AST 1061 – The Ancient Ruins at Dragon Spine Mountain, Bodhi Tree?
In the end, Lin Zhanhan stayed behind at Yiye Tian's house. Previously, Qing Shui had already decided that he would not bring Lin Zhanhan into the Ancient Ruins, even if they were in a group. He had actually planned for the man to just wait at the Ancient Ruins for them. Now however, the best decision was to let Lin Zhanhan stay here for the time being. They would come back for him when they head for Lion King’s Ridge. Most likely, Yiye Tian would also join them then.
Qing Shui and the others continued on their journey. To travel faster, they used the Nine Continents Steps Effect. The Ancient Ruins was at the northwestern edge of the Continent. As it was not the extreme northern tip, the weather was cold but not as extreme.
The Lion King’s Ridge was at the northern tip of the Continent, more to the east.
The Ancient Ruins was located in a very desolate place. As they got closer, the weather became harsher and the place looked bleaker. Snow covered everything and the chilly wind was as sharp as blades. The blizzard was constant and there were even some rumbling avalanches. All they could see was a vast land of white snow. Every now and then, there would be a powerful wild beast that would appear. Occasionally they would spot one or two plants buried in snow.
The fourth time they landed using the Nine Continents Steps Effect, they reached a place where a normal person would freeze to death within two hours. The snowy ground also posed great danger.
The snow on the ground was as thick as a man's height in many areas. If one wasn't at least a Martial Saint, it would be difficult to survive in this place. Qing Shui looked around him and stomped on the ground, clearing a large area of snow. Next, he set up a Spirit Sealing Formation. This could block the wind, falling snow, and everything that could move. He and his companions then set up their tents within the formation.
"The Ancient Ruins is in a place with such a harsh environment. I wonder how many people will brave this sort of weather to get there. I am sure not anyone would actually go there." Di Qing commented as she sat beside Qing Shui.
"The Ancient Ruins is in a remote place, even though everyone knows that it is within Dragon Spine Mountain. I am sure only a few people can find this place and go back home safely. Such conditions are really a big deterrence," Qing Shui said as he looked at the howling blizzard just outside his formation..
They were in a very huge place. After using his Spirit Sealing Formation, he might be able to practice using his other techniques. Qing Shui excused himself and went out to explore the surroundings.
Qing Shui walked in mid-ar using his Nine Palace Steps. He had time, so he walked around and observed the place. As he shuffled along, he realized that many Demonic Beasts lived here, most of which were white, just like the surrounding snow. There were Snow Beasts, Snow Hawks, and Snow Wolves, among other Demonic Beasts.
QIng Shui knew that Arctic Hares were delicious, but they looked different from the pictures he had seen. For a few seconds, he even hesitated, somewhat unwilling to harm them. In the end, he still caught and brought a few of them back.
"Should we have these for dinner tonight?" Qing Shui placed five Arctic Hares, all about a foot long, on the ground.
"Ahh! No!" Hai Dongqing exclaimed instinctively and quickly went to carry one of them. The Arctic Hares were white as snow and their fur was smooth. Even though their bodies radiated heat and were warm to touch, that body heat was insufficient to melt the snow. Their two pale red eyes were exceptionally cute.
"Err… These hares can be kept as pets?" Qing Shui asked Hai Dongqing, puzzled. He didn't expect Hai Dongqing to look so kind, holding an Arctic Hare in her hand. It was as if her aura changed, or she changed into another outfit. The Arctic Hare a great accessory on her, but Qing Shui's focus was ultimately on her.
In the end, they did not eat those Arctic Hares. The women requested for him to release those little creatures, but he kept them in his Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal. Even if he wasn't going to eat them, they would add to the scenery in his realm.
Qing Shui and his group were nearing Dragon Spine Mountain after traveling for half a month. At the moment, they were all looking at a map. The place they were at now was covered in snow, but some of the area was covered by ancient forests with extremely tall trees while others were barren, without even a hint of residual snow. Even the weather here wasn't as cold.
"We should be there soon. We met a few people here on our way. They're probably heading for the Ancient Ruins as well." Qing Shui said as he brought his companions towards higher ground.
Even though they could just fly upwards, Qing Shui enjoyed walking up to a high vantage point to look at the surroundings. It was a feeling he liked and enjoyed. No wonder people always aimed for higher grounds…
"Remember, if you enter the Ancient Ruins, don't get separated. With Jiange's Seven-headed Crystal Beast as well as Luan Luan and her demonic beasts, we shouldn't need to worry too much. Don't try to be greedy about the treasures. Just take this as training. But if we happen to get any treasure by chance, then we should just keep it." Qing Shui said seriously.
"Okay. If a treasure comes to me, I will throw it away. If I still get it back after three times, I will keep it." Di Qing said as she nodded.
