Mooncake said:@A Person: I'm being dragged around by my over-ambitious sister who wants to see everything the city has to offer X_X@EliteHaz: For the most part, by Chapter 25 Jia Yuan has only been using the ring rather discreetly. Now, there are obviously a few cases where he's a little more obvious about it, but scene is dominated by something else. For example, when Jia Yuan uses his ring to take all of the pots from the store, The store owner probably noticed that his pots just seemed to randomly disappear, but he was more interested in all of the currency that he just acquired.Overall, treasures such as Jia Yuan's ring or Guo Huo's Necklace are rather rare, but aren't exactly legendary items, especially for nobles. When encountering someone with such a large amount of money, it's likely that the person is a noble. Now, Jia Yuan's ring is rather special because of the large amount of space within, but people from the outside don't know that. Even if they notice the powers of the ring, they probably wouldn't immediately think that the inside space is so massive.Hope that helps explain it
@A Person: I'm being dragged around by my over-ambitious sister who wants to see everything the city has to offer X_X
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Chapter 79: The Pool of Water
The days passed, and eventually Jia Yuan had woken up fromhis unconscious state. He mingled with the villagers, doing simple tasks suchas chopping wood and washing vegetables.
In all honesty, he wasn’t sure what to do with himself. Thevillagers had taken his prized black sword, but they were very nice to him, sohe didn’t want to have to kill them all to get back his sword. But if he asked,were they going to be willing to just hand it back to him?
He didn’t really mind this simple lifestyle. There was nokilling, no danger, nothing. It was just simple and relaxing. However, therewas just that little voice in the back of his head… that he needed to getmoving. He needed to get back to that life. If not only because it was the lifehe knew, but because he had a duty as a Burning Legion Commander, a duty as abrother to keep his family safe.
But what could he do right now? He was stranded in themiddle of the Water Kingdom for whatever reason only the Gods may know.
Jia Yuan decided that it wouldn’t be too bad to rest for abit. Being a Burning Legion Commander, even if he had Fan Meng to handle mostof the affairs, was still stressful. Here, all he had to do was help out withsome simple tasks once in a while.
Meditation was easier for him as well. While he had been aCommander, he had continually been in a stressed state, which made it difficultfor him to achieve the level of clarity needed for meditation. Although he hadmade progress, it wasn’t nearly as fast as he would’ve liked.
One day, Jia Yuan decided to drop by the village elder’shouse.
After knocking on the door, Jia Yuan walked in.
“Hello Elder, may I speak with you?”
The Elder looked up and nodded.
“You have my deepest gratitude for bringing me to thevillage when I was hurt. However, I have goals that I need to accomplish. Willyou grant me permission to leave the village with my weapon?”
The Elder look at Jia Yuan and nodded. “If you leave thevillage, of course you can have your weapon. I have just one question for you.Where do you plan to go?”
Jia Yuan pondered the question. “Wherever I have to go toincrease my strength.”
The Village Elder tapped his finger on his armrest, thenstood up.
“You should head toward the mountains. You’ll find what youwant there. As for your weapon, it’s in the village warehouse.”
Jia Yuan eyed the Elder. “You’re not afraid I’ll stealanything on my way out?”
The Elder chuckled. “Are you the type to steal from thosewho help you?”
Jia Yuan laughed and nodded in return. “I guess not. Mythanks, Elder.”
After leaving the Elder’s house, Jia Yuan made his way backto the family that had provided for the last week or so and thanked them fortheir hospitality.
After doing so, Jia Yuan made his way to the villagewarehouse, in which he found his black sword on a shelf.
Upon touching the black sword, it shuddered and Jia Yuanfelt a surge of energy enter his body. Jia Yuan hugged the sword. “Seems youweren’t in the Royal Armory for nothing, huh. Guess you saved my life.”
Jia Yuan was deeply thankful for the sword. Apart from hisring and his sword, he didn’t really have any other treasures. Clearly, thering was only made for storage, so it was clearly his sword that had saved him.
