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Chapter 33: Emotionless Wither Plant

When Ye Jing regained conscious, she found herself lying on the ground and was shocked, “What happens?”

She remembered plunging into the desolate mists…

With a jolt, she immediately opened her eyes as she cried out. “Xiaofang, where are you…”

She immediately saw Xiaofang and he was laying his hands on Yu’Er who was lying on the ground. He was really pale as he said, “Jing’Er, you have awakened. Yu’Er has cushioned us from the fall. I have been treating Yu’Er after I’ve treated you.”

Ye Jing rushed over to caress Yu’Er, “Will she be alright?”

Xiaofang nodded, “Should be alright. She had received an earlier wound from the lightning blasts. Don’t worry.”

As Ye Jing held onto Yu’Er, Yu’Er quietly opened her eyes and she gave a light shriek. I am fine, mistress. Don’t worry!

When Ye Jing saw Yu’Er opening her eyes, she was delighted and relieved at the same time. She took out a rare firegrass and said gently, “Chew on this. You will receive some vitality back.”

Yu’Er happily chewed on the firegrass. After chewing on the firegrass, she became a little phoenix and shriek. Mistress I am really tired. I am going to sleep…

Ye Jing understood her intentions and gently cuddled Yu’Er into her arms. She looked at Xiaofang and said, “Thank you for helping Yu’Er…are you alright Xiaofang? You look drained…”

She knew that Xiaofang had expended his strength just to ensure that they were well. She was secretly touched…

Xiaofang nodded lightly, “I’m alright. We need to find a way up to the mountains above. We cannot stay in this place. The desolate aura here is too heavy.”

Ye Jing looked up. This sky was different from the mountains that they were accustomed to. Thick mists with traces of purple were everywhere at the top and there were mountain walls everywhere. They seemed to have dropped into a valley…

Then she saw the fallen body of the Tyrant Behemoth. It was taken a tremendous fall and it was dead now. It seemed that her strike had struck its neck and when they fell down together, the monster had broken its neck.

“Xiaofang, help to cut its horns and take its claw nails. In the future when we have to face the nine-stage lightning tribulation, the horns may be useful. It can be concocted into various lightning pills. As for the nails, it is equally useful and can fetch for a good price.”

Xiaofang nodded and he quietly did as he was instructed.

Ye Jing heaved a soft regretful sigh as she soon realized that the spiritual force in this place was really poor. She had thought of regaining some of her celestial energies but soon gave up. No wonder Xiaofang was looking so terrible and drained.

Luckily, they had opened a secret profound vein channel and they could still depend on their internal energies.

She did not know how long Yu’Er would need to sleep or else getting out of here would be a piece of cake. But now Yu’Er was badly injured and had no more strength.

Then she had a thought as she said, “Xiaofang, there should be a rare plant or herb nearby. We should make a search for it.”

Xiaofang nodded, “For such a high rank desolate monster to appear in this area, there should be a treasure herb. But we should also be wary of the other beasts that are in this area.”

In the Celestial Realm, the celestials and mortals depend on the consuming of rare plants for nourishments. However the desolate monsters were attracted by the spiritual veins of the rare plants and gained nourishments from it naturally. A place that is growing with Firegrass, a fire attribute plant is also a place where fire based attribute desolate beasts will appear. The stronger the fire attribute plant is, the stronger the desolate beasts will be in the vicinity.

It is entirely possible to find rare herbs that were thousands of years below the mountain valleys but not many people will be willing to go there. It is because of the ever presented dangers of encountering a dangerous desolate beast.

But at this moment, Ye Jing was thinking that since they had already dropped into the desolate valleys, they may as well take a look.

After waiting for a little while after Xiaofang had sufficient rested, they began to walk cautiously around the vicinity but in just a little while they was surprised by the dense vegetation and the clean streams that were flowing.

They had earlier dropped in an area that had sparse undergrowth and therefore they had imagined that the rest of the valley would be just nothing but rocks.

Suddenly Xiaofang was saying, “I see that there is a silver herb over there. It is halfway between the cliffs. Jing’Er, did you see it?”

Ye Jing trained her eyes on the cliffs and indeed as Xiaofang had said, there were several silver plants that were growing on it. Not only that, there were many other rare plants as well.

She searched her memories for this silver plant. Then she remembered that there was a silver plant with traces of purple on its stem. The name of this silver plant was the Emotionless Wither that could take away the emotions of the people that consumed it. It was used for pills that could let the users forget the painful emotions and even neutralized emotions. It was highly coveted by the practitioners that practiced the emotionless heart intricate and useful to breakthrough to a new emotionless state of divinity.

She laughed softly, “We’re in luck. There are no beasts in the vicinity currently. Let me go pick one. Help me hold onto Yu’Er for a while.”

Before Xiaofang could stop her, Ye Jing had already flashed up to the cliffs and he was astonished to see her displaying her movement skills. In just a little short while, she had returned with a silver stalk of the plant.

She had only taken a stalk because she knew that this stalk alone was more than five thousand year old. She also knew how difficult it was to grow to this age. So she left the rest of the Emotionless Wither plants alone so that they would continue to thrive and multiply.

It was timely because they could hear the ground trembling as a group of 14 Tyrant Behemoths had suddenly appeared from the other side of the mountain cliffs. These Tyrant Behemoths were mostly between 5th and 6th rank but were still extremely formidable for them to handle one, moreover there were 14 of them.

When Ye Jing had plucked one of the silver plants, the silver plant must have sent a rippling distress and these desolate beasts were alerted to it.

“Lucky!” Ye Jing heaved a soft sigh.

Xiaofang asked curiously, “Jing’Er, what is this silver plant for?”

Ye Jing smiled, “The plant name is the Emotionless Wither. It is used to suppress emotions. Currently we are practicing the Emotion Divinity therefore it is of much use to us.”

When Xiaofang had heard her, he was a little sad. It was because he did not want to use such a method to suppress his emotions, especially the emotions that he had for Ye Jing. He wanted to relive the warmth of their emotions in his memories from the very first day to the very end.

Ye Jing pointed to cave that were several steps above them, “There is a cave there. Let’s go in first before I explain to you.”

When they had entered, she said excitingly. “Xiaofang, I can feel your heart for me. It is not my intentions to forget about emotions for each other. This Emotionless Wither will be able to aid us to overcome our Emotion Divinity in no time. We…don’t need to wait a hundred years for a breakthrough. Maybe we won’t even make a breakthrough even in a hundred years. But with this Emotionless Wither, we can accomplish it in no time.”

Xiaofang was a little perplexed. It was obvious that he did not understand.

Ye Jing explained, “You may not know this. The silver veins of this Emotionless Wither also contain an explosive amount of chaotic fluctuations necessary to expand the boundaries of our divine state. Usually only a thousand year old Emotionless Wither is necessary but what we have here is a five thousand year old Emotionless Wither. With some luck, we may even overcome the Emotion Divinity. So what stage is your Emotion Divinity now?”

Xiaofang replied quietly, “Intermediate…”

Ye Jing raised her eyebrows before she said quietly, “I am at the intermediate stage too…”

At the same time they were both sighing secretly, “Xiaofang/Jing’Er, for you to advance to the intermediate stage, have you not been thinking about me all this while?”

Ye Jing pretended a faint smile, “Well, that’s good. I’m glad that we’re on the same staging now.”

She pushed aside the sadness that was in her eyes and said, “Do you still remember what the condition is for the upper stage of the Emotion Divinity?”

Xiaofang nodded as he recited, “The upper stage of the Emotion Divinity required the cultivators to reach the state of equanimity at all times.”

Ye Jing nodded, “Right now we are in a perfect situation. We are in a precautious situation and is trapped here. And we don’t know if Yu’Er will be able to regain her strength. Even if she does, she will be in a terrible weak state so I doubt that she can even fly us to the top, let alone fly herself.”

Xiaofang nodded, “It is all thanks to Yu’Er that we are alive. We need to get her out of here as well.”

Ye Jing nodded, “But we need to put this aside for now. Why don’t we make use of this perfect opportunity to overcome our Emotion Divinity? If we don’t then we don’t know when another opportunity will come again.”

Xiaofang said as he looked at the Emotionless Wither, “But…”

He really did not want to take this Emotionless Wither because he knew that a 5000 year old plant like the Emotionless Wither would really be so potent that it could suppress all his emotions. He really did not want to take it but Ye Jing seemed to be insistent. Was she so heartless that she wanted to forget him?

Ye Jing smiled gently, “I know what you are thinking. I won’t forget my emotions for you either. After we consume it, you have only to use your Healing Focus to prevent it for entering my heart. It won’t be easy because it is going to be draining for you. After we have pushed to the limits of our Emotion Divinity, you can purge the emotionless residue from our bodies.”

When Xiaofang had heard her, he was jolted and he immediately said. “Jing’E, I am willing. This is a good idea.”

To him, it was a better idea than cultivating the Emotion Divinity for a hundred or more years.

Ye Jing looked at the pale looking Xiaofang, “Want to take a break first? You don’t look alright.”

Xiaofang smiled weakly, “I am alright. Don’t worry.”

Ye Jing took out the Life Rejuvenation Divine Pill and said gently, “Xiaofang, take this. You will recover your strength quickly with this.”

Xiaofang took the pill without question and immediately the color of his face was restored. He was startled, “Jing’Er, what is this pill?”

All of a sudden he realized how precious this pill must be. It was because he could feel a surging of life force energies within him and even his drained Healing Focus was restored and he was even at the intermediate stage of the Immortal Celestial as well!

When Ye Jing saw he was no longer looking sickly, she was delighted and said, “The Ruler of the Tranquil City has given me this pill. I’m glad that it is now put to a better use.”

Xiaofang nodded quietly but he was silently thinking, “Jing’Er, this divine pill must be a life-saving divine pill and yet you’ve given it to me just like this. Moreover, this divine pill is simply too extraordinary. I can even feel my internal energies surging through all my meridians…”

Ye Jing smiled faintly, “Stop staring at me like this. If you alright now then we shall begin.”

Xiaofang nodded eagerly as they quickly seated in a meditation position as they placed their palms against each other.

Ye Jing could feel the warmth of his palms as she muttered silently, “Xiaofang, thank you…”

For a time, they could still hear each other heartbeats. It was as though they were unwilling to slip into deep meditation yet and just want to feel the warmth that was in each other’s hearts.

But soon the effect of the Emotionless Wither was taking its effect and they were soon silent.

But the warmth that was coming from Xiaofang had never left her. In fact, it was enveloping her and protecting her heart from ceding to the Emotionless Wither…

Ye Jing could feel the spirit boundaries of the intermediate Emotion Divinity expanding. Her thoughts had become more cold and passive. Even in a precautious situation such as now, she was serene. She was not melancholy, emotional, delight and was undisturbed. In a little time, she had breakthrough to the Upper Stage Emotion Divinity.

And now her inner sea of serenity was now filling quickly the empty spirit boundaries of the Upper Stage Emotion Stage. Such was the overwhelming elevation effect of the Emotionless Wither that seemed that it could not be stopped.

Her heart was crushed by the overwhelming tsunami that threatened to remove all her emotions but in the deep recess of her inner sea, was a soothing hand that seemed to protect her; it was Xiaofang.

When her spirit boundaries of the Upper Stage Emotion Divinity were filled to the peak, it had threatened to burst from its bank and with a bright light, she had overcome the Emotion Divinity and entered into the Initial Stage Transverse Divinity!

It was as though her spirit had been set free from the endless cycle of samsara and her divine state of mind was now free to transverse across the universe!

She felt extremely light and with just a little effort, she tiptoed to a standing position. When she had opened her eyes, Xiaofang was holding onto her waist. He was smiling faintly, “Jing’Er, you have breakthrough to the Transverse level!”

Ye Jing asked, “And you?”

Xiaofang said, “I have breakthrough as well. This Emotionless Wither plant is really too wondrous. But without your Life Rejuvenation Divine Pill, I don’t think that I will be able to hold off its overwhelming influences.”

Ye Jing coughed out a bout of green spasm as she struggled to speak, “Thank you Xiaofang! I feel so light now, extremely light. It is as though with just a little effort, I can push the limits of my body to the extreme. Do you feel that too?”

Xiaofang said, “Yes, I feel so light and spirited as well. According to the mundane celestial practice, Transverse is the overcoming of the limitation of our physical body. Attaining it will give us enhance speed and endurance that is not thought possible.”

Ye Jing sighed softly, “Without attaining to this level, we really cannot imagine the difference between the ancient celestials and us. This is like the heavens and the earth. No wonder my Ancestress Ye says my attainment is a piece of shit. I must admit today that she is so right… ”

But all of a sudden, she suddenly said. “There is someone here in this cave!…”

Xiaofang was startled as he started to look into the dark recess of the cave passages. There was no one.

Ye Jing said quietly, “It is deep inside. I can sense it…”

Her already acute Divine Sense could sense the presence of someone in this cave. Although it was faint but she was sure. The Blue Aura Divine Pill had shaped the ‘Space’ perception of the Transverse level in advance to her, giving her an uncanny ability to evade and to sense energies fluctuations. It was not the real level. But when she had really attained to the Transverse level, it was like a double perception that was endowed upon her, enhancing the range of her Divine Sense by doubled as well as being many times more sensitive!

Ye Jing said slowly, “Xiaofang, let’s take a look…”

Xiaofang said anxiously, “It may not be a good idea. What if we run into some dangers?”

Ye Jing smiled, “Xiaofang is always the same Xiaofang that I know. Always overtly cautious. With you to protect me, will I be in any danger? Moreover I have a Transverse level fighter that is protecting me now.”

Xiaofang put his hand over his head awkwardly, “I am still not good enough…”

Ye Jing smiled, “Did you just breakthrough to the Intermediate Immortal Celestial level earlier? Your spirit inner core seems differently now. How on earth did you breakthrough this fast?”

Xiaofang smiled weakly, “It is all due to the Life Rejuvenation Divine Pill that Jing’Er has given to me earlier. It seems to have strengthened my Healing Focus ability as well.”

Ye Jing said casually, “It is really such a miraculous divine pill. I didn’t think too much about it when I took it. I was told that it was a life extending divine pill.”

Xiaofang was stunned as he slowly said, “My mother told me that life extending pills are almost impossible to find. In fact using my Healing Focus will drains off my life if I’m not careful so she has warned me not to use it for others. It is because my healing focus ability is part of my life force. A life extending divine pill may have the effect of strengthening my life force and in turn, so will my healing focus be strengthened as well. No wonder I have felt restored.”

Ye Jing smiled casually, “Good! Then it is not wasteful if it is given to you. It is such a waste on it.”

Then she pointed at a passage, “There! Let’s go take a look, alright?”

Xiaofang nodded as he said, “Then Jing’Er, I shall take the front while you guide me from behind. I really don’t want any dangers to befall you.”

“Then Xiaofang, you shall be my protector then.”

After several twisting of the passages, they came to a cavern. And it was what stunned them.

A heavenly maiden dressed in tattered dirty robe, as peerless as Ye Jing was lying on the ground. She was equally surprised to see them as she stared at them with her intense golden eyes. She immediately lifted her broken sword to point at them but her sword arm was trembling hard. It seemed that she had not lifted her sword for a long time.

“Who are you?” Both sides almost asked at the same time.

The heavenly maiden looked extremely frail and it seemed that she was drawing upon a faint residue of spiritual force that was presented in this cave to survive.

Ye Jing could immediately tell that from that with her divine sense and the spiritual force in this cave is stronger than the outside. That was the only way she could have survived.

For a golden celestial to be reduced to this heart wrenching state was too unbearable.

So Ye Jing immediately said, “We are pursued by a Tyrant Behemoth and have fallen into this valley. Like you we are trapped.”

The frail heavenly maiden said bitterly, “Then you should leave this place and out of the valley as soon as possible. You have legs so why don’t you leave as quickly as possible.”

Ye Jing was startled by her coldness but she quickly said, “We can get you out of here.”

The frail heavenly maiden answered coldly, “No need. You’ve better saved your strength into getting yourself out of here instead. Or you will become food for the Tyrant Behemoths that are outside.”

When Ye Jing had heard her tone, she was slightly unhappy. So she asked, “Then why don’t you get out of here? There is nothing in here and this place isn’t even suitable for cultivation.”

The frail heavenly maiden turned her head aside, “Can’t you see that I can’t move my legs? If I can then I won’t be in this state.”

Both Ye Jing and Xiaofang were stunned secretly, “She can’t move?”

Ye Jing was smiling bitterly to herself, “I’ve thought that she is being offensive when she is saying that if I got legs then I should leave here as soon as quickly. But she is unable to move at all.”

The frail heavenly maiden said coldly, “If you are thinking of robbing me then you have better forget it. I have nothing valuable on my body and moreover I have already used all the precious herbs that I had to sustain my miserable life. If you are thinking of possessing my withered body, I am afraid that I may only dirty you.”

Ye Jing tapped her fingers lightly on Xiaofang, “She is talking about you.”

Xiaofang was startled as he asked curiously, “Me?”

