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Translator: KurazyTolanzuraytor Editor: Jay
"So that’s how it is." When he saw Zhang Yan impatiently attacking Chen Shao Shuai, whereas Chen Shao Shuai smoothly blocked the attack, Duan Ling Tian’s gaze lit up as he came to a sudden understanding.
In terms of attack, Chen Shao Shuai had a slight advantage over Zhang Yan.
In terms of speed, Chen Shao Shuai was inferior to Zhang Yan.
So, Chen Shai Shuai chose to defend and not attack.
Because he knew that if he were to blindly attack, it would give Zhang Yan an opportunity to take advantage of.
"So this is what Sword Young Master was planning."
"In this way, Sword Young Master would surely be in an invincible position!"
Before long, many people had guessed Chen Shao Shuai’s intentions.
Zhang Yan reacted to what was happening, and his face went gloomy as he looked at Chen Shao Shuai and said with explosive rage, "Sword Young Master, could it be that you don’t even have the balls to attack me?"
Obviously, Zhang Wan wanted to prod Chen Shao Shuai into action.
However, Chen Shao Shuai disregarded Zhang Yan, and he had a calm expression.
Zhang Yan’s expression was exceedingly gloomy.
After waiting for a period of time and noticing that it was impossible for Chen Shao Shuai to take the initiative to attack, Zhang Yan launched an attack once more.
If he were to continue wasting energy like this, it would only be a tie, and he would be eliminated.
Only now did he realize that Sword Young Master had planned everything all along.
Swish! Swish! Swish! Swish! Swish!
Numerous material Origin Energy point forces tore through the sky and swept towards Chen Shao Shuai, whereas every single time, the sword in Chen Shao Shuai’s hand would be able to smash Zhang Yan’s Origin Energy point force in a timely manner.
Only Chen Shao Shuai’s movement technique’s speed was slow, but the sword in his hand wasn’t slow in the slightest.
Sword Force was unable to make his movement speed increase, but it was able to increase the speed of his sword.
In the end, the battle between Chen Shao Shuai and Zhang Yan ended with a tie.
According to Chen Shao Shuai’s conditions from before, Zhang Yan had narrowly lost the opportunity to obtain one of the five positions.
"Hmph!" The Emperor glanced at Zhang Yan indifferently, and then he snorted lightly.
Zhang Yan’s figure trembled when he heard this.
He knew that he’d caused his Imperial Father to be disappointed.
"All five of you gather at the Imperial Palace three days from now to head to the Darkstone Empire!" The Emperor’s gaze swept past Duan Ling Tian and the other four of them.
Duan Ling Tian and the others nodded in agreement.
Subsequently, the gaze of the Emperor descended onto Luo Rong. "Guild Master Luo, I’ll be taking my leave first."
"Take care, your Majesty." Luo Rong nodded.
After the Emperor left, the genius competition came to an end.
Zhang Yan dragged along his solitary figure as he walked step by step into the depths of the Imperial Palace.
There was a pavilion that belonged to him over there.
This time, he didn’t pester Flute Fairy, Zi Yan.
The other people dispersed as well.
When Duan Ling Tian left, he noticed that two burning gazes had descended onto him.
These two gazes were filled with killing intent.
The owners of these gazes were precisely from Prince Sheng and the Little Prince.
"Father, could it be that we’ll just allow Duan Ling Tian to head to the Darkstone Empire?" Zhang Heng had an unwilling expression.
"Don’t worry… He’s unable to arrive at the Darkstone Empire!" Prince Sheng’s eyes were filled with extreme killing intent. "It’s impossible for a person that has humiliated my Prince Sheng’s Estate to stay alive."
"Father, you have a plan?" Zhang Heng’s eyes lit up when he heard this, and the gloominess on his face was washed away completely.
Prince Sheng nodded.
Outside the Imperial Palace at this moment.
Within the spacious coach of a leaving carriage was five people sitting there.
Only three people were inside the carriage when it arrived.
Duan Ling Tian, Luo Rong, and Luo Zhan.
Yet at this moment, there was an extra two people.
