A Will Eternal - chapter-116
On Mount Daoseed, the cave where Bai Xiaochun’s Master had been
interred was surrounded by tens of thousands of disciples, all of whom
were glaring daggers. It was a restricted area, but the fact that they
came as part of such a huge mob gave them the courage to enter.
“Bai Xiaochun, get the hell out here right now!”
“Show your face!!”
“Bai Xiaochun, you villainous scoundrel, god will punish you this day!
We will punish you this day!”
However, even as the sound of their voices rang out, someone inside the
cave itself bellowed, “Pipe down!”
The powerful shout was backed by the full power of Bai Xiaochun’s
cultivation base, causing it to echo out like thunder, completely
crushing the sound of all other voices.
Simultaneously, the slender Bai Xiaochun appeared, striding solemnly out
of the cave.
When the congregated disciples of the three mountain peaks saw him, they
immediately hefted the rocks they held in their hands, angrily preparing
to pelt him. But then, Bai Xiaochun let out a powerful shout and thrust a
portrait out in front of him.
It was the portrait of his Master…. It was also Zheng Yuandong’s
Master, a Spirit Stream Sect patriarch from the previous generation.
Although somewhat nervous, Bai Xiaochun bellowed, “What gall! If anyone
dares to harm the portrait of my Master, Elder Brother Sect Leader and I
will fight you to the death!”
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When the mob saw Bai Xiaochun crouching behind the portrait of his
master, they went stiff, and many of them gasped. Not a single one dared
to hurl a rock.
That portrait depicted a patriarch of the sect, the Master of the sect
leader himself. If any of them dared to harm it, it could only be
imagined how wrathfully Zheng Yuandong would respond. Furthermore, it was
certain that not a single peak lord would interfere.
The disciples were so enraged they were about to blow their tops, and
yet, they didn’t dare to do a thing. “Completely shameless!!”
Seeing that his tactic was working, Bai Xiaochun breathed a sigh of
relief. Holding the portrait high, he glared around at the mob.
“You people listen and listen well. I really didn’t do it on purpose,
If Bai Xiaochun hadn’t tried to explain the situation, things would
have gone much smoother. But as soon as he opened his mouth, the crowd
started to lose control.
“Y-y-you, you always say you didn’t do it on purpose! Fragrant Cloud
Peak got attacked by lightning, and you said it wasn’t on purpose. Violet
Cauldron Peak and Green Crest Peak got drenched with acid rain, and it
wasn’t on purpose. And now you’re saying the same thing again!”
“This is ridiculous !!”
Bai Xiaochun quickly waved around the portrait of his master. Sounding
genuinely apologetic, he continued, “My Master just visited me in a
dream and told me he forgives me! I guarantee, this is the last time.
There absolutely, positively won’t be another–”
To hear Bai Xiaochun shamelessly claim that his deceased Master had
visited him in his dreams enraged the crowd even further.
“I can’t take this anymore! I’m gonna beat him black and blue!”
“Even if he was the sect leader’s son, I’d still beat the crap out
“Take Bai Xiaochun down!!”
It was at this point that numerous streams of Foundation Establishment
divine sense suddenly swept across the area.
Moments later, several dozen people flew down from the summit of Mount
Daoseed. There were elders of the various mountains, peak lords, and even
Seeing what was happening, Zheng Yuandong shouted in a rage-filled voice
that echoed like thunder: “Leave this place immediately!!”
The ear-splitting sound of his voice struck fear into the hearts of
everyone present, even Shangguan Tianyou and the other Chosen. Trembling
in fear, they withdrew.
Bai Xiaochun’s spirits were rising rapidly. He was just about to say
something when Zheng Yuandong looked over at him with a ferocious glare.
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“Bai Xiaochun, as your Elder Brother, I won’t let anyone else beat
you, but I can certainly give you a thrashing!” With that, he shot in
Bai Xiaochun’s direction. Bai Xiaochun’s scalp began to tingle so
hard it felt like it might explode. He was just about to brandish the
portrait of his master when Zheng Yuandong swished his sleeve, causing
the portrait to fly over to him.
Bai Xiaochun let out a shriek, and a pair of wings sprouted out behind
him as he prepared to flee. However, before he could get very far, a
powerful smacking sound rang out, which was Zheng Yuandong’s palm
making contact with his rear end.
Searing pain swept through him, and he screamed. Looking like he was
about to cry, he shrieked, “Save me, Uncle Li! My Elder Brother’s
trying to kill me!!”
Li Qinghou’s eyelid twitched, and he pretended not to have heard. Zheng
Yuandong’s fury had not been sated in the least; seeing Bai Xiaochun
waving around the portrait of his master had him fuming, so next, he
unleashed a kick.
Bai Xiaochun screamed again, sounding even more anguished than before.
“Save me, Master! Save me!!”