Everyone smiled but didn't say anything.
Qing Shui began to hand out some necessities and Interspatial Silk Sachets to the women and Little Fatty. After that, he patted Little Fatty's shoulder.
The wind here was mild. Compared to the place they were before, this was like heaven. Suddenly, a stronger wind blew at them, whipping Yu Ruyan's hair. They could also smell a fragrance in the air.
"Smells good!" Yu Ruyan commented.
"That's right. It's your scent." Qing Shui said casually.
Yu Ruyan pushed her hair away from her face. Thinking about what Qing Shui said, she blushed. The display of a youthful demeanor by a mature woman was exceptionally attractive.
"What nonsense… That fragrance is not from me."
At that moment, Qing Shui knew that too. Tongue-in-cheek, he laughed and continued praising her. After that he looked to the left, where the wind was coming from. The fragrance was coming from that direction.
The surrounding ten thousand miles were covered in snow but there was still a possibility that a rare exotic flower was in bloom. Could he be that lucky?
To be able to discover something like this in such a vast place was some exceptional luck. Qing Shui thought to himself as he walked closer. He used his spiritual sense to its fullest extent, as he knew that there would always be a powerful guardian protecting anything rare.
After they turned around a corner, Qing Shui was stunned. From where they were, he could see an amazing sight happening under a gigantic rock. There was a pit that was around 3 meters wide. It looked like a normal pit, but it also felt special. What attracted Qing Shui's attention was a colorful little tree in the middle of the pit. Qing Shui counted the number of colors.
It was six-colored!
One could tell the grade of many things in this world just by looking at how many colors they had. Items or living organisms with seven colors were generally of the highest grade. As with everything, there were exceptions: there were some things which could have up to nine or twelve colors. It could get even more complicated.
The others also spotted it. Finally, Little Fatty spoke.
"That is the legendary Bodhi Tree of Buddhist scripture. It looks exactly like it, but it is really too small…"
"Bodhi tree?' QIng Shui asked, bewildered. He had heard of the tree in his past life but it had always been a very mysterious thing. Qing Shui had never given it more thought.
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AST 1062 – Bodhi Tree, Earth Jiao, Bodhi Fruit
The people in his previous life had a better understanding of the Bodhi Tree. For instance, the Buddha had only become enlightened after sitting under the Bodhi Tree. The Bodhi Tree was also known as the wisdom tree, the enlightening tree, and the awareness tree. In any case, it was indeed a mystical tree. It was even said that the relationship between the Bodhi Tree and Buddha was particularly deep.
"Are you sure that this is the Bodhi Tree?" Qing Shui looked at Little Fatty suspiciously, not knowing of the effects of this Bodhi Tree in the World of the Nine Continents.
"I'm certain. Although this Bodhi Tree is still small, it is one of the most precious Bodhi Trees." The Little Fatty was particularly surprised.
"What is the use of this Bodhi Tree?" Hai Dongqing asked, her gaze was fixed on the little tree.
"Legend has it that the Bodhi Tree was bestowed upon by the Buddha a strong power of knowledge, and cultivating under the Bodhi Tree can increase the speed of cultivation of one's spirit energy and techniques. What is even more praiseworthy is that it can greatly increase one's probability of comprehending the perfection of those techniques." The Little Fatty thought about it before saying.
"That strong?" Qing Shui knew the difficulty of cultivating spirit energy. At the later stages, it was absolutely necessary to cultivate spirit energy. Of course, this required a strong gift in cultivating spirit energy. Body refining was still the more mainstream method, and only a few could master the cultivation of spirit energy.
The Bodhi Tree is precious, and it is no less than any other sacred object. It is a pity that it is inflexible to new conditions. Thus, it cannot be moved or it will die. Therefore those who are lucky enough to meet this Bodhi Tree will have to stay behind. If not, they have to give it up."
The Little Fatty actively replied. After saying that, he added on,"There will definitely be Guardian Beasts near the surroundings of the Bodhi Tree, and they will not be that easy to deal with."
"Uncle Fatty, what kind of Guardian Beasts are they? Why have I not seen them before?" Luan Luan asked with great interest.
"That is something that I've only heard of. It seems that the Guardian Beasts of the Bodhi Tree are always the same. According to legend, they are all Earth Jiaos, a type of demonic beast that can be both flying and land-bound. They are much stronger than a regular Jiao and their bodies also contain the Dragon Bloodline," the Little Fatty laughed.
"Earth Jiao?" Qing Shui was surprised. Although he had seen a few demonic beasts with the Dragon Bloodline before, he only had some cursory knowledge about the rumoured Dragon Bloodline. The dragon had all sorts of descendents and word was that the dragon was rather lewd. Therefore, there was a possibility in which demonic beasts would have possess the Dragon Bloodline. It was only that such a Dragon Bloodline would be very thin.
