With these feelings of sadness and understanding, swiftly camea desire to help his Master gain revenge.
Jia Yuan spoke with conviction. “Tell me who killed yoursons, and I swear I will avenge your sons as soon as I can.”
With that, a load of regret was taken off of the old master’schest, and was replaced by hope towards Jia Yuan.
“His name is Huang Ying. Last I heard, he was one of the topgenerals of the Water Kingdom, and should be a True Disciple of Water.”
“I promise I will do everything I can in the future toavenge your songs.”
Standing next to JiaYuan, Guo Huo secretly nodded his head. In fact, Guo Huo had previously foughtagainst this Huang Ying before. He would be a good test for Jia Yuan in thefuture.
“Alright, well if everyone is okay with it, I’d like tobring Jia Yuan somewhere else to begin his training. Jia Yuan, say yourgoodbyes to everyone and we’ll be on our way”
For the next five minutes or so, Jia Yuan said some hurriedgoodbyes to the villagers of Fire Hill Village, and followed Guo Huo backtowards the forest.
“So Teacher, where are we going?”
“We’re heading to a location that is perfect for cultivatinga Song of Fire. You’ll train there under my guidance for a while, until you hitthe 5th level of Absorption. As for when that is… will depend onyour talent and efforts.”
And so the two, one elderly man and one young boy, travelledacross the Fire Kingdom over the course of a month.
The two swapped many stories along the way! Jia Yuan recounted wondrous storiesthat Dou DI had told him before, while Guo Huo told stories of his militaryexploits and of the powerful people he had explored the world with long ago.
Over the time, the bond between the two grew immensely. GuoHuo came to understand Jia Yuan's simple nature, while Jia Yuan became more andmore in awe of Guo Huo.
One morning, they reached their location. They were currentlyat the border between the Fire Kingdom and the Water Kingdom.
In front of Guo Huo and Jia Yuan was quite a wondrous sight.They were in front of a crater more than 50 meters wide, and was filled withmist. As such, they couldn’t even see how deep the crater was.
“Grab onto me and we’ll descend. We’ll be staying here for awhile, so I’ve already packed enough food to last us a month. In a bit you’llbe able to see the place you’ll be training at.”
Jia Yuan jumped onto Guo Huo’s back and gripped tightly.Although Jia Yuan had been in life or death battles before, the fact that he couldn’tsee the bottom of the crater made him a bit queasy. However, he trusted Guo Huoand didn’t complain.
When Jia Yuan jumped onto Guo Huo’s back, he began preparingfor the descent.
Guo Huo began taking some very deep breaths, gatheringstrength for what he was about to do.
After a few of these deep breaths, he jumped off the edge ofthe crater.
Jia Yuan’s stomached lurched, and he couldn’t help but forcehis eyes shut in fear.
However, soon they descent slowed greatly. Guo Huo wasactually using the power of his Song to shoot fire underneath his feet in apracticed manner, which acted as a propelling force working against the gravitywhich was pulling them down.
In this manner, he and Jia Yuan made a controlled descentdown in the crater, about 40 meters below the level Guo Huo had jumped from.Upon reaching the bottom of the crater, the mist continued to swirl around them,but there wasn’t any directly around them.
The reason for this, was because they had arrived at thesource of the mist.
Directly in front of the two was a rather unique pool,separated into four sections.
This was not a pool of water, but a sectioned pool of fire. Each section was filled with fire of a different temperature than the others, and with thatalso meant that the fires were of different colors, creating a rather beautiful sight. In the center of sectioned pool offire, was a 2 meter wide pillar with a hole at the center, which emitted large quantities ofmist.
Guo Huo was fine in this environment, but Jia Yuan promptlybegan sweating. How could he not? After all, there the heat from the firecombined with the heated mist made this crater a gigantic sauna. In fact, afteronly a few seconds of standing at the bottom of the crater, Jia Yuan wasalready starting to feel very uncomfortable from the heat.
“Here is where you will train until you are at the 5thlevel of Absorption.”
“To start, it may be a little difficult for you to resistthe environment here. As such, I will protect you from the surrounding heat.However, unless you are sleeping or recovering from your training, I will continuallyadjust my protection to best aid your training.”
As Guo Huo said this, Jia Yuan felt a decrease in thetemperature around him. It was still rather uncomfortable, but at least it wasbearable.
“Now, stand on top of the pillar, and begin training in thestances of your Dance. Use the power of your Song as you wish. In anenvironment such as this, you will be able to train your Song of Fire longerfor the same amount of mental exertion.”
With that, Guo Huo sat down at the edge of the pool, drew a bag out of his necklace, and began munching on an apple.
Following the Teacher’s instructions, Jia Yuan hopped on topof the pillar.
“AHHHHHH!” Jia Yuan screamed with pain as soon as he landedon the pillar. After all, the pillar was being heated by the pools of fire. Howcould it not be burning hot?
However, Guo Huo was unperturbed.
“Use your Song’s aura to protect your feet from the heat!”
Jia Yuan quickly circulated his Song, and the heat burninghis feet quickly decreased. However, he still glanced rather ruefully at GuoHuo. The old man obviously knew that he was going to burn his feet, why couldn’the have given Jia Yuan a warning?
“You can’t always rely on others warnings. To be able tosurvive in the world of Martial Cultivation, you must be able to maintainvigilance at all times. You should have seen the pillar and expected it to beextremely hot.”
To this, Jia Yuan opened his mouth to retort, but had norebuke. He instead followed Guo Huo’s initial instructions and drew HiRyu outof his ring to begin practicing his stances. Although it was rather hard forJia Yuan to move as quickly and smoothly as he did when he was practicing in anormal environment, he was still able to fluidly complete the stances.
Jia Yuan began to play his Song while performing thestances, and began to practice in a quicker, more aggressive manner as his body was enveloped in a thin fiery aura. He wasjust about to go through the stances for a third time when he decided to practice with the full strength of his Song.
With that, his entire body became engulfed in fire, andHiRyu was no exception. The sword was again ablaze with flames in the shape of a giantaxe. For a split second after releasing his Song, Jia Yuan felt like he was extremely powerful. Afterall, he was in an environment that was extremely favorable to the fire element.
However, as soon as he felt this power, the flames aroundhis body were quickly sucked away. Jia Yuan was very surprised. What had causedhis flames to disappear so quickly?
Guo Huo had been watching Jia Yuan train all this while,while munching on his favorite apples.
As he saw the flames around Jia Yuan’s body be sucked away,a small smirk appeared on his face. Long ago, he had gone through the sametraining here.
Meanwhile, on the pillar, Jia Yuan started his Song again,only to have the fire be sucked away again. This time though, he was able tosee the pool of fire below him sucking his fire away.
“Teacher, how do I keep my flames from being sucked away?”
“You have to exercise control over your flames. To start,you must focus on keeping the fire from being sucked away from the pool by anymeans necessary. Afterwards, you’ll train by keeping your fire in place whilecombating the suction force of the pool.”
“But for now, come down. I just wanted you to get used tothe pillar. It’s almost nighttime, so we should eat dinner and sleep.”
Guo Huo used the flames from the pool of fire to cook somemeat, which he distributed between Jia Yuan and himself.
While eating, Guo Huo suddenly spoke up.
“Jia Yuan, why do you train?”
“To become strong, of course.”
“Why do you want to be strong?”
“Because I want to join the Burning Legion with big brother.”
“Then what about after you join the Burning Legion? Will youcontinue to train?”
“So that I can avenge the master’s sons!”
“So your path is one of vengeance?”
Jia Yuan was silent for a bit. Of course he wanted to helphis ex-master by killing the Water Kingdom general, but that wasn’t the mainreason he wanted to grow stronger.
But what about the old man that appeared with the Song ofSwords?
Jia Yuan realized that he didn’t care too much about thateither. If he could help the old man, sure, if he couldn’t the old man was longdead anyway. It didn’t really matter much to him.
“Then why do you wish to be strong?”
This continued throughout their dinner, until Jia Yuan’shead was filled with mush. Sensing this, Guo Huo stopped and prepared a specialtent for the two to sleep in, protected from the blistering heat.
Inside, Guo Huo said one last sentence to Jia Yuan for theday.
“We’ll sleep for now, but I expect an answer tomorrow. “
Mooncake said:Depends what you mean by an avatar setup.He is going to learn one at a time, but it's not like having the "Books" in avatar where he basically mastered one element then moved to the next. He's going to start using some of the other elements before he's even mastered fire.Not sure if that answers your question or not if you want further clarification you can ask again ^.^
Depends what you mean by an avatar setup.
Jia Yuan lay in the tent on a comfortable mattress designedto help alleviate weariness. However, Jia Yuan was unable to savor therefreshing feeling of lying on something so comfortable, because he wasfighting a battle in his mind.
He was very conflicted as to why he wanted to train and bestrong.
He really wanted to be able to say that he had some noblemission, such as he wished to defend the innocent and erase evil in the world.(Such superhero)
But he knew in his heart that saying so would be a lie. Hesimply didn’t care about who he didn’t know. And why should he?
What about a more selfish reason then? The strong arerevered on the Continent of the Five Elements. If he were to be stronger thanall, then he would be respected (and feared) by all!
But Jia Yuan understood that respect was a shallow reason totrain for.
After tossing and turning for the majority of the night, JiaYuan finally gave up and went to sleep.
A few hours later, he woke to the smell of delicious meatand some assorted vegetables.
Not only had Guo Huo prepared food for the time he and JiaYuan would be staying in the crater, but he had prepared very high quality,nutritious food to boost Jia Yuan’s training.
