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Chapter 23: The Scarlet Heretic Sect

The man seemed to be surprised that Ye Jing had rejected his offer of goodwill. So he laughed and said, “You don’t want the jade bangles or you don’t want to be my god-daughter?”

Ye Jing mustered a weak protest, “Both.”

The man smiled coldly, “I don’t believe that you will not want the jade bangles. Your expressions have betrayed you.”

Ye Jing was wearing a veil. How was it possible for him to see her expressions and moreover she was sitting behind him!

She recovered wits and said coolly, “It is true that I want the jade bangles like everyone else. But I will not steal, rob, kill and even betray myself for it. It is a mere 30 000 gold coins. I can earn it myself and buy my own jade bangles!”

She was lying to herself. In fact she was cursing herself, “30 000 gold coins. This will take me three life times and forfeit the pay of everyone in the Holy Citadel City for the next 3000 years…”

The man just laughed and there seemed to be mocking in his eyes. Even the woman that was beside him was smiling.

The woman was very beautiful and there were many that were secretly looking at her since the start of the auctions.

Ye Jing was also very enticing but as she had worn a veil, it was hard for the others to tell how truly beautiful she was. But still, there were also many that were secretly looking at her ever since she had entered the auction hall.

When Ye Jing had said such a spirited words that she would not want the jade bangles and would not steal, rob, kill and even betray herself, many of the onlookers were astonished and wondered what her background was. It was not easy for them to say such mighty words as her!

In fact the instant this man was to step out of the auction house, there would be dozens of people that would be stalking him and waiting for an opportunity to steal, rob and kill him for the jade bangles. It did not matter if he was a powerful Golden Celestial. There would always be many that would take their chances when the opportunities present.

The man smiled as he waved his fan at the beautiful attendant, “Be sure to give her the jade bangles before she leaves the premises.”

Then the man and the woman seemed to ignore everyone else and started to make their way to the exit.

Not only Ye Jing was stunned, everyone else was as well. Did he just tell the beautiful attendant to give her the jade bangles just like this and without any strings attached?

Ye Jing protested weakly, “Wait! You can’t do this. I don’t even know you…”

All of a sudden there was a divine whisper in her ears, “But I do know you. Or rather, I know the Eternal Lotus that is within you the moment that you have entered this hall. The Eternal Lotus can transcend the cultivator to beyond life and death. You have quite a rare immortal treasure with you .Then I shall not be less generous and shall gift you the jade bangles. I wonder if you are able to protect the gifts though.”

Ye Jing did not know how to use any divine whisper so she shouted, “Who are you?!”

There was a fainting whisper in her ears after they had disappeared from view, “The Celestial Liege.”

Still in shock, she muttered. “The Celestial Liege…”

Xiaofang was perplexed. Why did that mysterious man gift Jing’Er such an expensive gift?

He whispered to Ye Jing, “Your Holy Consort, you shouldn’t accept his gift at all. Let’s us leave quickly. I don’t like the look of these people around here.”

In public, he did not dare to address her as Jing’Er. Moreover, they were cultivating the Emotion Divinity at the moment.

But the minute Ye Jing saw the man disappeared from view, her daring courage and superior air immediately returned. She smiled, “Well, it doesn’t seem that he means any harm to me. Which maiden doesn’t like pretty jade bangles?”

Xiaofang said quietly, “These are not ordinary jade bangles. These jade bangles are a magnet for troubles.”

Ye Jing looked a little sheepish but she had already made up her mind to take the jade bangles as she thought, “Well, I didn’t steal, kill, rob or betray myself for it. Since 30 000 gold coins have dropped from the sky, it is such a pity not to take it. Therefore I shouldn’t stand on ceremony.”

At this moment Ye Jing could feel the shrinking boundaries of her initial stage of her Emotion Divinity but she simply could not care for less. She was too overcome with her own eagerness to wear the Icy Translucence Jade bangles. That was worth 30 000 gold coins and in her mind, she was already too busy counting the gold coins!

She just smiled, “I have Elder Fang and Elder Yunfeng to protect me. So what do I have to fear?”

At this moment even Chu Yunfeng was a little feeling uneasy about the unwanted attentions. He was thinking, “If the Holy Consort who is a golden celestial cannot handle her foes, can I handle her foes?”

Xiaofang knew that Ye Jing was determined to keep the jade bangles so he said quietly, “Let us quickly collect the jade bangles and go then. As for that man, we ought to be exercise extreme caution around him. How matter how well he can conceal his blood malevolent air, I can sense it.”

Ye Jing laughed softly but she was thinking, “There is nothing to worry about. My Divine Sense is a hundred times sharper than Xiaofang instinct.”

She quickly asked the attendants for the directions to collect the jade bangles. When she had collected the jade bangles, she quickly put it on her wrists and was absolute delighted at the new sense of spiritual elevation that was flowing through her inner core.

After checking that they were not being followed, Ye Jing and her group quickly exited a passage that was provided by the House of the Orange Divine Lion for their privileged clients to the Hundred Flowers Street.

The Hundred Flowers Street was packed with people and there were a lot more activity than other places.

As Ye Jing walked to a corner of the street, she immediately growled softly for she had accidentally come to the slave market.

A man in dark robe was overheard telling the slave dealer, “I want two young maidens, most preferentially celestials and their attributes must be either extreme negative or pure negative.”

The slave dealer smiled, “That will be extremely expensive. That will be 10 gold coins for one.”

The dark robe man put a bag of gold coins on his table and he was smiling, “Keep the change. Show me your goods.”

From afar, Ye Jing could see that this slave dealer had golden eyes and she detested him in her heart. “He is a golden celestial and he is involved in the slave trade instead of cultivating. What a detestable person!”

The slave dealer smiled coldly as he said to his men, “Bring the two young celestial maidens that have the pure negative attributes for our client to have a look. Hurry it up.”

In no time, several men were seen herding two frightened partially naked young maidens into view. When they were in sight of the dark robe man, they began to stripe them completely naked.

The slave dealer smiled casually, “You may inspect them to your satisfaction. They are still chaste maidens and unspoiled. Their pure negative attributes are of high quality. They will be extremely good for your cultivation. You know that I have only high end slaves here.”

The black robe man laughed coldly as he inspected the naked young maidens, “Yes indeed. You did not lie when you say that they are high quality goods.”

When Ye Jing heard that that black robe man was going to use them for his cultivation, she was extremely upset. Without thinking, she had already stomped her way to them icily, “Immediate release the two maidens. I say now!”

When the black robe man turned his head, Ye Jing was startled that he had purple eyes and white hair. That could only mean one thing; he was a dark celestial equivalent to the Golden Celestial or the Sacred Saint level!

“Is he a Dark Supremacy or a Dark Monarch?”

Normally a dark celestial had red eyes and white silvery hair. But when they had reached the Dark Supremacy level which was equivalent to a Golden Celestial, their red eyes would turn to purple, indicating their new state of divinity. Also their aura would be purple instead of golden like the Golden Celestials. As for Dark Monarch, it was the equivalent of a Sacred Saint.

The dark robe man smiled coldly, “You dare to order me?” But when he saw Ye Jing, his eyes began to beam as he muttered. “A Golden Celestial with an extreme negative attribute…that is what I need.”

Ye Jing was startled and thought, “He can read my attributes with only a sweeping glance?”

The slave merchant hummed coldly, “Celestial or Saintess, do you know the rules of the Tranquil City? This is a fair trade.”

When the two frightened young maidens saw Ye Jing, there was a glimmer of hope in their eyes.

Ye Jing said coldly, “Who knows if they are abducted from somewhere.”

Chu Yunfeng knew what kind of a trouble that Ye Jing could get into so he quickly advised to Ye Jing, “Tranquil City is a city of neutrality. There are numerous righteous and heretic celestials here. All abide by the laws of the Tranquil City.  Also, the various trades are backed by numerous faction powerhouses. We simply cannot afford to mess up with the factions of the Tranquil City. They can easily imposed a sanction against our clan and even ensure that we have no place in the celestial fraternity.”

When Ye Jing heard him, she was not so pleased. This flamed her up even more and she said coldly, “Are you deaf? Did you not hear what I say? Release them immediately.”

The dark robe man was about to say something when another purple eye maiden approached the scene, “Brother, who has the audacity and the stupidity to step on your foot? Don’t they know that you are one of the seven top celestial fighters in the Celestial Realm?”

This attractive purple eye maiden was another dark celestial!

The dark robe man laughed, “I was about to ask them.”

This attractive purple eye maiden saw Xiaofang and she was smiling, “Who are these foolish ones?”

At this moment, Li’Er and Chu Yunfeng were both terrified, especially when they had heard that this dark robe man was one of the top seven celestial fighters in the Celestial Realm. In front of them were two Dark Celestials that was at least of the Supremacy level, one Golden Celestial and tens of powerful cultivators in the background.

Ye Jing said haughtily, “I am the Holy Consort of the Holy Citadel City. And who are you?”

The dark robe man laughed loudly, “I have thought who the bold one is. So it is the Holy Consort of the Holy Citadel City. I’ve heard many things about you. In fact, I’ve wanted to visit you. It is said that you are not only a ravishing peerless beauty but your body is also belonging to the extreme negative attribute that is suitable for cultivation…”

Ye Jing interrupted coldly, “Despicable shameless calf…”

The dark robe man continued to say, “I’m Monarch Beitang Ze and this is my sister, Supremacy Beitang Ying.  And we are naturally from the…”

Ye Jing, Li’Er and Chu Yunfeng immediately gasped, “…the Scarlet Heretic Sect!”

Everyone in the celestial fraternity knew that the Scarlet Heretic Sect was the most powerful of the three major heretic celestial sects, a power that can rival the top 3 patriarch celestial clans. Monarch Beitang Ze was also the sect leader of the Scarlet Heretic Sect and was a peaked Dark Monarch!

A peaked Dark Monarch was equivalent to a peaked Sacred Saint!

Almost immediately Ye Jing found her legs turned to jelly and now she was saying weakly, “Release…them now.” She found herself losing her courage and even her conviction was faltering!

Supremacy Beitang Ying was smiling coldly, “I wonder who the courageous one that dared to yell at our Sacred Lord is. So it is fiancée of Young Master Yuan Chengzhi. No wonder even trash like you will dare to behave so unruly in front of us. But I tell you that the Divine Sovereign Clan is also a trash in our eyes.”

When the two young slave maidens heard that it was the Sacred Lord of the Scarlet Heretic Sect, they began to wail uncontrollably. It was because they knew that he would suck their inner core of their pure negative spiritual force and turned them into his depraved soulless slaves.

Ye Jing said angrily, “Rubbish! When did I become a fiancée of that scum Yuan Chengzhi?”

She pointed at the slave merchant, “How can you be in cahoots with the dark celestial clans?”

But the slave merchant just smiled coldly, “There are no good or evil here. If you are disrupting a trade then you will face the full wrath of the Tranquil City. So better think before you act.”

All of a sudden Ye Jing was flustered and she was shivering lightly. It was because she had suddenly felt an invisible force that was seemingly from Monarch Beitang Ze that was gently caressing her body and molesting her sensitive areas.

Monarch Beitang Ze grinned at her lustfully, “What a fine body and what a sensitive body. It will be such a waste to give it to Yuan Chengzhi. If he cannot handle his fiancée then I’m afraid that I will help him to handle. ”

Ye Jing drawn out her divine sword to dispel the subtle force that was touching her, “You’re lecher!”

When Li’Er, Chu Yunfeng and Xiaofang saw that Ye Jing had unsheathed her sword, they drew their swords as well.

Monarch Beitang Ze laughed, “Of course I am a lecher and I intend to make you my cultivation subject.”

The slave merchant said coolly, “So it is Monarch Beitang Ze, my honor to meet you. You want to fight her in the broad daylight here and take her captive? That isn’t actually lawful, you know.”

Monarch Beitang smiled coldly, “I can only say that it is just a small compensation for disrupting our trade. The Tranquil City does have this rule if I have remembered clearly.”

The slave merchant stroked his beard, “That’s right. You are the victim here and it is only fair that the Tranquil City hands over the offending party to you to determine their punishments!”

That was also one of the main reasons why there were few offenders that dare to offend the tranquillity and order of the city. It was because the offenders would be handed over to the offending party to be dealt justice with.

Monarch Beitang Ze smiled, “There is no need for the Tranquil City to help me. I can handle them alone.”

The slave merchant smiled coldly, “If you wish then.”

Ye Jing was trembling because she could feel the depraving aura of the Monarch Beitang that was upon her.

She immediately threatened as a last resort, “Even if you are a peaked Dark Monarch, do you think that you can escape encirclements from the hundreds of fighters from my clan?”

Monarch Beitang Ze roared with laughter, “And where are they now?”

Ye Jing stammered with sheepish eyes, “Everywhere…”

She knew that she was in a deep mess today and that the only way through was to fight it out.

Xiaofang knew that a fight would soon take place. But he also knew that their chances were slim. So he took the initiative to attack first, hoping that Ye Jing and the rest would be able to observe their foe for weaknesses.

With a lightning speed, he had leapt and attacked Monarch Beitang Ze with all his strength, bursting out his entire martial aura as he raised his sword high!

Chu Yunfeng was startled as he saw Dugu Fang’s martial aura and there was a tinge of azure. He thought, “He is an Immortal Celestial?”

Xiaofang missed Monarch Ze who evaded his sword strike with a supernatural reflex and the ground below his sword strike collapsed with a thunderous outburst of martial force!

Monarch Beitang Ze was secretly startled as he thought, “He may be only on the level of an Immortal Celestial but his martial force equaled a Golden Celestial expert.”

He dared not be careless as he quickly displayed his martial power at Xiaofang, causing a formidable tidal wave of overwhelming martial force that pushed Xiaofang tens of steps away!

This skill was his Scarlet Divine Skill, a formidable secret martial skill of the Scarlet Heretic Sect.

Xiaofang landed quickly as he imbued all his martial power into his sword and displayed his Flying Sword Technique, sending a spinning flying sword that flew with powerful martial outburst toward Monarch Beitang Ze.

Monarch Beitang Ze displayed his desolate purple aura as he hammered the martial charged flying sword into the ground, completely scattering the sword into dozens of pieces with a thunderous impact!

As Xiaofang gasped out for the shattered sword that Ye Jing had given him, Monarch Beitang Ze had already blinked next to him and sent him crashing onto the ground with a tremendous outburst!

Xiaofang coughed out blood and turned pale immediately as Monarch Beitang Ze put his foot on his step, “Not bad but still not good enough…”

Xiaofang struggled against the weight on top of him and before he knew it, he had blanked out completely.

Supremacy Beitang Ying hastily said, “Brother, don’t kill him yet. I want to use him to refine my cultivation.”

Now all these had taken place within a few blinks of an eye. The fight was so astonishing that Ye Jing, Li’Er and Chu Yunfeng had not even reacted when Xiaofang had suddenly attacked and in the next instant, Xiaofang was already on the ground!

Ye Jing knew that she was the cause of this stupid mess and it grieved her to see Xiaofang seriously wounded in her place. She knew that Beitang Ze had actually used very little of his martial strength and his fighting experience was too seasoned for them to handle. Moreover he did not even see a need to unsheathe his sword.

She held back her tears and said quietly, “Beitang Ze, shall we do a trade?”

Monarch Beitang Ze looked at her and asked, “Isn’t it too late already?”

Ye Jing replied, “If I can handle 30 strokes from you, you will release these two young maidens into my care and we shall forget what happen today. But if I cannot handle 30 strokes that are coming from you then I shall be submissive to you and I will be your willing slave. But you must let my retinue go. What do you say?”

Monarch Beitang Ze looked at her expressionlessly for a while before he broke into a cold smile, “It will be interesting to take the future consort of Yuan Chengzhi right under his very nose as well.”

Li’Er said with trembling lips, “He had taken Elder Fang down with only three strokes…thirty strokes are too much…”

Even Supremacy Beitang Ying was mocking, “Few exponents are able to handle thirty strokes from my brother. If you give him an incense time to beat you while you focus on running, maybe you will stand a greater chance.”

At this moment, hundreds of onlookers had already gathered curiously around them when they saw that a fight had broken out. The onlookers however did not dare to approach any closer because they did not want to get killed by some random accident.

Ye Jing dropped Yu’Er to the ground and whispered to Li’Er, “Take good care of Xiaofang for me. I have only myself to blame…”

Withholding back her tears, she purposely arranged her dressing as she secretly shifted a poisonous pill from her jade belt into her sleeve.

“Fat hope that I will be submitting myself to you,” She said silently.

She slowly dropped her veil as she stared coldly at Monarch Beitang Ze, “Do we have a deal? Are you afraid of losing face?”

When the crowd saw her face, they were all astonished that such a peerless maiden would be making a slave deal with an evil cultivator. Moreover she was a Golden Celestial as well.

Actually Ye Jing knew that as long as she did not hindered Beitang Ze and quietly go away, there was nothing he could do to her. But she could not stand the thought of having two innocent celestial maidens becoming his horrendous victims and she had chosen to make her stand.

When Beitang Ze saw her stunning looks and determined expression, he was thinking. “It has been a long time since I have seen such a peerless beauty. It may be a pity to waste her on my cultivation arts.”

He smiled, “Why not? The odds are in my favor.”

