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When Duan Ling Tian and Qin Xiang descended from the sky and returned to his courtyard house, they noticed that there were many people within the courtyard house.
Amongst them, Xiao Lan and Princess Bi Yao were the most conspicuous.
The two of them stood there like two fairies that had walked out from a painting.
After Duan Ling Tian appeared, the gloominess on the beautiful faces of the two girls completely dispersed and their faces bloomed into smiles that seemed as if they could overturn all living creatures…
This caused Qin Xiang to be unable to refrain from shaking her head and sighing.
It would seem that the man of her disciple was indeed extremely welcomed.
As an experienced person, she naturally clearly noticed the infatuated gazes that the two girls before her own gaze shot at Duan Ling Tian
Most importantly, in terms of good looks, these two young women weren’t inferior to her disciple, Ke Er, in the slightest.
"Father, Mother… This is Peak Master Qin Xiang, she’s Ke Er’s Master. I’ve told you of her before." Duan Ling Tian looked at Duan Ru Feng and Li Rou as he lightly smiled and introduced.
"So it’s Peak Master Qin Xiang, Li Rou is honored." Li Rou nodded to Qin Xiang.
"Peak Master Qin Xiang." Duan Ru Feng greeted Qin Xiang as well.
Qin Xiang returned a smile then looked at Li Rou with an expression of admiration. "Little Sister Li Rou, I’ve heard Ke Er mention you since long ago… You truly have good fortune. Having such an outstanding son is truly enviable."
An enchanting smile bloomed on Li Rou’s face when she heard this.
There wasn’t a single mother that didn’t live it when another praised her child, and Li Rou was no exceptions.
"Peak Master Qin Xiang!" Before Long, under the introduction of Duan Ling Tian, Princess Bi Yao and Xiao Lan had successively bowed to Qin Xiang.
They knew clearly in their hearts that this was a higher-up of a top sect in the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom, and her strength was shocking.
In terms of status, even the Emperor of the Crimson Sky Kingdom would have to be respectful towards her.
"Martial Aunt Qin Xiang!" Mo Yu looked at Qin Xiang with an excited expression, as if he was a small boat that had lost his way and he’d found a dock to berth.
Mo Yu and Qin Xiang stood at the side, and they communicated with each other via voice transmission.
The content of their exchange was none other than the matter of the Seven Star Sword Sect…
"Tian, who were those people that arrived earlier? Why did they suddenly leave?" When she recalled the incident from before, Li Rou looked at Duan Ling Tian in slight worry.
Whereas Xiao Lan, Princess BI Yao, Jing Ru, and the others looked curiously at Duan Ling Tian as well.
"It was an enemy of mine in the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom… However, they’ve already been forced away by Peak Master Qin Xiang, and I presume they won’t come back in the future." Duan Ling Tian randomly found an excuse.
He didn’t speak of the truth of the matter as he didn’t want his father and mother to be worried about him.
After all, in the eyes of his father and mother, the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom was undoubtedly a colossus, an existence that was unparalleled.
If he were to let him parents know that he was facing a colossus like this, they would undoubtedly be worried for him.
Li Rou didn’t doubt his words and nodded. "That’s good. Right, Tian, didn’t you say Ke Er and Fei had followed Peak Master Qin Xiang to go on a long journey? Now that Peak Master Qin Xiang has returned, why haven’t they returned yet?"
Duan Ling Tian smiled. "Mom, when Ke Er and Fei were returning, they just happened to have arrived at the critical juncture for breaking through, so they returned to the sect to cultivate first… As for Peak Master Qin Xiang, she came to tell me about this matter."
Li Rou came to a sudden understanding. "So that’s how it is."
Subsequently, Li Rou looked at Xiao Lan and Princess Bi Yao and said slowly, "Lan and Yao rushed over at the first possible moment when they found out you were in danger… And they were even in a state of anxiety for you earlier. Go accompany them to have a meal outside, and take it as helping them get over their shock." As Li Rou finished speaking, she glanced deeply at Duan Ling Tian with a manner that said ‘Mother will not be happy if you dare refuse.’
