Chapter 624: Bane Existence
This scene caused surprise to surface on the face of even Su Qian who had long since sensed that Xiao Yan's strength had already reached an extremely powerful level…
The dark-green flame on Xiao Yan's hand swiftly disappeared amid the complete silence of the place. He smiled and spoke to Lin Xiuya whose entire body remained stiff, "Lin Xiuya, thanks for the win."
Lin Xiuya carefully shifted his head away and let out a bitter laugh. Although that dark-green flame did not touch his skin, he could sense that if Xiao Yan's hand had moved just a little bit closer, it was likely that he would have been instantly burned into a pile of ashes by that frightening flame.
"You… are too abnormal. After not seeing you for two years, you have actually become this strong." Lin Xiuya scattered the Dou Qi on his body and sighed. Originally, he had thought that his training speed was not bad, but it was unexpected that he had merely lasted one exchange in Xiao Yan's hand. This had caused him to be somewhat dispirited.
"I had merely used the advantages of the 'Heavenly Flame'. Senior Lin need not belittle yourself in this manner." Xiao Yan patted Lin Xiuya's shoulders and immediately turned his head toward the black mass of human crowd. He smiled and asked, "Has everyone seen enough?"
Everyone smiled awkwardly after hearing Xiao Yan's words. They no longer had the slightest doubt toward that great battle back then. Xiao Yan was about to defeat Lin Xiuya and the latter had no means to retaliate despite the latter's strength. It was not impossible for one to say that Xiao Yan had defeated an expert Dou Huang.
Xiao Yan and Lin Xiuya once again walked toward the tall platform. The former watched the stunned face of Su Qian and involuntarily laughed, "How is it? Can you see what level I am at now?"
Su Qian fondled his beard and adopted an expression which suggested he was deep in thought. A long while later, he finally spoke slowly, "From the looks of the aura that you have revealed when you fought earlier, I think that you should be at the peak of the Dou Wang class. With this strength, it is not impossible for you to defeat Lin Xiuya in one move but… that dark green flame on your hand is exceptionally strange."
Su Qian's face was somewhat solemn at the end when he spoke. This was because even he faintly felt a slight danger from the dark-green flame earlier. This kind of danger may be extremely tiny, but it was exceptionally clear. Such a situation caused him to feel some doubt. It was not that he had never seen a 'Heavenly Flame'. However, even when someone of Han Feng's strength controlled the 'Heavenly Flame', it merely cause him to be a little afraid. However, he had never received such a fearful feeling before.
Xiao Yan nodded slightly. This dark-green flame was a newly born flame from the merger of the 'Green Lotus Core Flame' and the 'Fallen Heart Flame'. A 'Heavenly Flame' was already extremely powerful, much less the combination of two kinds. Back then, when he was entangled with Queen Medusa underground, she was extremely afraid of it despite her strength. Clearly the power that this flame carried was extremely terrifying.
Just as Xiao Yan had just recalled Queen Medusa, a seven-colored energy pillar suddenly shot down explosively from the sky. Finally, it became like a snake as it rushed toward Xiao Yan while emitting a 'Chi La' sound. The air even emitted waves of ear-piercing sound wherever the pillar passed.
Xiao Yan had sensed something the moment the seven-colored energy pillar appeared. He frowned a little. This woman… she had actually yet to give up huh?
Xiao Yan was about to prepare to defend himself when the expression of Su Qian, who had discovered the sudden attack at the same time, changed. He waved his sleeves and a powerful Dou Qi surged out. Finally, it violently collided with that seven-colored energy pillar. Immediately a clear sound resounded throughout the sky like thunder.
"Since you are here, why do you need to act in such a stealthy manner?"
Su Qian raised his hand and stared at the clear sky while he cried out coldly. He had already faintly sensed the appearance of another extremely powerful aura when Xiao Yan had just appeared. However, even with his strength, he was actually unable to accurately tell the location of that aura. He had only locked on to its location when the seven-colored energy was shot out.
