Chapter 181 – Demon Slayer
Translated by: Ting
Edited by: TranslationNations, Leo and De Andre
The stone steps were simple, without patterns, and were even crude, but it rose all the way up, with no end in sight, and brought absolute shock to everyone. To think that the martial artist back then actually used his long sword, and hacked such amazing stone steps one by one, up along Bu Zhou Mountain, alone.
Within moments, no one could speak, everyone was awed.
The atmosphere unknowingly became more solemn. Tang Tian and Ling Xu felt it the most, for the endless stone steps before them was a direct shock to them. Who knew how many years have passed with the improvement through practise, the senior’s radiance, was still so brilliant.
“I wonder how long this senior took to hack out such long steps back then!” The little girl was dreamy, she was always full of curiosity about the unknown history.
“Very long.” Ling Xu suddenly spoke, his voice full of respect, “At least ten years time. I can roughly guess which Senior this was.”
Everyone looked at Ling Xu, surprised, especially Princess Ming Zhu. She had always thought that she was very knowledgeable, but even she did not know who this Senior was, yet Ling Xu actually knew!
Ling Xu was silent momentarily, “If I’m not wrong, I believe this Senior was the Demon Slayer, Senior Wang Yong!”
“Demon Slayer!” Di Heng Zhan exclaimed aloud.
Not only him, Gu Xue and Qing Luan’s faces slightly changed as well, but the little girl’s eyes suddenly lit up, as though she remembered something, and agitatedly exclaimed, “That’s right, it’s highly possible! Demon Monarch Slaying Yong, he was a late bloomer, and only made a name for himself when he was 40, his sword techniques were unique and strange, famed for his slaying skills and created [Monarch Slaying], an expert in master level sword techniques. He was rampant for a decade, and then vanished into thin air, rumours had it that he was emotionally hurt. Seemed highly likely that he returned here to lead his remaining life.”
It was the first time Tang Tian heard of this name called Wang Yong, but he dared not belittle him, for master level sword techniques, this phrase, seemed to have a magical ability to shock and awe one.
Master level, Tang Tian was not in the least unfamiliar with it, for Ghostly Claw possessed master level claw techniques. Master level experts, if they were to battle with non master level martial artists of the same rank, it would definitely be a piece of cake. Even if the opponent was two ranks higher, he would be able to contend with them, for that was the toughness of the master level martial techniques.
Master level, it touched upon the most basic power of the martial technique, they would usually be able to create their own unique martial techniques.
Tang Tian had understood all the killing techniques of almost every type of martial techniques, but till now, he was still far from reaching the master level martial techniques.
Each era, every martial artist who possessed master level martial techniques, no matter what rank he was, would definitely be a strong expert that no one could belittle in that era!
Tang Tian’s eyes lit up, “Then would there be anything here that Senior Wang left behind?”
“Of course there will be! Ever since the Demon Slayer had accomplished his sword techniques, and came out to battle, he has amassed large quantities of wealth and treasures. These things, had all vanished along with his seclusion. The reason why he was called a Demon, besides his cold personality and killing without batting an eyelid, he was also greedy. He had an abnormal persistence for wealth and treasures. That is why many people assumed that Demon Slayer must have been born poor.” The little girl was even more agitated, and eager. The adventure she had put much effort into finding, was indeed awesome!
Tang Tian’s eyes lit up, “Wah wah wah, treasures treasures! Oh right, and his [Monarch Slaying]!”
The little girl had a face of surprise, “Teacher, are you thinking of training in sword arts?”
Tang Tian shook his head, “No! I will still major in close quarters combat or fist arts, the feeling of using your fists is so awesome. Didn’t you mention that he was a late bloomer? I guessed this Senior Wang, 20 years ago, he must have been honing his Monarch Slaying by hacking stone steps here. However, this sword arts [Monarch Slaying], would definitely fetch a good price! Haha, famous things usually fetch good prices!”
Tang Tian’s eyes were gleaming, he even thought of selling it to martial artists in the Honorable Martial Group, those fellows were filthy rich. Previously he also knew that Star Rocks could aid in True Power, but he has never personally experienced it, however it was a very memorable experience this time.
Indeed, money makes the world go round, to hasten his training progress, he has to earn money first. Tang Tian, this ignorant lad, seemed to have gained complete understanding overnight, and knew the pros of Star Coins, and the source of all these, was still training.
No one cared about Tang Tian’s money, they were stunned by his bold speculations regarding the construction of the stone steps to train in sword arts, and was more convinced of the possibility the more they pondered.
Ling Xu could not help but raised his head and looked at the stone steps, the orangey-red eyes were full of fighting spirit, he grasped his silver spear tightly, and said in a deep voice, “That’s right! Master level’s martial techniques, without countless trainings, how would it be cultivated?”
Ling Xu, that was your aim!
That lone figure, who hacked with sword day after day, was your role model!
Besides, if he wanted to beat that betrayer… … he must cultivate the master level Pointed Sea Spear! Only the same master level pointed sea spear could contend against each other!
Ling Xu, you can do it!
Ling Xu’s gaze suddenly became determined and deep.
Tang Tian did not noticed Ling Xu’s changes, he drooled and said, “This is so exciting! Let’s speed up!”
