Chapter 025 – Jaded Swamp Sea of Bamboos
Translated by: BerrryBunz.
Edited by: Robin and Boost Turtle.
Tang Tian expression was solemn, with one fist, he crushed the stone in front of him.
The stone trembled, collapsing into countless small stone grains, and every grain was uniformly the size of a chinese chestnut. They were unlike the other unequal small stones formed by his previous Minute Collapsing Fist, all these small rocks were smooth, like they were cut by a blade.
“So powerful! We really cannot tell! This small one is a genius!”
“To be able to endure hardships, that is the true genius!”
“Old Fart Wei has picked up a big treasure this time!”
The surrounding miners, all exclaimed in surprise. Although Tang Tian could use one punch to collapse the stone, it was only as big as a fist, that was because his True Power was still too weak.
Having enlightenments on Minute Collapsing Fist, Tang Tian had already reached a relatively skillful position.
“Not bad!” Stone Head smiled, and said to Tang Tian: “Although Minute Collapsing Fist is only a rank three martial art, its power is relatively strong. And you will find out later, that many martial techniques requires the use of the power of collapsing, provided that you can completely absorb the power of collapsing, all the higher rank martial arts in the future will be easily picked up by you. Observe!”
He walked to a humongous granite the height of two people stacked on top of each other.
In a horse stance, keeping his fist at waist level, Stone Head had a solemn expression.
He exhaled loudly, used his right fist to explode out once!
Against Tang Tian’s expectations as he watched the ferocious punch, the explosion sound on the granite was actually the only thing that happened.
The huge rock did not move an inch.
Tang Tian was puzzled and had some doubts.
Suddenly, a surprising thing happened. They saw the two-people tall granite suddenly collapse into countless small fragment grains and like an avalanche, collapsed and grumbled with a loud bang, causing the dust to fly upwards.
A nearby muscular man used one palm and produced a gust that blew all the dust away.
A small mountain of broken crushed stones emerged in front of Tang Tian.
Tang Tian stared blankly at the pile of stones, his heart was in an indescribable shock, if this punch landed on someone’s body, that would be so terrifying!
Stone Head was afraid Tang Tian would receive a shock, and consoled him: “I have been practising the power of collapsing for over ten years, as long as you continue to carve and polish yourself, your future accomplishments will surpass me.”
Tang Tian excitedly jumped to Big Bro Stone Head’s side, with a face full of high esteem towards him, twinkles in his eyes: “Big Bro Stone Head, teach me, teach me!”
Stone Head cried in laughter: “I’m a fool with words, and can’t explain properly. If you stay here for ten years and collapse stones every day, you will definitely become stronger than me.”
Tang Tian shook his head: “No can do, I have to go and find Qian Hui.”
But shortly after, he made a fist in respect and spoke seriously: “Big Bro Stone Head, you can relax, I will definitely surpass you!”
Tang Tian’s appearance made everyone around him break out in laughter.
Yet Stone Head did not laugh, and using his palm leaf sized hands, he rubbed Tang Tian’s head and replied seriously: “En. I believe you!”
All of the laughter came to an end abruptly, as they were shocked by Stone Head’s actions.
Stone Head gave no explanation, but warmly laughed, and encouragingly said: “All the best, godlike young man!”
Tang Tian raised both of his hands high up, and celebrated: “‘Wawuuu!’, godlike young man, go go go!”
Ah Mo Li held onto the huge metal blade that was faintly glowing with a blade aura, all the muscles in his body tensing with energy, and a glow in his eyes.
He raised the blade up, a mud-yellow colored blade aura, flickered out.
The blade cut into the stone material.
The blade went up and down, and the mud-yellow blade aura once again flickered.
Ah Mo Li was fully concentrated, with the big iron blade in his hands, with a sense of firmness. A few consecutive cuts, and a perfect square stone cube appeared in front of everybody.
“En, qualified.” Stone Head inspected the stone cube, with a satisfied expression on his face.
“Long live!” Tang Tian jumped up with both his hands in the air, celebrating.
