- Book 11 Pierce through the Sky – Chapter 51 Ruler of Black and White
Excitement and tension!
This describes the exact mood Qin Yu is currently in.
“Never thought that the white jade sculpture in front of the Nine Heavens, as well as the sculpture found at the Treasure Storage House in the Nine Swords’ Immortal Mansion, both wear that familiar ring.” Qin Yu is excited by this discovery: at the two sides of the pathway leading to the Blue Cloud Road are the statues. At one end is sculpture made of white jade, and at the other is the stone tablet.
At first, Qin Yu also did not notice anything special about this familiar statue. Whilst sitting in a corner of White Jade Plaza and raising to a standing position, a soft sheen flashes past his eyes. From this coincidence, he found a ring worn on the right hand of the statue, whose hands were clasped behind its back.
From that dull sheen, the ring is also of the exact same as the white jade statue. Most people would not be able to notice it even with close examination. It is noted that the ring is, one has the same colour as the statue, two is hidden between the statue’s back and outer clasped hand. It is almost completely without a blind spot with a right-handed sleeve cover the hand. Qin Yu could only notice it in the corner of his vision whilst in the motion of standing up, otherwise it would be impossible to see it.
“Last time it was a Ring of the Black Flame Lord, this time it shouldn’t be anything less. What did this Immortal Emperor Ni Yang wish to achieve by hiding these rings on the respective sculptures?” Qin Yu debates within himself.
Perhaps, there is treasure hidden in this concealed location.
But if it weren’t for Qin Yu to be at that corner of the White Jade Plaza, and if it weren’t for that casual glance as he stood up, he would not be able to even notice the ring.
He never thought it would be possible for the same statue to appear in not once, twice, but thrice – in Immortal Emperor Ni Yang’s Realm.
“No matter, now is not the time to stare at the hidden treasure else rise the suspicions of Du Zhong Jun, Ao Feng and the others. If they were to discover the existence of this ring would be troublesome.” Quickly, Qin Yu resumes a passive and indifferent expression.
Even though he has the Sword Immortal Puppet, but revealing it now would cause all the other Emissaries to unite against himself.
Not to mention, Qin Yu also could feel the explosive power unveiled by Hua Yan during the journey through the Blue Cloud Road. In his heart, he felt that his Level 9 Golden Immortal Class Puppet is presumably around this level.
And this is only the sole strength of Hua Yan trump card. Considering Man Gan, Ao Feng, Du Zhong Jun and the others should also have similarly powerful trumps.
The Gold Immortal Class Puppet should not be brought out at the moment.
The most important moment is when one least expects it, that way it will bring the best results.
“Qin Yu, what is wrong?” Man Gan turns to face Qin Yu and walks towards him.
This causes Qin Yu’s heart to start.
“Oh, it’s not a problem.” Qin Yu said with a small smile, “Only……..looking at the past deaths of many previous entrants on Blue Cloud Road, I feel ill at ease at the slim chances I have to pass it as well.”
By listening to Qin Yu’s response, Man Gan can only sympathize.
Many experts, including the Dragon Clan Elders and other high class masters, have perished – both body and soul. For Qin Yu, who is only at Dacheng Stage, feeling ill at ease is an ordinary response.
“Brother Qin Yu…” Man Gan could only gently pat Qin Yu’s shoulders and comfort him a little, “This Blue Cloud Road is truly dangerous, and seeing you are already at the Dacheng Stage, why not…..wait here until you can ascend. When the time comes, you can just ascend to the upper Immortal Realms.”
Man Gan spoke with good intentions, after all he is not confident Qin Yu will succeed to pass through the Blue Cloud Road.
“En……I…will consider this.” Qin Yu nods.
It’s true that Qin Yu is currently worried, but for another reason, and that is because Qin Yu is presently standing in that particular corner of the White Jade Plaza. And right now, Man Gan is stand right next to him, if he were to walk to that particular spot and look towards the white jade sculpture, he may very well discover the existence of the ring.
