Chapter 575: Lin Feng’s Swordbearer
Translator: Sparrow Translations Editor: Sparrow Translations
The young woman stood quietly behind Lin Feng. She did not react to Lin Feng’s name and neither did she respond. She only stood there, silently carrying the giant scabbard.
The Qin Emperor Shi Yu looked at Xuan Li and thought, “His sword is indeed extraordinary. However, I cannot tell its grade.”
For a Mahayana level magic treasure, they would possess an Original Soul like Xuan Li. However, she did not appear to fully conscious.
It was also unlikely that the sword was below the Mahayana level as it was way too powerful. Furthermore, Xuan Li emitted a perfect aura of life and she could exist independently from the Heaven-Destroying Sword. Therefore, she was definitely could not be compared to any ordinary Gestation or Metaplasia level magic treasures.
In terms of power, she appeared to be a Destiny level magic treasure. However, she was not fully cultivated and only part of her blade was polished.
However, for Destiny level magic treasures, the Original Soul would not possess a physical form. Instead, it would take the form of a consciousness and hardly reveal itself.
Even the Immortal Dragon City did not reveal its human form before its cultivation was complete.
These thoughts flashed in Lin Feng’s mind. However, his face betrayed no expression. He just quietly discussed these matters with the Qin Emperor Shi Yu.
Shi Yu did not like to ask too much too. Like any other ordinary cultivator, he discussed cultivation with Lin Feng.
Honestly speaking, Lin Feng gained much from speaking with Shi Yu. However, he soon discovered something that was rather disturbing.
He tried to instruct Xuan Li, the young woman, to disappear. However, she did not.
For his other orders, Xuan Li would respond accordingly. However, she would not respond to Lin Feng’s request for her to disappear. He did not know if it was because she was unable or unwilling.
“Forget it, since you have endured it for so long, I shall let you breathe the open air,” thought Lin Feng as he tried to make the best out of this situation. “From now onwards, I will have an expressionless female following me everywhere I go. Isn’t that a bit too eye-catching?”
He bade farewell to Shi Yu and brought Xuan Li to his place of residence that the Great Qin Empire had arranged for him.
Once he reached that place, Xiao Yan, Zhu Yi, and the others surrounded him. Xiao Zhener, Tun Tun, and the rest too looked at Lin Feng and Xuan Li.
“Master, did she come out from the Heavenly Cosmic Ray World?” Xiao Yan looked curiously at the young girl who was following tightly behind Lin Feng. “She appeared much older now…”
Lin Feng said, “Why is it that only you lot can grow and others can’t? She stayed for a much longer time in the Heavenly Cosmic Ray World than you lot.”
He then turned to look at Xuan Li and said, “She’s my swordbearer. Her name is Xuan Li.”
Xiao Yan and rest often entered the Heavenly Cosmic Ray World. Everyone knew about the close relationship between the young woman and Lin Feng’s the Heaven-Destroying Sword. They knew about the powers of the sword and hence, they did not dare annoy Xuan Li.
The battle between the two Shis was known by all under heavens. In the three days, many people came to Xiling City, hoping to catch the battle. This included many Immortal Soul stage elders.
They were not only concerned about the battle between the two Shis, but also the various powers that supported each Shi.
Judging from past events, it did not matter which Shi triumph in the end. The Celestial Sect of Wonders and the Great Void Sect were both unwilling to concede defeat. Hence, once the two sects came into conflict, it would affect every single cultivator in the Divine Lands.
Hence, the interested personnel all headed towards the Heavenly Dragon Ancient Land in Xiling City.
The Blue Pavilion Holy Man of the Purple Clouds Sect, Prince Xian of the Right of the Royal House of the Northern Tribes, the Celestial Sword Elder of the Heavenly Master Sword Sect, the Sun Radiance Swordmaster of the Sun Moon Sword Sect, the Starry Swordmaster of the Starry Sword Sect and the Supreme Radiance Swordmaster of the Sword of Radiance Sect would all arrive in Xiling City sooner or later.
Amongst them, the Blue Pavilion Holy Man and Prince Xian of the Right came along with Lin Feng. After the rest reached Xiling City, they met with either Lin Feng or the Xuan Lin Holy Man respectively.
After he sent the Supreme Radiance Swordmaster away, Zhu Yi came with good news. “Master, two seniors from the Samsara Sect are here. One of them is the Netherworld Hell Holy Man, Liu Zhikun, from the Path of Hell while the other is Yi Longbing from the Path of Humanity. Big Senior is receiving them out in front.”
Lin Feng smiled and said, “Show them in.”
Quickly, a skinny middle-aged man appeared before Lin Feng. He had high cheekbones and bronze skin. He was Liu Zhikun from the Path of Hell.
Behind him was a big-sized young man who looked like he was only 20 to 30 years old. He appeared reserved and simple. Standing there, he was like an ordinary mortal.
Under the cover of the system, no one could tell Lin Feng’s true mastery level. However, it was different for the young man. In the eyes of others, no one could tell his mastery. However, Lin Feng could tell that he was an Immortal Soul stage cultivator with more than a thousand years of experience.
He was an Immortal Soul stage cultivator of the Samsara Sect’s Path of Humanity. People called him the Peach Blossom Elder, Yi Longbing.
Amongst the Six Paths of the Samsara Sect, the Path of Humanity cultivated normal human temptations and many of their moves were derived from them. Their moves were all extremely fanciful. There were spells, illusions, and others. However, their battling abilities were the weakest.
However, through cultivating human temptations, one become much more self-aware. They faced the least bottlenecks and hence, they had a much easier time cultivating compared to the other Paths of the Samsara Sect. Cultivators from the Path of Humanity relied on their higher levels of mastery to compensate for their attacks’ weaknesses.
