Chapter 23: The Patriarch’s Statue Is Shattered
Translator: EndlessFantasy Translation Editor: EndlessFantasy Translation
“You said that the Salvation of Mankind Scripture appeared in your mind after you offered incense at the Taoist Trinity Hall?” Zhang Tongxuan asked in shock. He had only heard of this kind of thing in folktales.
“Yes, yes. That’s what happened.” Zhao Hao had already decided that the story of him paying respects to the Taoist Trinity and obtaining the inheritance was his explanation for how he had obtained the scripture.
Zhang Tongxuan was very suspicious. Then, he waved his finger, and a stream of Spiritual Energy of Heaven and Earth instantly entered Zhao Hao’s body.
Before Zhao Hao could react, three lotus flowers instantly bloomed on top of his head. One was white, one was yellow, and one was green. Five spiritual energies were rising above the three flowers, and streaks of Taoist patterns were floating around him.
“T-This is…” Zhang Tongxuan’s eyes were wide open as if he could not believe what he was seeing.
“Three flowers gather on top of your head, the spiritual energies from your five internal organs are rising toward your head, and Taoist patterns surround your body. You have an inborn Taoist physique…”
Zhang Tongxuan could not help but feel shocked by the scene before his eyes. He had sent the stream of spiritual energy into Zhao Hao’s body just to see how Zhao Hao’s physique was in terms of practicing Taoism.
He had not expected that Zhao Hao would possess an inborn Taoist physique as described in legends.
A normal Taoist practitioner would only become a Golden-Immortals-stage expert Taoist practitioner when they had gathered the three flowers on top of their head and converged the spiritual energies from their five internal organs in their chest. However, it would take countless years to reach this stage, and there was also an age limit for that.
Whereas it would not be that difficult for a person with an inborn Taoist physique to achieve that. As long as he focused on his practice, it would not take long for him to reach the Golden Immortals stage in Taoist practice.
Zhao Hao was stunned. When he saw the strange phenomenon on his body, he already felt that he would not live for long.
Anyone who saw such a talent would have eyes on his body.
“Senior… Senior… What are you doing?”
Although he knew that he was in danger, Zhao Hao forced himself to calm down and asked Zhang Tongxuan.
“It’s okay. You don’t have to be nervous. I found that you have an extraordinary physique. I’m wondering if you would like to be my disciple and practice Taoism?” Zhang Tongxuan kept his shocked expression in check and said to Zhao Hao in a kindly manner.
“You want to be my Master?”
When Zhao Hao heard this, he was overjoyed. It turned out that this Taoist priest only did that out of his appreciation of Zhao Hao’s talent and wanted to take in Zhao Hao as his disciple. So, Zhao Hao wanted to do an act of worship to him as etiquette to accept the Taoist priest as his master right away.
However, Zhang Tongxuan immediately stopped his actions.
“There’s such a rule here. Just follow me to pay your respects to the Patriarch, then serve me a cup of tea, and it’ll be enough.”
After saying this, he brought Zhao Hao with me and flew out of the Cave Estate. Then, they arrived in front of a large hall.
It was late at night, and there were only two Taoist priests guarding the entire hall. The moment Zhang Tongxuan arrived, the two Taoist priests fell asleep together.
Zhao Hao followed Zhang Tongxuan into the hall.
The hall was magnificently decorated. There was a stone statue in the middle. Apparently, it was an antique that had been passed down for God-knows-how-many years.
“This is the founder of the Mount Longhu Sect, the first-generation Celestial Master, and also my ancestor. Hurry and pay your respects. After you pay your respects, you’ll be considered my disciple.” Zhang Tongxuan said to Zhao Hao solemnly.
Zhao Hao did not dare to take this lightly. He picked up three incense sticks and lit them up. Then, he walked up to the stone statue and inserted them into the incense burner.
[Ding! The Gold Cultivation Talent selection pool has expanded.]
Zhao Hao’s eyes immediately lit up. He had not expected that a Gold Cultivation Talent could be captured from the first-generation Celestial Master of Mount Longhu.
