HSSB 10

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Chapter 10 – Close the Door, Release the Ye Jing

**Originally translated by Incarneous, with slight edits

Following the vibrations of the specialized compass, Yan Zhaoge and the rest of the people traversed the Dragon Sealing Abyss.

Flashes of red light occasionally passed by only to be caught by Ah Hu, who used his astral qi to constrain the fragments and then sealed them into specialized crystals.

They traveled for half a day. When suddenly, the chaotic dao baleful qi of the black mist seemed to slightly calm down and thin out.

Ah Hu who was beside Yan Zhaoge said, “Prince, we have arrived at the center of a whirlpool.”

Yan Zhaoge nodded.

In the Dragon Sealing Abyss, there are occasionally areas of relative calm, such as the middle region of a whirlpool, which is similar to the eye of a tornado, surrounded by danger all around but rather safe in the middle. This kind of region tends to be variable in size and in location. Even the number of regions tends to change. With the passage of time, these areas can even experience movement and transformations.

“The center region of a whirlpool is relatively safe. Everyone can rest for a bit,” Yan Zhaoge said, “normally, this kind of area tends to easily produce unusual treasures. Because this environment is somewhat safe, it is also a good place to hunt for treasure and pick medicine. Everyone may move independently. See if you can get lucky. However, please mind your safety. This is the Dragon Sealing Abyss after all.”

Ye Jing, Si Kongqing and the other young disciples all voiced their assent and then curiously investigated their surroundings.

Yan Zhaoge took his special compass and carefully examined it, “This whirlpool’s center region seems to be more special than expected…”

“Hmmm?” Yan Zhaoge had a sudden hunch. He lifted his head and casually swept his gaze over everything as he calmly said, “Everyone draw back.”

Yan Zhaoge swept his sleeve and a flash of azure light pierced the air like lightning through the night sky, lighting up the surrounding canyon.

A golden glow that had been half hidden in the black mist became clearly visible. An enormous body appeared. This was a cyclopian devil python and the golden glow from before had radiated from its single eye.

However, just as the devil python appeared, the azure light had already arrived at its neck while faintly releasing a dragon’s roar.

The golden glow was extinguished almost immediately. The devil python releasing a hissing cry that was quickly cut off with a grunt followed briefly by silence.

A moment later, a loud thump could be heard. This was the sound of the devil python’s huge body falling to the ground.

“Golden eyed python, this is a specialty of the Dragon Sealing Abyss. To those of you here, its entire body could be said to be a treasure at least to the current you. You may divide the body among yourselves, split the materials evenly.” Right after the azure light flashed, Yan Zhaoge had already shifted his focus back down onto the specialized compass.

Everyone else only returned to their senses at this time. Looking at the enormous python corpse that was at least several tens of meters long, the disciples secretly tutted their tongues in wonder.

The golden eyed python’s charge just now was incredibly fast, fierce and violent. It was not at all inferior to a warrior of the martial scholar stage. Remembering its ability to move without any presence, the disciples felt a lingering fear.

When the group dismantled the python, they also discovered its scales were tough and soft at the same time, comparable to artifact grade scale mail.

Even though the golden eyed python’s blood and qi had already declined after death, they still had a lot of difficulty cutting apart the snake scale despite activating their artifacts.

And yet this golden eyes python had been killed by Yan Zhaoge in a single sword strike. The cut was as smooth as glass without any rough edges. It looked just like a knife cutting through tofu.

“Senior brother Yan’s widely famous self created sword style, Azure Dragon Sleeve. Even though this isn’t the first this I’ve seen it, but every time I see it, I can only gasp in amazement.” Some young disciples couldn’t help but swallow at the thought.

A young disciple suddenly asked, “Senior brother Yan, what is that?”

Yan Zhaoge lifted his head and looked over to see a far away cliff that had been enshrouded in black mist. A white light spontaneously flashed by. Its speed was even faster than the golden eyed python.

“That is a radiant spirit cat,” Yan Zhaoge took a brief look before withdrawing his gaze, “Harmless and beneficial.”

The entire group was surprised. Ah Hu, who was by Yan Zhaoge’s side, grinned and said, “The Dragon Sealing Abyss’s environment is harsh with plenty of demonbeasts. Their nature is mostly fierce and savage but this radiant spirit cat is an exception. Its size is small, its strength is surprisingly pretty good. Its speed is especially fast like lightning, much faster than normal demonbeasts. However, its nature is very gentle. It doesn’t attack and its diet is composed of plants. It mostly eats the specialty plants of the Dragon Sealing Abyss to survive.”

Ah Hu pointed at the flickering white light, “Moreoever, this animal is empathetic. It is kindhearted and will help humans who have met danger in the Dragon Sealing Abyss. In the future, should you enter the Dragon Sealing Abyss alone and unfortunately meet danger, maybe, you can receive assistance from this type of beast and scrape by with your life.”

Ye Jing, Si Kongqing and the others couldn’t help but click their tongues in wonder after hearing Ah Hu’s explanation. They developed a favorable impression towards that radiant spirit cat and made their way towards it.

