Chapter 121 – Extraordinary Background
Translator: Mr Voltaire
Within the Essence-Gathering Formation, Xiao Yun continuously absorbed the Essence Qi for 2 hours using the Heaven-Devouring Divine Art. Afterwards, it was absorbed by his Martial Spirit.
As Xiao Yun continuously took the Essence Qi for himself, the Essence Qi within the formation became thin. Only then did the Heaven-Devouring Sparrow stop absorbing the Essence Qi.
Even though the Essence-Gathering Formation was quite incredible, with the Heaven-Devouring Sparrow and Xiao Yun continuously absorbing Essence Qi together, the amount that would take a normal person a month to absorb was absorbed by them within 2 hours.
What’s more, after absorbing this Essence Qi, Xiao Yun could use it as he wished. In other words, Xiao Yun’s cultivation speed was 10 times a normal person’s, if not more. And yet, after absorbing so much Essence Qi, Xiao Yun did not feel any signs of breaking through. Within his sea of consciousness, his Martial Spirit lit up with light and buzzed, as if that Essence Qi was not enough.
“This glutton.” Xiao Yun shook his head and sighed. With his Martial Spirit, he had no idea when he would be able to step into the True Essence realm. Back then, it was because of this Martial Spirit that he had been stuck at the Body Tempering realm for so many years!
“As long as I can enter the Heaven Origin Sect, with enough resources, I should be able to satisfy this fellow,” Xiao Yun thought as he shook his head and continued absorbing the Essence Qi within the formation. The formation pillars continuously flashed, drawing Essence Qi towards the platform, which was quickly absorbed by Xiao Yun. The light that Xiao Yun’s Martial Spirit gave off became incredibly bright, and its aura of life became even denser.
In the blink of an eye, 2 days had passed, and within the Essence-Gathering Formation, Xiao Yun was still absorbing Essence Qi with his eyes closed. Beside him, the snow-white little beast looked quite bored. She would occasionally jump around on his body, playing with his hair.
The Heaven-Devouring Sparrow also fell silent, no longer competing for Essence Qi with Xiao Yun. The Essence Qi that the Essence-Gathering Formation gathered was only enough for Xiao Yun, and even then, it was barely enough.
Xiao Yun sent his mind into his sea of consciousness, and instantly felt delighted. “Another dewdrop has been created.” There was now a dazzling dewdrop on the jade-green leaf. Not only this, but another sub-branch had appeared on his Martial Spirit, making it so that Xiao Yun’s Martial Spirit now had 4 sub-branches.
One of them was created from Chilling Qi, but it had not developed at all. Another was created through Fire Essence Qi, and had 2 flame-red leaves.
The jade-green branch had a single leaf on it, and the new sub-branch was far from creating a leaf. Xiao Yun still needed to absorb a lot of Essence Qi to strengthen and nourish that sub-branch.
Not only this, the Martial Spirit’s jade-green halo became even brighter. Just from his senses, Xiao Yun could tell that his Martial Spirit had once again become stronger. Even though this sort of change was not a massive improvement, Xiao Yun was quite satisfied.
“It’s been 2 days already, so I should probably go out.” After thinking about it, Xiao Yun did not continue to cultivate here. The Essence Qi here already become quite thin, and if he stayed, it would simply be a waste of time. It would be better for him to come again in a few days. That way, the formation would have gathered enough Essence Qi for him again.
This was the benefit of the Essence-Gathering Formation – it continuously gathered Essence Qi, and if no one absorbed it, it would condense the Essence Qi into something similar to True Essence.
After leaving the Essence-Gathering Formation, the snow-white little beast immediately jumped up and rushed towards another region of the mountain ridge.
“This little fellow.” Xiao Yun shook his head and smiled. Yiyi had been stuck with him in the Essence-Gathering Formation for 2 days, and most likely could not take it anymore. He didn’t try to bring her back – after all, Yiyi was very powerful, and normal people would not be able to injure her. Even Essence Core realm cultivators would not be able to harm her!
“Let’s go and try out the Martial Spirit’s effects after it becomes stronger again. I wonder if the Soul Heaven Pill’s medicinal ingredients have been collected,” Xiao Yun muttered as he left and walked back towards the inner parts the Imperial Palace. With Emperor Feng’s medallion, no one dared to stop him wherever he went. Soon, he arrived at the Seventh Princess’ courtyard.
Yuan Wan Ting was still with the Seventh Princess, and seeing Xiao Yun arrive, she smiled, seeming quite courteous. Ever since she had been saved by Xiao Yun, she had been filled with a strange sense of admiration and respect towards him.
As Xiao Yun walked over, the Seventh Princess felt quite happy as she asked, “Young sir Xiao, how have the past 2 days been?”
“Everything’s been very well,” Xiao Yun said as he smiled. “Thanks to Princess, I was able to use the Essence-Gathering Formation and increase my strength. As such, I’ve come to help Princess extract her poison again.” Now that his Martial Spirit had become stronger, he wanted to see if it would be easier to absorb and neutralise that Essence-Corroding Heavenly Poison.
Hearing that Xiao Yun was going to extract the poison for her again, Feng Yu Yao felt ecstatic. She had been worried that this youth would not have time to come again – after all, she knew best how terrifying this poison was!
Xiao Yun did not say much else as he went with the Seventh Princess into her room, and they sat cross-legged on the bed as Xiao Yun started to extract the poison.
This time, Feng Yu Yao was prepared for what was coming, and took the initiative to stretch out her hand and hold the youth’s.
With a slight thought, a jade-green light flashed as the jade-green branch appeared on Xiao Yun’s palm, giving off a dense aura of life as it started to absorb the poison within her body.
