Chapter 43: The Misty Desolate Valley
Heavens Ridge Villa.
At this moment, the council of the grand elders was having a meeting.
Celestial Shi Guanyin was lamenting, “Look at our sect leader. She is already our sect leader and yet, we didn’t even catch a sight of her anywhere.”
Wang Ming, fourth realm immortal celestial and grand elder of the White Spirit Hall nodded, “Precisely. She should be coming here more often.”
Wang Ming used to be the grand elder of the Crystal Cloud Spirit Hall and had just recently taken over the White Spirit Hall. It turned out that it was not that hard for him to take over the White Spirit Hall after all.
It was not actually his credit but mainly due to Sect Leader Qin Keqin who had defeated Supremacy Wen Hongguang that caused the protégés of the White Spirit Hall to be in awe of her.
In the celestial realm, cultivation strength and martial strength ruled over all else. Because Qin Keqin could prove that she could defeat even a sixth realm expert like Supremacy Wen Hongguang, her position and status within the clan was suddenly firm.
Moreover this time round the Heavens Ridge Villa had soundly shamed the Solitary Manor who had been their main rival for centuries.
Celestial Kong Guxin, Yun Xing and Mu Han were all looking awkwardly at each other. In just a matter of a few weeks, Celestial Shi Guanyin seemed to have changed her opinion of Qin Keqin and was even lamenting for her whereabouts.
This turnabout was indeed very weird.
However they did not say anything.
Yun Xing said, “Grand Elder Ouyang Xue is unable to attend our meeting today. It is because she is out on an experiential mission.”
“Oh?” Celestial Shi Guanyin said, “So is my core protégé Leng Qiuyue…”
Mu Han added with a wry smile, “I’ve heard that both of them have actually requested to Elder Bu Ming to up the difficulty of their experiential mission. Therefore they got what their wish for and they have to hunt down a fifth rank desolate beast in order to complete their experiential mission.”
Celestial Shi Guanyin was startled as she asked, “Are you sure about this?”
Mu Han answered solemnly, “I am sure. I have just met Elder Bu Ming and he had told me about it. Moreover, our Senior Brother Lu is also in this experiential mission.”
Celestial Shi Guanyin said with a surprise look, “Our Senior Brother Lu is also in this experiential mission?” This was actually a playacting from her. It was because she had already gotten wind from Elder Bu Ming that Lu Qingyun would be in the experiential mission some days ago.
She quickly said, “This is too ridiculous. Who authorizes this? This may be out of their league and moreover our Senior Brother Lu will also be in danger. How do we answer to our sect leader should he comes to harm?”
Mu Huan smiled bitterly, “I’ve heard that it is Grand Elder Ouyang Xue that forces Elder Bu Ming to increase the difficulty. But of course, it is your Leng Qiuyue that was the first to suggest it.”
Celestial Shi Guanyin was burning with rage, “The two of them are too reckless. I know that they are rivals but this is simply too ridiculous. We got to stop this experiential mission right away.”
Mu Han smiled bitterly, “It is already too late. They had already left for the Misty Desolate Valley three days ago.”
Celestial Shi Guanyin: …
Although she had specifically instructed Elder Bu Ming in secret not to pick a difficult experiential mission for Leng Qiuyue and Lu Qingyun, she did not know the exact start date of the experiential mission. To her, this was only a trivial matter so she was not particularly mindful.
But now, she was a little panicky for Leng Qiuyue and Lu Qingyun!
The Celestial Realm was just the middle realm between the lower Mundane Realm and the upper Immortal Realm.
The Nine Celestial Fraternity was one of the many celestial fraternities that were in the Celestial Realm and was the biggest celestial fraternity that consisted of ten vast divine realms.
The Celestial Realm was unlike the lower Mundane Realm where there were vast oceans and lands. The entire Celestial Realm was consisted of endless lofty mountains and it was thousands of times bigger than the lower Mundane Realm.
The many celestial clans and populations were situated high above the mountains. Usually the powerful celestial clans would be situated on mountains that were rich in spiritual veins that were refined by rich deposits of jadeites. That would be the most ideal place for cultivation. Other than spiritual veins and jadeites, mountains that were rich in silver and gold celestiums were also ideal, since silver and gold celestiums were very much needed to make precious weapons.
