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Even within the entire Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom, a grade 5 alchemist was an existence that was rare like phoenix feathers and qilin horns.
Besides the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom’s Imperial Family, formidable powers that were capable of requesting the assistance of a grade 5 alchemist to refine a grade 5 medicinal pill were only those top sects that stood at the peak of the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom.
If it were to be said that within the Crimson Sky Kingdom, beneath the Imperial Family, the various large clans were dominant…Then within the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom, beneath the Imperial Family, the various large sects were dominant!
"I heard that 30 years ago, the Celestial Element Kingdom’s Yuan Clan produced a peerless genius who stepped into the Origin Core Stage at the mere age of 19… Later on, he entered the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom’s Snow Moon Sect and acknowledged the Snow Moon Sect’s Grand Elder as his master. Because of this, the Yuan Clan obtained a Void Advancement Pill and thus attained a Void Prying Stage powerhouse!" After being reminded by the Grand Elder, another Duan Clan elder couldn’t help but sigh.
"I’ve heard of this as well." Another Duan Clan elder nodded, and his eyes emitted a fiery gaze.
Void Stage powerhouse… It played a decisive role to the Duan Clan!
Within the Crimson Sky Kingdom, there were at least nearly a hundred existences at the Half-step Void Stage.
However, within the entire Crimson Sky Kingdom, there were only three true Void Stage powerhouses!
It was too difficult to step into the Void Prying Stage!
Without a certain level of natural talent, even an existence at the Half-step Void Stage would find it impossible to break through to the Void Prying Stage within his lifetime.
Within the history of the Duan Clan, there’d at least been more than a hundred people who’d stepped into the Half-step Void Stage; however, there had never once been a single Void Prying Stage powerhouse!
That year, nearly everyone within the Duan Clan thought that Duan Ru Feng would surely be able to break the Duan Clan’s history and become a Void Prying Stage powerhouse.
At that time, Duan Ru Feng could be considered as the most talented disciple within the Duan Clan’s history, but unfortunately, Duan Ru Feng vanished in the end and has not been heard of until today. As far as the Duan Clan members were concerned, he’d surely been struck with disaster.
Whereas now, the son of Duan Ru Feng, Duan Ling Tian, suddenly appeared with shocking feats…And stepped into the Origin Core Stage at the mere age of 18!
Such natural talent aroused the ardor of the Duan Clan’s higher ups for a moment.
That year, they’d been looking forward to Duan Ru Feng becoming a Void Prying Stage powerhouse and leading the Duan Clan to move up a step in the world… Now, with the lesson they learned from Duan Ru Feng, they anticipated Duan Ling Tian becoming a Void Prying Stage powerhouse, and they weren’t willing to wait.
They only hoped that Duan Ling Tian could enter a top sect within the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom and provide the Duan Clan with an opportunity to obtain a Void Advancement Pill. At that time, they’d allow a Half-step Void Stage powerhouse within the clan to consume it and directly break through to the Void Prying Stage!
In this way, not only would it not repeat the same road to possible disappointment like Duan Ru Feng, it would also allow the Duan Clan to obtain a Void Prying Stage powerhouse within a short amount of time!
"Patriarch, I agree with what the Grand Elder said. No matter the cost, we must make Duan Ling Tian return to the clan and acknowledge his ancestors before allowing him to enter a top sect within the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom and help obtain a Void Advancement Pill for our Duan Clan!"
"I agree with the Grand Elder as well!"
The moment they thought of how a Void Prying Stage powerhouse might appear within the Duan Clan because of this, all the elders present within the audience hall were incomparably excited.
Duan Ru Hong slightly frowned, as he felt that this was a slight aversion towards this decision… Since when did their Duan Clan stoop down to the point that they needed to make use of a child?
"Grand Elder!" Patriarch Duan Ru Huo looked at Duan Zhen, and a bitter smile appeared on the corners of his mouth. "It isn’t that our Duan Clan hasn’t thought of getting Duan Ling Tian to return to the clan and acknowledge his ancestor, he’s been unwilling all along…In my opinion, that child’s inherited the temper of third brother and would absolutely not change his mind lightly."
"As I’ve said, we can pay any price for this…As long as it’s something the Duan Clan can accomplish!" Duan Zhen’s eyes were like a dazzling array of stars as he slowly spoke.
Duan Ru Hu secretly exhaled a breath of cold air when he heard this, as he could perceive the weight of what the Grand Elder had said…
And just at this moment, the servant girl that had just finished pouring tea for all the Duan Clan higher-ups within the audience hall left and walked into a vast courtyard.
Within the courtyard, the fat woman’s small eyes narrowed when she finished hearing what the servant girl said, and a cold light flashed within her eyes. "My husband has only just died and the Duan Clan wants the murderer of my son to return to the clan and acknowledge his ancestors? And they’re willing to pay any price just so he returns?"
The fat woman’s fat trembled violently, as she was enraged to the utmost limit. "I can’t stay in this Duan Clan anymore! That useless trash, Duan Ru Lei, is dead and can’t take revenge for my son any longer… My clan, I must return to my clan!"
"I’ll take revenge for my son by myself!" The fat woman packed up her things that same night and left the Imperial City in a hurry at dawn next day.
At dawn, Duan Ling Tian had only just entered the academy gate when he noticed that all the students he encountered on his way more or less stared at him with unusual gazes.
Duan Ling Tian shook his head and smiled bitterly.
Looks like it’ll be difficult for him to have peace for a period of time because of that uproar from yesterday.
