Chapter 226: Duan Ling Tian's Plans
Translator: KurazyTolanzuraytor Editor: Lucas
"Young Master, this is?" Although Xiong Quan could vaguely guess what it was, he still couldn't help himself from asking for confirmation.
Duan Ling Tian lightly smiled as he said, "These are grade eight Spirit-Cleansing Pills, consume them separately over three months just like the previous grade nine Spirit-Cleansing Pills....In three months, your cultivation will once again recover another one-third, so you ought to be able to recover to the Void Prying Stage."
Xiong Quan's breathing became hurried when he heard this. His cultivation could finally recover to the Void Prying Stage!
All through this time, he'd always been depressed....
He was an existence at the sixth level of the Void Prying Stage, but now because of the Origin Sealing Parasite, his cultivation suffered an extreme restriction.
If he could recover to the Void Prying Stage, even if it was only the first level of the Void Prying Stage, it still far surpassed his current situation!
After all, he had many formidable skills that could only be executed when relying upon the strength of the Void Prying Stage.
Subsequently, Duan Ling Tian spent half an hour and refined a medicinal pill that looked simple and dull right before Xiong Quan's eyes and passed it to him. "Besides that, this is the antidote for the past half year."
When he gave Xiong Quan the grade nine Spirit-Cleansing Pill to consume that day, he'd mixed a special poison within. That poison was something even the Spirit-Cleansing Pill was helpless against.
Xiong Quan had to consume the antidote every half year, or else he would undoubtedly die!
This was also a method Duan Ling Tian used to control Xiong Quan.
"Thank you, Young Master." Xiong Quan's gaze shone, and he hurriedly received it before consuming it.
After sending Xiong Quan off, Duan Ling Tian went to the rear courtyard.
Only now did he realize that the two little girls had both smoothly broken through to the Origin Core Stage.
Duan Ling Tian returned to his room after accompanying the two little girls for a while.
After taking out a drop of Monkey King Wine and consuming it, Duan Ling Tian started cultivating.
This time, Duan Ling Tian noticed that the medicinal strength of the Monkey King Wine was an entire 50% weaker than before....
He circulated the Nine Dragons War Sovereign Technique's Wyrm Python Form mental cultivation, and in the end, Duan Ling Tian was only barely able to break through to the second level of the Origin Core Stage.
"Looks like the Monkey King Wine and Monkey Wine are similar; the effect from first consumption is much better, and the following consumptions' effects are halved each time....The second consumption is the half of the first consumption, and the third consumption is the half of the second consumption...so on and so forth. Later on, its effect makes no difference." Duan Ling Tian thought in his heart, and he realized that if he stepped into the Half-step Void Stage in the future and wanted to use the Monkey King Wine to break through, consuming even more Monkey King Wine would only be a waste.
However, now that his cultivation had broken through to the second level of the Origin Core Stage, it allowed Duan Ling Tian to possess the strength of 41 ancient mammoths.
Compared to an ordinary second level Origin Core martial artist, he possessed an extra strength of 11 ancient mammoths!
Compared to an ordinary third level Origin Core martial artists, he possessed an extra strength of 1 ancient mammoth!
"That Xue Yun was a Specter Guard...." Duan Ling Tian took out Xue Yun's Spatial Ring and dripped blood to establish ownership, then he looked within and his eyes squinted. "There's actually only a million or so silver here....This Xue Yun really hasn't been doing well. He was an existence at the Half-step Void Stage and only had this much." As he finished speaking, Duan Ling Tian had a face full of dislike.
At the gate of the Fifth Prince's Estate.
Fifth Prince looked at Tong Li and said, with a light smile, "Li, cousin will come see you at Fair Sun County when I'm free."
"Cousin...." Tong Li's eyes were hazy and full of tears, and her face had a sense of unwillingness mixed within. "Could it be that we really are helpless against that Duan Ling Tian?"
When she found out of Duan Ling Tian's current dominance, Tong Li's heart was filled with unwillingness and resentment.
"Li, don't worry. Once cousin conquers the throne, I'll surely capture that Duan Ling Tian and send him before you. I'll allow you to deal with him as you please," the Fifth Prince promised.
