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Chapter 230: Peace or War

Three days later in the Clarity Valley of the Melody;

Today was the start of the peace talk and each side would be allowed to bring seven aides to accompany their leaders.

The Devil Goddess was naturally accompanied by four of her golden shadows and three other shadows.

Lu Qingyun as alliance leader was accompanied by the three divine rulers, Tang Xuefeng, Qian Jingjing, Saint Tang Yiren and Saint Lin Wucheng.

Although it seemed that both sides had only just a few representatives but along the perimeter of the Clarity Valley of the Melody were thousands of cultivators in waiting.

The righteous celestials were naturally backed by more than two hundred golden celestials and their presences were nerve racking to the dark celestials

Due to the differences in the cultivation methods of the righteous and dark celestials, the progression of the righteous celestials tended to be slower than the dark celestials but because of the same reason, the numbers of higher level righteous celestials were actually more numerous than the dark celestials.

Although the dark celestials had almost two hundred golden celestials on their side but the righteous celestials actually had more golden supremacies and saints.

Lu Qingyun trembled a little when he saw the Devil Goddess as her group stood a good distance away; there was no need for both sides to be near as they could use their profound voice to communicate with great clarity. Moreover, their hearings were also just as good.

He began to wonder, “Master…Keqin…no, I should call you Fan Yuqing from now on…I wonder how your wounds are?”

Tang Xuefeng and Qian Jingjing also had a light tremble when they noticed the change that was in his countenance.

Fan Yuqing aka the Devil Goddess also had a shudder when she saw Lu Qingyun as she said silently, “Yun’Er, you are looking more and more heroic now. So we’re finally on the opposite side now.”

Then she took a quiet look at Tang Xuefeng. “Xuefeng, I wish you good luck with him. From now on, he is yours…”

The Devil Goddess was the first to speak as she raised her voice, “So you’ve requested for a peace talk? Do you mean it? Why don’t you say your terms first?”

Lu Qingyun nodded lightly before he said, “Both sides will retreat to their respective territories before the war starts. We will treat it as though nothing has happened.”

The Devil Goddess chuckled, “Are you sure you aren’t buying time for your supplies to reach you? Or you’re plotting something else?”

Lu Qingyun replied, “No…”

The Devil Goddess interrupted him, “No one will reveal their plans to the others. Even if you are doing despicable acts, you’re still the righteous celestials…”

Immediately, Saint Yuan Chenggong, Saint Linghu Fei and Saintess Su Rushuang were all interrupting coldly. “We will never do anything unrighteous. Look, who’s the despicable ones…”

Lu Qingyun interrupted them. “This is between the Devil Goddess and I.”

Immediately the three divine rulers were all humming as they kept quiet.

Saintess Su Rushuang could not resist a soft chuckle. “We are only trying to protect the honor of our alliance leader and did not mean to interrupt.”

The Devil Goddess hummed coldly before adding, “What about the celestial clans that you had destroyed? What about their lives that you had taken? Can they come back to life? How am I going to answer to all the celestials that are in my three divine realms? Do you think that it is going to be so easy to just retreat and treat as though nothing has happened?”

Lu Qingyun sighed heavily, “Indeed no.”

The Devil Goddess nodded, “Yes indeed.”

Lu Qingyun forced himself to smile, “Both sides have lost many. It is pointless to continue. Since we have such a great feud, why don’t we use the traditional celestial way and have an honor duel with each other to end our feud? Win or lose, as long as one side perishes honorably then we shall all retreat to our respective divine realms and none shall intrude for the next one hundred years.”

The Devil Goddess replied coldly, “I am a little afraid that others may say that I am bullying you.”

Lu Qingyun said quietly, “But you are injured so it is a fair duel.”

“So you are thinking of defeating me and killing this Devil Goddess that you so despise while I am wounded?”

Lu Qingyun nodded slowly, “This is the best opportunity for me, don’t you agree?”

The Devil Goddess returned a nod as she said nonchalantly, “I’m willing to give you such a chance. So we have the duel now?”

When she had said that, all her golden shadows were gasping and they quickly whispered to her, “Don’t! You can’t fight now. This is too crazy. Your wounds will surely re-opened.”

The three divine rulers were all delighted that the Devil Goddess would actually accept a duel from Lu Qingyun. They actually did not know the details of the peace talk and had thought that Lu Qingyun would be only be a fool for trying to persuade the Devil Goddess.

This was much better than they had expected!

Today the Devil Goddess would perish in this very valley!

They were all thinking, “The Devil Goddess did not know that our Alliance Leader Lu actually commanded two saint-step divine swords. With her current condition, she is only courting her own death!”

Lu Qingyun shook his head, “We shall have our duel in a month time.”

When he had said that, all the divine rulers and the celestials from both sides were startled.

Even the Devil Goddess appeared to be startled as she said, “You’re not afraid that I may recover in a month time?”

Lu Qingyun said quietly, “Only then will the duel be honorable. I want to fight the peaked Devil Goddess.”

The Devil Goddess chuckled softly, “I have no reason to reject a proposal that is stacked to my advantage, right? Therefore I accept your honor challenge.”

All of a sudden Lu Qingyun had brandished his two saint-step divine swords and had thrust them in front of her. “I won’t be easy for you to beat now. I will suggest that you get yourself a better weapon to duel with me.”

The three divine rulers nearly spurted blood when they saw that their Alliance Leader Lu had just revealed his trump cards in front of the Devil Goddess.

“Is he stupid or what?” They were cursing him silently.

The Devil Goddess hummed coldly as she flashed her Primordial Heaven Chart into a blue divine sword, startling everyone with the presence of her divine sword.

It was because the blue divine sword that she had just flashed was also a saint-step divine sword!

Saint Yuan Chenggong and the other two divine rulers were all startled, “The Devil Goddess can use a sword?!”

All of a sudden another white divine sword had also appeared in front of the blue divine sword and it was another saint-step divine sword!

Fan Yuqing had transformed her Tranquil Flute to a saint-step white divine sword!

“As you can see, I’ve two saintly divine swords too. Therefore are you regretting your decision now to give me a month’s grace?”

Lu Qingyun smiled and said, “As expected from the Devil Goddess.”

With that, he had turned his back around.

As he turned around, he was saying quietly to himself. “You will always be my master and my Keqin.”

Fan Yuqing stared blankly after him as she said silently, “You will always be my Yun’Er…”

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Chapter 35: This Is My Gift (2)

There were dozens of magnificent palaces within the heaven gates of the Orthodox Sword Clan with each mountain peak housing one magnificent palace.

Yuan Ji had never stepped into any of the top seven major orthodox clans before and he was dumbfounded by the sights of the many lofty palaces, pavilions and white celestium platforms that were visible to the naked eyes. It was liken to the sight of seeing dozens of celestial clans instead of just one celestial clan.

Before he had come here, he had already heard that the Sacred Maiden Xue Qianxue resided in one of the thirty peaks of the Holy Maiden Peaks. The name of her palace was called the Sacred Maiden Tranquil Palace and it was the most beautiful palace in the Holy Maiden Peaks.

Yuan Ji had taken a quick look around and saw that there were thousands of female protégés practicing their sword arts on the many open platforms. At the same time he saw that there were also many golden celestials and high level cultivators in their ranks.

Soon, he was in the guest hall of the Verdant Tranquil Palace and it was the nearest palace to the heaven gates.

The group of holy maidens said to him, “Our Sacred Maiden will be here soon. Please wait here for a while and please help yourself to the spirit dews from the Heavenly Celestial Peaks that is in the pot here.”

They bowed respectfully before saying. “We shall take our leave now.”

Yuan Ji knew that Xue Qianxue would surely show up. It was because he had a way to make her read his ‘cheap’ and ‘worthless’ letter.

And he was proven right.

It was because the cover of the letter wrote that this letter was from Ji Yuan.

The content of the letter had nothing special in particular except for the lines, “The fluttering snow as white as the Goddess Maiden Qianxue and the spirit songs as vivid as the Goddess Maiden Feiyue. To have the two beautiful goddesses to dance with the strokes of my beautiful beard is as heavenly as the sight of the immortal fairies.”

It ended with the lines, “I know where Ji Yuan is.”

In short, his letter was pure provocation rather than any precious gift.

He had overheard the conversations that were between Xue Qianxue and Ling Feiyue; this poem irked them and that was the very reason why Ling Feiyue had set him up against Xue Qianxue.

It was because Yuan Ji knew that Xue Qianxue probably had plenty of false claimants coming to her on the whereabouts of Ji Yuan to get her rewards. Over time she must have seen plenty of fraudsters and over time, she may have lost her interest in the false claimants.

Therefore his aim was to get her attention on the cover of the letter first and then to provoke her in the content of the letter. Only then would she be willing to meet him.

In a short while time, Xue Qianxue had indeed arrived and she was alone.

As a matter of fact, she had arrived sooner than he had expected.

Yuan Ji was gasping when he saw her; it was because he had almost forgotten how peerless her appearance was. As was in the past, she still bundled her hair into a long side pony tail. Her loveliness was still as melting to the hearts and she was more adorable as ever before.

Even though she appeared to be upset but instead of having an ugly countenance, it was changed to a more adorable countenance instead.

The more provoked she was and the uglier her negative emotions were, the more her loveliness was shown and the more adorable she looked.

Xue Qianxue gave a soft gasp when she saw Yuan Ji but she soon displayed an uninterested look as she said nonchalantly, “You’ve better not lie to me. You know Ji Yuan’s whereabouts?”

After she had said that, she had thrown the letter like a secret projectile to the ground, piercing the letter halfway into the floor tiles like putting a knife on a piece of tofu.

Her internal profound strength was indeed startling!

It was also a warning to Yuan Ji not to lie to her.

Xue Qianxue said coldly, “There have been countless foolish cultivators that had thought of lying to me and they had all paid heavily. I hope that you are not one of them.”

Yuan Ji smiled bitterly as he eyed the letter that was pieced into the floor, “Of course I will dare not. If not I won’t be coming. You’ve better prepared your 10 000 high grade spirit stones for me to use, the sooner the better.”

Xue Qianxue hummed coldly as her eyes stole a glance at the letter, “That will depend on your answer.”

Yuan Ji chuckled, “Actually I am not interested in your rewards but I need two things from you before I can reveal Ji Yuan’s whereabouts to you.”

Xue Qianxue looked at him curiously, “Which is?”

Yuan Ji smiled, “Before that, let me greeted Sacred Maiden Xue first. I’m Yuan Ji the Palace Master of the Emperor Hall Sect.”

Xue Qianxue gasped softly, “You’re that dead man Yuan Ji?”

Yuan Ji: …

Xue Qianxue quickly corrected herself, “I mean soon to be dead man in another five months. No one can win a challenge from the Hundred Flower Divine Palace.”

Yuan Ji smiled bitterly, “As long as righteousness exists in the heavens, I will not lose hope.”

Xue Qianxue looked at him quietly before she laughed lightly, “Although there is righteousness in the heavens but only the hearts of the righteous can find it. You are not. You are just a vermin.”

Yuan Ji: …

“Why is she cursing me?” He bitterly cursed her in his heart. “But her smiles are really so beautiful and cute…”

Xue Qianxue said impatiently, “I don’t have all the time in the world. Hurry up and tell me the two things that you want from me?”

Yuan Ji smiled coolly as he said, “Firstly, I want the divine remedy of the Orthodox Celestial Sect for growing back beards and secondly, I want to know who Xia Jiajia really is.”

Xue Qianxue was suddenly giggling and she had her hands on her belly. This made her look even more lovely and adorable.

But Yuan Ji was not amused as he asked, “What’s so funny about my requests?”

“Nothing. I was just thinking why you don’t want the high grade spirit stones and instead you want some cheap remedy.” Xue Qianxue continued to chuckle.

“Oh? That is my business…”

All of a sudden Xue Qianxue had raised her palm and struck Yuan Ji’s violently on his shoulder, sending him to fly and crash with a thunderous impact against the wall!

Yuan Ji was completely taken by surprise from her attack as he coughed out golden blood. He struggled to speak weakly, “Why did you attack me all of a sudden? Don’t you want to know where Ji Yuan is?”