And now, the black sword seemed to have established somesort of connection with Jia Yuan. Jia Yuan found himself wondering. What othersecrets did this black sword hold? And who had made such a unique treasure?
Jia Yuan returned the sword into his ring, left thewarehouse, and set off toward the mountains. He trusted the village Elder had areason to recommend him to enter the mountains.
On the way up the mountain, Jia Yuan took inventory of whathe still had in his ring. He had his Golden Currency Card, HiRyu, the blacksword, a bunch of pots, some random large fire shards lying around, and about 2weeks of provisions, and some fire embers.
So I have food, and Ihave pots and some fire embers to cook the food with. The food won’t lastforever though, so I should forage some greens during the trek.
After taking inventory, Jia Yuan readied himself and spedtowards the mountains. This was good training for his Song of Water.
(Author’s Note: For those of you are confused, Jia Yuan doesnot actually cultivate multiple Songs. He only cultivates the Song of Swords,which is capable of supporting multiple variations of its own Song so it isable to use all four elements. For simplicities sake, since each Song is avariation, we’re just going to call each variation a separate Song of its own.)
Since Jia Yuan was in the Water Kingdom’s territory, henaturally couldn’t advertise that he had cultivated a Song of Fire. As such, heused his Song of Water to propel himself forward. Jia Yuan ran forward with hisarms behind him, spouting water in two streams behind him, which in turn wetthe ground behind him, marking his path.
Jia Yuan hadn’t been able to use his Song of Water for themost part, since he had always been surrounded by those of the Fire Kingdom.
But now, he was free to use his Song of Water however hewished.
Soon enough, Jia Yuan had arrived at the foot of the firstmountain in his path. He looked up, up, and up, until he finally saw the peakof the mountain. He would have to scale a very steep incline to make it up themountainside.
Jia Yuan popped a Water Pill into his mouth and then sat onthe ground and meditated. Although he had been only traveling for about anhour, he was clearly unused to using his Song of Water, and naturally hiscontrol over the element was far inferior to that of his control over fire.
As such, he had unfortunately used a rather large amount ofstrength to make it all this way.
After meditating for about 20 minutes, Jia Yuan stood up andbegan to play his Song of Water. A soothing melody entered his mind, and JiaYuan used his Song of Water to propel himself up the mountainside.
In this manner, Jia Yuan would fly until he reached alocation on the mountainside where he could rest. Upon reaching such a place,he was meditate for a while to recover his strength, and then he would continuehis way up. After a while, he had scaled the mountainside. Now, he was morethan a thousand feet above ground level, and could see everything even milesaway.
It was a breathtaking view! However, the view was a littlemarred by the large amount of dust that flew up in certain locations. Clearly,these were the troops being mobilized to fight at the front lines. Jia Yuanfrowned. He hadn’t thought too much about the war recently, and had only been abit worried for his brother.
But now, he saw this ugly reminder of the war besmirch whatotherwise would have been a perfect view.
Jia Yuan shook his head, then continued on his way. Hevaguely sensed a source of energy near the middle of the mountain range.
It seems like thevillage Elder really did have some helpful information.
Jia Yuan started his trek over to the source of energy.
Traversing through the mountains was truly taxing. Even JiaYuan was soon exhausted and his entire body became coated in sweat. However, hewas nearing his location.
Soon after, Jia Yuan made one last hop toward a mountainpeak. Then, he blinked several times. Apparently, someone had built an entireestate in this desolate mountain range. The source of energy was coming fromwithin the estate.
Jia Yuan cautiously walked toward the doors of the estate.Jia Yuan pondered for a bit, and then knocked on the door.
Jia Yuan thought for a bit again, and then tried to open thedoor. Although it took a bit of strength for him to do so, he was able to openthe door a bit and made his way in.
Inside the estate were some roaming chickens, as well assome obvious signs of recent human activity. For example, there was a scroll ona table. Given the condition of the scroll, it was likely left on the tablerather recently.
Jia Yuan continued to make his way toward the source ofenergy. At this distance, he could pinpoint the location.
He walked through a few more doors in the estate, and foundhimself standing in front of a pool of water.