Ye Jing said, “Then draw your sword.”

Monarch Beitang Ze laughed, “There is no need!”

Ye Jing sighed softly, “30 Strokes. No more, no less. If you are unable to display your 30 strokes against me then you are considered to have lost.”

Li’Er cried, “Protégé mistress, please be careful!”

Chu Yunfeng was cursing himself for being so weak and useless at a time like this…

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Chapter 22: Tranquil City

Ye Jing had reached the vicinity of the Tranquil City and this was a city that she had always wanted to visit.

It was because Tranquil city was a unique existence that was up north of the Holy Citadel Mountains range. When she was a child, she had heard that this was a city that no celestial clans hold dominance over but was a place where the mortals sway. It was sort of a neutral city.

In the past, there was a Lord of the Tranquil City that was highly regarded in the celestial fraternity. Although he was a celestial but he had set free the mortals and gave them a homeland. Even though thousands of years may have passed but the various celestial clans still respect the neutrality of the Tranquil City.

Moreover Tranquil City was an important trading hub where thousands of celestials and even dark celestials visited for exotic goods and rare treasures. There were simply too many powerful influences in this place for any celestial clan to take control without offending all the other powerful celestial clans.

So she said excitingly, “Xiaofang, Elder Yunfeng, Li’Er! Follow me to the Tranquil City! The rest of you shall camp here and wait for my return. We will spend a few days in the city.”

Xiaofang asked, “Is this a good idea? If we slow down our pace then we may attract unwanted attentions from the others and even from the powerful devious beasts in these mountains.”

Ye Jing looked a little sheepish as she said shamefacedly, “It is only for a few days…and…it won’t impede our progression…these mountains are quite safe with many caravans…”

Chu Yunfeng laughed, “Elder Fang, you are being too cautious. If the Holy Consort wants to visit the city, we should let her have a look. The Tranquil City is a relative safe city and I’ve been there several times in the past. It is probably the grandest city in the entire celestial fraternity and not to be missed. Moreover we are so near it now.”

Even Li’Er was pleading with her eyes as she looked at Xiaofang…

Ye Jing gave Xiaofang a pitiful pleading look, “Xiaofang…”

Xiaofang sighed softly, “If you wish to…”

Ye Jing cuddled Yu’Er who was now a chicken hard and said delightfully, “Let us hurry!”

Xiaofang muttered to himself, “We’re supposed to stay put for our emotions. A buzzling city is a very bad place to cultivate the Emotion Divinity …”

It was not long before the tall walls of the Tranquil City were seen. There were long lines of caravans and people that were entering and exiting the city.

Chu Yunfeng said, “It seems that it will be hours before we can get into the city. The crowd today is really long.”

While there seemed to be guards but they were mostly manning their posts and did not attempt to inspect or to stop anymore.

Even then the crowd was actually orderly and waited patiently to get into the city. Currently the queue was not moving because there seemed to be merchants who were unloading their long train of goods to the handlers in the city.

Ye Jing saw and asked, “Are these guards slacking?”

Chu Yunfeng smiled, “This is a free city and there is no toll for entering the city. These guards are only here to ensure things are orderly.

Ye Jing secretly used her Divine Sense to probe the inner cores of the guards and were a little startled that they were not cultivators. She thought, “If it is a celestial that is causing trouble, are these guards capable enough?”

Li’Er suddenly said, “The guards seem to be coming our way…”

Xiaofang was instinctively on his guard and he had silently put his hand on the sword handle…

Indeed the relaxing guards were suddenly grouping together and there were about ten of them that were approaching them.

Ye Jing growled softly, “Of all the people, why did they suddenly come our way? Is it because I am the only one that is wearing a veil and therefore I am being regarded as suspicious?”

Li’Er said, “These men have weak auras. They don’t seem to be particularly very strong. We can fight our way through with no issue.”

Chu Yunfeng was also alarmed as he stepped forward hastily as he looked fiercely at the approaching guards.

As a matter of fact, Ye Jing and her group had noticed that hundreds of people were actually looking and pointing in their directions!

Ye Jing squeezed Yu’Er hard, “It seems that we are being targeted by everyone. Maybe we should have listened to Xiaofang…”

Xiaofang smiled weakly, “It is still not too late to flee…”

Suddenly the one of the guards who appeared to be the leader of the group was smiling as he looked at Ye Jing, “Respectful celestial maiden, welcome to the Tranquil City. We are honoured to have your presence today. Why don’t we guide you to the city gates instead and then you can freely explore the city without any hassle? May I know the name of your honorary celestial name?”

Ye Jing looked at the man curiously but he seemed to be friendly enough so she said, “Ye Jing.”

The man smiled broadly, “Celestial Ye, I am Gu Danyang. Please follow us.”

Ye Jing asked, “We don’t need to queue to get in?”

Gu Danyang laughed softly, “Celestial Ye must be really humorous. How can we allow a high ranking celestial to queue like the rest?”

Ye Jing was suddenly secretly smiling behind her veil. How could she have forgotten that she was a Golden Celestial now? It is said that Golden Celestials and Sacred Saints have plenty of prestige in the celestial fraternity and it seems to be true after all. Even a nameless golden celestial like her can have such a convenient advantage so she was naturally delighted.

She winked at Xiaofang as though she was saying, “It is all thanks to me that we are entering the city now.”

Chu Yunfeng was smiling weakly, “This is the first time that I am getting into the Tranquil City this fast.”

Ye Jing thought that Gu Danyang was a friendly man so she asked, “Why are these people staring at us? They are unhappy that we don’t have to queue?”

Gu Danyang smiled broadly, “They are probably looking at Celestial Ye and…”

He pointed at Xiaofang, “…this excellent young master here.”

Ye Jing asked curiously, “Why?”

Gu Danyang said respectfully, “Even though I don’t have the honor to see your face but from far, I know that Celestial Ye must be a peerless beauty. Your exulting beauty is like a sun that caught everyone attention. As for this young man, his splendid appearance makes even a crude man like me think that there is no man that is more perfect than him!”

Ye Jing laughed softly as she secretly took a quick glance at Xiaofang, “That is too much praises. May I enquiry what are the places of interest in the city? And where can we find the best food?”

Gu Danyang smiled broadly, “I am glad to be your honourable guide. The House of the Orange Divine Lion is hosting an active auction now at the Golden Merchant Square. Many faraway celestials are visiting the Tranquil City just for this auction. There may be things that can catch your eyes. The Heavenly Temple of the Lord Tranquil is the main attraction. If it is your first time then you should visit it at least once in your lifetime. As for food, the Hundred Flowers Street are where you can find the best restaurants and the best taverns.”

Yu’Er suddenly clucked excitingly in Ye Jing’s arms, indicating she wants to go to the Hundred Flowers Street!

Gu Danyang halted his steps and smiled broadly at Ye Jing, “Celestial Ye may use this gate to enter the city. I hope that you enjoy your stay in the city.”

Ye Jing laughed softly as she could sense that he wanted a tip, “We will. Li’Er, reward him with a silver.”

Li’Er smiled and dropped him a silver coin into his palm.

When they were gone, Gu Danyang and his men expressions were quite awful. According to the laws of the Tranquil City, they could approach only Golden Celestials and Sacred Saints to guide them into the prestige gate that was meant for them. They were also free to keep any tips that were from them.

But Gu Danyang had never seen any Golden Celestial that tipped so poorly even though she looked like an extremely distinguished celestial maiden with many powerhouses supporting behind her back.

He heaved a soft sigh as he showed his men the silver coin and all the men were sighing at the same time. They had really lucked out. A few days ago, the other squads that were on duty had received a hundred silver coins and another had received a gold coin which was equivalent to 1000 silver coins.

When Gu Danyang and his men saw that it was a Golden Celestial that was approaching, their eyes were beaming excitingly and they were all thinking how they could spend the tips!

Gu Danyang sighed heavily to his men, “There is nothing to be dispirited about. It is still enough to buy us a few drinks.”

When Ye Jing entered the streets of the Tranquil, she did not seem to remember that she was supposed to be cultivating her emotions and her eyes were dazzled by the colourful streets and the number of exotic merchandises that were being displayed.

Li’Er said unhappily, “Protégé mistress, you are too generous. Li’Er wages is only two silvers a month. We should tip them copper coins instead.”

Ye Jing laughed, “We ought to be generous. After all we are not any second and third rate celestial clans. Moreover he is pretty friendly to us so we should be more generous.”

Li’Er gloomily said, “It is easy money for them.”

Chu Yunfeng smiled, “Let’s not talk about it anymore. Where does our Holy Consort wishes to go?”

Ye Jing smiled, “We will drop by the auctions and take a look at the rare treasures that are being displayed. Maybe we can bid for one or two as well. So let’s go…”

It took them some time to find the House of the Orange Divine Lion at the Golden Merchant Square. Along the way, almost everyone was looking in their way and quite a number even offer them a helpful direction when being asked.

When Ye Jing reached the House of the Orange Divine Lion, she was quite relieved in getting away from the crowd as she was beginning to feel more and more uncomfortable.

At the House of the Orange Divine Lion, she did not even need to ask and her group was quickly ushered into the auction halls by the attendants upon seeing her golden eyes.

As Ye Jing entered with Yu’Er, there was a sign hanging quite prominently. “No beggars, weapons or pets allow.”

So she said, “Uh, it seems that my Yu’Er isn’t allowed inside? But I can’t leave Yu’Er outside. And also our weapons…”

A young beautiful attendant quickly smiled and performed a courtesy, “As our distinguished guest, this rule doesn’t apply to you. May our distinguished guest and your friends please follow me to your distinguished seats.”

Chu Yunfeng was secretly whispering to Li’Er, “You know. Today, I have finally known that we are worlds apart from our Holy Consort…”

Li’Er looked at him coldly and whispered, “It is only natural.”

Xiaofang did not say anything but his eyes were wandering at the grandiose of the House of the Orange Divine Lion as he saw rows after rows of expensive paintings and display vases. He was clearly impressed by what he had seen.

He saw a gigantic wall painting that depicted a battle of the gods. All the gods and goddesses numbering hundreds were seen charging up a gigantic bell like dark dome with an evil eye in the middle. So impressed was he by the painting that he stood there staring at the evil eye…

All of a sudden Ye Jing had grabbed his hand and said softly, “What are you doing here? Hurry…”

The young beautiful attendant led them to a hall that was above the common halls below. It seemed that they had the high seats and in this section sat the rich and powerful.

The young beautiful attendant smiled, “I will be here to serve your requests if you have any need. Please have your seats.”

When Ye Jing entered the distinguished section, there were many people that noticed her and they were looking curiously at her.

She noticed that just below her, sat a man and a woman. They too had turned their heads and she saw that they had golden eyes. Both had an imposing aura and Ye Jing was quite startled by them.

Even Xiaofang whispered to her cautiously, “The man is dangerous. Maybe we should sit away from them…”

The man took a look at Ye Jing and smiled before he turned his head around. As for the woman she just looked at them briefly before her attention returned to the auctions.

Ye Jing whispered to Xiaofang, “It is alright. We will do fine here.” But secretly she wondered about their celestial clan of origin. It was because this celestial clan must be quite renowned to be able to produce two golden celestials. Or maybe they were just friends.

She quickly scanned her eyes around the distinguished hall for more golden celestials but however there were none. Half the people where they were seated were celestials. As for the mortals, they were probably the rich and influential in order to deserve a seat here.

Ye Jing attention was quickly reverted to the auction stage however. It was because the attractive auctioneer had just announced a spirit bangle. This spirit bangle was made of the purest jade essence and it was extremely good for spirit cultivating.

Her eyes immediately beamed excitingly at it!

Not just her but all the cultivators that were in the hall as well!

The attractive auctioneer smiled and said, “This spirit bangle can be considered a 9th rank jade treasure. It is wholly refined with the Icy Translucence Jade and come in a pair. Just one bangle alone is able to aid the cultivator to cultivate spiritual force by 20% and wearing a pair can increase the cultivating speed by 50%.”

Everyone was startled as huge muttering gathered below the lower and the upper halls!

While 20% may not seem a lot but most jades could only increase 1% to 10%. Even a cultivating speed of 5% is considered superb. But this spirit bangle alone can increase the cultivating speed by 20% and 50% if wearing a pair!

Ye Jing was stunned. She was expecting these Icy Translucence Jades to be 7th rank jade. A ranking of 9th could only mean that these two jade bungles were extremely refined and ancient to be able to aid the cultivator to absorb the spiritual force so smoothly!

One celestial sitting in the upper hall with Ye Jing could not help out muttering, “It is much more valuable than a high grade earth-step divine sword…”

The attractive auctioneer smiled, “The spirit bangles will be auctioned in a pair. The starting bid will be 10 000 gold coins with an incremental of 1000 gold coins for every bid.”

Ye Jing was totally stunned. 10 000 gold coins are equivalent to 10mil silver coins! That was more than 10 years of what the Holy Citadel City could obtain in revenue!

Just as she was about to protest loudly that no one would be able to afford such outrageous bids, the bidding wars had already started!

“11 000 gold coins!”

“12 000 gold coins!”

“15 000 gold coins!”

“20 000 gold coins!”

“22 000 gold coins!”

In a short while time, there were already tens of bidders!

Ye Jing was so flustered and horrified by the wealth of these celestials and mortals that she almost wanted to cry out. In fact she was trembling as she cursed silently, “These people, their second profession must be either a robber or a bandit!”

Her mood was totally screwed by them!

The man in front of them whispered something to the woman beside him before he shouted, “30 000 gold coins!”

Almost immediately everyone had turned ashen and was staring at the man.

Someone was heard muttering, “Darn it! I shouldn’t have bid earlier. How come this item isn’t on the list? Usually mystery auctions do not have anything valuable to show for…”

The faces of many celestials and mortals were ugly and they were filled with envious as the upper hall suddenly grown quiet.

Even Ye Jing had thrown away her cultivation of the Emotion Divinity as she tried to comfort herself, “If this man wants a mistress then I can throw myself at him…” She was not serious of course but she could not help suggesting it.

She was so flustered and red like the others as she stared at the man in front of her…

Even Li’Er and Chu Yunfeng were all red with miseries in their thoughts…

Only Xiaofang was unmoved and he had suddenly received a jolt. He was secretly delighted, “I have reached the Intermediate level of the Emotion Divinity!…”

He thought, “Jing’Er, wait for me. I will overcome the Emotion Divinity and soon we can be together…”

The attractive auctioneer smiled as she hammered the end of the bid, “30 000 gold coins!”

Even the bid had ended, there were some sour voices. “Even if he is a Golden Celestial, I don’t believe that he can afford to pay up the 30 000 gold coins!”

The man obviously had heard the comments. As a Golden Celestial, he had exceptional sharp hearings. But he seemed to laugh it off as he whispered to the woman next to him in a laughing manner.

Ye Jing thought unhappily, “That bitch must be so happy to receive such a gift from him. She is just so lucky to find such a rich person…”

The man said to the beautiful attendant next to his seating position, “I don’t usually bring so much wealth with me and it is something unexpected…”

Even though his voice was soft but many in the upper hall were all expert celestial cultivators and they could hear him clearly. One even sneer, “So he doesn’t have money and yet he dare to bid so outrageously.”

The man continued to say softly, “I believed that I still have some leftover credits with the House of the Orange Divine Lion from the last round. Am I right?”

The beautiful attendant replied politely, “That is right. It is more than enough. In fact no payment is required from you for this auction bid. You may take away the jade bungles anytime.”

When everyone had heard the beautiful attendant, they were all looking shocked at the fabulous wealth of this man that they did not know whether to laugh or cry.

Ye Jing was crying within her. She was even thinking, “Does this man need a god-daughter or a sugar baby…”

The man smiled at the beautiful attendant before saying casually, “Maybe I will like to give it to the beautiful maiden that is behind me.”

When Ye Jing overheard him, she was so shocked that she had actually risen from her seat!

Even Li’Er and Chu Yunfeng were staring in shock, unable to believe what they were hearing!

Ye Jing trembled and even her lips were trembling, “He…is…giving…to me?” She thought shockingly, “Does he want to take me as his mistress?”

The man rose and he had turned around with the woman as he smiled at Ye Jing, “Are you willing to be my god-daughter? If yes, then this pair of jade bangle will be yours. ”

Li’Er was muttering almost incoherently, “If..only…I have…I want as well…”

Ye Jing eyes were totally red. In fact she felt she was going insane. After struggling with her heart demons, she said weakly and unconvincingly. “I refuse…you…may keep the…jade bungles to…yourself…”

When she had said that, Li’Er, Chu Yunfeng and all the others that had overheard her were stunned.

Only Xiaofang remained indifferently but he was looking intently at the man cautiously. It was because his instinct had told him that this man was extremely dangerous!

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Chapter 21: The Emotion Divinity

The heaven gates of the Holy Citadel City was unusually crowded this day as thousands of protégés watched the convoys of tamed devious beasts and the chosen fighters that were picked to accompany the Holy Consort to the Golden Clans Congregation.

All in all, two hundred of the protégés were selected. These two hundred protégés were picked from the recent high rankings of the clan tournament results.

