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Chapter 173: The End of the Tournament (2)

The Three-Destinies Old Man was now speeding through the mountain vicinities to search for ‘Yue Lingling’. It was because he had suddenly realized there was no sight of her anywhere when the tournament had ended.

“How did she manage to sneak away? She is really an escape artist…”

“Alas, I must be distracted by that Xuan Xiaofeng. She keeps talking nonstop…”

“Is she in cahoots with Yue Lingling?!”

He was suddenly frowning. They were too cunning!

He had suddenly realized that he had fallen into their honey trap and that Xuan Xiaofeng was there to distract him. It was impossible for a mysterious seventh realm expert to appear in this place. Why did he not think of that?

Now it was already too late.

“Xuan Xiaofeng, if I see you again I will surely…”

“What? You are missing me already?” It was the beautiful chuckle of Xuan Danfeng as she had made her way to him. “For an old man, you sure can really run fast.”

The Three-Destinies Old Man was perplexed. She had actually dared to appear in front of him?!

If he did not torture her or to force her to tell him the whereabouts of Yue Lingxi, he was not the Great God Yi Ping!

So he said coldly, “You have actually dared to show your face in front of me.”

Xuan Danfeng smiled as she asked curiously, “Is there something wrong with my face? You have sped off so hastily so I have a hard time trying to catch up with you. You know, my lightless movement skill isn’t weak but yours are much more superior to me. How is it even possible?”

The Three-Destinies Old Man: …

She was still faking in front of him?!

So he said rudely, “I am looking for that earlier Yue Lingling. If it is not for you, she will not have escaped. If I don’t teach you a lesson then you will think that I am a fool.”

Xuan Danfeng: ???

“What do you mean?” Xuan Danfeng asked curiously. “So you like that Maiden Yue Lingling and you are blaming me now for losing sight of her?”

The Three-Destinies Old Man said weakly, “Who says I like that Maiden Yue Lingling? You are spurting rubbish.”

“Then why is your face so red?”

“Have you forgotten that we have been drinking? You really think that I am a young man that will actually flush?” The Three-Destinies Old Man growled.

“It is no wonder why you are so focused on watching the tournament. It is because you are interested in her.” Xuan Danfeng said with an annoyed look.

The Three-Destinies Old Man said bitterly, “She may be an enemy of mine. I need to see her face.”

“You are just cooking an excuse to go after her, am I right?” Xuan Danfeng said coldly.

The Three-Destinies Old Man: …

Yue Lingxi had the Horizon of the Heavens. This desolate immortal artefact must not fall into the wrong hands or it would be a calamity for the Celestial Realm and even the Immortal Realm. Therefore he had to find the Horizon of the Heavens.

To him, Yue Lingxi was a lower priority threat then the Horizon of the Heavens now.

“I think that you are in cahoots with her, right? Or you won’t appear so conveniently.” The Three-Destinies Old Man said coldly as he stared at Xuan Danfeng.

Xuan Danfeng was startled, “What are you talking about? You have been babbling about things that I don’t understand. If you don’t like me, you don’t have to say so many nasty things to me. I get it now. You don’t like me. Do you know that I was so worried when you had suddenly stormed off earlier just like that?”

With a soft huff, Xuan Danfeng had stormed off.

The Three-Destinies Old Man was startled as he stammered, “Not that…I was talking about my enemy and not you…wait…”

“Xiaofeng, please wait…hear me out first…”

But Xuan Danfeng was already miles already in a few blinks of an eye and she had vanished into the mountains.

The Three-Destinies Old Man began to look left and right. Left was to continue to search for Yue Lingling while right was to look for Xuan Xiaofeng.

In the end, he found himself taking a step to the right…

In the audience hall of the Heavens Ridge Villa, a group of cultivators were having a closed-door meeting.

Shen Yufeng was now looking coldly at Qiuxiang Huan and Qiuxiang Mei while Qin Keqin and Lu Qingyun were also in the hall.

Behind Shen Yufeng were Feng Xiaoxiao and Tang Xuefeng.

Shen Yufeng said coldly, “Qiuxiang Mei, Qiuxiang Huan. How dare you cheat in the trial tournament!”

She lifted her finger at Qiuxiang Huan, “You are actually a golden celestial and yet you are pretending to be otherwise.”

Qiuxiang Huan had turned pale immediately as she hastily bowed to her knees as she stammered, “I am wrong. Please let my mother consort off. I will take full responsibility for it.”

Shen Yufeng hummed coldly, “Take full responsibility? Can you? In order to win, you have even conspired with a desolate cultivator? Don’t tell me that you really do not know who that Yue Lingxi is?”

Qiuxiang Huan was stammering, “She is a desolate cultivator?! I…really do not know. How is it possible?” She really did not know. Desolate cultivators were too rare in-between in the Nine Celestial Fraternity and mostly existed in the stuff of legends.

“The punishment for conspiring with a desolate cultivator is the extermination of your entire clan.” Shen Yufeng said coldly.

When she had said that, even Qiuxiang Mei had fallen to her knees and Qiuxiang Huan had almost fainted on the spot.

Qiuxiang Huan took a pleading look at Shen Yufeng before she pointed a finger at Lu Qingyun, “Then what about him? Yue Lingxi is his sister.”

Lu Qingyun had almost forgotten about it and he was looking sheepish.

Shen Yufeng took a secret look at Lu Qingyun as she thought, “Actually Lu Qingyun is also a desolate cultivator but I’ve promised the Great Saintess Fan to keep it a secret…”

So she said coldly, “That is another matter. As for him, I will deal with him later. But for you and your Qiuxiang Clan, your punishment is death.”

Qiuxiang Huan smiled weakly, “I guess that this is what I have deserved…”

Lu Qingyun had suddenly stepped forward to say, “I believe in her. That Yue Lingxi is really too cunning. We should give Qiuxiang Huan a second chance. Moreover…”

He smiled weakly, “It is true that I have concealed the fact that I had met her in the Red Death Valley.” He sighed softly. “If it is not for me, Qiuxiang Huan will not have met her.”

Before coming here, he had told Shen Yufeng and Qin Keqin what had actually happened inside. At that time he did not tell them was because he did not know how to explain such a most bizarre thing that had happened to him.

Qiuxiang Huan looked quietly at Lu Qingyun and was secretly startled that Lu Qingyun had actually stepped in to plead for her.

Qin Keqin rolled her eyes and said to Lu Qingyun, “Did you not hear that Fragrance Herald Shen is going to deal with you later? And you still have the mood to plead for the others?”

Lu Qingyun smiled weakly, “Then all the more I should plead for her. If the plead is successful then I know that I can also plead later.”

Then with a smile he looked at Qin Keqin, “I hope that master will be able to plead for me later.”

Qin Keqin chuckled softly, “Fat hope. I will first expel you and let you die alone.”

Lu Qingyun: …

He actually knew that Qin Keqin was only joking with him so he was not worried. With the Great Saintess Fan Yuqing pleading on his behalf, he would be alright. Moreover Shen Yufeng did not seem to be angry with him when he had made his confession about Yue Lingxi.

All of a sudden a mesmerizing maiden had suddenly walked into the hall and she was Yin Shisi.

Qiuxiang Huan was startled, “Great Aunt Yin…”

Qiuxiang Mei looked quietly away…

As Yin Shisi walked to Shen Yufeng and Qiuxiang Huan, she had suddenly kneed down in front of Shen Yufeng. “I am here to plead for my niece Qiuxiang Huan and sister-in-law Qiuxiang Mei.”

Both Qiuxiang Huan and Qiuxiang Mei were startled. They had never expected that Yin Shisi would actually be pleading for them today.

Shen Yufeng looked quietly at Yin Shisi. She had been here in the Heavens Ridge Villa for a month now and they had secretly become friends. She had found out that Yin Shisi was not interested in playacting or the affairs of the celestials. Moreover she also had an easy and friendly temperament.

Shen Yufeng said quietly, “Shisi, please rise.”

Then she said to Qiuxiang Huan, “On account of Supremacy Yin Shisi and Lu Qingyun, I will close an eye to this. But you must tell me everything and surrender whatever items that Yue Lingxi had given to you. I want the whole truth and if you hide anything, I will be vengeful. If you are truthful to me then I will be merciful to you. Is that understood?”

Qiuxiang Huan bowed with her head to the ground and said quietly, “I will be truthful…”

Yin Shisi said quietly to her, “Do you know that your future groom Ling Chong is now kneeling outside now for your sake?”

Qiuxiang Huan was startled, “He…doesn’t need to do that…I am the one that have let him down…”

Then she bowed her head on the ground to Yin Shisi, “Great Aunt Yin, thank you for pleading for me today. I know that I can’t have your forgiveness…”

“You are wrong.” Yin Shisi said quietly. “You are still my Huan’Er. It is good that you know the error of your ways.”

“Great Aunt Yin…” Qiuxiang Huan was trembling and she was tearful. “I…am such a badass in the past…”

“No, it isn’t your fault.” Yin Shisi took a quiet look at Qiuxiang Mei. “You have a bad mother who only teaches you how to scheme. Your potential shouldn’t be wasted in schemes but to cultivate yourself to a higher realm. But I don’t blame her. It is all my fault. I should not help my brother. If it is not for me, will your mother consort turn up to be such a bad mother to my Huan’Er?”

Qiuxiang Mei was also trembling and she had broken down in tears, “Yes, I…am…really not a good mother…”

In the meantime, the Three Destinies Old Man had managed to catch up with Xuan Danfeng and he saw that she was leaning quietly against a tree; her eyes were red and it seemed that she had just cried.

He quietly appeared before her, “Xiaofeng…”

Xuan Danfeng was startled by his sudden appearance, “Why are you here?”

She quickly turned her face away, “I must be looking very ugly right now. Don’t look at me now.”

The Three Destinies Old Man sighed softly, “No, you are a very beautiful maiden. Earlier, I am really sorry. I was really hunting for my enemy and I shouldn’t have said such harsh words to you. Will you forgive me?”

Xuan Danfeng hummed softly, “You have already hurt me twice today. I don’t want to talk to you anymore or you will think that I am so cheap.”

“Hmm, what about if I add in this heavenly wine to share with you? The name of this divine wine is the Happy Spirits Divine Wine and you can’t find it anywhere else.” The Three Destinies Old Man said quietly as he uncorked a blue crystal bottle. The aroma that was from the Happy Spirits Divine Wine was really intoxicating.

Xuan Danfeng took an interested look at the blue crystal bottle and her lips were curling into a smile but she was muttering, “Do you think that I can be bribed with a mere bottle of wine?”

“Well if you don’t want it then I shall take my leave and I shall drink alone.” And the Three Destinies Old Man had really turned around.

“Wait!” Xuan Danfeng panicky said. “Since you are so sincere, I…will accept your apologies.”

“But I want you to put that wine into my hands first. I want to sniff it first to see if it is worthy to forgive you.” She quickly added with a fluster look.

The Three Destinies Old Man laughed softly as he shook his head, “I’ve never met such an interesting maiden like you before. Here, take this.”

Xuan Danfeng grabbed the wine shyly and said, “I must warn you first. If this wine isn’t a good wine, you can forget about my forgiveness.”

The Three Destinies Old Man muttered, “It is surely a good wine or I won’t bring it along with me. I am just afraid that you may call it a bad wine just to blackmail me for more wines. Then I am really at a loss.”

“Fat chance. I will only give you one chance. If it is a bad wine then it is good bye!” Xuan Danfeng laughed cheekily.

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Chapter 172: The End of the Tournament (1)

The Three-Destinies Old Man was watching the imagery below intently and he was equally curious about the ‘surprise’ that Shen Yufeng had mentioned to the competitors.

Xuan Danfeng said unhappily, “Look at you. You are an old man already and you are still so excited about a tournament that is meant for the young cultivators? Why don’t you look at me instead?”

The Three-Destinies Old Man frowned lightly as he turned to look at her, “Precisely because I am old that I am not interested in young beauties like you.”

Xuan Danfeng: …

“You know. Do you think that I do not know that you have been staring at me?” She suddenly chuckled.

The Three-Destinies Old Man was stammering all of a sudden, “Of course not! You keep talking to me. Of course I have to return a look or two to you or you may think that I am being rude.”

“Oh really?” Xuan Danfeng laughed softly.

While they were talking, there was an invisible distortion below the sky platform; it was Yue Lingxi and she had concealed herself with her profound aura as she quickly flashed out of sight.

Normally a seventh realm expert like Xuan Danfeng would notice the tiny distortion and the Three-Destinies Old Man was also no exception. However, as they were currently chatting, they had failed to notice the tiny distortion in the trial celestial array.

There were two more tiny distortions as Shen Yufeng and Qin Keqin returned quietly to their seats.

Shen Yufeng asked, “Great Benefactor, are you alright?”

Qin Keqin smiled weakly, “This is just a little injury. Don’t let my Yun’Er knows.”

Shen Yufeng sighed softly. Qin Keqin profound strength was of the negative attribute while the annihilating fire was of the positive attribute. These two attributes had always opposed each other. Earlier when Qin Keqin was in her weakened state, her body had been afflicted by the annihilating fire and her profound veins were injured.

To think that the one that had injured the Great Saintess Fan Yuqing was actually Lu Qingyun…

Qin Keqin forced herself to look casual while repeating softly to Shen Yufeng, “Don’t let him know that he has injured me. It is not him…”

With another soft sigh, Shen Yufeng nodded.