This pool of water was the source of energy!
Jia Yuan was about to rush towards it, when he noticed thatthis pool was actually very odd. One half of the pool was steaming, while theother half of the pool seemed to be covered in a thick but clear layer of ice.
Such a strange pool!
Jia Yuan slowly walked towards the pool, paying closeattention to it. He knew that although the pool of water may be a blessing,places with such high levels usually had some tricks, such as the pool of fireinside the crater he had previously trained in.
Just as Jia Yuan reached the edge of the pool. A dignifiedsounding voice called out to him.
“What are you doing, stranger?”
Jia Yuan turned around. This person was tall, dressed in ablue robe. He had handsome, although slightly aged, features.
Attached to this man’s hip was a long and elegant sword. Themost important part was that this man was exhibiting the aura of the 3rdlevel of Manipulation.
Jia Yuan responded by clasping his hands toward this man.“How do you do, stranger. My apologies for intruding on your estate. I wassimply drawn toward this pool. Would you like me to leave?”
The stranger stared at Jia Yuan. “You could sense the energyfrom this pool?”
Jia Yuan nodded. “Of course.”
“From below the mountain range?”
Jia Yuan shook his head. “Of course not. I was simply toldby a village Elder that if I wanted to be strong, I should look toward themountains. As such, I made my way to the mountain range. When I made my way tothe top of the first mountain, I was able to somewhat sense the energy fromthis pool.”
The stranger chuckled. “So it’s that bastard huh. Stillwon’t forgive the old man for rejecting him. Alright. You want to be strong?I’ll give you a chance.”
He turned and shouted. “Xue Jing, come here.”
At this call, a young woman walked through the doors andapproached the strange man.
“Xue Jing, have a duel with this young man. It’s hisentrance exam. That old fellow recommended him to us.”
The woman was actually more of a girl who looked to bearound 17 years old. She also had nice features, and sported a blue dress thatfaded into white in a beautiful manner.
At her side, like her teacher, was a long and elegant sword.
She drew this sword and approached Jia Yuan.
Jia Yuan was rather intrigued by this duel. Not only didthese two live next to this special pool of water, but their cultivations wereboth at the tip of the 3rd level of Manipulation. Clearly, they weresuppressing their cultivations.
So how high were their actual cultivations? How strong werethey.
Jia Yuan was looking forward to finding out. He drew hisblack sword out of his ring.
Upon seeing the sword appear out of thin air, the man’s eyesnarrowed, but he didn’t say anything.
Jia Yuan and Xue Jing stared at each other with theirweapons by their side.
All of a sudden, as if an invisible signal had been given,the two rushed toward each other, their swords arcing through the air.
A wave of water followed each sword, and each sword wascoated in the aura of each person’s Song.
Instead of the usual clanging of metal that came with swordshitting each other, Jia Yuan didn’t hear anything at all!
In fact, he hardly felt anything at all. It was to hissurprise that at the last second Xue Jing had altered the angle of her sword sothat it slid past Jia Yuan’s blade.
Her sword was currently bypassing his and was aimed for hisneck!
Jia Yuan quickly snapped his wrist and sent his sword flyingupwards, which knocked Xue Jing’s sword out of its intended trajectory.
The man standing on the side spoke up. “Good, good. You areadaptable. Not bad. But, how much can you adapt?”
As the fight continued, Jia Yuan began to have a headache.
This Xue Jing’s swordflows and cuts through the air every which way. If I sent my sword towards hersword to block and attack, she adjusts the trajectory of her sword tocompensate. If I directly attack her, she simply uses her sword to slide mysword out of its original trajectory instead of knocking it away. This makes itharder for me to settle back into a proper stance and also means that she isable to attack immediately.
What a pain!
However, even though Jia Yuan himself grew frustrated, hedidn’t fight as if he was frustrated. Slowly, he adapted his fighting style tomatch that of Xue Jing’s.
If she used her sword to push his sword out of the way, hewould use that momentum in his next swing. If she tried to attack him, He usedthe trajectory of her sword to adjust his stance to be able to better cope withher attack.
