"Please, call me Song One!" The ghost spirit sighed. Its original plan was to go to the Crystal-Clear Water Pavilion and obtain directions from Pavilion Master Chu or Senior Sister Ye Si to China's Wenzhou City. Then, it would return to the house of the main body and try to contact Song Shuhang from there.
The ghost spirit had now gotten a gist of what was going on. Even if it could find 'China' at this time, it didn't have many too many possibilities of finding the Wenzhou City where the main body lived!
The young Pavilion Master Chu before its eyes, the rich spiritual qi in this world, that power that surpassed the concept 'space' that shrouded it back in the space passage...
When all these elements were combined with the knowledge that it had obtained from the memories of the main body before, the ghost spirit immediately thought of a plot device often overused in novels... was it possible that it had transmigrated to another world?
I need to make sure whether I'm still in my original world or not.
After pondering for a moment, the ghost spirit said, "Actually, I approached the Crystal-Clear Water Pavilion because I was looking for you, Pavilion Master Chu."
"You were looking for me?" Pavilion Master Chu asked in puzzlement.
The ghost spirit asked another question, "Pavilion Master Chu, can I use the Time City of the Crystal-Clear Water Pavilion for a brief period of time?"
"The Time City? What's that? The Crystal-Clear Water Pavilion doesn't have any Time City!" Pavilion Master Chu was both curious and confused as she gazed at the ghost spirit.
After hearing these words, the expression of the ghost spirit underwent a myriad of changes.
Actually, it wasn't really planning to use the 'Time City'. It only wanted to make sure of something... because from what the ghost spirit remembered, the Time City was something that Pavilion Master Chu would establish sometime in the future thanks to a magical treasure related to 'time'.
However, the Pavilion Master Chu before its eyes had no idea as to what the 'Time City' was. Therefore, this Pavilion Master Chu wasn't the same as that lazy Pavilion Master Chu that it had met back then.
Such being the case, had it really transmigrated?
What should I do now?
The ghost spirit raised its head and looked at the sky. Should it keep living and form a complete contract with the main body after Song Shuhang was finally born?
No, that won't work, either. After all, the main body in the future was completely unable to sense the presence of the contract between the two of us.
Is it possible that I died during the long wait?
F*ck, I got separated from the main body and ended up in another time. Then, I died before the main body was born?
The ghost spirit felt rather depressed at this time.
In the capacity of a ghost spirit, it only had to accompany its master and keep getting stronger alongside him. It didn't need to rack its brain or do anything special.
Afterward, it would either pass away together with its master while transcending the heavenly tribulation, dying both in body and mind, or keep marching forward, becoming a Tribulation Transcender or even reaching the Immortal Realm, ultimately fighting for the Will of the Heavens and becoming eternal and everlasting.
In other words, since it was a ghost spirit, it didn't need to think of problems such as 'what should I do', 'what am I going to do now', 'what is my objective', and so on... because it was the main body's job to worry about that stuff.
But now that the two of them had separated and ended up in different times, all these worries had shifted onto the body of the ghost spirit.
That's rather depressing. Perhaps I should look for another person and sign a contract with them? the ghost spirit thought to itself while looking at the 'incomplete' contract with the main body.
The contract signed with a ghost spirit was unbreakable. The only reason it had become incomplete at this time was that Song Shuhang had yet to be born!
Let alone Song Shuhang, even the ancestors of Song Shuhang's ancestors were probably nothing but spermatozoa at this time. Anyway, since the other person that had signed the contract didn't exist yet, the contract of the ghost spirit, which was supposed to unbreakable, ended up becoming 'incomplete'.
Such being the case, perhaps it could look for another person and sign a contract with them, getting settled for life?
Pavilion Master Chu found the continuously changing expression of the ghost spirit rather interesting. She didn't disturb it and kept hovering next to it, carefully sizing it up.
Pavilion Master Chu was very curious as to who this ghost spirit was. The reason was that she found the leftover aura of some magical techniques used on the body of the ghost spirit very familiar... because that aura was her own.
This leftover aura was there due to the ghost spirit frequently getting subjected to the effects of her magical technique, which caused some of the aura of the magical technique to stay behind.
In more concrete terms, if she were to frequently use a healing technique on the body of a disciple, after some time, leftovers of the aura belonging to the magical technique would stay behind on the body of the disciple.
The current state of the ghost spirit was similar to this.
But Pavilion Master Chu was sure that she had never seen this ghost spirit before, let alone used any magical technique on it.
This was the reason Pavilion Master Chu was looking at the ghost spirit curiously.
It was also the reason she didn't attack it when the latter was stealthily approaching the Crystal-Clear Water Pavilion but greeted it instead, starting a discussion with it. She wanted to know for what reason her aura was present on the body of the ghost spirit.
But right at this time, the ghost spirit seemed to have recovered from its worries and gazed at Pavilion Master Chu. Then, after a short while, it probingly asked, "Pavilion Master Chu, can you temporarily give shelter to this homeless person?"
"Absolutely." Pavilion Master Chu narrowed her eyes and smiled. This was exactly what she was hoping for!
