

Before long, there were a brilliant white outlines that surrounded everyone as they were drawn into the Stellar Sanctuary!

All of a sudden the white form of Yi Ping turned to Lingfeng and said, “Wait Lingfeng! I have upped the difficulty of the Stellar Sanctuary by five times and it is irreversible until the time is up…”

Lingfeng’s voice could be heard scolding him lightly, “You buffoon! You pig head!…”

“I didn’t know that you are coming! So why didn’t you tell me in advance?…”

The rest of the maidens were all laughing jovially as their white outlines flared brilliantly before they disappeared into the Stellar Sanctuary!

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Adding a Foreword

A Martial Odyssey first started off as a translated project of the Xianxia Genre. At the beginning, it was considered fun to introduce the unknown genre of Xianxia outside of China more than 3 years ago.

Till now, there aren’t many Xianxia that are being translated, mainly because many people can’t really distinguished the difference between Xianxia and Xuanhuan.

It literally spans 250 Chapters, 1.8mil chinese words/ approx. 1.3mil English words. There are small differences between the Chinese AMO and the English AMO mainly due to censorship and stricter editorial rules at jjdxc.

Each Chapter of the English AMO is a long chapter here, as long as 1000 Chapters when compared to Zhan Long.

As some of the readers may know already, AMO was scheduled to end at Chapter 240 but was extended by another 10 Chapters to show a preview of the Desolate Realm.

Whether the next part of AMO will start will depend on responds but that will be AMO 2 and not AMO1.

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Chapter 249: The Divine Wrath

At the peak of the Unmoving Mountains where the Holy Ascension Sect was, oceans of drifting clouds were rolling rapidly as strong winds blew furiously!

Just below on a gigantic flat platform, countless celestial practitioners from hundreds of celestial clans had gathered for the first observed celestial ascension that would happen!

The numbers itself was staggering!

What was the Divine Wrath that was lying in wait for a celestial practitioner in order to reach the Immortal Realm?

That was the question that was in everyone’s minds!

Old Reverend Vanquisher Sage the new protégé master of the Holy Ascension Sect inhaled deeply as he looked at the numerous celestial practitioners that had gathered, “This is the first time that we have more than fifty percent of the celestial clans that are in the Celestial Realm to be presented here.”

This may be the holy ground of the most powerful orthodox celestial sect the Holy Ascension Sect but today he was not the most important cultivation practitioner here. Nor were the many celestial leaders here.

In fact he had taken a seat along the sheltered walls of the stone pavilions with the other celestial leaders and their protégés!

They were all waiting for the most important person to arrive.

Finally she had arrived!

From afar, an unearthly breathtaking blonde maiden in a silver scale robe was walking calmly. Behind her were a contingency of protégés from the Celestial Aiel Sect, the Erudite Sect and the Infinity Sword Celestial Clan!

The sight of this unearthly breathtaking blonde maiden had all the thousands of celestials scurrying to their feet before they bowed on the ground with great reverence!

It was because this unearthly breathtaking blonde maiden was not a celestial practitioner but an immortal. Not only an immortal but an immortal of the Seventh Immortal Positioning and she was the Ruler of the Celestial Realm!

She was none other than the Goddess Isa.

She smiled as she arranged her Impervious Dragon Silver Robe under the dazzling sunrays, under the thundering resonates of reverences of her praises and name!

She smiled wryly as she looked keenly at her surroundings before her soft whispers resounded in the ears of everyone, “Rise! Rise! Enough of the praises. I am more than flattered enough!”

Behind her were the Celeste Wind Maiden the new protégé mistress of the Celestial Aiel Sect, Han Lin, Jing’Er the Lunar Heaven Fairy, Shi Shi the Stellar Heaven Fairy and Yang Min the Exalted Heaven Fairy.

Not far away from the Goddess Isa were Yun Zi the new leader of the Infinity Sword Celestial Clan. Also accompanying her was the Lady Winter Plum, Lady Snowflake the mistress of the Erudite and Ziyue her protégé.

Han Lin smiled and said, “Oh Isa! They are singing your praises! Why ask them to stop when we are not even at the steps of the platform yet!”

Isa looked at her and said coldly, “You should learn from Yun Zi. I can’t believe that you are about to contest the Divine Wrath today…”

Han Lin shrugged her shoulders and smiled jovially, “What? Who says a person that is about to contest a Divine Calamity has to be quiet? Sister Jing’Er, am I right?”