Instead of fighting a battle of strength, they were fightinga battle of the adaptation!
After a while, Jia Yuan frustration faded away, and he beganto laugh.
With each exchange, his reaction time, his strength, hisquickness, his creativity, his mind, were all pushed to their limits.
After fighting like this for so long, Jia Yuan actually felthimself approaching the 9th level of Absorption!
The man standing on the side smiled as he watched the fight.It seemed that the old geezer had finally found him someone valuable!
“Xue Jing, you can stop now.”
The girl backed off, and Jia Yuan stopped his attacks aswell.
“Alright kid, you can be my disciple if you want.”
Jia Yuan shook his head. “I already have a teacher. While Iwould appreciate it if you were to teach me, I wouldn’t feel comfortablecalling you my teacher.”
The man raised an eyebrow. “Fine, fine. You can just call meold brother then. Hmph, if you didn’t last so long against Xue Jing with yourcultivation still being in the Absorption realm, I definitely wouldn’t let youhave the honor of calling me your older brother.”
“But alas, strength speaks. You can pick out a house foryourself in the estate. Xue Jing, come with me.”
Xue Jing and the teacher sat in one of the buildings in the estate.
Xue Jing pouted. “Teacher, why did you let him stay here? It’strue that he was able to keep up with my flow, but that was only because I wasgoing easy on him. When the fight started, he fought like a brute!”
The teacher smiled. “Because the way he fought reminded meof an old friend… an old friend with whom I once shared a dream.”
Xue Jing’s eyes brightened. “You mean, that True Disciplefrom the Fire Kingdom?”
The teacher smiled as his eyes glazed over. “Mm. We venturedout of the Continent together… and were lucky to be able to return together.Although I haven’t seen him since… I remember how he fought.”
Xue Jing had heard many stories from her teacher before. Oneof the one’s she remembered the most vividly, was her teacher’s story of how heand some friends were able to escape from a neighboring continent by fightingtheir way through hundreds of cultivators.
The Continent of the Five Elements was a truly weakcontinent! Just to be able to leave the continent was a feat in itself. To beable to visit another continent and be able to make it back alive?
Alas, few in the history of the Continent of the FiveElements have done so.
Xue Jing was confused at this point. “Even if somehow thisboy and that man were to meet somehow, why would that True Disciple teach himanything? This boy cultivates a Song of Water, not a Song of Fire.”
The teacher rubbed his nose. “Do you remember the scrolls wehave on the differences between the true history and the false history of theContinent?”
“Of course.” Xue Jing paused momentarily, a look a shock onher face. “Are you telling me that…???”
The teacher eyed Xue Jing. “Your aura’s flow is beingdisturbed. Calm yourself. And yes, that’s what I’m saying. I believe that thischild is cultivating a Song of Sword. Now, as for what level his Song is…Ibelieve it to be a heavenly Song at the very least. The aura, despite the user’sunrefined nature, was rather distinguished.”
Xue Jing’s eyes were filled with luster, but she did herbest to stay calm. “So you’re saying that your dream may finally come true.”
The teacher picked up a cup of tea from the table they weresitting at and slowly took a sip. “Yes… it seems that it may come true. You’llhelp me nurture the boy, yes?”
Xue Jing snapped to attention. “Of course!”
The teacher smiled at Xue Jing. “Thank you, my disciple.”
In the meantime, Jia Yuan had explored the estate. It wasquite a luxurious place. He walked into one of the houses and saw some basicnecessities. Although the entire estate was decorated quite well, there reallywasn’t much in the estate itself. There were only a few houses which had basicnecessities in them, a few gardens, and the pool of water.
Jia Yuan was actually rather delighted. He knew that ifHuang Ying had made his presence known at the Battle of the Shining Plains, itwouldn’t be long before other True Disciples were pushed into participating inthe war as well. If Jia Yuan were to run into one again, he couldn’t rely onthe black sword to save him again.
