修真世界 World of Cultivation Chapter Three Hundred and Ninety Nine “Weaknesses”

This chapter has been brought to you by me, WanderingGummiOfDoom, and Brian.

 

Chapter Three Hundred and Ninety Nine – Weaknesses

“How was your troop’s harvest today?” a Vermillion Bird Camp xiuzhe asked his comrade beside him.

“Alright. It’s better than a few days ago. We killed two fiend soul beasts, but our luck wasn’t bad; and we got one totem fragment.” This fellow was truly proud inside, but he pretended to be indifferent.

“You guys really got lucky!” the other said with admiration. “I don’t know what is going on right now, so many good things becoming available at once. Did you see that Daren has announced three more kinds of formations that can be engraved?”

“Yes! They’re really good!” He licked his lips and was full of desire. “Much stronger than the engraved formations that were carved previously! However, the number of points that need to be used is really not cheap!”

“There’s no reason for good things to be cheap!” The person seemed very experienced. “And it’s just for us. Outsiders don’t even need to think about it. Even Ma Fan Daren has been furiously hunting fiend soul beasts these days. Isn’t it because he wants to trade for the engraved formations?”

“Ha, that’s true. Everyone is crazy! Who can sit still now? I’m not going to chat, going to work now! The faster I get points, the earlier I can get the formations engraved!”

In these past days, the relatively peaceful camp’s ambition had instantly been ignited by Zuo Mo’s announcement.

He had announced the three new formations, and the number of points needed for them to be engraved. In addition it was also announced that the mission for obtaining points would be the collection of totem fragments and fiend soul beast beads.

The number of points needed for each of the three newly announced formations were not low, but when everyone finished looking at the descriptions of the three formations, their eyes instantly turned red. A furious hunting wave had started due to this.

Compared to Vermillion Bird Camp, Guard Camp was much more peaceful.

The engraved formations did not have much use for them. What they cultivated was the fleshy body; but it did not mean that were not moved to action this time.

Fiend soul beast beads and totem fragments could be traded for points. For them, points were also of great use.

However Shu Long did not leave the camp and instead stayed locked up inside his tent by himself.

He was cultivating [Great Day Hardship Guard]. This mo skill had been greatly modified by Pu Yao again. Compared to [Hardship Guard], [Great Day Hardship Guard] was higher level. But the cultivation difficulty had also increased greatly. Out of caution, Pu Yao had Shu Long cultivate it first to prevent any problems from appearing.

[Hardship Guard] was a mo skill especially suited for those that did not have outstanding talent but were persistent.

The [Great Day Hardship Guard] that Pu Yao had modified had used [Hardship Guard] as the basis for a new mo skill. Even though his primary area was yao arts, to a peak expert like him that could touch the core nature of power, one solution was every solution. His knowledge was extremely broad. To say nothing of yao arts, he had studied an extraordinary amount of spells and mo skills.

Even Wei praised it after analyzing this [Great Day Hardship Guard] that he created. Afterwards, Wei had made adjustments to some details and further perfected it.

The [Great Day Hardship Guard] for which two great experts had teamed up to create was a top level mo skill even in the mo world.

But this top level mo skill was not so easy to cultivate. Pu Yao had added in many methods of cultivating from the Great Day mo physique, or rather, the cultivation of mo physiques.

The cultivation of mo physiques was extremely dangerous.

Shu Long’s entire body was tense. The armour on his body liquefied at a rate visible to the naked eye into a jet black liquid. Moments later, this black liquid wrapped him completely to the point even his eyes could not be seen.

“The hardest step is over,” Pu Yao said indifferent from within Zuo Mo’s consciousness.

“I feel some anticipation.” Wei’s eyes flashed. “If he can really cultivate into a mo physique … …”

He did not say what was after, but Pu Yao understood what Wei meant. If Shu Long could really cultivate into a mo physique, that meant that the possibility that other people could cultivate into mo physiques was very high.

In the mo world, the ability to cultivate into a mo physique depended on bloodlines and talent. If Shu Long could really cultivate into a mo physique, that Pu Yao undoubtedly had opened a completely new path! To cultivate into a mo physique by cultivating mo skills… instead of innate talent!

Wei was very clear about the terrifying power encapsulated in this!

Such a terrifying madman!

 

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Zuo Mo’s expression was ugly as he stared at the totem fragment in his hand.

