Chapter 1383: The Mystic Art Pavilion
Translator: EndlessFantasy Translation Editor: EndlessFantasy Translation
This year, the fact that the Rare Treasure Pavilion was going to auction three sets of Saint Grade Martial Tactics had attracted even more people.
Because it was a Saint Grade Martial Tactic, even though if it was only a Human Rank Primitive Saint Grade Martial Tactic, the pull factor was still incredibly high. Even a ninth-rated force would go all its way to fight for it.
In fact, even a ninth-rated force would not have that many sets of Saint Grade Martial Tactics on hand.
From the two middle-aged men, Duan Ling Tian finally learned about the process of the Rare Treasure Pavilion auction fair. He made up his mind right away that three days later, he would join the auction.
“However, with the 198 pieces of eighth-grade Saint Stones that I have now, I won’t possibly be able to bid for any Saint Grade Martial Tactic! Well, of course, if I use my fifth-grade Saint Stones, these ninth-rated force would never be able to fight with me, but the thing is, I can’t just expose my fifth-grade Saint Stones like that.” Duan Ling Tian knew very well in his heart that once the fifth-grade Saint Stones in his hand were exposed, he would become everyone’s target.
In fact, just one fifth-grade Saint Stone alone was already the equivalent to 10,000 pieces of ninth-grade Saint Stones or 1,000 pieces of eighth-grade Saint Stones. Who would not want that?
Most importantly, the worth of the fifth-grade Saint Stones contained did not stop just right there.
Only a Saint Stone Vein of a sixth-grade Saint Stone and above could produce fifth-grade Saint Stones… Let alone the surrounding area of Mound Hill City, even the most powerful City Governor’s Estate in Mound Hill City was also only an eighth-rated force that had an eighth-grade Saint Stone Vein.
Even that large sect that ruled the eighteen cities, including Mound Hill City, was also only a seventh-rated force that had a seventh-rated Saint Stone Vein.
The fact that there were sixth-grade Saint Stones being produced in Mound Hill City sometimes was already astonishing enough.
The fifth-grade Saint Stone basically could not be found at all.
“That’s right! Why did I forget about this? I can just infuse my Spiritual Energy into the Saint Token that contains the Saint Grade Martial Tactic and then read the contents inside!” A lightbulb went off in Duan Ling Tian’s mind. Now, he reminisced the unique power of his own Spiritual Energy.
When an ordinary Martial or Dao Cultivator obtained a corresponding Saint Token — be it a Saint Grade Martial Tactic or a Saint Grade Dao Tactic — they would still need to read the message it contained inside layer by layer.
Only after they had cultivated the Saint Grade Martial Tactic to a certain level could they continue reading the message.
Otherwise, they would not be able to read the message that came after at all.
However, Duan Ling Tian was different.
That time, when he had read the Saint Token that contained the Saint Grade Martial Tactic Colossal Aerolite Arrow, he only needed a second to memorize the entire message in his brain.
He only found out later on that this was not something that other ordinary Martial or Dao Cultivators could do.
“I think it’s better for me to join the auction fair. By that time, no matter who’s the one who successfully bids for the Saint Grade Martial Tactic, I can just offer 100 pieces of eighth-grade Saint Stones to take a quick read of its contents for a second. I’m sure nobody would reject this offer, would they?” Duan Ling Tian smiled as he flashed a dazzling grin.
He only needed a moment to download all of the message contained in the Saint Grade Martial Tactic into his mind.
“I finally can cultivate the defense technique from the Saint Grade Martial Tactic!” Duan Ling Tian was delighted.
With a joyful heart, Duan Ling Tian wandered around Mound Hill City a few rounds and in the end, he finally came to a halt in front of a magnificent three-story building that occupied a vast space.
“The Mystic Art Pavilion!” Duan Ling Tian’s gaze was quickly attracted by the large signboard hanging on the building in front. “What is this place?”
