Chapter 19: Help And Test
Translator: Sparrow_ Editor: Sparrow_, Yuui
Lin Feng felt his heart skip a beat.
Since they met, Yan Mingyue had always displayed a very polite, peaceful and calm mannerism.
She came from the world’s number one holy land but she was approachable without a single shred of arrogance.
She might be in trouble but she did not seem to show that she was in a difficult position. Instead, she was calm, as if everything was within her control.
But Lin Feng could sense that even though Yan Mingyue might appear humble and kind, she had a pride within her that goes deep into her soul.
On the surface, she was approachable but her soul was prideful; it was very easy for people to develop a misconception of her on first contact.
This was a person whose mind and heart was extremely strong, so strong that she was indifferent towards trivial matters, which was due to her not care about the opinions of others.
Her pride was not belittlement, it was not arrogance nor was it conceit. Contrastingly, her pride stems from her friendliness, her politeness and her patience.
Why? By her logic, you are inferior to me, so I am polite towards you, I will not overthink your rudeness, I will be especially patiently guide you.
In her heart, she assumes preemptively that the other side was inferior, and she will not be angered due to the rudeness of others and will not look down on someone because of it. She will only think that the other side’s level was too low, unable to compare to the likes of her.
Similar to how humans wouldn’t pay attention to the provocations of creatures like snakes, insects, rats and ants. Do people think that this was pride? No, everyone will think that this was natural, and this was Yan Mingyue’s mentality.
In the conversations before, be it against Xiao Yan who was just at Qi Disciple Level 1 or Lin Feng who she cannot see through, Yan Mingyue’s has always been very calm, unlike someone favoured by the heavens who comes from the world’s number one holy land and had once roamed the world freely.
But right now she was not holding back, pointing straight to the bottom of Lin Feng’s heart with one sentence.
While he was shocked, Lin Feng was also a bit excited. Yan Mingyue’s change in behaviour showed that she had set aside her pride and considered Lin Feng as the same level as herself.
“The tougher the times, the calmer one has to be.” Lin Feng calmed his state of mind, casually saying, “I am but a humble man from the mountains, and naturally I cannot compare to the Great Void Sect. It is truly quite difficult to find a couple of successors.”
“So may I ask you to please step down, I would be very grateful.”
Since the other side had already made things clear, Lin Feng also admitted openly.
Even though he was praising the Great Void Sect, Lin Feng’s tone was calm and natural, clearly considering both sides on the same level.
The more he’s like this the more Yan Mingyue was unable to comprehend him. After pondering for a moment, Yan Mingyue finally decided do him a favour, by not using her mana to transmit her voice anymore and opening her mouth to say, “If it’s like that then I thank you for your spirit calming grass.”
Lin Feng smiled faintly as he nodded his head, before turning his head towards Xiao Yan beside him.
Xiao Yan also calmed down at this moment, gazing at Yan Mingyue bewilderedly.
Yan Mingyue stared at the second ring in Xiao Yan’s hand, saying softly, “The Heavenly Cage Mantra I planted before had already been greatly weakened, the Taotie’s remnant spirit could awaken at any moment now. It’s better if Xiao Yan does not carry this ring around with him.”
Yet while speaking, her gaze was directed towards Lin Feng.
Lin Feng instantly understood that Yan Mingyue wanted him to take action to help deal with the remnant Taotie spirit in the ring. This way, Xiao Yan would be immensely grateful and it would be natural for Lin Feng to take him in as a disciple.
Looking at this from another angle, was this not another of Yan Mingyue’s tests targeted at him?
Lin Feng secretly cursed in his heart, this woman really isn’t a slouch. But admittedly if Lin Feng really can smoothly and cleanly deal with the remnant Taotie’s spirit he’ll be able to display his strength before Xiao Yan and attract him to become his disciple.
Everything depended on whether Lin Feng had any real skill. If he did then this was a good thing without any harm, Yan Mingyue clearly did him a great favour.
If he didn’t have any skill then he’ll reveal his true form, naturally there wouldn’t be anything to say.
Yan Mingyue stared at Lin Feng with the shadow of a smile on her face, surprisingly carrying a few hints of a mischievous expression of a little girl and giving Lin Feng a massive headache.
“She is birds of the same feather with that Long Ye, both of them aren’t good birds. Serves you guys right to go down together. Why didn’t you guys’ perish together and let the world be rid of two disasters!”
Lin Feng secretly cursed in his heart but on the surface he still had the appearance of an enigmatic master, saying with a smile, “A Small matter, leave it to me.”
While speaking Lin Feng unceremoniously took the ring from Xiao Yan’s hand.
The more it’s at these kinds of times the more one has to act indifferently. He cannot reveal his true situation.
Lin Feng took over the ring and sent his mana into it, his consciousness instantly entering into an independant space.
In the dark space dozens of beams of disorderly light formed a massive cage. In the cage, a savage beast was roaring ferociously.
The appearance of the beast was like a goat with a human’s face, its eyes were beneath its pits and it possessed the teeth of a tiger while its hands were those of human’s. Its voice was like an infant’s, while it constantly rammed the cage formed by light. It was precisely the form of one of the four great ancient beasts of legend, the Taotie.
