Jiuyang Sect, Eastern Region of Qingzhou Province.
Clouds swirled above the mountain range as rays of multicolored light, which made the sun dim in comparison, shone on the peaks.
Chu Yang Peak.
"Who would awake from the grand dream? I've known about it all my life!"
Jiang Ming opened the windows and gazed at the swirling clouds in the distance and the verdant trees that swayed with the rhythm of the wind. He stretched and inhaled deeply before exclaiming, "This feels great!"
He could see the occasional glint from a blade in the sky, flying cultivators, and spiritual beasts. This was a scenery one would expect from an immortal sect.
"This is the life!"
There was no need to buy a house, no need for work or overtime, no boss breathing down his neck, and no need for betrothal gifts. He could sleep until he naturally woke up. This was truly great. He felt as though he was dreaming.
With just a thought, a virtual screen popped up before him.
Name: Jiang Ming
Cultivation base: Foundation Establishment, Perfect.
Main cultivation: Grand Path Almighty Method Sutra
Spell: Cold Breeze Sword Technique, Wind Control, Timely Rain, Fire Talisman, Fireball.
Special Ability: None.
Items: Human Path Records, Flowing Cloud Sword, Flowing Cloud Ring, God of Cooking Almanac, Farming Almanac.
This was his system.
Jiang Ming's innate talent was average at best. He was already 18 years old, but he was only at the 6th Stage of the Qi Cultivation Realm even though he had not taken a single day off from cultivating. He was neither outstanding nor poor in the sect. He was average; nobody paid attention to him at all. Nevertheless, he preferred it this way.
However, three months ago, the system suddenly awakened.
That morning three months ago was similarly refreshing.
When he got up from his bed…
[Ding! Ordinary Life System. Loading completed. There can be boundless excitement even in an ordinary life. Freedom will be yours if you maintain your ordinariness]
[Ding! Obtained a beginner's package]
Jiang Ming was momentarily stunned. When he regained his senses, a smile appeared on his face. "This must be some kind of cheat. However, what's this Ordinary Life System? Can I max my level with just a tap of my finger?"
[Ding! You'll be rewarded for performing ordinary tasks. You'll have to rely on yourself to discover the details]
Jiang Jin smacked his lips together. "Well, it's better than nothing."
"System, open the beginner's package!"
[Ding! Congratulations! You have obtained the Grand Path Almighty Method Sutra, the Human Path Records, the ability to conceal your cultivation base at will, enhanced vision, and 10 years' worth of cultivation]
[Ding! The items have been stored in the storage space. You can retrieve them at any time]
"Grand path what? Almighty Sutra Method? Human Path Records? Aren't you an Ordinary Life System? What's with all these rewards with names that definitely aren't ordinary?"
[Ding! A mighty force is needed to maintain ordinariness!]
"Why don't you turn me into an immortal while you're at it? I'll make being an immortal an ordinary thing."
There was no reply from the system.
Jiang Ming was not bothered by the lack of reply. He thought about it for a moment before he finally shook his head. He decided not to dwell on the system's origin and purpose.
"System, activate the concealing ability!"
[Ding! Ability activated! Tips: You can choose how much of your cultivation base you want to conceal]
This was not difficult to understand. It meant that he could conceal his 6th Stage Qi Cultivation Realm and make it appear as the 2nd Stage, 4th Stage, or he could conceal it completely.
"System. Retrieve the Grand Path Almighty Method Sutra!"
The next moment, an extremely profound cultivation method surfaced in his mind. Due to the sheer amount of information, the system automatically hid the more advanced parts of the cultivation method. He was only shown parts suitable for those at the Qi Cultivation Realm and Foundation Establishment Realm.
Jiang Ming knew that the more advanced cultivation methods would be revealed to him as his cultivation base improved in the future.
After comprehending the cultivation method, his mana began to circulate on its own. Before he knew it, his mana had transformed, and he had reached the first threshold of the Grand Path Almighty Method Sutra. His bodily constitution had changed as well.
"This cultivation method is amazing!" Jiang Ming was shocked when he came to himself.
His mana's attributes were completely transformed.
Although his cultivation base had dropped from the 6th Stage to the 1st Stage of the Qi Cultivation Realm, he did not feel any weaker. On the contrary, he felt stronger than before.
