SOTR Chapter 527

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Chapter 527: The Ling Family Sisters

Jiang Chen casually handed over the recipe for the sage rank Nine Magnificence Dew Wine to Palace Head Dan Chi. As for actually crafting the wine himself, when he saw how eager the palace head was to try, Jiang Chen knew that he probably didn’t have to do that himself.

“Haha, Jiang Chen, this recipe is worth cities!” Joy danced on Palace Head Dan Chi’s brows as he became fired up with high spirits.

Jiang Chen teased, “Surely Elder Lian Cheng wouldn’t think so.”

Palace Head Dan Chi laughed heartily when he heard this. “You kid! You make even Elder Lian Cheng the butt of your jokes. However, your words only goes to show that you don’t know Elder Lian Cheng well. He’s the number one alcohol fiend of our Regal Pill Palace. When it comes to drinking wine, the elder will surely be the biggest fan of the saint rank Nine Magnificence Wine. Perhaps he’ll even become your fan after he hears about it.”

Jiang Chen hastily said, “Palace Head, this recipe is just a small thing, please don’t out me. The glorious results from this kind of achievement is only appropriate when attributed to you, Palace Head.”

It wasn’t that he didn’t want the credit to his name, but that there was no need for so many halos around him right then. He also didn’t want everyone to come asking for him to craft this saint rank wine for them wherever he went. That would bring no end of trouble onto his head.

Palace Head Dan Chi started, but immediately understood Jiang Chen’s conscientiousness. “Jiang Chen, it is truly rare that one at your age is not vainglorious and greedy for adoration. This is your biggest difference when compared to Shen Qinghong.”

Jiang Chen smiled faintly and didn’t compliment himself. “Palace Head, I will head back to my residence now.”

“Go on, I await your stunning accomplishments at the Pill Battles.” Dan Chi encouraged.

When Jiang Chen left, Dan Chi looked at this recipe with astonishment. If this recipe was in the Upper Eight Realms, it would be fiercely fought over by many people, to say nothing of the Myriad Domain. And Jiang Chen had taken it out just like this, with no dithering at all.

This action alone was excellent evidence of his bearing and charisma. He had taken out such a precious recipe with no expectation of gratitude or favors in return, and hadn’t even mentioned payback.

“Ai, it seems like allying with the Precious Tree Sect and inducting him into the Regal Pill Palace wasn’t just a fortuitous occurrence for him, but also a stroke of fortune for me as well.” Dan Chi sighed in his heart, recalling Elder Shun’s reminders and his pointers. Only a few short days had been enough for him to cast off his shackles and see rapid improvement in his cultivation. He was now in sixth level sage realm and was fully qualified to assail the sky saint level. Once he did, he would become a premier existence in the Myriad Domain.

Dan Chi was an ambitious person with great plans, and he saw the hope to realize his goals in Jiang Chen!

“What a pity that Elder Shun only taught me for a few days. If I could’ve benefited from his pointers for half a year or even longer, I might even have the right to make for the emperor realm.”

……

Back in his residence, Jiang Chen once again tried assailing the fifth level origin realm. With so many Origin Fostering Pills at his disposal, he had no reason not to try. According to his calculations, there was still roughly a month until they had to set out for Mt. Rippling Mirage.

“A month’s time is plenty!”

Just as Jiang Chen entered closed door cultivation, news came from the Herbal Hall that the list of the eight participating in the Pill Battles had finally been decided.

From the senior generation were: Hallmaster Yun Nie, Vice Hallmaster Wang Yue, Second Vicemaster Ouyang De, and a regular elder of the Herbal Hall, Che Ziwu.

From the younger generation: Jiang Chen, Mu Gaoqi, Ling Bi’er, and Shen Qinghong.

Jun Mobai and Shen Trifire, as well as Ouyang De’s grandson Ouyang Chao had all been passed over.

Those from the older generation were all elders with noble character and immense prestige. The others naturally had no objections to this outcome. Although Ouyang De and Che Ziwu’s cultivation weren’t as high as Palace Head Dan Chi or Elder Lian Cheng, it wouldn’t do for the two heavyweights of the Regal Pill Palace, the palace head and hallmaster of the Hall of Might to participate in the Pill Battles themselves.

