HSSB999: Broad Creed Mountain's Immortal Bridge Martial Saint
The central Jun Heaven Territory, a mountain peak of Kunlun Mountain.
A black-clothed youth was currently seated in the meditative position on a huge rock atop a cliff.
A middle-aged man appeared behind him.
"Yan Zhaoge slew the Heaven Emperor's head disciple, Qing Shuzi, and his seventh disciple, Daoist Leading Mist," The middle-aged man said in a heavy tone, "The Heaven Emperor will definitely not let things go easily when he learns of this."
"He is currently still in extradimensional space and unable to spare time to return. Still, as soon as he returns, he will definitely go to the southeast."
The black-clothed youth stood up from the huge rock, turning as he asked, "What do you want to do, senior apprentice-brother?"
The middle-aged man pondered for a moment before answering, "I desire to head to the southeast."
"However, now would not be a good time. An appropriate timing is necessary, or going there would be too impolite."
The black-clothed youth said nothing as he awaited his upcoming words.
"Without having personally interacted or clashed before, there is no way to confirm it at the end of the day," The middle-aged man continued, "There are things from Master's words that do not flow well…I do not doubt Master's decision, but the other party's identity must surely be made certain."
After saying so, the middle-aged man gazed into the horizon up above, "I have already sent word to Master once more, just that I do not know when a reply might come."
The black-clothed youth's gaze flickered as he too gazed into the horizon, "The reply has arrived."
"It was so quick this time?" The middle-aged man was startled slightly as he gazed into the sky.
A moment later, space itself broke apart as a streak of light descended from the skies, landing atop the mountain peak!
Seeing this, the two atop the mountain peak both fell silent.
"I will abide by Master's instructions," The black-clothed youth raised a hand and kept the streak of light, thus ceasing to speak.
That middle-aged man forced a smile after a while, "Having never even seen him, how can Master be so sure that this is the person he is looking for? The discrepancy in age here is just too great…"
The black-clothed youth said, "Since Master has given his instructions, I believe that he has already taken everything into consideration."
"Since that is so, let us begin our preparations quickly," The middle-aged man replied slowly.
Northern Profound Heaven Territory, Extreme Northern Lands, atop a patch of frozen earth.
The entrance to a dimensional passageway was visible there.
This was no normal dimensional passageway. It led to a different world, and as one gazed within, all was jet-black in its interior, resembling a black hole.
Streaks of electricity vaguely flickered within.
A girl was currently standing at the entrance to the dimensional passageway.
That girl was garbed in white clothes and wielded a black sabre, her hair tied back simply in a bundle of cloth behind her head.
This was none other than Feng Yunsheng who was currently moving about on her own in the outside world.
In order to keep a low profile, she had done away with the black-bordered blue robe worn by core disciples of Broad Creed Mountain, only having retained the white-clothes that nominal disciples wore as it was not so easy to identify her.
Feng Yunsheng gazed towards the south, laughing softly, "With your show-offy personality, you surely must be appearing all cool and composed outwardly while being triumphant like crazy within?"
Yan Zhaoge's fame had truly shaken the world this time.
News of him had even travelled to the Extreme Northern Lands far away on the opposite end of the World beyond Worlds.
"Bright moon above the sea, distant horizons sharing the moment…" Remembering these words Yan Zhaoge had once said, Feng Yunsheng muttered them aloud.
A short while later, she smiled, retrieving a spiritual orb.
This was an item which had previously been gifted to her by the granddaughter of the Northern Exalt, Guan Yuluo who was a disciple of Cloud Pavilion Mountain's Profound Remnant Locale.
Feng Yunsheng tapped lightly on the spiritual orb as radiance surged, a small, intricate sparrow hawk flying out from within.
She wrote some words in mid-air that engraved themselves on the spiritual orb. Next, the spiritual orb transformed into a streak of light that was swallowed into the stomach of the sparrow hawk.
Next, she raised her hand, the sparrow hawk flying into the air, heading towards the distant south.
After watching the sparrow hawk fly away, Feng Yunsheng's gaze turned determined as she turned and entered that pitch black dimensional passageway.
After she had entered within, after an unspecified amount of time, the entrance to the dimensional passageway gradually vanished.
There were only cold winds which howled above the frozen icy plains as no one was visible there any longer.
Southeastern Yang Heaven Territory, Royal Reed Sea.
