Volume 16 – Marriage – Chapter 36 – Flight of Steps.
Translated by: Pumpkin
Edited by: Phillip and Robin
When looking from down from the sky, the three thousand plus islands gathered there looked just like numerous pebbles. As for the island in the middle, the largest island, Levitation Island; it could be considered a pearl within the pebbles.
Bright radiating light was shining from the center of the Drift Bare Island.
After landing on the Levitation Island, Qin Yu’s eyes shined as he looked to the distant Mountain Sea Palace. He gasped. “It is definitely deserving of being called the temporary residence of the Three Great Exalted Celestials. Although it cannot be considered luxurious, its presence greatly surpasses even the Sage Emperors’ Palaces.”
Mountain Sea Palace, it was a hundred feet taller than the surface of the Levitation Island.
It was because of the stairs.
When looking over, one could see layers upon layers of steps going straight towards the top, leading all the way to the main palace of the Mountain Sea Palace. On top of the flights of steps, on the vacant land before the main palace was a middle aged man and a middle aged woman. They were slowly sweeping the ground.
“Brother Qin Yu, in terms of presence, this Mountain Sea Palace is a palace created personally by the Three Great Exalted Celestials. Thus, how could its presence possibly be weak? You see those flight of steps?” Duanmu Yu smiled as he extended his slender finger and pointed towards the layers of steps.
What was special about the steps?
Qin Yu carefully looked to the steps. There was a total of ninety nine steps. Every single one of those steps was simple, unadorned and brown-black colored. On the surface of the steps were carvings of grass, trees and various other images.
The more he looked at it, the more Qin Yu felt that these steps were unusual. However, Qin Yu was unable to determine the secret of these steps.
Seeing Qin Yu’s frowning and ‘deep in thought’ appearance, Duanmu Yu smiled and said. “Brother Qin Yu, those steps are the legendary Mountain Sea Palace’s ‘Heaven Connecting Flight of Steps.’”
“Heaven Connecting Flight of Steps? Why are these steps known as the Heaven Connecting Flight of Steps?” Confused, Qin Yu asked.
Although Qin Yu had been in the Divine Realm for some time now, he had spent majority of his time training. Thus, he only knew about some of the general stuff of the Divine Realm, and not any of the fine secrets.
Duanmu Yu smiled and said. “The Utmost North Sage Emperor told us to move the Exalted Celestials with our sincerity. How are we to do that? I can only think of a single method; that is, through the use of the Heaven Connecting Flight of Steps.”
Qin Yu had also been confused the entire time about how to move the Exalted Celestials.
And now, upon hearing Duanmu Yu saying these words, he immediately asked. “Through the use of the Heaven Connecting Flight of Steps? How?”
“I know of a legend. In that legend, if one were not a Godking and were capable of walking up the ninety nine steps that connected to the Heavens, then… the Exalted Celestials would definitely show themselves before that person.” Duanmu Yu said, as he revealed the answer to the riddle.
Qin Yu looked at the simple and unadorned flight of steps with shock.
The flight of steps, they were ten meters wide and there were ninety nine steps in total.
“Brother Duanmu, could there be something astonishing regarding these steps that make even High Level Heavenly Deities unable to scale them?” Qin Yu found it a bit unbelievable.
Was there something special about the flight of steps?
“In all history, there has yet to be a single person, who is not a Godking, capable of summiting the flight of steps.” Duanmu Yu’s resounding words continued.
At this moment, the man and the woman that were sweeping the floor above the steps took a step and flew down to Qin Yu and Duanmu Yu.
“Brother Duanmu, long time no see.” That middle aged man smiled to Duanmu Yu as he greeted him.
Seeing the expression on Duanmu Yu and the middle aged man, Qin Yu knew right away that the two of them were former acquaintances. At this moment, Duanmu Yu said. “It’s indeed been a long time. It have already been no less than eight million years since we last saw each other. Oh, that’s right, Hao Jun, as you are the disciple of the Unfettered Exalted Celestial, have you seen the Unfettered Exalted Celestial in the past eight million years?”
At the same time, Duanmu Yu said to Qin Yu. “Brother Qin Yu, these two individuals are respectively the disciple of the Unfettered Exalted Celestial, Hao Jun, and the disciple of the Thunder Punishment Exalted Celestial, Yao Lin.”
“This Qin Yu pays his respect to Hao Jun and Yao Lin.” Qin Yu slightly bowed and said.
With Qin Yu’s current eye prowess, he was able to tell that the two people before him were both High Level Heavenly Deities. Hao Jun slightly smiled to Qin Yu before turning to Duanmu Yu and smiled helplessly. “Brother Duanmu, His Exalted Celestial is an extremely free and unfettered person. After becoming a disciple to His Exalted Celestial, I have only managed to receive some guidance from him during the beginning. After that, he told me to deal with everything myself. Since the last time you came till now, in the eight million plus years, I have not seen His Exalted Celestial even once.”
As Hao Jun said this, he looked at the middle aged beautiful woman beside him. “Yao Lin’s luck was a bit better than mine. In the past years, she managed to see the Thunder Punishment Godking once.”
