'Greetings, leader!" Although Guan Wanli appeared slightly coy, he only hesitated for a second before he saluted Luo Yunyang solemnly.
Luo Yunyang waved his hands around. "We are all brothers and sisters in the Ardent Sun Group, Wanli. Now that you have joined the group, you are one of us. If you have anything to say, just say it. There's no need for etiquette or any other such nonsense here!"
Guan Wanli couldn't believe that the normally cultured and refined Luo Yunyang would ever speak so rudely. No, he was actually being straightforward. Guan Wanli's face turned red at once as he chuckled. "I am only a Little Brother, so I will naturally abide by the Big Brother's instructions."
Luo Yunyang was just about to say something, when he heard Chen Yong say, "We just saw Lin Changjian rush out. His speed was abnormally quick. If you face him again in the future, you will still have to be careful."
A slightly odd expression appeared on Luo Yunyang's face.
"I know that your cultivation base is higher after using the golden body fluid, but you still shouldn't underestimate Lin Changjian, Big Brother," Guan Wanli added.
"I heard that his cultivation base has reached the peak of a third-grade martial master. After one more level, he will be able to use his source power to form armor that's impervious to knives and guns."
"You must be very careful when you face him again, Big Brother."
As everyone was looking at Luo Yunyang in concern, someone suddenly shouted, "Big Brother! Wait up!"
It was Lin Changjian's two lackeys. Although they hadn't been considered too strong among the previous batch of elite martialists, they still had a reputation because they had been following Lin Changjian around closely.
Guan Wanli and the others immediately put up their guard.
They actually didn't fear these two. The only one they feared was Lin Changjian. If Lin Changjian tried anything now, they weren't sure that they would be able to stop him.
Lin Changjian wouldn't dare randomly attack anyone at Base 7, but if he hurt Luo Yunyang, it would be a huge calamity for the Ardent Sun Group.
"We are very sincere about joining the Ardent Sun Group, Big Brother. This is a small token of our respect." The two men ran over to Luo Yunyang, each of them holding a small box in his hands.
The first box contained a Purple-Gold Ginseng, and the second one contained a Gold Bodhi.
These items were considered really precious for martialists who had not become martial masters yet. Many people strived for a couple of years, but were still unable to acquire them.
Luo Yunyang was already sick of consuming them, but he knew how to handle flattery, so he said a few words of encouragement to appease the two men. Then, he returned to his private quarters. The source fluids would be distributed in three days, so they couldn't party too wildly yet.
As he watched Luo Yunyang walk away, Guan Wanli felt even more dispirited. He had joined the Ardent Sun Group because he wanted to follow Luo Yunyang's pace and perhaps one day be able to surpass him.
However, he suddenly realized that the distance between him and Luo Yunyang was so great that he would never have any hope of catching up with him.
Guan Wanli would probably have been confident enough to challenge Lin Changjian after one year, yet Luo Yunyang had already dealt with him and turned him into a laughing stock.
Guan Wanli could only sigh as he watched the woman he liked throw increasingly tender looks at Luo Yunyang each day.
Luo Yunyang's room was still the same. After tidying it up a little, Luo Yunyang went over to the Clean Elegant Food House to gorge himself on food. He wanted to have Steel-Scaled Python Meat again, but this time he ordered 15 kilos instead of five.
The 15 kilos of Steel-Scaled Python Meat was a piece of meat the size of a person's fist, yet when Luo Yunyang ate it, he didn't feel the same unease he had last time. It seemed as though he didn't feel anything. His squirming stomach digested the food quickly.
Luo Yunyang already had his own exclusive training area in District One. Although it was just a small courtyard, this treatment was something that very few people were able to enjoy.
Luo Yunyang took a deep breath and began cultivating the Earth-Splitting Devil Ape Move and the Tail-Swaying Storm Dragon Move. He cultivated the first seven diagrams, including the Howling-Ape Roaring-Dragon Technique.
This set of techniques had already been imprinted in Luo Yunyang's bones, so he believed that he would be able to perform them perfectly even in his sleep.
By the time one conquered the Howling-Ape Roaring-Dragon Technique, their bones, flesh, skin and five viscera had already toughened to the max.
However, the Moon-Swallowing Devil Ape Move and the Golden Sun-Devouring Dragon Move were the real breakthroughs.
