9 Heavenly Thunder Manual Chapter 318-320
Chapter 318 – The Two Special Books
To have such an understanding lover like Ai Er, what kind of man would not be satisfied? Lei Yu pulled Ai Er into his embrace and those two started kissing under such a beautiful night sky.
The so called, one’s grace must be repaid; Lei Yu had to first bring Ai Er and Nuo Hu to the most southern part of the Immortal World – the Southern Wild Lands. He had already disappeared for five years now, and most likely the bull-head had already gone crazy waiting for him. That’s why he couldn’t delay anymore.
“Little Yu, this <<Hundred Herbs Record>> has many herbal plants and their medicinal effects noted down. There’s also this book where I personally wrote, which are the things I’ve learnt from following your grandfather. There’s also a part of the book where I’ve recorded all the most important experiments and results I’ve encountered these several hundreds of years. You should remember everything in case there’s an accident, then you’ll have the ability to heal it. Of course, Ceng Hong does not wish this would be used often but learning extra things is always beneficial.” Ceng Hong passed on two books to Lei Yu.
While holding onto those two books, Lei Yu’s eyes turned faintly red. He had deceived this old man in front him yet this old man had helped him multiple times without asking for anything in return. Lei Yu simply felt extremely guilty right now.
“I’m actually not…”
“There’s no need to say anything more. Remember, you must memorize everything within those two books because they can be utilized in any circumstances. Also, until you’ve grasped all the information within the books, you can only use generally combined medicinal herbs and cannot refine them, or else your life could be in danger.”
Ceng Hong stopped Lei Yu from speaking further. Lei Yu seemed to understand what was going on and nodded, “I will remember… could it be that I can also eventually refine medicinal pills?”
“Right, as for the furnace required to refine pills, I only have one inside this cave. I cannot gift this to you because it was created by the old master specifically for me, so it can be considered a supreme treasure even more important than my life.” There seem to be a hidden meaning behind Ceng Hong’s words but it wasn’t very clear.
Lei Yu lightly sighed, “I understand, I will definitely memorize everything in these two books!”
After pulling his hands away from Ai Er’s, Lei Yu walked up to Bao Er. He looked at the tears that were swirling in her eyes but were controlled from dripping out. Lei Yu smiled, “Bao Er, be good and listen to your grandfather’s words. He just doesn’t want anything bad to happen to you, that’s why he doesn’t allow you to leave the Villa. Remember that I will definitely be back to visit you!”
“Brother Yu!” Bao Er couldn’t hold back her emotions anymore and cried out before wrapping her arms around his waist. Lei Yu didn’t resist it because it embodied her reluctance to separate with him. Once she let go, who knows how long it will be before they meet again.
Upon hearing the voice, Lei Yu turned around to look at Big White. A white flash appeared on Big White as he transformed to his human form.
“Young master, I have an item that I want to give you.” After saying that, Big White’s index and middle fingers clasped together and started chanting something. A white light flashed on his fingers before he placed them on his forehead. A red and white light suddenly merged together and the next moment, a red ruby appeared on his palm. The ruby had gold decorations inlaid around its side that was dazzling to behold.
“What are you doing?!” Lei Yu exclaimed with wide eyes.
“This soul stone has accompanied me for a long time, and now I’m gifting it to you. It contains a very powerful energy inside and may be of help if you are in any danger. It’ll definitely be a useful protective treasure!”
“No!” Lei Yu immediately rejected it, “This is something I cannot take!”
“Young master, although Big White hasn’t accompanied you for a long period of time, I’ve seen everything that you have done very clearly. You deserve my respect, and you deserve Big White to call you young master! I am the same as master in hoping these items will never have to be used by you. If that’s the case, you can always return it to me the next time you come back. Please don’t decline it anymore!” After saying that, Big White placed the ruby in Lei Yu’s hand.
He wanted to say something more but upon seeing Big White’s sincere eyes, Lei Yu held back. He could feel his nose twitch and if he didn’t look away, most likely he would start to cry himself.
