Chapter 99: High risk, high rewards
Translator: Sparrow_ Editor: Sparrow_
The massive black sword, which was as big as the size of a small mountain, shot up into the sky as if it was about to tear open the sky.
The instant General Xie’s body came in contact with the black sword he crumbled into dust.
Countless streaks of black light exploded in the air, scattering in all directions like a meteor shower.
All of the Covenant of Liefeng cultivators raised their heads and blankly stared at the sky above their heads. There, the massive sword ripped open the thick layer of clouds in the sky. A warm sunshine beamed down on everybody’s bodies.
God knows how many suns and moons had passed since they last saw the sunlight in this miasma filled Great Swamp of the Ancient Regions?
The children released waves of cheers while the adults teared up with a strong impulse to cry.
Yue Hongyan and company also all stared in shock at the sky above their heads.
Was it over just like that?
Just a moment ago, the Ancient Mantra of the Flowing Sand of Ganges crumbled and the lone mountain peak collapsed. The people in the belly of the mountain were all exposed under the enemy’s butcher’s knife and they were all about to be slaughtered.
But at that moment, did 3000 cultivators, the Almighty Celestial Destroyer Formation and General Xie actually just perished like that?
Yue Hongyan’s hairs stood on end as she watched Lin Feng put away the formation diagram and descended from the sky.
The red-haired girl stood dazed and fell into a trance. Those two crimson brows that were always raised and were like two thin killing swords also looked a lot more gentle due to her daze.
Lin Feng’s expression was indifferent. His white clothes were spotlessly clean.
The group of Covenant of Liefeng cultivators looked back and forth between each other. They all had expressions of awkwardness and stared at Lin Feng, unable to speak.
As Yue Hongyan finally returned to her senses, her expression was in a daze.
But she did not hesitate and directly bowed straight down to Lin Feng, squarely saluting him: “You have great power and have turned the tides of the battle. Yue Hongyan will remember your kindness for as long as I live. I was rude to you before, punish me however you will.”.
The black-clothed man also had a look of shame. He brought his fists together and bowed to Lin Feng, saying sincerely: “I was rude before as well, I beg your forgiveness.”.
The Covenant of Liefeng cultivator who spoke out accusing Lin Feng initially was completely flushed in the face: “I did not know the immensity of heaven and earth and offended you, I beg for your forgiveness.”.
The members of the Covenant of Liefeng all came up and saluted Lin Feng, where all of them either apologized or expressed their gratitude.
Lin Feng only smiled gently and didn’t speak.
Seemingly disregarding their skepticism and offense before, or their apologies and gratitude at the current moment, he didn’t take any of them to heart at all.
If it was before, this appearance of his landing in the eyes of Yue Hongyan and company would naturally make them think that Lin Feng looked down on everyone. But now, they instead all started to feel ashamed. If Lin Feng got angry and disputed with them they would instead not be so nervous.
In this moment, all of the eyes of the Covenant of Liefeng cultivators no longer carried any signs of belittlement or doubt. They all felt a heartfelt admiration and in their gratitude, there was also a slight hint of fear.
It was undeniable that Lin Feng’s ability to reverse life and death, and his ability to turn the world upside down with the lift of his hand was beyond shocking.
Even Lin Feng himself who had appeared to be calm and composed was very impressed with the powers of the Two Elements of Creation Formation.
Borrowing the power of the world, even though they were unable to move and were too complex to set up, the power of formations were definitely the strongest amongst same level spells.
Any sect will have a protective formation guarding their gates and their foundation. The Great Void Sect had the Supreme Yin-Yang Void Formation, the Great Thunderclap Temple had the Vairocana Formation and the Mount Shu Sword Sect had the Immortal Heaven Universal Sword Formation. These protective formations were all the cornerstones of the sects.
The reason the Hengyue Faction’s protective formation was broken by the Xuandao Sect’s Pu Beizi previously was because the gap in cultivation level was too great between the Hengyue Faction’s Aurous Core Stage cultivator presiding over the formation and the Nascent Soul stage monster Pu Beizi. If the Hengyue Faction also had a Nascent Soul stage cultivator holding down the fort, Pu Beizi definitely wouldn’t have the balls to pick a fight at their doorstep.
In a battle between cultivators of the same level, only formations of the same power can oppose another formation.
And this formation diagram for the Two Elements of Creation Formation was the Sect’s protective formation that the system rewarded to him after integrating Lin Feng’s original fundamental Sect Tao technique!
Right now Lin Feng had the formation diagram, but for one, he did not have a sufficient cultivation level and secondly, he did not have the materials required to set up the formation. But with just the transformation of life and death, he withstood General Xie’s Almighty Celestial Destroyer Formation, resolving the fatal sword aura released by him and converting it to his own formation’s power.
And then using this power, he unleashed the transformation of Heaven and Earth, burying the 3000 Divine Martial cultivators. Following which he reversed the transformation of life and death and converted the life energy back to killing energy which directly obliterated General Xie.
“Even the transformation of life and death and the transformation of heaven and earth that I used today is still a far cry from what they would be in their fullest potential.”. Lin Feng pondered in his heart: “In the future when my cultivation level goes up and I gather all of the materials required to set up the formation, what shocking power will this Two Elements of Creation Formation release?”.
