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Chapter 213: Check Mate

Inside the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth;

Ji Yuan and his group (Ling Feiyue, Little Princess, Bai Qianfeng and Shui Xisi) were now walking cautiously into the valley.

The valley was extremely dark and there were burning lava everywhere.

There were many paths so they just took a random path.

The footprints of the cultivators that were ahead of them seemed to have all completely vanished; it was because these cultivators had purposely displayed their lightless profound arts to conceal their tracks.

Ji Yuan saw that there were many fire moss that were on the ground and the entire valley looked like an underground cavern due to the dark smog that was rising from all the burning lava.

“We must tread carefully and take care not to fall into the lava.” Ji Yuan said to the maidens who giggled at his words of caution.

As he said that he began to poke with his sword at all the fire moss that were in front of them and exploded the fire moss into nothingness with a burst of his sword energies.

“Ji Yuan, what are you doing? Are you bored?” Ling Feiyue frowned.

Even Shui Xisi was giggling. “Don’t do that! You are definitely too bored!”

“Maybe Ji Yuan is thinking that the fire moss is an enemy. Do you have to be so cautious?” Little Princess laughed.

Ji Yuan frowned. “I am actually never a caution person.”

“Then what are you doing?” Little Princess returned an amused look.

“I’m leaving nothing to chances.” Ji Yuan explained.

Ling Feiyue was laughing to and fro. “May I know what the differences between these two actions are?”

Ji Yuan replied sheepishly. “I sense danger from these fire moss and that why I’m destroying them. That doesn’t mean that I am being cautious. These fire moss are a threat to us.”

Shui Xisi said weakly. “It is the same…”

Ji Yuan smiled weakly, “It is not the same. Cautious means taking precautions care while taking no chances means ending the problem.”

Ling Feiyue muttered with a soft chuckle. “These fire moss are not a threat my lord.”

Bai Qianfeng shrugged her shoulders; she has always known that Ji Yuan will act weirdly sometimes so she decides to keep quiet over it.

Little Princess chuckled as she marched off. “Ignore him and let him do as he pleases.”

A short while later, the group had entered between two cliffs and everyone except for Ji Yuan was quite upset that their paces had been slowed down so much because of Ji Yuan relentless attacks on the fire moss that hindered their path.

It was like Ji Yuan had something against the fire moss…

“Ji Yuan!” Ling Feiyue was exasperated as she finally lost her cool to rebuke him.

But Ji Yuan did not seem to mind at all because Ling Feiyue really had a soft voice.

She really can’t scold people at all. Her voice is too gentle…

Somewhat Ji Yuan was secretly grinning whenever Ling Feiyue was scolding him because it just made him felt glad to see her weak rebuke stirring his emotions; it was because he knew that Ling Feiyue really loved him and that was why she had dared to rebuke him. Actually he did not really mind the gossip part that these maidens were constantly engaging but why the topic must always be him…

All of a sudden Shui Xisi who was always taking the lead gave a great gasp. “There is something here…”

Immediately Ji Yuan, Little Princess, Ling Feiyue and Bai Qianfeng flashed ahead and were startled to see the body of a dead cultivator that was covered by fire moss; these fire moss were like a red slime that were covering the dead cultivator, leaving nothing but a pile of golden skeleton.

“What the heck is this thing?!” Ji Yuan was startled as he quickly brandished his sword to destroy the red slime.

Bai Qianfeng gasped. “This is the Immortal Blood Slime. It can mimic anything that is deep red and yes, it often pretends to be a fire moss. This cultivator seems to have stepped on the red moss thinking that it is just a harmless moss on the ground but it is actually a pit that is dug by this Immortal Blood Slime.”

Little Princess shook her head in disbelief. “But he is a golden celestial. How can mere slime kill him? Surely he can escape from the pit easily?”

“The Immortal Blood Slime has the ability to seal the profound strength of the cultivator if its slime covers anyone. This cultivator was unfortunate to completely fallen into the pit and has his entire body covered by the slime. Therefore he can’t use any of his profound strength at all.”

Bai Qianfeng inhaled weakly as she slowly recalled this monster. “Also, you can’t use your divine sense to sense it as it is able to conceal its own profound aura.”

Ji Yuan, Little Princess, Ling Feiyue and Shui Xisi: …

Soon they were all on their way again but with a minor adjustment.

“Ji Yuan! There is a fire moss…”

“And here…”

“Here too!”

“Here please…”

Soon Ji Yuan was helping them to mine clear the path until he got annoyed. “I’ve never asked anyone of you to walk so fast. How come all of you are asking me to vanquish the fire moss…why can’t you do it yourself?”

Ling Feiyue giggled. “That is because you have an immortal sword. Our divine swords seem unable to kill it in a single hit…”

“That is right.” Little Princess agreed completely. “And we need to use our power profound arts to enhance our sword. We will lose too much of our profound strength…”

Ji Yuan pointed at Shui Xisi and Bai Qianfeng, “You have an immortal sword and you have a celestial sword…”

“Plus you are a sword energies practitioner so it is easier for you to extinguish the fire moss with your sword energies.” Shui Xisi pointed out as she protested immediately.

Ji Yuan: …

Ling Feiyue panicky pointed at a fire moss on the ground. “Ji Yuan, there is a fire moss here. Quickly vanquish it immediately. Who knows if it will peep and attack us under our skirts…”

Ji Yuan took a look at the tiny patch of fire moss. “This fire moss is just a tiny patch. It is not a threat at all…”

“Better safe than taking an unknown risk.” Little Princess warned cautiously.

Shui Xisi quickly added. “This is a trial. You will never know if we will be killed like that poor cultivator. Maybe it is an extremely deep hole that can pull our leg underneath it. Didn’t Qianfeng say we can’t use our divine sense to know if it is safe so it is better safe than sorry.”

Ji Yuan: …

Ji Yuan: …

Ji Yuan: …

“This is too cautious and a waste of time…” Ji Yuan pointed out.

Ling Feiyue insisted. “It isn’t about being cautious. This fire moss is obviously a threat and must be exterminated.”

“And you are the one that volunteer to kill the fire moss in the first place too!”

Ji Yuan: …

Ji Yuan: …

Ji Yuan: …

After a few hours of slow walk and killing a dozen Immortal Blood Slimes along the way, they had finally found the entrance of a cave with a black stele that was along the cliffs.

“Ji Yuan, you are a hero…”

“You’re our darling…”

Ling Feiyue touched the black stele and smiled. “We have found the trial tomb! Come! Let’s go in now!”

Ji Yuan suggested with a weak smile. “Can we rest? I’m erm…expended too much of my profound strength while using my sword energies…”

“You a great saint and have a strong recovery…”

“Don’t be a wuss…”

“Let’s go in. I hate this smoky and creepy place…”

“And slimes too…”

And all four of the maidens had walked into the tomb and they seemed to be extremely united on that, leaving Ji Yuan behind to scratch his poor head.

“Now who is the leader…” he muttered slowly.

In the settlement camp of the Blue Phoenix Sacred Sect;

Jiajia was weeping in her main tent.

She was alone because she did not want anyone to see her breaking down; it was because she had just received news that her Xiao Ruan had just been killed and the immortal core of her divine beast had been ripped by a powerful cultivator.

This cultivator had raided her secret base when it was at the weakest moment, killing many of her protégés from the Hundred Flower Divine Palace including two great saints.

Xiao Ruan was her blue firebird companion since she was still a baby and she had many fond memories when she was growing up with Xiao Ruan. When her mother consort the Great Goddess Alice asked her to choose a gift, she had chosen Xiao Ruan over the powerful immortal sword that was used by her mother consort.

Someone so powerful had appeared out of the blue and leaving behind no traces.

Her entire body was trembling; she had never broken down like this manner before. Someone had outwitted her.

Even though it appeared that the Evil Cultivation Palace had suffered a great loss and that even Yin Xiong had been killed but Jiajia had suspected a powerful influence behind the Evil Cultivation Palace. Things were going on too smoothly and she already had an uneasy feeling.

Someone smarter than her or even more cunning seemed to be the mastermind behind the scene and that someone had even sent a cultivator that was even more powerful than an epic ninth rank divine beast.

Moreover the cultivator also had an immortal sword.

It was all too obvious that an immortal cultivator was involved.

But somehow this immortal cultivator did not seem to have his immortal strength restricted and was able to massacre everyone that stood in his way.

What type of a powerful immortal cultivator was the attacker and who was the mastermind…

The mastermind obviously was not interested in Xue Qianxue.

So was the mastermind and the Evil Cultivation Palace a single entity or two entities?

Jiajia knew that she got checkmated literally.

Slowly she dried her tears before whispering with a trembling voice into the communication array. “Evacuate the Hundred Flower Divine Palace. Our mountains have been discovered by our enemies…”

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Chapter 212: That’s how Sword Saints are made

The settlement camp of the Spirit Blue Moon Sect;

Just before dawn, five thousands cultivators from the Evil Cultivation Palace had suddenly launched a surprise attack on the settlement camp of the Spirit Blue Moon Sect.

These cultivators were all the middle and the high ranking cultivators, representing almost the entirety of the Evil Cultivation Palace.

Second Citadel Lord Yin Xiong and Sagess Alyssa were the two main leaders that were leading the attacks. Among the cultivators were many sons and daughters of Yin Xiong and Yin Wei.

They had only one objective and that was to seize Xue Qianxue.

An attack on the settlement was never easy because there were a few hundred celestials clans that were presented.

However, most of the major orthodox clans and even one major unorthodox clan had their cultivation experts out on a hunting trip below the desolate mists.

Therefore the fierce fighters of the Evil Cultivation Palace had quickly stormed its way to the campsite of the Spirit Blue Moon Sect.

There were not enough cultivation experts to stop the Evil Cultivation Palace that were leading five hundred golden celestials to the attack.

The celestial clans in the Desolate Celestial Fraternity are divided into major, lesser and minor celestial clans.

Most of the golden celestials are actually concentrated by the major celestial clans and a single major celestial clan can have as many as a thousand golden celestials or more. Although saints are rare but they are quite common place among the major celestial clans. It is because their mountains are rich with spiritual auras and their territories are also vast.

A place like the Five Heavens Peaks rarely has a single saint cultivator and Ji Yuan is the first in many thousands of years. Even though the Emperor Hall Sect is considered the strongest power in the Five Heavens Peaks now but it is actually considered to be only a minor celestial clan; it cannot even be considered as a lesser celestial clan in the eyes of the majority of the golden celestials!

If one is to ask most of the saint cultivators where is the Five Heavens Peaks, most will have no answers. It is because in the Desolate Celestial Fraternity, there are tens of thousands of celestial clans and the majorities are nameless celestial clans.

Half of the golden celestials in the Desolate Celestial Fraternity are concentrated among the major celestial clans like the seven major orthodox clans, five major unorthodox clans, the Mo Clan, the three heretic palaces and among some others.

Another one third is concentrated in the lesser celestial clans and finally the rest are distributed among the minor celestial clans.

It is actually quite common place in the Five Heavens Peak to have a sect master that is not even a golden celestial!

To the majority of the cultivators of the Desolate Celestial Fraternity, golden supremacies are already a lofty existence and they are often quite haughty being one as well. At least until they screwed themselves by meeting with a saint.

However the golden supremacies of the lesser and minor celestial clans often play smart and they have two common rules to follow:

One: They dare not be haughty if they see any protégés from the major celestial clans even if they are not a golden celestial.

Two: Behave properly when in the trade cities where the major celestial clans have their presence.

In the places where no birds will lay its eggs and where the major celestial clans would not come, the golden celestials of the lesser and minor celestial clans were the gods of the cultivators.

Usually the major celestial clans will not be bothered by them because their mountains are too poor and lacking in celestial resources.

Ji Yuan was one such golden supremacy in the past. Even though he had entered the Forgotten Valley of the Saint Swords and received the sword saint domain to become a Sword Saint but in the eyes of the major celestial clans, he was merely a cultivator that got lucky.

In the world of cultivation, it is all about resources and not about luck. You can get lucky one or twice but you cannot be lucky forever.

But back to the focus of the attack, the hundreds of celestial cultivators were to scare to stop the Evil Cultivator Palace from attacking the settlement and they were all heading like an unstoppable wave into the Spirit Blue Moon Sect!

There were at least 7 great saints and 40 saints from the side of the Evil Cultivation Palace!

They had their intel prepared already; there were only four great saints in the camp of the Spirit Blue Moon Sect; Ling Feiyue, Xue Qianxue, Ling Tianshui and Chen Yi.

As for saints, there were only 6 in the camp. The Spirit Blue Moon Sect had actually brought only 100 golden celestials here and half of the numbers were now in the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth.

The onslaughter that was led by Yin Xiong was extremely swift and soon the five thousands cultivators were already storming into the camp of the Spirit Blue Moon Sect.

Yin Xiong shouted to his cultivators. “Find Xue Qianxue! Dead or alive, I want her body!”

As his thousands of cultivators stormed into the camp of the Spirit Blue Moon Sect, dozens of golden celestials had come into view immediately.

They were Jiajia and her saints, Han Yuchi, Zhao Songjin and their protectors from the Celestial Orthodox Sect, Fairy Ye Chengxi, Shangguan Yan, Xue Qianxue, Ling Tianshui, Chen Yi, Great Saint Jian Kang, Saint Jian Lindong, Saintess Jian Yuluo and their protectors from the Profound Heaven Sword Manor, Shen Qin and his protectors from the Astonishing Sword Manor.

Dozens of great saints and saints had immediately joined the battle, startling Yin Xiong who had a shocked expression. “How come there are so many cultivation experts in the camp of the Spirit Blue Moon Spirit Sect?!”

The cultivators from the Evil Cultivation Palace were shocked to see so many high level cultivators from several major orthodox celestial clans that were presented.

Although the number of cultivators on the side of the Evil Cultivation Palace far outnumbered their foes but the golden celestials on the side of their foes were in greater number.

They just could not believe that there were more than twenty great saints and more than eighty saints that were now coming to confront them.

Saintess Yuluo and Fairy Ye Chengxi were dashing like whirlwinds into the hordes of enemy cultivators and they were greatly feared.

Even though Saintess Yuluo had not regained her full profound strength but her sword was just too fast and deadly that she simply rippled through her targets like paper.

Similarly even Fairy Ye Chengxi was creating havocs with her sword energies sword strokes but she was using it at point blank and it was extremely devastating.

Hua Wuwu said to Hua Baiyue. “How come we never know Fairy Ye Chengxi can fight so well? Her fighting style is completely different from Ji Yuan. Ji Yuan always uses his sword energies at a distance and risks weakening his sword energies but Fairy Ye Chengxi is different. She is using her sword energies at point blank and delivering devastating attacks at her foes.”