Thereupon, Pavilion Master Chu happily brought the ghost spirit 'Song One' to the Crystal-Clear Water Pavilion.
The ghost spirit secretly heaved a sigh of relief. It was better to stay in the Crystal-Clear Water Pavilion before it had decided what it was going to do!
At this time, in the Jingang Immortal Cave.
The ancient well, which had turned into a fountain, suddenly stopped spurting out water and calmed down.
Next, the water level of the ancient well quickly dropped, leaving more than half of the well empty.
All the cultivators that were in the middle of their heart-tempering process immediately stopped.
It was due to the experience they had gained from their predecessors.
The water level of the ancient well had a direct impact on the effects of the heart-tempering process. The higher the level of the water, the greater the effects of the heart-tempering.
But if the level of the water was too low, the inner desires and ambitions of cultivators would grow too much during the heart-tempering process and get out of control. At that time, they not only wouldn't be able to temper their heart, they would even get negatively influenced by their desires.
Actually, only the members of the Faraway Wandering Temple knew that the bottom of the heart-tempering ancient well was connected to a fearsome place... this place was the Netherworld Realm!
The passage that connected the two was very, very small and had only the size of the tip of a fingernail.
It was precisely due to the energy transmitted over from the Netherworld Realm—which was full of filth, evil, and chaos—that the inner desires and ambitions of cultivators could be easily aroused while next to the ancient well.
As for the 'water' in the ancient well, it was a type of sealing magical treasure that the powerhouses of the Jingang Temple had created back in their days through special techniques after leading over there a small spiritual vein.
Not only could the seal suppress that small crack that connected the ancient well to the Netherworld Realm, it could also use its strength to create that 'heart-tempering' effect.
Moreover, whenever a cultivator was making use of the heart-tempering ancient well, they would reinforce the effects of the seal at the same time.
It was truly an ingenious method with a lot of benefits.
To tell the truth, the reason the ancient well suddenly erupted this time was the fierce battle between the lustrous scholar that had borrowed Song Shuhang's ghost spirit and that demon of the Netherworld Realm of the Tribulation Transcender rank.
As coincidence would have it, there wasn't much distance between the place where those two powerhouses of the Tribulation Transcender rank were fighting and the fingernail tip-sized space passage connected to the bottom of the ancient well.
When the two Tribulation Transcenders started their battle, they ended up causing the eruption of the ancient well.
As a consequence, Song Shuhang didn't see the manifestation of his inner desires while he was trying to temper his heart but ended up seeing the major battle between the lustrous scholar and the demon of the Netherworld Realm.
The fact that the water level of the ancient well was continuously decreasing was also related to that demon of the Tribulation Transcender rank. After that demon detonated the huge black sun, it created a major turbulence in the Netherworld Realm. As a consequence, the fingernail tip-seized space passage was also affected.
After receiving the influence of the explosion, a large amount of foul energy belonging to the Netherworld Realm was squeezed into the fingernail tip-sized space passage, to the point that the incoming energy even slightly enlarged the passage.
"It seems that the ancient well is done spurting out water like a fountain," Senior Brother Three Realms said regretfully. At the same time, tens of disciples of the Faraway Wandering Temple stepped forward and formed a circle around the ancient well.
It wasn't the first time that the water level of the ancient well had decreased. It was something that had happened several times during the past years.
The decreasing water level of the ancient well implied that the seal had weakened. At this moment, they had to strengthen the seal as soon as possible.
The disciples of the Faraway Wandering Temple swiftly surrounded the ancient well and got ready to set up the seal.
Their seal didn't have the same 'heart-tempering' ability as the seal the Jingang Temple placed back then.
However, the Faraway Wandering Temple was likewise a very famous buddhist sect, and the effects of their seal weren't any weaker.
Nevertheless, the reason behind the changes happening in the ancient well this time was completely different from the past!
Just as more than ten disciples of the Faraway Wandering Temple finished setting up the seal, a burst of black mud-like energy violently gushed out of the ancient well and bumped into the seal.
"That's bad. Everyone, quickly evacuate the Jingang Immortal Cave!" a senior disciple of the Faraway Wandering Temple shouted. "Junior Brother Three Realms, quickly contact our martial uncle, there is something wrong with the ancient well!"
Actually, there was no need for the remainder of this senior disciple; the cultivators inside the cave had already quickly left the Jingang Immortal Cave. Each cultivator had keen senses and could easily tell if a situation was dangerous, and that thing that spurted out of the ancient well made them feel a sense of crisis.
Yu Jiaojiao, Su Clan's Sixteen, and Daoist Priest Horizon also quickly withdrew from the cave. Song Shuhang, who had already recovered his physical strength, also followed behind them.
However, just as he withdrew until reaching the entrance of the Jingang Immortal Cave, he stopped in his tracks.
Next, he turned his head around and looked at that mural in the middle of the immortal cave while somewhat confused.
He wasn't sure whether it was just his misconception, but when that black mud-like energy spurted out of the ancient well, the mural in the immortal cave started to emit a pure radiance. That radiance resonated with a type of energy present on Song Shuhang's body at this time.
