Chapter 86: The Li Clan's Shock
Translator: KurazyTolanzuraytor Editor: Lucas
"Ok then, I'll take care of this myself."
After hearing Tang Ying's misgivings, Duan Ling Tian lightly nodded, indicating he understood.
After saying goodbye to Tang Ying, Duan Ling Tian returned to the Li Clan Estate.
Everything was as normal.
However, at noon, the Li Clan Estate was in a complete uproar.
The Li Clan's Grand Elder had died in Misty Forest...
Duan Ling Tian originally didn't plan on going to watch the scene, but Li Fei dragged him and Ke Er over.
The Li Clan Estate, outer court Martial Arts Practice Field, it was filled full of people.
Noticing Duan Ling Tian walking over, the crowd automatically opened up a path.
Regarding Duan Ling Tian, who was ranked at the top of the Hidden Dragon List and was the Li Clan's future pillar of support, anyone would give him some face.
"Little Fei, it can't be that you dragged me here just so I can open a path for you, right?" The corners of Duan Ling Tian's mouth twitched as he asked with slight suspicion.
"I didn't. Don't tell me you don't want to come watch the scene? I heard it was Triumph City's Wang Clan members that found Grand Elder's corpse... Hmm, Grand Elder's death will cause Li Qing to completely lack anyone to rely on."
As she finished speaking, Li Fei's gaze was slightly complicated.
"What, you're worried about him?"
Duan Ling Tian's brows slightly twitched.
"No, I'm just musing... Li Qing is the same as me, his parents died in the calamity that year as well, and he lived together with his grandfather since he was small."
Li Fei shook her head.
"So that's how it is."
Duan Ling Tian nodded.
Meanwhile, he had brought Ke Er and Li Fei to stand at the front of the crowd.
In the Martial Arts Practice Field, besides Li Ao, the group of Li Clan Elders was present and stood behind him.
Opposite them, there were seven young adults standing, both men and women.
Between the two groups of people, Grand Elder Li Tai lied there in a wretched state. Besides his right hand being broken, his throat was sliced open by a weapon as well.
Li Ao and the group of Li Clan Elders didn't have very good expressions on their faces.
Li Ao looked at the seven Wang Clan members and asked, "Young men and young woman of the Wang Clan, when you found the Grand Elder's corpse, did you notice anything else in his surroundings?"
"Patriarch Li, we examined the surroundings, but we didn't discover anything," one of the Wang Clan disciples said.
"Thank you for your troubles. Since it's a matter of great importance, the Li Clan is unable to entertain everyone at the moment... Consider these Origin Increasing Pills a gift from me."
Li Ao withdrew a bottle of Origin Increasing Pills and passed it over.
The Wang Clan disciples received the medicinal pills with delighted expressions.
"Patriarch Li, we understand. Farewell."
The seven members of the Wang Clan came and went like the wind.
Suddenly, a shrill and sad cry sounded from outside the crowd.
A youth in white clothes rammed straight through the crowd and knelt down beside Li Tai's corpse. His body trembled as he cried his heart out.
It was precisely Li Qing!
"Li Qing, don't grief too much and accept the inevitable changes... Our Li Clan will surely spare no efforts to investigate and get to the bottom of this matter. We will give Grand Elder justice," Patriarch Li Ao consoled.
"Investigate? You don't have to investigate, I know who the murderer is!"
Li Qing's eyes were crimson red as he lifted his head up with a vicious expression.
Li Ao was stunned.
"Li Qing, if you know, you can speak out... I want to know who is so bold to dare kill our Li Clan's Grand Elder. Does he really think our Li Clan is easy to bully?" an old man behind Li Ao said, in a low voice which had infinite rage mixed within.
"Yes! Killing the Grand Elder is no different from slapping our Li Clan in the face. Li Qing, you don't have to be afraid; you can speak out."
"I want to know as well. Who the hell has such tremendous bravery?!"
"If we can find this person, we must shred his body into 10,000 bits!"
Each and every Li Clan Elder was filled with fury.
The gazes from the surrounding crowd all descended upon Li Qing.
They all wanted to know who the murderer Li Qing spoke of was.
Eventually, Li Qing's gaze swept through the crowd...
In the end, it fixed itself on a violet figure.
"Patriarch, it's him, Duan Ling Tian!"
Li Qing pointed towards the violet-clothed youth with a face full of rage.
Noticing Li Qing pointing at him and even proclaiming him as the murderer, Duan Ling Tian's facial expression remained unchanged as he looked Li Qing in the eye calmly in a very tranquil manner.
After hearing what Li Qing said, everyone present followed Li Qing's finger and their gazes all descended upon the violet-clothed youth.
For a moment, the entire scene lost control.
"Is Li Qing mad? He actually said that the murderer is Duan Ling Tian!"
"What a joke. Even if Duan Ling Tian consumed a Spirit Fruit once and his fleshly body has an extra strength of two ancient mammoths compared to ordinary martial artists, even though he has broken through to the Core Formation Stage, his strength is merely compared to a martial artist at the third level of the Core Formation Stage."
"Killing Grand Elder, who was at the eighth level of the Origin Core Stage, with the strength of a third level Core Formation martial artist? To think Li Qing is able to say such a thing."
"He couldn't have gone mad from the news of Grand Elder's death, right? Duan Ling Tian? How could that be possible!"
"This Li Qing couldn't be thinking of using the power of the clan to settle a personal grudge, right? I heard that during the Hidden Dragon List competition, because of him being overbearing, Duan Ling Tian cut off his finger... Could it be because of this matter?"
"Even if he wanted to use the clan's power to take revenge on a personal grudge, he should at least find a logical excuse."
"Yeah, actually framing Duan Ling Tian as the murderer, who would believe that?"
