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“Ming’er has never met this sir before, can I ask why are you seeking Ming’er?”
Su Ming’er spoke indifferently.
Lin Tian Yin once again carried out an elegant bow towards Su Ming’er who was seated on a qilin beast, revealing a smile: “It is said that the Snow Jade Palace has groomed yet another talented genius, that this person has outstanding gifts, with astonishing cultivation, and even more surprising beauty. It’s also said that being able to see this person’s face is akin to prying into heaven, someone rarely seen in this world. When Lin Tian Yin initially heard these rumors, Tian Yin scoffed at it and thought that the words being passed around were becoming more and more absurd. However, I am fortunate enough to meet Miss Su Ming’er, where Tian Yin realised, that I have made an extremely huge mistake! So the rumors were true! Miss Ming’er is truly a beauty capable of being the downfall of a city, your beauty overpowers the moon and shames the flowers, such a person should only belong to the heavens. Just that… Although Miss Ming’er’s beauty is beyond a doubt, but I wonder if Miss’ strength, is as what the rumors say, to be alarmingly powerful, and outstandingly unmatched?”
“Those are merely jokes of the people, Young Master Lin, you cannot treat it as the truth. Ming’er and Young Master Lu have just reached Qin Creek today, and have always been on the road, so are weary now, we will not accompany Young Master Lin and will bid our farewells now.”
Su Ming’er said indifferently, there were no offensive intent nor the intent to curry favor.
Seeing that Su Ming’er also treated the arrogant Lin Tian Yin with the same attitude, Lu Xi Shan immediately felt sweet and extremely relaxed, and also started talking: “Lin Tian Yin, Miss Ming’er is not interested in you at all, so roll back to where you came from, and stop blocking our path, we need to go and rest, and since the Mountain River List Ranking Competition is happening in a few days, then if you wish to challenge me or Miss Ming’er, we will see you at the competition!”
Hearing that, Lin Tian Yin was not bothered at all: “On the Ranking Competition, I will naturally spar with Miss Ming’er, but the reason I came here today, is not to challenge Miss Ming’er, but for a written challenge.”
“A written challenge?”
“Isn’t that the same as challenging her?”
A few female disciples from the Snow Jade Palace asked doubtfully.
“Not true not true! Challenging is challenging, written challenge is a written challenge, how can you put them together?”
When he finished speaking, Lin Tian Yin took out two envelopes from his storage ring, gave them to the old man beside him who accept it. The old man walked over, and passed it over to Lu Xi Sha and Su Ming’er, one person one envelope.
Su Ming’er raised her eyebrow slightly, but did not open the envelope straight away.
Lu Xi Shan on the other hand, did not even wait. He opened the envelope quickly and efficiently, then he started reading it.
“Ah? On the ranking competition, whoever wins, the other party must accept any condition by the winner? Whoever is the first to get kicked out is considered as a loss? What kind of written challenge is this?”
Lu Xi Shan asked.
“To say it is a written challenge is also too much, it can only be considered as a promise I guess.”
Lin Tian Yin laughed: “This is a promise between me and the two of you, in the ranking competition that is going to start in a few days, I want to engage in a contest with the two of you, and if I am lucky even to meet the two of you, whoever loses will have to agree to any condition given by the winner, and if we are not matched up, then whoever is the first to get kicked out, has to agree to one condition, if the both of you agree, please sign on the paper.”
“What do you want to do?” Lu Xi Shan questioned.
“It’s just a little game that’s all. Why, Brother Lu? You do not dare to accept?” Lin Tian Yin laughed.
Lu Xi Shan’s expression swayed slightly, he took a deep breath and replied: “Back then when I lost to you, I have always been in shame, and have bitterly trained for so many years. Although I, Lu Xi Shan am not an absolute genius like Miss Ming’er, I am definitely not some average cultivator. Since you have brought out such a condition, if I do not accept, isn’t that losing the face of my Ink Blade Pavilion? Fine! I accept!”
Finished, Lu Xi Shan used Spirit Qi to form a small cut on his finger, using a drip of blood, he inked it on the paper.
Lin Tian Yin clapped his hands and looked at the old man beside him. The old man immediately walked over and took the paper and kept it.
“Young Master Lin, Ming’er came here today only to respect my Master’s wishes. Other than that, Ming’er does not want to have any other side issues.”
Finished, Su Ming’er threw the envelope in her hand, causing it to float back towards Lin Tian Yin.
“Miss Ming’er, do you look down on Tian Yin?” Lin Tian Yin said while smiling.
“Why does Young Master Lin say that?”
“Heh, I’ll tell you guys the truth, other than the top 10 individuals, I have sent this exact same promise letter to the rest, my goal is to fight my way into the top 10, and practically everyone were kind to me, almost everyone accepted this promise, except you Miss Ming’er… To not give myself face, if that is not looking down on Tian Yin… Then what else can it be?”
“Young Master Lin, you are thinking too much, Ming’er’s strength is mediocre, and am not a match for Young Master Lin, so I did not accept, so I hope Young Master Lin will not make wild guesses.”
With that said, Su Ming’er nodded to Lu Xi Shan, then controlled her Qilin beast to continue walking.
Lin Tian Yun smiled, he did not stop her, but everyone could see the cold intent in his eyes.
“LIn Tian Yin, we will meet in the competition!”
Lu Xi Shan muttered when he walked past.
“I truly hope you can surprise me.” Lin Tian Yin smiled.
Once the Dragon group participant names were determined, the Mountain River List ranking competition began.
Only when the competition was about to begin did Su Yun realized that the ranking competitions was not public, causing him to be disappointed. But even so, Qin Creek still had gathered many people for the competition.
