Chapter 69: Generous Prizes
Translator: / KurazyTolanzuraytor Editor: Lucas
Li Qing's voice was quite loud.
Instantly, all of the young geniuses from the smaller clans glared at him.
"What, don't like what I said? If you don't, when the gathering starts, I welcome all of you to challenge me!"
Li Qing completely turned a blind eye to their enraged gazes.
Seeing this, Duan Ling Tian couldn't help but feel speechless.
This Li Qing actually really thought himself to be peerless under the heavens.
Li An watched this from afar with an expression of disdain.
Using a voice only he could hear, Li An muttered to himself.
"Since everyone wants to know, then I'll tell..."
As Xiao Yu finished speaking, the gazes of all the young geniuses were drawn towards him.
Even Duan Ling Tian was no exception.
The reason he came to participate in this genius gathering wasn't for the ranking, the Hidden Dragon List, or whatever; he didn't have a sliver of interest in those.
The only thing that mattered to him were the material prizes!
"After the deliberation of our three great clans' Patriarchs, it was decided that the one who is ranked first in this year's Hidden Dragon List will receive three high grade Profound Rank martial skills, ten Origin Increasing Pills, ten Grade Eight Gold Injury Pills, three 300-year-old Blood Lingzhis, and 300,000 silver."
On the Star Observation Platform, the sounds of people letting out breaths of cold air rose and fell.
This year's prizes were much better than last year's...
"Seems to be not bad."
Duan Ling Tian's eyes narrowed and a greedy light flashed within before vanishing instantaneously.
Three high grade Profound Rank martial skills, no matter where, were considered items of great value.
The Origin Increasing Pill was the medicinal pill Core Formation martial artists used to increase their cultivation level, so it was extremely valuable.
Grade Eight Gold Injury Pills, even in the Fresh Breeze Town Li Branch Family, there were only two then. After using one on Duan Ling Tian, there was only one remaining, easily showing how rare and valuable it was.
Three 300-year-old Blood Lingzhis were more than enough to provide a huge increase to the cultivation stage of a defensive martial skill.
The 300,000 silver was even more practical.
"It's not bad, but you need to obtain it first."
Li Fei provoked.
"Little Fei, if I can get the first rank in this Hidden Dragon List, you'll become my wife. How about if?"
Duan Ling Tian laughed slyly.
"We'll talk about it when you really are the firstt."
Li Fei didn't take it seriously.
Although Duan Ling Tian's strength was extremely bizarre, as Li Fei saw it, his strength was at most slightly stronger than Li Qing's, maybe even slightly inferior to the Lin Clan's Lin Zhuo, let alone the Xiao Clan's Xiao Yu.
Of course, she believed that in the future, Duan Ling Tian would undoubtedly surpass Lin Zhuo and Xiao Yu.
After all, Duan Ling Tian was only sixteen this year.
On the other hand, Lin Zhuo and Xiao Yu were two full years older than him.
If it was the Hidden Dragon List ranking of next year, she believed that Duan Ling Tian would be able to be the first.
This year, however, she didn't look favorably at Duan Ling Tian.
"Then I'll take it as you've agreed."
Duan Ling Tian smiled.
His burning gaze once again descended upon Li Fei's hot and charming body. His lower regions were burning as they had a reaction again.
Truly an attractive and alluring young girl.
"If it's like this, isn't it slightly unfair?"
Li Fei's clear eyes emitted a sly expression.
"Then why don't you tell me what's fair?"
Duan Ling Tian asked.
"If you can't obtain the first rank in the Hidden Dragon List, no matter what ranking you obtain, your prizes must be given to me."
Li Fei blinked her beautiful eyes with an expression that said "let's see if you dare to agree or not."
"Little Fei, you really are greedy. When I marry you, I don't have to worry about suffering any losses anymore... OK, I agree."
Duan Ling Tian shook his head.