Chen Shao Shuai and Su Li.
"Su Li, exactly what fortuitous encounter did you acquire during these past few years? You actually possess such a shocking cultivation." Duan Ling Tian looked at Su Li and asked via voice transmission.
Su Li replied via voice transmission. "Duan Ling Tian, not long after I left Paladin Academy that day, I brought my parents along to leave their original residence… Later on, I entered into the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom to wander about by myself, and I just happened to meet my current Master." As he finished speaking, Su Li’s eyes were filled with respect.
Obviously, he respected that Master of his extremely.
"Master?" Duan Ling Tian was stunned.
There was someone in the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom that was able to foster an extraordinary genius in the Martial Dao like Su Li?
"Yes." Su Li nodded.
"Your master is someone from the Azure Forest Tri-Sect?" Duan Ling Tian frowned as he asked.
The voice transmission this time contained a low and deep tone mixed within.
The reason Duan Ling Tian guessed like this was because Su Li had called Long Yun as Junior Brother Long earlier, whereas Long Yun was a member of the formed Demonic Lotusblade Sect, and he was also a member of the Azure Forest Tri-Sect now.
"Azure Forest Tri-Sect?" The corners of Su Li’s mouth curled into a wisp of disdain when he heard Duan Ling Tian’s words. "My Master in completely unrelated to that Azure Forest Tri-Sect… Besides that, that Long Yun’s Master isn’t a member of the Azure Forest Tri-Sect as well!"
Not a member of the Azure Forest Tri-Sect?
Duan Ling Tian heaved a sigh of relief.
Otherwise, he would really not know how to face this old friend of his, Su Li.
"Do you know the background of that Master of yours?" Duan Ling Tian asked curiously.
Su Li shook his head. "I don’t know, Master has always been mysterious… However, according to what he said, he ought to be from an extremely far place. Hmm, he also has a Senior Brother which his lifelong rival, and that is Long Yun’s Master."
Duan Ling Tian came to a sudden understanding.
He remembered that Long Yun and Su Li had arrived one after the other at the Imperial Palace today.
Long Yun seemed to have mentioned a Martial Uncle Sword, whereas Su Li seemed to have mentioned a Martial Uncle Saber.
Su Li knew nothing of the background of his own master and the master of Long Yun, and it was even to the extent that he didn’t even know exactly how strong his master was.
"I only know that Master seemed to have been wandering here, whereas that Martial Uncle Saber had instead followed Master all the way here!" Su Li continued.
"They’re sworn enemies?" Duan Ling Tian asked curiously.
"How did you know?" Su Li couldn’t help but be stunned when he heard this.
Duan Ling Tian smiled as a matter of course. "From the beginning until the end, there was quite a great deal of hostility between you and Long Yun… Besides that, since that Martial Uncle Saber of yours had followed your Master to the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom, I presume it wasn’t likely that they would be junior and senior brothers with a good relationship."
"Their relationship isn’t good indeed… That Martial Uncle Saber has always refused to concede defeat before my Master, and it’s to the extent that after a period time, he would repeatedly look for my Master for a battle!" When he spoke up to here, the corners of Su Li’s mouth curled into a faint smile. "But unfortunately for him, that Martial Uncle Saber would lose every single time!"
Subsequently, Su Li said, "As for Long Yun, he’s the disciple that Martial Uncle Saber took in later on… Martial Uncle Saber knew that it was extremely difficult for him to defeat my Master in his lifetime. So, he had the thought of fostering a disciple that could defeat me."
"Martial Uncle Saber is extremely eager to succeed, and he must surpass my Master in an aspect before he would let the matter drop." Su Li finished speaking in one go.
Duan Ling Tian couldn’t help but shake his head, and he thought in his heart. "Looks like Su Li’s master isn’t simple, as he was able to allow Su Li to change so greatly in a short few years of time."
As far as Duan Ling Tian was concerned, even if it was an expert that stood at the peak of the Darkhan Dynasty, the expert might not be able to do this.
