Chapter 583: Entering the City
With Heaven Martial City in front of him, he could see the towering divine tree. The gigantic tree’s trunk was as thick as a mountain, and on its branches, there were vines that wound around mountains in all directions.
No one knew how many tens of thousands of years these vines had existed. Despite the elements, they remained as strong as ever, not rotting one bit.
On the gigantic tree, there was a vast expanse of flat land with numerous pavilions on it. The streets were filled with people, and the crowd was bustling.
“Entry is one low-ranked relic per person!”
The moment Yi Yun arrived to the entrance, the guards demanded and entry tax from him.
A low-ranked relic was nothing to Yi Yun. But if it were warriors from some desolate land, a relic was enough to transform their bodies fully and change their fate.
After all, back then, Lian Chengyu went through a great deal just to obtain a piece of desolate bone. And despite the cost of sacrificing the lives of many of his tribesmen, the quality of the desolate bone relic he obtained from refining the desolate bone through backward methods was not even comparable to a low-ranked desolate bone relic.
To receive one relic per person, with a countless number of people entering each day, the amount of wealth obtained over thousands of years was very substantial.
And Heaven Martial City was controlled by the Martial Alliance, so this wealth also flowed into the Martial Alliance.
One could imagine that over these years, the foundation which the Martial Alliance had built up was immeasurable.
Not only that, the road-side stalls and shops in Heaven Martial City were all taxed. There were auction houses established here which similarly charged a fee.
And the biggest trade center, the Treasure House, was directly set up by the Martial Alliance.
In the Treasure House, there were large amounts of heavenly treasures sold. Their prices were 20-30% higher than the normal trade value in the market.
But even so, there were still large numbers of warriors who traveled from all corners of the Tian Yuan world to buy the items they needed from the Treasure House.
Firstly, it was because the Treasure House had a full range of items. Many of the items were priced so high that there was no market, but they could be found in the Treasure House.
Secondly, the Treasure House was reputable and the items were guaranteed to be genuine, so there was no fear of being cheated.
As a result, people were willing to spend a bit more.
Just as Yi Yun was about to pay the relic, he heard a clear voice that came not far from him, “Ah? So expensive!?”
Yi Yun turned around and saw a guard stopping three people at another entrance fee collection point. They consisted of; a youth dressed in animal skin, a young man in his twenties and a 16 or 17 year old blossoming girl.
The exclamation came from the girl.
“We are a group of three, doesn’t that mean we need to pay three relics?” The girl amongst the three was embarrassed. She was dressed in cyan-colored clothes and she had a floral scarf over her head. She exuded a rural village girl’s delicate charm, but from her shabby appearance, she looked slightly haggard.
From their shabby dressing or their manner of speech, it was easy to tell that these three people did not come from a large faction. The elites of large factions were always adorned with one or two treasures, and they wore nice clothes. Those who wore the clothes of mortals most likely came from unimportant backgrounds.
The Heaven Martial City guard glanced at the three people in disdain. By collecting relics here every day, he had seen warriors from all over the Tian Yuan world, so he was impatient with warriors who dragged their feet by being unwilling to pay.
“This is the Heaven Martial City’s rule. Everyone has to comply with it. If you can’t pay a relic, then you can’t to enter!” After the guard said this, he impatiently waved his hand, “Stop blocking the way. There are many people behind you. Next!”
The three people were pushed to one side. The youth in his twenties smiled obsequiously and tried to be in the good books of the guard, “Brother Guard, my dear Brother Guard, please calm down. We come from a small area, so we did not know the rules.”
“Ah Yu, hurry up and pay the relic.” The youth urged the girl.
The girl gritted her teeth as she tightly clenched the cyan-clothed bag hanging on her body.
This girl did not even have an interspatial ring. A bag that mortals used was not only inconvenient to carry around, its capacity was not large. It was imaginable how tiring it was to carry these things while traveling long distances.
“Elder sis… ” The youth dressed in animal skin tugged at the girl. The youth was not very tall. His skin was dark, and his facial features looked average.
The girl felt the pinch in her heart as she grabbed the bag. She turned to the youth and said, “Ah Niu, it’s alright. Our trip here is to bring you to Heaven Martial City. Our family clan might be small and unable to nurture you, but out of good luck, you have such good qualifications. It’s worth it to invest the entrance fee for you. Besides, don’t we still have a herb? After selling it, we will also be somewhat wealthy. When that happens, it’s nothing to buy my dear little brother some pills and relics. As long as you amount to something, it is better than anything.”
The youth, who was addressed as Ah Niu, knew that the girl was putting a front to put him at ease. He bit his lips and did not say a word. However, one could see the stubbornness in his eyes.
He knew very clearly that his elder sister had put in a lot of effort into this trip to Heaven Martial City. And these relics were a large amount of the family clan’s fortune.
It could be said they were staking it all on him!
