Chapter 612: Death of the Saint Ruler of the Shi Family (Two)
Throughout the history of the Tian Yuan Continent, each and every person afflicted by the Imprint of Death had been unable to remove it. This was due to the vital energies that were used to create it. The complexity of the patterns was far too much for pure energy to completely remove. The only way to remove the Imprint of Death was to completely exhaust the vital energies of one’s the body.
In this case, a Heaven Saint Master had used the energies he had accumulated over many years to create the Imprint of Death. The amount of energy used was tremendous. Several hundred years would be required if it was even able to be removed. However, Jian Chen had not only managed to find a way to expel it, he had found a way to expel it quickly. This was something that the two Saint Rulers felt incredulous about.
The two of them knew just how important the Imprint of Death was. It meant Jian Chen had escaped their range if there was no reaction from it. Even as Saint Rulers, it would be hard to find Jian Chen without the Imprint of Death. The Tian Yuan Continent was far too vast, and Jian Chen could blend in with the sea of people that lived on it. All in all, it was like finding a needle in a haystack.
Jian Chen, at this moment, was currently resting on the bed while the azure and violet sword spirits working hard to erase the Imprint of Death. He remained completely oblivious to the fact that the two Saint Rulers were now aware of what he was doing.
Just then, a knock on the door made itself known. The door had been bolted shut with an iron lock, but it had been knocked off its hinges and unceremoniously thrown to the floor. Two Saint Rulers walked into the room.
Slowly opening his eyes, Jian Chen looked at the two Saint Rulers with calm eyes.
“I’ve underestimated you, Jian Chen. I didn’t expect to learn that you possessed a way to remove the Imprint of Death. Hmph, how could there be such an easy way to remove the Imprint of Death?” Patriarch Shi dangerously wondered. He was secretly glad of the fact that the other Saint Ruler had reminded him. Otherwise, Jian Chen might have really escaped under his nose as soon as the Imprint of Death was gone.
Knowing that the fact that he could remove the Imprint of Death was now discovered, Jian Chen was not discouraged. He knew that in Mercenary City, there was nothing the two could do even with that knowledge.
“Seniors, you are quite powerful to realize what I was up to with such little information, but even now that you know this, what can you do? If I had only a little longer, I would have thrown off the Imprint of Death and escaped.” Jian Chen smiled.
“You dare!” Patriarch Shi boomed with anger as he pointed a finger at him. The Imprint of Death had been cast by a Heaven Saint Master. If it was easily removed, then that Heaven Saint Master died in vain.
Smiling at the Saint Ruler as if to ridicule him, Jian Chen said, “This junior would never dare, but don’t forget that this is Mercenary City. Would you seniors really try to fight me here?”
The expression on patriarch Shi’s face grew even more murderous. His eyes looked as if they could spit fire at Jian Chen, and if looks could kill, then Jian Chen would have been dead just from the man’s glance alone.
Seeing that Jian Chen was smug, the other Saint Ruler couldn’t help but give a small smile. “Jian Chen, you shouldn’t count your eggs before they hatch. Even if you remove the Imprint of Death, you cannot escape from us still. I’ve a secret technique that allows me to place a seal on a person and know of their location. It isn’t as powerful as the Imprint of Death, but it will serve us nicely in this situation.” At that, the Saint Ruler began to go through a series of hand gestures. Several illusionary patterns began to exude forth from his hands, and with each hand seal, a strange energy began to form in those patterns.
Jian Chen blanched at that and lost all of his initial calmness. If the Saint Ruler wasn’t lying, Jian Chen would be no better off than before with whatever technique the Saint Ruler used on him. This was not something Jian Chen had expected.
His eyes narrowed with a brilliant cold light as he cautioned the Saint Ruler from the Jiede clan, “This is Mercenary City, are you really going to move a hand against me?”
“This technique of mine doesn’t hurt the person and neither does it go against any rules of the city. I will be fine and worry-free from the rules.” The man spoke with confidence. His hands hadn’t stopped moving since his previous statement, and the energy that was forming in them grew even more condensed as the patterns in the air became more complicated.
“Bastard!” Jian Chen cursed to himself. With no desire to be stuck with whatever tracking technique the Saint Ruler possessed, Jian Chen grabbed the still sleeping tiger cub and leaped out the window to escape.
“Pah! Jian Chen, do you think you can escape from my grasp?” The Saint Ruler sneered before rushing out with patriarch Shi.
The outside city had been very busy when Jian Chen had dropped to the ground. Bursting with speed into a random direction, Jian Chen was under no delusions that he would be able to escape the two Saint Rulers. They would be able to catch up with him at any time, so Jian Chen was desperately thinking of what to do as he ran.
The most important thing to do at the moment was to escape direct contact with the two. Hence, he would be able to avoid the placement of the Jiede clan’s Saint Ruler’s technique. It was unfortunate that there were barely any hiding spots in Mercenary City and that his pursuers were Saint Rulers. If he perhaps met the conditions allowing him to enter the general headquarters of Mercenary City, the he would probably be safe. However, as of right now, he could not fill those requirements.