While Jia Yuan wanted to gain experience on the battlefieldand even wanted practice commanding troops, he didn’t want to put himself assuch risk. Fighting against those of similar strength of even slightly higherstrength them him, he would accept the risk. Even if he were to die to peopleat that strength, Jia Yuan could still accept his death as an honorable one.
But against a True Disciple?
A completely unfair fight! Jia Yuan wouldn’t even be able tofight back. Even if he was able to get within striking range of a True Disciple,given a True Disciple’s aura control, Jia Yuan wouldn’t be able to harm one inthe slightest.
What’s the point of an unfair battle?
Jia Yuan’s biggest strength was his ability to use multipleelements. This, along with the profoundness of his Song, allowed him to fightthose stronger than him. However, he had been struggling a bit with the elementof water.
After all, Fire and Water are distinct opposites.
But now he had found someone who could provide guidance inthis time of need!
The only worry Jia Yuan still had, was for his brother. Butif Jia Yuan couldn’t even protect himself in a battle, how could he help DouDi?
Jia Yuan finally found a small house surrounded by awonderful garden. It gave him a sense of peace.
I guess this’ll be mynew house.
Jia Yuan opened the door to the house and walked in. To hissurprise, this small house seemed to be in use! Flowers and scrolls were spreadthroughout the house, there were several elegant swords in a corner of theroom, and on the bed was a silk quilt colored blue and gold.
At this time, Jia Yuan heard steps outside.
It was Xue Jing! She had seen Jia Yuan step into the house.She spoke in a loud voice. “You. What are you doing in my house?”
Jia Yuan quickly and awkwardly ran back out of the house. “Sorry,I liked the feel of the area, so I wanted to see if I could take this house formyself.”
Xue Jing walked past him, into the house. “Well, you can’t.However, you can choose a house you like and create a garden around ityourself.”
She then shut the door, which closed without a sound.
Jia Yuan thought for a bit.
If I’m going to justtake a random house and then change it to how I like, I might as well situatemyself as close to the pool as I can.
Jia Yuan walked off toward the pool, after about half aminute of walking. He abruptly paused.
In front of Jia Yuan, where the pool was supposed to be, abuilding had appeared. The teacher was currently putting some finishing toucheson this building.
Jia Yuan walked up to the teacher.
“Teacher, what are you building this for? Also, I justrealized. I don’t know your name.”
The teacher glanced at Jia Yuan. “You’ll know my name intime. As for why I am building this, I am providing you with a traininglocation. Back when Xue Jing was still in the Absorption realm, I did this forher too.”
“Oh? What does it do?”
“The center of this building has a contraption that willcontrol and thicken the energy of the pool. Training in that sort ofenvironment will be greatly more beneficial for you than just trying to soak upwhatever energies are floating around the pool.”
“Of course, you’ll still be able to practice your skillswith the pool. I’ve put formations of holes in the bottom of the building sothat you’ll still be able to interact with the pool itself. All the contraptiondoes is concentrate the aura of the pool. It doesn’t do anything to the poolitself.”
“Hm, I understand. Thank you teacher.”
“No problem, no problem. Now leave me be I need to finishworking on this. You should get some rest.”
Jia Yuan nodded. “Understood.”
The teacher paused. “Ah…Jia Yuan. Your previous teacher… itwouldn’t have been a fellow by the name of Guo Huo?”
Jia Yuan tried to maintain his composure, but simplycouldn’t. He blinked a few times and he began to think about retrieving theblack sword from his ring.
The teacher chuckled. “Ahh, from your reaction it appearsthat he was your previous teacher. No need to worry, the two of us were ah…comrades.”
Jia Yuan relaxed. Guo Huo had mentioned to him previouslythat in his excursion outside of the Continent, he had made some friends.Apparently, this teacher was one of those friends.
The teacher continued. “Your Song… is not a Song of Water ora Song of Fire, am I correct?”
Jia Yuan gave up on keeping this secret. “Yes, it is a Songof Sword.”
The teacher gave Jia Yuan a wistful smile. “Perhaps, if theSword Kingdom were to be reformed, our Continent would be able to once again atleast have meaning on the world stage.”
