Chapter 37: Prowess Showcase

“This is a Scarlet Fire Pill, a unique concoction of the Cang Lan Sect. Within it contains the essence intent of the Scarlet Fire Technique. But beware to not take it too early, wait till you feel your cultivation at its bottleneck, then take it.”

The distribution elder exhorted Li Fuchen12Li FuchenMain Protagonist as he passed the manual and pill to him.

“Disciple will keep it in mind.” Li Fuchen bowed and received the items.

This is the first time Li Fuchen had seen a technique pill, it was made by refining qi. There are innumerable types of qi and thus, innumerable types of pills that can be made. By using the qi from the Scarlet Fire Technique to refine a pill, it would contain the essence intent of the Scarlet Fire Technique. But it is only naturally that only a small amount of essence can be absorbed into the pill, as such, it can only help the user rise by one rank.

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Soon after walking out of the great hall, Li Fuchen was obstructed by a few youngsters.

“Li Fuchen, you are not fit to be a 1st grade disciple, but I, Zhao Liehu will give you an opportunity. As long as you are willing to be my subordinate and contribute one mid-tier, yellow class pill to me every month; I will assure your safety as a 1st grade disciple.”

Zhao Liehu was a Zhao’s clansmen from Kuangfeng City. He had 3 star fire bone frame and always felt self-important and had a overbearing attitude.

Li Fuchen sized up his foe, just based on his qi presence, he estimated Zhao Liehu to be at the seventh rank of the Qi Realm. His skills shouldn’t be any weaker than Yang Kai’s, maybe even better.

“Do you think that is possible?” Li Fuchen replied.

“If that is the case, don’t blame me for being rude!” Zhao Liehu drew his wooden sword and suddenly thrusted in his direction.

When an equal expert showcased his moves, it would be obvious if they had skills or not.

Just with this thrust, Li Fuchen knew that the skills of Zhao Liehu were above Yang Kai’s.

It may have looked like a thrust, but in actuality, it was a ball of blazing flame. It had variations in shape just like a fire but contained the passionate heat.

Against this thrust, Li Fuchen had no other ways to confront but with the Red Jade Sword Style’s first move Touch of Red Jade.

With his sword out of the sheathe, Li Fuchen thrusted into the ‘flame’.

“Hmm?!”

Zhao Liehu had a change in expression, his overwhelming Flame Sword Style was suddenly not in his control. With the sword fasten on his foe’s sword, Li Fuchen executed a twist and a twirl. Li Fuchen then released the suction and primed his sword on Zhao Liehu’s throat, “You do not have the qualifications for me to be your follower.”

“Sword with a suction force, great skill effect. Let me, Chen Dahai spar with you.”

Comparable to Zhao Liehu, Chen Dahai too has a 3 star extraordinary bone frame. But his was a 3 star water bone frame and water based martial arts were specialized in using softness to conquer strength. It too could counter softness with softness, thus Li Fuchen’s sword style was useless against him.

Within two cubic meters, one could see the rippling of waves as Chen Dahai used his sword to shroud Li Fuchen.

“Those that enters the Cang Lan Sect are indeed unordinary.”

At this juncture, Li Fuchen didn’t hold any absolute advantage. The fight with Yang Kai required 90% of his strength, but in the Cang Lan Sect, geniuses stronger than Yang Kai were plenty in number. Every martial arts had their strengths and weaknesses, if Li Fuchen met an art that could restrain his own or was not weak against himself; he dared not guarantee he could win with ease.

But now, his current perception wasn’t realized fully due to his insufficient cultivation and he couldn’t completely comprehend high-tier, yellow class sword arts. But after his cultivation was raised to more than the seventh rank of the Qi Realm, his advantages would gradually increase.

Hong!

As their swords made contact, the air fluttered with a thick qi density.

“Give it up.”Chen Dahai analyzed that Li Fuchen’s physical strength was only around 2000 kg, but his own physical strength has already exceeded 2000 kg. With his wooden sword making circles and loops, dozens of whirlpools appeared in mid air trying to entrap Li Fuchen’s sword.

