IMDC - Chapter 2280 (Raw 2387): The Secret of the Saber Technique

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After Xiao Chen made his request, the expressions of Abbot Xu Ye, Xu Yun, and Xu Ming all changed slightly.

A chill flashed in Xu Ming’s eyes as he said, “Not to mention that this Buddhist sect forbidden art was lost long ago and that the Hidden Spirit Temple does not have a copy, even if we had it, we would not give it to someone like you, a person who cultivates a demonic Cultivation Technique and is laden with sin.”

So that is what’s happening. This old monk already sensed my Demonic Dao Cultivation Technique. That is why he is so hostile.

Xu Yun said slowly and softly, “Benefactor Xiao, please make another request. This request is difficult for us.” 

The Hidden Spirit Temple’s Abbot Xu Ye looked straight at Xiao Chen. Although he kept silent, the expression in his eyes conveyed the same thing.

“In that case, there is no need for further discussion. I am not interested in anything else.” Xiao Chen took out the scarlet bodhi seed and returned it, preparing to take his leave.

Abbot Xu Ye received the scarlet bodhi seed and pondered in silence. Xu Yun sighed while standing at the side.

As for Xu Ming, he snorted coldly. “It is not like we are begging him for help. There is no need to hold him in such high regard.”

Xiao Chen, who had already turned around, sneered in his heart, Then, why seek me out?

This Xu Ming needs to understand that I have no obligation to help the Hidden Spirit Temple stop the Azure Lotus Church’s people.

Xiao Chen had no issues with the Hidden Spirit Temple giving him the scarlet bodhi seed to suppress the Azure Lotus Church. In any case, it was free, so why not.

Since the other party invited him here, Xiao Chen had the qualifications to set conditions.

Furthermore, did this Xu Ming really think that Xiao Chen would not be a match for the Azure Lotus Church without the scarlet bodhi seed?

In that case, Xu Ming underestimated Xiao Chen.

“Benefactor Xiao, please wait!”

Just as Xiao Chen was about to leave the Empty Cloud Palace, Abbot Xu Ye rushed over while holding the scarlet bodhi seed.

“This item is a gift from my temple. Benefactor Xiao chopped down the Black Lotus Sect Venerate and helped little Yan Chen reconstruct his physical body. No matter what, my Buddhist sect holds you in great gratitude. Consider this item our thanks for your grace.”

Xu Ye handed the scarlet bodhi seed back to Xiao Chen.

Xiao Chen did not stand on ceremony, carefully putting away the scarlet bodhi seed. At the same time, he took out the Buddhist sect’s Golden Letter and handed it over.

“Benefactor Xiao, what do you mean by this?” Venerable Xu Yun asked as he received the Golden Letter.

Xiao Chen explained softly, “Senior Xu Ming seems to have a bad opinion of this junior. I am not sure if I am worthy of this gift and do not dare to be presumptuous. Hence, an item for an item.”

Xiao Chen still held high respect for Venerable Xu Yun and Abbot Xu Ye. However, Xu Ming’s unreasonable hostility made him uncomfortable, as if he purposely took advantage of the Hidden Spirit Temple.

“Abbot Xu Ye, there is no need to overthink this. I have a death grudge with the First Prince. Even if the Azure Lotus Church protects him, I have no reason not to kill him. So, even without your honored temple’s request, I will still stop this group of people from obtaining the Wings of Time.”

Xiao Chen paused for a while before saying softly, “As for my strength…”

“Boom!”

Xiao Chen’s body suddenly released a blue light, his chest turning transparent.

Crystalline, transparent, resplendent, and dazzling.

I have an immortal heart. When my immortal heart is cleansed and the flower blooms, it illuminates three lives!

A blue lotus flower bloomed elegantly under Xiao Chen’s feet. His white robes looked pure and clean. With a thought, he executed the Mahāmāyā Abstinence Violation Saber Technique’s Three Life Flower.

As he stood on the lotus flower, he seemed a world apart, looking boundlessly profound.

Others could not feel any saber intent in this saber move. It had already reached great heights, and its saber intent was formless yet with form.

Formless meant that it could not be felt or sensed. Having a form meant that its state was formed entirely by saber intent.

The three monks’ expressions changed in startlement. Xiao Chen’s display did not look like the strength of a Small Perfection Sovereign Emperor.

Suddenly, the state changed.

The figure of Xiao Chen, who was on the blue lotus flower, twisted, plunging the entire world into darkness. An icy killing intent formed by Buddhist Might soared into the clouds, seemingly merging with the Heavenly Dao. The sky cracked, and an eye created by the Heavenly Dao’s killing intent opened slowly. 

“Heaven’s Eye!”

Xu Yun exclaimed, “This is the Mahāmāyā Abstinence Violation Saber Technique’s Merciless Killing… If heaven had feelings, it would age. The Heavenly Dao is emotionless, and the Heavenly Dao’s killing intent is the densest. If one took just one glance at heaven, one would definitely die!”

The Heavenly Dao was the most emotionless. Regarding killing, who could compare to heaven?

When heaven opened its eye, anyone who met its gaze would die. If heaven wanted to kill, who would dare to gainsay it? This was a merciless killing!

Xiao Chen waved casually, and the various mysterious phenomena disappeared like nothing had happened.

He bowed slightly and murmured, “This junior was rude. I have embarrassed myself before you three seniors. The three of you are Faux Gods. Naturally, you do not think highly of these small tricks. However, I dare say that this junior is capable of protecting myself unless a Peak Sovereign Emperor appears.”

