Chapter 261: The Law of the Jungle
Translator: KurazyTolanzuraytor Editor: Lucas
Meanwhile, Duan Ling Tian came to an understanding. Perhaps competition existed between the peaks of the Seven Star Sword Sect.
The facts proved that Duan Ling Tian's guess was correct.
Lu Qiu slowly said, "Within the Seven Star Sword Sect, the outer court disciples of the six sword peaks have a Martial Competition every year! The outer court Martial Competition is divided into two phases....The first phase is each peak deciding on the strongest ten people.
"These ten people will participate in the second phase of the outer court Martial Competition! The second phase of the outer court Martial Competition will be a competition between the six peaks, and the 60 most outstanding outer court disciples will compete against each other!"
As he spoke up to this point, the corners of Lu Qiu's mouth curled into a bitter smile.
It had been very long since a Megrez Peak outer court disciple had taken the first place....
"Outer court Martial Competition?" Many people's gazes shone, but some shook their heads.
"We've only just entered the Seven Star Sword Sect. Once we participate in the outer court Martial Competition, we'll only be asking for a beating."
"We perhaps might be able to show off ourselves in the outer court Martial Competition in a few years."
The people that shook their heads whispered amongst each other.
"Hmph!" Lu Qiu snorted coldly when he heard the words of these people. "All of you, listen well, not every outer court disciple has the qualifications to participate in the Seven Star Sword Sect outer court Martial Competition....Only outer court disciples who have been in the Seven Star Sword Sect for less than three years have the qualifications to participate in it!"
In the sect for less than three years?
Some of the outer court disciples who had just entered the Seven Star Sword Sect showed neither approval nor disapproval when they heard what Lu Qiu said. "Even then, there's no lack of existences at the fifth or sixth level of the Origin Core Stage amongst those outer court disciples."
"Exactly, to us, encountering an existence at the fifth or sixth level of the Origin Core Stage is no different from encountering an existence at the seventh level of the Origin Core Stage."
"However, in this way, so long as another two years passes, we ought to be able to show off our skills."
Of course, there were also some outer court disciples who looked forward to the future and imagined themselves being in high spirits in the outer court Martial Competition.
"Elder Lu, when is the next outer court Martial Competition?" Duan Ling Tian looked at Lu Qiu and asked curiously.
He was interested in the outer court Martial Competition. As a top sect in the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom, the Seven Star Sword Sect ought to not be stingy with rewards.
Lu Qiu's face was slightly gloomy, but when he heard Duan Ling Tian, his expression eased up slightly, then he turned around to look at Duan Ling Tian. "The next outer court Martial Competition will he held six months from now."
Duan Ling Tian nodded.
Lu Qiu withdrew his gaze and shook his head. He originally thought that the person who asked him this question was a person that was confident enough to participate in the outer court Martial Competition six months from now.
When he saw Duan Ling Tian's age, he'd dispelled this thought.
As far as he was concerned, even if his natural talent was any higher, a young man that wasn't even 20 ought to only be a first level Origin Core martial artist, and the young man might not even be able to break through to the second level of the Origin Core Stage six months from now.
It was utterly impossible for a person like this to obtain any good results in the outer court Martial Competition, even to the extent that it would be impossible for him to obtain one of the top ten places in the Megrez Peak.
"It's good to be confident, but being overconfident, that's arrogance." Huo Xin couldn't help but be stunned when he heard Duan Ling Tian ask this question to Lu Qiu, and now that he'd recovered from his shock, he couldn't refrain from ridiculing.
Duan Ling Tian had a carefree expression; it was as if he had not heard what Huo Xin said at all.
In half a year?
At that time, he ought to be able to break through to the fifth level of the Origin Core Stage.
Eventually, Duan Ling Tian followed behind Lu Qiu and arrived at a stone platform on the way up Dubhe Peak.
This stone platform was much narrower and smaller, and it seemed crowded when 20 plus people stood together.
Behind the stone platform was a chain bridge that was made of chains that were buckled together. It led to a sword peak in the south.
"That's Megrez Peak?" Duan Ling Tian looked at a precipitous mountain that was coiled by mist and clouds in the distance, and his gaze abruptly shone.
This mountain stood there as if it had transformed into a sharp sword that pierced through the sky, giving one a peerlessly fierce and swift feeling, captivating one's mind.
"Come!" Lu Qiu took the lead and brought along the group of outer court disciples to walk up the chain bridge.
The chain bridge started swaying once the group of people stood atop it.
"Oh my god! If we were to fall from here, then not a shred of us would remain!"
"What a pile of nonsense! That would happen without a doubt!"
Instantly, besides Duan Ling Tian, the remaining outer court disciples that had only just entered the Seven Star Sword Sect exclaimed in shock, and a small amount of people had ghastly pale expressions.
"There are people who have a fear of heights in this world?" Duan Ling Tian shook his head, and his gaze descended onto the other end of the chain bridge....
This chain bridge was at least three or four hundred meters long. Connecting Megrez Peak to Dubhe Peak, and was undoubtedly an extremely large amount of work.
"This chain bridge ought to have been connected by experts at the Void Prying Stage or above." Duan Ling Tian thought in his heart, and the vision before his eyes swayed. It was as if he could see the time the Seven Star Sword Sect was established and figures flew past in the sky carrying iron chains in their hands....
Sure enough, the predecessors planted a tree, and their descendants enjoyed the shade.
Duan Ling Tian couldn't help but sigh emotionally.
Lu Qiu stood at the side and his gaze quickly descended onto the violet-clothed young man, and it completely froze there.
