Chapter 101: Foundation Establishment Stage!
Translator: Sparrow_ Editor: Sparrow_
“I still can’t do it, but it’s not that I don’t have enough mana.”
Lin Feng stopped meditating and stood up. His forehead was twisted into a knot.
He tried consecutively for nearly one month’s time, but he had just been unable to open his aurous sea and form his Tao Foundation.
Lin Feng carefully studied the situation and discovered that it was not that his mana wasn’t strong enough, but that he still hadn’t fully understood the concepts and principles harbored within the Great Celestial Way of the Eight Trigrams.
This Taoist scripture obtained after fusing eight Tao techniques might be Lin Feng’s own creation, but Lin Feng still needed to closely study the secrets within.
Sensing that his mind was a bit restless, Lin Feng didn’t dare to forcefully breakthrough. He temporarily stopped training and stood up. He decided to take a walk in the surroundings to relax his nerves.
In the deep mountains, Lin Feng walked at a leisure pace by the side of a small pond inside the mountain. Looking at his reflection in the water, he quietly pondered on the problem encountered in his cultivation process.
A small bug flew up from the surface of the water, Lin Feng recognized that it was a mayfly.
A little insect with a lifespan of only a few days.
Lin Feng crouched beside the pond, staring at the mayfly and falling into a trance: “A lifespan of only a few days at most, what meaning does this kind of life have?”.
As a half-normal, half-retarded youth, Lin Feng very rarely thought about such philosophical matters. But these few days, his mind had been filled with the Great Celestial Way of the Eight Trigrams technique and every single moment was spent thinking about the principles of creation and perishment of all life revealed by the technique.
After a long while, some sort of enlightenment suddenly arose in his mind.
“Humans lived for a hundred years, mayflies live for a few days. They all experience living, aging, sickness, and death. In the end, they all have to die, there is no actual difference. Human life has its meaning and mayflies naturally does as well. It’s just that the human can’t necessarily understand the mayfly.”.
Lin Feng raised his head and stared blankly at the sky above his head. He slowly turned his neck looking at the surrounding mountains, rivers, and plants, looking at the pond before him, in the end, his gaze fell back onto that ephemeral little bug.
A whole three days passed by, the entire time Lin Feng was crouched beside the little pond unmoving. He fully observed the course of the mayfly from birth to maturity to ultimately aging and dying, observing the process of creation, aging, getting sick and perishment of a living being.
After another may fly died, Lin Feng sprang up to his feet and closed his eyes: “Mayflies, humans, all life in this world, even this entire world, they all have to experience this course of creation, aging, collapsing and ultimately perishing and returning to a state of nothingness!”.
“After perishing they return to nothingness, and then they are once again created from the chaotic void. The universe was created and the world appeared, and then it was the creation of all life.
Undergoing the passage of time, growing and aging, in the end decaying until the point where they perish and no longer exist!”.
“Living, aging, sickness and death, this is life.”. Lin Feng slowly opened his eyes, there were actually countless fragmented images that flashed by in his pupils. Countless scenes, the elements, buildings, nature, civilians, animals, a myriad of objects and beings, constantly going through the cycle of being born and dying.
“Establishment, continuity, dissolution and emptiness, this is creation!”.
Lin Feng’s heart was as peaceful as though a spring breeze blowing by. He wholeheartedly felt the changes to his body and the communication between the world and all life. In the blink of an eye, tens of thousands of years seemed to pass by. Lin Feng’s eyes suddenly opened wide and an endless radiance burst forth!
Between the Heavens and the Earth, boundless wills continued up into the sky and reached down to the underworld, undertaking the energy of the world.
Lin Feng felt all of his mana vibrate together, undergoing a drastic change of rebirth.
For cultivators who haven’t opened up the 12 levels, their mana was deposited in their meridian points and were akin to bodies of dead water; For cultivators who have opened up the 12 levels, all of the mana in their bodies were connected like a river; As for cultivators who have forged their Tao roots, their mana bore the world and were as vast as the boundless seas!
At that moment, not only did Lin Feng grasp the essence of the Great Celestial Way of the Eight Trigrams, he also touched a bit upon the concept of the creation of the universe and the operation of the universe elaborated by The Heavenly Classic of the Way’s Virtues.
Foundation Establishment stage, success!
“Congratulations to the Host for advancing to the Foundation Establishment stage.”.