“Cos Ji Yuan isn’t as good as Fairy Ye Chengxi.” Hua Baiyue chuckled softly.

Jiajia said with a quiet smile, “Ji Yuan, he is just playing tricks on his opponents. He is just trying to lure you into melee with him.”

“Huh?” Hua Wuwu and Hua Baiyue expressed a startled look at their mistress.

“His great advantage isn’t in confronting his opponents at a range but in a melee because that is where he is at his strongest.” Jiajia replied quietly. “Or else he won’t be a sword saint.”

Saintess Yuluo was now displaying her sword arts. Whether it was her speed, profound power or reflexes, she was like an unstoppable force. In a blink of an eye, two saint cultivators were cut down by her.

Many of the cultivators on both sides were startled by Saintess Yuluo’s fierce attacks that they could not believe that she was not even a great saintess yet.

“Isn’t she Sword Saintess Yuluo?”

“I’ve heard that she is unwell…but it looks like her profound strength isn’t affected…”

Many of the cultivators actually did not know what went on inside the Forgotten Valley of the Saint Swords. They only know that that the trial inside the Forgotten Valley of the Saint Swords are extremely difficult to overcome and even the power cultivators will actually perish inside.

And the sword saints do not talk of their experiences inside and they were extremely secretive about it.

There are many rumors of the Forgotten Valley of the Saint Swords but only one thing is really confirmed about it, the entire place is surrounded by deadly traps that can even kill a saint cultivator instantly.

Those that survived to be sword saints and saintess have extremely quick reflexes and quick thinking or have exceptional survival instinct. If they are not quick enough then they would be dead inside the Forgotten Valley of the Saint Swords.

And the sword stances of Sword Saintess Yuluo are three times as fast as a normal sword cultivator but the most important aspect of her sword stance is that her reaction is twice as fast as her opponents and her perception to change sword stance mid-way is also twice as agile as her opponents. And she had combined her speed to create an implosion amount of raw profound to support her.

Moreover Saintess Yuluo is also a raw power cultivator that have strong internal profound art and external profound power art to augment her profound power.

When sword strokes are accelerated by speed, it creates an additional layer of profound power without the need to muster more profound strength. That is why her explosive strokes startled many of the cultivators as they had thought that she was already a great saintess.

This creates a unique fighting style that is from Saintess Yuluo.

As for Fairy Ye Chengxi, her reaction and speed is similar to Saintess Yuluo. After all, she is also a survivor of the Forgotten Valley of the Saint Swords. As Fairy Ye Chengxi is not as ruthless in her sword strokes as rebuked by Ji Yuan many times but her slashing strokes are very beautiful, aimed at wounding and slashing her opponents without killing them.

And her slashing strokes did not have any weakness because she is equally quick to withdraw to display another slash at the same time.

Like Ji Yuan, she is not a power cultivator or a profound defense cultivator, therefore most of her profound strength is used to recharge her profound strength into her next attack, rather than maximizing her full profound power into a single fatal attack.

Even then, most of the same realm level golden supremacies find it hard to pin her down or to overcome her with their superior profound power; it is because Fairy Ye Chengxi is simply too heavenly to behold and it is as though they are watching a dancer that is fluttering around them. She is simply too distracting!

And moreover like Saintess Yuluo, because her sword strokes are too swift that they cannot even see the blade so they are forced to divert part of their mental concentration to their divine sense in order to gauge her attack direction.

Once their mental focus is diverted, it is difficult for them to display their profound arts to its full profound power unless they are willing to spend time to cultivate their mental focus like Ji Yuan. However, most are unwilling to do so because everyone believes that they have strong concentrations and it hurt their pride to practice an intricate formula to buff up their mental fortitude.

To many, this is considered to be a weakness. If you are not sick, why go to the physician?

Moreover, the sixth realm level is considered the spirit level where the cultivator’s divine sense can be cultivated as though it is second nature to them and not much mental energies will be needed to display their divine sense at multiple targets at the same time.

But what is Fairy Ye Chengxi’s unique sword style?

It is actually her unique ability to observe everyone with her divine sense at the same time. She is a keen observer. Now that she has broken through to the sixth realm spirit level, her divine sense is as sharp as most saintess and even some great saints.

But that is only comparable to a few targets but for Fairy Ye Chengxi, she can literally observe all her opponents with the swing of her sword because as she slashes against them, she is also subtly feeling their profound power and direction of attack.

When she is only a fifth realm golden celestial, it is still difficult for her to defeat the stronger sixth realm golden celestials, especially those that have spirit entities to support them.

But now that she is a sixth realm golden supremacy, most of the same realm golden supremacies are not comparable to her anymore and she is even stronger than most initial saints now even though she is still only an initial sixth realm golden supremacy.

Of course Fairy Ye Chengxi fighting style do have a weakness and that is that she cannot maintain her profound strength if her opponents are persistent in wearing her down. But most men will be willing to force her to that stage since her strokes are not ruthless enough and are only focus on maiming her opponents.

But of course, this only applies to golden celestials. Cultivators lower than the fifth realm please do not try; they would be instant kill by Fairy Ye Chengxi if she displays her attacking stance to the best.

Hua Wuwu muttered, “How come I feel that Ji Yuan is so weak compared to Fairy Ye Chengxi and Saintess Yuluo?”

Hua Baiyue nodded. “I feel that anyone can go and try to kick him down. Maybe he isn’t as ruthless as Saintess Yuluo or has an evasion that is better than Fairy Ye Chengxi. Did you see how Fairy Ye Chengxi evades all the attacks? It is as though she has eyes on her back.”

Jiajia chuckled softly. “Ji Yuan always goes for instant kill. If he feels that he can’t kill his opponent, he will bid his time like a gladiator. He is an extremely patience cultivator and he is also willing to take hits to lull his opponents into a false sense of superiority so that he can maximum his hits to the greatest impact. That is why he can kill saints when he is only a golden supremacy.”

“Yea. He is probably trying to kill Xue Qianxue and Ling Feiyue a hundred years by going for his breakthrough because they are middle tier saintess.” Hua Wuwu chuckled.

Jiajia replied with a soft chuckle. “He is probably only thinking of preserving his own life against them. After all, they have no real feuds and moreover he isn’t that petty or else he won’t be called a gentleman of the sword.”

Actually Ji Yuan was called a gentleman of the sword not because he was soft toward the ladies but because he had the title of the most beautiful bearded cultivators and he had many maidens that are his fan girls. However no matter how beautiful these maidens are, Ji Yuan shown no interest in them and hence he is known as the gentleman of the sword.

Unknown to his fan girls, Ji Yuan had a bad experience in the past with Little Princess and he did not want his cultivation partner to know about his shame with Little Princess.

That was why after Ji Yuan had cleared his misunderstandings with Little Princess, his dark blemish in his soul sea had been removed and he even had a minor breakthrough. Without that dark blemish, his spiritual sea is clearer and his profound energies are able to flow even smoother than before.

Hua Baiyue teased her mistress. “I think our mistress is in love with Ji Yuan now. She keeps singing his praises nonstop.”

Jiajia rolled her eyes before she smiled weakly. “Why are you chatting here? Why don’t you hurry and help them?”

Hua Baiyue chuckled. “It is almost over…”

It was the truth.

Yin Xiong had been surrounded by the four great saints of the Hundred Flower Divine Palace and he was killed despite the best efforts of Sagess Alyssa to save him.

The Sagess Alyssa had displayed a golden binding animus as she fled from the ambush.

Jiajia gasped softly. “She has already formed the golden core and the spirit core? This Sagess Alyssa is definitely not an ordinary peaked cultivator…”

In a short while, almost all the five thousand cultivators were either dead, wounded, surrendered or fled from the ambush.

They had all won a resounding victory over the Evil Cultivation Palace and everyone was now cheering maddeningly!

Han Yuchi and Zhao Songjin were weeping joyfully as they embraced each other; they had almost disable the entire forces of the Evil Cultivation Palace today and had almost avenged their dishonor. This battle was also their personal victory…

But Jiajia was quiet and Hua Wuwu saw it. “What is wrong, mistress?”

Jiajia melancholy said. “Somehow I got an uneasy feeling over this.”

Hua Wuwu, Hua Baiyue: ???

Jiajia added quietly. “It is all too easy.”

Hua Wuwu chuckled. “What is wrong with that? Today they have lost big time!”

Jiajia shook her head with a perplexed countenance. “It is like there are two leaderships in the Evil Cultivation Palace. One very cunning and one that is leaving clues for us to pick. I feel that things are not as simple as this.”

Hua Baiyue laughed. “No one will use so many lives to make a point and it is a foolish point!”

“Except for immortals; they have no emotion attachments.” Jiajia quietly said.

In the Five Heavens Peaks;

A couple was quietly sitting and leaning against each other; they were Ji Hao and Jin Yuyun.

Ji Hao was sighing heavily. He had heard that his father had somehow survived the duel with the Divine Palace Master of the Hundred Flower Divine Palace but he was now suddenly the head of the unorthodox cultivators and was now the number one public enemy in the orthodox fraternity.

“Yuyun, do you regret being with me? We are now staying in this poor mountain and in the future, our cultivation will surely be affected. We may not even become a saint and even a golden supremacy while we are here.”

Jin Yuyun gently shook her head with a gentle smile, “No, I’ve never regret it. So be it then if we can’t advance in our cultivation. There is more to life than cultivation.”

The reason why Ji Hao had asked her if she regrets her decision to be with him was because Jin Yuyun was actually the only heiress to the richest celestial clan in the entire Desolate Celestial Fraternity.

With the cultivation resources of the Mystic Profound Pavilion, Jin Yuyun can easily become a saintess in the future. After all she is actually quite young by celestial standard and she did not have any bad habits that can impede her cultivation growth unlike her father Jin Yilong.

“I’m only too glad to be with you. This is my honest thoughts.” Jin Yuyun said. “This is the home of my mother too…”

Her mother had chosen to be with Jin Yilong so that she could enjoy the cultivation resources of the Mystic Profound Pavilion and to break the cycle of poverty.

But Jin Yuyun is completely different from her mother; she on the other hand has given up her heiress position to the richest celestial clan in the entire Desolate Celestial Fraternity so that she can be with Ji Hao. She did not even tell her father and grandfather that she is still alive to this day. And they had assumed that she was killed on that fateful day alongside with Saintess Yuluo.

“You are making too great a sacrifice for me. I am unworthy of your love…” Ji Hao muttered.

“No, you are worthy of me. ” Jin Yuyun smiled. “And you have won my respect too. You have given your position as the scion of the Profound Heaven Sword Manor to follow your father and now you have lost your chance to be a saint in the future.”

Ji Hao weakly said. “My father is the real hero. He can even become a saint in these poor mountains. I’m unworthy to even carry his legacy. Even though all the orthodox cultivars may treat my father as the number one public enemy now but he will forever be the great hero in my heart.”

“You are the great hero in my heart…” Jin Yuyun muttered. “We will work hard together to make our own name for ourselves. So what if we are from the Five heavens Peaks?”

Ji Hao nodded. “When Fairy Ye returns from her breakthrough, I will plead to her to train me as a sword saint like my great father. No matter how tedious, how hellish and how impossible it is going to take me, I will aim for that one goal so that I can one day clear my father’s name…I will shave my beard from now onward. This is my greatest tribute to my great father…”

Jin Yuyun lifted her eyes to meet Ji Hao. “I like you even if you have no beards….” But she was secretly thinking. “Better no beards than beards…beards are ugly…”

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Chapter 211: Trial of the Heavenly Fire

All four of the maidens replied at almost the same time. “I’m taking this trial.”

Ji Yuan nodded as he said. “Be careful and don’t force yourself please. If you think you cannot handle it, quickly make a U-turn. You’re all great saintess here and probably won’t be killed so easily.”

After sketching his legs and body for a short while, Ji Yuan had walked to the pillars of heavenly fire.

His actions had immediately aroused the interests of all the cultivators who were watching the entrance keenly and they were all curious on how Ji Yuan was going to overcome the first of the many trials that was in this place.

Ji Yuan simply dashed across the random pillars heavenly fires that were continuous shooting from the ground.

In just three blinks of an eye, he had reached the other side in a triumphant move as he turned around to wink at the four maidens!

It was like he was saying; See! Beat that!

Xiang Li was praising Ji Yuan. “Big Brother, you are so impressive!”

All the cultivators that were watching were all gasping with shock; most of them had never seen anyone with such superb lightless profound skill. Most cultivators would rather train themselves in power cultivation than the useless lightless profound arts which may not bring them any insignificant benefit except for running away.

Little Princess and Shui Xisi were gasping too. Ji Yuan’s lightless profound skill was really too impressive…

He had barely even sweat as he dashed through the heavenly fires!

Bai Qianfeng and Ling Feiyue were aware of Ji Yuan’s astonishing swiftness and lightless profound skill so they were not surprised by him.

Ling Feiyue was the second one to move through the pillars of heavenly fires and like Ji Yuan, she had completely evaded the pillars of heavenly fires that were randomly shooting out of the ground. Her lightless profound art was even more impressive than Ji Yuan!

But only Ling Feiyue knew that Ji Yuan was not even displaying his best. She just wanted to be more impressive than him so that she could get his attention.

Ji Yuan frowned. “Do you always have to be such a show off every single time?”

Ling Feiyue giggled. “I can’t help it at all.”

All the cultivators were gasping at the sight of Ling Feiyue who crossed through the pillar of heavenly fires with much more grace than Ji Yuan and she had even beaten him by one blink of an eye to reach the other end of the valley.

Little Princess was the next to try the trial of the heavenly fires. She mustered her golden animus and she swiftly moved through the heavenly fires as though it was just child play.

Ji Yuan rolled his eyes; the profound defense of the Evil Cultivation Palace was really impressive. It was no wonder that Yin Wei had such astonishing profound defense. This must be their secret sect’s divine art.

Shui Xisi was the next one to attempt the trial and she did it by swinging her whip around her. Strangely, there was a sudden burst of profound energies around her that caused all the heavenly fires to extinguish and she was soon on the other side.

Little Princess, Ji Yuan, Bai Qianfeng and Ling Feiyue were all astonished by her display as they silently thought. “What the heck is her skill?”

Shui Xisi had just displayed her Divine Exaltation Miracle Art to neutralize all the profound energies temporary. This was her secret trump card in overcoming this trial.

All the onlookers were astonished and were bewildered. This group of cultivators was all unbelievable strong and they did not even spent a lot of time to study the inscriptions!

Bai Qianfeng quietly observed the heavenly fires before she calmly walked through the heavenly fires harmlessly.

Everyone: …

“She has solved the inscriptions?”

