Chapter 63: Eternal Alchemy Canon (One)
Xu Yangyi was somewhat spellbound. He was only accustomed to listening to information he was more or less was aware of, screens of the past. His yesterday had already been three years for everyone else...
In his mind, it was as if the savage scene of Vermillion Snow causing great upheaval in the crowds in the Unrivaled Beneath the Heavens Arena was before his eyes. The battle where he had made his first showing and become famous was still vivid and fresh in his mind.
"What realm is he?" He looked calmly at the computer screen and asked.
"The middle stage!" Zhou Tingting's face was flushed: "He's simply a genius! In thirteen years, he cultivated to the middle stage! Cultivators that can presently rise a small boundary in two or three decades are a dime a dozen…"
Was that so?
Xu Yangyi suddenly laughed.
Had he not dreamed for three years, he himself would've been at the middle stage three years ago.
"Sir might be unaware, but last year, he came out of seclusion from the Featherwood Guard and single-handedly went to Yuyangy City and killed all the demons with a criminal record. Some were even ten years his senior… S-Sir, this?"
She looked puzzledly at Xu Yangyi, but the other had already silently closed out of the page and opened the industry news one.
She was quite confused.
Obviously, this… Huh? Well, this cultivator she still didn't know the name of seemed to hold quite an interested expression towards Chu Zhaonan, so how could his interest disappear as quickly?
She couldn't have known, but just from this familiar name, Xu Yangyi was fondly recalling his own past.
Yet it was just this and nothing more.
On China's cultivation network's news page, Xu Yangyi took a quick glimpse of the stickied post.
"In 2016, in the first major case to occur in China in fifty years, Vermillion Snow massacred the Fengyi City branch. Afterwards, at the end of last year, the four major powers: Heavens Law, the CSIB, the Featherwood Guard, and the Bountiful Treasures Pavilion, formally took charge of full responsibility altogether for the incident."
"Three years ago on August 21st, Heavens Law's Nantong Province branch held the quinquennial graduation ceremony. In total, 12342 people participated. Among them was Nanton Province's 130 cultivation families, in total 342 people. In addition, there were 12000 guests. The number of Heavens Law graduates numbered 62. Each city's champion summed up to thirteen people. After the end of the Qualifier, Vermillion Snow suddenly killed her way in. This had lead to a major unprecedented heaven-frightening incident in China's past five decades."
"Firecloud, Shadowslay, Wang Buzhi, The Three Friends in Winter, Moonchaser, and Tigersplitter, these eight Foundation Establishment cultivators, acted to allow the survivors to evacuate and sacrificed their lives in honor and glory. They did so without qualm as true cultivators. Through the Chinese government's Vice Energy Minister, Mr. Chu Tianyi's suggestion, they were posthumously recognized as martyrs, and the families of these eight cultivators were arranged for by the government. Those who had families were automatically upgraded a level. Their children and younger generations will get to enjoy a tuition-free education at Heavens Law and will moreover have the privilege to select an occupation among the Big Three. Fengyi City's Heavens Law branch has already erected a heroes monument."
A tide of sorrow rushed over Xu Yangyi's heart. Presently, he was looking at the already black and white characters, but yesterday, they has still been before him, not drawing back a single step at all as if they were sharp swords.
The boiling killing intent within his heart suddenly flared, yet it noiselessly fizzled away. Strength, only strength was number one. Even now, a burning expectation had arose in his heart regarding the Eternal Alchemy Canon.
He continued to read.
"The demon's greatest organization, the Myriad Demon Palace has already stated their responsibility for this matter. As one of their authorities, Vermillion Snow had ranked early on as one of the Myriad Demon Palace's elders. Moreover, Old Demon Blackmountain specially declared during a news conference last year on New Year's Day: he would not cover up this event by any means, and they would even search for her. Daomaster Mountainlord revealed himself for the first time in two centuries and furthermore expressed his own attitude: the age of cultivation civilization is absolutely not the olden days of imperial autocracy. A civilized system is unable to tolerate such a provocation, and even further, the modern civilized system cannot be allowed to collapse. At the same time he stated: If he discovered Vermillion Snow's hiding place, even if she was separated by a distance of 10,000 kilometers, he would definitely put her to death."
