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Instantly, Duan Ling Tian became the absolute counter of attention within the restaurant.
In the current younger generation of the Crimson Sky Kingdom, an Origin Core martial artist below 20 would only be inferior to the Imperial City's Commander of the Embroidered Uniform Guard, Duan Ling Tian.
However, a grade eight weapons craftsman below 20 was one of a kind!
At least in the long history of the Crimson Sky Kingdom, there has never been such a monstrous existence…
Zhu Zhao was stupefied.
He never would have imagined that a fellow he had randomly provoked would actually be such an abnormal existence.
Even though he was a profligate son of a great clan, he wasn't an idiot.
He knew that he had bitten off more than he could chew this time. Moreover, it was of the extremely hard type.
"It isn’t important who I am." Duan Ling Tian looked at Zhu Qi with a calm gaze. "Just call out your Zhu Clan’s Second Elder…Right, remember to tell him that I came to look for him this time only for the sake of holding a life wager with him! I heard that he won two life wagers by weapons refinement…I presume he ought to not refuse my challenge."
Life wager by weapons refinement?
Zhu Qi’s pupils constricted and he took a deep breath, then he looked at Duan Ling Tian. "Little Brother, although I don’t know who you are, since you were able to break through to the Origin Core Stage and become a grade eight weapons craftsman at such a young age, I presume your background isn’t simple.
"But I still want to advise you… A life wager isn’t a joke! Our Zhu Clan’s Second Elder can be said to be second to none amongst the grade eight weapons craftsmen of Crimson Sky Kingdom. At least 80% of the grade eight spirit weapons he refines are top quality spirit weapons that provide a 19% amplification." As he spoke up to here, Zhu Qi looked at Duan Ling Tian as if he wanted to make Duan Ling Tian aware of the overwhelming odds and retreat.
If it was any ordinary grade eight weapons craftsman, he wouldn’t waste his breath like this, but now that Duan Ling Tian’s background was obviously not simple, he didn’t want the life wager by weapons refinement to cause the Zhu Clan to offend what seemed to be an extremely formidable power for no reason.
Now even the group of customers in the restaurant felt that Duan Ling Tian was indulging in a wild fantasy.
"This young man is too arrogant."
"Yeah. Although he became a grade eight weapons craftsman at such an age, in terms of experience, how could he possibly compare to the Zhu Clan’s Second Elder?"
"Exactly! The Zhu Clan’s Second Elder has done life wagers by weapons refinement with others twice, and he hasn’t lost once."
"Young people truly are arrogant. It’s like how a newborn calf isn’t afraid of tigers!"
No one amongst the present customers looked favorably at Duan Ling Tian.
"Little Brother, you’ve heard them as well. If you really wager your life with our Zhu Clan’s Second Elder, the loser would surely be you…So let’s just forget it." Zhu Qi persuaded further when he saw Duan Ling Tian remain indifferent.
Duan Ling Tian swept Zhu Qi with a calm gaze and slowly asked, "Where’s the biggest trade market in your Swallow Mounty County’s County City?"
Although he didn’t know why Duan Ling Tian asked this, Zhu Qi still said, "In the middle area of the County City."
Duan Ling Tian nodded, then he put down the money for the food, grabbed Li Fei’s hand, and glanced at Xiong Quan. "Xiong Quan, let’s go to the trade market in the middle area of the city."
As he spoke, Duan Ling Tian held on to Li Fei’s hand and walked out.
Xiong Quan held Zhu Zhao and followed.
"Little Brother, my son…" Zhu Qi’s face went slightly grim, and he was somewhat anxious.
"Provided that I meet your Zhu Clan’s Second Elder, provided that he agrees to a life wager by weapons refinement with me…I will return your son to you safe and sound." Duan Ling Tian’s voice drifted over from afar, causing Zhu Qi’s expression to become gloomy.
"Second Master, what should we do now?" One of the middle-aged men behind Zhu Qi asked, somewhat fearfully.
"Return to the clan!" Zhu Qi took in a deep breath and left the restaurant.
The group of customers in the restaurant all paid their bills and left, then they headed to the trade market at the middle area of the city because they knew that there would be a spectacle to see in a short while!
Within the Zhu Clan Estate’s audience hall.
From the Zhu Clan’s Patriarch and below, all the higher-ups of the Zhu Clan were gathered together.
A Zhu Clan elder noticed that Zhu Rong’s expression was unsightly and couldn’t help but ask, "Patriarch, has some important matter occurred that you were so anxious to get us all here?"
The other elders all looked over at Zhu Rong as well.
Zhu Rong’s face sank and looked at Zhu Qi, who stood nearby. "Second brother, you tell them."
For a moment, the gazes of all the Zhu Clan elders descended onto Zhu Qi.
Zhu Qi took a deep breath then slowly spoke in detail of what he saw and heard in the restaurant earlier, then he added in the end. "According to that young man’s intention, if Second Elder isn’t willing to agree to his request, he won’t release my son."
Along with Zhu Qi finishing, the entire Audience Hall went deathly silent.
Less than 20…
Origin Core martial artist?
Grade eight weapons craftsman?
The Zhu Clan’s Grand Elder, an old man over the age of 70, looked at Zhu Qi as he asked, in a deep voice, "Zhu Qi, do you know his background?"
"Grand Elder, it’s precisely because I don’t know his background that I had to think twice." Zhu Qi laughed bitterly.