Still in the tent, Jia Yuan quickly drew a Fire Pill and anAbsorption Level Soul Pill from the box in his ring, and popped them into hismouth.
Feeling a burst of energy, Jia Yuan quickly left the tentand saw the wondrous meal in front of him.
Truly, one of the best things about being with Guo Huo wasbecause of the meals. Not only were the ingredients of high quality, but GuoHuo was also a very adept chef. Each chunk of meat was mouthwateringlysucculent, and the vegetables were unvaryingly crisp and delicious.
As Jia Yuan tore his way through the meal, Guo Huo asked, “Didyou figure out why you want to be strong?”
Jia Yuan sighed, for he had expected the question to come,and proceeded to answer. “Teacher, the only reason that I can think of that isdefinitively true in any situation, is that the only way to be able to doanything I want, is to be the strongest person in the world.”
“But if I am strong to the point where there is not anothersoul in the world who can challenge me, then I will have obtained true freedom.”
“I will be able to eat what I want, have what I want. I willbe able to depraved as I want, or as kind as I want.”
With that, Jia Yuan awkwardly ended. What he had finallysaid, was truly a selfish answer. He wanted to be strong so that nobody elsecould tell him what to do!
Guo Huo stared at Jia Yuan. The child’s answer was differentthan what he had expected… but he could tell that it was not a lie.
“If that is your true reason for desiring strength, then sobe it. I accept this answer of yours.”
“Now, let’s talk about what you will be doing today. You willbe meditating today to train your soul. Furthermore, we will train your depthof soul. For now, just finish eating. When you are done, I’ll give youinstructions for the training."
“Now, let’s talk about what you will be doing today. You willbe meditating today to train your soul. Furthermore, we will train your depthof soul. For now, just finish eating. When you are done, I’ll give youinstructions on how to get the most out of this meditation training.”
After Jia Yuan finished eating, Guo Huo brought him awayfrom the pool of fire. After walking around aimlessly for about a minute, heabruptly stopped.
Jia Yuan was completely confused. Since there was dense mistthroughout the crater, he had no idea where he had been brought to.
“Alright, meditate here until you can sense the pool offire. Then, use that to make your way back to camp.”
With that, Guo Huo disappeared into the mist.
Faced with this task, Jia Yuan grumbled. “How the hell am Isupposed to be able to sense stuff like that?”
“Hey, old man! At least tell me how to sense the pool!”
But Guo Huo didn’t respond.
Jia Yuan sat down and began meditating as he usually did.However, he did his best to try and broaden his mind in hopes of finding thepool of fire.
Just about 10 meters away, Guo sat by the pool of fire, suppressinghis laughter. He had led Jia Yuan around the mist in circles. Of course hewouldn’t give Jia Yuan such a huge task as to use his soul to detect the wavesof energy emitted from the pool of fire from so far away.
He had started with a fairly reasonable distance – but JiaYuan didn’t know that.
Jia Yuan continued to meditate, but found it very hard toconcentrate on meditating due to the heat and humidity.
Although he was annoyed by the environment, he understoodwhy Guo Huo had said that this place was a perfect place to train.
Not only was the environment harsh and unyielding, but thepool of fire forced Jia Yuan to concentrate on controlling the flames emittedby the power of his Song. Relax for a single second, and the pool would suckthe flames away.
The same was true for his meditation practice. Theenvironment made it almost impossible for him to meditate peacefully. Wheneverhe tried to immerse himself In meditation, he would feel his skin burning or beannoyed by his clothes which stuck to his back, soaked in sweat.
After a few hours of trying to meditate, however, Jia Yuanwas finally able to enter the dreamlike state associated with meditation.
After a few more minutes of meditating, he noticed a slight “pulse”emanating from a location about 5 meters to the left of him.
Is that the pool offire?
Jia Yuan opened his eyes and headed towards the pulse he hadfelt during his meditation.
Upon reaching the location of the pulse, he groaned. He sawthat the source of the pulse was just a pile of lit fire embers.
THAT STUPID OLD MAN.
Fuming, Jia Yuan turned around to prepare to go back to hisprevious location. However, he quickly realized that he wasn’t quite sureexactly which direction he came from.
After all, 5 meters was still a fairly large distance wheneverything was covered in mist.
Jia Yuan decided to not take the risk of accidently walkingeven further away from the pool of fire.
As such, he began to sit down and meditate again.
After about another 20 minutes of meditation, Jia Yuanopened his eyes again and let out long breath.
Teacher reallyprepared a lot…
Through his meditation, he had found several pulses similarto the one he had sensed earlier. As such, he assumed these pulses were alsofrom piles of fire embers.
Every time he found a new pulse, he was quickly filled anddepleted of hope as he realized that he was only detecting fire embers.
Jia Yuan had quickly become frustrated, which made it even harderfor him to immerse himself in the meditative state. However, he had persevered.
He had just noticed a pulse about 12 meters away that wasfar more violent in nature, which should be the pool of fire.
Jia Yuan stood up again and headed in the direction of theviolent pulse, and quickly arrived in front of Guo Huo, who had been waitingfor him.
Guo Huo grinned and said, “Bout time you came back. I wasstarting to think that you’d fallen asleep.”
“Oh haha. That trick with the fire embers was rather cruel.How did you even get so many?”
“I simply refined the fire from the pool here.”
Jia Yuan was rather surprised. Although he knew that fireembers were common and cheap, he hadn’t known how they were made. Naturally, hewas rather curious about the process.
However, Guo Huo didn’t directly answer, only saying that “You’lllearn at some point.”
Guo Huo was interested in Jia Yuan’s meditation process,however. “How did your meditation go?”
Jia Yuan thought back a bit. “It was very hard for me toadjust to the environment, but once I was able to cope with the heat andhumidity, it only took me about 10 minutes to find the first pile of fireembers, and then about another 20 to find the pool of fire.”
“You spent 6 hours today to find the pool. You told me thatyou had only acquired your Song 3 months prior, but you were already at the 3rdlevel of Absorption a month ago. I thought that you were a peerless genius whenit came to cultivation, but it seems that your rate of progress, when it comesto the soul at least, is rather slow.”
At this juncture, Jia Yuan felt rather conflicted. This wasactually a matter he had been thinking about ever since he had become Guo Huo’sdisciple.
Should he tell Guo Huo about the Song of Swords and thepills he had acquired with it?
On one hand, Guo Huo had proven to be an honorable teacherwho wholeheartedly wanted Jia Yuan to reach the pinnacle of strength.
However, this was under the assumption that Jia Yuan trainedin a Song of Fire. Jia Yuan wasn’t sure how Guo Huo would react if he was told thatthe Song Jia Yuan trained in was actually one that was capable of using all ofthe elements.
“When he spoke about why he wanted me as a disciple, itseemed that he wished to have someone from the Continent of the Five Elementsto be strong enough to compete against the strongest from around the world.”
“Perhaps it will be fine to tell him the truth.”
However, Jia Yuan was still wary of telling Guo Huoeverything. As such, all he told Guo Huo was that he had found some pills in arandom cave while he had been exploring.
“Ah…So your actual training speed is lower than I hadthought. No matter, no matter. Your training speed is still adequate, and thequality of your Song is impressively high.”
“Given my status and wealth, it is possible for me tocontinue to provide you with pills. In the future, if you are strong enough,you will also be able to collaborate directly with the alchemists themselves.”
Jia Yuan was rather delighted that Guo Huo would provide somuch for him, and his trust in Guo Huo rose even higher. “No need… I foundenough pills that they should last me for quite a while.”
“Oh? Can I see these pills?”
Jia Yuan paused momentarily, but quickly assented. He drewthe case of pills out of his ring and opened it.
Guo Huo was speechless!
He saw the hundreds of pills within the case and with hisexperience, he could tell at a glance that the quality of the pills wastop-notch.
“How?! What kind of luck do you have to find this justlaying around??”
Guo Huo was simply unprepared to see what was in front ofhim! Even with his wealth of experience that came from traversing the world, hehad never seen something so awe-inspiring.
This case of pills was enough to cause the entire continentto go to war for! There were even pills emanating the aura of the True Disciplelevel! There were even pills which had auras that even Guo Huo could notunderstand!
Truly, this case was…single-handedly able to create an unparalleledpower.
“HA. HAHAHA.” Guo Huo started laughing boisterously. Hesuddenly reached over the case and hugged Jia Yuan in a tight embrace.
“My disciple truly has some godly luck haha! It seems that Iwill be able to achieve my goal!”
Guo Huo let Jia Yuan out of his grasp and then startedrunning around the camp like a fool.
From Jia Yuan’s point of view, it was as if Guo Huo had gonemad.
A martial genius, strong enough to be considered among thetop ten strongest cultivators in the Fire Kingdom, was behaving in such manner!
After this outburst of happiness, Guo Huo suddenly stopped,because he saw Jia Yuan’s confused and bewildered expression.
“Ahem.” Guo Huo hastily sobered up.
“Jia Yuan, just remember that even though you have the helpof these pills, you may be able to cheat your way to the pinnacle of theContinent of the Five Elements, but in order to be able to compete overseas,you will still need to put in an exorbitant amount of effort.”
“Enough of this. Now, we’ll be moving on to the 3rdpart of your training. Your training atop the pillar will be take up the firstday of a two day training regime that we will repeat until you are at the 5thlevel of Absorption. “
“For the second day, you’ve already done half of it. I willplace you at locations from where you should only require a few hours ofmeditation training to find the pool of fire. As for the second half… we willspar.”
Jia Yuan was extremely happy when he heard this. After all,he hadn’t had a regular sparring partner ever since Dou Di had left for theBurning Legion.
