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Chapter 209: The Mysterious Floating Citadel (3)

Xingxin was hovering in mid-air as she looked quietly at Lu Qingyun before saying, “It is my duty to kill all the intruders that have entered this great hall.”

When she had said that, dozens of divine swords were suddenly forming from the metallic ball that was hovering in the middle of the hall.

Lu Qingyun muttered, “Isn’t this too unfair? She can hurt me but I can’t hurt her…”

Yan’Er chuckled, “Master, you are fighting a ghost now.”

Lu Qingyun: …

“Yan’Er, this isn’t the time for any joke. If I die, you will die too. Quick, think of something. Like, making friends with her.” Lu Qingyun said weakly.

Yan’Er nodded as she hovered to Xingxin, “Can we be friends and you do not hurt my master?”

Xingxin giggled as she nodded, “I am…only scaring him. No one has ever found their way to this hall and I can’t leave this hall too.”

Lu Qingyun asked, “No one? This place isn’t so hard to find.”

“It is actually protected by multiple layers of celestial arrays. It isn’t that simple to find this hall.” Xingxin said.

Lu Qingyun laughed awkwardly, “Really?” He had been following the winds until he had found this place and had failed to notice his surroundings.

Xingxin said quietly, “I am also not allowed to appear in front of any strangers.”

“Oh?” Lu Qingyun said.

Xingxin looked quietly at Yan’Er, “Because of Yan’Er and you. I found the courage to show up.”

Lu Qingyun blinked his eyes, not understanding.

Xingxin said slowly, “Yan’Er…has a physical form…I wish to have one as well…”

Yan’Er clapped her hands, “That is right. I have taken over the Horizon of the Heavens.”

Xingxin nodded slowly.

All of a sudden Lu Qingyun was frowning as he looked at Yan’Er. He had suddenly realized that these two spirit entities were communicating in secret. Xingxin never had the intention to hurt him and that was why Yan’Er was not panicking and was even playful.

Xingxin looked earnestly at Lu Qingyun, “Xingxin wishes to leave this accursed place…to go out. You have the Divine Sword Jade Light. It is a saint grade divine sword that is bathed in the pure profound energies of the Endless Abyssal Sea. It…will be a suitable vessel for my spirit entity.”

She struggled to find words before adding, “In return, I will divine harmony with your soul sea so that you can wield the Divine Sword Jade Light to its fullest potential. You shall be my master.”

Lu Qingyun was startled, “I can wield the Divine Sword Jade Light to its fullest potential? Really?”

“Actually I don’t mind that but why me? You are the artefact spirit of this citadel and have an immortal soul. At least you have your freedom here.” Lu Qingyun pointed out.

“Because you are the true master of the Horizon of the Heavens…” Xingxin said melancholy. “…and also the same race as my masters.”

Lu Qingyun smiled weakly, “This Horizon of the Heavens, isn’t it just a divine sword?”

Xingxin smiled, “That is its true form but it is more powerful than just a divine sword. It will be able to restore my master’s strength.”

Yan’Er was nodding, “That’s right. Master’s strength will be restored in no time!”

Lu Qingyun smiled as he flashed out the true Divine Sword Jade Light, “Come inside then. I will take you outside. But before that, may I ask you something?”

Xingxin nodded as she hovered near him, “Yes master?”

“I don’t think I have the time to explore this citadel for any profound treasures. As a matter of fact, I should be burning the talisman anytime soon and to exit this place. Erm, I wonder if there are any valuable spirit herbs or celestial herbs that are in this place? I wonder if you can guide me to find them?” Lu Qingyun asked sheepishly, unsure if it was morally alright to make such a request. He was trying to plunder his newly spirit entity.

Xingxin smiled as she seemed to be able to read his thoughts, “Since I will be leaving this place, these things are of no use to me. It is better to bring some of it along.”

Then she chuckled, “Why don’t I bring all the profound treasures here so that master can have your pick?”

Lu Qingyun’s jaws almost dropped to the ground, “You can bring all the profound treasures to this place?!”

“Of course! Master has so fast forgotten that your Xingxin is the master of this great citadel.”

“This is great!” Lu Qingyun was really excited at the thought of seeing so many profound treasures. But he was soon sighing heavily, “My spatial ring and belt, I don’t think I can carry so many items…”

Lu Qingyun was now looking at the number of rare celestial herbs and spirit plants that were lay in front of him as well as a great quantity of profound treasures including the purest Heavenly Relics that he had ever seen.

“This…how do I carry all these?” He muttered as he looked at Yan’Er and Xingxin.

Although he had a spatial ring and a spatial belt but all items had a weight. It may be a spatial storage but the items were real and the weight of these items would affect his fluid movement. That was why most cultivators would only put a sword or two in their spatial rings and nothing else while they kept their other less important items in their spatial belt as a secondary backpack.

Putting a sword on a spatial ring had an advantage; it was almost the same as training with a sword that was in the hand constantly without attracting attention in the most unlikely of places.

And spatial rings and belts were only given to core protégés of a celestial clan usually. Although these spatial storages could only hold a backpack of items but that was more than enough usually. At the same time, it was very expensive to craft one and all the spatial storage items had the signature of their celestial clan of origin and the personal profound signature of the cultivator that it was given to, so was to prevent the others from using it.

Xingxin chuckled as she pointed to an exquisite jade belt, “This spatial storage belt is empty and is a profound treasure. It is equivalent to a hundred of master’s current storage belt.”

Lu Qingyun smiled bitterly, “What is the point? I can’t move with such a heavy weight around my waist.”

Xingxin giggled, “It is a profound treasure and it is able to render the items within it weightless.”

Lu Qingyun was startled as he quickly examined the exquisite belt before shouting excitingly, “Yan’Er, Xingxin. Quick! Find me all the best things that I can carry with me!”

Yan’Er looked around her and saw the hundreds of celestial herbs and profound treasures that were around her, “Which one is the best?”

Even Xingxin looked a little lost.

Lu Qingyun quickly said awkwardly with a heavy sigh, “Never mind, I think I will select these spirit plants myself. Two hours are not enough. We need two months to sort everything in this place. Just get me the oldest spirit plants and those spirit plants that have the most profound energies.”

Then he looked at the hundreds of profound treasures that were lying around, “Although profound treasures are important but it is really too numerous to take it away. I will just take a few and leave the rest of it to the other lucky cultivators to find.”

“Erm, I may need some high grade spirit stones too.” Lu Qingyun laughed weakly as he muttered. “It seems that greed is unsatisfied.”

He started to calm himself down as he thought, “I may just have the celestial herbs to make a sixth rank divine pill now. All I need is more time to research the celestial herbs that I’ve found. I will fulfill my old master’s dream as well as mine.”

Then he smiled to Xingxin and Yan’Er, “Let’s not be too greedy. I just need the cultivation resources for my future breakthrough to the sixth and seventh realm level. I’ve already have the two best profound treasures in my hand and that are the two of you here.”

He was actually not wrong. The Horizon of the Heavens and the Divine Sword Jade Light were the better profound treasures than any other profound treasures that could be found in the citadel.

And that was the main reason why Xingxin had manifested herself to him, drawn by the Divine Sword Jade Light that could make a potential vessel for her. Even if the entire artefact core of the citadel could be re-forged into a thousand divine swords, it was incomparable to a single saint divine sword and moreover this was a divine sword that was bathed in the profound energies of the Endless Abyssal Sea.

Xingxin and Yan’Er were both nodding with delight as they looked with earnest at Lu Qingyun.

Lu Qingyun’s eyes seemed to be in a faraway place, “Now I am closer and closer to Keqin…I hope that she is well…will I ever meet her again…”

Suddenly Xingxin had interrupted his thoughts, “Master, actually there are plenty of fourth rank, fifth rank and even a couple of sixth rank divine pills here. Isn’t it easier to get the divine pills instead?”

Now that she was connected to Lu Qingyun’s soul sea, she was able to sense his needs.

Lu Qingyun was startled as he blinked his eyes, “Did you just say there are a couple of sixth rank divine pills in this place?!”

Xingxin grinned as she pointed to the pile of sealed bottles that she had earlier summoned into the place. “Over there master.”

Lu Qingyun was laughing heartily, “Why don’t  Xingxin…say so earlier…haha…”

Xingxin and Yan’Er were both laughing jovially too as they watched Lu Qingyun made a mad rush to the pile of sealed bottles as he muttered, “Even fifth rank divine pills are extremely precious…these are treasures beyond treasures…two hours are definitely not enough…”

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Chapter 11: One Hundred Years Ago (2)

Ji Yuan had walked into a celestial guild and said to the personal guild attendant, “I want some information about a person.”

The personal guild attendant was smiling. It was because the inquirer was a golden celestial and golden celestials were rich enough to afford payment for rare information.

She gave Ji Yuan a lovely smile, “That will depend on what information that you want about that person and the rarity of the information. It ranges from a single gold coin to several spirit stones. But you can rest assure that we will protect your confidentiality. May I know the person name first?”

Ji Yuan quickly nodded, “So be it. Do you have any information on Xue Qianxue?”

The personal guild attendant was gasping but she soon lit a wry smile, “If you want to know if she is attached or have any suitors, the price is 10 spirit stones. This information is highly sought after and I can promise you that we have the latest update on her.”

Ji Yuan smiled weakly, “I am not interested in that.”

“Then?” The personal guild attendant asked curiously.

“I want to know her profound skills, her swordplay and how strong she is.” Ji Yuan said firmly.

The personal guild attendant smiled weakly, “Are you sure?”

Ji Yuan asked, “Are you afraid that I won’t be able to pay you?”

“It isn’t that…” The personal guild attendant was sighing, “That will be 1 gold piece.”

“So cheap?!” Ji Yuan was astonished. 100 gold pieces was equivalent to one low grade spirit stone.

The personal guild attendant smiled weakly, “Everyone knows who Xue Qianxue is and her ranking. This information isn’t worth much.”

“Well, I don’t so I want to know.” Ji Yuan smiled weakly.

The personal guild attendant was thinking, “Is he living in another world? He actually doesn’t know how strong Xue Qianxue is?”

But she kept her thoughts to herself while smiling, “Xue Qianxue. Sacred Maiden to the Celestial Orthodox Sect. Seventh Rank Middle Tier Saintess. One of the two most beautiful goddesses of the Desolate Celestial Fraternity…”

Ji Yuan said impatiently, “This, I know already. I am not paying you for this. I’m not interested in her family or status. I want to know her profound skills and ranking.”

