51.2 A Battle of Martial Saints
Nian Bing ran over, catching Zi Qing Jian in mid-air. Using the snowstorm, he lowered himself onto the ground. He sensed that Zi Qing Jian’s breathing was unstable and his large and powerful hands were actually trembling. He couldn’t help but think, Did Feng Nu win?
When he landed on the ground, Feng Nu saw Nian Bing and looked at him in surprise. “What are you doing here?” From this question, Nian Bing knew that Feng Nu hadn’t come for him.
Once Zi Qing Jian landed on the ground, he looked at Feng Nu and said sincerely, “I have lost. Thank you Miss for being lenient.” Previously, when the two were exchanging blows mid-air, Feng Nu’s qi had completely suppressed him, giving her at least three different opportunities to crush his throat. Other people might not have seen it, but how could he not?
Feng Nu smiled slightly and replied, “Your Heavy Eagle Hand is truly powerful. It could make up for your lack of qi, but sadly the difference between your qi and mine is much too great. If not, I wouldn’t have been so certain in beating you, but as expected, the Orchid Dream College is a place of hidden dragons and crouching tigers.”
Nian Bing stood between the two. “Feng Nu, why did you duel Big Brother Qing Jian?”
“She came to challenge us,” Zi Qing Meng answered in a cold voice. When she found out that Nian Bing and Feng Nu were actually acquainted, a wave of irritation rose in her heart.
“Challenge? Feng Nu, you…” Nian Bing looked at her in surprise.
Feng Nu laughed and said, “I can’t come to challenge the school? I want to raise my martial arts higher and true battles are the best method for that, so I came here. Nian Bing, what about you?”
Nian Bing said, “I came to to study cooking and magic. You’ve already fought with Zi Qing Jian. Don’t fight any more, why is there a need for hurting others?”
Feng Nu’s eyes flashed. “Nian Bing, I hope that you won’t interfere in my business. Until I am defeated, I will continue.”
Nian Bing frowned. He felt Feng Nu’s determination. At this moment, he really did not where he should stand. On the side, Zi Qing Meng said scornfully, “Aren’t you a mage? As a member of the college, you have the duty to help the college against challengers. If you have the ability, defeat her.”
Feng Nu looked at Nian Bing with interest and asked with a grin, “You want to go against me?”
Nian Bing was stunned for a moment, but then his eyes sparkled. “Okay, I’ll accept your challenge in place of the college. Although I’m not a warrior, this is also my duty.”
Feng Nu asked in surprised, “You’ll really fight with me?”
Nian Bing replied with a laugh, “Can’t I? I never thought that your martial arts were strong enough to even beat Big Brother Qing Jian. However, I still want to have a go.”
Feng Nu laughed. She already understood Nian Bing’s intentions and shook her head lightly. “You! I won’t go easy on you easy.”
Nian Bing turned to the Zi siblings. “Step back, please. I’ll accept her challenge on behalf of the college.”
Zi Qing Jian asked, “But aren’t you her friend?”
Nian Bing smiled. “Friends can also exchange pointers. You should step back.” Turning to face Feng Nu, two lights flashed in his hands successively. The Ice and Snow Goddess’ Sigh and the Flame God’s Roar were held in either hand.
Feng Nu drew her Heavenly Flame Sword from the ground and pointed the sheathed sword at Nian Bing. “Let’s go.”
The light in Nian Bing’s eyes became sharper as he concentrated. “Feng Nu, you’re the first person I will use the full strength of the Ice and Fire Source against. My attack will leave no openings for you.”
Feng Nu laughed. “A warrior’s speed is a mage’s greatest threat. I will see how you’re able to respond to my attacks. Careful.” After speaking, she floated into the air as if flying, and in a flash, she had arrived in front of Nian Bing with the sheathed sword directly aiming for his shoulder.