Tong Li's expression eased up slightly when she heard what he said, and she fiercely nodded with a vicious gaze. "OK. At that time, I want to slice of his flesh piece by piece and see the last drop of blood bleed out from his body...."
Subsequently, Tong Li and the old woman beside her left the Fifth Prince's Estate to return to Fair Sun County.
Fifth Prince brought along the white-browed old man and turned to return to the estate after Tong Li's carriage disappeared before his eyes.
"Li, don't worry. That old goat doesn't have long to live...." On the way back to the estate, the Fifth Prince muttered to himself.
Since killing Xue Yu, Duan Ling Tian's life slowly calmed down.
The Third Prince and Fifth Prince seemed to have vanished from the world.
The Prime Minister Gu You Ting seemed to have completely quieted down as well.
Nowadays, besides occasionally going to the Paladin Academy, Duan Ling Tian would normally stay at home and accompany the two little girls and his mother.
Occasionally, he would head to the Embroidered Uniform Guard's residence to investigate who it was that poisoned the Emperor.
As time flowed by, he had more and more clues.
Duan Ling Tian was confident that it wouldn't be long before he would be able to find out the truth, and find the true culprit.
Meanwhile, Duan Ling Tian had turned 19 and stepped into the ranks of young men, and the immaturity on his face completely vanished. Replacing it, he had sword-shaped eyebrows and starry eyes, and he was handsome and extraordinary with a graceful bearing.
In the blink of an eye, three months passed by.
Within a spacious room.
The violet-clad young man abruptly opened his eyes, and above him, 51 ancient mammoth silhouettes condensed into form....
"I've finally broken through! Fortunately, the Monkey King Wine and Monkey Wine didn't clash with each other." Duan Ling Tian's face revealed a smile.
Since he'd consumed the Monkey King Wine for the second time and noticed that the effects weren't great, he didn't waste the Monkey King Wine anymore and instead drank the Monkey Wine.
As a result, he noticed that the medicinal strength of the Monkey Wine didn't weaken due to him having consumed the Monkey King Wine.
Relying on the medicinal strength of the Monkey Wine, and coupled with the assistance of the Origin Strengthening Pill, he'd smoothly broken through to the third level of the Origin Core Stage after three months.
The Origin Strengthening Pill is the upgraded version of the Origin Increasing Pill, and it's also the medicinal pill that Origin Core martial artists cultivate with because it is able to increase their cultivation speed.
Duan Ling Tian had refined quite a few of these over the past three months. They were all Origin Strengthening Pills of high purity and were far from something the Origin Strengthening Pills sold outside could compare to.
The two little girls at home, Ke Er and Li Fei, both stepped into the second level of the Origin Core Stage in succession after consuming the second drop of Monkey King Wine....And their cultivations was something that only Duan Ling Tian could firmly surpass within the younger generation of the Crimson Sky Kingdom.
Of course, all this was only known to Duan Ling Tian, and outsiders didn't know of it in the slightest.
Otherwise, it was unknown what sort of sensation is would give rise to.
Duan Ling Tian, whose mood was elated after breaking through, went to Paladin Academy to look for Xiao Yu, Xiao Xun, and Tian Hu to have a meal together.
Presently, Xiao Yu and the others had already become accustomed to Duan Ling Tian skipping class.
It made no difference to the current Duan Ling Tian if he skipped class or not, as his current status within the Crimson Sky Kingdom to a certain degree could already be considered as below one but above the rest, as there was no one above him but the Emperor.
Perhaps within the Imperial City now, there were people who didn't know who the Prime Minister was, but there was practically no one that didn't know who the Commander of the Embroidered Uniform Guard was.
The Commander of the Embroidered Uniform Guard, Duan Ling Tian, the spokesman of the Crimson Sky Kingdom's Emperor. In the eyes of the current Emperor, his status even surpassed Prime Minister Gu You Ting's.
"Right, now that I think of it, it's about time for this year's new students to enroll, right? We ought to be considered grade two students now, right?" Duan Ling Tian asked.
