Chapter 395: A Breakthrough in Cultivation with Sleep and More Sleep
"I got these for cheap. Senior Lang Ya, just tell me your price!" Yun Jiuge said.
She had Zi Shang's Demonic Seal on her body and it was much more effective than this defensive magical tool.
Besides, she also had the Magic Cauldron. Although it had not been put to much use yet, it would be suitable for warding off attacks at critical moments.
"These two types of defensive magical tools are of superior grade. They can be sold for at least 700 Spiritual Stones each in the shops. I only have 1,200 Spiritual Stones on me now. Can I use Contribution Points to make up the balance?" Lang Ya spoke as his slightly dark face turned red.
He had really gotten a big bargain this time. Such good defensive magical tools did not come by easily even if one had the money.
"Okay, no problem." Yun Jiuge replied. Her intention was not to make money anyway.
However, she still felt somewhat rueful. Senior Lang Ya was already a Cultivator at the Foundation Establishment Stage. Why was he still so poor? He could not even accumulate enough Spiritual Stones.
Yun Jiuge had actually misunderstood the situation. Considering that most Cultivators were still using Spiritual Jades as exchange, Lang Ya was already quite rich with more than 1,000 Spiritual Stones.
Expenses for Cultivation were high, especially for someone like Lang Ya who focused on enhancing his fighting capabilities through brute force. Other than making a hard living by going on missions, there was no two ways about it. He naturally lived a life of extreme hardships.
Lang Ya was unaware of Yun Jiuge's thoughts. He happily took out the Spiritual Stones in exchange for the two defensive magical tools. He excitedly said, "When I enter the Fiendish Corpse Secret Realm, I'll kill more Fiendish Corpses to get money."
Although things were risky in the Fiendish Corpse Secret Realm, the benefits were also apparent.
Killing the Fiendish Corpses would yield Fiendish Pearls which were no less valuable than Spiritual Stones. One could either use them for Cultivation or resell them to others.
Of course, the Sects would not send their disciples to reap the benefits for nothing. Once each disciple came out of the Secret Realm, they had to hand over a certain number of Fiendish Pearls to their masters. If they could not complete the mission, not only would they be heavily punished by the Sects, the Peaks they belonged to would also have to compensate for the Sects' losses.
Elder Bai Gu was a very practical person. Between revenge and benefits, benefits took precedence.
"Well, in that case, I wish Senior Lang Ya great success and a big windfall on your mission. Oh, by the way, is Senior familiar with Senior Yu Ziyan?" Yun Jiuge asked. She had not met Zi Yan before, so she did not know what the situation was.
"Don't worry about her. Unless Bai Lan can come up with a huge incentive, she can't be bothered to take notice." Lang Ya was in good spirits after his purchase of the magical weapons, so he gave away a lot of information.
For example, Yu Ziyan was a money-grubber, Mo Jingyuan had homosexual tendencies etc.
"Many thanks, Senior Lang Ya." Yun Jiuge replied. She knew how things were from listening to Lang Ya.
"Don't mention it. It's getting late now so I'll take my leave." Lang Ya rushed back to hand over the mission and cupped his hands together in farewell before leaving.
Yun Jiuge also returned to the cave and happened to run into Little Fatty who came to deliver the name list.
The five Devilish Sects were Black Fiend Sect, Ten Thousand Ghouls Sect, Hehuan Sect, Yin Corpse Sect and Soul Devourer Sect. Each sect would dispatch eight Elite Disciples at the Foundation Establishment Stage.
To Yun Jiuge's surprise, Wanli Mingxuan was not on Black Fiend Sect's list. Neither was Ye Ruyi.
It seemed quite normal for Ye Ruyi not to go, but Wanli Mingxuan had previously shown that he was hell-bent on getting in. Why was he not going then?
Yun Jiuge sent a message to Wanli Mingxuan but only received his apologetic reply that something had happened at home, so he gave his spot to someone else.
He did not specify what happened, so Yun Jiuge could not inquire further either.
Going into the Secret Realm this time were also several small and medium-sized sects and influential families, in addition to the five major Black Magic Sects.
Two words under the Zhong Province list caught her eyes.
"Yu Sha — this name sounds familiar. Have you met this person before?" Yun Jiuge asked Zi Shang.
Zi Shang's memory was much better than Yun Jiuge's. He recalled the people he met in the Ruins and got the answer. He said, "There was a young girl at the Foundation Establishment Stage standing next to Mistress Shi. It seemed her name was Yu Sha."
