Once Upon A Time There Was Lingjian Mountain
Author: His Majesty The King
Lingjian Sect was established in Jiuzhou’s calendar year of 4233. For thousands of years, it has always been committed to providing first class talented immortal cultivators. Nowadays it is among the five largest sects within the union of ten thousand immortals. The sect leader Feng Yin Zheng Ren is in charge of the seven great elders of the union of ten thousand immortals; his cultivation is unrivaled. Lingjian Sect adhere to subjects of peace and development. The sect’s core values are seeking the truth, seeking the good, and seeking the growth. To further expand the power of the sect and to add fresh blood, the sect will hold the Immortal Ascension General Assembly in the near future. Sincerely invites the elite to come.
Prologue + Chapter 1: Inn Firewood
Changxi region terrain stands tall and erect, with a continuous mountain range, but if anyone asks which is the highest mountain, people will invariably point to a place.
A sword like towering mountain that pierced through the clouds on the plateau. On this mountain, there is a sect named Lingjian (Spirit Sword) Sect, one of the leading prestigious big sects in the cultivation world, which dominate the Changxi region. Hence, this mountain was also named Lingjian Mountain.
Lingjian Mountain summit. In an exquisite small bamboo chamber, an old man wearing a sword-type hairpin was looking at the clear sky. His hands were holding a silvery sword. The sword reflected the starlight, the delicate and complex symbols, like the flow of water, slowly went upward along the sword. However, halfway through, the flow abruptly stopped.
The old man’s eyebrows wrinkled, his heart secretly thought this was a bad omen.
“The sword’s light is interrupted; This means to die prematurely. Sect Leader senior martial brother, are you reading your own fortune?” As the voice came from behind him, a white-robed barefooted woman carrying a yellow wine gourd in one hand and a green bamboo sword in another hand, along with the smell of smoke and alcohol that reeked from her body, appeared behind the star-gazing old man.
The star-gazing old man’s deduction was interrupted, he had no choice but to control his breathing to stop what he was doing and breathed out a foul air from his mouth.
“Fifth martial sister, next time remember to knock on the door.”
“I knocked when I went out of my room.”
“I mean my door, not your door.”
The sect leader sighed: “Why are you looking for me?”
“To borrow money.”
“…If I remember correctly, you still owe me twenty thousand Lingshi.” The sect leader said, eyes solemn and face serious.
The woman very bitterly said: “Ai, it’s all because our Lingjian Sect are too poor, me, the magnificent fifth elder, the number two expert in our sect, unexpectedly only has five hundred Lingshi as salary each month, how can I pay off my debt? Martial brother, how about you abdicate your position and give it to me, I can then embezzle the public money to pay back my debt…”
“Martial sister, if you really want this sect leader position, then…”
“Then you will give it to me? Martial brother, sure enough, you are really benevolent and righteous!”
“I want to say, if you want to be the sect leader, first you have to give up the four cardinal vices (wine, sex, avarice, and temper) and cultivate in seclusion for five years. When you reach the Yuanying stage, then you can talk to me again.”
The woman in white immediately pretended that nothing has happened: “Martial brother, lend me some money.”
“…Whom did you just do your divination for that it result in premature death?”
The sect leader martial brother said in a sinking voice: “Lingjian Sect.”
The fifth martial sister’s complexion changed, sobered from the alcohol and argued: “You’re joking, right!? Lingjian Sect will meet extinction?”
“It’s more than just Lingjian Sect; I am afraid this sword’s light is pointing at the whole cultivation world, do you remember the legend about the end of time….Alas, this sword’s light broke one-third of its way, I am afraid the days of peace in the cultivation world will only last for several years. Could it be that we really need to produce one billion Lingshi to sponsor the union of ten thousand immortals to repair those five prehistoric divine boats?”
“Lingjian Sect’s stars big diffraction technique is among the very few deduction method in the cultivation world and martial brother is a person of outstanding talent, so it is unlikely for you to make an error, but just now when martial brother used the immortal sword, it seemingly not the year sword.”
The sect leader martial brother was stunned: “Not the year sword?” He hastened to bow to take a closer look, the character on the sword hilt was really not ‘year,’ but….