And so, Jia Yuan and Guo Huo spent the rest of the daysparring. Of course, given the domineering strength of the Song of Swords, GuoHuo fought while keeping his level of cultivation at the 5th levelof Absorption.
With this, Jia Yuan started out with a clear disadvantage.After all, when comparing Jia Yuan to Guo Huo, Guo Huo clearly had bettertechnique, more battle experience, and with the 5th level of Absorption,slightly stronger attacks.
And so, Jia Yuan continued to train in this manner for thenext 2 months while consuming pills almost every day.
Jia Yuan liked his training routine very much. Over time, hehad been able to consistently keep the pool of fire from sucking away his ownflames. His meditation had improved to the point where he could be sat about 20meters away. In spars, he was getting to the point where he had techniques onlyslightly inferior to those of Guo Huo.
However, right now Jia Yuan and Guo Huo were huddled in thetent with rather dispirited faces. This is because despite Jia Yuan’s ratherimpressive improvements… for some reason he had not made any breakthroughs andwas stuck at the 3rd level of Absorption.
The two had largely ignored this issue. Guo Huo had justassumed that Jia Yuan’s Song had extremely stringent requirements to achievebreakthroughs in. This made sense, since it was a very high quality Song.However, after two months of training, Jia Yuan was clearly more than ready tobreak into the 4th level of Absorption. In fact, he was strongenough in both body and soul to be at the 5th level of Absorption.
“How did you progress before? Tell me more about the battleyou progressed twice in.” Guo Huo asked.
Jia Yuan had already told Guo Huo that he had progressedvery quickly in the midst of a battle before. As such, Guo Huo wanted to delvedeeper to see exactly what had occurred during the battle for Jia Yuan toprogress so quickly.
“Well, I first progressed when I cut down the first batch ofbandits with my sword.” Jia Yuan looked over at Guo Huo to see if he had anyresponse.
Unfortunately, this wasn’t enough for Guo Huo to makeassumptions off of. “Continue.”
“Then, I ran into the main fight and after fighting for abit I realized that the bandits were stronger than I thought, so I tried toactivate more of my Song… and then I don’t remember much after that except thatI had the sensation that I was drowning in a dark sea.”
Hearing this, Guo Huo’s entire body tensed and heinvoluntarily let out some of his aura, which badly surprised Jia Yuan. Afterall, Guo Huo’s main strength was his ability to manipulate the power of his Song,which included his aura. For him to actually lose control of his aura uponhearing what Jia Yuan had said… what exactly was the reason?
Jia Yuan continued to speak, although he was rather unnervedby Guo Huo’s reaction. “And, um… well after a bit I woke up and I found outthat I had actually progressed to the 3rd level of Absorption. Souh, what’s wrong?”
Guo Huo let loose a long sigh and then looked toward JiaYuan with a dry gaze. “Seems like your luck is really something out of theordinary. At the very least, you are incredibly fortunate to still be alive.”
“Whatever you did before you felt like you were drowning inthe dark sea, never do it again unless you have to. What you did was enter the ‘Seaof Souls’ which is an incredibly dangerous place for humans. At the same timethat you entered the sea, the soul of your Song occupied your body. Thisprobably granted you great strength, but at great risk to your own soul. Atworst, your Song could have gone on a frenzy and went on a rampage, killingeverything in its path.”
“However, it seems that you were fortunate enough to be ableto find your way back to your body. Just don’t ever do it again. When you’reready to explore that world further, I’ll teach you about it, but for now, don’teven think about it.”
“As for your Song… it seems that you need to experience realcombat in order for you to progress. Sparring with me might not work becauseyou hold trust in me. Hm… I guess it’s time for us to leave this crater. Youhaven’t reached the 5th level of Absorption, but I think the onlything left for you to advance is to experience some real combat.”
“Coincidentally, the next place I was going to have youtrain at will provide you with quite a bit of authentic combat. Hmm, let mesee. We’ve been here for about two months, so… alright. We’ll have you trainhere for another two days and then we’ll leave.”
And so came the last day of training in the crater.
Jia Yuan was atop the pillar, surrounding by ribbons of fire.For the last week, Guo Huo had instructed Jia Yuan to keep the flames emittedfrom his song circling around him in a continuous line of fire. As such, JiaYuan decided to manipulate the flames into the shape of a ribbon. This flameribbon followed the tip of his sword and provided for quite an interestingspectacle.
Jia Yuan had long ago been able control his flames wellenough to resist the pull of the pool of fire, but being able to keep closecontrol of his flames while resisting the pull of the pool of fire was farharder. In fact, this was the first time he had been able to do it to such anextent.
For someone in the Absorption level, this sort of controlwas basically unheard of. It was only because of this special location that JiaYuan had been able to practice his control to such a degree. Although he wasn’ton Guo Huo’s level, it could be said that the disciple mimics the teacher.
Guo Huo stood by, watching. He didn’t show anything on hisface, but in his heart he nodded rather enthusiastically. “He’s able to do whatI was able to do at the 9th level of Absorption while still only atthe 3rd level of Absorption… He may not be the fastest cultivator,but his foundation… should be unparalleled on this continent."
After Jia Yuan finished his training for the day, the twohad a final dinner. To celebrate their leaving the crater, Guo Huo had slowroasted some Blazing Pig meat. The meat of the Blazing Pig is extremelyexpensive in the Fire Kingdom, as it not only had an exquisite taste, but couldboost cultivation speed.
In addition to the pig meat, Guo Huo had prepared some bokchoy and some beef and apple stew.
Jia Yuan tore through the meal with his regular abandon, andGuo Huo gave him a rather dry look. As someone who had spent most of his lifeamong the high nobility of the Fire Kingdom and had learned proper etiquette,it was almost hard for him to eat meals with Jia Yuan. In fact, he haddeveloped a habit of finishing his cooking early and eating before Jia Yuanfinished training.
However tonight, he wanted to make the dinner as special aspossible, so he had not done so… although he was starting to regret it.
Guo Huo grumbled to himself. “I’m going to have to getsomeone to teach him proper manners.”
After the meal, Jia Yuan sat outside of the tent, while GuoHuo had turned in for an early nap inside the tent.
Jia Yuan could already resist most of the heat and humidityin the crater, so he comfortably laid on the ground and stared at the swirlingmist above him.
It’s been two monthssince I came here. I wonder how master is doing… I wonder how Dou Di brother isdoing.
I wonder how strong heis. Has he found friends in the Burning Legion?
Jia Yuan had led a fairly lonely life. For as long as hecould remember, he didn’t really have any friends. For a few years, he had thecompanionship of Dou Di, but after Dou Di was sold to the Burning Legion, theonly people he had spent time with on a daily basis were his old master and GuoHuo.
Jia Yuan had been able to play with kids around his age whenhe had stayed at Wan Shi’s house, but that had only been for a few hours.
I wonder how theBurning Legion will be like.
After spending some more time resting next to the pool offire, he went back into the tent and rested for the night.
The next morning, teacher and disciple flew out of thecrater. Jia Yuan actually didn’t need Guo Huo to carry him, but they stayedvery close together in case Jia Yuan’s concentration snapped during the flightup for some reason.
‘Ahhhhhh now that’s the air I love!” A soon as they left thecrater, Jia Yuan was able to breath in some fresh air! For the past two months,they had been breathing in the very humid and heated air in the crater.
“Ah, right. Teacher, where are we going?” Jia Yuan was rathercurious as to what location they would be training at next.
“Do you know about the geography of our continent?”
“Hmm. We have four main kingdoms, corresponding to eachelement. Each kingdom controls about a fourth of the continent. The bordersshouldn’t have changed much in the last 50 or so years, so small cities havepopped up on the borders between the kingdoms.”
“Oh? You actually know quite a bit! Where did you learn itfrom?”
“Oh, Dou Di used to tell me a lot of stores. I ended uplearning some stuff from him. He’s also the reason why I want to join theBurning Legion.”
“I see, I see. It seems that your brother was quite theinteresting person. Actually, the place we are heading to is precisely one ofthese border cities.”
“Since we’re close to the Water Kingdom, we’ll be heading toa city between the Fire and Water Kingdoms. If my memory serves me well, Ibelieve they have an Arena of sorts there where people of any age and strengthcan compete. You can even compete in battles to the death. This should be goodfor progressing your Song, and will also prepare you for life in the Army. Althoughthe continent has been peaceful for the last 50 years, all of the Kingdoms havebeen stocking up weapons and soldiers at an abnormal pace for the last fewyears. We may see a large-scale war in a few more years.”
“As for your uh…manners… I will also likely be hiring aprivate tutor for you. They will teach you proper etiquette when you are notcompeting in the Arena.”
“Do I really need to learn all of that boring stuff?”
“If you want to be a respected human being, then you’ll haveto at least learn some basic manners. Furthermore, with your potential, you’lllikely be one of model soldiers of the Fire Kingdom. As such, they’ll probablyhave you learn manners so that you can represent the Fire Kingdom inContinent-wide tournaments.”
“Military teachers will definitely be far stricter thananyone I can find for you in the city. If you think about it this way, I amactually saving you a lot pain."
The two only walked for a few days before they reachedBlueFire City. This was a recently made city that was technically in the FireKingdom and paid taxes to the Fire Kingdom, but the population was actuallyabout 60% Fire Kingdom and 40% immigrants from the Water Kingdom. This city wasone of the several “border cities” that had popped up in recent years.
“Stay close to me.” Said Guo Huo. “These border cities arerather dangerous, especially when you’re by the outer walls. There is little tono regulation here. Although we will probably be fine, given my strength, I’dstill rather not have to show my strength or take any risks.”
