Chapter 613: Death of a Saint Ruler (Three)
Jian Chen could only laugh when the two Saint Rulers spoke. How could they know about the new relationship between Little Spirit and him? With Little Spirit giving her guarantee, Jian Chen could fight within Mercenary City without regard for the rules and the violations. He was after all aware of the connection between Little Spirit and the man known as Mo Tianyun. More accurately, the man known as the founder of Mercenary City. With such a peculiar identity as that, Little Spirit was without a doubt a very important entity of the city itself. It was unknown whether or not Little Spirit had a status greater than Tian Jian.
Without any more hesitation, Jian Chen flickered toward the two Saint Rulers as he stabbed at the forehead of the nearest Saint Ruler without mercy.
Startled, the Saint Ruler from the Jiede clan took a step back. He didn’t think that Jian Chen would indeed start a fight in Mercenary City. Instead of fighting back, the man merely stepped away from the attack with a smile. “Jian Chen, you really do fear nothing if you are willing to fight in Mercenary City. Your death is inevitable now; no one can save you anymore.”
Jian Chen did not respond. Instead, his figure blurred into thin air as he charged once more after the Saint Ruler. There had been no need to hold back against a Saint Ruler, so the Origin energy of the azure and violet sword spirits had been utilized to the best of his abilities. The bright azure and violet light seemed to light up the entire area as if it were a lantern at night.
The Saint Ruler from the Jiede clan didn’t dare fight back while he was in Mercenary City. He knew the consequences of those who did, so he merely dodged Jian Chen’s strikes instead of retaliating. Only his body could be seen flickering back and forth between places as he dodged each strike without difficulty. Even though Jian Chen was trying his best, his attacks were completely ineffective against a Saint Ruler.
A Saint Ruler was on a completely different level from a Heaven Saint Master. They were entities that understood the supreme mysteries of the world to some degree and could control the fabric of space to a minor extent. By borrowing the power of space, they could stand motionless, like a wooden stake impaled in the ground, and still remain unharmed by a Heaven Saint Master.
In front of a Saint Ruler, all were ants. To intimidate a Saint Ruler, one would require another Saint Ruler.
Even though Jian Chen couldn’t injure the Saint Ruler, he wasn’t discouraged. He could fight without fear or needing to hold back unlike the other two. Relentlessly chasing after the Saint Ruler, he managed to ‘force’ the Saint Ruler into dodging. This served as a cathartic form of delight to him on a personal level. As of right now, he wanted nothing more than to let loose to the heavens and let loose the frustrations that had been accumulating in him.
Leaping up into the air, Jian Chen wielded the sparkling Origin energy like a sword as he stabbed at the Saint Ruler from the Jiede clan.
Once more, the Saint Ruler flickered away, leaving behind only a mirror image at his previous spot. He reappeared several hundred meters away on top of a nearby roof.
The Origin energy that Jian Chen had shot out impacted against the ground, resulting in a tremendous explosion that rocked the entire area and caused several of the nearby buildings to tremble slightly. However, no signs of damage could be seen where the Origin energy had struck the ground despite the power that had been contained in the blow.
The sudden explosion had been carried farther away, resulting in people everywhere being surprised by the sound. One by one, they ‘revealed’ a shocked look. It was unknown just how often they were able to hear the sounds of a battle take place in Mercenary City, but not a single one of them had thought that there would be yet another person that would try to do so.
“There’s someone fighting over there! Who’s the suicidal idiot? To fight in Mercenary City, does he not know the prohibition and the punishment that’ll take place?”
“The guy has to be strong based on the sound of that explosion. I bet it’s a Heaven Saint Master at the very least.”
“Let’s hurry on over to watch! Let’s see just how that offender’s going to die…”
“Aye, let’s hurry on over to see what punishment will befall him. I’ve heard before that trying to fight in this city leads to a painful experience, but I didn’t think that it would actually be death that would befall the offender…”
Plenty of people began to talk to one another on the streets as they converged from every direction to the area where Jian Chen and the two Saint Rulers were fighting. Every single one of them had wanted to see the man who would be struck by the punishment of Mercenary City before he died.
In the blink of an eye, the previously sparse strip of street Jian Chen was on had become a cacophony of sounds. Merchants and mercenaries alike abandoned whatever they were doing to hurry over to the area as soon as possible, arriving on foot or on magical beast.
With the commotion spreading farther and farther away, more and more people began to converge to watch the spectacle. On one hand, they wanted to watch a good fight, and on the other hand, they were curious to see just what punishment would befall the offender. Everyone had heard of how severe the punishment would be, but the details had never been fully divulged.