The next moment, this awe-inspiring expert whose name shook a whole nation uttered a cry of horror: “Why is this a tea sword!? Is this not to say only a few tea time before our end?”
The fifth martial sister was scared silly, the wine gourd fell to the ground with a bang; The golden liquor gurgled out but was ignored by her.
“Sect leader martial brother, how many times have I told you that you are nearsighted and you should honestly wear eyeglasses, you can’t even tell the difference between (the character) tea and (the character) sword…Forget it, since now we only have (the time to drink) a few cups of tea before the end of time, martial brother, hurry up and abdicate your position to me, let me die in that position.”
“…Even if I die, I will not shame our Lingjian Sect.”
“I don’t want to die with a monthly salary of five hundred Lingshi! I will die unable to close my eyes!”
As they argued, time flies, the few cups of tea time quietly slipped away.
At the Lingjian mountain summit, the bright starry sky was especially dazzling, the stars in the sky slowly but firmly up and running, each star flurriedly trembled, like pollen particles in water being observed in detail under microscopic observation, it’s a never-before appearance in the continent for thousands of years.
Seeing this, the martial brother and sister’s heart were shocked.
The stars big diffraction technique was not false, the herald of the end of time casually came to the land to prepare for the merciless extermination of the cultivation world.
At the last moment, the sect leader martial brother, with a trace of paleness in his face, said.
“Martial sister, there is one thing I would like to say over a century ago but never had the chance to say it, since now the end is within sight…”
As the sect leader sent his firm yet magnetic voice, his brimming-with-truth words entered the opposite party’s ears, the trembling of the stars was getting increasingly intense.
“I think it is time to tell you my truth.”
In these last minutes, time flies, the starlight vigorously burst like blooming flowers; the night sky was bright as day. A broom-like shooting sky pierced through the sky.
That was the legendary herald of the end time, the comet Halley; When the comet fell, the world’s vital energy dried up and the end of time arrives…The summit of the Lingjian mountain trembled under this ‘heavenly wind,’ it was as if the sky was about to collapse.
The white clothed woman’s bright eyes swept around, a trace of the reverse image of the golden light was reflected in her frantic eyes. She lazily dragged her bamboo sword upward to cover her eyes from the light in the sky, as if the whole sky was about to collapse.
However, the sky did not change, the shooting star flew past the land and after that, the trembling stars and everything went into silence.
The fifth martial sister bewilderedly swung the bamboo sword around like a tentacle to sense the change in the world’s vital energy.
“It seems…all right?”
The woman turned her head toward her sect leader martial brother for confirmation; Her martial brother’s cultivation was two realms higher than her – Although she was not afraid to fight, regarding this change in the heaven and earth, she looked up for someone with authority.
The sect leader martial brother’s face was desolate: “At least this is not the end of time.”
“Oh, so the big diffraction technique is wrong? But that’s okay. Martial brother, why do you look disappointed?”
“Rarely we can avoid such a doom, let us celebrate by relieving the debt.”
The doomsday crisis went past, remembering the surging desire to surrender to his passion just now, the sect leader inwardly heaved a long sigh. In addition, he became more puzzled.
The big diffraction technique was not absolute, but his earlier premonition was not wrong, just now, the doomsday event really brushed past the continent.
Regarding this suddenly arrived and suddenly left crisis, the sect leader was at a loss.
But there was something that can be determined with certainty, its impact on the continent was just a little bit.
The old man looked up at the vast galaxy, sighed, and once again fiddling with the star sword in his hand; After thinking for a long time: “After escaping the calamity, there must be a blessing. The aftermath of this crisis will likely usher a golden age of the cultivation world…By the way, when was the last time we have the immortal ascension general assembly?”
The fifth martial sister widened her eyes: “Raw, raw and fresh general assembly?” While talking she almost began to droll. [TL: the words said by the sect leader are 升仙-Sheng Xian, meaning immortal ascension. The fifth martial sister uses 生鲜-Sheng Xian, meaning raw and fresh].
The old man ignored her; He pinched his finger to count: “At least it is more than one hundred years, next time, we’ll make it in twelve years. When the time comes, the change in heaven and earth should somewhat appear. I am not asking too much, as long as the golden age a hundred years ago to appear again, our Lingjian Sect’s revival is expected.”
