Battle Through the Heavens - chapter-96
The economic confrontation between the two families of Wu Tan City
finally ended with the Xiao Clan’s victory. Whereas the Jia Le Clan, as
the defeated party, had their influence rapidly shrink. They would never
be able to regain their former glory.
The confrontation between both clans stopped being a hotly contested
topic in Wu Tan City after a week or so. People who loved the new and
loathed the old, gradually shifted their attention away and started to
place it on another important matter and this matter was regarding the
enrollment of the Jia Nan Academy.
As one of Dou Qi Continent’s most famous institutions of higher learning,
Jia Nan Academy was almost a holy place in every teenager’s heart. If
they were able to graduate from it, their journey henceforth would be
smooth sailing. Not only would they be able to pridefully return home,
they would also be fervently sought after by all parties.
Jia Nan Academy was located in the vicinity where Jia Ma Empire’s borders
intersected with two other large empires. In that no man’s land, Jia
Nan Academy was almost like a small country in itself. According to
common sense, for this trapped force, the three empires would naturally
not ignore it, as there was no assurance that someday this power would be
roped by an opponent; which would result in a major threat to that side
of the empire’s defence.
Of course, this was under the condition that this force was weak, but if
its prowess had already risen to be able to contest the three empires,
the three empires had no choice but to stop their actions and leave Jia
Nan Academy alone as if it was like a huge dragon coiling at the edge of
their empire, and so no one would willingly provoke it.
After experiencing plenty of growth over many years. The current Jia Nan
Academy was not only one of Dou Qi Continent’s most famous institutions
of higher learning, but also quite reputable between the citizens of the
three empires due to kind of concealed cooperation between it and the
For the incompatible three empires to smoothly maintain close to a
century’s peace between them, the Jia Nan Academy was a large factor in
mediating and threatening them.
These many things caused Jia Nan Academy’s reputation in the three
empires to grow even stronger. In addition, every year, Jia Nan Academy
would dispatch a large numbers of teachers to head into the three empires
to recruit gifted students.
Towards Jia Nan Academy’s act of sending teachers into the three
empires to recruit students, the three royal families all expressed a
high degree of approval. After all, an academy is ultimately not a sect.
Academies do not have many restrictions and after graduation, a large
portion of the graduates would choose to return to their own empire. This
would be the new and powerful blood into the empire’s strength, so as
long as the royal families of the three empires had working brains, they
would naturally agree.
After another few days, the recruiting instructors of Jia Nan Academy
were about to arrive at Wu Tan City. All of Wu Tan City’s attention was
shifted away from the matters of the two clans from about half a month
ago into this new recruitment. This shift allowed the Xiao Clan which was
constantly the topic of gossip to breathe a sigh of relief.
Jia Nan Academy’s enrollment placed importance on talent and not on the
person’s background. Without sufficient talent, one would be hard
pressed to enter the academy which signified a smooth future. Of course,
nothing is for certain, if you were to have powerful backing, Jia Nan
Academy would not mind taking you into the academy for a few years to
collect a large sum of tuition.
Due to Jia Nan Academy’s indifference regarding status and position,
now in Wu Tan City, even the young beggars or thieves or whatnot, began
to await the arrival of the teachers eagerly. If they were able to get
past the tests, they would finally leave their degrading jobs which was
looked down upon by the public eye and henceforth become a respected Dou
Under this driving mood, the recent atmosphere in Wu Tan City was even
livelier than during the New Year and every day outside the city, there
would be people eagerly gazing off into the distance with hope filled
Compared to these people with wholehearted expectations, Xiao Yan was
extremely busy. Due to him having to travel soon, during this time
period, he was almost always desperately making healing medicine. Looking
at Xiao Yan’s desperate figure, Yao Lao finally felt bad and decided to
help him. With Yao Lao’s unknown ability in alchemy’s help, huge
batches of medicine were completed and was constantly entering the vaults
of the Xiao Clan. With this stored amount, as long as the Xiao Clan sold
it periodically, they could sell for a year or longer. After the Xiao
Clan finally sold all of this healing medicine, they would have already
earned an envious sum of money.
This high degree of alchemy of course made Xiao Yan tired. However, the
refining process also allowed his control of his inner Dou Qi to become
more and more smooth. Even his control over the temperature of the flames
became more skilled. This improvement, combined with his highly praised
soul perception, made Xiao Yan’s success rate in making blood clotting
medicine almost close to sixty percent. Such a high success rate, would
be something only an experienced second tier alchemist could accomplish.
Comparable to his improvement in alchemy, Xiao Yan’s own strength,
under the help of Yao Lao’s carefully made elixirs, was also slowly and
steadily increasing. After Xiao Yan’s last completion of a batch of
medicine, the Dou Qi collected inside his body and forced itself to
breakthrough and land Xiao Yan among the ranks of a four star Dou Zhe.
