Chapter 965: Not Qualified
The unexpected change that had occurred in the arena caused the Sky Stone Stage to become a lot quieter. Everyone looked at one another, feeling uncertain about what had happened. From the way they saw it, Hong Chen deserved to be seriously injured. After all, the other party had let him off, but he had actually launched a sneak attack. Such an ending was something that he deserved. Of course, due to the strength of the Hong clan in Tian Bei City, no one dared to voice the thoughts within their hearts.
"Hong Li, what are all of you doing?"
Other people might not say anything, but the Han clan definitely needed to step forward. Immediately a group of human figures rushed down from the tall platform before finally entering the arena and appearing beside Xiao Yan.
"Hong Li, Hong Chen has already been defeated in this match today. Does the Hong clan wish to eat their words?" Han Chi furiously stared at Hong Li and coldly cried out, "The Sky Stone Stage is the natural fighting ring of the Tian Bei City. One's life and death is up to fate when one fights in this place. Don't tell me that your Hong clan is unaware of the rules?"
Hong Li's face twitched a little upon being reprimanded by Han Chi. The fierceness in his eyes surged as he furiously laughed, "The old me doesn't care. This brat has hurt my son. The Hong clan will definitely not just let things be. Does your Han clan wish to start a war with my Hong clan because of an outsider?"
Han Chi's face turned gloomy. His gaze stared at Hong Li as his cold voice firmly resounded above the arena, "Xiao Yan is someone the Han clan has invited. If we abandon him after he lent our Han clan a hand, who else would dare help our Han clan in the future. Even if you wish to use war as a threat, I shall clearly state that the Han clan will protect Xiao Yan!"
The Han clan had to step forward even if they needed to start a war with the Hong clan for an outsider regardless of the benefits or losses in doing so. If they were to shrink back at this moment, the reputation of the Han clan would become terrible. In the future, they could forget about surviving in the Tian Bei City. Han Chi clearly understood this point. Hence, his words were extremely stern when he spoke them. There was not the least bit of hesitation.
These words of Han Chi were not without any effect. At the very least waves after waves of cheers sounded from around the Sky Stone Stage after these words were uttered.
Seeing that Han Chi was determined to oppose him, the expression of Hong Li immediately became extremely ugly. Although the words he spoke were a little vicious, their Han clan did not stand on the righteous side in the matter today. However, it was also impossible if he was asked to swallow this foul taste of Hong Chen being crippled for no reason. Hong Chen had always been seen as the rising star of their Hong clan. The clan had put in an enormous amount of effort to groom him. However, Hong Chen had been completely crippled by Xiao Yan. How could his fury be extinguished?
"The Han clan does have some courage…"
A faint old voice suddenly sounded while Hong Li's expression changed. Everyone followed the voice and looked over, only to see the gray-clothed, old man.
Han Chi's eyes swept over the gray-clothed, old man. His expression changed slightly after pausing on the badge on the other party's chest. "Someone from the Wind Lightning Pavilion?" Everyone knew that the Wind Lightning Pavilion was incomparably strong and was unreasonable in their actions. The people there were were also terribly arrogant, causing others to involuntarily feel worried.
"May I know old sir's name?" Han Chi cupped his hands together and courteously asked. Even though the Wind Lightning Northern Pavilion was merely one of the four pavilions, it was still much stronger than their Han clan. Hence, Han Chi was naturally afraid of slighting the other party.
"The old me is Chen Yun from the Wind Lightning Northern Pavilion." The gray-clothed old man raised his eyes. His voice still remained impassive.
"Chen Yun? Doesn't that name belong to one of the four great Elders of the Wind Lightning Northern Pavilion, Elder Yun?" Han Chi's heart tightened upon hearing this name as he anxiously asked.
"You are indeed worthy of being the Han clan by having quite a great understanding of my Wind Lightning Pavilion." The gray-clothed, old man smiled faintly as he replied.