It was rather the younger generation that would always suffer controversy no matter who made the cut. Jiang Chen was actually the subject of the least protests now. After all, his performance in repeated pill challenges had been perfect, and the three heavyweights within the sect had all affirmed Jiang Chen’s pill dao potential. There could be no wrong about that.

In the same vein, Mu Gaoqi’s innate wood constitution of high order was enough to shut down all speculation. Even if he wasn’t a representative of the highest level of pill dao, considering the sect was cultivating him as the long term premier genius in pill dao left his appearance on the Pill Battle list without question.

As for Ling Bi’er, she had been the first in pill dao in name long before the Sovereign Area had recruited Jiang Chen and Mu Gaoqi, but even so, there were still those who didn’t accept her placement. Because she usually remained in the Sovereign Area, she didn’t have many opportunities to display her abilities.

As for Shen Qinghong, the top genius amongst the younger generation, although his pill dao potential was unknown, enough could be gathered from his draw with Jiang Chen. But apart from that, he hadn’t had any convincing displays of prowess. Therefore, there were also those who privately felt that he was going based of his background and martial dao potential, and that Ling Bi’er had been chosen for her pretty face.

Of course, these speculations were all whispered behind closed doors. No one dared come out to publicly accuse anyone. To be honest, those speculating didn’t have the slightest confidence that their level of pill dao could be better than Shen Qinghong or Ling Bi’er’s.

Regardless, Jiang Chen wasn’t affected by the list’s publication. He wasn’t that surprised when he learned of the results, and was prepared to enter closed door cultivation when guests came knocking outside his residence.

“Oh it’s you?” Jiang Chen was slightly surprised to see his guests, the Ling sisters.

“Senior brother Jiang Chen, do you not welcome us?” Ling Hui’er widened her eyes as her long lashes danced, exuding a playful demeanor.

It wasn’t that Jiang Chen didn’t welcome guests, but that he really didn’t have time to cater to guests when he was about to go into seclusion. However, he had a good impression of these girls, so he had no reason to keep them at arm’s length. He chuckled and said, “Come in, come in!”

Gouyu was also slightly astonished to see these sisters visit. “What a pair of dazzling sisters!”

Ling Bi’er was as flawless as white jade and as radiant as the jewel of a frozen mountain. Ling Hui’er was the picture of youth and as beguiling as a dancing flame. Even one as confident as Gouyu felt that she paled slightly when compared to Ling Bi’er’s looks. Of all the girls she’d ever seen, likely only Dan Fei of the Skylaurel Kingdom could compare to them. Ling Hui’er’s youthful radiance and her surging chest that seemed like it would break through her clothes at any moment made even the sexy Gouyu feel that she didn’t measure up to the little girl.

Jiang Chen remained serene as usual, showing no sign of entrancement by this pair of bedazzling sisters. It wasn’t that he was putting on an aloof act, but that he’d seen too many beauties beneath the heavens in his past life and had long since developed an immunity to them. He’d even tactfully declined to share his bed with the most stunning of them.

Gouyu didn’t linger after serving tea.

“Senior sister Ling, what insights might you have to impart with your visit this time?” Jiang Chen asked courteously.

It was Ling Hui’er who grew unhappy with this line of questioning as she pouted, “Senior brother Jiang, you’re too much! I’m obviously here with my sister, but you only ask after her and not me!”

Jiang Chen laughed ruefully and rubbed his nose. “Alright, that’s my fault. It won’t happen again.”

Ling Bi’er’s delicately arched eyebrows wrinkled slightly and she spoke to Ling Hui’er, “Hui’er, you promised me before we came that you wouldn’t joke around and take this lightly. This is why I let you come. We’ll go straight back if you continue to behave like this.”

Ling Hui’er was obviously quite spoiled by her sister as she tittered and leaned back on the chair. She was supported by a pair of slender, jade-like arms as her legs swung to and fro. She began swaying leisurely.

“Junior brother Jiang Chen, please forgive our intrusion from this visit.” Although Ling Bi’er looked the part of a frosty beauty, she still understood the social niceties of the world.

“Not at all, please feel free to speak frankly if senior sister Ling has anything to ask.”