Jia Yuan laughed. “First, I need to be able to contend withthe powers of this continent, never mind the world. Teacher, since you know myidentity, you’ll help your friend’s disciple, eh?”
The teacher laughed and smacked Jia Yuan’s shoulder. “Ofcourse, of course.”
With that, Jia Yuan walked away, and soon found a house thatwas to his liking.
He walked in, unpacked, and then collapsed onto the bed.
Jia Yuan was so tired that he didn’t even have the energy tothink anymore, so he started mumbling out loud.
“Aishhhhhhhh. Using my Song of Water was freaking tiring.And those two…urghhh why do they have to act so… refined and distinguished andahhhhhhh I want some roast pork…”
With these tired ramblings, Jia Yuan fell asleep.
The next day, he awoke to the beautiful tune of a zither.The sound of the zither echoed throughout the estate, even throughout themountain range.
Such a beautifulsound…
Jia Yuan lay there on the bed, subconsciously falling into astate of complete calmness.
However, in this state of calmness, the scene from thebattlefield, when everyone around him had violently burst into pools of blood,popped into his mind.
Jia Yuan woke with a start, covered in a layer of coldsweat.
Jia Yuan could be said to be a fairly brave individual. He’dfought in hundreds of duels before, and had even fought bandits and soldiersbefore. Heck, he’d even fought at the front lines in a city siege and the Battle ofthe Shining Plains.
But he just couldn’t get past the scene he had seen that day. His 31stBurning Legion had lost tens, if not hundreds, of fighters in mere seconds. Strong cultivators, unable to fight backat all! A river's worth of blood exploding in the air...
Screw it. It’snot like there’s anything I can do about it until I have the strength to dosomething about it.
Jia Yuan stretched and climbed out of bed, then dressed and preparedhimself for training.
After doing so, he walked out towards the pool of water. As heapproached, he found that the teacher and Xue Jing were already there, and XueJing was currently twirling around with her sword, surrounded by a circularwall of water.
Inside the wall of water, leaves floated around. Although Xue Jing’ssword pierced through the wall of water many times, all of the leaves remainedintact.
The teacher noticed Jia Yuan’s presence.
“Ah, hello. Come, come. You’ll be doing training like this beforelong.”
Jia Yuan walked up and saluted the teacher.
“What sort of training will I be doing today, then?”
The teacher smiled. “No physical training today. Sit in themiddle of the building while meditating. Pay attention to the life around you.In four hours, I want you do tell me what you have noticed. After this, I willhave you read some scrolls on the history of cultivation on the Continent ofthe Five Elements.”
“Awww… but I don’t like reading.”
“As a cultivator, it is important to understand how theworld you live in came to be.”
Jia Yuan groaned. Reading was boring! Training wasinteresting! He could feel the world’s energies! He felt strong, he feltcapable!
What did reading do? It put him to sleep…
Seeing Jia Yuan’s reaction to being told he would have toread, the teacher sighed. All of these kids these days… all brawn and no brain.
“Alright you. Less complaining, or I’ll kick you out of theestate. Now go into the building.”
Jia Yuan walked into the building that the teacher had createdover the pool of water, and the teacher followed him in.
The teacher paced around Jia Yuan.
“When you first received your Song, you should have learnsome initial stances to practice with, right?”
Jia Yuan nodded.
“In that case, practice those first.”
Jia Yuan nodded again, and then drew the black sword. Aftertaking a deep breath, he settled into the first stance associated with his Songof Water. Shifting his body, he swung his sword in an arc, settling into thesecond stance.
The teacher groaned. “Ugh, I thought this would happen. You’retreating these stances as if they’re from your Song of Fire. Your moves are tooaggressive! Far too aggressive! Water is a fluid element. Practice your stanceswhile focusing solely on fluidity of movement!”
Jia Yuan blinked a few times, then nodded. It’s true that hewas switching his stances a little too aggressively. Instead of payingattention to his body as he transitioned from one stance to the next, he wasmore focused on just simply getting to the second stance.
