Chapter 1 – Three Demon Master (1)
-Baa baa… baa baa… baa baa
A young shepherd’s sheep noises echoed across the normally tranquil mountain range.
Lee Chu Da crawled on top of the cliff while the cold night breeze blows heavily; however, at this moment, perspiration was drowning his body. At thirteen years of age, a little boy like Lee Chu Da was using all of his might to climb the mountain range; this scene in the night sky exuded a macabre sensation for any spectators that were around to experience it.
Although the night was quiet, his mind was tormented by fire and uncertainty.
Heralded from a poor family, his parents were both peasants. At the age of seven, he started his life as a young shepherd. His name was Lee Chu Da because he cried for seven days and seven nights after birth.
(TL: Chu meaning seven)
Today, he was performing his daily task; however, during the evening dawn’s approach, he noticed that he was missing his leading sheep. Filled with worries, he rushed back to the mountain range to find it. After what was seemingly comparable to scouring the entire mountain, he could not find the sheep.
Thinking about the evil owner and the missing sheep that belonged to him, Lee Chu Da feared for the worst.
There was only one place that he didn’t search, the Heaven Demon Grotto.
As he looked toward the cave in front of him, the mountain range in the dark night resembled a fierce beast from the Ancient Desolate Era with its mouth opening, hungering for human flesh. Hearing the wolves’ howls reverberating from side to side, he couldn’t help but shiver in fear.
The Heaven Demon Grotto was considered a cursed place in the surrounding area. Legend has it that there exists an evil demon and any trespasser would be instantly consumed. No one had ever come out of the cave alive.
His fear of the punishment from his evil owner and the sound of the eventual whipping that he would receive pushed him to overcome his fear of the Heaven Demon Grotto. Grinding his teeth, he approached the cave and his body disappeared in the night.
The sad night screeched along with the young boy’s scream.
-You, you, what is your intention? … Ahh…
Suddenly, the screams came to an end.
A moment later, at the depths of the Heaven Demon Grotto, the silence was answered with a menacing voice.
-Good, good, my immortal Dark Crow has finally completed. Only a soul was missing; it is fortunate that your soul will be suitable.
-Phwoosh… phwoosh… phwoosh!
As each flap rung loudly, a strange, dark crow flew away from the Heaven Demon Grotto.
-Fly, I will use your soul to find all the Forbidden Burials; fly across all the land. As long as the Nine Worlds exist, I will find you again!
From then on, between this Heaven and Earth, a Dark Crow flew across the planes. From Heavenly cities to the most dangerous edges and secret places, it flew without free will, straight through the Nine Worlds for eras without end.
As time passed, millennials had come and gone; a new peerless master rose up as another fell. Slowly, the crow would appear again. It wanted to escape its master; it wanted to find a purpose to its life.
From the Medicine God to the Immortal Emperor Sky, Immortal Emperor Sanguine, Immortal Emperor Akihito to Immortal Emperor Lunar Devourer and Immortal Emperor Frozen Gale…all the way up until the Black Dragon King.
Behind each of these paragons lied the shadow of a crow; one that struggled to find freedom. As these strongest beings came and went, the crow treaded upon the unending road of time to combat its master.
As Lee Chu Da was floating in the river, he was picked up by an old man. His first reaction was jumping up as he was unfamiliar with the scenery as well as his own body.
-Ah, my body!
Looking down and seeing that his body had stayed the same, Lee Chu Da was both ecstatic and scared. Even after the millennials of struggles while fighting against the unending waves and winds, the Dark Crow, Lee Chu Da, still couldn’t contain his emotions after regaining his own body.
Taking a deep breath, he lifted his head and saw an old man in front of him.
-Hehehe, it is this Old Man that has saved you from impending doom.
The Old Man laughed loudly in an inglorious manner, revealing his three remaining yellow teeth.
Upstream, Lee Chu Da could still see the dimming structure of the Heaven Demon Grotto. His eyes became increasingly cold; his aura exceeds anything that a thirteen year old child could produce.
-How should I address you, Old Man?
-Cleansing Incense Ancient Sect, Tam Quy Gia.
The old man answered with his mouth agape, spitting everywhere.
-Cleansing Incense Ancient Sect…
Lee Chu Da whispered under his breath. This name reminded him of the sealed memories in his head; the time he was still imprisoned in the body of the Dark Crow.
-Right now, who has the Heaven’s Will?
Lee Chu Da regained his composure and asked the man.
-Heaven’s Will eh? Right now, in this era, no one has been able to carry the Heaven’s Will.
The Old Man was still smiling as he answered.
-Where is Immortal Emperor Space Trample?
After hearing his answer, Lee Chu Da’s complexion darkened. How long has he been asleep for? Over one hundred thousand years?
-Immortal Emperor Space Trample has been missing for thirty thousand years.
-What about Black Dragon King of the Heaven Protector Palace?
Lee Chu Da inquired about the Old Man once again.
-No one knows, the Black Dragon King went missing at the same time as well.
Tam Quy Gia shook his head with the answer.
Lee Chu Da looked back at the Heaven Demon Grotto angrily, finally knowing why he had regained his body.
-Let us go.
Wearing a sad complexion, Lee Chu Da turned around and started to walk away. After experiencing near immortality, he knew exactly what he had to do.
The Heaven Protector Palace has the strongest lineage of a peerless master in the current times. That era, when the Black Dragon King was still alive, no one could match him across the Nine Worlds.
Even though he has been missing for thirty thousand years, the Heaven Protector Palace was still residing arrogantly in this heaven.
