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91 Cheater


I didn’t have time to react, when I knew it, I was near the City Lord. “Why have you cheated?” he asked me. I didn’t understand what he was talking about, I never cheated. I tried to explain him, but he silenced me. “I’m a friend fo the turtle —he said—, so I will judge fairly, but if you have cheated, you will suffer the consequences.” Then he released a little of killing intent and I was frozen.

I was again transported to another place. “Call Chan Fong, Mao Tang and Seng Dao right now”, the City Lord ordered to one of his servers. He immediately obeyed. I didn’t know what was happening this? Perhaps he saw the help of Tenth Turtle in my inner self as a kind of cheat? That was the only thing I could think about.

“Tell me, who give you that knife?” The City Lord asked me. The knife? All this was because of the knife? I couldn’t believe it. I explained that it was a gift of my Master for becoming an apprentice of her. “Why this Master of yours would give you so powerful artefact?” I began to understand what was happening but even so, it was strange. I told him how that knife was before: a simple knife and my Master tinkered with it, nothing more. He didn’t show any change of attitude and his face was as ice.

“City Lord, we greet you! How do we can service you?” two men and a woman said at unison. “Come here and take a look at this knife, you are all experts and could tell me if this knife is beyond the quasi-divine realm.”

The first one who touched the knife was called Chan Fong, later I learned that he was the master blacksmith of the City Lord. He was a semi-mortal, but his experience at smiting was legendary in the city. He analyzed the knife, like if he was toying with it. “City Lord, I don’t’ know what uses could have this knife, but I could say that even in our kitchen we have better quality of knives that this one. It even began to rust, and the sharpness is laughable.

The second one who took the knife was an artefact refiner. He observed the knife and used qi to analyze it. “City Lord, this knife is not and artefact. It doesn’t have any kind of energy within, is empty. If I saw this knife in any other place, I would even look at it. As Master Chan Fong said, we really have better knives in the kitchen, some even are real artifacts! This one is not.”

I felt relaxed when I hear the first two. I knew that I didn’t cheat and what I was telling them it was true. So, they were helping me in this way. I expected that the third one would say something similar, but life is not that easy.

She analyzed the knife and was surprised of what she saw. She was an array master. She had the duty of repairing and maintaining the arrays of the city. She was one of the most important figures in the city, and all the Sect, even the powerful ones had to be courteous to her even if she was only a semi-divine. “City Lord, I have many years study arrays, and even thought of me as a master, but seen this knife I now understand that I was a frog inside a well all this time. I can’t understand at full the complexity of the arrays in this knife, but what I can say is that whoever did these arrays is a true array master, perhaps even a legendary one.”

The city Lord was surprised by that. He knew Seng Dao well and knew that she was very haughty and proud of her work. She even competed with many array masters that come to the city and she never lost. She had gained her reputation with years of study and sweat and blood. But now, she was saying all that, it was not a little matter. “Could you tell me what exactly is the function of this knife?” the City Lord asked her.

“I can’t be really sure of all the arrays here, but in general, it allows to use more efficiently your qi. When you use your qi in an array is you are not a Master you will waste a lot of your qi activating it, but what I can see with this knife you can use your full power without lost. It’s amazing.”

“Could you make something like this?” the City Lord asked.

“Make something like this? If I could have a knife with the size of this palace, I think I could do it; but doing this in something so little like this, with this precision? Impossible.”

“So do you are telling me that this knife is a weapon beyond the quasi-divine level?”

The Array Master was thinking how to respond. First, she asked to Chang Fong if the materials where really that bad. He asked that it had cheap iron, it was something that it was worthless. Then asked Mao Tang if he really didn’t feel any kind of artifact’s qi in that, perhaps something than could strengthen the material. He responded that it was merely a bad knife and if it wasn’t for her mastery in arrays, he would consider that weapon, trash.

While she was still thinking my Master tell me to say some word for them. I didn’t want to do it, but if not probably my life would be at risk. “City Lord, great Seniors, —I said while bowing— this humble junior have to interrupt you, knowing that is an offense for your majesties, but this junior have to said that my Master told me that this knife could only be used by me, any other person would suffer. And when I grew stronger, she would make a better weapon.”

