Chapter 201: In the Ancient Celestial Ruin (1)
The cultivators had only meditated for a while before golden portals had started to appear before them.
This startled many of the cultivators who were wondering what these golden portals were.
But for Lu Qingyun and the protégés of the Heavenly Fragrance Villa, they knew that these golden portals were actually the true entrance to the ancient celestial ruin.
What the naked eyes could see sometimes may not always be the whole truth.
From the outside, Supremacy Shen Yufeng and Celestial Tang Xuefeng must have already gathered the profound strength of the cultivators inside the Pangu Suppressing Arrays and had opened the real entrance of the ancient celestial ruin.
Zhao Riyue had also opened her eyes by now as she said quietly to the cultivators, “The entrance of the ancient celestial ruin has now been opened. You may enter freely into any of these golden portals. Good luck to all of you.”
The cultivators did not exactly move to the golden portals immediately. It was because after they saw what had happened to the earlier five cultivators, their hearts had gone cold.
Lu Qingyun said to Qian Jingjing, “Let pick a portal and investigate.”
Qian Jingjing nodded as she followed Lu Qingyun into one of the golden portals.
When the rest of the cultivators saw that nothing had happened to the good-for-nothing cultivator Lu Qingyun, they began to rush maddening into the golden portals.
The protégés of the Heavenly Fragrance Villa were orderly and they simply followed Zhao Riyue’s lead.
When Lu Qingyun was inside the golden portal, he saw that they seemed to be in an underground passage.
Qian Jingjing was holding onto his arm and she was looking around warily. “We are inside now.”
Lu Qingyun nodded, “Let’s wait a little while. Maybe we can group with the other cultivators who are coming along. This will be a lot easier.”
Qian Jingjing nodded as she displayed her sword, wary of her surroundings.
But after waiting for a while, there was still no sight of anyone. This caused Lu Qingyun to frown lightly, “Where is everyone?”
Qian Jingjing smiled weakly, “The portal has to be entered within a short time of anyone in order to appear in the same location. Maybe that is why.”
Although Lu Qingyun was nodding at her answer but the two of them knew in their heart that the other cultivators had mostly looked down upon Lu Qingyun and did not want to enter the same portal as him.
But this was not an issue with Lu Qingyun as he soon smiled, “Let’s go and do some exploring on our own.”
Qian Jingjing nodded eagerly as she swept her eyes around.
Just as they had taken a few steps forward, they had heard the screams of several cultivators and they had turned ashen at the same time. They did not know where the screams had come from since they were surrounded by the stone walls all around them.
Lu Qingyun said with a startled look, “Some of the cultivators have already met with dangers?”
But he immediately steeled his heart and said. “Let’s go.”
It was because there was nothing he could do for them and they were all cultivators to seek the Way of the Heavens to be immortal. The more trials and tribulations that they had faced, the easier their divine calamity would be when it was time for them to face their life and death tribulations.
Qian Jingjing nodded quietly. Although it was unfortunate for these cultivators but they were in the same shoes as them.
Many of the cultivators did not just come for the profound treasures in the ancient ruin. Instead, they had come for a lucky occurrence in becoming a golden celestial. To be a golden celestial was every celestial cultivator’s dream. This was a holy grail in the hearts of every young cultivator. They had to achieve this goal before they had become too old.
Lu Qingyun and Qian Jingjing were both peaked fourth realm immortal celestials now. They were only a half-step in becoming a golden celestial but this half-step had a nearly impassable barrier. In order to become a golden celestial, they had to first chance a divine calamity or forcefully overcome their life and death tribulation. The second option was extremely risky and most of the cultivators that had attempted it could not survive the risky attempt.
As Lu Qingyun took around his surroundings, he thought that this place seemed familiar to him. “Why is that so?” He thought that he would be nervous in entering this ancient celestial ruin but instead he felt quite calm when he was here.
Qian Jingjing on the other hand was looking a little panicky and even nervous.
Yan’Er had suddenly popped up, startling Lu Qingyun and Qian Jingjing.
“My cute little Yan’Er, you are not supposed to come out unless I say so. Especially so when there are strangers.” Lu Qingyun said gently to her. It was a soft reproach.
Yan’Er giggled, “But this Big Sister already knows about Yan’Er. I saw her peeking at me that night.”
Lu Qingyun was startled as he looked at Qian Jingjing, “You know?”
Qian Jingjing averted her eyes shyly before she nodded. She was flushing with shyness now because she had remembered the touch of Lu Qingyun’s hands that were on her body that night…
Lu Qingyun smiled weakly as he introduced, “This is Yan’Er. She is my golden roc spirit entity.”
Yan’Er chuckled softly, “That’s right.”
“Yan’Er, why did you come out?” Lu Qingyun asked curiously.
“Master, Yan’Er is here to help you to become a golden celestial!”
Lu Qingyun was startled, “What does Yan’Er mean?”