Duan Ling Tian noticed that every story of the three-story building in front was twice the height of the story of an original building, so although it was only three stories high, it was still unusually tall.
Standing in front of the Mystic Art Pavilion, Duan Ling Tian studied the crowds that entered and left the building. He noticed that some of the people had a special badge pinned on their chests.
There were two types of badges in total.
One of them was inscribed with a drawing of a saber and sword crossed with each other while the other badge was inscribed with a tilted bottle of pills along with three pills beside it.
Under his curiosity, Duan Ling Tian entered the building.
After he entered, he noticed that there were many people on the first level. These people had one common characteristic, that was, they were here to publish tasks.
The tasks that they published were either asking for pills or Saint Weapons.
Gradually, Duan Ling Tian slowly learned what this Mystic Art Pavilion was.
The Mystic Art Pavilion existed in almost every decent city all over Dao Martial Saint Land. As for what it was for, let’s start explaining from the first level of the Mystic Art Pavilion.
Everyone was allowed to enter the first level of the Mystic Art Pavilion and once they entered, one could put up the notice for tasks to seek for pills, Saint Weapons, and even Dao Talismans.
The staff of the Mystic Art Pavilion would then organize all of the notices and put them on record before sending them over to the second and the third level.
The second level of the Mystic Art Pavilion was where the Saint Refinement Masters gathered.
There were two types of Saint Refinement Masters.
One of them focused on refining pills while the other one focused on refining weapons. In fact, just like in the Cloud Continent that Duan Ling Tian had been in before, they were either Alchemists or the Weapons Craftsmen.
The people whom Duan Ling Tian saw wearing two different types of badges were all Saint Refinement Masters.
The Saint Refinement Masters wearing the badge with the saber and sword carvings were the people focused in Weapons Refinement Dao while those wearing the badge with the pill bottles and pills carving were the Saint Refinement Masters focused in Medicine Refinement Dao.
“What a pity… I can’t solidify any Weapon or Pill Fire now. Otherwise, I’d be a Saint Refinement Master too! Not only that, I’d be an all-rounder Saint Refinement Master,” Duan Ling Tian thought to himself.
All of the Saint Refinement Masters entering the Mystic Art Pavilion would go to the second level.
In the second level, they would then be able to receive the tasks and complete them to earn Saint Stones. Of course, they could also publish tasks to search for rare material.
These tasks would all be put up on the first level of the Mystic Art Pavilion.
Other than putting up tasks, the first level of the Mystic Art Pavilion was also selling many rare materials too.
As for the third level of the Mystic Art Pavilion, it was the gathering place of Dao Talisman Masters and Saint Inscription Masters.
The Dao Talisman Masters were Dao Cultivators who could inscribe Dao Talismans. All of the Dao Talisman Masters were at least at the Saint Rudiment Stage. Only those Dao Talisman Masters who were at Saint Rudiment Stage and above could inscribe Dao Talismans.
Of course, not all Dao Cultivators who were at the Saint Rudiment Stage and above could do so either.
Drawing the Dao Talisman was a skilled job.
A city like Mound Hill City could only be considered as a city by the edge of Dao Martial Saint Land… Inside such a city, not many Saint Rudiment Stage powerhouses could be seen, let alone the Saint Rudiment Stage Dao Cultivators, and even more so for Saint Rudiment Stage Dao Cultivators who knew how to draw a Dao Talisman.
For this reason, it was very difficult to see a Dao Talisman Master in Mound Hill City.
The Saint Inscription Masters, on the other hand, were Martial Cultivators who could inscribe Saint Inscriptions on the Saint Weapons. All Saint Inscription Masters were all at least at the Saint Rudiment Stage. Only Martial Cultivators who were at the Saint Rudiment Stage and above could inscribe Saint Inscriptions on the Saint Weapons.
Of course, not every Saint Rudiment Stage Martial Cultivator knew how to inscribe Saint Inscriptions on the Saint Weapons.
Inscribing the Saint Inscriptions was a skill too.
