Chapter 1490: Han River City
Translator: EndlessFantasy Translation Editor: EndlessFantasy Translation
As the largest city within the area under the influence of the Nine Sect Alliances, Han River City covered the most land area among the cities Duan Ling Tian had ever seen in this life.
The reason he had said that it was the biggest city he had ever seen in this life was that the cities in this world were not comparable to the ones from his past life.
Cities from his past life were different from those from this life. While they were similar, Duan Ling Tian had been living in modern society then — one that did not have city walls and specific divisions.
A city in a modern society would encompass a whole area and not just be bound by city walls.
Before Duan Ling Tian went near Han River City, he had discovered that there were more and more people around him. Judging by the direction they were headed in, they were obviously going toward Han River City.
To Duan Ling Tian’s knowledge, Han River City, as one of the cities within the area under the influence of the Nine Sect Alliances, had set up a Flight Prohibiting Formation as well.
Han River City’s Flight Prohibiting Formation was the same as the one at the City Governor’s Estate of the Moon Illumination Sect whereby it would restrict Martial Cultivators and Dao Cultivators below the Saint Stage from flying.
However, Martial Cultivators and Dao Cultivators above the Saint Stage could control the air and fly at will.
Therefore, when Duan Ling Tian arrived outside Han River City, he could only walk into Han River City obediently, following the flow of humans.
The streets inside Han River City were wider than the streets of an ordinary city. The sheer number of people also broadened Duan Ling Tian’s horizons.
“Comparing the cities I’ve been to in Han River City, the countryside towns seem like small villages.” Along the way, Duan Ling Tian could not help but stick his tongue out while he observed the majesty of Han River City.
However, he did not forget the purpose of going to Han River City.
After he found an inn to stay at, he began to snoop around regarding the inner workings of the city.
Before he went to Han River City, he only had a general understanding of the place and was not too familiar with the inner workings.
Nevertheless, money made people talk.
After Duan Ling Tian had a meal at a restaurant and gave out some Saint Stones, he had a better understanding of the ins and the outs of Han River City.
Han River City was a district under the common administration of the Nine Sect Alliances as it received protection from them. Furthermore, the headquarters of the Nine Sect Alliances was inside Han River City.
Almost all of the assets and industries in Han River City, no matter big or small, were divided among the nine greatest sects of the Nine Sect Alliances. After that was done, they were decentralized to some local forces in Han River City to manage.
The local forces of Han River City were eighth-rated forces.
Certainly, the strength of those eighth-rated forces was not comparable to the eighth-rated forces like the Eighteen Cities which were under the Moon Illumination Sect.
The Eighteen Cities were barely considered eighth-rated forces; they were considered as one merely because of the influence the Moon Illumination Sect had.
On the other hand, the eighth-rated forces in Han River City had profound strength.
The stronger ones among those eighth-rated forces even had several Paramount Saint Rudiment Stage powerhouses guarding them; the weaker one would also have several Perfection Saint Rudiment Stage powerhouses.
Those forces might be familial clans or sects, but all of them were local forces of Han River City.
“It seems that the Ouyang Clan, the Situ Clan and the Yi Clan behind Yi Tian Xing were all local forces of Han River City. Besides that, the Ouyang Clan and the Situ Clan should be the top dogs whereas the Yi Clan is a bit worse off.” It was not hard for Duan Ling Tian to make such speculation after the scene he had witnessed when he had met Ouyang Ruo and Yi Tian Xing previously.
In addition to a certain understanding of the local forces at Han River City, Duan Ling Tian had also found out about places that sold Inscription Pens and a variety of rare materials.
Apart from relaxing, there were two main purposes that brought him to Han River City.
Firstly, he wanted to buy an Inscription Pen.
Secondly, he intended to scout for more materials to restore the Seven Treasures Exquisite Pagoda.
The sky started to darken when Duan Ling Tian left the restaurant and he soon returned to his inn.
After he shut his room door properly, he entered the Seven Treasures Exquisite Pagoda and found out that Elder Huo was resting his mind on the first level of the Seven Treasures Exquisite Pagoda with his eyes closed.
He called his name out a few times, but Elder Huo did not react at all.
‘It seems that restoring the third level of the Seven Treasures Exquisite Pagoda was quite burdensome for Elder Huo,’ Duan Ling Tian thought secretly.
‘I’ll go and take a look at the third level of the Seven Treasures Exquisite Pagoda.’ He had been waiting for that moment for such a long time.