Jing’Er smiled weakly and said, “The Divine Calamity is life and death to many practitioners. Most practitioners will prefer to meditate quietly and clear their thoughts from distractions…”

Han Lin giggled, “Why so solemn about it? I am not anxious. So why should you? Maybe Sister Yun Zi is not anxious as well, right?”

Yun Zi replied with a lit smile, “Actually I am anxious but your calmness is soothing to me.”

Han Lin laughed jovially, “You see?”

Shi Shi smiled, “I think Han Lin must be excited to see Yi Ping and Aiel again.”

Yang Min nodded with a wry smile, “Lucky her! Among the sisters, only Yunzi and Han Lin have the highest cultivation potential to make this attempt.”

But she was immediately solemn, “The final Divine Wrath is more deadly than any Divine Wrath that a celestial practitioner has yet to face. Be very careful!”

Jing’Er nodded and cautioned Han Lin, “It is not too late to back off now and take your chance in the Great Wilderness. Perhaps with your attainment, you will be able to reach the First Heaven of the Immortal Realm…”

Han Lin yawned softly, “Nay! The bestial monsters there are too scary. I don’t intend to be another Dark Chaos Lord or to face those scary monsters again. I have enough of them in the Stellar Sanctuary. I know that I am not a combat type. I will rather take my chance with the Divine Wrath!”

Jing’Er sighed softly, “Alas, the real reason is your laziness Han Lin. Perhaps I should call you Lazy Han Lin.”

Han Lin disapproved immediately, “Aiel is the laziest here, you know. With a protégé mistress like her, even her protégés will be lazy.”

Yang Min laughed softly, “Don’t let her overheard you. She will be screaming at you for a long time.”

Han Lin laughed softly, “I am glad that she isn’t around now to overhear me. Moreover if she is around, I will surely fail in my ascension. She will be such a huge distraction!”

Jing’Er said weakly, “We shouldn’t be gossiping about our mistress here.”

She looked at the rest of the curious onlookers and said, “After all, there are others here.”

The Goddess Isa had turned around all of a sudden and returned a smile, “Aiel, alas! Hmph! She is indeed lazy. I have never seen anyone that can sleep like her! It is a lucky thing that she starts off as an immortal. I can’t imagine her ascending to anywhere except for more troubles!”

But she quickly smiled, “If she don’t work hard soon then she will probably lose her position pretty soon.”

Han Lin shrugged her shoulders and said, “She is probably just content to be a consort of Yi Ping and just dreaming her way through her fantasies. She isn’t bothered with any of us because in her dreams, she is just supreme!”

“Curse you Han Lin!”

Han Lin was startled because all of a sudden, she had heard a familiar shout and it was Aiel!

“I was away just a little while and you are already speaking bad about me! To think that I was so anxious for you! You ungrateful fellow!”

Indeed it was Aiel!

She was standing at the other side of the platform!

Han Lin blinked her eyes and muttered bleary, “Mistress, is that really you? It is really you!”

Aiel laughed in the strong winds, “Lucky I have asked Yi Ping to allow me to come with him!”

Isa, Jing’Er, Shi Shi, Yunzi, Yang Min and Han Lin almost all asked at the same time, “Where is he?!”

The Goddess Aiel smiled wryly before she pointed backward.

Indeed in just a little while, they could see Yi Ping walking up the platform and behind him were Xian’Er alias the Great Goddess Fantian, the Celestial Goddess Alice, Youxue, the Heaveness Lingfeng and Lie Qing!

All the thousands of celestials froze because the animus aura of this new group was so breathtaking. It was as though time had frozen in place and they were so captivated that they could not even move their little fingers!

Old Reverend Vanquisher Sage had clearly recognized Yi Ping but at the same time, he could not believe that this forbidding practitioner was the same Yi Ping that he had known!

Like all the other celestials, he was not able to move at all and could only stand rigidly!

“Yi Ping! Ping’Er! Yi Ping, Yi Ping!” Isa, Jing’Er, Shi Shi, Yunzi, Yang Min and Han Lin chorus one after each other!

The Celeste Wind Maiden lowered her eyes shyly as did Ziyue. It was because they could not find courage to profess their hearts to him. He was now in a totally different league now and beyond them…

Yi Ping grinned broadly. He was never this happy. He whispered gently to their ears, “I am here!”

