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Chapter 62: Gong Nanyan Pleads

Now that they were back at their abode after a long day at the practice chambers, Gong Nanyan said to Xiaofang. “You are quite a showoff today, aren’t you? You have humiliated both my third protégé brother Yu Degang and the swordplay of the Lofty Snow Palace today. I am just curious how did you manage to break our Lofty Snow Swordplay so easily?”

She paused briefly to look at him curiously, “It is as though you have already known what is forthcoming.”

Xiaofang replied awkwardly, “I didn’t do it intentional. I have been sparring with your Palace Mistress for a month previously so I am quite familiar with some of the Lofty Snow Swordplay.”

Gong Nanyan asked curiously, “Why should our Palace Mistress spar with you?”

Xiaofang replied politely, “We have found a profound martial art that is called the Martial Pinnacle Art in the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth. Your Palace Mistress is using me to improvise some of her sword techniques via the Martial Pinnacle Art.”

Gong Nanyan said coldly, “I hope what you have said is the truth.”

Then she looked the other way before saying, “You look like you are here to steal our Lofty Snow Swordplay.”

Xiaofang was smiling bitterly and he did not answer her. It was because that was actually his mission…

“But do you know that the Lofty Snow Swordplay isn’t our strongest swordplay?”

“It isn’t? There is a more formidable swordplay?”

Gong Nanyan looked at the ground as she nodded lightly, “That’s right. Have you heard of the Lofty Empyrean Sword Energies?”

Xiaofang shook his head as he said, “No, I haven’t.” He had never even seen or heard of it before.”

Gong Nanyan explained, “Naturally you have not. That is because we don’t usually display the Lofty Empyrean Sword Energies unless we have no other choices.”

Xiaofang asked curiously, “Then why are you telling me this?”

Gong Nanyan coolly said, “Just in case if you are killed by my third protégé brother in the future then at least you know the sword energy technique that has killed you.”

“…….”

Xiaofang looked at the back of this icy beauty before he said, “When you talk to the others, you don’t have a habit of looking at them?”

“It is rude to be staring at the other so usually I don’t look at them.”

Xiaofang was rendered wordless as he said weakly, “This…this…I think it is considered impolite not to looking at each other…”

Gong Nanyan waved her fingers as she walked away, “I don’t mind that you stare at me while you are talking to me.”

“……”

Just as Xiaofang was about to enter the guest room, Gong Nanyan called out to him. “Young Master Fang, can you come to my room?”

Xiaofang was really startled, “Why did she asks me to come into her room? Didn’t she say that she will cut my manhood if I enter her room only yesterday?”

But out of curiosity, he entered her room.

Gong Nanyan was sitting quietly in the middle of her room and there were two cups of wines on the table. “Please be seated.”

Xiaofang took a step cautiously into the room as he looked around him. Her room had a pleasant fragrance and her bed had pink curtains hanging.

He asked as he quietly sat down, “Yes?”

Gong Nanyan seemed to hesitate for a while before she said, “You really have the healing focus ability?”

Xiaofang nodded slowly.

Gong Nanyan seemed to know that he had nodded without looking at him as she said slowly, “I may need your help in a matter. I am unwell…”

Xiaofang was startled as he said, “Show me your wrist…”

Gong Nanyan quietly did as she was told.

After a while Xiaofang said, “This…this…”

Gong Nanyan said slowly, “I may have forced my cultivation to the golden celestial level but my inner core is irreversible impaired. Lately in recent years, I have been experiencing some chest pains. Only a practitioner with the healing focus ability is able to alleviate me of my ailments.”

Xiaofang nodded slowly, “Several of your energy veins are blocked. That is why you are experiencing pain.”

Gong Nanyan said quietly, “It is unfair for you to expend your life energies for a stranger and this will impair your own cultivation progression as well. I don’t have much money or soul jewels to give you a fair trade either. I am only asking you to alleviate my chest pains so that I can at least cultivate normally. I wonder if you are able to aid me…”

She bit her trembling lips because she knew that she had been rude to this Young Master Fang in the past two days and she was not surprised at all even if he decided to reject to help her.

Xiaofang said solemnly, “Indeed I can help you clear your blocked energy channels. But if you continue with your cultivation practice, I am afraid that your energy channels will be blocked again in no time…”

Gong Nanyan said icily as she looked up, “It doesn’t matter. As long as I can make some progress in my cultivation…”

All of a sudden she was startled when Xiaofang popped his head in front of her and grinned, “On account of your delicious milk, I can try if I am able to help.”

“……”

Xiaofang was suddenly stammering, “But…”

Gong Nanyan turned to look at him, “But what? You are a man. Why are you so washy all of a sudden?”

Xiaofang had turned around all of a sudden and he was looking guilty, “Actually come to think of that, I may not be able to help you…I’m sorry…”

Gong Nanyan had suddenly quickened her steps and closed the door before Xiaofang could make his way out.

She lowered her glance as she slowly loosened her belt to strip in front of Xiaofang…

Xiaofang was shocked, “This is…”

Gong Nanyan said in a low voice, “I know why you are hesitating. What? Have you never seen a naked woman before? I have thought that you are an experienced worldly young master?”

Xiaofang quietly helped her to put on her robe back as he sighed, “Alas, Maiden Nanyan…why are you putting me in a spot like this…”

Gong Nanyan said quietly, “I know that I am detestable and even shameless in your eyes…”

Xiaofang shook his head, “No, you are not. You are like a beautiful fairy. I know that you must have your reasons why you are so haughty.”

Gong Nanyan said slowly as she leaned against the door, “The moment that I have started cultivating the Lofty Snow Cultivation Arts, it means that I will no longer have the ability to bear a child in the future. It is because our bodies will be irreversible harmed by the strong cold negative energies of our cultivation art. I am just an emotionless celestial practitioner now.”

Then she smiled bitterly, “I used to be my protégé mistress favorite disciple. But ever since my cultivation is impaired, Wan’Er and Feixian have taken my place…I just want to be my protégé mistress favorite disciple again…am I wrong to wish for that to happen?”

Xiaofang said quietly with a soft sigh, “Maiden Nanyan, may you go to your bed so that I can take a closer look?”

Gong Nanyan nodded slowly…

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Chapter 61: Practice Chamber

Xiaofang and Gong Nanyan had just left the Palace Mistress personal room when Xiaofang asked awkwardly, “Where are we going next?”

Gong Nanyan glanced at him before saying, “Do you want to view the practice chambers?”

“We can really go and take a look?” Xiaofang asked excitingly. He was thinking on how to bring up this subject when Gong Nanyan had suddenly brought it up.

Gong Nanyan nodded slowly, “Since you are an honorable guest, I take you to the inner practice chamber where our elite protégés practice the more superior martial arts. There’s no point in visiting the outer practice chamber given your celestial level.”

Xiaofang smiled weakly, “Actually I don’t mind it too.”

Gong Nanyan smiled slowly as she walked off, “There is no need to embarrass ourselves with showing you our inferior martial arts.”

Although she was still haughty towards Xiaofang but somehow he felt that she was a lot friendlier now. At least she did not glance at the ceiling or the ground when she was talking to him and even offered to bring him to have a look at the inner practice chambers.

Along the way, there were many elders and senior protégés that were greeting them all of a sudden, “Young Master Fang…Fourth eldest protégé sister…”

Gong Nanyan found it strange because in the past, these people had always ignored her. Similarly, she had also ignored them as well. But today, they were greeting her left and right with great friendliness.

It did not take her long to realize that these were the people that had gone to the Golden Clans Congregation with her protégé mistress.

Gong Nanyan thought, “They are actually greeting him? Usually these elders and seniors look down on the third rate celestial clans and avoid them like a plague. They will actually be so kind to greet him?”

Then she stole a glance at Xiaofang who was looking all over the place at the splendid of the Lofty Snow Palace.

After a while later, they had reached the inner practice chambers. Now the inner practice chambers consisted of many chambers but first they had to enter the outer courtyard first.

There were hundreds of protégés practicing the unique martial arts of the Lofty Snow Palace in the outer courtyard. Usually when Gong Nanyan was here, everyone simply ignored her.

But today there was quite a stir when they saw Xiaofang.

“Why did she bring a stranger here? Did she have any respect for rules of the Lofty Snow Palace?”

“I have heard that this Young Master Fang is staying in her room…”

“She even brought him warm milk this morning…”

“They even eat together in the room. Goodness knows what they are up to…”

Yu Degang who was instructing the protégés in the outer court walked up to Gong Nanyan, “Little protégé sister, even though Young Master Fang is our honorable guest here but it is still ill-fit to bring him here. What if our martial arts get leak out?”

Gong Nanyan looked to the side and said icily, “Third protégé elder brother, this is our Palace Mistress’ wishes. Do you want to defy our protégé mistress?”

Yu Degang was startled as he took a step back as his face reddened, “This is really her wishes?”

Gong Nanyan said icily, “Surely you know what the clan punishment for disobeying the Palace Mistress is. The penalty is doubled if you are a direct protégé disciple.”

“This…alas…this is too ridiculous!” Yu Degang blurt out as he stole a glance at Xiaofang. But when he saw that Xiaofang was not paying to their conversation and instead he was looking into the courtyard to observe the sword practices and the secret execution of their clan lightless skill the ‘Floating Snowfall’, he was infuriated.

So he said, “Since Young Master Fang is interested in our martial arts then why don’t we have a friendly spar and exchange pointers with each other?”

When Xiaofang heard him, he was excited and replied. “That is a good idea…”

But he was quickly interrupted by Gong Nanyan, “He is an intermediate golden celestial. I am afraid that third protégé elder brother is a stage lower than him and may get injured.”

Yu Degang was startled that this Young Master Fang was actually a stage higher than him but he quickly regained his composure with a smile, “We’re all golden celestials here. The stages differences are no more important than our martial arts and cultivation foundation. Just because someone manage to cultivate to a higher celestial level doesn’t mean he is superior. The celestial clan also plays an important part in grooming a talent.”

He was implying loudly that there was nothing much about the cultivation practice of a lowly third rate celestial clan.

Gong Nanyan turned to Xiaofang as she said indifferently, “You don’t have to accept his challenge…”

“I accept the challenge!” Xiaofang said immediately. “So how do we spar?”

Gong Nanyan was secretly displeased. Did he know that she was trying to protect his dignity? She stomp her foot lightly and did not wish to say anything more. Up to him to screw himself up!

Yu Degang laughed jovially as he shouted, “Make way for us. I am going to have a friendly spar with the young master of the Sky Sword Pavilion.”

The hundreds of protégés were laughing jovially as they cleared the outer courtyard.

“Sky Sword Pavilion? Never heard of this clan before…”

“It must be a third rate celestial clan…”

“It actually is…”

“Hahaha…then I’m afraid that this young master from nowhere is going to get thrashed…”

“He is asking for his own humiliation.”

Yu Degang smiled, “Since you are from the Sky Sword Pavilion then you must really be good at your swordplay. Why don’t we exchange some pointers with the sword?”

Xiaofang replied, “Alright. But can you lend me a spare sword?”

When he said that, everyone was laughing jovially. “He doesn’t even have a sword?!”

Yu Degang laughed, “Can someone lend him a sword?”

A young maiden immediately leapt to Xiaofang and giggled softly, “This is my sword. Don’t damage it.”

Gong Nanyan was about to lend Xiaofang her sword when she saw that someone else had made a quicker move so she quietly held back. But like the others she was thinking, “He doesn’t have a sword in his jade belt or spatial ring?”

Xiaofang inspected the sword that was in his hand. It was light weighed and was a fine sword. This was actually a low grade negative type precious sword. He gasped, “Good sword! Thank you!”

The young maiden giggled softly as she stepped aside, “Remember, don’t damage my sword.”

Yu Degang was amused as he said, “It may be a good sword but it is the wrong attribute for you. When one is using a sword, one has to take into consideration if the sword is even suitable to be used by the wielder in order to unleash the sword and practitioner full potential.”

With a cold sneer, he had unsheathed the cold piercing blade of his sword. Instantly, everyone could feel the cold sword energies aura that was suddenly in place and dozens of protégés began to move back on their own accord.

Xiaofang was startled as he saw the superior grade heaven-step pure negative precious sword that was pointed at him, “Good sword!”

Yu Degang smiled, “Of course it is a good sword. Shall we begin?”

Xiaofang bowed with his hands, “Please offer me your guidance.”

Gong Nanyan suddenly said, “While the Lofty Snow Palace is renowned for its superior lofty swordplay but you ought to pay special attention to your opponent footing. The Lofty Snow Palace is even more renowned for its lightless skill and vanishing steps skill.”

There was a sudden commotion among the hundreds of protégés as they secretly whispered among themselves.

“Isn’t she shameless? Fancy helping an outsider…”

“She is actually warning an outside against our protégé brother…”

“Doesn’t she hope that we can win?”