The flickering white light had also stopped moving. Its true appearance was revealed. It looked like a tiny kitten the size of one’s palm. A flickering white glow detailed a large pattern that covered its entire body. Its appearance gave the impression of gentleness and also cleverness.

The radiant spirit cat also observed the Broad Creed Mountain disciples with curiosity.

Some female disciples looked at it with interest, wanting to get closer. The radiant spirit cat retreated in response. The young girl stopped her advance. The tiny cat stopped as well.

“Senior brother Yan, is it possible to tame this little cat?” asked the young girl in a pitiable tone after retreating to Yan Zhaoge’s side.

Yan Zhaoge thought it over before saying, “Do you remember that when we were exploring the Dragon Sealing Abyss, all of you collected the serpent oath grass? That type of spirit grass is the radiant spirit cat’s favorite food. You can try using that. So long as you harbor no ill intentions, this cat will be willing to get close to you. However, if you want to bring it out of the Dragon Sealing Abyss, you need to spend a lot more consideration.”

The young girl gave a cheer, “Thank you senior brother. I’m going to try!”

As she just said, she carefully took out several stalks of spirit grass from her pack and walked towards the radiant spirit cat.

After the initial wariness and familiarization, one girl and one cat gradually became friends.

The other Broad Creed Sect disciples also took out their serpent oath grass after seeing the first girl’s success. They also started feeding and playing. Suddenly, the tiny cat was overwhelmingly doted on by everyone.

Even those who did not have any interest in playing were smiling as they watched this heartwarming scene.

The radiant spirit cat became a streak of white light in the canyon as it ran back and forth, stopping every once in a while. The young girl followed behind it. The dangerous Dragon Sealing Abyss at this moment no longer seemed so sinister.

In the same canyon a few cliffs away, a man could be seen lying on a big rock as if on his last breath. The darkness could consume him at any time.

The female disciple from Broad Creed Mountain was alarmed. Then she suddenly saw a white light flash by. The radiant spirit cat had appeared. It carefully observed for a while before approaching the man lying on the big rock.

Remember what Yan Zhaoge and Ah Hu said earlier, the young girl felt relieved.

The delicate seeming radiant spirit cat climbed up to the man and used its mouth to grab his collar. Then with a toss of its head, the cat managed to drag the man along. Despite its tiny size, its strength was quite impressive.

But just then, the young man who had seemed to be on his last breath suddenly reached out and grabbed the radiant spirit cat before sitting up.

The cat let out a screech and struggled with all its might but the youth started to laugh loudly, “Senior brother’s method is definitely effective. If not for it, then it would really be impossible to catch this little thing. It’s just as fast as a martial scholar.”

The Broad Creed Mountain female disciple was given a scare, “What are you doing?”

The young man turned to look at her before carelessly saying, “What’s it to you?”

The young girl frowned and said, “That radiant spirit cat thought you were in danger and tried to save you out of kindness. And you actually pretended to be in trouble just to catch it?”

“This tiny thing is stupid. It fell for my trick so it can’t complain,” the young man without care said, “All living things have their advantages. God gave demonbeasts their incredible speed and we humans got intelligence. Why should I use my weakness to measure against this thing’s strength? Using brains to defeat demonbeasts is only natural.”

The young girl was furious. She said, “Clearly it’s you who is despicable. You’re just abusing its kindness.”

That young man chuckled and said, “Since when did people from Broad Creed Mountain have authority over the matters of my Sun Saint Sect?”

The Broad Creed Sect female disciple carefully took a look and discovered the youth wore white clothes with red cuffs and a sun pattern emblem. This attire was indeed the Sun Saint Sect uniform.

The young man lifted the radiant spirit cat and used his fingernails to make a cut on the little cat’s neck. Blood immediately leaked everywhere.

“So what if I catch it. The spirit light crystal core in this creature’s head is my true goal.” The Sun Saint Sect disciple smilingly said, “In this world, whoever has the bigger fists can make the rules. If you can beat me, then naturally you can steal this little thing away. If you can’t beat me then no amount of words can make a difference. You Broad Creed Mountain disciples, do you have any abilities other than that mouth of yours?”

The young girl looked at that palm sized kitten as its body twitched yet it could not even give voice to its despair. She could not help but become more angry until she could no longer suppress her rage. She charged forward.

Broad Creed Sect and Sun Saint Sect possessed neighboring territories. There were often conflicts and fights between the young disciples of the two sides.

The some disciples of Broad Creed Sect had also caught up at this point. Seeing the situation, they also stepped foward without hesitation to assist their fellow disciple.

Unfortunately, the other side was not alone either. Other members of the Sun Saint Sect also made their way over. The battle field suddenly became messy developing into a group battle where Sun Saint Sect disciples ganged up on Broad Creed Mountain disciples.

“Prince, it’s people from the Sun Saint Sect.” Ah Hu returned to Yan Zhaoge’s sound to report the situation and how things led up to that point.

Yan Zhaoge asked, “Do they have a martial scholar?”

Ah Hu replied, “None have appeared so far.”

“Then it’s simple,” said Yan Zhaoge as he shrugged his shoulders.

“Close the door! Release the Ye Jing!”

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