Bai Qianfeng could use exactly the same method as what Ji Yuan, Little Princess and Shui Xisi had done to overcome the heavenly fires but she had chosen to beat it by following exactly what the inscriptions had hinted.

The reason why there were so many cultivators that were meditating in front of the cliff was because the inscriptions offered a clue on how to beat the heavenly fire and many of the cultivators were meditating to gain the insight.

Most of the cultivators presented were only fifth realm golden celestials therefore they did not have high profound recovery, formidable profound defenses or trained as hard as Ji Yuan to develop his lightless profound art to such speed and evasion. Therefore they could only patiently studied the inscriptions.

The benefits to solving the inscriptions were also immerse and that was why there were also many golden celestials that were of the six and seventh realm studying the inscriptions; if they could gain a valuable insight, their cultivation would be able to increase and this would also increase the chance of their future breakthrough.

But for Ji Yuan, Ling Feiyue and Shui Xisi, they did not want to waste days, weeks and even months of their time to comprehend the dao behind the inscriptions as they were already great saints and saintesses.

As Bai Qianfeng is an immortal, she had understood the inscriptions instantly and she had chosen to play by its rules.

Ji Yuan asked her with a weak smile. “You have managed to crack the inscriptions? I have thought that you can only manage to overcome the heavenly fires only if you can count twenty columns of heavenly fires.”

Bai Qianfeng immediately giggled with amusement. “My lord! The twenty times means that you have to use your divine sense to gauge the temperature of the first heavenly fire by twenty times then you can cross safety. It has nothing to do with counting the number of heavenly fires!”

When many of the cultivators who were secretly eavesdropping on them had heard Bai Qianfeng, they were secretly delighted. So that was how the trial can be overcome!

They had all caught the hint immediately. They had to use their divine sense to gauge the first heavenly fire and then find the heavenly fire that was twenty times stronger. Once their divine sense could sense it then it would mean that it was now safe to cross for a short period of time, not lasting more than five blinks of an eye.

A cultivator nearby was clearly overjoyed. It was because he often took months to unravel the insight of a trial. Even though he is a golden supremacy but he was always struck in the first level. Finally he had a chance to enter the second level!

Ji Yuan returned a sheepish look to Bai Qianfeng as he laughed. “Haha. I didn’t know. I should have asked you first.”

Bai Qianfeng chuckled as she pressed her body on him. “So my lord, can I be the leader?”

Ji Yuan rolled his eyes before he said in a low voice. “If you can satisfy me…”

“Shameless!…” Bai Qianfeng walked off immediately.

Ji Yuan muttered after her. “It isn’t like we’re not together. Are we still dating?”

Qianfeng was just being shy that was all. After all, Shui Xisi was also in their party so she did not dare to flirt with Ji Yuan too much.

Unknown to Ji Yuan and the rest, actually Ji Yuan was actually right in his first guess. It was because the inscriptions were just a red herring to confuse the cultivators from their perceptions. Sometimes it was easier than it had looked!

Ji Yuan saw that there were dozens of footprints on the ground ahead of them.

“We are not the first…” he muttered.

The stronger cultivators would have already cleared this simple trial by now. After all they had taken three days of rest to cultivate back their profound strength after the fight with Yin Wei.

As they moved into the valley, Ji Yuan was exchanging romantic glances with all four of the maidens who were all looking with a blissful look at him; they were taking the trials together and they were all excited.

Even though they had a tiny hiccup along the way due to their headstrong behavior but this was understandable; they were all leaders of their own sects or a lofty figure in their fraternity. That was why they all felt that they would make the better leader.

At the same time, they were all actually trying to impress one another…

Xiang Li saw their quiet and loving exchanges with their eyes so she chuckled loudly. “Don’t forget about me as well!”

Ji Yuan felt very blissful that he had four beautiful maidens to accompany him for the trials. It was as though he was not taking a trial but was on his honeymoon…

Ling Feiyue was quietly holding onto Ji Yuan and she was looking up to him with her gentle eyes. She felt extremely blissful that she was taking the same trial as Ji Yuan again but yet at the same time, she felt a little sad that Qianxue had missed the trial. She would really love to have Qianxue who was her best friend to join her…

Little Princess was quietly looking at Ji Yuan. She could not believe that their romantic mishaps had spanned a full three centuries. They had so many missed opportunities. In the past when the Evil Cultivation Palace had sought to seek trouble for Ji Yuan, she had intervened continuously. At one point, she was even discovered by Ji Yuan for following him and he had even misunderstood that she was sending the cultivators from the Evil Cultivation Palace after him.

But now she was really glad in her heart; they were now finally together.

Ji Yuan actually had a very sharp nose. He always knew when Little Princess had come to visit him in the past because he could sniff her perfume fragrance and he was extremely phobia of her. That was why he had developed insomnia eventually.

Little Princess whispered to Ji Yuan with a seductive look, “My lord, remember your promise to me!”

Ji Yuan: ???

Bai Qianxue was holding onto Ji Yuan other arm and she was cuddling tightly to him as though she was still his nine-tail spirit fox. She wished that she was his pillow and that he would hug her to bed. She had really missed the times when she had disliked Ji Yuan to no ends because he was too insufferable and she had even suspected that he did it on purpose to her.

She muttered. “My lord…”

Shui Xisi may be the odd one out so she walked in front. But Ji Yuan’s eyes were continuously looking at her butt and he was sighing. “Her butt is as beautiful as Jiajia…”

Xiang Li saw what Ji Yuan was looking at and she was smiling in his soul sea. “Yeah! Beautiful butt!”

Shui Xisi was quiet. She was really happy to be in the same trial as Ji Yuan. Until now, she could not believe that she could meet Ji Yuan so fast. She was actually looking quite dejected as she entered the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth so much that she did not even want to bid Ji Yuan one last farewell.

What the point of biding him farewell and good luck when they had so little chance to even meet each other in the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth? Maybe he would get himself killed next.

Although she was quiet, her heart was full of warmth for Ji Yuan…

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Chapter 210: Prelude to the First Trial (2)

Ji Yuan and his party had quickly dodged the herds of roaming desolate beasts that were in the savanna. They had to move cautiously despite that the grasses were taller than them because there were simply too many of these desolate beasts.

Every time the winds change its direction, Ji Yuan would frown. “If these desolate beasts pick up our scents, it must be because of the four of you.”

The four maidens were looking quite sheepish at one another.

He had not once but several times said to Shui Xisi. “You look totally fine without any makeup. Why are you applying makeup for?”

Shui Xisi: …

“We are taking a trial here. Why are the four of you grooming for? Are you trying to get the attention of the others?”

Everyone could tell that Ji Yuan was in a dark mood.

As Ji Yuan led them to the entrance of the valley where the trial was, the four maidens began to whisper to one another. “What is wrong with Ji Yuan? Did he eat the wrong medicine? He doesn’t sound too happy…”

“Is it because I had consumed tens of thousands of high grade spirit stones to replenish my profound strength and he is angry with me?” Ling Feiyue asked timidly.

“But he didn’t say a word when you are using it.” Shui Xisi pointed out. “And he is also using tens of thousands as well.”

Ling Feiyue smiled weakly. “He did say I am a wastrel in a low voice…”

“I’ve got an idea.” Little Princess said with a soft chuckle. “Watch me.”

Little Princess giggled softly before she moved forward to rub Ji Yuan with her body. “My lord Ji Yuan, are you alright? You don’t look too happy.”

Ji Yuan turned to look at Little Princess with a soft frown. “Of course I am alright. Do you think that it is easy being the defender of our group? I have to do so many things.”

Little Princess whispered shyly. “I know you are doing a lot of things. When you are less busy, shall we?”

Immediately Ji Yuan was spirited as he laughed. “I am totally fine. Haha. Why would I be unhappy?” He had caught Little Princess’ hint immediately.

When Ling Feiyue and Bai Qianfeng saw Ji Yuan suddenly had a change in his expressions, they rolled their eyes immediately and they too were rushing forward to rub their bodies against him. “My lord, you are our great lord and we fear that you’ve been too hardworking…”

They immediately knew what he was lacking; Ji Yuan needs their attentions.

Ji Yuan laughed aloud. “Haha, not at all…”

Little Princess was quietly winking at Ling Feiyue and Bai Qianfeng; now they know what to do in the future.

Shui Xisi stomped her foot as she cursed silently. “I just know it. All men are lecherous!”

Ji Yuan’s mood had indeed improved greatly afterward.

“Just leave the desolate beasts to me. Haha.”

“Scents? No problem at all! I will make the desolate beasts eat shit! Haha…”

Soon they were at the entrance of the valley and they saw several cultivators.

There were dozens of cultivators that were already at the entrance and they were all studying a cliff that was in front of them. Next to the cliff, were several moving profound flames that were continuous shooting from the ground and blocking the entrance of the valley.

When the cultivators saw Ji Yuan and his group approaching, they were quite startled; it was because they were all alone where else this seemed to be a group of five.

These cultivators were all over the Celestial Realm and they barely know one another. In fact, they were all trying to avoid one another lest they accidentally stepped on one another’s toes.

Most of them were even quite civil as they studied the inscriptions on the cliffs together and they all avoided looking at one another.

However Ji Yuan and his group were just too glancing; the group was bigger than any of the cultivators presented and the cultivators were checking if they were a threat. At the same time, the four maidens that were with Ji Yuan were really too beautiful and many of the cultivators were all gasping, even the female cultivators.

All the cultivators that were from the Desolate Celestial Fraternity had all recognized Ji Yuan. It was because he was too renowned lately; from killing Saintess Yuluo to becoming a Great Hero that slayed an epic eighth rank metamorph monster.

Ji Yuan immediately approached the nearest bearded cultivator as he recognized his distinctive beard that was a tell sign that he was from the Desolate Celestial Fraternity. “Brother, you’re from the Desolate Celestial Fraternity? Am I right?”

The reason why Ji Yuan had approached him was because he had wanted to obtain some free information about the trial.

The beard cultivator smiled weakly. He was actually a saint cultivator but he was smiling weakly in the presence of Ji Yuan. “I am…”

Ji Yuan laughed. “Haha. It is so good to see someone from my celestial fraternity here. Which celestial clan are you from?”

The bearded cultivator did not dare to lie to Ji Yuan so he replied nervously. “Mystic Profound Pavilion…”

Ji Yuan raised his eyebrows and frowned softly. “Isn’t that Jin Yilong’s celestial clan? Is he in the trial as well?”

The bearded cultivator replied nervously. “Yes…yes…he is taking his trial as well…” When he saw that Ji Yuan had raised his eyebrows, he was extremely nervous.

“Oh well. Wish him good luck and wish me good luck as well. Haha.” Ji Yuan laughed as he gave the bearded cultivator a hearty pat before he grinned back. “And you as well. And what is your name?”

The bearded saint cultivator immediately said. “I am just a lowly cultivator that isn’t worth mentioning…”

He quickly bowed respectfully with his hands and said politely. “This trial is a little hard for me. I think I will go elsewhere.”

With that he had quickly exited the valley.

Ji Yuan: ???

The bearded saint cultivator quickly flashed out of the valley and after making sure that he was not being followed by Ji Yuan, he heaved a soft sigh.

He had broken into cold sweat. “I am so lucky to escape with my life…”

He had received a secret grey card and inside the grey card was his secret mission from his sect master; kill Ji Yuan at all costs!

The bearded saint cultivator was muttering silently. “Sect Master Jin Tianzong must be joking with me. Even though I am a saint but Ji Yuan is a great saint now. He has an immortal-step divine sword too and he is also with Dark Mistress Ling Feiyue…she is also a great saintess. This secret mission is a total suicide mission…”

“Even Jian Lindong with all his profound treasures can’t even defeat Ji Yuan…I am merely a lowly saint cultivator…in front of Ji Yuan, I dare not even call myself a golden saint…”

“I just pretended that I have never seen Ji Yuan before…I don’t want to be public enemy…killing or attacking Ji Yuan will make me the number one public enemy in the Desolate Celestial Fraternity…how can I cultivate in peace in the future then?”

While he was saying that, several cultivators from the Desolate Celestial Fraternity had also left the valley hastily; they too had a secret mission and that was to kill Ji Yuan. But they had an even more personal secret mission that was unknown to their own sect masters and that was to avoid Ji Yuan at all costs.

“I have never met Ji Yuan…”

“I am only here to take my trial and to find profound treasures…”

Even if a great saint power cultivator were to encounter Ji Yuan, he would be thinking of avoiding Ji Yuan as well. It was because the immortal-step sword in Ji Yuan’s hand may be able to negate their advantage plus Ji Yuan now had a sword spirit that could strengthen his sword’s profound power.

Even a great saintess like Saintess Fang Zhenfei and several great saints that were grouped together could not kill an epic eighth rank metamorph monster but Ji Yuan was able to do so, on his own. Therefore even a great saint would find it wiser to avoid confrontation with Ji Yuan.

It did not matter if Ji Yuan’s most powerful sword profound art was easy to evade for most of the saint cultivators. The point was, they had to avoid taking the risk.

Also, Ji Yuan was a renowned Great Hero of the Desolate Celestial Fraternity now as declared by Diviner Mo Ming. Therefore it was wiser to be in Ji Yuan’s good books.

Therefore all the cultivators that had received the grey card to kill Ji Yuan were all quietly quitting the valley as though they had never seen Ji Yuan.

Ji Yuan was frowning when he saw that a few cultivators were leaving all of a sudden. He thought. “Is this trial really so difficult? It is only a level 1 trial…”

But he did not have the chance to think further when he was suddenly mobbed by several cultivators, both men and women from the Desolate Celestial Fraternity. “Great Hero Ji Yuan, you are also here? We are so glad to have a chance to meet you in person!”

Where there were enemies from the Desolate Celestial Fraternity, there were also friends.

“Haha.” Ji Yuan laughed. “I just happen to be here. Please continue with your trials.”

All the cultivators from the other celestial fraternities were startled by the commotions as they stared at Ji Yuan.

“What is going on?”

“They seem to be from the Desolate Celestial Fraternity. I recognize their signature beards…”

“But some of the men including that handsome cultivator are beardless…”

“Is he famous?”

“Why are they greeting him as though he is someone famous?”

“He must a high level cultivator or from one of the more famous major celestial clan…”

“Actually he is quite handsome…”

“The four maidens that are behind him are all great beauties as well…”

“How come he is in a group?”

“Maybe he is lucky to find some friends?”

“It seems that he is so popular that it is quite easy for him to find a group faster than anyone of us…”

“Are you sure that he is from the Desolate Celestial Fraternity? They look down on beardless cultivator…”

“Only a bearded cultivator from the Desolate Celestial Fraternity is to be respected there. That’s what I have heard…”

“Who is this guy?”