The collision that suddenly erupted also caused a countless number of students in the plaza to raise their heads in surprise. However, there was not a human figure in the empty sky.
Not long after Su Qian's cry sounded, the sky wiggled slightly and a graceful lovely body immediately appeared out of nowhere. Her bewitching long eyes swept over the sea of people below indifferently. Those people who were seen by those eyes, which contained an endless amount of allure, could not help but have their heart pound violently. A redness even involuntarily surfaced on their faces.
Queen Medusa's indifferent eyes swept slowly before eventually stopping on the black-robed young man who was beside Su Qian. An icy-cold killing intent flashed in them. She twisted her water-snake-like delicate waist, and her body rushed downward. In the blink of an eye, she appeared at a spot which was only a couple of meters from where Xiao Yan was located. With a swirl of her delicate hand, an enormous seven-colored energy surfaced and eventually carried a wind that could flip the seas and collapse the mountains as it violently smashed toward the latter.
"This is the Inner Academy. Aren't your actions today a little too arrogant?" Su Qian's expression immediately sunk when he saw that the bewitching beauty had not only not replied but had unleashed an attack toward Xiao Yan once again. His body flashed and appeared in front of Xiao Yan. His shriveled hand trembled slightly and immediately made contact with that white jade-like hand.
A wave of wild wind that carried a loud exploding sound erupted the moment both palms made contact. Numerous arm thick crack lines began to swiftly spread and cover the entire tall platform under the shocked gazes of those around.
The wild wind blew everyone until they fell in all directions. Beside Su Qian, everyone more or less took a couple of steps back with the exception of Xiao Yan, who did not move.
Both hands parted upon making contact. Amid a low and deep sounds, that graceful delicate lovely figure rushed back into the air. Her feet only became stable after stepping over ten steps in the air. On the other hand, Su Qian had also taken a couple of steps back. Each time his feet landed, they left behind a half inch deep footprint on the hard ground.
Clearly, both of them were actually of similar strength in this collision!
The seriousness of Su Qian's face became denser after exchanging one head on blow with that mysterious woman. From that short exchange, he could sense that the other party was shockingly also a Dou Zong!
"Who exactly are you? Can you please tell me your name!?"
The woman stood in the empty sky. Her red dress flapped, wrapping a protruding and concaving figure that was filled with incomparable allure. Her exquisite face was cold and glamorous. However, it was this icy coldness that caused many people to feel a boiling heat in their hearts. Such a woman really possessed quite a lethal effect on all men.
Queen Medusa's flawless appearance caused even Su Qian to be slightly startled, much less those young students who were still extremely inexperienced. Some of those who had weak mental strength had quietly swallowed their saliva an unknown amount of times.
"My target is Xiao Yan. It has nothing to do with you!"
Queen Medusa coldly stared at Xiao Yan. Her red lips parted slightly and a clear numbing voice caused the bones of quite a number of people to become weak at this moment.
All the gazes were gathered on Xiao Yan's body upon hearing these words of Queen Medusa. Their surprised gazes also contained some envy. These young people viewed being called by name by such a beauty to be a kind of great glory.
"Do you know her?" Su Qian knit his brows and softly asked Xiao Yan a question.
"I have some conflict with her." Xiao Yan smiled and spoke. His reply, however, was vague. After all, it was not possible for him to tell Su Qian that he did 'that' to her right?
"Ugh, you brat. How can you provoke these troublesome people. This woman is actually also an elite Dou Zong. Even I may not be able to defeat her if we were to fight." Su Qian felt a great headache as he spoke. It was unexpected that this fellow brought such big trouble the moment he came out. An elite Dou Zong. Even if one looked at the entire continent, they were extremely powerful existence.
Xiao Yan also laughed bitterly. He raised his head and helplessly spoke to Queen Medusa, "Just what exactly do you want? You are already free. Quickly return to the place that you should return to."
Queen Medusa immediately felt extremely furious when she heard this. This bastard had done that kind of thing and actually still dared to use an irritated face to ask her what she wanted?
"I will return after killing you."
