Chapter 50: The fat elder’s vile interest
“You want me to take you in as a disciple?” said the fat elder as his eyes flashed. The disdain he had for worldly affairs vanished. His eyes turned into one that exerted pressure!
Yi Yun held his breath and looked into the fat elder’s eyes, and he said slowly while shaking his head, “You’re asking me if I want to be taken in as your disciple, it’s pointless since the decision is not made by me. My wishes are not important. If you wanted to take in disciples, I’m sure many elites would come to your feet, allowing you to choose. Even if they begged you on their knees, it would be useless.”
“Oh?” The fat elder was surprised by Yi Yun’s words once again. Although this kid was greedy, he knew how to push for and retract from his demands!
It was extremely rare!
Some people did not know how to obtain the greatest benefits, and they did things mediocrely and trudged through life without aim. These people were undesirable.
As for others, they were greedy without an understanding of their standing. By being presumptuous, they would eventually lead themselves to self-destruction. This was described by the saying; “human beings die in pursuit of wealth and birds die in pursuit of food.” Such people were even more undesirable.
As for this twelve-year-old kid, he had a scheming mind and he went against the flow. Yet, he knew his place and he had a sense of propriety. It was indeed not simple to possess such qualities.
This kid could tell that he did not want to accept him as a disciple, so he had not insisted.
“Kid, I appreciate you. You guessed right, I can’t take you in as a disciple. I’m indeed very interested in your culinary skills. But culinary skills are just a pleasure for the mouth. But for me, taking in a disciple is a huge matter. To be honest with you, I have been looking for a suitable successor all these years, but for you… I’ve seen your constitution and it’s not good, so you lack the qualifications. Although what I say may sound harsh, it is the truth…”
Yi Yun was not affected by it and said calmly, “I know.”
“Ah…It’s good that you understand. You are much smarter than kids your own age. You can try taking a scholastic exam and become some minor official. When that happens, you will not worry about food anymore.”
In the Tai Ah Divine Kingdom, the real government officials were experts. As the Tai Ah Divine Kingdom was under military jurisdiction, be it a general or district magistrate, they were all martial artists at the very least! Those who could study, but not do martial arts, could at most be an advisor or a minor official like a clerk.
Seeing that Yi Yun was obviously not listening, the fat elder carried on, “As for cultivation, the mind isn’t unimportant, but the key is a person’s talent.”
“In this world where resources are valuable, a warrior’s resources are the various treasures and desolate bone relics! In a large tribal clan, there are limited desolate bone relics, and only the ones with the most talent would be prioritized.”
“Those with talent will improve a lot from absorbing a desolate bone relic, as for those without talent, the same desolate bone relic will only improve their strength by a tenth. And the further one goes, the harder it gets to improve one’s strength. At that point, no family will be able to afford it!”
After hearing the fat elder’s words, Yi Yun understood it firmly. He had some idea about cultivation matters from Jiang Xiaorou, but only after listening to this elder did he understand it clearly.
In a situation with limited resources, one’s talent was indeed important.
Lian Chengyu had the ambition to break through to the Purple Blood realm was obviously because he had the talent.
If he lacked talent, even with the entire Lian Clan Herb Mountain and the desolate bone, Lian Chengyu would never have been able to encroach into the Purple Blood realm territory.
Yi Yun knew his conditions. He was just an average youth. He was a normal mortal to the bone, and he had no relations with martial families, so how could he have the talent to practice martial arts?
But thinking of his absorbing of the energy from the herbs and the desolate bone, his cultivation speed had indeed been very fast over the past few days. This was all clearly the credit of the Purple Crystal.
With the Purple Crystal deep within his heart, every heart beat would spread energy to each and every part of his body, improving his fitness. This method of absorption was much more efficient than other warriors who used their stomachs to absorb energy.
After understanding this, Yi Yun’s thoughts became clearer as he raised his head looking at the fat elder saying, “I don’t need to be your disciple.”
Since he had already indicated his position, Yi Yun did not want to insist. Actually, even if the old man had wanted to take in Yi Yun as a disciple, Yi Yun would have to think very carefully. After all, his body had a huge secret. If he did not carefully think of the special characteristics of the Purple Crystal Origins, his master might discover the secret and the consequences would be unthinkable.
“What I want from Senior is a miracle medicine! Be it fierce beast essence, desolate beast meat, herbs or even desolate bones!”
After hearing those words, the fat elder laughed, “You sure know how to take a mile from an inch. You thought well, exchanging a desolate bone relic for some chicken that was provided by myself?”
The desolate bone relics stored in his rings were all high in quality. To exchange them for a few dishes was no trifling matter.
