Book 12 – Immortal Strife (ch1010-1540)
Chapter 1090 Eastern Illumination
The world of stars.
Chen Xi’s clone who wore an apricot yellow Daoist robe sat cross-legged with a solemn expression, and the vital energy in his body gradually started boiling.
Before his body was numerous Immortal Shaman Bloodsoul Stones that were suffused with the pure and thick aura of the Blood Essence of Fiendgods, and they started flying up before shattering into pieces and transformed into a vast torrent that surged towards Chen Xi’s clone.
The bloodsoul stones were refined from the blood of real Fiendgods, and it contained surging and powerful Immortal Shaman Energy. Instantly refining over a hundred of these was already the limit to ordinary body refiners, and any more than that might cause the expert to suffer from qi deviation and explode from the pent up energy.
But to Chen Xi’s clone, it was nothing.
He’d been stuck at the eighth level of the Earthly Immortal Realm in body refinement for a very long time, and if it was according to the time in the world of stars, then it had at least been a few hundreds of years.
This caused his foundation to be tempered to an extremely deep state, and he was absolutely able to be considered the number one figure amongst body refiners at the Earthly Immortal Realm. Under such circumstances, no matter how many bloodsoul stones he consumed, it was unable to shake Chen Xi’s foundation at all, so he naturally didn’t have to worry about facing any danger.
As soon as the powerful Immortal Shaman Energy surged into his body like a tide, a wave of resounding sound that was like a surging river was emitted from Chen Xi’s clone, and the vast and mighty Immortal Shaman Energy charged forward like a ferocious beast. It started to rampage about through his skin, flesh, bones, and tendons. Everywhere it passed, his meridians, apertures, bones, and tendons felt as if they were sliced open by numerous little blades, causing violent pain to pass through his entire body.
Chen Xi let out a muffled groan as he forcefully endured the violent pain and gritted his teeth as he circulated the Universe Starslayer Bodyforging Arts.
Fortunately, the body of his clone had been tempered to the point of being harder than steel, and it was impenetrable by both blades and swords. Under the guidance of his formidable Divine Sense, strands of Immortal Shaman Energy started circulating along the passageways in his body.
Every single complete circulation was a form of tempering that was like a transformation.
His blood, flesh, skin, tendons, bones, and even the pores in his entire body emanated strands of dense immortal radiance, and they emanated a blazing and dazzling glow.
It could be faintly seen that numerous marks of the Dao had been formed on the striations of his skin, and there were even numerous Dao Markings that were fine as hairs were being condensed within his tendons and bones.
It was even to the extent that the blood in his body started emanating the profound aura of the Dao!
The School of Fiendgod Body Refinement took the path of gaining immortality through the body, and if one wanted to gain immortality through the body, the first step was to temper the body to the point of forming the markings of the Dao.
Only in this way would one be able to advance to the Heavenly Immortal Realm in body refinement and construct an indestructible body.
At this moment, Chen Xi’s body had already been condensed to the limit. His vital blood was boiling to the extreme while even every single inch of skin, tendons, and bones were dyed with a layer of a translucent and crystalline sheen, and they emanated a clinging and pleasant tune that was like the sound of nature.
Moreover, the Immortal Shaman Energy that surged like an ocean was still circulating and strengthening. It was improving explosively at every single moment, and it because of the energy that came from the bloodsoul stones.
The entire tempering process continued for an entire three months!
Three months later, after he consumed over a thousand Immortal Shaman Bloodsoul Stones, Chen Xi’s clone was already enveloped by surging Immortal Shaman Energy, and when looked at from afar, his entire body was like a worm within a cocoon and didn’t make another sound.
It seemed as if everything had returned to extreme silence.
But Chen Xi didn’t stop cultivating and continued tempering his body over and over again while remaining completely concentrated. He was completely unaware of everything that occurred in his surroundings.
Crack! Crack! Crack!
