Chapter 1748: Zhao Ji
Translator: EndlessFantasy Translation Editor: EndlessFantasy Translation
When two Martial Cultivators at the peak of the Mastery Refined Saint Stage joined forces to defeat a person at the peak of the Refined Saint Stage, even if the latter was not an elite among powerhouses at the peak of the Refined Saint Stage, it was still something very astonishing and worth paying attention to since the latter managed to win.
The Palace Master of Heaven Palace rarely concerned himself with the matters in the Heaven Palace. Usually, Xiao Yi, the Vice Palace Master, was the one in charge of Heaven Palace. Due to this reason, it was only natural he knew about the Luo Brothers. Due to the fact that he knew the Luo Brothers’ strength when they joined forces, he was extremely shocked when he found out Duan Ling Tian was able to defeat them in just a span of a few breaths.
“This fellow’s already so strong after coming out from the Spirit Pool three months ago?” Xiao Yi looked at Duan Ling Tian who was standing in the distance with astonishment in his eyes.
Although he knew Duan Ling Tian’s innate talent and abilities were powerful, he did not expect him to be able to defeat the Luo Brothers’ joint challenge even if he had suspected Duan Ling Tian to have broken through to the peak of the Refined Saint Stage after coming out of the Spirit Pool.
As far as he was concerned, someone who could defeat the Luo Brothers when they joined forces could be considered as an elite among the powerhouses at the peak of the Refined Saint Stage.
“Vice Palace Master.” Xiao Yi was the one who gave Duan Ling Tian the opportunity to enter the Spirit Pool previously. Due to this reason, when he saw Xiao Yi had shown up, he instantly went to him and greeted him with a smile.
“Ling Tian, I didn’t expect you to become so powerful. With your current strength, I’m afraid you’re already on par with Li Feng who had appeared in the Rising Sky Mansion’s district previously.” Xiao Yi sighed emotionally.
Although he had known Duan Ling Tian’s future would be boundless when he entered the Heaven Palace, it did not cross his mind that Duan Ling Tian’s strength would be elevated so greatly in such a short period of time.
“It’s all thanks to Vice Palace Master who gave me the opportunity to cultivate in the Spirit Pool. Otherwise, I might’ve been defeated by the Luo Brothers today,” Duan Ling Tian said courteously with gratitude.
Although he definitely would be able to defeat the Luo Brothers even without the cleansing from the Spirit Pool, it was due to the Spirit Pool that he was able to break through from the Early Refined Saint Stage to the peak of the Refined Saint Stage. Due to this reason, he was very grateful to Xiao Yi.
When Xiao Yi saw how Duan Ling Tian did not forget he was the one who had given him the opportunity to enter the Spirit Pool, a smile appeared on his face immediately. “With your innate talent, it’s only natural for me to give you the opportunity to enter the Spirit Pool when you chose to join the Heaven Palace. However, there are many people who had entered the Spirit Pool before you, none of their strength was elevated as greatly as yours.”
When Duan Ling Tian heard Xiao Yi’s words, his expression appeared calm on the surface, but he was chuckling to himself inwardly.
Actually, the benefits the Spirit Pool had granted him was the breakthrough from the Early Refined Saint Stage to the peak of the Refined Saint Stage. As for the reason he had easily defeated the Luo Brothers, it was all thanks to his own Sun True Origin. The Sun True Origin he currently possessed was comparable to the True Origin of an Early Eminent Saint Stage powerhouse.
When he defeated the Luo Brothers, he had already held back by only using the blades. Although he had held back, the strength of an Early Eminent Saint Stage powerhouse was not something the Luo Brothers were able to withstand.
“Alright, let’s talk about this later… The reason I came over today is to preside over the competition to earn a spot to enter the Saint Martial Secret Zone.”
After Xiao Yi smiled at Duan Ling Tian, he announced loudly to the Saint Stage disciples below the age of forty to gather in the middle of the vast platform on the summit. As for those who came to watch, they were asked to retreat into the distance.
“So many people?” Soon after, Duan Ling Tian noticed there were forty people remaining apart from Xiao Yi.
In fact, there were only ten people who entered Heaven Palace together with him. In other words, the Heaven Palace already had over thirty disciples at the Saint Stage below the age of forty.
Suddenly, a voice resonated by Duan Ling Tian’s ears. “You’re Ling Tian?”
Then, Duan Ling Tian saw a young man with an ordinary appearance walking toward him with a smile on his face. “Let’s familiarize ourselves with each other. I’m Gao Peng.”
This name was not unfamiliar to Duan Ling Tian. When he had just arrived at the Heaven Palace, he had already heard of this person. He was one of the two Intermediate Refined Saint Stage disciples below the age of forty in the Heaven Palace.
Before Duan Ling Tian appeared, Gao Peng and another disciple at the Intermediate Refined Saint Stage below the age of forty were known as the two strongest people among the younger generation in the Heaven Palace.
However, due to his appearance, the glory of these two people was shifted to Duan Ling Tian. If the most powerful person was mentioned among the younger generation in the Heaven Palace, every Mystical Sky Mansion’s disciple would definitely think of Duan Ling Tian and not Gao Peng or the other person.
“Ling Tian.” Naturally, although Duan Ling Tian had heard of Gao Peng before, this did not mean he knew much about him. However, since Gao Peng had taken the initiative to greet him, it would not have been polite for him to ignore him. Due to reason, he smiled in response.
“Ling Tian, before you appeared, there’s no one I admire among the younger generation in the Mystical Sky Mansion. I have to say I really admire your innate talent and strength from the bottom of my heart. Moreover, I’m far too lacking to even catch up to you,” Gao Peng said emotionally as he looked at Duan Ling Tian.
