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Translator: KurazyTolanzuraytor Editor: Jay
"Yes, Mom." Duan Ling Tian nodded.
Even if Li Rou didn’t say it, he would go to the Divine Might Marquis Estate to pay a visit to the Divine Might Marquis, Nie Yuan.
At the very least, Nie Yuan had given him too much help during his path of growth.
He’s always remembered this kindness in his heart.
That day, Duan Ling Tian accompanied his mother for the entire day and he only brought the little gold mouse along and went out at dawn the next day as he headed to the Divine Might Marquis Estate.
During these few years, the guards at the gate to the Divine Might Marquis Estate were changed countless time, so they didn’t recognize Duan Ling Tian.
However, the guards noticed that Duan Ling Tian’s bearing was extraordinary and didn’t dare be treat him coldly, and they asked politely. "Young Master, may I know why you’ve come to our Divine Might Marquis Estate?"
"Please report that Duan Ling Tian requests for an audience with the Divine Might Marquis Estate." Duan Ling Tian lightly smiled to the guard and spoke slowly.
Duan Ling Tian?
Unexpectedly, Duan Ling Tian had only just finished speaking when the guards had expressions of surprise. "You… You’re Duan Ling Tian?"
"What? Has there been someone who was pretending to be me?" Duan Ling Tian shook his head and smiled.
"No… No… Young Master Ling Tian, please follow me, please follow me." One of the guards hurriedly shook his head, and he didn’t dare make Duan Ling Tian wait outside and brought Duan Ling Tian into the Divine Might Marquis Estate.
The other guards stayed back, and their faces slightly flushed red as they gazed at Duan Ling Tian’s figure that moved into the distance.
They only came back to their senses after Duan Ling Tian’s figure vanished before their eyes, then they looked at each other. "I’ve heard of this Young Master Long Tian since long ago, but now that I’ve met him, he really does deserve his reputation… Supposedly, he was once the Commander of the Embroidered Uniform Guard."
"That time was before I joined the Divine Might Marquis Estate. Young Master Ling Tian’s reputation was like thunder reverberating in my ears… The genius in strategy of the Paladin Academy’s Star Mastermind Department who didn’t waste a single soldier in breaking through the Southern Champion Kingdom’s Southern Barbaric City! Not only that, his natural talent in the Martial Dao is even unprecedented in our Crimson Sky Kingdom."
"Supposedly, Young Master Ling Tian is also an alchemist."
"Supposedly, Young master Ling Tian is also a weapons craftsman… He once carried out a life wager by weapon’s refinement in the County City of Swallow Mountain County, and crippled a great clan of the Swallow Mountain County’s City!"
"Even now, the legends of Young Master Ling Tian is still spread all over the Crimson Sky Kingdom… I truly never imagined that I would be able to meet Young Master Ling Tian in my lifetime. My life has truly not been lived in vain!"
"I heard that Young Master Ling Tian went to the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom later and joined one of those formidable sects. He probably returned this time to visit his family and relatives."
"I heard long ago that our Divine Might Marquis Estate had an extremely good relationship with Young Master Ling Tian… Presently, the news of Young Master Ling Tian hasn’t even spread and he had already come to our Divine Might Marquis Estate. It’s sufficient to show how important our Divine Might Marquis Estate is in the heart of Young Master Ling Tian."
The guards discussed animatedly, and they were more excited the more they discussed.
Duan Ling Tian followed the guard and quickly arrived outside the Audience Hall of the Divine Might Marquis Estate.
Duan Ling Tian was able to notice from far away that there was a figure walking up and down within the Audience Hall, and the figure seemed to be slightly anxious…
Duan Ling Tian restrained the guard that wanted to report Duan Ling Tian’s arrival and he lightly smiled to him. "I’ll go in myself, sorry for the trouble."
"Don’t mention it, Young Master Ling Tian." When facing the polite Duan Ling Tian, at the same time the guard turned around and left, he had an expression of being overwhelmed by the unexpected favor.
Duan Ling Tian walked over to the Audience Hall in large strides.
Meanwhile, he saw two robust figures…
The robust middle aged man stood within the Audience Hall and seemed calm.
