Painting Of The Nine Immortals - Chapter 14
Chapter 14: Qi of the Fifth Level
Translator: Tatienne Editor: Rundi
’’How do you feel about waking the second Immortal?’’
Ling Xian's cheeks heated up instantly.
[The second Immortal!
Liao Cang Qiong, the Immortal of Alchemy, already gifted him two treasures and his lifelong
work, 'Bible of Alchemy'. What kind of treasures will the second Immortal bring him?
Even if the Immortal gives him nothing, to be taught by an Immortal is enough to drive all
cultivators crazy! Remember that in the Taoism community, nobody had risen as an Immortal
in 30,000 years.]
’’Master, where should I go find a soulful lake?’’ Ling Xian asked impatiently.
’’I'm not too sure about that myself. Why not wait for fate to happen? When fate is ready, you
will be able to find a soulful lake and from there, you will be able to wake the second Immortal,’’
Liao Cang Qiong said.
’’Yes, I will for sure find it.’’ Ling Xian tightened his fists, feeling the determination.
’’There is no rush. Even if we can't find the lake, the second Immortal can be awakened. I am
looking forward to seeing him. It's been 30,000 years... 30,000 years of nobody to talk to.’’ Liao
Cang Qiong softly smiled.
[30,000 years old friend. You all should be waking up soon.]
’’Master, the second Immortal... who is it? If he is an Immortal, he should be recorded in the
history of Qing.’’ Ling Xian had high expectations.
’’If I tell you, then it wouldn't be fun. But I can tell you that compared to me, he was a lot more
famous. You better train harder and train faster, because if he wakes up and you are still stuck
in the stage you're at, I can't promise he will take you as an apprentice,’’ Liao Cang Qiong
’’Take me as an apprentice?’’ Ling Xian was confused, ’’I have already worshipped you as my
Master. What you said means that I have to call him Master too?’’
Liao Cang Qiong sighed, ’’I do not want to share my apprentice, especially when my apprentice
is a rare genius. However, you know the situation we are in. We are left with nothing but our
souls and we are only alive because we rely on the Painting of the Immortals. When we entered
this painting years ago, we made a promise to each other. Between the nine of us, we must
choose one apprentice to pass on our inheritances. Whoever wakes up first, has the right to
choose the apprentice. Since I chose you, I trust that you will not disappoint the other eight
’’Then... I have nine Masters?’’ Ling Xian's eyes and mouth widened.
Nine masters, and all of whom are unreachable Immortals!
’’Correct. Gradually those old fellows will wake up, and you will no longer be my apprentice
only.’’ Liao Cang Qiong seemed a little disappointed. He was highly pained by the fact that he
had to share his beloved genius apprentice with those eight bastards.
’’But wait, there are unwritten rules in the Taoism community: a woman cannot marry a second
husband, and a man cannot worship a second master,’’ Ling Xian said and paused. Because he
could not summon spirits since a young age, he wasn't exactly a cultivator. Despite this, he was
deeply rooted with the Taoism way of thinking. He was afraid that if he had two masters, others
would look down on him and he would feel highly ashamed.
’’Rules are meant to be broken. If none of us care, why do you care?’’ Liao Cang Qiong chuckled.
’’To have nine Immortals guide your training, you have such good luck! Nobody in history has
had this kind of luck!’’
Ling Xian smiled, he was embarrassed but happy. He felt like he has just woken up and was
granted with infinite amount of spiritual stones.
’’You have a mission now, and that is to train fast. Or else, when those bastards wake up and
find you unsatisfactory, they will to use extreme methods to train you and I will do nothing.’’
Liao Cang Qiong winked. ’’They are not kind like me. Every one of them is meaner than the
’’Master, please do not worry. I have acquired an uncharted entrance to the hidden territory.
When the hidden territory opens in ten days, I will use the opportunity to train and quickly
reach a higher level.’’ Ling Xian took out the entrance token he received, the milky material it's
made out of was shining.
The hidden territory was an exclusive world that acted as a border between heaven and earth.
Perhaps it was naturally formed, or perhaps it was born after an Immortal fell to death in a
mystically tragic way. Nobody really knew the origin of the hidden territory, but inside that
place, spiritual energy was infinitely higher than the mortal world and there were many
treasures to be found. Though it contained the same amount of spiritual energy as the Painting
of the Nine Immortals, the territory appeared only once in awhile and then vanished from the
world. Then, after some time, it would reappear in a specific place at a specific time. This cycle
continued until the lifespan of the territory ends.
The City of Qing was one of the only cities in the area to have a portal to the hidden territory.
Though the portal only allowed cultivators in or below the base-building stage to enter, it was
nonetheless a hidden territory. The portal only opened every five years and everytime it did,
cultivators around the area all converged and attempted to enter the portal.
The next time the portal opened was estimated to be in ten days. Therefore, the allowance of
entrance to the hidden territory was very valuable. If Ling Xian didn't run into the opportunity
to save the poisoned Ye You Lan, he would not have acquired the right to enter the hidden
territory. Legend has it that every time the territory appeared, only 50 cultivators were allowed
to enter. Within those 50, each of the three clans claimed 10 spots, and left 20 spots open for the
Mayor to judge. Nobody really cared how the Mayor chose to distribute those spots.
