Chapter 15: Thunder Occurring in the Nine Clouds, Surprise Bow Drops Flock
Lian Tribal Clan’s training grounds.
Thirty strongmen were training in the middle of the ground, causing a tiny sandstorm.
They were the members of the Lian tribe’s warrior preparation camp. Instructing them was the Lian tribal clan’s Instructor, Yao Yuan. He was one of the three warriors besides the Patriarch and Lian Chengyu who had reached the fifth level of Mortal Blood.
“Boom! Boom! Boom!”
The punches roared into the sky. Each of these members of the warrior preparation camp had been groomed arduously by the tribe.
It was near winter; it was cold and windy in the vast wilderness, but each and every member of the warrior preparation camp was sweating bullets from their practice!
Up on a platform, Instructor Yao Yuan, who was overseeing them, frowned and shouted “Stop!”
Yao Yuan’s roar was as loud as thunder!
The practicing warriors immediately stopped.
“Let me teach you the ‘Dragon Rib Tiger Bone Fist’. It is one of the basic skills handed down by the Tai Ah Divine Kingdom! This ‘Dragon Rib Tiger Bone Fist’ may only consist of eighteen stances, but each stance is filled with deep knowledge! You idiotic pigs have only learned the moves, but you do not understand the deep underlying knowledge. It’s showy but of no use!”
Yao Yuan’s words negated all of the hard work the men had spent cultivating themselves!
However, no one dared said anything because Yao Yuan had extreme prestige in the warrior preparation camp.
Lian Chenyu had high prestige because of his future. He could become a Purple Blood Warrior, or a level even higher than Purple Blood.
As for Yao Yuan, he had high prestige because of his past.
Yao Yuan was not a member of the Lian tribe. He was an outsider who had previously reached the level of Purple Blood. However he had been wounded while being chased by his enemies and fell back into the realm of a normal warrior. He entered the vast wilderness to seek refuge and found it in the Lian tribe where he then stayed for several years.
Although he had lost his powers, Yao Yuan still had his experience. No one was unconvinced of his ability to train the warrior preparation camp.
That was because Lian Chengyu was trained by Yao Yuan!
A youth like Lian Chengyu, having grown up in a small tribe like the Lian tribe, would he have been able to attained so much without a master expert’s guidance?
“Do not look down on this ‘Dragon Rib Tiger Bone Fist’. In the Tai Ah Divine Kingdom, the most precious skill would be the “Tai Ah Sacred Skill”, but you can only gain access to it after reaching a very high level. It’s of no use for those below Purple Blood! For those below Purple Blood, you have to practice the ‘Dragon Rib Tiger Bone Fist’! Even the royal family members of the Tai Ah Divine Kingdom do so!”
“‘Dragon Rib Tiger Bone Fist’ is a top skill for training your body. If you want to measure its value, an entire city might not be enough! The Tai Ah Divine Kingdom wanted to strengthen the kingdom’s strength by giving the poor an opportunity to learn martial arts and face the dangers plaguing the vast wilderness. As a result, they deliberately made ‘Dragon Rib Tiger Bone Fist’ a public skill. Being able to learn this set of skills is your good fortune!”
“To reach Mortal Blood’s Qi Gatherer stage, you must go through the stages of Valiant, Vigor, Thunderous and Meridians! And to cultivate those, you will need to cultivate your strength, refine your muscles, your bones and your organs! The eighteen stances in the set of ‘Dragon Rib Tiger Bone Fist’ refine your muscles, organs and bones!”
“If you can truly understand the first six stances of the ‘Dragon Rib Tiger Bone Fist’, you will be able to lift a 500-kilogram cauldron. With one cauldron’s strength, you can draw a nine-picul bow, and with an extended pull, the arrow shot out will be able to travel a thousand paces, and still be able to pierce through chain mail!” Yao Yuan instructed loudly and not a single word was missed by Yi Yun.
“Lifting a 500-kilogram cauldron, drawing a nine-picul bow…”
Yi Yun was fascinated. In this world, nine piculs was 450 kilograms!
“Listening to what Yao Yuan said, this ‘Dragon Rib Tiger Bone Fist’ is indeed a very good fist technique. To think that in order to strengthen the kingdom, the Tai Ah Divine Kingdom opened up this basic fist skill to the public. The monarch of the Tai Ah Divine Kingdom has some qualities of a sage.”
Without blinking, Yi Yun stared at the training grounds while holding his breath. He was here to secretly learn martial arts!
The fist stances Yi Yun had learned prior to tunneling through space-time were military boxing while he was doing his mandatory military education. It could only be considered street brawling and would not do in this strange world. Although his fitness had improved tremendously, he would be at a disadvantage against a real enemy without martial arts or techniques!
Without techniques, his cultivation would be much slower in the future.
The problem would be magnified the higher he went. If not, the Tai Ah Divine Kingdom’s ‘Tai Ah Sacred Technique’ wouldn’t be so treasured!