In other words, it was extremely likely that Su Li’s master was someone from the Foreign Lands, whereas Long Yun’s master was extremely likely to be from the Foreign Lands as well.
"Duan Ling Tian, I haven’t returned to the Crimson Sky Kingdom for a period of time… Are Xiao Yu, Xiao Xun, and Tian Hu well?" Su Li looked at Duan Ling Tian as he asked.
This time, he didn’t use a voice transmission to speak, and his voice entered into the ears of everyone in the carriage.
"They’re well." Duan Ling Tian lightly smiled as he nodded. "I returned to the Crimson Sky Kingdom and saw them two years ago."
"That’s good." Su Li nodded, and his gaze became slightly distant. "In the blink of an eye, six or seven years have passed… I presume they’ve changed a great deal. Time really passes quickly."
"Yeah, time and tide wait for no man." Duan Ling Tian agreed deeply.
"Both of you are young, yet you’re sighing emotionally about time and tide waiting for no man… How do you think an old man like me feels?" Luo Rong shook his head and smiled bitterly when he heard the conversation between Duan Ling Tian and Su Li.
"Duan Ling Tian, Su Li, tell us about your pasts." Chen Shao Shuai’s eyes flashed as he asked curiously.
He’s always been someone that acted like old friends with someone even on their first meeting.
After Duan Ling Tian’s introductions, they could be considered to have gotten to know Su Li, and made friends with Su Li.
Duan Ling Tian smiled as he casually spoke about some past things, and he mentioned more about the incident when Su Li left all those years ago.
"In other words, when Su Li left that day, his strength was far inferior to you?" Luo Zhan looked at Duan Ling Tian and asked.
Duan Ling Tian nodded.
"Su Li… How did you pass these past few years? How did you come to possess this terrifying cultivation and comprehend Advanced Sword Force?" Chen Shao Shuai had a dull expression as he looked at Su Li.
He originally thoughts that Duan Ling Tian and Su Li’s strength in the past ought to be almost the same.
But who would have imagined that at that time, Su Li’s strength was actually inferior to Duan Ling Tian.
Although Luo Rong didn’t speak, his muddy eyes flashed with an imperceptible bright light.
Su Li’s improvement had caused him to feel disbelief.
"It was only luck." Su Li smiled lightly and didn’t intend to speak of it in detail.
Luo Zhan and Chen Shao Shuai were both intelligent people, and they didn’t ask any further.
"Luck is a part of strength as well." Right at this moment, Luo Zhan put a rare word in.
"Su Li, if you don’t have a place to stay during these few days, then come stay at the Weapons Craftsmen Guild first." Duan Ling Tian looked at Su Li and suggested.
Su Li looked at Luo Rong when he heard this. "I have no problems with that… I just don’t know if I’ll be disturbing Guild Master Luo."
"You’re not." Luo Rong hurriedly shook his head as he didn’t dare be discourteous to a person that Duan Ling Tian invited.
Just like this, Su Li temporarily stayed on the fifth floor of the Weapons Craftsmen Guild.
Luo Rong had always stayed at the fifth floor by himself, and for a time, it became filled with noise and excitement.
The next day.
Duan Ling Tian stayed in his room and cultivated with a calm heart.
Nine Dragons War Sovereign Technique, Lightning Wyrm Form!
Duan Ling Tian’s mind was immersed in his cultivation, and it was cut off from the world.
"Master!" Duan Ling Tian only returned to his senses when a voice transmission came from outside the room and entered Duan Ling Tian’s ears.
"Is there something you need?" Duan Ling Tian was able to discern that this was Luo Rong’s voice.
"Master, there’s news of the thing you’re looking for!" Luo Rong’s voice transmission sounded out once more.
Luo Rong’s voice transmission caused Duan Ling Tian who had just awoken from cultivation and was slightly dazed to shudder, and he instantly sobered up.
"Is it Phoenix Wing Herb or Ageless Root?" Duan Ling Tian revealed a pleasantly surprised expression, and he asked with slight excitement.
He was able to guess that this thing Luo Rong mentioned would surely be one of these two things.
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