"If the people from Zhong Province are also going to the Fiendish Corpse Secret Realm, then I'll have to consider using the Magic Cauldron, lest any information gets leaked." Yun Jiuge felt it was better to be more cautious.
Zi Shang then replied, "It won't hurt to do so. I've gotten information that the last piece of the treasure map is indeed in the Fiendish Corpse Secret Realm. To get our hands on it, we must collect Bloody Fiendish Pearls." Zi Shang had also been busy during this period. He produced a few puppets and secretly put them at Qiu Ren Peak to eavesdrop on important news.
"Wait, isn't the Bloody Fiendish Pearl a medicinal ingredient? What does it have to do with the treasure map?" Yun Jiuge asked, remembering that the antidote for the third stage of the Nine Stages of Fractured Bones Poison required the use of Bloody Fiendish Pearls.
"The Bloody Fiendish Pearls are needed to locate the hiding place of the last treasure map. But I'm not sure how to operate it specifically." Zi Shang answered as he shook his head. This was told by Qiu Sen to Jin Yuanwei through a secret technique. One had to carry out the Soul Searching Technique in order to find out more.
"How can I get my hands on the Bloody Fiendish Pearls?" Yun Jiuge asked with great concern.
"Keep killing until the Flying Corpses appear." Zi Shang replied in a cold and murderous tone.
The Fiendish Corpse Secret Realm had distinct levels. From the highest to the lowest, they were namely Flying Corpse, Gold Corpse, Silver Corpse, Copper Corpse, and Iron Corpse.
As long as they went on a killing spree after they entered, they would draw the Flying Corpses.
A Flying Corpse of Golden Core Cultivation was much stronger than the human race's Golden Core Cultivation. It was comparable to Middle Stage Golden Core Cultivation.
A Bloody Fiendish Pearl was approximately equivalent to its Golden Core Cultivation. It would not be easy to get one's hands on them.
"Since the Flying Corpse is so powerful, can you tackle it?" Yun Jiuge asked worriedly. It was terrifying to think of a Flying Corpse at Middle Stage Golden Core Cultivation.
"It's a little bit difficult so I may have to use your Magic Cauldron when the time comes." Zi Shang answered. The Fiendish Corpse Secret Realm only allowed people at the Foundation Establishment Stage to enter. Zi Shang would have to restrain his Cultivation after he entered and only use the power of Early Stage Golden Core Cultivation. He would have to rely on additional tools to kill a Flying Corpse.
"That's alright. Qiu Sen is determined to get this treasure map, so he should have a way. We'll follow behind him to pick out the loopholes when the time comes." Although Yun Jiuge had Zi Shang, she knew too little about the Fiendish Corpse Secret Realm. She was not fully prepared and could only find another way.
"There are too many variables in picking up after him. We'd better rely on ourselves. Rest assured that I'll help you get the Bloody Fiendish Pearls." Zi Shang said in a determined manner.
Yun Jiuge knew that Zi Shang wanted to help her detoxify and she could not help feeling depressed about her broken body.
"Four more months to go. Better hurry up and cultivate!" Zi Shang uttered as he picked Yun Jiuge up and threw her on the bed. Then they began to cultivate.
In the days that followed, Yun Jiuge and Zi Shang basically spent their time in bed trying all kinds of positions a few times. Then they finally entered the twelfth level of the Qi Refining Stage.
"It's still a little bit off the mark." Yun Jiuge said regretfully at not having achieved the Foundation Establishment Stage in a big spurt of energy.
"It looks like we didn't spend enough time in bed." Zi Shang whispered as he touched Yun Jiuge's head. He then decided that after coming out of the Fiendish Corpse Secret Realm, they had to enter Enclosed Cultivation and sleep together until she reached Foundation Establishment Stage.
Yun Jiuge strongly agreed.
At this time, Jin Chuan's cold voice was heard outside the cave saying, "Junior Yun Jiu, the Sect Leader is calling for us to convene in the hall. We're getting ready to set off to the Fiendish Corpse Valley."
"I almost forgot that today is the day to set off," said Yun Jiuge. She had been so engrossed with her Cultivation that she forgot about it.
"It's still not too late to go over now." Zi Shang replied. He had not forgotten.
"You're not making yourself invisible this time, are you?" Yun Jiuge asked. Since the three Elders would be in the hall, invisibility was ineffective on them. They might even think of it as a taunt.
"I'm not," replied Zi Shang. Although he was no longer invisible, his face and body had additional layers of hazy Yin Qi which made him look bleary.
Yun Jiuge was very satisfied with Zi Shang's appearance this way. It was good that his handsome looks were for her eyes only. There was no need to show off to others.