The Spirit Creek Sect has eight mountain peaks. Besides Zhong Dao Mountain, South Bank has three different mountain peaks, while the North Bank has four mountain peaks: the Setting Sun Mountain, the Sky Mountain, the Iridaceae Mountain and the Ghost Tooth Mountain.
There are a large number of disciples in every mountain peak, however, those in the South Bank are incomparable to those of the North Bank. Any of North Bank’s mountain peaks had outer sect disciples numbering in the tens of thousands and there were also over a thousand inner sect disciples.
The unified strength of the entire North Bank surpassed the strength of the South Bank by over two folds, and because of this, the North Bank increasingly became stronger. It vaguely became known as the leader of the Spirit Creek Sect.
The atmosphere in the North Bank was also totally different from the South Bank. Practically everyone here had a war beast. There were so many of them that it was common to hear the cooing sounds of a flying beast.
The entire North Bank seemed to be filled with a savage feeling; everyone in North Bank looked especially violent. When one looked up at the sky, one would be able to see many different types of fierce birds soaring through the air. Occasionally, even the Guardian Beasts of the North Bank’s four mountains could be seen; their figures would terrify almost everyone.
As of this moment, Sect Head Zheng Yuandong was currrently escorting Bai Xiaochun to the North Bank. However, the moment Bai Xiaochun arrived, he immediately attracted the attention of the North Bank’s disciples. Many disciples instantly recognized him as the North Bank’s number one enemy in that year’s Heaven’s Chosen War.
When the four Ancestors of the North Bank came forward to respectfully greet the Sect Head, everyone in the Ghost Tooth Mountain’s Main Hall began to discuss. When Bai Xiaochun was waiting outside the hall, the fact Bai Xiaochun was coming to the North Bank to cultivate had already been quickly spread by the people who knew him. Within half an incense stick’s worth of time, nearly every single outer and inner sect disciple of the North Bank knew of Bai Xiaochun’s arrival.
“Did you hear? That extremely evil Bai Xiaochun has come to our North Bank!”
“Bai Xiaochun? The North Bank's number one enemy actually dared to come to our North Bank! Haha, this is a good thing… a marvelous thing!”
“I heard that he came here because he caused a disturbance in the South Bank’s Ten Thousand Snakes Valley. It seems that he has a magical power; wherever he goes, he will drive the people there mad. I don’t even know whether it’s real or fake.”
“Even if it actually happened, it’s pointless. In our North Bank, even a dragon becomes a snake; even a tiger becomes a cat. That year, during the Heaven’s Chosen War, he gave us unprecedented shame. This time, the Heavens truly have eyes, the Sect Head actually made him come here. We must let this Bai Xiaochun know the consequences of provoking our North Bank!”
After this news spread, all of the disciples from the North Bank’s four mountains all cheered while clenching their fists until their knuckles turned white. They all stared at the peak of the Ghost Tooth Mountain, showing a vicious glare.
They had already prepared to force Bai Xiaochun to be unable to move a single step and suffer in the North Bank.
Especially the people who participated in the Heaven’s Chosen War - the Gongsun siblings, and Xu Song - were trembling with excitement after hearing about this. After the Heaven’s Chosen War, they had entered seclusion to fully concentrate on cultivation. They were already much stronger now compared to during the Heaven’s Chosen War.
At this moment, Bai Xiaochun was standing outside the Main Hall of the Ghost Tooth Mountain, raising his head to look at the countless birds in the sky. There was a Seven-Coloured Phoenix that was astonishing. Wherever it went, the birds would fly around it, as though they were worshiping it. This Seven-Coloured Phoenix gracefully flew around the North Bank a few times, then slowly flew towards the peak of the Iridaceae Mountain, completely disappearing from everyone’s sight.
Only after this did Bai Xiaochun withdraw his glance. He was very curious about the state of the North Bank. There were currently four disciples of the Ghost Tooth Mountain by his side, coldly staring at him.
Their gazes were filled with hate and anger, clearly unhappy towards Bai Xiaochun’s arrival.
After Bai Xiaochun yawned and rubbed his eyes, he realized that the four disciples of the Ghost Tooth Mountain had been staring at him for so long, and hence he began to speak with good intentions.
“These… four nephews, if you keep staring at me without even blinking, then I will feel embarrassed.” Bai Xiaochun coughed, thinking of easing the tension in the air. After all, he knew that he would have to stay in the North Bank for a period of time.
But the moment he finished speaking, the gazes of the four guards turned sharper, like four invisible swords flying towards Bai Xiaochun.
“Uh...we’re all in the same sect, yet you guys are staring at me with vicious eyes. Come, let me tell you a joke, once upon a time…” Bai Xiaochun felt embarrassed, but still, he felt that he was their elder, and so he laughed and continued talking. However, before he finished talking, he realized that the gazes of the four disciples of the Ghost Tooth Mountain got even scarier.
Bai Xiaochun felt that he had already tried his best to improve his relationship with them, but they were still glaring at him. He couldn’t help but feel ashamed.
Time passed, and quickly, the disciples of the Ghost Tooth Mountain found out that the North Bank's number one enemy, Bai Xiaochun had arrived. As a result, many people rushed towards the mountain. After seeing Bai Xiaochun, all of their grudges towards Bai Xiaochun rushed into their heads, and they immediately shouted at him, angrily.
“Bai Xiaochun, you dare to come to the North Bank! This time, we will let you know the price of offending our North Bank!”