Hearing about the sect’s revival, the fifth martial sister withdrew her smile and took a long yawn. Regarding this, the old man can only smile wryly.
“The golden age one hundred years ago was missed by us, from all the golden generation that time there is only ten of us left, this time, no matter…”
After that yawn, the fifth martial sister coldly humphed, turned and walked away.
Meanwhile, below the Lingjian mountain, at the unnamed corner of the Changxi region, with a loud cry, a baby was born to the world.
Time flies, the Halley comet event has become an anecdote in the whole Jiuzhou continent, few people knew that their world was once very close to destruction.
The people in the Cangxi state only cared about one thing, the immortal ascension general assembly that was last held one hundred years ago will be held again next month, no one knew from where a talented hero would come to the fore.
This so-called Immortal Ascension General Assembly is the immortal cultivation sects’ recruitment event. After entering the sect they will start the cultivation path, straight toward the main path to becoming immortal; However, only the five biggest sects in the immortal cultivation world that can call their general assembly as immortal ascension general assembly.
The number one main sect in the cultivation world is the Shengjing Immortal Sect within the Zhouyi region; The well-known origin of the immortal cultivation, the Kunlun Immortal Sect; The number one repository of immortal records, The Wanfa Sect which was referred to as the immortal cultivation museum; The Jiuzhou’s number one powerful sect, the Junhuang sect; There is also the disciple-less, money-less, inheritance-less, God-knows-why-they’re-included-in-the-list-of-five-biggest-sect-by-the-union-of-ten-thousand-immortals Lingjian Sect.
The Lingjian sect’s people were few, and their affairs were low key. Regarding sect’s influence, they were even somewhat inferior to the normal first-rate sects, much less the other four great sects. But the glittering advertisement from one of the five biggest sects made people cannot look straight. Moreover, it has been long since the immortal cultivation world held this Immortal Ascension General Assembly.
The message of the Immortal Ascension General Assembly from the Lingjian Sect spread around the Jiuzhou continent three years ago; Anyone age twelve or less, regardless of what condition, can participate. Comparatively, sometimes the other sects require a background check of one’s eighteen generations ancestors, was simply unbelievable. Thus, as soon as they heard this news, it galvanized the ambitious youths all over the continent, villagers in remote mountain villages, sons of the wealthy and powerful families, and even princes…The temptation of the immortal path was simply too strong; Comparatively, the mortal world was too boring.
At this time, it was still more than a week away from the General Assembly, the Lingxi Town under the Lingjian Mountain was already packed with people. This Lingxi Town was the transit gate between the Lingjian Mountain and the mortal world. The number of the local resident was only several hundreds people, but now the population of the newcomer has almost reached ten thousand people. At this point, not to mention the handful of inns, as a temporary measure, people even built tents next to the public toilets.
With these many people and so little space, people will inevitably clash, especially at the famous Ru Family Inn; The room in that inn was a hotly contested spot.
In front of the main door of the inn, three person’s shadow flew out and rolled into balls on the ground. The tallest two of among them, with nosebleed-face, endlessly scolded.
“Little mother’s skin, our master, is his honor, the teacher of the state from the Canglan Country, how dare you be so rude to us!?”
But the one that was supported by the two, whose height a head shorter and has a brown curly hair, was obviously a youngster with a less prestigious identity. With blood dripping down from his nose, he looked at the sneering lady boss inside the main door of the inn with his incredibly dull eyes.
Since young, he, Wen Bao, was never hit by anyone, even his father. Unexpectedly, he took a big slap from the lady boss of this inn!
The lady boss was not old, seemingly around fourteen or fifteen years old only. She wore a coarse cloth robe and greasy apron, yet she looked proud like a princess.
“So what if you’re the teacher of the country? Even if your emperor is here, the result will still be the same! I told you it’s fully booked here, don’t you understand human words!? Now even the Prince of the great Ming country is obediently squatting in the firewood room, yet your tiny country wants to use force to live in the main building!? And you don’t think you deserve those slaps!? Is there no family education in the Canglan Country?”
