The Latent Dragon Abyss had thirty stone chambers in total. The closer it was to the bottom, the better the cultivation environment. The stone chamber in the deepest part of the Latent Dragon Abyss had a cultivation environment that was comparable to the cultivation place of the first Revered Elder of the County Governor’s estate in Nine Specter County.
Currently, the stone chamber in the deepest part of the Latent Dragon Abyss was filled with turbulent Celestial Origin Energy. The energy rampaged in the room, smashing into the walls and causing a series of explosive noises.
The source of the Celestial Origin Energy was a purple-clad young man who was seated on a stone bed in the stone chamber. This young man was none other than Duan Ling Tian who was in closed-door cultivation. After he had left the courtyard in the residence of Zheng Qiu, an inner-estate elder in the County Governor’s estate, he had returned to his stone chamber in the Latent Dragon Abyss to cultivate. He had not gone out since then.
As though his life depended on it, Duan Ling Tian cultivated diligently to raise his cultivation base. After cultivating for one and a half years, he finally had his second breakthrough. He was now a Yellow Sun Golden Celestial. As the saying went, ‘Heaven helps those who help themselves’.
“So this is what a Yellow Sun Golden Celestial’s Celestial Origin Energy is like?” Duan Ling Tian muttered to himself as he controlled the Celestial Origin Energy and directed it at the walls. That was not exactly true. His Celestial Origin Energy was, in fact, different than most Yellow Sun Golden Celestials. He thought to himself, ‘Although I’m a Yellow Sun Golden Celestial, it’s more precise to say my Celestial Origin Energy is comparable to a Blue Sun Golden Celestial. Thanks to 99 Heavenly Veins, my Celestial Origin Energy had increased by two levels!’
With just a thought, Duan Ling Tian withdrew his Celestial Origin Energy. When he opened his eyes, they flashed so brilliantly that it seemed capable of illuminating the heavens and earth.
“Fortunately, the efficacy of the Hidden Spirit Pill was enough for me to break through and become a Yellow Sun Golden Celestial. I wonder how long I had been in closed-door cultivation. Regardless, I don’t think it has exceeded two years.” As usual, Duan Ling Tian had forgotten all about the passage of time when he was cultivating.
When Duan Ling Tian first entered closed-door cultivation, the Martial Competition of the 16 Counties held by King Qing’s Mansion was only two and a half years away. There was no need to mention anyone else, the County Governor of Nine Specters County definitely would not let him cultivate past the competition date. After all, the County Governor of Nine Specters Sect needed him to participate in the competition to win him the Great Overarching Pills. Therefore, he was certain that not more than two years had passed while he was in closed-door cultivation.
“I’ve finished the last of my Hidden Spirit Pills. If I continue cultivating, my speed won’t be as fast as before. I’ll wait until I can obtain more Hidden Spirit Pills to complement other primitive-grade pills like the Spirit Nourishing Pills.” After experiencing the effects of the Hidden Spirit Pills mixed with the Spirit Nourishing Pills, if he had a choice, Duan Ling Tian no longer wished to cultivate by just consuming the Spirit Nourishing Pills alone. Combining both pills significantly raised his cultivation speed after all.
Finally, Duan Ling Tian got down from the stone bed. As he left the stone chamber, he thought to himself, ‘It’s been a while since I arrived in the County City, but I haven’t explored the place at all. I’ll use this time to have a look around and relax.”
“Hm?” As soon as Duan Ling Tian emerged from his stone chamber, he sensed a piercing gaze on him. “Zhuo Fei?” He discovered the owner of the burning gaze when he looked up. It was none other than Zhou Tong’s godson whose limbs he had severed previously. Since Zhou Fei’s stone chamber was directly above his stone chamber, Zhou Fei was probably alerted due to the disturbance in his room earlier. He could clearly see the burning hatred in the depths of Zhou Fei’s eyes, but he was not bothered by it. In fact, he would have found it strange if Zhou Fei did not hate him after he had severed Zhou Fei’s limbs.
Soon after, Duan Ling Tian looked away. He stomped on the ground before he flew past Zhou Fei and shot up into the sky. During the entire process, he did not spare Zhou Fei a glance at all.
“Duan! Ling! Tian!” Zhou Fei said through clenched teeth when he saw Duan Ling Tian’s blatant disregard. Unfortunately, there was nothing he could do. He thought to himself, ‘You can keep being arrogant… We’ll see how long it lasts!’