Hearing Duan Ling Tian agree, the smile that was on the corners of Li Fei's mouth froze.
This money grubber actually agreed?
Could it be that he really was confident?
He concealed his strength?
At this instant, Li Fei's thoughts couldn't help but cause a sense of regret to be aroused in her heart.
Duan Ling Tian noticed Li Fei's constantly changing expression, so he asked in vigilance, "Little Fei, you won't go back on your word, right?"
"Humph! We'll discuss it when you've really got the first place in the Hidden Dragon List," Li Fei grunted.
At this moment, the young geniuses in the Star Observation Platform had slightly calmed their moods.
"Young Master Yu, the other two people who are ranked in the top three, what are their prizes?" another youth asked.
"This year's Hidden Dragon List's second and third ranked will each get two high grade Profound Rank martial skills, five Origin Increasing Pills, five Grade Eight Gold Injury Pills, two 300-year-old Blood Lingzhis, and 200,000 silver," Xiao Yu answered.
Although the prizes of the second and third ranks were significantly lesser than the first, to most of the people present, they were still filled with temptation...
"As for the other seven young geniuses that are ranked on the Hidden Dragon List, they will each get one high grade Profound Rank martial skill, three Origin Increasing Pills, three Grade Eight Gold Injury Pills, one 300-year-old Blood Lingzhi, and 100,000 silver," Xiao Yu continued.
The Star Observation Platform was filled with a rising determination.
As long as they were able to be ranked on the Hidden Dragon List, besides being well-known in Aurora City, they would still be able to obtain such abundant prizes...
Everyone was rubbing their hands together and were eager to have a go.
"Now the gathering begins."
After finishing the announcement, Xiao Yu returned to the innermost pergola in the Star Observation Platform to stand shoulder to shoulder with his sister, Xiao Lan, and prepare for battle.
"Brother, unless something unexpected happens, the first rank for this year's Hidden Dragon List will surely be yours."
Xiao Lan smiled faintly, seeming noble and elegant.
"If it was a month ago, I could be certain that nothing unexpected would happen... But now there's an unknown and unstable element."
Xiao Yu shook his head.
His gaze directly descended upon the violet-clothed youth far away.
Xiao Lan looked over as well.
"Duan Ling Tian!"
Xiao Yu's pupils constricted as a battle intent surface from his body.
"Duan Ling Tian? The ninth level Body Tempering martial artist that took second place in the Li Clan's Martial Meet? According to the rumors, it's said that he can exert the strength of three ancient mammoths with a cultivation at the ninth level of the Body Tempering Stage... Brother, didn't you feel it to be too exaggerated?" Xiao Lan analyzed.
"Lan, since there are rumors, then it wouldn't be a groundless rumor... Moreover, there were so many Li Clan members who saw it with their own two eyes that day, how could this be faked? Also, you should know well of my intuition; it has never once been wrong..." Xiao Yu slowly said.
"Brother, don't tell me..."
A startled expression surfaced on Xiao Lan's beautiful face.
The intuition of her twin brother was something she was extremely clear of. It could be considered to be a miraculous ability that came naturally.
Ever since they were small, her twin brother's intuition had never once been wrong.
"You're right, my intuition is telling me that he is extremely dangerous. It's difficult to even compare Lin Zhuo with him."
Xiao Yu nodded.
"But... he seems to only be sixteen."
Xiao Lan's face was slightly red and her breathing was hurried for a second.
"So what if he's sixteen? In our Crimson Sky Kingdom's history, there have been many young geniuses that stepped into the Core Formation Stage at the age of sixteen. The appearance of someone abnormal like Duan Ling Tian isn't rare," Xiao Yu said.
At this moment, Xiao Yun, who stood beside Xiao Lan, couldn't help herself and spoke. "Brother Yu, in the Li Clan's Martial Meet, didn't this Duan Ling Tian lose to Li Qing?"
"I heard of this too."
