Chapter 1723: Guo Lu
Translator: EndlessFantasy Translation Editor: EndlessFantasy Translation
When the remaining disciples of Heaven Palace saw how Huang Ji had left with his head shaved bald and with a dusty and dirty appearance, they all felt quite embarrassed.
Naturally, most of the disciples of Heaven Palace knew their abilities very well. For example, the two Heaven Palace’s disciples who had wanted to break through the door with Huang Ji previously, they knew their strength was on par with Huang Ji at most. Since Huang Ji had already suffered such a humiliating defeat, they would definitely end up the same way if they went and challenge Duan Ling Tian now.
“Oh, yeah… I just remember I have something I have to attend to now!” One of the men abruptly slapped his hand on his forehead before flying away hastily as though he really had some important matter to attend to.
When the other person next to the men saw him flee after giving an excuse, he could not find it in himself to leave immediately as well. However, he retreated to the side with a red face and stood with the other disciples of Heaven Palace.
“This Ling Tian is really powerful!”
“Earlier, I didn’t even see any changes in his True Origin, but his speed had suddenly increased so much. I wonder how he managed to do that!”
“This Ling Tian is most likely not as simple as an Intermediate Refined Saint Stage Martial Cultivator. I think he’s most likely at the Mastery Refined Saint Stage!”
“Mastery Refined Saint Stage! Is that even possible? He’s not even reached the age of forty!”
“I also find it unbelievable, but the truth is laid before our eyes. It’s difficult not to believe it!”
The group of Heaven Palace’s disciples whispered among themselves. When most of them looked at Duan Ling Tian again, their eyes were filled with hints of respect and fear.
A Mastery Refined Saint Stage powerhouse who had not even reached the age of forty!
There seemed to be only a handful of people similar to him in the history of the Mystical Sky Mansion.
Those people had all become famous and powerful people in the Lower Province of the Dao Martial Saint Land. In the end, they had left for the Upper Province of the Dao Martial Saint Land that had many strong powerhouses.
“Mastery Refined Saint Stage!” Wang Fei Xuan who was walking in the distant returned to her senses. Her gaze as she watched Duan Ling Tian became even more complicated now.
“Are there any more seniors who want to give me some pointers?” Duan Ling Tian asked with a smile, appearing courteous, as he swept a glance at the crowd. This instantly left a good impression on the disciples of the Heaven Palace.
After all, there were not many people who could still maintain such a good temper even after having someone come to look for trouble at the door of their own homes.
Through his Divine Eye, Duan Ling Tian could tell the most powerful person among the Heaven Palace’s disciples present on the scene now was at the Mastery Refined Saint Stage, and there were only four of them.
There were no Heaven Palace’s disciples at the peak of the Refined Saint Stage at all.
It was not that the Heaven Palace’s disciple who had reached the peak of the Refined Saint Stage did not want to look for trouble with Duan Ling Tian, but they felt it would be like bullying the weak with their strength. If news spread out to Vice Palace Master Xiao, it would definitely make him angry.
Their cultivation base was at the peak of the Refined Saint Stage, even if they managed to defeat the Saint Stage genius, Ling Tian, who had just entered the Mystical Sky Mansion, there was no glory to it. Instead, people would only mock them for bullying the weak.
Due to this reason, the group of Heaven Palace’s disciples who came to look for trouble with Duan Ling Tian were all at the Intermediate and Mastery Refined Saint Stage.
Currently, as soon as Duan Ling Tian asked if there was anyone who wanted to give him some pointers, the other disciples of Heaven Palace immediately shifted their gaze to one person.
This person had an ordinary appearance. His expression was solemn and stiff. One could tell he had a traditional mindset.
‘It seems like this person is the strongest one among the people present here.’ When Duan Ling Tian sensed everyone’s eyes had shifted to this person, he could easily guess their meaning immediately.
However, he was not afraid since this person was merely a Mastery Refined Saint Stage powerhouse.
“His name is Guo Lu. His strength can be considered to be in the top three among the group of Mastery Refined Saint Stage disciples in the Heaven Palace!” At this moment, a familiar voice entered Duan Ling Tian’s ears. It was none other Wang Fei Xuan.
“Why are you suddenly so kind as to warn me about this?” Duan Ling Tian asked after he glanced at Wang Fei Xuan indifferently through Voice Transmission.
Earlier, when Wang Fei Xuan had giggled, he had already instantly noticed her presence. Moreover, he was aware she was just standing there to watch the show. Unfortunately, it was destined that there would be no show for her to watch.
In Duan Ling Tian’s opinion, Wang Fei Xuan must be very disappointed that he had defeated Huang Ji. However, he did not expect she would take the initiative to warn him and tell him about Guo Lu’s background at this moment.
“Hurmph! Do I look like one of those petty people?” Wang Fei Xuan snapped back irritatedly.
“No?” Duan Ling Tian shook his head.
“Hmmm, your judgment is quite good .” Wang Fei Xuan chuckled.
“Why are you in a rush? I haven’t even finished my sentence yet. You don’t look like a petty person, you are a petty person!” Duan Ling Tian said, instantly angering Wang Fei Xuan.
“Oi! Ling fellow! I’ve kindly warned you, and you actually treat me this way. I really can’t wait to see you appear even more wretched than Huang Ji after being defeated by Guo Lu.”
Huang Ji was the one who issued the challenge Duan Ling Tian earlier. He was the Heaven Palace’s disciple whose head was shaved by Duan Ling Tian.
“You don’t have to worry yourself over this. There’s no way I’ll be defeated,” Duan Ling Tian continued to transmit his voice. His tone was calm but filled with confidence.
Wang Fei Xuan was speechless, she did not even respond to Duan Ling Tian’s Voice Transmission. She did not expect Duan Ling Tian could still maintain his composure after finding out about Guo Lu’s background.
