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Chapter 1: Fool Young Master
“Finally, Du Clan is recruiting guards.”
“Du Clan is recruiting twenty guards, minimum requirements are sixteen years of age and physically strong.”
“Du Clan’s guard is paid ten xuanbi monthly and a captain guard is paid fifty xuanbi. The pay is higher compared to the other families’ ah.”
“This is a good opportunity, if selected as a Du Clan’s guard, there might be a chance to learn Du Clan’s martial skills if we performed well.
Between the lively streets of Stone City, several burly men with imposing air dressed in brilliant clothing, hanging a big red notice on the wall, suddenly a crowd gathered around them, whispering amongst themselves.
The several men were led by a muscular man riding on a handsome steed deep red in color, a pair of twin horns on its head. Looking at the gathered crowd “Tomorrow morning Du Clan is having an open tryout to recruit new guards, as long as someone can take three moves undefeated from the Du Clan direct descendant juniors can become a guard, if able to defeat or draw, is eligible for the position captain of the guard. Only twenty places first come first served”
The man’s sharp eyes reveal trace of pride and arrogance, Du Clan’s has quite a standing in Stone City, and as part of Du Clan, it makes them feel proud.
With the words said, the several people behind the muscular man hopped on their horses in neat and tidy action and sped away side by side in parallel lines.
“The one riding the Blood-sweat Dragon Horse is Du Clan’s Deputy Commander, Du Qi. According to rumors, he is a Xiantian Warrior.”
“If my repair is also at Xiantian level, then within the walls of Stone City I can even walk sideway, let’s see who still dares to find trouble with me.
“It is better you pray that you’ll do well tomorrow and be selected as Du Clan’s guard. Du Clan juniors’ though young but are quite strong, not many people can withstand three moves from them. Xiantian level cultivation? You’re dreaming, not anyone can achieve that. ”
“Hey hey, tomorrow I’ll definitely be selected as Du Clan’s guard.”
Within the crowd, one unshaven, slightly dark skin, tall man smiled mysteriously in front of his several partners, lowered his voice and said:” Let me tell you guys a secret, as long as one can become the Guard Captain, you can practice some of the Du Clan’s martial art skills, as time goes, there’s also a possibility to be fully integrated into the Du Clan.”
“Blackie, you’re not lying to us? Captain Guard can practice Du Clan’s martial arts skills.” The tall guy’s several companions were shocked then turned envious.
The tall man called Blackie boldly guaranteed and said: “I have a distant relative whom is part of Du Clan, you think I’ll need to lie.”
“You actually have relatives inside Du Clan, tomorrow you will be selected for sure.” Some people around who heard that looked at Blackie, eyes shimmered with envy.
The news of Du Clan recruiting guards immediately attracted the attention of many, as the new force that emerged within the city in recent years yet ranked amongst the first five families of Stone City, naturally their every move is observed by people.
Dusk, thick heavy clouds in the sky shrouded the city, near the horizon the sun’s smoldering like a fireball, strips of crimson splendor seeped through the gaps in the clouds falling on the mountains.
Stone City is close to Wild Beast Mountains, located at the border of the empire, often experiencing beasts tides. With daily struggle for survival is one of the reason why the locals raised in Stone City all practices martial arts and have exceptionally sturdy physique, especially the five big families which are considered old martial families.
Several horses galloped on high speed causing dust to swirled in the streets, leading the group on the Blood-sweat Dragon Horse up front is Deputy Commander of Du Clan, Du Qi.
Behind Du Qi, a big fellow tilted his head to check the weather, then turned around and said to the several mates behind him: “Thirteenth day, dare to bet five xuanbi if that fool young master is still there?”
“That fool recently seemed increasingly silly, it seems highly that he’s is still there, I bet he is.”
“It’s already thirteen days past, that fool should be gone, previous record was only ten days, I bet he’s gone.”
Five xuanbi is an ordinary guard’s half month wage, which tugged the hearts of the several men. Evidently, this is not the first time bets are placed, each pulling out five xuanbi and passing onto the hands of the first burly man.
“Pay attention to your attitudes, though that person is not favored by the family and his behavior rather strange, but don’t say I did not forewarn you, he is after all Du Clan’s young master, the master of all of you. If one day you get into trouble because of this, I will not be able to save you.” Du Qi glared severely at the several men.
Du Qi’s sharp gaze generated fear across the first burly man eyes, then smiling sheepishly he said: “Deputy Commander, now the whole of Du Clan, even the entire people in Stone City calls him a fool behind his back, not to mention he has always been a waste and a fool ah, so even if we refer as such in private, there’s nothing wrong with it.”
“Having said that, Master after all is Master, no matter how much of a waste or fool he is, it is still Du family’s blood running through his veins, understand your own position or bound to suffer in the future.” Du Qi stared at them fiercely.
“Understand, Deputy Commander.” Immediately, the several guards awkwardly nodded, they of course understood the reasoning in Deputy Commander’s words.
Seeing this Du Qi’s face somewhat eased, then glanced back at the first burly man and said: “Five xuanbi right, I also bet on five xuanbi that he is still there.”
