Chapter 58 – Confinement Order
Spatial Star Finger!
Happiness surged within Zhao Feng’s heart. At this moment, if there was someone else present, they would have been shocked. Could this youth have reached the seventh rank at such a young age?
Everyone knew that only Martial Masters could release their Inner Strength into the air. This was a level that most cultivators only dreamed of reaching.
But, Zhao Feng wasn’t a Martial Master, his cultivation had reached the sixth rank not long ago. This was all due to Star Finger reaching the fourth level.
At the fourth level of Star Finger, one could condense their chi and shoot it through the air. Obviously, this skill was way harder to train than others, and even Elder Zhao who guarded the martial arts library had only reached the third level of it in his younger days.
Elder Zhao had presumed that this skill might be a half-step Holy martial art. Even geniuses needed to be at least the seventh rank to train this skill to the fourth level. Therefore, it was unheard of cultivators of the sixth rank attacking through the air.
A green glow flashed through the air and hit the window two meters away.
There was a screech of shattering glass as the window broke. As Star Finger had just reached the fourth level, the damage dealt by it wasn’t high, it was only roughly half of his close combat power. But even so, the finger could still instantly kill normal Martial Artists.
For the next two days, Zhao Feng consolidated his Star Finger. Inside his mind, he was still trying to gain insights into the One with the Heavens feeling.
Pu! Pu! Poo…
Zhao Feng somehow managed to stab out consecutive fingers. The damage dealt by them was sixty to seventy percent of his close combat attacks, but once the range surpassed two meters, the power would significantly decrease.
If Zhao Feng was killing, he could slay almost any cultivator under the seventh rank with just one finger. Zhao Feng was confident that he wouldn’t be so ruffled by fighting the Qiu family elder again.
Zhao Feng walked out of the room and smelled the refreshing air.
“Brother Feng’s been in secluded meditation for a long time, so there must have been some kind of breakthrough, right?” Zhao Yufei smiled as she walked over.
“I had some insights after the summit,” Zhao Feng replied.
The main reason he didn’t leave his room was because he was recovering, as he had been seriously injured that day. Hearing him, Zhao Yufei immediately became excited. Being neighbors, the two often met so a little sparring couldn’t be avoided.
Zhao Feng still suppressed his visible cultivation to the fifth rank, but he often released the One with the Heavens aura when sparring with Zhao Yufei. Zhao Yufei was increasing by leaps and bounds and she had even learned a peak ranked martial art.
Spiritual Wind Slice!
A purple glow appeared on her jade like fingers as she condensed her Inner Strength onto her palm. Every slice she made with it could cut through rock.
“Spiritual Wind Slice? When did Zhao Yufei have such a skill?” Zhao Feng exclaimed.
The profoundness of Spiritual Wind Slice was almost on par with his Star Finger. The advantage of Spiritual Wind Slice was that it was fast and sharp, whereas Star Finger strove for pure power.
“Haha, I’ve become one of the four great geniuses, so this was the reward the high levels gave me,” Zhao Yufei said happily.
It looked like quite a few important things happened while he was recovering.
“Did Brother Feng not receive any prize?” This time it was Zhao Yufei’s turn to feel weird.
“Nope!” Zhao Feng shook his head.
Logically, he should have gotten an even better prize than Zhao Yufei because his ranking was even higher.
“You should go ask one of the elders,” Zhao Yufei said.
While sparring with Zhao Yufei, Zhao Feng found out another shocking news. The one who tied first with him at the summit, Xin Wuheng, had vanished into thin air.
“It’s already been ten days since the end of the summit. Why would he disappear without any trace?” Zhao Feng felt that this wasn’t as simple as it looked.
Could Xin Wuheng have been killed…? Zhao Feng shook his head. He wasn’t close to Xin Wuheng or anything.
After sparring, the two separated.
“Since Zhao Yufei got a prize I should get one too…” Zhao Feng thought confidently.
After all, he had tied for first. But with Xun Wuheng gone, he was first!
Soon, he arrived at the Martial Arts Library where he saw Elder Zhao.