Tang Tian’s words were agreed with by all. Although everyone was stunned by the shocking stone steps, but among these people, the only one who practised sword arts was Qing Luan. However, Qing Luan’s sword arts belonged to the light and speedy type, Monarch Slaying powerful sword arts, were totally unsuitable for her.
What made everyone more excited was the Treasures, everyone sped up, and went up the stone steps.
The stone steps have been abandoned for too long, and were full of thick overgrowth, the group hacked past the shrubs and charged towards the top of the mountain.
After they sped up, the group soon reached the end of the steps. The stone steps did not lead to the mountaintop, but ended halfway up the mountain outside a cave entrance.
“7 million steps!” Suddenly the little girl exclaimed, her tone full of shock.
Everyone was aghast, turned around and peered down, the 7 million steps were crammed together and led all the way down, which was breathtaking.
Only Tang Tian had a face of envy, “Great calculations!”
The little girl was speechless, was this even considered calculations… …
Her own teacher, fancy having spoke such words, just how bad was his calculations… …
Ling Xu whose fighting will was burning, seemed irritated as though he had swallowed a fly, he spun around, and shouted angrily, “Shouldn’t the main focus be learning from such steadfast Demon Slayer Senior, reflect on your shortcomings and then work harder? Why was your reflections about calculations?”
Tang Tian looked at Ling Xu surprisedly, and said naturally, “Do you even need to reflect to work harder? Shouldn’t martial artists be like that in the first place?”
Ling Xu was stumped.
Suddenly Tang Tian pointed to the top of the cave, a look of amazement, “Hurry, there!”
Around the cave, were many crisscrossed sword marks, which sent chills down one’s spine. Although after wind erosion, some marks were already unclear, but the crisscrossed sword marks, could still enable one to feel the sharpness of the sword.
Even Tang Tian, who was all smug just now, had his head up and was entranced by the sight. The sword marks were messy, and seemed sharp. One could feel the fury that the swordsman had at that time. The entire area around the cave, had no intact and marks-free parts. On every rock, there were many horrifying swords mark dividing the rocks into numerous parts.
The cave entrance was like a missing piece in the middle of a messy, concentrated web.
After a long while, everyone then came back to their senses.
“Let’s enter and see, I’m looking forward to it more and more!” Tang Tian rubbed his hands together.
Initially he was just eyeing the treasure of Demon Slayer, but now, he was full of curiosity about this Demon Slayer that he has never met. This was indeed a fellow with character.
Able to endure the loneliness, yet his temper was highly irritable.
Unknowingly, Tang Tian glanced at Ling Xu. He felt that the two of them were quite similar on this point.
Just that, such a person, to be willing to live the last of his life in a secluded Bu Zhou Mountain, he must have had a lot of unknown secrets.
Tang Tian soon shook his head. Forget it, given his brains, it was almost impossible to dig out any secrets from here, it would be more practical to think of how to find the treasures.
At the thought of the treasures, Tang Tian broke into a smile.
When they arrived at the cave entrance, a cold eerie air gushed out from inside the cave, Tang Tian was cold, and could not help but shudder. Not only him, the others as well.
“This wind is really cold!” The little girl complained, Qing Luan hurriedly took out thick clothing and wrapped it around the little girl.
“Be careful.” Di Heng Zhan lowered his voice, he has had rich experiences after many travels and battles on the frontline. The few of them did not have mediocre powers, but this wind could actually make them shudder in the cold, which seemed strange.
Tang Tian and Ling Xu looked at each other, they could tell the vigilance in each other’s eyes, the silver spear which was initially carried on Ling Xu’s shoulders was now quietly in his hands.
“I’ll walk in front, Little Xu Xu guard the back.” Tang Tian said in a low voice.
“Why are you in front and I’m at the back?” Ling Xu was displeased, but he still walked to the back of the group.
Di Heng Zhan, Qing Luan and Gu Xue the three of them placed Princess Ming Zhu in the centre to protected her.
Gu Xue’s abilities had soared recently, after activation of her Snow Rainbow Blood Meridians, the astounding power that erupted has yet to be fully digested. Even so, her powers had increased significantly. The rainbow radiance around her was looming, her expression was nervous, for she had very little battle experiences.
However, at least the suffering all this while had not been in vain, her psychological quality was much stronger than before.
As they walked into the cave, the group then realised, the four walls of the entire cave, were full of concentrated crisscrossed sword marks!
Although the wind inside the cave was cold, but it was not as cold as outside, the rate of erosion of the sword marks were slower, and thus retained more completely.
Tang Tian suddenly had a illusion, the densely covered sword marks above their heads and the surrounding was like a huge web, and was covering them, the sword marks were eerie, and he suddenly had a feeling that they had nowhere to escape.
At this moment, his silver martial spirit abruptly jumped, Tang Tian regain his consciousness instantly!
He was shocked!
When he looked at the others, with pain surfacing on their faces, Tang Tian knew the situation was dangerous, and without caring for anything, he drew up his True Power, and bellowed, “Everyone be careful!”
Everyone was jolted awake, the dazed look vanished, and everyone’s face went white.
At this moment, Tang Tian suddenly saw something sparkling in the deeps of the cave, from the corner of his eyes.