Book 3: Chapter 10 – Stupefied
Kong You Yue was filled with apprehension as she walked out of the Great Mage’s Building. A bunch of people had already crowded outside it.
“It’s a fight between Legend rankers!”
“Two Legend rankers!”
This group of young mages was extremely excited.
Kong You Yue looked towards the distant place. Under the glow from the moonlight, there were constant clashes between the gigantic blood-red wave Qi and another distorted colorless hood! Even those sceneries from afar were being distorted by the collision between the energy from the world, encompassing an area of two to three hundred meters. ‘Hong Hong Hong’ could be heard, as if it were the rumble of thunder. This monstrous power actually made Kong You Yue’s heart tremble, after all, as a mage, she knew a lot.
From a simple observation, she could see that this was a Legend rank expert using the energy from the world!
“Legend rank?” Kong You Yue did not dare believe what she was currently seeing between the figures fighting from two sides, “To think that it was actually two Legend rankers. Such existences were said to be capable of standing at the peak of the entire Azure River County, yet why would they come fight at the peak of Snowrock mountain? Unless, they were just passing through?”
Even though the two frightening experts were extremely fast, there were still certain occasions when they would pause, such as when one side was forced to retreat temporarily, thus allowing You Yue to briskly discern the figures who fought.
Xiang Pang Yun – she did not recognise!
Yet on the other side, it was actually a young man robed in black and carried a silvery-grey long spear. There were even snowflakes floating around him.
This person was actually someone she was very familiar with!
“Dong Bo Xue Ying!” You Yue’s eyes widened, “H… he, he is actually a Legend expert? This, this… how could this be possible? He is just 22 this year!”
When she was young, her father Kong Hai, a shrewd businessman, had asked her to think of a way to marry Dong Bo Xue Ying! In reality though, ever since she was young, she felt wronged by her father’s undue expectations. After all, her father did not attach much importance to his daughter’s life, seeing that she would eventually marry out of the family! This could be seen previously in her life when her father was not willing to find a good mage to be her teacher. However, what eventually changed things for her was the possibility of her marrying Dong Bo Xue Ying. For the sake of getting a closer relationship with him, her father finally allowed You Yue to learn under the Great Mage Bai Yuan Zhi.
After becoming a mage, Kong You Yue was even more disciplined, enabling her to broaden her horizons and general knowledge of the world.
The more she knew, the more show understood how big the world was!
Within this remotely small town, Water Rites Town, what kind of character could Dong Bo Xue Ying ever be when compared to the huge world outside? Even if he was the ruler of this town? But before an opportunity presented itself in front of her, she tolerated all her father asked since she knew that marrying Dong Bo Xue Ying could be a good fallback plan.
The favoured heir, Si Chen, came. Si Clan was actually a heaven-seizing clan with a status renowned even in the entire Tranquil Sun Province! If she could enter such a clan, she would certainly have the opportunity to reach an even higher status in the future…
In her opinion, Dong Bo Xue Ying was not even worth mentioning in the same breath as someone from the Si Clan!
Si Chen was the ladder for her to climb upwards in reaching higher heights in the world. By then, even if Dong Bo Xue Ying found out her true motives, she could care less r.
A martial arts fanatic in such a small place could not be considered world-breaking.
Kong You Yue looked upon the distant mythical-like battle between the two figure. At times, rocks would crumble, falling down the mountain with a loud rumbling sound. And one of those two figures was precisely someone very familiar to her.
“Every single one of you, quickly hide!” Even Great Mage Bai Yuan Zhi’s beard was trembling. He roared out, “Quick, that person who is using the sword is Xiang Pang Yun! Yes, Xiang Pang Yun! Why are you all still dilly-dallying around here?, Do you want to die? Should the fight accidentally involve anyone of you here, you will lose your life within the blink of an eye.”
“Xiang Pang Yun?”
“The number one expert of Azure River County, Xiang Pang Yun?”