As his body was struck by the Immortal Shaman Energy that surged in without end, Chen Xi’s body that had attained a full state started to show signs of expanding, and it seemed as if he would explode in the next moment.
Right at this moment, a shocking bang that was like muffled thunder resounded, and it shook the entire world of stars. It was like the roar of a Fiendgod and the cheer of the Grand Dao, and it roused the deaf, enlightened the blind, and struck straight at one’s heart.
Chen Xi’s main body that was sitting cross-legged at the side suddenly opened his eyes. When he saw the vast phenomenon created by his clone, he couldn’t help but feel a wisp of excitement in his heart.
I’ve finally succeeded…
The main body and clone had a relationship similar to the relationship between one’s right and left hands, they were part of the same body. At this moment, Chen Xi was able to sense that his entire soul felt as if it was being cleansed by clear spring water, causing his entire body and mind to feel translucent and clear.
Moreover, four hundred and eighty million tiny apertures had appeared on the surface of Chen Xi’s clone, and a small portion of them had been opened up, whereas most of them revealed a sealed state.
As far as body refiners were concerned, the human body was a universe, whereas every single tiny aperture represented a vast world. The more tiny apertures one opened up, the deeper one’s understanding of the universe was, and the stronger the strength one grasped was!
When all the tiny apertures on one’s body were opened, then it would be the what was called achieving immortality through the body!
Presently, Chen Xi’s clone had smoothly advanced into the Heavenly Immortal Realm in body refinement, and it had opened up thirty six million tiny apertures on his body while every single one of these tiny apertures contained surging Immortal Shaman Energy!
The strength stored in every single tiny aperture was comparable to the True Essence possessed by a Violet Palace Realm cultivator, so when the thirty six million tiny apertures were added together, the amount of energy contained within them was simply impossible to estimate. It was truly unfathomably deep like an abyss.
Moreover, it was only like this because his clone had just advanced into the Heavenly Immortal Realm, and once his cultivation grew deeper in the future, the amount of Immortal Shaman Energy stored within the tiny apertures and the number of tiny apertures that had been opened up would grow in number.
The Heavenly Immortal Realm in body refinement was similarly divided into four levels, and they were respectively the Eastern Illumination, the Western Goldpeak, the Northern Pool, and the Southern River.
These four levels were also called the four extremes, and they respectively corresponded to the initial-stage, intermediate-stage, advanced-stage, and perfection-stage of the Heavenly Immortal Realm in body refinement.
At this moment, Chen Xi’s clone’s cultivation had attained Eastern Illumination!
What was Eastern Illumination?
If one looked carefully, the pattern revealed by the thirty six million tiny apertures that were opened up on Chen Xi’s body was like a scorching sun that hung on the eastern sky, whereas, the Immortal Shaman Energy within the tiny apertures were like sunlight that completely illuminated the vital energy within his body down to the slightest detail.
Thus, it was called the Eastern Illumination level.
After he arrived at this cultivation level, unless one was able to completely obliterate all thirty six million of the tiny apertures on Chen Xi’s body, otherwise it was utterly impossible to kill Chen Xi!
This was why the School of Fiendgod Body Refinement was formidable. Their vitality was horrifyingly strong.
My clone has already advanced into the Heavenly Immortal Realm, and it has gotten rid of a knot in my heart. Presently, the recruitment day of Dao Emperor Academy is less than half a year away. My main body has to advance into the perfection-stage of the Heavenly Immortal Realm as soon as possible because only at that time would my cultivation probably be enough to be ranked within the top thousand of the Ascensio Immortal Rankings…
Chen Xi’s main body pondered for a moment before he restrained his thoughts, and then he fell once more into deep levels of meditation.
At the side, after his clone advanced in cultivation, his clone didn’t hesitate to absorb the remaining four hundred plus bloodsoul stones, causing it to transform into monstrous Immortal Shaman Energy that surged into Chen Xi’s body and started to consolidate his cultivation.