Among the 20 new outer court disciples that he'd brought over, this violet-clothed young man was the youngest, but now when on the chain bridge, the most composed was undoubtedly this young man.
If the violet-clothed young man was originally a disciple of the Seven Star Sword Sect and was able to be composed when walking on the chain bridge, he wouldn't find it strange.
But this violet-clothed young man had only come here for the first time and had stepped onto the chain bridge like stepping on flat ground.
After all, below this chain bridge was a bottomless chasm!
Even when he'd just entered the Seven Star Sword Sect all those years ago to become a Seven Star Sword Sect outer court disciple, his heart couldn't help but tremble when he walked on this chain bridge.
Finally, Lu Qiu couldn't refrain from looking at Duan Ling Tian and asking, "What's your name?"
This young man caused him to feel slightly unable to see through him. He'd been in the Seven Star Sword Sect for many years, but it was still the first time that he had such a feeling towards a person who'd just entered the sect.
"Elder Lu, are you asking me?" Duan Ling Tian was stunned, and seeing Lu Qiu nodding to him, Duan Ling Tian lightly smiled. "I'm Duan Ling Tian!"
"Duan Ling Tian? Ling Tian? Your name is truly domineering!"  Lu Qiu's face emitted a trace of a rare smile.
"Elder Lu, you're too kind." Duan Ling Tian lightly smiled in a neither humble nor arrogant manner.
"Hmph!" When Huo Xin noticed Lu Qiu taking the initiative to talk with Duan Ling Tian, a trace of hate out of jealousy flashed within his eyes. Even he, who was an outer court disciple who'd entered the Seven Star Sword Sect two years ago, Lu Qiu had never once talked to him in such a friendly manner.
"I noticed you were day-dreaming as you looked at the chain bridge. What were you thinking of?" Lu Qiu looked at Duan Ling Tian and touched his goatee as he asked curiously.
Duan Ling Tian's gaze once again descended onto the chain bridge when he heard Lu Qiu's question, then he lightly smiled. "Actually, it wasn't anything....I was just thinking that this bridge is at least three or four hundred meters long and must have been personally built by a group of Void Prying Stage experts. Otherwise, it would be utterly impossible to complete such a large task."
"Pfft!" Lu Qiu hadn't even said anything when Huo Xin couldn't refrain from ridiculing. "Our Seven Star Sword Sect's six chain bridges are famous within the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom....Who doesn't know that the six chain bridges of our Seven Star Sword Sect were completed by Void Prying Stage experts?"
The other people looked at Duan Ling Tian as well with gazes that were slightly off.
Duan Ling Tian paid no attention to this and only shook his head and smiled.
Only Lu Qiu glanced deeply at Duan Ling Tian and then asked, "You didn't know of our Seven Star Sword Sect's chain bridges in the past?"
Duan Ling Tian shook his head. "Elder Lu, I'm not from the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom, I'm only someone who's from a kingdom under the rule of the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom....Before today, I'd never heard off this marvelous chain bridge of the Seven Star Sword Sect."
"If it's really like this, then your power of observation is rather strong." Lu Qiu nodded, but in his heart he was shocked to the extent that waves crashed within his heart.
This violet-clothed young man that wasn't even 20 was actually from a kingdom under the rule of the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom?
Since when was a mere small kingdom able to possess such a genius martial artist?
"Hmph! So you're just a bumpkin from a small place." The corners of Huo Xin's mouth curled into a slight sneer, and he was even more disdainful of Duan Ling Tian in his heart.
As far as he was concerned, what ability could someone from a small kingdom possess?
Duan Ling Tian naturally noticed Huo Xin's gaze of disdain, but he still maintained his carefree expression as if he didn't notice it.
Huo Xin was even more unrestrained when he noticed this, as he thought that Duan Ling Tian was like this due to being afraid of him.
Meanwhile, the group of people had walked over the chain bridge to arrive at Megrez Peak.
After walking off the chain bridge, what entered their eyes was a spacious, stone platform, and a building stood atop the stone platform.
After hearing Lu Qiu's explanation, Duan Ling Tian came to a sudden understanding. So it turned out that this was the location where the disciples of Megrez Peak ordinarily bought and exchanged both medicinal pills and spirit weapons.
Here, one was able to spend gold and silver to buy medicinal pills and spirit weapons, or they could use materials to exchange for medicinal pills and spirit weapons.
On the northern part of the Seven Star Sword Sect, there was a primeval forest that was vast without boundary, and within it were various medicinal materials and ore deposits that were inexhaustible....
Unless a Seven Star Sword Sect disciple was born from a rich family, they would all enter the primeval forest to search for materials to exchange for medicinal materials and spirit weapons for cultivation and to increase their strengths.
Of course, within this primeval forest was an exceedingly large amount of savage fierce beasts.
Allegedly, there were even quite a few demon beasts deep within this forest.
So this primeval forest had also become the ordinary location where many Seven Star Sword Sect disciples gained experience and trained.
"All of you can use the Megrez Peak disciple's command token to receive your outer court disciple attire....After you receive your attire, each of you can find your own places of cultivation around the entire Megrez Peak. All of you can seize a location that was already taken by another, but you must not kill another!" As he finished speaking, Lu Qiu's gaze became fierce.
"We can still seize the place of cultivation of another?"
Many new outer court disciples were stupefied.
"Looks like the Seven Star Sword Sect tacitly consents to the competition between sect disciples...." Duan Ling Tian couldn't help but sigh emotionally in his heart. The environment within the Seven Star Sword Sect was similar to the law of survival within nature, the law of the jungle!
 TL note: I've mentioned this reference in chapter 100 if anyone has forgotten.