“Maybe she thinks that we will win too easily. After all this Sky Sword Pavilion may be weak in their clan martial skills…”

Xiaofang said politely without looking back at Gong Nanyan, “Thank you for your pointers.”

Yu Degang and Xiaofang began to encircle each other. Either made the first move as they slowly appraised each other.

Finally Yu Degang made the first move as he flashed three sword arcs, in a continuous display.

“This is the Lofty Forward Arc! To think that protégé brother is able to chain three Lofty Forward Arc into a single formidable sword stroke…”

“This Young Master Fang is doomed…”

Xiaofang immediately raised his sword into a single sword stance as he slammed his opponent sword into the ground, causing the ground beneath them to tremble lightly as their martial forces dissipated at the same time.

Yu Degang was slightly startled that his sword stroke would be broken with just a sword stroke. But he had no time to think further as he immediately unleashed a series of devastating sword bursts at Xiaofang.

Xiaofang gently swung his sword and dissipated the sword energies bursts aside before he flashed forward with a swing of his sword.

Yu Degang was startled by the speed of Xiaofang’s sudden movement and as he raised his sword to parry the swing, an overwhelming martial power lifted him and he had flown through the air with startling speed!

There was a stunned silence as hundreds of protégés watched with disbelief…

Even Gong Nanyan had raised her eyebrows…

Xiaofang gasped, “I…I’ve used too much of my martial strength…”

Yu Degang was moaning on the ground, scarcely believing that his opponent martial power would be so much stronger than him…

Xiaofang had been accustomed to fighting Xiao Shuai recently and he did not think that a golden celestial like Yu Degang would be weak. Moreover, he was also not using his immortal sword.

Yu Degang shook off the dust from his body as he got up slowly. He had a hard fall but he was not injured. After all, his formidable golden aura had protected him. But all of a sudden, his morale had plummet and he did not know if he should continue with the fight. Even though he had the superior swordplay while this Young Master Fang had nothing fanciful, the fact that he was sent flying off spoke of their martial power disparity.

He was thinking, “What kind of a power technique is that…”

Yu Degang was a master swordsman and he knew that this Young Master Fang could channel all his martial power into his sword. Usually a sword could only take in 30% of a practitioner’s martial power. If one had a solid profound strength and wishes to unleash their full martial power then it would be better to use unarm stances which could channel 100% of their martial power. But swordplay was different. 70% comes from speed attacks and sword techniques.

This Young Master Fang swordplay was actually ordinary but his speed and sword martial power were actually startling.

At this moment, he was looking dazzling at everyone and he badly needed a face saving measure…

“Protégé Brother Yu actually loses?”

“This is inconceivable…”

“What is going on?”

Xiaofang was also awkward as he smiled weakly, “This is a draw. This is supposed to be a pointer exchange but I have used too much of my martial strength in my panic…”

It was a lame excuse actually…

Yu Degang quickly said with a straight face, “I didn’t use all my martial strength. After all, Young Master Fang is an honorable guest of the Lofty Snow Palace. Say, why don’t I show you the inner court? That is where our elite protégés practice their martial arts?”

Xiaofang was delighted as he quickly said, “Thank you!”

He quickly returned the sword that was in his hand to the stunned young maiden before he returned to the side of Gong Nanyan.

As Gong Nanyan walked past Yu Degang, she whispered, “Shameless!”

When they had reached the inner court of the practice chambers, they immediately saw Song Feixian and several of the elders that were instructing the protégés.

When they saw Xiaofang, they hastily rushed forward and respectfully greeted. “Young Master Fang, you are here? Do you have any guidance for us?”

Yu Degang and Gong Nanyan stared at them with wide-eyes, “Guidance for you? From him?”

Why are they asking guidance from someone from a lowly third rate celestial clan?

Song Feixian laughed softly, “Did I forget to mention that Young Master Fang here is a super swordsman? His foundation with the sword can even rival Tang Yiren of the Three Saint Sword Elders fame.”

Isn’t Tang Yiren a celestial saint? A golden celestial will actually rival a celestial saint and master swordsman such as Tang Yiren?

Yu Degang and Gong Nanyan could not believe their ears…

Xiaofang politely said, “I am just taking a look…”

Song Feixian smiled, “Please feel welcome to do so. You are more than welcome to look and give us some improvement pointers.”

Xiaofang smiled weakly, “I will not dare. The swordplay of the Lofty Snow Palace is really profound. I’m really impressed by it…”

Yu Degang was thinking, “My foot. You just thrashed me…”

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Chapter 60: Gong Nanyan Dilemma

Gong Nanyan did not sleep well for the entire night. It was not because she was still upset with Young Master Fang for his antics but because his light snoring had kept her sleepless for the whole night.

Although there were two doors that had separated them but she was after all a super exponent of the golden celestial level. Her hearings had always been exceptional and she could pick up a pin dropping even in a snowstorm.

But to her now, this was a complete nightmare as though someone was sleeping next to her.

She was always someone who had treasured her beauty sleep a lot. She could not imagine this life of hers would go on for the next couple of months…

Even before daybreak, she had woke up hastily to the outer sanctum to look for the ‘warm milk’.

She had dropped by to the common kitchen, much to the shock of the protégés that were inside. It was because among the five protégé disciples, she had the most unfriendly disposition to anyone.

She had no friends whatever so in the Lofty Snow Palace nor did she care for any friends. Even Wan’Er had failed to break through her icy disposition.

“Fourth elder protégé sister!!”

Gong Nanyan scanned the kitchen quietly before saying icily, “I want this morning breakfast to be sent to my room and warm milk as well.”

One of the dozen protégés stammered, “Warm milk? Where can we find warm milk? Is it cow milk or goat milk?”

Gong Nanyan slowly looked up to the ceiling before saying, “I don’t care where you find the warm milk. By any means, I want the warm milk to be delivered to my room.”

Another protégé picked up the courage to plead panicky, “It is almost impossible to find milk at this time of the year…”

Gong Nanyan happened to see a mother dog with her puppies at the corner of the kitchen. Slowly she raised her fingers and said, “Isn’t that your milk?”

“Huh?! Is it fit for consumption?”

Gong Nanyan said icily as she left, “Get it done and send it to my room every morning.”

All the protégés were startled…

“Fourth elder protégé sister really got weird…taste…”

“Alas, we just get it done then. We can’t go against a direct disciple orders. If we do, we will be severely punished…”

When Xiaofang got up and walked out of his room, his breakfast and warm milk was already prepared for him in the dining room.

Gong Nanyan was quietly meditating in the dining room and as soon as Xiaofang had entered, she said coldly to him. “After you have taken your meal, we have to pay the Palace Mistress a visit. Don’t forget.”

“Maiden Nanyan, thank you…” Xiaofang was touched as he began to eat. After taking a gulp of the warm milk, he praised loudly. “This milk is the most delightful milk that I ever drink. Everything here is good, even the food…”

Xiaofang suddenly asked, “Have you tried this milk already? There more than enough for me here. Why don’t you try?”

“…….”

Gong Nanyan said slowly, “I don’t like milk…”

“Oh? What a pity.”

While Xiaofang was having his meal, Gong Nanyan asked. “You are a golden celestial? What is your current cultivation level?”

Xiaofang answered, “I’ve just managed to reach the intermediate stage of the golden celestial level. What about you?”

Gong Nanyan hummed coldly, “You are a stage higher than me.”

Then she got up and said, “Why don’t we compare against our internal strength to see who is stronger?”

There were many factors in determining the profound strength of the celestial practitioners; purity of the inner core, superior cultivation arts and the depth of the celestial practice. Even though she was one stage below him, she did not believe that her profound strength would lose to him.

Who knows if he had actually relied on miracle herbs to overcome his celestial levels? That would certainly affect his profound strength.

Xiaofang was interested to know as well, so he said. “Alright then. How about we use 70% of our strength.”

Gong Nanyan nodded as she raised her palm, “70% then.”

“Ready?”

“Go!”

In the in next instant there was a thunderous thunderclap as their palms impacted against each other.

Gong Nanyan was shocked that she was sent flying back as she took nine steps backward. Every step was like a 10% disparity. They had a 90% power disparity? Did he use 100% of his martial strength instead in order to impress her?

Xiaofang was startled as he thought, “Did I use too much of my strength?” He had only used 50% of his martial strength. After he had reached the Earth Divinity, his martial strength had actually doubled. Moreover he was at a higher stage than her so he intentionally used less strength.

Gong Nanyan’s heart was pacing as she tried to calm down her erratic energies. Lucky this was only a spar and not a real fight. After a while she said coldly, “Not bad. But I didn’t use my full strength. To think that a third rate celestial clan such as the Sky Sword Pavilion can produce a celestial expert such as you. It is no wonder that our Palace Mistress thinks so highly of you.”

Even though she was unwilling to admit it, he was indeed a lot stronger than her. She was not too shameless as not to admit a fact.

But she was not about to admit defeat so fast so she said gleefully, “I was only 170 years old when I’ve become a golden celestial. What about you?” She was one of the youngest celestial to have attained as a golden celestial. This was something she was extremely proud of.

“Oh, I’m 17 this year. I just attained as a golden celestial not long ago actually.”

“……”

“You are such a liar.” Gong Nanyan said unhappily. Whatever left of her good impression of him was totally gone now.

She said coldly, “Let’s go and see the Palace Mistress now.”

Palace Mistress Xuan Danfeng was reclining on a couch when Gong Nanyan and Xiaofang had entered her personal room. There was also Wan’Er who was standing next to her.

Xiaofang gulped when he saw her long white silky legs spreading in front of him…

Xuan Danfeng smiled when she saw them, “Disperse with the formalities. Xiaofang, how is your first day in the Lofty Snow Palace? Do you feel uncomfortable or you have any further requests?”

Xiaofang answered politely, “I’m perfectly fine. The food here is awesome, especially the warm milk.”

Xuan Danfeng looked curiously at Gong Nanyan as she raised her eyebrows lightly, “Warm milk? You manage to find warm milk for Xiaofang?”

Gong Nanyan answered indifferently, “I got lucky.”

Xuan Danfeng nodded. The attention was soon on Xiaofang as she chuckled softly as she touched her thigh lightly, “Xiaofang, please come over here to take a look.”

Xiaofang quietly walked to her…

“I need your help to help me massage my thigh. You may have treated me previously but the sudden pain won’t go away. Sometimes I get a sudden pain several times a day, sometimes once every few days. Take last night for example, the pain is so sudden…”

Xiaofang said quietly as he started to massage her thigh, “Let me check…”

Not only Gong Nanyan was shocked when Xiaofang was massaging their Palace Mistress but Wan’Er was also shocked…

From Gong Nanyan perspective, it was even more shocking. That was because she could see the flimsy robe of her Palace Mistress from where she was standing but she could also see the pink panties that she was wearing. Moreover this Young Master Fang was standing so near to her that he surely got a better view than her…

Xiaofang earnestly began to feel the smooth and silky leg of Xuan Danfeng, examining carefully as he said, “I can’t find anything wrong at the moment. I may need more time to find the cause.”

Xuan Danfeng whispered to Xiaofang, “It feels so comfortable when you are touching me. Really.”

Xiaofang was flustered as he immediately let go of his hands from her thigh.

Gong Nanyan wanted to cry out that this Young Master Fang was nothing but a rascal that was just molesting their Palace Mistress…

Xuan Danfeng said quietly, “Xiaofang, don’t stop. The minute you let go of your hands, the pain has suddenly returned.”

Xiaofang hastily asked, “Where is the pain?”

“Here and there…move higher up my thigh please…”

Wan’Er and Gong Nanyan were too stunned. The longer that they watched, they were terribly convinced that this Young Master Fang was a badass physician. He did not have any medical toolbox and performed no diagnosis, nothing at all!

After a while later, Gong Nanyan had noticed that their Palace Mistress was spreading her legs and exposing herself too openly, she felt that she had to stop this Young Master Fang from outraging the modesty of their Palace Mistress so she said coldly. “Young Master Fang!! I’ve never seen this type of treatment before. Are you a fake physician?”

Xiaofang smiled weakly when he was being confronted, “Actually I am not really a physician…”

Gong Nanyan immediately said aloud, “Protégé mistress, did you hear what he had just said? He is a fake!”

Xuan Danfeng lit a curvy smile, “I know that he is not a real physician. But he is someone with the healing focus ability. He has almost completely healed me of my old injuries. Did you not notice that my leg is much better now?”

It was only now that Gong Nanyan and Wan’Er had noticed that there were no more swollen areas on their Palace Mistress thigh…

Wan’Er gasped, “It is really true…”

Gong Nanyan was also delighted for her protégé mistress as she stared at Xiaofang with disbelief, “He has the healing focus ability? This is a long lost healing ability…”

Wan’Er was muttering, “Healing focus ability…”

Xuan Danfeng smiled, “Even my martial level is back to my former levels now. It is all thanks to Young Master Fang here.”

But she was soon solemn, “Do not let anyone outside of this room knows of his special ability. Understand?”