Xue Qianxue returned him a delightful smile, “Do I need to know where Ji Yuan is when he is now standing right in front of me now?”

Yuan Ji was startled as he thought, “How did she know?”

As though Xue Qianxue could hear his thoughts, she explained delightfully. “You must be wondering why I know. Even if you want to deny it now, it is futile to explain because I know that you are really Ji Yuan.”

Yuan Ji was thinking. “Is she playing a mind game with me? Stay calm. No matter what she says, don’t be hasty to admit it. It is only her ruse…”

“Ji Yuan, I’ve been looking for you for so many years and I didn’t think that you will deliver yourself to me? You have insulted my honor that night and I’ve never forgotten you to this day.”

Yuan Ji smiled bitterly, “You must be greatly mistaken. I am not Ji Yuan.”

Xue Qianxue giggled, “I know you are because only Ji Yuan will be interested to get this divine remedy from me…”

Yuan Ji smiled bitterly to himself, “That isn’t true. All my beautiful beard brothers are also interested to get your divine remedy…”

“But do you know that only Ji Yuan knows the name of Xia Jiajia? Not Maiden Xia or Maiden Jiajia. This is the name that she has revealed only to him. Therefore if you are not Ji Yuan then who are you?” Xue Qianxue was giggling. “This is originally our secret code for Ji Yuan to reveal himself.”

Yuan Ji was completely stunned. He had thought that Xia Jiajia was in cahoots with Ling Feiyue but she was actually in cahoots with Xue Qianxue!

And to think that he was here today to help Xue Qianxue avenge her honor against Ling Feiyue.

Just exactly what was the identity of Xia Jiajia was?!

Was she from the orthodox or the unorthodox side?

Yuan Ji had broken into a cold sweat now as the injuries that Xue Qianxue had inflicted on him were not light and he could even feel an invading chilling profound energy that was afflicting him.

But he decided to make one last attempt to bluff his way through, “Your logic has a flaw. I have heard of the divine remedy from Ji Yuan himself. As for Xia Jiajia, I’ve heard from Ji Yuan that she is an astonishing beauty therefore I will like to be acquainted with her…”

Xue Qianxue laughed jovially, “No one will give up 10 000 high grade spirit stones to get a worthless divine remedy and be acquainted with a stranger.”

Just as Yuan Ji was about to protest with another excuse, Xue Qianxue had covered his mouth and was looking at him curiously. “Except for your beardless chin, you look exactly like Ji Yuan too. Also, you still have the same tiny scar that is just above your eye.”

Xue Qianxue had covered his mouth because she had wanted to be sure that he was Ji Yuan and she was convinced now.

Yuan Ji was gasping. He had forgotten the eyesight of a saintess was extremely sharp to notice small details that were not thought possible by the other lower level cultivators. He indeed had a tiny scar above his right eye.

Xue Qianxue was now laughing jovially, “I’ve finally found you. Do you think that I will let you off so easily?”

All of a sudden Yuan Ji had a very bad feeling about this.

“Let me tell you something very interesting first. Do you want to hear?” Xue Qianxue asked him as she gave him a heart melting wink.

But Ji Yuan had no mood to appreciate her loveliness now as he smiled bitterly. “What is it?”

“Do you know that the divine remedy that you’re looking for is actually a fake and is nothing but a bait for you to be hooked into?” Xue Qianxue giggled softly.

Yuan Ji: !!!

He was stunned, “It is a fake? How is it possible?”

Xue Qianxue winked at him with several teasing chuckles before she nodded lightly, “Have you ever considered the fact that why should a female sect like the Orthodox Celestial Sect actually have a divine remedy that can grow a man’s beard? Isn’t that such a strange thing?”

Yuan Ji: …

Yuan Ji: …

Yuan Ji: …

He had really never thought of that before…

All of a sudden he felt extremely stupid.

Instead of fixing Xia Jiajia, he had only found out that Xia Jiajia and Xue Qianxue were actually in cahoots with each other to fix him.

He could only mutter bitterly, “Why did I have to come here for? The truth hurts more and more.”

In the end, he was nowhere near to unravel who Xia Jiajia was.

So he could only say bitterly to Xue Qianxue, “Why did the two of you fix me up for?”

At least before he died, he would have the answers.

But Xue Qianxue chuckled, “The two of us? Are you sure that it is only just the two of us?”

Yuan Ji: …

Yuan Ji: …

Yuan Ji: …

There were actually more conspirers than he had thought?!

Xue Qianxue said nonchalantly, “We have prepared three sets of plans for you to fall into. In the end, you didn’t exactly follow the script.”

Three sets of plans?!

Yuan Ji was startled, “I don’t remember having a feud with you, right? Why did you want to set me up for?”

Then he said bitterly, “If I’m not wrong, then the start of the plan begins with the banquet with my beautiful bearded brothers.”

It was because he had already known that Li Yi was the one that had set him up with Xia Jiajia.

Xue Qianxue chuckled, “You are so smart!”

Yuan Ji smiled bitterly, “So everything is an act? What do you want to get from me?”

Xue Qianxue winked at him, “You still don’t get it? Why did I ask you to shave off your beard?”

Yuan Ji smiled weakly, “Surely you didn’t plan all these just to ask me to shave off my beautiful beard?”

Xue Qianxue giggled for some time before she nodded with great delight, “Of course we did that just to get your beard.”

Yuan Ji was rendered speechless by her, “Did my beautiful beard have a feud with you or something?”

Xue Qianxue refused to answer him and instead she was looking at him intently.

Finally Yuan Ji heaved a heavy sigh, “So how are you going to deal with me?”

Xue Qianxue immediately snapped her fingers loud and returned him a heart melting wink, “You will soon know your fate.”

Yuan Ji smiled bitterly, “Don’t say I didn’t warn you first. If I didn’t turn up for my duel with the Hundred Flower Divine Palace, then I’m afraid the Hundred Flower Divine Palace will wipe out your puny Orthodox Celestial Sect next.”

To think that he had to use the Hundred Flower Divine Palace as his trump card now.

Xue Qianxue replied coldly, “What if the Hundred Flower Divine Palace doesn’t know that you’re even here?”

Yuan Ji: …

“I have heard that Palace Master Yuan Ji is in seclusion now to prepare himself for the duel with the Divine Palace Master of the Hundred Flower Divine Palace. So how can he be here at the same time?” Xue Qianxue winked coyly at him as she laughed jovially.

Yuan Ji: …

Yuan Ji: …

Yuan Ji: …

“Did I just screw myself to a dead end…”

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Chapter 229: Prelude to Peace

Fan Yuqing was startled to hear from the envoy of the orthodox cultivators that they had wanted a peace talk.

“Is this a ruse?” She thought.

“Then we shall meet Alliance Leader Lu in three days later at the Clarity Valley of the Melody. You can go now.”

She promptly dismissed the envoy and took off her mask and looked at Feng Minyue, Xuan Danfeng, Yue Lingxi and Ye Jing.

“Do you think that this is an ambush?”

Xuan Danfeng nodded, “It may be a possibility. We have just killed Saint Gao Tianshou and they may be pulling the same similar stunt on us. They know that they outnumber us and we have lost our element of surprise now.”

Fan Yuqing’s golden eyes looked a little dazed. Actually before they had received the envoy, they had all known from Zhou Hai and their other informants that Lu Qingyun was the one that had wanted the peace talks and he was met with much opposition.

Feng Minyue looked at her and said quietly, “You don’t really care about the peace talks, am I right? You are just thinking that he is engaged to Yun Xuefeng now and you’re brooding because of that?”

Fan Yuqing: …

They had an earlier discussion before the envoy had even come and yet Fan Yuqing was still asking them whether if the peace talk was actually a ruse. This only shows that she was not paying attention to their analysis at all.

Her mind must have wandered away when she had heard that Lu Qingyun had suddenly been engaged to Yun Xuefeng and that was the reason why Fan Yuqing was looking lost now.

They could understand her because she had only Lu Qingyun in her heart and she had often talked about ending this conflict quickly so that she would return to the Heavens Ridge Villa to see Lu Qingyun again.

Fan Yuqing averted her eyes, “He must have hated me so much after he had known that I’m the Devil Goddess. It is impossible between the two of us now. And now he has even engaged to Yun Xuefeng. She is really a nice maiden. I like her as well.”

Yue Lingxi said, “Do you need me to go teach him a little lesson?”

Xuan Danfeng chuckled, “I will go as well to give him a few slaps to wake him up.”

Ye Jing was frowning, “There are so many saints there now. Before you can even reach him, the two of you will be slaughtered by them first. Don’t forget that Great Saint Tang Yiren and Lin Wucheng have just arrived on their side.”

Xuan Danfeng chuckled, “Ye Jing, why don’t you join us?”

Ye Jing laughed softly, “Sorry, I value this worthless life of mine.”

“Lin Wucheng is actually on our side. Why are you afraid of?” Xuan Danfeng laughed.

“This still doesn’t change the fact that we are courting our own deaths if we go there with just the few of us here.” Ye Jing shrugged her shoulders.

Xuan Danfeng returned a weak smile when she had heard Ye Jing. Although she was also a great saintess like Ye Jing but Ye Jing was on par with the Devil Goddess. Without Ye Jing to help them, it was really courting their own death if they were to storm the main camp of the orthodox cultivators.

As a great saintess, she can fight 1-2 saints at the same time but Ye Jing was on a totally different league than her; she could fight 5-6 saints at the same time and could emerge almost unscathed. After all, Ye Jing was once a super villainess that had once rampage throughout the Nine Celestial Fraternity on her own.

In a sense, Ye Jing was no less horrible than the Devil Goddess in her terror. The only difference between the two of them was that Ye Jing was endorsed by the Great Goddess Heaveness and all her crimes were forgiven and she had turned from a super villainess to a super heroine.

Feng Minyue was frowning softly, “It seems that all of you have regained your profound strength already? Since you are all so free, why don’t you help to do some patrolling in the vicinity? I have noticed plenty of hostile activities in our vicinity lately. And that envoy earlier was followed by no less than ten golden celestials and they are secretly planting their arrays along the way. So why don’t you go and give these golden celestials a warning or two first?”

Yue Lingxi coolly said, “I’m going back to my tent to cultivate first. I’ve lost more profound strength than anyone of you.”

Xuan Danfeng chuckled softly, “Actually I have not restored my profound strength to the peak yet.”

Ye Jing laughed lightly, “I was just warning them not to be hasty only. I need to cultivate my profound strength too or else we won’t be their match in time for the peace talk.”

Before Ye Jing had left the tent, she winked at Feng Minyue and Fan Yuqing. “Maybe it is time for the Nine Celestial Goddess to make her appearance.”

Fan Yuqing smiled gently as one by one, Ye Jing, Yue Lingxi and Xuan Danfeng had left the tent.

There was only Feng Minyue now.

Feng Minyue quietly asked her, “Sister Saintess Yuqing, what do you think of the peace talk?”

Fan Yuqing smiled weakly, “It is not a peace talk. It is a duel to the death for either one of us.”

Feng Minyue sighed softly, “Must things go this way?”

Fan Yuqing nodded lightly.

Feng Minyue said quietly, “I will go and kill this Lu Qingyun first before that happens.”

Fan Yuqing said weakly, “If you do so then I will kill myself straight away.”

Feng Minyue: …

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Chapter 34: This Is My Gift (1)

Yuan Ji was now at the foot of the Holy Maiden Peaks where the Orthodox Celestial Sect was.

He was quite surprised to find that he was not the only one who was trying to seek an audience with Sacred Maiden Xue Qianxue.

As a matter of fact, there were hundreds of cultivators that were now camping outside the heaven gates of the Orthodox Celestial Sect.

When they saw him, there were clearly hostilities in their eyes.

“Look, here is another cultivator…”

“He may be handsome looking but the Sacred Maiden has indicated that looks alone do not matter to her.”

“So what if he is another golden celestial? He still needs to queue up just like any one of us…”

“He looks poor…”

“He is definitely poor…”

“Must be someone who is from a minor sect…”

“He can go eat shit…”

“He has actually come alone?”

“He must be a hermit autonomous celestial in some unknown peaks…”

“Hahaha…”

“I don’t even see his clan banner…”

“Looks like someone who has just broken through the golden celestial level and he’s just trying his luck…”

“Isn’t it obvious? He is just in time for the monthly invite. What a great timing that he got here in a nick of time.”