After receiving the ruby, Lei Yu couldn’t feel any energy fluctuations from it. He didn’t bother to ask how to use this ruby because he wasn’t even planning on using it. Since he couldn’t reject the kindness, he could only accept it for now and return it when he comes back the next time.
Long Er didn’t give anything to Lei Yu but he was someone Lei Yu appreciated a lot. Even though they met much later, all of Long Er’s subordinates had died for his sake. Just this sentiment has made Lei Yu remember it forever.
“Young master, I have nothing to give you but I will accompany you in leaving! If there’s anything you need, I will definitely serve you well!” Long Er cupped his hands.
“No!” Lei Yu shook his head and his eyes were adamant, “You are my brother, I don’t need you to serve me. I have remembered everything you have done for me, and someday I will repay it back! But I really can’t bring you with me for now because there’s something I need to take care of. And if there’s too many people with me, it might become complicated so… I’m sorry!” Lei Yu’s tone was very sincere making Long Er unable to respond and could only nod.
“Okay, it’s time for us to leave!” Lei Yu turned around, “Big brother, Ai Er, let’s go!”
After saying that, Ai Er and Nuo Hu brought out their weapons. Their weapons flashed brightly before they stepped on top of it. Lei Yu didn’t require the Sky Devouring Sword anymore and merely condensed internal energy into the soles of his feet before flying into the air.
Upon seeing the three slowly disappear off into the horizon, Bao Er couldn’t hold back her tears anymore and cried out: “Brother Yu! You have to come back! Bao Er will be waiting for you here!”
“Little Yu! Be careful on your journey!”
The voices were heard from a distance while a surge of reluctance rose in Lei Yu’s heart. For these past five years, he has deeply etched what these people had done for him in his heart. He just couldn’t open his eyes back then but knew everything, and now that they were suddenly leaving, he too was filled with reluctance.
“Little Yu, there’s something I really wanted to ask but haven’t yet. Since you are fine now, I wanted you to tell me personally.” While they were flying, Nuo Hu neared Lei Yu and asked.
“I know what you want to ask.” Lei Yu lightly smiled, “Big brother wants to know why they call me young master, right?”
“That’s right. When you were still in a coma, I clearly saw how they treated you and it was filled with tender love and care. So what kind of relationship do you have with them?”
After a long and heavy sigh, Lei Yu responded: “We technically don’t have any relationship. In fact, the story is quite long and interesting and it started with…”
Chapter 319 – In Order To Make A Living
Everything was now clear to Ai Er and Nuo Hu. “So that’s the case! No wonder this Spiritual Bracelet of Frost is so powerful, it could even heal your heavy wounds in such a short time.” Said Ai Er while nodding.
“But are you planning on continuing to hide this? I feel like this isn’t the right thing to do…” Nuo Hu was a straightforward person and didn’t like to beat around the bush. And it was because of this personality that he didn’t like deception of any kind.
“I know how big brother feels, but when I was just about to reveal this, I felt they already knew that I wasn’t the descendant of the Ceng family. Senior Ceng Hong seems to not want me to puncture this flimsy piece of paper and stopped me when I was just about to say something about it.”
“You’re saying they know already?” Nuo Hu and Ai Er were both surprised.
“Correct, I’m pretty sure they know already. Since there’s no one left from the Ceng family, they chose to continue believing in this fake Ceng Yu instead of letting this matter came out to the light.”
The two seemed to understand and nodded. Based on Lei Yu’s personality, deceiving people close to him wasn’t something he would do so there wasn’t any need to further doubt him.
The Chaotic Star Sea was indeed filled with chaos. It was fortunate that the locust like creature had recognized Nuo Hu and didn’t reveal itself. Instead, it immediately ran off with its tail behind its leg.
But wanting to pass through that Roc Emperor’s territory would not be that easy. Back then when Lei Yu and Big White were in the Roc Emperor’s territory, Big White had killed all the birdmen that knew Lei Yu’s features. But when Nuo Hu passed through the territory, there were two birdmen that saw him and even called out for backup. Nuo Hu told everything to Lei Yu and the latter merely laughed, “I have a way big brother, just don’t resist.”