Ye Jing smiled, “She is asking if you are thinking of possessing her body?”

Xiaofang immediately growled softly, “Of course not!”

Ye Jing turned to the frail heavenly maiden, “We are not robbers and we do not want you either. So aren’t you glad?”

The frail heavenly maiden maintained her vigilant but did not want to waste her strength to argue with her. It was because she could tell that Ye Jing was not a maiden that could be easily be put down by words and moreover she was also a golden celestial of some status.

Ye Jing said to Xiaofang gently, “She is the weak life pulse that I’ve sensed earlier. Since we have found her, we shouldn’t leave her just like this. Am I right? So Xiaofang, why don’t you go and take a look at her injuries. Maybe there may be something we can do for her.”

Just as Xiaofang made a move towards her, the frail heavenly maiden seemed to be terrified as she quickly pleaded. “No, don’t come near me. My legs injuries are incurable. My golden body has already fractured a long time ago. There won’t be anything that you can do. Please…please leave me alone!…”

Ye Jing was startled at the severity of her injuries. The only reasons why golden celestials are golden celestials were because they have attained the golden body. With their golden body, they were basically immortals so long as their hearts continue to beat. All their injuries, even bone and organ injuries would be able to heal in time to come. Even if their golden bodies were broken in a fight, it was only temporary. But this frail heavenly maiden had said that her golden body was fractured? What manner of injuries had she sustained?

She said firmly, “Xiaofang, go take a look at her!”

“No, don’t come over…”

But Xiaofang was already over at her side and as he examined her injuries, there was a weird expression that was upon him…

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Chapter 32: The Tyrant Behemoth

The ground was trembling nonstop as a towering desolate monster had suddenly emerged, wreaking havoc among the protégés of the Holy Citadel City and the Celestial Sword Clan as they marched in double columns along the difficult mountain paths.

As soon as Ye Jing jumped off her sedan to investigate the commotion, she was startled as soon as she caught sight of the behemoth beast that had three gigantic horns on its ape like face and a body that was like gigantic lizard, “What is this?”

Even Young Master Yun Xinghe was dumbfounded as he stepped out of his magnificent carriage, “This…this is the Tyrant Behemoth!”

Ye Jing was immediately stunned when she had heard the name of this monster. It was an 8th rank desolate monster. Its strength could even rival many 9th rank saint beasts.

Yu’Er was panicky. She was in her phoenix form and she had used all her might to manifest a fireball with her blood essence on the Tyrant Behemoth. But the Tyrant Behemoth simply absorbs the exploding fireball as though it was a ball of harmless water that was hurled on it.

Xiaofang immediately said, “I will go to the front…”

Ye Jing shouted panicky, “Xiaofang wait…”

But he had already leapt with a lightning speed toward the frontline and Ye Jing’s voice disappeared in the ensuring panicky din.

Celestial Yun Chen was overheard shouting to his fellow protégés, “Don’t give in to panic. Get into your sword arrays!”

Elder Chu Yunfeng was shouting the same to the protégés of the Holy Citadel City, “Get into the Holy Citadel Sword Arrays, quickly!”

Li’Er gasped panicky, “Mistress, what is this thing. It…already killed dozens…”

Ye Jing said quietly, “It is an 8th rank desolate monster. Even though we have hundreds here but I’m afraid that today we are not able to get past it to the other side of the mountains. An 8th rank desolate monster can easily be classified as a Saint Beast…”

A Saint Beast was not something mere celestials could easily overcome and even a Golden Celestial would not think lightly of one.

Young Master Yun Xinghe was trembling as he spoke, “Maybe Celestial Elder Yun Chen has a way. If not, we may need to take another route. But such a powerful desolate monster shouldn’t be in this vicinity. The mountains around here are used by many travelers…”

The celestial realm was a realm that was covered by endless mountain ranges and peaks. No one really knows how vast the entire realm was. 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.

Since the spiritual force in these mountains were just average, it would mean that there may be a few powerful desolate beasts that were lurking at the bottom.

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.

At this moment the Tyrant Behemoth was ravaging through the ranks of the defenders and there were agonizing cries from the wounded.

The protégés of the Divine Sword Clan had arranged themselves in a sword array of 12 fighters each while the Holy Citadel City protégés were in a sword array of 10 fighters.

By being in a tightly array, the protégés were able to joined their martial aura together, vastly increasing their martial defenses as they stopped the rapid charge of the Tyrant Behemoth. But still, every blow that came from the Tyrant Behemoth forced the Celestial Sword Clan protégés to take two steps back while the Holy City Citadel protégés were forced to take four or more steps back, with many succumbing from the shock of the tremendous blows.

In a way, the sword array of the Celestial Sword Clan was superior to the Holy City Citadel judging by the scene.

As the defenders scurried to form their sword arrays while carrying the wounded away, the many superior swordsmen of both clans were attacking the Tyrant Behemoth with their profound martial strokes or sword energies.

By this time the Celestial Sword Clan had formed 10 sword arrays, 5 in front and 5 in the back as they raised their swords together to synergize their martial aura together into a near impregnable wall of martial force aura while dozens others took the opportunity to attack the monster.

Celestial Yun Chen was naturally at the front line as he raised his sword repeatedly.

The sword arrays of the Holy Citadel City were broken quickly and the protégés of the Holy Citadel City could only look on miserably as they carried their numerous wounded protégés away. They had made way for the protégés of the Celestial Sword Clan to take over the lead and they could feel the disdainful glances of the Celestial Sword Clan protégés that were on them.

It was as though they were saying to them, “Move aside, you useless group. Don’t get into our way. This is the difference between a superior clan and a lesser clan.”

Although Elder Chu Yunfeng was not wounded but when he saw the disdainful glances, his pride took a great beating and he was shaking lightly. He had led his protégés to put a fierce defense but under the weight of the Tyrant Behemoth attacks, their sword arrays quickly crumbled.

All of  a sudden there were loud screams from the Celestial Sword Clan protégés as the Tyrant Behemoth seemingly grown more powerful as it torn through the sword arrays of the Celestial Sword Clan as though it was a piece of cake.

One must know that the sword array of the Celestial Sword Clan was equivalent to a full martial force aura of a golden celestial or two depending on the martial strength of the sword array practitioners.

But even Celestial Yun Chen had taken a misstep and was spanked by the Tyrant Behemoth. He was slammed through the air and crashed into the mountain cliff with a tremendous impact, shocking everyone!

Celestial Yun Chen immediately coughed out blood upon the tremendous impact as he dropped to the ground below!

The expressions that were on the surviving fighters were solemn because Celestial Yun Chen was a superior golden celestial and even with everyone providing defenses for each other so that the more powerful fighters such as Celestial Yun Chen could fully focus on attacking, they were still not able to scratch this monster. Now that Celestial Yun Chen had fallen, who else could lead them into defeating this monster? Therefore they were all secretly afraid.

That was the moment that Xiaofang had arrived at the scene. Immediately he swung his divine sword and made a quick double slash at the Tyrant Behemoth.

He quickly evaded from the towering Tyrant Behemoth when he realized that even with all his martial power, he was not able to damage this monster. The desolate aura that was enveloping the monster was too powerful and on the same level as a Sacred Saint.

Chu Yunfeng quick shouted, “Brother Fang, be careful!”

It was because he could see that the Tyrant Behemoth’s eyes were staring at Xiaofang…

Xiaofang immediately took more steps back as he evaded a crushing blow that exploded thunderous near him, which immediately sent three nearby fighters to their agonizing demise!

He quickly repositioned himself with his divine sword and there was a bright halo that surrounded his silhouette figure.

Chu Yunfeng, Ye Jing, Li’Er, Young Master Yun Xinghe and many others were gasping with astonishment. That bright halo that was produced by his divine sword could only mean one thing, that Xiaofang had already divine harmonized with his divine sword!

Only if a person could divine harmonized with a divine sword can the spiritual will of the divine sword be wield to the fullest potential. Or else the wielder may only wield 0-30% of the potential of the divine sword.

It was also not an easy feat to accomplish. It often required decades and even centuries, sometimes even with invalid results to successfully divine harmonized with a divine sword.

Ye Jing knew that Xiaofang only had the divine sword for less than two weeks. How could he have divine harmonized with the divine sword so quickly? For Ye Jing, she had been cultivating with her divine sword for more than a year now and she could only use around 15-20% of her divine sword true prowess.

So naturally she was more shocked.

Chu Yunfeng and Li’Er could not believe their eyes when they saw the rainbow hues of the halo that was lit on Xiaofang’s divine sword. Like Ye Jing, they knew that Xiaofang only had his divine sword for less than two weeks…

Chu Yunfeng was staring blankly at Xiaofang. He was actually prepared to dedicate a hundred years of quiet sword meditation to divine harmonized with his divine sword once he was back to the Holy Citadel City. If he fails, then he would give up until he had successfully breakthrough to the Immortal Celestial level.

He knew that Xiaofang was just a 17 year old kid, according to the Holy Consort. But at this moment, he truly believed that Xiaofang was actually some hundreds years old freak that had been cultivating already for centuries. After all if a person was at the Immortal Celestial level then they would no longer age and Xiaofang was already at the Immortal Celestial level.

At this moment, Xiaofang had suddenly leapt from where he was and his after-images flashed to strike at the Tyrant Behemoth with a thunderous impact as he slashed furiously across its body. The strike worked and blood spluttered from the body of the Tyrant Behemoth!

Immediately the demoralized fighters had a ray of hope and there were even thunderous cheers from many. Although the Tyrant Behemoth was not seriously wounded but this was the first blood that they had mustered despite the presence of 700 swords, so it was a great morale booster and it came from Xiaofang!

But the Tyrant Behemoth was so enraged now that its three horns began to discharge dozens of lightning randomly across its line of sight.

Ye Jing gasped, “Xiaofang! Be careful!”

Almost immediately dozens of protégés were burnt and shocked by the lightning bolts!

Even Xiaofang was hurled into the air by the static field that was generated by the Tyrant Behemoth as he was positioned very near to it…

Ye Jing had flashed to the point of conflict in the next instant!

When Young Master Yun Xinghe saw Ye Jing flashing to the Tyrant Behemoth, he was so startled that he quickly called out. “Maiden Ye Jing, don’t go there…”

Even Li’Er had cried out, “Mistress! It’s too dangerous…”

Dozens of lightning were flashing everywhere and there were panicky outcries from everywhere.

“Maintain the sword arrays!”

“Push out all your profound strength if we want to survive this attack!”

“Maintain our defensive aura! Don’t panic!…”

While everyone was pushing out all their profound strength to synergy to their sword arrays for more protection against the furious lightning bolts, everyone could see Ye Jing flashing across the field as she evaded one lightning after another, stunning all the onlookers…

If there was one martial skill that Ye Jing was truly good at, it was her swiftness movement skill for she had spent day and night training, sneaking around the premises of the Holy Citadel City as she spied at the many interesting sights that she saw at night.

Moreover after consuming the Blue Aura Divine Pill, her body felt three times lighter and she felt as light as a feather. In addition, her Divine Sense had developed to the divine state of the Traverse and Seventh Sense, giving her acute perception in tracking the energy fluctuations that were around her. Even though the lightning bolts were swift but to her, it was flashing at a slow motion!

In a blink of an eye, she had evaded dozens of lightning and she was instantly next to Xiaofang as she caught him in mid-air as she gasped panicky, “Xiaofang, I am here! Are you alright?”

Xiaofang had been temporary stunned by the static field and he coughed weakly, “Jing’Er, why are you here? Get behind immediately. I can handle this alone!…”

But Ye Jing silenced him with a smile as they landed softly, “I am here to save your ass. What else will I be here?”

She lifted her divine sword gently and thought, “I can divine harmonized with my sword as well. I can sense the divine aura of my sword now…”

Indeed in the next instant, there was a brilliant rainbow halo on the tip of her divine sword and there was a beautiful humming resonant from its blade.

Ye Jing swung her divine sword at the Tyrant Behemoth as several after-images of her sword searched for the lowest energy emulation before tearing a bigger second wound on its body!

This sent the Tyrant Behemoth into a terrible rage and its furious roar exploded the air around Ye Jing and Xiaofang!

All of a sudden the ground below them had collapsed, sending Ye Jing, Xiaofang and the Tyrant Behemoth into the desolate mist below!

Yu’Er was startled and she flew at great speed after them into the desolate mist!

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Chapter 31: Nefarious Plan

When Ye Jing left the Tranquil City, she had joined her forces with Young Master Yun Xinghe. It was not something that she wanted but he had warned, “There may be remnants of the heretic clans around. Moreover Supremacy Duan Yizong is not to be underestimated.”

After some due considerations, she agreed to travel with Young Master Yun Xinghe.

At the same time, she assigned six female protégés to escort Hua Ni’Er and Hua Xie’Er back to the Holy Citadel City first. It was because she was unsure if she was able to protect them along the way.

The combined forces numbered more than 700, creating a sizable presence as they traveled through the mountain trails.

According to Young Master Yun Xinghe, he was only heading a smaller detachment to Tranquil City to shop for supplies while his father, the protégé grandmaster of the Celestial Sword Clan had already headed to the Nuer Mountains with a main force of 5000.

When Ye Jing had taken the Life Rejuvenation Divine Pill and the Blue Aura Divine Pill, she had only consumed the Blue Aura Divine Pill as she wanted to cultivate it first and she was also curious about its effect.

As for the Life Rejuvenation Divine Pill, she actually did not need it now so she decided to nurture it with her Eternal Lotus to enhance its effect. After all, she was only 22. The awesome potent effects of life and vitality had no alluring attraction to her at the moment.

In the meantime Young Master Yun Xinghe was clearly frustrated. Although he could travel together with Ye Jing but until now, there was still no chance to be left alone with her.

It was because Ye Jing always had her Yu’Er phoenix around and everywhere she went, she would bring her Elder Xiaofang along. It had been several days and it was increasing frustrating for him.

Finally he had lost his patience and he decided on a plan to be set motion once it was nightfall.

He carefully prepared two flasks of aromatic wines. The wines had naturally been tampered with a powerful aphrodisiac by him and tonight he was determined to have Ye Jing.

“Maiden Ye Jing, you have really left me with no other choices.”

With a jovial mood, he left for Ye Jing’s camp which was situated opposite his camp.

The protégés of the Holy Citadel City did not stop him from entering their camp since they were already accustomed to his presence. So he made his way to the biggest tent in the camp which belonged to their Holy Consort.

When he had arrived, Li’Er and Xiaofang were standing guard outside.

He smiled at them and said, “I have brought some good wines and will like to share with the Holy Consort. May I enter the tent?”

Li’Er answered coolly, “My protégé mistress is tired and she says she doesn’t want to see anyone tonight…”

She was secretly sighing because this Young Master Yun Xinghe was like a pest that kept coming whether it was day or night. It seemed to her that Young Master Yun Xinghe was really courting her mistress but it was obvious that she was uninterested in his pursuit.

Xiaofang was naturally displeased to see Young Master Yun Xinghe. To him, he was a competitor and he was envious of his influential background. He was really afraid of losing his Jing’Er to him.

But still he was polite, “The Holy Consort does not wish to see anyone tonight. You may leave…”

All of a sudden Ye Jing was heard calling out excitingly in the tent, “Did I just sniff the fragrance of the Heavenly Bamboo Wines? Hurry and bring it in!”

Young Master Yun Xinghe was delighted as he shouted, “Maiden Ye Jing, you have really sharp nose. Indeed you are right. These Heavenly Bamboo Wines are three centuries old good wines. Moreover it is sealed with the superior grade seal of Celestial Master Tie the famous wine appraiser that is renowned throughout the celestial realm. I have brought the wines here specially for your sampling.”

Ye Jing voice was heard calling out excitingly, “What are you waiting for? Hurry bring it in. Xiaofang quickly bring him in.”

Xiaofang sighed softly as he said politely to Young Master Yun Xinghe, “Please follow me in.”

When Young Master Yun Xinghe entered the tent, Ye Jing was busy looking at herself in a large display mirror and she was trying several beautiful outer garments.

The sight of seeing her changing her dressing was so mesmerizing that Young Master Yun Xinghe was looking at her dreamily as he thought, “Tonight I am determined to have you. You are just like a little lamb now that is carting to the slaughterhouse for my feasting.”

He quickly smiled and said, “Maiden Ye Jing, this is the Heavenly Bamboo Wines for our feasting.”

Ye Jing looked at the wines in his hands with an eager look, “Good. You can put it down and leave now.”

Young Master Yun Xinghe was stunned, “But…”

Ye Jing continued to look at her dresses while saying, “Xiaofang, see him out.”

Xiaofang said with a firm tone, “Please leave now.”

The expressions that were on Young Master Yun Xinghe was ugly and with a bitter smile, he slowly put the wines down. He was hoping that Ye Jing would retain him at the last minute but she did not even take a look at him…

Xiaofang repeated, “Please leave.”

Left with no other choices, he was forced to leave with an awkward expression.

When he had left, Ye Jing began to smile and called out, “Xiaofang come in.”

