Chapter 54: Unwilling to stay Ordinary
Seeing the head, Yi Yun suddenly constricted his pupils.
This head was covered with red scales. It was unknown how such beautiful scales were blackened.
Its head had three horns, sharp as a sword. It had sharp canine teeth and two long and thin feelers. It didn’t look hideous and it even seemed to possess some dignity.
Although it was already dead, its two green eyes still seemed to possess a cold killing intent that emitted a chilling feeling.
Yi Yun did not know why for besides the killing intent he felt coming from the eyes of a dead fierce beast, he also felt a faint sense of disgruntledness.
“Its called a Chi Lin beast!” came a faint voice. It was not the fat elder but Lin Xintong’s voice.
To Yi Yun, Lin Xintong’s voice was soft and gentle like a pearlbush flower.
Yi Yun was slightly stunned as he took a look at Lin Xintong. Ever since he had met them, Lin Xintong had been extremely quiet except when they sparred. She had never cut into his conversation with the old man.
Lin Xintong said, “Chi Lin beast is a desolate beast. Although its desolate bone quality is not low, a Chi Lin beast’s strength is quite weak among other desolate beasts. Chi Lin beasts are special. A small number of them would suddenly die at the prime of their life.”
“Oh?” Yi Yun dazed a moment. Suicide?
Lin Xintong carried on, “Rumor says that Chi Lin beasts have the blood of the Fire Qilin. If they light up their body’s meridians, they can transform into a real Fire Qilin amidst the fire.”
“But the current Chi Lin beasts are progeny that are countless generations apart from a Fire Qilin. Even if they really had the bloodline of the ancient Fire Qilin, they would be extremely rare. So most normal Chi Lin beasts would just lead a normal life for a few hundred years before they die of age.”
“However…some Chi Lin beasts do not share similar thoughts. From the moment they were born, they would search and swallow all sorts of fire elemental items. They would even swallow fire and gather a large amount of fire energy within their body till their bodies reach their limits. They would then explode into a Chi Lin inferno!”
“These Chi Lin beasts would then undergo the baptism of fire. In that fire, they will search for their ancestor’s Fire Qilin’s bloodline.”
“But…they only have one outcome, and that is to burn to their deaths, without any exception…”
“Sometimes I guess that they probably know it clearly that it is impossible to awaken their ancestor’s bloodline within themselves. But they would still not hesitate to do so, because although they can live their lives peacefully for hundreds of years, they would rather ignite a Chi Lin inferno within themselves at their prime and die in the fire.”
Lin Xintong’s voice grew faint. The Chi Lin beast was a desolate beast she had known since a long time ago.
She felt like a Chi Lin beast. Having been born with Yin Meridians, she was unable to break her curse. To be able to connect her broken meridians, she had to be like the Chi Lin beasts who aimed to awaken their ancient Fire Qilin bloodline.
It was as hard as ascending to heaven, and it was equivalent to bringing destruction on herself.
Was she to choose the life of a normal Chi Lin beast, and live an ordinary life for hundreds of years before dying, or to choose to be the brave ones among the Chi Lin beasts, to attempt at breaking the confines of their destiny, without worrying about sacrificing their lives?
Actually Lin Xintong had already made up her mind in her heart…
Hearing Lin Xintong’s words, Yi Yun was silent.
Born to search for flames and choosing the fire elemental items that were the hottest. Using them as food till they burned their bodies, and eventually dying within the flames.
Even if they knew they had no chance of transforming into a Fire Qilin, they were willing to chase this shiny dream at the expense of their lives.
Because they were not willing to live amongst the weak. It could be summarized with a phrase that is: “Unwilling to stay ordinary! “
Yes, unwilling to stay ordinary. Yi Yun too was unwilling to stay ordinary. But he did not know that the gentle and frail Lin Xintong in front of him shared similar thoughts.
“Senior, are you using the Chi Lin beast to encourage the younger generation, or are you cautioning the younger generation against being overconfident to the point of burning one’s own fingers?” asked Yi Yun suddenly.
The fat elder grunted in reply, “You think too much. What’s the point of encouraging you with your constitution? I can at most tell you not to be overconfident. In this world, there are plenty who practice martial arts. Many have brought destruction on themselves. In order to obtain more resources they have gone out into the wilderness by themselves without knowing themselves, and eventually, they end up in the stomachs of wild beasts!”
Although the fat elder had a vile tongue, his words had sincere advice within. Yi Yun humbly said, “I’ve been educated.”
“Well…” Seeing Yi Yun’s attitude, the fat elder was very satisfied. “The book Xintong left you is too good for you. Read it well. Although you have a poor constitution in my opinion, your perceptivity still meets the mark. As for your ‘Dragon Rib Tiger Bone Fist’, it’s so-so. Read Xintong’s book, and your strength should improve.”
Although the fat elder’s words hinted at a deliberate disparagement of Yi Yun, Yi Yun could tell that they were words of encouragement, so he humbly accepted the advice.
“Sigh, what a pity.” The fat elder shook his head and changed the subject. “Oh, kid you may not know, but if you were to sell this book in an ancient clan, and say that it has notes made by Xintong, I have no idea how many young masters will be willing to make a high bid for it. To these young masters, Xintong is…”
Lin Xintong grumpily interrupted the fat elder. For a particular reason, she was indeed the pursuit of many sons of the big families in an ancient clan. If not for her master taking her in as a disciple, she would have already been betrothed.
After all, although Lin Xintong had excellent talent, her power was limited because of her Yin Meridians, so her life span was just a few hundred years only.
A big family clan was very utilitarian. Everything was done for the family’s interest. Clearly betrothing her would obtain the support of another family, which further pushed the interests of the family clan.
“Forget it, forget it.” said the fat elder as he waved his hand. He changed topics and said, “Hey kid. This Chi Lin beast’s head is yours. Chi Lin beasts are a bit special. After it dies, the Yuan Qi within its body will slowly emanate. It could do this for ten years. So if you were to hide this head properly, you can still absorb its Yuan Qi without refining it. How much you can absorb from it will depend on yourself.”
From the fat elder’s point of view, Yi Yun was not capable of refining the desolate bones. Also with Yi Yun’s foundation, it was unlikely he would be able to digest the Chi Lin beast’s head. Letting the energy emanate out and slowly absorbing it was the best method.
Of course this method was too slow. How could the sons from huge family clans wait ten years?
“Kid, although I’ve already told you. I can guess that you will still want to go out into the vast wilderness to gain experience. No matter. I’ll write you a protective charm. When you reach the peak of Qi Gatherer, this protective charm will be activated. It can protect your life once. If we are fated to meet again one day, and you had not used the protective charm, you can use it as a gift to me.”
“Eh? Why are you looking at me in that manner?” The fat elder asked as he noticed Yi Yun’s eyes filled with suspicion.
Yi Yun did not expect that the old man was offering to give him some benefit. The sun must have risen from the west.
But if he offered to give something, was it trustworthy?