She quickly regained her composure as she looked at the anticipating crowd before she put on an alluring smile as her voice echoed. “I did promise you all a surprise, am I right?”

She raised her hand as she dispelled the celestial array and the survivors had returned to the sky platform below.

At the same time, more than ten thousands of the ‘dead cultivators’ were also back at the sky platform. The ‘dead cultivators’ were in a state of daze as they found themselves back at the sky platform once again. Their curious gazes were soon upon the one hundred cultivators that had survived the trials.

“We are back at the sky platform now…”

“So it means that the trials have ended…”

“So who are the top celestials that have completed the trials?”

“They are over there…”

Nangong Yu nearly fainted from shock when he saw that Lu Qingyun was among the one hundred cultivators that had completed the trial. He nearly spurted blood on the spot!

Leng Qiuyue was secretly delighted when she saw that Lu Qingyun had completed the trials. “I know that he will surely be able to complete the trial.”

Ling Chong was quite stunned to see that his sister Ling Xiu was among the one hundred cultivators…

Qiuxiang Huan and Qiuxiang Hanyu had a complex look on their faces. Shangguan Furong was among the one hundred cultivators that had survived the trials but where was Yue Lingxi?

Lu Qingyun had a weird look on him right now. It was because the instant that the trials had ended and he was back to his physical body, he could feel a burning sensation on him but weirdly enough, he also had a smoothing in his soul. Since he was little, he had always felt an affinity to the burning glow of the fire and that was why he was passionate in alchemy.

“Are you alright?” Ling Xiu asked him curiously when she had suddenly noticed that Lu Qingyun seemed to be thinking about something and his attention was not on the thousands of cultivators that were looking at them.

Even Qian Jingjing had a curious look on her, “Brother Qingyun, are you well?”

Lu Qingyun smiled, “I am well. I’m just thinking about something. By the way, thank you for all the help. I am really grateful to all of you.”

Qian Jingjing shyly lowered her eyes, “I should be the one that ought to say thank you. Without you, I probably won’t be able to pass the full tournament trials.”

Ling Xiu nodded, “Same here. Brother Qingyun, your Sister Ling Xiu will never forget what you have done for me.”

Lu Qingyun laughed, “This is really nothing to put in your hearts. We are all helping one another. Without the two of you…” Lu Qingyun sighed softly, “And Qiuyue, I will never be able to pass the trials as well.”

Qian Jingjing pursed her lips, “So this is parting time now…”

Lu Qingyun smiled, “We will still be seeing one another in a month’s time at the Moon Demon Forest.”

“I have almost forgotten about that!” Qian Jingjing was suddenly spirited again as she laughed softly. “I hope that we may still have a chance to be in the same party.”

Ling Xiu interrupted shyly, “I hope so too.”

Lu Qingyun smiled, “Let’s hope so. We have a nice synergy with one another.”

His eyes were looking up the stage where Qin Keqin was as he thought, “Keqin, did you see my performance earlier? I am no longer the good-for-nothing cultivator now.”

At this moment, Shen Yufeng’s beautiful voice could be heard laughing in the ears of everyone. “I’ve actually wanted to offer myself to the trial heroes but the Heavenly Fragrance Villa has a strict rule about relationships. Therefore the surprise won’t be about me, am I right?”

Everyone: …

Lu Qingyun was muttering as he sighed softly, “She is indeed so humorous.”

“Therefore the surprise will be about you and not me.” Shen Yufeng laughed.

Everyone was leaning closely with their ears, afraid to miss out what this surprise was about.

“One of you here will be taken in to be my core protégé for your outstanding performance. This is a pleasant surprise for the lucky person and you should all be glad for that person as well.”

All of a sudden the thousands of cultivators at the tournament had a dark look and they were secretly cursing her.

There were thousands of them and Shen Yufeng was choosing only one core protégé. This was a joke on them!

The most likely candidate would be among the one hundred cultivators that had survived.

The men naturally had the most disappointed look because the Heavenly Fragrance Villa would never take in a male protégé. Men were forbidden to enter into the inner palaces of the Heavenly Fragrance Villa.

Many of the female cultivators were all looking at one another.

Was it Gongsun Ya, Fairy Ling Xiu, Shangguan Furong or Qian Jingjing? The four of them looked the most promising but many were also hopeful.

Shen Yufeng smiled as she announced, “Leng Qiuyue of the Heavens Ridge Villa, I pick you to be my core protégé. Will you accept me as your master and celestial teacher from now onward?”

During the trial, Shen Yufeng had observed that Leng Qiuyue’s natural reaction was really quick and that her cultivation foundation was really startling. That was why she had the intention to groom her into her core protégé.

Everyone was startled, including Leng Qiuyue.

The thousands of cultivators from the mountain stages and at the sky platform were all looking at Leng Qiuyue. Everyone was now muttering and was talking at the same time.

Even the grand elders of the Heavens Ridge Villa were all startled by this sudden announcement.

Ouyang Xue had a look of disbelief on her as her one time rival had the honor of joining the Heavenly Fragrance Villa as a core protégé.

Qin Keqin was blinking her eyes as she looked at Shen Yufeng, “Are you sure about it?”

The reason why most of the celestials had startled was because Leng Qiuyue was not part of the hundred cultivators that had survived and she had in fact failed during the middle of the trial.

Therefore when her name was suddenly called, Leng Qiuyue had a stunned look. She looked up to Shen Yufeng and to the direction of Shi Guanyin her master.

Shi Guanyin nodded lightly and was smiling to her.

Leng Qiuyue turned to look in the direction of Lu Qingyun and had hesitated. It was because if she choosed to be a protégé of the Heavenly Fragrance Villa, this means that she would have to leave the Heavens Ridge Villa and she would not be seeing Lu Qingyun again.

Leng Qiuyue was saying bitterly to herself, “Isn’t this my dream to join the Patriarch Clan one day? Now that I have the chance, why am I hesitating?”

“Senior brother’s cultivation is advancing faster than I. If I stay in the Heavens Ridge Villa, he will surely shake me far behind and I will have no hope of ever catching up with him. I do want to be a golden celestial and if I stay in the Heavens Ridge Villa, I don’t know if it is possible.”

With a firm voice and raising her hands to bow at the same time, “Your protégé Qiuyue greets my Master Shen.”

Lu Qingyun had a blank look on him as he muttered to himself, “Qiuyue is leaving and so is Xingyuan…”

Over the past few months, he had actually regarded them as his friends from the bottom of his heart. There was a sense of loss when he had thought that they were actually leaving for good and he could not describe this feeling of loss. This was the second time that he had felt in this manner. The first time was when his old master had passed away.

Shen Yufeng chuckled softly, “Good!”

With another chuckle, she added. “Naturally that is not the only surprise that I have for all the victorious competitors. The real surprise will be at the Moon Demon Forest. However as the place is dangerous, please say your proper farewell first before you come. Don’t say I’ve never warn you.”

All one hundred of the victorious cultivators, including Lu Qingyun did not know whether to laugh or cry when they had heard her humorous remark.

Some of them were thinking, “Is she serious?”

“She sounds serious…”

“I have got a very bad feeling about this…”

Shen Yufeng smiled, “The real trial is at the Moon Demon Forest. So you have better prepared well. If you don’t want the Divine Profound Pill, you can choose not to come. There won’t be another such a good opportunity to obtain the Divine Profound Pill next time.”

Qin Keqin was looking at her quietly as she pondered, “This is too fishy. There must be something that is going on there. I must ask her later…”

All of a sudden Shen Yufeng’s profound aura had turned extremely cold as she swept her gaze over to the sky platform below. She said with a soft yet cold and audible echo that could be heard by everyone, “Qiuxiang Huan, I will like to have a little word with you.”

Qiuxiang Huan was startled and she had immediately turned ashen…

Ling Chong was also startled as he quickly walked to her, “Huan, what is going on?”

Qiuxiang Huan smiled weakly, “Don’t ask please.”

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Chapter 171: Battle of the Titans (2)

Yue Lingxi smiled coldly, “You know what. I’ve actually know the weakness of your Absolute Defense Skill. Although it is formidable but it is largely dependable on the practitioner’s profound strength. You may be able to deflect my unique technique earlier but once I’ve combined it with my Horizon of the Heavens, you will be helpless.”

She curled a smile as she added, “And the main weakness of your Absolute Defense Skill is that it is not usable with any weapons. So are you going to use your flute or your bare hands against me?”

Qin Keqin smiled, “Make a guess.” But inside her, she was cursing. “She really knows my secret skill inside out.”

Yue Lingxi said coolly, “However, I will give you an option. Surrender to me the Tranquil Mysteries Flute and I will let you off. This, I will give you the promise in the name of the Great Beyond.”

Qin Keqin swung her flute and replied, “I refuse you.” With that her white flute was suddenly echoing with an enchanting tune and faint rainbow hues were seen enveloping around it.

Yue Lingxi was secretly startled. “She has divine harmonized with the Tranquil Mysteries Flute?! Is it possible?”

All Divine weapons had a spirit entity which was called the soul of the divine weapon. When a practitioner reached oneness with the divine sword, they were be able to divine harmonize with their divine swords and the effectiveness profound power of the divine weapon would be unleashed to its full potential.

However, this was not easy to accomplish and required a long time to do so. Many took forever. Many celestial clans had a divine sword for generations and it was common for the owner of the divine sword to fail to divine harmonize with it.

This Tranquil Masteries Flute was a sacred heritage artefact of the Chaos Mysteries Citadel and other than the Desolate Lords of the Chaos Mysteries Citadel, it was almost impossible to get the Tranquil Mysteries Flute to acknowledge anyone else to be its true owner. In order to divine harmonize it, this only mean that Qin Keqin was now the true owner of the Tranquil Mysteries Flute and it was impossible to seize it.

Qin Keqin had surprised her once again.

Yue Lingxi hummed coldly, “I don’t believe that such a freak such as you will actually exist. No matter, today will be the day of your demise. I am a desolate immortal while you are just a mere seventh realm expert. Even though your profound force may be purer than most but my true cultivation level and realm is actually still above you. You are foolish to engage me.”

With that she had raised the Horizon of the Heavens as she whispered the secret desolate language of power, “Gathering Windforces of the Demonic Wolf Sword.”

As she whispered, her desolate aura began to funnel her desolate energies into a phantom that was shaped like a demonic wolf that was leaping upon her target.”

Qin Keqin did not dare to be careless. She had to use her most powerful technique now.

Immediately she had raised her flute high up as she manifold the profound power of her golden lotus divine aura to defend against the incoming phantom demonic wolf.

“Heavens as One?” Yue Lingxi chuckled. “Even if you can merge your mind, soul and weapon as one heaven but against my Horizon of the Heavens and my ultrapowerful power technique, it is completely futile.”

Qin Keqin shouted, “Heavens as One!”

Indeed just as Yue Lingxi had predicted, she was indeed using her Heavens as One.

But all of a sudden Qin Keqin’s other hand was glowing golden as she added, “Mystic Stratosphere!” A beam of white had formed from her profound energies and merged with her Heavens as One to reform into a column of white light.

“Go!” Qin Keqin had used all her remaining strength to swing her upright flute into the rushing energies of the phantom demonic wolf.

The eyes of Yue Lingxi’s were wide-opened, “Isn’t this the Goddess Celestial Alice’s secret unique technique? How did she learn it?!”

As the two profound energies collided, the space around them exploded thunderous.

Shen Yufeng was forced to take more than twenty steps back by the colliding shockwave. All she could see was a beam of white light had survived the collision and had completely dissipated the phantom demonic wolf. This beam of white light continued on its course before hitting Yue Lingxi violently, sending her to fly off and landing flat on the ground.

Yue Lingxi muttered weakly, “How did…she…learn the Mystic Stratosphere…”

The Mystic Stratosphere was the ultimate unique profound art of the Great Goddess Alice aka the Goddess Celestial Alice. She was the second divine emperor of the Immortal Realm after the Jade Emperor.

Qin Keqin panted breathlessly as she saw that her sword energies had won over her opponent’s energy technique. If her opponent had divine harmonized with her divine weapon then she may not be able to overcome her.

In this battle, she had used up all her hidden cards, forcing her to use up all her most powerful secret skills and also more than half of her profound strength. If she still cannot overcome Yue Lingxi then she really did not know what to do anymore.

Unlike Yue Lingxi who was completely fluent in her unique energy skill and could use it many times more, she was at a disadvantage. Only by overcoming Yue Lingxi’s unique energy skill and delivering a fatal strike back at her, would she be able to exhaust Yue Lingxi’s profound strength.

Yue Lingxi was struggling to stand but her body was trembling so hard that she could muster no strength. If she was not a desolate immortal with the perfect golden body then she would have been ripped completely apart by the Mystic Stratosphere.

At the same time, Qin Keqin’s Mystic Stratosphere was not as powerful as the one used by the Great Goddess Alice.

Yue Lingxi could only say bitterly, “How did you learn so many profound skills of the immortals…”

Qin Keqin replied coolly as she inhaled deeply to stabilize her profound energies, “I’m not going to tell you.”

When she was growing up, she had many Celestial Teachers such as the Heaveness, the Heavenly Temptress and the Goddess Celestial Alice. She was eight year old when she was given the choice of learning the Goddess Celestial Alice’s Mystic Stratosphere or the Heavenly Temptress’ Invincible Divine Force.