Ji Yuan patted the last of the cultivators that had surrounded him. “Thank you for the greetings. I need to focus on the trials now. Haha. Wish you all good luck!”

Ling Feiyue muttered to the other three maidens. “Ji Yuan is so famous now. Did you see the looks of adulations that are from the other maidens? They are literally throwing themselves at him.”

Shui Xisi cursed softly. “Yea! They are too shameless!”

Little Princess giggled. “If they are shameless then what about you? I can’t remember that you have a relationship with our lord.”

Shui Xisi blinked her eyes before she laughed weakly. “I am his enemy and I am feeling unjust for the three of you.”

Little Princess, Ling Feiyue, Bai Qianfeng: …

“What are you doing over there for? Come and take a look!” Ji Yuan frowned when he saw that the four maidens were still standing at the entrance of the valley and did not make a move to the cliff where the inscriptions were.

Only when Ji Yuan had called them, did they make a move toward the inscriptions on the cliff.

But Ji Yuan was also approached by a beautiful maiden who looked shyly at him and she was saying to him. “Are you from the Desolate Celestial Fraternity?”

Ji Yuan did not want to lie to the beautiful maiden so he replied. “That’s right.”

The beautiful maiden slowly nodded before she smiled. “You seem to be really popular with many. I’m from the Nine Celestial Fraternity and I’m Leng Qiuyue. Do you know of a cultivator by the name of Lu Qingyun? He is also from the Nine Celestial Fraternity.”

Ji Yuan rubbed his chins before he replied slowly, “I do know one and he is with a maiden by the name of Fan Yuqing.”

Leng Qiuyue was excited immediately. “Then do you know if he will be here as well?”

Ji Yuan smiled weakly. “I actually do not know. I didn’t ask him. But I guess that he will be here?”

Leng Qiuyue averted her eyes with a soft sigh before she walked away. “Thank you…”

“You’re welcome.” Ji Yuan smiled.

“Who is this beautiful maiden?” Ling Feiyue asked as soon as she was next to him.

“Yea. Who is she? You look so friendly toward her.” Little Princess hummed.

Ji Yuan frowned. “She is looking for my Brother Lu Qingyun actually.”

Ling Feiyue and Little Princess were startled. “She is a friend of Lu Qingyun?”

Ji Yuan shrugged his shoulder and replied. “I think so. Let’s take a look at the inscriptions first.”

He noticed that Bai Qianfeng and Shui Xisi were already reading the inscriptions and they were not bothered by the attention that he was getting.

Reading the inscriptions, Ji Yuan learnt that they were now attempting the Trial of the Heavenly Fire which guarded a tomb. The entrance of this tomb was guarded by pillars of Heavenly Fire. The inscriptions actually gave a hint on the timing of the Heavenly Fire and indicated that at a certain timing the Heavenly Fires were illusions and it was safe to cross; twenty times the fire, five blinks of an illusion.

In order to complete the Trial of the Heavenly Fire, the cultivators had to enter the tomb to reach the end point.

Other than the basic info, the inscriptions also left behind plenty of useful insights on the profound flames and a way to counter the heavenly fire using the profound defenses of the cultivators. Hence, there were many cultivators that were meditating at the cliff now in a hope to gain an insight or a breakthrough.

There were also many cultivators that were staring at the pillars of fire and were counting the pillars of fire. However they were unsure if they were right.

Ji Yuan turned his attention to the pillars of fire that were guarding the entrance of the valley. There were actually three ways to cross into the valley.

One: Do as the inscription is advising. This would mean that the cultivator must have a good eyesight and he must count quickly. Within five blinks of an eye, it would be safe to cross. Twenty times the fire would likely to mean that there should be twenty pillars of fire before it is safe to cross. The biggest drawback is, Ji Yuan cannot be sure if he is right.

Two: Project a strong profound defense and risk crossing into the valley.

Three: Skip through the pillar of fire by displaying the lightless profound art to the best ability of the cultivator.

Ji Yuan turned to the four maidens to ask them. “So, which method will you be using? And who is staying?”

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Chapter 209: Prelude to the First Trial (1)

Three days later, Ji Yuan was now grumbling unhappily to himself as he scouted the surrounding terrains for any unusual signs.

Soon in the cover of the darkness, he had found a small valley and he saw dozens of cultivators moving toward the entrance?

“Is there a trial inside that valley?” He began to ponder.

Finally he had spotted a trial with his divine sense; they had to find the trials quickly in order to enter the second level. The first two levels only required the cultivator to complete two trials before they could go to the next level or to exit it.

After taking note of the location, he began to return to their hideout and he was grumbling along the way.

He was the dominant alpha of their party and yet he was now doing the scouting job.

He had actually instructed Sisi to do the scouting but she had protested immediately.

“Aren’t you the leader? You should do the scouting!”

“What kind of a logic is this?” Ji Yuan frowned.

“Let me ask you this. Are you the alpha lion of the pride?” Shui Xisi asked.

“Of course I am!” Ji Yuan replied with any hesitation.

“Then go and do your territorial patrol. Don’t you know that it is supposed to be the job of the alpha lion to be the guardian of the pride and to do territory patrols?” She pointed out.

Ji Yuan: …

“What if your loved ones are attacked because you’re not doing your job properly? Buy Feiyue some time for her to regain some of her profound strength.”

Ji Yuan: …

“You know. I am also trying to regain my profound strength too. This stupid trial actually burns my spiritual sea…”

Shui Xisi interrupted him. “But I don’t see you doing any cultivation?”

Ji Yuan rolled his eyes; after three days of cultivation, he was a little restless and he was distracted by the feminine wiles of his party and he was spending more time chatting with Xiang Li than cultivating.

Without Qianfeng to serve as his pillow, he could not cultivate well and his insomnia was even worse than before. He really had an insomnia problem due to long years of stress but he had since developed a way to cultivate with his eyes opened.

Therefore the other maidens had misunderstood that he was not cultivating but was lecherously starting at them.

They were only half right; Ji Yuan was lecherously looking at them while cultivating as well.

“Ji Yuan, you have the best stealth. You should do the scouting…”

“We’re sure that you can outrun your foes…”

“Can you bear to see us taking any risk…”

“Since you’re so restless, why don’t you scout the terrains for us?”

“This is the time for you to prove your leadership to us…”

“Didn’t you always say that you have the sharpest eyesight than any one of us?”

“There are so many dangerous herds of desolate beasts around and their sense of smell is so sharp…”

Ji Yuan muttered. “I don’t understand why you are sprinkling perfumes when you know that there are herds of desolate beasts around…”

That was why this dominant alpha leader of the party was now doing the scouting and was now grumbling to himself. “These maidens are all ganging against me because I’m the only male in the group. Luckily I still have Xiang Li on my side.”

Xiang Li chuckled. “I am always on Big Brother’s side! So when are you going to do your banging? I’ve been waiting for three days.”

Ji Yuan frowned. “Can’t you see that Sisi is there? With her around, how do I bang them?”

Xiang Li suggested with a sly look. “Why don’t you bang her instead? Make her yours.”

Ji Yuan: …

He muttered. “If it is not for that stupid Yin Wei that day, she would already been my woman.”

“You can always bang her when you’re taking her out for a patrol.” Xiang Li chuckled.

Ji Yuan: …

There was a hesitation in his dull countenance before he burst out laughing. “Xiang Li, you’re really a genius! Haha. Next time I will do as you’ve suggested. Haha.”

“Hehe. Of course I’m a genius!” Xiang Li laughed.

Ji Yuan was extremely light hearted whenever he was talking to Xiang Li. It was because before he had met Xiang Li, he always had a lot of conflicting thoughts and many heart demons. With Xiang Li acting as his heart demon, he had no more heart demon anymore.

As he neared their hideout, he began to tiptoe slowly.

“Big Brother, what are you doing?” Xiang Li asked curiously. “Why are you moving so quietly? They are waiting for us, you know. We have to share with them the good news of our tremendous find!”

“Maybe they are gossiping about me now. It is best that we don’t give them any advance warning.” Ji Yuan grinned.

“Why will they gossip about you?” Xiang Li asked.

“Because they love me, that’s why. Haha. Remember what Jiajia had said to us?” Ji Yuan laughed.

Xiang Li rolled her eyes and thought; so it is alright for me to gossip about Big Brother too?

When Ji Yuan had nearly approached their hideout where the rest of the maidens were camping inside a grove, he was proven right; they were indeed gossiping about him.

“Sisi, why are you here with us and not going to the trial on your own?” Ling Feiyue was asking Shui Xisi.

“Because Ji Yuan is so fun to be with. Hehe.” Shui Sisi replied very frankly. “Do you know that he has that funny expression whenever I hit him?”

Little Princess giggled. “Maybe you have misunderstood or something. He is a narcissistic. So when you have hit him, he must be wondering why he is not being admired by you.”

Bai Qianfeng was giggling too. “Maybe he is too thick skin not to know?”

Ji Yuan: …

Ji Yuan: …

Ji Yuan: …

I will be a narcissistic? What rubbish are they talking about? I haven’t been narcissistic for a long time ever since I have lost my beautiful beard!

He said to Xiang Li with a jovial chuckle in his soul sea. “Never mind, I can settle them easily because I am smarter than them.”

Xiang Li asked curiously. “Oh?”

Ji Yuan grinned. “As long as Jiajia, Qianxue and Yan’Er aren’t among them, they are like a pile of loose sands, heh!”


“Because they are three smart maidens. Haha. The rest aren’t as smart as them.” Ji Yuan laughed.

He continued to say with a grin. “Jiajia is so smart. There is no doubt about this. But Jiajia will never gossip about me because she is always so busy with her own affairs. As for Yan’Er, she isn’t in their group so she won’t gossip about me. But Qianxue, she is always giving ideas to Feiyue and the rest. Without her around, haha, I will have an easier time.”

Qianxue can really persist in asking the same question until she has an answer. Ji Yuan is really scared of her questioning sometimes. And she has made use of Feiyue’s boldness to press him for answers all the time.

Qianxue may look as smart as Feiyue but she is smarter and she can really catch Ji Yuan’s guards down with her endless smart wiles.

The face of an angel but the cunning of a devil; that is what Ji Yuan’s impression of Qianxue is.

“My women are divided into two camps. I call them the MK and the Nsefu. Little Princess, Feiyue, Qianxue, Tianshui and Qianfeng belongs to the MK camp while Chengxi, Yan’Er, Jiajia, Sisi, Wuwu and Baiyue belongs to the Nsefu camp.”

Xiang Li: ???

“Therefore we must be wary of the MK camp but right now Qianxue is not around so the MK camp is at its weakest and it is the best time for us to attack them.”

Xiang Li: ???

Best time to attack them?

Ji Yuan laughed jovially when he saw Xiang Li’s perplexed look in his soul sea. He knew that she did not understand what he was trying to say and he was laughing jovially.

“Do you know what Ji Yuan’s weakness is?” Shui Xisi was heard giggling.

“You’re asking about our lord weakness in front of you?” Ling Feiyue frowned.

Little Princess laughed softly. “Why do you want to know about our lord’s weakness for?”

Bai Qianfeng chuckled. “He is a lecherous cultivator for sure.”

No, I am not! Ji Yuan protested silently when he had heard Qianfeng. I actually have no weakness…

“Well, don’t let Ji Yuan knows about this.” Ling Feiyue chuckled. “I’ve heard from Sister Yan’Er that Ji Yuan is usually very cautious but he has one fatal weakness.”

She had purposely paused to let her message sink in everyone’s consciousness.

“What weakness?” All the other maidens were now asking curiously.

Ling Feiyue laughed before she lowered her voice to say. “He gets extremely touchy whenever he learns that someone will green him.”

“Is this even a weakness? Aren’t all men like this?” Little Princess asked curiously.

“I have heard from Sister Yan’Er that Ji Yuan actually has an ex-sweetheart before…”

Ji Yuan rolled his eyes and he promptly walked within their detection and Ling Feiyue had immediately kept quiet, causing all the other maidens to keep quiet.

He laughed as he returned to camp. “Good news. I have found the trial entrance…”

Ji Yuan did not want anyone to mention his ex-sweetheart. Actually he was fine with their break up since their feeling was not that deep and he had not touched her too. He totally understood why she had chosen to break off with him. After all Jin Yilong was obviously the better choice at that time.

He had lost his first time to Little Princess and the thought that Little Princess was dual cultivating with other men had disgusted him in the past. That was the cause of his heart demon. It was never his ex-sweetheart and that was something that his Yan’Er and even Chengxi had misunderstood as he had never mentioned Little Princess since she was his shame.

Therefore he had blamed all his eccentric behavior on his ex-sweetheart in front of Chengxi and Yan’Er since he could not tell them about Little Princess or Saintess Yuluo (Yuxian).

Ji Yuan was frowning silently. “Even Yan’Er is sharing gossips with Feiyue. This is too ridiculous. They are all one big gang…”

In the secret base of the Evil Cultivation Palace;

The Great Demon Lord was sipping his wines and he was saying to the sentient shadow that was standing next to him. “The two of you have different roles to play but your role is the biggest one. It is time for the dragon to slay the phoenix.”

The Dragon King slowly nodded before marching off without a word.

The Great Demon Lord smirked. “For a long time, this pesky phoenix has been screwing our plans. But she did not know that we have been conceding to flush her out. Now it is the time for us to retaliate.”

The setbacks of the Evil Cultivation Palace were not a concern to the Great Demon Lord. On the other hand, it was a clever chess move of his to flush out all his hidden enemies that would be a threat to his real scheme.

With that he had raised his chess forward as he said coolly. “Check mate.”

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Chapter 208: Choosing a Trial Party Leader

It is said there are eighteen celestial fraternities big and small that are taking part in the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth and there are always more than a hundred thousand golden celestials.

Even though it is difficult to meet a fellow associate cultivator inside but there will always be thousands if not hundreds in any same trial level due to the large numbers of golden celestials.

The Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth is a place where the golden celestials can take their trials and be rewarded handsomely. Therefore there is a powerful restriction in this place that only allows only the golden celestials to enter this place. With such a powerful restriction, the rewards for the trials naturally must be satisfying to the golden celestials in order to entice them inside.

It is said that every golden celestial must at least enter the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth once in their lifetime in order to pass through their rite of passage to become a true celestial.

There are also many golden celestials that will always enter the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth each time it has appeared, especially the autonomous celestials.

The trials of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth are never easy, especially the encounters with the other golden celestials. It is even harder when there are a huge disparity between the fifth realm cultivators and the seventh realm cultivators.

Therefore there is another restriction. The higher the cultivation realm of the cultivator, the slower their recovery rate is. The higher level that they are in, the more that they will be restricted.

