Chapter 973: Lin Feng, Thunderstruck!
Translator: Sparrow Translations Editor: Sparrow Translations
Tang Jun and the Saros Magical Tree returned peacefully from the Ancient Longevity World. When they left the Ancient Longevity World, Xiao Zhener was in the final stage of ascending into the Immortal Soul stage. While they did not know the results, Tang Jun was able to meet with Xiao Zhener. According to what she said, she appeared confident of success.
Other than that, Tang Jun also brought back other news.
“Zhener’s father personally met with Tian Cang and told him to bring back this piece of news,” said Xiao Yan as a look of surprise crossed his face. “The split in the Ancient Longevity World could be related to the Emperor of the Dead and his third disciple, the Nether Priest.”
Xiao Yan was not delighted because of the news but instead, he was happy that Xiao Zhener’s father told Tang Jun to bring the news back to him.
The information pertaining to the Emperor of the Dead and the Nether Priest might be a result of the Ancients’ own investigation or a piece of information that the Great Void Sect had passed down.
The Celestial Sect of Wonders and the Emperor of the Dead were never close. To ally with the Celestial Sect of Wonders over this was a show of friendship by the Ancients.
If this information was from the Great Void Sect, the significance behind this act was even greater.
Of course, it was only a show of friendship. Like what Lin Feng had said, the Ancients had yet to make their final decision.
Lin Feng looked at the delighted Xiao Yan, pointed at him and said, “Now, can you relax?”
Xiao Yan chuckled happily. He suddenly appeared to have thought of something as he looked at Lin Feng and asked, “Master, does Zhener’s father suspect that the Emperor of the Dead is coveting their pieces of the All Creations Seal, do you think we should…”
The All Creations Seal was the supreme treasure that the Emperor of the Dead used to rule during the Antiquity Age. With the All Creation Seal, the Emperor of the Dead had power over life and death itself. With its powers, he was able to start forging the Life and Death Book too.
However, before he completed the Life and Death Book, the Emperor of the Dead was overthrown and the All Creations Seal was completely destroyed. There were only a few pieces here and there. Finally, they fell into the hands of the Emperor of the Ancients, who overthrew the Emperor of the Dead.
The pieces of the All Creations Seal were useful in helping the descendants of the Emperor of the Ancients cultivate their Ancient Immortality Scripture. Hence, they kept it and passed it down.
Lin Feng said quietly, “The Emperor of the Undead is in the crosshair of both the Great Void Sect and us. He won’t easily reveal himself and since the All Creations Seal had been destroyed and all that is left are the pieces, he won’t take the risk. Since the Ancients mentioned this, there must be something else they possess that he covets.”
“That item, along with the pieces of the All Creations Seal, may encourage the Emperor of the Dead to take the risk.”
He looked at Xiao Yan and smiled and said, “Cultivate quietly for the next few days and prepare yourselves. After a while, you can personally visit the Ancient Longevity World and meet your parents-in-law.”
“Relax, master, I’ve been anticipating this day for a long time.” Xiao Yan looked pumped.
After Xian Yan left, Lin Feng shook his head and smiled as he thought, “Compared to the Black Sea, the Ying Sea, the Void Sea and the Starry Sea, the Netherworld Sea is truly something mysterious to all of us.”
“The Netherworld Sea and the Nether Priest, third disciple of the Emperor of the Dead. Even if his own junior, Xu Anda, did not know where is he. Where can the Emperor of the Dead possibly be hiding then?”
Lin Feng then thought, “The Emperor of the Dead indeed has many back-up plans. With the elimination of the Samsara Priest and the River Styx Priest, coupled with the betrayal of Xu Anda, he still has one more option. No matter how brutal he is, he is more cunning than the Golden Cicada.”
Lin Feng suddenly laughed, “I wonder if the Nether Priest will betray him? That will be interesting.”
As he thought about it, Lin Feng felt a tug in his heart. His gaze turned to the River Abode as he said, “Oh, is Yuanfang about to form his nascent soul?”
During the last voyage to the Barren Expanses, not only did Huang Zhenting, Han Yang and the other junior disciples benefitted in terms of experience, Li Yuanfang and Luo Qingwu were able to benefit from it. After they returned from the Barren Expanses, they immediately started their closed-door training.
In the big house in the center of the River Abode, Li Yuanfang sat cross-legged. His aurous core shone in a purple light above his head and the space above his body appeared to be twisted. Bolts after bolts of Void Lightning appeared. He was about to pass his Thunder Tribulations and form his nascent soul.
Lin Feng looked at it and smiled.
Li Yuanfang always did things in an orderly fashion, including undergoing the Thunder Tribulations. If he dared to undergo it, it meant that he had a 100% chance of success.
Indeed, he passed the Void Lightning Tribulations without any problem.
Arcane and mystical spell formations appeared and turned into round, light circle as they shielded Li Yuanfang’s aurous core and helped him undergo the Void Lighting Tribulations.
When the Void Lightning Tribulations finally settled, the aurous core split open and bright light burst forth. In the light, an infant boy sat cross-legged. He was identical to Li Yuanfang’s infant self. This was his nascent soul.
The commotion in the River Abode alerted the other members of Mount Yujing. Except Luo Qingwu, who was undergoing her closed-door training and could not sense anything, beams of light shone into the sky from the other abodes.
“Congratulations Sixth Junior for ascending into the Nascent Soul stage.”
“Congratulations Sixth Junior for ascending into the Nascent Soul stage.”
Immediately, the successive disciples on Mount Yujing too left their residence. They headed towards the River Abode and bowed while congratulating Li Yuanfang on his achievement.