The personal guild attendant smiled weakly, “Alright then. I will go straight to the point. She practiced the Sacred Maiden Profound Art and the name of her swordplay is the Beautiful Maiden Swordplay. Her lightless skill…”

“What is the swordplay ranking of her Beautiful Maiden Swordplay?” Ji Yuan interrupted her with an anxious look.

“Well, it is currently ranked number nine.”

Ji Yuan was gasping as he thought. “Then I’m screwed.” His own swordplay was ranked forty-nine in the Swordplay Ranking but her swordplay was actually ranked ninth…

There was no way that he would want to shave off his beautiful beard. Therefore he thought of challenging her with his sword. After all, he was a highly respected Sword Saint and he had full faith in his sword.

But now, he was suddenly not so sure anymore…

He said weakly, “Not bad. But her sword art is still beneath me. What about her Sacred Maiden Profound Art?”

Although he may not best her in swordplay but he had full faith in his profound art. After all, usually these type of beautiful cultivators were weak in their profound arts and were more like a beautiful vase.

“The Sacred Maiden Profound Art is ranked in the top ten most powerful internal profound arts.” The personal guild attendant nearly fainted when he had asked her about it. This was something that everyone knew about.

Ji Yuan broke into cold sweat. His own profound art was not even among the top 100. Moreover Xue Qianxue was a seventh realm saintess and her profound strength was superior to him.

He could only pray that she was a lazy cultivator and her Sacred Maiden Profound Art was not as highly accomplished as the ranking said. After all, these types of rankings could be faked by anyone.

When he remembered how Gao Xianliang got kicked by her across the room, he began to panic as he thought. “Even a powerful sixth realm golden supremacy got kick in that manner…she isn’t weak…”

“Great Celestial, do you want any other information?” The personal guild attendant asked weakly.

“No, that is enough.” Ji Yuan said as he put down a gold coin on the table.

He was muttering to himself, “Although I am the protégé master of my own sect but I can’t let my protégés know that I’ve offended Xue Qianxue. This will be awkward to my face. Alas, what shall I do now?”

All of a sudden his eyes had looked up because a most astonishing beautiful maiden had quietly walked into the celestial guild house. She was dressed in black robe that showed her beautiful legs and she had her long hair bundled into a beautiful top that immediately gave her an elegant presence. At the same time, her pair of golden eyes was looking intently around her.

Ji Yuan muttered silently, “She is so beautiful. I wonder if she is attached. If only I can hook her up.”

She was indeed the most beautiful maiden that Ji Yuan had ever seen and his eyes were wandering on every inch of her.

Ji Yuan was not the only person looking at her. Almost everyone had suddenly stopped what they were doing and were in awe of her astonishing beauty.

Even the female guild personal attendant was muttering, “I’ve thought that there are only two goddesses in the Desolate Celestial Fraternity, Xue Qianxue and Ling Feiyue. There is another goddess here.”

This beautiful astonishing maiden had suddenly approached Ji Yuan and was smiling, “Are you Ji Yuan?”

Ji Yuan was startled that she had actually approached him. He nodded before saying, “I am. Do you know me?”

The beautiful astonishing maiden chuckled softly, “Of course I know you. You are the head of the Four Beautiful Bearded Cultivators. Someone as renowned as you is known by everyone.”

Ji Yuan laughed heartily, “Indeed, indeed. But I don’t know the name of maiden yet. May I know your maiden’s name?”

The beautiful astonishing maiden rolled her eyes before she said quietly, “Xia Jiajia.”

“So it is Maiden Xia Jiajia. May I know your celestial clan of origin?” Ji Yuan said as he stared at her.

Xia Jiajia smiled before she whispered to him, “Actually I am here to help you. After all, the enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

Ji Yuan was startled. “I’ve no enemies…”

“Well, you have one now and that is Xue Qianxue.” Xia Jiajia chuckled softly.

Ji Yuan was frowning, “How did you know about this?”

Xia Jiajia giggled before she whispered, “I was there. You guys are so loud that day. Even a deaf man can hear you.”

Ji Yuan immediately had a sheepish look, “A deaf man can’t hear for sure.”

“But that isn’t the point right?” Xia Jiajia smiled. “You have a powerful cultivator that is on your back now and you need to shake her off. Therefore you may need my help to do so.”

Ji Yuan shrugged his shoulders, “Actually it isn’t as threatening as you think it is. I’m sure that Xue Qianxue is wise enough to know that I am innocent of any disrespect to her. The ones that made the lewd remarks isn’t me.”

Xia Jiajia chuckled, “Are you sure about that? I have heard you loud and clear that day. You’ve made the lewdest remark on her.”

Ji Yuan: …

“Maiden Xia, you can eat the wrong food but you can’t say the wrong words! In fact, I was trying to persuade them to be respectful!” Yuan Ji said with great righteousness.

If there was anything that he would not do and that was to disrespect any maidens. It was against his Dao and the pride of his Sword Saint title!

In the Desolate Celestial Fraternity, he was well-known as the gentleman of the sword.

“Well. Did you say that beauty is only in the eyes of the beholder that day?” Xia Jiajia asked.

Ji Yuan nodded, “I did. What is wrong with this line?”

Xia Jiajia chuckled, “Why are you so cute? Did you say this next then? I didn’t even know how she looks like so how can I even take her as my consort? Even if she is willing, I am not willing at all.”

Ji Yuan was frowning lightly, “There is nothing offensive about this.”

Xia Jiajia was smiling with amusement, “It may sound inoffensive but imagine letting Xue Qianxue hearing that she is undeserved to be your consort because you don’t know how beautiful she is. That is offensive. And you have to add if she is willing, you are not willing at all. Can you imagine how she feels after hearing you?”

Ji Yuan was startled after hearing her, “Surely she isn’t that petty right?”

“Did you also say that after you have got her as your consort, you will also share her divine remedy to your three other brothers?” Xia Jiajia asked further.

“This, I did say that. But there is nothing wrong right?” Ji Yuan smiled weakly.

“To Xue Qianxue, it is extremely lewd. It is like sharing her with your three other brothers.” Xia Jiajia pointed out.

Ji Yuan blinked his eyes, “I didn’t think this way at all.”

“Then you have to add that you’ve no interest in someone that you’ve never met. You even said that people tend to exaggerate things about her and that she is only being conferred the title of a beautiful goddess only because she is a saintess.” Xia Jiajia pointed out.

Ji Yuan smiled bitterly, “I did say that…”

Xia Jiajia chuckled, “And you even add that she must have plenty of suitors and that you doubt that she is even a chaste maiden.”

Ji Yuan: …

“What you’ve said got her so upset that she immediately stormed to your private room.” Xia Jiajia chuckled softly. “So, are your remarks lewd or not?”

Ji Yuan returned a bitter smile, “I did say that but the others are the worst offenders.”

“No matter how lewd they are but they are still praising her beauty but you…” Xia Jiajia was laughing so jovially that there were tears in her eyes. “I’ve never met anyone that can upset Xue Qianxue straight in her face like you did.”

Ji Yuan had suddenly pulled her aside, “Erm, let’s talk elsewhere. This place isn’t a good place to talk.”

Then he whispered to her, “You’re right. The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

Xia Jiajia was laughing softly, “So you’ve finally realized you have made an enemy out of Xue Qianxue?”

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Chapter 208: The Mysterious Floating Citadel (2)

Lu Qingyun was now climbing on the massive overhanging chain that was chaining to the floating citadel above.

The winds were heavy and it had threatened to loosen his grip on a few occasions.

But Lu Qingyun had exercised all his profound strength to tighten his grip as he made his way across the massive overhanging chain.

Because he was a fifth realm expert now, it only took him slightly less than an hour to perform the feat to the equally massive floating citadel.

If it was a fourth realm expert, they may even need two hours to complete the treacherous climb against the furious fury of the strong winds.

He sighed quietly as he made his way to the walls of the citadel, “I have only two hours left to burn the talisman and to leave this place.”

This citadel was in a much better shape than the ruins below and was hidden from view within the tall mountains.

As soon as Lu Qingyun had stepped on the castle walls of the citadel, he was in awe. He was like a tiny ant that was looking at the towering walls and entrances of the citadel. The many entrances of this citadel were as wide as twenty men standing side by side and as tall as ten men put together.

He was completely stunned by the imposing and grandeur of the entrances.

He randomly picked an entrance to walk inside and saw that the passageways were even more imposing and large, colored by white and gold walls that seemed to be immune to the passage of time.

It was only then that he noticed that there were no dusts along the passageway or anywhere but there seemed to be a gentle wind that was flowing everywhere from all around him.

He was suddenly perplexed.

Dusts were supposed to be everywhere and moreover this citadel was too huge. No one had the time or will to clean this place. This was his conclusion.

Suddenly he was startled by a sudden thought. What if this was a ghost citadel and that everything was just an illusion? Although it seemed grand and out of place with the passage of time but this may all be an illusion. The reality was that this place was actually broken down and there may be holes all over the ground to lure the unwary to fall to their deaths below.

But he soon pushed this conclusion out of his mind because he was now a golden celestial. Illusions could be easily perceived by the divine sense of the golden celestials and illusions were futile against him now.

Then he did something that few cultivators would bother to do.

He rubbed his neck and threw a speck of dirt on the ground and patiently watched for five minutes. Soon he noticed that the gentle winds were lifting the speck of dirt and were throwing it out of the citadel.

“So that where all the dusts go to!” He clapped his right hand against his left palm, delighted that the mystery had been solved.

If Qian Jingjing, Zhao Xingye and Zhao Riyue were here, they would have stopped him immediately because this was a complete waste of time and useless to the exploration.

“But where did the wind come from?” Lu Qingyun asked. “It will be interesting to find out.”

Again, if Qian Jingjing, Zhao Xingye and Zhao Riyue were here, they would have stopped him immediately because this was a complete waste of time and useless to the exploration.

But because they were not around, Lu Qingyun was not in a rush to explore the citadel and instead he was simply following his heart and satisfying his own curiosity.

So he started to use his divine sense to follow the source of the winds.

“Yan’Er, warn me if there are any dangers.” He said to her in his soul sea.

“Master, actually now that you are a golden celestial, your divine sense is now as sharp as me now.” Yan’Er yawned softly.

“Don’t be lazy, Yan’Er.”

“Master, Yan’Er thinks that you are the one that is being lazy…”

“Haha, is it? I’ve got better use for my divine sense than to waste my energies on constant vigilant. There is a saying, the enemy will never strike when you are on your best vigilant but will always strike you when you are at your lowest vigilant!”

Yan’Er: ???

“Master, so the enemy will always strike you because you are at your lowest vigilant?” Yan’Er asked, not understanding.