Wen Bao was a man who has a great national pride; Feeling angry, he loudly roared: “How dare you insult our Canglan Country!? Don’t think since you live in this Lingxi Town that we’re afraid of you! You…”
“Stop making a scene in front of my inn!”
Before Wen Bao finished his words, he saw the lady boss frowned, her figure was like a wind as her foot swept out. The two bodyguards, who have good hands, were too late to react and can only stare blankly as their young master was kicked like a punching bag, rolling down the ramp.
The lady boss is a businesswoman, a businesswoman is of the service of others, not treating people with the extreme method. Although this kick seemed heroic, it was soft and flexible. Wen Bao did not feel particularly painful, but his whole body tingled and numb; He was unable to move on his own and can only roll away down the narrow ramp outside the inn…
Wen Bao, helped by his bodyguard, returned to the front of the inn bruised and battered. Though his heart wished to hack the lady boss into pieces, he kept his silent, admitting his defeat.
He cannot afford not to.
Lingxi Town is the transit gate between the Lingjian Mountain and the mortal world; It received the blessing from the Lingjian sect so that no outsiders can cause damage to its grass or wood, much less the lady boss. These days, it’s not like no one never thought of evil. The head bodyguard of the Yan country’s crown prince created a disturbance after drinking, but when a Lingjian Sect’s cultivator passed by, that bodyguard’s head was swiftly chopped, and his crown prince blacklisted from the assembly and kicked back to his country. Compared to the Yan Country who occupies half of the ‘You’ region, the Canglan Country is indeed small, let alone the teacher of the state’s son is far from equal than a country’s crown prince.
In his heart, Wen Bao felt hate and regret, he had known the rules of the Lingxi Town before he came; The first leg of the general assembly will begin in this Lingxi Town, family members may not accompany the participant, the numbers of bodyguard may not exceed two, and then…They must comply with all the rules in town.
Were it not for the tiredness of a long journey, which caused their mind to be somewhat ignorant, plus the look of an uncultured peasant girl of the lady boss, they would not get caught at the moment and create a disturbance. Now they did not know if the Lingjian Mountain Gate was already known about this, but it will always cast a shadow for him in the future.
The two bodyguards were about to speak but hesitated. Wen Bao inwardly sighed, he knew they wanted to advise him to apologize. He was the respected teacher of the state’s son, in Canglan Country, his status was even above the crown prince. But now, unexpectedly, he has to bow down in front of a peasant girl, that was tough for him to accept!
Standing in front of the inn, Wen Bao took a few deep breaths. His mood gradually calmed, not thinking about the humiliation that just happened, but also not looking around at those malicious and mocking eyes – These were the same noble teenagers, who in their home usually can put up a sophisticated look. However, because there were no elders that can discipline them, they became a group of enemies who spared no effort to fight against their competitors.
When Wen Bao walked into the inn, he put on a smile on his face. However, that smile only lasted a breath’s time.
Because the lady boss at the counter was similarly smiling like him, but her smiling face was even more sincere than him. That smile seemed to be directed at a similar eleven or twelve years old ordinary dressed teenager.
“Great, one best room. Please wait a moment; I will get people to tidy it up.”
Wen Bao immediately felt grief and indignation from being betrayed; One best room!? Didn’t she just say it was full that even the crown prince of the great Ming Country live in the firewood room? Now how could this best room suddenly appear?
But this time, without waiting for Wen Bao to protest, other people at the lobby were also indignant: “Lady boss! What do you mean by this!?”
“Didn’t you say there is no room left? Young master, I, took a thousand liang of silver, but I can’t even stay in the firewood room, what qualification does he have to be able to stay in the best room!?”
“Even if this is Lingjian Sect’s area, you ought to be reasonable, right?”
“Lady boss, give us an explanation!”
Listening to the noisy crowd in the lobby, the professional smile of the lady boss suddenly turned icy cold: “So what? If you don’t want to stay here, then get lost! Do you think I am willing to serve a group of waste like you?”
The lady boss’ bad attitude immediately caused outrage. Seeing that mob incident was about to happen, well-meaning local passersby on the street pointed at the sign on the door: “You, this bunch of outsiders, are you guys blind? Look at this.”