Soon enough, the fight between Jian Chen and the Saint Ruler from the Jiede clan had drawn practically everyone within the surrounding area. Some of the spectators had even been people of major influence and groups behind them.
“That’s Jian Chen! Ai, how could he be so foolhardy? Doesn’t he know about the prohibition on fighting that Mercenary City has? Even if he’s a Heaven Saint Master, he’ll suffer the punishment from the barrier without fail.” An elder wearing red robes sighed. It was the man from the Vulcan Shrine.
The man with the fan from the Dayong clan sighed as well as if he was feeling regret. “Jian Chen’s death is inevitable. It’s truly a shame. It’s hard to come across a genius like this, but he decided to be so foolish as to start a fight in Mercenary City. Even if the grand elders of Mercenary City were to try and intervene, Jian Chen’s fate would still not be changed.”
“I didn’t think that it’d be the King of Mercenaries, Jian Chen, of all people to be the one to start fighting. Ai, how lamentable. He was a genius with no parallel, but now he will fall today here in Mercenary City. Does he not know that Mercenary City has prohibited fighting? In the case the rules are violated, then even a Saint Ruler would not be spared from the following consequences.”
“This Jian Chen is really too reckless. Ai, his unlimited potential will be stopped here today. He could have been a Saint Ruler in the future if it weren’t for this act.”
Recognizing Jian Chen as the offender, plenty of people shook their heads with pity. The prohibition on fighting had been a rule that had been set in stone since countless of years ago. Every person who had broken this prohibition had been severely penalized. Even Saint Rulers had fallen to this rule while the weaker ones would quite often not even have their bones left to bury. Hence, everyone thought that the Heaven Saint Master, Jian Chen, would fall as well, even if he was the King of Mercenaries.
As of right now, Jian Chen was pursuing the Saint Ruler from the Jiede clan without reprieve. The Origin energy shot forth continuously from his right hand, but it never landed a clean hit on the Saint Ruler. The man dodged the strikes with ease, allowing the rays of Origin energy to fly unimpeded into the buildings on the side of the streets with a loud explosion.
While the streets of the city were protected by a mysterious power to such an extent that the Origin energy couldn’t even leave a scratch in them, the buildings were not covered by such a power. The bursts of Origin energy crushed the buildings like tofu and reduced them to scraps of metal.
Watching Jian Chen continue to try and pursue him, the Saint Ruler laughed coldly, “Jian Chen, prepare to die.” Then borrowing the power of space, he warped over to another spot a hundred meters away to dodge Jian Chen’s strike.
“You from the Shi family, are you willing to fight against me? A mighty Saint Ruler is being forced back by an insignificant Heaven Saint Master. Don’t you think that’s a bit of an insult to your grand rank?” Jian Chen jeered. It was not a very easy opportunity to find a time to fight a Saint Ruler like this. There was simply no competition between the two because of the tremendous difference in strength, and that difference weighed heavily on Jian Chen.
With a thought, the energy of the world began to rotate the wind elements around his body. With lightning quick speed, he flew at the Saint Ruler from the Jiede clan with extended arms. Three bursts of Sword Qi flew out from his hand and arced through the air with the spectrum of a rainbow.
“Boom!” The Saint Ruler easily dodged to the side as the three bursts of Sword Qi neared him. The Sword Qi caused a nearby restaurant to tremble from the blast, and several wooden splinters could even be seen flying through the air.
“Get out of the way or get hurt in their fight!”
Someone from the crowd cried out a warning so that the people were warned to run as far as they could from the scene of the carnage in fear. Although they were all strong in their own right, they didn’t dare act out in even a defensive manner to protect themselves. They were fearful of being struck down by the punishment of the city. Since they couldn’t use their own power to defend, they could only try to get away and not be mixed up in what Jian Chen was doing.
Patriarch Shi was not angry at Jian Chen’s goading. Instead, he coldly laughed, “Jian Chen, your words mean nothing to me. The commotion you’ve caused in Mercenary City has already incurred severe consequences. You will die today, and I won’t be dragged down to the underworld with you.”
Clenching his teeth tightly, Jian Chen spoke no more and chased down the other Saint Ruler. Despite the fact he couldn’t hit him, he was determined to have him ‘forced’ into something.
“Strange, he’s fought long enough already, and several restaurants were destroyed by him. Why hasn’t the city punished him yet? This isn’t what the legends say about the city at all.” An elder spoke curiously from within the crowd.