This square platform spanned twenty miles by twenty miles but in a blink of an eye, Yi Ping had already sped to them as he patted and embraced Isa, Jing’Er, Shi Shi, Yunzi, Yang Min and Han Lin!

Yunzi was startled as she withheld her tears, “You are really here? I have thought that I have to wait until I could ascend before I could see you once more…”

Yi Ping smiled gently, “Xian’Er has foretold that today is the day of your Divine Calamity. So I am here to give you a helping hand. It is a good thing that I have arrived in a nick of time!”

Lingfeng flurried gently behind them as she smiled to them, “He has sacrificed many precious artefacts just to descend to the lower realm. We cannot afford to sacrifice more. The others that remain in the Immortal Realm regard their best wishes to you and they sorely miss you!”

Aiel sighed softly, “I have sacrificed a little of my attainment to descend as well. Han Lin, are you happy now?”

Han Lin laughed softly, “Very happy! I am so glad to see you! But don’t ever do it again!”

Aiel growled softly, “You think that there will be a next time? Fat chance!”

Yi Ping laughed heartily as he said, “Aiel will always be Aiel. Han Lin will always be Han Lin. Some things never change.”

Lingfeng, Lie Qing and Youxue had already crowded around Yunzi and Shi Shi as they said together, “Sister Yun and Sister Shi Shi!”

Youxue said with soft remembrances, “We have been through so much. Finally we have met again! Sister Shi Shi, we will wait for you!”

Lie Qing nodded as she smiled mesmerizingly, “Our sisterhood and friendship are everlasting!”

Xian’Er held Yunzi’s hands and smiled gently, “Sister Yun, I am so glad to see you again!”

Yunzi murmured, “Everyone…”

Shi Shi smiled serenely, “I will practice hard! I have missed everyone so much too!”

All of a sudden Yi Ping had walked to the downcast Lady Winter Plum and said gently, “My protégé teacher and brother the Universal Old Man hopes that you are well. He is expecting you in the Immortal Realm. He wants me to say to you that no matter how long or how arduous it takes, he will wait for you. If you are willing to wait for him that long and if you have not ascended, he will surely look for you in the Celestial Realm. He is not able to come because he is training to be an immortal practitioner now.”

All the sudden the Lady Winter Plum was heartened as her countenance shone brightly!

She immediately replied shyly, “Please help me to tell him that it is a promise then! Either way, we will wait for each other!”

Yi Ping nodded, “I will.”

Suddenly he turned around to address solemnly, “Yunzi and Han Lin. It is time for you to face the Divine Wrath. The rest of us can only be observers but we cannot interfere or else it will be disastrous for you. We will be your guardians to ensure that you will not be disturbed by anyone. I want you to succeed in your ascension!”

Yunzi and Han Lin nodded. They said at the same time, “We will!”

Yi Ping nodded and he turned to say to Xian’Er, Alice, Lingfeng, Aiel, Youxue and Lie Qing, “Everyone, I need your help.”

Immediately Xian’Er, Alice, Lingfeng, Aiel, Youxue and Lie Qing had scattered to six different positions as they unsheathed their divine swords!

The Heaveness Lingfeng’s divine sword was invisible but her divine sword was still shown as rainbow hues surrounded her invisible blade when held under the basking sun!

Yi Ping had also unsheathed his two divine swords, the Celestial Alice and the Fantian Sovereign!

He said with urgent, “Except for Yunzi and Han Lin, everyone please step back as far away as possible! There is no time to wait. We are going to enable the Seven Heavens Stars Formation.”

Yunzi smiled as she unsheathed her divine sword, “You have learnt a new formation in the Immortal Realm?”

Yi Ping nodded as the winds began to beat strongly and everyone could see that the entire heavens had turned dark and purple lightning were zapping in arcs!

Han Lin turned ashen as she looked at the lightning storm fearfully, “Lightning Calamity…”

Yi Ping said quietly, “The chance to ascend is only thirty-percent. If you have a divine sword, the chance will be upped to forty percent. I won’t allow you to fail the divine ascension.”

When he had finished speaking, he had quietly merged his two divine swords into the Heaven Defying Divine Sword as a yellow lightning burst forth from the heavens and struck his sword!

At the same time, Xian’Er, Alice, Lingfeng, Lie Qing, Youxue and Aiel were generating sword energies bursts from their divine swords as they displayed the Seven Heavens Star Formation!

Yi Ping held the golden lightning with all his power as he thundered loudly to the heavens, “O’ heavens hear me out!”

