Chapter 15 – Promotion to the Nascent Realm
“Uncle Luo, there’s someone following us!” One among the group of mercenaries said to their leader with a low voice, “It must be that scout sent by the Dark World.”
That mercenary had a young handsome face. He looked like 25-26 years old, and was already 1.85 meters tall, with a strong and slim figure. He was a Nascent realm Warrior who had already reached the Third Sky. His eyes were shining with energy and was always on alert. Just from a simple glance, Shi Yan knew that he was an excellent warrior.
“No, he is not from the Dark World. He is just a horny little stalker; so shameless. No need to pay attention to him.” Luo Hao shook his head, and said with a frown, “Let’s hurry. Just leave him alone.”
Zhao Xin didn’t look happy about this, and said with a cold voice, “Is he after Miss Mu? How dare he! Shall I wait here to teach him a lesson?” While he was talking, he gave a caring look at the delicate girl named Mu Yu Die, who was leaning on Luo Hao.
“No, don’t make any trouble if it’s not necessary.” Luo Hao shook his head again, and asked the girl in a soft voice, “Die, are you ok with this? Shall we speed up a little bit?”
Mu Yu Die was looking very pale, and was perspiring heavily. She smiled politely, “Yes, I can hold on. We could go faster. Maybe it would be better if we leave that man behind. Otherwise, he will also be killed by those assassins sent by the Dark World.”
Luo Hao couldn’t help but sigh, feeling pity for this kind-hearted girl. He nodded to her and said, “Die, don’t use any more of your Profound Qi. I am here for you to lean on.”
After saying that, Luo Hao held the shoulders of Mu Yu Die as if she were a delicate flower, and ran between the trees in the forest with ease. When he was about to land on the ground, he would control his mighty body to just slightly touch the ground before jumping up again. There were no footprints left behind him. Obviously, he was a first-class master at manoeuvering his Profound Qi.
On the other side, Shi Yan was struggling very hard with such a march. It was becoming more and more difficult for him to breathe.
The desire for blood had been killing him all the way. His body was also aching from the intense blow from Master Karu. Due to the intense fight he just had, Shi Yan suffered a severe loss of Profound Qi, which couldn’t be restored within a short period of time.
Under these circumstances, if he ever encountered Mo Yanyu again, there was no doubt that he would be dead. Therefore, he had no choice but to recover as soon as possible and control his own body which had gone wild.
The beautiful music of that girl was indeed his only hope.
He didn’t care whether that girl liked him or not. Shi Yan felt like he didn’t have a choice. Even if she thought that he was a shameless bastard, let it be! He would always follow her steps, as long as she would play that enchanting music again.
Shi Yan tried to control his growing urge for murder and had an evil look on his face, Shi Yan moved most of his Profound Qi, which was not much, to his legs, and tried his best to keep up with the five people ahead of him.
Shi Yan completely cleared his mind and became more focused than ever. The only goal that he had in his mind was to keep up with those people. Once he cleared his thoughts, he felt this march not as hard as before.
“Uncle Luo, I cannot believe that guy was just an Elementary Realm Warrior!” In midst of their rapid movement, Zhao Xin suddenly said with surprise.
Luo Hao was also wondering. According to his knowledge, a warrior of the Elementary Realm shouldn’t be able to keep up with their speed. Although they had successfully distanced themselves from the man behind, they never managed to ditch him. That man must have some endurance to keep him chasing all the way. This made Luo Hao a little curious, making him wonder whether he had underestimated this warrior the previous time they met.
“Uncle Luo, I can keep up. You could speed up a little.” Mu Yu Die said with pain and a layer of sweat on her face.
“No, if we go any faster, you would get hurt.” Luo Hao stubbornly refused He said in a low voice with a frown, “Don’t pay too much attention to the man behind. He is looking for death. If he dies, it is not our fault.”
As they spoke, a loud roaring as horrifying as that of a wild beast came from behind, which was apparently from Shi Yan. However, that roaring didn’t sound human at all. It was filled with craziness and an evil craving for blood and killing, making anybody who had heard it tremble inside.
“Is this guy human or not?!” The hot female mercenary named Di Yalan couldn’t help but tremble, and said with a scared look in her eyes, “How could any human make such a terrifying sound? This is even more terrifying than the roaring of a demon beast that had gone crazy.”
“The crazy craving inside his body is eating him up again.” Luo Hao started to look nervous, and said quickly, “Stay away from him! Otherwise, he might attack us. He has already gone crazy. It’s not very difficult to kill him, but it might waste our precious time to escape. The unnecessary fight will certainly draw the attention of those Dark World’s assassins, and we would be in a lot of trouble…”
“Just let me help him. Otherwise he will become a crazy monster that only knows to kill, and would start a bloody war in this dark forest.” Mu Yu Die said after a little hesitation, and unwrapped the zither that she had been carrying. Despite the dissuasion of Luo Hao and the other warriors, she sat down with her legs crossed and started to play a song.
Luo Hao stepped hard on the ground with anger, “He is such a bastard! He is not at all worthy of your help!”