However, just as Zhao Hao was about to kneel down and kowtow, the stone statue of the founder of Mount Longhu, which had been standing there quietly for more than thousands of years, began to shake violently.
“Eh?” Zhang Tongxuan’s eyes narrowed. He looked around and found that there was no earthquake. He began to move forward, trying to find out why it was happening.
However, Zhao Hao did not stop. When Zhao Hao knelt down on the futon in front of the stone statue.
A crisp sound came out. The statue of the Patriarch of Mount Longhu that had been passed down for thousands of years suddenly began to crack. Cracks spread across its entire body like a spider web.
Zhang Tongxuan’s eyes widened. He wanted to step forward and stop the stone statue from cracking, but it was too late.
There was an explosion, and the entire Patriarch’s Hall was filled with smoke and dust.
The Patriarch’s statue, which had been passed down for countless years, actually exploded upon Zhao Hao’s worship.
It was only now that Zhao Hao remembered that his third talent seemed to be the “Descendant of Taoist Trinity”. Then, his seniority level in Taoism should be very high.
No wonder the Patriarch of Mount Longhu could not take his act of worship in front of the statue.
Sure enough, the huge explosion alarmed many Taoist priests on Mount Longhu, and their auras could be sensed as they quickly rushed over.
Before Zhao Hao could react, he had been taken away by a stream of light. In the next instant, he had already returned to the Cave Estate in the forbidden area.
At this moment, Zhao Hao and Zhang Tongxuan were both covered in dust. However, neither of them had the time to clean up themselves.
The face of Zhang Tongxuan was deathly pale as the statue of his ancestor had exploded just like that. He looked at Zhao Hao with a shocked and bewildered expression.
The statue would not have exploded for no reason. This kid in front of him must be the reason.
Zhao Hao’s mind was also full of thoughts. Great, now he did not have a master anymore, and he had even broken the statue of his ancestor. How could he possibly still keep his life then?
“Who… exactly are you?” Zhang Tongxuan was silent for a moment, but he still asked the question he wanted to ask the most. How could an ordinary person shatter his ancestor’s statue into pieces simply by an act of worship?
“Uh… When I obtained the Salvation of Mankind Scripture, I think I also got to know that I’m a descendant of the Taoist Trinity…”
Zhao Hao felt that it was better to reveal one of his talents, or else he really had no way to explain it.
Zhang Tongxuan was stunned. How could he not know what those words “descendant of the Taoist Trinity” meant?
At first, he was in disbelief, but as he thought of Zhao Hao’s inborn Taoist physique, he began to have doubts.
“You stay here for a while. I’m going out and get some air…” Zhang Tongxuan did not know what to do. After saying that to Zhao Hao, he disappeared into the Cave Estate.
“Phew…” Seeing Zhang Tongxuan leave, Zhao Hao heaved a long sigh of relief.
He was really afraid that Zhang Tongxuan would kill him with a slap. After all, he had shattered the statue of his ancestor.
Zhao Hao finally felt relieved, but he also felt a little tired. He had been through too much that night.
He had thought that life in the cultivation world as it was always full of danger. He had not expected that it was the same in the real world.
“If I run out now, I probably wouldn’t be able to run away…”
Zhao Hao started contemplating his chances of escaping. Based on the information he had collected, he was on Mount Longhu, and the old Taoist priest was the 23rd-generation Celestial Master of Mount Longhu. Considering these facts and the terrifying strength of the old Taoist priest, it was undoubtedly more difficult to escape than to reach for the stars.
“Eh, I’d better wait for the cat to jump…”
In the end, Zhao Hao chose to give up on running away. His philosophy is that if he could not fight against something, he would just quietly enjoy it.
Lying on the wooden bed in the Cave Estate, Zhao Hao did not feel sleepy. So, he just activated the Cultivation Simulator.
“System, activate the Cultivation Simulator.”
[To enable the simulation, you may select only three of the following Cultivation Talents.]