"Old Chen must be joking. The four great Elders, Feng, Yun, Lei, Dian are all renowned within the northern region of the Central Plains. How could this younger generation not know about them." Han Chi cupped his hands and smiled. Immediately, he probingly said, "Old Chen, Xiao Yan has indeed been a little too heavy-handed in the matter today. However, the blades and spears don't have eyes when one fights. Injuries and deaths are common…"
The gray-clothed, old man waved his hand and interrupted Han Chi's words. He glanced at Xiao Yan, whose expression ultimately did not show much changes before slowly speaking, "The grand Elder of the Han clan and I can be considered to have been acquaintances back then. I shall not make things difficult for you. I can indeed temporarily put the matter of Hong Chen being injured aside. However, before this, this person must honestly account to the old me just where the Three Thousand Lightning Movement that he practices originated from."
Chen Yun's face suddenly became much darker and colder when he spoke until the end. The Three Thousand Lightning Movement had a special meaning to the Wind Lightning Pavilion. Not only was it one of the top agility techniques in the Wind Lightning Pavilion, but only by mastering the Three Thousand Lightning Movement until the highest level would one possess the qualification to practice the Wind Lightning Pavilion's most guarded skill.
Three Thousand Lightning Illusionary Body!
The reason that the Wind Lightning Pavilion possessed its current position on the Central Plains today was related to this Three Thousand Lightning Illusionary Body. However, the difficulty of practicing this was extremely high. One of the requirements was that one needed to master the Three Thousand Lightning Movement until the highest level. During these years, there had been few people, within the entire Wind Lightning Pavilion, who had successfully mastered it.
One could describe the Three Thousand Lightning Illusionary Body as the evolved form of the Three Thousand Lightning Movement. Hence, this agility Dou Skill was guarded very tightly by the Wind Lightning Pavilion. Unless one was a core disciple, one would not have the qualification to practice it. Now, however, this old fellow had suddenly seen this agility Dou Skill being displayed by Xiao Yan. No wonder he would be so affected by it.
The expressions of Han Chi's group changed when they heard Chen Yun's words. Their shocked gazes looked to Xiao Yan. Clearly, they also felt extremely surprised that Xiao Yan was actually in possession of the Wind Lightning Pavilion's ultimate skill.
"The Three Thousand Lightning Movement is only something that I obtained by chance. I would like to ask Elder Chen. If you were to suddenly obtain a Di class agility Dou Skill, would you abandon it or would you practice it yourself?" Xiao Yan raised his eyes, looked at the gray-clothed, old man, and spoke in an indifferent manner.
"Obtained by chance?" Chen Yun laughed coldly. He said, "Ten years ago, my Wind Lightning Pavilion's Book Collection Hall was broken into by someone who ended up stealing quite a number of Qi Methods and Dou Skills. Among them was the Three Thousand Lightning Movement. I think that you should have some relationship with that person, wouldn't you?"
"If you wish to trump up the charges, there is no need to worry about the pretext of doing so. I do not have the blessing to enjoy this great charge of Elder Chen. Don't tell me that the people of the Wind Lightning Pavilion all act like this?" Xiao Yan only laughed coldly in the face of the charges of this old fellow.
"Brat, shut your mouth. Do you think that the Wind Lightning Pavilion is something that the little you can insult? Moreover, you actually dare to act so presumptuous in front of Elder Chen? Looks like you really look down on his elderly self." Hong Li stepped forward and furiously yelled.
Han Chi frowned slightly upon hearing these words. He quietly scolded 'shameless' in his heart. By saying these words, this fellow was clearly intending to place Xiao Yan in front of Chen Yun and get Chen Yun to act. Thus, the Hong clan would have taken revenge and would not be badmouthed by others.
While Han Chi was quietly scolding in his heart, his sleeve was suddenly pulled down. He turned his head, only to see the pretty face of Han Xue begging him. A low voice was transmitted into his ears, "Father, you must help him…"
Han Chi laughed bitterly and sighed. This girl…
"Old Chen. This matter is likely just a misunderstanding. If we discuss it properly, we should be able to resolve it. Why must we meet with swords drawn?" Han Chi cupped his hands toward Chen Yun and spoke courteously.
