Chapter 138: Great Saint Yuan Ji
When Yuan Ji opened his eyes again, he had completed his breakthrough to the upper seventh realm sacred saint level.
Ling Feiyue, Xue Qianxue and Little Princess had all taken out their scented handkerchiefs to wipe away his sweat as they asked at the same time. “How is it? Is your breakthrough smooth? What is your cultivation realm now?”
He looked up to the three maidens with a weak smile, “Thank you for keeping a watch over me. I must say that this really comes at a most unlikely timing.”
Then he was soon grinning, “I am at the upper seventh realm earth-step now.”
Ling Feiyue, Xue Qianxue, Little Princess: …
They could not believe what they were actually hearing.
Did he just skip three steps?
Half-step, mortal-step, earth-step. Yes, that is right. That is three steps!
All the maidens were staring at him with disbelief.
They had expected him to attain to the mortal-step but not the earth-step. It is because every cultivation step at the seventh realm sacred saint level is harder to breakthrough than the lower realms. It is especially so for the upper sacred saint level.
Ling Feiyue muttered, “You are the same as me now…”
“You are a step higher than me…” Xue Qianxue gasped softly.
Little Princess gasped, “You are only a step lower than me…”
Among the three maidens, Little Princess actually had the highest attainment. She is a great saintess of the upper heaven-step sacred saint level.
All the maidens were suddenly cautioning him, “You mustn’t cultivate anymore. You have advanced too fast for your own good. You ought to consolidate your weak spiritual sea first. You need to slow down or there may be unforeseeable consequences …”
Actually they were all saying all these to him not because they were concerned about him but they were now afraid that Yuan Ji could overtake them. Secretly, they actually preferred to keep him weaker than him so that they could have better reins over him.
But at the same time they were truly astonished. It was because Yuan Ji had taken less than a year to reach the upper seventh realm level after he had just broken through to the seventh realm level.
This speed was too fast that it had never happened in the history of the Desolate Celestial Fraternity before!
Yuan Ji rubbed his chins, “Yes, you are all right. Even though I have no negative impact from this breakthrough, my true profound strength is still at the peak middle sacred saint level. I do need to cultivate before I can use the profound strength of the earth-step upper sacred saint level.”
Then he smiled to them, “There is still a little window before my soul sea cannot absorb the spiritual forces from the high grade spirit stones. Do you all have some to spare for me? With your high grade spirit stones, I can quickly replenish my spirit sea…”
“No, we don’t have…”
“Don’t use it. It may be risky for you…”
“You ought to cultivate first to consolidate your foundation first…”
“I don’t think you ought to use the high grade spirit stones…”
“You may have some backlash from using the high grade spirit stones…”
“We need to save the high grade spirit stones from now on…”
“We are now low on supplies now…”
“Especially that there is a forthcoming battle soon…”
“Let’s think whether it is alright for you to use it…”
“We can’t afford to risk the life of our lord here…”
“Ji Yuan, you’re not a power cultivator. Why don’t you need to be at your peak…”
“Better be safe than sorry…”
Yuan Ji: …
Yuan Ji: …
Yuan Ji: …
In the end the maidens had spared him a few dozen high grade spirit stones at the last minute. On the surface, it appeared that they were willing to give him the high grade spirit stones but they had actually taken some time to finish their debate. Therefore Yuan Ji could only use that a few dozen spirit stones before the spiritual boundaries of his soul sea had solidified and he could no longer absorb the spiritual auras in the high grade spirit stones.
Nangong Xiu who was watching nearby rolled her eyes because it was obvious to her that these three maidens were trying to keep him weaker than them.
Yuan Ji smiled bitterly because he had remembered that they had thousands of high grade spirit stones after they had visited an auction house.
But somehow he sensed something was not right so he decided to keep his mouth shut for the time being. Why are they acting so strangely?
Instead he turned to Little Princess, Xue Qianxue and Ling Feiyue to say. “Let me make an introduction for everyone first.”
Xue Qianxue smiled, “No need! While you were cultivating, we had already been acquainted with one another.” Then she began to hold Little Princess’ hands. “From this day onward, Sister Yin is one of us.”
Ling Feiyue smiled alluring, “That is right. We will treat Sister Yin as one of us.”
Little Princess lowered her head to say shyly, “My new sisters had also given me plenty of profound pills to treat my injuries.”