Although a seventh realm golden celestial saint is much superior to the fifth realm and the six realm golden celestials but they had to be careful about using their profound strength recklessly because of the restriction to their profound strength recovery. This restriction is placed mainly to prevent them from constantly looking to fight with the other lower cultivation realm cultivators.

Most of the other celestial fraternities had another rule of their own and that is an unspoken rule; the cultivators from their same celestial fraternity should not fight against one another except for some exceptions.

The Desolate Celestial Fraternity prevents cultivators below the seventh realm from fighting against one another in the trials of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth. This is to prevent their fraternity cultivators from killing all their brightest talents as golden celestials are too precious to lose.

The only exceptional are those golden celestials that are on the hit list like the Evil Cultivation Palace.

But they are always stories of cultivators pretending to be golden celestials of a certain celestial clan or another celestial fraternity to sow discord. Therefore there is always a general mistrust among the golden celestials that are taking the trials.

So there is another hidden rule in the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth; fifth realm cultivators should not be attacked unless they are courting their own deaths. Anyone that attacks a fifth realm cultivator may have a malicious intention and everyone should gang up against the offender.

Little Princess said. “The trials inside the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth will last for 6 months. In theory we’ve got only 1 month for each level but if we want to go to the upper level swiftly, we should advance quickly for the lower levels so that we have much more time for the upper levels. It is because this will make sense since the upper levels will be much harder and we will spend a much longer time there. Does everyone agree?”

Ji Yuan nodded and said. “I do agree but we also need to appoint a trial leader. Therefore I suggest that I will lead our party…”

Shui Xisi interrupted with a soft chuckle. “Since I am a peaked great saintess, I should be the leader of our trial party…”

“No! I should be the trial leader. I’m also a peaked great saintess so I should take charge.” Bai Qianfeng insisted.

Little Princess immediately frowned. “It should be the one with the most trial experiences. Cultivation level does not have anything to do with this.”

“I agree! I have been to thirty-three trials and have extensive experiences in the trials.” Ling Feiyue chuckled. “I should be the trial leader.”

Shui Xisi and Little Princess were astonished. “Serious? You have been to so many trials?”

Ling Feiyue grinned. “That’s right. I have the most extensive experiences in the trials…”

Bai Qianfeng disagreed. “Sorry Sister Feiyue. Although I don’t have much experiences for trials but this is an immortal trial and I know more about immortal trials than anyone of you.”

Shui Xisi immediately frowned. “This is talking big!”

Ji Yuan was also interrupting. “Listen to me. I should be the trial leader. That is because I am your lord except for Sisi here and moreover I am really good in the trials…”

Shui Xisi protested immediately. “Then how many trials have you been?”

Ji Yuan frowned. “Five?”

Shui Xisi: …

Shui Xisi: …

Shui Xisi: …

“Are you joking? That is too little…”

Even Little Princess was saying. “Ji Yuan, you move to one side first. You’re too inexperienced…”

Bai Qianfeng agreed. “Yes it is too inexperienced. No wonder you are acting so noobish inside the Dream Trial…”

Ji Yuan: …

Ji Yuan: …

Ji Yuan: …

Ling Feiyue immediately came to the defense of Ji Yuan, “Actually our lord here had been to three of the lower trials a hundred times each. He is quite experienced…”

Little Princess, Bai Qianfeng and Shui Xisi were all laughing jovially. “It is just some low level trials and should not be counted as having experiences. I’ll suggest we remove the low level trials as counting as experiences….”

Ji Yuan: …

Ji Yuan: …

Ji Yuan: …

Ji Yuan immediately took out his divine sword. “Look! I should be the leader because I have an immortal-step divine sword…”

Shui Xisi interrupted him as she immediately took out her immortal-step divine sword. “I have one too plus my cultivation level is higher than you.”

Ji Yuan: …

Ji Yuan: …

Ji Yuan: …

Ling Feiyue said. “This can’t do. I suggest we vote for the leader instead. This is the fairest.”

Shui Xisi hummed, “You are all ganging on me because you are all sisters and are all close to Ji Yuan!”

“But this is only fair. If not we will be struck in this place.” Ling Feiyue pointed out.

Little Princess and Bai Qianfeng slowly nodded and they were forced to agree.

Eventually even Shui Xisi and Ji Yuan nodded their heads too.

Therefore they had decided on a secret vote to pick a leader.

And the result of the voting revealed that everyone got a vote.

Everyone: …

Ji Yuan was startled. “Are you all voting for yourself?!”

“Aren’t you as well?” The other maidens pointed out.

Ji Yuan: …

“Let’s have a revote again but this time, no voting to yourself.” Ji Yuan suggested.

Bai Qianfeng smiled. “I have a better idea. Why don’t we ask Xiang Li to vote for the leader instead since she likes all of us?” She was confident that Xiang Li would vote for her because they are the best of friends.

“That is a good idea.” Ling Feiyue and Little Princess agreed.

Shui Xisi was the only one that had protested but she was in the minority so her protest did not count.

Shui Xisi: …

Ji Yuan agreed as well so he called to his soul sea. “Xiang Li, please appear and vote for a trial party leader among us. We need you to choose a wise and brilliant leader.”

Xiang Li curiously appeared and asked. “Appoint a trial party leader?”

Ling Feiyue smiled. “That’s right. Can you help us?”

Little Princess put on her most mesmerizing wiles. “My dear Xiang Li, do you like me?”

Ji Yuan protested immediately. “We are choosing a capable leader and not a beauty contest. Choose me Xiang Li!”

Bai Qianfeng smiled to Xiang Li. “Do you agree that I will make the best leader?”

Xiang Li nodded immediately with a soft chuckle. “Yes, yes!”

Everyone: …

Bai Qianfeng laughed. “Then can I be the party leader?”

Xiang Li chuckled. “Can I vote myself to be the trial party leader? I’m really good with the trials…”

Everyone immediately cut her short. “No! You have to vote for one of us.”

Xiang Li: …

Xiang Li: …

Xiang Li: …

“Pick me Xiang Li…”

“I am the best leader…”

“Xiang Li, do you love me?”

“Aren’t we sisters, Xiang Li?”

Shui Xisi immediately stomped her foot. “This is too ridiculous! Why don’t we present why we are fit to be a capable leader in front of Xiang Li and let her pick one of us base on meritocracy instead? This is fairer this way.”

In the end, everyone was forced to agree with Shui Xisi; this was the fairest.

Therefore one by one they had all prepared their cases and started to present to Xiang Li.

Ling Feiyue delightfully said. “I have been to thirty-three trials and have extensive experiences…”

Little Princess laughed softly as she displayed her mesmerizing wink at Xiang Li. “All my trials are major trials and I’ve been to more than ten major trials…”

When Ji Yuan saw Little Princess’ expression, he thought. “I will choose her to be the leader if she can be like this all the time…” It was hard to resist the mesmerizing charms from Little Princess when she had chosen to display her feminine wiles.

Shui Xisi put on her most impressive wiles as she giggled. “Remember that I am the Matriarch Palace Mistress of the Water Melody Palace…”

Bai Qianfeng smiled gently at Xiang Li. “Aren’t we best friends? You can trust me to lead all of us out of the most perilous situations…”

When it was time for Ji Yuan to present his case, he said with great confident. “I am the Great Hero Ji Yuan and everyone looks up to me…”

When everyone had presented their cases to Xiang Li, they asked him. “So Xiang Li, so who will the trial party leader?”

Xiang Li laughed. “Naturally it is my Big Brother! He is the best and the most awesome!”

All the other maidens: …

Ji Yuan laughed jovially. “Naturally I am!”

“From now onward, I will be your party leader and the dominant alpha of the party. All of you must listen to my instructions. Haha.”

He had said to Xiang Li in his soul sea. “Xiang Li, if you can vote for me then I can promise you that we will have the most awesome banging experiences in the trial. You won’t regret it if you vote for me!”

Xiang Li asked innocently. “And what if I do not vote for Big Brother?”

“Then you won’t get any awesome experience because I will be a monk in the trial.”

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Chapter 207: Xiang Li’s Wish

Ji Yuan was frowning at Ling Feiyue now while Little Princess was watching them casually.

“Feiyue, you’re not supposed to be here at all.” He was almost hopping mad.

“If I were not around, would you be able to kill Yin Wei?” Ling Feiyue chuckled softly.

“I will definitely have a plan to kill Yin Wei.” Ji Yuan hummed coldly. “Now can you tell me why you are here and how come the two of you are together?”

Ling Feiyue copied his tone and pretended to hum coldly. “Then let me ask you a few questions first.”

Ji Yuan: ???

“Are we officially lord and consort yet?” Ling Feiyue asked.

Ji Yuan blinked his eyes. “No…”

“Then what right do you have to stop me from entering the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth?”

Ji Yuan frowned immediately, “You’ve promised your aunt…”

Ling Feiyue rolled her eyes as she chuckled. “That is before but things are different now.”

“Why so?” Ji Yuan frowned deeper than ever before.

“I know that you’ve bedded my aunt and right now she is trying to accommodate me instead. So that was before and after now.” Ling Feiyue could not resist a soft chuckle.

Ji Yuan: …

“Do you know that Qianxue and Jiajia may be in danger? What a good sister you are.” He said unhappily.

“With Jiajia around, do I need to worry?” Ling Feiyue pointed out.

“You’re a great saintess. With one more great saintess to help around, I feel more secure…”

Ling Feiyue had suddenly interrupted him. “Sister Qianxue and Jiajia now had the aid of the Celestial Orthodox Clan. Have you forgotten that Sister Qianxue is once again the Sacred Maiden? There are also Zhao Songjin and Han Yuchi that are around too…”

Zhao Songjin and Han Yuchi actually did not enter the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth as they had thought that Yin Wei was dead or dying and he could not have possibly entered the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth. So they felt that it was pointless to enter the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth.

“Also, Jiajia has brought four great saints and ten saintesses from her own sect to protect Sister Qianxue. And these four great saints are all peaked great saints. Let me ask you then. Am I stronger than a peaked great saint?”

Ji Yuan muttered slowly. “No…”

Little Princess was startled. “How did Jiajia find four peaked great saints to help her?”

Ling Feiyue giggled. “Sister, you don’t know yet that Jiajia is the Divine Palace Master of the Hundred Flower Divine Palace?”

Little Princess gasped and she was completely stunned. With a mesmerizing but dark look, she turned to Ji Yuan and said in her sensual voice. “Ji Yuan! Please explain yourself! Why did you tell me that Jiajia is a melting cauldron of her godfather the Divine Palace Master!”

Ji Yuan laughed weakly as he protested immediately. “I’ve promised Jiajia not to tell anyone…”

“But I’m your woman!” Little Princess furiously said and she was kicking him all of a sudden.

“Wait, wait!” Ji Yuan immediately said. “Feiyue! Please help me…”

Ling Feiyue chuckled. “Only if you are not upset with me for coming here.”

Ji Yuan immediately said after he had received a hard punch on his chest by Little Princess. “You win! Help me please!”

Little Princess was hitting him really hard and she had most of her profound strength still intact after their fight with Yin Wei.

“Alright.” Ling Feiyue replied with a soft giggle and Little Princess had withdrawn her attacks immediately as they chuckled together.

It was only then that Ji Yuan had realized that they were conspiring against him and he was frowning softly now but there was nothing he could do or say now.

So he asked. “How come the two of you are together?”

Ling Feiyue and Little Princess turned to look at each other as they muttered at the same time. “We…actually don’t know…either!”

All of a sudden they were interrupted by a familiar soft shout. “Ji Yuan, Little Princess and Sister Feiyue…why are you here?”

Ji Yuan, Little Princess and Ling Feiyue were all startled as they turned their heads around only to see Shui Xisi and Bai Qianfeng walking toward them with a perplexed look.

Ling Feiyue turned to look at Ji Yuan with a soft giggle. “So are you going to attack them? Maybe they are not real.”

Ji Yuan: …

Women can be so petty…

But at the same time Ji Yuan was calling in his soul sea for Xiang Li. “Erm, are they real?”

Xiang Li chuckled. “I don’t know…”

“Aren’t you the so call expert in identifying my women? And aren’t Qianfeng your best friend?”

Xiang Li immediately chuckled. “Yes, they are real as long as they are beautiful.”

Ji Yuan: …

“Xiang Li, you are not helpful at all…”

Ji Yuan rolled his eyes and pointed his sword toward Shui Xisi and Bai Qianfeng. “Keep your distance first until we can prove your identities…”

But as soon as he had said that, Shui Xisi had flashed to him with great delight as she took out her feathered barbed whip to lash at him. “Ji Yuan, let have some fun first. Heh! I’m so happy to see you here…”

And Shui Xisi had lashed furiously at Ji Yuan and was whipping him, breaking through his weak profound animus and causing him to yell aloud with great pain.

“Wait stop!!! You are real alright…” Ji Yuan muttered. “Only Sisi will use such a weapon of torture…”

Shui Xisi was frowning however. “You are not Ji Yuan! Why are you so weak? The real Ji Yuan will never say he is in pain!”

Ji Yuan: …

“That is because I’ve just been through a tough battle and I am currently recuperating back my profound strength. And it is slow to recuperate here.”

Bai Qianfeng’s eyes were beaming as she flashed next to Ji Yuan and she had flown into his embrace immediately. “My lord, it is really you. I’ve never thought that we will actually meet here. I’m so glad to see you…”

“Mm, he is real? And the rest as well? It is impossible, am I right to say so?” Shui Xisi was looking confused. “We shouldn’t even meet at all.”

Ji Yuan patted Qianfeng immediately as though she was still in her spirit fox form due to habit and Qianfeng quietly bit his fingers without any of the other maidens noticing.

“We are actually attracted by the sounds of battle and have come here to investigate.” Bai Qianfeng looked up to him as she explained.

Little Princess nodded and explained. “We have been through a tough battle just now. Sister Feiyue and Ji Yuan are now recuperating while I’m keeping an eye over them.”

Shui Xisi and Bai Qianfeng stared at the destruction in the vicinity and the remnants of a large desolate beast as they began to wonder together. “What had happened here? This looks like a major battle had happened here. You have encountered a desolate beast?”

“We have just fought with Yin Wei.” Ji Yuan sighed softly. “He had grown so strong and he turned into a metamorph beast. Luckily we have managed to kill him.”

Bai Qianfeng laughed softly. “He is merely a single peaked great saint. The three of you can handle him together. Metamorph beast or not.”

“No.” Ji Yuan shook his head. “He is much more powerful than our last battle…”

“Yea!” Ling Feiyue and Little Princess said at the same time too.