Yan Zhaoge finally returned to Broad Creed Mountain after a long time.
Seeing Broad Creed Mountain before him, Yan Zhaoge chuckled, "Really, it's good to be home."
Ah Hu gave a simple and honest smile, "Young Master, your fame truly shook the world this time. It must surely feel great."
Yan Zhaoge coughed dryly, "Really, things were startling but fortunately still not perilous this time."
"Zhang Shuren and Peng He aside, in the battle of Circumference Mountain, that Qing Shuzi really was not to be underestimated. I never knew beforehand that he was actually versed in the Heaven Earth Within Sleeve."
"If not for the Nine Bends Yellow River Formation having diminished his cultivation base, if he used this unexpectedly on me, there really might have been the risk of me being toppled by him instead."
He turned to look at Ah Hu, Xia Guang and Pan-Pan, saying in a serious tone, "When battling others in the future, you must remember to keep a bit of caution at all times. The other side may produce an unexpected trump card or killing move."
"If you are taken unawares and fall to this move, however many methods and ultimate techniques you yourself possess, you would still be unable to use them as you can only perish with grievances."
Xia Guang immediately turned solemn as he nodded seriously, "Understood."
Pan-Pan blinked and yawned.
Ah Hu gave a simple and honest smile, sending via sound transmission, "He was ultimately still toppled by you, though, Young Master."
"Of course," Not revealing anything outwardly in front of Xia Guang, Yan Zhaoge arrogantly replied via sound transmission.
As they happily conversed, the group descended towards Broad Creed Mountain.
Yan Zhaoge's heart suddenly jolted as gazing over, he saw a handsome man who appeared to be in his thirties or forties on the outside with specks of white on his brows currently standing at the top of Heaven Rising Peak, smiling at him.
It was precisely his father, Yan Di.
"You have left seclusion?" Gazing carefully over, Yan Zhaoge could vaguely feel that within Yan Di's body, the numerous acupoints which had already been refined to see Divinity were pulsing slightly.
Towards him, Yan Di did not conceal anything. Thus, Yan Zhaoge could sense that this resembled the universe of stars within his body having formed a system of its own, circulating with a unique rhythm.
This was precisely the defining characteristic of an Immortal Bridge Martial Saint!
Having continually been in secluded cultivation ever since leaving the Minor No Hatred dao arena and returning to the World beyond Worlds, now that Yan Di had emerged from seclusion, he had successfully broken through that previous bottleneck and ascended from the late Seeing Divinity stage to the early Immortal Bridge stage.
This entailed that Yan Di had attained the seventh level of the Martial Saint realm.
Broad Creed Mountain finally had an Immortal Bridge Martial Saint now…
Thinking of this, Yan Zhaoge knew not whether to laugh or to cry.
They father and son had risen to prominence alongside Broad Creed Mountain in the World beyond Worlds. It was only now, however, that one of them finally ascended the Immortal Bridge.
"This always felt rather like a mockery…" Yan Zhaoge stopped thinking about useless things, ultimately still feeling extremely happy.
His joy at his father ascending the Immortal Bridge was no lesser than if he had advanced his cultivation base.
He congratulated Yan Di who shook his head and smiled, "It seems that you stirred up a real disturbance in the south this time."
Broad Creed Mountain had only just received news of this.
"There were several late Immortal Bridge Martial Saints in front of and behind me," Yan Zhaoge chortled, "If I had not stirred up a big disturbance, how would I have been able to get back then?"
The two walked together to the main hall where Broad Creed Mountain's other higher echelons were waiting.
Yan Zhaoge's own narration was naturally much more detailed and accurate than the rumours. Everyone sighed in admiration after hearing it.
Afterwards, returning to their lodgings, only father and son themselves remained.
Yan Zhaoge smiled, asking, "Father, did you encounter something after departing the Minor No Hatred dao arena that year?"
HSSB1000: Fortune awaiting at home
Yan Zhaoge had known all along that his father was supremely talented.
After they had been separated at the Minor No Hatred dao arena due to Mars Halberd, Yan Di had immediately entered secluded cultivation as soon as he had returned to the World beyond Worlds. Yan Zhaoge had felt this to be rather out of the ordinary.
Now, the fact that Yan Di had successfully emerged from secluded cultivation an Immortal Bridge Martial Saint seemed to corroborate this.