"Daomaster Droughtbringer didn't make an appearance, but he entrusted his Majordomo Senior Farcloud to pass on: the era of ancient cultivation where the strongest fist reigned supreme is already a thing of the past. If anyone dares to provoke modern-day Earth's sphere of culture, in my capacity as one of the Myriad Demon Palace's three forebearers, she must comply with the decisions of the greater tide."
"To date, there has been no word of Vermillion Snow. The Yixue Clan and the Zhou Clan have calculated the divination three times, but are unable to find her whereabouts. Mr. Tao Hongzhi, an expert on the study of Demon Society and Modern Civilization has suggested that of Earth's numerous secret ancient cultivation realms, if Vermillion Snow hid in her own private secret realm she had discovered, almost nothing could be hardly accomplished within the next several decades. However, a majority of human cultivators suspect the Myriad Demon Palace of deliberate asylum. This Spring Festival, Nanton Province's 4000 surviving cultivators will stage a sit-in at Shennong Forest, Daomaster Blackmountain's Dao ground, drawing widespread attention. Several of the Chinese government's high officials have appeared to temporarily settle this matter."
"As of now, Vermillion Snow's bounty is 12 billion, and she ranks as number one on the Heavenly Demon Ranking."
"It is certain the influence of this tremendous incident will be far-reaching for the next decade. Still, it will become the target of everyone's attention. This incident in itself cannot be considered a change in peace and security of what things in the future will be like, as brought by the path between humanity and demons. We'll have to request everyone to wait and see."
Below, there were all kinds of comments that nearly flipped the heavens of the red sticked message.
"Bullshit! There's no question the demons are shielding her! Apart from the Myriad Demon Palace, where could she go hide! Humanity should take a hard line! Force the Myriad Demon Palace to hand her over! This is really fuckin' indulgent! If there was a first time, there's gonna be a second! It's hard to say the next time will be a second Vermillion Snow! To transgress against my human race, even though I am insufficient, she must be put to death! Don't tell me we're scared of those pack of demons?!" — ID: Eyes Obscured By a Single Leaf.
"Comment above, you're too excited; force them? You really believe the demon race's three great Core Formation masters are vegetarians? Their amicable replies are already sufficient face. The Myriad Demon Palace has also stated they would take responsibility. You still want an even greater disturbance? Disturbing so that China's government nukes their Core Formation cultivators? Will you only be happy once a provincial capital has been leveled to the ground? Have you thought about the ordinary people?" — ID: My Buddha is Merciful.
"Well, I'll say! The present era of cultivation civilization is really too weak! I read in a web novel that they wouldn't accept and ignore something like this, that the greatest fist is the big boss. THAT is a cultivator!" — ID: Huainan zi
"Comment above, are you ill? Is that era of small clans and powers still alive and well? Aren't there mortals still around? There's no reason to be worried every day that you'll be killed off by someone with an unseen blade! You know that's just a novel, too! Even in the ancient cultivation era, things weren't like that! Even the State of Qin still needed to pay attention for a good reason to send out troops! Any time period has a civilized ground work! These days, a guided missile can threaten a Foundation Establishment cultivator and a nuclear warhead can pose a threat to a Core Formation cultivator. This is society's balance of standards. You're not taking account that ordinary people have invented all kinds of things; things that you can't use!" — ID: My Name is MT.
"That's right! If you're not going to make a web call, are you going to use a paper crane? A call takes a second! It's not the quarter hour of a paper crane! A quarter of an hour is enough time for a Foundation Establishment senior to kill you ten times! Moreover, unless you're a Foundation Establishment cultivator, the cars and airplanes of ordinary people are convenient! Don't tell me it's like the ancient cultivation era, and I'd still be required to ask my senior to sit on his flying sword if I left the sect? Isn't that funny?" — ID: Glutton.
"Ordinary people use both their hands to change the world. This is worth of respect."
"Without them, it would be simply impossible to have satellites scan every one of Earth's nooks and crannies, so that cultivators could find spirit veins and secret realms."
"Mortals have used their own knowledge to stand at equal height with cultivators. At the very least, I can't keep myself away from the items of ordinary people every day. From clothing, food, home, and transportation, which one can be parted from?"
"Their just deviating from the topic…" Zhou Tingting looked on in high spirits: "Mister, don't pay it any mind. It's just like that. It's just troll posting. In my opinion, they're even more nationalistic than mortal internet trolls."