The entire platform began to tremble as strong winds and purple lightning began to strike all around furiously!

Yi Ping did not fumble but instead he held onto his sword as he gathered the energies of the others in the Seven Heavens Star Formation while channeling the Universal Creation Force. He was steadfast as he said aloud, “I am going to create a miracle here today!”

All of a sudden a silver lining broke the dark heavens and a rainbow had shone forth!

Yunzi and Han Lin were startled at the sight!

At the same time seven beaming white lights had shone upon Yi Ping, Xian’Er, Alice, Lingfeng, Lie Qing, Youxue and Aiel as it returned them to the heavens!

It was followed by two other beaming white lights as it spirited Yunzi and Han Lin upward to the heavens!

Yunzi and Han Li were stunned!

It was because their Divine Calamity had become a Benevolent Divine Wrath!

Xian’Er voice could be heard explaining, “That is because they have done untold goodness. Therefore even the Heaven is kind to them!”

Immediately the entire heavens become bright again and an auspicious rainbow cloud could be seen drifting above the platform!

A resonating voice identified as Yi Ping could be heard by everyone as it slowly faded, “From on now, whoever wishes to ascend can attempt the Divine Calamity on this platform. This auspicious cloud will be here as an auspicious omen to aid anyone that is attempting to overcome their Divine Calamity. As long as I live, this auspicious cloud will be here…”

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Chapter 248: The Martial Fraternity

The tavern was large but today it seemed to be a little too small. Hundreds of people had gathered inside and from the first floor to the third floor, it was fully pack with onlookers.

The onlookers were standing on the second floor and the third floor as they looked down to the first floor which was the center of the tavern.

A plump middle age man had just walked in with a smile. There was a noble air around him and the crowd whispered, “That is Master Nangong Le! He has come alone!”

He waved his fan as he looked squarely at the majestic bearded man who was sitting on the table. On his side were his four Hall Chiefs and thirty subordinates!

This majestic bearded man was none other than Master Sikong Zuo, the new Martial Alliance Chief of the Martial Fraternity and the Protégé Grandmaster of the Fraternity Alliance Clan!

Needless to say his martial skill was naturally formidable!

As for his four Hall Chiefs, their martial feats were the equal of the major orthodox clans and they were also known as the Four Hedonistic Butchers!

In recent years, the Fraternity Alliance Clan had swept aside all resistances to become the most powerful clan in the Martial Fraternity!

Nangong Le sighed softly, “Yes I have come alone.”

Sikong Zuo said coldly, “I have heard that you have three other sworn brothers so where are they?”

Nangong Le smiled and said, “Alas. Brothers Yi Ping, Gongsun Jing, Qiu Wufeng…”

He stopped smiling and said piercingly, “If my Brother Yi is still alive, you won’t be able to be so insolent! As for my other brothers, they have long retired from the martial fraternity so there is no need to involve them!”

He pointed to the onlookers on top of the tavern and said aloud, “Where are the righteous ones of the martial fraternity? Where are the courageous fighters? Are you willing to submit to this tyrant and not to do a thing and allow him to step on you like a worthless thing? Step up if you are still a man!”

All the hundreds of onlookers from tens of clans began to lower their eyes and did not dare to say a word!

Sikong Zuo smiled, “They are under my absolute control. If I want them to smile then they will smile. If I want them to cry, they will cry. It is pointless to incite the others. Might is right. It has always been the case in the martial fraternity. Only the stubborn and the foolish refuse to submit. Today, I will kill you and destroy your clan. Because you are man of repute so I am going to let you die in my hands.”

Nangong Le smiled wryly as he bowed, “My pleasure, my pleasure! I know that the Fraternity Alliance Clan has been yearning after the riches of the Nangong Clan for ages. If you want to dominate the fraternity then you have to have money. So naturally no matter what I am going to say today, I won’t be allowed to leave alive!”

Even though he had appeared to be fearless, he was actually secretly fearful and his legs had already turned to jelly!

It was only because he had been practicing the Exuberant Divine Skill. Even in the direst of situations, his face would always be smiling!

Sikong Zuo smiled, “I am glad that you have known. So are you thinking of fighting me with your fan or your fist? Where is your weapon?”

Nangong Le smiled forcefully as he said righteously, “Against an evil doer such as you even a fan will be able to beat you off.”