Gong Nanyan and Wan’Er were still overwhelmed by the revelation of Xiaofang’s bloodline that they were stammering, “Yes, yes…”

Xuan Danfeng laughed softly as she turned to look at Xiaofang, “I promise you that other than the two of them, your secret will be safe in my hands. Alright?”

Xiaofang thanks her politely, “Alright…”

Xuan Danfeng gave a devious smile, “Shall we continue the therapy?”

Xiaofang stared at her thighs and up there as he gulped, “Alright…”

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Chapter 59: Lofty Snow Palace

The Lofty Snow Palace was located on the tallest peak of the Ice Cloud Mountains. Other than snowy landscape, there was nothing much to see in the vicinity. It was indeed a cold and harsh place.

Xiaofang did not expect that in such a place, there would be tens of thousands of cultivators. Along the way, he could see hundreds of protégés of the Lofty Snow Palace that were meditating in the snow.

When he had finally arrived at the Lofty Snow Palace itself, thousands of protégés were greeting the expedition party excitingly. But they were curious why their Palace Mistress had returned so soon.

Xuan Danfeng immediately ushered Xiaofang to the audience hall as she summoned all her direct protégé disciples.

“This is Young Master Fang. He is from the Sky Sword Pavilion. Please offer him your guidance when he is here.” She casually introduced Xiaofang to everyone. “This is Xu Wenping, my second male protégé disciple. This is Yu Degang, my third male protégé disciple and this is Gong Nanyan, my fourth female protégé disciple.”

Xiaofang saw that Xu Wenping, Yu Degang and Gong Nanyan were all golden celestials. He politely made a hand bow and said, “Greetings to all here!”

Xu Wenping, Yu Degang and Gong Nanyan all made an unimpressed hand bow as they said indifferently, “Greeting to Young Master Fang.”

As long as Xiaofang was not from any of the patriarch clans, they were not interested in his celestial background. Even if he was then it had to depend on his clan ranking. After all, the Lofty Snow Palace was at the top echelon of the middle ranked patriarch clans.

Xu Wenping secretly whispered to Song Feixian and Shi Wan’Er, “What is going on? I thought that you are all supposed to be in the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth? Why are you back so soon? And who is this Young Master Fang anyway? I’ve heard that the Sky Sword Pavilion is but a third tier celestial clan. Why should our Palace Mistress even be bothered with such a small fry?”

Xuan Danfeng smiled as she said, “Young Master Fang will be staying with us for a few months. During this period, he will also be my personal physician.”

Yu Degang was startled as he quickly asked, “Palace Mistress, are you unwell? Is that the reason why you are back so soon?” Then he looked at Xiaofang with a fierce stare, “Pardon me for saying this. Is this Young Master Fang even trustworthy of being your physician?”

Xuan Danfeng smiled, “It is just that I have a relapse of my old injuries. He is actually a miracle physician and in the entire celestial realm, you can’t find another physician like him.”

She paused to ponder before saying, “Feixian and Wenping, I want you to double up the martial training of our protégés. In six month time, we will be leading ten thousands of our protégés to the Unmoving Mountains.”

Wenping was startled as he asked, “The Unmoving Mountains? Isn’t that the base of the Ancient Ascension Sect? Are we doing battle with them?”

Xuan Danfeng replied coolly, “We are joining forces with the Ancient Ascension Sect to do battle with the Devil Isle.”

Wenping and Degang were shocked, “The Devil Isle? Isn’t this just a mythical place? The so call consecrated place of the celestial realm doesn’t really exist…”

Xuan Danfeng said with utmost seriousness, “The Devil isle does exist and they had even disrupted the Golden Clans Congregation. Be prepared for the worst. Almost all the celestial clans will be making their way to the Unmoving Mountains in the coming months to lend their assistance to the Ancient Ascension Sect. That will include the dark celestial clans as well.”

Wenping and Degang stared at each other in disbelief. The Ancient Ascension Sect was actually mobilizing the entire might of the celestial realm against the Devil Isle? Was it a little overkill?

Song Feixian solemnly said, “Protégé brothers, you got to believe this. The Devil Isle had almost defeated the entire congregation of celestial clans at the Nuer Mountains. We are lucky to be back.”

Wenping was startled, “What?!”

Wan’Er nodded quietly her tears started to brim, “We are even at their servitude for a month…”

Even Gong Nanyan who was expressionless all this while was suddenly looking at Wan’Er and Feixian with a perplexed look.

Wenping stammered, “How did this happen?”

Feixian said slowly, “I tell you later after we have received our Palace Mistress instructions.”

Xuan Danfeng was smiling weakly, “To tell you the truth, I did not believe it at first. Dozens of golden celestials and sacred saints were killed or wounded during the battle with the Devil Isle. Many of the smaller celestial clans even had their lineages wipe out as well…”

To the smaller celestial clans, having their golden celestials killed was a massive irreplaceable loss.

“If I tell you that this was all done by only two old freaks from the Devil Isle, will you believe me?”

“What?!”

“By only two old freaks?!”

Xuan Danfeng said sternly, “Therefore be prepared for the worst. The next battle will determine the fate of the celestial realm.”

Wenping stammered for words, “This…this is…just not possible…”

“Gong Nanyan.” Xuan Danfeng called out her name.

Gong Nanyan looked up with her icy countenances as she gestured with her fingers to receive the instructions of her Palace Mistress.

“Gong Nanyan,” Xuan Danfeng called out again. “I want you to show Young Master Fang around the palace and you will be his guardian during his entire stay here. Please ensure that his needs are being taken care of and he feels welcome here.”

Gong Nanyan seemed to frown lightly and there was an irritating look in her eyes, “I will.”

Wan’Er quickly said after noting Gong Nanyan displeasure look, “Palace Mistress, let me do it instead…”

Xuan Danfeng interrupted sharply, “No, I want Gong Nanyan to do the job.”

Gong Nanyan hummed softly as she stomped her foot lightly. This apparently was not lost on everyone, including Xuan Danfeng and Xiaofang.

Xiaofang thought, “It appears that she doesn’t seem to like me very much…”

Xuan Danfeng knew that this disciple of hers was too icy and lofty. That was why she had purposely asked her to take care of Xiaofang. If she had tasked Wan’Er to take care of Xiaofang, there was a possibility that Wan’Er may succumb to Xiaofang’s charms…

She said casually, “You are all dismissed. Gong Nanyan, don’t forget to bring Young Master Fang to see me in the morning for my therapy.”

Gong Nanyan shot Xiaofang with an icy look, “Follow me.”

Xiaofang did not dare to talk to her. He merely nodded and hastily followed after her.

After a while, he could not resist asking her. “Where are we going first?”

Gong Nanyan looked up before glancing downward as though she was unaware that someone was talking to her. She slowly said, “To the common hall where you will have your daily meals. The food here probably won’t suit your tastes since we only have ‘grass’ here.”

Xiaofang smiled as he continued to look around curiously, “That is alright. Now that I am a golden celestial, I can just meditate without food. The spiritual force here is really awesome. I feel that I can suck it into my inner core all day long. Maybe I can even achieve a breakthrough here. It is no wonder that the Lofty Snow Palace is a middle tier realm.”

“……”

This man had dared to taint his despicable aura with the superior spiritual aura here? This was really too infuriating for Gong Nanyan and she said coldly, “The spiritual force here is naturally superior to that of a third rate and second rate celestial clan. But I will strongly advise you against absorbing too much of the spiritual force here. It is because we are all negative bodies here and the cold spiritual force is more suitable to us than you. Judging from your aura, your attribute should be a positive type. This makes you ill-suitable to cultivate here. Moreover without our Icy Calmness Heart Intricacy to fight the bitter cold, you will soon find this place to be too cold for you to stay for long.”

Xiaofang asked politely, “Alas! Can you share with me your Icy Calmness Heart Intricacy?”

Gong Nanyan nearly spurt blood. Was he dense? He could not tell that she was being sarcastic? She replied coldly, “No, I can’t. It can only be taught to the protégés of the Lofty Snow Palace. You are merely an outsider.”

“Oh I see.” Xiaofang did not seem to mind. That was actually the common rule of the clans to teach only their secret skills to only their clan protégés.

This Young Master Fang was really too haughty. Did he not know that the individual clan skills cannot be taught to any outsiders?!

Gong Nanyan impression of this Young Master Fang had immediately hit rock bottom. She felt it was a terrible chore to deal with such a person.

“Little Protégé Sister Nanyan…” It was Song Feixian calling out to her.

Gong Nanyan merely nodded.

Song Feixian knew that Gong Nanyan was always like this so she did not really mind. She laughed softly as she said, “Our Palace Mistress reminds you to take care of Young Master Fang here. Surely you are not thinking of letting him take his meals at the common hall?”

Given Gong Nanyan disposition, she knew that she was precisely going to let Xiaofang had his meal at the common hall. “He is after all, an honorable guest at the Lofty Snow Palace. So Palace Mistress wants you to bring his daily meals to him to his room so that he can eat at his leisure.”

“……”

She was to bring his meal to him every day? She was a protégé disciple of the Lofty Snow Palace and not a serving maid…

“Oh yes,” Feixian said. “Get Young Master Fang warm milk for his morning meal. He likes his milk warm, remember that.”

Xiaofang said delightfully, “Yes, I like my milk warm.”

Gong Nanyan’s face began to darken as she asked slowly, “Where can I find milk for him?”

Feixian smiled, “I don’t know either. You have to find out yourself. Make it fast so that Young Master Fang can have his warm milk tomorrow morning.”

Gong Nanyan hummed coldly as she stared at Xiaofang icily. This stupid Young Master Fang was behaving like he was a kid. He actually wanted warm milk every day?!

Feixian continued indifferently, “Nanyan, please impart to him our Icy Calmness Heart Intricacy. We don’t want him to fall sick here, do we?”

“……”

Gong Nanyan immediately protested, “This is our clan’s secret heart intricacy…”

But Feixian interrupted coolly, “This is our Palace Mistress’ wishes.”

Gong Nanyan began to tremble lightly as she stomped her foot, “Alright then. Anything else?”

Feixian nodded, “Two more things. To make it convenient for him to meet our Palace Mistress in the morning, he will sleep in your room.”

This time Gong Nanyan actually had a reaction as her icy countenance broke as she said panicky, “This won’t be convenient for me. He is man…”

But Feixian waved her protests away, “Your quarter is in the inner sanctum and is nearest to our Palace Mistress. Moreover there are four of us in the inner sanctum with you. You can always shout for help if Young Master Fang decides to do anything funny to you.”

Gong Nanyan really could not believe what she was hearing from her eldest protégé sister, “When that happens, it will already be too late!”

Xiaofang immediately said, “Don’t worry Maiden Nanyan, I promise I won’t do anything funny.”

Gong Nanyan stared coldly at Xiaofang, “Your promise doesn’t count!”

Feixian said firmly, “Our Palace Mistress had already decided. Just endure for a while until Young Master Fang departs.”

Endure for a little while? Gong Nanyan’s lips were now trembling. She had never lost her cool before and today she suddenly found herself losing her cool so many times…

Feixian continued with a smile, “Show him our practice rooms. If there is any place that Young Master Fang wants to visit, don’t stop him.”

“Huh?!” Gong Nanyan asked with a jest, “Even the forbidden grounds?!”

Feixian replied nonchalantly, “Even the forbidden grounds.”

Gong Nanyan was startled…

Was this Young Master Fang just an honorable guest? His permission level was like the Palace Mistress herself. Not even direct protégé disciples were allowed into the forbidden grounds!

Xiaofang said thoughtfully, “Don’t worry. I won’t enter the forbidden grounds. This will be too disrespectful.”

Feixian smiled and praised him, “Young Master Fang is indeed a sensible hero.”

Gong Nanyan slowly said, “Elder protégé sister…don’t you think that…”

Feixian swiftly interrupted her, “Just make sure Young Master Fang feels welcome here. That will be your task. Since it is getting late now, why don’t you show Young Master Fang your room first?”

Then she smiled at Xiaofang before leaving, “Enjoy yourself.”

Gong Nanyan was stunned. Did her eldest protégé sister just tell this Young Master Fang to enjoy himself…in her room?”

Xiaofang smiled, “Maiden Nanyan, where is your room?”

Gong Nanyan trembled lightly as she said, “This way…”

What was going on? This special treatment for a lowly third rate celestial clan was unthinkable.

Xiaofang said politely, “I’m sorry for troubling you. I feel really appreciated for your hospitality.”

Gong Nanyan said icily, “Don’t say I didn’t warn you first. If you try anything funny, that will be the end of your manhood. So you better be wiser or else. You may have plenty of experiences outside but your party will end here.”

Xiaofang was thinking, “Does she mean if I touch her then she will cut off my manhood?” So he said hastily, “Don’t worry I am a gentleman.”

Gong Nanyan hummed coldly, “You better be.”

