Chapter 603 - Faction Battle Starts
Turbulent sword ki suddenly enveloped Tianming and the white-browed elderly man, isolating them from everyone else. It was like a vast ocean, and aside from the whistling sword ki echoing in the Hexapath Sword Palace, nothing else aside from heavy breathing could be heard.
Other than Feiling, nobody could move their feet. Their eyes were wide, and their expressions were frozen on their faces. They looked in Tianming’s direction for a long time. Fifteen minutes later, Jian Wuyi opened his eyes and let out a long breath.
“My worldview that was constructed over the past hundred years is all broken now. Your Eminence, can you tell me why? How can a sky saint break the six Sword Formations that are unprecedented in history?” Jian Wuyi asked with a hoarse voice.
Breaking the six formations wouldn’t increase Tianming’s cultivation, but it was significant for swordsmen in the Flameyellow Continent. Tianming was brought back by their ‘god’, so they could only look at Feiling in search of an explanation.
They couldn’t figure out how Tianming had accomplished this, and wanted to gain a balance in their hearts. Logically speaking, this was a piece of good news to the Archaion Sect. But they would rather see a God accomplishing this feat.
“There are many things beyond your imagination in this world, so there’s no need to be too surprised by it. How can your vision be compared to mine?” Feiling replied. Shortly after, she secretly laughed in her heart. Wow! I didn’t know I had a talent for acting!
“Yes….” Xuanyuan Dao, Jian Wuyi, and the others couldn’t help but lower their heads.
“Remember...” Feiling suddenly added.
“Please instruct us!”
“Only the people here today will know about this, including Fang Taiqing. So I’ll hold all of you responsible if news of this spreads out!” said Feiling.
“Please be assured. Everyone here is a core member of our Archaic House of Xuanyuan. Every one of us is the first god’s direct descendants, and most of us are from the Trioptic True Dragon Branch. Everyone is here after careful selection, and there aren’t any traitors among us,” Xuanyuan Dao replied nervously with the third golden eye on his forehead blazing.
“Okay.” Feiling nodded her head. She didn’t want Tianming to attract the attention of the other eight divine realms, and these people here were guards selected by Xuanyuan Dao to protect her. They were absolutely loyal to the Archaion Sect.
“Please be assured, Your Eminence. Whatever Tianming gets from the Hexapath Sword God belongs to him, and no one will take it away. Furthermore, even if he obtains the Hexapath Samsara Sword, it can only be considered his luck if he manages to learn it. Furthermore, it won’t help him break through in his cultivation. He won’t be able to bring out the Hexapath Samsara Sword’s true power if his cultivation isn’t high enough. So it doesn’t matter even if outsiders know about it. It will only cause a sensation at best,” said Xuanyuan Dao.
“That makes sense. After all, it’s only a sword art,” Feiling commented. But to be honest, the shock in everyone’s heart was too intense.
Tianming looked at the illusory old man within the turbulence of the sword ki. He knew that this wasn’t a genuine person, but another Sword Formation. He was the seventh Sword Formation!
“Who the hell told me there’s only six Sword Formations?” Tianming was speechless.
This was the last Sword Formation, the Divinegod Sword Intent! The seven Sword Formations had names starting from the second formation, which formed six Daos at the seventh formation.
“You’re the Hexapath Sword God?” Tianming asked, but he didn’t receive a reply. When he looked at it closely, even the brows of this elderly man were made of tens of thousands of heavenly patterns.
“Don’t blame me for being rude, since you’re only a Sword Formation. I don’t have time to comprehend, and I can only use my claw to tear your head apart.” Tianming then reached out to the Hexapath Sword God’s head and tore it apart. With that, the seventh formation was broken.
Suddenly, the Hexapath Sword God opened his eyes and looked at Tianming with sword ki surging in his gaze.
“Sit down.” The Hexapath Sword God looked at Tianming.
“Alright.” Tianming listened obediently.
“It’s impressive that you can comprehend the seven Sword Formations I left behind. That means you must be approaching godhood soon,” said the Hexapath Sword God.
“Are you stupid?” Tianming asked, waving his hand before the Hexapath Sword God. But he didn’t receive a reply. “So there’s no dialogue function.…”
Then again, that made sense, since the Hexapath Sword God was already dead. The Hexapath Sword God continued, “You’ve broken through my seven Sword Formations, which proves that you’re eligible to inherit my Hexapath Samsara Sword. I’ll pass on my life’s knowledge to you, and I only have one request for you. Don’t embarrass me!”
“I won’t,” Tianming replied. He was wondering inwardly if the Hexapath Sword God would vomit blood in hell if he knew that Tianming had only managed to get past the formations with his ‘key.’
Then again, plundering was also a Dao. Since Tianming was fated to learn the Hexapath Sword God’s sword art, Tianming wouldn’t embarrass the deceased god, at the very least.
The Hexapath Sword God had left behind his sword art, hoping that someone could inherit it. Although Tianming had used a trick to obtain it, learning it would take a great deal of effort.
Stealing it was one thing, but learning it was another. If Tianming couldn’t learn it, then his efforts to break the six formations would be for nothing. And just when Tianming was in deep thought, the Hexapath Sword God suddenly stretched out his hand and placed it on Tianming’s head.