But secretly he thought, “Oh crap. I am out of practice with my sword…alas to think that I, Nangong Le, who has always been roaming the fraternity so carefree, is now going to meet my demise in such a dirty place…”

Sikong Zuo stood up as he shouted, “Rubbish!”

Immediately the whole tavern was reverberating with the power of his martial shout!

Such powerful internal strength!

Sikong Zuo pointed at Nangong Le, “One of your sons is now sitting as the Grandmaster of the Holy Hex Sect now. Today, I am going to purge the remnants of the heretic sects from the martial fraternity!”

“Then get rid of us as well then!” A voice was heard from the outside.

Nangong Le was startled as he quickly turned to face the entrance. It was because it was a familiar voice!

He had turned around to find not one familiar face but two!

Two middle noble men had walked into the tavern!

Nangong Le was startled as he stammered out, “Brother Gongsun Jing, Brother Qiu Wufeng! Why are you here?!”

Gongsun Jing laughed as he raised his long sword, “We may have retired but now that you are in trouble, naturally we are here to help.”

The onlookers were startled as they whispered incessantly to themselves!

Gongsun Jing the Benevolent and Qiu Wufeng the Windless Swordsman were the two most accomplished swordsmen of their time before they had retired!

And Gongsun Jing was the scion of the once powerful Gongsun Clan. Until today, there were many stories about the Gongsun Clan!

Sikong Zuo laughed aloud, “Good! This saves me the trouble of finding the two of you! Today I will give you the honor of fighting me at the same time!”

Gongsun Jing asked, “Where is your weapon?”

Sikong Zuo pointed to a tall and muscular man behind him, “This is my iron sword. It weighed twenty kilograms and in this world, only I am able to wield it. But today, I am going to use my bare hands. To kill an ant, do I need to use a butcher knife?”

Qiu Wufeng said, “Even an ant will sting. Don’t regret it!”

Sikong Zuo had already walked forward. He had an imposing aura and it seemed that in this entire world, nothing could hurt him. He was like a undefeatable titan!

He said coldly, “So what are you waiting for? I am still waiting for you to strike.”

The four Hall Chiefs were all smirking coldly, “They are stupid as pigs. Fancy challenging our Grandmaster!”

Gongsun Jing displayed his sword stance as he shouted, “Go!”

Immediately Nangong Le and Qiu Wufeng flew left and right around Gongsun Jing as they attacked Sikong Zuo at the same time!

To the astonishment of the onlookers, barely had Nangong Le, Qiu Wufeng and Gongsun Jing made their moves, they were floored on the floor, struck by dozens of iron breaking blows that thundered tremendously!

Nangong Le, Qiu Wufeng and Gongsun Jing all coughed out blood as they struggled to stand again.

But Sikong Zuo had already made a quiet move and had raised his palm on Nangong Le’s forehead!

This quiet move was so fast that Nangong Le could not believe his eyes. By the time he had seen Sikong Zuo moving, the iron crushing palm was already upon his forehead!

Well, almost.

It was because a hand had caught the wrist of Sikong Zuo, stunning everyone!

It was a slender young man in white that had suddenly appeared out of nowhere!

On his back were two very long swords that seemed out of place given his slender body.

How did he appeared in the middle of nowhere without anyone noticing him? More than half of the people here were first rate fighters!

Some was muttering, “Did you see that? How did he come in?”

This slender young man in white was very charismatic and there was an air of righteous around him. Immediately, more than half the onlookers were moved to follow this slender young man automatically for reasons that they could not even finger!

The slender young man gently pushed back Sikong Zuo and said gently, “They are my brothers. Do not harm them!”

This gentle push had the effect of pushing the astonished Sikong Zuo back all the way to the end of the hallway, stunning everyone!

Suddenly the aura of Sikong Zuo was diminished and this weak scholar that had just appeared was like an undefeatable titan!

How was it possible? He was only a young man!

Nangong Le, Gongsun Jing and Qiu Wufeng could only stare blankly at this slender young man in white, not knowing what to say!

The slender young man rubbed his nose and smile wryly, “What? You don’t recognize your brother anymore? It is just a little while only!”

Nangong Le blinked his eyes before he laughed aloud on the floor, “Darn it! It is really you, our Brother Yi Ping! Brother Jing and Brother Wufeng, did you see, did you see? It is really Yi Ping! What a little while only? You rascal! It has been decades since you have left mysteriously!”