"This matter has nothing to do with your Han clan. The Three Thousand Lightning Movement is one of the secret skills that cannot be spread to any outsider. Hence, this matter cannot simply be put aside." Chen Yun coldly glanced at Han Chi. His gaze immediately slid to Xiao Yan as he coldly spoke, "You have two choices. One, return with me to the Wind Lightning Northern Pavilion and allow the pavillion head to decide how to deal with you. Two, the old me will kill you on the spot. No matter what, the Three Thousand Lightning Movement must not land in the hands of an outsider."
The people from the Hong clan quietly laughed in a cold voice upon hearing the words of Chen Yun that left no room for argument. The faces of Han Chi's group had turned extremely ugly instead. Han Xue's pretty face had suddenly become a lot paler.
"Old Chen…" Han Chi opened his mouth with the intention of saying something more.
"Han Chi, the old me only allowed you to speak so much on account of the grand Elder of the Han clan. Do not fail to appreciate kindness. This matter is not something that you can meddle in. If you really wish to do so, your Han clan will likely be unable to endure the fury of the Wind Lightning Pavilion." Chen Yun coldly cried out.
Han Chi's expression changed slightly upon hearing Yun Chen's cold cry. The strength of the Han clan and the Wind Lightning Pavilion was too far apart. If the other party intended on destroying them, it would only require an intention.
"Uncle Han, this matter has nothing to do with all of you. Do not continue to meddle…" A laugh was transmitted over while Han Chi was struggling in his heart. This caused the his heart to shake. He raised his head, only to see Xiao Yan's smiling face.
"Xiao Yan… sorry…"
Han Chi's fist was slightly tightened as he sighed. He was the clan head of the Han clan. He was responsible to the Han Clan for each and every single action. These words of Xiao Yan had clearly indicated that he did not wish for the Han clan to be implicated in this matter.
Xiao Yan smiled. He did not blame Han Chi. The strength of the Wind Lightning Pavilion was extremely great. It was fine for Xiao Yan who was by himself. At the very most, he could just flee. The Central Plains was huge. How would the Wind Lightning Pavilion be able to do as it pleased? However, if he were to get the Han clan involved, the Han clan would become his burden. Hence, Xiao Yan was still extremely calm in his heart. Actually, when it came to this level of his, all of this no longer matter. The so-called laughing at the situation was describing this principle.
"Hei, it is unexpected that you still have some loyalty." Chen Yun coldly laughed. His shriveled hand was slowly extended from his sleeves as he faintly said, "Since that is the case, are you planning to follow me back to the Wind Lightning Pavilion, or do you wish for the old me to act and cripple you?"
Xiao Yan suddenly laughed as he looked at the indifferent face of Chen Yun. He shook his head, "I am not interested in the Wind Lightning Pavilion. Hence, I will not go…"
Chen Yun nodded. The killing intent in his eyes soared.
"In that case, you are choosing the second route…"
Xiao Yan slowly raised his head. Pride flashed across his young and handsome face as he parted his mouth and smiled.
"As for crippling me… honestly speaking, you are still not qualified to do so with your strength, which has not reached that of a five star Dou Zong!"
Chapter 966: Demon Puppet Revealed
Xiao Yan's words caused the entire arena to become stunned. Although his performance earlier was extremely shocking, it seemed that it was far from sufficient for him to rely on that strength to speak to an elite peak four star Dou Zong in this manner. Actually, no one could be blamed for thinking like this. With Xiao Yan's current age, most people would feel that it was a little ridiculous to believe that he could defeat a Wind Lightning Pavilion Elder who had long become renowned. Moreover, Xiao Yan had also stolen the secret skill of the Wind Lightning Pavilion. The Wind Lightning Pavilion would not let him off no matter what. Most of the people present were merely adopting a mentality of watching a show play out in front of them.
Cold smiles were lifted on the faces of those from the Hong clan. From the way they saw it, Xiao Yan was completely seeking death by contradicting Chen Yun in this manner.