’’The right to enter the hidden territory?’’ Liao Cang Qiong sighed, ’’I haven't heard about that
for a while. However, a portal from the City of Qing... there is no way this small city can lead
you to a hidden territory that has much to gain. I don't think it would have more spiritual
energy than the Painting of Nine Immortals.’’
Ling Xian explained, ’’You are wrong this time Master. Even though the hidden territory from
Qing is not that spectacular in terms of spiritual energy, rumor has it that a spiritual medicine
is hidden in the territory. Its name is Flower of Vigor. This flower can speedily increase the pace
of one's training and can help increase spiritual mana. Every time the hidden territory opens,
half the people go with the goal of finding that flower.’’
’’Flower of Vigor,’’ Liao Cang Qiong proclaimed in shock. He was a little confused as well.
He had been obsessed with alchemy all his life, and naturally he was familiar with all spiritual
medicine. According to his knowledge, even though this flower was merely a Ninth Realm
medicine, its rarity was in line with Fifth Realm medicine since it could only be found in
prosperous hidden territories.
Therefore, he was a bit skeptical that the little hidden territory in Qing would have this flower.
The City of Qing was very small, and the hidden territory that the portal takes people will no
way be resourceful. Could it be that...
’’Well, if the Flower of Vigor will be there, then you should definitely check it out. You need to
speed up your training.’’ Liao Cang Qiong watched Ling Xian and noticed his abundant spiritual
energy. He couldn't help but laugh a little. ’’You have reached level four qi. At this point, you
need to consider getting to the next stage.’’
Ling Xian sat down in the lotus pose and prepared himself to begin absorbing spiritual energy.
He took out one of the Energy-Freezing Dans he made from his pouch and swallowed it. When
the eighth-ranked medicine entered his body, surges of spiritual energy began to spread.
Just now, when he was detoxicating Ye You Lan, he already felt the abundance of his qi. If the
situation allowed, he really would've played around with the spirits until he reached the next
level. Now, under the effects of the eighth-ranked Dan, he was ready to reach the next stage.
Spiritual energy was revolving around him and like unstoppable tides, they rushed towards his
body and entered through his chest.
Not long after, a surge of qi bolted into Ling Xian's body as sweeps of spirits gushed outwards.
Ling Xian opened his eyes and indulged himself in the amount of powerful energy he felt. He
couldn't help it, but to smile.
Qi of the fifth level!
At this point in his training, he could be considered as one of the best in the Ling Clan. There
was no point in denying his natural talent as he reached this level in merely two days, whereas
others spend years stuck in each qi level.
Normally, right before reaching the next level of qi, a bottleneck occurred. During regular qi
training, the consumption of a Dan could help speed up the process. When the bottleneck is
reached, unless the cultivator consumes a seventh-ranked Dan, the bottleneck could not be
beaten. To overcome bottlenecks, a cultivator must depend on his or her own natural aptitude.
This was why in the Taoism community, natural endowment was the number one quality.
If someone's natural endowment was qualified enough, then bottlenecks don't occur during the
first few levels of qi. Only when they reached higher qi level, do the bottlenecks happen.
To Ling Xian, whose blood was flowing with supernaturalism, cultivation training was as easy
as eating and drinking. To him, increasing his qi levels and going from qi training stage to the
base-building stage was instant and easy. All he really needed was enough spiritual energy to
support his desire.
Of course, if he only counted on his supernatural blood, his cultivation journey would get more
and more difficult. The practice of Taoism was to slowly pave out a path, collect experience and
endure hardship before becoming physically and mentally ready to move onto the next stage of
Ling Xian tightened his fists and punched the air. His spiritual energy was released as a result
and an explosion occurred in the air!
Liao Cang Qiong shook his head in dissatisfaction, and he asked, ’’You haven't acquired a lot of
techniques, have you? The fifth level of qi should not be this weak.’’
Ling Xian frowned. He could not deny that fact. He remembered then, the book he had
borrowed from the great library a while ago. He summoned the book, and a blue covered,
leather book materialized from thin air.
’’Master, I found this book in my clan's library. When I saw it, there was a voice and an instinct
in my heart that told me to get it. However, when I attempted it, I cannot understand a single
character. Therefore, I have been unable to practice these techniques.’’
’’You can't understand it?’’ Liao Cang Qiong frowned. He gestured for the book to fly to him, and
then he turned the pages.
Looking at the strange characters that looked like little toads, Liao Cang Qiong faltered. He
stayed silent for a while, and then finally spoke, ’’These characters, they are from the primordial
Ling Xian gasped. From the primordial times until now, it's been a few billion years. He
couldn't believe that a book was preserved for so long.
’’No, it's not from the primordial times. The cover of this technique is written in modern
characters. However, all the content written are connected to primordial times.’’ Liao Cang
Qiong pondered hard for a very long time. Then he muttered to himself, ’’'Bible of the Three
Flowers'.... This name is a little familiar.’’