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Painting Of The Nine Immortals - Chapter 23

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Chapter 23: Clan Combat Competition

Translator: Tatienne Editor: Rundi

’’Master, what happened? Did I cause all this destruction?’’

Ling Xian glanced around dumbfoundedly, completely unaware of what just happened. The last

memory he had was thousands of bands of lights emerging from his body. He had no

recollection of the three indications and the guiding law he awakened.

Liao Cang Qiong bellowed. He waved his sleeve and instantly, the entire universe restored to its

original state. Looking at the petrified Ling Xian, he informed him of the events that occurred.

After hearing Liao Cang Qiong's stories, Ling Xian was in a daze. He took a while to recover, and

said to himself, ’’This explains it. No wonder I feel a source of mysterious energy inside my

body.’’

’’That is the power of the guiding law, Heaven Shadowing Palm Technique.’’ Liao Cang Qiong

stroke his beard. ’’I am a little jealous of you. To awaken a guiding law while in the Qi stage of

training. Though you are not the only one to ever achieve this, this type of event is still very

rare. Throughout history, only two to three grandmasters were able to accomplish this.’’

’’Master you have flattered me.’’ Ling Xian's face turned red. To receive such great compliments

from Liao Cang Qiong made him shy. However, he mostly felt very proud.

To awake one of the six strongest guiding laws, Heaven Shadowing Palm Technique, with a

level five qi. One could search around the entire town and investigate the whole history book

and find very few people who have achieved this.

Not only did he attain this, but he has also awakened a pair of the Inner Eyes. How much

natural talent was required to achieve all this?!

Arrogantly speaking, once the majestic ancient blood inside Ling Xian fully unseals, Ling Xian's

abilities will reach an incomparable level. His potential was incomprehensible.

Liao Cang Qiong shook his head and smiled. ’’I did not over-compliment you. What you did was

a result of your talent.’’

Ling Xian touched his nose and giggled. ’’It's all because of the majestic blood.’’

’’That is your luck and fate. Majestic blood has nothing to do with your parents. It is born in

random babies. Until now, there are known differences between majestic blood in different

people. Similar to the different levels of training, some majestic blood is stronger than others.

Some people are born with a high volume of ancient blood, while some people are born with

very little. The more blood one has, the more talent and the higher potential does one have,’’

Liao Cang Qiong explained.

’’That's how it works? Then do I have strong or weak majestic blood?’’ Ling Xian was surprised.

’’Of course you have strong blood. I had an old friend, who was also equipped with majestic

blood. Same as you, he was sealed by the Gods. However, there was only one array in him, and

that was because there was little majestic blood in him. He was relatively weaker hence he only

needed one array.’’ Liao Cang Qiong reminisced. He exclaimed, ’’Inside your body, there are four

strong arrays. It is obvious that you have a lot of majestic blood. It is very powerful, powerful

enough for the Gods to feel the need to suppress you with four arrays.’’

Hearing Liao Cang Qiong's words, Ling Xian's heart pumped faster. He was anticipating his

majestic blood to be fully unsealed and the kinds of amazing things he would be able to do then.

Looking at his face that was full of expectation, Liao Cang Qiong grinned and encouraged, ’’work

hard. The majestic blood in you can already break down arrays by themselves. The only road

block left is that your level of training is too low. Once you improve, the other eight Immortals

and I will help you unblock the other three arrays. It's not very difficult to do.’’

’’I will.’’ Ling Xian nodded.

’’You must remember, get rid of all your prudence and arrogance. You cannot count only on

your natural talent and forget to work hard. In my lifetime, I have seen too many glorious

trainees who could not achieve greatness due to their lack of determination. There are many

temptations on the cultivation road. Do not get distracted or you will disappear into

nothingness, like the firework,’’ Liao Cang Qiong said with a serious face.

’’Master, please do not worry. I will not lose my way,’’ Ling Xian said in a deep voice.