Yuan Ji was actually quite startled by their open hostilities. It was because he was at least a golden celestial and they dared to be so rude to him?

Then he had suddenly realized that these cultivators were only servants to the golden celestials that were around.

As he took a closer look at their banners, he was even more taken aback. These were all the banners of all the other six major orthodox sects and all the prominent orthodox sects that were in the Desolate Celestial Fraternity.

Yuan Ji suddenly had a sheepish look on his face as he thought, “How come I didn’t know that Xue Qianxue is so popular? This is a little too exaggerating. I don’t even see so many suitors that are going after my Chengxi or Jiajia…”

“That’s because the Goddess Fairy Ye Chengxi and Goddess Palace Mistress Xia Jiaqing have turned away everyone.” His inner demon pointed out to him.

Yuan Ji frowned lightly, “Xue Qianxue seems to turn everyone away as well. How come there are so many hundreds of cultivators here? Some of them seem to be here for months even.”

“To be turned away by the Goddess Sacred Maiden Xue Qianxue is the ultimate honor for these cultivators. Therefore they don’t feel any shame at all.” His inner demon analyzed his question to the finest detail. “Xue Qianxue is from the top seven orthodox clans and therefore in the eyes of the orthodox cultivators, she is considered to be the number one goddess. To be able to win her heart or to earn her praises mean great honor to their celestial clans at the same time…

“Therefore, these orthodox cultivators can be shamelessly thick skin in front of her.” Yuan Ji interrupted his inner demon with another deep frown. “I get it now.”

Yuan Ji was of course talking to himself.

Soon the heaven gates of the Orthodox Celestial Clan were opened and several maidens had descended down the flight of stairs to greet the cultivators below.

“Greetings to the holy maidens of the Orthodox Celestial Clan…”

“May you give this flying sword to the Sacred Maiden Xue Qianxue…”

“This is the thousand year red dragon fruit…”

“Ten thousand year Spirit Lingzi…”

“This is the primeval blood of a true dragon…”

“This is a half-step divine sword…”

“Golden life rejuvenation pills…”

“It is the thousand year old silk from the finest celestium silks…”

When Yuan Ji saw the numerous precious gifts that were prepared for Xue Qianxue, his eyes began to roll.

“This is too exaggerating. I didn’t know that even divine swords can be given out in this manner. Golden life rejuvenation pills, thousand year old celestium silk, the precious drop of blood from a true dragon, ten thousand year Spirit Lingzi, flying swords…everything from cultivation resources to powerful weapons…this Xue Qianxue gets all these every month?!”

Yuan Ji was beginning to think that the 10,000 high grade spirit stones for his head were like sands in her eyes now. Every single one of these gifts was all highly coveted in the celestial fraternity. Even the Emperor Hall Sect could only barely afford a single gift that was equivalent compared to one of their gifts.

After some time, the holy maidens said to everyone, “If there are no other gifts then we shall take our leave first. We will show our Sacred Maiden these gifts and she will decide which one of you shall be invited to the guest hall.

Many of the cultivators were now pointing at the flustered Yuan Ji, “There is one more cultivator here. It looks like he has not presented a gift yet.”

“That’s right!”

“Show us your gift…”

“Don’t tell me he is going away without ever presenting his gift?”

“I think he is too shy about showing his gifts.”

“His gifts will be rejected anyway.”

“Hahaha…”

A holy maiden quietly asked him, “Do you have a gift? If not, please leave now.”

Yuan Ji said with a faint smile, “I happen to have the best gift for the Sacred Maiden.”

When he had said that, all the cultivators were all laughing heartily.

Yuan Ji ignored them as he took out a letter, “I’ve a letter for the Sacred Maiden.”

The holy maiden: …

Everyone: …

The holy maiden began to laugh jovially and so were all the listeners around Yuan Ji.

“A letter?!”

“A love letter to be more exact?”

“This is such a cheap gift…”

“Is it a recommendation letter?”

The holy maiden laughed jovially, “Our Sacred Maiden does not read any of the letters that her admirers sent. Don’t say I didn’t warn you first. So other than this letter, do you have another gift to send to her?”

Yuan Ji replied coolly. “This letter is already the best gift.”

The holy maiden hummed coldly as she stared at him with a look of disbelief, “Good luck to you then.”

With that she had taken her leave with the other holy maidens.

When they had left, all the cultivators were all laughing out loud at Yuan Ji.

“Look at him. Only a letter and no gift?”

“Is he trying to spoil the mood of the Sacred Maiden and screw us all at the same time?”

“The Sacred Maiden won’t even bother to read your letter at all. Why don’t you leave now, rather than be an embarrassment to yourself?”

Yuan Ji said nonchalantly to them, “All these precious gifts just so that you can be invited to the guest hall? You don’t even know if you can see the Sacred Maiden. Do you feel that your actions are foolish or not.”

“This is our business and none of your business…”

“We are rich cultivators and we like to show off…”

“So what? Are you envious of our cultivation resources?”

“Go away, you poor cultivator.”

“Fancy someone like him who dares to even dream of trying his luck for our goddess…”

“He will never be able to even see the Sacred Maiden in his lifetime…”

“I have the honor to drink tea with the Sacred Maiden once before…”

“Her smiles can topple the entire cultivation world and her loveliness can cause all hearts to stop beating…”

“He isn’t fit to even lift the shoes of the Sacred Maiden…”

Yuan Ji was smiling weakly at them as he cursed them silently. “I’ve better not let them know that I’ve shared the same bathtub as Xue Qianxue or I’ll be a dead man in just a matter of seconds.”

Then he was rubbing his chin, “But come to think of that, Xue Qianxue’s loveliness is actually quite adorable…” He began to recall her loveliness that very night when he was peeping at her for an hour.

He began to cultivate at one corner while ignoring the rest of the cultivators who continued to mock at him and making him the butt of their bad jokes.

Two hours later;

The same group of holy maidens had descended from the heavenly gates.

“So is the Sacred Maiden pleased with our gifts?”

“Did the Sacred Maiden says who she will be seeing today?”

“We can go to the Verdant Tranquil Palace and be served tea?”

But the holy maidens ignored all the other cultivators and instead, they were greeting Yuan Ji respectfully, “Great Celestial, please pardon our rudeness earlier. Please come with us to see our Sacred Maiden.”

The leading holy maiden said to the rest, “Our Sacred Maiden will not see anyone else today. We will return all your gifts to you shortly.

Then she turned to Yuan Ji and said, “Please follow us.”

Yuan Ji nodded lightly.

Now he felt like the top of the world as he trampled the prides of all the lofty young masters of the prominent celestial clans under him.

Before he left to follow the holy maidens, he could not resist letting go of a downhearted sigh. “Why am I so awesome to have the only gazes of the beautiful goddess upon me? I guess that tonight I won’t be lonely at all.”

Everyone: …

Everyone: …

Everyone: …

Quite a number of cultivators had spurted blood when they had heard him and a great number of them were trembling with seething rage.

When Yuan Ji was out of their sight, all the hundreds of cultivators were all muttering in great confusion;

“It is…only a letter…”

“What is going on here?”

“Did we just insult a powerful reclusive figure?”

“Why did the Sacred Maiden only see him? This is the first time…”

“What is the mystery behind that letter?”

“Now we are the laughing stock instead of that man…”

“What magic did he use?”

“We should have asked him to read the contents of the letter to us earlier…”

“Now we never know what trick he has used…”

“Our goddess will be seeing him alone…this is too heartbreaking…”

“Someone has committed suicide by jumping off the mountains…”

“No, there are three more like him…”

“Wait, another young master has jumped off the mountains now…”

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Chapter 33: The Truth Hurts

Yuan Ji had now decided on his first target now. And it was Sacred Maiden Xue Qianxue.

Therefore he had decided to go to the Holy Maiden Peaks where the Orthodox Celestial Sect was located and where Sacred Maiden Xue Qianxue was.

After a few days, Yuan Ji was now in the vicinity of the Thousand Cloud Peaks.

All of a sudden he had remembered that he had a friend that was the Manor Lord of the Fluttering Winds Manor.

Therefore he had decided to visit this friend of his in secret.

“This is only for a short while and won’t take long.”

The Fluttering Winds Manor was one of the dozens of celestial clans that were in the Thousand Cloud Peaks.

It was just a small celestial clan with barely any renown but it had all changed when the Manor Lord Li Yi of the Fluttering Winds Manor was conferred with the honor of one of the four beautiful bearded cultivators.

Overnight, Li Yi had become famous in the Thousand Cloud Peaks and his renown was known throughout the Desolate Celestial Fraternity.

And this was the old friend that Yuan Ji was secretly visiting today.

But of course he was not going to reveal to Li Yi that he was really Ji Yuan. It was because he was just going to take a peek on the sly and to check on his rival’s beard.

“It’ll be bad if my position as the most beautiful bearded cultivator is overtaken by the other three.”

All of a sudden he had noticed there was a veiled maiden in white with a pair of beautiful golden eyes walking down the mountain slope on the other side. She was actually very far away but Yuan Ji’s eyes were sharper than an eagle and he could see the details on her quite clearly.

This veil maiden had extremely light steps and that was what had caught his notice was that her forehead had a beautiful blue flower petal. Her eyelids were colored with a faint blue and her fingernails were also painted with a light blue. Even her belt, earrings, hairpins and gloves were a beautiful peacock blue.

Yuan Ji was thinking, “This maiden seems to like blue alot. Even though I can’t see her face but this maiden must be an extraordinary beautiful maiden. Since she had come from the direction of the Fluttering Winds Manor then she must be from there. But is she alone in this wilderness? What if there are desolate beasts in the vicinity?”

“She has the moving figure of my Xia Jiajia but unfortunately she is not her. This veil maiden has a pure look that is untainted by her surroundings.”

All of a sudden he was gasping because a terrifying fifth rank desolate beast had just ascended from the desolate mists below the mountains and it had suddenly appeared in front of this moving veiled maiden.

The Celestial Realm was just the middle realm between the lower Mundane Realm and the upper Immortal Realm.

The Celestial Realm was unlike the lower Mundane Realm where there were vast oceans and lands. The entire Celestial Realm was consisted of endless lofty mountains and it was thousands of times bigger than the lower Mundane Realm.

The many celestial clans and populations were situated high above the mountains. Usually the powerful celestial clans would be situated on mountains that were rich in spiritual veins that were refined by rich deposits of jadeites. That would be the most ideal place for cultivation. Other than spiritual veins and jadeites, mountains that were rich in silver and gold celestiums were also ideal, since silver and gold celestiums were very much needed to make precious weapons.

Below the mountains, were thick desolate mists and endless bottomless valleys that were filled with many powerful desolate monsters. The spiritual force below the desolate mists was poor and unsuitable for cultivation. Moreover the presence of the desolate forces was too overwhelming and could easily corrupt a cultivator inner core. However because of this very same reason, it was the ideal place for the desolate monsters that fed upon it.

In a way, the desolate mists acted as a natural barrier between the desolate beasts below and the divine beasts that dwelled high in the mountains.

The desolate force below the mountains had actually come from the same mountain veins as the spiritual veins that the cultivators depend upon. The only difference was that this desolate force could actually be refined by the rich deposits of jadeites in the mountains and by the purifying aura above the mountains that were continuously cleansed by the divine lightning.

From time to time, there would always be a possibility that a powerful desolate monster would emerged from the valley below.

The richer the spiritual force in the mountains, the weaker the desolate force that was at the bottom. Therefore it was not wrong to say that spiritual rich mountains usually do not have powerful desolate beasts below the desolate mists.

For such a powerful fifth rank desolate beast to appear in the vicinity could only mean that the spiritual aura presented in the Thousand Cloud Peaks was only so and so.

Now a fifth rank desolate beast was beyond the strength of most cultivators to handle and even a superior fifth realm golden celestial like Yuan Ji may find it difficult to handle alone. Moreover it was a pure and defenseless maiden that he saw. Golden celestial or not, she was going to have a hard time unless she was a seventh realm saintess.

