Song Shuhang’s voice had hardly faded when he discovered that a pair of eyes was closely staring at him.
Those eyes belonged to Senior White!
Senior White was holding his chin and was lost in thoughts while looking at Shuhang.
I-it can’t be, right?
Venerable White isn’t really thinking of making me play Senior Brother Gao Sheng’s role, right? Song Shuhang had started to get uneasy.
No, I can’t let Venerable White get these strange thoughts!
Song Shuhang felt that whoever got to play Senior Brother Gao Sheng’s role and repeatedly challenged the main character—in this case, Venerable White—during the beginning of the plot, beating up and shaming him in various ways, wouldn’t end up too well after this whole matter was over.
In addition, he felt that someone with a gentle and kind-looking face like him wasn’t too suitable to play the role of a villain like Senior Brother Gao Sheng.
But how could he make Venerable White give up on this idea?
Right at the critical time, Song Shuhang had a stroke of genius and thought about the all-powerful Nine Provinces Number One Group.
When he was discussing this matter about Venerable White’s movie with the other seniors in the group, many of them expressed their interest in this matter, with the majority being ready to perform a role in the movie.
Such being the case, there was perhaps some senior in the Nine Provinces Number One Group that was interested in playing Senior Brother Gao Sheng’s role?
It was his best option to avoid this calamity.
Thereupon, Song Shuhang took the initiative and suggested, “Senior White, I’ve just got an idea. Since I brought up this matter in the Nine Provinces Number One Group, many seniors also know about it. Furthermore, several of them seemed interested in performing a role in the movie. Thereupon, isn’t it better if we send the details about Senior Brother Gao Sheng’s character in the group to see which of the seniors is interested in playing this role? At the appointed time, we can choose one of the candidates to play this role. How about it, Senior White?”
It was a flawless plan. After all, there were so many seniors in the Nine Provinces Number One Group, and amongst them, there would be surely one that was suitable for playing Senior Brother Gao Sheng’s role in Venerable White’s eyes!
Venerable White felt that Song Shuhang’s words were reasonable. Therefore, he nodded his head and said, “I see. The other fellow daoists in the group were also interested in the making of this movie? That’s great. Such being the case, let’s make a list of the characters that will appear during the initial phase of the story. Then, we can send the roles that aren’t taken already to the Nine Provinces Number One Group and see which fellow daoists are interested in playing them.”
When it came to acting skills—except for a few juniors—the members of the Nine Provinces Number One Group had a great experience and could perform very well with next to no effort.
After all, most of these cultivators had played a lot of different ‘roles’ during their long lives. Some of them had started getting training from their elders very early and reached their current rank in seniority.
Then, there was Immortal Master Copper Trigram, the true beast when it came to acting skills. If he wished to, he could perform all the roles by himself and shoot the movie alone!
He could continuously change his appearance and turn into all sorts of characters; it was definitely possible for him to shoot the movie alone after some editing and rearrangement of the plot. Besides, no one would dare to believe that the same person had played all the roles!
“Sure, Senior. As soon as Gao Moumou wakes up, I’ll tell him to work with Great Master Swallow Cloud to finish the script of the movie as soon as possible and make a list of the various roles, which we can then send to the Nine Provinces Number One Group,” Song Shuhang said and secretly rejoiced in his heart.
Yes! He had managed to escape this calamity successfully!
Venerable White smiled and nodded. Then, he sized up Song Shuhang and kept reading Gao Moumou’s story.
The initial part of the story Gao Moumou had written wasn’t long. As for the next part, he had obtained some source material from Daoist Priest Horizon but had yet to write down that part of the story.
After reading the first part of the story, Venerable White closed the script and muttered to himself, “I feel that the main character is somewhat pitiful.”
“It’s a way to emphasize even more the lonely nature of our hero. In addition, these tragic events can strengthen even further the heroic image of the main character, leaving a deeper impression in everyone’s mind. After that, the various tragedies will motivate the main character to revolt against the enemy oppressing them!” Song Shuhang explained. It was the same explanation that Gao Moumou had given him.
It didn’t matter if other people believed this explanation, because Song Shuhang did!
“So that’s how it was. Anyway, I feel that this role is rather interesting.” Venerable White gently put away the script of the movie. After that, he and Song Shuhang left Gao Moumou’s room.
Song Shuhang and Senior White were walking side by side.
“Right. Shuhang, you have already reached the Third Stage Realm now. In that case, let’s get in contact with Medicine Master if you have some free time and obtain the complete version of the ❮Thirty-Three Divine Beasts’ Technique❯ from that disciple of the ‘Thirty-Three Divine Beasts’ Sect’ that Fellow Daoist Phoenix Slayer captured back then,” Venerable White said.
Song Shuhang was just thinking of bringing up this matter related to his cultivation technique to Venerable White; he didn’t think that Venerable White would bring it up on his own initiative.
“Senior White, actually, I’ve already obtained the first four volumes of the ❮Thirty-Three Divine Beasts’ Technique❯,” Song Shuhang said with a smile as he took out that thick golden chain.
After getting his hands on the password of the golden chain, Song Shuhang obtained the ❮Whale Swallowing Technique❯—which allowed him to complete the ‘Thirty-Three Divine Beasts’ Innate True Qi’ inside his body—and the first four volumes of the ❮Thirty-Three Divine Beasts’ Technique❯.