Some people immediately ran out from the crowd and saw that next to the three words Ru Family Inn inscription, there was the impressively written name of a man, Feng Yin.
Feng Yin alone was just a plain literary noun, but if the two words Zhen Ren (Daoist master) were added at the rear, then that would be the name of a well-known exceptional person with high status in the cultivation world.
How high? This Lingjian Mountain was already so high, but at the summit of the Lingjian Mountain lived the Sect Leader of the Lingjian Sect, that sect leader was exactly that Feng Yin Zhen Ren.
With the protection from this inscription of the sect leader of the Lingjian Sect, the various crown princes were immediately reduced to losers, this group of people quickly became dejected and depressed, no longer they have the courage to show their displeasure openly.
However, their pent-up anger is hard to subside, so they took this opportunity to shift their focus of resentment on that youth’s back, the one that was registering on the counter. As if sensing their gaze, they youth turned his head back. They saw that he has a delicate feature, with a down to earth manner. He was wearing a silk gown, although not luxurious, it was neat and tidy, which complement him well.
However, regarding temperament, how could these princes were inferior to him? After a brief shock, their anger boiled up again.
Seeing that the atmosphere was wrong, the youth raised his eyebrows and then loudly coughed.
“Things are not as you think.”
After a pause, he continued.
“I have no affair with the lady boss.”
Hearing such a remark, everyone’s mind immediately has the same thought: Don’t tell me this guy has an affair with the lady boss!?
At this time, the princes’ anger dissipated a little, because, since this was an affair, there is nothing they can do about it.
It’s just that, behind the counter, the lady boss’ cheeks were bright red, there was a chance that she would explode in anger.
But the youth promptly changed the subject.
“As the host of the Immortal Ascension General Assembly, the Lingxi Town has rewards for guests’ activities. One such a reward is the lodging ticket in the Ru Family Inn.”
At this point, the lady boss also confirmed: “That’s right, he won the ticket fair and square, so you, this group of waste, just need to shut up.”
After that, the lobby was quiet for a moment, and then someone got up to raise an objection.
“The activities in the Lingxi Town are clearly written on the leaflets by the town gate. I have seen it, but it never mentioned anything about inn ticket.”
Another one also echoed: “We all got the rewards that you mentioned. They are nothing more than some souvenirs like wood carvings, talismans and the like, but we’ve never heard of an inn ticket. There are hundreds of people in this lobby, why only he can get the ticket?”
The lady boss simply ignored this issue. She tilted her head and revealed a contemptuous smile toward that guy’s insufficient scheme.
That youth patiently explained: “Because this reward is hidden, it will not be seen directly by you.”
That crown prince who filed a complaint just now coldly sneered: “Then tell us, how can we get that reward?”
“Oh, the process of obtaining it is like this: At the town gate, have a dialogue with the man who distributes the flyers. He will tell the story of the town and inform you about the various facilities in this town, including restaurant, inn, grocery store, etc… You have to listen to this carefully in order to trigger the next step.”
Hearing this, the princes in the lobby were astounded, when they met the old man at the town gate, they dismissed him as a rambling old man. He needed to spend half an hour just to tell the story about the town gate, how could they have the time to listen to him telling the story about the whole town!?
However, it was useless to feel regret about it now.
“At the time, I also listened to the end.” Someone suddenly said.
All the princes turned around and looked, a lot of people drew a cold breath because they recognize him as the second prince of the Yuntai Empire at the Yun region, Hai Yunfan
Yuntai Empire is one of the largest power in the Jiuzhou continent. When Hai Yunfan was still a ten-year-old youth, he was already the most outstanding among many of the Yuntai Emperor’s offsprings. People believe that one day he will kick off his brother from the position of crown prince.
Who knew, this second prince actually left the Empire and came here to seek for immortality!
Hai Yunfan’s eyes were awe-inspiring: “I listened to the story of that old man, but I never encounter the next step.”
Hearing this, the youth actually laughed: “How could he directly tell you about the next step? You need to be aware. When the old man finished telling the story, he will cough a few times and say he is thirsty. This time, he will tell you to bring him water to drink.”
