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Kunlun Mountain Range.1
Hailed as the number one spirit vein mountain, legend had it that a thousand years ago, Grand Supreme Zhenjun2 meditated at Kunlun and comprehended that Most High Indifference3, moving to Transforming Star of Annihilation. He left behind countless legends, and a hundred years afterwards, a down and out boy on the Kunlun Mountains found the text for the Most High Indifference. He practiced it for a hundred years, and henceforth reached Heaven in a single bound. Furthermore, he swept across the Kunlun Mountain peaks, establishing what would someday be the Azure Dragon Territory’s number one Great Sect, the “Most High Path.”
Three Clarities Field was where the spiritual aura of the Kunlun Mountains was most rich. The mountain was ten thousand zhang high, with clouds rolling around, its True Spirit abundant. A massive main hall was faintly discernible within the mist, as if it was in a painting, making others see unclearly. The emerald peaks all around stood tall over hundreds of large and small halls and pavilions. Mist and cloud flowed past these pavilions, as if they were in the clouds.
If one were to enter the valleys that those emerald peaks surrounded, raise their head to look around, then they would find that that immense located below rippled the white clouds. Surprisingly, it was seemingly hovering in midair, a flight of stairs seemingly formed from white clouds, wondrously long. It led to that huge palace that was a minimum of several hundred zhang high off the ground. That was made completely of large blocks of white jade, appearing pure and holy, solemn and dignified.
“Three Clarities Hall”
The Most High Path’s main hall.
At this moment, the hall doors tightly closed, and the hall had more than ten cultivators of varying appearances and of both genders sitting upright upon prayer mats. Some had the countenance of tightly wrinkled brows, some had two eyes of fury, and others were calm as water. Each face was different, and if Su Xing were present, he would be greatly startled. Looking at the robes of these cultivators, astonishingly, they came from each of the Ten Great Sects. Each had profound cultivation, were Great Cultivators that underwent secluded cultivation, and among them, there was even a cultivator from the royal family. And these Great Sects that focused everyday on seclusion without care for the outside world were at this moment at a gathering of adepts, clearly calculating something.
“The Purple Thunder Monster was not eliminated. He must be the next Demonic Head, an endless disaster!” The one who spoke wore a blue water robe. He came from the Blooming Water Sect and was known as “Ancestor Qianli.”4 The Blooming Water Sword Sect had three Great Ancestral Masters named, “Baili,” “Qianli,” and “Wanli.” Each had refined cultivation and very rarely revealed themselves. Although it seemed Ancestor Qianli was Supercluster Middle Stage, his powers were extremely profound. Due to his excellent Blooming Water Divine Thunder, there were very few of the same realm that could be his opponent.
“Lin Chong has signed a contract, and it is by means of Lin Chong’s hand that he provokes our Sects like this. If we do not do more, the Azure Dragon Territory will be a laughingstock.” A green robed elder said coldly. He was a secluded Great Cultivator from the Taiyi Sword Sect, and his cultivation was already Supercluster Late Stage. The Taiyi Sword Sect this time had suffered the loss of an Ancestral Master and a carefully nurtured Star Master, making the Sword Sect from top to bottom unanimously make haste to kill the Purple Thunder Monster.
“Exactly what Daoist Master Qinglian5 said. Could it be that our Azure Dragon Territory is being humiliated for amusement by a tiny Purple Thunder Monster? I hear he is but only a Galaxy Early Stage Cultivator, without even a Sword Chant…” A woman wearing a fire-patterned red robe had a bantering tone, but her eyes were cold. Her beautiful hands played with a red lotus fire. She was the Divine Flame Sword Sect’s Red Lotus Fairy,6 with a cultivation that reached the apex of Supercluster Late Stage, with imminent entry into Supervoid Stage. Because she had Face Setting Pills,7 they allowed her to appear very young and pretty. That pair of vermilion eyes was like a burning inferno.
The three Great Sword Sect Ancestral Masters of the Four Great Sword Sects were the very first to issue the argument to kill the Purple Thunder Monster.
“And how does Headmaster Handan8 of the Shifting Flower Sword Sect see things?” The Red Lotus Fairy’s eyes mockingly gazed at the woman beside her.
Although Handan was once a Headmaster, she could compare to these present Old Monsters that did not care for the things of the world. Her qualifications were short by only a bit, and she immediately reverently agreed: “The Elders of the Shifting Sword Sect have gone to the Vermilion Bird Territory to plunder the Birth Outline and have not yet returned. However, I will approve in their stead. Who knows whether or not the next victim would be our Shifting Sword Sect.”
