Chapter 43: Everyone Loves Little Immortal Mushroom (I)
Shang Ke started to accept the information sent by the System.
This was a cultivation world and his original body was a mushroom. A mushroom that grew from the summit of Phoenix Mountain and absorbed the essence of the sun and moon for five hundred years. He was originally a good mushroom that could be picked in another two to three hundred years and become some cultivator’s tonic. But one day, at the bottom of the Phoenix Mountain in which he resided in, a devil cultivator arrived. And that was this world’s main character, Yan Lu.
Yan Lu’s originally name was Yan Lu, his family wished for him to become a government official and for his career to go smoothly. Yan Lu innately did not have any emotions or desires, and his relationship with his own kin was thin. When he was twelve, he left home alone and started to walk on the path of devil cultivation and changed his name to “Yan Lu”. The path of massacre is fearless, and free for one to walk upon.
TL Note: The Lu part sounds exactly the same, but one is for Kill while the other is for Good Fortune.
Yan Lu was a genius created by the heavens and progressed at lightning speed. In addition to his fortune encounters, he only needed three hundred years to cultivate to the summit of strength and the devil tribulation descended.
The location for his tribulation was right under the bottomless cliff where the little mushroom grew. Because of the devil tribulation descending, it caused the little mushroom to obtain self-will earlier and thus started the demon spirit tribulation. With the two tribulations happening at the same time, the might was astonishing. The little mushroom rode along Yan Lu’s coattails and with the help of his devil qi, smoothly passed the demon spirit tribulation and turned into a person. But his true body was still a pure spirit mushroom that turned into a poisonous Devil Mushroom.
TL Note: 魔菇 and 蘑菇 sounds exactly the same, one is Devil Mushroom while the other one is normal mushroom. This arc full of puns…
Afterwards, Yan Lu who had became a Devil Lord and the Devil Mushroom “worked together as villains” and brought disaster to the human realm, causing the cultivation realm to be filled with blood.
Shang Ke felt that a poisonous Devil Mushroom was great, the Devil Lord was also very great, he also wished he could destroy the world right now but he couldn’t!
During the final battle, Devil Lord Yan Lu swallowed the Devil Mushroom spirit he had raised for such a long time and his strength greatly increased. He massacred large numbers of the righteous cultivators and completely crumbled every sect until they could never recover. The righteous cultivator group from then on, thoroughly become under the rule of the Devil Lord.
Shang Ke was speechless: What happened to “working together as villains”? He actually went berserk and ate up the little mushroom that was the same as a close friend! Was it really such a bad idea for two bastards to mutually rule the world?
【Main Mission: Cultivate Yan Lu into the God Lord】
F*ck me! Yan Lu was just about to pass the devil tribulation and would be promoted into a Devil Lord in just a few hours. To cultivate a Devil Lord to a God Lord, is this humanely possible? Even if he was the reincarnation of Tathagata (Buddha), it would likely also be impossible!
Shang Ke didn’t expect that the so-called Mission Difficulty x 2 was such an illogical existence.
There wasn’t much time to do any deep thinking right now, the only he could do at the moment was to stake his old life and prevent Yan Lu from passing the tribulation. As long as the tribulation fails, Yan Lu would not be able to become the Devil Lord. If he lucky, perhaps he would directly enter the cycle of reincarnation and once again be reborn. If that happens, perhaps he would still have the chance to complete the mission.
Shang Ke shook his mushroom head and stimulate the spiritual qi in his body out, then quietly entered Yan Lu’s devil tribulation. There was also a thunder tribulation above his head, it was the immortal spirit tribulation for spiritual items like him. Because the original body had been influenced by the devil qi, the immortal spirit tribulation had turned into demon spirit tribulation.
Shang Ke used up his own spiritual qi to prevent Yan Lu from passing the tribulation, meaning that the first strike of his own thunder tribulation was striking his body and almost eliminated his spirit soul. The originally sparkling and translucent pure mushroom body become coal-like and was still even issuing fizzing sounds.