It was not a large number but this was the numbers that Ye Jing had decided. Originally the Lady Consort Ye had advised her on a delegation of 1000 to 2000 based on the examples of the past delegations but Ye Jing simply said, “Such a large delegation will put a heavy strain on our finances. Since we are already at the bottom of the patriarch celestial clans, does it matter if we can’t put a sizable number to attend the congregation?”

Lady Consort Ye had tried to persuade her, “The celestial fraternity is dangerous as well. It is for your protection.

But as Ye Jing insisted, Lady Consort Ye did not insist too strongly.

In the end Ye Jing had chosen only two elders to accompany her for this trip, Xiaofang and Chu Yunfeng, and 40 Enlighten Celestials each from the four main martial halls.

Accompany her was also Li’Er, whom she had made a direct core protégé of hers and Yu’Er who had metamorphosed into a red color chicken.

Their destination was the Golden Clans Congregation, somewhere in the Nuer Mountains.

Even though the Divine Sovereign Clan was the host, it was situated far from the Nuer Mountains, the venture was really not surprising. It was because that could only mean one thing; the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth was likely to descend somewhat near the Nuer Mountains!

The descend location of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth was supposed to be one of the greatest secrets in the celestial fraternity and only the nine patriarch celestial clans that were strongly allied together would be the first to know.

But it was not the case. The smaller celestial clans had their own information network as well as alliances. Any large delegations or meaningful delegations that the Holy Citadel City had sent out would be observed and analysed by the many celestial clans and this day was also not an exception.

Moreover the near coming of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth and the Golden Clan Invitations of the Divine Sovereign Clan was actually not a secret. The location however was a secret as only the patriarchs of the celestial clans could unseal the message within the Golden Clan Invitation via their patriarch seals.

Other than the Lady Consort Ye and Xiaofang, Ye Jing did not tell anyone else where they were going other than a general direction because she knew that it would be leaked if the location was revealed too early.

It was because the Holy Citadel City had quite a sizable number of protégés that were from the second and third rank celestial clans. Every 3 years, the elites of the second and third rate celestial clans within the influential sphere of the Holy Citadel City would have a chance to join as inner citadel protégés and they would receive the best martial and celestial training.

There had always been fierce rivalries between the Divine Sovereign Clan, the Ancient Ascension Sect and the Celestial Sword Clan to send out the Golden Clan Invitations. The fact that this time it was the Divine Sovereign Clan that had sent out the Golden Clan Invitations meant that they had the right to be the host and had the prestige to lead the patriarch celestial clans for the expedition into the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth, having already proved to everyone that their clan’s divine calculations were superior to the rest.

Naturally as the host and leader of the expedition, the Divine Sovereign Clan would have the right to choose and distribute the loots.

The Holy Citadel City had never been host before, lacking the might to contest with the top 3 patriarch celestial clans. As far as everyone was concerned, the top 3 patriarch celestial clans were always the top 3 while the bottom 3 were always the same bottom 3.

Ye Jing knew that her clan was there to only pick up the bones and the leftovers.

But it was a lot better than the 2nd and 3rd celestial clans that were be following them.

Once the forbidden gates of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth were opened, the patriarch celestial clans will be the first to storm inside. This will be followed by the hundreds of other celestial clans that will be following keenly behind.

Even though it was obvious that only the patriarch celestial clans were invited, an eye was always closed for the presence of the other contesting celestial clans as long as they quietly waited for the patriarch clans to enter the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth first.

A second more subtle reason was that most of these celestial clans fell under the influences of the patriarch celestial clans and could be used to secretly influence the outcome in the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth.

Unfortunately for the Holy Citadel City, they were already so weak in the patriarch clan ranking. The ally celestial clans that they could influence were even weaker than them.

And exactly what was the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth?

It was said to be a gigantic palace that descended from the heavens. When its forbidden gates opened, celestials from all over the celestial fraternity would be able to enter within its walls to seek out divine treasures and lucky occurrences that could further their celestial practices and to aid them to ascend to the immortal realm as true immortals.

The Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth would only open for a year and after that, it would expel all the hopeful contesters to the outside before vanishing again for another 500-600 years till its next appearance.

All these information were of course shared to Ye Jing by the Lady Consort Ye to Ye Jing.

Lady Consort Ye gave her a final advice before she left, “Stay away from the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth.”

From her regal sedan, Ye Jing could see Xiaofang walking at the front of one of the convey columns. Slowly she pulled back the curtains of her sedan with a heavy heart, “I’m sorry Xiaofang…”

They had not been speaking for the past 3 days.

It was because Ye Jing had told him 3 days ago, “Since we are now going on a long journey, we may as well take this opportunity to overcome our Enlighten Divinity and progress on the Emotion Divinity. I know this is going to be hard for us but we got to endure while we are overcoming the Emotion Divinity or and we may experience deviations that impede our cultivation progression and even severe backlashes. So let us suppress our emotions till we have overcome the Emotion Divinity.”

Xiaofang did not protest as he knew that Ye Jing was thinking of the bigger picture.

While it may appear that Xiaofang was willing to do that, Ye Jing could sense his heavy heart through her Divine Sense. She thought heart wrenchingly, “Xiaofang, I know that it is hard after we have tasted the forbidden fruits but you got to be strong. If I am cold toward you, it is only for your own good…”

The initial stage of the Emotion Divinity required the cultivators to be at peace and unaffected by personal emotions. The intermediate stage of the Emotion Divinity required the cultivators to be indifferent to the joys and sufferings of others while the upper stage of the Emotion Divinity required the cultivators to reach the state of equanimity at all times. To overcome the Emotion Divinity, a heavenly tribulation involving equanimity must exist as a condition.

According to the Saintess Yi Si, the Emotion Divinity was the most difficult of all the Divinities to overcome. Many of the celestials in the past were unable to overcome it even after spending centuries of their time and even dying from it. That was why many of the ancient celestials that overcome the Emotion Divinities were often emotionless as well as cold calculating. The ancient celestials were almost all friends with benefits.

She had said, “This is actually the most important of all Divinities as it prepares the celestials for the long road of cultivation which can be extremely lonely and without achieving oneness with the Emotion Divinity, it can drive a person to insanity or depression. To the celestials that can overcome it then it lay a strong meditating foundation that can aid the cultivators to overcome their future state of divinities. This is the heart demon of the soul that every cultivator has to face and it won’t be easy.”

Right now, Ye Jing and Xiaofang were still in the initial stage of the Emotion Divinity and they were struggling to stabilize their current emotions first.

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Chapter 20: New Sensing Ability

Ye Jing had just finished her morning martial practices and had just exited the practice chamber when she noticed that there were a lot of activities that were going on below the inner citadel walls. A careful look revealed tens of orderly columns that are heading out.

Curious she asked Li’Er, who was her new attendant. “What is going on below?”

Li’Er smiled, “Reporting to Holy Consort, it is the new Sword Citadel Elder Chu Yunfeng leading the protégé disciples of the twenty-four Sword Citadel Halls. I’ve heard that they are going to the Dark Mist Peaks.”

Ye Jing was amused as she thought, “This Chu Yunfeng isn’t that stupid. He knows that it is impossible for him to clean up the Dark Mist Lake on his own so he is now abusing his authority as the Sword Citadel Elder to mobilize all the twenty four sword citadel halls to do the cleaning. Instead of him suffering alone, now it is the three thousands protégé disciples of the twenty four sword citadel halls that are going to suffer.”

She asked Li’Er, “Where is Xiaofang? I want to see him.”

Li’Er smiled, “Elder Fang is probably in his practice chamber. I’ll go and fetch him.”

Ye Jing nodded her head, “Tell him that I will be with Yu’Er.”

When she had said that, she had walked to the tower that housed Yu’Er.

Yu’Er was napping lazily when she had arrived at her tower shed.

Ye Jing laughed alluringly, “Time to wake up, Yu’Er. We are going to take flight once Xiaofang has arrived.”

When she had said that, Xiaofang had just arrived quite hastily.

Yu’Er shrieked lazily as she shook her body to stand upright.

Xiaofang called out, “Jing’Er…”

Ye Jing jovially laughed and her eyes were extremely coy, “My dearest Xiaofang. I hope that you are ready for next level of the Dual Cultivation today.”

Xiaofang flushed a little, “I am ready! But can Yu’Er…”

Ye Jing jumped gently on the back of Yu’Er before she extends a hand to Xiaofang, “Don’t be afraid. Yu’Er is now strong enough to lift the two of us. Did you not notice that she is now a big fat phoenix?”

Yu’Er shrieked unhappily at the word ‘fat’. She shrieked a few more times to convey that she was now a super fit phoenix and she was very proud of her extraordinary daily training.

Ye Jing growled softly at Yu’Er, “After eating all my superior fitness divine pills, you still have the cheek to argue with me…”

Xiaofang took Ye Jing’s hand and jumped lightly behind her. He could sniff her light fragrance and the comforting closeness of their bodies together which caused him to become even more flustered.

But he quickly composed himself as he stroked Yu’Er gently, “Thank you!”

Ye Jing laughed softly, “Fly Yu’Er, fly!”

And in the next few moments they were now soaring in the air with Yu’Er!

The reason why they were secretly flying off was because they were trying to attain to the 3rd level of the Dual Cultivation. It was easy enough to reach the first two levels of the Mind, Soul and Body of the Dual Cultivation but for the 3rd level of the Dual Cultivation, they would need a quiet place.

The Dual Cultivation that they were practicing consisted of nine levels. The first 3 levels were the Outer Dual Cultivation, the next 3 levels were the Inner Dual Cultivation and the final 3 levels were the Intimate Dual Cultivation.

In no time they had reached the misty mountains of an unknown mountain range and Yu’Er happily landed on the bank of a crystal clear lake.

Ye Jing smiled delightfully as she jumped off Yu’Er, “This place looks quite desolate enough. Hopefully there are no powerful devious beasts around.”

Xiaofang scanned the surroundings and said, “The spiritual veins in these parts are pretty good too. I wonder why there are no cultivators around here.”

Ye Jing laughed, “That is because the Celestial Realm is simply too vast and many of the mountains are simply too inaccessible. Moreover, no one can really fly unless they have a flying mount.”

She was suddenly quiet as she looked sentimentally at Xiaofang, “We got to practice on the Mind and Soul Dual Cultivation. We have been overdoing the Body Dual Cultivation a little too much already. The crystal waters here are suitable for soul cultivating and the…”

She shyly said, “…the cultivation of our pure minds.”

Xiaofang nodded slowly, not know what to say. It was because he was quietly anticipating what happening next.

Ye Jing turned to Yu’Er and said quietly, “Yu’Er, make sure no one disturbs us. Or I will roast you alive.”

Yu’Er shrieked delightfully as she flew off and with fearsome vigilant she began to encircle the mountains!

Ye Jing lowered her eyes shyly, “We take off our clothing piece by piece. One piece from me and one piece from you.”

Xiaofang nodded slowly, “Alright…”

His eyes suddenly became lustful as Ye Jing unfastened her belt, loosening her outer robe garment. Next, she removed her inner garment as she cupped her full bosoms and letting her skirt fell through her beautiful porcelain legs until only her lingerie was left.

With an extremely shy countenance as she secretly stole a glance at Xiaofang bare body, she could feel that Xiaofang was staring extremely hard on her as she stripped the last barrier of her shyness.

This was the very first time they were looking at each other body in this manner. The dark recess of the practice chamber was too dim and moreover they were mostly rolling on the bed.

Ye Jing saw that Xiaofang was no longer the lad that he was a year ago. He was now tall and well-built mostly because of the heavy daily chores and martial practices that he had been doing daily. He had grown to be an exceptional fine-looking heart-throb that could sweep the hearts of women upside down.

As for Xiaofang, Ye Jing was the maiden of his heart and she was perfect. He had always maintained an innocent approach to her until lately. It was because she was too irresistible and seeing her full naked body was a sinful temptation that was really hard to resist his urges for her…

Ye Jing saw that too but she quickly said, “That is not too appropriate now. We are supposed to be undergoing our cultivation here.”

So she pulled him to the crystal clear lake as they both looked shyly at each other. “Let’s us begin our Soul and Mind Dual Cultivation.”

Xiaofang said awkwardly as he tried to cover his lusts, “Right…” But his eyes never left her peaks and her valley.

Ye Jing was also trying to control her urges because having experienced heavens with Xiaofang, she found it difficult to control her feelings for him anymore. Moreover he was now staring at her so lustfully like a ravenous wolf that could eat her till there was nothing left but bones. She began to curse the bloodline gift of her Divine Sense ability.

But she did not want their efforts to be in naught so she firmly said, “Oh no, you don’t. Please restrain your dirty thoughts to only yourself. We are going to just seep in the lake for a couple of hours, not touching and just thinking of each other. Alright?”

Xiaofang reluctantly said, “Alright…”

One hour passed…

Two hours passed…

Three hours had finally passed.

Xiaofang suddenly said excitingly, “Jing’Er, I can feel you now. Even though you have exhibited no aura but your familiar air is embedded into my sense now. How about you? Have you succeeded?”

Ye Jing laughed softly and told a lie, “Uh, I just did.”

She had actually succeeded less than an hour into the Mind and Soul Dual Cultivation Practice. It was because she was gifted with the Divine Sense and the heart intricacies recite of the Purity Spirits. As she did not want to discourage Xiaofang so she purposely told him otherwise.

She laughed softly, “From now on, we can sense each other even if there is a wall between us. Isn’t this good?”

Xiaofang said, “If Jing’Er is in danger then I may also know as well…”

Ye Jing suddenly kissed him and hugged him, “It is about the right time that we cultivate the Body Dual Cultivation to the 3rd level as well. I know that you have been restraining yourself for some time now…”

Xiaofang did not wait for her to finish her sentences and in the next instant, they were already splashing wildly in the waters…

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Chapter 19: The New Elders

The dual cultivation had taken them many days than expected and during those few days, Ye Jing was in heavens.

Xiaofang was still her Xiaofang but she was no longer his Big Sister Jing anymore but his Jing’Er.

Ye Jing had rebuked him lightly, “You are such a badass. Of all Dual Cultivation Methods, you have actually dared to suggest the Body Dual Cultivation. You have taken advantage of me and see all that you want to see. Are you happy now?”

Xiaofang said with great resolve, “Jing’Er, I will love you till the heavens collapse. From our first encounter, I have already fallen in love with you…”

Ye Jing replied shyly in return, “Actually from our first fortuitous encounter, I have already got a good impression of you and moreover I am really grateful to Celestial Yuehua for purifying my inner core and for gifting me the Revelation Divine Sword. Without these two heaven aids, I may not even be alive now. Unlike Celestial Yuehua, my Ancestress Ye did not even want to take a second look at me because my attainment is a piece of shit and my cultivation strength is garbage.”

She added, “And of course without you, I would have been killed by my Uncle Baitian a year ago. Do you really think that I would really be so unappreciative? And of course we still got our Little Fenghuang. Through our Little Fenghuang, Celestial Yuehua is not only your mother but she is mine as well.”

She sarcastically said, “You know that sometimes I can be wild and unmindful of myself. I am someone that is not easy to get along with. You can even say that I am spoilt brat. I am always thinking if I were to marry one of the young masters of the patriarch celestial clans, sooner or later I would even be plotted to the death by my mother-in-law and also by the many palace intrigues.”

Xiaofang said firmly, “No matter what you are, you are always my Big Sister Jing and Jing’Er. When you have come back to cook for me, I am really touched. You are the nicest person that I have ever met…”

Ye Jing laughed softly, “That is because other than your mother, I am the only person that you have ever met.”

The affectionate emotions that they were displaying to each other were obvious and ingrained in the recess of their hearts…

In the past, it might seem that Ye Jing had hated Xiaofang. It was not exactly true. She just wanted him to explain to her but because of her shyness, she had fled away. She hated Xiaofang for not appearing before her to explain to her.

When she briefly saw Xiaofang again, he did not offer any explanation again and just like that, he had quietly disappeared.

It was only a year later that she had met him again that she knew that Xiaofang had become a protégé of the Holy Citadel City. Again, she hated him for not offering any explanation and not even once did he look for her.

It was only when Xiaofang was willing to surrender his life into her hands by eating the ‘poisonous’ dishes that had caused Ye Jing to be so touched that she dropped her pretentious hatred for him.

When two people get together, it did not require great sacrifices or great love. If they have eyes for each other then they will be attracted to each other. Ye Jing and Xiaofang are such people and their little romance start in an inconspicuous manner, blossoming as time goes.

When they had ended their secret cultivation practice a few days later, the first person that they had dumped into was the Lady Consort Ye and she was secretly startled that Ye Jing countenances seemed to be glowing.

She thought, “They seem to be getting along now? Jing’Er seems to be more demure now…”

This was also not lost on Elder Situ Ling and Elder Sheng as they had also noticed that their Holy Consort seemed to cut down some of her excessive antics and was more pleasant than ever.

In the next 2 weeks, Ye Jing and Xiaofang had become closer. They had also reached the Upper Enlighten Divinity, which was the separation between heaven and the earth which represents the separation of celestial and mortal.

But they were unable to overcome the peak of the Enlighten Divinity to reach the Emotion Divinity. It was because the Emotion Divinity was a divine path of cosmos loneliness and was the most difficult to overcome for the affectionate and the emotional cultivators.

Ye Jing was exasperated, “The Emotion Divinity is a direct contradiction to the Dual Cultivation Practice…”

Xiaofang tried to comfort her, “We will find a solution soon.”