With a mere thought, Nuo Hu was stored in the Universal Pouch. This way, Ai Er and Lei Yu would be considered strangers to them. As long as they give the birdmen a bit of their toll fee, Lei Yu can later bring Nuo Hu back out.
“Little Yu, there’s something I don’t understand at all… what’s the use of these crystal stones? I haven’t really seen any markets or stores in the Immortal World. If these crystal stones are really used as currency, what can people buy with them?” Asked Nuo Hu since he couldn’t understand this.
Lei Yu didn’t understand this either in the beginning, but after the bull-head’s explanation and the information he found out prior did he finally grasp the usage.
“The way the people in the Immortal Realm run their business is different from the Mortal World. But that doesn’t mean they don’t need money.” Lei Yu then continued: “Once a cultivator reaches the Gold Core stage, they no longer need food to nourish themselves but they still need to absorb spiritual energy as a supplement for their bodies.”
Nuo Hu nodded, “That I know about.”
“Have you ever thought about one thing? There’s over a hundred million martial cultivators in the Immortal Realm, and what do they rely on to fly?”
Nuo Hu’s eyebrows went up, “Now that you’ve mentioned it, I’ve realized something strange. Demonic cultivators don’t need to rely on weapons to fly but martial cultivators have to inject internal energy into their weapons to do it, which also includes my Black Tortoise Shield. But where do all these weapons come from?
“That’s the main point. Apart from absorbing a crystal stone, one could use it to create weapons. And it happens to be a necessary ore in creating weapons for cultivators to use. When one combines crystal stones with normal metal ores, a craftsman can successfully create a weapon for us cultivators.”
“So that’s the reason!”
“There are even some cultivators that solely rely on absorbing the crystal stones in order to improve their cultivation, which requires a large amount of consumption. So with this many uses, that’s why the crystal stones are so precious.”
Even though he was saying this, Lei Yu knew that Romon’s copper pillar and his Sky Devouring Sword didn’t have any crystal stones in them. But they happened to be much stronger than normal weapons, making this mystery something he still didn’t understand to this day.
This included bull-head’s Ares Axe, a weapon that was gifted to him by Ares himself. Although it had been given to Tai Lao, it wasn’t a normal weapon at all. Even bull-head didn’t understand this himself, so there were many things in Lei Yu’s life that he wanted to get to the bottom of.
As they travelled through the Chaotic Star Sea, Lei Yu and company had met many of those that blocked them. Most of them were demonic cultivators and devils cultivators, but fortunate most of them weren’t Lei Yu’s opponent so they could take care of them easily. There were at times when they met an expert where the three had to combine their powers to use special tactics or secretive means in order to get through.
After crossing through a foggy barrier, the Immortal World’s scenery appeared in front of the eyes of the three. Lei Yu deliberately flew a certain direction in order to go around the Void Sect, and it was fortunate that they didn’t seem to notice his presence. His previous actions had caused quite a bit of Void Sect disciples to die. The Void Immortal had been somewhat deterred that day, but he was not a pushover so he will eventually deal with Lei Yu. He had to be extra careful since his current strength wasn’t enough to go head on with the Void Immortal yet.
In turn, Lei Yu planned on swinging by the Thunder Rune Sect. After making up his mind, the three of them made their way to their first stop after returning to the Immortal World.
The first to detect Lei Yu and company were the two disciples outside their main gates. Everything was the same a few years ago; this place looked deserted as if there were less and less disciples. Some of them joined the Thunder Rune Sect to use them as a stepping stone in hopes of joining a stronger Sect.
“May I ask if you three are here to seek a master?” Asked a youth as he flew up and stopped in front of Lei Yu and company.
Lei Yu faintly smiled, “You can kind of say that… where’s He Chuang? How come I don’t see him?”
“You know senior brother He Chuang?” The youth was a bit surprised.
“I do know him; we’ve met once by fate. Do you know here he is?” There was nothing he could do but use polite sentence structures in this part of the Immortal World since the youth was speaking to him in such a way. If he used the slangs of the Mortal World, this youth may not understand him at all.
“Sigh, senior brother He Chuang is really working hard. He’s still at the edge of the Chaotic Star Sea waiting for cultivators passing by.” Sighed the youth. This Thunder Rune Sect was truly quite desolate, even their disciples felt helpless with their situation.
