Chapter 55: Ke Er's Strength
Translator: / KurazyTolanzuraytor Editor: Lucas
On the next day, the Clan Martial Meet continued.
Although today's Martial Meet was slightly more intense than yesterday's, under the intentional arrangement of 'invisible forces', the stronger inner court disciples still did not face each other.
Duan Ling Tian and Ke Er didn't meet any opponent that could threaten them, so they continued to maintain their winning streak.
When dusk arrived, the results on the notice board had experienced some change as opposed to yesterday.
Today, Duan Ling Tian had one more match compared to Ke Er.
Their points were tied, both accumulating a total point score of 57.
Today, the inner court disciples with the highest points were still the five Core Formation disciples; they each had 60 points.
"After undergoing two days of competition, the warm-up has finally ended. Tomorrow will be the most exciting moment!"
An inner court disciple sighed.
Everyone deeply felt the same. According to the current situation, tomorrow would surely be an intense struggle...
Just after arriving home, Ke Er entered the kitchen to help Li Rou prepare some food.
Duan Ling Tian hadn't even sat down for a while before he was greeted by an unexpected guest.
"You're Duan Ling Tian?"
The person in the lead seemed to be an astute middle-aged man.
Duan Ling Tian was puzzled.
"I'm the outer court manager, Li Yi. After you became an inner court disciple, the Clan arranged a new residence for you in the inner court. It was just cleared up today, so I brought a few people along to see if you needed any help moving over."
The middle-aged man's tone was filled with courtesy without any airs, communicating with Duan Ling Tian in an equal manner.
Duan Ling Tian's strength was something he had heard off and he knew that this youth would achieve great things in the future, so he could not offend him lightly.
"Thank you, Uncle Li. We don't really have anything that needs to be moved."
Duan Ling Tian hurriedly expressed his gratitude.
After notifying the two beauties in the kitchen, their family moved into the inner court.
The two beauties entered the kitchen of their new home, continuing their unfinished dinner preparations.
After sending Li Yi off, Duan Ling Tian sized up their new home.
The new home was extremely large and its courtyard was extremely wide, more than a few times larger than the courtyard of the previous house.
"From now on I don't have to go to the Martial Arts Practice Field to cultivate my movement technique."
Duan Ling Tian lightly smiled as his body moved.
Spirit Serpent Movement Technique!
He quickly started to cultivate his movement technique in the wide courtyard...
Flexible like a spirit serpent, swift like a bolt of lightning!
The two little pythons flew out, coiling up the large tree in the courtyard. They were extremely lively.
The black and white bolts of lightning entered Duan Ling Tian's field of vision.
Spirit Serpent Movement Technique was originally made by Rebirth Martial Emperor based on serpents, and thus has an extremely close interwoven relationship with snakes.
"The other time, I observed Little Black's movements and was filled with enlightenment. Only then was I able to coordinate with the Seven Treasures Body Tempering Liquid and Dark Spirit Fruit and cultivate my Spirit Serpent Form to the highest stage in a single night, breaking through to the ninth level of the Body Tempering Stage! The Spirit Serpent Form is related to serpents, and Spirit Serpent Movement Technique is similarly related to serpents," Duan Ling Tian thought in his heart.
Duan Ling Tian quickly gazed at the flexible bodies of the two little pythons who were playing on the large tree, learning their movements to the best of his ability.
Slow at times, swift at times!
After an unknown amount of time, Duan Ling Tian deeply felt that...
This method really worked!
Although he was still quite far from breaking through to the Mastery Stage of the Spirit Serpent Movement Technique, Duan Ling Tian could still feel his Spirit Serpent Movement Technique progressing by leaps and bounds.
"Once the Clan Martial Meet is over tomorrow, I'll get something good for you two little things to eat."
Duan Ling Tian gazed at the two little pythons, his mood elated.
"Duan Ling Tian!"
A familiar voice sounded from outside the courtyard.
