After Duan Ling Tian experienced that incident that day, he felt a greater sense of pressure now.
In Dao Martial Saint Land, the law of the jungle was even more apparent compared to the Cloud Continent and the Overseas Saint Islands.
Zhou Qi, the direct disciple of Elder Liu Huan from the Moon Illumination Sect, had barged into the City Governor’s Estate of Mound Hill City by himself and killed the two Saint Rudiment Stage powerhouses of the Estate on the spot. Besides that, he even inflicted severe damage on the City Governor of Mound Hill City.
Duan Ling Tian, Ling Yun, Xiong Hu, and Jin Yuan Bao were completely powerless to do anything in front of Zhou Qi who was swollen with arrogance all because the latter was very powerful!
The famous dictum “the strong ruled” would always apply everywhere!
Today, Zhou Qi had further proven this to Duan Ling Tian.
Without any hesitation, Duan Ling Tian began to cultivate after consuming a Three-Star Sensory Pill. “With the Three-Star Sensory Pill, I’d have more faith in breaking through to the Perfection Mortal Shedding Stage before I enter the entrance assessment of the Moon Illumination Sect.”
Somehow, a Saint Stone had also appeared in his hand.
Nine Dragons War Sovereign Technique, the Nine Dragons’ Form!
As he started to operate his mental cultivation technique, the Heaven and Earth Spirit Energy in the air and the energy from the Saint Stone continued to gush into Duan Ling Tian’s body endlessly, allowing the nine dragons to carry them as they completed the great Qi circulatory cycle.
After the great Qi circulatory cycle was completed, the Heaven and Earth Spirit Energy transformed to become True Energy and merged into the Qi Sea that was a huge as a basketball at the depth of the center between Duan Ling Tian’s brows.
The True Energy in the Qi Sea was increasing by the second.
“It’s so fast now!” Duan Ling Tian noticed that after the Three-Star Sensory Pill’s medicinal efficacy started to activate, the Heaven and Earth Spirit Energy that he sensed was much richer than before. His cultivation speed had also become much faster now.
Under such cultivation circumstances, Duan Ling Tian’s cultivation base was increasing rapidly.
Of course, it was impossible for him to keep cultivating like that.
He would leave the Seven Treasures Exquisite Pagoda and the room to relax sometimes.
A month quickly went by.
This time, Ling Yun, Xiong Hu, and Jin Yuan Bao had already made their decision as well. Ling Yun and Xiong Hu decided to enter the Moon Illumination Sect while Jin Yuan Bao chose to give up.
Under the watchful eyes of Duan Ling Tian, Ling Yun, and Xiong Hu, Jin Yuan Bao voiced out the reason he chose to give up. “I’m sorry, Master. I can’t enter the Moon Illumination Sect. I’m not afraid of them, but I’m worried that they will find trouble with my clan.”
Even though he decided to throw the towel in, Fang Hui did not blame him at all.
It was normal for Jin Yuan Bao to dread Liu Huan and his disciples.
“Master, I’ll help you teach Su Qi, that traitor, a lesson in the future! And Zhou Qi too! I’ll eventually catch up with him and even surpass him!” Xiong Hu pledged in all sincerity and seriousness. His tone was filled with resolute determination.
Seeing this, Fang Hui was, without a doubt, touched.
Although Ling Yun did not say anything, his sharp gaze was already more than enough to express everything he felt.
Duan Ling Tian would sometimes leave the City Governor’s Estate to catch his breath, but most of the time, he would go to Hong Yu’s house to visit the little girl, Sze Sze, and play with her.
Compared to before, Sze Sze seemed to have transformed into a whole other person; she was much more cheerful than before.
“Big Brother, let me perform a show for you!” The little girl waved her fists around excitedly as she danced around Duan Ling Tian while blinking her huge eyes.
“What do you want to show me?” Duan Ling Tian asked interestedly.
Then, he saw a scene that took him by utter surprise. With a whistle from the little girl, many figures swiftly came from all around the big mansion right away.
