Forty Millenniums of Cultivation Arc 3: Secret Star

New background: The military has been trying to raise up the new generation in preparation for the upcoming war with the fiends. They have access to teleport/quickly shuttle weaker users to distant planets that were previous warzones. In those locations, the cultivators can perform missions to earn contribution points that can be spent for materials, weapons, and even training from a nascent soul cultivator.

Arc 3: Secret Star

Now that LY is foundation establishment, he is more formerly introduced to the Secret Star Association. There’s a base deep within the wastelands since it makes it easier for transportation to other worlds. The main force is foundation establishment, since they’ll be strong enough to not die and weak enough that it’s still cost-efficient to transport them. People that were raised up in this environment are called Children of the Secret Star. Those like LY, that were recruited for showing talent and skill, are called External Star Scouts. External Star Scouts and the Children don’t have a good relationship because of some greedy Externals got themselves and some Children killed in a mission. Children tend to look down on Externals.

It turns out DLD is there. She joined the Bronze Corps, so LY joins them too. The team of 6 starts out near the bottom since two of the leading members died before DLD joined. They’re rising again since DLD joined and got a flame-related inheritance pushing her to intermediate foundation establishment.

LY and DLD help to skyrocket the Bronze Corps ranking. In their first mission, they go searching for materials, find the materials, and then find a group of fiends that are digging something up. They attack and destroy the group of fiends. As the fiends die, they release the thing they were digging up, a powerful spirit. LY takes the tool that the fiends were going to use to seal the spirit and modifies it so that humans can use it. Then he seals the spirit, earning a lot of contribution points.

Time goes on, and LY becomes a part of the top 3000 list of people that fiends want to kill. It is also announced that the top ten Star Scout groups will be given a very difficult mission. The Bronze Corps and everyone else start ramping up. They eventually make it to 11th place. Then they become 10th place because one of the top ten groups was ambushed and destroyed by fiends.

There is a quick contest to decide which 5 out of 10 groups will go on the mission. The Bronze Corps gets second place in the contest. They then head out to the “Faraway Star”. When the Bronze Corps arrives on the planet, they land in shallow water with a mountain off in the distance. They discover the mountain is actually an enormous wave and rush to head towards land (Yes, this was a nod to Interstellar). As they explore the in-land, they discover plenty of treasures and beasts and traps.

In the meantime, around 50 or so fiends gear up in advanced biochemical warbeasts, which is their organic version of the crystal armor. Wang Ji is among their numbers. They refer to the planet as “Skeleton Dragon Star”.

One of the five cultivator groups first runs into them and issue a call for help as they are massacred. Bronze Corps rushes to their aid, but they aren’t able to injure the fiends in the new biochemical warbeasts. The Bronze Corps is forced to retreat. They retreat towards a crevice in a mountain where the captain of the corps sacrifices himself to buy the rest of the team time to go further in as the fiends collapse the mountain on top of the Bronze Corps. Now deep underground, Bronze Corps discovers the remains of a Star Ocean Empire-era warship (the era of human supremacy torn apart by civil war).

The ship is in poor condition. As the others recover their strength, LY finds a diary of the person who had survived the longest on the ship. They learn the name of the planet is called “Skeleton Dragon Star” and there is a Skeleton Dragon Demon sealed there. It had been sealed by a previous Fiend Emperor (emperor of empire, stronger than just emperor rank). The entire planet is a trap to get unsuspecting travelers to release it. Learning this LY and team rush to repair the ship.

When the ship is fixed about 9%, they rush to stop the fiends. When they arrive on the scene in front of the door to where the demon is sealed, the rest of the cultivators are struggling to contend with the fiends. LY busts out the ships guns and an advanced crystal armor from the ship and kills most of them. Wang Ji retreats and blows up the vicinity, destroying the seal. The demon kills Wang Ji and possesses Wang Ji’s body.

The cultivators do their best but aren’t able to hurt the demon at all, even though it’s at its weakest point. LY uses the drill on the ship to try and pierce the demon, but the ship is too damaged and he’s too weak (his drill was not one that pierces the heavens). To save the rest of humanity, LY charges up the universe transmission drive on the ship, planning to take himself, the ship, and the demon into the reaches of space so it can’t threaten humanity back home.

