Chapter 251: Old Man, Don’t Be Too Depressed
“Hey girly.” She bumped into her arms and raised her eyebrows. “I have to really thank you for earlier. What’s your name? Let’s become friends, yo. I’m Ying Luo.”
Why did Zhu Yao feel like she was an honest and naive lady being teased? “Auntie, it won’t work out!” She was straight.
“Ah?” The girl Ying Luo blanked.
Zhu Yao took a few steps forward, and cast an art to restore the formation on the pond back to its original look. Then, she took out an advanced grade substitute talisman, and pulled the girl’s hand over. “Let me borrow your hand.” A white light flashed at the tip of her finger, instantly slicing a thin line of blood on her hand, and then had it drip a drop of her blood onto the talisman.
“Huu…” The girl breathed in. She did not resist, and was instead looking at her actions with a curious expression.
Zhu Yao threw the talisman towards the pond, and it instantly activated. A red light flashed, and that talisman paper instantly materialized into the girl’s appearance as it laid above the pond with closed eyes like she was before. The severed chains earlier, as though they had been revived, heavily wrapped around that girl once again.
This substitute talisman was something she had long prepared, and she had planned to use it to deceive everyone once the girl were to awaken.
“Oh~~” ( ⊙ o ⊙ )
The girl exclaimed out, as she looked at Zhu Yao’s actions with sparkling eyes. “Not bad, you’re actually this incredible? Oh right, what’s your level of cultivation?”
Zhu Yao turned around to glance at her, and just as she was about to answer.
The girl patted on Zhu Yao’s shoulders, and supplemented with a prideful look. “Oh, right. I was a Nascent Soul practitioner before, but because my soul has left my body for too long, my cultivation is just at the Foundation stage right now.”
“My cultivation is at the Demigod stage.”
The girl slipped, kneeling onto the ground with a “pachi” sound.
“Girly, come here. Let’s talk about life.” Zhu Yao waved her over.
The girl instantly turned submissive, as she looked at Zhu Yao with an embarrassed look.
“So… Sovereign. Thank you very much for saving me, Sovereign.” She respectfully bowed in front of her.
“Enough, your character has already been exposed.” The corner of Zhu Yao’s lips twitched. Acting all respectful now was a little too late, wasn’t it? She pulled the girly to the side and squatted down, activating her ‘intimate big sister’ mode. “I know you’re Ying Luo who sealed the Devil. I just wish to ask what plans do you have from now on?”
“I’m a disciple of Forgotten God Palace, so naturally, I will return to the sect.” The girl said with a matter-of-fact look, and she continued with a smile. “After all, that place is my home.”
“I don’t have any qualms about you returning to Forgotten God Palace, but you can’t use your identity as Ying Luo.”
“Why?” She looked confused.
“Girl.” Zhu Yao patted on her shoulders, and said with a heavy heart. “It has already been nine hundred over years. The impression people of the world have on you, is someone who has long perished together with the sealed Devil. If you reappear now, what do you think others will think?”
The girl was startled, and then her eyes fiercely widened. “But the Devil’s seal isn’t…”
“I know the seal isn’t broken.” Zhu Yao looked straight at her. “But will others believe that?”
“…” The girl went silent. She was not stupid, so she naturally understood what Zhu Yao was trying to say.
“You must know that fear is a very terrifying emotion.”
The girl sank into silence for a moment, before letting out a deep sigh. “You’re very right. I indeed cannot return to my past identity.” Raising her head, she looked at the incarnation above the pond that looked exactly the same as her. “Then, Sovereign, what do you think I should do?” Naturally, she was able to guess that everything this Sovereign had done, was in order to help her conceal her identity. However, she just could not figure out why she wanted to help her.
“There’s no need for you to suspect me, I naturally have my own reasons for doing this.” Zhu Yao pulled out the fan she obtained from Illusory Realm Island, and opened the leaf of the fan, revealing the faintly drifting devilish energy within it. “You should be able to recognize this, right?”
“This is!” Ying Luo was stunned. Wasn’t this a mystic artifact she used to seal the Devil? Why was it in her hands?
Zhu Yao turned her head, and looked at her with a stern expression. “If I say I’m a God, would you believe me?” She had long figured out a good excuse.
She was startled for a moment, and then she fiercely widened her eyes. She sized Zhu Yao up with a look of disbelief, and could not help but reach out her hand to touch Zhu Yao’s forehead. “Sovereign, you’re not sick, right!?”
“I’m being serious here!” She instantly slapped away her hand.
“Sovereign, I don’t cultivate much, don’t lie to me. A true God wields the sealing arts. If you can wield them, back then, there wouldn’t be a need for me to…”
Before she could even finish, Zhu Yao flipped her hand. A golden imprint surfaced on the leaf of the fan, and the devilish energy which was still flowing about the fan earlier, was instantly dispelled completely. Even the black leaf had instantly reverted back to white, returning to the look of a regular mystic artifact.
“Your esteemed mom, you really can wield them!” Ying Luo was completely stunned.
Can you please remove the profanities when praising people?