“So only you could this knife? Show us how do you use it!” said the City Lord, allowing me to take the weapon. I put my vital qi in it and stabbed the air. They could feel the shockwave. The smiting master was surprised. “Is that all the power you can use with the knife?” said the City Lord without showing any kind of emotion. I poured more qi to the knife and a more power shockwave started, this time blew some minor things in the room. Now the Artifact Master was shocked. “It’s that really all the power?” the City Lord kept asking. “If he wants you to show power, show it”, my Master told me, so I used vital and lighting qi this time and stabbed the air again. This time, it was not only a shockwave but lighting attacking everywhere. The City Lord had to protect the blacksmith, and the room was partially destroyed. This time, both the Array Master and the City Lord were surprised. It was obvious that this knife was a powerful weapon and greediness begin t show in the eyes of the Array Master. However, things were not so easy for her. The knife was fractured, it couldn’t resist the power. The City Lord as seeing how the state of the knife was, understood that although very powerful for someone of my level, it was not a quasi-deity weapon. If it were, it would be a very terrible weapon for a cultivator of that stage. Also, he understood, how powerful was actually my Master as an Array Master. “Please, go to the waiting room and give me the knife, we have to make a verdict” he said to me, this time very politely.

90 Battle against all II


We entered to the stage and the referees made us separate us so we couldn’t sneak attack our opponents at the first seconds. I was near Yuan Liang but far from Meng Shang. Our strategy would begin the moment the fight commenced. We had to group up. It was the only chance we had to fight against the others.

When the referees ordered us to commence, we run to the middle of the stage. As we thought, the rest was following us, they want to eliminate us quickly. Yuan Liang-was faster than me so I was at the rear, two of our enemies attack me. I could use Shell defends, but I didn’t want to show that I could make two, so I used the artifact she gave us before the first part of the fight. The artifact glowed and dispersed both attacks and even knock backed them. That gave me time to group with Meng Shang.

When the three were reunited, she asked how I made them knock back. That seemed strange, because that was something that she gave us. “Yes, it’s a shield —she said—, but it never showed that kind of ability, how do you did it?” I didn’t know, and we didn’t have time to search for an answer, all the four were coming at us. “Are you ready?” Meng Shang asked, we nodded.

If we were alone, we would have not known anything about of them, but Yan Liang had lived in this city for a long time and know all the participants. She gave us what she knew about them, and that was the basis of our plan. My opponent would be a fat cultivator, but his techniques were swift, and the armor he used was really well made. He was the son of another Sect Master and it showed. He was quickly catching me, and I immediately used Changing currents to attack him instead. He was prepared for that and activated a shield.

That shield looked powerful, so if I wanted to break it, I had to use the Beak technique and perhaps even had to use metal qi, but I didn’t want to use it. If I used it, I would have to show my techniques to my allies that I knew in a few moments would be my opponents. I decided to use the beak without elemental qi. It didn’t work, not at all; he even had time to counterattack me, and I was in an instable position and didn’t have time to use Shell Defends. “Let me handle it”, said Tenth Turtle and he used the technique denser that what I had achieved until now.

The fist clashed with my technique, it made a loud sound, and both had to step back. My technique was broken, but his was nullified. He was surprised by that, and I had to take that opportunity. I still didn’t want to use my technique, so I remembered the knife my Master gave me! I charged it with vital qi and stab the shield. Not only the shield exploded, but the fat cultivator got blown out of the stage. I didn’t think that the knife could have so much power, but at least I won to that person.

I was about to turning to my allies when I heard something that petrified me: “Tang Jian! Disqualified!”

89 Halftime


We went to a break room. There was someone that gave us two restorative pills per person. My Master inspected them, and say they were good, so I took them. I felt a warm sensation, and my ache began to disappear, and I mi vital qi was ben replenished. It was a shame that I could do the same thing with my elemental qi, it would require more time that we had. But at least, I would be in a better state.

I was enjoying the feeling when I saw that Meng’er went to me. He was happy. “You made it!” he said, and I nodded. Perhaps in he thought that I wouldn’t do it, or I was simply thinking too much, but it didn’t matter. I began to talk to him about our fights. He told me how he won his, and I explained him how I did it, but without telling bout the metal qi. He knew that I could manipulate a little of lighting qi so he was not surprised by that. For one part, I wanted to tell him the truth, but for the other part, I want to have an ace if I had to fight him, no… when I would fight him.

We were few of the people of was talking, the rest was quiet, and you could feel the tension. No one wanted to lose, and their fighting spirits were rising up. I think that If someone made a mistake, a fight would broke out right there, but that didn’t happen.

“Hey! There you are!” A voice that it was not familiar. It was Yuan Ling. She was smiling, she was wearing a red outfit that make it look like a beautiful man. I was a little jealous, I looked like a normal guy. She talked about the fights; he saw me fighting and was impressed. “Fighting with both of you would be a pleasure” said with a smile that could destroy nations.