Nian Bing didn’t move When he saw the tip of the sheath almost touch him, he suddenly raised the Morning Dew Knife upwards. Was he going to use the knife to stop the Heavenly Flame Sword? Of course not. Even Zi Qing Jian’s Heavy Eagle Hand could not match Feng Nu’s qi. How could he take her sword? The Morning Dew Knife emitted a greenish-blue haze which aimed for Feng Nu’s wrist, ignoring the sheathed sword headed for his shoulder
He couldn’t block Feng Nu’s qi even if there were one hundred Nian Bing’s, but the Morning Dew Knife could. The Morning Dew Knife with the Ice and Snow Goddess’ Sigh appellation was the antithesis to Feng Nu’s qi. When it turned to strike her fire-attributed qi, Feng Nu didn’t dare to let his knife cut her. However, the Heavenly Flame Sword was very long, and she was certain that she could dodge his knife. So her qi was still contained and continued to cut down. However, Nian Bing smiled and a surge of ice condensed, forming an ice wall in front of the sword as it was about to hit him. The Morning Dew in continued to slash forward, splitting into ten directions. A barrage of icy blades cut down at Feng Nu’s arm.
At this moment, if Feng Nu were to release her qi, the rank 4 ice wall would definitely be unable hold against it. However, Nian Bing’s Morning Dew Knife would also cut her arm, so she didn’t have the time to release her qi. Helpless, she could only protect herself, flipping the Heavenly Flame Sword to block Nian Bing’s Morning Dew Knife.
Nian Bing didn’t have qi, so if the two blades clashed, the Morning Dew Knife might be shaken intensely to the point it would be flung away. However, although he did not have qi, when talking about speed of the knife, he was even faster than Feng Nu. If he can stick out his knife quickly, he can pull it back just as quickly. When Feng Nu was trying to protect herself, he pulled back his knife and the ice wall instantly became bigger, blocking Feng Nu path. He quickly moved back several paces, and chanted urgently, “Mighty Ice and Snow Goddess! Please, lend me your anger to send me onto the opposite bank–Snowstorm.”
Under the influence of the Ice and Snow Goddess’ Sigh, a snowstorm quickly appeared in front of Nian Bing. Although the spell had formed quickly, it could not be compared to the movement speed of a warrior. When the snowstorm was half-formed, the ice wall shattered. Nian Bing did not get flustered. He pointed the Ice and Snow Goddess’ Sigh and the Flame God’s Roar in front of him, and a fireball and ice ball quickly flew out, blocking Feng Nu’s way.
She waved the sword lightly, and two red lights floated out to attack his magic, she speeding along behind it. Right at this moment, the two spells suddenly came to a standstill. In the next moment, they collided,. At the moment of contact, Feng Nu’s attack hit.
A violent shockwave shook the air, causing Feng Nu’s forward momentum to come to a halt. Red qi suddenly burst forth, blocking all of the explosive power. However, the two extremes of ice and fire had given her no small amount of trouble in her moment of carelessness, making her lose the opportunity to chase after Nian Bing. From far away, Magic Scholar Hei Ye sighed, “A good Ice and Fire Source spell.”
The snowstorm lifted Nian Bing up. Once a mage was airborne, the circumstances may not be so advantageous for the warrior. Of course, without the strength of the advanced mage it would be difficult to fly, especially for fire and earth mages as It was impossible for them to fly.
While floating in the air, Nian Bing stopped to look at Feng Nu and grinned. “Do you still want to continue? Or have we tied?”
Feng Nu said ill-temperedly, “Keep dreaming. Do you believe that you can beat me like this? If I remember correctly, snowstorm can’t fly too high and the duration is short.”
Hearing her words, Nian Bing laughed. “Since it was like that, please take my attack.” The rank 1 fireball and ice ball flew down from the air, with the divine blades acting as magic wands.
Feng Nu snorted and finally unsheathed the Heavenly Flame Sword. A fiery red light flashed and expanded. Under the prompting of her qi, the red light grew to three meters. At this point, if the Ice and Fire Source were to cause an explosion or if it lacked the time to, nothing could avoid the curtain of red light. The Ice and Fire Source had become stronger, but a rank 1 based spell couldn’t defeat a warrior as strong as Feng Nu.
Seeing the intense light from the sword, the Zi siblings couldn’t help but gasp. Such wild and intense qi with the glittering red sword wasn’t something they could stop. This was Feng Nu’s true strength! Zi Qing Meng whispered to her brother, “Is she a martial master?”
Zi Qing JIan nodded and replied, “Not only is she a martial master, she’s close to being a martial saint. How much could she have trained to reach that level at her age?”