That was right. The earlier move was Merciless Killing, the Mahāmāyā Abstinence Violation Saber Technique’s sixth move.

Xiao Chen did not show off on purpose. If he tried to do that, he would clearly be ignorant of the world’s heights.

However, he refused to submit, refused to give in to this Xu Ming and let Xu Ming have the satisfaction of thinking that he wanted to take advantage of the Hidden Spirit Temple.

“May the Lord Buddha preserve us! Benefactor Xiao is too humble. Such skills are an eye-opener for us. Truth be told, aside from Mahāmāyā himself, no one in our temple has managed to practice the Merciless Killing. As for Benefactor Xiao’s Three Life Flower, it can be acclaimed as the peak of perfection; it seemed to have already surpassed Mahāmāyās.”

Between the Three Life Flower and the Merciless Killing, Abbot Xu Ye had more praise for Xiao Chen’s Three Life Flower.

That was because Xiao Chen already practiced the Three Life Flower to near perfection, even surpassing the limits of the Mahāmāyā Abstinence Violation Saber Technique.

As for the Merciless Killing, Xiao Chen only just reached Small Perfection and still showed many flaws.

When Xiao Chen executed it, he clearly found it taxing.

However, given the precedent of the Three Life Flower, reaching Great Perfection was just a matter of time.

“Junior Brother, what do you think?” Venerable Xu Yun asked Xu Ming, showing a faint smile.

Naturally, Xu Ming felt upset. He wanted to say that it was only a paltry trick or it was just so-so.

However, Xu Ming could not say such words. If he did, he would be slapping his own face. Thus, he just sulked in silence.

Seeing that Xu Ming had nothing to say, Venerable Xu Yun looked at the abbot and said, “Senior Brother, I feel that there are some things that we should honestly tell Benefactor Xiao.”

Xiao Chen was somewhat puzzled, confusion flashing in his eyes.

Xu Ye thought for a while before turning to Xiao Chen. “Actually, Benefactor Xiao is unaware that the Mahāmāyā Abstinence Violation Saber Technique has only nine moves. The so-called last three moves out of the twelve moves are fake, something written in reverse order. Anyone who follows the order that Mahāmāyā laid out and practices the last three moves will go crazy. This is why this Martial Technique was classified as a forbidden art. Regarding offense and killing, the Buddhist sect has several Martial Techniques with even more ferocious killing intent than the Mahāmāyā Abstinence Violation Saber Technique.

“My Buddha is merciful. However, the merciful need to shed blood. Otherwise, how could they illuminate the lives of people and kill demons?” 

Xiao Chen felt stunned upon hearing that. He did not expect there to be such secrets behind this. “Why is this not public, then?”

Su Ye sighed softly, “Long ago, an expert of my Buddhist sect discovered this secret. Later on, the saber manual disappeared, so this secret remained a secret to prevent people from harming my Buddhist sect if they managed to practice this Mahāmāyā Abstinence Violation Saber Technique.”

“So, that is the case.”

“As for copies of the last three moves, the Hidden Spirit Temple does have them. However, they have been sealed in lands with extremely harsh environments because Mahāmāyā is a taboo for the Hidden Spirit Temple. As for the reason, I will not explain further.”

Xiao Chen felt excited. “What, then?”

Abbot Xu Ye said, “Since Benefactor Xiao is already certain that you will go against the Azure Lotus Church, the Hidden Spirit Temple will assist Benefactor Xiao. We can tell you where the seventh move is. However, whether you can obtain it or not will depend on yourself.”

It looks like the Mahāmāyā Abstinence Violation Saber Technique holds many implications. Hence, the Hidden Spirit Temple cannot possibly let me practice the entire Mahāmāyā Abstinence Violation Saber Technique. They are willing to tell me the location of the seventh move’s saber manual copy because they think highly of my strength, agreeing that I can fight with the Azure Lotus Church experts.

The enemy of my enemy is my friend. That is why they made this exception once.

“Where is it?” Xiao Chen asked.

Abbot Xu Ye said, “Come with me.”

Xu Ming felt dissatisfied with this situation. However, Xu Ye and Xu Yun already made up their minds. No matter how dissatisfied he was, he could not stop this. So, he snorted coldly and turned to leave.

DragonInWhite's Notes:

Chapters for March: 05 / 50

Did some simple counting, but please don't take this list as an absolute as I might have made mistakes, but it should be about there. If you want to count yourself, after February ends, there should be 106 chapters left for the public. I might decide the split the last chapter so in that case, the list might shift backward by one day as it would become 107 chapters left. Of course, this is just taking IMDC into account. There will always be content for every tier, so if the number of IMDC chapters available for your tier is lower than what it is, there will be EIF advance chapters to make up for it. Basically, the number of IMDC + EIF advance chapters will always be more than or equal to the tier you subscribe. Thank you all so much for your support over the past couple of years, and here's to hoping that EIF will be a great story (It is, I read it and liked it more than IMDC).

12 mar  86 True God Realm
16 mar  81 Faux God Realm
20 mar  73 Divine Vein Realm
23 mar  68 Cloud Sea Realm
26 mar  63 Primal Core Realm
02 apr   55 Veritable Personage Realm
06 apr   49 Transcending Mortality
08 apr   44 Martial Emperor
12 apr   39 quasi-Emperor
15 apr   32 Martial Sage
19 apr   27 Half Sage
21 apr   22 Martial Monarch
23 apr   19 Martial King
26 apr   15 Martial Saint
27 apr   12 Martial Grand Master
28 apr   10 Martial Master
29 apr   08 Martial Disciple
02 may  04 Spirit Refinement
04 may  00 Public

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