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EIF - Book 04 Chapter 016: Nascent Soul Realm

“You know the Azure Emperor? Who is he?” Gu Hai asked with a frown.

“Why should I tell you?” Fairy Waner countered, still showing anger on her face as she looked at Gu Hai.

Gu Hai smiled bitterly.

Gu Hai did not want the earlier confusion. He had been in a daze then, mistaking Fairy Waner for Chen Xianer.

“I will take responsibility,” Gu Hai said after a deep breath.

“Responsibility? Who wants you to take responsibility?” Fairy Waner retorted furiously while glaring.

“Gu Hai, listen up. Nothing happened today. You and I never…never… In any case, forget what just happened. Responsibility? I don’t need you to take responsibility! Humph!” Fairy Waner said in anger.

Gu Hai frowned slightly. Although he had been in a daze earlier, unable to tell who it was, he still remembered what he did; it was imprinted deeply in his mind. In fact, the nascent embryo in his fire deity palace had an intimate connection with Fairy Waner.

It was not just Gu Hai. One of Fairy Waner’s nascent souls had the same feeling. This was what angered Fairy Waner the most.

“What I said will always hold true. You…,” Gu Hai said while shaking his head.

“I don’t need it to be true. You bastard, I told you already. Nothing happened between us. Humph!” Fairy Waner walked away, wanting to leave this upsetting place.

However, when Fairy Waner reached the entrance of the underground palace, she returned and walked to the bed.

The bed was in a sorry state, but a small spot of blood was evident at the center of the bedsheets.

“Humph!” Fairy Waner snorted coldly.

She extended her hand and collected the bedsheets. Then, she walked out of the underground palace.

“You still haven’t said who the Azure Emperor is!” Gu Hai shouted.

“Search by yourself, you big bastard!” Fairy Waner shouted as she rushed out of the underground palace.

Gu Hai smiled bitterly but did not give chase.

Indeed. Since I already know the name, I can slowly investigate this. Azure Emperor? He should be easy to find.

Gu Hai turned his head and looked at the beheaded Hu Dongtian. With a sullen expression, he reached out and took Hu Dongtian’s bracelet.

Boom!

A thunderous report resounded outside the palace hall.

Fairy Waner had broken the barrier from the inside, incidentally chopping the Marionette Controller, which was above the barrier, in half as well. Then, she took to the sky, flying to the horizon in the blink of an eye.

“Your Majesty!” Tang Chu and the others rushed into the underground palace.

“We are fine!” Gu Hai shook his head.

Outside, when the Marionette Controller broke, everyone regained their freedom.

Some people fled in horror, but others rushed in, feeling angry and anxious; they wanted revenge on Hu Dongtian.

However, when these people entered the underground palace, they saw Hu Dongtian already beheaded.

“He died? He got lucky!” the crowd said, immediately exasperated.

Not far away, some people curiously entered the next floor.

“Ah!” someone cried out.

“What’s wrong?” The rest rushed over.

Gasp!

Everyone who entered inhaled sharply.

“Harvesting Yin energy to nourish Yang energy? Hu Dongtian cultivated such an evil cultivation technique? Ah? This…this woman who is dried up, isn’t she the Zhang Clan’s daughter who went missing half a year ago?” someone said in horror.

“Ah!”

Another loud cry rang out.

Someone went to the bottom floor of the underground palace. Clearly, the three thousand corpses below were from Hu Dongtian’s evil cultivation as well.

“The Mending Heaven Sect? The Mending Heaven Sect? An evil sect? What an evil person! Anyone would have the right to punish him!”

“If not for His Majesty, who knows how many more women would suffer at his hands!”

“I initially felt puzzled why the city’s soldiers came to seek trouble for Hu Dongtian. So, it was because he is an evil demon!”

“The Mending Heaven Sect disciples are all evil demons!”

“No! No! We don’t know about it! We really don’t know that the sect master did such a thing!” the Mending Heaven Sect disciples protested in horror.

“Han Royal Emperor, many thanks!”