Han Chi also laughed bitterly in his heart as he let out a sigh. He did not know why the extremely calm Xiao Yan would suddenly say such words. The strength of this Chen Yun was similar to that reclusive Grand Elder of their Han clan. Xiao Yan's strength could indeed be considered outstanding among those of the same class. However, the person in front of him now was not some Dou Huang. Instead, it was a renowned elite Dou Zong!
Han Xue's pretty face was pale-white. She clenched her hand, bit her lower red lip with the back of her teeth. She was extremely unwilling to let things develop until such an extent. From the way she saw it, if she had not stubbornly invited Xiao Yan, he would not have ended up getting involved in the matter between the Han and Hong clan. As such, he would also not reveal the matter of possessing the Three Thousand Lightning Movement and end up attracting trouble.
A pair of somewhat icy hands gently held Han Xue's delicate hand while she was blaming herself. She turned her head and found that it was Han Yue.
"Elder sister…" Han Xue looked at Han Yue. Some moisture was gathering in her bright eyes.
"Ugh, there is no need to worry. Xiao Yan is not a reckless person. If he dares to speak in this manner, he might well possess some confidence…" Han Yue rubbed Han Xue's smooth, black hair as she comforted her. However, her comforting words appeared somewhat ridiculous even to herself. After all, the strength of this Chen Yun Elder was even stronger than that of First Elder Su Qian from the Inner Academy. Regardless of how strong Xiao Yan was, he was ultimately still a Dou Huang.
The gap between a Dou Huang and a Dou Zong was something that Han Yue, being a Dou Huang, understood clearly in her heart.
While everyone's hearts were churning with different thoughts, Chen Yun ended up laughing in his extreme anger after being momentarily stunned. This was the first time in so many years that a person from the younger generation had told him he was unqualified!
"It is indeed the case of the young replacing the old. The young people these days are getting more and more arrogant. Alright, alright. Today, let this old me personally witness why the old me is unqualified?" Chen Yun laughed to the sky. However, everyone could hear the fury within his loud laughter. It seemed that this Elder from the Wind Lightning Northern Pavilion was truly angered by Xiao Yan's words.
Upon hearing the fury that was hidden within Chen Yun's words, the hearts of Han Chi's group sank. However, being the person involved, Xiao Yan merely used a pair of dark-black ink-like eyes to stare at the laughing Chen Yun intently. There was a chillness faintly flashing within them.
Getting into trouble with the Wind Lightning Pavilion was not something that Xiao Yan was willing to see happen. However, this did not mean that he would simply allow the other party to do as they pleased in disposing him. Following this old fellow to the Wind Lightning Northern Pavilion was definitely not something that Xiao Yan would agree to. When he reached their territory where they had a large number of people, it was likely that he would be unable to survive even if he possessed the Earth Demon Puppet. This foolish act of placing himself in a situation where he would die was something that he would never do.
Although this old fellow Chen Yun was an expert at the peak of a four star Dou Zong, Xiao Yan was not afraid of him. With his numerous trump cards, there was no need to even discuss escaping from Chen Yun's hand. It was not impossible even if he wished to kill Chen Yun. However, if he did this, he would once again descend into a weary state.
The smile on Chen Yun's face gradually turned gloomy after being stared at by Xiao Yan's icy-cold eyes. His shriveled hand curled slightly as threads of frightening lightning flickered. Finally, they leaped and appeared like electric arcs.
"The old me really doesn't believe that you can escape from my hands today."
A killing intent was revealed in Chen Yun's eyes as he slowly stepped forward. His body strangely disappeared the moment his foot landed.
The faces of Han Chi's group changed slightly upon seeing Chen Yun disappear. This old fellow had indeed attacked!
Han Xue's pretty face grew even paler. She clenched her hand and suddenly tossed Han Yue's hand aside. Her body swiftly rushed forward. She had just appeared in front of Xiao Yan when Chen Yun slowly appeared.
Han Chi's face became shocked as Han Xue suddenly rushed forward. He hurriedly cried out.