Therefore Yuan Ji was panicky for her and just as he was about to step forth from his hiding place, the golden eyes of the veil maiden had turned blue and before he could know what was happening, the terrifying fifth rank desolate beast was kicked down the desolate mist again like a child kicking a pebble.

Yuan Ji was stunned as he blinked his eyes with disbelief. “Seventh realm saintess? What is a saintess doing here?”

The veil maiden appeared to be giggling as she continued her way down the mountains. As she giggled, she was dancing lightly away.

“Luckily, I am too far away for her to notice me. If not, I may be the one that is getting silenced too. The last thing I ever want to encounter is another enemy that is like Xue Qianxue and Ling Feiyue again.”

With that he had secretly sneaked away but he was still thinking about the enticing veiled maiden that seemed impossible strong.

“Is it even possible to kick a fifth rank desolate beast that is twice your size and ten times heavier than you in this manner?”

“And what type of profound art is she practicing that can cause her eyes to turn blue?”

“Is she from the unorthodox sects?”

“Is someone in the Fluttering Winds Manor in cahoots with the unorthodox sects?”

When Yuan Ji had reached the Fluttering Winds Manor, it was already nightfall and was perfect for him to sneak around.

His lightless skill was among the top in the entire fraternity and naturally it was easy for him to sneak around undetected.

He soon found Li Yi in his study room and he was now taking a curious peek at him.

He was dying to know the status of his rival’s beard.

All of a sudden he was stunned and had almost fallen from the roof; it was because he saw that Li Yi was actually beardless and he was now putting on his fake beard.

He began to curse loudly in his heart, “This Li Yi is actually a faker! How can he even be considered to be one of the four most beautiful bearded cultivators?! He is a cheater!”

He was so enraged that he had almost confronted Li Yi. But luckily, he had suddenly remembered that Li Yi was a sixth realm golden supremacy and it may not be easy to beat him up. Secondly he was like the kettle calling the pot black. He himself had no beard too; he was a faker now as well.

Li Yi was now bowing on his knees in his study room and he was heard muttering, “Big Brother Ji Yuan, please forgive me! I really didn’t want to do this to you. For a hundred years, I’ve been living a life of regrets to set you up in front of Xue Qianxue. I didn’t think that things will be this serious.”

Then he was banging his head on the floor thrice before he lamented, “Today this Maiden Xia had come again to warn me never to reveal anything about the incident one hundred years ago or she will wipe out my entire sect. If I know that I will be in this state, I would never have agreed to help her to set you up…”

“I only did it because she says that Xue Qianxue has a remedy that can help me to regrow my beard. I cannot be a laughing stock in front of the other cultivators…”

Yuan Ji was completely stunned by what he had overheard.

If he had not decided to come to visit this ‘friend’ of his, he would never have learnt of the truth a hundred years ago!

All of a sudden he was startled when he recalled something. That veiled maiden earlier was actually Xia Jiajia!

She was actually still alive and well!

His heart was now aching. Why did he not confront that veiled maiden earlier? He had just missed the greatest opportunity that he had ever got to confront her for all the answers. In the end, he still did not know who she was.

He was now staring blankly at Li Yi who had set him up a hundred years ago, recalling what he had said to him that very day;

“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!”

“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.”

“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?”

Li Yi obviously knew that Xue Qianxue was around and he had purposely baited him.

But the prime mover was actually Xia Jiajia and Ling Feiyue.

He was trembling hard, “Jiajia, why did you setup me for?”

Because Xia Jiajia and Ling Feiyue were from the unorthodox sects and they were trying to screw Xue Qianxue?

He was suddenly regretful for what he had done to Xue Qianxue. He had not only caused her to lose her honor and also caused her to lose her duel with Ling Feiyue.

He was but a small pawn that the bigger players would not hesitate to make use of for their bigger schemes of things.

Sometimes the truth was simple to guess especially when the missing keys had been found.

And the missing key was actually Li Yi who had betrayed him.

“Jiajia, you didn’t know that you have such a pig head in your team, am I right? This Li Yi had just accidentally revealed everything to me. Your plan to silence him has now backfired because you did not think that I will be here.”

“But who exactly are you?”

He was confused now. Because he had seen Xia Jiajia in three different lights. Which one was the real her?

His heart was bleeding tears now. “Jiajia, to think that I want to be with you. But you have actually set me up. Not only did you set me up, you even get me into trouble with Hundred Flowers Divine Palace. But why did you wait for me for a hundred years then? Why did you help my Orthodox Sword Sect then?”

Only the cultivators from the unorthodox sects would play tricks like this. First they helped you and then they stabbed you in the back. That was why they were not called the unorthodox cultivators for nothing. Because they enjoyed making fools out of the orthodox cultivators.

Take Li Yi for example. He may have helped the unorthodox cultivators but he was now living under the shadow of his beautiful beard being exposed as a fake and he had no choice but to do Xia Jiajia’s biddings.

Yuan Ji sighed softly, “Jiajia, it is time for the tables to be turned upon you. I swear that I will get you before my duel with the Hundred Flowers Divine Palace. Even if I were to die, I’ll make sure that you will accompany me along.”

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Chapter 228: New Initiatives

Citadel City of the Lofty Sky Reaches;

In just a matter of days, the Citadel City of the Lofty Sky Reaches was crowded with the thousands more cultivators as the cultivators from the other camps had quickly fled to this stronghold to regroup.

As a matter of fact, the number of cultivators quickly tripled and even the ranks of the golden celestials quickly doubled.

Right now the three divine rulers had just finished a meeting with all the leaders under their banner and were being updated of the current situation; although the three camps had been taken by surprise, most of the cultivators had managed to escape. However their losses of the spirit stones were heavy and without the precious spirit stones, they could only slowly cultivate back their lost profound strength.

Saint Yuan Chenggong cursed the dark celestials, “May they choke on all the spirit stones that they have looted from us.”

“Although we have lost our camps but it is not a big loss. Sometimes it is better for us to fight together rather than splitting our forces thinly.” Saint Linghu Fei said.

Saintess Su Rushuang smiled, “Although we may have some losses but the losses on the dark celestials are just as bad. They may have taken our camps but it is merely a small victory and we have made them paid heavily. In short, it is a costly victory for them. If you consider the situation on our side now, we have managed to lure them all out and they are now forced to defend on three sides while we have a single point here that is totally unassailable.”

Saint Yuan Chenggong pondered for a short while before he nodded, “True, true. Moreover the Devil Goddess is now out of the fight. This will make things easier for us now.”

Saint Linghu smiled weakly, “Don’t forget that they still have four great saintesses fighting on their side.”

Saintess Su Rushuang was smiling, “While we have more than two hundred golden celestials regrouping here now. What can four mere great saintesses do? They can’t change the situation. We outnumber them.”

Saint Yuan Chenggong nodded, “Moreover our new alliance leader looks formidable.”

Saintess Su Rushuang smirked coldly, “Unfortunately he is also out. Of all times, he had to pick such a time for his breakthrough. We don’t have spare spirit stones to help him to restore his inner elixir sea. I can be generous enough to donate him some couple of hundreds of spirit stones but it won’t be enough.”

Saint Yuan Chenggong nodded, “This is so true. He says that he is going for a short cultivation retreat to stabilize his new cultivation foundation. But I think he won’t be able to come out so soon.”

Saintess Su Rushuang nodded, “By the time he has finished stabilizing his new cultivation foundation, it would be months already. Therefore we can simply ignore this good-for-nothing alliance leader for the time being…”

All of a sudden the dozens of golden celestials had interrupted her as they hastily greeted Lu Qingyun who had entered the hall, “Alliance Leader Lu!”

Many of the golden celestials that were on Saintess Su Rushuang side had quickly raised their loud voices to drown her voice lest it was overheard by Lu Yun, their new alliance leader.

It was indeed Lu Qingyun and he had entered the hall with Qian Jingjing and Tang Xuefeng. As he entered through the hall, he said quietly. “I’ve heard that everyone is discussing on the plans to deal with the dark celestials today. Therefore I am thinking that I should be involved too. After all, I’m the alliance leader.”

Saintess Su Rushuang was looking a little flustered as she looked at him. “Indeed we are.”

Saintess Su Rushuang, Saint Linghu Fei and Saint Yuan Chenggong were actually looking at Lu Qingyun with a little shock. It was because Lu Qingyun seemed to be quite spirited as though he had regained his profound strength.

But it was impossible for any cultivator to regain their profound strength in a matter of three days.

So Saintess Su Rushuang chuckled with the intention of finding it out. “Alliance Leader Lu, we are so glad about you. Actually we want to ask you to attend this meeting but we are afraid to disturb your cultivation. You look really spirited today. I guess that it won’t be too long before you can recover your profound strength. Do you need any spirit stones from us?”

Lu Qingyun said quietly, “No need. I’ve already recovered my profound strength to the peak.”

When he had said that, the three divine rulers and all the golden celestials were all stunned. It was because it was clearly impossible to regain one’s profound strength to its peak after a breakthrough. Most realm breakthrough was extremely demanding and would drain almost all the cultivator’s reservoir of profound energies in their soul sea.

*Note that soul sea/ inner cultivation sea/ elixir sea actually shared the same meaning

Lu Qingyun really did not lie to them. He had really recovered his profound strength to his peak.

Three days ago, immediately after he was proclaimed to be the alliance leader, he had announced that he would be in a cultivation retreat to regain his profound strength.

Naturally, this was understandable as everyone here was a cultivator. After a breakthrough to a new realm, the cultivators would be at their weakest level and they would need to cultivate further to regain their profound strength. Most cultivators would usually take six months to a year to regain their profound strength but it was not unusual for some cultivators to take three years and even ten years to do so.

But for a high level cultivator to regain his profound strength to the peak in a matter of just three days was too exaggerating!

It was no wonder that all the high level cultivators in the hall were now staring with a doubtful look at Lu Qingyun.

Lu Qingyun saw their looks of disbelief and he asked nonchalantly, “You don’t believe?”

Three days earlier, when he was alone in the cultivation room, he had taken out hundreds of high grade spirit stones that he had taken from the flying citadel in the ancient celestial ruin. By cultivating and absorbing these high grade spirit stones, he would slowly regain his profound strength.

But he had too many of these high grade spirit stones and his absorption was too slow. Therefore he asked Yan’Er and Xingxin to cultivate as well.

Now because Yan’Er and Xingxin were both spirit entities, they could absorb at ten times the speed of any cultivator of their same level. Combined with Lu Qingyun who could also absorb three times as fast as any cultivator of his same level, their rates of absorption were actually 23 times faster than any cultivator of their same level.

Now because they were using high grade spirit stones that could triple the absorption rate by three times more, their speed of absorption was actually 69 times faster than any cultivator of their same level.

High grade spirit stones were 100 times more expensive than a normal spirit stone but it was highly valued by the high level cultivators for their breakthroughs and for regaining their profound strength. Even though the speed of absorption was only 2-3 times more but it was worth 100 times the value of a normal spirit stone because time was the equivalent to life and death for the cultivators.

This was especially so during a life and death tribulation.

If it was not for Lu Qingyun’s high grade spirit stones, Qian Jingjing’s breakthrough to her fifth realm golden celestial level would be much more risky.

But 69 times the normal speed was still not enough for Lu Qingyun to completely regain his profound strength. It was because his reservoir of profound energies in his inner cultivation sea was really too vast.

But luckily he had with him several fifth rank divine pills that could increase his rate of recovery by five times, upping his 69 times speed of recovery to 345 times. In just three days, he was cultivating at the astonishing speed of 1,035 times of any cultivator of his same level.

In short, in just three days he had cultivated an equivalent to 34.5 months or 2.875 years.

In just three days, a thousand high grade spirit stones were completely expended and a dozen of the fifth rank divine pills were also used!

Saint Yuan Chenggong laughed when he had heard Lu Qingyun said, “You don’t believe?”

“Naturally we believe Alliance Leader Lu. But isn’t it too hasty a recovery? We’re just worried if Alliance Leader Lu may feel unwell and may need a few more days of rest.”

Lu Qingyun returned a faint smile at him as he replied, “Thank you for Divine Ruler Saint Yuan’s concern for me. I’ve never been so good before. So this is the profound strength of a sixth realm golden supremacy? I feel that I can have another breakthrough to the sacred saint level anytime soon.”