Seeing Zheng Yuandong beating Bai Xiaochun caused the anger among the
onlookers to slowly fade. Soon, strange expressions appeared on the faces
of the elders, and they began to cough dryly.
“This is a personal matter with the sect leader and his family….”
“Right, right. Oh, I have some medicinal pills in the furnace, I’ll
take my leave now.” Hiding their smiles, the elders began to disperse.
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Soon, only Li Qinghou and Xu Meixiang were left hovering in midair. As Li
Qinghou watched Bai Xiaochun off in the distance, he seemed a bit
emotional. After all, he had high expectations for Bai Xiaochun.
Xu Meixiang looked over at Li Qinghou, her gaze soft. “In his heart, he
views you as his father,” she said softly. “Are you really willing to
abandon him to the north bank?”
Li Qinghou shifted his gaze from Bai Xiaochun to Xu Meixiang. Shaking his
head slightly, he said, “All the things Xiaochun did don’t really
matter. Deep down, he’s a good person. Furthermore, I can tell that he
really is sorry for everything…. Sending him to the north bank as
punishment isn’t really necessary.
“But I was being honest with what I said to the sect leader earlier.
Ever since he got the Waterswamp Kingdom from the north bank, I’ve been
thinking about the matter. Bai Xiaochun’s latent talent is superb. The
ideal situation would be for him to combine the best aspects of both
banks. Besides, if he can successfully cultivate the Waterswamp Kingdom,
and reach the great circle of the tenth level of Qi Condensation within a
few years, well… then maybe we can accelerate the opening of the Fallen
Sword Abyss. In that case, he might be able to forge a new path for
“The Fallen Sword Abyss?” Xu Meixiang replied, looking shocked.
“One of the three Holy Lands of the Four Great Sects in the eastern
Lower Reaches of the Heavenspan River…. Supposedly, there are even
traces of heavenstring energy there. Whenever we open it, all of the Four
Great Sects of the eastern reaches, the Blood Stream Sect, the Pill
Stream Sect, the Profound Stream Sect, and our Spirit Stream Sect, will
send in disciples from the tenth level of Qi Condensation to participate
in a bloody struggle….”
“That bloody struggle is necessary….” Li Qinghou said with a light
sigh. “If he doesn’t master the Waterswamp Kingdom, I won’t let him
go. But if he does, then he absolutely must go. Cultivation is a long,
blood-soaked path. Only the fit survive and prosper. He needs to learn to
deal with that, not shirk from it.” With that, the two of them turned
That day, Bai Xiaochun’s screams filled the sect. Zheng Yuandong was
dead set on teaching him a lesson, not as the sect leader, but as his
Late that night, Bai Xiaochun, his nose bloodied and his face swollen,
trudged along behind Zheng Yuandong as they returned to their Master’s
“On your knees!” Zheng Yuandong said, glaring. “Apologize to
Master!” Bai Xiaochun was so frightened that he immediately plopped
down to his knees in front of the portrait.
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“Master, I apologize….” Bai Xiaochun felt so swollen he thought he
might burst at any moment, especially his buttocks. “Master,” he
continued, on the verge of tears, “when all of those disciples came to
beat me up, you felt sorry for me, and visited me in a dream. Sir, I
tried to tell Elder Brother, but he didn’t believe me….
“Master, why don’t you visit Elder Brother in his dreams tonight, and
tell him the truth…?” Zheng Yuandong stood off to the side, unsure of
whether to laugh or cry. He had a mind to beat him, but when he thought
about how terrifyingly tough Bai Xiaochun’s skin was, his hand ached a
bit, and he held back.
“Kneel here for three months,” he said. “That’s your punishment
for the disaster of 10,000 Snakes Valley!” He had no other choice but
to do this, for the sake of the disciples of the three mountain peaks.
With that, he gave a cold harrumph, and then swished his sleeve, causing
a medicinal pill to tumble out. Pretending he hadn’t noticed the pill,
he turned and left.
Seeing that Zheng Yuandong was leaving, Bai Xiaochun immediately let out
an anguished cry. He was about to start complaining to his Master about
everything, but first, he looked around to make sure that the
miraculously stealthy rabbit wasn’t around.
“Oh, woe is me, Master….
“Elder Brother beat me so hard… my butt hurts so bad. Look. Look! I’m
swollen all over!
“This is so unfair! I really didn’t do any of it on purpose…. I
didn’t… huh?” It was at this point that he noticed a medicinal pill
on the ground, which was none other than the pill Zheng Yuandong had just
“A high-grade tier-three Energy Building Pill!”
Eyes shining, he quickly looked around outside the cave, then sat down
off to the side. Feeling a bit bored, he consumed the pill and then began
to focus on cultivation.
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About that time, something happened that none of the disciples or even
the peak lords in the sect noticed. Behind Mount Daoseed, in a wide-open,
empty area, everything suddenly began to distort.
Moments later, the distortions vanished. However, what was now faintly
visible, right there behind Mount Daoseed, was… another mountain peak!