“What is going on?” Shui Xisi asked curiously. “There is a massive aftermath of profound energies here…”

Ji Yuan, Little Princess and Ling Feiyue quickly explained to them what had happened earlier.

After explaining how they met and had fought Yin Wei, Shui Xisi and Bai Qianfeng also explained how they had met as well.

They had the same situation as Ji Yuan and they had misunderstood each other as enemies but they had quickly realized their mistakes.

Ji Yuan rubbed his chin. “Is this really part of the trial? But isn’t this a little too weird? It is as though the trial wants us to kill one another…”

The other maidens were equally perplexed because none of them had expected to meet one another here…

All of a sudden Bai Qianfeng had lifted up her head as she displayed a sudden chuckle. “I think I may know why now.”

Everyone: ???

“Xiang Li, can I ask you some questions?” Bai Qianfeng asked.

Xiang Li immediately popped outside and chuckled. “Xiang Li missed all of you! I wanted to come out to greet all of you but my Big Brother asks me not to come out.”

Ji Yuan immediately frowned. “And what are you doing now?”

“My best friend Qianfeng has asked me to come out so I’m out.” Xiang Li chuckled.

Ji Yuan muttered. “Traitor…I wonder sometimes if you’re my spirit entity or theirs.”

Xiang Li chuckled. “I belong to everyone!”

Ji Yuan: …

Bai Qianfeng quietly said to Xiang Li. “Are you the one that cause us to be at the same place?”

Ji Yuan and all the other maidens were jolted and they were all looking at Xiang Li.

Xiang Li blinked her eyes. “No. Did I?”

Bai Qianfeng chuckled softly as she asked patiently. “Did you wish that we can all be here together in the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth?”

Xiang Li immediately replied with great delight. “Yea! Of course! Do you know when I know that all of us will be in different places, Xiang Li is so sad. So sad, you know! I wish that everyone who knows my Big Brother and thinks of him will be with him in the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth!”

Ji Yuan, Little Princess, Bai Qianfeng, Ling Feiyue and Shui Xisi were all looking at one another now. They finally had an answer; Xiang Li is the True Goddess’ Tear and she can cause things to happen. This may be her wish.

Ji Yuan was unhappy that Xiang Li had used her wish and he was afraid that she may disappear. So he quickly said. “Don’t anyhow wish for things. You will get bad karma in return.”

Discreetly, he was quietly checking if Xiang Li had become younger and he was upset but he kept his emotions in check…

Xiang Li said pitifully. “I am only hoping that everyone can be together…”

Bai Qianfeng quickly comforted Xiang Li. “Xiang Li is the best. It is all due to your blessings that we are able to adventure together…”

Quietly, Ling Feiyue, Little Princess and Shui Xisi were all nodding and their eyes were beaming with emotions. Silently they were all saying, thank you Xiang Li…

Ji Yuan was suddenly saying with a dark look. “Wait a minute. I don’t remember that I am such a great friend with Yin Wei…”

All the maidens were rolling their eyes…

Yea, that is right. How come Yin Wei is in the picture?

Xiang Li asked innocently. “Maybe because Big Brother likes Yin Wei?”

Ji Yuan: …

Little Princess was giggling all of a sudden. “I think I know why now. That is because Yin Wei has been thinking of our Ji Yuan here, that’s why…”

Ji Yuan immediately rolled his eyes in disgust.

Surely he’s not thinking of screwing my asshole. What a fetish that Yin Wei has got in his twisted head…

But he was slapping his hand on the ground in the next instant. “Dang! So it means that Guo Taiming and Li Ye do not miss me at all…”

Bai Qianfeng smiled. “I don’t think so. It just means they are not intensely thinking of you. Come to think of that, Yin Wei must have hated you so much.”

Ji Yuan immediately turned to Xiang Li. “I know that there is no next time but can you please exclude my enemies from any of your wish list?”

Xiang Li chuckled. “Alright Big Brother!” Actually Xiang Li did not understand what she had done and she thought that Ji Yuan was only teasing her.

Ling Feiyue was suddenly looking at Shui Xisi with a wry smile. “We know why we are here but why are you here?”

All of a sudden Shui Xisi had a slight flush as she pointed at her barbed feather whip. “Can’t you tell that I’m his most hated enemy as well?”

Ji Yuan: …

All the other maidens were all laughing jovially; they obviously know that Shui Xisi was lying as they had caught her smiling and grinning at Ji Yuan all too many times. It was a secret that all of them knew but had kept quiet over it. They were simply waiting for Ji Yuan and Shui Xisi to come clean over it.

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Chapter 206: Into the Labyrinth (2)

Yin Wei was laughing heartily now. He had fooled Ji Yuan into expending his most powerful sword art.

If he had been struck by Ji Yuan while he was diverting his profound strength to his attacks, his profound defenses may not be able to tank the full profound power of Ji Yuan’s attack.

But at the same time, he knew that Ji Yuan would not be so foolish into expending his precious profound attack in a random attack. He obviously knew that Ji Yuan is always quite calculative when he is in a fight.

But he had an advantage that Ji Yuan did not know and that was his super metamorph form that could triple his profound defenses.

After experiencing Ji Yuan’s Super Heavenly Light of the Coiling Dragon in the last battle, he knew the peak of his profound power. Even though Ji Yuan could kill an epic metamorph monster with his most powerful profound sword art but Yin Wei had calculated that if he could focus all his profound strength into his profound aura and defensive profound art, he would be able to tank Ji Yuan’s full attack.

But the problem was he had to trick Ji Yuan somehow by baiting him.

So he had to act dumb in front of Ji Yuan.                                                     

An opportunist like Ji Yuan would hardly give up a chance to beat him and he was proven right.

When Yin Wei was in full defensive, his profound defense was three times better than he was at previously!

His new body and new profound strength was able to resist Ji Yuan’s super killing technique completely!

And this time round, he was proven right!

Now it was his turn to perform!

Almost immediately after he had tanked Ji Yuan’s attack, he had flashed forward with his sword to deliver forward a powerful profound sword attack that was aimed at Ji Yuan.

Yin Wei’s profound sword attack was not at its peak because he needed time to switch his profound energies into his offensive profound attack.

Similarly Ji Yuan’s attack was on the full offensive previously and his defensive strength was now at his weakest.

Therefore with a quick hit, Ji Yuan was sent flying all the way backward even though he had swiftly blocked the attack.

Just as Yin Wei was about to flash against Ji Yuan, he was blocked by the swords of Little Princess and Ling Feiyue!

But as soon as they had crossed swords with Yin Wei, they too were gasping as they were sent flying back to where Ji Yuan was.

Ji Yuan had a sniff of their fragrances and he was groaning with shock. “How come the two of you have the same scents as them…”

He really had a sharp nose and he had suddenly realized that they were not illusions because illusions are not able to duplicate any scents.

Ling Feiyue giggled sweetly as she readied a defensive stance. “That is because we are your consorts!”

“My lord Ji Yuan! You are too overtly cautious!” Little Princess laughed softly.

Ji Yuan: …

“Feiyue, why are you here. You’re not supposed to be here…”

Yin Wei had flashed in their midst and he was swinging his sword, causing a ring of profound energies to burst out around them and scattering them. It was obvious that Yin Wei was rapidly regaining his offensive profound strength and his attacks were getting more and more powerful.

“I will explain later! Fight first…” All of a sudden Ling Feiyue gasped aloud as Yin Wei had wounded her on the shoulder, causing her to fly backward.

Little Princess and Ji Yuan immediately flashed to engage Yin Wei, intercepting him from harassing Ling Feiyue.

But they too, were sent flying backward by the explosive sword strokes from Yin Wei.

As they struggled to stand, the two of them had coughed out golden blood and they could barely stand!

Ji Yuan, Little Princess and Ling Feiyue were staring in disbelief…

Yin Wei was now stronger than any peaked great saint!

They could not even engage him without getting overpowered by him…

What was going on?

How did Yin Wei become such a monster…

Yin Wei laughed. “I have Ji Yuan to thanks for my powerful form today. None of you can outrun me or hide for me. I am just so surprise that you will be the first that I will actually meet in the trial. Heavens must really be so kind to me. Haha!”

“You’re nothing but a freaking monster now!” Ji Yuan spat as he readied his sword stance. As he encircled to his position, he was signaling with his fingers that he put on his back to Ling Feiyue…

Ji Yuan said in a low voice to Little Princess. “My dear, will you distract Yin Wei for a little while?”

Little Princess nodded as she immediately flashed to Yin Wei with her divine sword raised high!

“Ji Yuan! You are so lame as to ask a maiden to fight your battles for you!” Yin Wei mocked him.

In just a blink of an eye, Little Princess was sent stumbling backward; it was because Yin Wei was simply too strong and she was forced to disengage almost immediately.

As Yin Wei returned his attention to Ji Yuan, he was quite amused to see that Ji Yuan and Ling Feiyue were both holding hands together.

By now Yin Wei had almost regained his full profound strength and he would be able to use his most powerful sword art.

He was quite amused and mocked them, “So the two of you have decided to perish together…”

All of a sudden both the divine swords of Ji Yuan and Ling Feiyue were both glowing with white brilliant profound energies as they raised their voices. “Retribution of the Profound Heavenly Light, Flying Coiling Dragon Sword…”

Both the sword spirits of Ling Feiyue and Ji Yuan were glowing brightly at the same time and all of a sudden, an extremely bright animus in a form of a long white beam that was energized by encircling sword energies had suddenly flashed out of the profound energies of their swords to create a speculator sight.

Yin Wei was startled. Immediately he could sense that this profound power was unusual and even more formidable than Ji Yuan’s Super Heavenly Light of the Coiling Dragon!

“What the hell is this shit?!…”

His first instinct was to gather back his profound strength to his defensive profound aura and to evade this attack!

As he was not standing at point blank in their line of sight, he was totally sure that he could evade the incoming profound attack.

Therefore he had started to take evasive action.

But to his startled astonishment, the white beam had quickly expanded into many times bigger than it should be and he was hit by the circling sword energies that were actually more powerful than it looked before the white beam of light struck him and causing his body to explode violently!

When Yin Wei’s body exploded right before his eyes, he could not believe what was happening.

He was capable of regenerating his wounds and damages quickly but why was he unable to withstand this weird attack that looked like but was even more formidable than Ji Yuan’s Super Heavenly Light of the Coiling Dragon?!

But he soon got his answer.

Ji Yuan inhaled heavily as he said nonchalantly. “This is our combined sword art, the Ultrapowerful Heavenly Light of the Coiling Dragon. I’ve bet that you have never seen anything like this before.”

The Ultrapowerful Heavenly Light of the Coiling Dragon is actually much more powerful than the version that Ji Yuan and Ling Feiyue had used previously. It was because Ji Yuan’s had since evolved his Heavenly Light of the Coiling Dragon to new heights into the Super Heavenly Light of the Coiling Dragon.”

He had decided to add an Ultrapowerful in front of the combined profound art that Ling Feiyue and he had created.

Ling Feiyue inhaled softly, exhausted from all her profound strength by their combined profound art. The combined sword art had taken a toll on her as its profound power was too much for her to handle and she could only use it only once.

When Ji Yuan’s profound strength and his coiling dragon had improved, the drain on her profound strength had since grown even greater. Moreover, Ji Yuan had evolved their combined sword art into the Super Heavenly Light of the Coiling Dragon. Therefore the drain to her profound strength was really unimaginable!

Little Princess could not believe such a powerful profound art could actually exist. This was more like a miracle profound art!

Ji Yuan turned to look at Ling Feiyue with a soft chuckle. “Since you are capable of using our combined profound art, I’m now convinced that you are real now. Why are you here?”

“Of course I am real! I’m not explaining to you because you have doubts over me earlier. Didn’t you say you know your women very well, clothes or no clothes?” Ling Feiyue giggled softly.

Ji Yuan: …

Xiang Li chuckled. “Big Brother, I’ve already told you that they are real! But you don’t believe me! I know your women more than you!”

“Shut up in my soul sea. You are just an extra.”

Xiang Li: …

Little Princess had a bewildered look as she walked quietly to Ji Yuan and Ling Feiyue before she turned to Ling Feiyue to ask with a more perplexed look.

“Earlier when I saw you using Ji Yuan’s Heavenly Light of the Coiling Dragon, I was wondering how you could learn his unique sword art when both your profound foundations are so completely different. Now I finally understand that this is your combined sword art. How on earth did you manage to merge two completely different sword arts together into a new sword art?”

It was extremely difficult to create a new combine profound art. Usually hundreds of years and even thousands of years of polishing would be required by thousands of cultivators over the years to perfect a new combine profound art in order to create a new profound art.

And it was almost unheard of two cultivators from two completely different background to create a new profound art together. In order to do, their compatibility must be close to perfect.

Ling Feiyue chuckled gleefully. “That is because we have been together for the past four lifetimes!”

Ji Yuan rolled his eyes as he smiled bitterly. That is Xiang Li’s lies…

Little Princess was still looking stunned.

She had been with Ji Yuan and Ling Feiyue for such a long time and she had never expected that they would have such a powerful trump card together. As they were the originators of this new combined profound art, this profound art of theirs would continue to improve as they improved as well.

The only apparent weakness of their combined profound art was that it seemed to be extremely draining on the side of Ling Feiyue and that it could only be used once.

Just as she was about to ask more, Yin Wei’s broken body was suddenly regenerating at a terrifying speed in front of them and instead of Yin Wei, it was forming into a gigantic long necked armor metamorph beast with eight arms and legs!

Ji Yuan, Little Princess and Ling Feiyue were stunned when their divine sense felt the profound power of this monster…

Yin Wei had suddenly become an epic eight rank metamorph monster!

“Do you really think that you can kill me? This must be your last trump card and this is my trump card! Hahaha!” Yin Wei was laughing maddening. “Today I will cut you all into pieces! All of you must have depleted all your profound strength by now. Hahaha…”

Ji Yuan sighed heavily…

“Xiang Li, this time I really need your help. Can you help me?” He asked in his soul sea.

Xiang Li chuckled weakly. “Do you want me to throw a punch at him? I doubt it will help you know.” But she had suddenly turned solemn. “But I won’t leave you alone. Xiang Li will die along with my Big Brother!”

Ji Yuan rolled his eyes and he was frowning. “Who says I’m going to die?”

But he quickly said. “I need you to use your one and only power on me. Hurry!”

Xiang Li frowned. “I am completely useless. Do I have any power?”

“Aren’t you the most awesome and useless spirit entity that can only enhance the entities of the others but not yourself?” Ji Yuan reminded her.

“Oh that! I’ve almost completely forgotten about that useless part of mine.” Xiang Li chuckled.

“Well, you can enhance my sword spirit for my final fight.” Ji Yuan reminded her. “I have a sword spirit now, you know.”