When Xiaofang entered the tent, he immediately said. “Jing’Er, I think you have better not drink the wines that he has brought. It may be tampered.”

Ye Jing giggled softly, “I bet it is. The minute that he has entered my tent, I can sense his nefarious thoughts. It seems that my divine sense is more acute than before.”

After swallowing the Blue Aura Divine Pill, she could feel that her perceptions had greatly increased. She wondered secretly what kind of a miracle divine pill was the Blue Aura Divine Pill.

The Blue Aura Divine Pill was an immortal pill that could shape reality from perceptions. Even in the immortal realm, it was extremely difficult to obtain and was a legendary divine pill that most immortals could never see or obtain. When it was consumed by Ye Jing, she had imagined that she would be doing stunts with her Divine Sense that her Ancestress Ye would be capable of doing. This Blue Aura Divine Pill was able to realize this perceived thought into a reality and it was exactly what happened.

But unknown to Ye Jing, the Blue Aura Divine Pill was capable of doing more than that but the Goddess Isa had purposely misled her to use the Blue Aura Divine Pill into a chosen choice that she had designated for her.

Ye Jing smiled at Xiaofang, “It has been a long time since we are able to drink together. Let’s drink up the wines. Can your Healing Focus ability remove the impurities from the wines? It will be such a waste if we are unable to appreciate the wines together.”

Xiaofang said, “Yes I can…”

He gently rubbed against the flasks and used his Healing Focus ability to cleanse the Heavenly Bamboo Wines from any toxicity and impurities.

He said quietly, “After I cleanse the wines, it may lose its original flavor…”

Ye Jing smiled, “That is fine so long as the fragrance is still there. I only want to drink with you…”

Xiaofang and Ye Jing exchanged knowing glances with each other and slowly they began to toast up. It was like the same scene when they had first met up for the very first time.

Ye Jing said quietly, “If you have cleansed those wines on that fateful day, we won’t be drinking today.”

Xiaofang looked at Ye Jing dreamily, “Big Sister Jing…Jing’Er, you are having regrets?”

Ye Jing lowered her glances shyly, “I don’t regret falling into your hands. I am just a little worried about our future.”

She had not told Xiaofang about the forthcoming Divine Calamity or her encounter with the Ruler of the Tranquil City. After all, they had warned her not to tell anyone about them.

Xiaofang said firmly, “Jing’Er, I will surely get stronger so that we can get Little Fenghuang back. Then we can all be together again…”

Ye Jing said melancholy, “It’s not that. I just feel that I have a heavy burden on my back. You know that I don’t really like to cultivate. Whether it is swordplay, internal profound arts or martial profound arts I am only half-past-six and did not put in my fullest commitment. And yet the burden of the whole clan now rests upon me.”

Suddenly she lowered her voice and whispered gently, “If given a choice, I will like to cook every day for you.”

Xiaofang’s eyes seemed to be looking distantly, “Jing’Er cooking is absolutely the best…”

Ye Jing laughed, “I have spent considerable amount of time secretly experimenting with cooking than alchemy. Don’t tell my mother or I will be mad with you!”

Xiaofang answered with a slight shock in his eyes, “I won’t. No wonder Jing’Er can cook so well.”

As he looked gently at Ye Jing, he was suddenly solemn. “Jing’Er, can I ask you something?”

Ye Jing breathed in lightly before saying, “You sound so serious all of a sudden. What’s in your heart?”

Xiaofang sighed, “This Young Master Yun Xinghe, he seems to be interested in you…so I am wondering if you…”

Ye Jing laughed lightly, “So that’s what worrying you. You don’t need to be worried alright? In this world…I have…”

She locked her eyes tenderly into his eyes, saying shyly. “…I have only room for one and that is you.”

That was her heartfelt words and Xiaofang was able to feel it from the recess of his heart for they were bounded together through their soul, mind and body dual cultivation.

For a time, none spoke as they just stared at each other and examined each other subtle expressions.  It seemed like a long time since they had a quiet time with each other and they were just content to look at each other in this manner. When the others were around, they could only take secret glances at each other and could only hide their feelings.

After a while, Xiaofang said quietly, “Even though I’ve been meditating on the Emotion Divinity but these few days, I just can’t concentrate. Jing’Er, how about you?”

Ye Jing said softly, “There isn’t a moment when I don’t think of you every night…”

Then she bended over and kissed him lightly before cuddling in his embrace, “Xiaofang, I love you…”

When she had said that, her cheeks were rosy and even Xiaofang’s ears were reddened. Suddenly it was as though heavens and the earth had stood still for them and they were the only existences. They had forgotten where they were and forgotten the status divide between them. It was only Xiaofang and Ye Jing for now.

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Chapter 30: The Ruler of the Tranquil City

Ye Jing did not really know where she currently was. She only remembered entering a building and from there she had entered through an illusionary wall.

If the Celestial Liege did not lead the way, she could never have guessed that this wall was actually a door.

She wished that Yu’Er and Xiaofang would be here to see this illusionary wall which she found intriguing. The Celestial Liege did not even allow her to bring Yu’Er with her.

After entering the illusionary wall, she found herself in a grandeur palace that was adorned with rare white celestium slabs for floors and walls. Celestiums were pricey and were more valuable than gold. Extremely fine gold celestiums were even used in divine weapons to enhance its grade!

Now that they were in the palace hallway, the Celestial Liege appeared to be more relax. He said to her, “This is my consort.”

The woman smiled, “You’re Ye Jing? My celestial name is the Confession Lady Ye Ling. We share the same common lineage name.”

Ye Jing said politely, “My respects to senior. Are you a Great Saintess?”

The woman nodded lightly, “I guess that you can say so.”

Ye Jing said respectfully, “Then I shall address senior as Great Saintess Ye. What do you think?”

Great Saintess Ye smiled, “Anything.”

She looked at Ye Jing and said, “It seems that Yi Si did not make a bad choice by choosing you as her successor.”

Ye Jing was surprised, “You know my Celestial Teacher?”

Great Saintess Ye nodded, “Like me, she is also a Great Saintess of the Tranquil City. But unlike us, she is always in reclusion and is rarely in the city.”

Ye Jing was truly surprised, “You are friends of my celestial teacher?”

Great Saintess Ye laughed softly, “Not exactly. She is our little niece. Back in the old days, we are also protégés of the Celestial Palace. That is why we want to adopt you as our god-daughter but you have actually rejected us.”

Ye Jing smiled weakly, “I didn’t know that my benevolent celestial teacher is your niece or I’ll gladly accept. It is not too late, right?”

Great Saintess Ye smiled, “Of course not. I’m glad to have a god-daughter like you.”

Ye Jing smiled as she quickly called out, “Aunt Ye!”

This was actually the first time that they had talked to each other but Ye Jing had found her to be amicable, compared to the Celestial Liege and even her Ancestress Ye.

She asked, “Do you know where my celestial teacher is now? She only told me that she is breaking through to the immortal realm.”

Great Saintess Ye nodded, “That’s right. She has no more worldly attachment here anymore. That is why she has decided to ascend. We have no idea where she is now.”

Ye Jing hesitated for a while before she asked, “I’ve heard that my Celestial Teacher Yi Si has been around for thousands of years. Since you know each other, you have been around for thousands of years as well? How is it possible?”

Great Saintess Ye smiled, “The Jade Emperor had once given us three ancient immortal artefacts. I have the Tranquil Flute while my husband has the Primordial Heaven Chart. As for Yi Si, the Eternal Lotus was given to her. These three ancient immortal artefacts allow us to remain indefinitely in this realm.”

Ye Jing was startled, “This Jade Emperor must really be a formidable person.”

Great Saintess Ye smiled gently, “Indeed. He is after all, a greater immortal.”

Ye Jing was startled, “There are greater and lesser immortals?”

The Celestial Liege suddenly made a cough and Great Saintess Ye was quiet but she said gently, “It is unwise that we reveal too much about the immortal realm. It is for you to find out. Got it?”

Ye Jing nodded and she was wondering, “I wonder what the immortal realm is like?”

But she decided to ask the most important question first before she met up with the Ruler of the Tranquil City, “Who is this Ruler of the Tranquil City? Is he a Great Saint as well?”

Great Saintess Ye shook her head gently, “You must be extremely polite when you see her, alright?”

Ye Jing asked, “She? She is a Great Saintess?”

Great Saintess Ye answered coolly, “She is the ruler of the celestial realm.”

Ye Jing was shocked. She had never heard that the celestial realm had a ruler and that the Ruler of the Tranquil City was also the ruler of the celestial realm.

Seeing the doubts that were in Ye Jing’s eyes, Great Saintess Ye said. “She is a greater immortal. Even for the Celestial Liege and I, we have to bow in her presence.”

When Ye Jing had heard her, she was stunned. A greater immortal that had taken residence in the Tranquil City? It was no wonder that there were no celestial clans that had dared to seize control of this place for thousands of years…

She asked nervously, “Why did she want to see me? Did I do something wrong?”

Great Saintess Ye said gently, “I have no idea too. But you’ve met with the Heaveness. Therefore she will like to see you.”

Ye Jing asked, “You know about the Heaveness too?”

She knew that she was not supposed to mention to anyone that she had seen the Heaveness and that she had even acknowledged the Heaveness as her celestial teacher. But since they already knew then it should be alright to ask for more details.

Great Saintess Ye smiled, “The Heavenly Temple is meant to be her dwelling so naturally we know about her. While it is a secret to the others, it isn’t a secret to us.”

The Celestial Liege suddenly said as they turned into a wide passageway, “We are here.”

He whispered to Ye Jing, “Be really respectfully. This goddess is not to be trifled. We won’t be going in with you.”

With that, he had left.

Great Saintess Ye gave her a reassuring smile before she departed with the Celestial Liege.

Ye Jing saw a towering golden door and there were eight beautiful attendants that were gently pushing the door opened when they saw her.

Beyond the towering golden doors was a beautiful white hall that could accommodate hundreds.

As soon as this door opened, Ye Jing was surprised to hear the slashing sounds of swords and she could only see after-images of two shadowy forms fighting with each other. She was totally astonished at their movements.

But as soon as she had entered with the Celestial Liege and the Great Saintess Ye, the two shadowy forms had also disengaged with each other and they were looking at her now.

One was a golden hair heavenly maiden with a long curved sword and the other one was a young slender man in white wielding two long swords.

When they stopped to look at Ye Jing with their imposing golden eyes, Ye Jing could only smile weakly as she said. “Hello…my humble respect to seniors…”

She did not know how to address them…

Since she had been informed that the Ruler of the Tranquil City was a goddess then she guessed that it must be the blonde heavenly maiden.

The slender young man asked, “Is she the one?”

The beautiful heavenly maiden answered gently, “Yes she is the one. Her name is Ye Jing. I’ve heard that she is a bloodline of the Ascension Goddess. Are you surprise?”

The slender young man turned to look at her intensely and Ye Jing could feel an overwhelming suppression that seemed to be weighed upon her. He said softly, “This is really such a surprise.”

The beautiful heavenly maiden smiled at her gently and said hypnotically, “I am the Goddess Isa. I am the Ruler of the Tranquil City.”

Ye Jing stammered, “Goddess Isa…”

Her Divine Sense detected an unfathomable presence that came from both of them. They had the exact unfathomable aura like the Heaveness. In fact, the slender young man was even more unfathomable than the Goddess Isa and the Heaveness and he was like a righteous light that was unforgettable.

The Goddess Isa said, “As for this man here…”

The slender young man sheathed his swords as he introduced himself, “I’m your Ancestor Yi, the husband of your Ancestress Ye. You are of my bloodline.”

When Ye Jing heard him, her legs had suddenly gone jelly and she was really startled. “You…you are my Ancestor Yi…”

Ancestor Yi said, “That’s right. The Eternal Lotus that is within you is given by Yi Si. Yi Si is my daughter but her mother is the Joyful Goddess.”

Ye Jing smiled weakly. Is this a family reunion?

Ancestor Yi said, “I’ve never expect that someone could be capable of ascending to the top of the heavenly steps and reached my Heavenly Temple. You must know that only the most pure of heart will be able to do so. Your feat has shaken the Three Known Realms.”

The more that Ye Jing heard, the more awkward she was. She muttered, “That must be an exaggeration. I’m just a small fry. How can I even shake the Three Known Realms…”

Ancestor Yi said casually, “But that is the truth. No one other than the Heaveness and the Great Goddess Fantian can accomplish this feat. As you are able to accomplish this feat, this means that the Heaveness has also chosen you as her successor.”

Ye Jing was startled, “But Celestial Teacher Heaveness has never mentioned to me that she has named me as her successor.  I really dare not wish for the skies.”

Ancestor Yi smiled, “That is because it is not the time to reveal to you yet.”

Ye Jing asked, “And now it is?”

Ancestor Yi smiled, “Not really. It is just casual talk between us. It is best that you will forget our exchanges. It is because I am really afraid of the Heaveness…”

The Goddess Isa laughed softly when she heard him, “Are you serious?”

Ancestor Yi rubbed his nose, “Yes I am.”

The Goddess Isa pretended to be upset, “Like real. Anyway, I need to talk her first. It is better that you step aside for now.”

Ye Jing said respectfully, “I await your divine instructions.”

The Goddess Isa said gently, “Ye Jing, did Yi Si tell you that a divine calamity is forthcoming for the celestial realm?”

Ye Jing hesitated for a while. It was because she was unsure if she should tell them what she knew. Were they friends or foes? The intrigues of the celestial realm were many and while she was young, she was actually not so gullible.

What if this was a trap by the enemies of her Celestial Teacher Yi Si?

The Eternal Lotus was supposed to be her secret and yet these people seemed to know about it. How was it possible?

These were questions that Ye Jing had been secretly pondering ever since she had come here.

The Goddess Isa asked coolly, “You don’t trust us?”

Finally Ye Jing said quietly, “There is no proof that he is my Ancestor Yi and that my Celestial Teacher Yi Si is his daughter. After all, my Celestial Teacher Yi Si did not mention any of this to me. Moreover there is no way for you to know that the Eternal Lotus is within me. So how do you know?”

When the Goddess Isa heard her, she was smiling. “That is because we’re immortals. You can’t hide something as obvious as the Eternal Lotus within you without detection. Moreover we’re greater immortals.”

She paused briefly, “Whether you answer us is not important. A divine calamity will soon sweep across the celestial realm. Everyone will be powerless to stop it. The Goddess Palace and the Devil Isle will definitely rise to the occasion with the heavenly decrees in their hands. Even though the Melancholy Valley will no longer have any heavenly decrees, they will definitely try to seize the heavenly decrees from either the Goddess Palace or the Devil isle.”

Ye Jing had indeed heard from her Celestial Teacher Yi Si about the heavenly decrees.

She continued, “Therefore we think that you may be a pawn of the Melancholy Valley. There are too many coincidences in you.”

Ye Jing stammered, “I am really not anyone pawn…”

The Goddess Isa said, “Even an unwitting pawn is still a pawn. There is a heavenly war at the moment. The Melancholy Valley has been ruling the celestial laws of the celestial realm for thousands of years now and they are unwilling to lose their grip to anyone. Do you get me?”

Ye Jing asked, “There is war in the immortal realm?”

The Goddess Isa smiled, “There are more wars in the immortal realm than you think.”

Ye Jing made a quick guesswork. It seemed that there were three major factions in the immortal realm that were at odds with each other. And either side would want to see the other side win.

She tried to make a joke, “Maybe I am a pawn of the Goddess Palace?”

The Goddess Isa smiled coldly, “That is impossible because they had really a high bar, even for a pawn.”

When Ye Jing heard her, she felt like digging a hole as she thought. “My attainment is a piece of shit…”

The Goddess Isa said casually, “Of course things may still change in the future. After all, your Ancestress Ye is in the Goddess Palace. The reason why I’m telling you is to ensure that you do not become a pawn of the Melancholy Valley.”

Ye Jing felt cold. It was like a stern warning.

She asked, “May I know if you are aligned to the Goddess Palace or the Devil Isle?”

The Goddess Isa smiled, “Naturally it is the Goddess Palace.”

Ye Jing smiled weakly. Why was that she was not surprised at all?

She asked weakly, “My Ancestress Ye has taken my Little Fenghuang to the Goddess Palace. Since you are the ruler of the celestial realm, may I presume that you are also the ruler of the Goddess Palace? May I suggest that I have my baby back?”

The Goddess Isa said coldly, “Unfortunately I’m not the ruler of the Goddess Palace. There are goddesses that are higher in status than me in the Goddess Palace. As for your Little Fenghuang, it is better that she stays with us.”

Ye Jing was upset, “You…you…”

The Goddess Isa said, “You don’t have to be too upset about it. We’re protecting your child, that’s all.”

Ye Jing thought ruefully, “More like hostage…”

The Goddess Isa said, “Anyway, you are now the Patriarch of the Tranquil City. Other than me, you have the second highest authority here.”

Ye Jing asked, “You’re really making me a patriarch here?”