The rarity of a Saint Inscription Master was at the same level as the Dao Talisman Master; they were very difficult to find in Mound Hill City.
Even if they could be seen, they were nothing but passing travelers at Mound Hill City. After all, be it the Dao Talisman Master or the Saint Inscription Master, even the worst one was treated as a highly distinguished guest by the seventh-rated forces.
Even the worst Dao Talisman Master and the Saint Inscription Master would not even give a damn at all about an eighth-rated force like the City Governor’s Estate of Mound Hill City.
“It looks like the third level of this Mound Hill City’s Mystic Art Pavilion only exists in name,” Duan Ling Tian thought to himself.
“This is my first time hearing about the Saint Inscription Master though.” It was the first time he heard of the term ‘Saint Inscription Master’. As for the Dao Talisman Master, although it was his first time hearing that too, he had used the three Dao Talismans that his father had left for him before.
It was apparent that the three Dao Talismans came from the hands of a Dao Talisman Master.
“The Saint Inscription Master can inscribe Saint Inscriptions on the Saint Weapons to give the Saint Weapons some types of attributes… A powerful Saint Inscription can even unleash a horrifyingly terrifying power. The Saint Inscription Master is slightly similar to the Inscription Masters in the Cloud Continent. However, the Inscriptions in Dao Martial Saint Land would lose its effectiveness.” Duan Ling Tian frowned and only eased up after a long time.
“Not only that, but only a Saint Rudiment Stage Martial Cultivator has the chance to become a Saint Inscription Master.” Duan Ling Tian’s knowledge about the Dao Talisman Master and the Saint Inscription Master was all from the staff in the Mystic Art Pavilion. Of course, the reason why the Mystic Art Pavilion’s staff were so patient in explaining was because of the Saint Stones that Duan Ling Tian had given them.
“Mystic Art Pavilion, Saint Refinement Masters, Dao Talisman Masters, Saint Inscription Masters…” Muttering, Duan Ling Tian walked out of the Mystic Art Pavilion and returned to the main street. After strolling another round, he casually found an inn to stay at.
After checking in, Duan Ling Tian’s mind jolted and he entered the second level of the Seven Treasures Exquisite Pagoda to continue his cultivation of the Saint Grade Martial Tactic Colossal Aerolite Arrow!
After staying six days in the Seven Treasures Exquisite Pagoda, two days had also gone by outside. When he left the Seven Treasures Exquisite Pagoda, it was already the night before the large-scale auction fair that was going to held at the Rare Rare Treasure Pavilion.
That night, Duan Ling Tian went for a stroll around Mound Hill City’s night landscape and it gave him a different experience on the local customs and practices.
After strolling one round, it was already late at night and Duan Ling Tian was about to go back.
“Big brother… Help! Help me! Somebody’s trying to kill me! Somebody’s trying to kill me!” Just when he entered a street that had nobody else on it, Duan Ling Tian heard a young yet terrifying-struck voice coming from the front. As he squinted his eyes, he could see a little girl of about five or six years old running towards him anxiously.
The little girl appeared to fair and delicate, but her face was slightly smeared and the clothes that she was wearing were slightly tattered too.
Not long after that, the little girl reached in front of Duan Ling Tian. Spreading her arms, she hugged his thighs tightly and was unwilling to let go.
“Little girl, where are your parents?” Duan Ling Tian squatted and touched the little girl’s head as he smiled and asked.
The gaze that Duan Ling Tian looked at the little girl was filled with gentleness and he made the little girl feel as though she was bathed in a spring breeze. His eyes were pure, so pure that the little girl felt guilty.
“Big brother… A-Actually, nobody’s trying to kill me… G-Go now!” Biting her lip, the little girl seemed to have made up her mind and right away, she released her hands that were holding Duan Ling Tian’s thighs and urged.
“Huh?” Duan Ling Tian was stunned. At that moment, he noticed that something did not seem right.
“Lord, over there! That human trafficker took my daughter and went that way!”