“No. The enemy will never strike me because I’m not wasting my profound strength on my mental energies to maintain full vigilant.”

Yan’Er: -__-?

“Erm, I mean that your enemy will always strike you because they want you to exhaust all your strength first so that you cannot have the strength to retaliate back. Never mind…just help me to be on a lookout for dangers.”

Yan’Er displayed a sheepish look before she said, “Lazy master…”

“Lazy Yan’Er too. We are supposed to be on an exploration expedition and Yan’Er is napping. We need to be united in our minds and souls. Only then can we succeed…”

“Erm…Yan’Er? Yan’Er, you are there?”

“She has dozed off…”


“Nowadays you can’t trust a growing up sentient spirit entity. I need to put a note for this somewhere…” Lu Qingyun was muttering while he walked around the passageways.

He soon followed the winds to the underground basement of the citadel.

Usually most people would go to the inner citadel where the treasuries were in search for the profound treasures but Lu Qingyun was driven more by his curiosity rather than an interest in the profound treasures.

Soon he had come to a white and gold gate that towered over him.

He was frowning softly, “This is just a gate here. To think that I’ve wasted half an hour in a vain search. How is it possible for the winds to be generated behind a closed gate…”

Yan’Er suddenly shouted panicky, “Master, there is an eerie presence behind this gate.”

Lu Qingyun was startled as he quickly used his divine sense to sense beyond the gate but there was nothing.

He began to rebuke Yan’Er lightly, “What eerie presence? There are no ghosts in the world…”

“But Yan’Er saw your ghostly citadel images earlier…”

Lu Qingyun laughed softly, “That is only my imagination. Silly Yan’Er. You need to discern what is real and what is my imagination…”

All of a sudden the white and gold gate began to swing open slowly, startling Lu Qingyun.

There were strong winds that were blowing from within the room and as the gate began to open, the gentle winds had suddenly become strong winds that were almost swept Lu Qingyun away.

Lu Qingyun immediately used his profound strength to display the Thousand Weight Fall to root himself where he was.

As he lifted his sleeve to shelter his face from the strong winds that were blowing against his face, he suddenly saw a little girl dressed in white that was about six standing in front of him!

This little girl did not seem to be affected by the strong winds at all and the winds seemed to blow through her.

Behind her, was a metallic ball that was hovering rapidly in mid-air and it seemed that this metallic ball was the reason why there were winds in this place.

Lu Qingyun stammered, “Who are you?”

Yan’Er had also appeared all of a sudden as she lifted her little finger at the little girl, “She is the eerie presence, master.”

Lu Qingyun smiled weakly, “Right…”

He quickly regained his composure as he asked the little girl in white, “You are…a spirit entity?”

The little girl slowly nodded as she pointed at the massive hovering metallic ball, “I’m the spirit entity of this citadel’s artefact core.”

Lu Qingyun looked at her curiously, “Judging from your size, you must be around ten thousand years old?”

Yan’Er chuckled, “Master, she is a million year old.”

Lu Qingyun: …

“I think I will give up on guessing the age of the spirit entities. It all doesn’t add up to me.” He sighed.

Then he smiled weakly to the little girl in white, “Are you friend or foe? What is your name?”

The little girl smiled as she said awkwardly, “My name is…Xingxin. I am…just Xingxin.”

Yan’Er had hovered to her and was laughing, “I am Yan’Er and this is my Master Lu Qingyun. Got it?”

Xingxin returned a light nod.

Lu Qingyun was astonished, “So Xingxin is a also a sentient spirit entity? But where is your master?”

Xingxin replied, “I have no master. I am…the master of this Flying Cloud Citadel. I am all alone now.”

Lu Qingyun was startled, “You are the master of this citadel?”

Then he quickly said with a weak smile, “Please forgive us for intruding. I am just exploring the area. If you are not happy with us for intruding, we can leave immediately. Haha.”

And with that he had really turned his back around with a sheepish look, “Yan’Er, let’s go!”

All of a sudden Xingxin had re-appeared in front of him and behind her, the white gold gate had shut itself now. “You cannot go.”

Lu Qingyun was smiling weakly, “Please open the gate…”

Xingxin shook her head lightly as she said softly, “Not until you agree to my demands.”

Lu Qingyun: …

He was now being held hostage by a sentient spirit entity. And the most important question was, how do you kill a spirit entity?

Then he took a look at Yan’Er before saying bitterly, “Yan’Er, I think I leave this fight to you.”

Yan’Er: …

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Chapter 10: One Hundred Years ago (1)

One hundred years ago;

Ji Yuan was in the company of three other high level cultivators in a private hosting room. These three other high level cultivators were all sixth realm golden supremacies.

Yuwen Hao was stroking his long beard as he laughed jovially, “The four of us have been conferred the celestial title of the Four Beautiful Bearded Cultivators. Although we have never met in the past but from today onward, the four of us shall be brothers!”

Gao Xianliang laughed as he raised a toast to everyone, “Yes, we are brothers from now on!”

“However, we should all toast Brother Ji Yuan first. He has been conferred as the most beautiful beard among the four of us. At the same time, he is also an upper sixth realm cultivator while we are all below him in cultivation. Therefore we should address him as our big brother!” Li Yi shouted.

“Big Brother Ji Yuan!” The other three cultivators raised their hands to toast him excitingly.

Ji Yuan chuckled, “This is my honor as well to be your big brother. I am flattered by the praises of all the cultivators in the Desolate Celestial Fraternity. Our renown is now known throughout the celestial fraternity.”

“Big Brother Ji Yuan, your long beard is indeed beautiful. Although my beard is beautiful as well but it is still short of your beard’s astonishing beauty.” Gao Xianliang praised him.

“Indeed, indeed. How did Big Brother Ji Yuan manage to keep your beard so long and beautiful?” Yuwen Hao asked curiously.

“It is really not easy to maintain our long beards…”

“There are many golden celestials that have fallen into bad repute because they had lost their beards during their golden body transformation…even saints too…”

“Although there are saints with beards but their beards are not as beautiful as ours…”

“We are also handsome as well…”

“We are all young looking with long beautiful beards…”

“All the maidens in the Desolate Celestial Fraternity are buying our portraits and putting it in their rooms…”

“Woes to those that have lost their beards…”

Li Yi had suddenly said, “Big Brother Ji Yuan, I think that in the entire Desolate Celestial Fraternity, only you are a compatible match to Sacred Maiden Xue Qianxue. There are no others who can even come closer than you in term of your good looks!”

Ji Yuan smiled weakly, “Sacred Maiden Xue Qianxue is one of the two most beautiful goddesses in the entire Desolate Celestial Fraternity. How can I even be compatible to her? Moreover, she is also a seventh realm golden saintess.”

There were two most beautiful goddesses in the Desolate Celestial Fraternity. One was Sacred Maiden Xue Qianxue of the Celestial Orthodox Sect and the other was Dark Mistress Ling Feiyue of the Spirit Blue Moon Sect.

Gao Xianliang smiled, “Why not take Ling Feiyue as your consort too? She is also a goddess among men.”

Ji Yuan frowned, “Dark Mistress Ling Feiyue is from the unorthodox heretic faction. We are from the  righteous orthodox faction. How can I even consider Ling Feiyue at all?”

Yuwen Hao was laughing, “So does this mean that Big Brother Ji Yuan is considering to take Xue Qianxue as your consort?”

Ji Yuan laughed, “Beauty is only in the eyes of the beholder. I didn’t even know how she looks like so how can I even take her as my consort? Even if she is willing, I am not willing at all!”

Gao Xianliang, Yuwen Hao and Li Yi were all laughing jovially as they said together, “That is so true. Big Brother Ji Yuan can have any maiden you want. It is your choice and not theirs!”

“I’m sure that when Xue Qianxue sees our Big Brother Ji Yuan, her legs will grow weak!” Yuwen Hao chuckled.

“I have heard that Xue Qianxue has a divine remedy that can not only restore a man’s beard but also can make it grow even more beautiful than ever.” Li Yi smiled. “If one day, Big Brother Ji Yuan decides to take Xue Qianxue as your consort, I hope that you can share the remedy with us?”

Ji Yuan immediately patted his chest as he laughed, “No problem at all! When that day happens, I will definitely share it with my brothers!”

“Then we thanks Big Brother Ji Yuan in advance first!”

Ji Yuan was stroking his beautiful long beard as he muttered, “Hmm, a remedy that can make my beard grows even better? This is so interesting.”

“Big Brother, you should be thinking of getting Xue Qianxue as your consort first.” Gao Xianliang laughed. “And imagining her in your bed.”

“That is right!” Yuwen Hao was laughing jovially. “I really cannot imagine how she will look like when she is naked.”

Ji Yuan was frowning lightly, “Actually I have no interest in someone that I’ve never met. You know that people tend to exaggerate things. Frankly speaking, I think that she is only being conferred the title of a beautiful goddess only because she is a saintess.”

Then he added with a grin, “Moreover, she must have plenty of suitors. I doubt that she is a chaste maiden anyway…”

All of a sudden there was a maiden in white curtain veil standing at the curtained entrance who was humming coldly, “Are you guys done yet?”

Ji Yuan and the other three men were startled by her sudden appearance.

It was because they were all sixth realm golden supremacies here and they had not heard her approach.

Li Yi smiled, “If you want this room, I am afraid that we have booked it for the entire day.”

Yuwen Hao was laughing, “This maiden looks like a beautiful maiden. If you are willing to accompany us for a few drinks then we may consider letting you have this private room.”

Gao Xianliang smirked, “Why don’t you remove your headdress? You’re indoor now and we will like to see your pretty face.”

The maiden in white curtain veil replied coldly, “Do you think that you are fit to talk to me like this?”

Yuwen Hao was roaring with laughter, “She asking us if we are fit to talk to her like this? Look at our golden eyes! We are golden celestials! We are also four sixth realm golden supremacies here…”

Ji Yuan muttered weakly, “Erm brothers, this isn’t so nice to talk so rudely to someone like this. We may be golden celestials but we should also treat the others with respect…”

But his voice was quickly drowned by Gao Xianliang, “Listen maiden, if you are not taking off your headdress then you are not leaving this place!”

All of a sudden he had jumped forward to seize her curtain headdress.




The maiden in white curtain veil had not only slapped Gao Xianliang tightly on his cheek and she had kicked him across the room, stunning the other three men.

Did they see wrongly?

A golden supremacy just got kicked in this manner with almost no defenses?

Even Gao Xianliang was shocked as he stammered out, “Who…are you?”