In just the blink of an eye, these few figures appeared around the little girl.
Upon closer scrutiny, Duan Ling Tian saw that they were mainly domesticated pets like cats and dogs. However, because Dao Martial Saint Land was a different environment, the cats and dogs there were different from those in the Mortal Continents.
The cats were as huge as the adult dogs in the Mortal Continents while the dogs were as great as the tigers in the Mortal Continents.
However, these cats and dogs appeared to be particularly docile around the little girl. Lying there, they allowed the little girl to ride on them before taking her for a joy ride.
“T-This” Upon seeing this, Duan Ling Tian was bewildered.
Somehow, Hong Yu now stood beside Duan Ling Tian. Looking at the little girl who was riding an enormous dog as it lumbered across the huge courtyard, he said with a complicated look, “Sze Sze’s innate talent in Beast Taming far surpasses mine.”
“So, it turns out that she’s actually gifted in Beast Taming.” Duan Ling Tian finally understood. It was no wonder that a little girl like Sze Sze would actually be able to make these few cats and dogs turn to become so docile. She actually possessed the innate talent of a Beast Tamer after all.
At first, he even thought that the cats and dogs were raised by Hong Yu’s household, but now he realized that these were all wild animals.
“Brother Ling Tian, I want to make Sze Sze a Beast Tamer,” Hong Yu told Duan Ling Tian solemnly, “She really has this innate talent and I don’t want her talent to be buried just like that.”
“Big Brother Hong, I have no objections. I’m okay with anything as long as she’s happy,” Duan Ling Tian replied, “I just hope that she can stay carefree without a single worry like this forever. Everything else doesn’t matter to me.”
“Yeah,” Hong Yu agreed.
“Big Brother Hong, I’ll leave in three months. Before I leave Mound Hill City, I’ll pay a visit to all of you again to bid farewell. In this period, I’ll put my heart and soul into cultivating,” Duan Ling Tian told Hong Yu who displayed his understanding too.
He knew that three months later, Duan Ling Tian would leave Mound Hill City to take part in the entrance assessment of the Moon Illumination Sect. As Duan Ling Tian’s brother, he, of course, hoped that he would have a bright future.
After Duan Ling Tian had returned to the City Governor’s Estate, he immersed himself in cultivating more.
“I’ve kinda underestimated the Perfection Mortal Shedding Stage The difficulty of breaking through to the Perfection Mortal Shedding Stage from the Mastery Stage seems to be more than twice as difficult as breaking through to the Mastery Stage from the Intermediate Stage!” Originally, Duan Ling Tian had planned to break through to the Perfection Mortal Shedding Stage before he entered the Moon Illumination Sect.
However, he soon noticed that making a breakthrough to the Perfection Mortal Shedding Stage was not something simple. At the very least, he had underestimated the difficulty in breaking through to the Perfection Mortal Shedding Stage.
As time continued to pass by, he had already cultivated for a year on the second level of the Seven Treasures Exquisite Pagoda but had yet to make a breakthrough.
Not only that, the True Energy in the Qi Sea deep in between his brows had now accumulated to become two-thirds full. He still needed a third more before filling the Qi Sea with True Energy completely.
One year inside the Seven Treasures Exquisite Pagoda’s second level was equivalent to four months outside.
There was only one more month to go before the entrance assessment of the Moon Illumination Sect took place.
Desperation permeated the space of time.
Somehow, another twenty-odd days had gone by. Duan Ling Tian, Ling Yun, and Xiong Hu had finally reached the day when they were supposed to depart to the Moon Illumination Sect.
In the morning, Fang Hui called for Duan Ling Tian, Ling Yun, and Xiong Hu and told them briefly.”Get prepared. We’ll leave early morning tomorrow.”
Duan Ling Tian did not have much to prepare.
Since he was going to leave the next day, he left the City Governor’s Estate and went to Hong Yu’s house before spending the day accompanying Sze Sze. It was only until the evening came that he finally got ready to go back.
