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Immortal Ascension Tower

Book 1: Reborn

First Arc: The Child And The Dragon

Chapter 2 – Wasn’t This Belt Heavier?

The closest people immediately walked a few steps backwards disgusted: the teen was so dirty that even his face was indistinguishable and his long flowing black hair that reached the waist had black earth and mud attached to it. It really made one wonder whether black truly was the color of the hair or if it was simply so unclean that it had been naturally dyed like that! The worst thing though was that the boy was so stinky that many people had to hold their noses and breath through their mouths: the child seemed to have never taken a bath before!

“Y… Young child, what matters could possibly bring you to come to my Mysterious Light-Shadow Sect? Is a sibling of yours studying there?” The man that was constantly being sung praises to annoyingly asked the small boy. The disgust on the youth’s face was hardly concealable as he clearly bent back and tried to put some distance between him and the dirty child. The boy’s eyes scanned the man in front of him and an imperceptible smile formed on the thin lips as the child realized the kind of man he was talking to.

“Oh, This Lowly Junior has no siblings, relatives nor friends at Esteemed Senior’s Mysterious Light-Shadow Sect. This Lowly Junior came to join the sect and become a powerful cultivator just like Senior! Esteemed Senior’s strength can be seen simply by his air and demeanor, truly worth of a king between men!” After noticing how much the man seemed to value face, the boy wasted no time and immediately started flattering him in front of the other disciples. The praises had been extremely smooth, without the slightest hint of sarcasm amidst the fancy words. It was a beautifully done flattery, so much so that the man’s expression turned from the disgust in the stinky youths’ regards, to pride, and finally self-satisfaction, as if what he had just gained had not been only face, but a sum of money that could allow him to live in bliss forever!

He looked around, a big smile plastered on his face, as if he were saying: See? This genius is so great even a small child understands how he should act in front of me! Mwahahah, indeed, this Genius is the greatest!

“Cough, cough, ahem!”

The older man stepped closer to the kid and he waved his hand towards him: immediately, the air flow changed, an invisible pressure started to shake the child’s body and at the same time threw off all the dirt and mud on his figure.

The boy watched in ‘amazement’ as the previously dirty him suddenly turned into a clean, refined young boy: his beautiful, straight, long, pitch-black hair and wide, girly, golden eyes as well as his handsome face mesmerized some of the females on the spot. The long eyelashes, the straight nose pointing slightly upwards… how was this child not a girl? He was even prettier than many beauties! Some girl even awakened their hidden shotacon side, and immediately started to think of methods to get closer to the beautiful youth.

The child’s pretty girly looks, coupled with a hint of courage between his eyebrows and the innocent look in his eyes… If he was this beautiful while still so young, how breathtaking would he become in the future? Gah! Arrows of blood shot into the sky!

Ignoring the strange reaction from his female companions, the thirty-one year old cultivator smiled at the child. “Good child! You sure know how to flatter others! As a reward…” He looked up and the air surrounding them trembled as the two suddenly shot towards the sky! The jump was really high and they soon were more than a hundred feet off the ground. When they were about to fall though, the young boy realized that he was actually as still as a rock on the ground: he was fluctuating in the air!

The child turned towards the man at his side that was firmly grasping his shoulder and sharing the power of flight with him. The man looked back and, seeing his ‘shocked’ face, he explained. “This, little Junior, is my power. You were absolutely right, your Senior is indeed powerful, Junior really has good eyes… This is the power of… an Advanced Stage Cultivator! This younger brother who knows his ways with words, recognized my strength and even allowed me to show off in front of those ignorant people, how could I hold up to my might if I let such actions go unrewarded? As a prize I, Liu Biao, will personally escort you to the Mysterious Light-Shadow Sect!” With that, the man that called himself Liu Biao turned towards the tall walls in the distance. He smiled and the child felt a strong pull as they suddenly sped up, moving so extremely fast that the trees beneath them could not be clearly seen and the people below seemed even more like colored blurs!