“Break!” Li Fuchen pressed his tongue against the roof of his mouth, a puff of dauntless qi was released from his palm’s laogong acupoint and caused his wooden sword to start spinning.

(TL note 1: The Laogong acupoint is an important acupoint that all martial artist needs to know, it is where the qi can be released from the hand

TL note 2: The sword spinning is like a bullet spin when it is shot from the gun)

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A loud humming sound could be heard…

The sword spun with an intense velocity, and with his palm against the end of the hilt, Li Fuchen resolutely pushed it.

Boom!

An invisible qi dispersed as Li Fuchen forcefully penetrated Chen Dahai sword stance, as it headed straight towards his opponent’s chest.

“Not good!”

Even though, he was wearing armor underneath his clothes, Chen Dahai turned pale with fright, as he knew if this thrust made contact, he would suffer at least a few broken ribs.

At the crucial moment, Chen Dahui’s sluggish left hand managed to land a blow on the side of Li Fuchen’s sword as it was in the midst of the thrust and caused the sword to take a shift in direction.

Peng!

Li Fuchen’s eyes were sharp and with quick reaction, he immediately kicked Chen Dahai’s wrist that was holding the sword. Then with a twirl in mid air, he landed another kick on Chen Dahai’s chest, forcing him to fall backwards.

“What terrifying combat skills.” Zhao Liehu’s pupils shrunk as he watched from the side.

Giving a sweep over the viewers, Li Fuchen calmly said, “If there is anyone else who wishes to challenge me, please do so now. But I will guarantee that I won’t let you off so easily.”

News of him becoming 1st grade disciple as a normal bone frame individual had already spreaded. It just so happened that Zhao Liehu and Chen Dahai gave him the chance to showcase his prowess.

“What arrogance! A normal bone frame dares to be so arrogant…”

“Just wait! During the Qi Realm, bone frames aren’t too big of an influence. But a few years later, he is bound be left in the dust.”

“Precisely, bone frames decide the speed at which you are able to cultivate sect entry techniques. As the rank of the technique goes higher, the demand for a higher quality bone frame gets more obvious. Normal bone frame martial artist would feel the gradual increase in difficulty along the road of their cultivation.”

Some of the comments were full of spite, some with disdain, and some were just here for entertainment.

***

Back in his own courtyard, Li Fuchen started researching the Scarlet Fire Technique immediately.

The Scarlet Fire Technique has a total of nine ranks, with the first three for foundation, the fourth to sixth rank for activating the violent blaze. Finally, the seventh to ninth ranks would carry the scorching effect that can easily burn one’s opponent’s skin to their organs, extremely domineering.

To add on, the Scarlet Fire Technique was best cultivated during the day, as the scorching sun would help increase the cultivation effects. But it was because of the same scorching sun that many disciples constantly felt parched like they were in the desert, noticing impairment of the meridians and worse case, self-immolation when reaching the ninth rank.

It is said that the Scarlet Fire Technique is an overbearing technique, not only can it harm your foes, but at times harm yourself too.

“Worthy of being a sect technique.”

Li Fuchen’s heart was filled with approval, he was sure that this Scarlet Fire Technique is not inferior in any aspects when compared to the Shen Tu Clan’s Shao Yang Luo Technique. Most importantly, the Scarlet Fire Technique is an entry level technique, and was used to build one’s foundation. Later on, there is one set of techniques after another, like the Scarlet Mystic Flame Technique and the True Inferno Technique.

If he is able to cultivate the Scarlet Fire Technique to the ninth rank, it would be much easier to cultivate the Scarlet Mystic Flame Technique in the future. As the danger of self-immolation is at the turn of every corner during the cultivation.

As the sun rose, Li Fuchen sat cross legged on a rockery in the courtyard and started his cultivation of the Scarlet Fire Technique.

With the Red Jade Technique, it made it easier for Li Fuchen to cultivate the Scarlet Fire Technique. Noon time, right at the time when the Sun was hottest, Li Fuchen achieved the first rank of the Scarlet Fire Technique.

Several days later, Li Fuchen advanced to the second rank. Half month later, his Scarlet Fire Technique attained the third rank.

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