Wan Zhenyuan was momentarily stunned when he saw Cinian and the rest. Even though he was unhappy, he still went forward politely to say, "I am the master of the Gezao Sect, Wan Zhenyuan. You have come to uninvited. May I know why you are here?"
Cinian also put his palms together very politely. He bowed and in fluent Chinese said, "Amitabha, I am Cinian, from Zhenyan Tantrism of Mount Kōya in Japan. This time, I have brought my disciples, Shinsyu, and Tachibana Wakako, to the Hanshan Temple in Dongwu City to pay respects to our founder, Kobo Daishi. I heard that the Taoist assembly is held here every four years, so I came here especially to pay my respects!"
Wan Zhenyuan said calmly, "Master Cinian, Buddhism and Taoism belong to two sects. I'm afraid it's not appropriate for you to take part in the Taoist assembly without being invited, okay?"
Cinian chuckled. "Oh come on! Even though Buddhism and Taoism are two different sects, they share the same origin of cultivation! I've heard people say that the sect leader of the External Alchemy's Leader, the master of the Gezao Sect in China, is a wise cultivation leader. I'm sure you understand this logic, don't you, sect Master Wan?"
When Wan Zhenyuan heard this flattery, he immediately felt very happy and felt like his face was shining. However, when he looked around, he saw that the attention of many cultivators had already been attracted. He hesitated for a moment, thinking about whether to let the three Japanese come in or not.
At this time, Cinian sighed. He touched Tachibana Wakako beside him and said, "Look, I told you that they wouldn't agree, right? I told you that the Chinese continent has hidden dragons and crouching tigers. Their world is the best at cultivation. The rules of various sects and schools are very strict. Especially in this Taoist assembly, outsiders are not allowed to come in! You didn't believe me, you just whined to come here. Now look. Have you been refused a favor?"
The Tachibana Wakako also knew Chinese. At this time, her eyes were wide open, and her dark pupils were full of surprise and grievance. She pouted and whispered in her heart, "It's true that I was whining to come here... But you hadn't said that cultivation is best in China!"
When Wan Zhenyuan heard this, he saw that the little girl was staring at Cinian with eager eyes and then at himself. He suddenly smiled, nodded, and said, "Master Cinian's words make sense. What's more, the Sage said 'a friend who has come from afar will be very happy!' Since the three of you have come all the way here to witness our event, then we of Zhihong Country must show decorum! However, the three of you must abide by the rules and just watch the battle from the side!"
Upon hearing this, Tachibana Wakako was immediately overjoyed. She deeply bowed to Wan Zhenyuan and said, "Thank you very much!"
Cinian also smiled as she paid her respects to Wan Zhenyuan and said, "Thanks for making an exception for sect master Wan to visit our Mount Kōya some other time. I will definitely treat you generously!"
Wan Zhenyuan chuckled and ordered his subordinate to lead the three of them over to a table and sit down.
At this time, Cinian, Shinsyu, and Tachibana Wakako had just sat down at Li Yundong's table. As soon as they were seated, Tachibana Wakako said to Cinian in Japanese with an unhappy face, "Master Cinian, how can you wrong me? I am not the only one who said that I would come to the Taoist assembly. What's more, as a monk, you lied and lied. When did you say that cultivation was the best in the whole world in China?"
Cinian laughed, but he was not angry. He only patted the innocent girl's head and said with a smile, "You saw it, kid. These Chinese cultivators don't have much ability, but they have bad tempers. They have been immersed in the beautiful dreams of their own country, and immersed in the most glorious period of Taoist history in the Song Yuanming period. So when I gave them some bootlicking, they were so proud that they forgot everything. If I hadn't praised them, would they have let us in?"
Tachibana Wakako suddenly understood. She smiled and made a face at the kindly man, whispering, "Master Cinian, you're so talented. You've deceived these self-righteous Chinese cultivators!"
Cinian chuckled and waved his hand. "If it weren't for you, why would I do such a thing? Tachibana Wakako, didn't you want to watch the Taoist assembly's battle? Now, you can enjoy it to the fullest!"
Tachibana Wakako looked at the field and saw that Li Yundong and Yue Sheng were sitting in front of a square table at this time. Each of them had their own small Yang Spirit on the table, which was constantly changing. Sometimes they fought with each other, and sometimes they just chased after each other.
Tachibana Wakako had a child's temperament. She was delighted at the sight of this. She turned to Shinsyu and said with a smile, "Shinsyu, that guy is the guy we met at Xiyuan Temple! What do you think of his ability?"
Shinsyu glanced at the field, quickly lowered her eyes, and said mildly, "I'm not interested."
Tachibana Wakako pouted and said, "You are so annoying! I think it's really interesting!" After that, she ignored the beautiful scenery around her and looked at it with great interest.
At this time, Su Chan, Zhou Qin, Zi Yuan, and the little foxes, who were sitting to one side, all heard their conversation in Japanese. They all turned their heads and looked at them, and Su Chan whispered, "Why are Japanese people here?"