Her words made the others show satisfied smiles.
“The Shifting Sword Sect actually is very thoughtful. Running off to the Vermilion Bird Territory to plunder the Birth Outline, indeed you have given this much thought.” Ancestor Qianli of the Blooming Water Sword Sect chuckled coldly.
“The Shifting Sword Sect originated from the Vermilion Bird Territory. That place is somewhat more convenient to This Sect, and neither does This Sect wish to fight over the chests with friends, so as to injuring relations.” Handan said, neither servile nor overbearing.
“Enough talk about this. We had better speak more on the matter of the others shrinking back when the time for battle came.”
A man sitting at the head coldly chuckled. His cultivation had unexpectedly reached Supervoid Early Stage, and he spoke particularly forcefully, with each word like thunder. The man’s lips were red and his teeth white, his demeanor distinguished and elegant. He wore a purple gold crown and was draped in a Clear Void Most High robe. Those pupils were expressionless and apathetic. He was known as “Enviless of the East.”9
Enviless of the East’s ice-cold gaze looked at the Lifeless Hall’s Ancestor Longevity, the Heavenly Ice Holy Palace’s Queen Lady of Ice, and the True Immortals Hall’s Xuan Zhenzi. His expression seemed to say: If it was not for your cold feet, then how could the Purple Thunder Monster have prevailed.
The three were all from Great Sects, and although their cultivation was somewhat lower, they were not afraid.
Ancestor Longevity chuckled: “The Purple Thunder Monster had a Lifeless Pearl, so This School owed him a favor. Naturally, it has been returned.”
“Who could have thought that the Purple Thunder Monster would go confront Extreme Clarity. And who could have thought that Extreme Clarity would die. He indeed had a Prehistoric Spirit Treasure.”
The Queen Lady of Ice even was disinclined to explain.
“Then, on what positions do the ladies and gentlemen participating in this ‘Alliance of Ten Conference’ stand?” Enviless of the East dully asked. His tone had a sort of indistinct pressure existing within it.
“Since the Lifeless Hall’s favor has been returned, next time, we will naturally make haste to kill him.” Ancestor Longevity stroked his beard, his tone certain.
“En. This Purple Thunder Monster also is a Star Master. If we can root him out, that naturally is even better.” Xuan Zhenzi nodded and sighed in relief. He did not mind if the Purple Thunder Monster were to die.
The Queen Lady of Ice nodded her head.
This conduct of the Purple Thunder Monster’s that defied the natural order had already provoked everyone’s anger. Regardless of whether they were thinking of their sects and disciples or if they were considering the Star Duels, if he did not die, this Purple Thunder Monster was like a needle stuck inside the flesh, highly uncomfortable.
“But this Purple Thunder Monster, they say, has ever-changing appearances and is very capable of altering his face. To find him will not be simple.” The Red Lotus Fairy brooded.
“Ladies and gentlemen, have you all forgotten what the next phase is?” Enviless of the East coldly smiled.
When he raised this, the cultivators present showed epiphanic expressions.
The Evil Smiting Hall of the Star Duels’ third phase would have its curtain raised one month after the end of the Purple Rose Birth Outline. Evil Smiting Writs would appear in both the Vermilion Bird Territory and the Black Turtle Territory. Only Star Masters that possessed the Evil Smiting Writ could enter Evil Smiting Hall to collect a Star Beast; if the Purple Thunder Monster dared to even single-handedly fight for the Purple Rose Birth Outline against the joined forces of multiple Great Sects, then he definitely would not miss this Evil Smiting Hall. At that time, as long as their sect’s people were in either of the two territories, then they could surely find the Purple Thunder Monster.
“Although the Purple Thunder Monster has countless appearances, there is a common characteristic, and that is Lin Chong!” Enviless of the East coldly laughed: “Regardless of how he changes his appearance, this Star General cannot. At the time Lin Chong appears, he will no longer be able to escape.”
“Although the Crystal Dragon Palace will not participate in this chase to kill, they have already agreed to refine a secret treasure for me.10 At that time, it will be impossible for him to escape, ha, ha.”
“But there is a problem. The Black Turtle Territory has innumerable Devil Cults, and the Vermilion Bird Territory has different tribes everywhere. Those places are not within our domains.” The Queen Lady of Ice opened her mouth.