Standing outside the Palace’s outer city, Lee Chu Da was burning ceremonial money while whispering.
-Little Black Dragon, you don’t have to worry. This life, you have helped me by obtaining my body again; one day, I will stomp the evil land to get revenge for you.
After the burning was complete, Lee Chu Da stared at the Heaven Protector Palace ahead. The scenes were still the same, but the people were no longer there; everything had become foreign. He reminisced about the old days; Little Black Dragon and the memory of them building this city from the ground up through their sheer effort.
-Heh, let us go back to the Cleansing Incense Ancient Sect now.
At this time, the Old Man glanced at Lee Chu Da and told his purpose while revealing his three golden teeth.
Lee Chu Da calmly nodded his head. No matter how illustrious or mysterious this Old Man may be, his origin could not surprise Lee Chu Da.
As they were leaving, an extremely elegant and beautiful girl stepped out of the Palace. She resembled an angel from heaven; a goddess out of this world. She inadvertently saw the fire left over by the ceremonial burning, as well as some mysterious symbols left behind.
After seeing those symbols, her expression greatly changed.
-Who was having a ceremony here just now?
An old servant nearby immediately went around to look for information and came back with results.
-The city guards said that there was an old man and a young boy here just now.
-Find them immediately.
The girl declared.
-Your Highness is supposed to go to God’s Lake right now.
The old servant hesitantly whimpered.
The goddess yelled softly; her body disappeared across the space to find the two.
In the end, she was unable to find them and had to return dejectedly to the Palace. The symbols rotate around in her head. They have disappeared for a long time, why is it that they were appearing again in the outskirt after thousands of years. Are they friends or foes?
-I have to read the ancient books that the ancestors have left behind; something strange is happening.
She immediately went to the deepest part of the forbidden grounds in the Heaven Protector Palace.
Cleansing Incense Ancient Sect resided in the nation of Bao God High Kingdom. It used to be of Immortal Emperor lineage with a long history. In the beginning of Emperor Era, Immortal Emperor Akihito imperiously stood at the peak and created a Sect and named it Cleansing Incense.
Unfortunately, it could not stand the test of time and its unforgiving nature. The Sect was no longer of the Immortal Emperor ranking that could rules the land like in the old age. No matter how hard it tries, it cannot rekindle the ancient glory or stop the unrelentingly slow demise.
-Elder, a mortal said he wants us to accept him as the Prime Disciple.
A disciple hurriedly reported to the First Elder of the Cleansing Incense Ancient Sect.
-Kick him off the mountain!
Without giving a care, the First Elder proclaimed.
-Why would you even report such a little thing? A mortal wanting to be the Prime Disciple of our Sect? What a joke. A Prime Disciple is the same as the Sect Master’s protégé; one with the highest chance of becoming the future Sect Master.
But he was recommended by Tam Quy Gia.
The disciple stuttered.
-Tam Quy Gia?
Raising his eyebrows, the First Elder unhappily said.
-Is he bribed by liquor? Is that why he is recommending this mortal?
Tam Quy Gia used to belong to the Sect, but the Sect did not want to recognize this member. Although the name sounded very heroic, this name had caused the Sect to lose all dignity.
Tam Quy Gia had three “good” qualities to him. He was very good at spending money, lying, and fooling around in the brothels. That is why they called him Tam Quy Gia.
(TL: Tam Quy Gia stands for the Three Demon Master)
He had not cultivated any methods to its end, but he did have a very big background within the Sect. Rumor has it that he was the bastard child of the last Sect Master. That was why, when the last Sect Master died, he asked for the current one to take care of Tam Quy Gia.
No matter who his father was, the whole Sect and its upper echelon had no love for the Old Man and the unflattering words regarding Tam Quy Gia’s character.
-So what if it was Tam Quy Gia’s recommendation, kick him off!
The First Elder yelled out of annoyance; his morning and good mood were ruined by this event.
-But, but he said he has the Cleansing Incense Ancient Order from Tam Quy Gia.
The disciple stuttered once again out of fear.
-Cleansing Incense Ancient Order!
After hearing these words, the First Elder’s expression darkened. After a quiet contemplation, he quickly ordered:
-Gather all of the Elders and tell the mortal to wait outside of the Grand Chamber.
The Cleansing Incense Ancient Sect has a total of six Elders. After hearing the four words “Cleansing Incense Ancient Order”, the other five quickly came to the meeting.
The original patriarch of the Sect was Immortal Emperor Akihito who left behind three Orders. Two have been recalled to the Sect but the third one had fallen into the hand of Tam Quy Gia.
Outside of the request from the last Sect Master to take care of Tam Quy Gia, the second reason why the Elders were helpless against Tam Quy Gia was because he possessed the last Order. The Order represented Immortal Emperor Akihito. The holder could request anything from the Cleansing Incense Ancient Sect.
Sitting in the Grand Chamber of the Cleansing Incense Ancient Sect, while staring at the elusive statue covered by a golden smoke, Lee Chu Da couldn’t help but recall many stories from the past.
The statue of Immortal Emperor Akihito stood strong at the tallest point. Although many years had passed, the statue still carried an ancient aura, seemingly capable of piercing the nine skies. Spectators couldn’t help but worship the mere sight; it was as if the Emperor was still in front of them.
Lee Chu Da didn’t know how to describe his feeling. The Emperor was dead, but Lee Chu Da was still alive; he forever will be. Although he had obtained his goal and regained his body, all of his old acquaintances have slowly disappear into the mist of time.