He was certain that he could keep this promise. The old him could not practice Taoism despite

how badly he wanted to. Now that he finally has the opportunity to do so, he will treasure every

second of it. On top of that, his dream was to stand high on top of the mountains, how could he

get lost so easily?

’’Good. If you can promise that then I can teach you.’’ Liao Cang Qiong was very satisfied with

Ling Xian's attitude. ’’Alright, you continue your training. I will go rest now. Shame that I need

a lot of sleep to replenish my energy. I am only a soul these days after all.’’

As soon as finished speaking, he turned into a ray of light and shot off into the spiritual

mountains.

[I have to figure out a way to help master out.] Ling Xian frowned, as his mind searched through

his memories and looked for spiritual medicines that might help. With the low level of training

he has, he could not help Liao Cang Qiong restore his physical body. He could only help by

finding a soul-nourishing treasure or instrument.

After thinking about it for a while, he could not find an answer. Ling Xian temporarily gave up.

He sat back down into his lotus position with his palms facing up. He breathed in and out the

endless spiritual energy.

......

Three days later.

The sun had just risen, spilling soft gold light over the city.

Ling Xian had also just woken up from his sleep. He had returned to his home, washed up, and

changed into a brand new white robe. He was rushing towards the arena.

Today was the day of the Clan Combat Competition.

Even though he had no plans to participate, he wanted to go and watch. He was curious as to

whether or not Ling Hu can place first and get the opportunity to enter the Hidden Territory.

Not long after, he arrived at the arena.

At the arena, the crowd was rowdy. Hundreds of collateral siblings assembled and stood in their

cliques. Each one of them was brimming with nervousness, anticipation, excitement, and

confidence.

Around the battleground, there were six total battle rings. The materials of the rings were spirit

absorbing rocks. These rocks disable spiritual attacks dispersed out of the battle rings and

therefore, ensures the safety of the audiences.

In the center of the arena, a ten-meter-tall stage stood. On it sat three men and one woman.

They were the clan leader Ling Tian Qing, the second elder Liang Tian Jiao, the third elder Liang

Tian Ao, and the pearl of the Ling clan, Ling Tian Xiang.

Ling Tian Xiang's eyes were busily scanning the groups of collateral siblings. Suddenly, she

noticed a tall and straight body walk by her. Her face blossomed into a heart-wavering smile.

’’Big brother, that is Ling Xian.’’

’’Oh?’’ Ling Tian Qing gazed at the handsome young man and teased, ’’Little sister, do you really

have your eyes on that guy?’’

’’How's that possible? Big brother stop joking around.’’ Ling Tian Xiang blushed.

Ling Tian Qing roared into laughter and continued his teasing. ’’Why are your cheeks red then?

You sure are looking like a young woman desiring love.’’

’’Ah, you are so annoying! I am not talking to you anymore,’’ Ling Tian Xiang pouted. Her watery

eyes were still following Ling Xian. Her emotions were fluttering about.

There was still some time until the competition began. Therefore, everyone was being rather

loud. Groups of the Ling direct descendants were converged in their groups and checking out

participants they thought were strong. They gossiped and deduced who they thought would

win the precious first place this year.

Out of everyone, there were three collateral siblings who were popular candidates. They were

the youth leader Ling Chen, the grandson of the first elder, Ling Zhan, and the daughter of the

second elder, Ling Fei.

The three of them were all around age 18 with qi levels of six. To be so far into training at this

age, they have already proven their skills. Each one of them was standing in the arena with

more than ten other siblings flooding them with compliments. Their faces were full of

confidence and pride as if the first place seat was theirs to take.

Ling Bai, who once started a fight with Ling Xian but was beat up instead, was also present.

After three days of treatment, most of his wounds have healed. However, his mentality seemed

to have been gravely wounded. After being defeated by Ling Xian, his wild ambition toned down

quite a bit.

He noticed Ling Xian the moment he walked into the arena. His fists uncontrollably tightened

and his eyes filled with hatred.