The Goddess Isa nodded, “Like I say, that is your reward for reaching the Heavenly Temple of the Lord Tranquil. This has nothing to do with whether I like you or not.”

Ye Jing felt that she was too cold and impersonal. She asked, “I can change the laws right?”

The Goddess Isa nodded, “Yes, you can. What are you going to change?”

Ye Jing said, “How about no more slave trading in the Tranquil City.”

The Goddess Isa nodded, “Then it will be done.”

Ye Jing was surprised, “Really?”

The Goddess Isa smiled, “Goddesses don’t lie. It will be done.”

Ye Jing was really delighted and it showed on her beautiful countenance.

Ancestor Yi was growling softly, “How come there a slave trading in the city? Didn’t I set all the slaves free a long time ago? Why didn’t you do anything about it?”

The Goddess Isa smiled gently at him, “Like you say, it is a long time ago. You know I don’t intervene and most of the time I’m in your company.”

Ancestor Yi rubbed his nose, “Maybe I should come down more often.”

The Goddess Isa said suddenly, “Ye Jing, follow me.”

Ye Jing thought that she would be dismissed soon. She did not expect that the Goddess Isa would suddenly call out to her to follow her.

It was not exactly she got a choice. After seeing her swordplay and movements earlier, she knew that she could not win in a fight against them. Moreover, this Ancestor Yi looked equally unfathomable. Unless she had been pushed to a corner, she thought that it was wiser for her to adopt a wait and see approach.

The Goddess Isa had walked to the other end of the white hall and there were three other passageways.

She entered the one on her right and it led to a long passageway. At the end of the passageway was a golden door. She gently pushed it opened and said, “Ye Jing, come.”

Ye Jing hurried her steps as she followed the Goddess Isa through the golden door while Ancestor Yi followed closely behind.

She found herself in a large chamber and in this large chamber, there were many artefacts lying about. She was soon gasping in astonishment, “Is this a treasure room?”

There were many precious swords, strange looking artefacts and urns that sniffed strongly of pills.

The Goddess Isa said casually, “These are the loot that I’ve casually collected over the years. It is nothing really valuable. It is just a waste to throw it away. If you like any of these, you can just have it. I don’t mind.”

Ye Jing was smiling as her eyes looked greedily around the chamber. Any of these were worth a small fortune. Did she just say that I can have any one of these?

Even Ancestor Yi was looking curiously around the chamber as he muttered, “That is quite a lot of collection.”

It was obvious that he had never been here before.

The Goddess Isa was amused as opened a secret wall, “You can leave these things later. Come with me.”

Ye Jing followed her to another secret walled chamber and she found herself in a big chamber with a large covered cauldron in the middle.

She asked curiously, half jesting. “Why did you bring me here? Don’t tell me you’re giving some divine pills?”

The Goddess Isa smiled, “Right on. In the middle of this chamber is a Life Rejuvenation Divine Pill. This divine pill has the effect of strengthening your vital energies and even extending your lifespan. I can promise you that you won’t find it anywhere else. This is your reward for reaching the Heavenly Temple.”

Even though Ye Jing was usually thick skin and would not hesitate to take free things but this time she was really awkward to take it. Life extending divine pills were almost unheard of and even more precious than divine swords. Who would not want to live longer?

Even Ancestor Yi was a little startled, “This divine pill must really be very precious. You’re really giving to her?”

Ye Jing said quietly, “I don’t think I deserve it. My Celestial Teacher Heaveness has already rewarded me for stepping into the Heavenly Temple of the Lord Tranquil. I really can’t take more.”

The Goddess Isa smiled, “These are two different matters entirely. The Heaveness rewards you because she is waiting for her successor to appear. The Tranquil City rewards you because you are now its first ever patriarch.”

Ye Jing really wanted to take the Life Rejuvenation Divine Pill but somehow she did not feel right. Is there a catch somewhere? There are no free lunches in the world…

Ancestor Yi said, “Child, since the Goddess Isa says so, you may take it. From what I can see, this divine pill will be beneficial to you. Moreover it looks quite valuable.”

Ye Jing just needed a little push and she immediately said shamelessly, “If Ancestor Yi says so then I shall take it then.”

As she was about to reach her hands into the cauldron, the Goddess Isa divine whispered secretly into her ears. “There is a secret level below the first pill. Just push it gently and don’t let your Ancestor Yi see it. The second pill that is below the first is the real treasure. It is the Blue Aura Divine Pill and it is a divine pill that can push your divine sense to its limits. It is a gift from the Goddess Palace to you.”

Ye Jing thought, “Blue Aura Divine Pill? What is it? Why is she hiding it from Ancestor Yi? Aren’t they acquaintances?”

But as she had already reached halfway for the Life Rejuvenation Divine Pill, she did as she was told and found a blue mystic pill in a secret compartment below. Quietly, she slipped the blue mystic pill into her sleeves…

The Goddess Isa was smiling as she said, “By the way, your Ancestress Ye has mentioned to me that there is a lad that is with you who is also the father of your child. That lad has a vast potential and his talents are above you.”

Ye Jing said, “Xiaofang?”

The Goddess Isa nodded, “That is his name alright. He is a born Xiantian and his spiritual inner core is extremely pure. Given a little more time, he may surpass all the golden celestials in the celestial realm. If you are not careful in handling him, you will soon find your hands full of enticing rivals.”

Ye Jing was startled. Xiaofang is a born Xiantian? He has never told me before. But it is not surprising since he possesses the Healing Focus and can even purify his own inner core…

Ancestor Yi said to Ye Jing, “Today I am really happy to meet you. Our path may not cross for a long time.”

Then he sighed softly, “Maybe it is better for you not to go to the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth. You are too young to waste your life there. Why don’t you follow me into seclusion for a hundred years? Then you can also wait out the storm of the forthcoming divine calamity.”

Ye Jing said politely, “I believe that life and death is predestined. I want to live my own full life. There are still many interesting things that I want to see in the world on my own. It may be treacherous and I may even lose my life but I have already found someone that I want to be with in this lifetime and that is Xiaofang. I want to be with him forever. Therefore I must decline your kindness.”

Ancestor Yi seemed a little startled by her reply but he was soon smiling, “In that case, I wish you all the best. As for this Xiaofang, I will really like to meet him one day. After all, he is someone that can capture the heart of the Heaveness’ successor. Child, go in peace and experience the world with your boldness. I remember that I have once explored the world with nothing but my guts and fighting spirit.”

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Chapter 29: The Celestial Force

Monarch Beitang Ze smirked coldly as he stood facing the city gates of the Tranquil City. With it were his sister, Supremacy Beitang Ying and the sectarian leader of the Thousands Fragments Sect, Supremacy Duan Yizong.

Beitang Ying smiled coldly, “At any time now, they will be approaching the city gates of the Tranquil City.”

Indeed her scouts had informed her that Ye Jing and Young Master Yun Xinghe would be making their way out of the city at any moment.

Although unprovoked fighting was forbidden in the Tranquil City, Monarch Beitang Ze had simply decided to wait for the day that Ye Jing exited the city. There, he would follow her and ambush her. He already prepared 300 celestial experts that lie in wait outside the city. In additional there were 20 mounted winged griffons that were hiding in the mountains just in case Ye Jing took flight on her phoenix.

Duan Yizong said to Beitang Ze, “Isn’t this a little too overkill? We will be offending two major celestial clans today. Why don’t we just serve them a little warning and let them off?”

Beitang Ze stared coldly at Duan Yizong, “Since the battle between the righteous celestial clans and the heretic celestial clans are inevitable, why not make this the starting point? Or are you sympathizing with that Ye Jing?”

Beitang Ying looked hatefully at Duan Yizong, “How dare you have eyes for that Demoness Ye Jing! Have you forgotten what you have said to me before?”

Duan Yizong smiled weakly, “It is not that. I just find that Ye Jing to

Beitang Ze said coldly, “Today I will capture her and enslave her. With her extreme negative attribute and her cultivation level, my chance of ascending as an immortal will be greatly enhanced. In fact, I may not even need to risk myself in the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth. Therefore no one can stop me from taking her today.”

Duan Yizong was startled. It was because he was only helping Beitang Ying because he was courting her. All he knew was that a Maiden Ye Jing had caused her brother Beitang Ze a tremendous loss of face and she had brought him along to avenge for her brother.

He did not know that Beitang Ze had planned to his debauched cultivation arts on her to ascend to the immortal realm. Now that he knew, he began to feel great pity for her and regretted taking part. Even though he was also a dark celestial but he detested Beitang Ze’s dark practice which cultivated through the negative bodies of the young females.

But because Beitang Ze was already a peaked monarch and a lot more powerful than him, he kept his thoughts a secret. If it was not because he liked Beitang Ying, he would not want to get involved in his affairs.

Suddenly Beitang Ze was smiling, “They are finally here.”

Indeed Ye Jing and Young Master Yun Xinghe had appeared in front of the city gates.

Ye Jing turned ashen when she spotted Beitang Ze, Beitang Ying and Duan Yizong.

Hua Ni’Er and Hua Xie’Er turned completely fearful when they saw that it was Beitang Ze and they were trembling lightly.

Xiaofang said quietly, “Even from afar, I can sense their strong killing intents.”

Ye Jing sighed softly.

She took a look at Young Master Yun Xinghe, “It is only been just a little while ago that I’ve seen that Beitang Ying. Now she is here waiting for me at the city gates. It seems that even if I want to join your party, it is quite impossible today.”

When Young Master Yun Xinghe saw Beitang Ze at the city gates, he knew that there was no easy way out today and that a battle was inevitable.

Celestial Yun Chen said solemnly, “From the look of it, they are already planning to fight us outside the city.”

Ye Jing smiled weakly, “I have an easy solution for you. Do you want to hear?”

Young Master Yun Xinghe was delighted and quickly asked, “What is it?”

Ye Jing laughed softly, “All you need to do is to leave me alone with them. Then you will be safe.”

Young Master Yun Xinghe smiled weakly. Even though he had secretly wanted to abandon her to her fate but this was not something a celestial from the righteous celestial clans would do openly. Moreover he really wanted to win over her trust. He just did not expect that Monarch Beitang Ze would be personally waiting at the city gates.

Celestial Yun Chen was smiling weakly, “It seems that I have to believe that you have really offended Beitang Ze in a very bad way for him to wait personally at the city gates for you.”

Ye Jing looked at them sheepishly, “I’ve forgotten to mention that I have messed up his slave trading, took his slaves and his gold coins. It wasn’t just a simple duel.”

When Young Master Yun Xinghe heard her, he was smiling bitterly as he thought. “How do I get out of this mess? Her mess has just become my mess as well…”

Ye Jing smiled, “I still got a better alternative for you.”

Young Master Yun Xinghe asked quickly, “What is it?”

Ye Jing replied casually, “Since they are dark celestials, I’m hope that the Celestial Sword Clan will only be too glad to rid the celestial fraternity of them.”

Young Master Yun Xinghe was smiling bitterly…

Ye Jing offered a suggestion, “We can light our clan flares to summon our clan reinforcements to battle outside the city.”

“I guess we have no other alternatives except to battle them.” Young Master Yun Xinghe took out a bamboo slip and triggered the fire flare, attracting a large number of onlookers as the flare exploded in the sky!

The onlookers and the guards of the Tranquil City were all looking excitingly as they knew that a fight will soon be breaking out.

The guards of the Tranquil City simply stood in their positions, not doing anything. It was because as long as the fight does not happen within the city, it was none of their business.

Ye Jing said coolly as she fired a flare into the sky as well, “So it is decided. We will fight them outside the city as soon as our reinforcements arrived.”

But she whispered, “They probably have ambush points outside the city and just waiting for our reinforcements to arrive. So we have to start the battle earlier to alert our men. I can fly to the sky with my Yu’Er and to give our men an ample warning.”

Celestial Yun Chen said solemnly, “I guess that we have no other alternatives now.”

Ye Jing smiled, “There actually is. We have more than 20 fighters now and they are just a handful. Maybe we stand a better chance if we are to attack them now.”

Celestial Yun Chen immediately said, “That won’t do. Even that freak Beitang Ze dares not fight within the city. Do you know why?”

Ye Jing asked curiously, “Why? Most of the guards have low cultivation level and they don’t appear to be expert fighters.”

Celestial Yun Chen said, “It is said that there are three Great Saints in Tranquil City itself and from time to time, there are celestial clans that break the sacred laws of the city and the Great Saints will melt out punishments personally.”

Great Saints are peaked Sacred Saints and martial super exponents. Their existences were almost legendary.

Ye Jing was slightly startled, “I didn’t know that the Tranquil City has such a powerhouse background.”

Celestial Yun Chen said, “We don’t know if it is really true for sure. But the might of the Tranquil City is actually greater than any patriarch celestial clan and heretic celestial clan. What you have seen is just the superficial surface. The city guards here may appear to be low in cultivation levels but within the city, I’ve already seen dozens of hidden celestial experts.”

Ye Jing nodded lightly. She remembered that even slave merchant was a golden celestial and even the Heaveness had taken residence in the Heavenly Temple of the Lord Tranquil here.

At this moment, Beitang Ying had quietly approached them with a smile. “So you are waiting for your reinforcements to go outside the city,”

She was spoiling for a fight and she knew that she would get it soon.

Ye Jing smiled, “Isn’t that obvious?”

Beitang Ying said to Ye Jing, “So you dare to fight me one to one?”

Ye Jing replied coolly, “Why not? I am just afraid that you dare not.”

Xiaofang interjected, “Let me fight her instead…”

Beitang Ying smiled, “I don’t mind the two of you joining hands to fight me.”

She added with a smirk, “As soon as your reinforcements arrived outside the city, they will be set upon by the protégés of the Scarlet Heretic Sect and the Thousands Fragments Sect. It will turn into a bloodbath.”

This was exactly that had been anticipated by the Ye Jing and she was not surprised. She was thinking of how to sneak past them to warn their men. However she also knew that they may have already prepared wing mounts to intercept her.

Beitang Ze said coldly, “Why don’t you make a move to the city gates?”

His expressions were cold and there was a strong killing malevolent air when he spoke.

Just as Ye Jing was about to move to the city gates, a man and a woman had appeared silently between the two groups.

There was a sudden strong oppression in the air that caused everyone to freeze where they had stood.  Even Beitang Ze, Beitang Ying, Duan Yizong, Celestial Yun Chen and Young Master Yun Xinghe were all startled. It was as though a super exponent had suddenly appeared and this person was leagues above them!

She recognized the man as Celestial Liege. She was surprised to see him again and thought, “Did he regrets giving me the jade bangles and now he actually wants it back?”

The Celestial Liege was smiling and he was looking at Ye Jing, “I have heard that Maiden Ye Jing has ascended the heavenly steps of the Heavenly Temple. It is really something that is commendable.”

Beitang Ze was staring at Ye Jing, “She is the one?…”

He had heard that someone had managed to complete the heavenly steps of the Heavenly Temple and that person had made a miracle that none had accomplished for thousands of years.

Ye Jing smiled weakly, unsure of his intentions. “That is me alright.”

Beitang Ze angrily said, “Who are you? If you are wise, you should not be such a nosy parker.”

The Celestial Liege laughed loudly and his martial laughter was like a mighty wind force.

Immediately Beitang Ze knew fear for he knew that this man was no ordinary person.

Celestial Liege said coldly, “I am just an elder of Tranquil City. Some may even have the politeness to address me as a Great Saint. But you may address me as the Celestial Liege.”

Everyone was shocked. This man who looked like he was 30+ was actually a Great Saint?

A Great Saint was a peaked Sacred Saint and equivalent to a peaked Dark Monarch.

Beitang Ze himself was a peaked Dark Monarch. He should not have felt such dread from this man but instead he was at the moment. There was something unspeakable about this Great Saint…

The Celestial Liege turned to Ye Jing and smiled, “I have a gift for you.”

Ye Jing was startled, “A gift for me? Why? I barely know you.”

Celestial Liege laughed heartily as he took out a golden token that was shaped like a key, “This is the Tranquil Patriarch Token. This is your reward from the Ruler of the Tranquil City for overcoming the trial of the heavenly steps. From now on, you are the city patriarch and this Tranquil Patriarch Token gives you the permission to enter the city freely and to make your own laws within the city.”

Ye Jing was startled, “Did I hear it right? This isn’t a joke? I don’t believe…”

The Celestial Liege smiled, “And of course whoever makes an enemy out of you will also be an enemy of the Tranquil City. At the same time, the numerous faction powerhouses will be yours to deploy as well, including the Great Saints and Elders of Tranquil City.”

Ye Jing was truly stunned and everyone that heard him were all looking at Ye Jing with stunned expression.

In just a quick succession of words, Ye Jing had been transformed into the most powerful person in Tranquil City!

Ye Jing asked, “Who is this Ruler of the Tranquil City?”

The Celestial Liege laughed, “That is the purpose of my coming. The Ruler of the Tranquil City will like to see you immediately.”

Ye Jing looked curiously at the Tranquil Patriarch Token before she answered, “Alright. But I have something that I need to settle first…”

The Celestial Liege smiled, “You are anxious about your reinforcements?”