Jia Yuan nodded. This BlueFire City may have only recentlybeen built, but it was already bigger than the RockFire City he grew up near!This is because of the massive influx of trade that came with being a bordercity. The Fire Kingdom would have some wares that were uncommon in the WaterKingdom, and vice versa. For example, the Fire Kingdom’s pottery was renownedthroughout the continent. As such, merchants would often come to these bordercities to stock up on goods. And as they say, where the money goes, peoplefollow.
So although he looked at the high city walls and the bustleand hustle of the area surrounding the city with gleaming eyes, he made sure tokeep close to Guo Huo.
The two made their way through the outer city gate andquickly made their way to the inner city. They walked around for a bit untilGuo Huo found the Arena Building.
It was a giant colosseum style building, but it was dividedup into many smaller arenas. On the outer ring, there were various arenas forweaker competitors, and in the center of the building there was a giant arenafor the experts who had either won many rounds at the Arena or had high levelsof cultivation.
Guo Huo strode into the building housing the arena and walkedup to the front desk.
“How can I sign this boy up for the arena?”
“Fill out this form and take this badge. You’ll be assignedto an arena based on the level of your Song. You can collect your winnings fromhere at any point as long as you bring your badge. Your winnings will include abase rate depending on the arena you fight in, along with all winnings thatyour opponent has not cashed out. “
“There are some other bonuses that come with winning in theArena. If you win in your group 10 times, you’ll be provided a free ‘meal ofchampions’ where a huge feast will be hosted in your honor. If you win 50times, you get your own extravagant room in our associated hotel for as long asyou remain active in the arena. “
“At 100 wins, you’ll be given your own extravagant suite inour associated hotel that comes with twenty servants to aide you. Your mealswill also be free and you may have them delivered to your suite.”
“Thank you very much for the information.” Guo Huo said.
He turned to Jia Yuan and said “Get 100 wins and treat yourTeacher to some luxury eh? Pay me back for all of that meat I’ve cooked foryou.”
“Just kidding, just kidding. But I think that you should beable to get 100 wins. Come, lets fill this stuff out.”
Guo Huo and Jia Yuan filled out the forms and then a guideshowed them to Arena D, where the fighters were between the 3rd and4th levels of Absorption.
Guo Huo glanced atthe stage, where two twenty-something year olds were fighting. He quicklydiscerned that the skill level was too low for Jia Yuan to even feel slightlypressured.
Sighing, he turned to the guide. “Is there any way we canmove to an arena with stronger competitors?”
The guide nodded. “Yes, but you still have to win a bout inthis arena first. We have this policy so that someone who is weak but arrogant won’tlose face for the Arena Building by providing a poor show.”
“Hmm.” Mused Guo Huo. “That’s alright.”
He turned to Jia Yuan and said, “Let your flames rage violentlybefore you attack, but suppress it before the attack hits. We want to impress,but we don’t want to have a competitor die just because his luck was poor inhaving to fight you.”
After waiting for about twenty minutes, Jia Yuan’s badgefinally began to burn. He gave Guo Huo a glance and walked toward the stage.
The announcer began to discuss the next match!
“Alright ladies and gents, right now we have quite aninteresting battle! We have Chi Yun in this corner. Age 24, 4thlevel of Absorption! Pretty strong for his age! However in the other corner weseem to have quite a young genius in the making! We have Jia Yuan! Age 11, 3rdlevel of Absorption! That’s right people, 3rd level of Absorption atsuch a young age! But will it all end for naught?”
Seeing that both of the competitors had walked to theirrespective corners on the stage, the referee walked onto the stage as well.
He glanced at Chi Yun. “Ready?”
He looked towards Jia Yuan. “Ready?”
Chi Yun walked to the center of the stage wielding a one-handedaxe with an air of confidence. As for why he was confident, of course it wasbecause he had just heard that his opponent was of a lower level of cultivationthan he.
“Ha! They actually paired me up with a kid half my age!Come, little kid. I’ll show you the way out.”
Jia Yuan did not appreciate being looked down in such amanner.
Jia Yuan drew HiRyu out of his ring and gripped the sword inhis right hand. He then raised HiRyu over his head, and then thrust downwards!
A wall of flame over 20 feet long followed the path of histhrust! However, Jia Yuan’s sword thrust stopped at just the right angle sothat the wall of flame did not reach Chi Yun’s head.
Chi Yun, as well as the audience, was completely shocked!This was simply not the level of power associated with the 3rd levelof Absorption!
Murmurs began to spread through crowd.
“Are you sure the announcer didn’t misspeak?”
“How is that little kid so strong? A monster! He will be a monsterwhen he is our age!”
Although Jia Yuan wasn’t short for his age, he was stillonly about 5 feet tall and had yet to reach his growth spurt. As such, he wasstill a kid amongst men at the Arena.
However, the difference in height between him and Chi Yunonly served to accentuate just how strong Jia Yuan was for his age.
Meanwhile, Chi Yun was stunned! He was at a higher level ofAbsorption, but his power was not even half of what this little kid had justunleashed!
Having demonstrated his power, Jia Yuan quickly sheathed hissword.
Jia Yuan threw out a punch towards Chi Yun with a fistsurrounded by the aura of his Song, which knocked the latter off of the stage.
The crowd cheered boisterously! After all, at the beginningof the match they had perceived it as almost a David and Goliath matchup, givenhow Jia Yuan was smaller and had a lower level of cultivation than hisopponent.
However, the speed at which Jia Yuan had proved everyonewrong… frightening!
After the referee officially declared Jia Yuan’s win, hestepped off the stage and walked over to Guo Huo.
“Did I make an impression?”
“You rascal. You didn’t have to humiliate him like that.”Guo Huo gave Jia Yuan a wry smile. “But I guess it was also his fault forprovoking you. Let’s go, I want to have you join an Arena with people closer toyou in strength.”
The two walked with their guide back to the front desk ofthe Arena, where they handed Jia Yuan’s badge over.
The manager looked to the guide. “How strong?”
“Arena C-1 should be right for him.”
“Oh?” The manager looked toward Jia Yuan.
“Hmm, quite a little monster eh?” He thought to himself.
Guo Huo took this chance to ask, “How strong are thefighters at the C-1 arena?”
“They are typically around the 6th or 7thlevel of Absorption.”
“Good, good.” Guo Huo was rather pleased. Fighters at thatlevel of cultivation should be able to challenge Jia Yuan.
“However, due to the high numbers of challengers at theArena, you are only allowed to fight twice a day.”
After learning some of the other details associated with theArena that the first manager had been too lazy to explain, Guo Huo led Jia Yuanto the C-1 arena.
At this point, Jia Yuan was still feeling the thrill offighting in front of a crowd. The cheers! The intensity of the atmosphere! Itwas all a wondrous feeling for Jia Yuan.
Upon reaching the C-1 arena, they waited while watching thebouts. The fighters were all around the level of the Zhao Yue, the Zhao family’spatriarch who Guo Huo had killed a few months ago.
A few months ago, Jia Yuan was at the same level ofAbsorption, but could not even compare to the strength of the 7thlevel of Absorption.
But how about now? Jia Yuan was rather eager to test his skillsout, as Chi Yun hadn’t even offered the slightest bit of resistance.
After watching four fights, Jia Yuan was starting to getbored. Thankfully, his badge began to burn, prompting him to walk up to thestage. Along the way, he drew Hiryu out of the ring.
And so the announcer began to hype up the match.
“For this match, we have a battle between two of the sameHouse name! In the left corner, we have Jia Rou, 30 years old, a veteranfighter from the Water Kingdom who is at the 7th level of Absorption!In the right corner, we have Jia Yuan, 11 years old, a prodigy from the FireKingdom who is only at the 3rd level of Absorption! But be warned,his Song is overwhelmingly powerful!”
“A clash between the two kingdoms! A clash between two swordusers! As we all know, the sword is the best weapon to be paired with the waterelement! Everything points toward yet another win for Jia Rou! But can thisyoung genius impress again?”
With all this, the referee had walked onto the stage.
He looked at Jia Yuan, who nodded. He then looked at JiaRou, who nodded.
The referee quickly ran off of the platform.
Jia Rou had quite a reputation for being extremelyaggressive in fights. Although fighters of the water Kingdom generally weren’ttoo aggressive in their fighting style, Jia Rou was clearly not one of thosefighters.
As soon as the referee had shouted the word “fight,” Jia Rouhad swung his sword diagonally, and a blade of water shot out from his sword towardsJia Yuan.
The entire audience was expecting Jia Yuan to beoverwhelmed. After all, there was a difference of 4 levels of cultivationbetween the two fighters!
However, Jia Yuan responded with his own diagonal slash anda thickly condensed blade of fire erupted from his sword.
Chapter 40: Second Element
The two slashes collided, but Jia Yuan’s was overpowered!Jia Yuan moved to move, but the water moved too fast!
The blade of water sliced into Jia Yuan’s body, and hegroaned in pain.
Jia Yuan felt that the wound wasn’t too deep, but it wouldstart to hinder him if he lost too much blood.
Gritting his teeth, Jia Yuan charged towards Jia Rou, whodid the same. After an initial clash, the two exchanged a flurry of blows, flamesflying out from Jia Yuan’s side, and spouts of water erupting from Jia Rou’s.
“Fire Blade!” Jia Yuan dashed back and leaped back forward,raising his sword overhead in a two-handed grip. This was the same move he hadused to “defeat” Guo Huo back at the Black Wing Merchant Guild Hall.
However, as Jia Yuan swung his sword down, the fiery aurawas condensed in the blade and not only a little fire leaked out.
The entire stage shook as Jia Rou blocked the blow. However,both contestants were pushed back several meters, with Jia Yuan actually beingblown back slightly farther.