“No matter. I will personally go speak with the Black Turtle Territory’s number one Devil Cult, the ‘Devil Star Palace.’11 In all likelihood, with such a powerful Star Master, even they would be very willing to collaborate with us. And the Vermilion Bird Territory…Headmaster Handan, we will attack with everything, but as for the other particulars, those will be left to the Shifting Flower Sword Sect. The Shifting Flower Sword Sect originated from the Vermilion Bird Territory, so this will not be problem, will it.” Enviless of the East was unquestionable.
Handan nodded: “Only naturally, but for us to spend so much trouble on killing a single Star Master, would it not anger the Liangshan Maiden?” She worriedly asked.
“The Liangshan Maiden? Fear her, my ass.” Ancestor Qianli was discontent. “If she has the capability, then just slaughter our Ten Great Sects already.”
“Be at ease, Lin Chong provoked us first. It can be presumed that Liangshan Maiden is a heart clear as a mirror.” Enviless of the East pensively said.
“En. This is fine.”
Then, everyone again deliberated the details, with regards on how to arrange for the Star Masters’ entrance into the two territories, how they would contact each other, how they would station checkpoints leading to and from the Vermilion Bird Territory, etc. A frightening alliance unprecedented in history that was composed of the first-rate cultivators of the Ten Great Sects had been born.
And at this time, our implicated person was currently immersed in controlling his Sword Chant.
One day after he finished training, Su Xing sat down panting for breath.
“Su Xing, just what should we do about that Wu Song?” Shi Yuan looked at the cool and elegant beauty a hundred meters away that had closed her eyes in meditation. Her tone was ill-humored. The Thief Star’s nature had always been carefree and outspoken. Although the incident when Wu Siyou nearly killed Su Xing several days ago startled everyone, this made the Thief Star have negative feelings about her.
Su Xing grabbed his hair, for he did not know what he should do either.
“How about you let Yingmei go comfort her. Little Sister Yingmei certainly did break the Harm Star’s heart.” Wu Xinjie mockingly looked at Lin Yingmei.
Lin Yingmei’s expression was somewhat not too natural. That bold declaration last time was still vividly on her mind. Let alone that Wu Siyou had not yet recovered from the shock, the other sisters that had been with her were also surprised by the turn events. This was unexpected.
“What is there to comfort her about. Could it be she still has some thoughts about my woman?” Su Xing tyrannically spoke, grabbing Lin Yingmei’s arm.
“Young Master!” Lin Yingmei somewhat heated up in embarrassment, and the beauty laughed into her sleeve.12
“However, why is Wu Siyou this unwilling to accept that Yingmei has signed a contract? She refers to herself as ‘Your Concubine,’13 so could it be she has some black history?” Su Xing randomly guessed.
“Where did Young Lord hear that ‘Your Concubine’ requires a contract? Has Young Lord not ever heard of this phrase?” Wu Xinjie blinked.
“What does that mean?”
“Your Concubine means that she is unnamed, meaning a young girl that has not yet married, or that she has not yet obtained recognition, or that her current title has not been updated.” Yan Yizhen explained. “Could it be she wants to receive other people’s recognition?” The Skilful Star was also somewhat curious.
“No.” Lin Yingmei shook her head: “It is only because Siyou does not want to let other men approach her that she favors referring to herself as Your Concubine.”
Everyone suddenly understood. So it turned out that she did not want other men to have any thoughts about her. However, this way of thinking was indeed a novelty.
Wu Siyou abruptly rose. It was unknown whether or not she had sensed they had been chatting about her, but the woman walked this way.
“Su Xing, are you a man or not?!” Wu Siyou coldly said.
Su Xing nearly blurted out that old, out of date line, “You’ll know if I’m a man or not in bed,” but seeing as how Wu Siyou would probably go berserk hearing that, Su Xing countered with his own question: “Wu Siyou, what do you want to say?”
“If you are a man, then prove to Your Concubine that you have the qualifications to make Lin Yingmei become your woman!” Wu Siyou’s eyes were very sharp, as if they were making one last struggle.
“Siyou?” Hearing Wu Siyou so nakedly say that she was Su Xing’s woman, Lin Yingmei could not help but somewhat blush.
“If this man cannot do so, then even if Your Concubine burns both jade and stone, she will fight you to the death!” Wu Siyou said very firmly. Her words contained a courage that made people shiver.
Su Xing actually somewhat had increasing admiration for this cool and elegant woman. He playfully smiled: “Then what do you feel I should do to in order for you to believe I have the qualifications to become Lin Yingmei’s man?” Is it to conquer you? Su Xing thought in evil delight.
“Very simple.” Wu Siyou fixed her eyes on Su Xing. Her eyes had a brilliance that made others awed. She spoke, word by word: “Your Concubine wants you alone to go obtain the Evil Smiting Writ!!”
