Chapter 206: Sunrise from Tang Valley
Before Yi Yun had the chance to properly learn the “Tai Ah Sacred Technique”, he had many preconceptions of the top cultivation technique of the Tai Ah Divine Kingdom. He was guessing what this set of cultivation techniques would be like, and today, he finally had the chance to see what it really was like.
But when Yi Yun saw the first volume of the “Tai Ah Sacred Technique”, he was extremely surprised.
The first volume of the “Tai Ah Sacred Technique” only had a few word formulas and some general principles. Other than that, there was only one picture.
This picture was the main focus of the first volume of the “Tai Ah Sacred Technique”.
Yi Yun stumbled because his preconceived notion of a cultivation technique was one that was full of text.
The higher the cultivation technique’s level, the more esoteric text there would be which needed one to understand the concept of the text.
But now, a picture was the first volume of a cultivation technique?
This picture was that of the Sun.
When Yi Yun looked at it, he gradually developed a strange feeling. Although this was just a picture of the Sun, he felt that it emitted an infinite brilliance, as if it was as bright as the Sun in the sky!
Yi Yun took in a light breath. He felt that the person who drew this picture had an unusual technique. He had drawing skills of the highest caliber. Every stroke contained an indescribable concept within it that evaded his understanding.
“No wonder the ‘Tai Ah Sacred Technique’ is loaned out at such an expensive price! This jade scroll is extremely precious. There’s no way for others to copy this picture of the Sun!”
“In the entire Tai Ah Divine City, there are probably only a few jade scroll copies of the first three volumes of the ‘Tai Ah Sacred Technique’. And each jade scroll might have been drawn by a peerless sage in the Tai Ah Divine Kingdom’s millions of years of existence. If one was not the best among the sages, one would not be able to draw this out. Even a current Elder from the Tai Ah Divine City might not have the ability to do this!”
“And this is only the first three volumes. The other volumes of the ‘Tai Ah Sacred Technique’ might even have fewer copies. The price would naturally be more expensive!’
Yi Yun was enlightened. The Tai Ah Divine Kingdom strictly regulated the ‘Tai Ah Sacred Technique’ due to two reasons. Firstly, the ‘Tai Ah Sacred Technique’ was a cornerstone of the Tai Ah Divine Kingdom, and was not to be spread out easily. Secondly, it was because there were too few jade scroll records of the ‘Tai Ah Sacred Technique’. Since it was a precious resource, not everyone could be given the chance to cultivate it.
Only the best among the best could learn the ‘Tai Ah Sacred Technique’!
Yi Yun carried on looking. Below the picture of the Sun was a paragraph of text. These were the general principles of the ‘Tai Ah Sacred Technique’!
The general principles were in four-word stanzas, with a total of 27 stanzas, making up a total of 108 words!
“Sunrise from Tang Valley, Roaming across the World, Spreading Light Onto World, Brilliant Glorious Magnificent Luster, Ten Suns (arise) from Fusang (a mythological tree or a mysterious land to the East), Who Masters Pure Yang…”
Despite these words being unclear in meaning, there was a mysterious sense of charm reading it. It felt catchy and was smooth to recite.
Yi Yun read it more than ten times in a row. The more he read, the more thoughts he acquired!
He felt as if those words were coming to life. Each word contained within it a spiritual essence. Each stroke was like a sword, with unmatched sharpness!
It was really nicely written!
These words were like the picture of the Sun, and just its shape contained an indescribable concept within it that needed time for one to slowly understand.
Even a mortal calligrapher with excellent drawing skills had no way of producing such a charm.
Although Yi Yun could not understand the concept of the principles and the picture of the sun combined together, but just from reading the principles, Yi Yun felt his blood flow speeding up. It was as if a nice and warm energy was entering his bone marrow.
“Good drawing, good text and good calligraphy!”
Yi Yun could not help but praise it. It was no wonder the ‘Tai Ah Sacred Technique’ was the cornerstone skill of the Tai Ah Divine Kingdom. When comparing it to the cultivation techniques Yi Yun had previously seen, they were like fireflies in contrast with the bright moon!
Yi Yun voraciously read the ‘Tai Ah Sacred Technique’, and tried understanding the charm within the 108 words.
The ‘Tai Ah Sacred Technique’ was broad and deep. Yi Yun wasn’t able to understand many aspects of it.
Unknowingly, a day passed.
Until sunset, Yi Yun took a long breath. This day had passed so fast!
“The ‘Tai Ah Sacred Technique’ sure is difficult. Just trying to grasp it by myself would get me stuck. I need a teacher…”
Yi Yun muttered to himself.
In the Tai Ah Divine City, there were many powerful people. These people would occasionally open up classes to teach. As long as one paid a specified dragon scale runes, they could attend the class.
If one was extremely rich, one could even get a sage Elder to give one-on-one advice by paying enough glory points.
Of course, the average person was not so extravagant. Obtaining advice from a sage may be good, but to spend glory points on it would make many people think through it carefully.
When Yi Yun returned to the Tai Ah Divine City, it was already dark and there were no lessons taught by strong experts.
But this was alright. Yi Yun went to the Ten Thousand Pagoda and rented a visual array disk from the Ten Thousand Pagoda.
This array disk had recorded the scene of an expert teaching the ‘Tai Ah Sacred Technique’ to a few geniuses four years ago in the Tai Ah Divine City.
And these geniuses in the Divine City were no ordinary people.