Ling Bi’er nodded. “I was lucky enough to obtain a spot in the Pill Battles, but I still have some questions with regards to pill dao and would like to discuss the dao with junior brother Jiang Chen, to verify our thoughts and help each other improve.”

So she’s here to discuss thoughts on pill dao. Normally, Jiang Chen wouldn’t be opposed to this, but since he was preparing to go into seclusion to assail the next rank of martial dao, how would he have the time to do so now?

Ling Hui’er was slightly surprised to see Jiang Chen not immediately respond. “Junior brother Jiang Chen, are there any difficulties?”

Jiang Chen didn’t beat around the bush as he smiled wryly, “I was planning on going into closed door cultivation to assail the shackles of martial dao. Senior sister Bi’er’s timing is a bit unfortunate, but what area would the senior sister like to discuss about?”

Ling Bi’er bit her lip slightly to hear this, a bit disappointed, but she wasn’t the sort to force what she wanted on others. Regret tinged her tone as she said, “Martial dao cultivation is an important matter. In that case, I will not disturb you, junior brother. I’ll come call upon you at the next opportunity then.”

“You flatter me greatly.” Jiang Chen hastily responded. “I’d be more than delighted to engage in a discourse of pill dao reflection.”

Ling Hui’er couldn’t bear to hear them be so polite to each other and spoke loudly, “Are you serious, senior brother Jiang Chen? A beauty like my sister has come knocking to share thoughts with you, but you turn her down! Are you a man or not?!”

Ling Bi’er flushed red when these words rang out as she snapped, “Hui’er, what are you going on about?!”

Even Jiang Chen was feeling a bit awkward at these words.

“What, sis?? You speak bluntly to even Shen Qinghong. Don’t think I don’t know that you rejected his invitation to be his dao partner! Senior brother Jiang Chen, in my seventeen years of living, this is the first time I’ve seen my sister speak to a boy first…”

“Ling Hui’er, Shut. Your. Mouth!” Ling Bi’er’s face had frozen into a crimson mask as she looked like she wanted to crawl into a hole in the ground.

This younger sister of hers, who wasn’t good enough to accomplish anything but was more than enough to spoil things, was such a buffoon! Ling Bi’er was experiencing the height of embarrassment.

“I won’t shut up! You always say I’m young and too small for things. I’m 17 already! How am I too small!” Ling Hui’er grew more agitated as she started to really feel her speech, and leaped up, sticking out her impressive assets. “I’m even bigger than you in some areas!” She puffed out her surging chest again.

Jiang Chen was instantly speechless. This Ling Hui’er really dares to speak of anything!

Ling Bi’er just wanted to die in that moment. She had really humiliated herself this time! Her idiot of a sister was trying to compare chests with her in front of a young man!

 


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43 thoughts on “SOTR Chapter 527” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

    1. True.
      Nice peaceful moments of harvest and occasional face-saving.
      Kinda dreading the major plot in the horizon and the Prim sister and slutty sister combo(the last is cause slutty sister is annoying).

    2. yeah, surprisingly, I haven’t been bored. usually I find the in-between moments boring af, but this time the author’s handled it well. kudos to him.

      1. No, it’s something overly common in this genre of stories… and frankly, the relationships aren’t compelling enough to actually support the romance…. if the romance and relationships were done well, I’d say that the harem route would be a waste… but it ain’t in this case….

        1. Yeah, and he already has baby mama Dan Fei so either she should pop up right frigging now or this should be made harem. And what is wrong with harem? Why can’t a person love multiple people equally?

          Things like making harems illegal is just a thing the government does to get votes from people that couldn’t get a girl in a harem society or in a monogamous one… So to get my vote……..