Everyone: …

Everyone: …

Everyone: …

Everyone was secretly cursing Lu Qingyun in their hearts. It sounded like breakthrough was a piece of cake to him. Every breakthrough for the golden celestials was a life and death tribulation. There were many golden celestials that had perished during their attempt to breakthrough to a new realm.

After getting a new lease of life, few golden celestials that had succeeded in their breakthroughs would want to attempt it again so soon. Why not enjoy the extended lifespan first that was brought about by the new breakthrough first?

That was what most golden celestials would be thinking first.

Moreover after each golden celestial breakthrough, it would take a long time to reach the peak of the new realm level. Lu Qingyun was the first that they had known to ever reach the upper tier sixth realm golden supremacy level after he had just breakthrough from the fifth realm cultivation level.

Saint Linghu Fei saw that Saint Yuan Chenggong was rendered speechless by Lu Qingyun so he stepped in to say, “Our new Alliance Leader Lu really knows how to be humorous.”

Then he said gravely, “We’re actually discussing on a stratagem to deal with the dark celestials. Since Alliance Leader Lu is here now, why don’t we let Alliance Leader Lu gives a one or two hopeful suggestions instead?”

Everyone was nodding but most of the nods and smiles were actually malicious. It was because none of them actually believed that Lu Qingyun had anything to offer. After all, he did not even have a power base to back him off.

What everyone saw was that he was only a puppet of the three divine rulers who were using him as their scapegoat if things go south.

Lu Qingyun inhaled softly before he said lightly, “We should have a peace talk with the dark celestials.”

When he had said that, everyone was laughing out loud.

“Peace talks?”

“Orthodox and unorthodox do not mix!”

“Are we losing already? We have won 99 times and the dark celestials have only won just this once. And we are holding peace talks with them?”

“If we do, then won’t the dark celestials think of us as a laughing stock?”

“They may think that we’re afraid of them.”

“Peace talks? Too naïve!”

“We should attack them while the Devil Goddess is still severely wounded. Their morale must be low at this moment.”

“After we have bashed them hard then we talk about any peace talks.”

Saintess Su Rushuang gave Lu Qingyun a smile, “I’m sure that Alliance Leader Lu is able to see with your own eyes that this suggestion of yours isn’t garnering any support. Therefore I suggest we drop this impractical suggestion…”

Lu Qingyun interrupted nonchalantly, “We will have a peace talk with the dark celestials, with the Devil Goddess herself. I will tell her that we will all go back peacefully to our divine realms and we will all be willing to bury the hatchet.”

Saint Yuan Chenggong had immediately stepped forward angrily, “Don’t forget that we have made you our alliance leader because we’ve thought that you will be the hero that can lead us to fight against the Devil Goddess. Now you’re talking about a peace talk?! Are you a spy for the Devil Goddess or what?”

Saint Linghu Fei said with an ugly face, “We are now so close to wiping out the terror of the Devil Goddess forever. Without the Devil Goddess, the three dark divine realms will soon be broken up into three weaker divine realms. When that happens, true peace will reign in the Nine Celestial Fraternity and we will no longer live in the darkness of the Devil Goddess.”

Lu Qingyun asked quietly, “How many times have the Devil Goddess invaded the nine divine realms ever since she had united the three dark divine realm??”

Everyone rolled their eyes and said nothing. They could not recall any…

Saintess Su Rushuang smiled, “Just because she haven’t done so yet doesn’t mean she will not do so in the future. After all, uniting the three dark divine realms is just her first step. Sooner or later she will be targeting the other nine patriarch divine realms.”

Lu Qingyun said, “But she hasn’t yet, am I right?”

“What if she doesn’t have the intention?”

Then he added, “What if I can make her promise never to invade the nine patriarch divine realms?”

Saintess Su Rushuang hummed coldly, “No one has ever succeeded in telling the Devil Goddess what to do. No one.”

Saint Yuan Chenggong nodded, “Or else she won’t be the Devil Goddess that is feared by all in the Nine Celestial Fraternity.”

Lu Qingyun asked, “If you don’t try then how do you know that it won’t work?”

Saint Linghu Fei laughed coldly, “Don’t forget that we have killed so many of the dark celestials already. Even if we are willing, the dark celestials may not be willing…”

Lu Qingyun interrupted, “Since we’re willing then we may as well give it a try first. Whether they’re willing or not, let adopt a wait and see approach.”

Saint Linghu Fei hummed coldly, “Hold it! We didn’t say that we’re allowing this. Who do you think you really are? Have you forgotten that we are the ones that have put you in this position? Listen up, we have been nice to you so far so don’t push your luck too far with us.”

Saintess Su Rushuang was also smirking coldly as she looked at Lu Qingyun, Tang Xuefeng and Qian Jingjing. “It is just the three of you versus the opinion of all of us here.”

Lu Qingyun said quietly, “I am not alone here.”

He turned to nod gently at Tang Xuefeng.

Tang Xuefeng looked up to him as she returned a faint smile before she loosened the braid that was on her head, “My real celestial name is Yun Xuefeng. My father is Yun Xinghe, the divine ruler of the Celestial Sword Clan.”

Everyone was suddenly gasping when ‘Tang Feng’ had suddenly shed off her disguise.

“What an astonishing beautiful maiden…”

“She is really a great beauty…”

“I already know that she isn’t a man. How can a man be this beautiful…”

“Is she telling the truth?”

Saintess Su Rushuang was laughing to and fro, “Do you believe that we will believe you?”

Saint Yuan Chenggong hummed, “Do you know what the consequences are for the imposters?”

Saint Linghu Fei laughed, “Do you know that Saint Xinghe does not have a daughter or any heir?”

Tang Xuefeng chuckled as she clapped her hands three times.

All of a sudden two middle-age men had appeared in the entrance that was behind her.

When everyone saw the two middle-men, they had all turned ashen immediately.

It was because one was Great Saint Tang Yiren from the Celestial Sword Clan and the other was Great Saint Lin Wucheng from the Holy Ascension Sect. The two of them were not just from two of the biggest patriarch celestial clans but they were also great saints!

“Saint Tang Yiren…”

“Saint Lin Wucheng…”

Everyone was greatly startled.

Tang Xuefeng chuckled softly, “They are my god-fathers and naturally they will be able to prove my identity.”

Saint Linghu Fei was stammering, “I wonder what brings the two great saints here?”

Tang Yiren laughed jovially, “Naturally it is because I am trying to see who is trying to bully my god-daughter and her future significant other.”

Tang Xuefeng held onto Lu Qingyun’s arm and laughed softly, “That’s right. So who is still against the peace talks?”

Immediately all the other celestials kept quiet while the three divine rulers were all looking weakly at one another.

Two great saints from two of the most powerful celestial clans were now backing their new Alliance Leader Lu.

And an ‘heiress’ of the powerful Celestial Sword Clan had suddenly emerged from nowhere.

Saintess Su Rushuang was the first to speak, “Actually we can try the peace talk first. I never say that I am against it in the first place.”

Saint Linghu Fei was also laughing, “It is definitely worth trying first.”

Against the might of the two most powerful patriarch divine realms, their divine realms were just too puny to even compare against one of them. Therefore Saintess Rushuang, Saint Linghu Fei and the golden celestials that were under their banners had to humble themselves.

Saint Yuan Chenggong was the divine ruler of one of the three most powerful patriarch celestial clans and naturally he was not afraid of provoking the Celestial Sword Clan and the Holy Ascension Sect.

But if it was two major patriarch celestial clans then even his Divine Sovereign Clan would need to be tactful about it. Furthermore, his Divine Sovereign Clan did not even have a single great saint to support it.

Therefore he could only smile bitterly and said, “Peace talks? Naturally we welcome one if it comes along.”

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Chapter 32: This Is My Plan

Yuan Ji was now sighing heavily as he looked with great reluctant at Fairy Ye Chengxi and Shangguan Yan.

“Yan’Er, Chengxi. I’ll be away for a little while.” He had finally taken the courage to announce to them.

Both Shangguan Yan and Fairy Ye Chengxi were both started as they took a step back. They had not expected for this to happen.

Yuan Ji saw their shocked look, he tried to lighten the mood by making a joke, “I’m not trying to run away. In fact, I will be back even before the six months are up.”

Fairy Ye Chengxi returned an gentle smile, “We know that Brother Yuan Ji will never run away and to abandon us to the swords of the Hundred Flower Divine Palace. But may we know the reasons why you will be away?”

Yuan Ji began to sigh heavily again as he turned his back around to look at the full moon. “I need to find Xia Jiaqing first. At least before I die, I must find her at all costs. I owe her something (an apology) and she owes me something (an explanation).”

He did not dare to tell the two maidens about the apology and the explanation because he did not want them to know that he was really Ji Yuan their old master.

Shangguan Yan nodded lightly, “I hope that she is fine. Yan’Er owes my current happiness to her.”

“Brother Yuan Ji, do you know where to look for her?” Fairy Ye Chengxi asked him curiously before she quickly added. “Can we go with you?”

Yuan Ji said, “No, you can’t go with me. As a matter of fact, I need the two of you to lie to everyone that I am in quiet seclusion to prepare for the upcoming duel.”

“As for her whereabouts…” Yuan Ji hesitated for a while before he replied. “I know there are two persons that can give me a clue.”

Shangguan Yan asked curiously, “Who are the two persons?”

Yuan Ji replied, “Sacred Maiden Xue Qianxue and the Dark Mistress Ling Feiyue.”

Shangguan Yan and Fairy Ye Chengxi were gasping at the same time.

Fairy Ye Chengxi smiled weakly, “One is the Sacred Maiden of the Orthodox Celestial Sect who belongs to one of the seven major orthodox clans and the other is the Dark Mistress of the Spirit Blue Moon Sect from one of the five major unorthodox clans. It is going to quite difficult for you to even seek an audience with any one of them.”

Then with a deep soft sigh, she added. “Moreover, we can’t be sure if Xue Qianxue has a hand in her disappearance. What if she decides to take this opportunity to silence you?”

Shangguan Yan nodded quickly, “Also, the Xue Qianxue’s Orthodox Celestial Sect is off-limits to men. Although from time to time they do entertain the male cultivators but they are always the leaders or important figures of the celestial fraternity.”

Then her gentle eyes began to shift as she said weakly, “As for Ling Feiyue’s Spirit Blue Moon Sect, it is an enemy of the majority of the orthodox celestial clans. It is unwise to for any orthodox cultivator to pay a visit there.”

“I have thought of that already.” Yuan Ji said lightly as he gave them an assuring smile. “Trust me, I have a plan already.”

Shangguan Yan was startled, “May Big Brother shares with your Yan’Er this plan of yours?”

Even Fairy Ye Chengxi was looking at Yuan Ji with a perplexed look. Although the Emperor Hall Sect was quite well-known in the celestial fraternity but it was mostly due to the renown of Palace Mistress Xia Jiaqing as one of the great beauties of the celestial fraternity and not because it was due to the might of the Emperor Hall Sect.

It was because in the eyes of the seven major orthodox clans and the five major unorthodox clans, the Emperor Hall Sect was actually only a puny sect of no consequences. After all, each of the seven major orthodox clans could easily field a hundred over golden celestials.

In short, these twelve celestial clans were literally the superpowers of the celestial fraternity.

Yuan Ji suddenly had a mischievous smile, “You know. The night is so short and I will be leaving before the first ray of dawn…”

Shangguan Yan looked away with a flustered look as she interrupted him with a shy smile, “You’re thinking of that, am I right?”

Even Fairy Ye Chengxi was averting her eyes shyly and she was gasping softly.

Yuan Ji put on a straight face as he said lightly, “This plan of mine is best whispered behind the closed doors of the bed chamber. In this way, nothing will get leak. But if it does get leak out, I know that it is the two of you.”

Fairy Ye Chengxi chuckled softly, “You’re too shameless. If your plan gets leak out, you will still need to guess which one of us is the leaker…”

All of a sudden Yuan Ji had grabbed her with his right arm and he was grabbing Shangguan Yan with his left arm.

“It doesn’t matter to me. You’re both my consorts. The two of you will share the blame together.”

