Chapter 606: Imprint of Death (One)
By now, a large group of people had gathered from Mercenary City. They watched the battle take place between Heaven Saint Masters from far away. Several Heaven Saint Masters had already flown up into the air to watch it from another perspective.
Hu Xiaotian had been one of those Heaven Saint Masters. Although they were all standing far away, their eyesight was strong enough to allow them to clearly watch the battle.
When Hu Xiaotian saw Jian Chen floating in the air, he was surprised,“Eh? Isn’t that brother Jian Chen? So he really did become a Heaven Saint Master. I underestimated him, but isn’t he amazing. He’s fighting against four other Heaven Saint Masters and managed to withstand four Heaven Tier Battle Skills. Perhaps brother Jian Chen has become a Sixth Cycle Heaven Saint Master?”
“Look! The one fighting those four Heaven Saint Masters, isn’t that the one who took first place in the Gathering of Mercenaries, Jian Chen?” Several figures had realized Jian Chen’s identity, and had cried out in shock.
“Eh? It really is Jian Chen! But wasn’t he an Earth Saint Master when he was in the Gathering of the Mercenaries? How is he a Heaven Saint Master now after a single year?”
“Is that really him? Heavens, he’s already a Heaven Saint Master. What’s more, he’s able to fight against four other Heaven Saint Masters using their Heaven Tier Battle Skills? How inconceivable. Jian Chen was in the Gathering of the Mercenaries, so he can’t be over the age of fifty!”
“What? Fifty? Have you seen how old he looks? According to what I know, Jian Chen’s true age can’t be over the age of thirty.”
“You’re kidding? He isn’t even in his thirties? Good heavens, becoming a Heaven Saint Master at that age is really unbelievable.”
“Those four Heaven Saint Masters used their Heaven Tier Battle Skills just now, but Jian Chen managed to defend himself from them. That’s really something else! I’d have to guess he’s a Fourth Cycle Heaven Saint Master at the very least.”
“Why just a Fourth Cycle? Even a Sixth Cycle Heaven Saint Master would be hard-pressed to survive four Heaven Tier Battle Skills. I say that Jian Chen has to be a Saint Ruler!” Another elder announced. His expression was complex as he thought about how Jian Chen had managed to defend against four Heaven Tier Battle Skill. A feat like that was bordering on the unbelievable.
“What!? Saint Ruler!? How could that be!?”
Jian Chen’s identity was quickly revealed to everyone there, but his revealment as a Heaven Saint Master was particularly shocking. The people looking at him felt shocked as they discussed with one another.
When someone suggested that Jian Chen had already become a Saint Ruler, the entire area became deathly silent. Not a single one of them spoke since news like that was far too incredulous to even imagine.
“Jian Chen becoming a Saint Ruler before he even reaches his thirties would be far too terrifying. With the entire continent as a scale, talent like that would be hard to come by every millenia.” After a very long time, another elder spoke with a sigh.
“Jian Chen entered the holy lands of Mercenary City, and with his talent already, it will only be a matter of time before he becomes a Saint Ruler.” A frail looking elder slowly exhaled.
On another side, three black-robed men stood together as they watched the scene with calm expressions. One of the three held a single fan in his hands as he muttered, “A Heaven Saint Master younger than the age of thirty who can withstand four Heaven Tier Battle skills, that Jian Chen really is something special. His potential for the future is practically unlimited. If we rope him into our clan before he becomes a Saint Ruler, it’d be a great boon for us. Elder Zhou, go and make the inquiries on Jian Chen’s background later. See just what type of person he is and where he’s from.”
The middle-aged man standing behind the fan holder nodded without hesitation, “It’ll be difficult, but I will try my best.”
With his strength revealed, Jian Chen’s overwhelming talent had caught the attention of the more influential households. It went without exception that every person was determined to be in his good graces no matter what. If they couldn’t, then at the very least, they wouldn’t be enemies with him.
Everyone knew that to offend Jian Chen was tantamount to offending a figure that was close to becoming a Saint Ruler! This person had a very good chance of becoming a Saint King in the future too!
Meanwhile, in the sky, Jian Chen was injured, but he was still as imposing as ever. Just like a sword being unsheathed, the power emanating from him was filled with the intent to make battle.
The elders of the Shi family all thought about the results of making an enemy with Jian Chen, but an unwashable blood debt had already formed between the two. The differences between them couldn’t be solved amicably, so they needed to take advantage of the time before Jian Chen became an actual threat to the Shi family. They needed to kill him first. Like killing the baby in the cradle, they would have to act now or be forced to witness a disaster to their family when it was too late.
“Everyone together now! We must make sure to capture Jian Chen today. If we cannot, then we must make sure he dies here instead. We cannot let him escape again this time!” The third elder shouted. Without giving Jian Chen anymore time to rest, he and the other three charged straight at him.
Jian Chen was not afraid, even with the situation. Instead of retreating, he dashed forward with the Origin energy ready to fight once more.
“Brother Jian Chen, I’m here to lend you a hand!” Just at that moment, a loud voice exploded forth from the direction of Mercenary City. Seconds after, Hu Xiaotian could be seen flying toward him.
“Jian Chen, we are here to help you as well!” Not even moments after Hu Xiaotian had spoken, the three black-robed men from earlier flew through the air to help Jian chen as well. The three of them wished to gain Jian Chen’s good favor, so helping him out in this moment was an extremely rare opportunity that had to be taken advantage of.
“You have us as well!” Several more voices cried out from the crowd as another four Heaven Saint Masters shot forth. Each one bore an intent that was more than willing to fight with the four elders of the Shi family. They were all borrowing this opportunity to help create a bridge between them and Jian Chen to gain even more power. After all, helping someone in their time of need was the best way to start a friendship.
“And my axe!”
Within several seconds, eight different Heaven Saint Masters were flying through the sky to help Jian Chen fight off the four elders from the Shi family.
This sudden aberration had caused the four elders to grow extremely grim. They had never thought that an event like this would happen.
“I appreciate everyone’s willingness to lend me a hand, but I alone will be enough to deal with these four. Everyone, please just stay by the side and continue to watch. Today, I will slaughter these four myself.” Jian Chen spoke to the eight. Only the four Heaven Tier Battle Skills frightened him, but without those, Jian Chen didn’t fear these four at all. With his Origin energy helping him, he had nothing else to worry about.
He wasn’t willing to place himself in debt to another person since he knew that their intentions weren’t as pure as snow. All in all, the best option was to just refuse their kindness.
As he spoke, Jian Chen closed in on the four elders. He was just several hundred meters away from clashing with them.
When those eight Heaven Saint Masters heard Jian Chen, they could only stop there mid-flight. They too wished to see the true strength of someone who had managed to withstand four Heaven Tier Battle Skills. Furthermore, they wanted to see just how an injured person like Jian Chen could kill four Heaven Saint Masters.
“If brother Jian Chen wishes to kill those four himself, then I won’t stop him in doing so.” Hu Xiaotian smiled from his spot.
“If brother Jian Chen needs our help, all you need to do is just ask and the three of us will do our best to help out.” The fan-holding middle-aged man in black robes smiled as well. He did not care who the four elders fighting Jian Chen were.
“If sire Jian Chen wishes to kill those four personally, then we won’t interfere with him, but sire Jian Chen, if you truly do need our help, just mention it.” The other Heaven Saint Masters repeated one after another politely. If these men dared to stand against the Shi family, that meant that their own statuses were perhaps quite considerable as well.