The Everlasting Supreme Immortal - Chapter 2
“These eggs have been with me since my existence. Having them incubated for so long inside me, they must be something extraordinary.”
The reason why he had this feeling stemmed from the symbiotic cultivation system. Their bloodlines were interconnected.
The so-called symbiotic cultivation system meant that the beastmaster and his kindred beast used the same cultivation system.
For example, the first stage of cultivation was the Beast Meridian stage, and the beastmaster and kindred beast both naturally possessed nine beast meridians.
Cultivation of this first stage would open the nine meridians and pair them with the other’s, totaling to eighteen connected meridians.
Each opening of a meridian meant that the bloodline link between that of the beastmaster and the kindred beast would grow stronger. After the opening of all meridians by both, the use of a cultivation technique would then draw the qi from heaven and earth to convert it into beast essence which would then be absorbed into the beast meridians. Because of their bond and through the beast essence, the beastmaster and kindred beast could borrow power from each other. In summary, they are a combined entity of power sources.
Besides, transfer of power from the kindred beast’s bloodline to the beastmaster’s body would enable strengthen the beastmaster, and vice versa, the kindred beast would gain more wisdom.
The beastmaster and kindred beast, through beast meridians and beast essence, would come to become the complete and ultimate combat unit. The kindred beast would battle with the beast arts, and the beastmaster would battle with martial arts.
Right now, in his kindred space pocket, two of the eggs were rattling. Cracks even appeared on the surface of one shell.
Li Tianming transferred the cracked egg from his space dimension to the outside, placed it on his bed, and patiently waited for his beast to fully hatch.
Anticipation for this moment was finally here!
*Crack Crack Crack*
More cracks formed on the eggshell. In the meantime, Li Tianming could feel a suffocating pressure in the atmosphere.
“This must be the presence of a level 5 or higher kindred beast!” Even Jin Yu didn’t have such a domineering aura when it had hatched.
The levels of a kindred beast were distinct. The higher the level the beast was, the greater its magnitude of power growth was. His previous gold-feathered, four-winged roc was a rare level 5 kindred beast.
“It’s coming out! It’s coming out!”
At long last, the eggshell had been split open.
A ball of shadow came into view.
“What the fuck?!”
His imagined gargantuan, terrible beast had not materialized. What had crawled out of the eggshell and staggered onto his bed was a baby chick!
The yellow and fragile kind.
The only thing that Li Tianming could think of to describe it was…. fragile.
He wanted to cry but couldn’t.
“You’re just a chicken. What was up with that display of fearsome aura?”
“Chirp? Who did you say is a chicken?!”
Triggered, the tiny, yellow chicken raised its head and looked daggers at Li Tianming with its tiny eyes as if Li Tianming would combust under its stare.
“Spiritual communication?” Li Tianming was shocked.
He remembered that even though he and Jin Yu had been inseparable since birth, it hadn’t been until he had reached level 4 of Beast Merdian when they both had opened four beast meridians, that they had been able to spiritually communicate and talk to each other.
“Who is spiritually communicating with you? I, your papa, am talking to you. Ya better show some respect, or I’ll smack the shit outta ya.” The chick cocked its head at him, shrilled at him with its beak, and crossed its wings across its chest like a street thug.
Hm? A new-born chick addressing itself as my papa? Li Tianming placed a hand on his forehead. No fever, so why am I hallucinating?
He reached out to place the chicken on the palm of his hand. Just when he was about to speak, he suddenly felt the chick grow hot as if he was holding a piece of smoldering coal.
“You bastard child, let go of me!” The chick continued to glare at him.
“You better behave yourself, or I’ll roast you.” He stared back at the chick match for match and noticed a glowing star speck in one of its eyes.
When Jin Yu had hatched, his eyes had five star specks. Its level 5 existence was a rarity in the City of Distant Flames.
In other words, the number of star specks in a beast’s eyes after the hatch represented its level.
As mentioned before, the beast’s level had a direct relationship with the magnitude of its power growth. At the same time, this was also the main determinant of the beastmaster’s cultivation level. The power of a level 5 kindred breast such as Jin Yu had been enough to make Li Tianming a prodigy that the City of Distant Flames had never seen in its three hundred year history.
The chick having one star speck meant that it was a level 1 kindred beast. By entering the ranks, it had the capability for cultivation. Even if its highest level was only the Beast Merdian stage, even if it could not break through level 5 of that stage, he was still considered a beastmaster nonetheless.
Just one star speck. Even though I’m disappointed, but life’s not always perfect, right?
Just when he gazed at the star speck to the point of nearly spacing out, the star speck suddenly dispersed. He didn’t know if it was a hallucination or something else. The dispersion then expanded. The star speck at first appeared to be a confluence of other glowing star specks, but, without a doubt, the original star speck was still expanding!
A Few…. Tens…. Hundreds…. Thousands!
In the end, the star speck became a vast starfield!
Within this starfield were trillions of burning stars. They were so distant, but their brilliance dazzled Li Tianming.
This isn’t just one star speck! It really is an entire starfield!