“I’d probably really be able to create a world and govern the creation and perishment of all life?”.
Thinking along these lines, Lin Feng couldn’t help feeling excited.
The main quests issued by this system are indeed bullshit, but the special rewards of the main quests are each one more desirable than the other. It can be termed as high risk, high reward.
For the first time ever, Lin Feng looked forward to the new main quest.
After entering into the system, the new main quest had sure enough already been issued.
Main quest 1.2 — Find a suitable blessed area and officially establish your base.
Quest Description: The path of cultivation is wrought with spells, land, wealth and companions. If a Sect wants to grow, a Tao technique that belongs to one’s Sect is insufficient. In addition, a blessed area suitable for cultivation must be established before one can attract the talents of the world to join one’s sect and establish an eternal foundation.
Quest Time-Limit: Three years, if the quest is not completed on time, the host will be directly eliminated.
Lin Feng stared at the quest description and pondered: “Is it time to officially find a place to settle down?”.
He thought of the trade that he made with Long Ye before. Long Ye provided information about a cultivation abode and said it was not yet occupied.
Lin Feng wondered if it was really true.
Lin Feng was in the middle of pondering when he saw Kang Nanhua walk down from the sand dune and arrive in front of him.
Kang Nanhua’s expression was calm. He arrived in front of Lin Feng and bowed: “Thank you for rescuing us, I, Kang Nanhua am eternally grateful.”.
Lin Feng smiled saying: “The heavens aid those who strengthen themselves, you don’t need to worry about it. Furthermore, my intentions were not to take advantage of you guys and ask for something in return.”.
Kang Nanhua nodded his head without speaking.
He promised his deceased friend that even if he had to battle to the death, he would absolutely not cower. So if Lin Feng had not helped out today, not to mention the people of the Covenant of Liefeng, Kang Nanhua himself would also have perished under the Almighty Celestial Destroyer Formation.
Kang Nanhua looked at the members of the Covenant of Liefeng and sighed saying: “I once promised Hongfeng that I would take care of you guys, alas I am not powerful enough to protect you all. If this fellow Taoist hadn’t rescued us this time, even I would have lost my life.”.
Yue Hongyan stood out from the crowd and walked to Kang Nanhua’s side. She lowered her head saying: “We are indebted for your care all these years, Hongyan thank you on behalf of everybody.”.
“In the first place, you are not a member of the Covenant of Liefeng. Just because of a promise you made to my big brother, you’ve protected us until now. We are all deeply grateful.”. Yue Hongyan said with emotion: “It was us who were too selfish, relying on your protection and wilfully moving around in the Great Zhou Dynasty’s borders.”.
Kang Nanhua shook his head with a calm expression as he remained quiet.
Lin Feng nodded his head secretly after hearing this.
Yue Hongyan and company were indeed a tad arrogant. With their limited strength, they insisted to be active in the Great Zhou Dynasty’s borders. In the end, the Zhou Dynasty took things seriously and nearly got rid of the Covenant of Liefeng followers all in one fell swoop.
If they had retreated into the borders of a different kingdom, how could the Zhou Dynasty encircle them so conveniently?
Hearing this, the black-clothed man’s expression slightly changed: “Hongyan, do you…”.
Yue Hongyan calmly nodded her head: “I’ve made up my mind. We’ll temporarily retreat from the Zhou Dynasty’s territory, rally our strength and increase our cultivation levels. In the future when we have enough strength we’ll return again.”.
The black-clothed man glanced at Kang Nanhua. He opened his mouth wanting to say something, but in the end, he didn’t say anything.
Kang Nanhua slightly furrowed his brow: “Entering into the borders of another kingdom, you guys are prone to losing your autonomy.”.
Yue Hongyan smiled lightly, her two crimson-red eyebrows raised up: “That depends on whether or not we work hard enough.”.
“The People of the Arctic State are never cowards.”
Hearing this, Kang Nanhua’s face revealed a smile of approval: “Hongyan, you are very capable. If Hongfeng knew in the underworld and saw you today, he would definitely be very happy.”.
He turned his head looking at Lin Feng and said very seriously: “Your kindness today is the same as giving us new life, unfortunately, I am already carrying a promise.”.
“Before I have completed my first promise, I honestly do not dare to carelessly make promises again. I can only say that if we meet again in the future if you have any orders I will follow with no protest.”.
Lin Feng stared at Kang Nanhua’s eyes for a while and then chuckled: “Don’t mention following me or serving me again. Like I said, if we have the chance to meet again in the future, I am happy to sit and talk with you.”.
Lin Feng turned his head looking towards Yue Hongyan and co, and smiled saying: “You guys take care too.”.
With Yue Hongyan at the head, the members of the Covenant of Liefeng all bowed together and said respectfully: “By your edification.”.
Lin Feng shook the Black Cloud Flag, turning into a streak of black light and instantly disappeared in the distance.
After Lin Feng left, Kang Nanhua started to meditate and recover while Yue Hongyan and company went outside to reconcile the villagers and started arranging for evacuation.
The black-clothed man silently walked over to a place where no one noticed and crushed a voice-transmission crystal.
“What happened?” The crush crystal glowed with white light and the voice of a man traveled out from the white light.