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Translator: KurazyTolanzuraytor Editor: Jay
Zheng Fan smiled mysteriously he heard his sons question. "In your opinion, what is worthy of me laughing heartily now?"
"Father, just speak frankly." Zheng Song smiled bitterly, how could he guess it.
"I’ve broken through." Zheng Fan slowly said with a calm tone.
However, it instead caused Zheng Song to be stunned on the spot, and was unable to recover from his shock as he said in a daze. "Father… You… You said you’ve broken through?"
Zheng Song looked at Zheng Fan with a face full of pleasant surprise and disbelief.
"Yes." Zheng Fan lightly smiled as he nodded. "All thanks to Duan Ling Tian."
"Duan Ling Tian?" Zheng Song was slightly uncertain. "What can an outer court disciple like him help father with… Father, are you mistaken?"
"This has nothing to do with if he’s an outer court disciple or not." Zheng Fan shook his head. "Today, even if the Sect Leader personally arrived, he still might not be able to help me break through. To sum it all up, if it wasn’t because of Duan Ling Tian, I would probably still need a long time to break through… I owe him a great favor."
Zheng Song let out a breath of cold air, as it was truly difficult for him to imagine how the heck an outer court disciple helped his father break through.
In next to no time, under his deep inquires into the root of the matter, Zheng Fan spoke of the sequence of events.
Zheng Song came to a sudden understanding.
"Duan Ling Tian." Zheng Song’s heard was filled with gratefulness to Duan Ling Tian.
He was extremely clear of how long his father had stayed at the ninth level of the Void Prying Stage…
Today, if it wasn’t for Duan Ling Tian who awakened his father to the truth, even if another few years passed, his father might not be able to smoothly break through to the Void Initiation Stage!
This was indeed a great favor.
Duan Ling Tian and Lu Qiu continued to walk along the mountain path of Dubhe Peak.
The Megrez Hall was above.
"Elder Lu Qiu, when is the Seven Star Sword Sect inner court disciple test ordinarily held?" On the way, Duan Ling Tian thought of the objective he had left the stalactite cave with today, and asked Lu Qiu who was by his side.
"There’s an inner court disciples test every 6 months, and is usually one month after the outer court disciple test… Today just happened to be the day of the outer court disciple test. So, the inner court disciple test is precisely one month away from now." Lu Qiu slowly said.
Presently, after witnessing Duan Ling Tian’s cultivation to be at the eighth level of the Origin Core Stage, he wasn’t surprised by Duan Ling Tian’s inquiry about the inner court disciple test.
As far as he was concerned, with Duan Ling Tian’s current strength, passing through the inner court disciple test was extremely easy.
One an outer court disciple broke through to the eighth level of the Origin Core Stage, passing through the inner court disciple test was practically certain.
"After a month?" Duan Ling Tian nodded, then asked. "Elder Lu Qiu, does this inner court disciple test require additional registration?"
Lu Qiu shook his head. "No, just go directly to the Dubhe Peak’s Test Platform on the day of the inner court disciple test."
"Test Platform?" Duan Ling Tian was stunned, as he wasn’t familiar with the main peak, Dubhe Peak.
"The Test Platform is the vast platform that you participated in the outer court disciple test 6 months ago." Lu Qiu patiently explained, with a shred of impatience.
In his opinion, Duan Ling Tian currently had a boundless future.
In the future, if Duan Ling Tian were to stay in the Seven Star Sword Sect, he would surely be an important person of the Seven Star Sword Sect, and becoming the next generation Sect Leader of the Seven Star Sword Sect might not be impossible.
If he were to leave the Seven Star Sword Sect, he would surely be a great figure whose name shocked the entire Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom.
According to his knowledge, in the history of the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom, there hasn’t been even one figure that could compare to Duan Ling Tian in terms of natural talent in the Martial Dao.
He was convinced that once Duan Ling Tian matured, the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom might not be able to contain Duan Ling Tian.
