Chapter 316 Letters
Even after hearing James' words, it was impossible for Fang Xingjian to not take any action.
He arrived at the entrance to the Sacred Land, saw Zhou Xingwen who was waiting there, and walked toward him.
In terms of networking, Fang Xingjian was far from a match for James, who was the Regional Academy's Headmaster two generations ago and was very senior in comparison. However, this did not mean that Fang Xingjian had no connections at all.
Handing three letters to Zhou Xingwen, Fang Xingjian said, "Help me to send out these three letters. The letters must definitely be delivered into their hands."
Taking a look at the envelopes, Zhou Xingwen saw that the first one was addressed to Rehlings of the Northern Ice Region Regional Academy and asked, "You know this person? Rumor has it that his skills surpass even that of the Northern Ice Region's Governor."
Fang Xingjian did not say anything. Truth be told, if Rehlings had not sent someone to invite him over to the Northern Ice Region for an exchange a few days back, Fang Xingjian would not have known about him. This letter was being sent out as a last resort. He was not really sure if Rehlings would be willing to stand up for him during the arbitration with regard to the Rebirth Sword Technique.
Zhou Xingwen then took a look at the second envelope. It was addressed to the current Headmaster of the Regional Academy and the Governor of the Great Western Region, Devitt. Zhou Xingwen knew that Devitt had great admiration and support for Fang Xingjian.
However, he did not know that Fang Xingjian was in fact trying to contact the Second Prince. Having encountered something like the association's arbitration, even if Fang Xingjian had absolute confidence in the Rebirth Sword Technique, he would be too foolish if he were to take on the matter alone and wait for backup only after finding himself in trouble.
Even a lion would use its full strength when going against a rabbit. Fang Xingjian naturally needed to make good use of whatever time he had and call up all the help he could. Particularly, it would be even better if the Governor and the Second Prince could help speak up for him.
Then when Zhou Xingwen saw the third letter, his eyes seemed to pop out as he said in astonishment, "You want to send a letter to this... this Lord?"
"Mmm, just give it a try."
Fang Xingjian's third letter was addressed to the Holy Orison. This Divine level expert had once wanted to take Fang Xingjian as his disciple. If the Holy Orison had really done so in admiration of Fang Xingjian's talent, he might be willing to help Fang Xingjian.
Moreover, Fang Xingjian had also added in some perks into the content of the letter. He was not sure if someone like the Holy Orison would be satisfied with it, but it was still worth a try. After all, if a person like the Holy Orison were to stand on Fang Xingjian's side, Fang Xingjian would basically be considered to have won the arbitration. Who would dare rebut a theory supported by the Holy Orison?
If the Holy Orison were to say that there was no problems with the Rebirth Sword Technique, who would dare to say otherwise?
After making arrangements for these three letters to be sent out, Fang Xingjian headed for the Sword Tower, planning to continue with his research. Regardless how the association's arbitration would turn out, he had done what he needed to do. It was all so that he would not have to waste time, which would then affect his training.
If this problem were to persist to the extent of adversely affecting his training and progress, it would be placing his priorities in the reversed order.
When Fang Xingjian arrived at the Sword Tower, he noticed that the surrounding people were casting somewhat strange gazes at him. There were gazes which seemed to be filled with pity and disdain, while there were also people who seemed to happy at his misfortune. These people pointed at Fang Xingjian and then seemed to say something to the people next to them.
Leon walked over with a slightly gloomy look. When he saw Fang Xingjian, he only said coldly, "Xingjian, come over here for a moment. Teacher Hoppes is looking for you."
Earlier that morning, the Sword Arts Department had received a notice from the Knight Association, raising the issue of how the Rebirth Sword Technique had caused internal injuries. It was requested for the department to first conduct an internal investigation.
Hoppes, as the person who had evaluated the sword technique, had also received a stern warning. As a result, Leon who was Hoppes' disciple, also felt ashamed.
All of these things were due to Fang Xingjian. So, right now, there was no way Leon would be able to have a good expression when facing Fang Xingjian.