In less than twelve breaths they had travelled quite a distance and reached the tall walls of the gigantic fortress! The fort spanned for many miles in both length and width and it was absolutely massive, so big that it could easily house at least a few million men while still having plenty of space left over.

“Young boy, Senior has given you his name, so can Junior tell what is this little Junior’s name?” As they landed and started approaching the tall walls, Liu Biao also started to ask the youth beside him a few questions.

“Senior, this junior is called Cheng Hao and he comes from a mountain village in the south. This junior truly thanks Senior for his assistance and hopes to one day be able to repay kindness with even more kindness. For Senior is so strong, this measly junior truly doesn’t want to waste the great Senior’s precious time and thinks that for Senior’s best it is better to part ways here…”

Although the intention of sweet-talking and flatter the older man was crystal-clear in the boy’s words, the ‘Advanced stage cultivator’ had already fallen for the young man’s soft schemes and sweet praises so much… That he actually couldn’t bear to part with the boy! It was like biting into a delicious cake: now that he had bit once, he wanted more! Because of this, he quickly disregarded the boy’s suggestion. “Hahaha, this junior can call me big brother Biao and I will call you little brother Hao! How about it? There would be no need for worries when we are brothers right? Onwards, let big brother help you easily pass the exam for Vacant Disciples!”

Cheng Hao caught onto the occasion and knelt on the ground. When he looked up, his eyes glittered with excitement as he softly called out. “Big… Big brother Biao…”

Ugh! Too cute! Some passersby felt as if an arrow had suddenly stabbed into their chest!

Mwahahah! Indeed, this Genius is the greatest!

“Ahahahah!” Liu Biao lifted his head upwards and laughed loudly to the sky. By doing so, though, he also missed the grin as well as the greedy expression that appeared for a really short time on the child’s face. Suddenly his expression changed as he slapped a golden blur that had suddenly shot out from his ragged clothing. The blur whimpered once, and then returned back into one of Cheng Hao’s front pockets.

“Not yet,” he hissed. Without being seen he hurriedly closed the front pocket where, for a moment, a golden, scaly tail could be seen moving about…

A short while later.

“Little Bro’ Hao, you wouldn’t by any chance have already started to cultivate, have you? Those trashy cultivation methods that ordinary peasants use could really harm your talent, as it is really difficult to change one’s method midway…”

“Sen- No, big brother Biao!” Cheng Hao stuttered. “How could have I? I am so young, how could I possibly have started to cultivate?” The child chuckled before his expression darkened. “Our mountain village only had one cultivator, and that cultivator didn’t let even his closest of friends look at his cultivation method. Let alone a small, poor and…” the child sniffed theatrically, “Orphan child like me…” At that Cheng Hao gradually started to slow down and began to sob. An incessant stream of tears also didn’t wait long before falling down the sides of his face.

“You… You are an orphan?”

“Y-yes… W-w-WAAAAA! MOMMYYY! DADDYYY! WAAA!”

Liu Biao panicked when he saw the child cry even more at his question. He hesitated but he then knelt in front of the child. “Do not worry, you may have no parents, but now your big brother is here! Big brother will protect you from now on!” After saying that he tightly hugged Cheng Hao and let the boy cry his heart out on his robes. After a long while, the child seemed to have finally calmed down and he looked at the older man with what seemed even more ardor. “Big brother, thank you!”

Liu Biao grinned and patted the boy’s head. “Now let’s go… I will make sure you pass that exam! You will join the Sect”

Cheng Hao also looked determinately at the wall that was now only a few dozen step in front of them and nodded before starting to walk again.

“What do you mean he can’t join???” Liu Biao furiously banged his fist on the table. The poor furniture immediately got crushed into splinters under the immense power of Advanced stage cultivation. Thanks to the thirty-one year old cultivator’s actions and fiery temper, all the people nearby had given up on their intentions and steered away as far as they could from the broken down table and the three people gathered around it.

