“The hardest part about destroying the talismans of the Scented Cloud Mountain is the planning necessary to modify it without anyone noticing. However, the moment they make a move, all they need is a suitable method. Even if it’s just a Qi Condensation disciple, as long as they get into the Scented Cloud Mountain and have a bit of time, they can slowly complete the modifications. The destruction of the talisman has been done over a period of time! The South Bank definitely has a traitor!” The old monkey spoke grieviously.
A hint of coldness appeared within Han Zong’s eyes. He knew that destroying the Scented Cloud Mountain was easy, but restoring it was hard. For example, a child could easily destroy a flower vase, but an expert would be needed to restore it. Therefore, the two things could not be mentioned in the same breath!
“A traitor…” As Han Zong muttered to himself, he raised his right hand and made a grasping motion towards the Zhong Dao Mountain. After a short moment, a jade slip quickly flew over and landed in his palm. The jade slip contained records of each event that had happened within the sect during the past fifteen years. He glanced at the jade slip, and he even saw records of what happened after Bai Xiaochun entered the sect, including the thunder incident, the acid rain incident, the Ten Thousand Snakes Valley incident, and the strange phenomenon that occured whenever he refined pills.
After viewing the jade slip, Han Zong’s expression gradually turned strange. From his point of view, Bai Xiaochun was detrimental towards the sect… However, his eyes suddenly flashed.
“This child’s pill refining… appears to contain a demonic attribute!”
“There exist a myriad of different ways to traverse the Dao of Medicine, every person have different methods. Perhaps Bai Xiaochun… Fine, give him River Reversing Pill Recipe and the Hanmen Medical Book. Perhaps in his hands, the River Reversing Pill… Can be refined in the future…” the monkey lightly muttered.
Han Zong’s eyes contracted. There were countless people in the Spirit Creek Sect who attempted to refine the River Reversing Pill, however, not a single person was able to successfully refine it. The Spirit Creek Sect even had to find the Pill Creek Sect and painstakingly offered an immense price for them to refine it. But even for the Pill River Sect, it was also incredibly hard to refine.
This River Reversing Pill had already became a legend. If it were not for the Spirit Creek Sect currently possessing one, Han Zong would have definitely believed that this was an unrefinable pill. And this pill’s only function was to… awaken the True Spirit! It could awaken the True Spirit for ten breaths worth of time!
And that Hanmen Medical Book was even one of the three great foundational inheritances from that year’s Hanmen Spiritual School. It recorded Tongtian’s Dao of Medicine, and it is rumoured that it came from the world beyond the heavens.
“Pill refining that contains a demonic attribute, but that River Reversing Pill in itself is a pill that comes from a demonic sect. Perhaps… It is not impossible!” After Han Zong muttered to himself, he nodded his head and asked, “Master, your cultivation is…”
“It’s extremely difficult to recover my cultivation and it also requires time. Even if it returns... I have to wait for a few more years no matter what. With my own eyes, I want to see... the destruction of the Nine Heavens Cloud Thunder sect!” Hatred clouded the monkey’s eyes. When his whole sect was exterminated countless of time ago, only him and a few others managed to escape. Narrowly escaping the forbidden area and arriving at the Lower Stream of the Tongtian River Eastern Vein, surviving on their last breaths.
“Disciple... I wasn’t the only one who returned. Those old guys... perhaps they all revived! This old man doesn’t know why, but I think… This is an omen telling us a huge event is going to happen.”
The monkey lightly sighed while Han Zong was silent. Although he was old, energy slowly condensed within his eyes just like the old days, and there was even a hint of stubborness.
Time passed. After a month, Bai Xiaochun could be seen within his cave, currently finishing his cultivation. He was somewhat nervous about the possibilities of what events could happen if he left his cave. He frowned and let out a sigh. However, if he stayed here and was unable to leave, he could only continue to meditate and do some breathing exercises.
Today, Bai Xiaochun had just finished cultivating and opened his eyes before sighing as he usually did, however, at that moment, Bai Xiaochun was shocked. On the floor, an extra jade slip and a bamboo book had suddenly appeared.
These two items seemed to be extremely ancient, as if it had existed for countless years. The momet he glanced at the items, he could feel vicissitudes of life.