“Haha, Deputy Commander also placed a bet.”
Sensing the tense atmosphere has eased somewhat, they began to accelerate, curious to know if the said Du young master is still there.
One of Stone City’s big five family, in Du Clan’s compound stands grand architectures, which makes the barren hill at the side of the main door particularly eye-catching.
On that barren hill, oddly, were devoid of any grass or plants, birds do not land on it, even snakes and rats does not pass through, just like an ominous land of death, that Du Clan people thinks that place is inauspicious, and shuns it.
Rumors had it that Du Clan’s main door used to face towards that particular hill but due to its ominous presence, dozen years ago the Du Clan shifted the main door’s direction. Since then, initially only a third-level family, Du Clan began to rise up in Stone City, which further strengthened the belief that the barren hill is an ominous land and no one dares to get close to.
On the death-like hill, barren and lifeless, just sands and pebbles on the ground. There is a stone tablet protruded from the ground with the remaining half buried beneath.
The top part is a full thirty feet high, its’ whole surface mottled, unknown for how many years it has existed, at the very least no one in Du Clan knows. It is said the stone tablet has been here since ancestors’ time. Probably due to the long years, small cracks and intricate fine lines covers the surface.
No one in Du Clan is interested in the stone tablet especially when this stone tablet is located on the barren hill. Previous generation Elders of the family investigated the stone tablet and concluded it is unquestionably an ordinary stone, without any marvel.
The only thing out of ordinary about the stone tablet is, during a violent storm more than a decade ago, the infamous Du Clan’s young master Du Shaofu stood before that stone tablet in a daze. A streak of lightning strike the stone tablet, which resulted in Du Shaofu whom is in front of it fell into a coma for three days and three nights whereas the stone was fine without any damage whatsoever.
“Damn, that idiot ……it is already the thirteenth day ah, why is he still there.”
“Lost two weeks wages, the remaining days of the month will be difficult, when that time comes loan me some living expenses.”
Sunset, before Du Clan’s main entrance, several burly men looked towards the distant barren hill, where the slender figure of a youth is seen standing before the stone tablet in a daze. Those who won the bet were in joy and the ones who lost five xuanbi were depressed.
Who could have known this time the teenager referred to as ‘the fool’ would have break the previous record, standing in front of the stone tablet without moving or resting for thirteen days straight.
“Let’s go, its getting dark, tomorrow’s there will be a lot of young miss and young master sparring in the guards’ tryout, there shouldn’t have any mishaps happening.
Du Qi retract his gaze from the barren stone tablet and sighs inwardly, the guards’ tryout tomorrow, in fact, is also an opportunity for the Du Clan’s juniors to gage the level of their cultivation, killing two birds with one stone, however these are irrelevant to the youth on the barren hill. Although raised as Du Clan young master however tomorrow’s tryout does not concern him, probably it never will and this is the difference.
“That fool is still standing there, it has been thirteen days now, his condition is becoming worse.”
“It is said the family searched many famous doctors to cure the fool, alas none have effect, maybe there’s really no cure. Maidservants can be seen glancing towards the barren hill from time to time, accompanied by a slight pity for this young master, none would have imagined he’ll turned into a fool.
Dusk gradually taken over by darkness, leaving only a faint blush where the sun’s setting, with the last source of glow disappeared, the world dimmed.
Before the stone tablet, a purple robed youth sat cross-legged, about fifteen or sixteen years of age, face slightly more mature compared his peers with a trace of resolute and fortitude, thick eyebrows above his closed eyes.
This youth’s name is Du Shaofu, with a pleasant face, unless one originates from Stone City, it is hard to imagine why anyone would call him a fool.
Twinkling softy in the night sky, stars gradually emerged, a crescent moon hanging in the depths of the sky, like a blade blooms a bright white radiance.
Deep into the night, the entire Du Clan in deep slumber, no one’s paying attention to the young man on the barren hill. Ancient stone tablet stands in the moonlight’s shadow giving an eerie feeling.
Abruptly, on that ancient stone tablet, faint glow radiated within the complex cracked lines and grooves. The lines continued to crack as the whole barren hill shakes slightly, if there’s anyone around to witness this, they would be shocked agape.
Finally, as the ancient stone tablet glows increasingly brighter, more and more cracks appeared from within and a bright curtain of light shrouded Du Shao Fu’s body, the stone tablet suddenly crumbled into a pile of gravel heaped upon the barren hill.
When the glow of light disappeared, Du Shaofu opened his eyes and twin rays shot out like lightning in the darkness, an ancient atmosphere swept out from that lean body, causing the surrounding space to ripple slightly.
Spitting out foul qi through the mouth, Du Shaofu broke into a faint smile, sighing gently and said: “! Ten years’ time, finally comprehended the first style.
Xuanbi: Currency term. Direct/main descendant: Bloodline of the Patriarch and sibling(s) of same parentage is referred to as such, where side family/branches are the consists of the relatives to the main bloodline Blood-sweat Dragon Horse (Han Xue Jiao Ma) – named as such due to the horse when push to the limit, bleeds sweat the color of blood
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