The maiden in white curtain veil answered coldly, “Sacred Maiden Xue Qianxue. Seventh realm golden saintess.”

Gao Xianliang: …

Ji Yuan, Yuwen Hao, Li Yi: …

All four men had turned ashen immediately. They were talking behind Xue Qianxue’s back and little did they know that she was actually here in the same place as them!

Xue Qianxue said coldly, “So four golden supremacies of your lofty status are speaking behind my back and in such a loud manner. I dare you to repeat what you have just said earlier!”

Ji Yuan had almost burst into laughter as he thought, “Luckily, I am a true gentleman and did not badmouth her. All the lewd remarks are made by them.”

Xue Qianxue had suddenly pointed at Ji Yuan and said coldly, “So you are the head of the Four Beautiful Bearded Cultivators? I want you to shave off your beard and your portrait delivered to me in this place. You have three days to do so or don’t blame me for shaming you in public.”

With that she had left in an angry huff.

Ji Yuan was completely stunned as he stared blankly at his three other ‘brothers’.

“Big Brother Ji Yuan, I’m afraid that this time I won’t be able to help you…”

“She is a saintess while we are merely low level supremacies…”

“You shouldn’t be poking fun at her behind her back…”

“I will give you my spiritual support…”

“You are and will still be our big brother…”

“Rest assured that we won’t tell anyone about this…”

“You shouldn’t have lofty thoughts about taking a saintess as your consort. You are only asking for it…”

After quickly ‘comforting’ Ji Yuan, all three men quickly fled the scene of their bad behavior.

Ji Yuan: …

Ji Juan: …

Ji Yuan: …

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Chapter 207: The Mysterious Floating Citadel (1)

After a weary battle, Zhao Riyue ordered her group to have a quick meal to regain their strength.

Lu Qingyun had no issue with that since he was feeling hungry as well.

He watched as Zhao Riyue and Zhao Xingye started to take out a pot that had noodles in it from their spatial storage and started to add water into the pot.

All of a sudden, the pot was boiling and the fragrance scent of the boiled noodles reached Lu Qingyun’s nostrils.

He was astonished, not from the delicious looking noodles but the fact that the pot of noodles was boiling the water and the noodles without any fire!

This was the holy grail of alchemy!

He quickly flew to them as he said excitingly, “Maiden Riyue, Maiden Xingye. This pot…”

Zhao Riyue was startled when she saw Lu Qingyun was now looking excitingly at the pot of noodles. “Senior, you are a golden celestial now. Surely not that you will actually be famished?”

Qian Jingjing laughed, “The noodles look so nice that even I’m hungry as well. But I’ve only my dry ration with me.”

Lu Qingyun returned a soft chuckle, “Who says golden celestials can’t eat. I’m always hungry. But…”

He smiled weakly as he did not know how to start his question before saying, “Did I see you only pouring water in this pot and it is boiling? Where is the fire and how did you do that? You can actually have fresh food as long as you have water. This is really too amazing. I have never seen anything like this before.”

Then he added excitingly, “Can I know how this work?”

Zhao Riyue chuckled, “This is actually an invention by our Celestial Tang Xuefeng. She is the one that has invented this. But the secret lies in this pot. When water is added to this pot, there is a special coating that is being used by Celestial Tang Xuefeng to make the water boil. How it works, I actually have no idea.”

Lu Qingyun smiled weakly, “Will she tells me?”

Zhao Riyue and Zhao Xingye were both laughing before Zhao Xingye chuckled, “She won’t tell anyone because she once says that if this method is known to the others then it may do more bad than good.”

Lu Qingyun looked a little disappointed and he was sighing softly. “I didn’t know that Celestial Tang Xuefeng is such a genius alchemist…”

Zhao Riyue laughed softly, “I do not know if she is a genius alchemist but I do know that she is really good in cooking. She says that she has discovered this method when she is experimenting with her cooking.”

Zhao Xingye was nodding, “In case senior did not know, she is really good in cooking soups and you will surely feel invigorate after taking her soup.”

Qian Jingjing knew that Lu Qingyun had made Tang Xuefeng cry that day so she said weakly, “Unfortunately my Brother Qingyun will never have the chance to drink her soup.”

Zhao Xingye nodded, “Celestial Tang is really busy. It is extremely difficult to get her to cook for anyone. I had only taken her soup only once and that was during the Heavenly Fragrance Princess’ birthday banquet.”

Lu Qingyun was laughing weakly. He did not dare to tell them that he had already taken Tang Xuefeng’s soups. He was thinking, “No wonder it tastes so good.”

But he decided to make a shameless request, “Although I am not hungry now but I may be hungry later. Do you think that I can have a pot to cook something later?”

Zhao Xingye and Zhao Riyue said at the same time, “Senior, you may have my pot!”

Then both sisters were looking at each other in astonishment before they averted their eyes shyly.

Zhao Riyue said quietly, “Senior, you may have my sister’s pot.”

Zhao Xingye was startled as she looked at her sister, “This won’t do. Let sister gives her pot to him.”

Lu Qingyun smiled weakly as he said shamelessly, “I can take two pots. Maybe Jingjing needs some food too.”

Qian Jingjing: …

She knew that Lu Qingyun was not trying to get one of the pots for her but was for himself to study. She had been long enough with him to know that he was actually an alchemist.

Zhao Riyue and Zhao Xingye said at the same time, “Senior, you may have our pots.”

Lu Qingyun laughed weakly, “In that case I won’t decline. But will I get you into trouble for giving me such precious pots?”

Zhao Riyue smiled and said, “Don’t worry. All the protégés of the Heavenly Fragrance Villa have one.”

When Lu Qingyun had heard her, his jaws nearly fell to the ground. “How did Tang Xuefeng make so many of these pots?”

Zhao Riyue smiled weakly, “Actually senior, this pot can only be used three times altogether. So our pots can only be used one last time since we have already cooked it twice.”

Lu Qingyun was stammering, “It can only be used one last time…”

What if his research had failed?

Actually Zhao Riyue and Zhao Xingye could tell that Lu Qingyun was more interested in the pots than the noodles. But they did not expose him.

Lu Qingyun was muttering, “It is alright then. One last time each, so be it then. Quick, give me the pots.”

Zhao Xingye shy said, “Senior, can you please let us finish our food first?”

Lu Qingyun: …

Lu Qingyun laughed weakly, “Haha. I’ve forgotten…no hurry. Please take your time to finish your food.”

But he was already looking impatiently and excitingly for them to finish their food.

Qian Jingjing secretly whispered to him, “I will suggest that you don’t approach Celestial Tang Xuefeng to ask her anything. Just in case, you will make her cry again.”

Lu Qingyun returned a sheepish look as he whispered back, “How do you know that I will ask Celestial Tang Xuefeng about it?”

“It is all written all over your face…” Qian Jingjing smiled weakly.

Soon Lu Qingyun was moving with Qian Jingjing, Zhao Riyue, Zhao Xingye and eleven other maidens as they ventured deeper inside the walled ruins.

“What is this place?” Lu Qingyun asked. “It seems to be endless even though we are all moving so hastily. I have never seen walls that are so many hundreds of miles long. This is really a big city. At this rate, we can never explore the place fully.”

Zhao Riyue replied, “Yes, this place is bigger than we have expected as well. Rather than saying that we are exploring an ancient celestial ruin, it is more correct to say that we are exploring an entire domain.”

Lu Qingyun nodded. “So do you have any interesting finds so far?”

Zhao Riyue smiled, “We have found precious metals. Mostly Celestiums and Heavenly Relics. Hopefully we will be able to forge a divine sword or two from the Heavenly Relics that we have found.”

As they chatted, they soon passed through a crack in the mountains that led them to the other side.

When they had emerged from the mountain tunnel on the other side, the group was suddenly astonished by the sight of a gigantic citadel that was floating in the air, chained by dozens of massive metal chains that were rooted by the surrounding tall mountains.

Qian Jingjing was gasping in bewilderment, “This gigantic citadel can actually float in mid-air?!”

Lu Qingyun muttered, “This citadel is too massive. In order to float in this manner, there must be a massive artefact core that is supporting it and this artefact core can only be a Heavenly Relic artefact core.”

Zhao Riyue said weakly, “This is such a waste of cultivation resources to melt the Heavenly Relic into an artefact core to support this massive citadel. More than a thousand divine swords may be able to be forged from this artefact core alone.”

“We lack the cultivation strength to extract this artefact core. Moreover there is no way we can carry it too. It must be equally massive.” Zhao Xingye pointed out.

“The real question is,” Lu Qingyun said. “How do we get up to this gigantic citadel?”

Qian Jingjing asked, “Brother Qingyun, you want to explore this citadel? I got an ominous feeling about it. Maybe we can go elsewhere? There are still plenty of places to explore. We only have three hours left now.”

Lu Qingyun was drawn to this citadel for an unknown reason. So he nodded, “I guess so. There may be profound treasures in this citadel. This citadel looks more intact than the ruins that we have seen.”

Then he was looking at the massive chains with a grin, “We can take the chains up. So, who is with me?”

Everyone could feel that the winds here were extremely strong and it would take a mad man to want to climb the chains to reach the floating citadel.

Qian Jingjing, Zhao Riyue, Zhao Xingye and all the others: …

Zhao Riyue smiled weakly, “Senior, are you really sure about this?”

Lu Qingyun nodded, “I think that I will be able to do this alone. After all, I have the profound strength of a golden celestial now.”

Then he turned to look at Qian Jingjing, Zhao Riyue and Zhao Xingye. “We are all here for our lucky occurrences. Don’t wait me here. Look for your own opportunities. I will be fine, don’t worry and I hope that you will all be fine. Alright?”

Lu Qingyun was right. Climbing the chains against the strong winds would indeed require a cultivator to have the profound strength of a golden celestial first or they would lose their grips easily.

With great reluctant, they were forced to nod.

“Help me to take care of Maiden Qian. Farewell.” And Lu Qingyun was already speeding for the nearest chain.

Qian Jingjing was sighing softly…

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Chapter 206: Seventh Rank King Raptor

A Seventh Rank King Raptor was now raising its claw with startling speed to attack a group of cultivators.

Its claw attack was so devastating that it imploded the thick wall, leaving behind its claw mark behind a cultivator that it was attacking.

Behind the Seventh Rank Raptor was a group of eight Fifth Rank Raptors.

And behind the cultivator was a group of twelve cultivators.

These two groups were all watching the fight keenly between the two champions.

The lone cultivator that was fighting the King Raptor was Zhao Xingye.

There were many dead bodies of the cultivators and raptors around them but for most of the cultivators, they had already escaped by burning the talisman.

