Chapter 161: Ironblood Temple
“What the heck is going on?” Both Han Weiwei and the surrounding cultivators were confused.
“Nangong Yuqing, what do you mean?” Li Honglin also couldn’t react properly and was utterly stupefied.
“What else could she mean, what an obvious thing.” The passerby cultivator from earlier sympathetically patted Li Honglin’s shoulder. “Clearly, she is choosing him over you.”
“What!” Li Honglin’s face became additionally ashen. “Nangong Yuqing, are you truly going to follow this little brat?”
“I’m sorry, there has been some misunderstandings between us earlier on.” Nangong Yuqing replied apologetically. “I have issues to discuss with him. The misgivings he has shown towards you because of me, with your disposition, you wouldn’t take it to heart, right?”
“Ah hahahah!” Watching Nangong Yuqing strolling towards him, Wei Suo was bursting with elation.
Under the watchful gaze of the audience, this was a complete disgrace for him. Moreover, Nangong Yuqing’s words attempted to place a restraining ‘character’ hat over himself. Even if Li Honglin wanted to erupt, he couldn’t do so.
Indeed, Li Honglin’s face turned from ashen to red as he remained speechless momentarily.
“Nangong Yuqing, what’s the matter with you?” Even Han Weiwei glared at the incoming Nangong Yuqing with a disapproving tone. She just treated Wei Suo with ice and snow, advising him to mind his own business, but now, she had abruptly bloomed like an autumn flower. The shine of the moonlight could be seen from her. This was truly an excessively outrageous twist.
“Nangong Yuqing, what’s the matter with you. Are you afraid I can’t beat that fellow?” Even Wei Suo asked the approaching Nangong Yuqing.
“It’s good that you know. Obviously knowing he is stronger, but still wanting to fight.” Nangong Yuqing gently rebuked. “You brat, you just had to cause a ruckus at this time. You have truly ruined things, I’ll tell you more later.”
“My clan’s young master is magnanimous and forgiving, but I cannot tolerate one’s arrogance and despotism.” Nangong Yuqing’s words caused Han Weiwei to be slightly baffled. But at this moment, that flat faced cultivator instead scoffed. “Besides, this one wouldn’t be like some others who treat words like fart. This one’s words is worth nine sacred tripods. Since someone has challenged me, if I don’t teach him a good lesson today, he can forget about leaving Seven Stars City.”
“Not letting one leave Seven Stars City. What a brazen tone.” At this instant, an indifferent voice wafted in. “Why, do you hold jurisdiction over Seven Stars City?”
The flat faced cultivator became enraged, as he turned ferociously with a murderous glare.
A golden robed young cultivator was presently sauntering over with a smile that didn’t appear to be a smile. Along the way, other cultivators beamed with unsurpassed horror as they avoided his gaze.
Forged with an unknown material, the youth’s golden artifact robe managed a rich golden wealthy aura. Even his cuffs and collars were adorned with green talismanic lines, appearing utterly out of the ordinary. This youthly cultivator had sharp brows and a starry gaze, looking romantic and elegant. From his style, one could fathom he was a younger generation from a major aristocratic clan.
“It’s the young master of East Victory, Dong Qingyi!”
“That Dong Qingyi who wasted so many spiritual stones on two map portions?”
Hearing the whispers emitting out from the crowd of cultivators, his status was discreetly revealed.
Realizing that person’s status, that flat faced cultivator instantly turned sluggish; brimming with an expression of disbelief.
“Within Seven Stars City, even the Star Convening Sect only holds the power to banish cultivators from here. If we talk about not letting anyone leave, nobody has that authority.” In the moment of that flat faced cultivator’s speechlessness, Dong Qingyi then advised him.
That flat faced cultivator’s face changed drastically. “This one has indeed misspoken, but….”
“I haven’t concluded my speech.” Dong Qingyi stared at this flat faced cultivator and offered no sentiments as he interrupted him.
Wei Suo became slightly dazed. Dong Qingyi is like a dog who smells shit from afar, why is he involving himself in charity now and help me? Could it be that a second generation young master is unwilling to watch another second generation young master operating in his own turf? A dog biting another dog, isn’t that just meaningful? Many of such thoughts shuttled through his joyous brain. Instead, Dong Qingyi heftily snorted. “Even though nobody has the rights to restrict a cultivator from leaving Seven Stars City, I detest individuals who aren’t a man of their own words the most!”