There was an aura of ancient desolation in this tiny fragment that made him think of the wasteland beast. Even though the presence of the totem fragment was not as powerful, vast, or savage as the wasteland beast, that bleakness was extremely similar. However, the bleakness of the wasteland beast carried a deathly stillness, and the bleakness of this totem fragment had birthed an extremely tiny thread of vitality.

That was the ling kernel!

Tens of thousands of years had caused this little fragment of life essence, to birth a thread of cognition.

He was almost certain that normal forging methods were unsuitable for the totem fragment. Normal forging methods could easily destroy the ling kernel of the totem fragment. That would be a great pity.

Zuo Mo placed great importance on this totem fragment. Due to this, he had specially used the Great Day Banded Flame to reforge the Sonic Lightning Walnuts to familiarize himself with the more domineering and purer Great Day Banded Flame.

It had to be said that the sixth-grade flame’s strength was as extraordinary as expected. He had almost forged a Sonic Lightning Walnut into a pile of silver water. The dominant nature of the fire could be seen. This also caused Zuo Mo to realize his weakest area.

The skill of a forger was primarily decided by three factors.

The first was forging knowledge: one had to be familiar with all kinds of materials, their combinations, and the formations.

The second was cultivation: one’s cultivation directly determined the control over the flame, the carving of formations. The higher the formation, the more complex it was, and the more it demanded of ling power.

The third were forging tools: fire seeds and cauldrons. If it was a water method, one also needed ling springs and cold ponds etc.

Zuo Mo was not weak on forging knowledge. Even though he did not understand high level forging methods, he had read a great variety of forging jade scrolls. In the area of formations, the entire Golden Crow Camp had no one that could compare to him. After the grind of the Ten Finger Prison, the endless yao arts broadened his visions and his affinity for formations came even more easily to him.

And tools were his strong points. Sixth-grade Great Day Banded Flame was definitely a peak fire seed that could not be bought with jingshi.

His weakest area was cultivation.

When he had been reforging the Sonic Lightning Walnut, he had detected this. In terms of cultivation, he was just in ningmai. Originally, he had not felt this kind of cultivation was low, but when he had channeled the Great Day Banded Flame today, he had found just how weak his ling power was.

The Great Day Banded Flame was like a colossal being, and his ling power wasn’t enough to even get a good glance at it.

If the Great Day Banded Flame had not been formed from his Great Day mo physique and was from the same origins, he would have been harmed in the backlash, much less channeled it.

Now Zuo Mo was depressed.

What was more depressing than having a treasure and not being able to use it?

Cultivation, cultivation! He was stuck at cultivation!

Deeply struck by this blow, Zuo Mo ran into the sea of consciousness and found Pu Yao. He asked without any greeting, “Pu, is there any methods that can immediately increase my cultivation?”

Pu Yao looked at Zuo Mo like he was looking at an idiot. “What do you think ling power is?”

Zuo Mo was unsatisfied. “Are there really no methods?”

“I do have a good amount of spells here,” Pu Yao glanced at Zuo Mo, “but with your quality of physique, you probably have to cultivate ten more years to reach jindan. Unless you have worldly treasures. Do you have such things?”

Zuo Mo was instantly sorrowful. Worldly treasures that could increase cultivation, how could he have those?

With his present ling power, it was a delusion to think that he could control the sixth-grade Great Day Banded Flame. It wasn’t that he had not thought of using formations to control the Great Day Banded Flame, but no normal materials could tolerate the sixth-grade Great Day Banded Flame .

Damn it!

Wasn’t he wasting it?

Zuo Mo turned to Wei. Wei also showed an apologetic expression. He also didn’t have any good solutions.

Coming out of the sea of consciousness, Zuo Mo’s mood was terrible. The Great Day Banded Flame was a top fire seed, the totem fragment was a top material, but he could only stare at them. It wasn’t even as good as Golden Crow Fire. That was just fourth-grade, but at least he could control that easily.

He finally realized a great problem. Ling power would always be his greatest weakness and he had to improve in it unless he wanted to give up on dan-making and forging. No matter if it was yao arts or mo skills, they were very powerful, but they could not replace ling power’s uses in other areas.

Fine, he wouldn’t think on it so much. Surviving and leaving the Sealed Extinction battlefield was the biggest priority right now.

Zuo Mo quickly let go of his mood.

