Chapter 191 Spiritual Space
Once Tang Wan-er and Qing Yu distributed the Muscle Firming Pills, their entire faction became silent.
That was because everyone had secluded themselves in their immortal caves, borrowing the Muscle Firming Pill's energy to quickly stabilize their realm.
Only once the realm was stabilized could they continue cultivating. Only then could they keep their foundations stable.
Tang Wan-er and Qing Yu had also secluded themselves in their own rooms. Since they were just stabilizing their realm, they also deactivated the spirit stone formation to avoid wastage.
In their entire faction, only Long Chen didn't need to be secluded. However, he had something even more important he had to do. Right now he was in his room, his Spiritual Strength going through the information within the jade tablet.
"Damn, they're really swindlers. It's this easy?" Long Chen couldn't hold back from cursing. The principle behind the opening of a spiritual space was incredibly simple.
To open a spiritual space, split your Spiritual Strength into two opposing poles within the mind-sea and open a third space between.
That space was similar to a spatial ring. But every spatial ring contained a space fragment. All the space ring had to do was connect to that space fragment.
Above the land were many wandering space fragments. It was said that in ancient times, gods had fought a huge war that had smashed apart space and destroyed stars. Those space fragments were what were left behind.
But as for whether or not that was true, no one knew. All people knew was that it was possible to use a special technique to merge a space fragment into a ring, forming a spatial ring that could easily store items.
The only fault was that a spatial ring's space was static and it was impossible to store living things. Even plants would also quickly die within it.
As for this spiritual space, it was different. It was a space formed from his Spiritual Strength. That was a space located between his eyebrows. It was always connected to his mind.
However, it couldn't store things like spatial rings. It could only contain housepets that were also connected to his mind. Frankly speaking, it was just a housepet space.
That was why that senior apprentice-brother had given Long Chen a warning when he had seen Long Chen wanting to buy it.
"Damn whoever set these prices. I curse your child's chin to be bigger than thiry forehead," Long Chen muttered a curse.
He also hated himself at the moment. It was something so simple. Even without this secret tome, if he had just tried it himself a bit, he probably would have had a fifty percent chance of succeeding.
Thinking of how he had spent sixty-three thousand points on such a simple principle, his heart dripped blood.
Taking a deep breath, he put away those thoughts. He had to find a way to make get more points. Regret was useless. It was more important to open his spiritual space.
The mind-sea was located in the space between a person's eyebrows. That was the place all a person's knowledge and memories gathered.
This was the most important spot of the entire human body. The hardest part of the human head was the forehead, while the weakest spot was between the eyebrows. The bone there was extremely thin.
And it was precisely because of that that mental energy was emitted from that location, allowing you to be able to sense danger at the earliest moment.
If a person were to stick a steel needle into any other part of the body, it wouldn't cause any damage. You might not even feel it.
But if you were to pierce such a sharp object between the eyebrows, you would instinctively try to avoid it. That was the reaction of mind-sea. It was the same in all people.
That weak bone allowed one's mental energy to flow out without restriction. It was the most direct route.
The mind-sea wasn't a true acupuncture point, but a kind of generic term for Spiritual Strength. It could also be called the sea of consciousness.
When cultivators looked inside themselves, they saw their Spiritual Strength surged and flowed like a sea, causing them to call it that.
Within his mind-sea, Long Chen gathered all his Spiritual Strength. As if splitting an ocean, his Spiritual Strength split into two spiritual dragons.
Under Long Chen's urging, the two dragons roared and began to race around each other. As they did, a vacuum formed between them.
As their speed increased, they became like a huge twister. The core of that twister began to change.
Outside that space, Spiritual Strength was crazily dashing around. But inside it was completely still. As Long Chen increased the strength of his Spiritual Strength, the inner portion grew into a vacuum three hundred meters in diameter.
According to that secret tome's recordings, that vacuum was his spiritual space. As long he placed his own spiritual imprint on top of it, it would be ready to absorb his housepets that were connected to his mind.
It was no wonder Long Chen would curse. This was extreme simple; the monastery really had swindled him. If someone had just given him a random hint, he wouldn't have needed to spend so many points.
"Since I'm opening it, I might as well make it a bit bigger."
In any case, he might as well make Little Snow more comfortable inside. Long Chen continued to urge his Spiritual Strength, causing those two spiritual dragons to increase their speed.
The spiritual space began to quickly grow. He only stopped once it was ten times the diameter, and he only stopped because he felt he had pushed his Spiritual Strength to the max already. He wouldn't have been able to continue going without injuring his spirit.
This three thousand diameter spiritual space was like a transparent ball. Strange lines slowly floated down into the ball. Those lines were Long Chen's spiritual imprint.
They were like a huge lock, tightly keeping this space under control. Only he would be able to open it.
Those lines turned into countless spots that covered the entire ball.
Long Chen realized those small spots were smaller versions of the locks. They were quickly absorbed into that ball.