Luo Yunyang had been trying to search for the origins of the Ape-Dragon Blueprint, but he had been unable to find any information. However, he had a hunch that, if he didn't cultivate the Golden Sun-Devouring Dragon Move, a day would come when he would regret it.
He felt a sense of dread as he recalled the circumstances the last time he had tried to cultivate the Golden Sun-Devouring Dragon in the forest.
Although he hadn't been able to visualize what was happening in his body at the time, it had felt like several blazes had been ignited in him.
If he was even a little careless, those flames would instantly turn his body into ashes.
Luo Yunyang clenched his teeth as he made a decision. His body was currently much stronger than it had been back in the forest and he had the Golden Body, so he should probably be able to cultivate the Golden Sun-Devouring Dragon properly.
However, before attempting to cultivate it, Luo Yunyang focused all his attention on cultivating the Moon-Swallowing Devil Ape Move.
He needed to stock up large quantities of frigid power, so that the cultivation of the Golden Sun-Devouring Dragon Move would be safer.
As Luo Yunyang used the Moon-Swallowing Devil Ape Move, a cold Qi within the void broke through and entered his body.
As the energy entered his body, Luo Yunyang felt as if ice crystals were forming within him. The convergence of this power made him feel a pleasurable sensation go through his mind.
One mouthful, two mouthfuls, three mouthfuls...
As he swallowed these cold Qi greedily, Luo Yunyang, who was still on his personal training ground, slowly turned into an ice sculpture.
I can't absorb anymore!
When he realized that he had reached his limit, Luo Yunyang stopped cultivating the Moon-Swallowing Devil Ape Move and raised his Mind Attribute to 50.
The state of his body appeared clearly in his mind. He could feel that the glowing frigid Qi within his dantian had already grown to the size of a grain of rice.
A portion of the cold Qi he had absorbed had poured into this glowing dot, while the rest had assimilated in his body.
Although the effect of the Moon-Swallowing Devil Ape Move was not bad, it still couldn't be compared to the first time he had cultivated it.
This glowing dot, just like his mind power, was something that Luo Yunyang kept a secret. He had originally planned on using them during the fight for the source fluids, but in the end his attribute regulator had been enough, so there had been no need to bring them out.
Ever since his source core had formed, Luo Yunyang had been questioning whether it was really a source core. Based on the books he had read, the effects of this glowing dot and a source core were pretty similar.
However, according to the Da Alliance's theory, source cores could only be awakened by using source fluid.
Luo Yunyang pushed any thoughts of source cores aside and remained tranquil for a long time before he formally began cultivating the Golden Sun-Devouring Dragon Move.
Because of his previous experience, he was extremely cautious this time. He knew very well how dangerous the Golden Sun-Devouring Dragon Move could be.
As he mouthed the chants, some thoughts popped up in his head. When he had fully comprehended the chants, he looked up into the void and absorbed one mouthful.
The instant that he swallowed it, a colossal bright red ball of fire was projected in his mind.
Suddenly, a slender fire serpent shot out of that colossal ball of fire and moved towards Luo Yunyang.
The moment that the fire serpent entered his body, Luo Yunyang, who had been feeling chilly, felt his body become extremely hot.
The fiery heat was like numerous raging flames setting his body ablaze.
His prior experience helped Luo Yunyang not panic. He quickly urged the energy he had stored by using the Moon-Swallowing Devil Ape Move to keep his temperature steady and then used his mind power to speed up the fire serpent wandering in his body.
Bright red, scarlet red, red-gold...
The color of Luo Yunyang's skin and flesh changed constantly, until the frantic fiery heat and the cold Qi within Luo Yunyang's body eventually started to battle.
Ice and fire alternated, leaving a sour taste behind each time.
Luo Yunyang felt that his skin and flesh wouldn't be able to endure any longer. He just wanted to fall apart.
Last time, he had forcefully interrupted the Golden Sun-Devouring Dragon Move and used the energy of the Gold Bodhis, as well as the stored power of the Moon-Swallowing Devil Ape Move, to forcibly eradicate the power of the Golden Sun-Devouring Dragon from his body.
This time, Luo Yunyang chose to endure it.
Dim golden rays started to appear on his red-gold skin and flesh. The golden rays made Luo Yunyang calm down as the look on his face became milder.
Finally, after a long time, the power of the colossal ball of fire that he had devoured became a tiny glowing dot stored within Luo Yunyang's dantian.