She had actually wanted to pick both but was told that she could only pick one as the attributes of the profound techniques were different. The Invincible Divine Force was a balance attribute profound force and was largely defensive while the Mystic Stratosphere was a negative attribute profound force.

After many days of indecisiveness, she had finally picked the Mystic Stratosphere profound force to cultivate as her own profound strength.

Because of the shared negative attribute of the Divine Emerald Skill and the Mystic Stratosphere, her mother consort had also taught her to cultivate the Divine Emerald Skill which was her unique skill.

Qin Keqin muttered softly, “This ends now for you. You shouldn’t be in the Celestial Realm. This is my home. Be gone.”

She had raised her white flute and imbued it with all her martial power. With Yue Lingxi on the ground now, her next strike would not miss.

As she dashed forward to land a fatal strike against Yue Lingxi, there was a disturbance in the time and space between them.

Qin Keqin was startled as she immediately took a step back as an intruder had suddenly gatecrashed into this sealed space.

“Who is this intruder?”

Even Shen Yufeng was startled that an external force was gatecrashing into the sealed space.

There was a dark distortion and immediately a handsome and tall man had suddenly stepped forward. His appearance startled Qin Keqin, Shen Yufeng and Yue Lingxi.

It was because he was Lu Qingyun!

Lu Qingyun’s eyes were closed and he seemed to be in a trance. But behind him was a faint golden flame.

Qin Keqin was startled as she gasped, “Little Yan’Er, why are you here? And why are you controlling my Yun’Er body?”

Indeed it was Yan’Er as she manifested herself through the faint golden flame aura. “Yan’Er does not know what is happening…when Yan’Er opens my eyes, I am already here…”

All of a sudden Lu Qingyun had raised his left hand toward Yue Lingxi as he muttered quietly, “This is mine.” With that the Horizon of the Heavens had suddenly left the shocked Yue Lingxi’s hand and flew into Lu Qingyun’s hand!

Even Qin Keqin was astonished as she immediately flashed forward to try to seize the Horizon of the Heavens. This Horizon of the Heavens must never be in the hands of the desolate cultivators. This would leave the fate of the Three Known Realm hanging in despair.

Lu Qingyun’s other hand had immediately raised a profound wall of annihilating fire as Qin Keqin flashed into it.

Qin Keqin could feel her profound aura was being wasted away as she quickly stepped away from the wall of energy fire with a startled look, “Yun’Er, is this really you?”

She had turned ashen because the wall of annihilating fire was the Great Annihilating Force.

Even Yue Lingxi was shocked because she could suddenly hear the singing hum of the Horizon of the Heavens as it divine harmonized with Lu Qingyun.

“This!!! How is it possible? He has stolen my Horizon of the Heavens and has immediately become its owner?! And this wall of pure desolate energies is the major annihilation force…”

Yue Lingxi could only call it the major annihilation force because she could not believe that Lu Qingyun could possess the great annihilation force and thought that it was because he was a major annihilation force practitioner.

The Horizon of the Heavens glowed and hummed briefly before it disappeared into the profound aura of Lu Qingyun.

This shocked Qin Keqin and Yue Lingxi because the Horizon of the Heavens had not disappeared into any spatial storage space but it was melting into Lu Qingyun’s spiritual sea and becoming one with him!

Yan’Er looked sheepish and she cried out, “Big Sister Keqin, this isn’t Yan’Er doing. I don’t know what it is happening…”

Qin Keqin smiled bitterly. She knew what was happening. It was the sub-consciousness of Lu Qingyun that was moving his body. Earlier when they had clashed together in the celestial array, the profound energies of the Horizon of the Heavens must have awakened the sub-consciousness of Lu Qingyun somehow and it was attracted to the Horizon of the Heavens.

Yue Lingxi may not know that Lu Qingyun was actually the Great Lord Xuan Yuan’s reincarnation but she had actually known. Moreover she had also known that the Horizon of the Heavens had a tenth of the divine power of the Great Lord Xuan Yuan.

Qin Keqin was wondering if she was the one that had screwed this up. It was because she had redirected all the desolate forces within Lu Qingyun’s inner spiritual sea into Yan’Er. By doing so, she may have unwittingly strengthened Lu Qingyun’s sub-consciousness.

Lu Qingyun had turned to look at Qin Keqin and his right hand was now raised.

Yan’Er shouted, “Big Sister, Master is attacking you. Run!”

Qin Keqin smiled bitterly as she remained immobilized. It was because the wall of annihilating fire had exhausted her remaining profound strength. Now she really regretted not learning the Invincible Divine Force or else she would be immune to the annihilating fire.

She said melancholy, “Yun’Er, this is your Keqin. Do you really want to hurt me? I am not your enemy.”

All of a sudden Lu Qingyun was trembling and he had halted his hand.

Lu Qingyun muttered, “Keqin…Keqin don’t leave me…I miss you…”

Qin Keqin smiled weakly, “I won’t leave you silly. I am always with you.”

Lu Qingyun muttered, “Keqin, I want to kiss you….I should have removed your clothes when we are in bed together at the inn…”

Qin Keqin: …

She immediately said aloud so that Shen Yufeng and Yue Lingxi could hear, “This part is not real. He is just being delirium.”

All of a sudden there was a large bang as Yue Lingxi had suddenly ripped through the seal space with her remaining desolate strength and had made her escape.

Qin Keqin was panicky, “She has escaped…”

Shen Yufeng had regained her composure and she said quietly to Qin Keqin, “I think that Lu Qingyun is still in a trance. Let me end the trial and he will wake up.”

Qin Keqin nodded weakly as she took another glance at Lu Qingyun. “Did I accidentally create a monster for the Immortal Realm? I have better not let anyone knows.”

She took a quiet look at Yan’Er who was still hovering panicky around Lu Qingyun as she panicky said, “Master, wake up please! Do you know that you have almost hurt Big Sister Keqin…”

“Yan’Er…” Qin Keqin muttered.

Every year, she would make a lonely trip to the vicinity New Empyrean City in a hope to find the new reincarnation of Dongfang Jun. She did not care for the Great Lord Xuan Yuan because she had never met him before. It was only Dongfang Jun that she loves.

One day while traveling to New Empyrean City, a most unusual thing had happened and it was the suddenly appearance of a powerful ninth rank desolate golden roc. For such a monster to appear above the desolate mists, it would always mean a total disaster for the populace that was in the vicinity. And that was why she had acted.

But now, she had suddenly realized why the ninth rank golden roc had suddenly appeared. All ninth rank desolate, devious and divine beasts have something in common and it was an innate desire to cultivate into a true immortal beast.

That ninth rank golden roc was at the peak of its cultivation and it was attracted to the surface by an unknown calling. And the person that was the golden roc had sensed was Lu Qingyun.

Qin Keqin muttered, “So it isn’t a coincidence that Yan’Er wakes up as a sentient spirit in Yun’Er spiritual sea. It is because the golden roc itself desires it…”

She added with a resolve in her heart, “I guess that I have to feed him more of the starforge substances. Hopefully Yun’Er does not get too much of an overdose from it. I’ve been giving a little too much to him lately.”

With a soft sigh, she had turned to smiled weak at Shen Yufeng, “Please help me to keep this matter a complete secret. Don’t let anyone knows, including Feng Minyue.”

Shen Yufeng nodded and said nervously, “I will.”

Feng Minyue was shaking her head lightly in the hideout. It was because she had certainly heard Qin Keqin. The transmission was never turned off. “Don’t let me know, you say?”

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Chapter 170: Battle of the Titans (1)

Yue Lingxi was truly startled when she saw Qin Keqin was being enveloped by a golden burst of profound aura that was shaped like a golden lotus.

Time and time again, Qin Keqin had surprised her.

She was a desolate immortal and was familiar with most types of profound forces. Profound forces had varying degrees of strength depending on the cultivation methods but it could be grouped into several main types. The Desolate Immortals practiced the Desolate Force which they deemed the most powerful profound forces in the Six Universe Realms.

The Pangu Immortals practiced the Universal Force which they also deemed the most powerful profound forces.

And that was the main reason why the Desolate Immortals and the Pangu Immortals were always opposing each other. These two groups of Immortals actually shared the same root for the Great God Pangu was originally a Desolate Immortal.

In the forgotten river of history, there were three most outstanding geniuses of the Desolate Race that had actually evolved their Profound Desolate Force to another level. They were the Great God Pangu with his Great Universal Force, the Great Rift Lord Xuan Yuan with his Great Annihilating Force and the World Ruler Fu Xi with his Great Desolate Force.

The three of them were the first of their race to attain to the mystical Ninth Immortal Positioning, becoming the most powerful of all the desolate immortals.

They were so powerful that all the desolate immortals had to humble themselves in front of them. Although there were quite a few of the desolate immortals that had managed to attain to the Nine Immortal Positioning in the years to come but the three were never surpassed. No one had ever evolved their desolate profound force to their level. It was as though destiny had picked them to be the first of the immortals.

The three of them seemed destined to be bitter rivals and soon the desolate immortals were split into three main factions after these three Great Gods.

The Great God Pangu’s faction was the least popular and the weakest camp. It was because the Great Universal Force that he had evolved was a tranquil force that was different from the destructive desolate forces. Eventually all the opposing powerful desolate immortals had ganged up against the Great God Pangu and had vanquished him from the Material Realm.

But the Great God Pangu soon made a comeback with the aid of the Oracle Goddess Fan Tian of the Oracle Clan. Or rather, the Oracle Goddess Fan Tian had betrayed the Oracle Citadel in her bid to assist the Great God Pangu, giving to him the Fantian Sovereign Sword and the greatest secret of the Desolate Immortal Race, the Stellar Sanctuary from the Great Beyond.

With the Fantian Sovereign Sword which was the most powerful immortal sword in the Material Realm and the secrets of the Stellar Sanctuary, the Great God Pangu had furthered evolved his Great Universal Force into the Universal Creation Force which become the most powerful profound force in the entire Material Realm.

This was not simply just the most powerful profound force but it was also an advancement of divinity that allowed him to reach the forbidden Tenth Immortal Positioning that no immortals had ever reached before. This was the realm of beyond and the secret key to the Great Beyond Realm, one of the Six Universe Realms.

Therefore the Great God Pangu used the great profound force of the beyond to banish most of the desolate immortals to the Desolate Realm, split the Material Realm which was the homeland of the Desolate Immortals into the current Three Known Realms that were to be known later as the Mundane Lower Realm, Celestial Middle Realm and the Immortal Upper Realm.

The Mundane Lower Realm was supposed to be place where mortal cultivators cultivated the profound force in order to ascend as Golden Celestials to the Celestial Middle Realm and the Celestial Middle Realm was supposed to the place where Golden Celestials cultivated to be true immortals.

As for the Immortal Realm, it was the dwelling place of the original desolate immortals and the Pangu Immortals.

As a safeguard to prevent future immortals from cultivating the desolate force, the Great God Pangu had secretly removed all the desolate force from the Immortal Realm. Because of the absence of the desolate profound force, the Pangu Immortals could only cultivate the Universal Force.

The first generation of the Pangu Immortals was extremely powerful and there were 33 of them, each possessing remnants of the Great Universal Force of the Great God Pangu. They were followed by the second generation of the Pangu and Fantian Immortals which were split into the Zen Immortals and the Arhat Immortals respectively.

The profound strength to banish the Desolate Immortals from the Material Realm, the sundering of the Martial Realm into the Three Known Realms and the life-giving seeds to nurture 33 Heavenly Immortals to protect the Immortal Realm from future threats of the Desolate Immortals had a heavy price to be pay. It completely drained the Great God Pangu of his life-energies and he had passed away.

This piece of immortal history was not known to the celestials but it was being kept alive by the Desolate Immortals who had a burning desire to return to their homeland. Although the powers of beyond were powerful but it could only keep the Ancient Fortress of the Desolate Immortals from returning to the Immortal Realm for only ten thousand years.

Without the Great God Pangu and the absence of the Great Goddess Fantian, the Desolate Immortals felt that they could easily sweep into the Immortal Realm. After all, the Great Rift Lord Xuan Yuan and the World Ruler Fu Xi were peaked Ninth Positioning Immortals and were nearly impossible to defeat.

At the same time the 33 Heavenly Immortals of the Immortal Realm had failed to cultivate and were involved in an immortal war to oust the Jade Emperor of the Immortal Realm, the first immortal ruler of the immortal realm and for a long time the immortal realm was chaotic.

The Great Goddess Fan Tian who was in seclusion in the Great Beyond Realm was forced to intervene and to use her profound life force to suppress the 33 Heavenly Immortals. Because these 33 Heavenly Immortals all possessed the Great Universal Force, it cost the Great Goddess Fan Tian her life.

Before the Great Goddess Fan Tian passed on, she scouted the entire Immortal Realm for the purest soul force and made it into the image of the immortals. This pure soul force was to be her future successor and she had called her the Heaveness, the future divine ruler of the Three Known Realms. With that she had cast the Heaveness into the lower realm. The lower realm was a place where the soul could be tempered by the many divine tribulations and the Heaveness had to first overcome her divine tribulations to find her destiny.

The Great Goddess Fantian had an immortal soul and knew that her soul would be reincarnated. But she had no hope that her soul would be united with her immortal body because it was nearly impossible for the reincarnated souls to have their past memories. Moreover, what was the possibility of a reincarnated soul to re-cultivate into an immortal from a mortal? One in a 100 billion?