“The one stronger than the ancestor of the Si Clan, Xiang Pang Yun?” These disciples were all shocked. Their teacher had taught them long ago about the few powerful characters within Azure River County. He even emphasised both Xiang Pang Yun and Si Liang Hong, that these the two experts represented the ultimate powers of the entire Azure River County! Anyone of them could easily kill off ordinary Legend rankers, showing how unimaginable their strength was.
“Quickly go back into the building!” Bai Yuan Zhi roared.
Only then did all the disciples go back into the Great Mage’s Building.
With a wave of his hand, Bang~~~ an enormous black sculpture suddenly began moving from beside the Great Mage’s Building. This sculpture looked very similar to that of a centipede-type refiner organism, with some flexibility on the edge of its flat winding body.
“Brother Si Chen, it seems that the current situation is extremely dangerous, with no guarantee of your safety here at the Great Mage’s Building. I think it would be better if we ride on top of this ‘Black-Moon Centipede’ up the sky! At the very least, we won’t have to be afraid of getting involved when we are in the sky.” Bai Yuan Zhi said.
“Thank you, brother Bai.” Si Chen’s looks were relatively handsome. At the same time, he added, “If it’s possible, bring along You Yue as well.”
Bai Yuan Zhi glanced over at Kong You Yue, and Ji Rong who was stood along another side, before ordering, “You Yue, Ji Rong, you two come over. We’ll be going over to Snowrock Castle later on to fetch Qing Shi as well!”
The Great Mage Bai Yuan Zhi had his own considerations.
Observing the earthshaking fight between Xiang Pang Yun and Dong Bo Xue Ying, he was entirely intimidated by it. Heavens, Dong Bo Xue Ying could unexpectedly fight against the famous savage, Xiang Pang Yun? Even though he felt that the chances of Xue Ying winning this battle were slim, he still had a chance of winning it. Either that or Xue Ying could still somehow survive the aftermath of the battle.
Without a doubt, he must definitely maintain a good relation with such an expert!
From what he saw, You Yue and Xue Ying were quite close with each other! Ji Rong and Qing Shi were even more intimate! It would be good if these two women were brought along with him.
“Yes, teacher.” You Yue and Ji Rong respectively acknowledged the order.
As for Bai Yuan Zhi’s other personal disciple, he had long since finished his apprenticeship.
Under the control of Bai Yuan Zhi, the Black-Moon Centipede immediately wound its way up to the sky. Riding on top of it were Bai Yuan Zhi, Si Chen, Kong You Yue, and Ji Rong. Simultaneously, the Black-Moon Centipede flew up to a few hundred meters and headed towards Snowrock Castle.
“Xiang Pang Yun actually appeared in this place!” Si Chen overlooked the battle between the two experts. He trembled, “That Dong Bo Xue Ying could, in fact, fight against Xiang Pang Yun without losing out! How is this possible, this Xiang Pang Yun and my clan’s ancestor were comparable characters. From what I know, the murderer Xiang Pang Yun had killed several Legend rankers with a single move, yet why would this fight last for so long!”
“Brother Si Chen, you’ve experienced too little,” Bai Yuan Zhi commented, “Looking at the surrounding activities between the two experts battling, did you notice the rocks around them bursting apart? From my calculations, the might of Qi energy generated between their exchange and have affected the surroundings had long transcended any ordinary Legend rankers.”
“En.” Si Chen could only lightly nod his head.
“Having dominated the entire Azure River County for so long, Xiang Pang Yun must definitely have some powerful methods at hand,” Bai Yuan Zhi added, “In this battle, Xue Ying is still in danger! But of course, having the capability to fight against Xiang Pang Yun for this length of time already shows how amazing he is. He is just 22 this year. That is simply incredible and unimaginable! If we give him another five to six years, I’m afraid to say that his combat power will long surpass Xiang Pang Yun’s and Si Liang Hong’s, becoming the number one expert in our Azure River County!”
Si Chen did not want to believe it, but the truth was right in front of his eyes.
“Really amazing,” Si Chen sighed in appreciation, “So amazing. Twenty-two years and yet, he’s so strong already. This is really a rare occurrence in the entire Dragon Mountain Empire. Who knows, he might even become a Transcendent.”