It was a damper to Ye Jing as she was hoping to cultivate to a higher level before she sets off to the Golden Clans Congregation which was being hosted by the Divine Sovereign Clan.

Ye Jing said to Xiaofang, “I have decided to make you a clan elder. If you are an elder then it will also be more convenient for you to come and see me in the inner citadel for our secret practice. We need to step up more time for our Triple Cultivation Practice and we got less than two weeks before I need to go to the Golden Clans Congregation. Also there are far too many gossips about us that are flying around now.”

Xiaofang knew that it was true. For the past few weeks, he had experienced hostilities from the many protégés of the outer court. There were even some who used to be friendly with him but now they were also treating him like an enemy.

There were all kinds of malicious gossips that were aimed at him;

“Ever since the Holy Consort had kissed him, he has been going to the inner citadel. I wonder what’s up?”

“I have heard that Xiaofang did not return to his room for many days…”

“Maybe he has placed a powerful spiritual array on the Holy Consort and that is why he is able to bewitch her!”

“Surely he is a spy from the dark heretic clans.”

“I have reliable news from the maids in the inner citadel that he is particular close to the Holy Consort…”

Xiaofang said quietly, “I am only a lowly practitioner.  There will be many people who will be unhappy if I am appointed as an elder. Jing’Er, this won’t be a good idea. Let’s drop it.”

Ye Jing laughed softly, “Unhappy or happy, there is nothing they can do about it. After all I am the Holy Consort and my words are the supreme laws. What can they do? Don’t tell me they want to revolt against me? Well, it is too late now for I have already asked Elder Situ Ling to announce your appointment to all the clan protégés…”

“Jing’Er, I need to talk to you…” It was the Lady Consort Ye and she was walking in hurried steps toward Ye Jing.

Ye Jing asked, “Mother, what’s wrong?”

Lady Consort Ye said urgently, “Thousands of angry protégés have gathered outside the inner citadel and they are demanding to see you.”

Then she looked at Xiaofang, “It is about the appointment of Xiaofang as elder. They are not too happy about it.”

Ye Jing was flustered, “They are really rebelling…”

Lady Consort Ye urgently said, “It is not just the outer court protégés but the inner citadel protégés that are protesting too. Come, we have to go now before things get too out of hand!”

She turned to Xiaofang and said, “Come along too as well.”

Ye Jing said weakly to Xiaofang, “You just stand one side first. I will handle it…”

Suddenly she was unsure of her authority as Holy Consort anymore. She thought miserly, “Is there a weaker clan protégé leader that is like me in the entire celestial fraternity? I am the joke of the celestial fraternity…”

She had thought that being a clan protégé grandmaster meant that she had control over their life and death. But instead, she was plotted against by her patriarch elder the Celestial Baitian, the clan elders and now she had an open rebellion by her own protégés.

Even the luxurious life that she had imagined was also gone like the winds when her mother the Lady Consort Ye told her about the dire finances of the clan. The Holy Citadel City was actually dirt poor as it had been at the bottom of the nine patriarch celestial clans for several centuries now.

When Ye Jing arrived at the scene, thousands of protégés had already gathered at the ridge that was between the inner citadel and the outer courts.

She was quite shocked for it seemed that as many as ten thousands protégés had gathered and it was like half of the Holy Citadel City was in rebellion. It seems that it is the inner citadel protégés that are leading this rebellion as she could recognize many of the celestial masters that were in the demonstration.

Elder Situ Ling, Elder Sheng and the other three elders were all trying to pacify the unruly crowd and supporting them were two thousands of the loyal protégés.

When everyone saw the Holy Consort approaching with her splendid phoenix that was flying above her, the unruly crowd had suddenly calmed down and was all staring blankly at her. It was because her elegant beauty coupled with her many subtle enchanting gestures was too captivating.

“Is this our Holy Consort?”

“She seems to be out of the world.”

“Her eyes are golden? She is a Golden Celestial now?”

“Our Holy Consort is a Golden Celestial? When did that happen?”

What had taken everyone by surprise was that the Holy Consort was a Golden Celestial now and everyone was suddenly buzzing in confusion at the same time. They seemed to have forgotten about Xiaofang who was walking behind Ye Jing and the Lady Consort Ye for a moment.

In the Celestial Realm, Golden Celestials have an esteem status and every cultivator that managed to attain as a Golden Celestial will have their names recorded in the great ancestral halls of the celestial clans. If a third rate celestial clan can produce even a single Golden Celestial then they will be recognized as a second rate celestial clan instead.

Everyone had thought that Celestial Baitian was the only Golden Celestial in the Holy Citadel City. When the protégés had heard that Celestial Baitian was killed by their Holy Consort, they were stunned and also lamented that the era of the Holy Citadel City was over.

They had all known that their Holy Consort was only 22. How could anyone possibly be able to cultivate themselves into a Golden Celestial at a tender age of 22? Even if a person were to cultivate all the time and in their mother’s womb, it was still impossible to imagine.

Is their Holy Consort a super genius?

Moreover many of the protégés had seen the Holy Consort a few days earlier and her eyes were not yet golden. Where was the life and death heavenly tribulation that was supposed to accompany before one’s transition into a Golden Celestial?

The only major news in the past couple of days was that the Celestial Baitian and many of the elders had led an uprising against the Holy Consort. The Divine Sovereign Clan was also involved in the coup and there was a mysterious maiden that had appeared to aid the Holy Citadel City. What happened next was a little bizarre when the Holy Consort had suddenly decided to release the captives of the Divine Sovereign Clan.

According to rumors that were spreading around, it seemed that their Holy Consort had been engaged to Young Master Yuan Chengzhi of the Divine Sovereign Clan.

Except for the clan elders themselves, no one knew if the rumors were true or not since no one had dared to ask the elders about it.

Ye Jing said bluntly, “Are you all too free? What are you all doing here? Who are the leaders of the instigations?”

Lady Consort Ye smiled bitterly, “Jing’Er should be more tactful with her choice of words.”

There was an uneasy silence from everyone. Even Elder Situ Ling and Elder Sheng did not step in to accuse anyone as everyone seemed to be bystanders all of a suddenly.

Ye Jing asked, “Why the sudden silent?”

A protégé stepped forward and said, “Your Holy Consort. We are not happy with Dugu Fang appointment as an elder.”

From the markings of his attire, Ye Jing knew that he was one of the sword masters of the inner citadel and that he was also an Enlighten Celestial.

She took a close look at him before saying, “Chu Yunfeng?”

He was slightly startled that the Holy Consort was able to recall his name as he replied. “Yes!”

Chu Yunfeng was one of the senior sword masters of the Holy Citadel City. At 220 years old and if there was no blemishes on his records for the next 50 years, there was a good chance that he may be promoted to the position of an elder.

Ye Jing said coolly, “At 40, you are already an Enlighten Celestial. At 80, you are already a sword master of the 16th Sword Citadel Hall. Right now, you are already a peaked Enlighten Celestial and are likely to be an Immortal Celestial in a matter of a few short years. Why are you unhappy about Dugu Fang appointment?”

When Chu Yunfeng had heard the Holy Consort detailing his personal achievements, he was a little flustered and did not know what to say. In normal circumstances, he would be quite proud of the praises but today he was in an awkward situation.

What everyone did not know was that Ye Jing had a phenomenon memory and she could remember every nuances of what she had heard. Moreover she had a strange habit of spying and concealing herself on everyone since she was but a child.

Chu Yunfeng said awkwardly, “Dugu Fang is but a lowly practitioner. He is not even a full protégé. On what merits and achievements does he have the right to become an elder? We are all not convinced!”

When he had said that, the numerous protégés behind him were all shouting. “We are all not convinced!”

The thunderous roars of ten thousands protégés were so earth shaking that it seemed that the entire mountain was shaking!

Ye Jing coolly said, “Chu Yunfeng, you must know that I am the Holy Consort and I can promote anyone I like. I am promoting you to an elder of the inner citadel now, to be in charge of the 24 Sword Citadel Halls.”

Chu Yunfeng was startled, “Huh?”

Immediately there were more commotions from the back, “Sword Citadel Master Chu Yunfeng is promoted to the Sword Citadel Elder now?”

“At least he is more deserving than Dugu Fang…”

Chu Yunfeng quickly composed himself, “I thank your Holy Consort. But this matter won’t rest until you retract your order to promote Dugu Fang as elder…”

Ye Jing interrupted, “Elder Chu, you just got a promotion as elder and the first thing that you want to do is to defy my divine instruction?”

Chu Yunfeng said awkwardly, “There are more than three hundred masters of the Sword Citadel, Spirit Citadel, Force Citadel and Fist Citadel combined. Anyone of them has more rights to be promoted to an elder position than this Dugu Fang. He is not even a Master Practitioner yet and his cultivation is too low.”

Ye Jing asked, “How do you know that his cultivation is too low? Can you see his cultivations?”

Chu Yunfeng smiled weakly, “Whether his cultivation is high or low, we measure his standard by comparing to his celestial levels. He is only in the lowly practitioner level…”

Ye Jing interrupted coldly, “Xiaofang, draw your sword.”

Everyone was startled.

Did the Holy Consort want Dugu Fang to execute Chu Yunfeng?

Ye Jing said coldly, “If you can win the sword that is in Xiaofang hand then I will consider retracting my order. But if you were to lose then you may very well stand on my side.”

Chu Yunfeng smiled as he unsheathed his sword to face Dugu Fang, “This is a good idea. If I lose then I will be convinced…”

Everyone that was against Xiaofang was smiling. It was because as a Sword Citadel Master, Chu Yunfeng was well verse in the Nine forms and Styles of the Holy Citadel Swordplay. He was also not an ordinary master but a senior master. That was to say, his swordplay was extremely formidable!

It was not something any protégés below the Enlighten Celestial level could hope to contest with. Moreover, even an ordinary Enlighten Celestial would find it hard to contest against a senior sword master such as Chu Yunfeng!

“That Dugu Fang is going to die pretty soon.”

“He can keep dreaming of becoming an elder in his next life…”

Ye Jing looked at Xiaofang and said gently, “Be sure to use 100% of your strength.”

By 100% of his strength, she meant to say that Xiaofang should use 100% of his internal energies.

Xiaofang asked, “Do I really need to use 100%?”

Ye Jing replied, “Or else it won’t be convincing.”

Xiaofang nodded as he walked to the middle of the ridge with the sword that once belonged to Ye Jing, saying to Chu Yunfeng politely. “Junior pays my respect to senior.”

Chu Yunfeng smiled coldly as he flashed his sword, “As senior, I shall give you the benefit of the first strike and I will only use my right hand.”

There were thunderous applauses from the thousands of onlookers. Everyone was cheering and rooting for Chu Yunfeng, impressed by his gallantry and self-confidence.

Elder Situ Ling was secretly smiling as she flashed Elder Sheng a thoughtful look…

Ye Jing patted Yu’Er and said, “Who do you think will win?”

Yu’Er pointed her wings at Chu Yunfeng and shrieked excitingly.

Ye Jing was annoyed, “You stupid bird. You should point at Xiaofang!”

Xiaofang said respectfully, “Senior, you are too gracious to me.”

Chu Yunfeng said coolly, “Attack with your sword. There is no need for further words!”

Xiaofang nodded and imbued his sword with martial force, using only 50% of his internal strength instead of 100%.

All of a sudden he had attacked with a swing that was aimed at Chu Yunfeng’s sword.

Chu Yunfeng smiled and thought, “He is really an amateur. He had chosen to attack my strongest position which I can easily block his stroke instead of trying to encircle me to find a position of weakness…”

There was a tremendous shockwave coming from the clashing of two swords and to the horror of everyone, Chu Yunfeng was sent flying into the air and disappeared into his hordes of supporters!

There was a stunned silence from everyone!

The faces of the supporters of Chu Yunfeng were all ugly and uneasy!

What had exactly happened?

All they could see was that Dugu Fang sword stroke was parried in a timely manner by Chu Yunfeng but as Chu Yunfeng blocked the attack, he seemed to be overpowered by the strength of Dugu Fang’s stroke as it continued to swing forward like an unstoppable force!

Ye Jing was in the middle of a playful tease with Yu’Er and was startled, “It is over already?”

Elder Situ Ling was smiling. If Xiaofang was the masked lad that appeared a year ago then this result was not at all surprising. Even Celestial Baitian had been forced back by his single sword stroke before.

She laughed softly as she gently rebuked, “Are you all convinced now?”

Everyone was looking at each other and their expressions were extremely ugly as they shared the same thought, “How is it possible that Chu Yunfeng will lose?”

“I have not lost yet!” It was Chu Yunfeng who had picked himself up. He was suddenly seized by an irresistible martial force and was overpowered. “I didn’t use my full strength yet and I was careless! Dugu Fang, do you still dare to fight with me?”

Xiaofang replied, “I think that is enough…”

But all of a sudden Chu Yunfeng had displayed the Eighth and Ninth Form of the Holy Citadel Swordplay as he flew toward Dugu Fang with a tremendous speed!

Even Ye Jing was startled. It was because she had only mastered to the Fifth Form of the Holy Citadel Swordplay due to her lack of sword practice. She knew that the Eight Form and Nine Form of the Holy Citadel Swordplay were extremely formidable…

Many cried out, “This is going to be a massacre…”

Xiaofang was startled when he saw the extraordinary superior swordplay that was being displayed but he quickly composed himself and leapt into the mid-air. With just a single swing, he had sent Chu Yunfeng to crash with a thunderous impact onto the ground!

Chu Yunfeng coughed out a bout of blood and his sword arm was trembling nonstop. He was in a state of total disbelief!

Against the charged martial power and illusionary attacks of the combine Eighth and Ninth Forms of the Holy Citadel Swordplay, this Xiaofang could still overpower his sword strokes and sent him flying off with just a single attack.

The Eighth Form of the Holy Citadel Swordplay is able to enhance the martial power of the user by 80% while the Ninth Form of the Holy Citadel Swordplay is able to enhance the martial power of the user by 110%. By successfully fusing these two forms, the martial power of the Holy Citadel Swordplay can be further enhanced by 150%.

As a high prodigy, he was one of the few that could successfully fuse the higher forms of the Holy Citadel Swordplay together. Not even Celestial Baitian had such a high accomplishments as him.

Although he was only a peaked Enlighten Celestial, the power of his stroke was equaled to a peaked Immortal Celestial!

That was why everyone had thought that this was going to be a massacre!

Even Ye Jing was startled as she did not think that Xiaofang would be able to handle the ingenious strokes of the Eighth and Ninth Forms of the Holy Citadel Swordplay.

Elder Situ Ling walked over to the fallen and dazzled Chu Yunfeng, “I welcome you as an elder but you still got many things to learn.”

She looked at the thousands of protégés and smiled, “Who else will like to challenge Dugu Fang?”

After seeing the sorry state of Chu Yunfeng who had the reputation as one of the strongest fighters in the Holy Citadel City, everyone was thinking that Dugu Fang’s strength was above Chu Yunfeng and that he may be mole that was sent by the elders to monitor them.

Now they were a little afraid that they had offended him and were thinking of the many ways how they could offer their most sincere apologies to him.

Ye Jing said nonchalantly, “Are you all not leaving yet? If you are so free then stay behind to do some clan errant for me. The lake that is at the Dark Mist Peaks needs cleaning…”

When everyone had heard that those who were staying behind had to clean the Dark Mist Lake, they began to flee in all directions and in just a few blinks of an eye, they had all disappeared from the scene.

Ye Jing could only find one person and that was Chu Yunfeng so she said to him, “Since you are so free to volunteer then you shall go and do the lake cleaning.”

What could Chu Yunfeng do but to smile bitterly as he cursed the cowardly protégés silently, “I am a hero to stand up for everyone but you are all turtles when I need you…”

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Chapter 18: Methods of the Dual Cultivation

In a secret practice chamber, Ye Jing and Xiaofang found themselves staring at each other for some time.

Finally Ye Jing smiled, “Why are you staring at me for? We are supposed to be meditating upon the new celestial practice. Or are you having dirty thoughts and thinking about the Dual Cultivation already?”

Xiaofang turned flustered and he quickly said, “It is just that I didn’t see you for many days already and there is no word from you until today…”

Ye Jing smiled weakly, “I actually wish that we can start sooner but I have been so buzy settling this and that. Being the Holy Consort isn’t easy. So how are you these days?”

Xiaofang replied, “I am good. It is just that I have been thinking of the fight with your Ancestress.”

Ye Jing smiled, “What there to think about? One day, we will defeat her and turn her into a pile of waste. Did you not hear what my benevolent Celestial Teacher the Saintess Yi Si has said to us? We will be more formidable than her in the future.”

Xiaofang said, “That day when I had sparred with her, I found it weird that I would suddenly lose my strength. Even though it was only momentarily but that was enough for her to take Little Fenghuang from us.”

Ye Jing thought it over and said, “The Saintess Yi Si had told me a few days ago that Ancestress Ye specializes in a type of martial power divine skill that can nullify forces. I think the name of that skill is the Denunciation Force.”

Xiaofang began to mutter, “Hmm, the Denunciation Force…”

Ye Jing laughed and said, “Let’s not bother about that first. She won’t be as formidable as us after we have mastered our Triple Cultivation Practice. Let us take a look at the Mundane Celestial Practice first, alright? I am eager to start on it.”