That was why she had picked the Heaveness as her successor.

Unknown to the Great Goddess Fantian, her reincarnated soul had to endure three painful reincarnated cycles, missing the reincarnated Great God Pangu each time.

It was only when she was Shui Yixian and the Great God Pangu was Yi Ping that they finally had a chance to meet once more. Together, they cultivate together from mortals to golden celestials and from golden celestials to immortals before they realized that they had actually met in their three previous past lives which had however ended in tragic for them.

As for the Immortal Realm, one of the most powerful Great Goddess Celestial Alice had succeeded the Jade Emperor to become the next Immortal Ruler of the Immortal Realm but not before a prolong war with the Arhat Immortals.

The Great Goddess Celestial Alice had defeated most of her Zen Immortal and Arhat Immortal rivals and she would continue to rule the Immortal Realm until the Joyful Goddess Lele became the third Immortal Ruler.

And who was Fan Yuqin?

Fan Yuqin was the daughter of Yi Ping and Shui Yixian or rather she was the goddess daughter of the Great God Pangu and the Great Goddess Fantian.

Her birth was a true miracle in the Three Known Realms because both her parents were Tenth Positioning Immortals, an immortal positioning that none could reach because it required 99 extreme tragic divine tribulations that may span several reincarnations. The higher the cultivation level of the cultivator, the more impossible it was for the cultivators to have any children.

Unlike most immortals that only had the Universal Force, Fan Yuqin had inherited the Universal Creation Force from her two parents.

The profound force of the Pangu immortal cultivators could be classified into the Universal Force, Great Universal Force and the Universal Creation Force.

Therefore it was not wrong to say that her profound force was two notches purer than most of the immortals.

Compared to most of the golden celestials in the Celestial Realm who cultivated the celestial profound force, Fan Yuqin’s profound force was three notches purer than them.

Therefore it was not wrong to say that Fan Yuqin’s profound strength had an extremely deep foundation; she could even transform divine pills into a higher grade with her Universal Creation Force and tempered divine weapons into a higher grade if she chooses to do so.

Her existence was a freak of nature and unlikely to have another.

She was born in the Celestial Realm because the Mundane Realm was sealed by her parents and there was now no way for anyone to cultivate from the Mundane Lower Realm to the Celestial Middle Realm now.

Because of the sealing of the Mundane Realm, the Celestial Middle Realm was now the cultivation ground of both mortals and celestial cultivators. And because of this reason, the celestial practice had been revised since the times of Yi Ping and Shui Yixian to allow for a more flexible cultivation progression.

At the same time, the children of the immortals were sent to the Celestial Middle Realm for them to cultivate and to receive the tempering of the divine lightning. Without the tempering of the divine lightning, the cultivators’ profound force could never advance into the Universal Force for them to cultivate as Immortals.

That was why Fan Yuqin was in the Celestial Middle Realm. To her, the Nine Celestial Fraternity was her homeland. She was also a monstrous genius and quickly advanced to the seventh realm saintess at only 18 of age.

One year that had passed in the Immortal Realm was actually ten years in the Celestial Realm. One year in the Celestial Realm was actually ten years in the Mundane Realm.

In a blink of an eye for the Immortals, Fan Yuqin had quickly grown up and she knew that she was unique. Therefore she did many wild things in her youth and had almost killed herself along the way. As a matter of fact, she had even become a super villainess the Golden Mask Devil Goddess and was thought to be killed by her enemies.

After that, she had learnt to control her wild nature and had quietly spent her time in sharing gossips instead of conflicts, changing her name to Fan Yuqing along the way.

But all these were not why Yue Lingxi was startled when she saw the golden lotus.

It was because Yue Lingxi had realized that Qin Keqin had absorbed a powerful celestial core array into her profound force and was rendered speechless.

Any celestial or immortal array in order for it to form into a profound core array required hundreds and even thousands of years, an accumulation of countless number of cultivators’ profound energies to maintain and to refine.

From the look of Qin keqin’s artefact core array, it seemed that she had completed refined it into her own profound aura and the suppression effect was so pronounced that Yue Lingxi was forced to raise her profound desolate aura to her zenith in order to withstand against it.

This array core that Qin Keqin had refined was actually the Celestial Annihilation Array, an extremely well known celestial array that could kill golden celestials.

This was actually a most ridiculous thing that had happened!

Yue Lingxi had been trying to absorb the Horizon of the Heavens and she would need thousands of years to refine it and it was only a partial refine. Without the Major Annihilating Force, she could not even make any advancement into it.

Qin Keqin said coolly, “You must know that I am not easy to beat either.”

Yue Lingxi asked again, this time her voice seemed to have faltered a little. “Who are you again? Your cultivation realm seems to…exceed the seventh realm.”

Qin Keqin chuckled softly, “I really wish I can step into the immortal positioning realm! But I am just a mere celestial practitioner. Before I ascend, I hope to experience the married life first!”

Yue Lingxi: …

“You know. I may even be a more badass than you.” Qin Keqin rolled her eyes and she was smiling. “I am actually a super villainess…”

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Chapter 169: This is a Trap!

Yue Lingxi had found herself in an isolated dark spatial space and she was furious. It seemed that she had returned to her physical body now. She was trembling lightly and realized that more than half of her profound strength had been expended after her ‘simulated death’ during the fifth trial.

She was frowning unhappily, “This is really the most annoying death that I ever have and at which I have no defense. I swear I will never enter this type of simulation trial ever again.” She paused to add, “Unless of course if there is no such thing as this divine lightning cheats. And of course if there is no Shen Yufeng…”

“You are calling for me?”

An extremely beautiful maiden with an equally beautiful uniform flaxen long hair that touched her waist had appeared out of the thin air.

Shen Yufeng had appeared inside this dark spatial space.

Another extremely beautiful maiden had also appeared next to Shen Yufeng in another blink of an eye.

Shen Yufeng was like a beautiful sculptured peerless beauty that could cause everyone to pause to look at her while this newly arrived beautiful maiden was like a beautiful heavenly maiden that was enticing yet had an unearthly presence.

Qin Keqin smiled, “This Yue Lingling must be so honored to have the both of us here to greet you. This isn’t your real name, am I right?”

Yue Lingxi smiled coldly at the two newly arrivals.

While she had not met them before but they were known to her; prior to coming to the Heavens Ridge Villa, she had been debriefed on them by Qiuxiang Huan.

Shen Yufeng was one of the four Fragrance Heralds of the Patriarch Clan Heavenly Fragrance Villa. This position was like a grand senior in a celestial clan. Her official celestial title was the Fragrance Herald Shen Yufeng and she had another less well known celestial name as ‘Golden Celestial Maiden Yufeng’. Her celestial name was attributed to her beautiful blonde hair and her peerless beauty.

At the same time, she was rumored to be the next successor to the Heavenly Fragrance Princess. Her cultivation level was also known by many and was rumored to be a sixth realm golden supremacy.

As for Qin Keqin, she was the acting sect leader to the Heavenly Ridge Villa and an elder of the Heavenly Fragrance Villa. Her cultivation level was said to be at the upper fifth realm golden celestial level.

Yue Lingxi smiled as she greeted them, “I am so honored to have Supremacy Shen and Celestial Qin here to welcome me. Is it because of my outstanding performance during the trial that you deem that I have the potential to be a protégé of our divine realm patriarch clan?”

Shen Yufeng lit up a curved smile, “You are wrong. Our divine realm will never welcome a cheater like you. Just who are you and what is your purpose?”

Yue Lingxi smiled, “Oh? I am a cheater? How is it possible to cheat under your eyes and everyone watchful eyes? This is not possible, am I right?”

Shen Yufeng was smiling, “You are really good in your playacting. You can even fool my Profound Listening Golden Bell but you cannot fool me.”

Yue Lingxi chuckled softly, “I am so lost. May I be enlightened? When did I cheat and how do I cheat?”

Shen Yufeng was smiling even more beautiful than before. She had a secret that not many people were aware of and this was her secret hidden card; she actually had the innate ability to gauge the spiritual sea of the other cultivators. That was how she was able to tell that Lie Xingyuan had a startling potential and that was the reason why she had wanted to make Lie Xingyuan her personal core protégé.

But this was her secret hidden card and she was not going to let anyone knows.

She did not know that Yue Lingling had cheated during the first trial. It was only during the middle of the trials that she found Yue Lingling to be too outstanding that she began to observe her with a suspicious look. But as the celestial array was portraying the imagery of the competing cultivators, she had no way to know Yue Lingling’s cultivation level.

Therefore she had secretly added an additional celestial array in the giant tripod during the fifth trial. This additional array was linked back to her and she was able to probe Yue Lingling and everyone else cultivation strength.

The main reason why Yue Lingling and Qiuxiang Huan had picked the red stones were because Shen Yufeng had purposely given the red stones to them after she had discovered that they were cheating. Those with red stones end up getting struck by the celestial array’s divine lightning which in turn caused their profound strength to be impaired just like a real injury.

Shen Yufeng said, “Qiuxiang Huan is a fifth realm golden celestial while you are much higher. Higher than even I. You are a seventh realm expert?”

The smiles that were on Yue Lingxi had disappeared completely because she had suddenly realized that her game was up. So she said coolly, “Yes, I am not using my real name. My real name is Yue Lingxi. But so what? Do you think the two of you can stop me?”

Then she turned to smile at Qin Keqin, “If I am not wrong, you are that seventh realm expert that I have detected in the Heavens Ridge Villa.”

Qin Keqin had a surprised look as she appraised Yue Lingxi. It was because her old man had warned her of a desolate immortal cultivator previously and that her name was Yue Lingxi.

She thought, “This Yue Lingxi is actually a Desolate Lord? She is actually the Desolate Sacred Maiden Yue Lingxi? Where is my old man when I need him the most…”

Qin Keqin walked in front of Shen Yufeng as she smiled, “You sure look cocky but do you know that we have purposely lured you into this trap? Right now, how much of your profound strength can you muster? I’m sure that the divine lightning must have really hurts your profound strength.”

As she was talking to Yue Lingxi, Qin Keqin had secretly put her left hand behind her back and she had waved a secret hand sign to Shen Yufeng to indicate to her not to interfere in the upcoming fight.

Shen Yufeng secretly sighed. It was because she knew how dangerous this Yue Lingxi was.

Yue Lingxi smiled coolly. “I am warning you first. Seventh realm experts or not, you are like ants in my eyes. I am the Desolate Sacred Maiden Yue Lingxi, Desolate Lord of the Chaos Mysteries.”

She paused to grin, “Since you are unlucky enough to find me then consider it my grace to send you to the void.”

Qin Keqin said nonchalantly, “Your opponent is just me alone. If you are able to defeat me, I will let you go.”

“Oh? If I am able to defeat you then I can go? If I can defeat you, do I need your permission to leave?” Yue Lingxi mocked.

All of a sudden Yue Lingxi had attacked Qin Keqin.

In a blink of an eye, the two of them had exchanged more than ten strokes with their hands. Their hand to hand movements were extraordinary swift and their profound attacks were creating shockwaves all around them.

In just a short while, more than three hundred strokes were exchanged.

Yue Lingxi was startled that Qin Keqin was able to match her speed blow by blow, fist by fist and stroke by stroke. She thought, “Is she really a seventh realm expert?”

She had not started to get serious and was just testing Qin Keqin ability to react to her attacks.

All of a sudden Yue Lingxi had raised her palm to send a profound shockwave that sped to become a wind ripping wave against Qin Keqin. This attack was a seventh realm profound attack that could implode heavily on the target and exploded in a devastating shockwave.

But Qin Keqin raised her fingers as she displayed a profound rotation that instantly deflected the energy profound attack aside, causing it to explode thunderous out of her harm’s way.

Yue Lingxi gasped softly, “The Divine Emerald Skill?”

Qin Keqin hummed coldly, “That is right. You know my skill?”

Yue Lingxi frowned as she quickly leapt backward, “Naturally I know. I even know that the Divine Emerald Skill is a nemesis of all projectile attacks. But of course it will have to depend on the strength of its practitioner. Maybe you only know just the surface of the Divine Emerald Skill.”

Her profound aura had suddenly exploded around her and her eyes had turned a desolate purple gold. With just a short preparation time, she had already mustered her profound energies and had gathered it into a massive amount of energies onto her two palms as she shouted, “This is my most powerful technique the Gathering Windforces of the Demonic Wolf Sword! I like to see if your Divine Emerald Skill is able to deflect my energy technique. Even if you are a seventh realm expert, you will be ripped apart!”

Several wind blades in the shape of a demonic wolf exploded loudly from within her two palms and formed into a long invisible force toward Qin Keqin.

Qin Keqin raised both her palms as a beautiful wave of profound energies form a beautiful faint circular glow in front of her.

As the profound barrier and demonic wolf clashed, their surroundings exploded furiously into multiple shockwaves, lasting several blinks of an eye.

All of a sudden Qin Keqin took a step forward and completely swung the remnant energies of the demonic wolf aside, completely neutralizing it.

Qin Keqin smiled, “Is that what you got?”

Yue Lingxi was startled, “This is the Absolute Defense of the Divine Emerald Skill. Only the Great Goddess Fan Tian is able to display to this profound level. Who are you?”