In order to resist the immortal spirit tribulations power, Shang Ke had no choice but to absorb Yan Lu’s devil qi. While he gave Yan Lu his spiritual qi, he took the other’s devil qi into his own body. While he could only bitterly suffer thunder strikes, the other was enduring the pressure of the power,
As Shang Ke absorbed more and more devil qi, the immortal spirit tribulation gradually turned into demon spirit tribulation. The only difference was that the original had unconsciously turned into a devil while Shang Ke took the initiative to turn.
【A single mushroom also wants to attempt vainly in preventing me from passing my tribulation?】 A deep and cold voice stabbed into Shang Ke’s consciousness like a sharp sword.
Shang Ke’s delicate and soft mushroom body faintly trembled and he mustered up vigor to reply back strongly: 【Even if I shatter into pieces, I will still not let you turn into a Devil Lord.】
【Then you can try!】 Yan Lu did not take a single mushroom seriously at all.
Tribulations were very dangerous and he even had an extra Shang Ke above that was doing his utmost best to drag his hind leg, so the process was even more difficult. But after all, he wasn’t a normal person and forcibly endured eight heavenly calamities.
Seeing with his own eyes at how he was about to break through the ninth layer of the tribulations, Shang Ke suddenly heard the echo of the System’s voice: 【Curse Halo Activated: Weak for ten seconds, target Yan Lu.】
Shang Ke discovered for the first time that the System’s voice could be so sweet and pleasant to hear.
Yan Lu who did not know he was about to be cursed, was wholeheartedly putting his all in enduring the last of the devil tribulation. Just when concentrated together his power and was about to resist the ninth heavenly thunder, he suddenly felt his body going weak. The power he had condensed all dissipated mysteriously and before he could even react, the heavenly thunder already hit him, causing him to fly for ten meters.
Yan Lu spat out a mouthful of blood and a bloody color flashed through his red eyes. He remained cold and empty, not ruffled in the least.
The devil tribulation above made a few more rumbles and started to gradually scatter as it has completed it mission.
Yan Lu looked at his own palm, the injury on it was speedily healing while the power in his body was in complete chaos. His consciousness gradually blurred and his body tipped back as he sank into darkness.
He actually… failed?
On the other side, Shang Ke only had a bit remained from his demon spirit tribulation. His mushroom body that was charred black became bright and clean, like obsidian. Dazzling rays of light flashed and the mushroom suddenly disappeared and turned into the figure of a human.
The light faded and a youth’s figure appeared. He was completely naked, his skin white like jade and his short hair soft like silk. His eyebrows were high and his eyes dark like ink. Adding all of that together, he looked both lovely and enchanting.
Shang Ke sized up his own body and felt that all of his immortal spirit qi turned into devil qi. Yan Lu did not turned into a Devil Lord, but he became a Devil Mushroom.
As such, he had to wear the identity of a poisonous mushroom to reform a future Devil Lord? No matter how he thinks about it there’s no persuasive power in it!
Shang Ke tried to mobilize his power and then looked down at the abyss. In the end, he still couldn’t gather the courage to jump down, so without any better options, he adopted the most used primitive method—climbing.
Shang Ke did his best to not imagine the beautiful scene of a naked man rock climbing and concentrated on moving his limbs, becoming more familiar with them.
After he climbed down the cliff, Shang Ke headed straight for Yan Lu. he was currently unconscious on the ground, free of any clothing. His naked skin did not hold a single injury besides being a bit dirty. It appears he has fallen asleep.
Shang Ke pulled his right hand and spread out his hand. When he saw the mole on it, his mood was quite complicated.
It was him, yet not him.
Although he would meet him in every world, he did not have any memories like a brand new life. The feelings of every world were unique and cannot be substituted. Shang Ke was unable to immediately move his feelings of Juan Juan onto this man.
Forget it, he won’t think about it!