The discussions of the crowd entered into Li Qing's ears and caused his expression to become ghastly pale.
"I'm not lying. Duan Ling Tian is the murderer, he's the murderer!" Li Qing bellowed, abruptly standing up and moving. He exploded forth with his entire strength of three ancient mammoths, flashing towards Duan Ling Tian like a madman.
Swimming Dragon Steps!
Dark Nether Finger!
His first move was directly a killing move. His finger went straight for Duan Ling Tian's vital points.
"Li Qing!" Patriarch Li Ao's expression turned grim as he shouted in a low voice.
But how would the current Li Qing pay attention to Li Ao?
"You don't know your own limits!"
Duan Ling Tian's gaze turned cold as he stepped forward. Too lazy to use martial skills, he casually swung his fist out.
Four ancient mammoth silhouettes condensed above him.
His fist flew towards Li Qing at a speed much faster than his finger and blasted Li Qing flying.
Li Qing loudly crashed on the floor with an ugly expression.
He struggled to stand up and desired to attack once more.
Li Ao's lofty figure blocked in front of Li Qing, his gaze cold and indifferent. "Li Qing, if you can bring forth evidence, then speak... If you want to use Grand Elder's death as a means to settle your personal grudges with Duan Ling Tian, I'll punish you according to the Clan's rules right now! Don't forget, Grand Elder is your grandfather; his body hasn't even gotten cold, but you're already busy trying to take revenge. How could he die contently in the nether world?"
Li Qing knelt down sorrowfully. "I'm not using my grandfather's death to take revenge on a personal grudge, and every single word I say is true."
"Then speak. Why do you say Duan Ling Tian is the murderer?" Li Ao asked, in a heavy voice.
The gazes of everyone present fell onto Li Qing.
"Patriarch, since my grandfather is already dead now, I won't continue to conceal some matters."
Li Qing took a deep breath as he slowly said, "During the youth gathering, Duan Ling Tian cut off my finger and practically crippled my Dark Nether Finger. Grandfather was very furious about this matter, and on many occasions he said that he would find a chance to teach Duan Ling Tian a lesson..."
Hearing what Li Qing said, Li Ao's expression became ugly.
Li Tai, no matter what, was still the Li Clan's Grand Elder, but he was such a narrow-minded person.
The competition at the Hidden Dragon List youth gathering was something that had the unified acknowledgment of the three great clans of Aurora City and was thus extremely fair.
Getting injured during a spar was unavoidable.
The crowd went into an uproar.
"So the Grand Elder was this sort of person."
"I even thought that the Grand Elder was different from us, but I didn't expect him to be the same as us, so much so that his selfishness was even greater... Li Qing was injured by Duan Ling Tian during the youth gathering; many people witnessed it, and it was Li Qing who was overbearing and Duan Ling Tian is not to be blamed."
"Think about it, Li Qing is his only grandson after all."
"Humph! To think that I actually respected the Grand Elder previously, but he was actually this sort of person."
Duan Ling Tian had a weird gaze.
Was this Li Qing an idiot?
His grandfather was dead, and he actually ruined his grandfather's name like this...
He could imagine that if Li Tai rose from the dead, he would probably be angered to death by Li Qing.
The current Li Qing had already lost all reason. He continued, "In these past few days, I noticed Duan Ling Tian going to the Misty Forest daily, so I told my grandfather. This morning, my grandfather followed behind Duan Ling Tian... but I never expected that what came back to me was instead my grandfather's corpse."
"Patriarch, tell me, if the murderer isn't Duan Ling Tian, then who could it be?" Li Qing hysterically asked.
He didn't notice, however, that Li Ao's expression was becoming darker by the second.
Practically at the moment Li Qing finished speaking, the crowd went into an uproar once again.
"He followed Duan Ling Tian into the Misty Forest? This doesn't seem like purely planning to teach Duan Ling Tian a lesson..."
"Once Duan Ling Tian enters the Misty Forest, even if he died, nobody would ever suspect the Grand Elder."
"Grand Elder is too tyrannical. Li Qing only had his finger cut off, and it was even reconnected later... For this reason, he actually wanted to kill Duan Ling Tian."
"Grand Elder is too frightening."
All of the Li Clan disciples' expressions froze for a moment.
He had followed Duan Ling Tian into the Misty Forest purely to teach him a lesson?
Only an idiot would believe that!
"Li Qing, don't talk nonsense. How could Grand Elder be this sort of person?" Li Ao's face was grim as he shouted in a stern voice.
"Yes, I believe that with the way Grand Elder has always conducted himself, it's absolutely impossible for him to do such a thing."
"I believe that as well."
"Li Qing, don't let revenge blind your eyes. Slandering your grandfather just to satisfy your own selfish desire for revenge is something you really shouldn't do!"
The Li Clan Elders voiced their opinions.
What a joke.
There were so many Li Clan disciples present right now.
Even if Grand Elder Li Tai had really done this, they would still not admit it, as the Li Clan's Grand Elder didn't just represent a person, he represented the entire Li Clan.
"Patriarch, I'm not lying!"
Noticing that no one believed him, Li Qing immediately got anxious and howled.
"Enough!" Li Ao bellowed. "Where's the Enforcement Elder?"
Among the elders that stood behind Li Ao, a black-robed old man walked out.
"Li Qing slandered our Li Clan's Grand Elder. Take him away and give him 30 paddle strikes as a warning to other clan members!" Li Ao ordered.
The Enforcement Elder walked out in large strides and grabbed ahold of Li Qing like how an eagle would catch a chick.
"Patriarch, I'm telling the truth, I'm telling the truth..."
As he was dragged away by the Enforcement Elder, Li Qing continued to howl hysterically.