The cultivators that were left were those that stubbornly refused to abandon their other companions. At the same time they knew that if too many of the talismans were burnt at the same time, this would decrease the odds of survival for those that need to escape.

Moreover this group of cultivators was really very close to one another. Among them was naturally Zhao Riyue her twin sister.

The messy fight had now become a fight between two champions of these two groups.

The cultivators were astonished that the raptors had suddenly stayed their hand; if the raptors had chosen to attack all at once, their small group was certain to be obliterated by them. After all, most of these raptors were at the fifth rank level.

Perhaps it was because of Zhao Xingye that had slain three of the fifth rank raptors and her feat had caught the attention of the king raptor.

Although Zhao Xingye was only a fourth realm expert but with the mental empowerment of her twin sister, her strength had risen to that of a fifth realm golden celestial.

But even then, she was defending more than attacking against the Seventh Rank Raptor. A Seventh Rank Raptor was capable of tearing apart even a sixth realm golden supremacy and Zhao Xingye was only a fifth realm golden celestial.

Without the enhance speed and the mental intuition that was given by her twin sister Zhao Riyue, she would be torn apart long ago.

The Seventh Rank Raptor of course was not aware that Zhao Xingye astonishing reflexes was due to the mental guidance and mental empowerment of another cultivator.

Zhao Riyue watched the fight with astonishing keenness as she lifted her sister away from harm again and again with her profound strength. But she was now breaking into heavy sweat and was trembling now; it was because she had expended too much of her profound strength and mental energies.

She was now almost at her breaking point and in another few blinks of an eye, she would collapse from sheer exhaustion. When she fell, so would her twin sister Zhao Xingye!

As for Zhao Xingye, she was already at her breaking point. If it was not for her twin sister, she would have been torn apart already by now.

All of a sudden a white flash of light had appeared between Zhao Xingye and the King Raptor, separating them from their fight.

The white flash of light had come from Lu Qingyun’s two beaming divine swords!

Zhao Xingye, Zhao Riyue and many of the cultivators were gasping when they saw that it was Lu Qingyun. It was because he was now a true celestial, a golden celestial!

Although Zhao Riyue could temporary elevated her sister to the level of a golden celestial fighter but there was no way she would change her cultivation characteristic to a real golden celestial. A golden celestial was a golden celestial because of their regeneration abilities and was much tougher.

At the very least, a golden celestial would not be torn apart by the Seventh Rank King Raptor with only one or two hits since even their skeleton would also become golden and was much tougher than any of the fourth realm cultivators.

At the same time Qian Jingjing had also arrived at the scene and was shocked to see the monstrous size of the King Raptor and its malicious claws towering over Lu Qingyun.

She panicky shouted, “Brother Qingyun, be careful!”

Lu Qingyun had immediately displayed his ‘Alpha Soaring Heavens as One’ with his right divine sword and the ‘Beta Soaring Heavens as One’ with his left divine sword.

These two powerful sword arts had immediately swept the King Raptor aside, causing it to fall to one side of the ground.

Zhao Riyue, Zhao Xingye and the other cultivators were all gasping softly; they had never seen such a profound display of sword energies before.

Lu Qingyun however was not too glad about his feats. It was because he could see that his two powerful sword arts were only able to knock it aside but not hurt it.

Immediately he raised both of his divine swords high up in the air with his newly golden profound aura as his animus. This next attack was going to be his most powerful attack ever, merging his profound aura with his profound strength.

This was his ‘True Soaring Heavens as One’ sword art, merging the speed of the ‘Alpha Soaring as One’ with the profound power of the Beta Soaring Heavens as One’.

A beam of towering profound energies had enveloped his two upright divine swords and had begun to follow his directed swing against the King Raptor, immediately puncturing through its scales and because the outburst of sword energies were so devastating, two unfortunate raptors that were caught in the blast behind were instantly obliterated.

The King Raptor was bemoaning loudly as it was caught in the full blast of the attack.

All the cultivators were now cheering now. It was because they did not expect that a fifth realm golden celestial would actually have the profound power to defeat a Seventh Rank King Raptor.

Zhao Xingye was blinking her eyes as she stole a glance at her sister with a silent thought, “Is he really a fifth realm golden celestial? His powerful sword energies are in the realm of the seventh realm sword energies cultivator.”

Zhao Riyue was also exchanging silently with her twin sister, “Even a saint may not be capable of using such powerful sword energy attacks.”

Lu Qingyun was also startled by his new profound strength. “This is the strength of a golden celestial? The disparity between a fourth realm and a fifth realm expert is so vast…”

Just as he was about to swing his sword to make another move at the King Raptor, Zhao Riyue quickly said. “Don’t. This King Raptor is quite honorable to fight us one to one. Even if it is only a desolate beast but it is better than most cultivators that are without any honor. Let it go.”

Lu Qingyun nodded as he pulled back his two divine swords to his back.

When the King Raptor saw his gesture, it seemed to understand. It gave a huge bemoaning roar before turning back clumsily. The King Raptor was quickly followed by the other raptors.

Zhao Riyue and Zhao Xingye quickly greeted Lu Qingyun with a hand bow as they said respectfully, “Senior, thank you for coming to our aid.”

Zhao Xingye chuckled as she added, “Or should we call you Celestial Lu Qingyun now?”

“Or Senior Celestial Lu?” Zhao Riyue was giggling.

Lu Qingyun returned a weak smile at their tease. He was not used to being addressed as a Celestial. In the Celestial Realm, fifth realm experts were the true celestials and were called the golden celestials. At such, they had an honorable celestial title attached to them, according to their cultivation realm.

He had never dreamed that one day he would be a golden celestial. Qin Keqin was a golden celestial and unless he was a golden celestial himself, there was no way he could be with her.

Maybe he could even win the approval of Saintess Jade Light now.

Qian Jingjing looked immensely proud of Lu Qingyun when all the protégés of the Heavens Ridge Villa were now looking at him with awe.

“He is Lu Qingyun?”

“He is really dashing…”

“I’ve heard that he has a bad reputation…”

“The rumors are not true at all…”

Zhao Riyue quickly said to her protégé sisters, “Don’t be rude and greet this Celestial Lu! Don’t forget that his master is an elder of our sect. Therefore he is also your senior.”

Immediately the protégés of the Heavenly Fragrance Villa were all greeting, “Our greeting to senior! Our respect to Celestial Lu!”

Lu Qingyun smiled weakly. He was not used to being greeted by so many. Moreover these maidens were all core protégés of the Heavenly Fragrance Villa and they were all mostly fourth realm experts. He was only a fourth realm expert not too long ago.

But this was the protocol of the Celestial Realm. The disparity between a fourth realm level and a fifth realm level was simply too great. Although there were many peaked fourth realm experts but overcoming the barrier to become a golden celestial was simply too great and many had perished during the life and death tribulations.

Lu Qingyun asked Zhao Riyue and Zhao Xingye, “What is going on here?”

Zhao Riyue said weakly, “We are combing the ruins here when we are attacked by these raptors. It seemed that we are in their territory.”

Lu Qingyun looked at their numbers with an anxious look, “Only a few of you have remained?”

Zhao Riyue said without a hint of sorrow, “We have actually split into three groups of about thirty each to better comb this place. After all, we only have six hours.”

Then she took a look at the bodies of five of her protégé sisters as she lowered her glances, “We have lost seven of our protégé sisters here. The remaining protégé sisters are back outside now.”

Lu Qingyun saw that there were many other dead cultivators too. These cultivators must have followed Zhao Riyue and her group when the attack occurred.

He muttered quietly, “Let’s bury them first before we go deeper.”

Zhao Riyue replied with trembling voice, “No need.”

She had quickly taken out a talisman and a fire pill from her spatial ring. With a flicker of her fingers, she had imbued her profound strength into the talisman and had sent it flying with the fire pill into one of the bodies, detonating it into a fiery fire.

Lu Qingyun was startled. This was the Samsara Fire. Unless there were profound energies to resist this fire, it would continue to burn until there was no flesh that was left. And dead cultivators were unable to muster any of their profound energies.

The rest of the protégés of the Heavenly Fragrance Villa were all doing the same as they burnt the bodies of the dead. This was actually the greatest respect for the dead to prevent their bodies from being defiled by the desolate beasts.

Lu Qingyun could see beyond the cool countenance of Zhao Riyue, Zhao Xingye and the other maidens that they were grieved but they had chosen to suppress their emotions of their hearts. In fact many of them had red sorrowful eyes as they burnt the bodies of their beloved protégé sisters.

He began to sigh quietly.

But he was soon startled by Zhao Riyue who said to him, “Senior, may you guide us. We will follow you.”

“Follow me?” Lu Qingyun asked.

Zhao Riyue nodded with a melancholy sigh, “I’ve led my protégé sisters to their deaths and caused the deaths of so many of the other cultivators. I am not worthy to lead anyone now. Why don’t senior lead us instead? You are not only our senior but also a golden celestial. If you are not fit to lead us, who is?”

Lu Qingyun smiled bitterly, “This is a most unfortunate encounter and it can happen to anyone. How can I be worthy of leading anyone?”

But all the maidens from the Heavenly Fragrance Villa were all nodding at him with a fierce determination.

Lu Qingyun smiled weakly as he stole a glance at Qian Jingjing who was nodding to him, “Alright then…”

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Chapter 205: The Good-For-Nothing Savior

Lu Qingyun and Qian Jingjing were moving cautiously along the many tall walls of the ruins when they spotted a group of seven cultivators that were being chased by a terrifying sixth rank devious raptor.

Lu Qingyun had immediately recognized Yu Tianjian and Gongsun Ya from the group. All the cultivators that were in the group were grievously injured and they had claw marks on them. The only reason that they did not die instantly was because they were all fourth realm cultivators of the energy level and they were forcing their agonizing bodies to move with their sheer strength of will.

But their situation was desperate and one of the cultivators had suddenly faltered, becoming the food of the terrifying large raptor that towered over the cultivators. The unfortunate cultivator had managed to buy the rest of the cultivators some time but only barely.

Lu Qingyun did not hesitate as he said to Qian Jingjing, “Wait here!”

Every second was crucial for these cultivators that were below them.

He quickly ran along the slope that was above the pursuing raptor before he leapt suddenly upon the startled sixth rank raptor with two copies of his Divine Sword Jade Light.

Gongsun Ya was startled when a cultivator had suddenly jumped between the pursuing raptor and their group. Although she could only see his back but she was suddenly gasping; it was because she had recognized the divine swords that were in his hands that had belonged to Lu Qingyun.