She carefully said, “We are at the Genesis level now. According to the scroll, Genesis is the initiate awakening and the start of the divine practice. If we can successfully overcome this level, we can enter the Enlighten level. Because we are already high level celestials and Genesis is quite similar to our Xiantian Master Practitioner level, we probably won’t have any difficulties in overcoming it.”

Xiaofang nodded and said, “Let’s try.”

Therefore Ye Jing and Xiaofang started to meditate together.

Ye Jing closed her eyes and began her meditation.

She was now at the Initial stage of Genesis which was similar to the Lower Stage of the Master Practitioner level.

She began to ponder and started to gather her newly acquired internal energies into her inner core. It took her some time as she was too used to cultivate with her celestial energies.

She thought, “It is easy to condense celestial energies into my inner core to display martial power and sword energies. It is because I have been doing so for a number of years now. But condensing internal energies into my inner core to display martial power and sword energies is another matter. It is not easy to interchange between both types of energies.”

She got up and gathered the internal energies to display a forceful martial force. She said delightfully, “It is not that hard.”

“According to Saintess Yi Si, it doesn’t matter which type of energies we are capable of using as long as we are capable of using it to display our martial power and aura. The Genesis level is like the awakening of the celestial boundaries and the source of all the boundaries foundation…”

“Why is it that after I use the internal energies, I feel so alive? I can even feel the vitality of my meridians?”

So instead of condensing the internal energies, she began to let it envelop her entire body, coursing through her heart and vital organs…

“This feeling…I feel so alive…”

There was a sudden jolt in her head and her vision was blanketed by a momentary light. She knew that she had reached the Intermediate Genesis level!

So she began to ponder again.

“I don’t need to condense both celestial and internal energies into my inner core as one; both energies drawn its source of strength from the cultivation inner core. Internal energies increases as vitality increases. When the mundane practitioners become a celestial, their internal energies are the internal strength foundation at which they could achieve long lives.”

She sighed as she thought, “No wonder, the celestials in the Celestial Fraternity are weaker. Without rich spiritual veins to cultivate their inner core, many of the unfortunate celestials will take a longer time to overcome their celestial divinity.”

There was another brilliant jolt as she crossed the Intermediate Genesis level to the Upper Genesis level. She felt the strengthening of her spiritual inner core and the tremendous vital life energies of her internal energies that were coursing through her.

She felt the doubling of the boundary of her Golden Celestial level. Usually that was a bad thing as it meant she had to spend doubly the same amount time to overcome the level. But to her, she knew that it was a good thing as it was due to her enlightenment of the Genesis Divinity and that her present boundary was being strengthened.

She was a little envy of Xiaofang because he was still at the Enhance Energy level of the Immortal Celestial. If his boundary were to improve because of Genesis Divinity then his Enhance Energy level may surpass her as she had jumped too fast to the Aura level of the Golden Celestial.

“But I am a genius while Xiaofang is so stupid. So his understanding of the Genesis Divinity may not be outstanding.”

She calmed herself down once more and began to meditate once more, “Will I be able to reach the Upper Genesis level?”

The mundane celestials need years, tens of years and even hundreds of years to overcome the Genesis Divinity. It is because trying to cultivate to a celestial body is not easy for a mortal. Many got struck and are unable to progress from the Genesis level to the Enlighten level.

Although this was a major weakness but the Master Practitioners in the Celestial Realm are extremely weaker when compared to a Genesis Divinity mundane celestial. The martial strength of a Genesis Divinity mundane celestial with 80 years of internal energies is equivalent to an Immortal Celestial!

Ye Jing did not dwelled for too long and she was soon on the Upper Genesis level. It was because the Eternal Lotus within her had given her a solid foundation. She tripled her spiritual boundaries and was extremely startled at her results.

In no time she had overcome the Genesis Divinity and had reached the Enlighten Divinity.

When she opened her eyes, she saw that Xiaofang had also just opened his eyes so she asked. “Do you need help? I have already breakthrough from the Genesis Divinity to the Enlighten Divinity.”

Xiaofang smiled, “Big Sister Jing you are really amazing. I am currently at the Intermediate Enlighten level. What is Big Sister Jing’s staging now?”

“……”

Ye Jing said unhappily, “We shouldn’t cultivate this fast and should slowly digest the boundaries of the Genesis Divinity first to build a strong foundation. If you don’t lay a proper foundation, it will be detrimental to your future attainment.”

Xiaofang said respectfully, “Big Sister Jing, thank you for your timely instruction!”

Ye Jing smiled sheepishly, “Not at all. We are supposed to be helping each other.”

Then she quickly said as she had a quick thought, “Xiaofang, let us test our martial strength against the two celestial practices. Alright?”

Xiaofang nodded politely, “What do you need me to do?”

Ye Jing had immediately displayed a forward stance with her palm, “Hit my palm with 50% of your internal strength while I will also hit back with my Enlighten Celestial level.”

Xiaofang nodded, displaying an excited look. “Big Sister Jing, I am curious as well.”

Ye Jing shouted as she mustered her celestial energies equaled to a Peaked Enlighten Celestial, “Now!”

In the next instant they had immediately clashed their palms together with a thunderous clap and Ye Jing was forced to take five backward steps while Xiaofang had only taken a step back to steady his footings.

Ye Jing counted, “One, two, three, four…I have taken a difference of four steps back. That means your martial power is almost 40% stronger. Lucky I didn’t cough out blood. If I do then that means my internal organ has been damaged by you.”

Xiaofang panicky said, “Sorry Big Sister Jing…”

Ye Jing smiled, “Don’t worry. I am protected by my newly acquired golden body. You can’t seriously injure me. Now hit me with 70% of your internal strength.”

An imposing blue aura was now enveloping around her as she said, “I have raised my celestial energies to a Peaked Immortal Celestial. Now we see how it goes…”

Xiaofang had also immediately channeled 70% of his internal energies as internal strength, “Big Sister Jing, I am coming…”

At almost the same instant they had exchanged an even more thunderous clash that burst into a thunderous shockwave.

This time round, Xiaofang was forced to take three steps back while Ye Jing had taken two steps back.

As Ye Jing steadied her steps she said, “If you have used 100% of your internal strength as martial power against me, then you will be able to overpower me.”

Xiaofang shook his head, “With my present internal strength foundation, I can only use up to 300% of my internal strength before I exhausted all my internal energies. If I have used to the limit of 100% against you, I can only muster 80% in the next attack. Big Sister Jing is still stronger than me as you have not exhausted your celestial energies but I have. That is because you have the foundation of a Golden Celestial. I will still need to further improve my internal strength with the higher celestial divinities to even the odds with you. ”

Ye Jing nodded as they immediately sat down and started to scribble some numbers.

The celestials in the Celestial Realm had used a different way to determine their martial power. Depending on the cultivator celestial levels, their celestial energies are usually doubled of the last level and they controlled the outburst of their martial power through the celestial levels. For example in a strike, a Golden Celestial may choose to use the martial power that ranges from a Practitioner to a Golden Celestial.

On paper, using the power of the Practitioner level seemed like 20% of a Golden Celestial martial power but it was actually as low as 5%.

On the other hand, mundane celestials calculated their internal energies as a total usage and the power of their martial power was controlled by their output of internal strength rather than the celestial levels since their celestial divinities consisted of a unifying practice.

Ye Jing grinned, “Even though you may have exhausted your internal strength and still lost but you have reduced my celestial energies by 1/3 or more. If you are a Peaked Immortal Celestial then you can still narrow down our disparities…”

Xiaofang smiled, “If Big Sister Jing is able to train your internal energies to the level of a Golden Celestial then you have the strength of two Golden Celestials and will be extremely formidable.”

Ye Jing had a lit beam in her eyes, “What divinity will it be?”

Xiaofang replied, “At the Ascend Divinity.”

Ye Jing almost fainted on the spot as she muttered, “That is still so far away.”

But she soon recovered her composure as she took a shy look at Xiaofang, “I guess that is  enough practice for the mundane celestial practice. According to Saintess Yi Si, our Triple Cultivation Practice must move in steps together…”

With a flustered expression, Xiaofang helped her to complete the sentence. “We should proceed now to the Dual Cultivation.”

Ye Jing said shyly, “You have an Extreme Positive attribute while I have an Extreme Negative attribute. By exchanging our attribute energies through copulation then we can further refine the purity of our own attributes, strengthening the essences of our cultivation inner core…”

She was now so flustered that she could barely continue as she looked at Xiaofang, “…This consists of the cultivation of the Mind, Soul and Body…For the Mind Dual Cultivation Practice, the two dual practitioners must be in unison…while for the Soul Dual Cultivation Practice….the two dual practitioners must refine their souls to be in harmony…as for the…Body Dual Cultivation Practice…”

Xiaofang was breathing heavily as he shyly stammering, “I think we should start on the Body Dual Cultivation Practice first…”

Ye Jing pursed her lips shyly, “You really think so?”

Xiaofang nodded shyly, “I…we can experiment…”

Ye Jing was already on fire as she glanced at the bed at the corner, “Do you…do you mind carrying me there?”

She had suddenly gasped aloud for Xiaofang had lifted her off the ground to carry her as he walked to the bed.

Ye Jing could feel his strong and comforting arms on her back as they exchanged shy glances.

Slowly and gently, Xiaofang had put her down on the bed…

His eyes were on fire and he was like a hungry wolf that was about to feast on Ye Jing.

Ye Jing looked down shyly, “Be gentle with me.”

There were no more words. Instead they were clumsily kissing and rolling on the bed!

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Chapter 17: Shameless Betrothal Gifts

Ye Jing told the Lady Consort Ye who the mysterious maiden was and also introduced the Saintess Yi Si to her. She also told her what had happened.

It took her many days to overcome the grief of losing her baby.

Saintess Yi Si had also spent a few more days with Ye Jing before she handed over the Triple Cultivation Method scroll to her.

She had said, “Not as hard as I expected. I have specifically catered this Triple Cultivation Method for you and Xiaofang. It is not perfect yet as no one has ever cultivated such a method before. The tricky parts will be advancing all the three celestial practices at the same time. For a time you may need to slow down your Golden Celestial cultivation and focus on the Mundane Celestial Practice and the Dual Cultivation.”

When that was done, she gave Ye Jing a last embrace and said quiet, “I wish that I have a daughter like you. It is good that during my last days here that I have found you to take over my mantle. Be strong and please take care.”

There was a sense of loss in Ye Jing’s heart when she had departed. She prayed that she would be able to see her Celestial Teacher soon in the future.

During these few days, she had also tallied the losses of the Holy Citadel City. More than ten protégés were killed and more than a hundred wounded. Among the dead were 5 Enlighten Celestials and 3 elders, a grievous loss to the Holy Citadel City. And of course there were also 12 of the traitorous Elders, 8 of them were Enlighten Celestials and 4 were Immortal Celestials.

Ye Jing was thankful that Elder Situ Ling and Elder Sheng were not among the dead. They were seriously wounded but not life threatening.

As for the Divine Sovereign Clan, there were only 5 that were killed and they were of the Master Practitioner levels. She had captured 8 Immortal Celestials, 30 Enlighten Celestials and 55 Master Practitioners.

Master Practitioners were like footsoldiers, Enlighten Celestials were like captains and the Immortal Celestials were like knights while Golden Celestials were like generals.

She sighed heavily for she really did not know how to handle the captives. The captives of the Divine Sovereign Clan were stronger than her entire clan and overnight her clan was reduced to a second rate celestial clan.

The number of casualties was not as many as she had expected which was a good thing. It was also because most of the protégés of the Divine Sovereign Clan had restrained themselves. As long as the protégés of the Holy Citadel City were disabled from the fighting, they were ignored. After all with Celestial Baitian soon to be taking over the Holy Citadel City, there was no need to go too overboard and created lasting enmities.

Among the Traitorous Elders, there were 4 Immortal Celestials and they represented the entire number of Immortal Celestials in the Holy Citadel City. Overnight, there were no more Immortal Celestials among the ranks of the Holy Citadel City.

“Maybe not quite, if I count Xiaofang…”

“What shall I do with them?”

In the end she had finally decided on a course of action and summoned the leaders of the captives.

In the audience hall of the inner court stood Ye Jing, the Lady Consort Ye and the remaining 5 elders.

Ye Jing said to Young Master Yuan Chengzhi, Elder Yuan Xiao and all the captives. “Go back and tell the Divine Sovereign Clan that I will be attending the upcoming congregation. As for the elders that have betrayed the Holy Citadel City, we have no place for you anymore. You may as well join the Divine Sovereign Clan.”

When Young Master Yuan Chengzhi and Elder Yuan Xiao saw Ye Jing again, they were startled. It was because her state of divinity had changed and she had piercing golden eyes.

They were all silently thinking, “This is impossible. She is a Golden Celestial now? How did she elevate herself so fast?”

Even without any golden animus, there was still an air of divine aura around her that was imposing. That was of course due to the Eternal Lotus that was within Ye Jing’s inner core.

Young Master Yuan Chengzhi and the Traitorous Elders were still in disbelief. It was because they had all believed that the newly appointed Holy Consort was in a weak position and that Celestial Baitian alone would be sufficient enough to handle her.

But the appearance of a mysterious maiden had not only caused them to fall in just a few moments and Celestial Baitian was even killed by Ye Jing.

They just could not believe their eyes!

And now Ye Jing had appeared before their eyes as a Golden Celestial, causing them to be even more startled.

Ye Jing said coolly, “You can all go now but all your weapons and treasures will be confiscated. I will treat as though nothing has happened.”

Young Master Yuan Chengzhi was miserable as he said, “Your Holy Consort, may you be gracious enough to return me my divine sword…”

Even though his divine sword was only a half-step divine sword but in the Celestial Fraternity, divine swords were extremely difficult to obtain and most of the divine swords were the inheritance of their clan ancestors.

In this expedition, the Divine Sovereign Clan had lost not one but two divine swords!

It was because they had loaned a divine sword to Celestial Baitian to help him to secure victory.

Ye Jing hummed coldly, “You have already killed and wounded so many of my protégés. By letting you go, I am already considered to be super gracious. How do you expect me to account to my protégés and to the dead? Is the Holy Citadel City a clan that you can bully like a third rate clan?”

Elder Yuan Xiao stepped in to say, “You will dearly offend the Divine Sovereign Clan. Even if you are a Golden Celestial now, it is nothing compared to us. If you are wise then you will return us the two divine swords immediately.”

Ye Jing growled softly, “Outrageous! You have staged a coup against the Holy Citadel City. Instead of repenting, you have dared to wash your dirty linen in public. All the other celestial clans are looking down at you right now. What righteous celestial clans? More like dirty celestial clans, worse than the dark heretic celestial clans!”

Elder Yuan Xiao and Young Master Yuan Chengzhi were ashamed immediately. If their coup was successful then they could cover the successful takeover by Celestial Baitian with a righteous story. But they had failed miserable.

The Divine Sovereign Clan had many Golden Celestials and Sacred Saint Elders. They did not think that they would need to ask them for help to deal with the Holy Citadel City. Moreover Celestial Baitian was a Golden Celestial himself.

The strength of the Holy Citadel City was known to them through their extensive spy network. It was impossible for them to fail and moreover they had been preparing for all types of contingency. They had only one conclusion. That mysterious maiden was a Sacred Saint. If they bring more Immortal Celestials to form a sword formation or even one more Golden Celestial then they could still succeed.

Ye Jing continued to rebuke, “With your puny attainment that is like a piece of shit, not only are you a disgrace to the rest of the patriarch celestial clans, the righteousness of your ancestor celestials are also thrown away like garbage!”

As she was about to say more, the Lady Consort Ye quickly tapped her and whispered. “Jing’Er, where did you learn such vulgar language from? What did your elders teach you?”

Ye Jing had wanted to reply that it was precisely one of her elders the Ancestress Ye that had taught her but she thought of arguing with her mother in public.

Young Master Yuan Chengzhi was speechless. No one had ever called his attainment a piece of shit. He was a high prodigy that was praised by countless celestials and there were high expectations from the Elders for him. It was a personal insult and the celestials avenge personal insults by dueling with each other.

But at this moment he was injured and his performance was not peaked. But even if he was not injured, he could not fight against a Golden Celestial. Even if he wants to use his past achievements to compare with her, he could not because she had become a Golden Celestial at the age of 22 while he was still an Intermediate Immortal Celestial at the age of 200. If he was a genius among geniuses then what was she?

Even Elder Yuan Xiao was speechless.

Her words were too hurting and wounded the pride of many!

Ye Jing saw their sorry expressions and said, “The nine patriarch celestial clans are all protégé brothers and sisters. You don’t plot against your fellow celestial clan. Rather than worrying about your divine swords, you have better worried about how the other patriarch celestial clans will think first!”

Young Master Yuan Chengzhi sighed quietly. The Holy Consort was right. The secret intrigues of the nine patriarch celestial clans were many. They had caused the Divine Sovereign Clan to lose a tremendous amount of face and the other patriarch celestial clans will surely take advantage of this.

Ye Jing smiled coldly, “Since the Divine Sovereign Clan is the host of the upcoming congregation and I will be attending it, if you are not happy with me then in front of the nine patriarch celestial clans you may raise your unhappiness.”