Duanmu Yu smiled to Qin Yu and said. “Brother Qin Yu, did you hear? Even these two disciples of the Exalted Celestials rarely manage to see the Exalted Celestials, the difficulty of us trying to see the Exalted Celestials and obtain a gift from them is extremely hard.”
Qin Yu have no choice but to admit.
That it was indeed possible for the first chosen candidate spot to be wasted.
Qin Yu’s Spatial Energy started to spread. It had already been six thousand years since he reached the Cosmos Stage. Qin Yu’s current Spatial Energy possessed a range of a hundred miles.
“Although the Spatial Energy is still incapable of completely covering the entire Levitation Island, it is an extremely easy task for it to completely cover the Mountain Sea Palace on Levitation Island.” Qin Yu started to carefully inspect the Mountain Sea Palace.
Before his inspection, Qin Yu was still curious.
However, after he started inspecting it, he discovered that there was nothing mysterious to the Mountain Sea Palace. It was merely a palace with a relatively more complicated construction. There was actually not a single person in the entire Mountain Sea Palace.
“Hao Jun, Yao Lin.” Qin Yu turned to the two of them and said with a smile. “The two of you are respectively the disciples of the Unfettered Exalted Celestial and the Thunder Punishment Exalted Celestial; then, what about the Floating Feathers Exalted Celestial? Does he have disciples too?”
Hao Jun and Yao Lin glanced at each other. They both started smiling.
Duanmu Yu turned to Qin Yu and said. “Qin Yu, you know too little about the Floating Feathers Exalted Celestial. The Floating Feathers Exalted Celestial is the most mysterious among the Three Great Exalted Celestials. He is also the one who is the hardest to encounter. Much less you, I reckon even the Eight Great Sage Emperors have only met the Floating Feathers Exalted Celestial a handful of times at most.”
“In all these years the two of us have been disciples of the two Exalted Celestials, we have only met the Floating Feathers Exalted Celestial once. Furthermore, the Floating Feathers Exalted Celestial possesses a very strange temperament and has never had any disciples before.” Yao Lin smiled and said.
Hao Jun said in a low voice. “The Floating Feathers Exalted Celestial is extremely powerful. The other two Exalted Celestials would frequently get in some conflict with each other. However, they never dare to go against the Floating Feathers Exalted Celestial.”
From what the two disciples of the two Exalted Celestials have said, Qin Yu became even more aware of how mysterious the Floating Feathers Exalted Celestial was.
The reason why Hao Jun and Yao Lin spoke so much to Qin Yu and Duanmu Yu was because they knew who Duanmu Yu was.
“Hao Jun, I need to go see the Exalted Celestials this time around and obtain a gift from them. Do you know of any good method of doing so?” Duanmu Yu asked.
Hao Jun blinked and then smiled. “Brother Duanmu, seeing the Exalted Celestials is a very easy task. All you need to do is to walk up those Heaven Connecting Flight of Steps.”
“I naturally know about this. Merely, how could one possibly be able to ascend these ninety nine steps unless one has reached the Godking level?” Duanmu Yu shook his head and said.
Hao Jun and Yao Lin glanced at each other. They both had a smiling expression in their eyes.
“Brother Duanmu, I know of the reason why you and the others have come. The Utmost North Sage Emperor has already informed this matter to us beforehand. I cannot help any candidates. Besides, it is not like I have the method to help any candidate anyways. To see the Exalted Celestials, the only method is through surmounting the Heaven Connecting Flight of Steps.” Hao Jun chuckled as he said.
Qin Yu and Duanmu Yu felt helpless.
So they have actually already received the news of their purpose in coming.
“Obtaining the gift bestowed by the Exalted Celestials?” Qin Yu muttered.
Ascending the Heaven Connecting Flight of Steps, this was the last method to seeing the Exalted Celestials. In the following days, Qin Yu had been thinking about the ways to meet the Exalted Celestials on the Levitation Island the entire time. Actually, on the Mountain Sea Palace, other than the main palace, there were also three side palaces.
The three side palaces were respectively the temporary residences of the Unfettered Exalted Celestial, Thunder Punishment Exalted Celestial and the Floating Feathers Exalted Celestial. There was nothing special to the flight of steps connecting to these three side palaces.
Qin Yu had strolled the surrounding of the three side palaces numerous times.
However, in the desolate and empty Mountain Sea Palace, other than Qin Yu himself, there were only the two disciples of the Exalted Celestials and Duanmu Yu. Evidently, Duanmu Yu also did not make any headway.
“It seems that I really must try that Heaven Connecting Flight of Steps!” Qin Yu sat on a large bluestone and muttered.
“Brother Qin Yu.”
Qin Yu raised his head to look. Duanmu Yu was currently walking over with a frowned expression. “Brother Qin Yu, Kuiyin Hou has arrived.”
“Kuiyin Hou arrived?” Qin Yu immediately jumped down from the large bluestone.
Qin Yu and Duanmu Yu’s flying speed was the fastest. This allowed the two of them to arrive here one or two months early compared to the majority of the rest of the candidates. However, Kuiyin Hou who was second to only Qin Yu and Duanmu Yu had also arrived at the Levitation Island just now.