“Jian Chen! In front of a Saint Ruler, you are powerless to run away!” At that moment, an elderly voice could be heard as the Saint Ruler from the Jiede clan appeared directly in front of him and blocked his path. Before Jian Chen could even react, the energy in the Saint Ruler’s hands shot forth and melted into Jian Chen’s body with a speed like lightning.
As this strange energy entered Jian Chen’s body, he immediately felt his entire body grow tense as the energy transformed into a net that surrounded him. He felt as if his mobility had been limited, thanks to the technique, in a fashion that was not too different from the pressure created from a Heaven Tier Battle Skill.
He grew cold when the implications of this technique hit him. Not only did this technique make it easier for the Saint Ruler to find him, but it also limited his very own mobility. As of right now, Jian Chen could feel that it was significantly harder to move in comparison to before.
“Jian Chen, how does this feeling suit you? This technique of mine doesn’t have the same length of range as the Imprint of Death, but even the Imprint of Death doesn’t boast the same effectiveness of this. It can restrict your movement as long as you are weaker than I am. And until then, there is no way you can break free of this technique.” The Saint Ruler laughed in sadistic delight.
Tightly clenching his fist, Jian Chen grew even more furious at the man. He had never thought that this would happen to him. The Imprint of Death embedded in him had nearly been removed before this sudden development. This event only meant that his plans would be further delayed by a long length of time.
“Big brother! Did you come across trouble again? Are these two people chasing you bad guys?” A voice suddenly made itself clear in Jian Chen’s mind. The ethereal body of Little Spirit suddenly materialized right in front of Jian Chen’s eyes. Her transparent feet hovered just a meter above the ground.
It seemed as if her body was only visible to Jian Chen. The entire street was filled with people, but not a single one of them seemed to have noticed her existence.
Little Spirit sensed the technique that had been used on Jian Chen’s body, causing her pure and childlike body to twist up in anger. “Big brother! You’re being bullied! Those two must be bad guys! If they are, don’t worry big brother! Little Spirit will help you!” With that, she pointed a finger at Jian Chen. A strange beam of energy flew out from her extended finger. As it met Jian Chen’s body, it instantly dispelled the entrapment that had been placed on him.
The Saint Ruler sensed his technique break. Confunded, the Saint Ruler said to Jian Chen with some startled disbelief, “But how? I can see that you broke my technique somehow. No, that shouldn’t be possible! Not possible at all! How could you have enough power to overwhelm my technique?”
Patriarch Shi heard what the other Saint Ruler said and was equally astounded. “This brat is a freak.” He muttered. “Not only can he remove the Imprint of Death, he can even break free from the technique you placed on him. Perhaps there’s some sort of treasure on his person?”
“Big brother, don’t be surprised and go after them! Beat them down quickly! Teach those baddies a lesson!” Little Spirit floated down to Jian Chen’s side as she angrily snarled. Little Spirit was glaring hatefully at the two Saint Rulers because of the fact that they were bullying Jian Chen.
“Little Spirit, this is Mercenary City. It’s not a place where I can fight as easily as I want. If I do, then I’ll suffer an extremely terrible punishment.” Jian Chen reluctantly responded.
“Big brother, don’t worry. All of the punishments from Mercenary City were caused by Little Spirit, but Little Spirit won’t punish big brother this time! So, hurry up and teach them a lesson! They can’t fight back, but if they do, then Little Spirit will definitely punish them! If master didn’t prohibit Little Spirit from hurting people, then Little Spirit would have taken revenge for big brother already!”
Jian Chen was motivated by what Little Spirit said. For the past two months, he had been pressured and had felt stifled by the presence of the two Saint Rulers. Today was the day he could finally vent his sufferings on the two without them being able to retaliate. This was something that gave Jian Chen no small amount of joy. He had never once experienced chasing after a Saint Ruler before.
A surge of energy began to bubble out of Jian Chen’s body. The pressure began spread to the two Saint Rulers. Grasping at his right hand, Jian Chen began to unleash the Origin energy so that it would form into a sword-like item to fight with.
The sudden action of Jian Chen had caught the attention of the entire street. When they saw the strange look in his eyes, everyone thought that they were about to see Jian Chen start to fight within the city. One by one, they shook their heads with laughs of pity. In today’s age, just what person didn’t know about the prohibition of fighting that Mercenary City enforced?
When the two Saint Rulers saw what Jian Chen was doing, patriarch Shi looked at him as if he was an idiot. “Jian Chen, don’t tell me you’re planning to start a fight within the city. That’s an action of someone who is tired of living.”
“Jian Chen, even we two are afraid of fighting in Mercenary City. You are only a Heaven Saint Master. If you wish to continue living, then cease what you’re doing. Otherwise, there will be no one to save you.” The Saint Ruler from the Jiede clan sneered.