With a tearful goodbye with DLD, promising to return, LY launches off. He’s transported into a nebula storm and the demon is ripped apart and most of the ship destroyed. He’s prepared to die and closes his eyes. When he returns to consciousness, he discovers that he has been saved by the spirits of 5 of the artificers that had died in the crystal armor explosion. Together with the professors, LY modifies and improves the ship. He vows to return home in 10 years at the golden core stage.

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Forty Millenniums of Cultivation Arc 2: College

Recap: LY’s cheat is having memories of super strong cultivator from 40,000 years ago. He has chosen to go to the Grand Desolate War Institution’s artificer department for college. He issued a challenge to the Deep Sea University that he’ll make the crappiest department into the Refiners’ Holy Land.

New background: The Grand Desolate War Institution is famed for its combat departments. It is located in the wastelands which is where many fiend beasts naturally reside. As you move further away from the main parts of civilization, you’re more likely to encounter wormholes which connect this human world to a world where fiends live. There are frequent fiend/fiend beast waves that pour out and are somewhat like natural disasters. Fiends are intelligent like humans, fiend beasts usually aren’t intelligent and are animals.

Fiend rankings: Soldier, general, king, emperor. No further rankings known yet.

Arc 2: College

LY takes a train to college. He meets an experienced artificer, foundation establishment level, that he makes friends with. Along the train route, a wormhole opens up. LY helps out by repairing a rail gun. 6 people wind up having to sacrifice themselves before the big guns arrive to help save the day. LY is touched by their sacrifice since they chose to save the thousands of civilians instead of saving their own lives. The importance of the role of cultivators and civilians is impressed upon him. Due to getting angry at someone who disparaged those who sacrificed themselves, LY breaks through to qi refining and beats up the other party.

From the wormhole, there’s a lot of demonic energy that isn’t good for cultivators and typically needs clean up. LY finds out that he can convert it to good energy, and that his flying sword seems sentient and can also convert and absorb the energy.

LY arrives at the school. Him and those that are joining the artificer department get a late welcome since there’s project for mass-producible crystal armor that’s almost complete and is the masterpiece of the artificer department that will elevate their standing. It’s called Project Mystic Skeleton. As they’re heading towards the floating mountain where the department is located, the mountain gets blown up by the armor. Everyone in the department dies except those that came to pick them up.

After the explosion, everyone leaves the department, leaving only one professor and LY. The artificer department is allowed to stick around as long as a student is able to get the artificer license after a year. To do so, LY will need to get 40,000 school credits in one year to even attempt it. The previous fastest record was 1.5 years by PH. The next fastest was 2 by DLD.

Ly gets credits by taking classes. It’s too slow, so he uses a mind-accelerating chamber to help him digest the courses. Normally those chambers can only be used for .5 hours before qi deviation. He doesn’t have that issue because of his cheat. Due to prolonged exposure to the chamber, he becomes able to accelerate his mind to ~300% outside of the chambers too. After the first month, he has the most credits which gets him bonus credits. He then starts acting as a sparring for DLD to earn more credits.

LY is given a cauldron by the professor. He goes Skyrim mods on it, and completely revamps the cauldron to a ridiculous point. He incorporates almost everything he learns from the professor into it. The sect that makes the cauldron is responsible for checking to make sure that all modifications are safe. The inspectors are stunned. It’s rule safe.

A wormhole opens near a city. The big ships can’t fire their cannons since they’d destroy the city and kill civilians. All schools and sects that are nearby are called for help. LY joins the school as an artificer, wielding a gatling gun for his weapon. Since he has done a lot of training and sparring, he can carry it with ease. LY and his schoolmates rack up a lot of points. Their crowning achievement is killing a fiend general level fiend using lots of explosives.

LY gets a lot of school credits during this time. He figures killing fiends/fiend beasts is a good source of school credits. He goes hunting, decides it’s inefficient, and then invents the Fiend Beast Tracker. Using the Fiend Beast Tracker, he can figure out what beast he’s looking at and if it’s dangerous or not to fight it. He gets a patent on it. A company tries to buy it, but he doesn’t sell it to them because he wants the rights to improve upon it, not just to make money from it. The company is upset. They’ll pop up again later.