Duan Ling Tian smiled bitterly as he nodded, and he didn’t refuse.
The concern of the two girls had caused him to be unable to refrain from feeling warm.
Whereas when Xiao Lan and Princess Bi Yao heard Li Rou’s words, their beautiful faces couldn’t help but be tainted with a wisp of bright red, and they were extremely embarrassed.
"How good would it be if Lan and Yao are able to become my daughter-in-laws as well?" Li Rou looked at the disappearing figures of Duan Ling Tian’s group of three as she lightly sighed.
In the following days, under the orders of his mother, so long as it was in the day, Duan Ling Tian was practically accompanying Xiao Lan and Princess Bi Yao.
Duan Ling Tian was naturally able to guess his mother’s thoughts.
It wasn’t a few days before he found an excuse to stay at home and cultivate in closed doors.
As the saying goes, cultivation is timeless.
This saying wasn’t incorrect in the slightest.
Three months later, Duan Ling Tian’s cultivation had successfully broken through to the eighth level of the Nascent Soul Stage!
During these three months, something worthy of mention was that Qin Xiang had brought Mo Yu along to return to the Seven Star Sword Sect.
Of course, the Seven Star Sword Sect didn’t exist any longer, and Qin Xiang had brought Mo Yu along to return to the stalactite cave on Megrez Peak.
The cultivation environment there could be said to be the best in the entire Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom.
Moreover, with the assistance of the 10,000 Year Stalactite Milk that dripped down from there after a period of time, their cultivation would surely advance by leaps and bounds.
Duan Ling Tian knew clearly in his heart, now that the Seven Star Sword Sect was annihilated, Qin Xiang would take Mo Yu to be the future hope of the Seven Star Sword Sect and foster Mo Yu as the next Sect Leader of the Seven Star Sword Sect.
She was originally the junior sister of the Seven Star Sword Sect’s Leader, Linghu Jin Hong, and now that she was replacing her senior brother to instruct his disciple, everything fell into place.
After breaking through to the eighth level of the Nascent Soul Stage, Duan Ling Tian walked out of his room with an elated mood, then he sat before the stone table in the front courtyard and teased the little gold mouse.
"Squeak squeak~" The little gold mouse rolled about on the stone table, and at the same time, she send a voice transmission to Duan Ling Tian. "Big Brother Ling Tian, when will Big Sister Ke Er and Big Sister Li Fei return?"
"Not so fast." Duan Ling Tian shook his head.
The two little girls were cultivating in the Foreign Lands, and it was impossible for them to return in the near future.
Although he missed the two little girls extremely, he was happy that they were able to obtain such good fortune.
He believed that with the fostering of a great power in the Foreign Lands, the accomplishments of the two little girls would surely be limitless.
"Little Gold, let’s go! We’ll go out for a stroll." Duan Ling Tian called the little gold mouse then after the little gold mouse leaped onto his shoulder, he left the courtyard house with large strides.
After taking a circle in the Imperial City, Duan Ling Tian headed to the Divine Might Marquis Estate.
"Young Master Ling Tian!" The guards at the entrance of the Divine Might Marquis Estate respectfully bowed to Duan Ling Tian.
Duan Ling Tian smiled lightly as he entered the Divine Might Marquis Estate, and he encountered no resistance within the Divine Might Marquis Estate, as if he was strolling in his own backyard garden.
Duan Ling Tian met Nie Yuan and Nie Fen at the Divine Might Marquis Estate’s Audience Hall.
"Uncle Nie, Big Brother Nie. I heard about some Martial Competition of the Ten Dynasties outside… What’s that?" Duan Ling Tian asked Nie Yuan and Nie Fen curiously.
Earlier, before he entered the Audience Hall, he’d heard Nie Yuan and Nie Fen chatting happily, and their topic seemed to be twined around the Martial Competition of the Ten Dynasties.
The Martial Competition of the Ten Dynasties!
Just hearing it, one would know it wasn’t simple.
"Little Tian, you’ve come." Nie Yuan and Nie Fen noticed Duan Ling Tian’s arrival and their faces were filled with smiles.
