Chapter 57: Circle of Perfection
Translator: Sparrow_ Editor: Sparrow_
Based on their conversation, Lin Feng could deduce that the two teenage cultivators were both disciples of the Xuandao Sect which Pu Beizi had belonged to.
Not long after they had climbed the mountain, they said their farewells and left. Some meddlesome disciples on Mount Heng spread the word that the Xuandao Sect would be visiting in a few days time, as they anticipated excitedly a good sparring contest between disciples of the two Sects.
The Xuandao Sect and the Hengyue Faction were relatively close to each other geographically. For the past thousand years, the two sects had given each other mutual aid, guarding together against outside forces and demonic invasion. Yet, they were also secretly competing with one another, whereby disciples often battled with disciples of the other sect at a similar skill level.
However, this time round, the competition Lin Feng sensed had a different atmosphere.
The Hengyue Faction’s nascent soul stage progenitor died in the Void Battleground but the Xuandao Sect’s Pu Beizi had returned safely.
Coincidentally, the Hengyue Faction’s base was better than the one belonging to Xuandao Sect. Unfortunately, for the Hengyue Faction which had lost a nascent soul stage progenitor, keeping its own ford safe was akin to a three-year-old child safe keeping a gold bar.
Due to the southern border of the Qin Dynasty being bordered on demon territory, humans and demons were in a constant war. This had caused countless mountains and cultivation abodes which were abundant in spiritual energy to lay in waste. This ultimately proved that a blessed spot beneficial towards cultivation was more than enough to make everybody fight over it.
The Hengyue Faction was occupying a treasured ground like Mount Hengyue but unfortunately did not have a nascent soul stage cultivator holding down the fort, and would have had probably drawn the greed of all the cultivation sects at the southern border.
The Xuandao Sect which was also the closest one got the news first and would undoubtedly seize the initiative hastily.
Weighing between a superior cultivation ground and pre-established friendship had never been easier; friendship meant absolutely nothing to them.
Perhaps Pu Beizi did not want to completely turn hostile against them, giving reason to why the sparring between the disciples in that time frame made Xuandao Sect disciples display some sort of special anomalies.
For example, adding a prize and betting on each other’s bases?
Countless thoughts flashed by in Lin Feng’s mind. He had a faint feeling in his heart that his Nine Transformations Blazing Spirit Pill might have had also played a key role in the development of this matter.
Without the Nine Transformations Blazing Spirit Pill and Master Pubei returning somewhat safely albeit injured from the Void Battleground, the Xuandao Sect would definitely be forced to enter closed-door training to heal. Only after healing his injury would Pu Beizi then scheme for the Hengyue Faction’s base and who knew when that could have been?
It could have been a few days or a couple of months, perhaps even dozens of years.
Lin Feng sighed: “Every bite and every sip is preordained, it really is a mysterious fate. Originally I only wanted to get into the good books of that nascent soul stage progenitor but who would have thought that I ended up helping myself.”
Whether this opportunity could be exploited was not certain yet. The Hengyue Faction’s disciples who had spread the news only knew that the Xuandao Sect would have been visiting in the next few days but they did not know the specific time. Lin Feng only had one month of time left and thus if the Eternal Dao Sect came after two or three months, then it would have been too late.
“I still have to make some preparations.” Lin Feng controlled the Black Cloud Flag and flew in the air: “If there really is no other choice then I’ll have to go and capture him. In any case, Hengyue Faction doesn’t know Wang Lin’s potential and doesn’t value him. Even if I capture him they won’t necessarily take things seriously.
Returning to his three disciples, Lin Feng still appeared calm and relaxed but he was busily making preparations in secret.
In the middle of the night, Lin Feng was sitting cross-legged, slowly practising his breathing technique. The surrounding spiritual energy rapidly gathered and absorbed within the centre of his body, charging at a hidden meridian point.
When a meridian point is unlocked, spiritual energy that is absorbed will be rapidly converted to mana and stored within the meridian point. Through this, the cultivator’s mana would obtain a considerable advance.
This meticulous job required the cultivator to persevere doing dull breathing techniques and refine spiritual energy to break through one’s bottleneck.
The energy stored within the Heaven Thunder Moon Jade had already been depleted. Lin Feng could only cultivate according to the regular path. The cultivation speed those couple of months had slowed down and was not as fast as before. After successfully advancing to Qi Disciple level 11, it came to a standstill.
