BTTH Chapter 235

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Chapter 235: Flame Mantra Evolved

In the dark space of Xiao Yan’s conscience, a drowsy mind slowly floated. In this dark black environment, it appeared that there was no concept of time. The mind wandered around as though it was a homeless, lonely soul, appearing extremely desolate.

At a certain moment, an eye-catching green-colored flame suddenly curled upward and surfaced within the dark black space. The light emitted by the green-colored flame expelled all the pitch-black darkness around it. The flame moved slightly and a moment later, transformed into a green-colored lotus seat.

After the green-colored lotus seat was formed, it suddenly shot through the dark space. In the blink of an eye, it arrived beside the drowsy mind. A warm glow extended out and wrapped the mind within it…

Once the mind was completely wrapped, the green-colored lotus seat suddenly began to flash past at high speed and the darkness began to swiftly retreat and shrink. A while later, a little white light appeared at the end of the darkness. The lotus seat carried the groggy mind and charged out of this boundaryless space of one’s conscience.

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Under a huge tree in the mountain forest, Xiao Yan leaned again the tree trunk with his eyes tightly closed. His slightly pale face appeared to be swiftly recovering its rosy color.

Beside him, Yao Lao, who had been attentively taking care of him, sighed in relief when he saw Xiao Yan’s change.

After a moment passed in this manner, Xiao Yan’s eyelids trembled slightly and he finally began the slow struggle to open his eyes. Immediately, a large amount of piercing sunlight shining down from the sky once again caused him to shrink his eyes slightly.

“Have you woken up?” Yao Lao’s faint laughter sounded by the side of his ear.

Lifting his head slightly and seeing the smiling Yao Lao by his side, Xiao Yan also smiled and nodded. His palm gently rubbed against his face, with some hesitation he asked, “That, has the evolution of the Qi Method succeeded?”

“Ke ke, take a look for yourself.” Yao Lao did not answer him directly as he laughed.

Xiao Yan nodded his head and crossed his legs which were still sore. He calmed his mind and swiftly entered into the training posture.

His mind gradually sank into his body. Instantly, the cumbersome to the point of terrifying map of Qi Paths once again surfaced in his heart.

Xiao Yan’s mind quickly passed through a few Qi Paths before he swiftly arrived at the top of the vortex in his lower abdomen. His mind swept passed it vaguely. He took in a deep breath of non-existent air. At this moment, an excited feeling that left him weak filled his entire body.

The Dou Qi vortex that appeared under the observation of his mind’s eye was more spacious with an accommodating capacity of over ten times the amount before. The dark green-colored Dou Qi flowing in it was obviously of a quality that was far from what the purple-colored Dou Qi could compare with. It might have been because he had completely digested the ‘Green Lotus Core Flame’, but above the dark green-colored Dou Qi, there were some green-colored flames. With the adhesion of these flames, the fighting strength of the green-colored Dou Qi was clearly more frightening.

In the Dou Qi continent, the difference in the Qi Method was dependent on a few factors. The first was the accommodating capacity of the vortex holding Dou Qi. Consider two people of the same level, if one of them were to practice a Huang Class Qi Method while the other practiced a Xuan Class Qi Method, then the one practicing the Xuan Class Qi Method would definitely have a far greater battle endurance compared to the former.

The second factor was the difference in the Dou Qi quality. Under the assumption that both parties had the same level, if the one practicing the Xuan Class Qi Method had to use one unit of Dou Qi, then the one practicing Huang Class Qi Method would have to use ten times or even more than that amount of Dou Qi in order to obtain the same result as the former.

The third factor was the effectiveness in absorbing the natural energy and refining it into Dou Qi during training. This was similar to the previous point. If two people wanted to absorb the same amount of Dou Qi energy in the air, the one who practiced the Xuan Class Qi Method may only require ten minutes while the Huang Class Qi Method would require a hundred minutes…

The fourth factor was that in battle, the person practicing the Huang Class Qi Method would never be able to drive the Dou Qi as quickly or smoothly as the person practicing a Xuan Class Qi Method.

By summarizing the various reasons above, it clearly showed the reason for why countless of people on the Dou Qi continent would view a good Qi Method as the most important thing over any and all other things. The higher the class of the Qi Method one practices, the larger the amount of benefits that it would bring. Therefore, in order to obtain those high class Qi Methods, countless numbers of strong people would come wave after wave. Sometimes, they clearly knew that they were like moths jumping into the fire, yet they were still willing to be swallowed by the flame…

Xiao Yan was at a loss as he watched the vortex that was as spacious as a small lake. A long while later, he finally gradually began to recover. His mind moved gently and a thread of green-colored Dou Qi immediately flowed out from within the vortex. It then swiftly flowed along some Qi Paths. Following the start of the flow of the Dou Qi, Xiao Yan could clearly feel that a strong force in his body was rising to a peak that he had never been able to achieve in the past.