“I guess you aren’t willing to listen to me,” said the old man as he shook his head in disapproval at the kid that could not be taught. “You are still bent on going down the path of martial arts. It was not easy for you to attain a Tempered Body through an opportunity. Although your physical state is not bad as of now, you have never had any systemic martial arts cultivation. Do you even know any cultivation technique? Do you know any fighting technique? Do you have a soul cultivation technique? Without a master or any manual, are you planning on reaching the Purple Blood realm through self-learning?”
After a barrage of rhetorical questions, Yi Yun remembered it all. Cultivation technique! Fighting technique! Soul cultivation technique!
Although there was plenty he did not understand, they were not important. Without question, he needed to obtain those by himself!
As for the Purple Blood realm that the fat elder said…The Purple Blood realm was not Yi Yun’s goal. Yi Yun knew that there were many higher realms beyond the Purple Blood realm.
Since he had received the mysterious Purple Crystal card, how could he just become a Purple Blood Warrior, and drift in life as someone in a small tribe of the Cloud Wilderness?
Of course, he could not mention his goals, or people would think that he has mad.
Yi Yun said, “I really haven’t had contact with fighting techniques and soul cultivation techniques. But as for cultivation techniques, I have practiced one known as the ‘Dragon Rib Tiger Bone Fist’!
“‘Dragon Rib Tiger Bone Fist’!” said the elder as a flicker of surprise flashed across his face. “You actually know this set of fist techniques? This ‘Dragon Rib Tiger Bone Fist’ is considered as the top cultivation technique of the Tai Ah Divine Kingdom. Even to me, I think there are many merits to this set of techniques. It’s a classic! If so, did you have a master who taught you this?”
Although the ‘Dragon Rib Tiger Bone Fist’ had been opened to the public by the Tai Ah Divine Kingdom, it was rare for a poor kid in the Cloud Wilderness to be able to learn it.
The fat elder was shocked to learn that Yi Yun knew a bit of ‘Dragon Rib Tiger Bone Fist’.
“I don’t have any master. I secretly learned it when people in the tribe were practicing it!”
“Secretly learned”, said the fat elder as he shook his head.
Dragon Rib Tiger Bone Fist may be the foundation, but it’s not easy. From his lack of foundation, how could this kid learn anything even if taught properly, what more him learning it secretly?
Secretly learning was equivalent to imitation. It was difficult to understand the key points.
Besides, what sort of master could there be in such a backwater village in the Cloud Wilderness?
The person who taught this kid the technique probably was just a dabbler. How good can his “Dragon Rib Tiger Bone Fist” be?
A mediocre master, and with the kid secretly learning, he must have learned some superficial tricks and thought that he was good.
It wasn’t the case of the fat elder looking down on the people of the Cloud Wilderness, but it was because the people of the Cloud Wilderness had limited knowledge; they did not know how big the outside world was or how many experts there were.
“‘Dragon Rib Tiger Bone Fist’ can be learned secretly? Do you know Tendons like Bowstrings? Do you know Thunder Within Bones? Can you punch out a tremor?” asked the fat elder. Those who had learned the basics of martial arts could easily display ‘Dragon Rib Tiger Bone Fist’, but they were all superfluous. They did not know the essence of ‘Dragon Rib Tiger Bone Fist’.
Yi Yun cupped his hands saying, “I’m lacking but I know a thing or two about Tendons like bowstrings and Thunder Within Bones!”
Thunder Occurring in the Nine Clouds, Surprise Bow Drops Flock was the key result of the set of ‘Dragon Rib Tiger Bone Fist’, so how could Yi Yun not know? He could already create snapping sounds in his tendons, scaring the birds in the forest before reaching the Meridians realm!
Now he had completely opened up his Meridians, his governor and conception vessels were opened, and he had a Tempered Body! Yi Yun felt the energy within him trashing like the ocean waves. If not for the sudden appearance of the fat elder and the girl in white, Yi Yun would have done a round of ‘Dragon Rib Tiger Bone Fist’ to see the progress of his cultivation.
“Haha! Nice try! Know a thing or two!?” The fat elder was clearly not convinced of Yi Yun’s accomplishments. “Since you’ve said that, I do want to see what sort of Thunder Within Bones you have reached!”
As the fat elder laughed, he had the sudden vile interest of wanting to teach Yi Yun a lesson. He turned his head and said to Lin Xintong, “Xintong, during this tour to the Tai Ah Divine Kingdom, I gave you the ‘Dragon Rib Tiger Bone Fist’ for you to roughly look through, didn’t I? For this cultivation technique, I guess you had also casually practiced it for about half a month. Although you didn’t work hard at it, there has to be some minor accomplishment!”
“Why don’t you spar with this kid and give him some pointers?”
“Right, you should suppress your level too. Lower it to the level of the third level of Mortal Blood, Thunderous would do. Don’t hurt this kid.”