We were the only group that keep talking while recuperating. The rest was very quiet and some of us looked us with contempt. “I think that we would be the target of many, don’t you think? —said Yuan Liang—, what about a little truce and fight against them until only we last?” That surprised Meng Shang and me. It would be a good idea, but I knew that I could trust him, but her? “I will not backstab you —she said—, what I want is fight both of you, how do I could do it if you lost before we can fight? Will be only temporally allies, but it’s better than nothing, don’t you think?”

We kept talking about that and I wanted to know if that wasn’t against the rules. ”The City Master said the rules —she explained—, he didn’t said that we can’t have a temporary alliance. In a free for all, everybody do what you want. So it would be a good idea, but make no mistake. I will win.’

Could we trust her? I felt that we could and also Meng Shang. So we make a deal.

And we kept talking until it was time to return to the stage.

88 Battle against all I


The day came. I was feeling still the pain, but it was manageable. With the two elemental qi reservoirs and the second Shell Defends, I thought that I had a good possibility to win this, including fighting against Meng Shang. I would be so much happy if the pain was not there, but it was a remain of my election.

At the stage we were the 20 participants in a circle. Meng Shang was not near me, nor Yuan Ling, but two men of perhaps twenty of thirty years old, both quasi-divines. I sensed all the group, and I was the only one who was semi-mortal. I knew many saw how I fought before, but for many that didn’t see me, I was and easy prey. I could feel that both men were from the second group.

“Welcome again to this last part of the tournament —said the City Lord, now sitting in his place and not acting as a referee—. Many of the noble sect masters here, plead me to not be the Judge of this part. Some thinks that I can be unfair.” A murmur was heard everywhere, what kind of idiot could say that things to the City Lord? In that moment, nobody knew, but after this it would something notorious, perhaps something like the issue of the Metal Turtle Sect would occur again. “So, this time —he continued—, there will be three sect masters and my vice City Lord as referees. They will be as just as I was, or even more. Will see.

The rules are almost the same. The only two differences are that obviously this is a free for all, so if one of your own sect is disqualified that doesn’t mean anything. And this time we will stop until only three participants remain. They will be rewarded by how well they have fought. I hope to see fights that are worth it of your sect’s names! Do your best effort! And now… commence! ”

Not even a second passed, and the cultivators between me, started to attack me. I evade one of them, and the other was was blocked with Shell defends. It had the same density as last time, when I broke that girl hand, but this time the cultivator didn’t seem affected, only stepped back. I needed to do it denser, to have a better result. “Not bad, boy —one of the attackers said—, but it would be better for you to give up. We are not only more powerful than you, but also have more experience. Be a good boy and leave if you don’t want to suffer.”

Well, there were right, if I was not suffered all that to become more powerful, perhaps I would really think about it, but in that moment, I knew that I could beat the both of them easily. “Senior brothers, I thank you for your warnings —I said politely—but, been in this stage is something that I will do until I can’t simply no longer fight. That’s the path of the cultivator. I hope senior brother can understand me.”

They huffed, how could I say that words? I meant that I had hope of winning against them. That infuriate them and the fight began.

The one of the right took out a sword, and the other a lance. I felt that the sword had a fire attribute and the lance a wind one. I had to be careful with both. “So you want to fight to the last? —said one of them— Well, these senior brother will give you a lesson that you will never forget!”

The one with the lance commenced a frontal attack, his movements were swift, and I could felt the power of the wind in each stroke. I evade them, but if some of that hits touch me, I could be in grave danger. He speeded up his trusts, giving me less time to react. I knew what would happen right away, I sensed. From my back the swordsman tried to stab me. I lead Tent turtle to defend me, and he used a denser Shell defends. His fire attack penetrated a little of my technique, but not enough to make me an injure. The spear guy seen the attack failed, continued with his trust. I knew that they would tried again, probably with more strength this time, so I pretend to run away. That paralyzed them a little bit, but they follow me, they were faster than me, but the swordsman was faster than the other. And in that moment, I used Changing currents. It was only a mortal technique, but I supplemented it with a little of lighting power, so the speed increased tenfold. The changing of directions was something that they didn’t think, so I used Headbutt to the swordsman. He didn’t have time to use a defense artifact or technique. I hit him in the chest cleanly and he flew out while vomiting blood. “Out!” I heard one of the referees said.