The Great Goddess Fan Tian was said to be the only immortal goddess that had attained to the tenth immortal position realm. The other being the Great God Pangu. Even the Great God Xuan Yuan could only attain to the peaked ninth immortal position and he was already an unfathomable existence.

As for this Absolute Defense Skill of the Divine Emerald Skill, it was the highest level of the Divine Emerald Profound Skill and was the unique skill of the Great Goddess Fan Tian. Although there were quite a few of the Divine Emerald Skill practitioners but only the Great Goddess Fan Tian could attain to this mystical level.

Qin Keqin smiled, “Make a guess.”

Yue Lingxi had suddenly realized that she was up against an opponent that was unusually strong and yet this opponent was only a mere celestial.

“You realize that I am not serious yet, do you?” Yue Lingxi smiled coldly as she displayed a silver scroll. This scroll was the Horizon of the Heavens and was also an immortal weapon.

Although most divine weapons were swords, the truly powerful divine weapons were actually not swords. It was because most divine swords were forged from the heavenly relics and it was the most efficient way to demonstrate the raw profound powers of the divine weapons.

For many heaven-step artefact treasures, saint grade artefact treasures and immortal grade artefact treasures, it could take any forms because it had more profound powers other than raw power. But no matter what form the artefact took, it was always a lethal divine weapon!

Right now, Yue Lingxi had no other choice but to take out the Horizon of the Heavens, exposing her hidden card as her opponent had a skill that was her nemesis. Her logic was really simple. After that, she would kill the two of them to keep her card hidden.

Qin Keqin gasped as her divine sense could sense that the silver scroll that was in Yue Lingxi’s hand was a truly formidable immortal artefact.

Without hesitation, she had taken out her white flute the Tranquil Flute.

Yue Lingxi was startled at the sight of the white flute as she gasped. “This…this is a desolate immortal artefact. How did you get it?”

She was suddenly trembling as she said hatefully, “This is the Tranquil Mysteries Flute, a heritage desolate artefact of our Chao Mysteries Citadel. It is thought to be lost a long time ago. How did you get it?”

Qin Keqin chuckled softly, “Oh? I don’t know it is yours but it is mine now.”

Yue Lingxi cast upon Qin Keqin a burning hatred as her profound aura displayed a faint purple. She was going to display her profound power to her maximum now.

As for Qin Keqin, she knew that she had provoked Yue Lingxi and she did not dare to be careless. She too, had displayed her profound aura to the zenith as a rich golden aura began to envelop around her and this golden aura was slowly giving shape to the image of a golden lotus that was spreading its blossoms.

Shen Yufeng was startled. She had never seen the Great Saintess Fan Yuqing this serious before and she knew that the two of them were now burning their reservoir of spiritual sea in preparation for their next round of fight.

The next round will not be just a clash of their powerful profound energies but it would be a contest of power between their immortal artefacts.

It was a lucky thing that they were now in a spatial space as the fight between these two seventh realm experts could well destroy the entire vicinity.

Shen Yufeng thought, “I don’t even get to see a single heaven-step divine sword. Above the heaven-step weapons are the saint weapons. Above the saint weapons are the immortal artefacts. Exactly who is this Yue Lingxi? How did she possess such a powerful artefact.”

She took a quick glance at Qin Keqin, “And exactly what is the background of the Great Saintess Fan Yuqin? This white flute is actually an immortal artefact. All along I’ve thought that it is just a superior grade flute…”

Unless the cultivator chose to reveal the profound aura of their divine weapons by imbuing their profound strength into it, there was no way a divine artefact could be differentiate from a normal item. It was because most cultivators would choose to secretly conceal the profound auras of their divine weapons with a seal so that it would not be easily sensed by anyone.

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Chapter 168: The Final Trial (3)

“There are one hundred of you here that have passed the final trial. Well done!” The image of Shen Yufeng chuckled in the sky above. “You shall all receive the Divine Profound Pill as your additional reward.”

Lu Qingyun and most of the survivors were shocked. Did they hear her correctly? The Heavenly Fragrance Villa was actually giving out a hundred Divine Profound Pills. It was too good to be true!

Shen Yufeng chuckled, “Naturally as the ones that have passed the final trial, I shall see you in the Moon Demon Forest in a month’s time. Naturally when you have arrived, I will be giving you the Divine Profound Pill. At the same time, you will be joining the other seven hundred young geniuses of our divine realm there.”

The cultivators were startled. They had almost forgotten about the Moon Demon Forest that was mentioned by her earlier. Shen Yufeng did mention before that the top 100 competitors would be picked for a special expedition to the Moon Demon Forest.

“Crap, I have almost forgotten about it…”

“The Moon Demon Forest isn’t a joke. We may really lose our lives there…”

“So are we the lucky ones or the unlucky ones?”

“Shen Yufeng is too cunning!”

“I can’t believe that we are really going to the Moon Demon Forest…”

“Did she say that we will be joining seven hundred other cultivators there?”

“This sort of expedition has never happened before…”

“Maybe something has happened recently…”

“This is too weird…”

“What? We won’t be getting the Divine Profound Pill immediately? She didn’t mention that earlier…”

Lu Qingyun was smiling to himself. This was a perfect chance for him to pick some rare spirit plants in the Moon Demon Forest.

Qian Jingjing saw that Lu Qingyun did not look worry at all. Rather, he seemed quite happy. So she asked, “Brother Qingyun, you are not worried at all?”

Lu Qingyun smiled, “Erm, there will be more than eight hundred of us there. Even if there are monsters, they will flee from us.”

Qian Jingjing chuckled softly, “Brother Qingyun, you are so cute. If it is a sixth rank and above devious monster, the ones that will be running will be us.”

Ling Xiu nodded quietly. In the Misty Desolate Valley, they had encountered a sixth rank Desolate King Drake and were forced to flee. It was only with the timely arrival of Qin Keqin that they were saved from their possible demises.

Lu Qingyun muttered, “If it isn’t a Golden Desert Silkworm and if my feet aren’t struck in the sands, I can still beat off a sixth realm devious beast. But it is hard to say for a seventh rank devious monster…”

When Qian Jingjing and Ling Xiu heard him, they were both smiling bitterly. Even a fifth realm golden celestial expert may not be able to beat off a sixth rank monster. It did not matter if it was a desolate or a devious monster. They were at the same level of difficulty.

But Ling Xiu was smiling, “I feel safe with Brother Qingyun around.”

Qian Jingjing was secretly startled and she was secretly pleased. Did it mean that this would not be their last parting? She would see him again in a month’s time.

So she quickly said, “Brother Qingyun, you won’t forget about me right? If it is possible, can I follow you when we are at the Moon Demon Forest?”

Lu Qingyun said, “Sure. Why not?”

Qian Jingjing and Ling Xiu exchanged a quick look and they were secretly pleased. Earlier, they had tested each other on their thoughts about Lu Qingyun and whether if they minded Lu Qingyun to have multiple consorts. They technically had an unwritten secret agreement between the two of them.

Qian Jingjing was thinking as she sighed secretly, “I have only one last chance to impress him. After that, we may never meet again…”

This was really heartbreaking to her because she had never met anyone as worthy and fine looking as Lu Qingyun.

Shen Yufeng suddenly said to them, “Alright. Wait here for a while. I have a surprise for all of you later.”


For them all?!

Many of the cultivators were shivering nonstop now.

“Erm, I’ve thought that we have already passed the trial?”

“I really got an uneasy feeling over this.”

“I know that it is not that easy and there must be a trick somewhere…”

Even Lu Qingyun was blinking his eyes as he muttered, “You mean we can’t exit the trial yet?”

On the stage above, many of the celestials were now talking incessantly on the outcome of the fifth trial.

“Haha. My protégé is among the 100 survivors…”

“Say. Isn’t that Lu Qingyun really too freaking lucky? He didn’t really do anything much and he has actually cleared all the trials?”

“I heard that Shen Yufeng is staying at the Heavens Ridge Villa. Do you think that they have some under the table dealings?”

“That Lu Qingyun is actually quite dashing and maybe Shen Yufeng is too lonely. Maybe they…”

“The performance of the Clear Sky Pavilion has been so outstanding but they are so unlucky at the fifth trial…”

“I cannot accept the result of the fifth trial! That is too random!”

“That Qian Jingjing is too shameless. She keeps hooking up to that Lu Qingyun…”

“It seems that the performance of the Divine Nine Palace is so dismay this time…”

The thousands of protégés from the Heavens Ridge Villa did not break into cheers for Lu Qingyun. In fact their reactions were somewhat muted. It was because it seemed to them that their Senior Brother Lu Qingyun did not have any outstanding performance at all. Moreover they were beginning to think that he had been cheating his way through the trials.

While everyone was discussing on the outcome of the trials, Shen Yufeng and Qin Keqin had quietly left their seats…

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Chapter 167: The Final Trial (2)

Shen Yufeng was smiling and her beautiful voice echoed to all the cultivators, whether it was the celestials that were on stage or the celestials that were taking part in the trials, “The fifth trial is easy enough.”

With a wave of her hand, a giant tripod had appeared in the middle of the floating platform.

“All you need to do is to reach into the giant tripod to take a stone.”

Lu Qingyun and many of the cultivators were perplexed.

“The trial is just to take a stone?”

“It is so simple?”

“Erm, will our hands be safe?”

“You mean that it is actually boiling oil that is in the tripod?”

“Or the jaws of a horrifying creature…”


“This trial is simply too hard!”

Shen Yufeng chuckled, “So who will want to be the first?”

All the cultivators were looking at one another with a dark look. No one wanted to be the first guinea pig.

“Maybe we should let the fourth realm cultivators go ahead first…”

“We can let the first realm cultivator goes first…”

“There is only one first realm cultivator here and he is Lu Qingyun…”

Lu Qingyun had actually stepped forward as he said, “Let me try first.”

Qian Jingjing and Ling Xiu were both gasping, “Brother Qingyun…”

“It’s alright.” He smiled. “It is just a matter of sooner or later. So I may as well go first.”

Qian Jingjing and Ling Xiu were both forced to nod anxiously for him and they had taken slow steps behind him.

Qian Jingjing mustered the courage to say, “Then let me be the second!”

Ling Xiu was startled by her courage and she found herself saying, “In that case, I will be the third then.”

Yu Tianjian was quietly watching Lu Qingyun as he thought, “He is so stupid to try to be the first. As the saying goes, a hero always dies young.”

Gongsun Ya was shaking her head slightly as she sighed, “Too young, too simple.”

Qiuxiang Huan said quietly to Yue Lingxi and Shangguan Furong, “It seems that we have overestimated their group.”

Shangguan Furong said in her soft voice, “But they have actually made it to the fifth trial. That isn’t too bad. It seems that they had lost Leng Qiuyue in the fourth trial.”

By now Lu Qingyun had walked quietly to the giant tripod and had taken a peek inside; it was pitch black inside and he could not see anything. It was as though the interior of the tripod was enveloped by a mysterious black profound aura.

With a soft sigh he had reached his right hand into the tripod nervously, half afraid that his hand may be corroded or imploded somehow.

He seemed to have touched a pile of stones at the bottom and the rock was actually quite cool to the touch. Without a second thought, he had quickly grabbed a rock and took it out of the tripod.

It was until he had taken it out of the tripod that he saw that he had a black rock in his hand.

“A black rock?” Lu Qingyun was perplexed. Shen Yufeng did not lie. There were indeed rocks inside the tripod.

All the other cultivators were edging toward Lu Qingyun, afraid that they may miss out on an important detail of the trial that may cost them their lives. Therefore they had to pay particular attention.

If they could overcome this trial then they would be able to get the Divine Profound Pill!

Seeing that nothing had happened to Lu Qingyun, Qian Jingjing heaved a soft sign of relief as she reached her hand nervously into the tripod.

She was more timid and quickly withdrew her hand once she got a rock.

Under the sunlight, she was astonished that the rock that she got was also a black rock.

“Another black rock?” A cultivator muttered.

“Is there any significant to anything?” Another cultivator asked quietly.

Ling Xiu was the third cultivator to go forward to the tripod. She had also taken out a black rock from the tripod.

Lu Qingyun, Qian Jingjing and Ling Xiu were all looking quietly at one another, unsure what this black rock actually mean.

Yue Lingling smiled as she said, “I will go next.”

And she was followed closely behind by Qiuxiang Huan and Shangguan Furong.

Yue Lingling put her hand into the tripod and fetched out a red rock.

Everyone was astonished, “So beside the black rock, there is also a red rock?”

Qiuxiang Huan was the next cultivator to put her hand into the tripod. She too, had received a red rock.

The onlookers were muttering, “Is there a pattern? Can you see any pattern?”

“I think the next rock will also be a red rock since the first three rocks are black…”

Shangguan Furong was next in line and she had taken out a black rock.

“I thought it might be a red rock but it is a black rock…”

“I don’t see any pattern now…”

“Who wants to try next?”

One by one, all the cultivators had taken a rock and it seemed that there were only a red and black rocks.

The black rocks were the majority and the red rocks were the minority.

Yu Tianjian had picked a black rock and so did Gongsun Ya.

There were still some fifty cultivators that had not picked the rocks yet.

Everyone was now muttering with one another, trying to figure out the details of the fifth trial.

Lu Qingyun smiled quietly as he looked at Qian Jingjing and Ling Xiu, “So it seems that those with the black rocks will be disqualified while the minority with the red rocks will be able to complete the fifth trial.”