Lei Yu nodded in understanding. Fortunately, He Chuang was coincidentally returning and Lei Yu could sense his aura, that’s why he didn’t ask to go inside yet and waited.
“Could it be brother Lightning?” He Chuang was overjoyed; how could he not be happy upon seeing Lei Yu’s return? It was more than once that the Sovereign brought up how exceptional Lei Yu was.
“Is the Sovereign here?” Asked Lei Yu.
“The Sovereign has gone out and hasn’t returned yet. This two are…?” He Chuang glanced at Ai Er and Nuo Hu besides Lei Yu.
“This is my dao partner and this is my big brother.” Lei Yu introduced.
He Chuang nodded, “If you three would please come with me. Stay here for now; I believe the Sovereign will be back within these two days.”
“How come each time I come here, he’s gone somewhere? Is there some important matters he has to deal with?” Lei Yu asked a bit puzzled.
He Chuang sighed, “There’s nothing we can do. Even though the Thunder Rune Sect doesn’t have a lot of disciples, we still have to earn crystal stones. Our Sovereign is exactly busy dealing with this issue.”
It was for certain that the Thunder Rune Sect’s situation wasn’t good, and Lei Yu had already begun to form some plans. They followed He Chuang to the pavilions for resting and two rooms were given to them while they waited.
In another area.
“Goddamn it! This place is finally the Immortal Realm!” A youth suddenly appeared in a flash as he stared in shock at the vast stars and planets.
Chapter 320 – Lightning’s Disciple
He was stepping on a steel blade that had a length of 1.6 meters, a handle that was 30 centimeters, and the width of the blade was 15 centimeters. The steel blade looked ordinary but it definitely wasn’t simple!
There was a bright golden glow surrounding the blade while it was mixed with a lighter yellow internal energy. Because the golden glow was too bright, one wouldn’t notice where his internal energy was. Where did he get this steel blade from?
While flying through the Chaotic Star Sea, his speed wasn’t fast but when compared to the modern airplanes, there was no difference.
“I wonder how master is… and this place is so vast, how on earth am I going to search for him?” This person looked around at a loss, but didn’t stop flying and kept flying forward.
This place had a lot of planets and most of them were the size of meteorites. Some of them were only about the size of your average city. This person happened to stop at a planet that wasn’t that big and looked down.
“This place isn’t too bad, there’s green grass and a river!” One could see the fields of green were the vegetation and the blue lines were the water which wasn’t hard to tell. This person was quite interested in the area and started slowly descending.
“Stop! Who are you?” A voice cried out. Just as he landed, he quickly turned around and noticed a youth that was about eleven or twelve years old. Although he was young, his body looked quite sturdy and much more muscular than normal kids of his age. One could see this youth purse his lips together as he stared at the newly arrived person with caution.
“There are people here?” This person was suddenly surprised as he revealed a shameless smile. “Little friend, are there any adults around? I want to ask for directions.”
“Ask for directions? Where did you come from?” Ask the youth. Although this person in front of him gave him the goose bumps from the smile, at least he didn’t look too despicable.
“I came from a very very far away place.”
The youth pursed his lips and raised his head in thought for a while before saying: “Follow me. Don’t even think of having any evil thoughts because my two uncles are very powerful.”
“Uh…” This person blinked a few times but still followed behind the youth.
This place gave one the feeling of a rural village. With mountains and vast plains of grass, it gave one a feeling of returning to nature. As they continued walking, this person noticed some unknown animals in large quantities. They were all surrounded by wooden fences which meant these animals were domesticated. If he didn’t guess wrong, these animals were grown for their meat. But since these were unknown to him, it would probably be hard for him to swallow their meat so it’s best not to care about them for now.
“Uncle! Uncle! There’s an outsider that’s arrived here!” This youth was yelling towards a place that looked like a village off in the distance. This was a small town with not a lot of inhabitants, but it looked very peaceful and quiet and completely different from what this person heard about the Chaotic Star Sea.