Xiao Yan was very delighted by this unexpected gain. Looking at this, the
high intensity of alchemy had quite the reinforcement effect on raising
Of course, although alchemy had some reinforcement effects, it was very
taxing on energy and once the last batch of elixirs were completed, Yao
Lao immediately stopped Xiao Yan. Seeing Yao Lao’s severe expression,
Xiao Yan considered the fact that the storage was sufficient and decided
to stop. He then went to his room and tiredly slept for a day as his
daily life became more relaxed again.
Slowly walking in his clan, gazing at the suddenly squeezed practice
grounds, Xiao Yan was a little bored.
In each field, many young clan members were toiling away at training.
These people were hoping that these last days worth of effort were enough
to let themselves achieve Jia Nan Academy’s enrollment criteria.
Standing at the edge of the practice ground, Xiao Yan lazily looked at a
few fields, then with a bored expression, turned and left. For these
procrastinators, he didn’t have much compassion. Although he initially
regained his talent, he also had to work like a dog to keep improving.
These people, without much talent, always depended on their clan’s
background to philander which didn’t settle well with Xiao Yan.
Jia Nan Academy’s enrollment baseline was not low: before the age of
eighteen, one had to achieve 8 Duan Qi. This slightly stringent criteria
alone had destroyed many people’s dreams. Of course, with Xiao Yan’s
view, there would only be two people on this practice ground that could
meet this criteria.
Both hands holding the back of his head, Xiao Yan threw these clansmen
out of his mind since how many people being enrolled was none of his
business. Shaking his head, Xiao Yan entered another small path, walking
into the flower gardens in the backyard. A familiar female figure, was
prettily sitting amongst the flowers, appearing very beautiful.
Slightly narrowing his eyes gazing at that perfectly curved back, a
gentle look appeared on Xiao Yan’s face. Lightly smiling, he slowly
walked toward the green clothed girl that was staring at the willow tree
in a daze.
“Xiao Yan ge-ge, you… you are leaving soon?” Before reaching the
young girl, a slightly sad voice entered Xiao Yan’s ears.
His footsteps stopping briefly, Xiao Yan powerlessly nodded his head and
slowly walked forward to stand beside Xun Er. Turning his head, he saw
that slightly dejected exquisite face. Lightly smiling, he reached out
his hand and patted Xun Er’s small head before having his hand quietly
sliding down her soft hair. The comfortable feeling made him feel a
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“You aren’t going to Jia Nan Academy anymore?” Letting Xiao Yan
intimately play with her hair which no other male had ever touched, Xun
Er softly asked.
“Un.” Nodding his head, Xiao Yan gently laughed, “I also have my
own things that I definitely must do.”
“Nalan Yanran?” Xun Er lightly bit her lips as she said in a low
voice with her watery eyes throbbing with a kind of inexplicable coldness.
The palm that was playing with her hair briefly stopped, Xiao Yan
shrugged, faintly laughed and said, “That promise that was set in front
of so many people, I can’t miss it right? If that was the case, even
you would despise me.”
Xun Er’s brow lightly knitted, softly sighed and then using a voice
that only she could hear muttered, “I really shouldn’t have let her
live back then.”
“Haha, rest assured, after this matter is finished, I will go to Jia
Nan Academy to find Xun Er. Uh… at most a year and a half,. Wait no,
just a year….” Looking at Xun Er’s face that had suddenly became
bitter, Xiao Yan promptly laughed and changed his words.
“Xiao Yan ge-ge, actually…. If you follow Xun Er, Xun Er also has a
plan to let you be able to defeat Nalan Yanran within the promised
time.” Biting her lips after thinking for a while, Xun Er suddenly
Bitterly laughing, Xiao Yan shook his head and self deprecatingly sighed,
“This girl sometimes says some words that make me feel a little
“I know Xiao Yan ge-ge won’t think that this is charity.” Xun Er
sweetly smiled and said.
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Softly smiling, Xiao Yan lightly shook his head. He breathed out in
consternation and laughingly said, “ Rest assured, I have confidence
that after a year, I will ascend to Misty Cloud Faction and battle Nalan
Gazing at Xiao Yan who suddenly became prideful, Xun Er helplessly shook
her head and was about to persuade him one more time, when Xiao Yan
suddenly turned over, extended his arms, and in a split moment, grabbed
Xun Er’s small waist, roughly pulling her into his embrace.
A gentle wind blew across the flower garden, the willow lightly floated,
a young man tightly hugging a young girl like they would never split
Xiao Yan’s sudden action scared Xun Er and after brief moment, Xun
Er’s soft ear tips turned bright red. Lightly struggling for a while
then shyly stopping, her small face was slightly suffused with an
enticing layer of blushing red.
“Xun Er, after a year, I will go to Jia Nan Academy to find you, wait
Burying his head in that soft hair, the young man’s promise, finally
let the girl, who was at a loss, to obediently nod her head.