“Damn it, whenever I see him, I remember the pain that Senior Brother Bei Hanlie had experienced!”
“Down with Bai Xiaochun!” When everyone was angrily shouting, Bai Xiaochun quickly retreated. He felt that these people were relying on numbers and were too excessive because he was too weak. When he was retreating, a cold snort suddenly came from the main hall.
“What are you making noise about!”
“Bai Xiaochun, come in.”
Following the echo of that voice, everyone stopped their shouting. But all of their gazes turned cold, making Bai Xiaochun felt terrified from the bottom of his heart. He firmly told himself that he should not be suppressed, and so he fiercely looked at the crowd, assuming a proud appearance as he quickly stepped into the main hall.
In the Main Hall, Sect Head Zheng Yuandong sat on the head seat with the four Ancestors of the North Bank beside him. They all had strange expressions, especially Zheng Yuandong, who sighed from the bottom of his heart. Regarding Bai Xiaochun, he was fully convinced. He had only been here for how long… and had almost caused a riot from the disciples outside.
“Bai Xiaochun, this old man and the four Ancestors of the North Bank have talked, and we have arranged for you to go to the Hundred Beasts Courtyard to be a caretaker for the beasts there.
When you are taking care of the beasts, you should go observe them and take the chance to condense a Spirit of Life for the Water Nation technique.
“The Hundred Beasts Courtyard is not located in any mountain, but right next to the ‘Ancient Beast Abyss’ behind the mountain. You can’t continue to be mischievous here. You must diligently cultivate and cherish this chance!” The Sect Head meaningfully looked at Bai Xiaochun, then looked towards the four Ancestors that were next to him.
“My Junior Brother is mischievous, if he commits any offenses, please discipline him.”
The four Ancestors had smiles on their faces, and after exchanging pleasantries, they respectfully sent off the Sect Head as he left the North Bank and returned to the Zhong Dao Mountain. The four Ancestors together with Bai Xiaochun were left inside the Main Hall.
The four Ancestors sized up Bai Xiaochun, and the old woman from the Iridaceae Mountain gave him a sharp look.
“Bai Xiaochun, the North Bank is different from the South Bank. Rules are the principles of our North Bank, and people who break these rules will be severely punished! For example, if the Ten Thousand Snakes Valley incident happened in the North Bank, you would now be hanging under the Zhong Dao Mountain, or above the Tongtian River, being punished for ten years. And that would be considered light."
Bai Xiaochun was nervous from the bottom of his heart,and quickly showed a lovable appearance while repeatedly nodding his head.
The four Ancestors looked at each other and no longer paid attention to Bai Xiaochun. They arranged an inner sect disciple from the Ghost Tooth Mountain to escort Bai Xiaochun to the Hundred Beasts Courtyard and went on their separate ways.
The inner sect disciple from the Ghost Tooth Mountain who escorted Bai Xiaochun to the Hundred Beasts Courtyard was a long-faced youth who had some pockmarks on his face, it caused him to look terrifying. He coldly glanced at Bai Xiaochun and walked in front of him, not saying a single word.
Bai Xiaochun blinked and followed closely behind. As the two people walked on a road in the North Bank, they gathered a lot of vicious glares here and there. Some outer sect disciples even carried a hostile look when looking at Bai Xiaochun.
The feeling of him being an outcast, in addition to the words that the old woman said in the Main Hall, made Bai Xiaochun fearful. He had an immense longing for the days in the South Bank that he used to have. After half an incense stick’s worth of time, as the long-faced disciple sped along, the two arrived at the area behind the mountain of the North Bank, next to a valley.
This place had a large area that was sealed by a formation array. Looking at the space encompassed, it was a lush forest that faintly had the cries of monstrous beasts coming out from it. There was an even more frightening thing. In the deepest parts of this forest, there seemed to be an abyss hidden within. When there were bursts of undulations that echoed from the abyss, it could even twist space itself.
Bai Xiaochun looked into the distance and his eyes slightly shrunk. He noticed a solitary pavilion which wasn't far from him. There was also a stone stele and under it, stood a skinny inner sect disciple who was waiting for Bai Xiaochun to take over as his escort.
The long-faced youth did not say a single word to Bai Xiaochun from the start of the journey until the end. As soon as they arrived, the former spoke a few simple words to the disciple in front of the pavilion and informed him that Bai Xiaochun was about to switch tasks with him. This skinny inner sect disciple's eyes swept over Bai Xiaochun; his eyes showed displeasure as he unwillingly threw a jade slip to Bai Xiaochun.
“This one is Sun Wen. This jade slip can sense the positions of the 981 monstrous beasts in this area. Every one of these monstrous beasts is a precious resource of my North Bank. If you damage anything, and the sect wants to blame you, then you have to take responsibility". After Sun Wen indifferently spoke, he left with the long-faced youth.
Even though the other party was extremely rude, Bai Xiaochun could only cough dryly and didn’t take offense. He inspected the pavilion and strolled around it, realizing that although the accommodation wasn't as good as the cave that he collapsed at the Scented Cloud Mountain, it was still better than the residences of the outer sect disciples. As a result, he was still satisfied.
“That old lady said that the North Bank paid attention to rules. Could it be that there are many sect rules here that are different from the South Bank? No, I should do some research about the sect rules of the North Bank, or else I may unintentionally commit an offense."
Translated by: Sean