Changing currents using elemental qi, take a toll on my body. I felt all my muscle torn apart. The lancer was shocked of what he saw, but when he saw me in that state, went after me. “Dragon piercing the heavens!” He yelled. From his speed, wind qi in the form of a dragon was shoot. That was something that I knew that a simple Shell defend would not be able to cope, so I quickly infused metal qi to the technique. His technique shocked mime and was dissolved. He couldn’t believe it. I used that time to dash at him and infuse lighting qi to Headbutt. “Out!”, I heard again. And in that moment, I was alone, ad I could see the other still fighting. I normalized my breath but pay attention to my surroundings. For now, at least I could relax a little bit.

I hear “out” more than 10 times, so only 7 of us left. Meng Shang and Yuan Ling were also there.

“Time!” the City Lord shouted. “We have saw wonderful techniques and the progress of many of our sects. Now we will take a thirty-minute break so our last participant can rest for a while. I think that we haven’t seen the best of them yet.”

I was still exhausted. Convening elemental qi was more complex that I thought and Changing current, still hurt me. I needed a break.

But I knew that soon it would be worse.

87 Elemental qi


After the fight ended, we entered our rooms, we were so tired, that I almost immediately went to sleep. I really don’t know how much I slept, but the sun was setting down. I entered my inner place and saw my Master chatting with Tenth turtle. They were quite serious. When she sensed that I came in, they stopped. That made me curious of what they were talking about.

“How do you feel after that fight?” asked my Master. I told her all my experience, the feeling of fighting and winning was pure trepidation. I knew that I had to be more grounded, but it felt so good when I had the power to disqualify the other teams. She heard me and smile. “Now you know what is fighting spirit, which was indeed a good experience for you. It will make you grow, but don’t believe that you are strong right now. You probably would not beat Meng Shang in a fight right now.”

Hearing that from my Master hurt a little, but in my heart of hearts I knew that it was the true. His fighting progress was superior to mine, and even if I was capable of defending, I was not to winning. “Master, is there is a way t improve in these two days?” I knew that it was impossible, but I had to ask anyway. Contrary to my expectations she said that there was a possibility.

“You have an ability to create any kind of elemental qi, but you take a lot of time doing it. What he could do it crate some kind of “reservoir” where you could store you elemental qi, and used when necessary. But you have to understand that in doing that, we are basically making holes in your soul, so it will be painful. The soul will be healed in time, but for a few weeks or even months you will suffer a lot of pain. Also, even if you can create these reservoirs, you could only use it for a limited time until the elemental qi runs off. So, if fast power versus a lot of pain, what do you decide?”

Making holes in my soul? That frighten me. And she said that I would suffer pain for even months. Did I really want that power? “Master, how profound and how many much of these reservoirs we can make?” I asked trying to think if it was worth it.” It’s all depending on what you can achieve —she said—, you can create reservoirs as big and as many as you like in your inner place, but it would be painful. One thing is to create a new route for your vital qi to flow and another make a drastic change here. If you really want to try it, I advise you than don’t make more than two, and not too profound and only use it for emergencies, but you can do what you want.”

“Master what you recommend me?” I asked still doubtful. “If it was for me, I would not do it. You only had to keep practice the technique that I give you and you will naturally do it, without the necessity of this pain, but everyone is different. My choses don’t have to be yours. You are the only one who can choose what you really want.” 

I wanted… to fight Meng Shang. I knew that I was weak right now and wanted to be stronger. I notice that my Master we would help whatever I chose even if she didn’t like what I choose, but perhaps she would be disappointed. “Master, help me do it.” I said, still doubtful, but I wanted to fight with all the strength I could muster.

I heard her sigh. “I wouldn’t be painful to do the reservoir if you could have two years more, but because of the time I have to do it, that’s why it would be painful, I will tear your inner self to do the reservoirs. You will have to bear the pain. Tell me when you want me to commence.”

I shook. I was thinking of saying no, but before I could even try to do it, my mouth said “now”. Pain. I only was pain. I can’t do anything, I can’t nothing. All was pain. I couldn’t meditate, I could enter my inner place, I only could have my eyes close while I was dying of pain. What could you shout when all you are pain? I tried to calm down, but it was impossible. The wishing of dying began to be in my mind.

Suddenly, all stopped. “I told you that it would be very painful, but now you can relax for a while.” When I could open my eyes, I felt so alive, my senses were at maximum, and I was drenched in sweat. I began to breathe as if it was the most glorious thing I could ever do. After a while a felt better and I could enter my inner place.

