Chapter 58: The Slaughter Trial (2)
The Nine Celestial Fraternity was named as such because nine powerful celestial patriarch orthodox clans ruled over the hundreds and thousands of celestial clans in its divine realm.
Yuan Ji and Ling Feiyue were surprised that they were from the Nine Celestial Fraternity. It was because although the Nine Celestial Fraternity had bordered the Desolate Celestial Fraternity but the cultivators from both fraternities had rarely ever met except when they were taking the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth Trial where cultivators from all over the Celestial Realm would then encounter each other and the encounter was often unpleasant.
Moreover in order to reach the Desolate Celestial Fraternity, a vast desert to the World End’s Mountains and the equally treacherous Moon Demon Forest had to be traversed. Also the cultivators from the Nine Celestial Fraternity would then emerge in the unfriendly territory of the unorthodox fraternity.
But this small group of seven was able to make it through to the Desolate Celestial Fraternity from the Nine Celestial Fraternity therefore all of them must have some extraordinary abilities.
Or maybe they were the lucky survivors of a big group.
Yuan Ji said weakly to Lu Qingyun, “Brother Lu, your sword energies art seems to have reached the acme of perfection. It is my honor to meet a Sword Saint from the Nine Celestial Fraternity here.”
Lu Qingyun sighed softly, “I’m actually not any Sword Saint.”
But he quickly said, “Let me examine your internal injuries.”
Before Yuan Ji could react, Lu Qingyun had struck him on his chest three times and three burst of sword energies that were struck in his body had flown out.
Yuan Ji coughed out a bout of bad blood which was a condensation of his internal blood energies and his body was feeling light again.
He had not really expected his opponent would help him to purge the sword energies out of him.
Yuan Ji politely said, “Thank you for your aid. If I were to purge it myself, it won’t be easy.”
Even if Ling Feiyue were to help him, it would not be easy because this Lu Qingyun’s sword energies were stronger than their profound strength. Although Ling Feiyue’s profound strength was also great but the combine profound power of Lu Qingyun’s profound strength and his divine sword was still not easy for Ling Feiyue’s profound strength to purge and she would end up expending a great deal of her profound strength.
All of a sudden Lu Qingyun said, “Brother Li Yuan, you have been to the secret cultivation hall on the second level of the trial?”
Yuan Ji and Ling Feiyue were both startled that he knew about the secret cultivation hall.
But since this Lu Qingyun did not have any bad intention toward them, Yuan Ji replied. “Indeed we have. How did you know?”
Ling Feiyue had also asked curiously, “Yes, how did you know?”
Lu Qingyun replied with a gentle smile, “When I’ve purged your sword energies afflictions, I can sense my profound aura in your body.”
“Your profound aura?!” Yuan Ji could not understand how Lu Qingyun’s profound aura could have got into his body.
Even Ling Feiyue looked a little confused.
Lu Qingyun smiled awkwardly before he explained, “This is a little difficult to explain…”
All of a sudden Fan Yuqing had interrupted with a soft chuckle, “He had cheated by using his profound strength to raise the rewards of the second level so that the rewards will be max out.”
“It is all thanks to your instigation and you can even laugh. Please don’t do it again. The trial almost drained all his profound strength. Luckily it is only the second level and this trial isn’t exactly a major trial. Or next time don’t expect me to save him.” The veiled maiden by the name of Yue Lingxi said unhappily.
Fan Yuqing rolled her eyes and was laughing, “Luckily the rewards are unexpectedly good.”
Yuan Ji was startled as he stared at Lu Qingyun, “You can affect the rarity of the rewards?!”
No wonder the cultivation methods in the secret cultivation hall seemed unusually good and were all completed copies rather than fragments. Moreover there were so many divine and supreme profound arts that it seemed quite unusual.
Lu Qingyun nodded as he smiled bitterly, “But I won’t do it again. It seems that the trial has evolved a defense against me after I had done it only once. The next attempt won’t be so easy.”
Although Lu Qingyun had never admitted it but saying so was as good as admitting it.
Yuan Ji and Ling Feiyue were truly stunned.
Fan Yuqing chuckled, “No more cheating Yun’Er.”
Yuan Ji pondered for a quick while before he said to Lu Qingyun, “Why don’t we complete this trial together? I have a plan for us all to get enough of the merit points for the next trial level.”
Lu Qingyun said as he turned to look at his group, “This…”
Fan Yuqing interrupted immediately, “So what is the plan?”
