Chapter 99: Yu Xiang
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"Mr. Soldier, it had nothing to do with me, it's all..."
Yu Xiao still wanted to argue.
The Iron Blood Army soldier's face sunk as he roared, "Scram!"
A terrifying murderous aura that was attained on the battlefield enveloped Yu Xiao, pressing onto him until his face turned ghastly white.
Yu Xiao's group of four could only gloomily run over to the back of the line and queue up once more.
Immediately, the surroundings sounded with a wave of mocking laughter.
"Hey, brother, how could you let Mr. Soldier wait for you? Mr. Soldier's life isn't easy; he's going to great troubles to help so many people register, so you should properly show understanding and sympathy to him."
Maybe it was on purpose, but Duan Ling Tian was waiting at the end of the line. He looked at Yu Xiao with an expression full of pity while heaving a sigh.
Yu Xiao's face flushed; he couldn't endure any longer. "Kid, I definitely won't let you off!"
"Brother, getting angry is harmful to your health. Remember to drink more water after you're done queueing up."
Duan Ling Tian grinned widely before leaving with Xiao Yu and Meng Quan.
Meng Quan was the first to be unable to hold in his laughter anymore, so he loudly laughed in an unrestrained manner.
Even Xiao Yu started laughing.
Meng Quan once again gave Duan Ling Tian a big thumbs up as he said in admiration, "Duan Ling Tian, you did that on purpose, right? You didn't even forget to entrap that Yu Xiao before leaving; you're really too ruthless."
"I never noticed in the past that you were so skilled in playing tricks on people."
Xiao Yu couldn't help but shake his head.
"Cough cough... Don't speak carelessly. Do you two really think I'm that type of person?" Duan Ling Tian lightly coughed twice before saying so in all seriousness.
Xiao Yuan and Meng Quan both nodded in tacit understanding.
The smile on Duan Ling Tian's face completely froze...
"Let's go and eat some breakfast while it's still early."
After embarrassedly laughing, Duan Ling Tian changed the topic.
The three of them were in elated moods and their meal was especially satisfying.
For the remaining of the day, they walked around Iron Blood City. At dusk, they had dinner before returning to the inn and waiting for the arrival of tomorrow's test.
That night, Duan Ling Tian consumed an Origin Increasing Pill and calmed his mind to cultivate the Nine Dragons War Sovereign Technique's Raging Python Form's mental cultivation method.
The Raging Python Form was different compared to Spirit Serpent Form.
If it was said that the Spirit Serpent Form stressed on cultivating the fleshly body to become flexible like a spirit serpent...
Then the Raging Python Form instead stressed on the fleshly body possessing the strength of a raging python.
For example, the move which Duan Ling Tian used to teach a lesson to those four Yu Clan youths. His arm seemed to be casually swung out, but it actually contained the force exertion method of a Raging Python, so it was as if a real Raging Python had swung its tail out to attack...
It could be considered a group attack method that differed from Dragons Finishing Touch.
Dragon's Finishing Touch was developed from the Cloud Piercing Finger that Rebirth Martial Emperor cultivated and belonged to a type of extremely formidable single target attack methods.
"Although the force exertion method that the Raging Python Form endowed upon me isn't a martial skill, its might isn't inferior to a martial skill... it's similar to the method of how a Demon Beast attacks. I have a feeling that once I cultivate the Raging Python Form to the later stages, its might not be inferior to a high grade Profound Rank martial skill at the Mastery Stage!"
Duan Ling Tian's eyes shone.
His heart was filled with motivation, so he started even more to painstakingly cultivate the Raging Python Form's mental cultivation method...
He cultivated deep into the night before finally falling into a deep slumber.
The next day.
Because the requirement was to enter the Iron Blood Army camp grounds before noon, Duan Ling Tian's group of three slept until late in the morning before awakening.
They were mentally prepared, because once they become members of the Genius Camp, they will probably never have the chance to sleep in again.
After having their breakfast, the three of them took their time to walk over to the Iron Blood Army's camp grounds.
