This stick of incense could be the only witness of Shi Zhen's becoming a Buddha. Although its spiritual consciousness was born through this event, the spiritual consciousness was weak and there was no one to guide it, so it could only repeat everything that happened in the Ten Thousand Buddha Temple that day.
Thus, the buildings here looked brand new, and the images of the demonic Buddhists were everywhere.
Other than that, the spiritual consciousness wanted to follow in Shi Zhen’s footsteps and become a Buddha, but for a long time, few living people came to the Ten Thousand Buddha Temple, so the spiritual consciousness set its eyes on them.
Ruan Jiu, “It wants to possess us and let Ten Thousand Buddha Temple reappear in the human world, but all of you are Daoists with high cultivation levels, so it’s difficult to affect you. My cultivation level is the lowest, and I’m a Buddhist practitioner, so…”
He glanced at a few people guiltily, bowed his head, and said, “I'm sorry to cause you trouble.”
Jing Yue shook his head to indicate that Ruan Jiu should not take this to heart. “So you went crazy because I snapped the incense in half?”
Ruan Jiu nodded. “I saw Shi Zhen's Buddha form in the incense’s memory and got some inheritance. I also had an epiphany because of Shi Zhen’s tear and remembered the past.”
Jing Yue, “No wonder Great Master Kong Miao said that you have a chance encounter here. He’s most likely referring to Shi Zhen's inheritance.”
Wei Zhentu, “Shi Zhen's inheritance is influenced by the true Buddha, and that chance is one in a million. In that case, will you continue to practice Buddhism?”
Ruan Jiu was taken aback for a moment. Since he had recovered his memory, he was supposed to practice Daoism, but now…
He hesitated for a while. “If you don’t like me being a monk, I can return to secular life.”
Wei Zhentu smiled. “Why should you? Everyone in the world can hardly get this opportunity. It’ll be a waste if you don’t practice it.” He lowered his voice and added, “Besides, Shi Zhen practiced tantric Buddhism back then, which doesn’t practice abstinence.”
Ruan Jiu, “…”
Ruan Jiu blushed furiously like a shy little wife who didn't dare to look at Wei Zhentu at all.
For the first time, Qin Yanzhi and Jing Yue felt that someone was throwing dog food at them. They looked at each other and laughed.
Qin Yanzhi whispered, “Didn't Great Master Kong Miao say that they have no destiny in this life?”
Jing Yue smiled. “Do you think Ruan Jiu is still Xue Ming at this time?”
Qin Yanzhi was startled. Yes, from the moment Ruan Jiu recovered his memory, Xue Ming's life was over.
Ruan and Wei continued being lovey-dovey for a while until Qin Yanzhi asked, “Then where is the merit water?”
Ruan Jiu finally remembered their primary task for this trip and hurriedly said, “It’s right here.”
Jing Yue, “Here?”
Ruan Jiu, “That’s right.”
He stepped forward and pulled out the remaining half of the incense from the incense burner. The surrounding scene changed, with ruined walls and overgrown vegetation everywhere, looking full of desolation.
Ruan Jiu stood in front of the collapsed Buddha statue and stepped on it hard. The ground cracked and revealed a pool of water ten feet wide.
The water in the pool was clear and reflected the clouds in the sky.
Before they approached, they felt the overwhelming energy of merit and virtue overflowing. Everyone suddenly felt lighter, and all the fatigue disappeared in an instant.
Jing Yue took out the merit stone and put it into the pool water. The originally calm pool water suddenly boiled but subsided rapidly. The merit stone grew smaller and smaller, and the gray on the outside faded, gradually revealing a bit of gold.
When the water in the pool was reduced by half, the merit stone finally turned completely gold, and the water in the pool was quiet again.
Jing Yue asked the blue phoenix, “Is this the heart of the merit stone?”
The blue phoenix flew out, stopped on his shoulder to identify it for a while, and gave an affirmative answer.
Everyone was overjoyed. In this way, they not only successfully completed their goals on this trip, but also gained a lot.
Just as Jing Yue took the stone and was about to leave, the weight on his shoulder disappeared. A white ball flashed across his eyes. With a plop, a person landed in the pool.
The blue phoenix stood naked in the pool. The water in the pool was not deep and did not reach his waistline, so everyone saw the blue phoenix's exposed pink butt.
The blue phoenix wasn’t aware of it at all. He turned around with his birdie in full view and waved at Jing Yue, “Jing-jing, come and soak with Ji-ji. This is merit water!”
Jing Yue & Qin Yanzhi & Ruan Jiu & Wei Zhentu, “…”
Jing Yue was torn between covering his eyes and covering Wei Zhentu and Ruan Jiu’s eyes. That feeling was due to embarrassment and at the same time, he didn't want his son to be taken advantage of by outsiders. He hurriedly said, “Ji-ji, put on your clothes!”
The blue phoenix swam in the water and said righteously, “Ji-ji has no clothes, only feathers.”
After speaking, he urged, “Jing-jing, come and bathe Ji-ji. It's been more than a thousand years. Jing-jing only bathed Hooligan, but never scrubbed Ji-ji!”
Thinking of the scene in Haotian Realm where Lil Yanzhi took a bath while he could only peck himself, the blue phoenix gave Qin Yanzhi a jealous look. The latter sneered coldly and thought that the only one who could expose his birdie and act like a child and still live to tell the tale was the blue phoenix. This was his arch-nemesis indeed, so he implied threateningly, “You want a bathe? Let me help you.”
The blue phoenix splashed water at Qin Yanzhi angrily. “Go away! Hooligan! Don’t you think of touching my clean and pure skin!”