“What just happened?” He felt his head on the verge of exploding. Everything before him disappeared, and he seemed to have arrived at this starfield!
Suddenly, chills ran down his spine.
Li Tianming then turned around with his back against the void and set eyes on the infinite stars burning fiercely in front of him, each one of them projecting solar flares.
In the next moment, he heard a deafening bird’s screech.
He saw it!
From the other side of the endless starry universe was a ball of blaze approaching him. Large, fiery wings opened from its body and covered the sky. As it got closer, Li Tianming discovered that size of the creature was as enormous as the starfield in front of him!
Numerous swirling flares surrounded the bird, and each flare was formed from the power of the trillion stars.
It was the Perpetual Purgatorial Phoenix!
Wherever it went, the infinite burning stars converged into flashes of fiery pillars which were then swallowed by the bird, as if it was devouring strings of noodles. With a slurp, the trillions of stars entered its belly.
The mind-blowing scene was like a dream. It was too surreal.
He continued to gaze at the Perpetual Purgatorial Phoenix engulf everything in its path. Perhaps, each burning star was the source of light for all life around it.
Until one day.
A gigantic black hand emerged from nowhere. The moment it appeared, the large bird eventually understood the meaning of terror. It shrieked in fear, panicked, and escaped to wherever it deemed safe. It was difficult to imagine that there existed something more terrible than it, so much more terrible that the phoenix had no choice but to flee!
As it fled, the bird burned its power source, leading to a gradual shrinkage of its size.
Each time the gigantic black hand assaulted it, numerous sparks of flame flew off. These sparks then amassed to form a star again.
“From now on, the reincarnation of chaos will be in my control.”
The gigantic black hand had spoken.
The booming voice shook the universe. The endless starfield was submerged in trepidation.
He could sense the fear of the Perpetual Purgatorial Phoenix. It was like poison, spreading from its body to his own.
At the last moment, the bird collapsed between the galaxies. It felt its life force slipping away. All of a sudden, it noticed him.
“What are you?!” Li Tianming hoarsely asked.
The phoenix stared at him and kept silent.
Time seemed to have stopped.
“I am the great Perpetual Purgatorial Phoenix!”
His face abruptly pained. The scene before him warped with change. With a swish, he found himself in his room again.
Not knowing when it had climbed up his shoulder, he discovered that his chick was pecking his face.
“You…. Are you the Perpetual Purgatorial Phoenix?” Li Tianming composed himself, then picked up the chick by the wings, and brought it to eye level. The star speck was still there, but it was no longer a starfield.
“You betcha. A badass name,” the chick angrily responded as it struggled to free itself.
“What is the Perpetual Purgatorial Phoenix?” Li Tianming queried.
“One of the Primordial Chaos Emperor Beasts!”
“Then, what do you know?”
“I just hatched not long ago only to see an idiot like you bully me. Whaddya expect to me know?!”
A chicken just cussed me.
Naturally, he knew deep down that it was no ordinary chicken. His nine other eggs had to be exceptional as well.
The scenes from before were just way too cool. The sun-eating Perpetual Purgatorial Phoenix, the gigantic black hand that obscured the universe, the infinite burning stars….
“Boy, you’re such a wimp. You need to get stronger,” concluded the tiny, yellow chick after a long while of observation when Li Tianming had been spacing out.
“Mr. Perpetual Purgaotiral Phoenix, how can I become stronger?” Li Tianming inquired.
“Become my underling, and you will become strong.”
“Money, power, hens. Anything you want, you will get,” cackled the chicken. As if it had just fantasized something wonderful, saliva dripped down its beak.
“I’ll take the money and power, but I’ll leave the hens to you for your own pleasure….”
Ever since Jin Yu had passed away, Li Tianming had lost all of his beast essence and his opened beast meridians had gone to waste. Without a kindred beast, the career of a beastmaster was finished.
As for this Perpetual Purgatorial Phoenix, it didn’t matter whether it was a real Primordial Chaos Emperor beast or not. At the very least, it allowed Li Tianming to re-cultivate and become a beastmaster once more.
He didn’t know why. Perhaps, the devolution of the sun-eating phoenix into this tiny, yellow chick had something to do with that gigantic black hand.
What he did know, however, was that despite the chick having an explosive temper and perverted tendencies, just like him, it hungered for power.
Li Tianming was also unsure how much the chick actually knew about the Primordial Chaos Emperor Beasts. He had never even heard of them before, but they sounded quite imposing.
When he had been framed by Mu Qingqing and Lin Xiaoting, he and Jin Yu had already opened the eighteen beast meridians, reached the ninth cycle of beast meridian link, and broken through to the Spiritual Root stage.
“The top priority right now is to regain my cultivation; however, I will need to re-establish the beast meridians with it again because of the switch in the kindred beast. That means that I’ll have to start from scratch. It’ll definitely take a long time. Not to mention, I don’t even know the potential of this tiny, yellow chick. It’s only a level 1 after all. I will most likely only reach level 5 of Beast Meridian in this lifetime of mine and go no further.”