The mesmerising sound of the zither flowed through the Dark Forest like a gentle stream, right towards Shi Yan, as if it was specifically meant for him.
With both of his eyes turning crimson, Shi Yan was on the brink of going crazy, almost losing to that murderous rage. Hearing the familiar music, he was suddenly awakened. With a light flashing through his eyes, he just stood there like completely lost in that beautiful music.
A trace of the negative energy combined with desperation and fear slowly drifted out of his body and started to surround him like a light mist. It felt like millions of tornados in each of his seven hundred and twenty meridians and he could feel the unique energy that he got from Master Karu being purified and concentrated over and over again.
After a while, Shi Yan’s eyes gradually returned to normal, and he began to regain the look of a sane man. At that moment, he realized that this was all due to the generous help of that beautiful girl. She had saved him again!
With deep gratitude in his heart, Shi Yan sat down right where he was. He put his heart and soul into this beautiful music and started to operate his Profound Qi inside his body without a second thoughts. Immersing in this soothing music, he started to relax.
Right in the middle of this dark forest, filled with all kinds of unexpected danger, Shi Yan managed to enter the world of the Selfless State.
He didn’t remember how long it took before he awoke. The mist wrapping around him had already been absorbed into his own body, and under his guidance, flew through the different meridians inside his body.
Suddenly, thousands of warm but strange streams of energy spilled over from all the meridians in his body and started to propel his Profound Qi through his veins.
Shi Yan couldn’t help but tremble. He could clearly feel his Profound Qi compressing and strengthening with an amazing speed!
Within seconds, he could feel his Profound Qi became five or six times stronger, and it was more concentrated than before!
His strengthened Profound Qi suddenly started to gather in his abdomen, and filled his entire body with power. Realizing that he must have finally purified all the Profound Qi that he got from Master Karu, Shi Yan was overwhelmed.
Shi Yan slowed his breathing and concentrated all his energy in operating all his Profound Qi towards his twelve Major Veins and eight Special Veins.
The Profound Qi stormed through his entire body like a raging flood. Shi Yan was able to unblock all his congested veins, albeit suffering from intense pain. He felt as if his shoulders were finally able to relax.
Now that his Profound Qi had become stronger than ever, he felt like he had unlimited potential.
The sun had already set, and the moon was shining brightly in the starry sky.
With the last of his veins cleared, Shi Yan was very excited. He was trying very hard to contain his exuberance, while operating the Profound Qi in a cycle throughout the body.
When his cycle was finally over, Shi Yan felt like he was waking up from a very long dream. He looked up at all the shining stars in the sky, feeling nothing but unparalleled happiness.
Now that he had broken through all the veins in his body, he could be said to have promoted to the Nascent Realm.
From the Profound Qi that he got from Master Karu, and through the incidents when he almost lost his mind and went crazy with bloodlust, he had finally purified all the power he got from Master Karu and broke through all his veins with the newly purified and concentrated Profound Qi. Now he had finally entered into a whole new level!
After purification of all the energy he got from Master Karu, the bloodlust that had once tangled his mind had suddenly vanished.
Now that he thought about it, Shi Yan realized that every time after absorbing the Profound Qi from the dead, and until the Profound Qi was completely purified by his meridians, there would always be some negative energy spilling over from his meridians, which would trigger the darker side of himself and drive him into a state of insanity.
Because the first few victims of him were just Elementary Realm Warriors with moderate energy, he could still control the negative desires.
But Master Karu was a Nascent Realm Warrior, with the power far beyond Shi Yan’s league. There was too much negative energy within Master Karu’s Profound Qi. Therefore, that time Shi Yan couldn’t control the negative energy, and almost lost his sanity.
Right now, since he had fully purified the Profound Qi that he got from Master Karu and entered a completely new level, Shi Yan didn’t need to worry about the eruption of the evil power anymore.
Shi Yan stretched his body a little and stood up slowly. He was feeling completely refreshed. The broken bones in his chest also seemed to have recovered.
Shi Yan checked his body for wounds, but found them all healed. This made him extremely happy.
He knew that his speedy recovery was not only due to his promotion, but also had something to do with his Immortal Martial Spirit.
Right before losing himself to the music, he had felt the cells near his chest wounds repairing and beginning to heal.
Looking around, Shi Yan realized that the location he was in was completely exposed, with no tree cover or shade. Realizing that he had been operating his Profound Qi here, forgetting everything around him, Shi Yan felt lucky that nothing unexpected had happened to him.
By practicing his Profound Qi in such an exposed location, had Mo Yanyu still been looking for him, he would have definitely been captured by her.
At present, that mesmerising music was long gone. He remembered the sky was still bright when fell under the effects of music, however, now it was already midnight. He must have been practicing for a long time without realizing. He felt immense gratitude towards that beautiful girl. She had saved him more than once. The first time she might have saved him unintentionally, but the second time, it was specifically for him
Based on the discussion he overheard from the five people, Shi Yan realized that they were being chased by someone. However, he didn’t think too much and decided to continue following them.
He didn’t like owing favors, and so he decided to pay back the girl’s kindness in his own way.