"You are seeking death!"
Chen Yun, who had appeared, glanced at Han Xue, who was blocking the path in front of him. The corner of his mouth emitted a cold cry as he waved his sleeves. A majestic force swept out and arrived in front of her in the blink of an eye. Under such a powerful force, even Han Xue's heart formed a chill that was difficult to resist.
Just when Han Xue was waiting to die, a suction force suddenly surged from behind. Her body was swiftly pulled back before Xiao Yan grabbed her delicate waist and quickly withdrew.
Chen Yun let out a cold snort when he saw Xiao Yan intervene. A silver glow appeared under his feet. His body trembled while a thunderous roar sounded.
Xiao Yan's body suddenly shifted while he was quickly withdrawing. He could not care for the delicate beauty in his embrace as he threw his palm against her. A gentle force erupted, throwing her gently toward Han Chi's group.
Xiao Yan's eyes shrank slightly after having just sent Han Xue away. A ghost-like figure appeared above his head as a ghost-claw that was flickering with a lightning glow trickily and viciously struck at his head. It carried a terrifying force that tore through the sky.
The faces of Han Chi's group immediately turned ugly as they watched Chen Yun, who had used such a vicious strike against Xiao Yan the moment he attacked. Han Xue, who had just been received by Han Yue, had an even paler pretty face. Her lovely body had become unsteady.
The lightning glow ghost-claw came crashing down in front of many shocked gazes. Just as quite a number of people felt unable to watch the bloody scene and planned to shut their eyes, a bright silver-colored glow suddenly erupted in front of Xiao Yan. A blurry human figure appeared amid the silver glow.
The silver glow had just appeared when a completely silver-colored arm suddenly penetrated the silver glow and violently collided with Chen Yun's lightning ghost-claw. Immediately, a muffled sound and a frightening air wave spread out like ocean waves from the point of contact. Spider-web-like cracks began to appear on the ground wherever the wave passed.
The silver-colored arm and the lightning ghost-claw paused for an instant before old man's body shook. Under the violent airwaves, its owner's feet hurriedly took over a dozen steps back in empty space before barely managing to stabilize his body.
The sudden scene caused all the eyes present to solidify. This was especially the case when they saw that it was actually Chen Yun who was unable to hold out and was forced back in the exchange. Shock came surging out of their hearts in an uncontrolled manner.
Chen Yun steadied his body and swiftly raised his head. Some astonishment had also appeared on his face, which was covered with killing intent. His eyes stared intently at the silver glow as he spoke in a deep voice, "Who are you? This is a matter of my Wind Lightning Pavilion. Please do not intervene!"
The silver glow slowly scattered under Chen Yun's focus. Finally, a human figure that seemed to be completely constructed from silver appeared in front of the eyes of everyone present.
The human figure was not very huge. Instead, it appeared a little skinny. Its skin was like silver while both of its eyes were empty, and a vague silver glow flickered within it. Moreover, the thing that really shocked people was that there was not a single person who could sense its breathing.
"It is actually a puppet? How is it possible that this fellow possesses such a powerful puppet?"
Chen Yun was immediately startled after the silver glow disappeared. With his eyesight, he was naturally able to tell that this was a puppet without any will. Moreover, the thing that he really could not believe was that the strength of this puppet was stronger than him!
"I have said before that you do not have the qualification to cripple me."
A voice that contained a dark chill was slowly emitted from behind the silver-colored human figure. Immediately, Xiao Yan stepped forward and stared at Chen Yun with dense eyes.
Chen Yun's face twitched a little as he sinisterly said, "It is unexpected that you actually possess a Dou Zong class puppet. I have really underestimated you…"
The moment these words were said, both the people from the Han and Hong clan became dull. A Dou Zong class puppet? This… how was this possible?
Xiao Yan was expressionless. His finger suddenly pointed toward Chen Yun as he slowly gave a command.