“I have merely restored the seal on this fan to perfection.” Zhu Yao continued to dupe her. “To tell you the truth, the reason why I’m helping you is to simply locate all of the five mystic artifacts. I have a way to deal with this Devil once and for all. As long as the Devil is dealt with, you will be able to openly appear in front of everyone.”
She looked at the leaf of the fan, and then glanced at Zhu Yao. After pondering for a long while, she gritted her teeth and slammed her hands onto Zhu Yao’s shoulders. “Alright, big sis. This old lady shall work under you!”
Why did she feel as if she had established a mafia? This was definitely her imagination.
“I will find the mystic artifacts myself, you just have to be careful not to be discovered by people.”
The girl smiled. “This matter concerns me after all, so how can I possibly let you go alone? Don’t persuade me. No matter what, I will have to put in some work.”
“…” Why did she feel as though a troll had stuck onto her?
Zhu Yao stuck a concealment talisman onto the girl, and since she was passing by Sword Seeking Peak to retrieve the Metal Spirit, she gathered some materials there, and stopped the chaos of the spiritual swords. She then openly returned to Forgotten God Palace, and then cooped herself in the artifact refining chamber, spending three whole days to refine a bracelet to conceal the girl’s former appearance.
After she wore it, she immediately sprinted next to a pond. Reflected in the water was a girl around twenty years old, and the face was not as soul enchanting beautiful as it was before, but it could still be considered pleasant-looking. Her height was a little shorter than before, and her line of sight shifted downwards, stopping at the chest which did not experience the slightest of change. Then, she forcefully raised her head and looked at Zhu Yao’s, before satisfyingly retracted her gaze.
Momma’s egg, why the hell am I feeling so irritated?
Just as she got out of the artifact refining chamber, she bumped into Wen Yu who had an excited look on his face. “Old Ancestor, you’re back.”
“I’m about to leave now.”
His face immediately sank right after. “Old Ancestor, the new batch of disciples is about to step foot onto the mountain. Why don’t you take in a disciple for fun, before leaving?”
The hell was ‘for fun’? Zhu Yao pulled over Ying Luo by her side as shield. “I have already taken in a disciple.”
“Aaahh!?” Wen Yu was dumbfounded. He sized Ying Luo up from head to toe. “She… She is…”
“I’m Ying…” The girl who was casual with anyone stepped forward, and just as she was about to speak up, Zhu Yao immediately covered her lips, and the words she uttered out instantly changed. “Yingyingying…”
“Old Ancestor?” Wen Yu looked at the two people back and forth, unable to understand the situation for a moment.
“That’s right, she’s called Ying Yingying.”
“…” The corner of Wen Yu’s lips twitched. Yin Yinying? Such a strange name.
“I say, Wen Yu!” Zhu Yao patted on his shoulders, and said with a heavy tone. “This disciple of mine, you see, is someone I picked out after many difficulties. Putting aside her having great aptitude, achieving the level of a Demigod in the future is not even a problem for her.” Wen Yu’s eyes instantly shone. “I have decided to raise her up with meticulous guidance.”
“All shall go according to Old Ancestor’s words.” He hurriedly nodded, carrying an excited look. So the reason why the Old Ancestor left the previous time, was in order to select a disciple for the sect. He’s so moved right now, what should he do?
“You too are aware that I’m a wandering practitioner in the past, so the cultivation techniques I learnt are different. That’s why, in order to raise a good disciple, I need to bring her out to gain some experience.” Zhu Yao continued to dupe.
Wen Yu immediately took a step back, no longer stopping the two of them. He even wished that she could immediately head out, and then return with two Demigods. “Old Ancestor, may your journey be smooth-sailing.”
This time, Zhu Yao was no longer in a hurry to leave, as she said with a complicated expression. “The matters of cultivation have always been difficult. Opportunities, aptitude, and luck, not a single one of these must be lacking, I believe we will encounter several difficulties in this journey. Furthermore, I was a wandering practitioner in the past, so I’m afraid the amount of properties I have… would prove to be a great inconvenience.” So give me some wages, hey?
Not even following up a single word, Wen Yu took out the storage pouch next to him and shoved it towards her. “Old Ancestor, feel free to leave with this, I shall handle everything in the sect.”
“Then I will leave it to you, Palace Master Wen.” Her face was filled with seriousness.
“Mn!” Wen Yu heavily nodded.
Zhu Yao pulled onto the girl Ying Luo, rode on her sword, and fled.
They were heading straight towards the west. As Zhu Yao controlled the sword, she pulled out a spiritual sword and passed it to her. “Hold onto this. This is something I refined at the side while refining that bracelet of yours.”
Ying Luo was stunned for a moment. Then, after finally regaining her senses, she received it.
Zhu Yao turned to glance at her, and nudged. “What’s wrong?” Why did she suddenly become so quiet? She was really not used to this.
“Wen Yu, is the Palace Master of Forgotten God Palace?” She suddenly asked.
“Then… What about the former Palace Master?”
“Isn’t that just unnecessary talk?” Zhu Yao rolled her eyes at her. “Naturally, either that person has ascended, or is already dead.”