In the past few days, Long Xian Li would enter his cave and talk to him, although the two of them were frequently quarreling, they did not fight at all.
Of course, the two of them kept on talking, and could not help but talk about Fu Su and the masked lady they had met outside of Qin Creek that day.
Fu Su had already been revealed, and was not in Qin Creek anymore, but the masked lady had not revealed her identity, adding that Su Yun did not know who she was, she could simply change her mask and continue with the competition.
In a way, Fu Su might possibly be looking for Su Qing’er’s location, but Qing’er should not be at Qin Creek since people from Profound Sky Sect were also participating. Unless Qing’er didn’t know about it, then wouldn’t she be throwing herself into the net? So his only goal was to obtain the Through Heavens Mirror, and could ignore everything else.
The Dragon round competition had officially ended. After everyone rested for 10 days, they were given the official notice from the Qin Creek cultivators.
The Sky Martial Continent Mountain River List Ranking Competitions, would officially start in the afternoon.
Receiving the news, Su Yun packed and left his cave.
Wang Zhong Shan and the rest were also about to leave, since they were unable to watch the battles in the Sacred Palace, staying would be a waste of time.
Wang Zhong Shan needed to rush back to the Wang Family to recuperate, he had suffered from grave injuries from the competition, and would probably take months to fully recover.
Li Qing and the rest were anxious to train, but the most anxious was without a doubt Hong Yan.
Because of Wu Yun’s performance, he had long since been seen as an idol by her, especially after defeating Bei Xuan Ming. Hong Yan understood, only by being stronger could she protect herself and others, so she desired to become like Wu Yun, and in the end also chose to leave.
The day for Su Yun to enter the Sacred Palace was also the day that Su Yun bade farewell to them.
Su Yun flaunted himself as one of treachery, but this did not affect him from making friends, of course, friends who were deemed worth it.
When Wang Zhong Shan and the rest left, in the Qin Creek, Su Yun was once again lonely.
When noon came, Su Yun checked on the Great Broiled Immortal Blood Pill inside his storage ring, after preparing everything, he followed a Qin Creek Cultivator towards the central part of Qin Creek, the Sacred Palace.
On the road, he met countless spirit cultivators who had not left, they were all releasing light auras while they watched the dragon group participants as they walked past.
To be able to enter the dragon group was already considered a high honor, because it meant that the person was able to fight their way into the top 100 of the Mountain River List.
How big was the Sky Martial Continent? There were innumerable young cultivators, so to be able to enter the top 100 from within these people, that naturally represented power above the same generation, and relying on this spotlight, all these dragon group participants were able to wield authority and power in their own region, and rise in ranks quickly.
“Is that Wu Yun?”
“The Wu Yun who comes from Long Ao Nation? How come I have never heard about him before?”
“I heard his Imperial Sword Technique is unbeatable, even Immortal Sword Sect’s people could not defeat him, I wonder who he learned it from!”
“Who cares about him, he only managed to fight his way into the ranking competition, he is not even ranked in the top 20, from the looks of it, I think his maximum is around the ranks of 50!”
“50? You think he cannot fight into the top 20?”
“Not only him, I predict that no one else is able to fight their way into the top 20.”
“Why do you say that? These are all geniuses out from tens of thousands of people, their talents, techniques, mystical techniques, treasures, cultivations are all matchless, to be able to fight their way there, how can they be average people? So many of them, and you’re saying not one can enter the top 20? I don’t believe that!”
“You don’t believe? Humph, that means you don’t understand the Mountain River List, let me tell you, the Mountain River List top 20 are 80-90% all monopolized by the seeded participants! You think that Qin Creek will randomly choose the seeded participants? That is because the seeded participants are all strong beyond strong, that is why they are not required to participate in the selections, and instantly ranked, if not they would trash the entire selection competition! These group of people who have entered the dragon group are definitely strong, but to fight against the seeded participants, I doubt they can even last one exchange!”
“Wha… What? That terrifying?”
“You must believe in the eyes of the Qin Creek officials, the seeded participants that they have picked are all people with true capabilities.”
“Sadly we cannot enter the Sacred Palace, Sigh, I truly want to watch the true geniuses cross swords first hand!”
“Who wouldn’t want to? Sigh…”
The cultivator brought Su Yun to a gigantic empty space in front of the Sacred Palace.
The Sacred Palace was constructed in an array formation, with 40 white robed and white masked cultivators standing at the entrance.
Su Yun sized up the large Sacred Palace.
The Sacred Palace was like a gigantic mountain, a heavenly structure constructed by a skilled artisan which no one knew. Sculptures of many living things were carved in the walls, it was a sight to behold, and every intervals of 2m, there were array essences. Counting down, just on the outer perimeters of the Sacred Palace, there was most likely 10 thousand array formations. Who knew what the composition of the interior was made of, most likely the walls were even mystical structures.
When Su Yun walked over, there were over 10 dragon group participants scattered around who had also reached.
There were plenty of spirit cultivators in the fifth stage of the Spirit Soul Realm. There were even a few that Su Yun had heard of and met before.
Widely known for his brute force, trained in True Divine Spirit Qi was Xiao Yuan Ba, wielding dual large hammers. There were rumors that every match of his ended up with the stage being destroyed into pieces, and his opponents were all beaten to half dead and crippled, he was tyrannical.
And there were also Mo Ye, Chang Hong, all these famous participants from the selection competitions were able to fight their way to the dragon group.
But other than these people, there was also an ‘old familiar person’ to Su Yun. Lei Tian Dong!
Who was also Sun Zhi Miao’s senior brother.
When Su Yun walked over, Lei Tian Dong’s gaze was locked onto his body.
His eyes… harbored killing intent.