What I saw, shocked me in a bad way. There were two tiny pits, with the size of a bathtub. If I could enter any one, there deep would be around my shoulders. All what I suffered was for only that? I wanted to cry. “I see that you are not satisfied with my work —said my Master—, perhaps you want me to make more?” I goose bumped remembering the pain, and she felt my fear. “What you see is holes in your soul, it seem little, but it is a great accomplishment that you have not died in the process. I have made it so you can store the elemental qi for months if necessary. Now it’s your turn to select what kind of elemental qi do you want in.”

I still could feel the pain in my soul, but I knew that it would be worth it. “Master how much time I could use the elemental qi?” “It all depends in the use —she answered—, if you only use a little bit, it could last for one or two hours, but if you are in a life-or-death situation, perhaps least than five minutes each.”

It wasn’t much, but if used well, I could save my life, or even in this case, win the tournament. “Before you decide what kind of elements you would want to have, let me say something to you —said Tenth Turtle while interrupting my thinking—. I can also help you a little. If I can connect with your soul tree, I could use your vital qi to create another Shell defends, and control it, so you only have to take care of one, this could help you in multiple situations. However, I could not use the elemental qi in that technique, but only vital qi, but as denser as the time you showed me your advance. Do you want me to link to your soul tree?”

That was unexpected, especially coming from him. I couldn’t think why he wanted to help me. “How do you will link to my tree?” I asked warily. “I have given a lot of nutrients to your soul tree so it’s easy to me to do that, I only had to bite it, and I could command a part of that. Your tree would accept me to control some of it, but not all, that’s why I can only use one Shell defends.” I saw my Master and she nodded. If he could do that, my defense would increase with my attack, it was a good deal. “But what would you gain doing that, people says that nothing is free in this world.” I retorted. “Silly girl, living here for me is like a paradise, I prefer to live here than with the other turtles. I can grow here, improve myself while you are stronger, so why would I not help you? It’s a case when both parties win, no one will lose.”

After talking to him and my Master I accepted. Now I had to think what kind of elemental qi I would require. One of them was obviously lighting, it was the strongest are the easier for me to make. But what could be the other one? I had to think about it in the next hours.

86 Duo battle II


Some people noticed our quickly dispatch of the pairs. One of the people who use was the father of the girl. He was sitting in the section of Sect Master and I could sense his killing intent. “Friends, remember that in the realm of cultivator accidents happens —said the City Lord with a serious tone—, we had our fair share of injuries that have helped us to become better than before. It would be strange that the ones who are already disqualified would not be stronger the next time. So let’s the juniors be juniors, and let them suffer what a cultivator needs to suffer to improve oneself. I think this is a good thinking and every one of the seniors would need to share it, don’t you think?”

He spoke to all, but the Sect Master who was furious understood that it was for him, and he stopped. Probably he was still angry, but what could he do against the City Lord? And even if he actually hit or killed me, that only would be a humiliation to his sect. He only huff and sat down.

“Your Shell defends is better than mine! How do you do it?” asked Meng’er after a while. “Now you see that you are not the only one with good tricks” I responded smiling. He laughed and we continued to fight. This time we went to an active role and began to attack some of the groups. We had to be careful, if we fight a powerful group, we could be attacked by others in that moment, so we had to win fast. We saw two groups fighting and they were tired, “What do you think? One each one?” He knew that I could eliminate one of the groups, he had confidence in me. “Sure” I responded.

Immediately, he left right and I, left. Both groups were so occupied by their fighting that they didn’t see us until it was too late. He used his lightning attack and I used Headbutt. With his attack he eliminated the pair in one hit, but I only could hit one, but it was so strong that he flew off the arena and his group was also disqualified. “Not bad at all”, he said smiling. “And you are a showoff” I retorted grinning.

From 30 groups, only eleven remained. “What should we do?” I asked. “We’ll wait. If we continue attacking, we would be easy prey, and thanks to you we have a strong defense, so it’s better to stay alert and wait the last group to be eliminated.” I nodded.

We didn’t have to wait a lot. After a few minutes, the City Lord ordered us to stop. The 10 teams were completed and after two days, we would do the second part.

All the competitors were tired, we could see how some groups were better than others. I saw a lot of blood in one of them and it was a miracle that they weren’t eliminated. It didn’t surprise me to notice that Yuan Ling was one of the people who remained. She saw us and smiled.

“Now we rest —said Meng’er—, in two days we will be enemies. It would feel somewhat strange.” I knew what he meant, but I was also wanting to fight with him. “Don’t worry, I would be nice with you” I said as a joke, but he saw me, and his face changed. “I want you to fight me with all your power. I want to fight the true you.”

In that moment, I noticed that he was as eager as I to fight. I would not disappoint him.