Chapter 329: To outshine one’s master
Translator: Sparrow Translations Editor: Sparrow Translations
After the results of the draw had been released, the sound of mourning from the Great Qin Empire could be heard everywhere. They had simply not wanted Shi Xingyun to face Zhu Yi.
And in the eyes of many Heaven Lake Sect cultivators, drawing Xiao Budian was the best outcome for Song QIngyuan.
Lin Feng laughed very hard inside as he looked at Xiao Budian before saying, “Are you ready? The process could be a little…vigorous.”
“Don’t you worry, Master! It’s nothing for me,” Xiao Budian giggled. FOllowing which, Lin Feng turned and spoke to Yang Qing, “Watch carefully.”
Yang Qing nodded his head fervently as he saw Lin Feng formed some symbols with his hands. Immediately afterwards, a sea of purple clouds formed and surrounded Xiao Budian.
The only difference was that this time round, there was a faint glimmer of green within the sea of purple.
Lin Feng’s actions were of course unable to escape the detection of Shi Zongyue, Cao Wei and the other Immortal Soul stage cultivators. Their eyes widened as they exclaimed in unison, “The Grand Moon Primordial Water?”
The faint green glimmer within the Heaven-Revolving Purple Clouds was from the Grand Moon Primordial Water. Lin Feng had combined both the purple clouds and the primordial water to cleanse Xiao Budian’s body and to nourish and heal the injured portions with the primordial water.
Under everyone’s intense scrutiny, Xiao Budian’s spiritual state had vastly recovered and the energy within his tiny body had also regained the peak which it was at prior to the injury.
“Oh, that’s new. I never knew that the Grand Moon Primordial Water could be use this way…” The Gambling Holy Man and the Vivant Joy Holy Man stared at one another before shaking their head after a short moment of deliberation. “The Grand Moon Primordial Water might be able to nourish life but it was never heard or mentioned that it possessed healing properties.”
“This must be a special mantra unique to the Celestial Sect of Wonders. After the combination with the Grand Moon Primordial Water, they can achieve such an effect.”
Shi Zongyue did not speak but tumultuous thoughts stirred within him. “A leader with never-ending mysteries. A domineering and difficult mountain. A group of disciples with unbelievable gifts and flair. Now we see complex and mystical spells and mantras… Celestial Sect of Wonders… I wonder how much more secrets do you have?”
After Lin Feng had retracted the spell, Xiao Budian reappeared in front of everyone with his morale and physical condition back to its best.
Except for some fatigue visible from his breathing, no one could tell that he had sustained heavy injuries previously.
The sight of this incensed many of the cultivators form the Heaven Lake Sect as it simply meant that Lin Feng and Xiao Budian had intentionally concealed their full sepctrum of abilities in the previous round.
Now, the easy prey might have just become the predator.
But Cao Wei and Song Qingyuan, both master and disciple, were all relaxed as they thought, “If that was the trumpcard that you were banking on, I wouldn’t be worried.”
Despite having such thoughts, still, Cao Wei reminded Song Qingyuan to handle Xiao Budian with extreme caution. Because they simply to win this battle.
There was no room for failure. Because losing the battle would not simply result in the loss of a place in the Finals.
Cao Wei looked at Lin Feng and spoke faintly, “Now that the previous debts have been cleared, would Lord Lin be interested in another bet?”
Lin Feng thought, “Here we go again.”
Without any changes in his expression, Lin Feng replied, “Oh? I can play along if you want. But I’m just curious what kind of objects are we betting on this time round.”
Cao Wei continued, “Same as before, let’s decide what the other party would have to lay out for the bet. What do you think Lord Lin?”
Lin Feng answered, “Lord Cao, so what do you want this time round? Don’t tell me you are interested in one of the rocks on my Mount Yujing?”
“That is correct.”
Lin Feng thought, “Cao Wei is strangely adamant about laying his hands on the rock on Mount Yujing. Yet it isn’t something that he wants it for himself. Unless he is simply asking for it on behalf of someone else. Now, that would be interesting… I wonder who that person would be…”
As he thought, Lin Feng followed up with his request, “Sure thing. But if your disciple loses, I want a pair of your Flying Snow Plumes, a male and a female.”
Lin Feng stole a glance at Cao Wei before continuing, “The two Flying Snow Plumes must be of the Demonic Commander level. And don’t you worry about it, I know that the Heaven Lake Sect has them.”
Cao Wei frowned slightly and before he could say anything, Lin Feng cut him off, “I do not need your pair of Flying Snow Plume Kings because I am not a greedy person. If you’re unwilling to lay these plumes as your stakes, we can forget about the gamble.”
The Flying Snow Plume was a spiritual bird that was native to the snow mountains near the Heaven Lake. Its size was considered rather small and was not much different to the normal sparrow. But its combat power was extremely strong and was definitely amongst the cream of the crop within the Demonic Race.
The male bird was called the Flying Snow Plume while the female bird was called the Heavenly Snow Plume. The pair was even tighter than the couple back at the Sun Moon Sword Sect. Regardless of whether it was the male or the female who had died, as long as one of them was fgone, the other would also commit suicide.
Hence, the number of Flying Snow Plumes and Heavenly Snow Plumes was usually very small. But fortunately, their reproductive ability was considerably good. Nevertheless, only the Heaven Lake Sect had managed to nurture Flying Snow Plumes with considerably high cultivation. The only pair of Flying Snow Plume King and Heavenly Snow Plume King resided within the Heaven Lake Sect.