Obviously, she did not warn Duan Ling Tian about Guo Lu out of the kindness of her heart. She had just wanted to see if he would be afraid until he turned pale when he learned about Guo Lu’s background.
It did not cross her mind that things would play out differently than she had imagined. After learning about Guo Lu’s background, not only was Duan Ling Tian not afraid, but he even showed great confidence as though he did not fear Guo Lu at all.
‘Don’t tell me he’s able to defeat Guo Lu?’ A thought suddenly rose up in Wang Fei Xuan’s mind.
“Impossible!” However, Wang Fei Xuan immediately dismissed the idea. As she looked at Duan Ling Tian, she muttered to herself, “He’s not even 40 years old. It’s impossible for him to be stronger than Guo Lu… Otherwise, he’s really not much worse than Li Feng.”
Wang Fei Xuan, unfortunately, was unaware that Ling Tian was the same person as Li Feng. Otherwise, she would not have such thoughts.
Under the watchful eyes of the group of Heaven Palace’s disciples, Guo Lu finally walked out and looked at Duan Ling Tian before nodding his head. “Junior Brother Ling Tian, it’s admirable that you managed to break through to the Mastery Refined Saint Stage before reaching the age of forty… Earlier, we had all looked down on you. I finally understand why Vice Palace Master Xiao treats you so nicely. With your innate talent and prowess, no matter which palace it is, they would have given the spot to enter the Spirit Pool to you this time. Although Vice Palace Master Xiao directly gave you the spot to enter the Heaven Palace’s Spirit Pool without the need to compete for it, I think you deserve it!” Guo Lu expressed his admiration toward Duan Ling Tian as soon as he opened his mouth.
Perhaps, he did not think Duan Ling Tian would be able to defeat him now, but how old was Duan Ling Tian, and how old was he? He sincerely admired Duan Ling Tian who had achieved something like this at such a young age.
“You flatter me, Senior Brother Guo Lu.” Duan Ling Tian smiled, his impression toward Guo Lu had increased as well.
As for Wang Fei Xuan who was standing at the side, she was feeling slightly displeased. The tensed confrontation she was expecting did not happen. In fact, the scene before her eyes seemed very harmonious instead.
“However, it seems like most people wish to see us duel, so I’ll have to oblige and challenge you to a duel, Brother Ling Tian. Naturally, we’ll not use our full power.” When Guo Lu looked at Duan Ling Tian again, his eyes were filled with apparent battle intent. He could not help but feel excited being able to battle a Saint Stage genius like Duan Ling Tian.
He believed that if news of Duan Ling Tian’s cultivation base being at the Mastery Refined Saint spread out even though he had not reached the age of forty, he would definitely be crowned with the title of being the strongest person among the younger generation in the Mystical Sky Mansion!
It was only natural he was excited to have a duel with someone like that.
“Please, Senior Brother Guo Lu.” Duan Ling Tian nodded before gesturing for Guo Lu to make the first move.
Upon seeing this, Wang Fei Xuan could not help but snort. “This fellow’s really arrogant! To think he actually asked Guo Lu to make his move first. That useless fellow’s strength from earlier can’t even be compared to Guo Lu!”
In fact, Wang Fei Xuan was not the only that felt Duan Ling Tian was being arrogant, even the disciples from Heaven Palace thought he was being arrogant as well.
Who was Guo Lu?
He was someone whose strength could be considered to be number three among all the Mastery Refined Saint Stage powerhouses in the Heaven Palace. He was a strong powerhouse among the Mastery Refined Saint Stage powerhouses.
An ordinary Mastery Refined Saint Stage powerhouse would find it hard to endure ten blows from him.
However, this new disciple who had just joined the Mystical Sky Mansion a few days ago actually asked Guo Lu to make his move first? Was he not just looking for trouble?
Although the disciples of the Heaven Palace knew Duan Ling Tian was a Mastery Refined Saint Stage Martial Cultivator, they did not think he would be able to win against Guo Lu. After all, Guo Lu’s fame in Heaven Palace was not without reason. He had earned his reputation blow by blow.
However, to their surprise, faced with Duan Ling Tian’s request, Guo Lu did not refuse at all.
Guo Lu did not feel anything earlier when he was speaking to Duan Ling Tian. However, now that he was about to fight Duan Ling Tian, it was as though he suddenly did not know how or from where he should make his move. Although the man before him was young, the vibe he had given him seemed more terrifying than the opponents he had faced previously.
‘I wonder how he cultivates,’ Guo Lu thought to himself emotionally.
Due to this reason, he did not refuse when Duan Ling Tian asked him to make the first move. He had a solemn and cautious expression on his face as he acted.
The scene that unfolded next cause everyone to feel aghast.
This was because although Guo Lu was given the advantage to make the first move, Duan Ling Tian actually managed to deal with it with skill and ease. In the end, it seemed like they were evenly matched.
After thirty minutes, the two of them stopped in unison, coming to a draw.
This outcome was, naturally, orchestrated by Duan Ling Tian. He had a good impression of Guo Lu. Due to this reason, he did not wish to humiliate him in front of so many people.
“It actually ended in a draw?” The crowd of Heaven Palace’s disciples, including Wang Fei Xuan, were struck dumb with amazement. It did not cross their minds that the outcome would turn out this way. This was way beyond their imagination.
Compared to the group of Heaven Palace’s disciples, Guo Lu was even more puzzled.
This was because even when he used his full force, his opponent could still handle it with ease and skill. Moreover, he felt there many instances where his opponent had shown mercy. Otherwise, he felt he would have also been defeated. It was exactly because of this reason that he was baffled.
Ling Tian who was not even forty years old was actually stronger than him.