Chapter 42: Day of the Experiential Training
Three days were quickly up and it was soon the start of Lu Qingyun’s clan experiential training.
He had got up very early with Lie Xingyuan and they had made their way to the Experiential Hall. They were feeling refreshed after just consuming the Triple Divine Essence Pill that he had prepared the night before.
Lu Qingyun could feel that he had already reached the peak of the upper third realm enlighten level while Lie Xingyuan felt that she could break through to the intermediate enlighten level anytime soon.
Because this was the second time that they had consumed the Triple Divine Essence Pill, it did not have a much greater impact to them than the very first time.
It was exactly as what Lu Qingyun had told Lie Xingyuan that night.
Just before they had left, Lu Qingyun quickly wrote a note where Qin Keqin could easily see if she was to come.
When they had reached the Experiential Hall, there were already more than thirty protégés that had gathered.
Lu Qingyun was feeling a little awkward because he had thought that he was the first but there were many others that were already even earlier than him.
Many of the protégés were chatting noisily when they had entered the Experiential Hall. A quick scan around the place indicated that there were around ten female protégés and twenty male protégés.
All the female protégés were wearing their curtain hat veils that reached to their waists while the male protégés were wearing a shorter curtain hat veil that just covered their necks. Because they had not gone into the wilderness yet, all the curtain veils were actually pulled to their backs for easy identifications.
When he had stepped inside the Experiential Hall, almost all the protégés had stopped their chatters or were looking in his direction as they greeted, “Senior brother.”
“So senior brother is also in this experiential training with us?”
“But he is only a lowly first realm cultivator, tsk tsk.”
“Does it mean that we have to look out for him? What bad luck.”
“He is the weakest core protégé that we have ever had and he is lower than most of the fellow protégés here.”
“He is so handsome,” a female protégé muttered.
There were both positive and negative soft remarks about Lu Qingyun after they had greeted him but he did not mind at all. It was because he knew that he had actually no right to be a core protégé and in the first place, he was actually just content to be an ordinary protégé like them. If it was not for Qin Keqin who had hand picked him as a core protégé, he would be just an ordinary protégé.
But the most surprising reaction that he got was that he had recognized three of the female protégés that were now looking at him.
They were Rushuang who used to be Tang Bufan’s personal attendant, Ouyang Xue and Leng Qiuyue!
Ouyang Xue and Leng Qiuyue were of course the other two core protégés that were in this experiential training.
Ouyang Xue was not just a core protégé now but she was also the grand elder of the Crystal Cloud Spirit Hall.
She was extremely startled when she saw Lu Qingyun. It was because she had been trying to avoid him but in the end, she had kept dumping into him…
Leng Qiuyue was equally startled when she saw Lu Qingyun as she thought, “Why is he here? Mm, don’t tell me we are really fated after all…”
She sighed softly as she said quietly to herself, “But my rival Ouyang Xue is also here. What bad luck to have her with me during the experiential training. Now I have to listen to her commands just because she is a grand elder.”
Rushuang was looking awkward when she saw Lu Qingyun. It was because she had scoffed at him in the past. As for now, she was a personal attendant of Leng Qiuyue and had accompanied her for this experiential training.
Elder Bu Ming was the officiator of this experiential training and he said aloud, “Now that everyone is here, we can begin the briefing in advance.”
Then he smiled to Lu Qingyun and said, “Senior brother, will that do for you?”
Lu Qingyun replied awkwardly, “The sooner we start, the faster we can get on the clan mission.”
Elder Bu Ming smiled and turned to the rest of the protégés, “Some of you may be new to the clan experiential training and some of you may be old birds already. It is our customary rules that we do not tell any of the protégés what the missions are until the start of the experiential training. This is to prevent any of the protégés to pick an easy mission.”
Then he sighed heavily and said solemnly, “But there are actually no easy missions except for lucky missions. When you are out of the city and into the desolate wilderness, you must always be on your best vigilant. This is because dangers abound everywhere. Even a small injury can kill you if you are not careful enough!”
He smiled and said, “Today, we have our Senior Brother Lu Qingyun, Grand Elder Ouyang Xue and Core Protégé Leng Qiuyue who will be joining you in this experiential training. As Grand Elder Xue and Core Protégé Qiuyue are both upper third realm experts, you will probably have an easier time than the other experiential trainings. But still, do not be careless!”
Leng Xingyuan was smiling as she thought, “If only Elder Bu Ming knows that senior brother is also an upper third realm expert now. He will be so surprised.”
