Chapter 20: New Passive Skill!
Translator: EndlessFantasy Translation Editor: EndlessFantasy Translation
Zhou Feng broke through from the 6th Layer to the 9th Layer of Body Tempering so easily!?
He was feeling a little doubtful about whether he was talented or not.
At that moment, Zhou Feng noticed that the Blood Qi in his body had undergone a lot of changes.
If the Blood Qi circulating in his body before was sparse, then the Blood Qi circulating in his body now was as condensed as frost.!!
It was just a simple breath, and his chest rose and fell like a bellows.
The temperature around him rose slightly, and a large amount of heat was continuously released through his pores.
‘Blood? Is my blood like mercury now?
‘This means that I can start drawing Spiritual Qi now!’
Zhou Feng looked at the mark beside him and found that it had only taken him three days to break through to the 9th Layer of Body Tempering.
‘I might as well complete it in one go!’
The fact that he could directly break through to the 9th Layer of Body Tempering gave him great confidence, so he planned to channel his Qi directly.
However, before that, Zhou Feng looked at the skill panel as usual and noticed that the progress bar had long been full.
Moreover, the color of the progress bar had already turned blue.
‘Should I wait it out for another Gold passive skill?’
Zhou Feng pondered for a moment and felt that he should wait for another Gold passive skill.
Gold passive skills were too powerful, after all.
If it weren’t for the Gold passive skill, Battle Instinct, he wouldn’t have been able to sense Zhao Jun’s killing intent toward him.
However, if Zhou Feng went for a Gold passive skill, it would mean that he would have to wait for a long time.
He would be unable to gain new passive skills during that period, while his battle prowess would not improve.
Compared to cultivating honestly, obtaining a passive skill was the fastest way to increase his battle prowess.
Although Zhou Geng really wanted to obtain a Gold passive skill, with the threat of an inner disciple pressing down on him, it was better to convert it into combat power!
‘Draw!’ Zhou Feng muttered in his heart.
Immediately, the skill panel began to draw new passive skills!
Bone Coating (Level 1): A layer of bone will be formed in the body, reducing the damage received for the first time. (The damage reduction will be affected by one’s realm. At the same time, it will take seven days to regenerate.)
“Defense passive skill? Not bad!”
His luck seemed to be a little good this time, and he directly drew a defense-type passive skill.
In this way, he would have three types of passive skills: combat, defense, and support.
His battle prowess would also become more comprehensive, and he would not be easily ambushed.
“Damage reduction affected by one’s realm?”
Zhou Feng read the description carefully.
Simply put, there was a limit to the damage reduction that Bone Coating could offer.
If both sides were at the same level, then the damage reduction would be normal. However, if the opponent’s level was higher than his, then the damage reduction would be reduced to the minimum.
On the other hand, if the opponent’s level was lower than his, then the damage reduction would be increased to the maximum, and he would almost be immune to this damage.
From the looks of it, this skill was not very heaven-defying. It could be considered normal.
The only drawback was that the cooldown time was a little long. It actually took a total of seven days to create another layer of bone coating.
This was really a little too long!
As he lamented, Zhou Feng felt that a thin layer of bone was formed under his skin.
‘Is this the bone coating?’
Zhou Feng squeezed his hand and found that there was an additional layer of a thin membrane.
How should he put it? This feeling was like a layer of plastic paper wrapped around his skin. It was bizarre and almost did not affect his actions.
After the passive skill was drawn, he also started to absorb the Heaven and Earth Spiritual Qi.
The last page of the Vajra Strength Fist mentioned that if he broke through to the initiation stage, he should use his spirit to absorb the Spiritual Qi. To do so, he had to close his eyes to sense the Spiritual Qi around him and then slowly transfer it into his body through his nose and mouth.
The cultivation technique was poorly written, and it could even be said that it did not say anything.
Still, the last page mentioned that if one could not sense the Heaven and Earth Spiritual Qi, then they should try to stimulate the Bloodthirsty Gu.
‘Do I need to rely on the Bloodthirsty Gu?’
Obviously, to the disciples of the Tri-Gu Sect, the most important thing was the Gu in their bodies.
Compared to humans, Gu had the ability to draw in Spiritual Qi.
However, whether or not they could use the Bloodthirsty Gu was another matter.
If the 9th Layer of Body Tempering was not a bottleneck for all outer disciples, then the first obstacle was to absorb Spiritual Qi.
Zhou Feng thought for a moment, closed his eyes, and began to sense the Spiritual Qi.
After breaking through to the 9th Layer of Body Tempering, his body seemed to have undergone some changes, and his perception of the outside world was also very keen.
“Eh? I sensed it?”
Unexpectedly, he actually felt a weak wisp of Spiritual Qi.
‘This wisp of Spiritual Qi is not floating between heaven and earth, but on my body!?’
Zhou Feng opened his eyes and looked at the location where the Spiritual Qi was emitted.
‘Isn’t this the Blood Cicada Jade Pendant!?’
It turned out that the one emitting Spiritual Qi was actually the Blood Cicada Jade Pendant Zhao Jun had offered him unwillingly!
To be honest, he had almost forgotten about this item.
However, he did not expect that this thing actually contained a trace of Spiritual Qi.
Once Zhou Feng closed his eyes and focused, he could clearly feel that traces of Spiritual Qi were continuously entering his body.
‘Could this be the heavens’ will?’
At that moment, Zhou Feng felt that he was the Son of Destiny.
This was too smooth! With such a treasure, it was not difficult to draw Qi into his body!
In his excitement, he began to draw the wisps of Spiritual Qi from the Blood Cicada Jade Pendant into his body.
“Ah! It hurts!”
What caught him off guard was that the gentle-looking wisps of Spiritual Qi were extremely overbearing when they entered his body, instantly tearing through his meridians.
Zhou Feng’s body, which he had been under the impression it was strong, could not withstand these wisps of Spiritual Qi.
His body could not withstand the overbearing Heaven and Earth Spiritual Qi, which was the most difficult part of the Qi Gathering realm.
Why did so many outer disciples die every year, and very few truly became inner disciples? This was the reason!
The existence of Gu indeed made many people disregard their tendons, bones, and talents. They could break through to the 9th Layer of Body Tempering as long as they had enough resources.
However, this was only the end of it. The later stages all required talent.
The Qi Gathering realm was the first stage of the Tri-Gu Sect’s true selection of disciples.
As mentioned earlier, all outer disciples were merely nourishment for others. Only by becoming an inner disciple would there be a trace of value in nurturing them.
The first step to breaking through to the Qi Gathering realm was to tame the Heaven and Earth Spiritual Qi.
One had to ensure that an appropriate amount of Spiritual Qi was introduced to allow them to adapt and then slowly increase the amount.
This was a small trick, but the Tri-Gu Sect did not divulge it to the outer disciples. After all, in the eyes of many higher-ups, as long as a person felt pain, they would learn a lesson.
As for someone who was severely injured by the Spiritual Qi when they were trying to attract it, this meant that said person was not cautious enough.
Those who were not cautious enough would not survive in the Tri-Gu Sect, so this was also their temperament test.
To successfully attract Spiritual Qi in an environment like the outer sect, one had to have good luck, temperament, willpower, and other aspects in order to break through successfully.
And only such a disciple was qualified to become a true disciple of the Tri-Gu Sect!