"How did you know we moved over here?"
After arriving outside the courtyard and seeing Li Shi Shi, Duan Ling Tian was slightly shocked.
"It isn't only you who moved over. Don't you forget, I'm now an inner court disciple as well."
Li Shi Shi smiled.
Duan Ling Tian was startled.
"We're neighbors from now on."
Li Shi Shi continued.
"Big Sister Shi Shi, you moved in next door?"
At this moment, Ke Er, who was carrying some food out, heard what Li Shi Shi had said. She became slightly excited as her small face blushed.
"Yup, Little Sister Ke Er, we can see each other more often from now on."
Li Shi Shi lightly smiled as she nodded.
As she spoke to Ke Er, she didn't forget to cast a glance at Duan Ling Tian.
But she was bound to be disappointed.
"Ke Er, you two continue chatting. I'll go help Mom carry the food out," Duan Ling Tian said to Ke Er before entering the kitchen.
After the food had been carried out.
"Shi Shi, come eat with us."
Li Rou looked towards Li Shi Shi as she invited her.
"Aunt Rou, that's not necessary; my Mom is waiting for me at home. Little Sister Ke Er, I'll be going home now. See you tomorrow."
Li Shi Shi politely declined Li Rou's invitation before returning home.
After the food.
Duan Ling Tian continued to cultivate his Spirit Serpent Movement Technique in the courtyard.
He understood the principle of striking the iron while it was hot!
Dusk the next day.
Escorted by Ke Er and Li Shi Shi, Duan Ling Tian went towards the Martial Arts Practice Field.
On the way, he naturally could not avoid drawing many envious gazes.
If a gaze could kill, Duan Ling Tian would probably have died countless times over.
Since their home was in the inner court, it wasn't far from the Martial Arts Practice Field. They arrived in a few moments.
"So many people!"
After arriving at the Martial Arts Practice Field, Li Shi Shi couldn't stop herself from exclaiming.
The current Martial Arts Practice Field was filled with streams of people flowing about. There were youths, young adults, and even many middle-aged and old people.
Not only that, but on the high platform surrounded by the thirty combat arenas, there was an extra middle-aged man and a few old people beside the three Chief Judges.
Duan Ling Tian gazed over.
The middle-aged man had a firm expression with an imposing manner and he wore a green robe with gold borders, seeming to have an extraordinary bearing.
He sat at the middlemost seat on the high platform. His identity was obvious...
The Li Clan's Patriarch, Li Ao.
As for the other few old people, they certainly had extraordinary identities as they were able to sit on Li Ao's sides.
He reckoned they were figures of the elder level.
"I didn't expect that even the Patriarch would come personally."
Drawing in a deep breath, Duan Ling Tian's heart slightly stirred.
After a short while, the Patriarch Li Ao stood up. He had condensed his Origin Energy into sound and transmitted it into the ears of everyone present.
Condensing Origin Energy into sound again!
Duan Ling Tian's heart trembled.
This Patriarch that appeared to be around fifty years old was actually a powerhouse who was at least a seventh level Origin Core martial artist!
Although streams of people were flowing about, the entire Martial Arts Practice Field was currently deathly silent.
Everyone's gaze descended onto Patriarch Li Ao.
Among these gazes, some were fanatical, some were filled with reverence, and some we startled...
"I'm extremely happy that every year, I'm able to witness the unparalleled demeanor of my Li Clan's younger generation. After today, this year's Clan Martial Meet will officially come to an end. The disciples ranked in the top ten, top three, and the champion will receive prizes personally distributed by me. I won't waste time with anymore nonsense. Fellow judges, begin!"
Li Ao sat back down after finished.
Streams of people flowed, surrounding the thirty combat arenas.
The two people whose names were called would enter the combat arena and proceed to battle intensely.
The winner would obtain a point and the loser would have a point deducted.
After a morning's worth of time passed.
