Chapter 100: Mysterious Feeling
Yi Yun stood firmly in the center of the white jade stage. Everyone’s eyes were on Yi Yun as they were anticipating his performance.
Yi Yun felt some emotions. He slightly raised his head towards the airship in the sky. Without a doubt, Lin Xintong and Su Jie were riding in it and they were here to watch the semi-finals.
They had appeared just as Yi Yun came to the stage. Yi Yun, of course, knew that they were here to watch him.
As for Tao Yunxiao, he felt it was a coincidence.
Tao Yunxiao felt depressed. Why didn’t Lin Xintong come twenty minutes earlier, so that she could see me shine?
To be able to show his skills in front of a beauty would be a joy to Tao Yunxiao. Unfortunately, Lin Xintong had missed it.
Seeing the airship, Yi Yun felt as if he could “see” Lin Xintong looking through the window at him.
Yi Yun could not help but smile. He replayed the sparring match he had with Lin Xintong last night in his mind, and once again began to grasp further insight.
After having some sleep, those insights had turned evanescent, clear one moment, but fading the next. Yi Yun wanted to see if he could really incorporate those insights.
With a deep breath, Yi Yun could feel the surrounding Heaven Earth Yuan Qi.
The white jade stage he was standing upon was exceptional, with four desolate bone relics shining on the four pillars.
The array the desolate bone relics powered condensed Heaven Earth Yuan Qi, making the stage have more than a hundred times more Heaven Earth Yuan Qi than the Tao tribal clan’s outskirts.
It was indeed a cultivation treasure! Yi Yun also coveted this kind of treasure. Of course, even if he took it, he had no way of powering it.
“Phew–” Yi Yun took in one deep breath after another, and felt the 36,000 pores in his body open up. He greedily absorbed the energy on the white jade stage. Just standing on this stage would increase a person’s cultivation and even more so by training on it
The Purple Crystal within Yi Yun’s heart began to slowly stir as a small eddy appeared within the Purple Crystal and the surrounding Heaven Earth Yuan Qi began to be attracted by this eddy and quickly swirled into the Purple Crystal.
Pure energy cleansed every inch of Yi Yun’s body. That feeling was unbelievable!
Yi Yun felt intoxicated. It was like an alcoholic falling into a lake filled with thousand-year-old vintage wine while having free reign at drinking it.
“This kid, why isn’t he moving?”
“I wanted to see how good he is, yet he has not made any moves yet. Is he trying to fool us?” The people’s tongues wagged. From the beginning to now, Yi Yun had stood motionless for three minutes.
Tao Yunxiao crossed his arms and a smile appeared on his face. With a proud expression, he did not believe that Yi Yun would pose a threat to him for the semi-finals.
With the female sword appearing, who can challenge it?
At that moment, Yi Yun raised his arms. It was a simple stance and it did not stir any of the Heaven Earth Yuan Qi energy flow. It was because the Purple Crystal would absorb the Heaven Earth Yuan Qi flow any time it came close to Yi Yun’s body.
Energy pulsed within his body before Yi Yun finally began punching!
The actions he demonstrated was not intense. Instead, it exuded a feeling of softness. Each stance and gesture of Yi Yun was extremely slow, but it was very harmonious and seamless!
Such a fist technique would not appear surprising to any normal person. It was just simple moves that could be easily learned and emulated by any ordinary person.
In time, many of the audience turned restless. What the hell?! What sort of fist technique is this? We could do it if we were asked to go up.
“Quickly do something powerful, it’s too boring!”
“Can he really make the cut?”
The audience began talking in private. To them, only fist techniques that could shatter rocks and kick down trees were real fist techniques. Even many warriors thought so too.
Even though Yi Yun might not come close to Tao Yunxiao in terms of skill, he should have at least shattered some black ironstone since he had come in first in the preliminaries!
The laymen were here for the excitement, while the experts looked at the intricacies.
Zhang Tan stared at Yi Yun’s every move. He had not taken much notice in the beginning, but slowly, his expression changed, and a look of consternation appeared on his face.