Right now the beams of light are already very thin, compared to the Taotie it’s practically like using rope the thickness of a finger to tie an elephant.
If not for the cage formed by the beams of light that releases a unified light every time the Taotie rams into it, the beams of light would have already been torn apart a long time ago.
Lin Feng felt his blood freeze whilst staring at it. Even though this isn’t a true Taotie and was just a remnant spirit, its strength was at least at the Foundation Establishment Stage and it can also devour all things, it was far more terrifying than the average human Foundation Establishment Stage cultivator.
While the heavily injured Yan Mingyue’s level was also at the Foundation Establishment Stage; If not for the profundity of the Great Void Sect’s secret technique ,the Heavenly Cage Mantra, she simply would not been able to contain this savage beast.
Before when Xiao Yan was at the great circle of perfection of a Level 12 Qi Disciple, he was forcefully sucked into a useless loser by this Taotie.
Lin Feng’s current level was Level 7 Qi Disciple, being put on the spot to face this savage beast, the pressure on him was not something that could be called average.
Not paying attention to the struggling and roaring Taotie, Lin Feng focused all of his attention on the light cage formed by the Heavenly Cage Mantra. To take care of this beast he’ll probably have to depend on this Heavenly Cage Mantra.
Even time the Taotie rams into it once, the beams of light become a little bit thinner, representing that a portion of the mana of the Heavenly Cage Mantra was being consumed.
When Yan Mingyue just set up the Heavenly Cage Mantra in the past the light beams were presumably very thick. Only after three years time of depletion had it become like this.
Understanding this point Lin Feng had an idea. He started to try and infuse his own mana into the light cage to “recharge” the cage and help it to continue working.
This was not an easy matter as the signature spell of the Great Void Sect, the Heavenly Cage Mantra’’s appearance looks like a simple light cage, but the inner mana workings was actually extremely complicated.
Countless incantation sigils worked together like an incredibly sophisticated machine.
When Lin Feng just infused his mana within, it was like a bull barging into a flock of sheep. Not only did it not achieve the effect of replenishing it, he nearly affected the regular operation of the Heavenly Cage Mantra.
Lin Feng did not dare to continue taking risks, only integrating bits of mana into the cage and first patiently grasping the workings of the sigil. This was actually the same as learning the Heavenly Cage Mantra.
But he was like a blind man feeling an elephant, his learning efficiency was extremely low.
Lin Feng right now had no other choice, he had already been forced into a corner, he must succeed at this crucial point.
Secretly dealing with the Heavenly Cage Mantra, on the surface Lin Feng had a poised appearance, calmly looking towards Xiao Yan, “You had set a three year promise with your fiancee, what are your plans now?”
Some things you’ll only understand their value when you lose them, recovering what was lost will make people value it even more.
Xiao Yan was like so. Knowing the reason behind the change in his body he has already regained his confidence. Leaving these two rings aside, his talent had definitely already returned.
Only when hearing the word fiancee and thinking about the matter before, Xiao Yan’s expression finally changed.
He took a deep breath before saying, “Of course I’ll do all I can to catch up and take back everything that I had lost before.”
Lin Feng smiled faintly, “Your talent is very good, but that little girl’s talent is also not bad. While you are improving she is also improving, but her starting point is a lot higher than yours.”
“Even if you transform back into the prodigy from the past, based on your original cultivating speed are you sure you can catch up to her within three years?” Lin Feng’s smile was enigmatic, “Not to mention she has the support of the Sword of Radiance Sect, her training resources are far superior to yours.”
Xiao Yan felt a jolt, glancing at Lin Feng and then subconsciously looking towards Yan Mingyue.
Yan Mingyue smiled faintly, “As an outsider I can’t say too much about the grudge between you and Miss Murong, but your body was suffering a great change which was more or less related to me. Here I express my deepest apologies, I will use a spell of the Great Void Sect as compensation, and with that, I ask that you will forgive me.”
Hearing this at the side, Lin Feng secretly shouted out in his heart, “Excellent!” This chick may be cunning but her character was not too bad.
Xiao Yan was also very happy. The spell that Yan Mingyue wants to pass onto him definitely won’t be too shabby, but very quickly his mood dropped back down. Even with this spell will he for sure be able to defeat Murong Yanran three years later and avenge the humiliation he had suffered today?
He knows the best about himself, in the past he used four years time to cultivate to the great circle of perfection of Level 12 Qi Disciple. How high will his level be three years later?
Even if both sides are at the same level, the Xiao family Tao technique that he practises was only third rate, yet Murong Yanran was a direct disciple of the Sword of Radiance Sect. What she practices was the Sword of Radiance Sect’s best Tao technique,spells and abilities, with mountains of pills and panaceas to eat, maybe she even has powerful magic items passed down by her master or sect…
Letting out a dejected sigh, Xiao Yan secretly glanced at Lin Feng who was carrying a faint smile on his face, his eyes slowing becoming brighter.
Lin Feng’s eyes also lit up, “That’s right, my good disciple, hurry up and come into master’s bowl!”