Gongsun Jing stared blankly before he laughed aloud as well, “For a moment, I have thought that you are Yi Ping’s son. You are really Yi Ping!”

Qiu Wufeng stood up and beat his fist on his chest to say aloud, “All you onlookers! Open your big eyes and see who is here! He is Yi Ping! The hero of the Holy Amalgamate Battle!”

The onlookers were all staring, not knowing whether to believe or not as they muttered, “He is the Yi Ping that had fought with hundreds of exponents on the Holy Amalgamate Mountains? He is really the one? He is that peerless fighter and the number one fighter of all time?”

The four hall chiefs were enraged as they raised their weapons. They moved with lightning speed to strike the slender young man!

But the slender young man appeared to walk past them. No one could see his martial moves but the four hall chiefs were fallen to the ground with blood in their mouths and their weapons were shattered!

Yi Ping muttered, “I hope that I did not use much force.”

All the onlookers were stunned!

It was because they were fully aware of the martial accomplishments of the four hall chiefs!

For them to fall in just a single move was unthinkable!

Moreover, they were grouping together to fight just a single foe!

Sikong Zuo was enraged as he grabbed his heavy iron clad sword from his arm bearer and shouted, “I don’t care who you are but today, I will make you pay heavily for your audacious behavior! I will tear you apart and feed you to the dogs…”

All of a sudden a maiden in white had flew in from nowhere and had struck the chest of Sikong Zuo, breaking through his heavy iron clad sword with her fingers in the process!

Sikong Zuo could not believe his eyes and he could not even scream out aloud, such was his agonizing pain!

Only when this maiden in white stopped moving, everyone could finally see her looks and were awestruck by her heavenly appearance!

Next, everyone was now too stunned to believe that this maiden in white had actually destroyed Sikong Zuo’s famous heavy ironclad sword with just her fingers alone and that she had also fell Sikong Zuo with just a single move!

Yi Ping groaned softly, “Xiang’Er, you are too harsh. You have disabled his martial strength permanently…”

Indeed this maiden in white was the Goddess of Mercy Xiang!

Xiang laughed jovially as she raised her fingers to shoot four needles and struck the four fallen hall chiefs, “So what are you going to do with me then? I have disabled them just as well!”

She softened her eyes to say gently, “They are evil men and have many blood in their hands. It is impossible for them to ascend so don’t be too anxious about them.”

Nangong Le was staring at the maiden in white as he flushed redly, “Yi Ping, who is she? Why didn’t you introduce her? Since my wife had passed away, I have been so lonely.”

Yi Ping pretended not to hear him as he turned around to say, “You are with Xiang too?”

It was because everyone was astonished to see three other peerless heavenly maidens sitting on the table in the corner all of a sudden!

One of the heavenly maidens was even cuddling a baby!

If the white maiden that had just appeared was stunning enough, these three heavenly maidens were even so, causing everyone to be completely enthralled and losing their souls!

For these onlookers, they would never be able to forget about this scene ever in their lives. Some among the onlookers would even retire from the martial fraternity and be painters, attempting to recreate the scene that had mesmerized them forever!

Nangong Le, Gongsun Jing and Qiu Wufeng were all equally stunned. It was because they could recognize that two of the maidens were Shui Yixian the Celestial Fairy and the Heavenly Temptress Lie Qing!

Like Yi Ping, they had not aged at all!

Yi Ping had used his softened windforce to deflect Xiang’s needles but another countering force had neutralized his attempts to stop Xiang.

Lie Qing smiled mesmerizing and winked, “Ping’Er, they are evil doers. Disabling them is but a small price. Don’t be too benevolent. We can’t stay here for too long so treat it as a favor to the martial fraternity.”

Asura was beaming with happiness as she cuddled her baby boy. She could be heard muttering, “My child, soon you will begin your trial in the mortal realm. Are you looking forward to it? Your destiny is great and your journey will be a long one. One day, we will surely meet once again. Only in the mortal realm can you advance as a celestial practitioner. May you overcome your divine calamities and be stronger after each experience.”

The three heavenly maidens that were seating were indeed Xian’Er, Lie Qing and the Goddess Asura!

Xian’Er smiled gently, “Ping’Er, shall we go now?”

Yi Ping gave a gentle nod.

Almost immediately, the slender young man, the four heavenly maidens, Nangong Le, Gongsun Jing and Qiu Wufeng all vanished from the place, leaving all the onlookers stunned with astonishment!