The jade-green light seemed to be made up of tiny runes that could pass through one’s meridians, tendons and bones to absorb the poison within.
After the jade-green light entered her body, Feng Yu Yao felt much more relaxed, and even sighed in pleasure. The light seemed to be cleansing her body, and every cell in her body was desperate to be washed by that light. Feng Yu Yao narrowed her eyes, enjoying that sensation.
After sending out his senses, Xiao Yun was able to understand the condition of his Martial Spirit. “After cultivating for 2 days and absorbing much Heaven and Earth Essence Qi, my Martial Spirit has become much stronger again. However, it’s still unable to unreservedly extract the Essence-Corroding Heavenly Poison – it seems that in order to completely eliminate this poison, I’ll have to keep strengthening my Martial Spirit!”
Even though it was only a slight increase in strength, it reduced the burden on him considerably.
When Xiao Yun and Feng Yu Yao entered the room, there were 2 men standing on a building looking over. Their eyes burned like torches, and they gave an incredibly domineering and majestic feeling.
One of them was evidently Emperor Feng. By his side stood a middle-aged man in his thirties. This man could not be considered to be handsome, but his eyes flashed like stars, and his gaze seemed to pierce through space. At this moment, both of their eyes were narrowed, sending out their spiritual sense towards the Princess’ room.
“Worthy brother Mo, were you able to infer anything?” Emperor Feng asked as he looked at the man beside him.
Emperor Feng had monitored the poison extraction process last time with his spiritual sense, but he could not work out just what sort of divine powers this youth had. As such, as soon as Xiao Yun had appeared, they had started monitoring him.
The man by Emperor Feng’s side was called Mo Shao Zhong. He was from the Heavenly Capital Domain, and he had an unfathomable aura.
“I’ve come across this aura before,” Mo Shao Zhong said as his eyes flashed.
“Really?” Emperor Feng felt quite astonished.
“If I haven’t guessed incorrectly, his ability is related to a bloodline legacy,” Mo Shao Zhong said.
“A bloodline legacy?” An expression of interest appeared in Emperor Feng’s eyes.
Mo Shao Zhong nodded then asked, “That’s right, what did you say his surname was?”
“His surname is Xiao, and he belongs to the Moonwind Kingdom’s Violet Cloud County’s Xiao family,” Emperor Feng replied.
“Xiao?” Mo Shao Zhong raised an eyebrow as he muttered, “This surname sounds quite familiar. 10 or so years ago, I’ve heard of a person surnamed Xiao who shocked the entire Heavenly Capital Domain, but who was he?” Mo Shao Zhong lapsed into silence, thinking about the past.
10 or so years ago, Mo Shao Zhong was only a 13 or 14-year-old youth.
“Could it be that this Xiao Yun has some sort hidden background?” When he saw Mo Shao Zhong’s serious expression, Emperor Feng felt quite shocked.
“Does this Xiao family have a legacy Martial Spirit?” Mo Shao Zhong suddenly asked after thinking for a while.
Emperor Feng replied seriously, “They do. Legend says that the Martial Spirit is extremely powerful and rare.” In the past 100 years, only Xiao Yun’s father had awakened a Martial Spirit.
“What sort of Martial Spirit was it?” Mo Shao Zhong asked.
After some recollection, Emperor Feng replied, “It’s said that it’s a Battle Martial Spirit.” Before this, he had ordered people to investigate the Xiao family’s history. After all, this was a matter of great importance, and he could not allow someone with an unknown history to go near his daughter.
“Battle Martial Spirit?” Mo Shao Zhong’s eyes lit up and he suddenly asked, “What is his father’s name then?” There was now a hint of excitement within Mo Shao Zhong’s voice.
“Xiao Zhan Tian,” Emperor Feng replied.
“Battle Martial Spirit, Xiao Zhan Tian.” A surprised look appeared in Mo Shao Zhong’s eyes and he muttered, “Could he be the Battle King, Xiao Zhan Tian’s son?”
“What Battle King?” Emperor Feng asked. He did not know many of the things in the Heavenly Capital Domain.
“He’s an incredibly exceptional person, and it’s said he’s from Nanjiang. He once shook the Heavenly Capital Domain, and left his own legend, but it was a pity… who would have thought that he was from the Moonwind Kingdom?” Mo Shao Zhong’s expression became quite serious, not willing to say anymore.
“Does worthy brother Mo have any apprehensions?” Emperor Feng asked in surprise. This Mo Shao Zhong’s status was quite extraordinary – just who could make him this apprehensive?
Mo Shao Zhong said with an earnest look, “Mm. If I’m correct, this Xiao Yun should be related to a large family within the Heavenly Capital Domain. The Martial Spirit he uses to heal others is most likely from his mother’s bloodline, but this sort of Martial Spirit is too mysterious, and normal people wouldn’t know about it at all.
“His mother?” Emperor Feng asked in surprise, “Could it be that his mother has an extraordinary background?”
“Mm,” Mo Shao Zhong nodded. In response Emperor Feng looked over at him in curiosity.
“Brother Feng, it’s best that we keep this matter within our hearts. If it’s exposed, it could bring great trouble. No matter if it’s his parents or another power, they’re all not people who we can afford to offend,” Mo Shao Zhong said seriously. “In fact, even the main Feng Clan does not darer to enter these muddy waters; it’s best that we know as little about this as possible.”
“It’s that terrifying?” Emperor Feng’s heart trembled and he said, “Even the Feng Clan fears them?” This caused him to feel extremely shocked – the Feng Clan had the Phoenix bloodline, and was incredibly powerful.