Lu Qingyun had raised his two divine swords in a swirling fury as he slashed the sixth rank raptor as though he was slicing tofu. The raptor did not even have the chance to react as it was cut down by the sharp blades of his divine swords.

Even Lu Qingyun was startled by his startled outburst of strength. This was a sixth rank devious monster and he did not even have the time to use his sword art. His only thought was to raise his sword to attack it with a couple of quick strokes to buy him time to prepare his sword art.

But when he had attacked with his swords, he found himself attacking so fast that he could not stop in time so instead he had moved along with the flow.

He was actually quite sheepish. It was because he had overestimated his own lightless swiftness skill and had jumped down right in front of the terrifying raptor. His original idea was to jump several steps away from the raptor to prepare his ‘Alpha Soaring Heavens as One’. After all, this was a sixth rank devious monster and the thick armor of this monster may be almost impervious to his normal attacks, even though he was holding onto a divine sword.

“Huh? My divine swords can actually hurt this monster?” He thought with a startled look at his two divine swords. It was only then that he had noticed that his two half-step divine swords were actually now a full earth-step divine sword.

“My strength has grown?” He was startled but he soon had a sudden realization. “My divine sword has been bathed in the Endless Abyssal Sea for a year, absorbing the spiritual essences inside. It has now evolved…”

His thoughts were quickly interrupted by Yu Tianjian who had quickly greeted back, “I thank savior for coming to our aid. If it were not for you, we…”

But when Lu Qingyun had turned around, Yu Tianjian was so startled that he had completely forgotten what he was going to say.

It was because this powerful ‘savior’ was actually the good-for-nothing cultivator Lu Qingyun! This was impossible right?

The second shocker that he had was that Lu Qingyun was now looking at him with his bright golden eyes!

The notorious good-for-nothing cultivator Lu Qingyun was now a true celestial, a golden celestial that all the half-step celestial cultivators were thriving for!

Yu Tianjian’s jaws dropped, “You…are…really…Lu Qingyun?” This time he did not add the good-for-nothing cultivator.

Even Gongsun Ya and the other cultivators were astonished.

Gongsun Ya had actually witnessed Lu Qingyun killing a Fifth Rank Headhunter previously on the way to the Moon Demon Forest. Therefore she did not think that he was actually a good-for-nothing cultivator.

But she was completely taken by surprise that he was actually a golden celestial now.

“He is Lu Qingyun?”

“Isn’t he the good-for-nothing…”

“He is a golden celestial now?!”

The other four surviving cultivators knew who Lu Qingyun was and could not believe their eyes. Yu Tianjian and many others had been spreading damaging stories of a good-for-nothing cultivator that was riding his way through all the competitions and his name was Lu Qingyun. Moreover, the presence of Qian Jingjing in his company reinforces this belief.

Lu Qingyun was really handsome and even the male cultivators were all forced to admit it secretly. So they had all believed that Lu Qingyun had been riding Qian Jingjing and all the other maidens in order to cheat his way through the competitions.

Even Gongsun Ya had thought so.

Although this group of cultivators did not say this but they were all actually thinking that Lu Qingyun may have ride on Yin Shisi and had dual cultivate with her, drawing upon her primordial yin to elevate his own cultivation. Maybe even Ouyang Xue was his partner in dual cultivation and that was why he was now a golden celestial.

Yu Tianjian was not totally ungrateful. He may be arrogant and had looked down on Lu Qingyun but today Lu Qingyun had saved his life. So he said, “Thank you for your aid.” But deep down, he was still looking down on him because he had dual cultivated with the higher realm cultivators to advance his own cultivation.

Moreover, he was actually envious of him because Yin Shisi, Ouyang Xue and Qian Jingjing were all great beauties. There were also Leng Qiuyue and Fairy Ling Xiu that he knew of who were previously with Lu Qingyun.

Lu Qingyun asked, “What is going on here?”

At this moment, Qian Jingjing had also jumped down from the cliff above as she landed gently next to Lu Qingyun.

Gongsun Ya said panicky, “We are with the protégés of the Heavenly Ridge Villa when we are attacked by a group of high level raptors. There is also a powerful Seventh Rank Raptor in the group. Immortal Celestial Zhao Riyue and her group have brought us time to flee while they…they battled…the monsters…”

Lu Qingyun had turned ashen. Zhao Riyue was not a combatant. Instead it was her twin sister Zhao Xingye who was the real fighter.  He quickly asked panicky, “They are in the direction that you have fled from?”


Barely had Gongsun Ya said yes, Lu Qingyun was already running off at full speed!

Gongsun Ya was gasping, “Don’t go. It is a seventh rank raptor king…”

But Lu Qingyun had already disappeared from view and he was accompanied by Qian Jingjing.

Gongsun Ya began to sigh heavily as she muttered, “Let’s hope that he will be alright…”

Yu Tianjian said solemnly, “It may already be too late.”

All of a sudden, the dead cultivator in their group had vanished from view.

All seven of them had actually burned their talismans in order to escape from this place. But it was only when they had suddenly realized that too many of them were burning the talisman at the same time and it was not instantaneous.

Right now, the dead cultivator was being retrieved by the golden celestials that were outside and it was already too late for the dead cultivator. He had actually activated his talisman a good 30 minutes ago.

Gongsun Ya muttered, “What should we do now?”

Yu Tianjian muttered as a cultivator had suddenly vanished from view in their group, “Since we have already burnt our talisman, we can only wait now. If we are constantly moving, the golden celestials outside may even lose our profound signatures and we may even be struck here forever. When that happens, we can only be food for these desolate beasts here.”

Gongsun Ya nodded as she took a forlorn look at the direction that Lu Qingyun had gone to. “I guess that we have no other choice now.”

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Chapter 9: The Secret Deal

Yuan Ji rubbed his chin as he looked at Xia Jiaqing.

He was thinking what to say to her.

After a quick ponder, he said. “I can help you to deal with the four elders but on one condition.”

Xia Jiaqing shifted her eyes before asking, “What is it?”

“I want to have free access to the cultivation resources of the Emperor Hall Sect. I’m not greedy. I only want the third grade pills like the Rejuvenation Strength Pills, Iron Blood Pills, Tendon Grip Pills and the Energy Meridian Pills.” Yuan Ji said.

These were the pills that he needed to regain his profound strength slowly and were relative cheap for a major sect like the Emperor Hall Sect.

Xia Jiaqing was a little surprised, “You don’t want the fourth, fifth and sixth rank pills?”

Yuan Ji laughed, “Fourth rank pills will be expensive and the other elders won’t be happy. As for fifth and sixth rank pills, I doubt you have many or even none at all.”

In the Celestial Realm, sixth rank pills were considered to be divine pills and almost unheard of for any cultivator to possess one. Maybe there were skilled alchemists in the Nine Celestial Fraternity that were capable of concocting one but there were definitely no alchemists in the Desolate Celestial Fraternity that could concoct one.

As for fifth rank pills, it was extremely rare and cost a bomb. If the Emperor Hall Sect had one or two then it may already be considered to be fairly good. There were many major celestial clans that did not even possess a single fifth rank pill at all.

Therefore Yuan Ji was actually making a reasonable proposition to the Palace Mistress.

Xia Jiaqing said, “Do you think that you will be helpful to me? The four elders are sixth realm golden supremacy. What about your cultivation realm?”

Yuan Ji smiled weakly before he said quickly said, “Fourth realm immortal celestial level now.”

“You’re not even a golden celestial yet. How can you help me?” Xia Jiaqing asked curiously.

“Although my profound strength is weaker than the four elders but I am smarter than them. Moreover because I’m a lowly cultivator therefore you know that you can confide in me without feeling that I will be a threat to you.” He pointed out.

Xia Jiaqing smiled, “Do you think that I can trust your mere words? I am not a foolish young maiden…”

“I can also help you to deal with Xue Qianxue. I know everything about her, including her weakness.” He added.

Xia Jiaqing replied slowly, “Your request is reasonable. If you are also willing to help me to deal with Xue Qianxue, then I can give you the benefit of doubt. But how come these pills are more for the purpose of regaining one’s profound strength than actually meant for gaining profound strength?”

Yuan Ji: …

“Haha.” He tried to laugh it off while trying to cook up an excuse in his mind. “I have just overcome my cultivation realm and that is why I need these pills. If my inner spiritual sea is weak, how will I be able to help you?”

Xia Jiaqing laughed softly, “You are right. Deal then.”

She began to shift her legs to get off her bed.

But at this moment, Yuan Ji’s sharp eyes could see between her two legs and he was suddenly flustered.

Xia Jiaqing was also flushing on her cheeks as she was suddenly aware what he was looking at. Although nudity was common among the cultivators but this was another matter entirely.

With a soft laugh, she tried to quickly put this matter aside as she walked to the table before she poured a cup of wine for him with a smile, “A toast to our secret agreement then.”

Yuan Ji returned a smile, “A toast to our future co-operation then.”

But he was actually thinking, “Xia Jiajia or Xia Jiaqing. Although you may claim to be protecting my sect but this is merely your side of the story. I will find out more first. Even if you are my past friend but I can’t forgive you for what you and your sect has done to my sect and to…Ye Chengxi.”

With a soft sigh to himself, “Let hope that you are as innocent as you’ve claimed to be.”

He knew that he had to bid his time until he had fully regained his profound strength. He did not want his enemies, old and new to know that he was back now. A hundred years had passed since he was away and many things had changed.

At least he knew that some of his old enemies like Xue Qianxue were still alive while Xia Jiaqing may have become his new enemy.

While Yuan Ji was having his own thoughts, Xia Jiaqing was also thinking. “Since you want to pretend not to know me then I will just have to pretend to play along with you…”

Yuan Ji was now lying on his bed and he was thinking of Xia Jiajia. Or rather, Xia Jiaqing the Palace Mistress of the Emperor Hall Sect.

He was suddenly smiling when he recalled her earlier words;

“Do you know that today I’ve met a young man that has a pair of immerse eyes that resemble your eyes? But he is not you. He doesn’t have your beautiful golden eyes. I so much wish that it is you today and not him…”

He began to feel his empty chin. “What if she knows that I’m really him one day? What will be her reaction?”

He began to chuckle at the thought.

But he was soon thinking as he cast aside he turned solemn, “No! She must never, never know that Yuan Ji is really Ji Yuan or I’ll become a laughing stock.”

Then he started to prepare his future plans. “First I will regain my profound strength and seek vendetta for my sect. Then I will find a way to sneak into the Celestial Orthodox Sect. There is a remedy in the Celestial Orthodox Sect that can restore my beard.”