As his mind focused intently on the route that the Dou Qi flowed, Xiao Yan realized that the Qi Method route after the evolution had clearly become more cumbersome than before. Strangely, however, the time needed for the Qi Method to complete one circulation had become increasingly shorter despite the route becoming more complex. Moreover, after a circulation had completed, the strong force in his body would be ready to go. At any moment it was available for its owner to drive it and violently unleash that gushing energy…

“Have I really succeeded?” Feeling that his body was filled with energy, Xiao Yan inhaled a deep breath, because he felt that it was a little unbelievable. Xiao Yan slowly opened his eyes, raised his head and eyed Yao Lao by the side who was full of smiles. He then parted his mouth and muttered, “Have I succeeded?”

“Yes…” Seeing Xiao Yan’s somewhat comical expression, Yao Lao smiled and nodded his head. He sighed with great emotion before patting Xiao Yan’s shoulder gently with his palm and said with a smile, “Congratulations. You have successfully proven that this ‘Flame Mantra’ can really swallow the ‘Heavenly Flame’! In other words, its potential is limitless…”

Yao Lao’s words lingered in Xiao Yan’s ear. The latter was smashed by this sudden bliss until he felt his headache. His body weakly leaned against the tree trunk but the unrestrained joy on his face was difficult to hide.

After being immersed in an unrestrained joy for a long while, Xiao Yan began to recover his frame of mind. He gradually stood up and closed his eyes. A moment later, a green-colored Dou Qi rose from within his body and formed a perfect green-colored Dou Qi cloak on his body in the blink of an eye. On top of the Dou Qi cloak, green-colored flames would occasionally flare about. The hot temperature heated the air until it became slightly distorted.

When the Dou Qi cloak was completely summoned, a ferocious Qi suddenly erupted from Xiao Yan’s body. Following the eruption of this Qi, the green-colored Dou Qi on Xiao Yan’s body immediately soared skyward. It soared to a height of ten feet in the air before it ceased continuing to rise.

Raising his head slowly, Xiao Yan eyed the green-colored flame Dou Qi that tightly covered his body. He smiled slightly, tightened his fist suddenly and violently smashed the enormous tree behind him.

“Bang!” Following a clear muffled sound, Xiao Yan’s fist tore into the tree trunk without any resistance. His palm shook slightly and a veiled force was released. Immediately, a clear ‘Ka Cha’ sound was emitted. Numerous tiny crack lines swiftly spread over the tree trunk. An instant later, the crack lines suddenly expanded. The enormous tree trunk let out a bang as it broke into pieces and collapsed.

“Bang…”

Tilting his head to glance at the fallen huge tree not far away, Xiao Yan let out a soft laugh. He once again closed his eyes and felt the Dou Qi flow quickly through his body and its efficiency in fabricating Dou Qi. A moment later, he opened his eyes, eyed Yao Lao and inhaled a deep breath. A brilliant smile appeared on his face. “Xuan Class Middle Level.”

The Xuan Class Middle Level that Xiao Yan said naturally referred to the level that the ‘Flame Mantra’ advanced to after swallowing the ‘Heavenly Flame’ and evolving the technique. If one were to calculate, it appeared that the Qi Method had jumped from Huang Class Middle Level to Xuan Class Middle level. Between them, it had increased by an entire class.

Hearing Xiao Yan’s words, Yao Lao was momentarily stupefied. He was immediately relieved as he nodded his head. The weight in his heart slowly fell. At the same time, his tight chest was also completely relaxed. He smiled and praised, “Not bad. It really is worthy of being called the ‘Green Lotus Core Flame’. Although it requires an enormous amount of energy to increase the class of the Qi Method, this appears to not be something difficult for a ‘Heavenly Flame’ to achieve…”

After letting out a long breath, the Dou Qi flame in Xiao Yan’s body gradually withdrew into his body. He tensed his fist slightly and said with a grin, “Teacher, it looks like your worries from before were unnecessary…”

“Che, if the Seven-Colored Heaven Swallowing Python had not aided you yesterday, I do not believe that you would have successfully been able to withstand the backlash from the ‘Heavenly Flame’…” Seeing Xiao Yan’s complacent manner, Yao Lao rolled his eyes and curled his lips as he said.