However, at this moment, Jia Yuan felt a change in his body.He was breaking through to the 4th level of Absorption!
Ripples of his aura spread across the stage, surprising JiaRou, as well as the announcer!
“Ladies and gentlemen, this is quite an event! It seems thatJia Yuan actually just progressed to the 4th level of Absorption!”
Exclaims of surprise spread through the audience!
An eleven year old at the 4th level ofAbsorption!
However, Jia Yuan had no time to celebrate, as Jia Rou continuedhis barrage of unrelenting attacks.
The two swords clashed together, and the fight was actuallycompletely even! Although Jia Yuan had progressed to the 4th levelof Absorption, he wasn’t completely used to it and so wasn’t using the power atits full potential.
Over time though, Jia Yuan began to push Jia Rou back, untilJia Rou was at the edge of the stage.
In a last ditch effort, Jia Rou thrust his sword towards JiaYuan, and a bead of water shot out. This single bead of water contained immensepower!
Jia Yuan quickly move to block with his sword, and was ableto cut the bead of water in half. However, one of the halves shot into Jia Yuan’schest, deepening part of the wound that was already there.
At this moment, however, an unusual change was happening inJia Yuan’s body and soul.
The Song of Swords was capable of all four elements found onthe Continent of the Five elements. By hitting the 4th level of Absorption,his body and soul had reached the requirement for using a second element!
Jia Yuan was capable of using the water element! The waterelement of his Song had awoken! Now, in Jia Yuan’s soul, stood two unmoving figures.The first was Jia Yuan in a fiery robe wielding an axe, the second was Jia Yuanstanding in a blue robe, wielding a sword.
Suddenly, the aura around his body exploded in a burst ofboth fire and water, shooting Jia Rou out of the arena, as well as destroyingmost of the stage around Jia Yuan, who fainted.
“What?!” Guo Huo was extremely shocked and fearful as to whatjust happened. After all, he didn’t know about the Song of Swords.
When he saw Jia Yuan collapse, he thought that perhaps JiaYuan had taken too much damage from the fight! After all, he couldn’t see howdeep Jia Yuan’s wounds were, and that explosion at the end…
Guo Huo ran to Jia Yuan and examined Jia Yuan’s body.
“Ahhhh whew.” Guo Huo heaved a sigh of relief. “He onlytired himself out. Still, I have to get him to the doctors to treat thesewounds.”
For all of the things Guo Huo was talented in, detailedmedical work was not one of them. Although the cut on Jia Yuan’s chest wasn’ttoo bad, it would still need stitches. As for the hole where the bullet ofwater had punctured… It would take some time to heal.
Jia Rou was similarly stunned, and some people who seemed tobe his friends came over from the sidelines. Although they couldn’t reallyfault Jia Yuan for hurting Jia Rou as the arena was a palce of bloodshed, theyall looked at Jia Yuan with looks full of killing intent.
Guo Huo naturally saw this, and shook his head. Looks likehe would have to keep a tight watch on Jia Yuan’s security.
He picked Jia Yuan off the ground and had the guide lead JiaYuan to the arena’s medical area.
Chapter 41: Old Demon Lady
Writer's Note: This chapter isn't completely serious and its one of the first times in the novel I've put in a scene that is there for not only plot but also for humor... I understand that it's a risk and some of you might not like it, but it's what I've been wanting to do for a while and I never really had the balls to write more humor into the novel because I was worried people wouldn't like it, but today I decided that I'm just going to write what I want and if people like it then yay.
-At the infirmary-
The doctor was currently giving Guo Huo a rundown of JiaYuan’s circumstances. “The kid’s injuries aren’t too bad, I’ve already patchedthem up. However, he seemed to have exhausted himself during the fight, so hehasn’t woken up yet. Furthermore, his Song seems to be suppressed. It shouldn’tpose a problem, but it’s rather unusual…”
After a week of laying on a bed in the infirmary, Jia Yuan’seyes finally opened.
“Sir! He woke up!”
One of the nurses quickly notified the doctor who quickly rushedto Jia Yuan’s bed.
As for Jia Yuan, he was extremely confused. The last thinghe remembered was breaking through to be able to use two elements… and anexplosion.
Urghhh… I’m so hungry…
As he stared up at the ceiling of the infirmary, Jia Yuanslowly began to recover from being unconscious for so long.
He sat up and looked around. He saw the doctor, as well asGuo Huo who was rushing to the bed.
Seeing that Jia Yuan was safe, Guo Huo his worry fade away.The past few days, he had been extremely worried about Jia Yuan. Not only hadJia Yuan been unconscious, but Guo Huo couldn’t even sense any of Jia Yuan’saura.
After a few checkups to make sure that there were no lingeringproblems with Jia Yuan, the teacher and student left the infirmary and walkedback to a hotel that Guo Huo had been staying at.
Along the way, Jia Yuan kept glancing at Guo Huo.
How could Guo Huo misinterpret his disciple?? “Alright,alright. I’ll order a big meal for you when we get to the hotel, okay? We’llconsider it your prize for achieving the 4th level of Absorption.But in return, you have to tell me about what happened on the stage.”
Jia Yuan actually stopped walking upon hearing this.
It had been a constant struggle in his mind for the past fewmonths. Should he tell Guo Huo about the Song of Swords?
Jia Yuan began to walk again. “Teacher, let’s talk about itafter the meal.”
“Fine, fine” Guo Huo knew not to push too hard. After all,Jia Yuan had his secrets, and Guo Huo had his own.
The two made their way to the hotel, and Guo Huo spared noexpense on the meal. He ordered for many of hotel’s best dishes to be broughtup to the room.
After eating the sumptuousmeal, Jia Yuan looked over to Guo Huo.
“Teacher, the reason I fainted after the battle is becauseof my Song. It is capable of supporting all four elements. After reaching the 4th level of Absorption, the power of the water element I gained from the Song activated, which put a toll on my body and mind.”
“Hmm, I see… WAIT WHAT??”
Jia Yuan had said the phrase so nonchalantly, Guo Huo hadresponded without even realized what Jia Yuan had said.
“HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE? Not even a heavenly Song iscapable of anything like that!”
Guo Huo instantly thought for Jia Yuan’s safety. “Doesanyone else know about this?”
“There shouldn’t be anyone else who knows… although I thinkthat during the duel. The explosion was caused from my water aura collidingwith my fire aura. Jia Rou may have sensed both auras on my body, which wouldcause him to have suspicions.”
“Ah, that guy.” Guo Huo cleared his throat rather loudly. “Wellum, the the explosion seemed to have impacted the other guy very much… his bodywas fine but apparently he now has amnesia… which means that he probably isn’ta problem.”
“However, his friends are more or less out to kill you. Theycouldn’t do anything while you were in the infirmary, or they would’ve beenkilled by the arena guards. However, when you are outside of the arena, youwill need to be very careful.”
“As for your Song… thank you for telling me.” Guo Huounderstood just how important this knowledge about Jia Yuan’s Song was, andthat Jia Yuan was willing to tell him was a show of Jia Yuan’s trust.
“You mentioned that the explosion was caused from your wateraura? So your second element is that of water?”
“I see, I see. Haha, you rascal!” Guo Huo patted Jia Yuanstrongly on the back, causing the latter to sway in his chair. “Your luck is far greater than what you’ve let on!This changes my plans, however. We’ll need to find a teacher to train you inthe water element. It would also be nice for you to get some combat experiencewith the water element…”
“Alright, we’ll get you another badge from the Arena. Whenyou fight with the fire element, you’ll fight with your own name. However, whenyou fight with the water element, you’ll wear a disguise with a mask. You’llalso use an alias. I don’t think anyone would expect someone to have twoelements, so there shouldn’t be anyone who realizes the truth.”
For now, rest up. You need about a week’s worth of restbefore you’re back to full strength. In the meantime, I’ve found someone toteach you proper manners and etiquette.”
“Whaaaat??” Jia Yuan was not looking forward to theselessons.
“This is an order from your teacher. Like I said when wearrived at the city, this is something that you’ll have to learn eventuallyanyway.”
“Okay, okay…” Jia Yuan turned to the side and began togrumble.
-knock knock- Some knocks sounded on the door.
“Ah, that should be her!” Guo Huo had a bit of an evil smileon his face as he headed toward the door.
Seeing said smile, Jia Yuan’s face blanched.
Oh god, what kind ofdemon did he find?
Guo Huo opened the door and an old woman with an extremelystrict face walked in.
I’m done for. I’d liketo give thanks for the foo..
“IS THIS THE KID YOU WERE TALKING TO ME ABOUT?” Shouted theold lady.
“Ah, yes. I hope you’ll teach him well.”
“YES. I HOPE YOU’LL TEACH HIM WELL.”
“CAN I START NOW?”
“Yes, please go ahead.”
The next few hours were torture for Jia Yuan, as the old ladymercilessly drilled manners and etiquette into him.
Sit straighter! Hands more angled! When you walk, keep yourback straight! Say please!
With each command came the rap of a ruler. While Jia Yuanwas at the 4th level of Absorption and wouldn’t really get hurt by aruler wielded by an old lady, it still stung every time he was hit.
By nighttime, Jia Yuan’s mind was on its last strands.Seeing this, Guo Huo thanked the teacher, paid her, and told her to come backin the morning for Jia Yuan’s next lesson.
Jia Yuan sprawled on the ground, his mind and body unable tosuffer anymore.
“Hey champ, how are you doing?” Said Guo Huo while smirking.
“Urghh…” Replied Jia Yuan.