Subsequently, Nie Yuan explained. "The Martial Competition of the Ten Dynasties is supposedly the competition between the young geniuses of the ten great dynasties including the Darkhan Dynasty…"
A competition between the young geniuses of the ten great dynasties?
Duan Ling Tian’s pupils abruptly constricted when he heard this.
The Darkhan Dynasty could be said to be boundlessly vast, and the geniuses in the Martial Dao within it were numerous like the clouds, innumerable…
Not to mention the martial competition that included another nine dynasties that were similar to the Darkhan Dynasty.
"Uncle Nie, how did you find out about this martial competition?" Duan Ling Tian asked curiously.
Not to mention the Crimson Sky Kingdom, the Darkhan Dynasty was even far beyond the reach of the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom.
But now, the grand event of the Darkhan Dynasty had actually spread to the Crimson Sky Kingdom?
"The ambassador that the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom’s Imperial Family sent to our Crimson Sky Kingdom spoke of it." Nie Yuan explained slowly. "Supposedly, this martial competition will be held five years from now… At that time, the most outstanding young geniuses from the ten great dynasties including the Darkhan Dynasty would participate. Whereas this time, the Darkhan Dynasty ordered the various Empires subordinate to it to select the most outstanding young geniuses and head to the Capital of the Dynasty four years from now to compete for the qualification to participate in the Martial Competition of the Ten Dynasties!"
"Whereas the Empires instead ordered the various Imperial Kingdoms subordinate to them to compete for the qualifications to head to the Capital of the Dynasty three years from now. The Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom instead ordered us various Kingdoms to send out our most outstanding genius martial artists to head to the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom!"
"At that time, the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom will select the most outstanding genius martial artists to head to the Darkstone Empire’s Imperial City with a goal that aimed straight towards the Martial Competition of the Ten Dynasties."
As he spoke up to here, Nie Yuan looked at Duan Ling Tian with eyes that shone. "Supposedly, the martial competition is organised by formidable powers that even transcend the Darkhan Dynasty’s Imperial Kingdom. I suspect that the formidable powers that transcends the Darkhan Dynasty’s Imperial Family are powers from the Foreign Lands!"
"Little Tian, if you’re able to rise above the rest in the competition in the Darkstone Empire’s Imperial City and head to the Capital of the Darkhan Dynasty, then even if you’re unable to obtain the qualification to participate in the Martial Competition of the Ten Dynasties, you’ll still be able to obtain the rewards bestowed by the Darkstone Empire’s Imperial Family… Supposedly, even the Imperial Family of the various Imperial Kingdoms would be envious of those rewards!" Nie Yuan finished speaking in one go.
Powers from the Foreign Lands?
Organised the Martial Competition of the Ten Dynasties?
Duan Ling Tian’s brows raised as he said to himself, "I wonder for what reason are the powers of the Foreign Lands doing this?"
Duan Ling Tian believed that the powers of the Foreign Lands would absolutely not be bored to the point of organizing this martial competition.
There was surely something hidden within this.
"Not only that, even if you only display your talents in the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom and obtain the qualifications to head to the Darkstone Empire, you’ll similarly be able to obtain many rewards from the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom’s Imperial Family!" Nie Fen looked at Duan Ling Tian, then laughed. "Little Tian, his Majesty has already decided that our Crimson Sky Kingdom will send you! So long as you’re able to display remarkable talent in the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom, our Crimson Sky Kingdom will be able to obtain the generous bestowals of the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom and even be able to be relieved from taxes for 10 years!"
All subordinate kingdoms had to pay large amounts of taxes to the greater kingdom above them.
This had always been the rule of the various Dynasties.
The Crimson Sky Kingdom and the various Kingdoms had to pay taxes to the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom.
Whereas the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom and the various Imperial Kingdoms had to pay taxes to the Darkstone Empire instead.
The Darkstone Empire and the various Empires had to pay taxes to the Darkhan Dynasty instead.
"Powers from the Foreign Lands?" Duan Ling Tian’s gaze flashed as the corners of his mouth held a smile. "Martial Competition of the Ten Dynasties… Five years from now?"
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