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Revolt against the Heavens – Chapter 90: Hunting in the Lunar Marsh

Chapter 90: Hunting in the Lunar Marsh

The next few weeks were rather calm and Cao Yun put a lot of efforts in his training. His Po character was becoming more and more concrete. With a month more, he would finally achieve True Success.

rHe put a lot of time in his Qi cultivation in his Seamless Qi Vortex array formation accompanied by Huang Cixi. His lesser meridians were at least a fifth of the width of his standard meridians. Extraordinary Vessels were at some places twice as large as the twelve standard meridians. And lesser ones usually were a tenth of their width. According to the 'Coiling Turtle' cultivation method, he was on the right track to complete 'The Turtle Swims Through the Canals'.

rThe wider his meridians got, the longer it would take to expand them. In a matter of weeks he had doubled their size. But to reach the final stage, he would probably need three to four months. However, he could already feel the results of his training.

rIn the Thousand Snakes Invade the Shell array formation, his reflexes were way faster. In fact, his mind had not really changed but his Qi could flow through new pathways. By doing so, he could speed up all of his moves. The time he needed between the moment he wanted to act and the moment he effectively acted had become shorter and shorter.

rThanks to that, he was able to resist more moves in the 2nd-grade Mortal Warrior setting. He could focus his Qi in his palms faster and this allowed him to keep his grip on the 'Nine Chi Black Dragon Spear'. Right now, he was able to sustain at least ten moves before he had to switch to the 1st-grade Mortal Warrior setting. This wasn't much but it allowed him to push his Root Star further and further.

rAlso, it attracted a lot of attention on him. What amazed people was not necessarily his achievements but his progress. Being strong was one thing but showing everyone that you were getting stronger and stronger was something else entirely. Cao Yun was still 16. He was almost sure to reach Spirit Warrior in his life so he would probably live to be at least 2,000. In other words, if you had a good relationship with him, you would gain a lifelong of benefits.

rSome weaker disciples tried to suck up to him. However, he stayed cold and indifferent to them. He did not act too arrogant. As he knew perfectly well what they wanted, he did not care for them at all. This attitude of his gained him even more fame. People saw that he wasn't some commoner wowed by the prospect of a nice life. In his heart, he was a true cultivator.

rAfter his daily training in the Thousand Snakes Invade the Shell array formation, Cao Yun stayed sometimes hours observing the Root Star in his sea of consciousness. The fact that it was so complex with two binary stars orbiting each other, made it fascinating to watch. Every single day, except for the training day, he felt as though he was understanding a bit more of this star. Around the first three stars, the ghostly shape of a blue dragon was spreading. Now it had both a head, a neck and a chest. For now, it was still extremely vague even with Cao Yun's perception.

rWatching both the Root Star and the subtle movements of this ghostly figure allowed Cao Yun to advance in his understanding of the 'Azure Dragon's Seven Piercing Stars'. Gradually, he refined his moves more and more but he still did not learn the first move of the Root Star. Despite some small deductions, he had yet to form the entire move in his mind.

rOn the other hand, he pretty much put alchemy aside for the time being. Surprisingly, he kept working a bit on array formations. After understanding that martial arts worked on the same principles as the array formations themselves, he wanted to learn more. Every day, he tried to apply the Eight Directions to his own Qi circulation. And little by little, he was witnessing very small changes in the right direction.

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rOutside of the sect, nefarious events were unfolding.

rA group of seven cultivators was hunting a 3-core demonic beast in the Lunar Marsh. They had tracked the beast for several days now and it had fled from them here. They were not that strong individually, ranging from 4th-grade Mortal to 7th-grade Mortal for the strongest guy. However, they knew how to act as a team and were able to corner the beast with various strategies.

rThe Lunar Marsh had a terrible reputation, especially since Cao Yun had killed demonic cultivators from the Wolf Head Sect in there. Logically, it meant that no more demonic cultivators were there. But on the other hand, some people thought that their vengeful ghosts could haunt the place. The Lunar Marsh was a very Yin location and this was incredibly nourishing to ghosts and other such entities.

rThis did not deter these cultivators. After all the time and work they had put into hunting the beast, there was no way they were going to simply leave because of ghost stories. Anyway, a Spirit Warrior had been there so she probably took care of all possible ghosts.

rThey were all vagrant cultivators. A clear indication of this fact was their age. The oldest of the group was 32 and he was only a 7th-grade Mortal. Indeed, trying to cultivate without a sect, a clan or an institute was terribly tough. Cao Beiwen had done so and he had been able to reach Spirit Warrior when he was 90 while his grandson achieved the same result at 45. Cao Guang was talented, but he also had better resources thanks to his great-grandfather.

rThis group was not really talented or they could have joined even a small sect or given their services to a noble family. Their living was made by being mercenaries and by gathering resources in the wild. As such, they knew a lot about surviving despite having lesser strength compared to other cultivators.

rA 26-years-old woman squatted down to look at the ground. A small drop of blood was barely visible but she caught up on it. Taking a small sample with her finger, she smelled it and looked around for other traces.