He was not unhappy at all. In fact, he was pleased that he had already made it so far.

Qian Jingjing whispered with a wary look, “I am afraid that it is not that simple.”

“Huh?” Ling Xiu and Lu Qingyun were both looking at her.

“If you are that Shen Yufeng, what will you do?”

Lu Qingyun smiled weakly, “I will surely try to surprise the cultivators.”

Qian Jingjing smiled weakly, “That’s right. For example, I will let the holders of the red rocks and the black rocks to fight with each other.”

Lu Qingyun and Ling Xiu were both startled. This was indeed a possibility that they had never thought of…

Lu Qingyun muttered, “You are right. We have not come to the elimination round yet.”

Ling Xiu whispered, “Brother Qingyun, lucky we are all having the black rocks. I can’t imagine that we will be fighting against each other.”

Qian Jingjing added quietly, “If I am not wrong then we have to kill the holders of the opposite colored rock in order to gain the contribution points to pass the fifth trial.”

Ling Xiu nodded slowly, “Although the black rocks are the majority but we are up against Qiuxiang Huan and Yue Lingling. It is a good thing that Yu Tianjian and Gongsun Ya are also black rock holders. So we are on the same side.”

Lu Qingyun was pondering quietly and he was suddenly frowning, “I don’t think that it is so simple.”

Qian Jingjing and Ling Xiu started to look at Lu Qingyun curiously.

Lu Qingyun said solemnly, “If I were her, I will make everyone fight against each other. If you kill someone with the same colored rock, you will gain 1 contribution point while you will get 3 contribution points for killing another with a different colored rock. In this way, everyone will be guarding against each other.”

Ling Xiu nodded before she lowered her glances shyly, “But I will never attack Brother Qingyun.”

Qian Jingjing smiled as she looked intently at Lu Qingyun, “Same here. Brother Qingyun, you will not attack me too, right?”

Lu Qingyun smiled weakly, “Of course I won’t. Don’t worry.”

“But why are you still looking so worried?” Qian Jingjing asked.

Lu Qingyun smiled awkwardly, “I am still thinking about the trial. Maybe you know, she will ask us to collect three red rocks and three black rocks each. Since there aren’t many red rocks to go around, the fight for the red rocks will be terrible.”

Ling Xiu and Qian Jingjing smiled weakly at each other. During this tournament, they had been played upon by Shen Yufeng and they could only think of the worst now.

They were not the only ones; almost all the cultivators were now sharing how the fifth trial should end and the accounts were getting more and more exaggerated!

If Shen Yufeng could hear them, she would think that they were really more creative than her.

As soon as the last of the cultivators had taken the rocks, Shen Yufeng beautiful voice was echoing. “We have 156 of you here now. All of you have a black rock and a red rock in your hands now. I am sure that all of you are now jumping with anticipations how these rocks will be able to help you to complete the fifth trial, right?”

“So are you excited?”

Jumping with anticipations? My foot. Many of the cultivators were thinking at the same time. Excited? The cultivators did not know whether they should cry or laugh because her next announcement would either break or make them.

Lu Qingyun muttered, “She is really very humorous…”

Qian Jingjing nodded, “Indeed very humorous…”

Ling Xiu sighed softly, “Too humorous…”

Lu Qingyun added softly, “She is the Goddess of Humor…”

“Those who have the red rocks are disqualified while those who have the black rocks have now passed the fifth trial.”

“What?!!” All the cultivators were too startled. They had not expected this trial to be so simple?!

Even Lu Qingyun was blinking his eyes, “I…I have passed the fifth trial? Just like this?”

Ling Xiu and Qian Jingjing could not believe their ears either!

Surely there must be a catch somewhere?

Many of the cultivators were all muttering and some were even in an uproar.

Yue Lingling was stunned as she said aloud, “What kind of a ridiculous trial is this?!”

All the cultivators that had the red rocks in their hands were now protesting loudly.

All of a sudden multiple flashes of bright white lightning had thundered and had struck down at all the cultivators with the red rocks, stunning all the other cultivators!

In a single instant, all the cultivators with the red rocks had exploded into flesh and blood, shocking everyone with the bloody scene…

“Did they just all meet with a nasty ends?”

“Shen Yufeng is really too ruthless…”

On the stage, Shen Yufeng was laughing jovially while all the other onlookers had a stunned expression on their faces as they watched the horrifying scene below.

But none of them had dared to mutter a word against Shen Yufeng because they did not dare to offend her. After all, she was said to be the next divine ruler of the Heavenly Fragrance Divine Realm. Judging by her twisted trials, they were now freaking scared of offending her.

Qin Keqin was now looking at her with a light growl, “Did you just blow them to pieces?”

Shen Yufeng smiled, “Yes I did. I am just wondering what it is like to blow someone up with the Divine Lightning. You do not like it?”

Qin Keqin frowned softly, “That is not the point. Since you can blow up that Yue Lingling, so why didn’t you blow up that Qian Jingjing and Ling Xiu as well?”

Shen Yufeng: …

Qin Keqin rolled her eyes as she chuckled, “Come let me play with the celestial array. Where is it? Let me sent two more divine lightning to get them.”

Shen Yufeng: …

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 Chapter 166: The Final Trial (1)

On the floating platform, all the trial cultivators were now looking at the astonishing beautiful features of the Fragrance Herald Shen Yufeng who was the leader of the Heavenly Fragrance Heralds. Although she was beautiful and was smiling warmly but most of the cultivators had an ugly look on their countenances.

Even Lu Qingyun was muttering almost incoherently, “Even though she had the face of an angel but she is like the devil. If her heart is as innocent as her smiles then it will be such a good thing.”

If Shen Yufeng could hear him, she would surely give him two tight slaps for the compliments and even kicked him down the floating platform.

But Lu Qingyun was not the only one that was muttering behind her back.

The first four trials had drove most of the trial cultivators to the brink of breaking down and they could not imagine what the fifth trial would be.

Shen Yufeng smiled, “Maybe I should announce something that will be a morale booster for all of you first. Those who are able to pass the fifth trial shall receive a Divine Profound Pill as an additional reward.”

All of a sudden all the cultivators were startled and were now looking at Shen Yufeng excitingly.

Even Yue Lingling had looked up to the sky and there was a glimmer in her eyes.

Lu Qingyun was also startled. He already had a Divine Profound Pill, the result of his winning reward from the Heavens Ridge Villa’s core protégés tournament. However he was saving it for his secret sixth rank alchemy recipe. If he could obtain one more Divine Profound Pill, there may be a chance that he may be able to breakthrough to the fifth realm golden celestial level.

He was not the only one that was thinking about the same thing.

Most of the cultivators that had made through the trials to this point were fourth realm cultivators. Without any lucky occurrences or cultivation resources, their potentials may be doomed at the fourth cultivation realm.

If fourth realm cultivators were already very rare, the fifth ream cultivators were even rarer. For every 10 fourth realm cultivators, there may be only just one cultivator that could overcome this heaven-defying barrier to become a half-immortal.

It was the wildest dream of all the cultivators to attain the holy grail of the celestial cultivators to become a golden celestial. A golden celestial was truly a half-immortal. They no longer had any need for food and water, had insane regeneration abilities that could regenerate even the organs, had extremely long lives and even their cultivation strength was much superior to any cultivators that were below the fourth realm.

Lu Qingyun was thinking, “If I can be a golden celestial then I can be with Keqin forever…”

Even Qian Jingjing and Ling Xiu were moved.

Qian Jingjing was a peaked fourth realm cultivator and had long attained the upper fourth realm level. She badly needed a breakthrough in order to overcome this impasse. Although the Spirit Sword Manor did have a few Divine Profound Pills but it was mostly reserved for Grandmaster Gao Yishu’s relations.

Even though she was a core protégé but she had no relations with Grandmaster Gao Yishu. Her senior brother Gao Peng had actually entered the tournament with her but he was quickly eliminated during the first trial. Gao Peng had expressed his interest in her on a few occasions but Qian Jingjing simply did not like him because he only sees her as a trophy to be conquered.

As for Ling Xiu, she knew that the resources of the Flying Armament Sect were limited. She wanted to obtain this Divine Profound Pill not for herself but for her brother Ling Chong who had been eliminated earlier. It was because her brother was her only close family and without the Divine Profound Pill, he would not be compatible with Qiuxiang Huan.

Qiuxiang Huan was already a fifth realm golden celestial and had hidden her cultivation realm. She was her mother consort’s secret card against her political enemies. The celestial resources of the Clear Sky Pavilion were actually quite deep. Not long ago, the Clear Sky Pavilion even had two sixth realm golden supremacies.

However, both Qiuxiang Huan and her mother consort Qiuxiang Mei were still unable to advance to the sixth realm level. In order to do so, they had to consume even more celestial resources such as the Divine Profound Pill.

Therefore Qiuxiang Huan’s eyes began to beam brightly.

Even Shangguan Furong was secretly moved.

Yue Lingling’s interest was aroused as well. Although she had divine pills that could aid cultivators to become a fourth realm experts quickly but that was the limit of her divine pills. Moreover she did not have many to begin with.

She was more concerned with obtaining a powerful divine pill that could at least recover some of her desolate strength. She had an uneasy feeling that the Three-Destinies Old Man that she had fought a while ago was in this vicinity and was watching her.

Her performance during the trials was simply too outstanding and it was too hard to be missed. She actually did not want to be so outstanding but her opponents were simply too weak!

Yu Tianjian, Gongsun Ya and many of the fourth realm cultivators were all moved!

Half of the cultivators presented were actually third realm experts. They were naturally moved because with this Divine Profound Pill, there was a bigger chance that they would be able to reach the fourth realm level.

To them, the fourth realm level was like a huge mountain to overcome and they were eager to attain to this level as quickly as possible before they become old or their potentials were wasted. The fourth realm level was the energy level and cultivators that were at this level would be able to control their profound auras and strength more effectively.

But to many of the third realm cultivators, the fourth realm level also means that they would no longer age and that was the most tempting factor. As long as they could no longer age, they could maintain the vitality of their youth and strength.

But this fourth realm level was not easy to attain at all because the cultivator had to cultivate their energy meridians first and it was not easy at all. Only one out of every one hundred third realm cultivators could advance into the fourth realm level. That was how difficult it was.

Although third realm cultivators were the true cultivators but the truth was, third realm cultivators were actually quite common but not as common as the first and second realm cultivators which were a thousand times more common.

While everyone was in high spirits due to Shen Yufeng’s announcement, Lu Qingyun’s countenance had suddenly become dark.

It was not lost on Qian Jingjing and Ling Xiu who had been secretly looking at him from time to time.

Ling Xiu whispered gently, “What is wrong Brother Qingyun?”

Lu Qingyun was smiling weakly, “Even though the Heavenly Fragrance Villa is a first tier celestial clan but will they really give out so many Divine Profound Pills to the other celestial clans? Either the fifth trial is going to be extremely hard or Fragrance Herald Shen is actually quite generous at heart.”

When he had said that, even Ling Xiu and Qian Jingjing had turned ashen all of a sudden.

Shen Yufeng had waited a while for her announcement to be sink in before she smiled again, “Now for the fifth and final trial. It is going to be the most easiest and most interesting trial that you will ever partake. This, I can surely promise you that.”

She was smiling so beautifully that most of the cultivators could only feel fear and their goose pimples had suddenly appeared.

Lu Qingyun could not help shaking his head as he muttered weakly, “She is really so humorous…”

At the same time he was wondering what Qin Keqin would have thought of his excellent performances. Even if he did not pass the fifth trial, he really did not mind at all. It was because he had already gone further than the majority of his competitors.

He wondered if Qin Keqin would be in praises of him and would reward him by being intimate with him.

“She must be so proud of me right now…”

Little did he know that it would be the exact opposite.

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Chapter 165: The Fourth Trial (3)

The gigantic Golden Desert Silkworm was now towering over Lu Qingyun.

Yan’Er was crying panicky to Lu Qingyun, “Master! Yan’Er is so sorry. I didn’t know this monster is hiding in the sand!”

The unique ability of the Golden Desert Silkworm was its ability to conceal its desolate profound aura in the sands by bending itself completely with the terrain. Although Yan’Er could sense most desolate energies but she was up against a superior sixth rank desolate monster that had the ability to conceal its aura.

The gigantic Golden Desert Silkworm had suddenly attacked with its mouth four piercers and it was trying to use its formidable desolate aura to suppress Lu Qingyun at where he was to immobilize him.

Lu Qingyun was startled that he was not able to move. Or rather, his action speed seemed to have slow down considerably. Just as he was mustering all his profound strength to try to break free of the profound aura of the Golden Desert Silkworm, it had already made its attack on him.

There was a flash of white as Leng Qiuyue had flashed in front of Lu Qingyun and had used her sword to parry the piercers of the Golden Desert Silkworm. Her defense was not perfect as two of the piercers had pierced through her body.

Leng Qiuyue spurted out blood as she used her remaining profound strength to push Lu Qingyun out of the pit, causing Lu Qingyun to fly to where Ling Xiu and Qian Jingjing were.

“Qiuyue!” Lu Qingyun shouted panicky as he realized that Leng Qiuyue had sacrificed herself for his sake.

Leng Qiuyue smiled weakly and said tearfully, “Senior brother, I guess that your Junior Sister Qiuyue will not have the good fortune of getting to the fifth trial now. But I do not regret it…because…your life…is more important to me…”

She was not able to complete what she had wanted to say in her mind as the Golden Desert Silkworm had swallowed her up before disappearing into the sand pit.