His eyes began to beam excitingly at the thought of restoring his beard.

He began to mutter, “The Celestial Orthodox Sect…Sacred Maiden Xue Qianxue…”

His mind began to wander to the events that had taken place one hundred years ago…

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Chapter 204: In the Ancient Celestial Ruin (4)

Lu Qingyun had quickly picked the Celestial Flower of Life and had left hurriedly.

He was feeling really excited about this find and knew that he had a rare spirit plant in his hand. He was now one more step closer to create his life-giver sixth rank divine pill.

After making sure they were now at a safe distance from the Fluffy Desolate Rabbits, he said to Yunqing, “Erm, I am so sorry that I’ve turned you into a spirit entity. You must be so sad to be separated from your mother.”

But Yunqing merely returned a faint smile, “I am happy to be in this form.”

“Huh?” Lu Qingyun did not truly understand what she had meant by that.

Even Qian Jingjing was feeling guilty that Yunqing was forced to be apart from her family as she muttered, “Sorry Yunqing…”

But Yunqing laughed jovially, “Great Benefactor and Master, don’t be sad. Yunqing is really happy to be with you.”

Yan’Er was nodding, “That’s right. Yunqing isn’t sad. She is really happy!”

Lu Qingyun and Qian Jingjing stole a glance at each other. They could not understand why Yunqing and even Yan’Er did not seem to be bothered with the fact that they were addressing them as masters and they were servitude to them.

In the Celestial Realm, even though the desolate beasts and the celestial cultivators dwelled side by side but very little was known about the desolate beasts. It was because the desolate beasts mostly dwelled below the mysterious desolate mists that blanketed the mountains below.

No one ventured too deep below the desolate mists as the deeper they go, the more likely a higher ranking desolate beast would be encountered. At the same time, the spiritual force below the desolate mist was a poor sustenance for the cultivators, impairing their ability to regain their profound strength and to cultivate.

The cultivators did not really know that the desolate beasts also had a desire to transcendent to the Immortal Realm as a divine beast or evolve to a spirit form. This spirit form was actually the human form which all the desolate beasts had the secret desire to evolve into.

It was because the human form was the form of the first immortals and was the ultimate creation of the Endless Abyssal Sea.

Therefore Yunqing was really happy that she now had the likeness of a human. Because of this, even her kind was extremely jubilant for her. That was the reason why the Eighth Rank Fluffy Desolate Rabbit Queen had not only let Lu Qingyun to go and had allowed him to pick one of the Celestial Flower of Life.

So Yan’Er was right that Yunqing was really happy.

But of course if Yunqing did not become a sentient spirit entity then the Eighth Rank Fluffy Desolate Rabbit Queen would definitely be hostile.

Lu Qingyun began to look at Yan’Er and Yunqing before he looked at Yan’Er again, “Why is it that my Yan’Er is only a little child?”

Yan’Er chuckled as she pointed at Yunqing, “Because I’m very young while she is so old.”

Lu Qingyun: …

“But Yan’Er is a Ninth Rank Golden Roc, am I right? You should be thousands of years old.” Lu Qingyun frowned lightly. It was because Yan’Er could not possibly be so young. She had to be thousands of years old in order to evolve into a powerful ninth rank golden roc.

Yan’Er chuckled, “I’m only ten thousand years old while she is at least a hundred thousand years old.”

Lu Qingyun was startled as he stared at Yunqing. “What?! She is a hundred thousand years old?! But she is only a fifth rank desolate beast…”

Qian Jingjing giggled. “Actually I should have guessed when I saw her size earlier. Usually the ones that are around are the small ones. I guess that their kind evolve quite slowly elsewhere Yan’Er kind evolve faster.”

Yunqing was nodding with a smile, “Indeed master is right. Also, my mother is a million year old.”

Lu Qingyun blinked his eyes at Yunqing. He really could not imagine an existence of a million year old. He had heard of spirit plants that are a million year though but not desolate beasts. Are these desolate beasts immortal? He seriously did not think so.

He did not know that the desolate beasts in this ancient ruins were truly immortal beasts and had infinity lifespan compared to the outside. It was because these desolate beasts were all trapped in a timeless space of the Pangu Suppressing Array.

“Well…” Lu Qingyun smiled to Yunqing. “Welcome aboard. We are happy to know Yunqing.”

Yunqing was smiling, “I am really happy to be able to talk and given a new life. Thank you Great Benefactor.”

She was addressing Lu Qingyun the same way as Yan’Er was addressing Qin Keqin. It was because these spirit entities knew in their hearts and had a link with the person that had awakened them even though they may not necessary be their masters.

As Qin Keqin was the one that had awakened Yan’Er, Yan’Er would also listen to her even though she was not her master.

Lu Qingyun and Qian Jingjing soon come to a place with mighty walls that were so imposing that they were like hills.

The sight of these walls completely stunned them.

“Who will build something like this?” Lu Qingyun muttered.

“Brother Qingyun, I got a weird feeling about this place. Isn’t this an ancient celestial ruin? How come I got a feeling that this is an immortal ruin?”

“Jingjing, I don’t want to lie to you. Indeed. This place is pre-dated before the celestials and is sealed off by the Great God Pangu.” Lu Qingyun said quietly.

Qian Jingjing gasped softly with shock, “We are in an immortal ruin?!”

Lu Qingyun grinned, “That is right.”

Qian Jingjing pondered for a while before she said, “It is no wonder that the Heavenly Fragrance Villa is willing to expend so much of their cultivation resources for this expedition. This place is like a wonderland of celestial treasures. I wonder if I may be able to find a piece of the heavenly relic and get my own divine sword?”

Lu Qingyun laughed softly, “Sure you will.”

As they chatted, they quickly moved in through the cracks of the huge monument walls that were taller than even the tallest gigantic trees here.

They were soon on the other side of the wall.

What greeted them on the other side was a shocker; there were golden skeletons of the cultivators and the gigantic skeletons of the desolate beasts everywhere.

Lu Qingyun was startled as he said to Jingjing, “These are the ancient remains of the golden celestials?” He quickly added. “No, to be more precise, these are the ancient remains of the immortal cultivators that had perished here.”

Qian Jingjing was also startled by the sight of the thousands of ancient skeleton remains that stretched for miles amidst the thousands of tall trees in the vicinity. “This is like an ancient battle field.”

As Lu Qingyun walked forward, suddenly he had kicked something on his foot by accident and he bended over to pick it up. It was a small silver metallic object the size of his palm that was extremely heavy. He was gasping as he blinked at Qian Jingjing who was also curious what he had picked up, “This…this is a heavenly relic!”

He quickly transferred his profound strength into the heavenly relic and no sooner had he done so, the heavenly relic was immediately hovering on his palm. “This heavenly relic is good enough to be made into a divine weapon. Jingjing, you may have it.”

Qian Jingjing was gasping, “Brother Qingyun, it is for me? But it is your lucky occurrence. How can I deserve it? This is far too precious.”

She quickly averted her eyes shyly before saying melancholy, “You’ve already done so much for me. You have even given your precious Divine Profound Pill to me. Lucky you’re now a golden celestial or Jingjing will be even more guilty. No, I can’t take this…”

But Lu Qingyun interrupted gently, “I’ve already got a divine sword. Or rather two divine swords now. It is alright. Since this is an ancient battle field, we may find more of these heavenly relics here. But I just got one request and that is to move on quickly. I like to see more of this place before we leave.”

He really had two divine swords now. One was the Divine Sword Jade Light and the other one was a newly obtained Divine Sword Horizon of the Heavens.

Then he chuckled softly, “But whether it can really become a divine sword is up to your providence. Alright?”

Qian Jingjing heisted as she looked at Lu Qingyun before she replied, “Then I keep for Brother Qingyun then. If you want it back anytime, just let me know.”

Lu Qingyun laughed, “That is my good Jingjing.”

Qian Jingjing smiled before she held Lu Qingyun by his arm, “Let’s go.”

Lu Qingyun nodded as he started to comb the area for the sight of any spirit plants and interesting celestial treasures.

As they combed the vicinity, Qian Jingjing asked. “Brother Qingyun, do you know the origins of the Heavenly Relics?”

“I have heard that the Heavenly Relics are only formed when a golden saint has failed to ascend or when a great saint has died. The spiritual remains of these saints are able to form into a Heavenly Relic. But this is only a rumor that I’ve heard.”

Qian Jingjing nodded, “That is actually true. But it doesn’t matter all the time. Maybe 1 in 100 chance for a saint and 1 in 5 chance for a golden saint that has perished. Or 1 in 3 chance if it is a great saint that has failed his ascension to the Immortal Realm.”

“Jingjing, how do you know so much?” Lu Qingyun asked curiously.

Qian Jingjing returned a weak smile, “The Spirit Sword Manor has quite a few Heavenly Relics in its secret treasury and also quite a few divine swords. I was given a chance to view it and was taught about each of the origin of every single Heavenly Relic and Divine Sword that are in the Spirit Sword Manor.”

Lu Qingyun nodded. The Spirit Sword Manor was a major celestial clan and it had dozens of golden celestials. Throughout its long history, it probably had thousands of golden celestials.

He was smiling weakly. He was like an uneducated high level cultivator now compared to Qian Jingjing who knew much more about the history and secret knowledge of the Nine Celestial Fraternity.

He knew of course that Qian Jingjing was revealing a secret of the Spirit Sword Manor. The odds of obtaining a Heavenly Relic was actually a top secret in any celestial clan for this was paid with the studies of numerous golden celestials in its rank. Moreover no celestial clans would want to tell the others that there were more previous Heavenly Relics and Divine Weapons than admitted lest it invited the envious hearts of the cultivators.

“And this Heavenly Relic that Brother Qingyun has just given me is far superior to any of the Heavenly Relics that I’ve seen.” Qian Jingjing added as she took a forlorn look at Lu Qingyun. This gift was far, far too precious…

But Lu Qingyun merely nodded as he continued to walk and was muttering, “There are so many broken divine armors and weapons around here. With a Heavenly Relic, we can even repair one…”

He tried lifting a piece of armor but soon gave up. It was extremely heavy and moreover its soul sea was dead when the previous owner had passed away. This was a special characteristic of the divine weapons and armors. Unless the owner willed it, it was impossible for anyone to take away their divine armaments once it was divine harmonized with it. In order to move a divine armament that had already divine harmonized with the soul sea of a master, a great deal of profound strength had to be exercised and it was extremely tiring.

Therefore Lu Qingyun did not try to move the piece of armor anymore.

