“This Heaven’s Chosen War... “ On the terrace, Sect Head Zheng Yuandong shook his head helplessly, the Elders around him laughed bitterly as well.
They all knew that this important Heaven’s Chosen War had changed its atmosphere… the originally grand atmosphere had soured all because of Bai Xiaochun.
“Bai Xiaochun… A nice name, but he isn’t pure at all.” Elder Zhou smiled wryly as he gazed at Bai Xiaochun who was hiding from the crowd below. He then looked at the countless enraged North Bank disciples.
“Doesn’t matter. Since his mischievousness has reached such heights that he’s now the North Bank’s common enemy, later, we could look for a chance to throw him there and calm things down.” An old woman, the North Bank’s Iridaceae Mountain’s Ancestor, spoke with a fake smile.
Thoughtful expressions surfaced on everyone’s faces, except for Li Qinghou. He threw a pitying look at the Iridaceae Mountain’s Ancestor. He was fairly certain that if Bai Xiaochun were to be sent to the North Bank, it wouldn’t be Bai Xiaochun who would be considered unlucky...
As they continued thinking, the third round of the third stage began.
Gui Ya against Xu Song and Shangguan Tianyou against Gongsun Wan-er. Those two fights weren’t anything worth seeing. With the strength Gui Ya and Shangguan Tianyou had previously shown, their victories would be easy.
All disciples of both the North and the South Bank, however, and even the Sect Head and the others on the terrace had set their sights on the third section. Gongsun Yun walked up the arena first in an imposing and cold manner, posturing like an expert. Bai Xiaochun too stepped on the arena not long after.
This time, the North Bank wasn’t in an uproar. Everyone was staring daggers at Bai Xiaochun. The bloodlust of tens of thousands disciples gathered on him caused Bai Xiaochun to feel a little jumpy.
“You should concede.” Bai Xiaochun took a deep breath as he looked at Gongsun Yun as he said quickly with the Aphrodisiac Pill in his hands.
Gongsun Yun looked at Bai Xiaochun coldly, his eyes filled with hatred. He tossed his long sleeve to the side, and from within, a swarm of black beetles flew out. Simultaneously, underneath his clothing, many red centipedes crawled out, covering the floor in the blink of an eye.
All those densely packed insects presented a horrifying sight.
“Although among these insects are both males and females, they aren’t beasts so your pill is useless against them.” Gongsun Yun said calmly. Without giving Bai Xiaochun a chance to speak, after a single thought, the insects immediately let out a piercing sound and the sea of insects moved towards Bai Xiaochun.
The centipedes on the ground, the black beetles in the air... Their numbers blotted out the sky and covered the earth as they quickly approached Bai Xiaochun.
Although the light screen could withstand it, an attack such as the sea of insects, where every insect had its own strength, provided Bai Xiaochun no advantage over Gongsun Yun in the confrontation.
“Gongsun Yun, don’t force my hand and quickly concede. I really don’t want to do this. If I act, you… will be crippled!” Bai Xiaochun’s face was pale as he backed away while shouting quickly.
“Then why don’t we see whether your flesh is devoured by the insects or I become crippled as you say.” Gongsun Yun sneered. His contempt for Bai Xiaochun grew even further as even more insects emerged from his body.
Upon seeing this scene, everyone in the South Bank felt their scalps numb. When they looked at Gongsun Yun, horror gripped their hearts. They knew that he was indeed strong, and not only was he an expert in controlling insects, his techniques were just as formidable. After all, he had managed to withstand the first finger from Gui Ya and had forced Shangguan Tianyou to pull out a whole three swords to win, draining him substantially in the process.
When the North side saw this, their spirits lifted up as they grew excited.
“Nice going, Senior Brother Gongsun! Kill him!”
“Haha, Bai Xiaochun, let’s see how you handle this! Just you wait, it won’t be long before they bore into you, hungry for your blood and flesh!”
“Bai Xiaochun, you get what you deserve!” Countless North Bank disciples were getting excited. The war beasts, sensing the strong emotions of their masters, roared in excitement as well.
In the blink of an eye, the black beetles flew towards Bai Xiaochun, covering the light screen above. Under their relentless bites, the screen dimmed at a speed visible to the naked eye.
The red centipedes soon arrived as well and leapt off the ground, causing the protection to dim even faster. Surprisingly, many of those centipedes managed to even drill through the layers of light.
Bai Xiaochun’s scalp numbed and his eyes reddened as he yelled out.
“Gongsun Yun, it is you who forced me!” Bai Xiaochun had no choice, he didn’t want to use this trump card, but it was the only way. Sighing, he felt that he wasn’t the one to blame from his heart as he leapt up. The light layers around him suddenly trembled, shaking off many of the bugs. As they advanced once again, the Aphrodisiac Pill in his hand was suddenly thrown towards the North Bank disciples.
It whooshed through the air quickly before the spectators could even react. They could only stare at the pill up in the sky blankly when a low growl sounded from Bai Xiaochun.
Boom! The Aphrodisiac Pill exploded, turning into powder that spread among the disciples, covering half of the North Bank disciples.
Gongsun Yun’s eyes widened as he stared in surprise.
Whether the pill worked on humans, actually, Bai Xiaochun didn’t know. The number of weird pills he had concocted was simply too much and he hadn’t dared to try one himself. However, he was well aware of the strong effect the Aphrodisiac Pill had on beasts.
In a blink an eye, in the area covered by the Aphrodisiac Pill, all the war beasts began losing control. They roared frenziedly towards the skies as their bodies expanded, their eyes bloodshot and their breath hurried. This caused their masters to quickly back away in fear.