There was a beautiful pavilion by the lake that was surrounded by dense woods and mountains.
And in front of the pavilion were two portals, one green and one blue.
A big group of cultivators had camped by the portals and they were killing all the cultivators that had dared to approach the portals.
This group of cultivators was led by Saint Mo Xingku of the Flying Daggers Divine Sect and his allies, which consisted of nearly a hundred cultivators and consisted of eight other golden celestials.
Although there were three hundred golden celestials and two thousand cultivators that were scattered all around the lake and the mountains, none dare to approach the portal.
It was because Saint Xingku was killing all the other cultivators that had dared to approach the two portals and he was really killing the cultivators by aiming their hearts.
That was why all the cultivators were now staying in hiding and did not dare to approach them. Many of the cultivators in hiding were now sighing at the passage of time that had passed.
The truly strong cultivators and groups had already entered through the portals. Although there were many cultivators all around but no single group could take out the Flying Divine Sect and Saint Mo Xingku.
They could only lament why they were so unlucky to be in the same level trial as the Flying Dagger Divine Sect.
Saint Mo Xingku was not interested in the trial and instead he was more interested in killing as many cultivators as possible.
He was jeering loudly with his profound strength now, “The portals are right here and time is short. Why are you all still in hiding? Why don’t you come out and fight us?”
But no one responded to his taunts because that would mean exposing their covers to Saint Mo Xingku and to the other cultivators who were in hiding.
All of a sudden there were a group of nine golden celestials that had appeared from view and they were approaching the portals.
This group consisted of three men and six veiled maidens.
Saint Mo Xingku was laughing, “We actually have some courageous cultivators for company now.”
Immediately a hundred swords were now pointing at the nine golden celestial celestials that were approaching.
The three men were actually Yuan Ji, Lu Qingyun and Ling Feiyue while the veiled maidens looked ‘weak’ and ‘pathetic’.
Therefore in the eyes of Saint Mo Xingku and his group, there were actually only three worthy opponents.
Saint Mo Xingku immediately said, “Kill them. Make sure that you aimed at their hearts. As for the maidens, leave them alone first until I can have some fun with them.”
When he had said that, eight golden celestials and a hundred cultivators had immediately charged at Yuan Ji, Lu Qingyun and Ling Feiyue.
Yuan Ji had immediately raised his divine sword as he ‘killed’ two cultivators. There were two back stripes that had appeared on his hand, indicating that he had just received 20 merit points.
These cultivators were surrounding Yuan Ji as they attempted to wear him off with their wolf pack tactics. It did not matter if their opponent was a saint level opponent or not. It was because even a saint cultivator may not be able to deal with so many swords and so many powerful profound arts that were unleashing at the same time.
But to the astonishment of the one hundred cultivators, something miraculous seemed to be happening.
With every blink of an eye, a cultivator had fallen and every five blinks of an eye, a golden celestial was knocked back.
Except for Yuan Ji, Lu Qingyun and Ling Feiyue were displaying their profound strength to the sixth realm level only.
A cultivator with two heaven-step divine sword was at the foremost charge as he flashed his swords, felling one cultivator after one another.
None of the cultivators had the profound strength to block his sword and was instantly crushed.
Even Saint Mo Xingku was startled that there was such a capable fighter around.
Therefore he had brandished his half-step divine sabre as he charged into the battle fray.
But all of a sudden he was intercepted by Yuan Ji who said coldly, “Your opponent is me. Although this is a trial but you have recklessly taken their lives without showing any mercy.”
Saint Mo Xingku laughed coldly, “I wonder who this brave one is. So it is Li Yuan. You are with that Li Ye. You have saved me the trouble of looking for you.”
After he had said that, he had immediately lifted his sabre with both hands. “This is my Snow Leopard Blood Sabre. Consider this your honor to die under my divine sabre. This is a profound technique of my Blood Snow Sabre Technique.”
With that a powerful profound force had resonated from his divine sabre as it flew toward at the charging Yuan Ji!
Yuan Ji gasped softly as he swung his sword with a wave of his sword energies and completely dissipated the profound force of the incoming Blood Snow Sabre Technique.
Although the Blood Snow Sabre Technique was a powerful profound power art but any high level sword energies practitioner was able to dissipate it as sword energies were the nemesis of profound power arts and could easily dissipate the concentrated profound power at the point of contact.