“Your Majesty, many thanks for eradicating the evil demon!”

“Your Majesty, many thanks for the care you showed for your citizens. Even when dealing with Hu Dongtian, you could not bear to hurt us!”

“Many thanks, Your Majesty!”

The crowd felt grateful to Gu Hai while showing disdain for Hu Dongtian’s corpse.

Gu Hai nodded. Then, he led the Han Nation soldiers into the underground palace’s third floor. They slowly searched around and found a golden pearl.

“The Midas Pearl? Hu Dongtian fixed it?” the Mending Heaven City Lord exclaimed.

“You recognize this?”

“Yes. This was one of Old Mister Guan Qi’s treasures. It can turn dirt and stone into gold or metal,” the Mending Heaven City Lord explained.

“Oh?” Gu Hai narrowed his eyes. Does this mean that there is a Heavenly Go Stone fragment in it?

Gu Hai carefully picked up the Midas Pearl, and the metal below turned back into dirt.

Rumble…!

The foundation rock golems could move again.

“Spread word of Hu Dongtian’s crimes. Hang his corpse outside Mending Heaven City for the citizens to mock,” Gu Hai commanded coldly.

“Yes!” the Mending Heaven City Lord answered.

Even though Hu Dongtian died, Gu Hai did not feel it was sufficient. He wanted to hang Hu Dongtian’s corpse outside the city for the citizens to mock and humiliate.

Gu Hai did not deal with the Mending Heaven Sect. The ignorant were not guilty; he did not blame them.

Gu Hai left with the Han Nation officials. After the Mending Heaven City Lord dealt with this situation, he also returned to Mending Heaven City.

Eventually, the furious gamblers leveled the Mending Heaven Sect.

Gu Hai did not linger in Mending Heaven City, immediately bringing his soldiers and advisers away to return to the capital.

Everyone boarded a flying ship and headed for Chaoge City.

The trip back to the capital would take some time, so Gu Hai sat in a palace hall on the flying ship and looked within himself. Then, he observed the changes to his fire deity palace.

The embryo there appeared alive. As it moved, it looked like it was breathing. Every breath breathed in tenfold more Spiritual Energy than before. The surging Spiritual Energy in Gu Hai’s body gushed significantly faster than an ordinary Golden Core Realm cultivator’s.

Gu Hai also sensed that he could drive a fiery energy with this embryo.

“The Nascent Soul Realm’s first stage, forming a nascent embryo? I finally reached the Nascent Soul Realm. My first nascent soul is a fire nascent soul? A fire physical soul? Unexpectedly, it is because Fairy Waner and I…” Gu Hai opened his eyes with a bitter smile.

Gu Hai shook his head and flipped his hand, making a large silk scroll appear in his palm. Then, he laid it flat.

“The Worldly Coital Karmic Energy Mending Heaven Sorrowful Endowment? What a long name!” Gu Hai appeared puzzled.

This is a cultivation technique? Gu Hai started reading carefully. There was a total of one hundred twenty thousand six hundred words densely packed together. They were difficult to understand, but Gu Hai had close to ten thousand Go soul clones in his forehead space.

Gu Hai quickly read everything, then analyzed it.

This cultivation technique was difficult to understand. Gu Hai took three days before gaining a rough understanding. His eyes widened in shock.

“What a magnificent cultivation technique! How did the Mending Heaven Sect fall to such a sorry state?” Gu Hai said in astonishment.

Gu Hai goggled as he read the silk scroll again, confirming that he was not dreaming.

“The Worldly Coital Karmic Energy Mending Heaven Sorrowful Endowment. Taking the first and last word together, it means heavenly gift? A cultivation technique to nurture a heavenly gift? This is a cultivation technique bestowed by heaven? A cultivation technique born of the world? That’s impossible, right?” Gu Hai appeared startled.

[TL Note: The word for “worldly” here is written in two Chinese characters. When read separately, they mean “heaven” and “earth.” The word for endowment also means “gift” or “talent.” Taking the first and last characters of this cultivation technique’s name, you get “heaven endowed,” which also means natural talent.]