  1. I can’t be the only one who is sick and tired of these incredibly repetitive, cringey and objectifying descriptions of pretty much every woman or girl is described in this story. It’s so bad…

    1. I generally just dislike the personality of most of the females in this novel, in most wuxia/xianxia novels. But the description of women in these novels is often cringe worthy if not outright sexist. In Hui’er’s car the fact that she thinks Jiang Chen should give them the time of day just because they’re pretty is especially irritating because 1. She makes it seem like their looks are the most important thing they have to offer and based on that alone all men should be grateful for their presence and 2. JC already said he’s going into closed door cultivation and with the pill competition right around the corner the only thing she can think about is throwing a tantrum and doubting JC manhood because he has priorities?! It’s slap 👋 worthy. The fact that this seems to be a main personality setting for women in these types of novels is even more annoying. That aside I do like this book… and I forgot what I was replying about lol. Hopefully I addressed the issue somewhere in that rant

      1. Whether you think it’s sexist or not has very little to do with the fact that a lot of beautiful girls do think like that. Never heard about women and vanity? What I find annoying is when an MC becomes more un-relatable and un-relialitic due to being completely immune to the other gender just because. Yes let’s have an MC with a mental age of +50,000 clueless/unconcerned about the romance/sexuality – that’s story-telling failure right there. What I tend to like about Xianxia is it’s honesty.

        The Ling sisters can just be written out of the story for all I care, but reading about how they all want him and he doesn’t give a flying hoot? Damned wasted of chapters and time. If he doesn’t want them, then don’t focus on them, or those aspects of theirs!!

        1. I do t dislike her because she’s confident in her looks I dislike her because she thinks she should be able to get whatever she wants because of her looks, that JC should be happy, no grateful, to help just because she’s pretty and I also dislike women in real life who think the same. Being confident and owning it is great thinking you should get what u want because of looks is terrible. And I don’t think JC is unrealistic because he doesn’t want her it’s not that he’s not tempted it just that he’s seen better and has other priorities. And quite frankly he’s aware he has enough problems without adding woman trouble and jealous sect members on top

          1. I agree completely. Attitudes like the lady showed all too often causes unnecessary hurt and fluff to both parties concerned. It does create conflict however, which are the life of stories…

            My problem isn’t with JC in this case, it’s with the author. I don’t like being teased like this, especially when I know he (the author) is not going to deliver. It tends to feel like I’m being psychologically manipulated to read a few more pages, instead of contuining to read because I’m genuinely interested… like a step on the stairs that isn’t there, or an invisible cliffhanger, or a carrot and donkey scenario. Give me a Yun Che or a Linley Baruch any day. But spare me stuff like this. >_<

      2. It’s a combination of them being pretty and them having status. Plus, she’s a 17-year old brat who has been spoilt all her life. I mean, you have equally arrogant MALE characters… it’s an oligarchy thing, which makes sense considering power in this world isn’t just big money and helicopters, power in this world means you can personally slaughter enemies with no reprisals.

    2. Well you haven’t read many wuxia/xianxia if you think these woman are bad, it seems like a chinese cultural thing to be extremely sexist. If you read more of these novels you become immune to the constant sexism.

      1. Well hasn’t china been famous for their anti-children laws which have led to many female babies being carried out into the woods or similar things. Or am I misinformed?

      2. I’ve read plenty but it depends on the context of how much the women’s traits irritate me. In this context JC actually has important stuff going on and doesn’t need to deal with some idiot bimbo’s tantrum

  2. Hui’er is an air headed spoiled bimbo. The second misted hated type of character for me in these novels is the spoiled princess who thinks she gives favors to the world by her very presence. While not inherently mean spirited or evil they tend to take up time from the main character that could be better used for something else, in this case cultivating. The first type I only know the Japanese word for the Tsundere even more annoying than the princess, they usually (unfortunately) end up with the main character when I really just want to see them given a tight slap. This is why I like Li Qiye from ED and Shi Yan from god of slaugter.

  3. Looks like the sister’s names got mixed up a couple times. These are the ones I saw:
    Ling Hui’er nodded.
    Ling Hui’er was slightly surprised

  4. The author spends wayy too much time on the chick’s looks. If it was ATG or something it would really fit, but since JC isn’t even going to do anything with them other than collect them as sword maids like Li Qiye (who does it way better)

    At least he doesn’t spend too many words on “flawless jade unmarred innocence”, but actually describes stuff I can visualise. I can picture Ling Hui’er or Ling Bi’er in my mind purely on his description, when i can’t normally do that in CN. That is good.

    On a different but related note: does anyone what is the intention behind phrases like jade skin? I’d like to be able to visualise that too, because it helps increase enjoyment of a novel. Links to pictures explaining it are welcome.

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