“Just go, you’ve finished talking then just leave.” Qin Yu shouts within his heart.
“Ah, Brother Qin Yu, I cannot believe your younger Martial Uncle Master would allow you to enter Ni Yang’s Realm. After all, let you go is like sending you to your own death?” Since Man Gan has nothing do, so he wants to chat with Qin Yu.
Without a sound, Qin Yu nonchalantly takes a step to that particular spot where the ring is visible. He then prepares to persevere through Man Gan’s ‘on-slaughter’.
At the same moment, the Dragon Clan’s Clan Leader had also stepped into the Blue Cloud Road.
“Brother Man Gan, who do you think, of the two super experts of the Dragon Clan, is the strongest, Fang Tian or Ao Feng?” Qin Yu casually asked this question that had been in Qin Yu’s mind.
Man Gan considers it for a moment: “This…….I think it should be Fang Tian.”
“Fang Tian?!” Qin Yu is puzzled at his answer, “Isn’t Ao Feng the Upper Demon Realm’s Dragon Clan Emissary, how can he be worse than Fang Tian?”
Man Gan concludes: “There’s no more to be said, Ao Feng is just a Level 1 Demon King. It’s true that Fang Tian is one level lower, he has the blood of a Super Divine Beast – 5-Clawed Golden Dragon, and his personal power is not any less than the former. Also……Fang Tian has the prestige and reputation of a 5-Clawed Golden Dragon, and in the Dragon Emperor’s eyes, Fang Tian is more important than AO Feng. I think……the trump card the Dragon Emperor granted is, most likely, in Fang Tian’s hands.
“So it’s like that.”
Qin Yu nods and replies.
Not having entered the Demon Realms, you cannot fully comprehend the status and prestige bestowed on Super Divine Beasts. It is simply the rule of priorities in the upper Demon Realms, and that is why Du Zhong Jun and the others were surprised that Man Gan is the one sent down.
“Huh, Fang Tian passed?” Man Gan is astounded transmitted message via Voice Transfer.
Qin Yu is also surprised; after all, it was within the time taken for a cup of tea, meaning Fang Tian actually took less time than Yu Liang to pass the course.
“It’s my turn now.” Du Zhong Jun announces.
“Of course it’s Brother Du’s turn; if you please.” Ao Feng snickers.
Du Zhong Jun is, in fact, magnanimous, because according to the agreement between the 4 groups, the order is meant to be: the Immortals’, the Devils’, the Dragons’ and finally the Demons of the Wilderness. Hua Yan went first, the second should have been him.
However, of the Dragons Clan’s party, there are two experts, so it was agreed that Ao Feng would be shuffled to a later position and Fang Tian was to be second.
Due to the oath-sworn protection within the agreement, everyone was unafraid that someone may steal the prize, and that was why Du Zhong Jun concurred, however he was somewhat annoyed as well.
With a foot on the Blue Cloud Road, and assuming maximum speed, Du Zhong Jun also charges towards the finish line.
“Brother Qin Yu, you have to understand that this road is only the first of many hurdles. Here, only one person will be able to obtain the prize, and further forward from the Nine Heavens, there would be more obstacles.” Man Gan said to Qin Yu with a smile.
Qin Yu could not suppress his facial expression showing some slight concern.
“Haha, alright, you should not worry about the future complications, after all it is impossible for you to pass this Blue Cloud Road.” Man Gan jokes.
The taciturn Qin Yu purposely shows, a timely expression – a touch of anxiety.
“Okay, I was just joking. Brother Qin Yu, you may only have limited cultivation and techniques, but I believe that your real combat ability, is no less than a Level 2-3 Immortal. In addition, you have that High Grade Immortal Class Sword, given by Zong Jue, so even it’s a Level 5-6 Immortal could not take you lightly. You have a solid foundation, meaning that future accomplishments are limitless.” Man Gan praises.
Qin Yu could only smile modestly.
What he doesn’t know is that, at the moment Man Gan is also conversing with Ao Feng via Voice Transfer.