Soon they had reached Gong Nanyan room.

Her room was not what Xiaofang had expected. Her abode actually had an outer court and an inner court. And her room was partitioned into several rooms. There were the living room, dining room, guest room, personal room and a drying room.

Gong Nanyan said sternly, “Stay in your guest room and do not enter my personal room.”

Xiaofang nodded as he looked around curiously. It was spacious and clean.

He had just walked into the drying room and he was suddenly startled as he caught sight of the rows of lingerie that had come into his view.

He stared at the lingerie for some time before he regained his composure slowly. He suddenly remembered that due to the snow, his clothing in his bundle was somewhat damp. So he quickly opened his bundle to take out his clothing.

Just as he was clearing her lingerie to make room for his own clothing, Gong Nanyan had walked into the drying room with a horrified look as she stammered, “You are stealing my lingerie? You are such a pervert…”

Xiaofang immediately protested weakly, “This is a misunderstanding. This is not what you have seen. I’m just taking my clothing to dry…”

“And what is in your hands?”

“Your lingerie…”

“……”

“I’m clearing space for my own clothing…”

“Right, pervert…”

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Chapter 58: Gambit

In the dead of the night, two maidens were walking in the mountains.

Fan Yuqing sighed softly, “In the end, he still refuses to accept me…”

Feng Minyue nodded lightly, “I don’t think it is because he despises you but he has only Ye Jing in his heart. Sister saintess, you don’t have to be so disappointed…”

Fan Yuqing shook her head with a slow smile, “I’m not. I have expected it. I wish that I was there when he rejected me in front of the three patriarch clan leaders. The look on them must be golden.”

She was actually making fun of herself.

She smiled and said, “Minyue, do you know what is love?”

Feng Minyue was startled when Fan Yuqing had suddenly asked her this question. Slowly she said, “Isn’t it about two people liking each other?”

Fan Yuqing smiled, “Love can take many forms. Most loves are simply attraction. True love is mutual admiration for each other. If Xiaofang doesn’t like me now, I will make sure he does in the future. I will make him admire me.”

Feng Minyue was perplexed, “Make him admire you? How do you do that?”

Fan Yuqing said slowly, “He already has…”

Feng Minyue was startled, “He already has?”

Fan Yuqing nodded but did not elaborate further.

Suddenly, Fan Yuqing turned around slowly with a golden mask in her hand, “This place should be quiet enough and far from your protégés. Minyue, I am going to tell you a secret of mine. So be prepared.”

When Feng Minyue saw the golden mask, she was startled and she was even more startled when Fan Yuqing had suddenly put on the golden mask…

All of a sudden there was an oppressing aura that came from Fan Yuqing and Feng Minyue found herself taking two steps backward in fright.

A deep and mesmerizing voice spoke from behind the golden mask as even the mannerism of Fan Yuqing seemed to change, “I’m actually the Golden Mask Devil Goddess.”

Feng Minyue was startled, “You are…really the Golden Mask Devil Goddess?! No wonder, you have the Heavenly Heretic Divine Skill…”

Fan Yuqing laughter could be heard echoing, “Not me. You are the Golden Mask Devil Goddess.”

Then she removed the golden mask and tossed it to her as her voice returned to normal, “From now on, you are the Golden Mask Devil Goddess. This will be your other identity.”

Feng Minyue stammered, “I am…the Golden Mask Devil Goddess? Then what about you?”

Fan Yuqing smiled slowly, “I am the real Devil Goddess while you will masquerade as me when needed. After all, only the Devil Goddess can control her shadows.”

Feng Minyue asked curiously, “Masquerade as you? Control the Devil Goddess’ shadows?”

Fan Yuqing nodded slowly as she lay down two floating scrolls in front of her, “One of the scrolls will teach you how to disguise your voice as the Devil Goddess. The other scroll details the postures of the Devil Goddess. Do you get me?”

Feng Minyue asked in bewilderment, “I can understand the voice part but why do I need to learn the postures of the Devil Goddess? Is it to make the disguise more convincing?”

Fan Yuqing smiled faintly, “It is because the identity of the Golden Mask Devil Goddess is my fake identity. Her voice and even mannerisms are all faked by me. These measures are of course used to protect your true self. By learning how to fake the Devil Goddess’ mannerisms, you are also learning how to protect your real self from being discovered.”

Feng Minyue said slowly, “So you are the one that had massacred the Scarlet Heretic Sect?”

Fan Yuqing nodded slowly, “Do you have regrets now?”

Feng Minyue, “As long as I can follow you, I’ve no regrets.”

Fan Yuqing smiled as she stroked her long hair, “Good. When you have mastered the two disguise arts then I will be introducing you to my shadow servants.”

Feng Minyue lowered her glances for a moment as she said, “I should have suspect something when you have asked me to learn the skills on the Heavenly Heretic Divine Skill. But I have never suspected that you will be the Golden Mask Devil Goddess. It is because the reputation of the Golden Mask Devil Goddess is really bad.”

Fan Yuqing nodded lightly, “That is because when I was younger, I was too arrogant. What I did previously was actually no different from the deeds of the Devil Isle.”

Suddenly Feng Minyue had extended her hands to touch her tenderly, “Sister Saintess Yuqing, I understand. You don’t need to explain to me. I’m willing to shoulder your past deeds and accept who you really are. I will not disappoint you. You have placed your greatest secret in my hands. This great trust is sacred between us…”

Fan Yuqing smiled gently, “If I am a man, I will surely take you as my consort. But what a pity, I’m not…”

Then she suddenly whispered to her as she pushed her away, “Go now. Get away as fast as you can. I will be alright.”

Feng Minyue was startled when Fan Yuqing had suddenly pushed her away. It was only when she asked her to get away as fast as possible did she notice that the entire forest was enveloped with subtle killing intents. She did not question her and quickly fled in the darkness.

After a while, Fan Yuqing said coldly. “Since you have already come, why don’t you come out to meet me?”

An extremely beautiful lady with crimson eyes and long silver hair had materialized into view in a sudden. There was no sound and even her aura was concealed with utmost care. She was none other than the Devil Envoy.

The Devil Envoy asked, “You are not afraid of me?”

Fan Yuqing smiled gently, “If you are not a ghost then why should I be afraid of you?”

The Devil Envoy said coldly, “But very soon, someone here will soon be a ghost.”

Fan Yuqing chuckled softly, “I have thought that someone says that the Devil Isle will not be intervening in the celestial realm for the next six months?’

The Devil Envoy smiled coldly, “That may be true but I don’t need to wait six months before taking your life.”

Fan Yuqing hummed coldly, “You wouldn’t dare to.”

The Devil Envoy laughed coldly as she bended to and fro, “This must be the funniest thing that I ever heard from someone. Even if you are a peaked sacred saint, taking your life is just a flicker of my fingers.”

Fan Yuqing smiled, “You definitely can’t kill me. Want to have a bet?”

The Devil Envoy laughed coldly, “You will surely lose the bet!”

Fan Yuqing shrugged her shoulders lightly, “Surely you didn’t follow me just to assassinate me ahead of the six months meet?”

The Devil Envoy smirked coldly, “It seems that everyone has placed their hopes on you. I can imagine the panic if you are not around in six month time.”

Fan Yuqing giggled softly, “I can imagine so as well. Say, do you want to spar a little with me?”

There was a sudden light on her forehead as an insignia began to form on Fan Yuqing’s forehead.

This time, the Devil Envoy was startled. “Heavens Divinity. Fifth Immortal Positioning?! You have actually opened your heavenly eyes to the Fifth Immortal Positioning?!”

Fan Yuqing slowly walked forward, “I know that you are not weak either. You are at least of the fifth to sixth Immortal Positioning as well. So we are quite evenly matched.”

The Devil Envoy said coldly, “You have concealed your strength quite well, I must admit. Even I am fooled by you.”

Then she smiled coldly, “Your name is Fan Yuqing? I know who you are now.”

Fan Yuqing chuckled softly, “I don’t even know who I am. Do you think that you will know better than I do?”

The Devil Envoy smiled, “Isn’t it obvious? If you didn’t carry that Great Goddess bloodline, how is it possible for you to enter the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth prematurely and you can even destroy its portal? I have heard that you disappeared a long time ago and to think that you are very much alive.”

Then she turned around and drifted away in the instant.

Fan Yuqing was startled that she would leave just like this, “How about our fight?”

A voice coldly echoed, “As her one and only bloodline, you should learn to treasure your own life first. Since I am now certain that you are not from either the Goddess Palace or the Melancholy Valley, there is no point in fighting you anymore. If you want to fight with me, come to the Unmoving Mountains in six month time.”

Fan Yuqing leaned her back quietly on a tree as she muttered, “Is it a blessing or a curse that I am carrying the bloodline of the Great Goddess Fan Tian? Everyone seems to have a high expectation of me since I was young but in the end, I’ve become the wayward child. I can never be a role model like my Sister Yi Si…”

She heaved a soft sigh. She had called for a bluff and it was a gambit against a super exponent like the Devil Envoy. In the end, the Devil Envoy had spared her only because of her bloodline and not because she was really afraid of her martial level. If a fight were to break out between them then there was no telling who would emerge as the victor.

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Chapter 57: Ridiculous Request

Xuan Danfeng was smiling to Xiaofang, “I’m so happy that you are visiting my Lofty Snow Palace. Rest assures that you will be our most honorable guest and you will surely have an unforgettable visit.”

Xiaofang smiled weakly, “Then I thank Palace Mistress Xuan for your hospitality first.”

He sighed softly. Ye Jing, Chu Yunfeng and Li’Er had already left for the Tranquil City at the first sign of dawn.

Ye Jing remind him before she had left, “Silly. It will only be for a short while. Moreover I got an important mission for you. The Lofty Snow Palace is a middle tier patriarch clan and therefore you got to learn their sword arts by hook or by crook…Don’t look at me like this. I am not asking you to be a spy…it is also not stealing…it is learning…you just need to go and turn on some of your charms…I’m not asking you to seduce anyone either…it is your responsibility as elder to do so…but never tell anyone that it is I who has taught you to do so when you are caught…”

Xuan Danfeng had promptly turned to the two maidens that were with her as his thoughts were being interrupted, “This is Shi Wan’Er and this is Song Feixian, both are my direct protégé disciples.”

Song Feixian obviously was a golden celestial as she had golden eyes, immediately greeted with a smile. “Young Hero Dugu, Song Feixian pays my humble respects to you.”

Shi Wan’Er greeted at almost the same time with a gentle smile, “Shi Wan’Er pays my humble respects to Young Hero Dugu.”

Xuan Danfeng waved a gesture to make an introduction, “I have five direct protégé disciples. Feixian is my number one disciple and she has followed me for three centuries while Wan’Er is my last disciple and she has followed me for less than a hundred years. The two of them are my capable disciples and I’m truly proud of them.”

Then she made a quick introduction, “These seven are my clan elders and those on the right are the masters of the Lofty Snow Palace.”

Xuan Danfeng had brought 3000 of her protégés to the Golden Clans Congregation and most of them were the elites of the Lofty Snow Palace. So she just introduced to Xiaofang some of the more important protégés of her clan to him.

Song Feixian and Shi Wan’Er were staring at Xiaofang intently…

It was because he looked really young and was now a golden celestial. They had remembered that he was not even a golden celestial when he had battled Xiao Shuai the first time round.

But the most important reason why they were staring intently at him was because they wanted to remember who he was because this was someone who possessed an immortal sword and his destiny was like the son of the heavens.

Xuan Danfeng laughed softly, “Feixian, if I did not know that you are going to marry your second protégé brother soon then I will surely think that you will be interested in him. And you Wan’Er…”

Shi Wan’Er immediately apologized with a flushed countenance, “I…I’m sorry. It is just that Elder Dugu Fang looks really young and he is already so impressive…”

She could not find words and she was honest in her appraisal of Xiaofang when her protégé mistress had suddenly called out her name.

Xuan Danfeng waved her fingers lightly, “Well, that isn’t wrong. He is only 17 this year.”

“Waaaaa?!”

“He is…only 17?!”

Song Feixian, Shi Wan’Er and all the dozens of listeners who had gathered were stunned. He was only 17 and he was already a golden celestial cultivator?

Wan‘Er was almost brimming with tears. She had worked hard on her cultivation every day and she was afraid of making even a slightest cultivation mistake. Becoming a golden celestial was her ultimate goal and she had dreamed of it every day…

Xuan Danfeng smiled deviously, “So please take care of him and make sure that he feels welcome while he is staying with us. After all, the entire fate of the celestial realm may lie with him.”

Feixian and Wan’Er immediately stammered as they bowed with their hands again to Xiaofang, “Yes! Yes protégé mistress! We will make sure that Elder Dugu Fang is given the best welcome.”