“So it’s a brother-sister duo… ” Yi Yun sighed lightly. As he looked at the girl’s expression, his mind could not help but recall his time back in the Cloud Wilderness, especially the humiliated expression of Jiang Xiaorou when she pleaded to obtain food for him.
That girl had sacrificed a lot for her younger brother, and this made Yi Yun miss his own elder sister, Jiang Xiaorou.
“Let me pay your city entrance fee.” Yi Yun suddenly said. Yi Yun would not bother about strangers. Everyone had their own difficulties, and with the world so big, he could not care about everyone. However, Yi Yun was filled with emotions when he saw this sister-brother pair.
When he opened his mouth, the guard gave Yi Yun a stunned look. As for the youth in his twenties behind the siblings, he was slightly taken aback before he looked pleasantly surprised, “This esteemed brother sure is chivalrous. Aiyah… You are really making us feel embarrassed. We come from a humble background, so our wealth embarrasses us. For you to spend on us, we are really so thankful… ”
Before the youth finished his words, he was interrupted by the girl.
“That… Thank you to the generous sir, but we can’t accept your relics.” The girl answered very seriously. Beside her, the youth in animal skin also blinked with his dark but bright eyes. Clearly, he endorsed the actions of his elder sister.
To not receive generosity that came out of nowhere was not a matter of face, but one of human principle. This was what their deceased parents taught them.
Yi Yun was stunned for a moment. He was quite surprised by the siblings, but as a result, he had a favorable impression of them.
He smiled gently and said, “Alright, I was being reckless.”
He nonchalantly said that before keeping the relics. He believed that even if the youth did not soar in the future, it was likely he would amount to something.
Suffering a bit now was nothing!
“This… Erh… ” The youth in his twenties, that had accompanied the siblings, wanted to stop him, but he was too late. He was naturally upset and he was naturally grumbling about the foolishness of the siblings in his heart.
At that moment, the girl had taken out two low-ranked relics from her cloth bag. These two low-ranked relics looked to be polished clean, but their quality was the lowest of the low. It was probably refined by a rookie Desolate Heaven apprentice.
The guard looked at such relics in disdain, but he patiently accepted it.
Following that, the guard looked towards the youth in his twenties.
However, the youth looked on helplessly at Yi Yun, “That… This esteemed brother, do you think… ”
His meaning was very clear. The siblings might have rejected it, but he did not, so he could still be helped.
Yi Yun did not have any good impression towards this youth. Although a relic was worth nothing to him, he would not give it to such a person.
Yi Yun entered the city directly, leaving the youth standing there, stunned.
Very soon, Yi Yun heard from behind him, “Aiyah, look what you have done! I can’t afford the city entrance fee!”
“Ah Yu, if not for me leading the way, both of you might not know how to get to the Heaven Martial City. Besides, after entering the city, aren’t you hoping that I will introduce Ah Niu to a large sect? You need me to find a place for you to sell the herb too, right? Without me, won’t you be flying blind? I might not have done anything meritorious, but I had put in some hard work. Are you expecting me to pay this kind of petty money?”
“Cousin, you can’t say such words. You wanted to come to the Heaven Martial City yourself. Along the way, we have spent a lot of money. In the future, when Ah Niu enters a sect, there are further expenditures… ”
“Are you fussing over that bit of money of yours I spent enroute? In the future, when I succeed, even a bit of resources I give you is enough for you to break through to the Yuan Foundation. When that happens, you can return home veiled in glory. Alright, if we want to enter the city, hurry up and pay so as to not block the people behind us, or Big Brother Guard will urge us again… ”
As Yi Yun carried on moving forward, the voices of the three people turned distance. He stopped suddenly and turned back to take a glance. He saw the girl named Ah Yu, red in the face as her eyes seemed to be welling with moisture…
Finally, she bit her lips and used her snow white hands to reach into her cyan bag after some hesitation…
Yi Yun let out a light sigh and stopped watching them.
The world was filled with anguish.
Everyone ate the same five grains and expirated the same Heaven Earth Yuan Qi, however, everyone’s character was different.
This matter that Yi Yun encountered was just a trifling matter on his martial path, but it made him reflect.
Other than reclusive training, endless killing and exploring mystic realms, warriors also needed to have some ordinary reflection.
By seeing human suffering, birth, death, illness and old age, and even experiencing the great sorrows and joys in life, was a part of martial arts.
Using a sword, one could form one’s “Heart of the Sword”, while those who used sabers, could gain insight into saber intent.
For instance, the Azure Yang Lord’s sword Dao was a result of merging the ups and downs of his life’s joys and sorrows. And all of that was what Yi Yun lacked.
His previous life was mediocre and unexciting, but after his reincarnation, he had experienced the poverty of the Cloud Wilderness. And he had experienced the life and death setback at the Tai Ah Divine Kingdom. However, that was not enough.
He needed even more experience, a longer life filled with even more sorrow and happiness.