Below the mountains, were thick desolate mists and endless bottomless valleys that were filled with many powerful desolate monsters. The spiritual force below the desolate mists was poor and unsuitable for cultivation. Moreover the presence of the desolate forces was too overwhelming and could easily corrupt a cultivator inner core. However because of this very same reason, it was the ideal place for the desolate monsters that fed upon it.
In a way, the desolate mists acted as a natural barrier between the desolate beasts below and the divine beasts that dwelled high in the mountains.
The desolate force below the mountains had actually come from the same mountain veins as the spiritual veins that the cultivators depend upon. The only difference was that this desolate force could actually be refined by the rich deposits of jadeites in the mountains and by the purifying aura above the mountains that were continuously cleansed by the divine lightning.
From time to time, there would always be a possibility that a powerful desolate monster would emerged from the valley below.
The richer the spiritual force in the mountains, the weaker the desolate force that was at the bottom. Therefore it was not wrong to say that spiritual rich mountains usually do not have powerful desolate beasts below the desolate mists.
Since New Empyrean City was just a second tier celestial area, there were plenty of powerful middle tier desolate beasts that dwelled in the desolate mists below and one of the most dangerous places around the vicinity of New Empyrean City was the Misty Desolate Valley.
At this moment, Lu Qingyun and his party had already reached the vicinity of the Misty Desolate Valley.
Except for Leng Qiuyue and Ouyang Xue, the moods of the rest of the protégés were solemn indeed. Even Lie Xingyuan looked a little unhappy as she heaved melancholy sighs along the way.
It was because everyone knew that they were heading toward a certain unknown destination that may well cost them their lives.
Although they could gain plenty of clan contributions for this difficult experiential mission but none of the ordinary protégés were actually rejoicing. It was because they had to first ‘survive’ the outcome first.
It was well known to them that some of the core protégés spared no good morals as they used the ordinary protégés as cannon fodders for them to defeat the powerful desolate beasts and to gain for themselves the clan contribution points at the expense of the others.
Clan contribution points were an important contribution in the Heavens Ridge Villa where the protégés could use to buy rare celestial resources for themselves to further their cultivation and to gain access to spirit arrays that could aid them to overcome their celestial realm levels.
Rushuang was smiling bitterly as she followed Leng Qiuyue as her personal attendant. She had thought that she was fortunate to be Leng Qiuyue’s personal attendant after her decision to leave Tang Bufan. But to think that this Leng Qiuyue would be so crazy enough to request for a more difficult experiential mission…
She really did not want to die in this experiential mission…
Ouyang Xue had come alone as she currently had no personal attendant or maidservant.
Almost all the ordinary protégés had known that Leng Qiuyue and Ouyang Xue were rivals. At the same time, they were fond of changing their personal attendants on a yearly basis. Although this provided many female ordinary protégés with an opportunity to follow a core protégé but they knew that these two jade beauties had no real attachment to any of them.
And now that they knew how crazy they were, all the female ordinary protégés that were in the party resolved never to become their personal attendants in the future.
Lu Qingyun took a look around the vicinity and he was quite surprised to see hundreds of cultivators at the entrance of the Misty Desolate Valley. There were actually dozens of celestial clans presented in the vicinity and even one of the big four celestial clans the Flying Armament Sect was also presented.
However most of the celestial clans did not talk to the other celestial clans and kept to themselves.
The protégés of the Flying Armament Sect had looks of hostility when they saw the party of the Heavens Ridge Villa but other than that, they continued to mind their own businesses.
Leng Qiuyue hummed coldly when she saw the protégés of the Flying Armament Sect, “Hmph, so one of the big four celestial clans is also here. Are they such cowards that they choose to remain at the entrance?”
Although her voice was soft, it was quite audible to the Flying Armament Sect and to the other celestial clans that had setup camp nearby.
Ouyang Xue, Lu Qingyun, Rushuang, Lie Xingyuan: …
The ordinary protégés of the Heavens Ridge Villa were all quite startled and some of them had even turned ashen. It was because Leng Qiuyue had chosen to stir up shit at this time. What if there were real celestial experts in the party of the Flying Armament Sect then they would all be in trouble!
Maybe before they could even step into the Misty Desolate Valley, they would all get killed!
Indeed, a fine looking man and a beautiful maiden from the Flying Armament Sect had quietly approached them and from their attires, it was obviously that they were the core protégés of the Flying Armament Sect.
The beautiful maiden was indeed very beautiful and immediately Lie Xingyuan whispered to Lu Qingyun, “We are in luck or rather bad luck. She is Fairy Ling Xiu, one of the top twenty beauties of New Empyrean City.”