(TN: It is usually said to emperors like long live the majesty!)
Ah Mo Li had a silly smile on his face, he had gone through quite a bit of hardships the past few days, an iron blade cutting a stone cube looks easy, but on the contrary, was not simple at all. The quarry sought for stone cubes with high expectations, so the bladesmanship required was high in demand.
In the beginning, Ah Mo Li was not used to it. He was usually just training his blade arts, how would it become so fine, so meticulous? Adding on the fact that the granite was naturally extremely hard, and that the blade required a high concentration of True Power before being able cut out the stone cube. It required a high degree of fine control over True Power, to an extent that it would astound people.
With this kind of training, he could clearly feel the difference, as his own blade arts had an obvious improvement.
The muscular men of the quarry, treated the two young brats with a lot of fondness, with everyone applauding and a few people whistling.
Old Fart Wei appeared from nowhere.
“Yo, young men, it looks like you guys have done quite well.”
Old Fart Wei was brimming with happiness, while the others greeted him one by one.
Stone Head turned to Old Fart Wei and said: “Although they are still lacking a bit of growth, it’s still considered a pass. These two brats are good and able to endure hardships, Old Fart Wei, you have found some treasures!”
Old Fart Wei’s wrinkles smoothed out, and he proudly said: “They are going to cry. Let’s go, young men, your special training from here is done.”
Special training from here….
Tang Tian and Ah Mo Li looked at each other in dismay, could it be that there were other special trainings?
“If they could train for half a year, their improvements would be even greater.” Stone Head felt some regret.
“There is not enough time.” Old Fart Wei helplessly said: “The Martial Meet is approaching, and these two young boys still have other special trainings. First let them experience everything once, and next time when they have the time to grind, they themselves will squander their time away. An introduction for now is enough.”
Stone Head nodded: “I guess you’re right.”
Stone Head turned to Tang Tian and said: “Xiao Tian, Remember, the killing technique of Minute Collapsing Fist is called [Great Avalanche].
Tang Tian nodded his head and replied seriously: “Big Bro Stone head, I will master it!”
Stone Head expressed a smile, suddenly taking out his hands which were behind him, only to see him carrying two broken wooden chests, approaching them with a laugh.
When the two wooden chests opened, inside one was a pair of black metal gloves, and in the other was a black long blade.
“These are gifts to you, hope that you both will like them.”
Stone head gave the gloves and the long blade to Tang Tian and Ah Mo Li respectively.
Once he donned on the gloves, Tang Tian could not hold the weight and his hands dropped, so heavy! No one could tell that the black gloves actually weighed over 15 kg, surprising Tang Tian. He merely wanted to try on the gloves, but did not expect for the gloves to not only be so heavy, but also fit perfectly.
All his knuckles felt extremely nimble, without the slightest degree of affecting the movement of the fingers.
Ah Mo Li caressed the black long blade, fondling it admiringly. He had specialised in blade arts for so many years, and with one look he could tell that the black long blade was of superior quality.
Old Fart Wei muttered: “You guys have struck it big! These two are the Fornax Constellation’s black metal series weapons!”
“Fornax Constellation?” Tang Tian asked curiously.
“In a very faraway constellation, these weapons of superior quality are produced. You two better not lose them, or else there is no way you can buy them anywhere here.” Old Fart Wei glared at them.
“Doesn’t that mean that they are very precious?” Ah Mo Li asked weakly, both hands hugging the black metal long blade very tightly.
“Haha!” Stone Head laughed out loud: “It would be a waste to leave them here, you two don’t have to mind about it. They have been in hibernation in the dust for too long, they too are not resigned to stay here.”
Tang Tian and Ah Mo Li did not understand, but felt that behind the words of Big Brother Stone Head, there was a hint of profound sorrow.
Old Fart Wei was silent.
Stone Head waved his hand: “Go on, don’t waste anymore time, if you have time then come over and play.”
Although it had only been twenty plus days, after interacting, everyone was very close.
With the urge of Old Fart Wei, they could only reluctantly leave the quarry.