Song Shuhang told Senior White about the first four volumes of the cultivation technique and gave him the golden chain and the password.
Venerable White used his consciousness to enter the space within the golden chain—in which the cultivation technique was passed down—coming in contact with the ❮Thirty-Three Divine Beasts’ Technique❯ and learning about the ❮Whale Swallowing Technique❯ and the first four volumes of the technique.
Several breaths later, Venerable White withdrew his consciousness from the golden chain.
After that, he held his chin and started to ponder.
After a long time, Venerable White said, “As I expected, the ❮Thirty-Three Divine Beasts’ Technique❯ is really interesting. There are a lot of places I can use as a reference. Shuhang, let’s go find a quiet place.”
Song Shuhang and Venerable White headed towards the practice room in the back of Yu Jiaojiao’s villa.
Venerable White closed his eyes, and the third and fourth volume of the ❮Thirty-Three Divine Beasts’ Technique❯ resurfaced in his mind.
After a short moment, Venerable White opened his eyes. A golden light radiated from them and materialized countless golden characters in midair. The golden characters grouped up and formed 33 circles that were constantly revolving in front of Venerable White.
This situation was very similar to when Senior White passed the cultivation technique onto Song Shuhang the first time. The 33 circles made of golden runes were the manifestation of the third and fourth volume of the ❮Thirty-Three Divine Beasts’ Technique❯.
Venerable White looked at the runes and started to ponder.
This time, they had obtained the ❮Thirty-Three Divine Beasts’ Technique❯ from the space within the golden chain directly. Therefore, there weren’t any flaws like the previous time when they obtained the technique after a deal with that disciple of the ‘Thirty-Three Divine Beasts’ Sect’.
“There are almost no places that need a revision. It isn’t the signature cultivation technique of the ancient Thirty-Three Divine Beasts’ Sect for nothing. It has already been improved to the point of becoming almost perfect,” Venerable White said.
But although he said these words, Venerable White still stretched his hand out, starting to fiddle with the golden runes, removing some and modifying others.
However, he didn’t make these corrections because the cultivation technique itself had problems.
Still, the third and fourth volume of the ❮Thirty-Three Divine Beasts’ Technique❯ became more suitable for Song Shuhang after Venerable White’s revision.
The first two volumes of the cultivation technique that Song Shuhang studied earlier had been revised by Venerable White as well and were thus somewhat different from the original ones. Therefore, it was better to revise a little these two volumes too.
“Very well, it’s almost perfect now.” Venerable White nodded his head, very satisfied. Then, he stretched out his hand and poked at the air, transforming the golden runes into two manuals.
Song Shuhang had already gone through a similar experience and didn’t need Venerable White to remind him this time. He quickly memorized the contents of the two manuals of the cultivation technique in his mind.
“Shuhang, you can already practice the third volume. As for the fourth one, it involves the usage of innate true qi. I have several inspirations that I can perhaps add to it. In a while, I’ll give it a try and see if I can improve it even further,” Venerable White explained.
“Thank you, Senior White.”
“You’re welcome. Anyway, congratulations for reaching the Third Stage, Shuhang,” Venerable White said.
A cultivator of the Third Stage Battle King Realm could easily live up to 300 years unless they died due to unexpected incidents or consumed their lifeforce to use forbidden magical techniques.
Venerable White continued, “Such being the case, I should be still able to see little friend Shuhang the next time I come out of secluded meditation.”
After this trip to the ruins of Immortal Cheng Lin’s immortal cave, Venerable White comprehended many things. As such, he decided to close up again in a while.
However, it was likely he would close up for quite some time this time—at least 150 years, perhaps even 200 years.
Still, he wanted to shoot this movie before closing up. In addition, Song Shuhang had found a way to open the entrance to a forbidden area. Venerable White was really interested in these two matters.
As such, he decided to wait until these two matters had been taken care of before closing up.
“Senior White, the next time you come out of secluded meditation, I’ll introduce you to the new changes in the world again,” Song Shuhang said with a smile.
“Sure.” When this matter was brought up, Venerable White got a little depressed. He had already learned how to control his weird charm. Such being the case, why were the fellow daoists of the Nine Provinces Number One Group still deliberately avoiding him?
For example, the red-faced Fellow Daoist Xian Gong that was now digging holes and arranging traps outside the villa!
Speaking of which, why was Scholar Xian Gong arranging so many traps?
“Oh, right. Shuhang!” Venerable White said as he suddenly remembered something.
“?” Song Shuhang.
Venerable White said, “I thought about this matter for quite a while and recalled the various fellow daoists in the Nine Provinces Number One Group. After mulling over it, I feel that Gao Sheng’s role should—”
“Should be interpreted by Senior Thrice Reckless, right?” Song Shuhang answered quickly. Senior Thrice Reckless really liked to seek death. Therefore, he should really like such a death-seeking role, right?
“No, I wasn’t thinking of Fellow Daoist Thrice Reckless.” Venerable White shook his head. Then, he said earnestly, “I feel that little friend Shuhang is the most suitable one to play this role.”
“…” Song Shuhang.
In the end, I still can’t escape my fate?