“Uh…” Recalling the intense pain caused by the swallowing of the ‘Heavenly Flame’, Xiao Yan’s smiling face stiffened. His rosy face once again became slightly pale. He swallowed his saliva and nodded his head with a bitter smile. He was a little scared as he sighed, “That kind of pain was really terrifying. If the backlash from the ‘Heavenly Flame’ succeeded. I’m afraid that even my spirit would have been incinerated into nothingness.

“This ‘Flame Mantra’ is indeed somewhat strange… I really don’t know what kind of insane person created it. Back then, those people and I put in so much effort in order to find this thing from that damn place…” After speaking until this point, Yao Lao suddenly ceased saying anything more. Clearly, there seemed to be some taboo.

Unconcerned that Yao Lao had stopped speaking, Xiao Yan shrugged his shoulders and reached his palm into his sleeves, fishing out the Heaven Swallowing Serpent that had curled its body. Currently, she seemed to have descended into a deep sleep perhaps as a result of swallowing quite a bit of the ‘Green Lotus Core Flame’. A faint green-colored glow shrouded its body, giving it a strange appearance.

“The ‘Seven-Colored Heaven Swallowing Python possesses several different stages. Larvae, Growing, Matured, Peak… The evolution between each stage requires an extremely large amount of energy. The previous her was only at the Larvae stage. Perhaps it was because of the ‘Green Lotus Core Flame’, but she is currently using this large amount of energy to undergo a transformation.” Yao Lao eyed the small seven-colored snake and said with a smile.

“After the transformation, how strong will she become?” Hearing this, Xiao Yan asked in a somewhat curious manner.

“Perhaps she will be of the Dou Wang class…” Yao Lao smiled and said, “Once she enters the peak stage, even a Dou Zhong would not dare underestimate her.”

“She really lives up to the name of being a natural spiritual being. How envious.” Xiao Yan clicked his tongue in amazement as he sighed emotionally.

“Ke ke. This kind of living creature is very rare. This Seven-Colored Heaven Swallowing Python in your hand may well be the only one in the entire Dou Qi continent.” Yao Lao said with a smile.

“If that is the case, it is naturally good.” Xiao Yan parted his mouth and laughed. He then carefully placed the Seven-Colored Heaven Swallowing Python into his sleeve, raised his head and eyed the mountain cliff in front of him. His eyes stared at the floating clouds as he lazily stretched his neck. After being silent for awhile, he said softly, “Teacher, how much time remains till the ‘Three Year Agreement’?”

“Two months.” Yao Lao said faintly.

“Two months huh…” Xiao Yan laughed softly. His finger gently tapped on his storage ring and the huge Heavy Xuan Ruler once again appeared. Holding the ruler’s hilt tightly, Xiao Yan violently hacked it downwards. The huge rock under his feet immediately burst apart.

“Nalan Yanran, it’s the last two months. Have you prepared yourself?”

In the distant mountain forest, a baby eagle that was attempting to fly was trying its best to flap its wings at the peak of a tree. It gave a sharp eagle cry in its efforts. Immediately after, its struggling wings straightened as it suddenly shot up into the sky…

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64 thoughts on “BTTH Chapter 235” - NO SPOILERS

  1. Thanks for the chapter XD

    I hope he forgets his hate for Nalan… I mean, while ending the marriage was rude… why get mad at her for wanting to end a marriage she didn’t want?

    They didn’t love each other before, but she was a high level wife while he was a low level husband…. marrying him at the time would have been a great humiliation….

    Even if he didn’t like her methods, he should at least understand….

    1. I’m not too patient to go back to the first dozen chapters to read it again, but what he’s really mad about is how his father was humiliated in front of the whole clan. He was infuriated by the process she wanted to cancel the engagement IIRC.

      I’m not familiar with how this kind of thing can be done, but perhaps there could have been a more subtle way of doing it. Maybe she could’ve talked about it with just his father and not with the whole clan present.

    2. The reason for the fight is first cos she damaged his father’s honour publicly and also because she was ditching him because his power levels dropped even though she was initially all for the wedding when he was a genius (basically she a gold digger)

    3. What Liligel and others said. MC didn’t take offense toward the mariage at that time since he wasn’t interested anyway, but the insults she hurled while hiding behind her powerful guardian makes one hold grudges despite their better judgement (lol).

    4. I don’t think he hates her as much as you may think, however he does have a score to settle for her embarrassing him and his clan, especially since the marriage was determined by their grandfathers.

      If she had just cancelled it discretely without also insulting his cultivation it wouldn’t have come to this.

  2. Thanks for the chapter~

    I wonder what the eagle means or who it belongs to. I can’t remember any character having one. Then again, I can barely remember the details of everyone who appeared in the story so far.

