Chapter 657: Two Unusual Youths
Translator: Sparrow Translations Editor: Sparrow Translations
After Yue Hongyan made a few turns, she came to the deeper regions of the Nirvana World. There was a huge stone house that covered a vast space. The roof of the house was also very high.
Rather than a stone house, it was more like a huge court. The interior design of the court was rather simple. There were a few prayer mats on the floor and Yang Qing and Zhou Yuncong sat on their knees while facing each other.
Yang Qing wore a gentle smile on his face and seemed very cordial.
He stood up from the floor and greeted Yue Hongyan, “Fourth Senior, all of you must have been very busy during this period.”
Yue Hongyan laughed, “No worries, you have more important things to do. You are not skiving intentionally. In the past, you have worked tirelessly for the sect. The few of us should thank you instead.”
Yang Qing heard this and he smiled while shaking his head, “It’s not tiring for me. Doing it for the sect makes me happy.”
As he said, he lowered his head at Zhou Yuncong, “Yuncong?”
He was also decked in purple, but the style of his clothes was different from Yang Qing’s long robe. It was more similar to the tight-fitting purple costume of Liu Xiafeng and the rest. But the pattern on the cuffs of his costume was a circle, formed from a golden semi-circle and a green semi-circle. This showed that he was Yang Qing’s Immediate Disciple.
His facial features made him look charming, but he looked a little stern too. Right now, he was pondering hard about Yang Qing’s guidance. He was not aware of everything around him.
Only when Yang Qing called him did he regain his awareness and turned to look at him. After that, he noticed Yue Hongyan.
He stood up and greeted Yue Hongyan. After greeting her, he remained stoned to the ground and did not speak.
Yang Qing looked at Zhou Yuncong before shaking his head. He was Yang Qing’s only Immediate Disciple. Yang Qing and Zhu Yi stumbled upon him when they went out to train after the previous Sect-Opening Ceremony. After he was brought back to the mountain, he passed the basic test and became a Foundational Disciple. After that, he passed the major test and became Yang Qing’s Successive Disciple.
After interacting with him long enough, Yang Qing began to understand his disciple’s personality and knew that he was naturally like that.
But it was already better than the first time he met him.
Yue Hongyan seemed to be used to it too. As she looked at him, she sized him up before nodding her head, “Improvement yet again.”
Yang Qing replied, “There’s not much problem in terms of cultivation. But I’m not proficient in physical martial arts, so there’s not much I can guide him in this aspect. Although I can help him nurture his flesh, I can’t train his body without powerful physical martial arts abhijnas.”
He laughed bitterly, “I only know the Fist of the Eight Trigrams and I’m not that good at it either.”
The Fist of the Eight Trigrams was like the Eight Spells of the Heavens and Earth. It was also consolidated by Xiao Yan and the bunch of them. It was also one of the foundational abhijnas of the Celestial Sect of Wonders.
The difficulty of cultivating it was not high, but its powers were not ordinary. Besides helping to strengthen one’s foundation, it could also be a useful abhijna to use in battle.
When this abhijna was first created, the main contributors were Shi Tianhao, Xiao Yan and Yue Hongyan.
Yang Qing knew it too, and with his current cultivation, he could unleash its full power. When he said that he was not that good with it, that was because he was in front of Yue Hongyan.
He used this abhijna, which he was rather good in, to guide Zhou Yuncong. But at the very end, Yue Hongyan understood the abhijna better than him.
After Yue Hongyan heard Yang Qing’s words, she nodded her head steadily, “I shall show you once, Yuncong, observe carefully.”
After she finished saying, Yue Hongyan stepped onto the ground, causing it to shake gently. Her entire person seemed to be rooted to the ground, and she seemed to become one with the ground. She was very stable.
The starting pose of the Fist of the Eight Trigrams, Heavenly Earth Print, was not through the hands, but through the legs. As both feet touched the ground, it seemed to be the carrier of all matter in the Heavens and Earth, exuding a comforting stability.
Following that, Yue Hongyan kept her left fist beside her waist, making her seem like a mighty mountain in an instant. A mountain that seemed to never collapse. It was the Mount Gen Fist Frame of the Fist of the Eight Trigrams.
Yue Hongyan kept her left fist beside her waist and it shook gently. It was not that she could not control her powers. On the contrary, the gentle shaking of her fist contained a destructive, explosive strength. It was like lightning hidden among the clouds in the Nine Heavens, that was yet to be unleashed, but could explode anytime.
Zhou Yuncong stared hard at Yue Hongyan’s actions. He corroborated it with what he had learnt, and recognized that this was the Explosive Lightning Fist of the Fist of the Eight Trigrams.
As Yue Hongyan stood on the ground, the top of her skull shone with a radiance. Although she was inside the stone house, she seemed to be communicating with the skies. She was filled with energy and all of it was gathered at the top of her head. There seemed to be an invisible line that was guiding her up.
