Chapter 005-2 – Surprised to see Grandmaster
Translated by: Grey, Ken
Edited by: Ulamog, Dedition
Two Months Later
Ever since receiving the seven construct sword, Hai Long’s progress has sped up by a lot. He could feel the increase of his spiritual qi everyday. What is strange is that he had obviously absorbed quite a lot of spiritual qi, but he still just barely managed to peep at the initial boundary level. The hot fluid inside his body has also not increased. Every three days,there was prepared good green liquid in the basin. Although he did not knew what it was, Hai long regarded that place as the best sleeping spot. In fact, he rested there for half a day each time and every time he woke up the green liquid would have had turned transparent. At first Hai long feared that it would turn his own skin green, but after going there several times, that type of fear had already vanished.The number of times that mystical strange person appeared was few and during these three months the number of times Hai long met him was only three or four times. Moreover he spoke very little, Hai long could not see his face, in his heart Hai long, was completely a fan of this mysterious character.
“Little Smarty, you do not have to come pick me up everyday, I have already told you, I remember the road now.” Hai Long said this as he looked at Little Smarty which had already become tall enough to reach his knees.
Little Smarty made several noises but it naturally was unable to answer Hai long, and merely gestured to him as he jumped high upon a branch. Taking advantage of his strength, he rushed away towards the monkey group at top speed. Hai Long gave a long whistle,stamping on the ground, as the energy inside his body moved towards his legs. His whole body shot up into the trees as if weightless and he swiftly followed after the monkey. Their speed was quite fast, so in merely half an hour they reached the forest beyond the monkey group.
After jumping the ground, Hai long rushed forwards as he hugged the bosom of Ji ling, starting walking towards the woods in big strides, he saw that the monkey group was playing just as always.Today Hai Long did not have to soak in the green liquid, so after many monkeys have greeted them, Hai Long brought Little Smarty towards the nearby pond.The mystical strange person also sat by the pond unexpectedly! Clothed in the same attire as before, he sat while still facing his back towards him.
“Senior, I’m here” Hai Long said as he looked at the back of the strange person. Although he could not see his face, unknowingly, this odd person has became someone he respected the most.
“Em,how has your recent progress been?”
Hai Long’s face became red as he said “There has been almost no progress whatsoever, but I have become able to feel the edge of the Early Insight realm. My two masters said that the seven construct sword given to me by uncle-master has huge spiritual qi, but my spiritual qi has not increased. I can feel spiritual qi collect in my body,but the spiritual power has not been promoted.”
The odd person said “When practicing one must guard against arrogance and impetuosity, one should not act with undue haste. So long as you work hard in practicing you will certainly have achievements. “Shh, someone has come. Do not make any noise.” While Hai long was surprised, the odd person flung a golden light backwards and, his body was covered in it, while Hai Long felt as if he could not move. Being pressed by a strong force,he was already thrown into the nearby woods.
Hai long smiled bitterly in his heart, you told me not to talk, I cannot even move a finger now, much less talk. I have been coming here for several months and this is the first time I ran into other people, who can it be?
The odd person’s control over his strength was great and he threw Hai Long towards a big tree, which could allow him see the scene on the side of the pond through the bushes. As the cyan light approaches, a swollen figure floats down by the side of odd person ten meters away from him. When Hai Long saw this figure, he became surprised with wide eyes, if his body was not unable to make a move, he might have already shouted out loud. Because this person is exactly his uncle-master, Lian Yunzong a third generation disciple.
His expression was extremely respectful, retrieving the dark cyan flying sword, he bowed to the odd person. “Junior greets senior” Hai Long’s heart instantly shook,his own uncle-master called this odd man his senior, so surely this means his cultivation must be profound! However,by the way his uncle-master greeted him it’s clear that the odd person did not belong to the Cloudlink sect.
The odd person did not speak any words and was still facing the pond as before, imitating the cold and crystal-clear pond water. As if already accustomed to the attitude of the odd person, after slightly thinking, he continued speaking. “Long time no see, I can tell senior’s demeanor is still the same as before, but I just ended my closed door practice, so I came here first to pay a visit to senior.”
The odd person finally opened his mouth and said bluntly: “You come seeking my treasure.”
Explaining with an awkward smile, he said “Senior, I am also doing so involuntarily! I ask senior to help. Here is my respect to senior, please accept.” Saying this, from his hand a blue light shone as a small jade bottle appeared on it. Hai Long immediately recognized it! It was filled with Ninglu Gel, like the same bottle which Ling Yu had given to Ling Mu.
The odd person smiled and said “You, boy, want to exchange this Ninglu Gel with my treasure? How could my treasure compare with a hundred year old portion of this thing?”
He hurriedly explained “Certainly not! The treasure that senior possesses, how could Ninglu Gel compare with it? It is as if there is a sky underground. However the special effect of this Ninglu Gel has much advantage to you. Also I would have you look at the notes of Cloudlink sect’s founder, and grant this disciple some advice.”
The jade bottle with a whizz fell in the hands of the odd man and vanished. The odd man spoke: “Seeing that we both hold the same status of natives of China, that gives you a point. Later on try to disturb me a bit less, you should know, I am now assailing the last of the realms.Take this.” A small wooden gourd flies from the odd man’s hand.