The two of them marveled.
However, beside them, Kong You Yue and Ji Rong were both shocked.
Ji Rong’s facial expression turned white.
She knew that her thinking was totally wrong! In this Snowrock Castle, whatever riches they had was a petty matter. The most frightening thing however, was the strongest and most powerful person – Dong Bo Xue Ying.
Kong You Yue was similarly shocked.
“The one exchanging moves with Dong Bo Xue Ying was actually Xiang Pang Yun?” You Yue felt dizzy.
Xiang Pang Yun?
The number one expert within Azure River County?
Dong Bo Xue Ying could already fight against him to such a degree? He was just 22 years old with the hope of entering the fabled Transcendent rank in the future!
You Yue felt empty in her heart, anxious and powerless.
The opportunity of that one step, allowing her to ascend to heaven, was presented in front of her and yet, she missed it!
Why did she not bear a little longer? Just a little longer and she would have seen this big battle. Why had she decided to abandon Xue Ying, telling her little brother all those horrible things about Xue Ying? Today, she finally understood why Xue Ying had learned what she had said in that conversation with her brother. A Legend ranker could become one with the world, so whatever she did behind his back, how would it ever be possible to hide such actions?
“Hu.” You Yue slowly let out a breath of regret – that regret of loss.
If she set her heart in following Xue Ying, she would have had the chance to walk onto the very peak of the entire Dragon Mountain Empire. Such a place she could never have imagined herself ever reaching.
She was suddenly enlightened.
That most important opportunity in her entire life was something she had missed, and for that life-time opportunity to come once again would be almost impossible.
“Not good, Xiang Pang Yun is going to explode!” Great Mage Bai Yuan Zhi suddenly exclaimed.
“Peng, peng, peng.”
The intensity of the battle below suddenly rose a level.
Regardless of whether they were the people on top of the Black-Moon Centipede high up in the skies, or those within the Snowrock Castle, all of them felt their heart lurching upwards. Everyone could see the battle suddenly become more intense.
Xue Ying was bombarded till he flew back, knocking against the mountain rocks. Cracks could be seen forming on the mountain, and Xue Ying was dodging in a frenzy.
Biting cold rays of sword light descended from the skies.
Xue Ying was so shaken by that, he immediately and relentlessly retreated backwards.
“Hahaha… Dong Bo Xue Ying, oh Dong Bo Xue Ying. Before, I was just playing with you. A plaything like you would be something that I would never expect to meet twice in my entire life. But now, I’ve had enough. It’s time for me to send you to your death!” Xiang Pang Yun’s laughter echoed in the sky. His strength and speed all rose a huge level, entirely suppressing Xue Ying.
Xue Ying was doing his utmost in using his spear technique to defend, yet he was still beaten. Rumble, an enormous piece of the cliff broke off, causing it to fall down the mountain.
“Battling with such an expert is very beneficial for me. Initially, I wanted to exchange more moves with you for a little while longer! Such a pity you do not want to play on any longer.” Xue Ying awkwardly rolled over, before leaping up onto a piece of big rock. In his expression, there was not even a single thread of panic. Instead, there were traces of fanatical excitement, “That said, let’s fight till the death then.”
A faint blood-red steam appeared on Xue Ying’s body, causing his breath of life to rise explosively.
Primordial Bloodline, open!
A frightening shadow of the spear which brought a world-sweeping power, swept down a distance of a hundred meters, and crashed down against Xiang Pang Yun. He ferociously returned with a slash of fury, chopping against it with a roar. However, what happened made his eyes bulge out of their sockets in shock as he immediately moved backwards six steps, with each step causing entire surface of the mountain peak to tremble. At the last step, his back hit against a big tree, boom, that big tree instantly burst apart.
Xiang Pang Yun did not dare to believe he was at a disadvantage!
“What!” Above the night skies, on top of the Black-Moon Centipede, everyone including Great Mage Bai Yuan Zhi did not dare believe what they saw.
“Good!” On top of Snowrock Castle, those watching nervously, Qing Shi, Zong Ling, and Tong San, became excited at this turn of events.