Young Master Yuan Chengzhi smiled bitterly. It was because the Divine Sovereign Clan would rather hope that this incident will be “forgotten” lest it gave the other celestial clans a chance to undermine their influences.

Elder Yuan Xiao quickly said, “Actually the Divine Sovereign Clan has always respect and admire the Holy Citadel City. Our two celestial clans have always worked well with each other, even supporting each other. It is all a big misunderstanding…”

He secretly made an eye contact with Young Master Yuan Chengzhi and said, “You must know that our Young Master is young and inexperienced therefore he can be fooled by an old fox like Celestial Baitian. His original intention is to make a proposal of marriage to the beautiful Holy Consort. This will be a perfect heavenly match that all the celestials will be envious about. Don’t you think so?”

Young Master Yuan Chengzhi was smiling, “This is really a misunderstanding. I really wish to marry the Holy Consort. Together, we will be an absolute match under the heavens. Alas, I am so easy to be manipulated by the others!”

When Ye Jing heard them, she was totally speechless. They had made such a drastic turnaround and even called the Celestial Baitian an old fox. Talk about extreme face saving measures…

Young Master Yuan Chengzhi added, “I know that the Holy Consort has a bad impression of me now but I am sure that as we get to know each other, we will come to a better understanding with each other. As for the two divine swords, please consider them as a fitting betrothal gifts as a great show of my sincerity and deepest admiration for you.”

The reasons why he had said that was because the Holy Consort had stubbornly refused to give any face to the Divine Sovereign Clan to return the two divine swords. Left with no other choices, it was the only face saving measure that was currently available.

When Ye Jing, the Lady Consort Ye and the other Elders had heard Young Master Yuan Chengzhi, all their goose pimples began to rise as they simply could not believe that he could say such shameless and mushy words.

Ye Jing was so startled that she quickly shouted, “Go away. As soon as possible! NOW!”

Young Master Yuan Chengzhi smiled and said, “Then I shall take my leave. I hope that my beautiful Holy Consort will seriously consider…”

“Out!”

Young Master Yuan Chengzhi quickly said, “I hope to see my bride-to-be at the congregation…”

Ye Jing shouted as she almost vomit blood, “Out! Out!”

He was simply too shameless for her to bear.

When Young Master Yuan Chengzhi exited the heaven gates of the Holy Citadel City, he whispered to Elder Yuan Xiao, “I want the entire celestial fraternity to know that the Holy Consort has accepted the two divine swords as my betrothal gifts. Spare no expenses in spreading the rumors.”

Then he added, “And that I have helped the Holy Consort to deal with the Celestial Baitian and the Traitorous Elders.”

He smiled and looked at the Traitorous Elders before whispering to the Elder Yuan Xiao, “Since I have already dealt with them on behalf of the Holy Consort, why are they still following us? I want these pieces of shits to disappear.”

He waved his fan and was smiling as he began to hatch a new plan to possess the Holy Consort, “She is after all only an inexperienced young maiden of 22 and unexposed to the intrigues of the Celestial Fraternity. She is even a Golden Celestial. I can make use of her to further my renown and reputation. She can simply execute the Traitorous Elders according to the clan laws and no one will say a word. This shows that her character is too timid and too soft.”

But he was also thinking, “Who is that mysterious man who is said to have an immortal sword and that mysterious maiden? Are they the secret elders of the Holy Citadel City?”

It was well-known that the patriarch celestial clans had many formidable reclusive celestial fighters and elders. There were no way to track all of them even with the extensive spy network of the Divine Sovereign Clan.

Originally he had come to find clues to obtain the immortal sword but instead of gaining the immortal sword, he had lost two of his clan divine swords. It was a tremendous loss to the Divine Sovereign Clan!

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Chapter 16: Triple Cultivation Method

The Ascension Goddess was upon Xiaofang in the next instant with her two fingers in a sword stance.

Ye Jing screamed because she had seen how deadly her strikes are, “Xiaofang, run!”

But Xiaofang raised his sword in a nick of time and managed to block the fingers stance but he was forced to take seven steps backward!

The Ascension Goddess hummed coldly, “Not bad. Is he the man with the immortal sword?”

As she said that, she had already raised her sleeves to send Xiaofang flying into the air as he was moving backward. It was like she was capable of taking two simultaneous actions.

Xiaofang was startled as he quickly landed and rolled backward, “What are you?”

Ye Jing screamed, “Xiaofang, run now! I will be alright, don’t worry about me. Worry about yourself first.”

Xiaofang nodded and was about to dash to the entrance when he suddenly saw the Ascension Goddess was already at the entrance and she had raised a powerful martial palm strike at him.

Xiaofang immediately raised his palm to meet her attack with a thunderous impact.

There was a thunderous impact that immediately caused Xiaofang to cough out blood and taking more than ten steps backward!

As for the Goddess Ascension, she was still standing on the same spot as though she had never exerted any strength.

Xiaofang had broken into cold sweat and he had mustered the formidable aura of the Immortal Celestial as he drawn out his sword and instantly retaliated with a spinning flying sword that was filled with a tremendous martial power toward the Ascension Goddess!

But instantly the Ascension Goddess raised her fingers and sent the flying sword to reverse up the roof with a thunderous impact!

The Ascension Goddess and the Saintess Yi Si were both exclaiming at the same time, “The Flying Sword Technique of the Devil Isle!”

The Ascension Goddess said with killing malevolent intent, “You are indeed from the Devil Isle!”

At the same time, she was secretly startled, “This weak junior has actually made me executed four moves and he is still standing. If word got out then my reputation is at stake. Therefore he must die.”

Just as she was about to make a move at the young man, Ye Jing was already embracing Xiaofang and she was panicky checking him for injuries, “Xiaofang, are you alright? Does it hurt?”

Xiaofang held Ye Jing tightly as he cried out, “Big Sister Jing, when I have heard of the terrible pandemonium in the inner citadel, I am so worried sick. There are all kinds of hearsays and I don’t know what to believe…”

Ye Jing rebuked him gently, “My mother didn’t explain to you clearly huh?”

Xiaofang was trembling, “I didn’t believe that you will be unscathed. You are all covered in blood now. You must be in more terrible pain than I am. Come, let me help you…”

He was already secretly his life energies via his Healing Focus to her…

Ye Jing rejected his aid by pushing him gently away, “I am really alright now. Look at my eyes.”

Xiaofang looked at her eyes, “Big Sister Jing, your eyes are golden? Don’t tell you are a Golden Celestial now?”

Ye Jing nodded with a faint smile, “I have a lucky occurrence. My wounds are nothing that my newly golden body cannot recover. Save your strength and don’t expend your inner core energies unnecessary. In the future, you must address me as Celestial Jing. No more Big Sister Jing…”

Xiaofang muttered, “Big Sister Jing will always be the Big Sister Jing that is in my heart…”

The Ascension Goddess suddenly interrupted them with a martial shout that sent shockwaves rippling throughout, “Do you think that I am invisible? If you have an immortal sword then why don’t you use it? This is your one and only chance of survival now.”

Xiaofang suddenly asked Ye Jing, “Who are they? They have imprisoned you?”

Ye Jing smiled bitterly, “They are both my Celestial Teachers. The one that you have just fought is my Ancestress Ye the Ascension Goddess while this is Saintess Yi Si.”

Xiaofang was stunned as he muttered while looking at them, “Ancestress…Saintess…”

At this moment the Saintess Yi Si had quietly approached them, “Child, who is he?”

Ye Jing seemed to be pleading with her with her eyes, “He is Xiaofang. Don’t let Ancestress Ye harm him please…”

The Ascension Goddess said coldly, “The Goddess Palace and the Devil Isle are sworn enemies of each other. If you still consider yourself as my bloodline then you distant from him and kill him with your own hands.”

Ye Jing said defiantly, “What if I don’t?”

Saintess Yi Si pleaded, “They seem to be in love…”

The Ascension Goddess interrupted coldly, “This is my family matter. You should not get involved.”

Saintess Yi Si seemed to be amused, “Family matter? Celestial Aunt, am I not half a daughter to you? If this is a family matter then I have an equal right to intervene.”

Ye Jing was startled as she thought, “The Saintess Yi Si is the daughter of her Ancestress Ye?”

Saintess Yi Si continued, “You are only afraid of the Heavenly Decrees of the Devil Isle, am I right? And you are afraid that the Devil Isle may know that you are secretly intervening in the outcome of the Heavenly Decree…”

The Ascension Goddess smiled coldly, “That is true but I have discovered that the Devil isle is also secretly intervening in the outcome of the Heavenly Decree hence they have him here. Haven’t you heard already? This young man should be the masked young man with an immortal sword. If the Devil Isle did not send him to secretly intervene, don’t tell me the masked man is from the Goddess Palace or the Melancholy Valley? You have seen him displaying the Flying Sword Technique of the Devil Isle, isn’t that proof enough? The immortal sword is already proof of direct intervention and that is really low of them to resort to that. Moreover they have chosen an inconspicuous young lad so that their evil schemes cannot be discovered so easily. If I don’t slay him today then my name isn’t Ye Yin!”

Xiaofang stammered, “I am really not sent by anyone from the Devil Isle. Maybe that is my homeland but I don’t know anything from the Devil Isle. The immortal sword is given to me by my mother…”

Ye Jing was full of tears as she stepped protectively in front of Xiaofang, “You can’t take his life away. Because…do you know that…he is already the father of my child?”

Xiaofang was stunned as he looked at Ye Jing…

The Ascension Goddess smirked coldly, “This is an old trick that every maiden seems to like to use. Your tummy is still small. Let me send your unborn child to the limbo if that is true. It will be fast and before you even know it, it will be over.”

Ye Jing cried out, “Too late. I have…I have already given birth to her!”

Not only was Xiaofang shocked, the Ascension Goddess and the Saintess Yi Si were equally startled.

The Ascension Goddess said, “What did you say?”

The Saintess Yi Si said gravely to Ye Jing, “Child, if you lie to your Ancestress Ye then you have to pay for the consequences. So please restraint yourself. It is because she practiced the Purity Hearts Heart Intricacy. The more you lie to her, the more merciless she would become to execute the impurities of her opposition. It will backfire on you.”

The Ascension Goddess was looking at Ye Jing and Xiaofang. There was a subtle transformation in her eyes that was unnoticed. With her Purity Hearts extending her Divine Sense, coupled with her high mastery of the Linker Spirits Immortal Divinity, she was able to sense every emotional nuance that was coming from Ye Jing and Xiaofang.

When she was fighting Xiaofang, Ye Jing was in total distress and there were an overwhelming of anxiety that threatened to burst from her. As for Xiaofang, his heart and eyes were full of concerns and emotional grief for Ye Jing.

When Ye Jing suddenly said that she already had a child with Xiaofang, her heart was full of conviction and her love for Xiaofang seemed just so pure and innocent.

It seemed that this Xiaofang did not know for he had a surprise reaction in his heart.

The Ascension Goddess suddenly said, “Show me your daughter. I will decide on his fate later.”

With great reluctant Ye Jing took them to a secret chamber. Only the Lady Consort Ye and her nanny who had raised her knew of this secret chamber where she had housed her baby.

Little Fenghuang was crying in distress when they had entered the secret chamber. Ye Jing quickly dismissed her nanny and brought her baby into her bosoms, “Little Fenghuang, don’t cry. Mummy is here.”

When the baby was in her arms, she stopped crying.

The Saintess Yi Si was surprised, “There is really a baby here.”

Xiaofang was stunned, “She is our child?”

Ye Jing laughed weakly, “Yes she is. I want her to be a secret and a surprise to you. Now that you know, are you happy to see her?”

Xiaofang stammered as he touched the baby’s face, “Yes I am. She is beautiful…”

The Ascension Goddess said coolly, “Let me carry her.”

Ye Jing and Xiaofang were both fearful and they did not react at all.

The Ascension Goddess hummed coldly as she suddenly snatched the baby away. Her movements were like ghost and were unstoppable. “What are you worrying about? I won’t eat her.”

Ye Jing was trembling as she fell onto the floor, “Please don’t hurt her…”

Xiaofang was also powerless and he could only watch the Goddess Ascension carried the baby in her arms. Just now when he saw the movements of the Ascension Goddess and moved to stop her, he was instantly struck by a pressurizing force that caused his strength to vanish momentarily.

The power disparity between them was too great!

The Saintess Yi Si quickly said, “Don’t worry. With me around, she won’t hurt your baby.”

She said to the Ascension Goddess, “Let me take a look at her too.”

The Ascension Goddess examined the baby, “She is my bloodline alright. The Divine Sense is strong in her. What? She is a born Xiantian as well. What an amazing baby but still she will be garbage with the current cultivation method.”

Saintess Yi Si said after examining the baby, “This baby not only has your Divine Sense but she also has the Healing Focus. Is it possible? Usually that is not possible to have more than one bloodline. This child will grow up to be a unique existence in the history of the celestials. Too bad, I won’t be seeing it.”

The Ascension Goddess growled softly, “She carries the bloodline of the Devil Isle alright.”

Saintess Yi Si was suddenly excited, “Did you see her attribute? That is the Absolute Equilibrium Force!”

The Ascension Goddess smiled, “That’s right. Mother is Extreme Negative while father is Extreme Positive and now these two extremities merged to form the Absolute Equilibrium Force within this baby. Amazing!”

Equilibrium intricate energies were the most difficult of all the attributes for intricate energy to develop.

The many types of attributed intricate energies were classified as positive, negative and equilibrium.

Positive intricate energies were the most common and can be further define into positive, pure positive, extreme positive and extreme pure positive.

Negative intricate energies were the rarest and also had the most variations. It can be further define into Negative, Pure Negative, Extreme Negative, Cold Negative, Pure Cold Negative and Extreme Cold Negative.

Equilibrium intricate energies were the second common and there were just two variations, Balance and Absolute Equilibrium. For celestials to be attributed with the Balance intricate energies, it was actually not a bad thing. While they were incapable of displaying their intricate celestial energies into sword energies, their martial force and aura were actually stronger. Very few are born with the Absolute Equilibrium intricate energies and those who are born with such attributes are always the peak celestials of their generation.

The Ascension Goddess muttered, “Yi Ping is also an Absolute Equilibrium attribute…”

She was an Extreme Negative attribute. She was good to the extremes of many of the Celestial and Immortal Divinities. Her strength in some of these Divinities had far surpassed Yi Ping in many aspects. Yi Ping had nothing of her energy sense, speed, agility, perceptions and many more but his State of Divinities were much higher than her because he only needs to barely overcome each divinity to reach the next divinity. He was not too weak or strong in all the divinities and was considered to be a ‘just passed student.’

But because he had a great number of divinities, he was a more formidable fighter than her, utilizing a great number of divinities against her with apparently no weaknesses.

There are many great celestials that are struck in a particular Divinity, spending centuries of their time or even until their lives have extinguished but they still cannot overcome the boundaries of their struck Divinity.

But for those that have the Absolute Equilibrium attribute, they have an inherent sense to feel the boundaries of the Divinity and to overcome it when it is of the ‘right time’. It is because their attribute also limits them to the higher boundaries of the Divinity and causing them to be able to move on earlier than most.

Saintess Yi Si pointed out, “And she also has dual bloodlines in her.”

The Ascension Goddess nodded, “Maybe this child future attainment won’t be like a piece of shit.”

When Ye Jing overheard her, she felt like digging a huge hole to cover herself up…

The Ascension Goddess seemed to be pondering when the Saintess Yi Si said, “This young man may not really be wholly related to the Devil Isle. Think this way. Will the Devil Isle be foolish enough to let everyone knows they are secretly intervening in the coming calamity? Even if it just a half-step extreme positive immortal sword and is considered to be immensely powerful, will they risk exposing their covers and give you a weapon to gain an advantage over them?”

The Ascension Goddess slowly nodded and asked, “Kid, what is your full name and who are your parents?”

Xiaofang said nervously, “Dugu Fang. I don’t know who my father is but my mother calls herself the Celestial Yuehua.”

Ye Jing cut in, “Celestial Yuehua is a peaked Sacred Saint and she had just successfully ascended to the immortal realm as an immortal. She is the one that has given me my divine sword and the immortal sword to Xiaofang. Now are you afraid of her? Give me back my child!”

She was thinking; if the Saintess Yi Si and the Ascension Goddess had not ascended yet then this Celestial Yuehua must be their senior and because she could ascend then she must have a higher status than them. She could even be their Celestial Elder or even a fearsome celestial fighter of the Devil Isle!

The Ascension Goddess paused to take a piercing look at Xiaofang before she said, “Never heard of her before. Must be a nobody. How about you Yi Si?”

Saintess Yi Si shook her head, “I have no idea either. Probably an Autonomous Celestial.”

Ye Jing was totally speechless when she had heard that they had not heard of the Celestial Yuehua and did not seem to care much.

So she offered them a clue to cause them to be afraid, “I saw her having an earth-step immortal sword when she was ascending. Surely when she is an immortal, she must be a powerful immortal without any equal.”

There were many Sacred Saints that did not even possess any immortal treasures when they had ascended.

The Ascension Goddess smiled wryly as she unsheathed her Blessed Heaven. Immediately the entire chamber was lit up in glorious light that vibrated brilliantly before it slowly died down to a softer glow.