Xiaofang was feeling awkward so he bowed with his hands again, “Maidens, you are too polite…”

If they had discovered that Ye Jing had given him a mission to steal the sword arts of the Lofty Sword Manor, he began to wonder if he would get killed immediately…

Xuan Danfeng suddenly become solemn and said, “Listen all of you. I don’t want anyone of you to leak to anyone else who Xiaofang is. He will use the alias of Young Master Fang while he stays with us. Do not mention any of his feats in the Nuer Mountains. Is that understood?”

“Yes Palace Mistress!!!” Immediately all the elders and masters of the Lofty Snow Palace answered all at once.

“It seems so hype here today…” Feng Minyue had just come into view with four of her female protégés.

Xuan Danfeng laughed softly, “I wonder who it is. So it is our Sister Saintess Minyue here.”

Wan’Er, Feixian and Feng Minyue’s protégés immediately gave a hand bow when they saw each other.

Some of the protégés of the Lofty Snow Palace were actually gasping, “She is the Heavenly Fragrance Princess Feng Minyue? She is indeed worthy of being the number one beauty in the celestial realm…”

“Her grace and demeanor is so splendid…”

Feng Minyue took a glance at Xiaofang before she smiled gently, “Sister Saintess Xuan is teasing your sister again. I’ve just attained as a saintess and there are many areas that I am still lacking. I will still need your guidance.”

Xuan Danfeng smiled, “I am afraid that Sister Saintess Minyue is going to surpass me in the future and actually does not need my guidance.”

What she had said was the truth. Her cultivation progression had slowed down due to her injuries. Moreover Feng Minyue had become a saintess at a younger age than her. Therefore it was not wrong to say so that she had a higher potential.

During their one month of adventure together, they had actually become close to each other. If it was in the past, their pleasantries were actually filled with subtle mockeries. But it was no longer the case now.

Feng Minyue said gently, “I am here to bid you goodbye. I will be returning to my clan. Sister Saintess Yuqing will be leaving with me. She asks me to bid you and Xiaofang goodbye.”

Xiaofang asked curiously, “Did she say when we can see her again?”

Feng Minyue smiled gently as she looked at Xiaofang, “She says she does not want to see ‘that’ heartless fellow again.”

Xiaofang countenance changed almost immediately as he murmured, “Heartless…fellow…”

Feng Minyue whispered, “But she also says that once she had thought of the three things that she wants you to do for her, she will come to look for you. Therefore even if you want to escape, you can’t.”

Xiaofang was startled as he thought, “She even tells Feng Minyue about our secret agreement?”

Just as he was about to reply to Feng Minyue, the banners of the Celestial Sword Clan, the Ancient Ascension Sect and Divine Sovereign Clan came into view hastily. More than a hundred people were seen coming their way.

Xiaofang had immediately recognized that it was Grandmaster Yun Zongheng, Grandmaster Yuan Tianba and the Ascension Master Tie Nansen that were leading the group as they shouted hastily, “Young Hero Fang, please don’t go yet!”

Xuan Danfeng raised her eyebrows as she said unhappily, “What? Don’t tell me that the three of you are trying to vie for him?”

Ascension Master Tie Nansen said politely, “We still have no chance to thank young hero and you are leaving so soon.”

Xuan Danfeng smiled coldly, “I’m sure that you didn’t come here to tell us that. Hurry and tell us your business.”

The protégés of the Lofty Snow Palace were a little shocked that their Palace Mistress was actually so rude to the Ascension Master Tie Nansen who were an intermediate sacred saint.

But the Ascension Master Tie Nansen did not seem to mind as he quickly said, “It is like this. This morning we have all received a sudden letter from the Devil Isle that they will come to the Unmoving Mountains in six month time for a showdown with the righteous celestial clans. As you know, the Unmoving Mountains is where the Ancient Ascension Sect is situated and if the Ancient Ascension Sect were to fall then it will be disastrous for the rest of the righteous celestial clans in the celestial realm.”

He paused to look at Xuan Danfeng, Feng Minyue and Xiaofang, “So we hope that the three of you will be able to come with your forces to the Ancient Ascension Sect to deal with Devil Isle when the time comes.”

Xuan Danfeng sighed softly, “I’m sure you want Xiaofang to come more than anyone of us.”

The Ascension Master Tie Nansen smiled weakly, “We need all the saints and saintess fighters that we can muster in order to deal with this crisis. To be honest, we need Saintess Yuqing and Xiaofang to be our champions. This isn’t about the fate of just the Ancient Ascension Sect but the entire celestial realm.”

Xuan Danfeng nodded, “Actually I do understand and will surely come. It is just that I don’t really believe that the Devil isle will actually dare to storm the Unmoving Mountains given how heavily fortified it is. I’m sure there are quite a few sacred saints from the Ancient Ascension Sect that will end their seclusion to defend the clan. I’m actually quite weak.”

Grandmaster Yuan Tianba sighed, “We are also quite weak. Given we got just six months, I plan to break to the sacred saint level to fight the Devil isle with all I’ve got.”

Grandmaster Yun Zongheng was also sighing, “Same here as well. I really don’t want to be their slaves again. For the past 1 month, I’ve enough of the humiliation.”

Xuan Danfeng quietly bowed with her hand gestures as a respect. It was because she knew that Grandmaster Yuan Tianba and Grandmaster Yun Zongheng were both peaked golden celestials who had purposely delayed breaking through to the sacred saint level. As a golden celestial they had long lives and as clan leaders, they had all the powers that they could wield over their protégés. So it was unnecessary for them to risk the life and death tribulation for a breakthrough to the sacred saint level. So much risk yet for a minute increase in power was not worth the risk…

Feng Minyue was lucky to have a breakthrough to the sacred saint level. Unlike Grandmaster Yun Zongheng and Grandmaster Tianba, she was from the bottom three patriarch clans. If she could breakthrough then there was a hope for the continuation of her clan’s survival. If she fails then she could simply pass on the mantle of responsibility to her successor. The cultivation arts of the Heavenly Fragrance Villa treated life and death as mere passing without any serious consequences.

But at her most crucial period of breakthrough from a golden celestial to a sacred saint, she had suddenly feared death. She had a premonition that she would surely fail unless she did something and that was when she had heard that the Saintess Yuqing had a Rainbow Saint Pill in her hands…

Therefore Feng Minyue totally understood why Yuan Tianba and Yun Zongheng had chosen not to breakthrough earlier. But now it was different. They too, were fighting for their clans’ survival now. She raised her hands to bow respectfully, “Heavenly Fragrance Princess Feng Minyue will be at the Ancient Ascension Sect in six month time too.”

Xiaofang said politely, “I will be there to lend my puny assistance.”

The Ascension Master Tie Nansen was touched as he gave a half bow respectfully, “Thank you all…may the ancestors of the Ancient Ascension Sect bless you and grant you their special favors…”

Grandmaster Yuan Tianba and Grandmaster Yun Zongheng were also giving a half bow silently as an appreciation of their gratefulness.

Xuan Danfeng solemnly said, “We are all in the same boat anyway. It is not as though I want to be their slave too. Naturally we will fight together. I’m just afraid that my clan strength is insufficient and we will only be embarrassing ourselves.”

The Ascension Master Tie Nansen immediately said, “Not at all, not at all.”

Then he turned to Xiaofang and said, “We have tried to find your Holy Consort Ye but she has already left the vicinity. It is a good thing that you are still around. May Young Hero Fang please relay the same message to her and please invite Saintess Yuqing to come as well?”

Xiaofang answered politely, “The Holy Consort has already departed this morning. The reason why I am still here is because I am going to pay a visit to the Lofty Snow Palace.”

The Ascension Master Tie Nansen was startled, “You are going to the Lofty Snow Palace? If Young Hero Fang, you are not in a hurry to go back to the Holy Citadel City then why not pay a visit to the Ancient Ascension Sect? We have the best cultivation resources for your needs…”

Xuan Danfeng was really afraid that Xiaofang may just leave with Tie Nansen, so she quickly interrupted. “Hey, hey! Xiaofang, he is visiting the Lofty Snow Palace to find a treatment for my injuries. So he really can’t go with you.”

She had spent considerable efforts to persuade Ye Jing to let Xiaofang come with her. So she was not about to give him up so easily!

Ye Jing had asked, “So what is the benefit if Xiaofang goes with you to your place for a while?”

She had answered, “I can show him my clan secret cultivation arts and swordplay…and more…”

Ye Jing had pondered for a while before replying with a devious smile, “This sounds good. But don’t make it so obvious. I want him to have…a little fun…”

Although she could not grasp what Ye Jing’s idea of a fun was but she was immediately glad that she had agreed to let Xiaofang comes with her.

The Ascension Master Tie Nansen looked a little disappointed but he did not forced the issue, “Oh I see. Then forget about it…”

Then he said, “I will get my fastest scout to intercept Holy Consort Ye and Saintess Yuqing then and invite them to the Unmoving Mountains.”

Feng Minyue suddenly said quietly, “I’m afraid that my Sister Saintess Yuqing is not with the Holy Citadel City.”

The Ascension Master Tie Nansen was startled, “Then where she is? We need to look for her…”

Feng Minyue said coolly as she glanced at Xiaofang, “She says she doesn’t want to be involved in the fight with the Devil isle because there is absolutely no benefit for her to do so.”

The Ascension Master Tie Nansen, Grandmaster Yun Zongheng and Grandmaster Yuan Tianba were shocked, “No benefit?!”

The Ascension Master Tie Nansen quickly said anxiously, “Please let her know that the Ancient Ascension Sect will provide her with any celestial resources that she may require if she can come to help us.”

Feng Minyue smiled faintly, “A peaked saintess like her does not need any celestial resources. Even if you can take out an immortal sword for her, she may not even be interested.”

The Ascension Master Tie Nansen stammered, “We…we can even help her to ascend as an immortal…she is free to use the ascension platform that is unique to my clan…her odds of ascension will greatly be increased if she uses it…”

Feng Minyue shook her head, “That is not what she wants either. She is feeling hurt when our Young Hero Xiaofang here rejects her in public, causing her great distress and humiliation. Therefore she is thinking of entering seclusion for a long time.”

The Ascension Master Tie Nansen felt like tearing his hair and he immediately shook Xiaofang, “Hero Fang then you got to marry the Saintess Yuqing. For the sake of the celestial realm…”

Xiaofang was startled as he stammered, “No, I can’t…”

Even Grandmaster Yuan Tianba had suddenly joined in to plead, “Young Hero Fang, you know that we have already cancelled my son engagement with her. Now she has nothing to do with my son. If you don’t marry Saintess Yuqing then we are all doomed…”

Grandmaster Yun Zongheng was lamenting as he grabbed Xiaofang too, “This concerns the fate of the entire celestial realm. For the sake of all of us, you have to tell Saintess Yuqing you love her and you are willing to take her as your consort. As a worthy man, you are allowed to take more consorts in the future. So don’t limit yourself…”

Xiaofang was too stunned for words as he looked at Xuan Danfeng and Feng Minyue for help but they were all pretending that they did not hear…

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Chapter 56: Quiet Time

Ye Jing and Xiaofang were sitting together as they overlooked the lofty mountains. It was just the two of them.

The breeze was refreshing and the clouds were thicker than usual. For a while, they were just enjoying their quiet time together before they headed home.

Ye Jing was swinging her legs as she inhaled deeply, “I didn’t think that you will declare your love for me so boldly in front of so many. Have you eaten a dragon gut?”

Xiaofang was grinning, “Yup, I think so.”

Ye Jing smiled gently before she said quietly, “Sister Yuqing says that she will be leaving us to settle her own stuff. What do you think? Don’t you want her to stay with us?”

Xiaofang shook his head, “She must have plenty of things to settle. We have no right to ask her to stay with us.”

Ye Jing leaned her head gently on his shoulder, “Are you dense? You can’t tell that she likes you?”

Xiaofang shrugged his shoulder and replied nonchalantly, “It has to be mutual like Jing’Er had said.”

Ye Jing giggled softly, “Oh yes? I saw you peeking at her quite a few times and your hands seem to be so naughty when you are handling her.”

Xiaofang was suddenly flustering, “Says who?”

Ye Jing gently pushed him away as she chuckled softly, “I saw you. Stop bluffing me. She is a peerless goddess who can melt the hearts of men and women. I don’t believe that you won’t be tempted. And you seem to be staring at Xuan Danfeng legs as well. How can I believe you?”

Xiaofang protested awkwardly, “It is all because my Jing’Er doesn’t want to show me any attention…”

Ye Jing leaned her head forward and laughed softly, “So it becomes my fault?”

Then she leaned on the grass patch as she watched the clouds, “You know Xiaofang. We only got six months of respite if we were to believe the words of the Devil Isle. Maybe even less than that. I really don’t mind if you take Yuqing or Danfeng as your concubines but I got to be your main consort. Deal?”

Xiaofang sighed softly, “You know that I have already told everyone that the only maiden that I like is my Jing’Er? How can I go back on my words?”

