Chapter 754: A Voracious Appetite
Translator: Sparrow Translations Editor: Sparrow Translations
The Green Glass Jade flew out of the the Scroll of the Blood River, coming face to face with Lin Feng who managed a smile. It shook for a while, then a bright middle-aged male voice came from within, “Excellent powers from both master and student, a nascent soul triumphing over an immortal soul. A rare sight since ancient times.”
Lin Feng replied plainly, “I am Lin Feng of the Celestial Sect of Wonders, and we’ve come for the Three Mountains of the Ying Sea.”
The voice replied, “I am the Green Glass Jade Soul, the original soul of the magic treasure.” He then continued, “If you’re looking for the Yingzhou Celestial Mountain, I’m more than willing to help, I just ask that you leave me atop that mountain in the event that you’ve managed to gain control over the celestial mountain.”
“Truth to be told, there’s a spring on that mountain that is fresh and sweet. I’ve bathed in its water for a thousand years before this, and almost attained the status of a Metaplasia treasure. Unfortunately I had to leave the mountain…Hence, I wish for your assistance,” Green Glass Jade Soul continued.
Zhu Yi, Li Yuanfang and company’s eyes lit up at the same time, “There’s really such a spring?”
A Gestation magic treasure could attain the Metaplasia state by cultivating on its own but it would be an uphill task that would take more than ten of thousands of years without the opportune encounters, especially so without a wielder.
Lin Feng inquired, “How can you help me to find the Yingzhou Celestial Mountain?”
Green Glass Jade Soul replied, “I may have left the mountains for a long time, but I can still carry out the Retrospective Reconstruction Spell to find my way back there because of the thousand years which I had spent in the spring on the mountain. It may not give me the exact location, but at least a sense of the general direction.”
After a brief pause, he continued, “My previous wielder, Golden Hill Holy Man mastered the Golden Dome Restoration Technique. I was cultivated from the powers of this technique, and hence continued my own cultivation in the same ways as well.”
Green Glass Jade Stand’s ability laid in restoration. It was able to negate an opponent’s attack to different extents, depending on the strength of the attack, by turning the power from the attack back into pure energy.
It was also able to reverse the damage dealt to existing objects, though the degree of restoration varied, and was not applicable to living beings. As such, he could not bring someone back to life.
And the treasure would leave some trace behind, somehow or another, on anyone or anything which had interacted with it.
In ancient times, despite being only an early stage immortal soul, many sought for the help of the Golden Hill Holy Man and the Green Glass Jade Stand. They came with requests to restore objects of find things and places.
Golden Hill Holy Man had faith in his learning and was bent on searching for the Three Mountains of the Ying Sea, but ultimately perished within, his Way of the Golden Hill lost together with him.
Many in the Divine Plains tried to fight for his Golden Dome Restoration Technique, but it was ultimately lost from the Divine Plains after years of fighting and arguments.
Green Glass Soul said, “For your avatar to have such power, I bet you are one to be reckoned with. I’m willing to refine and work for you so long as you raise me to become Metaplasia level again.”
Lin Feng replied, “If you’re willing to learn, I’m more than willing to accept you.”
“I’m most willing to do so,” replied Green Glass Jade Soul.
“You can start by telling me what happened in the Ying Seas.” said Lin Feng. “I’ve time to spare, so be as detailed as possible, including what happened to the Golden Hill Holy Man.”
“One revolution around the mountains spans up to four thousand miles. Its flora and fauna has magical properties. Amongst them is the spring at the foot of the mountain in which I gather my strength, the Jade Nectar Spring.”
“There are many complicated formations on the mountain, but they are not left by men, but by divine forces. These formations give the Ying Seas their magical potential and danger.”
Lin Feng and his disciples listened intently to every detail, playing close attention to the ancient formations that were created by Nature along with the mountains.
Apparently, according to Green Glass Soul, these formations were so complicated that Golden Hill Holy Man got lost in them and perished within. Then, the Green Glass Jade Stand was also entrapped and lost within the formation for more than ten thousand years.
It took many occasions when the mountain appeared in the Divine Plains did the formations weaken with the exploration from generations of cultivators, giving Green Glass Soul the chance to escape. He subsequently escaped and landed in the Jade Nectar Spring which nourished him.
But after a thousand years, changes happened to the mountain. That was when Green Glass Soul was thrown out of the spring and fell off the mountain.
The fall was devastating, not only removing him from the mountain, but also hurting him in the process. It was only recently that he had began to recover from the injuries and reappear in the Divine Plains.
He reminisced the spring for many years, and dreamed of returning to the mountain. But along the way, the illusion from an island north-west of the Ying Seas entrapped him and exposed his location, inviting searches from Shao Qingcheng, Red Dragon King, Vivant Joy Holy Man and the others.