However, Hai Yunfan shook his head: “At that time, I also gave him water.”
The youth then said: “Then the old man would say, I’ve drunk the water, but I feel hungry instead.”
Hai Yunfan: “Yes, that’s why I let my servant gave him my share of dry rations.”
The youth: “He’d say thank you, but apparently he was still unhappy while eating.”
Hai Yunfan frowned: “…And then what?”
“And then I ask, why are you still unhappy? The old man would say, not unhappy, I just suddenly thought of Dong Liu’s thousand layer cake.”
“And then…After you buy the thousand layer cake for him, he gave you the inn ticket?”
“How could it be that simple? After going to Dong Liu’s dessert shop, the shopkeeper will tell you that the thousand layer cake has been sold out. After you inquired further, you will be told that the teahouse boss has bought the thousand layer cake for ten people. When you go to the teahouse, the boss will be busy playing chess with the guest. This time, you should not bother him with the thousand layer cake, but help him win in secret instead. After which, you will get a free thousand layer cake. Take this cake to the old man at the Town Gate. The old man will then give you a letter of recommendation. Take this letter of recommendation to the mayor. The mayor will want you to gather material….After going to the tailor shop…And then to the outside village…Then after…Finally, after you give the copper ring to the old man at the Town Gate, you will be able to get the inn ticket.”
When he finished, the lobby was quiet, leaving only the sound of rapid heartbeats of the princes.
People came from far apart, all with high status; Though small in age, many new things have been listened to by them. But hearing the youth’s story about the origin of the inn ticket, they felt incredible.
If the Lingxi Town deliberately designed this inn ticket, then the designer must be stupid, at the very least that person must have a mental illness. Who can get the ticket if someone has to go through such an elaborate making-one’s-blood-boiled procedure? Someone as attentive and bright as Hai Yunfan can only follow to the second step. But behind it, there are still more than ten steps waiting to be completed! Each step was more bizarre than the previous step!
But that youth could not possibly have a normal human brain. For this inn ticket, he must have run all over the Town all day long! Let alone, from the beginning to the end, no one told him that he would get a reward at the end! Why would he do that?
Even Hai Yunfan cannot help but ask: “Do you know all of these in advance?”
The youth raised his eyebrows: “Who needs to know in advance? Seeing a huge chain of tasks lies ahead, any qualified adventurer will go all the way to the end!”
With that, he turned around to follow the waiter to the second floor. His back was inexplicably looked confident and at ease.
Hai Yunfan frowned, the youth’s tone of voice was like someone talking something that was a matter of fact, as if only a mentally handicapped person that could not understand, but…He indeed did not understand.
But it does not matter, a lodging ticket for the best room is not that important. More importantly, who is this youth?
At this time, among the talented youths that gathered in this Lingxi Town, as long as someone has a bit of fame or a special skill, Hai Yunfan would have their information in his brain. But he has never heard of this youth, yet this bizarre reasoning alone was not something an obscure person could have…Thinking to this, Hai Yunfan increasingly felt that this person was deep and immeasurable. Rumor has it that, among the people who gathered in this town, besides the sons of the influential people from the mortal world, there were also children of the immortal cultivator’s families., could it be…?
Hai Yunfan was not far from the counter. His eyes quietly glanced at the register, just to see that person’s name.
“Wang Lu…? Never heard of it.”
There were quite many princes and sons of officials in the lobby, so the name Wang Lu soon spread around in whispers.
“Could he be a Wang family member from the Lingnan Region? I heard that the Wang family members are a bunch of weirdos, which fit him well.”
“That’s impossible, I heard that Lingnan Region and Lingjian Sect hate each other, they will not let that state’s descendants become a member of the Lingjian Sect.”
“Or is he from the Wang family in Shengjing?”
“Then he can go to Shengjing Immortal Sect, why would he want to become the student of the Lingjian Sect? Although Shengjing Immortal Sect hasn’t held the Immortal Ascension General Assembly for years, if the descendants of the Wang family really want to join the sect, it should not be too difficult for them to arrange a back entrance.”
“Ai, you guys are talking about wishful thinking, you don’t even know if that is his real name or not.”