"So that’s the Test Platform." Duan Ling Tian came to a sudden understanding, he remembered that vast platform clearly, and it was the place he participated in the outer court disciple test that day after all.
Before long, Duan Ling Tian and Lu Qiu finally arrived at the location of Megrez Hall.
Megrez Hall, was similarly on a vast platform on Dubhe Peak, and had a vast imposing manner.
Duan Ling Tian and Lu Qiu walked swiftly over, then stood shoulder to shoulder outside the Megrez Hall.
"Peak master, Lu Qiu and Duan Ling Tian seek an audience." Lu Qiu stood before Megrez Hall, and spoke in a loud voice. His voice contained Origin Energy and extended and spread out to envelop the entire Megrez hall.
In next to no time, a gaunt young man around the age of 26 or 27 with slight gloominess mixed within between his brows, walked out of Megrez Hall. His sharp eyes squinted as he gazed at Duan Ling Tian and Lu Qiu who stood outside. "Master asked the two of you to enter."
The voice of this young man was hoarse and low, causing one to feel uncomfortable when hearing it.
Duan Ling Tian couldn’t help but frown.
"He’s our Megrez Peak’s Master’s foster son, Wu Yong Qian." Lu Qiu condensed his Origin Energy into sound and transmitted it into Duan Ling Tian’s ears.
Duan Ling Tian nodded and walked forward shoulder to shoulder with Lu Qiu, and under the lead of Wu Yong Qian, they walked in the Audience Hall of Megrez Hall.
At the instant he entered the Audience Hall, Duan Ling Tian saw the middle aged man that stood within.
This middle aged man had a similar age to the Peak Master of Mizar Peak, Zheng Fan, and had an extremely ordinary appearance, the type of appearance that couldn’t be found within a crowd of people…
Duan Ling Tian’s Spiritual Force was able to vaguely discern that the cultivation of this middle aged man ought to be similar to Zheng Fan before he broke through.
Ninth level of the Void Prying Stage!
"He ought to be the Peak Master of Megrez Peak." Duan Ling Tian thought inwardly.
Even though he had never met the Peak Master of Megrez Peak before, but as a disciple of Megrez Peak, he’d still heard of the Peak Master…
The Peak Master of Megrez Peak was called Wu Dao!
"Foster Father, they have come." As expected, after Wu Yong Qian brought Duan Ling Tian and Lu Qiu in, he bowed and reported to Wu Dao, and his hoarse and low voice was filled with reverence.
Subsequently, Wu Yong Qian went to stand behind Wu Dao.
"Peak Master." Lu Qiu respectfully saluted Wu Dao.
"Peak Master." Duan Ling Tian nodded to Wu Dao as well.
If it was at another time, and Duan Ling Tian was here alone, perhaps no one would mind.
But now, the attitude Duan Ling Tian had when facing Wu Dao instead formed a contrasting comparison to Lu Qiu…
Wu Dao lightly frowned and was slightly displeased.
"Presumptuous!" An awe-inspiring sheen appeared within the sharp gaze of Wu Yong Qian who stood behind Wu Dao as he looked at Duan Ling Tian and shouted coldly.
However, Duan Ling Tian paid no attention to Wu Yong Qian, and instead looked at Wu Dao with a carefree expression, as if his expression wouldn’t change even if Mount Tai collapsed.
Wu Yong Qian’s face sank when he saw Duan Ling Tian disregarding him, and a gloomy cold light flickered within his eyes, seeming to be waiting to swallow Duan Ling Tian up.
Lu Qiu stood by Duan Ling Tian’s side, and was worried for Duan Ling Tian now.
"You are Duan Ling Tian?" Wu Dao’s brows relaxed, a wisp of a coldness and fierceness arose within his eyes as he stared at Duan Ling Tian.
At the same time, a formidable imposing manner surged out from Wu Dao’s body to press onto Duan Ling Tian’s body…
The imposing manner of a ninth level Void Prying Stage expert!