“Congratulations to the Host for grasping the essence of the “The Heavenly Classic of the Way’s Virtues”Chapter 1 “Great Celestial Way of the Eight Trigrams”.”
“Conditions have been satisfied, system upgrading, entering into stage 2!”.
Upon hearing the string of system notifications, Lin Feng couldn’t help but feel reinvigorated. His face revealed a smile: “I hope that the upgrade this time is great enough.”
“System upgrade completed!”.
Lin Feng first opened the trading system. After getting a clear look of the items within, he instantly opened his eyes wide and exclaimed: “There’s actually a pill that directly increases cultivation level?”.
The Trāyastriṃśa Elixir of Creation, an item unique to the system that does not exist in the Heaven Primal world itself.
For cultivators below the Immortal Soul stage who consumed it, their cultivation level would increase by one minor stage and the chances of breaking through a major stage would increase as well. One person could only take it once in their lives; the second time has no effect.
Lin Feng’s saliva rushed down like a river as he stared, but upon taking a close look at the trading price he instantly retreated in defeat.
Fuck, all of my trading points since the beginning added together aren’t even a fraction of the cost.
But Lin Feng was not discouraged. Based on experience, there was a chance for items existing in the trading system to appear in the lottery system.
Besides the Trāyastriṃśa Elixir of Creation, there was also the Demon Breaking Pill that could restrain one’s inner-demons and help with cultivation; the Berzerker Pill that could greatly increase one’s strength for a period of time but at the cost of temporary weakness; the Shadow Clone Pill that could create a clone of oneself with half of one’s strength for a short period of time…
All kinds of goodies that made Lin Feng’s head dizzy.
Actions beat wishing, even though he did not have enough trading points, but when Xiao Yan and company completed the Wind & Thunder Sigil side quest previously, Lin Feng was awarded a lottery chance by the system.
Lin Feng immediately entered into the lottery system. After getting a look at what was before him, he could not help but be stunned.
The system originally had three images; a dice that represented the dice lottery system and a wheel that represented the wheel lottery system.
In addition, there was also one more thing that was blocked by a gray mist and was unable to be chosen. Presumably, the system hadn’t opened it yet.
But after the system upgraded this time, the mist dispersed.
Lin Feng took a close look, it turned out to be a cim bucket.
Entering in, this was a straw-drawing system.
After carefully reading the rules, Lin Feng was at a loss of what to do.
Red straw, white straw, long white straw and short white straw.
Before drawing straws, he could first choose an item that he desired in the trading system. Then he had to choose an item from what he already possessed and hand it over to the system as an ante. Finally, he would draw a straw.
Drawing a red straw was the special prize, he could directly obtain the item of choice that he chose from the trading system. It was equivalent to exchanging the item with the ante, even if this item’s regular price is tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of trading points.
Drawing the white straw, he would get nothing. The possessed item provided to the system as an ante will be returned and it was the same as wasting a lottery chance.
Drawing the long white straw was a random prize. The staked item would not be returned and a randomly chosen item would be returned to Lin Feng. But whether this item was good or bad, there was no guarantee.
The worst was the short white straw. Not only would he get absolutely nothing, the waged item would also not be returned, losing the bait along with the fish.
30 straws would appear in the cim bucket at one time. Before being drawn, all of the straws looked exactly the same, and only after drawing would he know if it was a red straw, white straw, long white straw or short white straw.
Based on the system’s description, the more valuable the waged item was, the higher the chances of red straws and long white straws appearing. The red straw can reach a maximum number of six, totaling to a 20% chance.
On the flip side, the cheaper the waged item was, the higher the chances of white straws and short white straws appearing. And the appearance chance of red straws would also decrease, where the lowest was as low as one out of 30, a 3% probability.
Besides that, any item that came from the system cannot be used as an ante.
Lin Feng’s thoughts instantly livened up: “An item not from the system, what can I use as an ante?”.
“The Black Cloud Flag? No, I need this thing to travel, the spatial shifting ability is also very useful.”.
The Wind & Thunder Sigil? The Flowing Wind Sigil may have originated from the system, but the Thunder Element Sigil did not. Although this item was still pretty useful and could even establish the sect’s foundation. He was still a bit reluctant.
The Heaven and Earth Mirror? This thing could be used as a radar, and intelligence reconnaissance was very important. It was also not suitable.
Lin Feng pondered for a moment and then his eyes lit up: “This thing should have some weight?”.