The Daoist Seal - Chapter 11
Ziwei, the Imperial Planet
Ye Yuanxue took out three stalks of Immortal Spirit Root and placed the largest one in Ye Qiuyu’s hand, stunning the beautiful elder sister.
“No, I can’t accept it. This is too precious.”
Ye Qiuyu shook her head. The Immortal Spirit Root was an unrivaled primordial herb. For a cultivator, this herb was priceless. Even the leaders of the four largest sects had a difficult time in obtaining it.
“Don’t worry! This guy still has some.” Ye Yuanxue stuffed the herb back in her hand, and at the same time, she took out another stalk, presented it to Ye Qiuyu, and adoringly stated, “Sis, here. This is my gift to you.”
Taken aback, Ye Qiuyu stared at Ye Yuanxue and asked, “Xiao Xue’er, why do you have one as well?”
“Um…. Xiaofan gave it to me as lunch.”
“Xue’er, seriously, no. An Immortal Spirit Root is invaluable. Give it back to Jiang Gongzi,” admonished Ye Qiuyu. The primordial herb was just too rare. It was of the legends.
“Really, it’s fine, Sis. Xiaofan isn’t an outsider.” Ye Yuanxue smiled with her eyes crinkling like a crescent moon. “See? We all have two stalks each. It’s fair. Xiaofan, what do you say?”
“That’s right, Ye Shijie. Just keep them.”
Unable to resist Jiang Xiaofan’s generosity, Ye Qiuyu eventually took them in. Besides, she needed this mystical herb. After all, the value of this primordial herb was immeasurable, especially to a cultivator.
Originally, Ye Qiuyu wanted Ye Yuanxue to immediately depart for the Heavenly Maiden Peak, but Ye Yuanxue refused. She said that if she were to leave, Jiang Xiaofan would be lonely. She also said that once a peak was assigned to Jiang Xiaofan by Elder Chuanfa, she would then head to the Heavenly Maiden Peak.
Jiang Xiaofan was moved. Ye Yuanxue was the first person to ever truly care about him. She was also a female, a beautiful one at that.
“Alright then….” Ye Qiuyu looked at Jiang Xiaofan and apologized, “Xue’er’s a bit playful. I hope that she will not give you any trouble. Please take good care of her.”
“No troubles at all.”
Jiang Xiaofan repeatedly waved his hand. To be alone with a fairy-like Ye Yuanxue wasn’t troubling at all. Rather, this was what he dreamed of.
After Ye Qiuyu left to return to the Heavenly Maiden peak, Jiang Xiaofan walked up to Ye Yuanxue with tears streaming down his cheeks. Frightened, Ye Yuanxue dodged to the side and asked, “What’s wrong with you?!”
Jiang Xiaofan was deeply touched. He wasn’t a sensitive person, but he could tell that Ye Yuanxue and her elder sister had finally reunited after a long separation. For Ye Yuanxue to consider his feelings, afraid that he’d be alone, their relationship was one that he had come to treasure.
“Xiao Xue, you’re too nice to me.”
“Hehe, of course! How will you thank me then?” She blinked her bright, big eyes at him.
“Uh, how about I offer my body to you?” Jiang Xiaofan looked back at her with honesty written on his face.
“Pft! Who wants your body?!” muttered Ye Yuanxue. Although she acted quirkily most of the time, the young girl couldn’t help but blush at the mention of Jiang Xiaofan offering his body to her.
In the endless universe with innumerable star systems, numerous stars dotted the sky. Day turned to night. Jiang Xiaofan couldn’t help but inwardly sigh. The world was changing every day with the new replacing the old. Not long ago, he was still an ordinary orphan from Planet Earth. He had never imagined that he would become a cultivator from the legends.
“What are you thinking about?"
Ye Yuanxue’s sweet-sounding voice echoed in his ears. The girl crouched down, blinked her dewy eyes, and waved her delicate hand in front of him.
“Hm, I’m thinking about when I can marry you,” shamelessly replied Jiang Xiaofan.
“Who said that I want to marry you?!”
Speechless, she rolled her eyes at him. This guy was just too mean and so thick-skinned, always picking on her.
“Haha, then…. Xiao Xue’er, why don’t you tell me more about this world? Uh…. I recently just came out of the deep mountains. There are many things that I don’t know about.”
Embarrassed, Jiang Xiaofan switched the topic. Even he felt that it wasn’t good to always tease the mischievous, cute girl. Amitabha, what a sin.
She didn’t suspect him. In her eyes, Jiang Xiaofan really did come from the deep mountains because this guy knew nothing of the world at all. Besides, he always used phrases which she could not understand.
“This world is known as Ziwei….”
Ye Yuanxue patiently explained. What surprised Jiang Xiaofan was that he had guessed correctly. He had transmigrated through time and space, and Planet Earth had disappeared. He was on Ziwei, an ancient planet from another area of the universe.
This name was not unfamiliar to Jiang Xiaofan. Ziwei or Ziwei Heng was the old name of a star that made up the twelve constellations. On Planet Earth, this legendary star was now called Polaris.
