CHAPTER 126: CHANGE OF ATTITUDE
Arial and his disciple Xiyun have arrived at the Peak and they could see the reason why this place is called Dark Peak.
In just first glance Arial could not see anybody from the other sect but Arial sense that they have already settled around the Peak.
This Peak gives Xiyun the shivers. Not the cold shivers but shivers that enervate the nerves and tugging at the heartstring, giving a sense of dread and fear.
The place has forest , but not the kind of forest like the Waterfall Peak or the Wind Peak with their green leaves and soothing properties, but dark forest with strange sound coming from the woods, a frightening aura that seem to emanate directly from the gloomy forest.
The forest itself is black, with black leaves and thick brown bark.
There is no doubt in anybody mind, that in that forest lies many dangerous beast, like wolf, bears and many other.
And Arial could see immediately the caverns around the Peak, the large caves and some holes on the ground.
There are huge caverns with a tower like design pillars. The pillars of the huge cavern has large hole.
Then one of The Maidens of the Western Serpent come without a word to Arial and Xiyun and handed a parchment to Xiyun and bow slightly to Arial showing that they recognized and acknowledged the Sect Leader of All Conquering Sect.
Xiyun receive the parchement and the Maiden fly away from the scene.
‘Teacher, let me read the parchment’ Arial nodded. Xiyun open the parchment and read it before relaying it to her teacher.
After reading Xiyun informed her teacher that the other fortress in the Peak has been taken by the other sect leaving Arial the East fortress.
‘Fine, then that will be our place’ Arial said. Xiyun just nodded. Arial began determining where the East is and started to move.
Arial nodded again and urge Xiyun to follow.
The crowd of the martial artist on the other hand makes their tent near fortress like building around the Peak.
Like always the other took the South, North and West while Arial chose the East. Settling down, Xiyun clean around the place they are going to sleep. It is only around that area Xiyun clean and sweep.
After all even Xiyun could not clean the fortress-like accommodation. It is different if All Conquering Sect has many disciples like Ermeishan or Linzi or Nanshan.
While the other sect disciple camp near the South, West, North and South no one dare to approach the East side of the Peak.
After all considering what happens during that night, the memory is still fresh in the mind of the other sect and they do not know the reaction of the dragon if they camp near the East fortress.
In a way this make Arial more relaxed.
Since the parchment also stated that the battle will start in a week, Arial has planned to train himself and he also thinks this one week would be a good idea for Xiyun to gain experience and train to her fullest.
Arial have great expectation for Xiyun future progress. It is clear to him, Xiyun is not dim witted and understand the principles of his school in a fast and efficient way.
The only worry that Arial has, is that if Xiyun will be too rash and impatient, thus will harm her future potential.
After all, he knows her motivation for learning under him and it is because of that reason Arial is worried that she might push herself when it is not necessary.
For the first day, both of them train in that fortress like accommodation.
Arial did not order Xiyun to hunt anything in that forest yet but only told her to train in her room, understanding the principles of his internal energy cultivation, and meditate in a calm manner, without rushing.
In her large room, a wave of wind is slowly forming around Xiyun legs and she is also sweating on her forehead, her heart beat increased and her strength is increasing by leaps and bound since she learned the cultivation technique of Levitia.
For some reason she did not understand why her internal energy reach into such height. Of course the Levitia technique is remarkable but Xiyun training and progress is terrifying.
She thought it was the Cultivation technique but she has a nagging suspicion that is not the real reason.
Before she also trains in the cultivation technique but never had she reached these heights.
She is not considered a genius like her sister but that doesn’t mean she is an idiot.
Her intelligence is top notch, only her understanding is not as enlightened as her sister. But that is only in external skill and not to mention Xiyun did not receive one on one training with the Abbess like her older sister did.
She is also suspicious of her improvement in inner energy skills.
Of course she deflected this suspicion after all Arial technique is a miraculous technique and even Xiyun had to admit this.
She notices something different, something profoundly different between Arial internal energy cultivation and the Ermeishan cultivation technique.
And that is, there is no disciplined method in Arial cultivation technique.
The Ermeishan always have some methods, some trials, and some bottleneck before they can reach the next level of understanding and when that bottleneck is broken, only then someone can continue to cultivate.
But that is not the case with All Conquering sect cultivation technique. It kept flowing endlessly…like a sea, giving boundless energy.
Arial on the other hand of course do not know this fact about bottleneck or limits. Why? Because he never heard of such thing and he never experience such things.
He has no teacher; of knowledge of the martial art world. How could he know that there is bottleneck, trials, obstacle to reach the mastery of internal energy like him?
In a way, Arial learn from a book, and in his view, all martial artist train in cultivation technique and all of their inner energy depends on how long they have been training.
There is some truth in that but that is not always the case. If not how could the younger Eastern Devil or Western Serpent reach their status today?