Lu Qingyun cried out loud as he slammed his fists on the loose sands, “Qiuyue! It is all my fault. If it is not because of me, you will not die…”

He looked at the Golden Twig that was in his hand as he lamented loudly, “This is actually meant for you…I am so careless…why did you have to sacrifice yourself for my sake…”

“Your senior brother is so useless. I can’t even protect you…”

“Erm…” Qian Jingjing bent over to comfort him. “Brother Qingyun, you don’t have to be so sad, alright? This is only a simulation. You will be able to see her later after the trials are over.”

All of a sudden Lu Qingyun was blinking his eyes and was looking at her, “I’ve forgotten that this is only a simulation…”

Qian Jingjing, Ling Xiu: …

Lu Qingyun smiled weakly at them as he passed the Golden Twig to Qian Jingjing, “Here, take this. We need to find one more for Sister Ling Xiu.”

He inhaled a deep breath as he continued to stare at the sand pit that was below him. The simulation was so real and he had nearly lost his mind when Leng Qiuyue had suddenly ‘died’ in front of him.

Until now, he could not forget the tearful expression that was on Leng Qiuyue as she bade him an emotional farewell. It was so real like that he had actually forgotten that he was in a simulation. He could feel the throbbing of his heart and it was as though an arrow had just pierced through his heart.

He knew that he was in a simulation but at that emotion moment, he had so immersed into it that he had totally forgotten about it and had thought that Leng Qiuyue had really died in front of him.

Qian Jingjing and Ling Xiu were quietly looking at each other. They were both having the same thought, “Brother Qingyun has an emotional attachment to Leng Qiuyue and that is why he is so affected by her demise. What if I am the one that has died? Will he feels the same emotional attachment as me then?”

Above the trial imagery, Shen Yufeng was scanning with her divine sense on the multiple scenes that were taking place simultaneously below. When she saw the nimbleness of Leng Qiuyue and the extraordinary speed that she had displayed, she began to nod lightly and was smiling.

With a pleased look, she had turned to glance at Feng Xiaoxiao and Tang Xuefeng who were both returning a subtle pleased look to her at the same time.

Next to Shen Yufeng, Qin Keqin was heaving a soft sigh of relief that Lu Qingyun was not hurt in any way. Although the Golden Desert Silkworm was formidable but it rarely continued to pursue its preys once it had taken a victim. Moreover Lu Qingyun was not in the sand pit and it was too lazy to climb up of the loose sands.

Qin Keqin lowered her glances as she whispered, “Minyue, did you see that?”

“See what?” Feng Minyue asked.


“I’ve happened to take a peek. That Leng Qiuyue is really a sentimental maiden. So you have got a strong competitor and you are actually worried now, am I right?” Feng Minyue said nonchalantly.

Qin Keqin smiled weakly, “Maybe.”

“Don’t worry.” Feng Minyue yawned softly, “He only has you in his heart. This, I am quite sure.”

Qin Keqin said quietly, “Did you see how sad he was when Leng Qiuyue had ‘died’?”

Feng Minyue smiled, “I saw. But so what?”

There was a melancholy look in Qin Keqin’s eyes as she averted her eyes from Feng Minyue. After a while, she muttered to herself. “You won’t understand.”

There were incessant mutterings among the celestials as everyone was gossiping on the outcome of the trial and the happenings that they had just witnessed.

“That Lu Qingyun is really freaking lucky. If it is not for Leng Qiuyue, he would have been dead…”

“I just can’t believe that a first realm cultivator like him can actually make it so far into the trials. This is really unbelievable…”

“So the Heavens Ridge Villa only has one Lu Qingyun that is left? This is too pitiful…”

“Yu Tianjian had just attacked another cultivator and had taken away his Golden Twig…”

“He is smart. Instead of wasting his strength to search for the Golden Twigs, he was secretly following that deceased cultivator…”

“Gongsun Ya has just found a Golden Twig…”

“She is quite lucky to jump out of the sand pit just in time before the Golden Desert Silkworm has made an attack on her…”

“The Golden Desert Silkworm is only a fourth rank monster. If it is a much higher rank Golden Desert Silkworm, she won’t be so lucky.”

“It seems that all three of the celestial powerhouses have only one candidate left each. They are Yu Tianjian, Gongsun Ya and Qian Jingjing.”

“The Divine Nine Palace is a joke. They have actually lost all their candidates during the first trial…”

“How did the Clear Sky Pavilion manages to find three Golden Twigs in such a short amount of time?!”

“Did that Yue Lingling just finish off a fifth rank Golden Desert Silkworm?! Her sword art is too insane…”

Two hours had passed for the trial;

Lu Qingyun had now found another Golden Twig and he was saying to Ling Xiu, “Sister Ling Xiu, this is for you.”

Ling Xiu took the Golden Twig with utmost care as her bright eyes looked at Lu Qingyun, “Brother Qingyun, without your aid I will never be able to find it myself. I really don’t know how I should repay you for your kindness. I keep troubling you. Ling Xiu feels that it is so unfair to you. You must be feeling very tired now.”

Lu Qingyun smiled awkwardly, “You are half the sister to me. So naturally I should take care of you. Moreover, this is actually nothing to me. Look at me, do I look tired? I am still as fresh as ever.”

Ling Xiu nodded shyly as she averted her eyes, “Thank you for your kind words. I will never forget the kindness that you’ve displayed in the trials for me.”

When Qian Jingjing saw that Ling Xiu was pouring her heart out, she was really afraid that Lu Qingyun would be touched by Fairy Ling Xiu and may think that she was ungrateful so she quickly said with a flustered look, “Brother Qingyun, your Sister Jingjing will never forget your kindness too. I will repay your kindness one day.”

She was giggling suddenly, causing Lu Qingyun to look curiously at her. Qian Jingjing averted her eyes and said shyly, “Nothing.” It was because she had almost said she was willing to repay his kindness by being together with him. When she had thought of this, she had suddenly giggled because she was already thinking of the blissful family that they would be having.

Lu Qingyun: ???

Lu Qingyun scratched his head in his mind before he said, “We still have 1 more hour before the trial completion time. So we have better find a place to take shelter from the sun and also from the other cultivators.”

Qian Jingjing and Ling Xiu were nodding immediately. They were too weary of the hot blazing sun that was sapping their stamina, causing whatever profound strength that they had to falter.

Lu Qingyun quickly found a tall sand dune which could offer them a shade. Within this sand dune was two smaller sand dune and it looked like a perfect place to take shelter from the blazing sun.

As the maidens quickly fled into the shadows of the smaller sand dunes, he was stomping his feet around.

Ling Xiu asked curiously, “Brother Qingyun, what are you doing?”

Lu Qingyun smiled weakly, “I am just checking the ground for loose sands.”

It was more than that. He was actually checking the ground to see if it was firm. If it was loose, there may be Golden Desert Silkworms that were lurking underneath. After his first lesson with the Golden Desert Silkworm, he was more cautious now.

After checking that it was safe, he began to walk to the maidens.

As he walked to them, he called to Yan’Er in his inner cultivation sea. “Yan’Er, I need your help to be on your best vigilance against any intruders that may be approaching us.”

As he approached the maidens, Ling Xiu said quietly. “Brother Qingyun, why don’t you and Maiden Qian have some rest first? I will help to stand guard over the two of you.”

She knew that Lu Qingyun must have expended plenty of his profound strength by constantly using his divine sense while Qian Jingjing had not recovered from her earlier internal injuries.

Lu Qingyun smiled, “No need Sister Ling Xiu. You are weary as well. Please take a rest.”

Ling Xiu smiled weakly but her voice was firm, “Please let your useless sister does something for the two of you. We are a team after all. You will need all the rest that you can use till the next trial starts.”

Qian Jingjing looked at her quietly with a faint smile. She was actually quite touched by her kind gesture.

But Lu Qingyun returned a smile as he laughed softly, “I am really not tired at all. I am a man after all. I will go over there to stand watch.” With that he had walked to the other sand dune to keep a watchful guard. With Yan’Er probing the vicinity with her divine sense and with him keeping a visual lookout, he felt more secure for the safety of the two maidens.

Ling Xiu and Qian Jingjing were quietly watching Lu Qingyun as he stood quietly on the perimeter of the two sand dunes.

After some time, Qian Jingjing could not resist a whisper to Ling Xiu. “How long did you know him?”

Ling Xiu smiled, “For a few months only. This is actually the third time that we have met.”

“Oh?” Qian Jingjing was really curious. “He doesn’t look like the good-for-nothing cultivator as rumored.”

Ling Xiu nodded before she smiled with a fond expression, “He isn’t. The first time that I had met him was in the Misty Desolate Valley. At that time, my party had encountered a fifth rank Hundred Eyes Beast and we are in danger of being killed. But he had suddenly appeared and had vanquished it with a single sword stroke. That is how strong he is.”

Qian Jingjing was startled as she gasped softly, “Really?! That is a fifth rank desolate beast. How is it possible?!”

Ling Xiu smiled as she turned to look at Lu Qingyun intently, “Really. He had not only saved my life back then but also the lives of my brother and dozens of my clan protégés as well.”

Since then she could not forget about him. Even though they were in two different celestials clans and were almost impossible to meet again but she simply could not forget about him.

Qian Jingjing lowered her glances too, “He had also save me from a fifth rank Earth Elemental Golem during the second trial. He is really strong…”

She was smiling in silliness at herself, “Does it mean that it is actually unnecessary to aid him with the fifth rank Eight-Legged Duke Lion after all…”

Suddenly Qian Jingjing had a shy look as she asked Ling Xiu, “Do you think that Maiden Leng Qiuyue actually likes Brother Qingyun?”

Ling Xiu smiled weakly. She knew that Qian Jingjing was actually also asking if she likes Lu Qingyun. So she asked instead, “You like Brother Qingyun?”

Qian Jingjing had a flushed look as she quickly averted her eyes shyly, “I…I…don’t know!”

Ling Xiu shyly lowered her eyes as she said after her, “I don’t know either but I am sure Maiden Leng likes him. She had actually sacrificed herself to save Brother Qingyun earlier.”

Qian Jingjing nodded, “This, I’ve to agree with you.”

This time Ling Xiu took the courage to ask, “Do you think that Brother Qingyun will…like us?”

Qian Jingjing giggled shyly, “I…don’t know.”

Ling Xiu said quietly, “My father has five consorts. My brother Ling Chong is actually my half-brother.”

Qian Jingjing nodded with a smile, “My father has two consorts. It is common for the celestials to have many consorts because the higher the cultivation realm of the cultivator is, the harder it is for them to have children. So it is pretty normal for the celestials to have many consorts. Imagine all the heritance with no children to take over.”

“But there are also many celestials that have only one consort.” Ling Xiu said quietly.

Qian Jingjing chuckled softly, “Surely Brother Qingyun isn’t someone who is so dense, am I right?”

Ling Xiu looked away before she said quietly, “The way he looks at his master and Maiden Lie Xingyuan is quite different than when he is looking at us.”

“Huh? Maiden Lie Xingyuan? Who is she?” Qian Jingjing’s heart was throbbing fast as she asked panicky.

“She is his maidservant and personal attendant.” Ling Xiu smiled. “Have you not heard the rule of the Heavens Ridge Villa?”

Qian Jingjing inhaled deeply before she nodded slowly, “The personal attendant and the core protégé can have personal relationships with no questions asked. You mean that they are…”

Ling Xiu shook her head, “I don’t know. Just chitchatting.”

Qian Jingjing laughed softly, “I’m the one of the four great beauties in my area and you are one of the top beauties in New Empyrean City. Why do we have to worry about a mere personal attendant? Her status is below us for sure.”

Ling Xiu smiled, “She is also an astonishing beauty too.”

Qian Jingjing: …

As they chatted, the one hour was quickly up and there was a sudden bright light that enveloped them in a shimmering yellow glow.

All the cultivators that had a Golden Twig in their hands were enveloped with the shimmering yellow glow and they saw that they were all back at the floating platform now.

It took Lu Qingyun and the rest some time to adapt to their new surroundings.

“Where are we?”

“We are back here again?”

“We have cleared the fourth trial now…”

Shen Yufeng had appeared above the floating platform as she smiled gently, “Good. We have hundred and fifty of you that had passed the fourth trial. Almost three hundred cultivators have been eliminated from the fourth trial. But this is still way too many. It seems that the trials are actually too easy for the majority of you.”

Many of the cultivators were muttering almost incoherently…

“Therefore the fifth and the last trial will be the most interesting…”

Lu Qingyun was muttering as he smiled weakly at Qian Jingjing and Ling Xiu, “She is really humorous…”

Many of the cultivators that had survived the fourth trial were now at the brink of exhaustion. The hot blazing desert had drained most of their profound strength. Profound strength was equivalent to stamina for the cultivators. Without profound strength, they could not even muster their martial power to defend themselves and they needed all their available profound strength to overcome the upcoming trials.

The only two cultivators that were not affected were Lu Qingyun and Yue Lingling, who were still looking fresh.

Along the way, Lu Qingyun had thought that he had proven himself and that from now onward, no one would call him a good-for-nothing cultivator anymore.

But he did not know that the opposite had happened.