Ye Jing nodded, “I got to fight alongside them.”

The Celestial Liege smiled, “No need. Your reinforcements will be safe.”

He took a glance at Beitang Ze before saying, “It is because I have grounded all their reinforcements.”

Ye Jing, Young Master Yun Xinghe, Beitang Ze and all the others were startled!

Beitang Ze shouted angrily, “What did you do?”

The Celestial Liege smiled coldly, “Did you not hear what I’ve just said? Your reinforcements are all grounded. Perhaps if you are fast enough you may just save a few.”

Beitang Ze was shocked beyond words. This was a direct challenge to the prestige and might of the Scarlet Heretic Sect.

Even Duan Yizong was shocked. It was because he had joined forces with the Scarlet Heretic Sect. The 100 odds fighters were the elite of the Thousands Fragments Sect and they were all at least in the peaked Master Practitioner levels!

Beitang Ze said coldly, “You have made a terrible mistake by offending the Scarlet Heretic Sect. Do you dare to fight with me?”

The Celestial Liege lifted his chin as he smirked, “As if I am afraid of you.”

Beitang Ze shouted to everyone, “You’ve heard him! This is a willing duel and not against the laws of Tranquil City!”

Then he stared coldly at the Celestial Liege, “I shall rip your bones piece by piece. You will wish that you are never born and your death will be extremely painful.”

Xiaofang had noticed that the aura of the Celestial Liege was of the positive attribute. So he said, “Senior, you can use my divine sword!”

But the Celestial Liege smiled gently, “No need. I shall just use my hands.”

Beitang Ze had unsheathed his dark divine sword. It was an earth grade pure positive divine sword!

He said coldly, “There are no time limit and it only end until one of us is dead.”

He was actually thinking. Once he had killed this Celestial Liege then he would go after Ye Jing directly. At this point, he did not care if he had offended the Tranquil City. He was just half a step and he could attain as an immortal. He was not about to give it up at this point.

Celestial Liege looked coldly back at him, “So what are you waiting for?”

Beitang Ze had mustered all his martial force and his aura was a rich crimson, anyone that was watching was filled with awe.

As for the Celestial Liege, he was filled with a heavy positive attribute invisible aura that was suffocating.

Ye Jing and Xiaofang secretly took a glance at each other. This aura was not manifested by celestial energies but by internal energies. That would only mean one thing. That this Celestial Liege was an ancient celestial!

Beitang Ze had immediately attacked with his divine sword and he had flashed next to the Celestial Liege.

His movements were simply too swift!

But the Celestial Liege simply lifted his foot and stomped at the ground, sending a powerful martial force upward as it caught Beitang Ze in mid-air!

Time seemed to be slowed down; as a matter of fact Beitang Ze was suddenly falling down in slow motion as the Celestial Liege lifted his fingers as he struck Beitang Ze with thunderous impact several times!

Everyone could hear the crackling of bones as Beitang Ze’s golden body was broken in mid-air!

How could finger stances have shattered a dark monarch’s golden body? This has never happened before…

The Celestial Liege hummed coldly, “You can forget about transmigrating to the immortal realm. You are not fit to go there at all. The many souls that you have killed will become your dark nemesis in the form of your heavenly wrath tribulation. I have actually disdained your dark practice for quite some time and because you have so foolishly provoked me then this is your just deserved karma.”

In the next instant he had snatched Beitang Ze’s divine sword and had used it to slice him into half, stunning all the onlookers into disbelief!

Everyone was expecting the duel to last for hundreds of strokes and even then, the fight would not be so decisive. But in less than a few blinks of an eye, the duel was over…

When Beitang Ying saw the scene, she broke down and was sobbing uncontrollably.

Even Duan Yizong was trembling, not believing what he had seen…

Young Master Yun Xinghe and Celestial Yun Chen were too astonished to even react…

Xiaofang whispered to Ye Jing, “I can feel his pure positive martial force strongly. It seems that it has the effect of slowing down everything that it is enveloping. This divine martial force is simply too startling and overpowering. Either we can avoid his martial aura or we can maintain a distance. The two are the only way.”

Ye Jing was smiling weakly because she was actually thinking if this Celestial Liege would take her to some other place and butcher her alive. She totally had no defenses against him!

The Celestial Liege had obviously overheard Xiaofang as he said casually, “There is a third alternative. You can try to overcome my martial aura with a stronger martial force.”

Celestial Yun Chen said slowly as he recovered his wits, “I have heard that there is a lost divine skill that is called the Celestial Force. What you have used certainly matches the characteristics of the Celestial Force. May I know if I’m right?”

The Celestial Liege smiled coldly, “Indeed.”

The Celestial Force divine skill was ranked in the top ten powerful divine skills. There were almost no practitioners of the Celestial Force in recent history and the divine skill was considered to have been lost.

The Celestial Liege had turned to Ye Jing to ask, “Maiden Ye Jing. Now that I have cleared your worries, are you ready to meet the Ruler of the Tranquil City with me?”

Ye Jing jumped slightly when she had heard him calling her.

Her countenance was miserable and her eyes were pleading to everyone silently, “Don’t let him take me away. I am afraid…”

Xiaofang said, “In that case, I will go with our Holy Consort…”

The Celestial Liege said coldly, “No. All of you will wait here.”

It was a command and not a request at all.

When Xiaofang heard him, his heart grew cold and he was unable to overcome the oppressing aura of this man. This man was too imposing and the power disparities between them were too great!

The Celestial Liege said to Ye Jing, “Why are you so afraid of me? I didn’t say I want to take you as my god-daughter. Moreover you are now the Patriarch of the Tranquil City now and it is the Ruler of the Tranquil City that wants to see you.”

He added, “Come with me.”

Ye Jing was still trembling in front of him. She knew that she did not have much choice in this matter but she said defiantly, “You…better not have any funny ideas on me!”

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Chapter 28: Small City Indeed

There was a beam of light and Ye Jing had re-appeared at the bottom of the heavenly steps suddenly, catching the hundreds of crowd by surprise.

She was holding a hen in her arms but she did not remember what had happened. But her body felt lighter than usual and her perception had even increased.

But suddenly she found herself surrounded by hundreds of people who were asking her what the Heavenly Temple was like.

“She is the one!”

“What did you see at the top?”

“What did the Heavenly Temple look like?”

Xiaofang, Chu Yunfeng, Li’Er, Hua Ni’Er and Hua Xie’Er had quickly surrounded her and were stopping the crowd from overwhelming her.

Xiaofang panicky asked her and his eyes were filled with concern, “Are you well? I am so glad to see you again…”

Ye Jing laughed softly as she slowly remembered, “Yes. I’m alright. Let’s leave this place quickly!…”

Li’Er was so happy to see her protégé mistress again that her eyes were wet, “Protégé mistress, we have been waiting for you for so many days…”

Hua Ni’Er and Hua Xie’Er were following Ye Jing tightly and they were hugging her joyfully. They had been very anxious for their benefactor and when she was not around these few days, they were extremely anxious and were at a total loss.

“It is good to see benefactor again. We have thought that we will never see you again.” Ni’Er cried out.

Xie’Er cried, “Or even ascends to the immortal realm as an immortal. We are totally in awe of benefactor when you manage to climb up to the top of the heavenly steps…”

Ye Jing was slightly startled, “I have been away for some days already?”

Eventually she managed to recollect some of the memories that she had on top as they ran swiftly away from the excited crowd.

It took a while before they managed to shake the last of the excited crowd for it was really too hard to miss a stunning maiden like Ye Jing.

They were now far away from the mountains of the Heavenly Temple and in another part of the city.

As Ye Jing composed herself and slowed to a walk, she remembered going to the Heavenly Temple. There, she saw gardens of rare flora and even mastered the Tranquil Spirits that was left behind by the Great Goddess Fantian.

She also met the mythical Heaveness who became her Celestial Teacher. As a reward for entering the Heavenly Temple, she was imparted the Great Emptiness Translucence by the Heaveness. She promised not to tell anyone that she had seen her.

The Heaveness even gave her some extra rewards such as a golden mystic pill and some rare herbs, “Because you have the Eternal Lotus within you, this divine pill and these herbs will not only retain its vitality but will continue to be nurtured by the Eternal Lotus.”

After that it was a total blank. She could not even remember the minute conversations that she had exchanged with the Heaveness but she thought nothing of it. Maybe she was too nervous and overwhelmed by the experiences of meeting her first ever immortal.

In anyway, she felt delighted and spirited as she asked. “Where should we go next?”

Chu Yunfeng smiled weakly, “We should rejoin our main party already and be on our way already.”

Just as Ye Jing was about to protest, she chanced upon Young Master Yun Xinghe and Celestial Yun Chen.

Young Master Yun Xinghe was delighted to bump into Ye Jing. He quickly walked off to greet her, “Your Holy Consort, it seems that we have been dumping into each other everywhere. If it is not fate then I don’t know what it is.”

Xiaofang was secretly unhappy to see Young Master Yun Xinghe. It was because it was too obvious that he was trying to hook onto Ye Jing. But like the rest of Ye Jing’s retinue, he returned a quiet hand bow when he saw him as did Celestial Yun He and his retinue.

Ye Jing smiled faintly, “You again…”

She took a secret glance at Xiaofang for she could feel that he was uncomfortable. Her relationship with Xiaofang was actually secret and not even her mother the Lady Consort Ye knew of their current progress.

When Xiaofang saw her tenderness in her look, he immediately calmed and it was as though she was telling him, “You’ll always be my only one.”

Ni’Er and Xie’Er did not take notice as they were filled with idolatry for Xiaofang, especially when they had heard that Xiaofang was only 17 and much closer to their ages. At 17, he was already an Immortal Celestial, a highly respected celestial ranking. To be able to attain as an Immortal Celestial was already the lofty dreams of many. Higher celestial levels like Golden Celestial and Sacred Saint were the wildest dream and almost the exclusive clubs. Without powerful heritages and fortitude encounters, it was almost to attain with cultivation and talent alone.

They did not know that the Holy Consort had kissed Xiaofang in public. It was something that Xiaofang, Li’Er and Chu Yunfeng did not bring up during their casual chats.

Moreover even Chu Yunfeng and Li’Er did not know that the Holy Consort and Xiaofang were in a serious relationship. From their observations in the past few weeks after leaving the Holy Citadel City, they had seldom seen them talking even.

What they did not know was that Xiaofang and Ye Jing were cultivating the Emotion Divinity and they were basically avoiding each other lest it affected their progression.

At this moment, Young Master Yun Xinghe was thinking; no matter what happened today, he was determined to strike a conversation with Ye Jing and to find the opportunities to be closer to her today.

So he said a random topic, “Have you heard that just a few days ago, something miraculous happened at the Heavenly Temple of the Lord Tranquil? A lady was seen completing all the heavenly steps and that had never happened before. I had tried previously but the maximum I could climb was only some 400 odd heavenly steps.”

He had only taken 195 heavenly steps but as he wanted to impress Ye Jing, he had purposely marked up a little.

Ye Jing smiled weakly, “Oh really? That is really impressive…”

“I have heard that the lady was carrying a hen in her arms as well…” All of a sudden Young Master Yun Xinghe saw the hen that was in Ye Jing’s arm…

Ye Jing laughed softly, “I wish that is me. Surely you don’t think that would be me, right? Because I’ve never been there.”

Young Master Yun Xinghe laughed aloud, “Of course not. In order to do so, that lady must be some centuries old freak!”

Ye Jing pretended to smile but she was cursing him within, “I am not any centuries old freak!”

Young Master Yun Xinghe asked, “I wonder if the Holy Consort is…”

He lowered to a whisper, “…going to the Golden Clans Congregation?”

Ye Jing nodded lightly before she asked, “Are you as well?”

Young Master Yun Xinghe whispered cautiously, “Indeed I am. Not just that. I’m storming the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth to seek powerful heritages for further cultivation.”

Ye Jing raised her hand to brush her long braided hair, “That is so impressive.”

When she had raised her hands, Young Master Yun Xinghe was suddenly startled. It was because he had suddenly noticed that she was wearing a precious jade translucence bangle. This was a 9th grade spirit jade and it was extremely precious to cultivators and its value was almost incalculable. And yet she was flaunting with it in the open and not hiding it. There were many cultivators that would rob her just because of these jade bangles even if she was a golden celestial.

“What wrong?” Ye Jing asked when she noticed that Young Master Yun Xinghe was looking at her as she adjusted her attire. She was a little mindful as her robe was too short and revealing.

When she adjusted her attire, Young Master Yun Xinghe was even more startled to see that she had another one of these jade bangle on her other wrist!

He had never expected that the Holy Consort of the weakest patriarch celestial clan would be this wealthy. Moreover he had already heard that Ye Jing possessed an extremely rare heaven-grade extreme negative divine sword and she even had a soul contract with a phoenix saint beast.

He was beginning to see why she was able to attain as a golden celestial despite her young age. Her clan really spared no expenses in grooming her with all its resources and heritages.

Therefore this only made him even more determined to win her over so that he could dominate her. He was already imagining that they would be such an enviable couple and maybe he could even be the future alliance leader of the patriarch clans.

He found himself looking at her exposed curved bosoms on the top as he was taller and her enticing slim body as well as her white pearly legs that stick out of her short robe.

As a young master of the powerful Celestial Sword Clan, he had no lack of beautiful women that had thrown themselves at him. But this was the very first time that he had considered marriage for Ye Jing was simply too enticing to him. The instant that he had seen her, he had been mesmerized by her peerless allure and he was already thinking of her every day.

One thing that still perplexed him was that according to the many trustworthy rumors that had been circulating around, Ye Jing had already accepted the betrothal gifts of Young Master Yuan Chengzhi. The betrothal gifts that included two divine swords were not a small matter and were in fact a great show of sincerity on the part of the Divine Sovereign Clan to have a marriage alliance.

But Ye Jing had strongly denied it.

Could it be that the young Holy Consort Ye Jing was forced to accept this marriage alliance by the Divine Sovereign Clan? After all, she had just taken the leadership position and in need to consolidate her position.

After he had met Ye Jing, he had actually enquired more news about her.

It seemed that her uncle, the Celestial Baitian had plotted to usurp her leadership position and but it was folded with the help of Young Master Yuan Chengzhi.

Because news spread fast in the celestial fraternity, he had also heard some sketchy details on it. But he had never expected that Ye Jing to be a golden celestial at a young age of 22.

He had to double confirm a few times of her age because it was an impossible thing and this had never happened before in the entire history of the celestial fraternity. What was her secret?

Regardless if the rumors of her getting engaged to Young Master Yuan Chengzhi was true or not, he was now determined to get her through any means. And since he had the opportunity to meet up with her just before the Golden Clans congregation, he must admit that providence had really been kind to him.

And he had already thought of a way to get her and that was a pre-emptive possession of her body. While it was not an entire honorary method but he was confident that Ye Jing would fall in love with him.

“Really nothing wrong at all?” Ye Jing asked curiously as she noticed that Young Master Yun Xinghe seemed to be staring at her.

Young Master Yun Xinghe quickly smiled, “Nothing at all. You are really very beautiful today…” He was running out of topics to chat with her and his mind was searching for more stuff to engage her…

Ye Jing did not really want to talk with Young Master Yun Xinghe. Although he looked quite like a refined gentleman and was a scion of a powerful patriarch celestial clan, she had actually thought of him as a little loathsome. She was cautious of his approach as she believed that he had an ulterior motive.

Moreover she had her eyes on Xiaofang only.

“Weird, we can’t seem to find that Demoness Ye Jing anywhere. My scouts didn’t see her leaving the city…oh, here she is!” It was Beitang Ying and she had arrived with dozens of men. Also In her company was the sectarian leader of the Thousands Fragments Sect, Duan Yizong.

Ye Jing growled softly as she thought, “This city is really too small. Why is that everywhere I go, I keep dumping into her. All my festival moods are killed by her.”

Beitang Ying smiled coldly, “I wonder where she goes to. Now I know. She is actually here seducing the young master of the Celestial Sword Clan. She is already engaged to Young Master Yuan Chengzhi and she is still not satisfied. She is really a harlot!”

When Ye Jing heard her taunts, she was actually not moved. It was because of her newly acquired Tranquil Spirits and the Great Emptiness Translucence that gave her a composed mind.

However Chu Yunfeng, Li’Er, Xiaofang, Celestial Yun Chen and Young Master Yun Xinghe was moved to anger as they shouted angrily at the same time, “What did you say?”

Beitang Ying taunts had attracted a great number of crowds and that was her intention. She intended to humiliate Ye Jing and caused her to lose her reputation. This was the price for making her brother to lose his face in public!

So she laughed coldly as she pointed at Ye Jing, “Do you know who she is? She is the Holy Consort of the Holy Citadel City and her name is Ye Jing!”

Almost at once, large mutterings were heard from the crowd of curious onlookers.