Ye Jing got up and whispered to his ears, “You’re so badass. Like real I believe in you. I remember how you made your first promise to me not to tell anyone but you ended up telling your mum…Did you know how embarrassed that I was at that time? I had wished that I could dig a hole at that time…”

Xiaofang ears had turned really red as he said weakly, “Alas, that time….I really did not mean it…”

Ye Jing suddenly smiled mysteriously, “Anyway Xiaofang. Listen up. I’ve already promised Xuan Danfeng to let you visit the Lofty Snow Palace as an honorable guest. So make the full use of your time and enjoy your stay there.”

Xiaofang was startled, “Jing’Er, you did what?!”

Ye Jing said quietly, “The Lofty Snow Palace is just nearby and will be near to the Tranquil City that I will be visiting. I am going to pay the Ruler of the Tranquil City a visit. I have some tricky questions that I need to ask her.”

Xiaofang panicky said, “Jing’Er, let me go with you…”

Ye Jing shook her head lightly, “No, you can’t. Don’t worry, I won’t be in any danger. Have you forgotten that I am the patriarch of the Tranquil City? I will be safe there.”

Xiaofang protested, “What if the Devil Isle pursues you into the Tranquil City?”

Ye Jing giggled, “I am just a small fry. Frankly speaking, you should worry more about yourself. I am quite sure that you and Yuqing will be on their number one hit list. Anyway, the Devil Isle won’t dare to approach the Tranquil City.”

Xiaofang asked curiously, “The Devil Isle won’t dare to approach the Tranquil City? Jing’Er, are you certain?”

Ye Jing nodded slowly before she whispered, “You promise you don’t tell it to anyone…I suspect that the Goddess Palace is actually at the Tranquil City itself…”

“Huh?!! No way…” Xiaofang was shocked to hear.

Ye Jing continued, “It won’t be convenient for you or anyone to follow me. Got it?”

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Chapter 55: Rejection

Fan Yuqing had immediately attacked Han Shaodong and the martial exchanges that they had exchanged were startling.

Han Shaodong was soon forced to display his Divine Rejuvenation Force and his Big Dipper Hands on her and everyone who had witnessed the Big Dipper Hands before knew how powerful the martial power of the Big Dipper Hands was.

The martial power of the Big Dipper Hands could easily triple the martial power of the practitioner itself!

The martial strength of two peaked sacred saints combined as one to unleash the powerful Big Dipper Hands was enough to crush even a low level sacred saint.

But Fan Yuqing was not a low level sacred saint but a peaked sacred saint who was on par with Han Shaodong himself. Also, she had attained the Heavens Divinity and possessed the Heavenly Heretic Divine Skill.

Her Heavenly Heretic Divine Skill was not a martial power skill but an internal profound art. In terms of raw power, it was nothing comparable to the might of the Big Dipper Hands that could explode thunderously on any target that its materialized outline had struck.

She immediately raised her right fingers to channel all her profound internal energies to destroy the formidable energy aura of the incoming Big Dipper Hands that were as large as a person.

Everyone was gasping as Han Shaodong’s Big Dipper Hands was ripped apart by Saintess Yuqing’s finger stance.

Was it even possible for such a thing to happen?!

Suddenly everyone from Grandmasters Xun Zongheng, Grandmaster Yuan Tianba, Young Master Yun Xinghe, Young Master Yuan Chengzhi and all the onlookers were astonished and they began to see a glimmer of hope. It was because they had all thought that Han Shaodong’s Big Dipper Hands was too overwhelming to be countered!

Han Shaodong was dumbfounded as he hastily stepped back as Fan Yuqing swift fingers became sharp claws as she leapt forward at him.

He shouted angrily, “How did you break my Big Dipper Hands…”

Fan Yuqing said coolly, “It doesn’t matter how powerful your Big Dipper Hands is to me. Both of us are peaked sacred saints and have almost the same level of martial strength. Your Big Dipper Hands is extremely powerful and envelop a large area, causing most martial practitioners to have no defense against it but it is also exhausting to use and consuming plenty of your vital energies. As for me, I simply concentrated all my profound internal strength onto my fingers to the weak points of your Big Dipper Hands to dissipate it. Haven’t you heard of fist loses to the palm, palm loses to the finger and finger loses to the fist?”

Han Shaodong had suddenly realized why his protégé master had only imparted the Big Dipper Hands but not the Starlight Fingers to him. While the Starlight Fingers may not seem particular powerful but it could perfectly counter the Big Dipper Hands. No matter how powerful he could become in the future, he could not be able to defeat his protégé master…

In the meantime Ye Jing, Xuan Danfeng, Xiaofang and Feng Minyue had encircled Xiao Shuai and they were already attacking him frenziedly.

Xiao Shuai was astonished at their improvements.

Dozens of sword strokes were flashing left right center of him as he raised his divine sword to fend them off.

This Ye Jing was impossible to be hit and her sword strokes were always aimed when his sword strokes were at its weakness.

As for Xuan Danfeng, her swordplay had suddenly become dazzling and was filled with lethal power. If he was careless then her sword strokes could easily rip him apart. How did she improve so rapidly?

He did not know that Xuan Danfeng had been injured previously and was unable to unleash her full potential. Therefore her combat stances and her sword stances were not able to co-ordinate in harmony. Moreover Xuan Danfeng was now an intermediate stage saintess so her martial strength had also shown an improvement.

Feng Minyue was also causing some panic to Xiao Shuai with her sword energies bursts and with her constant movements via her Fragrance Wonderful Steps. She stubbornly refused to engage Xiao Shuai in close melee and she was strafing him with energy attacks to weaken him. Previously she was not able to hurt him but after she had attained as a half-step saintess, her energy attacks had become more focused and deadlier. Moreover her thirty-six accupoints had also been unlocked and she had also reached the Earth Divinity. So the energy manifestations of her internal energies into sword energies are by no means weak.

But the most dangerous was still Xiaofang.

He was no longer so dense in his swordplay and he was actually slashing with his immortal sword. Even though Xiao Shuai had a divine sword in his hand now but the martial power of Xiaofang’s immortal sword was still overwhelming and he was finding it harder to parry off as time passed.

Xiao Shuai was perplexed, “Huh?! The last time I’ve fought with him, the martial power of his sword was still manageable for me…”

All of a sudden he almost spurt blood when he saw the aura of Xiaofang’s immortal sword as it sent him flying backward; it was a heaven-step immortal sword and not a low-step immortal sword as previously!

And he really did cough out blood as his blood began to reverse as the sword aura of the immortal sword had entered his body, causing his internal energies to go erratic. He was stunned as he realized he could not even get close to Xiaofang…

All of a sudden the Devil Envoy made her move with her sword, sending Xiaofang to fly off, Ye Jing to evade and Xuan Danfeng to skip backward.

Xiaofang was stunned as he could clearly feel the imposing sword strength of this Devil Envoy and he was knocked back casually. It was as though his immortal sword was like any other sword in front of her…

In the next instant, the Devil Envoy had also intercepted Fan Yuqing and she was pushed back!

Everyone was staring at the Devil Envoy.

Was this not a duel?

Why did she interrupt the duel?

Or the Devil Isle was all scums that could not keep their words?!

The Devil Envoy coolly said, “That’s enough. We have conceded. All of you have six months to prepare your funerals. Six months later, I see you at the Unmoving Mountains.”

With just a few words, she had seemingly drifted away into the darkness like a wind.

Xiao Shuai and Han Shaodong did not say anything but they had left with the Sword Centipede.

To the surprise of the onlookers, Divine Mistress Qi Meixue had also quietly followed after them…

“Why is she following them?”

But that was not the main concern right now in the hearts of all the onlookers. It was because they were now all elated that they had suddenly regained their freedoms…

“We have won?!”

“We really did…”

“We are freed?”

“The Devil Isle has left…”

“I tell you this. There is still righteousness in this world…”

“Evil cannot triumph over good!”

Everyone was happy except for Fan Yuqing, Xuan Danfeng, Feng Minyue, Ye Jing and Xiaofang. In fact they were saddened. It was because they had realized that the Devil Envoy could defeat them anytime she wanted. They just could not understand why the Devil Isle had decided to beat a hasty retreat and had even given them a six month grace period?

There were more questions than answers in their mind…

But before they could even discuss among themselves, thousands of people had swarmed onto them to greet them as heroes and saviors!

Young Master Yuan Chengzhi was shoving in as he shouted angrily, “Get away. Stop blocking me from seeing my bride!”

Even Young Master Xun Xinghe was rushing through the crowd to see Fan Yuqing. He wanted to be the first to congratulate her on her victory…

When Young Master Chengzhi finally got to see Fan Yuqing, he was smiling broadly. “My dear Yuqing…”

But Fan Yuqing greeted him coldly, “Who are you?”

This shocked everyone and immediately there was a great silence.

Isn’t the Saintess Yuqing his bride? Why did she say she did not know Young Master Yuan Chengzhi?

Young Master Yuan Chengzhi was shocked beyond words, “What…is the matter? It has only been a few days?”

Fan Yuqing hummed coldly, “Yes it has been a few days but I have suffered exceedingly. Do you think you are fit to be my groom now? You can’t even protect your clan nor your bride and yet you have the face to claim me as your bride? I am sorry but the engagement is off. This saintess here will only marry a hero and not a weakling that cannot even stand up for the ones that you are protecting.”

Young Master Yuan Chengzhi protested weakly, “But you have seen the two old freaks. They are too strong…”

Fan Yuqing suddenly pointed at Xiaofang, “You can’t even be compared to a 17 year old. If there is anyone that I will be marrying, that will be him!”

When she saw Young Master Yuan Chengzhi coming her way, she immediately knew what his intentions would be. Therefore she hastily decided to tweak her plan a little and to cook of an excuse to break off their wedding.

Xiaofang was alarmed when Fan Yuqing had suddenly pointed at him, “Huh?!”

Young Master Yuan Chengzhi was stunned, “You…want to break off our engagement…and marry…him?”

Ye Jing immediately said, “No! You can’t marry Xiaofang!”

Fan Yuqing smiled, “And may I ask why not?”

Ye Jing stammered, “Because…”

Ye Jing smiled weakly as she decided to cook any excuses, “Because you are a saintess and his status is far beneath you. You should try to look for a saint to marry instead.”

Fan Yuqing smiled, “If I can lower my status to marry Young Master Yuan Chengzhi, I don’t see any issue with marrying Xiaofang. Moreover he is a golden celestial now.”

Ye Jing said panicky, “That is different. Young Master Yuan Chengzhi is the scion of the Divine Sovereign Clan. Even if his cultivation is low now, he will surely be able to improve in the future. Moreover he enjoyed a strong reputation and status in the celestial realm. But look at Xiaofang, his status and cultivation are both lowly. As your good sister, I won’t recommend him to you.”

When Young Master Yuan Chengzhi heard Ye Jing, he was secretly startled. “Don’t tell me Maiden Ye Jing is secretly in love with me? She has actually regarded me so highly…”

Xuan Danfeng pretended to smile as she said, “I have to agree with Sister Jing. Surely our sister saintess deserves someone better.”

Feng Minyue said coolly, “On the other hand, I think that Xiaofang and Sister Saintess Yuqing make a good pair.”

Fan Yuqing smiled as she clearly knew what they were thinking, “I don’t mind. So why are you minding so much?”

It was because if she still could not tell that they had liked Xiaofang themselves, then she must be a fool.

Xiaofang smiled weakly as he suddenly bowed with his hands, “I thank Saintess Yuqing for your appreciation but I really cannot accept it. It is because the only maiden that I like is, Ye Jing!”

It was like dropping a bombshell on everyone when Xiaofang had suddenly declared his affections for Ye Jing.

It caught Fan Yuqing and Xuan Danfeng with such a surprise that they were rendered speechless.

Even Ye Jing was stunned. It was because they had made an agreement with each other not to tell anyone of their relationship or else it would become a horrible scandal for them.

Xiaofang seemed to know her thoughts so he added with a soft sigh, “If we all going to die in six month time then what is the point of burying our feelings?”

Ye Jing was elated when Xiaofang professed his love for her but still, she managed to keep a straight face while saying. “It is one thing to admire someone you like but it has to be mutual in order to be together.”

Fan Yuqing light eyebrows were raised lightly as though she was saying, “Can you be more fake than that?”

Even Xuan Danfeng was frowning lightly as she thought, “Is she discreetly scolding the two of us?”

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Chapter 54: Fighting Back

Outside the portal of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth, Nuer Mountains…

The camps of the hundreds of celestial clans were still burning brightly in the night.

This camp was considerably larger than previously because this was a combined camp of the righteous and heretic celestial clans. But now this camp was now known simply as the Devil Isle camp.

Divine Mistress Qi Meixue, clan leader of the Divine Moon Manor and the most renowned beauty of the dark celestials was reduced to a mere trembling humble servant as she kneeled in front of Han Shandong as she served him tea.