“Stop dilly-dallying! Get moving!” The chick jumped on top of his head and made a nest out of his disheveled hair.
Even though his action had seemed casual, the spot that the chick had rested on was precisely his Baihui acupuncture point, in other words, one of his beast meridian channel points.
The first step of the Beast Meridian stage was to sense the position of the beastmaster’s beast meridian channel point and that of the kindred beast’s.
Li Tianming closed his eyes and searched for its beast meridians while it did the same to his body.
After sensing the beast meridian, they would open it and connect it to the other. Just like that, they would be able to reach level 1 of the Beast Meridian stage!
When the beast meridian would open, the mighty power of the kindred beast’s bloodline would flood into the beastmaster’s body and strengthen it. This was the biggest benefit that the beastmaster would gain from its beast. At the same time, the kindred beast’s door to spiritual wisdom would be opened, their shackles of beastly instinct would be shattered, and they could rise in the ranks of cultivation!
Therefore, a kindred beast that could cultivate and level up was also called a connatural beast.
It had been a rare phenomenon to behold. Even though the chick’s body was small, its beast meridians were extremely thick. Each one was like a mystical dragon, terrifying yet majestic. It was hard to imagine just how powerful a beast it was to possess such thick meridians. On the contrary, Li Tianming’s beast meridians were thin like worms.
“You noob. Your meridians are so small. It’s obvious that you don’t have enough yang within you. Mine are larger than yours a gazillion times,” the chick sneered at him.
Why did that sound so wrong?
Li Tianming grew livid.
“Don’t be smug! Your beast meridians will soon become mine.”
Invisible to the naked eye, the process of opening and linkage of the first meridian was usually the most difficult to accomplish because the beastmaster and kindred beast lacked beast essence. However, Li Tianming was rich in experience, having done this many times before. Because the beastmaster was the one who oversaw the entire cultivation process, he or she was normally the one who initiated it and guided the kindred beast.
Despite the tiny, yellow chick’s meridians being very thick, opening it was not been difficult at all. Opening a meridian was no ordinary opening, but rather more of an activation. As soon as spiritual communication was established, as soon as their beast meridians were linked, as soon as their bloodlines were shared, their beast meridians would gradually merge to form a complete cycle.
Li Tianming was already familiar with this, but it wasn’t until their first meridians had opened and connected that he realized the degree of transformation done to his body from the bloodline of the Perpetual Purgatorial Phoenix!
And this change all began with the beast meridian!
The interconnection was literally the pairing of a great dragon to a tiny worm.
After that, the worm-like meridian hungrily absorbed the power from the dragon-like meridian’s bloodline and grew thicker and larger at an insane rate. Within a short period, his beast meridian’s size rivaled that of his kindred beast’s. The cells in his body roared and trembled. The blood circulated through his entire body via the new bloodline. Li Tianming could feel the frightening metamorphosis that his body was undergoing!
Whether it was his bones, blood, or his organs, they were all undergoing change. This made him feel as if he had become the Perpetual Purgatorial Phoenix itself. A true Primordial Chaos Emperor Beast!
Even if it was only a chick….
However, this was evident enough that his potential for growth was limitless! Even his gold-feathered, four-winged roc’s transformation of his flesh and blood could not compare to this!
He was sure that he had struck gold this time.
He could see the change within him, and after it had ended, his eyes scorched with intensity like the sun in the sky.
Reaching equilibrium of the beast meridian size and bloodline meant that the first meridians had been successfully opened and linked. They had both entered level 1 of the Beast Meridian stage!
Following that was the practicing of cultivation techniques to draw qi from the heaven and earth and converting it into beast essence to be absorbed into the meridians.
Other than the kindred beast’s bloodline, the other determinant on the grade of the beast essence was the quality of the cultivation technique.
Li Tianming had previously cultivated the Xuanjin Chant which produced the Xuanjin Beast Essence. This was the City of Distant Flame’s best cultivation technique for flying beasts.
Just when he was about to channel the Xuanjin Chant, his chicken admonished him, “Whaddya think you’re doing?! What is this trash?!”
“Bro, what do you mean?” Li Tianming was confused. This was the City of Distant Flame’s best cultivation technique.
“Don’t ask. Let me teach you how to properly cultivate. Use my Perpetual Purgatorial Mantra,” the chick proudly said.
“Huh?” Before he could react, the unthinkable had happened. A kindred beast that has its cultivation technique and can guide him through the cultivation? The moment that he channeled the Perpetual Purgatorial Mantra, he understood what his chick had meant. Xuanjing Chant was truly trash.
How perfect. He didn’t need to cultivate it on his own anymore. With his bro leading him, all he had to was close his eyes and let the ride directly take him to the fruits of cultivation.
I can even fall asleep without doing anything.
Who knows how strong I’ll be when I wake up?
The flame in his heart ignited.
He had always thought that he would never be able to re-cultivate again. Even with his mother’s daily encouragements, he had been unable to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
However, today…. He wanted to dye the ground blood-red with the names of Mu Qingqing and Lin Xiaoting written on it.
And burn it all up.