Many scholars of ancient astronomy surmised that the Ziwei Star System contained life energy, one that was even more ancient and mysterious than Planet Earth’s. From the birth of the human race till now, no one has known anything about this mysterious star despite being mentioned in historical records.
Even with the advanced technology of the 21st Century and the skills to enter space, humans were only able to step foot on the moon. Compared to the imperial star of legends, they could only gaze from afar and guess. Never would humans have thought that life existed here, a place where cultivators from stories dwelled.
“Hey, hey! You’re spacing out again! That’s impolite!” Ye Yuanxue waved her hand again.
Returning back to reality, Jiang Xiaofan noticed the girl’s unhappy expression. Abashed by his behavior, he awkwardly apologized and let Ye Yuanxue continue her explanation of Planet Ziwei’s power divisions.
Ye Yuanxue pouted her lips, lightly snorted a "hmph", and continued, “Nowadays, Planet Ziwei has four major powers. They are Ziwei Sect, Emperor’s Heaven Sect, Ziyang Sect, and Ice Palace. Of course, these are just what’s shown on the surface. There are a few hidden clans that have been carrying on for generations since primordial times. They’re even more frightening and much stronger than the four sects.”
“Hidden clans?” Taken aback, he then asked, “Which ones?”
Not long after he had spoken did he begin to regret it. He wanted to slap himself on the face.
As expected, Ye Yuanxue rolled her eyes at him again. She responded, “You’re so dumb. If they’re hidden, then they obviously don’t want others to know about them. How am I supposed to tell you who they are?”
Under the beautiful, starry night sky, both of them stayed up late. He listened to Ye Yuanxue mention many things before finally discussing the Emperor’s Heaven Sect.
“This place was originally the remains of a primordial, sacred Daoist sect. After the sect had vanished, a peerless hero took over this land and founded the Emperor’s Heaven Sect which flourished until now. This is the reason why the Emperor’s Heaven Sect is not only the strongest of the four but also the most special.”
Amazed, he queried, “Really?”
“Of course! Many prominent figures know that the Emperor’s Heaven Sect is more than what meets the eye. Maybe it’s because of its relationship to the sacred Daoist sect, but many years have passed. Countless numbers of high-level cultivators have made their mark on the Emperor’s Heaven Sect. There’s also a rumor saying that those who have surpassed immortal beings have also appeared here, yet none have succeeded in uncovering the sect’s secret. Slowly, those prominent figures have mostly forgotten about it.”
Ye Yuanxue’s mention of immortals wasn’t the immortals that average people knew of. They referred to the powerful cultivators from the Mystical Immortal realm. This alone was an eye-opener for Jiang Xiaofan. Even those with levels beyond a Mystical Immortal could not discover anything? According to what he knew, the leading elder of the Emperor’s Heaven Sect was a Mystical Immortal cultivator.
Still, this made him think of another related topic. He asked her, “Is there a more powerful existence than Mystical Immortal?”
Ye Yuanxue rolled her eyes again for the third time. “Naturally, but they wouldn’t normally appear on the Huanyun Continent.”
The girl was slightly hesitant. She warily scanned around. Without saying anything, as if spoken words were too inscrutable, she merely pointed her finger towards the sky.
Jiang Xiaofan was alarmed. This girl seemed to be very knowledgeable. Even though he was cunning himself and could somewhat read the expressions of others, in addition to the fact that Ye Yuanxue hadn’t hidden anything from him, he realized that she knew many things which a lot of people didn’t know about.
“By the way, how do you know all of this?” He couldn’t help but ask.
“The decrepit old man told me.”
“How strong is your Shifu?”
In truth, Jiang Xiaofan was greatly astounded. Judging by Ye Qiuyu’s attitude, he deduced that Ye Yuanxue’s Shifu was a real sage who knew many secrets from the primordial times.
“Don’t know, but he’s definitely much stronger than you,” replied the girl indifferently.
Jing Xiaofan rolled his eyes at her this time. Wasn’t this the same thing as not saying anything? He didn’t need to contemplate in order to know that Ye Yuanxue’s Shifu was a master within masters. With one finger, her Shifu could easily squish him to death. He was rendered speechless when the girl dared to compare her Shifu with him.
“Hm, come to think of it, there are only five days left. Xiaofan, why don’t you consume a stalk of Immoral Spirit Root? I’ll help you cultivate by channeling the energy. This is an herb that could drastically enhance your form and bring about great advantages to your future cultivation practice."
Ye Yuanxue wore a serious face for once and assessed Jiang Xiaofan. She then remembered something as her eyes wandered around and announced, “Hm, after this, I’ll discuss another matter with you.”
- ^ Amitabha is a buddha but his name means infinite light so Chinese monks like to recite his name often which is supposed to guarantee rebirth.
- ^ Please don’t take this too seriously. The whole story behind Ziwei Star has more to do with Chinese astrology than astronomy. Ziwei Star is the most important star in all of the constellations. Those born with the star crossing in their path are said to become rulers. Thus, it’s known as the imperial star. Lastly, don’t confuse Ziwei Star aka Polaris of Ursa Minor with fictional Planet Ziwei.