Even Qian Jingjing was looking curiously at Yan’Er and Lu Qingyun as she muttered with shock, “Golden…celestial…”
“Actually Master, you are supposed to be a fifth realm golden celestial but Yan’Er uses all my profound strength to seal your breakthrough.” Yan’Er explained.
Lu Qingyun: ???
But Lu Qingyun had decided it was pointless to ask Yan’Er about the details because sometimes Yan’Er could not even explain herself clearly. Therefore he asked excitingly, “I can be a golden celestial? I can finally join the ranks of the golden celestials? Quick, tell me how and what must I do to become a golden celestial?”
Then Lu Qingyun was frowning, “I only got six hours in here. The breakthrough may take hours and even days. Moreover, the spiritual force here is really bad. My odds of succeeding will be bad. No, I can’t become a golden celestial here…I must find a place with high spiritual force first…”
All of a sudden Yan’Er had lifted her little finger and had zapped Lu Qingyun with a red lightning bolt, shocking him and Qian Jingjing both at the same time.
Lu Qingyun was immediately sent flying against the wall with a thunderous impact!
“Yan’Er, why are you attacking your…master…” Lu Qingyun coughed out a bout of fresh blood, startling Qian Jingjing who panicky flashed next to him. “Brother Qingyun, are you alright?”
All of a sudden Qian Jingjing was gasping, “Brother Qingyun, you…you…”
Lu Qingyun: ???
“Your eyes are golden now!” Qian Jingjing covered her mouth with her right hand as she gasped. “You are a golden celestial now!”
Lu Qingyun was startled as he stared at Qian Jingjing, “I am a golden celestial now?”
Then he looked at the blood that was glowing golden on the ground. Only the blood of a golden celestial would shimmer golden in color.
“I…I am really a golden celestial now? But, where is the divine calamity? Where is the life and death tribulation?” Lu Qingyun asked as he stared at Yan’Er.
Even Qian Jingjing was astonished. Did her Brother Qingyun just become a golden celestial just like this?
Yan’Er looked curiously at her master, “Master, you are a golden celestial now. Shouldn’t you be happy? Now Yan’Er is also a golden celestial too!”
Lu Qingyun asked, “Erm, you just zapped me with a lightning bolt and I…erm…become a golden celestial? What did you exactly do?”
Yan’Er pondered for a while before she answered, “I promise Big Sister Keqin that I will unseal Master’s cultivation strength once you are inside the ancient ruin. That lightning bolt is only for unsealing Master’s true profound strength.”
Lu Qingyun muttered, “Unseal my cultivation strength? Promise Keqin? My true profound strength?”
He thought, “Is it because that I’ve accidentally swallowed the Starforge Pill that I can’t remember anything now?”
He asked weakly, “Yan’Er, why did Keqin ask you to seal my cultivation strength? I have almost thought that I was a loser inside the Endless Abyssal Sea when everyone else had advanced in their cultivation strength while I was struck.”
“Endless Abyssal Sea?” Qian Jingjing was startled. “Brother Qingyun, you have been to the Endless Abyssal Sea?”
Lu Qingyun nodded weakly, “I have a lucky occurrence.”
Then he looked at Yan’Er curiously, “Since I can already overcome my cultivation limitation then why did Keqin ask you to seal my profound strength?”
Yan’Er put her little finger in her mouth before she said, “Big Sister Keqin didn’t say. She only says it is for your own good.”
All of a sudden Lu Qingyun clapped his hands, “That’s it. I know now. I am so stupid. It is because I have insisted on coming here but if I am a fifth realm expert then there is no way that I can enter into this place. That is why she had asked Yan’Er to seal my profound strength until I am inside.”
This was the most logical deduction!
Qian Jingjing was not paying attention to his deduction. Instead she was asking him, “Brother Qingyun, quick. Circulate your profound strength and see if you have any injuries?”
Lu Qingyun did as he was told and all of a sudden, he said excitingly. “Jingjing, I am really a true golden celestial now and not a half-step golden celestial. I am now at the initial fifth realm golden celestial level.”
“You can exercise your profound strength?” Qian Jingjing was also astonished.
Lu Qingyun nodded and he was scratching his head.
It was because when a cultivator had first overcome to a higher cultivation realm, the previous soul sea had to be completely burn off to propel the cultivator to a higher state of divinity.
So even if a cultivator could successful reach the fifth realm golden celestial level, without any soul sea, they could only be considered as a half-step golden celestial until they could solidify their inner cultivation sea first by meditating and absorbing the spiritual force that was presented. And this would take time to accomplish.
But Lu Qingyun did not lose any of his profound strength at all!
At the moment Lu Qingyun could not think of a reasonable reason why this was happening. He could only laughed weakly, “Maybe I have absorbed too much spiritual force inside the Endless Sea Abyssal.”
He did not know that he was actually right.