“I’ll do a demonstration for you first. Look carefully!” Yao Yuan’s voice roared as Yi Yun paid close attention.
“This move is called ‘Fierce Tiger Descends the Mountain’. It’s good for training the tendons!”
Yao Yuan stood in front of a wooden stake, and stretched his left foot forward. He grabbed his left ankle with his left hand before bending his right knee. With his body curved, his back was bent like a bow, emitting faint sounds.
This posture looked very weird, but it gave the impression of a bow being pulled. Yao Yuan’s right fist, by his waist, was just like the arrow on the bow!
Suddenly, Yao Yuan moved!
His body straightened suddenly.
Yi Yun heard a very clear loud sound from Yao Yuan’s body.
Yao Yuan’s right fist had moved like lightning, hitting the wooden stake!
The wooden stake split apart!
The surrounding warrior preparation camp members let out a gasp.
“Instructor Yao is amazing!”
“Damn, it was such a thick stake, and he split it with a fist. Instructor Yao is teaching the way of the metal fist!”
The bunch of men started to suck up to Yao Yuan, but they were all truly in admiration. In the vast wilderness, the strong was always worshiped.
Yao Yuan’s face was furious despite all the fawning he received from the men.
“All you saw was my fist?”
“Hmph! I said previously, this ‘Fierce Tiger Descends the Mountain’ is a move to train your tendons! The reason my fist destroyed the stake was not because my fist was strong, but because I used the strength in my tendons!”
“Everyone’s body is a treasure! Do you know that in the Tai Ah Divine Kingdom, there’s a treasured bow named the Star Shooting Bow. Do you know what its bowstring is made of?”
The men were clueless when Yao Yuan asked. Having never heard of the Star Shooting Bow, how would they know what the bowstring was made of?
“Is it made of silk?”
“Is it the legendary ribs of a dragon?”
Yao Yuan shook his head saying, “The Star Shooting Bow bowstring is made of the tendons of the founding emperor of the Tai Ah Divine Kingdom after he died!”
Yao Yuan’s words left the men dumbfounded.
Human tendons as bowstrings!?
“That’s right! The move I just used, ‘Fierce Tiger Descends the Mountain’ was to stretch my entire body out. Using the bones as a bow and tendons as the bowstring, I ‘shot’ out my fist! Being able to perfectly exert one’s tendon’s strength is the crux of ‘Fierce Tiger Descends the Mountain’! So ‘Fierce Tiger Descends the Mountain’ is a move used to train one’s tendons, not fist!”
“Did you not hear the sounds my body made when I threw out the punch?””
There was a very clear sound when Yao Yuan punched. Yi Yun had heard it very clearly and it was exactly the sound a bowstring produced when an arrow was shot.
“Fierce Tiger Descends the Mountain“ is a skill that pulls your tendons, making them stronger and more elastic! At the peak of ‘Fierce Tiger Descends the Mountain’, just the sound the tendons produce is enough to scare a goose flying in the sky! This is known as ‘Surprise Bow Drops Flock’!”
“‘Dragon Rib Tiger Bone Fist’ has another move, ‘Dragon Rising to Nine Skies’, which is a move that trains one’s bones. When this is punched out, the whole skeleton will crack loudly like a lightning-less thunder from a distance!”
“Thunder Occurring in the Nine Clouds, Surprise Bow Drops Flock. If you reach this realm, you can be considered to have mastered ‘Dragon Rib Tiger Bone Fist’!”
After hearing Yao Yuan’s words, the men stared agape. It had to be an exaggeration!
Could a person reach such a realm?
Seeing the men’s expressions, Yao Yuan knew it was hopeless.
He carried on, “The realm of Thunder Occurring in the Nine Clouds, Surprise Bow Drops Flock can be quite a challenge for all of you. I do not expect that you will reach that realm, but if you were to cultivate your tendons to sound out like a bowstring, no matter how tiny; to cultivate your bones to create the skeleton cracking sounds, I would be satisfied!”
“In that case, you will have at least reached the third level, Thunderous.”
As Yao Yuan was teaching the men, Yi Yun’s blood was sent pulsing through his veins as he heard this.
Thunder Occurring in the Nine Clouds, Surprise Bow Drops Flock!
Could he reach such a state?
Yao Yuan described the ‘Dragon Rib Tiger Bone Fist’ as something so valuable that “an entire city might not be enough”. A city in this strange world was worth more than the cities on Earth. Each city in the vast wilderness had to withstand the test of the desolate beasts. Without many experts, it would not be possible to hold it down. To build a city, a staggering amount of blood had to spill!
It was obvious considering how many of the poor people supported Lian Chengyu’s cultivation just from his simple promise of the city.
“I must observe this set of fist techniques well. If I were to learn it well, it would be a breeze during the Tai Ah Divine Kingdom warrior selection. I might even be able to get the title of ‘Kingdom Knight’. When that happens, Sis Xiaorou will bask in glory together with me!”
Having come to this world, Yi Yun decided to make the best of it.