Arriving at the camp grounds' entrance, Duan Ling Tian's group of three displayed their number cards before walking in.
Before their eyes was a vast drill ground.
The surroundings of the drill grounds stood filled with people. They were all youths beneath the age of nineteen...
Duan Ling Tian's group of three stood at the side.
They were waiting for noon to arrive.
"Duan Ling Tian."
Suddenly, Meng Quan looked at Duan Ling Tian with a weird gaze before looking off into the distance.
Duan Ling Tian lifted his head to look over.
What he saw was that the four Yu Clan youths from before had arrived, but this time there was an extra person among them.
Yu Xiao's group of four followed behind this person in a respectful and reverent manner.
This was a youth around the age of eighteen who wore black clothes with gold lining and had a face that emitted wildness and hard-heartedness.
He was virtually a duplicate of Xiao Yu.
Yu Xiao noticed Duan Ling Tian and his face turned grim before turning and saying something in a low voice to the black-clothed youth in the lead.
After hearing what he said, the black-clothed youth frowned, and his piercing gaze descended onto Duan Ling Tian.
At the same time, he walked towards Duan Ling Tian.
"It's you who not only injured my Yu Clan members, but even played tricks on them?"
The black-clothed youth approached menacingly. His icy cold cold gaze seemed to be ready to swallow Duan Ling Tian at any moment.
Above the black-clothed youth, six ancient mammoth silhouettes instantly condensed into form.
Fourth level of the Core Formation Stage!
Instantly, Xiao Yu and Meng Quan's faces turned grim.
Duan Ling Tian's brows raised, showing that he was slightly surprised.
He was pondering earlier about how the Yu Clan could be one of the five great clans in the County City. Logically speaking, it would be impossible for the members that came to only be Yu Xiao's group of four.
In Yu Xiao's group of four, Yu Xiao was the strongest.
But he was far from being Xiao Yu's match.
Although both were at the third level of the Core Formation Stage, Xiao Yu's Sleeve Dimension had completely and utterly defeated him...
So it turned out to be that the black-clothed youth in front of him was the real number one in the Yu Clan's young geniuses.
Eighteen years old, fourth level of the Core Formation Stage.
His natural talent could be considered to be pretty good.
At this moment, the surrounding youths that noticed that something was going on gathered around to join in on the fun.
"It's Yu Xiang, the number one in the younger generation of the County City's Yu Clan!"
"Allegedly, among the younger generation of the County City, this Yu Xiang was ranked number two, merely inferior to the Tan Clan's Tan Rui."
"You're right. Although Yu Xiang and Tan Rui are both at the fourth level of the Core Formation Stage, in terms of martial skills, he was inferior to Tan Rui, but even then they were closely matched."
"Who's this violet clothed youth who actually dared to offend Yu Xiang?"
"I recognize him. At dusk the day before yesterday, he beat up the other four members of the Yu Clan."
"So that's how it is. Looks like Yu Xiang is standing up for them."
Some of the youths started discussing amongst themselves.
"You're right, I did injure them, but it was they who provoked me first... As for playing tricks, I wonder where you got that from?"
Duan Ling Tian had a carefree expression as he calmly looked at Yu Xiang.
He heard the discussions of the surrounding youths.
He didn't expect that this Yu Xiang was actually ranked second in the entire County City's younger generation.
Yu Xiao's face flushed as he howled, "You caused us to have to line up once again. Isn't this playing tricks?"
"What does your group having to line up once again have to do with me? You should go ask that soldier, right?"
Duan Ling Tian gazed weirdly at them.
"The three of you kneel down and kowtow three times, then this matter will be over."
Yu Xiang's gaze swept past Duan Ling Tian, Meng Quan, and Xiao Yu.
Even though he had heard from Yu Xiao that this violet-clothed youth was at the fourth level of the Core Formation Stage, as far as he was concerned, in terms of combat experience and martial skills, how could a sixteen or seventeen-year-old kid compare to him?
Meng Quan's expression distorted; even his breath became hurried due to anger.