The description was simply too strange. This was the first time Gu Hai saw a cultivation technique described in the way heaven would speak.

“Coital? This is a coital cultivation technique related to the three spiritual souls and seven physical souls. Basically, its cultivation will form a true deity? The nascent soul of this dual cultivation’s partner would be a deity queen? So, taking my fire deity palace as an example, I formed a fire deity, and Fairy Waner’s nascent soul’s entry into my fire deity palace was spiritual coital cultivation? From then on, they will share glory and loss? A fire deity and fire deity queen? Which means the cultivation partner of the fire deity can only be Fairy Waner’s nascent soul?” Gu Hai frowned slightly.

The pink gas from the Mending Heaven Ball caused me to coital cultivate with Fairy Waner once. No wonder I broke into the Nascent Soul Realm so easily. The secret manual indicates that the more I coital cultivate, the faster my cultivation would advance?

“Oh? That’s right. There are other requirements to practice this cultivation technique. The firmer one’s foundation, the smoother the cultivation. The purer the energy in the various apertures, the easier it would be to cultivate. Other energies cannot be mixed. Otherwise, it would be easy to end up exploding and dying. No wonder the past sect masters of the Mending Heaven Sect cultivated until they exploded. Who can compare to me in purity of energy? I cultivated physically and have five deity palaces possessing the purest energy. This cultivation technique seems like it’s tailor-made for me,” Gu Hai said, feeling shocked and showing a bitter smile.

Previously, Gu Hai had looked through various Nascent Soul Realm cultivation techniques. Huangfu Chaoge had managed to collect quite a number of them. However, Gu Hai did not find one that he was satisfied with. Hence, he had chosen a few and had been debating whether to cultivate those.

Now that this cultivation technique appeared, the other cultivation techniques no longer interested him.

“Karmic Energy Mending Heaven? Use Karmic Energy to form Mending Heaven Energy? Among which, the evil Karmic Energy of evil people is the most obvious? Hu Dongtian set up a beast arena just to make it convenient for him to kill evil people and take their evil Karmic Energy to transform into Mending Heaven Energy? Then, he used the Mending Heaven Energy to mend various enchanted treasures?” Gu Hai felt startled.

Mending Heaven Energy? Gu Hai had never seen it before. However, Hu Dongtian’s skill at mending enchanted treasures was famous throughout the world, so it should be true. And that was when he cultivated an incomplete technique!

“Mend everything? Even heaven?” Gu Hai’s eyes narrowed, shock flashing in them.

He continued studying the cultivation technique. After a while, he shook his head gently. “Worldly, Coital, Karmic Energy Mending Heaven, and Sorrowful Endowment. Among these, I can understand Coital and Karmic Energy Mending Heaven. However, I can’t make out any information from Worldly and Sorrowful Endowment. Furthermore, I only have a rough understanding of this cultivation technique.”

Although Gu Hai had not completely comprehended it, the parts that he understood already convinced him to cultivate this.

He carefully read through the secret manual ten times, ensuring he did not remember any part wrong.

Whoosh!

Gu Hai extended his hand, and a burst of intense flames rushed out of the fire deity palace and instantly burned the silk scroll. This reduced the silk scroll and the recorded cultivation technique to ashes.

Not a single word of this cultivation technique could be leaked.

“Since I still do not understand the Worldly and Sorrowful Endowment part, I might as well call it the Worldly Sorrowful Endowment for now. I’ll restore its name after I fully comprehend it, to prevent it from being exposed. The Worldly Sorrowful Endowment has a total of nine layers. I wonder if it will be difficult to get initiated into the first layer?” Gu Hai said after a deep breath.

Gu Hai relaxed his mind and adjusted his current state. He started to cultivate the Worldly Sorrowful Endowment only when he had reached a perfect state.

DragonInWhite's Notes:

Chapters for November: 48 / 50

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Written by Guan Qi — Watching Chess. Translated by DragonInWhite. Edited by Vampirecat.