Chapter 38: Howling Tiger Fist? Collapsing Fist?
Translator: / KurazyTolanzuraytor Editor: Lucas
Only after arriving at the main clan did Duan Ling Tian understand how small Fresh Breeze Town's cranch family really was.
In the branch family, when counting all disciples with the Li surname and disciples with different surnames, the total amount of people was around two hundred.
The resources they controlled was only one third of Fresh Breeze Town's marketplace. Even the poor iron mine outside the town had to be shared with the other two families.
However, the Li family's main clan was a large clan that contained thousands of members!
Besides that, the clan controlled many stores in the busy areas of Aurora City, large plots of lands, and various ore veins...
The difference between the two was like heaven and earth!
With his and Ke Er's eighth level Body Tempering cultivation, they were able to tower above the rest in Fresh Breeze Town's Li branch family.
But in the main clan, their accomplishments weren't really exceptional.
In the Li family's main clan, although stepping into the eighth level of the Body Tempering stage at sixteen was not common, but there were still people capable of it; there were even some who were at the ninth level at age seventeen.
"They are worthy of being the Main Clan; they're wealthy and possess an extraordinary air.
Duan Ling Tian sighed.
The main clan disciples did not lack Body Tempering Pills and pills similar to the Thunder Flame Pill.
In the Li branch family, not many people could afford Body Tempering Pills.
But in the main clan, as long as the parents weren't lazy people, they would be able to afford to unceasingly provide their children with Body Tempering Pills and Thunder Flame Pills.
As the main clan, the Aurora City Li family occupied a vast area, around half the size of Fresh Breeze Town.
The Aurora City Li family disciples were separated into inner court disciples and outer court disciples.
Each group was provided different treatment.
People like Duan Ling Tian and Ke Er, who had just arrived at the Li family main clan, they would be outer court disciples, able to receive thirty silver coins a month each.
"You two are better off than me. In Fresh Breeze Town, I only receive no more than twenty silver coins as my monthly compensation."
As Li Rou tidied up the courtyard the main clan provided to Duan Ling Tian and Ke Er, she sighed emotionally.
"Mom, these thirty silver coins isn't easily received; branch family disciples must become inner court disciples by the age of nineteen, or else they will be sent back to the branch family."
Duan Ling Tian shook his head and smiled.
Subsequently, he started sizing up the courtyard in and out, and was quite satisfied.
The courtyard allocated to them was slightly larger than other small courtyards due to the fact that the two of them were living together, and thus there were three rooms.
Normally, the small courtyards allocated to branch family disciples would only have two rooms.
"Young Master, you will surely be able to become an inner court disciple," the young girl who was helping Li Rou said confidently to Duan Ling Tian.
"Ke Er, you should say 'both of us.'"
Duan Ling Tian smiled, extremely confident.
"Tian, at the main clan you have to be even more hard-working. On the way here, Mom noticed many main clan disciples staring at Ke Er; if you don't work hard, she might get taken away."
Li Rou teased Duan Ling Tian.
Before Duan Ling Tian could say anything, the young girl got anxious first. "Madam, I won't."
Duan Ling Tian glanced at his mother complacently. She shook her head and sighed. "I really wonder what love potion you gave Ke Er."
With the three of them working together, the courtyard and rooms were quickly tidied up.
"Mom, you take a rest, I'll take Ke Er to look around."
After notifying Li Rou, Duan Ling Tian brought the young girl and left the courtyard.
Unknowingly, the two of them had arrived at the main clan's outer court martial arts practice field.
On the martial arts practice field, many outer court disciples were diligently cultivating their martial arts; some used fists, some used palms, and some even used swords...
The appearance of the couple instantly drew the attention of many eyes.
Even more gazes fell upon the young girl.
The young girl's long, jet black hair was tied up into a bun and her elegant face was like a bloomed lotus flower that emitted an enticing, bright, red glow, delicate and charming.
Willow-shaped eyebrows, apricot-shaped eyes, fine nose, red lips; everything combined equaled a flawless beauty.