“Man Gan, Fang Tian has already succeeded, I suspect I will also succeed without too much effort. There, we will combine our powers to fight for the prize, I want to know how will you fare when we fight? Fang Tian maybe slightly weaker than you, but he will have the artefact grant to him from the Dragon Emperor. I fear that even you will not be able to beat him.” Ao Feng sends with Voice Transfer.
“Don’t gloat. You do have two combatants, but there is only one Reel. Even if you get it, how will you allocate the prize?”
Man Gan is far less formidable against verbal attacks than Ao Feng, after all the former has very limited patience. On the other hand, Ao Feng could withstand endless insults and still smile.
Man Gan throws a piercing and deadly look at Ao Feng, who was standing on the far side.
“Oh, it looks like Man Gan and Ao Feng, both rubs each other the wrong way.” Qin Yu was sharp enough not to miss that look Man Gan threw at Ao Feng.
But at this moment –––––
A message is passed to Ao Feng, Man Gan, Zong Jue and the others using Voice Transfer: “Du Zhong Jun also passed Blue Cloud Road.”
Compared to Hua Yan’s difficult journey.
Both, Fang Tian and Du Zhong Jun, parties’ journey was quite uneventful, as they obviously did not meet Hua Yan’s level of difficulty.
Man Gan, while walking toward Blue Cloud Road, he give Qin Yu a final goodbye: “Brother Qin Yu take care, if you are not sure you can pass, then don’t go in. After all, you are already at the Dacheng stage and soon to ascend.”
Because it is now Man Gan’s turn to enter the road.
“Zong Jue, Ao Feng, I will be leaving first then. Haha.” Man Gan says without hesitation nor worry, and proceeds to the entrance.
Moments after Man Gan entered Blue Cloud Road…
“Brother Qin Yu, Man Gan has passed already, I will be leaving now too.” Zong Jue says smilingly. He then immediate turns and nods at Qin Yu and quickly strides onto the Blue Cloud Road.
Qin Yu sees that the 6 super experts are definitely at ease, and reluctantly accepts that there is an incomparably large gap between them and experts like himself.
For experts like Reverend Ming Shan, entering meant dying.
So many have died, only a single one – Yu Liang, succeeded.
On the other hand, for the 6 major powers? Only the hapless Hua Yan faced great trials, because Immortal Emperor dictated that all ascendants from the Immortal Realm would face greater danger.
[TN: I remember it was something like 3 times the danger, however in the Chinese text it does not indicate that. So I didn’t put it, just imagine the difficulty level is 3 times higher]
While all the other passed easily and within a short amount of time, as much as time for a cup of tea.
Moments later –––––––
“Little Brother Qin Yu, I will leave soon as well. When I have passed, I will send a notification to you as well, using Voice Transfer.”
Ao Feng gives Qin Yu a farewell, since Zong Jue has already succeeded in passing through. With Zong Jue’s superior speed, he is by far the fastest.
Sending off Ao Feng with a smile, and watching him embark on his journey. With Ao Feng gone, Qin Yu can finally relax a little.
Qin Yu signs, and his smile brightens up, “That was torture to go through, I could not even relax even a little, because I thought the secret of the white jade stature would be found out. Thankfully, no one closely inspected the statue as they were too busy focused on the Nine Heavens.”
With this, Qin Yu walks casually to the white jade sculpture from one side, and reaches into the right sleeve to relieve the hand of its ring.
“There couldn’t be some sort of hidden restrictive spell within, right?”
His heard suddenly thumps loudly, and with a self-deprecating smile, “I was too cautious. Previously Emperor Ni Yang had said that other than the treasures found before, the later will not have hidden restrictive spells place on them. Not to mention, this was hid in a near-perfect concealed place, so to place some hidden restrictive spell would be too much.
[TN: remember earlier in the story, the challengers tried to loot the treasures at the Treasure Storing Cliff, which resulted in many deaths since there was spells place on them. These spells activate when one applies blood contracts on them.]
Qin Yu immediately drips a drop of blood on the white jade ring.