"Ke ke, this friend. Xiao Yan is someone from my Inner Academy. We can sit down and talk if the both of you have any grudges. Why must you fight?" Su Qian smiled as he spoke. He would naturally not show any forceful attitude when faced with an elite Dou Zong.
Queen Medusa ignored Su Qian's words. Her pupils that were filled with an allure carried a dense coldness as they glared at Xiao Yan. A moment later, she coldly said, "Don't think that I cannot kill you just because there is an elite Dou Zong protecting you. I don't believe that you can follow beside him forever!"
Queen Medusa's body flashed after saying this. Subsequently, she transformed into flowing light and rushed out of the Inner Academy, disappearing in the blink of an eye.
Xiao Yan watched Queen Medusa who disappeared far away helplessly. He could not resist knocking his own head, he felt a great headache forming. Did one not say that a woman would have some complicated feelings after having lost her virginity? Why was it that this woman only wanted to kill him? Would killing him be able to change the fact that he had possessed her body?
"You brat, it's good now, being locked onto by a Dou Zong. It is likely that you will suffer in the future. How troublesome." Su Qian sighed. Being locked onto be a Dou Zong was not something fun.
Xiao Yan spread his hand. Immediately, he seemed to have recalled something and spoke in an embarrassed manner, "There is another trouble that I have forgotten to tell you…"
Su Qian was startled. He immediately knit his brows and asked, "What is it now? Don't tell me that you have offended more than one Dou Zong."
"That's not it…" Xiao Yan parted his mouth to smile as he spoke awkwardly, "That… I have accidentally refined the 'Fallen Heart Flame'. In other words, that 'Blazing Sky Qi Refining Tower' of yours might no longer have any effect to raise one's training speed in the future…"
Su Qian blinked his eyes. His mind immediately felt a giddiness a moment later…
"This bane existence!"
Chapter 625: Solving the Trouble
"First Elder, the heart flame inside the 'Blazing Sky Qi Refining Tower' is indeed being gradually reduced. At this rate, it is likely that all of it will completely disappear not long later."
The expression on Su Qian's face became interesting after he had heard the result of an investigation by an Elder in the spacious hall. He clenched his teeth violently before becoming hopelessly depressed a moment later. His heart laughed bitterly. It was unexpected that the 'Heavenly Flame' was not snatched by someone else, but was actually directly refined by this fellow.
The importance of the 'Blazing Sky Qi Refining Tower' toward the Inner Academy was naturally extremely great. Otherwise, it would not cause Su Qian and the rest to guard it with their lives. Now, however, with the disappearance of the 'Fallen Heart Flame', its effect of raising one's training speed would also gradually weaken until it disappeared. In other words, there would no longer be much meaning to the existence of the 'Blazing Sky Qi Refining Tower'.
Having lost the 'Blazing Sky Qi Refining Tower', the system of grooming strong people that the Inner Academy was proud of might well have been broken. The subsequent results would be extremely serious.
The atmosphere was a little quiet in the hall. All the Elders were also helpless as they watched the despondent expression of the First Elder. Now that the 'Fallen Heart Flame' had already been refined by Xiao Yan, they could not simply just ask him to spit it out no? It was still fine if Xiao Yan was an enemy. They could forcefully capture him and remove the 'Fallen Heart Flame'. However, the most troublesome thing was that this fellow had done quite a big favor for the Inner Academy. If Xiao Yan had not defeated those two Dou Huangs in the great battle two years ago, it was likely that the Inner Academy would have suffered severe losses in that fight.
Xiao Yan was also somewhat embarrassed as he sensed the atmosphere in the hall. Honestly speaking, he still felt a little apologetic toward Su Qian. After all, he had had intentions toward the 'Fallen Heart Flame' from the moment he had entered Jia Nan Academy. Although he appeared to have been a great help to the academy in that great battle, his hidden motive was to try his best to have a bigger chance of obtaining the 'Fallen Heart Flame'.