Xiao Yu's cold face had an extra icy coldness to it as well.
Duan Ling Tian started laughing as he walked forward and looked Yu Xiang in the eye without any fear. "The four of you kneel down and kowtow ten times... Maybe then I will let bygones be bygones and forgive you all."
As Duan Ling Tian finished speaking, his body emitted a strand of bloody killing intent.
After being hit by the killing intent, Yu Xiao's face instantly turned slightly pale.
"What are you all doing?"
Just at this moment, a shout echoed out.
A robust Iron Blood Army general walked over in large strides. After understanding the cause of events, his face sunk.
The robust general shouted in a low voice, "Today is the test day of our Iron Blood Army's Genius Camp. If anyone dares to provoke conflict before the test, their test qualifications will be directly abolished!"
"My elder brother is a Centurion of your Iron Blood Army, Yu Hong!"
Yu Xiang looked at the robust general and his gaze flickered.
Duan Ling Tian's face turned grim.
Meng Quan and Xiao Yu's expressions were ugly as well.
This Yu Xiang's elder brother was actually a Centurion in the Iron Blood Army?
Duan Ling Tian could be unafraid of Yu Xiang, but he had no choice but to fear the Centurion brother of Yu Xiang.
At the same time, the crowd was restless.
"I remember now. Yu Xiang's elder brother, Yu Hong, entered the Iron Blood Army's Genius Camp seven years ago... After that, there was no news of him entering Paladin Academy, so most people thought that he had died. Who would have known that he actually stayed in the Iron Blood Army and even became their Centurion."
"A 25-year-old Centurion... Truly extraordinary!"
"No wonder I heard that Yu Xiang didn't go line up to register for this year's Genius Camp test at all; so it turned out his brother had long ago arranged everything for him."
"If his brother is a Centurion of the Iron Blood Army, this much special treatment is possible."
"F**k! Then doesn't that mean that during the Genius Camp training, this Yu Xiang will have the 'care' of his elder brother and will have the special treatment to smoothly pass?"
"It's good to have an elder brother as a Centurion in the Iron Blood Army."
"In my opinion, this Yu Xiang doesn't even have to come at all. All he will have to do is ask his brother to give him one of the places in the quota to study at Paladin Academy."
All of the discussion of the youths were pointed at Yu Xiang.
Noticing the scene losing control, the robust general's expression turned gloomy.
After glaring at Yu Xiang, he said loudly, "Everyone, please do not worry; our Iron Blood Army's Genius Camp's training is equal to everyone... Moreover, even if a general had a relative inside the Genius Camp, he would be unable to take part in the Genius Camp training, and he would have to avoid anything that may arouse suspicion. This point is something our Iron Blood Army has strict rules on. If anyone goes against them, they will be punished by martial law."
As he finished speaking, he once again looked at Yu Xiang with a piercing gaze.
"I don't care if your elder brother is our Iron Blood Army's Centurion or not. If you're standing here today, then you must abide by the Iron Blood Army's rules... If you don't, I will abolish your qualification to take part in the test!"
The robust general's voice was like thunder as it echoed out.
For a moment, many of the youths' expressions eased up slightly.
"You're just a Decurion and you dare to have no respect for my elder brother?"
Yu Xiang's face sunk and his gaze became icy cold.
"In the Iron Blood Army, military law is enforced strictly. Even if he's a Centurion, if he commits an offense, then he will be judged the same way as a soldier!" the robust general said, in a neither humble nor arrogant manner.
"Great job, Sir Decurion!"
Many of the youths present couldn't stop themselves from praising him.
Even Duan Ling Tian gave the robust general a second glance, as he noticed that this was a person who acted on emotion, and his speech didn't have a trace of falseness.
"Good, very good..."
Yu Xiang's expression was ugly as he stared fixedly at the robust general. "What's your name? I need to remember it properly so I can let my elder brother remember you properly as well..."
"Do you need to ask your elder brother to properly remember me as well?"
Just at this moment, a majestic voice sounded from outside the crowd.
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