The disciples of the River Abode were extremely joyous too as they paid their respect to him.
Li Yuanfang called his nascent soul back into his body and flew out of the big house. In mid-air, he bowed solemnly to the other abodes.
Then, he stepped onto the void and walked step-by-step before Lin Feng. In front of Lin Feng, he knelt and said, “Greetings, master.”
The system rang next to Lin Feng’s ears. “Congratulations on your immediate disciple’s, Li Yuanfang, nascent soul formation. Currently, 6 of host’s disciples have formed their nascent soul in less than 50 years.”
He lifted Li Yuanfang and said with a smile, “The River Map Grandmaster can be at ease.”
Li Yuanfang’s lips trembled as he kowtowed once more to Lin Feng. Then, he kowtowed three times to the north, before kowtowing to Lin Feng once more.
He stood up and as his eyes brimmed with emotions as he stared at Lin Feng and said, “Master…”
Lin Feng smiled and waved his hands as he said, “Your achievement today is a result of your own hard work. I am proud of you, very proud.”
He pointed with his finger and a ray of jade-green light shot through the air. It was like a green ray of sunlight, barely visible.
That was the Yuan Heaven Emerald Needle that Lin Feng obtained from the East Heaven’s Gate. It had been completely subdued by Lin Feng and was extremely obedient.
Other than that, a rusty, yellow clock appeared next to the Yuan Heaven Emerald Needle. A powerful suppressive aura could be felt from it. Its effect was especially strong on the soul. When one’s soul was suppressed, one lost his ability to think and move.
This was a magic treasure the Celestial Sect of Wonders obtained from the Hall of the Dead, the Soul-Repressing Clock. Likewise, it had been subdued by Lin Feng.
Lin Feng said, “Yuanfang, you can start cultivating your Four Appearances Heaven Cleaving Script and obtain the Heluo Heavenly Gate Formation. With this as your foundation, you can study the Two Elements of Creation Formation. With the Four Appearances Heaven Cleaving Script, you can master the Light Dust Spell-Manifesting Formation. With the Nameless Ancient Formation of the Celestial Mountains of the Ying Sea, you obtained the Black Nightmare Saint-Trapping Formation.”
“Your Light Dust Spell-Manifesting Formation can turn into other spell formations and your Black Nightmare Saint-Trapping Formation is your main weapon against enemies and you can combine it with the Nine Heavens Squall Formation. Hence, the magic treasures I prepared for you are the Yuan Heaven Emerald Needle and the Soul-Repressing Clock. Choose one.”
The Black Nightmare Saint-Trapping Formation was the spell formation Li Yuanfang came up with through studying the Nameless Ancient Formation of the Celestial Mountains of the Ying Sea and then combining it with his understanding of the Four Appearances Heaven Cleaving Script.
At the peak of the Nameless Ancient Formation, not only could it take away the senses of those who entered it, it could also strip them of their consciousness, turning them into vegetables.
Li Yuanfang’s Black Nightmare Saint-Trapping Formation was derived from it. Its effects were similar. However, it was affected by Li Yuanfang’s own mana.
Even if a powerful cultivator entered it, his consciousness might not be taken away. However, his senses would be severely affected. At that time, if one were to place the devious Yuan Heaven Emerald Needle in it, killing one’s enemy would be extremely easy.
As for the Soul-Repressing Clock, if it was combined with the Black Nightmare Saint-Trapping Formation, it could further strengthen its abilities and maximize its suppressive powers.
However, while it was powerful, suppressive combination, its killing powers would be a lot weaker.
The tradition of the Hall of the Dead was to combine the Soul-Repressing Clock with the Soul-Shaking Bell and use both together.
However, even if Li Yuanfang chose the Soul-Repressing Clock, it was still fine because his Heluo Heavenly Gate Formation could use the South Heavenly Gate Spell Formation, which was derived from the Heaven Destroying Sword Formation. It was more destructive than the Two Elements of Creation Formation.
These two treasures were both suitable for Li Yuanfang.
Li Yuanfang looked at the Yuan Heaven Emerald Needle and the Soul-Repressing Clock for a while, bowed to Lin Feng and said, “Master, I choose the Soul-Repressing Clock.”
Lin Feng nodded his head and kept the Yuan Heaven Emerald Needle. Then, he passed the Soul-Repressing Clock to Li Yuanfang. After he taught Li Yuanfang how to use it, he sent him back to rest in his abode.
Soon afterwards, Huang Zhenting successfully formed his aurous core too. The second-generation disciples of the Wasteland Valley welcomed their first Aurous Core stage disciple, making Shi Tianhao extremely happy.
However, the Daoist name Shi Tianhao prepared for Huang Zhenting shocked Lin Feng!
Tian Lei! (Translator’s Note: This means Heavenly Thunder)
While some felt that it was straightforward, many too viewed it as a powerful, strong name. It was a good complement to the spells of the Wasteland Valley. Huang Zhenting too liked it a lot. However, Lin Feng was thunderstruck. He did not know if he should laugh or cry.
Soon afterwards, good news came from the Qingwu Pavilion. However, it was not from Luo Qingwu but her disciple, Han Yang, instead.
As a second-generation disciple who joined rather late, Han Yang had already exhibited exceptional potential. He became the tenth second-generation disciple to form his aurous core.
However, as his master had yet to complete her closed-door training, he still had to wait for a while before he could get his Daoist name.
While Luo Qingwu had been doing closed-door training for quite a while now, Lin Feng was not in a rush. Instead, he was rather excited. “9 for Innate Ability is still rather unstable.”