As Duan Ling Tian made his way out of the Latent Dragon Abyss, many of those who just emerged from their respective stone chambers and those who had just returned to the Latent Dragon Abyss saw Duan Ling Tian.
“It’s Duan Ling Tian!”
“Duan Ling Tian is out?”
“He disappeared for a long time… How long was it? It should be about one and a half years, right?”
Just as Duan Ling Tian was about to leave the Latent Dragon Pool, he heard a familiar voice calling out to him.
“Duan Ling Tian!”
“Qin Yu?” Duan Ling Tian turned around and saw Qin Yu, a former Captain of the Black Dragon Army. Qin Yu had been selected in Bloody Specter City to come to the County City together with him.
Qin Yu who had just exited the third to last stone chamber in the Latent Dragon Abyss appeared like a gust of wind before Duan Ling Tian.
When Qin Yu was fast approaching him earlier, Duan Ling Tian could already sense the changes in Qin Yu’s aura. He was slightly surprised. He asked, “Qin Yu, you had a breakthrough?”
“Yes.” Qin Yu nodded with a smile. “If I didn’t have a breakthrough, how could I possibly occupy the stone chamber that’s only inferior to Zhou Fei and your stone chambers?”
Previously, Duan Ling Tian had also been surprised by Qin Yu when Qin Yu was selected to come to the County City of Nine Specters County even though he knew Qin Yu was talented. However, upon sensing Qin Yu’s breakthrough, he realized Qin Yu was even more talented than he had thought. The Latent Dragon Abyss housed 30 Golden Celestials below the age of 100. For Qin Yu to occupy the third best stone chamber, based on this, one could see how strong Qin Yu was.
“It’s nothing. I’m still a far cry from you,” Qin Yu said humbly.
Duan Ling Tian changed the subject and said with a smile, “Only two of us were selected to come here from Bloody Specter City. If City Governor Liu finds out both of us rank in the top three among these 30 Golden Celestials, he’ll definitely be delighted.”
Qin Yu replied, “News of you ranking top in the Latent Dragon Abyss has already reached Lord City Governor. As for me, I’ve only occupied the third best stone chamber recently so I’m afraid he hasn’t heard about it yet.” After he finished speaking, he studied Duan Ling Tian for a moment before asking, “I can sense the great changes in your aura. During these one and a half years in closed-door cultivation, you must have gained a lot, right?”
Duan Ling Tian was slightly taken aback when he heard Qin Yu’s words. “One and a half years? You know when I began my closed-door cultivation?”
“I don’t know when you went into closed-door cultivation. I only heard it from the others,” Qin Yu replied.
‘So I was in closed-door cultivation for a year and a half… I managed to break through twice before becoming a Yellow Sun Golden Celestial in one and a half years. This speed seems barely passable in the Spirit Overarching Heaven…’ Duan Ling Tian thought to himself.
If Qin Yu was aware of Duan Ling Tian’s thoughts, he would have felt exasperated. After all, even outstanding Scarlet Sun Golden Celestials from high-rank Celestial Kingdoms with superior cultivation techniques, environments, and resources would take longer than Duan Ling Tian to become a Yellow Sun Golden Celestials.
Duan Ling Tian’s cultivation speed was incredibly fast largely due to his 99 Heavenly Veins. When he had first ascended to the Celestial Ascension Pool, he had taken Xia Jie’s advice and soaked in the pool for a longer time to temper his 99 Heavenly Veins. For this reason, his cultivation speed became even faster. Otherwise, how could it be possible for a person who had just ascended two years ago to become a Yellow Sun Golden Celestial in such a short time? In just two years, a Scarlet Sun Golden Celestial became a Yellow Sun Golden Celestial.
Apart from the young powerhouses from elite forces in the Devata Realms who had the aid of prominent or higher grade pills, there was nobody in the history of Spirit Overarching Heaven who had accomplished such a feat by only relying on primitive Celestial Pills. In fact, it was not just in the Spirit Overarching Heaven, the same could be said for the remaining 80 Devata Realms. Those who were able to accomplish such a feat was as rare as phoenix feathers and qilin horns.
After a while, Qin Yu asked, “Duan Ling Tian, where are you planning to go?”
“It’s been so long since we arrived in the County City, but I haven’t gone out at all. I’m planning to stroll around the city,” Duan Ling Tian answered.
Upon hearing Duan Ling Tian’s words, Qin Yu said, “Why don’t I come with you? After being here for two years, I’ve gotten quite familiar with the city. I’ll bring you wherever you want to go.”