“Eh?” Bai Xiaochun was stupidified. He glanced around and suspiciously picked up the jade slip; he inserted his spirit force as he closely examined it. In an instant, Bai Xiaochun’s eyes widened.
“River Reversing Pill? It doesn’t need any plants, but instead uses the river water of Tongtian River to refine the pill? This… What type of miracle pill is this? It looks pretty good. The river water of the Tongtian River could actually be used to refine a pill?!” Bai Xiaochun believed it was inconceivable. He carefully inspected the method of refining the pill and took a deep breath.
“This is too scary! It actually uses the body as a furnace…” He took a glance at the bamboo book and at the same time, his eyes became even wider.
“Hanmen Medical Book?”
“The immortal Hanmen rises, the eternal reincarnation falls!” Bai Xiaochun took a deep breath. After he opened the bamboo book, he couldn’t see anything concrete, only a patch of fuzziness. He could only see the first line of the book, but this one line made him crazy.
“Could it be… Could it be that this medical book can refine an immortality pill? Ahhhh!” Bai Xiaochun let out a screech; he began shaking from head to foot. His eyes were bloodshot and showing excitement, as if he had just found a precious treasure.
“Senior Brother Sect Head must’ve seen me diligently cultivating and gave me these two items as a reward. Senior Brother Sect Head is too generous. This River Reversing Pill is but a small gift, just wait until I’ve become more awesome, then I’ll refine a thousand of these for Senior Brother Sect Head.” Bai Xiaochun was excited and hurriedly researched the Hanmen Medical Book. Although he couldn’t see more of the contents of the book, his persistence still did not decrease.
This was especially so for the bamboo used to make the Hanmen Medical Book. After some research, Bai Xiaochun realised that he actually couldn’t recognise this bamboo, but it released a feeling of the vicissitudes of life, as if it had existed for over ten thousand years.
He was unable to imagine what kind of bamboo could actually exist for ten thousand years. Furthermore, it was clearly releasing bursts of sweet scents that could make his cultivation operate much faster after assimilating into his body.
Bai Xiaochun was even more excited, and checked it over and over again. This was an extraordinary treasure, and some doubts appeared in the bottom of his heart. Could it actually be true that his cultivation today had moved the Sect Head? Or perhaps his master’s spirit in the underworld rewarded this to him?
“That can’t be possible…” Bai Xiaochun thought for a while and clenched his teeth. He decided to simply not care. The treasure was in his hands anyways; it was already his.
At this moment, Bai Xiaochun didn’t see that there was a monkey standing behind him in the deepest parts of the cave. It looked at him, with reverence and suspicion hidden in his eyes.
“How in the world did he do it… Could it be that there really is a spirit that exists? A spirit that let me return with his help…?”
After a long time, the monkey turned around and walked into the rock wall; following the rock wall all the way to the bottom of the Zhong Dao Mountain… until it reached the depths of the river bank.
Here, there was an enormous crypt, filled with the golden river water of the Tongtian River. There was a mighty formation array all around this area, and the entire Spirit River Sect was the nucleus of this formation array.
This formation array wasn’t used to suppress, but rather… to protect.
In the middle of the golden river water, there was a coffin.
This coffin had no cover, and inside, it could be seen that there was a female baby’s… corpse.
Even though that female baby was a corpse, there was a trace of life force on her body, and the feeling of the vicissitudes of life was present, and with each passing moment, it got even stronger...
Time flew by and another two months passed.
Bai Xiaochun, from the start until the end, could not see what was inside the Hanmen Medical Book. Although he was not unwilling to find out, all he could do was give up. He planned on waiting for his refining skills to become even better, and maybe then, he could finally understand what was in the Medical Book.
At this moment, his punishment time had ended. When Bai Xiaochun walked out of the stone cave, he was in high spirits, and his cultivation had slight improvements. It wasn't long before he found out that he would be sent to the North Bank to observe the beasts and deepen his cultivation of the Water Nation technique.
“The North Bank…” Bai Xiaochun stared blankly and looked into the distance towards the North Bank as he hesitated. He recalled how he was called the North Bank’s number one enemy during the Heaven’s Chosen War.