Her entire body was trembling uncontrollably in front of his imposing aura as she humbly said with trembling lips, “Master Han, your tea is here. This one is still warm. I…I won’t make the same mistake again…”

Han Shaodong merely nodded as he stroked his long beard and he seemed to be pondering something in his seat.

But Qi Meixue dare not even move and continued to kneel humbly.

A few weeks ago, she could not imagine that she would be reduced to this lowly state because she was the clan leader of one of the three most powerful dark celestial clans. That thought was inconceivable and too ridiculous back then but now it was only too real…

It was not only her. All the powerful and influential celestial figures of the celestial realm that had come to the Nuer Mountains had all become their humble servants.

To reject the call of being their servants was an instant death without any mercy!

Han Shaodong had called her his own personal maid and his instructions to her were clear; she was to be at his own beck and call.

When Qi Meixue had first encountered Han Shaodong, she had thought that this old man was a joke and was an arrogant fool. It was because when he had suddenly arrived at her camp, he had merely said. “Prepare a tent for me and ask your Divine Mistress Qi Meixue to accompany me for the night.”

This was the most ridiculous request ever. He had come alone in a camp of five thousands elites of the Divine Moon Manor and he had dared to make such a demand?

Even if he was a at the sacred saint level, it was simply courting for his own death!

But the opposite had suddenly come true and he had suddenly crushed the numerous golden celestials and immortal celestials of her clan. Even she, a half-step Dark Monarch who had just recently overcome her life and death tribulation to attain as a dark monarch was overcome by him in a shocking few strokes. This caused her to question the usefulness of her martial foundations that she had learnt in the past…

She, Qi Meixue the most beautiful lady in the dark celestial realm was proud of her martial and cultivation accomplishments. She was also disdainful of even the powerful Beitang Ze and often opposed him in her schemes.

But after fighting Han Shaodong for just a while, she was simply overpowered by him and taken to her tent, allowing him to do whatever he wished on her.

For the very first time in her life, she was totally humiliated and powerless to do anything. He was simply too overwhelming oppressive and powerful.

Her thoughts returned to the present…

Han Shaodong took a sip of the tea before saying, “You can go now.”

Qi Meixue gasped softly, “Master Han, you don’t need me tonight?”

Han Shaodong said coldly, “You are dismissed.”

She was clearly disappointed because ever since Han Shaodong had taken her that night, he had not touched her ever since. Was she just a toy in his eyes? Or she had a blemish in his eyes?

With a sad and disappointed countenance, she left quietly.

Han Shaodong mind had been pre-occupied by the events that led to the temporary opening of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth.

Who was that Saintess Yuqing that could seize the use of someone else immortal sword and wield it as her own?

She could even forcefully enter the sealed portal of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth. This was not thought to be possible at all.

Even Xiao Shuai had been injured by her.

Moreover she resembled someone that he once knew…

The information that he got about her was also extremely vague. After interrogating Elder Chu Yunfeng and the other protégés of the Holy Consort City, he now knew that she was not from the Heavenly Temple but was someone that seemingly dropped from the sky.

Her marriage to Young Master Yuan Chengzhi seemed to be real but even Yuan Chengzhi did not know much about who the Saintess Yuqing was except that she was a peaked sacred saint and a high priest of the Heavenly Temple.

Was she from the Goddess Palace?

That was because shortly after the battle had ended, the Devil Envoy had appeared and gave them a lashing tongue for starting the conflict ahead of schedule.

He and Xiao Shuai were immediately somewhat stunned. It was because they had thought that it was the Devil Envoy that had initiated the conflict first by destroying the Scarlet Heretic Sect. The destruction of the Scarlet Heretic Sect would be the fuse that would set them upon action…

But now the Devil Envoy was saying that the destruction of the Scarlet Heretic Sect got nothing to do with the Devil isle?

Heck!!?

Then who did it?

It was rumored that it was the Golden Mask Devil Goddess?

And who was the Golden Mask Devil Goddess?

No one knew!

The Devil Envoy said coldly, “Because you have acted recklessly, the Goddess Palace is now free to act. How excellent. Why don’t the two of you die? We have been done by someone who called herself the Devil Goddess. For her to oppose the Devil Isle, she is a true dare devil!”

That was why Han Shaodong was brooding deeply in the camp!

All of a sudden there were shouts coming from the camp, “The Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth’s portal is glowing. Someone is emerging from the portal.”

Han Shaodong was jolted and he immediately flew out of his tent with a lightning speed.

When he had reached there, Xiao Shuai was already there and behind him were all the Clan leaders, Elders, Young Masters and Masters of the hundreds of celestial clans!

Xiao Shuai simply said, “You have arrived.”

Han Shaodong nodded and his killing intent had surged. If there was anyone that was emerging from the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth, it would only be the five escapees.

Elder Chu Yunfeng and Li’Er were gasping softly as they joined the thousands of protégés that had gathered. Were they going to see their Holy Consort soon? Was she going to emerge soon?

It had been a month since their Holy Consort had entered into the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth and they were feeling extremely anxious for her.

When their Holy Consort disappeared into the portal of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth, it was still considered to be too early for the real opening of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth as the stars had not been aligned properly in place yet. That would not take place until a month later.

Usually there would be a month long friendly tournament between the celestial clans to foster relationships and to build up the individual renown before the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth really open.

But this time there was none.

There was only a deep looming sense of oppression as their leaders, elders and masters had all become servants to the Devil Isle.

Every day for a month, Xiao Shuai and Han Shaodong would get the celestial clans to fight them one by one and beat them to a pulp.

Even if there were resentments, none of them dare to show because all the resentment voices were now killed.

And now everyone had gathered near the portal because they knew that the portal had been activated inside and that someone from the inside would be appearing very soon.

The portal began to shimmer brightly and the outline of five people could clearly be seen. Indeed they were Ye Jing, Xiaofang, Xuan Danfeng, Fan Yuqing and Feng Minyue!

The protégés from their clans and the people that knew them immediately gasped excitingly but they were soon solemn. It was because they knew that Xiao Shuai and Han Shaodong had been lying in wait for them…

Li’Er was beaming with joy, “Protégé mistress she is back!…”

Even Yu’Er who was still in her hen form was jumping up and down happily!

When Young Master Yuan Chengzhi saw Fan Yuqing, his heart was pounding hard. “My bride has returned…”

Even Young Master Yun Xinghe was glad, “That good-for-nothing Yuan Chengzhi can’t even protect you. He is not fit to be your husband!”

While he was cursing Yuan Chengzhi, he forgot that he was not able to protect her as well. But this was human nature…

Xiao Shuai was laughing jovially, “I’ve thought that you will be hiding in the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth and did not expect the lot of you to return so soon. We still have an unfinished duel.”

Fan Yuqing smiled as she materialized into view, “That’s right. We still have an unfinished duel with each other.”

The true reason why they were suddenly back was because they knew that the Devil Isle was planning to use everyone as a canon folder to reap the huge benefits of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth for themselves. That was why they had to hurry back before the opening of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth.

Behind her were Ye Jing, Xiaofang, Feng Minyue and Xuan Danfeng. They all had a determined look on their countenances. It was as though they knew they would be confronted and they had already steeled themselves for a fight.

Han Shaodong had exceptional perception and he immediately noticed that their aura seemed to have grown more intimidating than a month ago.

Indeed, Ye Jing and Xiaofang had reached the upper stage of the Traverse Divinity and they were also at the intermediate stage of the golden celestial level now. As for Feng Minyue, she had already breakthrough as a sacred saint with the help of Fan Yuqing and the Rainbow Saint Pill. Even Xuan Danfeng had also breakthrough to the intermediate sacred saint level!

What was going on?

After Ye Jing, Feng Minyue and Xuan Danfeng had spent time on the Martial Pinnacle Art, they had realized if they had wanted to improve their martial strength and cultivation level, they would need help to open their accupoints so they had pleaded with Fan Yuqing to help them.

Fan Yuqing said, “I can only help you to open your accupoints to the Earth Divinity. Anything more, you have to seek your own enlightenment. I can’t help at all.”

After their accupoints channels were cleared, their profound strength had also doubled.  Coupled with their newfound martial knowledge from the Martial Pinnacle Arts, they had managed to improvise their own techniques. Therefore they had decided to return to battle the two old freaks.

Fan Yuqing did not think that was a good idea but either did she stop them. She knew that they were anxious for their protégés and now they had seen a glimmer of hope.

Finding the exit was really no problem for Fan Yuqing as she had already been to the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth several times in the past…

Fan Yuqing was smiling when suddenly she had turned around to place her palm on the portal. All of a sudden the portal started to ripple and it exploded into a harmless fracturing of light!

Everyone was shocked…

She had destroyed the portal of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth?!

Was it even possible?!

Even Xiao Shuai and Han Shaodong were totally stunned by her action!

Han Shaodong shouted, “You!…”

She had destroyed the portal leading to the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth just before the portal was due to be opened in a matter of days…

Fan Yuqing laughed softly, “We are here to duel with you for real. This time, you won’t think we will escape into the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth again, am I right? I don’t want you to accuse me of using the same very trick.”

Xiao Shuai was so infuriated that he had turned red as he shouted, “What have you done?! Do you know that this portal can only appear once every 500 years and you have destroyed it?!”

Not only Xiao Shuai was stunned but all the onlookers as well as they were rendered speechless at the disappearance of the portal of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth…

The Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth represented countless number of treasures and lucky occurrences for everyone every 500 years…

It was a divine occurrence bestowed by the heavens to the celestial realm and she could destroy the portal with her touch?

This was really too unbelievable for everyone to digest. Even if she was the high priestess of the Heavenly Temple, this was too much for everyone to stomach…

Even Ye Jing, Xuan Danfeng, Xiaofang and Feng Minyue were shocked. It was because this was not in the script…

Xiao Shuai smiled bitterly as he calmed down his rage, “I didn’t ask you to destroy the portal. But since you have already put yourself in such a situation then we can only fight.”

Fan Yuqing nodded, “But my opponent won’t be you.”

She pointed at Han Shaodong, “It is him. The other four will fight with you.”

Xiao Shuai laughed aloud, “My dear beauty, this is hilarious. The five of you can’t even defeat me in the last round. What makes you think you can defeat me with just the four of you and moreover you will be fighting solo with my Brother Han here?”

Fan Yuqing said quietly as a small annoyance showed up in her eyes, “You still dare to mention the last time. If it isn’t for his intervention that time, you would have already lost to us already. This time I will make sure that he will not escape my wrath.”

Han Shaodong laughed loudly, “So Brother Xiao Shuai, it seems that she will be mine this time round because she has decided to duel with me. I didn’t know that I’ve made quite a good impression on her!”

Fan Yuqing said coolly, “We will fight simultaneously this time.”

Everyone was gasping. Fighting simultaneously?! This was no difference than fighting the two of the old freaks at the same time…

Fan Yuqing said nonchalantly, “But if we can defeat you then I want the Devil isle to let them all go. Return their freedom to them and never to interfere with the celestial realm again! What do you say?”

Xiao Shuai and Han Shaodong were both laughing jovially. This was the funniest thing that they had heard for a very long time. Defeat them? This was simply inconceivable to them!

“Hahaha, so shall it be then.” Xiao Shuai smirked. “But if you lose then you shall be our slaves forever.”

“Deal…” as Fan Yuqing said deal, she had paused. It was because an extremely beautiful lady with an imposing aura had just walked gracefully into their field of sight.

Unlike Xiao Shuai and Han Shaodong who were golden celestials, she had long silver hair and crimson eyes. She was a high ranking dark celestial of the dark monarch level…

When Xiao Shuai and Han Shaodong saw her, they were ashen and respectfully said. “Greetings to the Devil Envoy…”

Fan Yuqing and the rest were startled as they thought alarmingly, “There is another expert from the Devil Isle here?”

They had really miscalculated and judging from her imposing aura, she was even more formidable than Xiao Shuai and Han Shaodong. Moreover these two old freaks had suddenly lost their arrogant air when they had seen her and was suddenly respectful!

This Devil Envoy said indifferently as she glanced at Fan Yuqing, “I’ve heard that the beauty of the Saintess Yuqing is as peerless as a goddess. Seeing is believing. Now I believe.”

Then she glanced over at Ye Jing, Xuan Danfeng and Feng Minyue and said quietly, “There are three more heavenly maidens over there. It is no wonder that Xiao Shuai and Han Shaodong will be so hasty to make their moves.”

She hummed coldly before resting her eyes on Xiaofang, “This must be the young man that is in possession of an immortal sword.”

Every word that was muttered out of this Devil Envoy was extremely icy and piercing to the hearts. It was as though she did not have a soul.

Ye Jing was startled. What kind of a place the Devil Isle was? They actually had golden celestials and dark celestials co-existing together?

The Devil Envoy said coldly as she continued to look at them, “They are but small fries and cannot decide for the Devil Isle. So they cannot take your bet.”