The white rings immediately absorbs that drop of blood like rain falling onto a desert. As soon as Qin Yu slips the ring onto his finger ––––––––
The original Lord of Black Flame’s ring starts to automatically release black light. At the same time, the white ring starts to emit white light, and unexpectedly, both contrast lights began to intertwine.
“What is this?” Qin Yu’s heart pulses, “Both items are contracted to me now. This strange reaction should not harm me too much. Only I hope that……..the Gravitational Field Art and the Heavenly Fire Art are not removed.”
After all, Qin Yu is still very fond of the two major bonuses of the Lord of Black Flame’s Ring.
Within ten breathes time, the two contrasting lights of black and white have become fully melded together. Also the rings have fused together, such that Qin Yu is only wearing one ring.
At the same time, within Qin Yu’s vast mental ocean, a silhouette appears.
It was a proud and aloof silhouette.
This figure was very similar in its general shape to the jade sculptures, but no matter how closely Qin Yu inspected the figure, he could not discern further details.
“You lucky junior. To be able to obtain the Lord of Black Flame’s ring within the Nine Swords’ Immortal Mansion, you are truly fortunate. But I’m surprised you also obtained the Lord of White Ice’s Ring in Ni Yang’s Realm. For you to obtain both rings, even I admire your luck.”
[TN: can someone help me with this. I am totally not sure how to translate the white ring’s name: 白玄君, I could only copy the format used by the previous translator when translating the name of the black ring. If you translate it character by character; the ring should belong to a lord/ruler, is white/clear/pure and also has the attribute of mystery (black/mysterious)]
That indifferent and nonchalant tone also contained a hint of loss.
Qin Yu finally understood, this figure should be Immortal Emperor Ni Yang.
“Lord of Black Flame’s ring and Lord of White Ice’s ring were rings used by the respective lords as well as gift to me. When these two item fuse, the result is a Top Grade Immortal Class Item –––––– Blazing Ice Ring! Lord of Black Flame’s ring has the abilities: ‘Heavenly Fire’ and ‘Gravitational Field’, while the Lord of White Ice’s ring has the abilities: ‘Green Jade Mist’ and ‘Gravitational Field’. When they fuse, there are three major abilities: ‘Heavenly Fire’. ‘Green Jade Mist’ and ‘Double Gravitational Field’.”
Immortal Emperor Ni Yang explains.
“With this Blazing Ice Ring, both ‘Heavenly Fire’ and ‘Green Jade Mist’ could be applied at the same time, whose combined power is exponential greater than singularly. When using the ‘Double Gravitational Field’, the maximum force of the gravitation field is double compared to the original. Of course, these bonuses are only minor abilities.”
Immortal Emperor Ni Yang’s words complete shocks Qin Yu with this revelation.
If the active abilities of the Blazing Ice Ring is only a secondary bonus, then what is the most prominent ability?
“You lucky junior, if you are the Immortal or Devil Realm Emissary, then you would know the effect of possessing the Blazing Ice Ring. But if you are from the Mortal Realm, then you probably don’t know. The Blazing Ice Ring……I can only inform you, that before you enter the Mysterious Immortal Realm, it would be best for you now to allow others to know you possess the Blazing Ice Ring.
Qin Yu could only understand a little about the purpose of the ring.
Despite being elated at obtaining this treasure, at the very least, Qin Yu understands that this ring is a unique artefact of unimaginable value.
“You are truly blessed with luck, If I……If I had only a fraction of the luck you possess, then I would not be in this position now. Pitiful, ah, pitiful……” That voice, coated with frustration and disappointment, echoes within Qin Yu’s mind. Moments later, the voice is no more, and the silhouette fades from Qin Yu’s mind.
“Luck, it’s luck again, maybe the Immortal Emperor Ni Yang is plagued by bad luck?” Qin Yu doubts that.
With a flip of his hand, a Voice transmitter appears, “Qin Yu, I have also arrived at the Nine Heavens, you are free to depart now.” With that, Ao Feng’s Voice Transferred message had already arrived.