Ruan Hongling whispered to Zi Yuan, "Zi Yuan Shijie, what are they saying?"
The expression on Zi Yuan's face was a little unpleasant. She looked meaningfully at Cinian and said in a low voice, "It's nothing. Let's ignore them and continue watching Li Yundong and Yue Sheng's battle."
The crowd then turned their heads and continued to look at the field.
At this time, Li Yundong and Yue Sheng's fighting was intense. The two of them were controlling their respective Yang Spirits to constantly change based on the opponent's changes. Every time they changed, they immediately changed again in less than a second. In just a few minutes, the round table had been changed dozens of times!
Yang Spirit's transformation consumed a lot of Zhenqi. Before long, they saw white steam rising from each other's heads. Yue Sheng's forehead was covered with sweat and his face was pale. Li Yundong's face had gone as red as if he had been drinking strong wine.
The two changed very quickly at first, but gradually Yue Sheng's pace slowed down. His face became paler and paler, as if it was a thin sheet of paper. Li Yundong's face got redder and redder, lobster-like in complexion. Although he had a strange appearance, his eyes were still crystal clear and deep, like the sea. He still had an endless amount of energy. His changes were not slow, but rather, they were showing signs of acceleration!
When everyone saw this, they were shocked in their hearts. In the first fight, Li Yundong had competed with Chen Yunyan on the control of thunder, on the explosive power of Zhenqi. In the second fight, Li Yundong had competed with Sun Baitian on the five elements, on the delicate control of Zhenqi. In the third fight, Li Yundong had competed with Yue Sheng on the godly changes of the Yang Spirit, on the endurance of Zhenqi!
Li Yundong's explosive, controlling power had reached an abnormal level after three rounds in a row. Why was his endurance so strong and his Zhenqi so dense?
When Tachibana Wakako at the side saw that Li Yundong and Yue Sheng's appearances were different, she couldn't help but ask curiously, "Master Cinian, why are the two of them so red-faced and the other so white-faced? Hehe, it's like they are performing a show!"
Cinian chuckled and said, "The white-faced man turned pale because he's consumed too much of his Zhenqi. The red-faced man's face turned pale because the Zhenqi in his body flowed too quickly and too vigorously."
Tachibana Wakako asked puzzledly, "Then why?"
Cinian knew that although Tachibana Wakako was also a cultivator, she was practicing witchcraft and possessed the body by Gods' Spirit Possession. This was completely different from the cultivation methods of cultivators in China, so she could not understand these combat techniques at all.
He explained with a smile, "The Chinese Taoists' cultivation methods are different from ours. They practice Essence, Qi, Blood and they refine the three essences of the human body through special Qi control to turn them into Zhenqi. Due to the excessive consumption of Zhenqi, this white-faced man had to desperately mobilize the essence blood in his body and quickly turn the three essences into Zhenqi to ensure that he can hold on in battle. But this is to quench his thirst. He can't hold on for a long time, so the Essence, Qi, and Blood in his body suddenly lost a lot of strength, which led to a pale face."
Then, Cinian pointed at Li Yundong and said, "Look at this red-faced man. His face is so red because the Zhenqi in his body is too majestic."
Tachibana Wakako said half-understandingly, "Would it make your face red if your Zhenqi ran too fast?"
Cinian nodded and said, "That's right, because Zhenqi is very illusory. It exists in the meridians of the human body, but its transfer is driven by Qi and Blood. Blood is moved by qi, we called it Qi and Blood. Qi is the commander of blood. In order to mobilize Zhenqi, Qi control is the first thing to do. After that, Qi control will push the flow of blood in the body, mobilizing Zhenqi. When Zhenqi flows to a certain intensity and height, the flow of blood in the human body will get faster and faster, thus turning the skin redder and redder."
Tachibana Wakako suddenly understood and said, "Ah, I know, is it the same as a marathon?"
Cinian nodded slightly. "Even though it's not correct, it isn't far from the truth."
Tachibana Wakako clapped her hands and said with a smile, "So, the winner of this battle will soon be decided?"
Cinian chuckled. "If I'm not wrong, the outcome will be decided within 10 seconds!"
As soon as he said that, Yue Sheng finally couldn't hold on any longer. His last change happened to be transforming into a white tiger, while Li Yundong immediately changed into an Azure Dragon. At this time, Yue Sheng's Zhenqi was almost exhausted, and he couldn't change any more.
Yue Sheng's Zhenqi was severely depleted. His body swayed and his lips were dry and cracked. He forced a smile at Li Yundong as he cupped one hand in the other before his chest and said, "Zhenren Li, I concede defeat!"
Li Yundong also smiled and withdrew his Yang Spirit. He chuckled and said, "Zhenren Yue, you're too modest!"
Yue Sheng waved his hand. After withdrawing the Yang Spirit, he took a deep breath and slowly adjusted his Qi. After taking a following small breath, he said, "Zhenren Li, there's one thing that I don't understand. I'd like to ask you for advice."
