Chapter 170: Su Clan
Translator: KurazyTolanzuraytor Editor: Lucas
They never would've imagined that Su Tong, who wanted to cripple Duan Ling Tian, would instead be crippled by Duan Ling Tian....
What a mockery this was!
However, now that they saw that Duan Ling Tian was safe and sound, they all heaved breaths of relief.
"Hmm?" Suddenly, Duan Ling Tian frowned and looked outside the bamboo forest.
Presently, three extremely swift figures were flying over from afar. They arrived nearby in the blink of an eye.
These were three middle-aged men, and Duan Ling Tian only recognized one of them.
Niu Mang! The grade 1 teacher of the Star General Department who was also the teacher for Su Li's and Tian Hu's class.
As for the other two middle-aged man, one was a thickly-built brawny man, and the other was a middle-aged scholar with graceful bearings. Just from their outer appearances, Duan Ling Tian was able to guess which department's teachers they were.
"Su Tong!" When the thickly-built brawny man recognized Su Tong, who had fallen on the floor, his face became slightly grim. Without any hesitation, he walked swiftly over and helped Su Tong stop the fresh blood that was unceasingly pouring out from within him, and at the same time he gave Su Tong a gold injury pill.
"What's going on?" The brawny man's thick eyebrows frowned. His tiger eyes gave of an imposing demeanor as his gaze focused onto Duan Ling Tian.
Duan Ling Tian wasn't the least bit afraid when he met the brawny man's gaze, and he shrugged. "It's actually nothing much; it's just that he wanted to cripple my cultivation, but in the end he wasn't successful. Just like that...."
The brawny man inspected Su Tong after he heard what Duan Ling Tian said, and only now did he notice that Su Tong's Dantian had actually been crippled....
Instantly, his pupils couldn't help but constrict as he looked at the violet-clothed youth before him with a shocked expression. The casual expression on the youth's face struck terror in his heart. "Kid, do you know what trouble you've gotten into?"
"Teacher, according to my knowledge, the rules of Paladin Academy only disallows killing amongst student... Someone wanted to cripple my Dantian, so I couldn't have restrained myself, done nothing, and waited for death, right?" Duan Ling Tian waved his hand as he laughed indifferently with a carefree expression.
He didn't feel like he was in the wrong in today's matter. If it wasn't for Su Tong being overbearing and even viciously wanting to cripple his Dantian, he wouldn't have been so ruthless.
As far as he was concerned, Su Tong had absolutely brought this upon himself!
The corners of the brawny man's mouth twitched when he saw Duan Ling Tian expression that was filled with innocence as if he was harmless.
"Are you Duan Ling Tian?" Just at this moment, the gaze of the middle-aged scholar who came with the brawny man descended onto Duan Ling Tian.
"Teacher." Duan Ling Tian greeted the middle-aged scholar.
The brawny man's gaze was slightly surprised. "So you're Duan Ling Tian.... If today's matter is really as you said, then the academy will not blame you. However, it won't be so easy to talk it over with the Su Clan. This Su Tong has an extremely high status within the Su Clan, so you have to be mentally prepared."
"Thank you for the reminder, Teacher." Duan Ling Tian lightly nodded before expressing his gratitude.
The brawny man glanced deeply at Duan Ling Tian before looking at the two young men with severed arms. "You two seem to be members of the Su Clan, right? Hmm, you two take Su Tong back. Besides that, take your severed arms with you; they should still be barely re-attachable."
"Yes, Teacher." The two young men with severed arms had bitter expressions as they grabbed their own severed arms before carrying Su Tong and leaving in dejection.
Meanwhile, Niu Mang, who had heard the full story from Su Li and Tian Hu, walked over. "I heard about what happened from my two students. The origin of the matter was that Su Tong, and Duan Ling Tian was only defending himself, so it has nothing to do with Duan Ling Tian."
The brawny man and middle-aged scholar both nodded when they heard this. "Even though it's like this, we still have to report this matter to the Vice Dean."
"Indeed." The brawny man and middle-aged scholar glanced at Duan Ling Tian before turning around and leaving.
The two of them arrived swiftly and left swiftly. One might say they came and went like the wind!
"Teacher, I'll feel slightly nervous if you keep looking at me like that." Duan Ling Tian noticed that Niu Mang was staring intently at him, causing a chill to run through him....
This Niu Mang wouldn't have that sort of hobby, right?
Niu Mang seemed to have realized the inappropriateness of his gaze. He laughed slyly and rubbed his fists together."Duan Ling Tian, your natural talent in the Martial Dao isn't bad. Being able to cultivate to the ninth level of the Core Formation Stage at such a young age... in the future, if you become a general, you will surely be capable of slaughtering the enemies in all directions to boost the morale of friendly forces."
"Teacher, if you have something to say, then be frank about it." Duan Ling Tian shook his head and laughed, as he perceived the meaning within Niu Mang's speech.
"Look, you have such a straightforward nature, and that's the nature of a general.... Then I'll be frank: I want you to come to my Star General Department. How about it?" Niu Mang's eyes glowed with a face full of anticipation as he looked at Duan Ling Tian.
As far as he was concerned, with Duan Ling Tian's natural talent in the Martial Dao, he would surely be an expert when he matured!
If such a figure were to come from him, his years of being a teacher in Paladin Academy wouldn't be in vain.
"This..." Duan Ling Tian was put in a slightly awkward situation. He raised his head and seemed to have noticed something, then his gaze flashed and a smile appeared on the corners of his mouth. "Teacher Niu Mang, I think you should talk to Teacher Sima about this."
Niu Mang noticed that the atmosphere was off as well.