Beitang Ying waited briefly for her proclamation to sink in before she hummed coldly, “She is already engaged to Young Master Yuan Chengzhi of the Divine Sovereign Clan but look at her now, behaving so coyly with the Young Master Yun Xinghe of the Celestial Sword Clan. She is stepping her foot on both boats! If she isn’t a shameless harlot then what is she?”

Her words immediately sent indignation to rise among the women in the crowd as they started to point at Ye Jing and calling her shameless.

Young Master Yun Xinghe was naturally unhappy he could also feel that the crowd was pointing fingers at him. He quickly said, “Enough of your slandering. We are from the righteous celestial clans while everyone can tell that you are from the dark celestial clans. It is common knowledge that the dark celestial clans are at odds with the righteous celestial clans. How low can you get!?”

Upon hearing him, the mutterings seemed to have mortified and were not as loud as before.

Beitang Ying hummed coldly, “Unfortunately, many in the celestial fraternity have already heard about their engagement. Since she is already engaged to Young Master Yuan Chengzhi then may I know who are you to her? The only person that has the right to defend her isn’t you but Young Master Yuan Chengzhi who isn’t here now. Since you are so eager to defend her then your relationship with her doesn’t look as simply as it looks. I wonder what will Young Master Yuan Chengzhi thinks about this.”

Young Master Yun Xinghe replied coldly, “Enough of your slanders. This is only the second time that I have met Maiden Ye Jing…”

Beitang Ying interrupted coldly, “Who knows if that is true! Maybe the both of you have arranged to meet in the Tranquil City to avoid suspicion. Unfortunately, you did not expect your affair to be found out.”

As Ye Jing listened to their hot debate, she kept a quiet demeanor. It was because she was more amused than upset. She did not even know that she had been engaged to Young Master Yuan Chengzhi and she knew that Baitang Ying was only venting her anger to hurt her.

She kept her glances on Xiaofang and the many interesting things that the stalls were selling instead.

Xiaofang had wanted to intervene by rebuking Beitang Ying but when he saw that Ye Jing could not be bothered, he had also restrained himself.

Beitang Ying said coldly, “I don’t want to talk to you. I’m talking to that Demoness Ye Jing over there. Why are you so quiet? Are you feeling flustered because I’ve found out your shameless secret? Are you afraid of me? Do you dare to fight with me?”

Ye Jing smiled sweetly, “Supremacy Beitang Ying, I am not arguing with you because I am really afraid of your brother the Monarch Beitang Ze. I am not his match at all. As for you, I am also not your match. So what even if you have won? What pleasure do you get for defeating a nameless person like me?”

Beitang Ying hummed coldly, “I get a lot of pleasure just by slapping you and wasting your cultivation. This is a price for offending the Scarlet Heretic Sect!…”

Ye Jing coolly turned to the crowd and her voice was precise and alluring. “You’ve heard her? I have a feud with the Scarlet Heretic Sect. That is why Supremacy Beitang Ying is after me. Although I am also a golden celestial but I am not skilled in any divine martial skills and is not her match. I am sure that some of you have heard about my feud with the Monarch Beitang Ze a few days ago. I must admit that I’ve used some trickery to win. This unfortunately has caused a tremendous loss of face for the Scarlet Heretic Sect. But what can I do? In a straight fight I can’t hold any ground against the powerful celestials of the Scarlet Heretic Sect. That is why I have to seek the protection of Young Master Yun Xinghe here.”

When she had said that, she had immediately portrayed herself as the weak victim and that it was actually the Scarlet Heretic Sect that was harassing her.

Immediately the crowd began to mutter;

“I have heard of that as well. A few days ago at the slave market…”

“It seems that the Holy Consort of the Holy Citadel City actually has a kind heart and helps liberate the victims…”

“It is probably the dark celestial clans that are causing troubles…”

“No wonder this Beitang Ying is acting so weirdly. Now we know why…”

“Did you hear that the Scarlet Heretic Sect practices a kind of evil cultivation art that suck the negative soul energies of its victims?”

Beitang Ying could sense that the crowd was growing in hostility against her. Even though Tranquil City is a neutral city but most of the populaces were generally biased against the dark celestials.

Ye Jing knew that as long as she kept her composure, there was nothing that Beitang Ying could do to her here.

And that was actually the same conclusion that Beitang Ying had arrived now.

She said coldly, “You can’t hide here forever. I know where you are going and that is where we are going as well.”

With that, she began to march off.

Duan Yizong was smiling with intentions formed as he took a few glances at Ye Jing before he followed after Beitang Ying.

Young Master Yun Xinghe turned to Ye Jing and said, “We have three golden celestials here while they have only two supremacies. If a fight were to break out, we may not lose.”

Ye Jing smiled weakly, “Please don’t include me or you will really be so disappointed. I can contribute to some fighting strength but I am really not a good fighter. Thanks for putting a word for me but it is goodbye now.”

She was telling the truth. Any one of them had 10-20 times her training time and her common sense told her that if a fight were to break out, Beitang Ying and Duan Yizong would be particularly vicious in their strokes.

Young Master Yun Xinghe was not about to let her off. Suddenly he had an idea, “To avoid complications with the dark celestial clans, may I suggest that we travel together? I have 500 men that are stationed outside. With such a large force, even the dark celestial clans will think twice about ambushing us. What do you think?”

Ye Jing paused in her tracks thoughtfully, “You’re right. It may be a good idea.”

When Chu Yunfeng heard her, he was secretly relief. He had thought that the Holy Consort would immediately reject the suggestion of Young Master Yun Xinghe.

The truth was he was a little fearful of encountering the Scarlet Heretic Sect outside the Tranquil City and somehow he knew that Beitang Ying was trying to seek a battle with them.

While Ye Jing loathed Yun Xinghe but she was not confident that she would not be attacked by Beitang Ying outside. Moreover he had more than twice her numbers outside the city that were waiting for him. As a sectarian leader, she carried the life and death of her protégés with her. If she could avoid unnecessary battles and deaths, she would consider.

Young Master Yun Xinghe was absolutely delighted and he was looking at Celestial Yun Chen with unmasked conceit. Since she had agreed to join his party, the next step of his plan would be to play Ye Jing into his hands and to him, it was as simple as slaughtering a lamb.

Celestial Yun Chen could only guess what Ye Jing’s fate would be. He had watched Young Master Yun Xinghe grew up and was his mentor as well. He knew that Ye Jing would be eaten to the bones by Yun Xinghe. He heaved a soft sigh and thought, “Maybe her fate is much better with our young master than Young Master Yuan Chengzhi of the Divine Sovereign Clan…”

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Chapter 27: The Great Emptiness Translucence

The white palace that Ye Jing had seen was the Heavenly Temple of the Lord Tranquil.

When Ye Jing entered with Yu’Er through the imposing red gates of the white palace, what she saw filled her with astonishment. It was a lakeside garden filled with many rare plants and herbs. Although her herbalism was not ranked highly, she could still tell that these rare floras were centuries and thousands years old.

Just this wonderland of treasure floras alone would allow the owner to dominate the entire celestial realm!

Yu’Er was beaming with joy and salivating at these rare floras, especially when she had spotted a couple of fire mystic plants that were particular good for increasing her growth!

“I will advise your divine phoenix to restrain her greedy appetite lest I pluck her phoenix feathers and dripped her phoenix blood to the last drop for devouring the garden.” The martial voice floated down to them.

Ye Jing smiled weakly, “Did you hear that Yu’Er? So don’t have any funny ideas.”

Yu’Er made a fluffy face before she cowered behind Ye Jing.

Ye Jing walked through the lakeside garden slowly, admiring the breathtaking misty scenery and secretly taking note of what she had seen in her heart.

Finally she had reached another imposing red gate at the end of the lakeside garden.

The red gates were opened as well. So Ye Jing entered the red gates and found herself in the outer court of the Heavenly Temple.

A monstrous black stele stood in the middle of this outer court.

Curious Ye Jing walked to it and began to read its inscriptions. After reading a while she was startled, “This is the Tranquil Spirits!”

Indeed this was the Tranquil Spirits, a heart intricacy formula that could help the practitioner to keep their emotions in check and always be in a divine state of serenity.

“This is your reward for reaching here. You may take your time to memorize the intricacy formula first.” The martial voice echoed.

Ye Jing was absolutely delighted. She immediately set her mind to commit the intricacy formula into memory and began to meditate in front of monstrous black stele as she started to interpret the mystic laws of the Tranquil Spirits.

“The heart of the intricate formula of the Tranquil Spirits is ‘Absolute Defense through Tranquil’. To reach this stage, tranquil your divine state with absolute emptiness, when formless, from nothing, there something. It is partitioned into three portions, the beginner stage of ‘The Defense Harmony, the intermediate stage of ‘The Infinity Folds’ and the advanced stage of ‘The Infinity becoming One and One becoming the Void’…” she began to recite in her heart.

She did not know how much time had passed but when she had opened her eyes, the Tranquil Spirits had been totally integrated into her Purity Heart and she knew that she had also attained to the Intermediate level of the Emotion Divinity. Her Divine Sense had also undergone a transformation and it was even sharper than ever and she could even feel minute energies that were coursing through the air.

She knew that if she could overcome her Emotion Divinity then her Divine Sense would have another major breakthrough.

With the Tranquil Spirits within her coupled with her knowledge of the mundane celestial practice, she knew that if she could reach the Transverse and the Seventh Sense Divinity, then the perception of her Divine Sense would even evolve to include the supremacies of space and time into it. When that time comes, she would be on the same level as her Ancestress Ye.

As she got up, she felt lighter and was spirited. She knew that this was the result of the Tranquil Spirits that she had picked up.

Yu’Er was nesting near her and was looking a little bored.

She saw another red gate that had suddenly appeared in front of her and was secretly startled; it was because it was not there when she had begun her meditation.

But still she was not afraid and walked into the red gate without any hesitation, “Come Yu’Er.”

This red gate led to a great white hall and at the end of the hall was an extremely peerless maiden in white that mediate within a divine pink lotus.

She thought, “She is the one calling me with the martial voice?”

It was because martial voice was a harmony of crude martial sounds that made gave no clues to the gender of the cultivator that made it. The purpose of martial voice was long distance projection and to shake the nerves of the listeners.

When Ye Jing saw her, she was immediately filled with awe and she knew that this peerless maiden in white mediating was no ordinary celestial. A closer look revealed that she had a mark on her forehead and that her eyes were closed.

She could not tell the divine state of this peerless maiden or her intentions. Upon seeing her, she could only say weakly, “Uh, I am here. Junior Ye Jing pays my respect to you.”

The peerless maiden in white slowly opened her golden eyes and gave her a faint smile, “You seem to be very young and you’ve already attained to the golden celestial level.”

When she had opened her eyes, Ye Jing was so startled that she took a few steps back; it seemed that the state of divinity of this peerless maiden had suddenly increased to such imposing level that she was forced to step away from her!

Ye Jing panicky said, “My Celestial Teacher the Saintess Yi Si had given me her Eternal Lotus. That is why I am able to propel to the golden celestial level. It is not because I am really so talented…”

The peerless maiden in white smiled gently, “Don’t be afraid and let’s chat. I have already known of the origin of your Eternal Lotus.”

Ye Jing was surprised, “You know? You’ve met with my Celestial Teacher?”

The peerless maiden in white shook her head, “I did a little divine calculation, that’s all. Come over here.”

Ye Jing walked over to her and the nearer she was to her, the more she was trembling. When she was neared her, she asked reservedly. “Senior elder…Saintess…how do I address you?”

The peerless maiden in white smiled, “My celestial name is the Heaveness. You may address me as Senior. Mentioning my name in front of me is strictly forbidden. I’m quite sensitive to my name being called.”

When Ye Jing heard her name, she was stunned.

Who had not heard of the Heaveness?

According to legends, she was said to be the successor of the Great Goddess Fantian and was an immortal. How was it possible for her to be in the celestial realm and in a place like this?”

Ye Jing asked hesitatingly, “You’re the mythical Heaveness? The same one as the companion goddess of the Great God Yi Ping? You are an immortal?”

Heaveness said alluringly, “I’m indeed an immortal. But you must not tell anyone that you have seen me. No mentioning of anything whatever so.  Alright?”

Ye Jing nodded, “Alright…”

The Heaveness remind her gently, “And no more mentioning of my name.”

Ye Jing was a little excited for she had never seen a real immortal and the first immortal that she had seen was the mythical Heaveness!

Her celestial lore was really bad and she could not recall most of it. It was also because she believed that most of the accounts of the celestial lore were mostly exaggerations or fictions.

The Heaveness smiled, “Good. So Yi Si has chosen you to be her successor and has given you the Eternal Lotus. You seem to be a fast learner and you have already mastered the Tranquil Spirits. Since you’ve managed to step into the Heavenly Temple of the Lord Tranquil, let me tell you a little history first.”

“The Heavenly Temple of the Lord Tranquil was established by the Great God Yi Ping and he is also known as the Lord Tranquil at times…”

Ye Jing was startled as she thought, “The Great God Yi Ping is also the Lord Tranquil?”

“…anyone that is able to ascend to the Heavenly Temple here will be able to obtain the Tranquil Spirits as a side reward. This Tranquil Spirits was left behind by the Great Goddess Fantian as a memory here.”

“Seekers of the Heavenly Temple will be able to glimpse into the Mirror of the Great Emptiness Translucence. This is actually the main reward. Do you want to have a look now?”

Ye Jing smiled weakly, “I didn’t think too much before I’ve come. I’ve just thought that it may be a wonderful thing to visit the Heavenly Temple of the Lord Tranquil. After all, it is my first time visiting the Tranquil City. Is this the ultimate reward for reaching here?”

She paused briefly before saying shyly, “The rare herbs outside looks more tempting than taking a look at some mirror.”

The Heaveness laughed softly as she raised her hands as a formless mirror appeared between her hands, “Look deep into the Mirror of the Great Emptiness Translucence.”

When Ye Jing looked into the formless mirror, it seemed like her entire entity was being sucked into it. The scenes around her had become surreal and she was hovering above a black coffin. When the coffin case was opened by a mystic force, a young maiden in black was lying inside the coffin. To her horror, that young maiden was her!

Ye Jing was startled, “I have died?”

The young maiden in black was very pale and when she had suddenly opened her golden eyes, Ye Jing was so startled by it that she was jolted and she was back to the great hall again.

“What is this scene that I’ve seen?”

The Heaveness said quietly, “That is your future major heavenly tribulation that you have to overcome in order to become a Saintess.”

Ye Jing was still shocked by what she had seen, “I will die?”

She was smiling bitterly, “I’ve thought that I will receive a gift but instead I’ve received a deadly vision…”

The Heaveness smiled alluringly but she was soon solemn, “You ought to bow down three times before me and acknowledge me as your Celestial Teacher. That is because I’ve imparted the Great Emptiness Translucence to you. This is the real reward. The vision that you have just seen is conjured by me through the Emptiness of the Great Ultimate. The vision that you have seen is a foreboding by the Great Emptiness Translucence for your current situation. It is not an absolute future. You have to meditate to avoid it yourself.”

Ye Jing was startled, “The Great Emptiness Translucence?”

The Heaveness smiled, “I have placed the Great Emptiness Translucence within your soul. It will be useful for your future meditation. Aren’t you going to bow down to me?”

Ye Jing realized that she had been rude and she quickly fell onto her knees and bowed three times. She was actually secretly delighted because she got to be the disciple of the Heaveness and it was beyond her wildest dream!

“My respects to Celestial Teacher!”

The Heaveness nodded, “Good. I actually didn’t expect anyone to be able to disturb my seclusion here. Moreover, you are also Yi Si’s successor. What a surprise. Tell me more about yourself.”

Ye Jing told her everything about herself and on the recent happenings.

Finally she said sadly, “I hope that Celestial Teacher will help me to get back Little Fenghuang from my Ancestress Ye. I’ve heard that she was taken to the Goddess Palace. However I don’t have any clues to where it is.”

The expressions in the Heaveness’ eyes slowly changed when Ye Jing mentioned that her Ancestress Ye went by the celestial title of the Ascension Goddess and that her given name was Ye Yin.

Ye Jing was hopeful that the Heaveness would be able to help her and that was why she was now pleading with her. There was nothing an immortal could do and most celestials would not dare to mess up with any immortals, especially a mythical immortal like the Heaveness!

The Heaveness sighed softly, “Unfortunately I can’t help you.”

Ye Jing was stunned as she stammered, “Celestial…Teacher…you can’t help me?”

The Heaveness said quietly, “Without a heavenly decree in my hand, I can’t intervene in the affairs of the Goddess Palace.”

Ye Jing was startled, “Even a mythical goddess like Celestial Teacher is not able to do a thing to the Goddess Palace? Is the Goddess Palace so fearsome?”

The Heaveness smiled, “The Goddess Palace has many strong celestial experts and your Ancestress Ye is one of them. Moreover in the immortal realm, she is in a league of her own, one of the few immortal experts that can dominate the nine realms of the immortal realm and sometimes even kicking the butt of the Great God Yi Ping. I can talk to her but I won’t be able to defeat her on my own.”