There were only these two Demonic Lord level plumes and even at the Demonic Commander level, their numbers were still very small. They were a target for enhanced protection and conservation.
Cao Wei hesitated for a short while before nodding his head in agreement, “Alright. But in that case, I might have to request for an additional Fire and Ice Fruit from you. That is if you don’t mind…”
“No problem.” Lin Feng nodded his head in satisfaction before turning around to see Xiao Budian with his big and grateful eyes. He looked as if he had wanted to dash forward to hug his master. Xiao Budian exclaimed, “Master, you are really the best master in the world!”
“You little brat!” Of course, Lin Feng knew what Xiao Budian had in mind. He could not decide whether to feel angry or humored as he tapped his head and used his vocal projection, “Don’t think of them as your food. It’s for your training.”
Xiao Budian was mildly stunned, “A pair of spiritual birds. And they are merely of the Demonic Commander stage. How can they help me with my training? For agility training?”
Lin Feng smiled, “You will know when the time comes. Now forget about how they will be used and focus on winning first.”
Xiao Budian giggled cheerfully, “Don’t worry, master. Watch me.”
Lin Feng thought for a short while before replying, “In case, what your Master meant is that just in case Song Qingyuan asks to gamble with you, regardless of what the stakes are, just go with it.”
Xiao Budian smiled, “Of course! Because I’m definitely going to win.”
As he spoke, Xiao Budian leapt into the Hidden Dragon Teapot. Song Qingyuan was already waiting for him inside the teapot.
Seeing that Xiao Budian had entered, Song Qingyuan smiled and spoke, “My master and the gracious Lord Lin have already agreed on a gamble. As their disciples, how about we place out bets as well?”
After he spoke, Song Qingyuan realized that Xiao Budian was looking at him in a very peculiar manner.
Song Qingyuan was a little shocked and immediately thought, “Unless I’ve spoken something wrong?”
Just when he was extremely puzzled, Xiao Budian laughed naughtily and nodded his head, “No problem, what shall the stakes be?”
Song Qingyuan was very disturbed and concerned with why Xiao Budian was laughing but very soon, he told himself to foget about it and ocntinued, “Previously when my junior was sparring with you, you mentioned that my junior did not have a Nascent Soul stage magic item during the setting of terms for the bet.”
While he spoke, he flipped his palm to reveal a completely white and ancient round mirror. The mirror appeared to be made from ice.
As the surface of the mirror flashed a blinding light, the void within the Hidden Dragon Teapot moved like the ripples of a lake, affirming the status of the magic item as a Nascent Soul stage item.
Song Qingyuan spoke, “This is my Nascent Soul stage item, the Aurora Polar Mirror. I’m willing to put this up for your Nascent Soul stage item. How’s that? Do you dare to play along with me?”
After his words had left his mouth, before Xiao Budian could reply, a huge commotion was already going on outside of the Hidden Dragon Teapot.
No one had thought that Song Qingyuan would be willing to gamble with such high stakes. An actual Nascent Soul stage item.
Most of the spectators belonged to the Aurous Core stage and anyone of them who was in possession of a Nascent Soul stage magic item was either extremely fortuitous or under the enhanced development program of their own sect.
For cultivators at the Aurous Core stage, possessing a Nascent Soul stage magic item was something that could turned tables. It was a trumpcard which could elevate one’s power tremendously.
All battles at the Spiritual Conference of Huanghai were banned from using Nascent Soul stage magic items simply because they would upset the balance between the Aurous Core stage competitors.
Except for himself, even if we had added all the value of every single item he had on himself, it would still not be able to outprice the Aurora Polar Mirror.
When we mentioned “except for himself”, it was with the accounting of his potential. If we were simply to account for his current abilities, adding him in would still not be able to outprice the mirror.
Amongst the shocked masses, the ones who found his action the most unbelievable were his own peers from the Heaven Lake Sect.
Everyone that knew him all knew how much he loved his mirror. Anyone that had tried to touch it would have been slaughtered by him.
Following which, everyone was waiting for Xiao Budian’s reply. They were all wondering if Xiao Budian would go crazy with him and put his Nascent Soul stage item on the line.
Just as they were wondering what Xiao Budian would do, Xiao Budian nodded his head gleefully, “No problem! Let’s do this!”
He clapped his hand and a green glow was emitted from his body. A small three-footed crucible detached itself from his body and floated in mid-air. It was none other than the Green Bronze Crucible of Emptiness.
Seeing this, the crowd went crazy.
None of them expected these two fellows to have such an immense addiction to gambling. The way they gambled was simply insane. Two Aurous Core stage cultivators gambling with Nascent Soul stage magic items.
In fact, for any of both parties, losing would simply meant bankruptcy.
Even if they could enter the Ancient Huanghai World, it did not mean that they would definitely find Nascent Soul stage magic items easily.
As compared to the gamble between Xiao Budian and Song Qingyuan, Lin Feng and Cao Wei’s bet appeared to be childsplay.
It seemed as though both of them had outshone their masters when it came to gambling.
Cao Wei looked at the Hidden Dragon Teapot calmly before a sudden thought occurred to him. FOllowing which, he squeezed a Voice-Projecting Crystal into smithereens silently.
“How is the progress at the spiritual conference?”
A gentle male voice continued from the other end, “Have you gotten the items that both of us want?”
Cao Wei replied plainly, “After building things up, I believe we very close to attaining our objectives. The real show has just began.”