There’s a school competition between departments that’s usually just between the fists and weapons department, but LY wants to join since it’ll net him 10,000 points if he wins. It becomes a 1v2000 situation Through some clever scheming, traps, and plans, he winds up on top and reaches his goal of 40,000 points.

LY takes the test and meets Jiang Shaoyang, the first person his age that is as talented as him in artificing. Jiang Shaoyang is known as “Tenth Star” since he would be the tenth direct student under the most dazzling current artificer Jiang Sheng known as “Supernova.” They compete throughout the entire examination period. First is the written test, which Jiang Shaoyang wins. Since they finish early, they do a bit of friendly competition that winds up in a tie. In the second test, LY wins, making it 1:1. The final test is to repair a mechanical wolf. The vertebrae of each wolf is cracked and requires a metal that they aren’t given to repair as a trap to see if the examinees would notice. Jiang Shaoyang notices and asks the examiners where the metal is. LY doesn’t know you can ask the examiners for it, so he completely revamps his wolf into a tarantula instead which wouldn’t need a spine.

The examiner from the Deep Sea University isn’t convinced that LY should pass this portion, so they have LY’s tarantula fight Jiang Shaoyang’s wolf. The tarantula wins by exploiting Jiang Shaoyang’s mentality. Jiang Shaoyang is convinced by this loss. After talking a bit with LY, he decides to quit Deep Sea University and shaves his head. He drops the moniker “Tenth Star” and wants to be known as “Sun” from now on.

LY goes back triumphant and the artificer department is allowed to stay afloat. A new batch of students that were inspired by LY join the department. LY partners up with a sect that’s struggling financially to sell the Fiend Beast Detectors.

With most things squared away, LY refocuses his attention onto Project Mystic Skeleton, the mass-producible crystal armor. The professor talks him into taking crystal armor lessons during summer break so that he’d be able to operate the crystal armor when they finish their prototype. LY does so and becomes near the top of his class after some initial struggles. As the course ends, the final challenge is to kill fiend beasts. Top ten highest scores get certified. LY goes to a mountain, and there’s another storm, cutting off his contact from the teachers and the other students.

Trapped deep in the mountains, LY stumbles across a group of fiends that are trying to enslave a lion dragon fiend beast. The fiend group notices LY but don’t take him seriously since he’s only qi refining. He kills his two pursuers. LY winds up finding the lion dragon fiend beast surrounded by other, weaker fiend beasts. It had escaped the fiends temporarily, but it had a soul-controlling nail stuck into it. Severely weakened, it and the other fiend beasts are killed by LY. Knowing that the fiends are coming, LY takes some scales and blood and attaches bombs onto the fiend beast’s core. When the fiends arrive, they get close and get blown up. Only the commander, fiend general Wang Ji, and the two fiend kings survive. Wang Ji kills the two fiend kings to recover his strength. LY barely survives and promotes to qi refining 11th level, only about three steps away from foundation establishment.

LY comes back and is lauded for having miraculously survived for so long in the mountains. He does not get the official armor license. LY hears that the Fiend Beast Detectors aren’t selling well. The company LY rejected earlier is putting pressure on that sect and slanders LY’s invention. LY eventually goes to PH for help, and with PH’s help and financial backing, the Fiend Beast Detector becomes a financial success. LY also attributes his survival to the Fiend Beast Detector. Instead of selling it to cultivators, it is sold to civilians that live in cities in the wastelands. Some extra functionality is added for better civilian survivability.

LY realizes he has feelings for DLD. He starts to romantically pursue her, but she pushes him away. Eventually he wins her over. They start dating.

It is announced that most likely the Federation and the fiends are going to war soon. Mass-producible crystal armors are now needed more than ever. It’s a race between crystal armor makers to see if they can get the government contracts. Deep Sea University is the first one to make an announcement about a mass-producible crystal armor; however, it’s much more expensive compared what Project Mystic Skeleton which is based off of common materials instead of heavenly treasures.