“Dead…” Ying Luo frowned, and only after a long while did she let out a deep sigh. “So she is already dead.”
Zhu Yao was startled. Looking at the girl’s relieved expression, she suddenly recalled that in the scenario, the girl seemed to be the biological younger sister of the Forgotten God Palace Master. Though it was said that familial love between people were cultivating into deities was shallow, this girl was a good, proper young lady after all. She finally managed to awaken, yet her only relative had already passed away. Her letting out a sigh was something Zhu Yao could understand.
“Do you know where’s the next mystic artifact is located?” Zhu Yao diverted the subject. She had only heard that it was in the west, but she was uncertain of the concrete location.
The girl did not stay depressed for a long while, and had instead instantly recovered. “If I did not guess wrong, it should be with the Heavenly Feather Race.”
“Heavenly Feather Race?” What’s that?
“The Heavenly Feather Race lives within a barrier located at the west of the continent. Rumours say that they are descendants of the Phoenix God-beasts, bearing feathers the moment of their births, and had the power to soar towards the Nine Heavens.”
Descendants of phoenixes? Why were descendants everywhere in this world? Was it really alright to be this chaotic?
“The Heavenly Feather Race always have terrible temper, and they are not at comfortable terms with human practitioners. If we break into their place like this, we will definitely be attacked by their crowd.”
“Why didn’t you say that earlier!?” It would have been good if she had done some preparations.
“You didn’t ask either!”
“…” Could she return this stupid person back to the sacred pond?
“We’re here!” She suddenly called out.
A gigantic continental land suddenly appeared in the air, and it was impossible to see the other end with a single glance. It was floating as if it was a city in the sky. They immediately stepped onto that piece of land. Before they could even walk a few steps out, they were blocked by a transparent barrier and could not push forward.
Zhu Yao walked back and forth next to it several times, yet, she was still unable to discern just what kind of formation it was. For a moment, the two of them did not have any ideas.
“What should we do?”
“If we forcefully break through it, it will definitely be sensed by other people.” The girl pondered for a moment, before suggesting. “Why don’t we directly used a defense related mystic artifact, converge it with one of the defensive formations placed on the barrier, and then make use of the idle time while the formation attempts to link with the artifact, to charge right through it?”
“You’re saying, we should make use of the opportunity from converging in the mystic artifact, to forcefully add another formation core into the barrier?”
The girl nodded. “If it’s just a defense related mystic artifact and not an offensive one, it would not be sensed by anyone else.”
“A good plan.” Zhu Yao stretched out her thumb and praised her. “But… I don’t have any defensive mystic artifacts.”
“Didn’t you receive a storage pouch from Wen Yu earlier?”
Oh right, she had forgotten she received her wages. She hurriedly took out that pouch, and pulled out every single object.
Spirit stones – Mn, I don’t have a use for them right now.
Medicinal pellets – Mn, these can be given to the girly for life-saving purposes.
Talismans – Intermediate grade talismans, not much use. Let’s give them to the girly as well.
Fourth rank flying mystic artifact – Spiritual sword, low grade.
Fifth rank defensive mystic artifact – A dudou1!!!
Zhu Yao: “…”
Ying Luo: “…”
Wen Yu’s taste, was a little intense, hey!
“Kuh…” The girl Ying Luo took that bright red cloth, and said with a stern look. “This shouldn’t belong to him. Look, the mark embroidered on the dudou doesn’t belong to Forgotten God Palace, it definitely belongs to some other female practitioner…” When she was halfway through her explanation, she stopped, and her expression carried even wider cringe than earlier.
If it did not belong to him, it’s even worse, alright? If it did not belong to him, then who could it belong to? Did a female practitioner give it to him? Or did he snatch it from someone else? A piece of clothing like this that sticks close to one’s body, just how did he snatch it? And just what were the basic principles behind the method to do so?
What should she do? The hole in her brain was too huge, no matter how she tried to fill it in, it was not enough.
She never expected that even given Wen Yu’s age, he was still following the trends!
“Why don’t we, take a look at what else is there inside?” Zhu Yao said.
“Sure!” The girl’s eyes instantly shone, activating her gossip mode.
The two of them overturned the storage pouch with excited looks. Unfortunately, other than a few low rank spiritual swords, and a few sets of male mystic robes, there were no other unknown objects.
The two sighed at the same time. Such a pity. (Wen Yu: …)
“Let’s use this then.” Zhu Yao picked up the dudou, and placed it at the side. Circulating her spiritual energy, she activated the defensive formation within, and then guided the formation towards the barrier. With a flash of bright light, A round, light image with the height of a man suddenly appeared on the transparent barrier.
“Now!” Zhu Yao shouted, and along with Ying Luo, charged into it.
A moment later, the barrier had already been restored to normal. Though, above the transparent barrier, there was now an additional dudou fluttering in the air.
Zhu Yao: …
Ying Luo: …
Mn, hopefully, Wen Yu won’t feel that depressed.
- Dudou: An ancient Chinese undergarment. Usually bright red in colour. For more info, click here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dudou