Su Xing had yet to reply when the other beauties rejected.
PS: Concerning gold: It actually is not possible to exchange gold. Most of the time, various sorts of items are used to swap wares for wares. Gold conversion only acts as an approximate value. Hypothetically speaking, “This thing’s value is several pieces of XX stone,” is confusing.
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- 崑崙, another actual mountain range ↩
- 太上真君, Grand Supreme True Gentleman or True Lord ↩
- 太上忘情, Though I say indifference, a more accurate translation would be “insensitivity.” 忘情 is better referred to as a removal of thought and emotion. ↩
- 千里老祖 ↩
- 青蓮真人 ↩
- 紅蓮仙子 ↩
- 定顏丹 ↩
- 菡萏掌教 ↩
- 東方無忌 ↩
- 本座, lit. This Seat, an archaic way of referring to oneself in a humble manner. ↩
- 魔星宮 ↩
- For Lin Yingmei to laugh, even if she’s trying to stifle it, shows just how much warmer she’s become since meeting Su Xing. ↩
- 妾身 In the last chapter, I translated this as “Your Servant,” but to avoid confusion with Lin Yingmei and for the explanation on why Wu Siyou refers to herself as such, this is a one time change. All other chapters will have it tl’d as Your Servant. To be clear, 妾身 is a self-derogatory way to refer to oneself. ↩
Wow… Siyou is fucking RIDICULOUS!!!
She’s basically saying, “Prove your manliness by committing suicide! Don’t worry, I’ll make Yingmei forget all about you! As for the rest? …What about them?”
Never mind the inherent danger already, but… everybody and their mom is out to put Su Xing six feet under! Mysterious stalker/savior Dragon in the Clouds Gonsun Sheng and inhumanly good luck or not…. that’s just too much!
Plus, if he does die… then both Chai Ling AND Zhao Hanyan will die! Dunno how the others feel, but I’m pretty sure Su Xing wouldn’t gamble other people’s lives just to appease Wu Song… not that she knows all that, but still!
Goddamit! Just conquer her and be done with it! …is shat I’d like to say, but that prolly won’t happen yet. Damn petty bitch!
What the hell is up with like 60% of the characters in this series being such unreasonable pricks!?
Granted, most of them are royalty and/or way high up there…but dammit! Practice some frigging humility and restraint!!!! Gah! She’s as irritating as Junqing!!!!
…Please, PLEASE tell me she mellows the fuck out! Plus, if he does die…ALL his ladies are pretty much screwed from the backlash! Does she NOT care about that important detail!?
…Jealousy is such an ugly thing…
Ah, but thx 4 the Ch!
Actually this could also be beneficial to su xing remember if he did Bring Lin chong with him.
That means more enemies like the 10 sects.
Well, he has options as far as that goes, but it’s a numbers and odds kinda issue. As badass as Su Xing is, he’s still just one guy.
Even with this Birth Outline… it took THREE Star Maidens coming out of nowhere to save his ass even after playing all his other cards to the limit!
Dood needs that kinda luck just to always break even with uphill fights he usually has, y’know?
Fighting all by himself…is just throwing your life away no matter what.
She’s another Lin Yingmei…I leave it to your imagination what will happen to her down the road 😉
In this world, it’s dog-eat-dog, so this level of arrogance and pettiness is normal. Might makes right, which is a norm in Chinese cultivation stories.
Wait…no, don’t tell me… Err… Ah, wait. Then her man hating is what, a front? Well, not a front, but kinda… off, somehow.
Seriously!? …Crap, it’s not gonna be CPR again is it? Or maybe he’d take a hit for her? Either seems likely, cuz it’s him… he’s no saint, but he does have virtue and honor. Dammit! Now I’m gonna be curious until the day he contracts her! And I’m already wondering about Gonsun Sheng too! Blarrggghhh…Don’t do this to me!!!!
Look, I don’t hate Wu Song. I like her more than Junqing, but goddamn is she over the top!
Even Yingmei wasn’t…wait, no nevermind. She actually castrated a guy for trying some bull shit with her… Hold on, does that make Wu Song potentially LESS troublesome than precontract Yingmei!?
…ま-まさか！！！…Actually, I can kinda see it.
And yeah, I get that… but what’s irritating is still irritating…
I’m just glad that not every powerhouse isn’t a total asshole.
Gong Caiwei and Yan Wudao seemed okay… but I can’t think of anyone else besides them who aren’t Star Maidens or side characters…I could be missing somebody though.
