Chapter 638: Many Tricks Up His Sleeves
Translator: Sparrow Translations Editor: Sparrow Translations
The sword cultivators from the Great Barren Sword Sect were abnormal. When they reached the Foundation Establishment Stage, they would start to cultivate many magic items.
They did not just cultivate swords. Anything was possible, it just had to depend on the cultivator.
Before forming the Aurous Core, the cultivators would cultivate all the magic items that they had, which were all infused into one cauldron. At the end, they would obtain one magic sword. Along with the special cultivation manual of the Great Barren Sword Sect and the infusion of a cultivator’s supernatural awareness into his sword, he could reach the Aurous Core Stage.
After forming the Aurous Core, this magic sword would be re-cultivated to increase its standard. It would become the first magic item of the Great Barren Sword Sect cultivator.
After that, the Great Barren Sword Sect began their second round of cultivation. Just like the Foundation Establishment Stage, the cultivators would start to cultivate a huge amount of magic items. But this time, they cultivated Aurous Core Stage magic items.
There were many varieties of magic items being cultivated. They could choose the powerful weapons from within their sects as a model, or they could exercise some creativity on their own.
After the cultivator reached the peak of the Aurous Core Stage and was ready to form the Nascent Soul, he would cultivate all the Aurous Core Stage magic items again and receive another magic sword. Following that, he would infuse his supernatural awareness into the sword and overcome the Void Lightning Tribulations.
During the Nascent Soul Stage, the same logic applied. This would continue until the Immortal Soul Stage was reached.
If the Immortal Soul was formed and a magic treasure was formed, the entire process would then end.
This was the cultivation manual that the Great Barren Sword Sect passed down for generations. At the core of everything was the sword. Eventually, they would return to its roots and help the cultivator to reach a higher realm.
This cultivation manual had its pros and cons. The good thing was that it was easy for the cultivators to break through their bottlenecks and increase their cultivations.
But the bad thing was that cultivating a magic item required a lot of effort. And to most cultivators, time was the most precious.
As more time was spent on cultivating the magic items, their time used to cultivate mantras, accumulate powers and perfecting their art of swordplay would be taken away.
This kind of cultivation manual had no special requirements. However, the more magic items there were, the magic sword cultivated in the end would be more powerful and the cultivator would have a higher chance of reaching the next realm.
Amidst all these, there was a choice involved.
Not only did it involved the choice of the cultivators, it also required the elders to educate them and judge the potential of these cultivators. From there on, they could then be given the best custom-made plan for their progress.
Out of the countless mantras and abhijnas, they were all different. This type of cultivation manual of the Great Barren Sword Sect could be considered an outlier in the Divine Lands.
With regards to this form of cultivation of the Great Barren Sword Sect, the Nine Netherworld Melted Jade was undoubtedly the most precious resource to them. Its importance to them was greater than the Matte Glowless Metal.
But the Nine Netherworld Melted Jade had only appeared in the Barren Expanses and was extremely rare.
The Great Barren Swordmaster calmed his nerves and looked at Lin Feng. Lin Feng smiled and said, “I hope that our sects can work more closely in the future.”
“It’s our honor.” The Great Barren Swordmaster was silent and understood Lin Feng’s words. He pondered for a while before nodding his head.
After settling things with the three sword sects, he sent the three of them off from the mountain. Zhu Yi and Shi Tianhao returned to the Grand Heavens Pavilion. They greeted him.
Lin Feng nodded his head and laughed, “All of you have been very busy in the Celestial Wonders World, but don’t relax, this is also a form of training.”
Zhu Yi answered, “Please rest assure, Master. We understand. There’s greatness in simplicity. Among all the manuals in the world, we may not have cultivated this one. But experiencing it will also be beneficial.”
“That’s right.” Lin Feng smiled while nodding his head.
Shi Tianhao asked, “Master, we chose the Great Barren Sword Sect instead of the Starry Sword Sect because of the Great Qin Empire?”
After Lin Feng and Zhu Yi heard it, they laughed, “Yes.”
In the Nine Heavenly Sword Alliance, all this while, the Intense Flaming Sword Sect and the Sword of Radiance Sword Sect had always been close to Mount Shu. As this generation of Supreme Radiance Swordmaster took over the reins, he slowly changed the stand of his sect and became more neutral.
From the Heavenly Cart Peak Sword Conference to the visit of Mount Yujing to the battle at Xiling City, the Sword of Radiance Sect had slowly been leaning towards the Celestial Sect of Wonders.
Among the remaining sects, the Heavenly Master Sword Sect was under the Great Void Sect, the Sun Moon Sword Sect favored the Great Qin Empire and the Vast Sea Sword Sect sided with the Great Zhou Empire. All of them had their own stands.
The Lightning Sword Sect collaborated with the Heavenly Master Sword Sect, whereas the Starry Sword Sect and the Great Barren Sword Sect had always been neutral.
But ever since the Heavenly Cart Peak Sword Conference, the Starry Sword Sect had slowly been drawn over by the Great Qin Empire.
Lin Feng was tearing the Nine Heavenly Sword Alliance apart and drew the Lightning Sword Sect, Sword of Radiance Sect and the Great Barren Sword Sect over to him. Like he always did, whenever he had spoils, he would share them. Since the Great Qin Empire spent a lot of effort on the Starry Sword Sect, he did not help them.
However, in this way, the Starry Sword Sect could not have the priority in enjoying the resources in the Celestial Wonders World.
As the Lightning Swordmaster and the rest left Mount Kunlun, the Celestial Sword Elder and the Starry Swordmaster naturally understood the changes. The Starry Swordmaster was not too bothered. Since he had already made a choice earlier, the change in the situation only increased his determination to rely on the Great Qin Empire.