The other young man walked up and down, and he seemed to have encountered something that caused him to be in an extremely difficult situation.
"Big Brother Nie, what’s wrong?" Duan Ling Tian didn’t proclaim his arrival beforehand and directly walked swiftly into the Audience Hall and asked with a hearty smile.
"Who?!" Duan Ling Tian appearing without a sound had alarmed both the people within the Audience Hall, and it caused their faces to go grim.
Two pairs of fierce gazes swept towards Duan Ling Tian in unison.
In next to no time, when their gazes descended onto Duan Ling Tian, the fierceness within instantly melted…
"Little… Little Tian?" The Divine Might Marquis, Nie Yuan, who stood deep inside the Audience Hall was the first to react and he had an expression of pleasant surprise.
Although a few years had passed, Duan Ling Tian’s appearance hadn’t changed much and he’d only become slightly mature.
"Little Tian, it’s really you!" Because of Duan Ling Tian’s appearance, Nie Fen who was walking up and down had stopped moving, and he had an expression of pleasant surprise as well.
"Uncle Nie, Big Brother Nie." Duan Ling Tian nodded with a smile to the two of them. "Long time no see."
"Haha… Little Tian, when did you return?" Nie Yuan walked over in pleasant surprise, and he asked as he walked.
"I just returned yesterday." Duan Ling Tian smiled.
"Little Tian, you’ve returned at the right time… Hmph! This time, let me see how that Sun Ascent Kingdom’s Ambassador still remains complacent now! So what if he’s at the first level of the Nascent Soul Stage… Compared to Little Tian, he doesn’t even amount to trash." Nie Fen had an excited expression, and disdain appeared on the corners of his mouth as he finished speaking.
Sun Ascent Kingdom?
Duan Ling Tian’s brows raised, it would seem like what he heard in the restaurant yesterday was true.
The ambassador of Sun Ascent Kingdom had brought along three outstanding young geniuses, and he actually wanted to challenge the young geniuses of the Crimson Sky Kingdom to reduce the prestige of the Crimson Sky Kingdom…
"Little Tian, what’s your cultivation now?" Nie Yuan looked at Duan Ling Tian with eyes filled with curiosity.
Before Duan Ling Tian left the Crimson Sky Kingdom that day, he’d revealed a peerlessly monstrous natural talent that could be called unprecedented in the entire Crimson Sky Kingdom.
As far as he was concerned, now that a few years had passed, Duan Ling Tian who had joined a sect in the Azure Forest and possessed an even better cultivation environment would have surely already grown to an extent that was sufficient to shock him…
"Father, I’ve already stepped into the ninth level of the Origin Core Stage now, with Little Tian’s natural talent, he’d have surely already surpassed me… Dealing with the young geniuses that the Sun Ascent Kingdom’s ambassador brought along is extremely easy for him! Little Tian, you should have at least broken through to the second level of the Nascent Soul Stage now, right?" Nie Fen’s words were filled with confidence towards Duan Ling Tian, and as he finished speaking, he looked at Duan Ling Tian with an expression of anticipation.
Duan Ling Tian lightly smiled and abruptly took a step forward.
Origin Energy raged and leaped up on his body.
Instantly, numerous ancient mammoth silhouettes condensed into form above Duan Ling Tian, and they continuously condensed and increased in number…
After a short moment, the ancient mammoth silhouettes stopped increasing in number.
"Eight… The strength of 800 ancient mammoths!" Nie Yuan looked at the 800 ancient mammoth silhouettes that appeared and he had an astonished expression as his heartbeat increased in speed.
Although he’d long since guessed that Duan Ling Tian’s current strength would be sufficient to shock him, he’d still never expected it to be so shocking…
In just a few years, this nephew of his had already broken through to the sixth level of the Nascent Soul Stage?
If he didn’t remember wrongly, this nephew of his was only 23 this year, right?
A 23 year old at the sixth level of the Nascent Soul Stage…
What sort of monster was this?
