Chapter 1228: Demotion (2)
Translator: EndlessFantasy Translation Editor: EndlessFantasy Translation
A strange light flashed in Qin Renyue’s eyes as he looked at Ye Zheng.
The 49 Swordsmen watched in shock as the astrolabe swiftly shrank to more than twice its original size.
Someone cried out in shock, “He lost a Birth Chart! He was demoted!”
“Even a Venerable Master lost Birth Chart to Lu Wu! Lu Wu is really too powerful…”
Lu Zhou looked at the Primal Qi that was beginning to stir in the sky as he thought to himself, ‘Hey, if it weren’t for my Deadly Strike Card’s two death triggers and the Fire Phoenix’s ultimate skill, Lu Wu wouldn’t have been able to take away one of his Birth Chart.’
This meant that Ye Zheng could block fatal strikes to his Birth Chart thrice.
When Qin Renyue heard the conversation in his surroundings, he said, “Not necessarily…”
Lu Zhou turned and asked, perplexed, “You have so much confidence in him?”
Qin Renyue said, “I’ve fought Ye Zheng for nearly 5,000 years, and we often discussed the Dao on Clear Sky Mountain. Perhaps, there’s no one in this world who’s more familiar with him than I am. His cultivation is very high. In the early days after he passed his third Birth Trials, he had searched for ways to protect his Birth Charts. Heh, even Venerable Masters are afraid of losing Birth Charts, after all.”
Qin Renyue continued to say, “Ye Zheng has been searching for his 19th life heart. At this stage, although a beast emperor’s life heart could be used, there’s a high chance of failure. It’d be better to use a divine beast’s life heart. All these years, he’s been searching for divine beasts. He’s bolder than others in actions. Hence, he certainly has the means to protect his Birth Charts, and he would do anything to protect them…”
Lu Zhou asked, “What kind of means?”
Qin Renyue shrugged, indicating that he did not know. This was a private matter, after all. How could Ye Zheng easily reveal such information?
Lu Zhou thought it was no wonder the 36 Confucian scholars stubbornly blocked Ye Zheng even under the threat of death when he brought out the Golden Taixu Mirror earlier.
Lu Wu landed. It looked at the sky triumphantly.
Under the astrolabe, an unprecedentedly violent Primal Qi storm began to rage. The energy was like knives cutting through the ice.
At this time, Ye Zheng’s hair was even more disheveled than before. His eyes were brimming with hatred and anger.
Yuan Lang, one of the 49 Swordsmen, said with a sigh, “From today onward, Ye Zheng would no longer be a Venerable Master, and there would no longer be four Venerable Masters in the green lotus domain…”
“No.” Qin Renyue shook his head. “Even if he lost a Birth Chart, he can use his lifespan to recover it within three days and return to being a Venerable Master.”
If Qin Renyue did not mention this matter to the 49 Swordsmen, Lu Zhou would have been unaware of it.
Venerable Masters were truly powerful. With 18 Birth Charts, their lives were long so they had more than enough to protect themselves.
“Let me see what kind of monster he is…” Lu Zhou brought the Golden Taixu Mirror out. He imbued whatever little divine power he had left into the Golden Taixu Mirror. At this time, the blue avatar in his Dantian’s sea of Qi that was filled with energy was instantly drained of divine power and it disappeared.
A beam of golden light shone down on Ye Zheng.
A small avatar was revealed under the golden light. It was shaped like a chicken with three heads that possessed six eyes, six legs, and three pairs of wings. However, where the three heads used to be, there were only three stumps.
With this, Lu Zhou was reminded of Ye Zhen.
Qin Renyue exclaimed in surprise, “No wonder! It’s Shang Fu the three-headed bird!”
Mingshi Yin shook his head. “I don’t understand what these people are thinking. They don’t want to walk on the right path and cultivate unorthodox methods instead…”
Qin Renyue said with a smile, “This is why I hate Ye Zheng… He’s clearly from an orthodox Confucian sect. However, in order to further his cultivation, he has forgotten his heart. He acts like a gentleman all day long, but to think he had secretly refined Shang Fu to replace his avatar…”
Lu Zhou asked, “Do you know Ye Zhen?”