When Ye Jing read the divine aura of the Blessed Heaven, she was stunned that it was a Saint Immortal Sword, a grade that was even higher than a superior grade heaven-step immortal sword. It was beyond classification…

The Ascension Goddess hummed coldly, “You think I will be interested in Xiaofang’s immortal sword or that I will be afraid of that Celestial Yuehua? I have a nobler goal than that.”

Then she turned to look at Xiaofang, “Why didn’t you fight me with your immortal sword just now?”

Xiaofang replied slowly, “There is no time and…there is no killing intent from you.”

The Ascension Goddess appraised Xiaofang intently before she said, “Your Ancestress Dugu Yuzi will be proud of you compared to…”

She did not completed the sentence but everyone knew that she was referring to Ye Jing and Ye Jing was secretly helping her to complete the sentence, “…to that piece of a shit Ye Jing.”

The Ascension Goddess said, “Your baby will be safe with me. I’m taking her with me.”

Ye Jing cried out, “You…what? You are taking Little Fenghuang away…”

The Ascension Goddess said coldly, “If you want me to spare him, you have no other choice. Are you strong enough to wrestle your child from me? But don’t you worry, I will give her the best care and the best cultivation method. If you want to take her back then come to the Goddess Palace with the Heavenly Decrees of the Devil Isle. This is already the bare minimum allowances that I will be giving you. Know your limits.”

Ye Jing turned to the Saintess Yi Si for help as she fell to her knees, “Celestial Teacher, help me to take back my baby…”

Xiaofang had also dropped to his knees as well as he said in anguish, “Saintess Yi Si, please help. I will be your cow and horse forever…”

But the Saintess Yi Si said emotionlessly, “If you want to take your child back then you must be strong enough to seize the Heavenly Decrees from the Devil Isle or fight your way to the Goddess Palace.”

Ye Jing cried out, “I don’t even know where the Devil Isle or the Goddess Palace…is”

Saintess Yi Si said, “Don’t ask me. I don’t know either.”

As they were talking, the Ascension Goddess had already left.

Ye Jing was totally at her breaking point. When she saw the Saint Immortal Sword that was unsheathed earlier, she was extremely fearful. Even if she was a Sacred Saint, in the face of that Saint Immortal Sword, she would still be cut down instantly. That was because her attainment was a piece of shit and that her cultivation method was garbage…

Saintess Yi Si suddenly brought her to her feet and hugged her warmly, “Don’t worry, your baby will be safe with her. The reason why she takes your baby away is to shelter her from the coming great calamity. If your baby stays with you then her fate will be miserable.”

Ye Jing was startled, “Is it true?”

Saintess Yi Si nodded, “Do you know that your Ancestress Ye is actually helping you secretly. She is just finding excuses to protect your child. She isn’t as heartless as you think she is. But you got to be stronger, alright?”

Ye Jing stopped her tears and asked anxiously, “How do I become stronger?”

Saintess Yi Si smiled at Ye Jing and Xiaofang, “Using the Triple Cultivation Method.”

Ye Jing and Xiaofang looked at each other, with both saying loud in surprise at the same time. “What is that?”

Saintess Yi Si said, “The current cultivation method is the first cultivation method. The Mundane Celestial Practice is the second method. As for the third cultivation method…”

She smiled broadly, “Is the Dual Cultivation.”

Ye Jing opened her eyes widely, “The Dual Cultivation Method? Isn’t that…NO WAY!”

Saintess Yi Si knocked her head lightly, “You don’t need to be so shy. You are already man and wife in spirit. Your attributes are Extreme Negative while Xiaofang has the Extreme Positive. Isn’t this the most perfect in the world?”

Ye Jing said shyly, “I am a Golden Celestial now. He will drag down my celestial progression. Plus our Divinity levels have a disparity and he doesn’t have any internal strength to practice the Mundane Celestial Practice…”

All of a sudden she was speechless because the Saintess Yi Si had taken out another Divine Dragon Pill and said to Xiaofang, “Earlier during the fight with the Ascension Goddess, I have already noticed that your internal energies are not that weak when you use the Flying Sword Technique. With this Divine Dragon Pill, you will be able to reach the peak of your internal energies and will be able to start cultivating the Mundane Celestial Practice.”

Xiaofang was touched as he bowed respectfully before taking the Divine Dragon Pill to swallow it.

Saintess Yi Si said, “No one has ever attempted this Triple Cultivation Method before because no one has ever successfully merge three celestial practices into one celestial practice. If you cultivate carefully, then you will be able to cultivate your internal energies, celestial energies and spiritual inner cores at the same time. You will be formidable under the heavens and your enlightenment may surpass all the past celestial masters. ”

Ye Jing asked, “Even more formidable than Ancestress Ye?”

Saintess Yi Si lied without batting an eyelid, “Even more formidable than your Ancestress Ye.”

Ye Jing clapped her hands and said to Xiaofang eagerly, “Did you hear that, Xiaofang? Don’t you lag behind me! I don’t want to wait for you just because you are slower than me in progression. We will snatch our child back in no time…”

Xiaofang said solemnly, “But Saintess Yi Si just say that no one has ever merged them into a single celestial method before.”

Ye Jing stopped her delights. She had totally missed out on that part…

Saintess Yi Si smiled warmly , “If I have mentioned it then I have already thought of a way to merge them into one celestial cultivation method.”

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Chapter 15: Cultivation Cheats

Saintess Yi Si displayed a couple of scrolls in front of Ye Jing as she said patiently, “The current cultivation method has been in used for the past thousands of years. It has six celestial levels, Practitioner, Master Practitioner, Enlighten Celestial, Immortal Celestial, Golden Celestial and Sacred Saint. Each of the celestial levels has a lower, intermediate and upper tier denoting the mastery of the celestial level.”

Ye Jing nodded. This was common knowledge to all the cultivators and there was nothing new.

Saintess Yi Si said unhurriedly, “Generally speaking, there are no major flaws in it. Mortals and Celestials are able to cultivate alike and they are only limited by their potential. If a mortal cultivates hard enough, they may have a breakthrough to the Practitioner level. This is the point where they will be officially attained as a celestial. Most of the celestials are born to have innate gift in cultivating and usually begins cultivating at the Practitioner level. When they have started to cultivate, the speed at which they can reach the Master Practitioner level is usually their latent potential.”

“The Practitioner level is also known as the Houtian Divinity which is a struggling goal for most of the mortals to attain. The Master Practitioner level is also known as the Xiantian Divinity. Some exceptional celestials are born Xiantian and the breakthrough to Enlighten Celestial is as easy as a celestial that is on the Practitioner level trying to breakthrough to the Master Practitioner level.”

“The first celestial level is usually the easiest to overcome and it gets doubly difficult at every new level. It will take a person hundreds of years to attain as a Golden Celestial and at least 500 years to be able to achieve to the Sacred Saint level.”

“However it is not always easy to overcome the life and death heavenly tribulation to become a Golden Celestial. Many have failed at peaked Immortal Celestials.”

Ye Jing knew that it was very difficult to attain as a Golden Celestial. Her father had perished in the failed life and death heavenly tribulation to become a Golden Celestial. The Eternal Lotus had helped her to ignore the life and death heavenly tribulation and elevated her as a Golden Celestial.

Saintess Yi Si heaved a soft sigh, “Only about 4% of the celestials will be able to attain as a Golden Celestial and less than 1% can attain as a Sacred Saint. Out of these Sacred Saints, only about 1/5 of them will be able to overcome the Heavenly Wrath and ascend as immortals before their lifespan run out.”

Ye Jing nodded. That was why she was shocked when she had actually witnessed the ascension of the Celestial/ Saintess Yuehua.

She could not resist asking, “It seems that my celestial teacher has abnormal long lifespan. If everyone could have your long lifespan maybe they would be able to ascend as well.”

Saintess Yi Si laughed softly, “The cultivation method that I am practicing is actually not a unique cultivation method. It is an old cultivation method that is used by the majority of the celestials during my time. I just can’t discard it halfway or it will be detrimental to my future attainment.”

Ye Jing sighed, “It must be hard on celestial teacher to practice such a long and tedious cultivation method. The years of loneliness must be hard to bear.”

At this point the Ascension Goddess interrupted with a cold laugh, “But she is a high prodigy. Less than 100 years after she had been elevated as a Golden Celestial, she could choose to ascend as an immortal if she wants to.”

Ye Jing was stunned, “So fast? Why didn’t celestial teacher?”

Saintess Yi Si growled softly, “That has nothing to do with talent. It is only…only because I have some experiences in the Stellar Sanctuary that increases my pace of enlightenment.”

The Ascension Goddess smiled as she seemed to be recalling something distantly, “Anyone that can reach the 100th level of the Stellar Sanctuary can breakthrough into the realm of the immortals with one eye closed.”

Ye Jing asked, “What is this Stellar Sanctuary?”

Saintess Yi Si patted her head gently, “Child, I am not surprised that you have never heard of it. It is very familiar to the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth where you go and try for a break in lucky occurrences in order to change your destiny.”

Ye Jing muttered, “I have heard that the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth is very difficult to overcome. In fact, no one has ever even been to the most interior yet. I have heard that the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth is appearing soon. Why don’t celestial teacher accompany me to go there before your ascension? Maybe we can find wondrous treasures that can increase the odds of your ascension.”

The reason why she had said that was because it was not a 100% chance that the Saintess Yi Si could ascend successfully. The more rare artefact treasures that they could find, the better. She really did not want to lose her new celestial teacher so soon and she felt that she got plenty to learn from her at the same time too.

Saintess Yi Si seemed to appreciate her thoughts, “Don’t worry. I will be alright. My destiny lies in the immortal realm. Moreover I have been to the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth a few times already. It is better for you to seek your own enlightenment.”

Ye Jing asked, “Celestial teacher had been to the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth already?”

She felt that she was asking a silly question because the Saintess Yi Si had been around far longer than anyone.

The Ascension Goddess smiled wryly, “The first time that the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth had descended, she had already reached to the highest level. This caused a huge upheaval in the heavens back then and the difficulty of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth was thereby forced to adjust not once but several times…”

All of a sudden the Ascension Goddess stopped because she had a slip of tongue. It was because she noticed that Ye Jing was looking at her in a curious manner…

The Ascension Goddess quickly said, “Anyway, she won’t accompany you there. It is because there is someone that she wants to see in the immortal realm for the very last time.”

Ye Jing looked at the Saintess Yi Si and was curious who was that someone. ..

There was a sad countenance in the Saintess Yi Si’s eyes. But she revealed nothing and she seemed to be in a distant place.

Ye Jing waited patiently, afraid to distract her thoughts.

After a while the Saintess Yi Si smiled faintly to her, “Child, do you know that there is a mortal realm below this realm?”

Ye Jing nodded, “I have heard of it and have heard that from time to time, there would be celestials from the mortal realm that ascend to here.”

Saintess Yi Si smiled as she pointed to a scroll that had diagrams and words, “The cultivation method that they are practicing is the same as mine. The celestials here emphasised celestial energies as their celestial foundation but the mortals below actually started off with internal strength or you may refer to their vital life energies as foundation.”

Ye Jing listened with interest…

“Their internal strength and martial power are interchangeable. It is the same as our celestial energies and martial power. The difference lies in that celestial energies need rich spiritual veins to cultivate while internal energies can be strengthened through martial power skills and superior heart intricacies.”

Saintess Yi Si pointed to a section of the scroll, “But no matter how hard the lower realm mortals can practice, there is a limit of 60 years of internal strength. Unless they can gain a major breakthrough, it is very difficult to have more than 60 years of internal strength. Even then they can be considered as super exponents, capable of doing many feats that only an Immortal Celestial can do.”

She pointed to another section, “If they can achieve 80 years of internal strength then they can encounter the Divine Calamity which will turn them into celestials like us. However, their celestial practice is more tedious, they have to overcome seven levels of celestial divinity, Genesis, Enlighten, Emotion, Transverse, Seventh Sense, Crisis and Ascend. I won’t go into the details. But you can read it here when you are free.”

“Their Ascend is actually our Golden Celestial level. At peaked Ascend, they will be able to transmigrate to the Celestial Realm. They are actually the ancestors of all the celestials here.”

Ye Jing muttered, “They are the ancestors of all the celestials…”

She took a look at the scrolls carefully, “These celestial divinities are all so profound. If they are able to transmigrate here, they will be very formidable celestials am I right?”

Saintess Yi Si smiled, “Now you finally catch it.”

Ye Jing was perplexed, “But why is that in recent times, we don’t really see more of them?”

Saintess Yi Si said quietly, “There are actually many and many have chosen to conceal their identities. Most of the ancient celestials here had already transmigrated to the immortal realm. The native celestials are on the whole weaker than the mundane celestials. That isn’t supposed to be happening because the celestials in the celestial realm are supposed to carry on the divinities of the mortal and celestial realm on their backs to the immortal realm.”

While Ye Jing was listening, she had already taken to reading the scrolls. She said, “I think I see what is wrong with our current cultivation method.”

Saintess Yi Si smiled as she waited for her to analyse.

Ye Jing said miserably, “The mortal celestials seem to have trained everything whether it is their spiritual inner core, senses and body strengthening techniques. It is all so extreme. If they ascend then they are equalled to the peaked Golden Celestials here. Maybe even better if they are extreme talents.”

Saintess Yi Si nodded lightly, “That is not too far from the truth. When they ascended to the Celestial Realm and cultivated as a Sacred Saint, their life and death success rate is over 90%.”

When Ye Jing heard her, she was stunned. “How is that possible…”

The success rate of to a Sacred Saint was said to be only 1%. 90% vs. 1%, it just did not add up. The disparities were simply too great and Ye Jing could not accept that the current cream of the crop of the celestials was inferior to the mundane celestials…

The Ascension Goddess smirked coldly, “Just because you think that that you have my Divine Sense, you have a seventh sense that makes you a superior fighter than most? Without attaining to the true Seventh Sense Divinity, you will not be able to split your senses as widely as me. Without attaining the Transverse Divinity, your Divine Sense is not as far reaching as me. With a combination of the Emotion Divinity, Seventh Sense and the Crisis Divinity, even if you are surrounded by hordes of fighters, you can still fight with your eyes closed. My Divine Sense is a waste in you.”

Ye Jing broke down and cried. She was after all still a young girl. She was really a piece of shit. Even if she could attain as a Golden Celestial and be able to show off, she could never be a Sacred Saint. To be that 1% of the lucky of the luckiest and the best of the best, she really did not have any confidence!

The Ascension Goddess knew that she was rebuking too harshly but she did not care because her state of divinity caused her to be numb to emotions. Her Emotion Divinity was cultivated to the peak and was almost perfect.

She even added, “Reality is extremely cruel.”

Saintess Yi Si had pulled Ye Jing into her embrace, “It is alright to cry. You will feel better.”

The Ascension Goddess could not stop, “That is why I hate this distinction between the Golden Celestials and the Sacred Saints to separate the Superior Golden Celestial from the Golden Celestials. Even if they are Sacred Saints here, they are not the Superior Golden Celestials that I am so used to fighting.”

Saintess Yi Si shot her an angry look, “Fine. Fight me then if you want a fight!”

The Ascension Goddess said coolly, “You are not my match. My Blessed Heaven has already evolved into an immortal sword with a sanctorum power that can shake the heavens and the earth…”

Saintess Yi Si looked at her with emotional and bleary eyes, “How can you be so cruel? Have you forgotten that this maiden here is your own flesh and blood! If my father is here today, he will never have condoned this. I don’t have a child of my own. I have stayed in the Celestial Realm in many years of loneliness. But you are different. You are so fortunate but yet you do not appreciate it.”

The cold eyes of the Ascension Goddess seemed to have softened as she slowly walked over to Ye Jing, She knew the secret of the Saintess Yi Si and why she was lingering in the Celestial Realm…

She tapped Ye Jing gently, “Hey, you are such a big girl now. Don’t cry anymore. I admit that I am too frank. Honesty hurts.”

Saintess Yi Si said coldly, “You! Stand aside and not a word more!”

She embraced Ye Jing tightly, “The path of cultivation is not easy. So take it easy.”

Then she asked, “Child, do you want to learn the old cultivation method?”

Ye Jing tried her best to stop her tears, “I really want to. I want to be stronger.”

Saintess Yi Si smiled, “Then I can help you.”

The Ascension Goddess looked at the Saintess Yi Si curiously, “How do you plan to do so?”

Saintess Yi Si said, “Her spiritual inner core is very pure. So this shouldn’t be a problem.”

She took out a bright red pill and said to Ye Jing, “Swallow this.”

When the Ascension Goddess saw this bright red pill, she was flabbergasted. “The Divine Dragon Pill!”

The Saintess Yi Si smiled faintly, “That’s right!”

Ye Jing did not know what it was but she swallowed it nevertheless.

Saintess Yi Si said gently to her after she had swallowed it, “Child, this is the Dragon Divine Pill. With your present foundation and the Eternal Lotus to enhance its effect, you will be able to gain 80 years of internal strength in an instant. Soon you will feel the effect of the internal energies in your body.”

Ye Jing was startled, “I can also cultivate internal energies now?”

