Chapter 564: The Pursuit
Translator: Transn Editor: Transn
In his room, Su Mo sat cross-legged quietly.
The Martial Arts Competition of the Nine Peaks was over and he would be ready to return to Hong Domain in a few days. With his current strength, he would not be afraid of the Cold-blood Hall of Hong Domain.
After a short while, Su Mo began inspecting the loot from this competition.
This time, he had won a total of three storage rings, belonging to Xiao Xuanyi, Shi Ying and Fan Jing respectively.
Pretty soon, Su Mo finished counting the loot.
There were in total 16 million Medium Spiritual Stones, one Lv 6 Cultivation Skill, one Lv 6 Martial Arts Techniques, seven Lv 5 Cultivation Skills and Martial Arts Techniques, eight Lv 5 weapons, a number of elixirs and many other sundries inside the three storage rings.
Su Mo cheered secretly. Such a large sum of wealth would be enough for him to cultivate for a long time!
Killing was indeed the fastest way to get rich. At this moment, Su Mo did not even want to learn to craft anymore!
However, it was quite another matter whether he wanted or not. He knew that he still had to learn if he was to refine the Natal Spiritual Sword for himself.
Refining the Natal Spiritual Sword required a high level of craftsmanship, and he still needed to work hard to improve his.
Only when he could craft the Natal Spiritual Sword would he truly become a dominating power.
He then put away all the belongings, closed his eyes, and began to refine his Vital Spirit.
Time passed by, and the night ended silently.
On the next day, Tian Chen came to beckon Su Mo saying that Master Huangfu Qing called to see him.
Su Mo was exhilarated, as it seemed that Master was to grant him some rewards. He immediately followed Tian Chen to the main hall.
Master Huangfu Qing sat on the main seat inside the main hall.
Below him sat An Nuan, Hua Suiyu, Feng Shaoyu, and Yun Fei.
“Greetings, Master!” Su Mo saluted Huangfu Qing.
“Take a seat!” Huangfu Qing, wearing a light golden robe, nodded slightly and said.
“Thank you, Master!” Su Mo then sat beside Feng Shaoyu.
Huangfu Qing glanced around at the disciples and said with a slight smile on his face, “I am very pleased with the result of this martial arts competition.”
While speaking, Huangfu Qing rested his gaze on Su Mo and said, “Su Mo, you really stood out with formidable skills. With your cultivation at only Lv 7 Enlightenment Realm, you are invincible throughout the Outer Disciples. Even I am amazed by your talent!”
“Master, I’m flattered!” Su Mo smiled and said.
Huangfu Qing waved his hand and said, “Don’t be so modest. Your performance is to be recognized.”
He thought for a short while and asked, “Su Mo, what reward do you request?”
Su Mo was overjoyed upon hearing this. He said, “Master, I have always lacked the sort of secret skills that can boost my combat strength. Do you perhaps have something such as this??”
Su Mo craved the Three Secret Techniques, needless to say, but it would be a little inappropriate to directly ask for it. Therefore, he covered up this intention with the wish for secret skills that could boost his combat strength.
“Hehe!” Huangfu Qing laughed and said, “It’s alright if you want the secret skills that boost combat strength. Let me pass on to you the Three Secret Techniques!”
Su Mo was exulted and hurried to thank Huangfu Qing with fist-palm salute. “Thank you so much, Master!”
The next moment, Huangfu Qing pointed a finger towards Su Mo’s head, in which a great amount of new information emerged. Su Mo’s mind immediately trembled.
Su Mo checked the addition in his mind and found out that it was the Three Secret Techniques precisely.
Huangfu Qing then looked toward Hua Suiyu and Feng Shaoyu. Considering for a short while, he said, “Both of you performed fairly well, even though you are not as good as Su Mo. Each of you will be rewarded with one Astral Power Elixir, which will save two months’ worth of cultivation!”
“Thank you so much, Master!” said Feng Shaoyu and Hua Suiyu with gratitude.
Hua Suiyu looked very pale at the moment. Although the wounds had been stabilized, she was still extremely weak.
After distributing the elixirs to the two, Huangfu Qing pondered over and said to his disciples, “In a few days, I will leave the Dark Domain for months, possibly. Remember, do not cause any trouble in the following period of time.”
“Yes, Master!” responded everyone.
Huangfu Qing then gave a few more words of advice, waved his hand, and said, “Suiyu, you stay. I will treat your injuries myself. Everyone else is dismissed now!”
Then, Su Mo and others bowed and left the main hall.
Outside the hall, Su Mo looked toward An Nuan and said, “Second Senior Sister, thank you for everything you did during this martial arts competition!”
An Nuan had intervened to help him resolve crisis several times. Naturally, Su Mo showed his gratitude.
However, An Nuan just shook her head upon hearing his words. She let out a sigh and said, “Don’t mention it, Little Brother. Master intended to let me protect you all. I take responsibility for Seventh Junior Sister’s injury!”
“Second Senior Sister, don’t beat yourself up. You already helped a lot this time!” Su mo said in a deep voice.
He thought for a short while, and then continued with a question, “Second Senior Sister, I heard that you are leaving for Central Continent?”
“Yes! I will depart tomorrow!” An Nuan nodded.
“Are you going through the Barbaric Mountains?” asked Su Mo.
“That’s right!” An Nuan sighed. “To cross the Barbaric Mountains, which covers a radius of four million kilometers, in order to reach Central Continent, it will take me from three months to a year.”
Her beautiful eyes were full of yearning. The Central Continent, the most prosperous place of martial arts in the Firmament and Continent, was the dream for all martial artists.
Su Mo sighed secretly after hearing that even for Senior Sister An Nuan it would take at least three months. Wouldn’t it then take him several years?
“Well? Do you also want to go to Central Continent, Little Brother?” An Nuan asked with a slight curiousity after seeing Su Mo’s expression.
Su Mo nodded and said, “Indeed, but it’s not the time yet!”
Upon hearing that, An Nuan nodded and said, “There are countless post-archean demonic beasts in the Barbaric Mountains that covers a radius of four million kilometers, and even a large number of ancient rare species live there. It is definitely impossible for anyone under Lv 7 or Lv 8 True Darkness Realm to pass.”
Su Mo let out a sigh. He only needed a half year to reach Lv 7 or Lv 8 True Darkness Realm. He was almost there.
However, before going to Central Continent, he must arrange his family and the Firmament Sect nicely.
Su Mo chatted a little more with An Nuan, and then returned to his attic. He began to check out the Three Secret Techniques in his mind.
The Three Secret Techniques, known as the top-level combat secret skill, could transform the essence, qi and spirit in his body into combat strength. Combat strength would be doubled with each 10% of the essence, qi and spirit transformed. And transforming 100% of essence, qi and spirit would increase combat strength by tenfold.
However, there would be tremendous side effects of this secret skill. Martial artists could recover in a short time after transforming less than 50% of the essence, qi and spirit, but it could cause considerable damage to them to transform 60% to 70%. They would need a long time to recover afterwards.
Transforming 80% to 90% could significantly hurt the martial artists. The damage caused would be irreversible.
After transforming 100%, the martial artists would die no later than 15 minutes due to the exhaustion of essence, qi and spirit.
“Hoo!” After going through the Three Secret Techniques, Su Mo slowly exhaled.
Indeed, this secret skill was extremely incredible, but it also came with enormous side effects.
Regardless of the large side effects, Su Mo was going to cultivate it, because this skill could save his life in crucial moments.
If ever he was going to face a crisis in the future, these little side effects would mean nothing compared to losing his life!
Shortly, Su Mo sat to cultivate in his room, and began to train the Three Secret Techniques.