It was… the ninth mountain peak of the Spirit Stream Sect. Although the
sect leader was aware of its existence, even he hadn’t noticed the
strange distortions from moments before.
The ninth mountain peak of the Spirit Stream Sect was incomparably quiet
and peaceful, and all of the plants and vegetation that covered it were
pitch black. At the summit of the mountain, atop a black peach tree, was
a monkey, sitting there quietly, mixed emotions visible in its eyes.
If Bai Xiaochun were there, he would recognize it instantly.
Astonishingly… it was the same thoughtful monkey that had eaten one of
his strange pills, and that he had released into the wild some time ago.
Eventually, the monkey sighed.
“I know you’re there,” he said. “Might as well stop hiding.”
As soon as the monkey spoke, the air behind him distorted, and an old man
appeared, tall, wearing a long violet robe. He stepped out of thin air,
looking almost like an ordinary mortal, with seemingly no cultivation
base power whatsoever emanating off of him. At the same time, however, he
almost looked like a Paragon, standing right there!
A strange expression appeared on the old man’s face as he came to stand
off to the side. A moment later, a third eye opened on his forehead, and
he looked down at the monkey. “You are…?”
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The monkey turned to look at the old man, eyes gleaming with profound
light. “You don’t recognize me, my apprentice? Or perhaps I should
call you the founding patriarch of the Spirit Stream Sect?”
Astonishingly, this old man was the same person who had led the Spirit
Stream Sect to its position as one of the Four Great Sects, its founding
patriarch! Currently, he seemed to be in a state of shock. Pupils
constricting, he took a deep breath, disbelief flashing across his face.
“Impossible. You… you died! What are you doing back?!?!?!”
Despite his status in the sect, his cultivation base, and his level of
willpower, he couldn’t help but gasp. Deep down inside, in the depths
of his soul, he was sure that this was indeed his enigmatic Master who
had passed away 10,000 years ago.
The monkey said nothing. He looked over at Mount Daoseed, and his gaze
passed through the mountain into a cave, where Bai Xiaochun sat
meditating. Although no one would ever be able to tell, within the
monkey’s eyes could be seen… a rare trace of reverence.
“I’m not sure how I came to be here. Perhaps it was young Bai
Xiaochun’s medicinal pill. Or perhaps… some other mysterious force
guided his hand… to bring me back. In any case, I am not the only one
to have returned.”
The violet-robed old man followed the monkey’s line of sight to Mount
Daoseed, and saw Bai Xiaochun sitting there.
“A Qi Condensation disciple? How could he have done this!?” The old
man still couldn’t quite believe what was happening.
“Frigidsect!” the monkey barked. “Do you remember why I gave you that
name?! Do you remember why your Master gave you such a heaven-defying
mission? Why I ensured that you could exist for 10,000 years?! Answer
me!” The monkey’s eyes shone with a piercing, menacing light. It even
seemed as though thunder were rumbling in the area. However, the effects
were apparently confined to a thirty meter area around them. Not even the
other patriarchs on the ninth mountain peak were aware of anything
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The violet-robed old man, the founding patriarch of the Spirit Stream
Sect, shivered slightly as he recalled memories from 10,000 years ago.
Despite how many years had passed, he remembered things clearly. He was
old, but with his Master here in front of him, he suddenly felt like a
young man again. He stood straight and tall, his face flushed a bit,
looking almost like a soldier as he responded, “Sir, I remember. My
mission is to guard the true spirit, to ensure that the Spirit Stream
Sect becomes one of the sects in the Middle Reaches of the eastern
Heavenspan River, and then, a sect of the Upper Reaches. After that, we
must invade the northern Heavenspan River, fight our way through its
Upper Reaches, and eradicate the Nine Heavens Cloud Lightning Sect.
Return to our ancestral home, restore the glory of the Frigid School
“So, you do remember our ancestral home, and the true spirit,” the
monkey said, a strange look in its eyes. “Well then, take a look at the
magical symbol beneath Fragrant Cloud Peak!”
Frigidsect looked over at Fragrant Cloud Peak and immediately frowned.
Hidden within each of the eight mountain peaks of the Spirit Stream Sect
was a complex magical symbol, which collectively were the lifeblood of
the Spirit Stream Sect. The extreme importance of those magical symbols
was difficult to describe with words.
However, Frigidsect didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary about
Fragrant Cloud Peak’s magical symbol.
The monkey sighed softly, and the profound look in his eyes grew even
“You can’t see it, huh…? It seems I came back a bit too late. Someone
else returned before me and sent their dark disciple to use the
variations of plants and vegetation… to alter the spell formation.
“The primeval magical symbol beneath Fragrant Cloud Peak was tampered
with, and reversing the situation with my current power wasn’t really
possible. The only thing I could do was use what little strength I have
left at my disposal to guide Bai Xiaochun into inciting the spirit
snakes. Then things can recover naturally.”