Once those lines completely disappeared, Long Chen found that the entire spiritual space had essentially become a part of his body, and he was able to control it with just a thought.
"Unfortunately Little Snow isn't with me," sighed Long Chen. After being separated for this long, he really was missing that fellow. Little Snow had been with him since he had been the size of a palm. In order to find him, Little Snow had travelled over thousands of miles of wild terrain, almost losing his life. Their feelings for each other had long since become incomparably deep.
Before entering the trial region, Long Chen had told Little Snow to go to the edge of the monastery and wait for him. Once he had made his preparations he would go find him.
Although he missed him, he knew that as a Scarlet Flame Snow Wolf that was an overlord amongst third rank Magical Beasts, his power was great enough that he wouldn't encounter any real danger.
Now that he had opened his spiritual space, Long Chen began to think about what to do next. Now he had already refined the beast flame. With the Flame Salamander's blue flame that was ranked ninety-seventh on the beast flame rankings, his combat strength had once more greatly risen.
But thinking about his fight with Wu Qi, he knew that was far from enough. That was because the power of his Pill Flame was directly related to his cultivation base.
His current Pill Flame had already merged into his meridians. Long Chen's spiritual qi was slowly nourishing it, increasing its power.
The degree at which Long Chen's spiritual qi nourished it was over ten times greater than what a Blood Condensation cultivator was normally able to accomplish. But in comparison to those who had jumped past the barrier and had reached the Muscle Rebirth realm, it was far too lacking.
As the first major chasm of cultivators, the Muscle Rebirth realm was a huge barrier. After surpassing that barrier, one's spiritual qi would explosively multiple by dozens of times.
Long Chen was already far behind now. Furthermore he was also extremely sullen at the moment, as according to the monastery's rules, new disciples could not leave the monastery for the first month. So he had no way to go get Little Snow either.
As for the Alioth Pill's medicinal ingredients, he had seen quite a few in the Xuantian pavilion, but each of them was incredibly expensive, easily in the thousands of points, perhaps in the ten thousands.
As for the Netherwold Ghost Steps he had tricked Gui Sha into teaching him, hs meridians were not wide enough to train in it. As soon as he tried to use it, he would feel an intense pain from his meridians as if they might explode.
That actually didn't sadden Long Chen. He was actually quite happy to have obtained such a precious treasure.
It was even possible that the Netherworld Ghost Steps was an even higher class than Split the Heavens since he was still unable to train in it. Adding on how hateful Gui Sha's expression had been, he knew that it was definitely a priceless treasure.
He couldn't get Little Snow, he couldn't study Gui Sha's footwork, he couldn't buy medicinal ingredients, and he was unable to obtain third rank Magical Beast blood essence. He found he really had nothing he could do anymore.
But then he suddenly thought of a certain location within the Xuantian Monastery. Taking a glance into the immortal cave, he saw that Tang Wan-er and Qing Yu had both drunk a cup of Jade Butterfly Queen Bee Crystal and had entered their meditative states, trying to quickly stabilize their realm.
Long Chen quietly left and ran to a building on the western part of the Xuantian plaza. This building was extremely ordinary, looking like a regular house.
At the top of it was a large signboard: Mission Distribution.
Long Chen walked in, seeing two bored maidens chatting. The rest of the room was empty of people.
"Is this the place to receive missions?" asked Long Chen, wondering if he had come to the wrong place.
"Yes, this is where the monastery distributes its missions. You can choose missions here, and after accomplishing them, you can come get your points," smiled one of the maidens.
Long Chen saw that both these maiden's auras were extremely powerful. They were both Muscle Rebirth experts, and he assumed they must be senior apprentice-sisters.
"Can you let me see what missions there are?" asked Long Chen.
"No problem. All the missions are here." She smiled and took out massive book, giving it to Long Chen.
Opening the book, he saw there were all kinds of missions.
Each mission all had a number of points beneath it, numbering from the tens to the thousands.
The missions were also split into four levels. The fourth level of missions were extremely easy. It was basically just guarding, patrolling, and other labor. Each day you would only be able to obtain twenty to fifty points.
The third level's missions involved gathering medicinal ingredients, raising Magical Beasts, being assistants for alchemists or perhaps Forging Masters. That kind of work required specific skill sets. After accomplishing these missions, you could obtain one hundred to five hundred points.
The second level's missions were mostly missions outside the sect. Perhaps it was acting as a bodyguard in the outer world, being an escort, or eliminating dangerous things. This kind of mission usually required more time, but the rewards were much more generous. They were in the thousands to the ten thousands of points.
But when he reached the first level missions, he saw that there was nothing there.
"First level missions are very urgent and aren't available all the time. There might not even be one in a year," explained that maiden.
Long Chen nodded. He asked, "Then what kind of missions can I choose?"
Since he had nothing else to do, he might as well as do this.
"I'm sorry, but right now you do not have the qualifications to accept any mission."