Her slightly inflated chest was like a budding flower, as if it would blood at any moment.
Her slender and delicate waist that could be embraced with a single hand, raised and round buttocks, slender and long beautiful legs, made her look even more slim and graceful, incurring everyone's fondness.
"Since when did our outer court have such a beautiful little girl?"
At the other end of the martial arts practice field, in a group of youths who had gathered to brag to each other, saliva was flying out of a youth's mouth. His eyes suddenly shone as his gaze fell upon the young girl, unable to move an inch.
"Probably just arrived from the branch family.
A youth guessed.
"She's too beautiful, not one bit inferior to Li Shi Shi."
Another youth's eyes shone as saliva came out of the corner of his mouth.
Half a year ago, Li Shi Shi was a branch family disciple that arrived at Aurora City's main branch. She was publically acknowledged as the outer court's number one beauty.
"Come on, let's go make friends with her."
The green-clothed youth quickly walked over.
"Li Xiao, I think she's taken," the youth that followed behind him said.
Li Xiao disdainfully replied, "That's a new face as well. He's probably from the same branch family as her. You guys aren't such big pu**sies that you're even afraid of a branch family disciple, right?"
"Of course we aren't afraid!"
Immediately, the group of people followed behind Li Xiao and walked over.
Duan Ling Tian and Ke Er were walking shoulder to shoulder as they passed the martial arts practice field.
The group of youths walking over suddenly caused Duan Ling Tian to frown, but he ignored them and continued walking forward.
The green-clothed youth in the front walked in big strides and blocked in front of Duan Ling Tian and Ke Er.
"Is something the matter?"
Duan Ling Tian glanced coldly at the green-clothed youth, his voice cold and indifferent.
However, the green-clothed youth disregarded Duan Ling Tian.
Li Xiao looked towards the young girl with a face full of smiles. "You must be the branch family disciples that just arrived at the main clan, right? I'm Li Xiao, a main clan disciple."
As he finished speaking, Li Xiao's expression was filled with a sense of pride.
Under the astounded gazes of Li Xiao and the youths following behind him, the young girl ignored them and instead looked towards the youth beside her. "Young Master, let's leave."
Duan Ling Tian lightly smiled and nodded, preparing to go around the group of people.
"Stay right there!"
Li Xiao couldn't remain calm because he felt ashamed. Looking towards the young girl, he said, "I'm a main clan disciple; are you really not going to give me any face?"
Duan Ling Tian's eyes emitted a cold light as he said, in a cold and indifferent tone, "Face isn't something you gain by relying on others to give to it you; it is fight for by yourself... If there's nothing else, f**k off!"
Li Xiao was struck dumb. He thought that he heard wrong. He looked backwards towards one of the youths. "I didn't hear wrong, right? He asked me to f**k off?"
The youth nodded. "You didn't hear wrong; he asked you to f**k off."
Li Xiao become extremely furious. "Kid, I want to fight you!" he shouted loudly.
The shout immediately attracted the attention of most of the people in the martial arts practice field. Now even more people were surrounding them, looking at the scene in intrigue.
"Sorry, I'm not interested."
After indifferently replying, Duan Ling Tian grabbed the young girl's hand and was prepared to leave.
Noticing Duan Ling Tian's actions, Li Xiao's eyes looked like they were emitting fire. "You don't even dare to accept my challenge? Looks like you're a coward and not a real man!"
The surrounding crowd couldn't hold back their laughter as they looked at Duan Ling Tian in contempt.
Weak people were always looked down upon.
Duan Ling Tian's sword-shaped eyebrows frowned, then he finally turned around and said, "Although I know you're just trying to prod me into action, since you want to challenge me, I'll accept. Ke Er, I'll be back in a second."
After notifying the young girl, Duan Ling Tian walked towards Li Xiao and stood face to face with him.
"Kid, I only need three moves to defeat branch family disciples like you!"