When Fang Xingjian arrived at the office, Hoppes lifted his head, took at look at Fang Xingjian and said with a smile, "Xingjian, you're here." He handed Xingjian the notice sent by the association and asked, "What do you think about this?"
"It's just a waste of my time. The Rebirth Sword Technique definitely has no problems."
Leon said angrily, "If there are no problems with the Rebirth Sword Technique, then why would those three suffer from internal injuries? Ordinary Nurturing sword techniques would definitely not be able to cause injuries.
"And did you know? Based on the latest news which I heard from my old classmates, someone from the central government has already found these three people. They aren't suffering from ordinary internal injuries, but rather, all of their internal organs have deteriorated. The three people are now completely crippled. They would suffer from internal bleeding the moment they try to exert force. There's no way that they can pick up martial arts anymore.
"If this were to go on, even their lives would be in danger."
The three of them had picked up the Rebirth Sword Technique concurrently, and all three of them suffered the deterioration of their internal organs. Furthermore, all three of them were crippled of their ability to continue to pursue martial arts. So, the situation was much more serious than before.
If it was previously only highlighted that there might be a problem with the Rebirth Sword Technique, then such consequences could only make the arbitration be treated even more seriously.
"Oh? We couldn't find them, yet the association could find them so easily?
"Then it's all the more likely that the problem was with them." Fang Xingjian did not yield at all. It could be said that from this moment until the arbitration was over, he would not be making any concessions. This was because if he were to show any hints of weaknesses, or even admit that there could possibly be some problem with the Rebirth Sword Technique, he would not receive any forgiveness. Rather, would find himself in everlasting damnation.
Moreover, he had absolute confidence in the Rebirth Sword Technique. So, their actions only seemed like a joke to him.
Hoppes stopped Leon and said, "Theoretically, there shouldn't be any problems with the Rebirth Sword Technique. My focus is not on this. Since the association is stirring up trouble out of nothing, there's no way I can just watch as someone from our academy gets bullied."
Having said that, he let out a cold snort and continued saying, "Those people from the Knight Association don't strive for progress and only focus on bureaucracy. To think that they're actually currently placing their attention on our Great Western Region.
"However, the consequences are really serious now, and there is even the possibility of losing your life, so you must be even more careful during the arbitration. But Xingjian, don't worry. I've already started to cultivate the Rebirth Sword Technique. If there's an arbitration, I'll stand up for you as well.
"The reason I've called you here today is to tell you not to worry, and just focus on your training and research. Don't be affected by external influences. I know there are some people in the academy who are jealous of your abilities, but there's no need to pay them much heed."
Leon frowned and said, "Teacher, what if something were to happen to you during your cultivation of the Rebirth Sword Technique?"
Hoppes glared at Leon and said, "How many times have I told you this? The most important thing in sword arts cultivation and martial techniques research is to not follow the crowd. You must believe in your own cultivation level, believe in the sword theories, and believe in your own judgement. Don't always follow others."
With that, he waved his hand and said, "Xingjian, you may leave. Focus on your training and don't be distracted."
"Thank you, Teacher Hoppes." Fang Xingjian then suddenly asked, "Teacher, do you know of any martial techniques which can allow a person to create a clone from the earth?"
"Oh? Why have you suddenly thought of asking this?" Hoppes gave it some thought and said, "The Ninety Thousand Godly Demon Flash you're learning is already a top notch Killing technique which creates clones.
"As for other techniques which can create clones, most of them would just controls and forcibly condenses material substances..."
"I don't mean just the creation of ordinary clones but something that can independently move from a far distance and even speak."
Hoppes's brows twitched as he said, "Such martial techniques are very rare. I heard that the Sand Country is more apt in controlling earth and sand. The Eastern Sand Region who are constantly at war with them for so many years would know more about these."
"Thank you, Teacher. Then I'll be taking my leave."
'So, it's really the Sand Country?'
Under various gazes, Fang Xingjian arrived at the research room where the dragon's scale was located. However, before he even got near the dragon's scale, he heard loud snores.
After Fang Xingjian left, Hoppes suddenly let out a long sigh.
Leon asked, "Master, what's wrong?"
Hoppes said, "You still can't accept this, right? This is because you're only looking at the surface of the case."