Chapter 345: Fame and Victory
Translator: Sparrow Translations Editor: Sparrow Translations
Although the Sword Radiance Swordmaster hid it well, Lin Feng was still able to spot his confused look.
Awkwardness, Dilemma, Low-Spirited…all forms of emotions were tangling together.
Lin Feng pondered for a moment and realized why the Sword Radiance Swordmaster would be in such low spirits. It was related to the Heavens-Patching Vine that Xiao Budian brought back.
Tao Yaoyao, who was beside the Sword Radiance Swordmaster, was also in low spirits.
After her Aurous Core cracked when she killed a Nascent Soul Stage cultivator, Tao Yaoyao had been hiding in the cave at Xingyun Peak for recuperative purposes. She had been recuperating for hundreds of years. This time around, she left to attend the Spiritual Conference of Huanghai to get the Heavens-Patching Vine.
Only with the vine would there be any chance of repairing Tao Yaoyao’s cracked Aurous Core and attaining a full recovery.
With Tao Yaoyao’s gifted cultivation, she would have achieved the Nascent Soul if not were for her injury.
Not only was it a torture for Tao Yaoyao to remain in the Aurous Core Stage, it was also a huge loss for the entire Sword of Radiance Sect.
But everything came to nothing in the end. The Heavens-Patching Vine landed in Xiao Budian’s hands. How can the Sword Radiance Swordmaster and Tao Yaoyao not be in low spirits?
But the Heavens-Patching Vine had no owner. Whoever could get it was more capable. The Sword Radiance Swordmaster could not expect Lin Feng to hand over the Heavens-Patching Vine illogically. The two of them were not even that close in the first place.
Taking it away from Lin Feng was also not plausible. With Lin Feng’s current ability, the Sword Radiance Swordmaster would be crazy to try and snatch it from him.
Therefore, the only way was for the Sword Radiance Swordmaster to communicate with Lin Feng and suggest a trade for the Heavens-Patching Vine with one of his own magic items.
That was the source of the Sword Radiance Swordmaster’s awkwardness, dilemma, and low spirits.
Previously at Xingyun Peak, after Murong Yanran lost to Xiao Yan, the Sword Radiance Swordmaster accepted Murong Yanran as his disciple. Given that he had not accepted any Immediate Disciples in hundreds of years and broke his streak for Murong Yanran, it was a silent challenge towards Lin Feng.
He was telling Lin Feng that one day his Immediate Disciple will spar with Xiao Yan again and avenge her loss.
Both parties knew that the battle between Xiao Yan and Murong Yanran had only just started.
Hence, the Sword Radiance Swordmaster had the intention to go against Lin Feng.
At the Spiritual Conference of Huanghai, the Sword Radiance Swordmaster had placed his bet on Song Qingyuan when he fought Xiao Budian. On one hand, he favored Song Qingyuan at that point in time. On another hand, it was a continuation of the competition between both sects.
Under such a circumstance, it was a dilemma for the Sword Radiance Swordmaster to find Lin Feng for help.
But for the Sword Radiance Swordmaster and the Sword of Radiance Sect, the relative importance of Tao Yaoyao compared to Murong Yanran was obviously higher.
That was why the Sword Radiance Swordmaster calmed his mind quickly and walked towards Lin Feng. He said gradually, “Master Lin, I have a request that I hope you will help me in.”
Lin Feng smiled slightly and replied straightly, “Are you here for the Heavens-Patching Vine?”
The Sword Radiance Swordmaster nodded his head, “Since Master Lin is aware of everything, I shall not beat around the bush. Tao Yaoyao requires the vine to recover from her injury. I hope Master Lin will be willing to trade the vine over. I am willing to make up for any loss you incur.”
Lin Feng nodded his head slowly, “I am afraid I have to let you down. I have my uses for this Heavens-Patching Vine.”
The Sword Radiance Swordmaster was silent and stared at Lin Feng. Lin Feng looked back at him calmly. The Sword Radiance Swordmaster could tell that Lin Feng did not do this on purpose or wanted to raise the value of the vine.
The Sword Radiance Swordmaster’s heart sank. That was what he was most worried about. He was worried that Lin Feng would have a legit use for the vine, which would make it difficult to retrieve the vine from him.
But Lin Feng’s next words gave him hope again. “I will grow this vine in within the confines of my sect. After a year, you can bring Tao Yaoyao over to seek for the herb from me.”
The Sword Radiance Swordmaster creased his brows. After a while, he asked, “Not sure what does Master Lin want in exchange for it?”
Lin Feng laughed, “When it comes to then, I will inform you beforehand.”
The Sword Radiance Swordmaster gaze flashed and he nodded his head, “That is a deal.”
Although the attack of the Nine Luminaries Heaven-Crushing Formation made the ending of the spiritual conference disappointing to many, the entire episode had still reaped many rewards for Lin Feng and his disciples.
The visible rewards were the bets won in the various competitions.
Ice Amber, Sun Essence Stone, Geocentric Fire Lotus, Nine-Circled Ice Orchid, Zhuyan Ice Flower, Flying Snow Plume King, Dual Polarity Divine Flower, Eight-Veined Ginseng, Shaoshang Sword Engravement and the Aurora Polar Mirror.
With the addition of the Spiritual Enhancement Herb, Berserker Herb, Heavens-Patching Vine, the Heavenly Stone Altar and the turtle shell, they had almost ransacked the entire treasure trove of the Ancient Huanghai World.