Xu Yangyi calmly closed out of the web page. The more he read, the more he felt the killing intent in his heart become stronger. Even if he somehow restrained it, it would soon come breaking through from the bottom of his heart.
These people that were commenting were doing so in a lackadaisical and uncaring manner, treating this incident with the attitude of a spectator. As for him, he truly remembered that day vividly, and how desperate it was.
That day caused him to become enlightened as to what was his truth, his own Dao.
"Let me borrow your cultivation area." He stood up without the trace of an expression on his face: "After I leave seclusion, you can come to me should you have questions."
"Sir! Do as you please! No, I'll take you there!" An excited flush suddenly appeared on Zhou Tingting's face. He wasn't leaving! This cultivator wasn't leaving! This was the acceptance of her friendship. Moreover, he appeared to be quite easy-going. In half a year, she could ask several cultivation questions that had long nagged at her!
Xu Yangyi's gaze seemed to hardly ripple as he looked at Zhou Tingting leading the way ahead of him. The fire in his heart gradually calmed down. Merely, calmness was sometimes a kind of soundless perseverance.
Right now, what he had to do the most was cultivate. With Chu Zhaonan at the middle stage, there was no reason for him to still be at the initial stage! He would walk step by step, Qi Condensation… Foundation Establishment, until there was ultimately a day where could use his hand to pinch Vermillion Snow by the neck, chop off her head, and place it at the center of the Unrivaled Beneath the Heavens Arena, so she could repent day and night.
"There's also you…" Xu Yangyi stroked the pendant on his chest, his gaze staunchly resolute like a boulder. For his blood hatred of thirteen years, he had finally set foot in the true world. There would inevitably be a day where he would stand before his nightmare and personally smash apart this nightmare of thirteen years by his own hand.
The two people walked down to the first floor from the fifth and stopped before a large door. Zhou Tingting turned around and bowed respectfully: "Mister, in the basement below… is one of several places in Bai County that is rather rich in qi. Inside, there is a small Spirit Drawing Formation. Sir, would you like me to call for you once every week?"
"Sure." Xu Yangyi inhaled deeply and prepared to step in, yet he suddenly stopped in step: "Have you ever heard of… the Eternal Alchemy Canon?"
"The Eternal Alchemy Canon?" Zhou Tingting tilted her head as she pondered it over, yet her answer went against Xu Yangyi's expectations: "Of course, I know."
"I'm just asking." Xu Yangyi replied without so much as batting an eyelid, and his gaze gently swept over the other: "With your status, you actually know what it is?"
"The news forums!" Zhou Tingting awkwardly laughed: "It's on there… also… also, you would even know about the Eternal Alchemy Canon if you Baidu'd it…"
Xu Yangyi's brows slightly stirred, and he raised his chin, indicated for the other to continue speaking.
"Mister, you should know that the Tang dynasty was one of the most flourishing eras in China for Daoism, right? It was because their emperors, of the Li lineage, all held a shortcoming among all of China's emperors, and that was to demonstrate the legitimacy of their throne by using the relationships they obtained with celestial immortals. This was to prove they had received the Mandate of Heaven, and their lives would be eternal and prosperous. The immortal that the Tang won over was the Old Master, Lao Er."*
"However, the reason why Daoism thrived was because in the Han Dynasty before the Tang, an extraordinarily famous scholar appeared. Wei Boyang of the Eastern Han wrote a text that could even be said to be the basis of Daoism…" She pursed her lips and looked towards Xu Yangyi: "Its name is The Harmony of the Trium, but it has another name, and that is The Eternal Alchemy Canon!"**
* Lao Er is Laozi. Laozi means Old Master. In his life, it is believed Laozi's real name was Li Er. Laozi is considered the coolest dude in Daoism.
** THIS IS A REAL BOOK. THIS IS WHY I MESSED UP TRANSLATING IT. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DON'T FACT CHECK EVERY SINGLE DETAIL OF A MODERN DAY NOVEL The Harmony of the Trium is my personal spin on the various translated titles of "周易参同契", which has been translated by other as "The Kinship of Three" and "The The Kinship of Three in Accordance with the Book of Changes". In case you are unaware, the Book of Changes is considered one of THE Daoist text. I thought about using the title "The Trinity" but as you may know, this is a term used in Christianity. The three components of the unities can be considered: the Dao, cosmology, and alchemy. Some may find this title controversial