Paragon of Sin

Chapter 591: Price To Be Paid

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Lin Xianxei took the note from Bai Yuxi, and then her expression drastically changed. ”Impossible! There ’s no way this was the value of Elementus Cache! ” She directly expressed her disbelief, completely not accepting this outrageous target. This was enough to buy a tenth of a domain! 

However, Exalted Yu was once again unsurprised and prepared, ”The value of the Elementus Cache includes all its treasures, such as the entry and exit badge. And according to Venerable Spiritwalker and the others, this included eighty percent of the estimated value of the training grounds. Because whoever has it can freely open up a pathway via the badge and send any number of geniuses to experience it for half a century.

”As per the agreement with the Golden Life Pavilion, no? ” Exalted Yu slowly formed a bright smile. Almost everyone was aware that the World Realm ’s Core detonated, destroying everything that related to the training grounds. But the agreement with the Golden Life Pavilion was extremely public, and if a Chosen was born from the trial, then everyone knew that the Chosen would be granted free access to train themselves and their forces.

Therefore, the Chosen actually partially owned the training grounds alongside the Golden Life Pavilion. At the time, the Golden Life Pavilion had agreed to maintain the Chosen Trial and uphold certain rules in exchange for purchasing and maintaining it. After all, a World Realm was extremely costly to maintain, especially something as complex, unique, and beneficial as the four Seasons, and the True Element Sect was a little financially deficient at the moment. 

While there was a limited number that could be brought in, this was included in the eighty percent share, because the badge itself could only be truly obtained in the Elementus Cache, so it was included. It was a play on words. A little despicable, but perfectly legal as some would say.

In a way, Bai Yuxi was scammed. 

Well, not really.

From Exalted Yu ’s point of view, all these conditions would be negligible if Lin Ming had obtained the Elementus Cache. The Four Extreme Continent would be freely his to explore and train in as the perfect grounds to refine his Elemental Intents, battle prowess via the Season of Devils, and spells and arts through the Season of Regression.

Lin Ming would also gain the assistance of three Starlord-level figures, a dozen or so Timelords, and thousands of Realmlords outright! While he might suffer a little loss in the short run, he could even use this opportunity to formulate stable relations with Venerable Spiritwalker, an Ascended!

Yet the truth was brutal.

The Four Extreme Continent was gone.

The World Realm ’s Core was destroyed.

The Elementus Cache was stolen from him.

There were no benefits to be had, he was left with nothing but a debt that he hadn ’t even agreed on, and all of it was on the shoulders of Bai Yuxi. Someone who helped him forge his Domain Seed and become Chosen!

”… ” The subsequent silence made the atmosphere so thick that a searing knife couldn ’t cut it. This price wasn ’t something a budding Chosen could afford, but refusing it was the same as sacrificing Bai Yuxi. As for getting the True Element Sect to foot the bill, they weren ’t in the best of states right now, how could anyone agree to handle this?

But Bai Yuxi ’s status was extremely special! If something happened to her, the consequences wouldn ’t be simple.

Lin Xianxei felt a throbbing headache while holding the outrageous note. She hadn ’t even returned to the sect to deal with the legitimacy of Lin Ming ’s Chosen status, and this was now happening?

Exalted Yu didn ’t stop though, continuing by breaking the stiff silence, ”Bai Yuxi, in exchange for freeing Lin Ming from his spiritual shackles, you agreed to a price. I ’m here to remind you of that as well. ”

Price?

Lin Xianxei couldn ’t help but be even more astonished, turning to Bai Yuxi questioningly. Just when you think things couldn ’t get worse, more things keep happening. Of course, the True Element Sect did not fear Venerable Spiritwalker, so if they were shameless enough, they could just dismiss this. There were ways to protect one from the consequences of an oath or even outright break it, if one was willing to pay the price.

In fact, if Lin Ming had obtained the Elementus Cache, lost eighty percent, then the True Element Sect would merely negotiate the details with Venerable Spiritwalker, and take the portions they could from her. This would lead to Lin Ming having to share the training ground with other talents of the sect.

”… ” Bai Yuxi was silent. And then, her eyes glossed over! She felt the world darken as her thoughts swirled about without order or linear function. With a sudden thud, she fell down on her side like a collapsing tower.

”Bai Yuxi! ” Lin Xianxei called out in panic. She rushed forward to catch Bai Yuxi ’s head and sent a stream of gentle spiritual force into her body, inspecting her thoroughly. She felt her entire mind to be in chaos and her cultivation in disarray. She was close to cultivation deviation, short of outright losing control of her innate energies. If that happened…

Lin Xianxei violently paled. She hurriedly withdrew a vial that contained a radiant liquid of a cyan-color. It glinted with a sparkling light that was extremely animated, like the light itself was living. It was absolutely gorgeous.

Exalted Yu looked on with not a single ounce of surprise in his eyes, only curiously glancing at the vial. ”Peak-tier, eighth-grade Spirit-Body-Mind Harmony Elixir? ” After noting the contents, he was taken aback.

This was an extremely precious elixir used to stabilize wounds to the Spirit of Cultivation, and one ’s mind, body, and World Sea for a period. It could prevent cultivation deviation, even restore a cripple. However, it was extremely precious and could be considered as a pseudo ninth-grade alchemical product that only Mortal Sovereign Alchemists could concoct it without much issue.

Lin Xianxei didn ’t hesitate to slowly pour the ounce of liquid into Bai Yuxi ’s mouth, lifting her concealment veil and revealing her appearance to the world. 

”…! ” Lin Ming ’s eyes widened.

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