From that day on, Yi Ping became a living legend in the martial fraternity and evil men dare not be as bold lest it attracted the living legend to return!

The onlookers were aroused by fire and their hearts were fired up as they raised their weapons with great shout that thundered up all the way to the heavens, “Down with the Fraternity Alliance Clan! We are freed now!”

The protégés of the Fraternity Alliance Clan became fearful as the crowd began to storm down from the stairs with their brandish weapons!

Nangong Le, Qiu Wufeng and Gongsun Jing were taken away by Yi Ping and his group!

Nangong Le, Qiu Wufeng and Gongsun Jing were astonished at the swiftness movements that were displayed. In just a few blinks of an eye, they had already traveled ten miles and were in the wilderness of a forest!

Once they had all settled to a stop, Yi Ping immediately turned around to say. “Brothers…”

Nangong Le, Qiu Wufeng and Gongsun Jing had noticed that Yi Ping and his group were still serene and they had only expended just a little of their internal energies even though they had enhanced their speed and had traveled ten miles!

They were astonished by their astonishing breathing techniques!

Nangong Le laughed heartily, “Brother Yi Ping, please feel to say.”

Qiu Wufeng nodded, “It is good that you have come earlier. We didn’t think that it will be you.”

Gongsun Jing said emotionally, “Let’s us go for a drink together! Together! Till we have become as drunk as pigs!”

Yi Ping smiled as he said emotionlessly, “I can’t join you. I am in a hurry. I am so sorry about this.”

Gongsun Jing sighed, “We have only just had our reunion and we didn’t even have the time to chat yet.”

Qiu Wufeng sighed melancholy, “It is too sudden.”

Yi Ping took out from his pouch three pristine purple pills and said quietly, “Brothers, once you are weary of the mundane fraternity, please consume this pill and go to the Tranquil Mountains. It will depend on providence and your own cultivation to ascend to the Celestial Realm. When the time of your Divine Calamity has come, please invite the Goddess of Xiang. She will be your guardian to ensure that the transcendent will be favorable to you.”

Xiang nodded and said, “My lord Yi Ping has appointed me to be the ruler of the mortal realm. I will reside in the Heavenly Mountains for only a brief period, no more than 60 years then I will have to return to the Immortal Realm to continue my cultivation. Every 600 years, I will return briefly.”

Xian’Er smiled as she took out three incense pouches, “The Goddess of Mercy will be the new Eternal Mistress of the Eternal Ice Palace. Once you have reached the Heavenly Mountains, burn the pouch to a bonfire and the protégés of the Eternal Ice Palace will naturally take you to the Eternal Ice Palace.”

Nangong Le had already taken the pill from Yi Ping and had swallowed on the spot!

Qiu Wufeng asked him, “Why are you so hasty? We haven’t consumed it yet and you have already consumed it. What is the meaning of this?”

Nangong Le laughed as he secretly looked at the Goddess of Mercy shamelessly, “I can’t wait now to go to the Celestial Realm now. I hope that the Goddess of Mercy will instruct me to how to cultivate!”

The Goddess of Mercy was amused as she said with a lit smile, “You are supposed to go to the Tranquil Mountains to begin your cultivation practice first. Judging by your willpower, you may need more than thirty years to cultivate to a reasonable level and another thirty years for the Divine Calamity to happen. Look for me at the end of sixty years then!”

Nangong Le was stunned as he blinked his eyes, “Sixty years?!”

Lie Qing laughed as she said jovially, “She is only teasing with you. The pill that you have consumed will increase your internal strength to sixty years. If you have already cultivated to sixty years, then it will be increased your internal years by another twenty years. If you cultivate well, you may only take twenty years.”

Nangong Le quickly regained his composure as he smiled cheekily, “That is a relief then!”

Yi Ping quickly said, “Take good care brothers. I am sorry that I won’t be able to stay. I need to go now. Farewell!”

Nangong Le, Qiu Wufeng and Gongsun Jing were brimming with tears as they bowed emotionally, “Farewell Brother Yi Ping!…”

In the next instant, Yi Ping, Xian’Er, Lie Qing, Asura and Xiang had departed.

All they could hear was Yi Ping echoing voices, “Asura, after we have placed our son with Xiang then we have to go to the Celestial Realm. Xian’Er, Shi Shi and Yunzi are still waiting for us…”

Lie Qing was heard laughing, “Don’t forget Yang Min as well!”

Ch248 End

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