“Oh yea!” Xiang Li chuckled.

All of a sudden Ji Yuan’s forehead was glowing brilliantly and his immortal-step divine sword was now surrounded by a strong white animus.

All the onlookers including Yin Wei was startled. It was because Ji Yuan’s sword was now radiating strongly with profound power!

Yin Wei roared with mocking laughter as his body continued to regenerate and he was now growing formidable armor plates on his armor. “What is the point of strengthening your profound power on your sword? You have no profound strength to enhance your profound sword arts! Don’t tell me, you want to practice hacking at me to see if it works?”

Ji Yuan purposely hesitated for a while as he stared at Yin Wei’s terrifying new form that was forming in front of him.

Then with a slow swing of his sword, he muttered as his divine sword turned white with profound energies. “No, this will work.”

In the next blink of an eye, he had released his Super Heavenly Light of the Coiling Dragon and a white light had imploded over the gigantic Yin Wei and completely obliterated him in the next instant!

He had done it slowly because Yin Wei was now in his most vulnerable state as he had to direct all his profound energies into regenerating himself. In Ji Yuan’s eyes, Yin Wei was already dead.

This time round Yin Wei was truly dead and he could not believe that he would actually be slain by Ji Yuan. When he had died, he had finally remembered how the assassin leader of the Black Hand Guild was killed by Ji Yuan in the past and he was totally clueless about how he had died; how could a sixth realm cultivator killed a saint cultivator like him?

Little Princess and Ling Feiyue were startled that Ji Yuan actually still had his profound strength!

They were muttering. “This is impossible…”

Ji Yuan inhaled deeply, this time completely exhausted. “I still have two more trump cards. One is Xiang Li and the other one is my profound strength…”

When Ji Yuan was battling the epic eighth rank metamorph monster, he had put on an exaggerated act that he could only use his most powerful profound art only twice because he knew that there were so many onlookers around and he never liked to tell anyone about his trump cards.

Using his most powerful profound sword art two times will exhaust his profound strength but will not completely exhaust him because he is a sword energies cultivator with astonishing profound energies recovery. His profound energies recovery is faster than most cultivators, enabling him to perform multiple profound sword arts at the same time.

The fact that his Super Heavenly Light of the Coiling Dragon which depended heavily on the speed of his profound energies recovery was not impeded, already gave a hint of his startling profound energies recovery rate.

Plus he had already completed his Natural Instinct and his rate of recovery is faster than most cultivators.

Also he had just swallowed a sixth rank divine pill that Ling Feiyue had forced him to swallow to strengthen his spiritual sea.

Due to the effect of the Ambrosia Divine Profound Pill that was still affecting him, he could even forcefully used his most powerful profound art a fourth time if he was desperate enough.

Although his recovery rate would be affected by the levels of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth but it was not limiting him more than the others. So when Yin Wei had mocked at him for not knowing that he was not able to drawn upon his profound strength as fast as previously, Ji Yuan had pretended to play dumb to lure him into complacency.

“You’re the one that assume that I can only use my strongest profound attack only twice, not me. Darn you. You have forced me to reveal my trump cards…” Ji Yuan cursed the dead Yin Wei.

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Chapter 205: Into the Labyrinth (1)

When Ji Yuan was being pulled into the golden portal that had shown up in front of him, he had suddenly noticed that he was being pulled into the smelly toes of the Great God Pangu; he was literally at the ‘footstep’ of the great monument mountain statue of the Great God Pangu.

“What the heck?! Is this a joke or what?!”

Xiang Li had heard him and she was laughing in his soul sea. “Big Brother is sniffing the smelling toes of the Great God Pangu…”

So startled was Ji Yuan that he had lost his focus to maintain his profound animus and he had almost become the second cultivator to fall upon reaching the portal of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth.

Luckily he was quick enough to grab the ‘toes cliff’ of the Great God Pangu and regained his profound animus.

“Whew!” He shivered to think what would happen if he fall. Even a blink of an eye would cause him to drop from a great height and he would be forced to ascend again.

“Ops!” Xiang Li said.

But it was not Xiang Li’s fault. Talking to Xiang Li was always a good way for Ji Yuan to relax himself and to refocus his thoughts.

He was really startled by the fact that of all the places, he had to enter the toes of the Great God Pangu.

What a bad start…

“What an unlucky start, Xiang Li. I’ve got a bad omen about this.” Ji Yuan muttered.

“Why Big Brother?” Xiang Li asked curiously.

“Because we have entered through the toes, that’s why. We are treading thinly on our toes. Haven’t you heard of this saying before?” Ji Yuan frowned.

“No…” Xiang Li pondered very hard but she could not remember hearing this saying before.

Ji Yuan frowned. “You got to read more books. You’re behaving like an uneducated couth like me but even an uneducated couth like me knows more sayings than you.”

“Of course I don’t know more than Big Brother! You are the best! My Big Brother is the Great Poet Ji Yuan and I am inferior than Big Brother!”

“Haha Xiang Li! You’re right. Haha. I am actually quite knowledgeable…”

When he had said that, he had entered into the golden portal.

The golden portal was actually quite big and dozens of cultivators were entering at almost the same time as Ji Yuan.

When the cultivators that were nearby saw Ji Yuan nearly had a trip, they were quite speechless but did not dare to say a word; it was because Ji Yuan is a great saint and they did not dare to be impolite to him.

They were all shaking their heads silently.

“We are all entering the smelly toes…”

“Even Ji Yuan nearly had a trip at the toes, it is a sign of bad omen for all of us…”

“Should I turn back now…”

“I am smelling the toes of the Great God Pangu now…”

There was a brilliant white light as Ji Yuan entered into the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth.

When he had regained his sight, he saw that he was now standing among tall grasses and there were even some inexpensive spirit plants near him. There were also many mountains that he could see but he was actually standing on a vast flat plain with grasses that were taller than a tree.

“A legendary plain land?” Ji Yuan muttered. He had never seen a plain land before as the Celestial Realm is a mostly mountainous place.

Above him there were thousands of floating islands.

He was a little awe by the sight of so many floating islands. How the heck does these islands float?

Xiang Li laughed. “Woot! Can I come out now to play? We are finally in the Labyrinth!”

“No, you stay inside my soul sea. It isn’t safe until we know where we are.” Ji Yuan immediately cut her short. “Plus there may be other cultivators around.”

“The Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth is inside a vast spatial space. Some say the exact location may well be in the Great Beyond Realm. When we pass through the portal to the inside, we will be teleported to a random location within the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth.” Xiang Li giggled. “See, you know where you are now!”

Ji Yuan: …

“How the heck do you know about this?!”

Xiang Li chuckled. “I have overheard Saintess Fan Yuqing saying to Lu Qingyun while they are inside my Lotus Sword Mansion Trials.”

Ji Yuan laughed before he asked. “Then what else did they say about the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth?”

“Saintess Fan Yuqing said it is descending soon and taking the trials of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth is like taking a walk inside.” Xiang Li pondered before answering.

Ji Yuan: …

Ji Yuan: …

Ji Yuan: …

“She is really very humorous…”

Xiang Li laughed. “She is. She jokes and teases Lu Qingyun all the time.”

“Well, lucky for Lu Qingyun…” Ji Yuan muttered as he took a careful look at his surroundings.

He cast an anxious look around because he was a little cautious. The terrain here is very bad for fighting and he would have no hiding place unless he could reach the nearest mountains.

According to the briefings about the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth that he had received, the portal to the next level is a hidden one and that they must search for it while exploring the place. Also there would be dozens of trials on each level.

“What else did Fan Yuqing say? About the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth?” Ji Yuan asked curiously.

“Well…” Xiang Li pondered very hard to recall. “She said that it is actually a massive maze hence the naming but it is a maze with plenty of untold profound treasures to be found throughout the levels. She also said that once we have entered the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth, we will see thousands of floating land masses and these are actually the different worlds. The higher floating land masses represent the different levels inside.”

Ji Yuan muttered. “Interesting. So it means that we are actually standing on one of the floating land masses now…hmm, this Saintess Fan Yuqing sure is knowledgeable…”

But he was soon bursting with excitement. “Oh well. It is time for us to explore the place now. We are going to have a good start. And for the very first time, we are going to be freed from the maidens. Haha!”

Xiang Li protested immediately. “I am a maiden…”

Ji Yuan smiled weakly. “No, you’re not. You are my best confidant…”

Xiang Li was flustered. “Oh hehe…”

“Are you talking to Xiang Li now? So Xiang Li is your best confidant then what about us then?” A beautiful yet familiar voice giggled in the still air.

Ji Yuan was startled as he quickly turned around; his eyes nearly popped out when he saw Ling Feiyue and behind her was Little Princess.

Ling Feiyue giggled with great delight. “I say, the world is really so small. We have actually met in this place. Now I truly believe that we have four lifetimes together. This is perhaps the fifth lifetime.”

Behind her, Little Princess was also laughing mesmerizing as she nodded. “Although it is nearly impossible to meet one another in the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth but we have really met. This is too good to be true. Now we can all take our trials together…”

All of a sudden Ji Yuan had unsheathed his immortal-step divine sword and he was pointing solemnly at Ling Feiyue and Little Princess. “Who are you?”

Xiang Li was startled as she asked in her soul sea. “Big Brother, what are you doing?”

Ji Yuan said loudly. “They are not real! They must be the demons from the trials of the labyrinth to test us because the real Feiyue has never come into the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth!”

“But she is real, Big Brother….”

Ji Yuan shook his head with a determined look. “She isn’t real. Although her disguise is good but she can never fool my eyes. Trust me. I know my women very well, clothes or no clothes!”

Xiang Li muttered with a stunned expression. “She isn’t real?”

“We are inside the dangerous trials of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth. Unless we can prove their identities, everyone is our enemy and a competitor!”

Ji Yuan then raised his voice to say coldly. “Who are you? How dare you take the guise of my women? If you don’t answer me immediately, don’t blame me for slaughtering the two of you without any mercy! I give you a count of three to declare your real identities!”



“Are you listening?!” Ji Yuan was now frowning at the two maidens who looked quite amused.


Ling Feiyue quickly said. “Ji Yuan! If I am not Ling Feiyue, how do I know that you are talking to Xiang Li?”

Little Princess was also giggling. “He is being overly cautious again. At first I don’t believe but now I really believe. Why is Ji Yuan so cute?”

Ji Yuan said coldly. “I won’t be cute once I have slaughtered all of you for not taking my warnings. No one shall green me or deceive me with the looks of my consorts!”

All of a sudden he had attacked ‘Ling Feiyue’ with his sword energies waves, creating nine bursts of powerful sword energies at the same time as his sword energies approached her.

Hehe! This is my improvised sword energies waves and you’re the first to taste it in the trial. If you have heeded my warning and back off, I will be merciful. You probably won’t die but you will definitely be severely injured by my sword energies…”

All of a sudden ‘Ling Feiyue’ had unsheathed her heaven-step divine sword and unleashed a brilliant profound light that immediately shattered all his sword energies and the white light was so condensed with profound power that it continued on its path to retaliate against Ji Yuan!

Ji Yuan was startled as he quickly raised his sword to defend himself; he skidded for seven steps before he managed to muster his profound strength to deflect the white light off him, causing it to explode thunderous to the side!

He was stunned. “She is a great saint too?! The Heavenly Light of the Coiling Dragon? She can even copy my technique?!”


Immediately he had mustered his sword spirit and a white flare appeared on his forehead. With the sword spirit now, the profound power of his sword arts would also increase but at a cost of more profound strength.

Ji Yuan began to shout furiously. “Let me show you what the real Heavenly Light of the Coiling Dragon is like…”

All of a sudden there was a thunderous eerie and evil voice that interrupted Ji Yuan. “Hahaha. Ji Yuan! So you are here! Then it will save my trouble to look for you!”

Ji Yuan was startled as he turned to see a powerful build cultivator walking with a heavy footstep toward them.

“Yin Wei?!”

Ji Yuan was shocked to see Yin Wei. It was because Yin Wei now looked completely different and he was looking more like a monster now; he retained the characteristics of his face but there was armor plating and wicked spikes all over his body…

But he quickly composed himself because he had realized that this Yin Wei was also a complete fake; it was because it was impossible for Yin Wei to regenerate his body in two weeks time. Given his injuries, he would at least take twenty years to completely recover, not two months or two years! Even two hundred years to recover was not a surprise at all!

Unknown to Ji Yuan, it was indeed Yin Wei and he was holding his left hand over his chest; there was a five talon scar on his chest. This wound had been afflicted by the Great Demon God and until now it had not been truly healed.

“Yin Wei! I have finally found you!” Little Princess shouted angrily as she unsheathed her divine sword. “Today it is either you die or I die!”

Yin Wei laughed as he stretched his neck left and right as he unsheathed his divine sword. “Little Princess, you will only be warming my bed…”

Ji Yuan was staring blankly at Little Princess as he cursed.


This trial Little Princess sure looked like and act like my Little Princess. Luckily I have the experiences of the Dream Trial to thank for or else I would surely be fooled into thinking that this is real. But the trial is a little stupid. It is common sense that the cultivators won’t be able to party up and encounter a friend so easily…

It is mathematically impossible and moreover there are two people that I know here. Luckily, I am not so dense and know something about the nature of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth.

Yin Wei had suddenly pointed his sword at Ji Yuan. “Ji Yuan, since you are here. Why don’t you use your most powerful profound sword art on me instead? I will stand right here to receive your attack. How about it?”

“Ji Yuan! Don’t fall for his tricks!” Ling Feiyue panicky shouted to him. “Let’s fight him together!”

“He won’t take your profound sword art and he will evade at the last minute!” Little Princess panicky cried out to him.

Ji Yuan rolled his eyes; this trial is too tricky. Now they are trying to cloud my judgments. This Yin Wei may not be real as well. He looks too ugly to be the true Yin Wei. Therefore what I really have here are three enemies…once I start to attack Yin Wei with them, they will start to attack my back. Then I will end up fighting on two fronts. Therefore it is better that I will remain standing where I am instead…”

His quick mind had now worked on quick plan and he had analyzed his enemies completely.

So he laughed at Yin Wei. “Haha. You will really let me use my profound sword art on you?”

Yin Wei smirked coldly. “Naturally I will.”

“You know, they are right. What if you will suddenly evade my attack? You don’t mind if I come with twenty paces within you? Even if you want to evade, it will be too late.” Ji Yuan was grinning.

Yin Wei laughed. “Sure, come. I will wait for you then.”

Ji Yuan: …

Ji Yuan: …

Ji Yuan: …

Ling Feiyue shouted to Ji Yuan. “Don’t listen to him! We will fight him together…”

Ji Yuan turned to her to say bitterly. “Stay where you are and don’t approach me!”