The entire grassroots movement amongst artificers comes to help and make Project Mystic Skeleton a success. LY figures out why the explosion occurs and fixes it. Meanwhile, other crystal armor makers show off their products.

There is an expo for where crystal armors get to be put on display and compared. LY is put in charge of demoing the armor. It is demonstrated that the mystic skeleton crystal armor isn’t necessarily as strong/durable as the others, but it is still very strong and durable and much cheaper. Eventually there’s a competition where the armors are supposed to survive against a battleship for 10 hours. LY decides to take control of the ship instead of trying to hide and endure the ships attacks and barrages. LY captures the battleship along with the majority of the government contracts. “Supernova” Jiang Sheng grudgingly admits his respect for LY.

When the competition ends, LY is approached by one of the observers and is given a card related to the Secret Star Association. He is told that he’ll understand what the card means when he reaches foundation establishment. LY is able to take a peek into the card, but isn’t able to do much else with it.

Time passes by. LY reaches peak qi refining. DLD has gone somewhere else to train. The fiend army launches an attack, trying to get their foot past the doorstep. Seven cities are attacked, and LY hurries to one of them. There’s a teleportation device being set up there. LY fixes a rail gun to destroy nearby fiends and save soldiers. He then destroys the teleportation device as Wang Ji is trying to come out of it. Wang Ji is severely injured, but as a peak fiend general, he was still able to beat LY back before needing to run away. In the end, the fiends are beaten back, and because of the fight, LY breaks through to foundation establishment. Wang Ji discovers that it was LY who foiled his plans back in the mountains.

Now that LY is foundation establishment, he graduates from college. Instead of taking a teaching position he goes off to join the Secret Stars Association which is no longer so secret since war is approaching and the Federation needed propaganda.

 

 

Forty Millenniums of Cultivation Intro and Arc 1: High School

I’ve been reading ahead in LNMTL, and I wanted to keep track of what happens for other people in case they want a sort of spoiler summary of what’s to come. I’ll try to be concise as much as possible. If you’ve got questions, I’ll try to answer the best I can.

MC is Li Yao, who I’ll refer to as LY. LY is smart, loyal, cunning, ambitious, and ruthless.

Background is universe where cultivation is mixed with pseudo-science. A large universe. Humans once ruled the universe, went into decline, fiends ruled for a long time, and now humans are back on their feet. Previous 2 eras of human supremacy are 40,000 years ago, and when they had an empire post-fiend era which broke down due to fiend manipulation and civil war. Humanity is now governed by the Federation. Humanity is united, but doesn’t own the universe.

Cultivation starts from spirit root awakening, qi refining, foundation establishment, core formation, nascent soul, tribulation ascension, and true immortal.

High School Arc
LY starts out as a high school student. The school’s divided into 3 parts. Talented, kind of talented, and non-talented. LY is non-talented. His dream is to become the greatest artificer, the occupation of inventor/engineer/mechanic. LY has no parents, and makes his living by competing in the scrap yard where he is known as the “Vulture”, a moniker that follows him for the rest of the series. He has a black flying sword that he inherited from the old man who took care of him.

LY receives his cultivation cheat when he witnesses a powerful human being get run over by a train. The spirit of the powerful human being tries to possess his body, but fails because LY is actually a human from “Earth” who had somehow wandered into this universe and possessed this body first thus becoming immune. LY is put into a temporary coma where he lives the spirit’s life. The spirit is from 40,000 years ago. He was super strong, created a time machine, went forward in time, and then got run over by the train (the reason why it’s possible for someone so strong can be killed so stupidly is explained later). LY immediately becomes stronger and his spirit root % shoots up from like 30s to 50s. A minimum of 60% is required to be a part of the talented class, so he couldn’t immediately enter.

Meanwhile, LY has made an enemy of the strongest kid in the school because he got a bit too close that guy’s girl. A side effect of the power-up is that LY is now always hungry. While eating at a buffet, he accidentally gets into a confrontation with strong kid and humiliates him. LY starts training at a gym where he acts as a sparring partner for a Fiend Blade Peng Hai (who I’ll refer to as PH). PH is a foundation establishment cultivator who’s known as a genius and youngest foundation establishment cultivator.