He was soon laughing with a sheepish look, “Maybe we can find some divine armaments that did not have a master. These ancient immortals seem to be able to divine harmonize with their divine armaments as though it was an effortless thing. Haha.”

While he was distracted by his find, he did not notice that Qian Jingjing was now leaning even closer to him and was looking at him with great endeavor as though he was already her husband.

“I don’t believe that they are all so pros and not a single noob in the ranks of these immortals. Surely there must be a good-for-nothing immortal cultivator in their ranks…” Lu Qingyun was muttering.

Qian Jingjing was giggling when she heard him. She silently said, “You’re not a good-for-nothing cultivator. You are a hero in my heart…”

“Jingjing, you are not making a search? We have just found a wonderland of treasures that are waiting to be discovered.”

Qian Jingjing merely smiled. She had already found the most precious treasure in her life and that was Lu Qingyun.

Faraway in the Divine Moon Realm;

Fan Yuqing had slowly removed her golden mask in the privacy of her room. Her beautiful face had a weary look but when she looked at the reflection of her divine sword, she was relieved and was glad.

This divine sword was a copy of the Divine Sword Jade Light and was an extra copy that she had kept for herself. In this way, she would know if he was doing fine from looking at his soul sea through the divine sword.

She muttered softly, “So he is a golden celestial now…this is good…I’m doing fine too…”

With a gently smile, she added. “Yun’Er, I miss you so much…”

She was suddenly weeping silent tears, “I’m really fine. We will not be apart for long…”

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Chapter 203: In the Ancient Celestial Ruin (3)

<This chapter is also titled The Mother of Crisis>

As Lu Qingyun and Qian Jingjing were walking in the tall woods, Lu Qingyun noticed that Qian Jingjing was moving slower than usual and knew that she was communicating with her spirit entity in her soul sea.

“Jingjing, I really don’t understand why you will want a lower rank spirit entity. That Headhunter seems a better choice to me.” He asked but he quickly added. “But I admit that she is really a pretty spirit entity.”

Qian Jingjing smiled. “My Yunqing isn’t as useless as you think. Brother Qingyun, do you know that she is now treating my soul sea?”

Lu Qingyun was startled as he stared at her, “What did you say? She can treat your soul sea? I have never heard anything like this before.”

Qian Jingjing laughed softly, “I have never heard of this before too. But when Yunqing saw that I’ve sustained some profound injuries, she offers to treat me. Now I’m feeling much better than before.”

“This is great!” Lu Qingyun was delighted. He was actually anxious about her profound injuries and knew that she was only pretending to be well in front of him. If her profound injuries were light then he would not have given his Divine Profound Pill to her.

“You mustn’t lie to me, alright?” He took another look at her as he added.

Qian Jingjing was now flushing shyly when she saw that Lu Qingyun was now looking at her with concern. She shyly nodded, “Alright.”

“But how did you know that your Yunqing is so special? I mean not only is she a sentient spirit entity but she can also treat your soul sea. This is too amazing. I have almost made a wrong judgment for you.” Lu Qingyun inhaled softly. He was really wrong to suggest the spirit core of the Headhunter for Jingjing.

“This is my sixth sense.” Qian Jingjing laughed softly. “I have a sharp instinct.” She did not want to tell him that she had disliked the Headhunter for many reasons.

She was horrified to think that if the Headhunter turned out to be a lecherous sentient male spirit entity; it would be really inconvenient and awkward for her  when she was in the bathroom with a male spirit entity.

It turned out that her choice was good, saving her plenty of face in front of Lu Qingyun.

Lu Qingyun muttered to himself, “Weird. Usually my instinct is also quite good…it didn’t work this time round…”

As Lu Qingyun looked around his surroundings with his divine sense, he had quickly come to a conclusion. “This place is bigger than we think it is. Although I got an impression that it is just an ancient celestial ruin but this is actually a domain that we are exploring and I’m afraid that this place may be even bigger than New Empyrean City.”

New Empyrean City was not just a city but a city that intertwined with numerous mountain peaks and it was impossible to visit every single peak in a short time.

Qian Jingjing was startled as she stared at Lu Qingyun before she folded her arm on his arm, “I am not afraid. Brother Qingyun will protect me.”

Lu Qingyun smiled, “We will leave this place safe and sound together.”

Then he looked around his surroundings again. “So the cultivators that are in our expedition group are all far apart too. This may not be a good idea.”

“Why do you say so?” Qian Jingjing asked curiously.

Lu Qingyun heaved a soft sigh, “This place has already been taken over by the various powerful desolate monsters and has become a treacherous place. We have already met two powerful desolate monsters in such a short span of time. If we are not careful, we may even encounter the more powerful desolate monsters.”

Qian Jingjing was startled and had turned ashen. She dreaded to think of an encounter with a seventh rank desolate monster. When their camp was attacked by a group of Seventh Rank Devious Cyclopeans, the fight had been hard won and many of the cultivators had lost their lives. They had only won because the Devious Cyclopeans had chosen to retreat and not because they were really victorious.

And it took a Saintess like Yin Shisi to put down a Seventh Rank Devious Cyclopean and it was only because she had seized the opportunity to attack it while it was retreating.

Although Lu Qingyun was able to slay a sixth rank desolate monster now but a seventh rank desolate monster was on another totally different level.

Even Lu Qingyun was solemn and he said quietly to her, “If we see a desolate monster that is higher than the sixth rank, quickly run first. I will hold it off for a while and will join you later. Don’t worry about me. I will be alright. It is not so easy to kill a golden celestial.”

Qian Jingjing slowly nodded with a soft sigh, “Let’s hope that we will always be lucky.”

After walking for a while, Lu Qingyun was suddenly sniffing the air as he said quietly. “Hold first. I sniff something.”

Qian Jingjing whispered in alarm, “What is it?”

Lu Qingyun said, “I sniff the aroma of a spirit plant.”

Qian Jingjing was amused. “What are you? A hound?”

But Lu Qingyun expression was solemn as he whispered, “This spirit plant is most unusual. I must take a look.”

“Huh? Are you sure?” Qian Jingjing was startled.

It was because spirit plants in the Celestial Realm were nourishing to the desolate beasts and it would usually attract plenty of desolate beasts to gather around it. In this way, the spirit plants would also receive protection from the desolate beasts.

In the Celestial Realm, spirit plants were rarely seen above the desolate mists and were different from the ordinary floras or herbs.

These spirit plants were all potent cultivation resources and were often hundreds and even thousands of years old. When a spirit plant was growing, it was in its immaterial state and was invisible to the eyes. It could not be touched either.

Most spirit plants would only materialize when they were several hundred years old, with some taking thousands of years even.

Whenever these spirit plants appeared, there would be similar attribute desolate beasts that would appear in its vicinity to feed off the spiritual aura of the spirit plant to evolve into a more powerful form.

The spirit plants may not stay materialize forever and would dematerialize after some time. This would depend on the species and types of the spirit plants.

But no matter what species the desolate beasts were, it would never hurt a spirit plant. It was like some kind of harmony relationship had been established between the spirit plant and desolate beast. No one really knows what the reason behind it was.

“Let’s approach quietly.” Lu Qingyun said.

Qian Jingjing nodded.

Before long, they were creeping quietly along the edge of a cliff and saw a small clearing below them.

Several pink spirit flowers were seen growing in the middle of the clearing and around these flowers were tens of high ranking Fluffy Desolate Rabbits.

Lu Qingyun looked a little disappointed as he muttered, “There are too many of them for us to have a chance.”

Qian Jingjing asked curiously, “What are these spirit plants?”

Lu Qingyun smiled, “Actually I have no idea either. But these spirit plants radiate a strong life-force. It may be what I need for my alchemy. It may be a potent ingredient that I may need.”

All of a sudden Lu Qingyun had turned ashen as a monstrous desolate beast had suddenly emerged from within the woods. It was a Eighth Rank Fluffy Desolate Rabbit.

An Eighth Rank Fluffy was completely unlike a Fifth, Sixth and a Seventh Rank Fluffy Desolate Rabbit. In fact, it was not fluffy looking at all. Instead of having pink fur, it was covered with heavy metallic white scales. Even its neck was extremely long like a long necked lizard. Moreover its four talons were razor sharp and it had a long tail with long four wicked spikes. Even its head looked like it was wearing a metallic winged helmet and its two fangs were extremely long, protruding out of its mouth.

“It has spotted us…” Lu Qingyun gasped. “We need to flee now…”

Yan’Er was also pleading to him in his soul sea, “Master, it knows we are here. Run please!”

Qian Jingjing was also gasping with fright.

But it was too late.

In a blink of an eye, the Eighth Rank Fluffy Desolate Rabbit had leapt with a thunderous landing next to them!

Lu Qingyun’s jaws almost dropped after witnessing this monster had jumped a mile with only a single hop.

There was no way the two of them could escape from this monster.

Lu Qingyun had immediately flashed his divine sword as he shouted to Qian Jingjing, “Run first! I will hold this monster back. Quickly flee before the rest of its kind surround us!”

Even as he had spoken, tens of Fluffy Desolate Rabbits were hopping in their direction.

All of a sudden the beautiful form of Yunqing had appeared between the Eighth Rank Fluffy Desolate Rabbit and was saying gently to it, “They are my friends. Do not hurt them. I’ve evolved into a spirit entity now…”

The Eighth Rank Fluffy Desolate Rabbit roared thunderously, causing the ground beneath them to tremble dangerously like an earthquake.

Yunqing turned to say gently to Lu Qingyun, “As my great benefactor for helping me to evolve, my queen here says she will allow you to pluck one of the Celestial Flower of Life.”

Lu Qingyun was startled as he muttered, “Really? I can have one?”

This was the first time that he was seeing a spirit entity talking to a desolate beast. He was astonished by the sight but was perplexed at the same time as he thought. “I’ve thought that the spirit entities have little memories of their previous forms?”

But at the same time, he finally knows the name of this unique spirit plant. “The Celestial Flower of Life? Is it no wonder that Yunqing is able to treat Jingjing’s profound injuries?”

Qian Jingjing had almost fainted from fright when the Eighth Rank Fluffy Desolate Rabbit had jumped in front of her and she was now heaving a soft sigh of relief. “Thank you Yunqing…” She swore in her heart that she would never hurt any Fluffy Desolate Rabbits in the future.

“How did you manage to persuade your queen to spare us?” Qian Jingjing smiled weakly.

Yunqing smiled gently, “The queen is my mother.”

Lu Qingyun, Qian Jingjing: …

Lu Qingyun blinked his eyes as he said weakly, “And I’ve just killed her daughter…how did I become Yunqing’s benefactor…”

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