Paragon of Sin

Chapter 20: Inheritance

r all, that stranger and perpetrator held karmic links to you.

However, there was another one that says if you ’re fighting on the orders of another, as long as your actions are aligned with their will, you ’ll be free of sin, and all of it will pile on them. Soldiers were given a pass, but all general ’s likely went to Hell.

Another one, which was beyond ambiguous was the concept of theft. You can steal, but you can ’t steal more than you need. This was so ambiguous he didn ’t even want to delve into it.

The commandments overlapped too, so you can break ten and follow two, and your value would be scored as such. It wasn ’t possible to follow this. It was arbitrarily structured and lacked any cohesive belief or understanding of general morality.

Recalling the words of that madman prisoner, he said that he had done nothing ’wrong ’ yet he suffered. It seems by the heavens, he was deemed a sinner, but morally speaking – the human moral sense, he may have been an upright person. Then, he suffered a calamity that he could not avoid.

Incredible.

The next scripture was the Bloodline of Sin.

”Wait… ” as he read through the information in his mind, his eyes widened as he looked at his right arm. Those symbols were physical manifestations, like birthmarks, that identified those who held the Bloodline of Sin.

”The Bloodline of Sin originates from the First Sinner. It allows the absorption of Karmic Sin. However, it can evade the eye of heaven. According to it, ’Whoever is the wielder of the Bloodline of Sin, shall not be judged by the Daos of Heaven. ’ That ’s… ”

As he recalled how karmic sin can be accumulated and provoke a calamity, while karmic luck can only be gained for the next life, he felt some relief. At least his actions can not provoke calamities.

”This? Those who wield the power of Sin will have to undergo the Eighteen Calamities of Hell after obtaining the Rights of a Sinner? What type of bullshit is this? So I can avoid the calamities brought by the heavens but not by Hell? ” He felt like crushing something.

He really didn ’t even want to sift through this anymore. All he knew was that the Eighteen Calamities of Hell were random and can not be divined by those who can see worldly fate. So, he ’ll have to go through these calamities randomly and without warning. Not to mention, he had to overcome them or die.

Moreover, he had to pass a trial against heaven, earn the Rite of a Sinner, before he could awaken the Eighteen Calamities of Hell?!

What type of inheritance was that?!

”Hm…the third scripture…Soul of True Sin. A soul cultivation art? By absorbing karmic sin through the Bloodline of Sin, I can temper my soul? ” As he read through this, he frowned. The soul was a concept he had barely come into contact with, and even still, it was too little.

”The black skeleton said that if it wasn ’t for this calamity, she would ’ve waited until I reached the Realm of Sages…does that have something to do with the soul? Is this the true inheritance? ” As he pondered more on the subject, he felt that that was indeed the case. Not to mention, the black skeleton kept saying things relating to his soul in the beginning.

He had obtained the technique prematurely and thus, he had no use for it. Again, he sighed.

All three of these scriptures left him sighing with all sorts of emotions. He gained pretty much nothing from this, just a rather dreary understanding of the world.

”Hm? ” His eyebrows furrowed as he looked at his tattoos. ”This!! ” A wave of shock battered his mind.

He saw a number on the tattoos. It was a very simple number but it hit three digits: ”176. ”

The number didn ’t shock him, but what it represented! It was his Karmic Luck Value!!!

In the scripture – Bloodline of Sin, it mentioned using positive karmic value to gain immediate karmic luck via the bloodline. However, your own actions and sin can not be counted as the Heavenly Daos can not judge you, but the karmic value of others, and the main way to obtain it was through…an exchange. This was why he didn ’t take much notice of it. The willing exchange was essentially asking someone to give you the luck they would have in their next life, or their ticket to literal heaven.

Who would agree to anything like that willingly?

Not even a saint would be willing to give you everything they ’ve worked their life towards, even if it would save your own.

”How did I?! ” His mind raced like rapid winds as he tried to figure out a reasoning. ”Wait…the tens of thousands of people… ”

As he thought of the black skeleton snatching those people, the more likely it seemed. They were mentioned as ’Blessed ’ briefly by the skeleton. Could it be?

Ohn!

As he thought of that, he felt his arm sting a little. He looked at it and saw the number dwindle as it went from 176 to 171.2. His eyes twitched slightly.

Wuung~

An odd sound whirled into being. It felt like the whistling of grass. Wei Wuyin looked towards the grass and his eyes widened in disbelief. A pure, emerald color glowed around him originating from the grass in the clearing. He looked upwards towards the sky and saw a brilliant full moon. It was beautifully silver and left one ’s heart filled with serenity.

This emerald glow became lights as emerald motes like fireflies started to rise from the grass. His eyes shrunk in disbelief. The motes of light contained a vibrant lifeforce unlike any he ’d ever seen before.

”Life Meadow Wood Essence?! ” The disbelief turned to shock which turned into a sense of surrealism. The Life Meadow Wood Essence was one of the top three recorded wood essences known to cultivators. However, it would only appear randomly, and sometimes, reports of it appearing can be hundreds of years apart.

It contained a lifeforce that was beyond miraculous, could be used to heal the most horrendous of wounds, or even restore one from a state of near death, possessed a unique resistance against a myriad of poisons, and was powerful to boot. If someone could condense wood qi from this fully, they would gain all of these traits.

The last person to condense it left a legend that reached even today, lasting thousands of years. The Wood King of Everlore. A figure who united the surrounding countries under his name. When he ascended to the stars, it was said that his empire collapsed and created what became the Seven Countries of the Myriad Yore Continent.

The Wu Country was merely one of them.

He reached out and touched the emerald motes. They entered his body without the slightest resilience.

”I lost 4.8 Karmic Luck for this…is this an opportunity? ” Wei Wuyin knew that finding the Steel Essence Source was considered worth a 0.5 while his discovery of the Three-Point Yin Body female was 0.8. Now, for it to take an entire 4.8…

He did not want to waste this opportunity. It was one that could only be chanced upon, a blessing from the heavens themselves.

He sat down and started to circulate his Heart of Qi. ”Oh! ” He had nearly forgotten, he had two Heart of Qi! As he inspected them, they were like carbon copies. The second Heart of Qi seemed to have wildly absorbed the first Heart of Qi ’s energies while he was out and reached completion. They were both at the standard of the Fifth Phase!

He started to circulate his Hearts of Qi, absorbing the Life Meadow Wood Essence! With two, he found that they complemented each other, devouring nearly four-times what he could do with just one. It was as if he had four Heart of Qi working in conjunction!

”It seems achievements I make myself with opportunities presented normally don ’t consume Karmic Luck, only the opportunities discovered with its support. I condensed Violet Lightning Qi, cultivated the Haven Heart Qi Method to completion, and used the rewards of the sect to enter the Yang Yore Fields, but the Black Skeleton hadn ’t mentioned it, nor did I lose Karmic Luck… ”

As he came to this realization, he also realized that the benefits obtained from these lucky chances was still what you can take from it, rather than receiving automatic benefits. So, even if someone else was given this lucky chance, they may not condense their wood qi or the Meadow Life Wood Qi.

He would not waste this opportunity!

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