“Let me go, you shameless flower thief…”

“You are a beast of a man…”

“I am so wrong about you…”

“He is an absolute beast. Sister, I hope that today you’ve finally seen his true colors…”

“Why are our fates so miserable?”

Yuan Ji did not care for what they were saying and he continued to carry them until he had thrown them on the soft bed. He knew that they were just doing a shy feeble protest and were not serious about stopping him or they would have resisted already.

“This beast of a man will show you how beastie I am tonight.” Yuan Ji laughed lightly.

And he was already starting to strip them and had thrown aside their clothing piece by piece to the ground.

He chuckled softly, “Two innocent maidens have now fallen into my hands. You can run but you can’t hide. No, you can’t run without your clothes on and you can’t hide from my eyes either.”

Then with a gentle smile, he said. “The two heavenly flowers of my heart is bidding me farewell, comforting my sorrows and my silent tears…”

“You’re too beastie…”

“Shameless…”

“He is speaking like a real lecherous flower thief…”

“I didn’t know that a lecherous flower thief can also recite poems. This is the first time that I’ve ever heard of this…”

“I feel that the one that are in tears are actually us and not him. This poem sounds so wrong…”

Yuan Ji laughed as he took off his robe hastily, “I am coming! And I will slap your butt cheeks hard!”

“He…is coming…”

“This fake flower thief seems to be taking his time…”

“Maybe it is his first time…”

“I’m losing interest, sister…”

“Same here…”

Yuan Ji frowned lightly and he doubled his speed of stripping before he jumped on the bed.

There were screaming sounds and the jerking of the bed as the three of them battled together.

“let go of me, you beast…”

“I will scream for help if you don’t let go of me…”

“Somebody help…”

Hours later…

Yuan Ji was now holding onto Shangguan Yan and Fairy Ye Chengxi.

“So what is your plan?” Fairy Ye Chengxi said him quietly. “Don’t give me the only good plan is no plan stuff.”

Shangguan Yan nodded lightly, “We are not allowing you to leave unless you truly have a plan.”

Yuan Ji sighed softly before he said slowly, “Xue Qianxue and Ling Feiyue will surely allow me into their presence. It is because my plan is to make them fight against each other.”

Shangguan Yan was startled, “Why will they fight with each other? They’re enemies?”

“Do they even know each other in the very first place?” Fairy Ye Chengxi asked curiously.

Yuan Ji nodded, “I happen to know that they have a feud with each other and I’m thinking that I can actually make use of it to enter into an audience with them.”

Shangguan Yan shook her head with a weak smile, “You’re lying. They won’t just see you because you know that they have a feud with each other.”

Yuan Ji returned a gentle look at Shangguan Yan. Although his Yan’Er was weaker than his Chengxi but she was the smarter of the two. When he was around her, he had to ensure that he did not leave behind any clues for her to identify himself as her old master.

“I have something that they both wanted badly. I can make use of that.” Yuan Ji said.

“What is it?” Shangguan Yan asked curiously.

“Secret.”

Shangguan Yan, Fairy Ye Chengxi: …

“Tell us?”

“Secret.”

“Our Brother Yuan Ji is so bad. He tricks us into bed and he still refuses to tell us anything.”

“That’s right! Shameless!”

“Don’t be so mean and give us a little clue?”

“Say whatever you like. Your mind games don’t work on me…”

“We’re not letting you go unless you tell us…”

“Right Sister…”

Finally with a soft sigh, Yuan Ji quickly cooked up with an excuse. “Xia Jiaqing is the key. If I tell them that I know her real name then I can bait them.”

Fairy Ye Chengxi asked curiously, “Xia Jiaqing’s real name?”

Yuan Ji nodded, “She is only using a fake name. Nothing is known about her past before she becomes the Palace Mistress of the Emperor Hall Sect.”

Shangguan Yan was gasping, “Then who is she?”

Yuan Ji smiled bitterly, “Xue Qianxue and Ling Feiyue may know the answer. The real problem is, how do I get them to willingly share with me the truth?”

In his mind he had worked out some loose details; Ling Feiyue was the more likely of the two to know the real Xia Jiajia. It was because they were in each other company. As for Xue Qianxue, she had a feud with Xia Jiajia and may know her equally well too. After all no one understand their enemies more than anyone else.

It was also very likely that Xia Jiajia was a high level cultivation expert from one of the five major unorthodox clans. If she was not, it was hard to explain why she was in Ling Feiyue’s company and why they were both planning a scheme together against Xue Qianxue?

Yuan Ji saw that the two maidens were now giving him a sentimental look and he was startled.

He could only apologize silently in his heart to them. “I can only tell you the half-truths for now. Even I have no answers for the time being. I don’t even know if my plan is a good one or not.”

Unknown to him, Fairy Ye Chengxi was quietly observing his every little nuance. Although she may not be as smart and decisive as her sister Shangguan Yan but she knew all the subtle emotions of her old master.

She knew that he was not telling the whole truths and she was only pretending to believe him.  From his subtle expressions, she knew that he was actually anxious in his heart.

She quietly lifted her fingers to gently touch his shoulder and was secretly delighted. Although their unison was short but these few days were the happiest day of her life. She had dream of their unison for a long, long time.

What made her happy as well was that even her sister Shangguan Yan had found solace in Yuan Ji. Toward her sister, she had always felt a terrible guilt in her heart. It was because her sister had sacrificed her happiness in order to protect her and the Orthodox Sword Sect. There was no way she could make it up for her.

Although they were very close sisters but she did not dare to tell her that Yuan Ji was actually Ji Yuan her old master. She was really afraid that her sister would not be able to handle the shock too well.

She inhaled slowly as a drop of tear dripped down her cheek, reciting silently. “The two heavenly flowers of my heart is bidding me farewell, comforting my sorrows and my silent tears.” This may possibly be the last poem that her old master would dedicate to her.

Shangguan Yan was also quietly reciting the short poem. Even though she had teased her Brother Yuan Ji about it but she was actually remembering it in her heart and was saddened by it.

She muttered silently, “Do you know that your Yan’Er already knows who you are? I didn’t tell you because I don’t want a master-disciple relationship with you. Actually, Chengxi isn’t the only one that has idolized you secretly. If Chengxi can protect your Orthodox Sword Sect for you, so can I.”

This was something that she had never disclosed to her Sister Chengxi. It was because she could tell that her sister’s eyes were always following her old master.

“Sister, I hope that you will be able to forget about our old master now. Because our Big Brother Yuan Ji is actually our Old Master Ji Yuan…” That was the reason why she was eager to pair off Yuan Ji with her sister. Luckily, her sister did not seem to have much of an objection. Maybe it was due to the fact that Yuan Ji was quite dashing and moreover he had helped her sister on many occasions.

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Chapter 227: Messy Aftermath (2)

In the secret location in the mountains was the camp of the Devil Goddess;

The tent of the Devil Goddess;

Fan Yuqing was grasping her wounds weakly as cold sweat perspired from her forehead. Surrounding her were Feng Minyue, Xuan Danfeng, Ye Jing and Yue Lingxi.

Feng Minyue said quietly, “This is the best paste for wounds in the Nine Celestial Fraternity. I will advise sister saintess not to exert yourself lest your wounds re-opened. This will take at least a month to get rid of the lethal profound energies of the divine sword that is in your wounds. Until then, you will be in this weaken state. Even exercising your profound strength may cause your wounds to re-open. You’re now a mere mortal now.”

Xuan Danfeng exclaimed out coldly, “I want to kill this Lu Qingyun now! He has actually used the divine sword that our sister saintess had given to him to wound her. This is too ridiculous!”

Yue Lingxi said quietly, “If you’re not wearing the Sky Heaven Lithe, your wounds will be much deeper. To think that even the Sky Heaven Lithe offers little protection against a saintly divine sword.”

Ye Jing sighed softly, “He is so different from the last time…”

Fan Yuqing chuckled weakly, “You’re all wrong about him. Did you see that he only taking aim on my non-vitals?”

Xuan Danfeng interrupted, “One more inch and all the non-vitals will become vitals. I can’t believe that you can still defend him. It is better for you to find another man. You need to break up with him for sure.”

Feng Minyue nodded, “He knows who you are now and he can still bear to bring his sword onto you. Didn’t you say that his lofty ambition is to deliver the Nine Celestial Fraternity from the dark terror of the Devil Goddess? This is the real him.”

Fan Yuqing smiled weakly, “But I’m really the Devil Goddess right? I can’t deny this fact. I didn’t want to evade his strike because I didn’t want to waste an opportunity to kill Saint Gao Tianshou. So it isn’t his fault. He did try to warn me…”

Xuan Danfeng frowned softly, “Stop defending him anymore.”

Fan Yuqing looked at them with her soft eyes as the memories of the past returned to her, “Some of you are there too. Do you still remember that time when he rather chose to end his own life rather than lift his finger to hurt me?” – Fluffy Cultivation Chapter 163

Ye Jing, Feng Minyue and Xuan Danfeng: …

Fan Yuqing was trembling and there were tears in her eyes, “I have never forgotten how he had chosen to end his lofty existence for my sake. Do you know how long I’ve been waiting for him to reincarnate?”

Then she added woefully, “So what if he had slashed me? I know that he did not mean it and that’s enough already. I can see the sorrows and the regrets that are in his eyes. I know it hurts him more than anything else.”

Everyone: …

Ye Jing said quietly, “He is not Dongfang Jun.”

Fan Yuqing smiled weakly, “He is my Yun’Er now.”

Ye Jing: …

“You’re hopeless…” Ye Jing had turned around and she was trembling. “Don’t curse me when you regret it later.”

“I won’t…” Fan Yuqing said dreamily.

“Up to you, junior sister.”

“Who’s the junior sister?” Fan Yuqing frowned lightly.

But she was soon inhaling weakly with a weak smile, “We did get rid of Saint Gao Tianshou and his ambitious sons, am I right? From now on, there will be peace in the Nine Celestial Fraternity. We can finally retire to our hideout now and lead an ordinary life. Thank you everyone. Without all of you here, we can’t pull off this dangerous stunt off.”

Feng Minyue nodded, “We have to thank your other shadows that are in the camps of the righteous celestials too. Their acting is pretty good too.”

Xuan Danfeng nodded too, “If not, we won’t be able to even enter the main hall too and will just be wasting our precious profound strength before we even get to see Saint Gao Tianshou.”

All of a sudden there was a voice calling out from outside the tent, “Devil Goddess, you have a visitor. He says he is Zhou Dafu.”

Fan Yuqing giggled weakly, “What Zhou Dafu? He is Zhou Hai.”

Then she shouted, “Bring him in.”

When she had said that, everyone began to put on their masks.

In a little while time, a masked man with a black hood had entered the tent.

He was indeed Zhou Hai as he took off his mask, “Ah, my goddess! Are you seriously injured? That Lu Yun is too much! I almost want to expose him as that good-for-nothing cultivator Lu Qingyun! How can he do this to you?”

Fan Yuqing said weakly, “I’m alright and I won’t die. So how are things on your side?”

Zhou Hai said, “All the cultivators from the other three camps are now re-grouping in the Citadel City of the Lofty Sky Reaches. The war has not ended yet.”

Then with a short hesitation, he said bitterly. “The three divine rulers have made Lu Qingyun as the alliance leader now.”

Fan Yuqing gasped softly, “Is this a joke?”

Zhou Hai said solemnly, “He had killed Supremacy Liang Tiege and Saint Wu Lei with a single stroke of his sword. Not only that, he had breakthrough six times in a row to become an upper tier golden supremacy now.”

Everyone: …

“That’s not all. He actually has two saintly divine swords and he is able to divine harmony with both divine swords. I’m afraid that he may be the strongest golden celestial in the camp of the righteous celestial now.”

Everyone: …

Fan Yuqing was gasping, “He…has become so strong now?”

“Two saint grade divine swords…” Yue Lingxi was gasping softly. “He has divine harmonized with two saintly divine swords?”

Feng Minyue muttered softly, “Lu Qingyun is now the alliance leader…”

“He had breakthrough six times in a row?!” Xuan Danfeng was stunned.

Ye Jing was also gasping with shock, “Is it possible that he is even more dangerous than Saint Gao Tianshou?”