Xiao Yan's voice had just sounded when the Earth Demon Puppet in front of him stepped on the ground. With a 'Xiu' sound, it transformed into a light figure that charged toward Chen Yun. This act of completely relying on its physical speed to cause a sonic boom along the way caused everyone watching it to become speechless.
Chen Yun's heart sank as the Earth Demon Puppet charged over. After the brief exchange earlier, he knew that the strength of this puppet was stronger than him. Its physical body was so strong that it was frightening. Additionally, it did not have the slightest feeling of pain. If one were to really fight, Chen Yun was definitely no match for it.
"Hong Li, I will hold back this puppet. You will kill that brat. Once he dies, the puppet will naturally stop. Once he is finished off, I will give this Dou Zong class puppet to your Hong clan!" Chen Yun hurriedly dodged when the silver glow flickered. At the same time, he let out a cry.
Hong Li was initially startled when he heard this. Immediately, a greediness that was difficult to hide erupted from his eyes. A Dou Zong class puppet was worth the entire Hong clan going all out to obtain!
"Old Chen, please be reassured. I will personally act and kill this brat to take revenge for my son, who was injured by him!" Hong Li licked his mouth and smiled in a savage manner.
"Relax, if anyone dares to stop you, I, as an Elder of the Wind Lightning Pavilion, will announce that that person will be an enemy of the Wind Lightning Pavilion. We will not rest until we finish him off!" The next words from Yun Chen caused Han Chi, whose feet were just about to move, to turn gloomy.
"Ha ha, thank you Old Chen!"
Hong Li let out a loud laugh as he gloatingly glanced at Han Chi. After which, he revealed a cruel smile toward the indifferent face of Xiao Yan. His dark, cold voice was filled with an incomparable killing intent.
"Brat, relax, I will first break all your four limbs and allow you to taste what is called a fate worse than death!"
Chapter 967: Encirclement By the Hong Clan
Killing intent also flashed across Xiao Yan's expressionless face as he looked at Hong Li striding over with a savage smile. These people from the Hong clan were indeed hateful…
"Hong Li, aren't you ashamed of attacking someone from the younger generation with your status?" Han Chi looked at the pale-faced Han Xue by the side before involuntarily crying out with a furious voice.
Hong Li momentarily paused. He glanced at Han Chi and coldly laughed, "What younger generation? His strength is comparable to even those of our generation. Han Chi, if your Han clan wishes to intervene, you can step forward as long as you aren't afraid of the Wind Lightning Pavilion making you repay after that. Hee hee…"
Han Chi's face turned green upon hearing the threat within Hong Li's words. However, he really did not dare intervene. The words that Chen Yun had mentioned earlier had completely suppressed the Han clan.
The Wind Lightning Pavilion was a great being that the Han clan could not fight against.
Hong Li once again gloatingly laughed when he saw that Han Chi did not dare to make any unusual movements. He clenched his hand and a sharp broadsword appeared in it. The snow-white blade reflected a cold glow under the sunlight that caused palpitations in one's heart.
Shua! Shua! Shua!
The broadsword in Hong Li's hand was randomly hacked a couple of times in front of him. One could see that even the air itself had formed a slight depression. Although this Hong Li was really hateful, his strength was not weaker than Han Chi. According to Xiao Yan's guess, it was likely that this fellow was also an expert who had half a foot in the Dou Zong class.
However, regardless of whether this person had half a foot into the Dou Zong class, as long as he had not truly entered that level, Xiao Yan would not feel even the least bit of fear. Half a foot into the Dou Zong class and a genuine Dou Zong were not even close to being the same!
Powerful deep-green-colored Dou Qi slowly surged out of Hong Li's body. A wild wind suddenly appeared, whistling as it blew over the arena. The Qi Method Hong Li practiced was of the wind affinity. Dou Qi of this affinity usually leaned more toward speed and agility. Moreover, its offensive strength was also quite strong.
"Hong Li, swiftly finish that brat off!"
Chen Yun's cry was suddenly transmitted over while Xiao Yan was pondering the Qi Method in his heart. However, the cry this time around faintly had the addition of anxiety.
