Chapter 151: Loneliness of Qingyun Peak
Dense forest covered the mountain peak. Occasionally, there was a building hidden amongst the greenery. The green bird brought them midway up the mountain before stopping.
Liu Ruyue jumped down first then she told Xiao Chen, "This is Qingyun Peak. From now on, you are one of my Qingyun Peak's men. Later, I will get someone to bring you around to familiarize you with the place."
Xiao Chen nodded and started inspecting his surroundings. They were surrounded by tall trees and there was a never-ending row of buildings on a small platform at the front.
A young man quickly ran out from the front; he moved strangely fast. Very soon, he arrived before the two of them.
"Liu Suifeng, what are you doing here!" Xiao Chen exclaimed in shock after he saw the person's face clearly.
Liu Suifeng was also shocked to see Xiao Chen, "Ye Chen, why are you here on Qingyun Peak?"
Liu Ruyue had a stunned look on her pretty face when she saw that the two of them knew each other. She smiled and said, "It's good that you know each other. Suifeng, bring Ye Chen around to familiarize him with Qingyun Peak. At the same time, help him arrange a good accommodation. This is the disciple your sister just accepted."
Liu Suifeng had a look of disbelief in his eyes, "That can't be! Sis, you actually managed to accept a disciple! That is not possible."
"Are you itching for a beating? Go and get to work!" Liu Ruyue frowned slightly as she jokingly scolded him.
Liu Suifeng smiled, "Never mind. Brother Ye, let me bring you around first. There are very few people on Qingyun Peak. It is possible to get lost on Qingyun Peak and not be able to find anyone to point you in the right direction."
Xiao Chen did not expect Liu Suifeng and Liu Ruyue to be siblings - what a coincidence. Liu Suifeng led Xiao Chen around to take a stroll.
The two of them chatted as they walked and Liu Suifeng told Xiao Chen everything about Qingyun Peak, without hiding anything from him. Twenty years ago, the entire Heavenly Saber Pavilion suffered a great calamity. Even the Pavilion Master at that time died in that calamity.
Of the seven peaks, Qingyun Peak suffered the greatest damage from the calamity. Almost all of the senior generation and elders of Qingyun Peak died. The then Peak Master, who was Liu Suifeng's father, had his Martial Spirit destroyed and was crippled in the calamity.
This meant that Qingyun Peak had completely deteriorated. With no one from the older generation holding down the fort, the younger disciples had pretty much all left.
All the disciples who entered Heavenly Saber Pavilion knew about the situation. Without a Martial King managing the peak, naturally, no one would choose to come here.
There were some who were low in strength and wanted to take advantage of the situation but they were unable to satisfy her. This resulted in no enrollments for the past twenty years; there was not even a single official disciple.
Xiao Chen asked doubtfully, "What exactly was the calamity? For all of the elder generation, including the Heavenly Saber Pavilion's Pavilion Master, to die. How horrible!"
Lui Suifeng hesitated for a while before saying, "There is no problem in telling you. After all, it is not much of a secret. In each of all the major sects in the Great Qin Nation, there is a huge sealed Spatial Crack."
"These seals are normally unbreakable. However, a thousand years ago, Thunder Emperor Sang Mu came to Heavenly Saber Pavilion and fought with the Pavilion Master of that time."
Back then, both Sang Mu and the Pavilion Master were peak Martial Sages. The aftershocks of the fight could easily level an entire mountain peak. The fight had affected the seal that the Three Holy Lands had left behind."
"After the seal was damaged, the people of the Three Holy Lands came to maintain it once in a while. However, twenty years ago, when it was the Divine Martial Gate's turn to maintain the seal, there was an accident and they came late."
Liu Suifeng paused for a while before continuing, "You should be able to guess the result of that event. All sorts of demons came out from the Demonic World, there was even a Demon Lord. According to the older generations, they said the entire Lingyun Mountain Range was covered in Demonic Qi. After the great battle, Heavenly Saber Pavilion became what you see today."
Actually, Liu Suifeng did not know that much either. Twenty years ago, he had not yet been born. He knew all this by listening to the stories of the older generation. Thus, certain bits of the story were vague and unclear.
When Xiao Chen looked at the Lunar Shadow Saber in his hand, his chest tighten. No wonder the old man outside the city said that if the Heavenly Saber Pavilion's people knew that he was the Thunder Emperor's successor, it would not result in a good ending for him.
So that was the reason why; if it were not for the Thunder Emperor, the Heavenly Saber Pavilion would not have suffered the calamity. Suddenly, Xiao Chen thought of something, "That's right, where is your father now? Is he no longer on Qingyun Peak?"
Lui Suifeng pointed to the top of the peak, "He is frequently at the top of Qingyun Peak. He is supposedly in isolation training. Even I only get to see him a few times in a year."
Xiao Chen exhaled in relief. The old man outside the city did not seem to have a Martial Spirit which would have made it easy to connect them together. At the moment, it looked like they were not connected.
The two of them continued walking and loud shouting came from in front of them. Xiao Chen took a look and discovered the stout youth he had met the last time. There were metal boards on his arms and legs as he practiced punching.
At his side, there was a delicate girl practicing an interesting fist technique. Its speed was very slow but it looked like it held a certain elegance. Xiao Chen looked carefully and discovered it was quite similar to the Yongchun Fist of his previous life.
Liu Suifeng explained, "This is Shao Yang and Xiao Meng. They are the children of my father's old friend. They grew up together with me. However, they have a special constitution resulting in them being unable to condense a Martial Spirit."