Time flowed by like an arrow, in the blink of an eye, three months had already passed since Chen Xi entered into the world of stars and entered into closed door cultivation.
Nothing shocking had occurred in these past three months, but observant people acutely noticed that the relationship between the four great clans renowned for the Dao of Talismans had obviously become delicate.
The Liang, Luo, and Gu Clans moved closer together and frequently had exchanges between their disciples. On the surface, their relationship at least seemed to be growing closer and closer.
On the others hand, the Yin Clan seemed to have been isolated. No matter if it was the higher ups of the three clans or their disciples, all of them maintained a cold attitude towards the Yin Clan and even faintly revealed a trace of hostility.
No one was able to guess what caused this change in the situation.
Even if they guessed it, they wouldn’t believe it at all because all of this was caused merely by a single sword that Chen Xi possessed and an identity that hadn’t been confirmed.
Compared to this, the rankings on the Continental Ascensio Rankings was changing every single day, and there was no lack of dazzling geniuses being ranked on it before rising steadily and drawing exclamations of admiration from countless people.
There were similarly many renowned experts whose rankings were maintained at the same position, and there were even some that were far surpassed and were cast into a shade, drawing the pity of all.
After all, this was the Immortal Dimension!
Merely the Southbridge Continent possessed 9,900 cities and a myriad of living beings. The thing these continents didn’t lack the most was a variety of geniuses.
Something worthy of mention was that Liang Bing’s ranking pushed ahead in these past few months, and she’d charged from the ninth position to the fifth position, leaving Luo Zifeng and Gu Yutang behind her and causing a great uproar.
Everyone gossiped that if this impetus continued, then perhaps Liang Bing would be able to charge into a higher level just like Yin Miaomiao and be ranked amongst the six blazing suns!
Of course, this was merely a guess. If one wanted to become one of the new blazing suns, then not to mention one had to be at the Golden Immortal Realm in cultivation, one’s combat strength had to win the acknowledgement of the entire Immortal Dimension.
Otherwise, how could there only be a mere six blazing suns with the size of the Immortal Dimension?
On this day, Chen Xi left his closed door cultivation.
Even though three months had passed in the outside world, yet over a year had passed to Chen Xi that was in closed door cultivation within the world of stars.
Chen Xi wasn’t aware of everything that had occurred in the outside world. After he walked out of the private room, he directly went looking for Liang Bing and raised his desire to spar with her.
The recruitment day of Dao Emperor Academy was growing closer and closer, so he had to confirm exactly how far his current combat strength was from the top thousand positions on the Ascension Immortal Rankings.
But Chen Xi never expected that when he found Liang Bing at the Rainbowcloud Hall, he actually noticed to his surprise that Luo Zifeng and Gu Yutang were present here as well, and it was unknown what they were discussing, but the atmosphere here was rather harmonious.
This caused Chen Xi to be stunned.
When has Liang Bing’s relationship with these two fellows been so good? Could it be that something occurred in these past three months?
“Eh, you’ve left your closed door cultivation?”
“Haha! I was wondering who it was, so it turns out to be Brother Chen.”
When they saw Chen Xi’s figure appear outside the hall, Liang Bing, Luo Zifeng, and Gu Yutang were stunned, and then they smiled as they walked over to welcome him.
Chen Xi smiled as he nodded, and he was slightly surprised as he noticed Luo Zifeng and Gu Yutang’s attitudes towards him seemed to have become even warmer and even faintly carried a trace of respect.
This sort of subtle changes caused Chen Xi to feel curious in his heart.
“Hmm? Your cultivation seems to have improved once more?” Before Chen Xi could figure it out, he saw Liang Bing glance at him with surprise before she said, “I remember that only three months have passed since you advanced into the advanced-stage of the Heavenly Immortal Realm that day, right?”
Luo Zifeng and Gu Yutang who were smiling lightly were instantly stunned, and the smiles on their faces froze.