“My lord!” Ling Feiyue was saying with great exasperation. “At least allow us to cover your sides and act as your support!”

Ji Yuan frowned. “I’m warning you not to come near me.”

Yin Wei laughed. “It seems that you have a little issue with your beloved consorts today and you have an infighting?”

But secretly he was thinking. They must have known that I am nearby and this is only their ruse. I must not fall for it…

At the same time Ji Yuan was also thinking as he walked within twenty paces of Yin Wei; this must be their ruses. But what is the ruse? I can’t figure it out. Is this fake Yin Wei stupid or what? He is calling for me to kill him?!

Never mind first. Kill him first.

Ji Yuan grinned. “Well, you are asking for it then…” This fake Yin Wei is just a simpleton…

Does the trial knows that the full hit of my most powerful profound sword art can kill even a high level desolate beast instantly?

Yin Wei laughed. “Then can I receive your Super Heaven Light of the Coiling Dragon now?”

Ji Yuan rolled his eyes; he can’t wait to die…

All of a sudden Ji Yuan had mustered the might of his sword spirit to merge with his profound energies as he began to display the profound energies of his Heavenly Light of the Coiling Dragon. When his sword spirit had merged with his profound sword art, his Heavenly Light of the Coiling Dragon would be turned into a Super Heavenly Light of the Coiling Dragon!

The bad part is, the super version needs three blinks of an eye longer to charge and only lasts a second longer. But it is several times more powerful and had a greater range.

Ji Yuan hesitated for a while after he had charged up his profound energies and he was hesitating to see if Yin Wei would make a move to evade his attack. Once he had startled to execute his attack fully, the drain on his profound strength would be massive and his profound strength would be drained fully for three blinks of an eye at an insane rate. But if he canceled the attack then the profound strength drain would cost him little.

He grinned. “Well, be prepared for my attack. I will count to a three and you better prepared yourself. One…”

All of a sudden he had made his move and a large burst of profound light had flown with a stunning brilliant white light where Yin Wei was standing!

Ji Yuan had lied of course.

“Big Brother, you say to a count of three. You lied…” Xiang Li muttered in his soul sea.

“Haha…” Ji Yuan laughed in his soul sea. “You can’t keep your promise to an evil cultivator or you will be screwed by him…”

“It’s not that. I am unprepared. You didn’t tell me…” Xiang Li chuckled.

Ji Yuan: …

Yin Wei had kept his word and he had tanked the full blast of Ji Yuan’s attack as he raised all his profound defenses into defending himself with his divine sword.

Three blinks of an eye later and after shrouding in a burst of bright profound light, Yin Wei was forced to take ten steps backward by the tremendous force and he was yelling with great agony…

But when the dusts had settled, Yin Wei was still standing in the background with smog and burning wisps around him. But he was smirking coldly…

Ji Yuan was stunned; he didn’t die?! He doesn’t even look like he is hurt by my most powerful profound sword art at all…what is going on?

Even Xiang Li was stunned. “Big Brother, he is a monster…”

Yin Wei was now laughing jovially.

It was because Ji Yuan had completely fallen into his ruse. Now he had weakened Ji Yuan’s profound strength by half in order to reduce his profound power. At the same time, he had also ensured that Ji Yuan would not be able kill him later. It was because he knew that Ji Yuan would only use this trump card of his only two times.

Ji Yuan’s second time trump card would be much weaker than the first. That was why Yin Wei had focused all his profound strength into his defenses. In this way, he could avoid getting caught by Ji Yuan when he was making his attack.

Now he was certain of his own victory by fulfilling several objectives.

So Yin Wei chuckled coldly. “I can’t let you hit me for free. Now it is my time to hit you back…”

“Do you know that you can only recover your profound strength in a limited way here?” Yin Wei chuckled. “The higher the level, the hard it is for you to regain your profound strength.”

Ji Yuan was startled as he tried to muster new profound strength via his internal profound energies from his spiritual sea to his fingers and he had instead found out that Yin Wei was telling the truth…

He solemnly said to Xiang Li. “I think we are in trouble now…”

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Chapter 204: Prelude to the Trials of the Labyrinth (3)

Ji Yuan was floating gently toward the huge massive Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth. As he got nearer, he saw that even the sun got blotted from it and he was like a tiny ant.

He thought that he may be able to chat with Little Princess and Bai Qianfeng along the way but he had suddenly noticed that they were hovering at a much faster pace than him.

Ji Yuan: …

What the heck?!

The speed is different?!

What kind of a discrimination is this?!

Although the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth is easy to reach for all the golden cultivators but the disparity between the different cultivators also affected the speed.

Bai Qianfeng was being pulled into the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth much faster than Little Princess and Ji Yuan. Soon she had disappeared like a tiny speck of dust.

Little Princess kept turning her back at him but as she could not controlled her ascend to the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth, there was nothing she could do and after an hour, she too, had disappeared like a tiny speck of dust.

Ji Yuan: …

Ji Yuan: …

Ji Yuan: …

“Xiang Li, you know what. After the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth, I am going to learn some internal profound arts to enhance my profound animus.” Ji Yuan frowned.

Xiang Li was laughing in his soul sea. “Big Brother, I know you won’t. It isn’t because you are not lazy but you have no potential for it.”

Ji Yuan: …

Ji Yuan: …

Ji Yuan: …

“Thanks Xiang Li, you are indeed my best friend…” Ji Yuan muttered.

Then he added with a soft chuckle. “My most useless best friend.”

Xiang Li: …

Xiang Li: …

Xiang Li: …

It was a slow snail hover to the top of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth. Even though it did not look like it was very far to the top but after Ji Yuan had started to levitate toward it, did he realize that the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth was much further than he had expected. Looking below, all the settlements were now like a tiny speck of dust.

He was quite startled; the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth was larger than he had actually expected…

“Wow, Big Brother you are flying…” Xiang Li expressed with delight. “Can I fly with you? I can hover around you, you know…”

“Xiang Li, don’t distract me. If I don’t focus, I will have a hard fall below and you know we are now at a great height now.” Ji Yuan sighed.

“Big Brother, are you afraid of heights?” Xiang Li suggested.

Ji Yuan: …

“I’m not…”

All of a sudden he was distracted by a screaming sound as a golden celestial had fallen from a great height. It turned out that this golden celestial was actually afraid of heights.

All of a sudden Ji Yuan noticed that there were several more golden celestials that were falling or turning back.

Before the trial had started, they had already failed!

“So Big Brother, are you afraid of heights?” Xiang Li asked again.

“No…” Ji Yuan was frowning. He was more afraid of water than heights. His old master used to throw him down the cliff until he could even visualize his surroundings even when he was falling. In fact he had always wanted to fly except that he was too poor to afford a flying mount.

As for water, he was afraid because he could not swim. But then he would not drown because he could hold his breath as long as he liked since he is a high level golden saint.

“Then why are you flying so slow? Are we reaching yet? I love trials, you know.” Xiang Li chuckled.

Ji Yuan frowned. “I love trials too but it is only because of you that we are traveling a little slow.”


“You are getting fatter nowadays Xiang Li.” Ji Yuan pointed out with an evil grin.

Xiang Li: …

After another hour of flying, Ji Yuan could finally see the edge of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth. He was hoping mad because he did not know that he would be traveling at such a slow snail pace.

But he was not the last; there were still thousands of cultivators that were behind him.

Along the way, he saw hundreds of cultivators who were all muttering;

“Isn’t that the Great Hero Ji Yuan?”

“Why is he so slow?”

“Great hero Ji Yuan seems weak…”

It was a slap to his face as he had to endure the stares of all the other cultivators.

His only consolation was that Li Ye and Guo Taiming were even slower than him.

As he approached the edge of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth, he began to recollect what Ling Tianshui had briefed him about the trials.

The Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth would have a time limit of six months before all the trial takers would be cast out.

Altogether the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth would have six levels and at the end of each level, there would be an exit portal. If they had chosen the exit portal, they would not be able to exit immediately but would be put to a temporary stasis until the trials had finally ended.

Unlike the normal trials in the Celestial Realm, the experiences inside are real and they would be killed. Therefore they had to be extremely careful.

Also the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth contained thousands of worlds and it was unlikely that everyone would meet with one another. The number of worlds would get progressively fewer as the levels go up.

It is recommended that a fifth realm cultivator does not go beyond the second level and a sixth realm cultivator not to go beyond the fourth level. However this is only a recommendation. Many saint cultivators could not even go beyond the third and the fourth level.

The majority of the cultivators were actually fifth realm cultivators and most only have the intention to stay at the first level of exploration.

But Ji Yuan had a mission from Jiajia and Diviner Mo Ming; he was asked to complete the trial.

When Ji Yuan had thought of this, he was musing weakly. “They must be joking with me. This is the first time that I am entering the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth and they are asking me to go to the top level…”

His thoughts were interrupted by a strong light that was now pulling him to the foot of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth and into a portal that had opened just for him.

He was immediately excited. “Hoho! Xiang Li, we are finally going to reach the trial!”

Xiang Li chuckled. “Finally!”

“Don’t make me laugh. If I lose my focus, I will be the first one to fall at the footstep of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth…”

All of a sudden Ji Yuan heard a loud scream as a cultivator slipped his focus when he had almost reached the portal; it was because he could not contain his excitement and had a heart attack at the last minute.

Ji Yuan: …

“Maybe I will be second then…”

Yin Wei was now kneeling in front of a dark shrouded curtain. He had been brought here by the Goddess Mei who had told him that he would be the new commander of the desolate army.

At first he did not understand. “You mean the commander of the Evil Cultivation Palace?”

The Goddess Mei smiled mysteriously to him. “You will know later. By the way, even your father the Evil Cultivation Master is merely a commander of the desolate army. As for me, I am your lead commander. You shall be wise to listen to my instructions in the future.”

Yin Wei took a disdainful look at her.

Ever since he had merged the metamorph core with him, he was no longer looking like an ordinary human; he was covered with scales and had heavy bone armor all over his body.

But he was extremely glad; it was because he felt more powerful than any great saints. He could not believe how fast he had regenerated his organs and body back.

Although he was now asked to kneel in front of a shadowy figure but there was a look of defiance in his eyes. It was because he felt more like an absolute ruler over the Evil Cultivation Palace now and if he could chance upon Ji Yuan again, he would be able to crush him like a puny ant.

The Goddess Mei said. “Kneel before our great master, the Great Demon God. Our great master has appointed you as his commander from this day onward.”

“God?” Yin Wei smirked coldly as he looked coldly at the dark shadowy figure.

From this day onward, he, Yin Wei, shall be the only God of the Evil Cultivation Palace!

He was thinking; this dark shadowy figure looked like a frail old man. What if he were to reach out and snubbed out his life?

The Great Demon God continued to sip his wines and he did not seem to turn his head to look at Yin Wei directly. As a matter of fact, he seemed to be playing chess all by himself.

“Are you thinking that I am just a frail old man? And you are thinking of attacking me to test if I am worthy of becoming your worthy great master? Then why don’t you come to have a go at me?”

Yin Wei was startled as a cold shiver ran through to him. The voice of this dark shadowy figure seemed to have a profound hold on him…

After staring blankly at the dark shadowy figure for a while, he stammered out. “I dare not!”

It was because he was suddenly overwhelmed by a dark malevolent aura and he was like a puny child in front of this powerful cultivator who called himself the Great Demon God.

“Good! From this day onward, you shall be one of my dark desolate commanders. However whether you are worthy or not remains to be seen and you have to prove your worthiness in front of me. Do you get me?” The Great Demon God said coldly.

Yin Wei slowly nodded as he continued to stare at this Great Demon God…

All of a sudden there was an evil wicked claw that was formed from profound energies as it flew out of the dark shrouded curtain to claw against Yin Wei!

Yin Wei gasped loudly as he braced to defend himself. With his new profound strength and impregnable body armor that could even resist the sharpness of a heaven-step divine sword, he was confident that he would not be hurt by anyone…

But the unbelievable thing had happened and he was suddenly thrown back against the wall. On his chest was five deeply etched claws and he had coughed out golden blood!

The Great Demon God smirked coldly. “Too weak! You are still too weak! Be more respectful to me when you see me the next time.”

Yin Wei was still coughing weakly and he was still staring at his wounds which were not regenerating; what is going on? I can’t seem to regenerate my injuries?!

The Goddess Mei laughed jovially. “Anyone that is injured by our great master’s Dark Desolate Force can only heal naturally. Even if you are a great god, you are nothing in his eyes!”

Yin Wei was stunned. “Who are you?!”

“Our great master is naturally the god of gods, the True God of the Desolate Immortals!” The Goddess Mei giggled. “Yin Wei, you are lucky that you didn’t die on the spot. Even your father has to be humble in front of our great master. Did you really think that you are stronger than any peaked great saints? Think again next time and be wiser.”

Yin Wei lowered his head to say humbly, stammering fearfully now. “Yes…yes…”

The Goddess Mei said coldly. “I want you to enter the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth. Kill Ji Yuan if you want to, we don’t care at all. In fact, kill all you want and we don’t care.”

Yin Wei replied weakly. “Yes, yes…”

“Now go.” The Goddess Mei gently rebuked him.

When Yin Wei was gone, the Goddess Mei asked the Great Demon God. “Great master, what do you think?”

“I am pleased with his strength.” The Great Demon God merely said.

The Goddess Mei was delighted. After all, the new Yin Wei was her creation.

“However I can’t trust him with our secrets yet. You have talked too much.” The Great Demon God added slowly.

All of a sudden the Goddess Mei was on her knees, “Please forgive me, great master. I shouldn’t have talked so much. I…just thought that he is going to be one of us…and that is why…”

The Great Demon God merely said. “I had already sent the Great God Mingwang, the Dark God of Death to the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth. Yin Wei is just an extra.”

The Goddess Mei gasped. “Great God Mingwang is also one of us?”

The Great Demon God laughed softy. “He is the one that you saw the other day.”

The Goddess Mei stammered. “The Dark God of Death is one of the most powerful great gods in the desolate realm. I just surprised that he will be willing to be on our side.”

With trembling voice she took the courage to ask. “Then who is the other one that day?”

“The Dragon King, Draconian God of the Mighty Dragons.” The Great Demon God replied nonchalantly.

The Goddess Mei gasped as she stumbled backward as she gasped weakly. “Even he…”

The Great Demon God raised his wine cup. “For thousands of years, I have been planning for this. The Pangu Immortals will never guess that we are actually here. When they do realize this, it will be already too late because I will rule supreme here without the heavenly laws to restrict me and I will turn the Celestial Realm into my own realm.”

“Goddess Mei, it is time for you to lend a helping hand to…”

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