A Martial Odyssey Book 1: The Divine Calamity – Chapter 68

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Melancholy Farewell

A few days later and somewhere in one of the desolate peaks of the Holy Amalgamate Mountains range…

Yixian and Yi Ping was in a cave looking the majestic Holy Amalgamate Mountains range while waiting for the rest of their acquaintances to arrive.

The only signs that disturbed the scenic view were the endless rumbling and tremors of the unceasing earthquakes.

While waiting, Yixian gently examined Yi Ping’s pulses for signs of injuries.

She pondered for a while before saying quietly, “It seemed that you have already broken through the Life and Death Channels. These two are the most difficult of the eight wondrous meridians and until now, not many practitioners know their effects. That you are alive and able to recover can be considered miraculous. I have never seen anything such as this.”

Yi Ping was curious as he asked, “What are the Life and Death channels?”

Yixian asked, “You really do not know?”

Yi Ping was awkward. It was true that he did not know. That was because he was actually a greenhorn in the martial fraternity. Like many of the pugilists, Yi Ping knew only the fighting principles. He did not meet anyone that could teach him other principles like knowledge in internal strength, the vital channels, martial thoughts, martial schools and many others.

Yixian could see it from his expressions. She smiled and explained gently, “The Life and Death Channels controlled and restricted the flow of martial power in the body. That is only so much that the body would be able to take before internal injuries are sustained. Therefore the Life Channel restricted it and in a way is helping to protect the body. Severing the Death Channel stops air from being absorbs and kills the practitioner.”

She smiles and added, “Try holding your breathe for as long as possible.”

Yi Ping did as he was told. He continued to hold his breath for twenty minutes and he could feel his heart slowing down and it was as though he had been solidified into a stone.

Yi Ping was astonished, “It is as though I don’t need air?”

Shui Yixian smiled, “Not true but your body have other means to obtain air through your vital energies. I once heard from my protégé mistress that most people have only one means of obtaining vital breath through breathing. But for some others, they have other means to do so. Exactly how, I do not know. Maybe they practiced some unknown martial skills that we did not know of. But nevertheless, without the life and death channel hindering us, our martial power growth will be unrestricted and replenished much faster.”

All of a sudden Yi Ping asked, “If we are born with such inherent ability, then why are these abilities sealed in the first place?”

Shui Yixian said woefully, “I do not know. Maybe a higher power seals it and there is a heavy price in obtaining it. Anyone that tries to do it forcefully is likely to lose their life. Even if they have succeeded, they are unlikely to remain in the mortal realm for too long.”

Yi Ping could not understand and he asked, “We will die?”

Shui Yixian smiled gently, “We will all die eventually. That is natural. You may not die but I am going to very soon.”

Yi Ping had a jolt in his head and he said to her, “We have just been reunited. Do you know how happy I am to see you alive and well! We are not going to part anymore and will be together!”

Shui Yixian looked at him melancholy, “I really appreciate what you have said to me. That is what my heart is hoping for as well. I really wish I can have more time with you but it is already too late for me.”

She sighed, “These tremors are a sign of the forthcoming Divine Calamity that is about to come…”

Yi Ping interrupted woefully, “Xian’Er, let hide in the deepest reach of a cave and avoid the Divine Calamity. How about that?”

Shui Yixian shook her head and said, “My protégé mistress was killed by the Divine Calamity. Before she died, I have told her exactly the same thing. And she told me that, no past protégé leaders had ever survived the ‘Divine Calamity’. There was a past protégé leader that hid in the deepest reach of the Eternal Ice Palace but in the end, she was still killed by the Divine Calamity and the Eternal Ice Palace was almost completely destroyed back then.”

Shui Yixian said, “That is why past protégé leaders instructed us to face the ‘Divine Calamity’ outside the Eternal Ice Palace to prevent unnecessary loss of life.”

Yi Ping said, “I don’t understand. What is this ‘Divine Calamity’ and why did it have to occur?”

When he had said this, another earthquake occurred and the cave began to vibrate for a while.

Shui Yixian said, “I do not know the reasons too. I only know that it happens only to those that practice the Divine Emerald Skill and the practitioner progression must reach a point when the Divine Calamity would forcefully occur. The Divine Calamity is a type of supernatural force. I once witness my protégé mistress died in that occurrence.”

Yi Ping sighed heavily, “Surely, there must be a way to avert it?”
Shui Yixian shook her head and said nothing.

Yi Ping said, “I still find it so hard to believe. We have been through so much and yet Heavens have to separate us…”

Shui Yixian smiled gently, “You shouldn’t blame Heavens for it. Heavens is already kind enough for let us acquaint with each other. At least I know that I have a husband that is a real hero. It is actually my fault for not being appreciative of you while you are at the Eternal Ice Palace. ”

Yi Ping said, “Xian’Er, don’t say that. That’s not true. It is not your fault. What exactly is the Divine Calamity? Is it really so powerful?”

Shui Yixian said, “I have witnessed it twice before. The first time was when I was still very young. My grand protégé mistress perished in the fiery fireball from the skies while my protégé mistress died when a lightning bolt struck her.”

Yi Ping was stunned, “These are natural forces? Fire would fall from the skies?”

Shui Yixian said, “I would never believe it in the past. But after I have seen it, I am convinced it is all too real.”

Yi Ping asked, “Why were the two divine calamities so different?”

Shui Yixian said, “Your mother, my protégé sister told me that it might be because our protégé mistress was trying to dodge the divine calamity with her extraordinary swiftness skill therefore the divine calamity was a lightning bolt. What we fear most, the more it is unavoidable.”

Yi Ping was startled, “This Divine Calamity actually is a sentient?”

Shui Yixian said, “I do not know. That is just our conclusion. Past protégé leaders told us that the Divine Calamity is unavoidable and we must overcome it with all our might.”

Yi Ping asked, “The Divine Calamity always occur when past protégé leaders of the Eternal Ice Palace was almost a hundred and twenty?”

Shui Yixian nodded gently, “That is true.”

Yi Ping said, “But this time it seems to occur three decades earlier for you?”

Shui Yixian shook her head, “I really do not know the reason. It may be the tenth stage of the Divine Emerald Skill that is caus