He ran into the Ten Finger Prison. He first went to the yao city and received a letter left for him. The writer was a yao named Ming Jue Zi. He had written detailed inquiries on what kind of information Zuo Mo needed on the Battle of Sealed Extinction.

This letter instantly caused Zuo Mo’s low mood to rise greatly. Compared to his losses in forging, the information on the Battle of Sealed Extinction was much more important. He hurriedly wrote a response and replied to every question the other had.

After doing this, Zuo Mo’s depression was swept away. He excitedly ran to the Wasteland Beast Chessboard to find Nan Yue and Cang Ze. However, he did not find the two but found Cang Lin first. This young person was gradually recovering and was very happy when he saw Zuo Mo. Cang Ze was one of the primary hopes of the clan, and was urgently cultivating [Grey Scar Art].

A short while later, Zuo Mo saw a slightly tired Nan Yue. Due to the defeats at the front lines, everyone was furiously cultivating now. Nan Yue had a strong feeling of danger and was furiously teaching her clansmen to cultivate.

Zuo Mo thought of Nan Yue’s financial situation. The front lines had lost, so the prices of necessities would definitely have skyrocketed. Nan Yue’s days were probably very difficult. He gave a portion of the money he had to Nan Yue.

Having experienced war, Zuo Mo told her to spend more time on cultivation. In troubled times, strength was the basis of survival.

Nan Yue pressed her lips together tightly. She did not refuse and seriously nodded.

Zuo Mo explained in detail what to pay attention to during wartime. These were all his experiences. Nan Yue was not the only one to listen carefully. Cang Lin who was at the side hurriedly cast a recording yao art to record Zuo Mo’s words.

Zuo Mo’s stream of words caused Cang Lin to think. Had Daren experienced war before?

Was Daren at the front lines?

His heart was filled with questions.

 

Translator Ramblings: Ling power is still a problem for Zuo Mo which is ironic. Even back in Dong Fu, he had problems getting enough ling power to match what he could do with his consciousness.

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52 thoughts on “修真世界 World of Cultivation Chapter Three Hundred and Ninety Nine “Weaknesses”

  1. Thanks for the chapter!
    I wonder when will we know what happened to Little Red during the fight.
    Also, If that recording about Ge’s war time experience gets out…Will they think that he is some Old Yao, who survived the previous war somehow? Or it wont come becouse his relative powerlessness.

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    • “Breaking news. Xiao Mo Ge is at the frontline. Recording follows.”
      (conversation ensues)
      “Breaking news: Due to our sources in the army we believe that XMG is not at the frontline but may be related to Stars in Daytime and the war 3,000 years ago.”
      (chaos ensues)
      “Breaking news. XMG not related to battle 3,000 years ago but battle 20,000 years ago. We paid a high price to get this information so it’s completely reliable.”
      (silence)

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      • You totally sounded like a tabloid 🙂
        “Xiao Mo Ge was seen with an unknown woman…Is he about to become a father?”
        “Xiao Mo Ge is an ALIEN! He shines and stuff! All true!”
        Read more for 2.99 Jingshis (a page)

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      • I am waiting for someone to think he is locked in the wasteland because he is an ancient yao who just awakened or something. Really he is like some freaky yao mo xiu 3 way hybrid at the moment.

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  2. Didn’t he have that Rhino mo formation that automatically produced Ling powah for him? Couldn’t he just get a fancier one or in this case one that focuses on the fiendish mist.

    Thanks for the chapter!

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    • You speak too early my friend. Every Mc has that plot armor no matter who the author is. I mean with Zuo mo’s state at the start of the novel even reaching xiuzhe would have been great but hes already ningmai.

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      • Xiuzhe isn’t a power ranking, it’s a division. Xiuzhe, Yao & Mo (the latter two are more or less on the same side, so Yaomo for the both of them is how they’re referred to as by the Xiuzhe). Xiuzhe being humans with their techniques, Yao being… from a huge variety of beings and with their Yao Arts and Mo with their physical specialization.

        Here’s the Xiuzhe power ranking from the glossary here.