Dao ming with great happiness, cautiously held the bottle gourd and fell on his knees, as he kowtowed three times towards the odd person saying “many thanks for senior’s gracious gift. Dao Ming will never forget senior’s graciousness.”
The strange person indifferently said “In time all things return, you should go now. The opportunity that you have to change your fate with me has now expired completely. Perhaps later the times we meet will not be many, and these years I also took some advantage from you. If you have a mind, five years later on August 15 come here to see me off. That may have some advantages for you.”
Dao Ming’s entire body shook,as he lost his voice he said “Senior,you,you,you already …….”
The cape of the strange person trembled slightly, seemingly preventing him from explaining. He continued “The punishment I received of 6000 years ought to end then. Remember, 5 years later on August 15.”
Two lines of tears flowed while hearing this explanation and fell in the pond water, then he stands to start controlling his own sword to fly away.
Hai Long was completely ignorant, he really did not know anything about how his own uncle-master and the puddle and this strange person are related to each other exactly. Especially those tears, what did they mean? Was the strange person about to die?
“Psst,psst” The small Ji ling made noises that awoke Hai long from his train of thoughts and he then discovered that the ban on his body was removed, he could now move his hands and feet so he started walking towards the strange person.
“You must want to know about the relation between me and Dao Ming” not waiting for Hai Long to ask, the strange person already pointed out the doubts in Hai Long’s heart.
Hai Long nodded slightly and asked: “Senior, since you’re not from our Cloudlink Sect, how is it that you’ve always been here? Aren’t the 72 peaks sealed by the Cloudlink Sect? Which of the 7 Great Sects do you hail from? My Martial Ancestor seems to respect you a lot.”
The strange man replied mildly: “Those seals are of no use against me. Furthermore, when I came here, the seals were not as strong as now. I don’t belong to any of the sects, and if truth must be told, I’m just a Daoist. Your Master Ancestor knew me when he first started cultivating. What a pity, at that time he had been cultivating for about 200 years and although his nature is good, and treated me well, I can’t impart that….” Speaking up till here, the strange man stopped. Hai Long was startled, and couldn’t help but ask: “What did my Master Ancestor want to learn? You must be very powerful then. Why don’t you teach me? I only know a single “Ascertain” skill.” The Ascertain skill was taught to him a few days ago by Ling Yuzi, and it helped one to recognize one’s own cultivation as well as another’s cultivation. However, if the disparity in cultivation level was too great, then the skill would not work.
The strange man replied: “Do you remember one of your Masters telling you that, cultivating the Skyheart Technique is the most fundamental? He’s absolutely right, inner qi is the root of all Dao, and the skills are just a way of employing it. If your inner qi reached a boundless level, then any techniques in your hands would be unparalleled. You don’t have to find it strange that I know this, not to mention this little Cloudstroke Peak, the entire Cloudlink Sect and its 72 peaks can’t escape my golden eyes. Alright, you can go back. Tomorrow should be the Cloudlink Sect’s Gathering of All Peaks that occurs once every 10 years, you don’t have to come here.”
Hai Long asked uncertainly: “Gathering of All Peaks? What’s that?”
The strange man replied: “When you go back, your Masters will naturally inform you. Go. You can come back the day after. Remember, don’t tell anyone that you saw your Master Ancestor here. In the future, if you commit any mistake, and your Master Ancestor wants to punish you, just say ‘Golden Gaze Fiery Eyes’ these four words. Then he won’t make things difficult for you.”
Hai Long nodded, and after he bade farewell to the strange man and Little Smarty, he floated up, and made his way back towards Cloudstroke Plains. There were too many strange events today, and with his intellect, he could not understand the true relationship between Daoist Dao Ming and the strange man.
“Hai Long, why are you back so early! Aren’t you supposed to be playing with that little monkey friend of yours?” Ling Yuzi’s voice resounded, as his footsteps echoed outside Hai Long’s room.
Hai Long opened the door, and invited Ling Yuzi in, as he replied: “Today we played only a little so I’m back here. 11th Junior Master, you seem to be excited about something?”
Ling Yuzi chuckled and said: “Of course I’m happy, after cultivating for 10 years, it’s been a boring 10 years by the way, tomorrow, there will finally be some entertainment. Your Master Ancestor will be there as well.”
Hai Long was moved and couldn’t help but think of the strange man’s words once again; and despite already knowing the answer, he then asked, “Wasn’t Master Ancestor in closed-door cultivation? How can he come out so casually like that? What exactly is it that is causing you guys to be this excited?”
Ling Yuzi replied: “Tomorrow is our Cloudlink Sect’s Gathering of All Peaks, it will last for 3 days, and all disciples can exchange pointers on cultivation and training. The 9 2nd Generation Martial Ancestors will be judging and giving pointers as well. If one can gain pointers from the various Elders, it will be of great help to our training. This Gathering of All Peaks is extremely important to all of us at Cloudlink Sect. Regardless of what training your Master Ancestor is going through, he would definitely come out tomorrow. You little brat, since you like entertainment so much, tomorrow will be a fun day for you.”