Volume 1 Chapter 23: What Layer of Qi Refinement Realm?

News that shocked the younger generation of the cultivation families appeared- Ye Mao had killed a Crystallization Realm 8th Layer Wild Snake with his underlings!

A wild snake was full of treasures- its blood could be used to forge physiques, its scale could be used to make armors, its bones could be used to make weapons, and its flesh was considered pretty good spiritual meat.

Ye Mao felt pleased as he felt all the gazes of worship and admiration from the people around him.

At that moment, he saw Ye Yong hurriedly walk into the hall. Stupid little cousin, feel the greatness of your elder brother.

Sure, killing the snake might not have had anything to do with him, but his status was there, so the credit for doing so would naturally be given to him. After all, there wasn’t anyone dumb enough to praise Ye Mao’s underlings.

“Did you kill this wild snake in Spirit Phantom Mountain?” Ye Yong asked. He felt as if his heart had been hit by a hammer.

“Yeah, let me tell you, at the time…”

“Did you guys get help from a young man?”

“Some- somewhat. He- he didn’t really help much,” Ye Mao said. He was confused as to how ye Yong knew that a young man had helped him. He had just returned and his underlings had stuck with him the whole time, waiting for the elders’ rewards. As such, there was no one to tell Ye Yong what had happened. So how does he know about the young man?

“You didn’t offend him, did you?” Ye Yong asked, looking at Ye Mao with terrifying eyes.

Ye Yong got even more nervous when Ye Mao didn’t answer him immediately. I went out of my way to cancel my engagement with my fairy wife to avoid collision with the male lead. And yet, now that those two didn’t meet and I got the chance to be with the fairy wife again, you freaking minor character just had to get in touch with Long Tian!

Ye Yong charged over and lifted Ye Mao up. “I asked whether or not you offended him! You better tell me that you weren’t thinking of monopolizing everything and tried to kill him!”

“Of course not! What kind of person do you think I am?” Ye Mao was shocked. Isn’t he just a mortal now? How come he can lift me, a cultivator at the 4th layer of the Foundation Establishment Realm, up so easily? And I don’t even have the ability to resist?

“Are you sure?” Ye Yong asked, looking at Ye Mao’s Foundation Establishment Realm underlings.

The underlings hurriedly nodded their heads and explained what had happened. Upon hearing the truth, the younger generation no longer admired Ye Mao. Anyone with a brain could tell that Ye Mao had underestimated the wild snake and got many of his underlings killed. He was about to flee when he got lucky and met a cultivator with a beast-avoiding incense on him, which gave him the chance to kill the wild snake.

Ye Mao wanted to beat Ye Yong up. He hadn’t been planning to tell the true and was ready to give himself all the credit. He was going to say something like how he had devised an amazing plan and calculated the wild snake’s attacks and had commanded the two Crystallization Realm underlings to defeat the wild snake.

And now, because Ye Yong had scared them, Ye Mao’s Foundation Establishment Realm underlings spat everything out. At that moment, Ye Mao wished that they had just died at the Spirit Phantom Mountain.

“That’s fine. It won’t really count as offending him,” Ye Yong sighed in relief, putting Ye Mao down. Long Tian got the White Jade Fungus he wanted and even got a hundred low-grade spirit stones, so his trip wasn’t in vain. It shouldn’t make him hold a grudge against the Ye Family.

“You better watch your behavior the next time you meet him. I don’t care if you get yourself killed, but don’t drag the whole family down with you,” Ye Yong warned. He left without explaining further, leaving the crowd confused.

Who the hell is that guy? Why does Ye Yong seem to be so scared of him? Ye Mao didn’t dwell on it for long. He stared at Ye Yong’s back angrily. If it wasn’t because your parents spoil you and even my own grandfather think highly of you, then I would have cut your limbs for your disrespectful behavior and teach you what it means to respect your elders.

Be arrogant while you still can! When I break through to the 5th layer of the Foundation Establishment Realm and even the 6th layer, the elders will realize how much of a genius I really am, and you will be finished! Maybe even Qin Shi Meng who doesn’t care about you will change her mind about me.

Ye Mao could only indulge in his fantasies for a short while because he soon heard that Qin Shi Meng had broken through the 7th layer of the Foundation Establishment Realm. This news made him freeze up. Is that woman a monster?

Back in his residence, Ye Yong slowly calmed himself down while his face was breaking out in cold sweat.

“Too dangerous. Qin Shi Meng didn’t encounter him, but a minor character from the family made up for it. The world’s consciousness is too scary. This can’t do, I need to cultivate and become stronger quickly.”