The cold smile on the corner of Xiao Yan's mouth grew even wider as his gaze swiftly followed the voice and turned. He could see that Chen Yun, who still had a look of superiority earlier, had already been suppressed by the Earth Demon Puppet until he was at a disadvantage. Each time it swung its fist, he would be forced to dodge in a miserable manner. With the strength of the Earth Demon Puppet, Chen Yun was completely no match for it in a head-on collision. Since the puppet could not use a Dou Skill, it was likely that his situation would not become more treacherous.
Even though this was the case, anyone could tell that Chen Yun only had the ability to protect himself under the attacks of the Earth Demon Puppet. He did not have the ability to retaliate.
Chen Yun's situation was also absorbed by Hong Li's eyes. His heart involuntarily quievered. It was unexpected that the puppet would be so strong. Even Chen Yun had ended up in such a situation. Looks like he needed to quickly settle this matter. Otherwise, once the puppet killed Chen Yun, the unlucky ones would be their Hong clan.
Hong Li's fist tightened when he thought until this point. Deep-green-colored Dou Qi lingered over his body like a tornado. He held the broadsword tightly and laughed ferociously at Xiao Yan. His feet immediately stomped viciously on the ground as he transformed into a blurry figure that suddenly shot forth!
With the increase in Hong Li's speed by the wind affinity Dou Qi, he managed to appear in front of Xiao Yan within a couple of blinks. The broadsword in his hand emitted a 'shua shua' sound as it danced, forming a couple of glaring blade glows which violently hacked at Xiao Yan with lightning-like momentum.
The blade glow landed on Xiao Yan's body and penetrated it. However, it did not lead to even the slightest amount of blood being spilled.
"An afterimage huh?" Hong Li's eyes coagulated slightly.
Xiao Yan's figure appeared around ten meters behind the afterimage. His gaze was ice-cold as he looked at Hong Li who was looking over. His hands curled into a fist and a fierce jade-green flame surged out from it. After which, he separated the flames into a cluster of green flames and a cluster of invisible flames.
The temperature of the arena suddenly surged when the two kinds of flame appeared. It seemed that even the moisture in the air had been completely vaporized at this moment.
Hong Li's heart was startled when he sensed this change. His body moved with his thoughts as he once again charged toward Xiao Yan in a lightning-like manner.
Xiao Yan's expression did not change in the face of Hong Li' attacks, who had a killing intent all over his body. He activated the Three Thousand Lightning Movement to its limit. Numerous after images appeared in a dazzling manner as he dodged all of the attacks from Hong Li. With his speed, it was natural that Hong Li had difficulty catching up to him. Hong Li's heart also gradually became more furious when he saw that he was being delayed one second after another by Xiao Yan.
While holding back Hong Li, the two clusters of 'Heavenly Flames' in Xiao Yan's hands swiftly began to merge. With Xiao Yan's current strength, merging an Angry Buddha Lotus Flame, created from two 'Heavenly Flames,' was an extremely smooth task without the slightest difficulty. The only flaw was that it would need a little time. However, this little flaw was perfectly covered with the support of the Three Thousand Lightning Movement.
Following the gradual formation of the Angry Buddha Lotus Flame in Xiao Yan's hand, a frighteningly violent energy slowly spread out from it. Upon sensing the strength of this energy, both Hong Li's and Han Chi's group experienced a change in their expressions. Under this energy that was filled with destruction, even they could faintly sense a little fear.
"What a frightening Dou Skill… if I end up struck by it, it is likely that I would, at the very least, end up seriously injured or even killed…" Han Chi involuntarily wiped off the cold sweat on his forehead as he spoke in a heartfelt manner. He looked at Hong Li and Xiao Yan flashing all around like a cat playing with a mouse and sensed the increasingly wild and violent energy in Xiao Yan's hands.
