The Divine Martial Stars

Luan Shi Kuang Dao, Mad Blade During Troubled Times, Warrying Blade, 乱世狂刀More From Author

Chapter 243 - A Rising Storm

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Chapter 243 A Rising Storm

“I’ve done all that I can do. Now that I did my part, the rest shall depend on Heaven.”

Li Mu heaved with a sigh.

At the thought of the gorgeous and sophisticated Mrs. Tang as well as her two fairy-like pretty daughters, Li Mu could not help but feel slightly rueful and concerned for their fate.

“Keep following their case. If you hear any news about Mrs. Tang and her family, inform me at any time.”

Li Mu told Zheng Cunjian.

“Yes, sir.” Zheng Cunjian bowed to take the order.

Then, he asked, “Young Master, when are you going to leave Chang’an?”

Li Mu replied, “I haven’t got to visit the libraries of the Hanshan Academy and the Fengming Academy yet. So, I figure we have to spend a few more days in Chang’an.”

At his words, Zheng Cunjian’s expression hardened a little as he suggested, “I reckon Young Master should get out of Chang’an as soon as possible.”

Li Mu gazed up at the scholar and inquired, “Oh? What is the reason? Has any unexpected change occurred in Taibai County?”

Zheng Cunjian hastily answered, “Taibai County is peaceful as always. I have been told that Madame Li has recovered some vision thanks to the treatment of the female pharmacist, Zhao Ling. The county government is also running quite well owing to the diligence of Feng Yuanxing, Ma Junwu, Zhen Meng, and the little attendant. But the thing is…”

Speaking of the problem, Zheng Cunjian appeared kind of hesitant.

Li Mu urged, “The thing is what? Don’t worry, just tell me.”

Zheng Cunjian said, “The thing is lately the situation in Chang’an is changing drastically. Assorted forces are assembling here. I heard that even the Qing Sha Clan is on their way to this place. Although that Wei Chong was just an elder of a branch clan, he still represented the Qing Sha Clan. As Young Master has killed him, the Qing Sha Clan surely won’t let you off the hook. Further, rumors have it that the Bloody-moon faction, men of Lord Zhenxi, officials of the Supervisory Department, and even the Heaven Sword Sect have all come to Chang’an for the death of Heaven-Sword Celestial Being… Well, Young Master, you want to take extra care recently.”

Li Mu cast a scrutinizing look at Zheng Cunjian and said, “You fear that if I get killed no one else can lift the Life-and-Death Spell inside you, am I right?”

Zheng Cunjian hurried to defend himself. “I dare not think so, Young Master. I just feel that you are so peerlessly talented that you ought not to fight the hard way at this point. Instead, I suggest you keeping a low key. Given your gift and intelligence, it’s only a matter of time before you amaze the world with your achievements. So, why bother tussle with those forces at present?”

Li Mu laughed after hearing him out.

He could sense the kind intention in Zheng Cunjian’s remark.

This scholar, though engaged in wicked deeds and dishonorable behavior, often cowered in the face of real dangers and so could not be regarded as a decent man, turned out to be competent subordinate. Li Mu was quite satisfied with that.

“It’s not that I won’t bother to tussle with them but the fact that I don’t have much time for it,” Li Mu said, “You can go. Let me know at once if anything comes up.”

Zheng Cunjian still wanted to say something, but at last, he bit his lip and turned to leave.

Li Mu, too, rose up and left the study.

The defensive tactical deployment in the Shack was already out-dated. Now that Li Mu’s strength had hiked enormously, he certainly would upgrade the whole work to transform this place into an impregnable fortress, which could at least protect Shangguan Yuting and the 17 pretty girls so that Li Mu would not have to worry about them.

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Also, after refining the Five Elements Sky-flipping Seal, Li Mu was more confident in setting up the new tactical deployment.

Taoist instruments not only could be used as weapons in battles but also as supplements in daily practice. This Five Elements Sky-flipping Seal could gather the Spiritual Qi of the five elements, and the Taoist patterns and tactical deployments in it might serve as a transcription of the Taoist magic arts on the five elements and help the practitioner to comprehend the arts. Aside from that, it could also be used in setting up formations, which would boost their power.

Li Mu got started at once. He busied himself with all the digging, burying, and improving work in and out of the yard.

The pretty girls who had finished making their bed, all watched Li Mu through the windows with intense curiosity.

To them, this legendary whiz in both poetry and martial arts seemed not that lofty and difficult to get along with as the others had described. On the contrary, they found him cordial and funny like a boy living next door. They had also learned from Shangguan Yuting that Li Mu was merely at the age of 15.

It took Li Mu several days to finish the entire betterment of the formation.

With the help of the Five Elements Sky-flipping Seal, Li Mu took references from its Taoist patterns and formations and arranged a brand new five elements formation in and out of the Shack. On each of the formations, he had planted a newly-curved jade piece at the eastern, southern, western, northern, and middle angle, which represented the five elements of gold, wood, water, fire, and earth. Gold was placed in the middle, and the rest were positioned in the four directions.

For the past couple of days, Li Mu had shut himself in the Shack and worked like a handyman. He was so engrossed in all the repairing work that he seemed to have pushed everything else to the back of his head.

Zheng Cunjian, on the other hand, frequented this place more often than usual. Thanks to him, news from all sources spread here without a stop.

During those days, some senseless guys, who were sent by who knew what force, had come to pry on them. But they were all thrown out by Li Mu before Shangguan Yuting and the girls even noticed them.

On the sixth day, Li Mu’s renovated tactical deployment was finally completed.

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The instant the new formation started operating, the earth quivered, water squirted out from wills like springs, clouds rolled and wind rose, and the rays in the five divine colors shone in the middle and the four directions and shot to the sky. Seconds later, the Spiritual Qi in the world began to assemble at the yard. The sight was really startling at the start, for a five-colored tornado visible to bare eyes had soared up to a place several kilometers high above from the yard, as though it was a divine pillar that supported the sky.

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