Li Yundong saw that although Yue Sheng was proud and arrogant, he was also a straightforward person. Unlike the first two, who had been up to many evil tricks, he had a good impression of Yue Sheng in his heart, so he smiled and said, "Go ahead, Zhenren Yue."
Yue Sheng asked uncertainly, "Zhenren Li, you also changed a hundred and eight times just now. I want to ask you, if I don't admit defeat, how many times can you continue to change?"
Li Yundong smiled and made his Yang Spirit jump onto the table again. Without another word, he continued to change. This time, he changed the things that had been changed by their fighting methods again. In the end, he said with a smile, "Zhenren Yue, I could go on changing like this for three days and three nights!"
The moment these words left his mouth, the cultivators from the various sects and schools present turned pale with fright!
Yue Sheng was also an expert in the Cultivation World. When he had competed with Li Yundong for the Yang Spirit Transformation, he could only hold on for five minutes before he was exhausted. But Li Yundong was actually saying that he could hold on for three days and nights?!
Was this true or not?
The more he fought, the more energetic he seemed to be. It didn't seem like he was lying!
But if it was true, he was too formidable! He had consumed all his Zhenqi and finally won. Now it seemed like everyone had been daydreaming!
For a moment, everyone had their own thoughts in their hearts. Quanzhen Dragon Sect's Du Fei drank tea calmly, but there was a storm in his heart. He thought, "Li Yundong has only cultivated for half a year, and I can understand his vigorous Zhenqi. After all, he is recreating his body with the Jindan. He is good at magic, and I can also understand that. Maybe there has been some kind of adventure. But his Zhenqi is so dense and his aura is so long that his Yang Spirit Transformation can last for three days and nights. This means that he has reached the realm of Oneness of Heaven and Men. The big and small universe is self-sufficient, and he is only one step away from the Jinshen phase! How can he be so powerful at such a young age?
"He must have practiced the Heavenly Jindan Technique which has been lost for a long time. Otherwise, it would be impossible for him to be so powerful!"
Seeing Li Yundong's miraculous skill, Du Fei couldn't help but wonder about how to exchange the Heavenly Jindan Technique with Li Yundong!
Although Zou Ping from the Zhengyi School disliked Li Yundong, she couldn't help exclaiming in a low voice, "Three days and three nights? How is that possible? How could his Qi be so strong?"
Zhang Ling, who was standing aside, snorted and said, "He must have practiced the Heavenly Jindan Technique and cooperated with the Renyuan Jindan. That's why he is so powerful!"
"Master, I have a way to get hold of the Heavenly Jindan Technique!" Zou Ping turned her head and whispered something into Zhang Ling's ear. Zhang Ling narrowed her eyes and revealed a thoughtful expression, then slowly said, "We'll talk about this when we get back. We need to work out a plan first!"
Wan Zhenyuan saw that all cultivators of all sects were showing fear and despair on their faces after witnessing this battle. Li Yundong's strength had far exceeded everyone's expectations.
It was not terrible for a person to be proficient in the five elements, but if a person was proficient in both power and the five elements, and his Zhenqi was incomparably majestic, his Qi was long and drawn-out like a vast river, never drying up, that person simply had to be an invincible monster!
Wan Zhenyuan looked at Li Yundong in shock and thought, "This guy's cultivation speed is too fast. His current cultivation strength has far surpassed that of cultivators of the same age. He is almost as strong as the old guys in the Cultivation World! Horrible, really terrible! Can the old fox really control such a terrible guy?"
At this point, Yue Sheng smiled bitterly. He made an obeisance by cupping one hand in the other before his chest to Li Yundong and said, "Zhenren Li, I admire you. You're awesome. I'm not as good as you! Although today I'm not as good as you, it doesn't mean that I won't be as good as you in the future! One day, I'll surpass you!"
Li Yundong smiled slightly. "Zhenren Yue, you're too kind!"
Yue Sheng forced a smile and walked to his seat. He lowered his head and remained silent. No matter how Wei Qing tried to humor him, he didn't even say a word to cheer him up.
Wan Zhenyuan couldn't help but smile bitterly when he saw how arrogant Yue Sheng was being. He cupped one hand in the other before his chest and said to the cultivators from the other sects, "So, who else wants to fight?"
At this time, no cultivator dared to go up to the arena. All of them were afraid, their eyes evasive.
When Wan Zhenyuan saw this, he could only force a smile and say, "Everyone, if no one comes up to fight, I'll have to announce Zhenren Li as the winner!"
Sitting in one corner, Ding Nan whispered to Zheng Yuan, "Master, do you still want to fight Li Yundong? He... he is so strong!"
Zheng Yuan chuckled, and a sinister smile appeared on his face. He whispered, "If I want to defeat him, I won't need to fight at all! Look at me..."
With this, he was about to stand up, but as soon as he moved, he suddenly saw a person in the field stand up and say loudly, "Wait! I have something to say!"