“You flatter me.” Duan Ling Tian smiled humbly.
“Hurmph!” At this moment, a snort resonated in the distance, accompanied by the sound of footsteps.
Duan Ling Tian turned around to look at the source of the sound. With just a glance, he saw a young man dressed in a fine robe making his way over from afar. There were two Heaven Palace’s disciples following behind him. It was obvious they were his lackeys. Like stars twinkling around the bright moon, they attended to him as he made his way over.
The young man was quite handsome. His hawk nose was particularly striking, making him look dashing. It was obvious he was the one who had snorted earlier.
Soon after, the finely dressed young man appeared in front of Duan Ling Tian. He looked at him from top to bottom, and there was a hint of dread in his eyes. However, he looked at Duan Ling Tian arrogantly as though Duan Ling Tian was one of his subordinates.
“Intermediate Refined Saint Stage?” After activating his Divine Eye, Duan Ling Tian could easily see the cultivation base of this person. Among all those who were standing here, apart from Wang Fei Xuan and Gao Peng, there was only one person at the Intermediate Refined Saint Stage.
In the Heaven Palace, Zhao Ji shared the same fame with Gao Peng. He was the other Intermediate Refined Saint Stage Martial Cultivator who had not even reached the age of forty.
However, unlike Gao Peng’s ordinary background, Zhao Ji was born with a golden spoon in his mouth. His father was one of the Vice Mansion Masters of Mystical Sky Mansion while his grandfather was one of the two great Guardians of the Mystical Sky Mansion.
The two great Guardians of the Mystical Sky Mansion were only inferior to the Mansion Master in the Mystical Sky Mansion.
Zhao Ji looked at Duan Ling Tian domineeringly and snorted as he asked in an almost interrogative tone, “You’re Ling Tian?”
Faced with Zhao Ji, there was a hint of dread in Wang Fei Xuan’s eyes. Although her background could be considered powerful, she was still far from being comparable to Zhao Ji.
Put everything else aside, just Zhao Ji’s grandfather alone could annihilate the Tyrannic Saber Mansion. If he was inclined to do so, he definitely had the might to do so if he had the patience.
Duan Ling Tian could not be bothered with Zhao Ji’s question. Duan Ling Tian only glanced at him once, and he no longer looked at him again.
As Zhao Ji’s expression turned grave, one of the Heaven Palace’s disciples standing behind him said loudly, “How dare you! Ling Tian, did you not hear Great Young Master Zhao Ji talking to you?”
“Since when does a dog dare to shout and bark in front of its owner?” Duan Ling Tian looked at the Heaven Palace’s disciple mockingly causing the disciple’s expression to turn glum as blue veins popped up on his forehead. However, there was nothing he could do since he was not a match for Duan Ling Tian at all.
“Ling Tian, you must be crazy!” Zhao Ji looked at Duan Ling Tian coldly as he said in a threatening tone, “Do you think you can treat others with contempt just because you have high innate talent and powerful abilities? You’re only at the peak of the Refined Saint Stage. Where do you think you stand in the entire Mystical Sky Mansion. What use will your high innate talent be if you die before you can grow any stronger?” When Zhao Ji reached the end of his sentence, a terrifying killing intent could be seen in his eyes.
“The peak of the Refined Saint Stage is indeed nothing… However, at the very least, it’s more powerful than your Intermediate Refined Saint Stage, right?” Duan Ling Tian scoffed indifferently in front of Zhao Ji. The mocking smile on his face became even more apparent, causing Zhao Ji’s expression to turn grim immediately. He, Zhao Ji, had always behaved willfully and without a care in the Mystical Sky Mansion. Prior to this, was there anyone who dared to talk to him in this manner?
“Excellent! Excellent!” Zhao Ji’s eyes sparkled with killing intent as he stared at Duan Ling Tian. “You’re the first one in Mystical Sky Mansion who dares to speak to me in this manner… Ling Tian, I, Zhao Ji, will remember you!”
Duan Ling Tian shrugged indifferently. It was obvious he was not worried about Zhao Ji’s threat.
This caused Zhao Ji’s expression to turn even grimmer.
“Ling Tian, you’re too reckless!” At this moment, a Voice Transmission resonated in Duan Ling Tian’s ears. It was Gao Peng’s Voice Transmission. “Zhao Ji has an extraordinary background. Many powerhouses in the Mystical Sky Ranking even have to curry favor with him. Moreover, his father is one of the Vice Mansion Masters with a few Eminent Saint Stage disciples. As for his grandfather, he’s one of the two Guardians in the Mystical Sky Mansion. Most of his grandfather’s disciples are elders in the Mystical Sky Mansion.”
When Gao Peng reached the end of his sentence, his tone was filled with dread.
Although he was not inferior to Zhao Ji in regards to strength, due to Zhao Ji’s background, he had no choice but to lower his head in front of him. He did not dare to offend Zhao Ji at all.
“Thank you for your reminder, but I’ve already known about all these,” Duan Ling Tian replied through Voice Transmission.
“You already knew?” Upon hearing Duan Ling Tian’s words, Gao Peng was shocked. He had thought Duan Ling Tian treated Zhao Ji carelessly because he was unaware of Zhao Ji’s background. He did not expect Duan Ling Tian to have already known about Zhao Ji’s background prior to this.
‘He already knows about Zhao Ji’s background, but he still dares to treat Zhao Ji in this manner… What kind of backing does he have? Don’t tell me it’s just based on his monstrous ability alone?’ Gao Peng thought to himself as he shook his head.
He acknowledged that Duan Ling Tian had a very high innate talent, but this did not mean he could fight with Zhao Ji.