“Ye Zhen?” Qin Renyue shook his head.
Mingshi Yin said, “Ye Zhen’s avatar is even more exaggerated than his. It was a nine-headed monster. It seems like many people used this method to save themselves… The people from other domains are really unscrupulous… How did he do it exactly?”
Qin Renyue said, “It’s an ancient taboo technique from the ancient books. I really didn’t expect him to resort to using this method. No wonder he always requested that we refrain from using our avatars during our sparring sessions…”
“Of course. Then, he would have exposed himself. How could he have dared to use it during a sparring session…” Mingshi Yin said, “By the way, you really have never heard of Ye Zhen?”
“No.” Qin Renyue shook his head. For Lu Zhou’s sake, he was rather patient.
“Ye Zheng, Ye Zhen… Not only do their names sound alike, but they’re both Confucian scholars as well. They’re even dressed alike…” Mingshi Yin said.
Qin Renyue shrugged. “Perhaps, only those from Yannan’s Blessed Land have the answers…”
After a while, the Primal Qi storm began to slowly die down.
At this time, the astrolabe had already vanished.
Lu Wu looked at the sky and said disdainfully, “Did you think you would be able to kill me?”
Ye Zheng panted heavily and looked at his arms in disbelief. He touched his cheeks as though he was trying to determine if he was dreaming.
Suddenly, Lu Wu stomped on the ground again. It had sworn to kill those who wronged him!
Mingshi Yin said happily, “I really like its temper! Third Senior Brother, shall we exchange our pets? I’ll give you Doggy instead…”
Duanmu Sheng did not respond. Instead, he maintained a smile on his face as he moved his Overlord Spear from his right hand into his left hand before he exhaled on the dragon carving on the shaft and pulled up his sleeve to wipe it.
Woof! Woof! Woof!
Qiong Qi raised its head and barked a few times.
At this time, when it looked like Lu Wu was going to take away another one of Ye Zhen’s Birth Chart with one move again, a black figure flashed over from afar.
“Please let Venerable Master Qin off for my sake!”
A palm seal that seemed capable of toppling mountains and stirring up a tsunami flew over.
Not only did Lu Wu not retreat, but it roared, shattering the palm seal.
“Beast, know your place!”
An astrolabe spun out in the sky.
A strange energy that was clearly different from that of Qin Renyue and Ye Zheng appeared.
Lu Zhou noticed that Lu Wu seemed to be a beat slower than before. He knew something was amiss. He leaped up immediately and casually crushed a Reduction Card. Then, he said in a deep voice, “I want to see precisely who it is that doesn’t know his place.”
After the Reduction Card was shattered, a green light shot out and landed on the black figure at a speed that was too fast to capture.
A Venerable Master was said to be born from the heavens. He could use the power of the Dao and the power of heaven and earth.
However, when the green light landed on the black figure. It seemed to separate him from the heavens, draining him of his Primal Qi.
When the black figure sensed his Birth Chart being ruthlessly dug out like a pair of hands digging into his heart, he trembled. “Impossible!”
Venerable Masters were most afraid of losing Birth Charts. What they wanted to protect the most were their 18 Birth Charts.
The black figure looked at Lu Zhou fearfully. He gave up on attacking Lu Wu and quickly turned around. Before he fled, he tossed out a black ribbon that wrapped around Ye Zheng and brought Ye Zheng away.
Lu Wu said angrily, “How dare… you leave?!”
“Let them go,” Lu Zhou said. After today, his understanding of Venerable Masters had deepened. The duration of the Reduction Card was short, and Ye Zheng had a helper who was a Venerable Master. Lu Wu might just die if it chased after them.
Lu Wu listened to Lu Zhou and gave up chasing after Ye Zheng. It raised its head proudly and said, “Next time… I’ll definitely take… away… that dog’s life!”
Woof! Woof! Woof!
Qiong Qi protested.
“I wasn’t talking about you! Move aside!” Lu Wu said before it blew Qiong Qi and Mingshi Yin aside.
Meanwhile, Qin Renyue and the 49 Swordsmen watched in stunned silence.