“Hey, Old Fart, where did Stone Head bro and gang come from? I always felt a strong sense of power from them?”
On the road, Tang Tian could not help but ask Old Fart Wei.
Old Fart Wei looked at him: “Why is a wimpy kid asking so much?”
Tang Tian immediately glared: “Old Fart, who are you calling wimpy kid!”
From the side, Ah Mo Li raised his hand: “Old fart, I can testify that, Fundamental Tang’s butt is definitely not small.”
(TN: This conversation is a play on words, wimpy kid in chinese is “small butt kid”, Ah Mo Li is a Dumbf***, therefore he thought they were talking about buttocks.)
Buttocks….seems like somewhere, something went wrong….
Tang Tian scratched his head.
Old Fart Wei suddenly said: “You have to remember, they are a group of men who are worthy of respect. In this world, there are always a lot of dangerous and bad people, but there will also be people who will forever remember their own beliefs and oaths. These kind of people, are worthy of respect.”
Tang Tian half understood, and he could not help but touch the ice cold gloves. The solid and ice cold gloves, made him believe in it.
“Hey, Old Fart, what is our next special training?” Tang Tian asked.
“You will find out soon enough.” Old Fart Wei answered without looking back.
Soon, they reached an ore cave, and Old Fart Wei threw Ah Mo Li down into the cave.
“Ah Mo Li, your blade arts at your age are already very outstanding. What you are lacking however, is not the techniques, but a deeper layer of comprehension. You train in earth element blade arts, and all the genuine entries into the earth element blade arts indicator, is to comprehend our Mother Earth’s core. Once you have comprehended the core, you’ll be able to truly begin to practise the Wild Earth Blade!”
Mother Earth’s core sounded like it was something incredible…..
In reality it was just mining….
Tang Tian cursed silently in his heart.
Of course, when Old Fart Wei brought him to his destination, Tang Tian did not even have the urge to curse anymore.
An endless sea of bamboos, with the shadows of the bamboos whirling from the wind, occasionally spotting shadows that wore cotton drapes and bamboo hats, inside the sea of bamboo travelling back and forth.
“Tang rascal, your light body arts are horrendous and that is your shortcoming. You’ve probably heard of this Jaded Swamp Sea of Bamboos There are a lot of bamboo leaf bees, which are some darn valuable creatures. Their sting and their bamboo leaf wings are both very valuable things, which are worth quite a lot in terms of money.”
As soon as Old Fart Wei spoke of money, his eyes were shining like gold.
“This is definitely your treasured training ground, not only can it train your light body arts, it can also train your Broken Shadow Palm. Brat, You have to remember, to practise martial techniques, you cannot afford to make losses, You do not have a rank two palm art, I will gift you this Floating Palm Spirit Card, it is Bronze Grade Card, but do not underestimate it.”
Old Fart Wei expressed encouragement: “Godlike young man, All the best!”
Once he finished, his silhouette flickered, and he disappeared.
This old man definitely was a child labor kidnapper!
Tang Tian blankly stared at the direction of where Old Fart Wei disappeared, only moving after a long time.
However, as Tang Tian soaked in the surroundings, he had to admit that the Jaded Swamp Sea of Bamboos was definitely the ideal place to cultivate light body arts and the Broken Shadow Palm.
The Jaded Swamp Sea of Bamboos was extremely peculiar, there was life thriving in the sea of bamboos above the marsh. If one wished to enter the sea of bamboos, they had to step on the bamboo branches to move forward. Without good control of light body arts, it was impossible to proceed. The Bamboo leaf bees were the Jaded Swamp Sea of Bamboos local specialty, they were bigger than ordinary bees, with their entire body colored jade, and their wings with the same shape as the bamboo leaves.
The sting and wings of the bamboo leaf bees had many uses, resulting in specialist peddlers who operated on the sides of the sea of bamboos.
Thus there was life here for a group of people that relied on catching bees for a living.
Tang Tian gazed at the boundless sea of bamboos, with an unexpected rise of heroic spirit in his heart.
-Oh, i guess I should seriously start practising [Aerial Wood Stake] then.