Strong kid gets grounded, and then sends goons to beat up LY. Goons get beat up. LY continually gets stronger and soon his spirit root % is close to if not stronger than the strong kids. LY gets personal tutoring from a teacher. There’s a school competition to see who can go on a field trip for a bigger competition that college recruiters watch. LY shows off how strong he is now and easily acquires a ticket. He doesn’t get a chance to beat up strong kid here.

School goes on a country/planet-wide field trip where they compete for recommendations and scholarships for college. Those in the top 50 don’t have to go through college exams. First part is individual, trying to acquire as many points as possible by killing fiend beasts (different from fiends). Second part is dividing into two teams, trying to eliminate the other team and get more points. Stronger fiend beasts are also released during this time. All contestants are given a little robotic flying pig thing that can protect the contestant from a lethal blow and monitor the contestants’ well-being. Contestants that needed the pig protection are eliminated from the competition.

Before the contest, LY takes a look at some college recruiting booths. There’s 9 big colleges. As an artificer, he really wants to go the the Deep Sea University, the “Holy Land for Refiners.” He accidentally meets Ding Lingdang, the college recruiter from the Grand Desolate War Institution. She tries to recruit him, but he’s not interested.

LY makes his points by going to the supply depots where all weapons and supplies are stored as components that need setup, muddling all the parts together so others won’t know how to assemble them, and then selling the weapons. He also wires up a bunch of bombs together so that others can’t just steal the weapons. If they do, he’ll blow himself and the opponent up together. Those that aren’t intimated by the bomb, he assassinates them. Soon he gets first place and then slacks off as he wait for the second half.

In the second half, LY is on the red team which doesn’t have a strong leader. Strong kid is on the blue team which does have a commander-type cultivator. Blue team is beating the snot out of the red team. LY pretends to want to kill strong kid, but winds up blowing up the entire blue base up, killing all base personnel including the commander and strong kid. Red team then starts making a comeback.

In the background, all the college recruiters are super excited and want to recruit him. They’re making offers and guarantees for full rides, or at least strong recommendations if he doesn’t survive until the end.

There’s a sudden storm that cuts off communications. The robotic flying pigs aren’t working properly anymore either. Organizers choose not to cancel the contest since there shouldn’t be anything lethal on the island. One person from the blue team who’s been panicking ever since the command center died has smuggled a doping drug. He’s about to take it when he gets killed by an ape. The ape takes the drug and goes on a rampage. Multiple people die. Eventually LY kills it. As he approaches its body, he’s struck by a mental attack from the ape’s resentment.

It knocks LY unconscious and seemingly ruins his spirit root. In truth, the attack destroyed what remnants were left of the powerful being’s soul. Now LY can access the powerful beings memories at will. The restriction is that his current strength level needs to equate to the powerful beings memories. So right now, he can only access the pre-qi refining memories. He gets caught up in going through those memories and becomes stronger while going through them.

While LY is unconscious, the colleges have all moved on and withdrawn their offers since it looks like he’s now a cripple. Only Ding Lingdang (now referred to as DLD) sticks around. LY is given the Class 1: Disabled Serviceman rank due to his injuries in part being due to the carelessness of the military not calling the competition off. DLD still tries to get him to come to Desolate Institute’s fighting department. He says no.

When LY returns, he gets kicked out of high school because of strong kid’s dad’s influence. LY goes to PH’s place and trains there, planning to recuperate and get stronger. In order to still be able to take the test, LY registers at a weak high school that readily welcomes him even though they think he’s a cripple. LY communicates with the Deep Sea college recruiter and apologizes by saying he won’t be going to Deep Sea. The dean acts rudely to him saying they don’t want him anyway because he’s garbage.

The college exam comes around. LY gets first place. People come back begging for him to choose them. LY chooses Desolate Institute’s artificer department, which happens to be ranked the worse department in all 9 big colleges. He challenges Deep Sea University and says that he’ll turn the artificer department there into the new holy land for refiners.

End Arc 1.