Nian Bing looked at Feng Nu with a bitter smile. His attack had been halted, should he use a higher ranked spell to attack? Nian Bing was somewhat surprised at himself. What if he hurt Feng Nu? But once you are riding the tiger it is difficult to get off. Feng Nu obviously didn’t to stop. So what should he do now?
Feng Nu looked at Nian Bing and lifted up her Heavenly Flame Sword slowly. “Nian Bing, don’t be lenient. Let me see what level your magic has reached.”
Just as Nian BIng was hesitating on whether or not he should continue the fight, a hoarse voice rang out behind him. “Nian Bing, come down now. I think this young lady has come to Orchid Dream to find me.”
At the moment, the mall was already crowded with a thousand students, but the wizened voice was heard by everyone. Looking from above, Nian Bing saw the crowd of people recede to the sides like waves. A tall, but somewhat stooped old man slowly walked into the center. He knew this old person. It was the old man who was sweeping the ground three months before that made him realize the importance of basics!
“Principal, principal…” respectful voices resounded nonstop. The old man smiled and looked at the students around him. When he reached the inner ring, the Zi siblings lowered their heads respectfully. “Father.”
Nian Bing almost fell to the ground. He hadn’t thought that the old man sweeping the grounds before was Zi Qing Jian and Zi Qing Meng’s father, as well as the head of the martial arts faculty and the principal of the Orchid Dream College.
The old man looked at Feng Nu who was gripping the Heavenly Flame Sword. With a smile, he said, “Young lady, I spoke correctly, right? Your seniors definitely told you to find a man called Zi Meng. I am Zi Meng.”
Feng Nu responded by pulling back the Heavenly Flame Sword. She nodded to Zi Meng. “Hello, Principal. I have come here to exchange pointers with you.”
Zi Meng smiled. “Your seniors really cannot let an old man like me go! Since it’s like that, then I accept.”
Feng Nu shot Nian Bing a glance, who already landed on the ground. Suddenly, her focus became more severe and red qi surged forth, dying her body with flames. Right at this moment, the ground suddenly trembled, and the surrounding one hundred meters around Feng Nu and Zi Meng suddenly burst upwards. The surrounding students could only see the earth leave the ground until it reached three meters. Zi Meng looked in the direction of the teaching building. “Thank you, old fellow.” The only one who could use earth magic to so perfectly create a stage was Nian Bing’s newly acknowledged teacher, Hei Ye.
Hei Ye’s voice rang from far away. “Old Zi, don’t be shameful!” It was unknown when it happened, but Zi Xiu appeared next to him, surveying the scene from far away.
Zi Meng did not say anything but made a inviting gesture toward Feng Nu. Feng Nu’s expression didn’t change at all from the sudden change in the surroundings. Her Nine Flame Qi was burning even more intensely. She lifted the Heavenly Flame Sword slowly and suddenly moved. She brandished her long sword, glowing red, she charged, cutting down at Zi Meng. The instant she left her original position, the qi around her body changed from red to a faint silver. With her sword pulling her forward, she was very quick, a silver blur in the air.
Nian Bing did not understand much about martial arts, but he heard Zi Qing Jian mutter, “That’s holy qi from the martial saint realm. Although it’s not quite strong, she’s definitely stepped into the gates.”
A similar silver light came from Zi Meng but it was was much more deep than Feng Nu’s and naturally parried Feng Nu’s attack. Without a sound, the silver light from Feng Nu’s body exploded suddenly, lightning fast. It was very difficult to see what their fight looked like from the outside.
Nian Bing asked Zi Qing Jian quietly, “Big Brother Qing Jian, what is holy qi?”
Zi Qing Jian explained, “Holy qi is said to be the highest realm a warrior can reach. No matter what sort of attributed qi you cultivate, once you reach the martial saint realm the color will turn silver. This is the characteristic of a martial saint! Except for the legendary gold divine qi of martial gods, holy qi is the strongest. My father reached the martial saint realm fifteen years ago, when he was forty-seven and was hailed as the youngest martial saint. From then on, the Orchid Dream College’s fame shook the continent, especially since he became the sixth martial saint out of the Seven Holy Ones. But that girl seems to be no more than twenty years old and has already stepped into the martial saint realm. It’s truly impossible to believe.”