"Duan Ling Tian, you're really slow. The new students already enrolled two days ago, and we've been promoted to grade two students." Tian Hu shook his head and laughed. Even though Duan Ling Tian was the Commander of the Embroidered Uniform Guard now, they hadn't grown apart in the slightest.
The friendship between him and Duan Ling Tian wouldn't change just because the status of one of them changed.
Xiao Xun looked at Duan Ling Tian and asked, "Duan Ling Tian, do you have any plans?"
As far as he was concerned, Duan Ling Tian was only 19 and had already attained such achievements within the Crimson Sky Kingdom. Thus, within the Crimson Sky Kingdom, unless he rose in rebellion to seize the throne, it would be extremely difficult for him to stand at a higher height.
In the Crimson Sky Kingdom, he practically stood at the peak.
Duan Ling Tian lightly smiled. "I naturally have a plan. However, everything will have to wait until after I've dealt with an unfinished matter. After I've dealt with the matter, perhaps I'll leave the Crimson Sky Kingdom and head to the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom."
According to what Duan Ling Tian found out from Xiong Quan, some of the sects within the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom were situated at places with beautiful scenery, and the Origin Energy there was abundant, thus being extremely beneficial to one's cultivation.
Compared to an ordinary place of cultivation, the speed of cultivation there was much faster.
And the speed of cultivation in some places was even double the speed of cultivation at an ordinary place.
He could imagine how if he was able to cultivate in those places, combined with the high purity Origin Strengthening Pills in his possession, his cultivation would surely advance at high speeds.
So he had already planned to enter one of the top sects within the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom just for the sake of an extremely good place of cultivation.
However, no matter whether it was the Paladin Academy he was currently in, or the top sects in the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom that he would enter in the future, they were all just stepping stones for him.
His aspirations weren't in the Crimson Sky Kingdom, not were his aspirations within the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom!
"Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom...." Xiao Yu, Xiao Xun, and Tian Hu all had faces full of yearning when they heard what Duan Ling Tian said.
After having a meal with the three of them, Duan Ling Tian left Paladin Academy and went to the Embroidered Uniform Guards' residence with Xiong Quan.
Xiong Quan's cultivation recovering to the Void Prying Stage was a huge help to him.
"Commander, our investigation has bore fruit!" Duan Ling Tian had only just entered through the gates when he saw Zhang Qian and Zhao Gang coming over to greet him.
"It has?" Duan Ling Tian's gaze shone. "Who bought those medicinal materials?"
Zhang Qian took a few steps forward and closed the gate of the courtyard house, only then did he come to Duan Ling Tian's side and say, in a low voice, "Commander, it was someone from the Fifth Prince's Estate."
"Fifth Prince's Estate?" Duan Ling Tian's eyes squinted. "Are you sure? This isn't a joke."
It's said that even a vicious tiger wouldn't eat its cubs, so a vicious tiger ought to not eat its father, right?
"Commander, we've caught the person that purchased the medicinal materials and confirmed it....Those medicinal materials were something the manager that followed beside the Fifth Prince, White Brow, asked him to buy," Zhao Gang added.
"Looks like this matter is related to the Fifth Prince... I need to make a trip to the Palace!" Duan Ling Tian nodded and was slightly shocked in his heart.
The Fifth Prince was really extremely cruel and merciless, even being so ruthless towards his own father....
Duan Ling Tian brought Xiong Quan along as he hurried into the Palace to see the Emperor.
"Commander Duan, is it because you have a lead that you came here in such a hurry?" The Emperor guessed Duan Ling Tian's reason for coming.
"Your majesty, I really don't know how to speak about this matter...." Duan Ling Tian had a face full of a bitter smile.
Surely he couldn't directly tell the Emperor "your son wants to kill you," right?
"Speak." The Emperor's gaze was calm as he slowly spoke.
Duan Ling Tian looked at the Emperor. "According to the clues from my investigation.... Everything points towards the Fifth Prince!"
 TL Note: As I've done previously, I decided to name him White Brow, which is the translation of his name and how he's usually referred to (white browed old man).