One of them was the current number one on both the Heaven and Earth ranking, Qin Haotian!
Because this lesson was taught in great detail, it was a classic. The students were high in quality, so the lesson’s content was made into many visual disk arrays. They were then rented and sold in the Ten Thousand Pagoda.
For four continuous years, this set of disk arrays had great sales. Those who had the chance to learn the ‘Tai Ah Sacred Technique’ would certainly not miss it.
Even those who did not have the chance to learn the ‘Tai Ah Sacred Technique’ would rent it out of curiosity.
After all, this disk array’s rental price was cheap. With nothing to lose, many watched it hoping they might get lucky.
Of course, they gained nothing from that.
After all, the ‘Tai Ah Sacred Technique’ was too difficult. Even those with the cultivation technique jade scroll might not master it, not to mention those without the cultivation technique jade scroll. Just from listening to the class made it even more difficult!
“A lesson from four years ago… By watching a disk array, although it’s not as good as being there, it wouldn’t differ that much.”
With this thought in mind, he played around with the disk array in his hands.
The core of the disk array was an exquisite illusion array. It could record the scenes that had previously taken place. With the power of desolate bone relics, it could store the images for a hundred years.
By injecting some Yuan Qi into it, Yi Yun suddenly saw visions from the disk array.
The first thing he saw was a man in a black cloak.
This black cloaked man was thin, and across his face were three parallel lines that formed a startling scar. It was as if he had been scratched by a desolate beast’s claws.
Yi Yun was surprised. This black-cloaked man was none other than the law-enforcer who brought him to see Elder Jian Ge!
“This man is powerful! In the Tai Ah Divine City, besides the Elders, this cloaked man’s strength is probably at the top…”
Yi Yun muttered to himself and looked at the students attending the lesson.
There were four males and a female. One of the youths was dressed in linen clothes. His eyebrows were sharp and his eyes bright like the stars. There were two swords crossed across his back.
His whole being was like a sword, and he had a very oppressive aura.
Yi Yun’s eyes lit up. He was not familiar with Qin Haotian, but he had heard of Qin Haotian’s distinguishing features. His weapon was a pair of swords. One long and one short, both extremely sharp.
This was the Qin Haotian from four years ago. At that time, Qin Haotian was only thirteen-years-old!
Beside Qin Haotian was a youth carrying a bow. He was tall and skinny. His eyes were narrow but sharp.
“Could this be Li Xiao?”
Yi Yun had heard of the name Li Xiao a few days ago. Back then, Yi Yun was in the shooting range to practice his archery skills. He had seen a few normal arrows pierce all the way through the purple tungsten target.
Those arrows were shot by Li Xiao.
When Yi Yun borrowed the disk array, he had seen its introduction. It said that the four males and a female that were attending the lesson were all influential people on the Heaven and Earth rankings. This was no coincidence. Those who had the qualification to learn the ‘Tai Ah Sacred Technique’ had to be the best of the best. Besides people like Qin Haotian and Li Xiao, other people had no right to listen to the cloaked man’s lectures.
“This girl… she must be Luo Huo’er…”
Yi Yun looked at the only girl among the five people.
Luo Huo’er from four years ago was slim and graceful.
She wore a red dress, and her face was a healthy pink. She had a pair of dimples on her cheeks. Her pair of eyes gave people a spiritual feeling when she smiled.
“Luo Huo’er, Qin Haotian, Li Xiao and the other two must be great people on the Heaven and Earth rankings. They must be a pair of brothers. They are known as the Tai Ah Twin Heroes. As for who is older, I do not know…”
Yi Yun muttered to himself, and at this time, the cloaked man began teaching.
He used his deep but hoarse voice to recite the principles of the ‘Tai Ah Sacred Technique’, “Sunrise from Tang Valley, Roaming across the World, Spreading Light Onto World, Brilliant Glorious Magnificent Luster…”
The cloaked man’s voice was not melodious, but when he read the principles of the ‘Tai Ah Sacred Technique’, there was a special charm in it.
Yi Yun could not help but be spellbound.
The principles written in the ‘Tai Ah Sacred Technique’ had a concept, but it could be read in such a special manner?
Just from this, Yi Yun knew that the cloaked-man had learned the ‘Tai Ah Sacred Technique’ to a very high level.
Unknowingly, Yi Yun felt as if he was sitting beside Qin Haotian, Luo Huo’er from four years ago, listening to the teachings of the cloaked man.
“The most difficult part of learning the ‘Tai Ah Sacred Technique’ is to condense Radiant Sun Qi! Back when the founding emperor of the Tai Ah Divine Kingdom was explaining the ‘Tai Ah Sacred Technique’, he said that, only when one can condense Radiant Sun Qi would one be suitable for cultivating the ‘Tai Ah Sacred Technique’. If not, it would be best for you to switch cultivation techniques. The ‘Tai Ah Sacred Technique’ might not be suitable for you.”
“Among every five people who learn the ‘Tai Ah Sacred Technique’, there might not even be one who can condense Radiant Sun Qi…”
The black-cloaked man’s words startled Yi Yun. Although the ratio of one in five was not too great an exaggeration, one had to recall that those who could learn the ‘Tai Ah Sacred Technique’ were the best of the best. Even amongst such people, there was a four out of five chance of failing!
“The few of you are people who I appreciate. You are also the first batch in the second year recruits to learn the ‘Tai Ah Sacred Technique’. My requirement is for all of you is to condense Radiant Sun Qi. Do not disappoint me!”