Chapter 97: Blasted Away with a Swing of the Arm
Translator: KurazyTolanzuraytor Editor:
Early in the morning, outside Aurora City, three large horses galloped out of the city.
It was precisely Duan Ling Tian, Xiao Yu, and Meng Quan.
"Once we arrive at Iron Blood City, we will encounter the young geniuses of Swallow Mountain County and the other 80 cities... Just thinking about it makes my blood boil."
As they galloped on, Meng Quan grinned naively.
"Yeah, Aurora City is only one of the 80 cities under the rule of Swallow Mountain Kingdom. The other 80 cities of similar size as Aurora City will certainly have outstanding young geniuses as well... As for the County City, it will even have outstanding people appear one after the other." Xiao Yu deeply agreed.
"No matter what, our objective this time is to stand out of the crowd and become members of the Iron Blood Army's Genius Camp," Duan Ling Tian's said with a firm gaze.
Presently, Duan Ling Tian had already tossed all the reluctance from leaving to the back of his head for the moment, as what he wanted to do was enter the Genius Camp, survive, and obtain the qualifications to study at Paladin Academy...
At that time, he would be able to bring Ke Er, Li Fei, and his mother to the Imperial City.
Li Fei's grandfather also.
Xiao Yu had a serious expression as he slowly said, "We have a long journey ahead of us, so try your best not to get into any unwanted trouble."
Duan Ling Tian and Meng Quan both nodded.
Especially Duan Ling Tian, as he couldn't help himself from recalling what happened outside Triumph City the other day.
Fortunately, that son of the County Governor didn't investigate all the way to Aurora City.
After experiencing a long and arduous journey for a month and being careful along the way, they eventually arrived at Iron Blood City.
Although it was one of the 81 cities under the rule of Swallow Mountain County, Iron Blood City was slightly different.
Iron Blood City was the only city under Swallow Mountain County that wasn't required to pay taxes to the County Governor's Estate, as the taxes of Iron Blood City were completely taken as the soldiers' provisions for the Iron Blood Army.
Duan Ling Tian's pupils constricted as he arrived outside of Iron Blood City and gazed at the city that seemed like a metal drum.
For the next year, he would be spending his days here.
"So many people."
Meng Quan's gaze descended on Iron Blood City's city gate, where every path was filled with groups of youths galloping through.
Even though the Genius Camp was brutal, there was still a slim chance of survival. If they could stay alive, then it would be a chance to achieve greatness.
In addition to that, there were also plenty of people who wanted to try their luck.
Duan Ling Tian's group followed the stream of people and galloped into Iron Blood City.
The road in front of their eyes abruptly became clear.
Streams of people came and went through the streets, bustling with noise and excitement...
"We've finally arrived. Dammit, an entire two month's journey; it's the first time I've travelled so damned far."
"Two months isn't too bad; some people even travelled for nearly three months."
"Let's go find a place to have a nice bath first. Dammit, I'm so itchy all over."
Two youths galloped past Duan Ling Tian's group; one of the youths grumbled all the way.
Meng Quan was stunned before laughing bitterly. "We only travelled for a month and I already can't take it. I didn't expect there to be people worse off than us."
"Of course there are. Iron Blood City is situated east of Swallow Mountain County, and our Aurora City is pretty well off as we're only at the southeast of Swallow Mountain County... People from the west of Swallow Mountain County require at least three months of travel to arrive at Iron Blood City."
Xiao Yu shook his head and smiled.
After travelling along together with Xiao Yu for this past month, Duan Ling Tian noticed something.
Xiao Yu would always had an icy cold expression when he faced strangers.
But when he faced people he was familiar with, he was instead extremely casual.
According to the sayings of his past lifetime, it would be acting cool!
"In any case, since we have already arrived, let's go look for an inn to stay in first," Duan Ling Tian said.
Before long, the three of them found a relatively clean inn to stay at.
After resting for a few hours, when dusk nearly descended onto the land, the three of them left the inn and went for dinner at a nearby restaurant.
The three of them hadn't eaten a proper meal this entire month.
The restaurant was entirely filled with people; however, Duan Ling Tian's group's luck wasn't bad, as there so happened to be a table beside the window that had just finished their meal and left.
"There's really so many people."
Meng Quan sighed after sitting down.
"It should be the busiest period for Iron Blood City around this time every year."
Duan Ling Tian took a look around and noticed that more that 60% of the people dining in the restaurant were youths; moreover, they were mostly gulping down their food in a hurry as they obviously had not eaten a proper meal in a long time.
These people were probably young geniuses that had just arrived at Iron Blood City like the three of them.
Before long, two waiters came over and cleared the used cutlery off the table.
"Today we can finally eat a proper meal."
Xiao Yu smiled.
Suddenly, four youths arrived at Duan Ling Tian's table.
A blue-clothed youth among them with big eyes and bushy eyebrows said, with a thunderous voice, "The three of you, hurry up and leave. This table is ours."
Duan Ling Tian indifferently swept the blue-clothed youth with his gaze and ignored him.
Xiao Yu was too lazy to pay attention to him either.
However, Meng Quan's expression sunk and he said in rage, "Why should we? We've already taken this table. If you want a place, wait for someone else to finish eating."
"Kid, do you know who we are?"
Another green-clothed youth among them had eyes that emitted a fierce light.
"What's that got to do with me? All I know is that this table is ours."
Meng Quan argued based on reason.
"You three really want to oppose our Yu Clan? Our Yu Clan is one of the five great clans in the County City. It isn't something you bumpkins from the small clans of small cities can compare to," a grey-clothed youth snapped.
"County City clan?"
Meng Quan's face turned slightly grim.