    1. The baby eagle is a metaphor of Xiao Yan’s life i believe. He was a cripple and much like any baby bird, could not do anything. Now Xiao Yan has legitimate power and is ready to take on the world just like how the eagle learns how to fly and takes its first steps to becoming the king of the air.

      P.S. I am pretty sure someone is going to argue that the falcon is truly the king of the air blah blag blah. Relax its just a metaphor and a symbolic moment

  3. Also don’t people find it highly annoying that this little snake has somehow degraded to essentially a dou ling and now needs 4 evolutions before it reaches the dou zong stage that the snake queen and everyone expected? This is sooo annoying!!

    1. I personally find it/her cute (for now). I’m just afraid of when it/she reaches human intelligence and perhaps recover its/her memories as Medusa.

      Then again, what’s to be afraid of? No one can kill the protagonist. LOL

      1. That form is kind of limit breaker and not just one level. Well actually there are so many spoilers about that snake but I don’t think it is very weak. It is just asleep.

      1. agreed it was symbolism. Very nice to be honest. He likes using fairy flowery descriptions and I personally can’t blame him. Makes the story very poetic and read almost like a piece of art.

    1. School, I think. And continually evolve his Qi method. What a super painful path. I wonder if the little snake can eat any kind of flame. 😛

      There’s also alchemy (I was actually thinking of spirit masters at first, but that’s another novel. LOL)

    2. Aside from any number of new motivations that an author can pull out of their hat, I believe there was a comment about Xun Er being from an uber powerful, rich family that would never allow a bug like Xiao Yan to be with her. He can only become a supreme expert that they have no choice but to recognize (so he basically has to hunt heavenly flames and evolve his Qi Method to High Tian our greater)

      1. I, for one, am not too excited about this. Two guys fighting over a woman is not something i’d like to see. If 2 women fighting over a man is a (big headache) and is somewhat shameful, then this is plain disgusting and disgraceful. (from a man’s perspective)

  4. So I actually started out reading the manhua before I found the LN. While the LN is obviously better, the manhua follows closely and even has a few spots which I like better.

    ? Spoilers? (If you care about the manhua that’s already ahead of the translations anyway)

    A-in the Beast Forest, Xiao Yun doesn’t kill the fire wolf. He ends up saving it when he attacks the wounded monkey and gains a beast friend/companion. He leaves the wolf in the forest to train.
    B- in the Beast Forest, after Yun Zhi helps suppress the purple essence, Xiao Yun (half conscious) makes out an indistinct female image and calls out to Xun Er while Yun Zhi is holding him.
    C- to sneak into the snake village, Yao Lao whips out a snake person transformation potion for Xiao Yun to blend in.

    There may be others, but these are the ones that stick out in my mind.

  5. Thanks for the chapter Arron, GGP, Based Jessica, Comfortabull, Video, and Heavenly Silkworm Potato!
    Dear WuxiaWorld, many thanks to the Author, Translator(s), (Editors), (Donors) for the awesome chapter! With lots of love, Jack ❤

  6. I’m really looking forward to him beating Nalan Yanran and showing her what she missed out on. And I’m looking forward to seeing her master, Pill King Gu He’s, reaction to seeing that Xiao Yan has the heavenly flame. I’m thinking he’ll guess that Xiao Yan has a strong teacher backing him who stole it for him, but would never be able to guess it was Xiao Yan himself who stole it. Lol.
    Well, thanks for the chapter!

    1. There’s no way he’d show him the flame, unless… he was courting death!!
      Gu He may not be very strong, but with his alchemist status he wouldn’t fear a Dou Huang.

      1. I’m also worrying about this since from what I understand, the green flame has “cleaned up” his dantian(?) of the purple flame. So I don’t think he can summon that anymore. In other words, if he ever uses flame techniques, then he’s busted. Also, it seems that the heavenly flame’s presence can be detected and Gu He is familiar with the green flame. At the very least, he will have suspicions of our little MC. Of course, he will just kind of suspect him since Gu He knows how formidable heavenly flames are and, well, even if Xiao Yao is extremely talented, he is still way too weak to handle it (speaking from common sense).

  7. For some reason the thing I’m most looking forward to is the insane anger of the grandfather of nalan yanran. Epically when the clan finds out he’s an alchemist. She could have married an strong alchemist and boosted the clan. I can’t wait for the blood spraying out in anger and regret.

  8. What a dangerous series of chapters. MC really lucked out that the Seven Colored Python ate excess flame while he consumed the seed of the flame. Sheesh! I can’t imagine what the temperature of the flame he has is now, then what it will be upon consuming more flames? Will his flames be able to burn the sun itself to ash by the end? Hahah only time will tell I guess.

    Thanks for the chapter.

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