Elder Bu Ming unsealed a scroll and read out its contents, “Now for the details of the experiential training. You are to form a party to the Misty Desolate Valley and to hunt down at least a fourth rank desolate beast and at least three third rank desolate beasts before you are allowed to return. Should you return before you accomplish the mission then this mission will be considered a fail and it will be recorded down as a black mark.”
Many of the protégés were smiling and muttering excitingly.
The Misty Desolate Valley was just nearby and not too far. It was only a three days journey by foot and was a well-known training ground for the celestial clans.
Moreover their experiential mission was to hunt down only a formidable fourth rank desolate beast and it was not a big issue to an intermediate third realm expert. Moreover, they had two upper third realm experts in their ranks plus there were some thirty of them. With their dazzling sword formations and wolf pack tactics, they would be completing the mission in no time.
A protégé began to mutter, “Is it because we have senior brother here? He is terribly weak. That is why we are given an easy mission?”
“Since no one knows the mission in advance, it is likely the elders are cheating for him…”
“Isn’t that great? I just want to get over this experiential mission as quickly as possible…”
“I have butterflies in my stomach whenever I go on experiential mission. The last mission, I was almost killed…”
Elder Bu Ming made a loud cough to silence the background noises before he said aloud, “If you have no more questions then you shall hurry and be on your way. Your rations will be given to you once the experiential mission token is given to you on your way out.”
Leng Qiuyue had suddenly stepped out to say coldly, “Elder Bu Ming, honestly I feel that this experiential mission lacks challenge. I have already been through numerous fourth rank desolate beast missions. Can we have a little bit more challenge?”
Half of the protégés were smiling bitterly. But none of them dare to say anything loud. It was because this icy beauty was renowned for her pettiness.
Elder Bu Ming smiled, “I’m afraid that we can’t change the mission once it has already been decided…”
“Elder Bu Ming, although you can’t change the mission but you can certainly upgrade the mission, am I right?” This time it was Ouyang Xue who was speaking.
She did not want to portray a weaker self in front of her rival Leng Qiuyue.
Elder Bu Ming was smiling weakly, “Indeed I can but…”
Ouyang Xue said, “Then as grand elder, I command you to upgrade the mission difficulty. This is too easy for us to accomplish.”
Elder Bu Ming smiled weakly as he secretly stolen a glance at Lu Qingyun. He had been secretly instructed by Celestial Shi Guanyin not to make the missions too hard for Lu Qingyun and Leng Qiuyue.
But now Ouyang Xue was ordering him directly to increase the difficulty of the mission.
With a bitter smile, he could only say. “Alright then. I shall increase the mission completion to that of a fifth rank desolate beast and two fourth rank desolate beasts.”
When he had said that, many of the protégés had a cold shiver down their spines. It was because a fifth rank desolate was as strong as an upper third realm expert to a fourth realm expert. If they were lucky, they could be able to meet the weakest fifth rank desolate beast. At the same time, if they were to go deeper into the Misty Desolate Valley, there was a chance that they would meet with even higher ranks desolate beasts and the mission time would also be lengthened considerably.
Even Lu Qingyun’s jaws almost dropped when he had heard of the new mission objectives. He began to smile bitterly at Leng Xingyuan who was also smiling bitterly at him.
He muttered, “What are these two maidens doing…”
He was not them so he did not understand what they were thinking.
He did not know that both maidens were using the guise of ‘not enough challenge’ to purposely make the experiential training harder. It was also because they were trying to impress Lu Qingyun and at the same time, this means that they would be on this trip far longer with him.
Because he was not them, he totally did not understand their true intentions at all.
But to the rest of the protégés, they all knew that these two beauties had a feud with each other and were merely trying to outdo one another. At first all the male protégés were extremely delighted to have two of the top twenty beauties in New Empyrean City in this mission but now, they were extremely worried!
Leng Qiuyue was thinking as she stole a glance at Lu Qingyun, “So this is a suicide mission. Very good then.”
Even Ouyang Xue was muttering to herself, “Hmph, what am I doing. Am I still rational anymore?”
Leng Qiuyue turned to smile coldly at Ouyang Xue, “Let’s see which one of us will be able to get the fifth rank desolate beast first.”
Ouyang Xue returned a cold smile, “Surely I will be the one. Is there even a need to say so?”
Leng Qiuyue smiled coldly, “We shall see. It will be so funny if you can bite more than you can chew.”
Elder Bu Ming was smiling bitterly as he thought, “Why is that I’ve got a really bad feeling about all this?”