Everyone have their own way of practicing and cultivating internal energy and each of them have their own trial, some obstacle, some bottleneck, some frustrating moments but Arial never learn any of this fact.
Levitia Cultivation Technique is free, and as such there is no such thing as bottleneck. It is this fact that made Arial unbelievably strong.
It could be said if Arial try to find a challenge for himself, there could only a handful of people that could rival him.
But Arial don’t know this.
This is why he is desperate to determine his power by challenging the 4 Immortals. Of course, Xiyun don’t know this either or she might tell this to her teacher that his technique has no bottleneck, no trials that need to be surpassed.
Xiyun knows her teacher is powerful and there is no doubt in everyone eyes that Arial is without a doubt is the champion of this meet.
When he faces Sigrid in a week time, then all will be well. That is Xiyun thoughts. After all her teacher have already defeated Sigrid.
Not to mention he was also fighting Liyun and Abbess Lin simultaneously at the time. His prowess is undeniable.
No one will ever bully her if she roams the martial art world. The only problem Xiyun have is her lack of technique.
She thought by entering All Conquering Sect she will learn many techniques but who would have thought that’s she is only allowed to learn technique after her internal energy reaches a certain level.
But Xiyun is not angry at her teacher. After all this cultivation technique is very powerful.
Sooner or later, she will learn the technique and when that time comes, Xiyun will carve her name as one of the famous figures of the martial art world.
A few years are nothing. But Xiyun have a wish she could reach that level faster. But she will not rush.
Her teacher, Arial has warned her of this. People think by practicing everyday their body will undoubtedly become stronger faster.
Well, it is not entirely wrong but for Arial school it is wrong. His technique is free and therefore rushing, is forbidden.
Hesitating is also forbidden. Train. Rest. Train. Rest. That is the way of Arial school. A routine of training and resting.
The effect of the resting will help the cultivation process and healing of nervous system and also have the benefit of resting the mind.
But Xiyun is also not to be underestimated. Her profound knowledge of the intricacies of inner skill is on par with her genius older sister.
And as such she understands some of the complex cultivation technique of Arial. For the first day, they did not do much other than just training in their room.
IN A SECLUDED HUT IN DARK PEAK
The torch fire can be seen in this secluded hut. 8 torches giving off a faint light in that secluded hut and provide some warmth in the windy night.
The sound of crickets and Night hopper can be heard and the moon can be seen, showing that faint luster of light near the dark and gloomy forest.
The flame sometimes flickers because of the harsh and cold wind of the nights. The sound of wolf howling and the hooting of the Big Eyed Bird can also be heard.
In that hut there are 8 figures sitting while another 8 figures is standing with a torch in their hand, each one beside the eight figures.
The 8 figures are the Elders of each sect and some sect leader.
They are the Elders of Sun Moon Sect, Blinding Sword sect, Yilin, Taojing, Limitless Blade Sect, Five Finger Peak, Wuhao, and Lishan.
The Ermeishan it seems is not present. While the evil sect is also not present in this meeting.
‘Have we been reduced to this?’
One of the elders of Taojing scoffed, looking at the faces of the other elders and sect leaders.
‘Hiding in a hut. A man should be upright and brave.’
‘Upright and brave?’ Five Finger Peak Elders snicker.
‘Go then. Be brave and upright. Go greet the dragon in his house and let see how being brave and upright help you.’
And Taojing Elders glares at the Five Finger Peal Elder. Yet they did not answer Five Finger Peak.
‘There should be a middle ground with the All-Conquering Sect and the other schools. There must be a way. Why should we make such enemies when there is yet no great enmity between us and him? What is the benefit of angering such a man?’
One of the elders from Sun Moon Sect said advising the other elders, to not be discouraged. Xiao De the representative of the school in the meet nodded.
‘True. I could not believe that exponent is so unreasonable.’ One of Wuhao elders speaks smiling.
After all, they secretly grinning looking at their enemy leader, Abbess Lin humiliated in that fight. Of course they would rather make friends with the dragon rather than their enemies.
‘Tell that to my disciple. Tell that to my school!’ Revered Erlanger of Yilin shouted.
‘He broke Sigrid bone and inflicts internal injuries on him. If not for Revered Eastern Devil Divine Flower Ointment my disciple will be crippled if not a disable person.’
Sigrid just dropped his head.
‘And whose fault is that?’ the sect leader of Blinding Sword Sect, Fan Huang asked.
‘Isn’t he is at fault? Isn’t he too arrogant to measure his own abilities? Why blame the dragon?’ Fan Huang rebuking Revered Erlanger outburst of anger.
‘And not to mention we did ganged up on him. No wonder the dragon feel angry. Even I would have felt the same.’ He continued glaring at the other sect.