"My 6th Stage mana isn't even a match for my current 1st Stage mana?!" Jiang Ming's eyes lit up. Although he was at the 1st Stage now, he was as strong, if not stronger, as when he was at the 6th Stage. What would happen if he were to reach the 6th Stage again?
Jiang Ming had always strived to live a simple life, but at this moment, he felt his heart racing in his chest. He raised his hand and conjured a ball of mana.
It was greyish and fuzzy, but in the next second, it transformed into a ball of flames. Then, with a flash of light, it turned into a ball of water.
"Amazing!" Jiang Ming was ecstatic.
When he cultivated the Mystic Prime Method in the past, his mana did not have any attributes. It was almost impossible for him to change his mana's attributes so he had to cultivate the respective spells.
After taking a few moments to calm down, Jiang Ming retrieved the Human Path Records.
It was a book, and it was also an exceptional item.
When the book appeared in his hand, it immediately registered him as its owner. With that, he easily gained access to the book's functions.
"These functions are… incredible!"
The book had a purple cover with several Daoist motifs. He did not recognize them, but he knew what they meant: the Human Path Records.
With just a thought, the book floated in the air and slowly dissolved. It did not seem like it belonged to reality or existed in space nor did it seem like it belonged to the illusory plane. However, it seemed to be integrated with the fabric of the world. He was the only one who could see the book.
The book flipped open, revealing the empty page inside.
With his mind, Jiang Ming wrote a name on the empty page: Zi Linglong.
Following that, detailed information appeared below the page.
Name: Zi Linglong.
Cultivation base: 2nd Stage of the Qi Cultivation Realm
Background: Disciple of Jiuyang Sect's Chuyang Peak.
Status: Sound asleep
"This girl must rely on me a lot!" Jiang Ming could not help but chuckle when he saw the relationship value.
The relationship value showed the level of closeness the other person felt toward him. It could also be considered the degree of their loyalty to him. The maximum value attainable was 99.
The value of 100 would mean that the other party was like a puppet whose soul and will were controlled by him. This was impossible to achieve with living things who possessed free will.
The value 0 indicated they were strangers.
A negative value meant that the other person was either disgusted by him, harbored hostility, or wanted to kill him, among other things.
Jiang Ming pondered for a moment before he added another name.
Name: Gu Hai.
Cultivation base: Purple Mansion Realm.
Background: First Seat of Jiuyang Sect's Chuyang Peak.
Status: Playing chess
'Master's cultivation base is slightly lower…' Jiang Ming sighed inwardly.
This was one of the Human Path Records' functions. It would reveal basic information about the individual whose name was written on the page.
Its other function was that it could reveal basic information about the person it touched.
There were many other functions that would be unlocked as his cultivation base improved.
"This book would be like a Regalia if it were to fall into the hands of any one of the leaders of the various organizations."
Jiang Ming had a feeling that the Human Path Records was like a simplified version of the system.
After dismissing the extraneous thoughts in his mind, he extracted the 10 years' worth of cultivation.
In the next instant, a torrent of mana instantly filled his Dantian, causing his cultivation base to improve by leaps and bounds.
At the same time, the Grand Path Almighty Method Sutra was circulating swiftly.
He did not meet any obstacles and smoothly reached the 9th Stage of the Qi Cultivation Realm. His bodily constitution had changed tremendously along with the rise of his cultivation base as well.
"This is amazing!" Jiang Ming was stunned.
He rose to his feet and flexed his limbs. He did not feel any discomfort. Although he did not have complete control over his enhanced mana yet, he control it as though it was an extension of his arm.
Then, he opened the windows to look at the morning sun that hung high in the sky. Its golden rays illuminated the clouds, the mountains, and the rivers. He was instantly refreshed by the scenery.
After a moment, he turned around and walked out of his room.
[Ding! Made a simple breakfast. Reward: One day's worth of cultivation]
[Ding! Fetched a jar of water. Reward: A hoe (low-grade artifact)]
[Ding! Chopped a bundle of wood. Reward: One day's worth of cultivation]
[Ding! Cleared a plot of land to be used as a vegetable garden. Reward: God of Cooking Almanac and 10 days' worth of cultivation]
[Ding! Caught a koi. Reward: 15 days' worth of cultivation]
[Ding! Congratulations on living for seven days on Chuyang Peak while completing at least one menial task each day. Reward: Six months' worth of cultivation]
Ever since the system came into Jiang Ming's life, the diligent Jiang Ming stopped being hardworking.