"I indeed gained some things," Yan Di looked at Yan Zhaoge, "Earlier, you said that the legacy that you received at the Daoist temple was not of the Grand Clear lineage but the Prime Clear lineage?"
Yan Zhaoge nodded, "That's right."
As he spoke, black light suddenly flickered within his pupils.
Yan Zhaoge formed a sword seal as wisps of black sword-qi surged on his fingertips.
With Yan Di's cultivation base, he could sense that intimidating killing intent and air of death within.
This was a concept which seemingly sought to slay all lifeforms, exterminating all sentient beings, yet appeared calm and natural amidst cruel icy coldness.
It seemed to be indicating a principle.
Death was the final destination of all living beings.
Whether it was the past of the future, no one could ever avoid this tribulation.
As long as something possessed life, it could be slain.
Yan Di felt this sword-qi exceptionally clearly as he cultivated in the Life Creation Heavenly Scripture.
This supreme martial art of the Jade Clear direct lineage and the sword dao that Yan Zhaoge was currently executing seemed like two sides of the same coin, life and death facing each other. Yet, they were connected to each other in a seamless manner.
Their principles conflicted with yet also birthed each other.
Still, Yan Di did not have to experience actual combat to be able to basically tell that this sword dao just happened to counter the Life Creation Heavenly Scripture to some extent.
To be precise, it was not just the Life Creation Heavenly Scripture.
Other supreme martial arts that delved into life force could be countered by it too.
This included the Phoenix True Form Scripture of the lineage of the southern Blazing Heaven Territory's Phoenix Ritual Mountain's Wutong Slope and the eastern Vast Heaven Territory's Remote Cloud Mountain's Clear Light Locale's Longevity Scripture.
Of course, this sword dao that was brutal to the extreme as it was filled with a decisive killing intent was similarly a terrifying harbinger of death for martial practitioners cultivating in other martial arts.
While devilish martial arts had seldom been seen in the Eight Extremities Worlds, they had once flourished for a time in the Vast Ocean World.
There was actually a small amount of devilish martial arts circulating in the World beyond Worlds too.
Ignoring the innate personalities of martial practitioners, those who cultivated in devilish martial arts were generally rather more bloodthirsty, causing more slaughters.
Still, if one were to search for a martial art that possessed the greatest killing intent in this world, no devilish martial art would be a match for this sword dao that Yan Zhaoge was currently manifesting.
Also, this sword did not give off a restless, evil aura.
This was simply because it already implied the end of life in itself.
"A sword dao of the Prime Clear direct lineage…could it be the legendary Immortal Slaughtering Sword of the Numinous Treasure Four Swords?" Yan Di quickly came to a realisation.
While he had never seen anyone utilising the Immortal Slaughtering Sword before, he had heard of its characteristics, this sword being much too famous at the end of the day.
"Exterminating Immortal sharp, Slaughtering Immortal death, Trapping Immortal doth red light arise," Yan Zhaoge slowly nodded, "The martial art of the Prime Clear direct lineage that I obtained at the Daoist temple was precisely the Immortal Slaughtering Sword."
If one said that the Immortal Trapping Sword extinguished space and time and the Immortal Ending Sword slew all things, the Immortal Slaughtering Sword was a sword which slaughtered all lifeforms.
Yan Zhaoge said, "Ignoring Circumference Mountain, in the battle of Vast Spirit Mountain, it was not for no good reason that Zhang Shuren and Yuan Xiancheng were beaten by me. The self-created Slaying Azure Dragon which I newly produced actually benefited greatly from the Immortal Slaughtering Sword in terms of the principles that it contains."
"I remember you having once said that when you attempt to ascend the Immortal Bridge, besides one of the Jade Clear direct lineage's Primordial Heavenly Scriptures, you will also require supreme martial arts of the Grand Clear and Prime Clear lineages respectively."
Yan Di said, "In heading to the Daoist temple this time, you originally did so as you believed that it was a cave manor of a descendant of the Grand Clear direct lineage, having hoped that you would benefit off the remnant legacies of some senior of the Grand Clear lineage."
"That's right," Yan Zhaoge spread his hands apart, "Who would have thought that it was instead of the Prime Clear direct lineage? That's fine too, for I just happened to lack a supreme martial art of the Prime Clear direct lineage. It can be considered no real loss. It is just that I am still considering who to approach next to obtain a supreme martial art of the Grand Clear lineage."