Sitting at the table, or at least the few splinters that had once been a table, was a middle-aged man: he wore a white uniform with a single black stripe on it. The white robe meant he was yes, an Elder, but that single stripe showed he was only a mere Vacant Sect Elder… compared to an Inner Disciple, his status was as low as an ant before an emperor! Furthermore, when the table had been destroyed, the poor guy had also found out that the power of this arrogant disciple was a whole stage higher than his own, so he could do nothing but pray that he would let the matter go…

“E-e-esteemed inner disciple,” he flattered “this boy is simply way too young, we can’t possibly allow such a young kid in our sect! Let alone the fact that we wouldn’t be able to measure his talent as martial power usually blossoms once a person reaches his teens… the rules require him to pass through a vicious and arduous trial!” The Elder tried to explain. The result?

“Does it seem like I, your grandfather, gives a dog’s crap about your rules??? If I say crawl, you crawl, if I say bark like a dog, you bark and bring me back the stick I threw at you while at it! And so, if I say my little brother here will join the sect… He. Will. Join. The. Sect. Am I clear?” Facing Liu Biao’s, an Inner Disciple’s, cursing, the vacant Elder could only shut his mouth and not retaliate, hoping that the other party would eventually calm down… or a miracle happened. Well, not that he put much hope into the latter, after all miracles were miracles exactly because they simply did not happ-

“B-big brother, you don’t have to go as far… I-I will come back in a few years, how about it?”

A miracle! Thank the Heavens! The Vacant Elder felt as if he was on the verge of tears.

“Look here, you WILL make Cheng Hao a sect disciple now, understand?” Liu Biao yelled.

Fuck! The Elder’s eyes twitched: he did not get paid enough for this! Now that he thought about it… did he even get paid at all?

“Big brother!” Meanwhile, as the Vacant Elder was lost in his thoughts, Cheng Hao lamented in his place. That much attention was unwanted. Cheng Hao also started to tug at the bigger boy’s clothing and urge him to stop, in vain…

“Senior… I-I… Really can’t-” The Elder finally stuttered as he shook his head.

“Are you not listening to me?” Liu Biao was on the verge of exploding.

Cheng Hao gritted his teeth and finally spoke out. “Big brother! I will just take the test! There will be no problems if Junior can pass the new disciple acceptance exam, right?”

“Uh?” Both the examination elder and the Liu Biao looked at him with wide eyes and stopped arguing.

Finally, the enraged Inner Sect Disciple seemed to have calmed down. “Little brother, you should know that there are traps and monsters waiting for you if you take the test… Are you willing to throw your life away??? Just leave it to big brother here!”

“I-I won’t die!” Cheng Hao yelled. “Please big brother, just stop arguing!”

Liu Biao was stunned and before he could say anymore, Cheng Hao walked towards the area where the middle aged vacant elder was sitting, stepped on the teleportation hexagram laid on the ground, the one that would bring him towards the test’s location, and vanished. Both the elder and Liu Biao looked at the fading teleportation hexagram blankly.

“Does he actually have enormous strength even if he is so young? W-what cultivation does your little brother have?” The Elder managing the examination asked Liu Biao: for the child to be so confident, was he perhaps a genius that had begun cultivating at such a young age?

The black robed man paled. “C-Cultivation? He… He… HE DOESN’T HAVE ANY!!!!!”

Both Liu Biao and the elder looked at the now almost completely gone hexagram with fright.

“NOOOOOOO!!!” Liu Biao tried to step on the hexagram before it disappeared but failed miserably and landed on the ground fiercely.

“STOP! Stop the new disciple acceptance exam! NOW!”

“I cannot! There is no way to access an occupied examination array once it is full! Now that it already holds a disciple in it, the exam has already started and unless he dies, nobody else can go in!”

“Nooooooooo! Little Hao!!! Noooooooooooooo!”