“Elder Zhao!” Zhao Feng greeted the elder overseeing the library.
“You’ve come to me for the rewards, right?” Exhaustion appeared on the elder’s face.
“Yes, that’s correct.” Zhao Feng didn’t hide his intentions.
The elder looked at him with admiration and care. “You did better than I expected at the summit…”
“You’re flattering me! If I didn’t have the help of Elder Zhao, then I wouldn’t have such achievements today,” Zhao Feng humbly said.
“Not arrogant at all, you’re indeed a shapeable genius…just a few days ago, I asked the head of the family to let you in the third floor of the Martial Arts Library.”
Third floor of the Martial Arts Library! Zhao Feng’s heart sped up.
At the Zhao sect, the third floor was only a legend. It had never been opened publicly before. The second floor already contained the sect’s peak ranked martial arts. Then what would the third floor hold?
The arrogance Zhao Linlong had shown must have had some backing to it. Eight or nine out of ten was that it was connected with the third floor.
“Although there aren’t any Holy martial arts on the third floor, there are still some partial Holy martial arts for geniuses to gain insight from. Those whose cultivation isn’t high enough wouldn’t gain anything from entering anyway, therefore, the third floor is closed. Only Zhao Linlong was allowed to enter, even though his cultivation is under the seventh rank,” Elder Zhao explained.
Understanding showed on Zhao Feng’s face. Zhao Linlong had come in first at the family sparring contest, and being the adopted son of the head of the sect, he was able to enter the third floor.
“Thanks you, elder, for giving me this chance.” Zhao Feng was full of gratitude.
“Unfortunately, the head of the sect actually rejected this,” Elder Zhao sighed as he shook his head.
Cold awareness of the unfairness crept into Zhao Feng’s heart. Zhao Linlong was only first in the Zhao sect, but he had come first in the whole of Sun Feather City! Could it be because he was just a branch disciple, while Zhao Linlong was the head of the sect’s stepson?
“Why did the head of the sect not agree?” Zhao Feng took a deep breath, he wanted to hear the sect leader’s reasons.
“Did you meet with Qiu Mengyu after the summit?” Elder Zhao asked deeply.
“That’s true,” Zhao Feng replied, suddenly understanding. The Qiu family and the Zhao family were enemies and the fact that he had accepted Qiu Mengyu’s invitation easily raised suspicions.
“Two corpses were found, and after examination, we found that they died to a skill similar to Star Finger,” Elder Zhao’s stared at him.
Zhao Feng pretended to be surprised. “Does the sect think that I killed them?”
“I don’t believe it, how could you kill the two of them with only your fifth rank?” The elder shook his head.
Indeed, the two had both reached the peak of the sixth rank and they were of the older generation, so they had access to high tier martial arts.
If someone was logical and not retarded, they would know that the killer couldn’t be Zhao Feng.
Obviously, this was according to logic… Elder Zhao probably wouldn’t dream that the killer was right in front of him.
“Someone reported that you privately went to Qiu Mengyu’s place and Zhao Tianjian and his bodyguard died near in the sect’s territory. Many people of high position are suspicious of you teaming up with the Qiu family to kill the two.” His voice became solemn.
First, it was true that Zhao Feng had met up with Qiu Mengyu. Secondly, Zhao Tianjian had enmities with Zhao Feng and he died precisely on the night that Zhao Feng had returned alone.
This was enough reason to raise suspicions. All in all, he was just a branch disciple. It didn’t matter whether or not there was evidence, the sect leader would use this as reasoning to not let him in the third floor.
“Who’s the reporter?” Zhao Feng’s eye twitched as he thought.
That night there was only Zhao Linlong, Zhao Yufei, Zhao Han, etc. with him. The one closest with the head of the sect was undoubtedly Zhao Linlong.
“The high levels have already ordered that before the truth has been revealed, you are not to leave the grounds of the Zhao sect,” the elder sighed helplessly.
Zhao Feng’s eyes turned sharp. “Is this a confinement order?”