“We cannot waste time anymore. In these past days, we have not discovered any other method. It seems that only the original foolish method is left.” Duanmu Yu had a serious expression as he said to Qin Yu solemnly.
Qin Yu lightly nodded.
“Come, let’s go to the Heaven Connecting Flight of Steps.” Qin Yu and Duanmu Yu immediately proceed to walk toward the Heaven Connecting Flight of Steps in large strides. However, not long after the two walked, they discovered Kuiyin Hou who stood not far from the Heaven Connecting Flight of Steps.
Seeing Qin Yu and Duanmu Yu walking directly toward the Heaven Connecting Flight of Steps, Kuiyin Hou opened his eyes in shock.
“Brother Qin Yu, Brother Duanmu, have the two of you gotten fever and become unable to think calmly? That is the Heaven Connecting Flight of Steps, it is something that only Godkings can surmount. Although the legend has it that if anyone who isn’t a Godking is able to ascend the Heaven Connecting Flight of Steps, then the Exalted Celestials would meet him, it is still very hard to determine whether the legend is true or false. Furthermore, if one hasn’t reached the Godking level, it is impossible to ascend the steps.” Kuiyin Hou said to the two of them.
Qin Yu’s body stopped.
Was it absolutely impossible?
Qin Yu looked to Kuiyin Hou. Duanmu Yu also looked to Kuiyin Hou. “Kuiyin Hou, there is no need for you to try to persuade us. Furthermore, this legend is real. If you don’t believe me, you can go and ask Hao Jun and Yao Lin. The two of them are the disciples of the Exalted Celestials, they are the people who know about this the most.”
“Even if it was true, then what?” Kuiyin Hou refuted. “The Utmost North Sage Emperor had also said to me before that unless one has completely comprehended the Spatial Laws, it is impossible for one to surmount the steps.”
A loud laughter was heard. Zhou Xian who was standing on a golden heavy sword flew over in the air. His cyan gown was fluttering in the air. The current Zhou Xian was displaying a domineering aura.
“Brother Qin Yu, Brother Duanmu, why are the two of you before that Heaven Connecting Flight of Steps? Could it be that the two of you are seeking troubles for yourselves? Haha, my Imperial Father has already told me that it is absolutely impossible for one to ascend this Heaven Connecting Flight of Steps unless one is a Godking.”
Right after Zhou Xian said those words, he had already descended.
Qin Yu looked afar. He saw that, one by one, many people were also flying over here in succession. There was surprisingly six people. These six people were all High Level Heavenly Deities. The shy youngster Shentu Fan was among them.
The six of them also descended.
“Brother Kuiyin, what are you all arguing about?” A robust youngster landed and then asked in a clear voice.
“Oh, Heavenly Wolf Palace’s Palace Master, we aren’t really arguing. Merely, Brother Duanmu and Brother Qin Yu were planning to scale the Heaven Connection Flight of Steps.” Kuiyin Hou smiled and said.
Right away, that Heavenly Wolf Palace’s Palace Master looked to Qin Yu and Duanmu Yu with a shocked expression.
Qin Yu frowned.
‘This group of people, why are they acting like they’re seeing clowns?’
“Brother Qin Yu, we don’t have to care about them.” Duanmu Yu’s expression remained undisturbed. He did not care about the gaze from these people at all.
“Brother Kuiyin, I am friendly with that Hao Jun, the disciple of the Unfettered Exalted Celestial. Let’s go and ask him together, I reckon that he might have some idea to how to meet the Exalted Celestials.” That Heavenly Wolf Palace’s Palace Master said.
Kuiyin Hou nodded and said. “That would be great.” Then he looked to Qin Yu and Duanmu Yu. “Brother Qin Yu, Brother Duanmu, do you want to go together?”
“No need.” Duanmu Yu replied indifferently.
Qin Yu also didn’t say anything. He was merely thinking: ‘If you two want to go, then you can try and ask them. Duanmu Yu and I have already asked that Hao Jun and Yao Lin.’
Kuiyin Hou and them then proceeded to walk toward the side palaces. They prepared to go up the steps of the side palace.
“Your Highness Zhou Xian.” An amiable voice sounded from above. It was Yao Lin. Yao Lin had a warm smile on her face.
Upon seeing Yao Lin, Zhou Xian prepared to greet her with a salute right away.
However, Yao Lin said. “His Exalted Celestial has just sent an order to have Your Highness Zhou Xian enter the palace.” This Yao Lin was the disciple of the Thunder Punishment Exalted Celestial; the Exalted Celestial that she spoke of was naturally the Thunder Punishment Exalted Celestial.
Zhou Xian was slightly startled. After that, his face turned into one of ecstasy.
Kuiyin Hou and them were unable to refrain from looking at Zhou Xian. They all displayed envy within their gazes. From their mouths, they muttered softly. “This Zhou Xian…”
“Zhou Xian has just arrived and this Thunder Punishment Exalted Celestial has already sent an order. This is truly too obvious.” Qin Yu was unable to refrain his anger in his heart.