Chapter 300: First Day
We hopped on the back of Xiao-Xiao and flew to the north, the direction was to a portal that will take us all the way to the depth of s.p.a.ce.
The Heavenly Academy was of course not on this planet, but it had its own domain where it prospered.
It was in a neutral area of the Vast Expanse where none of the four major powers had any say.
It took less than a day to arrive, and like Old Man Gin had said, not many would be there since we cleared our own trials faster than anyone.
The portal structure was simple, a ma.s.sive circular warp gate that would allow transport to vast distances.
Most cultivators cannot afford to pay for the usage of such a portal, hence they use the s.h.i.+ps to travel vast distances. However, a few eccentric cultivators, well able to afford the cost still chose to use the s.h.i.+ps so they could travel the Vast Expanse and benefit from some opportunities that they can obtain along the road.
The three of us walked up to the gate and a couple of guards stopped us.
After they confirmed our ident.i.ties and the tokens we held, they operated the gate for us.
"From here onwards, you're on your own, like I said, you two should watch each other's backs, make sure to topple the opposition. Good luck, and G.o.dspeed," the old man said.
Liang Yu bowed and gave the old man a sincere thanks.
And so did I, for I had no reason not to thank a person who taught me so much in so little time.
"It is a shame that I cannot be your master," the old man Said.
"I don't really care about the etiquettes of Master Disciple, but what I do know is, if a man teaches me a letter I'll owe him for life, and I owe you much to care for this," I spoke then gave a deep bow to the person in front of me.
It was only natural.
A teacher's ability is showcased by his disciple, though we're not master and disciple, he taught me, and he deserves my grat.i.tude.
The old man snickered and said, "Your words may make the heavens jealous, but for a man who talks back against heaven itself, it would be rude not to accept your bow, go child, go and make the world know your name," the old man said and took a step back disappearing from sight.
d.a.m.n, how are they all able to do that…
I stood back up and turned to the gate, "Let's go," I said to Liang Yu as I held her hand and the two of us walked forward.
The moment we stepped through the warp gate, I felt as if the world was stretching, and my whole being slowly disintegrating, not in pain, but as if I was being slowly decomposed and reconstructed.
It lasted for a long time, or probably for only a second because just as I closed and opened my eyes, I was already standing on a ma.s.sive platform high above the clouds.
The whole world felt different here. And the skies were dyed in a purple hue.
There were three moons up above us, and the skies themselves were s.h.i.+ning in an amalgamation of stars that would take ten thousand lifetimes to count.
Surrounding the platform were sky-defying stone formations that seemed to rise from the depth of the earth to challenge the skies.
These rock pillars seemed naturally made, and they had an array of nests where birds seemed to be sleeping for the night.
The sound of water caused me to turn my head to see even bigger pillars, more like mountains rising up in the distance where waterfalls seemed to be coming from, falling down in cascades, and creating small rainbows all over the place.
Rainbows? At night, interesting.
"What a beautiful place," Liang Yu said.
"It really is, but, what are we going to do now?" I asked as I looked around, there didn't seem to be anyone here to escort us to the 'Heavenly Academy'.
"I wouldn't know, I don't have information regarding the Academy itself, we'll have to figure it out ourselves," Liang Yu said.
I went to the edge of the platform and used my divine sense to try to locate and find if there is anyone nearby.
All I could catch in my divine sense, which by the way became pretty huge thanks to my rise in cultivation.
I could now approximately scan fifty kilometers of spherical distance around me.
And I still couldn't spot anyone.
"This is interesting, it could also be a test to figure out the location of the heavenly academy, we should look around, and we'll probably find something," Liang Yu said.
"No, there is no need," I said as I retracted my divine sense.
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"They're already here," I said as I looked up.
From the east was a building on top of a ma.s.sive mountain where you could smell the scent of spiritual herbs all the way from there.
On the west was a volcanic mountain where the torrents of smoke rose upon every occasion.
To the south was a ma.s.sive open field with many other structures and facilities that could host a swath of different subjects. Stretching my divine sense as much as I could, the first structure I could see was an arena and there was already a fight there.
And on the northern side, there was another building in the distance, it seemed like the main academic building where the majority of the people with scrolls and books were moving towards.
This was slightly awkward however because the information I have on the heavenly academy was slightly different, where is the tower for example? And where are the caves?
Only when I looked up did I relies what was going on.
The entirety of this place was not even the academy itself but more like a place where people train and practice to be able to enter the heavenly academy.
A giant floating island was hovering in the distance far away from us.
And from here I could see a tower standing tall on the island.
Using another wave of divine sense I could also locate the Caves, they were under us, and it seemed that the houses surrounding us were the entrances to these caves.
Before I could even ask the two people that escorted us how to get into the houses, they already seemed to have mixed in with the group and left us.
"I guess we're on our own, Liang Yu, how about we head to the caves, we'll need to get you housed up," I said.
"Oh, I don't think so, how about you p.i.s.s off and leave that lovely lady here, you're not fit enough to be with her anyway," I heard.
Turning I saw a group of guys, the one that spoke was a middle-aged man with a nasty grin on his face.
Three more disciples seemed to be following him and they all had an ugly ogling gaze pointed directly at Liang Yu.
Seems that my first day in the Heavenly Academy was bound to be b.l.o.o.d.y.
Nothing that I didn't expect, time to put some people in their place and show them who's boss.
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