“Alright ,alright. Just get to bed. Your lessons willcontinue in the morning. She said that at the current pace, you’ll be done in 5days. Before we leave the city, I’m going to have her visit once more to makesure that you remembered everything, so no being lazy.”
“Blurghhh…” groaned Jia Yuan, as he crawled into his bed. Heinstantly fell asleep, but was haunted by nightmares of an old lady with hornson her head and a giant ruler as a weapon.
For the next five days, Jia Yuan was continuously “tortured”by the lessons of the old lady. However, despite the torment, Jia Yuan’sdemeanor and bearing were starting to resemble less of that of a poor slaveboy, and more of a young sire from a noble household.
At the end of the fifth day, Jia Yuan stood tall as heescorted the old lady out of the hotel room. The two exchanged somepleasantries, and then Jia Yuan let the two old folk converse.
Guo Huo handed the old lady her payment, and then the oldlady left.
As soon as the old lady left, Jia Yuan ran to his bed andbelly-flopped onto it.
He hated having to constrict himself to such strictmannerisms, but he had to put up with it, since the scary old witch… Jia Yuanshuddered just thinking about it.
Guo Huo glanced over at Jia Yuan, and had a sad smile on hisface. When he was a kid, he had also gone through such training… although itwasn’t as severe as what Jia Yuan had gone through in the last few days. Of course,the teachings of several years of repetition had been pounded into Jia Yuan inonly a few days, which was a big part of why it had been so hard on Jia Yuan.
Jia Yuan had only made it through the last few days becauseof the exquisite food that Guo Huo ordered every day from the hotel. Every timehe was ordered to do something, he did it to the best of his ability, but hismind was filled with thoughts of the dishes he had tasted the night before.
Back straight! Delicious chicken!
However, that ordeal was finally over.
After a night of resting, Jia Yuan and Guo Huo again walkedtoward the arena.
“Teacher, I wonder how strong I will be after my Songevolved to sustain two elements.”
“Don’t get overconfident. You’re still just a tadpolecompared to someone who is truly strong. You never know, although you have arather unique Song, another genius could appear at the arena.”
Upon reaching the C-1 arena, they waited for about twentyminutes until Jia Yuan was called up to fight.
“Hey, that’s the kid who created the explosion a week agoright? He’s supposed to be freaking strong!”
“Yeah, I saw him fight the other day.It actually looked likehe made a breakthrough partway throughout the fight! What speed of cultivation!”
Some of the audience members recognized Jia Yuan, whileothers had heard rumors about the kid who had basically destroyed one of thearena’s stages.
Jia Yuan’s opponent for the match was another 30 year old atthe 7th level of Absorption, a citizen of the Fire Kingdom.
As soon as the match began, there was no doubt about who wasstronger. After all, after breaking through to the 4th level ofAbsorption, Jia Yuan was stronger than those at the 6th or 7thlevel of Absorption, assuming that the opponent had only acquired a low levelSong.
As soon as the fight started, Jia Yuan unsheathed his swordas the start of his Song, and in the same motion slashed the air in front ofhim.
A large blade of fire flew across the stage, which oncontact, simultaneously cut his opponent’s chest open, pushed his opponent outof the ring, and set the opponent on fire.
The fight had only lasted a few seconds! Some of theaudience members who had wanted to see more fighting from the child prodigythey had heard about were rather disappointed, but what they saw still awedthem.
A fight between the 4th and 7th levelof Absorption! Usually, that would be a complete destruction of the fighter atthe 4th level of Absorption. However, this young man in front ofthem had completely flipped the script!
At this time, Jia Yuan and Guo Huo were walking toward thefront desk.
“You again? Are you here to withdraw your winnings?”
“No, but we’d like to advance to a higher level arena again.”
The manager looked at Jia Yuan with quite a bit of interest.After all, less than a week ago Jia Yuan had already moved to the C-1 arena.Could it be that the C-1 arena was already beneath this kid?
“Alright, you’ve logged two wins in the C-1 arena, so youare eligible to go up if you’d like. What level of competitors would you like?”
Guo Huo was about to speak when Jia Yuan suddenly spoke up. “The9th level of Absorption.”
Both the manager and Guo Huo turned to Jia Yuan with looksof incredulity on their faces. “What!?”
Guo Huo was quick to the point. “Jia Yuan, you’re only atthe 4th level of Absorption! Against those of the 9thlevel of Absorption you’ll be at a disadvantage! Remember, you can die here!”
The manager nodded in agreement. He could see from Guo Huo’sbearing that he was nobility, which meant that the kid with him was probablythe disciple of a famous school or the son of a rich family. Even though thearena had a large number of guards and was well protected by both said guardsand the fighters who enjoyed competing there, they didn’t want to cause troublefor no reason.
Jia Yuan didn’t face either of the adults, but said in acalm voice, “Trust me teacher. I know what I’m doing.”
Guo Huo wasn’t exactly buying it. However, after somedeliberation, he shook his head, but agreed. “Fine. The path to the peak of themountain is never easy. Perhaps it will do you good to learn how to fight froma disadvantaged position while you are still young.”
In truth, the reason Guo Huo accepted, was because of howstrong he was.
Even if he was sitting in the stands during one of Jia Yuan’sfights, it would be a simple matter for him to forcefully stop the fight if JiaYuan were truly in grave danger.
As for the arena’s guards… even if they had 5 times theamount of guards they did, even they wouldn’t be able to stop Guo Huo fromdoing whatever he wanted. Such the strength was one of the top cultivators inthe Fire Kingdom.
Jia Yuan and Guo Huo headed to their newly assigned Arena,the B-2 Arena. The fighters at this arena were generally about the 9thlevel of Absorption with a low level Song.
Upon seeing a kid enter with an old man, many of thefighters began to have rather tasteless expressions on their faces.
No matter if they were fighting against someone so old orsomeone so young, many of these fighters, in terms of physical fitness, werejust about their prime.
However, some of the more tempered fighters looked at thetwo with an air of interest. After all, the mere fact that the two were at thisarena as fighters meant that the Arena had deemed them as qualified.
After all, one’s strength couldn’t be seen from just theiroutside appearance. A tall and strong man could have a weak cultivation base,while someone old and decrepit could have a high cultivation base, which wouldmore than make up for the difference in physical strength.
Jia Yuan and Guo Huo sat on the side of the arena to watchthe matches. Some of the fighters were rather truly strong. In fact, there wasa hundred man captain of the Burning Legion who was fighting in the B-2 arena.
After watching a few matches, Jia Yuan finally felt aburning sensation in his pocket. His badge was burning, and it was time for himto fight yet again.
Jia Yuan walked onto the stage, and the usual commentaryfrom the announcer followed.
“In this corner, we have an 11 year old fighter at the 4thlevel of Absorption!”
As soon as the announcer said this line, the spectatorsbegan to react in shock!
“What? An eleven year old at the 4th level of Absorptionis fighting here? Against that fighter of the 9th level of Absorption?He’s just asking to die!”
That was the general consensus amongst the audience.
Even Guo Huo could not say that he had confidence in Jia Yuan.
However, in Jia Yuan’s mind, he was thinking about somethingelse.
If I keep fightingagainst people who are only as strong as me, I’ll never improve as fast assomeone who has truly been fighting for their life every day. Only by takingrisks such as this will I be able to stand at the peak of the world.
The torment he had suffered the last few days from the oldlady had not only taught him mannerisms and etiquette, but had also opened hismind to just how far he could push himself, and the wards that were associatedwith being pushed so far.
As long as he didn’t die, it would be worth it, right?
After all, the arena fights weren’t necessarily life ordeath duels. Killing someone was possible and sometimes happened at the arena,but deaths were rather rare, as all one needed to do to win the round was toeither make the other admit defeat or knock the other off of the stage.
Jia Yuan drew his sword and waited for the referee toannounce the start of the match.
Jia Yuan prepared to defend against his opponent, but theopponent actually didn’t move, and in fact, began to speak.
“It seems that my luck is pretty good. I’ll actually be ableto pay you back for hurting Jia Rou.” The opponent said. “Just remember, whenDeath asks you who sent you, tell them that I, Yang Ji, sent you.”
With that, Yang Ji started his Song, and settled into anoffensive stance, letting his aura of the 9th level of Absorptionspread around the stage in an attempt to stifle Jia Yuan.
As soon as Jia Yuan saw Yang Ji do this, he started his ownSong, but he still felt a bit suppressed by Yang Ji.
Yang Ji then charged forward with a flaming axe, and beganto ruthlessly exchange blows with Jia Yuan.
Seeing that Yang Ji was going all out with a brute forceattack, Jia Yuan began to do something that no other cultivator could.
Jia Yuan was the ability of the Song of Swords to fight withthe aura of the fire element, but was moving and dodging by using the Dance andstances associated with the water element, which were far more suited fordefense than those of the fire element.
After all, fire was the element of aggression, and water wasthe element of fluidity.
However, this meant that Jia Yuan had basically no offensivecapabilities, since attacking with the fire element while dancing with thewater element meant that his movements were poorly suited to attacking withfire.
But it didn’t matter, as Yang Ji couldn’t hit him either!The fight more or less stagnated as Yang Ji kept swinging at Jia Yuan, who keptdodging and blocking.
Chapter 44: Leaving BlueFire City
After a few minutes of this, Yang Ji was drenched in sweat, his limbs heavy and his speed decreasing with every second that passed.
After all, moving with such force and aggression also meant that the fighter would quickly become tired.
However, Jia Yuan was slightly better off. Although he had a weaker cultivation base and body and using the Song of Swords depleted his energy at a quick rate, he had managed to conserve more of his energy than Yang Ji had. After all, he had only focused on dodging and blocking.
Now is the time for the counterattack.