"First Elder, is there any other method to remedy the situation?" Xiao Yan carefully inquired. It was somewhat impossible for him to hand over the 'Fallen Heart Flame' now that things had developed to this point. However, he also felt somewhat uneasy if he simply just watched the Inner Academy suffer such a great loss.
"Ugh, from the looks of things now, it seems that we can only use a man-made 'Fallen Heart Flame'. Otherwise, the effects of the 'Blazing Sky Qi Refining Tower' will disappear completely." Su Qian was silent for a long time after hearing Xiao Yan's words. Only then did he sigh and said helplessly.
"A man-made 'Fallen Heart Flame'?" Xiao Yan was startled. A 'Heavenly Flame' could actually be man-made?
"Creating this thing is not considered very difficult. Back then, the headmaster left behind a back-up 'Fallen Heart Flame' container before he had left. As long as one pours some 'Fallen Heart Flame' within it, it is still able to enable the 'Blazing Sky Qi Refining Tower' to possess the effect of raising one's training speed. However, the effect will be a little worse than before." Su Qian looked at Xiao Yan before continuing, "This requires your help. Separate a little of the 'Fallen Heart Flame' and hand it to us. This should not be a problem right?"
Xiao Yan quietly sigh in relief when he heard this. The 'Fallen Heart Flame' had already been refined by him into an essence flame seed. As long as the Dou Qi in his body was not exhausted, it would be able to create an endless amount of it for use. Separating a little of it out may exhaust his Dou Qi, but he was already extremely satisfied that there was a method which achieved the best of both worlds.
"However, that kind of summoned 'Fallen Heart Flame' poses many limitations. Once my Dou Qi disappears, the flame will automatically disappear…" Xiao Yan could not help but speak with hesitation when he recalled this.
"The container was created personally by the headmaster. You need not be concerned about this type of problem. However, this container can only attain a delaying effect. Hence, it is likely that you must periodically come to the Inner Academy to help replenish the flame of the 'Blazing Sky Qi Refining Tower'…" Su Qian mused out loud.
"Periodically returning to the Inner Academy?" Xiao Yan was a little startled as he laughed bitterly, "Is there an exact timeframe for this 'periodically'? If I leave the Inner Academy in the future, I won't have to return to this place once every half a month or month right?"
"This is something that I'm not very certain. However, as long as you leave enough flame for us to store, it should not be a problem maintaining it for one to two years." Su Qian thought for a moment before speaking.
"That's good…" Xiao Yan sighed and nodded with a smile, "Alright, I'll do as First Elder recommends."
"Ugh, brat, you got it cheap. It is really unexpected that the thing which Han Feng failed to obtain despite putting in so much effort was easily obtained by you. Our Inner Academy has protected it with great difficulty for so many years only to benefit you, little fellow." Su Qian rolled his eyes. His voice was somewhat sour as he spoke. He naturally understood the effect of the 'Fallen Heart Flame' best. Xiao Yan had refined it. Therefore, his originally frightening training speed would likely soar greatly in the future. Such a temptation was extremely great to anyone.
Xiao Yan smiled awkwardly before immediately knitting his brows together. He slowly asked, " Han Feng… is currently still in the 'Black-Corner Region' right?"
Su Qian narrowed his eyes. A faint cold glint flashed past them. He firmly remembered the matter of Han Feng gathering a large group of experts to attack the Inner Academy in his heart even now.
"Ke ke, that is even better. There are some matters that I should look for him to settle." Xiao Yan crossed his fingers and laughed. His smile emitted threads of dense coldness. That fellow had luckily escaped back then. Now that he was able to come out from that lifeless magma area, the first thing he needed to do was naturally finish off the matter with this 'Senior'. Otherwise, how would he account to Yao Lao who was currently in a slumber.
"Although your strength has soared greatly. It is likely a little difficult to do so by yourself."
Su Qian shook his head and voiced his thoughts, "Han Feng has established a 'Black Alliance' in the 'Black-Corner Region'. Quite a number of relatively strong factions have joined it. Currently, the number of strong people in the 'Black Alliance' are as numerous as the clouds. Even I have a never ending headache because of it. During the two years in which you were not around, the Inner Academy has gone to find trouble with those fellows a couple of times. However, most of them were blocked by the 'Black Alliance'."