"What Martial Technique are they practicing? I don't think I've seen it before," Xiao Chen asked out of curiosity. Without a Martial Spirit, one would be considered a cripple. Back then, because he was not able to condense his Martial Spirit, he was mocked by the people of Xiao Clan for many years.
Liu Suifeng smiled, "It is passed down in their family. Don't look down on them, even an ordinary Martial Master would be no match for Shao Yang."
When Shao Yang heard the two voices, he took a careful look before revealing a pleasantly surprised smile. He removed the metal plates on his arms and legs before quickly running over.
"Brother Suifeng, has the benefactor already entered the inner sect?"
Xiao Chen felt uncomfortable but he smiled faintly, "It was just a small thing. Shao Yang, you don't have to take it to heart. Just call me Ye Chen. We are all about the same age so there is no need to be so reserved."
Shao Yang revealed a guileless smile on his simple and honest face. He said seriously, "You saved the lives of Xiao Meng and I, that is definitely not a small thing."
Liu Suifeng stood by the side and said, "Ye Chen has been accepted by my sister as her disciple. He will be staying on Qingyun Peak from now on."
When Shao Yang heard that, he was pleasantly surprised. He said, "In that case, Xiao Meng and I will go and help tidy up the room. In the future, if there is anything you need, just give us the order."
After he spoke, he took Xiao Meng and dashed off toward the front. Liu Suifeng was not even able to stop him. He could not help but smile bitterly, "Those two brats... Why do I feel as if they are not normally as diligent."
The two of them continued to head to the top of the mountain peak. Along the way, they saw many tall buildings. However, they were all empty, completely void of people.
Finally, Liu Suifeng brought Xiao Chen to a pavilion located somewhere mid mountain. There was a small brook flowing beside the pavilion and it was surrounded by a verdant forest that seemed endless. There was the sound of gushing water coming from the surroundings.
Within the pavilion, there was a cool wind blowing. After walking for a long time, they were covered in sweat. When the cool wind blew, it felt very refreshing.
Lui Suifeng said, "If you keep going upwards, you will arrive at the important places of Qingyun Peak. The library and Qingyun Pavilion are up there. There is usually someone from the main hall guarding them. It is best not to go there if you don't have to."
"That's right, Ye Chen, there is something I'm quite curious about. Of the seven peaks in the inner sect, why did you choose Qingyun Peak? Based on your talent, you should be able to make it into any of the other Peaks."
Xiao Chen thought for a while before deciding to tell the truth, "My main purpose for coming to Qingyun Peak, is to learn Listening To the Sword and Communicating With It."
"Listening To the Sword and Communicating With It? Then you have come to the right place. In the entire Heavenly Saber Pavilion, only my sister and Leng Liusu have reached Listening To the Sword and Communicating With It. However, this is something that is faintly discernable, it relies too much on comprehension and talent."
Liu Suifeng was slightly shocked, he did not expect that Xiao Chen had come to Qingyun Peak for such a reason.
Xiao Chen thought that as Liu Ruyue's brother, he would have a better understanding of Listening To the Sword and Communicating With It compared to ordinary people. Thus, he asked, "I hear some people say that Listening To the Sword and Communicating With It is something innate. If one was not born with it then no matter how high their talents were, they would not be able to reach it. Is there such a thing?"
Liu Suifeng smiled faintly, "That is nonsense. My sister was able to acquire it without possessing such an ability at birth. However, no one knows how exactly she did it."
A twinkle appeared in Xiao Chen's eyes. Liu Ruyue's Listening To the Sword and Communicating With It was acquired by herself. However, he felt it was significantly stronger than Leng Liusu's.
"However, Listening To the Sword and Communicating With It is something that can be discovered but not sought. If you focus too much on it, it is possible that there will be no result for the rest of your life. It is best not to be to persistent in pursuing it. Otherwise, it might end up affecting your cultivation."
Xiao Chen smiled faintly to indicate that he understood. After grasping Listening To the Sword and Communicating With It, it would be a great help when trying to learn any weapon.
For a particular Martial Technique, regular cultivators might require days or months to learn it. However, for someone who grasped Listening To the Sword and Communicating With It, it was possible to learn it within a day and even comprehend it on a deeper level.
However, this sort of comprehension was too ethereal. Too many spent their time seeking it but not achieving anything in the end. Instead, they delayed their own cultivation. There were too many such examples.
Grasping the Lunar Shadow Saber tightly in his hand, Xiao Chen felt a conflict in his heart. He did not know if he would end up being like those people; not being able to obtain anything and ending up empty-handed.
However, because of his oath, he had to at least give it a try. If he could not even muster up the courage to try, then it would show that he was too cowardly.
After that, Liu Suifeng led Xiao Chen to his residence. There were very few people on Qingyun Peak, so Xiao Chen was given a large courtyard. Shao Yang and Xiao Meng were helping him tidy up the place, clearing out the dust and rubbish.
By the time everyone left, it was already dusk. It was especially scenic when the sun set below the mountain.
Xiao Chen did not spend much time resting. After he returned to his room, he immediately entered a state of cultivation. The Purple Thunder Divine Incantation continuously circulated throughout his body. The surrounding Spiritual Energy poured into his body like mist.
"What dense Spiritual Energy!" Xiao Chen sighed. The Spiritual Energy here was stronger than at the foot of the mountain by twofold. It was also much stronger than in that strange cave behind the waterfall at Zhuang River's origins.
No wonder the competition for an inner disciple spot was so intense. The environment for cultivating was much better here.