Liu Biao started weeping on the ground. Had the Inner Disciple at the Advanced stage been just a little more clear-headed instead of drowning in his grief, he would’ve probably felt something off. And instead, it would only be much, much later, that he would finally discover that his belt had actually gotten one Heaven&Earth pouch lighter…

The closest people immediately walked a few steps backwards disgusted: the teen was so dirty that even his face was indistinguishable and his long flowing black hair that reached the waist had black earth and mud attached to it. It really made one wonder whether black truly was the color of the hair or if it was simply so unclean that it had been naturally dyed like that! The worst thing though was that the boy was so stinky that many people had to hold their noses and breath through their mouths: the child seemed to have never taken a bath before!

“Y… Young child, what matters could possibly bring you to come to my Mysterious Light-Shadow Sect? Is a sibling of yours studying there?” The man that was constantly being sung praises to annoyingly asked the small boy. The disgust on the youth’s face was hardly concealable as he clearly bent back and tried to put some distance between him and the dirty child. The boy’s eyes scanned the man in front of him and an imperceptible smile formed on the thin lips as the child realized the kind of man he was talking to.

“Oh, This Lowly Junior has no siblings, relatives nor friends at Esteemed Senior’s Mysterious Light-Shadow Sect. This Lowly Junior came to join the sect and become a powerful cultivator just like Senior! Esteemed Senior’s strength can be seen simply by his air and demeanor, truly worth of a king between men!” After noticing how much the man seemed to value face, the boy wasted no time and immediately started flattering him in front of the other disciples. The praises had been extremely smooth, without the slightest hint of sarcasm amidst the fancy words. It was a beautifully done flattery, so much so that the man’s expression turned from the disgust in the stinky youths’ regards, to pride, and finally self-satisfaction, as if what he had just gained had not been only face, but a sum of money that could allow him to live in bliss forever!

He looked around, a big smile plastered on his face, as if he were saying: See? This genius is so great even a small child understands how he should act in front of me! Mwahahah, indeed, this Genius is the greatest!

“Cough, cough, ahem!”

The older man stepped closer to the kid and he waved his hand towards him: immediately, the air flow changed, an invisible pressure started to shake the child’s body and at the same time threw off all the dirt and mud on his figure.

The boy watched in ‘amazement’ as the previously dirty him suddenly turned into a clean, refined young boy: his beautiful, straight, long, pitch-black hair and wide, girly, golden eyes as well as his handsome face mesmerized some of the females on the spot. The long eyelashes, the straight nose pointing slightly upwards… how was this child not a girl? He was even prettier than many beauties! Some girl even awakened their hidden shotacon side, and immediately started to think of methods to get closer to the beautiful youth.

The child’s pretty girly looks, coupled with a hint of courage between his eyebrows and the innocent look in his eyes… If he was this beautiful while still so young, how breathtaking would he become in the future? Gah! Arrows of blood shot into the sky!

Ignoring the strange reaction from his female companions, the thirty-one year old cultivator smiled at the child. “Good child! You sure know how to flatter others! As a reward…” He looked up and the air surrounding them trembled as the two suddenly shot towards the sky! The jump was really high and they soon were more than a hundred feet off the ground. When they were about to fall though, the young boy realized that he was actually as still as a rock on the ground: he was fluctuating in the air!

The child turned towards the man at his side that was firmly grasping his shoulder and sharing the power of flight with him. The man looked back and, seeing his ‘shocked’ face, he explained. “This, little Junior, is my power. You were absolutely right, your Senior is indeed powerful, Junior really has good eyes… This is the power of… an Advanced Stage Cultivator! This younger brother who knows his ways with words, recognized my strength and even allowed me to show off in front of those ignorant people, how could I hold up to my might if I let such actions go unrewarded? As a prize I, Liu Biao, will personally escort you to the Mysterious Light-Shadow Sect!” With that, the man that called himself Liu Biao turned towards the tall walls in the distance. He smiled and the child felt a strong pull as they suddenly sped up, moving so extremely fast that the trees beneath them could not be clearly seen and the people below seemed even more like colored blurs!