"Black Alliance?" Xiao Yan knit his brows. His finger gently knocked against the surface of the table. A moment later, he finally spoke, "In that case… does First Elder not want to get back at them?"
A fierce glint flashed across Su Qian's eyes as he spoke ferociously, "Why would I not want to? The Inner Academy's reputation cannot worsen in my hands. Otherwise, how will I account to the headmaster when he returns in the future?"
"Ke ke, that's good. First Elder, you should gather some people. We will head to the 'Black-Corner Region' in three days!" Xiao Yan's finger paused before he stood up and laughed.
"Alright, since you are interested, our Inner Academy will join the fun!" Su Qian's palm heavily slammed on the table as he also laughed out loud. Now that he had the participation of Xiao Yan, this extremely strong fellow, it was likely that they would be able to break the stalemate with the 'Black Alliance' during these two years.
"I will gather all the helpers in three days. After that, it is time to completely end our conflict with the 'Black Alliance'!"
Xiao Yan smiled and nodded.
"However…" Su Qian appeared to have recalled something as he frowned a little. He looked at Xiao Yan and spoke, "Before this, I think that you should settle the conflict with that expert Dou Zong who has come and looked for trouble with you. Otherwise, if she comes and intervenes during that great battle… you should also be clearly aware just what kind of fighting strength a Dou Zong possesses. If she were to join the 'Black Alliance', we would suffer great losses even if our entire army isn't destroyed."
"She will definitely not join the 'Black Alliance'." Xiao Yan smiled as he observed Su Qian's stern face. He sighed, "Alright, I will settle the problem with her first."
"Do you need our help?" Su Qian hesitated for a moment before asking.
"Ke ke, relax. The presence of more people will not help the problem between her and me." Xiao Yan laughed bitterly as he cupped his hands toward Su Qian. He said, "Since I have already accounted for most of the things, I should return first."
Su Qian mused for a moment after seeing Xiao Yan turned around. After which, he slowly said, "I think I should tell you something."
"What is it?" Xiao Yan turned his head doubtfully.
"Your second brother is in the 'Black-Corner Region' right?" Su Qian's voice had just sounded when he sensed the aura all over Xiao Yan suddenly rose. A pair of old eyes which were filled with surprise were raised as he watched the young man whose face had instantly become dark and cold.
"What has happened to my second brother?" Xiao Yan's voice was as cold as ice and void of any emotion.
"Currently, nothing has happened to him." Su Qian suppressed the surprise in his heart and widened his hands. He said, "I have sent some people to quietly protect him after you had been dragged underground by the 'Fallen Heart Flame'. He was merely quietly training for the first half of the year. However, one year later he was chased into the deep mountains by some people who were after his life. It was two months later when he next appeared. At that time, his strength had suddenly and strangely soared to the Dou Wang class. I am not certain what happened to him in the deep mountains."
"According to the information gathered, he has quietly established an extremely secretive organization within the 'Black-Corner Region'. This organization currently has quite a strong reputation within the 'Black-Corner Region' because they purposefully pick members of the 'Black Alliance to kill'. Moreover, they kill whoever they meet. Clearly, your second brother is taking revenge for you."
Xiao Yan's face recovered its calmness as he quietly nodded. It was good that nothing had happened to second brother.
However, his expression had just calmed down when Su Qian's subsequent words caused it to become completely dark.
"Due to your second brother killing the members of the 'Black Alliance' for a long time, he has aroused the anger of the 'Black Alliance'. According to the information I got, it seems that a few factions who are quite strong have begun encircling your second brother and his organization. It is likely that his current condition is not very good."
At this moment, the face of the black-robed young man was frighteningly dark and cold. It even contained a faint savageness. The icy-cold voice of his contained an incomparable amount of killing intent.
"Do you have my second older brother's location?"