“It’s been so long since then; they should’ve almost forgotten it.” Bai Xiaochun uncertainly muttered in a low voice. He was hesitant, but he couldn’t do anything about it; this was the Sect Head’s order. Bai Xiaochun thought for a while and expectation slowly emerged in his eyes. He was looking forward to the Rearing Beast Seed in his storage pouch. If he could get a fierce beast for himself, then going to the North Bank wasn’t something unbearable.
He returned to the Scented Cloud Mountain and tidied up his travel equipment in the collapsed cave. Three days later, on the Zhong Dao Mountain, all of the Elders, Ancestors, inner sect disciples, and many outer sect disciples sent him off.
This sending off was spontaneous, and almost all of the disciples came here, looking at Bai Xiaochun. They wanted to confirm with their own eyes that Bai Xiaochun was going to the North Bank before they could be relieved.
Seeing that so many people came to send him off, Bai Xiaochun who was standing beside the Sect Head, felt extremely moved, and he waved towards the crowd.
“Everyone, I have to go to the North Bank, but I really don’t want to part with you guys. I really don’t want to part with the South Bank, and I really don’t want to part with every blade of grass and every tree here.”
After the crowd heard these words, their expressions all turned strange. After all, a send-off was very strict, and the Sect Head, along with the various Ancestors, were here. Even if they were normally very angry towards Bai Xiaochun, these disciples forced out an expression that made it seem like they hated to part with Bai Xiaochun.
Only Zhang Fatso One, Hou Xiaomei, Hou Yunfei and the other people who were very friendly with Bai Xiaochun were truly relunctant to part with him from the bottom of their hearts. However, in the first place, the North and South Bank were both a part of the Spirit Creek Sect, so this relunctance wasn’t really that strong.
“Junior Disciple Bai, your talent is exceptional, and you have started to comprehend the Water Nation Technique along with its grandeur. Could it be that you don’t want to create a miracle and cultivate the Water Nation Technique to perfection? The North Bank has more resources than my South Bank. If you continue to cultivate there, then it can make your future potential even greater, with even higher chances of entering the Foundation Establishment. After you enter Foundation Establishment, your lifespan will increase.” Elder Zhou walked out within the crowd, looking at Bai Xiaochun with gentleness on his face as he slowly spoke.
Bai Xiaochun’s body trembled. The fact that entering Foundation Establishment would increase his lifespan made rays of lights appear in his eyes.
“Go! Turn away and walk towards the North Bank! Remember, we cultivators must always press forward. After leaving, do not look back, just go all the way!
“Yes, Senior Uncle Bai, go on. You have lofty aspirations. Only the North Bank can give you the sky you dream to fly on!”
“Senior Uncle Bai, don’t be reluctant to leave us, just go into the North Bank and never come back; your path is in front of you.” The crowd successively opened their mouths to speak, and when Bai Xiaochun heard the words said by everyone around him, his eyes started to tear up.
At this moment, he took a deep breath and cupped his fist in his other hand to pay respects to the crowd as he turned away. A strange look appeared in the Sect Head’s face as Bai Xiaochun followed him to the Zhong Dao Mountain and went to the North Bank...
Seeing Bai Xiaochun walking away, the benevolent look on Elder Zhou’s face instantly changed to excitement, and all the disciples there were also elated. Many people even cried tears of happiness.
“Heaven has eyes. This Bai Xiaochun has finally gone away!”
“Hahahaha, the Sect Head has given us mercy and the Ancestors are wise. Heaven is finally fair. The spring of our South Bank has finally arrived!”
“Is this true? Bai Xiaochun has actually left? I don’t dare to believe that this is true!” Countless people seethed with excitement and started cheering. Some people actually brought out gongs and drums, happily beating them.
At the north side of the Zhong Dao Mountain, Bai Xiaochun was currently following the Sect Head when he heard the sounds of the gongs and drums behind him resounding to the heavens. He let out a dry cough with a strange expression, vaguely feeling that this scene felt a bit familiar; sorrow immediately appeared on his face.
“Senior Brother Sect Head, do you hear this sound? The South Bank is also relunctant to part with me. Because of me leaving, they’ve become like this due to sadness.”
Zheng Yuandong’s blanked out for a moment, and he could only lift his head, staring silently into the sky…
1st guaranteed chapter of the week.
Edited by: Arch, MantouInv, Cannibaloid, Jin