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Catalogue
Chapter 1: The fateful night
Chapter 2: Meeting a dying god
Chapter 3: 1-Core Demonic Beast
Chapter 4: Full recovery
Chapter 5: Feng Yingyue
Chapter 6: Sorrowful Dew Pearl
Chapter 7: 2-Core Demonic Beasts
Chapter 8: The bird and the snake
Chapter 9: Parents protecting their kid
Chapter 10: Yinmen City
Chapter 11: Huang Cixi
Chapter 12: The first night in town
Chapter 13: The City Lord Dun Mofan
Chapter 14: Sealing the Seven Demons
Chapter 15: The auction
Chapter 16: Assassination
Chapter 17: Great Alchemy Master Hua
Chapter 18: Alchemy Competition
Chapter 19: True success
Chapter 20: Farewell
Chapter 21: Ambush
Chapter 22: Entering the Lunar marsh
Chapter 23: The Evil Way
Chapter 24: The Demon kills Evil
Chapter 25: Elder Gu's revenge
Chapter 26: Entrance examination
Chapter 27: Assessment stone
Chapter 28: Eight Directions Engulfing array formation
Chapter 29: Killing in the eight directions
Chapter 30: Eighteen Weapons Mechanical Puppet
Chapter 31: Choosing a weapon
Chapter 32: Azure Dragon's Seven Piercing Stars
Chapter 33: Yin-Yang Torture Illusion array
Chapter 34: Tempering within torment
Chapter 35: Final test
Chapter 36: A friendly competition
Chapter 37: The first horn of the dragon
Chapter 38: Settling two bets
Chapter 39: The Wubei Sect's rules
Chapter 40: Nine Chi Black Dragon Spear
Chapter 41: The martial art pavilion
Chapter 42: A troubled night
Chapter 43: Alchemy principles
Chapter 44: The first pill
Chapter 45: Training grounds
Chapter 46: The turtle whips
Chapter 47: Mei Ying
Chapter 48: Eight Factions
Chapter 49: Heavenly Swallow
Chapter 50: The sleepy alchemist
Chapter 51: Deciding on a faction
Chapter 52: Warrior Dream array formation
Chapter 53: The trial
Chapter 54: 1-star Earth rank alchemist
Chapter 55: The Wubei Merit Market
Chapter 56: First sell
Chapter 57: Exceptional sell
Chapter 58: Howling Crane Gorges
Chapter 59: True Essence pills
Chapter 60: A forced bet
Chapter 61: Another duel of two Hearts
Chapter 62: A disheartened duel
Chapter 63: Truce between Fire and Swallow
Chapter 64: First month in the Wubei Sect
Chapter 65: A blacksmith in need
Chapter 66: Lu Meihan
Chapter 67: Preparation for the duel
Chapter 68: Coiling Silk's invitation
Chapter 69: A fragrant room
Chapter 70: Controlling the fire in one's mind
Chapter 71: The Metal Corporeal Soul
Chapter 72: The Wubei Sect's library
Chapter 73: Guarding the Ten Thousand Directions
Chapter 74: 1-star Earth array formation master
Chapter 75: A visitor to the Devil's Jail
Chapter 76: Preparation for the challenge
Chapter 78: Settling a grudge with the bimonthly duels
Chapter 79: Blood horse vs Wind dragon
Chapter 80: Hate and despair
Chapter 81: New determinations after the fight
Chapter 82: Chief Elder Suxian's personal lecture
Chapter 83: Seamless Qi Vortex Array formation
Chapter 84: Thousand Snakes Invade the Shell
Chapter 85: Locking the Seven and Stopping the Waves
Chapter 86: Nefarious intent toward a blacksmith
Chapter 87: 6th-grade Mortal
Chapter 88: Unifying all the meridians
Chapter 89: Contrived Shell Balm
Chapter 90: Hunting in the Lunar Marsh
Chapter 91: Blood drinking runes
Chapter 92: The Silver Lion leader
Chapter 93: Eight Blood Runes
Chapter 94: Luduo Bu's Inner demon
Chapter 95: The Dragon's Chest
Chapter 96: The blood devours eight demons
Chapter 97: End of the obsession
Chapter 98: Healing after the battle
Chapter 99: The Drop of Wrath
Chapter 100: Ren Chao's disappearance
Chapter 101: Plan for a rescue
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