It was the light of virtue.
Only after leading to the right path 1000 souls could one call themselves virtuous.
Only after leading to the right path 10,000 souls would the light of virtue start to protect one's body.
The light of virtue protecting Song Shuhang's body resonated with the radiance emitting from the mural. Through the resonance, Song Shuhang unexpectedly started to comprehend the 'abstract' cultivation technique concealed within the mural.
At the same time, the energy of the enlightenment stone in Song Shuhang's size-reducing purse likewise entered into action, improving his comprehension skills.
After a few breaths of time, Song Shuhang finished comprehending the cultivation technique.
What he comprehended were the first and second styles of the ❮Demon Subduing Buddhist Fist Technique❯. Those moves were something that only cultivators of the Second and Third Stage could practice.
The ❮Demon Subduing Buddhist Fist Technique❯ was a very special cultivation technique, and various practitioners could comprehend different fist techniques from the mural depending on their disposition. It was the same as the 'mysterious sword technique' concealed in the secret room of the Chu Family.
The fist techniques that Song Shuhang comprehended were named...
❮Demon Subduing Buddhist Fist Technique❯ Number One!
❮Demon Subduing Buddhist Fist Technique❯ Number Two!
What a bummer! The powerful Jingang Temple had decided to follow the same pattern used for the ❮Basic Buddhist Fist Technique❯ while naming the various styles of the awe-inspiring ❮Demon Subduing Buddhist Fist Technique❯, calling it one, two, three... and so on.
The person that created the fist techniques of the Jingang Temple was surely affected by some severe obsessive-compulsive disorder, and they were likely too lazy to think of proper names for the styles...
But right at this time, Sixteen's lovely voice echoed in Song Shuhang's ear. "Shuhang, be careful!"
Immediately after, powerful saber qi slashed out of Su Clan's Sixteen's palm, with the dazzling saber light destroying a mass of filth that had suddenly pounced toward Song Shuhang.
Now that the seal of the ancient well was broken, the energy of the Netherworld was continuously gushing out of the well.
For some unknown reason, that mass of filth had been closely following Song Shuhang. There were still several disciples of the Faraway Wandering Temple inside the cave, but that mass of filth decided to target Song Shuhang in particular, coming over from afar and pouncing toward him.
After Su Clan's Sixteen slashed open that mass of sludge, other sludge pounced toward Song Shuhang.
"Shuhang, quickly get away!" Su Clan's Sixteen shouted.
Song Shuhang laughed and took one step backward. Then, he assumed the stance of a fist technique.
He wasn't afraid of this filthy sludge. The light of virtue was protecting his body, preventing all kinds of evils from approaching him. His light of virtue alone could easily keep off this level of filth.
At this time, Song Shuhang was itching to get into action and wanted to try out the fist technique he had just learned.
At this time, he had a strong feeling that he could immediately display the fist technique he had just learned as long as he gave it a try!
The feeling was very strong!
"❮Demon Subduing Buddhist Fist Technique❯!" Song Shuhang said gravely, mentally adding 'number one' at the end of the technique.
As soon as Song Shuhang punched, the light of virtue protecting his body lit up, making him resemble a small sun.
Inside his body, the great river of true qi that his eight dantians had formed revolved at high speed. At the same time, the liquefied Thirty-Three Divine Beasts' Innate True Qi exploded according to the pattern of the ❮Demon Subduing Buddhist Fist Technique❯.
In the next moment, the light of virtue on Song Shuhang's body suddenly expanded, giving birth to a golden giant three meters tall.
The giant completely wrapped up Song Shuhang. In addition, its appearance was the same as Shuhang's. Its hair reached until the waist, it didn't have eyebrows, and even its clothes were the same as Shuhang's.
When Song Shuhang's fist exploded, the golden giant also followed suit and punched.
Just as the first marched forward, the faint sound of buddhist scriptures reverberated in midair alongside the cry of a whale.
Buddhist fist techniques and the light of virtue were both natural enemies of that filthy and evil thing that had come over from the Netherworld.
After the powerful fist swept over the area, that filthy sludge that had pounced toward Song Shuhang disappeared without a trace! That wasn't all; after the fist disintegrated those small masses of filthy sludge, its energy spread and covered more than half of the Jingang Immortal Cave.
All the filthy sludge that had come from the Netherworld Realm disappeared from the area that Song Shuhang's fist swept over.
Song Shuhang secretly heaved a sigh of relief. He didn't expect that he would be really able to display the ❮Demon Subduing Buddhist Fist Technique❯ on the first try.
Then, his vision shifted to another place of the Jingang Immortal Cave. There was still filthy sludge there. Song Shuhang clenched his fist again, planning to get rid of that dirty energy thoroughly.
But right at this time, a grating sound reverberated from within the ancient well.
Soon after, a bewitching figure drilled out of the ancient well.
"I just sensed a disgusting aura!" The rough voice of the bewitching figure echoed.
Its face was full of beard, it wore pink clothing, and had a large red belt tied around its waist...