Luckily, after a period of time, he would be temporarily leaving Paladin Academy to head to the northwest border’s battlefield.
When he was walking past the Martial Arts Practice Grounds, Duan Ling Tian brows knitted, as he’d noticed that three female students were arguing with each other nearby… More precisely speaking, it was two female students joining forces to bully another female student.
Duan Ling Tian clearly saw the face of the female student that was isolated and helpless, and although she couldn’t be considered to be a beauty, but her appearance was quite refined.
Originally, he didn’t plan to interfere in this matter.
"I heard that you’ve made Duan Ling Tian your idol, right?" Among the two female students who had their backs towards Duan Ling Tian, one of them had a black whip in her hand and used a condescending tone as she asked the refined female student.
"Tong Li?" When Duan Ling Tian recognized the voice’s owner, his eyes went cold. Everyone says that enemies are bound to meet, and today he could be considered to have completely experienced the meaning of this saying.
Duan Ling Tian stopped his steps and narrowed his eyes as he paid attention to the development of the matter.
"What about me making Duan Ling Tian my idol? I admire him and like him; what about it? Am I forcing you to do the same?" the refined female student said, with a flushed face.
"I can’t be bother if you admire another or like another… but that Duan Ling Tian is my absolutely irreconcilable enemy, and whoever who makes him their idol is opposing me, Tong Li!" Tong Li’s voice was incomparably cold and indifferent, as if she was suppressing the extreme rage within her heart.
"Little bi**h, do you know Miss Li’s identity? Miss Li is the cousin of the Fifth Prince, and she isn’t someone a commoner like you can offend! Quickly kneel and kowtow in apology while shouting ‘Duan Ling Tian’s a bastard’ 100 times, and maybe Miss Li will show mercy and let you off." The female student beside Tong Li had one hand against her waist and she extended the other hand to point at the refined female student’s nose. She used Tong Li’s status to bully the refined female student.
"You, you…" The refined female student was enraged to the point that her breath became hurried.
"We what? I’ll give you the time of three breaths. If you still don’t kneel and shout ‘Duan Ling Tian’s a bastard,’ I’ll whip your face into pieces!" Tong Li waved the black whip in her hand as if it would swing out at any moment.
The refined female student’s face was pale, and her body lightly trembled, but she still gritted her teeth and wasn’t willing to submit.
Duan Ling Tian’s face sank as he walked over in large strides. In the end, he still couldn’t stand by and watch any longer. Even though he didn’t know that female student, she was, after all, being bullied by Tong Li because of him. Thus, since he’d noticed this matter, then he couldn’t help but interfere!
Accompanied by Duan Ling Tian’s approach, the refined female student’s eyes shone and her face revealed an idolizing expression.
"Three breaths have passed. Looks like you’re really thickheaded!" Tong Li didn’t notice the expression of the refined female student, and her gaze went cold as she waved the black whip in her hand. As if transforming into a black venomous snake, the whip moved to bite the refined female student.
Because of noticing Duan Ling Tian, the refined female student was slightly absentminded and was completely not in time to react to Tong Li’s whip…
"Ah!" Instantly, her face went pale and terror rooted her to the ground, and she subconsciously closed her eyes.
In next to no time, she felt a wave of fierce winds scrape past her face. She originally thought that pain would follow it, but unexpectedly, after hearing a bang, nothing came next.
She opened her eyes. Only now did she notice that a violet-clothed youth had appeared before her eyes. The violet-clothed youth had his back to her and used his hand to grab hold of the whip that was swung towards her.
For a moment, her face blushed and she could only feel her heartbeat getting faster!
"You…" Tong Li’s face went grim when she noticed that someone dared to stop her from teaching a lesson to another, and she was about to snap. However, she hadn’t even opened her mouth before she became completely stunned, because the person that stopped her now wasn’t anyone else but precisely that Duan Ling Tian that she hated to the bones!
"I what?" Duan Ling Tian’s gaze went slightly cold as he exerted force with his hand to seize the black whip from Tong Li’s hand. "Miss Tong, I noticed that you seem to be uncomfortable if you don’t put on airs for a day… But I wonder, how did this fellow student here offend you?"
Tong Li’s face was ghastly pale as she shouted coldly, "What’s it got to do with you!?"
"What’s it got to do with me?" Duan Ling Tian’s eyes narrowed as his gaze moved from Tong Li to the female student beside Tong Li. "Earlier, you asked this fellow student here to kneel and say what a hundred times? Sorry, I didn’t hear it clearly just now."
The female student’s face went deathly pale, as she only dared act that way earlier because Tong Li was beside her to support her. But now, how would she dare continue saying that…
Are you kidding!? This Duan Ling Tian hit Tong Li until her head turned into a "pig’s head" right in front of her the other day.
She didn’t doubt in the slightest that if she were to dare repeat what she said earlier, Duan Ling Tian would surely beat her head into a "pig’s head".
"I… I didn’t say anything." The female student had a deathly pale expression, her body was lightly trembling, and she lowered her head, not daring to look Duan Ling Tian in the eye.
"Weren’t you rather domineering earlier?" Duan Ling Tian sneered. His eyes focused and he shouted coldly, "Kneel down!"
Duan Ling Tian didn’t look at this female student who relied on Tong Li’s status to bully others as a woman.
Didn’t you ask another to kneel down at every turn?
Now I’ll make you kneel down!
The female student’s body trembled when she heard what Duan Ling Tian said, and when she felt the faintly discernible killing intent on Duan Ling Tian’s body, she gritted her teeth and eventually knelt down.
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