In the course of this year, Mu Bai practiced laying his foundation again. In addition, he also practiced the Transformation Secret Art and the spiritual awareness secret art while the remaining time was spent on absorbing the leaves of the Penglai Divine Wood that Yang Chen had given him.
The leaves amounting to what a whole plant of Penglai Divine Wood had been absorbed completely by Mu Bai in only half a year. At the beginning, the speed was still relatively slow, but then it got increasingly faster. From one piece to ten and then one hundred leaves, the speed had increased more than 100 times, and the Penglai divine wood aura on his body was getting stronger and stronger.
Other cypress monsters certainly found the change on Mu Bai, but everyone did not have any heart to envy him. Mu Bai was their descendant, and the second reason was that he was the apprentice of Yang Chen. Master gives the apprentice some benefits. Others were not worthy of jealousy.
After half a year, Yang Chen began to give some small branches to Mu Bai. A bigger piece would be too much for Mu Bai. Even though he was already a master of the Jiedan realm but due to his dependence on instinct, the realm wasn't strong enough. All the spiritual powers were re-cultivated again, and Penglai Divine Wood served to fasten the advancement as well.
After all, he had to lay the foundation for the Jiedan realm, just like Gao Yue in the past. Even if he gave up his original cultivation base to re-cultivate the spiritual powers again, it would still advance quicker.
In the past six months, Mu Bai had achieved the Qi Refining Middle Stage. Even the people who had the full postnatal spirit root like Yang Chen and Gao Yue, were also not comparable.
There was another difference the monster had from the human cultivators, especially the trees. After years of accumulation, they could very easily promote their realms without worrying about consolidation. Of course, the premise was that these accumulations were long enough, and Mu Bai meets such conditions.
In fact, a tree monster would experience thousands of years or even longer before opening their spiritual wisdom, so the accumulations later were not a problem for them at all. That was why tree monster were always getting stronger.
Yang Chen’s physique, under the attention of the tree monster, was getting increasingly tougher. Yang Chen already had the feeling that after practicing in the hurricane in the past few years, the second layer of the body refining technique had already had the trace of great accomplishment. The initial requirement of the body refining technique was 30,000 jin, then after cultivating and achieving the first layer, it would reach 300,000 jin, but after the second layer achievement, there was no detailed quantitative description. Though another word was used to call it the Mountain Picking Strength.
Before Yang Chen had effortlessly pulled the bodies of old and young cypresses directly from the ground, which had already stunned everyone.
The concept of forcefully pulling out an old cypress that had grown for thousands of years was already strange? Not to mention anything else, the huge root system may even occupy a few acres squared. The soil may also resist such pulling, and with such a large root system, this force must be terribly string. Even a slight pull would be considered an impossible achievement.
However, when Yang Chen pulled up two giant trees at that time, he experienced no resistance and easily did it in one go. What made the surrounding cypresses fear was that when Yang Chen did such, he did not use his spiritual power as evidenced by the fact that there were no spiritual fluctuations.
Perhaps the cypress monsters have no ability to feel spiritual power fluctuations of Yang Chen, or his physique, but no matter what, it was not good news for the cypresses.
Now they had seen Yang Chen’s body refining technique while he practiced in the hurricane. Only a cypress monster could know that it was due to Yang Chen’s pure physical strength. If someone could still not be convinced after watching him cutting the thick and scary huge stone pillars, or even playing set routines, the cypress monsters, facing him would never think of provoking him anymore.
They knew that, the huge stone pillar's weight was far more than the weight of the 300,000 jin, and even the tree monsters that were known for their powers were not able to get it, let alone divert them.
Mu Bai and the old cypress tree plus the three strongest cypress monsters could work together to pick up the stone pillars that Yang Chen made. After discovering this, Mu Bai had even more admiration for his master.
Yang Chen's body shape had reached its limit. Yang Chen knew that when he reached the realm of Mountain Picking Strength, the body would not experience a change again. The focus of the third layer of the body refining technique was to start to temper the internal organs. It had to become strong enough from the inside out which was the fundamental goal of the Yellow Turban Strongman Technique.
After practicing for another five months, Yang Chen heard a snap around his body. This sound seemed to have come from inside his body. It appeared as if only Yang Chen had heard it and as if some shackles had broken off.
His body suddenly felt relaxed, his muscles that had always been taut, seemed to have become softer after that sound. Yang Chen stopped his cultivation and gently moved his hands and feet, but he couldn't tell the feeling of the strength in his hands. Yang Chen understood that this Yellow Turban Strongman Body Refining Technique's Second Layer, had already reached great accomplishment.
This was a complete surprise. Before Yang Chen came here, he had never thought about how this type of cold astral wind hurricane could help his body refining technique. Unexpectedly, he finished the second layer of the body refining technique just by being in it.
The further refining of the body refining technique would be based on strengthening the internal organs, and slowly adjust the muscles back to their original state. In other words, Yang Chen’s body shape would begin to slowly recover, and he would no longer have the extremely muscular look, he was currently sporting.
After counting the days, he found that Mu Bai had been cultivating for eleven months, and in another month, Yang Chen would also have to start preparing for departure.
When Yang Chen practiced in these five months, Mu Bai did not remain idle. He swallowed up nearly two hundred branches of tiny Penglai Divine Wood plants. Now the body of Mu Bai had a trace of the pure Penglai Divine Wood aura. The cultivation speed had also become increasingly abnormal, and in less than a year, he had promoted from the initial stage of the to the late stage of the qi refining realm.
According to this progress, Mu Bai rebuilding his foundation would take only two or three more years. Maybe when Yang Chen comes back thirty years later, Mu Bai would have achieved Jiedan realm.
Looking at himself as he would soon leave, Yang Chen took Mu Bai again to the illusion array. This time, he did not pull out Penglai Divine Wood branches, but a large cup of the Four Seas Mysterious Coral Liquid.
After refining the Penglai Divine Wood with current cultivation base of Mu Bai, it was inevitable for his body to produce some impurities. The Four Seas Mysterious Coral Liquid was just the right solution to discharge these impurities, so that the road of Mu Bai's cultivation could be smoother in the future.
Drinking the Four Seas Mysterious Coral Liquid had a different effect on Mu Bai in comparison to human cultivators. He did not experience sleep but a complete transformation in his body. He transformed into a completely mature cypress tree monster. The impurities had also been discharged as gum on its trunk.