Before he entered the Jiuqu Mountain Range, he had received Elder Huo’s Voice Transmission stating that the third level of the Seven Treasures Exquisite Pagoda had been completely restored.
If it were not for the unsuitable environment, he would not have waited to enter the Seven Treasures Exquisite Pagoda.
Duan Ling Tian did not stop even when he reached the second level of the Seven Treasures Exquisite Pagoda. He just continued to the third level.
However, he did spare several glances around the second level of the Seven Treasures Exquisite Pagoda before entering the third level. ‘In the future, this place will be left empty.’
With a better cultivation environment, he certainly would not stay and cultivate on the second level of the Seven Treasures Exquisite Pagoda again.
“The third level of the Seven Treasures Exquisite Pagoda!”
After going up to the third level of the Seven Treasures Exquisite Pagoda, Duan Ling Tian could clearly feel the thick Heaven and Earth Spirit Energy in the air. It was totally incomparable with the Heaven and Earth Spirit Energy on the second level of the Seven Treasures Exquisite Pagoda.
The third level of the Seven Treasures Exquisite Pagoda was an empty and spacious area. Right in the middle stood a huge stone.
The stone stood there like a hill, covering an area no larger than the size of a World Cup football field from Duan Ling Tian’s past life.
After flying up to the huge stone, Duan Ling Tian saw a long weapon pierced into the ground in front of him.
It was a halberd.
‘Is this the Celestial Supreme Treasure that Elder Huo previously mentioned, the Astonishing Godly Halberd?” Duan Ling Tian’s heartbeat quickened involuntarily when he saw the weapon.
The Astonishing Godly Halberd was one of the seven treasures in the Seven Treasures Exquisite Pagoda. In terms of ranking, it placed above the Jasper Celestial Sword which was on the second level.
Although he knew that he probably could not lift the Astonishing Godly Halberd, Duan Ling Tian still tried. He only stopped when he had fully exerted himself, but the Astonishing Godly Halberd still remained stationary.
“I also don’t know when will I be able to use a Celestial Supreme Treasure,” Duan Ling Tian sighed with a bitter smile.
Who could ever understand his desire?
Even though the Sun Shooting Bow was also a Celestial Supreme Treasure, it was a broken one of which its strength could not even compare to the weakest of all Celestial Supreme Treasures.
Meanwhile, the Jasper Celestial Sword on the second level and the Astonishing Godly Halberd on the third level of the Seven Treasures Exquisite Pagoda were complete Celestial Supreme Treasure with incredible powers.
‘According to Elder Huo, when I’m able to use any one of the six Celestial Supreme Treasures inside the Seven Treasures Exquisite Pagoda, I should be invincible in this world.’ As Duan Ling Tian’s thoughts trailed, he became antsier.
However, there was nothing he could do no matter how anxious he was, he was too weak to carry a Celestial Supreme Treasure.
It had been half a day in the outside world but two and a half days inside the Seven Treasures Exquisite Pagoda.
Two and a half days were sufficient for Duan Ling Tian to stabilize his cultivation base on the Paramount Mortal Shedding Stage.
When the next cycle of dawn shone across all the land, Duan Ling Tian left the Seven Treasures Exquisite Pagoda.
He walked out of his room and left the inn after he took a hot shower and enjoyed his own time a little.
After leaving the inn, Duan Ling Tian went to buy an Inscription Pen.
‘This Inscription Pen is really expensive! A mere Three-Star Inscription Pen actually costs me 100,000 pieces of Grade Seven Saint Stones.’ After he got the Inscription Pen, Duan Ling Tian could not help but pull a face.
After buying the Inscription Pen, he went to the largest marketplace in Han River City and spent a whole day there.
‘It’s a pity that Elder Huo hasn’t recovered. Otherwise, he could see that if there are any other materials which could help to restore the Seven Treasures Exquisite Pagoda.’
Anyway, it was not like Duan Ling Tian had not reaped any rewards for the whole day. He did manage to find two materials that were required to restore the Seven Treasures Exquisite Pagoda as Elder Huo had previously requested.
In the evening of the same day, someone was already at the inn waiting for him when he arrived.
“Young Master, I’m the steward of the Ouyang Clan. Our Clan Leader is inviting you to come over.” The person was an old man.
Duan Ling Tian raised his brows. He had an inkling that the old man’s strength was no weaker than any one of the outer court deacons of the Moon Illumination Sect.
Generally, the outer court deacons of the Moon Illumination Sect were on the Mastery Saint Rudiment Stage. Only a small portion of them was on the Intermediate Saint Rudiment Stage.