In response to Dong Qingyi’s words, Nangong Yuqing’s face sank drastically. “Your sister!” Even Wei Suo rolled his eyes. How is he conducting charity, he is obviously fuelling oil to the situation.
As for that flat faced cultivator, his originally ugly expression instantly transformed into delight. “I leave this matter to Young Master Dong to decide!”
“This brother, I did personally witness and hear you challenging another.” Dong Qingyi then gazed sheepishly at Wei Suo. “You won’t renege on your words, right?”
Nangong Yuqing inhaled deeply and was about to speak up, instead, Wei Suo emotionlessly replied, “Duelling him is fine but, because he is someone from the Golden Eagle Palace and I’m just a loose cultivator, if I accidentally injure him and the Golden Eagle palace seeks for requital…this is no longer about being a man of my words.”
“What? Our grand young master of East Victory is actually so free to concern yourself with such matters?” At this moment, a lackadaisical voice transmitted over. The ground rumbled, as that suggestively dressed Xin Youlan rode her upper-tier level 5 Ripplebull over.
“It’s actually her!” Hearing that voice, both Wei Suo and Han Weiwei became stunned. She was obviously the same female cultivator who contended against Dong Qingyi back in the auction.
“Indeed. It has been a long time since I’ve seen another forming a duelling pact in front of the crowd. I naturally have interests in such matters. Since there are so many of us today, I hope these two brothers wouldn’t disappoint our interest.” Dong Qingyi swept a glance at Wei Suo.
“How do you think you can deal with him?” Xin Youlan released a noncommittal smile as she asked Wei Suo. “If you have the confidence, I can vouch for you.”
Wei Suo replied, “Vouch for me, how so? If there’s ever a day I get ambush by the Golden Eagle Palace and am fed to demonic beasts, without even my body intact, are you going to demand from them for another me?”
Hearing Wei Suo’s intriguing words, Xin Youlan chuckled. “Don’t talk about the Golden Eagle Palace, even Heaven’s First Sect wouldn’t dare to plot against an inner sect disciple of the Spirit Beast Palace. Our Spirit Beast Palace is famous for shielding our disciples. Once we uncover such a case, compensating us a single disciple isn’t enough but minimally a hundred! Moreover, if an inner sect disciple exhibits outstanding talent and prospects, our demands may even upgrade; requesting for the opposing party to hand over an elder or young master as compensation.”
Wei Suo was dazed. “Inner sect disciple of the Spirit Beast Palace?”
Xin Youlan answered, “That’s correct. If you want me to vouch for you, I will accept you as an inner sect disciple of the Spirit Beast Palace.”
“No way? Inner sect disciple of the Spirit Beast Palace?”
“Does Xin Youlan even possess the authority to accept an inner sect disciple?”
“The Spirit Beast Palace truly conducts their affairs peculiarly. As a direct disciple of Spirit Beast Palace’s Palace Lord, she should have that authority. Otherwise, she wouldn’t carelessly mention it.”
“This guy has superb luck. Spirit Beast Palace is really famous for shielding disciples. If he is really accepted as an inner sect disciple, that is akin to another protective shield! Not many would dare to provoke him, Golden Eagle Palace definitely can’t. I remember a year ago, a loose cultivator killed an inner sect disciple of the Spirit Beast Palace; apart from his whole family being annihilated, even his distant relatives and the pigs of his house weren’t spared. Moreover, even all of his growing spirit medicines were uprooted. It was truly a case of cutting weeds and eliminating all bloodline roots.”
“……spirit medicines are useful, obviously they would uproot them. What has that got to do with eliminating all bloodline roots?”
An uproar erupted amongst the cultivators within a split second.
“And I can assure you, at anytime, you can refuse being an inner sect disciple of the Spirit Beast Palace, without receiving the administration of our Spirit Beast Palace.” Xin Youlan then added. “This is the vouch I have for you. Your daily cultivation will not receive any restrictions.”