Shang Ke searched around for the moment then found a cave that they could temporary stay at. After that, he moved the man over.
He did not know when will Yan Lu wake up, he also didn’t know how he would treat him, the guy who destroyed his chance of passing his tribulations. Shang Ke hoped that he could stay unconscious a bit longer. If he did, then he could use the time to promote his own strength and find some heavenly treasures to clear Yan Lu’s devil qi and weaken his devil attribute.
Shang Ke did not expect that Yan Lu would really be unconscious for a long time as he wished, one hundred years. In those one hundred years, he visited every place nearby and gathered all sorts of heavenly treasures. Water Dew Essence, Purple Tree Reishi Mushroom, Pure Lotus Mist, Jade Lake Silver Fruit… as a spirit plant, he had an innate instinct of these heavenly treasures. Although sparse in numbers, he was still able to gather quite a number.
But nowadays he was of the devil attribute, so he had to be very careful when he plucked these spiritual items that had a different attribute from him. Otherwise, it was likely he would harm his own strength.
Shang Ke’s transformation wasn’t complete since he had turned early than normal due to the influence of the devil tribulation. Although he had already been promoted to demon spirit, his strength was very weak. Luckily he had turned into a poisonous mushroom so the average demon beasts showed no interest in him.
Because his strength was too low, Shang Ke did his best to avoid getting into contact with any humans. Only when necessary would he enter a human city. Although the scent of a demon spirit was very thin on him after he turned and the average cultivation expert could hardly detect him. But if he was detected, then needless troubles would likely come looking for him. Poisonous mushrooms was the true love of devil cultivators and could also be used a righteous cultivators material for refining.
So like this, Shang Ke carefully took care of Yan Lu like a plant for one hundred years. He decorated the cave for him, set up restrictions, washed his body, trimmed his fingernails, nursed spiritual qi, cleaned his meridians, played music… he accompanied him over thirty thousand times every day and night.
When he was tired, he would turn into a mushroom and stick himself on a decaying log. While he maintained his own health he would also cultivate.
For this very reason, Shang Ke had specially found many different types of wood and arranged them all over the cave, so it was convenient for him to change his “taste” whenever he felt like it.
On this day, Mushroom Shang Ke was just recuperating when Yan Lu, who was unconscious for one hundred years opened his eyes without any warning.
He slowly sat up and found out that he was currently in a cave. All around him were all sorts of decaying wood and on them were all sorts of mushrooms. There were red ones, yellow, purple, white and all sorts of spotted types. They were all bunched together in groups and were delightful and enchanting.
Yan Lu looked for a moment then finally set his gaze on a little mushroom that had a black sheen.
He crouched in front of the mushroom and used a finger to lightly poke it.
The mushroom head swayed and adjusted his angle, planning to doze off again. Soon after, he shook it again and swiftly raised the mushroom head. But he accidentally used too much force and with a “bang”, the mushroom tumbled from the decaying wood.
Yan Lu reached out to catch the little mushroom and then moved it near his nose, smelling him. His eyes flickered, it appears that he wanted to take a bite.
Shang Ke was on guard and quickly transformed, turning into an elegant youth. But it was a naked one.
He skillfully took out a set of clothes from the corner of the box and put it on without even wearing underwear. The long gown merely hung loosely on his fame. Wearing any more was just superfluous since the clothes would fall off once he transformed again.
Yan Lu was still crouching on the ground, staring at him without wholeheartedly.
Shang Ke gave him a strange look, why doesn’t he have any reaction? Being faced with the main culprit of his failed tribulation, even if he didn’t immediately do something to him, he should at least spout some lines at him right?
There wasn’t any enmity in Yan Lu’s eyes, nor were there any emotions fluctuating in them. He merely calmly looked at Shang Ke.
The two people faced each other strangely for a moment, then Yan Lu spoke, “I’m hungry, I want to eat mushroom.”
Shang Ke: “…?!”
SnowTime: Thank you everyone for your patience, I am back and alive \o/