Even Duan Ling Tian’s father, Duan Ru Feng, the number one in the younger generation of the Crimson Sky Kingdom during his time, seemed to have only broken through to the first level of the Nascent Soul Stage at the age of 27…
Compared to Duan Ling Tian, the accomplishments of Duan Ling Tian’s father, Duan Ru Feng, were completely not worth mentioning!
"Sixth… Sixth level of the Nascent Soul Stage…" Nie Fen stood on the spot and he was dumbfounded, his mouth gaped and was unable to close for a long time.
Similarly to Nie Yuan, he was completely stunned by Duan Ling Tian’s cultivation as well.
A 23 year old sixth level Nascent Soul Stage martial artist…
He didn’t know how what to use to describe Duan Ling Tian.
Monster? Abnormal? They seemed to be already not suitable for the current Duan Ling Tian.
"Abnormal amongst abnormals!" In the end, Nie Fen finally thought of a way to describe Duan Ling Tian…
It wasn’t going too far to call Duan Ling Tian an abnormal amongst abnormal with the cultivation Duan Ling Tian possessed at an age like this.
After a long time, Nie Yuan and Nie Fen recovered from their shock.
"Little Tian, you must follow us to the Imperial Palace tomorrow and properly teach the first level Nascent Soul Stage young genius that came along with the Sun Ascent Kingdom’s ambassador a lesson… Let him learn of the true genius of our Crimson Sky Kingdom!" Nie Fen looked at Duan Ling Tian and rubbed his palms together, he seemed as if he’d already seen the scene of Duan Ling Tian completely crushing the young genius the Sun Ascent Kingdom’s ambassador brought over.
"Hmph! You don’t cultivate properly and are inferior to him, so you want to teach him a lesson through Little Tian? Don’t you feel it to be shameful?" Nie Yuan looked at Nie Fen and grunted coldly.
Nit Fen smiled bitterly. "Father, it’s not like you didn’t see it… Never mind the other two people, the person that Sun Ascent Kingdom’s ambassador brought over, but in terms of age, that first level Nascent Soul Stage young genius is many years older than me. If I was of the same age as him, I guarantee I’d crush him completely."
"Age?" Nie Yuan glared angrily at Nie Fen. "You have the nerve to speak about age? Then do you want to compare your age with Little Tian? The difference between you and Little Tian seems to be even greater than the difference between you and the person the Sun Ascent Kingdom’s ambassador brought over, right?"
"Father, you… Aren’t you bullying me by comparing me with Little Tian?" Nie Fen was completely helpless.
Comparing himself with Duan Ling Tian was completely like looking to be bashed.
This was something that he already knew all those years ago.
"Uncle Nie, Big Brother Nie, what’s actually going on with that Sun Ascent Kingdom’s ambassador?" Duan Ling Tian asked curiously.
Although he’d heard about the Sun Ascent Kingdom’s ambassador intentionally provoking the Crimson Sky Kingdom, but he didn’t know the cause and effect of the matter.
"Actually, it isn’t a big deal…" Nie Yuan spoke slowly. "The Sun Ascent Kingdom is a neighboring kingdom on the west of our Crimson Sky Kingdom, and had always been living along peacefully with our Crimson Sky Kingdom… This time, the Sun Ascent Kingdom sent over an ambassador and we originally thought it was just a friendly visit, but we never imagined that he would actually put forward a suggestion on the spot for a friendly martial competition between the young geniuses of the two kingdoms to his Majesty.
"It wasn’t good for His Majesty to object, so he agreed… News had spread out these past few days that one of the three young geniuses that the ambassador of the Sun Ascent Kingdom brought had actually broken through to the first level of the Nascent Soul Stage." As he spoke up to here, Nie Yuan sighed. "Originally, it was fine even if we lost. But the problem is that his Majesty and the Sun Ascent Kingdom’s ambassador had actually used three years of the kingdom’s taxes as the wager for the friendly martial competition…"
"Hmph! That Sun Ascent Kingdom’s ambassador had obviously come prepared, and placed a trap for his Majesty… However, never in his dreams would he have thought that Little Tian would return." Nie Fen grunted in a low voice, and as he finished speaking, he couldn’t refrain from bursting into laughter.
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