Aurora City's three great clans were already colossi to Meng Quan, let alone the great clans of the County City; they were practically titans.
"Yes, we're precisely disciples of the Yu Clan."
Noticing Meng Quan's expression, the grey-clothed youth was slightly complacent.
"Waiter, get us a table full of the best specialty dishes in the restaurant."
Duan Ling Tian picked his ears as he looked towards the waiter and placed his order.
Xiao Yu had an icy cold expression as he coolly added, "And another two jars of wine."
Hearing what they said, the waiter hurriedly went to prepare it.
"Didn't you hear what I said?'
The grey-clothed youth's expression turned gloomy as he angrily gazed at Duan Ling Tian.
The other three youths beside him had ugly expressions as well...
"Xiao Yu, why do you think there are such annoying lifeforms like flies in this world?"
Duan Ling Tian looked at Xiao Yu as he faked an astonished expression.
"Who knows? Maybe they were born wanting to be despised."
Xiao Yu went along.
"You have a point. Meng Quan, what do you think?"
Duan Ling Tian looked at Meng Quan.
Meng Quan was from a small clan after all, and as such couldn't help being dumbstruck for a moment when he heard that the youths were from a large clan in the County City.
Now that he saw Duan Ling Tian and Xiao Yu being so fearless, even he was influenced, so he took a deep breath and regained his composure. "I think so too."
"You're all courting death!"
The grey-clothed youth's face distorted and he slapped his palm that flared with Origin Energy, flashing straight towards the 'initiator,' Duan Ling Tian.
Above him, four ancient mammoth silhouettes condensed.
"Third level Core Formation martial artist!"
Meng Quan's face became grim.
Xiao Yu grunted coldly as he swung out his sleeve that was suffused with Origin Energy to intercept the grey-clothed youth's palm strike.
Above Xiao Yu, a similar four ancient mammoth silhouettes condensed...
The grey-clothed youth's body trembled as his hand felt numbed and momentarily even lost all feeling, only to recover after a few moments.
"Xiao Yu, you've broken through to the third level of the Core Formation Stage?!" Meng Quan exclaimed.
"I broke through a month ago."
Xiao Yu nodded.
The grey-clothed youth's expression was gloomy as he shouted explosively and pounced towards Xiao Yu.
Instantly, the other three youths attacked at the same time, flashing out with immense force.
The corners of Duan Ling Tian's mouth curled into a sneer as he abruptly roared and stood up.
He casually swung out his arm, even to the extent of not using any martial skills.
It was just like a huge python's tail swinging out!
In the blink of an eye, six ancient mammoth silhouettes condensed above him, dazzling the eyes of everyone present.
A terrifying force poured out of his arm, flying straight towards the four youths that were approaching menacingly.
Instantly, the four youths came and went like the wind and were blasted away before crashing onto the floor in a sorry state.
"Fourth level of the Core Formation Stage!"
The restaurant was in an uproar.
Gazes filled with disbelief descended onto Duan Ling Tian one after the other, as their hearts were filled with shock.
"Oh my god! This youth looks to be around sixteen or seventeen years old, but he's actually a fourth level Core Formation martial artist!"
"Which city and which clan did this monster come from?"
"Could he be a member of one of the large clans of the County City?"
"Impossible, didn't you hear what those four youths said? They are members of the County City's Yu Clan. With his natural talent, if he was from a large clan in the County City, how could these four youths not recognize him?"
"County City's Yu Clan really lost face this time."
The crowd started discussing together.
Many people had faces full of a mocking smiles as they looked towards the four youths that were struggling to stand up.
"Fourth level of the Core Formation Stage..."
The four youths had ugly expressions and their gazes emitted a sense of fear as they looked at Duan Ling Tian.
"If you still don't want to f**k off, then don't blame me for being ruthless."
Duan Ling Tian's gaze went cold as he swept his gaze over the four of them.
"Kid, the Yu Clan won't let you off."
The four youths' faces distorted as they fled the scene in a sorry state, and at the same time they didn't forget to leave a threat.
Duan Ling Tian paid no attention to their threats and returned to his seat.
Duan Ling Tian quickly noticed that Xiao Yu and Meng Quan were staring fixedly at him, causing him to instantly feel uncomfortable.
"Duan Ling Tian, you're absolutely a freak... You broke through to the third level of the Core Formation Stage as well?"
As Meng Quan reached the end of what he wanted to say, he suppressed the sound of his voice.
He knew that Duan Ling Tian's fleshly body had an extraordinary strength, so as far as he was concerned, Duan Ling Tian being able to exert a strength of six ancient mammoths would undoubtedly be because he had broken through to the third level of the Core Formation Stage.
Duan Ling Tian smiled mysteriously.
He didn't admit it nor did he deny it.
Xiao Yu deeply glanced at Duan Ling Tian before saying with certainty, "Do you even need to ask? He certainly has broken through to the third level of the Core Formation Stage."
At this moment, he felt powerless in his heart. He originally thought that he would be able to compete with Duan Ling Tian once he broke through to the third level of the Core Formation Stage...
But now it seemed like Duan Ling Tian had left him even further in the distance.
"This violet-clothed youth's natural talent is too shocking."
"Yeah, even our Swallow Mountain County's County Governor's third son, Pei San's, natural talent is inferior to his."
"I heard Pei San was planning to participate in this year's Genius Camp test, but he won't be coming because of an accident that happened a few months ago."
"Could it be that you didn't hear of it? That Pei San's arm was cut off by a sword-cultivating youth outside of Triumph City... Even though it was reconnected later on, he's unable to use martial skills with it, so his strength was reduced drastically."