As a matter of fact, the speculators were now spreading ugly gossips about him;

“Look at that Lu Qingyun. He is still looking as fresh as ever…”

“That is because he is a cheater…”

“Along the way, he is being assisted by Leng Qiuyue, Qian Jingjing and Fairy Ling Xiu…”

“If it is not because of the three maidens, will he be able to overcome the trials?”

“He doesn’t even have any contribution to his team…”

“Even Leng Qiuyue had to give up her life for him to overcome the trial…”

“I hereby declare that I am looking down on that Lu Qingyun…”

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Chapter 164: The Fourth Trial (2)

Lu Qingyun smiled warmly to the three maidens, “Follow me. We are still a team.”

Then he took a look at Qian Jingjing, “Maiden Qian, are you alright?”

Qian Jingjing smiled awkwardly, “I…I’m alright. Why do you ask?”

Lu Qingyun had noticed that her movements seemed to have slowed down considerably especially after the third trial had ended. He had suddenly remembered that she had been injured by the Stone Elemental Golem during the second trial.

He muttered, “If there is any danger, you can take a step back first since you are unwell. You may need some time to recover from your injuries from the second trial and should not keep displaying your sword art.”

Qian Jingjing nodded lightly. It was true that she was not at her peak. The injuries that she had sustained were quite severe during the second trial but she had forced herself to pretend that nothing had happened. It was because she was a core protégé of the Spirit Sword Manor and she was taught never to show any weakness to anyone.

But Lu Qingyun had taken note of her condition.

She was secretly touched by his gesture. Meeting Lu Qingyun in this trial was the best thing that had happened to her. This was the first time that she had taken part in the Divine Fragrance Tournament.  Her senior brother had also taken part in the Divine Fragrance Tournament and he was a peaked fourth realm expert. But unfortunately he was quickly eliminated during the first trial and so were her other two team mates.

She was actually wandering aimlessly in the mountains until she had chanced upon Lu Qingyun and Leng Qiuyue. She did not really know who they were but had recognized them because Leng Qiuyue had kissed Lu Qingyun before the trial had started. So she mustered the courage to approach them by coming to their aid.

She was now looking dazedly at Lu Qingyun and her heart was throbbing fast. What was this weird feeling that she had now?

Was Leng Qiuyue and Lu Qingyun an item? But it did not look like they were.

“Maiden Qian?” Lu Qingyun asked. “Are you really alright?”

Qian Jingjing nodded with a smile, “I’m alright. I was just thinking about something. Let us hurry!”

Lu Qingyun nodded and they were walking rapidly into the desert.

As they moved hastily through the sand dunes, Lu Qingyun asked them. “Do you know anything about this Golden Twig?”

All three maidens replied at almost the same time and they were all shaking their heads, “No…what does it look like…never heard of it before…”

Lu Qingyun: …

“Erm…” Lu Qingyun inhaled softly before he explained. “This Golden Twig only grows in the hot sandy desert. Since this is only a trial, there is probably no other spirit plants except for the Golden Twig so it will be harder to miss. This Golden Twig has golden leaves and its stem has long poisonous spikes. So be careful not to touch its spikes.”

As he was a high level alchemist with a good knowledge of herbalism, he knew what the Golden Twig looked like. In fact, he had even handled it before.

He added, “Because this Golden Twig is quite small, it can be easily hidden in the sands. Therefore as we move, we must use our divine sense to scan our surroundings. Luckily, this Golden Twig emanates a traceable faint aura and will be easy for us to track. However there is a problem.”

Leng Qiuyue smiled, “Senior brother, what is it?”

Lu Qingyun drew in a new breath before he said. “The desert is too vast and it is mentally draining to use our divine sense all the time. Before we can find the Golden Twig, we may either die of the heat exertion here or drained of our mental strength. Therefore I will suggest that we will take turn to use our divine sense in a rotation of five minutes. What do all of you say about this?”

All the three maidens nodded. This sounded like a good idea.

Ling Xiu smiled, “Brother Qingyun, why don’t you decide for us who shall use our divine sense first?”

Qian Jingjing nodded with a smile, “Yes, you are our leader now.”

Lu Qingyun hesitated briefly before he said slowly, “I shall take the lead first then. Afterward, it shall be Qiuyue, Sister Ling Xiu and Maiden Qian. While one of us is using the divine sense, the rest of us shall use our eyes to check for any suspicious spots.”

Leng Qiuyue smiled, “That is a good idea.”

Ling Xiu said shyly, “Let do it then.”

With this plan, Lu Qingyun led them through the hot desert and he focused his divine sense into the vicinity as he performed a careful sweep.

20 minutes later, there was still no sight of any Golden Twig and it was time again for Lu Qingyun to use his divine sense.

He had suddenly noticed that Leng Qiuyue and Ling Xiu were all dragging their feet while Qian Jingjing was slowly down considerably.

Although this was just their astral bodies and they would not feel thirsty or get dehydration but it would affect their mental performances. And when the mental performances were affected, their astral bodies would also be affected.

At this moment the blazing sun was snapping all their ‘mental’ strength as the minutes flew by, just as in a real desert.

He quickly made backtrack and grabbed Qian Jingjing by her arm, “Let me help you. The sands here are too loose.”

He had said that to comfort Qian Jingjing as he knew that she was faltering due to her injuries and did not want to make her feel that she was hindering them.

Qian Jingjing smiled at him weakly, “Thank you Brother Qingyun. I can walk myself.”

All of a sudden Lu Qingyun had paused in his tracks as he scanned his surroundings, “I have picked up something.”

He had suddenly headed toward a sand dune and was digging through the sands. After a while, he used his sword to pick up a golden plant that had long spikes all over his body.

“This is the Golden Twig?!” The maidens were all excited as they quickly crowded around him.

Lu Qingyun grinned, “That is right.”

Ling Xiu gasped with delight, “We have found the first one. This is good. So that is how it looks like.”

Lu Qingyun nodded and turned to Leng Qiuyue, “Qiuyue, take the first one.”

“This won’t do at all.” Leng Qiuyue protested immediately. “I’ve promised senior brother to let you have the first one.”

Lu Qingyun smiled, “It is alright. Don’t worry.”

But Leng Qiuyue shook her head and had walked away.

Lu Qingyun was startled as he looked at Ling Xiu, “Sister Ling Xiu, why don’t you take it first.”

Ling Xiu smiled as she said gently, “No, thanks.” She too, had walked away to join Leng Qiuyue.

Lu Qingyun was startled as he looked at Qian Jingjing, “Maiden Qian…”

But before he could even state his intention, Qian Jingjing had walked away to join Ling Xiu and Leng Qiuyue.

Lu Qingyun smiled weakly to himself as he kept the Golden Twig into his spatial belt before he walked to join the maidens.

The three maidens were all smiling at Lu Qingyun; it seemed that they had unanimously decided that Lu Qingyun should keep the first Golden Twig and they were not going to take it.

As he joined them, he muttered. “We are quite lucky to find the first one.”

Leng Qiuyue smiled, “That is because senior brother is so lucky.”

Lu Qingyun laughed weakly, “Haha. Is that so? Guess I am just lucky to sense one.”

All of a sudden Lu Qingyun said, “Please give me a minute. I’ve just thought of something.”

Leng Qiuyue, Ling Xiu and Qian Jingjing were looking curiously at one another. It was as though they were all asking. “What is it that Lu Qingyun is thinking?”

Lu Qingyun was actually talking to Yan’Er in his inner cultivation sea now, “Yan’Er, I’ve just got this Golden Twig. Are you able to use your divine sense to find more of this Golden Twig?”

Yan’Er looked curiously at the Golden Twig before she chuckled, “Master, they are everywhere. You sure you need Yan’Er help?”

Lu Qingyun was immediately delight, “Really Yan’Er?”

Yan’Er nodded, “Yes, I can sense them for sure.”

Lu Qingyun clapped his hands, “It is because Yan’Er you are a spirit entity. Your senses are actually much better sharper than me. Moreover you are a fourth realm cultivator too.”

“That is not all!” Yan’Er said proudly. “I will never get tired too!”

When Lu Qingyun heard her, he began to frown lightly. “That is because you are using my spiritual energies. When I am tired, you will be tired.”

Yan’Er chuckled, “Why Master is so weak.”

Lu Qingyun: …

“I talk to you later. Yan’Er, please guide me to find these Golden Twigs.”

Lu Qingyun said to the three maidens, “Follow me. I shall use my divine sense from now onward.”

Leng Qiuyue asked panicky, “Senior brother, won’t it be too tiring for you?”

Ling Xiu and Qian Jingjing were also looking at him with deep concern as they nodded lightly. Leng Qiuyue had spoken what was in their minds.

Lu Qingyun was a little perplexed as he said, “Actually I am not tired at all. In fact, the blazing sun doesn’t seem to be affecting me that much.”

He was actually telling the truth.

The three maidens looked at him curiously. It did seem to them that Lu Qingyun was still looking as fresh as ever and he was actually still in a tip-top condition.

This was something that they did not understand.

Actually Lu Qingyun did not understand as well but since the trial had started, he was actually used very little of his stamina. Even the profound strength that he had expended had quickly recovered.

He was unaware that ever since his Annihilating God Seed had awakened, his inner cultivation sea had greatly expanded. It had expanded so rapidly that his inner cultivation sea was three times greater than most cultivators of his same realm.

Moreover he had also attained to the energy level and his invisible profound aura was constantly shielding him from the blazing sun and the fury heat of the desert.

Although Leng Qiuyue, Ling Xiu and Qian Jingjing were all fourth realm experts but their profound auras were not as strong as Lu Qingyun. Although their profound auras could shelter them from the blistering heat, their stamina was still being drained away bit by bit.

But for Lu Qingyun, because his profound strength was so exceeding, he was constantly replenishing his stamina than losing it. In short, the rate of his profound strength regeneration exceeded the rate of loss that was caused by the environment.

Even if he was to use his divine sense to search for the Golden Twig, his stamina would never run out. This was something that he did not know yet and his worries were actually unfounded.

Yan’Er had suddenly said, “Master, a thousand paces ahead is another Golden Twig. Do you want to pick it?”

Lu Qingyun was delighted as he replied, “Of course!”

Leng Qiuyue, Ling Xiu and Qian Jingjing were looking at him curiously. “Who are you talking to?”

Lu Qingyun had suddenly realized that he had actually talked too delightfully to Yan’Er and he quickly said. “Nothing. Just follow me. I think that I may have found another Golden Twig.”

All three of the maidens were startled that there was another Golden Twig nearby. They quickly scanned with their divine sense but to no avail.

Lu Qingyun smiled, “It is actually not near. We still need to travel a little more distance. There is a huge sand dune that is blocking us.”

The three maidens all felt like crying when they saw the huge sand dune that was in front of them. If their boots were not struck in the loose sand, with their lightless skill, it was actually quite easy for them to get over to the other side of the sand dune. Unfortunately, there were loose sands everywhere and they had to exert three times more stamina if they were to use their lightless skill in the hot blazing sun.

Therefore in order to conserve their profound strength, they were forced to walk up this gigantic sand dune.

However they did not complain as they had full faith in Lu Qingyun. If he says that there is Golden Twig ahead then it must be true.

A full 30 minutes had passed and they had crossed the gigantic sand dune plus two smaller sand dunes.

Lu Qingyun had actually run in front of them and to their astonishment, he had dug up a Golden Twig.

With a delighted look, he shouted. “Qiuyue, this one is for you. Please do not decline this time!”

When he had said that, he was suddenly startled by a gigantic golden worm that had appeared from the sandy dunes.

This gigantic golden worm was the sixth rank desolate monster the Golden Desert Silkworm!

Immediately the three maidens had turned ashen as they quickly unsheathed their swords!

Lu Qingyun was now in the attack perimeter of this Golden Desert Silkworm. Due to the difficult sandy terrain, it was not possible for him to flee.

He too, had turned ashen because right in front of him was a formidable sixth rank desolate monster!

A sixth rank desolate monster was totally in another different league than a fifth desolate monster, similar to the differences between a fourth realm immortal celestial and a fifth realm golden celestial!

Above the platform, Qin Keqin was staring coldly at Shen Yufeng, “Why are there so many desolate monsters in this trial?”

From the imagery scene below, many of the cultivators were being slaughtered by the Golden Desert Silkworms that ranged from the fourth rank to the sixth rank.

Shen Yufeng shrugged her shoulders as she chuckled, “If this is just a simple find and gather trial then it will be too uninteresting. Don’t you think so?”

Qin Keqin was speechless as her eyes were looking panicky at the scene below. Her Yun’Er was now being cornered by a sixth rank Golden Desert Silkworm!

She was not the only celestial that was tense.

Thousands of other cultivators were shaking their heads and bemoaning miserably that their candidates were being swallowed by the sand dunes, died of the heat exertion, killed by the other cultivators, robbed of their Golden Twigs or wiped out by the Golden Desert Silkworms.

A golden celestial nearby was muttering, “Even if I take part in this trial personally, I will never be able to pass…”

“Look! The cultivators from the Clear Sky Pavilion…finally one of them has fallen!”

“Haha, finally…”

“I have thought that they are invincible….finally…”

Qiuxiang Hanyu was the one that had fallen because she was unable to keep up with her group. The blazing sun and baking hot desert had drained all of her stamina and she had expended all of her profound strength. She was still too young and her inner cultivation sea was not as vast as the other members of her team.

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