With a crashing sound, all of the disciples from the North Bank in this area retreated like a madman. Quickly, there was no one left in this area, only beasts that were shouting and looking everywhere, as if to find the monstrous beast that was their target. The onlooking disciples of the North Bank were making a huge outcry, and the tens of thousands of people were suddenly in chaos.
“Bai Xiaochun!” The North Bank disciples’ cries pierced the skies as Gongsun Yun’s forehead started sweating. As far as he remembered, his body had had never sweated ever since he started cultivating those insects.
But right now, he was breathing heavily as he looked at Bai Xiaochun take out a pill which evidently attracted the beasts’ attention. Gongsun Yun immediately recalled the medicine pill that had burst above Beihan Lie’s before.
A strong premonition sprouted in Gongsun Yun’s heart, causing it to tremble. Countless scenes flashed past his mind and he backed away hastily, his legs trembling. He could imagine that the moment Bai Xiaochun threw that pill at him, he would… be pounced on by numerous war beasts.
“It is you who forced me, ah, I didn’t want to do this.” Bai Xiaochun looked sullenly as he heaved a deep sigh, preparing to throw the pill.
“I concede!” Gongsun Yun screamed like never before, his face pale-white as he jerked backwards, almost stumbling. He dashed into the crowd, scared out of his wits. As he looked at Bai Xiaochun now, only unprecedented fear resided in his eyes.
“Ah?” Bai Xiaochun stared blankly at Gongsun Yun who was trembling in fear as he desperately hid in the crowd. He then looked at the crazed war beasts and felt that the situation was turning worse.
Some of the beasts roared, their eyes fixed on the pill in his palm, edging forward. Bai Xiaochun started sweating, his gaze quickly turning towards some North Bank disciples.
A disturbance occurred among the disciples penetrated by his gaze, too scared to even yell at Bai Xiaochun... All of them immediately scattered.
Panicking, Bai Xiaochun looked somewhere else, only to have the people there frantically scatter as well, pushing and climbing over each other in the chaos.
In the end, Bai Xiaochun anxiously directed his gaze back at the South Bank disciples.
Instantly… the South Bank disciples felt their scalps turn numb. They quickly backed away, all of them retreating ten zhang back.
“Senior Uncle Bai, we are on your side! We are on your side!” Many of them hastily shouted out.
Even Shangguan Tianyou and Gui Ya were looking pale as they too backed away.
ROAR!!! The crazed war beasts surged forward with scarlet eyes. Sweat dripped down from Bai Xiaochun’s forehead when he saw that.
“What should I do, what should I do? I told you to concede, I told you that even I fear what would happen once I made my move!” Bai Xiaochun felt he wasn’t the one to blame as he clenched his teeth and turned towards the North Bank disciples.
“Which of you placed a bounty on me?!”
The North Bank disciples lowered their heads quickly, none were brave enough to meet his eyes as their hearts trembled.
Bai Xiaochun’s heart was trembling just as well. He thought himself to be a kindhearted person, he couldn’t just throw the pill. As he struggled with his thoughts, the war beasts only grew more restless when Bai Xiaochun suddenly shot his gaze up at the skies where, still proud and gloating, Elder Zhou’s phoenix soared.
His eyes lit up, and without much thought, Bai Xiaochun threw the pill at the phoenix. Transforming into a rainbow, the pill shot straight at Elder Zhou’s phoenix.
The phoenix, still gloating at Bai Xiaochun’s situation, didn’t notice the approaching pill until it was too late. Its feathers stood up as it screeched out and attempted to dodge it. Bang. The pill burst open and covered the phoenix with the powder.
The phoenix was stunned. The beasts down below roared as one. They seemed as if they were about to throw themselves at the phoenix at any moment.
Even the Sect Head and the other on the terrace sucked in a deep breath as they gathered on the edge of terrace, staring dumbstruck.
“This, involving the spectators… isn’t it a violation of the rules?” An elder absentmindedly spoke, only to realise that no one was paying attention to him. The three ancestors of the North Bank, in particular, had their eyes on the many beasts in the emptied spectator area!
There, a deer-like war beast, obviously in heat, roared towards the phoenix in the sky.
“This pill, I previously thought that it only affected the third rank bloodline… To think that even a second rank would be affected!”
“This pill, it seems that it can be quite valuable to the North Bank…” The three North Bank Ancestors were shaking, their eyes filled with excitement. The old woman pointed out a finger towards the phoenix.
Immediately, the phoenix trembled as it was enveloped by a strong force and was pulled straight towards the terrace and into the old woman’s grasp. Meanwhile down below, the war beasts roared and shot towards the terrace one by one.
With a cold snort, the old woman looked down, and the beasts howled in fear before they were rolled up and shrunk as they entered the old woman’s sleeve.
Looking at the phoenix, who was too terrified to make any sound, surprise appeared in the old woman’s eyes as she began conversing with the other Ancestors.
The face of Elder Zhou beside them turned green...
Seeing that everything had returned to normal, Bai Xiaochun breathed out a sigh of relief and was just about to go back when the North Bank disciples, who had suppressed their rage until now, exploded into a far greater outrage than before.
“Bai Xiaochun! I’ll kill you!”
“Bai Xiaochun, the North Bank will never forgive you!”
“Damned Bai Xiaochun!” The veins on countless North Bank disciples’ heads bulged as they bellowed. Bai Xiaochun turned around, his right hand raised high and his chin held up. Inside his hand was one of those bizarre pills.
In an instant... all the North Bank disciples became quiet.
Flourishing his sleeve, Bai Xiaochun laughed mischievously and retracted the pill. Behind him, the angered voices of the North Bank rose to the heavens.
Translated by: Marcus