The other elders and sect leader also feel embarrassed by this fact. But during that time, they never thought that the sect leader of the All-Conquering Sect to be so formidable.
They recognize the dragon talent but of course they never once think that this dragon at that age could yet equal them.
But their eyes were opened that night. Abbess Lin, is even injured and her disciple has her vocal chords broken just by a choke.
That night if not for the All-conquering sect held back all those three figures would probably die meaninglessly under Arial power.
‘Hmmm’ the other sighed.
They have made themselves an enemy. A formidable enemy at that. They all know what each other are so bother about.
That night they all think if they all accompany the Ermeishan, Arial would not have resisted too much and handed them the girl.
After all, even though there might be a perfectly reasonable reason for Xiyun to run away from Ermeishan sect, Arial should not have interfered.
In their misunderstanding they thought Arial is smitten by the young girl and kidnapped her, or persuade her to change school.
They all have their misunderstanding.
Some thought Arial kidnapped Xiyun. Some thought that Arial stole Xiyun away from Ermeishan.
Some thought Xiyun is running away from the Ermeishan after doing some wrong in the sect and ask Arial help in shielding her.
Who would have thought that the girl is his disciple and have changed her school? Of course what the people didn’t know is the real reason why the Abbess wanted Xiyun so badly.
When the Abbes found the letter, she could care less whether Xiyun change her school or not but that all change when she went to her storeroom and found out that her Laojing wine is missing and also the herbs and the tea.
She was furious like a lion mother, screaming ad cursing. How could she not? She vowed to get it back.
Even though she did not want to offend the All-Conquering Sect, this is the last straw.
All her works from two and seven, cultivating, making the pill and then grinding it, and fused it with so many herbs she got from Eastern Devil and Western Serpent only to have all of it missing.
All of those are not normal ingredient. It looks like ordinary Laojing tea and Wujing wine but it’s not.
The Abbess has painstakingly ground her cultivation inner energy pill that would increase one internal energy and power by leaps and bound but not only that also increase their longevity.
Whoever drinks it will be blessed with a sudden increase of internal energy and strength.
Usually such medicine will shorten lives, even though it blessed the one who eat it with increase of energy but the Abbess learn under the Medicine Fairy, the rival of Poison King during her youth and she learn secretly how to counteract the harmful nature of her pill and how best to distribute it.
And that method is by food, letting the intestines to absorb it and spread evenly in the blood nerve travelling all the way absorbing at every veins of the body until it reach to the center of energy.
Process of synthesizing will take 7 days.
That is the reason she wanted Xiyun so badly. Who would have thought she is so easily defeated by Arial thus creating this predicament.
And who could have predicted both Arial and Xiyun is drinking that wine and tea every day, draining decades of the Abbess hard work into the mouth of another, without ever fully knowing their power is being increased every time they sipped the tea and drink the wine.
‘Let us meet him and discuss this thing. Tell him we mean him no harm, no bad intention and maybe he will listen.’
‘Maybe, he would. Maybe he wouldn’t. Who knows? People as strong as him, they do what they want when they want.’
The rest of the Elder also nodded in agreement. This matter is not so simple. They all know how exponents act.
Fang Huang once met an exponent, the one that secluded themselves deep in mountains or caves by a fortunate encounter during his younger days, roaming the martial art world, accompanied with his friends, with burning desire and dreams in his heart of becoming a respectable figure in the martial art world community.
He has the opportunity to meet Blind Monk Wen. He is eccentric. That is how Fang Huang describes him every time he told his story.
Do what he wants on the time he wants. He could as easily kill you as he saved you. There is no rhyme or reason with such exponents.
Even though the schools have many expert but to claim that they are expert exponent only a few would dare to boast like that.
Abbess Lin is an expert exponent, so does the Abbot of Yilin which is still at the temple sending his reverend and the other elders.
Only a few sects come with their sect leader. Expert exponent is only just below the 4 Immortals, if they have to rank them.
Sect leader is a rank beneath exponent. That is how they make such distinction. After all, it’s not like they can measure their strength in numbers. And making Arial, their enemy is not their intention.
‘If he is only a lord we can still find a way to live but he is also an exponent of such caliber if we offend him, it will not be easy.’ Fang Huang said and Yilin revered grudgingly nodded.
They all know Arial is a noble lord, with vast region under him. But if that is the only reason they are afraid they will not be here, whispering in a cold windy night.
It is because Arial is also an exponent.
‘What if-’ Xiao De said and then he shut his mouth.
‘What if we try to approach him softly?’
‘How do we do that?’
‘He has a disciple right. A master heart is on his disciple’ the other nodded.
‘We befriend his disciple and then we throw a banquet and ask her to bring her teacher. That way he might be open to our reasoning.’
The other elders look at each other and they all nodded in agreement.
‘That doesn’t sound like such a bad idea.’ That night they agree on the plan and began their preparations.