"Looks like he had shown mercy back then. From his performance today, even I would likely have difficulty lasting ten exchanges in his hands… how embarrassing." Han Tian laughed bitterly. Only now did he understand why Xiao Yan had said those arrogant words when faced with his test a couple of days ago. It seemed that in the eyes of that person, his little strength was not worth being afraid of…
"Xiao Yan should have some background. Otherwise, by just relying on himself, he would have difficulty reaching such a stage regardless of how outstanding his talent is. Forget about the frightening puppet. Just this never ending stream of high class Dou Skills is something that even the younger generation in a faction like the Wind Lightning Pavilion cannot compete with…" Han Chi muttered. From this, it was possible to tell that just what kind of frightening stage Xiao Yan's strength had reached. However, this was only an estimation. After all, they had never accurately predicted Xiao Yan's strength.
Han Tian and the others also shared the same thoughts and nodded their heads upon hearing his words. Regardless of how great one's talent was, there was a limit to one's ability. It was impossible for someone to split one's attention to do other things while focusing on training. Moreover… they clearly knew in their hearts that Xiao Yan had another frightening identity. A tier 6 alchemist!
While his strength had reached such a stage, his alchemist skill had also reached a level that an ordinary person had difficulty achieving. This was an unbelievable thing from many people's point of view. The reason was that just any single one of the two would exhaust an incredible amount of effort from a person. If one were able to truly rely on oneself to reach such a stage in both areas, it was likely that the person could only be described by the word 'monster.'
"Everyone from the Hong clan, listen up. Surround this brat!"
While Han Chi and the others were muttering among themselves, Hong Li, who was unable to catch Xiao Yan after a long chase, completely lost his patience.
Quite a number of people were startled upon hearing Hong Li's roar. These fellows were really shameless. Forget about bullying someone younger despite their age. Now, they wanted to bully others with numbers. The face of this Hong clan had been completely lost today…
Some of the experts from the Hong clan hesitated for a moment after hearing Hong Li's roar. However, they could only clench their teeth, harden their faces, and charge forward.
"You shameless bastards!"
Seeing the actions of the Hong clan, Han Xue, who had just become a little calmer, immediately revealed a furious expression. She could not be bothered with the restraints a woman should have as she cursed incandescently. She wanted to charge forward again, but was grabbed by Han Chi.
"Father, Xiao Yan has helped our Han clan. We cannot just simply do nothing, can we?" Han Xue struggled as she asked.
"Ugh, why is it that you are so reckless today? If you were to go, you will only become Xiao Yan's burden and end up dragging him now. Is this helping him?" Han Chi frowned and reprimanded.
Han Xue only bit her lower red lip and stopped upon hearing this. She attempted to explain, "He is someone whom I invited. I cannot just stand idly by the side and watch him die…"
"Don't pay me lip service. Do you think that I don't know what you are thinking?" Han Chi snorted. He involuntarily smiled and sighed when he saw Han Xue's somewhat embarrassed pretty face.
While they were arguing over on the Han clan's side, the ten plus experts from the Hong clan had formed a circle that wrapped Xiao Yan within it. This caused Xiao Yan to have difficulty using his agility to dodge.
"Run. Weren't you happily running around like a rabbit? Once the old me chops off your legs, I will see just how you run!"
Hong Li's face was savage as he looked at Xiao Yan who had stopped. He held the broadsword and strode over. However, he had just taken two steps forward when his body stiffened.
Xiao Yan's tall body stood on the stone platform. His dark-black eyes calmly looked at Hong Li. At this moment, the flame in his hand had already completed its merger. A palm-sized beautiful jade-green flame slowly surfaced on his hand. Following the slow rotation of the fire lotus, threads of tiny dark-black spatial lines swiftly spread from it.
"Have you enjoyed the chase?"
Xiao Yan looked at Hong Li's stiffened face before glancing at the experts from the Hong clan within a ten meter radius from him. The corner of his mouth was lifted into a dense cold smile as he softly asked.
Hong Li's eyes shrunk slightly as he cried out in a stern manner.
"It's too late…"
Xiao Yan smiled. His body slowly disappeared in a ghost-like manner while the jade-green fire lotus remained in its original spot. After which, a bright crystal glow, which carried a destructive strength, suddenly exploded!