Even though the speed was slow, Lin Feng was not worried. He knew before that his steps were too large and his foundation was a bit too unstable. His speed may have had slowed down for those few months but his steps were firm and he could clearly feel that he was more adept in the usage of mana.
Through a long period of honing, Lin Feng had already reached the peak of Qi Disciple level 11. What he wanted to do next was to tackle the very last meridian point.
Under his unremitting efforts, the final meridian point was finally unlocked. The spiritual energy that was originally unmoving and built up there instantly poured downwards like a flooded dam, entering into the withered meridian point and forming a massive spiral.
The rotation of the spiritual energy became faster and faster, with the spiritual energy at the centre constantly being converted to mana and nourishing Lin Feng’s body.
Unlike before, where things were over after filling it with mana, Lin Feng continued to consecutively swallow multiple Energy Recovery Pills that recovered mana. He constantly pushed the mana in his body, forming a massive cycle in his entire body!
The 12 meridian points were all unlocked and connected as one. The mana stored in the meridian points was no longer isolated like bodies of dead water as before and instead, they turned into a surging river, constantly circulating in Lin Feng’s body.
Lin Feng exhaled a long breath and suddenly released a loud shout that echoed like a tiger’s roar and dragon’s cry.
His voice was covered by the mana ward of the Black Cloud Flag and was unable to travel out of the room but Lin Feng’s heart was very satisfied.
At this moment with the twelve levels all unlocked, Lin Feng has reached the great circle of perfection of Qi Disciple level 12, the peak of the Qi Cultivation stage.
Lin Feng pushed open the room door, his face revealing a satisfied smile. He said in his heart: “In cultivating Tao techniques, the higher one’s level is, the slower the progress. Even though I had the help of the system and started directly from Qi Disciple level 4, reaching the great circle of perfection of Qi Disciple level 12 in less than one year is still pretty fast, right?”
“Could it be that I’m actually a prodigy too?”
The course of judgement was interrupted when his three disciples greeted him. Lin Feng smiled and said in a happy mood: “How is the cultivation going? Is there anything you guys don’t understand?”
Xiao Yan: “I just wanted to tell master. Last night I saw the moon rise and the sun set, the stars glittered in the sky. As I watched I had a faint insight into a type of incredibly profound principle of the martial way. After pondering for the night I came up with a martial skill and I just wanted Master to review it. In addition, the bottleneck in the level of my Tao technique seems to also have loosened due to this and I think that I can break through it very soon”
The corner of Lin Feng’s lips twitched. Dude, you’re already Qi Disciple level 9. If you advance again then that is Qi Disciple level 10. If I remember correctly you used four years of time in the past before reaching the great circle of perfection of Qi Disciple?
Zhu Yi: “If I may speak master, last night I was strolling in the mountain and chanced upon a strange flower. Spiritual energy overflowed from it and it was covered in golden light. It did not seem like an ordinary item. I did not dare to take liberty and specially brought it back for Master to take care of it.”
Lin Feng expressionlessly took over the spiritual flower. Through searching the system he learned that this flower was called a Three-Leaf Orchid, which was precisely the main material for that pill which aids people in breaking through their bottlenecks, the Barrier Breaking Pill!
Xiao Budian: “Master, master, I advanced to Qi Disciple level 10! Uh, I somehow just randomly did so… I don’t really know what happened.”
Lin Feng was speechless, his eyes looked towards the heavens at a 45-degree angle. He felt like something slid by in the corners of his eyes…
“Coach, I also want a marriage annulment!”
“Coach, I also want an abusive father!”
“Coach, is it too late for me to start drinking animal milk right now?”
Sending off his three disciples in depression, Lin Feng returned to the room. After sitting blankly for a moment he took out a ring from his clothing.
It was precisely that ring sealing the remnant soul of the Taotie. Before Lin Feng was afraid of the Taotie, so he was constantly reinforcing the Heavenly Cage Mantra to seal her, in the end, he was practically about to forget that there was still this matter.
He just used the ring to practise the Heavenly Cage Mantra when he had nothing to do. After finishing practising he threw it to the back of his mind.
But now he had a change of his mind. If he really were to go to the Hengyue Faction to capture Wang Lin, Lin Feng would need even more cards in his hands to fend off the Aurous Core stage cultivators.
Right now, he wanted to unite and mobilize all power of use.