A middle-aged scholar with a silk headdress and a feather fan in his hand was standing behind Niu Mang and slowly said, "Niu Mang, are you trying to poach my student?" His pair of wise eyes descended onto Niu Mang.
"Sima!" Niu Mang turned around and laughed embarrassedly when he saw Sima Chang Feng. "It's a joke....A joke...."
"Duan Ling Tian, follow me." Sima Chang Feng grunted coldly and paid no attention to Niu Mang. He called Duan Ling Tian and walked towards the deeper parts of the bamboo forest.
"You guys go have some food first; I'll come later," Duan Ling Tian said to Xiao Yu and the others before catching up to Sima Chang Feng.
"You two kids have thrown away all the face of my Star General Department's grade 1 class.... As punishment, you two will be in charge of the teachers' lunch money today. You two don't have any objections, right?" The sound of Niu Mang's speaking with a sense of justice entered into his ears, causing the corners of Duan Ling Tian's mouth to twitch unconsciously.
Following which was Tian Hu's voice. "No objections, no objections."
Sima Chang Feng stopped his footsteps deep within the bamboo forest, and Duan Ling Tian stopped his footsteps as well.
"You were too rash in this matter." Sima Chang Feng sighed.
Obviously, he already knew the details of the entire matter.
"Teacher, what was rash?" Duan Ling Tian didn't agree nor deny but instead replied with a question.
"You better not make nothing of the matter. Since Su Tong didn't die and you're in the right, Paladin Academy won't pursue today's matter. But do you know that Su Tong is the Su Clan's direct descendant and that he's been fostered by them? He's even one of the potential candidates for the next Patriarch of the Su Clan."
"You crippled Su Tong, and that's akin to giving the Su Clan a slap in the face. The Su Clan will absolutely not let this go!" Sima Chang Feng shook his head. In his eyes, this student of his was truly a fledgling who made little of a tiger and dared to do anything.
"Teacher, I understand what you mean. However, when a man lives in this world, there are things he must do and things he shouldn't do. To me, that Su Tong repeatedly proclaiming that he wanted to cripple my Dantain and even taking action to do so already crossed my bottom-line. It was merciful of me that I didn't kill him!" Duan Ling Tian's gaze focused and his face was extremely tranquil. "As for the Su Clan, if they really want to pursue the matter, then I'll take them on!"
When a man lives in this world, there are things he must do and things he shouldn't do!
From savoring this simple line in detail, Sima Chang Fang was able to realize the wildness and unruliness within Duan Ling Tian's words.
At this instant, he felt Duan Ling Tian's confidence as well, and he glanced deeply at Duan Ling Tian. "I never imagined that you'd see this matter through so thoroughly. I originally thought that you had only done this out of rashness. Since it's like this, then I won't say anymore."
Subsequently, Duan Ling Tian and Sima Chang Feng left the bamboo forest, and their journey back was peaceful.
The Su Clan!
Duan Ling Tian's gaze focused and a sneer appeared on the corners of his mouth.
After returning to the cafeteria, Duan Ling Tian sat beside Xiao Yu and the others and ate together.
During this time, Xiao Yu and the others naturally were bound to be worried for Duan Ling Tian.... After all, the Su Clan was a colossus to them, and it was difficult to go against them.
Duan Ling Tian only brushed past it all with a laugh. He had a tranquil expression; it was as if he wasn't a related to the matter and it had nothing to do with him.
The Su Clan was one of the three great clans of the Imperial City and were equally as famous as the Duan Clan and the Xiao Clan.
Presently, within the audience hall of the Su Clan, all the higher-ups of the Su Clan were gathered here.
A middle-aged man wearing a black robe with gold edges sat at the head. His back was straight like a spear, and an imposing demeanor was exuded from between his brows. He was precisely the Patriarch of the Su Clan, Su Bo Ya.
Su Bo Ya was nearly 60 years old, and in another few years he would be considered to have stepped into old age.
At that time, the seat of the Su Clan Patriarch would be passed on to the younger generation, and he would retire to help the newly appointed Patriarch manage the clan from the shadows.
Presently, the atmosphere within the audience hall seemed to be slightly oppressive, and a seat below Su Bo Ya was empty at this moment....
Suddenly, heavy footsteps sounded from outside the audience hall, and an aged figure walked in.
This was an aged old man with a pair of murky eyes that flashed with bloodthirsty rage, and the aura on his body was restless; it was as if it would exploded forth at any moment.
Before long, the old man sat at the empty seat below Su Bo Ya. This seat was the seat of the Su Clan's Grand Elder.
The old man's identity was obvious... the Su Clan's Grand Elder, Su Nan!
"Grand Elder, is there any hope of healing Su Tong's Dantian?" Patriarch Su Bo Ya spoke. His gaze descended upon Su Nan as he spoke with a voice that was mixed with a trace of anticipation.
All of the Su Clan elders present looked over at Su Nan with eyes that emitted a trace of hope.
"Patriarch, the Dantian of that grandson of mine had been almost completely shattered by an offensive inscription, so there's no way of saving him.... He will probably be unable to accumulate Origin Energy again in his entire lifetime!" Su Nan's tone was mixed with a breathtaking coldness.
His son had died at a young age, and he had entrusted all of his hopes to his grandson, Su Tong, in these past few years; he had devoted all his attention to instruct and foster Su Tong.
Su Tong didn't disappoint him; he became the disciple with the most outstanding natural talent in the younger generation of the Su Clan. And in another few more years, if nothing unexpected were to happen, the seat of the Su Clan Patriarch would definitely be held by Su Tong.
Just when the life of his grandson was about to greet its greatest glory... his grandson's Dantian was crippled by another, and his grandson's entire cultivation was crippled!