Lin Feng nodded and smiled, “Yuanfang, what do you think?”
“Based on what Green Glass Soul elder has mentioned, the Yingzhou Celestial Mountain has been under attack many times and its formations are weakened.”
“But it has since been thousands of years since he left, thus, it won’t be easy to predict the current circumstances.”
Li Yuanfang was a person meticulous with his words and would never introduce speculative terms in his comments. There were no ‘perhaps’ or ‘maybe’ in his words.
“But one thing for sure,” his tone taking a turn, “If the formations were not left by men, but created by divine forces, then whatever happens to the formations will have an impact on the mountain as well.”
“Since the formations are getting weaker, I posit that the mountain itself would get stronger.”
Zhu Yi added, “I agree. But such increase in power may not appear solely in the strength of the mountain.”
“It might be that the flora and fauna’s magical properties have increased, or that the Jade Nectar Spring’s nourishing powers have increased.”
Li Yuanfang nodded in agreement.
Lin Feng added, “Or it may have grown in intellect.”
Everyone paused and pondered about such a possibility. Even the Green Glass Soul kept quiet as he went into deep thoughts.
“On the island, we might have to rely on your experience,” said Lin Feng towards Green Glass Soul. He agreed without any hesitation, and he allowed Lin Feng to refine him.
Lin Feng activated his powers, and streaks of golden light shone from the green jade, forming a light screen.
The image of a humongous celestial mountain could vaguely be seen on the light screen.. Although it was smaller than the Fangzhang celestial mountain, its powers did not pale in comparison.
The screen shattered and the light dissipated. But they did not vanish completely. Instead, they formed a golden line that seemed to extend forever beyond the limits of the eye.
Lin Feng and the rest nodded and smiled. The Green Glass Jade Stand was really the key to finding the mountain.
The sneaky group that was following behind grew excited as Lin Feng seemed to have found something. But the sight of how Lin Feng had stopped in his tracks took away all the excitement and joy from these groups of people. Lin Feng turned around to look at them. It was his usual unreadable expression.
Tidal Sword Elder, Vivant Joy Holy Man, Solar Sage and Red Dragon King stopped their men from advancing, looking at Lin Feng with a forced smile in their best attempt to mask their helplessness.
“Looking for the mountain is no easy feat. Even if one finds it, one may not be able to control it. The more clues we have, the more options we have. The more hands there are in finding it, the higher the chances of success. I welcome all to join in the search, but you will have to exchange clues of equal importance.” said Lin Feng to the embarrassed crowd.
Vivant Joy Holy Man and the other elders looked at each other and shared a similar thought, “This Lin Feng is a really demanding person!”
Among the crowd, there was not a single person who dared to claim that the mountain belonged to him. In fact, there was likely no one who would dare to take on the mountain all by himself.
Thus, it sounded like a good plan to pool all the clues they had and to combine their forces. Being greedy and not joining in might mean that one might totally miss out on the chance of finding such a treasure.
It was said that whoever controlled the three celestial mountains could control the whole Ying Sea. But practically speaking, it was beyond difficult for one person to have all three mountains, especially with everyone watching from the side and breathing down each other’s neck. Even the Zhou Emperor, who already had Fangzhang Celestial Mountains, had a slim chance at obtaining all of them.
But looking at the calm Lin Feng, the elders could not form any reasonable doubt towards his idea.
As the crowd took its time to consider their options, Tidal Sword Elder decisively spoke up using the voice projection method, “In the southern region of the Ying Sea, someone had claimed to have found traces of the Penglai Celestial Mountain. Therefore Zhou Emperor and Qin Emperor Shi Yu had decided to check it out for themselves.”
Vivant Joy Holy Man seemed to have been slower than Tidal Sword Elder as he could now no longer share the same concurring information which he had received earlier. concurred with the information provided by Tidal Sword Elder. Vivant Joy Holy Man felt like kicking Tidal Sword Elder in the guts.
Vivant Joy Holy Man took a deep breath and then used his voice projection to communicate to Lin Feng, “In the same southern region, Fangzhang Celestial Mountain, which now belongs to Zhou Emperor, had also surfaced.”
“Oh?” Lin Feng was processing the information at hand.
Red Dragon King added in, “I don’t have any clues in the search. What I do know is a trick or two on how to unravel the restrictive barriers of Penglai Celestial Mountain. Perhaps you would be interested.”
“Oh? I’m all ears.” replied Lin Feng.
Red Dragon King began, “Everyone knows that the Penglai Celestial Mountain is surrounded by sea, and the humongous tidal waves are the primary obstacles to reaching the mountain. The waves are said to follow the mountain wherever it goes, but I know of a way to counter it.”