A clear river surged towards the endless horizon with great momentum, like a huge dragon was entrenched in the river.
The river that flowed out of Kunlun Mountain Range stretched thousands of miles. It was very important, hence the name of the city – Qinghe.[Note: Qinghe 清河 = Clear river]
The sky was slowly brightening as morning dawned.
From afar, the river was like a black dragon, rooted in the earth with a majestic atmosphere.
Qin Tian hastily walked towards the river.
The moon hung low in the sky and dim moonlight shone down on the earth. A cool breeze rustled the reeds, adding to the wonderful ambiance.
The scenery was amazing, but Qin Tian wasn’t in the mood to admire; he had to wash the dirty blood off his body. He had to hurry back lest he get scolded by Zhang Dafu.
He increased his pace.
Reaching the shore, he took off his clothes, revealing a weak and thin body.
When a gentle breeze blew by, Qin Tian felt a chill; although it was summer, the breeze was still a little cold. However, it didn’t really bother him. He prepared to jump into the river to clean himself up properly.
Suddenly, a body floated up onto the surface of the river that was full of river plants, like a big fish stranded on land. The golden clothes on the body glowed under the moonlight.
“Did someone drown?”
Qin Tian quickly jumped into the river and brought the man ashore.
“He isn’t breathing… is he already dead?”
Qin Tian placed his finger under the man’s nose for a moment.
The body was covered in bruises and the chest was charred black as if struck by lightning… it was very frightening.
The clothes on the body were made of silk and were extremely gorgeous; he must have been a rich man. Qin Tian’s gaze landed on the bulging part in the clothes and revealed a sinister smile. “A gentleman who loves money has his means of attaining his monetary aspiration. A lowly man who loves money, however, shall just take.”
He did not care about the dead. Those years of poverty was his greatest nightmare. The idea of pillaging a dead man being a sign of bad luck was already pushed into the back of his mind.
Just as Qin Tian is about to pull out the small box from the dead man’s clothes, the man’s hand moved. He grabbed Qin Tian’s right hand and both his eyes opened. He glared at Qin Tian and shouted, “Thief! Murderer!”
“Playing dead, ah?!”
The dead man, who had suddenly moved, scared the living daylights out of Qin Tian.
Qin Tian, in a state of panic, kicked the man’s neck and heard a ‘kacha’ sound, like bones breaking.
“Let’s see if you are still not dead.” Qin Tian grumbled.
Who knew the man would open his mouth again, “Young man, to have met you before I become a spirit shows that we have affinity with each other…”
“You’re not dead yet?” Qin Tian was shocked. The man reached out and tightly grabbed Qin Tian’s right hand. Just as Qin Tian was about to give the man another kick, the man responded, “Do not panic for I am already dead.”
“You can still speak even when you’re dead? Are you taking me to be a fool?”
At that moment, Qin Tian kicked the man again, thinking, “Isn’t this called committing evil at the sight of money?”
The brocade box was embroidered beautifully with gold, and the carvings were very unusual. The box alone should fetch a few silvers, not to mention the items inside.
When the other party is injured, just kill. That is an unspoken law every gamer follow. Seeing that the man was almost dead, adding an extra one or two kicks should not really matter…
Even if someone were to report to an official, would they even know that it was him who did it?
However, the strange thing was that even after the heavy kick, the man did not stop talking, as if he was not in pain.
“You who’re only a low-rank cultivator won’t be able to deal much damage to me. If not for my destroyed foundation, I would have made your soul fly away with a thought.”
Qin Tian was startled and didn’t dare to kick again after seeing that the man didn’t seem to be lying. Just like that, Qin Tian’s tone changed and he said respectfully, “Senior, this junior has done some disrespectful things due to panic and has offended you. May senior forgive this junior.”
“Enough…enough… I do not have much time left, so let me go straight to the point. Are you willing to have me as your master?”
“Have you as my master?” Qin Tian was stunned but laughed in his heart, ‘Kneel to a dead man to have him as my master? What can a dead man offer me?’
“The benefits are numerous. As long as you take me as your master, the supreme books and countless spirit Dans that I’ve acquired shall all be yours.”