        Xiuzhe

        Stage Title Expected Lifetime
        1 Lianqi (Forging Energy) Normal
        2 Zhuji (Establishing Foundation) Normal
        3 Ningmai (Congealing Channels) Normal
        4 Jindan (Gold Core) Three hundred years
        5 Yuanying (Nascent Soul) Five hundred years
        6 Fanxu (Return to Nothingness) Seven hundred years
        7 Dasheng (Great Vehicle) One thousand years

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  3. He should have gotten those cultivation methods from Pu Yao. Even if they’d take ten years, that would still be faster than normal and much better than the method he has now that only raises ling power as a side effect.

    He could also try to develop his own cultivation method or ask his brother for his. I’m not sure if he’d agree, but there’s a good enough chance that its worth asking.

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  4. lol when clans people look at him speak and they realize he is a war veteran,they are gonna go bananas over recruiting him…time for some jingshi collection!

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  5. its funny, saying hes untalented, but to have certainty of reaching jiedan in 10 years… theres MUCH more untalented people that we’ve seen before. Hes just not a genius at ling power that he can speed through levels. Hell, his sect was considered an overlord of their jie for having 4 jiedan, and even clearsky only had 1 jiedan, and that sect in jie after had 3. Jiedan cultivators in their backwaters place are rarities, but now its coming to the point where it seems entire camp will enter Jiedan eventually because of better conditions.

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  6. hmmm. I think Wei will come up with some solution for ZM cultivation problem. Think about it ZM already changed Yao arts with his deconstruction of everything with little Yao Arts and now Pu has created a top tier Mo cultivation method. Should this trend come full cirlce it is likly Wei will do something that affects Xuixe cultivation…

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  7. Zuo mo can’t wait 10 years for Jindan. Either he needs to have some lucky encounters soon or they should start pillaging mildly powerful sects for resources like crazy when they finally escape.

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  8. I wonder… do you think wei will solve good cultivation problem? Well at least I think Wei will change jaw xuxie cultivate at least. Because Zm changed tap arts and Pu changed my skills, so following this trend wei will somehow alter/improve xuxie cultivation methods?

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  9. Thanks for the chapter,
    Didn’t he get those incredibly rare golden fruit by trading for one sky Yao art, some other declining clan should have something that could help him with his ling power

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    • The Golden Souls yeah. Which Pu took most if not all of. Despite his… personality issues, Pu is probably the currently most knowledgeable Yao alive, and especially approachable by Zuo Mo. As unlikely that he could meet someone who could help him with that problem, it’s even more unlikely that they would do so willingly for such a fee, as they would probably demand more than Pu does.

      And consider this. Yao have no uses at all for Ling power if i’m not mistaken. Why would they keep something that would help someone get more ling power more easily? Especially when that someone is bound to be an enemy?

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  10. Thank you for your effort! I have a selfish request, but i’ll say it anyway because I’m shameless 😀 I really cant remember which name belongs to which character since there are just so many of them (and chinese names are hard to remember, at least for me). If you could take your time to introduce them again in one sentence under the chapter if they haven’t appeared for quite some time (like the ISST translator does) it would make the story much more enjoyable for me (and hopefully others with the same problem).

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  11. The thing is PY and Wei already turn ZM into variant species so now they are hopeless to help him cos they dont know how..
    Thank you for the chapter

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  12. This novel is soooo good, but the releases feel like Chinese water torture some times(not complaining tho xD), Thank you for the translations!

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  13. Thanks for the chapter WYHCWE, WanderingGummiOfDoom, and Brian! I’m not surprised. It has been said since the beginning that his talent is atrocious regarding cultivation.

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  14. How is it that Zuo Mo needs ten years to reach Jindan when all of his subordinates are powering up at a very fast rate? Some are already closing to the core formation, like the leaders of Golden Crow camp, supposedly thanks to the Cauldron that is gathering ling power. And all of this happened in less than a year.

    It doesn’t have any sense. I don’t believe that in ten years any of his subordinates won’t have advanced to Jindan. So Zuo needs that amount of time even with the help of Pu Yao, the ling gathering formation in his body and all te resources he has?

    Seems like a plot fail.

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    • Well, it hasn’t been ten years … … more like four or so? Also, the other people are talented as well and Zuo Mo hasn’t always been very good at the ling power bit even if he’s good at the mo physique and other stuff. For example, look at how quick it took Wei Sheng to get to jindan. Zuo Mo actually started out less powerful in terms of cultivation than most of the people he met initially at Little Mountain.

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  15. I get the feeling that as far as Ling Power goes he just hasn’t acquired the scripture that is right for him.

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