Furthermore, during the trade activity, Zhu Yi had also cut out Min Du’s teeth. As Xiao Budian was being attacked, they also scammed a whole lot of items from the Great Qin Empire.
Just all these items showed the abundance of rewards that they reaped.
Whereas for the intangible rewards, they included Lin Feng’s rise in fame after the battle with the Nine Luminaries Heaven-Crushing Formation and the reputation of his Celestial Sect of Wonders as they flourished in the spiritual conference. All these made Lin Feng extremely pleased.
Besides proving the dominance of the Celestial Sect of Wonders, the strong showing of his disciples also allowed them to build up their reputation.
After today, after the news had spread, Lin Feng’s disciples would become labeled as the future talents in the Grand Celestial World.
This would also remove the reputation of the Celestial Sect of Wonders having a lot of evildoers.
“But not everything is good.” Lin Feng pondered. “Regardless of the assassin who was aiming Xiao Budian, or the Qiong Qi demonic tribe that brought the Nine Luminaries Heaven-Crushing Formation along, there are many areas to reflect upon.”
Qiong Qi was one of the four Great Beasts along with the Taoties, Hun Dun and Tao Wu. With a pair of wings and spiky furs, the Qiong Qis had a body shape like an ox and tiger. It was extremely ferocious and was one of the most savage tribes in the demonic clan.
The Grand Sage of Qiong Qi was listed as one of the current Ten Demonic Sages. The other Grand Sages of various demonic tribes did not dare to offend him as he was one of the most unforgiving demon.
The Qiong Qis had an enmity with the Great Qin Empire. If they had the opportunity to attack the Great Qin Empire, they would not let go of it.
But that begs the old question. Qiong Qi resided in the Barren Lands of the Demonic Clan World. The spatial gap was hundreds of thousands of miles away from the Sea of the Northern Wind. How did they travel across the territory of the Great Qin Empire to attack the Ancient Huanghai World?
Lin Feng would not believe that someone did not pull strings somehow. Similarly, the other Immortal Soul Stage Elders were not convinced either.
And this was what made Shi Zongyue, the Vivant Joy Holy Man and the Gambling Holy Man furious. They had to investigate the truth of the matter.
Furthermore, the Qiong Qi demonic tribe had taken control of the long-lost Nine Luminaries Heaven-Crushing Formation. To the Great Qin Empire, that was an extremely ominous news to hear. This meant that the capital, Xiling City, as well as the other Great Qin territories, were under a precarious situation.
This required consultation with the highest level of the Great Qin Empire and the appropriate measures had to be enforced. This was especially since someone was helping them, which left Shi Zongyue and the rest feeling uneasy.
At this point, the Ancient Huanghai World was shaking tremendously. The opening connecting both worlds was starting to shut.
Previously, Lin Feng and the rest requested their disciples to exit quickly. That was an accurate decision. Under the attack of the Nine Luminaries Heaven-Crushing Formation, the Ancient Huanghai World had to be shut down after a few days even though it was planned to be a month initially.
This edition of the Spiritual Conference of Huanghai had officially ended and the curtains were closed. Everyone was returning to where they came from.
Everyone had mixed feelings. To all the cultivators who had participated, the experience was etched in their minds. Regardless of whether it was the intense competition or the attack by the Nine Luminaries Heaven-Crushing Formation, it would always be remembered by the masses.
Whereas for the various leaders, there were many problems to think about and many things they still had to do. This spiritual conference was probably just the start of everything.
Lin Feng had also summoned Jieyu and the Kui Cow King to escort everyone back.
To him and the Celestial Sect of Wonders’ disciples, they still felt good. Lin Feng had even hoped to see a few of his disciples spar.
Xiao Budian looked at Yue Hongyan and laughed, “Fourth Senior, did you notice? The guy who proposed to you, Shi Shaogan, just went to find Dao Yuting from the Heaven Lake Sect, hahaha!”
Yue Hongyan’s thin brows raised, “Do not mention him anymore. He is too ridiculous.”
Zhuge Fengling laughed, “I saw it too. But from the looks of it, he was rejected by her too. He is too silly. I am not sure what he is thinking all the time.”
Everyone was smiling as they thought of Shi Shaogan approaching Dao Yuting and confessing to her like how he did with Yue Hongyan with a serious look on his face.
Even Zhu Yi and Wang Lin could not help but laugh.
Lin Feng also revealed a laughing intent and thought, “If Dao Yuting was not chosen by Cao Wei to be the partner to Song Qingyuan, she might have a related marriage with Shi Shaogan.”
“Dao Yuting, Dao Zhiqiang…” Lin Feng raised his head and pondered for a moment. But he put this issue aside for the moment and turned to Xiao Budian, laughing, “Oh yes, your Big Senior is back.”
As the few of them heard it, their eyes brightened and saw Xiao Yan landing on the ground as Lin Feng wriggled his sleeves.
Seeing Xiao Yan’s weak self, a few of them were shocked and furious. Xiao Budian was enraged, “Who did this?!”
Zhu Yi’s brows creased. Wang Lin and Yue Hongyan exuded a cold aura, while even Yang Qing was furious.
“Relax, relax.” Lin Feng waved his hand. After explaining Xiao Yan’s condition, Xiao Budian and the rest were all stunned and looked at Xiao Yan in a daze. After a while, all of them laughed.