A simple and honest looking middle aged man with a small moustache came out. He was wearing a light blue long robe and had a smile on his face but it wasn’t difficult to see that his eyes were filled with vigilance. “Friend, what is your purpose for coming to our Yanrong Town?”
After seeing an adult of this place, this person finally cleared his throat and turned serious. “I am here to inquire about dao er¹.”
“Dao Er? Who’s Dao Er?” The middle-aged man seemed to be at a loss, unable to understand the words of this person.
“Uh…” While scratching his head, cold sweat started dripping down this person’s back. After thinking for a bit and changing his speech pattern, “I’m hoping to inquire about a place.”
“Please go ahead.” The middle-aged man politely said.
“Can you please tell me how to get to the Immortal World? I’m in a hurry to locate a friend.” This person said.
The middle-aged man was a bit surprised, “Why would this friend want to go to the Immortal World? Please don’t blame this one for reminding you but the Immortal World isn’t a place where one can easily get to. From what I can tell, this friend only has the strength at the early Gold Core stage. Wanting to safely traverse the depths of the Chaotic Star Sea to reach the Immortal World is not an easy feat! I once had a friend that until now, I haven’t heard any news from. I have no idea if he succeeded in entering the Immortal World or has halfway… sigh. In short, this friend here must seriously reconsider this.”
“It looks like the Immortal World is definitely not an easy place to reach. It seems like that guy from the Violet Gold Hall didn’t lie to me.” This person mumbled.
“Violet Gold Hall? Friend, you’re speaking about the famous Violet Gold Hall?” The middle-aged man exclaimed with wide eyes.
“Right, are there any problems with that?”
The middle-aged man cleared his throat, “The Violet Gold Hall is one of the five great Sects, how come you are familiar with them?”
After thinking for a bit, this person felt there was no need to hide it. “Back then, there were a bunch of Sects from the Immortal World who travelled to my place in search for my master. They wanted to win him over but were rejected by him. Later, a person from the Violet Gold Hall said that once I’ve cultivated my Gold Core, I could find him and join his Sect. He will then help me in locating my master.” This person rubbed his chin as he spoke while recalling his memory.
“The ring on your finger, where did you get it from?!” The middle-aged lost control and exclaimed out loud because the tattered looking ring looked very familiar and he was sure he had seen it before somewhere.
“This? This ring and my master’s ring are a pair, but it was in the hands of the Pope before. I had to personally go there and persuade the Pope for a long time before he would give it to me. What about it? Do you recognize it?” This person asked unconsciously but didn’t realize he would get an unexpected result.
“Is your master called Lightning?” The middle-aged man asked.
This person racked his brains in pondering this name but quickly came to a conclusion. A joyous expression was immediately revealed on his face!
“Yes! Yes! Master had once used the name Lightning. It’s the same name he used in the United States when he joined the Bounty Hunters Guild! It has to be master! It has to be him!”
Although he didn’t know what this person was saying about United States or something bounty hunter, it was clear the two of them were talking about the same person.
“This is great! I never imagined I would encounter brother Lightning’s disciple! My name is Tian Ye; may I know your great name?”
“Quick, quick! All my fellow brothers and sister in town, our benefactor’s family has come to our small town! Everyone quickly come out to meet him!” This person started yelling in happiness towards the town. In a short dozens of seconds, the main road was filled with the townsfolk. Even though there weren’t a lot of people, there were still several dozens of them. The most eye-catching group was a bunch of beautiful young girls whose eyes were filled with passion, immediately causing Liu Hao to start drooling.
“Brother Tian Ye!” A crude yell was heard causing everyone to turn around.
Liu Hao’s eyebrows went up as he said to himself: “Oh crap, this guy’s image is too f*cking chic!”
With fiery red hair, and even his eyebrows and beard were red. The clothes he wore also matched the color of his hair… he was simply a walking flame!
“Brother Yanrong, come meet this person who is brother Lightning’s disciple.”
Yanrong strutted over past the crowd and grabbed onto Liu Hao’s hand. Liu Hao started sweating again – aren’t these people a little over friendly?”
¹ – He’s looking for directions so he started speaking in formal ancient speech.