Ye Jing was flabbergasted, “Ancestress Ye is an immortal?! She is this strong?”

She began to recall the scene when Ancestress Ye had demolished the protégés of the Divine Sovereign Clan in a matter of minutes…

The Heaveness expressed a surprise, “She did not tell you when you’ve met her?”

Ye Jing smiled weakly, “She only tells me that I am too weak, unfit to carry her bloodline and that my attainment is just a piece of shit…”

The Heaveness was smiling serenely, “She is a Goddess. Anyone who is below the status of a Goddess like Sagess and Fairy in the immortal realm is naturally looked down upon by her.”

Ye Jing asked curiously, “There is a matriarchy hierarchy in the immortal realm?”

The Heaveness laughed softly, “Indeed. Fairy is the lowest ranking immortal, follow by Sagess and Goddess. The title of the Great Goddess is reserved for just a few like the Great Goddess Fantian. The Ascension Goddess is an undisputable Goddess and moreover she is also one of the Heavenly Ruler of the 33 Heavens.”

Ye Jing stared at the Heaveness with a stunned expression!

If she could turn back the time, she would immediately be extremely polite to Ancestress Ye and not offend her…

The Heaveness growled softly, “It seems that your Ancestress Ye did not tell you plenty of things. That is good for it is forbidden to mention about the immortal realm.”

Ye Jing smiled, “Celestial Teacher shares with me quite a lot already. I am extremely appreciative.”

The Heaveness smiled faintly, “That is because very soon you will forget about this piece of memory for I will seal it with the Great Emptiness Translucence that we are sharing. It is actually my soul mark that is on you.”

Ye Jing was horrified. A soul mark was a soul marker that allowed someone else to track another person.

As she rose up to ask, “Why…”

The Heaveness had waved her hands, immediately Ye Jing and even Yu’Er had succumbed into a deep sleep.

“That is because I’m from the Melancholy Valley.”

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Chapter 26: Heavenly Temple of the Lord Tranquil

“This is Heavenly Temple of the Lord Tranquil?” asked Ye Jing.

They were now at the foot of the heavenly steps of the Heavenly Temple of the Lord Tranquil and they could see lofty mountains that were covered in mists around them.

The heavenly steps were broad and sketched 60 metres across and each had a height of 15 cm.

The misty air around them was extremely cold and Ye Jing could see hundreds of people ascending to the steps but many of the people had a weird expression on their faces.

Quite a number of the people were even crawling on the steps!

An old priest saw them and he was smiling, “The Heavenly Temple is on top of the heavenly stairs. But unfortunately most won’t be able to make it to the top.”

Ye Jing was intrigued, “Why is that so?”

Even Chu Yunfeng, Li’Er, Xiaofang, Hua Ni’Er and Hua Xie’Er were all looking at each other in puzzlement.

The old priest laughed as he looked up the stone steps, “There are 1000 heavenly steps that a person has to scale to reach the very top. Be it mortals or cultivators, few could reach to the very top due to a suppression aura.”

Ye Jing secretly glanced at Xiaofang before she said, “No wonder the expressions on these people on the steps look a little awful. They are struggling to go up. In this case, does this mean that the Heavenly Temple of the Lord Tranquil isn’t opened?”

The old priest laughed, “Most actually do not have the intentions to go to the very top. If they can reach the first 300 steps, they are already happy enough. To some of them, it is a yearly pilgrim. To some others, it is a yearly challenge to better themselves. How about you?”

Ye Jing replied, “I am just curious what the Heavenly Temple of the Lord Tranquil looks like. I’ve heard that it is one of the main attractions in Tranquil City.”

The old priest laughed, “That is right.”

Xiaofang suddenly asked, “Where does this suppression aura comes from? And it only affects the steps?”

The old priest laughed even louder, “This suppression aura is created by powerful spiritual arrays within this mountain by the Lord Tranquil. It not only affect the steps but to the heavens around here as well.”

Xiaofang could only stare at the steps and said, “He must be a really formidable cultivator.”

Ye Jing asked casually, “If we can walk up to the heavenly steps, do we get any reward from this Lord Tranquil?”

The old priest held his belly and laughed even louder, “No one can really reach the top. Not for thousands of years. As for the Lord Tranquil rewarding you, that is not possible for he had departed for the immortal realm thousands of years ago.”

Ye Jing looked a little disappointed, “So there are no rewards…”

The old priest smiled, “Not exactly. Whoever can reach the top will gain the heart intricacy of the Tranquil Spirits as well as from an insight from the Mirror of the Great Emptiness Translucence.”

Ye Jing probed further, “What is this Tranquil Spirits? Is it powerful?”

The old priest laughed, “It is only a heart intricacy to calm the heart and the spirit for meditation. Are you thinking that it is an earth shaking divine skill?”

Ye Jing and Xiaofang were secretly glancing at each other and silently thinking, “The Tranquil Spirits may be useful for them to overcome their Emotion Divinity!”

So Ye Jing smiled to the old priest, “Thank you! It is really helpful.”

The old priest laughed, “Not at all. Good luck in your climb.”

Li’Er sighed softly, “So it seems that we may not even get to see the grandeur of the Heavenly Temple…”

Ye Jing said, “Don’t worry Li’Er. We will get to see it. I can’t wait to attempt the climbs.”

She had already hopped to the first heavenly step. Immediately she could feel a slight suppression that was upon her.

But she thought nothing of it as she began to take a step at a time.

Xiaofang, Chu Yunfeng, Li’Er, Hua Ni’Er and Hua Xie’Er followed right behind her.

When Ye Jing had reached the 200th heavenly steps, she began to slow down her pace and looked at her surroundings. As usual, there were many of the crowd that was looking at her due to her mesmerizing presence but the reason that she had slowed down was because she had noticed that she had reached the border where hundreds of people were struck and were taking a snail pace.

The suppressing aura here must be really imposing already.

When she turned back, she saw that even Chu Yunfeng, Li’Er, Hua Ni’Er and Hua Xie’Er were all struggling. Only Xiaofang could keep up with her pace.

She said, “The rest of you take a break here. Xiaofang, follow me.”

She whispered to Yu’Er, who was in her arms. “How about you? Are you comfortable?”

Yu’Er clucked aloud, including that she was alright and moreover it was Jing’Er who was carrying her so she did not even need to expend any efforts at all.

Ye Jing smiled at the fluffy expressions of Yu’Er and continued to walk up the heavenly steps.

Soon she was at the 300th heavenly steps and there was still dozens of people around her. Many were surprised at her rapid ascend even though she was still taking slow steps.

There were more people here that were crawling on the steps than the first 200 heavenly steps.

She took a look at Xiaofang and saw that he had turned pale.

She asked, “Xiaofang, are you alright?”

Xiaofang smiled weakly, “I can still continue. The suppression aura seems to have increased greatly. Why aren’t you affected?”

Ye Jing was wondering the same as well. It was because she did not feel that the suppression aura was getting mightier.

The heavenly steps of the Heavenly Temple of the Lord Tranquil required the candidate to be pure at heart. As Ye Jing acted upon her heart often, rather than thinking rationally, she was more pure at heart than most. Her decisions may not always be right but as long as her conscious was clear, she would not think too much. Even when she was so mad and had hated Xiaofang in the past, she would never think of really harming him.

That was why she had mastered the Purity Heart instantly due to her inherent innocent.

By the time that Ye Jing had walked to the 400th heavenly steps, she had taken the lead. A middle age man that she had just overtaken was staring at her and Xiaofang in disbelief. Even though the summit was very cold but he had broken out in cold sweats and he was lying flat on the 390th heavenly steps, aiming to cross the 400th heavenly steps and set a new record.

By now Ye Jing and Xiaofang were attracting hundreds of onlookers as they watched her walked step by step up the heavenly steps.

Ye Jing was like a serene goddess that had descended and she was climbing up the heavenly steps, displaying a surreal dignity and astonishing all the onlookers.

Everyone had frozen on their tracks as they watched a stunning maiden with a hen in her arms as she took slow steps upward.

Even the old priest that was talking to Ye Jing earlier was looking at the heavenly steps in disbelief as he muttered, “Isn’t this the young aristocracy maiden that was talking to me earlier?”

Usually it was impossible for aristocracies to reach the higher levels of the heavenly steps and it was a fact that even the common people in the Tranquil City knew about. That was why the old priest was not expecting Ye Jing and Xiaofang to break any records.

When Ye Jing was at the 520th heavenly steps, she could sense that Xiaofang was trembling hard. After all they were linked by the Dual Cultivation. So she said quietly to him, “Xiaofang, don’t force yourself too hard. Wait for me here. I will be back shortly.”

Xiaofang said almost breathlessly as he tried to shake off the formidable suppression that was weighing over him, “Jing’Er, be very careful!”

Ye Jing smiled, “I will. Don’t worry too much!”

Below, the onlookers were astonished that this young maiden and man would be able to ascend to the 500th heavenly steps. In the past thousand years, there was just a handful that could ascend past the 500th heavenly steps mark.

And today there were two!

Even though the young man had stopped, it was still impressive enough for all the onlookers knew how difficult each step had been. Every step that they had taken, the suppression aura would also increase at the same time.

Chu Yunfeng was looking at distant figure of Xiaofang with disbelief for he was a good 300 heavenly steps ahead of him…

Li’Er, Hua Ni’Er and Hua Xie’Er were filled with idiocy for Xiaofang even though he was not able to continue the ascend…

As for Xiaofang, he was filled with admiration for only Ye Jing…

Time passed and when Ye Jing had crossed the 600th heavenly steps, all the onlookers were shouting and clapping!

She seemed to pause briefly, causing everyone to believe that she had reached her limit but it was just a fleeting moment and she continued her slow walk up the heavenly steps.

When she had taken the 700th heavenly steps, thousands had already gathered at the foot of the heavenly steps and everyone was asking who this young maiden may be.

“She did not seem to be slowing down…”

“Is it possible?”

“This has never been accomplished before!”

The old priest was trembling, “The best record was the 689th heavenly steps. She had just broken that record…”

“What is her limit?”

“750th heavenly steps! She is still showing no sign of slowing…”

“This has never happened before. We are witnessing the birth of a miracle today…”

“799th heavenly steps…”

“800th heavenly steps! She has crossed it…”


By the time Ye Jing had taken the 800th heavenly steps, the suppression aura that was upon her was so formidable that she was using all her celestial strength as well as her internal strength just to carry herself forward!

But she did not want to give up so easily.

It was because she was thinking what an interesting place the Heavenly Temple of the Lord Tranquil would be. Before her short life was over, she definitely wanted to see it.

It was exactly the same as the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth. Even though her mother the Lady Consort Ye had forbid her to enter the place, she was not about to give up any chance of exploring it.

It was as though she had a death wish.

“900th heavenly steps!”

“She has overcome the 900th heavenly steps…”

“Only 100 heavenly steps are left…”

“I have heard that the suppression aura would double every 100 steps. This is not going to be easy.”

As Ye Jing crossed the 900th heavenly steps, she was wobbly and she felt that there was a mountain on her back.

She smiled weakly at Yu’Er and continued to take slow steps up the heavenly steps.

All the onlookers were watching intensely and in great disbelief.

Two hours had passed since this unknown young maiden had crossed the 900th heavenly steps. These two hours that had passed was longer than the time taken for her to walk up from the 1st to the 900th heavenly steps. The difficulty of walking on these heavenly steps could be imagined!

Ye Jing took slow steps and she was almost at the end of her limits. Finally she had crossed the 990 heavenly steps and there were just 10 more heavenly steps that were left.

These 10 heavenly steps would take her another hour for she required 20 minute steps before she could climb a heavenly step.

Finally she had taken the 1000th heavenly steps!

Many of the onlookers had been watching for the past 4 hours and they were astonished that this young maiden had actually reached to the very top. A startling miracle had happened today!

The thousands of onlookers were all shouting and applauding excitingly at the same time!

The old priest at the bottom was staring at Ye Jing for hours, his eyes never leaving her sight. Even though hours had passed but it was as though only a few minutes had passed because it had been so suspenseful.

The minute that Ye Jing had taken the 1000th heavenly steps, the suppression aura that was on her was suddenly lifted.

Ye Jing was suddenly delighted, “Yu’Er, we have reached the pinnacle of the heavenly steps!”

As she straightened her eyes to see what was in front of her, she was astonished to see a beautiful white imposing palace that was amidst the heavy mist that surrounded the top platform.

“Is this the Heavenly Temple of the Lord Tranquil?”

All of a sudden there was a rumbling sound that emanated from the white palace and the entire place seemed to shake.

Yu’Er shrieked loudly as she was transformed back into her true phoenix form, startling Ye Jing.

She shrieked a few times to tell Ye Jing that she did not know what had happened either and that an unknown power had forced her to reveal her true form.

Ye Jing quickly used her divine sense ability to reach into the white palace but she was hit with a mental barrier immediately and the backlash caused her to take a few steps back in startled shock. “Who is that?”

A martial voice emanated from the white palace, “Why don’t you come in? You are the first one to be able to ascend here…”

The gates of the white palace were swung opened and a mystic light could be seen from within.

Ye Jing could feel that this weird martial voice was also probing her spiritual inner core at the same time and the martial voice added, “Your soul is indeed pure and you have the aid of the Eternal Lotus. It is no wonder that you are able to overcome the heavenly steps.”

She asked, “How do I address this heavenly master?”

There was a complete silence.

Ye Jing smiled gently to Yu’Er, “Yu’Er, are you afraid? I’m not. If you are not afraid then we shall go in together.”

Yu’Er shrieked loudly and flagged her wings protective over Jing’Er.

Ye Jing nodded, “Let’s go in. If there are demons, we shall slay the demons together!”

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Chapter 25: Young Master Yun Xinghe

Ye Jing and her retinue were in a large room that they had rented at the heart of Tranquil City.

Xiaofang had recovered and he was looking at Ye Jing blankly. Until now he could scarcely believe that she had won the duel. If she had not won, then Hua Ni’Er and Hua Xie’Er would not be here now.

Hua Ni’Er and Hua Xie’Er were very young. Both were 16 year old and they were also celestials at birth. But their cultivations were not strong at all because they were from a 3rd rated celestial clan the Deific Homer Clan in the northeast.

According to their accounts, their celestial clan was attacked in the middle of the night. Many were massacred by masked assailants, including their parents. They were captured and sold into slavery by the masked assailants. They had heard one man addressed their masked leader as ‘Old Knife’. Other than this clue, they had no idea who their clan had offended.

Ye Jing embraced Yu’Er who was now a chicken again close to her bosoms as she said gently, “Elder Fang and Elder Yunfeng, these divine swords are yours now.”

She had taken two divine swords from her jade belt and let it floated to them.

Xiaofang saw that the divine sword that had float to him was a half-step positive divine sword.

Ye Jing said to Xiaofang, “You’ve shattered your sword and is in need of a good sword now. From now on, this divine sword is yours.”

Chu Yunfeng was startled as he eyed the half-step balance divine sword in front of him. He was a balance attribute and this divine sword would be extremely helpful. But a divine sword was extremely rare even among the major celestial clans and it was not something to be given out without any immerse merit.

Unlike Xiaofang who had risked his life to help Ye Jing to gauge the strength of Beitang Ze, he actually did nothing.

He stammered, “I don’t deserve…”

At the most crucial moment, he had lost his courage…

But Ye Jing smiled, “Then you shall better yourself until you truly deserve the divine sword.”

She sighed softly, “The Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth will be a dangerous place to tackle. I hope that both elders will not let the divine swords that are in your hands down and do your best for the Holy Citadel City.”

Li’Er was smiling weakly, “As a direct protégé disciple of the Holy Consort, I don’t even have a divine sword. Both of you are so lucky!”

Xiaofang did not say anything. It was because he knew that Ye Jing did not want him to use his immortal sword until it was the last resort.

Chu Yunfeng was greatly touched and he said loudly, “I swear that I will be loyal to the Holy Consort forever, never going back on my oath!”

Then he looked at Xiaofang, “No wonder you can beat me. You are an Immortal Celestial.”

Xiaofang replied politely, “I am only at the lower stage of the Immortal Celestial level. I am not much stronger than you.”

Chu Yunfeng smiled weakly, “A realm difference is a big difference as a matter of fact.”

Hua Ni’Er and Hua Xie’Er were staring at Xiaofang. He did not look much older than them but he was already an Immortal Celestial. They were not paying attention to him earlier because they were not hopeful that anyone could defeat a dark monarch. Only the intervention of a golden celestial like Ye Jing could give them a glimmer of hope.

Chu Yunfeng turned to Ye Jing as he said respectfully, “We are lucky to be unscathed this time. I hope that this will be the last time the Holy Consort will be risking your life for us. We shall be the ones protecting you and not the other way around.”

It was true. Ye Jing was even prepared to use the poisoned pill in the event she was captured by Beitang Ze. It was a lucky thing that he was willing to let her prepare three strokes in advance. If not, it would be difficult for her to maintain a distance from him and to fly up the sky with Yu’Er.