“The Hexapath Samsara Sword uses samsara as the foundation. I will pass on the first move to you, the Mortal Dao Sword.”
Boundless sword intent rushed into Tianming’s mind. He hadn’t comprehended the second Sword Formation, so his mind nearly split when he suddenly sensed the boundless sword intent rushing into his sea of consciousness.
The Mortal Dao, Omnisentient’s Path, began to show itself before his eyes. Tianming could see an elderly man standing before all living things. When he brandished his sword, it split the ocean and mortality. Observing how the elderly man swung his sword, Tianming felt his soul being torn apart.
“I nearly killed myself there.” Tianming was fortunate that he had the Soul Tower to suppress the might of this sword. Suddenly, the sword intent began forming words in Tianming’s mind. He couldn’t recite them, but he roughly knew what they meant, and guessed that he could barely practice it.
It didn’t seem possible for him to pass it on to someone else, and others probably wouldn’t be able to learn it without the elderly man showing it to them. Didn’t they say that the Hexapath Samsara Sword’s first move was the First Yang Sword, and many people had comprehended it?
“Do you have any insights? On the day you manage to learn it, you’ll be facing me before I teach you the second move,” said the Hexapath Sword God.
“The first sword is already so complicated, so when can I learn it?” Tianming asked.
“The Hexapath Samsara Sword has a total of six moves, which reflect the six realms of samsara,” explained the Hexapath Sword God.
“Okay, I got it. I’ll go back and practice it. Let me out now,” said Tianming.
“Each move can be separated into the life and death sword. The life sword is endless, while the death sword can kill with one blow,” the Hexapath Sword God continued.
Tianming finally remembered that the Hexapath Sword God before him was only a program.
“That’s enough. Thank you. I’ll definitely live up to your expectations,” said Tianming.
“Yeah, you can go now,” replied the Hexapath Sword God.
Those words left Tianming confused. Could it be…
“Senior, are you able to hear me?”
“Yeah, you can go now.”
“Yeah, you can get out now,” The Hexapath Sword God repeated while stroking his beard.
“Then I’ll take my leave now?”
“Yeah, you can go now.”
“I’m your father.”
“Yeah, you can go now.”
Tianming was just joking. After all, he was still filled with respect for the Hexapath Sword God. He immediately left the place when the surrounding sword ki dissipated.
Tianming was standing before Feiling, Fang Qingli, and two others in the Hexapath Sword Palace. Both parties were staring at each other, and Feiling finally broke the silence. She asked, “How was it?”
“I was lucky to break the formations and obtained the Hexapath Samsara Sword,” Tianming honestly replied.
His reply dropped a bomb in the surroundings, and everyone fell into silence. Even though they had already been prepared for it, they still fell into silence when they heard it from Tianming. On the other hand, Feiling was happy, since Tianming finally had something he could use to suppress them now.
“Very well. You’re allowed to come and comprehend the Sword Dao any time you want. Furthermore, what I said before still stands. I’ll take you in as my disciple if you can become the strongest disciple,” Feiling said while rejoicing inwardly. She wasn’t bothered about taking Tianming in as a disciple, but at the very least, he could come here any time he wanted and no one would suspect a thing.
“Thank you, Your Eminence. Long live Your Eminence!” Tianming said.
“Not bad. At least you can be taught,” Feiling smiled.
Tianming was sweating when he heard that. He wanted to tell Feiling to control herself.
Feiling subconsciously realized that she had ‘given it away’ and coughed to maintain her prestige. But she was fortunate that Xuanyuan Dao, Jian Wuyi, and the others were too shocked to realize it.
On the way back, Jian Wuyi said, “Tianming, don’t let anyone know about the Hexapath Samsara Sword without her eminence's consent.”
“Just give it a try for now. After all, it’s useless if you can’t learn it,” said Jian Wuyi.
“However, you’ve won me over with your ability to break through the six formations,” Jian Wuyi patted Tianming’s shoulder.
“Thank you for your appreciation, Sect Master.”
“Work hard and catch up to your peers in your cultivation. Otherwise it’s useless, even if you have the strongest sword art,” Jian Wuyi continued.
“I will imprint your teachings today in my mind.”
Looking at Tianming leaving, Jian Wuyi trembled and muttered, “What a monster!”
With his increased access to the Old Deepstar Path, Tianming’s cultivation was so much faster than before. Five days later, he stepped into the ninth level of the Sky Saint stage. He was only one step away from the Empyrean Saint stage now. Aside from his cultivation, he spent his remaining time practicing the Ninenether Fiendgod Claw and Hexapath Samsara Sword.
His progress in the Ninenether Fiendgod Claw was still great, but the same couldn’t be said for the Hexapath Samsara Sword. While he recalled the Hexapath Samsara Sword taught to him by the Hexapath Sword God, he would communicate with Ying Huo about it through his soul. But even so, he was having great difficulty making progress in it.
Ever since they could communicate through their soul, Tianming had been getting Ying Huo to ponder over sword techniques. After all, if Tianming could cultivate it, Ying Huo also could learn it. But not even Ying Huo could understand the Hexapath Samsara Sword.
While they were pondering over the Hexapath Samsara Sword, the faction battle was finally beginning. Early in the morning, Jian Xueyi’s voice echoed out, “Tianming, come out as cannon fodder!”