“Sze Sze, I’ll travel somewhere far away tomorrow and will only come back to see you after a while, okay?” Duan Ling Tian told the little girl.
“Please come back earlier, Big Brother.” She was already now much more mature than before. Had it still been her younger self, she would have already long cried and thrown a tantrum.
“Alright.” Duan Ling Tian nodded. After patting Sze Sze’s head, he looked at Hong Yu and his wife. “Big Brother Hong, Sister-in-law, I’ll leave Sze Sze in your care then.”
“Don’t worry.” Hong Yu and his wife nodded.
“Brother, have a safe journey. I believe that with your innate talent, it wouldn’t take you long for you to carve your own path in the Moon Illumination Sect,” Hong Yu called out.
The next morning, with the dew blanketing the dawn, Fang Hui, the City Governor of Mound Hill City, led Duan Ling Tian, Ling Yun, and Xiong Hu to fly out of the city.
After they left Mound Hill City, they were no longer restricted by the Flight Prohibiting Formation, so they were able to fly by themselves. They tailed behind Fang Hui as they headed towards the Moon Illumination Sect.
Soon, Duan Ling Tian noticed that even though he relied on his brute strength and True Energy in his body to fly, Xiong Hu was still able to chase up to him and Ling Yun. “Xiong Hu, since when have y-you made a breakthrough to the Perfection Mortal Shedding Stage?”
“Just a month ago.” Xiong Hu chuckled brilliantly.
Fang Hui and Ling Yun did not seem to be surprised by this. It was apparent that they already knew about this.
“Why didn’t you tell me earlier? If you told me earlier, we could have had a little battle with each other,” Duan Ling Tian teased.
“Senior Brother Duan, I can’t even defeat Senior Brother Ling Yun, let alone you,” Xiong Hu replied with a dejected expression.
Now that Su Qi had left, Duan Ling Tian had already become the Great Senior Brother.
Of course, even if Su Qi had not left, Ling Yun and Xiong Hu still regarded Duan Ling Tian as their Great Senior Brother. They knew how Fang Hui would not allow the battle between Duan Ling Tian and Su Qi to take place either.
They comprehended that it was because their Master was worried that Su Qi was no match for Duan Ling Tian.
Since he needed to take care of Duan Ling Tian and the other two, Fang Hui deliberately slowed down.
Two days later, they finally arrived at the Moon Illumination Sect.
“After we’ve crossed the mountain range in front, we’ll be able to see the Moon Illumination Sect,” Fang Hui told them as they peered out at the mountain range that stretched out like a long, crawling dragon. The trio snapped back to reality as they awoke from their flying stupor.
Upon hearing that, Duan Ling Tian narrowed his eyes towards the front.
In just one glance, he could not see much, but when he started to operate his left eye, the Strange Pupil, he quickly saw a huge monastery gate not far behind the mountain range that appeared to be incredibly majestic.
Above the monastery gate was a carving of exquisite calligraphy of three words: Moon Illumination Sect!
Just when Duan Ling Tian was about to take a closer look at the Moon Illumination Sect, a delighted exclamation rang by his ears. “I’ve succeeded!”
He could tell that this was Elder Huo’s voice.
“Elder Huo, what have you succeeded in?” Duan Ling Tian was stunned.
“I’ve successfully refined the dragon blood of that Little Devil Dragon!” Elder Huo replied ecstatically.
Upon hearing Elder Huo’s words, Duan Ling Tian seemed to remember something as his eyes lit up and his breathing turned rapid due to his excitement. “Elder Huo, have you really successfully refined it?” Duan Ling Tian’s voice was filled with enthusiasm as well.
Of course, he would be excited! Elder Huo had told him three months ago what was refining the Five-clawed Divine Dragon’s dragon blood implied.
“The Divine Dragon Phenomenon!” Duan Ling Tian’s heart jolted.