Saintess Yi Si smiled, “That is right. You can now begin cultivation at the Genesis Divinity. This is the scroll that contains all the cultivation steps. I have used a thousand years to research the various celestial divinities. Good luck my child. If we are fated, we may yet meet again in another time.”

Ye Jing was startled, “You are leaving so soon?”

Saintess Yi Si said, “It is the way things are. Parting and gathering is but a cycle. You will soon get used to it.”

All of a sudden there was several shouts, “Big Sister Jing, where are you?”

It was Xiaofang!

Ye Jing shouted panicky, “Xiaofang I am alright! Stay away from here!”

But it was too late. Xiaofang had already dashed into the room. While he was startled to see that Ye Jing was not alone, he could not control his flow of emotions as his voice trembled hard. “Big Sister Jing, are you alright? I am sorry, really sorry. You should have told me…”

The Ascension Goddess took a look at this unusual young lad and asked coldly, “Who is this man? Is he the one that I am searching for?”

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Chapter 14: Heavenly Decrees of the Gods

Ye Jing was alone with the mysterious maiden in one of the rooms of the inner chamber. It was because the mysterious maiden only wanted to talk with her.

She asked, “Who are you and why are you helping me?”

The mysterious maiden smiled coldly, “I am just passing by and it is not my intention to help you. But your body attribute and the divine sword that is in your hands aroused an interest in me.”

Ye Jing was startled, “Does she want to take my divine sword as well?”

All of a sudden the mysterious maiden had seized the divine sword effortlessly from her hands and was looking intently at it, “What an excellent divine sword. Unfortunately this sword has not acknowledged you as owner yet because you have not divine harmonized with it.”

Then she tossed back the divine sword back to Ye Jing, “An extreme-negative heaven-step divine sword coupled with your extreme-negative attribute is a perfect match. I have helped you only because of your extreme-negative body attribute.”

Ye Jing was instantly alarmed as she tried to stay calm, thinking. “Is she an evil type of evil cultivators that practise the absorbing of the extreme-negative energies? But she is a female…maybe she got an evil cultivator protégé brother that practised such an evil art. Even if I am not a virgin but I am still a high level cultivator with the rare extreme-negative energies attribute. Now this is jumping from one fire pan to the other…”

The mysterious maiden smiled coldly, “You don’t have to conceal your irk feelings or contempt like this. To me, your emotions are too easy to read.”

Ye Jing struggled with her agonizing injuries as she said coldly, “You are very strong. In fact, you are impossibly strong. You are able to conceal your aura completely and even changed the animus of your golden eyes. Are you a peaked Sacred Saint?”

The mysterious maiden did not reply her but coolly seated herself before she answered, “I have helped you because of your Divine Sense ability as well.”

She had totally ignored her questions!

Ye Jing was startled and suddenly recalled why her mother was so panicky. She thought with alarm, “If she knows about my Divine Sense then she must be from the…”

She stammered, “You are from the Goddess Palace?”

The mysterious maiden smiled, “Very good. You have not forgotten that there is still a Goddess Palace around. Like you, I possess the Divine Sense ability. You can even say that I am your Ancestress Ye.”

Ye Jing was startled, “You are my Ancestress Ye?”

The mysterious maiden said coldly, “If it is not the fact you possess my Divine Sense and is of the extreme-negative attribute, I will never have intervened to help you. I will simply let you die in that audience hall. Do you understand?”

Ye Jing smiled weakly but she said defiantly, “What are you? Why are you so cold blooded that you can even bear to see your descendants die in front of your eyes?”

The mysterious maiden smiles coldly, “Because they are weak and not fit to carry on my bloodline.”

Ye Jing was trembling, “You are not fit to be my ancestress. Is there no righteousness in the world?”

The mysterious maiden hummed coldly, “There is but only if you are willing to fight for it.”

Then she looked around and said, “Where is the man with the immortal sword?”

Ye Jing thought, “I’m not going to tell you. You are probably going to kill him.”

So she said firmly, “I don’t know who that man. So you don’t have to ask anymore. I am curious as well!”

She had said it with such conviction that she was even convinced by the lie herself. Even if this mysterious maiden could read her with her Divine Sense, it would not reveal anything.

The mysterious maiden hummed coldly, “Is that so? You must know that the Devil Isle and the Melancholy Valley are the enemies of the Goddess Palace. If you see them…”

“What? You are asking a mere maiden to kill them all?” An enthralling voice floated into the room and soon an enchanting maiden dressed in pure white had stepped in. Unlike the mysterious maiden, this enchanting maiden in pure white had a benevolent countenance and she was very beautiful, her countenances shine like a bright beacon and lit the entire room.

Ye Jing was startled. It was because she did not know who she was and they were already in a secret place within the inner court of the Holy Citadel City. But this enchanting maiden in white had simply walked in without any presence. Were all the guards dead?

She took a close look at this enchanting maiden in white and saw that she had golden eyes and thought, “She is a Golden Celestial?”

The countenances of the mysterious maiden seemed to have changed as she asked, “Why are you here?”

The enchanting maiden in white smiled, “Don’t be angry, Celestial Aunt. I have just happened to drop by only.”

“That are the exact words that the mysterious maiden had used. Is she after Xiaofang as well? Did they know each other?” Ye Jing prayed for Xiaofang silently, “Please don’t let them find you. By now, you should have already have heard of the commotions within the Inner Citadel. Please don’t come and look for me. Mother, please stop Xiaofang from coming here…”

There was no time to warn Xiaofang and she could only pray hard…

The enchanting maiden in white looked at Ye Jing and added, “I have heard that there is a maiden with an extreme negative attribute here so I have come to have a look.”

The mysterious maiden hummed coldly, “Well I am here first.”

The enchanting maiden in white asked softly, “Are you intervening with the affairs of the celestials? That is forbidden.”

The mysterious maiden tried to avoid the question and asked instead, “Don’t you have respects for your elders? Fancy you questioning your elder like this. I am talking to my bloodline here. Her name is…”

Ye Jing sighed before helping to add, “Ye Jing.”

The mysterious maiden smiled, “So what is wrong? Is the Melancholy Valley so free nowadays that they even want to intervene in the affairs of the Goddess Palace?”

The enchanting maiden in white shook her head, “I don’t represent the Melancholy Valley or anyone else. I have come on my accord so that I can find my successor before my ascension to the Immortal Realm.”

The mysterious maiden gave a surprise look, “With your attainment, you should have ascended thousands of years ago. Why do you suddenly decide to ascend?”

Ye Jing was secretly startled, “This enchanting maiden in white is a peaked Sacred Saint that is about to ascend to the heavens?”

The enchanting maiden in white smiled gently, “It is because I have yet to find a worthy successor…”

The mysterious maiden interrupted coldly, “That is because of the messes that the Melancholy Valley had created that the current cultivators are so unworthy of challenge. When the Goddess Palace has obtained the Heavenly Decree then things will change.”

The enchanting maiden in white smiled, “The Goddess Palace isn’t the only power that will receive a Heavenly Decree. Have you forgotten the Devil Isle?”

The mysterious maiden said, “Anyway, why are you ascending now? Surely with your attainment, you can still remain in the Celestial Realm for a few thousand years more. You can watch or intervene in the upcoming calamity. Won’t that be really interesting?”

Ye Jing had a jolt. She could not resist saying to the enchanting maiden in white, “You have lived for thousands of years and can still remain for thousands of years? That is impossible.”

It was because even for a Celestial that had attained to the status of a Sacred Saint, they could only live to an age of 800 to 1200 years before the Heavenly Wrath took their lives away. The only way to live forever was to attain as a Peak Sacred Saint and ascend to the Immortal Realm.

The enchanting maiden in white patted Ye Jing gently on her head, “That is because I have been practicing an older cultivation method that I am able to remain here this long. Do you know that there are many others cultivation methods in the world?”

Ye Jing shook her head. She was not particular interested in the celestial lore…

The enchanting maiden in white smiled gently, “That is alright. It is not important. The current celestial practice is actually the easiest to ascend. The cultivation method that I have been practicing is a little difficult and takes a longer time. Do you want to have me as your celestial teacher?”

Yi Jing was overwhelmed by her politeness. Instead of forcing her to be her celestial disciple, she had asked her if she was willing to accept her as her celestial protégé mistress instead.

She already had a celestial teacher but in the Celestial Fraternity, there was no rule to stop the cultivators from having many celestial teachers. In fact, it was the more the merrier as the celestials like to claim relationships with one another. However joining multiple clans was a taboo instead as loyalty to the celestial clan was an indication of one’s spiritual roots.

So she immediately said, “Yes I want to!”

The mysterious maiden was startled, “Hey! I am here first!”

The enchanting maiden in white smiled gently, “I am not stopping you as long as Ye Jing is willing. After all, I won’t be around to stop you. You don’t have any disadvantages since the one that I will be instructing is your bloodline.”

The mysterious maiden seemed to be considering first before she said, “Whether she can be my celestial disciple will still need to depend on my mood first. But you can continue first.”

Ye Jing was a little appalled that her Ancestress had such a horrible and impersonal personality. She began to wonder if her husband had been abusing her or maybe he had countless number of other love interests and had been neglecting her…

The enchanting maiden in white smiled gently, “Please don’t mind your Ancestress. Her state of divinity is above us all. She doesn’t feel any emotions for any of us unless we are in the same divine boundary as her. But that is a little too hard for us.”

Ye Jing was surprised. So she asked, “She is even higher than you? She seems to be…”

The enchanting maiden in white laughed softly, “She is not afraid of me. She is just giving some face to me because my celestial backer is someone that she doesn’t want to offend. When someone gives you face, it doesn’t mean that they are afraid of you but that is always the person behind you. And the person behind the person that is supporting and so forth. Got it?”

Ye Jing understood that perfectly well. It was like Young Master Yuan Chengzhi was not particular powerful but his celestial clan was full of Golden Celestials and Sacred Saints that could crush the opponents. That was why everyone gave face to the Young Master Yuan Chengzhi and the Divine Sovereign Clan.

The enchanting maiden in white added, “Your Ancestress is stronger than you think or can imagine…”

The mysterious maiden growled softly, “You shouldn’t be telling her anything. You will burn your own karma and invite your own heavenly retributions. Moreover you are attempting to ascend soon.”

The enchanting maiden in white smiled gently, “Lucky for me and thanks to my…him, I have lots of karma to burn. So there is little harm if I tell her a little more.”

The mysterious maiden said coldly, “You may have the attainment to absorb the bad karma but her attainment is like a piece of shit to absorb anything.”

Ye Jing was smiling awkwardly, trying to maintain her emotions. This was the first time that someone had called her attainment a piece of shit.

The enchanting maiden in white said gently, “In the past, your Ancestress had taken the lives of hundreds of Golden Celestials and Sacred Saints. They were nothing when compared to her. She was also one of the top seven top celestial fighters in the Celestial Realm.”

Ye Jing was truly stunned, “She is…a Dark Celestial?”

It was really a lot of bad karma to do so. When she was forced to kill Celestial Baitian through the mysterious maiden’s hands, she was guilt stricken and she knew that her future attainment would be affected by it and causing the difficulty of her heavenly tribulation to increase.

Maybe that was why this mysterious maiden could not ascend and was struck in her attainment?

She was also surprised that her Ancestress was also ranked among the top 7 celestials fighters in the past. It was because the current top 7 celestial fighters of the celestial clans were all formidable Sacred Saints fighters that could shake the heavens and the earth. She could only imagine their powerful inheritances and the number of difficult challenges that they had to overcome in order to reach this position.

The enchanting maiden in white smiled gently, “She isn’t a Dark Celestial. I will say that she is…”

She secretly took a look at the mysterious maiden and this was not lost on Ye Jing as she said carefully, “I should say that she represents one of the Thirty-Three Heavens of the Immortal Realm to deliver one of the several heavenly decrees. This heavenly decree will bring upon a great calamity to the Celestial Fraternity.”

The mysterious maiden hummed coldly, “I am surprised that you already know this much. Did someone tell you?”

The enchanting maiden in white smiled, “I am quite good in divining the will of the heavens myself. But it won’t be as accurate as from the horse’s mouth. If you are willing to reveal the contents of the heavenly decree…”

The mysterious maiden smirked coldly, “You know I won’t.”

The enchanting maiden in white turned to Ye Jing and said gently, “My child, there is only a small window before the Great Calamity of the Celestials will befall. Maybe you are able to avert this crisis, maybe you can’t but don’t be too hard on yourself.”

Ye Jing was curious, “What is this Great Calamity of the Celestials that you are talking about?”

The enchanting maiden in white looked up distantly, “It is a calamity that will cause many of the celestials to perish.”

Ye Jing was shocked, “How is this related to the heavenly decrees?”

The enchanting maiden in white explained patiently, “The heavenly decrees will give power for the Celestials to fight Celestials, replacing the old order with a new order.”

Ye Jing was trembling when she had heard that, “And who issued the heavenly decrees? Why isn’t any one stopping the heavenly decrees from happening?”

The enchanting maiden in white smiled quietly, “It is the Immortal Ruler of the Immortal Realm that issues the heavenly decrees. No one can stop the Immortal Ruler from issuing the heavenly decrees because that is for the greater good of the Celestial Realm. An even greater calamity will befall the Celestial Realm if not for the heavenly decrees.”

Ye Jing muttered, “An even greater calamity…”

The mysterious maiden interrupted coldly, “Surely you have heard of the Dark Descendant.”

Ye Jing was startled. The Dark Divine Descendant was the worst of all the calamities that could befall. For a period of time, celestials would be given the power to kill in order to ascend. All the celestial laws of the Celestial Realm would be reversed by the powerful heavenly stars. Only when there was enough killing then the celestial laws would revert back to normal. It will be a period where the dark celestials will reign supreme and the lawful celestials must choose between good or evil.”

The mysterious maiden seemed to be recalling something in the distant past, “It may or may not happen depending on the success of the heavenly decrees.” She suddenly stopped, realizing that she had said too much.

The enchanting maiden in white suddenly displayed a beautiful blue and white lotus, “Child, this is for you.”

Ye Jing was unsure what it was but she was immediately drawn to it and could sense that this was a treasure among the treasures!

“This is the Eternal Lotus, an Ancient Immortal Artefact.”

Ye Jing eyes grew extremely wide, “An ancient immortal artefact. You are giving it to me? Isn’t this too valuable for me to accept?”

That was beyond her wildest dream. It had powers incalculable. It was even on a higher level than an immortal artefact. Even the lowest quality ancient immortal artefact was immeasurable useful.

The enchanting maiden in white waved her fingers and the Eternal Lotus slowly floated into Ye Jing’s body to merge with her.

The lips of the mysterious maiden was trembling, “You are really generous. You are giving to her just like that? No trials, nothing? Does she even deserve it?”

The enchanting maiden in white giggled softly, “When my grandpa gives it to me, I am undeserving as well.”

The mysterious maiden sighed, “Without your Eternal Lotus, will you still confident in your ascension? Do you need a helping hand?”

The enchanting maiden in white smiled gently, “I will be alright. I have been cultivating the Eternal Lotus for thousands of years now. The soul force of the Eternal Lotus has long merged within me. With or without the material Eternal Lotus, it is still the same to me.”

The mysterious maiden heaved in relief, “That is good to hear. It seems that I have severely underestimated your attainment and cultivation. Now I know why you choose to cultivate in the Celestial Realm.”

Ye Jing suddenly felt as she was on fire and gave a little shriek. All of sudden her wounds were healing rapidly and that she was glowing faintly with soft golden lights!

“Celestial teacher, what is going on?”

The mysterious maiden laughed coldly, “That is because your attainment is too low.”

The enchanting maiden in white quickly comforted Ye Jing, “Don’t listen to her. She is only teasing you. You have been elevated as a Golden Celestial now. The Eternal Lotus has the divine power to elevate a cultivator to a Golden Celestial instantly.”

Ye Jing was totally stunned by what she had heard. She had never heard of such cheats in her entire life. But this was an ancient immortal artefact and very few people would be able to even obtain one.

“Am I the youngest ever Golden Celestial in the entire history of the celestials?” She could not help muttering.

The mysterious maiden had overheard her, “You are not. The person in front of you is. She is a teen when she is elevated as a Golden Celestial.”

Ye Jing stared at her Celestial Teacher, “I haven’t even asked for the celestial title and name of my celestial teacher yet.”

The enchanting maiden in white said gently, “I actually don’t have any celestial titles. Your celestial teacher name is Yi Si.”

Ye Jing respectfully bowed to the floor, “Saintess Yi Si, thank you my benevolent teacher…”

She also made another respectful at the mysterious maiden, “Thank you my benevolent teacher as well. How do I address my Ancestress?”

The mysterious maiden said coldly, “I didn’t say that I want to take you in as my celestial disciple.”

Ye Jing said quietly, “But you have already imparted to me the Purity Spirits. If you don’t intend to take me as your celestial disciple then why did you impart your skills to me?”

The mysterious maiden was speechless as she looked at the Saintess Yi Si.

Saintess Yi Si said coolly, “I didn’t hear anything.”

The mysterious maiden said nonchalantly, “You may address me as the Ascension Goddess.”

Saintess Yi Si smiled before she helped Ye Jing to her feet, “Child, let us proceed to the cultivation methods that I will be enlightening to you.”

Ye Jing’s eyes were now glowing with anticipations as she nodded eagerly…

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