Xuan Danfeng muttered, “We can still win him. We have so many great saintesses here. Let’s think of another plan first.”

Fan Yuqing lowered her glances, “We’re only lucky this time that Saint Gao Tianshou’s secret trump card does not work too well against us but he is going to be a different opponent.”

Xuan Danfeng chuckled, “If we can lure him away from the other golden celestials, surely we can kick his ass. It doesn’t matter if he has two saint-step divine swords.”

Fan Yuqing was now shaking her head weakly.

“The Divine Sword Jade Light has a great secret. It is able to divide itself into ten heaven-step divine swords and attack simultaneously. The sum of ten heaven-step divine swords is greater than any single saintly divine weapon. Once the owner is able to divine harmony with her, it is the single most powerful saint sword in the Celestial Fraternity.”

She added woefully, “Even if all of us join hands together, you will only be throwing away your lives. A saintly weapon will need another saintly weapon to neutralize.”

Yue Lingxi was also smiling bitterly, “The divine harmonized Horizon of the Heavens also contains one of the three strongest desolate forces in the universe. I am afraid that the Lu Qingyun that we know previously is now no longer the Lu Qingyun that we’ve known in the past. One saintly sword is more than enough for us to handle and moreover he has two.”

Fan Yuqing inhaled weakly before she said, “I happen to be divine harmony user of two saintly weapons too, the Primordial Heaven Chart and the Tranquil Flute. Maybe in this world, I am the only one that can restraint him.”

Yue Lingxi asked in a low voice, “Is he going to turn into…”

Fan Yuqing shook her head, “I don’t know. I hope not…”

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Chapter 31: Having Pigs in the Team

“Wait!” Yuan Ji had suddenly halted Elder Sui.

“What is it?” Elder Sui said.

“There is someone that I want to ask you about.” Yuan Ji said. “Do you know Xia Jiajia’s background?”

“Who is she?” Elder Sui replied with a weak smile.

Yuan Ji: …

“Never mind that. Do you know Xia Jiaqing’s background?”

Elder Sui asked curiously, “You’re asking me about your previous Palace Mistress?”

Yuan Ji nodded awkwardly.

Elder Sui began to smile awkwardly, “You are not testing me, am I right?”

Yuan Ji laughed weakly, “Do I look like I’m testing you?”

Elder Sui laughed weakly, “This information is free for you. Palace Mistress Xia Jiaqing established the Emperor Hall Sect in the Five Heavens Peaks a hundred years ago and soon become one of the four great beauties of the fraternity due to her astonishing allure…”

Yuan Ji interrupted, “What is her background before she becomes Palace Mistress?”

Elder Sui replied awkwardly, “There is no information on that.”

Yuan Ji: ???

“Nothing?”

Elder Sui smiled awkwardly, “Nothing at all. We’ve tried to check her background on many occasions but we can’t find a single thing. She never stepped out of the Five Heavens Peak nor did she have any visitors for the past one hundred years. Even our best informants can tell us nothing. All we know is that she is peaked sixth realm golden supremacy when she had founded the Emperor Hall Sect.”

Then he added, “We think that Xia Jiaqing isn’t her real name.”

Yuan Ji: …

Supremacy Guo Taiming was trying to chat with the disinterested Fairy Ye Chengxi and Shangguan Yan when Yuan Ji had entered the small hall.

“I was only trying to see if the two of you needs any help. I didn’t exactly come to create trouble…” Guo Taiming was saying panicky. “Alas, let me tell you a secret…”

Yuan Ji interrupted with an icy hum, “You can eat the wrong food but you can’t say the wrong words.”

Guo Taiming was suddenly smiling weakly when he saw Yuan Ji. “Haha, I didn’t say anything.”

Shangguan Yan: ???

Fairy Ye Chengxi returned a perplexed look at them as she thought, “He is my old master’s best friend. So he has also recognized him? Is this the secret?”

Yuan Ji smiled to Shangguan Yan and Fairy Ye Chengxi, “I have a small matter to talk with Supremacy Guo Taiming first. I catch up with the two of you later.”

“Alright. Yan’Er takes my leave first.” Shangguan Yan replied. She was only too glad to leave. This Guo Tianming was a little too irritating to her but because he was her old master’s friend and was once a regular visitor to the Orthodox Sword Sect, she was forced to entertain him while waiting for Yuan Ji to return from his talk with Elder Sui.

Fairy Ye Chengxi smiled, “Chengxi will take my leave too.” Like Shangguan Yan, she was only too glad to leave now.

As they walked off, Guo Taiming was still looking at their back view and was drooling.

“Have you seen enough already?” Yuan Ji was frowning unhappily.

Guo Tianming was laughing, “Beautiful, beautiful. Never enough. I still don’t understand until today how you manage to pick two such beautiful maidens to be your personal protégés and now you have even taken them as your consorts? I am really so impressed by you.”

Yuan Ji growled, “So you must be wishing that I will be dead in six months then? So that you can take my consorts?”

Guo Tianming laughed jovially, “Of course, brother.”

“Unfortunately I won’t die so easily. So dream on.” Yuan Ji said coldly.

Guo Tianming laughed, “You will never know what will happen in six months.”

Yuan Ji began to say gravely, “You must never tell them my real identity. I don’t want them to know and I wish that they will have a beautiful memory instead.”

Guo Tianming replied solemnly, “Big Brother, you won’t die. Surely we can think of a way together? So what are your plans now?”

Then he added, “Do you know how glad I’m to see you again? You’ve suddenly gone missing and I don’t know what has happened to you…”

Yuan Ji was frowning, “How am I going to answer you if you keep asking so many questions?”

Guo Tianming laughed jovially, “I’m just so excited to see you again.”

“Let me ask you something first and I want you to answer me very honestly.” Yuan Ji said with a big frown on his face.

“I’m always honest with my big brother.” Guo Tianming laughed.

“My poem. How did it get leak out?” Yuan Ji said solemnly.

“What poem? Big Brother has so many great poems. Haha.”

Yuan Ji gave him an annoyed look before he recited slowly, “The fluttering snow as white as the Goddess Maiden Qianxue and the spirit songs as vivid as the Goddess Maiden Feiyue. To have the two beautiful goddesses to dance with the strokes of my beautiful beard is as heavenly as the sight of the immortal fairies…”

Guo Tianming laughed as he recited jovially the second half of the poem, “The lovely laughter of the two Goddess Maidens transcends the seven lofty peaks of the realm and the hundred flowers. Their beautiful songs stir my passions to no ends.”

“I really like this poem of yours so much.” Guo Tianming stroked his beard as he chuckled jovially.

Yuan Ji was now looking at him fiercely, “How on earth did this poem get leak out when only the two of us knows about this poem?”

Guo Tianming chuckled, “Of course you have me to give credit for it! Can you imagine the praises of your name when I recite it in front of the crowd? Overnight, everyone is reciting this poem. Until today, this poem is still unbeatable and in the hearts of everyone.”

Yuan Ji: …

Yuan Ji: …

Yuan Ji: …

“But big brother, times have changed now. You ought to make a new poem for the four great beauties of the Desolate Celestial Fraternity. Do you know that your consort Fairy Ye Chengxi is one of the four great beauties now? She is now known as the Goddess Fairy Ye Chengxi. Hahaha…”

All of a sudden Yuan Ji gave him a tremendous kick that sent him flying backward. “Hahaha my foot!”

Guo Tianming was startled, “Big brother, why did you kick me for?”

Yuan Ji raised his voice to rebuke him, “Not only do I want to kick you again, I want to kill you as well! Why did I have to have a pig on my side?! How many times must I tell you that this poem is only for our own pleasures only?”

Guo Tianming protested, “But big brother, surely you’re not thinking of letting this masterpiece be forgotten in the river of time? This is a too good masterpiece to be forgotten and should be allowed to be recited by everyone.”

Yuan Ji smiled weakly, “Do you know that because of what you’ve done, I was forced to be on the run by Xue Qianxue and Ling Feiyue?”

Guo Tianming was startled, “No wonder you have suddenly disappeared. No wonder there are a bounty for you by them.”

Yuan Ji said coldly, “So you even know about the bounty on my head and you didn’t even connect the dots?”

Guo Tianming began to stroke his beard, “Hm, come to think of that, there seems to be a connection.”

Yuan Ji: …

“I can’t believe with your brains, you can be a sect leader of the White Blossom Peak!”

“My old master made me a sect leader because I am more honest than my same seniority protégé brothers and not because I’m smarter than them.” Guo Tianming was smiling before adding. “In the end, my old master is proven right. Now I am the highest level celestial in my sect. Haha.”

Yuan Ji said coldly, “Why don’t you say it is your stupidity that causes all of them to perish before you?”

Guo Tianming stroked his beard, “Come to think of that, you may say so as well.”

Yuan Ji: …

“Why don’t you die now?”

“I’m still too young to die yet.” Guo Tianming stroked his beard to ponder. “Alas but big brother will soon die before me.”

Yuan Ji smiled bitterly, “Thank you for reminding me about this.”

“But really. I really don’t understand why you want to do such a foolish thing as to steal from the Hundred Flower Divine Palace? You’re courting your own death.” Guo Tianming sighed heavily.

“You really think that I will steal from the Hundred Flower Divine Palace?” Yuan Ji smiled bitterly.

Guo Tianming gasped, “Big brother, you mean you are being setup by someone?”

Yuan Ji felt like banging his head on the wall as he replied bitterly, “What takes you so long to figure this out?”

Guo Tianming stammered, “Who will do such a wicked thing to you?”

Yuan Ji smiled weakly, “Who do you think my position comes from?”

Guo Tianming stroked his beard, “Hm…let me think hard for a little while…”

“Are you sure that you’re even thinking hard?”

“I’m trying. Hold on…I can’t figure out who…it is said that behind every successful cultivator, there is a supportive maiden behind his back…you mean it is your Chengxi?”

Yuan Ji: …

Yuan Ji: …

Yuan Ji: …

Yuan Ji cursed him loudly, “Why don’t you die now? I feel that your life is worthless up to this point.”

“Big brother, I never know you will actually mouth profanities. Aren’t you a gentleman of the sword?”

“I’ve now decided to be a devil of the sword, thanks to you.”

Yuan Ji was now sighing to himself, “I need to find Jiajia and asks her why. My only clues to her whereabouts are Xue Qianxue and Ling Feiyue now…”

He vowed silently, “What had exactly happened one hundred years ago?”

He could still vividly remember their mocking laughter a hundred years ago when they had laughed at the same time. “Ji Yuan will be a dead man soon.”

Guo Tianming had suddenly interrupted his thoughts, “Big brother, what are you thinking of now? Why don’t you share with me? Maybe I can help you. After all, two brains are better than one.”

Yuan Ji replied coldly, “No thanks. I’m afraid that you may end up brain dead if you were to help me. Moreover I don’t need a pig brain to help me.”

Guo Tianming: …

“This hurts my feeling, you know…”

“I can make it hurt even more if you want to…and thank you for screwing me up with my own poem…”

“You’re welcome…”

“Go die now and please get lost from my Emperor Hall Sect…”

“Big brother, you haven’t told me about your experiences yet and I haven’t chatted enough with the two sisters-in-law yet…”

Yuan Ji: …

“I feel like slaughtering you with my divine sword right now if you still insist on staying.”

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Chapter 226: Messy Aftermath (1)

Lu Qingyun was still staring blankly in shock when Saint Yuan Chenggong had suddenly approached him with a smile, “May I know the name of this hero?”

Lu Qingyun muttered blankly, “Lu Yun.”

He was still thinking of the incident earlier; he had slashed the body of his most beloved Keqin and master. Although he did not use all his profound strength and was only merely trying to stop her from killing Saint Gao Tianshou but he did not expect the Devil Goddess to go all out with her profound strength against Saint Gao Tianshou.

Was he wrong trying to defend the righteous and peace of the Nine Celestial Fraternity from the Devil Goddess?

But it turned out that his playful master who had actually aided him to become a powerful cultivator was none other than the Devil Goddess herself.

He had only learnt of the whole truth today and he could not believe what he was seeing.

His master was actually the infamous Devil Goddess that everyone had scorned and the number one super villainess in the entire fraternity. How could he have accepted such a truth?