She just basically said “Go get our wedding rings”
…That’s a rather liberal interpretation, but considering Yingmei and Siyou… it’s not tot ally insane to interpret it that way. Still insane and ridiculous though.
Plus, he would need ehat, like one Writ for each Star Beast right? So… that’s like potentially SIX WRITS IN ONE GO!!!!
Five for his Contracts and one for Chai Ling!
Never mind how absurd even getting two is…it’s SIX!!!!
– Then there’s the League of Asshats earnestly scheming to kill Su Xing over their petty BS!
– That assassin’s Star Master, whose name I I forgot…Bing something or other…. that shady douche.
– The Chuuni Lord has a serious axe to grind with Su Xing for thoroughly stomping his ass, though the tool had it coming…
– Emperor Liang still has it out for Su Xing to retrieve the Ghost’scGodsbane and Supressing Stele, even that bs was because of his idiot son…
– Oh, and most every other Star Master is likely still very much his enemy!
And yet she’s all like… “Your Concubine wants you alone to go obtain the Evil Smiting Writ!!”
Wu Song may not know or care about all that, but she’s not stupid. She really is pretty much telling Su Xing to kill himself! Even if Gongsun Sheng IS able to magically show up again, cuz yeah… we ALL know she’s there not too far behind here, she’s also just one person.
…Bitch is crazy, period.
Well, not crazy, as you shall soon see in the next chapter. She actually has everyone the palm of her hand, all so she can figure out why Lin Yingmei likes Su Xing.
Schemers like her are another brand of crazy altogether though…
But, it’s like that huh?
Well damn… this is gonna be fun.
Hey, she isn’t gonna tag along with him and/or force a totally unreasonable situation just for THAT is she!?
…Great, just great. But now I can’t wait for this next arc! Especially if Siyou really is like Yingmei…she better be worth it though, cuz her first impressions just straight suck so far.
…….I dont have anythingnto say to wu song about her behavior.
If she knew about the plan she never would have suggested that. Also how many beasts does he need to get, he has to get the rich girls one and try to at least get one for his girls if not get each of their beasts
He needs to get at least 5 of the Writs to be able to obtain the beasts. From what I understand thus far, each Writ allows only one trip into the Evil Smiting Hall…and he has a chance to obtain only one Beast per visit…more details will emerge as the story progresses.
She really is asking for the impossible!!!!
Foolishness, really. If she’s making such a demand, then she’d better come up with a suitable reward.
Otherwise taunting him into a suicidal act just to prove his manliness is stupid when he’s proven to his bonded girls time and time again that he’s a reliable ally. This isn’t a game.
Personally, if she offers herself as the reward. I wouldn’t accept. There’s no reason to accept a girl into the group when they’re blatantly against it in the first place.
Well… err, it’s 100:1 that Su Xing is gonna end up nabbing her… My Gacha senses are a-tingling on that. On her and at LEAST one other Star Maiden from the 3 besides her. I’d say Chai Ling would count, but she’s a special case. As far as “offering herself as a reward”? Never.
But yeah, right now… worst impressions possible!
Thanks for the chapter Schwarze_Kreuz! Her stakes better be just as high.
I dont see why Su Jing has to prove anything to that b*tch Wu SiYou. Just kick her out of the abode and ignore her …Or… kill her and absorb her power.
Err…Killing her would be hard, for LOTS of reasons.
And I don’t think Su Xing dislikes Siyou. She is a lot like Yingmei, it’s true… but less…castration trigger happy, I guess. As for proving anything to her goes, I do kind of agree, but I feel like he’d do it to protect and respect Yingmei’s feelings, friendship and honor… kinda like when he went to save Shi Yuan from Baili, or when he got enraged withbChai Ling over what she all but demmanded he take from Xinjie. Plus… he kinda doesn’t have many options here.
Such an unresonable woman
i know this translation is old but checking different sites also raws you can spot many errors. at no.12.The other girls are laughing not Yingmei. no 13 . i believe it’s This Mistress.
Your Servant or this beneath mostly is This humble one
Also only one month time for Evil Hall ? too fast
IKR. First phase lasted like 3 years and now that the protagonist entered, they’re all “gotta go fast”.
It’s as easy as telling her to fuck off: “No, my only qualification for being contracted to Yingmei is her approval, and that’s the only thing I need. She’s not an object to win by clearing objectives, she’s a person with her own will and I choose to respect her decision to stay with me.”
Wu Song be trippin’, man. But I guess reason isn’t compatible with cultivation novels xD