A person who saw Ling Xian breaking down the Tidal Sword Technique was also in the crowd.

After noticing Ling Bai's hatred-filled gaze, he couldn't help but look in the same direction and

scream, ’’Ling Xian?’’

His voice was loud. Immediately, the crowd rioted.

’’Ling Xian? The one who beat up Ling Bai? That Ling Xian?’’

’’Of course, is there a second Ling Xian in our clan? Of course, it's the genius who broke down

the Tidal Sword Technique!’’

’’Is he competing too? Oh my god, I already had little hope of getting to top three. Now I have no

chance!’’

’’If he is participating, I am certain he will get first place. A genius who saw the flaw in our

clan's technique, how could he not place first?’’

All eyes were on him. They displayed curiosity, anticipation, and admiration.

Soon, Ling Xian became the center of attention. Listening to all the gossips about him, he

remained calm and accepted all the stares.

If he had no skills, then he would feel embarrassed. However, he was rather confident. So why

should he shy away from other people's attention?

On the arena, the other three potential winners also glanced in Ling Xian's direction. After Ling

Xian had broken down the Tidal Sword Technique in one go, his name was wildly spread. These

three have heard much about him since then.

’’So he is the Ling Xian guy. Pretty good looking,’’ Ling Fei grumbled to herself.

’’He seems really weak and skinny. Did he actually break the Tidal Sword Technique?’’ Ling

Zhan had a healthy and sturdy physique. Competitiveness flashed across his eyes. He was crazy

for fights, and he has gone down the path of physical training. All his life he believed the

amount of muscle was equivalent to the strength of the cultivator.

’’Gaining people's love by doing outrageous things,’’ youth leader Ling Chen scorned. He pushed

away from the collateral siblings that crowded him and marched toward Ling Xian.

The youth leader of the clan, Ling Chen, was the number one cultivator in last year's combat

competition, and the bearer of the title ’’19-year-old genius cultivator’’. Due to all the attention

people gave him, he was a hot topic among the younger siblings. When he moved, everyone

subconsciously cleared out a path for him. Everyone stared at the youth leader, unable to

predict what he would do next.

Ling Chen walked beside Ling Xian and asked, ’’Are you Ling clan's laughing stock? The one

who cannot practice Taoism? Ling Xian?’’

Ling Xian glared at him. ’’The person you described is the old me.’’

’’All the same. I heard you saw the flaw in the Tidal Sword Technique?’’ Ling Chen's gaze was

arrogant as if he was an Immortal who controlled everything. Waves of prudence naturally

poured out of him as he looked down on Ling Xian.

The powerful look he gave everyone was nauseating.

’’That's right.’’ Ling Xian frowned. His cockiness made him very uncomfortable. He knew then

Ling Chen came to talk to him purely to start a fight.

Ling Chen's face filled with disdain. ’’A handicap could break down my clan's divine technique,

what a joke.’’

Ling Xian chuckled softly. He was far too lazy to debate about this kind of meaningless stuff.

His nonchalant laughter pushed Ling Chen over the edge. As a youth leader, he has always been

respected, especially around those his age. Most people saw him as a role model, how dare the

boy before him dismiss him in this manner?

’’You ignorant waste.’’ Ling Chen's face darkened as he laughed coldly. ’’Ling Bai's way of using

the Tidal Sword Technique was not perfected enough. You being able to see through it was

nothing impressive. In a few moments, I will show you the true Tidal Sword Technique. I will

prove to everyone that the rumor of you seeing through the Tidal Sword Technique was nothing

but a joke.’’

Lightly laughing, Ling Xian casually answered, ’’sure, I'll wait for you.’’

’’Good, very good,’’ Ling Chen said in contempt. ’’I am certain that we will meet in the battle

ring. When that time comes, I will make sure you understand the fact that a handicap will

always be a handicap. Even if you can practice Taoism now, in my eyes, you will always be

nothing.’’



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