Ye Jing replied sheepishly, “Alright. This will be the very last time then.”

Chu Yunfeng added, “I’m thinking that we should rejoin the main party at the first break of dawn tomorrow…”

Ye Jing said with a fluffy voice as she interrupted him, “We have not been to the Heavenly Temple of the Lord Tranquil yet. That is the main attraction and we should visit it at least once in our lifetime.”

Just as Chu Yunfeng was about to protest, there was a shout outside the room. “Where is that Demoness Ye Jing hiding? I know that she is here! Do you want to continue hiding? Where are you Demoness Ye Jing?! Are you too afraid to show up?”

Ye Jing growled softly for she recognized the voice of Beitang Ying, “She is indeed fast. She has even given me a nickname. This is too outrageous. I have barely taken a break and she is here already. Maybe I should call her Avenger Beitang Ying.”

It was indeed Supremacy Beitang Ying.

She had entered the tavern with a young man and she was sweeping her glances around the place as she taunted, “Demoness Ye Jing, where are you?”

The young man that was with her was saying weakly, “It may not be a good idea to attract so much attention.”

Beitang Ying stared at him coldly, “Duan Yizong, if you are afraid then you can leave now.”

Duan Yizong smiled weakly, “I am not afraid but…”

He pointed at a group of swordsmen that were sitting at the corner, “We may have already attracted unwanted attention.”

Among this group of swordsmen, there were two persons with golden eyes. From the look of their attire, they were from the Celestial Sword Clan which was ranked one of the top three patriarch celestial clans!

The older man with the golden eyes immediately sneered, “Two dark celestials that are causing trouble.”

The younger man with the golden eyes was smiling as he appraised the two dark celestials, “And one of them is pretty attractive.”

Beitang Ying was offended as she stared at them coldly, “Dogs of the Celestial Sword Clan!”

Immediately all the swordsmen around the two golden eyes men began to draw out their swords, “What did you say?”

“Who says I am afraid of you? Here I am!” an astonishing looking young maiden said as she took slow steps down the stairs. It was Ye Jing and behind her were Xiaofang, Chu Yunfeng and Li’Er.

Beitang Ying was already attractive enough but when Ye Jing had appeared, everyone was looking at her because her beauty was peerless in many ways, taking the imagination of the dozens of people that were in the tavern.

Immediately everyone was whispering, “Who is she? Since she is a golden celestial then she must have a prominent background…”

Immediately the younger golden eyes man had stood up as he respectfully bowed with his hands at Ye Jing, “I am Young Master Yun Xinghe. May I know maiden name?”

Ye Jing had her eyes all on Beitang Ying when he had suddenly called her out from her blind spot. She turned her attention from Beitang Ying and appraised this Young Master Yun Xinghe. She had definitely heard of his name before. He was said to be the young master of the Celestial Sword Clan.

She took a glance at him and said, “So you are Junior Yun Xinghe.”

The older golden eyes man said angrily, “How dare you display such rudeness to our Young Master Yun Xinghe. I dare you to say your name loud!”

Beitang Ying was smiling, “So the dogs of the patriarch celestial clans are all biting at each other now.”

When the older golden eyes man heard her, he asked. “You are one of us?”

Ye Jing said, “I am Ye Jing, the Holy Consort of the Holy Citadel City. Am I wrong to say that he is a junior?”

Both the older golden eyes man and Young Master Yun Xinghe were startled, “You’re the Holy Consort?”

The older golden eyes man said, “My respects to the Holy Consort. I’m Celestial Yun Chen, an elder of the Celestial Sword Clan.”

Indeed as patriarch leader, Ye Jing had the right to call Young Master Yun Xinghe as her junior.

Young Master Yun Xinghe did not mind her comments at all. He was rather disappointed that such a peerless maiden was actually engaged to that rascal Young Master Yuan Chengzhi. He could only say with disappointing sigh, “I have heard that the Holy Consort is engaged to Young Master Yuan Chengzhi.”

Ye Jing was annoyed, “Who says I am engaged to Yuan Chengzhi? Who has been spreading this rumor around?”

Young Master Yun Xinghe asked, “It is not true?”

Ye Jing replied coldly, “Of course it is not. Don’t let me hear another word of it. It is really annoying.”

Young Master Yun Xinghe was instantly delighted, “Is the Holy Consort in trouble with the dark celestials? I can take care of your troubles for you.”

Ye Jing looked at Beitang Ying and said, “Indeed!”

Beitang Ying said coldly, “Oh? You have found some strong helpers. But in my eyes, they are nothing at all!”

Young Master Yun Xinghe had stepped in as he said, “I don’t want to fight nameless dark celestials. Why don’t you report your names?”

Beitang Ying hummed coldly, “Supremacy Beitang Ying from the Scarlet Heretic Sect.”

Duan Yizong smiled coldly, “Supremacy Duan Yizong, protégé leader of the Thousands Fragments Sect.”

When Young Master Yun Xinghe and Celestial Yun Chen heard their names and clan of origin, they were slightly startled and a little speechless.

It was because Beitang Ying was the younger sister of Beitang Ze, the protégé leader of the Scarlet Heretic Sect. As for Duan Yizong, he was a peaked supremacy and the protégé leader of the Thousands Fragment Sect which also happened to be one of the top 3 heretic celestial clans.

Young Master Yun Xinghe was thinking weakly, “The Holy Consort sure knows how to pick her enemies…”

Duan Yizong yawned coldly, “If the Celestial Sword Clan wants a fight, I will gladly give you.”

Young Master Yun Xinghe was smiling weakly; he was a lower stage golden celestial while Elder Yun Cheng was an intermediate golden celestial. Against a peaked supremacy like Duan Yizong who was half a step to become a dark monarch, it was going to be a difficult fight. At the same time they had just offended two major heretic clans…

Li’Er, Xiaofang and Chu Yunfeng were watching as well and they were smiling weakly at Young Master Yun Xinghe. It was because he was in the exact situation as Ye Jing when she had offended Monarch Beitang Ze.

Young Master Yun Xinghe smiled weakly, “Since we are at the Tranquil City, it is quite pointless for us to fight a life and death battle with each other. Moreover we are all from the major celestial clans. It will be good if we can settle our differences amicably.”

Beitang Ying pointed her sword at Ye Jing, “Not unless this demoness is dead!”

Duan Yizong did not know who Demoness Ye Jing was. He had followed Beitang Ying here when she had mentioned to him that she was looking for her to settle a score. When he had seen Ye Jing, he too was astonished at her peerless beauty and he was secretly filled with admiration for her. So he said, “Ying, cool down. What exactly happens?”

“She! She…” Beitang Ying found it difficult to say it out.

Ye Jing said casually, “I’ve won the duel with Beitang Ze fair and square. Your brother didn’t even look for me. Why did you look for me for? We’re supposed to forget that incident as part of our deal.”

When Young Master Yun Xinghe and Celestial Yun Chen had overheard that Ye Jing even offended the most dangerous celestial in the celestial realm, they had immediately turned pale. To help her was like offending the two major heretic clans. Although the Celestial Sword Clan was powerful as well and could contest against these two major heretic clans, they were not willing to sacrifice unnecessary especially when there were no benefits involved.

Beitang Ying said, “Demoness Ye Jing! Do you dare to have a life and death duel with me?”

Ye Jing smiled coldly, “What is there for me to duel with you? If I lose, I lose everything. This is the Tranquil City so I am not dueling with you. If you want to fight me then I shall see you at the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth.”

Beitang Ying was slightly taken aback. Since she had already vented enough, she said to Duan Yizong as she marched off. “Let’s go!”

Duan Yizong gave an unfriendly stare at Young Master Yun Xinghe and Celestial Yun Chen but gave a smile at Ye Jing before he left with Beitang Ying.

Young Master Yun Xinghe heaved a soft sigh and just as he was about to approach Ye Jing, she had already turned around and had gone up the stairs!

Celestial Yun Chen smiled weakly, “This is really such a small city. We ought to lie low and be more discreet. Once we got the supplies that we want, we should go immediately.”

“Young Master?”

But Young Master Yun Xinghe was not paying any attention. He was staring at where Ye Jing was last seen.

Slowly he said, “I think that I’m in love…”

Celestial Yun Chen was startled by what he had heard. It was because Young Master Yun Xinghe had never been interested in any of the beautiful maidens that were introduced to him over the years. He was wholly focused on cultivating and at the young age of 250, he was already a golden celestial.

It was the first time he had told anyone that he was in love!

However Ye Jing made him uneasy. She was like a rose with sharp thorns. Since ancient times, a peerless beauty could cause upheavals in the entire realm and this Ye Jing was such a peerless beauty.

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Chapter 24: Shameless Duel

The huge crowd that had gathered was pointing and muttering as they looked at Ye Jing and Beitang Ze curiously.

“It is such a great pity for that beautiful maiden to suffer such a fate. What a waste…”

“It is a fair deal. There’s nothing we can do.”

“This maiden has a divine sword while this man is fighting unarmed…”

“This divine sword is actually a superior grade heaven-step divine sword!…”

“Is that dark celestial a dark supremacy or a dark monarch?”

“Who will win?”

Ye Jing swung her divine sword in a half arc that caused a gentle rippling force that cleared the dust away from her.

Monarch Beitang Ze smiled, “Good sword. I shall give you the benefit of three striking strokes and I won’t retaliate.”

“This man is too arrogant. He is fighting unarmed and yet he is giving her the benefit of three strokes!” The crowd began to mutter.

Ye Jing said coldly, “Then don’t regret it later!…”

Suddenly she had mustered all her celestial energies as her golden aura enveloped her as she sent three bursts of startling sword energies toward him!

These sword energies were imbued with strong negative energies and coupled with her heaven-step extreme negative divine sword, the killing penetration power of her sword energies could tear most cultivators apart with a strike.

Monarch Beitang Ze immediately displayed his Scarlet Divine Skill and hit the ground beneath him with a tremendous force that sent a column of martial wall of force upward. This immediately absorbed the three sword energies into nothingness as the colliding forces exploded thunderously!

Those nearby could feel the rippling of the martial forces as they quickly took a few steps back to avoid the repercussions of the shockwaves and to avoid the martial charged pebbles that were flying all around them. In fact, quite a few in the crowd was even injured by the impact of the colliding shockwaves.

Ye Jing leaped into the mid-air as she displayed her second stroke by sending a beaming sword energy that flew with a tremendous speed onto Beitang Ze!

As she did not have a secure footing, she could only channeled enough celestial energies for one single sword energies but this sword energies was swifter than her first strike.

Monarch Beitang Ze immediately saw through her moves. She was only distracting him with the first attack but she was actually aiming him for his head above.

He only need to take a half-step and turned his body aside to get out of harm’s way. That was exactly what he did and the attacking sword energy exploded with a bursting thunderous impact on the ground near him.

Just as he was asking, “So, what next…”

Ye Jing had suddenly called out, “Yu’Er!”

A large phoenix had suddenly emerged and its wings were fluttering rapidly, sending fiery rippling wind forces that threatened to knock the onlookers off the ground!

In just a blink of an eye, Ye Jing was smiling delightfully as she was sat on the back of the phoenix in the sky above while Monarch Beitang Ze and the crowd were all looking at her in amazement.

“Is she planning to run away?” There were several mutterings of the same comments in the crowd.

“This is a phoenix! A 7th rank divine beast!” Someone shouted with astonishment.

Ye Jing laughed as she sent a sword energy strike from her sword to fly onto Beitang Ze.

This time Beitang Ze did not even evade as the sword energy was released from a good distance away and much of its energies were already dissipated by the time it had struck his protective aura.

Ye Jing said aloud, “That is my 3rd stroke. Now for my 4th, 5th and 6th stroke…”

She had released one sword energies after another in a slow casual manner, not even bothering to use her full strength.

And Beitang Ze was simply standing there doing nothing, not even bothering to defend himself!

His expression was extremely awful as he could only stare coldly at Ye Jing.

Accordingly to the martial rules, a stroke is defined as an attack, defense, evade move that is received or displayed.

Even if he could not display thirty strokes against Ye Jing, just standing here and receiving her strike counted as the passing of one stroke.

As a Dark Monarch, he had the powerful ability to levitate with his celestial aura but even the most powerful dark monarchs could only levitate 10 feet and it was a highly exhausting feat. Defying gravity was not the same as flying at all.

Now that he knew that he had fallen into her entrapment, he was cursing her.

Ye Jing could be wily if she was forced to do so. After all she was being forced into the intrigues of the Holy Citadel City since she was young.

She had asked for thirty strokes even though she knew that Baitang Ze could easily finish her under 10 strokes. It was to put him off guard. Because there were an excessive number of strokes, she knew that he may even want to display his generosity to a celestial junior in front of the crowd so that he could show off his magnanimous in the future and to prove that this was a fair duel. After all, it was her and not him that set the terms of the duel!

“14th stroke…18th stroke…hey, aren’t you retaliating?” Ye Jing asked. “Why don’t you draw your sword and try hitting me with your sword energies?”

Monarch Beitang Ze said coldly, “No need!”

Ye Jing laughed as she hastily displayed a few fake strokes, swinging her sword as though she was releasing sword energies but exactly there was none. “19th stroke, 20th stroke…28th stroke, 29th stroke…”

She fired a real sword energies on the 30th stroke that hit Beitang Ze’s aura before she said, “I have won!”

Supremacy Beitang Ying was flustered with anger as she exclaimed angrily, “This is too shameless. Is this even a duel?”

Ye Jing smiled shamelessly, “Of course it is. It is not as if I am high up in the heavens. Leave behind the two maidens and go!”

Monarch Beitang Ze said coldly, “You have made a terrible mistake and messed up with the Scarlet Heretic Sect. If you are afraid then you can hole yourself in this city forever. I will never forget this slight today.”

Then he said to Beitang Ying, “Let’s go!”

Supremacy Beitang Ying was startled, “We are going?”

But Beitang Ze had already disappeared among the crowd.

Supremacy Beitang Ying stared coldly at Ye Jing for a few moments before she marched away furiously.

Li’Er and Chu Yunfeng were staring at each other. Until now, they could not believe that their Holy Consort had really won a duel against Monarch Beitang Ze, the most powerful leader of the dark heretic celestial clan!

Ye Jing heaved a soft sigh of relief as she landed on the ground with Yu’Er.

She quickly helped the unconscious Xiaofang up and said to the slave merchant, “Release them now.”

The slave merchant stared at her for a second but he quickly said to his men, “Release them!”

He lowered his voice to whisper to her, “In the future, you will have to watch your back. I have heard that Beitang Ze is a particular ruthless and unforgiving person.”

When Ye Jing heard him, she pretended not to hear him and instead she was paying attention to the two young maidens.

The two young maidens were weeping with tears of joy as they bowed onto the ground, “We will follow you forever.”

Ye Jing said gently to them as she dressed them back, “No need. You’re freed now. What are your names?”

One of the young maidens quickly replied and she was sobbing, “I am Hua Ni’Er. She is Hua Xie’Er. We are cousins. We have no other family and nowhere to go anymore. We only want to follow young mistress.”

Xie’Er was crying, “Young mistress, please take us in!”

Ye Jing sighed softly as she turned to Li’Er, “They will be your new younger protégé sisters from now on. Take care of them.”

When Ni’Er and Xie’Er had heard Ye Jing, they were overwhelmed with joy that they gave Ye Jing a few more heartfelt bows.

Ye Jing was feeling awkward as there were still many onlookers that were still looking at her and waiting to see what she would do after the duel.

She quickly said to them, “Please rise. I am Ye Jing. You’re not my slaves or anyone slaves. You are free to go anytime.”

Ni’Er said, “Mistress Ye, you have a kind heart.”

Ye Jing said quietly, “Not so. It is impossible for me to save everyone. I’m just messing around.”

She had saved two souls but there were countless people in the city that needed saving as well. She knew that she did not have the will power or the resources to do so. And today, she had just offended one of the most terrible celestials in the entire celestial realm.

She was already imagining Beitang Ze wiping the Holy Citadel City off the map of the celestial realm!

But she was also thinking, “Beitang Ze must have already known that the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth is descending soon. From the looks of it, he is buying rare supplies and looking for a way to further increase his cultivation strength. I will probably meet him really soon.”

When she had left the street, the crowd was buzy sharing and gossiping;

“Who is this stunning golden celestial maiden?”

“I have heard from someone here that she is the Holy Consort of the Holy Citadel City…”

“Isn’t she the fiancée of the Young Master Yuan Chengzhi of the Divine Sovereign Clan…”

“And this dark celestial is actually the Monarch Beitang Ze of the Scarlet Heretic Sect…”

“Isn’t he one of the top seven fighters in the celestial realm?”

“A fight between the righteous celestial clans and the dark heretic celestial clans had actually taken place here in the city…”

“I was expecting a good fight but I must admit I am a little disappointed of the shameless tactic used by her…”

“Such a peerless beauty. Lucky she had escaped with her wits and was not made a depraved slave of that man…”

In the crowd stood a man and a woman that were in the auction house earlier. They were watching silently and were looking amused…

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