Jia Yuan had long ago become accustomed to fighting those stronger than him. After all, he had continuously sparred with Guo Huo while in the crater. He knew that to beat Yang Ji, he first needed to make it so that Yang Ji would waste his energy. After that, Jia Yuan could seize his chance to win. If he couldn’t win in that time frame, then he would have to concede the fight.
Now that the time had finally come, Jia Yuan switched his stances from those of the water dance to those of the fire dance.
He coalesced his fiery aura in his sword, and cut down with all of his strength!
The Yang Ji who could barely move his limbs was unable to defend himself, and Jia Yuan’s sword heavily cut into his body.
Yang Ji managed to spit out these words, his face full of humiliation. He had been so confident going into the fight… but he had been played! Who with a Song of Fire would dodge like that anyway?
Instead of teaching the brat a lesson, he had suffered a large injury! He couldn’t stand to bear it. In fact, he couldn’t stand at all, as the wound was bleeding too much and he was devoid of energy.
Some medics quickly lifted Yang Ji onto a bamboo slab and transported him to infirmary.
On the stage, Jia Yuan stood with Hiryu facing toward the ground by his side. “Whoo…”
The last cut had cost Jia Yuan all of his strength. Even though the Song of Swords was such a domineering Song, this also meant that Jia Yuan exerted more energy whenever he fought with it.
Guo Huo understood this principle, that a higher level Song meant that more energy would be used. In fact, this was one of the reasons why he had had Jia Yuan practice control over his Song so extensively while in the crater.
However, in this fight, Jia Yuan could not exercise such control. If he did, he likely would have been unable to harm Yang Ji.
On stage, Jia Yuan breathed another sigh, and then fainted.
Guo Huo stepped onto the stage and picked Jia Yuan up. He looked down at the child in his arms, and had a guilty look on his face.
“Perhaps I was too greedy to try and get him to progress so fast… It looks like his Song is truly too strong. We’ll have to slow down his cultivation speed and focus more on developing the endurance of his body and mind.”
-A year and some months later-
Jia Yuan and Guo Huo sat in the biggest suite the Arena’s affiliated hotel had to offer. Long ago, Jia Yuan had already surpassed 100 wins in the arena, and his name was one of the most frequently discussed in BlueFire City. As for those he had beaten along the way, such as Jia Rou and Yang Ji, they had long ago left the city due to their names being frequently brought up as Jia Yuan’s first stepping stones.
But the Arena, along with the rest of the city, had learned a few days ago that Jia Yuan was leaving the city to pursue a career with the Burning Legion.
Their youngest champion was leaving!
“Jia Yuan, it’s time to leave.”
“Mm.” Jia Yuan now truly had the bearing of a noble, and acted as one as well. After reaching 100 wins, Jia Yuan had been invited to many a feast in his honor. Clearly, the nobles of BlueFire City wanted to foster good relations with this child genius.
After all, Jia Yuan was at the 5th level of Absorption, but could already easily defeat those of the 9th level of Absorption. Many even hypothesized that he would be able to give those at the 1st level of Manipulation a run for their money.
In actuality, Jia Yuan’s body and mind were more than sufficient to support a low level Song at the 2nd level of Manipulation. It was only because of the Song of Swords that he was still at the 5th level of Absorption. As Jia Yuan progressed, the level of energy consumed by the Song of Swords was simply astonishing.
Even though Jia Yuan was revered by nobles and had to maintain an air of nobility around him at most times, Jia Yuan still had his moments where he reverted to his past self, when he would spend his time playing with the other kids in the streets.
Children who were nobles, commoners, or even slaves. It didn’t matter what kind of background they had, Jia Yuan would be willing to play with them all! As a champion of the Arena, many of these kids looked up to him, and as a former slave, who was he to discriminate?
But today, Jia Yuan and Guo Huo were leaving BlueFire City. Jia Yuan was to head to the capitol of the Fire Kingdom, HuoShen City, while Guo Huo was returning to RockFire City. In all honesty, he had nothing more to teach Jia Yuan for the time being, and was therefore returning to his old post. Although he had more stuff to teach Jia Yuan after Jia Yuan had reached the Manipulation and True Disciple stages, there was nothing more he could teach in the Absorption level.
Even Jia Yuan’s swordplay was as exquisite has Guo Huo’s axe handling. His control of his Fire Dance was also wondrous, and his Water Dance wasn’t too far behind.
The two left the hotel and walked to the city gates of BlueFire City, surrounded by Jia Yuan’s fans and the friends he had made during his time there. Even most of the nobles had come to send him off.
Teacher and student looked at each other while standing outside of the city gates. They embraced each other, word not needing to be spoken.
Jia Yuan was thankful for Guo Huo, while Guo Huo was glad that he had picked such an adept disciple.
The two patted each other on the back and let go. Then, they walked their different paths.
Jia Yuan had arrived at BlueFire City in awe of everything in it, and was now leaving with the good will of everybody* in it
Dou Di big brother! I wonder how you’ve been!
*Except for Jia Rou and Yang Ji’s friends.
On a wide and long road, there was a heavily guarded caravan of merchants heading toward HuoShen City. On one of the carriages sat several merchants, who were chatting merrily with a young man.
The young man, of course, was Jia Yuan. As for why the merchants were so friendly with him was because Jia Yuan had saved them from a group of bandits a few days ago.
The caravan only had about 50 guards, but the bandit group had almost 100 bandits! However, Jia Yuan had seen this battle break out by chance, and had quickly come to the caravan’s aid.
Truthfully, the merchants had invited Jia Yuan to stay with the caravan for a few reasons. The first was as payment for Jia Yuan saving them. The second reason was that Jia Yuan looked like and acted like a nobleman. This, coupled with the strength they had witnessed earlier, made them want to form good relations with this young man.
“Young sire, we’ll be arriving at HuoShen City in a few hours. Ah, that’s right! What are heading to HuoShen City for? Do you have family there?” The merchant asked this, hoping for some information on Jia Yuan’s family. After all, it must be a wealthy family to have such a prodigal son. If he used his newfound “friendship” with Jia Yuan to secure some trade agreements, then he could quickly acquire wealth so that he wouldn’t even have to risk his own life traveling on these caravans!
“Oh, no family. I’m just attending the tournament to join the Burning Legion. My brother should be there as well.”
“Ahh, I see. Helping defend the country eh? A noble cause!”
After reaching the city, Jia Yuan bid farewell to the merchants and headed toward the center of the city, asking for information about the Burning Legion Tournament on the way.
After asking around a bit, he found an Army recruitment center, from where he learned that the Burning Legion tournament would actually be happening outside the city, and that the tournaments were open to the public. After all, it was a good way to boost the citizen's morale and a good way to keep the current soldiers motivated towards their training.
Upon finding the tournament grounds, Jia Yuan prepared to register for tournament. However, he quickly found himself at the end of a line more than a thousand feet long. It seemed that there were truly many people who wished to join the Burning Legion. Unfortunately, most of them would never be able to obtain this goal.
After waiting for a few hours, Jia Yuan was finally at the front of the line and was able to sign up.
An obviously bored soldier was in charge of registering Jia Yuan for the tournament.
"Name, age, and family?"
"Jia Yuan, age 12, no family."
The soldier rolled his eyes upon hearing that Jia Yuan had no family. After all, these independent cultivators were not likely to have any chance of becoming a soldier of the Burning Legion. They lacked powerful Songs, lacked resources, and overall just could not compare to the sons of noble families.
"Alright, here's your badge. Don't lose it or you'll be automatically disqualified. You'll be given your own living quarters until the tournament ends. If you have money, you can purchase better living quarters. Don't cause any trouble or you'll be disqualified."
Jia Yuan nodded and walked off.
The tournament grounds were truly huge. There was a gigantic stadium with hundreds of thousands of seats, and it seemed that there were thousands upon thousands of competitors. Jia Yuan took all of this in with a casual survey of his surroundings.
It was all very interesting, but he was more interested in finding Dou Di.
However, even after hours of searching, Jia Yuan was unable to find his older brother. Given that the day was getting late, Jia Yuan decided to find some food and see if he could upgrade his living quarters. After all, he'd gotten used to a life of luxury at BlueFire City, and if he could avoid sleeping while cramped among other smelly people, he gladly would.
He made his way to the "rich" part of the tournament grounds. Some makeshift restaurants and inns could be found here. While they weren't nearly as luxurious as standing buildings in a city, they were a far cry from the destitute food lines and packed tents that served the common applicants.
Jia Yuan ordered some meat skewers from one of the restaurants along with some rice and vegetables, and ate them grumbling about the price. "This measly bit of food cost me an entire large fire shard! Those bastards are committing robbery in broad daylight...but it does taste pretty good."
After eating, he headed towards one of the makeshift inns to rent a room, when he walked past a group of patrolling guards. There was a lot of testosterone at the tournament grounds, and fights frequently broke out. As such, the Army had many guards patrolling throughout.
Jia Yuan paused, then turned back toward the patrolling guards. "Dou Di!"
"Eh?" The last guard in the patrolling line turned around.
"Dou Di! It's me, Jia Yuan!"
Dou Di actually almost didn't recognize Jia Yuan! After all, the two had only known each other as slaves, and now, Jia Yuan was dressed akin to a nobleman. How could Dou Di equate the little slave boy to the figure in front of him?
But who else would know his name and know his little brothers name?
"Little bro!" Dou Di finally responded joyfully.
"Hey, you. No socializing during patrol." The leading patrol guard glared at the two brothers.
Jia Yuan already knew how to deal with the situation. "Here, sir. Please let us brothers celebrate our reunion. Surely it'll be fine, right? How many fire shards will it take."