In less than twelve breaths they had travelled quite a distance and reached the tall walls of the gigantic fortress! The fort spanned for many miles in both length and width and it was absolutely massive, so big that it could easily house at least a few million men while still having plenty of space left over.

“Young boy, Senior has given you his name, so can Junior tell what is this little Junior’s name?” As they landed and started approaching the tall walls, Liu Biao also started to ask the youth beside him a few questions.

“Senior, this junior is called Cheng Hao and he comes from a mountain village in the south. This junior truly thanks Senior for his assistance and hopes to one day be able to repay kindness with even more kindness. For Senior is so strong, this measly junior truly doesn’t want to waste the great Senior’s precious time and thinks that for Senior’s best it is better to part ways here…”

Although the intention of sweet-talking and flatter the older man was crystal-clear in the boy’s words, the ‘Advanced stage cultivator’ had already fallen for the young man’s soft schemes and sweet praises so much… That he actually couldn’t bear to part with the boy! It was like biting into a delicious cake: now that he had bit once, he wanted more! Because of this, he quickly disregarded the boy’s suggestion. “Hahaha, this junior can call me big brother Biao and I will call you little brother Hao! How about it? There would be no need for worries when we are brothers right? Onwards, let big brother help you easily pass the exam for Vacant Disciples!”

Cheng Hao caught onto the occasion and knelt on the ground. When he looked up, his eyes glittered with excitement as he softly called out. “Big… Big brother Biao…”

Ugh! Too cute! Some passersby felt as if an arrow had suddenly stabbed into their chest!

Mwahahah! Indeed, this Genius is the greatest!

“Ahahahah!” Liu Biao lifted his head upwards and laughed loudly to the sky. By doing so, though, he also missed the grin as well as the greedy expression that appeared for a really short time on the child’s face. Suddenly his expression changed as he slapped a golden blur that had suddenly shot out from his ragged clothing. The blur whimpered once, and then returned back into one of Cheng Hao’s front pockets.

“Not yet,” he hissed. Without being seen he hurriedly closed the front pocket where, for a moment, a golden, scaly tail could be seen moving about…

A short while later.

“Little Bro’ Hao, you wouldn’t by any chance have already started to cultivate, have you? Those trashy cultivation methods that ordinary peasants use could really harm your talent, as it is really difficult to change one’s method midway…”

“Sen- No, big brother Biao!” Cheng Hao stuttered. “How could have I? I am so young, how could I possibly have started to cultivate?” The child chuckled before his expression darkened. “Our mountain village only had one cultivator, and that cultivator didn’t let even his closest of friends look at his cultivation method. Let alone a small, poor and…” the child sniffed theatrically, “Orphan child like me…” At that Cheng Hao gradually started to slow down and began to sob. An incessant stream of tears also didn’t wait long before falling down the sides of his face.

“You… You are an orphan?”

“Y-yes… W-w-WAAAAA! MOMMYYY! DADDYYY! WAAA!”

Liu Biao panicked when he saw the child cry even more at his question. He hesitated but he then knelt in front of the child. “Do not worry, you may have no parents, but now your big brother is here! Big brother will protect you from now on!” After saying that he tightly hugged Cheng Hao and let the boy cry his heart out on his robes. After a long while, the child seemed to have finally calmed down and he looked at the older man with what seemed even more ardor. “Big brother, thank you!”

Liu Biao grinned and patted the boy’s head. “Now let’s go… I will make sure you pass that exam! You will join the Sect”

Cheng Hao also looked determinately at the wall that was now only a few dozen step in front of them and nodded before starting to walk again.

“What do you mean he can’t join???” Liu Biao furiously banged his fist on the table. The poor furniture immediately got crushed into splinters under the immense power of Advanced stage cultivation. Thanks to the thirty-one year old cultivator’s actions and fiery temper, all the people nearby had given up on their intentions and steered away as far as they could from the broken down table and the three people gathered around it.