"Still, this trip to the Daoist temple was not a pointless waste at the end of the day."
He chuckled, "Those of Three Foot Mountain and Wutong Slope will probably be sorely disappointed…"
Yan Zhaoge's heart suddenly jolted slightly as he looked at his father.
Seeing this, Yan Di smiled mildly, "You guess rightly."
Amidst his words, streams of qi suddenly surged out from the top of Yan Di's head.
These streams of qi looked chaotic and dim, resembling a dim clump of clouds.
Fragmented specks of radiance flickered amidst the clump of clouds as it was neither bright nor dazzling.
Yet, it was incomparably profound as it was difficult to appraise and difficult to describe.
As the cloud qi expanded, it blossomed like lotuses.
It was blurry around the petals of the flower as it was not clearly distinct from the surrounding space at the edges.
Yet, the surrounding space and the world seemed to be centred around that lotus which resembled a cloud of stars, concaving inwards.
"Peerless Infinity Primordial Chaos Fortuitous Clouds?!" Yan Zhaoge nearly blurted out as even his mouth was open, though he stopped himself from doing so at the last moment.
He composed himself and gazed carefully at it for a time before finally sighing deeply to himself.
These were not the Peerless Infinity Primordial Chaos Fortuitous Clouds manifested by the Lord of Primordial Beginning of the Jade Clear lineage, a miraculous ability gained upon major completion in the Peerless Heavenly Scripture that was the first of his Primordial Heavenly Scriptures.
While this also bore the concept of the limitless universe from before the heavens and earth had been formed, it was still different from the Peerless Infinity Primordial Chaos Fortuitous Clouds.
If not for this, Yan Zhaoge might really have to suspect that he cultivated in a false Peerless Heavenly Scripture.
The peerless infinity of primordial times was one of a kind as only one person in existence was able to cultivate it in at any single time.
Before the Lord of Primordial Beginning had Transcended, the place that he had occupied had made it such that no other person could cultivate in it.
Therefore, on seeing that cloud of stars, Yan Zhaoge had truly been puzzled.
Still, he had gained an understanding of it now.
These were not Peerless Infinity Primordial Chaos Fortuitous Clouds of the Jade Clear lineage.
Instead, they represented Taiyi, Grand Simplicity, the head of the Grand Cosmos Five Manifestations of the Grand Clear lineage!
Yan Zhaoge was now overcome by an urge to whoop for joy.
He had gone searching for it, only to find it right before him!
While this was not the Taiyi Fist in itself, with this clump of clouds and his foundation of the Peerless Heavenly Scripture, with his simultaneous cultivation in the Three Purities, the Taiyi Fist was already beckoning towards him!
While searching for a supreme martial art of the Grand Clear lineage, he had found one of the Prime Clear lineage instead.
Who knew that upon arriving home, there would actually be a supreme martial art of the Grand Clear lineage waiting for him!
Such a feeling was miraculous indeed.
In spite of his joy, however, Yan Zhaoge did not lose his cool.
There were still some discrepancies between the scenes before him and the Grand Simplicity that he was familiar with.
Grand Simplicity, the head of the Grand Cosmos Five Manifestations, signifying the initial state of the primordial universe as it was without light and without shape, silent and formless.
The existence which resembled lotuses whilst also a cloud of stars above Yan Di's head seemed like it was not simply Grand Simplicity.
"Father, this concept seems rather like Grand Simplicity, but seems to have changed in some way. Despite that, it is not Grand Simplicity that has become Grand Commencement as it seems to have leapt from the Earlier Heaven Grand Cosmos Five Manifestations to a Later Heaven martial art all at once."
Hearing Yan Zhaoge's doubts, Yan Di said, "Since you cultivate in the Taiji Yin Yang Fist of the Grand Ultimate Manifestation, you will naturally have a unique understanding of this. This is indeed the manifestation of Grand Simplicity, but has also undergone some Later Heaven changes. I have dubbed it the Grand Simplicity Light Cloud or Grand Simplicity Lotus."
"Oh?" Yan Zhaoge seemed to detect something unusual from his words, "How did you obtain this Grand Simplicity Light Cloud?"
Yan Di's expression turned strange, this being something that was very rare for him.
"What would you think if I said that it was not I who found this Grand Simplicity Light Cloud but it who found me?"