Qin Yanzhi, “…”
Ruan Jiu and Wei Zhentu were amazed by this battlefield. Neither of them imagined that Jing Yue and Qin Yanzhi, who seemed indifferent to desires, would be so adventurous in private, not to mention that the blue phoenix would have a hand in it. What was the relationship between them?
Of course, Jing Yue noticed the two’s complicated gazes and was uncertain if he should explain. At this time, the blue phoenix said righteously, “Only Jing-jing can touch Ji-ji’s body!”
Jing Yue, “…”
He quickly grabbed hold of Qin Yanzhi to prevent domestic violence from happening.
In short, the blue phoenix failed to achieve its goal in the end, but Jing Yue and the others still entered the pool with their clothes on.
As the merit water gradually dried up, everyone felt that their cultivation had improved, and their spiritual dais seemed purified.
Jing Yue was savoring this change carefully when suddenly, he noticed that the metal spiritual energy around him became very restless, swarming in Qin Yanzhi’s direction frantically.
Jing Yue was taken aback and realized that Qin Yanzhi had reached the edge of advancement. The other party had stayed in Return to Void for a long time, and combined with their adventure in the Torrential Realm and dual cultivation with him for many days, his cultivation base had progressed very quickly. With his immersion in the merit water now, a breakthrough was expected.
This breakthrough would be from Return to Void to Tribulation Passage. Once successful, Qin Yanzhi would become one of the strongest mighty beings in the cultivation world before the age of 3,000!
When the demonic catalyst struck, the righteous Dao would have a better chance!
Not only Jing Yue but the others also noticed. They quickly retreated to the shore, watching Qin Yanzhi's every move nervously. Even the blue phoenix no longer fooled around but returned to its original form and lay obediently on Jing Yue's head.
Qin Yanzhi's eyes were closed tightly, his robe swelled, and the thick metal spiritual energy spread out from his body, so sharp as if it could cut time and space.
Jing Yue quickly released his domain to protect Ruan and Wei. The next moment, the surrounding plants were uprooted and flew away into the sky together with countless gravels. A shadow of a gigantic sword appeared in midair and disintegrated into thousands of sword molds.
The sword molds grew into swords with different shapes, and each sword seemed to contain a world filled with scenes, people, stories, history, life and death.
One after another, more and more, they covered the sky and the sun, and those newly-formed swords gradually merged into Qin Yanzhi's body.
In the Fox Field Desert in the Miniwest Lu Region, an open space suddenly exploded, causing large-scale earthquakes.
All the mighty beings far away in the World of Seven Continents felt it, and everyone speculated who made this commotion, but only the top cultivators knew that another person had entered the Tribulation Passage stage.
In Evernorth Lu Region, Yi Ye hurried out and found Liu Feng, who said, “It’s Miniwest Lu Region. Where did the powerful cultivator come from? Could it be a demonic cultivator?”
Yi Ye shook his head. “Jadecloud Bell didn’t issue a warning, so I think it should be someone from the righteous Dao.”
Liu Feng, “Let’s hope so.”
Kong Miao in Three Realm Temple smiled and said in a low voice, “Looks like I have to prepare another big gift.”
However, he didn’t know if this person was Jing Yue or Qin Yanzhi.
Upper South Region, Sword Inscription Sect.
Tao Xian-laozu could sense that this commotion was closely linked to the sect. He was overjoyed and immediately transmitted the message to the sect.
After a while, the entire sect knew that their Qin-laozu had entered the Tribulation Passage. From today, the Sword Inscription Sect would be the same as the Frostcloud Sect, with two Tribulation Passage mighty beings sitting in command!
In an underground palace closest to the Miniwest Lu Region, Han Guang looked anxious at this moment.
Of course, he knew that someone had crossed the Tribulation Passage successfully, but he didn’t think that the other party was a member of the demonic Dao. Why did Heavenly Dao add another helper to the righteous Dao at this time? Was there an obstacle to the demon spawn?
Han Guang paced back and forth in the hall with his hands behind his back, but someone comforted him, “Sect Leader Han, take it easy. Once the demon spawn descends, not to mention four or five Tribulation Passages, so what if they have double that amount?”
If Jing Yue and the others were here, they would recognize the man as the Turtle Emperor of the Yao race, who came to the human world by some unknown methods!
Han Guang glanced to the west where the demon spawn was located. He thought of the changes in the demon spawn these days, and he was a little relieved. “You’re right, but the demon spawn is taking his time in hatching, so I cannot help but worry.”
Turtle Emperor, “Sect Leader Han, don't worry. Now that we have offered all the remaining holy Yao fruits, it could take a few months at the earliest, or a year at the latest, and the demon spawn will surely be born!”
Han Guang, “Let’s hope for the best.”
One night three months later, Jing Yue and the others finally came out of the ruins, only to find that they were no longer in the Fox Field Desert, but in a land of yellow sand.
Jing Yue discerned the direction and said, “This is very close to Megasun City.”
Wei Zhentu, “Megasun City? The city where you stayed before entering Frostcloud Sect?”
This experience of Jing Yue was not a secret, and Wei Zhentu, as one of the people who once ‘courted’ Jing Yue, was well aware of it.
Jing Yue, “Yes.”
At this time, a group of people were running toward them, including mortals and many low-level cultivators. The cultivators surrounded the mortals in the middle as if to protect them.
They were puzzled, so they rushed up to catch one and asked, “What’s going on?”
The man was a cultivator, who found their faces familiar, but due to his panic, he couldn’t recall anything for a while. He said, “Are you going to enter Megasun City? Don't go there. Another wave of Yao stampede is coming. Run for your life.”
Jing Yue was startled. “Yao stampede?”
Why was there a Yao stampede in the human world?