The Celestial Sword Elder was confused. All along, the Lightning Sword Sect had always been on the same page as the Heavenly Master Sword Sect, but now they ventured in different directions.
At this point, the Celestial Sword Elder had a deeper understanding of the bold moves of Lin Feng during the battle at Xiling City.
The situation in the human cultivation world in the Divine Lands had changed.
The Celestial Sword Elder and the Starry Swordmaster ascended the mountain to visit again. Lin Feng received them courteously too. Even though he set the Lightning Sword Sect and the Sword of Radiance Sword Sect as partners to work with, it did not mean that the Heavenly Master Sword Sect and the Starry Swordmaster could not do business with him.
Even if the Vast Sea Sword Sect and the Sun Moon Sword Sect came, whatever resource trade that had to be done still had to proceed. But in terms of the treatment, price and supply, they would not have it as well as the Lightning Sword Sect naturally.
The Celestial Sword Elder and the rest paid a visit to seek for the priority treatment.
After sending off the Celestial Sect Elder and the rest, Lin Feng had to receive the representatives of the Purple Clouds Sect and the Royal House of the Northern Tribes. On one hand, he accepted their congratulations. On another hand, they became closer working partners with regards to the Celestial Sect of Wonders.
Lin Feng’s attitude towards these two allies was naturally different. For example, he allowed a set number of disciples from these two powers to come over to the Celestial Wonders World to train for a set period of time.
Similarly, if the disciples of the Celestial Sect of Wonders trained over at the locations of their sects, they would also be afforded more convenience.
The Royal House of the Northern Tribes destroyed the Heaven Lake Sect and controlled the northern borders now. To a certain extent, the North Polar Sea was influenced by them and expended resources in this area to nurture powerful cultivators. Their overall strength was bound to increase significantly.
Much of the resources in the Northern Snow Fields were also offered to the Celestial Sect of Wonders by the Royal House of the Northern Tribes.
The foundation of the Purple Clouds Sect was strong. With regards to the development of Middle Worlds, besides supporting the Jun Family in the Ancient Yuantian World, they were also involved in other Middle Worlds. Some of the resources that the Divine Lands needed, the Purple Clouds Sect had their means of obtaining them.
The ties between the Celestial Sect of Wonders and Purple Clouds Sect were closer, which made it more convenient for them to obtain such resources.
With regards to part of the resources in the Celestial Wonders World, the Purple Clouds Sect and the Royal House of the Northern Tribes did develop some kind of interest. For example, the Purple Clouds also required the Polarity Steel as much as the Great Zhou Empire.
During this period of time, Lin Feng had many tricks up his sleeves. He did not use his powers to dominate and expanded the influence of the Celestial Sect of Wonders.
That was why even as Lin Feng faced a magic treasure embryo that could developed into a magic treasure in the destiny realm, he still tried his best to retain the Celestial Wonders World.
Of course, if he wanted to preserve the Celestial Wonders World, he must first have the power to claim it. Otherwise, the other great powers would try to claim their share of the land. Some of them might even collude to kick the Celestial Sect of Wonders out.
If such a Middle World landed in the hands of the Sword of Radiance Sect or the Great Barren Sect, they would be unable to protect it. Even the Purple Clouds Sect and Royal House of the Northern Tribes would be helpless.
And to Lin Feng and the Celestial Sect of Wonders, this came very timely. After the battle at Xiling City, Lin Feng managed to build his reputation greatly and display his prowess to the world. And the Celestial Wonders World was a perfect fit for the Celestial Sect of Wonders, in terms of its resource abundance.
After making the Celestial Sect of Wonders a sect not just about their fighting powers, not only did it increase the potential of the Celestial Sect of Wonders, it also allowed Lin Feng to possess greater room and chips for operations. This made it easier to gather people around him.
The magic treasure in the destiny realm was important too, but this foundation of the sect could not be left out.
But as to how he should deal with the circular ball at the bottom of the black pond as well as the dilemma of the loss of spiritual energy in the Celestial Wonders World, it was a test of Lin Feng’s patience and capabilities.
In this period of time, after receiving a bunch of Immortal Soul Stage Elders who came to visit, Lin Feng remained on Mount Yujing.
Besides the bunch of junior disciples that had to focus on their cultivations, Dao Zhiqiang had already begun on the grand plan of developing the Celestial Wonders World.
The Dual Polarity Peak, Shi Zhongtian, Virtuous Zen Master and Eye-less held the fort at the Celestial Wonders World. No one dared to enter.
Tuntun stayed at the Celestial Worlds. Zhuge Fengling and her Gold-Digging Mouse also stayed there for the long-term, as they felt they had entered Heaven.
As she stayed in the Wasteland Valley, Zhuge Fengling felt that her status and position was a little awkward. Now that she was at the Celestial Wonders World this time, she felt like a fish in water. She had already told Lin Feng and Shi Tianhao that she would prepare to live in the Celestial Wonders World.
The other great powers also expressed how they wanted to collaborate in the future and started to send out applications to send people in to explore the production of the mines and spiritual herbs. This was to facilitate their understanding of the specific details with regards to their collaboration.
But their applications were rejected. Along with the fact that they had an agreement with the Great Qin Empire and their own people were still exploring the place, the Celestial Sect of Wonders requested to stop any more visits into the Celestial Wonders World.
This world had already been claimed by the Celestial Sect of Wonders. It was natural for them to protect it. The other great powers also guarded their own resource facilities very tightly.
But if this was maintained for a long time, there would be those who would realize that something was amiss and guess that the Celestial Wonders World contained a darker secret.
On Mount Yujing, Lin Feng revealed a smile on his face, “Don’t let me down.”