Saint Mo Xingku was startled that Yuan Ji was able to dismantle his profound power art so easily. “A high level sword energies practitioner? Interesting.”
And the two of them were already exchanging dozens of strokes in a blink of an eye as they engaged in a melee fight.
“You are also a seventh realm expert?” Mo Xingku was frowning lightly at the profound strength that was being displayed by Yuan Ji.
Yuan Ji did not reply him because he was trying focused on defeating Mo Xingku but he was secretly alarmed that Mo Xingku’s profound strength was above him. It must be due to a power profound art that he was practicing.
After exchanging two hundred strokes with Mo Xingku, Yuan Ji had been slashed five times while Mo Xingku had been slashed ten times. However Yuan Ji’s injuries were heavier than Mo Xingku while the slashes that he had given to Mo Xingku were almost negligent.
Even though Mo Xingku was still as cocky as ever but he was secretly alarmed that a third of his group had fallen and the opponents were only two!
All of a sudden he had noticed that the two men were not exactly killing his group anymore but were pushing the wounded and the injured to the back for the six veiled maidens to slaughter for merit points!
When he saw that, he was so enraged that he was shouting as he tried to ignore Yuan Ji to fight the two opponents. “Useless things! You can’t even handle two opponents.”
Yuan Ji swung his left hand and his divine sword had flashed in front of Mo Xingku as he grinned, “Our fight isn’t over yet. So where are you going?”
Mo Xingku smirked, “You are courting your own death. Your friends will be dead in no time even if I don’t step in to aid my group.”
Although he had said that, he was perplexed in secret. It was because there were eight golden celestials and more than a hundred cultivators that were fighting against only two opponents and yet these two opponents were still casually fending off their attacks.
Fan Yuqing knew that there were more than two thousand cultivators that were watching the group fight in the shadows of the vicinity.
So she purposely shouted out loud, “It seems that the Flying Dagger Divine Sect is just so and so. This is just a perfect opportunity for everyone to storm the two portals together.”
When the cultivators that were in hiding saw that the Flying Dagger Divine Sect could not even settle the three fighting intruders, their courage was immediately aroused.
Almost immediately more than two thousand cultivators were all making a beeline for the two portals!
In no time the entire vicinity had turned into a raging battle with no distinction of friends or enemies as everyone began to fight against one another for merit points.
Merit points were flying all over the place now as the cultivators were now slaughtering one another as they moved to the portals.
Mo Xingku was shouting furious, “Hold your lines and don’t let the cultivators reach the portal…”
All of a sudden Ling Feiyue had flashed behind him as she delivered a tremendous palm force on his back which immediately caused him to cough out a bout of blood.
He was immediately startled because this palm force had the profound strength of a great saint!
Yuan Ji immediately flashed his sword to his right hand and had pierced Mo Xingku’s heart as he said coldly, “Usually I don’t kill anyone in the trial but I think you deserve to die.”
Mo Xingku could not believe that his golden body could be penetrated through so easily even though he knew that his opponent had a earth-step divine sword.
It was like his opponent’s profound strength had suddenly increased by a huge leap all of a sudden.
Yuan Ji grinned to Ling Feiyue, “What takes you so long to get your 100 merit points?”
Ling Feiyue chuckled, “It is hard to do the math while fighting. I have the unenviable task of sending the weaker cultivators to the back for Fan Yuqing and her group.”
Yuan Ji asked, “So everyone got the 100 merit points now?”
Ling Feiyue nodded.
Yuan Ji shouted over to Lu Qingyun, “Brother Lu, thank you for your aid and it is our honor to meet such friends as you. We will be entering to the next level now. See you later if we are lucky to meet or in the same trial level as you.”
Lu Qingyun smiled as he said, “Thank you as well. Hope to see you soon if possible.”
Yuan Ji grinned, “Hope you can get a fruitful bounty.”
Yuan Ji and Ling Feiyue returned a quick bow before they quickly disappeared into the blue portal that led to the next level.
After they were gone, Fan Yuqing said to her group. “Now for the real fun to begin. Yun’Er, slaughter them all for their merit points but don’t kill them. We will watch over the portals. Now it is our turn to camp in this place.”
Lu Qingyun had suddenly displayed his profound strength to the seventh level and suddenly two of the golden celestials of the Flying Dagger Divine Sect were ‘killed’ instantly.
Fan Yuqing chuckled to her sisters, “Do you think that we can get 10 000 merit points for my Yun’Er? This isn’t considered to be cheating right?”