“Oh? This kid’s ‘Dragon Rib Tiger Bone Fist’ can actually have such a harmonious feeling…It doesn’t seem like he learned this fist technique in the vast wilderness!”
To empower the people so that they could battle fierce beasts, the Tai Ah Divine Kingdom had openly published the ‘Dragon Rib Tiger Bone Fist’ a long time ago which proliferated it. As for the people who had access to the ‘Dragon Rib Tiger Bone Fist’, they were a mixture of good and bad.
The later generations of warriors would often inject their own understandings into it, causing there to be many versions of ‘Dragon Rib Tiger Bone Fist’.
As the cultivation technique became widespread, there were also drawbacks. Having many versions was not a good thing. Some of them oversimplified things and some of them removed things. As a result of all these varying standards, the essence of the ‘Dragon Rib Tiger Bone Fist’ was destroyed. But it came with the benefit of making it easier to learn.
The real and rigorous orthodox ‘Dragon Rib Tiger Bone Fist’ may have never reached the vast wilderness, as it was too difficult.
Yi Yun was currently performing the most orthodox form of the ‘Dragon Rib Tiger Bone Fist’. With the help of Lin Xintong’s notes, Yi Yun was able to reveal its charm.
The ‘Dragon Rib Tiger Bone Fist’ was a foundation skill of the Tai Ah Divine Kingdom, so it was the standard fist technique for their armies. As a Thousand Households of the Jin Long Wei, Zhang Tan was well versed in the orthodox ‘Dragon Rib Tiger Bone Fist’, so he could immediately tell the level of Yi Yun’s fist technique.
“This kid sure has good perceptivity.” Zhang Tan was surprised. Even if one were to learn the orthodox ‘Dragon Rib Tiger Bone Fist’, it was still difficult to master without perceptivity; what’s more, Yi Yun was twelve years old. It was shocking!
In fact, the crowd’s murmurs and Zhang Tan’s praises did not matter to Yi Yun.
At that moment, Yi Yun had reached the ‘No Law, No Shape, No Void, No Me’ state on the white jade stage. This was the first time that Yi Yun was practicing in a thick Heaven Earth Yuan Qi environment.
The Purple Crystal could freely absorb the Heaven Earth Yuan Qi’s energy in here.
Although desolate bones contained a lot of energy, they were similar to herbs. Some of the energy within was not pure. Some of them, when absorbed, will turn toxic, harming the person absorbing it. It could make a person’s foundation weak, or make it impossible to digest, eventually causing a person to explode to his death.
But Heaven Earth Yuan Qi would not. It was the most original, purest form of energy.
Of course, there was a weakness in Heaven Earth Yuan Qi. It was not as vibrant as desolate bone energy. To level up by absorbing Heaven Earth Yuan Qi would take an extremely long time.
As the ancient saying goes, “A meat-eater charges forward bravely, a Qi-eater does not die and becomes a god.”
The Qi-eater refers to a person who can absorb the Heaven Earth Yuan Qi. He possessed a long life, and had the strength that rivaled a god!
When Yi Yun’s body and mind fused with the Heaven Earth Yuan Qi, his Spirit, Qi, and Soul fused into one. In that evanescent state, it felt like he could touch the creator of the ‘Dragon Rib Tiger Bone Fist’ and obtain the true meaning of his legacy.
This true meaning only existed within the most orthodox ‘Dragon Rib Tiger Bone Fist’. Now, it slowly coalesced with Yi Yun’s mind.
Yi Yun’s every move and stance were injected with the true meaning as if it had a life of its own.
In Yi Yun’s mind, this true meaning had evolved into various images.
It was a battle between a dragon and a tiger.
The dragon soared while the tiger leaped, the earth trembled and the mountains swayed!
This was the dream scene Yi Yun had last night. The only difference was that this time he was watching the fight while awake. He could see every detail.
Yi Yun thought back to the previous night in the woods when he felt an abstruse feeling while practicing ‘Dragon Rib Tiger Bone Fist’.
At that time, he had trouble grasping it.
But today, he could!
Yi Yun finally understood what that mysterious feeling was.