Ye Yong reached the peak stage of the 10th layer of the Qi Refinement Realm, and he felt that he could start to break through to the Foundation Establishment Realm.

Ye Yong didn’t bother to use the perfect-grade Foundation Establishment Pill that Qin Shi Meng had given him and bought a beyond-grade Foundation Establishment Pill from the system store.

Because Foundation Establishment Realm was at the beginning of cultivation, the pills were extremely cheap- even the beyond-grade pill was being sold at a mere 20 transcend points. Ye Yong felt that he could buy beyond-grade Foundation Establishment pills from the system store and sell them if he was ever in dire need of money.

“Phew. Everything is ready. I can definitely get a 6-color foundation and maybe even a 7-color one.”

The spiritual energy from the Foundation Establishment Realm had many colors. The number of colors was equivalent to the number of spiritual veins a cultivator had opened and could use. The more spiritual veins one had, the more talented they were. Normal cultivators had 3 spiritual veins open, slightly talented ones had 4, highly talented individuals had 5, extremely talented individuals had 6, and the most amazing genius had 7 spiritual veins.

The male lead, Long Tian, had started with 5 spiritual veins and slowly opened the other 2 using a secret method.

Ye Yong also had 5 spiritual veins before he had crippled his cultivation. Now that he had the Physique Forging Encyclopedia, he was confident in his ability to get a 6-color foundation.

Ye Yong swallowed the beyond-grade Foundation Establishment Pill and closed his eyes as he used his knowledge of establishing foundations to establish his foundation.


When the medicinal effect of the pill appeared, the qi in Ye Yong’s body also started to “boil”. Ye Yong tried to open his spiritual veins, but it was as if he had hit a wall, and he was unable to open his spiritual veins.

Ye Yong was unable to build his foundation even after the medicinal effect of the pill had gone away.

“I don’t believe this.” Ye Yong bought another beyond-grade pill and tried again but got the same result.

“Is it because the divine physique is too strong and there isn’t enough spiritual power?” Ye Yong pondered for a while and decided to buy a beyond-grade Foundation Establishment Pill and a beyond-grade Qi Gathering Pill. He swallowed both of them and attempted again.

Bang! It was as if an explosion had occurred within Ye Yong’s body. Ye Yong, who was at the 10th layer of the Qi Refinement Realm, broke through- to the 11th layer of the Qi Refinement Realm!

“The fuck?” Ye Yong couldn’t help himself. The Foundation Establishment Pill didn’t do anything, but the Qi Gathering Pill helped him break through- but not to the 1st layer of the Foundation Establishment Realm and instead to the 11th layer of the Qi Refinement Realm.

“There wasn’t an 11th layer when I read the novel! Don’t give me a bug or some shit about being the strongest Qi Refinement Realm cultivator that’s at the 5000th layer! I can’t afford to wait that long!”

Ye Yong tried to calm himself down. After all, anger wouldn’t get him anywhere. Ye Yong closed his eyes and swallowed a few more beyond-grade Qi Refinement Pills. He wanted to see what layer of the Qi Refinement Realm he would be able to get to.

10 days later…

“Mather fother, 20th layer of the Qi Refinement Realm. I spent thousands of transcend points to buy Qi Gathering Pills and almost vomited from taking too much of them.” Ye Yong would normally be unable to get to the 20th layer of the Qi Refinement Realm in 10 days even if he had a divine physique, but because he had the system store, he was able to continuously consume beyond-grade Qi Gathering Pills, increasing his cultivation speed by a lot.

Ye Yong spent some more time getting to the peak stage of the 20th layer of the Qi Refinement Realm. When he did so, he felt that the qi in his body was pretty full, so he thought that he would be able to establish his foundation.

Fortunately, Heaven didn’t play another joke on him, and Ye Yong successfully built his foundation. However, he didn’t get a 6-color foundation or even a 7-color foundation- he had gotten an 8-color foundation.

Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, purple,¹ and black.

Translator’s Notes:

¹ Alright, here we go again. The colors of the rainbows, in Chinese, are 赤橙黄绿青蓝紫, which, in the same order, translates to red, orange, yellow, green, azure, blue, and purple. See the problem here? 蓝 is blue, but it’s in the 6th place, which is where in English would be indigo for a rainbow. 青, which is light blue/green (or more often translated as azure), is in 5th place, whereas in English, it would be blue. Anyways, I’m sticking to the English version.

My health is good now so I’ll be getting back to my normal schedule.

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