It was impossible for him to accept such a truth…

He had suddenly remembered an incident that there was one time that they were out in the street and Keqin had threatened to break off with him if he dared to buy the portrait of the Devil Goddess. It was because the real Devil Goddess was not ugly at all. – Chapter 148

His heart was now weeping, not because his master was the Devil Goddess and she had lied to him but because he had actually lifted his sword to wound her, causing his heart to bleed with a deep wound.

Tang Xuefeng and Qian Jingjing were now next to him and they were calling quietly to him, “Second brother Lu, are you alright?”

They were very startled when Lu Qingyun had dared to approach the terrifying Devil Goddess and they could see that there were at least ten instances that the Devil Goddess could kill him. But luckily, the focus of the Devil Goddess seemed to be wholly on Saint Gao Tianshou and not Lu Qingyun.

Tang Xuefeng had quietly called for her god-father to save Lu Qingyun for interrupting the vengeful attacks of the Devil Goddess. Just as Great Saint Tang Yiren was about to intervene, the Devil Goddess and her golden shadows had all retreated quietly without laying their hands on Lu Qingyun.

Therefore he did not intervene and had also quietly slipped away.

What Tang Xuefeng and Qian Jingjing could not understand was why did the Devil Goddess merely give Lu Qingyun only a push out of the way?

They could clearly see that the Devil Goddess was grasping onto her wounds with her other hand. Perhaps her injuries were really severe. After all, the sharpness of a saint grade divine sword had no comparison. That could be the only explanation.

But Tang Xuefeng was sharper than Qian Jingjing and all the others in the hall.

Although everything happened so fast and the Devil Goddess was quickly taken away by her four golden shadows but not a single of the four golden shadows took a vengeful swipe at Lu Qingyun.

Was it because they were all too concerned about the injuries of the Devil Goddess and they were more eager to get away. It was a real possibility.

But then she had also noticed that some of the golden celestials seemed to only make a half-felt attack on the retreating Devil Goddess and her group.

She could understand why if they were conserving their profound strength for their defenses but she was an array expert and she was really good in remembering the movements of all the cultivators presented. She had noticed that some of the righteous celestials seemed to have an easier time throughout the battle and the heretic celestials also seemed to be lenient against the same group of righteous celestials.

Therefore Tang Xuefeng was thinking, “What is going on around here?”

Saint Yuan Chenggong patted Lu Qingyun on his shoulder with a loud chuckle, “You’re perhaps now the greatest hero of the Nine Celestial Fraternity for wounding the Devil Goddess. It is a heroic act that we ought to celebrate.”

Saint Linghu Fei gave Lu Qingyun a respectful bow with his hands, “Great hero Lu, please allow me to give you a humble bow with my hands!”

Lu Qingyun said bitterly, “I’m not any great hero.”

Saint Linghu Fei laughed, “Surely you can. Moreover you have a saint grade divine sword in your hand and you have won back some of the pride that we have lost today.”

Even Saintess Su Rushuang was nodding as she smiled at Lu Qingyun, “You’re indeed the number one great hero in the Nine Celestial Fraternity now.”

Then she said quietly, “Saint Gao Tianshou and his sons are all dead now. We’ve no one to lead us now. So I hope that Great Hero Lu will lead us in the fight against the Devil Goddess as our alliance leader. What do you think?”

Saint Yuan Chenggong immediately said, “I second that. We need Great Hero Lu to lead us at this critical point.”

Saint Linghu Fei was nodding too, “I am also agreeable to that. Since all three of us are in unison about this then why don’t we make Great Hero Lu as our alliance leader straight away?”

Many of the golden celestials were stunned by this sudden proclamation and they were all staring at the three divine rulers and Lu Qingyun.

Actually although many of the golden celestials were lying on the floor but there were only ten real causalities. It was because once a cultivator had become a golden celestial, it would be really difficult to kill them unless their vitals were all shut down.

Out of a hundred odd over golden celestials, seventy golden celestials could still stand while twenty other golden celestials had received such a severe beating that they would need months to recover.

The remaining golden celestials could still be considered a mighty force and moreover there was no way the Devil Goddess could recover from her wounds in such a short time. The heavy wounds that were caused by a divine sword would render her golden body’s regeneration ability to a slow snail.

Therefore the Devil Goddess was as good as out of combat action now.

Lu Qingyun answered bitterly to the three divine rulers, “Shouldn’t you take care of the funeral of Saint Gao Tianshou and the dead first?”

The three divine rulers were all looking weakly at each other. Actually they had a hidden motive to make Lu Qingyun as their alliance leader.

One was that he had a saint grade divine sword that could intimidate his opponents.

Two was that he had actually wounded the Devil Goddess and was a perfect lightning rod to attract all the attention of the vengeful heretic celestials. Who knows if he may end up dead like Saint Gao Tianshou in another assassination attempt.

Three was that he was only a fifth realm golden celestial and was easy to control.

Therefore there was no hurry to make any one of them the alliance leader first. They could always wait for later to get rid of this ‘Lu Yun’ later and obtained his saint grade divine sword.

Saint Yuan Chenggong laughed, “Of course we will take care of the funeral of Saint Gao Tianshou but appointing a new alliance leader is equally important as well.”

Saint Linghu Fei and Saintess Su Rushuang were both nodding in agreement, “That’s right.”

All of a sudden a trembling Supremacy Liang Tiege who was holding onto the dead body of his sworn brother Supremacy Hai Zhongtian was shouting angrily. “Our divine ruler has just been killed and you’re all appointing a mere fifth realm cultivator as your puppet? This I am not convinced at all!”

He stepped forward and pointed his sword at Lu Qingyun while shouting mightily. “If you want to be alliance leader then you have to get past my sword first!”

Saint Wu Lei had also stepped forward angrily, “And my sword too!”

Lu Qingyun said quietly, “Don’t provoke me today. I’m…not in a good mood today.”

Supremacy Liang Tiege hummed coldly as he flashed to Lu Qingyun with all his profound power on his sword, “Whether you’re good mood or not, you will be a dead man today!”

In everyone’s eyes, there was no way Lu Qingyun could survive an attack from a golden supremacy and moreover Supremacy Liang Tiege was now attacking with all his profound strength.

Even Tang Xuefeng and Qian Jingjing were gasping as they raised their swords to defend Lu Qingyun.

But Lu Qingyun was faster and was faster than anyone had expected.

In that instance, he had raised his divine sword and had cut down Supremacy Liang Tiege, splitting his golden body with his profound strength and shattering his precious sword into hundreds of broken pieces.

As Supremacy Liang Tiege dropped down dead, all the golden celestials that were watching the scene could not believe what they were saying.

Not only was Lu Qingyun faster with his sword that anyone of them had expected but his profound strength was also above Supremacy Liang Tiege. In front of this Lu Yun, Supremacy Liang Tiege seemed like a defenseless low level cultivator.

Lu Qingyun’s swordplay had always been faster than most cultivators while he was only a low level cultivator. But his speed attacks would often lack the profound power because he was only a weak cultivator in the past.

But now it was a thing in the past. Not only was he strong in his profound strength now but the foundation of his profound strength was built on an inner cultivation sea that was three times as vast as any normal cultivator of his level.

Moreover he had the added profound strength of the awakened annihilating seed in his soul sea now. Therefore his profound power had already exceeded that of a peaked golden supremacy.

Plus with the added profound power of his saint grade divine sword in his hands, Liang Tiege would need a divine sword in his hand to even handle a single stroke from Lu Qingyun.

Lu Qingyun stared blankly at the dead body of Liang Tiege. This was the very first time he had ever killed someone. Liang Tiege was the very first person that he had killed but why was that he did not feel remorse at all?

In that earlier instance, he had recalled the malevolent air of Liang Tiege that had wanted to kill him a few days ago and he had acted unrestrained. He had always been able to restraint himself but why was this not the case today?

Saint Wu Lei was enraged as he raised his precious sword to attack Lu Qingyun.

Although this Lu Yun could shatter Supremacy Liang Tiege’s precious sword but there was no way that he could shatter a saint’s precious sword. It was because when a cultivator had exercised their profound strength to empower their attacks, their profound power and animus would also affect the swords that were in their hands, protecting it from damages while increasing the killing effectiveness of their swords.

Moreover Saint Wu Lei was a seventh realm saint and the profound strength between them was like heaven and the earth!

Today this Lu Yun would die!

All of a sudden there was another saint grade divine sword that was in Lu Qingyun’s other hand and there were two divine halos that were surrounding them.

“He is able to divine harmony with his divine sword?!”

“Not one divine sword but two divine swords at the same time. Is it even possible at all?”

“He has two saint grade divine swords?!”

Everyone was stunned at the sight of Lu Qingyun’s two divine swords.

Even Saint Wu Lei was startled but he had already attacked halfway therefore this Lu Yun must still die today!

In the entire history of the Nine Celestial Fraternity, there were no fifth realm golden celestials that could kill a seventh realm saint in a one to one fight.

All of a sudden Lu Qingyun’s profound aura had suddenly shifted and it had exploded into an outburst, startling all the onlookers. It was because Lu Qingyun’s profound aura had suddenly increased from the fifth realm level to the sixth realm level now in full visibility of everyone as he broke through the limitations of his fifth realm level.

This stunned all the onlookers; did they see him completing a full realm breakthrough right in front of them and it was completed in barely a blink of an eye?!

Was such a thing even possible in the first place?

Actually Lu Qingyun potential was actually much higher than anyone was seeing now and given the right condition, he could breakthrough to the seventh realm level at a moment notice.

But now because Lu Qingyun was suddenly attacked by such a powerful opponent, his instinct immediately took over from him to resist the incoming attack.

Only a sixth realm golden supremacy could successful use a spirit entity to its fullest potential. After Lu Qingyun had fully divine harmonized with both his divine swords during the battle with the eighth rank Emperor Tyrant, he had already fulfilled all the sixth realm conditions for a breakthrough.

The sixth realm level, also called the spirit level was hard to breakthrough for many fifth realm golden celestials.

While the fifth realm energy level could be easily understood by most of the cultivators, the spirit level was on another cultivation level that was extremely difficult to grasp.

But not to Lu Qingyun. It was because through the constant exposure with Yan’Er and the recent divine harmony with her, he had long grasped the spirit level. But he lacked for a breakthrough was a state of divinity to trigger his breakthrough.

There must be a strong will for a breakthrough and a state of divinity must be established for a breakthrough.

And when Saint Wu Lei had attacked Lu Qingyun, the state of divinity was quickly formed instinctively.

Five small bursts and one major burst would be seen in the blink of an eye from Lu Qingyun’s profound aura when the breakthrough was completed.

Lu Qingyun had breakthrough from the fifth realm lower tier, middle tier, upper tier to the sixth realm lower tier, middle-tier and upper tier in the blink of an eye. That was the indication that his profound aura was now showing to everyone!

Saint Wu Lei was stunned by what he saw and he was even more startled when Lu Qingyun had cut him down in mid-air with his two divine swords.

It was a clean kill.

Everyone was stunned by the scene and was staring in disbelief that a saint was killed in such an easy manner. But seeing is believing. After all, saint grade divine swords could easily triple the profound power of a cultivator.

In the hands of a sixth realm expert, a saint grade divine sword was equivalent to the deadly strike of a great saint. Moreover there were two saint grade divine swords in this Lu Yun’s hands.

Many of the golden celestials were stammering, “He…he…has breakthrough six times…is this even possible…”

Each time a breakthrough occurred; vast reservoirs of the cultivator’s inner spiritual sea had to be consumed. Therefore it was not possible for someone to breakthrough six times in a row!

But they were not Lu Qingyun and they had no idea how unfathomable Lu Qingyun’s inner spiritual sea was now, especially after he had spent a ‘year’ inside the Endless Abyssal Sea.

The three divine rulers were now staring blankly at Lu Qingyun and they were all thinking of the same thing. “Did we just choose a monster to be our alliance leader instead?”

But to Lu Qingyun, he was muttering sadly. “So I’ve just killed another now…I told you not to provoke me today…”

He, together with Yan’Er and Xingxin were one body that was in one harmony. They had all decided that Liang Tiege and Wu Lei both deserved to die.


The last 2 chapters are all long chapters ^^;

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