Before Qin Tian could answer, the system sounded, “Accept Cang Tianji’s request to become his disciple. +1000 experience, +100 Qigong, +10 survival.”
‘Isn’t the reward a bit too generous? I only have to accept him as my master. Should it really be so lavish? Really… I can’t say no to his request.’
Eyeing the rewards that could be received from the task, Qin Tian immediately knelt. “Master, please accept your disciple’s kowtow.”
As expected from a dying man, Cang Tianji’s face was devoid of any expression. But from the words that came out of his mouth, it wasn’t hard to tell that he was very excited.
“Successfully became Cang Tianji’s disciple. +1000 experience, +100 Qigong, +10 survival”
‘This task really is too simple, and the reward is also generous. Really cool!’
“You are my 1089th disciple. In the future, the revitalization of Tianji sect will fall onto your shoulders…”
“I’ll help you revitalize your Tianji-whatever sect in the future. So can we now talk about the benefits I’ll be getting?”
Qin Tian chuckled as he looked at Cang Tianji and muttered, “What Tianji sect? Hopefully there are lots of treasures.”
“Being greedy is good…being greedy is good…You are greedy and have the heart of one who’s not willing to be inferior to others. Your mindset suits my intention. Tianji sect’s treasures are numerous, but only when you take the position of sovereign shall all the treasures be yours.”
“Do you take me as a fool? Although I am not be sure how powerful your Tianji sect is, the fact that you have 1088 other disciples is enough to irk me, how am I supposed to take the position of sovereign?”
“As long as you practice the ‘Heavenly Dragon Form Scripture’ and breakthrough to the Universe Realm, those of the Tianji sect will no longer be able to be your opponents anymore. Only then should you take out your sovereign emblem; I believe no one will not be convinced by then. When you sit as sovereign, I also hope that you will be able to help me with a few things.”
“Tell me.” Qin Tian unexpectedly became excited. A task had popped up in his mind, but the level of the task dumbfounded him.
He had played online games for seven years and had done numerous tasks of different ratings. But never had he came across a SSS level. It was a super quest![Note: Tasks above S-Rank are the extreme.]
In general, the highest task level was SSS and one might only come across it once in a thousand years. The chance of finding a SSS level task in an online game is close to 0%.
Yet he was actually able to come across a SSS super task. This type of task was one he had never seen before, and one could only imagine how rich the rewards would be.
Qin Tian dared not think about it anymore as he was afraid that his heart could not take the excitement.
In his mind, he immediately chose ‘Accept’.
At that moment, one could faintly hear great hatred in Cang Tianji’s tone. “Kill Long Xiaotian and wipe out Thousand Demon sect! Long Xiaotian is a traitor to Tianji sect. He colluded with Thousand Demon sect to steal my ‘Heavenly Dragon Form Scripture’. As long as you complete both of my terms, everything in Tianji sect shall belong to you. Also, if you still have some conscience left, use a Supreme Godly ability to resurrect me and I’ll tell you a very big secret.”
There was a lot of information to remember and Qin Tian was confused after hearing it. How could such a task be so complex? This seemed like a plot for revenge.
For the ‘Heavenly Dragon Form Scripture’, Long Xiaotian colluded with Thousand Demon sect to set a trap for Cang Tianji. Who would have thought that he was able to escape and meet Qin Tian, thus entrusting everything to him.
The SSS super quest was to avenge Cang Tianji and annihilate the Thousand Demon Sect.
Even if Qin Tian wanted to help him get his revenge, he did not have the ability to do so. Even the previous sovereign (the ‘dead’ man) was unable to win against them. With his rank 3 Warrior cultivation, how long would he need before reaching the Universe Realm?
Some people spent their whole lives stuck in the Warrior Realm, unable to break through. In Tianyuan continent, only a few people were able to break through to the Universe Realm, and they cultivated for at least hundreds of years, up to thousands to reach that rank. Qin Tian was very aware of his current situation and wasn’t sure if he’d live long enough to cultivate to the Universe Realm.
However, Qin Tian didn’t care much.
He would never do something that is not beneficial to him; right in front of him were some immediate benefits. So why not?