Although all her energy was gathered at the top of her head, Yue Hongyan’s body remained stable. She seemed to be like a pillar that connected the Heavens and the Earth.
Fist of the Eight Trigrams, Heavenly Pillar.
Just like the Heavenly Earth Print and the Mount Gen Fist Frame, the Heavenly Pillar was not just used for cultivation, it was also useful in battle.
Yue Hongyan’s left fist was kept beside her waist while her right hand turned slowly in front of her body, as if she was stretching it or trying to resist a powerful force. She was exhibiting the DuiZe Scattered Hands.
As her right arm moved, her right hand fingers opened and closed. The style of the fist kept on changing. At times, it seemed to be jumping like flames. At times, it seemed to be as gentle as flowing water, enacting the Lihuo Fist and the Kanshui Fist at the same time.
Yue Hongyan remained calm and breathed in slowly. But as she released her aura, she seemed very ferocious.
“Flashing Wind. Not only does it absorb energy to cleanse one’s blood flow, it can also be used for one’s body cultivation, or be used in a fist mantra.”
“Although it is the foundational abhijna of the sect, the real skill is only witnessed through simplicity. Fourth Senior, you have really exhibited the true meaning of these words.”
She enacted the entire contents of the Fist of the Eight Trigrams in an instant. Her hands did not stop moving, as she exhibited eight different mantras of the Fist of the Eight Trigrams.
Her actions were quick, but each and every one of them was observed carefully by Zhou Yuncong. She combined a miraculous rhythm within. It seemed fast, but it was actually slow.
As she finished showing the Fist of the Eight Trigrams, Yue Hongyan managed to walk one round around the court and she returned to her original, starting position.
She started with the Heavenly Earth Print, and ended with it in the same position.
Within the court, above the ground, she left a clear trail of fist prints. They represented the images of the Eight Trigrams
The eight images combined to form a circle, as if they were carved onto void space. But they were actually combined through Yue Hongyan’s powers and they almost consolidated to become real.
Yang Qing laughed, “Thanks, Fourth Senior.”
Yue Hongyan shook her head, “To me, it’s nothing much. Yuncong is intelligent, I believe that he will gain from this.”
Yang Qing turned over to look and saw that Zhou Yuncong was looking at the trail of prints that Yue Hongyan left.
Yang Qing sighed, “Did you forget something?”
Zhou Yuncong realized and looked at Yue Hongyan, saying, “Thank you Fourth Elder Aunt.” As he said finished, he turned to the prints again.
He pondered for a while, before jumping into action. As he followed the prints, he also displayed the Fist of the Eight Trigrams.
Zhou Yuncong learnt the Fist of the Eight Trigrams from Yang Qing before. But as he looked at Yue Hongyan today, he had a brand-new understanding of it.
When he first started learning, Zhou Yuncong was quite unclear about it. But he did not stop. After he finished practicing the Fist of the Eight Trigrams, he stopped and continued thinking about it. After that, he did it for the second time, third time…every time he finished it once, he would stop and think about it again before embarking on the next try.
Yue Hongyan looked at him cultivating and relished what she saw. She was one of the creators of this abhijna. She could naturally see that while Zhou Yuncong developed a deeper understanding of it, he was also trying to make it one that was his own too.
“He is learning and improvising.” Yue Hongyan turned her head and said, “Fifth Junior, your efforts all these years have not been wasted.”
Yang Qing laughed, “He is intelligent. I am only just guiding him.”
Yue Hongyan waved her hand, “I shall let you handle things in the future. I shall go over to Yun Peak. Let’s chat when we meet again.”
Yang Qing nodded his head, “Take care, Fourth Senior.”
Yue Hongyan left Mount Yujing and came to Yun Peak. She saw Zhu Yi and Shi Xingyun talking to each other.
Shi Xingyun scanned Yun Peak. As she saw that it was filled with buildings, spiritual energy and lights were shining towards the Nine Heavens, she could not help but laugh, “This Yun Peak and Mirror Lake make a decent fortune land.”
After many years of development, while Yun Peak was only the residence of Foundational Disciples, it had become a successful place.
At the center of the top of the peak, there was a pavilion that was structured in the same way as the Grand Heavens Pavilion. It was only a grade smaller in size than the Grand Heavens Pavilion, but looked very majestic too.
On a normal day, Xiao Yan, Zhu Yi and the rest would take turns to descend the mountain at different timings to give their own talks in the pavilion. They taught the Foundational Disciples how to cultivate and gave them tips on their cultivations.
Behind the pavilion were several buildings. Those buildings were inns for guests of the Celestial Sect of Wonders to stay in. Shi Xingyun and the rest were settled down in different inns.
Shi Xingyun scanned the constructions on Yun Peak. As she was looking, her gaze flashed suddenly, “Oh? He is here too.”
Zhu Yi and Yue Hongyan followed her gaze and looked over. They saw a young man in white standing far away. He was also observing the buildings on Yun Peak.
The young man came from the Great Void Sect.