Although he met with some opponents that were quite strong in the later matches, Duan Ling Tian still maintained his winning streak.
At noon, he had already accumulated 73 points.
The maximum number of points was 86 points.
He still hadn't lost up till now.
In other words, among the 86 inner court disciples, there were only 13 other people who hadn't met him in battle yet.
Ke Er maintained a winning streak as well.
Until now, there was still no one who could dodge the Violet Meteorite Flexible Sword in her hand.
After a short moment, Ke Er was back on the arena again.
This time, her opponent was...
On the combat arena, Li Yuan gazed at the slim and graceful young girl, appearing somewhat embarrassed.
The young girl stood on the spot with a tranquil expression.
Li Yuan moved.
The strength of an ancient mammoth fully exerted as he flashed towards the young girl.
Sword Drawing Arts!
The young girl moved as well, then the violet sword shine flashed before vanishing, moving towards Li Yuan.
In the air, an ancient mammoth silhouette was indistinctly visible.
Li Yuan hastily moved aside. The light but piercing cold sword howl caused his expression to instantly change, not daring to face the young girl's edge head on.
"He actually dodged!"
"In these three days, Li Yuan is the first person able to dodge her sword."
"As expected of the former top three in the outer court. He indeed has some strength."
The crowd surrounding the combat arena discussed together.
Some people guessed that maybe Ke Er would lose.
Only Duan Ling Tian had a tranquil expression.
No one was clearer of Ke Er's strength than him.
Besides the Sword Drawing Arts that was comparable to a Mastery Stage middle grade Profound Rank sword skill, Ke Er's high grade Profound Rank defense skill, Stealth Substitution, and her movement technique, Profound Rippling Steps, were all cultivated to the Initial Stage.
Ke Er's natural talent and comprehension ability was something that even he couldn't help but be shocked by.
In terms of cultivation, Ke Er and Li Yuan were comparable.
In terms of movement technique, there was little to no difference.
In terms of defensive martial skills, she completely dominated Li Yuan!
In terms of offensive martial skills, she completely dominated Li Yuan!
Until now, Ke Er had been executing her Sword Drawing Arts back and forth, and she hadn't executed any other martial skill.
On the combat arena.
Li Yuan's figure flashed unceasingly, as if he was looking for Ke Er's weak point.
In the blink of an eye, his gaze shone.
Heart Destruction Palm!
He slapped out his palm strike which carried along the force of heart destruction, blasting onto Ke Er's back.
Just when most of the people thought that Ke Er would be seriously injured, and even some people started scolding Li Yuan for being merciless and ruthless.
On Ke Er's body, a faint qi barrier flickered.
Li Yuan's full force palm strike blasted onto Ke Er's defensive qi barrier. Instantly, all the force he exerted was diverted by her defensive qi barrier, sweeping towards an empty space. The defensive qi barrier shattered directly after, and although the young girl's light green dress lightly moved, she was without a scratch!
Sword Drawing Arts appeared again.
The Violet Meteorite Flexible Sword in the young girl's hand descended onto Li Yuan's throat, just a sliver away from slicing it open.
At this moment, Li Yuan had a dull expression.
He was unable to regain his senses for a long time.
"Ke Er is victorious!"
The judge emitted an astonished expression as well, taking a long time before finally reacting and hurriedly announcing the results.
The crowd surrounding the combat arena was dumbstruck, unable to believe that what they saw was real.
Such a weak and delicate figure was actually able to block Li Yuan's Mastery Stage middle grade Profound Rank martial skill Heart Destruction Palm...
Only Duan Ling Tian had a tranquil expression.
He had long since guessed the outcome.
Ke Er didn't even need to use her movement technique to defeat Li Yuan.
Ke Er's Stealth Substitution was a high grade Profound Rank defensive martial skill at the Initial Stage, comparable to a middle grade Profound Rank defense martial skill at the Mastery Stage.