Yi Longbing before them was much younger than Liu Zhikun. However, he had already reached the pinnacle of the Immortal Soul First Level. Soon, he would be cultivating his virtual entity. The two of them did not vary too much in terms of their innate abilities but instead, the difference in their spells accounted for their current disparity.
Yi Longbing specialized in cultivating sexual temptations. From his first day as a cultivator, he had gone through numerous trysts with many beautiful women. Hence, after he reached the Immortal Soul stage, he called himself the Peach Blossom Elder (Translator’s Note: The peach blossom is a traditional Chinese symbol of love, just like the red rose in Western culture).
However, the spell Yi Longbing cultivated focused on leaving a trail of lovers behind without forming any emotional attachment. It sought to shatter the normal longing by men and women and the was slightly similar to some Buddhist mantras, particularly the Yab-Yum Mantra, Scarlet Complexion White Bone Mantra and the Heavenly Fragrant Skin Mantra.
Other than being clear about one’s heart desire and knowing the true nature of sex, he too obtained a true understanding of procreation and the harmony between Yin and Yang. Fundamentally, he understood the meaning of life, just that it had a bad name to it.
Liu Zhikun and Yi Longbing looked at Lin Feng and clasped their hands together in greeting. “Master Lin.” Liu Zhikun, said, with a smile, “Master Lin, it’s been too long.”
“The Netherworld Hell Holy Man. How have you been?” Lin Feng smiled at them when he saw them and returned the greeting. After both sides had sat down, they did not talk about anything serious. Instead. they mainly focused on idle chatter, with the emphasis being on the upcoming battle of the two Shis.
Let not mention Liu Zhikun or Yi Longbing, even Lin Feng himself understood the reason why they came.
Lin Feng understood their motives and went out to receive them personally. As the two sides talked and drank, both sides became clear of each other’s attitudes. Liu Zhikun and Yi Longbing knew that their journey was not wasted and hence, felt pleased with themselves.
“Taoist Yi, I heard that your sect produced a special kind of medicine known as the Spiritual Feather Vine?” As they talked, Lin Feng asked suddenly.
Yi Longbing’s gaze flashed slightly and he nodded his head on the spot, “Correct.” Amongst the Six Paths of the Samsara Sect, the Path of Humanity was the best at growing medicines and herbs.
Lin Feng then asked, “I wonder if you could spare me some stalks? I will give you valuable in return, don’t worry.”
Yi Longbing looked at Lin Feng, paused for a while and then said, “Master Lin is generous and I am touched. However, truth to be told, my Path of Humanity possessed only one stalk. It may not be convenient to give it to Master Lin.”
For such things, he had no reason to lie to Lin Feng. However, he did not mention the specific details as it would touch on the conflict within the Samsara Sect.
Earlier on, in one of the many conflicts between the Six Paths, the medicine valley of the Path of Humanity was attacked and half of his stock was destroyed. The Spiritual Feather Vein was relatively unscathed as a single sapling was left behind. Some more precious herbs were completely wiped out, leaving heavy losses for the Path of Humanity.
Hearing that, Lin Feng did not press the matter further. He nodded his head and said, “If that’s the case, then we shall talk about it later.” He did not wish to give up on owning a Spiritual Feather Vein.
He would naturally not give up as the Spiritual Feather Vein was one of the main ingredients required to form Trāyastriṃśa Elixir of Creation.
Yi Longbing thought about it for a while and felt that it would be rude to reject Lin Feng outright and said immediately, “I heard that Master Lin possess a nascent soul magic item known as the Green Bronze Crucible of Emptiness which you had bestowed to your little disciple, Shi Tianhao.”
Lin Feng looked at him and nodded his head slowly, “You know about the Green Bronze Crucible of Emptiness?”
After he ascertained that Cao Wei and the Heaven Lake Sect were after this Nascent Soul stage magic item, he did a thorough check of it through his system.
The Green Bronze Crucible of Emptiness used to be part of an entire set of Nascent Soul stage magic items. There were a total of nine of them and they were called the Nine Familial Green Bronze Crucibles of Emptiness. The entire set of Nascent Soul magic items existed together with the magic treasure, the Mountain and River Void Crucible. Its owner was an independent cultivator known as the Mountain and River Holy Man who reached the Immortal Soul stage.
After the Mountain and River Holy Man fell into a conflict with the Heaven Lake Sect and was later murdered by them, the Mountain and River Void Crucible fell into their hands.
Strictly speaking, the Mountain and River Void Crucible was a magic treasure. To the Heaven Lake Sect, it was extremely precious. But the Nascent Soul stage Green Bronze Crucible of Emptiness was not as important.
Lin Feng did not think so that Cao Wei’s tireless efforts to obtain the Green Bronze Crucible of Emptiness was because of his kleptomania or his perfectionist desire.
Instead, he believed that the Mountain and River Void Crucible had many uses that could only be unlocked with the nine other crucibles.
However, while the information provided by the system was complete, Lin Feng still did not know Cao Wei’s true intention.
Yi Longbing said slowly, “It appears that Master Lin too knows about the relationship between the Green Bronze Ding of Emptiness and the Mountain and River Void Crucible.”
Lin Feng lifted his eyes to look at him and asked, “What do you know?”
“Please don’t misunderstand, Master Lin. I do know the secrets of this magic treasure,” Yi Longbing shook his head. “All I know is that the Heaven Lake Sect is trying their best to search for the Nine Crucibles. They currently only have Seven.”
Lin Feng’s heart trembled as he said, “Oh, seven?”. Including the one he had on hand, there was still one missing crucible.
Yi Longbing looked at Lin Feng and said seriously, “I may not be very talented, but I happen to know the location of the last Green Bronze Crucible of Emptiness.”