Xiao Lan nodded.
"Lose to Li Qing? Who told you? That was him admitting defeat."
Xiao Yu shook his head as if he was thoroughly familiar with the circumstances of the Li Clan's Martial Meet.
"If he can defeat Li Qing, why would he admit defeat?"
Xiao Yun was reluctant to concede.
"Little Yun, let me ask you...If our Xiao Clan's Martial Meet's champion was taken by a Branch Family disciple that was a disciple of another surname, what would happen?"
Xiao Yu didn't directly answer Xiao Yun but instead gave her a question.
"Brother, what you mean is...someone asked Duan Ling Tian to admit defeat?"
Xiao Lan reacted at the first moment.
"That is my guess."
Xiao Yu nodded.
"Brother Yu, everything you said is only just your guess."
Xiao Yun was still slightly unwilling to concede.
In her entire life, she only admired one person in terms of the Martial Dao, and that person was Xiao Yu.
Xiao Yu caused her to feel that she was not his equal.
But now Xiao Yu said that someone might have the strength to defeat him. Moreover, it was a sixteen-year-old youth, so it was difficult for her to accept this.
"Little Yun, whether or not my guess is correct, you'll know very soon."
Xiao Yu shook his head. He didn't debate with Xiao Yun.
Presently, on the Star Observation Platform, there was a young genius from a small clan that had won three consecutive victories. His imposing manner shot towards the sky.
The youth looked towards the surroundings as he slowly said, "Is there anyone else who wants to battle me?"
A Xiao Clan youth flew out and stood to face the youth.
After a moment, the two fought.
Merely in a single move.
The Xiao Clan youth defeated the other youth.
"It was a good fight."
The Xiao Clan youth cupped his hands.
"This Xiao Yong took the fifth place in the Xiao Clan's Martial Meet last month...In other words, among the five Xiao Clan young geniuses present today, his strength is the weakest."
"As expected of a disciple from a large clan; the weakest had such formidable strength!"
"Looks like I don't have a chance of being ranked in the Hidden Dragon List."
"Being able to witness the young geniuses of the three great families striving for the top rank could also be considered as a pretty good gain."
Some of the small clan young geniuses were slightly dejected.
Of course, there were some small clan young geniuses who had a fearless battle intent and went up to challenge Xiao Yong.
After a short while, Xiao Yong defeated another three opponents.
Li Fei smiled as she said, "This Xiao Yong's strength is pretty good, not inferior to Li Zhong's."
Duan Ling Tian yawned.
"Didn't you sleep enough last night?"
Li Fei was slightly dazed.
"I naturally didn't sleep enough as I had no wife to hug."
Duan Ling Tian smiled playfully.
Li Fei glared at Duan Ling Tian.
In this short amount of time, Xiao Yong had defeated another opponent.
"Is there anyone who wants to battle this Xiao?" Xiao Yong said politely.
A voice sounded from one of the pergolas on the Star Observation Platform.
A green-clothed youth around the age of eighteen walked over.
The youth had a robust build and had a straightforward appearance. If only looking at his outer appearance, he would be thought to be an honest person.
But with a closer look, it could be noticed that the youth's eyes were extremely intelligent, and they occasionally flashed with a cunning brilliance.
Xiao Yong lightly smiled as he asked, "What's your name, brother?"
The youth blinked his eyes as he said, "Meng Quan."
"Brother Meng Quan, I beseech your guidance."
Xiao Long went into stance.
Duan Ling Tian was originally drowsy, but his spirit was refreshed the moment he saw Meng Quan.
"What's different about this Meng Quan?" noticing Duan Ling Tian's change, Li Fei asked curiously.
"Interesting, interesting... Xiao Yong is going to lose."
Duan Ling Tian lightly smiled.
"What have you noticed?"
Li Fei pursued.
"Call me Brother and I'll tell you."
"Pei! You wish...shameless! Stinking Rascal!"