Sitting at the table, or at least the few splinters that had once been a table, was a middle-aged man: he wore a white uniform with a single black stripe on it. The white robe meant he was yes, an Elder, but that single stripe showed he was only a mere Vacant Sect Elder… compared to an Inner Disciple, his status was as low as an ant before an emperor! Furthermore, when the table had been destroyed, the poor guy had also found out that the power of this arrogant disciple was a whole stage higher than his own, so he could do nothing but pray that he would let the matter go…

“E-e-esteemed inner disciple,” he flattered “this boy is simply way too young, we can’t possibly allow such a young kid in our sect! Let alone the fact that we wouldn’t be able to measure his talent as martial power usually blossoms once a person reaches his teens… the rules require him to pass through a vicious and arduous trial!” The Elder tried to explain. The result?

“Does it seem like I, your grandfather, gives a dog’s crap about your rules??? If I say crawl, you crawl, if I say bark like a dog, you bark and bring me back the stick I threw at you while at it! And so, if I say my little brother here will join the sect… He. Will. Join. The. Sect. Am I clear?” Facing Liu Biao’s, an Inner Disciple’s, cursing, the vacant Elder could only shut his mouth and not retaliate, hoping that the other party would eventually calm down… or a miracle happened. Well, not that he put much hope into the latter, after all miracles were miracles exactly because they simply did not happ-

“B-big brother, you don’t have to go as far… I-I will come back in a few years, how about it?”

A miracle! Thank the Heavens! The Vacant Elder felt as if he was on the verge of tears.

“Look here, you WILL make Cheng Hao a sect disciple now, understand?” Liu Biao yelled.

Fuck! The Elder’s eyes twitched: he did not get paid enough for this! Now that he thought about it… did he even get paid at all?

“Big brother!” Meanwhile, as the Vacant Elder was lost in his thoughts, Cheng Hao lamented in his place. That much attention was unwanted. Cheng Hao also started to tug at the bigger boy’s clothing and urge him to stop, in vain…

“Senior… I-I… Really can’t-” The Elder finally stuttered as he shook his head.

“Are you not listening to me?” Liu Biao was on the verge of exploding.

Cheng Hao gritted his teeth and finally spoke out. “Big brother! I will just take the test! There will be no problems if Junior can pass the new disciple acceptance exam, right?”

“Uh?” Both the examination elder and the Liu Biao looked at him with wide eyes and stopped arguing.

Finally, the enraged Inner Sect Disciple seemed to have calmed down. “Little brother, you should know that there are traps and monsters waiting for you if you take the test… Are you willing to throw your life away??? Just leave it to big brother here!”

“I-I won’t die!” Cheng Hao yelled. “Please big brother, just stop arguing!”

Liu Biao was stunned and before he could say anymore, Cheng Hao walked towards the area where the middle aged vacant elder was sitting, stepped on the teleportation hexagram laid on the ground, the one that would bring him towards the test’s location, and vanished. Both the elder and Liu Biao looked at the fading teleportation hexagram blankly.

“Does he actually have enormous strength even if he is so young? W-what cultivation does your little brother have?” The Elder managing the examination asked Liu Biao: for the child to be so confident, was he perhaps a genius that had begun cultivating at such a young age?

The black robed man paled. “C-Cultivation? He… He… HE DOESN’T HAVE ANY!!!!!”

Both Liu Biao and the elder looked at the now almost completely gone hexagram with fright.

“NOOOOOOO!!!” Liu Biao tried to step on the hexagram before it disappeared but failed miserably and landed on the ground fiercely.

“STOP! Stop the new disciple acceptance exam! NOW!”

“I cannot! There is no way to access an occupied examination array once it is full! Now that it already holds a disciple in it, the exam has already started and unless he dies, nobody else can go in!”

“Nooooooooo! Little Hao!!! Noooooooooooooo!”

Liu Biao started weeping on the ground. Had the Inner Disciple at the Advanced stage been just a little more clear-headed instead of drowning in his grief, he would’ve probably felt something off. And instead, it would only be much, much later, that he would finally discover that his belt had actually gotten one Heaven&Earth pouch lighter…

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