The fine looking man said coldly as he approached Leng Qiuyue, “Maiden, did you just say that we are cowards? Do you want to repeat those words again?”
Leng Qiuyue pulled back her curtain veil as she said coldly, “I dare to and who are you?”
When the fine looking man saw the astonishing beauty of Leng Qiuyue, he was quite startled as he asked, “You are Ouyang Xue or Leng Qiuyue?”
Ouyang Xue pulled back her curtain veil and said coldly, “I’m Ouyang Xue and she is Leng Qiuyue. Do not confuse us!”
The fine looking man chuckled softly, “So it is the Twin Alluring Flowers of the Heavens Ridge Villa. I’m Young Master Ling Chong and this is my sister Fairy Ling Xiu. So the two of you are in charge here?”
Many of the ordinary protégés of the Heavens Ridge Villa had immediately turned pale when they had heard his name. It was because Ling Chong and Ling Xiu was the young master and young mistress of the Flying Armament Sect and they were the children of the grandmaster of the Flying Armament Sect. Their statuses exceeded that of any core protégés!
Moreover, it was rumored that Ling Chong was an intermediate fourth realm expert while Ling Xiu was an initial fourth realm expert.
The ordinary protégés of the Heavens Ridge Villa were all smiling weakly. This was really slapping themselves on the face!
Lie Xingyuan whispered to the startled Lu Qingyun, “They are fourth realm experts…”
Lu Qingyun began to smile weakly. The difference between a third realm expert and a fourth realm expert was actually quite a big gap. A fourth realm expert was one that had cultivated to the energy level and hence the fourth realm was also known as the energy level as well as the immortal celestial level. At this level, the celestial practitioner would cease to age completely as they had full mastery of their cultivation energy.
He was thinking, “This junior sister of mine, Leng Qiuyue has really barked up to the wrong tree. Since she has stirred up this shit, I shall just stand here quietly while they settle their differences. Hopefully, this can be resolved without any fist fights…”
Leng Qiuyue had suddenly pointed to Lu Qingyun and said to Ling Chong, “Did you see that person over there? He is my senior brother.”
Lu Qingyun was startled as Ling Chong and Ling Xiu had suddenly looked toward his direction. He was thinking, “Did she just drag me into her shit hole…”
He began to smile weakly toward Ling Chong and Ling Xiu.
Fairy Ling Xiu had an interesting flash in her eyes as she appraised Lu Qingyun before she said quietly, “This senior brother of yours, what is his name?”
Lu Qingyun smiled weakly as he answered, “Lu Qingyun here. Please pardon us for our rudeness-”
Leng Qiuyue interrupted him coldly, “We do not need to apologize to them.”
Lu Qingyun: …
If we do not, he was thinking, then we would all be in terrible troubles pretty soon…
Ling Xiu said gently, “Since your senior brother looks like a nice person, we shall let this rest.” She took a last glance at Lu Qingyun before she took her leave.
Ling Chong was smiling as he stared intently at both Leng Qiuyue and Ouyang Xue, “Indeed, indeed. Why not? We are only here for our experiential training and it is interesting to meet people…”
He began to laugh as he took a reluctantly last look at Leng Qiuyue and Ouyang Xue as he said politely, “I shall take my leave. Hopefully we can meet again.”
Leng Qiuyue and Ouyang Xue were suddenly looking at Lu Qingyun coldly, startling him.
He was perplexed as he thought, “What did I do? I’m just trying to break a fight. Don’t tell me you really want to fight with them?”
But what he was thinking was completely different from what Leng Qiuyue and Ouyang Xue were thinking. They were unhappy that Fairy Ling Xiu had dropped the matter because she had taken one look at Lu Qingyun. They were actually secretly jealous.
To the rest of the ordinary protégés of the Heavens Ridge Villa and to Lie Xingyuan, they were all thinking. “It seems that if one has the good looks, they can get out of any troubles…”
The minute Ling Chong had seen Leng Qiuyue and Ouyang Xue, his hostile reaction had immediately faded away.
Leng Qiuyue was secretly sighing. She was acting too out of the norm. This was unlike her usual self. Maybe she just wanted to get Lu Qingyun to notice her and even get his attention on her for a while…
Even Ouyang Xue was thinking, “Leng Qiuyue, what are you trying to do? We are lucky this time. Don’t tell me, you like senior brother?”