Patriarch Zhu Rong looked at the Zhu Clan’s Second Elder, Zhu Liang, that sat beneath the Grand Elder, and asked, "Second Elder, what do you think of this matter?"
Zhu Liang had a calm expression as he indifferently said, "It’s only just a young and ignorant kid that’s relying on his natural talent to put on airs…However, since he’s able to possesses a cultivation at the Origin Core Stage and became a grade eight weapons craftsman at such an age, his background ought to not be simple."
The Zhu Clan’s higher-ups present deeply agreed with what Zhu Liang said.
"I think so too…However, he’s already declared that if I want to save my son, then there’s no other way." Zhu Qi nodded, and as he finished speaking, he had a bitter smile on his face.
A Zhu Clan elder who looked like he had a bad temper directly said, "Hmph! It’s only an ignorant kid… Second Elder could just agree to his life wager declaration."
"Agreeing to his life wager is easy, winning against him in the life wager is easy as well…" Zhu Liang’s muddy eyes flickered with a trace of a bright light, and he extended his hand to lightly tap the table. "However, we still don’t know his background now…If we win and he dies, we’ll surely offend the power that’s standing behind him."
The Zhu Clan’s higher-ups all went silent. This was precisely the most troublesome part.
Zhu Rong pondered for a moment, then slowly said, "Second Elder, how about this…You agree to the life wager. When you win, reveal your magnanimity and allow him to not fulfil the life wager. In this way, we can both save Zhu Zhao and avoid offending him."
"This method works!"
"I think so too!"
Instantly, the group of Zhu Clan elders expressed their agreement one by one.
Everyone's gazes descended onto the Zhu Clan’s Second Elder, Zhu Liang.
Zhu Liang’s eyes flashed, then he nodded. "It's good this way…Once I win against him and allow him to not fulfil the life wager, I can get a good reputation for myself as well."
The Swallow Mountain County’s County City was undoubtedly bustling with noise and excitement today.
Today, a mysterious young man that was below the age of 20 had arrived in the County City.
Allegedly, this young man had bashed the Zhu Clan’s third young master, Zhu Zhao, when he had only just arrived.
Not only that, but when the Zhu Clan's Second Master brought along some clan members to get revenge, the mysterious young man even revealed his cultivation and natural talent as a weapons craftsman…
An Origin Core Stage martial artist and grade eight weapons craftsman below the age of 20!
After that, this young man even boasted about wanting to hold a life wager with the Zhu Clan’s Second Elder, Zhu Liang, a life wager by weapons refinement!
Moreover, he’d chosen the most bustling trade market in the center of the city to hold the life wager.
For some time, the entire County City was stirred.
The trade market at the center of the city already had streams of people surging about, and now it was difficult to even take a single step.
The County Governor’s Estate.
A dignified middle-aged man sat within the pergola in the front courtyard and savored fragrant tea with a pleased expression.
Suddenly, a house servant ran before the dignified middle-aged man in a flurried manner.
The dignified middle-aged man was precisely the Swallow Mountain County’s County Governor, Pei Yuan, and his brows raised as he asked, in a deep voice, "What’re you so flurried about?"
"County Governor, a young man has come to our County City, and he wants to hold a life wager by weapons refinement with the Zhu Clan’s Second Elder…" Under the detailed narration of the house servant, Pei Yuan found out of the ins and outs of the matter, and the corners of his mouth curved lightly.
"An Origin Core martial artist below the age of 20? Grade eight weapons craftsman?" Pei Yuan abruptly stood up, and his eyes lit up. "Interesting, interesting…Come, come with me to join in the excitement."
Since becoming a grade seven alchemist three years ago and leaving Aurora City, Su Mo had returned to the County City’s Alchemists Guild and even became the Vice Guild Master of the Alchemists Guild.
"What? An Origin Core martial artist below the age of 20? Grade eight weapons craftsman?" After Su Mo heard of the rumors that gave rise to much discussion in the city, he was slightly surprised.
"Could it be that there’s an existence within the Crimson Sky Kingdom’s younger generation that can compare with that little freak?" Su Mo muttered.
In this lifetime, he would never forget that violet-clothed youth from that year.
That year, it was precisely because of that youth that he was able to smoothly become a grade seven alchemist and was able to leave that remote Aurora City and return to the bustling County City…
Later on, even though he was in the County City, he’d heard many rumors of that youth from all those years ago.
The number one genius in Paladin Academy.
The Duan Clan’s direct descendant disciple.
The Embroidered Uniform Guard’s Commander.
Now the little fellow from all those years ago has become the publically acknowledged peerless genius with the best natural talent in the Crimson Sky Kingdom’s younger generation.
"I’ll go join in the excitement as well…I want to see who exactly is so monstrous as to be almost comparable to that kid, Duan Ling Tian." The corners of Su Mo’s mouth held a smile, and he directly left the Alchemists Guild.
The trade market at the center of the city.
A special sign hung outside a luxurious building.
The sign of the Violet Tulip Trading Company.
At the highest point of the building was a pavilion.
Right now, a dignified, graceful, and beautiful woman sat there within the pavilion and looked from afar at the area of the trade market that was emptied…
A violet-clothed young man stood there with a beautiful girl.
Behind the two, a middle-aged man held a pale faced young man like he was holding a chick.
"I never imagined that he would cause such a stir the moment he arrived." At an unknown time, a middle-aged man with extraordinary bearings and a firm expression arrived beside the beautiful woman and lightly smiled.
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