It was said that a python had to reach a certain realm in order to turn into a Jiao. However, that required a long time and a great opportunity would be needed for it to be able to transform into a Flood Dragon.
Moreover, it was also rumoured that the Flood Dragon had the form of a dragon. A horn similar to that of a dragon would grow from its head. That was why it was also known as a Horned Dragon. Although it was not considered a true dragon, the strength of it was still similarly scary.
"Little Fatty, are you saying that the Earth Jiao is in the ground?" Qing Shui pointed to the ground while looking at the Little Fatty.
"It should be, but I'm not sure. However, Brother Qing Shui, be careful. The Earth Jiao is rumoured to be very strong." Little Fatty warned him nervously.
"I am aware. I will not fight with it for the time being, at least not today. We'll run after we get the Bodhi Tree tomorrow." Qing Shui thought for a moment before having this idea.
Just in the vicinity of the area, he found a spot to set up a formation for safety purposes. While everyone cultivated, Qing Shui sat there quietly looking at the bright Bodhi Tree. Although they had said that the tree could not be moved, he felt that his Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal could keep it alive. If the transplant failed, he could only blame himself for not having any luck.
As Qing Shui stared blankly at the tree, a wave of strong aura stirred in his heart. Fortunately, he was in the formation and was relatively safe. He looked around for the source of the aura and found that it was precisely from the Bodhi Tree.
Could it be the Earth Jiao?
Qing Shui's interest was aroused and he looked closely at the Bodhi Tree. In that moment, he saw an unforgettable scene. Suddenly, about a hundred meters from the Bodhi Tree, the ground cracked. A huge malevolent head emerged from the depths: a Jiao head, with its horn similar to that of a deer……
It really was the head of a dragon. Qing Shui had seen this drawing of a dragon head fifty times in his previous life, and this dragon head was brown in colour. The brownness reduced the grandeur of the head, but made it become much more sinister.
Its head was huge and about the size of a house. Within a moment of using its technique, its large brown body had churned out over fifty meters. However, this still wasn't its full length. It continued to spiral up towards the sky incessantly.
Qing Shui stared blankly as the leviathan completely rose up into the sky. Its thick and strong body was about two hundred meters long and as it rolled out, it scattered a boundless killing intent, making the Heaven and Earth appear gloomy.
Qing Shui had seen many things and been through many trials, but the scene of this leviathan bursting out of the ground still absolutely shocked him.
Qing Shui could not sense the exact strength of the Earth Jiao, but he knew that he was not strong enough to deal with it. This made Qing Shui afraid about the strength that strong demonic beasts in the Five Continents could possess.
Only when the Earth Jiao disappeared did Qing Shui let out a sigh and turn back to see the others laughing and shaking their heads.
They had all seen the frightening scene. Fortunately they were in the formation. Otherwise, if the Earth Jiao had seen them, something terrible would have resulted. He had used up the Nine Continents Steps effect and if they were to run, they would not have anywhere to go.
"Little Fatty, if this Earth Jiao runs to a populated city, wouldn't it be a huge catastrophe?" Qing Shui asked.
"You don't have to worry about this. The Earth Jiao is unable to leave these ten million miles of ice and snow." the Little Fatty said very seriously.
Hearing this, Qing Shui was relieved. In this case, he did not need to care if it was dead or alive. There was still a chance he could take the Bodhi Tree and run away.
"Qing Shui, are you sure you want to kill the Earth Jiao and take away the Bodhi Tree?" Yiye Jiange looked at Qing Shui and said with surprise.
"Jiange is still the best. You think highly of your man, I like it. However, I am thinking of just taking the Bodhi Tree away, and not killing the Earth Jiao. I feel that I am weak compared to it." Qing Shui held Yiye Jiange's hands in his and said happily.
"I don't know what to say about you……" Yiye Jiange laughed as she shook her head.
"Rumours are that the Bodhi Tree can bear Bodhi Fruits, but there are no regular yearly pattern to the sprouting. Furthermore, the odds of it bearing fruit are rare." The Little Fatty said while looking at the short Bodhi Tree.
"Oh, what is the use of a Bodhi Fruit?" Qing Shui had never thought that this type of tree could occasionally bear an unknown number of fruits. This made Qing Shui particularly curious.
"The Bodhi Fruit is also known as a Wisdom Fruit. A fool that consumed it would become wise. It was said that it could increase spirit energy as well as clear the meridians of the mind. Thus, it was considered a fairly precious fruit not commonly seen in the Main Continent," the Little Fatty said yearningly as he mentioned the Bodhi Fruit. Could it be that he needed it?
"Little Fatty, is it possible for this Bodhi Tree to bear a Bodhi Fruit?"
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