Li Xiao's looked like he was slightly older than Duan Ling Tian. His slightly robust body inclined backwards, his arms bent backwards, and his fists clenched tightly, making his bones release a crackling sound as they rubbed each other. This sound was clear and melodious but ear-piercing at the same time.
Noticing Li Xiao's movement, Duan Ling Tian was slightly shocked. It actually was nearly similar to the Collapsing Fist starting movement.
After a moment, Li Xiao's legs spread apart in a bizarre posture. He looked like a fierce tiger that was prepared to howl and begun the hunt.
It brought a familiar sensation to Duan Ling Tian.
"This martial skill is far from something the middle grade Yellow Rank martial skill, Fierce Tiger Fist, can compare to."
Duan Ling Tian's expression become slightly serious.
"Look at Li Xiao's starting movement. It looks like the middle grade Profound Rank martial skill, Howling Tiger Fist!"
A shocked cry sounded from the surrounding crowd.
"Yeah, it's indeed the Howling Tiger Fist."
More and more people recognized the martial skill Li Xiao was about to use.
"How could this be possible? Outer court disciples are only allowed to choose low grade Profound Rank skills in the Martial Repository Pavilion. How could Li Xiao know a middle grade Profound Rank martial skill?!"
"Your information is too outdated. Who doesn't know that Li Xiao's brother, Li Zhong, is an inner court disciple? According to the clan rules, siblings are allowed to share their martial skills without breaking the rules."
"So that's how it is. Looks like Li Zhong passed it down to him."
Hearing the crowd's discussion, Duan Ling Tian was finally enlightened.
So it was a Profound Rank martial art!
Li Xiao moved. His body, which seemed to have bent into a heavy bow, shot forward. His feet were moving swiftly like a flashing shadow with no fixed movement. In the blink of an eye, he arrived in front of Duan Ling Tian.
His fist howled as it surged through the wind, going straight for Duan Ling Tian's chest!
Duan Ling Tian noticed Li Xiao execute a movement technique. After observing Li Xiao's shocking fist power, he didn't dare to overestimate himself and be careless.
Using the Spirit Serpent Movement Technique, he stepped two steps back.
Instantly, Duan Ling Tian drew his arms back, his backbone taking the shape of a bow.
His fist moved out like a landslide!
Against Li Xiao's violently approaching Howling Tiger Fist, Duan Ling Tian was not one bit scared. He swung out his right fist to meet the attack head on.
Their fists violently collided together! After an instant, a sneer appeared on the corners of Duan Ling Tian's mouth as the force of his fist was absorbed by Li Xiao.
The clear sound of bones breaking sounded. Li Xiao's face distorted. He was instantly forced back by Duan Ling Tian.
The pain that spread out from his finger bones caused Li Xiao's cold sweat to flow out. Looking with and expression of disbelief at Duan Ling Tian, his voice trembled as he said, "You... Your Howling Tiger Fist is actually cultivated until mastery!"
Howling Tiger Fist!
The crowd was in an uproar.
Who was this person and how could he also know the Howling Tiger Fist?
Moreover, Li Xiao said that his Howling Tiger Fist had been cultivated to mastery. How was this be possible?
Regarding Profound Rank martial skills, cultivating them to the initial stage is easy, but to cultivate them to mastery is instead exceptionally difficult.
After the youth finished up, he didn't even glance at Li Xiao; he grabbed the young girl's hand and he walked out of the crowd.
Li Xiao's eyes flashed with coldness as he endured the pain and shouted, "What's your name?"
"What, want to take revenge?" The youth turned around and glanced at Li Xiao before indifferently saying, "I'm Fresh Breeze Town's branch family disciple, Duan Ling Tian!"
"A Brand Family disciple and even a disciple with another surname?"
Most of the people were shocked.
"Duan Ling Tian, I';; remember you. Once I master my Howling Tiger Fist, I will surely come and wash away this shame!"
Li Xiao's tone was metallic as the coldness in his eyes grew stronger.