But, when faced with Wu Dao’s formidable imposing manner, Duan Ling Tian seemed as if to have no feeling, and he stood there on the spot with an unfazed expression, not moving like a mountain.
The imposing manner on Wu Dao’s body ceaselessly rose.
Duan Ling Tian’s expression still remained unchanged, and a wisp of a smile even appeared on the corners of his mouth.
That was the smile of being unperturbed!
"What a fellow!" Finally, Wu Dao’s imposing manner was completely withdrawn by him, and he laughed heartily. The displeasure from earlier had vanished. "As expected of the existence that’s able to kill the number one disciple in the outer court, Shi Hao. Duan Ling Tian, you’re worthy of the title of number one disciple in the Seven Star Sword Sect’s outer court!"
Duan Ling Tian made nothing of Wu Dao’s sudden changes of countenance, and he nodded. "Thank you for your praise, Peak Master."
When Wu Yong Qian heard Wu Dao praising Duan Ling Tian, his cold and fierce gaze had a trace of a sheen of envy and viciousness…
He was the foster son of Wu Dao.
But from when he was young, he’d never once heard Wu Dao praise him.
"Neither arrogant nor humble, an exceptional talent." Wu Dao looked at Duan Ling Tian and nodded in satisfaction, then said. "Duan Ling Tian, you killed Shi Hao and seized the first place in the outer court martial competition, and have brought honor to our Megrez Peak this time… Tell me, what reward do you want?"
Duan Ling Tian frowned.
Wu Dao’s manner of speaking was filled with a condescending feeling, as if someone of high position was speaking to someone lowly, causing him to feel extremely uncomfortable.
"Peak Master, I’m a member of Megrez Peak. Before I leave Megrez Peak, doing something for the Megrez Peak is something I ought to do." Duan Ling Tian said indifferently, and was slightly disinterested.
"Leaving Megrez Peak?" Wu Dao was stunned when he heard Duan Ling Tian, then recovered from his shock and nodded. "I nearly forgot, you obtained the first place in the outer court martial competition, and also obtain a Profound Origin Fruit… If nothing unexpected happened, you ought to be already at the seventh level of the Origin Core Stage now."
Seventh level Origin Core Stage?
The corners of the nearby Lu Qiu’s mouth twitch.
He felt the Wu Dao truly underestimated Duan Ling Tian.
"With your methods, it isn’t difficult to pass the inner court disciple test after you step into the seventh level of the Origin Core Stage." Wu Dao looked at Duan Ling Tian and pondered for a moment, and a burning flowing light appeared within his eyes as he stared fixedly at Duan Ling Tian. "Duan Ling Tian, do you know why I asked Lu Qiu to go bring you here?"
Duan Ling Tian shook his head. "Peak Master, please clarify."
"Duan Ling Tian, I don’t like to beat around the bush, so I’ll be straightforward…" At the same time that Wu Dao spoke, not only Duan Ling Tian and Lu Qiu, but even Wu Yong Qian who stood behind Wu Dao, all looked at Wu Dao.
Finally, Wu Dao took a breath then said in a clear voice. "I, Wu Dao, the Peak Master of Megrez Peak, desire to take you, Duan Ling Tian, as my Personal Disciple."
At the instant Wu Dao said this, all the three of them including Duan Ling Tian were dumbstruck.
Duan Ling Tian was speechless.
When did he become so popular?
Duan Ling Tian recovered from his shock and shook his head. "Peak Master, I’m sorry, I temporarily have no intention of taking a master."
He even refused Zheng Fan who had broken through to the Void Initiation Stage now, let alone this Wu Dao.
"Presumptuous!" Wu Yong Qian who stood behind Wu Dao had a bellyful of flames of envy that practically exploded his chest open when he heard his foster father wanted to take Duan Ling Tian as a Personal Disciple…
Now, seeing that Duan Ling Tian actually directly refusing his foster father, he completely exploded out.
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