Fan Yuqing, Ye Jing, Xuan Danfeng, Xiaofang, Feng Minyue and all the onlookers were startled when this Devil Envoy had revealed that these two powerful old freaks were but small fries and could not decide for the Devil Isle? They had all thought that these two old freaks were the elders of the Devil Isle but they were actually only small fries?!

Everyone was smiling bitterly for these two small fries had thrashed all of them…

The Devil Envoy suddenly flicker her fingers and a divine sword materialized from her spatial ring as it floated to Xiao Shuai, “You’re going to need this.”

Xiao Shuai immediately said humbly, “Thank you for the grace…”

The Devil Envoy suddenly lit a smile that ran cold into the hearts of everyone, “However I can decide the fates of everyone here for the Devil Isle. If you can defeat Xiao Shuai and Han Shaodong here then the Devil Isle will grant you a six month freedom. If not, all of you will be taken as slaves to the Devil Isle!”

Ye Jing who was standing just behind Fan Yuqing, had suddenly noticed that she was trembling lightly…

It was because Fan Yuqing had suddenly realized that this Devil Envoy was extremely dangerous. The minute that she had stepped into their view, she had noticed that her steps were extremely light, so light that she seemed to be like a phantom that was walking on air. She had really never encountered such a deadly opponent before. If she was not wrong, then this Devil Envoy had already attained the Heaven Divinity and had opened her Heavenly Eye to the Fifth Immortal Positioning. Therefore her strength was already above any peaked sacred saint or dark monarch…

The Devil Envoy said indifferently, “Xiao Shuai and Han Shaodong, do not disappoint me or else…”

This little speech seemed to fire up all the killing intent that was in Xiao Shuai and Han Shaodong as they stepped forward to face Ye Jing, Fan Yuqing, Feng Minyue, Xuan Danfeng and Xiaofang…

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Chapter 53: The Martial Pinnacle Art

The cave was huge in the interior and had several winding passages.

Ye Jing said to them as soon as her divine sense picked up signs of dangers, “Be careful. The passage to the left are full of desolate beasts…I can sense them…”

Fan Yuqing immediately said, “Good, then we shall go to the passage on the left.”

“……” everyone else.

“Although it may be foolhardy but the killing intent isn’t strong. Therefore it is not as dangerous as it seems. Usually where there are desolate beasts, there are treasures. Moreover, the route is usually safe from devious traps which are even more deadly.”  Fan Yuqing explained with a wry smile.

Ye Jing smiled weakly, “If Sister Saintess Yuqing says so then we shall go then.”

Xuan Danfeng and Feng Minyue nodded their approval while Xiaofang did not say anything as usual as they followed Fan Yuqing to the passage on the left.

It was not before long that they chanced upon the desolate beasts. It was the Wolfen Beasts which closely resemble wolves but was much larger and more primitive with long and sharp fangs.

There were dozens of them, mostly between the fifth and sixth rank. Any devious beasts that were above the fifth rank were considered to be dangerous and moreover there were so many of these devious Wolfen Beasts in the passage!

Without warning, Fan Yuqing, Xuan Danfeng, Ye Jing and Feng Minyue had flashed forward and had attacked the dozens of Wolfen Beasts, sowing through them in a rampage!

Xiaofang was startled. He had just readied his sword in a combat stance when they had suddenly charged forward and the Wolfen Beasts were killed or wounded left and right, leaving no opponents for him to fight…

He muttered to himself, “They are four scary big sisters…”

It just took them only a while to send the Wolfen Beasts fleeing in all directions!

They were simply too terrifying for the Wolfen Beasts!

Fan Yuqing gently withdrawn her martial stances and said, “The fur of these Wolfen Beasts are quite valuable and can make excellent fur coat that is impervious to fire and cold.”

Xuan Danfeng nodded and she was already collecting their fur on the spot.

Ye Jing was smiling weakly, “I am going to walk further in to take a breather first. The blood stench here is too heavy.”

Feng Minyue said quietly, “Let me go with you.”

Xiaofang had also hopped next to them to follow them while leaving Fan Yuqing and Xuan Danfeng to make the full use of the available loot.

Ye Jing, Feng Minyue and Xiaofang soon found a brightly lit cavern that were lit by many crystals at the end of the passage and decided to wait for Fan Yuqing and Xuan Danfeng while they explored the cavern for a little while.

The cavern was huge and there were many confusing passages. There were many traces that were left by the Wolfen Beasts and other devious beasts.

Feng Minyue had quickly explored the cavern and said gently as she pointed upward, “I have found a concealed passage above this cavern that is untouched by the devious beasts. It is hidden by some stalagmites at the top.”

Ye Jing muttered, “You really have a good eye in discerning it. I can’t even see it.”

Xiaofang was impressed as well, “That hidden passage isn’t obvious. Most people won’t take care to look at it. Moreover there were many shadows here.”

“What are you discussing?” Xuan Danfeng smiled as she walked into the cavern with Fan Yuqing.

Xiaofang said casually, “Senior Feng found a concealed passage. We are discussing about it now.”

Xuan Danfeng chuckled softly, “Well, that’s good. Why don’t we take a look?”

Fan Yuqing nodded as well but her eyes were sweeping around the cavern. This was her habit. Until she had scanned an alien area with her senses, she would not feel secure even though it may have already been cleared of dangers by the others.

She too smiled as she walked around, “Hmph. Where is that concealed passage?”

Even she had missed the concealed passage at the first scan.

Feng Minyue quickly smiled and said gently, “Let me show you!…”

They were soon in the concealed passage and after walking for an hour, they felt a little lost as this passage had too many openings. So they just took the nearest turn or any logical turns.

After a while they spotted a rusty golden door on the passage wall.

Ye Jing was startled, “Someone will actually place a door here?”

Fan Yuqing said, “Not someone but the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth. This is really a significant find. We…may in luck this time.”

Xuan Danfeng had an excited look as well, “There are doors all over the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth. They are hard to find but trust me, finding a door means the same as finding a great treasure and the significant is not small. There are bronze doors, silver doors and gold doors. This is actually a golden door!”

Ye Jing gasped softly, “So gold doors are the highest tier door that we can find? And we have actually found one!”

Xuan Danfeng was smiling jovially, “That’s right. So what are we waiting for then? Watch me, sisters!”

She proceeded to knock her hand against the door and suddenly it became a swirling dull mirror and Xuan Danfeng had walked through to it…

Ye Jing was startled. This gold door was unlike any doors that she had seen. Not wishing to think too hard, she simply followed after Xuan Danfeng through the swirling dull mirror.

They had popped up in a spacious stone chamber and saw that there were many characters on the walls of this stone chamber.

They were soon joined by Xiaofang, Fan Yuqing and Feng Minyue.

Ye Jing asked as she pointed at the characters on the walls, “What is this?”

Xuan Danfeng broke into a warm smile, “Sisters, I think we may have found a profound martial art here!”

She quietly walked to the extreme right of the wall and read aloud, “The Martial Pinnacle Art.”

Even Feng Minyue had walked quietly to the walls as she began to silently recite the lines of characters slowly. Soon she was trembling and gasping, “All the intricate lines here are the profound principles of the various martial arts…”

Ye Jing and Xiaofang were also examining the walls closely and after they had read the first line, they began to study the lines diligently!

It was because the martial principles on the walls were really too enticing. They had never heard or seen anything so profound before. The wall that that Ye Jing and Xiaofang had stumbled upon related the principles of martial arts to the cultivation levels of the practitioner. They had already known some of the principles but their knowledge was incomplete.

For example it was well known that in an actual fight, the level of martial strength was not a significant factor in determining how formidable a fighter was. Experience, techniques, martial abilities, condition, confidence and willpower all play a decisive part. The Martial Pinnacle Art actually classified the various conditions into two main classifications, Martial Pinnacle and Cultivation Pinnacle.

In the Martial Pinnacle, fighters are classified by their profound strength as exponents, the ability to drawn upon their vital internal energies (internal strength) from their inner cores to channel it into profound strength (martial power). The tiers of the exponents are divided from 20 years to 120 years of cumulated internal strength. A super exponent usually will have 60 years or more internal strength.

For the Cultivation Pinnacle, the higher the cultivation level is, the higher is the condition, confidence and willpower of the fighter. It is because cultivation level is the state of divinity which can be measured. The higher the cultivation level, the stronger the cultivator’s internal energies will be.

But whether it is via the Martial Pinnacle or the Cultivation Pinnacle, it is stated clearly that the origin of strength is the vital internal energies from the inner core of the fighter.

This was actually a known principle in the celestial realm. That was why in order to advance in the celestial level, the celestial clans also practiced various internal martial arts to increase their vital energies while cultivating their celestial levels at the same time.

The Mundane Celestial Practice that Ye Jing and Xiaofang were practicing focus entirely on improving the vital internal energies of the practitioner to advance the state of divinity as the mundane realm was poor in spiritual force.

For the celestials in the celestial realm, instead of focusing on vital internal energies, they had focused on harvesting the external spiritual force into their inner core and converted it as their vital internal energies or celestial energies.

But the output was always the same. Whether it was celestial energies or internal energies, these internal profound energies was the source of all martial strength!

And this source had come from the inner core (dantian) of the practitioner.

The worst thing that could happen to a practitioner was to cripple their inner core, preventing them from utilizing any strength since the inner core was the source of all ‘strength’.

Ye Jing and Xiaofang were secretly practicing two types of profound strength in their inner core now so they were particular interested in these theories now.

While everyone was looking at the Martial Pinnacle Art for inspirations for their cultivation breakthrough, only Fan Yuqing was unmoved and she was meditating quietly in a corner.

This was not lost on the others and very soon, Ye Jing asked. “Sister Saintess Yuqing, why aren’t you checking the walls? You are missing some good stuff. I know that you’re a peaked sacred saint and these martial theories are of no use to you but there is no harm in broadening your knowledge.”

Fan Yuqing said with her eyes closed, “No need sister as I’ve seen the Martial Pinnacle Art a dozen times already. It is indeed beneficial and will be helpful for everyone’s advancement. But for me, I’ve already grasped 60% of it and that is good enough for me.”

Not only was Ye Jing startled, even Xuan Danfeng and Feng Minyue were startled as they said at almost the same time. “What?! You’ve already seen it?”

Feng Minyue said gently, “I wonder if Sister Saintess Yuqing may be kind enough to enlighten on some of the profound knowledge here?”

Fan Yuqing said casually, “Which part do you need enlighten on?”

Feng Minyue said slowly, “The golden celestial meridians…”

Fan Yuqing explained casually, “There are 360 accupoints in our body but only 108 accupoints are visible. Most practitioners will be able to open 8 to 12 of their profound channels in order to cultivate. But if the lucky practitioner is able to open 36 of their accupoints then they would have attained the Earth Divinity and they would be able to double their profound strength. Most golden celestials and sacred saints are at the Earth Divinity. But if the practitioner were to open all 72 of their main accupoints, they have already reached the Heaven Divinity and they will be able to open their ‘Heavenly Eyes’ and become one with the heavens. Opening all the 108 accupoints is a half-step to being an immortal already.”

She smiled, “The golden celestial meridians refer to the crucial accupoints that are required to be opened so that it will lead to a chain reaction into opening the other accupoints. Got it?”

Feng Minyue smiled, “May I ask sister saintess how many accupoints have you opened?”

Fan Yuqing answered indifferently, “99.”

Everyone was shocked!

Feng Yuqing had only opened 24 of her accupoints and that was already considered to be quite a feat in the celestial realm…

Even Xuan Danfeng who was a saintess had only managed to open 18 of her accupoints…

Ye Jing and Xiaofang were lucky to have opened 12 of their accupoints…

But Fan Yuqing merely said 99 and they were now all blown away…

Suddenly, it was not only Feng Minyue but Xuan Danfeng that was also asking her questions on cultivations, “May sister saintess explain the eight cultivations and martial origins of the inscriptions of the Martial Pinnacle Art?”

Fan Yuqing sighed softly as she opened her eyes to explain, “The eight cultivations and martial origins refer to the…”

She went on to explain the different cultivation methods that were being used and the principles of martial origins…

When everyone had heard her, their jaws dropped and they were dumbfounded by her knowledge. Even Ye Jing and Xiaofang were asking her questions outside the Martial Pinnacle Art and she answered every single question of theirs like an expert.

After several hours of listening to her profound teachings, Ye Jing simply said. “Ahhh Sister Saintess Yuqing, why don’t you become my celestial teacher and imparts to me your profound knowledge?”

Even Xuan Danfeng was saying, “My Sister Saintess Yuqing, are you willing to accept a disciple?”

Feng Minyue was smiling, “If sister saintess is willing to be my celestial teacher as well…”

Fan Yuqing totally ignored their pleadings as she returned to her mediation, “No, I am not interested. Go figure out the wall yourself.”

Xiaofang stammered, “This will take…years…without your guidance…”

Ye Jing said weakly, “Sister Yuqing…please…”

But Fan Yuqing totally ignored them as she shut her eyes close.

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