This was fine when he was practicing his Song of Fire. Afterall, the Fire is an unbridled, aggressive and ever-changing element.
But water? Water is an element that flows, adapting to theenvironment around it. It can also be an unstoppable wave, crashing down oneverything in its path. However, even then, water adapts to its environment.
The teacher shrugged. The best way for someone to properlyintroduce someone to fighting with an element was to have them watch someonewho could properly fight with the element.
“Xue Jing, come in.”
The girl walked in, wearing not the blue dress Jia Yuan hadseen her in previously, but instead in a blue-colored armor.
The teacher walk over to Xue Jing.
“Jia Yuan, look. This is an armor specially made forhigh-level Water Kingdom cultivators. It’s not very cumbersome, and allows fora full range of movements. However, since it is made from high quality waterores, it still provides a high level of protection. Now, watch Xue Jing as shepractices her movements.”
Jia Yuan retreated to the outer perimeter of the building asXue Jing walked toward the center of the building.
After a few moments of pause, Xue Jing lightly lifted hersword and began to move about. Every stroke of the sword was in completecoordination with the rest of her body. After a while, Xue Jing began to pickup speed. Even though she was now moving extraordinarily fast, her movementswere still incredibly fluid without any hint of over-aggression. In fact, shelooked more like a performer, the sword simply there as an aesthetic.
Of course, Jia Yuan knew that this was only an illusion.Having fought against Xue Jing previously, he knew that the blade was filledwith merciless energy.
The teacher paced around the building. Seeing that Jia Yuan’seyes were full of wonder, he grinned.
“Of course, Jia Yuan, the Song of Water does have anaggressive side. Xue Jing.”
Hearing this, Xue Jing abruptly changed her movements. Hermovements were more direct and held an air of aggression, although thisaggression was not directly translated to her attacks. However, sharp shards ofice flew out from each wave of her sword.
Jia Yuan understood now. While training his Song of Fire,each blow was invariably full of aggression, full of force. The movement wasn’tall that important, as long as it was able to bring force a large amount ofpower.
However, when it came to the Song of Water, it was theopposite. The force and aggression associated with each movement wasn’t reallyimportant. Instead, it was the cleanliness and fluidity of each movement thatreally mattered.
The teacher stopped Xue Jing and motioned Jia Yuan backtoward the center of the building.
Jia Yuan began to practice his stances yet again, trying toreplicate the same sort of aura Xue Jing had when she had been displaying herskills at the center of the building.
Although some of his movements were still rather blunt, hewas clearly improving. Seeing so, the teacher gave a nod of approval.
“Alright. Practice here for three more hours, then come out.I’ll bring you to those wonderful scrolls and books.”
Jia Yuan pretended to ignore the teacher. He didn’t want toread…
So, Jia Yuan continued to practice his stances in thebuilding. After a short while, he decided to try practicing his stances injunction with the pool of water.
With a bit of exertion, Jia Yuan was able to draw up a ringof water from the pool of water so that it floated around him. He then lightlystruck out with his own sword, and some water flew out of the tip of his blade.
He then continued to practice his stances, now with a ribbonof water flowing around him.
As such, he was training himself both physically andmentally! He was practicing control of not only his body, but also his controlover the element. That was the main benefit of these elemental pools! Thebenefit they gave to training a certain element.
After almost 3 hours of training in this manner, Jia Yuanfelt himself break through the barrier to the 9th level of Absorption!He had experienced enough bloodshed at the Shining Plains that he was qualifiedto break through to another level in that regard, but his physical and mentalabilities weren’t quite up to par. However, given the calm meditation Jia Yuanhad been able to achieve recently, he had been able to quickly progress to thetip of the 8th level of Absorption. Now, upon reaching the 9thlevel of Absorption, he was only a level off of entering the ManipulationRealm!
Before Jia Yuan was able to practice further to see how thisprogression had benefited him, the teacher called out from outside thebuilding.
“Jia Yuan! Come out, it’s time for you to train your brainfor once in your life.”
Jia Yuan groaned.
If he wants me to readhe better be willing to feed me something good… reading hurts my damn brain…
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