After a brief pause, Xin Youlan glanced towards Dong Qingyi and laughed. “Dong Qingyi, I hear your clan’s Ironblood Temple is pretty impressive and can match our Thousand Longevity City’s Battlebeast Valley. If we let them duel there, wouldn’t it bring more popularity to your Ironblood Temple?”
“That would naturally be splendid.” Hearing Xin Youlan suggesting the Ironblood Temple, the originally calm pretentious prick, Dong Qingyi, had his expression turned slightly unhappy.
“What is Ironblood Temple?” Wei Suo couldn’t help lightly asking the nearby Han Weiwei and Nangong Yuqing.
“Ironblood Temple is a special place for cultivation duels in Seven Stars City. Dozens of cultivators battle each other there daily. Some fight over large disputes here, while some voluntarily sign up themselves, and others were employed to fight; because the eventual victor would receive a fixed amount of spiritual stones reward. Moreover, cultivators that duel can wager against each other, where the winner would receive spiritual stones; although a tenth of it must be used as taxes. The Ironblood Temple was built by East Victory, and I heard it was mainly Dong Qingyi’s idea. Everyday, East Victory would receive a steady income of spiritual stones. However, this Ironblood Temple was actually modelled after Thousand Longevity City’s Battlebeast Valley, which was Xin Youlan’s main idea. Hence, because of this matter, both individuals constantly vied against each other in the dark.” Nangong Yuqing gently explained to Wei Suo.
“So it’s just a gambling den, but with the cultivator’s own body.” Wei Suo finally understood. Even he held great interest towards such a place. Besides, being able to personally witness cultivators battling against each other while earning profit, using one’s butt to think would even know such a business would be flourishing. No wonder Xin Youlan and Dong Qingyi were at loggerheads with each other. This was a clan thinking of a magnificent idea for profiting, but was instantly copied by another clan.
“It seems that you are fond of this cultivator from the Golden Eagle Palace. However, I am fond of this person.” Xin Youlan then swept a glance through Wei Suo, that flat faced cultivator and Li Honglin. She then suggested to Dong Qingyi, “Since that’s the case, why don’t we inject some flavor into it to spur everyone’s interest.”
“Flavour?” Dong Qingyi’s lips curled into a fake cold smile. “Anything you desire, I will naturally comply.”
“70,000 spiritual stones.” Xin Youlan sheepishly bidded. “I will lay out 70,000 spiritual stones as my good will. If he loses, this 70,000 spiritual stones will be yours.”
“You wanna play it big, then of course we should go bigger.” Dong Qingyi then glanced at Han Weiwei. “If I haven’t heard wrongly, that Rainbow Stone was procured by this person. I will fork out 100,000 spiritual stones in addition to a set of Spiritmist Formation Flags for your 70,000 spiritual stones at that Rainbow Stone. How about that?”
“Spiritmist Formation Flags? Fine!” Xin Youlan’s brows hopped fiercely as she immediately acceded. The Spiritmist Formation Flags was an artifact that could unleash a formation of 10 li radius, where the place would be engulfed with non-dispersing spirit mist. Even powerful astral winds wouldn’t be able to disperse that spirit mist. Although the formation had to be set up in a distinct location and its duration of set up was long, it would be incredibly useful for establishing a cave abode in the wilderness. It was an excellent cave abode protection array, and its value surpassed 50,000 spiritual stones.
No, no way.” At this moment, Wei Suo ferociously shook his head.
“Why not?” Even Xin Youlan flashed a cold glint in her eyes.
“This wager is too puny. Unless you guys are willing to chip in that Soulguard Ancient Talisman and those two map portions as well, then forget about it.” What she didn’t expect was that Wei Suo didn’t refute the battle but instead demanded more. “Apart from my own Rainbow Stone, I will add another 50,000 spiritual stones. If I win, those two map portions will be mine. As for the others, we will split in half; what do you think?”
“Excellent! So, Dong Qingyi, a Soulguard Ancient Talisman and another 50,000 spiritual stones, it should be sufficient to wage for your two portions of map, no?” Xin Youlan wasn’t furious but instead delighted as she asked Dong Qingyi.
“Fine! Very good!” A killing intent surged in Dong Qingyi’s heart, but on the surface, he merely nodded.