Ling Feiyue chuckled, “We had actually found it in a cave.”
Xue Qianxue pulled Little Princess to her before laughing softly, “Come sister, we are going to tell you a secret. Xiaobai, come with us!”
Little Princess nodded and said to Nangong Xiu, “Please wait here.”
Yuan Ji knew that they were going to tell Little Princess about Bai Qianfeng.
As Nangong Xiu was with them, they did not feel it was the right time to tell her about Bai Qianfeng. Now that Yuan Ji had completed his breakthrough, they were going to a corner to tell her. After all, Little Princess was one of them now.
“Weird. How come they seem to be getting along so well?” Yuan Ji muttered to himself with a perplexed look. He had actually been thinking how he was going to introduce Little Princess to Xue Qianxue and Ling Feiyue.
Judging by their obvious dislike for Nangong Xiu earlier, he was expecting them to react the same manner for Little Princess. But all of a sudden he had noticed that they were not cold to Nangong Xiu anymore and was even acting very amicable toward Little Princess.
“Very weird indeed. I thought that the orthodox and unorthodox cultivators have a burning dislike for the evil cultivators? Why are they so friendly all of a sudden?”
He did not know that Xue Qianxue and Ling Feiyue could tell that he seemed to love Little Princess a lot and they knew that this was something that they could not prevent. Therefore there was no point trying to keep Little Princess out of their midst.
Also Ling Feiyue and Xue Qianxue did not care if Little Princess was an evil cultivator or not. But she was an injured great saintess and they were smart enough to know that if they could become friends then they would not be so disadvantage in the future. After all, no one wants to make an enemy out of a great saintess like Little Princess.
Moreover Little Princess had such a seductive look that they were a little anxious that they may lose favor with Yuan Ji.
At the same time they had also changed their attitude toward Nangong Xiu since she was Little Princess’ follower plus she was not a true threat to them.
Bai Qianfeng had assumed her true appearance now, shifting from a nine-tail spirit fox to a peerless maiden with an imposing presence.
When Little Princess saw Bai Qianfeng for the very first time, she was completely stunned. She would never have suspected that the nine-tail spirit fox was able to transform into such an astonishing peerless maiden.
“Sacred saint level…” Little Princess gasped after she had gauged Bai Qianfeng’s profound animus.
“This is our Sister Bai Qianfeng! She is also an immortal cultivator!” Xue Qianfeng announced proudly.
Little Princess was even more startled, “She is an immortal cultivator? Why is an immortal cultivator doing in the Celestial Realm and not in the Immortal Realm?”
However Little Princess was not wrong. Immortal Cultivators do not have a place in the Celestial Realm.
“I was cast down from the Immortal Realm in an engulfing battle and I had suffered a grievous injury that had almost ended my existence.” Bai Qianfeng said matter of fact. “That is why I have ended up here.”
Little Princess nodded before she said quietly, “I had also heard that immortal cultivators are not able to stay in the Celestial Realm for an extended period.”
Bai Qianfeng averted her eyes before she nodded quietly, “Some powerful immortal cultivators are able to stay longer than the others. Please do not tell Yuan Ji about this.”
Ever since she had lost her celestial sword, she had also lost her anchor to remain in the Celestial Realm. Every time that she had used her profound power beyond the seventh realm, the time that she will have in the Celestial Realm will also be shortened.
Actually there was another anchor that could bind her to the Celestial Realm and that was the slave collar. However Yuan Ji had since removed it.
Xue Qianxue and Ling Feiyue were quite startled that Bai Qianfeng will not be able to remain with them for long. They actually have many questions about the Immortal Realm to ask her but she is always quiet about it.
“Is there a way for you to remain longer in the Celestial Realm?” Xue Qianxue was curiously asking her.
“How long can you remain with us?” Ling Feiyue muttered uneasily. She had come to like Bai Qianfeng and was saddened that she may not be able to stay for long in the Celestial Realm.
But Bai Qianfeng did not answer them and she merely smiled. “It is so good to know the three of you. I hope that I may be able to see you in the Immortal Realm in the future.”
If given a choice, she would not want to leave the Celestial Realm. It was because she had grown attached to Yuan Ji now. Moreover she did not have a home in the Immortal Realm. She is the enemy of the Righteous Immortals and a traitor to her kind.