The patrol guard licked his lips. It didn't really matter to him too much if Dou Di was let off of patrol for a bit. He was already strong enough to deal with most fights that broke out. The rest of the patrol was just there for visual intimidation.
"A large fire shard, and I'll let you two reunite for the day."
Jia Yuan drew three large fire shards out of his currency card and flicked them at the guard. "Make it three, and you excuse Dou Di from his guard duties until the tournament ends."
"Ha. Make it five and I'll do it."
Jia Yuan withdrew two more large fire shards out of his card. After all, he had thousands upon thousands of large fire shards. Not only had he sold pills to the Black Wing Merchant Guild, but he had also garnered a large amount of money from his winning at the Arena in BlueFire City.
Turning back towards the restaurant, Jia Yuan gleefully walked over with Dou Di trailing closely behind. "Alright, big brother, let me know how you've been doing!"
Chapter 46: Before the Tournament
The two brothers chatted long into the night while eatingthe restaurant’s food. Every time Jia Yuan ordered a new dish, however, Dou Di’seyes grew bigger. After all, the food was extremely expensive, thousands oftimes more expensive than the congee that the two had grown up on.
Watching Jia Yuan pull large fire shards one after anotherout of his sleeve made Dou Di feel extremely curious. What exactly had Jia Yuandone in the last two years to be so rich? Even the vibe Jia Yuan was giving offwas far different from what he remembered of his little brother.
“Hey, little bro. Tell me what went on with you these twoyears. How come you’re so rich?”
“Ah...” Jia Yuan hesitated, then said, “A wealthy noble cameby the village and decided to take me as his disciple!”
“Wahhh, so lucky! How strong are you now?”
Jia Yuan leaned close to Dou Di. “If I said I was at the 5thlevel of Absorption, would you believe me?”
Dou Di snickered and responded. “If you had such a rich guyas your teacher, I would’ve been disappointed if you didn’t progress that much.As for me, I’ve reached the 4th level of Absorption. Hehe, it lookslike us two brothers are rather talented. We both have a fairly good chance toqualify for the Burning Legion.”
They continued to chat and eat through the evening, onlymaking their way to an inn at midnight. Dou Di had been prepared to head back to the barracks, which were jampacked with “Burning Legion Candidates” who like him had been slaves bought bythe Army for the Burning Legion. However, with Jia Yuan’s fortune, renting aroom at the inn for the two brothers was very simple and much more comfortable.
The two of them would spend the days before the tournamentin a leisurely manner, playing around. On the last day before the tournament,Dou Di suddenly suggested that the two of them spar like they had back at FireHill Village.
“How? I don’t want to show others any of our skills beforethe tournament.” Said Jia Yuan. He didn’t really care, as he was completelyconfident in being accepted by the Burning Legion, but while Dou Di’s strengthshould be good enough to make it into the Burning Legion, it was still not aguarantee.
“Hmm…” Dou Di thought of a solution. “You’re rich, right? Wecan rent a private sparring arena. They have some here so that people can practicein secret until the tournament starts.”
“Sure, let’s head over to where they are, and we can see ifwe can rent one for an hour or so.”
The two headed over to the area Dou Di had remembered theprivate sparring arenas to be, and quickly rented one out. It seemed that mostpeople were planning to rest in preparation for the start of the tournament tomorrow.
The two brothers each picked up a wooden sword provided inthe arena and rushed toward each other. The two began a complicated dance withtheir swords and bodies, flames flying all around the arena. Fortunately, thewalls of the arena were protected by some special means, so they remainedundamaged.
Although Dou Di was fighting with all of his ability, JiaYuan actually had to hold himself back a great deal, to the 2ndlevel of Absorption.
However, Jia Yuan quickly realized that his calculations ofDou Di’s strengths were incorrect!
“Big brother, you actually don’t have a low level Song!” JiaYuan was happily surprised.
“Haha, that’s right! They said that my talent was rathersuperb so they actually granted me one of the five medium level scrolls theyhad.” Dou Di proudly bragged.
“Hmph, so what?” Jia Yuan felt his competitiveness grow andincreased his strength to the 3rd level of Absorption, and for thefirst time since the two boys had begun sparring, Jia Yuan had a clearadvantage.
“What???” Dou Di was extremely surprised. “How are youoverpowering me so easily? Do you have a medium or high level Song?”
“Hehe. Your little brother is more impressive than youthought, hm?” Jia Yuan avoided telling Dou Di about his Song, choosing to gloatinstead. Since this was in line with how Jia Yuan used to behave, Dou Di didn’tfeel any suspicions toward it.
Soon after, Jia Yuan easily overpowered Dou Di and took thevictory in the match.
“Ahhh… looks like after these two years of being apart, youreally have surpassed me. Time sure flies huh.”
“Alright, we should rest in preparation for the tournamenttomorrow. Let’s head back to that inn.”
The two brothers headed back toward the inn and rested. DouDi slept on the bed, while Jia Yuan spent his time meditating.
After meditating for a few hours, Jia Yuan’s mind and bodywere in harmony. He opened his eyes, and his gaze was filled withdetermination.
The next step tobecoming the strongest in the world starts tomorrow!
The two boys woke up at the crack of dawn and headed towards the tournament stadium, which was already nearly filled to the brim with spectators.
The first few rounds of the tournament, as they learned, would be thousand-man brawls in the stadium arena, designed to weed out the weak. It was also a quick way of lowering the number of competitors. After all, only about a thousand or so would be accepted into the Burning Legion, and there were easily more than 50 thousand competitors.
Only 1 in 50 would be able to join the Burning Legion!
Jia Yuan wasn’t nervous at all, but many of the competitors around him were. After all, few of the candidates had ever actually experienced a battle they could die in. Those who were from noble families naturally would be pampered. They might have some sparring experience with a gifted teacher, but they would never be allowed to fight a fair match with someone with the ability to kill them. After all, what kind of child would willingly throw their prized child’s life away?
As for some of the competitors who had come from destitute backgrounds or were even slaves before coming, they were also clearly nervous. For all of them, the tournament was their big chance to escape from poverty, but it could also be the event that led them to their deaths.
While the tournament didn’t encourage killing among candidates, they didn’t ban it either, as long as it happened in the stadium. After all, what kind of army wants a soldier who can’t handle some bloodshed?
Jia Yuan glanced over at Dou Di, who didn’t seem nervous, but had a gaze of determination on his face instead.
That’s my big bro.
The competitors were split into 8 different groups for the first round, and the rounds would end after there were only 1000 competitors left. Competitors would be disqualified if they fainted, surrendered by running out of the edges of the stadium grounds, or died.
In just a single round, 50 thousand competitors would become 8 thousand!
Jia Yuan and Dou Di both went to find out what groups they were in. Jia Yuan found that he would be in the 8th group, while Dou Di would be in the 3rd group.
The two brothers exchanged some last words of confidence, and then separated to their respective groups.
Upon arriving at the location where the competitors in the 8th group were supposed to gather at, Jia Yuan examined the people around him.
Most of the competitors seemed to be between the 2nd to 4th level of Absorption, which was fairly impressive, considering that the majority of the applicants were between the ages of 12 and 15. In this regard, Jia Yuan was one of the youngest, and given that he was suppressing his aura, which most people at the Absorption level couldn’t do, he didn’t stand out at all.
In fact, the only people who were standing out was a group of finely dressed youths who were chatting loudly while standing in a circle.
“Ah, Da Rong, you’re already at the 5th level of Absorption? But you’re only 14! How are you so powerful? Wahh, please take care of me well!” One of the few female competitors was currently praising one of the finely dressed youths. Although she was at the 4th level of Absorption, she wanted to get some security. If she could get someone to fight her battles for her, why not?
“Don’t worry, Yan Dan. Who in this filthy group of competitors is a match for me? Advancing from this round will be a walk in the park, I guarantee it.”
Similar conversations floated around the circle of youths. All of them were supremely confident, even if some of them were only confident for show. After all, showing nervousness at this stage could be considered shameful, not to just themselves, but to their families who had invested so much into them!
Jia Yuan didn’t care about these youths. If they wanted to draw attention to themselves, that was fine. Even if they were strong, if they were grouped up on, they would be quickly overwhelmed, even if they were individually stronger than the other competitors.
They’re just trying to dig their own graves…
Jia Yuan turned around and walked to the edge of the gathering area. Over the next few hours, the first seven groups each entered the stadium grounds, after which the stadium would erupt with cheers and shouts.
I wonder if Dou Di made it out okay.
Jia Yuan was worried for Dou Di, but there wasn’t anything he could do about it until the round was over. Then, he would be able to search for his brother.
Finally, the 8th group was ushered into the stadium.
Upon arriving at the stadium, Jia Yuan wrinkled his nose. Thousands of competitors had already died in the stadium, and the metallic smell of blood permeated the air. Some of the competitors with weaker stomachs even started to retch just at the smell.
Once all of the competitors in group 8 were inside the stadium, the announcer introduced the King of the Fire Kingdom, who addressed the audience and fighters.
“Citizens of the Fire Kingdom, brave candidates of the Burning Legion. This will be the last event of the first day of the Burning Legion Tournament. Citizens, I hope you continue to enjoy the show. Competitors, bring honor to your Kingdom, your families, and most importantly, yourself.”
” As I said for each of the last 7 rounds, the one who impresses me the most during the battle, will be given access to the royal armory and be able to take a weapon of their choice! Now, Begin!”
With that, explosions sounded throughout the perimeter of the stadium, signaling the beginning of the fight.
Jia Yuan gave a wry smile. He hadn’t planned on showing off his abilities so early in the tournament, but now, it looked like there was quite an alluring prize.